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June 12, 2009

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Road Crews Will Be Busy Around Our Area This Summer By Michael Smith While the extension of S.R. 56 eastward from the Shops at Wiregrass mall continues to be mired in ongoing debate over who should pay for the relocation of utilities, Pasco County officials are moving forward with other planned area road projects, including the widening of Bruce B. Downs Blvd. (BBD, aka C.R. 581) and the widening of S.R./C.R. 54. Work also is under way on the reconstruction of the bridge over S.R. 54 at I-75 in preparation for the future widening of the interstate and the roadway underneath the bridge. Pasco County commissioner Pat Mulieri says that she and other county officials met late last month with representatives from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT),. the Tampa Electric Co. (TECO), and the develop-

ers of Seven Oaks, Meadow Pointe and Wiregrass Ranch to discuss the issues that are holding up the S.R. 56 project, namely, who is responsible for paying the estimated $100,000 or so that it will cost to relocate utilities around the intersection of S.R. 56 and BBD. The utilities belong to TECO, but company officials say that the intersection work is a private project, since it is being paid for by the developers, which would mean that the developers should have to pay for the utility work. County and FDOT officials, however, are of the mind that it is a public project, which would mean that TECO would have to pay to relocate the utilities. Unfortunately, the impasse was not resolved at the May meeting, but Mulieri says there was some progress made, and the two groups are scheduled to meet again on June 15.

“There was some tension,” Mulieri says of the May meeting, “but at least the technical people were able to stay late and work together to get closer to resolving the issues.” Land clearing has begun for the widening of BBD The bottom between County Line Rd. and S.R. 54. line, according to located just south of the intersection of both Mulieri and FDOT spokesperson Kris Carson, is that it should be possible Mansfield Blvd. and S.R. 56. FDOT officials have said previously that they to reach some sort of compromise would not allow the extension to be agreement that will allow the extension opened to traffic until the improveto open to Mansfield Blvd. before the ments to the intersection of S.R. 56 and beginning of the 2009-10 school year BBD are completed, but they might in August. That’s when it would be now be willing to move forward even if very useful in providing access to Dr. the work is not finished. John Long Middle and Wiregrass Ranch High schools, both of which are See “Roads” on page 9.

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Oaks Golf & Country Club and other giveaways. In addition, while their parents are checking out the health care displays, children who attend can enjoy a variety of free activities provided by employees from Sports & Field. Both the Expo and the children’s activities will be held inside, so the Expo will go on rain or shine. There is no charge for admission. A complete listing of physicians and providers who have registered to participate in the Expo is available online at newtampamarketing.com. For additional information, contact Yaney by e-mail at maryann @newtampamarketing.com or by calling 765-8113.

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distinguish themselves in the area’s crowded healthcare field. “There’s plenty of competition out there, and especially in these tough economic times, doctors are realizing that they have to market themselves,” Yaney says. But, she adds that the Expo also will be beneficial for consumers, in that they will be able to meet a wide variety of healthcare providers at one time, before they actually have a need for services, and that can help them determine if the doctor’s personality, philosophy and/or services are right for them. While the physicians are prohibited from performing any actual medical tests during the Expo, several will be offering free blood pressure screenings. There also will be informational displays, free healthy wrap sandwiches and snacks provided by Lexington

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More than 70 area physicians, medical professionals and representatives from other health-related businesses will be on hand to meet local residents and share information about their services during the first annual New Tampa/Wesley Chapel Health Expo, which will be held Saturday, June 13, noon-3 p.m., at Sports & Field (2029 Arrowgrass Dr., off and

north of S.R. 56 in Wesley Chapel). “It’s going to be a one-day mall for doctors,” says Mary Ann Yaney, president of New Tampa Marketing & Concierge Services, who is organizing the event, along with title sponsor Dr. Stephanie Bien, D.O., of the Cenegenics Medical Institute, also located in Wesley Chapel. Yaney says that the inspiration for the Expo came from some local physicians who were looking for a way to

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Remembering My Friend Ina Saiger (1929-2009) I’m pretty sure most of you don’t know who Ina Saiger (née Cohen) was, even though she lived in Tampa Palms the last couple of years of her life. Truth is, I never really knew her, either, although I believe I actually met Ina years before I ever met her daughter Suzi, who became my good friend and stand-up comedy writing partner a little less than a year ago. Just so you understand the type of woman you’re dealing with here: Ina, who passed away May 26 at the age of 80 from complications from a stroke following surgery on her lungs, decided at age 71 that, after years of playing competitive tennis herself, she would become a tennis teaching pro. She was the pro at the world-renowned Cheeca Lodge in Islamorada from 1998-2007

An editorial by Gary Nager (she also taught a little at Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club), and I’m almost positive she gave my boys lessons somewhere around 2000 or 2001, when we used to stay at the Cheeca year after year. Nearly a decade later, when she and I became friends through her daughter, Ina already had suffered some health setbacks and probably only weighed around 90 lbs. soaking wet. But, she and her sweet standard poodle Jane would sit with Suzi and me on the back porch of Ina’s house 1-2 days each week as we all worked together to refine Suzi’s stand-up material. Ina, for years a heavy smoker, always came up with more of Suzi’s top one-liners than I ever did, but somehow, she decided that one day, she and I were destined to do a little comedy

act of our own together. She said the only way the act would work was if I played straight man Ed MacMahon to her wise-cracking Johnny Carson. So, even though I didn’t know her long, Ina’s grace, wit and sincere spirit will always be with me. Her and Suzi’s relationship was not only beautiful, it was unique. They fed off each other’s senses of humor like few mothers and daughters I have ever met. But, even though she’ll no longer be helping Suzi polish her act, the gift of gab — and laughter — she gave her daughter will surely live forever.

Rest in Peace, Ina Saiger. (January 4, 1929-May 26, 2009)

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NEWS UPDATES...................................Pages 1-12

Publisher & Editor Gary Nager Managing Editor Michael Smith Correspondents

Protect Yourself From Auto Burglars.................................4 News Briefs........................................................................5 School Board To Purchase Meadow Pointe School Site; Tampa Firefighter Charged After Multiple Accidents; Videotaped Robbery, Beating Results In Arrests Plans For National Tennis Center Fall Through..............8

Kate Kramer • Melissa O’Brien • Matt Rubin

Advertising Sales & Billing Manager Julie Rinaldi Advertising Account Executives Lisa Ross • Sandra Nelson Art Director Tony Sica Graphic Designer Sandra Nelson Office & Marketing Assistants Jacob Glenn • Karen Glenn

Nothing that appears in Wesley Chapel Neighborhood News may be reproduced, whether wholly or in part, without permission. Opinions expressed by Wesley Chapel Neighborhood News writers are their own and do not reflect the publisher’s opinion. The deadline for outside editorial submissions and advertisements for Volume 17, Issue 14, of Wesley Chapel Neighborhood News is Monday, June 22, 2009. Wesley Chapel Neighborhood News will consider previously non-published outside editorial submissions if they are double spaced, typed and less than 500 words. Wesley Chapel Neighborhood News reserves the right to edit and/or reject all outside editorial submissions and makes no guarantees regarding publication dates. Wesley Chapel Neighborhood News will not return unsolicited editorial materials. Wesley Chapel Neighborhood News reserves the right to edit &/or reject any advertising. Wesley Chapel Neighborhood News is not responsible for errors in advertising beyond the actual cost of the advertising space itself, not for the validity of any claims made by its advertisers. © 2009 JM2 Communications, Inc.

