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Fair Shows Blue Ribbon Country Pride BOCC Approves $600M for Roads, By Kate Quesada Bridges, Sidewalks and Intersections is a lot more to this There By Tamas Mondovics

The plan means no tax increase. Maintenance and safety spending must be allocated first. To alter the policy, a super majority vote (five commissioners) is required and it includes provisions in the event of an economic downturn. While earlier proposals involved costHillsborough County Commissioner voted to dedicate $600 milly consultants and lion to transportation and road improvement projects over the next 10 years. The proposal which focuses on repairing roads, public hearings, bridges, sidewalks and intersections was unanimously approved Higginbotham’s produring the BOCC meeting last month opening a way to create a posal reached the list of projects. BOCC just weeks During a regularly scheduled meetprior to the unanimous decision, an ing last month, Hillsborough County action that renewed some residents’ Commissioners voted on one of the hope in the County’s ability to get things most sensitive and talked about topics, done. resulting in the dedication of $600 milAccording to Commissioner Stacy lion to transportation over the next 10 White, (District 4), the now enacted poliyears. cy, was a counterproposal to a proThe proposal focusing on fixing posed policy that would have dedicated roads, bridges, sidewalks and intersecjust over $800 million to transportation tions—a sore subject for years—was infrastructure over a 10 year period, brought to the table by Commissioner which he himself strongly supported. Al Higginbotham and passed unani“The original plan, did not have mously. enough votes on the Commission, so I In 2010 the discussion resulted in a supported the plan that passed with the failed referendum followed by a pair of understanding that something is better unsuccessful attempts earlier this year, than nothing when it comes to our when the BOCC rejected a half-cent surcharge in the sales tax, which report- roads,” White said, but added that he edly would have raised $3.5 billion over was disappointed since the more robust plan did not have the votes, due to conthe next 30 years. cerns raised over its potential to impact According to County officials the on the county’s bond rating, even BOCC will now appropriate $35 million though he was not sure that the bond more of the county budget toward ratings would have actually been transportation next year and increase impacted. that amount by $5 million each year for

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year’s Hillsborough County Fair, which opens its gates just east of Brandon on October 20, than the traditional midway rides and fried food. “The County Fair offers an opportunity for residents of all ages to enter and display their talents,” said Janet Aversa, Hillsborough County Fair Board Member. “From cooking to rug hooking, and baking to picture taking, from sewing to growing and animals large and small.” The fair, which is held at the county fair grounds on Sydney Washer Rd. in Dover, will be open October 20-23 and October 27-30 and boasts many events including talents shows, Battle of the Bands, a Harvest Queen Scholarship Contest, many livestock shows, baby pageants and contests in plants, photography, arts and more. “There will be lots of blue ribbons and eye catching entries to reflect the talents of the folks in Hillsborough County,” said Aversa, who adds that new this year is an expanded 7,000 sq. ft. air conditioned area to display family living, arts and crafts, fine arts and photography. “Early entries are encouraged and forms are available on the Website.” In addition to the livestock area, which features daily shows of youth and their animals, is an Agricultural Education Center that offers fair goers a chance to learn more about life on the farm and in the country. “From baby chicks to the ‘milkable’ cow or the new scavenger hunt in the livestock area, it is education mixed with entertainment,” said Aversa. Highlights of the paid Arena Events include Ranch Rodeos, truck, tractor and lawnmower pulls and a demolition derby in addition to the traditional midway rides, fair foods and livestock shows. Free entertainment in the midway includes Robinson’s Racing Pigs and Paddling’ Porkers, a fire fighter show and circus

Plant City Raiders football program head coach Robert Paxia has a brief one-on-one exchange with his running back Treshaun Ward just moments before facing off district rival East Bay Indians for a home conference game. Ward led the Raiders to their third win of the season. Please see full story and photos in this edition.

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acts. New to the fair this year in the Entertainment Tent is a Gospel Jam on Sunday afternoons which, according to Aversa, offers a mix of oldtime hymns and contemporary music. The Entertainment Tent is also home to the Children’s Pageant, the Western Wear Contest and the County Fair Talent Showcase. Tickets to the fair, which cost $7 for adults, $5 for students and $4 for seniors go on sale October 1 and can also be purchased at the gate. Arena events are an additional $10 per person. For more information, visit www.hillsboroughcountyfair.com or call 737-FAIR. 215 Sydney Washer Rd., Dover.

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The Creative Artist Gallery Helps American Heroes Paint A New Picture

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do raffles as well. Along with that, Love 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 charged to have their logo or information incorporated into The Creative Artist Gallery website and Facebook page. “The funds raised The Creative Artist Gallery Will Host its First American Heroes from the art show will Charitable Event. be utilized to purchase On Veteran’s Day, November 11, art supplies for the Veterans in this profrom 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., The Creative Artist gram,” Martin said. Gallery will host a charitable event Art All types of mediums such as phoShow called American Heroes. Owner tography, painting and much more will be Vanessa Martin from The Creative Artist accepted in the American Heroes Art Gallery mentioned that this show will be Show. Veterans from the program and dedicated to those who have served and other artists in the community can particicontinue to serve. Ten percent of propate. With limited space available artists ceeds from sales will go towards The Art can submit up to three pieces. Therapy Program at the James A. Haley Submissions must be family friendly and Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa. original work. Cost to enter will be $10 This program specifically works with per person or three for $20. Also, art Veterans who suffer from brain injuries, drop off dates will be from November physical injuries and Post Traumatic 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 8th and 9th. Stress Disorder (PTSD). Through art, the “I would love to see people come out program provides another outlet for the and support this cause,” Martin said. Veterans to cope with their emotions. For more information visit Also, the program does not possess a http://www.thecreativeartistgallery.com. It budget for supplies and operates through is located at 933 E. Brandon Blvd. in donations. Brandon. Hours of operation are Tuesday To assist with raising more funds, through Friday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. and The Creative Artist Gallery will create an Saturday 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Call 863-514online fundraiser through Facebook and 0223.




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PDQ Brandon Serves Up Fresh Food, County to Begin $1M Greenhills Drive Fast, Gives Back to Community Drainage Improvements By Tamas Mondovics

Operating Director of PDQ chicken restaurant in Brandon, Jamie Hine, left, is joined by a few of the staff.

While there is no shortage of great restaurants in and around Brandon, for many residents there is that one, a favorite place that just hits the spot every time, let it be breakfast lunch or dinner. PDQ, a relatively new, Tampa based fast casual chain of chicken restaurants is just one of those places, now boasting of seeing a large number of repeat guests who enjoy fresh food, served fast. Owned by MVP Consulting, PDQ was founded in 2009 by Bob Basham and Nick Reader. Five years later, the chain has expanded, to 54 locations in eight states, the first in Tampa opened in 2011. Proud of taking the helm as Operating Director of PDQ’s Brandon location,134 S. Gornto Lake Rd., Jamie Hine spoke highly of his restaurants success and community involvement since its opening in the fall of 2014. “We are doing very well,” Hine said adding that in step with PDQ’s motto of “Just Made, Better” guests are enjoying the tastiest, freshest, made-from-scratch hand-bread-

ed chicken tenders, made-to-order sandwiches, hand-tossed salads, hand-cut fries, hand-spun shakes. Sweet treats also include a variety of cookies; fresh baked, of course. Restaurant guests can enjoy their meal inside, choosing to sit at brightly colored booths, tables, high-tops, several spots at the counter or enjoy outdoor seating under a wrap-around awing. For an extra personal touch at the drive-thru window, guests are greeted by a real person taking the order not a speaker. Hine emphasized that aside from good food, PDQ wants to continue to be good neighbors as well. “We love giving back to the community,” he said. “Organizations such as schools, businesses and church groups are all welcome to schedule family fun nights at the restaurant. We will donate a portion of the proceeds back to their organization.” Hines specifically mentioned that the first Monday of every month is named Military Monday, which on that day, gives members of the armed forces 50 percent off the entire check. PDQ Brandon is open 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m, seven days a week. Counting on his repeat guests, Hine mentioned that the restaurant has a simple menu, but one that is evolving, and said, “As you come back, do look forward to new menu items to be added in the near future.” For more information and menu visit www.eatpdq.com.

