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Thousands Mourn Fallen Wesley Chapel Police Officer By Michael Smith More than 5,000 mourners turned out last week to pay their last respects to the Tampa Police Department (TPD) officer and Wesley Chapel resident who was killed in the line of duty last month. TPD Cpl. Mike Roberts, 38, who lived in the Lexington Oaks subdivision off S.R. 54, was a Florida native who had been with the force for 11 years. According to a TPD release, he was on burglary patrol on Nebraska Ave. in North Tampa at around 10 p.m. on August 19 when he observed a suspicious man pushing a grocery cart full of unknown items. Cpl. Roberts attempted to question the man, 34-year-old Humberto Delgado, Jr., but Delgado began struggling with the officer. He broke away briefly and ran across the street, but Roberts quickly caught up

with him and the two began fighting once again. That’s when Delgado pulled out a handgun and began hitting Roberts with it, before firing one shot that struck the officer on the right side of his chest, in an area that was not protected by his bulletproof vest. Witnesses then saw Delgado run back to the shopping cart and remove a large canvas bag. At that point, a second TPD officer arrived on the scene, and as he began to chase the suspect, Delgado pulled an AR-15 assault rifle from the bag and pointed it at the officer. He then fled while the second officer attempted to help Cpl. Roberts, who was transported to Tampa General Hospital and passed away at 10:50 p.m. Cpl. Roberts, who is survived by his wife Cindy and a 3-year-old son, was born in Clearwater, but moved to Newfoundland at the age of 8. After

earning a Bachelor’s degree at Memorial University in Newfoundland, he returned to the Tampa Bay area and joined TPD in 1998. At the same time, he also signed up with the U.S. Army Reserves and was deployed to Bosnia, which delayed the start of (L. to r.) Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio, TPD Corporal Mike Roberts and TPD Chief Stephen Hogue. his law enforcement career. He also later according to TPD Chief Stephen served in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. Hogue, who delivered Roberts’ eulogy When he returned to the U.S., before an overflowing crowd at St. Cpl. Roberts rose through the ranks at Timothy Catholic Church in Lutz on TPD, performing various duties, August 25. (Note-Roberts was actually including street patrol, acting as a Field a member of St. Mark the Evangelist Training Officer and as a K-9 handler, See “Cpl. Roberts” on page 5. which was his favorite police activity,

folks who are looking for help with raising funds for a variety of worthwhile causes, so we thought we would present just a few of their stories in the hopes that our readers might find one or more of the causes that tugs at their heartstrings and offer some assistance.

Community Park in Tampa Palms. This year, Lucas and a group of her friends, known collectively as “The Real Housewives of New Tampa,” are participating in the sixth annual High Heel Hike, which this year benefits actress Jenny McCarthy’s Generation Rescue The Funny Diva Show at The Brass Tap on Sept. 11 in the organization for children Shops at Wiregrass mall will benefit the High Heel Hike. with autism. and the National Music Foundation. All The High Heel Hike, which is of the past events have been held in the organized by Plant City artist Jules Hyde Park area of Tampa, but this year, Burt, is basically a 1K walkathon where there are actually three different Hikes, women take that walk wearing, as you one already held on August 22 in Plant might have guessed, high heels and City, one on Saturday, September 26, usually, a variety of wild wigs, makeup and outfits. Each year’s event is geared See “Fund Raisers” on page 18. towards raising money for a particular charity or cause, and some of the recipients in past years have included Easter Seals of Florida, the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute,

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Also Inside This Issue! LOCAL NEWS, BUSINESS & EDUCATION UPDATES

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S.R. 56 Update, Cypress Creel Mall Developer Fined For Permit Violations, Meet Wesley Chapel High’s New Principal Carin Nettles & More!

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Given the state of the U.S. economy, we know times are tough all over, but even in a tough economic climate, there still are a lot of charitable causes and organizations that are in need of help, in the form of both monetary contributions and volunteers who give of their time and effort — and thankfully, people in our community are willing to roll up their sleeves to help. Over the past several weeks, we’ve been contacted by a number of local

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Do We Need More ‘Good’ News In The Neighborhood News? An editorial by Throughout the more than 15 years that I’ve owned and edited this newspaper, there have always been people who have said that we have focused too much on “bad” news — e.g., the crime and other bad things that happen to good people in our area. Although those complaints have always seemed to come from a sometimes very vocal, but still not very large (based on our own evaluations of our mail and phone call volume), minority of those of you who read this publication every month, we still take them very seriously. Throughout our history, I’ve heard some of you say you turn to your daily newspapers and/or local TV news if you want to hear about the bad things happening in Wesley Chapel — and turn to the Neighborhood News to focus on the good things in our community, such as the charitable work our residents do and the success of our young students and athletes (rather than focus on area crime or school overcrowding). My news writers and I (and current managing editor Michael Smith is, by far, the best pure news reporter I’ve ever worked with) always approach the news of Wesley Chapel and New Tampa the same way — it doesn’t matter to us if it’s good news or bad, all that matters Wesley Chapel Neighborhood News 15345 Amberly Dr., Tampa, FL 33647 Phone: (813) 910-2575 Fax: 910-2483 Website: WCNeighborhoodNews.com Advertising E-mail: NewTampaNN@aol.com Editorial E-mail: NTNNEdit@yahoo.com

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Gary Nager is that we try to get the stories right for our readers. And, the fact we’re still in business more than a decade and a half since we first became your community newspaper is a clear indication to us that the vast majority of you appreciate the way we cover the news — good and bad — that happens in your (our) community. The aforementioned Mr. Smith and I are proud that the vast majority of the calls we handle start out with, “My wife and I love the Neighborhood News,” or “We read every issue cover-tocover,” or our personal favorite, “It’s the only local publication I read, the only way I find out what’s really going on in this community.” And, truth to tell, as New Tampa and Wesley Chapel have grown and “matured” as communities, there definitely has been more bad stuff going on that we felt we had to report — such as the loss of Tampa Police Cpl. (and Lexington Oaks resident) Mike Roberts in the line of duty — or we’d not only feel like we were acting irresponsibly, we estimate that we’d also be letting down 75-95 percent of our readers if we only reported the good news and ignored all of the bad. In other words, while Mike and I don’t personally believe our local coverage has become more bad-news-oriented, we do believe there have been more bad things happening that we, as your community paper, have had to report. However, while some of those bad things almost have to be front-page stories (such as the tragic loss of Cpl. Roberts), there’s no rule that says that ONLY “bad” news has to appear on

page 1 in every issue. So, while we promise we’re not going to change how we cover your local news, we will seek to change the locations of some of those stories. In other words, even though we don’t put pictures of the registered sex offenders living in our area on our cover every month, we still promise to keep you abreast of the bad news you need to know, without beating you over the head with it. For example, in this issue, we have a true “good news” feature you might have otherwise missed (if you didn’t read this issue cover-to-cover) on our

front page — our coverage of local fund raisers. We also have some great back-to-school coverage, as long as our usual business and dining features. In addition, if you or your child or your friend has done something great (especially if that effort helps people who live and/or work in our distribution areas) you believe is newsworthy, please send us an e-mail by logging onto WCNeighborhoodNews.com. Put “Here’s a good news story” in the subject line of your e-mail and we will try to give that story a little coverage — on page 1, if possible.

