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Goolsby Family Shares Memories Of Growing Up On Homestead Land In Riverview

By Kathy L. Collins


natural resources. According to Terri Giles Exum, a granddaughter of Alva and Otha Goolsby, “Our grandfather wanted to be a landowner so he could have his family around him.” Exum added, “My grandfather had Descendants of Alva and Otha Goolsby shared fond memories of a strong faith growing up on land once owned by Otha Goolsby at a “Remembrance and worked very of the Land” party held in Riverview. hard. He instilled Recently, the last remaining large his work ethic in all of us. He would be residential development tract of land in happy with all of the positive things that Riverview was sold to Mattamy Homes. his descendants have accomplished.” The 140 acre homestead was owned by When Goolsby bought the land, it the descendants of Alva and Otha was all forest. He cleared some of the Goolsby who bought the land back in the land in order to plant an orange grove. early 1930s. Goolsby wanted a place Unfortunately, after several years, the where his family could live in harmony. grove died, so Goolsby turned to cattle The land is located near the intersection and farming. At that time, farming was not of Boyette and McMullen Roads in a profitable career choice, so Goolsby Riverview. It is adjacent to the Publix worked for others including the Works anchored Goolsby Pointe Shopping Progress Administration, the New Deal Center. agency which built public buildings and On Saturday, June 11 friends and roads during the 1930s and 1940s. family gathered on the property for a Exum explained, “We were raised “Remembrance of the Land” party. This together as a big extended family. Our was a last chance for relatives and wish is that the new residents raise their friends to reminisce about growing up families in peace and love as we did.” and living on the property. Exum, an author of two historical/spiritual Alva and Otha Goolsby had five chilfiction books, shares her love of the land dren. When the children grew up, each in her books as the stories take place on was given 20 acres on which to live. Alva the property she once called home. and Otha retained 40 acres. Over the Exum’s two books, both under The years, parents, grandparents, children, Healer title, The Gift of Suffering and grandchildren, cousins, aunts and uncles Wings of Redemption, can be purchased either lived on the property or enjoyed its on Amazon.


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HCSO Seeks Recruits To Launch Volunteer Citizen Patrol Program In Riverview

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Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee is joined by a group of residents who have just completed their Volunteer Citizens Patrol Program class. HCSO is now seeking new recruits for the program to serve neighborhoods in Riverview.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is now seeking new recruits to expand its Volunteer Citizen Patrol Program (VCPP) in Riverview, one of the county’s fastest growing communities. To help those interested in volunteering for the program, the Sheriff’s Office has scheduled a meeting for Thursday, July 7 at the Gardenville Recreation Center at 6215 Symmes Rd., starting at 6 p.m. HCSO deputies will be on hand to explain what the program is all about and what the requirements are for those ready to serve their community, while supporting the department in its daily operation. “We hope to see as many as possible at the meeting,” said HCSO Riverview Substation Community Resource Deputy, Cliff Fletcher, adding that the first obstacle to starting the program is to have enough volunteer recruits on hand. “The program has to meet a certain number of volunteers before we can take the next step.” Once in place the benefits of the VCPP for each community it serves are countless. The first class of 24 volunteers was formed in Apollo Beach in the spring of 2007. Today, the depart-

ment has more than 100 volunteers serving Brandon, Bloomingdale, FishHawk, Apollo Beach, Westchase and Lutz communities. The program in Riverview would approximately serve within the corridor south of the Alafia River down to the Summerfield neighborhood, between SR 301 and Balm Riverview Road, which may be expanded depending on the amount of volunteers and the means to support them.

