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

By Kate Quesada

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

event together. “For years we have been participating in the American Heart Association’s Tampa area Heart Walk which takes place in September,” said Andre. “And when we started thinking about putting on an event with FYB this seemed like a great fit. The Tampa Walk is getting so big and with so many people wanting to walk on Josh’s team an event that is local and easier to get to would be wonderful.” Although the event will feature baseball related activities like home run derbies for both kids and adults, a pitching contest and a coach dunking area, another reason Goodwin and Andre are excited about the walk is the way it will showcase the FishHawk Youth Sports Complex and all the sports it hosts. “This community space is so unique,” said Goodwin. “The walk will Story Continued On Page 14



Rope Swing Tree Jump Into Popular Alafia River Spot Turns Fatal For Teen

By Tamas Mondovics

autopsy results, the incident is a sad reminder of the dangers of nature, especially swimming in local, natural waterways that at times become murky or muddy, making it difficult to see what is hidden under the surface. “It doesn’t matter how many times you have visited the same swimming spot, water levels are constantly changing, creating a dangerous situation and can cause injury or Gage Stewart, 18, lost his life after he failed to death,” Nunez said. appear after a jump into the Alafia River at a It is noteworthy that thanks to popular spot where a rope swing has now been removed. heavy rains—courtesy of Hermine, the first hurricane that made landfall in Hillsborough County Sheriff's in 11 years,—the Alafia River has Florida deputies and Fire Rescue units respondbecome extremely treacherous causing ed to a 911 call on Thursday afternoon countywide flooding and moving debris (9/22) about a teen, who disappeared down river, turning former swimming after jumping into a pool of murky waters into dangerous traps. holes of the Alafia River, just north of Lithia According to detectives, the location Springs Park in Lithia. not safe for swimming and is under an is Following a short search, divers official county issued no trespass warning found the body of Gage Stewart, 18, a notice. Tampa resident, under the water approxi“This is an ongoing problem,” Nunez mately 25 feet downriver. said. “People continue to visit the area to Stewart, who reportedly had a history swim and deputies keep a close eye on of medical conditions was pronounced the location, but often find the ‘No deceased at Brandon Regional Trepassing’ signs removed.” Hospital at 1:27 p.m. The investigation is ongoing. Log on HCSO officials said that Stewart and to his three friends, including Austin Grafford, 18 decided to drive over to swim, jump and swing into the river, as they had done hundreds or possibly “thousands of times” before. Visitors to the natural swimming spot have nailed a makeshift ladder to the tree trunk, which led up to a fork in the branch and served as a spot to swing or jump off of, deputies said. According to the police report, while Grafford was adjusting the rope on the tree, Stewart climbed up to about 20 feet high and jumped into the river, feet first as he has done many times before. When his friend did not surface, Grafford also jumped into the river and was unable to find his friend. HCSO Public Information Officer Cristal Nunes emphasized that while the actual cause of death is yet to be determined based on

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

every season for a different cause and this charity was an easy first choice as it is personal to one of our own,” said Goodwin, who also has a 12year-old son who plays with FYB. All proceeds from the event will be split between FYB and Andre’s American Heart Association team Strike Out CHD. Andre’s mother, Stephanie Andre is also FYB Communications Chair and has been very involved in putting the


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Halloween Horribles Parade At Center Place, A Longtime Community Tradition

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

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

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

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

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




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

By Kathy L. Collins

The Futch Futch added, “Our Family is family is excited to pleased to presmeet and greet our ent the 5th new guests and welAnnual Fox come back returning Squirrel Corn guests.” Maze beginning A visit to the on Saturday, Single R Ranch is October 15. truly a unique expeThe Futch rience. 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 and follow huge in Florida, and it allows us to eduthem on facebook at cate the public on life outside the city.”

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John Henry Miller: 100 Years Strong, From Ice Trucks In Jamaica To Dominoes In Brandon

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John Henry would be Miller’s diet. He Miller from the consumes greens and Hillsborough drinks aloe vera. Along County with that, Miller shared Bloomingdale Adult the recipe to his favorite Day Service Center dish that he produces in Brandon, celeevery Saturday. The dish consists of cornmeal, salt brated his 100th fish, pepper, garlic, birthday. Miller cononion, okra and tomasiders his firm belief toes. in his faith and a With that in mind, he healthy diet as the lives with his son and reasons behind his family. Miller attends the longevity. Hillsborough County “I love the Lord Bloomingdale Adult Day and pray to Him Service Center three everyday to keep times a week and enjoys me going,” Miller playing dominoes with said. his friends. He joined the Miller was born organization in 1998 and in Manchester, recommends individuals Jamaica. He began to go to there. working at a young “We get taken care of age on a farm until John Henry Miller enjoys his day at the center. here and the people who his sister sent for work at the center are nice,” Miller him. He started working at an ice facsaid. tory at the age of 23 in Kingston, The mission of the center is to Jamaica. Miller served ice and blocks coordinate essential health and wellfrom the truck for many years. He met ness services for older adults through the love of his life Mavis Corrida Miller an emphasis on the seven dimensions in Kingston, and the couple were marsuch as physical, emotional, intellecturied for 60 years. Unfortunately, she al, social, spiritual, environmental and passed away in 2005. financial. He worked at the ice factory until For more information, visit 1974. In 1975, his entire family It is cated to the United States for a better life. The Miller’s lived in New York until located at 3940 Canoga Park Dr. in Brandon. Hours of operation are 1995 and moved to Florida due to Monday through Friday 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. health reasons. Call 330-7964. Another secret to his longevity

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Role Playing Fantasy Group, Amtgard Barony Thrives at Local Park

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Jessica Edler and her husband, Sean were playing baseball with their son at the park when they noticed people in interesting garb playing with foam swords and shields. The family’s curiosity took over. They introduced themselves to the group, and later found themselves joining them the next Sunday.

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Danielle Smith (left) and Breanna Edler doing some arts and crafts.

Amtgard is a Live Action RolePlaying (LARP) community focusing on medieval and fantasy sports and recreation with chapters all over the world, according to Edler. “It’s a lot of fun, when you think of it as your inner-kid going out there with a foam sword and playing,” she said. “It’s just something different to do to stay active, and I’m an artist and photographer, so it’s another outlet to be creative.” The Barony of Falling Fire, in the Kingdom of Neverwinter has been meeting every Sunday at 1 p.m. at Tony and Bertha Saladino Park since 1995. Activities include combat with foam swords and shields for those 14 and older, and arts and crafts. Others just come to hang out and socialize with the

group, as well as referee the action. Players are encouraged to expand their role within the group, and apply for office. Edler, also known as Lady Jae, is currently Regent of the chapter. “We welcome everybody,” she said. Every player at the park has a persona that they portray. They choose ingame names and wear original garb that they make on their own. Each person has a varying sigil (usually an animal), and colors specifically chosen for the character that they are depicting. Besides the social aspect, the group also raises money for a local charity like a food drive for ECHO of Brandon (Emergency Care Help Organization) in September raising just over $400. According to former King Kelbo, Anthony Malangone, groups around the country compete to see how much money each can raise for their charity. For more information visit

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Student’s Ministry Provides For People In Need, Gains Magazine Cover Story

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Jessica Valdes has bags are delivered to been a very ambitious and local charities in the caring person since the Tampa Bay/Brandon age of 4, helping those area that work directly less fortunate than her. with the homeless, Valdes, now 14, is an 8th such as E.C.H.O of grade student at Randall Brandon, Cynthia Middle School, and she is Pinckney Ministries, already in charge of her Mission Tampa, Mobile very own ministry that proDental Truck (Mission vides bags with toiletry Tampa) and Volunteers items and snacks for the of America, to name a homeless. According to few. Valdes, it all started when Valdes was feashe was coming back from tured in Beauty dinner and saw a homeRevived’s “50 Beautiful less man setting up his Children” blog in Jessica Valdes. bed on a park bench. September (http://beauValdes, being a young and inquisitive featuring four-year-old, started to ask the man young people who are making a differquestions. “That just made me want to ence in their communites. She also does help the homeless,” she said. “I saw that a lot of public speaking to help promote there was a need and I just wanted to ful- her cause. Valdes is also an avid soccer fill the need.” player. She currently plays for the Florida Jessica’s Homeless Helpers, Valdes’ Hawks FC U16 team in Fishhawk, and ministry, has collected over 84,000 items plans on trying out for the Newsome High over the past 10 years. She puts together School soccer team when she attends Manna bags (Manna, meaning provision high school next year. of God) that include travelsize toiletry Her ultimate goal is to collect a total items that can fit into a backpack, such as of 100,000 items by the time she gradutoothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, conates from high school. She would also ditioner and soap, along with a small like to play for the Clemson soccer team snack. “Jessica is very compassionate, in the future when she attends college. “It she’s always concerned with other peodoesn’t matter if you are big or small to ple’s feelings,” said Julie Valdes, Jessica’s make a BIG difference,” she said. mother. “She’s always been like that If you would like to donate, you can since day one, I think that’s why the mincontact Jessica and Julie on their istry has blossomed.” Facebook page. They do not accept According to her Facebook page, monetary donations. Find Jessicas Jessica’s Homeless Helpers, the Manna Homeless Helpers on Facebook.


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October is Financial Planning Month. And now that you know it’s Financial Planning Month (just in case you didn’t know before), why not take the opportunity to determine if you’re on the right path toward meeting your financial goals? Consider taking these steps: • Identify your goals. To know if you’re making progress toward your goals, you first have to identify them. Of course, you’ll have a variety of goals in life, such as helping pay for your children’s college educations. More than likely, though, your most important long-term financial goal is to build enough resources to enjoy the retirement lifestyle you’ve envisioned. But we all have different ideas for how we want to spend our retirement years. Some of us may want to stay close to home, volunteering and pursuing our hobbies, while others want to visit the vineyards of Bordeaux or explore the pyramids of Egypt. So, name your goals and, as much as possible, put a price tag on them. Once you know about how much your retirement is going to cost, you can create an investment strategy that may ultimately provide you with the income you will need. • Don’t underestimate your cost of living. Even after you’ve identified some of your retirement goals, and estimated their costs, you still haven’t developed a complete picture of your future cost of living. You also need to take into account other potential major expenses, such as health care. Once you’re 65, you’ll get Medicare, but that won’t cover all your medical costs – and it might cover only a tiny portion of those expenses connected with long-term care, such as a nursing home stay or services provided by a home health aide. A financial professional can help you explore specific methods of deal- ing with these types of long-term care costs.

