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Perfect Weather Makes For A Perfect Taste Of New Tampa®! By Gary Nager After downpours put a damper on last year’s crowds, it was easy to understand how New Tampa Chamber of Commerce president Rachel Haviland and her 2011 Taste of New Tampa® committee might be nervous about this year’s event. But, fate smiled big-time upon the Chamber and its signature event this year, as blue skies, warm weather (but with a nice breeze blowing) and a new location with visibility from Bruce B. Downs Blvd. combined to make the 2011 Taste a smashing success, as an estimated crowd of at least 3,000 people, most wearing big smiles, enjoyed sampling truly delicious food from more than two dozen restaurants on the football field at Paul R. Wharton High on March 20. “We are thrilled with Wharton, as well as with the turnout, the food, the entertainment (led by emcee Bob Thompson), our 54 sponsors (including the two primary sponsors, Florida

Hospital Wesley Chapel & Sweetbay Supermarkets) and business exhibitors, all of the volunteers, the fantastic restaurants and our wonderful Taste committee (led by long-time Chamber Board member Matt Palmer),” Haviland said after the three-hour event sent virtually The nearest Longhorn Steakhouse is on everyone in attendance Fowler Ave., but a lot of potential new See “Taste” on page 17. customers enjoyed its tasty steak tips.

Pasco Lefty & the day’s other entertainers played in front of beautiful blue skies.

Business exhibitors at the 2011 Taste of New Tampa®, like this Mary Kay booth (above) & the new North Pole Ices on Cross Creek Blvd. (below), benefited from the huge crowd.

The members of the Real Estate Power Team were all smiles.

Wesley Chapel Chamber To Host 4th Celebration of the Arts April 9-10!


City Breaks Ground On New Fire Station, Water Task Force Report Findings, A New Tampa Blvd. Bridge Update & Much More!

Our Exclusive Guide To April Entertainment; A Review Of The New Seasons Fresh Café, A Preview Of The 2011 Rotary ‘Pig Fest’ & Much More!

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public and will be held at 6:30 p.m. at a location within Wiregrass. Among the entertainers scheduled to appear during the festival are Left, 10th Concession, Amerikinfolk, the Jake Mackey Band, Colleen Hart & Rebecca, Bryan Edwards, the Troy Duncan Band, Nunz at Night and the Harold Jones Band.

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The 4th annual WCCC Celebration of the Arts” April 9-10 will feature paintings by Rita Van Gorder (left), entertainment by the Troy Duncan band & much more.


year and, for the first time, will feature on-line voting for “People’s Choice” Awards. Visit TampaBay.com and vote for your favorite piece of art submitted by this year’s artists. Online voting will continue to Friday April 8, noon, and resume Saturday April 9, until 4 p.m., at the show. The “People’s Choice” winner will be announced Saturday evening at the Celebration’s Awards Reception, which is open to the

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Tampa’s Election Scheduling, New Tampa’s Turnout Problematic An editorial by Gary Nager I can’t even tell you how many New Tampa residents I’ve met who have had no idea that Tampa has it’s elections for mayor and City Council every four years in March — or that March 1 of this year was the city’s most recent Election Day, despite all the “Buckhorn for Mayor” and “Montelione for City Council” signs located outside of our eight polling sites. Considering how educated our populace is, where the average New Tampa resident is nearly twice as likely to have graduated from a four-year college than the rest of the city and county, it’s a little surprising that more locals aren’t even aware of, much less vote in the elections, especially when I hear so many complaints about the traffic on Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd., the amount of time it takes for emergency vehicles to get through that traffic and the shortage of recreation facilities. The fact the city elections are held at a different time of year than all others is a legitimate gripe, but if you read this publication or either of the local dailies, watch the local TV news or even get your local news on-line, there certainly is planty of opportunity to get information about the candidates for these important local races. The returns from the March 1 General Election weren’t pretty citywide, as only about 22 perrcent of the city’s nearly 190,000 registered voters cast a ballot. But, in New Tampa’s eight

polling sites, the numbers were even far less impressive, as our eight precincts (Precincts 356, 357, 358, 359, 361, 363, 365 & 367), which have a total of 23,757 registered voters, produyced only 3,315 votes, or an average turnout of 13.95 percent. Only Precincts 358 and 361 came anywhere close to the city’s average turnout, as between 2121.5-percent of registered voters at both of those locations cast ballots on March 1. No other New Tampa voting precinct even reached a 15-percent voter turnout. Do our local residents simply not care? Try building a road or a bridge in our back yards. Can we really continue to use excuses such as our population is too transient, we’re too busy raising our families and tending to our respective businesses, there’s no “convenient” way to vote here or “I only vote in the ‘big’ elections” and expect city and Hillsborough County officials to go out of their way to help us or even care about what’s important to us?


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Water Task Force Reports Findings Bids Received For NT Blvd. Bridge Project Three Suspects Arrested In Townhome Burglary Retrial Ordered In 2006 Double Murder A Look At The Mar. 1 Municipal Elections Results......8 Iorio Breaks Ground On New Fire Station & Dedicates Children’s Playground........................................10-11 Completed Projects Ease Traffic In Wesley Chape......12 New Tampa Community Council Newsletter.......16 Taste of New Tampa Recap (cont. from page 1).........17 New Tampa Community Calendar..................18-19

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In our last issue, I misspelled La Cubanita Café co-owner Elia Kallas’ first name. I apologize for the error. — GN

fewer than the 3,315 New Tampa voters who went to the polls on March 1 would help decide who became Tampa’s next mayor, the District 7 City Council member who would replace New Tampa resident Joseph Caetano (who finished third and didn’t advance to the runoff) and who would win the citywide District 1 and District 3 Council races (see page 8), I wouldn’t hold my breath on getting much help from our city government going forward.

Unfortunately, because we only put out one New Tampa issue every four weeks and there were only three weeks between the March 1 general election and the March 22 runoff elections for those offices not decided on March 1, I can neither tell you who our new mayor and most of our new City Council members are, nor could I give you my endorsements for the runoffs, unless you happened to check out our website

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(NTNeighborhoodNews.com) a little more than a week or so after our last issue hit mailboxes throughout zip code 33647 on February 26. Only one of the races New Tampa voters participated in was actually decided on March 1 (citywide District 2, won by incumbent Mary Mulhern, who defeated New Tampa resident and new District 60 State Rep. Shawn Harrison for that seat four years ago), which means that March 22’s runoffs really were critical if New Tampa hoped to get the roads, parks, police and fire protection we deserve when the new mayor and City Council take office. But, with the likelihood that even

Local Business Updates............................20-33 New Tampa & Wesley Chapel Business Briefs.......20-21 Dr. Nicole Mitchell, DMD.........................................24 New Tampa Chiropractic & Injury Center............26-27 Tampa Rejuvenation.............................................32-33 New Tampa Education Updates...........................34 Jasmine Roberts Wins Best Of Fair, Again New Tampa Sports Updates.................................35 NTLL Alum Signs College Scholarship Wildcats To Hold Football Camp, Registration

Neighborhood Magazine Our April Entertainment Calendar............37,44-45 Rotary Pig Fest Being Taken To New Level..........40-41 Season’s Fresh Café..............................................48-49 Land & Sea Market..............................................54-55 . . NEW TAMPA COLOR CLASSIFIEDS..............58

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N EW T AMPA Task Force Report: Multiple Issues Led To High Water Bills

A report compiled by the special task force formed by Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio to look into the issue of the unusually high water bills recently received by some city residents (including several in the New Tampa area) concluded that there were a number of factors that contributed to the problem. The members of the Tampa City Council, however, continue to press for more definitive answers, as well as possible solutions. The task force was created by Iorio in February after the city water department began receiving dozens of complaints about water bills that were, in some cases, as much as ten times higher than normal. Task force representatives, including Tampa chief of staff Darrell Smith, director of internal audit Roger Strout and administrator of public works and utility services Steve Daignault, presented their findings to the Council members on March 17. The 40-page report generated by the task force cited drier-than-normal weather, increased watering by many residents and new, higher rates for customers who used more water as the primary


News Briefs reasons why some bills were so much higher, but it also noted that “many problems were caused by the (city’s) bimonthly meter reading process, which relies on an estimated usage to compute the water bill every other month.” For that reason, the report says that the water department is currently developing a plan to begin monthly meter readings for all of its customers by the fall. It also noted that other changes — including additional staffing and training in customer service, a redesign of the water bills themselves and better water meter maintenance — also are in the process of being implemented and could help to prevent future discrepancies. Several of the Council members expressed disappointment at the lack of definitive answers provided by the report, and planned to discuss the matter further at their next meeting. In fact, District 7 Council member Joseph Caetano even noted that he himself had received a bill in March that was double what it normally was.

Contract For New Tampa Blvd. Bridge Not Far Off On the same day they received the water task force report (above), the members of the Tampa City Council

also learned that the city’s public works department had finished reviewing the bid proposals for the still-controversial project to build a bridge over I-75, linking New Tampa Blvd. in West Meadows with Commerce Park Blvd. in Tampa Palms. Caetano said that he had been asked by fellow Council member (and fellow New Tampa resident) Curtis Stokes, who was absent from the meeting, to request a status report from city staff on the bridge project to determine if the project could be delayed until the new Mayor and City Council members take office in April. According to Dept. of Public Works transportation manager Jean Dorzback, who presented the report, however, the city already has received and reviewed the bids for the project. Dorzback said that a total of 24 bids were submitted, with the lowest being the $12.4-million bid submitted by Prince Contracting of Tampa. So, the city’s contract administration office is now in the process of preparing a contract for the project, and that contract will be submitted to the City Council for initial approval at their meeting on Thursday, April 7, after which it will go to the new mayor, either Bob Buckhorn or Rose Ferlita (the March 22 run-off election results were not available at our press time, see pages 3 and 8), for final approval.

Both current Mayor Pam Iorio and current District 7 City Council member Joseph Caetano have expressed their support of the project, but Caetano did not make it into the run-off election, and it isn’t clear whether the bridge would receive the same support from either of the two candidates who were facing off in the run-off election, Lisa Montelione and Charles Perkins, or from either remaining mayoral candidate. Dorzback, however, said that the request for a review did not change the planned schedule for approval of the contract. “It wasn’t going to go forward under this [Iorio’s] administration, anyway,” she said. In response to requests from officials and residents of Tampa Palms, who fear that the bridge and extension project will dramatically increase traffic and diminish safety in their neighborhoods, city officials have agreed to delay the construction of the bridge until the widening of Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd. is substantially completed, in order to prevent drivers from using the extension as a way to avoid the construction on BBD. There also is still the possibility that the project could be delayed by further legal action by Evelyn Romano, a resident of West Meadows who challenged the permit for the project that was issued by the Hillsborough County

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Environmental Protection Commission (EPC). Although the EPC voted to uphold the permit in February, Romano was still considering whether or not to appeal that decision.

Three Suspects Arrested In Grand Hampton Burglary Three Tampa men were arrested and charged with burglary and grand theft after police say they broke into a home in Grand Hampton (just south of County Line Rd.) while the occupant of the home hid and called 911. According to a Tampa Police Department (TPD) spokesperson, the three suspects, who were identified as Curtis A. Marsh, 19, Tynard M. Stokes, 19, and Dontae D. Freeman, 20, knocked on the door of the townhome on Trail Wind Dr. at around 1 p.m. on February 28. The resident, a 22-yearold female, was home at the time but didn’t answer the door. So, the three men then allegedly went around to the rear of the home and smashed a sliding glass door to gain entry. Then, while the victim was calling 911, the suspects removed a flat screen TV, a video game console and games and at least one credit card and left before police arrived. However, the victim was able to provide the officers with a description of the suspect’s vehicle and a partial tag number, and police began searching the area.

TPD officers found the vehicle parked at the Wal-Mart store on Bruce B. Downs Blvd., where the suspects had gone immediately after the breakin. As they surrounded the vehicle and began looking for the three suspects, another TPD officer who happened to be shopping at the store saw them and relayed their whereabouts to the other officers, and the three men were arrested without incident as they attempted to leave the store. The stolen property from the break-in was located in the suspects’ vehicle and the credit card was recovered from Stokes’ pocket, the report states. All three men were charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling and grand theft, and all three were released after posting $9,500 bond.

