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District Reworking Middle & High School Attendance Boundaries By Michael Smith Faced with a huge budget deficit and the requirements of the votermandated class size amendment, the Pasco County School District is in the process of redrawing the attendance boundaries for middle and high schools in the eastern part of the county to relieve overcrowding. In October, District officials appointed a boundary committee made up of school administrators, parents and School District staff members to look at the attendance boundaries for several of the schools in our area, including Dr. John Long and Thomas E. Weightman middle schools and Wesley Chapel (WCH) and Wiregrass Ranch (WRH) high schools, in addition to others in the Dade City and Zephyrhills areas. After meeting several times in October and early November, the committee has come up with a proposed plan that will redistribute the

students who attend those schools, beginning in the 2011-12 school year, although that plan does still have to be officially approved by the members of the Pasco County School Board, who will vote on it in early 2011. Before that happens, parents of the students who will be affected also will have the opportunity to weigh in with their opinion about the proposed boundary changes. According to District planning director Chris Williams, the boundary changes are needed because both of the middle schools in the Wesley Chapel area are overcrowded, as is WRH, while some of the schools in the surrounding areas are actually under capacity. According to enrollment figures, Long is currently at 135 percent of capacity, with 1,787 students in a school that was designed for 1,327, and Weightman is currently at 112 percent of capacity, with 1,087 students and a capacity of 974. Similarly,

Centennial Middle School in Dade City also is over capacity, with 673 students at a school that was designed for 615 students, but both Raymond B. Stewart Middle School in Zephyrhills and Pasco Middle School in Dade City are under capacity, at 88 and 78 percent, respectively. Meanwhile, WRH has almost 500 more students than it was designed for, with 2,130 students at a school that was designed for 1,675, or 127 percent of its capacity, but both WCH and Pasco High are operating at only about 90 percent of capacity. So, under the changes that have been proposed by Middle and high school students who live in the area the boundary committee, marked with orange & blue stripes will be moved out some of the students who of Long Middle School & Wiregrass Ranch High. See “Boundaries” on page 6.

At the November 10 meeting of the county’s Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), county officials heard details of the proposal, which would replace the current impact fees paid by developers with a “mobility fee” of $50 per year that would be assessed against every property owner in the county. The proposal also would increase the county gas tax by an addi-

tional 5 cents per gallon. The changes are partially in response to the passage last year of Senate Bill 360, which essentially did away with the concurrency requirements under which developers previously had to pay for the traffic impacts caused by new construction. Although the bill was later ruled unconstitutional, government officials say they expect that it will be tweaked and re-introduced in the 2011 state legislative session. Additionally, however, the new fee system is in line with Pasco County’s goal of attracting new business and industry to the county, which some say has been stifled in the past by the impact fees, which are among the highest in the region and significantly higher than those in neighboring Hillsborough County. Under the proposed system, developers would still pay some trans-

Pasco County Officials Studying Implementation Of ‘Mobility Fees’


Student’s Plane Crash Lands In Wesley Chapel, Local Businesses Support Charities, Lots Of School & Local Sports News & More!

Civil War Reenactors Gather In Dade City, New Business Offers Cutting-Edge Skin Treatments, Red Robin Comes To The Shops At Wiregrass & More!!

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In anticipation of changes to state law, Pasco County planners are studying a new fee system to pay for future transportation improvements that will place more of the burden of paying for those improvements upon property owners throughout the county rather than developers.

portation costs, but they would be less than the current impact fee structure calls for, and developers of transportation-friendly projects and projects that bring higher-paying jobs to the county would pay less than retail and residential developers. In addition, the county would be divided up into “market zones,” and fees would be less in the zones where the county wants more development, i.e., the southern and western portions of the county, and higher in other areas, to discourage new development there.

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Despite Recent Setbacks, It’s A Great Time To Be A Sports Fan! An editorial by Gary Nager Unfortunately, there is a lot of bad local pro and college sports news to report, although there is still plenty for Bayarea sports fans to be excited and hopeful about. First of all, it’s now old news that our suddenly beloved Tampa Bay Rays were eliminated in the first round of the Major League Baseball playoffs by the World Series-bound Texas Rangers — and a very tiny window of opportunity for the Rays to win a World Series title may have closed...but we’ll see. But, even though I’ve become a true Rays fan, as a long-suffering (more than 40 years) San Francisco Giants fan, I was thrilled that my Jints not only made it back to the Big Show, but actually took home the team’s first-ever World Series title since moving to the west coast from the Polo Grounds in New York City in 1958. Until they stomped the previously high-flying Rangers four games to one in the 2010 Fall Classic, the Giants had only made it to the Series four times in my lifetime. The first was in 1962, when I was too young to be a fan; in 1989, when they were swept by their Bay-area rivals, the Oakland A’s, in the only Series ever interrupted by an earthquake; in 2002, when even I was rooting against my own team because they were led by one Barry Bonds, the arrogant poster child for the steroid era; Wesley Chapel Neighborhood News 15345 Amberly Dr., Tampa, FL 33647 Phone: (813) 910-2575 Fax: 910-2483

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and of course, this year, when they came out of nowhere to beat the favored defending world champs, the Philadelphia Phillies, to advance to baseball’s Big Dance. Of course, the MLB offseason may end up being a difficult time for the Rays, as they’re expected to lose both All-Star outfielder Carl Crawford and All-Star closer Rafael Soriano before the 2011 season begins, but I most definitely am proud to be both a Rays and a Giants fan. I also can’t do much crowing about the Tim Tebow-less Florida Gators, who are now no longer in the hunt for an SEC East Division title after the Gainesvillians were stomped 36-14 in The Swamp by their former coach Steve Spurrier and his South Carolina Gamecocks as I went to press with this issue. Even Florida State may be able to take my once-proud alma mater later this month...and the USF Bulls also are struggling in their first year under new coach Skip Holtz, despite a recent overtime win over Big East rival Louisville. On the other hand, the truly surprising Tampa Bay Buccaneers may be 6-3 and have a real chance to make the NFL playoffs as you receive this issue. I give second-year coach Raheem Morris a lot of credit for putting his still-veryyoung team in position to win week after week, even though his defensive line and linebackers don’t appear to be playoff-quality and an undrafted running back from the University of Oregon named LeGarrette Blount has taken the keys to the running offense away from a beat-up Caddy. If nothing else, the Bucs are pretty entertaining (although virtually no one

gets to see them play at home because all their games are blacked out by nonsellouts) when they’re not getting stomped by superior competition (Pittsburgh and New Orleans beat up the Bucs, who looked a whole lot better losing 27-21 to the division-leading Atlanta Falcons) and Morris may be pumping up his team just enough to get them to sneak into the postseason. Considering how big hockey is here in New Tampa, the team we should really be excited about is the Tampa Bay Lightning, who haven’t been this high-flying since the Stanley

Cup season of 2003-04, even though the injury bug has recently put them in a 1-4 tailspin following an NHL-best 72 start to the 2010-11 season. Led by young superstar Steven Stamkos and powerhouse veterans Vincent Lecavalier, Marty St. Louis and former Philly Flyer Simon Gagne, firstyear coach Guy Boucher’s team was still a respectable 8-6-2 at our press time, despite the fact both Gagne and Lecavalier were on the disabled list as of this writing and veteran goalie Dan Ellis had taken over from Mike Smith as the team’s top goalie.

