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Dave And Buster’s, iFly & Carvana Add To Exciting News For Bass Pro Area

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between. Closing is scheduled for mid-December on the 5.86-acre parcel adjacent to Bass Pro Shops on the north side. Also located on the north side of Bass Pro Shops will be Carvana and Home 2 Suites by Hilton. Carvana is revolutionizing the car buying industries as a completely online used car dealership where users shop, finance and trade cars through its website. Tyler Roberts, Director of Retail Services for Roberts & Associates Southeast, could not report anything about the type of facility that would be built and said, “We are working on permits at this time.” Home 2 Suites by Hilton has a scheduled closing of September 30, according to Roberts and construction is Story Continued On Page 14

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Anchored by Bass Pro Shops and Top Golf, the Estuary, a mixed-use entertainment, retail and medical office project located adjacent to I-75 off of Palm River Road is abuzz with activity and may quickly become a hub of entertainment, dining and shopping. The most recent announcement causing a stir of excitement is Dave and Buster’s, a national arcade restaurant dubbed as a destination to eat, drink play and watch sports under one roof. The venue, with a location in Orlando, offers a variety of games from Pac-Man to Skee Ball and dance revolution to the latest video games and more. The 40,000-sq- ft.-facility also will offer a full liquor bar with dining options including appetizers like wings and calamari to full entrees such as ribs, steaks, seafood, salads and everything in

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28th Annual Trick Or Treat Street Offers Family Friendly Contests, Prizes & More Ghosts, ghouls and goblins will be lurking about the parking lot of Riverview High School on Saturday, October 22 as it is time for the area’s biggest annual Halloween Celebration, Trick or Treat Street 2016. The 28th annual event offering safe trick-or-treating for children of all ages is presented by the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation and Riverview High School. The free event attracts thousands of children each year and businesses, churches and other local organizations decorate booths and hand out candy. There are also games, bounce houses, costume contests and plenty of local flavors to sample. Kim Pessoa of Riverview attended Trick or Treat Street two years ago with her kids. She said, “They have many vendors, almost like an event at Convention Center.” She added, “They had a haunted School Bus that was awesome, and for kids over age 6. It was a lot of fun, and would definitely go again.” Kids costume contests will be held throughout the evening, starting with everyone age 3 and under at 5 p.m.; ages 4-7 at 5:30 p.m.; 8-11 years at 6:30 p.m.; and, age 12-15 years at 7 p.m. There is a $5 entry fee per person. Dog owners are also encouraged to bring their canine friends in costume for the Four Paws Veterinary Hospital Dog Costume Contest that kicks off at 6 p.m. Dogs of all sizes are welcome. Registration will be a $10 donation to benefit C.A.R.E. There are many sponsors already onboard but there is always room for more. Businesses and organizations can get involved by designing a booth, dress-

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More than 3,000 people are expected at the 28th Annual Trick or Treat Street at Riverview High School on Saturday, October 22, 4-8 p.m.

ing up and handing out candy or small toys. There will be prizes in several categories for booth design. Participating business include: The Alley at SouthShore, The Mosaic Company, Chris’s Plumbing Service, Inc., YMCA Camp Cristina, Thatcher Properties and many more. Trick or Treat Street 2016 will be held from 4-8 p.m. at Riverview High School, 11311 Boyette Rd. Admission is free and there is a $5 donation for parking. For more information or to become a sponsor, contact the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce office at 813-234-5944 or visit

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Barrington & Randall Middle Schools Offer Counseling To Military Kids & Families

By Tamas Mondovics

Every member of communication and a military family relationships at knows all too well the home and at school, wide variety of issues life skills such as imposed on them by problem solving, military life. But coping conflict resolution, with these demands adjusting to change, may be most difficult issues including bulfor the family’s chillying and anger dren and to help, the management as well Department of as changes on the Defense (DoD) funds home front such as the Child and Youth deployment and Behavioral Military reunion, divorce, Counselor Tammy Alsing, left is welcomand Family Life and loss. grief ing military mom Nikki Hall to Randall Middle School. Hall recently moved to Counselor (CYBAlsing added FishHawk from Alabama. MFLC) program, that counseling which plays a key role in giving military makes a difference through the use of children the support they may need durprograms such as behavioral intervention ing some of the more challenging periin classrooms and feedback to parents ods. and staff through discussions and interacContracted by the Hillsborough tions with children. County Public Schools, children of military “Counseling is always confirmed by families who attend Barrington and the parents ahead of time and is at times Randall Middle Schools have been enjoy- available in group sessions, which can ing the federally funded services of one include civilian students as well,” Alsing such counselor, Tammy Alsing. said, but added that services are private Specializing in child and behavioral and confidential with the exception of issues, Alsing brings years of experience child abuse or neglect, domestic abuse at no cost to the more than 100 military and other duty-to-warn situations. children at Barrington. Randall currently Each week, Barrington Middle boasts of 150 military children. School military children and families may “We cover a wide variety of issues take advantage of Alsing’s expertise on the students are dealing with at school or Mondays and Tuesdays, from 9 a.m. to 3 at home, both on and off campus,” Alsing p.m. said. “My hope is that parents and the On Wednesdays, Thursdays and students are aware of the support that Fridays, Alsing’s services are utilized at are provided for them exclusively.” Randall. For more information, about According to Alsing, MFLCs can Hillsborough County Public Schools, address issues related to self-esteem, please visit www.

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Halloween Horribles Parade At Center Fair Shows Blue Ribbon Country Pride By Kate Quesada Place, A Longtime Community Tradition There is a lot more to this year’s By Kathy L. Collins

Get a jump very safe event for on Halloween children. Each child this year and leaves with a big bag join fellow of candy and goodprincesses, ies. It gives them one super heroes more opportunity to and ghosts at wear their costumes.” Galia added, “We Center Place's love to see all of the 19th Annual munchkins and how Halloween creative they can be Horribles with their costumes. It Parade. This is a wonderful comfun, family munity event.” friendly event Annual Halloween Horribles Parade on Vendors, local is set to take Sunday, October 30 at Center Place of Brandon. The event is free but participants businesses and place on must have a ticket. organizations, line the Sunday, parade route and give out candy, stickOctober 30 beginning at 3 p.m. at Center Place located at 619 Vonderburg ers or beads to the children. There is no cost to be a vendor, but each vendor Dr. in Brandon. must supply enough goodies for 500 All children must be accompanied children. If you are interested in particiby an adult. In order to participate, chilpating, please contact Center Place at dren must have a ticket (cost $2) which 685-8888 by Friday, October 14. must be purchased in advance. Tickets Center Place was created by the are available at Center Place. community in 1976. For 40 years, The parade line up begins at 2:30 Center Place has been a central venue p.m. on the Center Place deck area. The parade route from Center Place will that allows the community to come together for fun events such as the take participants down South Parsons Annual Halloween Horribles Parade, the Ave. past Brandon Regional Hospital Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and and then back up Vonderburg Dr. and more. Center Place, a non-profit organiends back at Center Place. zation, offers cultural enrichment opporThe parade route is lined with ventunities for all ages through a variety of dors from the area's finest businesses programs including original art exhibiand civic organizations who will have tions, education and the performance of Halloween treats available for all of the art. costumed munchkins. For more information, please visit According to Dawn Galia, Executive or call Director of Center Place, "Center Place’s Halloween Horribles Parade is a 685-8888.


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Family Friendly Halloween Fun At Local Theme Parks & More

Compiled By Michelle Colesanti

Before you arrive dressed up for the occasion, please read the official costume guidelines at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party for children and adults. Visit for more information or to purchase tickets.

Lowry Park Zoo – Creatures of the Night

This new Halloween event, Creatures of the Night, will offer a widerange of activities for all. From youngsters to teens and adults, find eerie adventures for the entire family throughout the Zoo. Wander into scare zones or encounter animals at night. You can party the night away at a ghoulish dance party. You won’t find horror or gore, just scares and startles for one and all. The animal areas will be open, pending weather and other circumstances, besides the Florida Boardwalk. Please visit before 5 p.m. to see the Florida animals including manatees, stingrays, and black bears. In addition, Animal Ambassadors will have scheduled mingles in select locations. Children (ages 11 and under) are invited to arrive in their most spooktacular attire. Toy weapons of any sort will not be permitted. For the comfort and safety of all guests, adults (ages 12 and older) are prohibited from wearing masks, wigs, face paint or costumes of any kind. It will take place on Fridays and Saturdays from October 7 - October 29 and will remain open until 10 p.m. For members of the Zoo, Creature’s of the Night is included in their membership. For more information, visit

princesses can roam the Aquarium— Guppyween. Trick-or-treat among over 20,000 sea creatures, makes for the perfect family-friendly Halloween event. Entertainment and treats will be provided, so come dressed in your best costume. The cost for kids in costume is $10. Adults (12yrs and older) pay the regular admission price Regular Admission Price of $24.95 or $22.95 online. Florida Aquarium Members and children under 2 get in free.

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Legoland’s Brick or Treat Returns

Brick or Treat will be back with more spooky, kooky Halloween fun for kids. Expanded in 2016, the friendly-not-frightening event features trick-or-treating along the Brick or Treat Trail, larger-thanlife LEGO models, LEGO build activities, the world's largest LEGO jack-o-lantern, a scavenger hunt with prizes, and an exclusive, Halloween-themed fireworks show in Pirates' Cove. Brick or Treat will take place on weekends in October 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 2223, 29-30 and Halloween 31. No fireworks on Halloween. Visit for pricing information.

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A Country Cat House Pampers Feline Guests With Luxury Stays

By Michelle Caceres

When Valrico daily and immediresident Janice ate litter box Gambone goes out changing when it of town, she checks gets soiled. family members “We are odorCletus, Rudy, Oliver free here,” said and George into a Dalton, whose local hotel with a desk sits squarely great view. in the middle of the It’s not a hotel. Marriott or Hilton, Additional but to her feline services offered companions, it’s a include haircuts, place where they nail trims and A Country Cat House owner Eileen Dalton, receive love and posing with her own feline friend Papa, has baths. Short and pampering until she been boarding kitties in the FishHawk area long term boarding for 27 years. returns. is offered. A Country Cat House, located at Gambone has been a checking her 15501 Boyette Rd., has providing cat felines into A Country Cat House for owners with a safe, stress-free environ- more than 20 years. ment for their felines for 27 years. “They’re my fur babies,” said “Because we are a cats-only facility Gambone. “I can go on vacation and the animals don’t get stressed out by relax knowing that my animals are the sound of barking dogs at other facil- being treated how I would treat them at ities or the medicinal smell of a vet’s home.” office,” said A Country Cat House A Country Cat House is open owner Eileen Dalton. Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and She and her husband Scott live on Saturday 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. “Even the property so are always on hand to though the office is closed on Sundays, tend to their guests’ needs. A Country we are here 365 days a year taking Cat House offers a variety of large spa- care of the kitties,” said Dalton. cious condos, villas and three-story Tours are available Monday – townhouses. All units feature floor-toFriday between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and ceiling windows overlooking tropical Saturday 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. No appointgardens. Some suites have their own ment is necessary. fish tank or television. For more information about A Included in the room rate is premiCountry Cat House or to make a reserum Science Diet food, daily playtime vation visit www.acountrycathousetamwith one of their people pals, bushing or call 654-2287.

By Nicole Heubusch

How Can Your HOA Use Your Newsletter To Promote Community Involvement? Typically, most homeowners associations (HOA) provide residents with a community newsletter. It can be weekly, bimonthly, or even monthly, as long as it provides a source of communication. It is one of the most effective ways an HOA can communicate with residents about sponsored activities, upcoming events, or just general community news and updates. If you feel that your attendance levels are low, there might be a lack of awareness about ongoing events. In that case, here are a few simple ways to get residents excited about reading their HOA newsletter.

Promote, Promote, Promote

Promote all your events. Whether a community garage sale, a networking event, a movie night, or even a big holiday event, residents won’t show up if they don’t know something is happening. Create a calendar section in your newsletter that includes a recap of last month, so residents can see what they might have missed, and add all the events for the upcoming month.

Provide HOA Updates And Board Decisions

Is there something big happening with the HOA board? Did you get the approval for pool renovations, or to

plant those new trees that residents wanted? Whatever it is that’s going on with the board, your residents might be interested in knowing. Provide the information on board meetings too, when and where, in case residents would like to attend.


Contests are a great way to get the community involved. It could be something fun like a newsletter crossword puzzle, or even have residents take a picture of something in the community to send in for next month. Contests are especially helpful when trying to promote an event. Give away tickets to the event, or a prize during; that’s a good way to ensure a higher attendance.

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Allow your residents to have a voice in the newsletter. Ask for them to share ideas and activities for the newsletter, address their complaints in the newsletter, or even recruit a few residents to write a guest article. If you have any tips for promoting community involvement with your HOA newsletter, or any news from your HOA that you want published in the Osprey Observer, send them to to be featured in an upcoming HOA article.