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Great Craft Fairs And Flea Markets To Help Celebrate Fall Compiled by Michelle Colesanti

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

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

Friends And Flea Event At Patterson Farm

The Fall Friends and Flea is is holding a two day event on Friday, October 7 and Saturday, October 8 under the trees at the Patterson farm, located at 2706 Ranch Rd., in Dover (off Durant Rd.). Over 30 venders from Lakewood, Bradenton, and locally will be selling antiques, jewelry, country, shabby chic, furniture, vintage treasures and more. There will be authentic kettle popcorn, coffee, and barbecue. The gates will open promptly at 8:30 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. rain or shine. There is plenty of parking at this free community event.

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

With the holidays approaching, shopping for unique gifts could not be easier when you visit the 5th annual Gifts & Crafts Fair, held on Saturday, October 8 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at The Bridges Retirement Community, 11350 Bloomingdale Ave. in Riverview. This one-stop holiday shopping event features over 30 vendors. Whether it is handcrafted decorations or personalized gifts, such as jewelry and handbags, art, candles, soaps, sweet treats and more, you

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Vendors Sought For Fall Craft Fair

The United Methodist Women at St. Andrew's are looking for vendors with crafts or gift items to apply for its Fall Craft Fair to be held on Saturday, October 29 from 9a.m.3 p.m. at the church located at 3315 Bryan Rd. in Brandon. Applications are available by calling 777-8371 or contacting mtrimble1@tampabay.rr.c om.

Holy Innocent’s Fall Whistle Stop Craft Show

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

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Stein & Vine Is The Local Friendly, “Pub”

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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

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

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Bell Shoals Baptist Church Opening Its Fifth Campus In Riverview

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

the physical, mental and spiritual needs of Riverview.” Riverview resident and Bell Shoals member Matthew Del Monte, is among many people who are excited about the expansion of the new Riverview Campus. “I believe God will use this campus to offer real hope and new life to the residents of Riverview and beyond. I am excited to come along side our Pastor Kyle and my church to branch out to my hometown.” As a way of introduction, Bell Shoals will host two block parties. The first will be on Saturday, October 15 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at South Pointe Park. The second will take place on Saturday, October 29 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Sessums. Both will feature bounce houses, cotton candy, face painting, door prizes, hotdogs, music and more. Bell Shoals Baptist Church has campuses in Apollo Beach, Brandon, Palm River, as well as a Hispanic campus located in the Chapel at the Brandon location. Visit or call 813-689-4229 for information about campus locations, service times and activities. You can also follow Bell Shoals on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @BellShoals.

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Student-Owned Yard Cards R Us Makes Life's Moments Extra Special

By Pearlie Mondovics

For one local came across the teen and FishHawk idea in North Carolina and resident, Justin Perez, 17, a good bought his first idea, along with Happy Birthday some initiative driven sign three years by the need for ago. “I have a secsome extra cash, retary, who doubles turned into a quite as my mom and successful business. receives the calls Naming his for me and writes business, Yard down the address, Cards R Us, which the clients what he started last Newsome High School senior, Justin March, Perez makes Perez poses for a photo as he advertises want the cards to his business, Yard Cards R Us, which say, as well as what good use of any brings greetings and helps celebrate any little balloons or smifront yard, by bringoccasion in the front yard. ley faces they want ing greetings to the to go with it,” he said. homeowners as well as neighborhood as Giving credit to where credit is due, they celebrate an event or accomplishPerez added that it was his mom, who ment. first got the idea for the now well-function“It’s all right in the yard and is a fun ing business, while the family lived up way to surprise someone,” said Perez, north. the Newsome High School senior. While looking for a job to earn some Perez explained that the large cards extra cash, the decision was made to buy that are seen popping up all around the more signs and make it a business. community are approximately three-feetFor now Perez is keeping his busitall, corrugated blue and white plastic letness local within FishHawk and neighborters, that can be accompanied by baling communities, charging $30 for each loons, graduating hats, smiley faces and job, no matter what the signs says as hearts just to name a few. long as it fits the yard. If the address is a “The cards are all customizable to fit bit farther outside the community, Perez any occasion, including holidays, birthsaid the he will charge a little more. days, anniversaries and the best part is He hopes that residents will make that they are easy to set up,” he said, use of this effective way to make life’s adding that on the day of the event he moments extra special. goes out at night between 8 and 10 p.m., For more information, please contact posts the signs gets paid and his work is Yard Cards R Us on Facebook or call done. 653-1012. Living in a military family, Perez first


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Skinny Clinic Patients See Pounds Disappear

By Michelle Caceres

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

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PDQ Brandon Serves Up Fresh Food, Fast, Gives Back to Community

By Tamas Mondovics

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-breaded 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. To ensure quality, the restaurant has no microwaves. The chicken served is 100 percent natural and never frozen. Meals are complemented by a great variety of special sauces and dressings all made in-house, every day. Besides fresh cut fries, PDQ offers blueberry coleslaw and apples slices served with toffee dip. 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

Operating Director of PDQ chicken restaurant in Brandon, Jamie Hine, left, is joined by a few of the staff. Originally opened in 2014 and has been showing great success offering, simple menu of fresh food served fast, under its motto of “Just Made, Better.” wrap-around awing. For an extra personal touch at the drivethru 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

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New Shared Workspace CoWork Landing, Opens In Convienient Brandon Location

By Kate Quesada

Bloomingdale One of resident Shannon CoWork Landing’s Carlton believes first clients was that entrepreneurs Jeremy Stevens change the world with Belle Vida and she is using Architectural her new business, Design. Stevens has set up a perCoWork Landing, manent space in to help them do one of Carlton’s prijust that. vate offices and Located on feels that it has Oakfield Dr. in been very benefiBrandon, CoWork cial to the separaLanding is a tion of his work and shared workspace CoWork Landing owner Shannon Carlton meets with FishHawk resident Rich Powers personal lives. offering remote in the shared workspace located at 522 “When I heard that workers a profesOakfield Dr. in Brandon. CoWork Landing sional space to was opening, it was a no-brainer for me accomplish tasks, meet clients and network with other entrepreneurs. The 1,500 to lease an office,” said Stevens, who focuses mainly on residential architecture sq. ft. building is broken up into different areas with varying fees to fit the needs of design. “For me, a home office is not Carlton’s customers who can pay daily or conducive to growing my business and it is great to have a space that is tailored to monthly and receive use of the space, a small business’ needs.” secured, high-speed internet, a mailing Every CoWork Landing member also address and keys for access to the buildgets the opportunity to book the 10-pering after business hours. son, AV-equipt conference room for two Carlton has used her background in hours a month, or more for an additional commercial real estate and advertising sales with Osprey Observer Newspapers cost. This space is also used for Carlton’s to determine exactly what small business educational and business development owners, entrepreneurs and telecomseries, featuring breakfast, lunch and muters are looking for in a shared work after hour events. space. FishHawk resident Rich Powers with The large community work area with SaaSOptics Software Company has comfortable chairs and tables and a teleleased one of Carlton’s shared offices, vision set up for cable is the space that which she calls Hoteling, one dedicated most of CoWork Landing’s members will use to meet with clients and work on their day a week. “Everything I need to do for my job can be done from my office in my businesses. home, but what’s the fun in that?” said “A space like this gives off a much Powers, who heard about CoWork more professional vibe for a business person meeting with a client than a public Landing from a business networking group his wife attends. “I missed being place or coffee shop,” said Carlton, who around other people and working here added that a membership at CoWork one day a week gives me the opportunity Landing is only slightly more a year than to get out of the house and into the local what the average American spends on coffee. “It also offers them the opportunity business community.” Upcoming events at CoWork to be around others looking for the same Landing include a Lunch and Learn on type of distraction-free environment.” In addition, the space boasts four pri- October 14 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. focusing on time management skills and a vate rooms which can be leased as perWine and Wondering networking and manent offices on an annual basis or educational meeting with information on shared and reserved for as little as one podcast creation on Tuesday, October day a week. 18, from 5-7 p.m. Carlton invites anyone Spaces are already filling up and who is interested in learning more or tourCarlton’s clients so far include Intentional ing the space to call 924-4679 or stop by Growth Strategies, LLC, Hagwood 522 Oakfield Dr. any time between 9 a.m. Construction, Cornerstone Consulting, and 5 p.m. on Wednesdays. OnCore Management Solutions, Belle For more information and pricing, Vida Architectural Design, Elevated visit or at shanLearning Center, My Easy Mortgage and McAuley Fine Jewelry.

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Discovery Point Provides Quality Care For Riverview, SouthShore Families

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

By Kate Quesada

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

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By Tamas Mondovics

County Code Enforcement Focuses On Mosquito Control During Workshop To fight the spread of the Zika, local and federal health officials have been busy with tracking, testing and studying the virus as well as training and educating healthcare professionals and the public. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (DCD) the already infected mosquitoes— the same mosquitoes that spread dengue and chikungunya viruses—are aggressive daytime biters and can also bite at night. The agency added that Zika can be passed through sex from a person who has Zika to his or her sex partners and as of now, there is no vaccine or medicine for Zika. Under the direction of Public Works Director John Lyons and Code Enforcement Director Ron Spiller the workshop provided code officers training to identify and effectively remove potential mosquito breeding sites. The effort is closely supporting a statewide initiative, and for a good reason. According to a press release from the office of Florida Governor Rick Scott, as of September, 2016 there are more than 93 cases of locally acquired Zika in Florida. Scott said that an additional $10 million, for a total of $36.2 million, in state

funds is to be spent solely for Zika preparedness and prevention in the state. “Everyone must continue to take precautions by dumping standing water and wearing bug spray so we can protect pregnant women who are most at-risk for the Zika virus. The good thing is that mosquitoes typically only travel a few hundred feet from their breeding sites so following some basic steps outlined by the Florida Department of Health can go a long way: •Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots, buckets, watering cans, kiddie pools, and any other containers where rainwater has collected. •Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances, and other items that may collect water. •Clean out rain gutters and downspouts regularly. •Empty and clean birdbaths and pet water bowls at least once or twice a week. •Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that do not accumulate water. •Keep swimming pools in good condition, and maintain chlorination. For more information, visit

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A Country Cat House Pampers Feline Guests With Luxury Stays

By Michelle Caceres

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

By Nicole Heubusch

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

Promote, Promote, Promote

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

Provide HOA Updates And Board Decisions

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

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


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

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

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Hawthorne Assisted Living Facility To Host Annual Operation Medicine Cabinet

Tampa Theatre Celebrates Its 90th Birthday With Four Movies That Celebrate Era

for and, eventually permanently replace Master Deputy Curtis Warren, who has served the Bloomingdale community as CRD since 2010, and who has been spearheading the drug take back events for a number of years. Warren is now out of the office for health reasons. Following in Warren’s footsteps, Hussey emphasized that expired or unwanted medication from households should never be disposed of by flushing them down the toilet or a drain. Since its inception in 2006, HCSO Deputy Curtis Warren, and fellow Operation Medicine Cabinet has collectdeputies receive a large load of old and unwanted close to 7,000 pounds of prescription ed medication from five area assisted living facilities. drugs and medications, a number that will continue to grow. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Home Instead Senior Care Office, is once again joining forces with Franchise Owner Kristi Campbell put local organizations to help residents propthings in perspective during a recent drop erly dispense their unwanted and/or outoff event when she said, “The message dated prescription medications this to our residents is pretty simple. It is month. The effort known as Operation about protecting both our elderly as well Medicine Cabinet is a partnership as our young residents, our families and between Home Instead Senior Care of our environment.” Sun City, the Sheriff’s Office and a numAll drugs collected at each event are ber of local area facilities that provide taken to a Hillsborough County hazideal locations as drop off spots. ardous waste collection site for incineraOperation Medicine Cabinet, is now tion. To support the effort, the scheduled for Wednesday, October 5, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has 2016, from 9 a.m. to noon at the also installed permanent drug drop-off Hawthorne Village of Brandon Assisted boxes at its four patrol district offices. Living Facility located at 859 West drop-off boxes are available 24 The Lumsden Ave. hours a day, seven days a week and are The event will be held under the the result of an application in 2012 by the direction of Hillsborough County Sheriffs Hillsborough County Anti Drug Alliance Office District 4, Gibsonton and for the Edward Byrne Memorial (HCADA) Bloomingdale Community Resource Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) to fund Deputy Luke Hussey. the project entitled "Hillsborough County Hussey was recently chosen to fill in Drug Take Back Initiative."