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Hillsborough According to County Public project manager, Works departDavid Vogel, ment has construction announced its handled by Bun plans to improve Construction storm water Company, will drainage on and generally take around place on weekGreenhills Drive days between 8 in Valrico. a.m. and 5 p.m. and, will involve County officials and Public Hillsborough County Public Works announced heavy equipplans to improve storm water drainage on and ment and excaWorks represenaround Greenhills Drive in Valrico, including the tatives presented construction of a new 2-acre retention pond at vation. Vogel the details of the the corner of South Valrico Road and LithiaPinecrest Road. The project is to begin this emphasized that planned $1 milmonth with a completion early spring 2017. the most intrulion Capital sive portion of the project is the Improvement project during a public replacement of the drainage pump stainformation meeting held late last tion located at the back of the pond month at the Bloomingdale Regional Public Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. within the Greenhills neighborhood, which he said will generate normal conin Valrico. struction noise. The open house format meeting, “Most construction will be in the which saw about a dozen residents, gave attendees a chance to review and right of way,” Vogel said, but added that comment on the proposed plans includ- at times it may be necessary to work ing the replacing the Greenhills Drive on private property with prior approval. drainage pump station as well as the As a word of caution, Vogel construction of a new 2-acre retention emphasized that excavation work can pond at the corner of South Valrico sometimes cause an accidental water Road and Lithia-Pinecrest Road. pipeline break or similar problem. Officials said that the project will Should any water service interrupalso connect the Golf Heights Circle tion occur, instructions for a precautionpump station to the new pond and creary boil water notice will be issued,” he ate an outfall from the pond to the said. “All areas affected by the conexisting drainage system at South struction will be restored.” Valrico. InfO presented at this meeting will Work is expected to begin in also be available on the Greenhills October 2016 and should be completed Drive Drainage Improvements project within 140 days or spring 2017. webpage www.hcflgov.net.

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Skinny Clinic Patients See Pounds Disappear Stein & Vine Is The Local Friendly, “Pub” By Michelle Caceres

Lakeland resident Each week he also Randy Bradway said looks forward to weighhis weight didn’t magiing in on The Skinny cally appear one night Clinic’s “magic scale”, but crept up on him a that not only tells him little at a time. his current weight but “I would put on a his body fat percentfew pounds every age and water ratio. year and after He also strictly foldecades that added lows the diet plan preup,” said the 60-yearscribed for him, but is old 6’ tall, 370-pound quick to say he was Bradway. surprised at the foods He was visiting he is allowed to eat. Dr. Francis Caban in He does more shopRandy Bradway has lost 50 pounds at ping in the fresh food July at the Caban The Skinny Clinic by following a cus- sections of the groSkin Institute tomized medical weight-loss program. Brandon, located at cery store and fre109 Margaret St., when he saw that he quently fires up his grill to cook dinner. had opened The Skinny Clinic. He “I’m eating steaks, chicken, salmon decided to make a life change. and pork,” he said. “This is a low-sodi“You don’t see many overweight 80- um, low-carb, low-sugar diet but the one year-olds and I decided that if I wanted thing it isn’t is low on flavor.” to live another 20 years I needed to get Bradway said he has 100 pounds to serious about weight loss,” said go before he reaches his goal weight of Bradway. 225 pounds but is confident that with The Skinny Clinic provided a cusThe Skinny Clinic’s help, he’ll reach that tomized medical weight-loss program goal. after analyzing his age, weight, BMI, In addition to The Skinny Clinic, body fat analysis, comprehensive lab Caban Skin Institute Brandon offers a work and EKG, he received personal variety of aesthetic procedures, includmedical counseling from a board-certiing chemical peels, microdermabrasion, fied physician and dietary counseling Botox, laser treatments and miraDry, a from trained dietary counselors. permanent underarm solution that uses Bradway dropped 15 pounds during energy to target and destroy the sweat the first two weeks. After seven weeks, and odor glands in underarms. he is down 50 pounds, including six The Skinny Clinic is located at 109 inches off his waist. Margaret St. in Brandon and is open “I used to be sucking it in just to Mon – Fri from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., visit hook my belt’s last hook but now I need www.theskinnyclinic.com or call 235to make another hole,” said Bradway. 4090.

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Adorned with a red "PUB" sign on the storefront, the simple façade of Brandon's The Stein & Vine is contrasted by the warm, welcoming interior. Known to local patrons as the “friendly neighborhood pub”, The Stein & Vine has been a staple in the community since opening its doors in late 2012. Ty and Lacey Mathis opened The Stein & Vine almost four years ago after wishing they had a local place where they could find craft food, beer, and wine. They had no idea how popular The Stein & Vine would become, and how quickly it would happen. “When we opened in 2012, we didn’t really advertise. All of our business came from word of mouth. We’re grateful for the community’s support, and wouldn’t be here without it,” said Lacey. The Stein & Vine expanded in May of 2015 and it’s still as bustling as ever. “We attribute a lot of our success to our staff. We’re very lucky to have an amazing staff that cares as much about this place as we do. We appreciate everything our staff does,” Lacey added. You can find craft beer from all over the world at The Stein & Vine but Ty and Lacey make sure to keep the focus on

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Halloween Horribles Parade At Center Place, A Longtime Community Tradition

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

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History And Heritage Crafts On Display Celebrate Thanksgiving By Participating In The 2nd Annual Goody Goody Turkey Gobble 5K At The 39th Annual Pioneer Day By Kathy L. Collins By Kathy L. Collins

You will not want to miss the 39th Annual Pioneer Day on Saturday, November 12.

If you yearn for the simpler times, then transport yourself back in time and head to Plant City for the 39th Annual Pioneer Day to be held on Saturday, November 12 beginning at 10 a.m. The grounds of the Plant City High School Community Center located at 605 N. Collins St. in Plant City will be transformed as Southern Belles, old time craftsmen and more descend on the historic property. The day long festival is free and open to the public. Old time crafts and food are available for cash. While at Pioneer Day, check out the many heritage crafts, clogging, dancing and singing. You can feast on good old fashioned barbeque chicken and ribs, enjoy a haride, face painting and bouncey houses. You will not want to miss the opportunity to visit the train museum and see the Garden Club show. Also, during Pioneer Day, make sure you stop by the Classroom Gallery and visit with artists from the East Hillsborough Art Guild who will be demonstrating and

showing off their new exhibit. The fun does not end with the festival, you can come back and see the Florida Opry’s Got Talent that evening at the Plant City High School Community Center. “Pioneer Day started as a political rally on the banks of the Alafia River many years ago, and then once it moved to Plant City, it later became the ‘Old Timer’s Picnic.’ Subsequently, the East Hillsborough Historical Society picked it up and renamed it Pioneer Day. Within the last 10 years, we have referred to it as ‘Pioneer Heritage Day,’” explained Shelby Bender, Executive Director of the Plant City High School Community Center and President of the East Hillsborough Historical Society. Bender added, “Pioneer Day is a great way to bring the people of the community together as they celebrate their history and heritage.” Vendors of heritage crafts such as quilting, crocheting, wood work and more who demonstrate their craft, can set up a booth for no charge. Non-heritage vendors are invited to apply and are accepted based on space availability for a fee of just $35. For more information, please call 757-9226.

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 www.runsignup.com. 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-

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 www.tampaymca.org.

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Brandon Coin Club Inc., A 501 ( C ) 7 non-profit organization, is pleased to announce its next Coin & Currency Show on Saturday, November 5 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Brandon Elks Lodge #2383, located at 800 Centennial Lodge Dr. in Brandon. 30 dealers / 45 tables; free admission/parking/door prizes and excellent food available on site. Free coin grab bags for all children under 12 and free appraisals. ICG Grading Service in attendance and offering free verbal opinions and $10 slabbing. For more information, contact Jack Laci at 352-777-6073 or brandoncoinclub@yahoo.com.

Fall Festival Will Take Place At Korens Quarters

Korens Quarters is hosting its 3rd Annual Fall Festival on Saturday, October 22 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at 1120 Swilley Rd. in Plant City. It will take place rain or shine. There is 30,000 sq ft of covered shopping space. Plan to get some early Christmas shopping done with unique gifts and handmade crafts. In additional to crafts, there will be farm fresh vegetables and eggs for sale. Interested parties can visit

Korensquarters.net and click on the calendar page for link to registration form. Interested vendors can also call 650-0257 , text 220-9562 or email lpk3579@yahoo.com.

