Volume 21 Issue 16
Inside: Skating Under The Stars In Flatwoods Park!
Aug 3, 2013
See Neighborhood Magazine!
The Direct-Mail News Magazines Serving New Tampa & Wesley Chapel Since 1993! THIS INDEPENDENT COMMUNITY NEWS MAGAZINE IS DIRECTLY MAILED TO: WESLEY CHAPEL: Aberdeen • Belle Chase • Bridgewater • Brookside • Chapel Pines • Country Walk • Lexington Oaks • Meadow Pointe • New River • Northwood • Pinewalk • Pine Ridge Saddlebrook • Saddleridge Estates • Saddlewood • Seven Oaks • The Lakes at Northwood • The Villages of Wesley Chapel • Watergrass • Wesley Pointe • Westbrook Estates • Williamsburg NEW TAMPA: Arbor Greene • Cory Lake Isles • Cross Creek • Easton Park • Grand Hampton • Heritage Isles • Hunter’s Green • Hunter’s Key • K-Bar Ranch Lake Forest • Live Oak Preserve • Pebble Creek • Richmond Place • Tampa Palms • The Hammocks • West Meadows
Toll Study Approved For Proposed Elevated Lanes Along S.R. 54/56 Corridor By Matt Wiley A study will soon be under way to determine how much funding could be generated using tolls for the potential future construction of elevated lanes above the S.R. 54/56 corridor (which we have reported about previously), stretching from U.S. 19 in New Port Richey to Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd. in Wesley Chapel (see map). During the July 9 Pasco County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting, commissioners unanimously approved the $218,785 study, which is being funded by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and carried out by the URS (United Research Services) Corp. The study is expected to take about eight months to complete. “They (URS) are experts in toll facilities,” says Richard Gehring, planning and development administrator for Pasco. “They’re going to study what the toll (revenue) projections are going to be. How much revenue will the tolls produce? How long will it take (toll road usage) to ramp up? When you put a toll facility in place,
people have to sort of learn how to use it. They don’t initially want to pay to go from point A to B.” The idea behind the study is to determine if the project could be funded with bonded toll revenue generated by the proposed elevated lanes along the median of the 25-mile S.R. 54/56 corridor that also eventually would include some form of bus mass transit. Local traffic would still move at ground level, but regional traffic, or people trying to quickly move from one side of Pasco to the other, would use the elevated toll lanes. If the toll road is determined to be financially feasible, the County could bond the toll revenue. Gehring explains that, if built, the corridor could handle more than 150,000 vehicles per day. Now, he says, the corridor is capped at about 75,000 per day. “The corridor has taken on tremendous traffic,” Gehring explains. “A lot of (traffic) projections show that we could never build enough lanes (along the corridor) to keep up with the demand. You can only make a road so wide. The corridor has become regionally significant. It’s not just
Pasco traffic anymore.” Ming Gao, a planning manager for FDOT, explains that during the toll study, URS researchers will look at a variety of factors to develop future traffic projections, in- Elevated toll lanes could span the S.R. 54/56 corridor in the future. cluding current road Bonded toll revenue could help fund the project. Photo: TBARTA usage, population kind of facility,” says Gao. growth, employment growth and land use. The project is part of the Tampa Bay “This is basically a planning study,” Area Regional Transportation Authority Gao says. “(FDOT goes) through a plan- (TBARTA)’s Regional Transportation ning process to find out when it’s feasible 2050 Master Plan and was designated a to start funding projects.” “priority project” in 2009. Gao says that by looking at both curGehring says that this project will not rent traffic and projected growth, along only benefit transportation, but the local with the other factors, a sophisticated traffic economy, as well. forecast is made to help determine a toll rate “The market’s recovering, so the idea that could pay for the project. Depending is to get this (project) done now,” Gehring upon usage, tolls could fluctuate through- explains. “If we do get this done, it will out the day during peak traffic hours. make Pasco County much more attractive “You look at how much traffic you will for employment.” generate and then determine how much For more information about the revenue you could generate from that traffic proposed S.R. 54/56 project, please visit to determine if it’s feasible to construct this TBARTA.com.
“I’m really excited for the new school year,” Atkins says. “I’ve only been in the building for two weeks (at our press time), but the staff is fantastic.” Atkins, who has two Master’s degrees (in both guidance and leadership) from the University of South Florida (USF), has been in the Pasco County School District (PCSD) for 18 years as a teacher and guidance counselor, but has spent the past 11 years as an administrator, most recently at Double Branch.
“I’m happy to still be in the Meadow Pointe community,” Atkins says. The plan for the new school year, he explains, will be to continue the work of former principal Cluff and current assistant principal Karyn Kinzie, using collaborative planning to attack the State of Florida’s more strict education standards. Left: New Sand Pine Elementary principal Scott Atkins. “I’m walking into a good Right: New WRH principal Robyn White (Photo: PCSD) school with a strong staff,” Atkins says of began at the end of the previous school year SPE, which received an “A” grade from the when then-assistant principal Robyn White State Department of Education (DOE) for took over for long-time WRH principal Ray the past two years. “I’ve been learning the Bonti, who took a job with the District as culture since I got here and it seems like no executive director for support services. one leaves once they start teaching here. See “Principals” on page 4. The turnover rate is very low. That says a lot about the school. Everyone is very dedicated.” WRH also has undergone an administration change, although technically it
New Principals At Sand Pine, WRH Prep For 2013-14 School Year
WRH Student Arrested For Child Porn, Roller Skaters & Bikers Join Creatures Of The North Tampa Behavioral Health Facility To Night On Flatwoods Park Trails, Some Out-OfOpen In October, Boys Burgle Rifle From FBI Area Dining Destinations, Plus More Agent’s Car & Lots Of Business Features! Neighborhood Nibbles & Biz Bytes!
NEWS, BUSINESS, SPORTS & EDUCATION UPDATES
PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID TAMPA FL PERMIT 2801
Also Inside This Issue!
Dated Material Please Rush!
With the 2013-14 school year set to begin in Pasco County on August 19, Sand Pine Elementary (SPE) and Wiregrass Ranch High (WRH) will both have new principals. At SPE in Meadow Pointe, Scott Atkins, a previous assistant principal at nearby Double Branch Elementary (also in Meadow Pointe), has taken over for former principal Todd Cluff.
By Matt Wiley
Delivering Deli iveerriingg A World Woorrld l Class Exp Experience... erriiencce... e One Client A Att A T Time ime i OAK GROVE
What What a ggreat reat deal! deal! Gorgeous Gorgeous pool pool home home w with ith 4 bedrooms bedrooms /3.5 b baths aths plus plus h huge uge b bonus onus rroom. oom. G Great reat ffeatures: eatures: sstainless tainless kkitchen itchen aappliances; ppliances; w wood ood flo floorings orings aand nd co conservation nservation view. view. Call Call or or text text Vilma Vilma now now at at 813-523-3606 o orr vvisit isit w www.VilmaLacorte.com. ww.VilmaLacorte.com.
Vilma Lacorte, GRI
813 523 3606 Vlacorte@prutropical.com ww w ww.V .VilmaLacorte.com
CUS CUSTOM TOM H HOME OME si situated tuated on on a .35 acre acre lot lot on on GOLF GOLF C COURSE! OURSE! A MUS MUST T SSEE! EE! B Beautiful eautifful 4/3/3 WindjamWindjammer m er h home ome ffeaturing eaturing n new ew O OUTDOOR UTDOOR KIT KITCHEN, CHEN, h heated/screened eated/screened POOL POOL & SPA, SPA, A private private ORCHARD, ORCHARD, JJacuzzi acuzzi jjetted etted garden garden ttub, ub, u upgraded pgraded kitchen kitchen and and b bathrooms! athrooms! CALL HOLM HOLM today! today! y (813) 495-5166
Gina Marie Holm
Angela Mora, CIPS, CDPE, SFR
Hablo español también! Relocation Certified
813-482-1452 email@example.com AngelaMoraRealEstate.com
SSpacious pacious P Pool ool H Home ome in tthe he fa family mily ffriendly riendly co commummuni nity ty of of Oak Oak Grove Grove with with NO NO CDD! CDD! Featuring Featuring 1,498 SSF F of of living living space, space, 3 Bedrooms, Bedrooms, 2 Full Full Baths, Baths, 2 Car Car Ga Garage rage aand nd T Tile ile flo floors ors tthroughout. hroughout. P Please lease co contact ntact A Angela ngela M Mora ora 813-482-1452
Looking for Looking for 5 acres acres to to build build your your dream dream home home on? on? Look L ook no no ffurther! ur u ther! Thi Thiss lland and iiss bbeautiful, eautifful, aand nd tthe he q quiuietness et ness o off tthe he co country untry m make ake tthis his lo lott a ttruly ruly m must ust ssee... ee... Thee p Th property roperty iiss cclose lose tto o tthe he co colleges, lleges, I-75, 25 minutes minutes ffrom rom SShops hops of of Wiregrass. Wiregrass. For For more more inf information formation Please P lease ccall all Debbie Debbie Gibson Gibson 813.892.1587
W Why hy ssettle ettle ffor or a rresale? esale? Y You ou ccan an have have a B BRAND RAND A NE NEW, W, En Energy ergy Efficien Efficientt 3 Bed, Bed, 2.5 Bath, Bath, 2 CG CG home. home. Gourmet Gourmet kkitchen itchen w/ granite graani n te & 42” wood wood cabinets. cabinets. All All AppliAppliaances, nces, W&D in included. cluded. T Top op R Rated ated E Elementary lementary & M Middle iddle SSchool chool o on n si site, te, C Community ommunity Pool, Pool, Tennis Tenni e s & Fitness Fitness cen center. terr. C Call all Cynthia Cynthia Filippi Filippi 813-784-1634 13-784-1634 for for more more inf info. fo.
Suarez home Suarez home n nestled estled in Th Thee B Broadlands roadlands on on a large large 1/3 acre acre corner corner lot lot & quiet quiet street. street. No No HOA HOA fee, fee, CDD CDD Bond B ond iiss p paid aid o off, ff,, o ff only nly M Maint. aint. & O Op. p. cos costs ts rrequired equ uired in tthis his 2,633 ssq. q. ft. h home. ome. 4 B Bed, ed, 3 B Bath, ath, 2.5 ccar ar side lo load ad ga garage rage & ffenced en e ced b backyard. ackya y rd. Wood Wood flooring flooring in main main livlivingg & tile in tile in wet wet areas, areas, wood wood burning burning fireplace, fireplace, split split BR BR plan, p lan, & double double F French rench do doors. ors. L Large arge co covered/screened vered/screened Lanai. L anai. C Call all Kim, Kim, 813-453-5657, or or Tammy, Tam mmy, 813-4518159 for for more more inf information. formattion.
