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Upcoming Food Truck Rally To Support, Benefit First Responders

one, even your picky eaters. Summerfield Golf Club will sell adult beverages with family friendly drinks available at all of the trucks. Organizers also plan to have a fire truck on site for kids to explore, face-painting, and pet adoption organizations as well as a DJ spinning live tunes. Most importantly, there will be a 50/50 raffle benefiting multiple nonprofits which help local police, firefighters, and first responders including Riverview Our Town Inc. and The Lynn Sowers Memorial Foundation Inc. All proceeds will be split between the winner and the organizations. There is no cost to attend the event, but food and beverage prices vary by vendor. Come out and show your support for these brave men and women and their families. Organizers are still soliciting for industry-specific sponsors. Your donations are needed for first responders and to cover some costs incurred to make it all happen. Contact Theresa Turner, CPA at For more information, visit the Facebook pages at and outh/.


Calling all families and foodies! Mark your calendars for Friday, October 7 from 5-9 p.m. because Summerfield Golf Club will host the Riverview Our Town Food Truck Rally in honor of our community’s first responders. This is a perfect opportunity to come out and meet your neighbors, sample a wide variety of delectable fare, and most importantly, honor the men and women in our community who always come when we need them. The event is the brainchild of the Riverview Area Word of Mouth Facebook group and is headed up by its title sponsors, Jason Blanchard with Summerfield Crossings Golf Club; Theresa Turner, CPA with Tax Happens LLC; and Kerin Clarkin with Kerin Realty. Turner is excited about Riverview’s first food truck rally. “This is bringing Riverview together while appreciating our first responders,” she said. The big goal is to be able to regularly organize community events on a quarterly basis, but they need the support of the community. Ten food trucks will serve up an international menu of dishes from around the world that is sure to excite your taste buds. There will be something for every-

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The primarEach candidate ies are over. Now will have the is the time for all opportunity to voters to make speak. decisions for the Doran upcoming generexplained why the al election on Greater Riverview Tuesday, Chamber of November 8. Commerce holds In an effort to the Political help the local Forum. “We want community make to help educate well thought out our community by and insightful Dr. Bryan Thatcher (left) and Dixie Brady (right) giving them an will be the moderators for the Political Forum on opportunity to get decisions, the Thursday, September 29 Greater Riverview to know the canChamber of Commerce will host a didates,” explained Doran. Political Forum on Thursday, September The Greater Riverview of Chamber 29. The Political Forum will be held at the of Commerce is a non-profit civic organiHilton Garden Inn zation established in 1966. The chamber Tampa/Riverview/Brandon located at is celebrating 50 years of service to the 4328 Garden Vista Dr. in Riverview (near community this year. Doran said, “Our the intersection of U.S. Hwy 301 S. and purpose is to create a family environment Interstate 75). The doors will open at 5:30 that ensures the success of our commup.m. and the program will begin at 6:30 nity, our businesses and our members.” p.m. For more on the Greater Riverview There is no charge for parking or Chamber of Commerce, which meets the admission. There will be light refreshfourth Tuesday each month at 11:30 a.m. ments and a cash bar. at The Regent located at 6437 Watson Residents can meet and hear from Rd., visit or candidates running for offices that affect call 234-5944. the Riverview community and surrounding area. Candidates include Mark Ober who is running for state attorney, and In This those running for clerk of court, school Issue board and county commission. According to Tanya Doran, executive director of the Greater Riverview HONORARY MAYOR ANNOUNCED........PG 5 Chamber of Commerce, “We have invited HOA HOT TOPICS..................................PG 7 all candidates running for office that support or impact the Riverview area. Many COASTAL CLEAN UP............................PG 11 local organizations host ‘meet and greets’ CHALKLINES........................................PG 33 events prior to the primary. The Political Forum is designed to get to know the FISH TALES..........................................PG 35 remaining candidates because we will THE FLORIDA OUTDOORS...................PG 36 ask challenging questions.” Each candidate will have approxiARTS & ENTERTAINMENT..................PG 45 mately two minutes to introduce themSPORTS CONNECTION.................PGS 46‐47 selves. Moderators, Dr. Bryan Thatcher, the current president of the Greater READ MORE LOCAL NEWS ONLINE Riverview Chamber of Commerce, and Dixie Brady, Esq., will devote considerable time to questioning the candidates.

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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-

This year’s luncheon in Greater August. Riverview At that time, Chamber of she was also preCommerce sented a Count (GRCC) Member Commendation by Appreciation Stacy White, luncheon was County held in July at Commissioner for The Regent. At District 4, in honor the time, the A check for $14,092.20 was presented to Camp of her fundraising Cristina. The money was raised by Tammy 2017 Honorary’s efforts, her continHolmberg, Chick-fil-A Brandon (left) who was Mayor of uing dedication to named the 2017 Honorary Mayor of Riverview. Riverview race this community officially ended. The candidates raised and becoming Riverview’s 2017 Honorary funds for various local charities, and with Mayor. a crowd of over 270 guests gathered According to GRCC Membership together to enjoy lunch catered by Director Debbie Kirkland, “This was our Lupton’s Restaurant and Catering, a most successful Honorary Mayor of proclamation was made announcing the Riverview race to date. We are extremely new mayor. proud of our candidates for the hard work James Pulkowski, CPA was escorted they put into this event. Not only do their to the podium by Hillsborough County fundraising efforts support some very Sheriff Deputies Cliff Fletcher and Chris incredible charities, but they also support Former where the results were removed the Greater Riverview Chamber of from a guarded brief case. Mayor Race Commerce. The board, the staff and all of Committee Chairs Robert Hintze, our members salute them and say ‘thank Waypoint Property Inspection and you’.” Melissa Hartmann, LeVel Thrive, were on At the luncheon, Gary Bancroft, hand as Tammy Holmberg, Chick-fil-A American Products of Tampa Bay, Inc. Brandon was announced as the winner. also presented a check of $756 to Faces Holmberg, along with the other three can- of Courage. Rendee Hughes, Turner didates; Bryan and Marijean Reith, Aflac, Cole Company – Real Estates Services Gary Bancroft, American Products of presented a check of $3,975.02 to Mary Tampa Bay, and Rendee Hughes, Turner and Martha House. Bryan and Marijean Cole Company - Real Estate Services Reith, Aflac were proud to present a successfully raised over $40,000. check of $5,739.40 to Aflac Cancer & Holmberg was able to present a Blood Disorders Center (Children’s check to YMCA Camp Cristina in the Healthcare of Atlanta). For more on the amount of $14,092.20 at the chamber’s GRCC, visit

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County To Build $1.8M Veterans Resource Learn About LifePath Hospice Center At Veterans Memorial Park Stabilization Care Program At Seminar By Tamas Mondovics By Jenny Loktu

