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The First-Ever Festival Of Flight Takes Off & Draws A Crowd! If you missed the first-ever “Festival of Flight” at the Tampa North Flight Center (off S.R. 54 in Lutz, just west of Wesley Chapel) last weekend (Oct. 19-20), you missed something truly special. In fact, my pics simply don’t do the event any justice. The Festival started bright and early in perfect weather on Saturday morning, with a launch of about a dozen hot-air balloons, as the crowd of several hundred people gathered for them to land. Many of those on-hand enjoyed breakfast at the six-week-old Hangar Café at the single-runway airport and one server at the café admitted, “It’s by far the busiest day we’ve had since we opened.” The same could be said for the airport itself, as the crew from Tampa North signed up quite a few people for flight instruction, and several attendees also went up
in “ultralight” planes and several World War II-era aircraft took off and landed all weekend, which included music, a variety of vendors and more wide-eyed kids of all ages than you can even imagine. For more pics & info, visit WCNeighborhoodNews.com, TampaNorth.com or call Tampa North Flight Center at 9733703. — Gary Nager
(Left) Tampa North Flight Center’s Josh, Chuck, Cindy & Dave; (top) The variety of balloons included tethered rides by Re/Max Realty; WingHouse’s balloon gets fired up; (right) The smoke was part of the show; (far right) One of several “ultralight” planes on hand.
Chamber Hosts Another Successful Fall Festival; Plus, Rotary Happenings! An editorial by Gary Nager My heartfelt congratulations go out to the Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce (WCCC), which hosted perhaps its most successful Wesley Chapel Fall Festival ever at The Grove shopping center on Oct. 12-13. The weather was perfect, although a little warm, but the weekend of live music, food (including the annual “Wing Battle”), arts & crafts, hayrides, adoptable pets and signature events like the Rotary Club of Wesley Chapel (Noon)’s annual Little Miss
& Mr. Pumpkin Patch Pageant again attracted thousands of people to the parking lot of the popular shopping center. On this page and page 3, instead of my usual editorial, I decided to showcase the Chamber’s latest fall extravaganza, as well as recap the WC Rotary Club’s incredible picnic with the kids from the Everyday Blessings children’s shelter.
(Above) Beautiful weather attracted a big crowd to the Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce’s annual Fall Festival on Oct. 12-13 at The Grove, especially at the Wesley Chapel Rotary Club-sponsored annual Little Miss & Mr. Pumpkin Patch Pageant (right), where Rotarians and pageant hosts Jennifer Cofini (left) and Kelly Mothershead (right) announced the names of the winners . Adoptable pets (bottom right) and adorable, happy kids (below) were on hand both days of the Festival.
For more Chamber & Rotary pics, see page 3!
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FHWC Hosts Inaugural Women’s Health Day, Our 2013 Dining Survey & Contest, Mobile Meals Brings Restaurants To You; Plus, More Neighborhood Nibbles & Biz Bytes!
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Wesley Chapel Men Charged With Murder, Texting & Driving Ban Updated, Local 13Year-Old Martial Artist Is Real ‘Karate Kid’ & Lots Of Local Business Features!
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NEWS, BUSINESS, SPORTS & EDUCATION UPDATES
Continued from page 1 The Fall Festival’s annual Wing Battle, sponsored by Cornerstone Air Conditioning & Heating, saw lots of winners, including Beef O’Brady’s on S.R. 54, which won the “People’s Choice” award, and to the new Ker’s WingHouse on S.R. 54 and Lexington Oaks Golf Glub, which was awarded two of the titles by the day’s judges. The crafters on hand offered everything from homemade steel drums to pumpkin-themed clay pots to a wide variety (Above left) Not all of the animals on hand at the Wesley Chapel Fall Festival, including this coyote, were available for adoption. (Above) The crafts on display of artisan-created jewelry and clothing. Among the more popular events of the at the Festival included these unique pumpkin clay pots. (Below) Chamber execu- The Wesley Chapel Rotary Club’s recent picnic brought together the children of the Rotary Club’s members and the kids from the tive director Hope Allen (left), with “People’s Choice” Wing Battle winner weekend was the Wesley Chapel Lion’s Everyday Blessing Children’s Shelter in Thonotosassa. Michelle from Beef O’Brady’s of Wesley Chapel. Club’s Parade of Pets and all of the musical acts, including the Cypress Creek Dixieland Band, Bryan Edwards, the Time Bandits, Nunes at Night and the Stone Grey Band. The Fall Festival was sponsored by The Grove, Wesley Chapel Nissan, Pasco County and Digitaltap.tv, with children’s bounce houses and activities sponsored by Victorious Life Church. Great job!
Rotarians Count ‘Everyday Blessings’ At Picnic
As I’ve told you in previous issues, I am so proud to be a member of the Rotary Club of Wesley Chapel, which meets Wednesdays at noon at Ciao! Italian Bistro in the Shops at Wiregrass mall. The club’s meetings just over th past few weeks have included Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco, World Martial Arts Games competitor Ethan Dillon (see page 27) and Dwight N. Wood, Sr., the author of a book entitled Survival of the Heart, Tragedy of the Mind, which is an incredibly inspirational story that is in part about the trauma of a tragic
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accident the author was involved in at the junction of I-75 and I-275. But, as inspirational as Wood’s book is, I was even more taken by the Rotary’s recent picnic at Hillsborough River State Park with the kids from the Everyday Blessings Children’s Shelter, whose missions is to, “provide high quality care for sibling groups through a live-in caregiver model.” Everyday Blessings, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit receiving partial funding from communitybased care agencies of southwest Florida and partial funding from private donors. The afternoon picnic featured great food, lots of spray-on hair coloring (for people and dogs, lol), three-legged races and other events, but the best part for yours truly and several of the other Rotarians in attendance I spoke with was that you literally couldn’t tell which kids were from Everyday Blessings and which ones were the children of the Rotarians. An amazing day! For more info or to make a donation, visit EverydayBlessingsInc.org.
Wesley Chapel Men Charged With Murder After Shooting Man Beats Minor With Motorcycle Helmet, Pencil Suspect Tries To Steal ATM With Forklift North Tampa Behavioral Health Opens To Patients Texting While Driving Ban Update........................................................6 Wesley Chapel Community Calendar.............................8
Local Business Updates.................................12-24
Women’s Care Florida Introduces Weight-Loss Program........12 D & D Pressure Washing Makes Mold & Mildew Disappear...16 Dr. Greg At Children’s Dentistry - A New Tampa Original!....18 Land O’Lakes Primary Care & Wellness Center.......................20 New Tampa Eye Institute Helps You See Clearly.....................22 Energia Wellness Studio Offers A Personal Approach To Zen..24
Local Sports Updates...........................................27
Local Teen ‘Ironman’ Gives New Meaning To ‘Karate Kid’
FHWC Hosts Inaugural Women’s Health Day...................... 29 Mobile Meals Brings Area Restaurants To Your Door..............30 Wolf’s Den — Our Area’s Favorite Neighborhood Diner!.......32 ‘Neighborhood Nibbles & Biz Bytes’...............................34 Enter Our 2013 Dining Survey & Contest................35-36
WESLEY CHAPEL COLOR CLASSIFIEDS............38
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W ESLEY C HAPEL Men Charged With Murder In Wesley Chapel Shooting
Two Wesley Chapel residents have been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of a third Wesley Chapel man. According to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO), Matthew Brian Tillman, 25, and Joseph James Berenguer, 27, both of 6300 Tulip Dr. in Angus Valley, were arrested on October 14 on first-degree murder charges for the Oct. 9 shooting of 31-year-old Timothy Leigh Skowronski at a home at 30122 Eastport Dr. in Wesley Chapel. Skowronski died of a gunshot wound to the Matthew Brian head on Oct. 11. PCSO reports that at Tillman around 9:20 p.m. on Oct. 9, Tillman and Berenguer traveled to the Eastport Dr. home in a red Toyota Camry with two other unidentified witnesses (who ended up reporting Joseph James the crime), to rob the vicBerenguer tim. Tillman and Berenguer knocked on the rear door of the residence and identified themselves as “Nick.” When Skowronski opened the door, Tillman had a semi-automatic pistol aimed at him. The victim reportedly went for the gun, but was shot in the head and Tillman
and Berenguer fled in the Camry. Tobin says that the victim died of his injuries on Oct. 11 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa. Four people were home at the time of the shooting, the report states. In addition to first-degree murder, Tillman and Berenguer were each charged with six counts of auto burglary, one count of armed burglary and one count of burglary of an occupied dwelling; Tillman also was charged with one count of grand theft, although details about the additional charges were not available at our press time, as the case was still under investigation. Tillman and Berenguer remained in custody at the Land O’Lakes Detention Center at our press time.
Man Beats Minor With Motorcycle Helmet & Pencil
A Wesley Chapel man has been released after a child abuse arrest involving the man’s fists, a motorcycle helmet and a pencil. According to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO), Joseph George Esgro, Jr., of Meadow Pointe, was arrested on Oct. 11 for child abuse following multiple batteries against a 15-year-old boy. The relationship between the two was not disclosed at our press time. The PCSO report states Joseph Esgro, Jr. that the first abusive encounter took place after the
unnamed victim admitted to stealing Esgro’s car, for which Esgro allegedly struck the victim in the mouth and temple with a closed fist. The report also states that the second encounter resulted in Esgro being charged with battery using a pencil. Esgro allegedly struck the boy with the pencil, which caused a cut to his bicep and also stabbed him in the shin, just below the knee. Esgro also reportedly struck the victim in the arm with a motorcycle helmet. Esgro was charged with one count of child abuse and released from the Pasco County jail on a $5,000 bond.
money or gain access to the bank, PCSO reports. The forklift itself was left at the scene. “This is the first time this kind of incident has happened in our jurisdiction,” says PCSO spokesman Kevin Doll. No additional information was available at our press time.
North Tampa Behavioral Health Opens To Patients
As of October 1, North Tampa Behavioral Health (NTBH), the area’s newest medical facility, officially is open to patients. The 53,000-sq.-ft., 75-bed facility, which is located on S.R. 56 about a half mile Suspect Tries To Steal ATM east of Mansfield Blvd. on an outparcel of With Forklift the Wiregrass Ranch Development of ReThe plan to rob a bank using a forklift gional Impact (DRI), serves the mental probably looked better on paper. health needs of the surrounding community, According to the Pasco County Sherproviding care for geriatric, general adult, iff’s Office (PCSO), at around 12:05 a.m. and dual diagnosis patients who may check on October 5, an unknown suspect atinto the facility themselves, be checked in by tempted to remove an ATM machine from family members or other providers for emothe TD Bank branch at the intersection of tional or psychiatric concerns, or be transS.R. 56 and Silver Maple Pkwy. in Wesley ported to the facility under the Florida Chapel. When Mental Health Act, more commonly known deputies aras the “Baker” Act, which allows for a perrived, the susson to be involuntarily committed for up to pect had 72 hours if there is evidence that the person already fled is a danger to themselves or to others. and there was The facility also can receive Florida structural Substance Abuse & Impairment (aka, the damage to the “Marchman”) Act patients. Those who fall building. HowTD Bank’s surveillance cam- into the Marchman Act category are subject ever, the sus- era caught this image of the to the same treatment as Baker Act patients. pect failed to forklift that was used in an atFor more info, please visit Northsteal any tempted burglary on Oct. 5. TampaBehavioralHealth.com. — MW
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Officials Still Gathering Texting & Driving Ban Data By Matt Wiley If you’re on Wesley Chapel roads, or any Florida road for that matter, stay off your phone. Or, off of the keyboard, at least, as Florida’s texting and driving ban has gone into effect. However, there are some exceptions. On October 1, Florida became the 41st state to actively ban texting while driving. According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), 3,400 crashes resulted from distraction by an electronic device in the state last year, 24 of which resulted in fatalities. Considered a non-moving violation, texting while driving carries with it different fines in different counties. For example, if texting and driving in Wesley Chapel (Pasco), the fine amounts to $114, but, if texting in New Tampa (Hillsborough), the fine is $103. However, texting while driving is still considered a “secondary offense,” which means that traffic authorities cannot pull a person over simply for texting and driving. If a person commits another traffic violation and is discovered to be texting in the process or the officer believes that the violation was caused by someone texting and driving, the driver is then susceptible to the accompanying fine. Pasco County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) spokesman Doug Tobin says the
agency doesn’t have a total number of texting tickets written thus far, but hopes to have more definitive stats in the coming weeks. FHP spokesman Sgt. Steve Gaskins says that, although a definite number was not readily available, not many texting tickets have been written overall and even fewer have been written since the first week the law was introduced. “Enforcing and educating all drivers about the dangers of texting and driving is important,” said FHP director Col. David Brierton in an October 1 press release. “There are three things to remember to keep you safe while driving: keep your hands on the wheel, your eyes on the road and your mind on driving.” According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration a driver who texts and drives is approximately 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash. The Florida law, State Statute 316.305, states that a person can’t drive a motor vehicle while typing or entering multiple letters, numbers, symbols, or other characters into a wireless communications device or while sending or reading data on that device, It continues, “the term ‘wireless communications device’ means any handheld device used or capable of being used in a handheld manner, that is designed or intended to receive or transmit text or char-
acter-based messages, access or store data, or connect to the Internet or any communications service... For the purposes of this paragraph, a motor vehicle that is stationary is not being operated and is not subject to the prohibition in this paragraph.” So, if stopped at a stoplight, a driver cannot be cited for texting and driving, although, of course, sitting at a light that has turned green while texting can still cause a traffic accident. Also, a driver cannot be fined if that person is the operator of an emergency vehicle; reporting an emergency or criminal activity to law enforcement; receiving messages that are related to the operation or
navigation of the vehicle, safety-related info (emergency, traffic or weather alerts), data used by the vehicle or radio broadcasts; using a device for navigation or using the device hands-free. For more info, please visit the Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles’ website at FLHSMV.gov.
