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Sheriff’s Office To Add New District To Meet Future Growth

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Hillsborough County each month, most of them to communities in District IV. Currently we have 34 active subdivisions.” When ready, the new district led by its new commander, Major Kyle Robinson, will border communities north of the Alafia River, such as Progress Village, Bloomingdale and northern Riverview along with its substations. A map of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office patrol districts shows District IV the addition of District V, which the department has proposed to will continue to launch next spring. serve communiTo meet the current needs and in ties south of the river, Lithia, order to accommodate future growth, FishHawk, Gibsonton, Apollo Beach, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s

Office (HCSO) has made preparations to add a fifth district to its patrol service. The addition of a new district, which will specifically affect and reshape District IV, the department’s largest district is scheduled to begin serving residents in April or May 2017 is hardly a surprise. Within its more than 400 square miles, District IV, serves nearly 300,000 residents in the communities of Ruskin, Riverview, Apollo Beach, Progress Village, Lithia, FishHawk and Bloomingdale. “The change is necessary due to what is going on in District IV,” said Major Robert Bullara, who replaced retiring former District IV commander Major Ron Hartley in 2015. “We have nearly 1,000 people moving to

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rounding communities as well. Each year, we’re overwhelmed with the generosity of our concertgoers who realize the need for meals in our community and always step up to the challenge while enjoying an evening of great Newland Communities will once again hold its Concerts for a Cause at FishHawk Ranch and Waterset. music," said Lynda Everyone is invited to come out McMorrow, marketing manager at and enjoy the lovely fall evenings lisWaterset by Newland Communities. tening to free live music while helping Some of the best bands in the Bay to make a difference in the community. area will perform. Attendees are Once again, Newland Communities will encouraged to bring lawn chairs and hold its annual Concerts for a Cause at blankets. both FishHawk Ranch in Lithia and in FishHawk Ranch concerts will be Waterset, located in Apollo Beach. held in Central Park at 14215 These popular concerts will support Barrington Stowers Dr. in Lithia on Seeds of Hope, a non-profit organizaSaturday nights from 6-9 p.m.: tion founded by FishHawk Ranch resiSeptember 17 - Eye Candy, October 1 dent Leda Eaton, and Feeding America – Raydio, October 16 – Frequency, Tampa Bay, the area’s leading food October 29 – Fall Festival featuring bank, which provides food to over Lovestruck Robot, and November 5 – 700,000 people in West Florida, includ- C’Nergy. ing Hillsborough County. Also this year, Waterset concerts will be held donations will help to support Friday nights from 6-9 p.m. at The Newsome High School Band’s March Lakeside, 7250 Parkshore Dr. in Apollo to Macy’s. Beach: September 16 – Lovestruck When you come to enjoy the Robot, September 23 – Raydio, bands, please bring a non-perishable September 30 – Frequency, October 7 food item to help area families who are – C’Nergy, October 14 – Eye Candy. in need. During the fall concerts last On Saturday, October 22 Waterset year, over 17,000 meals were collected will hold its Fall Festival featuring thanks to the generosity from the comStormbringer from 6-9 p.m. munity. For more information on the "Our Concerts for a Cause have upcoming concerts, visit become one of the most popular For more inforevents in the area, attracting not just mation on Newland Communities, visit residents, but neighbors from


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Hillsborough County Residents Urged To Focus On Safety For Local Blue

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Recent headlines that read, “Law Enforcement Firearms Fatalities Spike 78 Percent in First Half of 2016” or “Ambush Killings of Officers Increase More than 300 Percent” are just a fraction of the disturbing and sad reality of violence against members of law enforcement throughout the country. Cities like San Diego, Baton Rouge and Dallas took center stage as topics of discussion in July, not as summer vacation destinations, but places where officers were killed after being ambushed by a lone gunman. "Each day some 900,000 men and women work to keep our communities safe, and we owe each of them a debt of gratitude,” declared National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) President and CEO Craig W. Floyd. “All American citizens should be outraged at the number of officers who have been targeted, shot and killed this year.” Shining some light on the reality of violence against police in many communities, NLEOMF issued a new report with preliminary data through July 20, which revealed that 67 law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty in 2016—an eight percent increase over the same period last year (62). Key facts included that firearms-related fatalities (32) spiked 78 percent in the first half of this year from 18 during the same period last year. Ambush-style killings of law enforcement officers have increased more than 300 percent from the same period in 2015, as 14 officers were shot and killed

In a show of support and community partnership, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Sgt. Harrison Bashner (left) along with deputies Stephanie Quintana, Jonathan Rosa, Kenzie Basilone and Jeffrey Belcher pose for a photo with HCSO’s #Your Support Matters sign at the Osprey Observer Community Newspapers. Amidst the recent violence against officers across the nation, HCSO has been able to maintain a great community partnership and has received much support throughout the county.

in ambushes, seven were killed stopping a suspicious person and five officers were killed while executing a tactical arrest or high-risk warrants, the reports said. Texas led all states with 13 officer fatalities; followed by Louisiana with seven officer deaths. California, Colorado, Florida, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio and Virginia all lost three officers (as of the writing of this article) thus far in 2016. Amidst the increase of such violence, however, many are finding ways to show their support for their local law enforcement agents, police officers and sheriff’s deputies. “Thankfully, the vast majority of

Americans clearly support and appreciate the vital role law enforcement plays in our society,” Floyd said. “Now is the time for all law-abiding citizens to partner with law enforcement in support of safe communities." During a recent speech from the White House press briefing room, President Barack Obama put things in perspective for the nation when he said, “Regardless of motive, the death of these brave officers underscores the dangers that officers face every day.” The President added, “Nothing justifies violence against law enforcement. Attacks against police are attacks against all of us and the rule of law.”

To support deputies locally, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Larry McKinnon encouraged residents to remember some of the basics. “Just a simple thank you from someone in the public has a long lasting, positive impact on our deputies’ morale,” McKinnon said, while emphasizing that over the last couple of decades, the sole function of fighting crime has become only a part of HCSO’s mission. “We have significantly increased our community involvement and interaction,” he said. Poised to begin his fourth term in office, Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee acknowledged the recent increase of violence against officers in some parts of the country, but spoke highly of the countywide support his deputies have been receiving. “We are in a unique situation here in Hillsborough County, because of the tremendous show of public support,” Gee said adding that to earn the support, HCSO as a whole is truly here to serve the community and work hard to do just that. “We all live here and have a vested interest to make our community a safer place to live and work.” With safety and security a common goal, HCSO’s #Your Support Matters logo, which has been making its way around the county, has received much approval, giving testimony to the fact that public safety is and will remain an anchor of community partnership. A copy of the full report, “2016 Mid-Year Law Enforcement Officer Fatalities Report,” is available at

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2016/17 Bloomingdale Rajun’ Bull Marching Band Season Will Soar With Eagles Music By Michelle Colesanti It also takes a lot of behind-the-scenes help from the band parents, who help keep things running smooth throughout the year. Taylor’s mom, Amy Fluty, is involved in the band and said, "I agree with my daughter, the band does feel like a big family. It takes many hands behind the scenes to make everything work. It has been Photo courtesy Kristin Witt Support the Bloomingdale Rajun’ Bull Band and Crimson a great experience for us.” Guard. This year’s marching season will include music Upcoming fall events from The Eagles. include the band’s annual The Bloomingdale Rajun’ Bull Homecoming BBQ on Friday, October Marching Band, directed by Jon Sever, 14. Alumni, parents, and students can stayed busy over the summer by perenjoy a dinner before watching the footforming in the Brandon Fourth of July ball game and homecoming half time parade. A month later the students were events. A Veteran’s Day concert is tentaback at it for a week of band camp. tively scheduled for Thursday, November Incoming freshman were welcomed and 10. The band is preparing for a future the band size grew to well over 200. A trip to Europe in two years. pep rally, “Meet the Bulls,” helped to The schedule for the Friday night usher in the new school year and to kick football games where you can enjoy the off the football season. The Rajun’ Bull game and the band’s half time show: band, along with members of the August 26 at Newsome High School, Crimson Guard, spent hours practicing September 2 at Home (vs. Gaither), after school to help perfect their marchSeptember 9 at Armwood, September ing performances. This year, the band 16 at Home (vs. TBT), September 30 at will perform the music from The Eagles Home (vs. Durant; it is also middle for the half time performance. school band night), October 7 at Plant One of this year’s band captains, City, October 14 at Home (vs. East Bay Taylor Fluty, was asked what she likes – Homecoming night and BBQ), October most about being in the band. "To me, 28 at Strawberry Crest, and November 4 it's like one big family. I'm looking forat Home (vs. Brandon – senior night). ward to spending my senior year with For more information about the them. I will sincerely miss marching with band, email my band family after I graduate,” she said.

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HCSO Aviation Unit Assists With Chase, Arrest Of Wrong-Way Driver A wrong-way driver turn the motorcycle off and who tried to outrun authoristep off, Johnson had ties last month quickly dissomething else in mind and covered that the old fled only to be followed by adage, “You can run, but the aviation unit which was you can’t hide,” was much still overhead. more than mere words, At the nearby Citgo especially when station on Adamo Drive Hillsborough County and Wayne Place, Johnson Sheriff’s deputies were on decided to make a pit stop his tail. to purchase a T-shirt as Hoping to utilize the deputies arrived and advantage of the agility of secured his motorcycle. his motorcycle to both outExiting the store Johnson smart and outrun Johnson noticed the arrival deputies, Corey Lavon Johnson, Jr., 22, of HCSO units and once again fled, but of Lakeland was arrested just after a short this time on foot. chase, which started with a citizen reportAviation continued to provide direcing a black male riding a motorcycle west- tion to the ground units as Johnson bound in the eastbound emergency lane jumped numerous fences to arrive back at of I-4 near McIntosh Rd. on August 17. Adamo Drive where he frantically tried to According to the Sheriff’s Public wave down eastbound drivers. Information Office, HCSO’s Aviation unit Deputies said that a truck stopped was on hand to respond to the area and, and Johnson offered the driver money for based on the limited description provided a ride, but the driver refused recognizing by the caller, spotted Johnson, who was something was wrong. now riding westbound in the westbound Johnson then opened the truck door lanes of I-4, traveling southbound on I-75 and physically tried to pull the driver from exiting at SR-60, where things picked up. the truck, but was unsuccessful thanks to Deputies said that they spotted the the assistance of the driver’s passenger motorcycle and made contact with as the two fought off Johnson who again Johnson in the area of Barnes and Noble fled on foot as deputies approached. (Brandon Town Center/SR60), where he Johnson was charged with Fleeing to told them that the rear portion of his seat Elude, Driving with License Canceled, blew off and he was traveling the wrong Suspended or Revoked, Resisting an way on I-4 to look for it. Officer Without Violence (x2), Carjacking When deputies requested that he and Battery. Visit



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HART Hosts State Of Transit, Promotes Partnership, Use Of Technology And Innovation






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Community partnership, innovation, use of technology as well as acting without delay while investing in a regional study was all on the roster to convince all present that HART has what it takes to add to Hillsborough County’s economic success. Suarez spoke about a partnership with Yellow Cab Company of Tampa, Megabus and RedCoach, to name just a few when he said, "Those kind of smart transit choices that we have made as a Hillsborough County community leaders, local board that we keep reaching out to peogovernment officials and area residents listen ple make HART, I think one of the key to Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority State of Transit update. agencies across the state. Its about freeHillsborough Area Regional Transit dom to choose and have the opportunity Authority (HART) CEO Katharine Eagan to go anywhere.” stood in front of a huge crowd of commu“Revolutionizing transportation as we nity leaders, local government officials, know it,” was Brandes’ message while area residents and members of the trying to impress his audience, adding media, who gathered at the USF CALMS that he does not think of transportation in downtown Tampa with one goal in anymore as a system but as an organmind; to ensure all that the future of tranism. “We are living in the most exciting sit in Tampa Bay is in good hands. times since the pioneers of the model T,” “We are building not just for tomorBrandes said, adding that enhancing the row, but rather for the future,” Eagan said future of transportation and the future of adding, “That’s the vision. You can take transit has four key elements; electric, advantage of all the things that make autonomous, on demand and shared. Tampa Bay amazing and you know you Focusing on regional studies, Eagan can get there quickly because your partintroduced the HART HyperLINK, resolvner has you covered.” ing the first-mile last mile issue, which she It took no time to see the picture said will provide access to a reservation HART prepared for all to see during its call center and a smartphone app for cusState of Transit update event as besides tomers to bring real-time ride-sharing Eagan, the impressive list of speakers, technology to Hillsborough transit riders. including HART Chairman and Tampa “There is no doubt we are dominating City Councilman Mike Suarez, Senator this game,” she said. “We have no shortJeff Brandes, Tampa Bay Community age of innovation and imagination, but we Leader, Channelside Developer and are facing space constraints. Putting Tampa Bay Lightning Owner Jeff Vinik, more buses on the streets will not solve each took their turn. transit problems.” Visit


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Super Heroes Invited To Participate In Annual Plaza Bella Goes Pink Walk For The Cure Plaza Bella will hold its 9th Annual Plaza Bella Goes Pink Walk For The Cure on Saturday, October 15. You can choose the Diva Strut, which runs from Plaza Bella to the Bloomingdale Library and back, or the 5k Challenge Walk, which goes from Plaza Bella to Nature's Way and back. Both walks are led by cancer survivors and both begin at 9 a.m. This year’s theme is Super Heroes. The cost is $35 per person. Participants are encouraged to pre-register and pay for the registration at The Green Boutique. The Green Boutique is offering a special promotion, courtesy of Brighton, for early registration. All cancer survivors will receive a special bag. For those who wish to honor family and friends who have been afflicted with cancer, you can donate $5 for a pink ribbon. All proceeds from this event benefit the American Cancer Society, The Outreach Clinic and the YMCA's Live Strong Program. No funds that are raised for the event are used to pay for expenses. The event is completely underwritten by The Green Boutique. Roz Creager, owner of The Green Boutique said, "We hold this event to promote awareness, early detection and pre-


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Jerky is made with premium U.S.D.A. certified London broil for unsurpassed quality and taste. Stanford’s Jerky holds the distinction of being just one of five beef jerky businesses certified through the U.S.D.A. in the state of Florida. “In addition to being delicious, our jerky is a great high protein snack that’s low in calories,” said Stanford. Stanford and Price, who make their jerky at their commercial kitchen and shop at 501 S. Falkenburg Rd. Ste. D-20, teamed up two years ago but the pair have had a passion for beef jerky for years. Stanford, a forLocal residents Kyle Stanford and Frank Price mer police officer injured in the line of create deliciously handcrafted beef jerky that will duty, has been perfecting his beef be sold at FishHawk Market Days starting in October. jerky for approximately two decades. Customers like Brandon resident Carnivores can rejoice at FishHawk Nicholas Berninger agree their jerky is Market Days starting in October because Kyle Stanford and Frank Price will have a perfect. An exercise enthusiast who booth set up and will be selling their local- needs extra protein, Berninger used to purchase commercial beef jerky until he ly handcrafted Stanford’s Jerky. sampled Stanford’s Jerky at a farmer’s Under a yellow tent plastered with market near his job. their Stanford’s Jerky logo, meat-lovers “It’s the best tasting jerky I’ve ever will satisfy their craving for protein with flaeaten,” he said. “My wife and daughter vors like savory Teriyaki, Southern (a eat it too so we go through a lot of jerky.” blend of tangy and sweet flavors), Slow Visit Stanford’s Jerky’s booth at Burn (a spirited mix of spices that ends FishHawk Market Days in Park Square with a bang) and Honest JD (a blend of (located at 16144 Churchview Dr.) on flavors with a kick of bourbon). There is a Sunday, October 2 from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. flavor combination to suit every palette. For more information about Customers can sample the flavors before Stanford’s Jerky or to make an online pursettling on a favorite. chase, visit or Unlike store-bought jerky, Stanford’s visit its Facebook page at Stanford’s Jerky contains no added colors, artificial Jerky for information about other events ingredients, nitrates, MSG or preservatives. Instead of mystery meat, Stanford’s where you can make a purchase.

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Continued from Page 1 Now is the time to get ahead of this.” Bullara said that since last year, 2,500 new single-family home permits have been pulled, showing no signs of slowing down. While promising a smooth transition, Bullara, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office District IV Major Robert Bullara said that the talks to residents at the Bloomingdale Community Substation about the department is department's recently proposed addition of a new patrol district. working on Ruskin, and southern Riverview hiring 100 deputies by the end of the including Balm, Wimauma and Sun year to fill all necessary positions for City Center. the new district office, which will be During a recent neighborhood located across from HCSO’s District II meeting, which is held monthly at the facility on Falkenburg Road. Bloomingdale Community Substation, The major anticipates losing some Bullara put things into perspective of his deputies to the new district, when he emphasized the effects of while the rest of the staff will come the growth within his district and what from patrol districts I,II, and III. needs to be done. As to the future of the “Traffic issues are the future,” he Bloomingdale Community Substation said adding, “Big Bend Road is like following the opening of the new disState Road 60, and is just tough to trict office, Bullara could not say for get around. New schools and the con- sure, but was confident it will remain striction of new schools and subdiviopen to serve its residents when he sions, not to mention two new thesaid, “I don't think this station will be aters currently under construction in closed, at least not for another year.” Gibsonton and Progress Village, will For more information, visit draw even more people to the area.