Valrico Service League To Hold Harvest Dinner & Auction

The last several years, Valrico Service League (VSL) has partnered with the Campo YMCA by funding swimming lessons for children whose families cannot afford lessons. Hands on activities of the group include art, speech and educational activities and providing clothing and shoes for children at area Title I elementary schools, Bunco and bingo at area retirement homes and participating in Cards for the Troops and children's activities at Center Place. The group's main fundraiser for the year is the Harvest Dinner & Auction will be held Sunday, November 6 at Center Place, 650 Vonderburg Dr. in Brandon. Tickets are $30 and may be purchased at Center Place through October 28. The Platinum Bank sponsored event starts at 5:30 p.m., catered dinner at 6 p.m. and live auction at 6:45 p.m. Thanks to the generosity of last year's auction patrons and donations from the business community of tickets to events, rounds of golf, restaurant gift certificates and unique items from area artists, VSL support included ECHO, Brandon Outreach Clinic, Center Place, Family Promise of Brandon and A Kid's Place. Call Claudia Yake at 685-7998 or Sue Hadden at 685-6160.

Riverview Garden Club November Meeting

The Riverview Garden Club will hold its November meeting on Wednesday November 9 at 10 a.m. in the Riverview Civic Center, 11020 Park Dr. in Riverview. The guest speaker is Michael O'Hara Garcia, President of the Florida Olive Council. Parking is free and free admission for first time attendees. Bring a covered dish for this Thanksgiving themed meeting. Call Harriet at 727-6567.

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Brandon MS Support Group Meets

The Brandon MS Support Group normally meets the fourth Monday of each month from 7-9 p.m. at the Bloomingdale Regional Library, Room 7, which is located at 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. In October though, the Group will meet on Tuesday, October 25. Normal schedule will return for November. There is no meeting in December. Call 454-7585.

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Hillsborough County Commission Approves Animal Abuse Registry Ordinance Individuals convictdavit attesting that he or ed of animal abuse will she is not listed on the no longer have a Registry, County official chance to adopt dogs said in a recent press or cats, thanks to a release. new ordinance recently While the only ‘no’ vote approved by the for the registry came from Hillsborough County Commissioner Stacy White, Board of County it was not for his unwillingCommissioners ness to support the its pur(BOCC). pose. Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners approved According to White said that he wantCounty officials the new a new County Animal Abuser ed the draft ordinance that Registry. ordinance will help the board was considering to to identify as well as prevent convicted be further vetted by the Animal Advisory animal abusers from acquiring and ownCommittee. ing animals, by means of a County “I actually support an animal abuser 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 convicted of certain misdemeanor or draft ordinance amounted to a procedural felony animal abuse offenses in issue. “I'm glad we have an animal abusHillsborough County. er registry in place I just wanted the ordi“Most owners consider their pets to nance language vetted a bit more.” The be family members,” Beckner said, new Registry can now be accessed by adding that the registry not only protects the public to prevent ownership by conanimals, but it can identify and will hopevicted abusers, and is also accessible by fully prevent violence against humans, law enforcement agencies to keep tabs too. “I’m very proud of the new law.” on violent individuals. According to the ordinance, convicted 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 on or after November 1, 2016, the effecis to be adopted, pet retailers and shelters tive date of the ordinance. Visit www.hillsmust require the person to sign an affiboroughcounty.org.

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Volunteer Opportunities Available, MacDill Awards Grant & Names Welcomed For New School Hillsborough County Public Schools Seek Y.E.S. Volunteers

The Hillsborough County Public Schools Volunteer Services Department is seeking local qualified and willing volunteers and community partners to serve its schools. District officials said that the department is committed to working with volunteers and community partners functioning as a liaison to link volunteers and community partners with its schools. Volunteers and community partners are saying “Y.E.S.” (You Empower Students) every day to empower them with the skills, knowledge and attitudes that are necessary to “prepare students for life”. Volunteer Opportunities to say “Y.E.S.” include: School based volunteer, Mentor, Speakers, Classroom Presentations, Days of Service, and Business and Community Partnerships. During the 2014-2015 school year Hillsborough County Public Schools boasted of nearly 58,000 registered volunteers, which was the equivalent of 2,901,390 volunteer hours, with the value of $66,935,067. Per Florida State law, school volunteers must be background checked each year. The season starts July 1 and runs

through June 30.Those interested may contact their school’s community volunteer coordinator or the District Volunteer Services Office or call 872-5254.

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 well-being of military-dependent students at Tinker K-8 School. Located on MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, 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 K through eighth grade.

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Hillsborough County Public Schools officials began seeking assistance from members of the community of nominations for the naming of Elementary “C”, scheduled to open next year, in the Triple Creek area in south Riverview. School officials said that schools are traditionally named for individuals who have specifically rendered outstanding service to public education, such as U.S. presidents, school board members, educators, and outstanding citizens. Schools may also be named for geographic locations and for groups and clubs. When naming a new school or other existing facility, input shall be solicited from neighboring schools and the community at large, according to the policy. Anyone wishing to submit a name for the new school should send their nominations to Shaylia McRae, Area VIII Superintendent either by email at Shaylia.mcrae@sdhc.k12.fl.us or by mail to Shaylia McRae, 2807 John Sherman Way, Ruskin FL, 33570. The deadline to submit a name is October 11. The School Board is tentatively scheduled to approve the name for Elementary “C” on November 1.

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BOCC $600M For Roads...Cont From Page 1 White promised that with the policy now passed, the County Commission will get to work on creating a project list to expend the funds of which includes projects within his own district. “We have tremendous road resurfacing needs throughout my district and this will be a top priority for me as we create a project list,” White said. The new funding source prompted White to revisit one of the most talked about road projects within his district. “This is a good time to talk about the widening of Lithia-Pinecrest Road,” he said. “In my mind, this would have a far reaching effect and would benefit communities over a broad area that includes FishHawk, Valrico, and Brandon.” White emphasized his desire to be


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The Florida Opry Offers Upcoming Holiday And Bluegrass Shows

By Kathy L. Collins

The Florida hold its Annual Opry, established Holiday Show on in 1996, has Saturday, opened its 2016December 10. This 17 season. Come show is a fabulous out and enjoy mix of Christmas great family songs and entertainment. Bluegrass music. The Florida Opry The January features a variety show will be held of live country, on Saturday, foot stomping January 14, 2017. bluegrass, gospel This show has not and more. The yet been Florida Opry perannounced. forms at the hisIn February, The Florida Opry’s 2016-17 season has begun. you will not want toric 1914 Plant If you want a fun, family friendly evening of City High School, great entertainment, then head over to the Plant to miss the a National City High School in downtown Plant City for a Annual Patsy fun night of great music. Register of Cline Tribute Historic Places Show featuring site. Barbara Van Eycken. This special The auditorium in which the Florida Valentine’s Day event will begin at 7 Opry performs is a great venue for music p.m. Tickets for the Patsy Cline Tribute and a must see. Tickets are just $12 for Show are $15 for adults and $10 for adults and $5 for students. You can get a students in advance. Tickets at the door ticket to the entire season for just $60. are $18. Last year’s performance sold Shows are performed from 6 to 9 p.m. out quickly, so get your tickets in On Saturday, November 12, come advance. out to the 39th Annual Pioneer Day and There is no show in March due to stay on to see the Florida Opry’s Got the Annual Florida Strawberry Festival. Talent event. Rising artists can perform Come back on Saturday, April 8, 2017 two songs. According to Shelby Bender, for the final show of the season. This President of the East Hillsborough show has not yet been announced. Historical Society, “Judges will score each The historic Plant City High School performer. There are cash prize payouts is located at 605 N. Collins St. in downfor winners in a variety of categories.” The town Plant City. The Florida Opry is age categories are 8 to 13; 14 to 18; and presented by the East Hillsborough 18 and above. Historical Society. Visit www.thefloridaoIn December, the Florida Opry will pry.com or info@thefloridaopry.com.

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Former Rodgers Middle School Teacher Arrested For Lewd And Lascivious Conduct With A Juvenile Following a three learned that Geist was still promonth investigation, viding the phone service and Hillsborough County seized the cell phone, for eviSheriff’s detectives dentiary purposes. arrested a former middle On Monday, September school teacher at Rogers 12, 2016, Geist was arrested Middle School in at his residence without inciRiverview for providing a dent on a warrant for Lewd or smart phone to a student Lascivious Conduct and requesting that she Solicitation, and was transporttake sexually explicit piced and booked into the tures and video of herself Former Rodgers Middle Hillsborough County Orient School Teacher, Michael in sexual situations. Geist, 31, was arrested Road Jail. Geist reportedly for providing a smart Brandon resident, posted $7,500 bond the followphone to a student and ing day. Michael Geist, 31, was a requesting sexually explicit teacher at Rogers Middle pictures and video of herWhile the investigation School during the second self. The incident reminded continues, the incident is parents to keep a close another strong reminder for semester of the 2015eye on their children’s 2016 school year. activities, on computers parents to keep a close eye on and mobile devices. Investigators said, their children’s activities. that in April 2016, Geist Thanks to technology, sexgave the smart phone to the student as a ting has become all too common and, gift 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 www.hcso.tampa.fl.us.