The South Shore Coalition on Mental Health and Aging, along with NAMI, will present an educational seminar called “Hospice Means HELP for You and Your Family.” It will present information about LifePath Hospice’s Stabilization Care Program, which helps patients with chronic illness avoid hospital readmissions. The seminar will be held on Tuesday, September 20 at 2 p.m. at the Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce located at 1651 Sun City Center Blvd. The program is free and refreshments will be served; no reservation is required. Call Jenny Loktu with questions at 784-0235. The presenter is Cindy Young RN BSN MA, regional director of LifePath Hospice with 40 years of experience in nursing management. Young has been with LifePath Hospice for nine years while holding the position of RN case manager and clinical manager. She is presently regional director of the South Business Unit. “I would highly recommend to any family, the Stabilization Care that Hospice has to offer. The piece of mind that families have knowing their loved one will have the care and attention they need to help with their recovery and their transi-


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Surrey Residents Boast Savings With Completion Of Reclaimed Water Project

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Residents livremoved by the ing in Surrey owners. Parks Villas, a “No more community in reliability, battery, Covington Park in programming or Apollo Beach, are GFI problems,” feeling pretty Irwin said. good about the The project final results, has allowed a namely saving reduction in the money of their double monthhard work to Apollo Beach’s Surrey Park Villas are now irrigated ly irrigation wet with reclaimed water following the completion of a checks that bring reclaimed project spearheaded by members of the communi- has had a poswater to their ty’s Home Owners Association. neighborhood. itive effect on The project began nearly four years the budget, and the new central controller ago following the completion of the confor the 170 homes in the community struction phase, along with some final started to generate automated remote clean ups and adjustments, residents are trouble alerts for broken valves and now saying that “water has been running heads. smoothly” within their neighborhood. According to Irwin, there is a small, “Residents should see that their noticeable impact on some of the vegetawater bills have gone down enough to tion, which are not overly pleased with make the project mostly free,” said Surrey their new water source. Park Villas HOA President Bill Irwin who “A few plant species, such as took the lead in spearheading the project Loropetalum, may not be happy with the with the assistance of construction manextra minerals delivered with the water,” ager, Mike Provencher. Irwin said, but added that the problem Irwin emphasized that those with can be offset with an occasional hand larger lots are already saving money. watering during the dry seasons. “The project loan (nearly $300,000) To sum up the results and speaking will be paid off in less than 10 years, and on behalf of his community, Irwin was then the real savings will start,” he said. pleased to say that the HOA now pays Irwin added that the immediate less for irrigation water for the entire comresults are most visible are in the front munity than it costs to keep the pool filled lawns and plants, which are now are with potable water and said, “On balance, green, while he said that the rear lawns the project is considered a big success.” will finally stay lush and green, and the For more information or questions troublesome controllers on the back of about the project, email Irwin at the villas are disconnected and can be

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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

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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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Riverview Man Arrested For 2010 Murder In Mexico A man wanted for a Aside from Mercado, fatal gang related shootdeputies were able to ing in Riverview nearly find all involved in the six years ago was arrestincident, prompting a ed last month in Mexico. warrant for a secondAccording to degree murder and Hillsborough County attempted murder for Sheriff’s Office, Mario Mercado the following Mercado, 27, whose last day. known local address was Fast forward to July in Riverview, an associ28, 2016 Homeland ate of the gang called Security Investigations West Side, skipped town (HSI) confirmed that a Mario Mercado of Riverview U.S. citizen was residing after he shot and killed during his arrest in Mexico for Gregorio Santana and the 2010 murder of Gregorio in Mexico using two false wounded his twin brother, Mexican birth Santana Felix Santana. certificates. HSI in Tampa coordinated The Santanas, who were 23 at the with Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office time of the shooting, were both members to provide necessary documentation to of the Latin Life gang and resided in the Government of Mexico to confirm Riverview. Mercado’s identity. Authorities said that on October 5, Ten days later, HSI in Tampa was 2010, an altercation broke out between notified that Mercado was in custody in Mercado, who was accompanied by Mexico and would be turning himself another West Side gang member, over to United States Customs and Christopher Sanchez, 22, and the Border Protection to be processed into Santanas, at the Life Saver store located custody in the United States. on Balm Riverview Road and Rhodine "As a result of the vigilance of HSI Road. The argument continued later in special agents and our partners at the front of a home at 12304 Glenshire Dr. in Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, a Riverview. Witnesses and investigators suspected murderer will now face jussaid that during the argument, Sanches tice," said Susan L. McCormick special was hit with a bottle, at which point agent in charge of HSI Tampa. "Our Mercado pulled a semi auto pistol and community is a safer place through the opened fire killing Gregorio before fleeing collaborative efforts of HSI, HCSO, the scene. Felix was also hit and was Customs and Border Protection and our later transported to Tampa General international partners." For more informaHospital in critical condition. tion,

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BayCare Names Matt Novak New President Of St. Joseph’s Hospital-South

By Tamas Mondovics

In a recent release, Bay become an integral part of the Care Health System was SouthShore area, working to pleased to announce Matt improve the health of the Novak as president of St. community through a combiJoseph’s Hospital-South nation of advanced services (SJHS). and a calming, healing Novak is filling an openpatient-centered environing created when St. ment.” Joseph’s Hospital-South’s Prior to his appointment first president, Scott Smith, as president of St. Joseph’s was named president of St. Hospital-South, Novak served Anthony’s Hospital in June. as director of operations for Within its first year and Bay Care Health System Morton Plant Hospital, and named Matt Novak as under Scott’s leadership, the has been serving in a variety president of St. Joseph’s $225 million, 360,000 sq. ft., of leadership roles. Hospital-South. hospital located at 6901 “Matt’s promotion is a Simmons Loop Rd, in Riverview, had great example of the opportunities for 6,500 inpatient admissions, completed leaders to grow and advance in their 61,243 imaging exams, treated 44,323 health care careers within the BayCare emergency patients, performed 3,344 system,” said Kimberly Guy, senior vice surgeries and delivered 701 babies. president, BayCare market leader, According to Bay Care officials, Hillsborough. “Matt has led many initiaNovak currently serves on the boards of tives and projects for Morton Plant Mease the Clearwater Free Clinic and the West and BayCare. His ability to build collaboCoast Federal Credit Union, and has a rative relationships and his experience in Master of Health Administration degree strategic planning and operations manfrom the University of Phoenix and a agement will serve St. Joseph’s-South Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts well.” from the University of West Florida, Guy emphasized that Novak has Pensacola. gained experience working on cost manOfficially assuming his leadership role agement efforts across BayCare, managat BayCare’s newest hospital late last ing Morton Plant Mease’s oncology servmonth, Novak has promised to work ices and helping to lead the team responclosely with the community as well as his sible for Morton Plant Hospital’s Doyle team. Tower and master facility project. “I am looking forward to the opportuNovak’s promotion has prompted offinity to work with the team at south cials to conducting a search for a new Hillsborough’s only not-for-profit hospital,” director of operations at Morton Plant Novak said. “Since its opening in Hospital. For more information, visit February 2015, the hospital has quickly

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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 send a beautiful card back home. The Community Roundtable will present the blank cards allow the soldiers to send a 9th Annual Cards For Troops on Saturday, October 1 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at personal message to friends and family. 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 Center Place said, "Cards For Troops has part in this wonderful community event. Organizers are seeking sponsors 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 for the troops. We have a wonderful com- tion of any kind including one that will help offset the cost of supplies and 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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Hillsborough County Residents Urged To Focus On Safety For Local Blue

By Tamas Mondovics

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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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 Photo courtesy KTBB now encouraged to download on their 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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Superintendent Promises Districtwide Success During Back To School News Conference

By Tamas Mondovics

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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Apollo Beach Elementary Celebrates New Year, New Addition

By Amy Schechter

Apollo Beach Elementary installs new sunshades over playground.