Are You Prepared for Financial Disasters? “Be prepared” is the Scout motto, and it’s also pretty good advice for anyone seeking to guard against various disasters – including financial ones. Melissa L Haskins Financial Advisor

Here are some events that can have serious financial consequences, along with suggestions on preparing yourself:

• Loss of employment – If you were to lose your job, your family might have to struggle financially to make it until you’re employed again. To protect against this potential threat, try to build an emergency fund containing three to six months’ worth of living expenses. That’s a lot of money, of course, so it will be challenging to build such a fund – but try to contribute something each month to a liquid, low-risk account. Without such an emergency fund, you might be forced to cash out your 401(k) or other retirement plan to pay for your living expenses during your period of unemployment. • Loss of health – If you were ill or injured, you might be out of work for weeks or months. Your employer may offer you some type of disability insurance as an employee benefit, but it might not be sufficient. So you may also want to purchase an individual plan to cover as much of your after-tax income as possible. You’ll have the flexibility to create a policy that is tailored to your needs, budget and overall financial goals. However, policies vary widely in cost and benefits, so you’ll want to shop around for the coverage that best meets your needs. • Loss of life – Death may be an uncomfortable topic to discuss. However, if you were to pass away, it would be emotionally devastating to your loved ones – but it could also be financially catastrophic. Would your family still be able to pay the mortgage? Could your surviving spouse afford to send your kids to college? Without life insurance, your death could leave your family without the ability to cover financial obligations. The exact amount you require depends on a variety of factors, such as your family’s expenses, size of family, savings needs over time, and so on. Generally speaking, you can choose between two broad categories of insurance: term and permanent. Term insurance, as the name suggests, is designed for a specific number of years and only provides a death benefit. Permanent insurance is typically more expensive, because, in addition to the death benefit, it offers a savings component. A financial professional can help guide you through your options to determine which one is appropriate for your needs. • Loss of property – If you own a home, you already have homeowners insurance, but it doesn’t hurt to periodically check your policy to make sure it’s kept up with any improvements or additions you’ve made to your house or other property. If you’re under-covered, and had to pay out-of-pocket for some major damage, you might be forced to dip into your long-term investments. And while you’re making sure your property is covered, you might also want to consider adding “umbrella” coverage, which can provide extra protection to you in case someone is injured at your home, or even at an event at which you may be in charge, such as a Scout meeting. With luck, you can avoid all the threats to your financial security and that of your family. But you can’t count on always being lucky – so you need to take “financial disaster preparedness” measures soon.

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Encore At FishHawk Ranch Honored With Aurora Award

By Candace Rotolo

game nights. “We are thrilled to be recognized by the Southeast Building Conference,” said Pam Parisi, vice president, marketing for Newland Communities. “It has been exciting to partner with David Weekley Homes to bring this new 55 plus concept to the marketplace.” Encore at FishHawk Ranch’s Lorenzo model. “We’re very honored to Encore at FishHawk Ranch, David have won a Grand Aurora Award by the Weekley Homes’ first age-qualified, 55+ Southeast Building Conference for our community has been recognized with a Grand Aurora Award from the Southeast community, Encore at FishHawk Ranch,” said Nate Beauregard, division president Building Conference (SBC). Encore at for David Weekley Homes in Tampa. FishHawk Ranch was the judges’ top “We have greatly enjoyed our partnerchoice in the category of Seniors ship with Newland Communities in Housing Community – Active FishHawk Ranch and are excited at how Adult/Independent Living. Encore at FishHawk Ranch is a new well our new 55 plus neighborhood has approach to lifestyle-driven home design been received. These low-maintenance homes feature open, single-level layouts specifically for buyers 55 years and older, and is the first age-qualified neigh- with great Encore-exclusive amenities at The Oasis, along with a lifestyle director, borhood within the award-winning ultimately offering our Baby Boomer cusFishHawk Ranch community, featuring tomers the exact lifestyle they’re looking single level homes with newly designed for.” floor plans ranging from two to four bedThe Aurora Awards encompasses rooms, up to three full baths and two to three car garages. There are also ample all facets of the residential, commercial and remodeling industries and are precustomization options to fit each homesented annually to outstanding residenowner’s personal tastes and desires. tial and commercial builders, planners, Encore residents enjoy exclusive use of architects, developers, designers, interior The Oasis Club, the community’s 5,000 merchandisers and other housing-relatsq. ft. recreation center, which offers a ed professionals in 12 states and the resort-style pool, state of the art fitness Eastern Caribbean. Award winners were center, business center and catering announced in July, during the annual kitchen. A full-time lifestyle director is on Southeast Building Conference held in staff to schedule a host of activities from Orlando. Visit cooking classes, wine tastings and

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Valrico Resident Helps Ugandans On Mission Trip

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Valrico native and sharing the Taylor Green is conGospel so that peotinuing his family’s ple can be introduced commitment to servinto God’s Kingdom.” ice by helping people Kelly Green in need. He recently Global worked in unireturned home from a son with Green’s mission trip to Africa mom’s ministry, God helping provide inforis Grace. This organimation and resources zation teaches the to the impoverished women of Uganda a people of Uganda. trade or how to start He spent 11 days in their own business Africa doing work because the majority with both his mom of them have very litand dad’s ministry tle education, and tragroups, Kelly Green ditionally, it falls on Global and God is the shoulders of the Taylor Green (left in white) and Brock Grace. women to work in Bell (in purple) speaking at a local school in Uganda. Green, 31, head order to provide for trainer/manager for RobZ Fitness and for- their families, Green said. They are taught mer baseball player for Bloomingdale how to sell their trades, such as clothing High School, spent some time teaching or necklaces. Sponsors from the U.S. children aged 7-16 how to play baseball. give a fixed amount of money each He also went to high schools to teach the month for 10 months to help these importance of abstinence, and also to women get their businesses started after raise awareness for HIV and AIDS. “They they graduate from the course. just wanted to know what you had to say, Taylor said he and his mom, Beth, they were super respectful, they were spent a couple of days with these women very eager to know more about you and to hear their stories about how this organyour family and where you are from,” he ization has changed their lives. They colsaid. “Everybody wanted to have some lected clothes to bring for the women and sort of interaction with you.” their families, with the help of the Osprey Kelly Green Global was founded by Observer, as well as resources such as Green’s dad, Kelly, in 1979. According to fabric to help them get started. their website, over the last 40 plus years, “Going to Africa and realizing that I Kelly has visited over 1,500 churches and don’t have to necessarily give money, I has made several international mission can just give myself, my time, my trips to help spread the word of the resources — just to be able to do that for gospel. The Kelly Green Global mission people in need is very fulfilling,” Taylor statement says they model Jesus’ minsaid. “It was good for me to experience istry, “caring for the sick, training leaders, that.”

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County Seeks Opinion On Local, Regional Parks Through Online Surveys

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success already,” he said. “More responses helps to make more balanced decisions to improve our parks.” All of this comes on the heels of the department’s recent series of public meetings soliciting input from residents about the future of local neighborhood parks, dog parks, playgrounds, athletic fields, and recreation centers and regional parks. Residents enjoy canoeing at E.G. Simmons Park, just one of Hillsborough County’s regionOfficials said that the county is al parks that offer a wide variety of recreational also in the process of pursuing a secopportunities for all ages. ond survey. Hillsborough County residents have “We are also sending out postcards recently received their Annual Notice of to 20,000 households with information Property Assessment, Truth in Millage about the survey,” Dougherty said. (TRIM Notices) in their mailboxes, which surveys will allow response from “These this year came with a bit more than just residents who could not attend our previhow much their house and property are ous meetings.” worth. With the public meetings now comHillsborough County Parks and pleted, officials are planning to meet with Recreation Director Dale “Doc” Dougherty some of the larger groups such as the said that nearly 450,000 of the TRIM various sports leagues that use the parks notices were sent out, but through an the county. throughout agreement with his department, the The department will be collecting the notices also explained to property owners responses until the end of September, how to take an important survey on which they will be analyzed to get a after parks. better picture of what residents want. “The notices give residents another “We are hoping to get done with this opportunity to tell Hillsborough County by the end of fall and put campaign what they want to see in their local park together as well as began the process of system,” Dougherty said, adding that implementing the new master plan,” Parks and Recreation is in the midst of a Dougherty said. major survey designed to gather resiHillsborough County Parks and dents’ input on facilities, programming, Recreation is offering a wide variety of and recreational needs throughout the facilities and programs for all ages and county and that the information will be abilities, while in the midst of developing a used for the Parks and Recreation Master Parks and Recreation Master Plan that Plan. needs residents’ ideas. The survey is “So far we have received more than available through 1,700 responses back, which is a huge

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HCSO Reminds Motorists Of School Bus Safety Through “Got Brakes?” Campaign To begin 2016-2017 school year, more than 200,000 students made their way back to class, which has clearly made a huge impact on roadways felt by motorists throughout Hillsborough County. The increased rush hour traffic—



thanks to the nearly 1,000 busses on the roadways—and the presence of area students waiting for their bus or make their way to and from school on their own puts an increased responsibility, not only on drivers, but also on parents as well as students. Each year thousands of drivers illegally pass school busses on any given day amounting to millions of possible violations, not to mention putting children at risk. To keep students safe, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) also made arrangements to beef up its presence on the roadways as deputies are scheduled to


be out in force, in patrol cruisers, motorcycles and unmarked vehicles, keeping a close eye on motorists who don't know or don't heed state laws regarding stopping for a school bus. Taking it even further, HCSO is promoting its student safety efforts by means of a video presentation on the its website appropriately called “Got Brakes?” in which motorists are reminded of important rules of when they do and don't have to stop for a school bus and to make sure that the season will continue with the utmost student-safety in mind. "Got Brakes? is the name of our public awareness/enforcement campaign aimed at educating motorists about when they do and don't have to stop for a school bus,” said HCSO Public Information Officer Larry McKinnon.“ The goal is to keep our children safe through education and enforcement. This public awareness video will help you understand Florida law.” For more information on Florida's school bus laws, visit The Got Brakes? video can be found on the Sheriff's Office website at


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An Evening With Unspoken At Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church

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Dominican Republic. Mattson had been struggling with drug and alcohol addiction for years, and decided to go on a mission trip to rebuild his relationship with God. It was there in the Dominican Republic where Mattson’s eyes were opened Tickets are now on sale for national recording Christian and he came to know Christ band Unspoken, who will perform at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church on Friday, September 9. in a powerful way. Mattson reflected on this Tickets are now on sale for national recording Christian band Unspoken when season of growth on the group’s web they perform at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal page, “The more you work on something Church at 604 N. Valrico Rd. in Valrico on and devote yourself to a craft, I think the Friday, September 9. The concert will also better you become at it, especially as you are surrounding yourself with people who feature opening artist Cole Jennette. are good at it.” Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the Jennette is a local Christian music concert begins at 7 p.m. Unspoken has recording artist who has recorded an had two top-five singles on the Christian album in Nashville, and currently serves music charts and is an up-and-coming as worship leader at Riverside Church in group in the Christian music industry. They recently released a new album titled Ft. Myers. The proceeds will be split between Follow Through, and this concert is your Soldiers for Faith chance to hear favorites and brand new ( and Holy music. Innocents', where the proceeds will go Rector, Fr. Douglas Scharf said, toward the mission and ministry of the "Hosting this concert is a great opportunichurch. ty for people in our community to hear Want to meet Unspoken? A VIP ticksome really good music with a positive, et experience is $30 and gets you encouraging message by a well known reserved first- or second-row seating at Christian band. Usually bands of this calthe concert, a free CD, and a meet-andiber only play in larger venues, so this greet with the band following the concert. concert will be a unique experience, and Holy Innocents’ is extremely excited to be General admission tickets are also available at $20 for ages 17 and older. For able to host this event.” ages 16 and under, it is $10 (with student Unspoken first came together after ID). Visit leader singer Chad Mattson met guitarist to purchase tickets. Mike Gomez on a mission trip in the

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Crime Stoppers First Friday’s Fugitives In its continued effort to catching some of the most wanted or most recent fugitives, Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay has released its First Friday’s list of for the month of August. The agency has once again selected five fugitives to highlight this month, including three wanted by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, one by Tampa and one by Plant City Police Department as they are asking for the public's assistance. Crime Stoppers encourages members of the community to assist local law enforcement agencies in the fight against crime by overcoming fear and apathy, which are two key elements that inhibit community involvement, the agency said. The public may contact Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-873-TIPS(8477), report anonymously online at or send in a Antelmo mobile tip using our P3 Tips Mobile Ontiveros Application which is a free download for Wanted by the iPhones and Droids. Crime Stoppers must Hillsborough County Sheriff's be contacted first in order to be eligible for a Office for 2nd cash reward. Degree Murder Below is a list of the five fugitives postwith a Firearm & Attempted 2nd ed for the month of August including the Degree Murder reason for their warrant. Lemarcus Antone Ashley Wanted by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office for CarjackingFirearm and two counts of Robbery with a Firearm. Paul Michael Furey White male, 9/17/1986 Wanted by the Tampa Police Department for FTA Robbery.

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Second Tampa Bay Coffee And Art Festival To Feature Local Artisan Roasters

Bloomingdale Community Welcomes New Resource Deputy

sions. Local roasters such as Buddy Brew, Brown Bear Coffee Roastery and Birds of a Feather Coffee will participate. Vendors such as Spaddy’s Coffee Truck and more will be on hand. Art is also a big component of this event. Local artists will be on hand to show their art in a festival style setting. There are even plans to have some of the artists do live demonstrations during the event. All of the artists are local, and all of the art is fine art that has been hand crafted. Proceeds from the second Tampa Bay Coffee and Art Festival will benefit the newly formed Bay Area Foundation for the Art (BAFA), a start-up organization that strives to provide scholarships for the fine arts and performing arts. Schultz explained how the event came to fruition. “All of us at DCNoise are into coffee and we like art, so we thought why not combine the two for an event. The first one held in April was a huge success,” said Schultz. For information and to purchase tickets, visit and follow the Tampa Bay Coffee and Art Festival on Facebook.

A small ment includes group of specialty Bloomingdale operations, area resiSpecial dents—regular Investigations attendees of Division as a detective in the 2006, as well Hillsborough as serving on County Bloomingdale and Gibsonton Community Resource the first Sheriff’s Office Deputy Luke Hussey, left, is joined by District IV Major (HCSO) Robert Bullara and Master Deputy Curtis Warren during Intelligence a meeting at the Bloomingdale Community Substation. Led PolicingBloomingdale District Intelligence Unit for District IV in Community Substation’s monthly meetJune 2009. In 2013, Hussey transferred ings—welcomed HCSO Deputy Luke back to patrol and worked primarily in Hussey as its new Community Resource Gibsonton, with short stints in the Deputy (CRD). Bloomingdale area. As the current Gibsonton and now the new Bloomingdale Community CRD, “I am honored and humbled to be Hussey was chosen to fill in for and even- selected for such an important position tually permanently replace current CRD within not only District IV, but the Master Deputy Curtis Warren, who is out Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office,” Hussey said. “I plan on continuing the of the office for health reasons. same great service that Deputy Warren Warren served the Bloomingdale gave to the Bloomingdale community and community as CRD since 2010, following the retirement of Pete Maurer who served Deputy McMurtry gave to the Gibsonton community.” the station for 12 years. Hussey minced no words as he Married with three children, Hussey, spoke about his confidence in the positive 41, lives in Riverview and began his future of the Bloomingdale and the career with the Hillsborough County Gibsonton communities. Sheriff’s Office in 1999 as a digital com“I am confident that working with resimunications dispatcher, shortly after stumbling onto the department’s recruiting dents, crime will go down, relationships booth at the Strawberry Festival the same between the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office and the community will continue to year. grow and we will continue to be a model Born in New Hampshire, Hussey for law enforcement agencies and comgrew up in Zephyrhills before moving to munities around the nation,” he said. Gibsonton in 2004 from Tampa, then to Contact the Bloomingdale Riverview in 2013. Hussey’s experience with the depart- Community Substation at 242-5501.

By Kathy L. Collins

The second Tampa Bay Coffee and Art Festival is set to take place on Saturday, September 10 at The Noise Box in Brandon.