Cyynth C hia Filippi
813-784-1634 firstname.lastname@example.org CynthiaSellsT TampaHomes.com
H&H Team Kim Hilliker 813-453-5657 & Tammy Hellman 813-451-8159 email@example.com
Robert Mar vin & Debbie Mar vin 813-892-3917 firstname.lastname@example.org DebbieSellsT Tampa.com
Practically Practically Brand Brand New! New! 2012 build build & meticulously meticulously maintained. m aintained. O Over ver 2,500 ssq q ft, 4 B Bed, ed, 3 B Bath atth + exp expanansive si ve loft loft home home w/ aallll the the bells belllls & whistles. whistles. Granite Granite in Baths B aths & K Kitchen, itchen, SS A Appliances, ppliances, llarge arge b backyard. ackyyard. Ga Gated ted community community w/ resort resort pool, pool, tennis tennis & fitness. fitness. O On si site te eelementary lementary & midd middle lee schools. schools. Please Please co contact ntact Cynthia Cynthia Filippi Fi lippi at at 813-784-1634 813-784-16
Gated co Gated community mmunity offers off ffeers 3464 sq sq ft., 4 bedb e drrooms, ooms, p plus lus o office ffice aand nd b bonus, onus, 3 ffull ull b baths, aths, and and 3 car car garage garage on on pond, pond, co conservation nservation home home si site. te. Hardwood H ardwood flo floors ors ,g ,granite, ranite, large large covered covered lanai, lanai, aand nd n new ew in interior terior p paint. aint. Off Offered ffeered at at $439,000 Debbie D ebbie aand nd R Robert obert M Marvin arvin 892-3917
Your Y our o F Full u ulll Service Serviicce Real Reaal Estate Esttatte Provider Proviider (813) (81 907-8200
Residential R esi sideenntial - Commercial Commerrcciial - P Property roper erty Management Managgemennt - Mortgage Mortga gaggee - Title Title - Insurance Innssurance - Home Home Warranty Warrantty - Building Building and and M Maintenance ainten enance
Serving Ser viing N New eew T Tampa aampa am & W Wesley eesley Chap Chapel peel
The Shoppes Shoopp p es off N New ew e T Tampa ampa a 1830 B Bruce ru ucce B Do Downs, wns, n W Wesley eesley esle Chap Chapel, el, l, FL 33544 Additional A dditional Languages Language ges SSpoken: pokeen: Español Esp Español – Portuguese E Portuguese – Tagalog T Taag aga galog o –H Hindi indi – P Pelugu elugu - M Mandarin andarin Ch Chinese hinese
Editorial - Honoring Another Local ‘Media Mogul’ An editorial by Gary Nager Although we always try to give proper attribution when we use information or photos from another source other than our own staff in these pages (or on WCNeighborhoodNews.com), long-time readers of the Wesley Chapel Neighborhood News surely must recognize that we don’t do a whole lot of promoting of other local media companies, online or in our publications. But, every once in a great while, someone comes along who, by virtue of the respect he or she has earned not only from me, but also the entire community they serve, who merits special mention on this page. One such person is Tony Masella, the owner, chief photographer and allaround great guy at OurTownFla.com. Tony was deservedly honored on July 18 at the “Pasco Toast for Tony” at the Copperstone Executive Suites on Land O’Lakes Blvd. (U.S. 41). At the “Toast,” which was emceed to perfection by Charlie Reese (a former columnist at yet another local media outlet who now co-owns JC Audiology & Hearing Aids with his wife Dr. Judith Reese, Ph.D.), I was among somewhere between 70-100 people who were on hand to give Tony his just due. There’s no doubt — as anyone who is among the 23,000 visitors who click on OurTownFla.com 400,000 times each month can attest — that Tony at-
Wesley Chapel Neighborhood News 15345 Amberly Dr., Tampa, FL 33647 Phone: (813) 910-2575 Fax: 910-2483 Advertising E-mail: Ads@NTNeighborhoodNews.com Editorial E-mail: EditorialDept@NTNeighborhoodNews.com
Publisher & Editor Gary Nager General Manager Nikki Bennett Assistant Editor / Photographer Matt Wiley Correspondents Bonnie Mason • Lauren Saslow • Kathleen Schiop Senior Graphic Designer Porsha Lamos Advertising Sales Rep Taylor Gardner Nothing that appears in Wesley Chapel Neighborhood News may be reproduced, whether wholly or in part, without permission. Opinions expressed by Wesley Chapel Neighborhood News writers are their own and do not reflect the publisher’s opinion. The deadline for outside editorial submissions and advertisements for Volume 21, Issue 18, of Wesley Chapel Neighborhood News is Monday, August 19, 2013. Wesley Chapel Neighborhood News will consider previously non-published outside editorial submissions if they are double spaced, typed and less than 500 words. Wesley Chapel Neighborhood News reserves the right to edit and/or reject all outside editorial submissions and makes no guarantees regarding publication dates. Wesley Chapel Neighborhood News will not return unsolicited editorial materials. Wesley Chapel Neighborhood News reserves the right to edit &/or reject any advertising. Wesley Chapel Neighborhood News is not responsible for errors in advertising beyond the actual cost of the advertising space itself, nor for the validity of any claims made by its advertisers. © 2013 JM2 Communications, Inc.
tends and photographs more events in the Wesley Chapel area than anyone else, including assistant editor Matt Wiley and yours truly of this publication combined. Our monthly news magazines and website have used dozens of Tony’s pics over the years and we’re certainly not alone in that fact. Anytime Matt and I can’t get to an event in our distribution areas, we pretty much know that Tony will be on hand to shoot it — as he has been since 1996 (or only about two years after I became the publisher of the Neighborhood News) — with his alwayswinning smile and kind words. The man is nothing if not real — and really, really hard-working. Tony actually started off the evening by showing that those who visit OurTownFla.com can now easily download any of his pics — for free, mind you — and that visitors can even have any story on the site translated into Spanish with the click of a button. Then, Charlie’s hilarious slideshow toast/roast of Tony had our shutterbug mutual buddy showing up at everything from Pres. Obama’s inauguration to the Oscars to the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. But, while Tony wasn’t actually at any of the depicted events, he does seem to show up at virtually every ribbon cutting and event for the Wesley Chapel, Central Pasco and Land O’Lakes Chambers of Commerce and Rotary Clubs, as well as many events in New Tampa. And his pics are always outstanding. So, even though I’m not in the business or even the habit of promoting other media in these pages, my buddy Tony Masella is someone worthy of special mention. So, I hope you’ll check out OurTownFla.com or call 9514200 and maybe do some business with this truly great guy. And, great job on the “Toast,” Charlie!
Former local newspaper columnist Charlie Reese (left) emceed the “Toast” of Tony Masella of O urTownFla.com on July 18.
Table of Contents
LOCAL NEWS, BUSINESS & EDUCATION UPDATES................................................Pages 1-26
WRH Student Arrested After Child Porn Found On Phone...............4
Wesley Chapel News Briefs........................................6 Michele Baker Accepts County Administrator Position Boys Burgle Rifle, Body Armor From FBI Agent’s Car Boyfriend Steals Girlfriend’s Father’s Guns Wesley Chapel Man Dies In Marion County I-75 Crash PCSO Seeks Witnesses In July 4 Fatal Crash North Tampa Behavioral Health To Open In October....................8 Wesley Chapel Community Calendar.............................10
Local Business Updates.................................12-23
Cash For Gold Gives You Value For Your Valuables.................12 Wesley Chapel Martial Arts Academy.......................................14 Family Wellness Center: One Doctor For The Whole Family...16 The Hair Place Is The Place To Go For A New ‘Do’...............20 Boss, Arrighi & Hoag: Small Firm, Big Firm Experience.........22 For Realtor Missy Hileman, It’s All In The Family...................24
Skaters & Bikers Invade Flatwoods After Dark...............27 ‘Neighborhood Nibbles & Biz Bytes’...............................30
WESLEY CHAPEL COLOR CLASSIFIEDS.......32-33
Some Out-Of-Area Dining Destinations...............................34
For Advertising Information Call 813-910-2575 • Volume 21, Issue 16 • August 3, 2013 • www.WCNeighborhoodNews.com
WRH Student Arrested For Child Porn “Principals” The discovery of pornographic images involving minors on a cell phone has led to the arrest of a 15-year-old student at Wiregrass Ranch High (WRH). According to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO), on May 21, the female student’s iPhone was taken away from her during class. The teacher who seized the phone discovered a photo of two juveniles engaging in oral sex, which is considered by law to be child pornography. The teacher reported the photo to the school resource officer. The student was arrested just after noon on July 1 at her home. “The teacher was going through the phone, looking for evidence of cheating when she found the pictures,” says Linda Cobbe, spokeswoman for the Pasco County School District (PCSD). During interviews with classmates, PCSO reports that at least five students were shown the photo and that one senior even shared the photo on Twitter, but no additional arrests had been made at our press time. Cobbe says that the girl’s parents have since removed her from WRH and that she will now go through the legal process. “She’s not banned from returning (to Wiregrass Ranch or a Pasco County school),” Cobbe explains. “But, it will take some time. The punishment could mean a recommendation for expulsion or time at
an alternative learning center.” PCSO spokesman Doug Tobin says that the offense, which is considered a felony, will work its way through the court system, but it is not yet known whether the student will be tried as an adult. “This case lets people know how serious a crime this can be,” Tobin says. “Students need to be aware that something like (possession of child pornography) can follow you the rest of your life.” Tobin explains that this was not a case of a student not knowing that the photo was on her phone. He says that, following an argument between the girl who took the photo (and was arrested) and one of the victims, the student who took the photo maliciously went off to hurt the other student’s reputation by sharing it with others. Detective William Lindsey, who heads the PCSO Cybercrimes unit and made the arrest, says that one of the highest increases in child pornography has been situations in which it has been produced by juveniles. “I want to urge parents to monitor their students’ phones and Internet activity to protect them from similar charges,” said WRH principal Robyn White in a phone message to parents on July 1. “I also want to remind students that it’s not worth it to take images of body parts or activities that could result in criminal charges. Please use phones and cameras responsibly.” — MW
Continued from page 1 “It feels good,” says White. “I opened the school as assistant principal seven years ago and this has been something I’ve been working toward ever since.” White says that her experience as assistant principal during her time at WRH has prepared her to take the reigns as principal. “Mr. Bonti was always a big proponent of giving us many opportunities to take on different responsibilities,” White explains. “(Assistant principals) would
For Advertising Information Call 813-910-2575 • Volume 21, Issue 16 • August 3, 2013 • www.WCNeighborhoodNews.com
change job responsibilities every couple of years and I’ve had the opportunity the past seven years to learn all of the skills necessary to become a principal.” White says that parents and students can expect the school to continue to be forward-thinking and implementing technology in the classrooms. White previously served as assistant principal at Wesley Chapel High (WCH) for 13 months before taking the assistant principal job at WRH. Prior to that, she worked as a math teacher in Pinellas County for 19 years, eight years at the middle school level and 11 years at the high school level.
For Advertising Information Call 813-910-2575 • Volume 21, Issue 16 • August 3, 2013 • www.WCNeighborhoodNews.com
W ESLEY C HAPEL Boys Burgle FBI Rifle, Ammo, Armor From Car
Two car burglars are in custody after stealing more than just some valuables from the trunk of a car in Wesley Chapel. According to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO), sometime around 1 a.m. on July 20, a juvenile (whose name is being withheld due to his age) and Raymond Cano, 18, who is homeless, broke into a FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) agent’s vehicle and removed a MP5 assault rifle, bulletproof body Raymond armor and several rounds of Cano ammunition. The agent’s name has not been released. PCSO reports that three eyewitnesses saw Cano and the minor with some of the stolen property around on July 20, which they reported. Cano and his accomplice were arrested on Kirkshire Ct. in the Heatherstone community of Meadow Pointe around 4 p.m. on July 20. PCSO says no additional information can be released about how or where the eyewitnesses saw the suspects, as they may be asked to testify in court. Cano is charged with armed burglary and grand theft and is being held on a $32,500 bond at the Pasco County Detention Center in Land O’ Lakes. The juvenile involved was being held at the Pasco County Juvenile Assessment Center in San Antonio, but no additional information was available at our press time.
WC Man Dies In Marion County Crash On I-75
A Wesley Chapel man is dead following a fatal accident in Marion County, FL. According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), Beau Charles Ramey, 40, of Wesley Chapel, was killed on I-75 on July 15, just before 6:30 p.m., a few miles north of Ocala. FHP reports that Ramey was driving southbound in the left lane when, for unknown reasons, he lost control of his vehicle and crossed the center and right lanes of the interstate highway. Ramey drove off of the shoulder and struck multiple trees,
News Briefs which caused his vehicle to flip over, landing on the passenger side. It was determined that Ramey was not wearing a seatbelt and he was pronounced dead at the scene. An alcohol test is pending. No further information was available at our press time.
Daughter’s Boyfriend Steals Her Father’s Guns
The cliché of going to meet the girlfriend’s father, only to find him sitting at the kitchen table cleaning a gun, has been turned on its head in Wesley Chapel. According to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO), on July 7, Matthew Allen Wilson, Jr., 21, of New Tampa, was house- and dog-sitting for his girlfriend’s family in Meadow Pointe while the family was out of town. While at the residence, Wilson allegedly stole seven firearms, which are valued at Matthew a total of $6,700. The report Wilson states that in an interview following his arrest on July 16, Wilson admitted to stealing the firearms, but had made arrangements prior to his arrest to return the firearms through his girlfriend. PCSO reports that all but one of the firearms have been recovered. Wilson was arrested and charged with grand theft of a firearm. At our press time, he remains in custody on a $5,000 bond. No further information was available at our press time.
later, Carver was stopped by a PCSO deputy on S.R. 56, west of Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd. Carver was discovered to be suffering from an undisclosed emergency medical condition and was transported to nearby Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel (FHWC), where he later died. An alcohol test is pending and the case is still under investigation. FHP is seeking anyone who may have witnessed the accident. If you, or anyone you know, have information about the case, please contact FHP by calling 631-4020.
Michele Baker Accepts County Administrator Job
Michele Baker has officially become the first new Pasco County administrator in more than 30 years, succeeding her previous boss, long-time administrator John Gallagher. The Pasco Board of County Commissioners voted 4-1 on July 9 to approve a two-year contract for Baker that would pay her $170,000 per year with the option for a raise, pending an evaluation after one year. The job was originally offered to current Irving, TX, city manager Tommy Gonzalez on May 28, who turned down the county’s offer on June 22. The BOCC then voted to offer the job to Baker on June 25. “Michele has been an outstanding assistant and will do a great job as administrator,” Gallagher told the Wesley Chapel Rotary club on July 24.