Sparkling Beauty Red Hatters — The Sparkling Beauties, a chapter of the Red Hat Society (a global networking group of women age 50 & older), are enjoying life to the fullest in the pursuit of fun, friendship, freedom and fulfillment. For info, call Queen Diamond at 907-1431 or email IamretJudy@aol.com.
Monday, October 28
Experienced Networking Professionals (ENP) — ENP meets Monday mornings at 8 a.m. for breakfast and networking at Quail Hollow Golf & Country Club (6225 Old Pasco Rd.). For more info, call Brad Benson at 973-1814. Free Networking International (FNI) — FNI, a group of area business owners, meets Mondays for networking and discussion at Lexington Oaks Golf Club (26133 Lexington Oaks Blvd., off S.R. 54). For info, call Stacy Dalton at 469-5499. Professional Business Connections (PBC) — PBC meets Mondays at 8 a.m. at Lexington Oaks Golf Club (26133 Lexington Oaks Blvd., off S.R. 54). For more information, call Chris Thurow at 546-6860.
Tuesday, October 29
Business Networking International (BNI) — BNI, a group of business professionals who work to support each other through qualified referrals, meets Tuesdays, 7:30 a.m., at Heritage Church (1854 Oak Grove Blvd., off S.R. 54, in Land O’Lakes). For more info, email Tim at Tim@TampaHomes24-7.com. East Pasco Networking Group (EPNG) — EPNG meets every Tuesday, 9 a.m., at Beef O’Brady’s (1660 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., in the Shoppes at New Tampa of Wesley Chapel plaza). For more info, call Frankie Ammons at 479-7997 or e-mail Frankie@studioglory.com.
Wednesday, October 30
Wesley Chapel Rotary Club — The Rotary Club of Wesley Chapel meets every Wednesday, 12:15 p.m., at Ciao! Italian Bistro (2001 Piazza Ave., in the Shops at Wiregrass mall). For more info, call 862-8989 or 391-3895.
Thursday, October 31
Networking For Your Success — The Networking For Your Success group meets Thursdays, 8:30 a.m., at Lexington Oaks Clubhouse (26133 Lexington Oaks Blvd, off S.R. 54). For more information call 973-1657.
2nd Annual Wiregrass Ranch Classic Clay Shoot Nov. 9
Saturday, November 9, 12 p.m. - The Wiregrass Ranch Foundation presents the second annual Wiregrass Ranch Classic Clay Shoot at the Tampa Bay Sporting Clays (10514 Ehren Cutoff, Land O’Lakes), a shooting event to raise money for local charities that will feature a shotgun accuracy tournament. Participants take shots at 50 targets and the winners are announced during an awards dinner. The event also will feature raffle drawings, prizes and fun for everyone. Award categories include overall team, overall youth, top male shooter, top female shooter and top female team. For more info, email Foundation@TheWiregassRanch.com or call 360-1071.
Monday, November 4
‘Wesley Chapel Speaks’ ToastMasters — The “Wesley Chapel Speaks” ToastMasters Club meets on the first and third Monday of every month, 6:15 p.m., at Hyundai of Wesley Chapel (26944 Wesley Chapel Blvd.). Club meetings are open to all interested parties. For more information, call David West at 610-1650 or visit WesleyChapel Speaks.ToastMastersClubs.org.
Tuesday, November 12
Mothers Of Preschoolers (MOPS) — MOPS is a non-profit group for building friendships between mothers of infants to kindergarteners in the local community. MOPS meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 9:30 a.m., at Victorious Life Church (6224 Old Pasco Rd.). For info, email Debbie at VLCMops@yahoo.com.
Tuesday, November 19
‘Networking On The Nines’ — “Networking on the Nines,” put on by Insurance New Tampa, is a great way to meet new friends and clients or strengthen existing relationships, while playing a 9-hole scramble on the third Tuesday of every month at Lexington Oaks Golf Club (26133 Lex. Oaks Blvd.), 3 p.m. Call Susan at 435-6350 for info.
Thursday, November 28
Wiregrass Wobble Turkey Trot - Thanksgiving morning at 7:30 a.m. is the perfect time to take part in the Rotary Club of New Tampa’s Turkey Trot at the Shops at Wiegrass Mall. The event will feature a timed 5k race and 1-mile “fun run.”Proceeds from the race will go toward Feeding America of Tampa Bay and other local charities. For more info, please visit WiregrassWobbleTurkeyTrot.com
Friday, November 1
WC Sunrise Rotary Club — The Wesley Chapel Sunrise Rotary Club meets every Friday, 7:15 a.m., at Quail Hollow Country Club (6225 Old Pasco Rd., off S.R. 54). For more info, call Lynne Morgan at 695-6466.
Women-N-Charge - Join the vibrant ladies of Women-N-Charge at Pebble Creek Country Club. The meeting includes lunch, guest speaker fitness enthusiast Ashley Poptodorov and time to network. Share your talents, build relationships, and share your resources with other women in business. The cost is $15 for members (Tuesday before the meeting) and $18 for all guests (and members paying Wednesday and after). For more info, visit Women-N-Charge.com or e-mail Admin@Women-N-Charge.com.
Saturday, November 2
Florida Writers Association — The Florida Writers Association (FWA) of New Tampa/Wesley Chapel is a FREE group that meets the first Saturday of each month, 10 a.m., at the New Tampa Regional Library (10001 Cross Creek Blvd.). Presentation topics include editing, marketing, options for publishing, navigating social media and more. For more info, email Cindy at Cindy.Campbell@ OmnificPublishing.com. Meadow Pointe I Fall Fest - Enjoy this free event at the Meadow Pointe 1 Clubhouse (28245 County Line Rd.), which will showcases talents, services and products of Meadow Pointe (MP) residents and local vendors. Special fun will be available for the kids: face painting, navigating a 40-ft. obstacle course, and an 18 ft slide. Food and beverages will be available for purchase through the MP Community Council. All sales proceeds will be invested 100-percent back into MP 1 by the MP Community Council and the MP 1 CDD. For more information, send an email to MP1CC@yahoo.com.
Women’s Care Florida Introduces Weight-Loss & Wellness Center By Matt Wiley As the holiday season fast approaches, with its high-calorie, multiple-course meals, why not shed some pounds to make room for an extra turkey leg or slice of pumpkin pie, come November? And, why not get your slimming tips from medical doctors with experience at Women’s Care Florida? Since March of this year, the Women’s Care Florida obstetrics and gynecology (Ob/Gyn) office of M.D.s Richard Dillon, Brian McNulty, Vicar Qureshi, Kristen Segall, Gem Ashby and Tiffany Patrick has been offering new services as part of their new Weight Loss & Wellness Center at the Wesley Chapel location of Women’s Care in the Cypress Ridge Professional Center, located just off Cypress Ridge Dr. and S.R. 56. And, the practice plans to expand the new program to its two other offices in Carrollwood (on W. Bearss Ave.) and North Tampa (on E. Fletcher Ave. at BBD). Drs. Dillon, McNulty, Qureshi, Segall, Ashby all are Board-certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Fellows (Dr. Ashby is a Junior Fellow) of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG),. Dr. Patrick also is a member of ACOG and the American Medical Association. Part of a physicians group that has offices across the state, Women’s Care Florida specializes in providing medical care which caters exclusively to women. Dr. Segall says it is for this reason that opening the Weight Loss & Wellness Center seemed like a natural
expansion for the medical group. “(Many of) our patients are constantly upset about weight and not being able to lose it,” says Dr. Segall. “So, the target audience was there. We decided that instead of sending patients to other people, why don’t we bring that service to our office? And, we plan to expand those services to all three locations.” The new service, offered by Drs. Ashby, Segall, Patrick and McNulty, helps women shed unwanted pounds by looking not only at their diets and lifestyles, but also into their past.
“At the first initial visit, we do a detailed history and physical,” Dr. Segall explains. “We try to find out about a patient’s individual background and what their history and struggle has been with their weight. Then, we do lab work (comprehensive blood test, metabolic panel, lipid panel, blood count and thyroid gland test) and an EKG (electrocardiogram) to make sure that they are healthy enough to start the program.” Dr. Ashby explains that the program is made up of a specific diet program that is customized for each individual and lots of nutrition/weight loss education. Patients also are given a multivitamin, a ProTrim weight-loss supplement and a prescription appetite suppressant. According to the Women’s Care website, the prescription appetite suppressants, which have been deemed safe and effective by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration
(FDA), block hunger, while the provided food guidelines re-train the body to crave healthy foods. The exercise recommendations from the doctors, combined with the nutritional supplements, help to boost energy. “After a week of adjusting to the program, we encourage (patients) to start exercising,” Dr. Ashby says. “We then schedule weekly visits to check on each patient’s weight and make sure that (the patients) don’t have any questions or concerns.” Many of the practice’s weight-loss patients have seen significant results with Kristen Segall, M.D., & Gem Ashby, M.D., invite the new program, Dr. Ashby explains, you to try Women’s Care Florida’s new Weight-Loss and many of them have been Women’s & Wellness Center in the Cypress Ridge Professional Care patients for some time. Center off S.R. 56 in Wesley Chapel. “I think there is a level of trust there,” Dr. Segall says. “They feel comloss phase) of the program, they don’t add fortable, both with us and with our recomthe weight back on,” Dr. Ashby explains. mendations.” “We let them know that if they’re going to Dr. Ashby, who has lost more than 30 eat ice cream one night, they have to make pounds herself using the program, says that up for those calories the next night.” what sets the Women’s Care program apart Lutz resident Julia Crawford says that from others in the area is the educational as- the “super supportive staff” at Women’s pect of dieting — the doctors actually teach Care make it a comfortable environment to the patients how to be on a diet, but still be learn healthy ways to lose weight, such as able to periodically enjoy foods that typically healthy food shopping lists. wouldn’t be part of their nutritional regiCrawford, who has lost nearly 50 men. pounds on the program, says that it is much “What’s different about our program is different than trying to lose weight on your that we start to gradually add foods back in own or with a personal trainer. (to their diet) and we show (them) how to “I wanted to lose weight in a healthy exchange foods in and out of their diet, so way,” Crawford explains. “I know some that when they’re done with the (weightpeople go to drastic measures to lose
weight, but that’s not the case (at Women’s Care). They ask you questions about your weight, but make you feel comfortable about talking about it.” In addition to the Weight Loss & Wellness Program, Women’s Care also provides extensive gynecological and obstetric services, including infertility evaluations, counseling and treatment, prenatal and preconception care and services, all aspects of labor and delivery, as well as general women’s health care, which includes menstrual issues, cancer testing and screening, contraception, urinary issues, sterilization, hormone therapy and more. Many surgical procedures can be done in-office, including tubal sterilization, a permanent birth control method that does not require incisions or a local anesthetic.
