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Volume 12, Issue 10 P U B L I S H I N G
Brandon ’86 Rotary Club Presents Annual Seafood Festival At Camp Florida
By Kathy L. Collins
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Nativity’s 48th Novemberfest Returns With Midway, Music & More
By Amanda Boston
Novemberfest is back for its forty-eighth year of fun and family festivities. The time-honored event takes place from Wednesday, November 15 through Sunday, November 19 at the Nativity Catholic Church. Every year
With smiles and thumbs up, these children are enjoying the perks of Midway’s unlimited ride armbands.
Novemberfest is a major fundraiser for Nativity Catholic School and a long time tradition for the Brandon community.
Novemberfest draws close to 40,000 people as it transforms the parish grounds into a carnival-like atmosphere featuring Midway rides, games, tents of tasty treats and family-friendly entertainment. Nativity Catholic School’s new principal, Mary Myers, reflected on the school’s largest fundraiser. “I am so impressed by the fellowship and shared responsibility that the school and parish have demonstrated together in appreciation and support for our communities’ youth initiatives, which are the main benefactors of our Novemberfest event,” said Myers. Novemberfest is open Wednesday and Thursday from 410 p.m., Friday from 4 p.m.-12
Midnight, Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12 Midnight and Sunday from 12 Noon to 8 p.m. As always, the admission, parking and entertainment are all free. Brand-new to this year’s entertainment is ‘Battle of the Bands.’ On Wednesday night beginning at 7 p.m., several youth groups will perform on Center Stage to compete for the title of best band. Then on Thursday
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The Marlene Brandon ’86 Adkinson, presiRotary Club dent-elect of will hold its Brandon ’86 26th Annual Rotary Club and Brandon chair of the Seafood Seafood Festival. Festival on “This is our signaSaturday, ture fundraising November 4 event that has from 11 a.m. raised money for The Brandon ’86 Rotary Club to 3 p.m. at the needs of local invites the community to come Rotary’s charities for over out an enjoy a day of food, fun Camp Florida and fellowship at its 26th Annual 25 years,” added Brandon Seafood Festival on located at Adkinson. Saturday, November 4. 1915 Camp For those Florida Rd. in who wish to become Brandon. The cost to sponsors, there are attend is $20 per many sponsorship levadult with an advance els starting at just $100. purchase ticket or In addition, area busi$25 per adult at the nesses can apply to be door. For children a vendor at the event. ages 12 to 17, tickets For more information on are $10. Children becoming a sponsor or under 12 can get in for $1 or a donation vendor, please contact Adkinson at madof canned goods. The price includes all firstname.lastname@example.org or call you can eat and drink. 765-9546. The Brandon Seafood Festival feaBrandon ’86 Rotary Club is a service tures southern fried fish, shrimp, hush organization that meets every Friday at 7 puppies, coleslaw, hamburgers and hot a.m. at the Rotary Event Center located dogs. In addition to the all you can eat at 3007 S. Kings Ave. in Brandon. Guests buffet, families can enjoy a pie eating are welcome to attend. “Rotary is about contest, human foosball and more. A local Friendship, Fellowship and Community. DJ will provide music throughout the day. We work together to solve local commuAll proceeds from the event benefit nity issues, provide humanitarian aid and international and local charities including to promote goodwill and peace. Rotary is the Outreach Clinic, ECHO, Everyday comprised of local business people who Blessings and Rotary’s Camp Florida. believe that mutual service is the best Last year, the Brandon ’86 Rotary Club way to create thriving businesses and was able to donate $9,000. societies,” said Adkinson. “Brandon ’86 Rotary Club has been Tickets to the Brandon Seafood working hard to make this a great event Festival can be purchased at www.branfilled with fun and great food,” said donseafoodfestival.com.
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Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee receives his retirement credentials from newly appointed HCSO Sheriff, Chad Chronister during Gee’s retirement reception. Gee has served the agency for nearly four decades, including the past 13 years as Sheriff.
Volume 12, Issue 10
ECHO Celebrates 30 Years With Grant & Announcement Of Second Location With dark clouds looming and a rescheduled event date due to Hurricane Irma, the ECHO staff and dedicated volunteers were getting ready for the 30 year celebration of ECHO. Clouds or no clouds, this event was going to happen. Thirty years ago this organization started out as a food pantry. Today, it is a growing nonprofit organization providing food, clothing, and life-stabilizing resources to Eastern Hillsborough County residents. On Thursday, October 5 at 5:30 p.m. at the N. Parsons Ave. location, ECHO invited the community to go on excursions (tours) to have the ECHO experience and learn more about what’s next for ECHO. Mark Gaudio, Board Member of ECHO welcomed the community and Sue Burkett, Honorary Mayor of Brandon, sporting her official Mayor sash announced October 5 as ECHO Day in Brandon. Gaudio acknowledged Vince Ferraro for volunteering his accounting expertise to ECHO for more than thirty years. Gaudio stated, “Ferraro’s direction helped ensure that the money went to the people who need it.” When receiving his award, Ferraro stated that he found it very fulfilling to see people ECHO has helped. Eleanor Saunders, Executive Director for ECHO spoke of how the mission never changes, neighbors helping neighbors. Saunders noted
By Kathleen Rogers
that ECHO has identified that 25% of residents needing assistance are coming from southern Hillsborough County. She announced they are addressing this need with a second location. She shared, “This location will provide emergency food and clothing initially. It will be accessible to those in need via bus and there are plans for expansion.” Bill Goede, Tampa Bay Market President for Bank of America followed ECHO’s second location announcement with exciting news. In honor of ECHO’s 30th Anniversary, Bank of America released early that ECHO had earned the Bank of America’s Neighborhood Builders grant. Saunders and the ECHO staff were presented with a check from Bank of America for $200,000. Goede stated, “ECHO meets the critical needs of the community well. We want to support
their mission and efforts into South Hillsborough County. Bank of America’s Neighborhood Builders Grant gives organizations flexible funding to think outside the box.” ECHO’s goal is to end hunger in eastern Hillsborough County. Since 1987, ECHO has provided immediate hunger relief to over 200,000 residents. On average, ECHO serves 300 local families a month. Michele Pruitt, Director of Development for ECHO shared that ECHO helps residents in crisis to be able to catch their breath. To provide a much needed moment of relief, ECHO gives residents 12 outfits and 20 pounds of food for each member of the family. Once residents have the essentials, Pruitt stated “They can think about what’s next, they can begin to bridge, take GED classes to be able to take care of themselves.” Pruitt shared that the ECHO process is all about
empowerment. It serves as both crisis relief and then a launching point to self-sufficiency. As part of ECHO’s 30 year celebration, it has embraced a new tagline ‘I’M ECHO.’ This mantra was crafted by one of the many dedicated volunteers of ECHO. From mending and meticulously organizing the clothes to stocking the canned and fresh bake goods in the pantry, these volunteers are giving back in a big way. Some of the volunteers once needed ECHO’s services and understand the need for this neighborhood support system. Bill Goede of Bank of America commented that in the Neighborhood Builders Grant selection process, the volunteers were the difference. With now two locations on the horizon to operate, ECHO needs the community’s continued support. Please go to their website https://echofl.org/ or call 685-0935 to find out how to help this vital organization by volunteering, making much needed donations, or through financial assistance. Rest assured that nothing goes to waste at ECHO and the community’s support is what has driven ECHO forward for 30 years and will continue into the future. ECHO is open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and Tuesday evenings 5-7 p.m. ECHO services are provided at 507 N. Parsons Ave.
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Volume 12, Issue 10
Sprouts Farmers Market Confirms Valrico Store Opening in Early 2018 It is official. Sprouts Farmers Market recently announced that it will open a new, nearly 30,000 sq.-ft. store in the longvacant, former Albertson’s location on the northeast corner of Lithia Pinecrest Rd. and Bloomingdale Ave. in the first quarter of 2018. Sprouts Farmers Market Inc., known for its “healthy should be affordable” belief, opened its first store 15 years ago and specializes in fresh, natural and organic products at prices that are appealing to everyday shoppers, according to the company’s website. Sprouts’ shelves are filled with colorful fresh fruits and vegetables, barrels of wholesome grains, nuts and sweets, gourmet cheeses, meat, seafood, as well as crates of bulk food, vitamins, supplements and more, giving it an indoor farmers’ market-type atmosphere. Stores also feature a deli with freshly prepared foods, bakery, butcher shop, fish market and many organic and gluten-free options. Shoppers will also find more than 1,800 Sprouts Brand items which meet strict ingredient standards. The Valrico store will employ about
By Sharon Still
120 people, according to Sprouts Senior PR Specialist Kalia Pang and is one of 30 new Sprouts locations that will open across the country in 2018 and the fourth Sprouts location in Tampa Bay. Other locations are in south Tampa, Carrollwood and Palm Harbor. To learn more about job opportunities or to apply, visit sprouts.com/careers or call 866-925-2396 for non-managerial roles. In addition to the Sprouts Farmers Market, redevelopment of the Albertson’s building by Woerner Equity Group will also include a 20,107-sq.-ft. PetSmart (www.petsmart.com) and a 3,555-sq.-ft. Orange Theory Fitness. While there are no details about PetSmart’s opening date, Orange Theory Fitness is offering preopening rates. Visit www.lithiavalrico.orangetheoryfitness .com or call 813-743-4683 for additional information. There also is an outparcel allowing up to 4,000 sq. ft. of building space in the plaza known as Valrico Landings. For parcel sales and development information, contact Gary Housman at 561-8353747, ext. 209 or visit www.woernerequity.com.