PCSO Seeks Witnesses In July 4 Crash
A fatal traffic crash early on July 4 has left one Wesley Chapel man dead and the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) searching for witnesses. According to FHP, at 12:20 a.m. on July 4, Terry A. Carver, 53, of Wesley Chapel, was parked at the Cumberland Farms gas station at Morris Bridge Rd and S.R. 54, when he shifted his Ford F-150 into reverse and slammed into a Dodge Durango being driven by Kyle Thompson, 28, of Zephyrhills. Following the collision, Carver fled the scene. The report states that a short time
New Tampa I-75 Widening Work Ahead Of Schedule
Although it may be holding up the completion of the Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd. widening from Pebble Creek Blvd. in New Tampa south to Palm Springs Blvd. in Tampa Palms, the I-75 widening project between Fowler Ave. and S.R. 56 actually is ahead of schedule — unlike the widening of I-75 between S.R. 54 & S.R. 56, which is well behind schedule (as we reported in our last issue). Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District 7 spokesman John McShaffrey says that the $95-million project, which Prince Contracting, LLC, began in October 2011 to widen the 11.4-mile section of the interstate from four lanes to six lanes — and eight lanes near the interchanges — is cruising right along. “The whole project is well ahead of schedule,” McShaffrey explains. “If you go by (Prince’s) schedule, they’re more than 500 days ahead. It looks very likely that they are going to finish that job early, depending on how much rain we get.” And, part of that project includes the new, widened overpasses above BBD, which could now be open to traffic in both directions in late November to early December, McShaffrey says. “After that happens, (Prince) will take the temporary bridge out and do all of the BBD widening underneath,” McShaffrey explains. “There’s a lot that can’t be done (for the widening of BBD) right now because of the location of the support structures for the existing temporary bridge.” — MW
North Tampa Behavioral Health To Open To Patients In October By Matt Wiley North Tampa Behavioral Health (NTBH) is slated to open its doors on S.R. 56 in early October about one year after the opening of Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel (FHWC). However, instead of a facility devoted to physical wellness, NTBH will focus on the well-being of the mind for its patients. There will be an added benefit of increased prosperity for the local community, eventually creating more than 200 jobs. This summer NTBH bought the facility (located just east of Mansfield Blvd. on the south side of S.R. 56 in the Wiregrass Ranch Development of Regional Impact, or DRI) from United Medical Corp. NTBH was impressively constructed, in form and function, by DeAngelis Diamond Healthcare Group, LLC, to withstand Category 5 storms. DeAngelis is a Naples-based, nationally reputed construction company that specializes in building medical facilities. NTBH will be both the newest and one of the most secure psychiatric hospitals in the Tampa Bay area when it opens in early October, says NTBH chief executive officer Jim Harris, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked in the mental health field since 1990. Surrounded by 14-foot-tall fences, the 53,000-sq.-ft., 75-bed facility sits on
16.46 acres of land on an outparcel of the Wiregrass Ranch DRI, but is surrounded almost entirely by conservation land. Construction began last November. The center is centrally located to serve several hospitals without psychiatric units, including FHWC, Florida Hospital Zephyrhills and Bayfront Dade City (Pasco Regional). “We look forward to working closely with our surrounding hospitals and their emergency departments to address the mental health needs of the community”, says Harris. But it doesn’t stop there – Harris enthusiastically described the importance of developing relationships with local providers such as medical clinics, nursing homes, police and EMTs, as well as the people and families that make up our community. “This is a place where healing can take place,” Harris says. “(NTBH) will have a culture of warm, welcoming, compassionate care. The design of this facility reflects that concept. Additionally, a lot of planning went into the engineering of the building itself, to ensure a high degree of safety.” When it opens, the inpatient facility will care for geriatric, general adult, and dual diagnosis patients who may check into the facility themselves, be checked in by family members or other providers for emotional or psychiatric concerns, or be transported to the facility under the
Florida Mental Health Act—more commonly known as the “Baker” Act. This Act allows for a person to be involuntarily committed for up to 72 hours if there is evidence that they are a danger to themselves or others. The facility also will receive Florida Substance Abuse & Impairment Act (aka, the “Marchman Act”) patients. Those who fall into the Marchman Act cate- The new North Tampa Behavioral Health sits on more than 16 acres gory are subject to the of land, most of which is conservation, providing a buffer from the surrounding communities in Wiregrass Ranch & Meadow Pointe. same treatment as Baker Act patients. community, providing assessment and reEventually, Harris says, the facility ferral services as well as issuing a Baker will offer services to additional populaAct if necessary. tions, such as for children and adolescents, NTBH offers a Partial Hospital Promilitary, eating disorders and so on, degram on-site, essentially a half-day hospital pending upon the needs of the commuservice complete with a separate entrance, nity. “However, in answer to your last a psychiatrist, registered nurse and group question, we do not have a forensic unit meetings. Meals and transportation will and we will not be treating criminals.” be provided by NTBH to the patients. The facility will offer assessments on“The partial hospital is a step down site to anyone at any time in the commufrom the acute, inpatient level of treatnity. NTBH will also feature a mobile ment,” Harris says. “This is a half-day of assessment team that can travel into the intensive group treatment and medication
cessed double doors is a secondary waiting area for patients who may not be comfortable waiting around other patients. Through the second set of doors is access to a hallway that leads to all three units of the psychiatric facility, which also reThe three locked units inside NTBH were designed to offer patients a quire a card swipe to be accalm atmosphere, conducive to healing, CEO Jim Harris says. cessed. On the monitoring provided weekdays to prevent way is an indoor gym, complete with a hospitalization or re-hospitalization.” basketball court. A projector screen hangs from the far wall in a room that soon also Open Door, All-Access Tour will house the center’s exercise equipHarris provided the Wesley Chapel ment. “Activity and exercise are part of Neighborhood News with an extensive tour any good treatment plan,” Harris stated. of the new facility. Each wing of the facility houses 25 Walking through the front door of beds in a mix of private and semi-private NTBH, it’s hard to tell that the lobby, rooms, each through yet another set of with its dark, wood-lined, multi-tone locked doors. At the beginning of each painted walls with towering ceilings and wing is a common area surrounding a windows, is a medical facility at all, resemnursing station, as well as three windowed bling instead the lobby of an upscale rooms where patients eventually will work hotel. The walls of the facility are lined in groups. During the day, patients will with artwork that has been researched take part in activities in one of the three and shown to be calming. There is no ingroup rooms, the common area or even stitutional feel about this building at all. in a spacious, fenced-in outdoor area. Through the first set of card-key-ac-
“This allows the staff to see the entire unit at any time,” Harris explains. “We are in the business of providing safe and quality care that is safe not only for the patients, but also for the staff and the surrounding community.” Everything in the patient areas is designed with safety in mind, Harris explains. All patient care areas are equipped with “anti-ligature” fixtures and appliances such as doors with continuous hinges and tapered handles, and bathrooms with toilets, sinks and showers that minimize a person’s ability to harm themselves. The geriatric unit provides medical beds made specifically to reduce falls as well as risk of self-harm.
Harris emphasizes that NTBH is a positive addition to the Wesley Chapel community, despite the stigma that often is attached to mental health facilities. “(NTBH) will meet a great need in the community,” Harris says. “At full capacity, we will offer hundreds of full- and part-time jobs to Wesley Chapel and surrounding communities. NTBH will offer a place for people to seek effective and caring treatment that is closer to their homes. And, we will meet the community’s need to service Baker Act patients. Safety and quality treatment are our top priority. We’re here to help people heal.” For more information, please visit NorthTampaBehavioralHealth.com.
For Advertising Information Call 813-910-2575 • Volume 21, Issue 16 • August, 3 2013 • www.WCNeighborhoodNews.com
Sparkling Beauty Red Hatters — The Sparkling Beauties, a chapter of the Red Hat Society (a global networking group of women age 50 & older), are enjoying life to the fullest in the pursuit of fun, friendship, freedom and fulfillment. For info, call Queen Diamond at 907-1431 or email IamretJudy@aol.com.
Saturday, August 3
Florida Writers Association — The Florida Writers Association (FWA) of New Tampa/Wesley Chapel is a FREE group that meets the first Saturday of each month, 10 a.m., at the New Tampa Regional Library (10001 Cross Creek Blvd.). Presentation topics include editing, marketing, options for publishing, navigating social media and more. For more info, email Cindy at Cindy.Campbell@ OmnificPublishing.com.
Monday, August 5
Experienced Networking Professionals (ENP) — ENP meets Monday mornings at 8 a.m. for breakfast and networking at Quail Hollow Golf & Country Club (6225 Old Pasco Rd.). For more info, call Cindy at 505-3065. Free Networking International (FNI) — FNI, a group of area business owners, meets Mondays for networking and discussion at Lexington Oaks Golf Club (26133 Lexington Oaks Blvd., off S.R. 54). For info, call Stacy Dalton at 469-5499. Wesley Chapel Business Forum & Networking (WCBFN) — WCBFN meets Mondays at 8 a.m. at Lexington Oaks Golf Club (26133 Lexington Oaks Blvd., off S.R. 54). For more information, call John Roth at 377-2622, email John.Roth@IBuilderz.com or visit the group’s Facebook page. ‘Wesley Chapel Speaks’ ToastMasters — The “Wesley Chapel Speaks” ToastMasters Club meets on the first and third Monday of every month, 6:15 p.m., at Hyundai of Wesley Chapel (26944 Wesley Chapel Blvd.). Club meetings are open to all interested parties. For more information, call David West at 610-1650 or visit WesleyChapel Speaks.ToastMastersClubs.org.
Tuesday, August 6
Business Networking International (BNI) — BNI, a group of business professionals who work to support each other through qualified referrals, meets Tuesdays, 7:30 a.m., at Heritage Church (1854 Oak Grove Blvd., off S.R. 54, in Land O’Lakes). For more info, email Tim at Tim@TampaHomes24-7.com.
New Tampa, is a great way to meet new friends and clients or strengthen existing relationships, while playing a 9-hole scramble at Lexington Oaks Golf Club (26133 Lex. Oaks Blvd.), 3 p.m. Call Susan at 435-6350 for more info.
Wednesday, August 7
Wesley Chapel Rotary Club — The Rotary Club of Wesley Chapel meets every Wednesday, 12:15 p.m., at Ciao Italian Bistro (2001 Piazza Ave., in the Shops at Wiregrass mall). Call 862-8989 or 391-3895.
Thursday, August 8
Networking For Your Success — The Networking For Your Success group meets Thursdays, 8 a.m., at Quail Hollow Golf & Country Club (6225 Old Pasco Rd.). Visit NetworkingforYourSuccess.com or call Shawn Clark at (888) 711-2032. Wesley Chapel Republican Club — The Wesley Chapel Republican Club meets the second Thursday of each month, 7 p.m., at Wesley Chapel Hyundai (27000 S.R. 54). This month’s guest speaker is District 5 Pasco County Commissioner Jack Mariano. The club is open to Republican men & women interested in “good government.” New members welcome. For info, call Mike Moore at 777-6171, or email WCRepublican@ATT.net.
Friday, August 9
WC Sunrise Rotary Club — The Wesley Chapel Sunrise Rotary Club meets every Friday, 7:15 a.m., at Quail Hollow Country Club (6225 Old Pasco Rd., off S.R. 54). For more info, call Lynne Morgan at 695-6466.
Saturday, August 17
East Pasco Networking Group (EPNG) — EPNG meets every Tuesday, 9 a.m., at Beef O’Brady’s (1660 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., in the Shops at New Tampa of Wesley Chapel plaza). For more info, call Frankie Ammons at 479-7997 or e-mail Frankie@studioglory.com.
Eyecare Professionals of Tampa Bay, LLC. Grand Opening! — From 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Dr. David Scamard will host a Grand Opening event at his new location (24412 S.R. 54, in the Eagle Plaza in Lutz). For more info, call 949-7274 or see page 30!
Mothers Of Preschoolers (MOPS) — MOPS is a non-profit group for building friendships between mothers of infants to kindergarteners in the local community. MOPS meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 9:30 a.m., at Victorious Life Church (6224 Old Pasco Rd.). For info, email Debbie at VLCMops@yahoo.com. ‘Networking On The Nines’ — “Networking on the Nines,” put on by Insurance
Beauty Pageant Preview - Whether you’re new to pageants or a “pageant pro” this is a meeting for you! Be the first to know all of the pageant details for the 2013-14 New Tampa and Wesley Chapel pageant season! Attendees get FREE facials and makeovers with new color looks for fall. This is a FREE event & refreshments will be served. The meeting starts at 2 p.m. at 24824 S.R. 54. Please R.S.V.P. by calling 714-6513.
Sunday, August 25
Cash For Gold Promises To Pay You More For Your Gold, Jewelry & More!