Roads (Cont. from page 1)................................................9 Wesley Chapel Community Calendar...................10-11

BUSINESS UPDATES...................................12-17 Wesley Chapel Business Briefs.........................................12 Florida Hospital Zephyrhills Cardia Care Center Receives Accreditation.........................................................14-15 Look Younger With Tampa Palms Plastic Surgery...16-17

EDUCATION NEWS..........................................20 PCSO Offering Student Safe Driving Course; Author Offers $500 Prize In Writing Contest SPORTS UPDATES.............................................21 Local High School Sports Wrap-Up...............................21

NEIGHBORHOOD MAGAZINE Polo’s Italian Grill Is Better Than Ever....................23, 30 Let Matt Clark Capture Your Special Moments............27 Thirsty? Call Beer Runners............................................31 Neighborhood Nibbles.........................................32-33

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Don’t Let Yourself Become A Victim Of Auto Burglary By Michael Smith Local law enforcement officials say that it could and should be one of the most easily preventable crimes, and yet, every year, dozens of vehicles in our area are “broken into,” mostly because drivers continue to leave their vehicles unlocked, which authorities say is like an invitation to any would-be burglars. “Criminals are opportunists,” says Pasco County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) spokesman Kevin Doll. “People only make it easier for them by leaving their cars unlocked or with valuables inside in plain sight.” Fortunately, Doll says, aside from a rash of cases earlier this year in the Lexington Oaks subdivision, auto burglary hasn’t been much of a problem in the Wesley Chapel area so far in 2009. That’s different from last year, when the area was targeted by an organized group of criminals from outside the county. Doll says PCSO cracked the ring with a special task force of detectives and deputies, and that task force will be reactivated this summer, when the number of vehicle burglaries typically increases. “We just want to head off any problems before they arise,” Doll says. Meanwhile, south of the Pasco/

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Hillsborough county line, officers with the Tampa Police Department (TPD) have been battling a wave of break-ins since the beginning of the year, including 15 burglaries that took place in one night May. According to TPD Patrol Sgt. J.F. Preyer, those recent break-ins took place in Cory Lake Isles, where eight residents were victimized, and Arbor Greene, where another seven vehicles were broken into. As has been the case in the past, the thieves’ usual targets are small, easyto-carry electronics, such as I-Pods and GPS devices, that are often left right in plain view within the vehicles. “It’s become an epidemic,” says Preyer, who adds that the number of auto burglaries has been steadily rising since the beginning of the year. And, as usual, the typical offenders are teens who are out looking for a few kicks, a few easy bucks and sometimes, bragging rights at school. “This year, the kids have a new term for it, ‘carhopping,’ which we’ve never heard anywhere else but in New Tampa,” says TPD Det. Heather Bishop, the lead investigator on the auto burglary cases. Both Bishop and Preyer are quick to point out, however, that despite what

many people think, the offenders aren’t always “bad” kids from other parts of town, either. “These are not kids from ‘over there,’” Preyer says. “We’ve seen supposedly good kids who make good grades and (in at least one case) are going to go to Ivy League schools.” He cites the case of four teens who were arrested earlier this year after breaking into more than a dozen vehicles in several neighborhoods around the New Tampa area. The four were all students at Freedom High in Tampa Palms, had no prior records and were driving one of the teens’ mother’s vehicle while committing the crimes. “We thought (the wave of thefts) might slow down when we caught those four, but that hasn’t been the case,” Preyer says. The problem has gotten so bad recently that TPD actually resorted to using its reverse 911 system to call local residents to warn them about the thefts and remind them to lock up their vehicles after the break-ins in Cory Lake Isles and Arbor Greene. Officials with both departments also say that Neighborhood Watch groups are effective in the fight against burglaries, and can offer assistance for those who want to start up a group in their community.

One problem, the officers say, is that many area residents feel that they are safe from crime because they live in gated communities. That is a false assumption, as proven by the break-ins in Cory Lake Isles and Arbor Greene, both of which are gated (and guarded) communities. So, what can you do to avoid becoming a victim? Both Doll and Bishop have the same advice: make sure your car’s doors are locked and the windows are closed at all times. Better yet, park inside your garage if possible. Also, keep valuables out of sight by locking them up in the trunk or bringing them inside your home. For more information, or to have a deputy or community volunteer visit your community’s Neighborhood Watch group (or if you are interested in starting one), call PCSO’s citizens’ support services section at (727) 844-7764.

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W ESLEY C HAPEL School Board To Purchase Meadow Pointe School Site

Earlier this month, the members of the Pasco County School Board approved a contract for the purchase of a 73-acre parcel of land within the Meadow Pointe subdivision for a future middle school. Pasco County School District assistant superintendent Ray Gadd says that the parcel, located off Meadow Pointe Blvd., was a good buy at $1.4 million, even though the School District doesn’t plan to build the new school for at least 8 or 9 years. “That’s what we’re planning, to the extent we can predict what will happen the next few years,” Gadd says. The School District has been in the midst of a building boom, especially in the Wesley Chapel area, where no less than half a dozen new schools have been built over the past several years, including Wiregrass Ranch High, Dr. John Long Middle, Veterans Elementary and others. Gadd says that during the height of the area’s explosive growth prior to the real estate market collapse, the District was seeing as much as 40 percent of its overall growth from the Wesley Chapel area. That has changed, for the time being, but everyone expects the area to continue to grow once the economy turns around, he says. On the other hand, the depressed economy has resulted in a drastic reduction in prices for land in the area. The new property, at roughly $21,000 per acre, is a good bargain, compared to the $50,000 per acre that the School Board paid for the land in the Wiregrass Ranch development. After the School District conducts due diligence on the property, the contract will have to be approved by the Pasco County Board of County Commissioners. And, once the middle school is built, Gadd says that there is

News Briefs enough room on the property to accommodate a new elementary school as well, if the District needs to build another one in the area.

Tampa Firefighter Arrested After Multiple Crashes

A veteran firefighter with Tampa Fire Rescue was arrested April 26, after authorities say he was involved in five separate accidents within the space of less than 10 minutes. According to reports, 50-year-old Mitchell Lee Smith, a 19-year veteran of the department, crashed into three mailboxes, a metal cable TV box and another vehicle that was parked on the Mitchell Lee street in the Pebble Smith Creek neighborhood where he lives. The reports say that all of the accidents occurred between 8:07 p.m. and 8:13 p.m., and that the total damage was estimated at around $800. Smith was arrested at his home about two hours after the accidents, and was charged with four counts of leaving the scene of an accident and one count of leaving the scene of an accident with property damage. He was released from jail after posting a bond of $1,250.

Alexander Fernandez of Tampa, was hit in the face by someone inside the bar. Fernandez went outside to get a baseball bat from his vehicle, and when he came back to the front of the bar, another man tackled him from behind, and a third person began kicking him while he was on the ground. Then, someone took the bat from his hand and struck Fernandez in the head with it, and as he lay on the ground in a daze, two other individuals rifled through his pockets and took his wallet. The entire incident was captured on videotape, and several days after the attack, the person who took the video returned to the bar and distributed copies of the video, which also was posted on the YouTube website. HCSO investigators were able to identify the person who made the video, and when they went to his home with a search warrant, he was arrested, along with four other individuals who

were at the residence at the time. William T. Bogan, 25, of Thonotosassa, who police say was the operator of the video camera, was charged with one count of solicitation to commit strong-arm robbery for urging the other individuals to beat and rob Fernandez. Also charged were two other individuals who appeared on the video, Owen Reid, 22, and Perry Q. Paremore, also of Thonotosassa, who were both charged with one count each of possession of marijuana, as well as William Bogan’s brother Whitney, 23, and Fedell Jackson of Tampa, 24, who also were charged with marijuana possession. Fernandez was treated and released from a local hospital, and police are still looking for the two individuals who robbed him. Anyone who may have witnessed the attack is asked to call the HCSO at 247-8200 or Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay at (800) 873-8477.

