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83-Year-Old Veteran Joins Newsome Grads To Earn High School Diploma

Four-Term Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee To Retire September 30

qualify.” When Marty After staff Sullivan helped Sullivan received his with his paperdiploma from work to achieve Joe E. the diploma, Newsome High they offered him School as a the opportunity member of the to walk in a graduating class graduation cereof 2017 last mony with the month, he realNewsome Class ized a dream of 2017. that began more “Employees and than 50 years students at ago. Newsome High Sullivan, School enthusiwho is 83 years astically signed old and now Newsome High School Principal Carla Bruning prelives in Valrico’s sented 83-year-old Class of 2017 graduate, Marty on,” said Hillsborough Strawberry Sullivan, with a box of letters from students and community members at the Senior Breakfast. County Media Ridge communiRelations Representative Michelle Van ty, left high school at 17 to join the Navy. He spent two years fighting in the Korean Dyke. The 550+ students of Newsome’s War and then started his life without finclass of 2017 welcomed Sullivan at their ishing high school. In the 1990s, he and senior breakfast and graduation ceremohis wife Alice moved to Valrico and ny at the Florida State Fairgrounds on Sullivan started volunteering at the May 19. Hillsborough County Veterans Park and “I think I speak for the entire the Rear Admiral LeRoy Collins, Jr. Veterans Museum. Through his volunteer Wolfpack community when I say that this is not an honor for Mr. Sullivan, but an work, he connected with representatives honor for Newsome,” said Sarah Boyer, from Hillsborough County Consumer and Newsome principal’s secretary. “This is Veterans Services who realized that he qualified to receive a high school diploma. definitely proof that you are never too old to get an education.” “Florida has a program that states Family members may also apply for that any veteran who served in the military before finishing high school is eligible diplomas posthumously for veterans. For information or assistance obtaining this or to receive a full diploma, as long as they other military benefits available through earned honorable discharge,” said Marty Hillsborough County Consumer and Ryan, Community Relations and Veterans Services, call 635-8316 or visit Engagement Representative with .HCFLGov.net/Veterans. Newsome High Hillsborough County Consumer and School is located at 16550 FishHawk Veterans Services. “This is a very under Blvd. in Lithia and can be reached at 740used program and we would love to get the word out to all veterans that they may 4600.

of our community is very important to me. I have dedicated my life to serving others and hope that I have served well. Throughout the years, serving the community has been my priority and it has been an honor and privilege to serve with you by my side.” Perhaps the best thing about this community leader is his truly genuine care for those After serving the community for nearly four decades, fourterm Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee has announced whom he worked with his retirement effective at the end of September. Gee’s and those he served over potential successors include a pair of agency veterans. the years. After nearly four decades of serving Florida Gov. Rick Scott will now his community in a great number of law appoint an interim sheriff to serve enforcement functions, four-term Hillsborough County until a new sheriff is Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee elected at the next general election in has decided to retire effective September November 2018. 30. Residents can expect their next While not unexpected, the announce- Sheriff appointed from within the Sheriff's ment has saddened many that have had Office. the privilege of knowing and working with Potential successors include Gee who has led the agency unopposed Colonels Chad Chronister and Donna for the past 13 years and would have like- Lusczynski. ly continued such a status in 2018. While also a possible successor, But, Gee said it was time. HCSO Chief Deputy José M. Docobo is “After over 40 years of law enforceStory Continued on Page 5 ment service, I have decided to retire at the end of September,” Gee wrote in an email to his employees while announcing In This his decision, which he said, “has not been Issue made lightly and was one of the most difficult decisions that I have made in my HOA HOT TOPICS ...............................PG 7 career.” The Sheriff’s career began 38 years HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS............PG 13 ago as a patrol deputy, followed by servMOSQUITO FISH ..............................PG 15 ing as a homicide investigator, Internal Affairs supervisor, public information offiMOTORING ......................................PG 27 cer, chief financial officer and chief SPORTS CONNECTION...............PGS 32‐33 deputy. Gee was elected Sheriff of CHALKLINES .....................................PG 37 Hillsborough County in 2004 and was reARTS & ENTERTAINMENT................PG 42 elected—unopposed—in 2008, 2012 and in 2016. EYE ON BUSINESS...........................PGS 45 During his long career Gee has enjoyed a long list of awards, honor and READ MORE LOCAL NEWS ONLINE accolades while humbly stated, “Each of www.ospreyobserver.com my Sheriff's Office family and the citizens

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Fourth Of July Parade Celebrates Brandon’s History Through The Decades By Kathy L. Collins

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Come out with family and friends and continue or start the tradition of attending The Community Roundtable's Annual Brandon 4th of July Parade. The parade is held on the 4th of July beginning at 10 a.m. in the heart of Brandon.

The Annual Brandon 4th of July Parade presented by The Community Roundtable will be held on Tuesday, July 4. The parade begins at 10 a.m. at the Law Offices of Reed & Reed at the corner of Lumsden and Parsons. The route will continue north on Parsons, stop at the reviewing stand located in front of Nature's Health Foods at Parsons and Oakfield, continue west on Robertson and end in the Publix parking lot at Buckingham Place. This year marks the 60th anniversary of both The Community Roundtable and the parade itself. It also marks the 160th anniversary of John and Martha Brandon’s arrival in the area. To celebrate these milestones, this year’s parade theme is Through the Decades. Parade participants are choosing the decade of

their origin or significant anniversary to honor the theme. John Noriega of Bill’s Prescriptions is this year’s Grand Marshall. Janine Nickerson, president of The Community Roundtable said, “Noriega’s store celebrated their 60th anniversary, so asking him to be the Grand Marshall was a perfect match.” Nickerson added, “This Independence Day Parade is a tradition for many Brandon family residents. Often, the Community Roundtable is told, ‘my grandparents brought me to the parade and now I am bringing my grandchildren as part of our holiday celebration.’” Brandon’s 4th of July Parade is a great tradition that celebrates the residents, schools, organizations and

non-profits of the greater Brandon area. The parade features floats, marching bands, dancers and more. Included in the line-up this year will be the 2017 Honorary Mayor who will be announced that morning and the winner of The Community Roundtable’s Father of the Year. You can also see Walt Raysick, the winner of the Alice B. Tompkins Award (an award given to someone who epitomizes service to the community) and the winner of the Maureen Krzanowski Scholarship, Melissa Chin, a member of Riverview High School’s class of 2017. You will also see the 2017 Non-

Profit of the Year, Portamento of Hope Café. The founder, Lela Lilyquist, along with its volunteers will be celebrated for the great work they do in the community. The Parade Committee is looking for sponsors and volunteers. Students in need of community service hours can have fun and help the community by volunteering for set up and clean up. For more information on the 2017 4th of July Parade, please contact The Community Roundtable at 6614350 or email at roundtable2008@aol.com or visit www.thecommunityroundtable.org.

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AJ’s Fine Wines Partners With Rosati’s Pizza For Great Father’s Day Keepsake

Jay Feaster Signs On To Speak To Teachers At Back To School Luncheon

AJ’s Fine Wines & Liquors in Valrico is partnering with its new neighbor Rosati’s Chicago Pizza for a great Father's day gift event. Swing by the store, located in the Shoppes of Lithia Publix plaza between now and Tuesday, June 13, the evening of the event, to have a specialty message personally engraved Aj’s Fine Wines & Liquors owner Ajay Jambhekar is offering an event with personally engraved Jack Daniels bottles just on a Jack Daniels in time for Father’s Day. bottle. Bottles very high quality for an affordable include Jack Daniel Single Barrel, price. Gentleman Jack 750 & 175 bottles “There are two things you think and Woodford Reserve 750 & 175 about when you taste a drink,” said bottles. This engraving event is comJambhekar. “How it tastes in your pliments of Jack Daniels who will mouth, and how smooth it is going have engravers on site in the store down. That is what differentiates the during the event from 6-9 p.m. good products from the bad.” “We had a similar event around AJ’s sells craft beers, gluten free Christmas,” describes store owner beers, organic beer and wine as well Ajay Jambhekar. “And we had a a variety of IPA’s and stouts. It has as record breaking event with ninety bota walk-in beer cooler, a self-serve bar tles engraved.” and a patio bar. “Whomever you get this engraved AJ's Fine Wine & Liquors, 3443 bottle for can drink the whiskey, and Pinecrest Road, Valrico, FL Lithia use the bottle as a decoration, it’s a 33596. For more information, call memorable item,” added Jambhekar. Rosati's Chicago Pizza is 654-6488. AJ’s carries a very broad variety open in the same plaza, for more of spirits and liqueurs, and if the store information, doesn’t have what shoppers are lookvisit www.rosatispizza.com or call ing for, the owner will order it special 643-1003. for the customer. The products are

Jay Feaster, was recogVice President of nized as “The Community Sporting News Hockey Executive of Development for the Year” by a the Tampa Bay vote of his Lightning will be peers that the guest speaker year. at the upcoming “Returning Back to School to the Tampa Teacher area and our Luncheon. Feaster home in Jay Feaster has returned to the Lightning signed on to the Brandon was Organization as VP of Community Hockey Valrico/FishHawk Development. He is happy to return to his home a great opporin the Brandon area. Chamber event tunity for my which will host teachers from 18 area family and me, and coming back for a schools to a special luncheon on second stint with the Lightning and Friday, August 4 at Bloomingdale High working for the greatest owner in the School. game, Jeff Vinik, has been a thrill for He returned to Tampa in July 2014 me professionally and personally. after spending four years in Calgary, Thanks to Jeff, as well as the NHL and Alberta, Canada, first as Assistant NHLPA, through the Industry Growth General Manager and then as General Fund, we are going to introduce our Manager of the Calgary Flames great sport to 100,000 youngsters and Hockey Club. 500 schools by the close of the 2019In his current position with the 20 academic year. We have visited Lightning, he is tasked with growing more than 200 schools and distributed participation in the game at all levels, more than 58,000 Lightning-logoed and increasing awareness for the street hockey sticks and balls to school game and specifically the team in the children,” commented Feaster. community. A summa cum laude graduate of This is Feaster’s second stint with Susquehanna University in the Lightning, as he served as Selinsgrove, PA, and a cum laude Assistant General Manager from 1998- graduate of The Georgetown University 2002, and as General Manager from Law Center in Washington, DC, 2002-2008. Feaster guided the Feaster is licensed to practice law in Lightning to back-to-back Southeast Pennsylvania and the District of Division titles (2002-03 and 2003-04), Columbia. and he was GM in 2004 when the He and his wife, Anne, have five Lightning won the Stanley Cup. He children and reside in Brandon.

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reportedly not likely to take the job. Gee thanked his staff for their “remarkable service” and spoke highly of leading the more than 4,000 member agency when he said, “It has been an honor and privilege for me to be your colleague, your friend and your extended family member. It is now time for me, however, to concentrate and devote my full attention and support to my family. I wish each of you well and ask that you continue to provide the level of commitment necessary in making this transition as smooth as possible.” For more information about there Sheriff’s Office please visit www.HCSO.Tampa.fl.us.

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Motorists Brace For Traffic Delays As Roadway Improvement Projects Begin

Kristen Chenoweth Supports Local NonProfit For First Anniversary Celebration

County offiDepartment of cials are now Transportation starting on road has begun a traffacelifts and confic signal installastruction projects, tion at Balm some lasting for Road and US months while oth301, in ers for the next Riverview. few years. With the At a total cost poles up since Road construction creates heavy traffic conges- the last week in of nearly $6 miltion and delays in Brandon as several repaving April, FDOT lion, roadways and resurfacing projects begin this summer. including, the 4.6anticipates the mile stretch of Bloomingdale Ave, from signal to be active in the first week of Providence Road to Lithia Pinecrest June. Road, as well as Bryan Road from SR 60 Concerned about the possible impact to Bloomingdale Ave., are both scheduled for residents, White emphasized two to be repaved, with construction to last additional transportation projects, planned until mid to late-September. in the near future. County officials said lane closures “I wanted to make sure that we menshould be during the evening (9PM to tion PD&E Study for the widening of 19th 6AM). Avenue in Sun City Center, as well asBell “While this is exciting news for many Shoals Rd., widening from Knowles Rd., people, it will mean more congestion and to Boyette Rd.” White said. delays during the project,” said County White added that while the PD&E will Commissioner Stacy White. study the widening of 19th Avenue, it At the cost of almost $2 million, the does not guarantee that the road will be resurfacing 2.5 miles of Providence Rd, widened. which began in February is expected to “Rest assured, the Board will carefulreach its completion this month. ly consider this project due to the possible Further south, resurfacing Boyette impacts for residents,” he said. Road and Balm Boyette Road between White emphasized that it is a develRhodine Rd and Lithia Pinecrest Rd. is oper-funded 3.1-mile, $65 million project. also on the list, but County officials said “My office has made it clear to County that projects is not scheduled until staff that we need to know ASAP when Summer of 2018 with a nearly four-month dirt will begin to move,” he said adding timeframe. that his office will make sure the news will The project is estimated to cost the get out to residents once it becomes County another $2.6 million. known. It is also noteworthy that the Florida Visit www.HCFLGOV.net.