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CSO Barbara Jones Retires After 22 Years Of Service

Divas 4 Success Offers A New Way Of Learning

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After many years of faithful service, and the Greater Riverview Chamber of Hillsborough Commerce for County Sheriff’s her community Office (HCSO) service efforts at Community its recent meetService Office ing. The award and longtime was to recognize Riverview advoher many years cate, Barbara of personal dediJones, is celecation and combrating her retiremitment to the ment in style by Riverview combeing recognized munity. Jones with an award for expressed gratiher community tude for the service. award but also a Having little bit of disBarbara Jones receives a community service award from Jim Johnson at a recent Riverview served the comfort. “It’s not Chamber Meeting. Jones is retiring after 22 years HCSO for over easy to always with HCSO as a community officer. 22 years, Jones get recognition has been a Riverview resident since for something I enjoy doing. I feel hon1998; prior to that she lived in Ohio. While ored but also a little embarrassed,” she with the HCSO, Jones served as a said. Community Service Officer. Her main She further expressed love for her duties consisted of initiating reports, chamber, saying how though she was a investigative work and working with the part of it as an officer, she now intended community. “You do what you can to help to become an actual member as a civilthe community,” she said. “I can honestly ian. She also spoke of how great a place say that I loved a lot of what I did with my Riverview was to live. job, without a doubt.” In her determination to stay involved When asked what made her decide with the community, Jones already has to retire, Jones said, “Age and I felt that it several events lined up that she will be was time to pass the torch to someone participating in, from the Homeless else. You get to a certain age where it’s Veterans’ event in September to the time to go on.” This does not, however, Sheriff’s Christmas event for seniors. mean that Jones is done being involved While she may be retired, she has no with her community. “I’m still a part of the intention of stopping anytime. “I couldn’t community; I should be involved,” she just sit around; I don’t want to grow old,” said. Jones said. Jones was surprised to receive a Jones can be contacted at jenplaque of appreciation from Jim Johnson

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Local Veteran Honored With Award For iFLY Brings Indoor Skydiving Center To Riverview Entertainment Hub Continued Service Decades After Retiring By Tamas Mondovics By Sandy Meyer

For many people retirement is synRaysick is a Life Member of the onymous with rest and relaxation. It’s a Marine Corps League in Riverview where time to let go of some he was elected responsibilities, travel Judge Advocate for and enjoy a simpler life. 2016-2017. Part of Fortunately, no one told his duties with the that to Walter Raysick Marine Corps of Valrico. League includes The list of his presenting the accomplishments and Eagle Scout Good contributions to the Citizens Award to community is endless. Boy Scouts earnRaysick retired in 1989 ing their Eagle as a Master Chief Petty Scout badge. Officer in the U.S. This is only the Navy. His 30 years of tip of the iceberg. military service includThe list of organied time as a hospital zations that he is corpsman in the involved in is too Marines and service in numerous to menVietnam. He worked tion. until 2004 as a civilian “I’ve always during which time he Department Cmdt. Bill Cona awards Walter been involved in was a member of the Raysick of Riverview Det. 1226 the coveted community Chapel of Four Chaplains Award. Olney Lions Club, events, specificalpresident of Crime Stoppers in Maryland ly in regard to veterans and veteran’s and a graduate of the Citizens Police issues,” Raysick said. Academy. His continuous service earned him a But, he was just getting warmed up. prestigious award which was presented After moving to Valrico in 2004, Raysick to him last month at the Florida Marine immediately immersed himself in the Corps League Convention. The Chapel of community with his volunteer work. His Four Chaplains Legion of Honor Award efforts include volunteering at the Nativity was given to Raysick in recognition to his Catholic Church Food Bank from 2004 to lifetime service. The award recognizes his 2010, graduating from the Hillsborough service to all people of all races and County Sheriff’s Citizens Police Academy faiths. Raysick said receiving the award and volunteering with the Cold Case Unit was “an extreme and humbling honor.” of the Homicide unit. He was awarded For more information on The Chapel the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office of Four Chaplains and its honor proCitizen Award in 2006 and again in 2010. grams, visit