Videotaped Beating, Robbery Results In Arrests

Five men were arrested after police say they videotaped a beating and robbery that took place outside of a local nightclub last month and posted the video on the internet. According to a release issued by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO), the incident took place just after 1:30 a.m. on May 28 at the Lutz Area Hang Out on N. Florida Ave. The report says that the victim, 21-year-old

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Plans For Tennis Center, Sports Complex Fall Through By Michael Smith Wesley Chapel residents will miss out on having a pair of great recreational facilities right in their backyards, now that plans for those facilities have either fallen through or gone elsewhere, but New Tampa residents are celebrating a decision by county officials that will pave the way for both the area’s first-ever community theater and a new ice skating/hockey facility and aquatic center. We learned late last month that the planned Pasco National Tennis Center will not be built, since negotiations broke down between county officials and Saddlebrook Resort owner Tom Dempsey, who was set to build and operate the tennis center on a 24-acre site within the Wiregrass Ranch development (adjacent to Saddlebrook). Neither side would comment on the breakdown in talks, except to say that they could not come to an agreement on the details of the proposed arrangement. County commissioner Pat Mulieri says, however, that the site, which was donated to the county by the Porter family, will be retained for some public use. Also, it was announced in May that

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a $31 million-plus sports and entertainment complex being considered for a site in Wesley Chapel will be built in the Trinity area of New Port Richey instead. Although the Pasco County Board of County Commissioners has yet to enter into an agreement with the developers of the proposed complex, which would include ballfields and other facilities, it now appears as though it will be built on a site within the Starkey Ranch development. Meanwhile, on May 6, the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners agreed to set aside 13 acres of land (see map) in the heart of New Tampa for the community theater and an ice rink/sports complex, which actually are two separate projects that have both been in the planning stages for several years. The 13 acres is part of the 81-acre parcel formerly owned by St. Joseph’s Hospital. The county purchased the land from the healthcare group in 2004 to use for stormwater retention ponds that are needed for the widening of BBD. However, there is more land than is needed for the ponds, so the remaining usable acreage, about 36 acres, was set aside for the theater and sports com-

plex, with some land left over for use as a passive park. The theater is the long-time dream of Doug Wall, president of the New Tampa Players community theatre group, which has been looking for a home of its own since the troupe was founded back in 2001. An earlier effort to acquire land for a theater died on the vine after running into opposition from local officials. “For seven years, we’ve been trying to get land from the city or the county to build a theater,” Wall says. Wall says the plan calls for a theater with about 250 seats to be built first, with additional facilities, such as dressing rooms, rehearsal spaces and administrative offices, to be added over time. “Our goal is to build a state-of-theart performing arts center for community theater, with everything that is necessary to put on full scale productions,” Wall says. Wall says that his group is in the process of going over all the numbers, but the current estimate is that the theater will cost between $4 million-$5 million, while the other facilities will cost an additional $1 million-$2 million. Jim Mennie, the president of Tampa Bay Sportsplex, Inc., says he has

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only been waiting for a “dirt commitment” in order to move forward with his company’s plan, which includes an 85,000-sq.-ft. facility with a pair of ice rinks and seating for around 300 spectators, for both hockey and recreational ice skating, as well as a full-fledged aqua center with an Olympic-size pool and diving facility. In addition, Mennie says the complex also will include a full-service restaurant, food court, pro shop, fitness center and public meeting rooms. “We are creating a true New Tampa town center,” Mennie says. Mennie also is crunching the numbers for his project, and estimates that the complex will cost between $6 million-$8 million. He is hoping to hold a Grand Opening on July 4, 2011.

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“Roads” Continued from page 1 Meanwhile, land clearing has now begun for the widening of BBD to six lanes between County Line Rd. (se photo on page 1) and S.R. 54. Crown Community Development, the developer of Seven Oaks, is responsible for paying for the $12 million project, which will expand the roadway from two lanes to six. It mirrors work being done south of the county line, where Hillsborough County has also begun widening the boulevard. It is not clear when the Pasco portion of the widening project will be completed, since it will have to incorporate the intersection at BBD and S.R. 56. Things also are moving ahead, albeit slowly, for the widening of S.R. 54 between I-75 and Curley Rd. Pasco County is still negotiating with property owners along the planned route, which will accommodate the widening of the roadway from two undivided lanes to six lanes divided by a landscaped median. In April, the county paid about $1.7 million to purchase three of the needed parcels, and county officials say they now own about three-quarters of the land needed for the project. All together, the

county had to purchase more than 100 separate parcels of land along the 3.2mile segment, and the final tab for all that property is expected to exceed $30 million. The county’s current schedule is to let the S.R. 54 project out for bid this summer, select a contractor by the fall, and begin construction at about the same time that S.R. 56 opens to Mansfield Blvd., so that commuters can use it as an alternative to bypass the construction on S.R. 54. Finally, further west on S.R. 54, crews are hard at work taking down the existing overpass at I-75, which will be replaced with a set of new single-span bridges to accommodate both the widening of S.R. 54 under the overpass and the widening of the interstate itself from four lanes to six. Work began on the $33 million project in February, and construction is expected to be completed by February 2010. There are some nighttime road closures that are made necessary by the work, but they are limited to the hours of 8 p.m.-5 a.m. on the interstate and 10 p.m.-5 a.m. on S.R. 54. For updates, including information on future road closures for this project, visit myTBI.com. And, of course, we’ll keep you posted about all of these projects.

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Community Calendar

Fine Art Photography Show

Through Tuesday, June 30 – The North Tampa Arts League (NTAL) will host a showing of the photos submitted in the club’s first-ever Fine Art Photography competition, “Viewpoint,” through the end of June, at The Great Frame Up gallery and frame shop, 1646 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. in the SuperTarget-anchored Northwood Plaza in Wesley Chapel. For hours and additional information, call 994-6700 or visit northtampaarts.com.

Wesley Chapel ‘Pill Drop’

Saturday, June 13 - The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) will be on hand to collect residents’ expired and unused medications, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Hess station (28232 S.R. 54, at S.R. 54 and Bruce B. Downs Blvd.). The Sheriff’s Office is providing this free service so that people can safely dispose of expired or unused pills, which can be a safety hazard in the home and can pose an environmental hazard if disposed of improperly. Residents can drop off their medications without getting out of their vehicles, and no information will be gathered

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from those who are dropping off items. For more information, call the PCSO at (800) 854-2862.

Free Networking Int’l

Monday, June 15 – Free Networking International (FNI), a group of area business owners, meets each Monday for networking and discussion, 8 a.m., at the Lexington Oaks Golf Club (26140 Lexington Oaks Blvd.). For more information, call Stacy Dalton at 469-5499.

Addiction Support Group

Monday, June 15 – Higher Ground Ministry, a Christ-centered support group for those afflicted with addiction, meets every Monday and Wednesday evening, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m., at The Dwelling Place (410 County Line W. in Lutz). For more info, call 949-1912.

Business Networking Int’l

Tuesday, June 16 – Business Networking International (BNI), a group of business professionals who work to support each other through qualified business referrals, meets every Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. at Song & Dance Studio (27221 Foamflower Blvd., off Old

Pasco Rd.) in Wesley Chapel. For more information, contact Nancy Cross at 789-7836 or by email at nancycross@crossrealty.com.

East Pasco Networking

Tuesday, June 16 – The East Pasco Networking Group meets every Tuesday morning, 9 a.m., at Beef O’Brady’s (1660 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., in the Shops of New Tampa at Wesley Chapel plaza). For more information, contact Frankie Ammons at 479-7997 or by e-mail at Frankie@studioglory.com.

Wesley Chapel Rotary Club

Wednesday, June 17 – The Rotary Club of Wesley Chapel meets every Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. at Los Vallartas Mexican Restaurant (in the Village Market shopping center at S.R. 54 & Bruce B. Downs Blvd.). For more information, call 2637188 or 383-6683.

Networking For Success

Thursday, June 18 – The Networking For Your Success group meets every Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m., at Song & Dance Studio (27221 Foamflower Blvd.) in Wesley Chapel. For more information, call Pamela Butler at 966-5156 or visit www.networkingforyoursuccess.com.

Wesley Chapel Wind Ensemble

Thursday, June 18 – The Wesley Chapel Wind Ensemble, a newlyformed community group of brass and woodwind players, meets every Thursday at 6 p.m. at Hyundai of Wesley Chapel (27000 Wesley Chapel Blvd./S.R. 54). New members are encouraged to join. For more information, contact Glenn at 746-4821 or by e-mail at trombonegww@juno.com.

‘Empowering Families’

Thursday, June 18 – Al-Anon Family Groups (AFG) hosts weekly “Empowering Families” meetings, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at the His Storehouse Thrift Store (35362 S.R. 54 in Zephyrhills). Childcare is available. For more information, call (888) 425-2666.