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Volume 15, Issue 10

Stein & Vine Is The Local Friendly, “Pub”

By Nicole Heubusch

By Tamas Mondovics

Former Rodgers Middle School Teacher Arrested For Lewd And Lascivious Conduct With A Juvenile Following a three learned that Geist was still month investigation, providing the phone service Hillsborough County and seized the cell phone, Sheriff’s detectives arrestfor evidentiary purposes. ed a former middle school On Monday, September teacher at Rogers Middle 12, 2016, Geist was arrestSchool in Riverview for ed at his residence without providing a smart phone to incident on a warrant for a student and requesting Lewd or Lascivious Conduct that she take sexually Solicitation, and was transexplicit pictures and video ported and booked into the of herself in sexual situaHillsborough County Orient Former Rodgers Middle tions. School Teacher, Michael Road Jail. Geist reportedly Geist, 31, was arrested posted $7,500 bond the folBrandon resident, for providing a smart Michael Geist, 31, was a phone to a student and lowing day. teacher at Rogers Middle While the investigation requesting sexually explicit pictures and video of her- continues, the incident is School during the second self. The incident reminded semester of the 2015-2016 parents to keep a close another strong reminder for school year. parents to keep a close eye eye on their children’s activities, on computers on their children’s activities. Investigators said, that and mobile devices. in April 2016, Geist gave Thanks to technology, the smart phone to the student as a gift sexting has become all too common and, and set up applications such as email young people become victims. Sexual and social media accounts on the phone, cyber crimes targeting children, are requesting her to have sexual communikeeping detectives and investigators cations with other students to include busy. sending nude pictures. Geist requested One example of such crimes, that the student take sexually explicit pictures has made headlines in recent times is and video of herself in sexual situations, Sextortion, which occurs when someone detectives said. threatens to distribute private and sensiIn May 2016, staff at Rogers Middle tive material. School were made aware of the allegaLocal law enforcement officials contion and notified the Sheriff’s Office, inititinually urging parents to communicate ating an investigation, which has prompt- with their children as well as supervise ed Geist to resign from Rogers Middle their computer or mobile device usage. School. For more info about the HCSO During the investigation detectives please visit

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from Coppertail, Hidden Ale Springworks, and Cigar City Brewing, along with other Bay Area favorites. When the pub first opened it was popular as a place to grab a craft beer or glass of wine, but patrons quickly discovered that the kitchen's offerings of uniquely crafted food dishes is what truly made The Stein & Vine stand out. As regulars know, the menu has two sections, “the usual suspects” that include local favorites and a rotating menu that is inspired and crafted daily The ‘usual suspects’ offers dishes such as the "Juicy Lacey", a burger with a cheese-filled patty (grab extra napkins!) and the famous Stein & Vine tater tots. In addition to serving its community with food and drinks, The Stein & Vine enjoys helping local charities. On October 7th, you can help The Stein & Vine support the Brandon Ballet for the 2nd annual Beer for Barres event held at The Barn at Winthrop. For more information, visit You can view the daily menu changes on their Facebook page at or on their website at The Stein & Vine is located at 827 West Bloomingdale Ave. in Brandon and opens daily at 12 noon. For more information call 655-4786.

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Bell Shoals Baptist Church Opening Its Fifth Campus In Riverview

Staff Report

Bell Shoals has been a part of the Brandon community for over 50 years and their Senior Pastor Dr. Stephen Rummage brings a vision of “one church multiplied to transform West Central Florida with the Gospel.” And with that committPastor Kyle ment, the church is Norton, wife Amy and son Luke will pleased to lead the newest announce its Bell Shoals Baptist Campus at newest campus Sessums. which will open its doors on Sunday, October 30 at 11 a.m. The campus will meet at Sessums Elementary [11525 Ramble Creek Drive, Riverview, FL 33569] each week. Campus Pastor Kyle Norton has worked with the campus expansion team and church volunteers for almost a year laying the groundwork. Norton is a native of Pensacola, Florida and met his wife, Amy while both were students at the University of West Florida. They have one son, Luke (2) who is not only, as they say, full of life but a gift that brings them a tremendous amount of joy. Norton says he loves living out his calling to communicate the Bible in such a way that people see that they not only have immense value as human beings but are created for a purpose. Norton further shared, “We want to be the best neighbor and we will engage

with the community in assisting to meet the physical, mental and spiritual needs of Riverview.” Riverview resident and Bell Shoals member Matthew Del Monte, is among many people who are excited about the expansion of the new Riverview Campus. “I believe God will use this campus to offer real hope and new life to the residents of Riverview and beyond. I am excited to come along side our Pastor Kyle and my church to branch out to my hometown.” As a way of introduction, Bell Shoals will host two block parties. The first will be on Saturday, October 15 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at South Pointe Park. The second will take place on Saturday, October 29 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Sessums. Both will feature bounce houses, cotton candy, face painting, door prizes, hotdogs, music and more. Bell Shoals Baptist Church has campuses in Apollo Beach, Brandon, Palm River, as well as a Hispanic campus located in the Chapel at the Brandon location. Visit or call 813-6894229 for information about campus locations, service times and activities. You can also follow Bell Shoals on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @BellShoals.

Blessings In A Backpack Feeds At Risk Students With Weekly Food Supply

By Kate Quesada

When 195 stuschools and has also dents from low income stocked an in-school families at local elefood pantry at mentary schools go Armwood High home this Friday, they School. will have enough food One of the for the weekend schools that receives thanks to a foundation food every weekend started by a River Hills for it’s students is family. Ippolito Elementary in Riverview. The The Walker school’s social worker Thomas Lane River Hills resident and founder of The Angela Weck believes Foundation was creatWalker Thomas Lane Foundation Angel that the donations are ed when Angel and Tim Lane and Ippolito Elementary School Lane’s two year old son Social Worker Angela Weck work together life changing for the with Blessings in a Backpack to provide Walker passed away food to low income families over the week- students who receive ends during the school year. them. on February 20, 2013 “The program is from respiratory complireally filling a gap and impacting families cations from pneumonia. The Lanes, here in our community,” said Weck, who including Walker’s twin brother Jameson explained that more than 80 percent of and older brother Braden, decided they the students at the school qualify for free wanted to honor Walker by helping other children through a partnership with the or reduced lunches. established charity Blessings in a The Walker Thomas Lane Backpack. Foundation is making it easy for residents “There are so many children within to help. Food can be dropped off at various locations around the community and our community that have food insecurities,” said Angel. “No child should ever be this month, Osprey Observer offices at 918 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. is acting as a worried about when they will get their drop off point for non-perishable food next meal, so we are helping change it.” items such as canned foods and soups, “Since starting our initiatives, we mac and cheese boxes, Ramen Noodles, have received an amazing amount of canned fruits and fruit cups, soft granola support, monetary donations and food bars, individual oatmeal packs and pudfrom local businesses, our church and ding cups. They request no peanut prodindividuals that have an amazing heart,” ucts, please. said Angel. “Our village of people are For more information on Blessings in helping make a difference in a child's life. a Backpack, visit www.blessingsinabackLiving generously is an amazing thing.” The Lanes can be reached at Currently, the Lane’s foundation is 654-7307. helping children at four local elementary

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Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Offers Fun, Fresh, Flavors & Supports Teams Too

By Tatiana Ortiz

restaurants throughout the region. Furthermore, the restaurant is known for its tacos and prices do vary. The tacos range from $1.99 to $2.99. Besides tacos, the restaurant does serve an array of other food items such as chips and queso, enchiladas, salads and much more. Also, diners can order alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages such as coffee, bottled water and beer just to name a few. Traveling to Baja “I would recomCalifornia, Texas and mend the California Mexico might be quite Heat Taco and the the trip for some. Diners Cilantro-Lime Rice at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop in as a go to for a food Brandon, can taste all here,” option of these flavors of the baja style tex-mex cui- Enchilada platter with chips and queso Lieberman said. Fuzzy’s Taco sine and save money. The family-orientruns specials Monday through Shop ed restaurant provides a comfortable Sunday. For instance, on Monday’s kid’s atmosphere for individuals of all ages. eat free. Also, the restaurant offers $1.59 “We like to keep it simple with our on select tacos, all day happy hour and high quality fresh foods and fair prices,” $3 loaded Corona’s on Tuesday’s. Call said Ian Lieberman, owner of Fuzzy’s 324-7177 to find out a list of more speTaco Shop. cials. On February of this year, Fuzzy’s “As we continue to grow our restauTaco Shop in Brandon opened. The rants, we are committed to being active 4,300 sq. ft. building displays an ample in the community,” Lieberman said. amount of space for diners to choose For more information visit between indoor or outdoor patio seating. It is located at Also, the restaurant features a full serv2874 Providence Lakes Blvd. in ice bar. Along with that, an exhibit of flat Brandon. Hours of operation are Monday screen televisions can be seen both through Thursday 11 a.m.11 p.m., inside and outside the place. With over 100 stores, the family owned and operat- Friday through Saturday 11 a.m.- midnight and Sunday 11 a.m.- 10 p.m. ed national franchise aims to build more

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Apollo Beach Dermatology Celebrates Six Years Of Serving The Community

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Stepping foot into a place that feels cozy like a home, but resonates as a boutique style atmosphere can describe the Apollo Beach Dermatology office in Gibsonton. This dermatology office offers a wide range of David S. Sax, MD dermatological services and accepts most insurances. In 2001, David S. Sax, MD moved to Florida and founded University Park Dermatology & Medical Spa located in Sarasota. Before that, the Philadelphia native completed his undergraduate studies at Penn State University and became the recipient of the Braddock scholarship. He completed his dermatology residency at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Also, Dr. Sax received his MD at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Lastly, he did an internship at the Pennsylvania State University Medical Center, in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Along with that, in 2010 he expanded to the Gibsonton area and opened the satellite office Apollo Beach Dermatology. The 6,000 sq. ft. office in Sarasota provides more amenities for patients, but both offices do interconnect. Apollo Beach Dermatology provides a variety of servic-

es such as treatments for acne, rashes, skin cancer diagnosis, which would fall under medical dermatology. Other services the Gibsonton location administers include surgeries for skin cancers, cysts and cosmetic dermatology such as Botox and fillers. Individuals can find Obagi, Skinceuticals and Elta MD products at Apollo Beach Dermatology. To schedule an appointment visit “I want the community to know that we are able to give good quality customized care,” Dr. Sax said. For the month of October, products they carry will be twenty percent off. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on October 13, the Sarasota office will host a 3rd Annual Cosmetic Pre-sale event to celebrate the Park’s 10-year Anniversary. All the cosmetics in the Sarasota office will be discounted for one night. “Great to be part of the Gibsonton area for six years and definitely looking to continue our growth,” Dr. Sax said. The office is located at 13145 King Lakes Dr. Suite 104 in Gibsonton. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Call 741-3376.

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Volume 15, Issue 10

County Launches New, Easy-To-Use Redesigned Service-Centric Website

By Tamas Mondovics

Residents who most likely to be seekhave finally learned ing. how to navigate Browsing through through the County’s the new site, parents website will have to can navigate in a few try again, although clicks to lists of local this time it may be bit parks and recreation easer. programs, while compaWith the promise nies can easily locate Under its new web address,, Hillsborough Count information on permits of easier access and maneuverability, cou- officials launched a redesigned web- or how to do business site. The new service centric, cuspled with several new tomer-focused site is promising easi- with the County. er use and mobile friendly access. features to help resiOne specific examdents seeking assisple is the new site’s tance, Hillsborough County Customer Service Center-at officials were pleased to your service page, which after launch, what they said is a just one click or shortcut, “redesigned, easier to use directs residents to a specific and more mobile-friendly service. “The result is a more website.” intuitive website,” Roberts According to said. Hillsborough County With the new website Communications and Digital comes a new, streamlined Media Director, Annette Spina, the new address, Visitors to the website, which she said cut about a milformer address lion words from the old set up, sports a will be automatically redirected to the number of specific changes with one new site. main goal. “ was designed to be “We wanted to make sure that the easily accessible by cellphone, tablet, or new service-centric site was much more laptop,” he said. With its recent launch, customer-focused,” Spina said, adding officials admitted that while the website is that the project, which from start to finish now up and rinnung, it is continually took nearly a year was to attract as well being refined and updated to better as assist County residents with services serve the community. offered. “We want to encourage residents to “We built it for the them,” she said. make good use of the website and, while “The web team led by Brian Roberts visiting, they are able to rate web pages,” worked hard to create models of the Spina said. “The feedback will allow us most frequent online visitors and identito continuously make the site even more fied the types of information they were user-friendly for years to come.”

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Annual Seafood Festival Rocks Ruskin

By Kate Quesada

Last year, more than 25,000 people enjoyed delicious food, live music and actives for the whole family at the annual Ruskin Seafood Festival and this year’s event, There will be food taking place and entertainment for November 5 everyone at the Ruskin Seafood and 6 at E.G. Festival at E.G. Simmons water- Simmons Park on front park, prom- November 5 and 6. ises to be another weekend to remember. Located right on Tampa Bay with views of the water and downtown St. Petersburg, the park is easily accessible and the perfect spot to enjoy seafood, music and family fun. “Just like the SouthShore area has grown so much….so does this festival,” said SouthShore Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Melanie Rimes. Starting at 10 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, the event, in it’s 28th year, features vendors serving culinary specialities from seafood favorites like crab, fish, shrimp, clams and oysters, to chicken, burgers and BBQ for the land rovers and festival favorites for all to enjoy. “There are tons of options, too many to list,” said Rimes, who explained that the prices for food vary at each booth. “There is something for everyone, that is for sure.” In addition to the food, there will also

be an arts and crafts show with a variety of vendors and exhibits and two stages of entertainment with music for every taste from oldies to classic rock, reggae and dance music. Featured bands on Saturday include Spy vs. Spy, Kozmic Pear, Zebron and James, Six Gun Republic and Broken Tail Light on Saturday and 3 O’Clock Rain, a Christian Rock band, and La Lucha on Sunday. Ronnie Davis, who performs oldies and Elvis songs, will also play. “Proceeds benefit the SouthShore Chamber which annually helps area businesses and advocates for economic development and continued, proper growth in the SouthShore area,” said Rimes. The event is pet friendly, although all animals must be on a leash. There is a $2 per car entry fee, which goes directly to Hillsborough County, to get into the park. Admission to the festival is an additional $5 per person but children under 12 and active military with ID are free. All activities, food and drink inside the festival have additional fees. Call 645-1366 or email The park is located at 2401 19th Ave. N.E. in Ruskin.