Love Light for profit. There will be rafLife (LL4L), a local fles and silent auctions 501(c)(3) non-profit, at the event and received support Chenoweth’s donations, from a superstar including an autowithin its first year of graphed copy of her being established. book, A Little Bit Wicked, For the president and an autographed of the organization, album, The Art of Kristen Burris, this Elegance, will be availwas a once-in-a-lifeable. time opportunity to Along with Kristin Chenoweth and Kristen get to know Tony Chenoweth’s donations, Burris meet after a recent concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Award and Emmy other items will include a Award winning star, Kristin Chenoweth. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Autographed She could not resist sharing her nonNFL Football - #54 Lavonte David, a profit’s mission with the celebrity when Tampa Bay Lightning Autographed NHL they recently met at Ruth Eckerd Hall Hockey Puck - #27 Jonathan Drouin after Chenoweth’s concert. and Autographed Hat - #23 J.T. Brown, According to Burris, “Our mission is a Tampa Bay Rays Family Package, a to make the world a better place by unit- MisFit fitness tracker, Too Faced makeing positive, like-minded individuals to up, Juicy Couture perfume, Kendra spread love, compassion, understandScott jewelry and more. ing, tolerance and respect to all of Raffle tickets will be available for $5 humanity/animals worldwide through each or five tickets for $20. A bracelet service projects, charitable events, com- designed by Isle Coast will be available munity support, random acts of kindwith 20% of proceeds going to LL4L. ness and more.” Supporters can use cash or card at the This is exactly the type of organizaevent for purchases or donations. tion that Chenoweth likes to represent. Burris said, “The event will be a fun Burris works for HSN and was invited celebration with friends, family and supfor a company cocktail party after her porters to eat, drink, mingle and raise recent performance at Ruth Eckerd Hall. money for the organization. Please Chenoweth learned about LL4L, loved come join the celebration to show your the concept and wanted to help support support and to “Light Up Life with Love.” it. An event celebrating LL4L’s first World of Beer Brandon is located at anniversary will take place at the World 2878 Providence Lakes Blvd. in of Beer Brandon on Sunday, June 25 Brandon. For information, visit lovelightfrom 3-6 p.m. All are invited to come out forlife.com or email info@lovelightforand celebrate and learn about the nonlife.com.

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Shopping Bazaar & Food Truck Rallies Day gift,” said Parvin. Attendance is free and the OneBlood Big Red Bus will be in the parking lot during the event accepting blood donations. In addition, Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally, which brings food trucks to the rallies at the Osprey Club four times a year, will be The FishHawk Ranch HOA is hosting a Shopping Bazaar at on-site from 11 a.m.the Palmetto Club on June 17. 2 p.m. with lunch items for purchase. FishHawk Ranch Hosts Shopping The Palmetto Club is located at Bazaar 17004 Dorman Rd. In Lithia’s On Saturday June 17, from 9 FishHawk Ranch. For more informaa.m.-2 p.m., the FishHawk Ranch call Parvin at 657-6629. tion, HOA is hosting its semi-annual Shopping Bazaar at The Palmetto Club. According to Association Coordinator Susan Parvin, the event will feature approximately 40 vendors selling jewelry, clothing, crafts, organic skin care products, essential oils, natural pet products, candles, waxes, facial products, hand designed glass art, handbags, purses and more. The event is held inside to escape the heat. “It is a great opportunity to buy a beautiful graduation gift for a college student going away or a Father’s

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The FishHawk Ranch HOA is also planning it’s next Food Truck Rally in the Osprey Club parking lot on Saturday, August 19 from 5-9 p.m. The Osprey Club is located at 5721 Osprey Ridge Dr. In Lithia. Mark your calendars now for the new Shopping Bazaar which will take place at the Palmetto Club on September 23. For more information on all HOA events, call 657-6629.

A Mission Mindset For New Pastor At The Chapel At FishHawk

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sional mindset. The increase in attendance recently precipitated a need for additional classroom space. Without hesitation, Tirona surrendered his office. While others may find this arrangement as inconvenient, it works out rather favorably for this pastor’s unusual approach to sermon writing and praying. “I write my sermons in coffee shops and bars Pastor Ryan Tirona is because those are peopictured with his wife Amy ple I am trying reach,” and three children. explained Tirona. “I like Tattooed with the word to pray in cemeteries. As mercy on one wrist and I look around at the difgrace on the other, 36Located on seven acres in ferent headstones, I’ll year-old Ryan Tirona is not heart of FishHawk, The Chapel At FishHawk holds Sunday realize that a person the typical prototype for a service at 10 a.m. with children died at 26 years old. It preacher—let alone the programs from birth through helps me put into perfifth grade. FishHawk community. In spective the brevity of March 2015, the six-foot-six Los Angeles life—it is but a vapor.” native, along with his wife and three chilLike Pastor Tirona, The Chapel At dren, relocated to Florida to become the FishHawk does not conform to the norm senior pastor at The Chapel At FishHawk, as its Sunday gatherings attract a wide formerly known as Sunset Bay Chapel. variety of attendees hailing from diverse Tirona believes God placed him in backgrounds. Nevertheless, at least one the heart of FishHawk suburbia to build a commonality is ever-present—those bridge uniting the established church with attending the services at the chapel are the missional community church. Pastor all about Jesus. Tirona explained that the Christian life is Sunday service is at 10 a.m. at 6026 "all about living for Jesus in everyday life" Dr. in Lithia. This summer Churchside and is not limited to church gatherings on The Chapel will conduct a daily children’s Sundays. “Jesus told us to go and make Vacation Bible School from Monday, June disciples and that starts by being a mis12 to Friday, June 16 from 6 p.m. to 9 sionary in your neighborhood,” said p.m. To learn more about The Chapel At Tirona. FishHawk and other upcoming events, As evidenced by the surge of new please visit www.thechapelfh.org. Also, families, it is fair to surmise that the conyou can follow Pastor Tirona on Twitter gregation has embraced the more mis@ryantirona.

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Meals On Wheels Seeks Partners To Expand Service Areas “It bothers me to get a call and have to tell a person we don’t serve that area,” said Jim McNeil, president of McNeil, the Jimthe local Meals on president Wheels awarded husband and wife team, of the Tony and Jean Ippolito, Greater the Volunteer of the Brandon Award. Meals on Wheels. On April 20, McNeil’s opening remarks at the annual Meals on Wheels volunteer appreciation luncheon were a call to action as he publicized the need to expand into the Riverview area. For 41 years, the local Meals on Wheels program has delivered hot meals to homebound persons in the Brandon, Seffner and Valrico areas. However, the Riverview area from Boyette Road and further south receives no assistance. McNeil prays that the Riverview area churches will begin participating in the program to meet the escalating needs. The local chapter operates through the combined efforts of 19 local churches. Volunteers from the participating churches prepare and deliver about 250 hot meals per day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. The volunteers are at the core of the program, and President McNeil expressed sincere appreciation for the many hearts and hands that make a difference in the community. Dawn Trattner from First Presbyterian Church of Brandon acted as the master of ceremonies and applauded the volunteers for their dedication and efforts to the organization. Referencing 1 Corinthians 12, a passage concerning

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Ray Fischer, a volunteer with Meals on Wheels, received special recognition for going beyond the typical scope of duty.

spiritual gifts from God, Trattner said, “God, Himself is behind it all. Each person has been given something to do that shows who God is. ...The variety is amazing as some of you are bakers, some of you are cooks, some of you are screeners, some of you drive, and some of you organize the lists.” The volunteers were awarded for years of service, which included seven volunteers receiving 40-year service awards. Ray Fischer, a volunteer who performs multiple roles at several churches, was awarded special recognition for his dedication and diligence. Tony and Jean Ippolito, a husband and wife team, were awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award for their longevity and outstanding commitment to the organization. Tony, a sprightly gentleman in his mid-90s, said, " We are thrilled to do what we do, and we’ll continue to do it while we are able to do it.” If your church is interested in volunteering with Meals on Wheels, please contact Jim McNeil at Jsmcelmc@aol.com. Donations of food, supplies and monetary funds are always welcomed. For information, visit www.brandonmealsonwheels.com.

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YMCA Wins Big With Monthlong Fundraising Effort By GTE Financial

Newcomers Club Raises $2,625 For The Housing Of Wounded Military Families

Campo E Henderson Family Ave. in Tampa, YMCA offiwhich included cials were camp-style pleased to games and announce activities along the generous with a lunch support of fundraiser GTE organized by Y Financial, representaone of the tives. As a result of a recent monthlong fundraiser, GTE largest localThe Y also Financial Credit Union representatives present a $9,000 check to the Campo Family YMCA. ly owned got the opporand operated non-profit financial coopera- tunity to play its video testimonials on tive institutions in Tampa Bay. GTE TVs and raffle off a free family memChosen as Charity of the Month, the bership to the Y and box tickets to a Rays Y was able to fundraise at GTE during game to their staff. the month of April, resulting in one of the “All the proceeds goes to benefit the most successful events to support the Y’s Campo Y and our cause-driven provarious programs. grams,” Llerena said. “We are truly appre“The Y is proud to say every dollar of ciative of the massive fundraising effort the $9,000 raised stays local and has a and want to thank GTE Financial, its genlasting impact on the people of the erous staff and our passionate board Greater Brandon area,” said Tampa members for their support of the Campo Metropolitan YMCA Communications Family YMCA to be able to provide finanDirector, Lalita Llerena. “The fundraising cial assistance to kids, adults and families goal was $7,500 so this a huge win for facing financial hardship.” GTE and the Y.” To celebrate the accomplishment, According to Y officials, from summer GTE Financial presented the Campo camp and swim lesson scholarships to its Family YMCA with the giant check last Livestrong at the YMCA cancer survivor month at the Campo Y board room 3414 program, the association’s fundraising Culbreath Rd. in Valrico. efforts ensure its ability to remain open to All said and done, the event and the all walks of life within its communities. entire month’s effort was a great achieveLlerena also explained that during the ment for both organizations, which month-long effort, GTE employees paid Llerena confirmed when she said, “The for jean’s days on Fridays, earning the Y fundraising goal was $7,500 so this a a gift of close to $6,000. huge win for GTE and the Y.” Adding to the effort to raise funds, For more information about the GTE Financial hosted a ‘Bring Your Kids Campo Family YMCA, please visit to Work Day’ at their headquarters on 711 www.tampaymca.org.

Since its House won founding in among the 1961, the Club’s vote of Brandon which of three Newcomers charities Club has been would receive leaving its the money. mark on the “Especially community by when it beneraising money fits our for notable wounded warcharities; riors and the (Left to Right) Brandon Newcomers Club President Pat including families that Ellington, Fisher House Manager Paula Welenc, and Newcomers Member E.J. Smith poses with the check made them.” Paws for of $2,625 to the Fisher House Foundation. Patriots, Hugs Welenc of Florida, and the Mary & Martha was proud to say that “one-hundred perHouse. At the annual meeting on cent” of the funds were going directly to Wednesday, May 17, the Newcomers the families the Fisher House strives to continued this trend of kindness by preaccommodate. “Linens, cookware… senting a donation of $2,625 to the there’s a lot that this money will be going Fisher House Foundation, an organizato,” Welenc said, listing only a few of the tion that provides comfort homes to fami- many benefits the donation would bring. lies of injured military personnel and vetAlthough always helpful, money isn’t erans so that they may be close to their the only form of donation the Fisher loved ones while they receive medical House receives. The Foundation has treatment. multiple operations that it encourages The ladies’ social club raised the the public to contribute to. The Hero money through the annual “Make It, Miles Program accepts donated frequent Bake It, Sew It, and Grow It” auction. “It flyer miles that families may use to travel warms my heart to know that this money to the bedside of their loved ones while was raised from the purchasing of the Hotels for Heroes Program utilizes homemade goods,” Paula Welenc of the donated hotel points for families to stay Fisher House Foundation addressed the close to the hospital and VA Centers. Club. “The women are always generous “We’re always looking for volunteers when it comes to donating,” Re at our locations,” Welenc encouraged Dangremond of the Brandon the room. Newcomers beamed proudly. For information on Fisher House “It’s a worthwhile cause,” and how you can become a part of their Newcomers member Barbara Babiaz mission, please visit their website at answered when asked why the Fisher www.fisherhouse.org.