Table of Contents NEWS UPDATES....................Pages 1-9, 15,18-19 News Briefs....................................................................4-5 S.R. 56 Extension Opens, Mall Developer Fined, Armed Robbery Suspect Captured Family Files Lawsuit In Son’s Hazing Death.....................6 Wesley Chapel Community Calendar.......................8-9 Roberts (cont. from Page 1)............................................15 Fund Raisers (cont. from Page 1)...............................18-19 BUSINESS UPDATES...................................11-13 Babysoft Now Offers Tile & Grout Service.....................11 Business Briefs............................................................12-13 Florida Hospital Zephyrhills Offers Free Breast Health Seminars, More Than Words Speech Therapy Ribbon-Cutting, City Plaza To Undergo Renovation EDUCATION NEWS..........................................16 Meet New WCH Principal Carin Nettles, Group Gathers School Supplies For Needy Children, WRH Offers SAT Practice Test LOCAL SPORTS.................................................17

NEIGHBORHOOD MAGAZINE Discover T’s Boutique At The Grove......................21-22 Former MLB Player Tony Perez Greets Local Fans........23 Sushi Ko Moves, Expands Menu...............................26-27 Our Exclusive 2009 Dining Survey & Contest................28 Neighborhood Nibbles..............................................29 WESLEY CHAPEL COLOR CLASSIFIEDS...30

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W ESLEY C HAPEL S.R. 56 Extension Opens

Although some work is still ongoing at the intersection of Bruce B. Downs Blvd. (BBD, aka C.R. 581) and S.R. 56, the extension of S.R. 56 eastward from BBD is now open through to Mansfield Blvd. in the Meadow Pointe subdivision. As promised by county officials, the extension was open in time for the first day of school in Pasco County, August 24, and in addition to giving Meadow Pointe residents a new way to get from their neighborhood to S.R. 56 without having to travel on BBD, the new road also eases some of the traffic problems at Dr. John Long Middle (JLMS) and Wiregrass Ranch High (WRH) schools, both of which are located at what used to be the northern end of Mansfield Blvd. Before the extension opened, parents, students and buses going to WRH had to use a two-lane service road that goes past the JLMS campus in order the get to the high school. Now, however, WRH has its own driveway directly connected with Mansfield Blvd. “It’s been an adjustment,” says WRH principal Ray Bonti, who notes that there are more than 300 students who drive to the school every day, in addition to 40 school buses and countless parents who drop off and pick up their kids from school. “For the past three years all of our drivers have gotten used to using the John Long service road, but now we’re trying to get them used to going the other way, and trying to make it as smooth, safe and orderly as possible.” To help spread the word, the school sent home flyers reminding parents, students and staff members to use the new road, especially during the peak traffic hours at the beginning and end of each school day.

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News Briefs Meanwhile, the extension itself is open, but still not complete. Going eastward from BBD, there are two lanes that merge into one just before Mansfield Blvd., with traffic cones directing drivers to the right-turn-only intersection. And, for the time being, drivers coming north on Mansfield from Meadow Pointe can only turn left onto S.R. 56, although Pasco County officials have said that the S.R. 56 extension should be completed all the way to Meadow Pointe Blvd. by the end of the year. It will eventually be extended all the way to U.S. 301 near Zephyrhills.

Mall Developers Fined

The developers of the Cypress Creek Town Center mall in Wesley Chapel were fined almost $300,000 for violating the terms of their building permit at the site, but the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is still reviewing the permit to determine whether or not the project should be allowed to move forward. According to a release issued by Army Corps spokesman Barry Vorse, the mall developers — Sierra Properties, Inc., and the Richard E. Jacobs Group — have agreed to pay a civil penalty in the amount of $297,000 for violations of the Clean Water Act at the mall construction site just east of the I-75/S.R. 56 interchange. Vorse noted that the permit for the mall, which was issued by the Corps in May 2007, allowed the developers of the 1-million-plus-sq.-ft. shopping area to fill in more than 50 acres of wetlands on the site, but required them to perform the work in such a way as to prevent any other environmental damage to the surrounding ecosystem. That system includes Cypress Creek, which is a tributary of the Hillsborough River and a protected waterway.

A few drivers have already discovered the new Mansfield Blvd./S.R. 56 connection, which opened to traffic just in time for the new school year. However, the Corps suspended the building permit in February last year after muddy water and runoff from the site breached the developers’ containment system and flowed into Cypress Creek on three separate occasions. The developer also cleared almost an acre of forested wetlands that was required to have been preserved against any impacts, Vorse said. In addition to paying the fine, the developers have been cooperative in working to improve their containment measures at the site, he added, and have agreed to restore wetlands affected by the runoff and also to replant the wetlands that were cleared illegally. However, although the fine settles the runoff situation that has already cleared, Vorse says that the Corps’ permit review section in Tampa is still

looking at other aspects of the building permit to decide whether it should be reinstated, revoked or modified. That decision is expected in a few weeks. Dee Layne, spokesperson for the Sierra Club of Tampa Bay, which has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Corps’ permit, says the fine isn’t enough, but should help to bolster their claim — that the massive project shouldn’t be built as planned in such an environmentally sensitive area. “The damage that they have done at that site far exceeds the amount of the fine,” Layne says. “And, it points out what we’ve been saying all along, that the project is too big. They need to reduce the overall footprint and allow for more permeable surface.” Layne says the lawsuit is on hold while the Sierra Club awaits the final

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Layne says the lawsuit is on hold while the Sierra Club awaits the final decision on the building permit. “That was the intent of the suit, to make the Corps pull the permit, review it, and make them (the mall developers) do it right,” Layne says. “And that’s what they’re doing. Now, we just have to wait and see what they decide.” A Jacobs Group spokesperson says the company remains committed to the project, and plans to move forward once the permit review is completed.

Robbery Suspect Captured

A Wesley Chapel man escaped harm but was forced to give up his wallet, money and credit cards to an armed robber who accosted him in the parking lot of a local store. The thief was soon captured, however, after he used the stolen credit cards to purchase a pair of laptop computers. The robbery took place at around 7 p.m. on August 18, when Lexington Oaks resident Anthony Dang was leaving the Home Depot store at Don Frederick Ellis

17601 Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd. in New Tampa. As he was getting into his car, the suspect, later identified as 38year-old Don Frederick Ellis, held a 6inch knife to his side and demanded his money. Dang handed over his wallet and Ellis fled into some nearby woods. Dang and several other customers gave chase, but Ellis managed to get away. He didn’t get away for long, however. According to Tampa Police Det. Heather Bishop, Ellis, who is homeless, used Dang’s credit card at a nearby convenience store and also at the nearby Wal-Mart store at 19910 BBD, where he purchased a Dell laptop computer. A short time later, he also purchased a Toshiba laptop from the WalMart store on S.R. 54 in Land O’Lakes. Det. Bishop says that Wal-Mart’s surveillance video showed Ellis and another man buying the computer and then leaving the store’s parking lot in a red Ford pick-up truck with a bed full of scrap metal. Bishop and other TPD investigators checked out local scrap businesses and were able to identify the truck and the other individual from the video, who turned out to be the owner of the scrap business, Steven Tyson. Tyson had employed Ellis and was giving him a ride to the store on the day of the

thefts. Bishop says Tyson cooperated with the investigators and was not charged with any crimes. Once Ellis was identified, he gave a full confession. He also had Dang’s wallet and the computers in his possession. He was charged with armed robbery, grand theft and fraudulent use of a

credit card and also was served with a warrant for failure to appear in court on a previous charge of child neglect. At our press time, Ellis was being held without bond. Det. Bishop says he also will be charged with grand theft and fraudulent use of a credit card in Pasco County. — MS

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Kowiak Family Files Suit In Son’s Death At College were told to dress in light-colored clothing and meet with the members of the fraternity for an “undisclosed activity.” He and the other pledge were then blindfolded and driven to an offHarrison Kowiak campus farm, where they were then instructed that they had to retrieve the fraternity’s “sacred rocks” from the opposite end of an unlit field. Meanwhile, other fraternity members, who were dressed in dark clothes, lay in wait in the field to prevent the pledges from getting across. The complaint says that the activity was known among frat members as “Bulldogging,” and was a longstanding initiation tradition during the last week of the pledge process, aka “Hell Week.” The lawsuit alleges that Kowiak was “repeatedly pushed, shoved and tackled” as he attempted to traverse the field, and further, that Kowiak, who was attending college on a golf scholarship, weighed only around 160 pounds, while some of the other frat members who were doing the tackling were also