DCNoise is an all volunteer organization that is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of people in the community. DCNoise is hosting its second Tampa Bay Coffee and Art Festival on Saturday, September 10. There will be two sessions. The first is from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., and the second is from 6-9 p.m. The event will be held at The Noise Box located at 1310 John Moore Rd. in Brandon (on the grounds of Christ Community Church). Tickets are between $15 and $32 and include mug, coffee tasting notebook, T-shirt and pen. Tickets can be purchased at According to Thom Schultz, executive director of DCNoise, “The focus of the Tampa Bay Coffee and Art Festival is on the artisan side of coffee. It is perfect for those who are not very knowledgeable about coffee as well as those who consider themselves aficionados.” Attendees can also opt to upgrade their ticket and attend special brewing and tasting ses-

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Dreams Realized With Opening Of The Art Factory At Winthrop Arts

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What was once Winthrop Main St. in just a dream- to have Riverview. a fully functioning Teachers at the after school program Art Factory are proin Riverview- has fessional artists and become a reality with educators who want the opening of Art to pass their knowlFactory at Winthrop edge onto the next Arts. The Art Factory generation. The Art is unique in that it will Factory will offer not only allow stupainting, drawing, dents of all ages and sculpture, mixed abilities to express media, fabrics and their creativity, but it more. The Art will offer a program Factory will allow that will teach stuchildren to rotate dents the elements of daily so that they art. experience a variety Eddie Ewell and Winthrop Town Artist The Art Factory of arts each week. In Bryant Martinez are excited about the began as the brain addition to these opening of the Art Factory at Winthrop child of Bryant Arts, an arts based after school program. classes, the Art Martinez, the Winthrop Town Artist, and Factory will also offer The Word Shop, a John and Kay Sullivan, the founders of class created and taught by renowned Winthrop. They sought a safe, fun and historical author, Doris Weatherford. creative place for their children to go after Katharine Sullivan-Dawes, the direcschool every day. Martinez and the tor of everything for Winthrop Arts said, Sullivans developed the Art Factory con“We see the Art Factory becoming a crecept and have been holding classes infor- ative destination for our community with mally over the past two years. Through classes happening all the time, not just the growth of Winthrop Arts, Inc. into a after school. We also plan to invite artists formal 501(c)(3) organization, the Art to come in from all over the country to do Factory is expanding into a renovated special master classes and workshops. building with studio space, multiple classWe see the Art Factory becoming an rooms and room for up to 60 students. important cultural hub.” The Art Factory will be open For more information on Winthrop Mondays from 1:45-6 p.m. and Tuesday Arts and to sign your child up at the Art through Friday from 3-6 p.m. The cost to Factory, visit attend is $55 per week and includes all Become a part of Winthrop Arts by visiting supplies. There is a $35 registration fee. the generosity campaign and making a The Art Factory is located at 11267 donation at

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MOSI Forms Partnership With Behavioral Consulting Of Tampa Bay

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ence,” the collaboration will lead to more vital science and math education for a wider range of students in the Brandon and Tampa Bay area, richer and more fulfilling time together for families that include children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and guidelines for other museums and businesses that are looking to create a more inclusive experience. “This is a fantastic way to take the expertise BCOTB has developed by working one-on-one with families The Museum of Science and Industry has formed a partnership with Behavioral since 2003 and bring it out into the Consulting of Tampa Bay. Tampa Bay community,” BCOTB President and Founder Kelley Prince To make fun and learning even more said. “Our families are always searching open to all families in Tampa Bay, the for places where they can spend time area’s leader in hands-on science learntogether that will be supportive of their ing is teaming up with the community’s needs and won’t overwhelm them. We’re largest provider of Autism Spectrum excited to help MOSI take that to the next Disorder analysis and care. level.” The partnership between the BCOTB and MOSI have already perMuseum of Science & Industry (MOSI) formed a thorough assessment of the sciand Behavioral Consulting of Tampa Bay ence center. Some potential changes (BCOTB) is the first of its kind for either identified in the study include revising organization. maps and signs to clearly show families “At MOSI, our core ideology is to what kinds of sensory information (lights, make science real for people of all ages sounds, etc.) to expect in certain areas and backgrounds,” said Grayson Kamm, and rearranging some exhibits to allow MOSI’s communications director. families to bypass sections they may find “Accessibility and inclusiveness is at the overwhelming. “Some changes will come heart of what we are all about. So as we more quickly than others,” Kamm said. look at ways to eliminate any barriers to To learn more about BCOTB, visit accessibility that we have unintentionally created, it's a perfect fit to have a partner- or call their Brandon location at 440-4933. BCOTB Brandon ship that helps us understand the best office is located at 9225 Bay Plaza Blvd. ways to serve families who have memSte. 401. Learn more about MOSI at bers with Autism Spectrum Disorder.” MOSI is located at 4801 Working under the motto “partnering E. Fowler Ave. in Tampa. toward a more autism accessible experi-

Sickle Cell Disease Last year $250 was is often inherited and raised for the Sickle Cell occurs because there Association of are not enough healthy Hillsborough County, and red blood cells to carry now with two events, the adequate oxygen goal is $1,000. throughout the body Registration for the beauty pageant is from causing anemia, a lot of 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. with pain, frequent infections, a 1 p.m. start. Admission delayed growth, vision is $15 for ages 12 and problems and more. up and $5 for ages 6-11 About 100,000 years old. Kids 5 and Americans live with the under are free. disease, which is usually Denielle is hoping diagnosed in infancy. that individuals and busiAshlee Denielle’s nesses will be interested friend’s daughter has Sickle Cell Disease and Ashlee Denielle’s daughter Mele’ in sponsoring this event by donating items to be she wanted to do someAlivia hugs Tootie at last year’s pageant raising awareness and raffled. Email thing to help bring money for Sickle Cell Disease. awareness. Her daughor ter, Mele’ Alivia, was a winner of one of This year, a second family event has the Mini Supreme State Titles at The been added. Black-N-White Customz & Florida State Pageant and Denielle is Mele' Maphia presents The 2016 Stuntin' helping to raise funds by organizing the For A Cause Car, Truck & Bike Show. Miss Hillsborough County Florida State The show will be held on Saturday, 2017 pageant in Brandon for the second September 24 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Big year. The pageant will be held on Top Flea Market at 9250 E Fowler Ave. in Sunday, September 25 at the Boys & Thonotosassa. Best of Show in each diviGirls Club of Brandon, located at 213 N. sion – Cars, both foreign and domestic, Knights Ave. and the beauty competition Trucks, Mini or Big Truck, Old School is free. Events are open to contestants Bikes. Preregistration fee per vehicle is throughout Florida, beginners and $25 and $35 on day of the event. General pros. There is an age 6 and under category and an over 7 category. It is a qualifi- Admission is free. There will be raffles and games for the kids. Call 650-4612 or er for 2017 Miss Florida State finals. email Money Denielle said, “We do the Sickle Cell raised will go toward #TeamTootie and Awareness events to help spread awareness for Sickle Cell Anemia. It doesn’t get The Sickle Cell Association of Hillsborough County. as much publicity as it should.”

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Support The Troops By Participating In The 9th Annual Cards For Troops

By Kathy L. Collins

Place and work tirelessly to make cards in an easy step by step process.” Janine Nickerson, president of The Community Roundtable said, "The Community Roundtable looks forward to this annual event. As partners with Center Place, the roundtable is proud to be a part of creating and sending this unexpected gift to our troops. The miliPhoto courtesy Steve Nickerson tary personnel may not Show your support for the troops by participating in the 9th Annual Cards For Troops on Saturday, October 1 at Center have access to a retail card shop. This provides Place in Brandon. them an opportunity to Center Place Fine Arts and The a beautiful card back home. The send Community Roundtable will present the blank cards allow the soldiers to send a 9th Annual Cards For Troops on personal message to friends and family. Saturday, October 1 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Over the years, we have received thank Center Place located at 619 Vonderburg you cards from the soldiers thanking us Dr. in Brandon. for our community’s support.” Members of the community 16 years Rodriquez said, “If you have a loved and older can come together to assemble one currently serving overseas, give us 2,500 cards this year. All cards are left their address and we will send a box of blank so that the troops can fill them out cards to them.” and send them to family and friends. No experience is necessary to take Lisa Rodriguez, marketing director for part in this wonderful community event. Center Place said, "Cards For Troops has are seeking sponsors Organizers grown into a fabulous community event and donations of food for lunch for the where we come together as a strong and card making volunteers. To make a donagiving community and show our support tion of any kind including one that will for the troops. We have a wonderful comoffset the cost of supplies and help mittee of Stampin’ Up distributors who postage, contact Center Place at 685donate their time months ahead of the 8888 or or event to design, create and prepare the contact the Community Roundtable at supplies needed to create the holiday 661-4350 or cards. Then, volunteers gather at Center




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Southeastern Guide Dogs Launches Puppy Kindergarten Adventure

By Ruth Lando

Southeastern are developing Guide Dogs has most rapidly.” added an exciting new Puppy dimension to its highly Kindergarten popular puppy hugging Adventure will activity with the launch include a variety of of the Puppy different curricuKindergarten lums, each focusAdventure. While ing on one particuguests have loved lar lesson, such as playing with adorable Health Class, which puppies and helping teaches puppies Katie Harris and her mother, Bobbie, take to socialize and part in the Health Class curriculum of the about staying calm new Puppy Kindergarten Adventure at accustom them to for veterinary Southeastern Guide Dogs. human interaction, exams. Physical the Puppy Kindergarten Adventure goes Education promotes the exploration of further. Up to seven guests at a time will new surfaces and under-footings. No actually become volunteer Kindergarten matter which module visitors are offered, teachers, upping the educational value of they will enjoy novel and engaging playtime as the puppies experience fun, hands-on experiences of play with a purmulti-sensory learning sessions that pose led by trained volunteer puppy eduexpose them to new sights, sounds, puzcators. zles, textures, under-footings, and more. The Puppy Kindergarten Adventure Every intimate experience is geared to is suitable for ages 6 and up. Guests preparing the dogs for the diverse envimust register online ronments and physical activities they will at as extraordinary service dogs. kindergarten-adventure. One-hour ses“Our future superhero guide and sions are offered Mondays, Tuesdays, service dogs are going to transform Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 9 someone’s world and change a life foreva.m. and 10:30 a.m. The cost is $25 per er someday,” said Leslie Shepard, direcperson and proceeds help defray food tor of puppy raising services. “The creand other expenses for Southeastern ation of extraordinary dogs is both an art Guide Dogs, which is a nonprofit that has and a science, and our education and nurtured almost 3,000 partnerships training strategies follow clear career between inspirational people and extraorpaths from pre-school to graduation. The dinary guide and service dogs. Puppy Kindergarten Adventure introduces Southeastern Guide Dogs is located young dogs to important skills and comat 4210 77th St. in Palmetto. For more petencies during the first three months of information, visit or life, when their brains and learning ability call 941-729-5665.

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HCSO Economic Crimes Detectives Arrest Suspect In Gas Pump Skimming Cases The recent arrest of a In the June skimmer man who was caught incident involving a Citgo gas using a credit card skimstation, McKinnon said that mer at a local gas pump the employees observed an reminded motorist and unknown male and female ATM users of the continpark their SUV in front of the ued need to be vigilant in gas pump for approximately order to avoid becoming 15 minutes, paid for gas with the next victim. a prepaid card inside the Hillsborough County store, but did not put gas into Sheriff’s Public their vehicle. The employees Information Office reportthought the events appeared ed two recent cases of a suspicious and inspected the skimmer placed inside a gas pump. Upon inspection, gas pump in May and in they observed a skimmer Garcia June. Both incidents attached to the gas pump came on the heels of a skimmer recently and HCSO was notified. discovered at the former BP station on “Notifying law enforcement is the best Lithia Pinecrest Road across from Lithia thing to do,” McKinnon said, adding that Pinecrest Elementary School. often these incidents go unreported as Thanks to Hillsborough County victims only call their bank to be reimSheriff’s Office (HCSO) Economic bursed, but fail to notify the gas station Detectives, the suspect, Alberto Y. Garcia, staff or authorities. 31, did not get a chance to scam anyone There are a number of basic steps else. Unfortunately the damage is already that can be taken to avoid being a victim, done as the skimmer devices are usually such as being alert, not using a debit attached to the gas pumps or the ATM card, which would avoid entering a PIN in machines only for a short time. sight of a Card Skimmer camera, or According to HCSO Public inspecting another card reader nearby. Information Officer Larry McKinnon, the Evidence collected at both above owner of the Sunoco Station 10312 mentioned gas stations have positively Rosemount Dr. in Tampa, which was hit linked Garcia as the person who placed in May, detected the device and went the skimmers on both pumps. Detectives back into the store to contact HCSO. obtained arrest warrants and arrested “While the owner was briefly inside Garcia at his residence without incident. the store, Garcia removed the skimmer Detectives are reviewing similar cases and fled the scene,” McKinnon said. and additional charges are pending.



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Plan Your Gift And Holiday Shopping At New Saturday Market By Nicole Heubusch

Three Ways To Promote A Fun Community When people decide to move to a Homeowners Association (HOA) neighborhood, they are usually hoping to find a community that is fun and welcoming. Looking for a few easy ways to bring your HOA community together? Here are a few simple tips for creating a fun and memorable community within your HOA neighborhood.

Add More Community Gatherings To Your Social Calendar

Hosting fun events for your residents is a great way to get the community together at the pool or clubhouse. Whether you host seasonal events or parties, movie nights, or just picnic gatherings; there are plenty of social activities you can plan out to encourage a strong sense of community. Forming a “Party Planning Committee” is a good way to not only bring a group of residents together to plan fun events, but it will also give them the chance to express their opinions and ideas.

Health Or Exercise Classes

A few communities in the area have started offering group activities like yoga


in the park and cooking classes and that’s a great way to promote health and to bring your community together. Offering yoga, Zumba, tennis competitions or even a running group are good ideas, as well as hosting healthy cooking classes or potlucks.

Don’t Forget About Networking Opportunities

Business professionals love opportunities to connect with other business professionals, especially when they can do it in the comfort of their neighborhood’s clubhouse. Having your HOA sponsor networking events once or twice a month in the evening or morning (try a coffee meeting) will be sure to bring together likeminded business professionals who might never have met, even if they live just one street over. If your HOA has any other ideas or suggestions for promoting a fun and welcoming neighborhood, or is hosting any upcoming events that you would like featured in the Osprey Observer, send them over to

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The Chapel at FishHawk announces a brand new Saturday market, The Chapel Market of FishHawk. The inaugural market day will be held on Saturday, September 3 from 1- 5 p.m. and will occur on the first Saturday of every month from September through January 2017. The market is located at 6026 Churchside Dr. in Lithia/FishHawk. The Chapel Market of FishHawk will serve as a great shopping opportunity for the community. It will include a wide variety of local small business vendors presenting products and services such as jewelry, home and holiday décor, clothing, hair accessories, candles and fragrances, health and beauty products, spa products and services, telecommunication services, home improvement products, educational services and more. “The Chapel of FishHawk is a #DoSomethingChurch, and as a small business owner myself, I knew I could do something to help support other local entrepreneurs. By asking myself ‘how could I love others and bring glory to God?’ the answer was clear and The Chapel Market was born,” said Angela Dull, event organizer. “My goal is to encourage other women, as they stay home to care for their children and still

contribute to their households by giving them a place to be represented, to be Proverbs 31 Women and to love one another as God has loved us.” Pastor Ryan Tirona noted, “I'm excited to give businesses the opportunity to share their products.” By shopping at The Chapel Market of FishHawk, you can get your holiday shopping done, avoid long lines at big box stores and take pride in knowing that you support small local businesses. You may also find something special for yourself too. Upcoming dates also include October 1, November 5, December 3 and January 7, 2017. To stay up to date as new businesses are added, visit on Facebook at 9090/. Businesses interested in participating should contact Angela Dull at or 863-860-6167. The Chapel of FishHawk is led by Senior Pastor Ryan Tirona. The Chapel’s aim is to share and show the gospel of Jesus on every street and in every relationship so that all people can experience the love of God. For more information, visit



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Trans-Siberian Orchestra Celebrates 20 Years With The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve

Dennis Lee Band To Perform At New Horizons Group Homes Annual Barbeque

atre on December 24. While seeking shelter from the cold, the teen is discovered by the theatre’s caretaker, who uses the ghosts and spirits from the building’s past to turn her life around. The rock opera features Christmas favorites such as Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24, O Come All Ye Faithful, Good King Joy, The Trans-Siberian Orchestra will bring its critically acclaimed The Ghosts of Christmas Eve to Tampa’s Christmas Canon, Music Box AMALIE Arena on Sunday, December 18. Blues, Promises To Keep The critically acclaimed, musical and This Christmas Day. The 2016 tour powerhouse, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, will see an all new second set containing will bring its treasured holiday tale, The some of Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s greatGhosts of Christmas Eve, to Tampa’s est hits and fan-pleasers. AMALIE Arena on Sunday, December 28 Paul O’Neil, who launched the Transwith shows at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The Siberian Orchestra said, “This show was show will be seen in 61 cities across an experiment, to take something that North America beginning in November. was conceived for T.V. and try to express Tickets go on sale beginning on that story live on stage. Integrating segFriday, September 16. Trans-Siberian ments of the T.V. show, with a live narraOrchestra was launched in 1996. Visit tor, and full rock band was something for TSO has never done. The overwhelming details. As this is its platinum anniversary response from the fans during the 2015 year, each concert ticket purchased Winter Tour drove the band’s decision to online will include a digital audio copy of take it back out on the road this year.” The Ghosts of Christmas Eve. This is the If you attended last year, you will see first time these songs have been released new artists, new special effects and a lot in an audio package, and the album feaof surprises this year. tures a bonus track titled Music Box The Trans-Siberian Orchestra Blues. donates one to two dollars from every The Ghosts of Christmas Eve ticket sold to select local charities. To debuted last year to rave critical and fan date, over $13 million has been distribreviews. The Ghosts of Christmas Eve uted to worthy charities across North follows the journey of a runaway who America. For more information, visit breaks into an abandoned vaudeville the-

For information on purchasing in advance, call 5712690 or 653-2466. A silent auction will include a wide variety of items, with something to please every taste and pocketbook. All proceeds will go to New New Horizons Group Homes will hold its annual barbecue and silent auction Saturday, September 24 with all proceeds benefit- Horizons Group ting its developmentally challenged residents. Homes. New Horizons Group Homes will Brenda Watkins said, “We are fortuhold its annual barbeque and silent aucnate to have the Dennis Lee Band pertion on Saturday, September 24. New forming again this year. Dennis has been Horizons is a non-profit organization in a great supporter of the special needs Brandon operating two homes for develcommunity for many years. Violinist opmentally challenged adults, most of Stephanie Simon will also be performing. who work in the community or in shelThe entertainment will be something you tered workshops. The faith-based organiwill not want to miss.” zation was started in 1992, with the first The keepsake ornaments that are home opening in 1999. still available will be sold at the Currently, the Alice Storms Home has BBQ/Silent Auction for $10. Those eight men. Five ladies reside in the Mary include: Brandon Depot, Old Brandon Lou Creamer Home with an opening for School, Sharrar’s General Store, Brandon another lady. The Peter and Brenda Woman’s Club, First Baptist Church Watkins Home for six men is now under Brandon, Valrico Civic Center, Brandon construction. Supply Company, Bill’s Prescription The barbeque is New Horizons Center, Martin’s Jewelers, Limona annual major fundraiser and will take Improvement Association, Scogins place from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Department Store, Hamp’s Garage, and Central Baptist Christian School gymnasi- the Brandon Chamber of Commerce. um located at 402 E. Windhorst Rd. in The ornaments are also available at Brandon. Age’s Art & Frame, First Baptist Church The meal includes a pulled pork barBrandon, Greg’s Hallmark, Martin’s becue sandwich with mac and cheese, Jewelers, and Rainbow Engraving. All baked beans, beverage and dessert, and proceeds go to New Horizons. will be catered by BubbaQue’s. Tickets If you need one that you are unable are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. to find, call Brenda Watkins at 653-2466.