The Tampa Theatre visionary director. Hugo’s will celebrate its 90th search for a connection with his father leads into the birthday with a day full world’s search for the lost of movies. As a present Melies. to the community and a nod to the year that the At 3:15 p.m. come see Tampa Theatre opened, the 2011 Best Picture winner The Artist. The movie is 1926, all of the movies set at a time of great are just a quarter. The change in both the movie celebration will take business and the countryplace on Saturday, the late 1920’s. Silent October 15 with a movies were giving way to screening of four films. talkies at the same time According to Jill that the United States was Witecki with the Tampa suffering through the Great Theatre, “The titles span Depression. The Artist will an impressive eight decades of filmmaking, Help the Tampa Theatre cele- have a special element as brate its 90th birthday on Dr. Steven Ball will play an and include a silent film Saturday, October 15 with original score of his own with live accompaniscreenings of four great films, composition on the Tampa ment on Tampa including the 2011 Academy Theatre’s original Mighty Award winning silent movie, The Theatre’s Mighty Wurlitzer. Artist. All four films have been At 7 p.m. you can see Wurlitzer Theatre priced at 1926, the year the Buster Keaton in The Organ- an homage to Tampa Theatre opened, prices (that is just a quarter each). Cameraman. Keaton was the Theatre’s early days not the first silent film comeas silent film house.” dian, but he was among the best. The Tickets are available on Saturday, Cameraman showcases him at the peak October 15, cash only, at the box office of his form. located at 711 N. Franklin St. in downLast, at 10:10 p.m., stay and see town Tampa. Cinema Paradiso, winner of the 1989 First up at 11:45 a.m. is Hugo, an Academy Award for Best Foreign unusual movie that straddles the worlds Language Film. According to Witecki, “It is of art cinema and technical showpiece. a movie about loving movies. That is why Hugo, which won many awards, was we have included it among our special made by acclaimed director, Martin presentations for our 90th birthday, and Scorsese. Hugo tells the story of an also because it is our CEO’s favorite film.” orphaned boy living alone in a railway Doors for each film open one hour station. The boy’s fate is tied up with a before show time. For more information, toymaker who happens to be George please visit Melies, a real life French film pioneer and

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County To Build $1.8M Veterans Resource Center At Veterans Memorial Park

By Tamas Mondovics

age of 28,000 clients each year through personal and telephone interviews, outreach, community presentations, inhome visits and correspondence. Construction A rendition of the county’s future Veterans Resource Center to be on the new center built at Veterans Memorial Park. is expected to Hillsborough County officials begin by the end of 2016, and to be announced the plans to build a brand completed in summer 2017. The $1.8 new resource center to care for the million project is being funded by needs of local veterans. $300,000 in County Capital According to Hillsborough County Improvement Program funds, and a $1.5 Consumer and Veterans Services million grant from the Florida Director Frank Strom, the proposed Department of Economic Opportunity. 8,000 sq. ft., Veterans Resource Center When complete, the new facility will is to be located at Veterans Memorial include a multi-purpose room for a numPark, 3602 N. U.S. Highway 301, and ber of uses such as training and special will serve as the new home for the events, but if funds become available County’s Consumer and Veterans future plans for the center include a Services. phased addition of 14,000 to 16,000 sq. “The location will serve as an all-inft. for educational use and museum one stop for our veterans,” Strom said. exhibits. “Following their visit at the center, they Construction is anticipated to take can enjoy the park, its memorials and place on weekdays between 7 a.m.-5 museums.” p.m. Work will involve heavy equipment The County's Veterans Services is and excavation, it will generate normal currently assisting local veterans and construction noise. their families in accessing federal, state For the safety of the workers, and local benefits and supports veterpedestrians and other motorists, are an's activities in the county as it conasked to observe all traffic control measnects them to resources. ures. All areas affected by the construcWith more than 94,000 veterans, tion will be restored. Hillsborough County is listed as the secFor more information about the projond largest veteran population in Florida. ect, visit Veterans Services assists an averunder the County Building Projects link.

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Hillsborough County Commission Aproves Animal Abuse Registry Ordinance

By Tamas Mondovics

Individuals conon the Registry, victed of animal County official said abuse will no longer in a recent press have a chance to release. adopt dogs or cats, While the only thanks to a new ordi‘no’ vote for the regnance recently istry came from approved by the Commissioner Hillsborough County Stacy White, it was Board of County not for his unwillingCommissioners ness to support the (BOCC). its purpose. According to White said that County officials the he wanted the draft Hillsborough County Board of County new ordinance will Commissioners approved a new County ordinance that the help to identify as board was considerAnimal Abuser Registry. well as prevent coning to be further vetvicted animal abusers from acquiring and ted by the Animal Advisory Committee. owning 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. Hillsborough County. “I'm glad we have an animal abuser “Most owners consider their pets to registry in place I just wanted the ordibe family members,” Beckner said, nance language vetted a bit more.” adding that the registry not only protects The new Registry can now be animals, but it can identify and will hopeaccessed by the public to prevent ownerfully prevent violence against humans, ship by convicted abusers, and is also too. “I’m very proud of the new law.” accessible by law enforcement agencies According to the ordinance, convicted to keep tabs on violent individuals. offenders may not own, possess, live in The Registry will contain the names, the same home or on the same property, residence, photo and other related inforor work with a service animal unless othmation of Abusers living in the county erwise provided in a court order. If a pet who are convicted of an Abuse Offense is to be adopted, pet retailers and shelters on or after November 1, 2016, the effecmust require the person to sign an affitive date of the ordinance. Visit www.hillsdavit attesting that he or she is not listed



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Randall Celebrates Patriot Day With Annual Patriotic Display

By Tamas Mondovics

For the 15 years since cards to return on Monday to the tragic events of the tell about their experience and morning of September 11, how it made them feel,” Verdi 2001, people around the said. world have found various “This memorial is a great ways to remember, honor or reminder for all of us who pay special tribute to the weren't there or who were too 2,996 victims of the terrorist young to remember,” said attacks at the World Trade Randall Middle School eighth Center, Pentagon and in grade student Kelsey Traxler. Shanksville, Pennsylvania. “This is something that should Last month, more than never be forgotten and I hope 1,500 students at Randall that this memorial continues for Middle School, located at every generation.” 16510 Fishhawk Blvd., in The annual memorial has Lithia, once again not gone without notice honored those over the years as several who lost their local and national organiPhoto Courtesy of Randall Middle School lives at the zations including Created by Randall Middle School students, school’s annual Remember, Honor, memorial markers for each of the 2,977 vic9/11 Patriot Day Support Foundation tims of the September 11, 2001, terrorists attack on the two towers of the World Trade Memorial. The (based in Tampa Bay) Center, as well as the Pentagon and in memorial, made have honored this project, Shanksville, Pennsylvania, form the up of markers while, chose American flag at the school’s front lawn. created for each the memorial as its nationVerdi show its support, area victim and placed al Middle School Project explained that developer, Newland in the form of the of the Year in 2014. In usually partici- Communities donated American Flag, 2012, the national organipating stupermanent markers in takes place on zation Kids Voting USA 2014. Photo Courtesy of Randall Middle School dents spend the school’s front recognized the memorial Photo By Tamas Mondovics Randall Middle School students celebrate their partici- three days in The project expandlawn. with its Impact Award. FishHawk area resident Lisa pation in a Good Deed Challenge honoring the victims Penn is joined by her children social studies ed to include solar “This is a The Randall 9/11 of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Madison, 11 and Mia, 9, as they class preparlights, made by the very important Patriot Day Memorial was visit the 9/11 Patriot Day Memorial at Randal Middle ing the biographies for victims and Randall STEM Club, for event for us,” said Randall Middle on display for several School. learning about the events and its conse- the 50 stars this year. In School Social Studies Teacher, Kristy days and enjoyed a quences. addition to creating the Verdi. “No student in our school was steady flow of visitors from around the The Randall Middle School R.A.Y.S. markers, this year each social studies born on that day, so they have no memcommunity. Contact the school at 740Council started the project in 2008 student was challenged to do a “good ory of the event. Our project educates 3900 for more information. For more using paper stars on wooden skewers. deed” on September 11 in honor of a our students about the events, but also details about FishHawk Ranch, go to Markers were hand-made but took too victim. encourages them to look to make good much time away from instruction. To “Students were given reflection things happen in honor of those lost.”