WC Sunrise Rotary

Friday, June 19 – The Wesley Chapel Sunrise Rotary Club meets every Friday at 7:15 a.m. at the Lexington Oaks Golf Club (26140 Lexington Oaks Blvd.). For more information, call Lynne Wilson at 695-6466.

WOW

Friday, June 19 – WOW, a business group for women, meets each Fri-

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day at 8 a.m. at Hyundai of Wesley Chapel (27000 Wesley Chapel Blvd./S.R. 54). All area businesswomen are invited to attend. For more information, call Darlene Reed at 263-4598.

Orchid Workshop

Saturday, June 20 & June 27 Cindy Gandalfi, owner of G Gardens & Things (3836 Flatiron Loop, off BBD Blvd. in Wesley Chapel) will host a pair of free orchid workshops, starting at 4 p.m. on both days. Topics will include what to look for when buying orchids, how to water & fertilize your plants, general care and more. Class sizes are limited, so those who are interested need to make a reservation by June 17 for the class on the 20th or June 24 for the class on the 27th. For more information, or to register, call 994-2120.

up in advance at jessicadanastudios. com. For more information, visit the website or call 949-8652.

‘Wings of Wesley Chapel’ Motorcycle Club

Tuesday, July 7 – The “Wings of Wesley Chapel, chapter FL1-L2 of the Honda Gold Wing Road Riders Association (GWRRA) meets on the first Tuesday of every month at Amici’s Pizza (26252 Wesley Chapel Blvd.). Dinner begins at 6 p.m., followed by the club meeting at 7 p.m. Riders of all types of motorcycles may attend. For more information, call Howie Taylor at 505-4126 or visit fl1l2.com.

‘Tampa Bay’s Next Superstar Baby’ Contest

Sunday, June 28 – Jessica Dana Studios in Lutz is inviting parents of infants from 7 months to two years old to participate in the “Tampa Bay’s Next Superstar Baby” contest, which will be held as part of the “Everything For The Baby Smart Baby Expo,” 11 a.m-2 p.m., at the Quorum Hotel, 700 N. Westshore Blvd. in Tampa. Those who are interested in participating must sign

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Business Briefs

Mar-Go’s Re-Opens On ‘Furniture Row’ Mar-Go Interiors owner Maria Gorter (center of photo below) has celebrated the Grand Opening of her new location on what I call Wesley Chapel’s “Furniture Row,” next to Ashley Furniture and Haverty’s (and yes, Shapes Fitness, too) with a Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting. At 1,400-sq.-ft., the new Mar-Go’s is only about a third the size of the original store, which is still open for business (as Maria’s “warehouse”) on S.R. 54, just east of Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd. Maria says, however, “We already have so much more traffic, so many more people who can actually find their way to the S.R. 56 store.” Like the original location, the new Mar-Go’s is filled with all sorts of decorating books, window treatments,

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objets d’art and so much more. And, if you’re looking for 75-percent-off decorative items for your home, Mar-Go’s “We-Couldn’t-TakeIt-All-With-Us-When-We-Moved Sale” will be held at the original Mar-Go’s location (28411 S.R. 54) on Saturday, June 20, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, visit the NEW Mar-Go Interiors at 26240 Golden Maple Loop, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., call 991-9660 or visit mar-go.com. — GN

Zayda’s Boutique Now Open At Alterations Studio

My dear friend Pegah Stegeman and her family are proud to announce the Grand Opening and addition of “Zayda’s Boutique Gently Used Upscale Clothing,” at their Alteration & Tailoring Studio, located at 3823 Turman Loop, Suite 102, in the professional plaza directly behind Dunkin’ Donuts on BBD at Mystic Oaks Dr. in Seven Oaks. With labels like Guess, Caché, White House/Black Market, Gap, Polo by Ralph Lauren and so many more

Pegah and Zayda Stegeman celebrate the Grand Opening of Zayda’s Boutique. already coming in from Pegah’s happy alterations customers, Zayda’s Boutique has something for just about everyone. “So many of our customers have these wonderful designer clothes that no longer fit them because they’ve lost weight that even we can’t alter them enough to make them fit,” says Pegah. “But, we’ll gladly consign them.” For more information, call 9075999, visit alterationstudio.net or stop in the Redfern Prof. Park.—GN

LA Fitness, Sweetbay Set To Open This Month

Area residents who are looking for a new place to work out may want to try the new LA Fitness center, which is now under construction in The Cypress plaza just south of County Line Rd. at BBD Blvd.

According to a spokesman for the California-based health club chain, the 50,000-sq.-ft. facility is set for a midJune opening and will offer a state-ofthe-art workout experience, complete with an indoor Jr. Olympic-sized lap pool, a full-sized indoor basketball court, a wide variety of top-of-the line exercise equipment, plus free weights and more. The company is offering special discounts for pre-opening membership packages. For more information, call 435-6040 or stop by the sales office, which is located at 20311 BBD Blvd., in the Shops of New Tampa at Wesley Chapel plaza. Meanwhile, the other anchor tenant in the new 350,000-sq.-ft. plaza, a Sweetbay supermarket, also is expected to open by the end of the month, according to leasing agent Karen Goss. The plaza also will include a number of restaurants, including a Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Hardee’s, Pita’s Republic, China Wok and Hungry Howie’s, as well as a hair salon, a nail salon and a dry cleaner, although construction of those spaces is not yet complete, and they will be opening later in the year. For more information about the plaza, visit unitedamericanrealty.com. For leasing information, call Goss at 977-5201, ext. 207. — MS

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Florida Hospital Zephyrhills Earns Cardiac Accreditation By Gary Nager Although there is still no update to report about its parent company (Adventist Health System)’s plans to build the first-ever hospital to be physically located in Wesley Chapel (in the Wiregrass Ranch development), Florida Hospital Zephyrhills (FHZ) was recently proud to announce that its Heart Institute has earned a prestigious national accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC). At a news conference held May 27 at the hospital, FHZ president and CEO John Harding; Heart Institute administrative director Gwen Alonso, R.N., M.S.N, C.C.R.N.; and Emergency Department director Kim McDermott, R.N., M.S.N.; told a small gathering of reporters that the SCPC accreditation was the culmination of a two-year journey and an important collaboration between the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) and the hospital’s separate Emergency and Cardiology departments. “We’ve been doing 150 open heart surgeries per year and calling our Heart Institute a Chest Pain Center without being accredited since 2006,” Harding said. “But, for the last nine

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months, the SCPC has looked closely at every aspect of that care, so we are very proud to have earned the SCPC’s seal of approval.” Harding and Alonso said that the goal of any cardiac care department is to save lives and, as Harding put it, “Time is tissue when you’re talking about a heart attack. If the hospital isn’t able to get your heart ballooned within 90 minutes of the heart attack, precious heart tissue will be destroyed.” In order to be accredited by SCPC, FHZ had to improve its front door-to-triage (when the nurse decides whether or not you’re actually having a heart attack or some other type of incident and front door-to-doctor times. “We are proud that 85 percent of our patients are now door-to-triage in 5 minutes and 92 percent go from front door to seeing a doctor in 30 minutes,” said Alonso. “Our goal is to keep reducing those times, but we are certainly proud of our record so far.” McDermott also noted that simple things, such as improved outdoor signage, also have contributed to the improved response times at FHZ. Considering that heart disease is still the number one killer in this country, those response times become even

more important when the person suffering with the cardiac incident is you or a member of your family. “Before, our emergency and cardiology departments and EMS were three separate entities,” said McDermott. “Today, we all work together as one cohesive unit and that definitely helps save lives.” FHZ and University Community Hospital on Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd. at Fletcher Ave. each are closer to a portion of Wesley Chapel’s still-growing population, but Harding says both are outstanding, SCPC-accredited Cardiac Care facilities that provide quality care for people in this area. Florida Hospital Zephyrhills is a full-service, 154-bed, mission-based facility operated by Adventist Health System, the largest non-profit hospital system in the U.S. It is located at 7050 Gall Blvd. (U.S. Hwy. 301) in Zephyrhills. For more information, call (813) 788-0411 or visit FHZeph.org.

(Top) Gwen Alonso and John Harding of Florida Hospital Zephyrhills at the accreditation news conference. (Above) As soon as you arrive, you know you’re at an accredited chest pain center.

