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Magical Evening At Father Daughter Ball

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Families & Kids Welcome To Come Out And Enjoy Brandon’s Original Seafood Festival

By Kathy L. Collins

members, and then each charity is invited to make a presentation to the club. The charities are then voted on by the club members.” The Rotary Club of Brandon ’86 has been in existence for nearly 30 years. This diverse group focuses on raising funds for local and international charities and participates in service projects that benefit the community. One such example is the Rotary All Persons Rotary Park located at 818 S. Parsons Ave. in Brandon. Sponsorships as low as $100 are available. Anyone Come out to the 23rd Annual Brandon Seafood Festival interested in becoming a on Saturday, November 5 and enjoy all you can eat sponsor or a vendor (arts, southern fried fish, shrimp and all the fixins’. crafts and any product that is The Rotary Club of Brandon ’86 will geared toward families), please contact hold its 23rd Annual Brandon Seafood Spire at aspire@cmitbrandon.com. Festival on Saturday, November 5 from The Rotary Club of Brandon ’86 12 Noon to 4 p.m. at Rotary's Camp Florida located at 1915 Camp Florida Rd. meets every Friday at 7 a.m. at The Grace Place located at 732 W. Lumsden In Brandon. The cost to attend is $20 per Rd. In Brandon. If you are interested in adult in advance or $25 per adult at the learning more about the club, please condoor and $10 per child ages 12-17 years old and $1 or a donation of canned goods tact Diaz at 442-0875. To obtain advance tickets to the Seafood Festival, please for children 12 and under. This gets you visit www.Brandon86Rotary.com. all you can eat and drink. The Brandon Seafood Festival features an all you can eat southern fried fish, shrimp, hush puppies, coleslaw, In This Issue hamburgers and hot dogs. In addition to the fabulous buffet, you can enjoy pie eating contest, live music from Otis Redding and The Knights, face painting, bounce NOVEMBERFEST ................................PG 3 houses and more. "The Brandon Seafood Festival is our HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE ......................PG 11 annual fundraiser to help raise money for ROAD IMPROVEMENTS ..................PG 17 our local charities and support their efforts to improve our community," said Ann FREEDOM RUN/WALK .....................PG 21 Spire, president elect and chairperson of SEAFOOD FESTIVAL ........................PG 28 the Seafood Festival. All proceeds from the event benefit ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT...............PG 41 local and international charities including the Outreach Clinic, ECHO, Everyday SPORTS CONNECTION ....................PG 43 Blessings and Rotary's Camp Florida. READ MORE LOCAL NEWS ONLINE According to Natalia Diaz, "We go www.ospreyobserver.com through a charity nomination process every year. Charities are nominated by

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“I want to tell Anthony and show my little and Nicolle girl how much she Jones wanted to means to me. do something to Relationships with enhance the fathers and daughcommunity one ters start out pretty family at a time. good when they’re They founded babies, but as they Made get older, it’s easy Wonderfully to drift apart. A (MW) and host father-daughter annual events relationship is cruevery year taicial to a young girl’s lored to specific development and family relationsense of selfships. This faithworth. I want other based 501c3, men to set the stanmission inspires youth and families to unlock their God-given value and potential through Fathers are invited to spend a magical evening with their fun, character daughters at the third annual enriching proFather Daughter Ball held at The Regent on Saturday, grams and November 5, 6-9 p.m. events. It is dard that you are worth it because of who achieved with Life Lessons Learned in the Kitchen classes that teach youth their you are,” said Anthony Jones, MW CoFounder and visionary of the Tampa Bay worth and life skills through the process Father Daughter Ball. of baking and with community events taiKeith Stefanko, who attended the lored to a specific family relationship, ball with a woman he considers like a such as the Father Daughter Ball and daughter to him, Kimberly Smetana, said, Mother and Son Hangout events “The ball just blew me away. A lot of care(M*A*S*H). ful thought went into it and it was so aweMW will host its third annual Father some to see the girls dressed to the Daughter Ball on Saturday, November 5 nines. They felt like they were being treatfrom 6-9 p.m. at The Regent, 6437 ed so nicely and they wore it on their Watson Rd. in Riverview. Fathers are faces.” invited to share special time with their The cost is $30 (plus processing fee) daughters while enjoying dinner and a for both father/man of influence and dessert bar. A DJ will provide music, and daughter. It is $10 for each additional a photo booth will help to capture the daughter ticket (plus processing fee). You special moments. This year’s guest can purchase tickets at speaker will be Dee Franks, Regional www.MadeWonderfully.org/Tickets and Director of the Fellowship of Christian www.eventbrite.com. Athletes.


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With carnival favorites like the Drop Zone, Moonraker, and Ferris wheel, Nativity Catholic Church’s Novemberfest promises to once again be a huge crowd pleaser. “Novemberfest has been a part of the Brandon community for 47 years, and we are so thankful for the support Principal Robert Yevich stands with students sporting this year’s Novemberfest T-shirt. the community has shown entire family to come out and enjoy Nativity,” said Cindy Ehringer, the weekend before the start of the Committee Chair. busy holiday season.” Nativity stuNovemberfest will take place from dents and parents will be selling disWednesday, November 16 to Sunday, counted armband vouchers and food November 20. Enjoy five days of fam- tickets. ily fun full of carnival rides, including Ride vouchers good for unlimited several for the younger crowd, food all day rides are available now booths, and music. Admission and through Friday, November 11 at a parking are free. cost of $17 at the church office, 705 The food tent has something for E. Brandon Blvd. Advanced food everyone. Enjoy your choice of BBQ, vouchers are also available for $9. Polish Sausage, Indian Cuisine, When you purchase a ride voucher at Mexican, Latin flavors, potato ribNovemberfest, the cost is $23 and bons, wings, desserts, special coffee, $10 for a food voucher. gourmet pizza, freshly squeezed Tickets can also be purchased lemonade, funnel cakes, cotton online at candy, hamburgers, hotdogs and novemberfest16.eventbrite.com fries, a spectacular steak sandwich (includes a service fee). and Coca-Cola products. This year’s raffle contains many This year’s special musical enter- exciting prizes. The Grand Prize is tainment includes Soul Circus $5000 and the winner will be Cowboys who will perform on Friday announced on Sunday afternoon. at 8 p.m. Band member Billy Novemberfest is Nativity’s largest McKnight is a Nativity alumnus. parish fundraiser and proceeds beneSouthern Train will also perform this fit the school. The event is run solely year on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The by volunteers, who will be on hand to Riverview High School Choir will permake this year’s festival a success. form on Sunday at 2:15 p.m. Several Nativity Catholic Church is locatother local dance studios and local ed at 705 E. Brandon Blvd. in talent will also perform. Brandon. For more information, visit Rob Martin, Director of Finance www.nativitycatholicchurch.org/novem said, “It’s a great opportunity for the berfest.


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Burn Calories And Help The Hungry At Turkey Trot

By Michelle Caceres

With the average the charity event American consuming was born. Its first 4,500 calories and 229 year saw 450 regisgrams of fat on tered runners. Thanksgiving Day, In the last eight there’s no better way years it has grown to kick off the dietjust a bit. With an busting day than by estimated 3,000 participating in the participants, the eighth annual event is the largest FishHawk Turkey Trot. road race in the The 5k race, that area, attracting parattracts the swift-footticipants of every ed five-minute milers shape and size. and the weekend war“Our event is, riors whose only goal first and foremost, Registration is currently open for the is to cross the finish about including the eighth annual FishHawk Turkey Trot line, begins at 8 a.m. whole family-from benefitting Seeds of Hope food bank. and winds through the Grandpa and streets of FishHawk Grandma to the Ranch. A one-mile fun run and 250youngest child who can walk,” said yard mini-run will begin at 9 a.m. Eaton. “It’s just a great overall family Proceeds from the event benefit experience.” Seeds of Hope food bank, a local nonRegistration for the 5k chip-timed profit that provides food to families in race opened in September but continneed in the community. Seeds of Hope ues until the day of the event. Racers hands out boxes of food to more than can register online at www.sohopefl.org 70 families per week and provides or in-person at the FishHawk Ranch more than 150 backpacks of food to Welcome Center, located at 5901 school children during the weekends Village Center Drive. Early bird regiswhen they don’t have access to free tration, ending October 31st, is $25 for lunch. the 5k and $15 for the fun run. “So many people benefit from this Registered runners can pick up event, first and foremost people in their packets November 22nd or need,” said race organizer Leda Eaton, November 23rd from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. at who has memories of running in a The Palmetto Club, located at 17004 turkey trot in West Virginia. “It just Dorman Rd. became a tradition and a part of “Because of the support of the Thanksgiving,” she said. community at this event we are able to When she moved to FishHawk she support those in need in our communiwanted her friends and neighbors to ty for a whole year,” said Eaton. “That adopt the same tradition and in 2009 is truly something to be thankful for.”