By Lauren Saslow Figuring out what to do with Grandma’s estate jewelry after she passes, or even what to do with jewelry received as gifts from an ex-spouse, can be confounding. Pawn shops can oftentimes leave you feeling cheated, and will require a 30-day hold. But, Cash for Gold of Wesley Chapel (located at the corner of S.R. 54 and Morris Bridge Rd./Eiland Blvd.) has a better answer for you. As a commodities broker, instead of a financial institution, Cash For Gold is a one-stop shop where you can turn your old or broken jewelry into quick cash. Since 2009, Cash for Gold has served the Wesley Chapel community with a motto of “honesty, integrity and reliability.” The owner of this family-owned-and-operated shop, Trevor Campbell, says that the business is run by local residents who have a combined 30 years of experience. Campbell says he first gained experience in the gold and jewelry industry by purchasing items at community garage sales and reselling the items at a profit. He went on to many hours of training with diamonds under the guidance of Keith Leclerc of the International Diamond Center in Clearwater, where he learned to identify the “Five Cs”: Clarity, Cut, Color, Carat and Certification. “[Leclerc] would drop 800 carats of diamonds in front of me and tell me to sort them out — by browns, SI1s, SI2s, etc. or by diamonds that are chipped or damaged — until I got it right,” Campbell recalls. Over time, he says he realized the need for
a business where private investors or individuals could buy and sell gold and diamonds for a fair price. He adds that the scales and balances used in the shop to determine the accurate weight of the gold, silver and jewels are licensed and calibrated through the Department of Weights and Measures of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. “A representative of the Agricultural and Consumer Protection Specialist Division of Standards comes to my office every year,” explains Campbell. “He puts up to 500 penny weights on the scale to be sure it’s 100-percent accurate.” Campbell’s license through the Florida Department of Revenue allows him to purchase gold in the state of Florida, and he also maintains a Certificate of Registration for Secondhand Dealers or Secondary Metals Recyclers in Pasco County, also through the Florida Department of Agriculture. “In other words, we have every license we need to ensure our motto of reliability,” Campbell explains.
More Than Just Gold
In addition to gold, Cash for Gold also accepts many valuable items such as silver, domestic and foreign coins, gold and silver bullion, antique swords and daggers, dental gold and “grills,” military paraphernalia, autographs and chipped diamonds, as well as other precious jewelry. Customers also may bring in their jewelry and watches for repairs, which are provided by local jeweler
Noel Mercado. Cash For Gold also offers a gold-dipping service that converts yellow gold into the currently more popular white gold in as few as three business days (excluding Sunday and Monday). One customer who happened into the shop during the interview deals solely in silver. As Campbell explains, “He will buy all of our coins and, because we are so competitive, he still can sell them to someone else at a profit.” Cash for Gold, located on Eiland Blvd., just north of S.R. 54 in Campbell emphasizes that gold is not always valu- Wesley Chapel, is owned by Trevor Campbell. Also pictured are ated by its weight alone, but Campbell’s daughter Alexa & store manager Chrissy Candill. Photos by Frank Edmonson, FJE Photography also by an item’s historical Freemasons. The charm (photo below) value. He pulls out one particularly enigopens to reveal the miniature cryptic letters matic charm that he says he bought from a “HTWSSTKS” engraved in a circle, an customer for $170, and later discovered acronym for “Hiram The Widow’s Son that it represented one man’s title in a subSent To King Solomon.” This refers to the sect of the Freemasonry society — a fraterOld Testament legend nal “secret society” with medieval origins of Hiram Abiff, who in craft guilds, and popularized in recent plays a significant role decades by the novel and movie, “The Da Vinci Code.” After describing the details of in the third degree of Freemasonry. Campthe charm — which has moving pieces, a knight’s head, two swords crossed behind a bell speculates that, in red crucifix and a crown — one Freemason addition to being immember verified that the “32” at the top of pressive looking, this the charm indicates that the original owner charm may be significant to another memwas a 32nd degree Master Mason, only ber of this society. one degree from the highest title of the
“Don’t just sell your valuable jewelry for the value someone offers for its weight alone,” Campbell warns. “Ninety-eight percent of people underestimate the value of their gold. If it’s a vintage piece, bring it in. Bring in your entire collection. We will even pay for your gas even if you decide you don’t want to sell us your collection.” He describes another customer who visited the store with a competitor’s quote of $700 for a piece of jewelry and Cash for Gold was able to pay her $1,700. “We will pay you the highest price possible,” Campbell asserts emphatically. “We guarantee it.” He adds that the business continues to be profitable because it relies on repeat business and even has a referral program. “If you treat people well,” he rationalizes, “they’ll come back.”
Giving Back, Too
Campbell says that he donates a portion of Cash For Gold’s profits each year in order to contribute more than $10,000 to local community non-profit organizations each year. Some of the projects include paying for pre-made turkey dinners during Thanksgiving for Metropolitan Ministries, which are then served at Atonement Lutheran Church (located on S.R. 54 in Wesley Chapel), as well as donating generously to the Sunrise of Pasco County, Inc. Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center for an expansion of the current shelter facility. Additionally, when Deputy Mike Kelly of the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office informed Campbell of a homeless mother
with three children in need of temporary housing, the shop paid for a week at a hotel for the family until they were able to secure other accommodations. “We have also given out a lot of gift cards,” Campbell says. “If people need help, we try to help them.” Campbell speaks passionately about his work and his family. He has been married for nine years to Megan Campbell, a pre-op registered nurse (RN) at Tampa General Hospital. They moved to the Tampa Bay area in 2000 from New York City. He also points to the cozy living room that has been created — complete with furniture, magazines, and an entertainment center —in one area of the shop so that he can spend more time with his three young children and his two black Labrador Retrievers when working long hours. He attributes the design of the store’s displays and the “homey” feeling of Cash For Gold to manager Chrissy Candill, who has worked there for more than a year. Campbell and Candill agree that their personalities compliment each other well. “It’s a great business,” Campbell declares. “We serve people trying to make transitions in rough economic times. We help them along the way.” For more info about Cash for Gold, go to CashForGoldWesleyChapel. com or call 727-5779. Cash for Gold is located at 32733 Eiland Blvd., Suite 102. The hours of operation are Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and by appointment only on Sundays.
Wesley Chapel Martial Arts Has A Great After-School Program For Your Kids! By Bonnie Mason Parents will be surprised and pleased with the changes they will notice when their children attend the Wesley Chapel Martial Arts Academy and Tae Kwon Do after-school program. Master instructor Habib Fayiz has owned the Wesley Chapel Martial Arts Academy for five years and has been in his current location in one of the outparcel buildings in the Wesley Chapel Village Market shopping plaza (at Bruce B. Downs Blvd. and S.R. 54), the last three years. Habib and all of this instructors are committed to energizing and enriching Wesley Chapel, New Tampa and Land O' Lakes area school children and their families — as the Academy does also offer adult programs (see below). Tae Kwon Do is a modern martial art, characterized by its fast, high and spinning kicks. “Master Habib” says it is the modern evolution of a combination of a variety of different styles of martial arts that have existed in Korea over the last 2,000 years, and that it also incorporates martial arts styles and techniques from other countries that surround Korea. Tae Kwon Do means the art of kicking and punching or the art of unarmed combat, and it incorporates the abrupt linear movements of karate with the flowing, circular patterns of Kung-fu, com-
bined with Korean kicking techniques. Master Habib not only teaches Tae Kwon Do to the children in his afterschool program, he also gives them the opportunity to participate in a variety of positive activities. “New technologies have resulted in many of our children leading sedentary lives,” says Master Habib. “Martial arts and our after-school program are a harmonious approach to develop the mind, body and spirit of each individual child. Children get to exercise and be healthier and more fit, so they can focus their energy on something good for them.” Working parents can be confident that their children will be in a safe and secure environment and are sure to love the free transportation to the Academy from more than a dozen area schools. Instructors at the Academy use a 15- and 22-passenger van, plus two minivans, to accommodate the children in the program. And, for parents who work later hours, the after-school program runs until 6:30 p.m. Plus, unlike some other programs, the Wesley Chapel Martial Arts Academy does not charge fees for picking up your child a few minutes late. Children enrolled in the after-school program at the Academy are provided similar programming during early dismissal school days, teacher planning days, and winter and spring breaks. Plus, en-
rolled children are guaranteed a spot for the Academy's successful Summer Adventure Camp, which is still ongoing (but wrapping up soon) this summer. Master Habib says parents also can be at ease knowing that their children are receiving quality physical activity and mental stimulation within a team environment. Children in the program return home each day knowing that evenings are Master Habib Fayiz of the Wesley Chapel Martial Arts for enjoying time with Academy in the Wesley Chapel Village Market offers a their families. great after-school program kids really love. “We felt there was a need for this after-school plied to real life situations and includes program, as the number of latchkey chilpractical lesson plans for anti-bullying dren (children ages 12 and under who strategies and other dangers of today's sospend time at home unsupervised) in the ciety. “For example,” he says, “we teach community is a growing concern,” says students how to use ‘verbal judo,’ which Master Habib. “These few hours after means using words to defuse a conflict or school, before their parents arrive home a physical confrontation. We teach them from work, are very important. Children to speak confidently and walk away confileft unsupervised can engage in undesirdently,. In order to do this, however, you able or unproductive behaviors.” must be confident in your ability to defend yourself, and that’s where the physical defense tactics taught in Tae Kwon Do Real-Life Learning come in to play. Our focus is to instill conMaster Habib says the Academy's fidence, self-esteem and leadership.” after-school curriculum can easily be ap-
and their peers. Although space is still available, parents interested in the Academy's after-school program are encouraged to contact Master Habib soon to secure a place for their child as the 2013-14 school year opens Monday, August 19.
Tae Kwon Do Benefits Adults & Children
Master Habib explains that the physical benefits of martial arts are many, yet often overlooked are the unspoken benefits that the sport brings to committed students. In addition to fitness, the discipline learned in martial arts helps children develop a deep respect and strength Master Habib teaches proper Tae Kwon Do techniques. of character. Master Habib says that a participant’s memory, focus and Upon their arrival, the children have ability to sustain concentration increases the opportunity to socialize while they dramatically while practicing Tae Kwon have their snacks and prepare for their Do, which is important for family life, as martial arts class. After the class, the chilwell as for business professionals. dren have supervised free time to do their He notes that adults also reap many school homework or practice more Tae benefits from practicing Tae Kwon Do. Kwon Do, if they so choose. Besides learning real-life self-defense, The classes in the after-school proadult participants get to relieve stress, get gram are divided by age categories into into shape and stay fit — some even lose two groups, allowing for focus on the deweight in the process. Habib explains that velopmental needs of each child. Master strength and flexibility increase and stuHabib says that the program promotes the value of education and the intrinsic re- dents develop dynamic movement and wards of a positive academic outlook. The long lean muscle. Learning the art of meditation is an added benefit! children are able to work in a cohesive “Tae Kwon Do works every part of team environment with the support and the body,” Habib says. “It’s an art form positive role modeling of both the staff
that can improve your life. And, for anyone looking fo a way to increase their cardio activity, the Academy also offers Cardio Kickboxing classes.” Habib started his school with his first two children as the Academy's first students. Now aged 14 and 16, his son and daughter each have reached black belt status and help manage the after-school program. Habib's other son and daughter, ages four and six years, are current students already well-versed in the art. It generally takes about three years to accomplish the black belt level of Tae Kwon Do; however, Master Habib says his program is self-paced, so some may take more time, others may take less. Master Habib is proud of the accomplishments of his students in competition, as well. “In 2011, we competed in the Florida State Tae Kwon Do Championship competition held in Sarasota,” he says. “We had, at various ranks and ages, a total of five state champions in their color belt, age and weight categories.” Chris and Mike Dietz of Wesley Chapel also are pleased with the results they have seen in both of their children. Their daughter previously participated in the program and their 10-year-old son Joey is a current student at the Academy. “All of the students seem to enjoy being in the classes,” Mike says. “Master Habib has a consistent mannerism with the kids, even with those who are sometimes challenged at staying on task."
Chris adds, “Master Habib is well respected in the community. And, there is no pressure here.” Although he does do some local advertising, Master Habib says the majority of the students still come to the Academy through word-of-mouth referrals. For example, the Dietz family told neighbor David Baldree about their excellent experience with Master Habib's Academy when 10-year-old Blair Baldree showed an interest in learning Tae Kwon Do. Although she already has been performing with jazz and tap dance programs for several years, David says he hopes his daughter will gain more confidence and discipline, which will help her in school. Habib, a native of Kabul, Afghanistan, moved to the U.S. in 1986. In 1988, he says he participated in the Junior Olympics in Tampa at the University of South Florida Sun Dome. In 1989, he began training at Yung Ho Tae Kwon Do, under Grand Master Yung Ho Jun and, in 1996, was appointed as the Chief Instructor at Yung Ho Tae Kwon Do in the Temple Terrace area. In 2009, Habib earned his 6th Dan (degree) Black Belt in the World Tae Kwon Do Federation. The Wesley Chapel Martial Arts Academy is located at 5268 Village Market, in the outparcel building facing Eagleston Dr. and BBD. To learn more about the programs offered, visit MasterHabib.com or call 907-6900 for a free trial lesson.