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Cardiologists like Dr. Ghazanfar Khadim have access to the latest technology to provide the finest care possible at the now-nationally SCPC-accredited Florida Hospital Zephyrhills Heart Institute.

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Tampa Palms Plastic Surgery — New Tampa’s Fountain Of Youth! By Gary Nager Even though the economy is shaky at best, it seems that adults searching for ways to look younger and feel better about themselves are still willing to spend their hard-earned money in that pursuit. That’s good news for Boardcertified plastic surgeon Gerard Mosiello, M.D., of Tampa Palms Plastic Surgery (TPPS) in the Somerset Professional Park in Tampa Palms — and even better news for you! “Women who really want to have their breasts augmented, lifted or reduced will still opt for surgery, even in a bad economy,” says Dr. Mosiello. “But, a much larger percentage of people out there simply want to look and feel younger, so when you have a consultation with us, we will offer you many different options to help you improve your face, your skin and the way you feel about yourself without necessarily having to have the expense and recovery time of an operation. In other words, plastic surgery isn’t just about surgery anymore.” As mentioned in our last issue, Dr. Mosiello is also the medical director for Leanne Carter’s Facial Accents Boutique (located adjacent to TPPS), which means that Leanne refers any procedure or treatment that involves

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injecting anti-aging dermal-filling products into your face or body (e.g., Botox, Restylane, Juvederm and others) to Dr. Mosiello, who says there is a tremendous difference between what he and TPPS Gerard Mosiello, MD can offer to those looking to reduce or eliminate wrinkles and other imperfections than the many other doctors and even dentists who are now performing (or overseeing) these types of procedures. “This is a hot topic in my business these days,” Dr, Mosiello says. “I have been certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (since 2000), which means that I have had 8-10 years of post-medical school training in every type of procedure performed by those other physicians who now call themselves ‘cosmetic surgeons.’ Today, there are even non-physicians and even spas offering these injectables, but a Boardcertified plastic surgeon is the only professional specially trained to completely evaluate the physical conditions of the face and body to provide patients with a complete package of treatment options to best suit their needs and offer the

The staff of Tampa Palms Plastic Surgery also includes (l. to r.) Mary Mosiello, Jennifer Palmiero, Leanne Carter, Carol Bailey and Erica Bailey.

most favorable results and safest outcomes. Plastic surgery is NOT ‘cookbook medicine.’ It’s a scientific art form and a profession only we have taken years to train for.” He adds that most of those other physicians and dentists getting into injectable treatments have taken little more than a weekend course and only observe while a nurse practitioner administers the treatment. “Plus, they don’t have the ability to do a face lift or eye surgery when those injectable treatments are no longer the best option.” Dr. Mosiello says he used to do all of the injectable treatments at TPPS himself, but has recently turned over those responsibilities to one of the most

experienced nurse practitioners in the business — Jennifer Palmiero-Puleo, ARNP, MPH, who graduated from the University of South Florida in 2000 with dual Master’s degrees in nursing and public health and is a national authority on Medical Aesthetic procedures. Dr. Mosiello says Jennifer actually provides seminars and courses that educate physicians and nurse practitioners on the correct injection techniques for Botox and other dermal fillers. “We waited two years to bring Jennifer into the fold,” adds TPPS office manager Carol Bailey. “She had her own very successful practice in South Tampa and has helped many other medical professionals throughout

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the country as an invaluable clinical resource. Jennifer’s patients value her personable, caring demeanor and appreciate the superior results she provides.” Palmiero-Pulo has been providing Medical Aesthetic Services at numerous reputable Tampa Bay area facilities since 2001, and has been featured numerous times as an industry expert on NBC-TV and Fox-TV News. “Jennifer has even more experience with the injectable treatments than I do,” says Dr. Mosiello, who earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, graduating with honors in the Alpha Omega Honor Society. He completed his residency training in general surgery at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ, followed by residency training in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of South Florida’s Tampa campus. Dr. Mosiello, who has years of expertise in body countouring (breast augmentations and lifts, tummy tucks and liposuction) and reconstructive surgeries (such as breast reconstruction following mastectomies and skin cancer surgeries), earned his bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, followed by graduate studies at the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons in New York City. His wife Mary, a physical therapist, also works in at TPPS.

“My husband was the first plastic surgeon to open an office in New Tampa,” says Mary. “I’d say 75-80 percent of our patients live in New Tampa and Wesley Chapel.” Andrea Boyd, a patient who has had a breast augmentation and liposuction performed by Dr. Mosiello and “several” anti-aging treatments from Palmiero-Puleo, says she loves Tampa Palms Plastic Surgey. “Jennifer is awesome and I definitely recommend consulting with Dr. Mosiello about any type of plastic surgery or treatment,” Andrea says. “The office is friendly and very professional. And they really do outstanding work.” On Thursday, June 25, 6:30 p.m., Dr. Mosiello, Jennifer PalmieroPuleo, Leanne Carter and local dermatologist Dr. Debra Shelby will host “Bridge to Beauty,” a seminar that will help answer a lot of questions about the best — and most affordable — ways to stay younger-looking longer. Attendance is by reservation only and there will be a nominal fee to attend. Call TPPS for more info. “Our last seminar was very well-received,” says Bailey. Tampa Palms Plastic Surgery is located at 15243 Amberly Dr., just west of Bruce B. Downs Blvd., in Somerset Professional Park. For consultation appoinments and more information, call 631-1500 or visit TampaPalmsPlasticSurgery.com.

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PCSO To Host Safe Driving Course For Local Students

The Pasco Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) is teaming up with the Florida Sheriff’s Association to teach teens better driving skills this summer. According to PCSO spokesman Kevin Doll, the Florida Sheriff’s Teen Driver Challenge provides students the knowledge and hands-on experience to reduce their chances of being involved in a crash. The course, which is being offered at high schools across the county, is open to all high school students, but attendance is limited to about 25 students per site, so those who wish to participate are urged to sign up as soon as possible, Doll says. The two-day course consists of two sections, one in the classroom and the second behind the wheel. The four-hour classroom portion includes topics such as: Teen Crash Facts, Knowing Your Vehicle, Using Your Senses, Vehicle Dynamics, Safe Driving Habits and more. On the second day, students will participate in an eight-hour driving class, using their own personal vehicles, that will cover exercises such as Emergency Braking, Backing, Cornering, Offroad Recov-

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Education Updates ery, Evasive Maneuvers and more. The instructors for the course are all certified law enforcement driving instructors. Upon the successful completion of the course, participants will graduate with a certificate of completion, which they may present to their auto insurance company for a possible premium reduction. The course for Wiregrass Ranch and Wesley Chapel high schools will be held Thursday-Friday, July 1617, at Wesley Chapel High (30651 Wells Rd.). For more info, or to register, call Mary Hopkins at 929-1376.

Author Offers $500 Prize In Summer Writing Contest

Local author/editor Heather Tomasello is sponsoring a scholarship summer writing contest for rising high school seniors. The theme for the contest is “The Early Bird Catches the Worm,” which Tomasello hopes will encourage students to use the summer months before their senior year to work on their college applications and essays. “When I was a high school senior, I won several small scholarships

Quail Hollow Elementary first grader Abby Yale reads to her father during the school’s recent “Author’s Tea,” which showcased materials that the students had written during their classes throughout the school year. that were sponsored by businesses and community organizations,” Tomasello says. “Now, I want to give back in a similar fashion.” The winner of the contest will receive a $500 college scholarship and a consultation and editing package normally priced at $200. One first runner-up also will receive the consultation and editing package. The subject is near and dear to Tomasello, who, as a former academic advisor at the University of Florida in Gainesville, read more than her share of application essays and also served as a writing coach to students in the undergraduate Honors program, help-

ing students apply for prestigious scholarships such as the Marshall, Fulbright, and Rhodes. She also is the author of three books and recently started her own professional editing service, called The Essay Lady, for students who are in the process of writing college entrance and scholarship essays. The deadline for entering the contest is August 28, 2009, and winners will be announced on September 4, 2009. Entry guidelines are available at www.essaylady.com. For additional information, email Heather Tomasello at heather@essaylady.com.

