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Debby Spawns Tornado, Twists Up Grand Hampton Community Weather Service Credits NTNeighborhoodNews.com For Providing First Link To Tornado Information By Matt Wiley Parts of New Tampa are still recovering from the effects of Tropical Storm Debby, which sat on top of the Tampa Bay area for days, bringing with it a barrage of wind, rain, tornadoes and flooding. From June 24-27, New Tampa residents tried to go about their everyday lives as Debby swirled overhead, as the storm stalled just offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. Meteorologists showed projected paths stretching across the Gulf Coast from central Florida to Texas, and were never really sure what the system would do. While experts scratched their heads, Debby dumped more than 15 inches of rain on the Bay area, with 13.5 inches reported in New Tampa.
Along with the rain, Debby’s winds also caused severe power outages. A representative from the Tampa Electric Company (TECO) reported that more than 20,000 customers were without power during the storm’s peak. Besides flooding, the most dangerous part of a tropical storm is the possibility of tornadoes, eleven of which were reported after Debby all across Tampa Bay, including one that touched down in New Tampa. “I actually found out about it from someone sending me a link to your NTNeighborhoodNews.com article,” says National Weather Service (NWS) meteorologist Dan Noah. “That’s how we go back after a storm to find out exactly how many (tornadoes) may have touched down — we work with the local news media.”
Tornado In Grand Hampton
Mangled fencing and the remnants of the community clubhouse’s tennis shed decorated the tennis courts behind the clubhouse of the Grand Hampton community along County Line Rd. in New Tampa after a tornado touched down during Tropical Storm Debby. The National Weather Service has confirmed that this damage to the community tennis courts in Grand Several residents of the Grand HampHampton was caused by an apparent tornado. ton community yellow caution tape and adorned with reported numerous instances of damage “Keep Out” signs when we visited a from the now-confirmed tornado that day later, hardly resembled a place to touched down, or at least hovered play tennis. The fence posts were stickabove, the area during a tornado warning out at sharp angles or were bent in ing between 4 p.m.-5 p.m. on June 24. half and reaching for the ground. The community clubhouse’s tennis See “Tornado” on page 38. courts, which were still surrounded by
The ‘Freedom Festival’ Was New Tampa’s Place To Be On The 3rd!
New Tampa An ‘Innovation Destination?,’ Local Resident Wins Bodybuilding Title & Lots Of Local Business News!
Dade City Gets Wild, Full Circle Pizza & Grill Will Leave Your Mouth Watering, Our ‘Nibbles & Biz Bytes’ Column & More!
NEWS, BUSINESS, SPORTS & EDUCATION UPDATES
Also Inside This Issue!
rate hot dog- and watermelon-eating contests, a bicycle decorating contest and the folks who paid for it all — a number of wonderful sponsors and business exhibitors who braved the sweltering heat in order to get their names out in front of thousands of attendees. It was difficult to estimate the size of the crowd, because there were also many people on hand who were just visiting the mall, but any- The bicycle decorating contest at the Freedom Festival was a sea of red, white & blue. one who ended up at the Shops certainly had to enjoy the adorable kids “Freedom Festival” the place to see decked out in their red, white and and be seen on the 3rd of July. blue splendor, as well as the multiple See more “Festival” pics on page 17. live bands who performed throughout the event, the inflatable playgrounds, bungee jumping and so much more. Congratulations to the Wesley Chapel Rotary, the Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce, the Shops at Wiregrass and everyone who made the PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID TAMPA FL PERMIT 2801
When a friend of mine asked me, “How come New Tampa doesn’t have its own fireworks display for the 4th of July?,” I responded that New Tampa needs to embrace and get more involved in the annual “Freedom Festival,” presented by the (noon) Rotary Club of Wesley Chapel. The Festival was held this year at the Shops at
Wiregrass mall on July 3, so local residents could celebrate closer to home and still head out to the beach for the 4th itself. And, despite temperatures nearing 100º F that roasted attendees for more than five hours, the Freedom Festival was definitely a tremendous success which included many titles being awarded, including the “Little Miss & Little Mr. Firecracker,” sepa-
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Editorial - When We Can’t Be Everywhere, We Still Want To Help One of the best things about being your local, direct-mail community news magazine for more than 18 years is also, sometimes at least, one of the worst parts. I love it when people tell me about their upcoming events, especially when they’re local residents and/or business owners putting an event in either New Tampa or Wesley Chapel. Unfortunately, many times, because we publish both our New Tampa and Wesley Chapel editions only once a month most months, with Wesley Chapel coming out two weeks after New Tampa, followed by another New Tampa edition two weeks later (and so on), we sometimes get caught with in-between dates for some events that make it impossible for us to either preview the event in a specific New Tampa or Wesley Chapel issue that comes out in time beforehand or to follow up the event within a reasonable timeframe after it takes place — or sometimes both. That doesn’t mean we can’t cover that event, it just means that we may only be able to put the info about your event on our website (NTNeighborhoodNews.com) or that we may need you to provide information and pictures as promptly after the event as possible to get it in our next edition. And, we’re always happy to do so, as long as we have print space available and receive your info on a timely basis.
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An editorial by Gary Nager As an example, when I realized that we didn’t receive information about a wonderful local effort to feed hungry families in and outside of our area in time to preview the event — which was held and sponsored in part by Wesley Chapel Toyota (located next to I-75, off S.R. 54 at Bruce B. Downs Blvd.) — I told my friend Scarleth Leon, who helped organize and promote the “Change This World” meal packing event on June 10, to help me follow it up in this space. Scarleth says, “The Change This World meal packing at Wesley Chapel Toyota was a huge success, not just in the amount of meals that were packed and donated, but also by the turnout and excitement of more than 300 volunteers from not only Wesley Chapel but around the Tampa Bay area.” Eric Johnson, the director of community relations for both Wesley Chapel Toyota & Honda, says the initial goal of 40,000 meals was surpassed and a total of 50,000 meals were packed that day — in only two hours! “We really want to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped out,” Johnson says. “Your participation made the event go above and beyond our expectations.” Many restaurants delivered and donated food and refreshments for all the volunteers — some with last minute notice, including the Wesley Chapel Outback Steakhouse, Pagelli’s Italian Restaurant in the Shops at Wiregrass, Latin Twist Café, Hungry Greek and Baja Fresh on BBD, the new PDQ Restaurant and Texas Roadhouse on S.R. 56, the Wesley Chapel Beef O’Brady’s and Betty Cakes in Dade City, to name just a few.
Along with the meals being packed, there were exhibitor booths and displays for the local charities Wesley Chapel Toyota & Honda support, as well as for businesses that sponsored the event, not only financially, but with a “hands on” approach with their employees serving. Some of the local business sponsors were: Tampa Bay Downs, Ierna’s Heating & Cooling, Wesley Chapel Law Group, Keifer Village Jewels, The Gathering Church, World Class Multimedia and TD Bank. Face painters, a balloon twister and the “loving hands” oil paint canvas, kept approximately 75-plus kids entertained when they were not serving at the packing tables. Only two hours after the event started, all of the participants were extremely moved by the entire community coming together. “Amazingly, 50,000 children’s lives around the world were impacted by an event in Wesley Chapel today,” said Patrick Abad, the general manager of Wesley Chapel Toyota.
This is not the first time an event like this has been held here. Last year, 250 volunteers packed 40,000 meals at the same location, bringing the total to 90,000 meals in two years. To learn more about this event and/or to participate next year, go to Facebook.com/ChangeThisWorld MealPackingEvent and click on the “like” button. And, don’t forget to send us your info about your event, your child, etc., including pics in any digital format, to EditorialDept@ NTNeighborhoodNews.com or visit NTNeighborhoodNews.com.
Table of Contents
LOCAL NEWS, BUSINESS, EDUCATION & SPORTS UPDATES....................Pages 1-39
New Tampa News Briefs...................................6
Fatal New Tampa Car Crash Update Tanks & Tax Fraud In New Tampa Clearwater Murder-Suicide Leaves Children Parentless S.R. 56 Businesses Hammered By Barber Crist Calls New Tampa ‘Innovation Destination’.................10 Economic Engines To Bring Jobs To Wesley Chapel..........14 Rep. Harrison Endorses Tom Lee For Fla. Senate................16
New Tampa Community Calendar......18-19 Local Business Updates............................22-35 New Tampa Chamber Newsletter.......................22 Trustworthy Mortgage Eases Refinancing................24 Cabinet & Stone Will Help Home Improvement.....26 Air Rescue Keeps Homes ‘Cool’ This Summer.........30 Keeps Carpet One Has Floors Covered....................34 Idaho Delivers Six-Ton Spud To Walmart................37 Tornado (cont. from page 1)....................................38 Tropical Storm Debby Rocks Marco Island!.............38
Sports Updates........................................39 Tampa Palms Resident Wins Bodybuilding Title
N eighborhood M agazine Dade City’s ‘Wild Things’....................................41 Full Circle Pizza: Great Pizza & More!......................42 Nibbles & Biz Bytes............................................44
NEW TAMPA COLOR CLASSIFIEDS..............46
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N EW T AMPA Fatal New Tampa Crash Update
New details have emerged regarding the events leading up to a car accident that killed a Wesley Chapel man on June 5. According to the report from the Tampa Police Department (TPD), just before the fatal crash, the late William Gallagher, 19, of the Country Walk community of Wesley Chapel, left the K-Bar Ranch pool where he and some friends were congregating with two passengers — 16-year-old Charles Trimbl of Tampa and 21-year-old Camron Davis, also of Wesley Chapel. The trio traveled from K-Bar to the Shell station at the intersection of Cross Creek Blvd. and Kinnan St. in a grey 1998 Honda Accord and purchased beer and cigarettes. They never made it back to the pool. When his car flipped after hitting a curb, Gallagher was partially ejected and pinned underneath the vehicle, and was later pronounced dead at the scene. His two passengers could not confirm whether or not he was wearing a seat belt. Davis fled the scene, saying he couldn’t be caught there because “he was joining the military.” He later lied to TPD in an initial phone interview, denying having been involved in the accident. In a follow-up investigative interview, after being told by police that he was seen on surveillance cameras purchasing beer at the time the trio was said to be at the Shell station, Davis admitted to being involved in the accident, saying that he fled for fear of being arrested for “something.” Friends of Gallagher’s told TPD that he had been sending some strange text messages that night and seemed depressed about some personal issues, but none of the witnesses cited that as a reason for the fatal accident. A toxicology report on the deceased is still pending. This accident marked the twelfth traffic fatality for the City of Tampa this year and the 80th for Hillsborough County.