Retrial Ordered In 2006 Double Murder Case Last month, an appeals court ruled that Luc Pierre-Charles, who was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the 2006 killings of two Wesley Chapel High students, is entitled to a new hearing, based upon testimony about a videotape mistakenly allowed into evidence during his original trial. In his February 11 ruling, Judge Anthony K. Black wrote, with Judges Chris W. Altenbernd and Patricia J. Kelly concurring, that the judge in the original trial, Circuit Judge Pat Siracusa,

should not have allowed prosecutors to talk about a videotape of an interrogation of Luc’s brother Andre in the days following the murders of 17Luc Pierreyear-old Derek Pieper Charles and 18-year-old Raymond Veluz, whose bodies were found on a dirt road in the Trilby area on the morning of July 28, 2006. On the video, Andre appeared to nod his head when asked if Luc had committed the murders. Although the video wasn’t shown to jurors, prosecutors did question Andre about it during the trial. Under Florida law, however, such a gesture constitutes hearsay, Black wrote, and since that gesture was one of the main points of the state’s argument that eventually led to the jury’s guilty verdict, “we see no alternative but to reverse for a new trial.” Pierre-Charles was arrested in 2009 after a statewide manhunt that led to his capture. Prosecutors said that he and another man, Tyree Jenkins, killed the two teens because they believed Pieper had talked about his drug dealing and other illegal activities to police. On the night of the murders, Pieper and Veluz reportedly contacted PierreCharles to buy marijuana from him, and that’s when they were allegedly taken to the remote area and killed. Prosecutors had sought the death

penalty in the case, but after finding Pierre-Charles guilty following five hours of deliberation, jurors recommended life imprisonment instead. During the course of their deliberations, however, they did submit several questions to the court, centering upon his brother’s testimony, which Black said indicated that the hearsay evidence did influence their decision. Assistant State Attorney Manny Garcia said that the state could appeal the decision to the Florida Supreme Court, but the decision whether or not to do so had not been made by our press time. It also isn’t clear how or if the ruling will affect Jenkins’ trial, which is scheduled for April.

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How New Tampa Voted In The March 1 Tampa Municipal Elections Buckhorn & Ferlita Advance; Caetano Ousted On March 1 By Gary Nager As I mentioned in this issue’s page 3 editorial, there were only three weeks between the City of Tampa’s General Election on March 1 and the Runoff Election on March 22, which meant that I would not be able to make runoff endorsements — or even report who was elected to most of the offices in which New Tampa voters were eligible to cast ballots — in this issue. In fact, the only things I can tell you for certain at our press time is that incumbent Mary Mulhern, who received 51 percent of the vote, retained her “at large” (citywide) District 2 seat and New Tampa resident Joseph Caetano, the incumbent in New Tampa’s District 7, finished third of five candidates in his attempt to win re-election and will therefore not serve a second term. To recap what happened on March 1 in the races that were not yet decided at our press time, former Tampa City Council member Bob Buckhorn (who received 23.5 percent of the vote, a little more than 9,800 votes total), the candidate I endorsed to be Tampa's next mayor, advanced to the March 22


runoff against former City Council member and Hillsborough County commissioner Rose Ferlita. Ferlita received nearly 1,000 more votes than Buckhorn on Mar. 1 and 25.87 percent of all ballots cast, while two-time former Mayor Dick Greco (9,441) finished a surprising third. In New Tampa’s eight precincts, Buckhorn (1,021 votes) and my second choice, former county commissioner Ed Turanchik (739), who finished fourth citywide, had the most votes, followed by Ferlita (676), Greco (675) and City Council chair Thomas Scott (168). In District 7, which includes all of New Tampa’s city-based precincts, as well as North Tampa, Caetano, one of two New Tampa residents in the race, garnered only 1,148 votes and less than 20 percent of the total ballots cast, as North Tampa residents Lisa Montelione and Charlie “White Chocolate” Perkins each finished with more than 30 percent to advance to the runoff. Nearly 900 of Caetano's 1,148 votes were cast by New Tampa residents, but even if he got all 622 of the local votes garnered by fellow New Tampa resident Dean Hale (779 total votes) on March 1, he would’ve fallen short of reaching the runoff. In addition to being my friend, I disagreed with the assessments of Caetano in the

District 7 Tampa City Council candidate Lisa Montelione (second from right) was among those electioneering at the New Tampa Regional Library on March 1. local dailies as a do-nothing Council 925 votes to 790, but without a signifimember, but he obviously did little to cantly better showing in our local attract voters in other parts of the city. precincts on March 22, he was hardMontelione (2,142 total votes) pressed to top Suarez, which would actually beat Caetano in our precincts, leave our area with no local representagarnering 1,310 local votes, while tion on City Council. Perkins (1,898 total) likely needed a And finally, in citywide District 3, much better local showing than the former county commissioner Chris 251 New Tampa votes he received on Hart, the top vote-getter on March 1 Mar. 1 to defeat Montelione. (with 28.35 percent and 10,157 votes, In District 1, New Tampa resident 1,048 in New Tampa) advanced to the (and current District 3 Council memrunoff against Yvonne Yolie Capin ber) Curtis Stokes finished second (8,620 votes and 24.06 percent; 496 among five candidates to advance to the votes in our area), who, like Stokes, was runoff against Mike Suarez. Stokes a recent appointee to the Council who received a solid 9,436 votes (26.24 per- decided to try to stay on the panel. cent of the ballots cast), while Suarez Look for a complete Mar. 22 garnered 10,947 votes (30.45 percent). Runoff Election recap in our Apr. 23 In New Tampa, Stokes defeated Suarez New Tampa Neighborhood News.

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Iorio Breaks Ground For Fire Station, Dedicates Playground By Michael Smith In what will most likely be her last official visit to New Tampa as mayor, Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio recently helped break ground for the area’s newest fire station and also cut the ribbon on the updated children’s play area at the city’s recreation center at the New Tampa Community Park. First, Iorio, along with outgoing Tampa City Council member Joseph Caetano and officials from Tampa Fire Rescue, turned over the first symbolic shovels of dirt at the new station, designated Station # 22, at the 8-acre site at 10871 Cross Creek Blvd. near Morris Bridge Rd. The city purchased the property for $750,000 in 2007 and received a $1.6-million American Reinvestment Recovery Act (ARRA) grant in 2009 to pay for the construction of the new station. In addition, assistant fire chief Scott Ehlers said that the department also received an additional $3.9-million grant through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) program. That grant will allow the city to hire 36 new firefighters citywide, 15 of which will be based at the new station. “We’re very excited about this new addition,” Tampa Fire Rescue Chief


Outgoing Tampa City Council member Joseph Caetano (3rd from left) & Mayor Pam Iorio are joined by Tampa Fire Rescue (TFR) & other city officials at the groundbreaking for TFR’s Station No. 22 on Cross Creek Blvd. at Morris Bridge Rd. Tom Ford said. “It will certainly quality of life in New Tampa.” enhance our ability to provide the More than that, however, Caetano greatest protection that we can.” said, the new station, which is expected Iorio, who noted that Tampa Fire to be completed by mid-November, Rescue received national accreditation will significantly improve the response from the Center for Public Safety times to the growing neighborhoods Excellence last year, making it one of on the eastern end of Cross Creek Blvd. only 15 departments statewide to do and along Morris Bridge Rd. so, added that the groundbreaking was “This station is long overdue, and indicative, “of our dedication to neighI’m glad that we will soon have this out borhoods and our commitment to the here,” Caetano said. “It’s very impor-

tant to have six-minute response times on (emergency) calls.” Currently, the Cross Creek Blvd. and Morris Bridge Rd. areas are served by Tampa Fire Rescue Station #21, which is located more than two miles to the west of the site of the new station. Capt. Lonnie Benniefield, who is assigned to Station #21, says that, depending upon the location of the call, the time of day and traffic conditions, it can take 18-20 minutes to respond to calls in some cases, especially if the firefighters from Station #21 are busy and assistance has to come from another station further away. “This new station will give us the capacity to get to most areas a lot quicker,” Benniefield said. The new 8,660-sq.-ft. station will be very similar in appearance to Station #21, with three drive-through equipment bays flanked by work and living quarters for the firefighters, but its design also will include a number of environmentally-friendly features, such as high-efficiency lighting, solar-powered exterior lighting and water heating, an energy-efficient HVAC system and the use of recycled materials throughout, according to Michael Boutros, general manager of the Pillar Construction Group of Clermont, the company contracted by the city to build

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the new station. Boutros said that actual construction should commence by April 1, and the contract calls for a 240day construction schedule.

Rec Center Playground Improvements Unveiled

Following the groundbreaking at the fire station, Iorio and Caetano moved on to the New Tampa Community Park in Tampa Palms, where they were joined by Tampa Palms officials and members of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department for the dedication and a ribbon cutting for the newly updated children’s playground area in front of the New Tampa Recreation Center. The new improvements there included the unveiling of a new WeeVos play structure and the installation of a synthetic turf and a custom shade cover over the entire playground. “This reminds me of when I was young, except of course that we didn’t have all this high-tech equipment when I was a girl,” Iorio said. Parks officials said that the WeeVos play structures, which feature climbing bars, rope ladders, slides and swings, are especially designed for younger children between ages 2-5 and promote and enhance children’s growth and development. Meanwhile, the synthetic turf, which is made from recycled tires, not only helps prevent injuries, but also requires no maintenance and lasts prac-

Shortly after the fire station groundbreaking, Caetano and Mayor Iorio helped cut the ribbon at the dedication ceremony for city’s new playground addition at the New Tampa Recreation Center in Tampa Palms, which made a lot of kids happy. Area, said that the new space will allow whose daughters use the playground tically forever, and the custom shade the city to offer additional programs for between their dance and gymnastics will help protect children and their paryouth, which are desperately needed, sessions at the recreation center. ents from the sun while they are using because there’s been a lengthy waiting Speaking of which, Parks and the playground and also will help to list since the center opened in 2008. Recreation officials also announced a keep the area much cooler during the “We planned for 500 (participlanned expansion of the gymnasium at hot summer months. the center, which will add an additional pants), and 800 walked through the “I love the shade,” said Melissa door,” Erickson said. 6,200 sq. ft of space to the existing Avila, whose 4-year-old twins were However, in addition to more facility. According to the department’s among the first youngsters to begin youth classes and programs, Erickson planning and design superintendent enjoying the new equipment, along Brad Suder, the expansion is now being said that the city also is hoping to be with Mayor Iorio, after the ribbon-cutable to offer fitness programs and other designed and construction should get ting ceremony. classes for adults and seniors, too, once under way by next summer. “It’s definitely a great improvethe recreation center expansion has Heather Erickson, manager of the ment, both for the parents and the kids been completed. Parks Department’s North Service who come here,” added Jasmine Trom,

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Completed Projects Easing Wesley Chapel’s Traffic Woes With the installation of the new traffic signals, the extension of S.R. 56 is now complete, at least for the time being, although it eventually will be extended all the way to Hwy. 301. Shepherd says that the design of the further eastward extension has been partially completed, but construction is on hold, because the plan is to add to the road as more homes are built in that area of Meadow Pointe, and of course, new home building everywhere is at a virtual standstill because of the current economic climate.

By Michael Smith Although it may seem sometimes like the construction work on the roads in both New Tampa and Wesley Chapel is taking forever, some progress is being made, albeit slowly, and that is helping to take some of the pressure off local drivers who are trying to make their way around the area. Take, for example, the widening of Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd. (aka C.R. 581) in Pasco County, which recently was added to the list of completed projects. According to Pasco County chief project manager Bob Shepherd, the widening was all but finished after the final turn lanes at the intersection of S.R. 56 and 581 were opened to traffic on March 4. “The widening is completed from about a thousand feet south of 54 to County Line Rd., except for a little striping work that is left to be done in the area around the Target store, ” Shepherd says. With the opening of those final turn lanes, the intersection at S.R. 56 and BBD now features three turn lanes in every direction, making it one of the largest intersections in not only the Tampa Bay area but also in the entire country. Of course, the widening of BBD continues on the south side of County Line Rd., although the work in Hillsborough County is centered on the section of roadway between Tampa Palms and the Pebble Creek subdivision near Wharton High School. The section of BBD between Pebble Creek and County Line Rd. is currently scheduled to be the last section of the road that will be widened.