Table of Contents

NEWS UPDATES.....................................Pages 1-6 Wesley Chapel News Briefs..........................................4 Student’s Plane Crash Lands In Wesley Chapel Local Teacher Busted Again Truck Catches Fire On I-275 Fees (cont. from Page 1)....................................................4 Boundaries (cont. from Page 1).........................................6 Wesley Chapel Community Calendar...................10-11 BUSINESS UPDATES...................................12-21 Paul Davis Restoration...............................................12-13 Business Briefs............................................................16-17 New Identities Salon..................................................20-21 EDUCATION UPDATES....................................22 WCE Students Show How Much They Care Double Branch Students Cast Their Votes Sand Pine Elementary Holds Fall Festival SPORTS UPDATES.........................................23 WCH Students Sign Scholarships Local Karate Kid Wins Two Gold Medals Jingle Bell Run Benefits HALO Academy


The Civil War Rages Again............................................25 Stars Are Born At America’s Ballet School............28-29 Aesthetic Skin Studio..................................................32-33 Elysium Salon..................................................................33 Red Robin/Hungry Greek........................................20-21 Neighborhood Nibbles........................................37


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W ESLEY C HAPEL Interstate 275 Closed Down After Semi Catches Fire

Interstate 275 near the Hillsborough/Pasco county line was closed down for several hours last week, after a semi truck caught fire. According to a report issued by the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), truck driver Andy Veras was heading north on the interstate near mile marker 57 when he noticed a small fire on the passenger side of his 2003 International car carrier, which was hauling three cars at the time. Veras pulled over to the shoulder and attempted to put out the fire with an onboard fire extinguisher, but when he could not get the flames under control, he called 911. Hillsborough County Fire Rescue responded to the scene and put out the blaze, but the northbound lanes of the interstate were closed for more than three hours while the truck was removed. Veras was not injured in the incident, and it is not known what caused the fire.

Pasco Teacher Runs Afoul Of The Law Once Again This has been a tough year for Wiregrass Ranch High teacher Leah


News Briefs Zachewicz, who was arrested for the second time in October while behind the wheel of her sports utility vehicle. According to reports, Zachewicz, 26, Leah who teaches English at Zachewicz the high school in Wesley Chapel, was pulled over by a Pasco County Sheriff’s Office deputy for driving 70 mph in a 55 mph zone near Bruce B. Downs Blvd. and SR 56. At the time, Zachewicz, who also is the coach of the school’s girls swim team, had three students in the vehicle with her, and she said she was taking them to practice. In addition to speeding, however, Zachewicz was also charged with driving without a license. Her license had been revoked following an incident in May in which she was charged with DUI after a deputy found her passed out inside her vehicle in the parking lot of Dr. John Long Middle School, also in the Wiregrass Ranch area, at 2:30 in the morning. A Pasco County School District spokesperson said that Zachewicz had


Continued from page 1 Another benefit to the new fee structure, officials say, is that the money could be used for other things besides roads, such as public transportation or other transit projects, whereas impact fees are only allowed to be used for new road construction and do not cover operations or long-term maintenance costs. The result, now-former Commissioner Michael Cox said at the workreceived a verbal warning about her conduct after the earlier incident, and could face disciplinary action for transporting students without permission.

Student Pilot’s Plane Crash Lands In Wesley Chapel

Typically, when a student driver has a mishap while attempting to learn how to operate his vehicle, the most he has to worry about is a bit of scraped paint or maybe a dinged fender. The damage was just a bit more extensive, however, when a student pilot lost control of his aircraft, which then skidded off of a runway at a small local airport, leaving the plane perched atop a pair of cars in an adjacent parking lot.

shop, is that “Projects always end up costing more than the impact fee that was collected.” For that reason, Cox, who lost his bid for re-election to the Board of County Commissioners, urged his fellow commissioners to support the new proposal if and when it comes up for a vote. It is not clear when that vote might occur, as the plan calls for additional study and an opportunity for members of the public to give comment before it is passed. We will keep you posted as developments occur. According to reports, 60-year-old Gregory Daryl Johnson of Tampa was trying to take off on his second-ever solo flight at the Tampa North Aero Park in Wesley Chapel on October 28 when he began having trouble. He tried to re-land the single-engine Cessna, but the plane left the runway and somehow ended up on top of a pair of cars that were parked at a medical equipment company whose office is next to the airport. Fortunately, Johnson was able to walk away from the crash, and no one on the ground was injured, either. At our press time, the Federal Aviation Administration was conducting an investigation into the cause of the crash.— Michael Smith

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Continued from page 1 currrently are in the attendance zones for Long and WRH will be rezoned for Stewart Middle School and Wesley Chapel High in 2011, and some of those who are in the attendance areas for Weightman and WCH will be switched to Pasco Middle School and Pasco High. Williams said the only exceptions are for students who will be seniors next year — tthose students will still be allowed to graduate from the


schools they currently attend. Detailed maps of the proposed changes are available on the Pasco County School District website,, and also will be posted at the schools that would be affected. Before the proposed changes are put into place, however, they will be discussed at the Pasco County School Board’s meetings on Tuesday, December 21, and Tuesday, January 18, and Williams says they will be put to a vote at the January School Board meeting.

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Community Calendar

Craft & Business Expo

Saturday, November 20 – A holiday craft and business expo featuring products and items offered by local vendors will be held, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., at the Country Walk clubhouse (30400 Country Point Blvd., off S.R. 54). Call 991-6102 for more info.

WC Toastmasters

Monday, November 22 – The Wesley Chapel Speaks Toastmasters Club meets every Monday, 6:15 p.m., at Hyundai of Wesley Chapel (26944 Wesley Chapel Blvd.). Club meetings are open to all interested parties. For more info, call 406-5931 or visit

Free Networking Int’l

Monday, November 22 – Free Networking International (FNI), a group of area business owners, meets each Monday for networking and discussion, 8 a.m., at Lexington Oaks Golf Club (26140 Lexington Oaks Blvd., off S.R. 54). For more information, call Stacy Dalton at 469-5499.

Business Networking Int’l

Tuesday, November 23 – Busi-


ness Networking International (BNI), a group of business professionals who work to support each other through qualified business referrals, meets every Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. at Song & Dance Studio (27221 Foamflower Blvd., off Old Pasco Rd.). For more information, contact Nancy Cross at 789-7836 or by email at

East Pasco Networking Group

Tuesday, November 23 – The East Pasco Networking Group meets every Tuesday morning, 9 a.m., at Beef O’Brady’s (1660 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., in the Shops of New Tampa at Wesley Chapel plaza). For more information, contact Frankie Ammons at 479-7997 or

Wesley Chapel Rotary Club

Wednesday, November 24 – The Rotary Club of Wesley Chapel meets every Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. at Dempsey’s Steak House at Saddlebrook Resort (5700 Saddlebrook Way, off S.R. 54). For more information, call 8628989 or 391-3895.

Civil Air Patrol

Wednesday, November 24 – The Wesley Chapel Civil Air Patrol squadron meets every Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., at Tampa North Aero Park (4241 Birdsong Blvd.). For more information, visit or call Cheryl Spence at 973-7270.

Networking For Your Success

Thursday, November 25 – The Networking For Your Success group meets every Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m., at Song & Dance Studio (27221 Foamflower Blvd.). For more information, call John Anglada at 298-3232 or visit

Wesley Chapel Wind Ensemble

Thursday, November 25 – The Wesley Chapel Wind Ensemble, a community group of brass and woodwind players, meets every Thursday at 7 p.m. at Crossroads Community United Methodist Church (26211 County Line Rd.). New members are encouraged to join. For more information, contact Glenn at 746-4821 or by e-mail at

WC Sunrise Rotary

Friday, November 26 – The Wesley Chapel Sunrise Rotary Club meets every Friday at 7:15 a.m. at Lexington Oaks Golf Club. For more information, call Lynne Wilson at 695-6466.

Women Of Wesley Chapel

Friday, November 26 – WOW, aka the Women of Wesley Chapel, a business networking group for women, meets Fridays at 7 a.m. at Cosi Café (28139 Paseo Dr., in the Shops at Wiregrass mall). Reservations are requested, and may be made by sending an e-mail to For more information, call Debbie Yoerg at 788-6237.