By Michael Smith Earlier this year, we told you about Harrison Kowiak, the Wharton High graduate who died in 2008 while taking part in a fraternity-related activity at Lenoir-Rhyne University in North Carolina. Now, after a months-long investigation, Kowiak’s family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the college, the fraternity and the students who were involved in the activity, alleging that their son’s death was the result of hazing. The suit, which was filed in Superior Court in Durham County, NC, on July 30, names the university and two of its employees, both the local and national chapters of the fraternity, Delta Chi and Theta Chi, respectively, and 21 students who were members of the fraternity at the time of the incident as codefendants. According to Justin Leto, the Miami-based attorney who is representing the family, the lawsuit does not ask for a specific amount, only damages in excess of $10,000. According to the complaint, Kowiak, who was 19 and starting his sophomore year at the college, was taking part in the pledge process to join the fraternity. On the evening of Nov. 17, 2008, he and one other pledge

members of the college’s football team, weighing in excess of 250 pounds. At some point during the exercise, the complaint says that Kowiak was so severely injured that he was unable to stand, and was also wheezing and gasping for breath and eventually became disoriented and unresponsive. Rather than immediately calling 911, the fraternity members elected to drive Kowiak to a hospital about 20 minutes away, and once they arrived, they told hospital personnel that he had been injured during a flag football game on campus. His injuries were so severe, however, that Kowiak had to be airlifted to another hospital in Charlotte, NC, where he passed away the following day. The autopsy report noted that he had died from blunt force trauma to the head, and also had numerous bruises and abrasions to his back, torso and other areas of his body. The lawsuit claims that LenoirRhyne administrators, including the two defendants, one of whom is the Dean of the college while the other served as the fraternity’s faculty advisor, were aware of the tradition of hazing carried out by the members of the Theta Chi fraternity, but did nothing to stop it, even though it violated the policies of the college, the bylaws of

the national and local chapters of the fraternity and the state laws of North Carolina. It also alleges that Dale Taylor, the executive national director of Theta Chi, Inc., not only knew about the “bulldogging,” but also condoned it, saying that such activities were “not unusual” and were in fact, “team building exercises.” Although Kowiak’s parents, Lianne and Brian Kowiak, who live in the Arbor Greene subdivision, did not wish to comment on the lawsuit, attorney David Kirby, of the law firm Kirby & Holt in Raleigh, NC, who also represents the family, issued this statement: “Losing their son has been devastating for this family. You send your son off to college to learn and become part of a college community. You don’t expect him to lose his life pledging a fraternity. There is absolutely no reason for this dangerous activity to still be occurring in this day and age, and it needs to be stopped immediately.” Leto, meanwhile, says that once jurisdiction has been established in the case, it could take a year to up to 18 months for the case to come to trial. Lenoir-Rhyne University and fraternity officials did not return phone calls seeking comment.

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group of business professionals who work to support each other through qualified business referrals, meets every Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. at Song & Dance either Hillsborough County or surStudio (27221 Foamflower Blvd.) in rounding counties. No pageant experiWesley Chapel. ence is necessary. All entrants will receive For more information, contact an official Miss New Tampa T-shirt. Nancy Cross at 789-7836 or by eFor more information, call Vicky mail at nancycross@crossrealty.com. McShane at 714-6513 or visit www.missnewtampapageant.com. East Pasco Networking Tuesday, September 8 – The East Chamber Breakfast Pasco Networking Group meets every Tuesday, September 1 – The WesTuesday morning, 9 a.m., at Beef ley Chapel Chamber of Commerce will O’Brady’s (1660 Bruce B. Downs hold its monthly Business Breakfast, 8 a.m., in the Bordeaux Room at Saddle- Blvd., in the Shops of New Tampa at brook Resort. The cost is $7 for Cham- Wesley Chapel plaza). For more information, contact ber members and their guests, and that Frankie Ammons at 479-7997 or by includes a full buffet breakfast. Space is e-mail at Frankie@studioglory.com. limited, so reservations are required. For more information or to Wesley Chapel Rotary Club make a reservation, call the Chamber Wednesday, September 9 – The office at 994-8534. Rotary Club of Wesley Chapel meets every Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. at Las Free Outdoor Concert Monday, September 7 – The Car- Vallarta Mexican Restaurant (in the Vilrollwood Cultural Center (4537 Lowell lage Market shopping center at S.R. 54 & Bruce B. Downs Blvd.). Rd. in Tampa) will host a free outdoor For more information, call 263concert for Labor Day, 2 p.m., featuring 7188 or 383-6683. 60s cover band Coo Coo Ca Choo. For information about upcoming PACA events at the Center, call 269-1310 Thursday, September 10 – The or visit carrollwoodcenter.org. Pasco Alliance of Community Associa-

Community Calendar

Call For Artists & Crafters

The Tampa Palms Women’s Club is seeking local artists and crafters to participate in its annual “Arts & Crafts Under the Palms” show & sale, which will be held Saturday-Sunday, October 17-18, at the City Plaza at Tampa Palms shopping center. For more information, call 9772261 or send an e-mail to: tampapalmswomensclub@yahoo.com.

Volunteer Drivers Needed

The American Cancer Society is in need of volunteer drivers to take cancer patients to and from their live-saving cancer treatments for its “Road to Recovery” program. Drivers are required to have a valid driver’s license, a safe driving record, and a vehicle that is in good working condition. For more information about being a Road to Recovery volunteer, please call (800) 227-2345.

Miss New Tampa Pageant

Applications are now being accepted for the Second Annual Miss New Tampa Pageant, which will be held at the Pebble Creek Community Center (18715 Bent Tree Lane) on Sunday, September 27. Contestants must be between the ages of 4-19 and live in

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Business Networking Int’l

Tuesday, September 8 – Business Networking International (BNI), a

tions (PACA) will meet at 7 p.m. at the Land O’Lakes Community Center (5401 Land O’Lakes Blvd./U.S. 41).

The group’s guest speaker will be Florida State Rep. Kevin Ambler. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.myPACA.org, or call president Bill Parsons at 991-6003.

Networking For Success

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

Wesley Chapel Wind Ensemble

Thursday, September 10 – The Wesley Chapel Wind Ensemble, a newly-formed community group of brass and woodwind players, meets every Thursday at 6 p.m. at Hyundai of Wesley Chapel (27000 Wesley Chapel Blvd./S.R. 54). New members are encouraged to join. For more information, contact Glenn at 746-4821 or by e-mail at trombonegww@juno.com.

Wesley Chapel Sunrise Rotary Club

Friday, September 11 – The Wesley Chapel Sunrise Rotary Club meets Fridays at 7:15 a.m. at Lexington Oaks Golf Club (26140 Lex. Oaks Blvd.).

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For more information, call Lynne Wilson at 695-6466.

WOW

Friday, September 11 – WOW, a business group for women, meets every other Friday (the second and fourth of each month) at 7:30 a.m. at First Watch. All area businesswomen are invited to attend for networking and socializing. In addition, the group holds its regular club meetings on the first and third Friday of each month at Vallarta’s Mexican restaurant beginning at noon. There is a $10 charge, which includes lunch, and those who plan to attend are asked to RSVP. For lunch meeting reservations, call Darlene Reed at 263-4598.

Orchid Workshops

Saturday, September 12 & 26 – Cindy Gandalfi of G Gardens & Things (3836 Flatiron Loop in Wesley Chapel) will host a pair of free workshops in July for those who are interested in learning all about orchids, starting at 4 p.m. each day. Topics will include how to buy, grow and care for orchids and more. Class sizes are limited, so advance registration is suggested. For more information or to register, call 994-2120.

Speed Dating

Saturday, September 12 – Lasting Impression Speed Dating will hold an

event for singles age 49 and up at Wine Styles Wine Bar (1051 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.). The cost is $20 per person, which includes a glass of wine, chocolate-covered cherries and a chance to win a door prize. Space is limited, so reservations are required. For information or reservations, call 388-7359 or send an e-mail to dbrown@lastingimpression4two.com.

Jewish Services

Saturday, September 12 - The Shoresh David Messianic Synagogue at Trinity United Methodist Church (33425 S.R. 54) will host a presentation by Jewish evangelist Jeffrey Bernstein, 7 p.m. Admission is free, but an offering will be collected. For more information, call 7603269 or visit shoreshdavid.org.

all brides-to-be! New Tampa Marketing & Concierge Services, Inc., presents the first New Tampa Bridal Fair, noon-3 p.m., at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites (8310 Galbraith Rd., across from Muvico) in New Tampa. On-hand will be caterers, bridal gown and cake makers, photographer/videographers, professional makeup artists, hair stylists, tuxedo rental shops, wedding planners and more! For attendance, sponsorship and participation info, call 765-8113 or visit NewTampaMarketing.com.