Waterset Turkey Trot Will Get Your Holiday Started On The Right Foot
By Michelle Colesanti
What better The Waterset 5K way to begin your Turkey Trot will be held Thanksgiving celeThanksgiving morning, bration than by parNovember 23 beginticipating in a 5K. ning at The Lakeside Not only will you Park, 7250 Parkshore burn off some of Dr. in Apollo Beach. those calories you Check in opens at will pack on during 7 a.m. and the chipthe big meal later timed 5K race will begin in the day, but you 8 a.m. A separate Kid’s will be helping to race will take place at 9 Start Thanksgiving on the right foot at a.m. Strollers are welbenefit local Newland Community Waterset’s schools: Inez Doby come. second annual Turkey Trot. Elementary, Awards will be Eisenhower Middle School and East given out for overall male and female Bay High School. Masters, Grand Masters and top three The 5K tradition in in each age group. Medals will Newland’s Waterset be given for all who participate Community began in in the Kid’s race. 2015. This is the second Early bird registration year that Newland is hostthrough November 19 is $25. ing the event. Last year’s After that, the fee is $35. The race was a success with Kid’s Fun Run Registration over 600 runners, and costs $15. Online registration more than $14,000 raised is now available at www.athfor local schools. The FishHawk Road links.com/event/turkey-trot-at-watersetRunners will be helping once again to 191213. plan and execute the race. Early packet pick up will be at The Lynda McMorrow, Marketing Landing Club and Café in Waterset at Manager of Waterset by 7012 Sail View Lane on Wednesday, Newland Communities said, "We're so November 22 from 3-8 p.m. excited to host the second annual There are also additional sponsorWaterset Turkey Trot. This is a wondership opportunities: Gold ($1500), Silver ful opportunity for our residents and the ($1000), Bronze ($500) or Race Friend entire SouthShore community to come ($250) sponsor. For more information together. We're pleased that so many on sponsorship, please contact people are looking forward to the event McMorrow at and that in a very short time, it has email@example.com or call already become a local tradition." 235-0154.
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Novemberfest Event........Con’t from Page 1 night at 8 p.m., the band ‘Twist’ will debut as it joins this year’s musical acts. Nativity is pleased to announce the return of the crowd favorite ‘Soul Circus Cowboys.’ The country rock band will perform as Friday night’s headliner at 8 p.m. On Saturday night, the Plant City country singer Daniel Sprouse will take Center Stage at 8:30 p.m. The merriment continues with Midway’s unlimited ride armbands, which are available for purchase at the event for $23 or online at $19. For deeper savings, you can purchase the unlimited ride armbands for $17 and food tickets for $9 from the Nativity Catholic School or Nativity Faith
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FishHawk Fellowship Continues To Sponsor Annual Joshua 1:9 Freedom Run
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Florida Sees Tragic Increase In Fatal Pool Or Spa Drownings
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ings so far this year. Fall has begun and stuQuoted in the dents have gone USPSC news back to school release Ann Marie prompting parBuerkle, Acting ents to focus on Chairman, U.S. transportation Consumer Product and school safeSafety Commission ty. The end of said, “Each one of the summer these deaths is a vacation howevtragedy, which er, does not serves as a sobering mean the end of reminder of how dangerous water can be pool and spa for young children. drowning danger. Even though sumA recent Children are having fun at a local swimming is over and chilmer news release by pool. As child drowning continues to make headlines, parents and caregivers are urged dren are back in the U.S. to be vigilant and take steps to stop prevent- school, pools are still Consumer able child pool and spa drownings. open in warm weathProduct Safety er states and indoor swim parks. I Commission (USPSC) posted some encourage all families to follow The alarming data for the state of Florida for Pool Safely Campaign and follow the child drowning this summer, drawing attention to the continued need for parsimple steps that save lives whenever ents to remain vigilant. they’re enjoying time in or near the According to the USPSC’s Pool water.” Safely campaign, while the nationwide A few reminders, safety tips and summer 2017 child pool and spa is simple steps to keep children safer in encouraging, there is still much work to and around the water include: be done to stop 100 percent preventa• Install a four-sided fence with a ble child drowning. self-closing, self-latching gate around all The release stated that media pools and spas. reports collected by the USA Swimming • Designate an adult Water Foundation, showed at least 163 chilWatcher to supervise children at all dren under the age of 15 drowned in a times around the water. swimming pool or spa during summer • Learn how to swim and teach 2017 counting from Memorial Day to your child how to swim. Labor Day, a nearly 30 percent • Learn how to perform CPR on decrease from the 205 children who children and adults. drowned in the same time period last • Teach children to stay away from year. pool drains, pipes and other openings to The report also showed that of the avoid entrapments. 163 reports, 112 of the victims or nearly • Ensure any pool or spa you use 70 percent, were children younger than has drain covers that comply with federage five. al safety standards. If you do not know, Unfortunately, Florida was especial- ask your pool service provider about ly hard hit this season as 25 children safer drain covers. were victims of a fatal pool or spa The Pool Safely campaign was drowning making it the No.1 state in the launched in 2010 by the U.S. Consumer nation. Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to The data means a more than 50 raise awareness about pool and spa percent increase from summer 2016 safety, as mandated by the Virginia when there were at least 14 child pool Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety and spa drownings. Act. In total, Florida has seen 41 mediaVisit PoolSafely.gov/Pledge to take reported fatal child pool and spa drown- the Pledge to help prevent drowning.
The fifth annuCorey al Joshua 1:9 Duncan, the Freedom Run will Missions Pastor take place on at FishHawk Saturday, Fellowship, said, November 18 at “We as a church the Al Lopez Park come alongside in Tampa. The 5K Joshuacord to race begins at 8 help inform and a.m. with runners, mobilize individwalkers and virtual uals to take The annual Joshua 1:9 Freedom Run takes place at Tampa’s Al Lopez Park to raises funds action on behalf participants comfor persecuted Christians in the Middle East. of those who ing together to raise funds and awareness for those per- face persecution for their faith and trust in secuted for their Christian faith in the Jesus Christ.” Middle East and Africa. Last year’s race raised more than The 5K Freedom Run is a chip-timed $5,700 with 100 percent of the registrarace with its start and finish line at the Al tion fees donated to the Foundation for Lopez Park, located at 4810 N. Himes Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle Ave. in Tampa. Participants may register East (FRRME). FRRME provides emerthe morning of the race or online at gency relief to persecuted Christians who www.joshuacord.org/5k/ or are living in refugee camps in the Middle www.active.com. The early registration East. Registration fees from this year’s fee is $25 and $20 for active duty military. race will once again support the efforts of After November 14, the registration fee is FRRME. Also, on race day, participants $30. may donate baby blankets, gloves, mitAll 5K registrants, including virtual tens and hats, which will be mailed to racers, will receive a Dri-FIT t-shirt in Christian refugees. appreciation for their support. The race is However, Carberry’s efforts do not a family-friendly event incorporating a stop with the Freedom Run. Earlier this one-mile fun run at 9 a.m. The fee is $15 year, he paired up with Film Director per child and free for those less than 5 Jordan Allott of In Altum Productions to years old. begin filming an expository documentary Joshuacord’s founder Patrick about the Persecuted Church in the Carberry established the nonprofit organi- Middle East. The documentary Christians zation in 2011, and then in 2012, he inau- in the Mirror has not yet been released, gurated the Joshua 1:9 Freedom Run. but a trailer will be distributed to all race Every year since, FishHawk Fellowship participants. Church has sponsored the Freedom Run For info about Joshuacord and the through funding and race day volunteers. run, visit www.joshuacord.org.
Study Proposes To Eliminate Left Turns On Bloomingdale Avenue
By Kathy L. Collins
If you live in the greater Brandon area, you need to be aware of a study being conducted by the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Planning Commission. It is called Brandon
would require drivers to make endless right turns and find places where they can make u-turns to get to their destination." It should be noted that in its Area residents who are concerned about a study current state, which proposes to eliminate all left turns and u- there are no turns on Bloomingdale Ave. from Lithia Pinecrest exceptions to the to Hwy. 301, gathered in Winthrop on Monday, no left turns. So, September 18 to get more information.
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HW 1 Corridor and Mixed-Use Centers Pilot Project. It is especially pertinent to those who travel on Bloomingdale Ave. (in either direction from Lithia Pinecrest Rd. to Hwy 301), Lithia Pinecrest Rd. and Bryan Rd. and other area roads. This study includes several recommendations including one to remove median/center turn lanes on Bloomingdale Ave. and turn it into a reversible expressway during peak hours. Essentially, the study proposes to remove all left turns and u-turns on Bloomingdale Ave. Whether you are a resident, business owner or frequent visitor, this will have an impact on you, and it could be a negative impact. Many local business owners, including John and Kay Sullivan, Founders of Winthrop, are concerned about this study and the lack of community involvement in the process. The Sullivans have organized business leaders and residents in the community in an attempt to let the public know about the study and provide them with an opportunity to voice their opinion. They have established saveBloomingdale@gmail.com for residents to subscribe to and get updates on this issue. John Sullivan said at a recent gathering, "I became aware of the study and realized that not a lot of people were even aware of it. Closing off left turns is not good for any business along Bloomingdale Ave." Sullivan added, "This proposal is not going to help alleviate traffic problems. It will hurt and probably destroy businesses in the area. The plan
if a student is trying to get to Bloomingdale High School, they will not be allowed to make a left turn to get to school. Dr. Nancee Sorenson, President of HCC Brandon lived in Tucson, Arizona where a similar plan was implemented. Dr. Sorenson said, "It caused a lot of confusion with drivers and there were many accidents and near misses. It was a relief when they finally got rid of it. I firmly believe that implementation of this would be detrimental to the area." You can review the entire study at www.planhillsborough.org/Brandon-corridor-mixed-use-centers/. You will find the study under New-Technical Memo 8Mobilty_Options Improvement Evaluation. Residents are urged to review it and contact the County Commissioners and voice their opinion on the plan. There are several public meetings scheduled. The public can attend and get questions answered and voice their opinion on the subject. These include a Brandon Community Engagement Meeting on Monday, October 30 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at The Regent located at 6437 Watson Rd., Room 101 in Riverview. The staff of the Planning Commission and MPO will made a presentation and then take questions and answers. In addition, there will be a meeting on Monday, December 11 from 2-5 p.m. at 601 E. Kennedy Blvd.,18th floor, Planning Commission Board Room in downtown Tampa. You can also provide your comment by visiting http://www.planhillsborough.org/brandon-corridor-mixed-usecenters/.