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Newland Communities Newest Community, Bexley Connects To Suncoast Trail

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David Weekley Homes, Homes by AwardWestBay, ICI Homes and Lennar to winning masconstruct single-family homes in ter developer Bexley. Newland Lennar will also offer courtyard Communities homes, villas and two styles of townhas set its homes. sights north, to The exterior design of the homes Land O’Lakes, will feature a where its variety of fourth masterarchitectural planned comNewland Communities will open its fourth traditions, munity, Bexley, master-planned community, with a planned while 1,900 homes, Bexley, in the Land O-Lakes is schedule to streetscapes area in November. open in will feature November. Pasco County. tree-lined At completion, Bexley will contain The communi- One of the unique features in Bexley are the streets, more than 1,900 homes on 1,834 ty will also Avid Trails designed biking trail system and two neighborhood acres. The highlight of the community bike parks. feature two parks and the will be 1,200 acres of preserved open bicycle parks trail massive dent of marketspace areas and parks, along with a with pump tracks (a continuous loop of network, ing for Newland 10-mile, multi-purpose community trail dirt berms and mounds), skills loops which will be Communities. network of scenic walking, hiking, jogand practice areas for mountain bikBexley is located near the Suncoast Trail in Pasco accessible “Our comging and biking paths designed by County and is being built near Land O’ Lakes. ers, BMX riders and cyclists of all ages from nearly mitment is to Avid Trails. The trail, which will feature and skill levels. every locabuilding communities that honor the 11 exercise stations, will connect to “There’s truly nothing like this in tion in the community. environment and encourage residents the existing 21.6 mile Suncoast Trail in the area,” said Pam Parisi, vice presi“Bexley will be a unique, vibrant to get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful community unlike any other in Pasco Florida weather.” County,” said Tom Panaseny, Newland Additional amenities planned at vice president, general Communities’ Bexley will include The Bexley Club, a manager for Tampa North. lakefront clubhouse that will be the “Nature is the inspiration, not only hub of the community with a vibrant $ 00 in the community’s character, but in café, indoor/outdoor fireplaces, inforFull Service Car Wash designs, as well, with some elehome mation center, two swimming pools, a with Oil Change. vations exclusive to Bexley. We’ve fitness center, open-air game room Includes Filter & 5 qts Oil selected this group of builders and a fully staffed bike shop to offer Everyday Low Price: $34.95 because we know they will bring our Brushless Car Wash, Lube & Detail Center on-site repairs and bike rentals for Expires 11/15/2016 Expires 11/15/2016 vision to life.” community both residents and visitors. For more information, visit Newland Communities has partHours: 8am - 5pm Monday - Saturday www.BexleyFlorida.com. nered with CalAtlantic, Cardel Homes, Visa • MasterCard • American Express • Discover

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Dave And Buster’s Adds To Exciting News For Bass Pro Shops Area 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-sqft.-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 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 expected to start soon after. Home 2 Suites is a newer brand for Hilton and there currently are 100 locations and

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throughout the world with the closest being in Orlando. Across from Top Golf and the under construction iFly in Phase Two which also consists of multi-family development, is Brandon Healthplex, Tampa General Hospital’s first outpatient medical center. The 4-story, 140,000-sq.-ft. facility will offer a broad spectrum of health care services under one roof and is slated to open in early 2017. It will house the hospital’s first free-standing adult and pediatric emergency departments, surgery center, lab services, diagnostic imaging, physician offices as well as a helipad. “This is really Tampa General’s first major step into the new world of healthcare, which is bringing healthcare to you,” said John A. Brabson Jr, chairman of the TGH Board of Directors. “I am excited about everything coming to the area,” said Gina Giordano of Riverview. She commented that she and her two children, Dominick, age 8 and Gabby, age 11, had been to the Dave and Buster’s location in Orlando and are looking forward to having one closer to home. When complete, the Estuary, located on nearly 150 acres will house more than 500,000 sq. ft. of development bringing thousands of jobs and a significant economic impact to the area. For more information about available space, contact Roberts & Associates Southeast at 813-443-5097 or visit www.rasere.com.

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Jamie Hamblin’s Artwork On Display At Bruton Memorial Library

This month’s attended post secfeatured artist at ondary school the Bruton where he majored in commercial art Memorial Library and earned an in historic Plant Associate’s Degree City is Jamie in Applied Hamblin, a resiSciences. He dent of Tampa. worked in graphic Hamblin has 11 arts and other pieces on display related fields. at the library. This The captivating and brilliant artwork of According to is a wonderful colTampa resident, Jamie Hamblin, is on dishis Artist Statement, lection of acrylic play at the Bruton Memorial Library in Plant Hamblin “experion wood. Each City through the month of October. Stop by and view the wonderful display. enced the transforpainting focuses mative capacities of art at his grandon a specific animal, specifically Florida wildlife, including eagle, fish, racoon, alli- mother’s kitchen table, surrounded by gator, owl, turtle, flamingo, squirrel, drag- paint and brushes.” Hamblin’s statement goes on to state, “Even at around the onfly, and bird. According to Amanda LaPorta, Adult age of 7, he recognized there was a mysterious power to art which could Services Librarian for the Bruton have positive effects. At that moment, of Memorial Library, “Each circular painting focuses on a specific member of the ani- awareness, he committed himself to a path of an artist.” mal kingdom. The pieces are painted Each month the Bruton Memorial with bold strokes and earthy color Library showcases the artwork of local schemes, and interpret Florida fauna artists. The exhibit area is conveniently with vibrancy and power.” located in the front of the library and is It is indeed a truly lovely exhibit. easily accessible to all who visit the Viewing Hamblin’s work, you could see library. You can obtain an application for the detailed work and talent that went into creating the pieces. Take a few min- submission at the front desk. The Bruton Memorial Library is utes and stop by the library and see the located at 302 W. McLendon St. in Plant exhibit up close. City. For more information on this exhibit, Hamblin grew up in New York and moved to the area at a young age. He is future exhibit and to become a featured artist, please call 757-9215. a graduate of Brandon High School and

The Delusionists To Perform Two Shows At The James McCabe Theatre What do you get when ises to entertain the you combine an obnoxious entire family. It is filled with magic and theatrical host, the world’s smallest stunts. This is your clairvoyant, a hairless legend and a man with balls of chance to witness the steel? The answer accordimprobable.” ing to Gail Pierce, Producer This will be a wild of the Village Players, “An show with a lot going on up on the stage. entertaining night filled with Brandon’s own Mr. magic by The Delusionists.” Bones will be welcomed Pierce added, “Vic Vega, back to the Village the psychic mouthpiece, Players’ stage as he brings his band of misfits presents his wonderful for a two night special Witness the improbable when engagement as a fundrais- The Delusionists perform at the magic show. Pierce er for the maintenance and James McCabe Theatre for two said, “Over the past 20 special nights in October. plus years, he has put renovations of the 1915 Proceeds from the special engagement shows will benefit on a few magic shows Historical James McCabe the restoration efforts of the Theatre.” at the James McCabe Village Players and the historic The shows will be held Theatre. He usually James McCabe Theatre. on Friday, October 28 and performs to sell out Saturday, October 29. The doors will crowds, so we added an extra night so open at 7:30 p.m. the curtain call is at 8 everyone can have a chance to enjoy the p.m. ‘World of Magic.’” As if all of that was not enough, the Tickets are $15 for general admisU.S. taekwondo Demonstration Team will sion; $13 for seniors, students and milimake a special guest appearance. tary with identification; and groups of 10 The James McCabe Theatre, built in or more are just 412. If you prepay for 1915, is the only remaining commercial your tickets or are in a group of 10 or structure from Valrico’s small land boom more, you can get reserved seating. at the turn of the 20th century. It is located Otherwise, seating is on a first come, first at 506 N. 5th St. in Valrico. serve basis. Groups for 10 or more must For more information, please visit make arrangements and pay for tickets in www.thevillageplayersvalrico.com or call advance. 480-3147. Pierce added, “This wild show prom-

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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 nicoleh@ospreyobserver.com to be featured in an upcoming HOA article.