The beach is definitely the place to be, and Apollo Beach Elementary can’t get much closer. Students there absolutely have fun in the sun, but too much sunshine, like all Floridians know, can be a terrible thing. That’s why the Parent Teacher Association knew they needed to do something about it. Through the support of the community over the last two years as well as many miles walked by students in their Boosterthon Fun Runs, they raised nearly $44,000 to install new sunshades for the playground equipment and picnic tables so students and teachers can stay cool while playing and learning. They unveiled their efforts at the PTA’s Welcome Back Dinner last month. The evening centered on a catered dinner provided with the generous assistance of Massimo’s Pizza & Subs who were happy to partner with the school for this event. Students and their families

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filled their bellies with delicious Italian fare and had the opportunity to meet new and old friends. Besides important communication from the PTA to kick off the school year, the students were treated to dinner and a show. Six talented terriers and one perky poodle, assisted by their human, starred in the “Tricky Dogs Show,” a circus style show that entertained the audience. The evening culminated in the unveiling of the sunshades. Caren Katz, the PTA president for the 2016-2017 school year said, “It’s something really tangible to benefit kids. They can see the results of our efforts and use them everyday.” Last year’s PTA president, Michele Jones, affirmed Katz’s comments. “The community really came together for us,” she said. “The first year we raised about $17,000, but the second year, they stepped up even more raising about $26,000.” The next phase will be to schedule pavers for the area near the picnic tables. Jones and Katz plan to sell personalized bricks that families, alumni, and community members can purchase to leave a lasting mark on Apollo Beach Elementary as well as create a special space for students to grow and learn. Contact or call the school at 671-5172 and ask for the PTA representative. Apollo Beach Elementary is located at 501 Apollo Beach Blvd.

Seventh Annual Day Of Pampering For Moms-To-Be Seeking Donations

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Last year 475 moms-to-be, 30 dadsto-be and 250 guests attended the day of pampering along with 40 vendors. This year Hills-Ackbar is expecting more than 500 moms-to-be. Attendees will have the opportunity to attend training classes for new parents, receive gifts, lunch and even free Moms-to-be will have the opportunity to visit several vendors to massages. receive free items and parenting educational materials. “A lot of these On Saturday, October 8 the seventh expectant moms won’t get a baby showannual Day of Pampering for Moms-toer,” said Hills-Ackbar. “This is an opportuBe will take place at Ybor Square Church nity for them to have a shower and get of Scientology. This annual event has educated about parenting at the same helped countless expectant moms to pretime.” pare for motherhood. All of the moms-toIn order to give these parents-to-be be are on public assistance in the best head start possible, Caregivers Hillsborough County and are in need of Helping Hand, Inc. is hoping to provide the basic necessities to care for their the essentials they will need to care for babies. their child. To donate, volunteer or The day of pampering is the brainbecome a sponsor for this very special child of Tampa resident Richedean Hillsday, visit Ackbar and is sponsored by the non-profMoms-to-be can register at Moms-toit volunteer organization, Caregiver’s Hills-Ackbar said they Helping Hand, Inc. The annual event has are still in need of a pediatric center sponalways taken place on a Friday but this sor to come out and speak to the expecyear has been moved to a Saturday. tant parents. For additional information, “We’re hoping to bring in more dads call 379-8966. to the event and since most are at work The shower takes place from 10 on Fridays, we’ve decided to move it to a a.m.-2 p.m. at the Ybor Square Church of Saturday in the hopes more dads will be Scientology, located at 1300 E. 8th St. in involved,” said Hills-Ackbar. She is hoping Tampa. Siblings and grandmothers are to increase the number of dads in attenwelcome. dance by at least 100 percent she said. Natalie Carr Bustillo, DDS, MS Board Certified Pediatric Dentist

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Support Community Charities At Newland Communities Annual Concerts For A Cause

By Michelle Colesanti

become one of the most popular events in the area, attracting not just residents, but neighbors from surrounding 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 Newland Communities will once again hold its Concerts for a Cause at FishHawk Ranch and evening of great music," said Waterset. Lynda McMorrow, marketing Everyone is invited to come out manager at Waterset by and enjoy the lovely fall evenings lisNewland 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. Visit or "Our Concerts for a Cause have




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Dreams Realized With Opening Of The Art Factory At Winthrop Arts

By Kathy L. Collins

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

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

By Pearlie Mondovics

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

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

By Tamas Mondovics

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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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.

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 “These surveys will allow response from 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 throughout the county. 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 after which they will be analyzed to get a parks. picture of what residents want. better “The notices give residents another “We are hoping to get done with this opportunity to tell Hillsborough County campaign by the end of fall and put 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 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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Sheriff’s Office To Add New District To Meet Future Growth To meet the current needs and in order to accommodate future growth, 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 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 comA map of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office patrol districts shows the addition of District V, munities north of the Alafia which the department has proposed to launch next spring. River, such as Progress Village, During a recent neighborhood FishHawk, Gibsonton, Apollo Beach, Bloomingdale and northern Riverview which is held monthly at the and southern Riverview meeting, Ruskin, along with its substations. Bloomingdale Community Substation, including Balm, Wimauma and Sun District IV will continue to serve Bullara put things into perspective City Center. communities south of the river, Lithia,

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Bloomingdale Community Welcomes New Resource Deputy

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A small ment includes group of specialty Bloomingdale operations, area resiSpecial dents—regular Investigations attendees of Division as a the detective in Hillsborough 2006, as well County as serving on Bloomingdale and Gibsonton Community Resource Sheriff’s Office the first 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 Community Substation’s monthly meetDistrict Intelligence Unit for District IV in ings—welcomed HCSO Deputy Luke June 2009. In 2013, Hussey transferred Hussey as its new Community Resource back to patrol and worked primarily in Deputy (CRD). Gibsonton, with short stints in the As the current Gibsonton and now Bloomingdale area. 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,” of the office for health reasons. Hussey said. “I plan on continuing the Warren served the Bloomingdale same great service that Deputy Warren community as CRD since 2010, following gave to the Bloomingdale community and the retirement of Pete Maurer who served Deputy McMurtry gave to the Gibsonton the station for 12 years. community.” Married with three children, Hussey, Hussey minced no words as he 41, lives in Riverview and began his spoke about his confidence in the positive career with the Hillsborough County future of the Bloomingdale and the Sheriff’s Office in 1999 as a digital comGibsonton communities. munications dispatcher, shortly after “I am confident that working with resistumbling onto the department’s recruiting dents, crime will go down, relationships booth at the Strawberry Festival the same between the Hillsborough County Sheriffs year. Office and the community will continue to Born in New Hampshire, Hussey grow and we will continue to be a model grew up in Zephyrhills before moving to for law enforcement agencies and comGibsonton in 2004 from Tampa, then to munities around the nation,” he said. Riverview in 2013. Contact the Bloomingdale Hussey’s experience with the depart- Community Substation at 242-5501.