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Brewworx Offers Great Variety Of Beers, Brewing Classes & More

By Katelyn Massarelli

It started dog for a walk with Shawn and sneaks off to Goechner, owner get a beer. of Bootleggers “I love pets Brewworx in and I love bringBrandon, visiting ing my dogs his friend in every now and then,” Goechner Northern San said. Francisco. The Goechner’s enjoyment he Customers can visit Brewworx to learn how to purpose in offergot from visiting brew their own beer. The store, located 650 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon, is both kid- and pet- ing brewing his friend and friendly. classes for cusalways leaving tomers is not only to spread his love with a six-pack led to Goechner readfor brewing his own beer, but also to ing up on brewing beer, so the let others try it for themselves. There California-native didn’t have to travel are many aspects to brewing a beer, 100 miles for a good beer. but it doesn’t have to be difficult, “I get a great deal of enjoyment according to Goechner. out of making minor tweeks [while “We want to get you comfortable brewing a beer] and seeing how it making beer,” Goechner said. “We’ll changes the product,” Goechner said. talk to clients about what beer they His enjoyment led to the opening like and select kits that fit the style. of Bootleggers Brewworx in Brandon. We’ll take them through the process The store is a place customers can and the beer stays here in a temperacome to learn how to brew their own ture controlled environment for 1-2 beer or wine with classes sometimes weeks.” taught by Goechner. Brewworx offers Having a brewery so close to beer and wine brewed in the shop, at Tampa offers more options for the local breweries and in different counwide variety of beers kept on tap at ties such as Pinellas, Sarasota and the shop. Goechner said his store has Manatee. atleast half a dozen beers kept on tap Despite the common thinking of at all times. leaving the kids at home, Brewworx in “Tampa is the beer Mecca of the Brandon offers a family and pet-friendSouth,” Goechner said. ly environment. There is a special corBootleggers Brewworx in Brandon ner for kids and no hard liquor offered is located at 650 Oakfield Drive in because of the family-friendly environBrandon. For more information, call ment. The pet-friendly environment is (813) 643-9463 or email them at inspired by the common theme in info@brewworx.com. England that the husband takes the

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New Primary Care Puts Patients First Picture the last time you visited the doctor’s office. You probably sat past the time of your appointment in a crowded waiting room hoping you wouldn’t catch another cold on top of what you already had. Then,

when you were finally called back, you waited some more in an uncomfortable chair while staring at a sink and some cotton swabs. You might have wondered, “Why does it have to be like this?” The truth is, it doesn’t, and Evolution Primary Care wants to reinvent the experience of going to your primary care physician. The brainchild of Dr. Matthew Dowdy, Evolution Primary Care is a different kind of experience. After over 11 years in urgent care, he sold a successful practice to realize his philosophy of putting the relationship with patients first. Upon entering, you will find you are often the only one in the waiting area, and Dr. Dowdy himself will greet you rather than seeing a series of providers. His belief is that with a “lower volume of patients there will be better care.” Follow him back to the exam room, and you’ll find it is more like a sitting area, so you can have a genuine conversation about your unique situation. His receptionist, Leighanne Bridgham, reiterates, “Dr. Dowdy wants more of a relationship

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Women Can Discover The Latest Fashion Trends At New Style Encore

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Sometimes shoes, clothwhen individuing, handbags als step foot and more. The into their clostypes of brands ets, they might that one will become overfind here would whelmed not be Coach, knowing what Michael Kors to wear for and much work the next more. With day. Or feel as reduced prices, though they it does not need to compromise revamp their style or trend. wardrobe. For those Style Encore in Family photo from grand opening day. On the left interested in her daughter, Claire Havener, Jennifer Havener, selling, women Brandon sells husband Bryan Havener and her son Chase and purchases should bring in Havener. the latest freshly launstyles and brands of gently used dered and neatly folded items in women’s casual and business clothing boxes or shopping bags and no hangand more all day everyday for all seaers. To get items purchased it comes sons. It also pays cash on the spot for down to style, condition and brand. items selected and individuals do not Style Encore seeks items that need to make an appointment. remained in the stores for the last Owners Jennifer and Bryan year or two. Havener opened Style Encore on April “Very excited to be here in the 13. Their franchise has a parent comBrandon market and appreciate the pany called Winmark Corporation support of the community,” Jennifer which can be found in Minneapolis, said. MN. Bryan works as Regional Bring in this article during the Manager for Play It Again Sports in month of June to receive $5 off a purthe west coast of Florida and knows chase of $25 or more. the Winmark Corporation concept For more information, visit well. The Haveners visited Style http://www.style-encorebrandon.com. Encore stores and fell in love with it. It is located at 1983 W. Lumsden Rd. Style Encore carries clothing sizes in Brandon and is open Monday 0-4X. The target demographics would through Saturday 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. and be women in their mid-20’s and up. Sunday 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. For more This store features items such as information call 409-3482.

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Good Oral Health Starts Early At Pediatric Dentistry Of Brandon

Local Foundation Needs Volunteer Help To Continue Working With Troubled Kids

tive longterm dental relationship. The A.A.P.D. encourages establishing a “dental home” by the age of one. By following The caring staff at Pediatric Dentistry of Brandon. up with biYoung children celebrate many mileannual check-up visits, children’s oral stones before their first birthday, but growth is monitored and parents become according to Dr. Jorge Torres at Pediatric educated on proper oral care and habits Dentistry of Brandon, one of the most for their child. important is establishing a good oral Ruskin resident Jaime D’Errico starthealth routine. ed on her son’s path to oral health when According to the American Academy he was 10 months old. When she was a of Pediatric Dentistry, a child should first child she didn’t visit the dentist as often visit the dentist by age one or within six as she should and wanted a different months after the first tooth erupts. experience for her child. “Parents are surprised to learn that “Even though he only had two teeth I infants can develop tooth decay and cavifelt like it was important for him to go,” ties soon after their teeth first appear,” she said. “If you have teeth you should Torres said. “This is caused by extensive maintain them.” exposure to liquids containing sugars like D’Errico, whose son is now 10, said milk, formula and fruit juice.” the dentists at Pediatric Dentistry of It’s not uncommon for Torres and the Brandon are caring, gentle kind and highother dentists at the practice to see young ly recommends the office to anyone in children with teeth so ripe with decay that search of a pediatric dentist. extensive treatments (cavities, crowns, Pediatric Dentistry of Brandon, locatnerve treatments, extractions) are ed at 517 Corner Dr., is open Monday – required. Thursday from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and “Catching decay early helps prevent Friday 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. the need for more extensive treatments,” “I’m proud of our insurance departhe said. ment who take the time to make parents Visiting a pediatric dentist for the first aware what their cost will be before they time is an educational experience for parcome in,” said practice manager Kerry ents and a chance for both dentist and Torres. “ Visit www.pedodentbrandon.com child to establish the beginnings of a posior call 413-4567.

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Five named storms affecting the Unites States in 2016, included Colin, Hermine, Matthew, Bonnie and Julia. To help prepare area residents for the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season, Hillsborough County has scheduled for its annual Hurricane Expo. Residents can also learn more by visiting the County’s website, at www.HCFLGOV.net.

“Partners In Preparedness” has been chosen as the theme of Hillsborough County’s 2017 Hurricane Expo, a free event organized by disaster response experts from Hillsborough County, the City of Tampa, the City of Temple Terrace, the American Red Cross, and the National Weather Service, (NWS). In harmony with the Atlantic Hurricane season (June 1 - November 30) the Expo is scheduled for Saturday, June 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 250 WestShore Plaza Mall in Tampa. “This is a great event to help residents be ready, to understand their resources and meet with disaster response experts face to face,” said Hillsborough County Emergency Management Director Preston Cook. Cook emphasized that the NWS is predicting 11 named storms for the 2017 hurricane season.

This year's expo is designed to feature activities for adults and children, including education displays, touch-a-truck station, disaster preparedness booths, and a severe weather panel with local meteorology specialists to identify their evacuation zone, pick up preparedness materials, and sign up for HCFL Alert. The first 500 to visit all the stations and fill out a passport will receive a NOAA weather radio and a disaster starter kit. To assist residents, County officials promoted this year’s “Have A Plan, Know Your Plan” reminder urging residents to take the necessary steps before a hurricane hits. “The time to prepare for hurricane season is before the tropical weather moves toward us across the Atlantic Ocean,” Cook said, adding, “It only takes one to cause a disaster.” The 2016 season actually began

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Matthew strengthened to a rare Category 5 late on September 30, becoming the first Category 5 Atlantic Basin hurricane since Felix in early September 2007. Scraping Florida’s eastern coastline, Matthew's center came ashore near McClellanville, South Carolina, as a minimal hurricane. The second major storm to threaten the state was Hurricane Hermine in early September, which also broke Florida’s decade long streak with no hurricane landfalls. After it traveled more than 4,000 miles, Hermine pushed inland near St. Marks, Florida, as a Category 1 storm. Evacuation zones, hurricane storm surge probabilities, local flood zones are among the main “need to know” items on the list. Some hurricane preparedness tips include: -Plan to pay close attention if authorities begin announcing zone evacuations. Know where you will go and how you will get there. - Compile contact information for family members, law enforcement, local hospitals and utilities, and your property insurance agent. - Share your preparation efforts with family members, make a plan, and be sure everyone knows how it will play out if severe weather looms. - After a storm passes, listen to local officials for instructions. When they deem it's safe to return home, watch out for debris, downed power lines, and standing water. -Prepare for the unexpected. For more information, visit HurricaneExpo.com.


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County Helps Residents Fight Mosquitos With Free Larvae-Eating Fish

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and are ideal for controlling larvae in backyard ponds, birdbaths, fountains, animal troughs, unused swimming pools, and other standing water. County officials emphasized that the fish require no feeding and care is limited to protecting them from garden sprays, chlorine, or As the rainy season arrives, Hillsborough County residents other chemicals used for are urged to invest in mosquito fish, a small native fresh- cleaning. water fish that eat mosquito larvae to help control and preMosquito fish do not vent mosquito breeding. eggs and require no lay What is the mosquito’s worst special environment for breeding. enemy? As it turns out it is Gambusia, a While residents are encouraged to species of freshwater fish, also simply make use of this simple way of controlknown as mosquito fish. ling mosquitoes, the County’s Mosquito In hopes of assisting residents to cut Control unit continues its routine spraying backyard mosquito breeding and to conair. by trol the spread of mosquito-borne disAccording to County officials, the ease, Hillsborough County has been ANVIL 10+10 is used to control product offering mosquito fish to residents for adult mosquitoes spraying by a Bell Jet free. Ranger 206 helicopter at an altitude of The Hillsborough County Mosquito approximately 300 ft. Control’s mobile truck with free mosquito Spraying is normally done after sunfish will be available at a number of locadown between the hours of 8-11 p.m. tions throughout the County. Locally, the Some tips for residents to control fish will be available in parking lots at the mosquitoes are listed below: following times and locations: June 24, 9 • Drain water from garbage cans, house to 11 a.m. at the Bloomingdale Regional gutters, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower Public Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. in pots, buckets, watering cans, kiddie Valrico; June 24, 12 Noon to 2 p.m. at pools, and any other containers where the Riverview Branch Library, 10509 has collected. rainwater Riverview Dr. in Riverview and July 22, 9 • Clean out rain gutters and downspouts. to 11 a.m. - SouthShore Regional Library, • Keep swimming pools in good condi15816 Beth Shields Way in Ruskin. tion, and maintain chlorination. The effort was based on the simple Visit HCFLGov.net/Mosquito or call fact that mosquito fish are small, native 635-5400. freshwater fish that eat mosquito larvae,

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Two Candidates In Running For Brandon Honorary Mayor Race For Charity It is that time of the year again when local residents vie to become the 2017 Honorary Mayor of Brandon (sm). This year, there are two candidates who will be competing to raise the most amount of money for their selected non-profits. The winner will be announced at the Annual 4th of July Parade. Both the Honorary Mayor of Brandon race and the 4th of July Parade are sponsored by the Community Roundtable. The first candidate is Sue Burkett, a resident of Valrico. Burkett is the Principal at Bloomingdale High School. Burkett’s sponsoring organization is Center Place and her named non-profits include Bloomingdale Academic Foundation, Center Place and the Boys and Girls Club. As Principal at Bloomingdale High School, Burkett has always stressed the importance of community service. Burkett said, “There is no better way for me to lead the student body and community than practicing what I preach and putting my own words into action by participating in this race. I hope by giving back to the community through this endeavor, I am able to include and model citizenship to the kids, with them and their families, and make the greater Brandon area even

formayor. The second candidate is Linda Chion Kenney, a resident of Lithia. Kenney works for Pop-Up Media and Marketing, LLC, but is best known Bloomingdale High School Principal, Sue Burkett and long-time for being a reporter and resident, Linda Chion Kenney have put their names in reporter for the hat to become the 2017 Honorary Mayor of Brandon. Both candidates have lots of fun events scheduled for the month of June. the Brandon News, the better by strengthening Tampa Tribune and the St. three charities that benefit Petersburg Times. kids directly.” Kenney’s sponsoring organization Burkett will kick off is the Kiwanis Club of Greater her campaign with a Brandon Foundation, Inc. She will be party at The Landing in raising money for BSAC, ECHO and Valrico on June 1. She the Kiwanis Club of Greater Brandon will follow that up with Foundation, Inc. a garage sale/car Kenney said of her platform, “My wash on June 3 at ‘Deeply Rooted, Deeply Driven’ race Bloomingdale High

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for Honorary Mayor of Brandon pays tribute to the thousands of people who over the past 25 years have trusted me to tell their stories and promote their causes. This race is tribute to the charitable spirit that exemplifies this town’s spirit of caring and concern.” Kenney will kick off her campaign on June 1 with an event at O’Brien’s at 6 p.m. Kenney will also host Dinner Theatre with the Village Players as they present The Three Musketeers on Thursday, June 8 at 7 p.m. in Valrico. Tickets are $25. For more information on Kenney and other events, please call 3891809. Both candidates will take part in the Chicks For Charity movie night on June 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the AMC Regency 20 in Brandon. The movie will be Wonder Woman. Tickets must be pre-purchased and you must choose which candidate to support. For Burkett, you can get tickets at Center Place and Bloomingdale High School. For Kenney, purchase tickets at the Osprey Observer.