Women’s Care also offers in-office three-dimensional (3D) and even 4D ultrasounds, which offer an entirely new way to look inside the human body and determine not only the sex of an unborn baby, but also give a detailed look at fingers, toes and facial features. The practice even offers an in-office alternative to a hysterectomy called an endometrial ablation, which helps to treat painful menstrual cycles and requires no incisions, along with less than 48-hours of recovery time. For additional information, visit WCF.me. Women’s Care Florida has locations at 26823 Tanic Dr. in Wesley Chapel (929-7377); 13601 BBD, just south of Tampa Palms (972-9300); and at 3321 W. Bearss Ave. (269-2528) in Carrollwood.
D & D Pressure Washing Can Rid Your Home Of Mold & Mildew By Bonnie Mason Are you embarrassed by the green mold growing on the sides of your home or on your rooftop? Is your oak tree dropping acorns faster than the squirrels can remove them? One of the most efficient ways to get your home or business exterior clean and looking new again is by pressure washing. It’s the quickest method to get rid of mold, mildew, dirt and grime. Consumers can purchase pressure washers, but both the equipment and the process itself can be dangerous, as the water pressure is powerful enough to cause serious injuries, while some equipment may not deliver the pressure needed to fully clean a surface. Plus, the severity of the mold and mildew that haunts Florida homes and businesses typically requires the skills of a seasoned professional. That's why you should call Dina Asuras and Doug Drozd, owners of D & D Pressure Washing, which serves Wesley Chapel, New Tampa, Land O’Lakes, Lutz and many other surrounding areas, using high-grade, quality commercial power washing equipment and cleaners that are safe for any surface. Originally from the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, Asuras and Drozd spent time learning about the specific types of mold and mildew that wreak havoc on the
exterior of Florida properties. The couple moved to Florida in 2005 and spent a few years working with a local pressure washing business that had been servicing the Tampa Bay area for 25 years before starting their own business in 2011. Drozd says, “We learned the most effective and safe methods to tackle the worst jobs caused mainly by Florida's climate.” Mold spores rapidly grow in the humidity of the south, taking up residence on the exterior walls of houses, rooftops, sidewalks, driveways, fences, decks, lanais and pool enclosures/screens. Drozd also explains that the pressure washing business in the Tampa Bay area is year-round, unlike his business in the Midwest, where pressure washing was generally a job done only during the warmer seasons, and was needed to clean driveways, patios, and wood porches and decks. Mold and mildew issues were not the primary focus in the Midwest, which is the case here in Florida, where his first job using an electric power washer took almost six hours. He quickly learned to use a surface scrubber (a floor-scrubber-like piece of equipment), which works quickly to clean the surface of dirt and stains. Asuras and Drozd also use a 20horsepower pressure washing surface scrubber that can extend 40 feet from the ground. They use the right mix of chemicals specific to the safety of the specific sur-
Doug Drozd & Dina Asuras of D & D Pressure Washing can blast the mold and mildew right off the walls of your home, or any structure, and make it look new again. face that is being cleaned, ensuring a longlasting effect. “The chemical mix makes a difference in the end result,” says Drozd. “Our clients don’t have to call us six months after a job has been done complaining that their sidewalk or fence is dirty again.”
Quality Service; Fair Prices
“Dina’s attention to detail can't be matched,” says Drozd. “She has the eyes of a hawk and I appreciate when she catches a spot I might have missed alone.” Doug and Dina work side by side on every job and never leave until it’s done. “We don't leave a job site just because the ‘time’s up,’” Doug says. “There is no hourly rate; the job is done when the surface is clean. Prices are quoted per job
and based upon the severity of the issue. Exterior mold is not only an eyesore to you and your neighbors; mold spores spread and over time and can infect an entire neighborhood. Mold takes advantage of Florida’s humid climate, literally digesting the materials on which it grows. If left unchecked or allowed to grow, mold can cause major wood rot and structural damage to buildings. Plus, exposure to mold is a health hazard, especially for people who have mold-related allergies. Simply inhaling or touching mold spores can produce immediate physical reactions, often mimicking symptoms of hay fever, including itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing, difficulty breathing, etc. In addition to the damage mold can cause, it can become a costly problem if
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you live in a deed-restricted community that is managed by a homeowners association (HOA), where residents may be fined if they do not maintain their properties to certain aesthetics, according to their community’s specific by-laws. Laurie Oleson, a Palm Cove resident, posted this testimonial on D & D’s page on Facebook.com: “Finally! No more letters from the HOA about the mold on my driveway. You guys are ‘the bomb’ for making my driveway look like new again! (I) will recommend you to all my friends in Palm Cove!” Asuras and Drozd pride themselves on the fact that they do their own work. When you call D & D Pressure Washing, that’s who you get — Dina and Doug. The company is licensed and insured and holds an impressive “A” rating on Angies List.com, the popular online consumer
review site for business services. “Our sole business is pressure washing,” Asuras says. “That’s what we know. We treat your house like it’s our own. We make sure we don't have to come back for a spot we missed. We’re there until it’s done right.” Attesting to the owners’ expertise and impeccable service, D & D Pressure Washing was a recent nominee for Best New Business through the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce. The majority — nearly 85 percent — of their clients are residential homeowners, although D & D also does have several monthly and quarterly commercial clients in the Tampa Bay area, as far north as Brooksville. To schedule your free estimate, call Doug Drozd and Dina Asuras of D & D Pressure Washing at 949-5131 or visit their Facebook page at Facebook. com/DDPressureWashing.
Dr. Greg Stepanski & Children’s Dentistry — A New Tampa Original! By Gary Nager We obviously have to do a lot of business profiles in our publications in order to keep our advertisers happy, but some stories are a lot easier and more fun to write than others — especially for someone like me, who has written, literally, thousands of these things over the years. But, when you “have” to do a story about the dentist who took care of both of your children’s teeth for almost two decades, this gig gets a whole lot easier. The dentist in question is Greg Stepanski, DDS, of Children’s Dentistry, who has had a New Tampa location for ten years now, in the Cory Lake Professional Center on Cross Creek Blvd., a few minutes south of Wesley Chapel. I can assure you that “Dr. Greg,” as almost everyone calls him, is a personable, fun, outstanding dental professional who genuinely cares about your kids — and not just because he and his wife Sue have raised three kids of their own in Tampa Palms. When Dr. Greg opened his original office on E. Fowler Ave. in Temple Terrace in 1991, there were very few (if any) dentists with offices in New Tampa “proper.” “We had quite a few New Tampa patients even when we first opened,” he says, “and it was obvious that the growth in our office was mainly coming from the New Tampa area.” He adds that it wasn’t long
before he started looking for locations closer to his home, and finally built and opened his 3,800-sq.-ft. office on Cross Creek Blvd. in 2003 — the same year he shattered all of the bones in his leg in an accident involving one of those fold-out attic ladders I usually refused to climb even before I heard what had happened to him. “It was so bad that I was in the hospital for a month and had to take three months off before I could go back to work — and even then, I was still on crutches and could only work part-time,” he says. “I haven’t been able to run or jog since then, but I definitely got more into riding my bicycle after that accident.” In fact, the long-time runner had participated in the Disney Half-Marathon the weekend before suffering the injury to his leg. Since then, he has completed the MS150 bike race twice, as well as the 208-mile Cross-Florida bike race. He also plans to participate in the 300-mile “Cure on Wheels” bike ride from Tampa to Tallahassee next year.
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But, Dr. Greg is more than just my friend, he’s a truly outstanding pediatric dentist with training above and beyond that of the “average” dentist. After graduating with his Bachelor’s degree from prestigious Notre Dame University in South Bend, IN, Stepanski earned
his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Ohio State University College of Dentistry in Columbus. The Ohio native then did a one-year general dentistry residency at the Medical University of Ohio in Toledo and two years of pediatric residency at the Case Western Reserve School of Dental Medicine in Cleveland. “I was second in my class in crowns and bridges and taught dental residents, too,” he recalls. “But, I was probably the most comfortable taking care of pediatric patients.” Today, he is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and an active member of the American Dental Association, the Florida Dental Association and a past president of the Florida Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. His Children’s Dentistry office offers the very latest in technology, including low-dose digital X-rays and flat-screen TVs above the patients in the exam/operating rooms, as well as fun video games and a humongous saltwater tropical fish tank in the waiting area. A few of the nine members of Dr. Greg’s current staff have been with him “since the beginning” (including his office manager Melanie and Shannon, his receptionist and insurance coordinator) and most everyone else has been with him “for years, too.” The office definitely runs like a well-oiled machine and his young patients really seem to appreciate Dr. Greg’s easy-
Dr. Greg Stepanski has been taking care of the smiles of New Tampa and Wesley Chapel kids for more than 20 years at Children’s Dentistry, which has been located on Cross Creek Blvd. for a decade. going demeanor and the office’s truly family-friendly atmosphere. Among the services available at Children’s Dentistry are gentle cleanings, fluoride treatments, gentle injections, topical anesthetic gels, nitrous oxide, full sedation, natural-looking fillings, cosmetic bonding and TMJ diagnoses, as well as an in-office laboratory. GDr. Greg says that performing lab work in the office allows Children’s Dentistry to have complete control over all laboratory procedures. “We’re able to be involved in the lab process, rather than depend upon commercial dental laboratories, like most offices,” he says. “Of course, this
The amazing tropical fish tank in the lobby at Children’s Dentistry is as popular with Dr. Stepanski’s young patients as the waiting room’s video games. means more precise and beautiful materials, Catholic (TC) High and Dr. Greg helped not to mention faster turnaround.” coach the TC lacrosse team for three years, while Mike played for the team. Community Involvement Maura, who is a Bronze Star recipient Dr. Greg also is one of the most active with the U.S. Army, was a track star at TC volunteers I know in this community — who also ran at John Carroll University. and I know quite a few people. Mike is an accounting and pre-med major He is a past president of and still an at the University of Miami (FL) and Brian active participant in the New Tampa Noon walked onto the Mercer College (in Rotary Club (which meets Wednesdays at Macon, GA) lacrosse team. noon at Hunter’s Green Country Club), a If you’re somehow still not sure past president of the Tampa Bay Fly Fishwhether or not Dr. Greg and Children’s ing Club (which actually meets in Tampa Dentistry are right for your children, you Palms), and he and Sue, a teacher at the should see both of my sons’ smiles. Corpus Christi Catholic School in Temple For appointments & more informaTerrace the last dozen years, are active fund tion about Children’s Dentistry (10317raisers for both Corpus Christi and the B Cross Creek Blvd.), call 973-3100 or family’s church, St. Mark the Evangelist visit DrGreg-ChildrensDentistry.com. Catholic Church on Cross Creek Blvd. Most major dental insurance plans are All three of their children — Maura, accepted. Mike and Brian — graduated from Tampa
Land O’Lakes Primary Care Wellness Center — A Different Spin On Traditional Care By Matt Wiley Looking for a new family physician, but looking for more than the traditional care services offered at most doctors’ offices? Consider Land O’Lakes Primary Care Wellness Center, just a few miles west of Wesley Chapel. Combining the convenience of being able to see a family physician with the option to take part in additional services not offered by most typical internal medicine offices, including hormone replacement therapy and anti-aging treatments, Land O’ Lakes Primary Care Wellness Center (LOLPC) is one-of-a-kind. Together, Dr. Peggy Watson, M.D., and Dr. Larnel Sultan, D.O., along with nurse practitioners Joy Drexler, ARNP-C; Jennifer Godshall, ARNP-BC; and Valerie Buethe, ARNP-C, LOLPC treat patients older than 13 for a wide variety of medical ailments. The office also offers non-traditional, aesthetic services. LOLPC has been keeping local residents healthy for more than a decade. Originally located in a 1,500-sq.-ft. office suite in the Big Lots shopping plaza on S.R. 54 at U.S. 41, the practice quickly outgrew its office and a new, 5,000-sq.-ft. practice was built less than a mile from the old office on S.R. 54 on Amberfield Dr. in 2007. Today, LOLPC has a staff of 20+.