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In 19 years in the In August the Greater Riverview Free booth space is August, the SouthShore Chamber of Commerce hosted its available during Greater Community, has annual Teaching to Excellence three day event Riverview relocated the pracBreakfast. starting Friday, Chamber of tice to Quality Life This event recognizes Teachers of September 30 and Commerce Photo courtesy Leilani Warbritton Massage Therapy the Year, as well as welcoming all new running through (GRCC) Pita Kebob recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony. at 10015 Park teachers, from within 29 Riverview area Sunday, October 2. made a trip Place Ave. in Riverview. Larkin is a schools. Attendees were greeted at the Contact Ela at elato Ruskin to celebrate the opening of Certified door by a large or Jubilee Gymnastics’ new studio. Cupping cheering group of 484-8657 if interestMarybeth Wang and her instructors Massage Shark ed. 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Local Resident Helps Ugandans On Mission Trip

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Local 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.”

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

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Water Smart Tots To Host Designer Sunglasses Bingo

Local Residents Reduce Stress By Coloring

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

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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Hillsborough County Democratic Club Meeting

East Hillsborough County Democratic Club will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, September 13. Meet and greet at 6 p.m., meeting from 6:30 –8 p.m. at Beef O’Brady’s, located at 4330 Bell Shoals Rd. in Valrico. Sierra Fareed-Field Organizer and Ferguson Yacyshyn-State Coordinator for Florida Democratic Party will be guest speakers.

Job Fair

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 at 11111 N 30th St. in Tampa. Admission and parking are free. Over 30 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, visit

Riverview Woman’s Club Luncheon

Holly Hollenbeck, spokesperson for Duffey Tree Care, will be the speaker at the September Riverview Woman’s Club luncheon on Wednesday, September 21 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Hospital South, Franciscan II Conference Center, 6901 Simmons Loop in Riverview. The Riverview Woman’s Club is made up of homemakers, business women, retired women; all vital women who want to meet regularly and have a desire to give back to the community. RSVP, register and pay for the luncheon by Wednesday, September 14 at Call 528-0902.

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. in Riverview. The guest speaker is Joe Parr, director of Horticulture at Busch Gardens Tampa. The October meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 12 at 10 a.m. with guest speaker Phil Elting of Elting’s Exotic Plants. Parking and admission is free. Call 727-6567.

Summerfield Ladies Club Holds Regular Meeting And Bingo

The Ladies Club will hold its regular business A Flapjack meeting on Thursday, Fundraiser will Holly Hollenbeck, spokesperson for Duffey October 6 at 11 be held on Tree Care, will speak at the September a.m. at the Riverview Woman’s Club luncheon Saturday, Summerfield on Wednesday, September 21. September 17 Community Center at from 8-10 a.m. to benefit the U.S. 13011 Summerfield Blvd. in Riverview. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Tampa Bay Lunch will be served and entertainDivision. The cost is $7 per person. It ment provided. Food items for Hospice will take place at Applebee’s, located Food Pantry will be collected. The at 829 Providence Rd. in Brandon. meeting will be held at the community

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center at 13011 Summerfield Blvd. in Riverview. Bingo will be hosted by Ladies Club on Thursday, September 22 and again on October 27 at 10:45 a.m. at the community center. The cost is $6. Visitors are welcome. The monthly outing will be held on Thursday, October 20. The group will will be taking the Water Taxi in Tampa, and making several stops. The cost is $15 plus your lunch. Details will be discussed the next two meetings.

5th Annual Gifts & Crafts Fair At The Bridges Seeking Local Vendors

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 at 11350 Bloomingdale Ave. in Riverview. Interested vendors can contact Janet at 4138900 or

DAR Alafia Chapter Meets First Thursday Evening Each Month

The Alafia River Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (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. Any woman over 18 years old who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution is eligible for membership. Individuals interested in attending a meeting and learning more about joining the Daughters of the American Revolution can contact

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Apollo Beach Woman’s Club New Season Begins

The Apollo Beach Woman’s Club (ABWC) welcomes new and returning members to the Wednesday, September 14 luncheon meeting at 11:30 a.m. at Apollo’s Bistro, 520 Richies Way, in Apollo Beach. J Michael Hance, MHA Director of Operations at St Joseph’s Hospital South will speak about the hospital’s mission of Community Healthcare. Luncheon tickets are $18. Reservations for the luncheon meeting must be made by Friday, September 9. Contact Sharon Vasquez at 641-7856 or Membership is open to all women in Apollo Beach and the surrounding area. ABWC meets once a month. Its mission is to provide scholarships and make charitable contributions to families needing assistance. Dues are $25 annually. Contact Claudia Gassett at 352-2584580 or Visit www.apo

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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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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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Public Schools 2016-2017 Calendar, Florida Sheriff’s Association Awards Scholarships & More 2016-2017 School Calendar

Hillsborough County Public Schools began welcoming more than 200,000 students back to the district August 10. Cutting the summer break a bit shorter, the district’s approved new calendar has shifted the school year up two weeks. View the full calendar online at

Florida Sheriff's Association Awards Scholarships To Children Of Law Enforcement

Following in its annual tradition, the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSAA) awarded scholarships to 10 hardworking students studying toward a career in law enforcement, corrections or another criminal justice field. According to FSAA officials, the students look to follow in the footsteps of their parents as they are sons and daughters of employees working full-time for a Florida Sheriff's Office. Three of the 10 students chosen, Robert Bullara, Matthew Booth and Janae Dace, are children of Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) employees. To be considered for the scholarship, students submitted a five-page application and an essay on how their parent

University of Florida pursuing a degree in motivated them to choose law enforcecriminology with aspirations of attending ment. law school. The applications and essays were reviewed by a committee of representaDistrict Posts Free, Reduced Price tives from the Florida Sheriffs Association Meal Guidelines whose members selected 10 recipients. Matthew Booth, is the son of HCSO Hillsborough County Public Schools Master officials have Deputy Mark posted this Booth, who year’s guidewill be pursulines for free ing a degree and reduced in Criminal price meals Justice at the reminding parUniversity of ents and stuCentral dents to take Florida. advantage of Janae the district’s free Dace, breakfast prodaughter of gram offered, HCSO payregardless of roll clerk the child’s Yolanda household Dace, is income. planning to According Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Major Robert Bullara, left, attend and his wife Laura are joined by their son Robert who was to a recent awarded a scholarship from the Florida Sheriffs’ Hillsborough release, children Association. Community are able to College and then Albany State University. receive free, nutritious breakfast every Robert Joseph Bullara, is the son of school day thanks to The National School HCSO District 4 Major Robert Bullara, Breakfast Program, with breakfast options Sr., who is currently attending the that include fruit and yogurt parfaits,

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

By Kathy L. Collins

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

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.