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

By Sharon Still

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 5.86acre 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 more are popping up all over the United States, Canada and Mexico. The stylish suites are designed with work space and kitchens for business travelers’ convenience and comfort. A site plan is in the works for a

25,000-sq.-ft. retail strip that will house restaurants, small shops and other retailers. “Given the area will be a destination for entertainment, we anticipate high-end retailers in this space and not your typical strip mall tenants,” said Roberts. He added that square footage rates are anticipated to be in the mid-$30 range. Still available are four additional freestanding outparcels which Roberts says they may consider stripping out for multitenant usage anchored by restaurant users. There also is a 2.12-acre parcel north of the proposed Dave and Buster’s available that is undetermined. “We are currently talking with and trying to get signed several complementary users such as restaurants and specialty retail

stores that offer the potential to drive more destination-oriented traffic to the surrounding retailers,” he reported. Construction is well underway on iFly, an indoor skydiving center, with a projected opening date in November 2016. Situated next to Top Golf, iFly, where the dream of flight becomes reality, will offer simulation of free fall conditions in a vertical wind tunnel. There are locations 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. 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

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Newland Communities Newest Community, Bexley Connects To Suncoast Trail

By Michelle Caceres

will be accessible from nearly every Awardlocation in the community. winning mas“Bexley will be a unique, vibrant ter developer community unlike any other in Pasco Newland County,” said Tom Panaseny, Newland Communities Communities’ vice president, general has set its manager for Tampa North. sights north, to “Nature is the inspiration, not only Land O’Lakes, in the comwhere its munity’s fourth mastercharacter, but planned comNewland Communities will open its fourth in home munity, Bexley, master-planned community, with a planned designs, as 1,900 homes, Bexley, in the Land O-Lakes is schedule to well, with area in November. open in some elevaNovember. ment and tions excluAt completion, Bexley will contain encourage sive to One of the unique features in Bexley are the more than 1,900 homes on 1,834 residents to Avid Trails designed biking trail system and two Bexley. acres. The highlight of the community bike parks. get outdoors We’ve selectwill be 1,200 acres of preserved open and enjoy the ed this group The exterior space areas and parks, along with a beautiful Florida weather.” of builders design of the 10-mile, multi-purpose community trail Additional amenities planned at because we homes will feanetwork of scenic walking, hiking, jogBexley will include The Bexley Club, a Bexley is located near the Suncoast Trail in Pasco know they ture a variety of ging and biking paths designed by County and is being built near Land O’ Lakes. lakefront clubhouse that will be the will bring our architectural traAvid Trails. The trail, which will feature hub of the community with a vibrant community ditions, while streetscapes will feature 11 exercise stations, will connect to café, indoor/outdoor fireplaces, inforvision to life.” tree-lined streets, neighborhood parks the existing 21.6 mile Suncoast Trail in mation center, two swimming pools, a For more information, visit and the massive trail network, which Pasco County. The community will fitness center, open-air game room also feature two bicycle parks with and a fully staffed bike shop to offer pump tracks (a continuous loop of dirt on-site repairs and bike rentals for berms and mounds), skills loops and both residents and visitors. practice areas for mountain bikers, Newland Communities has partBMX riders and cyclists of all ages and nered with CalAtlantic, Cardel Homes, skill levels. David Weekley Homes, Homes by “There’s truly nothing like this in WestBay, ICI Homes and Lennar to the area,” said Pam Parisi, vice presiconstruct single-family homes in dent of marketing for Newland Bexley. 813-681-6700 Communities. Lennar will also offer courtyard 4375 Lynx Paw Trail • Valrico “Our commitment is to building homes, villas and two styles of communities that honor the homes.

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

5th Annual Pink Your Pony Saddle Up For A Cure Trail Ride To Benefit Local Family

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

this year's event will benefit Tammy Morningstar and her family. Morningstar is currently undergoing treatment for Join breast cancer survivor, breast cancer Dawn Galia, and others at the 5th and is uninAnnual Pink Your Pony Saddle Up sured. For A Cure Trail Ride. This fun and 5th Annual Pink Your Pony Galia, who Saddle Up For A Cure Trail unique event will be held on is the Executive Ride, will be Saturday, Saturday, October 8 at Bay Lake Director of October 8 to benefit local Stables, owned by Gary and Cindy business woman, Tammy Center Place Morningstar and her family. Timbles. The stable is located at said, "This year 4617 Garland Branch Rd. in Dover. I was really thinking about what to do Cost to participate is just $15. Lunch, with the proceeds. I know how many which will be provided by Dragon Fire expenses you incur when going BBQ and others is just $5. Non-riders through something like this. Tammy can participate for $5 and everyone Morningstar is a member of the Valrico can get a t-shirt for $10. FishHawk Chamber of Commerce. As In addition, local businesses and I was contemplating what to do, I was individuals can become sponsors for introduced to her and found out what as little as $100. she and her family have been going There will be many amazing raffle through. It was then that I decided that items and silent auction items for both her family would receive the funding.” horse related and non-horse related This event has grown over the items. According to Galia, “My Raffle years. The first year, there were only Chair, Chris Black has outdone her12 riders. At last year’s event there self. We have some great items.” were 80 horses and many non-riders. As the name of the event sugThis is an event where the community gests, riders are encouraged to "pink" can come together and rally around a their ponies. There will be prizes for woman and her family who have given the best decorated Pink Pony. For ridmuch to the community throughout the ers, there is a one and a half hour trail years. ride which will take you along the For info contact Galia at 841-1409 Dover Road Trails. All proceeds from or

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Family Friendly Halloween Fun At Local Theme Parks & More Lowry Park Zoo – Creatures of the Night

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

The Florida Aquarium - Guppyween

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.

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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 children 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-So-Scary Halloween Party for children and adults. Visit for more information or to purchase tickets.

SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular

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.

Legoland’s Brick or Treat Returns

Brick or Treat will be back with more spooky, kooky Halloween fun for kids. Expanded in 2016, the friendly-not-frightening event features trick-or-treating

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Please plan to attend the East Hillsborough Democratic Club’s October meeting on Tuesday, October 11. Meet and greet at 6 p.m., meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at Beef O’Brady’s, 4330 Bell Shoals

Market Day At The Chapel at FishHawk

The Chapel at FishHawk’s new Saturday market ‘The Chapel Market of FishHawk’ will hold a re-grand opening market day on Saturday, October 1 with over 40 local small businesses represented. Shop the market from 1-5 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month through January 2017.The market is located at 6026 Churchside Dr. in Lithia. To stay up to date, please visit 959090/.

Valrico Service League To Hold Harvest Dinner & Auction

Valrico Service League’s (VSL) main fundraiser this year is the Harvest Dinner & Auction to 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., with a 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 summer activities at A Kid's Place. For more information, call Claudia Yake at 685-7998 or Sue Hadden at 685-6160.

Safety In The Garden Clinic

On Wednesday, October 5 from 6:30-7:30 p.m., there will be a clinic on Safety in the Garden given by Master Gardener Gerri Almand, at the Bloomingdale Library, located at 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. This event is sponsored by the Hillsborough County Master Gardner Program of the Hillsborough County Extension, University of Florida, IFAS Extension.

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Rd. in Valrico. A picnic will be held on Saturday, October 15 at Paul Sanders Park, 3319 S. Kings Ave. in Brandon. Hours will be 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks will be provided. Bring anything else you wish to share.

8th Annual Sock Hop Hosted By Brandon Eagle’s Club

Tickets are on sale for the 8th Annual Sock Hop on Saturday, October 8 from 7-11 p.m. at the Brandon Eagle’s Club, 1810 Front St.


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

in Valrico. Tickets cost $15 each and include a steak or chicken dinner. You do not have to be a KofC member to attend. Cash bar available. If you can’t attend, you can purchase tickets and donate them to a Police Officer, Firefighter, or any active/retired duty personnel. Call Marc Andersen for ticket information at 966-4288.


On Sunday November, 6 Straz LIVE! in the Park returns as a lively community concert of familiar arias performed by the popular Opera Tampa Singers and featuring favorite songs performed by visiting Broadway stars. This event will take place at Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa. Activities begin at 1:30 p.m. and the concert from 3-5 p.m. Local chalk artists will be creating original works on-site during the event, so bring your picnic and enjoy a delightful afternoon of beautiful music and art. Food trucks will be available as well. A package includes a 60-inch round table, black table cover and eight chairs, and is available SMSgt Roy Callow with fellow Vietnam War vets was to rent for $125. Visit honored by DAR chapters at Veterans Memorial Park, Email and Museum on September 8 or call 229-7827. Enter your table in Strawberry Ridge Hosts a Decorating Contest. It is free to parThe Berry Clay Pit ticipate with a paid picnic table packFall/Winter Ceramic Sale age. Celebrity judges will peruse the The Berry Clay Pit participant’s decorated tables Fall/Winter Ceramic Sale between 2:45 -3:30 p.m. and will be held on Saturday, announce the winner at intermission at October 8 from 9 a.m.-2 the concert. p.m. It will take place at the DAR Honors Vietnam War Veteran Strawberry Ridge Mobile On September 8, the local Alafia Home Park, located at 3419 River chapter of the Daughters of the SR 60 in Valrico. American Revolution (DAR) joined the Follow the signs to the De Soto and Tampa Chapters of the Activity Center. NSDAR at Veterans Memorial Park One-of-a-kind items at and Museum of Hillsborough County very reasonable prices and to honor Vietnam War veteran SMSGT all are made by the resiRoy Callow, US Air Force (Ret.), who dents. There will be pieces was accompanied by his wife, Diana. for all holidays and many DAR Regent Becky Johnston read the items for your yard and house and official letter from the President of the several raffles for sur- United States regarding the Vietnam prise items that were 50th Commemorative Anniversary. donated. SMSGT Callow was presented with A community the letter along with other items from indoor yard sale will the US Department of Defense by take place on DAR member, Laura Culver. Saturday, October 15 DAR is a non-profit, non-political from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. volunteer women's service organizaOver 30 sellers with tion, whose mission is to promote hishome decorations, toric preservation, education and patrihousehold items, otism. Any woman over 18 years old clothing, books, small who can prove lineal descent from a appliances, colpatriot of the American Revolution is lectibles, holiday deceligible for membership. If you are orations, and more. No early birds interested in attending a meeting and please. learning more about joining the Daughters of the American Revolution, Opera Tampa And The Straz contact Center Present Straz LIVE! In The .




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public. The show begins at 6:30 p.m. For more top quality musical entertainment featuring contemporary sounds, all are invited to Newsome Chorus’ highly anticipated On the Radio concert on Thursday, October 27 at 6:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “A Night at the Movies.” Student solo and ensemble acts will perform some of the biggest hits from big screen blockbusters. Admission is $5. If you

Thomas Desmond, and Sandra Misciasci played an important role in critiquing each performance, and highlighting each contestant’s strengths. Ultimately, it was up to audience members to determine the winner by casting their votes. The show was hosted by Newsome students Mason Coletta and Drew Leopard who kept the show moving along at a brisk pace, and kept the audience laughing.