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Volume 12, Issue 10
Local Painter Celebrates 15 Years; Offers Free Paint Job To Local First Responder Don’s Bay Area Painting Inc. recently announced that it will paint the exterior of a local hero’s home for free as a token of appreciation for their service and commitment. The local-based company needs your help to identify which hero in our community will receive the recognition and the free house painting. It was 15 years ago this November when Don Murray set out to follow his dream to be a professional painter. Murray said, “Our community is full of people that have committed their lives to serving our country and our community. We want to do our part and give back to those that have given so much.” It was the sacrifice of our hometown heroes who gave up their dreams that gave local painters like Murray and other small business owners the chance to follow their dreams. Painting a home in Florida is not only for curb appeal to get a home ready to sell. Murray explained that homes in Florida are most susceptible to costly repairs due to weather, insect and other damage, which can be avoided by properly maintaining the exterior of the home. Too often, Tampa homeowners fail to repair stucco cracks, seal joint cracks or
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replace wood rot. Painting a home by a licensed painting contractor not only keeps your home looking fresh, but ensures that these common issues are fixed before they cause costly damage to the home. For a veteran or a retired first responder with a fixed retirement income, the expense to properly maintain a home in Florida can become too costly. Murray believes there is someone in the community that has a need without the means. He wants to use his painting company to meet the
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Volume 12, Issue 10
Local Churches Give A Gift Of Hope To Hundreds Of Local Families
By Amanda Boston
toys. Donations may be dropped off at the collection tent on the church property beginning Friday, November 24 from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. with the same hours on Saturday, November 25. The collection period continues through Saturday, December 16 with Last year, Deputy Parks and Deputy Boyer set up a ‘toy shop’ and the weekly drop-off assisted parents with finding the perfect Christmas gifts for their days and times of children. Wednesday through Friday For 4-7 p.m. and seven years, Saturdays 10 the multia.m.-3 p.m. church outFor a list reach known as Gift of Hope has provided a traditional Christmas meal and gifts to local families struggling to put food on their table. In collaboration with the Emergency Care Help Organization (ECHO) of Brandon, local area churches collect food items, To participate, families must register at either ECHO or the toys and monetary Compassion House with photo identification, proof of residency and donations while social security card or birth certificate for each family member. ECHO registers and of requested donations, visit the Gift of sets appointment times for families to Hope website at www.branreceive the donated items. dongiftofhope.com. Additionally, ECHO Melanie Langston is the volunteer and the Compassion House will accept and registration coordinator for Gift of donations during their regular business Hope and said, “We are looking to regishours. If you would rather make a moneter 800 appointments, which will include tary donation, the option to purchase a toys for their children, a food bag and a turkey through PayPal is available online. gift card to provide the Christmas dinner A multitude of volunteers is needed but more importantly the hope of Jesus to execute an enterprise of this magniChrist.” tude. Beginning on Monday, November 6, For a three-day period, Gift of Hope those who wish to volunteer can register volunteers come together to distribute for an activity and time slot on the Gift of meal items and organize an area filled Hope website. Volunteers must be at with toys so that parents can ‘shop’ for least 14 years old. their children’s Christmas gifts. For families who wish to participate in The Gift of Hope distribution days are Gift of Hope, they must register for an Thursday, December 14 and Friday, appointment at ECHO, located at 507 N. December 15 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Parsons Ave. in Brandon or at the Saturday, December 16 from 9 a.m.-5 Compassion House, located at 206 N. p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Moon Ave. in Brandon. For more informaBrandon, located at 216 N. Parsons Ave. tion, contact Melanie Langston at 661First Baptist Church will also operate 3696 ext. 324 or at as a collection center for meal items or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Volume 12, Issue 10
Voice Winner Joins Michael W. Smith And Amy Grant To Bring Annual Christmas Tour To Amalie Arena By Amanda Boston
After gobbling up the last of the Thanksgiving leftovers, are you eager for the sights and sounds of Christmas? If so, mark your calendar for Sunday, November 26 at 7:30 p.m. and join Grammy® winners Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant for their annual Christmas tour. The 20-city holiday tour makes a stop in Tampa’s Amalie Arena—just three days after Turkey Day. With their extensive repertoires, Michael W. Smith and Grant will tickle the audience's ears with classic Christmas carols, chart-topping favorites and the latest releases from Photo courtesy of Cameron Powell Grant’s album Tennessee Christian and Country singer Amy Grant and contempoChristmas and Michael W. rary Christian artist Michael W. Smith bring their annual Christmas tour to Tampa with special guest Jordan Smith, Smith’s album The Spirit of the season nine winner of The Voice. Christmas. décor. Special guest Jordan Smith, the In support of Compassion season nine winner of NBC’s The Michael W. Smith and International, Voice, is invited back for an encore Grant have arranged for a performance of his holiday album Meet & Greet’ before ‘Compassion ‘Tis The Season. The popular seathe concert for up to 200 people who sonal tour will also feature a full commit to sponsoring a Compassion symphony orchestra with the accomchild through their website plished conductor David Hamilton at www.meetamyandmichael.com. The the helm. ‘Meet & Greet’ is an opportunity to Adding to the seasonal sights, learn more about the Compassion sounds and spirit, is Balsam Hill®, the artificial Christmas tree company. International ministry and will include a photo opportunity with the artists. Balsam Hill® is sponsoring the tour In the tour’s official press and will visually enhance the stage release, Michael W. Smith said, production with traditional Christmas
“Amy and I have both sponsored children through Compassion International literally for decades.” He continued, “So, I’m especially excited that we are using our time before the show to meet people who sponsor Compassion children. It seems like such a great opportunity – especially this time of year.” Individuals who sign up to sponsor a Compassion child will receive two ‘Meet & Greet’ tickets per sponsorship. The ‘Meet & Greet’ tickets do not provide access to the concert. Concert tickets can be purchased at the Amalie Arena McDonald’s Ticket Office or through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com. Concert event tickets start at $35.75. “Amy has a song that says, ‘It’s Going To Be A Christmas To Remember.’ That’s our goal with this night,” continued Michael W. Smith. “I hope we create a memory for everyone that attends and, at the same time, we impact the lives of some very special children all over the world.”
Teen Impact To Host Bingo Fundraiser With Coach Handbag Prizes
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Would you like Teen Impact program, a chance to win a said, “I have teenagers, Coach handbag and they struggle every while supporting a day with peer pressure, worthy cause? If so, as do all of our stugrab your bingo dents.” dabbers and venSince 1998, Teen ture over to The Impact has served the Regent on Hillsborough communiTuesday, ty, which contains the November 28 for eighth largest school Impact’s bingo district in the nation. The photo showcases the Coach hand- With a staff of only fundraiser. bag prizes for Impact’s bingo fundraisAngie Kagey, ing event on Tuesday, November 28. three, Kagey relies on the Executive volunteers to live up to Director of Impact, said, “We are excited the program’s name. about the opportunity to do something Hoening continued, “To know that fun to engage the women of our commu- there is an organization in our communinity.” ty that is encouraging and empowering Light refreshments will them to say no to sex, drugs be served with bingo and alcohol, is something our games from 7-9 p.m. To community should stand play—the cost is $40 per behind and support.” person, which also includes The evening will also feaall bingo supplies. Bingo ture a silent auction and raffle tickets are available to purthat will provide additional chase online. Doors will opportunities for winnings. open at 6 p.m. with limited tickets availThe Coach boutique at the Westfield able at the event. Brandon Mall donated an impressive gift George Shea with Signature Realty basket for the raffle. Raffle tickets are is sponsoring the bingo event and con$20 for an arm's length and can be purtributed 10 brand-new Coach handbags. chased at the door. The fundraiser benefits Teen Impact, a For further details or to purchase a nonprofit program that encourages and bingo ticket, visit www.impactcoachbinequips high schools students to make go.eventbrite.com. The Regent is located positive and healthy life choices. The at 6437 Watson Rd. in Riverview. program consists of student-led school For more information on Teen clubs, camps, fun events and a summer Impact, visit www.whatisimpact.com. For staff program. questions, contact Angie Kagey at Kerrie Hoening, an advocate for the email@example.com or 264-9368.
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Local Halloween Activities Include Tricks, Treats & Dress Up Fun For Kids By Michelle Colesanti Be prepared to enjoy some frightening and not-so-frightening fun around town in October.