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Riding Bikes and Raising Money for Children in Need By Amy Schechter

New York Times bestseller, H. Jackson Brown, Jr. urges us to “[r]emember that children… and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get.” Children truly liken to flowers and have the potential to blossom into creative, productive adults, yet many youth experience abuse and neglect right here in the Tampa area and require additional care from a responsible, loving adult in order to grow. That is where the Guardian ad Litem program enters. Through the unique relaCome out and support Hillsborough's children at the 6th Annual Guardian Toy Run and Toy tionships they form with their chilDrive. dren, guardian’s ad litem are volundonation or meet at the after-party teers who act as voices for children to begin at 12 Noon at One slated who are experiencing the stress of Night Stand Smokehouse, 1602 Hwy. shuffling through the child welfare sys60 in Valrico. The entrance fee per tem, and they need your support. person is $15 plus one new toy which As a result, the 6th Annual food and drinks, a raffle ticket, covers Guardian Toy Run and Toy Drive and a t-shirt. It is sure to be a fantastic hopes to make a positive difference. autumn ride, and more importantly, all Bryan Taylor began organizing the proceeds will be donated to provide event with his family after his father toys, batteries, and gift cards to chilhad been a guardian ad litem for a dren with the holidays soon approachnumber of years. Guardian’s ad litem ing. try to provide gifts for their children’s Taylor also hopes to plant a birthdays and holidays. Taylor notes, seed in the hearts of the community: “There’s not a huge bunch of them, so “There’s such a shortage of guardians they are very reliant on getting donatoo because a lot of people don’t know tions, especially at Christmas time. what they are. We need guardians. They have a toy quota, but it’s never Becoming a guardian ad litem, you filled. It’s something the guardians can take on as many cases as you want to do to give that child a toy from want and have time for.” Of the 3,100 a person they trust and they know is children in Hillsborough in the dependacting in their best interests.” In ency court system, over 1,300 do not Hillsborough county alone, there are over 3,100 children in the dependency have a guardian ad litem to act with their best interests in mind. He hopes court system, all of whom have had some will attend the after party if only someone close to them let them down and may be living with relatives or with to talk with other guardians. You have the opportunity to change a child’s life foster families. Besides the relationin this role, not just make their day. To ship guardians ad litem form with their register for the event, make a donachildren and the advocacy they protion, and more information, visit vide on their behalves, there is so http://guardiantoyrun.org/ and email much the volunteers want to do to the completed form to brighten their lives, and collecting toys info@guardiantoyrun.org or fax it to is one small way they can make a big 866-955-8125. You may also contact difference. Bryan Taylor at 400-0448 or check out The Toy Run and Drive will be held Saturday, November 19 beginning the excited chatter on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/guardiansto at 10 a.m. at Tampa PC Networks, yrun?fref=ts. For more info on becomlocated at 11946 Boyette Rd. in ing the voice of a child in need and to Riverview. Although the event itself is volunteer as a guardian ad litem, visit designed for motorcycles, those withwww.galtampa.org or vfcgal.org. out bikes are welcome to make a

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By Nicole Heubusch

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

Promote, Promote, Promote

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

Provide HOA Updates And Board Decisions

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

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


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

Get Residents Involved

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

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The Creative Artist Gallery Helps American Heroes Paint A New Picture

By Tatiana Ortiz

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

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New Horizons Breaking New Ground Skinny Clinic Patients See Pounds Disappear

By Michelle Caceres

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


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Tower Adds Two New Area Locations

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

On Heifer Wednesday, International November provides 16, First impoverished Presbyterian communities Church of with a means Brandon will to improve its transform its local food fellowship sources by hall into the ultimately Heifer Living becoming a Gift Market self-sustainpresenting an The Heifer Living Gift Market is a free family-oriented ing communievent providing an alternative to commercial alternative to ty. holiday gift giving. the re-gifted Dawn stale fruitcake. This unconventional Trattner, a First Presbyterian Church market offers patrons the opportunity to member and key organizer of the purchase livestock like heifers, chickevent, traveled to Honduras with Heifer ens, goats, fish, and pigs as well as International where she witnessed firstclean water and tree seedlings for hun- hand the global impact of the program gry families around the world. There is through its ceremony Passing on the no livestock on the grounds to purGift. At the ceremony, the original chase; however, honor cards will be recipient of a Heifer animal is required available to designate a Heifer animal to share the animal’s offspring, knowlin a loved one’s name. edge, and other resources to a neighEvery other year, First Presbyterian bor. Trattner said, “The difference with pairs up with Heifer International to Heifer International is the training and support its mission to help end hunger education the local farmers receive.” and poverty through livestock, educaTrattner continued to clarify with the tion, and training. The Heifer Living Gift following baking analogy, “Ingredients Market is a free event open to the pub- like flour and eggs are essential, but lic from 6-8 p.m. welcoming visitors of without the recipe, you can’t bake the all ages. Upon arrival, you can expect bread.” family-oriented entertainment while First Presbyterian Church is locatexperiencing thought provoking educa- ed at 121 Carver Ave., Brandon. For tional animal exhibits. The market is an more information on the Heifer Living intergenerational event as the entire Gift Market, you may contact the church unites to create a carnival-like church office at 689-4597 or atmosphere filled with food, fun, and www.fpcbrandon.org. If you would like games. Refreshments will be available to learn more about Heifer for a small donation with compliments International, please refer to its of Chick-fil-A of Lake Brandon Village. Website www.heifer.org.

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The Palms Church Builds Strong Relationships In Its Christian Community By Tatiana Ortiz

What began as a dream through the words spoken from God, led to a spiritual journey that flourished into something more. The Lead Pastor Dr. Daniel Stahl from The Palms Church in Brandon, shared how God wanted him to pastor a church. This all came into fruition six years ago, which continues today as a strong foundation in the area. “As a transdenominational church, we emphasize on being a Christian community,” Stahl said. In 2010, The Palms Church opened its doors. At The Palms Church, their mission aims to extend the love, hope and healing that Jesus Christ offers to individuals through a personal relationship with Himself and the church. This church does fellowship with the Florida Baptist Convention and supports various recovery ministries. “We help people turn setbacks into comebacks,” Stahl said. Stahl was born in Leitchfield, Kentucky. He graduated from Western Kentucky University and earned his Master’s Degree at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Then he continued his education through Fuller Theology Seminary in Pasadena, California and earned his Doctorate of Ministry Degree there. In 1980, he

moved to Brandon to work with students at Bell Shoals Baptist Church. In 2010, he moved back to Brandon from Indiana to start The Palms Church. Stahl wants the community to know that The Palms Church offers a place that welcomes non-perfect individuals and their families to experience the love and power of Jesus. The Palms Church does provide a variety of ministries such as Life Groups, Revive Ladies Ministry, Epic Love for 6th through 12th grade and much more. Pastor Mary Stahl from The Palms Church works alongside her husband Daniel as the head of the women’s ministry. She uses her passion, gifting and humor to communicate her commitment to this calling in small groups, conferences and weekly services. Mary also participates in the teaching preaching team at The Palms Church. Her true identity can be found in encouraging others to live for Christ. “Our women’s ministry here is very strong,” Daniel said. For more information about service times, visit http://www.thepalmschurch.com. It is located at 207 New Hope Rd. in Brandon.