The Tampa Theatre is playing Casablanca on Sunday, September 18 and Gone With The Wind on Sunday, September 11.

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: Gone with The Wind and Casablanca. The last one coincides with our ‘Caskablanca’ WineFest Weekend.” 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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SouthShore Chamber Raises $2,175 For Fifth Grade Student Constitutions

By Kate Quesada

SouthShore Chamber of Commerce staff Suzanne Ramella and Leslie Bennett helped organize a drive that resulted in their members donating $2,175 to purchase copies of the U.S. Constitution for local fifth grade students.

Elementary students all over the country will celebrate Constitution Day on Friday, September 16 and thanks to SouthShore resident Jan Caruthers and the SouthShore Chamber of Commerce, 2,559 fifth graders at 10 local schools now have their own copy of the document to keep. Caruthers, a member of the Chamber’s Educational Partnership Committee and a retired Hillsborough County school teacher, works with Collier County resident Joseph Cofield on The Constitution Project Inc. aiding its mission to provide a copy of a booklet titled Law of the Land - The United States Constitution to every fifth grade student in the state of Florida. The booklet, developed by Caruthers and Cofield, who is a 21-year veteran and 15-year educator, contains the Declaration of Independence, a study guide, famous patriotic quotes and a list of related websites in addition to the U.S. Constitution and can be purchased for only 85 cents a copy or $25 for a whole classroom. The students use the booklet at school and are then able to take them home to keep. To gain support for his mission, in 2015 Cofield visited each of Florida’s 67 counties and biked 21 miles and ran six miles to symbolize each of the 27 amendments. According to Caruthers, Cofield is a James Maddison Fellow and knows more about the Constitution than most. “Joe found out that Florida students have to know all about the constitution by the time they are in seventh grade, but that they don’t have the opportunity to take it home and really study it,” said

Caruthers, who has known Cofield for many years. “With these booklets they can write notes and really process the information.” Caruthers and Cofield worked together to develop the booklet and a website that makes it easy for people to donate, even to a specific school or classroom anywhere in Florida. “When I realized how low cost the booklets could be, I knew there would be a lot of people out there who would want to help,” said Caruthers, who adds that it is also possible to donate booklets to a class in someone’s name or memory. While thinking about how to promote the project, Caruthers decided to approach SouthShore Chamber Executive Director Melanie Morrison. “Melanie is magic,” said Caruthers. “I knew she would be the right person to get the word out for us.” Morrison announced the project at a chamber luncheon and raised more than $200 for it in less than an hour. By the end of the week-long campaign, chamber members had collected enough money to buy books for 87 full classes at more schools than she had originally planned. “This project is one of the coolest things we have ever done,” said Morrison. “Our members are so giving. They always want to help and just want to know how, so when I heard about this project, I knew it would be a big success.” Morrison explains that KidsRKids SouthShore was the biggest contributor with a donation of more than $500 and adds that none of the 26 donations was less than the $25 needed to provide copies for a whole classroom. For more information on the project or to purchase a copy of the book for a Florida fifth grade student, visit Cofield can also be reached at (239) 777-7768. To contact the SouthShore Chamber of Commerce, call 645-1366.

Well, we shorelines. are finally nearDuring the traning the end of sition periods, summer. The look for schools past few weeks roaming open have been flats and foragincredibly hot ing in the direcand humid, but tion of the tide. we have seen Once you plenty of sunlocate a school shine and clear Trevor from North Florida displays an upper slot red- of fish, there fish caught in Tampa Bay with Capt. Travis Yaeckel. are a few skies mixed in with afternoon thunderstorms. As we tran- methods for catching them. The best is to sition toward fall and cooler weather on already have a pattern established and the horizon, fishing will get better inshore. setup in the target area and chum/fish in September marks the beginning of the the vicinity. Normally, this is the case redfish spawn and large schools of these when you have previously been successfish can be found in spots throughout ful on a certain tide or weather condition Tampa Bay. and have confidence that the fish will be Hard bottom mangrove shorelines, in the area. The other is to approach the sandbars, and wide open grass flats that school while on the move. A lot of times have been vacant since spring will be this happens when you are searching for invaded by armies of redfish from now fish on the trolling motor and suddenly until November. The first element to being they appear. In this case, I recommend successful in catching these fish is taking the time to get ahead of the movpatience. At times, hundreds of fish can ing fish and present your baits as they gather in tight schools and occupy large move through. If they are not spooked, areas of water; sometimes impossible to having a load of live chum ready for an find. The old saying 90 percent of the fish approaching school can sometimes get are in 10 percent of the area couldn’t be them to settle down and stop to feed. truer when targeting redfish in the fall. Captain Travis Yaeckel is a native resiThey are often on the move and swimdent of the SouthShore area and charters ming about. A great technique for finding full time for Redfish, Snook, Trout, and them is anchoring up and studying the Tarpon. He is owner and operator of Instinct patterns of the mullet. The mullet schools Fishing Co.,based out of lower Tampa Bay. will often lead you in the right direction for To book a charter, call 830-FISH or visit Catch him on the reds. On the lower tides, they will Tampa Fishing Outfitters Radio Show on move off the deeper edges and troughs Sunday mornings from 8-9 a.m. at 1040 on the flats. On the higher water, they will a.m. Sports Talk the Team. move toward mangrove islands and

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A couple of my outdoor buddies, Ed and Arnold, and I have made it a goal to kayak the entire Peace River over the course of several separate adventures. The Peace River originates at the juncture of Saddle Creek and Peace Creek northeast of Bartow in Polk County and flows south through Hardee County to Arcadia in DeSoto County. The river meanders southwest into the Charlotte Harbor estuary at Port Charlotte in Charlotte County, a total of 106 miles. The section we traversed most recently goes from the Heritage Peace River Landing to Fort Meade Recreation Area and includes one of the most primitive and wonderful parts of the entire Peace River. The area is filled with amazing history. The Peace River was called Rio de la Paz (River of Peace) on 16th century Spanish charts and appeared as Peas Creek or Pease Creek on later maps. The Creek (and later, Seminole) Native Americans call it Talakchopcohatchee, the River of Long Peas; the river’s banks were covered with wild peas. Charlotte Harbor, with its abundant wildlife and fishery, supported the Caloosahatchee culture (in early historic times, the Calusa). As you listen to the rippling water, think back to the days of the Spanish explorers, Native Americans and first settlers and then come back to the present to take in the beauty of where you are paddling. The Peace River now supplies over six million gallons per day of drinking water to the people in the region. The Peace River Canoe Trail, 67