Adding to the ever expanding list of attractions in Riverview and Brandon, iFLY Tampa is the third location in Florida, scheduled to open later this fall, on Palm River Road, just off I-75, near Topgolf and Bass Pro Shop. The 57 ft. tall indoor facility will feature a vertical 14-ft. (4.3m) recirculating wind tunnel powered by giant fans that can generate up to 175 mph winds, with the force adjusted for body weight. iFLY, an experiential entertainment company that According to iFly Orlando created modern indoor skydiving, is building its newest Premier Indoor Skydiving facility on Palm General Manger Amanda Siegel, River Road, just off I-75, near Bass Pro Shop. the entire first time flight experiNo parachute? No problem. Local ences takes about 1-2 hours. residents who would like to taste the thrill Upon arrival and checking in, flyers of skydiving, but are not brave enough or take part in a personalized training seshave the means to take the leap out of an sion then gear up, which includes a jumpairplane from 10,000 feet up, will soon suit, helmet, goggles and earplugs.The have a chance to come pretty close to flight is assisted by an instructor accomthe real thing. panying the rookies. Additional runs can Continuing its mission to make the be made solo or with friends. dream of flight a reality by giving its cusBased on the flight cost at the comtomers “wings” in a safe and reliable envi- pany’s Orlando facility, prices start at ronment, iFLY, an Austin, Texas based around $60 per person for two flights sevexperiential entertainment company that eral minutes each. created indoor skydiving, is building its According to the iFLY website, the newest Premier Indoor Skydiving facility first time flyer package is a freefall equivain southeastern Hillsborough County. lent of three skydives from 12,000 ft. Indoor Skydiving Source (ISS) an Siegel emphasized that, of course, independent go-to-resource, which helps the entire experience is much longer and flyers from all around the world to find a that while “these costs might seem steep wind tunnel in its database and to learn at first, almost unanimously, indoor skyabout the sport of bodyflight, announced diving customers agree that their first tunon its website that iFLY Tampa is currentnel experience was worth the money.” ly under construction by ARCO/Murray Soft opening is hoped for around Construction Co., which built the Topgolf Thanksgiving, followed by a traditional facility and is now working on the Tampa grand opening. Visit and General Hospital’s healthplex nearby.

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County, School District Offers Free Meal Program During Summer Break

By Tamas Mondovics

SFSP is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, that ensures low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. The program is federally funded and operated by the Hillsborough County Department of Aging Services. Applications are not required, and summer camp registration is not a requirement. The meals and snacks will be offered at local parks and other community locations Children line up to receive free lunch as part of to all children under 18 in the area. the county’s summer food program. Supporting the effort, Hillsborough County Public Schools is offering three Hillsborough County and Hillsborough County Public Schools have different programs.The Extended School Year program offers students breakfast or once again joined forces to make sure lunch at no cost at schools that provide children are well fed while out of school on summer vacation. Thanks to the annu- summer school programs. Monday through Thursday, from June 13 through al Summer Food Service Program August 5, all children can come to an (SFSP) area students and children 18 open school, regardless of whether the and under can receive free nutritious child is enrolled in summer school. lunches and afternoon snacks. For the fifth year now, HCPS is also This summer, nearly 500,000 free bringing food into the migrant communimeals will be served June 13 through ties through its Movin’ Meals “food August 3, at more than 50 sites throughbuses.” Four retired and renovated district out Hillsborough County at parks as well school buses are on hand to deliver as Boys and Girls Clubs or Recreation centers including: Gardenville Rec Center meals into neighborhoods offering breakat 6219 Symmes Rd. in Riverview; Apollo fast and lunch. Students can eat on the air-conditioned buses. Beach Rec Center at 664 Golf and Sea The district has also rented 13 refrigBlvd. in Apollo Beach; Wimuama Senior erated trucks to deliver box meals to comCenter at 5714 North St. in Wimauma and the Ruskin Rec Center at 901 6th St. munity sites with summer programs such as YMCA programs, HCC summer in Ruskin. “The Summer Food Service Program camps for kids, WIC locations, three libraries, and all the parks and recreation will provide a balanced meal during sumcenters. A list of sites can be found under mer vacation when school meals are not the Summer Food Service Program link available,” said Summer Food Project at Coordinator Amy Carieer.