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Fire Prevention Week Puts Spotlight on Smoke Alarms That smoke alarms have an amazing save lives there is little partnership with doubt. Unfortunately, the local agencies such first line of fire prevention as the American is to actually have funcred Cross and the tioning alarms installed Children’s Board, to within the home or busiwork together on ness. this project,” HCFR According to recent Fire Marshall reports, working alarms Photo courtesy of Hillsborough County News Tammy Zurla said, Vivian McIlrath from Hillsborough cut the risk of fatal home adding that the County Fire Rescue explains to fires in half. Hillsborough team assisted resiJonathan Duarte, Nestor Santiago and County Fire Rescue dents with checking Cristina Cruz what to do if a smoke alarm sounds in their home. McIlrath the expiration date noted that 85 percent of was one of nearly two dozen Fire all fire deaths occur in as well as replace Rescue employees and American Red the home, and the Cross volunteers who installed 176 free them as needed. alarms in 38 homes in a Town ‘N majority happen at night “First and foreCountry neighborhood in conjunction most is to have the when most people are with Fire Rescue Week. sleeping. smoke alarms, to HCFR officials said that when smoke maintain them, to check the dates to alarms fail to sound, it’s usually because make sure they are within the ten year they have missing, dead, or disconnected period, to check and replace the batterbatteries. Smoke alarms should be tested ies,” Zurla said. “Residents should make at least once a month. sure that every room used for sleeping in To draw attention on importance on the home has a working smoke alarm.” smoke alarms Hillsborough County Fire To find out how old a smoke alarm is, Rescue team, led by Chief Dennis Jones, check the manufacture date on the back canvassed several neighborhoods earlier of the alarm, add 10 years to that date, this month to install free smoke alarms in and that’s the year it needs to be homes that need them. replaced. The effort, under this year’s theme The recent neighborhood sweep was “Don’t Wait, Check the Expiration Date,” just one of a number of fire prevention was in conjunction with the 2016 Fire efforts and were part of a full schedule of Prevention Week in mid October, and events planned during Fire Prevention reminded residents that smoke alarms Week. should be replaced every 10 years. For more information please visit “Here in Hillsborough County we www.HCGOV.net.

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Resident's Artwork Displayed At Amalie

By Kathy L. Collins

using pen and ink, graphite and colored pencils for many years," explained Biasetti. "I decided to take my first art class at Center Place in Brandon and I’m currently taking a watercolor class with Kathy Durdin called Deborah Biasetti of Riverview is honored to have her painting, "To 'Loosening Up and The Arena," be among those that were selected in the 5th Annual Seeing Watercolor Celebration of the Arts, an annual juried art show sponsored by Everywhere.' I actuthe Tampa Bay Lightning and the Lightning Foundation. ally do see watercolor everywhere Riverview resident and artist, now," said Biasetti. Deborah Biasetti entered artwork in the "Art is my life and I see everything 5th Annual Celebration of the Arts sponas a painting now. I try to paint everyday sored by the Tampa Bay Lightning and because there is so much to paint. My the Lightning Foundation. Her entry "To teacher says 'paint what sings to you.' I The Arena" was one of 41 entries do paint what sings to me, as I tend to accepted in the juried show out of 450 focus on my subjects' eyes emoji entries. This is the second year that because the 'eyes are the window to the Biasetti has entered and has been soul.' One of my biggest passions is the accepted. use of color in different ways to make The Amalie Arena is a great venue my paintings more interesting. My vision for the Annual Celebration of the Arts. is to enjoy creating art that brings happiAccepted artwork is displayed throughness to others. I feel that I am having out the 2016-17 NHL season. Biasetti one of the best times of my life. It is so said, "I am a big Lightning fan so I much fun to paint," said Biasetti. snapped a picture on the way to Amalie Biasetti is a member of the Brandon Arena to watch a playoff game. I knew I League of Fine Arts, Tampa Regional had to paint it and I added the lightning Artists and the East Hillsborough Art bolts in the background to capture the Guild. She is also a member of the excitement." Tampa Branch of the National League Biasetti has been painting and of American Pen Women and the drawing for many years. "As a young Florida Watercolor Society. child I would draw cartoons all the time For more information, please visit and visit art museums as often as possiwww.lightning.nhl.com. ble. I have been drawing and sketching

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

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

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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. 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.

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

visit http://welcomehomehaiti.com/home. Fishhawk Fellowship Church is located at 15326 Fishhawk Blvd. in Lithia.

Truck Or Treat At Centerpoint Church

Centerpoint Church, located at 1801 S Miller Rd. in Valrico will hold a Truck or Treat event on Saturday, October 29 from 46 p.m. For more information, call 6891906 x104 or visit www.centerpointfl.org.

Community Invited To Fun Family-Friendly Event At Bell Shoals Baptist Church

Looking for a safe, fun, familyfriendly event to attend on Monday, October 31? You are invited to Trunk or Treat at Bell Shoals Baptist Church, 2102 Bell Shoals Rd. in Brandon from 6- 7:30 p.m. This event will include games for children of all ages, face-painting, classic cars, motorcycles, and of course, lots and lots of candy. Admission is free but families are encouraged to bring a box of stuffing or a box of Jell-O pudding that will be donated to the Brandon Gift of Hope.

The Brandon Gift of Hope Tent will help provide meals and toys for those in need in our community during this Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season. For more info visit www.bellshoals.com/trunkortreat.

Newsome High School 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, located at 16550 Fishhawk Blvd. in Lithia. Children fifth grade and younger are invited to come in costume with their family for games and trick or treating. This event is free. Formaggio's and Kona Ice will be available for purchase.

Pumpkin Patch and Pumpkin Festival

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

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Newland Communities Newest Community, Bexley Connects To Suncoast Trail

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tion infrastructure over a 10 year period, which he himself strongly supported. “The original plan, did not have enough votes on the Commission, so I supported the plan that passed with the understanding that something is better than nothing when it comes to our roads,” White said, but added that he was disapHillsborough County Commissioner voted to dedicate pointed since the more robust plan did not have the $600 million to transportation and road improvement projects over the next 10 years. The proposal which votes, due to concerns focuses on repairing roads, bridges, sidewalks and raised over its potential to intersections was unanimously approved during the BOCC meeting last month opening a way to create a impact on the county’s bond list of projects. rating, even though he was not sure that the bond ratDuring a regularly scheduled ings would have actually been impactmeeting last month, Hillsborough ed. County Commissioners voted on one White promised that with the poliof the most sensitive and talked about cy now passed, the County topics, resulting in the dedication of Commission will get to work on creat$600 million to transportation over the ing a project list to expend the funds of next 10 years. which includes projects within his own The proposal focusing on fixing district. roads, bridges, sidewalks and inter“We have tremendous road resursections—a sore subject for years— facing needs throughout my district was brought to the table by and this will be a top priority for me as Commissioner Al Higginbotham and we create a project list,” White said. passed unanimously. The new funding source prompted In 2010 the discussion resulted in White to revisit one of the most talked a failed referendum followed by a pair about road projects within his district. of unsuccessful attempts earlier this “This is a good time to talk about year, when the BOCC rejected a halfthe widening of Lithia-Pinecrest Road,” cent surcharge in the sales tax, which he said. “In my mind, this would have reportedly would have raised $3.5 bila far reaching effect and would benefit lion over the next 30 years. communities over a broad area that According to County officials the BOCC will now appropriate $35 million includes FishHawk, Valrico, and Brandon.” more of the county budget toward White emphasized his desire to be transportation next year and increase a strong voice with regards to the that amount by $5 million each year impact of land use decisions on our for a decade. transportation infrastructure. The plan means no tax increase. “When it comes to rezoning and Maintenance and safety spending things like that, we simply cannot conmust be allocated first. To alter the poltinue to commit the same sins of the icy, a super majority vote (five commispast,” he said. “Smart growth decisioners) is required and it includes provisions in the event of an economic sions will be critical if we are to avoid the same crippling effects on our downturn. roads.” While earlier proposals involved Responding to the new policy, in costly consultants and public hearings, his recent newsletter, Hillsborough Higginbotham’s proposal reached the County Commissioner Kevin Beckner BOCC just weeks prior to the unanisaid, “Commissioners can still utilize a mous decision, an action that renewed gas tax or try again to pass a sales tax some residents’ hope in the County’s to fund these improvements. ability to get things done. As for the current status, Beckner According to Commissioner Stacy said, “It may not be enough to solve White, (District 4), the now enacted our problems, but at least we’ve policy, was a counterproposal to a promoved off the mark.” For more info on posed policy that would have dedicatprojects visit www.HCFLGov.net. ed just over $800 million to transporta-


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Music Showcase Presents: Ghouls, Goblins, Guitars