News Briefs Tanks & Tax Fraud In New Tampa
It’s not every day that an armored vehicle drives down a street inside a gated New Tampa community, especially in Cory Lake Isles. But, June 26 was a not a normal afternoon. According to the Tampa Police Department (TPD), extreme caution was taken while serving a search warrant for identity theft at 18041 Java Isles Dr. in the Cory Lake Isles community on Cross Creek Blvd. The two suspects, Elvis Martin, 28, and Rosa Moultry, 24, were not home during the search. While TPD’s Tactical Response Team (TRT) scoured the residence, the suspects pulled up in their gold 2006 Infiniti sedan to find their home being Martin searched. However, they did not stop. The report says that Martin drove the vehicle another four blocks before finally stopping for police. Once stopped, TPD found a 6-year-old Moultry child in the vehicle’s backseat, as well as marijuana in the back passenger door compartment, the odor of which, TPD officials say, was quite strong inside the vehicle. The child is now in the custody of one of the suspect’s cousins. Martin was taken into custody and charged with fleeing and attempting to elude a police officer, but was later released on a $2,000 bond, despite the fact this was his 24th arrest in Hillsborough County. Moultry was taken into custody and charged with child neglect, contributing to the delinquency of a child and possession of less than 20 grams of
cannabis; her 16th arrest in the county. Another published report says that TPD discovered 50 Turbo Tax cards in the home during the search, but confirmation was not available as of our press time, as this bust was part of an ongoing investigation. A spokesperson for TPD says that the TRT is used on all high-risk search warrants along with the V-150 Armored Personnel Carrier.
Clearwater Murder-Suicide Leaves Children Parentless
Two Wesley Chapel children will grow up without their parents following a domestic dispute that turned fatal in Clearwater on June 5. According to the Clearwater Police Department (CPD), around 3:45 a.m. on June 5, Eugene Agbebaku, 33, of Wesley Chapel broke into the Clearwater condo at 1279 Abbey Crescent Lane where his estranged wife Ingrid, 32, was staying. Once inside, Agbebaku shot Ingrid to death using a Russian-made assault rifle before walking across the street and shooting himself in front of her parent’s condo in the same complex. CPD says that the couple was in the process of getting a divorce and was supposed to appear in court that Tuesday. Ingrid had been staying at her grandmother’s condo with the couple’s two children, ages five and 22 months. Ingrid had recently been denied a restraining order against her estranged husband. CPD has ruled the case a murdersuicide and is not actively searching for any additional suspects.
S.R. 56 Businesses ‘Hammered’ By Barber
Nirfa Diaz doesn’t usually get called to come into her Nirfa’s Beauty
Salon at 1 a.m. June 16, however, was not a normal morning. After receiving a call that her salon, located on S.R. 56 in Wesley Chapel, had been entered, she drove to the shop to Bateman find several Pasco County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) deputies already at the scene. According to the PCSO report, Tampa resident and barber William Stevenson Bateman, 59, of 4720 El Dorado Dr., broke into Nirfa’s Salon around 12:30 a.m. on June 16, using a hammer to break the glass front door. Once inside, he stole a cash box containing an undisclosed amount of money. He also had already broken into Planet Beach, the business located directly next to Nirfa’s, from which he stole a computer valued at $1,500 and fled the scene in his blue Dodge minivan. PCSO deputies pursued the vehicle and arrested Bateman, who was charged with two counts each of unarmed burglary of an occupied conveyance, grand theft and possession of burglary tools after deputies confirmed the crimes that had been caught on Nirfa’s security camera. Roger Wolf, the owner of the adjacent Wolf’s Den restaurant in the same plaza, said the PCSO deputies, including a helicopter unit and several PCSO cruisers, were still at the scene looking for Bateman when the restaurateur arrived to do his breakfast prep work sometime after 3 a.m. “How unlucky was he (Bateman) that a deputy was circling around the plaza at that moment with his window rolled down and heard the glass breaking?,” said Wolf. — MW
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Crist Calls Redevelopment District ‘Innovation Destination’ By Matt Wiley “Suitcase City,” as many call it, or the area to the west of the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida (USF) Tampa campus and just south of Tampa Palms, is not the area most would imagine would have a great amount of economic opportunity. It is no secret that the USF area has long been one of the most poverty-stricken and crime-filled in Tampa. However, imagine what would happen if the area were to be revitalized and redeveloped, with economic opportunities and jobs for the area’s unemployed. This is the vision of District 2 (which includes all of New Tampa) Hillsborough County Commissioner Victor Crist — what he is calling an “Innovation Destination.” On June 11, Commissioner Crist distributed three maps to members of the New Tampa Chamber of Commerce before speaking at their monthly meeting at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites in New Tampa. These maps included data collected from the last federal census for the USF campus and the areas surrounding it as far north as New Tampa, and as far south as Sligh Ave., between I-75 and I-275. The sta-
when coming up with his tistics in these maps included plan to revitalize the area unemployment, crime rates was “brownfields,” or and median household environmentally sensitive income for the University or polluted areas. For area, New Tampa, Temple example, an abandoned Terrace and Sulphur Springs. gas station would be conAccording to the data sidered a “brownfield,” or collected, Crist and his staff any other facility that may could see where the three have used chemicals that “clear and evident pockets of could potentially have need” are located: Suitcase City, South Lutz (just north County Commissioner polluted the soil beneath Victor Crist them. of USF) and the area south Crist said that there of Fowler Ave. between I-75 are tax credits available to counties and and I-275, including Sulphur Springs. municipalities that go back and work “They had crime, poverty and with the private sector to reclaim those unemployment as negative social indicaareas, making them safe again for the tors at the level of some ‘third world’ environment. countries,” said Crist as he addressed “These tax credits are incredibly the Chamber. “And it’s right up by important for when we start looking at USF and New Tampa.” how we’re going to attract new busiBy redeveloping this area, he says, ness opportunities (to the county),” he everyone benefits. He calls this massive said. “We need to look at what redevelopment district an “Innovation resources we have to work with — and Destination.” The name is an identity then capitalize on them.” that each section of the district (the These tax credits are key, he says, USF area, South Lutz, Sulfur Springs, to attracting more economic developTemple Terrace and New Tampa) can ment. “These companies are going to incorporate into its own specific brand. be looking for space, a viable work force, the infrastructure to sustain it The Man With The Plan and a good quality of life,” Crist told Another issue Crist considered the Chamber. “We’re going to be com-
peting against other areas in this state and other states. We want to make sure that we are offering the very best opportunity possible to woo their jobs and economic development to our region.” The I-75 corridor, he says, is full of economic opportunities that could bring revenue to the area to help improve the quality of life for its residents and stabilize the workforce, two of the most influential factors these companies should consider. Starting south of Busch Blvd. off I-75, Tampa International Airport (TIA) is looking to expand the Tampa Executive Airport, which will attract shopping, hotels and new jobs. Further north, at Busch Blvd., there is room for commercial growth and an interchange off I-75, providing an exit directly onto Busch Blvd. and better access to current economic engines for the area, such as Busch Gardens. Continuing north, both Fowler and Fletcher Aves. already have economic infrastructure in place in the form of Telecom Park, where the private sector has already set up shop with some big-name companies such as Verizon and Genesis Financial Management. But, Crist said, the area between
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Commissioner Crist hopes to transform the areas highlighted on the map above into a new “Innovation Destination.” the BBD interchange and the New Tampa Gateway Bridge, which is on schedule to be completed by May 2013, is where the biggest opportunity lies to attract big businesses. “The area already has financial and insurance institutions such as USAA,” he explained. “That could be, and should be, a huge portion of this redevelopment district. There is available land and the infrastructure is there. So, any new research and development that we can bring in, that area is prime for
it, and it will help sustain the small businesses along BBD.” Crist continually emphasized the importance of redeveloping the area around USF and the impact it would have on New Tampa. “New Tampa has a tremendous amount of value to the redevelopment of the University area because of the direct, positive impact that (redevelopment) will have on New Tampa,” he said. “And, New Tampa is important to the University area because so many
New Tampa residents work at, or around, the University.” Crist also said that, according to the unemployment map, a large percentage of New Tampa residents work in those target areas for redevelopment, while the residents of the target areas either don’t work or work somewhere else in the county where they can find employment, mostly “blue-collar” work. The problem, he said, is that most of the jobs at or around USF are technically advanced. “We’ve got to attract more businesses that have both kinds of jobs and employment opportunities to help sustain the people who live in (the redevelopment area) and people who come into the area to work, as well,” he explained. “If anything new comes to the area, and the value of the property grows, then the taxes that are normally generated from that growth, instead of going into the general budget, get reallocated back into that specific target
area for reinvestment.” Imagine New Tampa and the University area filled with economic growth and new job opportunities, attracting large companies that supply thousands of jobs to the surrounding area. By redeveloping blighted areas like “Suitcase City” and creating a positive impact, Commissioner Crist’s vision to make New Tampa the linchpin of this planned “Innovation Destination” could become a reality. Editor’s note - Commissioner Crist is running for reelection this year, but he spoke to the Chamber only about the redevelopment plan outlined in this story. As always, we invite your comments in opposition to (or support of) any political candidate. We also invite your comments regarding Comm. Crist’s redevelopment plan itself to EditorialDept@ NTNeighborhoodNews.com. Or, post your comments on our website at NTNeighborhoodNews.com.