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Dave And Buster’s & iFly...Cont From Page 1 expected to start soon after. Home 2 Suites is a newer brand for Hilton and there currently are 100 locations and more are popping up all over the United States, Canada and Mexico. A site plan is in the works for a 25,000-sq.-ft. retail strip that will house restaurants, small shops and other retailers. “Given the area will be a destination for entertainment, we anticipate high-end retailers in this space and not your typical strip mall tenants,” said Roberts. He added that square footage rates are anticipated to be in the mid-$30 range. Still available are four additional freestanding outparcels which Roberts says they may consider stripping out for multitenant usage anchored by restaurant users. There also is a 2.12-acre parcel north of the proposed Dave and Buster’s available that is undetermined. “We are currently talking with and trying to get signed several complementary users such as restaurants and specialty retail stores that offer the potential to drive more destination-oriented traffic to the surrounding retailers,” he reported. Construction is well underway on iFly, an indoor skydiving center, with a projected opening date in November 2016. Situated next to Top Golf, iFly, where the

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Enjoy Good Food And Lively Music At The 3rd Annual Blues & Bar-Be-Que At The Firehouse Cultural Center

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The Firehouse Cultural Center in Ruskin provides much needed arts programs to the residents of the SouthShore area. You can help support this great organization by attending its 3rd Annual Blues & Bar-BQue event on Saturday, October 22 The Firehouse Cultural Center, located in Ruskin, provides from 3 to 7 p.m. programming in arts and education for all ages. Come out on Funds from the event Saturday, October 22 and support the Firehouse Cultural Center by attending its 3rd Annual Blues & BBQ event. benefit the Firehouse Cultural Center Arts either alongside Marsh Creek in the and Educational Program Scholarships. shade or inside the cool Firehouse. The There will be live music from The Charlie Morris Band will deliver energetic Charlie Morris Band and tasty BBQ from and laid back original tunes that are a Wes Burnett and Buttman BBQ for just blend of Blues, Country and Florida $20 per person before October 10. After Swamp Music. You can also enjoy tasty that date, tickets are $25 per person and BBQ chicken and rib combo platters with a kid’s meal (12 years old and under) is your choice of two sides, tea and dessert. just $10. Beer and wine will be available at a cash The Firehouse Cultural Center probar. In addition to music and good food, vided more than 90 scholarships so far in attendees will be treated to games and 2016 to children living in South raffles. Maybe you will be the lucky winHillsborough County. With your support of ner of one of two Lotto Frames (tickets the 3rd Annual Blues & Bar-B-Que, the are just $15). Perhaps you would rather organization would like to provide an try your luck at a Gift Card Tree filled with additional 60 scholarships to children like gift cards to area restaurants or several J.D., age 10, who said, “I had so much festive gift baskets. fun at acting camp. I loved the dance The Firehouse Cultural Center is moves. The following week was art, not located at 101 1st Ave. NE in Ruskin. Get just art, it was art with a London teacher your tickets today and help support the and his Harry Potter accent. It was aweFirehouse Cultural Center, a non-profit some. I just wanted to say thank you for visual and performing cultural center. For allowing me at your wonderful camp.” more info call 645-7651 or visit www.fireSo bring your families and friends and enjoy an afternoon and early evening

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Volume 15, Issue 10

Tower Adds Two New Area Locations

By Sharon Still

Established in ing physicians for 1992, Tower the utmost ease of Radiology Centers, patients and docthe largest physitors. cian owned and Tower operated outRadiology’s clinical patient radiology practice is compractice in Tampa prised of 70 plus Bay, recently board-certified radiopened two new, ologists who subfull service centers specialize in carin Brandon and diac, thoracic, vasSun City Center, cular & interventionbringing its total al, neuro-intervennumber of facilities tional, pedito 14 in atric, musHillsborough and culoskeleTower Radiology Centers, eastern Pasco tal, breast, located at 3862 Sun City Center Blvd. in Ashley Village, counties. body, neuis one of two new locations “We are roradiology, that recently opened. delighted to add nuclear these new quality facilities and staff to medicine the Tower family. Our vision is to provide and emergency radiology. quality outpatient imaging care with ease “Tower is excited to be able to conof access to the Tampa Bay, Brandon tinue growing throughout the Tampa Bay and now Sun City areas,” commented area and hopes to benefit the communiLarry Smith, Tower Radiology Centers ty with these two new convenient locaCEO. “We are eager to expand our abili- tions through advanced technology and ty to bring the combination of profession- subspecialization,” said Smith. al expertise and superior patient care to Tower Radiology – Sun City is locatthe community.” ed at 3862 Sun City Blvd. and is open 8 Tower Radiology Centers offers a a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday (7:30 a.m. vast array of services including MRIs, opening for ultrasounds). The phone ultrasound exams, bone density/DEXA, number is 813-642-9299. The Brandon digital x-ray, echocardiogram, lung location, open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondayscreening, mammography, stress testFriday, is located at 427 S. Parsons ing, CT/CTA imaging and much more. All Ave., Suite 100 and can be reached at exams include interpretations by sub813-315-2080. For appointment schedulspecialized radiologists and are integrat- ing, call 813-248-6937. ed into Tower’s information systems for More information can be obtained quick report and image delivery to order- by visiting

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Celebrate Thanksgiving By Participating In The 2nd Annual Goody Goody Turkey Gobble 5K

ABWIG Celebrates $1.5M Dredging Completion & Grand Reopening Of Nature Preserve

On Thanksgiving morning, the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA invites members of the community to participate in a fun 5k run or one mile walk/run in downtown Tampa. The 2nd Annual Goody Goody™ Turkey Gobble is sponsored by Goody Goody restaurant which is owned and operated by fourth generation coowner and president of the Columbia Restaurant Group, Richard Gonzmart. The race begins at 7 a.m. This fun 5K or one mile walk/run is a chip-timed race, on a USATF-certified course beginning and ending at Amalie Arena. The route is an out and back course, taking participants across the Platt Street Bridge and along the beautiful and scenic Bayshore Boulevard. Strollers and dogs are welcome to join the race, music and family fun. Registration is available at Cost is just $30 per person for the individual and team 5k and $15 per person for the one mile run/walk. 100 percent of the proceeds raised will go to support the LIVESTRONG ® at the YMCA program for cancer survivors and their families. Lalita Llerena, Communications Director for the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA said, “When someone signs up for the Goody Goody Turkey Gooble 5k, they are not just bettering their own health, they are bettering the community. We would not be able to provide LIVE-

After nearly six TECO, folyears of hard work, lowed by the members of the South Channel Apollo Beach going in to Waterway Symphony Improvement Isles and Mira Group (ABWIG) Bay and the were pleased to Main Channel, announce the comsouth of pletion of the Andalucia. Apollo Beach Aside from shoreline restorathe dredging, Apollo Beach Nature Preserve gives a clear picture of the recently restored park, including a tion project. To celthe project also brand new 2.5-acre beach. The group is hosting a ebrate, ABWIG included the grand reopening ceremony this month. President Len restoration of Berkstresser has confirmed a grand the Apollo Beach Nature Preserve, 6760 opening ceremony scheduled for Surfside Blvd, and the creation of a brand Saturday, October 22, 2016, which he new 2.5-acre white sandy beach within said will bring together local dignitaries, the preserve. county government officials, community Berkstresser said that to help resileaders and members of the community. dents enjoy the new beach at the “It took some time, but I am very Preserve, the volleyball court was relocatpleased with what has been accomed and additional parking was also plished and how things worked out,” added. The planting of some native vegeBerkstresser said, adding that the compe- tation is now being completed. Apollo tition of the $1.5 million project could not Beach is a 63-acre Preserve at the northhave been possible without the support of ern terminus of Apollo Beach. Its west the County and the members of the com- side, facing Tampa Bay, has been develmunity. “We are thankful for the communi- oped for recreational activities, while the ty’s generous support, the Hillsborough eastern portion has been restored to natBoard of County Commission, the County ural habitat consisting of dunes, islands, Parks department and its leadership the tidal marshes, and mangrove swamps. Hillsborough County Lands Management ABWIG is counting on the BOCC’s Department and, we owe a huge graticontinued support to maintain the chantude to Commissioner Sandra Murman, nels and to be prepared for the next for her commitment and dedication to round of dredging in 10-15 years. support the project,” Berkstresser said. For more information visit The project itself involved the or Apollo Beach ing of the three channels in Apollo Beach, Waterway Improvement Group on including the North Channel, adjacent to Facebook.

By Kathy L. Collins

Come out and have fun while supporting the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA’s LIVESTRONG ® Program and local cancer survivors and their families by participating in the 2nd Annual Goody Goody™ Turkey Gobble 5K this Thanksgiving.

STRONG ® at the YMCA for free if it was not for the generosity of donors. Proceeds from the 5k ensure that our Ys can continue to provide safe, supportive environments for cancer survivors to build muscle mass and strength, increase flexibility and endurance and improve confidence and self-esteem.” The LIVESTRONG ® Program is available locally at the Campo Family Y and the North Brandon Y. “Goody Goody is the title sponsor because I believe in the Y and in fitness,” said Gonzmart. Goody Goody is also graciously providing free breakfast to all participants after the chip-timed race. Prizes will be awarded to the first place overall male and female adult and first place overall male and female in youth (ages 9 and under). First place prizes will also be awarded by age group (10-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 6069; and 70 plus).For more information on the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA, please visit

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Riverview Our Town Brings Community Together For Relocated Military Family

By Tamas Mondovics

Teens Rob Riverview Man After Luring Him To Residence Through Craigslist Ad Hillsborough County Chevrolet Cruze, Sheriff’s Office, District 4 deputies said. deputies arrested four The incident Riverview area teens was far from over. and a young adult after While en route to they allegedly lured and the scene, robbed a man who was deputies observed responding to a Craiglist the stolen vehicle advertisement. in the area of Big While the teens’ Bend Road and To assist residents, HCSO is providing a safe way to finalize online purchases Interstate 75, and arrest did not take long by means of offering the use of its four attempted a traffic following the robbery, it patrol district office parking lots. came with a long list of stop on the vehiheavy charges, including grand theft cle, which then fled southbound on motor vehicle, possession of Marijuana, Interstate 75, resulting in short, but high possession of drug paraphernalia, burspeed chase. glary of an unoccupied conveyance, Deputies followed and said that the fleeing to elude (high speed) and tressuspects continued southbound on passing an unoccupied structure, just to Interstate 75 exiting at Sun City Center. name a few. The vehicle became disabled when According to HCSO report, deputies it ran over a raised concrete storm drain responded to a robbery of a person and within the Cypress Creek Subdivision. a carjacking at 11806 Lynmoor Drive in Three of the five suspects in the Riverview. vehicle ran, but were apprehended after HCSO said, the victim stated that he a brief foot pursuit and assistance from went to the residence in response to an HCSO Aviation, deputies said. ad he had placed on Craigslist. He said The four teen suspects were identithat a female had contacted him to get fied as Shaelin Taylor Gray, Katelyn an estimate for repair work at the resiElizabeth, Jacob Paul-Lee Fitzwater, dence. Javier Jose Lopez. The fifth suspect is When he arrived at the residence, Kennard Malik Wells, 20. he was greeted by two female suspects HCSO is urging residents to continalong with a male suspect, who then ue to show discernment when respondforcibly removed the victim's wallet, car ing to online ads, and offers the use of keys, and cellular phone, after which district office parking lots as a meeting they fled in the victim's vehicle, a spot, visit

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When and $700 to pay the Riverview resipet deposit and allow dent Theresa them to bring their Turner checked dogs home. Turner, her Facebook with help from the feed one evening Riverview Chamber last month, she of Commerce, also had no idea how connected the family much she was with organizations to about to change help them long-term the life of a local as they get estabmilitary family. lished in the area. Turner, the “It takes a vilfounder of The Riverview community came together last lage and we are part month to help a military family new to the area of an amazing vilRiverview Our reunite with their family dogs. Town Inc. and lage,” said Turner. “I Tax Happens LLC, noticed a post on a created the Facebook Group Riverview Riverview Word of Mouth Facebook page Area Word of Mouth to bring the commuwhere a family with a disabled veteran nity together providing a place for local husband who had recently moved to the small business to get the word out.” area from Alabama, posted that they In this case, one well-timed were in need of a lawn mower to comply Facebook post turned things around for a with homeowners’ association regulations family. Although they would rather not in their new home. have their last name shared, mom, “I had recently hired a landscaper Jeannie, stated that she is so grateful for and we don't have an immediate need for the help from the community. our mower,” said Turner. “When I stopped “The last thing myself or my family to drop off the mower, the lovely women wanted was for people to think or feel that explained all their belongs were in storus telling our story to be a charity case. I age in Alabama. I asked the woman if never intended for my post to bring us they were in need of anything else. She anything more than a lawnmower to stay said, ‘Yes, everything!’ and mentioned within HOA standards, but God blessed that they have four children.” us with so much more and lifted so many So Turner rallied the community and burdens that ‘Thank you’ is just not within hours had set the family up with enough,’ said Jeannie. “The love of the furniture including televisions, couches Riverview area is amazing and we plan and beds, clothes for all six family memon giving back just as much as those who bers, a truck tire and hitch so they can have given to us.” travel to Alabama and collect their posContact Turner at 304-5569 or sessions which are currently in storage


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Great Craft Fairs And Flea Markets To Help Celebrate Fall their shopping,” says Janet Noah, Community Relations Liaison and event coordinator. “With the wide variety of gifts and crafts, shoppers can look forward to giving unique and wonderful gifts!” Interested vendors please contact Janet at 413-8900 or

Plan to attend the Fall Friends and Flea at Patterson Farm in Dover on October 7 and 8.

Indoor Flea Market At Brandon Christian Church               

Brandon Christian Church, at corner of Bryan and Lumsden Rds., is hosting its much anticipated Annual Indoor Flea Market on Saturday October 1, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, contact Ros at 689-4021.

Friends And Flea Event At Patterson Farm

The Fall Friends and Flea is is holding a two day event on Friday, October 7 and Saturday, October 8 under the trees at the Patterson farm, located at 2706 Ranch Rd., in Dover (off Durant Rd.). Over 30 venders from Lakewood, Bradenton, and locally will be selling antiques, jewelry, country, shabby chic, furniture, vintage treasures and more. There will be authentic kettle popcorn, coffee, and barbecue. The gates will

open promptly at 8:30 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. rain or shine. There is plenty of parking at this free community event.