New Traffic Signals Working Meanwhile, traffic lights were recently installed and activated at the intersections of S.R. 56 and Mansfield Blvd. and S.R. 56 and Meadow Pointe Blvd., which should make things a lit-


Aside from some planned improvements at the intersection of Bruce B. Downs Blvd. (aka C.R. 581) and S.R./C.R. 54, above, the widening of 581 between 54 and County Line Rd. in Wesley Chapel is now completed. became operational, there were only tle easier for drivers who are using those roads to get around the ongoing stop signs at both intersections, which widening of S.R./C.R. 54 between Iled to some confusion (and a few 75 and Curley Rd. That widening reported minor accidents), especially project is currently progressing ahead at the Mansfield Blvd. intersection of schedule, Shepherd says, with about during the times when buses are 60 percent of the work already finished transporting students to and from the in about 45 percent of the time that it two schools. was expected to take. “Once that project is finished, 54 will be as good a road as you’ll find anywhere in Central Florida,” Shepherd says. S.R. 56 was opened to traffic last fall to allow people traveling west on54 to avoid the widening work by cutting through the Meadow Pointe subdivision via Meadow Pointe Blvd., but the installation of the traffic signals at Meadow Pointe Blvd. and Mansfield Blvd., near Wiregrass Ranch High and Dr. John Long Middle School, was delayed when the county’s original contractor, WDG Construction, abruptly went out of business and had to be replaced. Until those lights

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Munchel Brothers Jewelry & Coin Exchange — Get Cash For

Munchel Brothers Jewelry & Coin Exchange is something of a combination of the two popular television shows — "Antiques Roadshow" and "Pawn Stars." Brothers Joe, Eddie and Chuck Munchel love that about their business, as they never know what might walk through the door. “It is sort of like those two shows in a sense,’’ Eddie Munchel says. “There have been some interesting and fascinating things that have come into our stores and unique items like those certainly can make for an exciting day in our business." Munchel Brothers Jewelry & Coin Exchange currently has three locations — Lakeland, Clermont and their newest store in the Shoppes at New Tampa of Wesley Chapel, next to PizzaMania. The brothers


worked in their family’s business for years and learned their respective crafts and trades. Eddie is a NAWCC-certified watchmaker and GIA-certified diamondologist; Joe also is GIA-accredited and a member of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers, while Chuck is both a GIA-accredited Jewelry Professional and a Master Jeweler. After lots of thought, the brothers decided to step out on their own and so far, things have been great. “Like any new business in today’s economy, nothing is easy,’’ Eddie says. “But, things have been going well and we will keep working harder to get to where we want to be.’’ Part of their plan for success starts with their customers. “We strive to make the experience a unique one for everyone who walks through

our doors,’’ Joe Munchel says. “We encourage people to never throw any coin, piece of jewelry or other collectible away without at least bringing it by for a free appraisal. The customer can decide then to keep their items, sell them to us, or sell them on the open market. No matter what they decide, they will leave knowing the true value of their items.’’ While the collectibles market fluctuates quite a bit, the gold market is at an all-time high and the Munchel brothers would love to make your day by offering you the highest price possible for your gold. “I see it all the time, where people will be cleaning out a relative’s possessions or maybe their own jewelry box, and they bring in their gold and silver thinking it might be worth a couple hundred dollars,’’ Eddie

Munchel says. “But, after we take a look at it, they are often shocked at how much their treasures are actually worth. Their couple of hundred dollars easily might be worth $2,500 or more in today’s market.’’ Unlike many jewelry and coin stores, the brothers also can appraise and purchase numerous other collectible items like historical documents, memorabilia from toys to sports and other celebrity or even political figure autographs, and Confederate currency. “We stress to people all the time that if they have something old, we would love to take a look at it,’’ Eddie says. “We don’t buy everything we appraise but we will be happy to give you a value for your items. We also do a lot of inhouse appraisals for folks who need things valued for insur-

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Your Valuables Or Find A Unique Gift For Your Loved Ones!

ance purposes.’’ One of the strangest items they’ve seen — but valuable nonetheless — was a mourning necklace. “It was an early 1800s bracelet that was accented with human hair,’’ Eddie says. “It was kind of morbid but at the same time really fascinating to see one that well preserved and in good shape.’’ In order to keep current on market trends and values, the brothers occasionally host their own road shows throughout the state and also attend numerous trade shows. “The trade shows are important because they give us a better idea of the value of certain items,’’ Joe says. “We can do our research and go by our current sales but it’s very helpful to be on the road with several other vendors and see what

their idea of market value is for different items.’’ A long time Munchel Brothers customer is Lee Roth of Sunshine Growers in Lakeland. “I’ve known the Munchel family for over 20 years,’’ Roth said. “I have sent many friends and family members to their stores over the years to purchase engagement rings, coins or gifts and every single one of them was very satisfied. The boys are all very knowledgeable, helpful and considerate.’’ While the Munchel Brothers purchase a lot of items, they also want to remind customers of the large selection of retail inventory and unique items for sale in their stores, including the newest one in Wesley Chapel. “With Mothers Day and Fathers day coming up, we

encourage people to stop by one of our stores even if they aren’t in a selling market,’’ Chuck Munchel says. “We carry an excellent selection of jewelry, watches, coins and so on. If you don’t see exactly what you want, in most cases, we can design and create it for you. And, you don’t have to spend a ton of money to find that special Mom or Dad on

your gift list something that will go up in value one day. Most things people receive as gifts last for just a few years and then go to the curb for the garbage man to pick up. Our products are things that not only will provide instant pleasure but also possibly be worth more in a few years than they are today. Not many stores can claim that.’’

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New Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Inc.

2010-11 NTCC Board of Directors President-Rachel Haviland

Board Members:

15310 Amberly Dr., Suite 250 Tampa, FL 33647 Information: (813) 293-2464 Fax: (813) 388-4408

VP-Said Iravani Treasurer-Lesley Zajac Secretary-Connie Bladon

Website: NewTampaChamber.Org

Non-Officers: Regina Ramalheira Matt Palmer Craig Miller

Executive Director: Karen Frashier

Thousands Enjoy Another Glorious Taste Of New Tampa! The New Tampa Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that the 18th annual Taste of New Tampa®, which was held on Sunday, March 20, was another resounding success! Organized by a dedicated committee headed by Chamber Board member Matt Palmer, this year’s Taste featured a wide selection of food from local restaurants, including seafood, pizza, barbeque, Italian, sushi, pitas as well as cookies and ice cream! Guests were entertained by local musical talent, including Bob Thompson, Pasco Lefty and Perfect Fifth. The New Tampa Chamber would like to thank our host, Paul R. Wharton High; the Events Committee; the outstanding local volunteer teams; our emcee Bob Thompson, all of our participating restaurants and, particularly our event sponsors: Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, Sweetbay Supermarkets, the St. Petersburg Times, New Tampa & Wesley Chapel Neighborhood News, Image Depot, Verizon Wireless, Your Community Newsletters, Ardaman & Associates, Tampa Rejuvenation, St. James United Methodist Church and Heritage Ford for helping to make this year’s Taste of New Tampa® such a successful event. This year, our Taste restaurants earned a very special benefit — they are now founding members of our New Tampa Chamber of Commerce Restaurant Membership section. Membership for restaurants that did not participate in the Taste will be be charged $75 per year to become Chamber Restaurant Members. Call the Chamber at 293-2464 for more info.

The Taste of New Tampa® is still the premier annual event in the New Tampa area to promote your business or restaurant and our top local vendors were able to showcase their products and services to an estimated total of more than 3,000 local residents. Visit TasteofNewTampa.info, as well as pages 1 and 17 of this issue to see photos of all the fun we had! As always, proceeds from this year’s Taste will be donated to local schools and volunteer organizations who provide volunteers for the event. Please complete the online form at NewTampaChamber.org to be added to our email list for future event information. To volunteer for the Event Planning Committee for next year’s Taste, drop us a line through the ‘Contact Us’ link.

Chamber Welcomes New & Renewing Members Even after the Taste ends each year, the New Tampa Chamber continues to support your business all year ‘round. We are honored to recognize our new and renewing members. New Members: University of South Florida, Your Community Newsletters, Fit 4 Life Personal Training & Physical Therapy, Accentia

Health & Rehab Center of Tampa, St. Joseph’s John Knox Village, Heron Publishing and Yesner & Boss PL. Renewing Members: North Tampa Spine & Joint Center, Heritage Bank, Pebble Creek Animal Hospital, Lifesource Health & Wellness and Quest Martial Arts. Please welcome these businesses to the Chamber and support them by giving them your business! New and renewing New Tampa Chamber members are invited to the chamber luncheon on Monday, April 11 (see below), to receive their chamber plaques! For additional information about how to join the New Tampa Chamber, please visit NewTampaChamber.org or call 293-2464.

WalkWise In Tampa

Florida is ranked #1 in pedestrian fatalities! The Center for Urban Transportation Research at USF is helping to get the word out about walking and driving safely in our local communities. WalkWise Tampa Bay is an interactive presentation about how to avoid becoming a statistic! On Monday, April 11, Jason Jackman, the program’s outreach coordinator, will be the featured speaker for the monthly chamber luncheon at Pebble Creek

Golf Club. Attendees who pledge to walk safely and spread the word about pedestrian safety will receive a WalkWise reflective wristband and reflective tote bag! For more information and to register for this event, please visit NewTampaChamber.org or call 2932464.

Tampa Bay Matchmakers Ribbon Cutting March 31!

Join your Chamber members and network with local business owners at our upcoming Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for Tampa Bay Matchmakers on Thursday, March 31. Tampa Bay MatchMakers is the only life coaching and traditional matchmaking service that attracts professional singles across the Tampa Bay area. The opening will be in conjunction with our evening Connections Networking After Hours event at Stonewood Grill & Tavern in Tampa Palms, 5:30 p.m. Come out and meet matchmaking coach Dr. Nancy Wall and enjoy great appetizers! For more information about Tampa Bay Matchmakers, visit Tampa BayMatchmakers.com

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home more than satisfied. “We couldn’t have hoped Continued from pg. 1 for better weather for a festival, there were no overly long lines and there was plenty of food throughout.” Among our favorite dishes served were the steak tips from Longhorn Steakhouse, the paella from Café Olé, the hibachi grill food from Sushi Tsu and Wasabi, Taste of Boston’s clam chowder, the stuffed pasta by Pagelli’s, pot sticker dumplings from TGI Friday’s, the crispy fries from Five Guys Burgers & Fries, everything from Ciccio’s Lodge, the barbecue food from Texas Roadhouse and Cole’s BBQ, decadent cookies and brownies from Blondie’s Cookies, Antonio’s Pasta Grille’s (and Pagelli’s) perfect cannolis and the always-delicious ice cream from Bruster’s and North Pole Ices. We went to press with this issue immediately following the 2011 Taste, so we didn’t yet have any idea of the amount of proceeds raised for the many school and other non-profit groups who provided volunteers for this year’s event, but we will update you next issue. But, with or without definitive numbers, the New Tampa Chamber and those in attendance all have to still be smiling as you receive this less than a week after this year’s amazing event. I hope you didn’t miss it!

(Clockwise from top left): Planet Beach’s booth definitely attracted a lot of attention. Many in the crowd wanted to know when Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel was likely to open. Café Olé on Cross Creek Blvd. and Taste of Boston on BBD both had some of our editor’s favorite tastes. Miss Tampa Chloe Lupo was on hand to promote her run for Ms. Florida in July. Verizon’s face-painting booth was both spooky and fun for the kids.

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Community Calendar

Ladies’ Foodie Club

A new club for women in the New Tampa and Wesley Chapel areas who enjoy socializing, trying out new restaurants and cooking ideas, sharing recipes and other food-related activities is now forming. For more information, send an email to Eileen.jones@yahoo.com.

MOMS Club Of Nw Tampa The MOMS (Moms Offering Moms Support) Club of New Tampa, which offers a variety of activities for stay-at-home mothers, is looking for new members. The club boundaries include all of the New Tampa area, except for Tampa Palms, Grand Hampton and Live Oak. For additional information, call 994-4272 or visit MomsClubNewTampa.webs.com.