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Libraries Offer Free Passes To Local Museums And Attractions

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By Kathy L. Collins

If you enjoy to request them. visiting local One Discovery museums and Pass per adult attractions and library card may be have a checked out at a Hillsborough time, the check-out County library receipt serves as your admiscard, you can sion or tour participate in the pass, and Hillsborough You can reserve a free there is no County Public admission or tour pass to need to Library select local museums and attractions through the return anyCooperative's thing to the Discovery Pass. Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative's library. This unique pro- Discovery Pass program.. Stacey Jurewicz, gram allows Community Engagement and library cardholders to check out a onePartnerships Manager explained why time admission to one of the library's partner museums or attractions. Please the program was implemented. note that the number of passes are lim- Jurewicz said, "People love their libraries and the books, resources, ited and are available on a first-come, events and classes they get to experifirst-serve basis. ence. We thought the Discovery Pass Participating museums and attracprogram was an opportunity to expand tions include Big Cat Rescue, Florida that experience from beyond our offerMuseum of Photographic Arts, Glazer ings to the greater cultural resources of Children's Museum, Henry B. Plant Hillsborough County, broadening the Museum, Stageworks Theatre horizons of all our residents." Production, Straz Center for the Laura Butler, a resident of Performing Arts (dark over the sumWimauma, recently used the Discovery mer), Tampa Bay History Center, Pass to attend the Tampa Bay History Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa Theatre Center. Butler said, "I think this is an Balcony-To-Backstage and Ybor City amazing idea. I gave the information to Museum State Park. Black-out dates a friend, and we are planning on and restrictions may apply. Each Discovery Pass provides one- attending another attraction this sumtime admission to one of the above dur- mer." For more information, please visit ing a seven day check out period. www.hcplc.org/hcplc/services/discovery Passes may be reserved through the pass, call 273-3652 or visit your local library's catalog and checked out at the branch. branch with the same library card used

Don’t Let Your Investments Take a “Vacation”

Melissa L Haskins Financial Advisor

It’s summer again – time for many of us to take a break and possibly hit the open road. But even if you go on vacation, you won’t want your investments to do the same – in summertime or any other season. How can you help make sure your portfolio continues to work hard for you all year long? Here are a few suggestions: • Avoid owning too many “low growth” investments. As you know, different investments have different characteristics and can help you in different ways. For example, you typically own stocks because you want them to grow in value so that you can eventually sell them for a profit. Other investments, such as certificates of deposit (CDs), provide you with a regular source of income and stability of principal – two valuable contributions to your portfolio. However, investments like CDs don’t offer much in the way of growth. So if you own too many of them, you might be slowing your progress toward your important financial goals, such as a comfortable retirement. You can maximize the productivity of your portfolio by owning a variety of investments – domestic stocks, international stocks, corporate bonds, U.S. Treasury securities, CDs and more. How much of each investment should you own? The answer depends on a variety of factors, including your age, income, risk tolerance, family situation and specific objectives. Over time, your ideal investment mix may change, but you’ll likely need at least some growth potential at every stage of your life. • Don’t let your portfolio go “unsupervised.” Your investment portfolio can be subject to “drift” if left alone for extended time periods. In fact, without your making any

moves at all, your portfolio can move in directions that may not be favorable to you. Suppose you think your holdings should be made up of 70% stocks, but due to strong gains, your stocks now make up 80% of your portfolio. This development could lead to a risk level that feels uncomfortably high to you. That’s why you should review your portfolio at least once a year, possibly with the help of a financial professional, to check your progress and make adjustments as needed. • Don’t stop at the nearest “resting place.” Some people hope that if they can get that one “winner,” they will triumph in the investment arena. But the ability to “get rich quick” is much more of a myth than a reality. True investment success typically requires patience, persistence and the resilience to continue investing even during market downturns. In other words, investing is a long-term endeavor, and you need a portfolio that reflects this reality. The investment moves you make today may pay off for you decades from now. You need to establish your goals and keep them constantly in mind as you invest. And you will never really reach the end of your investment journey, because you’ll need to make choices and manage your portfolio throughout your retirement years. Hopefully, you will enjoy a pleasant vacation sometime this summer. But your investment portfolio shouldn't take time off. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

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Journalism Students From Grace Christian Tour Osprey Observer Offices In April,the Grace Christian School’s Journalism class visited the offices of Osprey Observer Community Newspapers in Brandon. We learned about what the paper does, how it does it, and what makes it different from other papers. For the tour, our class split into two smaller groups. My group was Managing Editor Marie Gilmore shows Grace Christian taken into a smaller room to read a newspaper cover to by Marie Gilmore, the edi- Journalism students howcover. tor and publisher, where we watched a short historical video first. After that we read some of the current edition of the newspaper, and were asked a couple questions. We were challenged with naming different logos on a piece of paper, and almost everyone got every single question right. This challenge was used for the purpose of explaining how marketing and advertising are so effective. Layout Editor Kathi Hayes shows journalism students from After this, our groups Grace Christian School how to layout a switched and we got to newspaper. meet the people who are and how they did their jobs. A couple behind the scenes at the Osprey questions were asked and they were Observer. We met the Director of answered in detail and explained fully. Marketing, Assignment Editor, Billing Patricia Tracy, Director of Manager, Layout Editor, and the Marketing, manages all the marketing Multimedia News Editor. They activities, campaigns, and advertiseexplained to us what each person did

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County To Begin $16.4M, 3-Year Lithia Pinecrest, Lumsden, Durant Intersection Improvements By Tamas Mondovics

The addition of a right turn lane, an additional left turn lane and an additional through lane. Add raised medians and concrete traffic separators.

Area residents recently had a chance to learn about a long-awaited project to increase traffic flow and improve safety at the intersection of Lithia Pinecrest, Lumsden, Durant and Bell Shoals Roads in Brandon. Hosted by representatives of the Hillsborough County Public Works Department, the open house public information meeting was held at the Bloomingdale High School cafeteria, 1700 E. Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. Scheduled to start construction this summer, the more than $16 million, multi-phased project is said to retain the current traffic pattern on all the major approaches, with a few changes. “One of the bigger changes is a right in, right out traffic pattern for Durant Rd,” said Hillsborough County Public Works project director Mary Sheets. “Lithia Pinecrest and Lumsden Roads will see extended or added raised medians and concrete traffic separators.” The project will also provide drainage improvements, pedestrian safety features, sidewalks, bicycle lanes, and an upgraded traffic signal system, officials said. During construction, all lanes will be open to traffic between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m., but lane closures and overnight detours will occur between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.

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Volume 16, Issue 6

The Gaspar Triangle Is New Thriller Written By Brandon Resident

By Kathy L. Collins

Brandon resiGaspar Triangle. dent, T. Michael Cross said, "I set Cross, has writout to write a story that ten and published would encompass the his first novel. history of Tampa Bay The Gaspar and Ybor City Triangle, availwrapped inside a able on sites thrilling tale. I saw no such as tmichaelbetter vehicle than the cross.com, amalegend of the infamous zon.com and crepirate Jose 'Gasparilla' atespace.com, Gaspar." delves into The book is Tampa's history set in Tampa, and delivers a Ybor City, Long time Brandon resident, T. Michael Cross came up the fast-paced piratiCaptiva Island, idea for his first novel, The cal tale. Spain and Gaspar Triangle, while watching The Gaspar Cuba. the Gasparilla Night Parade in Ybor City. Triangle was selfThe decipublished by sion to write a Cross who came up with the idea for the book was not book while on a balcony in Ybor City duran easy one for ing the Gasparilla Night Parade. "A chase Cross. " ‘I am not a writer’ is what I said scene flashed in my mind's eye, and the the moment the idea for the book popped seed had been planted. After much into my head. I then wondered if I could research into Tampa's history, I felt I was actually do it," said Cross. "Never being able to create an entertaining story incorone to shy away from a challenge, I set porating much of that history," explained out on this journey that took a number of Cross. years since I was still maintaining a fullThe Gaspar Triangle is about a chartime job," added Cross. ter boat captain and former treasure "I will tell you, it was a pretty cool hunter, Thomas Raymond, who gets the feeling typing the words 'The End' on that opportunity to jump back into the life he final page," said Cross. had squandered a decade prior. The lost Cross, who lives in Brandon with his treasure of the infamous pirate, Jose wife, Dawn, and their greyhounds and "Gasparilla" Gaspar, was the quest and African grey parrot, is hard at work on his Thomas was quickly caught in a vortex of second novel Four Months In May. lies, betrayal and death that would lead For more information about Cross him across the seas in a race against and his book, please visit www.tmichaeltime to save those trapped inside the cross.com.


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Bloomingdale Avenue Ranks Top On Most Dangerous Intersections List As recently released by HCSO, and also posted by ABC Action News, below is a list of the intersections, their ranking and the number of accidents for the month of April: __________________________________________________ PALM RIVER RD + 78TH ST S = 14 ANDERSON RD + WATERS AV W = 13 HABANA AV N + SLIGH AV W = 12

By Tamas Mondovics and also posted by ABC Action News, included is a list of local intersections, their ranking and the number of accidents for the month of April. For more information, please visit www.hcso.tampa.fl.us.

301 HW S = BIG BEND RD = 12 301 HW S + BLOOMINGDALE AV = 11

The watchful eyes of red-light cameras installed at the intersection of Bloomingdale Avenue and Bell Shoals Road are monitoring motorist since January 2010. Bloomingdale Ave. recently took its place on HCSO’s most dangerous intersections in Hillsborough County list.

With the recent countywide population growth, area roadways are making headlines for being over capacity and rightfully earning the “failed road” designation. Bloomingdale Ave. in southeastern Hillsborough County is no exception. Nearly six miles long and one of the busiest roadways in the County, Bloomingdale Ave., between US 301 and Lithia Pinecrest Rd., has recently found itself on another list that did not make things any better. The list was released by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office naming the top intersections for accidents for just a one month period; the month of April. While the intersection of Palm River Rd. and 78th St. topped the list of most accidents (14) Bloomingdale Ave. made the list multiple times posting a high

DALE MABRY HW N + WATERS AV W = 11 SHELDON RD + HILLSBOROUGH AV W = 11 BRUCE B DOWNS BL + BEARSS AV E = 11 FLETCHER AV E + BRUCE B DOWNS BL = 10 BRUCE B DOWNS BL + SKIPPER RD = 9 BRUCE B DOWNS BL + 138TH AV E = 9 ANDERSON RD + SLIGH AV W = 9

KINGS AV S + BLOOMINGDALE AV W = 9 BLOOMINGDALE AV E + BRYAN RD = 8 BLOOMINGDALE AV + PROVIDENCE RD = 8

WATERS AV W + SHELDON RD = 8

HANLEY RD + WATERS AV W = 8 number of accidents DALE MABRY HW N + VAN DYKE RD = 8 crossing US 301, Kings DALE MABRY HW N + NORTHDALE BL = 7 Ave., Bryan Rd., HIMES AV N + WATERS AV W = 7 Providence Rd., and LINEBAUGH AV W + GUNN HW = 7 DALE MABRY HW N + LINEBAUGH AV W = 7 Gornto Lake Rd. totaling BLOOMINGDALE AV + GORNTO LAKE RD S = 7 43 crashes for April. GIBSONTON DR + MATHOG RD = 7 Although not on the BIG BEND RD + SUMMERFIELD BL = 7 list, the intersection of Bloomingdale Ave. and visibility enforcement posted by Bell Shoals Rd. is by no means spared HCSO are constant features targetfrom being mentioned as it has earned ing many of the areas in hopes of the necessity to be one of just seven reducing traffic violations and acciRed Light cameras now in use throughdents. out the County. Commenting on the traffic probAfter also factoring in the high numlems in his district, Hillsborough ber of fender-benders that are plaguing County Commissioner Stacy White the now infamous roadway, motorists said that he is “anxiously awaiting that are routinely making use of the results of a recent east and west Bloomingdale Ave. are clearly enduring Morning traffic cautiously crosses the intersection corridor study” focusing on such a daily travel nightmare at least during on Bloomingdale Ave at the Bloomingdale Square roadways as Bloomingdale Ave. rush hour traffic. Plaza. Bloomingdale Ave. recently took its place As recently released by HCSO, on HCSO’s most dangerous intersections in Digital message boards and high

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Let Cater Tampa Make Your Next Event Memorable And Tasty

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Volume 16, Issue 6

Tampa Theatre Presents Summer Movie Classics In Historic Cinema Setting

By Kathy L. Collins

This year, the Tampa Theatre’s beloved Summer Classics Movie Series features two sing-alongs, a silent film with live music, modern classics and post-show talks with community experts. “For more than 25 years, the community has flocked to Tampa Theatre on hot Sunday afternoons to enjoy Summer Classics as they were meant to be seen on the big screen, surrounded by friends, with a bag of fresh popcorn and a cold drink in hand,” said Jill Witecki of the Tampa Theatre. This summer, treat yourself to a good film at a historic movie palace. First up, the Tampa Theatre will offer two showings on Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4 of the classic tale, Beauty and the Beast. While this is a “tale as old as time,” it is the score that everyone remembers so Tampa Theatre is offering these showings as a sing-along. You can follow the lyrics on the screen and belt out the songs along with everyone else. Next, on Sunday, June 11 come see Debbie Reynold, Donald O’Connor, Jean Hagen and the immortal Gene Kelly in the 1952 classic, Singin’ In The Rain. See this

grand classic as it was meant to be seen: on the big screen. Come see the Coen Brothers’ Raising Arizona on Sunday, June 18. Nicholas Cage is a bumbling criminal who wants to go straight and start a family with his doting wife played by Holly Hunter. Next, on Sunday, June 25, come see Dustin Hoffman in the 1967 film, The Graduate. Hoffman plays a college grad in the delicate shift from adolescence to adulthood. He is torn between his feelings for his girlfriend’s mother (played by Anne Bancroft as the now infamous Mrs. Robinson) and his fear of the future. There will be Q&A sessions with USF film Professor, Harriet Deer, immediately following Singin’ In The Rain, Raising Arizona and The Graduate. All films are shown at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for Tampa Theatre members. Get tickets at the Tampa Theatre Box Office located at 711 N. Franklin St. in downtown Tampa or online at www.tampatheatre.org. This is the first of a three-part series.