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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

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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 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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Community Invited To Mingle With Local Candidates At Bell Shoals Baptist 22nd Annual Candidate Forum

By Tamas Mondovics Fearing for their lives, O’Neil and Berrios immediately drew their HCSO issued handguns and began firing at Firearm related incidents kept Valladares, who was struck Hillsborough County numerous times. Sheriff’s on their toes last According to HCSO, the month, including a firearm was a Smith & domestic violence call Wesson, SW40VE .40 caliber that ended in a shootout gun used by Valladares, which involving a pair of HCSO was recovered next to him. District 4 patrol officers Two spent .40 caliber shell and ended in the arrest of casings were also located the gun-swinging near the handgun. boyfriend who found himValladares was booked at self charged with the hospital and is to be transAttempted Murder of a ferred to the Hillsborough Law Enforcement Officer. Jose Calderon Rebolla County Jail as soon as he is On Sunday, June 26 was arrested by HCSO medically cleared, with addiat approximately 1:17 detectives for a tional charges pending. Bushmaster AR-15 rifle a.m. HCSO received a during a firearms buy/bust Deputies O’Neil and Berrios call from Kisra Kariema in Gibsonton. were placed on routine paid Wong, 24, who told disadministrative leave pending the outcome patch that she was involved in a physical of the investigation. altercation with her boyfriend, Jamil Alejandro Valladares, 27, of Riverview. Detectives Make Arrest During Wong advised that he was likely in posFirearm Investigation session of a handgun. Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Information extracted from the reported the results of a recent investigaCriminal Arrest Affidavit released on tion, which ended with the arrest of Jose Media Alert by the Sheriff’s Office noted Calderon Rebolla, 33, as well as the that HCSO Deputies Austin O’Neill, 26, recovery of a Bushmaster AR-15 rifle. and Joshua Berrios, 29, arrived and HCSO detectives conducted a began interviewing Wong within her buy/bust with Rebolla in May for the Riverview apartment. Exiting the apartweapon at the Walmart located at 9205 ment, deputies saw Valladares in front of Gibsonton Dr. During the exchange his vehicle, a 2000 Mercury Mountaineer Rebolla, a certified Sur 13 gang member, 4 door, which had just returned to this was arrested and charged with Alien in location. Deputies approached Possession of a Firearm, HCSO said, Valladares, who began backing up and adding that Rebolla is not a legal citizen became verbally aggressive. Quickly placing his right hand into his shorts pock- of the United States and that detectives worked with the U.S. Border Patrol on the et, Valladares reportedly pulled out a investigation. Visit handgun and raised it up.

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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 of 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 quality of life in Hillsborough County.” our Candidate Forum on Friday, August 5 The forum was started as a way to beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Worship residents to become better encourage 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. We need to know where candiinformed. The 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 questions about voter registration. Note Senate candidates as well as any candiindividuals who wish to vote in the that 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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Christmas In July Will Collect Toys For Tots, Showcase Vendors At The Regent

By Katelyn Massarelli

available to chat with attendees and give quotes for a couples’ wedding. “Anyone looking to book an event in the future will love the fact that they can interact with all of our vendors and get to know them,” Executive Director for The The Regent’s Christmas In July event will showcase vendors as well Regent, Julie as collect Toys For Tots. Juteau said. On Thursday, July 21, The Regent The Way 2 Dance Holiday Charity will be hosting their Christmas in July Ball collects toys for Toys for Tots and event for the community. They host an The Regent wanted to help them collect event every year for The Way 2 Dance even more toys. Last year’s event Holiday Charity Ball. The venue is looking brought in four full boxes worth of toys to get future brides and grooms to come and Juteau is hoping the event will bring out to see the venue and offer them the in more toys than last year. chance to meet The Regent’s preferred “We themed our event with vendors. All that is asked is that attenChristmas in July to put everyone in the dees bring an unwrapped toy for their spirit of giving,” Juteau said. “We ask Toys for Tots collection. everyone that comes to the event to bring Caterers and bakers will be present an unwrapped toy.” and available to talk to and get on-theThe Regent’s Christmas in July event spot quotes. People will be given the is free. Anyone wanting to attend needs chance to taste test food from caterers to RSVP by Sunday, July 10. You can and get to know The Regent and the ven- RSVP by emailing info@experiencetheredors they prefer. Caters and bakers such For more information on The as Port A Pit BBQ and Petite Madelyn's Regent, visit Bakery will be there to let attendees taste or visit their food. DJs, event and wedding planThe Regent at 6437 Watson Rd. in ners, photographers, etc. will also be Riverview.