Music Makers At Music Showcase

Children ages 4-10 can attend a free workshop on Saturday, October 8 and November 12 from 9:3011a.m. by The Florida Academy of the Performing Arts at Music Showcase, 402 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon. This workshop allows children to hear and see band and orchestral instruments like the flute, trumpet, tuba, or violin and they get to try them out themselves. Kids will also make an instrument that they get to take home along with a goody bag. The workshop is free, but you must register in advance by visiting

Newsome Hosts Trick or Treat Street

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

Local Resident Completes Basic Training At West Point

Cadet Steven Anthony Cilenti III, son of Mr. and Mrs. Steven and Kristen Cilenti of Valrico, completed Cadet Basic Training at the U.S. Military Academy. Cilenti entered West Point on June 27 and successfully completed six weeks of CBT, one of the most challenging events a cadet will encounter over the course of their four years at the academy. Cilenti began classes in August. The West Point curriculum offers 37 majors balancing physical sciences and engineering with humanities and social sciences leading to a Bachelor of Science degree. Cilenti was homeschooled and dual enrolled at Hillsborough Community College. He plans to graduate from West Point in 2020 and be

West Florida Advanced Baseball Season Off To Solid Start

Sam Irwin, working with Fishhawk Youth Baseball staff Cadet Steven Anthony Cilenti III of members Mike Valrico recently completed West Point Love & Tony basic training. Fucca, got the commissioned as a second lieutenant 2016 West Florida in the U.S. Army. Advanced Baseball season off to a Rajun’ Bull Band’s solid start. Annual Homecoming BBQ West Florida Advanced Baseball is an alternative to Players from 8 travel baseball. The Rajun' Bull Homecoming BBQ yrs up the 16 yrs can’t make old compete. West Florida Advanced the conBaseball is an alternative to travel certs, you baseball. There are no tourney fees can still and no admission giving travel teams support the a break. The program compliments the award-winrecreational baseball programs. ning Games are on Sundays so there is no Newsome conflict with recreational league schedHigh ules. School choAdvanced Baseball teams play rus by every other Sunday, two games per attending a day. There is a tournament at the end Fall Yard of the season in addition to the regular Sale, schedule. The Advanced Baseball Program Laura Jacob is this year’s Newsome Idol winner. provides an opportunity to receive focused instruction. Players compete will be held on Friday, October 14 from on Saturday, October 15. All events against top level competition within 4-7 p.m. at Bloomingdale High School, are located at Newsome High School, program. The program competes in 1700 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. 16550 Fishhawk Boulevard in Lithia. the Cal Ripken West Florida Advanced The Bloomingdale High School Rajun' Baseball League in a league play forBull Band will host the annual Winner of Newsome Idol 2016 mat during the Fall and Spring. Homecoming pre-game tradition in the The "AB" program provides an This year’s Newsome Idol winner school's cafeteria complete with live “advanced” player an opportunity to is Laura Jacob, a senior at Newsome jazz. The BBQ features a pulled pork play at a higher skill level. This is High School, and a member of the sandwich, beans, chips, and a drink NHS Chorus program, under the direc- accomplished through advanced level for $10. Carryout is also available. All tion of Jeff Bogue. She performed two instruction and more advanced commeals must be pre-ordered. Tickets petition. Advanced Baseball is only for songs, Listen and Good Girls, to the can be purchased from a band memCal Ripken/Babe Ruth players. roaring applause of the crowd. Laura ber or by contacting the Band The focus is on developing players competed against 11 other highly talBoosters at by reinforcing proper baseball fundaented singers. Each student performed mentals, teaching advanced concepts one song and then voting was held to and offering advanced level competidetermine six finalists, who included Newsome Chorus Fall Happenings Kelly Coultas, Victoria Chattin, Logan tion. FYB’s Advanced Baseball proJoin the Newsome High School Kitts, Olivia Weinstein, and Olivia gram focuses on practice and developChorus and Randall Middle School ment. Visit http://www.fishhawkyouthWhitaker. Encore show choir for their combined The competition was fierce this fall concert on Tuesday, October year, so judges Miguel Oquendo, 4. This concert is free and open to the

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Brandon Resident Iva Lee Haygood Bell Still Smiling After 105 Years Iva Lee Haygood Bell recently celebrated a birthday that most of us can only hope to reach. She turned 105 on September 10. A party was held for her at the Bloomingdale West Recreation Center. Born in 1911 in Alpharetta, Georgia, Bell relocated with her family to Tampa in 1926 at age 14, settling in Gary, a small section of town Iva Lee Haygood east of Ybor City. One Bell Celebrates 105. evening in late 1926, she met her future husband Rowland at a drug-store soda counter across from the Columbia restaurant. They married in 1927 in Ybor City and had twin daughters born in 1942 and another daughter in 1955. She and Roland were married for 56 years until his death in 1984. Her husband worked for the shipyards in Tampa and as a mechanic at the Hav-A-Tampa cigar factory before the family ran a feed and grocery store on Florida Avenue near Sulphur Springs. In addition to helping run the family stores, Iva Lee Bell rolled cigars for Hav-A-Tampa in the 1930s and later worked for Maas Brothers department store in Tampa. The family relocated to the growing Brandon community in 1953 and settled near Lithia Pinecrest Rd. and State Road 60. They opened Bell’s Grocery, and the business thrived off the two lane State Road 60, but when the road was


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widened around 1958, they lost parking frontage which resulted in a decline in business. They finally had to close the store in the early 1960’s. Bell currently lives in Brandon with her daughter Gloria. She visits the Bloomingdale West Recreation Center three or four times a week to do activities and socialize with her friends. Everyone wants to know her secret, but the Brandon resident is quick to admit she doesn’t have a magic formula for long life. She has been drinking coffee since the age of 5, has never had a specific exercise routine, and has never smoked nor tasted alcohol. She credits her children and grandchildren in keeping her active. Bell has loved to read all of her life and has always eaten smaller meals and enjoys vegetables. “I never took medicine,’’ Bell said. “Never been sick, didn’t have to. If I took medicine it probably would make me sick.’’ She has seen a lot of changes in her 105 years, but if asked, she doesn’t really give it a second thought.

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WITH FLORIDA YARD EXPERT Lynn Barber, Hillsborough County Extension The Community Water Wise Awards are sponsored by Tampa Bay Water and recognizes individuals and businesses committed to conserving our water resources and protecting the environment by using Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ (FFL) principles. There are nine FFL principles which include: right plant right place, water efficiently, fertilize appropriately, mulch, attract wildlife, manage yard pests responsibly, recycle, reduce stormwater runoff and protect the waterfront. Many of these principles are used as part of the landscape evaluation process for this award program. I’m pleased to announce the winners for the 2016 Community Water Wise Award Contest. For unincorporated Hillsborough County, the winner was Paula Stewart. The City of Tampa residential winner was Sherry Louer. The City of Tampa non-residential winner was The Learning Garden at the Florida State Fair, managed and maintained by Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful staff and volunteers. There are several elements of all three landscapes that were positive examples of Florida-Friendly

LandscapingTM waterwise practices. These include the planting of drought-tolerant trees and plants, self-mulching areas under trees, groundcovers versus turfgrass utilized in all or several areas of the landscapes, plants selected that are appropriate for your site conditions, grouping of plants with similar water and maintenance needs. We were excited about Paula Stewart’s use of drought tolerant native landscape plants. And, we were impressed with Sherry Louer’s and The Learning Garden’s utilization of native, non-native adaptive landscape plants and raised bed gardens. With 17 entries submitted this year, it was difficult selecting the 2016 Community Water Wise Award Winners. We hope you will consider entering this contest which you can do any time during the year at The deadline for entries is June 30, so you can complete an application now, submit it and get a head start! For assistance with horticultural questions, call us at 744-5519 or visit us at the UF/IFAS Extension Hillsborough County, 5339 County Road 579, Seffner.

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Tibby’s New Orleans Kitchen Brings The Big Easy To Brandon

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Manager with Tibby’s, Hillary West, “Tibby’s is not just about what you see, but how it makes you feel. It’s about expressing personality and character through food, music, art and heritage. It has the vibe of New Orleans funk in a very fun atmos“WHO-DAT” Cajun Blackened Chicken is one of the many special- phere. It is vibrant ty items found at Tibby’s New Orleans Kitchen. in expressions and true to its colors. It New Orleans may be 660 miles from reflects a social gathering that feeds the Brandon, but you won’t have to travel a soul. It’s not the New Orleans you may long distance to experience the vibe of have visited; it is the New Orleans that ‘The Big Easy’. local’s call home.” At recently opened Tibbys New “We are excited for this new location Orleans Kitchen in Brandon, you are in the Brandon community. There is so immediately immersed in the culture of much growth and development in this the city with its authentic artwork and area and we are confident that Tibby’s décor. Many of the pieces adorning the will become a staple in this community,” restaurant are from Mardi Gras floats. stated Wheeler. Come in and try the delicious creBoasting a full liquor bar, they are ations on Tibbys menu such as Shrimp currently in the process of finding a live Creole and Etouffee Shrimp or Crawfish. You can order specialties such as “WHO- band from the Brandon/Tampa area with that New Orleans Funk & Blues sound to DAT” Cajun Blackened Chicken; with its bring entertainment to this location. special Cajun seasonings along with Tibby’s also offers a private house lemon butter sauce, and served ‘Napoleon Room’ where you can host an over homemade Boudin grit cakes. The event for up to 40 people. blackened chicken has just the right zing Tibby’s New Orleans Kitchen is locatto it – not so spicy that you can’t enjoy ed at 1721 Brandon Blvd. For more info the wonderful flavors. and to view locations, visit According to Corporate Account

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

By Michelle Colesanti

information on Welcome Home Haiti, visit http://welcomehomehaiti. com/home. Fishhawk Fellowship Church is located at 15326 Fishhawk Blvd. in Lithia.

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Fall Festival At Hawthorne Village Retirement Community

Come to Hawthorne Village Retirement Community and 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

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.

Truck or Treat At Centerpoint Church

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.

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

Pumpkinpalooza Fall Festival At Fishhawk Fellowship Church

Community Invited To Fun FamilyFriendly Event At Bell Shoals Baptist 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 for more info and to register. For more

Looking for a safe, fun, familyfriendly event to attend on Monday, October 31? You are invited to Trunk or Treat being held at Bell Shoals Baptist Church, 2102 Bell Shoals Rd. in Brandon from 6- 7:30 p.m. This event will

include games for children of all ages, face-painting, classic cars, motorcycles, and of course, lots and lots of candy. Admission is free but families are encouraged to bring a box of stuffing or a box of Jell-O pudding that will be donated to the Brandon Gift of Hope. The Brandon Gift of Hope Tent will help provide meals and toys for those in need in our community during this Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season. For more information about Trunk or Treat log on to

Nativity 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 654-8941, Janet 6555506, or Evelyn 657-4309 to place your order by Wednesday, November 2.