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

With the holidays approaching, shopping for unique gifts could not be easier when you visit the 5th annual Gifts & Crafts Fair, held on Saturday, October 8 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at The Bridges Retirement Community, 11350 Bloomingdale Ave. in Riverview. This one-stop holiday shopping event features over 30 vendors. Whether it is handcrafted decorations or personalized gifts, such as jewelry and handbags, art, candles, soaps, sweet treats and more, you will find just what you are looking for. “Customers of all ages are invited to stop by this free event to get a head start on

Vendors Sought For Fall Craft Fair

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 9a.m.- 3 p.m. at the church located at 3315 Bryan Rd. in Brandon. Applications are available by calling 777-8371 or contacting

Compiled by Michelle Colesanti Holy Innocent’s Fall Whistle Stop Craft Show Holy Innocent’s Episcopal Church is hosting its 5h annual Fall Whistle Stop Craft Show on Saturday, November 5th from 9: a.m. to 3 p.m. Over 70 vendors will be show casing and selling unique arts & crafts, novelties, and baked goods for the fall and winter seasons in Florida. There will also be face-painting, an obstacle course and a duck tank for the kids. The event will be held on the church grounds at 604 N. Valrico Road in Valrico. Interested vendors can register for a spot on our web site at Any questions please contact the church during normal business hours at 813-689-3130.

Hillsborough River Hosts Annual Haunted Woods

Everyone is welcome at the 24th Annual Haunted Woods Event at Hillsborough River State Park. The event will be held Friday and Saturday, October 21 and 22, from 610 p.m. A $10 per person donation is requested for entry. The park is located at 15402 US 301 N. Thonotosassa, FL. For more info about this and our great events and activities, visit:

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New Horizons Breaking New Ground By Amy Schechter Watching your developmental disabilichildren develop ties and champions the into individuals and need for a Christian leave the nest is group home that can exciting, but can provide a nurturing and be a bit frightening uplifting atmosphere: for any parent. The “We serve a unique challenge multipopulation. They are plies exponentially able to experience a when your feeling of independchild has ence while enjoying The Smiling special 24/7 supervision. This Residents of New needs, yet Horizons Group is their forever home.” has blosShelton explains how Homes, Inc. somed into the residents are chalan adult with lenged to develop and organize their Construction on New his/her own own activities and are expected to care Horizons' Third Home dreams. for their personal needs along with Underway Therefore, housekeeping. the idea for New Horizons Group But ultimately, the need for group Homes, Inc. developed in 1992 when a homes for adults with developmental group of parents, teachers, and friends disabilities is great. Shelton explains that of the Special Education Department of it can be confusing when persons with First Baptist Church of Brandon recogdisabilities age out of the K-12 educanized a need for long-term living facilition system. There really is not a structies to serve adults with developmental tured path for parents and those individdisabilities. Since opening their doors in uals with disabilities to follow. 1999, the residence has grown from Although a portion of the homes are one to two homes and has assisted sustained through monthly payments many deserving adults and their famifrom the residents’ SSI, Social Security, lies. New Horizons currently houses Med Waiver benefits, and/or wages, fourteen residents, many of whom are donations and fundraising are needed to competitively employed in the communi- provide the highest quality of care and ty or attend structured day activities. Yet expand the kinds of services they offer. there is a need for more space, and this If you missed the New Horizons year New Horizons is overjoyed to Annual Barbeque and Silent Auction report they have broken new ground on held on September 24, you can still supa third residence to accommodate six port their mission. new occupants. Visit or Yvonne Shelton, the director, under- call 571-2690. It is located at 109 E. stands the challenges facing adults with Clay Ave., Brandon, 33510.

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The Creative Artist Gallery Helps American Heroes Paint A New Picture

By Tatiana Ortiz

Coffee Inc. and The Noise Box will be the business sponsors for the art show. With commitment to promote own material, businesses will not be not charged to have their logo or information incorporated into The Creative Artist Gallery website and Facebook page. The Creative Artist Gallery Will Host its First American Heroes “The funds Charitable Event. raised from the art On Veteran’s Day from 6 p.m. to 9 show will be utilized to purchase art supp.m., The Creative Artist Gallery will host plies for the Veterans in this program,” a charitable event Art Show called Martin said. American Heroes. Owner Vanessa Martin All types of mediums such as phofrom The Creative Artist Gallery mentography, painting and much more will be tioned that this show will be dedicated to accepted in the American Heroes Art those who have served and continue to Show. Veterans from the program and serve. Ten percent of proceeds from other artists in the community can particisales will go towards The Art Therapy pate. With limited space available artist Program at the James A. Haley Veterans’ can submit up to three pieces. Hospital in Tampa. Submissions must be family friendly and This program specifically works with original work. Cost to enter will be $10 Veterans who suffer from brain injuries, per person or three for $20. Also, art physical injuries and Post Traumatic drop off dates will be from November Stress Disorder (PTSD). Through art, the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 8th and 9th. program provides another outlet for the “I would love to see people come out Veterans to cope with their emotions. and support this cause,” Martin said. Also, the program does not possess a For more information visit budget for supplies and operates through It donations. is located at 933 E. Brandon Blvd. in To assist with raising more funds, Brandon. Hours of operation are Tuesday The Creative Artist Gallery will create an through Friday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. and online fundraiser through Facebook and Saturday 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Call 863-514do raffles as well. Along with that, Love 0223.

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Florida Orchestra Season Takes Off With Acrobats & MoreBy Kelly Smith

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From acrobats to one-handed concertos to good old rock ‘n’ roll, The Florida Orchestra season is off to a wild, wonderful start in October. At the heart of it all is some of the most beloved music of all time performed by the largest professional orchestra in Florida, under the leadership of Music Director Michael Francis. In addition to the September 30 opening night concert with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, look at the variety of concerts packed into October: Cirque de la Symphonie (FridaySunday, October 7-9 with Saturday matinee): The whole family will flip for the Pops season opener, with cirque-style acrobats, aerialists, strongmen and contortionists performing in front of (and above) the orchestra as it plays favorites from John Williams, Tchaikovsky, Ravel and more. The Music of Genesis Starring Daryl Stuermer (Friday, October 14): Virtuoso guitarist Daryl Stuermer of Genesis rocks out with the orchestra for hits like I Can’t Dance, Invisible Touch, Throwing it All

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director, they have numerous initiatives that seek to give back. The team partners with local churches and schools, like Boyette Springs East Bay Christian School thanks Riverview PDQ for its support in Elementary and fundraising to send students to Israel and Jordan. Riverview High School, to hold When PDQ arrived at the corner of Spirit Nights, where a portion of sales are Big Bend Road and U.S. Highway 301, donated back to the schools. They helped residents rejoiced. One need only imagBay Christian School sell PDQ charEast ine the savory aroma of fried chicken tenity cards to raise funds to send students ders and freshly cut French fries to ditch to Israel and Jordan, a life-changing dinner plans and head over with the experience for those involved. PDQ also entire family. Since 2014, the made-toworks with the Boys and Girls Club of order fare has delighted Southshore resiTampa Bay, and over the summer hosted dents and visitors alike, and made fans of Where Love Grows summer culinary a all who come through their doors. camp. A tasty shake created by some of But the farm-fresh ingredients and the campers will even be featured later dedication to quality food crafted in-house this year with proceeds benefiting the is really just the beginning of what People Dedicated to Quality really stands for. Jeff Boys and Girls Club of Tampa Bay. Continuously, Riverview PDQ is honKamis, PDQ’s Chief Marketing and PR to host Military Monday’s on the first ored Officer is passionate about quality and Monday of every month in which they knows the Riverview location provides the give 50% off the entire order for all active highest type: “The name is interesting. military and their families. PDQ really fits in and really embodies adds, “The other piece that Kamis what is important to us. Quality is really came about was we work with A Million everything we do. That’s quality from the Thanks and every time we do Military food to the guest experience to the hospiMonday, we allow guests that come in to tality, and to what we are trying to do in write letters or color something and we the communities. Living up to that name send them out overseas to our military.” is something we do every day.” Riverview’s PDQ is located at 10441 And besides providing delicious food, Big Bend Rd. It is open seven days a Riverview’s PDQ strives to engage week from 10:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. Call actively with the community. Under the 864-8006 or leadership of Bob Hanley, the operating

Students at offer valuable LLT Academy, a Klessons about 8 independent the danger of charter school in judging others Tampa, were by appearance recently inspired to and language, help children on the importance the other side of of kindness and the world thanks to gentle a visit from a charapproaches to acter from one of the issues of their favorite bullying.” books. Jan Shannon DiRuzzo, the Shannon DiRuzzo, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine DiRuzzo, Doctor author of The and Assistant Director of Operations for Turtle Island Conservation Breeding And Research of Veterinary Lost Mermaid Center For Turtles and Shirley Sullivan President Medicine and Series, has of Eisenhower Middle School PTSA and Marketing Assistant Director taught writing Distribution of The Lost Mermaid visited LLT Academy in Tampa last month for a reading and and literature of Operations presentation of The Lost Mermaid--A Shem Creek for Turtle Island at both secMoonlight Jamboree. Conservation ondary and Breeding And Research Center For college levels, and she and her husband Turtles and Shirley Sullivan, President Joe are currently serving with the Peace of Eisenhower Middle School PTSA visit- Corps in Tanzania, Africa. ed the school for a reading and presentaAccording to Sullivan, her sister, LLT tion of The Lost Mermaid--A Shem Creek Academy media specialist Stephanie Moonlight Jamboree. They were joined in Groulx, was inspired by the readings to a surprise visit by Lily the Mermaid and start a cultural exchange with Jan and her favorite sidekick, Pirate Tybee. Joe’s children in Pemba Africa. According to Sullivan, who is head of “Project Pemba was born,” said marketing distribution for the books, The Sullivan. “Many of the schools in Africa Lost Mermaid series are mythical tales. are in great need of all school supplies, “The books can enrich children’s art work, desks and chairs, balls and imagination and immerse them in a sports equipment just to name a coastal seascape, where they will meet few. Stephanie has started a donation loggerhead turtles, dolphins, oysters, drive at LLT Academy and has a huge crabs and octopus,” said Sullivan, who is box of supplies to be shipped to Africa.” also a teacher. “They will visit a musical Email jamboree and search for a sunken treasFor LLT, call 234-0940 or visit www.lltaure aboard a pirate ship. The tales also

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Pinstripe Printing hosted a ribbon cutting with the GRCC.

Ribbon Cutting For Pinstripe Printing

The Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce (GRCC) recently helped Han Boutista of Pinstripe Printing celebrate the opening of his new shop with a ribbon cutting on August 29. Boutista, a retired New York fireman, quickly outgrew his first printing location in Apollo Beach and has now moved to a much larger facility on Causeway Blvd. just west of US Hwy. 41. He has plenty of room for all of the different types of equipment he has to serve his clients’ needs. He can produce hundreds of printed shirts in less than a day. In addition to the screen printing process, he also has a sublimation printer and an embroidery system. Whether you are in the need of a couple nice embroidered shirts for your staff or a couple of hundred screen printed shirts for your school, Pinstripe Printing is waiting to provide you a quote.

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Mobile Apps Media Hosts EPIC Ribbon Cutting SouthShore Chamber of Commerce took part in a recent Event with multiple editions. ribbon-cutting ceremony for Apollo Beachcombers, to celebrate this new business. For more information on its are tax and several other networking groups products and services, call 438-3121 or visit www.apolaround Tampa Bay.

Quarter Auction At Eat’s American Grill

Looking for a new way to help raise money for cancer sufferers? Home Party Divas NPO and Eat's American Grill are proud to represent All Cancer at the Pink Out Tampa event, October 15 from 4-9 p.m. at the Eat’s Riverview location. A donation of $ 25 includes an auction paddle, a meal and one drink. The event is a Quarter Auction where vendors will be auctioning off items valued from $ 25 to $ 100 for quarters. Items range from kitchen goods to accessories and self defense. One hundred percent of the funds raised help cancer patients. Donations are needed for the event and

deductible. For more information, visit or call Christine Harvey at (727) 204-9105 or Sharon Diederich at (864) 4918305. Eat’s is located at 6264 Winthrop Town Centre Blvd. in Riverview.

Mobile Apps Media Hosts EPIC Ribbon Cutting Event

Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce (GRCC) participated in Mobile Apps Media EPIC Ribbon Cutting event on Thursday, August 25. Robert Borrero, owner of Mobile Apps Media, invited his friends and networking partners from Greater Brandon, Seffner, Ybor, South Tampa and West Tampa Chambers as well as GRCC. Attendees were also present from his Hispanic Business Club

Mobile Apps Media offers ways to put businesses at customer’s fingertips. “The world is mobile and having an app is a necessity not a luxury,” said Borrero. “Mobile Apps Media can make it happen and make it incredibly affordable with tons of features.” To learn more, call 563-2121 or visit The office is located next to the Columbia Restaurant at 2017 E 7th Ave. in Ybor City.

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L.E. C.O.A. as part of their team. "It's my promise to bring each and every client's skin to its full potential in health and beauty," said Gilbert. Brandon Cataract Center & Eye Clinic understands relaxation during your treatment can dramatically increase results. It offers the comfort and ambiance of a spa (warm bed, hot towels, aroma therapy) with the security of working in a medical setting. Rhonda Allison blends the best of active natural ingredients with highly beneficial, scientifically developed compounds to create a synergy of superior professional treatments and customized home care products that will transform the condition of your skin. Brandon Cataract Center & Clinic is located at 403 Vonderburg Dr. in Brandon. For more information, call 6811122. Visit

Ice Sports Forum New Events And Offerings

The Ice Sports Forum in Brandon now offers meeting space renovations upstairs complete for corporate events and parties. Locally roasted Indigo coffee is served at the Centerline Cafe. Check out the Learn To Skate class program available for all ages and all levels. Registration is currently being accepted for that and the MightMite 12-week hockey program for ages 5-7 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Thursdays. The OneBlood Bloodmobile will be at the Ice Sports Forum on Sunday, October 30 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Give blood and receive free T-shirt and free Open Skate Ticket.