Traditional Training, Alternative Approach
“We have a different way of thinking here,” says Dr. Watson. “If you come in with a headache or a symptom, we try to think about why you’re suffering from that symptom, rather than just about what prescription drugs we can give you to get rid of it.” A practicing primary care physician for more than 20 years, Dr. Watson has extensive medical training, all of which stemmed from her first year at Purdue University in Lafayette, IN, where she had decided to attend business school. “I went to college thinking I wanted to get into business, but biology was the only class I liked the first year,” Dr. Watson explains. So, she changed majors and went on to graduate as a Doctor of Medicine from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis in 1989, before completing residencies at both St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville, IN, and Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, OH. Most recently, Dr. Watson earned her Master’s degree in Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine in 2010. She actually started out working for Tampa Palms-based GMS Florida West Coast, Inc., with which LOLPC still is associated. She is now an American Board of Family Practice-certified physician and be-
longs to the American Academy of Family Physicians, Florida Academy of Family Physicians, American Society of Bariatric Physicians and the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. The latter, she says, is part of what sets LOLPC apart from other practices in the area. “About seven or The team of health care professionals at Land O’Lakes Primary Care, located off S.R. 54, includes (l.-r.) Dr. Peggy Watson, M.D.; Joy eight years ago, really Drexler, ARNP-C; Jennifer Godshall, ARNP-BC; Valerie Buethe, completely by acciARNP-C; & Dr. Larnel Sultan, D.O. dent, I went to an LOLPC also can offer aesthetic services, anti-aging/regenerative medicine conference because I wanted to learn about bio- such as Botox, Juvederm, weight-loss programs and hormone-replacement therapy, identical hormones, since many of my which replaces low levels of hormones patients had been asking about it and I that the body has been losing during a padidn’t know anything about the subject,” Dr. Watson explains. “It really opened my tient’s life span with structurally identical hormones synthetically developed in a lab. eyes to the fact there is an entire world of “Our patients like (that we offer medical care available for patients, valithese additional services) because they dated in published medical literature, but know us and they trust us,” Dr. Watson not practiced by most traditional physicians because it’s not taught to us in med- explains. “We’re very low-pressure sales. We don’t make our living doing Botox ical school.” and Juvederm treatments. I frequently tell So, in addition to traditional treatment for typical medical problems, such as patients what services wouldn’t work for them and what would be a waste of their diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, high time and money.” blood pressure and routine check-ups,
out sending them elsewhere.” The alternative medical options at LOLPC also give patients options besides the traditional prescription medications that other doctors may have prescribed them in the past. “We spend a lot of our day trying to get people off of prescription medications, get them healthy, get them sleepDr. Watson visits with a patient named Victor, a Wesley Chapel ing, de-stressed and eating resident, at Land O Lakes Primary Care Wellness Center. properly,” Dr. Watson says. Dr. Watson will be hosting a FREE “We also do nutrition checks so that peohormone-replacement seminar at Ciao! ple aren’t taking things (vitamins or supItalian Bistro (located in the Shops at plements) that they don’t really need.” Wiregrass mall) on Wednesday, NovemLOLPC patient Monica M. knows ber 6, 6:30 p.m. well the benefits of the care she receives Anyone interested in attending the from Dr. Watson. seminar is urged to RSVP before “Dr. Watson weaned me off the acid Thursday, October 31, by calling the reflux and digestion medications I had office at 949-2950. been on for years, replacing them with a Dr. Sultan, who graduated from West vitamin/mineral regimen that not only Virginia University in Morgantown in cured my illness, but actually improved my 1993 and the West Virginia School of Osgeneral health,” Monica explains. “(Dr. teopathic Medicine in Lewisburg in 1998, Watson) explained at length how these also helps with aesthetic, cosmetic procemedications create a domino effect in the dures, including Botox, for which he has body by creating new symptoms and deficompleted advanced training in a variety of ciencies. Everything she said was correct facial fillers that reduce the signs of aging. and the follow-up blood work (I had “We manage a lot here,” Dr. Sultan done) was proof. I eventually was able to says. “We don’t refer our patients out (to remove a few vitamins from my regimen other offices) that much because the because the medication was found to be providers we have here can handle multithe reason for those deficiencies. Dr. Watple, complicated medical problems withson is the rare physician who doesn’t rush
you out of her office with a handful of prescriptions, but welcomes the opportunity to restore your health in the most natural way possible.” Land O’Lakes Primary Care accepts most medical insurance plans and is contracted with most major insurance providers, including Medicare. The office always offers aesthetic specials and is open six days a week: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., 8 a.m.–7 p.m. on Tuesday and 8 a.m.-noon on Saturday. The office is located at 20615 Amberfield Dr., Suite 102, Land O’Lakes, and can be reached by calling 949-2950 or by visiting WatsonWellnessClinic.com.
The New Tampa Eye Institute Helps Bring The World Into Focus By Bonnie Mason Patients clearly see the focus of the New Tampa Eye Institute — high quality personalized care. In fact, Michael Alperovich, the CEO and co-founder of New Tampa Eye Institute, located in the Summergate Professional Park (behind Sam’s Club) in Seven Oaks, says, “We have a team of devoted health care professionals standing by to care for you. And, our state-ofthe-art facilities and equipment, plus the latest in medical record technology, complement the excellent care our doctors provide their patients.” Alperovich partners with his wife, Board-certified ophthalmologist Gretta Fridman, M.D., to bring the specialty eye care practice to New Tampa/Wesley Chapel residents. Ophthalmologists are medical doctors with extensive training focused on the eyes and the area around the eyes. They are able to provide the full continuum of eye care, from routine eye exams to diagnosis of eye disease to performing complex and intricate eye surgeries.
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The medical professionals at New Tampa Eye Institute remain at the fore-
front of medical technology for the diagnosis and treatment of eye disease. Dr. Fridman is Board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. Prior to completing her residency and glaucoma fellowship at the University of South Florida, Fridman received her M.D. degree from the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, and her Bachelor's Degree from Barnard College of Columbia University, also in New York City. Originally from the Ukraine, Fridman grew up in the Big Apple, which is where she met Alperovich, who is originally from Moscow. Married for 13 years, the couple lives in New Tampa with their 4- and 7-year-old daughters. A New Tampa Eye Institute patient named George says that Dr. Fridman is great to work with and talks to you in a way that you will understand. “I’d recommend her to anyone,” George says. “Patient education is a big part of what we do and why we spend as much time as we need to with our patients,” Dr. Fridman says, adding that whether she is explaining a medical diagnosis, treatment options, or after-surgical care to patients and their families, she always tries to speak in terms that can be easily understood.
Dr. Fridman’s subspecialty is in glaucoma, a disease of the optic nerve. Glaucoma generally begins with a subtle loss of peripheral vision that can cause progressive damage to the optic nerve; it is the leading cause of blindness. “An early diagnosis (of glaucoma) is important,” Dr. Fridman says. “If glaucoma is not diagnosed and treated, it can progress to a loss of vision.” Glaucoma is most often treated with eye drops, Dr. Laurie Small, M.D. (left), and Dr. Gretta Fridalthough it may require surman, M.D., of New Tampa Eye Institute, which is gery if the drops prove not located behind Sam’s Club in the Summergate Proto be effective. fessional Park (off S.R. 56). Dr. Fridman says she also treats patients with olet (UV) ray protection, eating healthy cataracts, macular degeneration, diabetic foods and exercising. The UV rays (radiretinopathy, and all other diseases and ation) from the sun can damage the skin disorders of the eyes. on your eyelids, as well as to your She says she recommends that corneas, lenses and other parts of your everyone have their eyes examined once eyes and may increase the development per year, even infants. “Routine eye of cataracts (the clouding of the eye’s exams, where your vision and eye preslenses) or macular degeneration. Dr. sure are checked, is extremely important Fridman explains that protection from to good eye health,” says Dr. Fridman. this harmful radiation can be accomMethods to help prevent eye displished by wearing proper sunglasses that ease include being diligent about ultravi- filter the UV rays and that wearing a hat
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the eyes. She adds that she highly recommends walking, running and many other cardiovascular activities. Dr. Laurie Small, M.D., also is Boardcertified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. Dr. Small received her M.D. degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville, which also is where she comDr. Small takes a look into a patient’s eyes during a routine pleted her residency checkup at New Tampa Eye Institute. and fellowship in oculoplastic surgery. She may further protect your eyes. earned her Bachelor of Science underDr. Fridman also notes that healthy graduate degree from the University of eating habits are essential to good eye Miami (FL). Dr. Small lives in Wesley health. In fact, she says, “eating carrots Chapel with her husband, gastroenterolfor good eyesight is not a myth. Carrots ogist Dr. Michael Small, and their two are high in vitamin A, an essential nutridaughters, ages 3 and 1. ent for vision.” Dr. Small says her subspecialty is in Other foods containing high quantities of vitamin A, and are therefore good oculoplastics, which is a nice complement to Dr. Fridman’s specialty. Oculofor your eyes, include egg yolks, milk, plastic surgeons are ophthalmological cheese and liver. Dr. Fridman cautions eye surgeons with additional advanced that the high oxidation of red meat also training in plastic surgery relating to the can be a cause of macular degeneration and yes, exercising three times a week for eyes and surrounding structures, such as the eyelids, tear drain, eye socket, eyeat least twenty minutes improves blood brow, and midface. Dr. Small can surgiflow in all parts of the body, including
cally treat patients who have ptosis, the medical term for a droopy eyelid, as well as eyelid tumors, and those with eyelid retractions. She also can alleviate facial spasms with Botox injections. Minor eye procedures can be performed on site at the New Tampa Eye Institute, although more complicated procedures are conducted at either the New Tampa Surgery Center, located nearby on Cypress Ridge Blvd. (also off S.R. 56) or at the Ambulatory Surgery Center on E. Fletcher Ave., across the street from USF’s Tampa campus. No matter what eye disorders you are experiencing, or if you are simply
looking for a quality, personable eye doctor, the New Tampa Eye Institute features quality ophthalmologists and a state-of-the-art vision center. The New Tampa Eye Institute is located at 27348 Cashford Cir. in Wesley Chapel and accepts most medical insurance plans. For appointments, call 994-7000. The Institute is open Monday-Wednesday and Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and 8 a.m.-7 p.m. on Thursday. Saturday hours are available every other week, 9 a.m.-noon. Same-day appointments are available for emergencies. For more information, visit NewTampaEyes.com.
