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FishHawk Elementary School (FHC) Principal Pamela Bush is joined by Troop 16 Life Scout Ryan Schmidt, along FHC students Ryan Spitzer and Brandon Deal after receiving the school’s first Buddy Bench. Schmidt built 22 benches to earn his Eagle Scout Badge. The bench encourages children to play together without leaving anyone out. If a child sees another child sitting on the bench it is a signal that they don’t have anyone to play with. FHC is located at 16815 Dorman Rd. in Lithia.


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When Ruskin and Paul Haskins Apollo Beach, accepted a all of Brandon, position at the the FishHawk Lithia Water area all the Treatment way to Plant almost Falkenburg five years and across to ago, he knew Thonotosassa. he enjoyed “This is the working with biggest water water treatfacility that the ment systems county owns,” and he knew said Haskins quite a bit during a tour Lithia Water Treatment Plant Operator Paul Haskins is of the plant. about part of the team that produces more than 55 percent of processes all of the water needed in Hillsborough County each day. “We produce and procemost of the dures. What he didn’t realize was that he water being used in the county every would become an award-winning operaday.” tor of the Lithia Plant and would find his The Lithia Plant is located on a career passion and calling at the Lithia secure facility just off of Lithia Pinecrest station. Road and Fishhawk Boulevard. The locaThis spring, Haskins was honored to tion sits on 55 acres bordering the Alafia receive the American Water Works River and Lithia Springs area. On site are Association Marvin N. Kaden Award for four, 5 million gallon water tanks, two Outstanding Water Treatment Plant giant pipes bringing water into the facility Operator. He accepted the award at a from the aquifer which is fed by 17 area ceremony held at the Gaylord Palms wells and also by a Tampa Bay Water resort in April where the Lithia Plant also regional pipe system, which blends treatreceived the Most Improved Class B ed regional water into treated wellfield Water Treatment Plant award. water. In addition, a 5 million gallon “It was an honor to be recognized,” reclaimed water tank helps provide said Haskins. “We are providing the water reclaimed water for irrigation use. for about fifty-five percent of the popula“We operate twenty-four hours per tion of Hillsborough County and most day, three hundred and sixty five days per people don’t realize the huge volume of year and are always keeping an eye on water we produce every day.” the weather and the news and making The Lithia Plant was originally built to sure there is never an interruption in supply water to South Hillsborough water service for our customers,” Haskins County in 1988. The plant produces an said. “We are testing the water analyzers average of 34 million gallons per day. twice per shift or every four hours to verify Currently, the Lithia Plant serves resithat the water quality is perfect and has dents in South Hillsborough county from Continued on Page 9


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FishHawk Resident Provides Better Life For Stray Animals With Trap-Neuter-Return Program

Bloomingdale, Newsome High Faculty Compete For Elianas’ Heart Warriors

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is the pets, the kittens are often rescued and most effective way then put up for to reduce feral cat adoption. “We populations. With rescue the kitnumbers rising tens and socialevery day, many ize them in foster community volunhomes so they teers have made it can be loving their mission to help pets,” Dunstan prevent the spread said. of rabies and to All of the slow the growth of rescued animals feral cat communiare fully vetted ties, along with resand spayed or cuing and socializneutered along ing stray dogs. with being FishHawk’s behavior tested. own, Alicia Dunstan, The animals up officially began her for adoption are Nonprofit Animal micro chipped, Lincoln is one of many cats rescued and availRescue and TNR in up to date on all able for adoption. 2012 after noticing shots, a population of feral cats in FishHawk dewormed, and have received one month Ranch. Dunstan is a marine biologist with of topical flea treatment. The dogs are up a specialization in marine and wildlife to date on Heartguard as well. Each anirehabilitation and rescue. Her years of mal comes with an adoption fee and an experience have helped her in turning a adoption process, which includes a play small community TNR organization into a date with the animal and a home check. full-fledged animal rescue, which was Lincoln, 3.5-year-old male cat, was incorporated into a non-profit organization left behind when his family moved. He is in January of 2015. sociable and loving and gets along very FishHawk TNR’s mission is to lower well with other pets. Lincoln is neutered, shelter euthanasia rates by lessening the microchipped, up to date on all of his amount of animals ending up in shelters shots, dewormed, and current on flea as well as reducing feral cat populations. prevention. Lincoln is up for adoption and Dunstan and her team of 40 volunteers looking for his forever home. work with strays, abandoned pets, feral For more information and to see kittens, and occasionally animals pulled which animals are up for adoption, visit from kill shelters. FishHawk TNR’s facebook page, or email Because feral cats do not make good Dunstan at

Bloomingdale every day.” and Newsome Bloomingdale High School’s and Newsome’s rivalry is no secret faculty spent three to the community, months putting especially when it together the event comes to sporting and faculty members apart of both events. Student teams spent time sections and athpreparing for the letes exhilarated game. From and determined to Bloomingdale’s be the loudest and faculty team was proudest school Physical and there was no Karen Ruel, Eliana Ruel, and Donald Peek at Education exception for the Bloomingdale’s Faculty Basketball Game. Department Head Bloomingdale verand boys Basketball Head Coach Joe sus Newsome faculty basketball game Willis, who utilized the time with his stuheld last month at Bloomingdale High dents to hone his and their skills in basSchool. The final score was 64-50 with ketball. Social Studies teacher at Bloomingdale coming out victorious. Newsome High School, David Kaufman, The two schools were able to put who helped put the game together, pretheir rivalry to good use for a charity that pared with a few fellow faculty members hit close to home for Bloomingdale training in the weight room. Assistant Principal for Administration, “[Newsome’s Faculty Team] is comDonald Peek. All the funds raised during the game went to Elianas’ Heart Warriors, petitive and love the rivalry,” Kaufman a charity dedicated to helping the families said. “What makes it fun is the camaraderie of the students.” of children effected by Congenital Heart Bloomingdale High School’s gym Defects (CHD) by funding CHD research. was flooded with support and school spirit The charity was founded by Donald for both school’s competing. The event and his wife, Erica, and Karen Ruel in raised $3,500. honor of Peek’s daughter, Eliana, who “The basketball game was very humwas born with CHD and died only three bling and the amount of support showed months later, as well as Ruel’s daughter, Eliana, who was born with the same con- by both schools was truly amazing,” Peek said, “Many times I sat there and looked dition and is now 4-years-old today. around and had to fight back my emo“Running into [Ruel] who had a tions. I knew my little angel up above was daughter with the same Congenital Heart smiling down.” Defect and name was meant to be,” Visit for more info. Donald said. “[Eliana] is a living miracle

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Continued from page 1 Zephyrhills, Dade City, Plant City and part of Polk County. State Senator Bill Galvano will run in the new District 21, which covers the area south of State Road 60 in Brandon including FishHawk, Southern Hillsborough County and Manatee County. Voters south of Current Supervisor of Elections, Craig Latimer, encourages the Alafia River will also voters in Hillsborough County to check their voter registration be in a new U.S. card for precinct and district information. Congressional District U.S. Constitution, the federal Voting (District 16) which is currently represented Rights Act of 1965 and the Florida by Vern Buchanan. Constitution. In addition, in 2010 voters in State House Representative Districts Florida added Amendments 5 and 6 to remain the same and were not included the State Constitution. These are known in the litigation because they are set by as the Fair District Amendments. The an act of the Legislature and approved by map was drawn by the Legislature in the governor and are not subject to 2012. While the map was used in the mandatory review by the Florida 2012 and 2014 elections, it was disputed Supreme Court. by a coalition of groups including the In order to vote in the primary, you League of Women Voters. Ultimately, must be registered to vote by August 1. after several years and numerous court Florida is a closed primary state, which battles, in December 2015, the Florida means that only voters registered with a Supreme Court approved the map that is political party may vote in that party’s pricurrently being used. mary election. Early voting for the primary For voters in Eastern Hillsborough will run from August 15 through August County, this can mean changes to the 28. Primary Day is August 30. In order to person who represents you in both the vote in the general election, you must be State Senate and the U.S. Congress. For registered to vote by October 11. Early instance, State Senator Tom Lee’s District voting begins on October 24 and ends on 24, which currently covers all of Eastern November 6. The General Election will be Hillsborough County and parts of Pasco held on November 8. and Polk County, has been redrawn. In For more information on districts and November, Lee will run for the State who is running for office, visit www.voteSenate in District 20 which includes

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Constant negative “[The Hillsborough coverage of the envi100 Conservation ronment issues and Challenge] was how the problems are designed to teach the the result of human communities how to impact has the power use good conservato discourage people tion,” Tompkins said. from trying to repair the “We take the environlost ecosystems or ment for granted and restore the lost we hope this will open species. For the people’s eyes.” Hillsborough Soil and Just under 40 Water Conservation organizations already District, they see it as have committed to motivation to get the contributing at least community involved by one conservation projgearing up for the first ect this coming April Hillsborough 100 2017. Naui Green Hillsborough Soil and Water Conservation Diver Initiative is one Conservation District Executive Challenge. Director, Betty Jo Tompkins, speaking organization who will to the Hillsborough 100 Conservation participate in the In June, the kickChallenge kick-off program and lunch. off program and lunch Hillsborough 100 for the challenge took place to announce Conservation Challenge. Project Manager the conservation projects that will be com- for Naui Green Diver Initiative, Sam pleted during the challenge. The goal is to Richardson, was one of many people to get 100 conservation projects completed speak about the upcoming conservation during the challenge. Schools, organizaproject they would be taking on for the tions, and businesses all over challenge. Being a new comer to Florida, Hillsborough County will be able to conRichardson attended his first Gasparilla tribute by identifying an environmental this year and noticed the amount of problem they have noticed and find a beads making their way into the water. solution to it. “[Naui Green Diver Initiative] are According to Executive Director for interested to see how the beads interact the Hillsborough Soil and Water with the water and research solutions that Conservation District, Betty Jo Tompkins, don’t involve taking away the beads,” the challenge will involve groups coming Richardson said. together from urban, rural, and suburban The Hillsborough 100 Conservation communities to conquer environmental Challenge will be taking place April 22-30, issues seen in all types of areas in the 2017. Call 752-1474 ext. 3 or email county. Tompkins at

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Community Invited To Mingle With Local Candidates At Bell Shoals Baptist 22nd Annual Candidate Forum By Kathy L. Collins

The general public will have an opportunity for face to face meet and greet time with the candidates from 5:30-6:45 p.m. At 7 p.m. all candidates will have approximately three minutes to speak to their plans and give reasons to vote for them. According to Linda Townsend, a member of the Bell Shoals Church Issues Team and the co-chair of the forum, “This is a great event to attend because you can become acquainted with the candidates who want your vote. You do not have to rely on friends, family or political representaThe Bell Shoals Baptist Church Issues Team tives or pundits for information to encourages all residents who wish to vote in make the decision about for whom this year’s Primary in August and General Election in November to attend the 22nd Annual you will vote. You have a first hand, in Candidate Forum on Friday, August 5. person opportunity to respectively ask candidates their opinions and stances Bell Shoals Baptist Church in on issues that can affect and influence Brandon will host its 22nd Annual our quality of life in Hillsborough County.” Candidate Forum on Friday, August 5 The forum was started as a way to beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Worship encourage residents to become better Center. The forum is free and open to the informed on issues and learn more about public. Bell Shoals Baptist Church is the individuals who want to represent our located at 2102 Bell Shoals Rd. in area. Townsend said, “Voters need to be Brandon. informed. We need to know where candiThe Candidate Forum is hosted by dates stand on the issues that affect our the Bell Shoals Baptist Church Issues liberty and our quality of life.” Team, a group of volunteers. Candidates In addition to the candidates, employseeking to represent the area are invited ees from the Hillsborough County to attend. This will include candidates for Supervisor of Elections Office will be on School Board, County Commission, State hand to give information and answer House and Senate, U.S. House and about voter registration. Note questions Senate candidates as well as any candithat individuals who wish to vote in the dates for State Executive office. The Primary in August must be registered by forum is open to all candidates regardless August 1. of political affiliation or issues they support For more information, visit www.bellso long as they meet state qualification standards.

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Local Youth Take Unique Approach To Leadership

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It is no secret that Bilancione and today’s youth feel presHummel have both sure. Pressure to excel spent hundreds of hours in school, go to college, giving back to the comget a job, etc. How they munity. Bilancione’s volovercome those presunteer work has ranged sures is a true testafrom helping out at ment to their character. Riverview Horse Take Allee Marie Rescue to donating Bilancione, from Valrico, blankets at the Shriner’s and Emily Hummel, hospital. Hummel has from Riverview, as done a variety of work examples. from painting buildings Bilancione, 14, and to landscaping projects. Hummel, 17, credit their “Every year we pick Allee Marie Bilancione enjoys showing dogs and other animals strawberries and collect enrollment in 4-H, the through the 4-H organization. nation’s largest youth donations for the local organization, to helping them overcome food bank. We also put together care adversity and build confidence along the packages for a local nursing home,” said way. The life skills taught through 4-H Bilancione. “It’s so great to be able to helped them learn to work with others, connect with people in our area and overcome challenges and complete jobs make a difference in the community.” once they started them. Bilancione and 4-H brings a community together to Hummel took advantage of the breadth of grow true leaders in today’s youth – helpprograms 4-H offers, from science and ing build confidence, teamwork, curiosity agriculture to business and creative arts. and resilience. “Like my mother, I started showing “Our 4-H leaders are amazing,” dogs when I first joined 4-H at the age of added Hummel. “One of our club leaders eight,” said Bilancione, a seven-year vetwent back to college and continued to eran of Trailblazers 4-H club. “I’ve also help us through this busy time in her life – shown rabbits and chickens, and particishe is a great role model for all of us.” pated in public speaking activities through Any child can grow with 4-H, an 4-H.” organization that has something for every Today, Bilancione mentors other interest. But 4-H is always looking for youth in the area and gives dog training adult volunteers and funding to help tips to members interested in the 4-H dog expand their reach and empower young showing program. people through doing. “By helping others, 4-H has taught To find out more about helping 4-H in me to be a better leader and how to be your area, contact the Florida passionate about something that I love – Cooperative Extension Service or visit like showing dogs,” she said.