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Plant It Earth Offers Lawn Revitalization After Hurricane Irma
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regardless if they are a customer or not. We wish everyone well.” To restore lawns, Plant It Earth develops customized care plans for lawns, shrubs, and trees for their customers. Many of their competitors treat or spray
Driving the roadways of the Brandon area, there are still lingering signs of Hurricane Irma’s damage. Although some homes escaped with less damage than expected, most lawns took a beating. There are stumps now, where large oak trees were previously standing and piles of branches still waiting at the curbside. It may be a time to consider a service to get your lawn back in shape. Since 2003, Plant It Earth has been providing green-friendly weed and pest control to the Tampa Bay area. Troy Crews, owner of Plant It Earth has these tips for area residents dealing with lawn care issues after Hurricane Irma. 1. Remove all debris from grassy areas and rake to ensure quicker and better recovery for turf areas. Loosen mulched areas by raking to help dry and prevent root damage. 2. Dispose of damaged tree limbs and prune back thick growth to promote healthy tree recovery as well as healthy foliage. 3. Consider aerating the lawn to promote healthy root growth and loosen compacted soil. 4. Prepare the lawn for the cooler months with a granular slow release fertilizer. It is a good source to feed your lawn and keep the root system healthy. Plant It Earth uses a 24-00-11 50% slow release granular product. Plant It Earth is offering a Hurricane Special, which is a 50% discount off your first application when residents mention this article. Crews stated, “We gladly will answer any questions to help anyone
all their customers’ lawns the same, but Plant It Earth’s trucks have compartmentalized tanks to enable a customized process. Plant It Earth also has two technicians for each truck to provide exceptional service to customers’ lawns. These lawn care plans address weed and pest issues, as well as fertilization for the lawn. To keep lawns weed free, Plant It Earth mixes and refines a blend of nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, and other nutrients. Trees and shrubs receive special attention too with both granular and liquid fertilizer application. For home interiors and lawn pest control, Plant It Earth has six licensed state operators on its staff. These experienced technicians are trained to provide ongoing monitoring for pest, weed and disease control. Plant It Earth is so confident customers will be satisfied with their service; it does not require customers to sign contracts and offers a money back satisfaction guarantee. Crews said, “Whether or not you use Plant It Earth, please support local businesses.” Call (866) 794-1077 for a free quote on your lawn care or to advantage of the Hurricane Special. Check out Plant It Earth’s website at www.plantitearthflorida.com for more information. Plant It Earth is a licensed and insured company serving the Tampa Bay area.
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Budget Blinds Brings Smart Home Technology To Riverview By Amy Schechter
After two sucadjust when you get cessful careers in the home from work, or corporate world and the lights to come the sucon when cessful you’ll be realization away on a of a dream trip? This is the technoloto own a gy for you. business Not into techtogether, nology? They Jim and have the winElaine dow coverTrotter are ings to make excited to your home announce functional the expanand fashionsion of able. Budget Budget Blinds Riverview Staff (l-r): Robert LaFarga, Whether Blinds with Courtney Akers, Jim Trotter, Elaine Trotter, Sigrid May, & Deon Gordon. you’re looktheir ing to upgrade your existing home or Riverview showroom. Budget Blinds buy a new one, Budget Blinds can has offered professional service to the service your needs. Locally, they have Tampa community for over 20 years, partnered with Lennar homes where and they are excited to make their Budget Blinds and Lutron are pre-intehuge variety of stylish window treatgrating this smart home technology ments including shutters, blinds, throughout the Tampa Bay area in draperies, shades, window film, and their new construction. Trotter home accessories like rugs and bedexplains, “It’s bringing brains to the ding, convenient to the East beauty.” Through the end of 2017, Hillsborough community. receive free app control with a purBeyond what you may typically chase of automated shades through think of when you imagine window Lutron; this offer is good whether you treatments to bring style and comfort purchase one or install throughout to your home, Budget Blinds has your house. Running through the end recently partnered with Lutron so that of November 2017, the more you buy, you can integrate your life with smart the more you save on everything. home technology of your choice, like Homeowners can save up to 35% off Sonos, Amazon Alexa, or Apple Homekit, to name a few. Elaine Trotter selected window coverings through their extensive selection of manufacexplains why she and her husband turers. volunteered the Tampa franchise as Jim and Elaine both really believe beta testers for this technology that in giving back, so you know when you has since rolled out to Budget Blinds come to Budget Blinds, you are dealfranchises across the country: “With ing with neighbors who have your the statistics we’re seeing, over 50% interests in mind: “We feel strongly in of consumers will have upgraded their supporting the community that has homes to smart homes by 2025. We supported us. This will be our third wanted to be on the cutting edge of year we donate $1 for every window that technology.” She and their team covering sold for Homes for Our have extensive training and are Troops. We believe in this model experts in this new field. They work because they reward injured veterans daily with consumers to find exciting mortgage free, specially adapted solutions to make your space more homes.” attractive, comfortable, private, and Visit energy-efficient. All with the touch of a button or a smart phone, you can con- www.budgetblinds.com/Brandon/ or call 540-0020. Budget Blinds Serving trol the lighting, thermostat, shades, Brandon is open Monday- Friday 10 and even music throughout your a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-3 home. Want the shades to spontap.m.. Stop by the showroom in the neously close when the sun becomes Lowe’s Plaza at 10437 Gibsonton Dr. intense during a certain time of the in Riverview. day, the thermostat to automatically
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Riverview High Hosts Trick Or Treaters At 29th Annual Chamber Event
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High School clubs will have additional games and activities for a small fee. There will also be an array of food vendors on site. “The purpose of this special event is to create a safe place for children of all ages to have fun and share in the tradition of trick or treating while meeting local businesses, churches and other local organizations,” said Doran. Children and dogs are encourThe 29th Annual Trick of Treat Street will take place at Riverview High School on Saturday, October 28 from 2:30-6:30 p.m.
Calling all Power Rangers, Shopkins, witches, ghosts and more. This year’s Trick or Treat Street at Riverview High School will take place on Saturday, October 28 from 2:30-6:30 p.m., offering a safe environment for the whole family to enjoy Halloween fun. The event, which is a partnership of The Riverview Chamber of Commerce, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation and Riverview High School, features 100 booths from local businesses, churches and organizations offering treats, food and games for children in costume. “This is an opportunity for the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce to exemplify its purpose of creating a family environment that assures the success of our community, our businesses and our members,” said Tanya Doran, Chamber Executive Director. “These participants and sponsors come from right here in our Riverview community and are excited to have the opportunity to give back.” According to Doran, last year approximately 3,000 children of all ages attended the free event where they were given candy and small toys, played games, enjoyed bounce houses, ate food and won prizes. Riverview
aged to participate in costume contests with prizes by age groups, for just a $5 registration fee at the event. Dog owners are asked to give a $10 donation for registration which will benefit Critter Adoption and Rescue Effort, Inc. (C.A.R.E.). The dog contest will be judged by Four Paws Veterinary Hospital. Businesses and organizations can still sign-up to host a booth and participate by dressing up, decorating the booth and distributing candy or small toys. Awards will also be given for the best booth design in several categories. Event admission is free and parking is a $5 donation per car load. Wristbands for children’s unlimited play on inflatable units and in a dodge ball area will be available free, courtesy of Monster Mash Sponsor, The Alley at SouthShore. For more information, visit www.riverviewchamber.com or call 2345944. Riverview High School is located at 11311 Boyette Rd. in Riverview.
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Valrico Family Thrilled To Open Second Zaxby’s With New Gibsonton Location
Brandon Foundation’s Evening Of Hope Raises Funds And Community Awareness
In March own business, 2003, Matt has been a Wortman big help giving made his him advice. dreams come Wortman has true when he bought the bought his rights for two more restaufirst Zaxby’s rants, but chain restauplans to open rant in Valrico. only one more On April 3rd of restaurant in this year, he Hillsborough expanded, building off Zaxby’s stellar staff getting County. He wants people the success of ready for the opening. to know what his restaurant has to his first store. offer. “We try to put love and care into The current our restaurant like a family would, Valrico resiand we just want to do the best for all dent opened his second restaurant in Gibsonton, in the guests that come in and want to enjoy the excellent food that we prothe Riverview 14 Shopping and vide,” Wortman said. Entertainment Center, near the Wortman is focused on making Goodrich GDX movie theater. his Zaxby’s restaurant a desirable Wortman became interested in place for families to eat, along with owning a Zaxby’s chain when he worked for the company while he was great customer service. “I expect great customer service, excellent food in college in Georgia, he said. He and any complaints to be solved made an offhand comment to his mom about one day wanting to own a immediately if somebody has a bad experience,” Wortman said. “I want Zaxby’s. He said his family was very the management team to do the best supportive and helped make his that they can to correct the mistakes dream become a reality. that were made.” He moved to Valrico in 2002 and Zaxby’s is a fast-food restaurant went into business with his mom, and that specializes in chicken wings, together, they purchased their first chicken fingers, sandwiches, salads restaurant. The family-owned busiand more. It also offers special dipness has had success, which led to ping sauces and catering is available the opening of the second store 14 as well. It primarily operates in the years later. Wortman said his father, south with more than 800 locations. Robert, who previously owned his