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FishHawk Barber Shop Employee Donates Kidney

By Tatiana Ortiz

In life, some individuals encounter Foundation’s website, the paired various situations that could be a test to exchange program allows the transplant one’s faith. center to As for Terri arrange Thomas, her for a faith “swap” of remained two prostrong cedures throughout to occur an unforgetat the table vensame ture. time. Thomas The resides in proceBrandon and dure took works at four FishHawk hours. Barber Both Terri Terri Thomas (right) donated a kidney to her family member, and Ryan Shop. She Ryan Thomas (left). will go into are her eighth year there. On April 5, she had recovering well. Ryan will reach his first a kidney transplant at Shands Hospital in milestone in October, meaning that his Gainesville. She donated her kidney to body will be adjusted to everything such her deceased husband’s cousin’s son, as the antirejection drugs that he currently Ryan Thomas. He received a new kidney is on. Ryan and his family are raising on that same day. Terri felt that she need- funds for his medical expenses. One of ed to help out a family member, which the fundraisers, called Ryan’s Beautiful gave her peace about her decision. Bean, can be found at “I never had any anxiety over the sur- This site sells a variety of jewelry such as gery,” said Terri. bracelets, watches and more. With each Ryan was born with a genetic kidney purchase, $10 will be donated to ease the disease called Nail Patella Syndrome. cost of the medical expenses for Ryan This disease causes orthopedic issues. and his family. One of his kidneys had failed due to “As a living donor I want everyone to some complications. He needed a new know the outcome of the procedure was kidney and searched for a donor. He positive and individuals should not fear,” used dialysis for four years. said Terri. Due to opposite blood types, Terri did The family created another fundraiser not qualify as the perfect match. Instead, on GoFundMe called Kidney Transplant she applied for the paired exchange proExpenses. Anyone interested in donating gram. According to the National Kidney can 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 also offers the Hero From Memorial Day Health Program. The to Independence Day, Hero Health Program Operation Unsung Hero was created to help veteris collecting socks, underwear, 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 at all, or suffers from Neeb and Storace 3432 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. a psychological connoticed an issue within 603-4466 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 Unsung Hero, visit one of the drop off the result from Operation Unsung Hero. locations around Brandon. For additional When asked about the most chalinformation, visit or the lenging part of Operation Unsung Hero, Facebook page. Need said, “being patient and persistent.”

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Guardian Ad Litem Running Summer Briefs Drive For Foster Children

By Yvonne Marrone

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 as much as possiHillsborough County ble while their case dependency system is being worked in (foster care), it may the court system. not be without your Many times just help. The staff and volhaving clean unteers of the clothes and the Guardian ad Litem tools they need in (GAL) program are class can give teaming up with other them extra conficourt-associated groups and county Guardian ad Litem program is collecting dence to succeed. new underwear, socks, school supplies Collections will offices for a Summer and backpacks for children in foster care. run now through Briefs drive to collect Friday, July 22 new underwear, with drop-offs at the GAL office, 700 E. socks, school supplies, and backpacks Twiggs, Ste. 750 in Tampa. for children in foster care—group GAL’s are volunteers appointed by homes and other facilities. Hillsborough has the second largest number of these the court to advocate for the best interest of abused, abandoned or neglected children in the state. children. There are currently about “The numbers are staggering, but 1,500 children in the dependency court the solution to this aspect of the situasystem in Hillsborough County who do tion is fairly easy,” said Tabitha not have a GAL to represent their best Lambert, Circuit Director for the interests. As trained advocates, GAL Guardian ad Litem 13th Circuit. “Just volunteers and staff monitor a child’s purchasing one new packet of underwell-being and serve as trusted adviwear and socks for a boy or girl, all sors in the courts. ages and sizes, can make a huge difFor more information about the ference to that child’s self-esteem as they begin a new year, and maybe give Guardian ad Litem program and becoming a volunteer, or to partner them a smile on that first day of your company with GAL for this school.” Summer Briefs Drive, visit www.galtamThe GAL program advocates for or call 272-5110. children removed from their home due