New Shared Workspace CoWork Landing, Opens In Convienient Brandon Location

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Bloomingdale person meeting with a resident Shannon client than a public Carlton believes that place or coffee shop,” entrepreneurs said Carlton. change the world Spaces are and she is using her already filling up and new business, Carlton’s clients so far CoWork Landing, to include Intentional help them do just Growth Strategies, that. LLC, Hagwood Located on Construction, Oakfield Dr. in Cornerstone Brandon, CoWork Consulting, OnCore CoWork Landing owner Shannon Carlton meets with FishHawk resident Management Solutions, Landing is a shared Rich Powers in the shared workspace Belle Vida Architectural workspace offering located at 522 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon. remote workers a Design, Elevated professional space to accomplish tasks, Learning Center, My Easy Mortgage and meet clients and network with other McAuley Fine Jewelry. entrepreneurs. The 1,500 sq. ft. building Every CoWork Landing member also is broken up into different areas with gets the opportunity to book the 10-pervarying fees to fit the needs of Carlton’s son, AV-equipt conference room for two customers who can pay daily or monthly hours a month, or more for an additional and receive use of the space, secured, cost. high-speed internet, a mailing address This space is also used for Carlton’s and keys for access to the building after educational and business development business hours. series, featuring breakfast, lunch and Carlton has used her background in after hour events. commercial real estate and advertising Upcoming events at CoWork sales with Osprey Observer Newspapers Landing include a Lunch and Learn on to determine exactly what small business October 14 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. focusowners, entrepreneurs and telecoming on time management skills and a muters are looking for in a shared work Wine and Wondering networking and space. The large community work area educational meeting with information on with comfortable chairs and tables and a podcast creation on Tuesday, October television set up for cable is the space 18, from 5-7 p.m. Carlton invites anyone that most of CoWork Landing’s members who is interested in learning more or tourwill use to meet with clients and work on ing the space to call 924-4679 or stop by their businesses. 522 Oakfield Dr. between 9 a.m. and 5 “A space like this gives off a much p.m. on Wednesdays. For more informamore professional vibe for a business tion and pricing, www.igscommunity.com.


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Music Showcase Presents: Ghouls, Goblins, Guitars

Come on down to Music Showcase on Friday, October 28 at 4 p.m. for a live acoustic performance. This free event will feature some great musicians from the area. Musicians include: Willix, Brendan Ciccone, Brian Watkins (of Delineate), and Danny Anderson (of Up From Here). There will also be a "Trick or Treat" raffle during this event. Prizes will be goody bags containing various items such as shirts, hats, stickers, candy, etc. Raffle tickets will be one for $1 or three for $2 and will be on sale now through October 28. This is a Halloween themed event so feel free to come in costume. Call 685-5998.

War-era Veterans Benefit from a Musical Salute Concert

War-era military veterans will benefit from a community band concert hosted by First Presbyterian Church in Brandon on Thursday, November 10 at 7 p.m. Proceeds will be donated to Honor Flight of West Central Florida, a non-profit organization that provides war-era veterans with all-expense paid Honor Tours to their memorials in Washington, D.C. Honor Flight has focused on taking WWII and terminally ill veterans on these trips, but plans to expand to those who

served in the Korean and Viet Nam wars. A Musical Salute will be presented by the Eastern Hillsborough Community Band, a concert band with more than 60 members. The band will perform patriotic music in honor of all veterans. A $10 donation at the door is suggested, but any donation, no matter how small or large, will be accepted. Admission is free for children under the age of 18. After the concert, light refreshments will be served and a silent auction. First Presbyterian Church is located

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C.A.R.E. Animal Shelter’s Boo Bash

Critter Adoption & Rescue Effort, Inc. (C.A.R.E.) is hosting a “pawsome” Halloween party on Saturday, October 22 from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. at 1528 27th Street SE. This free, family friendly, off-leash event will include trick or treating, games

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and prizes for children, Halloween portraits, and a dog costume contest at 11:30 a.m. There will also be music, food, raffles, a bake sale, vendors, and shelter tours. Call 645-2273 or visit https://www.facebook.com/careshelter or www.careshelter.org.

Golf Tournament Supports Paralympic Sports Tampa Bay

The Friends of the County Parks & Recreation Department, Inc. is hosting a golf tournament on Saturday, November 5 at Summerfield Crossing Golf Club, located at 13050 Summerfield Blvd. in Riverview. Check in is 12 Noon with a 1 p.m. shotgun start; four person scramble. Cost is $75 per person or $300 per team of four. Registration fee includes: green fee, cart, range balls, golfer gift pack, tournament banquet and awards. Awards and prizes will also be offered. Sponsorships available. All proceeds will benefit "Paralympic Sports Tampa Bay" a program that is offered by Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation Department and Friends of the County Parks & Recreation Department, Inc. Paralympic Sports Tampa Bay has a scholarship fund which helps its athletes with training, competition travel and continuing education (post high school). The registration deadline is Friday, October 28. For more information call: 267-6991 or email: m.clements1@verizon.net. Entry forms and checks can be sent to: Friends of the County Parks, c/o Brandon Recreation Center, Attn: Mary Clements Fowler, 502 E. Sadie St., Brandon, FL 33510.

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Harley-Davidson Hosts 4th Annual Gems & Jeans To Support Adoptive Families

Are You On Track To Meet Your Financial Goals?

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The Sylvia the live music of Thomas Center, a Smakk, and glam local non-profit, it up in the photo which provides booth for the percomprehensive fect take home post-adoption supgift. port to keep the Chiarenza "forever" in forever added, “Live families, will hold music, great its 4th Annual food, drinks and Gems & Jeans silent auction. Ball. This event All for a wonThe 4th Annual Gems & will be held on derful causeJeans will benefit the Sylvia Thomas Center. Saturday, adoptive famiNovember 12 from lies. Every year 7 to 10 p.m. at the Harley-Davidson of this event gets Brandon located at 9841 E. Adamo Dr. in bigger and better, so do not miss out. Join Tampa. us, along with friends, sponsors and supTickets to this event are just $40 per porters, for a fun night out.” individual and $75 per couple. You will The Sylvia Thomas Center is a supenjoy an evening of great food, a full bar, portive, guiding resource for adoptive chilraffle prizes, silent auction and diamond dren and their families in Hillsborough door give away. Each ticket that is purCounty. The center strives to help the chased is entered into a drawing for a entire family cope and adjust as children fabulous pair of diamond hooped earand teens transition from foster care to rings. You can visit the Sylvia Thomas their forever homes. The Sylvia Thomas Center on Facebook and begin bidding Center has been helping children and on silent auction items on Tuesday, their forever families since 2000. November 1. Funds from the event will enable the “We are excited this year to have Sylvia Thomas Center to continue providHarley-Davidson of Brandon supporting ing healing services for adopted and fosus again with the use of their beautiful ter children and their families. Thanks to facility. For the first time at our event, local successful case management services, it band, Smakk, will be entertaining our is estimated that the center has a greater guests,” said Pearl Chiarenza, than 99 percent success rate at keeping Community Liaison for the Sylvia Thomas forever families together. Center. Tickets to the 4th Annual Gems & For the third year in a row, Tony Lima Jeans event can be purchased at will bring local artists to create one-of -a www.eventbrite.com and search for the kind art masterpieces. You can dance to Gems & Jeans event.

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• Locate “gaps” – and work to fill them. After you’ve had your investment strategy in place for a while, you may see that some “gaps” exist. Is your portfolio not growing as fast as it should to help you reach your goals? If not, you may need to review your asset allocation to make sure it is aligned with your risk tolerance and portfolio objective. Do you find that you own too many of the same types of investments?Thisoverconcentrationcould be harmful to you if a downturn affects one particular asset class, and you own too much of that asset. To help prevent this from happening, be sure to diversify your dollars across a range of investment vehicles. Keep in mind, though, that diversification can’t guarantee a profit or protect against all losses. • Protect yourself – and your family. Saving for your ideal retirement is certainly a worthy goal, but you have other ones – such as providing for your family in case you aren’t around, or if you become ill or incapacitated and can’t work for a while. That’s why you will need adequate life insurance, and possibly disability insurance, too. Your employer may offer you both these types of coverage as an employee benefit, but it might not be enough – so you may want to explore private coverage as well. Financial Planning Month will come and go. But by following the above suggestions, you can create some strategies that will bring you a lifetime of benefits. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

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Welcome the Sabbath on Friday evenings at 7:45 p.m. at Congregation Beth Shalom in Brandon. On October 21, services will be held at 7 p.m. at a congregant’s ranch. Anyone interested should call 681-6547 for information and the address. On Tuesday October 18 at 7 p.m. a study series led by Rabbi Torop will address and explore the IsraeliPalestinian conflict, and the complex meanings of peace in Jewish tradition. Celebrate Sukkot in the sukkah on Wednesday, October 19 at 6:15 p.m. All welcome, including tots. Simchat Torah Dance with the Torah and celebrate, Sunday, October 23 at 7 p.m. All invited and encouraged to wear something reminiscent of your 13th year. Congregation Beth Shalom is located at 706 Bryan Rd. in Brandon. Call 6816547.