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Stowers Students Unite To Dedicate Butterfly Sculpture For Lilli

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On Thursday, May 18, the comroom, bringing popping munity of Stowers Elementary color to match the School came together to dedicate a vibrant personality of newly designed Butterfly Sculpture Lillian. Even during the in memory of Lillian Marie Reggi, a setup of the event stulittle girl remembered for her bright dents constantly went up to faculty looking for smile and infectious laugh. The jobs to do, wanting sculpture, which includes two white nothing more than to steel butterflies that overlook the make the day as perfect outdoor classroom of the school, as Lillian was. “A lot of was a dream imagined by Abagail love and hard work Rothrock. The art teacher thought went into this,” Rothrock of the idea after making a butterfly thanked those who mobile with Christian Reggi, Lillian’s gave everything to help. older brother. “After giving her The Butterfly Sculptures stand tall among the Stowers Outdoor Classroom as a Faculty member writes a quote. The unified com{Lillian} the gift, I had a vision of Anthony Reggi, Katherine Reggi, munity of Stowers, and Lillian with butterflies around her,” was hard to Dominque Martinez, and Christian Reggi the people around them, Rothrock told the attendees of the dedifind. “Parents pose in front of the Butterfly Sculpture. remind spectators of cation. “I asked if she would like a statue in the hospithe importance of of butterflies in her honor and Lilli tal would coming together. By responded with two blinks for yes.” bring their working together, any The vision soon transformed into a kids to Lilli to goal can be achieved reality thanks to the talented hands of play,” Reggi with not only quick Dominique Martinez, a renowned Tampa noted with a precision, but with a Artist known for founding Rustic Steel smile full of remarkable outcome. Creations, a home for welding artists that memories. This message echoed use steel and iron to create their artwork. “No one through the halls of Although Martinez had never met Lillian would sing Stowers Elementary personally, the creator listened to her karaoke in as the dedication story and just had to be a part of it. “It’s the recrewrapped with a amazing how something so unfortunate ation room recording of Lillian can happen, but something so beautiful until Lilli Lillian Marie Reggi’s Dedication plaque rests at Art teacher Abagail Rothrock addresses the belting out Tomorrow comes out of it,” Martinez emotionally sang.” the bottom of the Butterfly Sculpture. crowd and thanks those who made the from the musical told the crowd. “The butterflies encapsuThe little event a reality. placed around Annie, as if letting late Lilli’s greatest gift,” Rothrock added girl truly had the gift of being able to bring the sculptures everyone in attendance know that, if with a small grin. “Joy.” people together, and the dedication cerewhile Innovative Landscape Solutions the community sticks together in times Anthony Reggi, the father of Lillian, mony was no exception. The Stowers Art donated the mulch to the Garden. of grief and angst, the sun will rise the went on to describe his daughter’s ability Club students worked with Rothrock to Bloom’s Nursery supplied the floral next morning with the promise of a new to bring happiness wherever she went, design stepping stones that will now be arrangements within the outdoor classbeginning. even during times in which the emotion


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AMC Continues Partnership With Holmberg Chick-fil-A For Summer Movie Camp Program

Tickets On Sale Now For Tampa Theatre’s 6th Annual BrewFest Fundraiser

advance. In addition, AMC Kids pack popcorn and a drink are available for a special price of $4.48 including tax, only during the Summer Fun Flicks. Chick-fil-A Lake Brandon Village and Brandon South owners Paul and Tammy Holmberg are happy to partner with AMC Brandon General AMC and Chick-fil-A have partnered again this summer to offer Manager Hal the Summer Fun Flicks program with eight weeks of great Garrett for another movies including the Harry Potter series for summer camps. Summer Fun Flicks campaign. This summer once again, children “This is a great way that we can enrolled in summer camps will enjoy partner with the local movie theatre to cool mornings in the air conditioning do a great campaign and do someand a choice of two or three great fea- thing good for the community at the ture length movies on the big screen. same time,” said Tammy Holmberg. The annual School’s Out For The Last year, Derrick Brooks Charities Summer Chick-fil-A Summer Fun and Metropolitan Ministries received Flicks is back to benefit area literacy checks for more than $6,000 from the initiatives. campaign. For eight Tuesdays over the sumKavita Marballi, Y Literacy mer, camps, organizations and groups Coordinator was thrilled to be selected can buy tickets for kids to see the for this year's charity and said, “This movies for $1-which is then donated to donation will allow our children access non-profits in the community. to reading and tools for literacy.” Each week, the movie will start Camps and programs should plan at 10 a.m. with doors opening at 9 to purchase tickets in advance and a.m. tickets will be available at the AMC The Summer Fun Flicks is hosted Regency box office. Groups purchasat AMC Regency 20 Theaters, 2496 ing 25 tickets or more will receive West Brandon Blvd. in Brandon. Call reserved seating. 685-3396. Tickets can be purchased in

The Tampa rants include Anise Theatre is Global Gastrobar, proud to Datz, Ella’s announce that Americana Folk Art its 6th Annual Café, Fodder and Movie-themed Shine, The Beer Festival, Independent and also known as The Refinery. BeerFest, will While the be held on theme of the event Saturday, June is funny and silly, 24 from 7 to 10 BeerFest's purpose p.m. at the hisis most serious. toric Tampa Now in its 6th year, Theatre locatEnjoy great craft brews and delicious foods the annual ed at 711 N. fundraiser is one of from some of Tampa’s finest independent restaurants at the Tampa Theatre’s 6th Franklin St. in the Tampa Annual BrewFest on Saturday, June 24. downtown Theatre's favorite Tampa. BeerFest 2017 will be kicking fundraisers. ales and taking names with a fun Jill Witecki with the Tampa Theatre said, "The party will spill out movie-themed night, Barley's Angels. onto Franklin St., where there will be As with previous beer-soaked, live music, more beer and photos with tongue-in-cheek BeerFest events like Barley's Angels, Amber, Blondie, The Brews Brothers, The Big Honey and other entertainers, courLebowski and Hoppy Gilmore, Barley's Angels will feature craft beers tesy of Busch Gardens." Witecki added, "BeerFest guests are invited to and local Brewers, plus snacks and samples from some of Tampa's top get into the spirit by dressing in their independent restaurants. favorite Charley's Angels character or Co-chairs, Michelle Baker of The in a costume inspired by the movie." Refinery and Fodder and Shine and A limited-capacity premium samVeronica Danko of The Independent pling begins at 7 p.m. and tickets are Bar and Cafe, have put together a $70. Grand sampling ticket holders fantastic line up of breweries and can enter at 8 p.m., and tickets are independent restaurants. The brew$45. Tickets are available at the eries include 7venth Sun Brewery, Tampa a Theatre Box Office or online Brew Bus Brewing and Coppertail at www.tampatheatre.org (a $2 conBrewing Company, Crooked Thumb venience fee applies to online sales). Brewing, Escape Brewing Company, For more information, please visit Florida Avenue Brewing Company www.tampatheatre.org or call 274and Motorworks Brewing. The restau8981.

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HCSO Celebrates Ribbon Cutting For New District 5 Patrol Office

By Tamas Mondovics

Hillsborough ly affect and reshape District County Sheriff’s IV, the department’s largest Office celebrated the district, is to begin serving official opening of its residents this spring. long awaited new Within its more than 400 District V Patrol square miles, District IV, Office, earlier this served nearly 300,000 resimonth. dents, in the communities of Commanded by Ruskin, Riverview, Apollo Major Kyle Beach, Progress Village, Robinson, the new Lithia, FishHawk facility is located at Bloomingdale. Hillsborough 10128 Windhorst The changing County Sheriff Rd. in Tampa off boundaries affecting one David Gee and County Falkenburg Rd. in substation is the Commissioner HCSO’s Pine Brook Stacy White, cut Bloomingdale Complex across Community Substation the ribbon for the opening of the from the departlocated 3622 Erindale Sheriff’s office new District V facility. ment’s District II Dr. in Valrico, formerly a office. District IV station under Major Robert District V now serves communities, Bullera, which recently welcomed HCSO within Dr. King Blvd. to the north, Alafia Deputy James Brodie as the community’s River to the south, from Lithia Pinecrest new full time resource deputy. Rd. to the east and Tampa city limits to Since May 8, the Bloomingdale subthe west, including Progress Village, station and its staff including Brodie, Bloomingdale and northern Riverview Detective James Howell and Resource along with its substations. Officer Sandra Capitano now serve the Robinson recalled that in 2015 community under Robinson in District V. Sheriff David Gee and HCSO Chief District IV will continue to cover communiDeputy Jose Docobo put together a ties south of the river such as Lithia, working group to devise a plan how to FishHawk, Gibsonton, Apollo Beach, manage and to stay ahead of growth Ruskin, and southern Riverview including throughout Hillsborough County. Balm, Wimauma and Sun City Center. “We have analyzed data, crime Valrico area residents continue to be trend, calls for service and came to the serviced by HCSO’s District II office. conclusion that we needed a fifth district, “District V is about people who put to better serve our citizens,” Robinson their lives on the line to serve, as well as said. partnering with people in our communities It was also determined that the addiwho deserve, to feel safe and secure in tion of a new district, which will specificaltheir neighborhoods,” Robinson added.

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The Hillsborough County Fair is seeking nominations for this year’s Harvest Awards which will kick off the 2017 County Fair on Thursday, October 19 in the new air-conditioned fairgrounds pavilion east of Brandon on Hwy. 60 and Sydney Washer Rd. This is the 17th year the awards have been presented to the outstanding Farm Family and the Lifetime Achievement recipients for outstanding accomplishments and contributions in the field of agriculture in Hillsborough County. Other categories include Outstanding Agribusiness, Outstanding Public & Community Service, Urban Agriculture/Agriculturist, Young Farmer/Rancher/Nurseryman who are 40 and under, and Outstanding Woman in Agriculture. A posthumous category is also available to honor an individual no longer living. A total of five awards will be given during the luncheon in October. Receiving last year’s awards were the Roy Davis family, Tony Ippolito, Susan Dumke, Wish Farms, Lee and Mini Holcomb, and the Hillsborough County 4H Foundation. Saturday, July 1 is the

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Kim’s Natural Pet Foods Allows Your Pet Students And Seniors Come Together For To Live Holistically A Wonderful Art Show At The Bridges By Amy Schechter

According to hip and to a 2015 joint irritation, Harris Poll, or an animal with an three in five Americans appetite in have at least need of one pet in the weight conhousehold, and trol. She is nearly all pet knowledgeable about owners considallergies, diaer their pets to be family. betic care, That’s a lot of and a plethoanimals, and Kim's Natural Pet Foods, family owned and operated. ra of other pet not surprisingly, needs. “I just pet owners want what is best for their love it,” she said. “I try to find foods in furry family members. But what if you’re order to specialize for my customers’ not quite sure what to do to help your needs.” On top of that, Albright buys pet live its happiest, healthiest life? Turn 100 percent U.S. produced pet foods, to Kim’s Natural Pet Foods. mostly from companies that are famiKim Albright and her family own and ly owned and operated themselves. operate Kim’s Natural Pet Foods, the She is passionate about quality and only pet supply store to offer entirely refuses to sell products from companies who have issued recalls. holistic items in the Brandon/Valrico Want to know the best time to area. It’s unique because they are not a franchise; Albright wants to maintain that stop by? The first Saturday of every personal touch that is so important. As a month, Albright hosts a shot clinic pet owner herself she said, “I won’t sell it from 2-3 p.m. where pet owners can if I won’t feed it myself.” Their pet foods purchase low-cost vaccinations contain real ingredients, like meat, fish, and/or preventative medicines, like and vegetables, never byproducts. They heartworm and flea treatments, at are also corn, wheat, soy, and gluten cost. Normal business hours are free. Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 Spend five minutes in the store, and p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. you’ll be glad you did. Albright seeks to It is closed on Sundays. For information call 684-FOOD match your pet’s food to his or her spe(3663) or visit kimsnaturalpetfoods cific health needs. She takes the time to .com or search Kim’s Natural Pet understand the history of your pet, so Foods on Facebook. she can make recommendations based It is located at 3110 Lithia on whether you have a critter with a Pinecrest Rd. in Valrico. sensitive stomach, a breed sensitive

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Multiple generations of artists and art lovers came together for Bridging The Generations, a multi-generational art exhibit held at Joanne Kingston, a resident of The Bridges and The Bridges Alex Malberg, a student in Riverview at the Art Factory at Winthrop Arts. on Tuesday, May 2. Students from the Art Factory at Winthrop Arts and residents of The Bridges collaborated on the art show. Specifically, portraits of the students created by the residents and portraits of the residents created by the students, along with other art, were on display in a lovely setting. In addition, the short film, Willy Wonka and the Art Factory, created and produced by students from the Art Factory at Winthrop Arts, was shown to the delight of young and old alike. Residents from The Bridges have been coming to the Art Factory at Winthrop Arts each month since October to create art pieces such as painted vases, portraits and mosaic pieces. Janet Noah, Community Relations Liason for The Bridges said, "The Bridges has always valued residents' artistic expression. Our recent collaboration with the Art Factory is providing our residents with a wide array of art projects designed to encourage imagination, creativity and

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One of the residents who participated in the portrait exhibit, Carol Field said, "I loved the challenge of doing the portrait of the girl I chose. It was such an enjoyable experience to sketch a portrait of a student and then have a portrait of me sketched by a different student. In addition, everyone was given the choice of which medium they wished to use for the

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It was football at its best at Newsome High School, which hosted this year’s spring football jamboree last month, welcoming Durant, Brandon and district rival Bloomingdale. While each program put its best upcoming seniors on display it was also a time for head coaches, Kenneth Hiscock (Newsome), Mike Gottman (Durant) Max Warner (Bloomingdale) and Isaac Anderson Newsome Wolves football coach Kenneth Hiscock keeps an (Brandon) to measure eye on his players during warm up for this year’s spring football jamboree. up the strength of their respective teams. First up for the night was a two-quarter bout between Durant and Brandon, which expectedly displayed a strong Cougars offensive line up ending in a 21-7 win over the Eagles. Leading Durant was Russian born, 230pound fullback David Tabakovic, followed by Cameron Myers. Brandon answered with a play by quarterback Harry Kanu conDurant High School Cougars football coach Mike Gottman necting with Jamal talks to his players before taking on the Brandon Eagles Nash to cut the lead to during this year’s spring football jamboree. The Cougars defeated Brandon 21-7. 14-7.Third-year starting quarterback Carlton Newsome and visiting Bloomingdale, Potter connected with Myers once which right from the start did not dismore on an 83-yard pass to seal the appoint the sizable crowd of parents game. and fans. Scoring began with Bulls “We are returning six on offense receiver Ed Amos on an 80-yd. touchbut we have work to do on defense,” down on the kickoff return. Gottman said, “Our fall season will With Dakota Allen connecting to depend on how fast we can clean up Cornelius Bryant, Newsome mistakes.” answered back to tie the game at 7-7. The jamboree’s second half saw The scoring continued as an exciting game between host Bloomingdale featured Corey

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Bloomingdale, East Bay District Title Game Ends In Extra Point Shootout

East Bay Indians running back, Shawnari Lynch has nowhere to run, thanks to the Bloomingdale Lady Bulls solid defense, during this year’s girl’s flag football district championship game.