The Family Wellness Center Has The Right Treatment For Your Entire Family By Matt Wiley If you’re looking for a doctor who can take care of most of your family’s medical needs, consider an appointment with Dr. Richard Kay at Family Wellness Center, located in the Windfair Professional Park (near the Shoppes of Wesley Chapel and across Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd. from Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, or FHWC), a family-run practice that serves everyone from children ages 5 and older all the way up to geriatric adults. Dr. Kay is an American Board of Family Medicine-Certified Family Practitioner who has been taking care of families in the Wesley Chapel area since opening his practice in September of 2008. Born and raised in Miami, Dr. Kay graduated from the Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans in 1977 before completing a residency at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Jacksonville, FL, in 1980. He now has more than 25 years of experience as a primary care medical doctor. Before opening his first practice, Dr. Kay worked in Oregon for the Portland Adventist Group, and for five years in a practice in Ashville, NC, before spending three years traveling across Florida as a mobile doctor for geriatric patients, visiting the elderly in their homes. “We set up this practice here because we wanted our daughter, Bobbie Boyer, to
run the office,” Dr. Kay explains. “She was already living in this area and she’s very meticulous and very precise.” Dr. Kay’s wife, Marie, is the practice’s business manager. The family vibe of the office can be felt by just walking through the front door. “I try to make this as much fun as I can,” says Bobbie. “We work in the medical field and you can’t always make everyone happy, but we do like to laugh.” Just about four years after opening his practice, FHWC opened across BBD, where Dr. Kay also works as a staff doctor. Working with FHWC (a member of the Adventist Health System) was a perfect match for Dr. Kay, because of his previous experience at the Adventist-owned hospital in Portland before moving to Florida. As a doctor on FHWC’s staff, Dr. Kay has the ability to both admit and visit his patients if they ever have a condition that warrants a stay in the hospital. “I go see my own patients at the hospital, instead of them being assigned a hospital doctor,” he says. “They know me and I know them, so it makes it much more comfortable for the patient.” In addition to being on staff, Dr. Kay also is the chairman of the FHWC Ethics Committee, which is a group of doctors and professionals that, using morals and ethics, work together to determine the best care approaches and plans for patients
in difficult situations, such as for older patients and their families, who need to make major decisions about their future care.
Everything A Family Needs
The Family Wellness Center accepts most major insurance companies and services include sports, school and preemployment physicals, minor surgeries (such as biopsies), preventive care treatment (such as elecThe friendly, professional staff at the Family Wellness trocardiograms or EKGs), Center, located across BBD from Florida Hospital Wesroutine physical exams, gynecological exams (which ley Chapel, includes (l. to r.) Dr. Richard Kay, Bobbie Boyer, Amanda Thomas and Nicole Peters. he performs with an assistant in the room), child Anne Weidner, Dr. Kay is able to have a checkups, acute care, sleep apnea screenmuch more personal visit with his medical ings and even allergy testing. patients because Anne stays in the room “I like working with entire families,” throughout the appointment with a lapexplains Dr. Kay. “My practice is a little top and takes down notes of all of the inunusual in that about 50 percent of my formation that the patient is giving the patients are male and 50 percent are fedoctor and that the doctor is giving the male. Men typically don’t seek medical at- patient — and stores the info in each patention as much (as women do). Usually, tient’s electronic medical record (EMR). their wives make them come, but every“That way, I don’t have my nose in a one seems to enjoy coming here.” computer like I have for the past four That enjoyment could be due to the years,” Dr. Kay says, laughing. “I’ve had a fact that, with the help of his “scribe,” scribe since May and it’s been great. Anne
what. However, he likes to emphasize that a cold is not always something that warrants a trip to the doctor or antibiotics. “If your kids go to school, they’re going to come home with colds,” Dr, Kay explains. “But, if they’re only showing symptoms for two or three days, they really don’t need antibiotics. But, if a cold lasts longer With the help of his “scribe,” Anne Weidner (left), Dr. Kay can than a week, the child speak face-to-face with patients throughout an appointment. should see a doctor.” If your child isn’t can spell and type a lot faster than me, suffering from a cold, but has cold-like too. I’ve found that most patients (prefer symptoms, allergies could be the cause to) have direct eye contact with their docand Dr. Kay can screen for those, as well. tor and now I can have direct eye contact “We test for 72 different types of alwith them, as well.” lergies,” Dr. Kay says. “Then, we send the Weidner and other scribes work for a information off to a company that mixes Tampa-based company called Medical Scribe Alliance (MSA) and are more com- up a custom formula for the patient to drop under their tongue from the comfort monly found in hospital emergency of his or her home. The custom formula rooms. Scribes usually are students in eigradually desensitizes the patient to the alther a Pre-Med or Pre-Nursing program, lergy so that their response is much less sewhich allows them to gain experience in vere if they do come into contact with the medical field. what they’re allergic to. It’s a lot better than having go to the doctor once a week, Back To School Checkups get shots and then have to wait after the As the 2013-14 school year apshots before you can leave.” proaches, the Family Wellness Center is Another common ailment that Dr. offering sports and school physicals, as well as regular check-ups for kids, because, Kay says many people suffer from and don’t even know it is sleep apnea. Dr. Kay says, kids will get sick no matter
“If you often feel like you didn’t get a good night’s rest and you’re tired all day, you might suffer from sleep apnea,” Dr. Kay says. “Sleep apnea is a condition in which your body is not getting enough oxygen during the night, due to periodically not breathing.” To screen for this condition, Dr. Kay’s office provides the patient with a device that he or she can wear during the course of three nights to determine the oxygen levels in the body while they sleep. The patient brings the device in to the office and Dr. Kay’s staff can check the results to determine if the patient is suffering from sleep apnea. Even while sitting in the waiting
room, patients seem to really enjoy coming to see Dr. Kay. “I’ve had a lot of doctors in my lifetime, but he’s the most patient-oriented doctor I’ve ever had,” says J.C. Terry of Oldsmar. “He’s old-style. He’s not in and out and about the money. He takes his time and makes patients comfortable. He makes you feel like he’s there for you, not that you’re there to see him.” Looking for a new family doctor? Give Family Wellness Center a call at 994-0611 or schedule an appointment at FWCTampa.net. The office, located at 2718 Windguard Cir., Suite 101, is open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and new patients always are welcome.
The Hair Place Is Wesley Chapel’s Neighborhood Hair Salon On S.R. 54! By Kathleen Schiop Wesley Chapel is the fastest-growing community in Pasco County, so it’s nice to know that the area still has a very popular neighborhood hair salon, where the stylists all make their customers feel right at home. At The Hair Place (located on S.R. 54/Wesley Chapel Blvd., just west of I-75), proprietor and long-time stylist Bonnie Ward greets you with a smile and a warm welcome. Sitting down over a cup of coffee, Bonnie, a Wesley Chapel resident who has owned The Hair Place since last December, admitted that she has always loved anything to do with hair. “When my sister was playing with Barbie dolls, I was taking apart ink pens and coloring their hair,” she laughs. “Working with hair is all I’ve ever wanted to do, so I followed my dream.” Born and raised in South Tampa, Bonnie attended Wilfred Beauty Academy in Tampa, and when that school closed unexpectedly, she finished her education at the Roffler Hair Academy in Lakeland. After graduating from Roffler, Bonnie says she went to work for Studio 54 in Land O Lakes. “The woman who owned it took me in when I was a kid and taught me everything I knew,” Bonnie explains. “I worked there for 15 or 16 years until she closed,
and then came to work at this salon. I came here (to The Hair Place) because it was closer to my home, I knew everyone here, and it was in the area. I’ve been here ever since, about seven years.” Recently redecorated, the salon has a bright, happy and welcoming environment. Bonnie purchased the salon from previous owners and current Hair Place stylists Rose Carollo and Jeri Mcleod, who have remained at the salon on a part-time basis to keep serving their local, long-time clients. The salon’s stylists have all been at The Hair Place for many years and stylists Susan Elliott and Debbie Boyette have been there since before Bonnie started working at the salon. “People can see the same stylists they’ve been seeing for years,” Bonnie says. “No one is going anywhere.” The Hair Place also is a family affair. “My daughter Megan is the receptionist, which helps a lot,” Bonnie explains. “Owning the salon has been hard work, but it’s been fun, too.” Bonnie also loves talking about her clients. “We have a great clientele,” she says. “We get everybody — older clients, a lot of kids and teens, and we do men’s cuts, too. But we only do hair and facial waxing. With all the nail salons around, we wanted to focus on what we do well, so we focus on everything with hair. We have keratin treatments, perms, color,
highlights and color glossing and every stylist here can do it all. We’ve all been doing this for a long time, and we’re all specialists. We stay updated in school, and we go to the hair show every year in Orlando.” The main thing Bonnie stresses is that The Hair Place’s stylists never take their customers for granted. “We do hair repair here,” she explains. “So we’ve had lots of late nights on prom night or homecoming where the poor girls have gone to another salon The Hair Place, located on S.R. 54 (west of I-75) , feaand come in here saying, ‘I can’t tures (l. to r.) stylists Susan Elliott & Debbie Boyette, go like this, please help me.’ So, owner Bonnie Ward and receptionist Megan Ward. we stay late and we come in The salon features predominately early. We have hours posted on our door, but most of my clients have my cell phone Matrix products, but also carries the Simnumber and we have a page on Facebook, ply Smooth Keratin and shampoo line and some Redken products, too. Most of the so if they really need me, they can get in color line also is Matrix, including Matrix touch with me.” highlighting and The Hair Place now has Bonnie adds that all of the stylists the new newest “Insider” color from Mafocus exclusively on the client. If you trix, as well as color glossing and the Coldon’t know what type of hairstyle you orGraphics highlighting system. want, Bonnie and her staff will ask what “We’re excited about the Insider you want to do with your hair, and what color line,” Bonnie says. “It’s an oil-based kind of lifestyle you ;ive. color instead of a water-based color, so it “For example, if you don’t want any infuses the color into the hair and doesn’t fuss, just brush and go, the stylist won’t give you a haircut that requires a lot of at- dry it out, leaving a nice oiled shine to it. We have a new perm system that Matrix tention,” Bonnie says.
has just come out with, which I love. It’s geared for a younger clientele, with softer, bigger curls, and is very gentle on the hair.” Bonnie admits The Hair Place can that since her business create whatever style is still new, she you’ve been craving. doesn’t have the time to put toward the charities and organizations she supports, but eventually hopes to get involved with the local schools and PTAs, as well as with nearby Victorious Life Church on Old Pasco Rd. in the church’s efforts to help underprivileged women find jobs by assisting them with their appearance. “I plan to talk to the church about that.” Even The Hair Place’s prices make it a true neighborhood salon. Haircuts for women start at just $20 and men’s cuts start at just $15. Cuts for kids cost $12$15. Color jobs start at $55 and a shampoo, cut and color starts at just $75. “Our perms start at just $70,” Bonnie adds. “They do go up with longer hair or different techniques. Keratin treatments are probably the most expensive thing we have here, and that’s only because the keratin itself is so expensive. It literally costs $100 an ounce, and it’s the same price for everyone. Usually, it will take three to four ounces, and we suggest re-treating every three to four months.
The first few times we use the largest amount (of keratin), but I’ve found that by around the third treatment, even though the hair got longer, we used less, so I bring the price down.” She adds, “We haven’t raised our prices in years, and we have no plans to. We really love our clients and we don’t want to kill them with higher prices in this economy.” A Hair Place client named Mandy writes online, “I want everyone to go to this salon. Bonnie is my stylist and she is awesome. She knows what she is doing, and she does it very well. She did my hair for my wedding and my daughter’s hair for prom and they were both awesome. She has also done my highlights and perms. She’s great.” Another client named Christina also raves online about The Hair Place. “Bonnie is a miracle worker!,” she writes. “She can do any hairstyle and she is so full of life! I go to her all the time when I need a hair cut and if I were you, I would, too!” The Hair Place is located in Pinebrook at The Grove plaza next to Best NY Pizza at 27419 Wesley Chapel Blvd. (S.R. 54). It is open Mon. & Fri.., 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Tues. & Thur., 9 a.m.–7 p.m., and 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Saturday. It is closed on Wed. and Sun. For appointments and more information, call 973-1514 or visit Facebook. com/The Hair Place WC.