Commissioner Hosting Neighborhood Meeting Tuesday, March 29 – Hillsborough County commissioner Kevin Beckner will host a Neighborhood Meeting for residents of the commission’s District 2 (which includes all of New Tampa), 6 p.m.-8 p.m., at the Carrollwood Cultural Center (4537 Lowell Rd.). At the meeting, Beckner


will discuss the state of the county and issues impacting District 2. Residents are invited to voice concerns, ask questions and share ideas about how to improve their community. For more info, call 272-5730.

New Tampa Noon Rotary Wednesday, March 30 – The New Tampa Noon Rotary Club meets every Wednesday at noon at Hunter’s Green Country Club (18101 Longwater Run Dr., inside the Hunter’s Green subdivision).

Business Networking Int’l Wednesday, March 30 – Business Networking International (BNI), a group of business professionals who are dedicated to helping their businesses grow through qualified referrals, meets every Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. at the Heritage Isles Clubhouse (18630 Plantation Bay Dr., off Cross Creek Blvd.). For more information, call Jal Irani at 451-8229.

Civil Air Patrol

Wednesday, March 30 – The Wesley Chapel Civil Air Patrol squadron meets every Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m., at Tampa North Aero Park (4241 Birdsong Blvd.). For more information, visit

WesleyChapelCAP.com or call Cheryl Spence at 973-7270.

New Tampa Evening Rotary Thursday, March 31 – The New Tampa Evening Rotary Club meets every Thursday, 6:30 p.m., at Hunter’s Green Country Club (18101 Longwater Run Dr.). On March 31, the group’s guest speaker will be Douglas B. Montgomery of The Mosaic Company, and on April 7, the group will host Wit Ostrenko, president of the Tampa Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI). For more information, call Kimberly Weisgarber at 391-3974.

New Tampa Rotary Club

Friday, April 1 – The New Tampa Rotary Club meets every Friday, 7 a.m., at Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club (TPG&CC, 5811 Tampa Palms Blvd.). On April 1, the group’s guest speaker will be banjo player Pamela Jo Hatley, who will discuss “How the Banjo Changed America,” and on April 8, the club will hear “Confessions of a Lobbyist,” presented by former Illinois legislator Ron Hurst. For more information, visit NewTampaRotary.org or contact Karen Frashier at 375-2663.

Hunter’s Green ‘Treasure & Trash’ Yard Sale Saturday, April 2 – The residents

of the Hunter’s Green subdivision will hold their annual “Trash & Treasure” community-wide yard sale, 7:30 a.m.11:30 a.m., at Capt. Nathaniel Hunter Park (9456 Highland Oak Dr.). Nonresidents are invited to attend, but are asked to use the community’s entrance on Cross Creek Blvd. For more info, call 991-4818.

Youth Concert

Saturday, April 9 – Grace Episcopal Church (15102 Amberly Dr., Tampa Palms) will host a concert featuring the church’s youth chorus and band, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults; children will be admitted free. Call the church at 971-8484 for more information.

Local Authors Meet & Greet

Sunday, April 10 – The New Tampa Regional Library (10001 Cross Creek Blvd.) will host a Meet & Greet featuring more than two dozen local authors, who will present book talks and autograph copies of their works (which will be available for purchase), beginning at 1 p.m. Genres will include fantasy, mystery, historical, romance, fiction, non-fiction and children’s literature. A portion of the sales proceeds will benefit the Friends of the New Tampa Regional Library. For more info, call 273-3652.

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Alzheimer’s Support Group Wednesday, April 20 – The USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute is starting a new support group for individuals who have memory loss or who have recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. The group will meet on the third

Wednesday of every month at 1 p.m. at the Institute (4001 E. Fletcher Ave.). There is no cost to attend, but reservations are requested. For more information, or to make a reservation, call Mady Ernst at 974-4355 or visit health.usf.edu/ nocms/byrd.

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Business Briefs

If you have gently used fashions or accessories by Banana Republic (left) or a Marc Jacobs Bombay Satchel (right), you can make some quick cash by reselling these and other designer items to Sophia’s Boutique in the New Tampa Center.

Sophia’s Now Buying Designer Merchandise

When owner Charles Tuozzo opened his Sophia’s Boutique in the Publix-anchored New Tampa Center plaza (across Bruce B. Downs Blvd. from Hunter’s Green) in July of last year, he featured items like new offlabel designer-worthy clothing, as well as unique jewelry, shoes and accessories. But, in January, Tuozzo recognized that competing with the many designer stores in the nearby Shops at Wiregrass mall in Wesley Chapel wasn’t necessarily the best marketing plan. To that end, in January, Tuozzo overhauled his concept and, today, Sophia’s is New Tampa’s Upscale Secondhand Boutique, buying gently used designer labels, including everything from the top department stores, such as Nordstrom, Dillard’s, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s and Saks Fifth Ave, but also other high-end designer stores such as J Crew, Banana Republic, Juicy Couture, Anthropologie, Seven For All Mankind and True Religion, as well as handbags from Coach, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs and Coach, Cole Haan shoes, Chanel sunglasses, Legacy College Jewelry and many more. Buying manager Michelle Wyper says that, “Basically, we’ve created a niche between the mall and consignment stores such as Plato’s Closet,”


Wyper says. “Where Plato’s concentrates on ages 12-24, we’re looking for upscale fashions and accessories for women ages 18-60. So, whether you’ve lost or gained a bunch of weight or you just want to clear out some of those high-end labels to make some quick cash, we hope you’ll think of us first.” Wypers notes that Sophia’s is NOT really a consignment shop. “We will consign some really expensive items, like Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs purses,” she says, “but for the most part, we actually buy your merchandise for about 20-30 percent of what we can sell it for in the store.” Sophia’s (19020 BBD Blvd.) is open six days a week and will buy your merchandise from noon-5 p.m. on Sunday, 2 p.m.-6 p.m. on Tuesday, 2 p.m.-5 p.m. on Wed. & Thurs., and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Fri. & Sat. For additional information, call 971-6900 or visit Facebook. com/SophiasTampa.

Catter ton’s Lawn Care

If you’re in the market for a new lawn service or would like to add some great new landscaping to your yard, Catterton’s Lawn Care & Landscaping is now offering weekly lawn service to all homeowners in New Tampa and Wesley Chapel at greatly reduced rates! Catterton’s has eleven years of experience and fully understands how

to care for your property, so quality service is guaranteed! And, with rates for lawn service starting at just $50 per month, you just can’t beat the price or the quality! Other services available include trimming of oak trees, hedges, ligustrums, viburnums and even palm trees and Catterton’s also can install new sod and mulch. Many plants were lost due to the freezing temperatures this winter and Catterton’s can restore your landscaping to its original condition. And, if you need an entirely new landscaping design, Catterton’s partners with Siobhan’s Magical Garden Fairies (visit DesignandTime.com for more info), an exterior designer company that has created hundreds of wonderful new design transformations across the Tampa Bay area. Call Catterton’s Lawn Care & Landscaping today to begin your spring lawn service at 751-9915 or 713-2366.

Basic Black Collection Moves To Wiregrass Mall Never underestimate the power of a driven woman with a passion for fashion. Back in 2008, West Meadows fashion expert Sydney Alexander brought her online store to a shop in the SuperTarget shopping center on Bruce B. Downs Blvd in Wesley Chapel. Alexander, a Massachusetts native, has had an eye for fashion since she was a little girl and followed through by attending New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. Sydney went on to manage the contemporary sportswear department at Neiman Marcus and, three years ago, was able to realize her dream of owning a shopping destination where women could explore and become educated about trends and fashion that fit their lifestyle and bodies. This year, Sydney’s hard work and ambitious plans have come to fruition, as her Basic Black Collection has now reopened in the Shops at Wiregrass mall, across from the Aja Wiregrass night club. The Grand Opening celebration of the new Wiregrass location featured wine, cheese, cake and other

refreshments, as long-time customers and mall passersby enjoyed some great Grand Opening sale prices. “Basic Black Collection is aimed at women from (ages) 20 to 60, so there is always something for everyone,” Sydney says. “We pride ourselves in offering dresses, accessories & jewelry for a wide variety of women’s tastes, budgets and body types.” The new Basic Black Collection is now open at 28437 Paseo Dr., Suite 110, in the Shops at Wiregrass mall (between Dillard’s and Rac Room Shoes). Call 345-8506 or visit BasicBlackCollection.com.

Sign*A*Rama Cuts A Ribbon Congratulations to Sign*A*Rama of New Tampa owners (and local residents) Beatriz Cardona-Hiller and her husband Roberto Hiller, who celebrated the Grand Opening and Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting, wine tasting and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital fund raiser on February 24, at their store located at 1821 BBD Blvd. in Wesley Chapel, next to Nutrition S’Mart. The couple comes to Sign*A* Rama, a worldwide chain with more than 1,000 locations, with 25 years of combined sales experience in the technology industry. Beatriz says, “With our background in sales and our vision of growth, Sign*A*Rama made for a good fit.” The store can create customdesigned banners, A-frames, vehicle wraps and even digital signage, using cutting-edge industry software. For additional information about Sign*A*Rama of New Tampa, call 994-0101 or visit SignaramaNewTampa.com.

Munchel Brothers Wants To Buy Your Gold!

Also now open in the Shoppes at New Tampa of Wesley Chapel is Munchel Brothers Jewelry & Coin Exchange, which now has three Central Florida locations. The Wesley Chapel store, located next to PizzaMania, is happy to buy your coins, watches, diamonds and of

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Congratulations to the owners of Sign*A*Rama of New Tampa (next to Nutrition S’Mart on BBD), which celebrated with a Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremony last month. the Chamber’s Board of Directors, it course, gold jewelry, while prices for gold and silver are at all-time highs. was decided that West would be Munchel Brothers has decades of replaced, but not with a new executive experience in the coin and jewelry director. Rather, the duties of that posibusiness, so visit them first for a free tion will be split into two new positions appraisal to get the best possible price. that the Chamber is now looking to fill For more information, call — a director of operations and a direcMunchel Brothers (1738 BBD tor of sales and marketing. Blvd.) at 994-1572 or visit “The decision was made to form MunchelBrothers.com. two roles after careful thought and consideration of factors such as the consisWC Chamber Seeking Two tent membership development, expanTo Replace Exec. & More sion of office programs and growing The Greater Wesley Chapel Cham- events,” Chamber president Laura ber of Commerce (WCCC) had been Miller said in a release. planning to go forward without an Resumes for both positions, are executive director after the group’s last being reviewed by a formal selection top staffer, David West, resigned to committee. start a new church. Greg Lenners, general manager of However, after some discussion by The Shops at Wiregrass and Honorary

Chamber Board member, one of twelve candidates running for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man of the Year, hosted an Inaugural Parade for Wesley Chapel down Paseo Dr. in the Shops at Wiregrass on March 12. To help Lenners raise money (the Man of the Year is the candidate who raises th most money), WCCC businesses paid a fee to display a banner or sign, have staff walk in the parade, or even have a float in the parade. And, don’t forget that the WCCC is hosting its fourth annual “Celebration of the Arts,” which also will be held at the Shops at Wiregrass, on Saturday, April 9, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday, April 10, 11a.m.-6 p.m. For more info about the Celebration of the Arts, see page 1 or visit WesleyChapel Chamber.org.

The following Saturday, April 16, 8 a.m., the WCCC presents its fifth Annual Sporting Clay Shoot. This is a fun shoot for all ages and will be held at the premier Tampa Bay Sporting Clays facility (MyTBSC.com) off Ehren’s Cut-Off in Land O’Lakes. Way more fun than golf — where else can you ride around in a fancy golf cart and blast your bad shot out of the sky? The Sporting Clays Shoot will feature trophies, fun giveaways, gun drawing and food. For more information, contact Capt. Rob at 431-5887. And, for additional information about the parade, the Celebration of the Arts, Wesley Chapel Chamber membership or available positions with the Chamber, visit WesleyChapelChamber.com or call the Chamber office at 994-8534. — GN

The first-ever Wesley Chapel parade was more than just a fun way to showcase the Shops at Wiregrass mall. It also was a fund raiser for mall GM Greg Lenners’ campaign for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man of the Year. Photo by Jeff Miller.