United Methodist Women 46th Annual Pecan Sale

Hand-picked, shelled, and fresh from the orchard pecans are through Tuesday, November 1. A five lb. box of mammoth halves or pieces cost $45, a one lb. bag is $10. Also available are specialty items: chocolate amaretto pecans (22 oz. tin) for $18; praline pecans (20 oz. tin) for $16, and an assortment (20 oz. tin) including praline, chocolate amaretto, and roasted salted pecans. To order, call Mary Baker at 6434493, email bjbrooks5@gmail.com, or visit www.pecansale.com to order and pay by credit card. Checks payable to UMW can be mailed to P. O. Box 546, Lithia, FL 33547. Only pre-paid pecans are "reserved." Others will be sold on a first come-first served basis. Pick up is at New Hope United Methodist Church (formerly First United Methodist Church), 121 N. Knights Ave. in Brandon in the Social Hall. Pickup times are Saturday, November 12, and Monday, November 14, from 8 a.m. -6 p.m. This annual fundraiser benefits local missions such as ECHO, Mary and Martha House, A Kid's Place, and Brandon Life Care, and others. For more information, contact Barbara Brooks at 6897016 or bjbrooks5@gmail.com.

Holy Innocent’s Fall Whistle Stop Craft Show

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

Fall Craft Fair At St. Andrews United Methodist Church

A Fall Craft Fair will be held on Saturday, October 29 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the church, located at 3315 Bryan Rd. in Brandon.

St. Stephen Men’s Club Golf Scramble

It is time for the 24th Annual St Stephen Men’s Club Golf Scramble to be held at the Summerfield Crossing Golf Club on Saturday, October 29. Tee time is 1 p.m. Sign-ins begin at 11:30 a.m. The fee is $75 pre-paid per golfer teams of four players for $300 and includes a round of golf, range balls, a gift pack, a hot lunch, beverages and dinner. There is also an additional package for $25 that includes “four Mulligans, 15 raffle tickets, (1) One putt, (1) Putting contest entry, and (1) sand trap throw. A signup form is available that can be emailed to you for each team. Please make checks be made payable to “St Stephen Men’s Club”. Proceeds support St Stephen Catholic School graduating seniors, and

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33rd Annual Nut Sale

The ladies of St. Francis Circle at Nativity Catholic Church are taking orders for your holiday baking & gifting. Pecan halves, pecan pieces, chocolate amaretto pecans, dark chocolate pecans, white chocolate pecans are $9.50, pistachios are $9, cashews $9.50, and walnuts $8. All prices are per pound and will be in before Thanksgiving. Call Flo 6548941, Janet 655-5506, or Evelyn 6574309 to place your order by Wed, Nov 2.

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Orange Home Accessories Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary With Fundraiser

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deaths in the United States. It is also the least funded among major cancers. For more information, please visit www.preludetoacure.com. All who attend the 10th Anniversary event are asked to make a minimum donation of $10. In exchange for the donation, you will receive a $10 reward card which you can use at Orange Home Accessories, an elegant Orange Home home décor store in Valrico is celebrating its 10th Anniversary with a celebration on Friday, Accessories through Christmas. November 18. The event will also serve as a Attendees will enjoy live music by fundraising event for Prelude To A Cure. Ella Chadwell and Jimmy Silva, wine Orange Home Accessories in Valrico and delicious appetizers. There will be celebrates its 10th Anniversary this raffles and door prizes of items donated November. Owner, Debbie Ploor, is excitby some of Ploor’s vendors such as ed to have the community join in the cele- Michael Aram. bration. Ploor has planned a wonderful Ploor said, “I am so grateful to the celebratory event on Friday, November community and all of my customers for 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. Orange Home the support they have shown me over the Accessories is located at 1046 last 10 years. It has been an honor to be Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. a part of the community.” Ploor added, “I The 10th Anniversary celebration will love my store. My customers are just like benefit Prelude To A Cure, a lung cancer my family. It makes me feel good when research and awareness organization they come in to the store. I could not do located at Moffitt Cancer Center in all that I do without their support.” Tampa. Ploor has been involved with Orange Home Accessories offers Prelude To A Cure for several years and eclectic, elegant and whimsical home currently serves on the board of directors. accessories. But the items are not just Ploor encourages everyone to beautiful; they are all functional in design. become familiar with Prelude To A Cure While everything is lovely, they each have which was established by Dr. Lary a purpose and will make your house a Robinson of Moffitt Cancer Center in home. 2012 to raise awareness and funding for For more info Orange Home lung cancer research in Tampa Bay. Lung Accessories, please visit www.orangecancer is the leading cause of cancer homedecor.com or call 681-8686.

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

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prevention of cancer. I truly care about this issue. Over the years, I have had a lot of customers who have gone through cancer. I have personally been affected. A few years ago, I lost my sister-in-law to pancreatic cancer. We all know the pain of diagnosis and loss. This is one of the reasons that this event honors all cancer survivors.” Deborah Meegan, executive director of The Outreach Clinic said, “This event allows us to provide healthcare to hundreds of uninsured people every year. Part of the life-saving healthcare our volunteers provide includes screening for breast, cervical, prostate and colon cancer which have led to early diagnosis of cancer.” On the day of the event, there will be a mobile 3D mammogram bus from Tampa Bay Mobile sponsored by the Florida Building Inspection Group. Insurance and self-pay are welcome, just bring a prescription from a referring physician. Creager would also like to thank all of the people in the community that help to put on this event including Chris Heath of Big Beat Entertainment. Plaza Bella is located at 1078 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. For more information on this event, call 685-9494.

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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 The Valrico FishHawk Chamber recently held a ribbon cutting for all ages and all levfor YoYo Juice. els. Registration is curcharge which allows you early access. rently being accepted for that and the Picker Place is located at 709 N. MightMite 12-week hockey program for Park Rd. in Plant City. ages 5-7 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Thursdays. 5th Dimension Dance Center The OneBlood Bloodmobile will be at Recently opened 5th Dimension the Ice Sports Forum on Sunday, October Dance Center strives to provide a stimu30 from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Give blood and lating environreceive free T-shirt and free Open Skate ment, focused Ticket. on providing stuFor more information, visit dents of all ages http://www.theicesportsforum.com. with a unique, healthy and Picker Place Market In Plant City challenging At Picker Place in Plant city, on the dance experience. It offers Ballet, Hipthird weekend of each month, Thursday Hop, Lyrical/Contemporary, Jazz, through Sunday, you can shop for many Modern, Tap, Core Strength – both recreunique items including vintage pieces, ational and competitive team for ages 2shabby chic, salvage garden, mid-century 18. modern, industrial and repurposed Owner’s Alexis Johnson, Chris designed offered by over 30 vendors. Johnson, Christi Johnson, Bobby Welsby, There is a VIP night on and Michelle Welsby are devoted to the Tuesday of the market week. Visit the developing each student’s potential with a Facebook page and become a VIP at no first-rate dance education, while encour-

ticipants will light a candle to acknowledge their loss. This year, Dr. Maryanne Colalillo, OB-GYN, as well as two parents, will speak at the event. The ceremony is free and open to the public. Those who would like a picture of their baby included in a video montage at the ceremony can contact Heather.Brightwell @hcahealthcare.com for more information. The Valrico FishHawk Chamber recently held a ribbon cutBrandon Regional ting for Anytime Fitness in the FishHawk Ranch Park Hospital is located at 119 Square, 16144 Churchview Dr., Ste. 201 in Lithia. Oakfield Dr. in Brandon. The aging creativity and personal, artistic event will take place by the North parking growth. By participating in the dance progarage off Oakfield Dr. gram, they believe students will have the capability to experience an increase in The Bridges Retirement Community their overall, physical and mental wellHosts Mind Boost Workshop being. Is your mind as sharp as it could be? 5th Dimension Dance Center is locatyou struggle to remember phone Do ed at 3239 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Valrico. numbers or a shopping list? Our brains The hours are 4–8 p.m. Monday– powerful and even more so when we are Thursday, 4–6 p.m. on Friday, and 9 a.m. understand how our brains work and – 5 p.m. on Saturday. Call 643-5332 or what we can do to improve our memory. visit 5thdimensiondancecenter.com. The Mind Boost workshop, held on Brandon Regional Hospital Observers Tuesday, November 10 from 3- 5 p.m., 10th Annual Pregnancy & Infant Loss will provide information on normal changes in memory, how memory works, Remembrance Day  steps to improve memory and memory On Saturday, October 15 at 6:30 exercises. The workshop, held at The p.m., Brandon Regional Hospital will hold Bridges, 11350 Bloomingdale Ave. in its annual Pregnancy and Infant Loss Riverview, is $5 to attend and includes Remembrance Ceremony in honor of the refreshments and materials. Call Janet more than one million babies who die at 413-8900 to reserve your seat. each year from miscarriage and still birth. In a symbolic show of support, parContinued on Next Page