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miles of the total river, is officially designated as part of Florida’s Statewide System of greenways and trails. Along the banks one can see the scars of 19th century phosphate mining of the river banks, but much has been absorbed by the river and covered by lush vegetation. The river changes flow and character along the way. At times the river is narrow and rolls swiftly between high banks. Around a gentle curve, the river may widen and the current shift you over with its whimsical whorls of water. The Peace River is split by tiny islands (either going right or left around the island will get you further downstream), joined by numerous creeks, and populated by sandy beaches and sloping banks that provide excellent resting or camping spots. One of the highlights of our adventure was a side trip to investigate a raised area along the shore to look for artifacts. As I wandered along a cypress sink and over the muddy slopes, it was quite humid and my arms were feasting sites for ravenous mosquitoes. I explored the ridge that had been created by dredging a canal that connected with the river. After about 20 minutes of exploring I eyed my

first prize, an object about half the size of a banana that rested on the hillside. When I picked it up for closer examination, I realized it was a rib bone from a Metaxytherium floridianum, or Florida dugong, a cousin to today's manatee. The bone is at least two to three million years in age and perhaps much older. During further investigation I found shells and other artifacts. As you paddle along, look all around. You will be surrounded by cypress trees with moss beards, horizontal cabbage palms that dip their trunks in the water before jutting up and out from the shore to capture maximum sunshine and water, wading birds such as herons, ibis, and egrets feeding on the banks, a turtle or gator on a log, perhaps an otter swim-

ming alongside you, and soaring hawks overhead. Here is an important point. Before you head out to the river, make sure you plan your trip ahead and get the correct coordinates. Be patient. Being on the river is the reward, but often you can experience the frustration of any explorer by getting caught in driving down the incorrect roads and doing wrong turns on the way to get to your put-in and take out spots. We generally have a set-up where we arrange to have vehicles on each end of the route so we can paddle downstream. When we finish we put the kayaks on a vehicle and drive back to the beginning of the trip to unload one of the kayaks and get back into our vehicles and head out. All of this seems simple, but requires clear communication and good directions to maximize your time on the water. Get out on the river! More peace in later stories…enjoy the Great Florida Outdoors!

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Brandon Foundation’s Angels Program Connects Community Members In Need

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

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 said. “We ask our community to be the 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 legitimate needs and then disburse the 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 they will make a home visit to assess supporting initiatives that address local needs and begin coordinating servictheir needs. 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 experivisit Program, 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

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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An Evening With Unspoken At Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church

Beauty Pageant, Vendor Expo, Car Show To Raise Funds For Sickle Cell Awareness

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

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 causing anemia, a lot of beauty pageant is from pain, frequent infections, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. with delayed growth, vision a 1 p.m. start. Admission problems and more. is $15 for ages 12 and About 100,000 up and $5 for ages 6-11 Americans live with the years old. Kids 5 and disease, which is usually under are free. diagnosed in infancy. Denielle is hoping Ashlee Denielle’s that individuals and busifriend’s daughter has nesses will be interested Sickle Cell Disease and in sponsoring this event Ashlee Denielle’s daughter Mele’ she wanted to do someby donating items to be Alivia hugs Tootie at last year’s pageant raising awareness and raffled. Email thing to help bring money for Sickle Cell Disease. awareness. Her ter, Mele’ Alivia, was a winner of one of or 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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Destiny Church, located at 2322 11th Ave. SE in Ruskin, completed its Annual Freedom From Hunger campaign at the end of July. Each year members of the Destiny Church family are encouraged to bring non-perishable food to help feed people in the local area. This year 1,198 lbs. of food were donated to the Community Cupboard Food Bank that is administered by Calvary Lutheran Church in Apollo Beach. In addition to the food that was donated, Pastor Jerry Lubrano, lead pastor of Destiny Church, presented a check for $500 to Jim Wise, director of the Community Cupboard.

Shofar Factory To Be Held

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 will also address the rhyme and reason behind this custom. Participants will have

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the opportunity to create their own Shofar. This is part of a series by Live It Live Workshops - a program presented by Chabad Jewish 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 www.jewishbrandon. com/rsvp or 571-8100. It will be held at The Chabad Jewish Discovery Center at 1578 Bloomingdale Ave. on Sunday, September 18 at 11 a.m.

Free Movie Night At RUMC

The Hispanic Ministry of the Riverview United Methodist Church (RUMC) invites the community to enjoy a free movie night to view War Room. The movie will take place on Friday, September 9 at 7 p.m. and will be held in the Bill Chrichton Hall, located at 8002 US Hwy. 301 S. in Riverview. Call 3893607.

Blue Mass For First Responders

The St. Stephen Knights of Columbus wants to show its appreciation 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 Ed Sleyzak at 743-2805.

Upcoming Happenings At Beth Shalom

Shabbat services - Welcome the Sabbath Friday evenings at 7:45 p.m. Oneg, nosh and mingle follows. Jewish Art History – On Sunday, September 11 from 4-6 p.m., Susan Fader will look at the origins of Jewish Art

and how the Second Commandment 8371 or contacting mtrimble1@tamplayed a role in its evolution. A $10 tion is requested. All are welcome. Hebrew for Adults - A new class First Responders Appreciation Day taught by Rudina Tichter on Sunday On Wednesday, September 14, The mornings, September 11 - October 16 United Methodist Church of Sun City from 9:45–11:15 a.m. Non-member fee is Center at 1210 Del Webb Blvd. W. Sun $25. All are welcome. City Center will be giving thanks and Page Turners – On Monday, showing their appreciation to the brave September 19 from 6-7:30 p.m., join in for men and women who conversation and serve the Hillsborough light dinner as award County community yearnovel, The Innocents round. The church will be by Francesca Segal, handing out goodie bags is reviewed. and coffee to all iEngage: Jewish Hillsborough County First Values and the Responders as they drive Israeli-Palestinian through the portico (driveConflict A Hartman way in front of the Life Destiny Church Pastor Jerry Institute Lecture & Lubrano presents a $500 check to Enrichment Center) from Study Series – Led Jim Wise, director of the Community 7-11 a.m. Call 634-2539 x. Cupboard. by Rabbi Torop will 214. address and explore the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the Help For Quitting Tobacco complex meanings of peace in Jewish Quitting tobacco isn't easy. Finding tradition on Tuesday, September 20 from help should be. Tobacco Free Florida 7-8:30 p.m. offers free tools and services to help you Selichot Play - Saturday, September get started. In September, free communi24 at 7 p.m., join in as the complex lives ty worksite and clinic groups will be of contemporary Jews in an original work offered, with programs covering all forms written and acted by our congregants is of tobacco. Free Nicotine replacement examined. Selichot directly precedes the patches, gum and lozenges will be availDays of Awe. able, while supplies last and if medically Congregation Beth Shalom is located appropriate. The first class will be held at 706 Bryan Rd. in Brandon. Call 681Monday, September 12 at 5:30 p.m. at 6547. the University of South Florida Area

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The United Methodist Women at St. Andrew's are looking for vendors with crafts or gift items to apply for its 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 777-

Health Education Center at 3515 E. Fletcher Ave., Ste. MDT 1400 in Tampa. An additional class will be available on Monday, September 19 at 5:30 p.m. at the Oakfield Medical Plaza at 276 S. Moon Ave, Ste. 260 in Brandon. Pre-registration is required by calling 974-7889. For additional classes, visit

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Local Author Releases Third Book In YA Fantasy Trilogy

Local author, artist, and home school mom Kat Heckenbach has released the third book in her fantasy trilogy for teens, Toch Island Chronicles. Legacy Rewound finishes off the series with a combination of magic, mystery, and time travel. Melinda knew Kalek’s music created powerful visions, but it wasn’t supposed to actually send her into the past. Heckenbach is a graduate of the University of Tampa, Magna Cum Laude, B.S. in biology. Her YA fantasy series Toch Island Chronicles includes Finding Angel, Seeking Unseen, and Legacy Rewound. All three books are available on and in ebook and print. Visit or visit to keep up with her writing and events.