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Dr. Nicole Mitchell Can Help You Live Life With A (Healthy) Smile By Michael Smith Whether you realize it or not, the first thing many people notice about you is your smile. Of course, there are a plethora of products available these days that claim to whiten your teeth, freshen your breath and give you a dazzling smile, but the best way to a truly beautiful and healthy set of teeth is still a good relationship with a topnotch dental professional, like Dr. Nicole Mitchell, DMD. Dr. Mitchell, who opened her office in The Walk at Highwoods Preserve plaza in New Tampa in November, practices all aspects of general dentistry, such as exams, cleanings, extractions, fillings and more, but she also specializes in cosmetic procedures, too, including straightening, crowns, implants, bridges and veneers, all of which can help give you the movie star smile you’ve always wanted. Dr. Mitchell is a native of Connecticut who moved to Tampa while she was in junior high. She attended Gaither High and then the University of South Florida, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, before entering the U.S. Army and receiving her DMD degree and advanced training as a dentist while stationed at Ft. Benning, GA. After the Army, Mitchell returned to the Bay area, where she worked at a group practice for another five years before striking out on her own. A self-admitted “people person,” Mitchell says she originally took up dentistry because she liked the idea of combining her love of science with the opportunity to work with her hands while helping to improve her patients’ lives. “For me, it’s the perfect combination of art and science,” she says. “I love what I do, and I’d do it even if I didn’t get paid for it.”


While it may be the general dental work that is the meat and potatoes of any dental practice, Dr. Mitchell says, to her, the cosmetic aspect of her practice is, “the fun stuff.” “That’s because it is the most rewarding, for both the staff and the patients,” she explains. “Changing a person’s smile makes a pretty dramatic difference in the way they look, and how they feel about themselves, too.” However, Dr. Mitchell and her staff also emphasize the importance of regular maintenance and preventive care, too, “above and beyond what a lot of other dentists do.” That’s because a healthy mouth is not only important for a nice smile, but it can also help to prevent a variety of other health problems throughout the body. In fact, Dr. Mitchell says, one recent study even indicated that the plaque that builds up on teeth is the same as the plaque that builds up in arteries, and showed that there is a link between periodontal disease and hardening of the arteries, heart disease, diabetes, respiratory illness and other issues. Despite all the advantages of receiving regular dental care, however, many people are still afraid of going to the dentist. That’s not the case with Dr. Mitchell’s patients, however. Not only does she utilize the latest in painless dentistry, her staff also is the most genuinely friendly and caring group of professionals you could imagine — from administrative assistant Laura, who mans the front desk, to Kristen, the hygienist, and Michelle, who assists Dr. Mitchell and also is qualified to perform many procedures herself — you’ll feel at ease as soon as you walk through the door. That was certainly the experience of Debra Kitter, who was so happy with the results of her dental work that she says she carries a stack of Dr.

Mitchell’s business cards to hand out to family members and friends. “I’ve referred probably six people to Dr. Mitchell already, including my daughter and son-in-law,” Kitter says. “I never liked going to the dentist but, with her, you don’t even feel it. She treats her patients like they are friends, and all of the girls who work there The friendly and caring staff at the dental practice of Dr. are so nice and Nicole Mitchell, DMD (second from left) in The Walk at outgoing, it’s Highwoods Preserve will leave you smiling, too. wonderful. She’s Fridays. Emergency appointments definitely one of the best dentists I’ve also are available if needed. The ever seen.” practice is an in-network provider The office of Dr. Nicole Mitchell, DMD, is located at 18043 for Metlife, Delta Dental, Cigna and Aetna insurance plans, and also Highwoods Preserve Pkwy., offers Care Credit financing. between the Ho King restaurant For additional information, or Westshore Pizza in The Walk at Highwoods Preserve plaza. Regular to schedule an appointment, visit NicoleMitchellDMD.com or call office hours are Monday-Thursday, 957-5887. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and 8 a.m.-noon on

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New Tampa Chiropractic & Injury Center Is About Quality Of Life! took over an existing chiropractic office in Wesley Chapel last July and says he is If you suffer from any type of pain, thrilled with the response he has whether it was caused by an auto or received from the local community. sports-related accident or any other rea“I like that we are so close to the son, a visit to an experienced chiroprac- (Pasco-Hillsborough) county line and tor like Dr. William Scheu, D.C., of the S.R. 56,” he says, “so we are within New Tampa Chiropractic & Injury easy access of patients in New Tampa, Center (located between Marshall’s and Lutz and Land O’Lakes, as well as WesSuperTarget in the Northwood Shopley Chapel. This is a great community.” ping Center) can make a huge differDr. Scheu says says New Tampa ence in your quality of life. Chiropractic & Injury Center focuses “Pain is always our primary focus on lifestyle issues, such as stress manas chiropractors,” says Dr. Scheu, who agement, core strengthening and overall has been living and plying his trade in fitness and nutrition, in addition to Florida the last eleven years. Dr. Scheu, ongoing chiropractic assessments and who lives with his wife Kim and chiladjustments to help his patients live dren Mackenzie, 12, and Logan, 8, in healthier, less painful lives. the Trinity area of New Port Richey, “I have a Bachelor’s degree in previously practiced in Holiday, but Nutrition Sciences, so I can combine nutritional counseling with chiropractic care,” he says. “We also offer massage and physical therapy services, so this is really a total wellness center. We say that health care is not an event, it’s a process.” Dr. Scheu is a thirdgeneration chiropractor who This Hydromassage bed is a luxurious way to received both his B.S. in Nutrition and his Doctor of relieve your stress and aches and pains. By Gary Nager


Chiropractic degree from Life College in Marietta, GA, and he says he has always believed in the power of chiropractic care. “I wanted to be a Drug Enforcement Agency agent growing up,” he says, “but I basically worked as a free office assistant in my dad’s office for years and I saw how many people he helped. The older I got, the more I realized what a great profession this is and how many people I can help, without risking my life every day.” In addition to back and neck pain, Dr. Scheu says chiropractic care can help relieve pain from fibromyalgia, headaches, TMJ (jaw pain) and many degenerative diseases. “We use a computerized spinal exam,” he says, “which helps both me and my patients understand what’s really going on and how I can help.” The thermography machine, which is based on heat treatments first developed by the ancient Greeks, measures the function of both the nervous and motor (skeletal) systems and pinpoints the source and location of pain in the body, which will be warmer in the locations where the injuries or anomalies exist. He says the Greeks would put wet mud on a body and wherever the mud dried fastest, because that area was warmer,

Chiropractor Dr. William Scheu, D.C., says chiropractic adjustments can help relieve more than just back pain. those were the areas they would treat. Dr. Scheu also can take x-rays and order ultrasounds, blood work and work hand-in-hand with a patient’s physician to ensure that they receive the best possible care. “There are some congenital conditions that chiropractors can’t treat,” he says, “but most of the time, we can provide significant relief for your pain.” While there are still some who scoff at chiropractic medicine because it can take so long for it to provide permanent relief from some kinds of pain, Dr. Scheu notes that if you laid out your brain and spinal column end-to-

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A happy crowd of Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce members and business associates helped Dr. Scheu and his family cut the ribbon at New Tampa Chiropractic & Injury Center, which is located in the SuperTarget-anchored Northwood Shopping Center on Bruce B. Downs Blvd. at County Line Rd. end, it would be “about twelve miles long, which means there is a lot involved with relieving pain. Except for sudden accidents or injuries, most pain takes years to develop, so you can’t expect anyone to get rid of it for good in just a few minutes.” The New Tampa Chiropractic & Injury Center (1283 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.) is open Monday-Friday and offers a $25 new patient consultation, which includes exam and X-rays (a $325 value; the patient and any other person responsible for payment has the right to refuse pay, cancel payment, or be reimbursed for any payment

or any other service, examination, or treatment which is performed as a result of and within 7 hours of responding to the free, discounted, or reduced fee, service, exam or treatment). The New Tampa Ciropractic & Injury Center also offers school and sports exams. Most major insurance plans are accepted. The office also is affiliated with Conforti Chiropractic, which has offices in Oldsmar and Trinity, and with Benttree Chiropractic in Carrollwood. For additional information, call 994-6111 or visit ConfortiChiropractic.com.

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Tampa Rejuvenation Focuses On Healthy Life Changes By Melissa O’Brien How is your quality of life? Are you overweight and exhausted? Are you tired of battling your weight — starving yourself and endlessly working out — only to gain it all back and then some? It may be time to get some answers as to why you are still gaining weight and feeling lethargic. “Now” just might be the right time to begin a compete change in lifestyle — a compete rejuvenation of yourself. Tampa Rejuvenation, a medical weight loss and wellness center located in the Palm Villa Centre next to the Shoppes of Amberly plaza in Tampa Palms, offers an integrated approach to health and well-being to enhance the quality of your life. Scientific studies indicate that the reality is that it may be even slight hormonal imbalances that are causing your weight battles and/or loss of energy. Tampa Rejuvenation’s team of experts is comprised of on-staff physicians, registered dieticians, clinical nutritionists, medical assistants and personal trainers who can identify, diagnose and create an individualized program to ensure each patient’s success. “What makes us different than other weight loss and wellness centers is that we are promoting a more complete


lifestyle change,” says Tampa Rejuvenation owner Brett Markowitz. “We combine the use of medicine, exercise and nutrition to create a customized program to get you healthy and to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle. Many people don’t realize that proper hormone balance is crucial to maintaining optimal health. Hormone levels decline as we age and sometimes they need to be replenished in order for our bodies to function properly.” Markowitz, a registered personal trainer and licensed nutritionist who lives in Tampa Palms, opened Tampa Rejuvenation in 2005 with a team of physicians and other nutrition and exercise experts. His staff includes Johanna de Vryer, M.D., an internal medicine physician; Caroline Van Sant-Crowle, M.D., a family physician; and James K. Vogler, D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathy), a Board-certified Ob/Gyn surgeon with 28 years of experience. In addition, Chris Young and Eddie Rodriguez are on-staff personal trainers and Niki Middlekauff is a registered dietitian, while Kelly Raposo is the clinic’s corporate nutrition coordinator. Markowitz says that by looking at each patient as an individual with unique needs and concerns, Tampa Rejuvenation does not focus on treating

Owner Brett Markowitz (far right) and the friendly, professional staff at Tampa Rejuvenation in the Palm Villa Centre on Amberly Dr. in Tampa Palms (near Lifestyle Fitness) provides many different options to help you look and feel your best. diseases, but rather provides a proactive approach to the prevention of many diseases. “We offer a team of experts that will structure programs and educate our patients on how to maintain their health,” Markowitz says. “Many of our patients not only feel and look better, they also reduce their risk of chronic and debilitating diseases. They experi-

ence more joy and vitality and some have been able to wean off of previously prescribed medications (if cleared by their primary care physician).” Dr. Vogler says obesity has become an epidemic problem in America. “Being overweight is a precursor to a lot of the other medical conditions,” he says. “We are seeing multisymptom diseases in people such as car-

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The transformation of Tampa Rejuvenation client Michelle Ruszin, who has lost more than 50 lbs., has been nothing short of spectacular. diovascular disease, diabetes and renal Tampa Palms, says that hormonal influ(kidney) disease due to obesity. Tampa ences do come into play with weight Rejuvenation offers a lifestyle change management. “Tampa Rejuvenation that can be disease-preventive. Our pro- administers both blood and saliva testgram offers a different slant on what ing on site, studies the lab results and some weight management places are health history and listens to our doing. Weight management is pretty patients’ symptoms,” he says, “because universal and no one has the patent on hormonal balance is crucial to mainit, but by understanding that it is a taining optimal health.” long-term process and lifestyle change, Markowitz says he started Tampa and that it is not simply about weight Rejuvenation because he saw a need for loss, but body mass index (BMI), Mr. programs that would offer patients the Markowitz has gone one step further.” opportunity for on-going success. Dr. Vogler, who also lives in “So many people who are on diets

or who try other programs can feel cheated over and over again,” he says. “It can be very defeating for people to keep getting contradictory messages about weight loss or if you lose weight on a program and then put all the weight back on again.” Markowitz adds that the first step in the process is just coming in for a free consultation. “We will meet with you, assess your needs, challenges and goals, and then set expectations,” he says. “After that, you will be scheduled for your required diagnostic testing to analyze your current health and well-being. This includes all of the necessary lab testing and, based upon the results, our experts will recommend what is best for you. All of our programs are customized because everyone is different and has unique needs.”