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Local Harpist Shares Skills Through Performances, Lessons

Children’s Board Launches Mobile Water Safety Team Swim Lessons

Fifteen years ago, Kristen Elizabeth corporate event, fundraiser and more. Hoyos of Valrico Her harp business discovered an continues to flourincredible passion ish with just two for an instrument years of operation. that many have not She travels to variheard or seen. She ous parts of Florida fell in love with the with her harp. Her harp at a young rates begin at age, which grew $250, but that can into something increase dependmore throughout ing on the type of the years. event. To book an In the eighth event, individuals grade, her guitar can visit teacher introduced www.harpistkristen the harp to her., Photo courtesy Head Over Heels Photography In addition to the Kristen Elizabeth Hoyos plays a tune on her harp. which gives harp, she can more detailed also play the violin, piano and guitar. information. Her father plays the piano and she Given the opportunity to play for comes from a family of musicians. others and meet different people is Hoyos attended Howard W. Blake High something that Hoyos enjoys. Along School for the performing arts where with that, a talent agency selected her skills and passion for music grew. Hoyos to be featured in a television “The harp and piano are very simicommercial for an international chemical lar when it comes to reading music,” company called BASF. The production said Hoyos. of the commercial occurred on the With all those years of experience, Skyway Bridge. She also won an Hoyos teaches harp at a Montessori Instagram contest for Harp Column school called Bloomingdale Children’s magazine called Principal Harpist about House in Brandon five days a week. how technology improved their business She mostly teaches harp lessons at her where she won a year subscription to home. People of all ages can come Harp Column. learn the harp. Hoyos has been teach“I strive to be better because it is ing for two years and loves it. not work when it is your passion,” said On the weekends, one may find Hoyos. For more information, visit her Hoyos playing her harp at a wedding, Facebook page or call (304)-804-4277.

child safe. Chuck Burgess, the executive director of the Brandon Sports & Aquatic Center, said, “Forty-five minute classes, five days a week are held that are all free,” Burgess said. “Children will go home with water safety not only around pools, but at beaches and ponds and pretYouth swimmers and instructors came together at the launch of the Mobile Water Safety Team at the ty much any body of water.” Brentwood Hills Pool Complex. According to Vivian Mcilrath, the public education technician for In the Tampa Bay area alone, 32 chilthe Hillsborough County Fire Rescue dren have lost their lives due to accidental Foundation, their partnership is dedicated drowning in the past four years. In an teaching the parents, so they know to effort to eradicate tragedies like these what to do in case of a poolside emerfrom happening, the Children’s Board of gency before first responders can get to Hillsborough County and community partthem and how to keep their child safe ners joined together as a Mobile Water while having fun. Safety team that will bring free swim les“The goal for us is to educate as sons to Hillsborough County youth. many parents and older children on Brentwood Hills Pool Complex hosthands only CPR, not only to educate ed the launch event this past June where how, but how to do it properly,” Mcilrath partners of the Mobile Water Safety Team said, “We want [parents and older chilcame together to tell the community how dren] to be the first responders to first they will help end Youth Drownings. The responders.” Tampa Metropolitan YMCA, St. Josephs Having the Children’s Board of Children Hospital, Brandon Sports & Hillsborough County stand up against Aquatic Center, the City of Tampa Parks youth drowning and involving partners and Recreation, and the Hillsborough from the community will be what they County Fire Rescue Foundation are all hope to be the beginning of the end for partners that have come together with the this 100 percent preventable accidental Children’s Board of Hillsborough County death. to combat youth drownings. To find more information on Mobile Brentwood Hills was just the first step Swim Lesson’s offered by the Mobile to successfully launching the Mobile Swim Water Safety Team, contact the Water Safety Team and their motive to Director of Water Safety and Mobile teach Hillsborough County youth how to Swim Lessons, Ginger Upshaw at ginswim and be safe in the water while also teaching parents safety tips to keep their

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Public Meeting To Plan Future Of County Parks Highlights FishHawk Skate Park

By Tamas Mondovics

Brandon area teens show off some skills at the Brandon Skate Park during the annual Go Skateboarding Day contest.

Hillsborough County officials are hosting another round of public meetings, seeking input from residents about the future of local neighborhood parks, dog parks, playgrounds, athletic fields, and recreation centers. The meetings, represented by members of the Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation and Conservation (PRC) department, was similar to a series of public meetings held earlier this year focusing on the future of the county’s regional parks. According to County Parks Services Manager Kyla Booher, last month’s meeting, held at Randall Middle School, was one of the best attended yet in the series, and while residents addressed a number of topics and concerns about the future of area parks, the event’s focus quickly turned to the future of the skate park located next to Bevis Elementary School in FishHawk Ranch, which is in need of much repair and upgrade. “The purpose of the meetings is for Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation is developing a Parks &

Recreation Master Plan and wants to know what you think makes for an outstanding parks system,” Booher said. “Once completed, the plan will include specific recommendations on facilities, programming, amenities, recreational needs, current park conditions, improvements and renovations throughout the county. We want to educate the public as much as we seek everyone’s input.” Booher emphasized the county is interested in working with the FishHawk Community Development Board to move forward with improvements at the skate park that sits on county-owned property, leased by the FishHawk CDD and operated by the community. “We are in negotiations with the FishHawk CDD about the prospect of making improvements or possibly rebuilding the park with longer-lasting construction materials, redesigned to be a stateof-the-art skate park, fashioned after the county’s three other skate parks,” she said. “On the county’s end, the extent and design of the new park will depend on available capital founding ... the request would have to go before the BOCC.” To promote the 13th Annual Go Skateboarding Day, Hillsborough County is currently hosting a free three-part contest series to name the Best Shredder, while showcasing the county’s three skate parks. Prizes are awarded in four age categories to competitors. The Endless Summer Skate Contest will take place Friday, August 5 at Brandon Skate Park from 6-10 p.m. Forms are available at Hillsborough Call 967-5973. Visit

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Socks, underwear and backpacks to abuse, abandonment or neglect. may seem like givens Volunteers work to when starting a new identify the needs school year, but for of these children so more than 3,000 stuthey can experidents in the ence a normal life Hillsborough County as much as possidependency system ble while their case (foster care), it may is being worked in not be without your the court system. help. The staff and volMany times just unteers of the having clean Guardian ad Litem clothes and the (GAL) program are tools they need in teaming up with other class can give court-associated them extra configroups and county Guardian ad Litem program is collecting dence to succeed. new underwear, socks, school supplies offices for a Summer Collections will and backpacks for children in foster care. run now through Briefs drive to collect new underwear, Friday, July 22 socks, school supplies, and backpacks with drop-offs at the GAL office, 700 E. for children in foster care—group Twiggs, Ste. 750 in Tampa. homes and other facilities. Hillsborough GAL’s are volunteers appointed by has the second largest number of these the court to advocate for the best interchildren in the state. est of abused, abandoned or neglected “The numbers are staggering, but children. There are currently about the solution to this aspect of the situa1,500 children in the dependency court tion is fairly easy,” said Tabitha system in Hillsborough County who do Lambert, Circuit Director for the not have a GAL to represent their best Guardian ad Litem 13th Circuit. “Just interests. As trained advocates, GAL purchasing one new packet of undervolunteers and staff monitor a child’s wear and socks for a boy or girl, all well-being and serve as trusted adviages and sizes, can make a huge difsors in the courts. ference to that child’s self-esteem as For more information about the they begin a new year, and maybe give Guardian ad Litem program and them a smile on that first day of becoming a volunteer, or to partner school.” your company with GAL for this The GAL program advocates for Summer Briefs Drive, visit www.galtamchildren removed from their home due or call 272-5110.

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comes entirely from the water bills. In 2013, Tampa Bay Water completed a Lithia Hydrogen Sulfide Removal Facility at the Lithia plant. The facility uses ozone to remove hydrogen sulfide and its characteristic rotten egg smell from groundwater supplied to the County's plant. This $35 million construction bond project replaced the county’s 20-year-old aeration processing system and made a more efficient cycle. Hillsborough County entered into the water and wastewater utility business in 1967 with the acquisition of two small systems and a customer base of 2,000 connections. Today, the Hillsborough County Public Utilities Department provides 51.36 million gallons of drinking water to 590,293 people, and treats about 39 million gallons of wastewater each day. More than 22 million gallons of reclaimed water are delivered to 16,480 residential and commercial customers each day. The county operates include four major water plants, eight wastewater treatment plants, a biosolids facility, two customer service centers, an environmental laboratory, over 780 sewage lift stations, and over 5,000 miles of pipeline. Visit

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Operation Unsung Hero Currently Collecting Clothing Items For Local Homeless Veterans

By Madeline Sullivan

What started as a simple lunch meet- He stressed the importance of taking it ing between two business partners one day at a time and not losing quickly turned into something sight of your main goal, getting more. Operation Unsung veterans off the streets. Hero was created after Along with collecting Andrew Neeb and Chris clothing items and Storace felt motivated to hygiene products, help veterans in need. Operation Unsung Hero From Memorial Day also offers the Hero to Independence Day, Health Program. The Operation Unsung Hero Hero Health Program is collecting socks, underwas created to help veterwear, and feminine hygiene ans with poor health receive products for homeless veterans the proper and necessary in the community. Neeb, CEO of medical treatment. This health proOperation Unsung gram offers assisDrop-Off Locations: Hero, plans to use local tance to any veteran Mathnasium authorities to help track that has a critical 1048 Bloomingdale Ave. down homeless veterhealthcare need that ans who are in need of is not covered by the 655-6248 the items being collectVA, does not have ed. any health insurance Current Chiropractic Neeb and Storace at all, or suffers from 3432 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. noticed an issue within a psychological con603-4466 the Veterans Affairs dition. Veterans who (VA), and many organiare approved for this zations that claimed to program will receive Osprey Observer help veterans, and access to financial 918 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. wanted to do something aid; help with finding 657-2418 different. Neeb a quality healthcare described the problem provider, along with with the VA and many of the organizaany necessary help with scheduling tions as “a lack of transparency.” People appointments or transportation. Neeb’s want to see where their donations are program is dedicated to offering a solution going and they want to see results. Neeb to a long-term problem. plans on creating a website dedicated to To donate any clothing to Operation the result from Operation Unsung Hero. Unsung Hero, visit one of the drop off When asked about the most challocations around Brandon. For additional lenging part of Operation Unsung Hero, information, visit or the Need said, “being patient and persistent.” Facebook page.

Winthrop Arts Seeking Teachers For After School Arts Program

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The Winthrop Art Factory is looking for creative and caring teachers to be a part of its after school arts program.

Winthrop Arts became a nationally recognized 501(c)(3) this past September. For several years, Winthrop, and now Winthrop Arts, has been providing the community with art through the annual Winthrop Art Festival and other events. Now, with the Winthrop Art Factory, an after-school arts program for children of all ages and abilities, Winthrop Arts is taking a bold step. With the Winthrop Art Factory about to launch, there is a need for quality art teachers. According to Katharine SullivanDawes, the director of everything for Winthrop Arts, “We are looking for individuals skilled in teaching drawing, fabrics, photography, sculpture and more. Our ideal candidate would be an artist who is patient and open to teaching a range of ages and backgrounds.” As this is an after school program, teachers will need to commit to 10 to 15 hours per week and work in the afternoons from 3-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. “Winthrop Arts has been developing the after school program on a small scale for the past several years. We are now expanding into a recently refurbished building at Winthrop. Our new building will

hold eight classrooms, including a large flexible gallery space,” explained SullivanDawes. “The Art Factory is a unique opportunity to shape the next generation of artists and patrons in our area. We believe that the after school classes are only the beginning, and we are looking for teachers who see the value in what we are doing and want to grow the arts in their community.” The Winthrop Art Factory will begin signing up students in the near future as well. Sullivan-Dawes explained, “The Art Factory will provide an alternative to other after school care. The weekly cost will be on par with other after school options, but we will provide a place of inspiration and creativity. We see children walking out with not only a new skill, but with heightened sense of self and a newly formed confidence.” The Art Factory has expanded with the help of the community. Funds needed to help pay for the renovations to the Art Factory building can be donated at Search for Winthrop Arts, Inc. Individuals interested in a teaching position can visit www.winthroparts .org and download the application. Contact for more.





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Seniors Party Bollywood Style At Prom

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Hillsborough “Some of County senior resthe active idents 50 and older adults older had a can compete chance to revisit with the best the thrill of senior of them on the prom last month dance floor,” organized by she said. Hillsborough Each County’s Aging year, a highServices. The call light of the to gather and prom is the enjoy the timeless crowning of a magic of senior king and prom went out queen. This and effectively year, the drew hundreds of honor of residents, from Senior Prom Herman Sharpe, 84, and Linda Leone were around the county King went to crowned King and Queen during Hillsborough County’s annual Senior Prom held last month at to relive the memHerman The Regent. ories as well as Sharpe, 84, make new ones. while Linda Leone became this Senior The free event, which was held at Prom Queen. The Regent in Riverview, featured music Last year’s event drew national attenand dancing, food, drinks, and door tion after 89-year-old Ralph Wozniak, prizes. This year’s theme was “Bollywood who missed the prom in his teenage Comes to Life.” years because of World War II, who was “We are very pleased with the venue, crowned Senior Prom King. He handed and our senior residents were having a off the crown this year to a new, deservblast,” said Todd Pratt with Hillsborough ing senior. County Communications. The County’s Sunshine Line transPratt emphasized that Senior Prom ported the large crowd or residents to and aims to replicate the look, music, and from the event. emotional feel of an event that was the Hillsborough County Aging Services highlight of many a teenager’s life, offers a variety of fun activities for adults though, this one was only for those 50 age 50 and over. Visit and over. to view According to Aging Services General activity calendars and additional center Manager Frances Brea, the agency has information, or call Aging Services at 272been organizing Senior Prom for more 5250. For more information, visit than 20 years with great success. Natalie Carr Bustillo, DDS, MS Board Certified Pediatric Dentist

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Meals On Wheels Of Tampa Seeking Summer Volunteers

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Are you Children may looking for an ride along with interesting and guardians. rewarding way This is a great to volunteer? opportunity for Meals on students to Wheels of receive Bright Tampa (MOW of Futures and Tampa) is in community need of area service hours. Meals on Wheels of Tampa has expanded into the volunteers, “One of Palm River area and they are in need of volunteers. especially those the many benwho speak Spanish, to help serve routes efits of volunteering is the satisfaction of in Palm River, Progress Village and East knowing you are contributing to the growTampa. MOW of Tampa serves approxiing population of the homebound and mately 700 meals per day to seniors and senior members in Tampa. This is done homebound residents. by delivering a meal to people who desire There are several ways that volunto live independently in their own homes. teers can help. In October 2015, MOW of In addition, volunteers offer caregivers a Tampa launched POW! (Produce on peace of mind that their loved ones will Wheels). According to Lauren Vance, receive a meal, a friendly conversation director of communications, “After a and a daily-check,” said Vance. needs assessment was done, we develMOW of Tampa also has availability oped POW!. This was done to increase for seniors and homebound who are in our senior and homebound recipients need of the services. If you know someaccess to fresh produce.” one who wants to retain their independVolunteers deliver bags of produce ence, but needs the assistance of having once per month on the third Saturday of meals delivered to them by a caring volthe month. Volunteers pick up the bags of unteer, visit along with a route sheet and grams/mealservice/. driving instructions and deliver the bags. MOW of Tampa has been committed Once the bags are delivered, the job is to nourishing and enriching the independfinished. ent lives of the homebound and seniors Volunteers are also needed for reguof Tampa since 1975. MOW of Tampa lar routes to deliver meals once per week relies on support from the community and to recipients. It takes about one hour to does not receive government funding. complete. Drivers must be 18 years old, To volunteer, sign up at www.mowhave an automobile, a valid driver’s or visit license, proof of automobile insurance consent to a background screening. teerneed/.

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Hillsborough County Offers Free Meal Program During Summer Break

By Tamas Mondovics

available,” said summer food Project Coordinator Amy Carieer in an earlier phone interview. “The meals and snacks will be offered at local parks and other community locations to all children under 18 in the area.” In recent years, the summer meal program saw an average of more than 4,000 meals served daily, shedding light on the provision’s importance. Children line up to receive free lunch as part of the counThe Summer Food ty’s summer food program. Service Program (SFSP) is In an effort to make sure children are funded by the United States Department well fed while out of school on summer of Agriculture, an equal opportunity vacation, Hillsborough County is participrovider and employer. SFSP ensures pating in a Summer Food Service that low-income children continue to Program, which will effectively provide receive nutritious meals when school is free nutritious lunches and afternoon not in session. This summer, USDA plans snacks to children. to serve more than 200 million free meals The effort is not new, as the program to children 18 years and under at has been serving local children for years. approved SFSP sites. County officials said that this summer, The program is federally funded and nearly 500,000 free meals will be served operated by the Hillsborough County June 13 through August 3 at more than Department of Aging Services. 50 sites throughout Hillsborough County Applications are not required, from county and city parks as well as and summer camp registration is not a Boys and Girls Clubs or Recreation cenrequirement. The meals and snacks will ters including the Brandon Recreation be offered at local parks and other comCenter at 510 E. Sadie St. munity locations to all children under 18 in The sites are located in areas where the area. A list of approved sites can be 50 percent or more of the children qualify found under the Summer Food Service for free or reduced price meals during the Program link at school year. “The Summer Food Service Program d. For more information, residents may will provide a balanced meal during sumcontact Summer Food Program for mer vacation when school meals are not Children at 272-5162.