The ble stories to share on how our Brandon community has rallied around these Foundation families in their time of need.” invites you to A portion of the evening will an Evening include testimonials from families of Hope at that have received assistance from The Regent the Brandon Foundation Angel and Junior Angel programs. These proevent center grams offer assistance to families on Friday, affected by catastrophic events November 3. such as, but not limited to lifeThe twelfth Channel 8’s Daytime Host Cyndi threatening diseases, fire and flood. annual Edwards is shown introducing Executive Director Liz Brewer dur- The Angel programs match families fundraiser ing last year’s Evening of Hope. with local business kicks off at 7 owners and volunp.m. with a teers who can VIP reception at 6:30 p.m. for help. event sponsors. Likewise, the The Parisian-themed Brandon evening will feature live music Foundation will from Standing 8 Count, one of recognize its comTampa’s premier jazz ensemmunity business bles, and a live and silent aucpartners and tion. The Regent's Ballroom A silent auction will be held with will masquerade as a food and donations from community busi- many volunteers nesses to help raise additional wine festival where guests can funds for the Brandon Foundation. for their contributions to the welexperience fine wines, crafted fare of others. Evening of Hope is sponbeers and delectable tastings from local sored by The Regent, Brandon restaurants and bakeries. Regional Hospital & The Physicians of The Brandon Foundation exists to Brandon Regional, South Bay Hospital, improve the quality of life for those in the local community by connecting volunteers CenterState Bank, The Tampa Bay Times and the Winthrop Town Center. and resources to those in need. Evening Tickets are available at of Hope is one of two fundraisers for current and future needs, but it is also a time www.BrandonFoundation.org and are to reflect on the families assisted over the $100 per person or $75 each if purchasing two or more tickets. The Regent past year. event center is located at 6437 Watson Brandon Foundation Executive Rd. in Riverview. Director Liz Brewer said, “This year's For more information, please call event will be extra special as we have 689-6889 or like the Brandon seen such a large increase in family Foundation Facebook page. needs in the past year and have incredi-
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After buying a ues are ethnic diversity, minhouse in Riverview in istering to families and indiMarch 2016, Pastor viduals, and using the Bible Henry Dale and his and scripture as its foundawife, Jennifer, felt that tion. She said church attenGod wanted them to dees can expect life-applicastart a church in their ble messages, great fellowcommunity. ship and interactive services. Since June “We’re not perfect, and 2017, Increasing we don’t expect you to be,” Word Fellowship has Photo courtesy of Jennifer and Henry said Mrs. Dale, who works as Dale been meeting monthan administrator at ly at 9:15 a.m. for worship at the Goodrich Hillsborough Community College. Riverview 14 GDX movie theater, located Upcoming services are scheduled for at 10550 E. Bay Rd. in Gibsonton. Sunday, September 10 – Companions, On Sunday, November 12, the Dales Friends and Loved Ones; and Sunday, How to Deal with Life will launch their new church October 8 – Always Getting Challenges with a new series titled Better. Ask God About It -November 12 How to Deal with Life Rev. Dale works as a Making Up Your Mind Challenges and will begin chaplain for the Department of -November 19 holding services on a Justice Federal Bureau of Some Things Take Time -November 26 weekly basis. Prisons at the Coleman A Little Pressure is Good “We feel very strongly Federal Correctional Complex, -December 3 that we are starting the where he ministers to hunIt’s Not How You Start but How You Finish church in the right place dreds of inmates every week. -December 10 and in the right city,” Rev. Dale, a Tampa native, Utilizing Every Opportunity -December 17 Dale said. earned a Bachelor of Arts The church is in the degree in special education midst of a series called What Do You from the University of South Florida in Have? What Do You Need? – with mes1997. He continued his education at sages on Life and Movement in God, An Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury, Understanding and Disciplined Mind, and N.C., earning a Master of Divinity degree Using What You Have. in 2001. “Increasing Word Fellowship is a He accepted the call into the ministry church that seeks to foster faith in the in 1989, and has served as a pastor in heart of every person,” Rev. Dale said. South Carolina. “Our mission at Increasing Word is to For more info about Increasing Word empower believers to walk in their calling Fellowship, call 606-0144 or email and gifts.” email@example.com. Jennifer Dale said the church’s val-
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This year, day greeting card Center Place for this festive time will kick off the of the year. Prizes holiday season will be awarded for with an excitthe best cards.” ing new event, At the event Christmas on Sunday, Card Lane and November 12, Holiday Stroll. there will be someThe event will thing fun for the take place on entire family. Come out and kick off the holiday season at Sunday, There will be venNovember 12 Center Place’s new event- Christmas Card Lane dors outside and Holiday Stroll. Businesses and other area from 10 a.m. organizations can participate as vendors or by around Clayton creating a Life Size Holiday Card. Area resito 4 p.m. Life Lake. Inside dents can enjoy a day of holiday shopping, arts Center Place, Size Holiday and crafts and a visit from Santa. Cards, created business vendors by area businesses, non-profits and will be offering a free, hands-on holicivic organizations, will be displayed day craft project. Outside vendors will along Clayton Lake and South need to bring a tent, tables and chairs. Parsons Ave. throughout the holiday No electricity is provided. season. What would a holiLisa day event be without Rodriguez, Santa and music? Jolly Marketing Old St. Nick will make Director for a special appearance, Center Place so parents should said, “We want bring their cameras to to hold a large, snap a priceless arts related holiphoto. In addition, day kick-off there will be local event that our choirs and musicians entire communientertaining on the ty could take outdoor lakeside deck part in and at Center Place. enjoy.” This is a great opportunity for “We want everyone of all ages to businesses, non-profits and other local come out to the event and enjoy kickorganizations to showcase their busiing off the holiday season. We are a ness or organization by participating in huge suburban area, but we still long either the Life Size Holiday Cards or for that small hometown feeling. Let’s hosting a vendor space at the event. come together and create something According to Lisa Rodriguez, “With special for our community,” said the Life Size Holiday Cards, we are Rodriguez. bringing back a tradition from years To participate as a vendor or ago when we lined the streets of showcase your Life Size Holiday Card, Brandon with giant Christmas Cards. please visit www.centerplacebranWe are asking local businesses, clubs, don.org, or call 685-8888 or email non-profits to make and paint a email@example.com.
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Bloomingdale Student Chef Wins State Contest With Citrus Chicken Taco Recipe
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When stuBloomingdale dents at High alumni Bloomingdale Wesley High School Roderick, execchose Citrus utive chef at On Chicken Tacos Swann in south with Tampa. Watermelon Rivera Salsa for lunch credits her from the cafegrandmother teria last with her love for month, many cooking. Bloomingdale High School Senior Gigi Rivera celeof them didn’t “If it wasn’t brated her recent Fresh From Florida Cook-Off win realize they for her, I with Executive Chef Vanessa Marquis, Wesley were eating a wouldn’t be Roderick, executive chef at On Swann and Chef Paula Kendrick of the Florida Department of dish created by where I am,” Agriculture. one of their said Rivera, own. Senior Gigi Rivera developed the who is the oldest of five siblings. “She recipe for the meal and it won her first not only helped me realize that cooking place in the 2016-17 can be fun, but more Fresh From Florida importantly, that healthy Student Cook-Off, cooking can be fun.” sponsored by The According to her Florida Department parents, Amy and John of Agriculture and McClane, Rivera spent Consumer Services. hours at home brainOne of the prizes for storming her cook-off winning the contest recipe. was to have her “We had a lot of recipe served at her school. taco nights while she was preparing,” The cook-off invites students in ninth said John. to 12th grade to create and prepare an In addition to school, Rivera works original recipe that uses fresh Florida as an assistant chef at La Septima in products and meets the National School Brandon where she started at two years Lunch Program nutrition standards. All ago as a hostess and has progressed to entries must contain at least one fresh being allowed to create lunch specials fruit or vegetable grown in Florida. Five since winning the cook-off. regional champions were chosen to “This contest has given me the concompete in the finals in Orlando in April fidence I need to follow my dream of and Rivera took first place. eventually opening my own restaurant,” “Our goal for the contest is to get said Rivera, who is looking at different students to understand Florida produce, colleges, including the Culinary Institute while of course helping them to underof America in New York, with culinary stand the importance of cooking,” said programs to attend after graduation in Chef Paula Kendrick of the Florida May. Department of Agriculture. Bloomingdale High School is located The school culinary department at 1700 E. Bloomingdale Ave. and can hosted a surprise celebration lunch for be reached at 744-8018. For more inforRivera when her dish was served in the mation on the Fresh From Florida student cafeteria, attended by represenStudent Cook-Off, visit www.freshfromtatives from state departments and florida.com.
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G. Fried Flooring America celebrated its Having access to a skilled and new location at 231 caring dentist can do wonders for a Brandon Town Center patient's life, from Dr. (near Target). The encouraging good new 5,700 sq. ft. showdental health all the room displays many way to helping solve carpets, tiles, hardexisting dental conwoods, luxury vinyl tiles cerns in as painless and laminates offered and less disruptive a by the company. A ribbon cutting was held to celebrate G. Fried Flooring America’s new location at 231 Brandon Town Center Dr. way possible. By all "We always offer accounts Dr. Laura installation on all the begins on October 22 from 9:30 a.m. – Bridges is filling this kind of role with her products we sell, "said G. Fried Flooring 3 p.m. Valrico practice, Bridges Dental. She America. “We have both certified sales The seasonal market under the was recently selected for the Tampa professionals and certified installation grandfather oaks returns as a weekly Bay Journal's annual Up & Comers crews." event that offers fun in the sun, shopUnder 40 List, one of just 60 Tampa During the Grand Opening celebraping and serves as a gathering place professionals recognized in a field of tion, HGTV Design Star winner Jennifer families and friends to bond, mingle and over 400 Bertrand was at the store for an exclubuy local. entrees. sive VIP reception. Fifty artisans -jewelry, wood works, The list Through Tuesday, October 31, a glass, candles, flowers, baked goods, represents portion of all sales will be donated to kid’s gifts, knife sharpening and more. the best in the Ronald McDonald House Charities There is a food court with live music. business of Tampa Bay, The Sunday people on Inc. Call 642-3675 or Market is located the rise visit at 3407 Lithia serving the Tampa Bay area as chosen https://gfriedfa.com. Pinecrest Rd. by a panel of independent, expert (just south of judges. Return Of The Bloomingdale “I'm devoted to providing the best in Valrico Sunday Ave.) dental services to this community which Market For more means so much to me,” commented Dr. The Valrico information, call Bridges. “It's an honor to be named Sunday Market outThe Valrico Sunday Market begins its new 530-0922 or visit alongside so many truly impressive side of TMarie’s season on October 22.