A Miraculous Transformation Michelle Ruszin, who lives in Tampa Palms, says she has experienced a total transformation after visiting Tampa Rejuvenation. “Over the course of the past couple of years, I was just not taking care of myself, and I kept gaining weight,” says Ruszin. “And, I started noticing I was getting lazy. I came across Tampa Rejuvenation because they are located behind my bank and I was intrigued. I would see the sign and wonder what it

was, so one day, I decided to go in.” Ruszin met with Markowitz and had her free consultation. “After a complete evaluation, I started with HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin, a hormone produced in pregnancy that is used for weigh loss) and lost 22 pounds. But, I lost more weight after I stopped the HCG, because I kept doing the workouts at Tampa Rejuvenation’s on-site gym and following the plan the nutritionist and dietitian put me on and I now have lost a total of 53 pounds.” Ruszin says she is proud that she lost the weight, but even more proud because her BMI went from 43 percent body fat to 22 percent. “My husband says that I look better now in my mid-30s than I did in my 20s,” she says. “I have recommended the program to so many people and have posted my results on Facebook. You can diet all you want, but if you don’t have the support of people — and the maintenance and motivation — you will fail. Brett is such a positive person and the support you get from him and his staff is remarkable.” Tampa Rejuvenation’s New Tampa location is at 15303 Amberly Dr., Suite B. The South Tampa location is at 2007 W. Swann Ave. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, call 558-9500 or visit TampaRejuvenation.com.

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Education Updates Wharton’s Roberts Shines Yet Again At County Science Fair Once again, Wharton High senior Jasmine Roberts was named the best of the best of the county’s brightest students, taking top honors at the Hillsborough Regional Science & Engineering Fair, which was held in February at the Tampa Convention Center. For the third year in a row, Roberts, 17, not only won first place in her chosen category, Medicine & Health, but also Best of Fair, senior division, for her project entitled “Monocytic Gene Cell Therapy: Potential Treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease.” In doing so, Roberts, who is the daughter of Justus and Minnie Roberts of Hunter’s Green, set three Hillsborough County records, her father said — the first Wharton student to win both first place and Best of Fair awards three consecutive times, the first Wharton student to represent the state of Florida at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair for three consecutive years, and the first student in the county to win both first place and Best of Fair awards five times in six years.

Wharton High senior Jasmine Roberts, aka “The Science Princess” Roberts also gained national attention, and an appearance on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and other national news programs, in 2006, when she was still at Benito Middle School, for her experiment which showed that ice machines in fast food restaurants contained more bacteria than the toilets in those same restaurants.

Since that time, Roberts has moved on to more lofty endeavors, most recently conducting research on Alzheimer’s disease at the University of South Florida’s Johnnie B. Byrd Alzherimer’s Institute. And, for this year’s Science Fair, Roberts conducted actual surgical experiments in which she injected cultured cells directly into the skulls of laborotory mice. Roberts will now go on to represent Hillsborough County at the Florida State Science competition and the Intel International Science Fair in Los Angeles in May. Besides Roberts, a number of other elementary, middle and senior high students from the public schools in our area also received honors at the county event. They include: Amrutha Ajjarapu, Benito, third place, junior chemistry; Ilenia Armstrong, Bartels Middle School, first place, junior environmental science; Lorenzo Armstrong, Wharton, second place, senior biochemistry; Amy Bauer, Wharton, second place, senior biochemistry; Michael Bell, Benito, first place, junior botany; Richa Bisht, Bartels, first place, junior chemistry; Ben Bryant, Liberty Middle School, third place, junior medicine & health science; Madison Eckelman, Liberty, third place, junior zoology; Gabriella Gonzalez, Bartels, first place, junior biochemistry; Cesar Maeda, Wharton,

second place, senior engineering; Keenan McMahon, Freedom High, first place, senior physics; Alfonso Pacheco, Bartels, honorable mention, junior medicine & health science; Michael Pease, Bartels, second place, junior behavioral & social science; Sheela Ranganaghan, Liberty, third place, junior medicine & health science; Grant Smith, Benito, second place, junor mathematics; and Isable Tomsich, Liberty, first place, junior engineering. In addition, Patrick Kelly and Zarak Khalil of Benito won honorable mention in junior physical science, team division. All of the first place winners will go on to the state fair. There also were several winners at the elementary level, including: Ashley Cone, Hunter’s Green Elem. (HGE), Karina Garcia, HGE; Joshua Gomes, HGE; Mairyn HarrisJones, HGE; Maggie Helmke, Turner Elem,; Huzefa Johar, Clark Elem.; Sakina Johar, Clark; Tarron Key, Turner; Minjoo Kim, Turner; Michael McCarthy, Pride Elem.; Lara McKeown, Clark; Daniel Pascual, Clark; Aryan Patidar, Clark (Best of Fair - 5th grade); Chloe Potts, Tampa Palms Elem.; Kendall Priesse, HGE; Olivia Priesse, HGE; and Gabriella Rivera, Turner. And, Connor Phelps and Christian Phelps of Turner and Michael Terracciano, Tyler Kopicki and Jada Reyes of HGE won team awards. Congratulations to all for a job well done.

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Sports Briefs NTLL Alumni Kallie Shirling Receives Softball Scholarship In March, New Tampa resident Kallie Shirling, who is a standout on the Academy at the Lakes softball team, accepted a scholarship offer from Thomas University in Thomasville, GA. Shirling, who plays shortstop and second base and is an excellent hitter, signed a letter of intent at a ceremony before the entire student body at the AatL gymnasium. Probably the proudest person in attendance, however, was Jack Shirling, Kallie’s father, who also happens to be the coach of the Academy team. Jack said that Kallie, who started her career in the New Tampa Little League at age 6, is the first NTLL player to advance through every level of the program and then receive a college scholarship. “She’s a terrific kid,” Jack Shirling said. “She’s played up throughout her entire career, and she’s always helping me and the other players whenever she can. I’m really happy for her, but

Kallie Shirling, with Thomas University head softball coach Brian Wilson. it is a little bittersweet, though, because I feel like I’m losing the best assistant coach I ever had.” Kallie, an honor roll student who also plays volleyball and volunteers as a summer camp counselor, says that she received several scholarship offers, but chose Thomas after visiting several different campuses, partly because it is relatively close to home and partly

New Tampa Wildcats Holding Free Football Camp & Football & Cheerleading Registration The New Tampa Wildcats youth football program will offer a free football camp for players ages 5-15, on Sunday, April 10, 3 p.m.-5 p.m., at Wildcat Field, which is located at 9190 Imperial Oak Blvd., behind the Turner Elementary/Bartels Middle School campus in Live Oak Preserve. Players of all skill levels are invited to participate. Check-in begins at 2:15 p.m., and participants should wear shorts, a T-shirt and football cleats. Water will be provided, but players also are encouraged to bring their own sports beverage of choice as well.

Following the camp, the Wildcats will hold Open Registration for Tampa’s Pop Warner football and cheerleading for the 2011 season, 3 p.m.-5 p.m., also at Wildcat Field. Participation in football costs $225 and cheerleading is $190 for the season (those are the early registration discount prices; after April 10, the prices increase by $25). For more information, contact football commissioner Danny Biglow at 345-8524 or by e-mail at CoachBiglow@hotmail.com; or visit NewTampaWildcats.org.

because she liked the small-school atmosphere that it offers. “(Thomas) was my favorite, so It’s a real honor for me to be able to go there,” she said. Prior to transferring to Academy

at the Lakes for her junior and senior years, Kallie attended Wharton High. This year, she leads the 4-4 (at our press time) Lady Wildcats with a .440 batting average, with three doubles, two triples and a home run. — MS

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Comedy, Concerts & More Highlight April Entertainment Just as the weather is starting to heat up, so, too, is the Tampa Bay area entertainment scene, with dozens of outstanding local and national performers and events slated to open here over the next several weeks. Here is a sampling of some of the highlights:

An Evening With Carol Burnett

Thursday, March 31 - It has been a while since Carol Burnett’s hilarious variety show was on the air, but the sixtime Emmy Award-winning actress and comedienne still has plenty of loyal fans. This special event is modeled after the off-the-cuff Q & A sessions that were a funny and touching part of every episode of The Carol Burnett Show. Carol Burnett will appear at Clearwater’s Ruth Eckerd Hall (1111 N. McMullen-Booth Rd.) at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $44-$85, with a limited number of VIP tickets available for $175, which includes premium seating & VIP reception with a pre-show buffet. For more info, call (727) 7917400 or visit RuthEckerdHall.com.

Parks & Rec Dept. Hosts Friday Extra Concert Series Fridays, April 1- May 27 - This year’s Friday Extra Concert Series, presented by the City of Tampa Parks & Recreation Department, features some of the Tampa Bay area’s most talented acts, playing jazz, rock, blues and country music. The series runs Friday

evenings in April and May, with each show beginning at 7 p.m. April’s concerts will take place at the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa, while May’s shows will be held at the Lowry Park Bandshell in North Tampa. The lineup includes: April 1: O Som do Jazz with Larue Nickelson and Jeremy Powell (jazz); April 8: Poetry ‘n Lotion (bluegrass/jazz) with Acho Brother (Latin/electronica); April 15: Lois Greco with Al “Coffee” McDaniel (blues); April 29: Whitney James with Roberts and Vanstone (jazz); May 6: Ditchflowers with Ed Woltil and Steve Robinson (pop-rock); May 13: Have Gun, Will Travel with Lauris Vidal (altcountry); May 20: Rubix Cubed with Undercover Band (covers); May 27: Amanda Drake & the Barnburners with Suite Caroline (country). (Note: there will be no concert on Good Friday, April 22).

98Rockfest Returns To The St. Pete Times Forum Saturday, April 2 - Every year, hard rock fans eagerly await the coming of the Rockfest, which is presented by radio station 98 Rock (WXTB-FM). This year’s headliners include 3 Doors Down, Stone Sour, Seether, Theory of a Deadman, Skillet, Halestorm & Art Of Dying (subject to change). The main show kicks off at 6:15 p.m. at the St. Pete Times Forum (401 Channelside Dr.), but it will be preceded by a free concert on the Forum’s

outdoor plaza, where three “national acts (TBA)” are scheduled to perform. VIP and “Pit Pass” tickets were sold out at our press time, but general admission seats costing $30-$53 were still available. There usually also are some opportunities to pick up some free tickets prior to the show. For additional information, visit 98Rockfest.com.

Legendary blues guitarist Robert Cray is one of this year’s headliners at the Tampa Bay Blues Festival.

Harry Connick, Jr., Brings Suave Style To Ruth Eckerd Friday, April 8 - In acute contrast to the 98Rockfest, New Orleans native Harry Connick, Jr., has earned his living (along with three Grammy awards, seven Top 20 albums and 10 No. 1 albums), with an easygoing blend of swing, jazz and pop music.

Connick is scheduled to perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $50-$115. For more information, call (727) 791-7400 or visit RuthEckerdHall.com.

Tampa Bay Blues Festival Features The Best In Blues Friday-Sunday, April 8-10 Hailed as one of the premiere blues festivals in the world, the Tampa Bay Blues Festival showcases the best in American blues music. This year will be no exception, either, with headliners Jonny Lang, The Robert Cray Band and Tab Benoit & The Voice of the Wetlands Allstars being joined by a slew of other great acts. As always, the festival will be held at the Vinoy Waterfront Park in downtown St. Petersburg, with gates opening at noon on Friday and Saturday and 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets cost $30 per day or $75 for 3-day pass, or $150 per day or $325 for VIP passes, which includes front-row seating, a VIP food tent, and more. For more information, visit TampaBayBluesfest.com.

Lady Gaga-Monster Ball Tour Saturday, April 16 - Since the release of her breakthrough smash, “Just Dance,” in 2008, New York Citynative Lady Gaga has become an international superstar, known almost as much for her off-the-wall costumes and publicity-seeking outlandish behavior as See “Entertainment” on page 44.