Free Networking Int’l

Monday, September 14 – Free Networking International (FNI), a

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

Networking On The 9s

Tuesday, September 15 – The Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce will host its monthly golf networking group, Networking on the Nines, 3 p.m., at Tampa Bay Golf & Country Club. The cost is $7 per person, which includes 9 holes of golf, cart and greens fees. For more information, call Larry Parker at 679-6602.

Gardening Seminar

Saturday, September 12 – The Pasco County Cooperative Extension Service will host a free gardening seminar, “Vegetable Gardening for Cool Weather,” 9 a.m.-11 a.m., at the Land O’Lakes Community Center (5401 U.S. Hwy. 41). Coffee, light refreshments, educational materials and door prizes will be available. For information, call 996-7341 or visit pasco.ifas.ufl.edu.

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Babysoft Carpet Cleaning Now Offers Tile & Grout Service By Michael Smith If you own carpeting and/or rugs, you may already know that Chris Kallas, owner of New Tampa’s Babysoft Carpet Cleaning, offers what his customers say is the best carpet cleaning service around. Now, however, he is branching out to offer complete kitchen and bath tile and grout cleaning and sealing services, too. Kallas, who was born in Greece, came to America 40 years ago, but still speaks with the heavy accent of his homeland. Before getting into the carpet cleaning business, he worked as a carpet installer for 25 years, inspired by his mother, who made rugs and blankets from the wool of sheep raised on the family farm back home. Eventually, however, he says grew tired of struggling with the huge, heavy rolls of carpeting and decided to go into business for himself. “Installing carpet is hard work, and you have to be on the floor all the time,” Kallas says. Unlike the big carpet cleaning franchises that offer quickie room cleaning specials, Kallas approaches his work like a true Old World European craftsman, says his partner Monica Smith. “He’s the most meticulous person

you’ll ever meet,” she says. “His workmanship is legend among his clients.” Smith recalls the case of one client who was trying to sell her home and was told by her Realtor that she would be better off getting rid of her old carpet altogether. Instead, she called in Kallas, who was able to clean the carpet so well that the Realtor thought the homeowner had replaced it. Kallas says that he is able to get such good results not only because of his attention to detail, but also because he uses only the top-of-the-line equipment and cleaning products to get the job done. For example, his main weapon against carpet stains is the RX20 Rotary Jet Extractor, which has a cleaning head that spins at an amazing 130 rpms, which means that its five cleaning nozzles pass over the carpet 650 times every minute. He also uses only the best cleaning chemicals, including special ones that are safe to use around children and pets. “Anyone can go and get a machine, but Chris has really invested a lot of money in his equipment and time in really learning the business,” Smith says, noting that Kallas is accredited by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification. Whatever his secret is, Kallas’ cus-

tomers really appreciate Chris as a person — and the results that he achieves. “He’s fantastic,” says Meadow Pointe resident Marie Cioffi, who has used Kallas’ services for eight years, mainly because of her dog, who she says does a lot of damage to her rugs. “It got to be so bad that I was embarrassed for him to come in, but he did a wonderful job.” Karen Cionci, who lives in the Whitehall neighborhood in Tampa Palms, says she tried some of the other big carpet cleaning companies, but wasn’t happy with the way they left her carpets soaking wet. “I started with Chris because I knew that he did a lot of other places where people are very, very particular, like I am,” she says. “Plus, he’s very friendly, gets the job done quickly, and is very neat and always on time. I would definitely recommend him.” Kallas says that he decided to begin offering the tile and grout cleaning services in response to many of his clients who had asked about it. Just as with the carpet cleaning service, he uses only the best tile and grout cleaning equipment — as well as a new chemical from DuPont that actually shaves away the outer layer of grout, revealing the clean grout underneath.

Chris Kallas, owner of Babysoft Carpet Cleaning can also clean your kitchen and bath tile and grout. For a limited time, Kallas is offering an introductory special. Order 500 sq. ft. or more of tile and grout cleaning and sealing (which helps to preserve the grout) and you’ll receive free carpet cleaning for up to three rooms of carpeting (up to 600 sq. ft.). For more information, call 991-7545 to make an appointment.

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Business Briefs

FHZ To Host Two Free Breast Health Seminars

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and in order to help women in our area learn more about the latest in diagnosing, treating and most important of all, preventing breast cancer, Florida Hospital Zephyrhills (FHZ) is hosting a pair of free Breast Health seminars, one at the hospital’s main campus (at 7050 Gall Blvd. in Zephyrhills) on Tuesday, September 15, 1 p.m.-3 p.m., and the other at the FHZ Imaging Center in Wesley Chapel (at 5504 Gateway Blvd., off S.R. 54) on Thursday, September 17, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.. Both seminars will feature a panel of five physicians who specialize in breast health issues. Leading the group is Board-certified general surgeon Kimberly Apple, MD, who says that about half of the patients she sees in her practice have some kind of breast problem. Not all are cancer-related, of course, but any type of abnormality should be checked out, Apple says, especially since breast cancer has become the second-leading cause of cancer death for women, with about 200,000 new cases diagnosed every

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(L. to R.) General surgeon Hugar McNamee, DO, and Board-certified general surgeon Kimberly Apple, MD, will be among the experts who will speak at the upcoming Breast Health seminars sponsored by Florida Hospital Zephyrhills. year. And, as with most types of cancer, patients with breast cancer have the best chance for positive outcomes when the disease is discovered as early as possible. “Breast cancer is most treatable when it is diagnosed early, even before you can feel it, which is the reason for having regular mammography,” Dr. Apple says. “That’s also why we encourage women to have intimate knowledge of their own breast tissues, so they can take note of any changes.”

Some of the warning signs include: lumps, either in the breast tissue itself or in the armpit; changes in the color or texture of the skin or in the shape of the nipple or the contour of the breast; and fluid discharge from the nipple. Apple adds that women who are in certain higher-risk categories need to be even more vigilant. Those include women who have a family or personal history of cancer or breast health problems, women who have had a child after the age of 30 and women who have never had a full-term pregnancy. In addition, women who have been “cured” of breast cancer (meaning that they have been treated and have had no symptoms for at least five years), have a higher chance of the disease recurring, and that chance increases as more time passes. Apple says that a recurrance of breast cancer also is more likely to be fatal. Most breast cancer problems develop after the age of 30, and usually at about the time a woman enters menopause, which is typically around 50, although a small percentage of cases do occur in women between the ages of 30-40. That’s why, Apple says, it’s a good idea for all women over the age of 40 to have a mammogram at least once a year. At the seminars, FHZ will be offering discount certificates for mam-

mograms costing just $59, and will also give away 10 bone density screening tests, regularly valued at $200, at each of the seminars. Light refreshments also will be served. Space is limited, however, and advance registration is required. For reservations or more information, call (877) 534-3108

City Plaza At Tampa Palms To Undergo Renovation

New Tampa’s oldest shopping center, City Plaza at Tampa Palms, will be getting a fresh new look, thanks to an extensive makeover project that is scheduled to get under way either late this year or at the beginning of 2010. Most of the work will be centered around the Publix grocery store that has anchored the plaza for more than 20 years, although the exterior of the plaza itself also is scheduled to be renovated during the process. Officials for Publix, the plaza’s owner and its management company have all declined to comment on the renovations, but, according to plans that are now under review by the City of Tampa’s Office of Land Development Coordination and Zoning, the existing 46,791-sq.-ft. Publix is going to be completely torn down and replaced by a new 54,000-sq.-ft. store. The plaza, which was built in

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More Than Words Speech Therapy Now Open in Cypress Ridge Professional Park!