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Wrapping Up The Spring H.S. Sports Season At WRH & WCH By Matt Rubin

WCH’s Joyer Is State Champ

At the Class 3A track and field state finals, senior Wesley Chapel High (WCH)’s Kamran Joyer took home an individual State championship in the boys shot put. After a first place finish in the shot put and discus at the Region 3A-2 finals, Joyer finished his high school shot put career with his Statetitle-winning personal best of 59 feet, 7.5 inches — almost seven feet farther than the runner-up. Joyer, a graduating senior who will be playing football at the University of South Florida this fall, placed seventh in the discus. The other Wildcats to place at the State finals (by placing in the top four at Regionals) were Kamran’s brother Kyle Joyer (10th in boys shot put), the girls 4x400-meter relay team of Kandice Watson, Renee Vaughns, Dana Cannon and Shaniqua Hill, which finished ninth and the girls 4x800m relay team of Watson, Vaughns, Cannon and Jessica Furst, who also finished 14th in the girls 1,600m run. The WCH girls had won their ninth straight District title this year and the boys team finished second. Jazzmyn Love-Roberts (long jump) and Shantel Houston (100 hurdles, triple jump)

took individual titles for the girls while Kamran Joyer (shot put, discus), Earon Hicks (triple jump, long jump) and Mitchell Wozniak (300 hurdles, 110 hurdles) won titles for the boys.

Baseball Surprises At Districts

After going 7-15 in the regular season, the WCH baseball team was the number four seed out of five teams heading into the Class 5A, District 7 baseball tournament. However, that didn’t stop them from beating Ridgewood 2-1 in the quarterfinals, top-seeded Land O’ Lakes 4-1 in the semifinals and Brooksville Central 7-0 in the finals to claim the school’s first district baseball title. The Wildcats finished the season with a record of 10-16 after losing a close 2-0 game to Brandon in the regional quarterfinals. Making this district title run even more remarkable is the fact that the Wildcats had only one player—senior pitcher Christian Illing— crack the All-Sunshine Athletic Conference’s Honorable Mention list.

Bulls Baseball Done Quickly

Although he has since resigned his post to take the same position at New Tampa’s Freedom High next season, Wiregrass Ranch High (WRH) head baseball coach A.J. Leppla’s season ended a little sooner than he hoped.

Leppla, a former pitcher at Eckerd College who served as Freedom’s pitching coach prior to joining the coaching staff at Wiregrass, led the Bulls to their best baseball season ever (14-13), but won only one game at the District 4A-8 tournament before bowing to Pasco High. WRH was led by the battery of senior pitcher Abel Cubero and junior catcher Spencer Bowles. Cubero went 3-3 with a 3.15 ERA on the mound while hitting .350 with team highs of seven home runs and 28 RBIs. Bowles, a transfer from Wharton, hit .481 with 3 HRs and 19 RBIs. Cubero was named Second Team and Bowles was Third Team All-Sunshine Athletic Conference (SAC). The WRH softball team also had a great year, finishing 11-11 after losing to Nature Coast Tech 2-1 in the District tournament.

Track & Tennis Grab Honors

On the track, the WRH girls had some success at the State Class 2A meet, led by Kelsey Sturman’s 4th-place finish in the 400m dash, Elyse Houston’s 9th place in the long jump and sophomore Ariel Grey’s 12th place in the 1,600m run. Grey and Sturman were joined by Megan Ibison and Jas-

mine Boykin on the 13th-place WRH girls 4x800 relay team. Sturman, Melanie Dean and Marissa and Toni Tomei made up the WRH 4x400m relay squad which took 12th at States. Grey, who had won three events— the 4x800, the 1,600 and 3,200 — to lead the girls team to their first Class 2A, District 9 title, was named the SAC Girls Runner of the Year. On the tennis court, junior Sydney Simpson became the first Bull ever to qualify for the State tournament after winning the Class 2A-6 championship at No. 1 singles. Both Simpson and sophomore Hannah Still, the District champion at No. 2 singles, were named First Team All-North Suncoast by the St. Petersburg Times. After a first round Regional match win against Citrus, the girls tennis team fell to Nature Coast in the second round. Senior James Mudge won the same honor for boys tennis after finishing as District runner-up at No. 1 singles. Boys coach Dave Wilson was named All-North Suncoast Coach of the Year after leading the Bulls to a 132 record and the first District postseason match win in the program’s history — a first round Regional win against Citrus. The Bulls were eliminated when they lose their next match to Lecanto.

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Paul Proscia’s All-NEW Polo’s Italian Grill—Better Than Baci! By Gary Nager Photos by Sandra Nelson Long-time New Tampa residents can’t help but remember the old Baci Italian Grill in the Publix-anchored New Tampa Center shopping plaza in front of West Meadows. It was our area’s very-much-welcome first Italian restaurant that wasn’t also a pizzeria and owner Keith Williamson’s California-inspired Italian cuisine was an instant favorite. But, Keith eventually sold Baci and the place, to be honest, hasn’t been the same since, although it’s always been at least O.K. The most recent owners, Bob and Maureen Polo, made just a few minor changes to the old Baci menu, but also changed the restaurant’s name to Polo’s Italian Grill. Considering that the place is small, doesn’t have a bar (although it does have wine and beer; more on that below) and can’t be seen from Bruce B. Downs Blvd., it pretty much HAS to have great food to really capture the attention of the locals. Well, the new Polo’s is, in my humble opinion, the BEST restaurant that has occupied this location. And, although a name change could (and really should) be coming, the new Polo’s is a labor of true love for new owner and chef Paul Proscia, a fellow New York native with many years of experience creating cuisine for other restaurants owners. Paul, who was pre-

Among our favorite appetizers at the NEW Polo’s Italian Grill are the eggplant “towers” (left) and the calamari fritti (center), both served with two sauces. New Polo’s owner Paul Proscia (right) has a red-hot winner on his hands! both in the kitchen and chatting up viously a chef at the famous Gurney’s the customers. Inn, Resort & Spa in Montauk, Long “I love all the repeat business Island, NY, was most recently the Chef we’ve already been getting since we de Italian Cuisine at Donald Trump’s took over,” Paul says, flashing his evereven-more-renowned Mara Lago present smile. “And, everyone’s been Resort in West Palm Beach. “There also was a Chef de Cuisine giving me great ideas about dishes to of French food at Mara Lago and since add, whether as specials or as new menu items.” I already had the Italian dishes down cold, I spent a lot of time learning the A Tour Of Polo’s Menu differences between French and Italian Depending upon how hungry you cuisines,” says Paul. “I’ve already are, Polo’s antipasti (appetizers) can changed the Polo’s menu quite a bit, either be a delicious way to start your but over time, you’ll see a lot of meal or the entire meal itself! French and French-influenced dishes The right-sized portion of tender, being added, too.” lightly battered calamari fritti comes not In other words, even if you just only with a zesty marinara, but also ate at Polo’s a couple of months ago with Paul’s own light and delicious (Paul basically took over the restaurant hint-of-lemon aioli dipping sauce. The around the time of the Taste of New excellent appetizer portion of two fried Tampa), you should definitely check it crabcakes also is served with the same out again. You’ll find basically the aioli sauce. I also loved the unique eggsame pricing as before, but with larger portions and the difference in both the plant “towers,” which are two layered towers of fried eggplant, fresh mozquality of the food and the presentazarella, roasted peppers and sliced tion will definitely jump out at you. tomatoes, served with a basil pesto aioli You can tell Paul’s having fun.

AND a roasted pepper aioli. Yum! Other appetizers include a jumbo shrimp cocktail, jumbo shrimp scampi, a portobello mushroom caprese, aged provolone and fresh Prince Edward Island mussels — I saw a plate of these babies go by and just the aroma of the red garlic sauce (white garlic sauce also is available) had me reaching for the fresh garlicky Italian bread served with every meal at Polo’s. Speaking of the bread itself, it’s served with another unique dipping sauce of extra virgin olive oil, carmelized onions, green olives, red peppers and spices. “We do get a lot of ‘more bread and dip’ requests,” Paul says. “It is a nice way to start a meal.” You also can begin with antipasto or house salads, although I recommend the unique Caesar served in a deliciously edible encrusted parmesan shell. Or, See “Polo’s” on page 30.