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Hillsborough County Conservation Challenge Seeks To Solve 100 Environmental Problems

By Katelyn Massarelli

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 Initiative is one Diver Conservation District Executive Challenge. organization who will Director, Betty Jo Tompkins, speaking 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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Jehovah’s Witnesses Focus On Loyalty At Annual Summer Conventions

By Tamas Mondovics

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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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 weddings. He also does speBilly “Elvis” Lindsey has been performing as an cial events, such as a Elvis impersonator for 20 recent successful years. fundraising campaign and performance at Lindsey grew up on Costco Wholesale to rock n’ roll, with Elvis help raise money for the playing a major part. His Children’s Miracle step-dad is the one who Network. introduced him to Elvis’ This year, Lindsey music. Lindsey said he helped the store raise was “fed Elvis” as child. over $32,000. In addiWhen asked what role tion, local small busiElvis played in his life, nesses supported the Lindsey said, “Elvis efforts with banners in became an integral part in what I was Billy “Elvis” Lindsey performs every the store including Tuesday and Thursday at Alpha FishHawk Bagels, Olin doing.” Pizza, Pasta, and Prime. Plumbing, Eco Water His love for music Systems, Alvarez Plumbing, Canine started when he was a little boy. He Cabana, Vincente Family Dentistry, Don received his first guitar in fourth grade 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. For most of his music career, Lindsey Lindsey performs every Tuesday and relied on other band members to play Thursday from 5-8 p.m. at Alpha Pizza, correctly. He said he has “played music Pasta, Prime located at 1312 Apollo for so long, I listen to every part.” He Beach Blvd. in Apollo Beach. shared a story of a time when he was Thursdays are busy, it is encouraged performing as Elvis with a 9-piece band. to call ahead and reserve a seat at 645He was thrown off by all the little mistakes 4648. To book Elvis,visit he could hear the band making. When call 786-9110 or performing as a solo he said, “no one email

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Brandon Coin Club Seeking Members

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Continued from page 1 The VCPP consists of two daytime shifts per day, seven days a week. Each VCPP vehicle patrols with two volunteers per shift. Citizen Patrol Volunteer activities include: Patrol neighborThe Volunteer Citizens Patrol Program is seeking citizens to donate hoods, assist their time to help respond to non-emergency and routine calls such with school as assisting with school crossings, documenting graffiti, assisting with traffic direction and more. crossings, conduct vacation VCPP was created to help checks, document graffiti, monitor reduce crime, improve the safety of suspicious activity at schools, assist our citizens, the quality of life within disabled motorists, assist with road Hillsborough County, and it allows obstructions, assist with traffic direcresidents to become active particiand conduct traffic surveys. tion, pants in crime control and prevenThose interested in joining the tion. new recruits must be a U.S. citizen, VCPP volunteers assist the 19 years of age or older, possess a department with a number of proacdriver's license, pass a screenvalid tive “neighborhood watch” programs ing test, complete VCPP training, be and non-intervention law enforcewilling to attend monthly meetings ment related activities. and be willing to volunteer a miniSpecially trained by the Sheriff's of 12 hours per month. mum Office, volunteers respond to many “It is time for a volunteer program non-emergency and routine calls for in Riverview,” Fletcher said. “It is a service that do not require law pleasure working with our volunteers. enforcement or regulatory authority. I hope to see a great turnout and to Volunteers donate their time to start the program as soon as possipatrol, while driving specially marked ble.” Sheriff's Office vehicles and receive For more information, visit training in areas such as crime or call the vention, first-aid, traffic control, and Volunteer Section at 247-0944. community policing.

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.” 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.