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Billy Lindsey Is Tampa’s Own Elvis By Madeline Sullivan

Two time winner of else makes the Live Oak Elvis conmistakes...everyone is test, three time winner of on track.” The Elvis Extravaganza, Lindsey performs for along with winning best bars, social clubs, and look-alike four times, and private parties and has fan favorite three times, even performed at wedBilly “Elvis” Lindsey has dings. He also does spebeen performing as an cial events, such as a Elvis impersonator for 20 recent successful years. fundraising campaign Lindsey grew up on and performance at rock n’ roll, with Elvis Costco Wholesale to playing a major part. His help raise money for the step-dad is the one who Children’s Miracle introduced him to Elvis’ Network. music. Lindsey said he This year, Lindsey was “fed Elvis” as child. helped the store raise over $32,000. In addiWhen asked what role tion, local small busiElvis played in his life, Lindsey said, “Elvis nesses supported the became an integral efforts with banners in part in what I was Billy “Elvis” Lindsey performs every the store including Tuesday and Thursday at Alpha doing.” FishHawk Bagels, Olin Pizza, Pasta, and Prime. His love for music Plumbing, Eco Water started when he was a little boy. He Systems, Alvarez Plumbing, Canine received his first guitar in fourth grade Cabana, Vincente Family Dentistry, Don and taught himself how to play. The guitar Pearson-Pearson Capital, Brandon is not the only instrument Lindsey knows Emergency Care-Dr. Jagdeep S. Sandhu, how to play. Drums, trumpet, tuba, and Dynamic Painting USA and Morningstar the French horn are a few of the 10 Electric. They also teamed up with Lopez instruments that he can play. Elementary For Exceptional Students. Lindsey performs every Tuesday and For most of his music career, Lindsey Thursday from 5-8 p.m. at Alpha Pizza, relied on other band members to play Pasta, Prime located at 1312 Apollo correctly. He said he has “played music Beach Blvd. in Apollo Beach. for so long, I listen to every part.” He Thursdays are busy, it is encouraged shared a story of a time when he was to call ahead and reserve a seat at 645performing as Elvis with a 9-piece band. He was thrown off by all the little mistakes 4648. To book Elvis,visit call 786-9110 or he could hear the band making. When email performing as a solo he said, “no one




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Hillsborough County, South Dublin County Sign Cooperative Agreement

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The disIreland’s most tance between important ecoHillsborough nomic drivers. County and The Ireland just got a agreement is little shorter with intended to the signing of a eventually cooperative yield practical agreement with results as the South Dublin two counties County. promote benSarah eficial relationHolland, the ships in busimayor of South ness, trade, Dublin County, tourism, eduand cation and Hillsborough other areas of County Board of mutual interCounty est. Both Commissioners sides, for Chairman example, Lesley “Les’’ expressed Miller, Jr. inked Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners interest in Chairman Lesley “Les’’ Miller, Jr. and South Dublin the agreement eventually County Mayor Sarah Holland signed a cooperative agreement between the two counties in May. at a meeting establishing between econon-stop air nomic and political leaders from both service from Dublin to Tampa governments in May. The Hillsborough International Airport, and in the possibiliCounty Board of County Commissioners ty of educational partnerships between had given unanimous approval to the the University of South Florida and the agreement. University of Tampa and the seven The ceremonial signing and gift major higher education institutions in the exchange came at the end of a threeSouth Dublin County area. hour meeting at the Frederick B. Karl Miller said a stronger relationship County Center during which both govbetween the two groups could produce ernments gave overviews of their econo- tangible benefits for Hillsborough County my, geography, challenges and success- businesses in the future. es. South Dublin County, approximately “As you can see, South Dublin 4,100 miles from Tampa, has a populaCounty has lots to offer,’’ Miller said. tion of about 275,000 and is one of “And so does Hillsborough County.’’

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Bloomingdale Library Teen Advisory Board Offers Community Service Hours, Experience

By Katelyn Massarelli

Teens often Jackson is dediwonder what kind cated to making a of community work environment service opportunifor the teen volunties are out there, teers that is comso they can gain fortable for them. community serv“I want to ice hours with make sure [Teen their school. Advisory Board Community servmembers] are ice hours are vital comfortable,” for teens to gain Jackson said. “If Dahnae Rogers, Lonette Jackson, and Kelsey for potential schol- Winiarski at the Bloomingdale Regional Library they are comfortafter a Teen Advisory Board meeting. arships and to able they will do show colleges the a good job. The extracurricular activities a student is able program teaches good work ethics for to participate in on top of their school their future career and helps them get work. Bloomingdale Regional Library where they want to go.” offers just that with the Teen Advisory Returning Teen Advisory Board Board. members, Dahnae Rogers, a recent The Teen Advisory Board is a group graduate from Bloomingdale High School of over 30 active teens from many differwho will be attending St. John’s University ent middle and high schools within in the fall, and Kelsey Winiarski, a homeHillsborough County who are able to gain schooled student who will be starting her community service hours and career junior year in the fall, are teens that have skills. Teens help out at the library stockloved working for the Teen Advisory ing shelves and making sure books are in Board. good conditions for library goers while “It’s not hard labor and the staff is also helping people find or use resources really friendly,” Rogers said. “The environoffered at Bloomingdale Regional Library. ment is really nice and it makes it much The teens are able to choose which sum- more rewarding and an enjoyable time.” mer programs they want to help out with For Winiarski, the Teen Advisory like children reading programs. Board has offered her much more than Each teen is properly trained to make community service hours. Being able to sure they are successful volunteers that work with children in different reading procan interact with people and do quality grams has made her time with the library work at the library. Before starting, each enriching and has helped her gain skills teen has to go through the policies and she can take with her in life. procedures with the head of the Teen For more, call 273-3652 or email Advisory Board, Lonette Jackson.

RCMA Dedicate $3.6M Childcare Center For Low-Income Families By Tamas Mondovics

deserve good early childhood education.” Since 1995, RCMA has operated a child-care center close to the new site, which currently accommodates 88 children, but has maintained the longest waiting lists among the rest of the centers that RCMA operates statewide. Officials were proud of the Photo courtesy RCMA fact that with a capacity to serve Children and teacher from Redlands Christian Migrant Association cut a ribbon to celebrate the nearly 180 children, the new cencompletion of a new child-care center for lowter more than doubles the existing income families in Dover. Dover facility, which will officially While most people had their eyes on begin operation in November. Colin, the season’s third named storm “We have 69 child-care centers making its way across the Gulf toward statewide and Dover has had the longest Tampa, members of the Redlands waiting lists,” Mainster said. “Now, Dover Christian Migrant Association (RCMA) has the nicest child-care center.” and the U.S. Department of Agriculture According to RCMA Director of Rural Development were not deterred Communications, Bill Coats, in October from hosting the scheduled ribbon cutting RCMA plans to move the older center, a ceremony of a brand new state-of-the art cluster of modular buildings, to a rear corchild-care center for children of strawberry ner of the 6-acre home of the new center, pickers and other low-income farm workto resume operations. ers. RCMA is Florida’s largest nonprofit Braving the weather, RCMA families child-care provider. Founded in and their children representing the associ- Homestead in 1965, RCMA expanded to ation’s area schools and academies Ruskin in Hillsborough County in 1974. A along with invited guests were all present new Dover center also opened in 1981. to witness the festive unveiling program Today, Tampa Bay is home to RCMA’s for the new $3.6 million, 15,000-sq.-ft. largest concentration of operations. center at 3103 San Jose Mission Dr. in USDA Rural Development loaned Dover. RCMA $1.9 million for construction of the “We have a long, happy history in new child-care center. The federal Head Dover,” said RCMA’s Executive Director, Start child-care program covered the rest Barbara Mainster. “But we have regretted by paying for the land, site work and the for many years having to put so many remainder of construction costs with families on waiting lists. Their kids grants of $1.7 million. Visit

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Bass Pro Shops Kicks Off Annual Gone Fishing Event On National Donation Day

By Tamas Mondovics

While the In its continued store’s nationwide effort to be an event involves all its active member of the community 98 stores and through its support Tracker Marine of local organizaCenters across tions and charities, America and Canada, locally the Bass Pro Shops, effort provided the located at 10501 company an opporPalm River Rd. in tunity to support Brandon, kicked off the Epilepsy its annual Gone Brittany Vanhook, 13, and her cousin Rebecca Fishing event on Vanhook, 12, are joined by their friend Layton Services Foundation National Donation Maloy, 3, during a recent ceremony at Bass Pro Shops promoting outdoor activities this (ESF), a nonprofit Day last month. summer. committed to “The event’s hosting close to 16,000 children and their focus is to inspire everyone, but most families in six counties locally by helping importantly young people, to get outside, them to enjoy the great outdoors at area put down their digital devices, pick up a fishing pole and discover the great outcamps. doors,” Bass Pro Shops community relaDuring a brief kickoff ceremony, tions and event coordinator, Cheryl which welcomed ESF of Tampa Kehrmeyer said. Executive Director, Thomas Orth, board member Sande Vanhook, and Elizabeth Store General Manager Ronnie Fields with Rotary’s Camp of Tampa, the Cheeks also spoke excitedly about the store donated 600 fishing rods and reels campaign, which he said features free to ESF. The effort adds to Bass Pro activities at all Bass Pro Shops locations throughout the nation on the weekends of Shops’ donation of 32,000 rods and reels nationwide. June 11-12 and 18-19. Vanhook, whose 13-year-old daugh“Families are invited to tour the store, ter, Brittany, suffers from Grand Mal or to get up close and personal with all that tonic-clonic seizures, spoke passionately we offer and try their hand at fishing with of all that the Brandon Bass Pro Shops, free catch-and-release ponds,” Cheeks the ESF of Tampa and the local commusaid, adding that children can receive a nity is doing on behalf of children with free “First Fish” certificate. “Last year, 100,000 people caught a fish at Bass Pro epilepsy. “We love Bass Pro Shops and they Shops, many for the first time. Our mishave been awesome,” Sande said. sion is to inspire future generations to Visit or enjoy, love and conserve the great doors.”

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Summer Safety Tips For HOA Communities Summer is a time for fun and vacations for families, but it is also an opportune time for burglars to take advantage of empty homes. Here are some tips on keeping your house safe while you are away this summer, courtesy of

Have Your Mail Held At The Post Office

If you are going to be away for more than a few days, having your mail held at the post office is a good idea. Mail piling up in your mailbox while you are away is a sign to burglars that no one is home. Having your newspapers held is a good idea as well. Call the company to have the delivery stopped for a few days, or have a neighbor pick them up for you so your driveway is not cluttered with papers.

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If you leave on a trip, arrange to have your lawn mowed at least once while you are away. You can call a mowing company, or arrange for a neighbor to help you out.

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If you and your family are leaving on vacation, don’t post about it on Facebook or Instagram or any other social media site until you return home. Photos and locations of wherever you are is something that should be avoided while your home is empty. If you have a few newspapers lying in your driveway people might wonder if you are home or not, but if you post a picture of your family in a different country and tag a location, they will know for certain that you are not home. All these tips and more can be found at

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Representative Ross Spano Holds Small Business Roundtable

By Kathy L. Collins

Issues discussed at the May meeting included The Department of Labor’s new ruling on overtime pay for salaried employees; a balanced budget was passed; per student funding was increased, and school choice was expanded; all existing Department of Transportation projects were fully funded; funding was designated for universities that can demonstrate that their students are becoming Representative Ross Spano holds meetings of the Small Business Roundtable on a quarterly basis. employed, essentially making certain that universities are accountState Representative Ross Spano able for claims they make; funding was represents Riverview, Brandon and some provided to hire 215 corrections officers of Valrico. Spano grew up in the Brandon mostly in South Florida; and funding was area and is committed to his constituents. designated for natural resources such as He strives to make certain that his conthe Florida Everglades. stituents are informed of what is going on The legislature put $3 billion in in the legislature and that they have reserves so that if there is ever a downaccess to him and his office. It is for turn in the economy, the state will be able these reasons that he holds quarterly to meet its budget demands. “I am pretty meetings of the Small Business proud of this,” said Spano who noted that Roundtable. Anyone who lives or works no other state has done this. in the area is invited to attend and give Sales tax for manufacturing equiptheir input. ment was permanently eliminated. Real The most recent meeting of the property taxes were reduced. If you own Small Business Roundtable was held in a home, you should see approximately May at HCC at The Regent in Riverview. $54 in savings on your tax bill. The topic was Florida’s Small Business There will be a three day Back to Environment. School Tax Holiday in August. Growing up, Spano saw first-hand Attendees were able to ask questhe struggles that small businesses deal tions on issues that affected them. Be on with every day. He deals with it himself, the lookout for the next Small Business running a law practice in the area. Roundtable to take place in August or “When I got elected, I promised that I September. would regularly meet with small business Follow Representative Ross Spano owners and give them the opportunity to on Facebook or contact his local office at give voice and have my ear,” said Spano. 744-6256.

Invasive Species Threatens Local Ecology

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swimmers and can submerge themselves for extended periods of time. Their diet consists of fruit, vegetables, eggs, insects, cat or dog food and small animals such as lizards and rodents. “The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is currently working with the University of Florida to assess the threat of Tegus are a non-native lizard species that have been sighted this species and develop in the FishHawk and Riverview areas. a management project,” The story of giant lizards wandering said FWC Regional Public Information the streets of FishHawk Ranch sounds Director Gary Morse. more like a science fiction tale than real It is unknown how many tegus have life, but FishHawk Ridge resident Donna made the Riverview area home but a hotHart confirms that this is no urban legend. line has been set up for residents to She spotted a large lizard, approximately report sightings. Trappers will come out two to three feet in length, crossing the and, if captured, the tegus will generally road near the four-way stop at the be euthanized after being weighed, entrance to Heron Glen. measured and their stomach contents “I waited in my car while it crossed examined. the road,” said Hart. “It was definitely big“There are a number of them out ger than the lizards I typically see in there,” said Morse. FishHawk.” Tegus reproduce quickly with a The lizard Hart saw, an Argentine mature female tegu being able to lay black and white tegu native to South approximately 35 eggs per year. In America (specifically Brazil, Paraguay, Florida, tegu eggs hatch in early summer. Uruguay and Argentina), is an invasive Morse recommends anyone who species that has established a colony in sees a tegu to contact the hotline. the Riverview area. It is believed that the Although they make great pets, if corpopulation was founded by escaped or nered they will defend themselves. released pets. For more information about Tegus, Tegus, which can grow up to 4 ft. in visit or if length, are black and white in color with you spot one, call the exotic species hotbanding along the tail. They spend most line at 1-888-IVE-GOT1 (1-888-483-4681) of their time on land, but are excellent or online at

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"Bikers should do everything possible to make themselves visible to motorists while riding," said Josh Carrasco, spokesman, AAA - The Auto Club Group. “Motorists need to keep their attention on the task of driving and be alert for increased motorcycle traffic. Motorcyclists can increase their visibility by riding with their lights on or adding reflective gear to their bike.” The AAA Consumer Pulse Survey was conducted online among motorcycle owners in Florida from January 29 to February 9, 2016. A total of 228 residents completed the survey. The survey has a margin of error of ± 6.5 percentage points. For more information, visit,

AAA Safety Tips for Motorists: • Respect motorcycle riders. Motorcycles have the same privileges as an automobile, so be sure to give them ample room. • Look and Listen. Even if a motorcycle is loud, don’t expect to hear it. Actively look for motorcycles in traffic. • Leave Room. Leave plenty of room between your vehicle and a motorcycle. Uneven terrain, wet roads, and heavy traffic often require a motorcycle rider to react and maneuver differently than automobiles. • Be aware. Take extra caution when making a left-hand turn, because most automobile-versus-motorcycle crashes occur during left-hand turns. • Don't drive distracted. A driver who takes their eyes off the road for two seconds doubles their risk of getting into a crash. AAA Safety Tips for Motorcyclists: • Wear safety gear. Helmets that meet a high protection standard, eye wear, closed-toe footwear and protective clothing reduce your risk of injury or death in a crash. Remember, the only thing between you and the ground is your protective gear. • Be visible. Keep headlights, marker and taillights on at dusk and dark or rainy weather. Wear bright clothing or put reflective strips on your bike to be more visible to other motorists. Avoid being in the blind spots of cars and trucks by following three to four seconds behind the vehicle in front of you. • Use sound judgment. Avoid weaving between lanes while riding. Be sure to use your signals and stick to the speed limit. • Get proper training. Completing a motorcycle safety course can not only make you a better rider, but save you money on your motorcycle insurance.