Starting in January, City Plaza at Tampa Palms will undergo an extensive renovation. Stein Mart, Frame-By-Frame (FbF) Gallery & Ciccio’s/The Lodge are among the many businesses that will remain open during the construction. 1988 and measures a total of 431,214 sq. ft., is designed with two wings on either side of the Publix store, and the plans show that the entire middle section will be demolished, along with 6,386 sq.-ft. of the existing store spaces on either side, which are all currently empty, to make room for the new grocery store. In addition, the plans show that the entire facade of the plaza will be redone, with the existing parapets to be extended and others added, new roofing installed, and new exterior finishes all the way around. The drivethrough lane at the southern end of the plaza (near the newly renamed Chase Bank) will be removed, as will

some of the existing support columns that run the length of the plaza. We do not have official confirmation at this point, but we understand that construction on the project is supposed to begin in January and could take eight months or more. During that time, a large portion of the parking lot will be fenced off, but both entrances (the one near Chase Bank and the other near the SunTrust Bank) to the plaza, as well as the businesses located on either side of the construction area (see map) expect to remain open. Steve Rothfarb, the owner of the Frame by Frame art gallery, which is immediately adjacent to what will

On July 31, Jill Vought, M.S., CCC/SLP(center, with scissors) owner of More Than Words Speech Therapy, which offers a wide variety of speech services, held an Open House and Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting at her new location, 26908 Foggy Creek Rd., Unit #102, in the Cypress Ridge Professional Park off S.R. 56. For more information, call 862-8692. become the construction zone, says he has heard about the plans for the renovation, but is still waiting to hear about all the final details. “Nothing is official yet,” he says. “But, in any case, I’m not planning on going anywhere.” Rothfarb, who has been a tenant at the plaza since 1991, adds that “it’s about time” the plaza received a new

look, and he says he thinks it will ultimately be good for business. Susan Johnson, the subdivision/ DRI coordinator for the city’s Land Development department, says that the plans have already been reviewed once and resubmitted to the department after some revisions were made. The remaining review process could take another few weeks or more.—MS

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“Roberts”

Continued from page 1 Catholic Church in New Tampa, but services were moved to the church in Lutz because of the need for more room). He was promoted to corporal earlier this year and was made a supervisor in the Uniform Patrol Division, but at the time of his death, Roberts was awaiting a transfer to the Major Crimes Bureau, where he was to begin a new assignment as a detective. Hogue said that Cpl. Roberts received 33 commendations from the department, including a Life Saving Award that he received in 2005 for helping to save a man who was attempting to commit suicide. TPD Cpl. Mike And, just this Roberts loved work- year, he received ing with his K-9 an Excellent Roger. Duty Award for

helping to locate a lost 3-year-old girl in March. He also was known as a practical joker within the department and even played goalie on a TPD hockey team. “It’s impossible to make sense of the tragic loss of such a fine man,” Chief Hogue said. “All that’s left for us to do is honor his memory and the sacrifice he and his family have made.” Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio called Roberts’ death “a terrible tragedy.” “Gunned down while working to make Tampa a safer place to live, Cpl. Roberts served as an example of the outstanding commitment and dedication of our police force,” she added. “May his son grow up knowing that his father was our hero.” Cpl. Roberts was the 17th TPD officer to be shot and killed while on duty. The day before his memorial service, Cpl. Roberts’ name was added to the official TPD Memorial Monument at the department’s Franklin St. headquarters and flags around the city were flown at half-staff. In addition, the U.S. Flag of Honor, which flew at 9/11 and has been used since then to honor fallen servicemen and others, was brought in and flown at half-staff over the TPD District 2 headquarters, where Roberts was stationed.

After the shooting, a TPD K-9 officer was able to track down Delgado, who surrendered without further incident. Delgado actually served as a police officer himself in the Virgin Islands, where he was born, and also served briefly in the U.S. Army before being honorably discharged after injuring his back and knee. According to reports, Delgado lived in North Carolina before coming to Tampa to live with an uncle in Oldsmar, but recently had left his uncle’s home and was living on the streets. When he was arrested, Delgado was found to have three handguns,

the assault rifle and ammunition in his possession. He was charged with first degree murder, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and carrying a concealed firearm. At our press time, he was being held without bond. A memorial account has been established for the family of Cpl. Mike Roberts at Tampa Bay Federal Credit Union. Donations may be made at any Tampa Bay area branch, with checks made out to Cynthia Roberts or Tampa Police Memorial Fund, account number 538412-00. For more information, contact Susan Delage at 276-3373.

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Education Updates

New WCH Principal Challenges Students To Bring Their ‘A-Games’ By Michael Smith When you call Wesley Chapel High (WCH) these days and ask to speak to the principal, the secretaries may still occasionally slip up and say that they’ll check to see if “he’s” available. That’s because they are still getting used to the idea that the school now has a new leader at the helm. Carin Nettles became only the second principal in the 10-year-old school’s history after former principal Andy Frelick was transferred over the summer. In fact, Nettles herself is still getting used to the idea, WCH principal Carin Nettles has big goals in mind for the year ahead. but she says she is ready for the challenges ahead. The 35learning communities, which Nettles year-old Tampa native has been with says are like “a school within a the Pasco County School District school,” where teachers from different since 1996, first as a teacher and most disciplines share common themes, recently as assistant principal at James such as business, throughout all of W. Mitchell High in New Port Richey. their classes. During her own student days, This year, WCH students also will Nettles was a multi-sport athlete at undergo a new assessment test, called Land O’Lakes High in volleyball, bas- the Florida Assessment for Reading in ketball, tennis and track, and in fact, Instruction, or FAIR, which will help received a volleyball scholarship to teachers identify students that need Mercer University in Atlanta, where extra help in reading at their grade she attended for two years before level. returning to Tampa to finish her stud“With FAIR testing, teachers can ies at the University of South Florida. take that information and adjust their Now, she hopes to inspire that curriculum to meet the needs of those same kind of winning attitude in the students,” Nettles says. students and staff members at WCH. So far, Nettles says she has spent She says, “Our theme for this year most of her time in the new year just is ‘Game On!’ Hopefully, that will meeting and talking to as many stuhelp remind all of us that it’s game dents as possible. She’s also getting to time every day that we’re here, and I know all of the school’s staff membelieve that will help us all do our best bers, most of whom are the same as every day.” last year, with the exception of new Perhaps the biggest challenge fac- assistant principal Matt McDermott, ing Nettles and her staff will be trying whose transfer from Sunlake High to improve the school’s grade from School, where he served as athletic the Florida Department of Education, director, was pending as this issue which fell to a “D” last year. Knowing went to press. that it will take a coordinated effort to “Just walking around here, and turn things around, she and her staff talking to the students, you can see members are focusing on programs that this is a school that’s filled with that allow teachers to work closely pride,” she says. “The staff and faculty together to target the areas where are amazing, and I think we’re going improvement is needed the most. to have a great year.” One example is the creation of Group Gathers Supplies “professional learning teams,” which are groups of teachers from various For 1,000+ Students departments who meet weekly to On Saturday, August 13, dozens of compare notes and discuss teaching volunteers joined up with Projects of strategies. The school also has formed Pasco, Inc., at Wesley Chapel Elemen-

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tary to distribute more than 1,000 backpacks full of school supplies to children from low-income families. According to coordinator Bob Loring, who heads up the Projects of Pasco school supply drive each year, as well as the annual East Pasco Toys for Tots program, this year’s drive was a success, because the group actually ran out of needy families before they ran out of school supplies. “This year was tough,” Loring says. “Demand was up and donations were down, but we were still able to help 1,124 children.” Loring says that school guidance counselors help identify children and families who need assistance for the Toys for Tots program, and then the Projects for Pasco program uses those lists to sign up families for the school supply drive. Then, just as with Toys for Tots, he says, they put collection bins at grocery stores and other locations around the area for people to drop off their donations. “We started this program because we wanted a way to help our Toys for Tots families year-round, and with more than just toys,” Loring says. Loring says his group also is exploring ways to help more families, since data shows that more than half of the children in Pasco County’s schools qualify for some kind of assistance,

which also means that they are considered to be at risk of having problems at school or even dropping out.

WRH Hosts SAT Practice Test

Wiregrass Ranch High will host a Princeton Review/Practice SAT Test & Strategy Session on Saturday, September 19, in the school cafeteria. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m., and will include a strategy session, followed by lunch and the practice test. Pre-registration (before Tuesday, September 15) costs $15 and late registration, including walk-ins, if available, will cost $20. Call 482-4966 for more information.