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Bay Area Bandits Hosted Summer Shoot Out By Madeline Sullivan level, advancing after they’ve received four qualified wins. The Bay Area Bandits were founded in 2009, providing a family oriented mounted shooting club in Tampa. It has many club The Bay Area Bandits were founded in 2009, members providing a family friendly environment for who assist mounted shooters. with the Hillsborough County’s very own needs of the Cowboy Mounted Sports Association competitors, Shooting Club, the Bay Area Bandits, whether it be recently hosted a Summer Shootout borrowing guns, Series at the Florida State Fair horses, or holster or offering advice to Grounds. the competitors. The Cowboy Mounted Sports For Clarice Bean, who has been a Association, or CMSA for short, is a fast Bay Area Bandit for four years, all it paced equestrian sport. The competitook were a few practices and matches, tors race for time, using two .45 caliber and a professional mounted shooting single action revolvers to shoot at the lesson to get her hooked on the sport. targets along a given course. To ensure “The people are so nice and will litsafety, the guns are loaded with a black erally give you a horse to ride if you powder that can pop a balloon at up to need one and use of their guns if need15 ft. away. ed,” Bean said. Competitors are scored on their The Bay Area Bandits have general time and accuracy, penalties given to monthly meeting for members on the those who miss a target, run the course last Monday of every month. Everyone wrong, and even drop a gun. A typical who is interested is encouraged to course pattern can be ran in 15-35 sec- come out and give mounted shooting a onds, leaving contestants with very little try. The next monthly meeting will be room to make any errors. The CMSA held on Monday, July 25. For more offers a division for men, women, seninformation, visit The Bay Area Bandits iors, and even children 11 and under. Facebook page and All competitors start out at the same

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If you can add 12 LGC Hair inches to your hair Restoration of length, you can donate Brandon, Craig it to one of over two miladded, “It can give lion hair loss sufferers in people the self conthe United States. Wigs fidence they need.” For Kids (WFK) is a LGC is an national nonprofit group ambassador salon that provides wigs to for WFK, meaning children, with no cost to Craig can take donations year them or their parents. round and is able The value of each wig to help recipients hair replacement is through the whole about $1,800 and the children who receive wig process, “from them can suffer from start to finmedical conditions such ish,” she as chemotherapy, radiasaid. WFK tion or Alopecia (born provides chilNicole Martocchio, 11, without hair). dren with donated her Jeffrey Paul foundeverything hair to Wigs for ed this organization they need Kids, helping other children receive hair. said Craig, who over 30 years ago, added, “I am when a young family always here for them.” Craig said the member was diagnosed with Leukemia. beginning of the school year brings in a Paul said, “I promised her that she would have hair and when you make a promise lot of people and continued, “We’re going to a kid, you keep it.” to be slammed.” There are a few ways to participate. Craig had misty eyes as she talked You can donate hair to an ambassador about one of her clients, a little boy, “Who salon, which will ship the contents directly just wanted hair.” It was very emotional to WFK. You can also sponsor a child or for the family said Craig, who added, donate financially to the group. There are “Parents already have enough stress restrictions if you’re thinking about giving without adding this.” Craig goes on to say away your hair, including you must have that when he emerged with hair, “It was at least 12 inches of hair in a pony tail, beautiful.” The only listed ambassador salon in this area is LGC and you can and permed or color treated hair will not reach Craig at 990-9234. If you are interwork. ested in being a recipient or in finding out “Having hair can change a person’s life,” said stylist Laura Craig. The owner of more about WFK, visit

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New State Senate And Congressional Districts Could Change Voting Locations, More As you prepare to vote in the upcoming Primary on August 30 and General Election on November 8, it is important that every voter in Hillsborough County be aware of changes made as a result of U.S. Congressional and State Senate redistricting. Hillsborough County will now be represented by four Congressional districts (districts 12, 14, 15 and 16) and four State Senate districts (district 18, 19, 20 and 21). As a result of renumbering, you may be represented by a different congressman or state senator; it all depends on where you live. If you are a registered voter, you should have received a new Voter Information Card. This will provide you with the pertinent information on which district you now live in with respect to the U.S. Congress, State Senate, County Commission and School Board. According to Craig Lattimer, the Supervisor of Elections, “The Voter Information Cards are an important communications tool for us, and we ask that voters review the new cards carefully to ensure that their name, address and party affiliation are correct, and to see whether their precinct or Election Day place has changed.” After each U.S. Census is conducted every 10 years, the Legislature redraws the districts from which Florida voters elect their state representatives, state senators and members of the U.S. House of Representatives (Congress). Redistricting is the process of redrawing the districts to adjust for uneven growth rates in different parts of the state. Districts determine which voters partici-