Outlet Mall, PHCC & Hospital To Be Pasco’s ‘Economic Engines!’ Economic growth in Pasco County is synonymous with the Wesley Chapel area. And, as more economic opportunities come to the area, such as the under-construction Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel (FHWC), the Tampa Prime Outlets at Cypress Creek Town Center and the Porter Campus of Pasco-Hernando Community College (PHCC), thousands of jobs and tax dollars are making their way into our area, as well. Pasco County administrator John Gallagher is among many local officials excited about the influx of local jobs. As previously reported in the New Tampa Neighborhood News, Simon Property Group has announced plans to open an outlet mall similar to the Ellenton Prime Outlets, with a Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th outlet store as one of its staples. But, that won’t be the only store bringing jobs to the area. Gallagher says that once the mall opens, which is currently expected to be sometime in 2014, it will bring more than 6,100 jobs to the Wesley Chapel/Lutz/Land O’Lakes/New Tampa area, which will ignite the local economy north and south of the Hillsborough-Pasco county line. “If their estimates are true, it will bring a lot of jobs to (Wesley Chapel),” Gallagher says. “It will offer a lot of
opportunities for young people in the area and definitely lower the (county’s) unemployment rate.” Gallagher says that a staff member of his spoke with representatives from Simon recently who said that they would be submitting their plans for the development in the next 60-90 days. And, not only will the outlet mall bring employment to thousands, he says, it also will bring more than $24 million in estimated sales and property taxes to the local economy. The Pasco County School Board, which has been the victim of intense budget cuts for the past five years, also will benefit from the mall, which will generate an estimated $1.5 million for the District. This influx of money should help to offset future cuts, similar to the more than $25 million that has been stripped from the District’s budget for the upcoming school year. Not far from the planned outlet mall, progress continues on the Porter Campus of PHCC, an addition to Wesley Chapel that District 2 Pasco County commissioner Pat Mulieri, Ed. because of its proximity to the other economic opportunities in the Wiregrass Ranch/ Wesley Chapel area. Not only will the campus provide employment opportunities for faculty and staff once it’s completed, it will also open doors to careers
for those who attend the school. “The students can find work at the mall,” Mulieri explains. “At the same time, employees at the mall can go to school at PHCC to upgrade their work skills. One program that will be offered (at the school) is nursing. The graduates of that program can then work at the hospital. It’s a circle.” The Porter Campus of PHCC is expected to be The soon-to-be-completed part of a new urban center for Pasco County. 200,000 sq.-ft., 80-bed FHWC, located just north of the Shops at FHWC’s adjacent 100,000-sq.-ft. Wiregrass mall on BBD, has been post- medical office building/wellness center ing batches of jobs online the past few also will have jobs that need to be filled. weeks. Financial services giant Raymond Executive director of the FHWC James was offered a $10-million incenFoundation Connie Bladon says that tive package by the Pasco County the new medical center will provide Board of County Commissioners to more than 400 jobs to the local econo- open a campus in Wesley Chapel my. “There are so many that need to be (reportedly on S.R. 56, east of the filled,” she says. “We’re really just start- mall) in October 2011 that could ing to hire.” potentially bring 750 jobs to our area Bladon says that most of the jobs by 2024, 100 of which could be that the hospital will bring to the comoffered locally as soon as 2014. munity will be filled locally, so that peoT. Rowe Price, another large finanple can work where they live and not cial investment firm, also has taken has have to endure a long commute. A notice of the Wesley Chapel area and small number of jobs may be transfers shown interest in opening offices in from other Florida Hospital facilities in what could become the new urban centhe area, but Bladon says most positer of Pasco County. tions, including doctors, nurses, clinical For career opportunities at and accounting positions will be filled FHWC, please click the “Careers” by residents of the local community. link at FHWesleyChapel.net. — MW
Rep. Harrison Endorses Tom Lee For Florida Senate Seat Election Coverage? We Hope You’ll Turn To Us First! Considering the still-tumultuous state of our economy and the fact that many Americans are disenchanted with President Barack Obama, the 2012 election season promises to be a unique ride. Will Pres. Obama or former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney provide the coattails needed to take our local county commission or state legislative races? Although we only have a Republican article in this issue, we always offer equal time for both sides in all races, so if anyone opposes Rep. Harrison’s endorsement or wants to express support for any current candidate, email your comments (200 words or less, please) to Editorial Dept@NTNeighborhoodNews.com or post them at NTNeighborhoodNews.com! — GN
By Matt Wiley Our very own Florida House District 60 Representative Shawn Harrison (R-New Tampa) knows who he wants to see represent eastern Hillsborough County — which includes the New Tampa area — in the Florida Senate in the next legislative session. Rep. Harrison recently endorsed fellow Republican Tom Lee to represent District 24, which encompasses
State Rep. Shawn Harrison has endorsed... most of the eastern section of Hillsborough County, including all of Tampa Palms and New Tampa, all the way north to the Pasco County line. “An experienced and strong Senator representing Hillsborough County in the State Senate will be a great thing for our community and for my constituents,” says Harrison. “I have known Senator Lee since my days on the Tampa City Council. I believe his private-sector business experience and his conservative record make him the best choice in this race. I endorse him and look forward to working alongside him as fellow members of the Hillsborough County [legislative] delegation.”
Lee previously served for ten years in the Florida Senate and was Senate President in 2005-06, and it is this experience, along with his private sector business experience, that earned him Harrison’s endorsement. “Tom’s business background (as Vice President of Sabal Homes, his family’s business) is key,” he says. “He has experience as an elected official, but first and foremost, he has worked in the private sector. His ‘real-world’ business experience sets him apart from the competition and that’s what we need.” Harrison’s name also will be on the ballot in November, as he is running unopposed for the Republication nomination for re-election to the Florida House. Harrison has two Democratic opponents who square off against each other in the Primary Election on Tuesday, August 14. The former Tampa Palms Community Development District chair, District 7 (which includes all of New Tampa) Tampa City Council member and current District 60 Representative has been representing most of New Tampa in the Florida House since 2010. If elected, he will be the first representative of the newly drawn State
House District 63, to which all of New Tampa now belongs, after Florida’s newly rewritten legislative maps were approved by Gov. Rick Scott ...Former Florida and the Florida Supreme Court Senate Pres. Tom Lee this year. “I do miss the days when I would only be up for re-election every four years (in City Council),” Harrison says. “But, I’m happy with how my campaign is going so far. There is a larger Democratic presence in my new District, but I’ve worked really hard the last 15 years as an elected official, both as a member of the City Council and as a State Representative, and I think people will recognize that.” Harrison says that for now, he and his campaign team are going to begin “walking and knocking,” going doorto-door to introduce Harrison to voters, let them know what issues he represents and why he should be re-elected to represent New Tampa in the Florida legislature for another term.
“Festival” Continued from page 1 As for the many winners at the Freedom Festival, the new Miss Firecracker was 7-year-old Alyssa Burgess, with Paityn Jetter (23 months) and Julia Anderson (age 3) winning the titles in the their respective age groups. For the boys, the new Mr. Firecracker is 9-month-old Jack Semeraro, with Tysen Jefferson (2-1/2) and Dylan Cofini (6) winning the titles in the other boys’ age groups. The hot dog- and watermelon-eating contest winners were Sean McAveety and Spencer McCabe, respectively. The awesome, rockin’ country of JT Curtis won the Battle of the Bands. We did not have the names of the winners of the kids’ bicycle decorating contest at our press time, but you can see pics of all the winners at NTNeighborhoodNews.com. Congrats to everyone involved! - GN All photos this page courtesy of OurTownFla.com.
(Clockwise from top left): We gave the fireworks display about 9 points (out of 10)! The new Little Miss Firecracker & Mr. Firecracker, Uncle Sam himself & a truly airborne “Old Glory” were all part of the festivities. Long-time New Tampa resident Sean McAveety won the hot dog-eating contest.
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Ladies ‘Foodie’ Club Of New Tampa/Wesley Chapel
A new club for women in the New Tampa/Wesley Chapel area who enjoy socializing, trying out new restaurants and cooking ideas, sharing recipes and other food-related activities is looking for additional members. For more information, send an email to Eileen.email@example.com.
MOMS Club New Tampa
The MOMS (Moms Offering Moms Support) Club of New Tampa is currently open to new members in the New Tampa area. The MOMS Club offers a variety of daytime activities of mothers and their children, opportunities for Mom’s Night Out and many more benefits. For more info, or to join the club, email MOMsClubNewTampa_ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Season Of Hope At CPCC
Sunday, July 15, 6 p.m. - Cypress Point Community Church’s Season of Hope is a four part series, highlighting the journeys of four people who overcame nearly insurmountable struggles through the hope they found in faith, among these amother who fought through 17 separate battles with cancer,
a Green Beret vet, a fatal car crash survivor and a woman widowed after her husband’s plane crashed. Support groups will be available each Sunday, for those facing dire situations or desiring to start the process of recovery. CPCC is located at 15820 Morris Bridge Rd. For more info, call 986-9100.
BNI Millionaire Makers
Wednesday, July 18, 7:15 a.m. The BNI Millionaire Makers chapter meets every Wednesday morning at Pebble Creek Golf Club (10550 Regents Park Dr.). The $13 meeting fee includes a hot breakfast. Contact Lisa Jordan at 621-6015 for details.
Business Networking Int’l
Wednesday, July 18, 7:30 a.m. BNI, a group of business professionals dedicated to helping their respective businesses grow through qualified referrals, meets every Wednesday morning at the Cory Lake Isles Beach Club clubhouse (18630 Plantation Bay Dr., off Morris Bridge Rd.). For more information, call Jal Irani at 451-8229.
New Tampa Noon Rotary
Wednesday, July 18, noon - The New Tampa Noon Rotary Club meets every Wednesday for lunch at Hunter’s
Green Country Club (18101 Longwater Run Dr., inside Hunter’s Green).
New Tampa Eve. Rotary
Wednesday, July 18, 6:15 p.m. The New Tampa Evening Rotary Club meets every Wednesday evening at Hunter’s Green Country Club. New members are always welcome. For more information, call Liz DeAmbrose at 956-6487 or email: email@example.com.
Wednesday, July 18, 7 p.m. Great speeches & great topics. Come hone your public speaking skills. Tampa Toastmasters meets every Wednesday evening at Pebble Creek Golf Club, located at 10550 Regents Park Dr., off Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd. New guests are always welcome. For more info, call 428-6356.
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous
Thursday, July 19, 7 p.m. - Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? Are you underweight or overweight? Obsessed with weight or dieting? You are not alone. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) is a support group without any dues, fees or weighins and is based on the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. It’s a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experiences and mutual support, are
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recovering from the disease of food addiction. FA meets Thursdays at Florida Hospital Tampa (on BBD) in the Camelot A room. For more info, visit FoodAddicts.org or call Roz at 355-4197.