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Sports Briefs

Local Students Racking Up Martial Arts Medals Wesley Chapel residents Bradley and Peyton Lane have had a busy summer winning medals in judo competitions around the state. Most recently, Bradley, who is 12, and Peyton, 10, competed in the 2009 Sunshine State Games and Florida State Championships in June. There, Bradley won a gold medal in his age group, Intermediate 2-Boys (ages 11-12, 38 kg.), while Peyton took silver in the Intermediate 1-Boys (ages 9-10, 30 kg.) division. Together, the Lane brothers won a total of ten medals this summer, including three golds at the 2009 Orlando Invitational in March and a gold and silver medal each at the 2009 Gator Open, which was held at the University of Florida in April. The boys train with Sensei Del-

sa Wark and Tyler Luginski, who are both 9 and who train at the Wesley Chapel Keiko Shin Karate Academy — each won gold and silver medals at the Amateur Athletic Association Junior Olympic Games, which were held in Des Moines, IA, July 31-August 1. The duo competed in their respective advanced black belt divisions in both kata (forms) and kumite (sparring) and each won gold medals in their sparring competitions and silver medals for kata. In order for Melissa and Tyler to be invited to participate in the Junior Olympic Games, both had to place in the top of their divisions in District,

Super Regional and National qualifiers throughout the year. Commitment, dedication, and respect for their chosen sport have certainly led to success for these dynamic athletes. Wark and Luginski study under Sensei Ernest Fuentes, a 3rd-degree black belt who owns the Keiko Shin Karate Academy, which is located at 26312 Wesley Chapel Blvd. (S.R. 54) and offers traditional Shotokan Karatedo training for both children and adults, based upon tradition, philosophy, and discipline. For additional information about Keiko Shin Karate Academy, call 994-9253. — MS

Above, Peyton, left, and Bradley Lane show off their medals. cides Diaz at the Mambi Training Center in Tampa, and are the sons of John and Stacey Lane of Lexington Oaks.

Karate Students Also Shine

Two other local students — Melis-

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“Fund Raisers”

Continued from page 1 at the Westshore Plaza mall in Tampa, and the last on Saturday, October 3, in Boca Raton. Lucas and the rest of “The Real Housewives” will participate in the Westshore Hike. Lucas, who says that she and Burt have been friends for some time, was inspired to participate in this year’s event by a friend whose son has autism. “I’ve been wanting to do it for a while, so I thought this year would be the perfect opportunity,” Lucas says. The fund-raising goal for the three events (combined) is $75,000, of which the Real Housewives are looking to chip in as much as possible, and Lucas says her team has been challenged to a fund-raising duel with some of the teams from South Tampa. If you’re interested in helping out, visit the website and click on the fund raising link. Then, search for the “Real Housewives of New Tampa” page and you can make your donation through the site. Individuals and local businesses are urged to contribute, and sponsorship opportunities also are available. If, on the other hand, you’d like to receive something more tangible than personal satisfaction for your donation, Burt and the other High Heel Hike organizers are putting on a couple of special events — a performance of The

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Funny Diva Show at The Brass Tap in the Shops at Wiregrass mall in Wesley Chapel on Friday, September 11, 7:30 p.m., and a “GlamBall,” on Monday, September 28, at Floyd’s Night Club at the Seminole Hard Rock casino off Orient Rd. and I-4. Tickets for the Funny Divas’ “That’s What She Said” Comedy Tour cost $7 per person and are available at the door at The Brass Tap the day of the event. Tickets for the “GlamBall,” which is billed as “A Night of Debauchery & Glamour” on the website (there also will be food, beverages, entertainment, a silent auction and more), cost $75 in advance or $95 at the door. VIP tables for six people also are available for a donation of $1,000. For additional information, visit HighHeelHike.com, FunnyDivaShow. com or GenerationRescue.org.

Biking For A Good Cause

As a member of the U.S. Coast Guard, New Tampa resident Brandon DeVore spends a lot of time on the high seas, rescuing stranded boaters, chasing after drug smugglers and picking up those would-be immigrants who are trying to float their way to the U.S. Lately, however, when he’s not on the water, DeVore has been spending a lot of time on his bicycle, as he prepares to take part in the 21st Annual Intercoastal Waterway Century Ride, a 100-

U.S. Coast Guard Petty Ofc. (3rd Class) Brandon DeVore. mile bike ride that will be held on Sunday, October 25, in Cocoa Beach. DeVore, whose actual rank is Petty Officer Third Class, is assigned to the Coast Guard cutter Venturous, which is based in St. Petersburg when it isn’t out on patrol for up to 60 days at a time. The 26-year-old Tampa native has been on full-time active duty with the USCG for the past three years. “And it is a very rewarding job,” he says. DeVore took up bike riding only about six months ago, and says he fell in love with the sport, and now regularly rides with a group of friends at New Tampa’s Flatwoods Park and on the Suncoast Trail in Pinellas County. He says he’s been building up towards his first 100-mile ride, but says that, “I told myself that if I was going to do it, then I want to do it for a good cause.” That’s why he and a group of

seven other local riders decided to band together to raise money during the Century Ride for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Tampa Bay, through the organization’s Team in Training program. DeVore says he is hoping to raise $2,000, of which he already has about $600, but has trouble raising money because he spends so much time at sea. So, he’s hoping some New Tampa bikers or those whose family members have been affected by leukemia will help him meet his goal. Visit DeVore’s fund raising website at pages.teamintraining.org/ sun/waterway09/bdevore.

‘Boobies’ & Br east Cancer

While the above headline may cause concern for some of our readers, it simply refers to a group of area women who call themselves “Team Boobie Lovin’,” who are one of many teams working to raise money for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s annual 60-mile Breast Cancer Three-Day (3Day) walk, which will be held in Tampa Bay over the Halloween weekend. The team is led by Patti Morris, who lives in Palm Harbor but who works at the Metlife Insurance office in New Tampa, as do many of the members of her team. Morris, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 after undergoing months of chemotherapy and radiation treatment, celebrated a

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year of being cancer-free on August 4. Now, in an effort to help others make the same successful recovery, Morris, Patti’s daughter Krista and a group of eight friends and co-workers are planning several special events to help raise money for the 3-Day. The group’s goal is $20,500, of which they have already raised more than half. The first event will be a golf tournament that will be held at Pebble Creek Golf Club on Friday, September 18, with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. The cost for entering the tourney is $75 per person, which includes greens fees, lunch, prizes, and “a lot of fun,” Morris says. There also will be a Hole In One shootout with a possible prize of $50,000, and a putting contest. Wear a pink item of clothing to be eligible to enter a special “Pink” raffle. Krista’s 30th birthday party also will be a fund raiser. The party will be on Saturday, September 19, 7 p.m., at the Blur nightclub in Dunedin. It’ll feature live music, raffles, contests for best Boobie Lovin’ costume, and more. And finally, on Friday, October 9, the team will host the “Fashion for a Cure” fashion show, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites (8310 Galbraith Rd.) in Highwoods Preserve). The show will include clothing and accessories from local stores, modeled by the team members and their friends. Tickets will go on sale the

first week of September and cost $25 per person, which includes light hors d’ oeuvres and beverages. For more information, visit The3Day.org. To make a donation to the “Booby Lovin’ Team,” e-mail pmorris1@metlife.com.

Sponsors & Players Sought To ‘Tee Up For Our Troops’

On October 9, 2009, the third annual “Tee Up For Our Troops” charity golf tournament will again be held at the MacDill Air Force Base golf course, a private course that usually only club members and those stationed at the base (and their guests) can play. The tournament, which is being organized again by New Tampa Noon Rotary Club member Valerie Casey, will again benefit the Tampa Fisher House, a 16,000-sq.-ft., 21-room home located adjacent to the James A. Haley Veterans Adminiustration Hospital. The Tampa Fisher House, which opened in 2007, the “home away from home” for families of wounded military members and veterans who receive treatment at the VA hospital. We’ll have more info in our next issue. For information about sponsorships ($750 for a foursome) or individual play ($125 per golfer), e-mail valcasey@tampabay.rr.com. To tell us about YOUR event, visit WCNeighborhoodNews.com.