On Columbus Day, Monday, October 9, come and watch the Tampa Bay Lightning practice. It is free to the public. For more information, visit

Medical Facility Evening Social Opens Doors To Community And Highlights Foundations

The Brandon Foundation is grateful to the Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute for hosting an evening social and open house on August 16. Members of the Brandon community enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and wine and were given a tour of the new facility located at 403 Kings Ave. Guests met Dr. Shalin Shah, Monica Clark, Senior Physician Liaison and the rest of the team of doctors, nurses and staff. Dr. Shah discussed the various ways the Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation helps individuals affected by cancer with financial support and how the Brandon Foundation was able to provide assistance to one of their patients through the Foundation Angel Program. Brandon Foundation Executive Director, Liz Brewer also shared with members of the staff and the community how the Foundation Angel program has been able to help over 400 families since its inception in 2006 by providing them with “Angels” to meet their practical needs.

Florida Cancer Specialists recently hosted a community event in August to support the Brandon Foundation Angel Program.

The Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute will be one of the sponsors of the Foundation’s annual dinner, An Evening of Hope & Charity Check Presentation to be held on Friday, November 4 at The Regent. For more information about the Brandon Foundation, visit

Greater Riverview Chamber Of Commerce Hosts Educational Seminar

Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce (GRCC) announces its final EDGE Seminar of 2016. EDGE is an acronym for Educate, Develop and Grow the Economy. This seminar series was the brain child of current GRCC President Dr. Bryan Thatcher in 2013. He knew that there were many GRCC members who were experts in their field of business and he also knew that that were many other members, as well as our community, who could benefit from their shared knowledge. October 14 will be “Healthcare Questions, Answers, And Options to Help

You Navigate Thru the Maze” by Marijean Reith of AFLAC and “How To Leverage Your Day With Effective Time Management” by Michelle Clower of Konsults HR Solutions LLC. This seminar will take place in the downstairs classrooms of HCC The Regent, 6437 Watson Road in Riverview. Doors open at 8 a.m. and seminar begins at 8:30 with an end time of 10 a.m. Call 234-5944 or email

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Ninety-Nine-Year-Old Lebetter Says Walking Everyday Is Key

By Michelle Caceres

Starting an approves of his exercise regimen is exercise routine. never easy, espeExperts cially at ninety-sixagree that exeryears-old. For cise helps keep Tampa resident aging bodies Howard Ledbetter it healthy by took encourageincreasing blood ment from his flow to the niece, who called brain, carrying him three years ago extra oxygen and invited him to and other nutriNinety-nine-year-old Howard Ledbetter keeps ents. It also walk the indoor fit by walking three miles a day at First track with her at helps keep blood Baptist Church. First Baptist pressure and Brandon’s Ministry and Activities blood sugar at normal levels, lowering Center (MAC). the risk for vascular dementia. Today, the 99-year-old Ledbetter Tampa resident Beatrice Gillespie, gets dropped off at the gym every day who walks the track while her daughter (except weekends), where he walks is in school at First Baptist’s Academy, between two and three miles daily. thinks Ledbetter is an inspiration. Between laps he does exercises to “He’s so committed and always so strengthen his arms and legs. pleasant and ready to offer smiles and His dedication has paid off. say hi to other walkers,” she said. “I’m stronger now than I was fifty Ledbetter said he doesn’t know years ago,” said Ledbetter, founder of where he’d be if he hadn’t taken up Ledbetter’s Repair Shop, specializing walking. “At my age if I didn’t come out in the repair of Mercedes Benz vehihere and walk I wouldn’t last a month,” cles. “I also am still independent, have he said. “Just sitting around and doing a better appetite, sleep well at night.” nothing is no way to live.” When he started exercising, he The MAC is located at the corner could walk unassisted but now, of Morgan and Edwards Streets and because of arthritis in his knees, uses offers many different fitness and recrea walker, which has actually allowed ational activities, including basketball, him to walk at a faster pace. racquetball, game room, weight room “If I had known I was going to live and group exercise classes. this long I would have taken better Membership to the MAC is open to the care of myself when I was younger,” public. For more information about the said Ledbetter, who says his doctor MAC call 315-3280.

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Lennar Homes Celebrates Ribbon Cutting At Little Harbor, New Townhomes at Osprey Lakes and Final Phase For Pulte in FishHawk Ranch By Michelle Colesanti sq. ft. and are locatunder construction. Located in ed in the final phase Riverview off of Eagle Palm Dr., twoof new homes in the and-a-half miles from I-75, this convemaster-planned niently situated community features community near two contemporary home plans starting Central Park. In all, in the mid-$100s. The furnished model Pulte Homes will townhomes available for viewing are offer 98 home sites the well-appointed Glen and Vale floor within FishHawk plans. Both floor plans feature three Ranch. bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, and a “Pulte Homes is one car garage with approximately Photo credit – Tyler Killette, B2 Communications an excellent Lennar Homes At Little Harbor hosted a recent ribbon cutting. fit for Lennar Homes At Little Harbor FishHawk Ranch because of Ribbon Cutting their diverse housing lineup, Members of the SouthShore which appeals to homebuyers Chamber of Commerce recently took at every stage of life,” said part in a recent ribbon-cutting ceremo- Pam Parisi, Vice President, ny for Lennar Homes at Little Harbor, Marketing for Newland located at 926 Seagrape Dr in Ruskin, Communities. “As we launch to celebrate this new development in the final phase of FishHawk Ruskin and welcome them to the Ranch, we’re very pleased to SouthShore Chamber. have Pulte Homes as part of our family of homebuilders.” Final Phase of FishHawk Ranch The Clearwater and Underway as Pulte Homes Unveil Summerfield models are The Summerfield, by Pulte Homes just opened for daily New Model Homes open Monday through Saturday tours near Central Park at FishHawk Ranch. The from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Pulte Homes, one of country’s homes are part of the master-planned community’s final building phase. Sundays from 12 Noon – 6 largest homebuilders, has made its 1,673 and 1,758 sq. ft. of living space, entry in FishHawk Ranch, and recently p.m. respectively. All appliances are includFor more info about FishHawk opened two model homes in the ed in the purchase price of the home, Ranch, visit award-winning master planned comand homes boast contemporary feamunity. New Townhomes Now Selling at tures like granite countertops, all block The Summerfield and Clearview construction and energy efficient mateOsprey Lakes model homes are available for daily rials. Osprey Lakes is a gated commutours. Pulte Homes’ will offer one and The Tampa-Sarasota Division of nity of 126 townhomes with beautiful two story single family detached Express Homes invites the public to conservation and wetland views so homes with rear entry garages. Five tour the brand new gated community homeowners can enjoy the Floridian different design plans are available. of Osprey Lakes, which has two furoutdoors from the privacy of their own The homes range from 1,980 – 3,053 nished models and several homes

covered lanai. The community features a gated entrance as well as a homeowners association. Osprey Lakes is located .3 miles south of Spoto High School on Eagle Palm Dr. Brandon Town Center Mall, St. Joseph’s Hospital, the scenic Alafia River and Apollo Beach are a few of the businesses and attractions that are conveniently located near Osprey Lakes. For more information, call 866-475-3347, or visit

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Lithia Blueberry Farmers Are Featured On RFD-TV’s New Series FarmHer

By Kathy L. Collins

Lyna Knight and Susan Weicherding both left successful corporate lives and instead of retiring, started fulfilling second careers as blueberry farmers in Lithia. Knight owned and operated United Title Insurance and Weicherding was a tax consultant for Ernst & Young. Courtesy FarmHer, Inc by Marji Guyler-Alaniz

Susan Weicherding (L ) and Lyna Knight (R ) are long-time friends who embarked on a second career as blueberry farmers in Lithia. They were recently featured on RFD-Tv’s new series, FarmHer.

Recently, the pair and their farm, Lyna Berry Farm, was featured on RFD-TV’s new series, FarmHer. The series focuses its camera lens on women in agriculture through the eyes of photographer and TV host, Marji Guyler-Alaniz. The show takes viewers on a journey through a day in the life of many diverse women, telling their story and aiming to create a dialogue that highlights the importance women play in agriculture. Knight and Weicherding have been friends since 1999. Becoming a farmer was originally Knight’s idea. “After researching and visiting other farms I convinced Susan it was a good plan,” explained Knight. “We started farming part time in 2004 because we loved being outdoors and wanted to put that love to use with our land doing something that could bring an income and enjoyment,” added Knight. The pair grow their blueberries and sell them commercially to Wish Farms. They then open their farm to

the public for several weeks in May for you pick. “We take great pride in farming a successful crop, learning from trial and error and listening to other growers that share their knowledge. We physically do all the work,” said Knight. They received the CARE Award for Best Management Practices. “To be part of the FarmHer series was a tremendous honor and proof that gender should never dictate what career path you take or when you take it,” added Knight. FarmHer airs on Fridays at 9:30 p.m. with an encore on Saturday at 11 a.m. and Sunday at 9:30 p.m. The series will continue through the fall. For a full program schedule and more information on RFD-TV, please visit Knight said, “Susan and I are proud to have taken an idea, love of the land, and put it to work giving us a life that is a dream come true. We work very hard not taking anything for granted and hope to share the fruits of our labor with everyone.” You can like Lyna Berry Farms on Facebook and find out when you picks are scheduled.


Dear Patients, I am writing to inform you that effective October 1, 2016 I will be closing my medical practice. I will be joining Tampa General Medical Group (next to TGH). HEART AND VASCULAR INSTITUTE OF FLORIDA (DR. IRFAN SIDDIQUI )will continue to see patients at the present location. Medical records are con!idential and can only be transferred to another doctor with your written permission. Please let us know how you would like to receive your records. Please refer to the below information, effective October 1, 2016: Dr. Rattes’ new location: 5 Tampa General Circle STE. 300, Tampa, FL; Phone #: 813-251-0793 HEART AND VASCULAR INSTITUTE OF FLORIDA (DR. IRFAN SIDDIQUI): 310 w. Alexander St., Plant City, FL; Phone #: 813-7523456 It has been my extreme pleasure to be your physician. Feel free to reach out with any questions. Max F Rattes MD

Don’t Miss Futch Family Fox Squirrel Corn Maze At Single R Ranch In Plant City

By Kathy L. Collins

The Futch Futch added, “Our Family is family is excited to pleased to presmeet and greet our ent the 5th new guests and welAnnual Fox come back returning Squirrel Corn guests.” Maze beginning A visit to the on Saturday, Single R Ranch is truly a unique experiOctober 15. ence. There is The Futch Come on out to Plant City something for everyFamily’s and visit the 5th Annual Single R Fox Squirrel Corn Maze one from tractor Ranch is this October. You will be pulled hayrides, to welcomed to the Futch an award winning located at Family’s Single R Ranch, pumpkin patch, 3002 winner of the 2015 games, arts and Charlie Taylor Rd. in historic Plant Hillsborough County City. The country fun will take place Harvest Award for Family crafts, and great Farm of the Year. food. You will also from Saturday, October 15 through find homemade goods, antiques and Sunday, October 30 on Saturdays and other unique gift items at the Ranch. If Sundays only from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. you are lucky, you might even spot Guests are asked to exit the maze by 6 Sherman, one of the notorious fox squirp.m. rels that inhabit the ranch. The maze was The Futch Family has designed this named after him. year’s maze with a labyrinth of twisted So, if you are in the mood for a bit of pathways that is truly spectacular and problem solving or just want some good fun. There is approximately 1.5 miles of old fashion fun out in the country, the paths cut through five acres of corn Futch Family’s Fox Squirrel Corn Maze is stalks intended to challenge all who the place to be this October. Bring the enter. It is not just a walk in the stalks, whole family and enjoy Florida’s amazing but an adventure as you maneuver the fall weather. maze. Admission is $11 plus tax for adults Janet Futch said, “We are looking for (18 and older) and $10 plus tax for chilanother great year with our event full of dren (three to 17 years old). Children two our guests laughing, playing and just and under are free. Card carrying first being outside in nature. The maze is the responders receive $2 off admission. initial draw to the Ranch, but then guests For more information, please visit realize there is a whole other world on and follow the Ranch. Agri-tourism is becoming them on facebook at huge in Florida, and it allows us to cate the public on life outside the city.”

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Covered by Christ Apparel & Family Time Entertainment will be hosting The Humor 2 Outreach Comedy Tour on Friday, November 18 from 6-9:30 p.m. at The Regent in Riverview to raise funds for The Good Samaritan Mission. Show starts at 7:30. Join us for an evening of laughs with great, clean humor by three funny and unique stand-up comedians. The night will be safe and fun for the entire family! Good Samaritan Mission believes in a hand up, not a hand out. It is helping families break the cycle of poverty and dependence through education and spreading God’s love.Last year, the Mission hosted more than 100 classes, from health to English as a Second Language, benefiting more than 5,000 people. “Humor to Outreach is unlike any other comedy show,” describes organizer Mike Self. It is a full stage production with sound, lighting and some of the funniest nationally touring stand-up comedians in the country.

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H2O has been featured on ABC action news, the Tampa Tribune and several other publications. Its comedians have been seen on CTN, The Grand Ole Opry, Last Comic Standing, ABC, Nickelodeon, comedy clubs and resorts throughout the southeast. The humor is fast paced, uplifting and enjoyable for the whole family. The comedians also includes a message of hope. The show is 100% Church Clean! 100% Comedy Club Funny! Doors Open at 6 p.m. and show begins at 7:30 p.m. For more information and tickets, call 690-2201 or 677-9763 or email Tickets are $25 per person or $45 per couple. Purchase a table of 8 for $250 or select a premium table with premium seating near the front of the stage for $275 (must purchased in advance).