Boss, Arrighi & Hoag — A Small Law Firm With Big Firm Experience By Kathleen Schiop Boss, Arrighi and Hoag, P.L, is a nineyear-old law firm with four locations in Florida — St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Vero Beach and the Tampa office, located in the Tampa Palms Professional Center off Commerce Park Blvd. (near the SpringHill Suites by Marriott hotel). The firm, which includes eight fulltime attorneys, can handle a wide variety of cases in any part of Florida, including business law (Chapter 11s, business debt & even BP Oil claims), criminal defense (including DUIs and sealing and expunging records), as well as wealth preservation and asset protection (personal bankruptcies, estate planning, Power of Attorney, probate, trusts, wills, foreclosure defense, short sales, tax law, etc.), family law (including divorces and child custody cases), personal injury law, insurance claim disputes and insurance litigation, sinkhole problems and especially real estate law — one of the specialties at Boss, Arrighi & Hoag’s New Tampa office.
Statewide-Reach, Local Roots
Attorney Brian D. Arrighi is a coowner of the firm and the managing attorney for the Tampa location. He earned his B.S. degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville and his Juris Doctor (J.D.) law degree from the Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg. He is licensed to practice law in Florida and before
the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida. He also is a member of the Florida and Hillsborough County Bar Associations. Arrighi has been living in and practicing law in New Tampa since 2005. “I’ve always recognized the potential for growth (in New Tampa), and I feel the area New Tampa resident has been underBrian Arrighi is the served in the aspect managing attorney at of choices for legal counsel,” Arrighi ex- the Tampa office of Boss, Arrighi & Hoag, plains. “Our firm also is a title com- P.L., in Tampa Palms. pany, and with all of the homes here, it was a good fit to try to expand our title services in this area.” Also primarily serving at the firm’s Tampa office is associate attorney Matthew W. Kindel, who practices in all areas of family law and criminal defense. Prior to joining Boss, Arrighi & Hoag, Kindel was an Assistant State Attorney for the 10th Judicial Circuit Court in Polk County, advocating on behalf of the people of the State of Florida for more than three years.
Kindel is a Polk County native and lifelong Floridian who received his B.S. in Political Science from Florida Southern College in Lakeland and his law degree from Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville. He is a graduate of the Hillsborough County Bar Association Leadership Institute, and has served on the Institute’s Young Lawyer’s Division Events Committee and Youth Services Committee. Kindel also has been involved with Lawyers for Literacy and has spoken to students about the law and the legal process.
As for the firm’s other partners, who are not based primarily at the Tampa office, Christopher W. Boss is the managing partner of Boss, Arrighi, & Hoag, who practices primarily out of the firm’s St. Petersburg office. Boss is a frequent lecturer on the areas of real estate and bankruptcy and he has spoken to numerous trade and industry organizations. He also is a periodic commentator and legal analyst on various real estate and bankruptcy matters, often interviewed by local media, including the WTVT-TV Fox Channel 13 and WTSP-TV Channel 10 news, WFLAAM 970 (Fox News Radio)’s “Duncan Duo” radio show and numerous newspapers and magazines. Boss received his undergraduate degree from Stetson University in DeLand, and his J.D. degree from Stetson University School of Law in St. Petersburg. Boss
also teaches business law as an adjunct professor at the University of Tampa. Brian M. Hoag joined Boss, Arrighi, & Hoag in January 2011 to lead the firm’s litigation department. He represents clients in personal injury claims and wrongful death claims stemming from automobile accidents, premises liability, products liability, sinkhole claims, first- and third-party insurance claims and disputes and commercial litigation. Hoag obtained his undergraduate degree in finance, from Florida State University in Tallahassee, and his J.D. degree from the Stetson University College of Law, where he and Arrighi attended at the same time. While at Stetson, Hoag also earned his Master’s of Business Administration degree.
“Our firm is a title company, and a full-service legal firm, specializing in real estate — anything from development to residential home sales, we handle it,” Arrighi says. “I’m confident our short sale and foreclosure service is the best, but that’s not all we are. In Hillsborough and Pasco, the seller typically picks the title agency and pays for the services. We do the title work itself for the seller, for the same fee that everyone else does it for, but, in addition, we also give you a legal review of the contract. So, if any legal process comes up, you have an attorney right on hand.” He adds that, “We hold your hand throughout the home-selling process, ver-
sus the average title agency, who will tell you it’s time to find an attorney if something is beyond what they do. So we’re there offering it all in one nice little package for the same price.”
One New Tampa resident named Tracy who utilized Boss, Arrighi & Hoag had this to say about the firm: “Brian - We closed on our house and I wanted to say ‘thank you’ to you and your team for an amazing job. With all the horror stories you hear about short sales, ours just seemed to be painless with the support of you and your staff.” Sue, a divorce client of Arrighi’s, said that he was more than helpful in handling her unique case. “My situation was a little out of the ordinary in that my ex and I are older, have three teenage children, and were dealing with my ex’s substance abuse, squandering family assets, plus monthly government pension check and disability income as opposed to ‘normal’ job-related income, etc. But, if (Brian) was surprised at my circumstances, he didn’t show it. “However,” Sue continued, “there were times when he didn’t have answers to my questions, but he always told me he’d research them...and then delivered. He analyzed everything, and he came up with an amazing, creative plan that protected my unique situation. “He’s straightforward, but rest assured: if the law isn't being followed or there’s any game playing by the other side, he’s quick to counteract. He’s a family man
himself and has compassion in abundance. I can’t say enough about him. Picking the right attorney is crucial...Brian Arrighi is not an expense — he’s an investment!” Arrighi also says that at the Tampa Palms office, “Two or three of us are here pretty much most of the time, but the other attorneys will rotate in to handle different clients, depending on what they need. I’m always here, and Matthew Kindel handles most of our family law services at this office. I handle most of the consumer protection and business transactions, buying and selling businesses, contracts, disputes, setting up the deals, forming the corporations. But if a client calls and says, ‘I want to set up a will,’ the attorney who handles that for our firm will be here and will see them here anytime they need to meet, so they never have to go outside their local area to work with us.” Arrighi also notes that the local office has been handling “a lot” of foreclosures and short sales here in New Tampa and Wesley Chapel. “Our standard client today is a homeowner who purchased in 2006, but then had a decrease in income and now, their home is underwater, they’re spending their retirement savings to keep up with the bills and they don’t know what to do,” he explains. “Hopefully, they come to us before their situation becomes a crisis.” Another advantage of working with Boss, Arrighi and Hoag, Arrighi says, is that, “We have big- firm experience, but with small-firm customer service. The odds
are that we can handle your case. If not, we’ll know someone who can and will point you in the right direction with a referral.” The Tampa office also offers seminars for homeowners with distressed properties, as well as in the areas of family law and bankruptcy. “We do the seminars right here, and we actually have one coming up on Saturday, August 10, 10:30 a.m. to noon,” Arrighi explains. “At that seminar, we will be addressing what your options are if your home is ‘underwater,’ and how detailed we get depends upon the number of people attending. We discuss the options different banks offer, likely outcomes, and generally heighten awareness about the situation.” Arrighi adds that most people don’t know what they’re up against legally when it comes to a foreclosure or short sale. “Unfortunately, there is a lot of bad information floating around,” he says. “For example, there’s a Debt Relief Act which is set to expire at the end of the year, which means that if you’re going to short sale, you’d better do it before January 1, 2014. In some New Tampa communities, like in Live Oak Preserve, if you’re, say, $100,000 upside down, and you short sale now, you can get out of the debt, and you’ll be fine. But, if you wait until January, that’ll be a $100,000 taxable gain. A lot of people don’t know that. We’re running out of time so we’ll be pushing that, saying if you’re going to short sale, and you’ve been on the fence about it, do it before January.”
Perhaps the most important thing Arrighi stresses is that, “We want more people to not be afraid to call us. We want to be known as your neighborhood firm. I give out a lot of information on the consultation side, so we encourage you to contact us for a free consultation today. More than anything, we’re a good firm. There are a lot of bad ones, out there, but we aren’t... and we’re local.” Boss, Arrighi, & Hoag, P.L.’s New Tampa office is located at 5321 Primrose Lake Cir., off Commerce Park Blvd. For your free consultation about any legal issue, or for more info, call 2512921 or visit ProtectYourFuture.com.
Real Estate Is A Family Thing For Missy Hileman Of Century 21 Bill Nye Realty By Bonnie Mason Real estate is a family matter for Missy Hileman. Her professionalism, communication skills and passion to help families find the perfect home in the New Tampa/ Wesley Chapel area is what makes Hileman a top-producing residential Realtor for Century 21 Bill Nye Realty, located on S.R. 54, just east of Wesley Chapel in Zephyrfhills. “I'm a hands-on Realtor,” Hileman says. “It’s important to me that I return every phone call or email I receive from current and potential clients.” Hileman received her Realtor license when she was just out of high school, but she admits she learned about professionalism through her exposure to the real estate industry early in life — from her parents, Bill and Andrea Nye, who have owned and operated Century 21 Bill Nye Realty since 1977. “Obviously, it’s in my blood,” says Hileman. The leadership skills, confidence and determination she gained through her role as Captain of her Division I collegiate soccer team at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in Boca Raton, where Hileman played for four years, resonates with her clients.
Dawn, a Lutz resident and satisfied Hileman client, says, “Missy is amazing at making sure all bases are covered. She will exhaust all resources until a resolution is achieved. We would never have closed on our house without the persistence Missy displayed. We were blessed to have her on our side!” Hileman says she is diligent throughout the entire process of purchasing or selling a home — and her clients say that diligence shows. Kellie, an Arbor Greene resident, says, “Missy is an absolute miracle worker! Through her, we bought a new home and sold our home within 45 days!” Hileman says she stays abreast of all homes newly listed in the area and notes that because houses are not staying on the market very long, home buyers need to be one of the first few to view a home that’s newly listed on the market. Hileman is optimistic about the future of real estate. Currently, in the New Tampa/Wesley Chapel area, she says, the housing market is trending upward with a low inventory. “Houses are appraising higher and selling quickly, which is great for anyone selling a home,” Hileman says, adding that pricing a house to sell is a key factor in a quick sale.
“If a house stays on the market for more than three weeks right now, then the house is not priced right for the area,” she says. Hileman also says that potential clients should not be scared off by the Zephyrhills address of the Century 21 Bill Nye regional office. “When I decided to go full force into real estate more than five years ago, I wanted to stay close to my home and family, so we branched out to the New Tampa/Wesley Chapel area,” Hileman says. “It just made sense to stay in my own community where I know so many families.” Hileman is a Realtor who knows The Hileman family includes Realtors her community and has a keen sense of Missy and Scott and their three children (l. what a family is looking for in a home. to r.) Drew, David & Ella. Photo from 2012 “Missy is like a bulldog with a smile,” says Christy, a Hunter’s Green res- ical therapist who works with rehabbing patients at the new Florida Hospital Wesident. “She used her vast knowledge of ley Chapel (FHWC). Born and raised in real estate and her own experience as a the Tampa Bay area, Hileman has a Masmother, wife and active professional to ter’s degree in physical therapy from Nova help our family begin a new life and realSoutheastern University in Fort Laudize a dream, (and can do the same for erdale and is passionate about children you), whether you’re buyers or sellers.” and their families. Missy and her husband More Than Just A Realtor Scott have three children of their own and In addition to being one of the top are active members in the New Tampa producers at the Century 21 Bill Nye Recommunity. alty office, Hileman also is a licensed physScott also works in the family busi-
WELCOME TO FAMILY & COSMETIC DENTISTRY
Dr. Neeraja Jasthi
• Cleanings (Ages 4 and up) • Crowns, Bridges and Implant Crowns • Veneers • Zoom & Take Home Whitening • Root Canals & Extractions
FAMILY & COSMETIC DENTISTRY 20441 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. (across the street from Wharton H.S., in front of Live Oak)
“Let Our Family Be Here For Yours”
Dr. Neeraja Jasthi, DMD
ness — on the commercial side, where he specializes in land brokerage and development at Nye Commercial Advisors in Wesley Chapel. Formerly a professional indoor soccer player for nine years, Scott continued to play the last few years of his career while obtaining his MBA in Finance from the Loyola University Sellinger School of Business & Management in Baltimore, MD. Scott is one of three Certified Commercial Investment Members at Nye Commercial Advisors and also an Accredited Land Consultant through Realtors Land Institute since 2006. Plus, he was a member of the 2012 Class of Leadership Tampa Bay. He has been involved in Rotary since 2004, and is a past president of the New Tampa Noon Rotary Club, where he is still a member of the Board and has participated in and has organized many events to support local, regional and national charities. Nye Commercial Advisors is a full service commercial real estate brokerage firm owned by Missy’s father, Bill Nye. Nye Commercial offers a wide range of services including: land brokerage, investment sales, buyer representation, tenant representation, leasing, property management and development services. Truly a family business, Hileman’s brother, Brent Nye, also works at Nye Commercial Advisors, and her sister
Molly is the office manager for Century 21 Bill Nye Realty in Zephyrhills. Missy and Scott and the entire Nye family pride themselves on family and community involvement. She stays active with running, and clients often will see her at Flatwoods Park, and the entire family has participated in local road races. Missy has volunteered as a soccer coach through the New Tampa Family YMCA, has helped with local clean-up details with the New Tampa Noon Rotary, and often can be seen using her physical therapy skills as a service to local kids in need. She has been a member of St. James United Methodist Church in Tampa Palms with her family since she was in college. So, if you’re considering selling your home, call Missy Hileman, who will provide a free market analysis. Or, if you’re looking for a new home in the New Tampa/Wesley Chapel area, she is ready to help you find the perfect home to fit your family’s lifestyle. Call Missy Hileman, licensed Realtor, at 833-6804 or send her an email at Missy.Hileman@century21.com. Century 21 Bill Nye Realty is located at 34619 S.R. 54 in Zephyrhills. For Nye Commercial Advisors, located at 2800 Windguard Cir., Suite 101, in Wesley Chapel, call 973-0214 or visit NyeCommercial.com.