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foster care this Halloween. The ballroom dance studio is partnering with local non-profit Grow Into You Foundation for a glamorous Masquerade Charity Ball on Friday, October 27 from 8-10 p.m. at the Brandon studio, and is open to the community. Attendees may dress for the occasion to enjoy an evening of dancing, including a group dance class, general dancing, pro ballroom demonstrations, spotlight dances, and a very special performance by four teens in foster care. These teens have been working with Fred Astaire Dance Studio’s certified instructors to showcase an unforgettable routine. Tickets for the Masquerade are $25 per person. In addition to a night of dance there is a catered menu, prize drawings, and additional opportunities to sponsor teens in foster care. For more information or to sponsor these teens, please contact Fred Astaire Dance Studio Brandon at 4385963, or visit www.GrowIntoYou.org/FredAstaire.
Brandon Brace Offers Licensed Pedorthist
Brandon Brace is a family-owned and operated medical supply company that has been serving the Brandon community for over 33 years. The advertisement in last month’s Osprey Observer contained erroneous information regarding the licensure of its staff. Brandon Brace employs a licensed pedorthist, not a licensed podiatrist. Please accept our apology. Brandon Brace is located at 101 Carver Ave. Brandon, FL next to Bill’s Prescription Center. Should readers have any questions, or require further information, please contact 681-2202.
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Poochie's Pet Hotel, located in Valrico, is owned and operated by longtime resident Melissa Bostick and offers dog boarding, pet boarding and doggy daycare. Bostick’s plan to open Poochie's New Law Associate At Pet Hotel has been Griffin & Associates planned for many years. She wanted to The law firm of Griffin & Associates, P.A. has provide the best qualihired Rachel Griffin, Esq. ty care and wanted to as an Associate Attorney offer her clients peace in the firm. Rachel has of mind when leaving followed in the footsteps their furry friends. of her mother, Eileen An Open House will take place on Griffin, who is the senior Saturday, October 28 partner of the firm and from 12 Noon-3 p.m. brother, Ryan Griffin, a at 2405 Crosby Rd. in second year associate Valrico. Come to visit with the firm. Eileen has and bring your pets. been practicing family law There will be raffles Rachel Griffin, Esq. was recently in the Brandon area for and prizes. St. 30 years and has built hired as a new Associate Attorney at Griffin & Associates. one of the most respectFrancis Animal Rescue will be there ed firms in the Tampa with some animals for adoption. Bay area. Rachel is a Brandon native The hotel is situated on her propwho graduated from Stetson University erty, so you may rest assure your pet College of Law, and prior to law will be monitored day and night. school, she graduated Cum Laude Bostick has always had a passion for from the University of Central Florida. animals. She is a Tampa Preparatory School For more information or to reserve graduate and attended Brandon space now or for the upcoming holiAcademy for grade school. She joins days, call 526-2857 or email a well respected legal team consisting firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit of Attorneys Eileen Griffin, Mark Mann, www.poochiespethotel.com. and Ryan Griffin and looks forward to representing clients in the local area. Masquerade Charity Ball Will Griffin & Associates, P.A. is located Benefit Teens in Foster Care at 1430 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon. Call 681-2612 or visit www.egriffinlaw.com/. Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Brandon is reaching out to teens in
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Local Seniors Crowned Domino Champions
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A pair of Nutrition Site. Brandon and The winners were Ruskin area recognized on residents repThursday, September resenting the 28 at the Hispanic Brandon and Heritage Festival held Ruskin Senior at The Regent, 6437 Centers were Watson Road in crowed last Riverview. month as the According to counvictors of this ty officials, the region year’s has long been known Dominoes as a hotbed for domiChampionship noes prompting the organized by Representing the Brandon Senior Center, annual friendly games Analucia Alencastro and Melecia Noriega to turn competitive Hillsborough were named Double Sixes Champions at County’s the annual Hillsborough County Dominoes and drawing the best Aging players together who Championship held last month at the county’s Town ‘N Country Senior Center, vie to be named Services. 7606 Paula Drive in Tampa. The event champion. held last month at the Town ‘N To attend the final round, particiCountry Senior Center, 7606 Paula Dr. pants had to survive a number of qualin Tampa, was a part of the annual ifying tournaments at one of the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration in County’s Aging Services dining or senHillsborough County. ior centers. The two first-place winners for “Dominoes games are a frequent Double sixes, and the two first-place sight throughout Hillsborough County winners for Double nines included and prompt fierce but friendly competiAnalucia Alencastro, Melecia Noriega tions,” said County’ spokesman Todd from Brandon, Ouida Devine and Pratt. “The game is believed to have Sandy Fabian from the Ruskin Senior originated in China and locally is parCenter, respectively. ticularly popular among Hispanics, but Participants of the Double sixes ‘rattling the bones’ draws people of tournament also included Deidre many backgrounds.” Rathael and Ingrid McCalla, representAs a reward aside from the title, ing the Ruskin Senior Center as well the champions received their trophies as Otonieo Nogueras and Daniel and a year’s worth of bragging Alvarez, representing the county’s rights—at least until next year’s Town ‘N Country Senior Center. rematch. Double nines participants also For more information about included Geraldine Washington and Hillsborough County’s Aging Services, Gloria McGill, representing J.L. Young please visit www.HCFLGOV.net.
Ryuu Japanese Steak House Offers Unique Dining Experience At Brandon Mall As Ryuu Japanese Steak House prepares to enter its seventh year at Westfield Brandon Mall, owner Robert Smith said his mission remains the same—to provide great food in a fun and inviting atmosphere. Ryuu, which means “dragon” in Japanese, is best known for its Teppanyaki dinner. Teppanyaki is a style of Japanese cuisine that uses an iron griddle to cook food. At Ryuu, diners enjoy fresh vegetables, choice-cut meats, succulent seafood and the performance artistry of Teppanyaki chefs who masterfully chop and dice the food, then set the hibachi grill aflame in the blink of an eye. In addition to the Teppan tables, which can seat up to 22 people, the restaurant also has booths and an extended bar area. It offers happy hour all day, every day, including 2-for-1 drafts. Ryuu also features an extensive sushi menu. Smith said the more popular sushi rolls are the Volcano Roll and the Double J Roll. Smith said he has enjoyed the exposure that being located in the mall brings. “We do a lot of advertising, but we get people who say, ‘We never even knew you existed until we came to the mall.’ ”
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Smith, a New York native, estimates that 80 to 85 percent of his customers are regulars who have been coming to restaurant the Photo Courtesy of Ryuu for years, Japanese Steak House Ryuu’s seating options including some include large Teppan tables, booths and an who come every week. extended bar area. A handson owner, Smith can be found working in the restaurant most days. He said his favorite thing about his job is getting to meet people and talk with them, and seeing his customers’ kids grow up. “I have children who have been coming since they were babies and to see them go from toddlers to children is just amazing,” he said. Smith said it is important to him to support the community that supports him and his restaurant. He has sponsored local baseball teams, donates regularly to New Horizons Group Homes and helps local schools with fundraisers. Ryuu Japanese Steak House, located across from Panera Bread, is open seven days a week. It serves lunch Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is open for dinner Monday-Thursday 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Friday 5 p.m.-11 p.m., Saturday 12 Noon-11 p.m., and Sunday 12 Noon-9 p.m. For information, visit www.ryuujapanesesteakhouse.com or call 438-5934.
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Nativity’s 34th Annual Nut Sale
The ladies of St. Francis Circle at Nativity Catholic Church in Brandon are offering nuts for your holiday baking and gifting, which will be available before Thanksgiving. All prices are per pound: Pecan halves or pieces $9.50, Chocolate Amaretto Pecans, Dark Chocolate covered Pecans, White Chocolate covered Pecans $10, Roasted Salted Cashews $10.00, Pistachios in the shell) $9.50, English Walnuts $8. To order now through Thursday, November 2, call Flo 654-8941 or Janet 655-5506.
Annual Fall Festival At New Hope UMC
On Sunday, October 29 from 5-7 p.m., New Hope United Methodist Church will hold its annual Fall Festival. This is a great event for all ages with trunks filled with candy plus free hot dogs, inflatables and free family fun. Follow along the maze of decorated trunks for a safe, fun-filled alternative to Trick-or-Treating. Kids should wear their non-scary costume and invite their friends. The Church is located at 121 N. Knights Ave. in Brandon. For more information, contact Shelly Wilson at Shelly@findnewhope.com or visit www.findnewope.com
Fall Craft Festival At St. Andrew’s Church St Andrew’s Church Fall Craft Festival, sponsored by the United Methodist Women, will be held on Saturday, October 28 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the corner of Brian Rd. and
United Methodist Women 47th Annual Pecan Sale
Pecans are available to order from Sunday, October 1 through Wednesday, November 1. A five pound box of mammoth halves or pieces costs $45. A one pound bag of mammoth halves is $10. Specialty items are also available as follows: chocolate amaretto pecans for $18; praline pecans for $16, and an assortment including pralines, chocolate amaretto and roasted salted peanuts for $20. To order call Mary Baker at 643-
First Baptist Brandon Christian Academy Will Hold Soaring Eagle Challenge Walk-A-Thon
On Thursday, November 9, First Baptist Brandon Christian Academy will hold its first Soaring Eagle Challenge Walk-A-Thon. It will begin at 9:30 a.m. Grades Pre K-2 through 8th grade will participate with a goal to raise $15,000 for the school’s technology needs. The Academy seeks local businesses to partner as a sponsor for the event. There are three levels of sponsorship: Event Sponsor $200, Prize Sponsor $150 and General Sponsor $50. Sponsors name and logo will appear on all event tshirts, Sponsor banner, school’s social media sites and the newsletter. Brandon Academy is located at 216 N. Parsons Ave. If you wish to partner or need more information, please contact Frances Brankley at 689-9435. The Academy is a self-supporting, non-profit organization of the First Baptist Church of Brandon. It is dually accredited by ACSI and AdvancEd. More information about the school can be found at www.fbcbrandon.org/academy.