WCCC Holiday Festival

Saturday, December 4 – The Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Holiday Festival and Christmas tree lighting ceremony, 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m., at The Grove shopping center located off SR 54 & Oakley Blvd. The free event will feature holiday entertainment, free food, beverages and other giveaways, and a visit from Santa Claus. For more information, call the Chamber office at 994-8534 or visit

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O’Neil Addresses PACA

Thursday, December 9 – The Pasco Alliance of Community Associations (PACA) will meet at 7 p.m. at the Land O’Lakes Community Center (5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd.). The group’s guest speaker will be Pasco County Clerk of Court Paula O’Neil. For more information about PACA, contact either membership director David Quinones at 9911505 or club president Joe Wyatt at 907-2081, or visit the PACA website at

Wesley Chapel Republican Club

Thursday, December 9 – The Wesley Chapel Republican Club meets the second Thursday of each month, 7 p.m., at Wesley Chapel Hyundai (27000 Wesley Chapel Blvd.). Guests and prospective members are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Peter Hanzel at 907-6614 or by email at

‘The Nutcracker’

Thursday-Saturday, December 9-11 – Students from the DanzAmerica Project at America’s Ballet School in Tampa Palms (see page 28) will present the holiday classic, “The Nutcracker,”

at the Wesley Chapel Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel (30651 Wells Rd., on the campus of Wesley Chapel High). Performances will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday and Friday and 7 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, or to reserve your tickets, call 794-8772 or visit

Holiday Boutique

Tuesday, December 14 – Find some great ideas for your holiday gift list when the Grand Hampton community of New Tampa (off County Line Rd.) hosts a Holiday Boutique, noon-7 p.m., at the community clubhouse, located at 8301 Dunham Station Dr. The event is open to the public. For more info, call 907-2045.


Monday, December 20 – The Moms Offering Moms Support (MOMS) Club of Wesley Chapel, a non-profit social group for stay-athome mothers, meets at 10 a.m. on the third Monday of each month at the Lexington Oaks clubhouse (26304 Lexington Oaks Blvd.) for activities, field trips and more. For more information, send an e-mail to Heather at

Karaoke Party At Mulligan’s Dec. 14! On Tuesday, December 14, 6 p.m.-10 p.m., Mulligan’s Irish Pub at the Pebble Creek Golf Club (a mile south of the Pasco County line off Bruce B. Downs Blvd.), the New Tampa & Wesley Chapel Neighborhood News and Re:Wired Worship (for more information, visit RewiredWorship. com) will be hosting a “Karaoke Party to Benefit the Homeless in the Tampa Bay Area.” Re:Wired Worship, which meets at St. James United Methodist Church in Tampa Palms and is a ministry of Van Dyke Church on Van Dyke Rd. in Lutz, will be accepting “free will” cash donations, as well as heavy clothing, blankets and supplies, to help the Tampa Bay area’s homeless population survive the winter. Karen and CeCe of CeCe Productions (973-4221), the New Tampa and Wesley Chapel area’s best-known Karaoke entertainment company, will provide the evening’s entertainment and Mulligan’s will offer lots of food and drink specials and there will be plenty of great free raffle giveaways. The two organizations the event will be supporting are Five and Two Food ( which

is a group that provides food to the homeless and needy, and Barefoot Hope (, which not only provides food and various supplies to the homeless, but also runs a youth program that helps keep kids off the streets. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Bay area’s homeless population. For additional information, call Mulligan’s Irish Pub (10550 Regents Park Dr. N.) at 973-3870 or the Wesley Chapel Neighborhood News at 910-2575. — GN

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Paul Davis Restoration Can Rebuild Or Remodel Your Home By Michael Smith Whether you need emergency home repairs following a fire, flood, or other catastrophic event, or if you’re just looking to do a little remodeling in your kitchen or bathroom, there’s one company that can do it all – Paul Davis Restoration (PDR). PDR got its start as a small remodeling business that was founded in Jacksonville in 1966, and now includes more than 200 namesake franchises nationwide. According to New Tampa resident Darren Impson, who is the owner and president of the PDR of East Tampa franchise, the core activity for the company is the restoration of homes and businesses following disastrous events, and PDR’s reputation for responding quickly in emergency situations and providing reliable customer service has made it a preferred vendor for many of the largest insurance companies in the country. However, since restoration can involve everything from simply cleaning up smoke or water damage to completely rebuilding a home that has been destroyed, Impson says the expansion to include remodeling services was a natural for the company. Impson says, “It’s the difference between planned vs. unplanned work.”


Hunter’s Green resident Michael Hamrac’s kitchen was transformed from ordinary (left) to extraordinary (right) with the remodeling services available from Paul Davis Restoration. wife Kelly, who operates a separate means we handle every detail, and try In the case of a restoration job, the key is to get the ball rolling as soon to make it as convenient as possible for interior design business. And, to help our customers.” with financing, Impson says that the as possible so that the family can get company recently entered into an When it comes to materials, Impback into their home, but when it agreement with GE Money, which proson says that PDR has working relacomes to remodeling, the company tionships with manufacturers and venvides special flexible payment options assigns a remodeling consultant, who specifically for home design and dors that offer only the highest-quality works with the client from start to finremodeling projects. products, such as Ferguson lighting ish. Together, they sit down and come “Right now, with the real estate and plumbing, and Tru-Wood and up with a “wish list” for the project Master Brand cabinets, or they can cus- market the way it is, it’s tough for peothat includes not only a complete price ple to sell their house, and they can’t estimate, but also a realistic timeline for tom-build to match a customer’s exact buy their dream home without selling, specifications and needs. Also, if the completion of the work. so we can help them make the house customer isn’t sure exactly what they “We plan as much as possible up they have into the dream home they want, PDR of East Tampa can offer front, and then we provide a complete always wanted,” Impson says. “Plus, design assistance provided by Darren’s turnkey service,” Impson says, “which

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the work they do now will also add value when the market does recover.” Michael Hamrac, who lives in Hunter’s Green, recently hired PDR to do a complete floor-to-ceiling remodeling job on his kitchen, which he had been unhappy with since he bought his home in 2005. “It was old and hideous,” Hamrac says. So, he called in PDR, and they gutted the entire kitchen down to the bare walls before installing new flooring, new cabinets, granite counter tops, and even put a custom wine cooler in a space that had formerly been a pantry (photos, left). Hamrac says the job took a couple of months, but he was happy with the results, and with the

service provided by PDR’s contractors. “They did an awesome, professional job,” he says. “They ended up being right on estimate, and everything was done in the time that they said it would be. I would definitely recommend them.” Paul Davis Restoration of East Tampa provides residential and commercial remodeling services in the New Tampa and Wesley Chapel areas. Their offices and showrooms are located at 8812 Venture Cove, in the 301 Industrial Park (just north of the Florida State Fairgrounds). To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, call 984-2700 or visit

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Business Briefs

Wesley Chapel Toyota Supports Breast Cancer Research & Treatment With $35,000 Donation

Dr. Adami Cuts The Ribbon At Florida Medical Clinic Office

On October 27, the employees of Wesley Chapel Toyota dressed in pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, while owner David Williams (center) presented a check for $35,000 to a representative of Tampa’s H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Insitute.