After three consecutive district titles, and a 13-14 loss to local rival East Bay, the Bloomingdale Girls Flag Football team led by program head coach Michael Lankford had to settle for second place, which has affectively halted the girl's chance to advance to this year’s regionals in hopes of a state appearance. The last time the two teams met was in 2015, when the much stronger Bulls had the upper hand and defeated the Indians 27-6 to win their second district tile in a row. The Lady Bull’s winning streak continued in 2016 with a powerful 207 victory over the Plant City Raiders to claim the 2A District 6 championship victory; the program’s third in as many years. This season, however, was undoubtedly and rightfully East Bay’s’ as the well-balanced and talented team led by head coach Michael Cooper reclaimed the coveted trophy with a perfect 7-0 district record. Coming down to a final shootout, the game hosted by East Bay could have gone either way and was as good and as exciting as high school sports can get. When it was over, East Bay did not only play its ninth district championship game, but won its sixth district

title, and posted its 100th win, in 11 years. Only two other coaches can claim 100 wins in the county: Josh Saunders of Robinson 134, Matt Hernandez of Alonso 106. “I have enjoyed coaching many talented players in the past and we had great teams, but as I said at the beginning of the season, this is by far the best team that we have ever had,” Cooper said. “They deserve it. They have worked hard and kept the right attitude all for the love of the game. I am proud of what my players have achieved for me and themselves because they believe in my direction, which is, "Do the best, be the best you can be as a daughter, sister, student, teammate." I love my players for what they've accomplished.” The Indians—with nothing to lose—advanced to and won the first round of regionals but lost the second round 13-14 to Plant. This was the third time East Bay has reached the second round of regionals in school history. As for the Lady Bulls under Lankford’s direction, now must wait until next year for a rematch. For more information about girl’s flag football, please visit www.fhsaa.org.

Newsome Sophomore Wins National Title As Level 9 Gymnast Newsome High School sophomore and talented gymnast, Jaden Haley, 15, has every reason to celebrate after winning the Level Nine Eastern National Gold Medal on Vault this spring in Lansing, Michigan. Haley, who trains 16.5 hours per week at Lakewood Ranch Gymnastics in Bradenton, under owner and coach Laura Parraga is currently the Florida State Champion on Vault. “Jaden is a faithful, Local gymnast and Newsome High School sophomore hardworking young lady,” Jaden Haley, 15, recently won the Level Nine Eastern National Gold Medal on Vault this spring in Lansing, MI. Parraga said. “She is naturally strong and has you to push past this, you can accomgreat power. She is a joy to coach plish anything.” and we are so excited to watch where Since winning the level nine her gymnastics takes her.” national title, Haley plans to move forAside from crediting her coaches, ward to make upgrades to her routeammates, family, and friends, whom tines and to become a level 10 gymshe said has been supporting her and nast this coming season. bringing me to this point, Haley credits As a gymnast, Haley is also workher success to another source. “I ing to earn an athletic scholarship. would especially like to thank God To encourage others, the young because I believe that all my accomgymnast wants her teammates to plishments have come as blessings always remember why they started from him. I feel very blessed to have gymnastics. won the title of national champion on “A lot of times as you get more vault; I was and am extremely happy.” competitive in the sport you can easily Haley’s success and competition get lost in the stress and pressure,” highlights include: she said. “You should always 2014 Level 7 – State Champion Beam remember that little girl or boy State Champion Floor who loved the sport and push 2015 Level 8 – State Champion Vault through it for them. Find that 2015 Level 8 – Vault-America’s Top 100 passion.” 2016 Level 9 – State Silver Medalist, Vault Haley added that she 2016 Level 9 – Regional Qualifier believes everything happens for 2016 Level 9 – Vault America’s Top 100 a reason and has its purpose. “There will be bad days and To reach her goals, Haley said bad things that happen to you, but takes a lot of mental perseverance. that doesn't define your future; you “Gymnastics, while a very physicontrol that. You should always be cally demanding sport, challenges you open to change. One thing you do difthe most mentally,” she said. “Your ferently can make the difference in thoughts can really get to you and be your performance and in the long run. an obstacle to what you want to By making those changes you can achieve. But if you can find it within reach your full potential.”


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Great Hiking & Biscuit Memories Made Trekking Tennessee On A Shoestring Budget

Carmina Burana To Open Florida Orchestra’s 50th Season By Kelly Smith

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Driving nine personal experihours to ence that a slip into Chattanooga, rocky, chilly water is Tennessee at 12 not fun. Midnight with nothThe source of ing but Cheetos the water at Mabbit and a Spotify Spring comes from playlist is a better a waterfall creativeidea than you would ly coined Falling think. Water Falls. With The idea of an overlook of the white water rafting, rising and falling hiking and cliff divmountains, this little ing drove this three Mabbit Spring is beautiful, and even more known spot is so when you scale the boulders a few day trek, and I almost impossible hundred feet. quickly discovered to find. I had to stop that the local, off-the-trail activities took and ask about six natives until I found it. more than a google search to experience. While it is about a scenic, three hour If you are courageous enough, $25 drive from Chattanooga, Big Bear Rafting can get you a bunk bed in Chattanooga’s in the Cherokee forest is a must. Spotted most laidback hostel, the En Root House. with relaxing streams and sheer terrifying Filled with international travelers, forgotwhite water greatness, you’ll probably fall ten items and elaborate life advice, the in. En Root House is a good place to end up Food - As carb loving cheapskate, after a long journey. this trip had me happily bloated off of ten When my group of Tampa area dollars. friends and I showed up eager to join the I have never seen so many biscuits. touristy lines at Ruby Falls, a few local The south has biscuits for breakfast, pointers and eye rolls lead us to less pop- lunch and dinner. Slapped with honey, ulated areas of Tennessee. bacon and fried chicken, and even avocaSignal Mountain - A few days is not do, they cannot be overlooked. nearly enough time to fully explore If you’re driving, the Flying Biscuit Chattanooga’s closest mountain, but Café has multiple locations in the Atlanta there is two spots that cannot be ignored. area. The Maple Street Biscuit Company Mabbit Spring Trail is a convergence is also a quick stop and is located right in of two rolling springs, and this creates a the middle of downtown Chattanooga. sprawl of falling water, boulders and slipTop your biscuit with as many calories as pery rocks. An adventurous traveler may possible and throw in a cinnamon roll for want to scale these rocks up the stream. extra authenticity. However, be careful. I can tell you from The entire trip cost $140.

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Students Recognized For Perfect Attendance And Top Performance Scores Five Students Recognized For Perfect Attendance Grades K-12

Hillsborough County school officials were pleased to recognize five seniors during a recent School Board Recognition meeting 901 E. Kennedy Blvd., in Tampa, for having perfect attendance from kindergarten through 12th grade. High school students, Emilie Dunn, (Newsome), Ryan Ingraham, (Sickles), Valedictorian: Zachary Neidig, Bloomingdale Salutatorian: Jessica Newsome Valedictorian: Mark Newsome Salutatorian: Ashley Jacob Lorentzen, (Durant), GPA: 7.48. Will be attending Follmer, GPA: 7.386. Will be Laurie, GPA 7.67 will be attending Valenza, GPA 7.58 will be attendLogan Phillips, (Pepin University of Central Florida. attending University of South Stanford, pursuing a degree in the ing University of Florida. Major Academy) and Michael Stone, Florida. medical field. Materials Science and Engineering with a goal to attend assessments and how (King) each were presented by Hillsborough County Public Schools Graduation well they serve all stumedical school. Suncoast Credit Union and Toyota of Student Nutrition Services (SNS) Ceremonies dents. Tampa Bay with items memorializing Department has gathered hundreds of Twelve Hillsborough County Ending the 2016-2017 school and rewarding their achievements. students from schools around the disPublic Schools were ranked among year, thousands of students repreAccording to school officials trict to taste and rate new menu items the best in the state and nationally senting 28 high schools throughout research has shown that school for the upcoming season. include: Hillsborough County have scheduled attendance, one of the key performKeeping to celebrate one the most Gold Medal ance indicators, is the foundation of with the annual important day of their young student achievement. -Plant High School ranked #22 in Florida (228 nationally) tradition, SNS lives; graduation. In an effort to encourage school -Newsome High School - #30 (338 nationally) hosted its eighth Included during each graduattendance, Deputy Superintendent annual Fresh -Robinson High School - #39 (475 nationally) ation ceremony or commenceBeth Shields initiated an annual Flavors - Food attendance program in 2000 to recog- ment is the traditional valedicto- Silver Medal for Body and ry and salutatorian speeches nize students who have maintained Mind Expo. delivered by seniors who stood -Steinbrenner High School - #45 (574 nationally perfect attendance from kindergarten The two-day out from the rest of their class- -Bloomingdale High School - #49 (608 nationally) through the 12th grade. event offered -Strawberry Crest High School - #55 (693 nationally) In addition to recognizing the stu- mates due to their personal the nearly 150 -Sickles High School - #71 (813 nationally) achievements. dents commitment and effort, Toyota students twenty Once again this year’s grad- -Tampa Bay Tech High School - #87 (1036 nationally) of Tampa Bay is host the annual “A new food items uation ceremonies were sched- -Alonso High School - #117 (1476 nationally) Perfect Car for Perfect Attendance” a to test ahead of uled to be held at the Florida -Riverview High School - #121 (1510 nationally) special event scheduled for Sunday, the 2017-2018 State Fairgrounds Expo Hall. -Plant City High School - #122 (1518 nationally) June 4. The event honors seniors school-year For a full list, please visit -Brooks Debartolo Collegiate High School - #142 (1848 nationally) menu. with at least one year of perfect www.sdhc.k12.fl.us. attendance by Toyota of Tampa Bay The new flagiving away a Scion to one fortunate vors to test included Creamy Tomato "Our students continue to prove they Newsome And Bloomingdale Rank senior who will select the marching Soup w/ Homemade Croutons, are some of the best in the country,” said Among Best HCPS Schools In car key. Mediterranean Veggie Wafflewich, Jeff Eakins, Superintendent of The five seniors who have earned State and Korean Beef Tacos with Asian Hillsborough County Public Schools. Students of Hillsborough County perfect attendance for the past 13 Slaw. “Our dedicated staff continues to ensure Public Schools continue to rank as years will receive one entry ticket for Students were asked to rate each that students have the resources necessome of the best in the state and each year of perfect attendance for item on a scale of Love It, Like It, or sary to be prepared for life, college and nation, according to U.S. News & their well-deserved accomplishment. Dislike It, based on the item’s appearcareers. We are in the midst of our World Report’s 2017 list of best high The 1,840 other eligible seniors ance, smell, and taste. graduation season and I am so proud to schools. are provided one entry ticket for havThe tasting helps SNS to provide see our students walk across the stage The U.S. News rankings include ing earned at least one year of perhealthy menus that are based on stuready for the next chapter of their lives.” data on close to 20,000 public high fect attendance during high school. dent preferences. schools in 50 states and the District Visit www.sdhc.k12.fl.us. Each participating student also Hillsborough County Public Schools of Columbia. received a goodie bag and a chance Hosts 8th Annual ‘Love It, Like It or Schools were awarded gold, silHillsborough County’s Top to win a FitBit fitness tracker. Visit Dislike It?’ Fresh Flavors Expo ver, or bronze medals as the rankings Students Recognized during 2017 www.sdhc.k12.fl.us. 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On Saturday, June 10 from 7-9 p.m., Toastmasters presents An Evening with Olivia Schofield at Progressive Insurance in Riverview. Schofield is a Londoner, living in Berlin. In 2010, a friend introduced her to Toastmasters. The nurturing environment immediately appealed to her: a nurturing environment that would unlock her voice. 18 months after joining Toastmasters, Olivia went on to place first at the District level in the international speech competition.

She was a finalist at The World Championship of Public Speaking in Las Vegas in 2011 and out of 30,000 contestants; she placed as the top woman and the first District 59er ever to reach the finals. Schofield is the founder of Spectacular Speaking, a company dedicated to raising Lithia Springs Math Bowl – Mrs. Bornstein’s second grade group the standard of took 2nd place at the Hillsborough County Math Bowl at Pepin public speakers Hospitality Center on May 17. and their presentations. She arship. Mrs. Ericson is also a speech coach was a 4-H alumnus and TEDX speaker. and daughter of Schofield will show Chip and Jemy us how to give our Hinton. We wish to speeches impact that thank the many remains long after friends of the Hinton you've left the stage. family and to the The cost to attend Nat and Alice is $10. To register, visit Storms family for eventbrite.com/e/anmaking this evening-with-oliviaScholarship possischofield-ticketsble. Application 34336105215. forms are available through the 4-H The Teki Hinton Office. Submission Teki Hinton Ericson Memorial Ericson Memorial Deadline for 2017 is Scholarship was created by 4-H. Scholarship Monday, July 10 at Announced 4:30 p.m. The scholarship will be The Hillsborough County 4-H awarded at this year’s 4-H Awards Foundation is pleased to announce Banquet on Saturday, August 12 at the creation of the Teki Hinton Ericson the the Hillsborough County memorial academic and trades scholFairgrounds.