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Enjoy The Wonderland Of Lights Drive Thru This Holiday Season

By Christine Michaels

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





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Dreams Realized With Opening Of The Art Factory At Winthrop Arts

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

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Stowers Supports Flood Efforts With Donation, Cimino Hosts Fall Festival, FishHawk Banking Returns kets, sheets and other needs, which thanks to the generous support of Safety Training and Coonsulting (STC), a Lithia-based company, were then shipped to the United Way. “We will have employees in Louisiana for months, working on the cleanup of the flood,” Ben Rice, Owner of Safety Training and Consulting (STC) said STC owner Ben stands proudly with Stowers Elementary School fifth grade Rice. “We are glad to students during a donation drive supporting victims of the recent flooding in Louisiana.STC sponsored the shipping of help these students the items collected by the students. support the Louisiana communities who were hit so hard.” Stowers Elementary Fifth Grade Stowers school officials said that Students Support Louisiana Flood along with the items collected the stuVictims through Donation Drive dents included positive letters of In an effort to help and support encouragement they wrote to the the victims of the recent flooding in flood victims and their families. Louisiana, fifth grade students at “Education is more than writing Stowers Elementary School wasted and reading,” said Catherine Lennard, no time to take part in a sizable donaat Stowers Elementary. “The principal tion drive. mission of our school is to provide a Under the direction of Stowers holistic education that creates producteacher Brittany Henry, the students tive members of society. These kids donated toiletries, diapers, formula, are learning about giving back, helppaper goods, non-perishables, blan-

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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. The fee 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. Each year there have been four main prices for a Hole-In-One that includes a vehicle from area dealerships, a flat panel television, a set of golf clubs, and two round trip airline tickets in the Continental US. A signup form is available that can be emailed to you for each team. Please make checks payable to “St Stephen Men’s Club”. Proceeds support St Stephen Catholic School graduating seniors, and local charities. Please contact Ed Veronick, Men’s Club representative, at or for call 850-305-9745.

United Methodist Women 46th Annual Pecan Sale

Pecans are available to order from Saturday, October 1 to Tuesday, November 1. A five lb. box of mammoth halves or pieces cost $45. A one lb. bag of mammoth halves is $10. Also available are specialty items as follows: chocolate amaretto pecans for $18; praline pecans for $16, and an assortment including praline, chocolate amaretto, and roasted salted pecans. To order, call Mary Baker at 6434493, email, or visit 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

Kick Up Your Heels At Brandon Christian Women’s Connection


The Brandon Christian Women’s Connection Luncheon on Monday, October 10 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. will be a fun fall event, “Kick up your Heels”. This is a nondenominational luncheon for all ladies. No membership is required. It will take place at Bell Shoals Baptist Church in the Special Events Center, 2102 Bells Shoals Rd. in Brandon. The cost is $15 for lunch and entertainment. First time guests pay $10. A reservation is requested by Monday, October 3. Please call Lillie at 740-0098 for information.

5K Road Race And One Mile Family Color Run

Fellowship of Christian Athletes East Hillsborough Area will hold a 5K Road Race and a one mile Family Color Run on Saturday, October 22 at 9 a.m. at FishHawk Trails, 17616 Old Oak Way in Lithia. Register online at If you are interested in sponsorship, please contact Dee Franks at

Southern Company Chorus Seeks Women Singers

If you are a woman that loves to sing, Southern Company Chorus is an all woman a cappella barbershop group that is seeking additional singers. It meets Mondays from 6:459:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall in Bell Shoals Church of Christ. Everyone is welcome to a practice on Monday night to listen and even join in. Visit For more info, email or call Denise Padgett at 260-3983.

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 654-8941, Janet 6555506, or Evelyn 657-4309 to place your order by Wednesday, November 2

Congregation Beth Shalom Hosts Services and More

Friday evenings at 7:45 p.m. welcome the Sabbath at Congregation Beth Shalom in Brandon. Oneg (nosh and mingle) follows services. 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 thirteenth year. Congregation Beth Shalom is located at 706 Bryan Rd. in Brandon. Call 681-6547.


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New Horizons Breaking New Ground By Michelle Colesanti Watching your atmosphere: “We serve children develop a unique population. into individuals and They are able to experileave the nest is ence a feeling of indeexciting, but can be pendence while enjoya bit frightening for ing 24/7 supervision. any parent. The This is their forever challenge multiplies home.” Shelton exponentially when explains how the resiyour child dents are challenged to has special develop and organize The Smiling needs, yet their own activities and Residents of New has blosHorizons Group are expected to care for somed into their personal needs Homes, Inc. an adult with along with housekeephis/her own ing. Construction on New Horizons' Third Home dreams. But ultimately, the need for group Underway Therefore, homes for adults with developmental disthe idea for New Horizons Group Homes, abilities is great. Shelton explains that it Inc. developed in 1992 when a group of can be confusing when persons with disparents, teachers, and friends of the abilities age out of the K-12 education Special Education Department of First system. There really is not a structured Baptist Church of Brandon recognized a path for parents and those individuals need for long-term living facilities to serve with disabilities to follow. Another goal of adults with developmental disabilities. New Horizons is to educate families on Since opening their doors in 1999, the their options, but the bottom line is that residence has grown from one to two places like New Horizons needs to homes and has assisted many deserving expand to aid this important segment of adults and their families. New Horizons our community. currently houses fourteen residents, Although a portion of the homes are many of whom are competitively sustained through monthly payments employed in the community or attend from the residents’ SSI, Social Security, structured day activities. Yet there is a Med Waiver benefits, and/or wages, need for more space, and this year New donations and fundraising are needed to Horizons is overjoyed to report they have provide the highest quality of care and broken new ground on a third residence expand the kinds of services they offer. to accommodate six new occupants. If you missed the New Horizons Yvonne Shelton, the director, underAnnual Barbeque and Silent Auction held stands the challenges facing adults with on September 24, you can still support developmental disabilities and champions their mission. Visit www.newhorizonthe need for a Christian group home that or call 571-2690. It is located can provide a nurturing and uplifting at 109 E. Clay Ave., Brandon, 33510.

Immanuel Lutheran School To Host Family-Friendly Oktoberfest

By Michelle Colesanti

Immanuel cotton candy and Lutheran School candy apples. (ILS) has been holdILS opened its ing its Oktoberfest doors for the first for 31 years providtime in September ing families with a 1980 with 72 stufun way to celebrate dents. Over the the fall season. years, classroom Once again ILS space has been invites the communiexpanded and a prety to enjoy the fun on school program Saturday, October started in 15 from 10 a.m.-2 2008. Today ILS prop.m. Entry is free, vides a quality but games and rides Christian education will require tickets, for students from which cost 50 cents preschool to 8th each. grade. Two sections As one of ILS’s The community is invited on Saturday, will separate the largest annual October 15 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. to younger children Immanuel Lutheran School’s Oktoberfest. fundraisers, the from the older ones. money raised helps Kids will get to enjoy car bash, bounce to fund school activities. houses, trampoline bungee, pony rides Chairperson Devon Woodward said, and a petting zoo. There will be a hair “I have three children. One is in college booth for wrapping and a hair spray color and he attended ILS from 6-8 grades. I booth. Entertainment will be held inside currently have one in middle school and along with many vendor booths. New this one child in second grade. ILS is a wonyear will be a foam pit and a live actual derful environment and many of my older Pacman game. son’s friends today are ones he made at A costume contest will be held at 12 ILS in middle school. I agreed to chair Noon with prizes for first, second and Oktoberfest because of my love for this third place winners. school. I think ILS is the best kept secret If you get hungry while enjoying the in Brandon. I love our Oktoberfest fun, you can try authentic German food. A because when we came to the school it local family has run the kitchen and cook- was a tiny school event. Today we have ing for this event for the last six years. grown the event and truly work every Hamburgers and hot dogs will also be year to make it bigger and better.” available. Indulge your sweet tooth at the ILS is located at 2913 John Moore bake sale or by purchasing snow cones, Rd. Visit


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Florida Orchestra Season Takes Off With Acrobats & MoreBy Kelly Smith

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

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The Village Players Present The Vampyre

Come see the next production by the Village Players this October. Just in time for Halloween- the Village Players will present The Vampyre.

The Village Players will present The Vampyre, directed by Carlton Jones, three weekends in October beginning on Friday, October 7. As has become a popular tradition with the Village Players, Opening Night will be celebrated with Dinner Theatre. The cost for Opening Night Dinner Theatre is just $25 per person. In addition to seeing a great show, you will get a delicious dinner of salad, bread, chicken marsala, cake and your choice of tea or water. Soda and coffee will be available for purchase. Reservations are required and seating is limited. Opening Night Dinner Theatre is made possible thanks to a sponsorship from Sandra Queen and Vicki Sommer of Ann Lee Reality and Ron Queen of Roque Consulting, LLC. Proceeds from Opening Night Dinner Theatre go toward the ongoing renovations of the historic James McCabe Theater located at 506 5th St. in Valrico. Other shows will be held on Saturday, October 8; Friday, October 14 and 21; and Saturday 15 and 22. Curtain call is 8 p.m. There will be a matinee on Sunday, October 23 at 3 p.m. Tickets for all shows other than opening night are

$15; $13 for students, seniors and military with ID; and $12 for groups of 10 or more by advance purchase only. The Vampyre is a short work of prose fiction written in 1819 by John William Polidori. The work is often described as the progenitor of the romantic vampire genre of fantasy fiction. Polidori transformed the vampire from a character in folklore into the form that is recognized today- an aristocratic fiend who preys among high society. The Village Players’ production is directed by Carlton Jones. “With a great eye for detail and characterization, we welcome back, once again, Carlton Jones, directing another classic thriller, The Vampyre,” said Gail Pierce, Producer of the Village Players. “He is a delight to work with both on and off the stage. He brings his characters to life. He brings his vision to full fruition with every play he directs,” added Pierce. You will not want to miss another great performance by the Village Players just in time for Halloween. You can get your tickets online at or by calling the Villages Players hotline at 480 3147.

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All artists and artisans are encouraged to join Winthrop Founder, John Sullivan and Winthrop Town Artist, Bryant Martinez and volunteers, Patricia Guthman and Emaly Martinez at the 9th Annual Winthrop Arts Festival and Artisan Market. Applications for the show are now available. Space is limited and the top three artists will be eligible for cash prizes.