Thursday, July 19, 7:45 p.m. Come together with like-minded professionals at the Christian Business Connections (CBC) Networking group, which meets every Thursday at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church at 5338 Primrose Lake Cir., near Freedom High and Liberty Middle School in Tampa Palms. Call Annete Faurote at 4079225 for more information.
Free ESL Classes
Thursday, July 21, 10:30 a.m. A FREE English as a Second Language (ESL) class is now meeting at Tampa Bay Presbyterian Church, located at 19911 Bruce B. Downs, on Thursday mornings. Activities for school-aged children are also provided during this time. There is no charge to attend. The classes are taught by a native English speaker using several ESL and Bible study resources. We also discuss American culture, and English idioms and slang. Come, practice your conversational English and make new friends in a fun and relaxed environment! For additional information, call
the church office at 973-2484.
Day Party Networking
Saturday, July 21, 2 p.m. - A new professional networking group will be meeting every third Saturday at AJA Wiregrass in the Shops at Wiregrass mall to network and socialize in a dayparty atmosphere. For more info, please contact Jameka Taylor at (901) 210-2018, or send her an email at JTaylor723@gmail.com.
TD Football Camp
Monday, July 23, 6 p.m. – Freedom High’s football coach, Todd Donohoe, will be hosting a football camp at the New Tampa Community Center, located at 17302 Commerce Park Blvd. Instructions will focus on fundamentals and will be led by local high school coaches. The camp will run for four days, and costs $80 for the full, four-day session. Or, campers are welcome at a daily rate of $25. For more information, please contact Brad Romp at 767-8456 or email TDFootballcamp@gmail.com.
Northeast Tampa Women In Business Meeting
Thursday, August 9, 6 p.m. The Northeast Tampa Women in Business meets the second Thursday of each month at Hunter’s Green Country Club (18101 Longwater Run Dr.). Come out for some great relationship building with women in business from around the area. For more info, visit NETWIB.org or call 364-2174.
Battle Of The Bands
It’s never too early to get your band pre-qualified to be part of the Teenage Battle of the Bands held annually in mid-October during the Hillsborough County Fair. Hillsborough County’s Parks, Recreation & Conservation Department is looking for bands to participate in a competition that provides free studio time to the top two winners. Band members must be between 13-20 years of age, and only one band member can be age 20. The entry fee is $50 dollars and only a limited number of bands will be accepted. Those wishing to compete must pre-qualify by providing a link to an online video of their band. For more information, contact Joe Soletti at 744-5871.
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2011-12 Board of Directors President-Rachel Haviland
15310 Amberly Dr., Suite 250 Tampa, FL 33647 Information: (813) 293-2464 Fax: (813) 388-4408
‘Working To Improve The Quality Of Life In New Tampa!’
Secretary -Chuck Ward
Chamber To Host Wharton High Assistant Principal On July 16 The New Tampa Chamber of Commerce was honored to host Hillsborough County Commissioner Victor Crist at its montly luncheon in June. Speaking on “Innovation Destination: A new economic district for north east Hillsborough County” (see the story on page 10 for more info), Crist detailed plans to revive local neighborhoods, including the creation of an economic development district between the east-west boundaries of Interstates 275 and 75 and from Sligh Ave. running north to New Tampa. In addition, on July 2, the Chamber joined the New Tampa Neighborhood News (photo) at a sampling of the all-new menu at the all-new Full Circle Pizza & Grill, which is located in the Pebble Creek Collection on Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd., in the same location as the former Circles New Tampa Bistro. Virtually everything on owner Ron Chase’s menu was sampled — from Full Circle’s delicious, brick-oven thin-crust pizzas to his awesome Chicago beef sandwiches and even shrimp fettuccine pasta. Please check out on the full story on page 42 of this issue, go visit Full Circle and tell Ron the Chamber and the Neighborhood News sent you. This month, Chamber members
are looking forward to hearing Wharton High assistant principal Kevin Stevenson, share on team building and how Wharton won Best in Hillsborough County for its PTSA and recognition of the school’s principal, Bradley Woods, as Hillsborough High School Principal of the Year — for the Chamber members & the New Tampa Neighborhood News second year in a row! enjoyed a sampling of the great menu at Full Circle Pizza. Join us on Monday, bers and the New Tampa community. July 16, 11:30 a.m., at Pebble Creek Golf Club (10550 Regents Park Dr., Chamber Welcomes New & across from the Walmart Supercenter Renewing Members on BBD). Open to members and nonThe Chamber is proud to welcome members. Register online at NewTamthe following new members: Campaign paChamber.org/events.php. for Cindy Stuart for Hillsborough School Board District 3 (VoteCindy Open Chamber Positions Stuart.com), Full Circle Pizza & Board positions and Ambassador Grill (FullCirclePizzaandGrill.com) committee memberships are still availand Dr. Jonathan Hancock with The able. Please submit your request to Back to Wellness Center (TheBackinfo@NewTampaChamber.org for toWellnessCenter.com). more information or an application We also thank MidFlorida Credit form. It is through the support of volunteers such as these who dedicate their Union (MidFlorida. com) and Dr. Stephanie Bien with Executive Medtime to the organization that we are Club (ExecutiveMedClub.com) for able to continue to strengthen the renewing their membership and continChamber, and to develop new and uing to support the Chamber. innovative projects to serve our mem-
Looking for a local business? Please view our updated Membership Directory on our website at NewTampa Chamber.org. Support your locally owned businesses! The economy and all the construction on BBD have taken a real toll on your local business owners, so when you need a product or service, please consult our Membership Directory for a local member you can support. Join our Facebook page to receive regular updates about Chamber news and upcoming events. Simply visit Facebook.com/NewTampaChamber and click the “Like” button to join us!
Monthly Chamber Events:
• NTCC Work It! 2nd Tuesday of each month, 8 a.m.-9 a.m., at the New Tampa Chamber offices (15310 Amberly Dr., Ste 250, Tampa Palms). FREE for Chamber members. Tips and tricks for business building. • Lunch: 2nd Monday of each month, noon, at Pebble Creek Golf Club. $15 for Chamber members/$20 non. • After Hours Networking: Last Thursday of each month, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Location varies. Free for members and prospective members. • Other events include Power Lunches & Networking Breakfasts, Ribbon Cuttings and Grand Openings, all of which are listed on NewTampaChamber.org.
Trustworthy Mortgage Helps Ease The Refinancing Process! By Camille Gillies Have you had it “up to here” with the economy? Well, you could be saving hundreds of dollars every month on your home and not even know it. Seven out of 10 property owners could take advantage of the federal government’s Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) but Kenneth Lo, the senior loan consultant with Trustworthy Mortgage Corp., says many people who want to refinance mistakenly disqualify themselves before consulting a mortgage professional. And, with interest rates still at near-record-low levels – refinancing now makes sense for many homeowners. So, if you’re considering refinancing your home, Lo, a licensed mortgage broker based in New Tampa, recommends calling a professional like himself to determine whether you’re a HARP candidate. He can help you determine your eligibility and, if you qualify, set you on the path to saving on your monthly mortgage payment. Lo recently saved a local resident $350 a month by refinancing a 30year fixed-rate loan that the home-
owner purchased five years ago at a still-reasonable interest rate of 6.5 percent. Lo got that reduced to an impressive rate of 3.87 percent— including closing costs! Not surprisingly, Ken reports the homeowner is happy with the new rate, not to mention the monthly savings. If you think you’d like to refinance but are hesitant because you’re uncertain whether your home loan is owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, Ken can find out for you. He says that sending him a copy of your current mortgage statement is all he needs to get the ball rolling. “We provide the legwork and you provide the necessary documents, and we go from there,” Ken says, adding that personal service is one of the hallmarks of his mortgage business. Ken will meet at his clients’ homes or at a location of their choosing, and he doesn’t keep “banker’s hours” – he works 24/7. “Many clients tell me that when they called large banks to inquire about refinancing, they got tired of repeating their story multiple times after being transferred from one person to another,” Ken explains. “Big
tion.” He says the assortment of banks he deals with gives him access to to the most attractive rates. “More products and low overhead mean I can offer lower rates than larger institutions,” Ken contends. “I also can more accurately assess the time it will take to process your loan, Senior mortgage consultant and New Tampa resi- which can relieve a lot dent Kenneth Lo of Trustworthy Mortgage Corp. of stress.” can help you with refinancing your home, too. With Ken’s combanks can be frustrating. That’s one of mitment to achieving a client’s desired the many advantages of working with results, it isn’t surprising that he me. You tell me your situation and I reports a 99-percent success rate – handle the rest for you.” and he usually closes on a loan prior Through Trustworthy Mortgage to the date he has estimated. Corp., which is based in Vienna, VA, “If I estimate closing within 30 Ken has access to more than 30 finan- days, the loan often closes in 26. It cial institutions, which means he can almost always comes in earlier than I select from an array of rates. project,” he says. “I work with 30 different banks With an MBA in finance from the and can tailor a program to fit differUniversity of Miami, Ken says his ent needs,” Ken explains. “There is no strong tax background is advantaone-size-fits-all program; I find the geous when advising clients. Ken has one that best suits each client’s situalived in Florida for 13 years and has
spent most of that time working in the real estate industry, in both investment and financial sectors. “With my background in finance, I find the financing end of the real estate business more appealing,” Ken comments. “As a mortgage broker, it also is satisfying to know you’re helping someone achieve their goals.” Ken’s territory spans Central Florida, with most of his residential business focused in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. He also facilitates loans for commercial property and has assisted with transactions for commercial buildings throughout Florida.
Some New Trends... Although the local housing market has plummeted in recent years, Ken says new home sales are trending up and since January, he has seen an uptick in purchase loans. “Inventory is shrinking in Central Florida, and Realtors are reporting that buyers are bidding up in order to buy a property,” Ken reports. “These are not foreclosure properties, either; they are properties that are still in good shape.” Ken is proud of his successful relationship with local Realtors. He recently worked on a transaction in
Tampa Palms with real estate agent Marci Short of Sea Royal Realty in Clearwater. Marci, who specializes in the New Tampa and Wesley Chapel markets, lauded Ken’s professionalism. “Ken delivered what he promised,” she says. “He was easy to get a hold of to answer questions and made sure the buyer understood everything about the loan. He was very efficient and willing to work on the weekend. Ken’s a good guy – I just referred another client to him.” Nearly half of Lo’s business results from referrals, indicative of the confidence his clients and business associates place in him. For the past six years, Ken and his wife have lived in Hunter’s Green. The couple’s two sons, ages 11 and 6, attend Benito Middle School and Hunter’s Green Elementary, respectively, and play in the New Tampa Little League. Heads up, homeowners! HARP won’t last forever – the program expires at the end of 2013! If you’re considering refinancing your home, give Ken a call today at 7666896 or email him at Ken@TrustWorthyLoan.com. Additional information about Trustworthy Mortgage Corp. is available at TrustworthyLoan.com.