The Florida Medical Clinic (FMC) and Dr. Ryan Adami, D.O., have celebrated the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of the FMC office located in the Palm Villa Center on Amberly Dr. in Tampa Palms (the office plaza located adjacent to The Shoppes of Amberly retail center). Dr. Adami (with scissors in photo), who is Board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, was joined at the October 21 ribbon-cutting and “Harvest Wine” event by members of both the New Tampa and Temple Terrace Chambers of Com-


merce, as well as by a crowd of nearly 100 people, including several FMC doctors and administrators, all of whom enjoyed a variety of fine wines and heavy hors d’oeuvres (including incredible sushi, pasta, wrap sandwiches, chicken skewers and more) provided by Ciccio’s/The Lodge in the nearby City Plaza shopping center. The FMC Internal Medicine/ Pediatric office of Dr. Ryan Adami is located at 15303 Amberly Dr. For appointments and more information, call 978-3869 or visit — GN

October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and that’s why the color pink could be seen everywhere, from NFL gridirons to Wesley Chapel Toyota, where owner David Williams showed his support for breast cancer treatment and research by donating $35,000 to the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa. Williams said that the money represents a portion of the proceeds from each vehicle that was sold at the dealership over the past year. Since he has had family members who have been affected by cancer, Williams said he felt that it

was only natural to support the wonderful work being done at Moffitt. “We like to stay involved in the community, and we couldn’t have found a better partnership than with Moffitt,” Williams said. He added that the fund raiser will be an annual event, and he hopes to be able to donate $50,000 next year. Wesley Chapel Toyota is located at 5300 Eagleston Blvd. (off S.R. 54 & Bruce B. Downs Blvd.). For more info, visit or call 973-8888 and please tell them we sent you! — MS

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Spa Moritz Event Raises $ For Moffitt Although the exact amount of money raised wasn’t known at our press time, more than 200 clients and friends of Spa Moritz owners Dyan and Dennis Piller attended a recent gala event at the New Tampa-based spa to celebrate its fifth birthday and to benefit the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation. The Pillers say they were thrilled with the attendance at the first ever “Diamonds & Denim Holiday Charity Gala for the Cause” held on November 3 (photo). There was no cost to attend the gala, and the Pillers encouraged their clientele not to “glow alone!” Motivated by a brother who is a cancer survivor, Dyan said, “Spa Moritz was hopeful to not only execute a fun event, but also to generate some much needed funds for Moffitt’s cancer research. The event was a great way to get pampered while helping those in need.” Spa Moritz offered mini-treatments to each guest and the finest food and desserts were donated by Pagelli’s Italian Restaurant in the Shops at Wiregrass Mall. In addition to auctioning off some outstanding prizes, 40 lucky ladies received a free $50 Kerastase Hair treatment and blow dry, a new product

line that was introduced to their guests.All attendees also received a “V.I.P Beauty Gift Bag” valued at more than $50! For more information about Spa Moritz and the next “Diamonds & Denim” gala, call 971-4772 or visit For more information about the Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute and the Moffitt Cancer Foundation, visit Spa Moritz is located at 17401 Commerce Park Blvd. in Tampa Palms and will host a “Black Friday Recovery Party” on Saturday, November 27, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., with free chair massages, prizes, gifts, oneday discounts and more.

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New Identities Hair Studio Celebrates A Decade Of Beauty By Gary Nager Although I had never met New Identities Hair Studio owners Kelly and Marc Rockquemore before they opened their first salon ten years ago last month, I have to say that today, they are among the closest friends and business associates we have at Neighborhood News, and not just because their original salon is still located in the same Shoppes of Amberly plaza (a few miles south of Wesley Chapel) where our office has been for the same decade. Nor is it only because Marc and Kelly have been such wonderful customers — people who not only pay their bills, but who also believe in the power of this publication and who have consistently run ads with us since they opened — or the fact that they have continuously operated one of the most upscale salons in New Tampa (just a few miles south of Wesley Chapel), with some of the best-trained stylists and color specialists in the beauty biz. All of that is true, but the other reason I appreciate the Rockquemores so much is because of how much they give back to not only the New Tampa community, but to the entire Tampa Bay area as well. Locally, the Rockquemores have been one of the strongest,


most consistent supporters of the annual Taste of New Tampa, but the management and staff of both New Identities locations (the other is in the “South Shore” Riverview/Apollo Beach area) also continue to give back by supporting a variety of local charities, with multiple charitable events being held at both of the Rockquemores’ salons. In order to not only weather the storm but thrive in the face of the recent U.S. and local economies, you have to be doing something right — and Marc and Kelly surely seem to have a winning formula for their salons, which now total nearly 50 employees, more than 20 of which are stylists, many of whom (like shareholder Cindy Walters, photo) have been with the company for five, six or more years. “New stylists at our salons go through a ten-month training program, where they shadow our top stylists,” Marc says. “They still get to cut hair while they’re training (and their clients can get significant savings for utilizing stylists-in-training), but they also are learning the latest styling and coloring techniques from some of the besttrained stylists and colorists in the business. Hair coloring and highlights are definitely our biggest focus here.”

Speaking of training, Marc says even the top stylists and color specialists at both New Identities salons regularly travel to training seminars and notes, “We also have what are known as ‘national Redken artists’ visiting the salons at least three times every year. If there’s a new cut or color that is all the rage in New York, L.A., London or Milan, our people will be able to reproCindy Walters is a stylist and shareholder who duce those techniques here.” has been with New Identities Hair Studio in In fact, New Identities Tampa Palms for nine years. has been the salon of the 1,000 businesses apply for the awards in Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ cheerleaders the various categories, “and no salon since 2003 and has been featured on had ever advanced as far as we did this national TV shows such as Fox-TV’s year.” Marc, who previously was in the “Ambush Makeover,” MTV’s “True financial industry, says he has brought Life and The Learning Channel’s “A the best of his corporate experience to Wedding Story,” as well as many the salons. “We have health and other national and local magazines. New benefits most salons never provide,” he Identities also has been the exclusive says, “ but this is by far the best job I salon for “Fashion Week Tampa Bay” have ever had because we have happy since 2008. employees who make sure we have In addition, New Identities was happy clients.” one of five finalists for the Greater Even so, Marc adds, “Probably the Tampa Chamber of Commerce’s biggest misconception is that because “Small Business of the year” award for of the training our stylists get and the businesses with 25-50 employees for national attention we receive, that we’re 2010. According to Marc, roughly

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too expensive for some potential customers. But we do have cuts and colors to fit just about everyone’s budget.” Speaking of budgets, Marc says New Identities is definitely trying to expand its men’s hair-cutting business. “Our business has always been 8090 percent women,” he admits. “But, with our new $19.99 men’s haircut special, men can enjoy truly professional styling and a much more relaxing experience here than they get at the assembly line hair cutting shops.” And guys, be sure to mention that you saw the men’s haircut special in the Neighborhood News when you make your appointment.

Charitable Ef for ts

Whether it’s cutting and donating dozens of pony tails for the “Locks of Love” charity, supporting breast cancer awareness causes or providing free hair cutting and makeover services for local women who have been the victims of domestic violence, New Identities has been a consistent supporter of charitable causes in the Tampa Bay area. The most recent event, although it was held at New Identities’ South Shore location, was the salon’s first annual Breast Cancer Awareness Expo, which featured many local organizations and more than 200 attendees who helped raise more than $2,500 to sup-

port breast cancer-related charities for October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. “Most of our clients are still women,” says Marc, “so we like being able to support the organizations who help fight the most prevalent form of cancer affecting women.” Both New Identities salons also have provided Valentine’s Day makeovers for women who live in Bayarea domestic violence shelters, such as The Spring, Alpha House and Mary & Martha House. “Women who have been victims of domestic violence often have self-esteem issues,” Marc says. “Our employees get such a great feeling from helping those women feel a little better at least one day each year.” And, as we’ve reported in previous issues, New identities also has been a supporter of the nonprofit “Locks of Love” charity, which provides human hair pieces for young cancer patients. Between the two studios, New Identities donated 125 ponytails of at least 10 inches in length each last year. And, December 1-19, New Identities will donate a portion of all proceeds to The Heart Gallery of Tampa to benefit Hillsborough Kids. Contact the salon for details.

offers you should take advantage of, with the holidays right around the corner. In addition to the $19.99 men’s haircut special, the salon will give you 10-percent off three consecutive styling/coloring appointments if you book all three at the same time. “So you never have to pay full price again,” says Marc. “We know how loyal most women are to their stylists. If you know you’re going to return three times, why not book all three now and save a little money?” In celebration of the Tampa Palms salon’s 10-year anniversary, New Identities also is offering a “Smooth Deal” — the Keratin Hair Smoothing Treatment for only $199 (regularly $400). And finally, for those who love to give gift cards for the holidays, for every $100 gift card you purchase from now through December 24, the purchaser will receive a $25 gift card for themselves, too. In other words, for quality hair

Kelly & Marc Rockquemore at New Identities’ recent Breast Cancer Expo. styling and coloring and a business that supports the communities it serves, you can’t beat New Identities! The Tampa Palms New Identities Hair Studio is located at 15307 Amberly Dr., next to Cotney’s Cleaners. For appointments and more information, call 979-0760 or visit For New Identities’ South Shore location, call 741-1177.