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Seeds Of Hope, Inc. Receives $20,000 Grant From General Mills By Kathy L. Collins not easy to get." Eaton said, "The part I love about Seeds of Hope is the dual focus, giving students the opportunity Seeds of Hope founder, Leda Eaton (in blue dress) along with other volun- to get qualiteers was presented with a General Mills grant of $20,000. ty volunteer Seeds of Hope is an all volunteer service hours and helping those in need 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides much in the community. Many do not know that needed food assistance to residents of the Lithia area has had a high number of Southeast Hillsborough County. Recently, residents applying for food assistance in Seeds of Hope was recognized for the the past few years." good work it does in the community when Seeds of Hope provides assistance its founder, Leda Eaton, was presented in three main ways. The first is through with a $20,000 grant from General Mills. weekly food distribution on Thursday The mission of Seeds of Hope is to from 5-7 p.m. at 710 E. Bloomingdale provide help to local people in need and Ave. in Brandon. The second is by promeaningful community service hours to viding a backpack full of food for children students. and their families on the weekends and Kathy Ballance, a long time volunteer over school holidays. The third is through of Seeds of Hope, works for General a mobile food pantry. This is a one to one Mills. The company has been in business food distribution system. for 150 years. In celebration of this, Nic Ballance and Olivia Gutierrez are General Mills allowed employees to nom- student volunteers. Ballance said, "It is inate a non-profit. Seeds of Hope was meaningful service hours." Gutierrez said, selected from hundreds of nominees and "This gives students a good perspective. was one of 70 non-profits from across the You can see and value what you have country to be awarded a $20,000 grant. and what others do not." Robin Sawyer, category manager for You can get more information on General Mills, said, "We know Seeds of Seeds of Hope by visiting www.sohopeHope will put the money to good use." or by calling 489-4599. You can Scott Nevitt, customer manager for also follow Seeds of Hope on Facebook. General Mills added, "These grants are

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Teacher’s Helper Providing Quality Service, Products For Over 30 Years

By Madeline Sullivan

Owner of Teacher’s Helper Shearon Bailey has been providing parents and teacher with excellent supplies and customer service for more than 30 years.

Teacher’s Helper, Inc. store has been providing teaching supplies along with excellent customer service for more than 30 years. The store opened in 1984, originally located on Margaret Street before relocating to Oakfield Drive in 2012. Shearon Bailey, the current storeowner, bought the store back in 2005 after stopping in for some stickers. She inquired about the help wanted sign in the window and then two months later the store was hers. Bailey was a teacher for 17 years before becoming a storeowner. When asked about the difference between being a teacher and a storeowner, Bailey said, “I love owning the store because I had worked retail while teaching and had co-owned a consign-

ment business in Tennessee. It is so satisfying to help a teacher or parent with students’ specific needs.” The store sells many different kinds of teaching supplies, such as workbooks, puzzles, games, bulletin boards, poster boards, construction paper, along with many different types of office supplies. It also provides a lamination service at just $1 for every foot. In addition to that, it also offers a 17 X 15 classroom for rent located in the store. The rate for the classroom is $15 an hour with a price break at three hours. Teacher’s Helper Store takes pride in customer satisfaction, making it their number one priority. They always go the extra mile to make sure that their customers have everything they want. For more information, visit, visit the store at 622 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon, or call 6840688. It is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

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Area YMCAs Offer Free Meals, Swim Lessons This Summer

By Kathy L. Collins

Area YMCAs are offering a free summer food program to any child through the age of 18, along with a free drowning prevention program.

This summer, YMCAs in the greater Brandon and SouthShore areas have partnered with Hillsborough County Public Schools to offer a free summer food program to any child through the age of 18. The Summer Food Program is available from Monday, June 13 through Friday, August 5. Meal times vary at each Y, so visit for more information. While children need programs during the summer to keep them active and prevent them from falling behind in school, children cannot focus when they are hungry. Children who rely on free or reduced lunches during the school year are at risk of going hungry when school is not in session. In partnership with Hillsborough County Public Schools, the Y’s Summer Food Program helps fill the gap for many children who rely on low cost lunches during the school year. Last summer, the Y’s program served more than 135,000 meals and 200,000 snacks. According to Lalita Llerena,

communications director for the Tampa Area YMCAs, “We have provided free summer meals to our campers and community children for years, but this is the first year that the Y has partnered with the school district to provide this program.” In addition to the Summer Food Program, area YMCAs will also offer Go For Green drowning prevention program at no extra charge to campers this summer. The Y’s Go For Green program provides free swim lessons to Y summer campers who are unable to pass the swim test. They receive free swim lessons throughout the summer until they can pass the test and get a green wristband. The program is made possible due to support from the Tampa Bay Rays, United Way Suncoast and the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County. “When kids are out of school, they can face hurdles that prevent them from reaching their full potential, related to hunger, water safety, academics, safe spaces to play and health,” said Rob Gray, vice president of operations for the Family Y at Big Bend Road. “Through summer camp and other youth development programs, the Y helps youth achieve more, providing a safe place to learn, stay healthy and build friendships.” For more information about these programs, visit

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Recent Osprey Observer Poll Determines Top Local Breakfast Eateries Who doesn’t love a real breakfast meal? Whether it be a fully loaded omelette or a large stack of pancakes slathered in syrup, breakfast is not a meal that can easily go wrong. Favorite local brunch-style restaurants were determined through a recent survey on the Osprey Observer’s Facebook page.

#1:The Recipe Box

Number one on the list was The Recipe Box. Located at 147 E. Bloomingdale Ave., it is primarily a brunchery, serving diner-style food, both breakfast and lunch. Open 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m., The Recipe Box has received a 4.2 star rating on Google reviews. Call 6552686.

and they’re creative with their dishes,” said Stockdale. The Brunchery is located at 4389 Lynx Paw Tr. Call 654-9036.

#4: The Scrambled Egg

Smaller and newer than most of its competing restaurants, The Scrambled Egg is located at 15282 Fishhawk Blvd. in Lithia. It serves American traditional food, from omelettes to burgers. Serving as a great neighborhood restaurant for the FishHawk community, The Scrambled Egg is open seven days a week,

#6: Ciccio Cali

Ciccio Cali sits right next to The Egg and I. Unlike its neighbor, Ciccio mainly serves lunch and dinner. It is only open for brunch on Saturday and Sunday. They offer many healthy options. Open 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. during the week and 10 a.m.- 10 p.m. during the weekend, 9 p.m. on Sunday, Ciccio Cali is located at 1230 Sullivan St. Call 436-3840.

#7: Fred’s Southern Kitchen

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#2: The Egg and I

The Egg and I was second on the survey. Only serving breakfast and lunch, it specializes in healthier styles of breakfast, offering gluten-free and a “smarter choices” section of the menu. According to customer Katie Stockdale, “They have a very nice staff and I didn’t have to wait long at all.” It is located at 11220 Bloomingdale Ave. and is open 7 a.m.2:30 p.m. Call 409-3825.

#3: The Brunchery

The Brunchery also made it within the top three. As its name suggests it serves only breakfast and lunch, open 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. during the week, 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on the weekends. “The Brunchery really has a nice atmosphere, service is fairly quick, very large portions,

By Ivy Velazquez #8: Boca Kitchen Bar Market

Located in the same plaza as Ciccio Cali and The Egg and I, Boca is the newest restaurant on the list, having just opened this past December. Like Ciccio’s, Boca is primarily a lunch and dinner restaurant, serving their “Champagne Brunch” only on the weekends. It is open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.- 12 Midnight, Saturday 9:30 a.m.-12 Midnight, and Sunday 9:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Boca is located at 11206 Sullivan St. Call 330-7997.

#9: Moreno Bakery

Having started as small bakery in the corner of a hidden plaza, Moreno Bakery has now moved to a much bigger location where it can accommodate customers who wish to dine in. Along with its large servings of pastries, Moreno Bakery serves Cuban style breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Open 7 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. on Sunday, it is located at 737 W. Brandon Blvd. Call 689-0320.

#10: Latin Grill

7 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 6434444.

#5: New York Diner

New York Diner is a family-run diner, serving classic American food in an old school setting. It is open 7 a.m.-4 p.m. located at 2126 Jelane Dr. Call 654-4300.

Southern homestyle food in a farmhouse atmosphere. It serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with buffets for both breakfast and lunch. Located at 6501 US-301 in Riverview, it’s open 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m.- 9 p.m. on Sunday. Call 741-9101.

Latin Grill is a Cuban-based restaurant, serving entrees such as mofongo and ropa vieja. This a good place to go when looking for somewhere to satisfy that craving for Spanish food. It also serves breakfast 7-11 a.m. weekdays, and 7-11:30 a.m. on the weekends. Regular closing times are 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 12 Midnight on Friday and Saturday. Latin Grill is located at 3318 John Moore Rd. Call 654-8000.

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Call To Artists By The Brandon League Of Fine Arts For Artworks 2016

By Kathy L. Collins

Doggone Good Franks Mustard is a condiment that everyone uses. Over 700 million lbs. of mustard are consumed world wide each year. This year National Mustard Day will be celebrated August 6. French’s Mustard is the official Mustard of the New York Yankees and in one year at their stadium more than 1,600 gallons plus 2,000,000 individual packets of mustard are consumed. It’s not the mustard seed that gives some mustard that bright sunny color, but the spice turmeric. Archeological excavations in the Indus Valley (Indian Subcontinent) have revealed that mustard was cultivated there. That civilization existed until about 1,800 BC. In the Bible Jesus tells the Parable of the Mustard Seed, referring to faith and the Kingdom of God. The Romans were probably the first to experiment with the preparation of mustard as a condiment. A recipe for mustard appears in De re coquinaria, the anonymously compiled Roman cookbook from the late 4th or early 5th century; was intended as a glaze for spit-roasted boar. The Chinese were using mustard thousands of years ago. Recipes for mustard appear as early as 42 AD. The city of Dijon, France, secured its title as the capital of mustard, in 1856. All mustard is made in relatively the same way. The seed is crushed. and its hull and bran sifted out or not depending on the type of mustard being made. A liquid such as water, wine, vinegar, beer, or other liquids is added along with other seasonings. The use of mustard as a hot dog condiment was first said to be seen in the U.S. at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, when the bright-yellow French's mustard was introduced by the R.T. French Company.

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The Brandon League of Fine Arts $25 for one entry and $35 for two. For (BLFA) has non-members of issued a Call To BLFA, the entry Artists for fee is $35 for one Artworks 2016. piece and $45 for The show is open two. to all area artists Allen said, who wish to sub"This exhibit mit original art organized by the that has been Brandon League completed since of Fine Arts is September 2013. open to all artists The deadline for in our area, and submission is the awards are Monday, August significant. It is 8. This is a juried also an excellent The Brandon League of Fine Arts and Center show. There is opportunity to disPlace will present Artworks 2016 this September. over $1,000 in play your new prize money available. work and to share your gifts with the comBoth traditional 2D work and 3D work munity. Artists down through time have in media such as fiber, ceramics, metal, gathered together to exhibit their work, to jewelry, glass and wood are accepted. 2D learn from each other and to make friendwork must be framed and wired for hang- ships. Brandon League of Fine Arts and ing. 3D work must not exceed their annual Artworks show are dedicated 18"Hx10"Wx12"D and not weigh more to these ideas.” than three pounds. Work without proper Allen added, “We always have first framing or wiring or any deviation from time exhibitors as well as many returning the rules will not be accepted into the artists. The judge will prejury the show to show. select only the very best work for incluEmail entries are preferred and sion. He or she will act as an impartial should be sent to chair Sue Downes Allen judge, selecting a balanced and interestat Artists will be ing exhibit.” notified by Monday, August 22 whether “It is our hope that the public will visit their work is accepted. the Mook Gallery at Center Place as this The chosen artwork will be on display show only happens once a year, so we in the Mook Gallery at Center Place of hope they will enjoy this diverse and Brandon during the month of September. exceptional exhibition,” said Allen. A reception and awards ceremony will For more information on Artworks take place at Center Place in September. 2016 and to get a prospectus and appliThe entry fee for BLFA members is cation, visit

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Valrico Ice Skater Travels Across World To Pursue Career

By Ivy Velazquez

Michelle Fee from Valrico is following her ice skating dreams in Germany at Phantasialand.

Often, following one’s dreams can seem intimidating. There can be so much uncertainty, never really being able to tell whether that dream can truly become a reality. For Michelle Fee however, this wasn’t about to stop her from pursuing hers to become a professional ice skater. And it was this determination that brought her all the way to Germany. A local to Valrico, Fee is a graduate from Bloomingdale High School. She recently graduated from the University of Central Florida this past December where she majored in event management. And it wasn’t long after graduating that Fee moved to Germany to start her job as an ice skater at the theme park Phantasialand. Fee has been ice skating for almost 16 years. She first started when she was 6-years-old, when she was introduced to it by going to a friend’s birthday party at the local ice skating rink. From there, she started taking lessons and hasn’t stopped skating since. She has had many achievements as an ice skater, from medaling in competitions to receiving the Helen McLoraine Scholarship from U.S. Figure Skating for three years of college. According to Fee, these pale in comparison to what she feels to be her highest achievement thus far. “My biggest achievement has been passing my

Senior Freeskate test, which is the highest level test you can take in figure skating. It was a huge goal of mine to pass this test before I graduated from high school, and I did so about a week before my graduation,” she said. Fee heard about the position in Germany through an online organization for figure skaters. When applying, she sent in an audition video and some recommendation letters and was fortunate enough to be offered a contract a month later. “When I was in the process of applying for the job, I was terrified of what would happen if I actually was offered the position. I was graduating from college in December, so I decided that I wanted to pursue my passion for skating in any way that I could - and if that meant moving across the world, then I wanted to go for it,” said Fee. She added that it has been an amazing experience and that it has solidified her feelings to making ice skating her career. Her current contract ends this coming November, but Fee has already started looking at options for the winter season. “I may stay here in Germany, or try to go travel to a new place and experience a different show,” she said. She also mentioned that she has always been a Disney girl at heart and may even look into Disney On Ice. “It would be an amazing opportunity because they have tours that take you all over the world.” More information about Phantasialand and Fee’s show, Ice College 2016, can be found at Fee can be contacted at

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Annual Back To School Fest To Fill Students Score As Bevis Elementary Dedicated As 24th Buccaneers Academy Backpacks With Supplies By Marie Gilmore By Marie Gilmore

benefit the Y’s migrant children effort. Last year, more than 400 students received supplies as the result of the event. In addition to food and business booths, Pure This year's Annual Back to School Festival will be held indoors at the Power Campo Y on Sunday, July 17, from 1-4 p.m. Productions will This year’s 14th Annual emcee the event and there will be perValrico/FishHawk Chamber of formances by local after school proCommerce Back to School Festival will grams and extra-curricular activities. continue to benefit local needy children The event is sponsored by the with back to school supplies. The event Tampa Bay Times/Brandon Times, Kids will stay indoors this year at the Campo ‘R’ Kids Valrico and Circa FishHawk, Y gymnasium and will be held Tutoring Club of Valrico, Chick-fil-A on Sunday, July 17 from 1-4 p.m. Lake Brandon Village and Westfield "We know that each year, the heat Brandon, Mosaic, Cardinal Roofing & becomes a factor for our vendors and Solar Technologies, Canine Cabana, attendees," said Chamber past presiMathnasium and Edward Jonesdent Bridget Jenkins-Wilson. "Moving Melissa Haskins. into the air conditioning at the Y, where The Valrico/FishHawk Chamber of the school supplies need to go for the Commerce is a non-profit 501(c)(3) school supply backpack program anyorganization with a membership of way, is a win-win for us." more than 180 local business owners With more than 100 local business who meet twice per month to network booths, samples from 10 restaurants, and support growing local businesses. music, extracurricular demonstrations, The Campo Y is located at 3414 free giveaways and door prizes, there Culbreath Rd. Valrico. For more inforis a lot to do. mation, Admission is free but $10 worth of visit or call new school supplies or a $10 cash 657-2418 or email editor@ospreyobdonation is requested. The supplies will