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Business Column Continued............. Skincare And Unique Chemical Peels Now At Brandon Cataract Center & Eye Clinic

Brandon’s premier provider of customized skincare and unique chemical peels, Brandon Cataract Center & Eye Clinic is proud to have Auyanna Gilbert 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. Located at 403 Vonderburg Dr. in Brandon. For more information, call 6811122. Visit www.brandoneye.com/.

Try Something New Or Enjoy Your Italian Favorites At Allegria Italiana Ristorante

Allegria Italiana Ristorante is owned and operated by the Dragonetti family bringing decades of experience and passion to the creation of authentic Italian cuisine. Their roots take them back to Italy, but moved to the Brandon area from Islip, NY bringing their traditional recipes from their homeland to share with

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the Brandon area. Allegria offers a contemporary concept with traditional pasta dishes at affordable prices. Enjoy menu items such as Spaghettini al Pomodoro e Basilico, Home-made Gnocchi Sorrentino Pesto, Formaggi e Spinacci, Astice & Crab Ravioli in Roasted Garlic Cream Sauce and much more. If you enjoy live music, Allegria offers Ella Chadwell and Jimmy Silva at the piano every other Wednesday and on the last Thursday of each month. You can enjoy Courtney Welch every other Sunday. Allegria is offering a new price fixed menu on Monday to Friday’s from 3:30-6 p.m. Allegria Italiana Ristorante is located at 518 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon. Call 6511166 for reservations or information on catering and its dates on its musical evenings.

Oakfield Dental Provides High Quality Care With State Of The Art Technology

Oakfield Dental upholds its commitment to the highest quality of care by combining state of the art technology with passionate clinicians and staff. Located at 1457 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon, Dr. Amir Boules provides high-

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Local Retailer Finalist In New York NOW Show’s Design Retail Challenge

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were invited to a breakfast in New York with Meg Caswell of HGTV to discuss upcoming trends. While in New York, a Champagne Breakfast was held for the 25 winners and three of the 25 finalists won money to shop for their stores at the New York Show. “Although I did not win, the experience was great,” Orange owner Debby Ploor noted. Orange Home Accessories is located at 1046 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. For more information, call 6818686, or visit www.orangehomedecor.com.

Help For Quitting Tobacco

Quitting tobacco isn't easy. Finding help should be. Tobacco Free Florida offers free tools and services to help you get started. Locally, classes will be held Monday, October 17 and November 14 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Oakfield Medical Plaza, 276 S. Moon Ave, Suite 260 in Brandon. Pre-registration is required by calling 974-7889. For additional classes, visit www.ahectobacco.com/calendar.

In the New York NOW Show's Design Retail Challenge, stores from Rejuvenation Spa Will Hold around the Special Holiday Event country that A special holiday event will be shop for held on Thursday, November 10 items in New from 5-7 p.m. at Rejuvenation York were Spa, located in River Hills Plaza, asked to Lynx Paw Trail in Valrico. 4373 send in phoEnjoy wine and cheese and comDebby Ploor (right) stands with tos of their Meg Caswell, the guest speaker plimentary Honey Heel Glaze Foot stores on and HGTV Design star. Treatment, Get 10% off retail and Instagram. gift cards. There will be a basket raffle by Photos were voted on by other stores, Pevonia and 15% off purchase of full skin vendors and fans of the store. Out of hunregimen. The promos are only valid from dreds of entries, Orange Home 5-7 p.m. Call 643-8266 or visit www.rejuAccessories in Valrico was selected as venationspafl.com. one of the top 25 finalists. The finalists

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

By Michelle Colesanti

The Church is located at 12001 Big Bend Rd. in Riverview. Admission is free. There will be food, fun, music, raffles, health checks and fellowship. Craft fair and vendors welcome. Please call 784-5973 for info.

Hawthorne Village Fall Festival

Fall Festival At Hawthorne Village Retirement Community

Come to Hawthorne Village Retirement Community October 21, 6 p.m.to enjoy fall family fun. There will be face painting, a pumpkin carving contest, scavenger hunt, games, bounce house and pumpkin patch photos. Hawthorne Village of Brandon is located at 851 W. Lumsden Rd. in Brandon. For more information, call 661-8998 or visit www.HawthorneVillageofBrandon.com.

Firm Foundation Christian Fellowship’s 1st Annual Community Fall Festival

The community is invited to Firm Foundation Christian Fellowship’s first annual Community Fall Festival on Saturday, October 29 from 11:30 a.m.3 p.m. The theme for the Festival is Theme: We are better together! Uniting Churches and the Community.


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

5K Walk & Run At FishHawk Fellowship Church

A 5K Walk & Run at FishHawk Fellowship Church on Saturday, October 29. Proceeds will benefit Welcome Home Haiti. The cost for the 5K is $30 for adults and $20 for students ages 1-19. A $10 Fun Run will also be held. There is a virtual race option (receive a t-shirt) for $20. The 5K begins promptly at 8 a.m. Visit http://www.fishhawkfc.org/event/201610-29-pumpkinpalooza-5k-walkrun for more info and to register. For more information on Welcome Home Haiti, visit http://welcomehomehaiti.com/home. Fishhawk Fellowship Church 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

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Trick or Treat Street, Saturday, October 29 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

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 info visit www.bellshoals.com/trunkortreat.

Newsome High School Trick Or Treat Street

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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 www.floridastateparks.org/hillsboroughriver.

Pumpkin Patch and Pumpkin Festival

A Pumpkin Patch at Limona Village Chapel is open from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily from Sunday, October 16Monday, October 31. Enjoy a Pumpkin Festival with games, bounce house, hay ride, and more on Saturday, October 22 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Food available for purchase and all ages welcome. Limona Village Chapel is located at 408 Limona Rd. in Brandon. Visit http://www.limonavillagechapel.com/.

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Dreams Realized With Opening Of The Art Factory At Winthrop Arts

By Kathy L. Collins

What was once Winthrop Main St. in just a dream- to have a Riverview. fully functioning after Teachers at the Art school program in Factory are professionRiverview- has become al artists and educators a reality with the openwho want to pass their ing of Art Factory at knowledge onto the Winthrop Arts. The Art next generation. The Factory is unique in Art Factory will offer that it will not only allow painting, drawing, students of all ages sculpture, mixed and abilities to express media, fabrics and their creativity, but it will more. The Art Factory offer a program that will will allow children to teach students the elerotate daily so that they ments of art. experience a variety of The Art Factory arts each week. In began as the brain addition to these classEddie Ewell and Winthrop Town child of Bryant es, the Art Factory will Artist Bryant Martinez are excited Martinez, the Winthrop about the opening of the Art Factory also offer The Word at Winthrop Arts, an arts based after Shop, a class created Town Artist, and John school program. and Kay Sullivan, the and taught by founders of Winthrop. They sought a renowned historical author, Doris safe, fun and creative place for their chilWeatherford. dren to go after school every day. Katharine Sullivan-Dawes, the direcMartinez and the Sullivans developed the tor of everything for Winthrop Arts said, Art Factory concept and have been hold- “We see the Art Factory becoming a creing classes informally over the past two ative destination for our community with years. Through the growth of Winthrop classes happening all the time, not just Arts, Inc. into a formal 501(c)(3) organiafter school. We also plan to invite artists zation, the Art Factory is expanding into a to come in from all over the country to do renovated building with studio space, special master classes and workshops. multiple classrooms and room for up to We see the Art Factory becoming an 60 students. important cultural hub.” The Art Factory will be open For more information on Winthrop Mondays from 1:45-6 p.m. and Tuesday Arts and to sign your child up at the Art through Friday from 3-6 p.m. The cost to Factory, visit www.winthroparts.org. attend is $55 per week and includes all Become a part of Winthrop Arts by visitsupplies. There is a $35 registration fee. ing the generosity campaign and making The Art Factory is located at 11267 a donation at bit.ly/2biezZC.