Energia Wellness Studio Offers A More Personal Approach To ‘Zen’ By Lauren Saslow It’s 6 p.m. on a Monday. You want to make it from October through the holidays without gaining weight or feeling the stress of the season. You slide into the studio after fighting rush hour traffic just in time for a yoga class and manage to find a tiny spot on the floor amidst a class of more than 20 students. This does not feel very relaxing. You are not feeling very “Zen.” When Brazilian-born Virna Lichter (an American Council on Exercise or ACE Certified Personal Trainer who is also certified in CPR and AED) began developing the concept for her own yoga and wellness studio more than a year ago, she wanted to ensure that she created a truly relaxing space that would offer individualized client attention, small class sizes and well-trained health and fitness professionals. Today, Lichter’s Energia Wellness Studio (located in Seven Oaks off of Bruce B. Downs Blvd. in Wesley Chapel) finally came to fruition this fall and includes not only yoga classes, but also one-on-one personal training sessions, Brazilian cardio dance classes, meditation classes, massage therapy, and a uniquely eco-friendly Brazilian boutique. Lichter, who moved to the U.S. to earn her B.A. in Physical Education from the University of California at Berkeley, and now possesses more than 15 years of experience in the corporate fitness industry (she has worked for companies such as Verizon,
TECO and Aegon Transamerica Foundation) originally became interested in body conditioning through karate and judo classes. The certificate for her Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do is now proudly displayed on the wall above her minimalist front desk space at the studio. Lichter also describes how the addition of yoga into her fitness routine positively impacted her life in recent years. “I started doing yoga four and a half years ago,” she says. “It helped eliminate my migraines and offered me improved balance and overall wellness.” Lichter adds that once clients walk through the door at Energia, “the space should eliminate their stress. It is an intentionally clean, clutter-free environment.” And the color scheme? All light shades of green. “Green is a color found in nature, so it’s easiest on the eyes. It is also an energizing color.” This is where the inspiration for the studio’s title ‘Energia’ — the Portuguese word for ‘energy’ — originated. The abstract green mountains in the company’s logo depict the Sugarloaf Mountain silhouette, a scenic peak in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, that is popular with hikers and rock climbers. The logo smartly combines the owner’s Brazilian roots with the fitness and wellness concept. Tampa resident Julie Hurley who says she has been taking yoga classes for ten years in various studios, appreciates the
warm and comforting feeling that Energia Wellness Studio offers. In fact, when Lichter offered her a tour of the studio after the soft opening in September 2013, Hurley’s reaction was, “When can I start?” Hurley describes the appeal of Energia’s oneon-one personal training sessions because they, “eliminate the intimidation and awkwardness of people looking at you.” She also has taken meditation and Energia Wellness Studio owner Virna Lichter (right) puts fellow Engentle yoga classes at Ener- ergia dance class instructor Astrid Santiago through her paces during a personal training session at the studio located in Wesley Chapel. gia and admits that when the meditation class was and effective program. over, she didn’t want to leave the peaceful “We want people to respect themroom. She urges others to, “Get in there selves,” Lichter insists. “They shouldn’t and see it! It’s going to grab you and you have to wait until they lose 20 lbs. to feel aren’t going to want to leave.” better about themselves. They should feel good about themselves today. Everyone Getting Started At Energia progresses at a different pace based on their The wellness program at Energia bephysical abilities and personal goals.” gins with a complimentary consultation, in Classes at the studio already have inorder to develop fitness goals for the indicluded an eclectic group of clients, such as vidual. Clients then begin a four-phase a 74 year old and a Mixed Martial Arts body transformation plan in which he or she moves through each phase once certain (MMA) fighter working side by side; the personalized objectives have been met. The goal is to offer a full-service wellness program for individuals in all walks of life. purpose of the customized regimes, says The 60-minute Brazilian dance classes, Lichter, is to ensure that clients complete also part of the program at Energia, offer a their wellness routines in a safe, enjoyable
Yoga in the Park event at the Avalon Park West community (on S.R. 54 in Wesley Chapel) in honor of both the International Day of Peace and Yoga Month. A Grand Opening and Ribbon-Cutting ceremony with the Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce was held on Oct. 23 at the studio. The event also featured a reception with hors d’oeuvres, beverages and the opportunity for visitors to take a demo class at Energia.
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Lynn Saela Howe (left) leads a yoga class at the new Energia Wellness Studio in Wesley Chapel, where all class sizes are kept small to maximize client benefit and relaxation.
choice of Samba 360 and Latin Fusion, which are fun workouts, while the 60minute personal training sessions incorporate user-friendly Precor Preva equipment, free weights, medicine balls and other high quality gym equipment which make working out both entertaining and motivating. The various styles of yoga classes —hatha, yin and gentle yoga — help clients increase flexibility, strength, balance and mental relaxation at their own pace. The 30-minute guided meditation classes, led by Marta M. Rivera-Crick — who holds a B.A. degree in biology and is a certified Perfect Health Ayurvedic Lifestyle Instructor and Primordial Sound Meditation Instructor — are scheduled for groups of five clients or less and are generally rec-
ommended for post-workout relaxation.Fifty-minute massage therapy sessions are available with Maria Fernanda Bacilieri — a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) and graduate of the Florida College of Natural Health in Pompano Beach — and tailored to clients’ needs based on their respective fitness routines and physical needs. Lichter values education and was adamant that all of the dance, yoga and meditation instructors as well as the massage therapist that she hired should be well-educated and experienced in their respective fields. Not long after the privately owned and operated fitness center had its soft opening last month, Energia offered a Free
At Energia Wellness Studio, nearly every product a client’s body touches, from toes to fingertips, is environmentally friendly. The Boutique, located in the entryway of the studio, offers only ecofriendly and fair trade products from companies located in Brazil and other Amazon Jungle-area countries. For example, the unique Natura Ekos beauty products made from the seasonal fruits of Brazil — some of which Lichter reminisces grew in her grandmother’s garden in her native country — are all natural, biodegradable and packaged with recycled glass and paper products. Natura Ekos employs 1,400 families in the Amazon, while also educating communities about ways to decrease carbon footprints in the forests. The quality yoga mats available at Energia also are crafted from environmentally friendly products. The flooring in the 800-sq.-ft. yoga/wellness studio is made of bamboo, which is a renewable resource requiring less
time to regenerate (growing up to four feet per day) than traditional hardwood trees (which can take upwards of 50 years to mature). The table in the massage therapy room is dressed with all organic sheets, free from perfumes, dyes and pesticides. Additionally, the Japanese-style tatami mats in the meditation room are fabricated from woven rush grass, offering a naturally earthy, aromatic scent to help clients relax while listening to calming music in low lighting during the meditation classes. The studio’s most notable pledge to the environment is to plant a tree in Brazil, through Trees for the Future, for each personal training session that clients purchase. Trees for the Future, an incorporated public nonprofit organization based out of Maryland since 1989, assists communities in 19 developing countries by planting trees, thus allowing them to restore their environment, grow more food and build a sustainable future. “I chose Brazil for our Trees for the Future (donations) because we are taking [part of the flora] away from the country,” Lichter says. “So, I wanted to give something back.” Energia Wellness Studio is located at 3836 Flatiron Loop, Suite 101, Wesley Chapel. For additional information or to schedule an appointment, visit EnergiaWellnessStudio.com. You also can “Like” their page on Facebook.com or call 973-7300. The studio is open Mon.–Thur., 8 a.m.-8 p.m., 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Fri. and 9 a.m.-noon on Sat.
Local Martial Artist, 13, Raising Money To Return To World Games By Benjamin Carter A shy four-year-old sits on his mother’s lap refusing to join the other kids because the martial arts class is simply too intimidating for the young boy. But, after some encouragement from his instructor, he is suddenly participating with the others. Within five minutes, he’s hooked. Today, Land O’Lakes resident Ethan Dillon, 13, studies a plethora of martial arts fighting styles. He has achieved high ranks in several different disciplines, including two second-degree black belts in karate and mixed martial arts, as well as a first-degree black belt in Krav Maga, the official self-defense training of the Israeli Defense Forces. “I train 4-6 hours a day,” Ethan says. Ethan was good enough to make the U.S. Martial Arts Team and compete in the 2012 World Martial Arts Games in Bregenz, Austria. He says it was an experience like no other. “It [was] exciting and intimidating at the same time,” he recalls. “It was my first time on an airplane, my first time out of the United States and my first time meeting the rest of the team.” Normally, athletes in Ethan’s age group compete in a maximum of three events at the World Games. So, it was impressive that Ethan took on the daunting task of competing in seven World Games categories. In fact, Ethan’s heavy competitive workload earned him the nickname “Ironman” among his peers. He earned a medal in six of the seven events he competed in during
the 2012 World Games, including three world titles — in Brazilian jiu-jitsu (also known as “ground fighting”), “no gi” jiujitsu (also known as “submission wrestling”) and mixed martial arts fighting. His jiu-jitsu coach, Roger Kessler of Core Martial Arts in the Pebble Creek Collection in New Tampa, says it is Ethan’s determination and love for his craft that sets him apart from his peers. “He is a real martial artist,” Kessler says. “He has a passion for the martial arts and because of that he is at a different level than other kids his age.” Core is one of several dojos where Ethan trains in the different disciplines. He also studies at Lugo’s Martial Arts & Wellness in Odessa, Champions MMA in Lakeland and with the U.S. Martial Arts Team at the Suncoast Karate Dojo in Sarasota.
The Dillon family is trying to raise enough money for Ethan to return to the World Martial Arts Games in 2014 — which will be held in Richmond, British Columbia — to defend his titles. He and Melony were the featured speakers at the October 9 Wesley Chapel Rotary Club as part of those fund-raising efforts. Ethan even demonstrated his expertise in several disciplines to the Rotarians. “That is one strong 13-year-old,” said “volunteer” Ben Alexander, who sings “God Bless America” at the beginning of every Rotary meeting. “I was afraid he was
going to crush my larynx.” To date, Ethan already has raised $2,000 in sponsorship funds, but remains $4,000 short of his goal. The sponsorship dollars will go toward his transportation and accommodations (as the U.S. Martial Arts team provides no funding at all) for Ethan and his mother and will help to provide the necessary equipment for his various competitions. Ethan’s uncle (and Hernando County Sheriff’s Deputy) Stephen Dillon plans to make the 2014 trip to support his nephew and to lighten Melony’s workload. While Ethan’s athletic accomplishments are impressive, Melony says it’s a miracle that he is even alive. Three months into her pregnancy, she sustained a serious injury that left her with three herniated discs. Every day, she felt excruciating pain, caused by Ethan resting on her injured spine. Six months into the pregnancy, Melony’s doctor expressed concerns for her health and recommended more than once that she have an abortion. “But, at that point in the pregnancy, I’ve seen [Ethan],” she says. “I’ve felt him. I walked out of the doctor’s office saying, ‘No, we aren’t going to do this.’” After a couple of more days, however, Melony’s pain began to subside, as Ethan shifted off of his mom’s injured discs, allowing her to carry him to term. Today, Melony supports her son’s rigorous training schedule by homeschooling him and his 6-year-old, autistic sister. As a single mom, she often wonders how she manages to support Ethan’s training and ed-
Ethan Dillon, now 13, with his medals from the 2012 World Martial Arts Games. ucation along with a home life. She says she receives a lot of help from her mother, Betty Dillon, who lives at home with the family and looks after Ethan’s sister during his practices and competitions. “My mom is really good,” Melony says. “I don’t know how I would have done it, trying to balance both of them.” She adds that Ethan’s late grandfather, Kenneth Dillon, taught him the importance of representing his nation during a global event. “My dad served 28 years [in the] military,” Melony says. “So, for Ethan to represent the U.S. was a really big deal to him.” To make a donation to support Ethan’s planned trip to the 2014 World Martial Arts Games, visit usathlete-ethanironmandillon.com.
Saddlebrook Hosts FHWC’s Successful Women’s Health & Wellness Day By Matt Wiley Calm and collected, Pasco County clerk of Circuit Court & comptroller Paula O’Neil spoke about her recent diagnosis as if it were a faint memory from another life. Few would suspect that the popular public official is still actively battling the deadly disease, as she spoke to hundreds of women about her experience fighting breast cancer. On September 21, more than 700 women from all over Tampa Bay attended the inaugural Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel (FHWC) Women’s Health & Wellness Day at Saddlebrook Resort in Wesley Chapel, taking part in breakout sessions with guest speakers and an exhibit room full of pampering and health screening opportunities, including mammogram registration, screenings for oral cancer, blood pressure and glucose, a grip strength test, a self-breast exam, as well as a balance test, body mass index (BMI) and body fat analysis from the FHWC Health & Wellness Center. The hospital also introduced its “Pink Army” campaign that encourages women to make sure that they get their annual breast cancer screenings. “We know that women handle a lot of responsibilities and don’t always stop to take care of themselves,” Aimee Keller, director of the Center for Women’s Health at FHWC, said in a press release. “We were excited to give women a chance to learn and recharge at this fun, inspiring event and were thrilled with the turnout.” The free event culminated with a free
lunch and keynote address from O’Neil. “I had felt a lump (in my breast) and had it checked out a year earlier and it was fine,” O’Neil said to the ballroom filled with women. “So when I went to the doctor that day and got the results back from the lab, I didn’t expect anyThose who attended the inaugural Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel thing.” Women’s Health & Wellness Day on September 21 heard a keynote O’Neil, said that speech from breast cancer survivor and Pasco clerk of court Paula she had a regularly O’Neil during a packed free lunch at Saddlebrook Resort. scheduled mammo“I know that this is a temporary ingram and ultrasound on May 9, after convenience and I’ll get through it,” which the radiologist came in and exO’Neil told the crowd. “We can’t let peoplained that the lump was cancerous. She ple be ashamed (of having cancer).” said that one of the weirdest parts about O’Neil, who is the face of FHWC’s the experience was walking out to the “Fight Like a Girl” t-shirt (photo, right) parking lot while waiting for the needle concluded by announcing that she thinks biopsy results for the lump the same day. that it actually is a good time to be bat“Who do you tell that you have cantling the disease. cer?,” she asked the crowd. “I mean, you “I’ve lived a good life,” she excan’t call your kids in the middle of the plained. “There are women with little kids day and tell them. So, I just called work. I running around with cancer. I may not know how to work. I don’t know how to have chosen this, but right now the techbe sick.” nology is so wonderful. Every day, we hear O’Neil has had a mastectomy and rethat soon there will be a cure for this. We constructive surgery and October is her can contribute to that research and we can last month of chemotherapy treatments. make it a better world for the next generaHer decision to go public on the Thurstion and generations to come.” day before Memorial Day was made to let For more information about her staff of more than 350 know she FHWC and the Pink Army, please visit would be okay and that their jobs were FloridaHospital.com/WesleyChapel. not in danger..