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Vendors, Artists Will Be Featured At 7th Twin Lakes Art In The Park

By Kathy L. Collins

Everyone is welcome to come to Zenia Park in the community of Twin Lakes in Valrico as they host the 7th Art in the Park on Saturday, October 1 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The lovely Zenia Park in the community of Twin Lakes in Valrico is a great location for the 7th Art in the Park. This art festival is set to take place on Saturday, October 1 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Twin Lakes is located east of Lithia Pinecrest Road at the end of Bloomingdale Avenue. The event is open and free to the community. Both artists and vendors of all kinds are encouraged to attend and share their creativity with the community. Artists and vendors can set up space anywhere within the 11 acre park. A fee of $10 is charged to offset the cost of hosting the arts event. There is no charge for Twin Lakes residents. Vendors must bring all of their supplies, including table, chairs and tent (not required). Electricity is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. Art in the Park was started by festival organizer Lisa Harmon who said, “Art in the Park evolved over eight years ago when I volunteered on the Homeowners Association Social Committee. I was

asked to create an event to bring the community together. What is better than an art festival to bring people together? This year, we would love to have as many artists as the park can hold.” The park is large enough that anyone who wants to attend and show their creativity is welcome. There will be certainly be something for everyone at this year's Art in the Park including food and entertainment. The park is shady and beautiful. It is filled with oaks that are over 100 years old. It is the perfect spot to spend a Florida fall afternoon either displaying your work or perusing the work of local artists and crafts people. Organizers expect to welcome approximately 60 vendors and 500 people to the festival this year. Anyone interested in participating can register via email at Please provide your name, type of art or craft, and a cell phone number. Reservations are required for vendors and artists to participate.

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Gigi’s Fabric Shop In Brandon Teaches Students The Art Of Sewing

By Tatiana Ortiz

Learning new In regards to skills and knowing the program, how to apply them Wilson mentioned in any given situashe likes the fact tion could be a that it can be a wonderful benefit. great self-esteem builder. Along with Brandon resident that, students get and Owner a chance to Carmen Wilson become an from Gigi’s Fabric Shop, will host its accountability After School partner toward Sewing Program their peers. For beginning instance, if a Tuesday, beginner comes September 6. in, a more experi“The program enced individual focuses on teachwill buddy up with ing students how them. “It does not to develop their matter what their sewing skills, sewing level is while working because our goal together amongst is to have them others,” said Gigi’s Fabric Shop in Brandon is hosting an After School Sewing Program for ages 8-15. learn from each Wilson. other,” said Wilson. Ages 8-15 can participate in the Wilson wants the community to four-week program, which meets once a know that Gigi’s Fabric Shop is very week on Tuesdays from 4:15-5:45 p.m. family oriented and its number one goal The program costs $115 per month and is to reach out to children. includes all materials, and each student To register call Gigi’s Fabric Shop at will have their own sewing machine to 661-9000. The program runs through the use. During the program, students get month of December and dates for that the opportunity to work with ongoing can be found at projects and implement those skills that and www.facethey mastered. Students will also learn how to color coordinate, thread their own It is located at 706 W. Lumsden Rd. in Brandon. sewing machines, read patterns and Hours of operation are Monday through much more. As far as the project goes, Friday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 students can make a fox and a backa.m.- 4 p.m. pack.

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Center Place To Host Masterpieces And Martinis Fundraiser To Benefit Children’s Programs

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ed to have it every year.” Money raised from the event directly benefits Center Place’s children’s programs and helps fund scholarships so that every child can have the opportunity to unleash their creativity. Rodriguez said, “Center Place has been a pillar of our greater Brandon community for 40 years. We have Create a masterpiece at Center Place’s Masterpieces and brought the arts to the Martinis painting event on Friday, September 16. community by providing Looking for a fun girls’ night out or a theatre, art classes, student scholarships, fun date night? Check out Center Place’s special events, summer camp workupcoming Masterpieces and Martinis on shops, monthly art exhibits and recepFriday, September 16 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. tions. The arts play an important role in Tickets are $40 per person and $70 per the development and fabric of our comcouple. Tickets include dinner, martinis (or munity.” another beverage of your choice) and all Center Place is continually updating of the supplies needed to paint a fantastic and adding to its already busy slate of canvas. This event usually sells out, so events and exhibits. In 2017, Center get your tickets now by calling Center Place will host its first national contempoPlace at 685-8888. rary art competition and exhibition called Patty Sisco of the local favorite, Square’s Off. Artists from all over the local Sketch and Sip, will lead this fun, adult area and beyond are encouraged to enter night out which supports a great local arts and as Rodriguez said, “Think outside the organization, Center Place. Enjoy a box and ‘Square Off’ against fellow artists sumptuous dinner before creating your from all over the nation.” This exciting art masterpiece. In addition to dinner and competition and exhibit will take place painting, there will be a raffle to bid on from Friday, January 20, 2017 through that night. Tuesday, February 28, 2017. The deadCenter Place’s Masterpieces and line to enter is Thursday, September 15. Martinis started in 2008 when Tammy For more information on all of Center Holmberg ran for Honorary Mayor of Place’s programming, including Brandon. According to Lisa Rodriguez, Masterpieces and Martinis and its newest marketing director for Center Place, “The art competition Square’s Off, visit event was so well received that we decid-

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By Tamas Mondovics

Paralympic Sport backstroke. Tampa Bay (PSTB), a Danielle Kanas, 11, program of also came home with Hillsborough County 15 gold medals she Parks & Recreation, won in swimming and was pleased to track and field events. announce its recent Eric Lowry, 16, success at the annual Zach Woodke, 16, and Adaptive Sports USA Logan Krepop, 14, all Junior Nationals earned seven, four and Disability five gold medals Championships. The respectively, aside from week-long competia number of additional tion held in Middleton, silver and bronze Wisconsin saw hunmedals in similar dreds of athletes from events. all over the United The Adaptive Photo courtesy Hillsborough County A young athlete takes part in the Sports USA Junior States. annual USA Junior Nationals Disability Nationals is for athletes The numbers Championships. speak for themselves ages 6 to 22 with physias PSTB athletes set 14 National cal disabilities and is reportedly the oldest Records aside from returning home with and largest continuously held competitive 60 medals that included 42 gold, 17 silsports event in the country. ver, and one bronze. PSTB, which sees close to 300 athWhile the entire team merits the letes each week, provides year-round recognition, a couple of specific standout sports and recreation programs that proachievements includes PSTB’s Small mote physical activity, healthy lifestyles, Team Division (team size of two to five and recreational and competitive sports participants), which earned first place. opportunities for children and adults with Paralympic Sports Tampa Bay finished at physical disabilities. the top of its team division for the third According to Club Coordinator Andy Chasanoff, the mission of PSTB is to proyear in a row. mote health, independence and personal PSTB athlete Beecher Bruno, 18, growth for people with physical disabilities also came home with a special treat after through sports. he received the “Spirit of Excellence” “We are like a family,” Chasanoff Award for swimming. said, adding that he is particularly proud During the event, Bruno earned 11 of the childrens performance. gold and three silver medals, including For more information and complete first place in five swim events; 50, 100, results, visit 200 yard freestyle, and 50 and 100 yard

his current, full team is now in place ready to work on the district’s strategic plan, including the four top priorities he introduced one year ago. “We are excited as now this plan will guide us to focus on these priorities,” Eakins said, adding that one of the biggest goals is to increase graduation rates. “By the year 2020, we Photo Courtesy Hillsborough County Public Schools are aiming for the graduaSuperintendent Jeff Eakins talks to Hillsborough County Public School Board members, teachers and staff during tion rate of 90 percent,” Eakins said. “This rate is the annual back to school news conference held at Mort Elementary, A Community School. unheard of in a district this Superintendent Jeff Eakins was size, but it will happen because of the recently joined by school board members people in Hillsborough County.” to explain his goals for the upcoming Eakins said that one of the main school year during the annual back to things to reach his goals of graduation school news conference, held this year at rate is to understand that every child Mort Elementary, A Community School. counts and that the job of each teacher is The event took place just two days to know their students and their needs. before the start of the 2016-2017 season, Speaking once again about the supwhich saw more than 200,000 students port in place for the more than 16,000 return to the classroom at the nation’s strong faculty, Eakins promised, “Every eighth largest school district. teacher will receive the support and the To begin, Mort Principal Woodland tools they need, when they need it, at Johnson called on school board chair their school site, so that they can best April Griffin who put things in perspective meet the needs of the most important when she said, “I know we had an abbre- client we serve; our students.” viated summer but that just means that Eakins emphasized that for the diswe really didn't get out of the school spirit trict to achieve its goals, each member and we are all excited to get back.” must believe it can be attained. The press Taking his turn, Eakins reminded his conference concluded with the ribbon cutaudience that during his first year at the ting for Mort Elementary, A Community helm, the board went through a lot of School. For more information, vsit changes and growth as a district but that

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Celebrating 100 Years Of America’s Beauty In Our National Parks: Part 2 of 2

By Michelle Colesanti

After visiting the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, we headed east spending a night in Cody, named after Buffalo Bill Cody. This small town has that real cowboy feel. The Buffalo Bill Cody Museum, which is five museums in one, will offer you great insights into the old west, Buffalo Bill Cody’s colorful life, Native Americans in the area, the wildlife in the parks and more.

Horseback Riding

Traveling east across the state, we continued with a stop at TA Ranch near Buffalo, Wyoming. There, we enjoyed lunch and a horseback ride while learning about working ranches in the area. We spent the night at nearby Ranch at Ucross. The grounds were well kept and our cabin was nicely decorated. We could have used more time here just to relax. I was amazed at the vastness of the open land in Wyoming. Comparatively, Wyoming’s total population is 563,626, while here in Hillsborough County alone, it is almost 1,300,000. We were sad to be leaving the wide open spaces of Wyoming, but excited to embark on the next leg of the journey into the plains of South Dakota.

Plains of South Dakota

At Wyoming’s eastern border, we headed into the Black Hills, so named by native Lakota because the evergreens are so thick that it makes the hills look black. Our first stop was the Crazy Horse

(Above) The Badlands in southwest South Dakota. (Left) Phil and Michelle horseback riding at TA Ranch. (Right) Mount Rushmore.

Memorial, commemorating the 19th century Lakota warrior who fought to preserve Native American traditions. It is the world’s largest mountain carving. This private endeavor was started by Korczak Ziolkowski, who began the carving in 1948. The carving is still in progress with much work still to be completed. Once we left the Crazy Horse Memorial, we headed to Mount Rushmore, South Dakota’s most famous rock carving. Completed in 1941, it was sculpted by Gutzon Borglum, and eventually joined by his son Lincoln Borglum, who then completed the sculptures after his dad passed away. The four presidents on the carving are George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and

Teddy Roosevelt. Roosevelt owned a ranch in South Dakota and with his help establishing our national parks system; it earned him a coveted spot in granite history along with the others. Our Tauck tour officially ended after our short visit to the Black Hills, but we chose to stay an extra day using Rapid City as our base so that we could visit Badlands National Park.

Black Hills Tour

I set up a private tour with Black Hills Open-Top-Tours. Our personal driver Marty spent many years in the area and shared plenty of information not only about the park, but the surrounding area.

By choosing this tour, we were able to sit back and just enjoy the scenery, learn the history, and not worry about driving. We could pit stop wherever we wanted for photo opportunities, and there were plenty. The day was hot, reaching 109 degrees, but it wasn’t enough to slow us down. The Badlands is a unique area located in southwest S. Dakota. Its rugged landscape is almost reminiscent of the moon. Over millions of years, this area has had extensive erosion by wind and water. With the many canyons, ravines and other complex formations, it is also a geologist’s paradise as it is home to one of the world’s richest deposits of mammal fossil beds. Over 70 million years ago, this area was covered by water. Dinosaurs lived at this time, but not in this area. I found it interesting that alligators roamed this area from about 34 to 37 million years ago and fossils of gators have been found. The colors on the mountains are unique. Sedimentary layers of different colors are based on when the mountain was formed. Plenty of wildlife calls this area home. We saw bison, mountain goats and many prairie dogs. After an ice cream and shopping stop at Wall Drug Store, South Dakota’s famous roadside attraction, we headed back to Rapid City and an end to our parks tour. You can find information on all of the National Parks by visiting For information on Black Hills Open-Top Tours, visit

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Tampa Theatre Presents Its 15th Annual WineFest, Caskablanca


By Kathy L. Collins

The Tampa Theatre presents its 15th atre’s historic stage will be expanded to Annual WineFest seat more than 250 beginning on Friday, and transformed into September 16. This Rick’s Café for an eleyear’s event features gant Wine Pairing at bites from local inde6:30 p.m. The multipendent restaurants, course menu, catered sips from the finest by Mise En Place chef wineries, an exclusive Marty Blitz, will feature evening of wine and delectable small plates food pairings, and a expertly paired with very special screening wines. Seating is limitof this year’s theme ed, and tickets are film, Casablanca. $275 per person or Now in its 15th $500 per couple. year, WineFest is WineFest wraps WineFest 2016 will kick off the Tampa Tampa Theatre's up on Sunday, Theatre’s 90th birthday celebration biggest fundraiser with “Caskablanca” taking place from September 18 with the event of the year bene- Friday, September 16 through Sunday, finale of Tampa September 18. fitting the historic Theatre’s 25th Annual movie palace's artistic, educational and Summer Classics movie series and a community programs as well as the 90 screening of Casablanca at 3 p.m. year old movie palace’s ongoing preserTickets are just $10 and include a film talk vation and restoration. with the Tampa Bay Times film critic On Friday, September 16, a twoSteve Persall and former Tampa Tribune tiered Wine Tasting invites you to taste film critic Bob Ross. dozens of boutique wines, sample “WineFest 2016 will be bigger and favorite fare from more of Tampa’s top better than ever with fantastic independindependent restaurants than ever ent restaurants, delicious wines and the before, and bid on premium silent auction elegant and classic film Casablanca as items representing area retailers, restauthe backdrop for the weekend. Come rants, services and attractions. The drink wine, have fun and support the Premium Tasting is from 7-8 p.m. and Tampa Theatre and its 90 years of servfeatures exclusive wines for a limited ice to the community,” said Michael audience. Tickets are $90 and include Stanton, vice chair of the WineFest comadmission to the Grand Tasting. The mittee. Grand Tasting is from 8-10 p.m. and tickThe Tampa Theatre is located at 711 ets are $55. N. Franklin St. in downtown Tampa. For On Saturday, September 17, the the- tickets, visit


Two years ago, we test drove a K900 with a 5.0-liter V-8 power train under the hood. This year, Kia has added a 3.8-liter V-6 engine pumping 311 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm and 293 lbs.-ft. of torque @ 5,000 rpm. Also revamped in the Korean carmaker’s rear-wheel-drive premium flagship is the front grille, while the rear gets fresh chrome trim, exhausts, tail lamps and a new bumper. And 18-inch wheels are standard on the V-6, which is still mated to an effortless 8-speed auto transmission. The cabin is as top-notch and upscale as any of the German competitors with Nappa leather on the front heated/cooled seats, power tilt/telescopic steering column and shifter. A knob in the center console operates audio, navigation, telephone and UVO eServices. Sixfooters can sit at ease in the sofa-like and

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Local Residents Reduce Stress By Coloring

By Renee Hobbs

six months I have received a lot of questions from across the country about this exercise. I have been using this for a number of years. I have seen results. One of the reasons I suggest this activity is that it is a short term release that can be beneficial in the long run. Coloring takes you back to the simple times, reminding you of your childhood.” Michaelis has written a book that explains the coloring technique, Your Next Big Thing: 10 Small Steps to Get Moving and Happy. Michaelis said the book also describes the importance of play in your life and added, “There is so much evidence that when we are playful and creative, it is better for our physical and mental health.” Green Boutique employee Diane Owen shows Occupational therapists are using off the coloring books available at the shop. coloring books for their senior patients and Michaelis explained, “Studies Coloring in coloring books used to show that older people that maintain be associated with kids, but now is takcreative activities are less likely to end ing on a whole new audience: adults. up in the emergency room or get sick.” You can find all kinds of coloring books Michaelis credits the 2013 release of on the shelves of most of your favorite Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt local shops, the grocery store or even a and Colouring Book by Johanna convenience store. Basford with the resurgence of coloring. Apollo Beach resident Diane Owen According to Amazon, the book has works at the Green Boutique in Valrico and said, “We couldn’t keep the coloring been translated into 14 languages and sold more than a million copies making books in the store. We got new ones all the book one of the best selling on the time.” High school student and Amazon. Celebrities are also getting in FishHawk resident Morgan Gardner on the fun with Victoria Beckham showsaid even her age group is into this ing off her artistic ability on Instagram trend. Dr. Ben Michaelis, a well known and Kate Hudson was spotted indulging clinical psychologist based in New York in the activity on a plane. For more City, explained, “In reality this practice information about coloring benefits, visit was around about a hundred years ago or visit your favorite with psychologist Carl Jung, using this as one way of relaxation. During the last local shop to get your own book.