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


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Visit Brandon’s Haunted Insane Asylum October 28 and 29 Brandon’s only FRIGHT NIGHT “Haunted Insane Asylum” will be open Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29 from 711 p.m. The LOFT Event Lounge has partnered up with Power 100FM and

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O’Brien’s Irish Pub to provide a Halloween experience that is sure to make any victim (I mean patient) checking in go crazy. Beetle and BeBe will check you in while Nurse Kitty will escort all patients into the Insane Asylum to roam the haunted hallways at their own risk. Don’t let the psychotic Killer Clown’s Birthday Party or faceless Nun scare you though. Dr. T. Gonzalez will be performing lobotomies. The beds in the Pediatric Psych Ward are full as well as the autopsy tables in the dirty morgue, which by the way, is the only way out. It’s also hard to keep the bloody kill room clean so please don’t mind that. The Insane Asylum Administrator, Benjamin P. Frisk, meets an untimely gory early retirement. The patients don’t like him. At this insane asylum, staff doesn’t get fired – they get admitted. Advance tickets are available at www.LOFTfrightNight.com, O’Brien’s Irish Pub, The LOFT-Hair and Nail Lounge or call 685-8777. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 years and under (Parental Discretion Advised). Tickets are nonrefundable. Portions of the proceeds will be donated to St. Jude’s Hospital for Children. The Haunted Insane Asylum is located in the big white tent in the parking lot of O’Brien’s Irish Pub at the cor-

ner of Lumsden Rd. & Kings Ave. in the Oaks Park Plaza in Brandon.

War-era Veterans Benefit from a Musical Salute Concert

War-era military veterans will benefit from a community band concert hosted by First Presbyterian Church in Brandon on Thursday, November 10 at 7 p.m. Proceeds will be donated to Honor Flight of West Central Florida, a non-profit organization that provides war-era veterans with all-expense paid Honor Tours to their memorials in Washington, D.C. Honor Flight has focused on taking WWII and terminally ill veterans on these trips, but plans to expand to those who served in the Korean and Viet Nam wars. A Musical Salute will be presented by the Eastern Hillsborough Community Band, a concert band with more than 60 members. The band will perform patriotic music in honor of all veterans. A $10 donation at the door is sug-

gested, but any donation, no matter how small or large, will be accepted. Admission is free for children under the age of 18. After the concert, light refreshments will be served and a silent auction. First Presbyterian Church is located at 121 Carver Ave. in Brandon. For information, email terriemorrison@verizon.net or call the church at 689-4597.


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Coin & Currency Show

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

Golf Tournament Benefits Homeless And Disabled Veterans

A golf Tournament to benefit homeless and disabled veterans in the Tampa Bay community that reside at Liberty Manor for Veterans will be held at Pebble Creek Golf Course on Saturday, November 12 and includes golf, dinner, door prizes and auction. It is hosted by the Brandon Elks Lodge #2383. For more information, contact George Scribner at 850-206-0577.

Valrico Service League To Hold Harvest Dinner & Auction

Brandon Recreation Center on Sadie St. at 9 a.m. The next meeting is November 16. Everyone is invited to join to meet new friends and have fun. The dues for the year are $20. You can participate in any all activities such as Book club, Bridge, Bunco, Arts and Crafts; Mah Jong, and more. Local trips such as The Barn, The Christmas Store in Altamonte Springs are planned. Whether new to the area or long time resident, you are welcome. For more information, call Re at 643 3281.

Valrico Service League (VSL) will hold its Harvest Dinner & Auction on Sunday, November 6 at Center Place, 650 Vonderburg Dr. in Brandon. Tickets are $30 and may be purchased at Center Place through Friday, October 28. The Platinum Bank sponsored event starts at 5:30 p.m., with Weekly Support catered dinner Meeting Of at 6 p.m. and Depression live auction Bipolar Support at 6:45 p.m. Alliance (DBSA) Thanks to A free peer to the generosity peer support group of last year's welcomes anyone auction with mental health patrons and issues, plus support donations The Valrico Service League’s Harvest Dinner & people. from the busi- Auction will take place on Sunday, November 6 at Confidentiality is a Center Place. ness commupriority. It meets in nity of tickets to events, rounds of golf, the fellowship hall of Brandon Christian restaurant gift certificates and unique Church, 910 Bryan Rd. every Monday items from area artists, VSL support from 7-8:30 p.m. It is part of the larger included ECHO, Brandon Outreach organization of DBSA Tampa Bay. Visit Clinic, Center Place, Family Promise of dbsatampabay.org or call 727-410Brandon and summer activities at A 1569. Kid's Place. For more information, call Claudia The Bridges Retirement Community Yake at 685-7998 or Sue Hadden at Hosts Mind Boost Workshop 685-6160. Is your mind as sharp as it could be? Our brains are powerful and even Newcomers Begin New Season Of so when we understand how our more Social Fun brains work and what we can do to September started the New Year for improve our memory. A Mind Boost the Brandon Newcomers. It meets the workshop, held on Tuesday, November third Wednesday of each month at the 10 from 3- 5 p.m., will provide informa-

tion on normal changes in memory, how memory works, steps to improve memory and memory exercises. Anna Lively, National Board Certified and Licensed Mental Health Counselor will facilitate the program, which is sponsored by the South Shore Coalition for Mental Health and Aging. The workshop, held at The Bridges, 11350 Bloomingdale Ave. in Riverview, is $5 to attend and includes refreshments and workshop materials. Call Janet at 413-8900 to reserve your seat.

Hackney/Riverview Cemetery Annual Clean-up

On Saturday, November 5, volunteers are needed to help clean up the historic Hackney/Riverview Cemetery that dates back to the late 1800’s. It is located at 11020 Hackney Dr. in Riverview. Assistance is needed weeding, mowing, cleaning of gravestones, trash and tree limb pickup. Help is needed starting at 8 a.m. For more information, call Florence Sikes at 6777606. Donations are also welcome. Please mail to: Hackney Cemetery Trust Fund, 8844 Bliss Rd., Gibsonton, FL 33534.

Riverview Garden Club November Meeting

The Riverview Garden Club will hold its November meeting on Wednesday November 9 at 10 a.m. in the Riverview Civic Center, 11020 Park Dr. in Riverview. The guest speaker is Michael O'Hara Garcia, President of the Florida Olive Council. Parking is free and admission is free for first time attendees. Bring a covered dish for this Thanksgiving themed meeting. For more information call Harriet at 7276567.

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Get In Step To Help Joshuacord Raise Funds For Refugees

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Christians will band together to support those in the Middle East being persecuted for their faith at the upcoming Freedom Run.

You can help support Joshuacord’s efforts to help refugees in the Middle East by stepping up to participate in its Fourth Annual Joshua 1:9 Freedom Run 5K. The event kicks off at 8 a.m. on Saturday, November 19 at Al Lopez Park, 4810 N. Himes Ave. in Tampa. Families, children, serious runners, supporters and cheerleaders are encouraged to attend. There will be a separate start at 8:10 a.m. for walkers and strollers. Spirit FM (90.5 FM) will be onsite to promote the festivities. Joshuacord’s mission is to help those persecuted for their Christian faith, especially in the Middle East and Africa. Proceeds for the 5K will go to families and children who are living in refugee camps in the Middle East. Because of sponsor support, $5,700 was raised from last year’s run and 100% of it was donated to help these families. Monies raised from this year’s 5K will be donated to the same group as they still have many unmet needs. At the run, organizers will also be collecting baby blankets, gloves, and hats to ship to moms and families in refugee camps.

Joshuacord Founder Patrick Carberry, through his military experience and work with the government, witnessed first-hand the lack of religious freedom due to Islamic extremism and put together Joshuacord to raise awareness. “As most of you have seen, there is more media attention on the urgent issue of Christians being persecuted in Iraq, Syria, Iran and Africa,” noted Carberry. He added that the goal is to get the community engaged, raise awareness and provide hope, prayers, financial and material aid to the Christians in those countries. The 5K Freedom Run is made possible through sponsors, the support of local churches and pastors and all those who participate on race day. “We are so appreciative for your prayers, time and support,” commented Carberry. Registration fee is $25 if completed by November 17 and $30 on race day. Active duty members pay $20. The one mile Fun Run/Walk is $15 preregistration. To register, visit http://www.active.com or download the registration form to mail from www.joshuacord.org/5k. This is a great opportunity for the Tampa community to come together and impact a crisis occurring to Christians in the Middle East. Joshuacord is a non-profit 501(c)(3) located at 3433 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. Visit www.joshuacord.org or call 202643-8588 or on Facebook.