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Rotary’s Pig Fest To Take A Giant Leap As An Event On May 14! four local Rotary Clubs have joined forces to produce this year’s event — the New Tampa Although it has been a hugely Rotary, the New Tampa Noon successful event the last seven years, Rotary, the Wesley Chapel there is no doubt that the eighth Rotary and the Wesley Chapel annual (but recently renamed) Rotary Sunrise Rotary Club. Although Pig Fest, which will be held Saturday, th New Tampa Noon and May 14, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at St. morning Rotary Clubs have Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church joined forces for the Pig Fest in on Cross Creek Blvd. (just east of years past, this marks the first Bruce B. Downs Blvd.) will take a time that Rotary Clubs in Wes- (L. to r.) Pig Fest co-chairs Robert Garofano and Peter Gambacorta and Rotary Club of New giant leap forward this year. Tampa president Gary Gunter discuss the plans for this year’s event at the Pig Fest 2011 Kick ley Chapel will be part of the So, anyone planning to attend Off party held March 9 at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites. Pig Fest and both Don McBath what started out as the original New and Jim Zehnder, representing Tampa (breakfast) Rotary Club’s Gunter said, “I asked my friend held at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel the Wesley Chapel Rotary Clubs, say annual “Pig Roast” can expect more Gary Nager of Neighborhood News if & Suites on Galbreath Rd. (across food, more beverages, more entertain- they are proud to be involved. he could help us out with some free from Muvico) on March 9, so if the The four clubs also joined togethment, more prizes and, best of all, advertising for this year’s event and he enthusiasm from the rest of the New er to to share a packed Kick Off party more publicity than ever before, as said, ‘Anything you want.’ That really Tampa community can match the excitement at the Kick Off event, there got the ball rolling for us with media sponsorships.” is little doubt that the renamed “Pig In fact, Gunter now estimates Fest” will indeed be the biggest and 2011 Pig Fest media sponsorships at best yet. more than $25,000, as The Laker/Lutz After indulging in free “heavy” News and True Oldies 106.3 WJQB(yummy) hors d’oeuvres provided by FM joined us as “Sizzlin’ Hot” Spon2011 Pig Fest co-chair Robert Garosors, the St. Petersburg Times and Full fano of Ciccio’s Lodge, Garofano and Throttle Intermedia have signed up to his co-chair Peter Gambacorta, New be “Smokin’ Hot” sponsors and The Tampa Rotary president Gary Gunter Advisor magazine, Tampa Bay Woman and entertainment chair Bob Thompnewspaper and Your Community son all gave more than 100 attendees A total of more than 100 members of four area Rotary Clubs and particiNewsletters have become “Extra an update on why this year’s Pig Fest Spicy” Sponsors. is being taken to a “whole new level.” pating sponsors attended the Pig Fest Kick Off party. By Gary Nager


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Ed Morse Cadillac is another “Smokin’ Hot” Sponsor and other “Extra Spicy” Sponsors include Gunter and Gunter Insurance, Big Frog Tshirts of Wesley Chapel (which created the event’s cute T-shirts) and Cicco’s Lodge. The event’s “Cajun Hot” Sponsors are Pepin Distributors and Lee Roy Selmon’s. “Instead of being behind St. Mark’s, the event will be tented in the

Event entertainment chair Bob Thompson performed an original, untitled theme song for the Pig Fest at the Kick Off event.

church’s parking lot, which will give us more visibility from Cross Creek Blvd.,” Gambacorta said. “And we are adding many other new features, too.” Garofano noted that there will be eight competitive pig roasting teams this year, serving more than 1,000 pounds of BBQ pork and chicken. Selmon’s will provide the cole slaw and baked beans and there will be beer provided by Pepin Distributing and the Yuengling Brewery, wines provided by Premier Beverage and thousands of dollars in cash and prizes that will be given away. Five-time Pig Roast competition winner Gary Callicoat returns with his team, Sir Pigs Alot and the Knights of the Holy Grill. Will anyone be able to best them this year? This year, there will be cash prizes for the top three pig roast teams. “We hear that the New Tampa Noon Club and the Wesley Chapel Club are both gearing up to challenge the reigning champion,” said Garofano. “We even dropped ticket prices from $25 to just $20 each,” added Gambacorta. “We’re hoping to double the number of attendees to 1,500 this year. It’s ambitious, but we think we can do it.” Children under 12 will be admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult. Ticket price includes pork, chicken, cole slaw and beans, beer,

wine, water and soda. The YMCA will provide a bouncy house and the Church playground also will be open. Other new features planned this year are a cheerleader contest, a Rotary Classic car show, an opportunity to donate blood at the Florida Blood service Bloodmobile, a pie-eating contest, tug of war contest, a martial arts demonstration by Quest Martial Arts, a New Tampa Dance Theatre demonstration, a grits-eating contest, face painting and a bouncy house provided by the New Tampa Family YMCA, a color Guard for an American flag ceremony and a Tampa Fire Dept. Truck and demonstration. The entertainment will be provided by the Bob Thompson Band, Pasco Lefty Band, the Wharton High jazz and marching bands and more. And, best of all, the Rotary Pig Fest is a fund raiser for the charities that each of the participating Rotary Clubs supports. Last year’s smallerscale Pig Roast netted $15,000 for Rotary-supported charitable organizations and Gunter said, “We certainly hope to far surpass that total this year.” There are still sponsorship/vendor opportunities available to participate in this year’s Pig Fest. Vendors who make at least a $100 donation and whose products or services are approved for sale at the event by the Pig Fest committee will be eligible to sell those

It wasn’t slow-roasted pig, but the food served by Ciccio’s Lodge at the Kick-Off party was special, too. products or services at the events, using “Pig Bucks,” another new feature for this year’s Pig Fest. For sponsorship, vendor and attendance information, as well as ticket sale locations, call Gambacorta at 380-4014, attend a meeting of a participating Rotar y Club or visit NewTampaRotar y.org.

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Continued from page 37 her admittedly catchy electronic dance music. Lady Gaga will bring her “Monster Ball Tour” to the St. Pete Times Forum (401 Channelside Dr.) for a show beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $49.50-$175. For m ore information, visit SPTimesForum.com.

Tampa Is “The Final Frontier” For Iron Maiden Sunday, April 17 - Although they have never received much in the way of mainstream radio airplay, England’s hard-rocking Iron Maiden has achieved remarkable success and influenced countless other bands over the past 30-

Mindi Abair Brings Soulful Sax Home To The Bay Area

Lady Gaga visits the St. Pete Times Forum on April 16. plus years. This gig, which begins at the St. Pete Times Forum (401 Channelside Dr.) at 8 p.m., is the last stop on their worldwide “The Final Frontier Tour” (in support of the album of the same name), and their first visit to Tampa since 1991. Tickets cost

Wednesday, April 20 - Jazz saxophonist, singer and songwriter Mindi Abair calls St. Petersburg her home, but she has gained national attention and acclaim for her smooth playing and sultry singing while working with artists like the Backstreet Boys, Duran Duran, Josh Groban, Lee Ritenour and others. She’s also recorded several well-received albums of her own, including 2010’s “Hi Fi Stereo.” Mindi Abair is presented by Ruth Eckerd Hall, but she will perform at the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $45.50 and $59.50. For more information, visit RuthEckerdHall.com.

Chicago To Perform From Huge Library Of Hits

Iron Maiden will rock the St. Pete Times Forum on April 17.


Thursday, April 21 - Although they would later evolve into staples of adult radio, with a string of hit ballads in the 1970s and ‘80s including ‘If You Leave Me Now,” “You’re The Inspiration” and “Hard Habit To Break,” Windy City natives Chicago started out as a hard-rocking experimental jam band known as the Chicago Transit Authority. Despite numerous personnel changes and other issues, the band has

become one of the most successful in history, second only to the Beach Boys in terms of caeer chart-topping singles (21) and record sales (more than 100 million sold worldwide) among American bands. Chicago will perform at 8 p.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall (1111 N. McMullenBooth Rd. in Clearwater). Tickets cost $52-$92. For more information, visit RuthEckerdHall.com.

Fans Still Swooning For Tom Jones, Even At 70

Friday, April 22 - One of the true legends of pop, Tom Jones has been making hits and female fans swoon since the 1960s, with a repertoire of Vegas-style hits like “It’s Not Unusual,” “What’s New Pussycats,” “Delilah” and a remake of the Prince hit “Kiss.” Now in his 70s, he has proven that he is still a vital force in the music industry, however, with the release of last year’s stripped-down album of Gospel and spiritual music, Praise and Blame. Tom Jones will perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater (1111 N. McMullen-Booth Rd.) at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $42-$103. For more info, visit RuthEckerdHall.com.

Metal Takes Center Stage In The Aluminum Show Saturday, April 23 - Combining

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elements of movement, dance and visual theater, similar to shows like Cirque du Soleil, the Blue Man Group, Stomp and others, but all connected by the central theme of aluminum, this show has become an international pheThe Aluminum Show visit Ruth Eckerd Hall Apr. 23. nomenon. It makes its atre (4802 U.S. Hwy. 301 N. at the first stop in the Tampa Bay area with Florida State Fairgrounds) at 7 p.m. two shows at the Ruth Eckerd Hall in Tickets cost $38.25 & $85.95. Clearwater (1111 N. McMullen-Booth For more information, visit Rd.), beginning at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. For ticket prices and other info, LiveNation.com. visit RuthEckerdHall.com.

Tim McGraw Returns With “Emotional Traffic” Tour Friday, April 29 - Country superstar Tim McGraw must like being on the road. After being named by Billboard magazine as country music’s number-one touring act of 2010, he and his Dancehall Doctors are back again with the “Emotional Traffic” tour, featuring special guests Luke Bryan and the Band Perry. In addition to a selection of his 32 No. 1 records, expect him to play his newest single, “Felt Good On My Lips.” The “Emotional Traffic” show will begin at 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphithe-

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Seasons Fresh Café — One-Of-A-Kind Flavors & A Unique Business By Gary Nager I have been a fan of Seasons Fresh Café, which is now located in the Palms Connection plaza on E. Bearss Ave (one block west of Bruce B. Downs Blvd.) since it opened in its original location in The Walk at Highwoods Preserve plaza north of I-75 on BBD. This unique brainchild of the husband-and-wife team of Don and Cecilia Ball, Seasons Fresh Café is a still-evolving concept that will one day be New Tampa’s own organic restaurant/café, organic produce/farmer’s market, flower shop and wedding/special event party planning/catering business. Yes, I know that’s an awful lot of slashes (/), but that’s genuinely because Seasons Fresh is so much more than just another local restaurant. Currently open for lunch every day but Sunday and for breakfast on Saturday mornings, Seasons Fresh is an “organic fresh food café” which features fresh organic produce, a menu that changes with each season, daily chalkboard specials featuring everything from fresh sea scallops and seared ahi tuna to pork tenderloin sandwiches and lobster rolls and authentic (and truly delicious) Illy coffee and espresso drinks from Italy. Cecilia, who has a business degree

Among the colorful, fresh choices at Seasons Fresh Café in the Palms Connection plaza on E. Bearss Ave. are the grilled chicken salad, the roasted turkey wrap and the incredibly sweet side of fresh fruits, served with Greek ygurt. ings, which also appear on the handat least have some good coffee for but also went to culinary and floral written chalkboard behind the counter them. We did our research and found school in Japan, had a successful caterwhere you order cafeteria-style, Illy. Soon, we added scones and other ing and wedding (and other party) although you will never confuse Sealittle pastries and snacks and it wasn’t planning business in South Carolina for sons Fresh’s healthy, delicious cuisine or long before we converted a portion of seven years, relocated with Don and the service you get from their friendly their family to Florida because Don had that space into our first café.” Cecilia who has now planned wed- and obviously happy employees with a business contract here. any school cafeteria. dings and created organic private dinWhen that contract ended, the two The current Seasons Fresh lunch ners for 25-450 people in Clearwater, decided to open the original Seasons menu offers a wonderful variety of Sarasota and Tampa, says that, “The Fresh in Highwoods in 2009, even wedding business grew and lunch grew cool, warm, panini and wrap sandwichthough Cecilia already had a studio on es, as well as crisp, fresh salads and and we knew we wanted a better locaCommerce Park Blvd. in Tampa Palms homemade soups, and of course, those tion with outdoor patio dining. We for her party planning business. The were excited to find this location.” The great daily specials. Many of the sandfirst Seasons Fresh was primarily a small wiches, including my favorite pork tennew Seasons Fresh Café location has organic produce and floral market and derloin panini (which was a recent daily only been open since January 2011. more visible location for Cecilia’s wedspecial), are brushed with a mild basil Because the menu will always be ding planning business, but Don says or arugula pesto sauce, and all are changing with the seasons, Seasons that, “When people would have to wait served with your choice of delicious Fresh doesn’t have a printed menu, at all for us, we realized we needed to dipping sauces, from herb-infused mayonly photocopies of the current offer-

You can see and purchase a wide variety of beautiful orchids at the Saturday Fresh Market at Seasons Café. Coming soon: organic and regular produce for sale.