O’Neil is featured on a new “Fight Like a Girl” t-shirt available at the FHWC gift shop.
Mobile Meals Brings The Restaurant To Your Living Room In No Time! How It Works
By Matt Wiley Cravings for meals from restaurants located outside of Wesley Chapel are many times easily extinguished by thinking about the travel time and traffic that will be encountered on the way to the eatery. However, one local company is making it as easy as a few clicks on a computer to have food from more than 130 restaurants from around Tampa Bay brought straight to your door, usually in less than one hour. Started in 2009 by siblings and Hunter’s Green residents Jennifer Mekdeci, 29, and Chris Shelton, 27, Mobile Meals is a far-reaching food-delivery service that delivers meals from restaurants from Apollo Beach to Wesley Chapel. Mobile Meals started in Brandon and keeps expanding, with a focus on technology and customer service. “We started working with about eight restaurants (in Brandon) before expanding into South Tampa and eventually New Tampa, because we’ve lived here for more than 20 years,” Mekdeci says. The entrepreneurial siblings are products of New Tampa’s schools, as each attended Hunter’s Green Elementary, Benito Middle School and Wharton High, before graduating from the nearby University of South Florida, Mekdeci with a degree in elementary education and Shelton with a technical writing degree.
Mobile Meals owners and New Tampa residents Jennifer Mekdeci and Chris Shelton invite you to have cuisine from more than 130 Tampa Bay-area restaurants delivered to your home or office. “But, we wanted to do our own thing,” Mekdeci says. “Neither of our degrees sounded that appealing to us (when we graduated), so we started thinking of ideas we could get behind,” Shelton explains. “We decided on Mobile Meals because convenience is king, right now. We figured, ‘Everybody eats, so why not a food delivery service?’ We had seen it being done before, but we didn’t think that it was being done properly, so we decided to take the idea and improve upon it.”
Whether you’re hungry for a burger from Oakley’s Grille, yogurt from You Say When on Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd., a steak from the Texas Roadhouse on S.R. 56 or a slice of cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory at the International Plaza, but don’t feel like going out, just go online. Specifically, go to MobileMeals.com. At the site, several tabs will greet you, including “Order,” “Catering,” “Support” and “Blog.” Whether you’re ordering for just you or for a few, just click on “Order.” You’ll be taken to a page with featured restaurants, announcements and coupon codes for discounts on deliveries from specific restaurants and the options to search by zip code to see which restaurants in the area are available for delivery by Mobile Meals. Once a restaurant is chosen, a full menu for the eatery pops up. By simply clicking on a menu item, the dish or drink will be added to your “shopping cart,” just like online shopping. However, ordering by phone also is an option. “About 90 percent of our customer base utilizes our online ordering,” Mekdeci says. “It’s very easy to use. Delivery usually takes between 35-50 minutes, depending upon the restaurant.” Once the order comes in, one of the five staff members at Mobile Meals’ cus-
tomer service center calls the order into the selected restaurant. Once the meal is ready, one of Mobile Meals’ 30 “mobile waiters” picks the order up from the restaurant and delivers it to the address provided in an insulated “hot box.” The charge for delivery is only an additional $3.99 charge on top of what the meal costs at the restaurant. Using Mobile Meals is just like ordering a pizza; only it can be almost any meal from almost any genre of restaurant in Hillsborough County, as well as several in the Shops at Wiregrass mall, including 900 Degrees Woodfired Pizza, Cantina Laredo and Yamato Japanese Steakhouse. And, Jennifer says that at the core of their entire business is taking proper care of customers. “Customer service is extremely important to us at Mobile Meals, and we strive to always ensure our customers’ complete satisfaction,” Jennifer explains. Scott, a local Mobile Meals customer, agrees. “My wife and I use Mobile Meals at least 2-3 times per week,” he explains. “In this day and age of lackluster customer service, I am amazed at the level of service given by the staff who answer the phones, all the way through to the delivery drivers who get us our food while it is still hot. Mobile Meals is fast and accurate. This is a great service with fantastic people working for it.”
cated on the USF Tampa campus) and having “mobile waiters” wear pink ribbons either on their uniform or on their “hot boxes.” Mobile Meals customers who wish to donate can easily do so while ordering their meal online, as there is a list of donation amounts that appear as menu items on each restaurant’s menu. If you so choose, you can just click the amount that you would like to donate and it will be added to your shopping cart, just like a food or drink item. “We’ve been lucky that our Mobile Meals’ “Mobile Waiters,” such as Alex Reibman (above) make sure your take-out food shows up hot to business has grown as fast as it has,” Jennifer says. “For Chris your doorstep within 50 minutes of ordering. and I, the things we worried In addition to residential meal delivabout with the business four years ago are eries, Mobile Meals also offers catering things we’d probably laugh at now.” services for both businesses and private Looking for a fast and convenient celebrations. A mobile waiter will deliver restaurant meal, but don’t want to everything necessary for a self-serve caterdrive to go get it? Give Mobile Meals a ing event, including the food, utensils, try by visiting MobileMeals.com or by napkins and plates. calling 907-MEAL (6325). Delivery “The beauty of our business is that hours are Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.– you can use us not only for individual 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.– 9 p.m. Frimeal deliveries to businesses and homes, day and Saturday hours are the same, but also for catering,” Mekdeci explains. but deliveries are available until 9:30 Breast Cancer Awareness p.m. both days and noon–9 p.m. on To help raise awareness for Breast Sundays. And, if you’re interested in Cancer Awareness month, which runs partnering with Mobile Meals, simply through October 31, Mobile Meals is col- click on the “Support” tab, and then lecting donations for the H. Lee Moffitt on “Partnerships” when you visit the Cancer Institute & Research Center (loMobile Meals website.
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Wolf’s Den — Your Neighborhood Diner Is Focusing On What It Does Best! By Gary Nager The last time I wrote about Wolf’s Den restaurant owner Roger Wolf, I was telling you about the passing of Roger’s beloved wife Patty (“Patty Wolf - The Smile & Spirit Of Wolf’s Den - Remembered At Memorial,” March 16, 2013) from ovarian cancer. Fast forward just seven short months and a lot has happened at Wolf’s Den, which Roger and I both like to call “Wesley Chapel’s Neighborhood Diner,” located on S.R. 56, in front of Sam’s Club. The man who was among the first U.S. troops to serve in Vietnam nearly 50 years ago (when he was just 17) has been looking for the best way to expand his hours and menu at one of our area’s most successful mom-and-pop eateries. First, he looked at moving, because there simply wasn’t an adjacent space to his in his current plaza. But, when a deal to open directly across Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd. from the new Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel (in the spaces previously occupied by Baja Fresh and other now-closed eateries), Roger decided to expand his hours and his menu at his existing location and he also plans to one day get a beer and wine license. In the meantime, Roger has greatly
expanded his service area at Wolf’s Den by creating an attractive and well-covered patio area, perfect for the cooler weather heading our way soon. “We even welcome to bring their pets, if they want to dine outside here,” Roger says. But, after about a month of being open for dinner every day, Roger decided to “go back to focusing on what we do best — serving the best breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch in the area at the best possible prices,” although Wolf’s Den is still staying open for dinner on Thursday and Friday (until 8 p.m.). It also is now open Saturday-Wednesday from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. “Unfortunately, not enough people thought of coming here for dinner,” Roger says, “although people who did come really liked our new dinner entrées, so we are keeping those around. But now,” he laughs, “you can order them for lunch or even breakfast, if you like.” My favorite dinner entrée at Wolf’s Den is still Roger’s uniquely crispy, but always juicy golden fried chicken, which I usually get with mashed potatoes and gravy and either fresh green beans or Roger’s homemade cole slaw, but I have enjoyed his veal parmesan, fried pork tenderloin and (even though I’m not the biggest BBQ fan), his new BBQ entrées,
including BBQ brisket, pulled pork, chicken and the tantalizing ribs pictured at the top of this page and, of course, all of the fixins’ for your BBQ favorites, including some of the best baked beans I’ve had in this area. Roger says that his liver & onions dinner and his Friday all-you-can-eat fish fry are also popular dinner choices.
Among our editor’s favorites at Wolf’s Den on S.R. 56 in Wesley Chapel are (top left) the BBQ ribs, all of the breakfast items pictured above and even the unique thickcrust pizza (left). Photos by Jayne Baker.
Back To Breakfast Basics
I will admit, however, that my favorite meal at Wolf’s Den is still breakfast. I can get my eggs over easy, my hash browns and bacon extra crispy, deliciously creamy grits and even add extras like homemade waffles, French toast or fluffy, larger-than-plate-sized pancakes topped
Other great choices at Wolf’s Den include (l. to r.) the golden fried chicken, corned beef Reuben sandwich, triple-decker turkey club sandwich and the turkey burger with crispy waffle fries. Photos by Gary Nager
with steaming hot blueberries or other tasty toppings. “And I know no one in this area can touch our prices for the quality and portion size of our breakfast,” Roger says, confidently. “This place is packed every morning for breakfast.” I also have met a lot of people at Wolf’s Den who order their favorite breakfast items for lunch during the week, too, and of course, there can be lines on Saturdays and especially on Sundays for brunch, but Roger’s professional staff always makes sure you get in and out as quickly as possible. For lunch, in addition to the afore-
mentioned dinner entrées, Wolf’s Den is a great place for delicious, overstuffed sandwiches — including juicy burgers, open-faced roast beef sandwiches with gravy, an excellent corned beef Reuben, aptly-named Patty melt, huge tripledecker turkey club and so many more, I can’t name them all. On my most recent lunch visit, I really enjoyed Wolf’s Den’s tasty turkey burger and extra crispy waffle fries that are better than you’ll find anywhere (straight fries available, too).
Den, I actually prefer the still-crisp and hearty, thick-crust pizzas at Wolf’s Den. “We also can create a take-and-bake pizza with any toppings you like,” Roger says. “You take it home, pop it in the oven, and in 20 or 30 minutes, you have a delicious, fresh pizza that’s better than anything you’ll find at a grocery store.” And, with the coupons you’ll find in
Wolf’s Den’s ad on page 56 of this issue, you can save $1.50 on any small or medium pizza, or $2 off a large. Or, save 10% off of your breakfast, lunch or dinner, or $5 off any order of $25 or more. For additional information, visit Wolf’s Den in the Seven Oaks plaza at 27607 S.R. 56, call 907-9124 or visit WolfsDenRestaurant.com.