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Call To Artists Issued For The 9th Annual Winthrop Arts Festival & Artisan Market

By Kathy L. Collins

A call to Show. The artists and artishow is sans has been judged by issued by highly qualified organizers of judges. the 9th Annual Katharine Winthrop Arts SullivanFestival and Dawes, the Artisan Director of Market, which Everything for will be held on Winthrop Arts, All artists and artisans are encouraged to join Winthrop Saturday, Inc. said, “We Founder, John Sullivan and Winthrop Town Artist, Bryant March 25 and are adding Martinez and volunteers, Patricia Guthman and Emaly Martinez at the 9th Annual Winthrop Arts Festival and Sunday, spaces this Artisan Market. March 26 from year for both 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Winthrop Common in artists and artisans, as we want to showRiverview. All artists and artisans who are case more talent in our community. We interested in having their art work considhave also extended the application winered for this juried arts show, can visit dow, so artists and artisans have more www.winthroparts.org and download an time to submit their work. We are hoping application. for the largest and most diverse festival Applications received by November ever.” 30 must include an application fee of $25. Bryant Martinez, the Winthrop Town Those submitted after December 1, must Artist said, "The Winthrop Arts Festival be accompanied by a $50 application fee. and Artisan Market is becoming a great Once artists are notified of their acceptvenue for artists from all over to show ance into the show, there is an application their work. This community has truly fee of $100. For artisans, the application embraced the arts.” fee and timeline are the same. The artiSullivan-Dawes added, “In addition to san market fee is $250. Both fees are attending this two day event, the commudue by March 1, 2017. nity can embrace their inner art critic by The Winthrop Arts Festival and becoming a Friend of Winthrop Arts sponArtisan Market is a juried show, and it has sor for only $125. You can select your become a recognized and eagerly awaitfavorite artist and they receive a $75 ed annual event. Artists and artisans from award. It is a great way to get involved the local area as well as nationally have with this community event.” participated in years past. Fine art artists Sponsorships are available at varying who are accepted will be eligible to win levels. For more information, please visit monetary awards. Last year over $2,200 www.winthroparts.org or email was awarded including $1,000 for Best of info@winthroparts.org.

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Bass Pro Shops Recognizes Local Heroes in October

Bass Pro Shops is recognizing local heroes throughout October. As a “thank you” for serving our communities, law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians can present a valid badge or ID to receive a 10 percent discount on regular priced merchandise at all Congratulations to Jerry Burgin for winning the Top Bass Pro Shops locations Newcomer Male 2016 Trophy at Encore Dancesport’s new from through Monday, October dance competition. 31. http://www.theicesportsforum.com.

Ice Sports Forum New Events And Offerings

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

Lithia Resident Receives Top Newcomer Male Award at New Dance Competition

Jerry Burgin danced nine dances at a new dance competition – Encore on Florida’s East Coast. He danced the Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Swing, Rumba, Cha-Cha, Hustle and Merengue and received all First Place in Competitive and Rising Star Divisions. Burgin, along with wife Beverly, dances at The Way 2 Dance. He is very competitive, goal-oriented, has very selfdemanding work ethic to perfect every technique possible, but on the same token, he is lots of fun to be around. The Way 2 Dance is located at 610 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon. Call 966-4788.

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get started. Free Community worksite and clinic groups will be offered, with programs covering all forms of tobacco. Free Nicotine replacement patches, gum and lozenges will be available, while supplies last and if medically appropriate. Locally, classes will be held Monday, November 14 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Oakfield Medical Plaza, 276 S. Moon Ave, Suite 260 in Brandon. Pre-registration is required by calling 974-7889. For additional classes, visit www.ahectobacco.com/calendar.

Four New Agents Join EXIT Bayshore Realty in Brandon

EXIT Bayshore Realty announced the addition of four new agents to its team of real estate professionals, Andre Walker, Deborah Pearson, Jayme Harris and Lori Peterson. EXIT Bayshore Realty is located at 1463 Oakfield Dr #111 in Brandon. For more informationl 3615230.

5th Dimension Dance Center

Recently opened 5th Dimension Dance Center strives to provide a stimulating environment, focused on providing students of all ages with a unique, healthy and challenging dance experience. It offers Ballet, Hip-Hop, Lyrical/Contemporary, Jazz, Modern, Tap, Core Strength – both recreational and

competitive team for ages 2-18. Owner’s Alexis Johnson, Chris Johnson, Christi Johnson, Bobby Welsby, and Michelle Welsby are devoted to developing each student’s potential with a first-rate dance education, while encouraging creativity and personal, artistic growth. By participating in the dance program, they believe students will have the capability to experience an increase in their overall, physical and mental wellbeing. 5th Dimension Dance Center is located at 3239 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Valrico. The hours are 4–8 p.m. Monday– Thursday, 4–6 p.m. on Friday, and 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday. Call 643-5332 or visit 5thdimensiondancecenter.com.

Skincare and Unique Chemical Peels Now At Brandon Cataract Center & Eye Clinic

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els, aroma therapy) with the security of working in a medical setting. Rhonda Allison blends the best of active natural ingredients with highly beneficial, scientifically developed compounds to create a synergy of superior professional treatments and customized home care products that will transform the condition of your skin. Brandon Cataract Center & Clinic is located at 403 Vonderburg Dr. in Brandon. For more information, call 6811122. Visit www.brandoneye.com/.

FAOPA Offers Digital Photography And Interior Decorating Classes This Fall

New classes are taking place this fall at The Florida Academy of the Performing Arts. (FAOPA). A Digital Photography class will take place Tuesday October 25, November 1, 8 and 15 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and Monday, November 28, December 5, 12 & 19 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Join professional photographer Charlena Beacom to learn about what all those buttons are on the camera, as well as lighting, positioning subjects and much more. The cost is $120 for each four week session. A Do It Yourself Interior Decorating class will take place with Char Beacom, who will share her tips and tricks. The class will take place on Tuesday, December 6, 13 and 20 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. or Wednesday, November 2, 9 and

16 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. The cost for the three week class is $90. Classes are held at Music Showcase, 402 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon. To register for any of the classes, visit faopa.org or call 490-2787.

Try Something New or Enjoy Your Italian Favorites at Allegria Italiana Ristorante

Allegria Italiana Ristorante is owned and operated by the Dragonetti family bringing decades of experience and passion to the creation of authentic Italian cuisine. Their roots take them back to Italy, but moved to the Brandon area from Islip, NY bringing their traditional recipes from their homeland to share with the Brandon area. Allegria offers a contemporary concept with traditional pasta dishes at affordable prices. Enjoy menu items such as Spaghettini al Pomodoro e Basilico, Home-made Gnocchi Sorrentino Pesto, Formaggi e Spinacci and much more. If you enjoy live music, Allegria offers Ella Chadwell and Jimmy Silva at the piano every other Wednesday and on the last Thursday of each month. You can enjoy Courtney Welch every other Sunday. Allegria is offering a new price fixed menu on Monday to Friday’s from 3:30-6 p.m. It is open Monday-Thursday from 3:30-9 p.m., Friday from 3:30-10

p.m., Saturday from 4:30-10 p.m. and Sunday from 4-8 p.m. Allegria Italiana Ristorante is located at 518 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon. Call 6511166 for reservations or information on catering and its dates on its musical evenings.

Oakfield Dental Provides High Quality Care with State of the Art Technology

snoring and obstructive sleep apnea is also provided. To make an appointment, call 9068808. Visit www.OakfieldDental.com.