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Let Matt Clark Photography Capture Your Special Moments, Too! By Melissa O’Brien There are special moments in life that, if captured through photography, can become timeless keepsakes. An adoring glance at a wedding, a look of pure joy from a playful child – these are the moments a professional, experienced photographer can capture that most amateurs cannot, at least not as consistently. Photographers, after all, are artists who have the ability to turn once-in-a-lifetime experiences into something that can last forever. Matt Clark, owner of Matt Clark Photography, has more than 20 years of experience capturing those special moments. From weddings and graduations to portraits and commercial photography, Clark’s passion for his profession has helped create lasting personal memories and memorable advertisements for many clients and businesses. “I cover events like a photojournalist would,” says Clark. “I look for opportunities to take high-quality candid photos. I really try to find moments that will capture a memory for a long time. I look for things that other people do not see.” Clark began his career in photography working in real estate offices photographing houses. From there, he

entered the advertising world as a graphic designer, and worked for the three largest advertising agencies in the Tampa Bay area as an art director over a 20-year span of time. A couple of years ago, however, he decided to break out on his own. “I wanted to work for myself,” says Clark, who lived most of his life in the Lakeland area before moving to Tampa eight years ago. “You get to a point where you have all the tools and know-how to start your own business.” He operates Matt Clark Photography out of his home in the Northwood subdivision in Wesley Chapel. He offers both professional and commercial photography and also incorporated an advertising design shop that he calls AdGumbo. Clark has done commercial photography for clients like Publix Supermarkets, Marriott Hotels, Circle K and the Home Shopping Network. “These companies have very high standards and expect high-quality work,” says Clark. “And, this highquality expectation overflows into everything I do. What makes me stand apart from other photographers is my technical and post-production skills. Being an art director for so many years, I have both a professional and a creative eye. I use retouching and other techni-

cal aspects like color correcting to create the perfect photograph.” What also makes Matt Clark Photography stand out is Clark’s ability to capture a special moment. “At special events, what I am being commissioned for is to capture the memories that will last a lifetime,” he says. “A time when a family is all together doesn’t happen very often and it is important to capture the rarity of the moment. People look at their wedding photos for their entire lives and it is great for them to see the multiple generations of their families having a wonderful time.” When asked about changes and trends in photography over the years, Clark admits that today’s digital photography is better than when he worked with film. “There is no waste anymore with digital cameras. It fits into the ‘green’ trend. You don’t have to develop things before you see them and use those chemicals in the process. And, as for presentations, people are now purchasing leather-styled ‘books’ with wedding photos rather than traditional photo albums.” For Hope and Brian LaFrazia, hiring a qualified wedding photographer was very important. “We got married on November 6, 2008, at Sunken Gardens,” says Brian. “I’m a graphic artist and knew Matt through working with him. I was very confident that he’d be in the right place in the right time.” LaFrazia, who lives in Tampa Palms, says Matt was setting up at the wedding hours ahead of time. “We knew our wedding would be a challenge to photograph because we held it at night,” he says. “It was an outdoor ceremony in the oak garden reception area at Sunken Gardens and Matt was able to capture all the detail we wanted outside. He was prepared and came

with very powerful flashes. He captured special moments like us walking down the aisle after the ceremony with our guests blowing bubbles (photo, above). It looks like a staged shot, it was so good, but it was very spontaneous. During our reception, one of my favorite shots is when Hope and I were dancing. My eyes are closed and I was really enjoying the moment. I had no idea that Matt was there taking the picture. He was very inconspicuous and in the right position all the time.” Ari Rothman, the Florida Manager of Brand Marketing for Circle K convenience stores, has worked with Clark on a number of occasions. “Matt is an artist and a photographer,” says Rothman. “He has a great creative mind and can pick up on things that other people don’t see. He has worked with me on projects for point-of-purchase advertising, corporate conferences and design logos. I can give him ideas of what I want and he runs with it. He works hard and is easy to work with – always meeting his deadlines. Matt has good vision when it comes to photography.” Matt Clark Photography offers wedding packages, portraits, modeling portfolios and commercial photography. He has traveled within a 200-mile radius of Tampa for beach weddings and other business and special occasions. For more information, call 383-8367, or visit mattclarkphotography.com. For graphic design information, visit www.adgumbo.com.

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lisipo” (your choice of fresh sea scallops or Continued from page 23 fresh clams sauteed in garlic, white wine, try a cup or bowl of made-fresh-daily lemon, fresh basil, pesto lobster bisque, cream of chicken or and tomatoes in red or Paul’s own Italian wedding soup. I white sauce over linguihaven’t sampled any of them yet, but I ni), seafood cioppino heard raves about the bisque. (jumbo shrimp, sea Paul’s pastas include everything scallops, mussels, clams from the most basic spaghetti marinara and the sweetest crabmeat ever) and a to the unique penne “rustica” with dead-on baked lasagna. your choice or chicken (d’pollo) or Other dinner entrées include the jumbo shrimps (d’pesce). The dish is Italian basics (eggplant, veal or chicken sautéed with fresh garlic, sweet Italian parmigiana, chicken or veal marsala, sausage and broccoli (for the chicken chicken Francaise and veal picatta version) or artichokes (shrimp version) milanese), some true New York Italian in a creamy pink or scampi sauce, topped with mozzarella and all baked in favorites (like veal saltimbocca), plus a HUGE casserole dish. I told Paul that lobster risotto, portobella risotto and the dish easily serves two hungry adults lobster valencia (lobster claw meat (maybe four). There’s also three-cheese sautéed in garlic pesto sauce, with artichokes and tomatoes). I haven’t samor lobster ravioli, a classic penne alla vodka, spinach manicotti, seafood “Pol- pled any of the great-looking steaks and chops (12-oz. New York strip, 8-oz. filet and rack of lamb) on the menu yet, but I plan to try all three! There’s even a specially priced “Tasting for Two” entrée which includes a crabmeatstuffed Maine lobster tail, a 1/2-rack of lamb AND petite filet, with two dipping sauces, fresh asparagus and your choice of garlic mashed potatoes or risotto. And YES, Polo’s IS open for Even the rich chocolate mousse at the lunch, too! In addition to a nice selecall-NEW Polo’s is to die for!

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tion of pastas, parmigianas and marsalas, the lunch menu also Among our editor’s favorites so far at the NEW includes great subs, more salad Polo’s Italian Grill are the seafood cioppini pasta options, plus a unique variety (left) and plump, tender chicken parmigiana. of subs, grilled wrap sandwiches and even quesadillas! And, if you need a larger room than the Polo’s sells all of its wines by the restaurant, he is partnering with the glass (from just $5 for the J. Roget Cal- nearby Pebble Creek Country Club, ifornia brut sparkling wine to $10 for where he can provide food for up to the wonderful Capezzana “Conti Con- 135 guests (or more). tini” sangiovese) and has Beaulieu And, best of all (at least for me), Vineyard “Century Cellars” California Paul has given my son Jake an opportuhouse wines by the glass, as well as half nity to not only bus tables and wash and full carafes. Beer drinkers will defidishes, but also learn a lot about cooknitely enjoy imports like Peroni from ing. Polo’s would’ve gotten a great Italy, Estrella Galicia from Spain and review anyway, but this didn’t hurt! Heineken (Holland), as well as Sierra Polo’s Italian Grill (19040 BBD Nevada, Budweiser and Michelob. Blvd.) is open every day except MonFor dessert, Paul makes a decadent day at 5 for dinner and Tuesday-Frichocolate mousse, plus a light and deli- day, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., for lunch. cious tiramisu and more. Paul also plans to add Saturday Catering isn’t just available, it’s a lunch in the near future and there is specialty. Paul has a great catering live entertainment on Friday nights. menu, but has no problem coming up Call 615-0087 or visit PolosItalian with new dishes for your next big party. Grill.com for reservations and info.