Cabinet & Stone International Can Give Your Home A Whole New Feel! By Matt Wiley Hui You has six kitchens, none of which are capable of cooking a meal. That’s because these kitchens make up the impressive showroom at Cabinet & Stone International’s N. 56th St. location in Temple Terrace, only 20-30 minutes from most of Wesley Chapel. The 2,000 sq.-ft. showroom is not only home to several sample kitchen designs, it also features samples of the many different kinds and colors of cabinets and countertops that Hui’s familyowned company has been installing in homes around the New Tampa and Wesley Chapel areas since 2004. “We specialize in all-wood cabinets and granite countertops,” says Hui. “We provide everything from measuring and designing, to installing the cabinets and countertops.” With the housing market finally beginning to bounce back, Hui says Cabinet & Stone is the perfect place to begin a kitchen or bathroom renovation project. “That is often what draws buyers to a house,” Hui explains. “If you do want to sell your house in this market, you need a new kitchen. People don’t want a ‘90s’- style kitchen or a kitchen that looks 15 or 20 years old.” She says that she sees many companies in the same line of business that
Beautiful maple cabinets and real granite countertops from Cabinet & Stone have upgraded this bathroom in the Pebble Creek community in New Tampa. Owner and Tampa Palms resident Hui You invites customers from the New Tampa area who want to improve the look and feel of their homes to visit the Cabinet & Stone International showroom on N. 56th St. in Tample Terrace. charge an exorbitant amount for cabinets or granite countertops and that Cabinet & Stone prides itself in being able to beat competitor’s prices by as much as half in some cases. “When we see (other company’s prices), we know that we are saving people money,” she says. Hui attributes much of her customers’ satisfaction to Cabinet & Stone’s quick turnaround times. She says that at most other places, the cus-
tomers end up having to wait anywhere from six to eight weeks for their order to come in and be installed. At Cabinet & Stone, everything that is featured in the showroom is kept in stock in the company’s 30,000-sq.-ft. warehouse. “Here,” she says, ”you can buy, and take home, your cabinets the same day.” Most of her business, she says, comes from “word of mouth” from Cabinet & Stone’s many happy cus-
tomers, several of which have recently come from New Tampa and Wesley Chapel, in part because of advertising in this publication. Among those are Michele and Bob Lucas, who recently had new cabinets and countertops installed in the master bathroom of their Pebble Creek home. “I can’t say enough about how pleased I am with the way it turned out,” Michele says. Lucas’ bathroom used to have marble countertops that, she says, were extremely hard to take care of. She also was not happy with a mirror that took up much of the wall. “After living here for 16 years, we decided that we need-
ed to do something about (the counters),” she explains. Lucas shopped around Tampa and did her “due diligence” before stumbling upon Cabinet & Stone and meeting Hui. “I had a basic design in mind,” she says. “Hui used what I told her and showed me some designs on the computer. She was very No matter what color or style of cabinets and countertops knowledgeable and was you’re looking for, Cabinet & Stone has got you covered. really good at picturing what I was saying.” angle with the floor. Now, instead of dull marble coun“It changed the look of the entire tertops, Lucas’s bathroom boasts tall bathroom,” she says. “And the price maple cupboards topped with crown was phenomenal!” molding that stretch from wall to wall, If you’re considering renovating encompassing two sinks, but still open your kitchen or bathrooms, give enough to “not feel like we’re in sepaCabinet & Stone a visit at 6606 N. rate rooms.” Lucas beams, looking 56th St., located right across the around her new bathroom. Even the street from King High School in bottoms of the counters are stylish, Temple Terrace, and let Hui give you with “quarter round” at the base, a tour of her many kitchens. Or, give instead of a traditional perpendicular her a call at 887-5658.
Air Rescue Will Help You Keep Cool In The Summer Heat! By Camille Gillies If you lived in Tampa in the 1940s and were lucky enough to have a heating and/or cooling system in your home, it’s possible that you put in a service call to Air Rescue, an air conditioning and heating company that continues to serve the Bay area today. Founded in 1946, Air Rescue claims to hold the title of oldest and largest residential air conditioning business in the Tampa Bay area. Over the years, the business has grown by leaps and bounds. Drive into Air Rescue’s headquarters off Massaro Blvd. and U.S. Hwy. 301 near Brandon and you can’t help but be impressed by the sheer number of service trucks parked at the building. This is obviously no mom-and-pop operation. According to marketing director Scott Scarboro, Air Rescue boasts a fleet of more than 70 vehicles. And, those numerous trucks travel many miles, as more than 75 technicians visit the homes of loyal customers from Spring Hill to Sarasota. “We service homes within about a 40-mile radius,” Scott says, adding that the New Tampa/Wesley Chapel area gets a lot of attention due to the age of the homes. He said homes that are 1015 years old, a common age for a home
in New Tampa and Wesley Chapel, tend to experience the most A/C breakdowns. Air Rescue offers trained professionals who can fix existing air conditioning or heating systems, provide general maintenance and/or install brand-new units. “We are specialists in residential air conditioners,” explains general manager Steve Cox, adding (and using a medical analogy), “If you’ve got a foot problem, you can choose to go to a general practitioner for treatment or to a podiatrist — a specialist — to have it diagnosed and treated. Similarly, if you have an A/C problem, you can choose a company that works on industrial as well as residential air conditioners, or you can choose a company like ours that specializes only in selling and servicing residential equipment.” As much as homeowners dread hearing it, A/C systems don’t last forever and, eventually, they all need to be replaced. When an Air Rescue visit involves replacing a total system, the technicians consider many factors to determine which system will work best for the customer. “There is a science to system replacement,” Scott says. “We analyze the volume, air flow, vent placement and duct work, all of which come into
Air Rescue’s fleet of more than 70 service vehicles and 75 technicians are even more impressive when they get your air conditioning system running cold again. play when evaluating the right system offers an energy savings guarantee on for the homeowner. We tailor the systhe installation of its “optimum” and tem to fit the home and each home“premium” systems. owner’s needs.” “No other company offers an According to Scott, if your home’s energy-savings guarantee,” Scott claims. A/C is more than eight years old, you When it comes to air conditioners, could be saving 10-15 percent on the preventive maintenance is always a A/C portion of your electric bill simply good idea, and Scott says the residents by installing a more energy-efficient sys- in our area know it. tem. He adds that air conditioning is “One of our most popular promotypically responsible for 60 percent of tions in New Tampa and Wesley Chapel your power bill and that Air Rescue is the $79 Total System Rejuvenation,”
Scott says. “It is the most thorough tune-up in the business. We totally take apart the system and clean it, bringing it back to factory-fresh condition. We are so confident in it that we offer a sixmonth no-breakdown guarantee.” Much of that confidence stems from the professional training and expertise of Air Rescue’s technicians. “Our technicians undergo extensive training and are certified North American Technicians of Excellence (NATE),” Scott says. “And, since we are sending them into people’s homes, we also are careful to consider their honesty and integrity.” If the managers appreciate the technicians, the feeling appears to be mutual: Air Rescue last year made the St. Petersburg Times’ list of “Tampa Bay’s Top 70 Workplaces.” Scarboro says employee recognition programs and incentives are key elements responsible for the company’s popularity with its employees. Those happy technicians will not only visit your home for repairs and installations, they also will stop by to offer a second opinion. Air Rescue will provide a complimentary analysis and you will have the peace of mind of either getting confirmation about the nature of the problem or gaining new insight into the issue at hand. Sometimes, Air Rescue can diagnose a problem when others fail. One
of the company’s testimonials on its website quotes a customer named Joyce, who had a hot-room problem, stating: “I’ve had three previous companies out here with numerous suggestions... nothing worked. I could not believe it! You solved the problem.” Additional services Air Rescue offers include the replacement of ductwork using a professionally engineered “green” duct system that is free of chemicals. Duct systems have improved over the years and newer systems are more energy efficient and contain antimicrobial materials that reduce the number of allergens in the air. The smooth texture of the newer ducts eliminates the nooks and crannies where dust and allergens traditionally have gotten trapped and built up, which can exacerbate allergies and asthma. The indoor air quality specialists at Air Rescue will give you a complimentary system evaluation, which may also identify air flow inefficiencies that are preventing your home from getting all the cool air your A/C is producing. If your air conditioning system has a meltdown this summer, don’t sweat it. Air Rescue can provide sameday service. The company’s technicians are on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and they service all major residential brands. To schedule an appointment, call 315-3661 or visit AirRescue.com.