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Osprey Observer Interns Gain Reporting Skills Over The Summer

By Michelle Colesanti

Every summer the Osprey Observer welcomes summer interns. They are usually high school or college students looking to either gain some insight into the world of journalism or to just learn about something new and maybe out of their comfort zone. This year four local students were welcomed to work with the Osprey staff. We wish them continued success.

Katelyn Massarelli

reporter. “I was able to step into a professional journalistic setting where I was given positive feedback on my writing. During my internship I was given the opportunity to hear just a few of the many stories that make this community so special and it showed me how much I love being able to share them. I can’t say thank you enough to the Osprey Observer for giving me the opportunity to intern this summer,” she commented.

Madeline Sullivan

Katelyn Massarelli Madeline Sullivan graduated graduated from from Newsome High School after Bloomingdale High spending her freshman year at School in 2015 and is Coronado High School in San Katelyn Massarelli now a sophomore Diego and sophomore and junior attending the University of Tampa as a years at Bolton High School in Memphis. journalism major. She currently attends the University According to Massarelli, after she of South graduates from college she hopes to conFlorida and is tinue throughout her career as a journalmajoring in ist. “Reporting will always be something communicathat I love and enjoy doing,” she noted. tions with a She is hoping to attend graduate concentration school and continue to expand her knowlin culture and edge on journalism so she can become a media. professor. Sullivan’s Massarelli said, “My journalism hope after teacher at Bloomingdale and my profesgraduation is sors at the University of Tampa have to continue played a huge role in why I want to be a writing, preferMadeline Sullivan journalist. I want to be able to share my ably for a magknowledge and experiences with future azine, and to eventually become an editor journalists and help them become sucone day. She also plans on going back to cessful.” school to become a college professor. Massarelli said that interning this Sullivan said “I really enjoyed internsummer has made her a more confident ing this summer. Interning has taught me

new skills in organization and time management. It has also allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and really get to know people. The deadlines felt challenging at times but it was very rewarding when I turned everything in on time. I have also noticed a big improvement in my writing as well.”

my anxieties about speaking with strangers in order to acquire new information. Although I was initially nervous about being an intern, I found I grew into it quickly and I am proud of the accomplishments I made.”

Ivy Velazquez

Ivy Velazquez graduated from Newsome Jillian Tumlin High School and currentJillian Tumlin graduated from ly attends the University the IB program at Strawberry of Tampa (UT) majoring Crest High School and is now in journalism. starting her second year at the Velazquez is also in University of Central Florida, the ROTC program at although she is technically a junUT, so when she graduIvy Velazquez ior because of college credits ates from college, she earned in high school. She is curhopes to serve in the rently a hospitality major. National Guard and to have a civilian job Tumlin said that she has no plans yet as a reporter for a newspaper. after graduaRegarding the summer internship, tion because Velazquez said, “It was a great experilife constantly ence. Everyone at the Osprey throws curve Observer was very friendly and helpful balls, making it throughout my time interning. I feel I was difficult to disable to learn more about what being a cern exactly reporter entails and it helped put me out what she of my comfort zone through the interwants to do in views, as that has always been a bit of a the future. “I weak point for me. I also really enjoyed suppose my the opportunities and variety of stories I ultimate hope was able to do; before I'd only ever been Jillian Tumlin after graduaon a school newspaper so it was great tion is to be being able to do local news stories that satisfied with myself,” Tumlin noted. went beyond what was happening on Regarding her internship, Tumlin campus. I'm going to be one of the A&E said, “As for my thoughts on interning this editors for the paper at UT and I feel that I summer: it was definitely an unforgettable will be a more capable editor with this experience that required me to abandon experience under my belt.”


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On Saturday, September 10 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Robert W. Saunders, St. Public Library, located at 1505 Nebraska Ave. in Tampa, celebrate local heroes at a community event. There will be food, music, games, kid’s activities along with a blood drive and raffles. City of Tampa police and fire departments will be on site. This is a free event which will include a private award ceremony for local heroes. Sunshine ROBOTICON Real Estate of Tampa Bay Set Tampa Bay and For October 8 & Ann Thompson 9 At The USF Sun and Associates Dome Realty, who are ROBOTICON associated with Tampa Bay 2016 is Homes for coming to the USF Heroes, are the Sun Dome on organizers of this Saturday, October 8 event. Homes for and Sunday, Heroes started October 9 from 10 just after the trag- Heroes Tasking Force Planning Committee for a.m.–5 p.m. Over ic events of 9/11. event honoring local heroes. 800 students will This nationwide descend at the Sun program is dedicated to giving back to Dome to learn while they play, and show those that serve our country and commu- guests this exciting “Sport for the nity on a daily basis when they are buying Mind.” ROBOTICON Tampa Bay is free or selling a home. There will be parking at to the public. Advance registration is avail1475 Tampa Park Plaza in Tampa. able at Sign

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Holy Innocent’s Fall Whistle Stop Craft Show

Holy Innocent’s Episcopal Church is accepting vendor sign-ups for its ninth annual Fall Whistle Stop Craft Show on Saturday, November 5 from 9 a.m.-p.m. The event will be held on the church grounds at 604 N. Valrico Rd. in Valrico. Both inside and outside locations are available. Interested vendors can register for a spot at Contact the church during normal business hours at 689-3130.

Craft Fair Seeking Vendors

The United Methodist Women at St. Andrew's are looking for vendors with crafts or gift items to apply for their Fall Craft Fair to be held on Saturday, October 29 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the church located at 3315 Bryan Rd. in Brandon. Applications are available by calling 7778371 or contacting

Be The Hope Fall Golf Classic Benefits Women’s Resource Center

Women’s Resource Center of Tampa Presents Be The Hope Fall Golf Class, which will take place at River Hills Country Club, located at 2943 New River Hills Pkwy. in Valrico. Event Check-in is at 7:30 a.m. with a Shotgun Start at 8:30

a.m. Breakfast and lunch are provided. Collared shirts are required; no denims or cutoffs. Soft spikes only. The cost is $125 per person or $500 per team. Deadline for entry is Sunday, September 18. Call 309-3357. Entry forms and checks can be mailed to Women’s Resource Center, 1017 Kingsway Rd. in Brandon or faxed to 661-8622.

"Food Fight" Food Drive

Amtgard is a foam sword fighting and LARPING community that has chapters all over the world. This year, the Barony of Falling Fire, in the Kingdom of Neverwinter, (which you will find every Sunday at 1 p.m. at Bertha and Tony Salandino Park) has come together with E.C.H.O. of Brandon to help fill their shelves and help them to continue on their mission to feed as many local families in need as possible. Help make this event a success. Bring the family and come out to Saladino Park on Sunday, September 11 at from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. to help fill ECHO's pantries. ECHO's current biggest need is peanut butter and jelly, spaghetti sauce, and toiletries, but all non perishable foods are welcome, as well as clothing donations. Monetary donations are always appreciated too. Raffle items will be available. There will be games like a water balloon tournament with a $1 buy in and .50 balloons, live sword fighting demos throughout the day and some arts and crafts for the kids to do too! All profits to benefit E.C.H.O. To donate food, money, service or items for raffle, contact Jessica Edler at 928-5396 or email

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A Flapjack Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, September 17 from 8-10 a.m. to benefit the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Tampa Bay Division. The cost is $7 per person. It will take place at Applebee’s, located at 829 Providence Rd. in Brandon.

First Seasonal Meeting For Riverview Garden Club

The Riverview Garden Club will hold its first seasonal 2016/2017 meeting on Wednesday, September 14 at 10 a.m. in the Riverview Civic Center, located at 11020 Park Dr., Riverview. The guest speaker is Joe Parr, director of horticulture at Busch Gardens Tampa. There is free parking and admission is free. Call 727-6567.

Saturday Night Swing Party At The Way 2 Dance

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Vendors with unique gifts and crafts are invited to register for the annual Gifts & Crafts Fair held on Saturday, October 8 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at The Bridges Retirement Community, 11350 Bloomingdale Ave. in Riverview. Interested vendors can contact Janet at 413-8900 or

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(DAR) meets the first Thursday evening of the month in Brandon. DAR is a nonprofit, nonpolitical volunteer women's service organization, whose mission is to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Some of its volunteer projects include collecting donations for veterans and schools on an ongoing basis, in addition to an ongoing cemetery clean-up project that aids in historic preservation/conservation. Any woman over 18 years old who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution is eligible for membership. If you are interested in attending a meeting and learning more about joining the Daughters of the American Revolution, contact Upcoming meetings for 2016 are September 1, October 6, November 3, and December 1.

Local Red Hat Society Chapter Donates Supplies To School

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Public Safety Valor Awards

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Local Teen Releases New Single, Donates Song And Talent To Charity

By Pearlie Mondovics

For 13-year-old John Prince Park Riverview resident at Lake Worth, and up-and-coming where she is R&B singer-songscheduled to take writer, Estacia, the stage, at no singing is not just a cost, performing part of life, but is her single along life. with the Star "Music is the Spangled Banner. voice of my soul “She is perthat neither words sonally lobbying nor actions can for this event and describe,” Estacia asking people to said. “It's the thing donate for this that runs in my cause,” Neysa veins. Music is basisaid, adding that Local teen Estacia recently released her new cally my life. It's R&B single and is looking forward to donating Estacia will also her time and talent to local charity at the been my life since I participate in the upcoming St. Jude’s Walk/Run to End was young." actual five-mile Childhood Cancer. The young walk and run and artist's love of music, specifically rhythm encourages people to come and join her and blues, began during her father’s team. “Her goal is to sign up 50 people to deployment, as she sang the tunes of her walk or run with her,” Neysa said. favorite artists to lift the spirits of her famiNeysa emphasized that nominated ly. as a Blue Star Military child, Estacia also This love for music and family led to understands the sacrifices of military famithe recent release of her new single, lies during their loved ones’ deployments Speak To Me, produced by local Grammy and has received many thanks for her winner, Lannie Battistini, for the record community service works. label, Hands In Motion, located at 140 W. “With her gifts and experience in Robertson St. in Brandon. charitable work, Estacia wants to conAccording to Estacia's publicist and tribute her talents to help find the cure for agent, Neysa Battistini, the single is curcancer,” Neysa said. rently being considered for a nomination Estacia's album is scheduled to be for the 59th Grammy Awards. completed later this year and released in Aside from the song's release in January 2017. More about Estacia can June, Estacia is looking forward to share be found at, on her time and talent during the upcoming Facebook at St. Jude's Walk/Run to End Childhood IAmEstacia and Twitter at Cancer, on Saturday, September 24 at

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WITH FLORIDA YARD EXPERT Lynn Barber, Hillsborough County Extension The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences has an excellent tool for gardeners. It is the Central Florida Gardening Calendar. This resource contains the information you need on what to plant and what to do, such as landscape maintenance, pest management and much more. Let’s focus on the month of September. Under the category of What to Plant, the headings include: Annuals/Bedding plants, Bulbs, Herbs and Vegetables. Each of the categories includes a link to another University of Florida publication on that specific topic. For example, under Herbs, while several are listed in the Gardening Calendar, such as Mexican tarragon, mint, rosemary and basil, many more are showcased in the separate, herb specific publication. Under the category of What to Do, the headings include: Lawn problems, Perennials and bulbs, Irrigation, Citrus and Vegetable Gardens. Under Irrigation, during September, you should check your inground irrigation system to be sure it is working properly because our rainy season will end soon. September or October is the time to fertilize citrus. Scout for

insects in your turfgrass or landscape beds and divide your perennials, which you can transplant in another area of your landscape or share with your friends and neighbors. You can prepare your vegetable garden area and plant plants versus seeds to produce a crop more quickly. Seeds work well too, but take more time. Hopefully, the temperatures will decrease soon so we can spend more time outside. For more information on What to Plant and What to Do, you can access the Central Florida Gardening Calendar at: It will save you time and money by planting plants, fertilizing and pruning at the right time of year. Lisa Meredith said, “This is one of my favorite UF/IFAS Extension tools. I keep a copy at home and one in my car. You never know when you might visit a gardening center and purchase a few more plants.” For assistance with horticultural questions, call 744-5519 or visit the UF/IFAS Extension Hillsborough County, 5339 CR 579 in Seffner. More gardening and workshop information is available at: Remember to reuse, reduce and recycle.

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Volume 15, Issue 9

Volunteers Needed For Annual Coastal Cleanup

By Tamas Mondovics

Since 1989, KTBB has provided bay-area residents of all ages with opportunities for meaningful service. Tampa Bay Beautification, founded in 1989, and Keep Hillsborough County Beautiful, founded in 1992, merged in 2012 to form KTBB. Last year, more than 16,000 KTBB volunteers took part in 972 community projects throughout Tampa Bay. Damico added that this year the organization has developed a Marine Debris Tracker app that volunteers are now encouraged to download on their Photo courtesy KTBB The Tampa Bay Dragon Boat Club gears up mobile devices available both the to remove litter from the Hillsborough River in Google Play and Apple stores to collect September 2015. data on litter removal. Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful (KTBB) is During last year’s Coastal Clean Up, now recruiting volunteers for the 4,928 volunteers collected 18,837 lbs. of Hillsborough River and Coastal Clean Up, miscellaneous debris (wood, metal, tires, one of the organization's largest annual etc.) from around 86 clean up locations events. that included 1,746 acres of park, 56 Scheduled for Saturday, September acres of wetland, 41 miles of shorelines, 17, the event will be KTBB’s 29th annual nearly 30 miles of roadways and 37 acres clean up, which according to of trails. The total number of trash bags Environmental Program Coordinator, Tom filled amounted to 2,876. Damico, fits the organization’s mission KTBB officials also want to thank volperfectly as it provides environmental unteers for their participation in the July education and volunteer opportunities that 5th, After Fireworks Cleanup that has develop individual responsibility and envi- resulted in the cleanup of more than 10 ronmental stewardship. acres of park land, 4 miles of trails and “This event is an amazing opportunity prevented more than 2,149 lbs. of litter for the community to get a better perand debris from entering into Tampa Bay. spective of what it takes to keep our World Oceans Day, on Saturday, coastlines clean, how important this event June 11 had 512 volunteers remove is, and how we can move forward as it is 25,501 lbs. of marine debris from locapared with education,” Damico said, tions along the Hillsborough River, McKay adding that the six-hour of service comBay, the Garrison and Seddon channels mitment is a great way to develop leader- and Tampa Bay. ship and project coordination skills while For info or the registration link, email meeting new people in the community. Damico at

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Your Guide To Choosing The Best Florida Orchestra Concerts By Kelly Smith From the office to school to politics, off quite like Ellis Hall, whose mentor was life is crazy. Beethoven can help. Feel the the legendary Ray Charles, with hits like I pure joy of Can't Stop Loving Beethoven’s You, Hit the Road Symphony No. 9 Jack and Georgia with its triumphant on My Mind. Ode to Joy on Celebrate the one Friday-Sunday, and only Ella September 30Fitzgerald in the October 2 at openSingin' and ing weekend of The Swingin': A Florida Orchestra, Century of Ella Classical guitarist MIOS is featured in the conducted by Music concert (FridayDali Experience, music inspired by artist Salvador Dali, on Friday-Sunday, March 3-5. Sunday, April 21Director Michael Francis and featuring the Master Chorale 23), and honor the great tradition of pops of Tampa Bay. But don’t stop there. It’s concerts with Great American Pops: From easy to Compose Your Own series of Fiedler to Williams (Friday-Sunday, concerts to last all season long. It’s just November 18-20). $25 a ticket for some of the best reserved Show me: The whole family will flip seats when you buy three or more confor Cirque de la Symphonie, with acrocerts, which are regularly $30 and $45 bats performing in front of (and above) tickets. Mix and match from 23 classical the orchestra while they play symphonic Masterworks and crowd-pleasing Pops favorites (Friday-Sunday, October 7-9, concerts. Here’s a guide: with a Saturday matinee). The Dali All Beethoven, all the time: Just pick Experience will tantalize all your senses, all five Beethoven concerts and you're with music that inspired Salvador Dali, done. In addition to Beethoven's featuring superstar classical guitarist and Symphony No. 9 (September 30-October heartthrob MILOS, images of Dali’s paint2), there’s Beethoven's Violin Concerto ings and dancers (Friday-Sunday, March with TFO Concertmaster Jeffrey Multer 3-5). (Friday-Sunday, December 2-4); How to Compose Your Own series: Beethoven's Symphony No. 2 (FridayChoose from 23 classical and pops proSunday, February 17-19); Beethoven & grams at (service Rachmaninoff (Friday-Sunday, March 31- charges apply). Get single tickets at April 2); and Beethoven's Emperor or call 727-892Concerto with Dejan Lazic on piano 3337 and 1-800-662-7286. The orchestra (Friday-Sunday, May 19-21). regularly performs at the Straz Center in Pay tribute: In the Ray Charles, Tampa, Mahaffey Theater in St. Motown and Beyond concert (FridayPetersburg, and Ruth Eckerd Hall in Sunday, October 28-30), nobody pulls it Clearwater.