Flatwoods Moonlight Skating & Biking Group Blazes Trails In The Dark By Lauren Saslow In 1996, a dozen stealthy inline skaters, led by Seminole Heights resident Sally Eakle, rolled onto the Flatwoods Wilderness Park trail at the park’s main Morris Bridge Rd. (MBR) entrance (a few miles south of the Pasco County line) after hours. The successful skate became a monthly gathering that was cleared officially with the rangers and publicized mainly by word of mouth. Over the years, the title of the skate has morphed from the “Full Moon Skate” and several others before finally settling on its current moniker, the “Moonlight Skate/ Bike.” At its peak, Eakle says, participation topped off at more than a hundred skaters. Nearly two decades since its inception, twenty or so skaters — and now some cyclists, too —continue to assemble in the parking lot outside the ranger station at twilight on the second Friday of every month and advertise through social media. Eakle is still a familiar face here. She and the other regulars greet each other warmly with hugs, then stroll over to the ranger’s office to pay their $5 fee and sample fellow skater Jessica Wright’s freshly baked cookies, always displayed modestly in a Tupperware container next to the group’s sign-in sheet. The sweet treats are how Wright, the group’s professional inline speed skater — who currently is sponsored by Flyke Racing USA — acquired the nickname, “Skates for Cookies,” which now is embroidered on her custom silver skate boots. Towering at more than six feet tall without skates, Wright easily is identifiable in her fashionable athletic skirt and signature knee-high socks. (Note-More information about Jessica Wright can be found at FlykeUSA. com/athletes/jessica-wright.)
As participants fill in parking spaces near the MBR entrance to the park, the eclectic group of adult skaters — which includes quad, aggressive, inline fitness and inline speed skaters — sit sprawled across the pavement by their cars booting up and adjusting their wheels. A few road and mountain bikers unload their gear, too. You can hear the ripping of Velcro as they adjust wrist guards and the snaps from helmets clicking under their chins. Helmets are mandatory in the park. Other protective gear is optional, but recommended for safety. “Group photo,” announces Diane Loweke, Wright’s co-director of the event. This is part of the monthly tradition, and usually includes at least one smiley photo and one goofy shot. Photos are posted on the “Active in Tampa” page on Facebook.com and the group’s website (ActiveinTampa.com) that Loweke and Wright manage. The group rolls out at 8:20 p.m. Gustafo Adolfo Martinez Hidalgo, a New Tampa resident originally from Venezuela, begins shooting video as he weaves through the groups of skaters on the wide trail. But, as darkness falls, he has to stop shooting. He pockets the camera and falls inline with the chatty group of fitness skaters. Now, the only light on the trail comes from the moon and the lights secured to the helmets and bikes of participants, as well as the glow necklaces and bracelets everyone in the group wears. Halfway around the loop, at the “Four Corners” water station (aptly named for the intersection where four parts of the paved and unpaved Flatwoods trails meet), Wright and the other inline speed skaters pick up the pace and continue along what has been dubbed the Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd. extension, keeping pace at more than 20
A recent group of Moonlight skaters and bikers poses for a photo at the Flatwoods Wilderness Park trail.
mph. The remaining skaters and bikers congregate at the pavilion to rehydrate, snap pictures of the moon, pose for candids and wait for any additional skaters to catch up. Loweke closely monitors the number of individuals in attendance, especially newcomers, for safety purposes. While most skaters in the group are of intermediate to advanced skill levels, it is by no means a race, so everyone looks out for each other. Once all are accounted for, the skaters and bikers continue back along the homestretch, headed south past the “Y” water station — where two parts of the loop meet with the BBD extension — until finally returning to their starting point at the MBR entrance. The seven-mile paved loop — eleven miles for those completing the four-mile extension — is just the beginning. Most of the skaters and bikers will meet afterwards at a centrally located watering hole — the Tijuana Flats on E. Fowler Ave. — to socialize over Tex-Mex food and some beverages. The restaurant has been accommodating by allowing the large party to push tables together and linger until closing time. Master skater Bryan Herrick of Cape Coral makes the three-hour trek to skate
with a great group of people. Even 30-time National Inline/Quad Speed Champion and Guinness World Record Holder (clocked at 61 mph downhill), Debbie Rice of Sarasota, has attended the skate, as have some of the Tampa Bay (Roller) Derby Darlings. Herrick admits his favorite part of the monthly skate is, “Skating through the woods at night on a smooth paved trail. With a full moon and a clear sky, everything is bathed in silver — it’s sublime.” Although the skate is occasionally cancelled due to inclement weather, it generally convenes year- round. Summer start times are later due to the longer daylight hours. Despite the cold, heat, humidity or bugs, Herrick offers this sincere advice to interested novice night skaters and bikers, “Prepare to have fun.” For the next Moonlight Skate/Bike at the Flatwoods Wilderness Park Trail main entrance (13330 Morris Bridge Rd., Thonotosassa 33592), visit ActiveinTampa.com or Like the “Active in Tampa” page on Facebook.com. The cost to skate or bike is $2 for parking and $5 for the ranger who works after hours. Everyone is invited to participate.
The Latest & Greatest News About Dining, Shopping, Retail & More In New Tampa & Wesley Chapel! Free Eyecare Professionals Grand Opening Aug. 17!
We congratulate Dr. David Scamard, O.D., on the Grand Opening of his new practice, Eyecare Professionals of Tampa Bay, LLC (located at 24412 S.R. 54, at Oak Grove Blvd., in the Eagle Plaza in Lutz). Although his new practice has been up and running for several weeks, the former owner of The Eyeglass Factory (less than a half-mile east of the new location) will hold his Ribbon Cutting & official Grand Opening at the spacious, new, full-service optical shop on Saturday, August 17, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. With multiple prizes to be raffled off (including one-year supplies of contact lenses, free frames and other awesome donated prizes, plus live music by Los Dos, great food from Wright’s Gourmet House & Raa International Market, the event promises to be a blast! And, all of the raffle proceeds benefit the Wounded Warriors Project & the USO. For more info, call 949-7274 or see the ad on page 12.
Hibachi Japanese Express Is Open...& Yummy!
If you haven’t yet checked out the new Hibachi Japanese Express, located in the smaller outparcel building (next to China Wok) of the same Wesley Chapel Village Market that also is home to Vallarta’s & the new Famous Tate store, you should go...for lunch or dinner...today! Hibachi Express features the same fresh sushi (I even special ordered a grilled red snapper and cucumber roll that was just too good), choice NY strip and fresh large shrimp and scallop hibachi dishes, complete with ginger salad, mushroom soup, grilled hibachi veggies and fried rice, all at prices much less than most “teppanyaki (hibachi) table” restaurants because the hibachi grill is located in the open kitchen just behind Hibachi Express’ much faster lunch counter, so you’re paying for the quality food and not the show. And, with the current special of a stillsizable lunch-sized portion of hibachi steak (photo), chicken or shrimp, with rice & veggies, for just $6.25, you can’t beat the value!
campus of Pasco-Hernando Gate & More Coming To S.R. 56 Community College (PHCC) A cleared area on the north side of S.R. 56 at the Cyand houses on the way soon in the Wiregrass Ranch DRI (De- press Ridge Blvd. intersection is beginning to take shape. The property, known as the Shoppes of Cypress velopment of Regional ImCreek, part of the 400-acre mixed-use development pact), we're confident those which currently has available parcels on both sides of S.R. Wolf’s Den To Expand Hours, spaces in the plaza won't be 56, soon will be the site of the first Gate Petroleum locavacant too long." Menu & More! Jackson adds that a Grow tion in the Tampa Bay region. Gate, which is based out of Although we previously reported on Federal Credit Union branch Jacksonville, FL, has locations in six states across the WCNeighborhoodNews.com that the alsoutheastern U.S., including Georgia and the Carolinas, also is getting ready to open ways-popular Wolf’s Den Restaurant, located on S.R. 56 (in the same plaza as Insight later this month on a southern with the closest being in Lakeland. Gate representatives could not be reached for comment. Family Eye Care), was taking over the spaces outparcel to the plaza. In addition to the Gate location, the 2.5-acre site For info about space in in the Shoppes of Wesley Chapel plaza on also will feature 18,000 sq.-ft. of retail space, as well as the Shoppes of Wesley Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd. (opposite the Chapel, call Barry Jackson at space for a 1,750-sq.-ft. restaurant and a 0.89-acre retennew Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, or 574-1144 or visit Momenta tion pond. “All of the land is being cleared,” says Chet FHWC)) previously vacated by Baja Fresh Skinner of Skinner Bros. Realty, which is selling and leasBrokers.com. and several other businesses (see below), ing property in the Cypress Creek development (but not Wolf’s Den owner Roger Wolf has decided inthe adjacent Cypress Creek Town Center DRI). “Some of Pack, Ship & Tech stead to expand his menu (including adding land from the pond is being used to fill some lowBBQ specialties like real baby back ribs, Fix It Now Open In the lying areas on the property.” For info about the Shoppes brisket and more) and his hours and add beer Pebble Creek of Cypress Creek, visit SkinnerRealty.com. — MW and wine at his current location. Look for an The Pebble Creek Collecad, with coupons, next issue because the new tion, located on BBD at Pebice stamps and Priority Mail services, P.O. hours & BBQ menu items will debut at ble Creek Dr, has seen a lot of change the boxes, FedEx and DHL domestic and interWolf’s Den right after Labor Day. past few months (and we’ll have a complete national shipping services and professional For more info, call 907-9124 or visit update on all the new businesses in the plaza logo/business branding services (web deWolfsDenRestaurant.com. in our next issue), and most of the change is sign & development, custom printing, good news for New Tampa-area residents. copies, faxing, scanning, laminating), as well Baja Fresh & Buddy’s Hot One of the newcomers, only open a as U.S. and international passport pictures. Dogs Vacated couple of weeks at our press time, is Pack The “Tech Fix It” side of the business As mentioned above and on our website, It, Ship It & Tech Fix It, a name that may features diagnosis and repair of computers, Baja Fresh Mexican Grill, which had been be a little tough to remember, but a store laptops and cell phones, software installation located in the same Shoppes of Wesley Chapel that has lots of products and services you troubleshooting, virus removal from Winplaza as The Hungry Greek & Dickey's need — and a “green” conscience. dows-based computers and Sam even speBBQ (at 2653 BBD) since last summer, Owner Sameer (Sam) Sharieff’s store cial-orders parts and installs programs and closed its doors on June 23. Also closing was offers boxes and moving supplies, environapps for all laptops and cell phones and recyowner/partner Kush Vallabh's most recent mentally safe packaging materials, stationery cles old electronic gadgets, too. addition to the plaza, Buddy's Hot Dogs. supplies, discount “green” batteries and ink Pack It, Ship It & tech Fix It is loVallabh and at least one other partner have and toner supplies (for all ink jet and laser cated at 19651 BBD, Suite B-1. For now opened and closed four eateries in the printers). Services include U.S. Postal Servmore info, call 994-3800. — GN plaza - Baja Fresh, Buddy's, iCream and the Coffee Brewhouse. Barry Jackson, the managing member of Momenta Real Estate Brokers for the plaza, which is located directly across BBD from the FHWC, says that Vallabh and his partners are “getting out of the retail business altogether and are now concentrating on their primary business - motels.” An unnamed source also told us that more than $100,000 in restaurant equipment was left behind when the owners vacated the premises. Jackson adds that, “The other restaurants in the center (Hungry Greek, Dickey's and the Latin Twist Cafe) are all doing great and Latin Twist has talked about taking additional space,” Jackson says. “With that location (near not only the hospital, but also near the Shops at Wiregrass mall, the Wiregrass For info about Hibachi Japanese Express (5315 Village Market Dr.), call 9919582, see the ad on page 34, or stop in & tell Chen, the owner, that the W esley C hapelN eighborhood N ewssent you!