From Windows To Floors, Keeps Carpet One Has Got You Covered! By Sheryl Young If your home needs new flooring, window treatments or other design elements, it pays to take the short drive to Keeps Carpet One Floor & Home. You’ll have a field day with the choices at this standalone store on S.R. 54 between I-75 and Morris Bridge Rd., on the borderline of Wesley Chapel leading into Zephyrhills. Keeps Carpet One is owned by Leslie Egan, who came to work at the store in 2008 and bought it in 2009. She likes to give her customers the best products and prices. One conversation with this lady and you will know she eats, breathes, sleeps and cares about all kinds of home flooring and is determined to please her customers. The store offers carpet, hardwood, laminate and vinyl flooring, as well as ceramic tile. Leslie also creates tailormade area rugs to customers’ requests, with custom binding and unique, rounded corners that don’t turn up with long-term use. Leslie believes her customer service at Keeps separates her store from other flooring companies in the area, because she can offer the Carpet One companywide “Beautiful Guarantee™.” “With the Beautiful Guarantee, we
have warranty levels,” Leslie explains. “For example, our various carpets, such as the Lees® Carpet brand, come in levels of excellence, like Gold Level and Titanium Level. Warrantees can run from 60 to 120 days, and then there are various levels of guarantees for wear and tear; anywhere from 5 to 25 years." Satisfaction with the installation of your carpet or flooring is guaranteed for a lifetime. All of the store’s flooring is installed by employees of Keeps. The installers work for Leslie — she never uses subcontractors. “We have another unique perk for our clients,” Leslie says, “We’ll replace certain grades of carpeting for free within an agreed amount of time if a customer doesn't like it.” Keeps also has an in-house interior designer, Deborah Spanger. Deborah’s name may be familiar to people in Wesley Chapel because she is the former owner of Interiors by Spanger Design, which was located in the Freedom Plaza, a few miles west of Keeps location on S.R. 54. Deborah and Leslie have known each other for years, and have often referred customers back and forth to each other. “When my lease was coming up in my other location, Leslie and I joined
splits accounting duties with me.” Free flooring estimates can be done when customers shop at the store, but Leslie also offers shop-at-home services and happily brings samples along. Nicolette Geiger, the sales representative for the store says, “I'm so happy to be working with Leslie, since Nicolette Geiger (left) and owner Leslie Egan of Keeps 2008,” Nicolette says. Recent customers Carpet One invite you to check out the many flooring are happy to work with options at the store on S.R. 54 near Zephyrhills. Keeps as well. Joy Panforces here at the Keeps Carpet One ter and her sister Jane McCarter had address,” Deborah explains. “I cusbeen sharing a house for 16 years when tomize drapes, sheers, blinds, shutters they decided to change their flooring. and any other window coverings, as “We got a price from another well as wallpaper. I assist customers company, but when we lived in with other interior design choices, too.” Nashville our family often used a CarLeslie gives free estimates on any pet One dealer,” Joy explains. “When flooring materials sold at the store, we found Keeps Carpet One, we knew while Deborah charges a per-hour fee we had to check it out. The price was for design color consultations. Both of very reasonable, and we loved working their husbands are involved. “And, my with Leslie and her crew.” husband [Steve] does the window covJoy and Jane decided on laminate ering installations,” Deborah says. flooring for most of the house, “and it “And my husband Scott,” Leslie is absolutely gorgeous,” Joy says. “We adds, “is the floor estimator. He also have two cats and all we do is run a
Swiffer duster over the floors. The Keeps installers even carefully moved our piano and our two extremely heavy antique armoires.” Karen and Alan Knight also used Keeps. Karen says, “Leslie was very knowledgeable about all of her products and didn’t do any-high pressure selling. We found her installers to be professional and helpful, and we also used the painter she recommended. I sing their praises.”
American-Made Products At Keeps Carpet One
“All of our carpets are lined with an exclusive tear-resistant backing made especially for Carpet One stores,” Leslie says. “I personally recommend Lees carpeting as top-of-the-line. It’s very hard to stain, and if it ever does stain, we can usually get it out.” Leslie also carries DuraCeramic tile by Congoleum, a special limestone composite tile that is more gentle on the feet but can still replicate the look of natural stone. “This can be grouted or aligned ungrouted, and can even be combined into designs with wood strips,” Leslie adds. “It also can be floated over any type of flooring without being glued down, and with nothing being ripped up.” The store also offers state-of-theart laminate flooring — which today is amazingly durable and looking more
like real wood than ever before. Guests in your home will be hard-pressed to notice a difference. Laminate flooring is especially suitable for people with pets or children with allergies, and still costs considerably less than real wood. And, Leslie says, “This, too, can be floated over other floors.” Leslie explains that “floated” flooring is advantageous in Florida’s humid climate, where changes in temperature can cause materials to swell or contract, thereby changing the fit. In addition, Keeps has high-grade vinyl flooring choices that are made to look exactly like hardwood floors or ceramic tile, for about a third of the cost of wood. These do need to be glued, and Leslie advises removal of the old floor first. And, of course, her installers can do all of that. She notes that vinyl is more water resistant than other flooring and very easy to clean. “And, by the way,” Leslie adds proudly, “95 percent of our products are American-made, like the Armstrong® brand. Armstrong flooring has brought all of their manufacturing back to the USA, and is now based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.” If customers so desire, Keeps can treat new flooring for microbes, pathogens and other allergy-inflicting airborne substances before they lay the floors down. Keeps Carpet One is located at
34120 S.R. 54 W., between the eastern end of Wesley Chapel and Zephyrhills. For free estimates for your flooring needs, call Leslie at 782-6712. For window treatments and design consultations, call the store or Deborah at 263-4235. You’ll receive 10-percent-off your next purchase if you mention this story. The website, which includes design Deborah Spanger offers design consultations, winvideos, is keepscarpet onezephyrhills.com. dow treatments and more at Keeps Carpet One.
WalMart Supercenter On BBD Hosts The World’s Biggest Potato! By Matt Wiley Giving a whole new meaning to the term “hot potato,” a 28-foot long, 12,000-pound “Great Big Idaho Potato” sat outside of the Walmart Supercenter on Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd. in New Tampa (acrross from Regents Park Dr. in Pebble Creek) on June 30. Sitting atop a fire-engine red, 48-foot flatbed trailer, the huge spud has been putting on some serious miles as it makes its way across the country in celebration of the 75th year of the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC). “We’re on a seven-month tour,” said 23-year-old Ellis Nanney, who
has been traveling with the potato since it left Idaho in April. “We’re making stops at local supermarkets to spread the word that potatoes can be very healthy, if they’re made correctly.” Nanney says that he is used to the wide-eyed reactions that he gets from most people when they first see the six-ton spud. “It’s big,” said Jason Grady, as he and his wife Doris admired the potato. “It’s definitely the biggest potato in New Tampa.” The giant potato truly is a marvel. If it were real, it would have been more than 10,000 years in the making and would take two years and nine months to bake. It also
would make more than 1.4 million French fries or 30,325 servings of mashed potatoes. The giant potato’s ongoing tour also is helping to raise awareness for the Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA), to which the IPC recently donated $100,000 to help more than 5,000 MOWAA programs around the country keep America’s elderly nourished, including here in Tampa. According to the website MOWTampa.org, the group delivers more than 650 meals each day It’s hard to miss the six-ton potato (left) to households around the city. or the truck hauling it around the U.S.
“Tornado” Continued from page 1 Residents report storm damage to at least a dozen homes in Grand Hampton after Debby entered our area. One particular home, that the New Tampa Neighborhood News editorial department saw first-hand, had its entire pool cage ripped to pieces and scattered across the backyard, with much of the debris landing either in the pool or in the adjacent vacant lot in one of the newer sections of Grand Hampton. The homeowner’s large, metal grill
was still standing, but in the grass on the edge of the adjacent property. The Grand Hampton Homeowners Association (HOA) would not release any details about how many homes had been damaged, what the estimated cost of that damage may have been or make any comment about whether or not a tornado actually touched down in the community. Even after the tornado was confirmed by the NWS, we could not get a spokesperson for the Grand Hampton Homeowners Association to comment on the damage to the homes caused by Debby in the community.
The tornado spawned by Tropical Storm Debby that touched down in Grand Hampton damaged at least a dozen homes in the community.
Tropical Storm Debby Rocks Marco! After finishing the June 30 issue of our Wesley Chapel Neighborhood News on June 21, I was excited to head south to Marco Island for the weekend, where the Marriott Beach Resort awaited. My father was attending a job-related conference at the resort, so it just made sense to spend the weekend at the beach bar. Enter Tropical Storm Debby. I had hoped to spend the weekend soaking up some rays, but instead ended up just getting soaked. However, despite the relentless rain and wind that made laying out on the beach an impossibility, Debby presented other unique opportunities, like gettinmg to be a “tornado chasThis is the funnel cloud asst. editor Matt Wiley er”— my childhood dream, even saw from the beach bar at his hotel on Marco before the movie “Twister” made its Island during Tropical Storm Debby. way into theaters. Back to the bar. So, I’m enjoying erator power was only used to light a nice Florida Avenue India Pale Ale the hallways and operate the eleva(which is brewed right down the tors. Luckily for us, we were schedstreet from my house in central uled to check out before noon. Tampa), talking to my family, when I While my family only had to decide to turn around on my stool endure a short 45-minute drive back and take a look at the beach. I end up to Cape Coral, I had the good fordoing a double take after I notice a tune of having to drive another hourlarge funnel cloud tearing up the and-a-half back to Tampa for a Monwater offshore. Unable to control my day morning editorial meeting. And, excitement, I took it upon myself to luckily for me, the feeder bands of grab my camera phone and alert Debby moved up the west coast of everyone else at the bar, no doubt Florida, right along the I-75 corridor, contributing to a “storm” (see what I the exact route I had to drive to get did there?) of pictures of the swirling back to town. But, here I am anyway, waterspout being uploaded to Facesitting at my desk in the New Tampa book, Instagram and every other Neighborhood News office off Amberly social media site. Dr. in Tampa Palms, so despite a wet And the fun didn’t stop there. weekend and a miserable drive, I The next morning, I groggily awoke, guess everything turned out okay. In squinting through the haze of an fact, it turned the weekend into an early-morning hangover, to find out adventure! that a tornado had, in fact, touched We want to hear your Debby down on the outskirts of Marco and story, too! Send us your experience snapped some power lines, cutting off in 500 words or less, plus any perelectricity to the entire island. The tinent pictures and we’ll put them shops in the lobby were left to operup on our website — NTNeighate by glow sticks, as the limited gen- borhoodNews.com! — MW
Local Resident Wins Bikini Bodybuilding Title! By Michael Murillo Maintaining the discipline to become a bodybuilder is an impressive achievement. Actually participating in a sanctioned competition is a rare accomplishment, and eventually winning a division in one would be a highlight of any athlete’s career. But, by winning her Bikini division in just her second competition — the 30th Annual Tampa Bay Classic Bodybuilding Championships held June 9 at Gaither High School — New Tampa resident Morgan Ferrera recognizes that she already has accomplished something special. “I was still in shock from winning my actual class, and then when they announced my number again as the overall winner for the entire Bikini division, I was like, ‘Are you kidding me?’” said Ferrera. “I couldn't believe it.” Ferrera’s victory is a local success story. After attending Freedom High, she attended Florida State University and the University of South Florida. Now 23, she lives in Tampa Palms and her father, Dr. Robert Ferrera, is a popular local dentist and New Tampa Rotary Club member. His Ferrera Dental Associates has served North and New Tampa for more than 25 years.