Brandon Healthplex Counts Down To Opening

The countdown is on. In just a few short months, Tampa General will mark the opening of the Brandon Healthplex, its first outpatient medical center. The Healthplex will be 130,000 sq. ft. of cutting-edge healthcare: a four-story building with adult and pediatric emergency

Oakfield Dental upholds its commitment to the highest quality of care by combining state of the art technology with passionate clinicians and staff. Located at 1457 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon, Dr. Amir Boules provides high-quality dental care in a stress-free environment. Services include: all digital xray technology provide accurate images with a fraction of the radiation exposure of old style film; colored intra-oral camera pictures help you see exactly what the dentist sees, making it easier for you to Tampa General’s new Brandon Healthplex is set to open in a few months. make an informed decision rooms, an ambulatory surgery center, about your dental needs; one hour diagnostic imaging and laboratory servicwhitening for same day results; tooth-coles, primary care and specialty physician ored fillings and crowns that are the offices, space for community education strongest and most esthetic in the dental classes and a helipad. field, all options for missing teeth includOpening the Healthplex will be a leap ing implants, bridges, partial and comforward in its evolution toward creating a plete dentures to fit your specific needs health system that both prepares Tampa and desires; and cleanings with an emphasis on communicating oral hygiene General for the changing healthcare landscape and will provide a new and more tips, because we believe that the more you know, the better you can take care of convenient model of health care for our patients and their families. yourself. Oral appliance therapy to treat

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Couples Welcome To Enjoy A Night Out At H2O Clean Comedy Show

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

H2O has been featured on ABC action news, the Tampa Tribune and several other publications. Its comedians have been seen on CTN, The Grand Ole Opry, Last Comic Standing, ABC, Nickelodeon, comedy clubs and resorts throughout the southeast. The humor is fast paced, uplifting and enjoyable for the whole family. The comedians also includes a message of hope. The show is 100% Church Clean! 100% Comedy Club Funny! Doors Open at 6 p.m. and show begins at 7:30 p.m. For more information and tickets, call 690-2201 or 677-9763 or email Mike580358@msn.com. Tickets are $25 per person or $45 per couple. Purchase a table of 8 for $250 or select a premium table with premium seating near the front of the stage for $275 (must purchased in advance).

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

By Kathy L. Collins

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

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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. All are welcome to join on November 11 for “Shabbot Alive,” an upbeat service filled with song. A Candidate Forum to meet Hillsborough County candidates as they present their platforms and answer audience questions will be held on Sunday, October 30, 2-4 pm. All voters are welcome. For more information and reserve a seat contact the synagogue office or Anita Clifford at niewdnarb@yahoo.com. iEngage: Jewish Values and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict A Hartman Institute Lecture & Study Series Tuesday, November 15 from 7-8:30 p.m. - Led by Rabbi Torop, who will address and explore the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the complex meanings of peace in Jewish tradition. This session addresses “Attitudes Toward the Land; perspectives from within Israel.” Tuesday November 15th, 7pm – 8:30pm.

Seeking Former Members at Brandon Christian Church

Brandon Christian Church, 910 Bryan Rd. in Brandon, will celebrate its 50th Anniversary on Sunday, November 13. Former members are being sought to

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Brandon Edition join in to observe this special event. Worship service will be at 11 a.m. followed by a luncheon. For more information, call Ros at 689-4021.

United Methodist Women 46th Annual Pecan Sale

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

Holy Innocent’s Fall Whistle Stop Craft Show

Holy Innocent’s Episcopal Church will hold its ninth annual Fall Whistle Stop Craft Show on Saturday, November 5

from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on the church grounds at 604 N. Valrico Rd. in Valrico. Both inside and outside locations are available. Interested vendors can register for a spot at www.hiepiscopal.org. Please contact the church during normal business hours at 689-3130.

St. Stephen Men’s Club Golf Scramble

The 24th Annual St Stephen Men’s Club Golf Scramble will be held at the Summerfield Crossing Golf Club on Saturday, October 29. Tee time is 1 p.m. Sign-ins 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. Proceeds support St Stephen Catholic School graduating seniors, and local charities. Please contact Ed Veronick, Men’s Club representative, at edveronick@yahoo.com or call 850-3059745.

Health Fair And Yard Sale At Rivers Of Life Church Ministries

A Health Fair and Yard Sale will be held at Rivers of Life Church Ministries, 301 N. Lakewood Dr. in Brandon on Saturday, November 19. The yard sale will begin at 8 a.m. and the free Health Fair at 9 a.m. Representatives from TGH will be available to test blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol. A pharmacist will

be available to answer your questions. Free hot dogs and snacks. The Florida Blood Mobile will give out t-shirts for blood donations. The ROL Silver Steppers (Seniors Line Dancing Team) will give demonstrations at 10 and 11 a.m. Reserve a space in the sale at 643-3848.

33rd Annual Nut Sale

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

Holiday Fashion Show And Luncheon

The annual Fashion Show and Luncheon "Holiday Sparkle" presented by The Dress Barn with Brandon Christian Women's Connection will take place on Monday, November 14 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Bell Shoals Baptist Church in the Special Events Center, 2102 Bell Shoals Rd. in Brandon. The cost is $15. First time guests pay $10. Please secure your reservation by Monday, November 7 with Lillie at 740-0098. This a nondenominational luncheon with no membership required.

Fall Craft Fair At St. Andrews United Methodist Church

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

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History And Heritage Crafts On Display At The 39th Annual Pioneer Day

By Kathy L. Collins

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

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


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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 www.votehillsborough.org. 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. www.RenaForFlorida.com.

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


Clerk Of The Circuit Court


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

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


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. http://www.bobhenriquez2016.com/

TODD DONOVAN JONES Not a politician, Jones has a 30 year history of protecting taxpayers from inaccurate assessments. For over 10 years, he has been fighting for fairness in taxation. Jones helped “level the playing field” for taxpayers in assessment disputes. It’s time for the same representation for taxpayers from their government. Jones’ extensive experience fighting for taxpayers means that he is all too familiar with the problems in the Hillsborough County Property Appraisers Office. It also means he knows how to fix them. http://toddjones2016.com/


County Commissioner - District 1 (Countywide)


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


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


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

School Board - District 5 (Countywide)


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


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

School Board - District 7 (Countywide)


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

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

Circuit Court Judge - Group 24


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

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

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“As Clerk, I will Bar and is the only cantruly be able to serve didate for the position the consumers and who is licensed as an all citizens of attorney and has experiHillsborough County,” ence 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 themselves through the legal system,” homes or property. He has also served said Seidel, who is a 1991 Doctor of Law on charity boards including Hands Across (J.D.) graduate of the Nova Southeastern the Bay and works with many organizaUniversity. “From collecting on a legal tions serving children with special needs. judgement or filing a small claim in a disHe has also won numerous awards pute, to attempting to file for divorce with- including the Hillsborough County Bar out being able to afford an attorney, I’ve Association’s H.A.V.E. a Heart Award for heard all the horror stories. I want to be outstanding volunteer service and more. able to do more than put the problems on Seidel lives in Tampa with his wife Dayle TV or help folks as a private attorney.” and son Chase. For more info, visit Seidel is a member of the www.EricSeidelForClerk.com or call 712Hillsborough Bar Association and Florida ERIC (3742).

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

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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

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Todd Jones has state certification spent the last 30 years requirements; and diligently working to proFRICS from the tect taxpayers from inacRoyal Institute of curate property assessChartered ments and government Surveyors, an interoverreach. Now, at a national organizatime when most people tion that promotes would happily retire, he and enforces the has decided to give back highest professionto the community and is Todd Jones, shown here with daughter, al qualifications and Alexis (L) and wife, Joryn (R ) along running to be the with the family dog, Hachi, wants your standards in develsupport as he runs Hillsborough County opment and manHillsborough County Property Appraiser. Property Appraiser on agement of land, Tuesday, November 8. real estate, construction and infrastrucJones said, “I want to make the office ture. Additionally, he is a member of of Hillsborough County Property Counselors of Real Estate. Taken togethAppraiser more taxpayer friendly. I want er, these represent the highest designato make the entire process more transtions someone in his field can achieve. parent.” Jones explained that one way to Jones is a fourth generation do this is by redesigning the Property Floridian. He received his undergraduate Appraiser’s website so that all of the infor- degree from the University of Florida and mation needed to make an intelligent his MBA from the University of South decision on whether to buy or sell real Florida. He has lived in Tampa for over estate in Hillsborough County is easily 20 years with his wife, Joryn Jenkins and accessible. his daughter, Alexis. “We as taxpayers own the data. “I know how to grow the economy by Today, you cannot see or get the informa- helping facilitate real estate transactions. tion that would be useful in determining By eliminating uncertainty for lenders, whether to buy or sell a home,” explained more real estate transactions will close Jones. thus creating more high paying jobs,” Jones is a licensed appraiser. He is Jones explained. an internationally recognized expert in Jones plans to make the process property tax policy and valuation. Jones more transparent and therefore take holds several designations including: away the unknowns in assessing properMAI, a designation from the Appraisal ty for tax purposes. Institute which required additional educaFor more information on Todd Jones, tion and experience far beyond that of please visit Toddjones2016.com.