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Hillsborough County residents age 50 and up take part in the annual Tampa Bay Senior Games. Last year more than 600 participants took part in the two-week long Olympics-like event.

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From swimming to cycling, senior residents throughout Hillsborough County are now gearing up to take part in the annual Senior Games, scheduled for this fall. The three-week event is celebrating its 36th season anniversary as organizers are now receiving registration through Friday, September 9. The competition is to begin with a continental breakfast on Monday, September 26 and will run through Thursday, October 13. According to county officials and event organizers, the annual event draws hundreds of participants, 50 years and older, who compete in a wide variety of activities, including powerlifting, cycling, golf, pickleball, swimming, tennis, track and field, table tennis, billiards, bowling, bean bag toss, dominoes, darts, baking, hobby show, and the talent showcase. Hosted by the Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department, Hillsborough County Family and Aging Services, City of Tampa Recreation Department, and Temple Terrace Leisure Services, officials are pleased to see a great turnout of athletes, especially those that set a fine example of healthy living by staying active, while representing both ends of the age-spectrum. “The Senior Games offer a number of activities for socializing and competing while having fun with your peers,’’ said Debbie Robinson with Parks and Recreation, which organizes the games. The event is said to encourage people of all ages to stay healthy and live longer by exercising. While the minimum age limit is 50, officials said that contestants often are well into their 90s, such as Edith Traina, 94, who was able to deadlift 140 lbs. to win her division in the 2015 Senior Games. Traina is expected to compete again this year, county officials said. Registration is $30 and includes two tickets to the Celebration Luncheon at All People’s Life Center located at 6105 E. Sligh Ave. in Tampa on Friday, October 14. To see the full schedule of activities and to register for 2016 Senior Games, visit or call 7445595 ext. 38206.

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Bloomingdale Lady Bulls Promise Strong Start & Finish Story and photos by Tamas Mondovics

Bloomingdale High School Lady Bulls volleyball team closed last season with a disappointing 3-2 district playoff loss to Strawberry Crest. The girls were up by two games, but failed to keep the momentum going, ending the otherwise solid season with a 14-5 overall and 5-2 district record. But, that was then, and this is a brand new season, under third-year program Head Coach Claudia Cabrera, and her assistant coaches. “I have full confidence in the girls’ ability and determination to go much farther this year,” Cabrera said during a recent practice. “We will be focusing a little bit on everything, but we have great leadership and a positive spirit on and off the court.” Cabrera’s confidence stems from a great turnout for the 2016-2017 season’s tryout, which saw close to three dozen students, of which 30 were selected to make up this year’s Class 8A District 9 varsity and junior varsity teams. “I see a lot of potential in these players and I believe that my way Bloomingdale Senior High School Girls of coaching helps Volleyball Coach Claudia Cabrera directs them achieve their her team during a recent practice.

Bloomingdale Senior High School Lady Bulls Volleyball team pause for a photo during a recent practice ahead of the 2016-2017 season.

goals,” she said. The Bulls are facing a tough district, which once again includes Strawberry Crest, and nearby district rival Durant. The girls also face Plant City, East Bay, Lennard, and Tampa Bay Tech. The good thing is that this year’s team has three returning seniors; Emily Doyle, Natalie Mack and Andrea Brito, who bring

both experience and leadership to the program and are ready to take on the Spartans and the Cougars. “We had a tough loss at the end of last year, which we are not about to repeat,” Doyle said, adding that the team is much more experienced as well as determined to do better. “Our goal this season is to play every game strong from start

to finish.” Brito agreed when she added that as a team the girls are much closer and are like a family, which she believes is vital for success. “We are here to support each other, which helps especially when things are not going well on or off the court,” Brito said. Emphasizing that all credit goes to Coach Cabrera and her faith in the team’s success, Mack put things in perspective when she said during a quick break from practice, “She pushes us hard and is tough on practice, but it is what we need. She wants the best for us.” There is little doubt the girls are hungry to reach this year’s district round for a chance to prove their titleworthiness as well as their desire to go farther. While there is much work to be done, it is safe to say that the team is ready to give it all from start to finish. Fo more information about the Bloomingdale girls volleyball proWith confidence of a strong season from start gram, visit to finish, Bloomingdale Senior High School www.max seniors Emily Doyle, Natalie Mack and Andrea Brito are ready to lead this year’s vol- leyball team.

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Crab Dip Crabs are decapod crustaceans of the infraorder Brachyura. They live in all the world's oceans, in fresh water, and on land, are generally covered with a thick exoskeleton and have a single pair of claws. Crabs vary in size from the pea crab, a few millimeters wide, to the Japanese spider crab, with a leg span of up to 13 ft. The earliest unambiguous crab fossils date from the Jurassic, although Carboniferous Imocaris, known only from its carapace, may be a primitive crab. Once crabs have become juveniles, they will still have to keep molting many more times to become adults. They are covered with a hard shell, which would otherwise prevent growth. Crabs make up 20 percent of all marine crustaceans caught, farmed, and consumed worldwide, amounting to 1.5 million tons annually. In some species, crab meat is harvested by manually twisting and pulling off one or both claws and returning the live crab to the water in the belief the crab will survive and regenerate the claws, thereby making it a sustainable industry. Crabs are prepared and eaten as a dish in several different ways all over the world. Some species are eaten whole, including the shell, such as soft-shell crab; with other species, just the claws and/or legs are eaten. The latter is particularly common for larger crabs, such as the snow crab. In the Chesapeake Bay region, blue crab is often eaten with Old Bay Seasoning. Alaskan king crab or snow crab legs are usually simply boiled and served with garlic or lemon butter. One American way to prepare crab meat is by extracting it and adding a flour mix, creating a crab cake. Crabs are often boiled alive. In 2005, Norwegian scientists concluded that crustaceans could not feel pain. Imitation crab, made from minced fish products that are crafted to resemble crab meat, is disdained throughout the culinary industry as an unacceptably low-quality substitute for real crab.

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Photos and story by Tamas Mondovics

Public Schools 2016-2017 Calendar, Florida Sheriff’s Association Awards Scholarships & More Three of the 10 students chosen, Robert Bullara, Matthew Booth and Hillsborough County Public Schools Janae Dace, are children of Hillsborough began welcoming more than 200,000 stuCounty Sheriff's Office (HCSO) employdents back to the district August 10. ees. Cutting the summer break a bit shorter, To be considered for the scholarship, the district’s approved new calendar has students submitted a five-page applicashifted the school year up two weeks. tion and an essay on how their parent View the full calendar online at them to choose law enforcemotivated ment. The applicaFlorida Sheriff's tions and essays Association reviewed by were Awards a committee of Scholarships To representatives Children Of Law from the Florida Enforcement Sheriffs Following in Association its annual tradiwhose members tion, the Florida selected 10 recipiSheriffs ents. Association Matthew (FSAA) awarded Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Major Robert Booth, is the son of scholarships to 10 Bullara, left, and his wife Laura are joined by their son Robert who was awarded a scholarship from HCSO Master hardworking stuthe Florida Sheriffs Association. Deputy Mark dents studying who will be Booth, toward a career in law enforcement, corpursuing a degree in Criminal Justice at rections or another criminal justice field. the University of Central Florida. According to FSAA officials, the stuJanae Dace, daughter of HCSO paydents look to follow in the footsteps of roll clerk Yolanda Dace, is planning to their parents as they are sons and attend Hillsborough Community College daughters of employees working full-time and then Albany State University. for a Florida Sheriff's Office.

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accomplishing his goal with a certificate of excellence and a mathematics award at the Apostles Lutheran preschool where he attended VPK last season. Jeremy said that Cade started out slow and counted to 100, followed by wantValrico Boy Counts ing to count to 1,000. To A Million, Earns “I thought he was Mathematics Award done but he begged me help him reach 1 Five-year-old million,” Jeremy said. “I Valrico boy, Cade didn't think we would William Weart, is startget done, but we finally ing Kindergarten this did. We counted by fall and while according ones to get to 1,000. to his parents he is no Then I decided we different from his classneeded to count by a mates and friends, thousand to get to one there is one thing in million or it would take which he stands out; us two years. Joined by his teachers Sandy his love of numbers. Sorenson and Mrs. Nancy at Apostles Reaching his goal “Cade has been Lutheran preschool Valrico resident does not mean the obsessed with numCade William Wreat, 5, holds his mathematics award while recognized end of counting as bers since the age of for reaching his goals of counting to Cade is now ready for four,” said his father, one million. the next level in the Jeremy Weart. world of numbers. To show his love and zeal for mathe“He wants to master his multiplication matics, Cade has decided that he wanted tables,” Jeremy said. Now father and son to count to one million, a goal, which with take about 30 minutes a day on average the help and support of his parents took to practice and to sharpen Cade’s math him about seven months to accomplish. skills. Cade was recently recognized for

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ofar will also address the rhyme and reah S n w O r behind this custom. Participants Make Yokushop, First son will have the opportunity to create Wor lue Mass & their own Shofar. This is part of a series by Live It Live rB Workshops - a program preRespondeMore… nti, sented by Chabad Jewish e Colesa Michell d by m Compile s o @ e ll e mich

BCWC’s New Season Of Luncheons Begins With Salute To America

The Brandon Christian Women's Connection will commence its season of luncheons with a theme, music and a spiritual speaker on Monday, September 12 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Salute to America with a patriotic theme and music will honor veterans. This is a nondenominational luncheon for all ladies and no membership is required. The luncheon will take place at Bell Shoals Baptist Church in the Special Events Center at 2102 Bell Shoals Rd. in Brandon. The cost is $15; first time guests only pay $10. Reservations are required by Monday, September 5. Call 740-0098.

Shofar Factory To Be Held In Brandon

With the Jewish New Year and the holiday of Rosh Hashanah approaching, the Live It Live Workshops presents The Shofar Factory, a hands-on workshop, during which participants will see how a ram's horn is cured, carefully measured, sawed, drilled, and polished. The result is a Shofar, the trumpet-like instrument used by Jews on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. When the Shofar is complete, participants learn how to blow it and sound the traditional notes. The workshop

Discovery Center. There is a $10 fee per person. There is a limited supply of horns to be made into Shofars. Reserve yours today at or 5718100. It will be held at The Chabad Jewish Discovery Center at 1578 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico on Sunday, September 18 at 11 a.m.

Columbus wants to show its appreciation and pray for first responders as a community by holding a Blue Mass on Wednesday, September 14 at 7 p.m. This is open to all first responders even if they are not Catholic. St. Stephen Catholic Church is located at 5049 Bell Shoals Rd. in Valrico. Call 743-2805.

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Shabbat services - Welcome the Sabbath Friday evenings at 7:45 p.m. Oneg, nosh and mingle follows. Bible and Bagels - On Saturday, September 10 at 10 a.m., join in for Bible Inspirational Music study led by Rabbi And Singing Begins A Betsy Torop. Light bagel New Season Of Fun At breakfast provided. The Farm Jewish Art History – Join the fun on On Sunday, September Friday, September 30 at 11 from 4-6 p.m., Susan The Farm singing about Fader will look at the oriGod and country. Enjoy gins of Jewish Art and hamburgers, hotdogs how the Second and beverages at 6:30 Commandment played p.m., music (open mic) a role in its evolution. A at 7 p.m. and featured $10 donation is requestartist at 8 p.m. No ed. All are welcome. admission charge, but Hebrew for Adults donation box available A new class taught by Mike Holmes accompanied by his and appreciated. There Rudina Tichter on friend Shadow. Together they host and MC the evenings at The Farm. Sunday mornings, are 350 seats; everyone is encouraged to September 11 - October come early or bring a chair. Call 96716 from 9:45–11:15 a.m. Non-member 3046 or visit fee is $25. All are welcome. The singing takes place the last Friday of Page Turners – On Monday, every month. The Farm is located at 7818 September 19 from 6-7:30 p.m., join in for Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Lithia. conversation and light dinner as award novel, The Innocents by Francesca Blue Mass To Be Held For First Segal, is reviewed. Responders In Appreciation iEngage: Jewish Values and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict A Hartman The St. Stephen Knights of

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Institute Lecture & Study Series – Led by Rabbi Torop will address and explore the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the complex meanings of peace in Jewish tradition on Tuesday, September 20 from 78:30 p.m. Selichot Play - Saturday, September 24 at 7 p.m., join in as the complex lives of contemporary Jews in an original work written and acted by our congregants is examined. Selichot directly precedes the Days of Awe. Congregation Beth Shalom is located at 706 Bryan Rd. in Brandon. Call 681-6547.

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"My Story" Revive Women's Conference will be held from Friday, September 30-Sunday, October 2 at The Palms Church, located at 207 New Hope Rd. in Valrico. This gathering is open to all women and will feature three days of passionate worship with Jeremy Rosado, life changing messages, and inspirational content. It will be hosted by Pastor Mary Stahl. The cost of the three day conference is $45 and includes coffee, drinks, Saturday's lunch, snacks, and materials. Register at visit

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Red Carpet USA Entertainment & Events will host a Job Fair on Thursday, September 15 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Yuengling Hospitality Center, located at 11111 N 30th St. in Tampa (between Fowler & Busch). Admission and parking are free. There will be 30 plus hiring agents and educational reps. Free resume review, free resume writing classes every hour, special veterans section, education resources. Computer will be available onsite for job applicants. To see jobs listed, visit

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Water Smart Tots To Host Designer Sunglasses Bingo

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Designer Sunglasses Bingo go directly to benefit our survival swim scholarship program, the only one of its kind in the area," said Kari Bahour, founder of Water Smart Tots. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a vendor shopping power hour, appetizers and a cash bar. There will be a silent auction and six door prizes of an Alex and Ani bracelets donated by Operation Lotus. Game play will begin at 7 p.m. Winners get to choose a Water Smart Tots is holding a Designer pair of his or her sunglasses. Sunglasses Bingo on Friday, September 16 from 6-10 p.m. at Riverview Hills Country Club Tickets for this event can be purto benefit underprivileged and special needs chased for $40 (plus $1 service fee) children to receive survival swim lessons. via For a In Hillsborough County, drowning is limited time, buy two tickets and save the number one cause of accidental $10. death among children ages 1-4 years old. Special thanks to sponsors The Consumer Product Safety Waterscapes Pools & Spas, Premier Commission estimates each year about Care Pediatrics, Cardel Homes, Southern 300 children younger than age 5 drown in Post-Tension, Inc., DJ Jake Dela Cruz, swimming pools and spas and more than Doran Real Estate Company, Bright Start 3,000 that age go to hospital emergency Credit Solutions, Watch Me Swim, rooms due to non-fatal submersion Osprey Observer, Meri Lawn Care & injuries. An unknown number of those Landscaping LLC, DeBartolo Family hospitalized will suffer permanent disabili- Foundation, M2R Events, Home Link ty, including brain damage. It also reports Technologies and Newberry Contracting.. that formal swimming lessons have Water Smart Tots also seeks additional proven to reduce pediatric drowning. sponsors. Sponsorship levels begin at Water Smart Tots Designer $100. Contact 810-8106 or info@watersSunglasses Bingo will take place on Friday September 16 from 6-10 p.m. at Water Smart Tots is a 501(c)(3) nonRiverview Hills Country Club located at profit corporation dedicated to eliminating 3943 New River Hills Pkwy. in Valrico. pediatric drowning by promoting awareThe proceeds will benefit financially ness through water safety education and underprivileged children or those who by providing access to survival swimming have special needs in Hillsborough skills to infants and young children ages County by providing scholarships for sur12 months to 6 years who are financially vival swim lessons. "We recognize that underprivileged or who have special drowning prevention is a community needs. For more information, visit responsibility. Funds raised from our

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Newsome FFA Alumni BBQ Dinner

A Newsome FFA Alumni BBQ Dinner will take place on Wednesday, September 7 from 3-6 p.m. This is conference night at Newsome. You can pick up your meals at the NHS cafeteria. The cost is $7 and includes BBQ chicken, baked beans, potato salad, fresh roll and drink. All proceeds benefit scholarship awards and leadership conferences for FFA officers and members. Contact Amy Cason for tickets and information at 4775800.