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Volume 15, Issue 10

Local Community Fall Festivals, Oktoberfest, Walks & 5K Runs

By Michelle Colesanti

Theme: We are better together! Uniting Churches and the Community. The Church is located at 12001 Big Bend Rd. in Riverview. Admission is free. There will be food, fun, music, raffles, Hawthorne Village Fall Festival health Fall Festival At Hawthorne Village checks and fellowship. Craft fair and Retirement Community vendors welcome. Please call 784Come to Hawthorne Village 5973 for info. Retirement Community and enjoy fall family fun. There will be face painting, 5K Walk & Run At FishHawk a pumpkin carving contest, scavenger Fellowship Church hunt, games, bounce house and A 5K Walk & Run at FishHawk pumpkin patch photos. Fellowship Church on Saturday, Hawthorne Village of Brandon is October 29. Proceeds will benefit located at 851 W. Lumsden Rd. in Welcome Home Haiti. The cost for the Brandon. For more information, call 5K is $30 for adults and $20 for stu661-8998 or visit dents ages 1-19. A $10 Fun Run will also be held. There is a virtual race option (receive a t-shirt) for $20. The Firm Foundation Christian 5K begins promptly at 8 a.m. Visit Fellowship’s 1st Annual for Community Fall Festival more info and to register. For more The community is invited to Firm information on Welcome Home Haiti, Foundation Christian Fellowship’s first visit annual Community Fall Festival on Saturday, October 29 from 11:30 a.m.- Fishhawk Fellowship Church is 3 p.m. The theme for the Festival is

located at 15326 Fishhawk Blvd. in Lithia.

Truck or Treat At Centerpoint Church

Centerpoint Church, located at 1801 S Miller Rd. in Valrico will hold a Truck or Treat event on Saturday, October 29 from 4-6 p.m. For more information, call 689-1906 x104 or visit

Community Invited To Fun FamilyFriendly Event At Bell Shoals Baptist Church

Looking for a safe, fun, familyfriendly event to attend on Monday, October 31? You are invited to Trunk or Treat at Bell Shoals Baptist Church,

2102 Bell Shoals Rd. in Brandon from 6- 7:30 p.m. This event will include games for children of all ages, face-painting, classic cars, motorcycles, and of course, lots and lots of candy. Admission is free but families are encouraged to bring a box of stuffing or a box of Jell-O pudding that will be

donated to the Brandon Gift of Hope. The Brandon Gift of Hope Tent will help provide meals and toys for those in need in our community during this Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season. For more information about Trunk or Treat log on to

Newsome High School Trick Or Treat Street

Newsome High School's Class of 2018 presents the Second Annual Trick or Treat Street, Saturday, October 29th from 5:30-8 p.m. at Newsome High School, located at 16550 Fishhawk Blvd. in Lithia. Children fifth grade and younger are invited to come in costume with their family for games and trick or treating. This event is free. Formaggio's and Kona Ice will be available for purchase.

Hillsborough River State Park Hosts Haunted Woods

For the 24th year, the Hillsborough River State Park will host its Haunted Woods event October 21 and 22 from 6-10 p.m. A $10 donation is requested per person. The park is located at 15402 U.S. 301 N. in Thonotosassa. For more information, visit


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Stowers Elementary Supports Louisiana Flood Victims With Donation Drive partnership with the MCEC (Military Child Education Coalition). MCEC trainings are designed to focus on the issues related to military culture and how to assist students and families through transitions. For more information, about HCPS please visit,

MacDill AFB Tinker K-8 School Awarded $750K Project SALUTE Grant

Hillsborough County Public Schools officials have proudly reported of receiving a generous a five-year $750,000 grant to increase the socialemotional wellbeing of military-dependent students at Tinker K-8 School. Located on MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, Tinker K-8 School is named for the distinguished General Clarence L. Tinker. General Tinker was the first U.S. general to die in World War II. His plane vanished at sea during the Battle of Midway. The school, which opened under the U.S. Department of Defense, has been part of the Hillsborough County Public School District since 1952. The original school has since been rebuilt. Tinker is now expanding to include grades kindergarten through eighth grade. According to district officials, the grant to HCPS was one of 48 awarded by the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Partnership. “Project SALUTE”, (Supporting All Learners and Uniting To Excel), will

focus on peer supports and mentoring, a school-wide behavior management program and parent/community engagement. “Our district recognizes that military-connected students face unique challenges early in their educational careers related to mobility, family separation and transition. We are honored to have received this grant that will allow us to focus on military-connected students and provide supports during a critical time in their education,” said HCPS Superintendent Jeff Eakins. “Project SALUTE” is promising to bring professional development for Tinker K-8 faculty and staff through a

Stowers Elementary Fifth Grade Students Support Louisiana Flood Victims through Donation Drive

In an effort to help and support the victims of the recent flooding in Louisiana, fifth grade students at Stowers Elementary School wasted no time to take part in a sizable donation drive. Under the direction of Stowers teacher Brittany Henry, the students donated toiletries, diapers, formula, paper goods, non-perishables, blankets, sheets and other needs, which thanks to the generous support of Safety Training and Consulting (STC),

a Lithia-based company, were then shipped to the United Way. “We will have employees in Louisiana for months, working on the cleanup of the flood,” said STC owner Ben Rice. “We are glad to help these students support the Louisiana communities who were hit so hard.” Stowers school officials said that along with the items collected the students included positive letters of encouragement they wrote to the flood victims and their families. “Education is more than writing and reading,” said Catherine Lennard, principal at Stowers Elementary. “The mission of our school is to provide a holistic education that creates productive members of society. These kids are learning about giving back, helping in times of trouble and I am so proud of them.” Safety Training and Consulting has been in business for 20 years and is one of the most diverse and successful providers of safety and health services in the southeastern United States. With clients in the flood area, STC officials said that the company will spend 2-3 months in the cleanup efforts. For more information about Stowers Elementary please visit

Voting for the 2016 General Election in Florida will begin with Early Voting which starts on Monday, October 24 and runs through Sunday, November 6. The General Election is on Tuesday, November 8. You must be registered to vote by Tuesday, October 11. You can review your ballot and request a Vote By Mail Ballot from the Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections Office by visiting No matter which method you choose to vote- By Mail, Early Voting or on Election Day, your vote counts.

State House Representative - District 59


RENA UPSHAW FRAZIER (Democrat) Rena Frazier is an attorney, mother of four, and Florida native. The issues she is plans to address are: fully fund education and make sure that kids are taught how to think and not just how to take a test; to create an environment where small businesses can thrive and grow. Small businesses are the incubators of employment in our communities; and as the child of aging parents who have struggled with health issues, Rena finds it inexcusable that over 800,000 Floridians, including 40,000 veterans, do not have healthcare.


ROSS SPANO (Incumbent/Republican) Ross Spano is currently the Representative from Florida State House District 59 and is seeking reelection. He is a Brandon area native who graduated from Brandon High in 1984, and later USF and FSU. Spano noted on his Website, “I have sponsored and cosponsored many bills, which have been signed into law. These bills protect the victims of human trafficking and punish those who enslave them. They protect Veterans and their families from being the targets of scams and unfair trade practices.

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PAT FRANK (Incumbent/Democrat) Because of the hard work of my office and team, we were recently chosen to receive the prestigious Florida Excellence Award for Best Practices. Andespite annual budget cuts from the Florida Legislature, we continue to build on this progress every day. I am grateful for the opportunities the voters of Hillsborough County have given me to serve them, and I ask for your support and vote for my re-election as your Clerk of the Circuit Court. For more information, visit or on Facebook at: Re-elect Pat Frank for Clerk.


ERIC SEIDEL (Republican) Studied Law at Nova Southeastern University. According to Seidel’s Website page, “As the Consumer Lawyer, I heard from many of you over the years who had questions and problems assisting themselves through the legal system. From collecting on a legal judgment or filing a small claim in a dispute, to attempting to file for divorce without being able to afford an attorney, I’ve heard all the horror stories. I want to be able to do more than put the problems on TV or help folks as a private attorney. As Clerk, I will truly be able to serve the consumers.”

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BOB HENRIQUEZ (Incumbent) Henriquez is excited I am to make my case to serve for four more years. I have never been one to fear a challenge. In fact, I believe being tested brings out the best in me in order to once again humbly win your vote. Many more endorsements and remarkable bipartisan support in the near future will be rolled out.


TODD DONOVAN JONES Not a politician, Jones has a 30 year history of protecting taxpayers from inaccurate assessments. For over 10 years, he has been fighting for fairness in taxation. Jones helped “level the playing field” for taxpayers in assessment disputes. It’s time for the same representation for taxpayers from their government. Jones’ extensive experience fighting for taxpayers means that he is all too familiar with the problems in the Hillsborough County Property Appraisers Office. It also means he knows how to fix them.

County Commissioner - District 1 (Countywide)


SANDRA L. MURMAN (Incumbent/Republican) She was elected as a County Commissioner in 2010 representing District 1. She was re-elected without opposition in June 2012. Commissioner Murman was elected by her fellow commissioners as Chairman of the BOCC for 2014-15. She served as Vice Chairman in 2011, 2012 and again in 2013. Prior to joining the County Commission, she completed eight years as a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 1996-2004. Her focus: Economic Development, Transportation, Ending Homelessness, Continued Improvements to Customer Service and Communications & more.


JEFF ZAMPITELLA (Democrat) An international airline pilot, he is a first-time candidate for elected office. His 32 years of experience in aviation and with public interaction position him to tackle effectively the issues and opportunities that we face in the County today and in the future. Chief among these are the continuing failure to envision and implement effective plans to construct and rebuild the necessary infrastructure to meet the challenges of the next decade and beyond. Think safe, efficient, transportation options. Think storm and waste water solutions. Think improved education options; better healthcare; and so many more issues that have languished for years.

County Commissioner - District 6 (Countywide) PATRICIA ANN KEMP Pat Kemp 2016 for more Advocates for: Good-Paying Jobs Attracting and growing the industries with the jobs of the future, Smart Growth - Partnering with communities & businesses for growth that enhances and builds communities and Transportation - Working for less traffic and more transit with transit alternatives including ferries, robust bus service, rail, bicycles and walkable communities.



TIM SCHOCK Tim will energize our County Government by bringing an honest, pro-business approach that gets things done, while always making sure to put the taxpayers and our conservative principles first. His core issues include: Serve with Honesty, Integrity and Principled Leadership; Develop Effective and Fiscally Responsible Transportation Solutions Promote Economic Empowerment for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs; Fiscal Responsibility; and Accessibility, Accountability and Trust.

School Board - District 5 (Countywide) JOE JORDAN-ROBINSON He plans to bring his professional skills set, leadership experiences, knowledge and wisdom for the past 20 years with School Board issues, to help create an effective School Board. He brings experienced leadership with a proven track record of governance and commitment to the community for this District 5 open seat. He is a businessman, a professional engineer since 1982 and a Community Activist.



TAMARA SHAMBURGER Is committed to fostering an environment of growth, transparency, and results in the Hillsborough County Public School System. She will play an active role in making District 5 a high-performing, results-based district; focused on providing a quality education for all students; enabling each student to become a successful, productive, and responsible citizen.

School Board - District 7 (Countywide)


CATHY JAMES For more information, visit or on Facebook at: electcathyjames. As a 31-year resident of Hillsborough County, I am committed to the success of our community. School boards, like any other board of directors, need members with varied backgrounds to achieve the axiom that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. With over 30 years of financial accounting and management experience in private, public and nonprofit organizations, I am offering my skill set to the community to enhance the skill set of the current members.

LYNN GRAY For more information, visit; or Facebook at: Lynn for School Board. An experienced teacher and instructional leader for over 30 years, and she is ready to make a change in Hillsborough County. GRAY

Circuit Court Judge - Group 24


GARY DOLGIN For more information, visit or on Facebook at: Gary Dolgin for Judge. I believe that my expertise in Family Law and my background in Criminal Law will be an asset to the Circuit Court. I have dedicated my professional career to the area of family and criminal law and look forward to putting my experience to work for the citizens of Hillsborough County.

MELISSA POLO For more information, visit or on Facebook at: Melissa Polo For Judge. If elected, Melissa Polo pledges to serve the citizens of Hillsborough County by applying the law established by the legislature and respectively listening to each individual who appears before her. POLO

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Former Fox 13 Consumer Lawyer Eric Seidel Wants To Continue To Serve As County Clerk

Candidate In Group 24 Gary Dolgin Prepared To Serve As Circuit Court Judge

“As Clerk, I will Bar and is the only cantruly be able to serve didate for the position the consumers and all who is licensed as an citizens of attorney and has expeHillsborough County,” rience processing legal said Tampa attorney and financial docuEric Seidel, who is ments. He is also admitrunning for ted to practice before Hillsborough County the United States Clerk of the Court on District Court for the November 8. Middle District of Seidel has been Florida. a familiar face in the In addition to his Tampa area as role as an Honorary Consumer Lawyer Hillsborough County Tampa Attorney Eric Seidel, former host Sheriff’s Deputy, he is a and former host of of Fox13’s Ask-A-Lawyer program, is Fox13’s Ask-Arunning for Hillsborough County Clerk member of the Lawyer program for Brandon, Riverview of the Court on November 8. nearly 20 years. He and Plant City calls himself a consumer advocate and Chambers of Commerce and serves as a over the years has offered residents legal volunteer on the Hillsborough Clerk of advice as well as guidance in avoiding Court’s Value Adjustment Board. He scams, frauds and consumer rip-offs. states that his role on the board has pro“As the Consumer Lawyer, I heard vided citizens a forum to address the from many of you over the years who complaints of those who feel the Property had questions and problems assisting Appraiser has over-assessed their homes themselves through the legal system,” or property. He has also served on charity said Seidel, who is a 1991 Doctor of Law boards including Hands Across the Bay (J.D.) graduate of the Nova Southeastern and works with many organizations servUniversity. “From collecting on a legal ing children with special needs. He has judgement or filing a small claim in a disalso won numerous awards including the pute, to attempting to file for divorce withHillsborough County Bar Association’s out being able to afford an attorney, I’ve H.A.V.E. a Heart Award for outstanding heard all the horror stories. I want to be volunteer service and more. Seidel lives able to do more than put the problems on in Tampa with his wife Dayle and son TV or help folks as a private attorney.” Chase. For more info, visit Seidel is a member of the or call 712Hillsborough Bar Association and Florida ERIC (3742).