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

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

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

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

By Kate Quesada

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

Pat Kemp Seeks Hillsborough County Commissioner District 6 Countywide Spot

James’ Extensive Knowledge And Experience Makes Her Good Fit For County School Board

With over 30 years ing of a Platinum LEED of community service certified affordable under her belt, Pat housing complex. She Kemp, is running for organized a Stand Down for homeless Hillsborough County women veterans. Commission – District 6 She has volun(countywide). According teered for homeless to Kemp, she will move counts, river cleanups, Hillsborough County in Paint-Your-Heart-Out’s, a new direction. playground building and Kemp has experiother community projence as former Chief ects. Community is very Aide to important to her, and Congresswoman Kathy Castor, and also served Pat Kemp is running for the Distric 6 Kemp served as the County Commsioner Coutywide Spot Founding member/Past as the Chair of the President of the Seminole Heights Democratic Party of Hillsborough County and the Environmental Caucus of Florida. Neighborhood Association. She spent some time in sales and As an Attorney in private practice, marketing as a Solar Consultant with she has also served with Bay Area Legal Solar Energy Management and was a Services, serving low-income families. As radio news director and host at WUSF a lawyer with voter protection, she has spent countless hours at the polls working and WMNF. Kemp is a single mom to her two children, Ella and Alex, both in their to ensure that every vote in the county counts. With the county facing huge chal- early 20’s and in college. Kemp’s experilenges with regards to transportation, she ence and community service makes her supports expanded bus, rail, bicycles and an excellent candidate for the walkable communities, and also feels that Hillsborough County Commissioner District 6 position. the Tampa Bay Ferry Project is a good She was recommended by The idea for the Tampa Bay area. Her sound Tampa Bay Times and endorsed by Betty approach and sense of urgency make Castor, Jim Davis, Ed Turanchik, Hon. her an ideal candidate for Commissioner. Mary Mulhern, Hon. Helen Gordon Davis, Increased recycling and protecting Hon. Mary Figg, Hon. Sara Romeo, and air, water and natural places is also high the Environmental Caucus of Florida. on her list of community projects. Kemp For more information, visit http://electhas worked with Tampa Crossroads for more veterans jobs, including a homeless patkemp.com/ or at Facebook: Pat Kemp shelter for women veterans and the build- 2016.

Cathy James, a resihave the same quesdent of Riverview, is runtions and concerns that ning for School Board in many parents and taxDistrict 7, a county wide payers have about how the system is being race. James, who has run," added James. over 30 years of experiJames offers a ence in financial accountcommon sense ing and management approach. She has experience in private, suggested that a public and non-profit Finance Committee organizations, has the comprised of School skills and requisite experiBoard Members, ence to make an excelappointees by the lent addition to the Superintendent and Hillsborough County members of the comSchool Board. You can munity that have vote for James on expertise in finance and Tuesday, November 8 or during early voting or vote Cathy James is running for a seat management as well on the Hillsborough County as subject matter by mail. School Board in District 7. experts for facilities and James is not a politician. She currently works as the Finance transportation, be formed. In addition, James has suggested that School Board Manager at the Tampa Hillsborough meetings be held at times that teachers, Homeless Initiative. She is a parent and parents and the public can easily attend taxpayer who will leverage her experiand that they be taped, shown live and ence and skills to be an advocate for felbe readily available for viewing. "We low parents, teachers and the communihave to be transparent. We have big ty. serious issues confronting us, and we "The Hillsborough County School need to be candid with the public," added District is the eighth largest school sysJames. tem in the country. It is the largest James has the experience, passion employer in the county and has the and ability to work on the hard issues largest amount of facilities in the county. We need advocates that will explain what facing not only the Hillsborough County School District but the taxpayers and is going on and ask for suggestions from community as well. the public. We need the support of the For more information on James, community," said James. "As a parent please visit www.electcathyjames.com. and long-time volunteer with the PTSA, I

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By Kathy L. Collins

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

No. 1 Rights of Electricity Consumers Regarding Solar Energy Choice

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

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

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

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

No. 2 Use of Marijuana for Debilitating Medical Conditions

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

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

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

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

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

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KTBB Hosts The 29th Annual Coastal Cleanup

By Tamas Mondovics

Beautification, founded in 1989, and Keep Hillsborough County Beautiful, founded in 1992, merged in 2012 to form KTBB. Last year, more than 16,000 KTBB volunteers took part in 972 community projects throughout Tampa Bay. Damico added that this year the organization has developed a Marine Debris Tracker app that volunteers are now encouraged to download on their mobile devices available both the Google Play and Apple stores to collect data on litter removal. During last year’s Coastal Clean Up, 4,928 volunteers collected Photo courtesy KTBB 18,837 lbs. of miscellaneous debris The Tampa Bay Dragon Boat Club geared up to (wood, metal, tires, etc.) from around remove litter from the Hillsborough River in 86 clean up locations that included September 2015. 1,746 acres of park, 56 acres of wetThe Keep Tampa Bay Beautiul land, 41 miles of shorelines, nearly 30 (KTBB) hosted its 29th annual clean up. miles of roadways and 37 acres of trails. ccording to Environmental Program The total number of trash bags filled Coordinator, Tom Damico, fits the organiamounted to 2,876. zation’s mission perfectly as it provides KTBB officials also want to thank volenvironmental education and volunteer unteers for their participation in the July opportunities that develop individual 5th, After Fireworks Cleanup that has responsibility and environmental stewardresulted in the cleanup of more than 10 ship. acres of park land, 4 miles of trails and “This event is an amazing opportunity prevented more than 2,149 lbs. of litter for the community to get a better perand debris from entering into Tampa Bay. spective of what it takes to keep our World Oceans Day, on Saturday, coastlines clean, how important this event June 11 had 512 volunteers remove is, and how we can move forward as it is 25,501 lbs. of marine debris from locapared with education,” Damico said, tions along the Hillsborough River, McKay adding that the six-hour of service comBay, the Garrison and Seddon channels mitment is a great way to develop leaderand Tampa Bay. ship and project coordination skills while “We could not accomplish all of this meeting new people in the community. without our willing, hardworking volunSince 1989, KTBB has provided bayteers,” Damico said. area residents of all ages with opportuniFor more info email Damico at tdamities for meaningful service. Tampa Bay co@keeptbb.org.

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

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Golf Tournament Will Support Paralympic Sports Tampa Bay

The Friends of the County Parks & Recreation Department, Inc. will be hosting a golf tournament on Saturday, November 5 at Summerfield Crossing Golf Club, located at 13050 Summerfield Blvd. in Riverview. Check in is 12 Noon with a 1 p.m. shotgun start; four person scramble. The cost is $75 per person or $300 per team of four. Awards and prizes will also be offered. Sponsorships are available. Registration fee includes: green fee, cart, range balls, golfer gift pack, tournament banquet and awards. All proceeds will benefit "Paralympic Sports Tampa Bay" a program that is offered by Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation Department and Friends of the County Parks & Recreation Department, Inc. Paralympic Sports Tampa Bay has a scholarship fund which helps its athletes with training, competition travel and continuing education (post high school). The Friends of the County Parks provides funds for youth, special needs and seniors. The registration deadline is Friday, October 28. For more information call: 267-6991 or

email: m.clements1@verizon.net. Entry forms and checks can be sent to: Friends of the County Parks, c/o Brandon Recreation Center, Attn: Mary Clements Fowler, 502 E. Sadie St., Brandon, FL 33510.

who walks through our gate to leave satisfied, knowing we offered them something that they personally enjoy,” said Davis. “We think this theme reflects that well.”