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Education Updates

Wesley Chapel Elementary Celebrates Kids Care Week

Earlier this month, the Wesley Chapel Elementary (WCE) Safety Patrol Kids Care Club showed how much they care for animals by collecting $700, along with food and other supplies, for The Labor of Love Animal Rescue in Valrico. The patrols ran several stations at the school’s Annual Fall Festival, including face painting, bowling, cupcake sales and adopt-a-stuffed-animal. Students also brought in bags and cans of pet food that were donated to the rescue group. The activitities were funded in part by a $250 grant from Hasbro’s Children’s Fund - Generation On/ Kids Care Clubs to WCE Safety Patrol coordinator and physical education specialist Chris Gorman. The grant was one of only 100 mini-grants that were awarded to celebrate Kids Care Week 2010. Gorman says that Kids Care Week recognizes the power of kids to help others in their community and the world through a specific service project. The theme of this year’s week was “make your mark on the world: go the extra mile.”

WCE student Mira Derrick donates a bag of cat chow to the cause. “The Patrols serve as role models for younger children who look up to them,” Gorman says. “This was a great opportunity for our students to give back to the community and help a very worthwhile cause.” The Labor of Love Animal Rescue is an all-volunteer organization working to rescue stray cats and dogs and find them forever homes. The group holds pet adoption events on Sundays at PetSmart in Brandon. Pets available for adoption can be found at Petfi fin html. Anyone who would like to make a donation should contact Lisa Van Lew at

SPE Fall Festival Fun

The Sand Pine Elementary PTA held its 4th annual Fall Festival on Friday, October 22. The beautiful weather made for a fantastic evening of family fun, as students and their families tested their skill at fall-themed games such as the Mummy Wrap, Apple Bob, Spider Darts, and Candy Corn Toss. In addition to great music provided by DJ Jay Sheridan, there were hayrides, pumpkin pie-eating contests, and plenty of treats for all to enjoy. Other activities included amazing caricatures by Dave Smith and Rob Little as well as artistic face painting by Wyndy Olsen. Students took their best shot as some favorite teachers and SPE principal Todd Cluff braved the dunk tank. The festival also included a pumpkin decorating contest, with a Toys R Us gift card awarded to Tyler Townsan for “crowd favorite.” This event was a huge success, thanks to all of the volunteers who donated their time and energy! A special thanks to Sand Pine PTA President Peggy D’Alessandro for

coordinating this fun event. Sand Pine Elementar y is located at 29040 County Line Rd. in Meadow Pointe.

Double Branch Elementary Students Cast Their Votes

While their parents were voting on Election Day, K-5th-grade students at Double Branch Elementary learned about the electoral process by participating in Kids Voting USA activities. The mission of this civic learning experience is to help young people become educated, engaged voters. At left, Jillian Bradarich shows off her “Future Voter” sticker, and at right, Sarah Ogden checks out the candidates.


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Sports Briefs

WCH Student-Athletes Celebrate National Signing Day

WCH’s Hill 2nd At State Class 2A Meet In Diving

Although Wesley Chapel High (WCH) senior Alex Hill only began diving in September, he missed becoming his school’s first state diving champion by only 1.55 points at the Florida Class 2A Swimming & Diving Championships, which were still being held at the Central Florida Aquatic Center in Orlando as we went to press. Hill, who was seeded 12th following his second place showing at the Region 2A-2 meet hosted by Harmony High in St. Cloud, wasn’t the only local competitor at the State championships, but he may have raised the most eyebrows because of his lack of previous experience. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to attend the State meet, so we weren’t able to interview Hill or his coach at WCH, Jim Cracchiolo, before we went to press with this issue. The only local swimmer to make it to the State 2A meet was Wiregrass Ranch High (WRH) senior Rebecca Pindral, who finished fourth in Florida Class 2A in the girls 100-yard breaststroke (in 1:06.41). Pindral, who was second in the same event at the Region 2A-2 Championships, also finished 17th in the trials for the 200yard Individual Medley (in 2:14.56) at the State 2A meet, missing qualifying

for the Consolation Finals by 9/10 of a second. Other top local swimmers at the Regional meet were WRH’s Matthew Menendez, who finished 9th in both the boys 200-yard freestyle (in 1:53.83) and the 100-yard butterfly (59.21). Right behind Menendez, in 10th in the 100 fly, was WRH’s Alexey Kovalev (59.39). Also placing in two events at the Region 2A-2 meet was WRH’s Zachary Serota, who was 10th in the boys 500-yard freestyle (5:22.74) and 13th in the 200 IM (2:17.60). WRH’s Brendan Leroche was 11th in the boys 100-yard backstroke (1:01.91). On the girls side, in addtion to Pindral (who was second in the 100 breast and 4th in the 200 IM) at the Regionals, other top performers for WRH were Chelsea Hernandez (9th in the 100 free, 1:00.04), Fern Powell (11th in the 100 fly, 1:07.34) and Makayla Strickland (12th in the 100 back, 1:09.25; and 15th in the 50 free, 27.87). The WRH girls finished 10th of 24 teams at the Regionals, while the WRH boys were 12th of 29 teams. Hill’s strong showing led the WCH boys to a 24th-place finish at the Regional meet. — GN

Friday, November 12, was National Signing Day for high school seniors across the country, and five students from Wesley Chapel High were among those to announce their choice of schools. From left to right in the photo above, the students who signed are: Gabi Brown, who received a softball scholarship to Purdue University in Indiana; Geoff DeGroot, who will attend the University of Massachusetts-Lowell to play baseball; Marcus Crescentin, who received a baseball scholarship to Indian River University; Brandon Mumaw, who will play baseball at St. Leo University; and Miles Britton, who received a scholarship to play lacrosse at LenoirRhyne University. We offer our congratulations to all of the student-athletes. Note - We were not informed about any athletic signees from Wiregrass (N Ranch High, but we would like to recognize those individuals, too. Please send the info and any pictures to so we can recognize them in our next issue.) — MS

Local ‘Karate Kid’ Tyler Luginski Ear ns Two Gold Medals Our hats are off to Wesley Chapel resident Tyler Luginski, who won a pair of gold medals for his outstanding work at the 5th Annual Karate-Do Legends Tournament, which was held on October 16, in Miami. According to his parents, Tyler, 10, is an unshakable competitor. The Veteran’s Elementary fifth-grade honors student has been competing in

regional and national karate tournaments for more than four years. Competing in the 10/11-year-old, black-belt advanced division at the Legends Tournament, he won gold medals in both kata (forms) and in sparring, despite fierce competition from his opponents. Wesley Chapel’s Tyler Luginski (right) was a double gold medal winner at a recent tournament.