NEW TAMPA & WESLEY CHAPEL H E L P
W A N T E D
PHYSICAL THERAPIST – An established New Tampa outpatient clinic is hiring a part-time PT to provide customized, one-on-one care. Fax resume to (813) 994-3080 HELP WANTED - Hiring housekeeper, with car and valid driver’s license. Spanish a plus. Call: 813.758.9710 or 813.758.9745 NOW INTERVIEWING - Experienced Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner & Medical Assistant position. F/T or P/T. To inquire please email resume to email@example.com or call (813-994-0611 opt.1) and ask for Bobbie. HELP WANTED - Transaction Manager for Top Producing Real Estate Team. Must Have: At least 1 yr Real Estate experience and working knowledge of listing file from pre-listing to closing. Excellent organizational skills, time management skills & work ethic. Dedication to exceptional customer service. Perform & multi-task well in a fast paced environment. Attention to detail, Outlook, Word, Excel, Top Producer, ResNet and MLS skills. A "Yes, I can do it" attitude, confidence & maturity, Email resume with salary history. HELP WANTED - New Tampa medical office needs back office clerical support. 15-20 hours per week. Must be very detail-oriented. Some phone responsibilities as well as filing and other clerical duties. Email resume to Sara at firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please. HELP WANTED - New Tampa medical office needs back office clerical support. 15-20 hours per week. Must be very detail-oriented. Some phone responsibilities as well as filing and other clerical duties. Email resume to Sara at email@example.com. No phone calls please.
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
M I S C E L L A N E O U S TURN YOUR CLUTTER INTO CASH! - Garage & estate sales, inventory liquidation,& appraisal services. We'll sell it for you online! We evaluate & appraise your products then get you top dollar. We do the work you get the cash. Ask me how, contact Mary at 813-4285793
Classifıeds H O M E
I M P R O V E M E N T
DRY WALL SPECIALIST - Not a handyman. Affordable Quality Work repairing water damage, ceilings and walls, retexturing, popcorn removal, room additions, cracks, holes, plaster and stucco repair. 26 Years Experience. Wesley Chapel resident. State Certified. Call Ron for a free estimate (813) 784-5999 NEED HOME MAINTENANCE – Almost any job, large or small, ext/int, fencing , screening, sm. concrete, sprinklers, painting, repairs, int. doors, locks, sheet rock, windows, paint, caulk, grout, trim, shelving, garages organized. Installations, removals, pressure washing, wood restoration & more. Call Dale’s Home Maintenance @ 973-0194 or 727-2582. GREG’S PAPERHANGING – For all of your wallpapering needs. Licensed & insured, clean, quick & reasonable. Call 973-2767 for free estimate. RAYMOND PAINTING – Interior & Exterior pressure washing, paper hanging, plaster, stucco, tiles, clean & seal pavers, roofing leaks, etc. Licensed & Bonded. References available. Free Estimates. Your Neighborhoond Arbor Greene Resident. We work 7 days. Call 994-5124. DAVID BRIDGES PRESSURE CLEANING Complete exterior cleaning of your home or business with a professional and personal touch. - Pool decks and screen enclosures - All fencing/ driveways and walkways/roofs - Gutter and downspouts. Find your happiness in a fresh, bright clean home. Your neighbors will love you for it! All work guaranteed. Licensed and insured. (813) 215-1177 WEST COAST FLOORING INC - Hardwood, Laminate, and Carpet; Over 25 years experience in sales and installations; Repairs: Large and small jobs; We even do exterior pavers; Free estimates - Call Doug at (813) 215-4817
BABYSITTING F I T N E S S & W E L L B E I N G
PROFESSIONAL TENNIS LESSONS - Recently relocated USPTA/PTR teaching professional available for private/group/team tennis lessons. Former Head Tennis Professional at the #2 and #3 Tennis Resorts in the U.S. Past coach of former #1 singles player at the University of Florida. Call Steve Brady at (843) 422-3993 or email firstname.lastname@example.org AFTER SCHOOL CARE - Drop off/pick up, Help with Homework, Transportation to after school activities. Age appropriate recreational activities. Snack/ Meal Preparation. Licensed, Bonded and Insured Acti- Kare Responsive In-Home Care 813-319-9143 PIANO LESSONS/TUTORING - Located in Live Oak Preserve for children, teens, and adults. I am a highly qualified/certified Florida teacher specializing in piano, music theory, language arts, reading, writing, geography, elementary math, beginning Spanish, and FCAT/test preparation. Mention this ad and receive your first session for FREE! Now scheduling for the new 2013-2014 school year! Contact Mrs. Daley at 813-468-1424 to reserve your spot!
P O O L
S E R V I C E S
TRANQUILITY POOL SERVICE - New Tampa owned & operated. Great Pricing with outstanding customer service! LICENSED, BONDED & INSURED. See why we are New Tampa and Wesley Chapel’s #1 Choice!! New customer’s ONE MONTH FREE! Call Chris Today @ (813) 857-5400 or visit www.TranquilityPoolService.com 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) 312-5694 TODAY and get 1 MONTH OF QUALITY SERVICE FOR FREE. www.aquatecpool.com
HANDYMAN SERVICES - Handyman Services, Disposal and fan installations. Painting, dry wall repair, calking, tile and wooden floor installations, gutter cleaning, and much more. Great prices! Call 813.907.6994. D & D PRESSURE WASHING - licensed and insured. We clean driveways, sidewalks, homes, pool decks, screen enclosures, fences and other items. Free estimates. Call Dina or Doug 813-949-5131
C A R
S E R V I C E S
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.
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 months. Adults Course: Thursday evening’s 7-8 pm. Seniors Course: Tuesday afternoons 12-1 pm. Space is limited! Also personal instruction in Tai Chi, Kempo Karate, Boot Camp Fitness training and more. With more than 30 years of training and teaching experience. Please contact me for more details or go to: chuan-fa.org. Peter #787-7560 or E-mail email@example.com 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. GROUP THERAPY CLASSES – 4 groups starting: 1) Adult Stress Management, 2) Children’s Social Skills, 3) Parenting Skills, and 4) Mind-Body Wellbeing. Cost: $20-$30 per week. Conducted by licensed therapists with over 10 years of experience. Limited Space, Call Today. We also provide individual therapy for children, adolescents, and adults. Call Dr. Brad Palermo, Licensed Psychologist – (813)-666-5885 www.Tampa-Therapy.com SENIOR CARE HELP - Homemaker, Companion, and Personal Care Services. Light Housekeeping, Transportation, Wellness Checks Meal Preparation, Respite Care. Alzheimer's Care, Licensed Bonded and Insured Acti-Kare Responsive In-Home Care. 813-319-9143
SERVICES CLEANING SERVICES
V&J CLEANING SERVICES, LLC. -Residential Commercial cleaning. Quality service. Affordable rates. Reliable, flexible scheduling. Supplies & equipment provided. Call Elizabeth for free estimates 813.454.3082. CLEAN FIRST TIME - Let Clean First Time of Hillsborough serve you! We offer office cleaning, new home/renovation construction cleaning, Community Center cleaning, window cleaning & more, at times & intervals to suit you! We are fully insured & can provide current references. If a good work ethic & attention to detail are important to you, give us a call! 813.313.8468 BELLA’S CLEANING SERVICES - Reliable, affordable, professional, detail oriented. I have references. Free estimates. I have many satisfied customers in New Tampa, with 5 years experience. Call: 941-544-7451. M.Y. CLEANING SERVICE - Offering Residential cleaning, complete bath & kitchen cleaning, as well as dusting & 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. DISCOUNT JUNK REMOVAL!!! - No job to big or to small! Same day service. Senior discount. Servicing the New Tampa & Wesley Chapel, as well as surrounding areas for over 11 years. Furniture, yard debris, garage clean out, & any other items. Call Lamar Today – 813.285.4674. Squeaky Clean Home Services - is a residential cleaning company offering weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly services. We also specialize in move-in/move-out cleanup. All supplies & equipment provided. We are an Owner Operator company w/ over 20 years experience. "If it Needs to be Clean, We're your Team! Call us for your free in home estimate today! 813-6256045 D-ULTRA CLEANING SERVICE - We have our own supplies & more than 300 clients in New Tampa! For more information, Call 758-9710.
CYD Professional Cleaning Services Residential & Commercial - Weekly, bi-Weekly & monthly rates- Flexible scheduling, including weekends. 'Green' cleaning solutions available upon request. We provide all cleaning supplies. Quality cleaning at AFFORDABLE prices. Over 6 years experience. You'll have the same, uniformed cleaning professional every time! Call Katherine (813) 494-6005
COMPUTER SERVICES PROFESSIONAL TECH SUPPORT – in your home or small business. A+ certified computer tech with 20 years of exp. Maintenance & repairs, upgrades & tutoring. More affordable than the large chains! Friendly, personalized svc. Technical jargon explained in plain English. Remote assistance available. References available upon request. Call 957-8342 for free estimate. DO YOU HATE YOUR COMPUTER?!? - WE CAN HELP YOU! Troubleshooting, installation, networking & virus removal. WE COME TO YOU! Servicing residential & businesses, w/ over 25 years experience. Contact Jeffrey Blank (813) 973-4507 today! www.WSICA.COM; Wsica@wsica.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. Insured, bonded, & Red-Cross certified in pet first aid/CPR. Call 994-9449 or visit www.TampaCatLady.com. NEW TAMPA PET SITTING SERVICES Under New Ownership! Please call Larisa at (813) 546-3887. Thank-you for your business over ALL these years! Please call Marina at (813) 416-5301 for references!
Here’s A Couple Of Our Editor’s Out Of Area Dining Favorites! So, the good news in Wesley Chapel is that we’ve now got a lot of good pizza places, as well as a new Japanese restaurant (see page 30), but for those of us who prefer unique mom-and-pop restaurants, you still have to take a drive to try places outside of our distribution areas. So, here’s a couple of restaurants located outside of New Tampa and Wesley Chapel for your consideration.
Bern’s Steak House (1208 S. Howard Ave., Tampa; 251-2421) — Most residents of and visitors to the Tampa Bay area have at least heard of Bern’s, which became the most famous landmark restaurant in Tampa not long after Bern & Gert Laxer bought a much smaller building than what you see now on S. Howard Ave about 60 years ago. Gert retired after Bern passed away in 2002, but their son David has continued the delicious tradition started by his hard-working parents. I’ve had people tell me they don’t like
the steak at Bern’s as much as some other upper-level steakhouses, such as Charley’s, Dempsey’s, Ocean Prime, Capital Grille, The Palm, Ruth’s Chris or Fleming’s, but while I probably love Charley’s best of those other steak places, only Bern’s serves a true chateaubriand-style steak (photo below) for multiple diners at the same table the way many of the New York City steakhouses I grew up on did. So, I will continue to find my way back to Bern’s for a steak that always is served at the perfect temperature inside while maintaining a well-spiced crispness on the outside. Yum. And, unlike most of those other places, Bern’s includes delicious starters and side dishes with your meal, including an authentic French onion soup, Bern’s steak house salad, a nice baked potato, crisp onion rings and even a vegetable of the day from Bern’s private garden. In addition to its reputation as one of Tampa’s best restaurants, Bern’s also is famous for having one of the largest — and most fairly priced — wine lists in the world and for its Harry Waugh Dessert Room, where your party can enjoy outrageous desserts, plus the greatest selection of afterdinner cordials, sherries, brandies and more. Bern’s is still “da bomb.” I hope you’ll tell them we sent you when you make your reservation. Visit BernsSteakhouse.com.
Terra Sur Café (5358 W. Village Dr., Carrollwood; 269-2694) — The
owners themselves call Terra Sur a “bestkept secret” that has been in the same location since it opened in a small strip center in Carrollwood (off Ehrlich Rd.) in 2005. Many of my Latin friends have told me that Peruvian cuisine is among the best and most celebrated in the world and after just two visits to Terra Sur Café, I can’t disagree with them. First of all, you HAVE to start your meal with the best red snapper ceviche (ceviche de pescado) I have ever tasted. Although shrimp, octopus and squid ceviche appetizers also are available, try the pescado, which is fresh cuts of raw fish marinated in lime juice, spices, Aji Limo, and cilantro and topped with julienne red onions, garnished with Peruvian soft corn, toasted corn and sweet potatoes. The lemony dipping sauce is so delicious, I could drink it by itself. The main courses I’ve sampled so far include a fresh red snapper filet topped with a tomato sauce, onions, tomatoes garlic and
spices; the bistec a la Chorrillana, a grilled ribeye steak topped with a tomato sauce, onions and garlic; and my favorite to date, a melt-in-your-mouth tender lamb shank in a zesty red wine reduction (photo). I am definitely going to try Terra Sur’s unique pasta dishes and I also can vouch for the incredibly light and refreshing mango cheesecake and the restaurant’s amazing wine (which includes several Argentinian Malbecs and Chilean Carmeñeres) and Latin cerveza lists. Terra Sur Café is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. For reservations and more information, visit TerraSurCafé.com. — GN