Although Wolf’s Den isn’t a “pizza place,” I have to admit that I’m impressed with Roger’s pizza. Although I normally prefer my pizza New Yorkstyle, with a crisp, thin crust, at Wolf’s
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The Latest & Greatest News About Dining, Shopping, Retail & More In New Tampa & Wesley Chapel! Walmart On S.R. 54 To Begin Construction
Construction is set to begin on the Walmart at the intersection of S.R. 54 and Pointe Pleasant Blvd./Wiregrass Ranch Blvd. in Wesley Chapel. A Site Development Permit dated September 30 has been posted at the site, which will cover 35 acres on the northern section of the Wiregrass Ranch Development of Regional Impact (DRI), more than 196,000 sq.-ft. of which will be used for the retail store, which will include a Garden Center of more than 21,000-sq.-ft. Pasco County development review manager Amanda Boone says that once that permit has been issued, construction can begin. The county also currently is reviewing plans for a Chase Bank to be located on an outparcel on the southwest corner of S.R. 54 and Wiregrass Ranch Blvd. A definite completion date for the store was unavailable and Walmart representatives
were not reached for comment. — MW
New Tampa Chiropractic’s 2nd Grand Opening
Congratulations go out to my friend and fellow Rotarian Dr. William Scheu and his amazing staff at the New Tampa Chiropractic & Injury Center (photo below), who celebrated the Grand Opening of the office’s new location in the Cypress Ridge Professional Park just off S.R. 56 in Wesley Chapel on October 3. The crowded (at least 40 or so people) Open House event featured delicious food by Ghada Jadallah of A Dash of Salt & Pepper (on Cross Creek Blvd.), as well as a Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting. The new office, which is much larger and has more private treatment, rehab and massage therapy rooms than New Tampa Chiro’s now-closed old office (which was next to the Super Target on Bruce B. Downs Blvd., or BBD), is elegant, comfortable and
The New Tampa Chiropractic & Injury Center celebrates its Grand Opening off S.R. 56.
definitely a lot more functional. “My staff, my family and I are definitely all happier here,” Dr. Scheu said during the event. “Our patients are having no problem finding us and we’re not missing out on much walk-in traffic because there never really was very much of it at our old location.” For more info about New Tampa Chiropractic & Injury Center (2312 Crestover Lane, Suite 102, Wesley Chapel) — including info about the Licensed Therapeutic Massage, weight loss, core strengthening and of course, chiropractic and injury rehab services & more, call 994-6111 or visit ConfortiChiropractic.com. — GN
D’Alessio’s & OTB Café To Open Across From FHWC
Two new restaurants are poised to fill the voids in the Shoppes of Wesley Chapel shopping plaza, which is located directly across BBD from Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel (FHWC) and already is home to Dickey’s BBQ, The Hungry Greek & the Latin Twist Café. Moving into the space vacated by Baja Fresh is D’Alessio’s Restaurante, which will be a casual fine dining Italian restaurant and gourmet pizzeria. Owner Dom D’Alessio says his brother owns Francesco’s Pizzeria in Dade City, which has been very successful, “but this will be a little more upscale, with fine wines, beer and a unique Italian menu.” Dom says D’Alessio’s should open sometime in November. In addition, according to a flier posted on the window, Only The Best (O.T.B.) Delights Café will be moving
into the space vacated by The Brewhouse coffee shop and Buddy’s Hot Dogs“We will be up early to provide you, our guest, a savory breakfast to start your day,” the flier reads. “We are working hard to open soon and can’t wait to see you!” The flier says that the restaurant will focus on using local ingredients that don’t include unnatural nitrates, antibiotics or hormones and try to use as little processed food as possible. No additional info was available at our press time. — GN & MW
Here & There, This & That!
If you went to Bonefish Grill in the Shoppes of New Tampa at Wesley Chapel plaza on BBD earlier this month, you may have found the popular eatery closed for renovations. Although it is now reopened, the renovations were primarily to the kitchen, so don’t expect a whole new look if you visit Bonefish — but feel free to tell them we sent you! Meanwhile, we’re still waiting for official announcements about the opening of the new Ciccio’s California Cuisine in the old World of Beer space in the Shoppes at The Pointe plaza in Tampa Palms and the new Vallarta’s Restaurante Mexicano in the most recent Ciccio’s space in City Plaza at Tampa Palms, but we’ve been told that both are still “coming soon.” Vallarta’s may be open as early as next month, and there also is talk of Ciccio’s opening on December 3. We’ve also heard a rumor that Lee Roy Selmon’s is once again planning to reopen in its original New Tampa location, but we’ll keep you posted. — GN
Win $100 In FREE Dining In Our 2013 Dining Survey & Contest! Please fill in as many categories as possible and all of the personal info requested. One winner, drawn at random from all legitimate entries, will receive a $100 gift card to the restaurant of his or her choice in the Tampa Bay area! To help you remember the different local independent restaurants in New Tampa & Wesley Chapel, we have provided an alphabetical list of them (& their locations) to choose from in each category, although you can write in your other favorites in each category, too, in the “Write-In” space. Fast food & national & regional chains with more than 20 locations are not listed, although you can vote for them in any category by writing them in. — GN __Mulligan’s Irish Pub (Pebble Creek CC) My Favorite Restaurants In New Tampa (Number your 5 favorites #1-#5) __New China King (Cross Creek) __Oakley’s Grille (North Palms/BBD) __Acropolis (Oak Ramble) __Peabody’s Billiards & Games (Amberly) __Apna Kabab House (Live Oak/BBD) __ Petra Mediterranean Cuisine (Highwoods) __Back 9 Café (Heritage Isles CC) __Pita’s Republic (County Line Rd.) __Biagio’s II Pizza & Pasta (Cross Creek) __Pizzazone (Tampa Palms) __Big Papa’s Pit (Bearss Ave.) __PJ Dolan’s Irish Pub (Bearss Ave.) __Burger 21 (Trout Creek/BBD) __Saffron Indian Cuisine (Cross Creek) __Café Olé (Cross Creek) __Seasons Fresh Café (Bearss Ave.) __Cappy’s Pizza (City Plaza, NEW) __Soho Sushi (Bearss Ave.) __Casa Ramos (Shoppes of Amberly) __Stonewood Grill & Tavern (Tampa Palms) __China City (City Plaza) __Sushi Café (Highwoods) __China Wok (County Line Rd.) __Sushi Ko (New Tampa Center) __Cross Creek Deli (Shell station) __Sukhothai (Highwoods) __Full Circle Pizza (Pebble Creek) __Takara Sushi & Sake Lounge (Oak Ramble) __Fushia Asian Bistro (Shoppes of Amberly) __Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club __Hawkeye NYS Pizza (Cross Creek/BP) __Taste of New York Pizza (Highwoods) __Ho King (Highwoods) __Thai Ruby (Shoppes of Amberly) __Hunter’s Green Country Club __Toast Fine Wine & Café (Oak Ramble) __Kobé Japanese Steakhouse (Pebble Creek) __Top Thai (Live Oak) __Koizi Hibachi Grill (Tampa Palms) __Woodfired Pizza (Bearss Ave.) __La Cubanita Café (New Tampa Center) __Zeko’s Express (New Tampa Center Mobil) __La Fuente Mexican Cuisine (Cross Creek) __Write-In (must name)___________________ __Lanna Thai (old Ploy Thai; Cross Creek) __Write-In (must name)___________________ __Las Palmas Café (Pebble Creek) __Write-In (must name)___________________ __Liang’s Bistro (North Palms/BBD) __Write-In (must name)___________________ __Little Greek (New Tampa Center) __Write-In (must name)___________________ __Mr. Dunderbak’s (Oak Ramble)
My Favorite Restaurants In Wesley Chapel (Number your 5 favorites #1-#5)
__Asian Buffet (Shoppes at New Tampa) __Amici Pizza (Grand Oaks Plaza) __Bagelicious & More (Freedom Plaza/54) __Best NY Pizza (Pinebrook Plaza/S.R. 54) __Bonsai Sushi (Shoppes at New Tampa) __Bosco’s Italian To Go (Freedom Plaza/54) __Burger Monger (Shoppes at New Tampa) __Café Fresco (S.R. 56) __China Taste (Shoppes at New Tampa) __China Wok (Village Market) __Ciao! Italian Bistro (Wiregrass Mall) __CineBistro (The Grove) __Dempsey’s Steak House (Saddlebrook) __Dempsey’s Too Lounge (Saddlebrook) __Don Pan Int’l Bakery (Shoppes at NT ) __Fine Thai Express (S.R. 54) __Gonna China (Hollybrook Plaza) __GrillSmith (Wiregrass Mall) __Hibachi Express (Village Market) __Ho Wok (next to Target) __Hungry Greek (across BBD from FHWC) __Kwan Ming Bistro (S.R. 56) __La Prima Pizza (next to Target/BBD) __Latin Twist Café (across BBD from FHWC) __Lexington Oaks Golf Club
__900º Woodfired Pizza (Wiregrass Mall) __NY NY Pizza (BBD in Seven Oaks) __PDQ (S.R. 56) __PizzaMania (Wiregrass Mall) __Poolside Café (Saddlebrook) __PrimeBar (Wiregrass Mall) __Quail Hollow Country Club __Shang Hai Chinese (Eiland Blvd./Publix) __ Taste of Boston (Shoppes at New Tampa) __TD’s Sports Bar (Saddlebrook) __365 Caffé Italiano (Wiregrass Mall) __Tokyo Grill & Sushi (Eiland Blvd./Publix) __Vallarta’s (Village Market) __Woody’s Pizza & Wings (Village Market) __Wolf’s Den (S.R. 56) __Yamato Japanese Steakhouse (Wiregrass) __Write-In (must name)___________________ __Write-In (must name)___________________ __Write-In (must name)___________________ __Write-In (must name)___________________ __Write-In (must name)___________________ Please only put each numeral (#s 1-5) on each list once each, including your writeins. We apologize for any inconvenience to independent restaurants not listed here.