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Pioneer Florida Museum To Host The ‘Fort Dade Raid’ Dec. 4-5! Reenactment Of A ‘Blue & Gray’ Battle Highlights A Weekend Full Of Old Florida-Style Activities

(for those already a part of a reenactment company) to be held on Friday, December 3, 8 a.m. “All period camps will be open from 9 a.m.-12 noon each day for people to see the actual living conditions of the troops,” says Sweat. On Saturday-Sunday, December “People can see them preparing for bat4-5, the Pioneer Florida Museum in tle, cooking meals and getting ready for Dade City will become a mock battlea tactical reenactment.” ground as Union and Confederate Sweat, who refers to the time peri“troops” stage a Civil War reenactment, od as “The War Between the States,” complete with guns, cannons and cavalsays that the battle will begin at 2:30 ry. The event is part of a full weekend p.m. both days, with reenactment of activities, such as period dances in orders coming down from both sides’ traditional Southern garb, a wedding “officers.” The battle plans are shared on the Village Green and old-time food with the commanding officers and then and craft demonstrations that represent orders are issued to the rank and file. Florida the way it was in the 1800s. “Spectators can expect cannons The “Dade City Raid” is a fictional and guns,” says Sweat. “But there will battle — no such event ever happened be no live fire. There will be black powin Dade City — but it is intended to be der muskets, eight artillery pieces and a lesson in history. According to Wayne mounted calvary.” Sweat, the museum grounds will open Lunelle Siegel, who lives in Temat 9 a.m. on Saturday (Dec. 4), with ple Terrace and is president of Board of the registration for battle re-enactors Trustees of the Florida Pioneer Museum, says participants of the weekend’s events are welcome to visit the eight buildings of historical significance on the museum village’s impressive campus. “There is a 13-acre village here, with a beautiful old church, a restored train depot, a house, a school and an old fruit packing building,” Siegel says. “On Saturday night, we will host an antebellum Displays at the Pioneer Florida Museum ball, where the public is allowed to in Dade City are fun for kids of all ages. either participate or observe and peri-

od clothing is recommended but not required. We also will have a barbeque dinner and an actual wedding will take place on the Village Green with period musicians.” The Pioneer Florida Museum got its start in 1961, when a resident of San Antonio, Florida (just west of Dade City), offered a variety of old farm equipment to the Pasco County Fair Association. The Association accepted 37 vehicles and tools of yesteryear. In addition to the permanent structures, the museum grounds display tools of the Florida pioneer man, showing how he built his house, made furniture, plowed the fields, harvested crops and performed jobs in leather-working and blacksmithing. Susan Bayes, who lives in Dade City, has worked at the Museum for five years. “It is an absolutely wonderful place,” she says. “It is a private museum — we do not get funds from the state or county — so, it is a labor of love for the trustees and museum volunteers who work here. There are demonstrations of butter churning, sugar caning and crafting on a regular basis. A lot of people who visit here say they remember seeing some of the things we have here on their grandparents’ farms.” The Pioneer Florida Museum Gift Shop is open Tuesday-Saturday during regular museum hours. Visitors can purchase a variety of old-fashioned children’s toys, commemorative souvenirs such as T-shirts, hats and mugs, as well

Civil War-era garb is part of the experience at the Pioneer Florida Museum. as novelty candies and a collection of unique Florida-inspired books. The “Dade City Raid” will take place Saturday, December 4, and Sunday, December 5, at the Florida Pioneer Museum & Village, located at 15602 Pioneer Museum Rd., one mile north of Dade City on U.S. Hwy. 301. Vendors will be at the event selling food, including the kinds of foods the Floridians of the Civil War era enjoyed. The Pioneer Florida Museum is open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. It is closed Sunday & Monday, except for special events. Admission costs $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $2 for students and kids over fi fivve and kids fi fivve and under get in free. For more information, call (352) 567-0262 or visit PioneerFlorida

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America’s Ballet School: Where Young Stars Are Born By Michael Smith As a teenage ballet dancer, Paula Nunez traveled the world, performing on stages from her native Venezuela to New York, Paris and beyond, so she knows about the dedication and hard work that it takes to reach that level of success, and that’s what she tries to impart to her students at America’s Ballet School (ABS) in Tampa Palms. Nunez originally opened the school in a small space in the Shoppes of Amberly plaza in 2002 and moved into a new, larger, studio in the same plaza two years ago, as word of the school began to spread and more and more students wanted to learn how to ply their craft there. America’s Ballet School offers instruction in classical ballet for students from three years old to adults, but it is the school’s pre-professional program, for high school students and young adults, that has earned it a reputation as one of the best dance schools in the entire country. That has been demonstrated by the fact that ABS has won the title of “Outstand-


ing School” in the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP), which is the world’s largest student ballet competition, for the past four years in a row. In fact, in October, the 2010 YAGP Regional Semifinal competition was held in Tampa for the first time ever, partly in recognition of the achievements of Nunez and ABS. In addition to the overall school award, several of Nunez’ students have won individual awards at the YAGP as well. In this year’s competition, for example, 13 ABS students placed among the Top 12 in their respective categories, and two, Cameron Suder and Brandon Carpio, placed in the Top 3, which means that they automatically received an invitation to perform at the YAGP finals, which will be held in New York City next spring. Brandon’s older sister Stephanie also received a special invitation to the finals after placing in the Top 12 in two different categories, as did five of the different ABS duos and ensemble groups who performed at the Regional Semifinal competition. Besides giving the dancers an opportunity to compete in the finals,

Paula Nunez (in black) directs some of the students in her pre-professional program at America’s Ballet School in Tampa Palms. however, a good showing at the YAGP also can have other benefits for them as well. That’s because not only are $250,000 in scholarships awarded to the top participants each year, but the competitions also are closely watched by professional scouts and representatives of some of the most prestigious schools and dance companies in the world. Last year, after placing first in his division at the YAGP semis, Brandon Carpio was invited to

audition for the leading role in the Broadway production of “Billy Elliott: The Musical,” and another ABS student, Olivia Kabat, received an invitation to attend the exclusive Ellison Ballet School in NYC after placing third in her division. Nunez says that the biggest reason for the success of her students is that the ABS program places such a heavy emphasis on the basics of classical ballet.

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on December 9-12 at the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel (30651 Wells Rd., on the campus of Wesley Chapel High). Call 794-8772 for ticket prices and other information. The live performances are part of Nunez’ DanzAmerica Project, a nonprofit program that Nunez says has a two-pronged goal: one, to raise awareness of the ability and talent of dancers in the Tampa Bay area; and two, to help nourish and support those dancers through charitable donations, scholarships and sponsorships, either of individual dancers or

for programs like “The Nutcracker.” Students are required to audition to be a part of the DanzAmerica Project, and only the best of the best are invited to perform in the biannual performances and other shows. Prospective students also are asked to audition for the ABS preprofessional program, but the other divisions, including pre-ballet (for ages 3-6), student division and open division (adults) are open to all students. For more information about ABS or the DanzAmerica Project, call 5580800 or visit

Here, one of the ensemble groups from America’s Ballet School performs at the Youth America Grand Prix Resgional Semifinals. “Classical ballet provides the basis beyond the stage as well, Nunez says. for all other types of dance,” Nunez “Your flexibility and posture are says. “That’s why we work so hard on improved, along with your body condeveloping specific muscles and techtrol,” she says. “Students also learn to niques.” have an appreciation of music, dance Nunez adds that her staff memand the arts in general.” bers, all of whom are former profesThe best students also learn how sional dancers and/or certified to handle the pressure of performing instructors, also provide close individlive, too, as Nunez puts them through ual attention to each student. their paces in two major performances Although the ABS program is each year, including a spring show and geared towards students who would the annual holiday classic, “The Nutlike to go on to have professional cracker,” which will be staged this year dance careers, there are benefits