Special Events To Benefit Friends Of The Riverview Library

Friends of the Riverview Library are holding a book sale to raise funds for the library on Thursday, September 15 from

4-5:30 p.m. and Friday, September 16 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. All kind of books, DVDs, CDs for adults, young adults, and kids will be available. Bake sale goodies will be available on Friday. Bring a bag. Join the Friends for an EAT-IN at Fred’s Market Kitchen, located at 6501 U.S. 301, in Riverview on Wednesday, September 21 from 5-9 p.m. when Fred’s will donate to the friends a portion of any check presented for payment if you mention the Friends of Riverview Library. This will be a major fundraiser for the Friends of the Riverview Library. Riverview Library is located at 10509 Riverview Dr. Programs are courtesy of the Friends of Riverview Library and the Hillsborough Library System. Inquire at the Library Service Desk or call 273-3652.

Girl Scouts Invite Girls To Get Your Camp Face On

On Sunday, September 18 from 3-6 p.m., an event will be held to introduce girls in grades to K-12th to Girl Scouts and you can sign up for the 2016-17 year. Meet troop leaders and other Girl Scouts from the Caloosa community, which serves the Riverview/Brandon area. Girls will learn about campfire building, making camp crafts and go geocaching. It will be held at Girl Scout Camp Dorothy Thomas, located at 16119 Boyette Rd. in Riverview. The mobile Girl Scout store will also be on property to purchase uniforms.

Visit Camp Dorothy Thomas on Sunday, September 18 from 3-6 p.m. to find out about becoming a Girl Scout.

First Annual Shadow Run Dam Golf Benefit

Fun Scramble Format - Prizes for winners, longest drive, putting challenge, closest to the pin and more on Saturday, September 10 at Summerfield Crossings. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with an 8 a.m. shot gun start. All proceeds benefit the protection and maintenance of Lake Grady Dam. Call Gene Porter at 7462636.

Community Block Party Rescheduled

Tampa Dynamo Futbol Club has postponed its Community Block Party that was previously scheduled in August. The event will now take place on Saturday, December 10 from 3-8 p.m. at the summer field soccer complex located at 11942 Big Bend Rd. in Riverview. The club is looking for more local businesses to join in the festivities and make this truly a community centered event. There will be games, food, pay-to-play soccer games/tournaments, cross bar challenge, vendors, a silent auction, and raffles. Contact Marilyn Medina via email


Third Annual Bloomingdale High Alumni Tailgate & Business Expo

The Bloomingdale High School Academic Foundation will be hosting the 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 Tshirts 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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KnowledgePoints Celebrates 15 Years Of Success With Personal Approach To Tutoring

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over 25,000 different lesson materials to customize the lesson plan to fit the learning style, level and individualized skill of the student. Consultations with academic providers at the school are also arranged to ensure that the learning at the center transfers over to the classroom. With its focused learning environment, students work without distraction for motivational rewards. There’s no requirement to commit to a certain amount of days; it is an individualized program at the student’s own pace. “Unlike most brick and mortar tutoring facilities we’re affordable, we achieve goals faster and are therefore more cost effective,” said Rod. KnowledgePoints has affordable monthly payment plans as low as $150 a month. Rod and Elyce‘s goal is to help those who really need it and create that success by fostering a confiOwners of KnowledgePoints Rod and Elyce Burkhardt celebrate the success of 15 years in dence in school and in life. individualized education. “We started this because we Owners of KnowledgePoints saw first-hand the value of individualLearning Centers, Rod and Elyce ized instruction and the results speak Burkhardt, celebrate 15 years of nurturfor themselves (an average of two years ing academic success. growth in just 40 sessions),” noted KnowledgePoints provides individu- Rod. alized tutoring instruction for students in KnowledgePoints is located in three grades Pre-K-12th grade who are strug- convenient locations in Valrico, Plant gling, have fallen behind or are in need City and Riverview. For more informaof an additional challenge. tion, visit or KnowledgePoints is equipped with call 655-4353.

Tampa Theatre Presents Its 15th Annual WineFest, Caskablanca

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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. Tickets are just $10 and include a film talk year old movie palace’s ongoing preserwith the Tampa Bay Times film critic vation and restoration. Steve Persall and former Tampa Tribune On Friday, September 16, a twofilm critic Bob Ross. tiered Wine Tasting invites you to taste “WineFest 2016 will be bigger and dozens of boutique wines, sample better than ever with fantastic independfavorite fare from more of Tampa’s top ent restaurants, delicious wines and the independent restaurants than ever before, and bid on premium silent auction elegant and classic film Casablanca as the backdrop for the weekend. Come items representing area retailers, restaudrink wine, have fun and support the rants, services and attractions. The Tampa Theatre and its 90 years of servPremium Tasting is from 7-8 p.m. and ice to the community,” said Michael features exclusive wines for a limited Stanton, vice chair of the WineFest comaudience. Tickets are $90 and include mittee. admission to the Grand Tasting. The The Tampa Theatre is located at 711 Grand Tasting is from 8-10 p.m. and tickN. Franklin St. in downtown Tampa. For ets are $55. On Saturday, September 17, the the- tickets, visit


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Hillsborough Commissioners Seek Applications For Citizen Boards And Councils

Hillsborough County Commissioners are seeking residents to serve on several county citizen advisory boards and councils. Residents interested in seeking appointments must reside in and be registered voters in Hillsborough County. These are voluntary positions, and members serve without compensation. Applicants may apply to more than one board but may only serve on one board at a time unless specifically approved by the Board of County Commisioners. All applicants must submit a completed Questionnaire for County Appointments and a Standards of Conduct Form. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The deadline to apply is Thursday, September 15. Appointments will be scheduled for a meeting of the Board of County Commissioners in October or November 2016. The forms are available in the commissioners’ reception area on the second floor of County Center at 601 E. Kennedy Blvd. in downtown Tampa; by calling the Boards and Councils

Coordinator at 272-5826; or on the county’s website at Click on the “Government” link on the top of the page, then the “Boards and Committees” sublink. The Application Questionnaire for County Appointments is in the middle of the page, along with the Standards of Conduct Form. These forms can be filled out and printed, and then scanned and emailed, faxed, hand-delivered, or mailed. All forms must be signed and dated and be completed in entirety to be eligible. Both forms must be submitted in order for the application package to be complete. Additional directions for submission are listed on the questionnaire. If you apply to a board that requires a background check, you must also submit a Background Investigation Disclosure and Authorization Form, which is also on the webpage listed above. For more information on openings on advisory boards and councils, visit dCouncils or contact Luann Finley, Director of Board Services, at 2725826.