Third Annual Bloomingdale High Alumni Tailgate & Business Expo

The Bloomingdale High School Academic Foundation will host its third annual Alumni Tailgate on Friday, October 14 from 5-7:30 p.m. in the Bloomingdale High School parking lot. There will be a bouncy house for the kids, face painting, DJ, and more. Alumni T-shirts for sale, yearbooks from all of the past classes will be for sale. Local business will be set up for you to

visit. Attendees are encouraged to attend the Homecoming football game afterward, where there will be special recognition for Bloomingdale Alumni. Businesses can rent a booth for $40. Proceeds will benefit the Bloomingdale High School Academic Foundation, which works to enhance the learning experience for students by adding more technology in the classrooms. Donations are welcome. Contact Becky McDaniels at or Michelle Hernandez at

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Brandon Broncos Youth Football Offers Partial Scholarships

The Brandon Broncos Youth Football League is currently offering partial scholarships for its varsity football team, ages 13/14. If your child is interested in being part of Brandon’s longest standing football organization, contact Tom Tyson at 898-4903. Visit

The FishHawk Coyotes Lacrosse Club has both a boys and girls division. Those in third On Sunday, grade through midSeptember dle school can par18 from 3-6 p.m., ticipate in an event will be this fastAn event will take place at Camp Dorothy held to introduce paced, Thomas on Sunday, September 18 from 3-6 high scorgirls in grades Kp.m. to find out about becoming a Girl Scout. 12 to Girl Scouts ing sport. and you can sign up for the 2016-17 This is a recreational-level club year. Meet troop leaders and other Girl and has its first skills developScouts from the Caloosa community, ment and intra club sessions which serves the Riverview/Brandon this September-October for area. ages K-12. The competitive seaGirls will learn about campfire buildson begins next year and runs ing, making camp crafts and go geoduring the spring playing teams caching. It will be held at Girl Scout from Bradenton, Sarasota, Camp Dorothy Thomas, located at South Tampa, and New Tampa 16119 Boyette Rd. in Riverview. The to name a few. Visit fishhawk-

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Finish Up The Summer With The Tampa Theatre’s Annual Summer Classics Series

By Kathy L. Collins

This year’s Annual Summer Classics Series presented by the Tampa Theatre is extra special in many ways. For one, this is the 25th year of the series. Secondly, as a thank you to the community, it has been extended into the month of September. Jill Witecki with the Tampa Theatre said, “Typically the Summer Classics run through August, but for the 25th anniversary, we extended the series into September to include three of our all-time most beloved classics: The Wizard of Oz, Gone with The Wind and Casablanca. The last one coincides with our ‘Caskablanca’ WineFest Weekend.” On Sunday, September 4, bring the whole family to see the 1939 family classic, The Wizard Of Oz. This movie has been such a cinema classic since it debuted, that just about everyone can recite lines by heart. The Wizard Of Oz is a musical, a fantasy story, a kids’ movie, a disaster movie and a road trip all wrapped up in one film. Come see the iconic movie that transitions from black and white to color on the big screen.

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Next, on Sunday, September 11, you will not want to miss seeing Gone With The Wind in the way it was always meant to be seen- on the big screen, in a classic historic movie palace. Gone With The Wind is epic in scale, social impact and artistic influence. Set against the backdrop of the Civil War and Reconstruction, Gone With The Wind is a huge movie in every possible sense of the word. Then, on Sunday, September 18 come see the definition of Hollywood masterpiece- Casablanca. This movie typically lands on lists of the top two or three movies of all time. There is simply no better way to experience this film and all of the emotions that it exudes, than in a classic movie theatre like the Tampa Theatre. All of the above movies are set to be shown at 3 p.m. at the Tampa Theatre located at 711 N. Franklin St. in downtown Tampa. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for Tampa Theatre members and can be purchased at the Box Office or online at There is a $2 convenience fee for online purchases.

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Bloomingdale Graduate’s Tripstr App Helps Share Travel Memories

By Michelle Colesanti

Bloomingdale High School graduate, Austin Cooley, recently helped create, develop and launch the new Tripstr app that helps you share travel stories.

You have just returned from a great vacation and want to share the specifics of your adventures along with your pictures, but by the time you return and get around to it, you realize you have forgotten a lot of the details. Tripstr is a new app that is now available to help you share your future trips by automatically building beautiful trip journals from your iPhone photo library. The app tags the specific places you visited, stayed and dined, and instantly infuses your photos with chronology and meaning. If you have the app on your phone during a trip, Tripstr will post updates as you travel, and your followers will get notifications so they can stay up-to-date the entire trip. You have an option for privacy if you choose. Trip journals can be shared to the web and are viewable by anyone. You have the ability to share your “Top Spots” from the trip. It’s the best way to share your thoughts and recommend the most outstanding parts of your trip to other Tripstrs. Co-founder and CEO of Tripstr, Austin Cooley, is a 2004 graduate of Bloomingdale High School. He went on to earn his Computer Engineering degree (Software and Hardware) from the University of Florida. He is one of two core team members who developed Tripstr, and along with designer Oykun Yilmaz, he has spent the last five years helping to build the product. Jim Kitchen is also a co-founder and lead investor along with another important co-founder, Adlai Holler, also a graduate of Bloomingdale High School. Holler is a talented iOS Engineer that helped build the company, and now is an employee at Pinterest. Prior to Tripstr, Cooley helped create

a startup app, Quilt (, which is a mobile photo sharing app for families and friend groups. Cooley said, “While many users come to Tripstr looking for a place to preserve their memories, we hope they come away with inspiration for future trips. One of the main features of Tripstr is the ability to ‘Save Places’ others have been; collecting spots to visit on your next adventure.” The future looks bright for Tripstr. As it grows, upgrades will continue to be made. “We want to make it easier to find trips people have taken and the top spots they visited while traveling. Beyond that, we want to make it easier for people to integrate their photos from other sources (like Dropbox, Instagram, etc.),” noted Cooley. Video is also important to the longterm strategy, but according to Cooley, they want to get the core photo-sharing experience right before adding such a major new feature. Currently, Tripstr is only compatible with Apple products. You can download it to your iPad or iPhone. When not working hard on developing apps, Cooley enjoys playing on his keyboard. During high school and college, he was heavily involved in music. He currently resides in San Francisco, and enjoys hiking and exploring nature in the hills of the city as well as outside the city limits. For more information on the app, visit Download Tripstr for free from the Apple Store at

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Volume 15, Issue 9

With Arts & Entertainment Editor Kathy L. Collins

Center Place Offering Line Up Of Live Theatre This Fall Kat Garand Gives Furniture Fresh Look With Upholstery Velveteen Rabbit’s question “What is Real?” comes with an answer that is a powerful message about love that children understand and cherish. This show will be held on Tuesday, November 8 and Wednesday, November 9. December brings the holidays, and there is no better way to celebrate it than with a showing of Santa's Holiday Revue by Stages Productions. This is a fast paced, rollicking musical that takes a joyous tour of the dances, songs and Center Place’s live children’s theatre is seen and appreciated by thousands of children and stories from Christmas, Hanukkah, their families each year. Kwanza and more. The show will be While fall means children returning to presented on Thursday, December 8 and school, fans rooting on their favorite footFriday, December 9. ball team and families going to festivals, it All shows will take place at 10:15 is also the time when Center Place’s live a.m. or 11:45 a.m. on the dates listed children’s theatre returns. Center Place above. has a line up of shows that are great for Center Place has traditionally had children 3 and older and their families. approximately 15,000 children who attend Tickets for the shows are $6 for the live theatre each year. This includes Center Place members; $7 for non-mem- public school through The Hillsborough bers; and $6.50 for public schools, private County School’s Visual and Performing schools and daycares (schools). Arts Field Trip Program. Advanced tickets/reservations are All of this would not be possible withrequired. Shows are approximately 50 out sponsors. If you attended Center minutes long. Place’s Wild Dame Night or Paint the First up is the Emmy Award winning Town 5k or shopped in Pat’s Corner Gift 1970’s pop cultural phenomenon, School Shop, you helped support live children’s House Rock Live by Stages Productions. theatre. Lisa Rodriguez, marketing direcThis musical stage show will take place tor for Center Place added, “The genon Wednesday, October 26 and erosity of our supporters enables Center Thursday, October 27. Place to offer exceptional artistic proIn November, you will not want to gramming.” miss The Velveteen Rabbit by Katie Call 685-8888 or visit www.centerAdams Make Believe Theatre. The Licensed & Insured Family Owned Since 2008

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Kat Garrand, a She was also a figure resident of FishHawk skater who had to Ranch, is an artist make her own outfits who works her magic for competitions. Garrand wanted with upholstery. “I to make a career out reupholster furniture of creating fashion and give old pieces a and aspired to attend new look. Many of my the Textile Academy customers bring their in Moscow. grandma’s half broken Unfortunately, this did chair to me and tell not happen and she me a story behind the attained degrees in chair. The most comlanguage studies and mon phrase I hear is ‘I just do not have a Kat Garrand of FishHawk Ranch has the financial manageheart to throw it magic touch when it comes to reuphol- ment. stering furniture or creating replicas of Garrand apprenaway.’” expensive furniture. ticed with Inna Lilov Garrand takes of Inna’s Alterations and Repairs in grandma’s old chair and turns it into a Valrico. “She is an amazing person and beautiful new chair with beautiful old an amazing seamstress. It was a privimemories. “It is very rewarding to make lege to learn from her,” said Garrand. She people happy,” said Garrand. In addition to fixing antiques and fam- then went to work for a local upholstery business doing the tear down of the furniily heirlooms, Garrand also works with ture. She would pull out the staples and people who dream of owning expensive watch the master upholsterers at work. furniture they see in a catalog. Garrand She then attended two years of upholcan take a photo and replicate it. “I give them the look without the expensive price stery school. Garrand said, “Upholstery is like tag,” explained Garrand. fashion for the house. If you like to dress Garrand, who grew up in Soviet up, so does your house. It does not have Russia, started sewing when she was 10 years old. “We did not have a whole lot of to be all black and tan. You can add some color,” Garrand said. “It is not just a fashion going on at the time. I remember chair to sit on but a conversation piece as going through my grandma’s headscarf well.” drawer in search of a scarf large enough Contact Garrand at to make a skirt out of it on the old hand crank sewing machine,” said Garrand.

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Brandon Foundation’s Angels Program Connects Community Members In Need

By Libby Hopkins

and talents to serve someone in need.” The program’s first Evening of Hope was held in November of 2006 and they were able to create a database of Foundation Angels that continue to help families in our community every single day. “Our Angel Teams and Angel Providers often tell us how wonderful they feel to be able to help someone in need with their service and in return, they receive the greatest blessing,” Brewer said. The Foundation Angel Program is unique in that they match businesses The Brandon Foundation is hosting its 2016 Evening of Hope and Charity Check and individuals in the Brandon comPresentation on Friday, November 4. munity with individuals in need. “Most times the providers offer their services There is an old saying that goes, “If for free or deeply discounted,” Brewer we were all like angels, the world would “We ask our community to be the said. be a heavenly place.” To many in the eyes and ears and to submit a family in Brandon community, the Brandon need on our website. Our team leaders Foundation’s board members are considthen review the requests, ensure they are ered the angels that walk among us. The needs and then disburse the legitimate mission of the Brandon Foundation is to request to our team leaders who lead our improve the quality of life and shape the Angel Teams.” future of our community by creating public Once a team has accepted a family, awareness, developing resources and will make a home visit to assess they supporting initiatives that address local their needs and begin coordinating servicneeds. They do this through their Angels es with the Angel Providers. Program. To learn more about the Brandon “The Foundation Angel Program was Foundation and the Foundation Angel created in 2006 after several of us experiProgram, visit enced the loss of family members to the or call 689devastating disease of cancer,” said the 6889. The foundation will be hosting its foundation’s Executive Director, Liz 2016 Evening of Hope and Charity Check Brewer. “We wanted to create a program Presentation on Friday, November 4 at that would engage our entire community The Regent. The Brandon Foundation is to help one another. While a business located at 1210 Millennium Pkwy. Ste. may not be able to write a check to spon2010 in Brandon. sor an event, they can give of their time

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1914 Plant City High School Community Center Currently Showing Art Around Town By Kathy L. Collins of the 1914 PCHS Community Center and president of the East Hillsborough Historical Society said, “This is Plant City’s richest cultural asset. Our museum and facilities tell the history of the community. It is a way to look back in time.” Located within the building is a rich collection of artifacts and items that will make everyone nostalgic for the For anyone interested in history and seeing artifacts past. You can visit the Pioneer and memorabilia from the past, a visit to the 1914 Plant City High School Community Center is a must. Heritage Museum which holds a collection of school memoraThe 1914 Plant City High School bilia, vintage clothing, antique furniture (PCHS) Community Center is a hidden and agricultural equipment. There is gem in Plant City’s historic downtown even a restored Model T Ford on disdistrict. The 1914 PCHS Community play. Soon, you will also see a restored Center is located at 605 N. Collins St. 1931 Chevy Touring Car. Two rooms in Plant City. The East Hillsborough are dedicated to the history of Hotel Historical Society, which was a driving Plant and government history of Plant force behind the preservation of this City. On the third floor, you can see the historic building, is headquartered here. gowns of many of the Florida The building was built in 1914 for Strawberry Festival Queens. the sum of $40,000. After serving the In addition, the building is home to community as a public school for 58 the Florida Opry which performs from years, the Hillsborough County School October to April in the school’s old audiBoard deeded the building to the City of torium. This is a place perfect for stage Plant City in 1975. The building was performances. listed on the National Register of New to the building is The Historic Places in 1981. Today, it is a Classroom Gallery currently showing historical museum and repository of the Art Around Town Show. This is a artifacts. partnership between the East If you are at all interested in history Hillsborough Historical Society and the and the past, this is a must see. The East Hillsborough Art Guild. Shows will East Hillsborough Historical Society rotate every 60 to 90 days. For more offers tours of the building. To arrange a information and to arrange a tour, call tour, call 757-9226. 757-9226. Shelby Bender, executive director

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Brandon Auto Services, Inc. & Salvage Holds Ribbon Cutting

Owners Steve Holland and Ken Anderson of Brandon Auto Services, Inc. & Salvage recently celebrated 45 years by holding a ribbon cutting. Brandon Auto Service sells parts to consumers and will do auto repairs on any car or truck. It has recently expanded and opened a second location in Plant City. It welcomes insurance claims and gives a life-time warranty on services. Brandon Auto Service is located at 3159 S.R. 60 E. in Valrico. Call 689-8131 or visit

Kristin Faleev Joins Southshore Insurance Professionals

A ribbon cutting was recently held by the Brandon Chamber of Commerce to celebrate Brandon Auto Services, Inc. & Salvage’s 45 years in business.

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Secondhand Savvys Celebrates 10 Years Of Success By Nicole Schoen

Secondhand Savvys coowner team and mother daughter duo Shelbi Weeks (left) and Jennifer Estrada (right) celebrate 10 years in business

Secondhand shopping has become increasingly popular among the thrifty-minded consumers, offering an affordable alternative to malls. Local store Secondhand Savvys recently celebrated 10 years in business re-selling clothes and filling closets with gently used, name brand, designer clothing for men and women. Established in July 2006, Bloomingdale resident and Owner Jennifer Estrada originally began with half the shopping space of the current store, located at 210 S. Kings Ave., Ste. D in the plaza with the original Beef O’Brady’s. After a successful first year, she expanded the shop to its current size of roughly 2,500 sq. ft. “Keeping an open mind and accepting items for a wide variety of shoppers is what I feel has made us successful. We work hard as a team to constantly change displays, mannequins, wall decor, etc. for customers to adapt to upon their weekly arrival,” said Co-Owner and daughter of Estrada, Shelbi Weeks, who helps run the family-owned shop. Secondhand Savvys is different from the average consignment store as it credits money to consigner’s accounts after

an item is purchased for half the price the item was sold at with no appointment necessary. The consigner can choose to get a check for the accrued funds or use the money toward an instore purchase. After an item sits on the racks for over 60 days, the consigner has the option to pick up their items, or the shop will donate the items to either Emergency Care Help Organization or Hospice. “We currently have about 3,000 active consignors dropping off every single day, seven days a week. We receive on average 30 drop offs a day. We do not have a minimum or maximum drop off requirement therefore, one consignor can drop off 25 trash bags consisting of shoes, purses, jewelry, and clothing, and another may only drop off a small grocery bag of sunglasses and belts. After sorting through the items, we accept and put on the floor 6,000 to 8,000 pieces per month,” said Weeks. The shop sells designer clothing, swimwear, shoes, purses, accessories, formal dresses, household and beauty items, and more. Sizes range from 00 to plus sized items. Every two to three months it holds its famous Fill-A-Bag sale, usually on a Saturday morning, where shoppers can fill a single bag full from specific bins and only pay $10 for the entire bag. “I love the shabby chic vibe, the people, even the music is great. The deals are phenomenal, that goes without saying, but I know what I’m getting is top quality because of how selective and caring the owners are,” said Karen Hogan of Valrico. “I have been shopping at Savvys for six years and can’t bear to drive down Kings without making a quick pit stop.” For more information, visit or call 643-6020. Follow them on Instagram (@secondhandsavvys) or on Facebook to see new items that come in the shop and upcoming events.