In addition to the ribbon cutting and dedication, fifth grade students got the extra thrill of being led in organized football drills by Buccaneers players Lavonte David, Kwon Alexander, Keith Tandy, Kevin Pamphile, Cameron Brate, Andrew DePaola and Josh Bevis Elementary students had the opportunity to interact with Keyes. Buccaneers football players during the dedication of the “That’s pretty speschool as the 24th Buccaneers Academy. cial to know the kids Due to physical fitness and outdoor look up to you that much and for them to exercise efforts of Colleen Bevis see you and to see their faces light up Elementary students, the school achieved and get all excited, that’s probably one of a goal and was designated as the 24th the most humbling experiences you can Tampa Bay Buccaneers Academy in have as a professional athlete,” long Hillsborough County. Players, cheerleadsnapper Andrew DePaola said. ers, Bucs’ mascot Captain Fear, and Bevis Elementary School Principal members of the Buccaneers family were Melanie Cochrane expressed her thanks on hand at Bevis for a ribbon cutting and for becoming a Buccaneers Academy dedication of a new covered sports court and for the Fitness Zone. at an event that helped kick-off the end of “I think it’s great to see how the the school year. Buccaneers support education and supThe event included a ribbon cutting port kids and their physical fitness which ceremony for the school’s new Fitness then impacts them in the classroom,” Zone, a covered court designed for chilCochrane said. dren to enjoy their outdoor activities. The Buccaneers and the American “Every time we install one of our Heart Association present the Play 60 shade covers at our Buccaneer Challenge as a way to encourage stuAcademies we hear from the schools that dents to get active. The students recordit’s a living visual dedication that shows ed more hours of physical activity than the children that we’re committed for the any other school, with more than 92,605 long term and it shows them that people minutes of activity during the month-long really care about them,” Glazer Family challenge which was an average of 2,778 Foundation President Darcie Glazer minutes per student. Visit Kassewitz said. cademy or



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Southeast Hillsborough. The event will be held at the Bloomingdale Regional Library from 6-7:30 p.m. in the large community room. Kemp is running for santi, Hillsborough County lle Cole e h ic M y b d m Commissioner while Frank e co Compil observer. y e r p s o seeks re-election to the post @ michelle she has held since 2004. The Bloomingdale Regional Public Library is located at 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. Tribute Artist Will Celebrate Elvis Contact 654-7464. An Elvis Celebration will take place

as award winning tribute artist, Ted The VIP Club Invites Those Torres Martin, spends an evening Sight Problems Suffering entertaining with the music of the King Those suffering with sight problems of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley. The are invited to a new event will take place group - Visually Impaired on Friday, July 22 People (VIP) Club. It will from 7:30-9:30 p.m. meet on Tuesday, July 5 at Winthrop Barn at 1 p.m. at The Palms Theatre at 11349 Church, located at 207 Bloomingdale Ave. in New Hope Rd. in Riverview. Doors Brandon. This is a free open at 6:30 p.m. outreach program and Water and snacks will families, caregivers and be available for $1. drivers are encouraged This event is open to to also attend. Monthly the public. Advance group meetings are held tickets cost $20 and for encouragement, and will not be sold at the Pat Kemp, Candidate for County sharing about coping door. For tickets, visit Commission, will be speaking at skills, new vision prodan upcoming Democratic Campo Y at 3414 Women’s Club of Southeast ucts, and other helpful Culbreath Rd. or call Hillsborough meeting. information. For more 684-1371. information or rides (on a Democratic Women’s Club To Host first come first served basis), call 6858407 and leave a number for a call Pat Kemp, Pat Frank back. Tampa lawyer and community activist Pat Kemp and Clerk of the Circuit Court Pat Frank are the featured speakers at the Thursday, July 7 meeting of the Democratic Women’s Club of

Moms Club Welcomes Members

Moms Club of Lithia-Bevis/Starling is open to all stay at home moms and

dads that live in Starling or the Bevis school district. It offers playgroups, MNO, local support to all interested. Email

Brandon MS Support Group Meets

The Brandon MS Support Group meets the fourth Monday of each month from 7-9 p.m. at the Bloomingdale Regional Library, Room 7, located at 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. Contact 454-7585 or

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Brandon Coin Club Seeks New Members

The Brandon Coin Club meets the third Tuesday of each month at St. Andrews Church, located at 3315 Bryan Rd. in Brandon. New members are welcome. Both youth (ages 6 and up) and adults are welcome. There is an educational program during each meeting with youth and adult auctions held at the end of the night. Call 7195192 or email

Xi Theta Xi Of Beta Sigma Phi Update

The Newborns in Need, a Central The members West Florida of Xi Theta Xi Chapter in Valrico, chapter of Beta a 501(c)(3) nonSigma Phi had profit charity organihad a busy month zation, will hold a as it nears the working meeting end of the sorority and invites volunyear. President teers to help out. Danette Ferguson The organization was honored as provides cusWoman of the tomized Year and the new clothing and items board for next for premature year was babies, essential installed. Ted Torres Martin will be performing on Friday, July 22 at the Winthrop Barn Theatre. baby items for the The new economically disadboard includes vantaged. They accept donations of President Danette Ferguson; Vice sleepers, wipes, baby wash, material, President Kate Berkowitz; Recording onesies, ribbons and baby yarn to supSecretary, Linda Hiltz; Corresponding port preemies and newborns. Secretary Tracy Sherwin; and Treasurer Monthly meetings are held on the secBarbara Kanach. Chapter members ond Saturday of each month from collected canned food, baby formula 12:30- 3:30 p.m at the Bloomingdale and fresh fruit and vegetables and Regional Library, located at 1906 donated them to ECHO as the service Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. Call 833project for the month. Email 1786.

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TBAY recently raised over $50,000 for cancer research with the Swim Across America event that took place in May. Many of the TBAY swimmers from the River Hills pool participated, completing the mile long swim. Zane Richardson of TBAY Brandon was the first to finish the mile swim off Clearwater Beach. It was a great event with special guest, Olympian Brooke Bennett.

day, including a bounce house with slip and slide for the kids.

Enjoy An Evening Playing Golf To Benefit Queena

A benefit for Queena, the Bloomingdale Library Attack Survivor will take place at Topgolf Tampa, located at 10690 Palm River Rd. The donation is based on player sponsorships – an individual costs $75, a group of six is $400. Spectator/Dinner only is $30. Tournament sponsorships are also available. Player sponsorship cost includes first, second and third place awards, 50/50 raffle, silent auction, private cash bar, golf pro instructor, dinner and an evening of golf. Checks can be made to Hope Heals The Brain, Inc. and sent to P.O. Box 891277, Tampa with a list of player names. To pay by credit card, call 956-3822. Advance registration (by July 15) preferred. Email

Marine Biology Research Aboard A Sailing Vessel

TSS Youth Sailing is proud to launch a four-day course from Tuesday to Friday, July 5-8, designed to expand the youth sailor’s perspective from just wind and water to the biosphere, Members of TBAY Brandon team helped raise over beaches, pollution, and ecology. $50,000 for cancer research. Youth Sailing will introduce the kids to life in the substrates, estuaries, Brandon Elks 4th of July Celebration All ages are welcome at the Brandon and beaches, as well as the role of nutrients, phytoplankton and zooplankton in Elks 4th of July Celebration from 12 forming the basis of Tampa Bay marine Noon-6 p.m. at 800 Centennial Lodge Dr. food chains. TSS Youth Sailing, Inc., in Brandon. BBQ chicken, hamburgers, invites youth ages 7 to 17 to participate in hot dogs, corn on the cob and baked this special program. Sailors will be beans will be available from 12 Noon-3 aboard a "big sailboat," with marine biolop.m. Food will cost $6 for adults and $3 gist/YS sailing instructor, Dan Roberts, for kids up to age 12. Enjoy a fun-filled

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July 11-15, from 9:00-11:45 a.m. daily. Dance instructor, Britta Gundlach, a dance major at Florida Southern College, is excited to share dance moves with beginner to advanced dancers, ages 7 Second Annual Sickle Cell Awareness and up. Baton twirling teacher, Dawn Event Beauty Pageant & Vendor Expo Gundlach, a veteran coach and performer, is looking forward to introducing The Second Annual Sickle Cell the sport of baton twirling to a new generAwareness Event Beauty Pageant & ation. Revel in learning a new dance rouVendor Expo will take place on Sunday, tine. Flip over the baton tricks. Make a September 25 at The Boys and Girls cool craft, and enjoy Fun Club of Brandon, 213 N. Friday surprises. Knights Ave. Campers will receive Registration will take place their own baton. All this 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Pageant for only $140. Register begins at 1 p.m. Admission today. Contact Dawn is $10 for ages 12 and up, Gundlach at 928-0078, $5 for ages 6-11 years and or register online at Kids 5 and under are free. www.Judys This event is great for the beginner or pro and is a Judy’s Dance Academy qualifier to the 2017 Miss is located at 1709 S.R. Florida State finals in April 60 E. in Valrico. 2017. Vendors are being Dance Instructor Britta Gundlanch sought and tables will be and Baton Twirling Pain & Stress available for $50. Half of Teacher Dawn Management the proceeds will be Gundlach are hosting Dand ‘N Twirl camp at Judy’s Seminar donated to Sickle Cell Dance Academy this summer. Association of Each Tuesday in July and August, a pain and stress manHillsborough County (SCA). Raffle items agement seminar will be held at 1135 are welcome too. All money collected from raffle donations will go to SCA. Professional Park Dr. in Brandon. Each session will run about 50 minutes of Q/A Contact 407-1987, in a group environment. There will be two email or visit sessions each Tuesday; 12 Noon and 6 or email florip.m. Registration and sign up is sary to reserve your space, which is limited. The cost is $10 per session per perDance ‘N Twirl Camp At Judy’s Dance son. Interested parties may reserve their Academy and seat online at www.wellnesstime Summer is here, and what better Click online scheduling and way to spend the day than perfecting select Wellness Seminar, follow additional your dance skills and learning to twirl a prompts. Call 863-940-3828 or visit baton? Judy’s Dance Academy is proudly offering the new Dance ‘N Twirl Camp,



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Jehovah’s Witnesses Focus On Loyalty At National Geography Bee Champion Wins Annual Summer Conventions Cruise, $50,000 Scholarship & More With the focus on the topic of loyalty, Jehovah’s Witnesses are anticipating another increase in attendees as they host this year’s annual conventions in the United States and around the world. The same is anticipated to be true locally, as the witnesses once again cordially invite the general public in the Tampa Bay area to attend this summer’s convention entitled; “Remain Loyal to Jehovah.” According to Joseph Lavore, a local spokesperson for the witnesses, joining millions in attendance at multiple threeday conventions simultaneously held worldwide, a series of five regional conventions have also been scheduled to be held locally at the Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall. In a press release, Lavore noted last year nearly 30,000 attended the conventions in Tampa and this year’s attendance is estimated to be over 35,000 from Tampa Bay and West Central Florida. The series of three-day convention program is scheduled to start on Friday mornings and consists of a total of 49 different topics related to the main theme, focusing on how Christians can maintain loyalty to God in their lives. In addition to the routine Bible-based talks and presentations that the witnesses are known for, this year’s convention is also boasting of 35 different videos and musical presentations, which have been

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prepared specifically for the program. Two short films will be shown on Saturday and Sunday entitled Hope for What We Do Not See and O Jehovah, I Trust in You. “We strongly believe that loyalty is an essential part of any healthy relationship,” David A. Semonian, a spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses at their world headquarters in Brooklyn, New York, stated in a press release, found on the official website, “Our convention this year features content that will help people develop stronger bonds with friends, family members and, above all, with God. We are confident that all who attend will enjoy this program.” The first two English language conventions in Tampa will be held the weekend of Friday, July 22 and Friday, July 29, followed by two Spanish language conventions on Friday, August 5, and August 12. A final English language convention will be held the weekend of August 19. Morning sessions start at 9:20 a.m., and afternoon sessions begin at 1:25 p.m. Admission and parking is free and, as it is true at the witnesses’ place of worship in their local Kingdom Halls, no collections are taken. As in previous years, Jehovah’s Witnesses will engage in a door to door invitation campaign to promote interest in the program and encourage neighbors to attend. Visit

cies, rivers, mountain peaks and lakes of each country in the world. Then you should know the history of the countries, the form of government, language and culture. You also have an awareness of current events and the economy of the countries,” Nair said. "After all of that, Rishi Nair, a 12 year old resident of Seffner and a student at you have to be able to Williams Middle Magnet, is the 2016 National Geographic apply your geographical Geography Bee National Champion. knowledge to real world situations." Who knows the answer to the followThe National Geography Bee is open ing question? A new marine sanctuary will to thousands of students in fourth through protect sharks and other wildlife around eighth grade. The preliminary rounds of Isla Wolf in which archipelago in the the state champions was held in May and Pacific Ocean? Rishi Nair of Seffner the 10 finalists competed that same does. The 12-year-old rising seventh month at National Geographic grade student at Williams Middle Magnet Headquarters in Washington, D.C. correctly answered this question to Nair first became interested in geogbecome the 2016 National Geographic raphy in the first grade. His favorite subGeography Bee National Champion. The jects in school are math and world history. answer is the Galápagos Islands. This is the second year that Nair was Someday Nair hopes to be a National Geographic Explorer. the Florida State Champion. Nair's sucFor winning the 2016 National cess comes after years of extreme hardGeographic Geography Bee, Nair work. He spent four to five hours during received a $50,000 college scholarship, a weekdays and up to 10 hours on the weekend studying geography. He has not lifetime membership in National Geographic Society and a Lindbald celebrated his birthday for the past two Expeditions- eight day adventure to years because it was close to the Florida Southeastern Alaska aboard the National State Geography Bee. Geographic Sea Lion including a stop at Nair credits both his hard work and the support of his parents for his success. Glacier Bay National Park in recognition to the 100th Anniversary of the National Nair explained how he does it. Park Service. "First you learn the basics like the For more information, visit oceans, continents, countries of each continent, capitals, major cities, curren-

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WITH FLORIDA YARD EXPERT Lynn Barber, Hillsborough County Extension Ornamental grasses are a great addition to any landscape. They add texture, color, form and interest. These grasses need the same types of maintenance as other landscape plants (water, fertilizer, pruning, division), but generally require much less. As with all types of plants, consider the site conditions of your landscape, which include sun, shade, Muhly mature size (height and spread) for placement purposes, soil pH, soil moisture and soil texture. Other considerations when selecting plant material include annual or perennial, evergreen or deciduous, warm or cool season, growth form (creeping or clumping), foliage color, time of flowering, winter characteristics and invasive potential. The two ornamental grasses below are clumping and thrive in central Florida. Muhly grass, Muhlenbergia capillaris, a native plant, reaches a height of three to four ft. and spread of two to three ft. It prefers full sun, can tolerate extreme drought and flooding and has moderate salt tolerance and works well in wetland sites and beachfront landscapes. Any type of soil texture is acceptable, from



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Brandon Coin Club Seeking Members

By Katelyn Massarelli

Brandon Coin Club attendees socializing before a monthly meeting.

When you pull a penny out of your pocket you usually would not think twice after seeing the bronze color to hand it over to the cash register. What if that penny had more significance to it than any normal penny? Look twice at the head on that penny. Is it President Lincoln or is it a Native American? Though rare, Indian Head Pennies are just one of few coins that light a spark in local collectors of the Brandon Coin Club that inspire their love for history. Members are a mix of people from different age groups that either have collected and have been interested in studying coins their whole life or have a limited amount of knowledge on coins and come eager to learn. According to the Brandon Coin Club President Paul Giordano, anyone is welcome to the meetings and the younger generations are encouraged to come out and expand their knowledge on the history that lies behind a given coin. “We are all like-minded,” Giordano said. “We all like coins and each coin has a story to tell that you can hear.”