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Thirsty? Don’t Make A Beer Run, Call Beer Runners By Michael Smith How many times has this happened to you: you’re in the middle of hosting a great party or at home watching an exciting sporting event, and you get up for another cold one only to discover that you’ve run out of refreshments. In the past, the only two options were to do without or to nominate someone to make a “beer run.” Now, however, there’s a new business in town that will save you the trouble (and possibility a ticket for DUI, if you and your guests have already enjoyed a few rounds). It’s called, appropriately enough, Beer Runners, and, for a reasonable fee, they will bring beer and other “adult beverages,” as well as sodas, snacks, smokes, or just about anything else you might need, right to your door. Beer Runners, located at on S.R. 54 in the Freedom II plaza (between Saddlebrook Resort and Curley Rd.), is the brainchild of three area couples, James and Rhoda Matrisciano, Kim and Jon Fox, and Wilson and Polly Palacios. James says that his wife originally thought of the idea a while ago, but it never came to fruition until last

year, when the three couples were at a Halloween party and the supplies ran out. James, who doesn’t drink, was the one who was picked as the designated driver, and he says he remembers somebody saying, “I wish there was a service for this.” The rest, as they say, is history. The store opened on January 1, and although the business is still not providing enough income to allow any of the partners to quit their day jobs, Matrisciano says that word of mouth is growing. Weekends are the busiest, of course, but they’ve also gained a few customers who receive orders on a regular basis. They’ve also gotten a few unexpected calls, such as the order for 66 beers to be delivered to Spring Hill, when someone wanted to console a friend over losing a business deal. Beer Runners delivers everything from six-packs to kegs, including all Budweiser and Miller products, as well as a good selection of imports and microbrewery beers. Many are on hand at the store (you can also stop by and pick them up, if you’re in the area), while special orders are placed each Monday night and are usually available for pick-up or delivery by Tuesday, although some of the microbrews and

James Matrisciano and his fellow Beer Runners can bring the kegs for your next party right to your door. other special orders can take up to a couple of weeks, Matrisciano says. A basic list of products is available on the business’ website, usbeer runners.com, but if you’re looking for something that’s not listed, Matrisciano says, just call and ask for it. If nothing else, he says, the driver will stop at the store on the way over and pick it up for you. He adds that Beer Runners’ prices are certainly better than those at convenience stores, and comparable to, and even better than supermarket prices, in some cases. On top of the cost of the products, delivery within a three-mile radius of the store costs $5,

and an additional 65 cents per mile beyond that. To ensure that those placing orders are old enough to drink, Beer Runners only accepts credit cards for sales, which are processed before each delivery is made. And, if the person accepting the delivery doesn’t have ID matching the credit card, the delivery driver walks away, and Beer Runners will not refund the purchase. Matrisciano says the drivers also have the discretion to refuse a delivery if they feel the customer has had too many already. Matrisciano says that the Wesley Chapel location is the “concept location” for a business that the partners hope to one day franchise nationally. For now, the entire staff consists of the six partners, but they are accepting applications for delivery drivers. For additional information, visit usbeerrunners.com, call 791-9900, or stop by the store at 30036 S.R. 54, which is open 4 p.m.-9 p.m. on Tuesdays, 4 p.m.-10 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 4 p.m.2 a.m. on Fridays, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. on Saturdays, and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. on Sundays. Beer Runners is closed on Mondays.

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Neighborhood Nibbles – Quick ‘Bites’ From Our Area’s Dining Scene By Gary Nager The last several weeks and months have been busy ones for the dining scene in New Tampa and Wesley Chapel. Here’s just a few new places/menus to sample:

Enjoy A Teriyaki Experience!

The menu is extremely limited, but the food is tasty, so even though The Teriyaki Experience in the Shops at Wiregrass mall may look and feel like those food court restaurants in most other shopping malls, I actually kind of like the food and the price is right, too. Start your meal with the steamed pork gyoza dumplings and then build yourself a bowl with your choice of brown or white rice or Japanese soba noodles and add fresh veggies, chicken, beef, shrimp, all cooked in water (no

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oil) teppanyaki style (on steel grills), with your choice of five sauces. I recommend the Asian sauce with a hint of spicy ginger, but all five are tasty. Teriyaki Experience is located in the Shops at Wiregrass, next to Café 365 and Cosi Cafe. Call 907-8884 or visit TeriyakiExperience.com.

Check Out The New Cerise Bistro

Although its menu describes the food at the new Cerise Bistro in the Cross Creek Center plaza on Cross Creek Blvd. (at Kinnan St.) as “Japanese Style French Cuisine,” the bottom line is that Cerise (which means “cherry” in French), which has replaced Mazzola’s Little Italy in the plaza, is an elegant, casual fine dining restaurant with outstanding food. Although a larger review is coming in a future issue, everything I’ve sampled so far at Cerise, which is open for both lunch and dinner, has been outstanding, and the prices are very fair for the quality and quantity of food. Among my favorite dishes to date are the roast duck with Dijon mustard and port wine sauce (dinner only), the New York “Beef Steak” (I call it New York strip) with cognac and port wine sauce (also dinner only) and the snapper meuniere (lunch and dinner). I also

Snapper Meuniere at the new Cerise Bistro is one of our editor’s new favorite dishes. Photo by Sandra Nelson. enjoyed the teriyaki chicken (lunch and dinner), the wakame (seaweed) salad appetizer and the seafood ginger pasta (lunch and dinner). Cerise Bistro (10032 Cross Creek Blvd., behind the Shell gas station) is closed on Sundays, but is open Monday-Saturday for lunch (11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.) and dinner (4:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.). Call 9942430 or visit Cerise-Bistro.net.

brunch. Circles offers a great variety of omelettes and other egg dishes, including an incredible choice of eggs Benedict selections, as well as thick-slice French toast, pancakes and other great breakfast choices. For those who want lunch for brunch, try the “Spanish-American War” (a sirloin steak topped with olives, peppers, onions and American cheese), unique sandwiches (including a hummus sandwich), great salads and more. The food is not only delicious, the price is right, too, as most of the yummy breakfast options range between $5-$10 and most of the lunch selections cost $8-$13. Circles New Tampa Bistro is located at 19651 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. (behind Wasabi Japanese Steak House). It is open for Sunday brunch 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. For more

Circles Adds Brunch

Inspired by the success of their fund-raising New Tampa Noon Rotary Club Sunday brunches, my friends Donna and Chef Louie Sinudom of Circles New Tampa Bistro (in the Pebble Creek Collection plaza) recently began offering a fantastic Sunday

Circles New Tampa Bistro offers several delicious varities of Eggs Benedict.

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info, call 973-7703. Reservations are suggested, but are not required.

Peabody’s New Specials

Our friends at Peabody’s Billiards & Games, located next to our office in the Shoppes of Amberly plaza in Tampa Palms, are offering a unique “economic stimulus” package of “Happy Hour” specials, that are available from open until close every day of the week. For example, Monday is “Pizza Night,” when a large, true New Yorkstyle cheese pizza and a pitcher of your choice of Bud, Bud Light or Bud Select costs just $9.99 (toppings for the pizza cost extra). On Tuesday, you can’t beat $4.99 “All You Can Eat” wings. Wednesdays are “Dollar Daze,” when all call and well drinks and slices of cheese pizza cost just $1 each (pizza toppings cost 25 cents each). On Thursdays, Peabody’s awesome burgers cost just $4 with chips, or $5 with some of the best French fries in town. Fridays are “Steak Daze,” when a 10-oz. sirloin steak costs just $7.99, and all-you-care-to-drink call drinks and beer set you back just $12. On Saturdays, the all-you-can-eat wings cost just $6.99. In other words, if you don’t like great pizza, wings, burgers and steaks at unbeatable prices – or pool, darts and more - don’t go to Peabody’s, but if you do like them, PLEASE tell them we sent you! Peabody’s Billiards & Games is

You just can’t beat the large cheese pizza and pitcher of beer special for just $9.99 at Peabody’s. located at 15333 Amberly Dr., in the Shoppes of Amberly, Tampa Palms. For more information, call 9721725 or visit PeabodysBilliards.com.

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