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A total solar eclipse provides us with the only chance to see the Sun’s corona — its extended outer atmosphere — without specialized Track the total solar eclipse across the United States on August 21. When instruments. reproducing, please credit as ©2017 USPS. During the This summer, the Postal Service will total phase of an eclipse the corona put out a cool first-of-its-kind Forever appears as a gossamer white halo stamp. It uses the heat of your finger to around the black disk of the Moon, change the total solar eclipse stamp resembling the petals of a flower reaching image into the Moon. out into space. The Total Solar Eclipse Forever Tens of millions of people in the stamp will be issued on Tuesday, June United States hope to view this rare 20 in advance of the August 21 eclipse. event, which has not been seen on the The photos were taken by retired U.S. mainland since 1979. The eclipse NASA Astrophysicist Fred Espenak, will travel a narrow path across the entire aka Mr. Eclipse, of Portal, Arizona. It country for the first time since 1918. The shows a total solar eclipse seen from path will run west to east from Oregon to Jalu, Libya, on March 29, 2006. You can South Carolina and will include portions visit his Website at www.mreclipse.com. of 14 states. A total eclipse of the Sun occurs The Total Eclipse Forever stamps when the Moon completely blocks the may be pre-ordered at usps.com/shop in visible solar disk from view, casting a early June for delivery following the June shadow on Earth. The 70-mile-wide 20 nationwide issuance. They will be shadow path of the eclipse, known as the available in Post Offices “path of totality,” will traverse the country nationwide beginning on that day. diagonally, appearing first in Oregon (midFor more information on the Postal morning local time) and exiting some Service, visit on twitter.com/USPS, face2,500 miles east and 90 minutes later off book.com/USPS. the coast of South Carolina (mid-afteror usps.com and usps.com/postalfacts. noon local time).

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Student Plans Father/Daughter Dance To Raise Funds For Children’s Home

By Kate Quesada

Seven-year-old the world have the chance Gabryelle Lane has to smile at least once with been working for my Gabby Care years to help those Packages.” less fortunate than The care packages her. This month she include hygiene items such is inviting others to a toothbrushes, mouthjoin her while having wash and toothpaste, fun with their family. soaps, shower gel, The second grade deodorant, lotions, hair student is hosting items and socks. Gabby’s first annual “She is very passionFather Daughter ate about helping anyone Dance on Father’s in need,” said Kenya. “She Day, Sunday, June really wants to reach as 18, at the Regent in many little girls as possible Gabryelle Lane, a seven-year-old Brandon resident, is organizing a in Tampa and the surRiverview to benefit the Hope Children’s father daughter dance at the Regent rounding areas.” in Riverview on Father’s Day. Center in Tampa. The dance, which will “We are calling all fathers, grandfainclude catered food from M&R Catering thers, uncles and father figures to purCompany, will be hosted by Ebone Cruz, chase a ticket and bring their little president and founder of Hat-Attitude and princesses out for a good cause,” said formerly of WTMP radio, and will feature Kenya Lane, Gabryelle’s mother. speakers including Jessie McNeil, who Gabryelle started her own non-profit, according to Kenya is a “dynamic man, Gabby Cares, recently to raise funds for great father, motivational speaker, pastor, the care packages she creates and deliv- author, entrepreneur and community ers to young girls in state homes, shelters leader.” He will be speaking on the topic and those who are homeless throughout of A Father’s Love. the area. She decided to organize a Attendees will enter the dance on a dance to help the girls at Hope Children’s red carpet and will have their pictures Center after visiting the residents over the taken in a princess chair. Each girl holidays to bring donations from an angel attending the event will also receive a ttree at Kenya’s work. The center does not shirt as a take home gift to remember the receive state funding, so it relies only on night. donations from the public. For information, call Kenya at 516“These people live without a lot of 9405 or email gabbycares@hotmail.com daily essentials that we often take for or search for Gabby Cares on Facebook granted,” said Gabryelle. “My mission is Tickets must be purchased in advance of to make sure less fortunate kids all over the event.

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The Village Players Present The Three Musketeers At McCabe Theatre This June

You will be in awe as you watch actors from the Village Players perform live sword fights and other combat scenes in their presentation of The Three Musketeers this June at the Historic James McCabe Theatre in Valrico.

The Village Players will present The Three Musketeers at the historic James McCabe Theatre in Valrico beginning with the traditional Dinner Theatre Opening Night on Friday, June 9. Cost to attend is $35 per person. All funds raised at the Opening Night are earmarked for renovations of the historic building. The James McCabe Theatre is located at 506 5th St. in Valrico. The Three Musketeers will be performed for three weeks in June. Regular shows will be held on Friday, June 16 and 23; Saturday, June 10, 17 and 24. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the curtain call at 8 p.m. There will be two Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. on June 11 and 18. Tickets for the regular shows are $18 and $15 for seniors, students and military with ID. Groups of 10 or more are also $15 per person, but these seats must be reserved in advance. The Village Players’ adaptation is based on the timeless swashbuckler tale by Alexandre Dumas. It is a tale of heroism, treachery, close escapes and

above all, honor. The story is set in 1625 and features d’Artagnan and his sister, Sabine, the quintessential tomboy, who are on their way to Paris to drop off Sabine at a convent. As soon as they reach Paris, they encounter the greatest heroes of the day: Athos, Porthos and Aramis, the famous musketeers. They join forces to defend the honor of the Queen of France and face treachery and danger. Gail Pierce, a producer for the Village Players said, “This show, which is three months in the making, includes live fencing, action

and adventure.” Steven Bucko, director of The Three Musketeers said, “The Three Musketeers is an amazing story. That is why it is popular hundreds of years after it was written.” Bucko added, “I love this show for a bunch of reasons. The first and most fun is the combat. We have over 10 sword fights and several more fights with fists, daggers and wine bottles. We are going to give the audience a combat showcase that is rare for any community theatre. The Three Musketeers is an exciting adventure and we want our audience to feel that excitement the entire time they are watching.” For more information on the Village Players and to get tickets to The Three Musketeers, please call 480-3147 or visit www.thevillageplayersvalrico.com.

Young Artists Are Encouraged To Enter Center Place's 5th Annual Children's Community Art Show

Center Place will hold its 5th Annual Children's Community Art Show, Little Monsters Create, this July in the Mook Gallery at Center Place. Children ages 4 to 13 are invited to submit up to three entries.

Children ages 4 to 13 are encouraged to enter artwork in Center Place's 5th Annual Children's Community Art Show. The Show, Little Monsters Create, celebrates the creativity of the area’s aspiring young artists. Children may enter artwork which includes drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, jewelry, clay and wood. The show will be on display in the Mook Gallery at Center Place during the month of July. Lisa Rodriguez, Marketing Director for Center Place said, “The Little Monsters Create Art Show is for kids ages 4 to 13. The show is held each July in order to allow any child to participate while on summer vacation.” Rodriguez added, “The Little Monsters Create Art Show allows children to share their artwork with our community. This is a wonderful opportunity for our young budding artists to show off their talents.” The art show is open to all children in the greater Brandon area. All entries must be submitted between Monday, June 26 and Friday, June 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Center Place located at 619 Vonderburg Dr. in Brandon. Children can enter up to three pieces. There is a $5 entrance fee per piece or $10 for three entries.

There are three age categories for entry and prizes- ages 4 to 6; ages 7 to 9; and ages 10 to 13. The show will be judged by a local professional artist. Awards will be presented for first place, second place and third place in the three age categories. An Artists’ Reception will be held on Thursday, July 20 beginning at 6 p.m. Awards will be presented at 6:30 p.m. The reception is an opportunity for each young artist to be recognized and see their work exhibited in a gallery setting. 2D artwork (including photography) must be matted, framed or wrapped and wired for hanging. No 2D artwork can be over 16"x20". 3D pieces must not exceed 12"Hx10"W and may not weigh more than three pounds. All artwork must be accompanied by two typed 3x5 index cards which must contain the artist's name, age, title of the work, and artistic statement. The artist’s phone number should be on the back of the cards. All artwork must be picked up from Center Place on Monday, July 31 by 5 p.m. For more information on the 4th Annual Children's Community Art Show, please call 685-8888 or email cpfinearts@verizon.net.

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With a vision Health & Wellness, LLC. of healthy people As a group associated on a healthy planwith the international organet, the Holistic ization, the HCC – TampaBrandon will promote and Chamber of support local holistic and Commerce (HCC) sustainable professionals is weaving together an international and business owners. The movement profirst meeting is scheduled moting holistic, for natural and susTuesday, tainable products, June 20 at 6:30 p.m. services and soluand will tions. To that end, Lynne Wadsworth is the chapter president of the Holistic Chamber meeting at Square One the HCC is of Commerce in Brandon. Burgers, 2030 Badlands pleased to announce that holistic leaders in Dr., at which time everyone will have Tampa-Brandon have started a local an opportunity to give input on a perchapter. manent meeting time and place. Online Lynne Wadsworth is the presence is already established at Tampa/Brandon chapter president. www.HolisticChamberOfCommerce.co “Brandon is the perfect place for the m/brandon. Holistic Chamber of Commerce. We The HCC is an international organhave a large population here and a ization which serves as a bridge bringing consumers together with holistic community that really values those and eco-friendly options. Now with products and services. It’s time for us almost 1,500 Professional Members to come together and show the stanthroughout North America, consumers dard of integrity and professionalism we bring to the work we do. I see asso- have easier access to high quality health, lifestyle and business products, ciation with the international organizaservices and solutions. tion as a natural partnership for our For more information on how the vibrant and growing holistic business community. We are in the service busi- Holistic Chamber of Commerce can ness, yet we are still hidden. That mar- help consumers as well as holistic pracketing aspect is where I really see a titioners, professionals and businesses, need for support. The HCC offers that, visit the organization website at said Wadsworth.” Along with her expewww.HolisticChamberOfCommerce.com. rience and expertise, Wadsworth All potential professional and busibrings a clear vision of her own to this ness members must submit references local chapter. She is owner of Holistic before being accepted for membership.

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20th Annual FishHawk Ranch Road Race Raises Over $20K For Local Students

The 20th Annual FishHawk Ranch Road Race provided more than $20,000 in donations to schools in the area, as well as a deserving scholarship recipient. Newland Communities’ Lynda McMorrow recently awarded the principals of Bevis Elementary School, Stowers Elementary, FishHawk Creek Elementary, Randall Middle, Barrington Middle and Newsome High a check for more than $3,000 each. The FishHawk Road Runners, which helped organize the event, also received a $1,500 contribution for its scholarship fund. Over 500 runners of all skill levels entered this year’s 5k and kid’s races, which included both a half-mile and one-mile run/walk. Visit www.fishhawkranch.com.

Brandon Mental Health Offers Outpatient Behavioral Health Counseling

Brandon Mental Health (BMH) has been a leading provider of mental health ther-

apy in Hillsborough County for nearly 10 years. According to owner, Shane Raymond, “Our mission dictates that we ‘meet the client where the client is.’ We strive to provide an atmosphere that is comfortable and conducive to change. Services are provided to young children through older adults and everyone in

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preschool and child care center founded by Baldwin and Debra Sterling. "We are extremely proud to be the first preschool in our community to offer our youngest students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to effortlessly master a second language". Studies show children exposed to multiple languages during their "window of opportunity" to learn a new language, between birth and age ten, many times end up surpassing monolinguals in math and English. Children's Academy Language Immersion will host open house events on Thursday, June 15 and Friday, July 18 from 4-7 p.m. to give parents an opportunity to see the facility, inquire about this approach to learning and comprehensive, research based curriculum. There will be fun activities for children and light refreshments provided. The Sterling’s also own and operate Children's Academy Brandon over the past decade, were not born of Spanish heritage, but have always desired to give their children the opportunity to become bilingual or multilingual speakers. Before and after care for children before and aftercare for children in grades K-5 will also be provided. Children's Academy Language Immersion is located in Lithia at the corner of Browning Rd. and Lithia Pinecrest Rd. Visit www.childrensacademyfishhawk.com .

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ECHO’s Seeks Employers & Job Seekers For Next Job Fair September 24

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Job seekdance with more ers dressed in than 30 employprofessional ers and service attire at their agencies. visit to the Individuals Boys & Girls searching for a Club in job could speak Brandon durwith employers ing ECHO’s from the (Emergency Hillsborough Care Help County Sheriff’s Organization) Office, fourth annual Hillsborough Job Fair on Hillsborough County Public Schools table at the County ECHO Job Fair. April 13. Supervisor of Through this free event the first 25 Elections, Bank of America and much candidates received a portfolio, assis- more. It gave the job seekers an tance with their resumes and more. opportunity to network and learn In September of 2015, ECHO about these employers and service held their first job fair. ECHO does agencies in hopes to land employthis twice a year, once in the spring ment. The sponsors of the job fair and the other in the fall. The mission included Twin Creeks Assisted Living at ECHO would be to assist residents and Memory Care, Boys & Girls Club, of Eastern Hillsborough County in cri- Braille Works and more. sis with emergency food, clothing and “I came to the ECHO Job Fair offer access to life-stabilizing probecause I need a job and like the fact grams and resources. Since 1987, it that I can talk with employers face-tohelped more than 180,000 Brandon face,” Nataly Cabrera said. area residents with food and clothing. “The ECHO Job Fair seemed well Bank of America gave ECHO a put together and it did not gear $25,000 grant for the Job for Jobs towards one sector,” said Melody program. that will go towards their Fuller, with the Job for Job program workforce development, which caters at ECHO. She started with them in to its Job for Job program. 2016. “The $25,000 grant from Bank of Join ECHO and their next job fair, America will go towards our workwhich will be held on September 24. force development,” said Sharmaine For more information, visit Burr, ECHO Director of Social https://echofl.org/about/. It is located Services. at 507 N. Parsons Ave. in Brandon. This job fair had 169 in attenHours vary. Call 685-0935.