A call to artists and artisans has been issued by organizers of the 9th Annual Winthrop Arts Festival and Artisan Market, which will be held on Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Winthrop Common in Riverview. All artists and artisans who are interested in having their art work considered for this juried arts show, can visit and download an application. Applications received by November 30 must include an application fee of $25. Those submitted after December 1, must be accompanied by a $50 application fee. Once artists are notified of their acceptance into the show, there is an application fee of $100. For artisans, the application fee and timeline are the same. The artisan market fee is $250. Both fees are due by March 1, 2017. The Winthrop Arts Festival and Artisan Market is a juried show, and it has become a recognized and eagerly awaited annual event. Artists and artisans from the local area as well as nationally have participated in years past. Fine art artists who are accepted will be eligible to win monetary awards. Last year over $2,200 was

awarded including $1,000 for Best of Show. The show is judged by highly qualified judges. Katharine Sullivan-Dawes, the Director of Everything for Winthrop Arts, Inc. said, “We are adding spaces this year for both artists and artisans, as we want to showcase more talent in our community. We have also extended the application window, so artists and artisans have more time to submit their work. We are hoping for the largest and most diverse festival ever.” Bryant Martinez, the Winthrop Town Artist said, "The Winthrop Arts Festival and Artisan Market is becoming a great venue for artists from all over to show their work. This community has truly embraced the arts.” Sullivan-Dawes added, “In addition to attending this two day event, the community can embrace their inner art critic by becoming a Friend of Winthrop Arts sponsor for only $125. You can select your favorite artist and they receive a $75 award. It is a great way to get involved with this community event.” Sponsorships are available at varying levels. For more information, please visit or email

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The 2016 Public Safety Valor Awards, a new event introduced by the Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce, honored 12 public safety personnel for acts of heroism in central Hillsborough County over the past year. It was held September 7 at The Regent in Riverview. The program, sponsored by Platinum Bank, featured the following awards: Valor Awards - The highest award for valor and heroism were awarded to Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) Deputies Ryan Jones and Ian Genevish for preventing a suicide off the 50th Street Bridge, and Fish and Wildlife Conservation Officer Gregory Patterson for rescuing three women from an overturned personal watercraft in the water near the Gandy Bridge. Sadly, Officer Patterson passed away earlier this year, in a tragic bicycling accident when he was off duty. Lifesaving Award – In recognition of official acts taken to save a life in a situation where an individual’s life is in jeopardy, either medically or physically were awarded to: Fish and Wildlife Conservation Officer Richard Dearborn for helping Officer Patterson in rescuing the three women near the Gandy Bridge. Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Master Detective Jeffery Harris for rescuing a child from a dog attack; Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Captain David Macaluso for rescuing

a man trapped inside a gasoline tanker, overcome by fumes; Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Deputy John Skjefte for saving a 2-year-old from drowning in a pool; Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Deputy Cabot Brown from saving a woman from drowning in a hotel bathtub; and Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Deputies Daniel Jones and Jeffery Stout for rescuing a woman from carbon monoxide poisoning in her garage Award of Merit – In recognition of work on projects over time, or which required exceptional dedication and perseverance, was presented to Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Deputy Joshua Boyer, a Community Resource Deputy assigned the role of Homeless Initiative Liaison for District II, which includes the Greater Brandon area, since 2014. By linking to available resources in the area, Deputy Boyer has been able to change countless lives by helping those willing to accept a new start people to move beyond a crime based life. A tribute to the late HCSO Deputy John Robert Kotfila who was tragically killed on March 16 by a wrong-way driver, was given by Major Robert Bullara, his commanding officer. Kotfila was the 16th deputy to give his life in the line of duty. The Greater Brandon Chamber represents more than 800 businesses and nonprofits in the greater Brandon area. For more information, visit

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DJ Jake Dela Cruz is working with Shorne Callahan (2sc Music) to host an Album release party. It will take place on Sunday, October 9 at the District 3 Arts Topper’s Creamery and Events Venue at FishHawk resident Stefanie LeBarre will host an album 13th Location Now Open At The Loft, located at release party for charity with popular DJ Jake Dela Westfield Shopping Center Cruz. 709 W. Lumsden Rd. The Brandon Town Center, a in Brandon. -2 p.m. It will take place at Park Westfield Shopping Mall, is the site Dela Cruz is co-producing a single Square, 16144 Churchview Dr. The Summerfield, by Pulte Homes just opened for daily tours of the newest Topper’s Creamery. with Callahan called Hold You Down feawith over 40 unique vendors. near Central Park at FishHawk Ranch. The homes are part of At 218-sq. ft., the specific location is turing two incredibly talented artists, Market Day will run the first the master-planned community’s final building phase. convenient to the east entrance Freemen, and another FishHawk resident Sunday of every month through promise to bring each and every client's and adjacent to retailers such as Zales Stefanie LeBarre. This is an opportunity May. skin to its full potential in health and beauJewelers, The Children’s Place, Finish to positively impact the lives of others There will be a community-wide ty." Line, and Kay Jewelers, among others. through a charity of choice, Families Garage Sale on Saturday, October 15 Brandon Chairman and Co-Founder Wade Feeding Families, an annual from 8 a.m.-12 Noon. Center & Cataract Oney said, “This is almost a natural fit for Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway at Hundreds of homes will Eye Clinic undergeographically, bridging our Valrico us Revealing Truth Ministries. Our hope is to participate. stands relaxation store and the new location in Riverview. raise enough funds to feed 100 (+) underFor more informaduring your treatVisit for privileged families in the Tampa Bay tion, call 657-6629. ment can dramaticalmore information on Toppers Creamery. area. ly increase results. It This is a family-friendly, all age Skincare and Unique offers the comfort Breast Cancer Fundraisers at Music music event. Doors open at 6 p.m. Chemical Peels Now and ambiance of a Showcase Online tickets are $12 for adults, and $6 At Brandon Cataract spa (warm bed, hot for 12 and under at https://thebuild.tickMusic Showcase is once again takCenter & Eye Clinic towels, aroma theraing nominations for local currently or $15 at the door. Brandon’s premier with the security py) treatment breast cancer patients to going provider of customized of working in a medical setting. be the recipient of its month long fundraisFishHawk Ranch October Events skincare and unique chemical peels, Rhonda Allison blends the best of ing efforts in October. Baked Goods and Brandon Cataract Center & Eye Clinic is Two great events are returning to active natural ingredients with highly benproud to have Auyanna Gilbert L.E. FishHawk Ranch in October. Market Day eficial, scientifically developed comContinued on next page returns on Sunday, October 2 from 9 a.m. C.O.A. as part of their team. "It's my

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Business Column Continued................... popcorn will be available all month for donations of $1-$5 each. The recipient will be announced at the Costume Social on Friday, October 28, 6–10 pm. Visit or call 6855998 and ask for Debra Campos or Paula Gaskins to nominate someone to be a recipient or for more information.

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Monica Clark, Senior Physician Liaison and the rest of their team of doctors, nurses and staff. Dr. Shah discussed the various ways the Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation helps individuals affected by cancer with financial support and how the Brandon Foundation was able to provide assistance to one of their patients “Day of Care” Will Be through the Held At Five Star Dental Foundation “Day of Care” for peoAngel ple who need dental work Program. will be held Saturday, Brandon October 22 beginning at 7 Foundation a.m. at Five Star Dental in Executive Valrico. Director, Liz Dr. Jeff Bynum has Brewer also been in business for 20 shared with years, and has provided a members of “Day of Care” to the comthe staff and munity for many years. the community This is for people that are how the in desperate need of denFoundation tal work, to help with the Angel program pain and get hygiene has been able cleanings. Dr. Bynum, his Dr. Jeff Bynum to help over 400 staff, volunteers from his families since its church and often other dentist, usually inception in 2006 by providing them with see 75-100 patients that day. “Angels” to meet their practical needs. He recently went to Nicaragua with his family to provide dental work for those Commissioner Stacy White also spoke about how important this partnership is to that need it so desperately. our community to help our residents in If you, or someone you know is in their time of need. need of dental work, visit Five Star The Florida Cancer Specialists & Dental, which is located at 3203 Lithia Research Institute will be one of the Pinecrest Rd. Valrico on October 22. sponsors of the Foundation’s annual dinMedical Facility Evening Social Opens ner, An Evening of Hope & Charity Check Presentation to be held on Friday, Doors to Community and Highlights November 4 at The Regent. Foundations Visit The Brandon Foundation is grateful to the Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute for hosting an evening social and open house on August 16. Members of the Brandon community enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and wine and were given a tour of the new facility located at 403 Kings Ave. The social provided an opportunity for guests to meet the Dr. Shalin Shah,

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The Ice Sports Forum in Brandon now offers meeting space renovations upstairs complete for corporate events and parties. Locally roasted Indigo coffee is served at the Centerline Cafe. Check out the Learn To Skate class program available for all ages and all levels. Registration is currently being accepted for that and the MightMite 12-week hockey program for ages 5-7 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Thursdays. The OneBlood Bloodmobile will be at the Ice Sports Forum on Sunday, October 30 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Give blood and receive free T-shirt and free Open Skate Ticket. On Columbus Day, Monday, October 9, come and watch the Lightning practice free.

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Ladies HealthSource Open House, Hawthorne Parkinson’s Support, More Hawthorne Hosts New Brandon Parkinson’s Disease Support Group

Hawthorne Health & Rehabilitation Center, located at 851 W. Lumsden Rd. in Brandon, will host a new monthly support group for those who are diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and their caregivers. The first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 19 at 2 p.m. Physical, speech and occupational therapists will discuss treatment for issues related to balance, swallowing, talking and other skills that can be affected by Parkinson’s Disease. Hawthorne is a skilled nursing facility with inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programs including speech, physical and occupational therapies. It hosts a dementia support group in its assisted living facility, as well as past meetings for those dealing with strokes, diabetes, low vision and other diseases. The support group is free and open to those who have been diagnosed with the disease, their family members, caregivers and anyone with an interest in learning more about Parkinson’s. For more information, call 661-8998 ext. 204 or visit on Facebook.

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

State House Representative - District 59


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


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

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 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.”

Property Appraiser


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


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

County Commissioner - District 1 (Countywide)


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


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County Commissioner - District 6 (Countywide)


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


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

School Board - District 5 (Countywide)


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


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

School Board - District 7 (Countywide)