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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. www.RenaForFlorida.com.


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. http://Rossspano.com

Clerk Of The Circuit Court


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 www.patfrankclerk.com 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.” https://ericseidelforclerk.com/

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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. http://www.bobhenriquez2016.com/


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. http://toddjones2016.com/

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. http://www.sandymurman.com/


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. http://www.electjeffz.com/

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. http://electpatkemp.com/


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. https://timschock.com/

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. http://electjoerobinson.com/


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. http://www.votetamara.com/home.html

School Board - District 7 (Countywide)


CATHY JAMES For more information, visit www.electcathyjames.com 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 www.LynnGrayForSchoolBoard.com; 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 www.garydolgin.com 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 melissapoloforjudge.com 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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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 www.EricSeidelForClerk.com 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 www.garydolgin.com.

By Kathy L .Collins

By Kathy L .Collins

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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“He is widely admired as smart, polite and attentive to his clients, all traits that well serve a judge. ...he holds judicial office to the high standards the public expects. His work ethic and sense of fair play would well serve those before him. Dolgin is prepared, punctual and respectful, vital qualities for judges in the clogged court system. And his grasp of family law would help as the courts look for more holistic ways of addressing the impacts of broken families.” - 8/1/16 Endorsed by:

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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 Toddjones2016.com.

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 www.RossSpano.com.

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 www.melissapoloforjudge.com.

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 www.bobhenriquez.com.

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 www.votehillsborough.org. No matter which method you choose to vote- By Mail, Early Voting or on Election Day, your vote counts.

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Family Friendly Halloween Fun At Local Theme Parks & More a scavenger hunt with prizes, and an exclusive, Halloweenthemed fireworks show in Pirates' Cove. Brick or Treat will take place on weekends in October 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 29-30 and Halloween 31. No fireworks on Halloween. Visit http://bit.ly/2bTT0n5 for pricing information.

Lowry Park Zoo – Creatures of the Night

This new Halloween event, Creatures of the Night, will offer a wide-range 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 http://bit.ly/2coMYIY.

The Florida Aquarium - Guppyween

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Join in on Saturday and Sunday, October 29 and 30 from 1-5 p.m. for the only time wild animals, ghosts and 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.

The witching hour’s almost here, so get your favorite costume ready for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, a separately ticketed event in Magic Kingdom Park. Don’t miss your chance to collect candies, sweets and frightfully delightful treats—all while the park hosts grim grinning ghosts, eerie entertainment and Disney Characters that go bump in the night. Many regular attractions will also remain open. Best of all: since the tone of this event is “not-so-scary,” that means chil-

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dren of every age can enjoy the fun. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party costs $67 per child and $72 per adult (plus tax), and takes place on September 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 29 and 30, October 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30 and 31. Before you arrive dressed up for the occasion, please read the official costume guidelines at Mickey’s Not-SoScary Halloween Party for children and adults. Visit http://bit.ly/1isT8sY for more information or to purchase tickets.

SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular

It’s an ocean of Halloween fun for the whole family at SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular. During this daytime event, families are immersed in an underwater "fantasea" including trick-ortreating, whimsical pumpkin fish, seathemed arts and crafts and up-close animal encounters in a family-friendly event that could only come from SeaWorld. Halloween Spooktacular runs weekends from October 1-30, and is included in park admission. Visit http://bit.ly/2c4NYBC.

Legoland’s Brick or Treat Returns

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

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

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 (www.operationgratitude.com). 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 sorthodontics.com.

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

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Plant City Raiders Fans Enjoy Home Conference Game Victory Against East Bay

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In the wake of a three-game winning Things got a bit worse the third. streak followed by a not so surprising loss for East Bay in the third, Unfortunately for East Bay, time ran to Durant, the Plant City Raiders welwhich began with Ward's out for both teams to do much more in comed area rival, East Bay Indians for a second touchdown for the the fourth. district game late last month, giving fans a night. Raiders senior quar“It’s not a game we can’t do without,” great night of high school football experiterback, Corey King, LaRosa said, but added, “We have to do ence. our best at every Under the game and so far we direction of have been able to program head do just that.” coach Frank Ahead of welLaRosa, East coming East Bay, Bay started the Raiders showed and finished strength against the season’s football powerhouse Plant City Raiders senior quarterback Corey King, second conArmwood taking a gets a first down in the second quarter against East Bay during a home conference game. King ference game loss, but scoring 16 led his team to a 31-24 victory. strong, but points against the the game at 7-7. had to own up added to the Hawks, followed by Nearing the end of the first to a 31-24 drama after two straight high half East Bay again pushed forloss. finding the scoring wins against ward and, took the lead, folThe end zone Brandon and lowed by a chance to widen the Indians began from 25 Raiders running back Treshaun Ward (9) takes the Strawberry Crest. the scoring for East Bay Indians senior running back, gap even more, until an interyards out, to handoff from QB Corey King, ending the play in a Raiders head touchdown in the second quarter during a home and subsequent touchception the night in widen the coach Robert Paxia Anthony Hollingshed, is halted by a conference game against East Bay. down by Raiders Jordan powerful Raiders defense during a the second gap. put things in perdistrict game last month. Wiggins, which tied the game quarter, but Indians junior quarterback, Tanner spective when he said, “This is just anothonce more. the 7-0 lead, was short lived, thanks to Morris, however, was not done just yet. er game to show everyone who and Adding three more points, Plant City Raiders senior Calvin Richardson's kickoff Fighting to keep his team in the game where we are this season.” managed to hit the locker room with a 17return, which was topped off by a 45-yard Morris scored one more time on a 25For more information, please visit run by running back Treshaun Ward to tie 14 lead at the half. yard pass with only seconds remaining in www.maxpreps.com.

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Coach Bag Bingo To Raise Funds For Sylvia Thomas Center

By Kathy L. Collins

Guests will have the chance to win items from local businesses such as A Caring Touch Skin Care, jewelry donated by Deborah Williams with Parklane, a gift certificate from Salons by JC and a healthy food basket donated by Bodyworks Health & Wellness Center. All of the designer bags have been donated. Companies can Support the Sylvia Thomas Center by attending Coach also put information on their Bag Bingo on Tuesday, October 18 at The Regent. business in the bags for a The Sylvia Thomas Center, a local donation of $100. non-profit which provides comprehensive The Sylvia Thomas Center provides post adoption support to keep the “forevcomprehensive case management, super” in forever families, is holding its port groups, counseling and education for Annual Coach Bag Bingo on Tuesday, foster and adoptive families in October 18. The event will be held at The Hillsborough County. Chiarenza said, Regent located at 6437 Watson Rd. in “While foster and adoptive families are Riverview. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and ready to open their hearts and homes to the games will begin promptly at 7 p.m. children, it often takes more thank love to Tickets to this event are $35 per perhelp a child overcome trauma.” That is son per ticket with only 200 tickets availwhat the Sylvia Thomas Center strives to able. All proceeds from the event benefit do, and they do it with a small staff and the Sylvia Thomas Center. team of volunteer interns from the The night will include food, drink and University of South Florida. Since its Bingo with a twist. Pearl Chiarenza, cominception in 2000, the Sylvia Thomas munity liaison for the Sylvia Thomas Center has assisted 6,000 families. Center said, “There is a lot more satisfacFor more information and to purtion in yelling ‘bingo’ when the prize is a chase tickets to the Coach Bag Bingo, brand new Coach designer bag. This contact Chiarenza at 449-3308 or stop by game comes with a disclaimer to the Salons by JC located at 3448 Lithia moms: If you win, you will probably have Pinecrest Rd. in Valrico Tuesday through to share your purse with your daughter.” Saturday or call the Sylvia Thomas In addition to the chance to win a Center at 651-3150. designer purse from Coach, there will also be a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction.

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