With 26 years of ber of citizens in our experience and the state. Everyone has a expertise that comes friend or family member with being a Board who has gone through Certified Attorney in the process. People want Marital and Family Law, someone who is an Gary Dolgin is uniquely expert in what is going to qualified to serve as a happen with their chilHillsborough County dren, their money and Circuit Court Judge. their property.” Dolgin is running for Moreover, Dolgin judge in Group 24 and has experience in crimiencourages everyone nal law as he served as to vote on or before an Assistant State Gary Dolgin wants to be the first Tuesday, November 8. Attorney in Manatee Circuit Court Judge elected in Hillsborough County who is Board County and an Assistant In Florida, Board Certified in Marital and Family Law. Certification recognizes Public Defender in an attorney’s special knowledge, skill and Hillsborough County. proficiency in a particular area of law. It Dolgin said, “I want to be this comalso recognizes professionalism and munity’s Family Law Judge because the ethics in practice. The minimum stanarea impacts a tremendous number of dards to become Board Certified are people, and citizens deserve a judge who quite rigorous which is why there are only has both the expertise and passion for about 26 attorneys in Hillsborough the law.” County and only 273 in the state of Dolgin has lived almost all of his life Florida who are Board Certified in Marital in Hillsborough County. He has been and Family Law. married to Wendi Towbin-Dolgin, a regisDolgin is the only candidate in Group tered nurse, for 25 years. They have twin 24 to have achieved this distinction. In 18 year olds, a son Corey and a daughter addition, he would be the first Circuit Mallory, and a 12 year old son, Ari. Court Judge elected in Hillsborough Dolgin has been recommended by County who is Board Certified in Marital the Tampa Bay Times, endorsed by the and Family Law. Hillsborough County Firefighters and the According to Dolgin, this makes him Associated Builders and Contractors. qualified because, “Family law is the diviFor more information on Dolgin’s sion that most new judges are assigned. candidacy for Circuit Court Judge in This area of law affects the greatest num- Group 24, visit

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For Hillsborough County Circuit Judge Group 24


A champion for consumers and individuals, serving the Tampa Bay area for over 20 years!

Member: A Champion Hillsborough Clerk’s Value Adjustment Board & Advocate Hillsborough Bar Association for Conserving Tax Dollars! The Florida Bar Honorary Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon, Riverview & Plant City Chambers of Commerce

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• 26 years of Legal Experience • Board Certified Expert in Marital & Family Law • Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator • Owner of successful law practice since 1993 • Former Assistant State Attorney & Public Defender • Member of the Riverview, Brandon and Plant City Chambers of Commerce

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Todd Jones Will Put Years Of Experience To Work As County Property Appraiser

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Todd Jones has state certification spent the last 30 years requirements; and diligently working to proFRICS from the tect taxpayers from inacRoyal Institute of curate property assessChartered ments and government Surveyors, an interoverreach. Now, at a national organizatime when most people tion that promotes would happily retire, he and enforces the has decided to give back highest professionto the community and is Todd Jones, shown here with daughter, al qualifications and Alexis (L) and wife, Joryn (R ) along running to be the with the family dog, Hachi, wants your standards in develsupport as he runs Hillsborough County opment and manHillsborough County Property Appraiser. Property Appraiser on agement of land, Tuesday, November 8. real estate, construction and infrastrucJones said, “I want to make the office ture. Additionally, he is a member of of Hillsborough County Property Counselors of Real Estate. Taken togethAppraiser more taxpayer friendly. I want er, these represent the highest designato make the entire process more transtions someone in his field can achieve. parent.” Jones explained that one way to Jones is a fourth generation do this is by redesigning the Property Floridian. He received his undergraduate Appraiser’s website so that all of the infor- degree from the University of Florida and mation needed to make an intelligent his MBA from the University of South decision on whether to buy or sell real Florida. He has lived in Tampa for over estate in Hillsborough County is easily 20 years with his wife, Joryn Jenkins and accessible. his daughter, Alexis. “We as taxpayers own the data. “I know how to grow the economy by Today, you cannot see or get the informa- helping facilitate real estate transactions. tion that would be useful in determining By eliminating uncertainty for lenders, whether to buy or sell a home,” explained more real estate transactions will close Jones. thus creating more high paying jobs,” Jones is a licensed appraiser. He is Jones explained. an internationally recognized expert in Jones plans to make the process property tax policy and valuation. Jones more transparent and therefore take holds several designations including: away the unknowns in assessing properMAI, a designation from the Appraisal ty for tax purposes. Institute which required additional educaFor more information on Todd Jones, tion and experience far beyond that of please visit

Family Man, Ross Spano Wants To Continue Work As State Representative District 59

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Ross individuals who were Spano is the exploiting a loophole in current State state law to possess Representative “legal” child pornografor Florida phy. Ross has protectHouse, District ed Veterans and their 59, representing families statewide by all or parts of enforcing stricter punBrandon, ishments for specifically Valrico, Seffner, target them to be vicMango, Dover, tims of fraud. Riverview, Palm As a small busiRiver and Clairness owner, Ross has Mel. He is also also become an advoa small business cate for relieving the Ross Spano is the current State owner, member day-to-day struggle of Representative for Florida House District 59 of the Bell other small businesses. and is running for another term. Shoals Baptist He understands that Church and, most importantly, a Husband 95% of all jobs are created by small busito his wife of 25 years, Amie, and Dad to nesses and by providing just a little bit of their four kids, Kali, Vincent, Caleb and help, their growth will explode. He has Isaiah. worked to cut taxes and regulations on Over the last four years in the legisla- these businesses over and over again. ture, Ross has attempted to solve some He has worked with them one-on-one to of the horrific problems facing our comresolve issues with state government and munity. He holds the view that our comhe holds events where local small busimunity and our state are only as strong ness owners come together to share as the least among us. He understands ideas and voice their concerns. He that there are members of our community understands because he is one of them. that are particularly vulnerable. Those Although Ross has worked on a that become targets for criminals, people comprehensive list of issues while reprewho wish to do them financial, physical senting District 59 in Tallahassee, he is and emotional harm. most proud of those listed above. The Ross has spearheaded the effort to power to make the lives of people better eradicate human trafficking, stiffening is in our hands and he believes that it is penalties on traffickers and giving relief to his responsibility to do so. For more victims as they try to rebuild their shatinformation about Ross, visit tered lives. Ross has targeted depraved

Melissa Polo Seeks To Serve As Circuit Property Appraiser Henriquez Runs Court Judge In Group 24 For Re-Election By Kathy L. Collins

For Melissa Polo, the their time on the bench. law and becoming an Polo is a third generattorney has been a callation Floridian. “My ing. This, along with a ancestors who emigrated strong commitment to from Cuba and Sicily public service, is why she passed along a tradition is running for of hard work, integrity, Hillsborough County respect, compassion and Circuit Court Judge, community service,” said Group 24, on or before Polo. In addition to runTuesday, November 8. ning a successful law Polo has practiced practice, Polo provides law in Hillsborough an average of 40 hours County for more than 20 per year in pro bono years. She worked as a legal service to the comprosecutor for the munity. She is involved Hillsborough County with many outstanding Melissa Polo is running for Circuit organizations including State Attorney’s Office Court Judge in Group 24. for four years. After prosHillsborough County ecuting and trying hundreds of cases, Sheriff’s Office Hispanic Advisory Council, including felony drug cases, she became the Spring and Teen Court Program. In an advocate for people in need and has addition, she has mentored law students successfully run a private practice since through the Hillsborough Association for 2009. Polo now handles all types of civil Women Lawyers. and criminal cases. “I care about this community. It is my “Of those running in Group 24, I have home. For me, the most effective way to the most diverse background with respect give back to the community is by serving to the types and level of cases litigated. I as a judge,” explained Polo. have litigated cases in both state and fed“My practical litigation experience eral court. This diversity in cases handled handling hundreds of cases in all areas of has given me a lot of experience, and will Circuit Court, coupled with my courthouse allow me to function effectively as a relationships and community involvement judge,” said Polo. She has extensive will enable me to run an organized, effiexperience on both sides of civil and cient, respectful, meaningful and fair criminal law and has worked in many courtroom,” added Polo. areas where Circuit Court Judges are For more information, visit called upon to preside over throughout

By Kate Quesada

Incumbent Bob last mayor of West Henriquez believes that Tampa before it was in his term as annexed into the City of Hillsborough County Tampa in 1925. Property Appraiser he After graduating has not only saved the from Tampa Catholic county money but that High School and using his experience Princeton University, from the private and pubHenriquez worked for lic sectors, he has develHillsborough County’s oped innovative ideas Streets and Addresses and ground-breaking Department to enhance technologies to help the its 911 program and later county. He is running for joined the county’s re-election so he can Planning Commission to continue to follow assist in growth managethrough on his pledge to ment. Incumbent Bob Henriquez is “Rethink, Reinvent and In 1998, Henriquez running for another term as Reinvigorate” his office. was elected to the Hillsborough County Property “Four years ago the Florida Legislature as a Appraiser. voters believed overState Representative whelmingly that my skill set and experiand after four terms in office he was ence made me the right person to head appointed to head the Pinellas and Pasco this public agency with a large number of counties division of the Department of employees and a multimillion dollar budg- Children and Families. et,” said Henriquez. “Our office is better “Every property owner deserves fairtoday than it has ever been in terms of ness and equity in Hillsborough County,” quality customer service and fair and said Henriquez. “I have a proven record accurate assessments.” and the most important qualification of Henriquez, who has already received having done this job well for a term in endorsements from the Realtor’s office. I am both vested and invested in Association and many other community this community.” leaders, is a long-time member of the Henriquez and his wife Carrie are Hillsborough County community. A fifthparents to a son, Drew Alexander, and generation resident of Tampa, Bob was two daughters, Elin Mackenzie and born and raised in that city and his great Emma Elizabeth. grandfather, Enrique Henriquez, was the Visit

Four Constitutional Amendments On General Election Ballot Explained By Kathy L. Collins Florida voters for the 2016 General Election must consider four Constitutional Amendments. Five ballot measures were certified to appear on the ballots for the 2016 election. One of them, Amendment No. 4 was on the ballot during the primary and received the requisite number of votes to be enacted. Citizens should read each closely and understand what the amendment is seeking to enact. In Florida, in order for a Constitutional Amendment to be enacted, it must win a supermajority of 60 percent of the votes. The Constitutional Amendments include the following:

No. 1 Rights of Electricity Consumers Regarding Solar Energy Choice

Citizens should read this proposal carefully. The amendment does not provide for the right to use solar equipment, as we already have that right. Instead, it would allow state or local entities to impose fees and regulations on citizens who install solar power at their homes or businesses. This amendment is backed largely by the utility companies. It should be noted that Constitutional Amendment No. 4 was on the ballot during the Primary and was approved. It prevents solar panels from being counted toward a

No. 3 Tax Exemption for Totally and Permanently Disabled First Responders

Voters in Hillsborough County have a lot of decisions to make when it comes to the 2016 General Election. From voting for President, U.S. Senators and Representatives to state and county representatives to four Constitutional Amendments, the voters have a lot to decide.

home or business’ property value. In other words, property taxes will not go up due to the installation of solar panels.

No. 2 Use of Marijuana for Debilitating Medical Conditions

Passage of this amendment would allow legal medical marijuana for patients suffering from 10 specific debilitating conditions including, but not limited to, Cancer, Glaucoma, Epilepsy and Parkinsons. The amendment is also designed to require the Department of Health to regulate marijuana production and distribution centers and issue identification cards for both patients and caregivers.

This amendment would provide relief from ad valorem tax assessments on homestead property for first responders who have been per-

manently disabled in the line of duty. Currently, this exemption is available only to surviving spouses of first responders or members of the military who have been killed in the line of duty.

No. 5 Homestead Exemption for Certain Senior, Low-Income, Long-Term Residents; Determination of Just Value

This amendment seeks to provide tax relief for homes valued at less than $250,000 which are owned by individuals over the age of 65 who have lived in their home for at least 25 years. Essentially, this would provide eligible seniors with certain property tax exemptions and allowing home values to remain fixed after application for the exemption even if the value later exceeds the designated threshold. Voting for the 2016 General Election in Florida will begin with Early Voting which starts on Monday, October 24 and runs through Sunday, November 6. The General Election is on Tuesday, November 8. You must be registered to vote by Tuesday, October 11. You can review your ballot and request a Vote By Mail Ballot from the Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections Office by visiting No matter which method you choose to vote- By Mail, Early Voting or on Election Day, your vote counts.

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Hillsborough County Commission Aproves Animal Abuse Registry Ordinance

By Tamas Mondovics

Individuals conon the Registry, victed of animal County official said abuse will no longer in a recent press have a chance to release. adopt dogs or cats, While the only thanks to a new ordi‘no’ vote for the regnance recently istry came from Commissioner approved by the Stacy White, it was Hillsborough County not for his unwillingBoard of County ness to support the Commissioners its purpose. (BOCC). White said that According to he wanted the draft County officials the Hillsborough County Board of County new ordinance will Commissioners approved a new County ordinance that the board was considerhelp to identify as Animal Abuser Registry. ing to be further vetwell as prevent conted by the Animal Advisory Committee. victed animal abusers from acquiring and “I actually support an animal abuser owning animals, by means of a County Animal Abuser Registry. registry,” White said. “The board, howevThe effort, spearheaded by er, decided to move forward with ordiCommissioner Kevin Beckner, will require nance exactly as written. registration of individuals who have been White added that his vote against the draft ordinance amounted to a procedural convicted of certain misdemeanor or issue. felony animal abuse offenses in “I'm glad we have an animal abuser Hillsborough County. registry in place I just wanted the ordi“Most owners consider their pets to nance language vetted a bit more.” be family members,” Beckner said, The new Registry can now be adding that the registry not only protects accessed by the public to prevent owneranimals, but it can identify and will hopeship by convicted abusers, and is also fully prevent violence against humans, accessible by law enforcement agencies too. “I’m very proud of the new law.” According to the ordinance, convicted to keep tabs on violent individuals. The Registry will contain the names, offenders may not own, possess, live in residence, photo and other related inforthe same home or on the same property, mation of Abusers living in the county or work with a service animal unless othwho are convicted of an Abuse Offense erwise provided in a court order. If a pet is to be adopted, pet retailers and shelters on or after November 1, 2016, the effective date of the ordinance. Visit www.hillsmust require the person to sign an davit attesting that he or she is not listed

Heart Health Walk Raises Awareness & Funds In Honor Of Player With CHD

By Kate Quesada

FishHawk resident Josh Andre, 12, (right) and the board of FishHawk Youth Baseball are raising money for the American Heart Association with a Heart Health Day Walk taking place Sunday, October 23.