Each meeting features presentations on different coins ranging from national to international coins and the history behind the time period. According to Vice President Bill Jones, the love for coins is influenced by a person’s interest in filling the historical wholes from a coin’s antiquity. Jones is in charge of presenting the educational background of coins from all over the world and the given time period. He is available to give guest lectures on the Brandon Coin Club’s behalf to any charitable or not-for-profit organization wanting to learn more about coins for free with donations accepted. “By holding a certain coin in your hand,” Jones said, “You’re actually holding something from a given time period.” On Saturday, June 25, the Brandon Coin Club will be hosting a coin and currency show at the Brandon Elks Lodge at 800 Centennial Lodge Dr. in Brandon. The club is expecting to have 25 to 30 coin dealers present. Admission is free and the show will be open to the public starting at 9 a.m. Individuals interested in becoming a member or attending a meeting with the Brandon Coin Club can call 719-5192 for more information on meeting location and time. Membership for adults is $12 and for juniors is $3.50 with an annual membership renewal fee. You do not have to be a member to attend the meetings.

New Senior Living Community Breaks Ground Near River Springs Plaza

By Morgan Lamphere

develops several different types of senior living communities throughout the Southeast. An investment group headed by Robert D. Gries, Jr., founder and managing director of Gries Investment Funds is an equity partner in the project. RLA, Inc. will oversee management of the community once Twin A groundbreaking was recently held for Twin Creeks Creeks is complete. Senior Living in the River Springs Plaza near FishHawk. “Our philosophy in retirement living is to ensure that Twin Creeks Senior Living broke our residents not just thrive in their new ground recently at the rear of the River home,” said David Ammons, president of Springs Plaza at the corner of FishHawk RLA, Inc. “We want to help each resident Blvd. and Boyette Rd. and is expected to truly enjoy this next chapter in their life.” open in early spring of 2017. “This community will definitely supThe two-story building will include 80 port Twin Creeks and the community will assisted living and memory care aparta welcome place for the residents of be ments in addition to generous common Riverview and many of the surrounding area spaces and outdoor living areas for communities,” said Tanya Doran, Greater residents. Riverview Chamber of Commerce execuBuilders, architects, community memtive director. bers and the finance team gathered to When completed, Twin Creeks will mark the occasion. provide a variety of dining options for resi“It is not every day that a new comdents, various gathering spaces for activimunity like Twin Creeks begins construcand events, and a spacious library ties tion,” said David Ammons, founder and with a fireplace. Residents also will enjoy partner of Enriched Community exercise areas and beautifully landDevelopment, LLC. “We are honored to scaped outdoor spaces. Home choices mark this occasion and grateful to the will include companion suites, studios, partners and friends that joined us today.” and one-bedroom apartments. Enriched Community Development, Construction is expected to be comLLC, a Tampa-based developer of senior pleted in 11 months. Beverly-Grant, Inc., living communities, closed on the conaward winning design-build firm that an struction financing in March. ECD is a specializes in health care construction, is partnership between local senior living the general contractor. developer, Tom Dentinger, and North Call 919-783-0735 ext. 5 or email Carolina-based Retirement Living Associates, Inc. RLA, Inc. manages and



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Florida Orchestra Pops Concerts Reach New Heights By Kelly Smith

The Florida Tyzik conducts, with Orchestra opens its Doug LaBrecque on Raymond James Pops vocals. series in the fall with Bravo Broadway (January 13-15): It’s Cirque de la Symphonie, the best of Broadway’s an eye-popping combination of acrobats and the big shows, with endurorchestra. It’s the start of ing music from a whole season of Phantom of the Opera, diverse music, including West Side Story, My Broadway, jazz and Fair Lady and more, Motown, led by TFO’s brought to you by Principal Pops Conductor Broadway stars and Jeff Tyzik and his unique husband and wife team arrangements of popular Aerial Duo Alexander Streltsov and Gary Mauer and standards. Here are five Christine Van Loo will perform in Elizabeth Southard. the Cirque de la Symphonie con- Stuart Malina conducts. can’t-miss concerts. certs opening the Florida Cirque de la Mardi Gras in Orchestra’s Pops Series for the Symphonie (October 7New Orleans upcoming season. 9): You’ll flip for the (February 24-26): cirque-style acrobats, aerialists, strongFamed trumpeter Byron Stripling – a men and contortionists performing in front huge hit in the 2015/16 season -- leads of (and above) the orchestra as it plays this parade of hot New Orleans jazz. The classical favorites. Four performances good times roll with music from Fats including a Saturday matinee. Michael Domino, Mahalia Jackson and Louis Krajewski conducts. Armstrong. Jeff Tyzik conducts. Ray Charles, Motown and Beyond Why subscribe? Because the orches(October 28-30): “Ambassador of Soul” tra tempts you with special perks: Get the Ellis Hall pays tribute to the legendary best seats in the house. Be first in line for Ray Charles, whose five-decade career popular special concerts and the gala included hits like I Can’t Stop Loving You, (this season is Itzhak Perlman). Free ticket exchanges and much more. Unchain My Heart, Hit the Road Jack Series subscriptions are on sale now, and, of course, Georgia on My Mind. Jeff and single tickets are available Monday, Tyzik conducts. August 8. Call 727-892-3337 or 800-662Holiday Pops (December 9-11): 7286; or for info. The Have a jolly good time with the whole orchestra regularly performs at the Straz family at this popular Florida Orchestra Center in Tampa, Mahaffey Theater in St. tradition, filled with the joy of your favorite Petersburg, and Ruth Eckerd Hall in yuletide carols. Now with two matinees Clearwater. that won’t spoil anybody’s bedtime. Jeff

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Photos and story by Tamas Mondavics

Free Voluntary PreKindergarten Program, Blake Student Wins Car & More fall and will then transfer to the University of South Florida where she plans to be a pre-med student. Not missing school has paid off niceTo set up the contest, Superintendent ly for one local high school student this Jeff Eakins and school board members month during an annual event that took turns inspires high drawing stuschool seniors dents' names to faithfully and letting attend school. them select Blake High keys for their School senior to win chance Jennifer the new car. Vasquez was Graduating the tenth stuseniors who dent out of 12 perfect had to choose a attendance the key and try to Blake High School senior Jennifer Vasquez proudly year entire unlock the car takes ownership of her brand new car that she won last received two door of a month during the 6th Annual New Car Giveaway for entries into the Attendance at Toyota Tampa Bay. Perfect brand new contest. Toyota Scion. Seniors who had perfect attendance for Minutes later—stunned when she one semester received one entry. heard the horn beep and the car door event was the sixth year Toyota The unlock—she became a proud owner of of Tampa Bay has sponsored the new the car, thanks to pulling the winning key car giveaway for students in Hillsborough in the New Car Giveaway for Perfect County Public Schools. Attendance at Toyota of Tampa Bay. Vasquez was one of 160 students Local Students Harvest Unexpected who had perfect attendance in their senResults Of Space Science Experiment ior year of high school and who have The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, which preregistered with their school for a blasted into space from the Kennedy chance to win the new car. Space Center at Cape Canaveral toward Vasquez is planning to attend the International Space Station (ISS) last Hillsborough Community College in the

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Open House For Congregation Beth Shalom Of Brandon

The membership committee of Congregation Beth Shalom is planning its annual Open House for the Brandon Synagogue. The event will take place on Sunday, August 14 from 9:30 a.m.-12 Noon at 706 Bryan Rd. in Brandon. Religious school registration will also be conducted. This event is free. A light bagel breakfast will be served; reservations are not necessary. Information about activities such as Friday Worship services, Religious School, B’nai Mitzva Prep and more will be available. Visit or contact 681-6547, 988-8193 or

Family Drive-Movie Night At Nativity

Nativity Catholic is holding a Family Movie Night in the social Hall on Saturday, July 23 from 5-8:30 p.m. The movie is geared more for kids aged 4-10 years old. A donation of $5 per person includes pizza, drink, snack, and a Peanuts souvenir lunch box. A snack concession stand and raffle will be available. Seating is limited and registration closes Saturday, July 16. Tickets can be purchased online at All proceeds will help Saint Rita Circle ministry supporting engaged couples of the parish and Family Promise of Greater Brandon. Nativity Catholic Church is located at 705 E. Brandon Blvd. in Brandon.

1st Presbyterian Church of Brandon To Host Veteran Interviews

The Veterans History Project captures, through a private video interview, a

firsthand account of the experiences of a veteran. Those who served in any branch of the U.S. military in any capacity, from World War II through the present, and are no longer serving are eligible to participate. The 1st Presbyterian Church of Brandon became a host site for veteran interviews in January 2016. Civilians who served in support of a U.S. war effort in a professional capacity are also welcome to participate. Once the editing and packaging of the interviews are submitted to the Library of Congress, each participant will receive two DVD copies of their interview. For information or to schedule an interview, contact 643-9586 or

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National Anthem Performed By BSBC Worship Choir At Rays Game The Bell Shoals Baptist Church Worship Choir was invited to sing the National Anthem at the Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees game on May 28. It was Moving Forward with Dr. Stephen Rummage Day at the Trop. Moving Forward is the radio ministry of Dr. Stephen Rummage, Senior Pastor of Bell Shoals Baptist Church. At 3:50 p.m., members of the Bell Shoals Adult Worship Choir stepped onto center field and performed a four-part harmony of our country’s National Anthem. The Worship Choir is under the direction of Music and Worship Pastor, Jason Millsaps. This is the second time that the Tampa Bay Rays organization has invited Bell Shoals to lead the teams and fans in the National Anthem.

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A Call To Artists Issued For Center Place Square’s Off Exhibit

Local Debuting Author Releases First Children’s Book, Dinosaur Hiccups

In celebration of its 40th Anniversary, not weigh in excess of five pounds. Center Entries Place Fine must be the Arts is seekcomplete ing artists to and original work of the enter its first artist. No ever nationkits or comal contemmercially porary comdesigned petition and work will be exhibitaccepted. Square’s All work Off. Artists must have can “square been comoff” against pleted in fellow artists Center Place Fine Arts invites artists from all over the the last two with this new area and beyond to enter their first ever national, con- years and not trend-setting, temporary art exhibit, Square’s Off. have been contemporary exhibit. Center Place wants artists to think exhibited previously at Center Place. According to Dawn Galia, executive outside the box and create a unique director of Center Place, “We are super “square” piece of art. excited about holding a show of this magThis exhibit is a juried exhibition. The juror is Elizabeth Kozlowski, an independ- nitude at Center Place. We are hoping to encourage artists from all over the counent curator who has over 12 years of try to be a part of our exhibition. I am curatorial and gallery experience with a expecting to see so many types of artistic specialty in contemporary ceramics. media included in the exhibition.” The deadline to enter is Thursday, Galia added, “This will be a very conSeptember 15. The entry fee is $35 and temporary exhibit as all of the framing will artists can enter up to three pieces. The need to be black, smooth, with no carvSquare’s Off exhibit will be on display at ings or details. As our juror, Elizabeth Center Place from Friday, January 20 Kozlowski, decides the entries, I believe through Tuesday, February 28, 2017. An this will be an exquisite group of artists artist reception will be held at Center who will be on display.” Place on Friday, February 24, 2017. At For more information on Center that time, awards will be given in the Place Square’s Off exhibit and for entry amount of $500, 250, $100 and $50. forms, visit or call All entries must not exceed 15” by 685-8888 or email centerplacesquare15”, and they must be able to hang on the wall. All entries must be square and

For writers, inspirashe had foreseen for her tion can come from all future. And it’s not stopsorts of places, be it the ping there. She has scenery outside their found further inspiration home or a conversation through her daughter. they had with a friend. “I definitely find a lot For Jessica Edler, it was of inspiration with my her son’s hiccups that kids,” said Edler. She inspired her new chilhad grown bored with dren’s book, Dinosaur the regular stories she Hiccups. had been reading to her “I wrote a little book daughter before bed. So, for him and then I was she started making up like, you know, this is her own for her daughter really cute. What if I to enjoy. And as she share it with the world?” continued, she wanted to said Edler. start writing them down Jessica Edler recently published and it was then that she Though the story her first book, Dinosaur Hiccups. itself only took her about realized that she could two days to write, she found the publishactually make them into a story. At the ing process to be a little more arduous. moment, she is in the process of finding “The whole actual publishing it and getan illustrator for the books. ting it formatted correctly, it was such a And her creativity doesn’t stop there. process,” she said. A self-proclaimed “creative at heart,” Edler However, despite some difficulties, also has a photography business called J she was able to self-publish through Morgan Images in Brandon, where she Amazon, where you can buy it either as has lived for about seven years now with an ebook or paperback. her family. Published in May, Dinosaur Hiccups “I photograph all sorts of things but I follows Derek the Dinosaur as he has to specialize in making women feel beautigo through the day dealing with a case of ful,” said Edler. Her creative spark also the hiccups. He tries to figure out how he goes into things like comic con, for which can get rid of them, unsure if he will be she makes her own cosplay costumes. able to. Edler can be reached at, jmorganimAccording to Edler, “I definitely didn’t Visit www.jmorganimthink I was going to be a children’s author or her Facebook page at of any sort.” As a teenager, she had sioned herself writing poetry or sci-fi/fanDinosaur Hiccups can be purchased for tasy, which she is still working on. But $10 online on Amazon and Barnes and Dinosaur Hiccups wasn’t something that Noble.

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For the fifth year, master stylist Patrick Lomantini and Team will be kicking off the BarkAID Lomantini National Tour (50 States Tour) to raise funds for animal shelters and rescues across the country. Lomantini’s ultimate road trip will be visiting each of the U.S. 50 States beginning on July 15 in Augusta, Maine and ending in Wichita, Kansas on October 20. Each day during the featured salon/school’s business hours, guests can arrange an appointment for a special haircut to help raise funds for U.S animal shelters. Lomantini and Team will be donating their time, resources and services during the 50 States tour while asking for donations of $20 or more to help support the cause. Salon Roxy, located at 3305 Lithia Pinecrest Rd., will be hosting this cause locally on Sunday, August 7 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Appointments can be made by telephone at 324-8817. Funds will benefit Second Chance Boxer Rescue, Inc. and Second Chance Friends All Breed Rescue. Visit


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Plant City Entertainment To Perform Hello Dolly this vibrant piece of theatre history because I just absolutely love Mrs. Dolly Levi, and with the Tampa Bay area’s super talented Mollie Anderson as Dolly, I know you will fall in love with her as well. When Dolly meddles and arranges things in your life, you will end up as happy as she did.” Permenter added, “We have several talented children and siblings in our wonderful cast making Hello Dolly will be performed by the actors of Plant this truly a family affair. This show City Entertainment this July. is so amazing and timeless that Plant City Entertainment will perform there will be a revival next year on the timeless classic, Hello Dolly this July. Broadway where Bette Midler will play Performances will be held on Friday, July Dolly. So come and see Plant City 15, 22, and 29 and Saturday, July 16, 23 Entertainment’s own community theatre and 30 at 8 p.m. There will be two matirevival of Hello Dolly. You will not be disnee performances on Sunday, July 24 appointed.” and 31 at 2 p.m. All performances will be Marsha Passmore, president of the held at Plant City Entertainment’s Theatre Plant City Entertainment Board of located at 101 N. Thomas St. in historic Directors said, “On behalf of the Board of downtown Plant City. Directors for Plant City Entertainment, I Hello Dolly is a family friendly produc- would like to extend an open invitation to tion centered on Dolly Levi, a New York our friends in the FishHawk community based matchmaker who merrily arranges and surrounding areas to visit us during things- like furniture, daffodils and lives. the production of Hello Dolly. This classic Dolly, a widow, finds herself in love with show will certainly be time well spent.” “half a millionaire” Yonkers merchant, You can order tickets online at Horace Vandergelder. Dolly proceeds to Tickets for adults is weave a web of romantic complications $16, students and seniors are $14, and involving Vandergelder, his two clerks, a groups of 10 or more are just $12. You pretty milliner and her assistant. can also make a donation to this nonHello Dolly is directed by Kristen profit community theatre group and help Permenter who said, “I chose to direct keep community theatre alive in the area.