In the Bikini category, competitors were placed into four division based on height (Ferrera was in group B). After being judged on front and back poses and comparisons with other entrants, Ferrera was named her group’s winner. Next, she took the stage against the best of the other groups in a posedown for the title of Overall Bikini Category winner. Ferrera also took first in the Overall, earning a trophy that nearly matches her 5’-3” stature. Ferrera might have had a short path to success in competitive bodybuilding, but it wasn’t an easy one: Five days a week of weight training, seven days a week of cardio training (the latter including 45 minutes on a stairclimbing machine followed by a leg circuit workout), a strict diet consisting of frequent, smaller meals throughout the day and an accelerated workout and eating schedule as the competition drew closer — all under the supervision and guidance of her coach, Aimee Bien. While her aggressive schedule was physically taxing, those weren’t the only challenges she faced in preparing for competition. “The mental challenge is the hardest part,” Ferrera said. “There were days I didn’t want to get out of bed at 6 a.m. to do cardio, or go back to the gym after a full day of school and
work, but I did it anyway.” Avoiding food and drink her friends enjoyed was also frustrating, but she relied on support from her boyfriend, Chris Shultz, and trained with another bodybuilder, Kathi Ellington, to keep positive influences in her corner during the four months she prepared for the event. In addition to trophies and recognition (her bikini division accomplishBikini bodybuilding titlist Morgan Ferrera (right) ments will be noted in an upcoming article for a bodybuilding magazine, level 5 national qualifier held Sept. 29 along with the winners of the bodyat Olympia High School in Orlando. A building, figure and physique divisions successful performance there — a topof the competition), Ferrera said she three finish earns national qualification learned valuable skills that will help her and a chance to compete against the in personal relationships and future pro- best in the country — will get her closfessional careers. The importance of er to her ultimate goal of obtaining an commitment, even when facing chalInternational Federation of Bodylenging obstacles, is critical to achieving Builders (IFBB) Pro Card. goals and creating positive outcomes. “I feel very blessed that I won at Ferrera also said that this victory the Tampa Bay Classic after only four isn’t the end of her bodybuilding jourmonths of training, so I can’t wait to ney; it’s just the beginning. The Tampa see what’s coming in the years to Bay Classic is a Level 3 competition come," she said. sanctioned by the National Physique For more information about the Committee (NPC), and once a bodyTampa Bay Classic Bodybuilding builder wins at a certain level (graded Championships, visit TampaBayClasfrom 1-5), they can only compete at sicBodybuilding.com. For the NPC higher levels in the future. For Ferrera, Southeastern USA Bodybuilding her next stop is the NPC Southeastern Championships, call (407) 474-8502 USA Bodybuilding Championships, a or visit SoutheasternUSA.net.
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‘Appreciated’ Chamber Members Meet Wild Things In Dade City! If you (or your child) love animals, you owe it to yourself to visit Dade City’s Wild Things (DCWT), the 22acre zoo located just 30 minutes or so from most of New Tampa, near the Pasco Hernando Community College campus in the heart of Dade City. As a proud member and supporter of the Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce (in addition, of course, to the New Tampa Chamber), I was thrilled to be one of fewer than 200 people who got to attend the Chamber’s “Member Appreciation Night” at DCWT. We also were treated to free raffle prizes, a sumptuous buffet meal provided by my friend Ghada Jadallah of A Dash of Salt & Pepper (located on Cross Creek Blvd. in New Tampa) and a modified walking tour of the monkeys, bison, ostriches, macaws, bears and especially the animals that so captivated me as a youngster — plenty of big cats! DCWT has more than 200 species of animals, but I especially loved the zoo’s full-grown lions, tigers (including white tigers) and Florida panthers, as well as the 10-month-old lion “cub” named “Leonardo, King of Beasts,” and four amazingly cute two-monthold tiger cubs. The cubs get so close to you during DCWT’s awesome animal show — which we also got to enjoy — that you’re practically holding the cute critters in your lap. It was an amazing evening and well worth the trip! Dade City’s Wild Things offers guided tours and hands-on opportunities Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (and some Sundays). For more info, call (352) 567-WILD or visit DadeCitysWildThings.com. — GN
In addition to Florida panthers (above left) and beautiful baby tiger cubs (above right), you also can get up-close-and-personal with a 350-lb. ostrich named Oz (right), American bison (buffalo, bottom right) and so much more at Dade City’s Wild Things, an amazing local zoo you should visit soon. (Below center) You can’t get this up-close-and-personal with the baby tiger cubs at Dade City’s Wild Things, but during the zoo’s “animal adventure” shows, the wildlife handlers really seem to enjoy their company. Your group (or family) can enjoy a walking tour of this unique zoo, too.
Full Circle Pizza & Grill — New Tampa’s Taste Of Chicago! By Gary Nager While most of us who aren’t from the Windy City only think of deep dish pizza as being “Chicago-style,” longtime Chicago resident Ron Chase, the owner of the all-new Full Circle Pizza & Grill in the Pebble Creek Collection on Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd. has something special he would love for you to try. Ron has been around our area long enough to remember the old Mama Mae’s Pizza, the original tenant in this location in the Collection and he admits he loved (as I did) Circles New Tampa Bistro, the tenant that replaced Mama Mae’s. I told him that although Circles was my favorite restaurant in New Tampa literally every year since it opened, I also enjoyed the true New York-style pizza served at Bella Vita, which replaced Circles. In other words, there’s been a lot of great pizza and Italian food served in the space now occupied by Full Circle Pizza (a name Ron came up with in tribute to Circles and because he hopes this location has now come “full circle”), but Ron, a first-time restaurateur, hopes that everyone in our area who loves great food at excellent prices will come check out his unique new menu.
And, after several visits to Full Circle Pizza, I can assure you that Ron’s food is not only different than anything else in the area, it’s also delicious. On my most recent visit, I took our entire office to a sampling of Ron’s wonderful cuisine and we were joined by several members of the New Tampa Chamber of Commerce (see page 22). We sampled three different crispy, thin-crust brick-oven pizzas (the “traditional” South Chicago Italian sausage and cheese pie, a tasty BBQ pizza with BBQ brisket on one half and BBQ chicken on the other, and an awesome chicken and pesto pie), several different sandwiches (see below), a savory Full Circle salad (try the Jalapeno ranch, creamy Caesar and wasabi oriental dressings), perfect garlic knots served with a chunky and thick marinara dipping sauce and more. Ron’s been refining his tomato sauces — both his pizza sauce and his marinara and meat sauces — and I think they’re all outstanding. The meatballs in his meatball sub (I will definitely order it as a meatball parmigiana next time) are very flavorful and the meatballs are the right size — and the oventoasted Italian bread is to die for. Although I can’t eat shrimp, everyone who sampled the shrimp wrap sandwich
(which isn’t even on the menu) raved about it. Ron also served us a thick-slice BBQ beef brisket sandwich slathered in a zesty BBQ sauce and most everyone at the table’s favorite — the authentic Chicago-style Italian beef sandwich, heated in its own gravy/ natural juices on a Chicago turano roll with sauteed mild green peppers and hot gardinera peppers. You can even order Chicago beef and gardinera peppers on a pizza. YUM! Another favorite at the table was Ron’s Full Circle fettuccine, which isn’t in an overpowering Try the BBQ chicken & brisket pizza at Full Circream sauce. Instead, it is tossed with lemon, olive oil, spinach, cle Pizza & Grill in the Pebble Creek Collection. mushrooms and a light Alfredo The place has been completely sauce topped with fresh cherry tomaremodeled and there are nice flat-screen toes. Add grilled chicken or plump, TVs everywhere, so there’s really no tender shrimp and you have an awereason not to give Full Circle a try — some meal for at least two! and please tell Ron we sent you! Ron also serves spaghetti with Full Circle Pizza & Grill (19651 those homemade meatballs, burgers, fries, potato salad, cole slaw, a tasty fried BBD Blvd.) is open every day except Monday, as follows: Tues.-Fri., 11 ravioli, fried mozzarella sticks, jumbo wings (which I definitely will sample on a.m.-9 p.m., noon-10 p.m. on Saturmy next visit), chicken parm and Italian day and 3 p.m.-8 p.m. om Sunday. Reservations are not required and subs, New York-style cheesecake and take out and dine-in are always availWoodbridge by Robert Mondavi wines able, Call 994-3700 to place an and draught and bottled beers, all at order or for more info. outstanding prices.
(Above left) The chicken and pesto pizza and (above center) the shrimp fettuccine pasta and all three sandwiches below were among our favorites at Full Circle Pizza.
Save some room for a slice of Full Circle’s decadent New York-style cheesecake for dessert.
The Latest & Greatest News About Dining, Shopping, Retail & More In New Tampa & Wesley Chapel! Fushia To Become KTV Asian Café - Those of us who appreciate New York-style Chinese food will be happy to learn that the activity you may have seen in the same Shoppes of Amberly plaza on Amberly Dr. in Tampa Palms where our office is located is merely an expansion and impending name change for the existing Fushia Asian Bistro (903-6705). My friends Sharon and Charlie Wang, the owners of Fushia, have taken over the adjacent former “Kidz Club” location and have transformed it into KTV (as in “Karaoke TV”) Asian Café, an even more impressive-looking restaurant with six private karaoke “salons” for 530 people. Sharon and Charlie have brought in a new chef with plenty of experience in New York City for KTV Café, and have added authentic rotating dim sum (appetizer) trays where you can sample dozens of New York-style dim sum specials and then hang out after dinner in one of the karaoke salons. We were getting ready to participate in a special preview event at KTV Café as this issue went to press, so look for a more complete update soon. Peabody’s Goes Smokeless! No, that’s not a misprint! After years of requests from yours truly and many of its other regular customers, Peabody’s Billiards (972-1725), which also is located next to our offices in the Shoppes of Amberly plaza, is now a smoke-free environment! Yes, smokers are still welcome on the covered outdoor patio, but smoking has been banned inside Peabody’s for several days now, as the popular pool hall and entertainment venue concentrates more
on its food — including the unveiling of an all-new, expanded menu (like outstanding new hand-cut fries!) to go with the best wings in New Tampa (in my opinion), great NY-style pizza and even a quality sirloin steak special on Friday nights. The eye candy and TVs are still everywhere, so please visit the new, smoke-free Peabody’s soon and please tell them we sent you! More Restaurant Comings & Goings - Three of the eateries we told you about last issue — Baja Fresh Mexican Grill (388-6898), the adjacent iCream Café (both located next to The Hungry Greek on BBD) and PDQ Fresh Tenders, Salads & Sandwiches on S.R. 56 (directly in front of Sam’s Club) have all opened and are already attracting interested customers. I have to admit that PDQ’s crispy chicken tenders and hand-cut fries, zesty dipping sauces and amazing shakes are new guilty pleasures of mine, while Baja Fresh’s wahoo (not a misprint) tacos are a little less guilt-inducing. And, iCream’s space-age approach to providing the coldest ice cream, frozen yogurt and shakes, plus hot pudding desserts, all with all sorts of mixins and toppings, has to be tasted to really be believed. Hopefully, the third time will be the charm for the location that previously was home to Santo’s Pizza & Pasta and, more recently, Drake’s Place in the Pinebrook at The Grove plaza (on S.R. 54 west of I-75 in Wesley Chapel). The new restaurant is still, for now, also being called Drake’s Place, but is under new ownership with a new chef, karaoke and bike nights and a whole new, friendlier attitude.