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Local Scientists Successfully Raised Pacific Blue Tangs At Lab In Ruskin

By Kathy L. Collins

In Florida, espeprocess of making it cially Hillsborough possible for people County, aquaculture to be able to get the (fish farming) is big fish without having to business. The ornatake them from the mental fish business wild and from across has grown in the the world. The culTampa Bay tured fish are not yet area largely commercially availdue to two able. Scientists at the factors. One For the past University of factor being Florida Tropical four years, bioloAquaculture Lab gists including Eric the water in Ruskin, includ- Cassiano and table is very ing Eric Cassiano low. The of Apollo Beach, Kevin Barden have Kevin Barden of worked tirelessly, other is the Sarasota and Matt DiMaggio of Bloomingdale, suc- often giving up world class cessfully raised 27 Pacific Blue Tangs at the lab. airport. Most weekends and of it is fresh water fish. So when biologists vacations, to culture the fish. Cassiano, at the Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory in who grows the food that the fish eat, Ruskin were able to successfully culture explained, “It was like nurturing a child. Pacific Blue Tang fish, the ones we know You never know when something might and love as the character Dory from happen.” Barden, who takes care of the Finding Nemo, it was a big accomplishfish, said, “We raised 27 fish in the first ment. run. While this is too small an amount to The project is done in partnership be commercially viable, it represents with Rising Tide Conservation, a nonadvancement in the salt water industry.” profit dedicated to coral reef conservation. Barden further explained, “90 percent of Rising Tide Conservation targeted five to fresh water fish is raised in captivity while six species, including the Pacific Blue only 10 percent of salt water is.” Tang, as species of conservation interest DiMaggio explained, “Think of the lab for aquaculture in 2010. Matt DiMaggio, here as the research and development an assistant professor, oversees the intedepartment for the aquaculture industry. gration of the project with Rising Tide There is a high demand for these types of Conservation at the lab in Ruskin. fish. Ornamental aquaculture is significant Currently, all Pacific Blue Tangs for the local economy.” come from reefs in Indonesia and the For more information, visit Philippines. The fish cultured at the lab and www.risingtiderepresent a significant first step in the

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The Crossing Church Helps Shoes For Tampa Bay 2016 Collect Shoes For Local Children

Staff Report

Shoes for Tampa Tampa and Bay originated from the Ruskin, and has vision of a 6-year-old partnered with local churches, girl named Emma. At agencies and this young age, Emma elementary displayed a compasschools in the sionate and loving heart for people. For her sevTampa Bay enth birthday Emma community. This event opens the asked her mom if door for volun[instead of getting presteers at the ents for herself] she church level, as could get shoes to give well as, volunto children in need. teers from the Her aspiration and God’s calling led her to schools, parents begin collecting new and community shoes for children who leaders. did not have any of According to Emma began collecting shoes for children their own. at her seventh birthday party. Due to her Shane Riley, compassion for others, Shoes for Tampa director of local Emma’s exciteborn and now over 7,000 pairs of ment became transpar- Bay wasshoes outreach for The have been collected. ent when she and her Crossings family collected over 500 pairs of shoes in Church, “The 2016 S4TB event provided shoes to the students of Ruskin, Clair Mel less than six months. Knowing that they and Potter Elementary. Any shoes that were on to something special, but not were left over were given to the school to knowing how or what to do, Emma and give out as needed. In addition, we also her mom decided to reach out to The were able to give shoes to E.C.H.O. of Crossing Church for better guidance and Brandon, Metropolitan Ministries and the direction. Guardian ad Litem program of From that connection, Shoes for Tampa Bay was born. To date, over 7,000 Hillsborough County.” This event is done annually in prepapairs of shoes have been collected. These shoes blessed children locally and ration for the children going back to across the world from Tampa to Kenya. school. This is third year running and the The Crossing Church under the lead- hope is to be giving out shoes for a long ership of Pastor Greg Dumas has paved time to come. the way for Shoes for Tampa Bay (S4TB) For additional information and to see for the past three years. The Crossing a short video, visit Church has two campuses located in

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Volume 15, Issue 9

Local Teen Shares Baseball Victory In Cuba

By Tamas Mondovics

Local baseball stand School Baseball and out and recent Brandon National Player of the High School graduate Week by Varsity Views. Jerry Biller III (MIF, C) Biller is heading to would have had a pretty Central Penn College in routine summer break Summerdale, was it not for his athletic Pennsylvania this fall to talent that led him to reppursue his higher educaresent his community tion and college baseball career. and his country in a “Out of all the competition in Cuba. schools I considered, Biller was one of 14 Central Penn rose to the selected elite 18U playtop because they made ers on the U.S. Burn me feel at home,” he Baseball Team to Local youth baseball talent Jerry Biller said. “I wanted to compete against recently had a chance to represent his some of the best community and country as part of the U.S. find a place that felt Burn Baseball Team, which enjoyed a like home.” Cuban baseball athrecent 5-0 tournament victory in Cuba. To help younger letes, while playing Biller, a Brandon High School graduate, athletes hoping to five teams in total will continue his education and athletic career at Central Penn College in follow in his footincluding the Havana Summerdale, Pennsylvania. steps, Biller emphaNational Team. sized the importance of dedication, com“This tournament was a phenomenal mitment and encouraged them to never once in a life time opportunity,” Biller said. give up. Following four days of competition, “Things may not always go the way the team completed the tourney in Cuba you think they should or want them to go,” with a 5-0 record. he said. “Being an athlete you have to Biller is by no means a stranger to overcome adversity and strive on it. I baseball success, and his trip to Cuba is could have easily quit, but I didn’t. Now as not his first time to successfully represent a three-year varsity letterman I had the his community on the field. In 2013 he was part of Team America opportunity to represent the U.S., playing in Cuba, and I am ready to attend Central that competed in the Dominican Republic Penn College and play college baseball.” Academies, leading his team in stolen Biller’s father, Jerry Biller, summed up bases with Team America winning the the recent trip and his son’s athletic tournament. career when he said, “Jerry has a positive Biller is currently ranked 8th in the attitude and is a leader on and off the United States High School Baseball field, which coupled with his work ethic, Players with Max Preps for fielding with 1.000 FPCT, 209 PO, 26 assists, 235 TC, attitude and dedication, has led him to where he is today and into his bright and was also selected as Defensive future ahead. Visit Player of the year with Brandon High

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Pearle Vision Of Brandon Helping Students Protect Their Vision This School Year

Redlands Christian Migrant Association Honored For Work With Latino Families

With summer sale running coming to an end, through the end of it’s a busy time of the year. year for parents, According to teachers, and stuPlumb, polycardents as they prebonate lenses pare to enter yet help protect a another school child's vision by holding up to year. As students rough-and-tumble advance in their play or sports education the without cracking work gets harder, or shattering. and textbooks “We insist on and amounts of polycarbonate reading gets larglenses for chiler making eye dren's eyeglasses care a priority for for safety reaeveryone going sons,” Plumb back to school. said. “The materiAccording to Pearle Vision of Brandon Owner, Sara Plumb al is lighter than Co-owner of helps customer Jake Despenas find the perfect standard plastic or Pearle Vision of pair of glasses to go back to school. glass, which Brandon Sara makes eyeglasses with polycarbonate Plumb, most parents and educators incorrectly assume that if a child passes a lenses more comfortable to wear and less school screening, then there are no vision likely to slide down your child's nose. And they block out 99 percent of UV rays, problems. Many school screenings only another important feature built into to test for distance visual acuity, so a child polycarbonate lenses.” with 20/20 vision can still have vision Pearle Vision of Brandon is owned problems. The vision skills needed for successful reading and learning are more by Sara and her brother, Michael Plumb. It offers a wide variety of frame styles complex. from brands such as Ray-Ban, Converse, “Eye problems often mask themand Nike for children to choose from to selves as learning disabilities,” Plumb make glasses stylish and ready for said. “Since 80 percent of what you learn school. is through vision, the better you see, the Visit Pearle better you learn.” Vision of Brandon is located at 1929 W. To make sure your child’s vision is in Brandon Blvd in Brandon. Call 681-8880 tip-top shape for this school year, Pearle to book your child’s back to school eye Vision of Brandon is offering free polycarcare appointment. bonate lenses during its back to school

workers; 83 percent of RCMA children are Hispanic. The Immokaleebased nonprofit operates 68 child-care centers, three charter schools and several community learning centers. In the Tampa Bay area, RCMA operates 18 childcare centers and two charter schools, serving some 1,700 children. While RCMA provides cutting-edge bilingual education, it has long emphasized family services, and stresses to parents: You are Lourdes Villanueva (right), of Plant City, RCMA’s Director your child’s first teacher. of Farm Worker Advocacy, accepts the Family Ultimately, RCMA strengthStrengthening Award along with Ruby Azurdia-Lee, (center) President of CLUES. At left is Renata Soto, Board ens families by turning parChair of NCLR. ents into leaders and advoRedlands Christian Migrant cates, not just for their children, but for Association (RCMA) received a national the communities they represent. award recently for empowering Latino “We are blessed to work with incredfamilies. RCMA received the Family ibly strong immigrant families who face Strengthening Award from the National incredibly difficult problems due to our Council of La Raza (NCLR). A co-winner country’s inability to pass immigration of the award was Comunidades Latinas reform,” said RCMA Executive Director Unidas en Servicio, the largest nonprofit Barbara Mainster. “Helping parents realrun by and for Latinos in Minnesota. ize their importance as the most impor“We are honoring CLUES and tant teachers in their children’s lives RCMA at the 2016 NCLR Annual focuses on the positive and the assurConference for their tireless work in ance of a brighter future. There is nothhelping to transform the lives of Latino ing we do that is as rewarding as this families,” said NCLR President and CEO work. Thanks, NCLR, for supporting us.” Janet Murguía. “Their dedication and NCLR is the largest national success help to strengthen our entire Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organcommunity.” ization in the United States. Like RCMA RCMA serves nearly 7,000 children and CLUES, NCLR works to improve of Florida’s rural poor, particularly farm opportunities for Hispanic Americans.

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Mulrennan Middle School Student Headed For Leadership In Washington D.C. Staff Report Identifying the next not just talk about generation of leaders making a difference.” is always on the radar Bo is the son of of local schools. Robert and Jennifer Mulrennan Middle Shamblin. Robert is School recently identivice president of JL fied sixth grader Bo Marine Systems, Inc. Shamblin as one of manufacturer of those rare students. To Power-Pole shallow help develop his leadwater anchors based ership interest and in Brandon. Jennifer is skills, Shamblin recenta stay at home, dance ly attended the Junior and golf mom. They National Young also have a daughter, Leaders Conference in Anna, who is currently Washington D.C. in fourth grade also at “I never thought of Valrico Elementary myself as a leader, but School, and a dog my counselors and Mulrennan Middle School student Bo named Blue and a Shamblin recently attended the Junior lizard named Hershey. teachers helped me National Young Leaders Conference in see that I just keep “We’re very proud Washington D.C. putting myself out of Bo and his accomthere. Going to D.C. will be a little scary plishments,” said Robert. “He’s always but very exciting,” said Shamblin. “This been special to us, of course he’s our summer I am starting a small lawn servson, but it’s nice to see others recognize ice company in my neighborhood. I also his talents and think of him as a leader,” play golf. I recently won one of my touradded Jennifer. naments and placed in the top five in sevBo was accompanied to D.C. by his eral others. I am currently leading in entire family. The conference included points for the local summer tour.” five days of training plus a day on the Hill “Bo is very bright, smart, funny and touring the capital and learning how leadyet humble. He is always helpful to his ership plays an important role in governclassmates and many times encourages ment. The intent of the program is to help them to do the best they can,” said Paola students bring home new ideas and conOlivares, his former teacher at Valrico tinue to be leaders as they begin high Elementary School. “He leads by examschool and then on into college. ple and that’s the kind of leaders we are For more information about Bo, conlooking to identify. We want the next gentact Robert at eration of leaders to make a difference, or call 833-0597.

The Drawing Point Provides Free Paint Party For Teen Campers At Rotary’s Camp Florida

By Kathy L. Collins

me, and I want to give the same experience to others. I feel like I am giving them hope. I can see it in their eyes how they get lost in the art.” Carter utilizes both live painting and video to help show the participants not only what the painting will look like, but just how to create a piece of art. But more importantly, Carter encourages participants to be creative and to use the instruction as a guide. In fact, Carter Diane Carter, the owner of The Drawing Point, led a group of teen campers in a free paint party at Rotary’s said of one teen camper, “Look, Camp Florida. she is stepping out and using purple instead of black.” On July 30, Diane Carter and her Rebecca Freeman, age 16 from team of art coaches from The Drawing Clermont, said of the paint party, “I Point led a paint party for teen campers thought it was really nice and cool. It is a with Faces of Courage at Rotary’s Camp fun camp.” Florida in Brandon. The teens, all of The Drawing Point is located in whom have cancer or a blood illness, Valrico. Carter and her husband, Bob, were spending the weekend at Rotary’s have been in business for seven years. Camp Florida thanks to Faces of They have taught hundreds of children Courage. Faces of Courage is a nonand adults drawing skills on a private profit that offers free camps and events for women, men and children with cancer one-on-one basis. One of their students had a sibling who was stricken with brain and blood illnesses. Rotary’s Camp cancer. Carter provided the girl with free Florida is a 22 acre camp that provides art classes and supplies for several special needs users with clean, safe and months. “She became our first Golden barrier-free camping facilities. Carter donated not only her time and Paint Brush Princess,” said Carter who uses her fun mobile paint parties to fund that of the art coaches, but also all of the the Golden Paint Brush Project. supplies for the campers through her For more information on The Golden Paint Brush Project. Carter, who Drawing Point, Faces of Courage and is a cancer survivor herself said, Rotary’s Camp Florida, visit www.the“Research has shown that art reduces; facesofcourage.woranxiety, depression, pain and improves; and www.rotaryscampflorithe quality of life in cancer patients. I am not an expert, but I know it worked for

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September 2016

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Upcoming Event To Empower Women For Successful Living

By Michelle Caceres

Women wanting to financial success, building become more successful healthier bodies through in their daily lives will find proper nutrition and exerplenty of helpful advice at cise, seeking spiritual Women’s Successful support and enjoying perLiving’s quarterly meeting sonal pampering. “As women we often and brunch on Saturday, put our family’s needs October 1 from 9 a.m.–2 before ours and our misp.m. sion is to teach women The meeting will be that in order to take care held at The Event Gallery, of our families we first located at 524 Oakfield must take care of ourDr. in Brandon, and will Women’s Successful Living’s selves,” said Chiarenza. feature keynote speaker quarterly brunch in October will Stacey Schieffelin, CEO feature keynote speaker Stacey “We want to provide Schieffelin. women with the tools and founder of ybf (your to help them live financially successful best friend) Beauty, LLC who was voted and healthier lives.” Woman Entrepreneur of the Year and In addition to the quarterly lunches, one of Ladies’ Home Journal’s Power Women’s Successful Living is accepting Women. Schieffelin inspires women on applications from women who would bentheir journey to self-actualization and fulefit from one-on-one mentoring. Selected fillment using the power of inner and applicants will receive three months of outer beauty. complimentary mentoring services with Other guest speakers include one or all of its speakers. Women can Melissa Haskins with Edward Jones, nominate themselves or someone else. Sandy Lee of Sandy Lee Coaching, per“We want this to also be an opportusonal trainer Ironbarbelle Meredith and nity to empower women thru mentoring in holistic life coach De’Nicea Hilton who our community,” said Chiarenza. specializes in acupuncture and oriental Ticket prices are $50 for early birds medicine. (purchased by September 17), $55 for Group organizers Rhonda McDaniel, regular admission and $60 at the door. owner of A Caring Touch Skin Therapy in For more information about Women’s Brandon, and Pearl Chiarenza, owner of Bodyworks Health & Wellness Center, will Successful Living, visit To purchase tickets, also speak about their areas of expertise. The pair plan to host a quarterly brunch to contact McDaniel at or Chiarenza at assist women who want to be more or cessful in all aspects of their life, by call 449-3308. improving family relationships, finding

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Upscale Fashion And Consignment At Julie’s Walk-In Closet

By Jillian Tumlin

Coach, Dooney & Bourke, Michael Kors, Brahmin, Brighton, B Makowski, Fossil, and Tignanello to name a few. Julie’s Walk-In Closet also presents jewelry such as gemstones, sterling, Swarovski, Brighton, Tiffany, Premier Designs, Betsey Johnson, Michael Dawkins, and other popular store brands. Julie’s Walk-In Closet offers designer names such as “Our jewelry comes Coach, Dooney & Bourke, Michael Kors and more. from all over the world, brought by consignors who Julie Pomeroy found the inspiration travel often,” Pomeroy said. “People are for her business in 2009 after noticing the surprised by the fine jewelry they see need for consignment shops that would when they walk in here, and that’s somecater to women looking for more upscale thing that sets us apart from other confashion and accessories in the Brandon signment shops.” area. During this time, she knew about The layout of the store is organized plenty of consignment shops existing in with high-end items are kept at the front, Brandon, but few offered high-end or a main showroom featuring clothing, renowned brands. Ever since, the busihandbags and jewelry and separate ness has worked with over 1,800 conrooms dedicated to home décor, shoes signors and it continues to grow. and dresses. Clothing sizes from extra“Our store is really well-known small to plus size throughout the shop. throughout the Brandon and Tampa area. Employees at Julie’s Walk-In Closet also What we offer can’t be found at the mall,” work to provide customers with education said Pomeroy. on fashion and how to accessorize. Julie’s Walk-In Closet opened with Customers are encouraged to ask staff the goal of educating the local public of for help in accessorizing or finding clothupscale resale shopping. The boutique ing to fit their body shape and style. offers a variety of clothing, shoes, jewelry, Julie’s Walk-In Closet is located at and handbags. The merchandise varies 720 W. Robertson St. in Brandon. Store from being new to gently used, but all of it hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Monday is in great condition as Julie’s Walk-In through Saturday, with Thursday being Closet is selective in its consignment open until 7 p.m. For more information process in order to offer its customers regarding consigning and the store itself, high-quality items. Handbag designer visit names featured at the shop include

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