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

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

Circuit Court Judge - Group 24


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Staff Report

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

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

Staff Report

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

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

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

By Kate Quesada

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

Four Constitutional Amendments On General Election Ballot Explained

By Kathy L. Collins

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

No. 1 Rights of Electricity Consumers Regarding Solar Energy Choice

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

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

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

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

No. 2 Use of Marijuana for Debilitating Medical Conditions

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

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

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

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

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

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By Tamas Mondovics

Hillsborough County’s top skateboarders had a chance to once again measure up their skills of laser flips, board slides, ollies, kick flips or 180 and 360 backside flips, last month during the final phase of a three-part contest series. The competition, the first of which began earlier this spring was held at the Brandon Skate Park 5720 Providence Road in Riverview, on Saturday, September 17, and brought together dozens of talented young skaters all who were equally hoping to win the title or at least earn some recognition by their peers. The street-style contest featured prizes for first, second, and third place and named a Best Shredder in four age categories: 8 and under, 9-12, 13-15 as Young talented skaters show off their skills during the annual Hillsborough County well as 16 and older. Skateboarding contest, held last month at the Brandon Skate Park. the event was the The venue for the final contest was final installment of the three part contests series, and named a Best Shredder in each of the four age group competing. not only appropriate as it gathered skaters and fans at the County’s first Chapel resident, Conner Horn, came to “It Conner Horn, 12, of Wesley Chapel, patiently waits his turn to compete for a skate park, but also its largest and takes a lot of disciple and you have to be the competition with plenty of confititle of Best Shredder, which he did earn arguably one of its best facilities. in good shape, but it’s a lot of fun and, I dence aiming to demonstrate his skills in his age division, during the annual “Our 14,500-square-foot state-ofHillsborough County Skateboarding can be here with my friends,” Horn said, as well as to showcase the camaraderie Contest held last month at the Brandon the-art skate park features quarter moments before he gave spectators a that exists among the skaters Skate Park. pipes, a hand rail, a pyramid, step-up, taste of his skills by means of one of and various his favorite tricks; a kick flip. granite strucAs one of the youngest con8 and Under tures. testants, Connor Elder, of 1st – Arianna McGuckin The compeRiverview, said that he got his (Best Shredder) tition itself began board last December for 2nd – Stephan Jones with the first Christmas and is working on get3rd – Jackson Rutherford event, on Friday, ting better and better. The April 15 at the Brandon contest was 7-year-old 9 - 12 Apollo Beach skater, Jackson Rutherford’s third 1st – Conner Horn (Best Shredder) Skate Park, 664 competition. 2nd – Sebastian Fowler Golf and Sea “My dad told me about the 3rd – Izayah Melendez Blvd Apollo event and as soon as I heard Beach, followed about it I wanted to come it and to 13 – 15 by the second see how I do,” Rutherford said installment at the 1st – Angel Gonzalez before winning third place in his Hillsborough (Best Shredder) age division. County’s 2nd – Kalif Perkins Admission at each of the Northwest Skate 3rd – Paris Kilby County’s three skate parks is free. Park located at Helmets and notarized waivers 8612 Jackson 16 and Up are required. Forms are available Springs Road in 1st – Micah Gilbert (Best Shredder) online at Tampa. Tampa resident, Angel Gonzalez, 12, shows off some skills at the 2nd – Austin Monesi BestShredder or call (813) 967Twelve-year- Brandon Skate Park, during the third installment of this year’s three-part 5973 for more information. 3rd – Savaris Greene Hillsborough County Skateboarding Contest. Competing one year old Wesley ahead, Gonzalez was named Best Shredder in the 13-15 age group.

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Father (89), Son (68) Compete Bloomingdale High Cheer Squad Ready for Competitive Season 2016 County Senior Games For more than three WWII Navy Veteran, a decades, the annual competitive swimmer, who Hillsborough County keeps an active lifestyle, Senior Games has been which includes, playing bringing together hunTennis as well as swimdreds of local residents, ming laps for an hour at 50 years and older to least three times a week. compete in a wide variety Last year, at age 88, of athletic activities. Robert competed in 15 The three-week comevents, winning Gold in petition will feature plenty most, and taking Silver of intense athletic battles and Bronze in the rest. as participants vie for gold, “My dad has been an silver, or bronze in sportinspiration for all of us and ing events such as powerI am so excited to be able Jeffrey Williams, 68, left, and to fly in to compete with lifting, cycling, golf, picklehis dad Robert 89, ball, swimming, tennis, him this year,” Jeffrey said, pose for a photo. track and field, table tenwhile crediting his dad’s nis, billiards, bowling, bean bag toss, active lifestyle to his involvement with the dominoes, darts, baking, hobby show, YMCA as an executive director. and a talent showcase. “Dad’s motivation now is to stay Of course, while the program is about healthy, not just for his own sake, but to healthy competition, for most participants be able take care of his wife, Buni who it’s about much more than that as it brings has been placed in a local assisted living together friends and, sometimes families, home,” Jeffrey said. such as in the case of Robert Williams, “The Senior Games offer activities for 89, who is once again ready to compete socializing and competing, while having in every track event and every swimming fun with your peers,’’ said Debbie event. Robinson with Parks & Recreation, which Williams, has four sons, six grandorganizes the games. children and five great-grandchildren and Registration is $30 for two tickets to will be joined by his son, Jeffrey Williams, the Celebration Luncheon at All People’s 63, who has made arrangements to travel Life Center, 6105 E. Sligh Ave. in Tampa from New Jersey for a chance to comon Friday, October 14. pete in the track events alongside his To see the full schedule of activities dad. and to register for 2016 Senior Games, ““I’ll just be trying to keep up with visit or call (813) him,’’ Jeffrey said, adding that his father, a 744-5595, ext. 38206.

Thanks to a shortfive, however, did not er summer break, come easy for the Hillsborough County squad including an area students who are injury during the finals performance that eager to prove their forced the girls top skills and talents had a halt the routine. chance to do just that Befitting a chama bit earlier this year. pionship caliber team, Bloomingdale Members of the Bloomingdale High a decision was made Senior High School School cheerleading squad. to regroup and finish student athletes were the job. The rest was history. no different and, for many of them, the While proudly boasting that to be a official start of the year was simply a conpart of the Bloomingdale cheerleading tinuation of an already very active sumsquad is “something special,” Groat is mer. now looking forward to another season of “The girls had a great summer, but competition with a goal of nothing less stayed busy,” said Bloomingdale Cheer than last year’s success. coach Michelle Groat, who is now in her Aside from three new members of 14th year coaching and starting her secthe squad who are also new to the ond season with the Bulls. Following the dreaded tryouts, Groat school, Gadson and Haywood are expressed confidence of this year’s team among the 15 girls and that are returning this year, effectively adding to the proroster that is now featuring 18 talented gram’s strength. athletes, including seven seniors, all led “We have worked out some bugs,” by senior captains, Raven Gadson, and Groat said. Taylar Haywood. Bloomingdale is hosting the season’s “Both girls were a key part of last first local competition scheduled for year’s competitive season success that Wednesday, November 11, 2016. ended with us in fourth place in the 2A The event is a great way to get the Medium Varsity Division during the 2016 girl ready for the rest of the season’s Florida High School Competitive competitions including the much anticiCheerleading State Championships,” pated Western Conference and the Groat said. annual FHSAA Competitive State The event finals were hosted by the Cheerleading Championship in late Florida High School Athletic Association January. (FHSAA) at the USF Sun Dome, last The BSHS cheerleading squad can March. be followed on twitter@bshscheer. Claiming its rightful place in the top

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Upcoming Food Truck Rally To Support, Benefit First Responders

By Amy Schechter

REVAMPED 2016 CIVIC COUPE IS A NO-BRAINER A few weeks ago, Honda had dispatched over the 2016 Honda Civic sedan for us. And recently, we had the opportunity to test out the coupe in the Japanese carmaker’s lineup. Both share the same power train, transmission, suspension and steering: a 1.5-liter DOHC turbocharged engine putting out 174 horsepower @ 5500 rpm and 162 pounds-feet of torque @ 5500 rpm; continuous variable transmission; MacPherson strut front and multi-link independent rear suspension; and dual-pinion electric power steering with variable ratio. But it is in the exterior and interior dimensions that the two are different. The coupe length and height is down by 1 and 0.1 respectively, wheelbase and width up by 3.1 and 1.8 inches respectively. Trunk volume sees a hike of 0.2 to 11.9 cubic feet and passenger space by 6 to 88.6 cubic feet. Lest we forget, this year’s version is 76 pounds lighter than its predecessor. Honda also has enhanced the Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure with additional hightensile steel to absorb force in a front collision. Noticeably lowered are noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels. Like its sedan sibling, the 10th-generation Civic coupe sports a chromed Honda “wing” across the front fascia while the rear shows off C-shaped “light-pipe”

LED tail lamps. A first for Civic is cap less refueling. Other basic features in our Touring trim included eight-way power driver and fourway passenger leather seats, tilt/telescopic steering column, 7-inch audio touch display with 450-watt sound system, remote engine start, electronic parking brake, dual auto a/c, heated front and rear seats and door pocket bins. Standard safety features include dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbag with rollover sensor, stability assist and traction control, four-wheel antilock brakes, forward collision and lane departure warnings, lake keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation braking, tire pressure monitoring system and daytime running lights. You can test drive the Honda Civic at Brandon Honda, located at 9209 East Adamo Dr. in Tampa. Visit CIVIC TOURING Wheelbase: 106.3 inches Length: 176.9 inches Height: 54.9 inches Width: 70.8 inches Weight: 2,899 pounds City: 31 mpg Highway: 41 mpg Fuel capacity: 12.3 gallons Base price: $26,125 Web site:

Calling all families and foodies! Mark your calendars for Friday, October 7 from 5-9 p.m. because Summerfield Golf Club will host the Riverview Our Town Food Truck Rally in honor of our community’s first responders. This is a perfect opportunity to come out and meet your neighbors, sample a wide variety of delectable fare, and most importantly, honor the men and women in our community who always come when we need them. The event is the brainchild of the Riverview Area Word of Mouth Facebook group and is headed up by its title sponsors, Jason Blanchard with Summerfield Crossings Golf Club; Theresa Turner, CPA with Tax Happens LLC; and Kerin Clarkin with Kerin Realty. Turner is excited about Riverview’s first food truck rally. “This is bringing Riverview together while appreciating our first responders,” she said.

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

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Chamber Hosts Zaxby’s Groundbreaking At Riverview 14 Entertainment Center

By Tamas Mondovics

project,” Matthew said during the groundbreaking of the new plaza about 10 months ago, adding that the opening of his first Zaxby’s Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce hosted a groundbreaking location in ceremony last month for Zaxby’s Chicken at Riverview 14. Valrico nearly Representatives of Strathmore 12 years ago was well received by the Development Company, joined by memcommunity and that he can hardly wait for bers of The Greater Riverview Chamber the opening of the new restaurant in of Commerce, were pleased to host a Riverview. groundbreaking ceremony last month for Zaxby’s, which specializes in chicken Zaxby’s Chicken. wings, chicken fingers, sandwiches and The restaurant is proving to be one of salads along with a variety of dipping the most anticipated tenants that will sauces and dressings, will share space occupy Riverview 14, a brand new 30with confirmed fellow tenants including acre shopping and entertainment center Dunkin’ Donuts, Baskin Robbins, Little located between the Gibsonton Walmart Caesars and a T-Mobile, to name a few. Supercenter and Interstate 75 in Matthew started working part-time for Riverview. the restaurant chain when he was taking On track to open in time for 2016 hol- college classes in Georgia, but thanks to iday season, the site will be anchored by a series of promotions has worked his Riverview 14 GDX, a state of the art 14way up to general manager, which evenscreen movie theater, operated by tually promoted him to opened his own Goodrich Quality Theaters based out of Zaxby’s franchise. Grand Rapids, Michigan. Proud of the progress so far and The new entertainment, retail and anticipation of the grand opening of the restaurant development site is now show- theater and its neighbors, Strathmore ing clear signs nearing completion, ready Development Company Vice President, for the groundbreaking and construction Terry Benton, spoke highly of the benefits of Zaxby’s owned by Matthew Wortman of the project for the region. and his wife, Cori. Once completed, the “Thanks to its location the developGibsonton location will be the couple’s ment is a welcomed addition to the second as they also own and operate the Riverview and Gibsonton communities,” Zaxby’s on State Road 60 in Valrico. Benton said. For more information, visit “We’re just glad to be a part of this

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