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Firehouse Cultural Center’s Firehouse Pub Kicks Off Season This September The Firehouse funny with his humorCultural Center in ous observations and Ruskin offers a lot of southern comedic style. great art and entertainOn Saturday, ment including its September 24 enjoy an Firehouse Pub. The eclectic mix of modern Firehouse Pub returns blues and Americana this September. You will when Victoria Ginty and not want to miss the Ladyhawke take the great line up of enterstage. Ginty is a highly tainment organizers accomplished and have scheduled. nominated singer who To kick off the seamakes her home in son, the Firehouse will Apollo Beach. present The Rumba Next, on Friday, The Rumba Brothers who will perform on Saturday, September 10 at September 30 come Brothers on Saturday, The Firehouse Pub. September 10. The see a Comedy Show Rumba Brothers play a mixture of Italian, featuring top rated comedian, Rene Bray Mariachi, Caribbean Latin and Flamenco who comes on stage with a shy smile music. and within five minutes you will feel as if On Saturday, September 17, The Tyou are at a party listening to a long lost Bone Hamilton Quartet will perform. The friend. T-Bone Hamilton Quartet is made up of All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. the best jazz musicians from the Tampa Advanced tickets for the comedy shows Bay area. The instrumental band perare $18 for members and $23 for nonforms music from the Great American members. On the day of the show, tickets songbook including compositions from will be $23 for members and $28 for nonMonk, Miles Davis and Ellington. members. Advanced tickets for the musiNext, on Friday, September 23, come cal shows are $18 for members and $23 see the Firehouse Pub’s Clean Comedy for non-members. Day of show tickets are Show. This is a very funny show without $23 for members and $28 for non-memcursing or overly suggestive material. The bers. The Firehouse Cultural Center is headliner is Juanita Lolita who takes pride located at 101 1st Ave. NE in Ruskin. For in being able to make you laugh without more on these shows and upcoming profanity. The show will also feature Vic shows and programming, visit www.fireClevenger who shows everyday life is or call 645-7651.

Art, Drawing Celebrated At Ruskin's 9th Annual Big Draw Festival Ruskin's 9th Annual to canvas banners. All Big Draw, which is a of the wood cuts will be celebration of art and made prior to the day drawing, will be held on of The Big Draw. If you Saturday, October 1 are interested in creatfrom 2-5:30 p.m. at the ing one, contact Firehouse Cultural Michael Parker at 846Center located at 101 2000. 1st Ave. NE in Ruskin. Also in front of the The Big Draw is an Firehouse there will be international event celean “Evolving brating drawing and art Sculpture.” Smith said, all over the world. “Stop here before you Locally, the Ruskin Big head inside for more Draw was started in fun and be sure to see 2008 to celebrate the how it has changed Ruskin's 9th Annual Big Draw vision of the town's before you leave for Festival will take place Saturday, October 1 at the Firehouse Cultural the day.” namesake, John Center in Ruskin. Ruskin, a Victorian artist Inside the and writer. This year's international theme Firehouse’s main room there will be a is The STEAM Powered Big Draw. The variety of creative stations. In the back theme brings together science, technoloroom, you can play with the light projecgy, art, engineering and math. tions activity, and on the back patio, there According to local chair, Linda Smith, will be chalk drawing with machines and "This is the 9th annual Big Draw Festival windsock activity. to be held in Ruskin. This year we have In addition to all of the activities, there designed 10 free activities that will be fun will be beverages. No registration is for a variety of ages. Each activity will required and everyone is invited to attend combine art with some aspect of STEM regardless of your art ability. The 9th (science, technology, engineering and Annual Big Draw Festival is made possimath).” ble thanks to sponsors such as the In front of the Firehouse there will be SouthShore Arts Council, the Firehouse a group of artists making large scale Cultural Center and the Arts Council of woodcuts (between 4’x4’ and 4’x8’) on Hillsborough County. For more informaplywood. At the event, artists will be using tion, visit a ride on steam roller to transfer the prints or call 645-7651.

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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.

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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Bay Area Athletes Shine At 2016 National Junior Disability Championships

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 States. Sports USA Junior annual USA Junior Nationals Disability The numbers Nationals is for athletes 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 year in a row. Chasanoff, the mission of PSTB is to proPSTB athlete Beecher Bruno, 18, mote health, independence and personal also came home with a special treat after growth for people with physical disabilities he received the “Spirit of Excellence” through sports. Award for swimming. “We are like a family,” Chasanoff During the event, Bruno earned 11 said, adding that he is particularly proud gold and three silver medals, including of the childrens performance. first place in five swim events; 50, 100, For more information and complete 200 yard freestyle, and 50 and 100 yard results, visit

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As the 2016 fall brings to the court a athletic season decade of volleyball heats up, the East coaching experience, Bay Indians girls volwhich she hopes to make leyball team welgood use of this season. comed rival school “Playing the game Riverview Sharks for here is not just about winan early season ning,” Thornton said. non-conference “Win or lose, I am intermatch, giving both ested in creating an attiteams a chance to tude of overall success in measure up their these girls on and off the skills and talents. court.” When it was all Thornton saw more said and done, the than 50 girls show up for Indians volleyball tryouts and agreed that fans got everything East Bay Indians girls volleyball pro- one of the toughest parts gram Head Coach Brian Adams gives of the season happens they hoped for as some direction to his team during a long before the first their team, under recent match against Riverview. the direction of promatch. gram Head Coach Brian Adams, played “It is difficult to cut the roster down to four sets and defeated the Sharks 3-1. the required number of players,” she said, While the outcome of the match adding that at the end she had to say no could have gone either way, it gave both to a little more than 20 players. “We programs the opportunity for a hard look ended up with 14 players each on varsity at what to improve on and do better, and JV.” especially since both teams face a tough The Sharks are now counting on the district line up. leadership of six returning seniors includIn Class 8A District 9, the Indians will ing team captain Alexis Acosta, who face off a number of solid district title con- spoke highly of her coach and the positenders such as Bloomingdale, Durant tively about the upcoming season. and Strawberry Crest, along with Plant “With a new coach and new energy, City, Lennard and Tampa Bay Tech. we have a lot going for us this year,” With teams such as Newsome, Acosta said while her junior team mate Alonso, and Riverview (Sarasota) in the Perry Rodgers, emphasized that the team Class 9A District 6, lineup, the Lady has a lot of hard work ahead of them. Sharks also have to tighten the belt if they For more information about both hope to reach the post season. teams and the current girls volleyball seaRiverview is now led by first time pro- son, visit gram Head Coach Jessie Thornton, who

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