And, in the bad news (at least for me) department, both the delicious Boardwalk Frozen Custard on S.R. 56 and the Aja Wiregrass restaurant and night club in the Shops at Wiregrass mall, which attracted a nicely dressed mix of everyone from 20s to 60s, had closed before our press time. We had not yet heard anything about possible replacements for either eatery. Ribbon Cuttings & Mixers - It seems that there are fewer of these free events in the summer, but we still got to attend a few before our press time. Among the most recent was a Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting at the new A&A Boutique (528-8765), located at 2653 BBD Blvd., Suite 108, in the same plaza as Baja Fresh & iCream Café. Twin 16-year-old sisters and boutique owners Allie and Amber Malott and their mom Lori call A & A Boutique, a “high-end couture consignment shop for men and women.” A & A features designer items by Versace, Burberry, Salvatore Ferragamo
and Louis Vuitton and the sisters, who hope to be fashion designers themselves one day, say customers can expect to pay 50-75 percent less than what’s being sold on retail shelves, and consigners can look forward to a 50-80 percent return on items consigned and sold — and promise to have items you won’t be able to find at the Shops at Wiregrass or International Plaza. We also recently attended a free after-hours mixer at Kelly Mothershead’s A Focus on Fitness (3443325) studio, which was celebrating two years in the same location, where Kelly is part of Star Ryan’s Star’s Organic Spa Group (2136 Ashley Oaks Cir., in the Seven Oaks Professional Park; 973-8787). Around 100 people attended and enjoyed great wrap sandwiches, fresh fruit and other healthy snacks, free raffle prizes...and maybe a glass of wine. A few days before that mixer, the Insurance New Tampa (33845 S.R. 54, Suite 103; 435-6350) office of independent agents Bob Black and Susan Casey in the new Brookfield Professional Plaza on S.R. 54 (just a couple of miles west of Zephyrhills) hosted a Wesley Chapel Chamber ribbon cutting also attended by at least 60 or 70 people.The office provides home, auto, motorcycle, boat, RV, life, business & health insurance & financial services. New Tampa Rotary Installation Banquet The Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce helps the own- Congratulations to the ers of the new A&A Boutique on BBD cut a ribbon. 2012-13 officers and direc-
tors of the New Tampa Rotary Club, which meets Fridays at 7 a.m. for breakfast at Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club (TPGCC). The new officers were introduced during the club’s Installation Banquet, where outgoing president Matt Palmer swore in new President Dennis Loomis, President-Elect Peter Gambacorta, VP Robert Garofano, Secretary Brice Wolford, Treasurer Joe Rutherford and Sgt.-At-Arms Bob Thompson. Also sworn in at the banquet at TPGCC on June 15 (by 2011-12 District Gov. Alan Feldman) was new Rotary District 6890 Governor and charter New Tampa Rotary member Tom Wade and Gary and Joyce Gunter, who were sworn in as the 2012-13 Asst. Governor-at-Large and District Secretary, respectively.
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Charter New Tampa Rotary Club member Tom Wade (center) is sworn in by 2011-12 Rotary District Governor Alan Feldman as the 2012-13 Governor of Rotary District 6890 at the New Tampa Rotary Installation Banquet.
Trout Creek Commons Still Leasing Big things are happening at the intersection of Trout Creek Dr. and Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd. The Colonial Grand Apartments at Hampton Preserve are open and nearly completed and in front of the apartments, a new AutoZone auto parts store is being constructed on the corner outparcel. And, in the near future, several more businesses should be opening their doors in the recently completed retail center adjacent to Auto Zone, which will be known as Trout Creek Commons. The still-vacant, 11-unit, 15,000sq.-ft. strip center was completed early this year and is still leasing to businesses that are interested. And, considering that the plaza is located in front of the nearly-completed Colonial Grand complex, a 486-unit, luxury multi-family development, the shopping plaza will soon see a considerable amount of traffic moving past it each day. “I have a few businesses looking,” says Maher Alagal, president of Maher Properties Group of Tampa and owner of the property. “I am negotiable on price and can lease individual units or a whole building.” The only confirmed tenant for the plaza — which currently is conducting an interior build-out is “fast casual”
burger franchise Burger 21, which already has locations in Westchase and Carrollwood, with plans to open an additional location in South Tampa. J.O. DeLotto & Sons, Inc., a Tampa-based contracting company, constructed the shell buildings and site in less than six months. Doug Littrell, executive vice president of J.O. DeLotto & Sons, says that he thinks the site will be a great place for business. “There is a lot of interest for people placing themselves in that proximity (in front of Colonial Grand and with frontage on BBD),” he says. “It’s a very lucrative site since there will be new residents moving through that area every day. It’s a great location.” For more information about Trout Creek Commons, email trout firstname.lastname@example.org. - MW
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TURN YOUR CLUTTER INTO CASH Garage & estate sales, inventory liquidation,& appraisal services. We'll sell it for you online! We evaluate & appraise your products, you get top dollar. Call Mary: 813-428-5793.
M.Y. CLEANING SERVICE - Offering Residential cleaning. We offer complete bath & kitchen cleaning, as well as dusting and polishing furniture. We provide our own supplies. Free estimates! Your satisfaction is our priority! With 5 years of experience, we guarantee meticulous cleaning! Call Mila: (813) 516-3554.
JASMINE’S LANDSCAPING - Complete lawn maintenance, Tree, palm and hedge trimming, Planting, mulching, stones, Sod replacement, Pressure washing, Gutter cleaning and more. Cited by your HOA for violations? Need to comply for: Pressure washing, Trimming, Mulching, Sod replacement, Sprinkler repair or Mailbox repair or replacements?Ask about our HOA SPECIAL! FREE ESTIMATE! 813.420.4465 LAWN CARE - We Specialize in Residential Lawn & Landscape Maintenance! Landscaping, Mulching, Clean-ups, Palm/Tree Trimming & Sprinkler Repair also available. Owner Operated over 17 years. Call us today for Reliable Service for everything that grows @ your property 813-973-3825 or visit: ntlcpropertymaintenance.com
TAMPA CAT LADY- Professional Cat-Sitting Service." Cats are happiest in their own home, surrounded by familiar sights, sounds, & smells. When you are away, we feed, cuddle, & play with your kitties & clean & dispose of litter. We help deter crime by bringing newspaper/mail & rotating lights/blinds, giving your home that lived-in look. Insured, bonded, & Red-Cross certified in pet first aid/CPR. Call 994-9449 or visit us at www.TampaCatLady.com.
TAI CHI CLASSES - Open to the public at the Club Tampa Palms. Benefits: Strength, Flexibility, Balance, Focus and reduced stress. New Beginner 6 week courses starting every few month’s adults Thur. evening’s 7-8 pm and seniors Wed. 2:30-3:30 space is limited. Also personal instruction in Tai Chi, Kempo Karate, Boot Camp Fitness Training and more. With more than 31 years of training and teaching experience. Please contact me for more details or go to: chuan-fa.org Peter 787-7560 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org LICENSED MOBILE MASSAGE THERAPIST Available seven days a week, 9am -9pm. $55 for 1 hour! Types of massage available: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Aroma Therapy, Hot Stone, Corporate Seated, Pregnancy, Sports & Injury Rehab. References available. www.barkdollmassagetherapy.com CALL 727-372-6389 Lic #MA47546.
M I S C E L L A N E O U S SPRINGER STORAGE: RV & Boat Storage Port Richey, FL Starting at $35.00 mo. Pay first two months, 3rd month free. 24 hour access & 24 hour monitoring. Call to reserve your spot. 813-8331191. CAR SERVICES – 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.
AQUATEC POOL SERVICE - keeping pools clear & swim safe since 1994. WE DO POOLS RIGHT! Commercial & Residential. CPO #33-303052 Licensed & Insured. Service guarantee. Call 813-780-8616 TODAY and get 1 MONTH OF QUALITY SERVICE FOR FREE. www.aquatecpool.com
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FIND YOUR DREAM HOME FROM YOUR CELL PHONE! - Wish you could see home details while you are driving around looking at homes? NOW YOU CAN! With Team Bohannon's Mobile MLS Search application, you can search for any home in the area on your cell phone. Check out price, beds/baths, details, maps, even photos – all from the convenience of your cell phone. SEARCH PROPERTIES WHENEVER AND WHEREVER YOU WANT! GET IT NOW - Text: MLS4YOU to: 87778 Compliments of Doug, Annette and Dale Bohannon Coldwell Banker 813-979-4963 FOR RENT - 24' X 12' Office Space. In a busteling Organic Spa Group w/ 5 busy professionals, all active in the community, who offer: organic hair color, facials, nails, weight management and personal training as well as European Massage therapy. Ready made clientele waiting for you to join us! Perfect for Accupunturist, life coach, therapist, small boutique, wig salon, artist, small florist, bridal, etc. Available immediately. Please contact Star at 813.973.8787.
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KJ POOL SERVICE – Enjoy Your Pool, While We Maintain It. Servicing pools for over 6 years. First Month Free, Plus Free Evaluation & Quote. Owner & Operator. LICENSE, BONDED & INSURED. Office:(813)909-9466 Cell:(813) 748-9817 email@example.com. Visit our website @ kjpoolonline.com
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