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T’S Boutique — A Gift Shop & A Gathering Place For Good Friends By Melissa O’Brien When you enter T’s Boutique in the separate plaza in front of The Grove in Wesley Chapel (off I-75 at S.R. 54), you’ll immediately spot at least ten special gift items for friends and family on your birthday or holiday list. From sweet-smelling candles to flirty earrings and dresses, bejeweled key finders and trendy picture frames, T’s Boutique makes shopping for that unique item a whole lot of fun. In addition, owner Theresa Loftin will even be happy to open the boutique’s inviting 1,200-sq. ft. space to

Need some accessories to match your new outfit? T’s Boutique can hook you up!

host birthday parties, bridal or baby showers, Bible studies or Bunko games — any kind of get-together that would be suited for a fun, cozy environment like T’s Boutique. Located across the parking lot from TJ Maxx in The Grove, T’s Boutique opened late last year in the separate plaza in front of The Grove, which Theresa says was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. “I was a teacher in Hillsborough and Pasco counties for 30 years,” she says. “After I retired and my son stopped playing baseball in college (at nearby Pasco Hernando Community College), I was ready to start on my own dream. While I was teaching, I worked part time at a boutique. I wanted my own business where I could recreate the atmosphere of Southern charm I found in stores I grew up with in Greenville, Mississippi. I wanted to create a place where people could relax when shopping and get to know the store owner on a one-on-one basis.” That dream was the creation of a boutique that, according to Theresa, was designed to, “Feel like home. I had hardwood floors put in and warm colors on the walls and then brought in my own wood furniture and antiques for displays. I treat the boutique like it is my home and for me, it is all about the customer service. If I don’t have it, I will do my best to find it for you. I want you to come in here and enjoy yourself.” T’s Boutique is filled with great

Owner Theresa Loftin and her employee Heather can help you find a dress in your favorite team’s colors at T’s Boutique in The Grove at Wesley Chapel. gifts and one-of-a-kind items. For the sports fan, T’s carries dresses and tunics by Tracy Negoshian, Inc., a Dade City designer and University of South Florida graduate who creates flattering and fun dresses and jewelry in color schemes to match your favorite sports teams. Although the dresses don’t carry the team logos, Negoshian’s designs will match the colors of the Gators, Bucs, Magic, etc. And, speaking of “sporty” items, the boutique also carries Diane Dal Lago T-Shirts with crystal sports logos from the universities of Georgia, Florida, South Florida and Florida State. If your favorite team logo is not available at the store, Theresa is more than willing to order it for you. The boutique also carries Green Label Designs, which makes skirts with sashes, bloomers with tank tops and

tunic dresses. Men can find Tommy Bahama apparel for themselves or a special designer Vera Bradley or Spartina bag (colorful, fun bags and/or purses for the beach or everyday wear) for their wives or significant others. Theresa also made sure she included gifts of all shapes and sizes and price ranges, although she says that most gifts in the store cost less than $100. “It’s all about fashion affordability,” says the Lexington Oaks resident. For those looking for fun Bunko gifts or a gift for a bridal shower, T’s has a wide variety of picture frames by Enesco, including “Our Name is Mud” mugs, bejeweled Alexa key finders and purse hangers and Lolita glass gifts. What may be more even fun than shopping in T’s Boutique is having a See “T’s Boutique” on page 22.

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(bridal) showers, Bible studies and birthday parties here. I had one bridal Continued from page 21 shower here where pink was the bride’s party or event there after the store clos- theme. I served chicken Cesar salad with pink cupcakes from Publix and the es. Theresa offers special discounts on girls worked on creating pink scrappurchases to customers who purchase books for an hour and a half. For little items at an event. girls, we’ve had birthday parties where “Because I wanted T’s Boutique to be an extension of my home, I open we teach them about the Vera Bradley patterns, give them a gift to play with, the store up after hours for parties and events,” says Theresa. “People have had paint their fingernails and serve cake and refreshments. Both the girls and their mothers really seem to love it!” Claudia Madani, a friend of Theresa’s and a frequent shopper at T’s Boutique, says she just loves visiting the shop. “Theresa is so enthusiastic about the store and she passes on that enthusiasm to you,” says Madani, who lives in Dade City. “It makes you love being in the store as much as she does. And, she is very open to requests – if she doesn’t have an item, she will work hard to find it for you. She is such a hard worker and it is so great to see her dreams coming true.” Madani also raves about the merchandise at T’s. “She carries great lines of clothing. I really like the ‘Not Your You simply have to visit T’s Boutique to Daughter’s Jeans’ and the Tracy Negoshian dresses. I bought my understand what makes it unique!

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daughter one of the dresses to wear to a Gator game. They come in all different patterns in different team colors and make great gift ideas.” Cristie Bertrand, who lives in Wesley Chapel’s Oak Creek, says that Theresa is very customer-oriented and always strives to make her store and its activities fun. “I helped her at one of her Vera Bradley parties,” says Bertrand, who also is also a friend of Theresa’s. “I helped with finger painting and balloon games – the little girls had a ball! I also have attended a Bible study in her store and find it a very nice, cozy place to connect with friends. The assortment

of candles and diffusers she sells in the store make it smell nice and it is a great place to browse after our meeting.” Bertrand says she has purchased candles, stationery and other special gifts from T’s Boutique. “When you walk in, the store just has a nice vibe,” says Bertrand. “I love the heart of the store — it is the heart of Theresa. She is truly a good person and always will help out someone in any way she can.” T’s Boutique is located at 6027 Wesley Grove Blvd., #101. Store hours are Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.- 7.m., and noon- 5 p.m. on Sunday. It is closed Mondays. For more information, call 973-4405.

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Hall Of Famer Signs At ABC By Gary Nager Although I’m currently a Tampa Bay Rays fan, I have reported many times that I also have been a fan of the San Francisco Giants since I was about 7 years old. In the late 1960s, the Giants finished second a bunch of times, including in 1969, when Hall of Fame first baseman Willie McCovey (who shares a birthday with yours truly) was named the National League MVP. The Giants only made it to the playoffs one time in the ‘70s, and many of those years, they were looking up at the Cincinnati Reds, aka “The Big Red Machine,” who made it to the postseason six times that decade and won back-to-back World Series titles in 1975-76. As a huge baseball fan whose team wasn’t winning, it was easy for me to pick up the Reds as my second favorite team (even though they played in the same National League West as my beloved Giants, despite the fact the “Redlegs” were based in Ohio). Cincy was led by Hall of Famers Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, Pete Rose (who’s never made it to the Hall, despite being the game’s all-time hits leader, because he bet on baseball when he was still in the game as a manager)

and the team’s most recent inductee, first baseman Tony Perez. Perez, who recently visited the ABC Fine Wine & Spirits store on Bruce B, Downs Blvd. in Wesley Chapel to sign autographs during an outstanding wine tasting event, was a line-drive RBI (runs batted in) machine during his career. Although not as big a home run threat as my beloved “Big Mac,” Perez hit most of his 379 career HRs and drove in the bulk of his 1,652 RBIs in his 16 years with Cincy in an incredible 23-year MLB career. With his plane arriving late and rush-hour traffic causing him to be almost two hours late for the signing, the crowd wasn’t as big to meet Perez as I had expected. But, most of those who did show for the event (including our office manager Julie Rinaldi, who is from Indiana, but rooted for the Reds) were big Cincy and/or Perez fans who were happy to wait a few minutes to take a pic with the seven-time All-Star, get some baseball memorabilia signed and talk a little “old school” baseball. Even those of us who rooted for another team. ABC Fine Wine & Spirits is located at 1845 BBD Blvd., next to CVS and across from Publix. Call 907-2647 and tell ‘em we sent you!

Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Perez (left) recently signed autographs for two hours at the ABC Fine Wine & Spirits store on Bruce B. Downs Blvd. in Wesley Chapel.