Florida Strawberry Festival Announces 2017 Theme

Hillsborough County Parks & Recreation has received national accreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA), making it one of fewer than 150 such departments in the country to achieve the prestigious designation. The accreditation is a coveted stamp of approval that a parks and recreation system has welloperated and maintained parks and facilities and offers a robust lineup of recreation programs, according to the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), under whose auspices the accreditation is given. Parks & Recreation encompasses 176 parks, 54 recreation centers, 118 playgrounds, four skate parks, six dog parks, 38 sports complexes, 69 athletic leagues, and offers 280 recreation programs. The accreditation process involves a self-assessment, a visit by accreditors, and a review by CAPRA. Applicants are judged on their ability to comply with 151 operational standards

The Florida Strawberry Festival released today the theme for its 82nd annual event – “We’re Playing Your Song!” “Yes, it highlights our entertainment,” said General Manager Paul Davis. “But most of all, it points to our focus of providing what our visitors like.” A new theme is created for each year’s festival to offer patrons a glimpse of the experience they will have at the 11 day event. It also unifies vendors, FFA chapters, organizations, corporate partners and exhibitors who create parade floats and displays throughout the celebration, said Davis. The festival’s strawberry character featured in each year’s theme artwork is an iconic part of the event’s branding and advertising efforts. In this theme’s artwork, he wears a baseball cap and sunglasses and plays a guitar. “It is our goal for every person

Hillsborough County Parks & Recreation Receives Prestigious Accreditation

covering everything from fiscal management to recreational programming to maintenance to accommodating underserved populations. Agencies must be successfully reviewed every five years to maintain accreditation.

Halloween-Themed Activities On Tap For Seniors


Hillsborough County Aging Services offers a variety of activities for adults 50 and over. Visit the www.hillsboroughcounty.org/residents/social-services/seniors to view activity calendars and additional center information or call Aging Services at 272-

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Hillsborough County’s annual Flu + You drive is a partnership with the National Council on Aging that provides flu education, and emphasizes the importance of immunizations, especially for older adults. All centers have free brochures on this important immunization program. For more information, contact Lori Radice at 2746852.

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With Arts & Entertainment Editor Kathy L. Collins

Tampa’s Most Historic And Haunted Movie Palace Presents A Nightmare On Franklin Street Back by popular demand, the Tampa Theatre is presenting the 4th Annual A Nightmare On Franklin Street beginning on Friday, October 21. There will be Balcony to Backstage Ghost Tours, spooky, scary and even fun movies throughout a 10-day period. All tours are $10 for adults, $8 for children ages two to 12 and free for Tampa Theatre Members. Tickets for the classic films are $10 for general admission and $8 for Tampa Theatre Members. The fun begins on Friday, October 21 with a Ghost Tour at 2 p.m. At 7:30 p.m. come see the 1984 classic A Nightmare On Elm Street and then stay on for a 10 p.m. showing of Friday The 13th. On Saturday, October 22, there is a Balcony to Backstage Ghost Tour at 11:30 a.m., and the movies begin at 2 p.m. with The Innocents. At 4:45 p.m. you can see Tim Burton’s classic, Beetlejuice. At 7:30 p.m. you can see The Conjuring with special guest, Andrea Perron, the eldest daughter of family whose real-life haunting experience inspired the movie. On Sunday, October 23, start the day off with the family favorite, Hocus Pocus at 2 p.m. At 4:30 p.m. see how Alfred Hitchcock reinvented how to scare people with his iconic Psycho. At 7 p.m., stay and see Scream. Finish off the day with a

viewing of Halloween at 10 p.m. Monday, October 24 starts with The Witch at 7:30 p.m. and It Follows will be seen at 10 p.m. On Tuesday,

On Friday, October 28, come to a Balcony to Backstage Ghost Tour at 2 p.m. and then come and see Shock Treatment at 7:30 p.m. At 11 p.m. the Tampa Theatre will present the cult classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. There will be a local shadow cast providing a live pre-show and audience participation throughout the film. Tickets for The Rocky Horror Picture Show are $15 for general admission and $13 October 25, come to a for Tampa Whether you are an average Balcony to Backstage Theatre memHalloween enthusiast or a hard core horror fan, you will love the Ghost Tour at 2 p.m. bers. Tampa Theatre’s A Nightmare On and then see Dr. On Saturday, Franklin Street, a 10-day event feaTerror’s House of turing classic horror films, creepy October 29 start cult favorites, Ghost Tours and Horrors at 7:30 p.m. off with a Balcony spooky special guests. and Poltergeist at 10 to Backstage p.m. Ghost Tour at 11:30 a.m. and Wednesday, October 26 will feature then see the 1984 rare action local author and storyteller, Deborah comedy, Ghostbusters. At 6 p.m. The Frethem at 7:30 p.m. Frethem with tell Haunting will be shown. ghost stories and supernatural tales from At 9 p.m. the Tampa Theatre will about the Tampa Bay area. She will sign present Late-Night Lights-Off Paranormal her books that evening with sales benefitInvestigation. As everyone knows, the ting the Tampa Theatre’s ongoing preserTampa Theatre has had strange experivation and restoration efforts. ences and other supernatural happenAt 10 p.m. you can see Gregory ings. The four-hour experience includes Peck in the 1976 classic, The Omen. heavy hors d’oeuvres, complimentary

popcorn and soft drinks, as well as expert guides from the paranormal community and demonstrations of professional paranormal investigative equipment. According to Jill Witecki with the Tampa Theatre, “It will be a once in a lifetime experience guaranteed to make you see Tampa’s grand movie palace in a different light.” Tickets to this special event are $60 for general admission and $50 for Tampa Theatre Members. On Sunday, October 30 bring the family to The Nightmare Before Christmas at 2:30 p.m. Beginning at 5 p.m. you can see a trio of Stephen King thrillers: Carrie, Misery (7:30 p.m.) and Creepshow at 10 p.m. Of course, Monday, October 31 is Halloween, so start the day off with Hotel Transylvania at 10 a.m. Then, at 2 p.m. there is a Balcony to Backstage Ghost Tour and then end it all with I Drink Your Blood at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to A Nightmare On Franklin Street are available at the Tampa Theatre’s Box Office located at 711 N. Franklin St. in downtown Tampa or online at www.tampatheatre.org (service fees apply).

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The Florida Opry Offers Upcoming Holiday And Bluegrass Shows

By Kathy L. Collins

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

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Bloomingdale Swimmer Finds Success In The Pool And Classroom Noah Manera has and he gives 200 percent. had a love for the He never complains, he sport of swimming never gives you a hard time since he was just when you ask his opinion, seven years old. “I he thinks and considers love racing,” said before he speaks and gives good input. He’s a coach’s Manera. “I really like dream.” Manera swims just getting up on the year-round, blocks and having fun, and accordgoing all out and coming to peting against other Applebee, swimmers.” his best Manera, now 17 stroke is and a senior in high the butterschool, has had a decorated career in swim- Manera getting ready to race. fly. The 200 Butterfly is his best event, the same as his ming so far. He was named to the USA Swimming Scholastic role model Michael Phelps. That is the event that qualified him for the USA All American Team two years in a row Swimming Scholastic All American (2014-2016 seasons,) while qualifying Team. His goal for the high school seafor the Speedo Winter Junior Nationals son is to make it back to states again. in the 200 Butterfly, which will be held in He would like to make it back into the Columbus, Ohio in December. finals for two events, the 100 Butterfly At Bloomingdale High School he and the 200 Freestyle, and hopefully be was named to the 2015 Tribune AllHillsborough County Swim Team — First on a good relay team that can compete as well. Team for the 100 Butterfly (9th place finManera has a bright future, not only ish at 4A State Meet,) the 2015 Tampa in the pool, but in the classroom as well. Bay Time's All-Tampa Bay Boys Team He said that he is currently speaking — Second Team for 100 Butterfly (9th with several colleges about scholarships place finish at 4A State Meet,) and in and a chance to swim at the next level. 2015 he broke the Bloomingdale record He wants to major in aerospace engiin the 200 Individual Medley relay along neering. One day, we may even see him with his fellow teammates Nick Cannon, in the Olympics. “If I get on a college Noel Lopez and Kaden Miller. team and I keep training hard, one day I “I can depend on him,” said Eva would like to see myself at the Olympic Applebee, head coach of the trials,” he said. “We’ll see how that goes, Bloomingdale High School Swim Team. that would be a long-term goal of mine “Noah is one of those quiet warriors that does everything that you need him to do to get an Olympic qualification.”

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