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If you have a question for the Bird Guy, his email is: Or stop by the store in the Erindale Plaza, 3642 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. . Or call 813-657-BIRD(2473) ...Or try telepathy (results vary)

Rich Crete is the owner of Rich’s Backyard Birds and has been a birder for over 30 years. ignite that passion in another. Your passion extended beyond the birds. Who would think of having a cat as mascot in a bird store? Audubon was not only a cherished pet, but she helped you share with the community the importance of keeping cats indoors. Rich - In For your your “Hey total knowlBirdman” column edge on you always were everything able to answer birding; to the any question bird walks thrown at you that you pertaining to organized birds. It was your every year love and passion during the in this life. cooler The last months, to question to be your willingasked will go ness to share unanswered your birding because no explanation can satisfy knowledge with Scout troops and as to why you and Tanya were taken Kindergarten classes, you will be from us so suddenly and in such a missed. tragic way. Both you and Tanya have made As time goes on, those who were such a positive impact on our local touched by your kindness, and especommunity and that was recently cially by your wonderful and quirky expressed by the outpouring of love sense of humor, will be able to fondly your clients, friends and family when remember you through the joyous learned of your passing. I was one of sounds of the birds. them. In your eight years of owning The birds - they are everywhere, Rich’s Backyard Birds, you shared therefore so are you. and your knowledge with anyone who Rest in peace Rich and Tanya – was willing to learn from you. I know till we “tweet” again! firsthand how your enthusiasm could

Written this month by Michelle Colesanti. Dedicated to Rich and Tanya Crete – owners of Rich’s Backyard Birds, who lost their lives in a car accident on Memorial Day 2016.

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Homage Liquor Experience Inc. Celebrates New Ownership

Homage Liquor Experience Inc. has been in Lithia for 20 years but new ownership and membership into the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce (GRCC) was reason to celebrate. Homage Liquor Experience provides its customers with only the best in today's alcoholic beverages and cigars. It hosts public wine tastings each month and offer a variety of discounts including 10 percent off for military every day and 10 percent for ladies on Thursdays. Visit 4350 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Valrico or order online at Call 756-4231.

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Snatched Beauty Bar is owned by Aesthetician KJ Lawrence. Along with facials, she also specializes in full body waxing and eyelash extensions. Lawrence is located at JC Suites at 3448 Lithia Pinecrest Rd., Ste. 30 in Valrico. Call 858-2972, email or visit

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Orange Home Accessories, located at 1046 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico, in the Plaza Bella Shopping Plaza, will be hosting its annual Christmas in July to benefit A Kid’s Place. The event will be held on Friday, July 15, 6-9 p.m. Appetizers and wine will be served and guests can enjoy specials and raffles during the event. When asked why she wanted to support A Kid’s Place, owner Debbie Ploor said, “A Kid’s Place

St. Joseph's Children's Hospital treats thousands of Tampa Bay’s children every year. Whether they arrive by ambulance, are recovering from open-heart surgery or undergoing cancer treatment, they receive the finest medical treatment, emotional support and loving care available. But they have other special needs play and distraction from their illness that are met with the help of generous people throughout the community. Join St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital’s Christmas in July donation drive and help provide entertainment and comfort to pediatric patients throughout the year. Drop off toys and donations in the circular drive in front of St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital during the Christmas in July community event Friday, July 29 from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. From sponsorships to fundraising, there are many ways you can make a difference. Call 872-0979 or visit

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Business Column Continued................... Pediatric Health Care Alliance in FishHawk

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years in memory of Jacob Fowler. He was a former instructor who passed away at a church camp from Bell Shoals Baptist Church. The Tutoring Club is located at 4385 Lynx Paw Trail in Valrico. Call 681-9900.

Each year Busciglio Smiles has Pediatric Health Care Alliance is Bonefish Grill Brandon is now open given $500 scholarexcited to announce for lunch. The restaurant YoYo Juice Offers ships to students from its FishHawk Office hours are 11 a.m.-10:30 Chance To Win Free surrounding schools. has relocated to the p.m. Monday through Smoothies For A Year The focus is usually on newly developed Thursday, and Friday and student athletes. The Join YoYo Juice’s FishHawk Medical Saturday hours are 11 a.m.applying students must Summer Sweepstakes Park at 5621 Skytop 11:30 p.m. and 10 a.m.-9 have an outstanding to win free smoothies Dr. New features p.m. on Sunday. Enjoy lunch GPA, a letter of recomfor one year include a newbornmenu items such as mendation from an #MyYoYoJuiceSummer only waiting room, Blackened Baha Fish or advisor and write an #SummerSweepstakes. additional exam Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos essay. This year the You can get 10 tickets rooms, and improved with your choice of soup or topic was “student athper day and have a parking. The salad, Lily’s Salmon, chance to win a T-shirt, letes, can they really Dr. Derek Busciglio stands with two FishHawk Office of Maryland Style Lump Crab have it all?” juice cleanse, wrap local students, Emily Harrell and Pediatric Health Care Cakes and other favorites. The winners of this David Wylie, who were both award- platter, and the grand ed $500 scholarships from Busciglio prize, which is free Alliance is home to Brunch items include year’s scholarships Smiles. Dr. Tracy Martin, Dr. Pediatric Health Care Alliance favorites such as, Eggs smoothies for a year. were David Wylie from announces its new location at Lisa Roman, Dr. Benedict, Crème Brulée Strawberry Crest and Emily Harrell From No purchase is necessary. Tickets are 5621 Skytop Dr. in Lithia. Jennifer Wallace French Toast and more. Newsome High School. 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The student’s Neal Communities Continues Grand Re-Opening experience in all received their checks at Expansion With Entrance Into Celebrated At Cold aspects of cutting, the Brandon office in May FishHawk Ranch Stone Creamery styling, and coloring, with Dr. Derek Busciglio. Neal Communities, southwest Independent Hair Stylist A Grand Reand is well-versed with Ana Dalla Valle is located Florida’s premier, private homebuilder, is all the latest techniques Opening celebration at Lena Maxey Salon in Discovery Point Child continuing its expansion into Hillsborough Riverview. and procedures. She is recently took place to Care Center Offers Two County, opening two new model homes help the new owners located at the Lena Riverview Locations in the FishHawk Ranch community. Neal Maxey Salon, located at 13210 of Cold Stone Communities made its debut in the Discovery Point is a childcare center Boyette Rd. in Riverview. 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Seville Cleaners Celebrates Five Year Anniversary At Second Location

By Samantha R. Evensen

Seville Cleaners Owner Mark Cummerow celebrates five years at his second location.

Seville Cleaners Owner Mark Cummerow celebrates the five year anniversary of the store’s second location at 1929 W. Brandon Blvd. in the Providence Square Shopping Center. In spring of 2011 Cummerow relished in the expansion of Seville Cleaners. Thanks to the support of the community and the service Cummerow and his staff provide, he continues in his efforts for quick, quality service at a low price. "We are very thankful for our customers and appreciate their business and hope the next five years are as good as the last,� said Cummerow. In addition, Cummerow has even more to look forward to. The original Seville Cleaners, located at 3237 Lithia Pinecrest Rd., is coming up on its ninth year of service to the community. This

location opened in July of 2007 and won Shop Local's Business of the Month in 2009. You can still find Cummerow working in-shop assuring the best customer service and care. With a lifetime of business experience he knows what it takes to get the job done and done right. Seville Cleaners is known as the "oneprice cleaners," and not only do they offer the low price of $2.75 for any garment to be dry cleaned and pressed, but they also offer same day service for any dry cleaning. When items are dropped off by 9 a.m. they can be picked up at 4 p.m. the same day. Seville Cleaners advertises with the Osprey Observer and if you bring in the coupon, you'll receive $0.25 off each garment. Seville Cleaners is open Monday through Saturday 7 a.m.-7 p.m. For more information, call the Lithia store at 6615494, or the Brandon Blvd store call 6622250 or visit

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Beltone Offers Latest In Hearing Technology At Affordable Prices

By Libby Hopkins

Henry Ford once said, aid in the 1990s and in 2011,” Wheeler said. “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together “Beltone introduced the first is progress; working togethwirelessly streaming hearer is success.” Karen ing aid and introduced the first of its kind hearing aid Wheeler and Amy Doyle with streaming capabilities can relate to Ford’s statefrom any iPhone, iPad or ment because they have iPod touch device in 2014.” been working together their Beltone offers the most whole lives. They are sisters cutting edge technology at and owners of Beltone reasonable prices in addiHearing Aid Centers of tion to the largest national Tampa Bay. network of locations and the “We are sisters and highest level of customer have been working as a Karen Wheeler is board certiservice in the industry. team our whole lives,” fied in Hearing Instrument Sciences. She and her sister Since Beltone is a Wheeler said. “We have Amy Doyle are the owners of locally owned family busibeen serving the hearing Beltone Hearing Aid Centers of ness, keeping things local impaired in Tampa Bay for Tampa Bay. is important to Wheeler over 25 years.” and Doyle. The sisters have a close-knit family “Amy and I grew up in Tampa Bay with good old-fashioned values. and we are raising our families here,” “We currently have seven family Wheeler said. “Honoring our community members at Beltone so it’s no surprise through caring for our hearing impaired that our family functions usually entail the friends and neighbors is always in the glamorous discussions about hearing forefront of our minds.” aids and how to best serve our patients,” Beltone honors veterans and military Wheeler said. and accepts many insurance plans. It In 1933, Sam Posen wanted to help also offers easy financing. a hearing impaired friend hear the music “Our goal is to fit each individual of life “as clear as a bell.” He and his wife, patient’s hearing loss and budget,” Faye, began to design Beltone’s first Wheeler said. hearing aids. They opened the Beltone To learn more about Beltone and the factory in 1940 in downtown Chicago and hearing devices it offers, visit www.belhave been the most trusted brand in the or contact Wheeler at 655hearing aid industry for 76 years. “Beltone invented the first behind-the- 3300. Beltone Hearing Aid Centers of ear hearing aid in the 1950s, the most Tampa Bay is located at 10069 E. Adamo powerful in-the-canal hearing aid in the Dr. in Tampa. 1980s, the first virtually invisible hearing

Volume 15, Issue 6

T Marie’s Boutique: A Place For Parties, Philanthropy

By Michelle Caceres

while receiving personalized after-hours attention. She said the store has hosted bridal and wedding parties, Sweet 16 and girls’ nights out. “The private parties have been very popular,” she said. Owner T Marie Benchley began offering private parties when customers started asking for them. “I think women yearn for a time when shopping was more T Marie’s Fashion & Gifts Boutique is the perfect of a personal experience and it place to hold your next shopping party. could be leisurely enjoyed,” she When River Hills Country Club staff said. With marble floors, crystal chandemember Amy Flori was organizing a speliers and dressing rooms, the boutique cial event for women Clubhouse certainly reminds customers of a time Members and their guests, she looked no when shops spent as much time on the further than the upscale T Marie’s décor as it did on its merchandise. Fashion & Gifts Boutique. Benchley has also been busy offer“The ladies of the club are always ing her merchandise and services to looking for fun ladies’ nights out,” said many local charities. Most recently, Flori. “We selected T Marie's for its conBenchley has supported The Terry Curry venient location and the ability to combine Foundation by donating a one-of-a-kind socializing and shopping.” Swarovski crystal embellished gold cockTwenty-five women enjoyed an tail bag and a $1,000 shopping spree. evening of hors d’oeuvres and drinks She has also supported the GFWC while shopping in the 2,600 sq. ft. bouBrandon Service League, Inc., Dress for tique for the season’s most sought-after Success, the Brandon Foundation and but affordable clothing and accessories. A local high schools. personal stylist was on hand to help “We’re a part of this community and I shoppers find clothing and jewelry to best feel like everyone needs to give back suit their individual tastes. Partygoers when they can,” Benchley said. received goody bags at the end of the T Marie’s Fashion & Gifts Boutique is evening. open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m.– T Marie’s General Manager Lindsey 7 p.m. and Sunday 12 Noon–5 p.m. Visit Ress said the shopping parties are a fun or call 530-0922. way to spend time with friends and family

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Fast Frame Helps Preserve Customer’s Memories

By Libby Hopkins

Fast Frame in Riverview helps customers choose the right frame for photos, artwork and more.

The famous photographer Ansel Adams once said, “A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.” Customers come to see Alex Roche at Fast Frame in Riverview to have their photographs framed because his frames help to express what their photos are saying. “When customers come in with photos or with art work, I ask them questions about where they got the art work or who is in the picture and where and when it was taken,” Roche said. “We talk about the piece or the photo and we find out that their item has its own little piece of history.” He tries to instill this thought with all his customers. Roche has been in the frame business for more than 28 years. He got into the framing business after surviving a motorcycle accident. “Little did I know that this was the path that life had chosen for me,” Roche said. He had originally planned on going into the Air Force because it was a family tradition. His

father and grandfather both served in the Air Force and he wanted to as well. “I guess I still get to serve the public in one way,” Roche said. The Fast Frame franchise began in Europe and now has more than 300 locations across the U.S.A., United Kingdom, Japan, Australia and Brazil. Their industry-leading design and craftsmanship guarantee includes a 30-day guarantee on design and a lifetime guarantee on craftsmanship. If you don't love the look of your finished framed artwork, they will re-craft or redesign your piece, in the same price range, within 30 days of the sale, at no additional charge. “People come in with their personal items and they are not sure about how to decorate their art, so I educate them on how I can enhance their item,” Roche said. “I give it a little bling, you could say.” Roche loves working with his customers and supporting local artists in the Riverview area. “I try to help out local artists by letting them hang their artwork in the store and I don’t charge them,” Roche said. “If it sells, all the money goes to them.” To learn more about the services offered at Fast Frame, visit or call Roche at 655-6400. Fast Frame is located at 6128 Winthrop Town Center Ave. in Riverview. Hours of operation are Sunday and Monday by appointment only with 24-hour notice. Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m.–8 p.m.

Cosmetic Dermatology Expert Joins Hightower Dermatology

By Amy Schechter

Sometimes walking “I was born and raised into a doctor’s office draws in Florida,” she shares. “I us back to the days when know how the harsh sun we were children, apprecan be overwhelming. hensively awaiting the next Every age, though, is really vaccination. As adults, we beautiful. Sometimes we know more of what to all need a little pick-meexpect, but healthcare can up.” seem complex and dauntShe is committed to ing nonetheless. This is educating and treating all not the case at Hightower of her patients as individuDermatology, whose pasals, so she can help them sionate commitment to reach their goals of health quality care is evident the and happiness. Her medmoment their friendly staff ical assistant, Lindsey greets patients at the door. Daniels, attests to her Nurse Practitioner Donna Moody was recently added to patience. Their mission is also the team at Hightower unmistakable when clients “Donna is the best. Dermatology. meet with Nurse She looks at everybody Practitioner Donna Moody, the newest individually and takes her time, so they member of Dr. Kortney D. Hightower’s feel listened to. She’s really focused on team. In Sun City for a little over a year, personalized care,” Daniels said. Moody widens the array of dermatology Whether one is looking for preventaand skincare services the practice offers. tive care or has a few problem areas, Already an expert in general dermatology, Moody invites the community to consult dermatologic surgery, and Mohs surgery, with her for their skincare needs and the single most effective technique for prides herself on helping others achieve removing cancerous tissue, Dr. Hightower subtle, natural looks. She is well versed in joined with Moody who brings her extenBotox and Dysport, a newer and often sive experience in cosmetic dermatology. less expensive way to combat fine lines After raising a family, Moody returned and wrinkles. to school at the University of South The practice accepts most major Florida where she found her interests insurances as well as Care Credit. For piqued by dermatology, especially as it more information, to request an appointrelates to dealing with oncology, and ment, and to check out their specials, visit practiced for just over 10 years in the or call Brandon area. Perhaps just as important the office at 634-1484. Hightower as knowing you’re in competent hands is Dermatology is located at 957 E. Del the feeling of warmth you get when you Webb Blvd., Ste 101 in Sun City Center. listen to Moody speak.