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The pork tenderloin panini sandwich (left) goes perfectly with a cup of fresh-brewed Illy coffee imported from Italy (center). You can check the chalkboard in the pic to the right for “regular” menu items and daily specials at Season’s Fresh Café in the Palms Connection plaza on E. Bearss Ave. turing organic egg dishes and fritattas ato, café au lait, cappuccino Viennese, onnaise to chipotle yogurt, as well as Cecilia says that all of Seasons and Cecilia says full breakfast will be café mocha, iced coffee and iced capside dishes of the freshest fruit (with Fresh’s sandwiches are made with speserved every day very soon, by April at puccinos and lattés. Greek yogurt available) and differentcial artisan breads baked by Publix the latest. But, if you’re not a certified cofdaily seasonal side salads, cornichons exclusively for the café. Also scheduled to begin in April is fee-holic like me, you have plenty of and nicoise olives). I also have enjoyed “You can’t buy our bread in Publix a full organic and other produce other delicious beverage options, the roasted turkey wrap sandwich, the yourself,” she says. “We special order it farmer’s market, which will add to the including an exclusive selection of grilled chicken panini, the French and pick it up fresh every day. Our Damman blended teas from Paris, 100- orchids and other fresh flowers availturkey club “warm” sandwich, the breads only stay fresh about three days able now. The market also will have percent fresh fruit and vegetable Bavarian honey ham “cool” lunch sand- because we won’t let Publix use presersmoothies and juicers. made with tropi- vendors selling organic cotton T-shirts, wich, the hand-crafted (halal) chicken vatives of any kind for us.” desserts and preserves. “We also plan cal and locally grown fresh fruits (“No salad and the obviously homemade vegSave room for dessert, like white to add a full-service florist to the back syrups, ever,” says Cecilia.) and vegetaetable soup. Other salads include the chocolate raspberry bread pudding, of the store, dinners and new ‘signables and blended with organic low-fat New Tampa Saturday Farmers Market blueberry and cranberry scones, seasonture’ sandwiches for lunch, as well as yogurts, Greek yogurt, fruit sorbets or salad (a surprise mix of today’s favorite al cupcakes and muffins and more. container gardening.” says Cecilia. low-fat ice creams. fresh veggies and seasonal ingredients), And yes, every time I dine at SeaSeasons Fresh Café (2816 E. the Seasons Fresh chopped salad and sons Fresh, I feel like I have to indulge Bearss Ave.) of fers free deliver y Coming Soon! the Skyway Cobb, served with your in either a cup of that perfectly smooth Although I haven’t yet sampled it, within the New Tampa area. For choice of a spectacular array of homeand balanced Illy coffee or a cappuccino more information, including caterSeasons Fresh does currently serve made dressings, including my favorite or latté featuring Illy’s world-famous ing/party planning, call 866-4444. breakfast on Saturday mornings, feacreamy balsamic vinaigrette. espresso roast. There’s also café macchi-

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Land & Sea Market Still Providing Great Value For New Tampa original Land & Sea on Gunn Hwy. 16 years ago, and many New Tampa resiIn this economy, is there anywhere dents gladly drove to visit that store in New Tampa you can get top-quality before the New Tampa location choice meats, fresh Florida seafood, opened. Today, Hampers and his family Boar’s Head sliced meats and cheeses, a also have locations in South Tampa, variety of made-in-store shish kabobs, Valrico and on S.R. 60 in Brandon, in spices, sauces, spreads, produce and addition to the Gunn Hwy. and New even desserts at more-than-fair prices? Tampa markets. Well, considering that the Land & Mike Young, the manager of the Sea Market, located in the Oak Ramble BBD location, says Land & Sea is still Plaza on Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd., in the business of providing great food, just south of Tampa Palms, has been a great value and superior customer servpopular fixture in our area for seven ice. “If you don’t see what you want, years now, I’m sure many of you all you have to do is ask,” Young told already know that you won’t find better another shopper during my most recent quality food at better prices anywhere visit. “How thick would you like that else in our area. ribeye cut?” Owner Dean Hampers opened the I am definitely a huge fan of Land & Sea’s hand-cut-toorder steaks, including those popular ribeyes, New York strips, bacon-wrapped filets and even porterhouses and store-marinated flat iron steaks. I’m also partial to the market’s soup chickens, baby back pork ribs and especially, the fresh If you love sliced-to-order Boar’s Head meats and cheeses, sushi-grade yellowfin tuna ($2 under market you can’t beat the prices or the variety at Land & Sea. By Gary Nager


Mike Young, the manager of the Land & Sea Market located in the Oak Ramble Plaza on BBD, can offer (l. to r.) thick ribeye and New York strip steaks, marinated shish kabobs, lean ground beef, tomato and mozzarella skewers, stone crab claws (in season), delicious yellowfin tuna and a perfect chicken Kiev. price on “Tuna Tuesdays”) that has fresh grouper and flounder, Alaskan turned me into an expert at making my king crab legs and an incredible variety favorite seared tuna with black and of store-marinated kabobs in chicken, white sesame seeds and wasabi and soy beef, pork and even seafood. I also samdipping sauces, all of which are available pled Land & Sea’s chicken Kiev, which at Land & Sea. is loaded with the same butter and On my most recent visit, the store spices you’d find in fine restaurants and was stocked with huge fresh Florida tastes every bit as good, except you stone crabs, as well as great-looking bake it yourself.

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When you cook a Land & Seaprepared chicken Kiev, it cooks up truly restaurant-quality. If your family craves Boar’s Head sliced meats and cheeses, Land & Sea has you covered, with specials like the Ovengold turkey for only $5.99 a pound! Want a great price on locally famous Mike’s Pies for dessert (I heartily recommend the Reese’s peanut butter pie)? You’ll find a complete selection. Need sauces, condiments, party spreads and even exotic items like frozen soft shell crabs, black eyed peas, store-prepared crab and lobster bisque, grouper cheeks and so much more. Check out the specials in Land & Sea’s ad on page 51 of this issue for great specials, like “BOGO Mondays,” “Tuna Tuesdays,” “Bourbon (steak) Wednesdays,” “Chicken Thursdays” and “Filet Fridays.” Land & Sea Market (14943 BBD Blvd. opens ever y day at 10 a.m. and is open Monday-Friday until 7:30, until 7 p.m. on Saturday

In addition to the finest meats, cheeses and seafood, you can pick up great condiments, spices and sauces (top) and slices of Mike’s Pies (above) at Land & Sea. and until 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. For more info, call 977-3155 or visit LandandSea.com.

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D R I V I N G S E RV I C E Don’t Have a Ride? Don’t Want to Leave Your Car? Shouldn’t Drive? We Drive You and Your Car Home! Night Clubs, Corporate Events, Sporting Events, Concerts, Appointments, Airport or Stranded... Call Jay at 813-966-1530.

Need home maintenance? Almost any job, large or small, ext/int, fencing , screening, sm. concrete, sprinklers, painting, repairs, int. doors, locks, sheet rock, windows, paint, caulk, grout, trim, shelving, garages organized. Installations, removals, pressure washing, wood restoration & more. Call Dale’s Home Maintenance @ 973-0194 or 727-2582. RAYMOND PAINTING. Interior & Exterior, Pressure Washing, Paper Hanging, Plaster, Stucco, Tiles, Concrete, Clean & Seal Pavers. LICENSED & BONDED. References Available. FREE ESTIMATES. Your Neighborhood Arbor Greene Resident. WE WORK 7 DAYS. CALL 994-5124. FREE ESTIMATES.


Foreclosure Homes & Bank REO listings by email at www.TampaForeclosuresToday.com. Team Bohannon, Coldwell Banker 813-982-7512

Enjoy your time & let A.T.B. Landscaping & Lawn Service do the work for you. We provide landscaping, lawn maintenance, clean-ups, tree & hedge trimming, sodding, sprinkler repair & fertilization. Other services also available. 907-LAWN

PREMIERE TAMPA REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT COMPANY. Purchase Investment Properties From Us At 50-60% Of Market! Looking To Deal With Serious Repeat Cash Buyers ONLY! Call BILL Directly For Special Pricing @ 813-480-2119

Greg’s Paperhanging. For all of your wallpapering needs. Licensed & insured, clean, quick & reason-

NTLC Property Maintenance. Residential & Commercial lawn maintenance for New Tampa & Wesley Chapel. Sprinkler repair, tree trimming,











CLUB CHURCHHILL VILLAS GATED COMMUNITY 2BR /2BA – GOLF COURSE & WATER VIEW. 1451 sqft 2 car gar $900 mo.$1000sec $50 fee. Avail April 1, Call or txt 813-310-3142 Town Home for rent in Meadow Pointe, gated 1 car garage, 3 br, 2.5 bath & loft – Maint. Free. $1200 per month. Please call 541-3158.

T A I C H I L E S S O N S Tai Chi Classes open to the public at the Club Tampa Palms. Benefits: Strength, Flexibility, Balance, Focus and reduced stress. Class Times, Tues. Seniors 2:30-3:30 pm and Beg. 7-8 pm. Also New 6-week Beginners courses starting every few months. Space is limited. Contact me for more details. Also personal instruction in Tai Chi, Kempo Karate, Boot Camp Fitness training and more. With more then 30 years of training and teaching experience. Call Peter today #787-7560 or E-Mail me at chuan-fa@tampabay.rr.com



Tired of working out of your house? Is a long commute getting to you? Need space in New Tampa? Cory Lake Professional Center is your answer!!!! Office suite available. 950 Square Feet. Short term / long term options. Call David at 813-494-8654.




Math Tutor now available for in-home. Math Tutor now available for in-home lessons in Tampa Palms/New Tampa area. I teach math at HCC and can tutor you at any level, beginning through advanced. Raise your grades, improve your grasp of math or take it to the next level. $25 per hour, 4 classes minimum. I will tailor your lessons to suit your needs. Let 2011 be your year for success in math! Local references available. CALL (813) 382-3027.

BRIDGE PLAYERS WANTED Bridge Players Wanted. Intermediate level. Join very small group in New Tampa once or twice per month for three hour session. Daytime, weekday. Call Harry at 813-907-2541 for details.



Trinity Church of Wesley Chapel welcomes you. David Huff, Senior Pastor, Sunday Worship 8:15 and 10:45 am. Please Join Us at 33425 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel, FL 33543 (approximately one mile west of Home Depot intersection) Questions? Phone 813-788-2898, Email wc@trinitychurchwc.com New Praise Service – NOW- coming soon……

S E L L Y O U R S T U F F Turn your clutter into cash! Garage & estate sales, inventory, liquidation, & appraisal services. We'll sell it for you online!We evaluate & appraise your products then get you top dollar. We do the work you get the cash. Ask me how, contact Mary at 813-428-5793.








Want to get into shape? Come to TRI-LIFE TRAINING whose focus is to help you achieve your health & fitness goal. We have clients 15 to 92 years old each w/ a custom program. We have the right program to put you in the best shape of your life. We offer personalized & private personal training & small classes. Small Yoga classes for both athletes & non athletes. We have USTA coaches for the 3 Triathlon sports. The Studio is friendly & clean. Visit our website today at www.trilifetraining.com and call 813 -514 2232.



For Advertising Information Call 813-910-2575 • Volume 19, Issue 7 • March 26, 2011 • www.NTNeighborhoodNews.com

For Advertising Information Call 813-910-2575 • Volume 19, Issue 7 • March 26, 2011 • www.NTNeighborhoodNews.com



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New Tampa Issue 07-11  

Issue 07-11 New Tampa Hits mailboxes Saturday, March 26th, 2011.

New Tampa Issue 07-11  

Issue 07-11 New Tampa Hits mailboxes Saturday, March 26th, 2011.