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Aesthetic Skin Studio’s Treatments Can Transform Your Skin By Melissa O’Brien While the warm, sunny Florida climate is a great place to live, the toll that the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays have on the face and our skin can be extreme and even dangerous. Some people who live in sun-intense locations can show early signs of “photoaging” — dark spots, wrinkles and even skin cancers — as early as in their 20s. While you cannot stop or even slow down the chronological aging process, there are many innovative facial treatments available at the Aesthetic Skin Studio on S.R. 54 in Lutz (minutes from most of Wesley Chapel) to slow down and prevent premature aging. “Your skin functions similarly to your body in general,” says Aesthetic Skin Studio owner Zenith Nanavati. “It requires food and nutrition, in the form of skin care, and exercise, in the form of facial treatments. With my dual license as a laser practitioner and medical aesthetician (qualified to work with patients whose skin has suffered trauma or medical procedures), I have the ability to assess each individual’s skin type and customize each treatment I offer based upon your needs and concerns.” According to Zenith, there are two types of aging. “There is chronological aging, also known as the natural aging process, and photoaging, which is what occurs with repeated sun exposure,” she says. “Chronological aging is a continuous process that normally begins in our mid-20s. Within the skin, collagen production slows, and elastin, the substance that enables skin to snap back into place, has a bit less spring as we age. Dead skin cells do not shed as quickly and turnover of new skin cells may decrease slightly. While these changes usually begin in our 20s, the signs of the natural aging process are typically not visible for decades.” She also explains that photoaging occurs over a period of years. “With repeated exposure to the sun, the skin loses the ability to repair itself, and the damage accumulates,” says Zenith. “Scientific studies have shown that repeated UV exposure breaks down collagen and impairs the synthesis of new collagen. The sun also attacks our elastin and weakened skin ceases to spring back much earlier than skin that has been protected from UV rays. Skin also becomes loose, wrinkled and leathery much earlier with unprotected exposure to sunlight.” Zenith says that she can address these skin-aging issues in her skin studio and that her treatments are a unique experience, so clients need to block off at least two hours for each facial appointment. “We are not your typical skin studio providing your typi-


cal facial,” says Zenith. “We are actually treating the skin, rather than just providing a feel-good facial. I use techniques such as organic Microdermabrasion, light- emitting diodes, oxygen infusion, lymphatic drainage and microcurrent (which has been called a non-surgical facelift). These techniques can repair and prevent skin damage from environmental exposure and improve the texture and elasticity and maintain the integrity of the skin with transdermal (fast-acting, penetrating) product lines.” Because of the length of the treatments she provides, Nanavati only sees three customers a day in her small, but inviting and beautifully decorated studio. “I have a one-room operation because I invested in my equipment and the products that I use,” she says. “Most spas invest a lot in the look and feel of their place, but I wanted to make sure my clients always have topof-the-line treatments and products available to them.” Aesthetic Skin Studio can treat customers of all ages — both male and female. The Gentleman’s Facial offered is designed to fit the specific needs of a man’s skin, which is challenged by daily shaving and structural differences from women’s skin. Again, each treatment is different and tailored to the client’s individual skin needs. Zenith is originally from Bangladesh, but grew up in New York City. She moved to the Tampa area 10 years ago and studied at the Elite Academy in Dunedin and at Laser Electrolysis of Tampa. “I also have done a lot of studying of dermatology on my own,” she says. “I am working toward my CIDISCO (an international beauty association) degree, the highest [nonmedical] degree you can receive in terms of skin care.” She also is licensed as a Laser practitioner and can perform laser hair removal. Julie Moore, who lives in Saddlewood Estates, says that visiting Aesthetic Skin Studio definitely has made a difference in her appearance. “I am approaching 50 and I used to enjoy the sun quite a bit,” says Moore, who learned about Zenith by reading her brochure while visiting a nearby business. “I thought, maybe this could help. What impressed me so much was how knowledgeable and well-trained Zenith is. I was surprised by the length of the treatment because it was two hours instead of a typical 30-45minute facial.” Moore was so impressed with the first facial that she decided to try the microdermabrasion treatment. “I have seen Zenith about seven or eight times now and I am really seeing results,” she says. “The sun damage and wrinkles

that were there are disappearing. She has new technology, including LED lights and oxygenation, which is what is making the treatment become more long-term and lasting. Zenith explains every step of the process as she goes along. She is very intelligent and personable and I would recommend her to anyone.” Our own Wesley Chapel Neighborhood News advertisLED Light Therapy is one way Zenith Nanaing sales executive Kelly Porter recently visited the stu- vati of the Aesthetic Skin Studio in Lutz can improve the look of your skin. dio for a facial. “I’ve never had a facial before,” says oxygen infusion treatment for dry skin. Porter. “It was very relaxing and theraShe also used a deep hydration mask for peutic and my skin just feels phenomemoisture and then the treatment was nal.” finished with sun protection. The entire Porter says that the procedure experience was very enjoyable. Zenith takes two hours because Zenith starts has a very good bedside manner and by talking to you about your skin and the room is tranquil and soothing. I your expectations, followed by a gentle will definitely recommend her to my cleansing and a natural PH balance. friends and clients.” The next step was an enzyme exfoliaZenith Nanavati’s Aesthetic Skin tion followed by an astringent. “She Studio is located at 24160 S.R. 54, then used an LED treatment that mini- Suite #3, in Lutz — behind the Bay mizes crow’s feet and lines around your Breeze Car Wash, a short drive from mouth and helps reduce age spots,” where S.R. 54 meets S.R. 56. Holisays Porter. “After that, she did a Lym- day packages are now available. For phatic Drainage Massage that takes the more information, call 489-5777 or toxins out of your skin, followed by an visit

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Elysium Beauty Salon Celebrates Its Grand Opening Dec. 11! Elysium (i-lee-zhee-uhm) — A place or state of perfect happiness; paradise. When you first walk into the Elysium Beauty Salon, located in the same plaza as Nutrition S’Mart on Bruce B. Downs Blvd. just south of S.R. 56, there is little doubt that you have found a peaceful, luxurious place where you can enjoy a day of beauty at the hands of owner Fadia Boudib and her team of professional, licensed Cosmetologists. “We are the ‘Spirit’ of the Elysium,” says Fadia, “enthusiastically administering our services with heartfelt care and dedication, allowing our guests to encounter the personal, relaxing, rejuvenating care that they deserve and keeping them coming back for more.” Fadia adds that Elysium Beauty Salon was designed to, “create an ambiance of elegance and happiness, with warm-colored walls and décor, we provide an inviting and comfortable atmosphere.” Brittany, the friendly receptionist, will graciously offer you the beverage of your choice, from gourmet coffees and teas, to soft drinks or even a glass of wine, to ensure that each and every guest feels pampered and relaxed. Elysium Beauty Salon is the perfect place for everything from a creatively designed haircut to a customized hair color. Also available are eyelash extensions, special occasion make-up application and individualized updo hairstyles, which makes Elysium Beauty Salon the perfect place for Brides and Bridal parties to get the exquisite look every woman desires. Fadia and her professional staff will always try to accommodate any special requests you may have, so please feel free to contact the salon to let her know how Elysium can enrich your day with all the happiness and beauty you deserve. Fadia has been pursuing her passion in beauty and making people feel