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My Favorite Chinese Restaurants In New Tampa & Wesley Chapel (Pick or write-in one)
__Asian Buffet (Shoppes at New Tampa) __China City (City Plaza) __China Taste (Shoppes at New Tampa) __China Wok (County Line Rd.) __China Wok (Village Market) __Fushia Asian Bistro (Shoppes of Amberly) My Favorite Japanese & Sushi Restaurants In New Tampa & Wesley Chapel (Pick or write-in one)
__Asian Buffet (Shoppes at New Tampa) __Bonsai Sushi (Shoppes at New Tampa) __Hibachi Express (Village Market) __Kobé Japanese Steakhouse (Pebble Creek) __Koizi Hibachi Grill (Tampa Palms) My Favorite Thai/Indian Restaurants In New Tampa & Wesley Chapel (Pick or write-in one)
__Fine Thai Express (S.R. 54) __Lanna Thai (old Ploy Thai; Cross Creek)
My Favorite Pizza Places In New Tampa & Wesley Chapel (Number no more than #s 1-5)
__Amici Pizza (Grand Oaks Plaza) __Best NY Pizza (Pinebrook Plaza/S.R. 54) __Biagios II Pizza & Pasta (Cross Creek) __Bosco’s Italian To Go (Freedom Plaza/54) __Ciao! Italian Bistro (Wiregrass Mall) __Full Circle Pizza (Pebble Creek) __Hawkeye NYS Pizza (Cross Creek) __La Prima Pizza (next to Target) __900º Woodfired Pizza (Wiregrass Mall) __NY NY Pizza (BBD in Seven Oaks)
__Gonna China (Hollybrook Plaza) __Ho King (Highwoods) __Ho Wok (next to Target) __Kwan Ming Bistro (S.R. 56) __Liang’s Bistro (North Palms/BBD) __New China King (Cross Creek) __Shang Hai Chinese (Eiland Blvd./Publix) __Sushi Ko (New Tampa Center) __Write-In (must name)___________________ __Soho Sushi (Bearss Ave.) __Sushi Café (Highwoods) __Sushi Ko (New Tampa Center) __Sukhothai (Highwoods) __Takara Sushi & Sake Lounge (Oak Ramble) __Tokyo Grill & Sushi (Eiland Blvd./Publix) __Yamato Japanese Stkhs (Wiregrass Mall) __Write-In (must name)___________________ __Saffron Indian Cuisine (Cross Creek) __Sukhothai (Highwoods) __Thai Ruby (Shoppes of Amberly) __Top Thai (Live Oak) __Write-In (must name)___________________
__Peabody’s Billiards & Games __PizzaMania (Wiregrass Mall) __Pizzazone (Tampa Palms) __Taste of New York Pizza (Highwoods) __Woodfired Pizza (Bearss Ave.) __Woody’s Pizza & Wings (Village Market) __Wolf’s Den (S.R. 56) __Write-In (must name)___________________ __Write-In (must name)___________________ __Write-In (must name)___________________ __Write-In (must name)___________________ __Write-In (must name)___________________
My Favorite Hamburger Restaurant In New Tampa & Wesley Chapel (Pick or write-in one)
__Burger Monger (Shoppes at New Tampa) __Burger 21 (Trout Creek/BBD) __Café Fresco (S.R. 56) __Dempsey’s Too Lounge (Saddlebrook) __GrillSmith (Wiregrass Mall) __Hunter’s Green Country Club __Lexington Oaks Golf Club My Favorite Latin/Mexican Restaurants In New Tampa & Wesley Chapel (Pick or write-in one)
__Café Olé (Cross Creek) __Casa Ramos (Shoppes of Amberly) __Café Fresco (S.R. 56) __Don Pan Int’l Bakery (Shoppes at NT )
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My Favorite Greek/Mediterranean Restaurants In New Tampa/Wesley Chapel (Pick or write-in one)
__Acropolis (Oak Ramble) __Apna Kabab House (Live Oak) __Hungry Greek (across BBD from FHWC) My Favorite Bars & Taverns In New Tampa & Wesley Chapel (Number no more than #s 1-5)
__Acropolis (Oak Ramble) __Back 9 Café (Heritage Isles CC) __CineBistro (The Grove) __Dempsey’s Steak House (Saddlebrook) __Dempsey’s Too Lounge (Saddlebrook) __GrillSmith (Wiregrass Mall) __Halftime Sports Lounge (New Tampa Ctr) __Hunter’s Green Country Club __Lexington Oaks Golf Club __Linkster’s Tap Room (Highwoods)
__Mulligan’s Irish Pub (Pebble Creek CC) __Oakley’s Grille (North Palms) __Peabody’s Billiards & Games (Amberly) __PJ Dolan’s Irish Pub (Bearss Ave.) __Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club __Poolside Café (Saddlebrook) __ Taste of Boston (Shoppes at New Tampa) __TD’s Sports Bar (Saddlebrook) __Wolf’s Den (S.R. 56) __Write-In (must name)___________________ __La Cubanita Café (New Tampa Center) __La Fuente Mexican Cuisine (Cross Creek) __Las Palmas Café (Pebble Creek) __Latin Twist Café (across BBD from FHWC) __Vallarta’s (Village Market) __Little Greek (New Tampa Center) __ Petra Mediterranean Cuisine (Highwoods) __Pita’s Republic (County Line Rd.) __Zeko’s Express (New Tampa Center Mobil) __Write-In (must name)___________________ __Mulligan’s Irish Pub (Pebble Creek CC) __Peabody’s Billiards & Games (Amberly) __PJ Dolan’s Irish Pub (Bearss Ave.) __Poolside Café (Saddlebrook) __PrimeBar (Wiregrass Mall) __Quail Hollow Country Club __Skinny’s Sports Bar (S.R. 54) __Stonewood Grill & Tavern (Tampa Palms) __Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club __TD’s Sports Bar (Saddlebrook) __Toast Fine Wine & Café (Oak Ramble) __Write-In (must name)___________________ __Write-In (must name)___________________
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PHYSICAL THERAPIST – An established New Tampa outpatient clinic is hiring a parttime PT to provide customized, one-on-one care. Fax resume to (813) 994-3080 HELP WANTED – Full Circle Pizza & Grill is looking for an EXPERIENCED pizza maker/line cook. NO phone calls. Walk-ins with resumes ONLY. 19651 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Suite B2, Mon-Sat, 11 a.m.– 8 p.m. Ask for Ron.
FOR RENT - exington Oaks Golf Community; Pimlico Village: 2/bedroom 2/bath with office/den. 2/car garage 1500 sqaure feet. Gated/maintenance free Appliances included. wood floors. window treatments custom cabinets and master closet. Ceiling fans. community pool and fitness center. $1,300/ month. Want to hear more? Please call Alan at 813.917.3686.
M I S C E L L A N E O U S NO TIME - NEED TO RUN ERRANDS or STRANDED? Call 813-263-4244 for: Professional Assistance, Concierge Services, Confidant/Companion,Transportation, Errands, Personal and Professional Care. Hourly, Daily & Long Term Rates Tampa Palms/New Tampa Area TRUSTWORTHY, RELIABLE, FRIENDLY Fictitious Name Notice: - Notice is hereby given that the undersigned, desiring to engage in business under the fictitious name of KC2 Kreations at the address of 27842 Green Willow Run, Wesley Chapel FL 33544 intends to register said name with the Secretary of State, State of Florida in compliance with the section 865.09 (Chapter 90-267) Florida Statutes. Wesley Chapel, Pasco County, Florida. Sept 25, 2013. Kandi L Custer
PIANO LESSONS/TUTORING - Located in Live Oak Preserve for children, teens, and adults. I am a highly qualified/certified Florida teacher specializing in piano, music theory, language arts, reading, writing, geography, elementary math, beginning Spanish, and FCAT/test preparation. Mention this ad and receive your first session for FREE! Now scheduling for the new 2013-2014 school year! Contact Mrs. Daley at 813-4681424 to reserve your spot!
TAI CHI CLASSES - open to the public at the Club Tampa Palms. Benefits: Strength, Flexibility, Balance, Focus and reduced stress. New Beginner 6 week courses starting every few months. Adults Course: Thursday evening’s 7-8 pm. Seniors Course: Tuesday afternoons 12-1 pm. Space is limited! Also personal instruction in Tai Chi, Kempo Karate, Boot Camp Fitness training and more. With more than 30 years of training and teaching experience. Please contact me for more details or go to: chuan-fa.org. Peter #787-7560 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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DRY WALL SPECIALIST - Not a handyman. Affordable Quality Work repairing water damage, ceilings and walls, retexturing, popcorn removal, room additions, cracks, holes, plaster and stucco repair. 26 Years Experience. Wesley Chapel resident. State Certified. Call Ron for a free estimate (813) 784-5999
M.Y. CLEANING SERVICE - Offering Residential cleaning, complete bath & kitchen cleaning, as well as dusting & polishing furniture. We provide our own supplies. Free estimates! Your satisfaction is our priority! With 5 years of experience, we guarantee meticulous cleaning! Call Mila: (813) 516-3554.
NEED HOME MAINTENANCE – Almost any job, large or small, ext/int, fencing , screening, sm. concrete, sprinklers, painting, repairs, int. doors, locks, sheet rock, windows, paint, caulk, grout, trim, shelving, garages organized. Installations, removals, pressure washing, wood restoration & more. Call Dale’s Home Maintenance @ 973-0194 or 727-2582.
DISCOUNT JUNK REMOVAL!!! - No job to big or to small! Same day service. Senior discount. Servicing the New Tampa & Wesley Chapel, as well as surrounding areas for over 11 years. Furniture, yard debris, garage clean out, & any other items. Call Lamar Today – 813.285.4674.
GREG’S PAPERHANGING – For all of your wallpapering needs. Licensed & insured, clean, quick & reasonable. Call 973-2767 for free estimate.
LICENSED MOBILE MASSAGE THERAPIST Available seven days a week, 9am -9pm. $55 for 1 hour! Types of massage available: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Aroma Therapy, Hot Stone, Corporate Seated, Pregnancy, Sports & Injury Rehab. References available. www.barkdollmassagetherapy.com CALL (727) 372-6389 Lic #MA47546.
RAYMOND PAINTING – Interior & Exterior pressure washing, paper hanging, plaster, stucco, tiles, clean & seal pavers, roofing leaks, etc. Licensed & Bonded. References available. Free Estimates. Your Neighborhoond Arbor Greene Resident. We work 7 days. Call 9945124.
INDIVIDUAL & COUPLES COUNSELING - Over 90 years of personable & experienced therapy & testing services. Better Business Bureau Accredited. With 6 clinicians, we’ll find the best therapist for you. Call (813) 418-7188 or DrP@phonepremier.com. Website: www.Tampa-Therapy.com
DAVID BRIDGES PRESSURE CLEANING - Complete exterior cleaning of your home or business with a professional and personal touch. - Pool decks and screen enclosures - All fencing/ driveways and walkways/roofs - Gutter and downspouts. Find your happiness in a fresh, bright clean home. Your neighbors will love you for it! All work guaranteed. Licensed and insured. (813) 215-1177
COMPUTER SERVICES PROFESSIONAL TECH SUPPORT – in your home or small business. A+ certified computer tech with 20 years of exp. Maintenance & repairs, upgrades & tutoring. More affordable than the large chains! Friendly, personalized svc. Technical jargon explained in plain English. Remote assistance available. References available upon request. Call 957-8342 for free estimate. DO YOU HATE YOUR COMPUTER?!? - WE CAN HELP YOU! Troubleshooting, installation, networking & virus removal. WE COME TO YOU! Servicing residential & businesses, w/ over 25 years experience. Contact Jeffrey Blank (813) 9734507 today! www.WSICA.COM; Wsica@wsica.com
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LOST - Chain Bracelet - lost during Hunter's Green Yard Sale: Sentimental & small reward for return. Call 813-994-5209 & leave message.
WEST COAST FLOORING INC - Hardwood, Laminate, and Carpet; Over 25 years experience in sales and installations; Repairs: Large and small jobs; We even do exterior pavers; Free estimates Call Doug at (813) 215-4817 D & D PRESSURE WASHING - licensed and insured. We clean driveways, sidewalks, homes, pool decks, screen enclosures, fences and other items. Free estimates. Call Dina or Doug 813-949-5131 www.ddpressurewash.com
TAMPA CAT LADY- Professional Cat-Sitting Service. Cats are happiest in their own home, surrounded by familiar sights, sounds, & smells. When you are away, we feed, cuddle, & play with your kitties & clean & dispose of litter. Insured, bonded, & Red-Cross certified in pet first aid/CPR. Call 813-994-9449 or visit www.TampaCatLady.com
Squeaky Clean Home Services - is a residential cleaning company offering weekly, biweekly, and monthly services. We also specialize in move-in/move-out cleanup. All supplies & equipment provided. We are an Owner Operator company w/ over 20 years experience. "If it Needs to be Clean, We're your Team! Call us for your free in home estimate today! 813-625-6045 D-ULTRA CLEANING SERVICE - We have our own supplies & more than 300 clients in New Tampa! For more information, Call 758-9710. CLEANING, LAUNDRY, YOU NAME IT! $68.00 introductory special, Mon-Wed. Make your list, put us to work! Anna's Housekeeping A BBB Accredited Business Servicing Florida since 1991. We have private housekeeper rates with agency backup coverage! Licensed and all housekeepers are background checked. Call 813.985.1150.
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TRANQUILITY POOL SERVICE - New Tampa owned & operated. Gareat Pricing with outstanding customer service! LICENSED, BONDED & INSURED. See why we are New Tampa and Wesley Chapel’s #1 Choice!! New customer’s ONE MONTH FREE! Call Chris Today @ (813) 857-5400 or visit www.TranquilityPoolService.com AQUATEC POOL SERVICE - keeping pools clear & swim safe since 1994. WE DO POOLS RIGHT! Commercial & Residential. CPO #33303052 Licensed & Insured. Service guarantee. Call (813) 312-5694 TODAY and get 1 MONTH OF QUALITY SERVICE FOR FREE. www.aquatecpool.com
JASMINE’S LANDSCAPING - Complete lawn maintenance, Tree, palm and hedge trimming, Planting, mulching, stones, Sod replacement, Pressure washing, Gutter cleaning and more. Cited by your HOA for violations? Need to comply for: Pressure washing, Trimming, Mulching, Sod replacement, Sprinkler repair or Mailbox repair or replacements? Ask about our HOA SPECIAL! FREE ESTIMATE! (813) 420-4465 AMERICAN PRIDE LAWN CARE- A weekly full service lawn maintenance company. Services include; professional mowing, edging, trimming, blowing of debris, tree & shrub trimming, yard cleanup, yard enhancements. Owner Operator Company Built on Service & Trust! Licensed & Insured. Affordable prices, call today for your free estimate. 813-458-4778
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CAR SERVICES – Don’t Have a Ride? Don’t Want to Leave Your Car? Shouldn’t Drive? We Drive You and Your Car Home! Night Clubs, Corporate Events, Sporting Events, Concerts, Appointments, Airport or Stranded..Call Jay at (813) 966-1530.