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4493, email email@example.com or visit www.pecansale.com to order and pay by credit card. Checks payable to UMW can be mailed to P.O. Box 546, Lithia, FL 33547. Only pre-paid pecans are reserved. Others will be sold on a first come-first served basis. Pick-up is at New Hope United Methodist Church, 121 N. Knights Ave. in Brandon. Pickup times are Saturday, November 11 and Monday, November 13 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. This annual fundraiser benefits local missions such as Family Promise, Cornerstone Ministries and the Women’s Resource Center. For more information, contact Barbara Brooks at 689-7016 or firstname.lastname@example.org
You and your family are invited to Bay Life’s annual Fall Fest with HALOween on Sunday, October 29 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. The community-wide festival will feature acres of free games, gigantic bounce houses, candy, delicious popcorn, snocones, cotton candy and fun-filled activities for all ages. At the Fall Fest, guests of all ages can take a trolley ride around the campus for its sixth annual HALOween presenting all-new stories and characters. HALOween helps light up the shadows through hilarious stories and shows how God's promises can replace fears. Bay Life is located at 1017 Kingsway Rd. in Brandon. Reservations for
HALOween will open up online on Sunday, October 22 at www.baylife.org/fall. For more information, visit the Bay Life website or call the church at 661-3696.
Holiday Craft Bazaar
Shop for jewelry, clothing and crafts at a Holiday Craft Bazaar at Grace Community United Methodist Church at FishHawk on Saturday, November 11 from 9 a.m. -2 p.m. at 5708 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Lithia. There is no admission fee for shoppers. There will be great gifts for all ages. The bazaar is sponsored by the Women of Grace, and booth rental fees will support missions in the community. Visit www.gracecraftbazaar.com.
Congregation Beth Shalom Congregants Celebrate Mitzva Day
Members of Congregation Beth Shalom will be performing many mitzvahs on Sunday, November 5 as they join together to enrich the greater Brandon community. Meeting at the synagogue on Sunday at 9 am, they will join at a nursing home, ECHO and other community loca-
tions. All are welcome to join in. Welcome the Sabbath on Friday evenings at 7:45 p.m. Oneg, nosh and mingle follows. Congregation Beth Shalom is located at 706 Bryan Rd. in Brandon. Call for more information at 681-6547.
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Enjoy Lasting Memories At Fourth Annual Father Daughter Ball At The Regent
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When a disaster like submitted by Irma strikes, we are Monday, reminded of what is most October 16. important; those we love. Jones said, Possessions can be “With the hustle replaced, power can and bustle of come and go, but as long modern society and continas our loved ones are ual advancements in techsafe we have all we need. nology, both quality and For the last three quantity time with those years Made Wonderfully who matter most, often get Inc. has hosted events pushed to the back with the sole purpose of Made Wonderfully is hosting burner. Our M*A*S*H its Fourth Annual Father strengthening the family (Mother And Son Hangout) Daughter Ball on Saturday, event in May and our bond. November 4 from 6-10 p.m. Its Fourth Annual Father Daughter Ball in at The Regent. Father Daughter Ball will soon take place November are thoughtfully planned to and promises to create lasting and joyful provide bonding and memory building memories for fathers and their daughters moments for each of our participants.” of all ages. The Ball will take place on Made Wonderfully Inc. is a 501(c)3 Saturday, November 4 from 6-10 p.m. at organization whose mission is The Regent, located at 6437 Watson to inspire youth and families to Rd. in Riverview. The unlock their God-given value evening will include a meal, and potential, through fun, dessert bar, candy bar, prizes character enriching programs and much more. and events. Made Wonderfully Inc. The organization plans plans to help 10 families affectto expand its community outreach ed by Hurricane Irma with free to fulfill even more needs by adding a tickets to the Ball. husband/wife and a family event in the Nicolle Jones, Executive Director, near future along with the Life Lessons asks the community to nominate a family Learned in the Kitchen Program. or their own family by contacting Made The cost of the Father Daughter Ball Wonderfully with their #AfterIrma stories. is $40 per Father/Daughter couple. Each Submissions can be done through additional daughter is $10 each. After Facebook at Made Wonderfully Inc., October 28, the price will increase to $50 Instagram or on the website's contact each couple and $15 each additional page. Please include at least one picture daughter. To purchase tickets, visit of how Irma impacted your family or the www.MadeWonderfully.org/Tickets. For family you nominate. Entries must be more information, call 419-7829.
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Whether a one-one-one instruction on a Saturday or a week-long camp or combine featuring hundreds of youths, Feely is nationally known for teaching the fundamentals and techniques of kicking and punting. To date, roughly 15 of Feely’s students have played professional football. His most notable pupil is son Jay Feely, a Jesuit High grad who went on to play 16 years in the professional ranks, including 14 in the NFL. “I know there’s nobody who’s done more in the state of Florida to help kids get better in the last 15 years from a kicking and punting standpoint,” Jay Feely said of his father. If your child is interested in sports, help them achieve their dream. Call 205-5008 or email Tom@FeelyAthletics.com. Visit www.feelykicking.com for more information.
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Tampa Theatre Presents Its Popular Halloween Series Including Ghost Tours, Movies & More The Tampa Theatre, Tampa’s historic and most haunted movie palaces, is pleased to announce the return of A Nightmare on Franklin Street. This signature Halloween series has been expanded to include ghost tours and special screenings throughout the month. Saturday, October 21 is dubbed Cinematic Scares. The fun begins at 2 p.m. with a free screening of the documentary film, Ghosts Behind the Screen. The special feature length documentary explores the unique and historic Tampa Theatre. At 4:30 p.m., come and see Scream and then stay on to see Demons at 7:30 p.m. For those who want to be totally immersed in the history of the Tampa Theatre, reserve your spot now for Lights Off Paranormal Experience at 10 p.m. In 1965, Foster “Fink” Finley died after 35 years of service to his beloved Tampa Theatre. Since then, strange occurrences have been reported in and around the projection room. This four-hour experience includes appetizers and desserts, complimentary popcorn and soft drinks. There will be demonstrations of professional paranormal investigative equipment. “It will truly be a once in a lifetime experience guaranteed to make you see Tampa’s majestic movie palace in a different light,” said Jill Witecki, Director of Marketing and Community Relations for the Tampa Theatre.
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The cost for Lights Off Paranormal Experience is $60 for general admission and $50 for Tampa Theatre members. Sunday, October 22 will feature Creature Features. You can see several movies including The Fly at 1:30 p.m., The Tingler at 4 p.m., The Thing at 6:30 p.m. and The Host at 9:30 p.m. Monday, October 23 brings Unwelcome Guests. You can see the best horror movie of 2017, Get Out at 7 p.m. The Strangers will be shown at 9:45 p.m. On Tuesday, October 24, you can see Movies That Suck…Your Blood. First up, is A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night at 7 p.m. At 9:45 p.m., come see Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt in Interview With A Vampire. Kirsten Dunst had her first major role in this adaptation of Anne
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Frankenstein. Frankenhooker will be shown at 10:30 p.m. Sunday, October 29 is Ladies Day at the Tampa Theatre. First up, come see Bette Middler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker in Hocus Pocus at 2 p.m. at 5:30 p.m. see Attack of the 50 Foot Woman plus a special event at 7:30 p.m.Spirits of the Day: An Evening of Live Storytelling with Deborah Frethen, Tampa’s grande dame of ghosts, local author and storyteller. Next, Fang You very Much on Monday, October 30 will feature films such as Cat People at 7 p.m. and From Dusk till Dawn at 9:45 p.m. Halloween brings a full day of fun and all kinds of spirits. First, up a special Mommy and Me Screening of Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were Rabbit at 12 p.m. Children 12 and under get in for free. Then, what would Halloween be without the film Halloween? This will be shown at 7:30 p.m. followed by Halloween Pussy Trap Kill! Kill! At 9:30 p.m. If you would rather celebrate Halloween a little different this year, leave a bowl of candy by the door and come to Halloween Happy Hour at the Tampa Theatre from 5 to 7 p.m. All movies are offered for $10 general admission and $7 for members. For more information, please visit www.tampatheatre.org/Nightmare.