good about themselves since the age of 16. She was trained and licensed in her native Lebanon but moved to the U.S. in 1996 to further expand her knowledge and education in language and her life- long Owner Fadia Boudip (left) invites you to join her for the Dec. 11 official Grand Opening celebration of her passion of cosmetology. Her Elysium Beauty Salon on Bruce B. Downs Blvd., just south of S.R. 56 (in the same plaza as Nutrition S’Mart. 10 years of Among the prizes to be given experience in the U.S., meshed with away at random are a Keratin smoothher experience internationally, has made ing treatment (valued at $300), her the well-rounded, fashion-forward carmelizing color ($150), free hairstylist she is today. cuts, massages from Massage Envy In 2009, Fadia decided it was time (located next to Elysium), a facial and to make yet another stride towards her some beautiful, customized gift baslife-long goal and look into opening a kets, as well as complimentary prodconcept salon of her own and in July of uct samples, product discounts and so this year, her dream was realized with much more. You can even purchase a Every area of Elysium is new, modern the opening of Elysium Beauty Salon. $100 gift card for only $75. and comfortably elegant. Fadia says her core belief is that continFor more information, call Elyuing education is vital in today’s eversium Beauty Salon (1821 Bruce B. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and 9 a.m.-5 changing world of beauty and fashion, Downs Blvd., Suite 113) at 994p.m. on Saturday. Please tell Brittany not only for herself but for her entire 4604. The salon is open Tuesdayand Fadia that we sent you! staff as well. Come by and indulge in a slice of paradise at Elysium Beauty Salon today! Although the salon has been open several months, Fadia is proud to announce a special Grand Opening event at Elysium on Saturday, December 11, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. — just in time for the holidays! In addition to free refreshments and incredible specials such as 50-percent-off Keratin smoothing treatments, $25 haircut with blowdry, free waxing all day (one area per client) and even complimentary color or partial HiLite with a $50 haircut, the salon also will be giving away more than $1,000 in gifts and prizes throughout the day.

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Red Robin (Yum!) — Not Your Typical Burger Joint! By Gary Nager I have to admit that I didn’t know what to expect before I tried the new Red Robin (Yum!) at the Shops at Wiregrass mall, but I was still excited to check out the burger place with the endless fries and the catchy commercials. Red Robin may have the cartoon character (see photo) and look of a fastfood joint, but it actually is something else entirely — it’s an actual restaurant with a full-liquor bar and entrées, sandwiches, soups and salads you won’t find at McDonald’s or Burger King. I do think Red Robin is just a little bit pricey for what it is (averaging about $10 per person), but I will say that there are a lot of tasty options on its larger-than-expected menu. The burgers are large and can be loaded up with just about any topping you can imagine, from the usual choices like cheese and chili, to more exotic tastes, like the “Burnin’ Love” burger with jalapeno rings, cayenne pepper and pepper Jack cheese, and the “Whiskey River” BBQ burger with BBQ sauce, onion rings and cheddar cheese — and many more. But, Red Robin also has everything from Garden and Boca veggie burgers to turkey burgers, fish and

chips, grilled and fried chicken and even fish sandwiches, as well as salads, wrap sandwiches and a pretty decent prime rib sandwich au jus. There’s even a Mexican-style Ensenada grilled chicken entrée, Red’s Rice Bowl with teriyaki chicken and fresh veggies and a “classic” Creamy Mac n’ Cheese. And yes, the bottomless steak fries are crisp, hot and, well, yum! Red Robin also features bottomless Coca-Cola products, a variety of tasty flavored iced teas and lemonades, multiple import and domestic beers on taps and in bottles, a selection of wines and even premium liquors. And, although we didn’t get to sample any of the desserts during the preview preopening, the variety of cupcakes also looked pretty tasty. And there’s no doubt the place is bright and cheery and the service is excellent. I’m certain it’ll be packed for lunch and dinner on an ongoing basis. In other words, I’m betting the mall has another hit on its hands. Red Robin is located at 28222 Willet Way, in front of Barnes & Nobles in the Shops at Wiregrass. It is open Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-10 p.m., and 11 am.-11 p.m. on Fri. & Sat.. For more info, call 994-7144 or visit

(Clockwise from top left) Red himself greets customers with a smile at the new Red Robin in front of the Shops at Wiregrass mall. Among the menu choices we’ve sampled so far are the turkey burger, the fish n’ chips and the prime rib sandwich au jus.

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Neighborhood Nibbles—3 T’s Pizza, Hungry Greek Franchises & More! 3 T’s Pizza Now Open

Although Wesley Chapel already has quite a few excellent pizza places, the new 3 T’s Pizza, Subs & Salads, located on Bruce B. Downs Blvd. at the Mystic Oaks Blvd. entrance to Seven Oaks (next to Dunkin’ Donuts) should still be a welcome addition to the local mix. We’ll tell you more about the three guys whose names begin with T in a future issue, but one of those Ts (Tom) says all of the dough and sauces are made fresh daily and there is a nice variety of hot and cold subs, salads and appetizers on the menu. I’ve only sampled a slice of pizza at 3 T’s so far, but it was pretty good and the subs looked awesome. I plan to do a full update on 3 T’s in a future issue. 3 T’s Pizza, Subs & Salads is located at 3757 Br uce B. Downs Blvd. For more info, call 428-5935 or visit

Hungr y Greek Now Selling Franchises

George Constantinou, the owner of The Hungry Greek restaurant on Bruce B. Downs Blvd. (in the same plaza as Dickey’s BBQ), is proud to announce that he is now selling fran-

chises of his popular wood-burning grill gyro and Greek specialties eatery. “We’ve had a lot of customers asking for franchises,” says George, who actually co-owns the two Tampa locations of The Hungry Greek with his father, Dino. “Our motto is ‘It’s fresh, It’s healthy, It’s good’ and we love to share our family recipes of Mousaka, Dolmades and Pastitsio with your family’s hunger.” For some of the best jerk chicken in Tampa, For Hungr y Greek franchise info, as well as information about visit the Jerk Pit on E. Fletcher Ave. the restaurant’s Holiday Catering snapper and “Mama’s Dutchpots” Special (take 20% of f any order of with curry chicken or goat, oxtail stew $100 or more; see coupon below), or brown stew chicken. There’s also call 345-8526 or visit TheHungr y fresh salads, jerk patties and wings, wrap sandwiches, sides like rice with red peas, fried sweet plantains, fried Fall Into The Jerk Pit dumplings and more. You can even You know I’m always on the hunt sample authentic Jamaican sodas and for great food at a great price and the homemade desserts! Jerk Pit, a new, authentic Jamaican Stop into the Jerk Pit for lunch eatery in a new plaza on E. Fletcher and try the awesome $4.99 jerk chickAve., a half-mile west of Bruce B. en special, served with those yummy Downs (BBD) Blvd., is a real find. rice and peas — and please tell MarThe Jerk Pit has the best ven and company we sent you! Jamaican jerk chicken I’ve tasted in The Jerk Pit is located at 1939 Tampa, served with owner Marven’s E. Fletcher Ave. For more info, call perfect “signature” sauce. Of course, 971-2121 or visit there’s plenty of other choices on the Jerk Pit’s menu, including jerk sliced PizzazZone Now Open pork, Jamaican-style pan-fried red New Tampa also has quite a few

very good pizza places, but I will admit I still like the new PizzazZone in the Shoppes at The Pointe plaza (next to Stonewood Grill & Tavern and behind Olive Garden) in Tampa Palms is still a welcome addition. Serving brick-oven-baked pizzas with a New York-style homemade crust, PizzazZone is a takeout-only (they will deliver large orders of at least five pizzas) locale that also features baked panini sandwiches, delicious-looking wings, unique pesto and cheese muffins (sort of like calzones), soups and salads. The pizzas range from traditional favorites like the Margherita (with fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, parmesan and fresh garlic) and pepperoni pizzas to more unique options like California-style veggie (with fresh broccoli, artichoke hearts, red and yellow peppers and black olives) and even Tex-Mex (with jalapenos, green onions, garlic, cilantro, avocado and cheddar cheese). In other words, you should definitely give PizzazZone a try — and please tell Boris, the owner, that we sent you! PizzazZone is open every day, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Call 978-1048 or you can even place your order online at — GN

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NEWS, BUSINESS, SPORTS & EDUCATION UPDATES ECRWSS See pages 25-40! See pages 3-24! Red Robin (Yum!) & Other Dining News See pages 36...