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Puff-N-Stuff Events & Catering Brings 30 Years Of Creativity To Local Events

The Regent Offers Upscale Venue For Local Weddings, Events

Thomas Edison develop a world-class once said, “The three reputation by providing great essentials to restaurant-quality cuiachieve anything sine, impeccable servworthwhile are, first, ice, and creating hard work; second, unique, custom stick-to-itiveness; third, events,” Warren said. common sense.” Puff-N-Stuff curWarren Dietel can rently serves Central relate to Edison’s stateand West Coast ment because Florida. It is recognized Dietel and his as a national leader in family have the catering industry owned and operand Warren feels it has ated Puff-N-Stuff reached this achievePuff-N-Stuff Events and Catering is ment by passionately Events and Catering recognized as a national leader in the for more than 30 years. perfecting life’s celebracatering industry. “As an entrepreneur, tions. my greatest attributes are tenacity and “This is more than our tagline, it’s our perseverance,” Dietel said. “I firmly mantra,” Warren said. “It’s our way of life, believe that innovation is the distinguishone that we’ve been celebrating for 30 ing characteristic between good and years.” great. I understand that it must be transIt is a full-service event company that lated into tangible and relevant concepts provides more than just food. From knowthat work in real life with real people.” ing the ins and outs of over 200 In 1971, Puff ‘n Stuff opened as a incredible venues, to creating dream wedsmall pastry shop in San Fernando, dings, spectacular corporate events, Trinidad specializing in puff pastries. or memorable social events, they can do When the owners, Susie and Glenn it all. Dietel, moved to Florida, they re-opened “Our award-winning team orchesthe Puff ‘n Stuff pastry shop in Central trates up to 20 events per day, and each Florida in 1980. The little shop grew one receives the attention, creativity, and quickly and soon began providing catercommitment to quality and service that ing services. In 2003, their son, Warren, are the hallmarks of our business, had a vision for the company, purchased whether it’s lunch for 20 or a gala for the business from his parents, and imme- 2,000,” Warren said. diately set out to grow Central Florida’s To learn more about the services premier catering operation into a full-seroffered at Puff-N-Stuff Events and vice event company. Catering, visit or call “I updated the brand, added ‘catering’ Warren at 712-7833. The Tampa office is to the company name, and continued to located at 5804 E. Columbus Dr.

A couple’s wedding day is one of the help plan the ideal wedding that corremost important sponds to the days of their venue. Their lives and pickinvolvement in ing the perfect a wedding venue is chalplanning lenging in depends on the clients’ itself. Just in needs. the Riverview “We are area is an as involved or event venue removed as a built in 2011 client wants us with the locals to be,” Juteau in mind called said. “We work The Regent. together to It’s available make it hapfor not-for-profpen.” it events, high According school prom Photo courtesy Kendra Conner Photography to Juteau, they and homeThe Regent design and neutral coloring makes it easy make great comings, and for clients to make their dream wedding a reality. connections weddings. with their clients’ during the process and This venue’s neutral coloring is will even come back to have baby showdesigned to mesh with the wants and needs of the clients while still standing out ers. The Regent team gets the chance to connect with their clients’ during the entire with Victorian style elements such as the process while contributing to making a beautifully architectured statues seen in couple’s special day a reality. one of its ballrooms. “The connections we make leading Couples’ are given the choice to up to a bride and groom’s wedding day have just their reception or their ceremomake it an emotional day for me,” Juteau ny and reception at the Regent. The said. “It’s a happy day that we are able to venue offers its outdoor courtyard, terhelp contribute to.” race, and ballrooms, designed to hold up The Regent is located at 6437 to 500 people for a wedding party with Watson Rd. in Riverview. For pricing or abilities to combine the two ballrooms for booking for wedding ceremonies and larger weddings, for ceremonies and receptions, visit www.experiencetherereceptions. or call 571-2494. Discounts on The venue is run by Executive weddings of 15 percent are offered for Director Julie Juteau, Event Coordinator military always and 25 percent discounts Natalie Bailey, and Event Manager for weddings held on Friday or Sunday. Christina Smith. They are available to

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hoosing colors for your wedding is, of course, an entirely personal matter. But that doesn’t mean the experts haven’t attempted to predict the trends for 2016. Writing for Glamour Weddings, Brie Walter of Brie’s Honeybees & Flowers predicted a classic palette of soft colors, such as blush and creams, would be popular this year. On the flip side, Leah Weinberg, of Color Pop Events, and Amanda Hansen, of Decoration, Inc., predicted that couples will choose brighter colors. Print color authority Pantone recommended a list of 10 of its colors for this year’s brides in its Fashion Color Report for Spring 2016. Among its picks were rose, peach, sky and nautical shades of blue, buttercup yellow, aqua, a grayish purple, an orange-hued red, a coffee-inspired brown and a bright yellow-green.

GO MULTI-TONAL Another wedding trend creates a great opportunity to let brides be a little more creative with their color choices. It’s becoming popular to style bridesmaids in vary-

ing tones of a single color. For example, if you opt for greens, let each bridesmaid choose a unique gown in shades from pale mint to candy apple. You also might mix shades of hot pinks with bright oranges. Another option is to consider an expansive color palette, with the wedding party sporting varying muted shades of some of Pantone’s top-10 swatches.

GO FOR CONTRAST If you’re feeling adventurous, mix the two ideas for a rustic or woodland theme accented with vibrant pops of color. Subtle wood tones make a great neutral background for bright pops of color that evoke summer’s abundant flora. Of course, a more classic rustic theme can make great use of pale rose and cream, as well. Whatever aesthetic you choose, your personal touches will make your wedding your own.


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Floral prints are practically made for summer, and they’re a trend that’s goes hand in hand with weddings. Florals have been big in the fashion world at large for a few years, and brides are getting in on the trend, too. If your theme is ultra-feminine, incorporating pretty pink roses and creams, a floral gown will be a perfect match — from an all-over print to flowery details such as cascading blooms made of lace and beadwork. Florals also are suited to more colorful looks, such as a print with bright purple blooms. You’re limited only by the types and shades of flowers found in nature itself.

SHOWING SOME SKIN A trendy place to incorporate visual effect on a wedding gown is the back. Designers are using super-sleek low back lines, as well as illusion details that seem to float. Pearls draped across the back and intricate lace designs are popular aesthetics in bridal gowns. Deep V necklines also are showing up on wedding gowns, as well as off-the-shoulder straps. Both make for seamless transitions to back line details. These skin-baring styles have the added benefit of


keeping the bride cool in style during a summer wedding.

SUBTLE COLORS Gone are the days of the allwhite wedding gown. A current trend for the trip down the

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MORE DETAILS Brides are adding a long, loosely tied belt to accentuate

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he tradition of serving a wedding cake may seem to be as old as time. In fact, the beginnings of wedding cake traditions were documented in ancient Rome and medieval England.

From early recipes containing wheat and barley to sweeter varieties couples have relished the opportunity to playfully smash in each other’s faces, cake has been part of our wedding traditions for hundreds of years, according to Gastronomica. com. Today, however, it is becoming more common for couples to ditch the wedding cake altogether in exchange for more modern sweets. Intricately decorated petit fours, cake pops, cupcakes, ice cream, sorbet and other sweets are finding their way to the table at the reception.

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With just eight weeks off from school, parents and children had to be a bit more creative as well as selective to find ways with which to fill their days this summer. One positive source of outdoor activity is Summer Youth Tennis Camps offering morning and afternoon, half and full day, beginner, intermediate and advance programs, all hosted by the FishHawk Ranch Tennis Club, (FRTC) at 15921 Courtside View Dr. in Lithia. From learning the fundamentals to brushing up on their basic skills, or just to have fun while enjoying a positive experience, the camp offers young ones, ages 6-17, an up close and personal experience with the sports in a clean, friendly environment under the direction of top notch coaches led by FRTC Program Head Coach Brandon Feldman. “The camp is designed with the goal to teach basic skills and help young players to stay active this summer, while having fun,” said Feldman, a former Oxford College

Next year’s Newsome High School senior, Tess Studdiford, 17, left, is joined by a group of young campers Lander Feldman, 7, Will Marshe, 9, Nathan Carlas, 7, and Noah Kelly, 7, at the FishHawk Ranch Tennis Club.

Tennis head coach. Feldman is assisted this summer

Lander Feldman, 7, skillfully sends the ball back over the net at the FishHawk Ranch Tennis Club.

by Coach Danny Lee, who has been with the club for the past four years.

FishHawk Ranch Tennis Club Youth Tennis Camp Instructor Danny Lee and young camper Aidan Routh, 12, pause for a photo during a private lesson.

Also on hand to share her expertise and teach the young campers the ins and outs of the sport is Newsome High School upcoming year senior, Tess Studdiford, who led the Wolves to a 2015-2016 season district championship. During the eight weeks, FRTC has scheduled to offer a Beginning Level, where campers learn forehand, backhand and scoring, while they also play and learn through fun games and drills. The camp’s Intermediate Level builds on basic skills while developing proper strokes and technique. With its junior program totaling nearly 150 young players on the top of the list, FRTC offers year round tennis, local tournaments and events, on five clay courts, one of which is always open to be used by local residents. For more information about the club and for a full camp schedule, times and cost, visit

Davina Feldman, 11, works with her instructor, Brandon Feldman, on her forehand during summer tennis camp at the FishHawk Ranch Youth Tennis Club.

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FishHawk Resident Aims For CrossFit Games World Championship Podium

Young Coach Brings New Energy To Bulls

By Nick Nahas

By Tamas Mondovics

For FishHawk resident Jay Bradley, the past four years since he has joined being fit and staying in shape was never CrossFit for Glory, located at 16627 a question. Fishhawk Blvd. in But, for Bradley— Lithia, where he decidas is true with most ed to compete at the hard core athletes— CrossFit Open, an throwing heavy annual, worldwide weights around for 20 competition. “I placed to 30 minutes in 56th in my age divibetween training for sion that first year and the next triathlon seadecided that I liked it son was hardly better than triathlon.” enough. With Josh Martin Pushing his fiton board as his coach, ness to the limit and the long road to the beyond was always a games began. The part of the next workjourney was filled with out. It is for this reaheart, endurance and son that today, at 50 success, but not withyears old, Bradley, a out setbacks and husband and father some disappointFishHawk resident Jay Bradley, 50, is of two teenagers, is pushing his body to the limit in preparation ments, which for the upcoming 2016 Masters CrossFit became fuel to work about to take part in Games World Championship. a competition that is even harder. known as the greatest test of physical “Four years ago, we made a choice endurance at the Masters 2016 CrossFit to give it everything we both had to get Games World Championship. him to the games,” Martin said. “Four Scheduled for the weekend of July years ago, he entrusted me 100 percent 19-21 in Carson, California, the event is to take over his training and coach him.” sporting the top 20 athletes in each age “I've seen what the other guys can division against each other in the world’s do,” Bradley said. “Getting to the games premier test to find the Fittest on Earth. takes a lot of work, effort from my coach The CrossFit Games are a broad and continued support from my family. I’d range of functional movements of large really like to do well enough over those loads, long distances, performed quickly. three days to podium, but that is really not To qualify for the event is a monumental what it’s about. It’s about having fun, stayaccomplishment for any athlete, which for ing healthy, active, fit and young,” he said. Bradley, did not come easy. Visit or “My goal for years has just been to fore mor inforget to the finals,” Bradley said, referring to mation.

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New Bloomingdale football coach Max Warner stands in the newly renovated Bull’s locker room.

Max Warner hit the ground running as soon as he was hired as the head coach of the Bloomingdale football program in March. In just 10 weeks as coach, Warner has already started changing the losing culture at the school which has seen only two winning seasons in its 29-year history, with zero district championships and zero playoff wins. “He has an attitude for success,” said Donny Peek, Bloomingdale athletic director. “After I introduced him to the team, within a week he had doubled the number of players going out for spring football. He demands perfection from the coaches and expects the same from the student-athletes.” The Bulls have already shown improvement in Warner’s short tenure. In just his second week after the hire, Bloomingdale beat Brandon 7-0 in it’s spring game after previously losing 41-0 to Brandon in the final week of the regular season. “I think that we will be a lot better than last year and our goal is to win a district championship,” said Sam Skinner, senior defensive end and team captain

for the Bulls. “He’s a really good coach; I’m glad we have him.” Warner previously was the offensive coordinator for Hillsborough High School from 2011-2014. According to Max Preps, in those four seasons, Hillsborough had a record of 36-7, massed a total of 15,283 yards and 190 touchdowns. In 2015 he joined the Virginia Tech coaching staff as the offensive quality control coordinator. When Virginia Tech Head Coach Frank Beamer retired after the 2015 season, Warner was not retained to the coaching staff, which then led him to his next opportunity at Bloomingdale. Warner instantly brings a winning mindset and pedigree to the Bulls, who were just 1-9 last season. The team is already taking on the personality of its coach. He has instilled self-discipline in his players, who are required to wear a suit and tie to school for every game day and have to sign in each morning to remain accountable. “Bloomingdale used to be a team that everybody wanted to see on their schedule, to be quite honest,” said Warner. He knows that a culture change and a different mindset has to occur in order for the Bulls to have a successful program. The rebranding started almost immediately with a coat of new paint in the locker room, a new layout to the locker room, brand new jerseys, and a redesigned football logo. New air-conditioning will eventually be installed in the locker room and a weight room will hopefully be added next winter as well. “Football teaches you a lot about life,” he said. “To watch a kid win a football game is the most rewarding thing that you can do as a coach.”

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Thunder Bay Volleyball Academy Offering Summer Explosion Camp

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Thunder Bay sport. Magaly Carvajal Volleyball Academy is considered by many opened its doors three to be “the greatest midyears ago with a misdle blocker to ever play sion of providing the the game of women’s highest possible caliber volleyball.” of volleyball training to New Club Director, young players in the Curtis Flowers, is proud Brandon area, includof what the organization ing Riverview, Valrico, offers to young athletes Plant City, Lithia, in this community. Southshore, and “Thunder Bay’s beyond. In three short unprecedented growth years, Thunder Bay, a is directly related to our Florida 501(c)(3) notincredible coaching staff for-profit organization, and our owners’ vision has accomplished its of providing the most mission and has expecomprehensive, highest rienced unprecedented level volleyball training Thunder Bay Volleyball Academy is available in all of Tampa growth in the process, offering a Summer Explosion camp. more than tripling in Bay. We are excited to size since its inaugural year. continue our mission of excellence with The club’s offerings have expanded new and ever-expanding programs,” he to include not only indoor club volleyball said. and developmental training for both new Thunder Bay is especially excited and experienced players, but also diverse about this year’s return of its popular skills camps, middle school and high “Summer Explosion” camp, and is proud school prep sessions, private and small to be among the first in the Tampa Bay group lessons, a boy’s volleyball program, area to offer boys volleyball training. and a beach volleyball program. Thunder Bay offers affordable beach Thunder Bay Volleyball Academy has volleyball training at local sand courts in become the full-service source for volleyBrandon and Valrico giving players the ball in the Brandon area and beyond. skills they need to compete in the beach That is no surprise given the caliber of tournaments offered all around the state, coaches, starting with Magaly Carvajal, a including nearby Clearwater Beach and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, World Siesta Key. Whether a player is completeChampion, and Volleyball Hall of Famer. ly new to the sport and or is an experiThe senior coaching staff is internationally enced superstar, Thunder Bay is certain it known and all of them have coached has what it takes to get them there. Visit and/or played at the highest levels of the or call 331-5388.

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Osprey Observer 2016-7 Bloomingdale/FishHawk  
Osprey Observer 2016-7 Bloomingdale/FishHawk