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Sushi Ko Moves To New Tampa Center & Adds Chinese Menu! By Gary Nager I have been a big fan of owner Tim Chan’s Sushi Ko Japanese Restaurant since it opened a couple of years ago behind Boston Market and FedEx Office (formerly Kinko’s) in the Highwoods Preserve area. A couple of months ago, Sushi Ko closed that location and recently re-opened in the former location of Kado Japanese Steak & Sushi in the Publix-anchored New Tampa Center plaza on Bruce B. Downs Blvd. Tim, who had previously added a Chinese Dim Sum menu at his old location, has now expanded his Chinese cuisine offerings in his new location — and I, for one, believe the new menu is going to be a big hit. First of all, the sushi and Japanese fare in general are still top-notch. I am still partial to sushi chef Tan’s awesome tuna tataki, and Tan is always happy to split the dish between the tuna and tilapia or grouper or whatever white meat sushi he has in-house. But now, in addition to Japanese appetizers like deep-fried soft shell crabs, steamed or fried pork dumplings (gyoza), edamame (soy

If you’re at all like our editor, you’ll start your meal at Sushi Ko Japanese/Chinese Restaurant in the New Tampa Center with a combination tilapia and tuna tataki, crispy Chinese egg rolls and the best barbecued spare ribs in town. bean pods), sumai (steamed shrimp dumplings) and a wonderful miso (tofu) soup, you also can enjoy great Chinese appetizers, like egg rolls, spring rolls, chicken or beef on skewers and what I believe are the best barbecued spare ribs I’ve had anywhere in Tampa. Seriously! For main dishes, in addition to my Japanese favorites, including chicken or steak (there’s also salmon) teriyaki, deep-fried chicken or grouper katsu and chicken, steak, or vegetable teppanyaki-table-style entreés, there’s a whole new world of Chinese main dishes available at Sushi Ko, too. Although I’ve only sampled a few of those Chinese entrées so far, I

already love Tim’s new beef with broccoli, roast pork or chicken with garlic sauce and, especially, his delicious Young Chow fried rice, although I have him hold out the shrimp for me because I’ve developed an allergy to shrimp. Also on the new Chinese cuisine menu are a variety of noodle dishes, from veggie, chicken, pork, beef or shrimp lo mein, to Chow Mei Fun (thin, stir-fried rice noodle dishes) and Chow Ho Fun (wide noodles stir-fried with mixed veggies). Other favorites I plan to try are the sesame chicken, Szechuan beef and Mongolian roast pork (with scallions, onions and sweet soy sauce).

For seafood, there’s several shrimp, scallop and salmon dishes, as well as Chef’s Specialties such as bourbon chicken, orange beef, Seafood Delight (scallops, shrimp and crabmeat with mixed veggies) and General Tso’s chicken. If you want to go even crazier, try the Seven Star for two, which combines beef, chicken, pork, scallops and mixed veggies in another great brown sauce, all topped with breaded white meat chicken, breaded shrimp and sweet and sour sauce (on the side). There’s even a Seafood Delight featuring shrimp, lobster, crab meat, scallops and mixed veggies with garlic sauce. Since Sushi Ko also is open for

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Among our editor’s favorite new Chinese dishes at Sushi Ko Sushi Bar, Japanese & Chinese Cuisine Restaurant are the beef with broccoli (far left) and Young Chow fried rice (center), although Sushi Ko still also has outstanding Japanese cuisine, including Teppanyaki-style steak or chicken (served with fried rice). Sushi Ko may not have teppanyaki (hibachi) tables, but the cuisine is hard to beat! lunch, you might want to check out Tim’s Chinese lunch specials, all of which are served with fried rice and your choice of an egg roll or wonton or egg drop soup. All 20 of the lunch special dishes cost only $6.50-$7.25 and includes such favorites as shrimp with lobster sauce, Moo Goo Gai Pan, Kung Pao chicken, vegetable delight and pepper steak with onions. Unfortunately, Sushi Ko currently does not have a liquor license, so all of those wonderful Japanese beers, hot and cold sakes and even great wines Tim served at his old location are not currently available, although he does

still have soft drinks and great green tea. Until he has his license (and he’s working on it!), you can bring your own alcoholic beverages to Sushi Ko. Sushi Ko Sushi Bar, Japanese & Chinese Cuisine Restaurant’s NEW address is 19050 BBD Blvd. It is open every day for lunch and dinner (Monday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. on Friday, noon-10:30 p.m. on Saturday and noon-9:30 p.m. on Sunday). For additional information, call 978-8586 and please be sure to tell Tim and his wife we sent you!

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Our Dining Survey & Contest has a whole new format — simply tell us your ten favorite restaurants in New Tampa, your 10 favorites in Wesley Chapel and your ten favorites in the entire Tampa Bay area (you can even include your favorite coffee houses, sandwich and smoothie shops, etc.). The bottom line is still the same — all entries have a chance to win one of at least ten $20 (minimum; it could be more!) gift certificates to a local dining establishment AND an equal chance to win a $100 gift certificate to the restaurant of your choice in the Tampa Bay area! If your name is selected at random to be our Grand Prize winner, we’ll give you $100 to the restaurant you select as your “#1 Favorite in Tampa Bay!” Enter by fax, U.S. mail or e-mail (don’t forget to include ALL of your personal information — name, address, community you live in, zip code & daytime telephone number — on all e-mailed entries) or enter at our website (NTNeighborhoodNews.com) by Friday, October 30, 2009, to be eligible! — GN

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Neighborhood Nibbles: Chamber Mixes It Up At Cosi & ‘Full Circles’ Meals For our latest Wesley Chapel dining “Nibbles,” I have a recap of a recent Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce mixer at Cosi Café in the Shops at Wiregrass and some great new dining options at Circles New Tampa Bistro..

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(L. to r.) Colleen Moore and Craig As I mentioned in my page 3 editorial in our last issue, I’ve decided to Hoeffner of Cosi Café in the Shops at try to get more involved with the Wiregrass welcomed WCCC director Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Sheri Goldberg and about 20 Chamber Commerce (WCCC) after attending members to a recent mixer at Cosi. the event in July where Theresa Jacobs was named he 2009 Honorary Mayor my favorite coffee in Wesley Chapel and of Wesley Chapel. everything from decadent brownies to Making good on that promise is some of the best sandwiches (and flateasy when the Chamber hosts an event bread pizzas) in our area, it was an easy at one of my favorite places, such as the decision for me to attend this particular awesome Cosi Café in the Shops at Chamber event. Wiregrass mall. Speaking of great food, I hope Although there were only about you’ll consider attending the WCCC’s 20 Chamber members at the afternoon “Disco Flashback” 10th Anniversary mixer at Cosi, general manager Craig Awards Banquet & Installation of new Hoeffner and manager Colleen Moore officers on Friday, September 25, 6 and their staff put out an incredible p.m., at Tampa Bay Golf & Country spread of Cosi’s delicious salads, flatClub (just off the S.R. 52 exit of I-75 bread sandwiches and desserts. Hoeffn- in San Antonio, FL). If you are interester and Moore even gave away a $200 ed in attending, the cost is $50 per person (which includes dinner) and you catering party to a lucky Chamber have to RSVP to the Chamber office no member named Steve (I somehow didlater than Tuesday, September 8. Visit n’t get his last name. Sorry!). WesleyChapelChamber. com or call When you consider that Cosi has

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Circles Adds ‘Full Circle’ Dinners

As we head into our 2009 Dining Survey & Contest (see preceding page), I hear that now may be the best time ever to re-visit Circles New Tampa Bistro in the Pebble Creek Collection, which has been named your favorite restaurant

(and mine) in New Tampa for several years running. Owners Donna and Chef Louie Sinudom were finalizing the details of Circles new “Full Circle’ Dinner Specials — their own twist on the twoentrées-for-one-low-price “stimulus” specials offered by many chain eateries. At Circles, two people will be able to enjoy two great entrées (the Chicken Napolitana above is just one possibility), plus your choice of a glass of wine or a decadent dessert for one low price. Call Circles New Tampa Bistro (19651 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.) at 973-7703 to find out more. — GN

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ECRWSS Meet New Friends At T’sBoutique! (L. to r.) Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio, TPDCorporal Mike Roberts and TPDChief Stephen Hogue. See pages 21-...