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Brandon’s only American Idol finalist, Jeremy Rosado, will be in concert at The Palms Church on Friday November 17 at 7 p.m. Rosado just released his second CD, ‘REWIND’ and will feature new music Brandon Regional from this project. This Hospital Hosts Fall ‘Rewind Tour’ event will also Festival To have times of celebration Introduce New and worship. Pediatric Tickets are $10 and can Emergency Room be secured through On Saturday, EventBright.com/Jeremy October 28 from 10Rosada, at the Palms 12 Noon, Brandon Church, or at the door. American Idol finalist will be performing at The Pals Church on Friday, Regional Pastors Daniel and Mary November 17. Hospital will unveil Stahl, Pastors at The Palms its new Pediatric Emergency Room Church invite you to come and experi- years ago. Historically dressed inter(ER) to the community at its fall festience this incredible night of anointed preters will lead each activity disval event. Opening in November music. The Palms Church is located cussing its historical significance. 2017, the ER will bring convenient, at 207 New Hope Rd. in Brandon. Homeschool Day activities are child-centered care and specialty designed to capture the interests of services to eastern Hillsborough Bloomingdale Rajun Bull Band students of all ages. Groups can County. Plans For A Busy Fall choose their level of participation. The event will feature kid-friendly The Bloomingdale Rajun Bull Cracker Country is Tampa’s only tours of the 16,000-sq. ft. ER. Marching Band has been busy. With living history museum and is located Children can bring plush animals to a this year’s theme, ‘Tales of Kings and on the Florida State Fairgrounds. It ‘stuffed animal clinic’ and take them Castles’ with music from, Robin Hood was founded with the purpose of prethrough the ER as if they were being Prince of Thieves, The Gladiator, and serving Florida’s rural heritage in treated. The event will also include Game of Thrones, it promises to be 1978 by Mildred W. & Doyle E. bounce houses, face painting, candy another successful season at FBA Carlton, Jr. The museum holds a colmaking, trick-or-treating and other marching assessment, which will take place on Saturday, November 4 at Gaither High School The Band will host a Veteran’s Day concert on Tuesday, November 7 at 7 p.m. and a Winter Concert on Thursday, December 14 in the school auditorium. At the winter concert donations will be collected for Toys for Tots. The Band is also participating in the Snow on 7th parade in Ybor city on Saturday, December 9. Bloomingdale High School is located at 1700 E. Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. Call 744-8018 for more lection of 13 original buildings dating family-friendly activities. Brandon information. from 1870-1912 which were relocated Regional Hospital is located at 119 from across Florida. The historically Oakfield Dr. in Brandon. Homeschool Day At Cracker furnished buildings recreate the Country lifestyles of the past, and costumed Fall Festival At Hawthorne Village Bring your families on Monday, interpreters portray daily living as Retirement Community November 6 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. to Florida pioneers. Bring the family to Hawthorne discover the lives of settlers in rural Tickets cost $8 per person 4 Village Retirement Community on Florida before the turn of the 20th
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Bloomingdale Library Book Sale
Friends of the Bloomingdale Regional Library will hold a fall book sale on Saturday, November 4 from 10 a.m. -3 p.m. The money raised from the donated books directly funds the Life Story Writing classes and other Bloomingdale Writer’s Connection (BWC) programs at the library. The 2018 ‘Book-A-Day’ calendars will be available at the book sale at $7 each and make good holiday gifts. Bloomingdale Regional Library is located at 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico.
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This golf tournament will be held on Saturday, November 4 with an 8 a.m. shotgun start at the Apollo Beach Golf and Sea Club. The cost is $60 per player and includes golf, hot lunch (with dessert), closest to the pin, and longest drive. If you would like to participate as a golfer or become a contributor or sponsor, please contact Pam Spencer at 7276377 or pick up a sign up sheet at the Apollo Beach golf pro shop.
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Quitting tobacco isn’t easy. Finding help should be. Tobacco Free Florida offers free tools and services to help you get started in these two hour sessions. Free Community worksite and clinic groups will be offered, with programs covering all forms of tobacco. Free Nicotine replacement patches, gum and lozenges will be available, while supplies last and if medically appropriate. Locally, classes will be available: Wednesday, November 1 from 10 a.m.-12 Noon at the Suncoast Community Health Center, 313 S. Lakewood Dr. in Brandon, Monday, November 20 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Oakfield Medical Plaza, Classroom B, 276 S. Moon Ave., Ste. 260 in Brandon. Pre-registration is required by calling 974-7889. For additional classes, visit www.ahectobacco.com.
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geared for people with early stage Alzheimer’s or some form of dementia and their care partner. Kim Schaub, Program Specialist with the Alzheimer's Association, will lead a discussion on what you need to know, what you need to plan and what you can do to navigate this chapter of your Xi Theta Zi chapter of Beta Sigma Phi’s life. Living With service project was collecting diapers Alzheimer’s During this and baby wipes for LifeCare of Brandon. Educational Series At A trunk load was delivered by Diane program topics Wray and Peggy Frantz. The Bridges covered with include: A diagnosis of Understanding Alzheimer’s disease and Alzheimer’s or related dementia lead to memory loss; Partnering with your medmany questions for the person with the ical team; Effective communication and diagnosis and their family. This three-part telling others about the diagnosis; Coping series, which will take place on Tuesday, with changes and making decisions; Daily October 31, and November 7 and Friday, strategies and safety issues; November 17 from 10 a.m.-12 Noon, is Opportunities for supporting research; and Resources for people with early-stage dementia. The Living with Alzheimer’s Educational Series will be held at The Bridges Retirement Community, located at the Clubhouse at The Bridges, 11350 Bloomingdale Ave. in Riverview. To register, please call 4138900. Seating is limited.
Let's make a difference is the goal of the GFWC Valrico Service League, Inc. (VSL) group of ladies. The group's main fundraiser for the year is the Harvest Dinner & Auction to be held Sunday, November 5 at Center Place, located at 650 Vonderburg Dr. in Brandon. The last several years, VSL has partnered with the Campo YMCA by funding swimming lessons for children whose families cannot afford lessons. "We think it's important that if you life in Florida, you should know how to swim" said President Karen Boraiko. Hands on activities of the group include educational activities at area Title I elementary schools and providing clothing and shoes for needy children, Bunco and bingo at area retirement homes and participating in Cards for the Troops. Tickets for the dinner and auction are $30 and may be purchased at Center Place through October 28. The event, sponsored by Terry Fink State Xi Theta Xi Begins New Farm Insurance, starts at 5:30 Sorority Year p.m. with a catered dinner at 6 The members of Xi Theta Xi The VSL, which makes a difference in the local community, will p.m. and live auction at 7 p.m. chapter of Beta Sigma Phi kicked hold its annual Harvest Dinner & Auction on Sunday, November 5 Last year's auction helped at Center Place in Brandon.
off the beginning of the new sorority year with a dinner hosted by the president, Janet Molen. A delicious variety of meats, side dishes and desserts were provided for all to enjoy. In addition to Molen, the new officers are Flo Ryan; Vice President, Linda Hiltz; Recording Secretary, Peggy Frantz; Corresponding Secretary and Ines Hertz; Treasurer. For more information about the sorority, contact Diane Wray@firstname.lastname@example.org
Hawthorne Hosts Parkinson’s Disease Support Group
Hawthorne Health & Rehabilitation Center hosts a monthly support group for those diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and caregivers on the third Thursday of every month. A variety of speakers will provide information on topics relating to swallowing, balance, walking, speaking, mobility, exercise, self-care, cognition, and memory, all of which can be impacted by Parkinson’s Disease. The Parkinson’s Disease support group is free of charge and open to those who have been diagnosed with the disease, family members, caregivers and anyone with an interest in learning more about Parkinson’s. Hawthorne Health & Rehabilitation Center, located at 851 W. Lumsden Rd. in Brandon, is a skilled nursing facility with inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programs including speech, physical and occupational therapies. Hawthorne also hosts a dementia support group in the assisted living facility, as well as past meetings for those dealing with strokes, diabetes, low vision and other diseases. For more information or to register, call 661-8998 Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
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The FishHawk Ranch Tennis Club won the three-day USTA Florida Sectional Championship on August 11-13. They went 7-0 in the regular season. The ladies dominated the competition, only losing nine individual matches out of 70 total matches throughout the entire regular and championship season.
Two local UTSA tennis clubs will compete for national and state championships in their respective conferences. A women’s tennis team representing the Fishhawk Ranch Tennis Club won the three-day USTA Florida Sectional Championship in Lake Nona, Orlando, on August 11-13. The 18 and over level 3.0 USTA team will compete in Nationals from October 20-22 in Surprise, Arizona. The squad, lead by team captain, Jackie Caouette, had an outstanding regular season, going undefeated and winning all seven of their matches in the process. They then won their two local playoff games to qualify for Sectionals, where they won all five of their matches
to qualify for Nationals. “It’s definitely a big deal to make Nationals,” said Caouette. “My mother made nationals twice, so I’m excited to follow in her footsteps.” The ladies not only won, but they dominated the competition, only losing nine individual matches out of 70 total matches throughout the entire regular and championship seasons. Each team match consisted of two lines of singles and three lines of doubles. They are the first team from the Fishhawk Tennis Center to ever qualify for USTA Nationals, and they are the only 3.0 team from Florida to qualify for Nationals. They have 15 women on their team, including Caouette, Ashley Toohey, Nikki Kipp,
over, managed to go undefeated in the regular season, finishing 60. The squad, lead by team captain, Luis Ferrey, qualified for Sectionals after winning the league by defeating the Avila Country Club two sets to one in the Championship. Ferrey, who has been playing tennis for over 40 years, came to Photo courtesy of Luis Ferrey the River Hills The River Hills Country Club will compete in Sectionals from Country Club December 8th-10th in Lake Nona, Orlando. from another Shannon Deck, Kelly Oldham, Pam club after several players left, and he Smith, Monica Eiermann, Agnes Lirag, assembled his current team, which has Kim Ortmeier, Andrea Cammarata, 16 players. The members, in addition to Tabetha Vandeboe, Alison Dominic, Ferrey, are Jay Bortner, Edgar Alvarez, Wendy Bartlett, Christine Merrill and Brad Duncan, Alvin Macasinag, Ernie Christina Sharp. “We are going to bring Pabon, Ben DeBrocke, Jeffrey Wong, the National Title home to Florida,” said Bruce Reilly, Gavin Smith, James Caoutte. Schneider, John Figlewski, Curt Kenyon, In addition to the Fishhawk Ranch Craig Swartz, Barry Shollenberger and Tennis Club women making it to Ken Chin. Nationals, the men from the River Hills Ferrey hopes that his team can bring Country Club will compete in Sectionals home the state title. This league does not from December 8-10 in Lake Nona, have a Nationals event. “We are expectOrlando. The 7.5 men’s combo team con- ed to go all the way because we are an sisting of players age 25-65, competing in undefeated team, but it’s not going to be the USTA adult league of players 18 and easy,” said Ferrey.
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