Every year, according to the American Heart Association, more than one million babies worldwide are born with a congenital heart defect (CHD). Twelve years ago, FishHawk resident Josh Andre was one of them and now he is working hard to raise money to help kids like him. On Sunday, October 23, the FishHawk Youth Baseball (FYB) organization is hosting the Heart Health Day Walk a community event at the FishHawk Youth Sports Complex featuring a one-mile walk around the facility, bounce houses, super slides and family fun including face painting and balloon animals, music, food and more. According to Stefanie Goodwin, Assistant Fundraising Chair for FYB, this is the first in what they hope will be

a trend of semi-annual community events intended to bring the community together and raise funds for important causes. “We decided recently that we want to have some sort of charitable event every season for a different cause and this charity was an easy first choice as it is personal to one of our own,” said Goodwin, who also has a 12-year-old son who plays with FYB. Although the event will feature baseball related activities like home run derbies for both kids and adults, a pitching contest and a coach dunking area, another reason Goodwin and Andre are excited about the walk is the way it will showcase the FishHawk Youth Sports Complex and all the sports it hosts. Tickets for the walk are $5 in advance and $10 at the event and are available at the baseball concession stand and on-line at for an additional $1.50 service fee. For more information on the walk, call at 850-9965, visit or Andre’s Website at The Complex is located at 16120 FishHawk Blvd. in Lithia.

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Newland Communities Newest Community, Bexley Connects To Suncoast Trail

By Michelle Caceres

will be accessible from nearly every Awardlocation in the community. winning mas“Bexley will be a unique, vibrant ter developer community unlike any other in Pasco Newland County,” said Tom Panaseny, Newland Communities Communities’ vice president, general has set its manager for Tampa North. sights north, to “Nature is the inspiration, not only Land O’Lakes, in the comwhere its munity’s fourth mastercharacter, but planned comNewland Communities will open its fourth in home munity, Bexley, master-planned community, with a planned designs, as 1,900 homes, Bexley, in the Land O-Lakes is schedule to well, with area in November. open in some elevaNovember. ment and tions excluAt completion, Bexley will contain encourage sive to One of the unique features in Bexley are the more than 1,900 homes on 1,834 residents to Avid Trails designed biking trail system and two Bexley. acres. The highlight of the community bike parks. get outdoors We’ve selectwill be 1,200 acres of preserved open and enjoy the ed this group The exterior space areas and parks, along with a beautiful Florida weather.” of builders design of the 10-mile, multi-purpose community trail Additional amenities planned at because we homes will feanetwork of scenic walking, hiking, jogBexley will include The Bexley Club, a Bexley is located near the Suncoast Trail in Pasco know they ture a variety of ging and biking paths designed by County and is being built near Land O’ Lakes. lakefront clubhouse that will be the will bring our architectural traAvid Trails. The trail, which will feature hub of the community with a vibrant community ditions, while streetscapes will feature 11 exercise stations, will connect to café, indoor/outdoor fireplaces, inforvision to life.” tree-lined streets, neighborhood parks the existing 21.6 mile Suncoast Trail in mation center, two swimming pools, a For more information, visit and the massive trail network, which Pasco County. The community will fitness center, open-air game room also feature two bicycle parks with and a fully staffed bike shop to offer pump tracks (a continuous loop of dirt on-site repairs and bike rentals for berms and mounds), skills loops and both residents and visitors. practice areas for mountain bikers, Newland Communities has partBMX riders and cyclists of all ages and nered with CalAtlantic, Cardel Homes, skill levels. David Weekley Homes, Homes by “There’s truly nothing like this in WestBay, ICI Homes and Lennar to the area,” said Pam Parisi, vice presiconstruct single-family homes in dent of marketing for Newland Bexley. Communities. Lennar will also offer courtyard “Our commitment is to building homes, villas and two styles of towncommunities that honor the environhomes.

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Enjoy The Wonderland Of Lights Drive Thru This Holiday Season

Orthodontists Offers Trick-Or-Treaters Candy Buyback For US Soldiers

activities and entertainment sure to please all. Take time to stop at the Christmas village featuring horsedrawn wagon rides, North Pole train ride, amusement rides, food and crafts. The The Wonderland of Lights Drive Thru will show is produced take place at the Hillsborough County Fairgrounds this year. by MassachusettsThis coming holiday season, based North Pole Productions, known for Brandon will be the home of The its shows in Branson, Missouri and other Wonderland of Lights Drive Thru at the locations across the country. Hillsborough County Fairgrounds, conve"We are excited about the return of a niently located just east of Brandon. This Christmas light drive-thru. Ideally this premier holiday light show and winter fes- attraction appeals to all ages and one of tival will be a spectacular celebration and the most popular fairgrounds events," brings back a family holiday tradition that said Tom Umiker, fair manager. so many have grown to love. The Drive Tickets for the drive-through can be Thru will open Thanksgiving Night, purchased at November 24 and run through Saturday, under the events tab. Prices are: Vehicles December 31. It will be open from 6-9 (up to eight passengers) $20; Season's p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6-10 Pass $35 (vehicles only); Coaches, p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Limos, Mini Vans (nine to 24 seating) The Greater Brandon Chamber is $35; Motor Coaches (25 to 50 seating) excited to be a partner in bringing a holi$75. day light show back to eastern Hold your company or organizations Hillsborough County. The chamber and holiday party in the fairgrounds’ air-condiits Military Affairs Committee, along with tioned exhibit hall. The fairgrounds is takthe Greater Hillsborough County Fair ing reservations now to secure the most Association will receive a portion of the economical rates. The location is perfect proceeds to fund needed programs and for a daytime holiday party, or a nighttime services for eastern Hillsborough. party combined with the Wonderland of This 38–day event incorporates Lights show. beautiful animated and still light displays For reservations, contact the that will dazzle the young and “the young Hillsborough County Fairgrounds at 737at heart.” It will offer a blend of fun, family 3247 or

practice also provides cosmetic treatment such as teeth whitening and Botox. “Keeping a few kids away from cavities while giving the troops something to smile about would be The staff at Dr. Hess and VanLandschoot will collect unopened fantastic,” said Dr. candy to send to American troops. Hess. “It would be From Tuesday, November 1 to something that everyone, trick-or-treaters Friday, November 4, orthodontists Dr. and our team at Hess & VanLandschoot Michael Hess and Toby VanLandschoot Orthodontics can be proud of.” will be purchasing leftover candy from Hess & VanLandschoot Orthodontics trick-or-treaters and donating them to will be collecting candy during normal American troops through Operation office hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. between Gratitude ( November 1 and 4 at their Riverview Dr. Hess & Dr. VanLandschoot are offerlocation and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m on ing $1 for every pound of unopened, November 1 and 3 at their Lithia and uneaten treats, and all are welcomed, Apollo Beach Locations. patients and non-patients, to trade in their “Hopefully, this buyback will have a candy for the cause. In addition, for every big effect on our community and of pound of candy donated, you will receive course our troops,” said Dr. one entry into the $50 Fandango Gift VanLandschoot. “Spreading goodwill and Card drawing. reminding ourselves that there are people “We would love to give our soldiers a out there fighting for us every day is little taste of home while they are overincredibly valuable.” seas fighting,” said Dr. Hess. “Halloween Dr. Hess & Dr. VanLandschoot’s is an American holiday and tradition, and offices are located at: 16307 FishHawk we should take care of the people taking Blvd. in Lithia, 11970 Boyette Rd. in care of us.” Riverview and 421 Apollo Beach Blvd. in Hess & VanLandschoot Orthodontics Apollo Beach. is a leading provider in Riverview, Lithia To learn more about orthodontists Dr. and Apollo Beach, FL Invisalign and Michael Hess, Dr. Toby VanLandschoot braces treatment, providing patients of all and their practice, call 645-4377 to speak age groups young and old with cuttingwith a team member or visit www.hesedge technology and friendly service. The

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Sydney Baptist Church Celebrates 107 Years Of Making A Difference In The Community ing and refurbishing all the he has provided,” Pastor Evans said. “Although we are proud of all the work, we do so honor the one who made it possible, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.” If you ask Pastor Evans why

Psalms 91:16 says, “With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation.” This Psalm was in the minds of the many men who served as pastors over the Sydney Baptist Church in Dover. The church has been a part of the community for more than 107 years. “The church has had the honor of having wonderful men of God lead them over the years,” said current church pastor, Jimmy Evans. “Men with passion, with vision and purpose and a congregation that loves and backs their pastors for doing the work of God.” Although official documentation did not begin until 1909, the dream of the

Sydney Baptist Church in Dover has been a part of the community for more than 107 years. The church is located at 1510 Cre Rd. in Dover.

church began in 1908 with the Union Church, a few miles from its current location, where it housed both a church and a public school. In 1917, Sydney Baptist Church joined the South Florida Baptist Association in the year the United States

became actively involved in World War I, when our country felt the effects of the war. Over the years, the church has seen many renovations in addition to a growing congregation. “Throughout the years, the Lord has blessed us with the financial support necessary to remain debt-free while renovat-

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doesn’t matter where you come from or how you dress. The only thing that matters is that every time you come to church, you see Jesus in all that we do. We don’t put Jesus in a box, we lift him up for the world to see.” Pastor Evans and his congregation do this so they can reach the unreached. Pastor Evans and his congregation hopes that their church will be a shining light in the darkness of the world and to fill the hearts of the people with the love of Christ. “We want to be know as the place where you come as a friend and you leave as our family,” Pastor Evans said. “In a day in which our churches are getting older, our prayer is that we can reach the younger congregation for Jesus by meeting their needs with our children’s programs, youth events and young couples classes that teach the word in relevant terms.” If you would like to learn more about Sydney Baptist Church, you can visit their website at or call Pastor Evans at 659-1502. The church is located at 1510 Cre Rd. in Dover.

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Top Quality Entertainment Offered Close To Home At The Firehouse Pub

The Firehouse Advance tickCultural Center in ets for Comedy Ruskin offers area Night at the residents a great Firehouse are $15 selection of top quality for members and entertainment at their $18 for non-memFirehouse Pub. bers. During the month of On Saturday, October, you have a October 29 come great selection of fun here the Latin evening events to inspired music of Firehouse Pub at the Firehouse Cultural La Lucha, a choose from close to The Center in Ruskin will offer a great line up of home. top quality entertainment this October. Come Tampa Bay based see and hear great local bands such as La trio that consists On Saturday, Lucha who will perform at the Firehouse Pub of three best October 8 from 7:30 on Saturday, October 29. to 9:30 p.m. you can friends from three hear the wonderful music of the Valerie different parts of the world- Columbia, Gillespie Jazz Ensemble. Whether perMexico and the United States. The show forming alongside music legends or in her is from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. own neighborhood, Gillespie is living the Advance tickets for most shows are Lush Life- the title of her latest CD. This $18 for members and $23 for non-memCD and her show at the Firehouse Pub bers. Day of tickets are $23 for members will feature her signature saxophone and and $28 for non-members. a sentimental take on new and classic According to Georgia Vahue, jazz songs. Executive Director of the Firehouse On Friday, October 28, come to the Cultural Center, “One of our pub audiFirehouse Pub for a great night of comeence members recently said, ‘I had a dy. The Comedy Night at the Firehouse wonderful time at tonight’s pub performhas become very popular. The comediance. What a gem this place is.’” an(s) has not yet been finalized, but Adult beverages and refreshments everyone could use a laugh, so gather up are available. some friends and plan a night out at the The Center is located at 101 1st Ave. Firehouse Pub. The show is from 7:30 to NE in Ruskin. Visit www.firehousecultural9:30 p.m. or call 645-7651.

This October The SouthShore Regional Library Presents Its Annual Instructors' Show

The October exhibit in the Crawford Gallery at the SouthShore Regional Library in Ruskin is the Annual Instructors' Show. The exhibit features the talented artists who serve as instructors teaching adults, teens and children in the art classes offered at the library. This wonderfully diverse show features a variety of art pieces including watercolor, acrylics, colored pencils, fabric weaving and mixed media. The instructors exhibiting their work include Laurie Burhop, Anne Walker, Patsy Monk, Margit Redlawsk, Phyllis Alexandroff, Diane Simon, Arthur Dillard, Melissa Miller-Nece, Tim Gibbons, Nicole Lamothe and Cory Wright. The art classes at the SouthShore Regional Library are taught by instructors with varied backgrounds. The instructors are working artists. They include university art professors, as well as high school, middle school and elementary art teachers. This is a fascinating and beautifully curated exhibit. Burhop’s fabric work is stunning and rich with wonderful textures. One of Miller-Nece’s colored pencil work, Three Visitors, looks just like a photo-

graph. Wright’s oil paintings are beautifully detailed right down to the tiny details of the strawberries in her piece called Strawberries with Glass Bowl. The Crawford Gallery at the SouthShore Regional Library offers pre-k through adult art classes that are free to the public with materials included. Registration is required for the classes. During the month of October, the library, thanks to grants received from the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, will offer several classes featuring Halloween and Hispanic Heritage Month themes for children ages 3 to 11. The next exhibit at the SouthShore Regional Library will feature the works of the members of the Sun City Center Photography Club. The exhibit will run through the months of November and December. An Opening Reception will be held on Wednesday, November 2 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The SouthShore Regional Library is located at 15816 Beth Shields Way in Ruskin. Exhibits are open for viewing during regular business hours.

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