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“GREEN Hillsborough” Community Meeting Hosted By Commissioner Pat Kemp

By Tamas Mondovics

In hopes of learning more about the County’s plans and its promised commitment to environmental, economic and social sustainability, more than three dozen residents attended a recent meeting hosted by Hillsborough County Commissioner Pat Kemp (District 6 Hillsborough Countywide) talks to residents while hosting “Green Hillsborough” County Community Discussion. The meeting was supported by a 6member panel, focusing on the County’s promised commitment to Commissioner environmental, economic and social sustainability. Patricia “Pat” Manager Travis Barnes and County Kemp, (District 6 Countywide). Extension Director Stephen Gran. Appropriately called “Green After a brief introduction the Hillsborough”, the meeting was held attempted to bring those prespanel at the Bloomingdale Regional Public ent up to par with past, current and Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. in future projects within their own Valrico, in early May, and was the departments. second in a series of community conAccording to officials the County versations Kemp has planned to host saves more than $3.4 million throughout the county. annually by reducing its energy use “I have been pleased to learn and costs, thanks to its efforts of about the investment of Hillsborough recycled materials in building using County in sustainable programs and construction, the use of solar panels practices,” Kemp said. “There is a on County facilities as well as the strong foundation to build upon, and I installation of LED traffic signals, just intend to fast-track the ‘greening’ of to name a few. county government during my time as Some of the County’s most a Commissioner.” accomplishments include: recent To ensure that departments motion sensitive lighting, water effiessential to Kemp’s goals were reprecient plumbing as well as the installasented, the 6-member panel discustion of seven electric car charging sion highlighted some of the County’s stations in 2011 throughout the sustainability programs including County. cooling systems, LED lighting, bioReportedly, the County has elimisolids composting, electric vehicle nated 120,000 tons of carbon dioxide charging stations, solar panel sysemissions since 2003. tems and the cooking oil recycling The question and answer portion effort (CORE). of the Kemp’s discussion, however, Kemp said that her goal is to shed some light on what was really show residents how the County is on the minds of area residents, working on moving to a 100 percent including concerns about local traffic sustainable future in Hillsborough and transportation, issues related to County, while saving taxpayer dollars schools and safety along with growth and creating green jobs. management, or lack of, on the part The panel included Assistant of local government officials. County Administrator Tom Fass, who Kemp was elected to the County was joined by Energy Manager Commission in 2016. She currently Randy Klindworth, Environmental serves on the Juvenile Justice Board Protection Commission Sustainability and the Public Safety Coordinating Coordinator Michelle Jenkins, County Council, which was led by former Public Utilities Program Manager Joe County Commissioner Kevin Beckner. Squitier, Public Works (Solid Waste) For information visit Project Manager Ron Wiesman, Public Works (Solid Waste) Recycling HCFLGOV.net.

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Outdoor Adventure And Activities Await You And Dad This Father’s Day Fishing poles and Nike’s may be the go-to dad present each Father’s Day, but this June 18, take a trip and surprise dad with hands-on entertainment just around the corner. Since Father’s Day is on a Sunday, making a lazy-day drive to Tampa, Plant City or even Ruskin could be the perfect day trip for your family, and of course your dad. Prep with the pros - If you and your dad are the outdoorsy types, you can get all your gear and skills organized at Bass Pro Shops Tampa location. Believe it or not the supply of fishing poles, camping gear and adventure garments can either be a quick stop or an all-day escapade. “When I went on my hiking trip to California I had no idea about like anything,” said Nick Lawson, a local to the Brandon area. “I went into Bass Pro like just to figure out what I needed and I ended up being so well set in the “Cali” woods.” With a seafood restaurant called Islamorada Fish Company Restaurant serving local marina snacks, two remarkable large aquariums and a huge selection of interesting tools to enjoy the outdoors, you may find a new addiction. For information on prices and locations visit http://www.basspro.com/

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Volunteers are needed on Saturday, June 10 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. to help protect Tampa Bay. Bring your kayak, canoe, paddleboard, or motorboat to help remove litter and debris from the Hillsborough River Watershed. Of course volunteers are always needed to remove litter from the shoreline on foot too. Help preserve our beautiful waterways and improve our community by choosing from one of the locations below. Help clean up Tampa Bay According to Debbie on Saturday and Sunday, Evenson, Executive Director June 10 and 11. value of clean, safe and of Keep Tampa Bay sustainable waterways.” Beautiful, “World Oceans Day is a The cleanup will take place at the global day of ocean celebration and following locations: Rick's on the River collaboration for a better future. We - 2305 N Willow Ave. in Tampa, and are excited to celebrate World Oceans Bermuda Blvd., 1507 S 22nd St. in Day on June 10. Through this event Tampa. Registration begins at 8:30 and others like it that Keep Tampa Bay a.m. with a cleanup start time at 9 Beautiful coordinates, we are able to a.m. Don’t forget your sunscreen, hat, educate the community on the imporsunglasses and protective footwear tance of putting waste in its place and (close-toed). the environmental impact of litter. The Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful will Tampa Bay watershed is the largest provide trash bags, water and soft open-water estuary in Florida, making gloves. Promotional giveaways availit an extremely fragile environment, able while supplies last. Join in for the easily influenced by damaging aquatic After Party sponsored by Bud Light at waste. Our goal is to encourage all citRick's On the River from 11:30 a.m. to izens and businesses to help protect 1 p.m. our most precious resource by preDownload the free Marine Debris venting litter and debris from polluting Tracker App and select the Keep the Hillsborough River and its tributarTampa Bay Beautiful List available on ies, while becoming more aware of the iTunes.

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Former Harlem Globetrotter’s Legend Hosts Camp In Brandon

By Nick Nahas

Local resiDouglas dents will have suited up for the an opportunity to Harlem witness former Globetrotters Harlem from 1986-1993. Globetrotter’s He tried out for legend Michael the team in “Memphis” 1986 with 1,500 Douglas and other competicompany dunk tors, and was The Harlem Legends are a part of the Michael on the competiselected as the Douglas Youth Foundation that was formed in tion as the first overall pick 1991. Harlem Legends of the take on the Mac All-Stars on June 17th Globetrotters that year. Douglas was the at First Baptist Church in Brandon. seventh Showman in the history of the Youngsters can also participate in the Globetrotters, an honor awarded to the Harlem Legends Shoot for the Stars leader that helps carry out the antics of Basketball Camp from June 12th-16th. the team in the shows. There have The camp lasts from 9am-1pm. been only 12 Showmen in the history of Campers will learn basic basketball fun- the Globetrotters, which started in 1927 damentals and will receive a t-shirt, in Chicago, Illinois. Each era has a difautographs, a certificate, and a camp ferent Showman. During his career, he photo. Registration is $135 per camper. traveled to over 100 different countries. “At the camp we want to instill principles According to Douglas, in the seven for young students to succeed not only years that he toured with the club, he in the game of basketball, but hopefully played in front of a couple of different in the game of life as well,” Douglas presidents, kings, queens, Mother said. Teresa and even the Pope. The Harlem Legends was created “The ultimate goal for us is to conby Michael Douglas and is a part of the tinue to be able to help assist different Michael Douglas Youth Foundation that schools and organizations and to be an was formed in 1991. The team is made inspiration to the youth,” Douglas said. up of several former Globetrotters, The Michael Douglas Youth along with past Olympians and retired Foundation was chosen as an advocate NFL and NBA players. “I formed the for the President's Fitness Challenge foundation to give me a platform to be back in 2008 during President Obama’s able to assist different organizations, first year. schools and churches in different comFor more information and to register munities around the country,” Douglas for the events, you can visit their websaid. site at www.HarlemLegends.com.

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Every Child Deserves A Birthday Party: Box Of Balloons Delivers Staff Report

Box of Balloons, Tampa Chapter is currently seeking volunteers, donors and community leaders and social workers to serve.

Every child loves to feel special on their birthday. Box of Balloons is a non-profit organization on a mission to make each birthday happy and every child celebrated. According to Samantha Benoit, leader for the Tampa Chapter, “We impact the people we serve by bringing joy into their lives by providing birthday parties to children who might not otherwise get one.“ In America, 22% of children live below the poverty level, and Benoit believes that a birthday celebration can give families the hope and joy they may be missing on their child’s special day. The focus of the organization is to ensure each child feels special and celebrated on their birthday and bring joy into the lives of them and their support system. Benoit said that it also aims to

empower parents and caregivers by delivering a birthday box to them with all the necessities for a fantastic party. Box of Balloons is a registered 501(c)(3) organization that reaches out to local school social workers, community leaders and organizations to identify children in need. Social workers and organizational leaders send in requests on behalf of these children. “We then reach out to local community volunteers to donate all the items/money needed to complete the birthday request in order for a child to have an awesome birthday party like many of his or her friends,” noted Benoit. Each Birthday Box is filled with a standard checklist of items, relating to the theme of the child’s choice including tableware: paper plates, napkins, cups, decorations: streamers, balloons, curling ribbon, tape, DIY decorations: themed decor, banner, etc., party favors for six children, game or activity and all supplies needed, cupcakes and a birthday gift. Each box costs roughly $100 to fill. There are several ways to get involved. You can pledge your Birthday, Build-A-Box, volunteer for a chapter, start a chapter, or simply donate. Visit www.boxofballoons.org. To donate items locally, call 802-8331.

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Latin Inspired Recipes Take Center Stage At New LC’s Café & Supper Club Are you moist. There looking for a are other new place muffin to enjoy a choices as breakfast or well and all lunch? LC’s are homeCafé, which made by recently Clary Abreu, opened in a graduate Brandon, from Le will not disCordón Bleu appoint you. College of The menu is Culinary Arts in Latin Orlando. If you inspired, need protein to and offers start the day, many there are multioptions of ple egg choices simple to choose from. home The lunch cooked fare includes food; all the tasty delicious. Tampa Bowl Loraine with Spanish Recently opened LC Café offers delicious Latin inspired home-cooked comfort food. L-R: Ivette Ortiz, Rice and Black Aguayo owner Loraine Aguayo and baker Clary Abreu. opened the Beans topped restaurant in January. "I originally with Classic Mojo Marinated Chicken was looking for a place to cater from. or Pork. There are quite a few sandWhen I saw our current location was wich choices, one of the most popuavailable, I fell in love with it. I actular being the Chicken Breast, ally could see the cafe up and runCranberry and Pecan Salad on ning. My husband and I had already Croissant. Find the OMG Roast been operating a private monthly Pork or Chicken on the menu, so invite-only Supper Club for the last named because the first person to try two years so we decided to move the sandwich said, ‘OMG this is the that into our new café," she said. best’. The home-made Blackberry You can enjoy either breakfast or Sangria, which was created by lunch choices during the restaurant’s Aquayo’s husband, Ellery, is deliregular hours, which are Tuesday to cious, fruity, but not too sweet. He Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. also created the “Mad Flat White”, a The blueberry muffins are stuffed rich creamy coffee made with a spefull of the fruit and are so light and cial blend of milk and cream that is

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inclusive for one price. The menu changes each month. Visit www.lcscafe for more information on the dinners and to RSVP or to join the supper club invite list to receive the dates and menu information for upcoming events. Aquayo will also cater private dinners in your home or venue for up to 14 people. “Our place or yours”, she said. Beginning this summer, you can relax after a long week at Friday Happy Hour, which will take place from 5-8 p.m. LC’s Café is located near Divine Designs Spa at 1602 Oakfield Dr. #103 in Brandon. Call 526-9395 or email lcsupperclub@gmail.com.


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Sea Tow Tampa Bay Offers 24/7 Peace Of Mind Boat Towing Service

By Nick Nahas

Sea Tow Tampa Bay assisting a 50-foot sport fish that ran aground.

Sea Tow Tampa Bay has had smooth sailing under new owners Raul and Cile Moreno, who bought the franchise two years ago. Cile has had prior experience owning and running a company, with a background in sales and marketing. With her son and Sea Tow general manager, Captain Erich Jaeger’s previous knowledge of operating boating vessels, the company is off to a great start. The company owns four towboats that are scattered throughout Tampa Bay for optimum coverage. The team consists of seven full-time captains that are available 24/7 in case of an emergency on the water. A wide variety of services are offered for a yearly membership to the company, including boater education classes and automated radio checks, as well as unlimited boat tows, battery jumps, and up to 20 gallons of gas delivery.

Sea Tow Tampa Bay offers 24/7 boat towing.

They even have a Sea Tow app that can be used for non-emergency assistance and access to tides and weather information. “We are ready to come out 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, no matter what, to come and get you,” Jaeger said. “When you have Sea Tow, we are going to get you home no matter what the case.” May is National Boating Safety Month, giving Sea Tow Tampa Bay the perfect opportunity to help spread the word about boater safety throughout the bay. They have done their due diligence, providing boaters with every tool possible for a safe boating experience. In 2007, the Sea Tow Foundation, a grant program that provides free lifejackets to passengers, was established to promote boating safety. The company also created the Designated Skipper Program, attempting to spread awareness of

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