pate in which elections. Redistricting is standardized by the U.S. Constitution, the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Florida Constitution. In addition, in 2010 voters in Florida added Amendments 5 and 6 to the State Constitution. These are known as the Fair District Amendments. The map was drawn by the Legislature in 2012. While the map was used in the 2012 and 2014 elections, it was disputed by a coalition of groups including the League of Women Voters. Ultimately, after several years and numerous court battles, in December 2015, the Florida Supreme Court approved the map that is currently being used. For voters in Eastern Hillsborough County, this can mean changes to the person who represents you in both the State Senate and the U.S. Congress. For instance, State Senator Tom Lee’s District 24, which currently covers all of Eastern Hillsborough County and parts of Pasco and Polk County, has been redrawn. In November, Lee will run for the State Senate in District 20 which includes Zephyrhills, Dade City, Plant City

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is currently represented by Vern Buchanan. State House Representative Districts remain the same and were not included in the litigation because they are set by an act of the Legislature and approved by the governor and are not subject to mandatory review by the Florida Supreme Court. In order to vote in the primary, you must be registered to vote by August 1. Florida is a closed primary state, which means that only voters registered with a political party may vote in that party’s primary election. Early voting for the primary will run from August 15 through August 28. Every voter in Hillsborough County should be aware of the redrawn districts for the U.S. Congress and Primary Day is August State Senate seats up for election this year. 30. In order to vote in (Left) Current Supervisor of Elections, Craig Latimer, the general election, encourages voters in Hillsborough to check their voter registration card for precinct and district info. you must be registered to vote by and part of Polk County. State Senator October 11. Early voting begins on Bill Galvano will run in the new District 21, October 24 and ends on November 6. which covers the area south of State The General Election will be held on Road 60 in Brandon including FishHawk, November 8. Southern Hillsborough County and For more information on districts and Manatee County. Voters south of the who is running for office, visit www.voteAlafia River will also be in a new U.S. Congressional District (District 16) which

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Local Lawyer Debuts Invention To Cool Beverages, Soups Quickly

By Katelyn Massarelli

Inventor, Jack Kramer, using Quick Coolit to cool down his hot beverage.

When you want a hot drink or soup, you do not want to have to wait for it to cool down. You either drink it right away causing mouth burns or put ice in it causing the drink to dilute and losing the flavor you desired. Jack Kramer, bankruptcy and personal injury lawyer, has invented a device dedicated to solve this problem. “I have been doing personal injury and bankruptcy work for over 20 years now in Brandon,” Kramer said. “I've worked hard to help my clients. I understand how important it is for everyone to have a new start in their lives. I also like thinking of little ways to make life easier for everyone.” Kramer’s invention, Quick Coolit, is designed to absorb heat from a hot beverage, making it just the right temperature without having to wait. The device uses ultralight metal alloy, a less dense metal that can suck up heat and get rid of the heat just as fast after running it under cool water. Five to 10 seconds is all it takes to make your soup or beverage a temperature perfect for consumption.

Three years ago, Kramer first got the idea for Quick Coolit from his and his wife’s experiences drinking hot tea and soup. Seeing the problem with putting ice in a beverage and having the flavor diluted by the melted ice was the inspiration Kramer needed to come up with the idea. “I hit upon the idea of a radiator of sorts that I made by placing several large flat washers spaced out along a long bolt with a screwdriver handle on the end to insulate it so it could be held, once hot,” Kramer said, “I tried it in cups of tea and coffee I had superheated in the microwave like you get so often at Starbucks or McDonalds and after swirling my prototype around in the liquid a few seconds the results were dramatic.” He started with water heated to 160 degrees, the temperature a hot coffee or tea is served at in Starbucks, and after swirling Quick Coolit in the water for 10 seconds, the temperature dropped 20 degrees. Another use he found for his invention was cooling wines or cold beverages by swirling it around just as you would a hot beverage. “I have always enjoyed taking things apart to see whether I could fix them or not since, hey, it's not working what do I have to lose?” Kramer said. “More often than not I’ll find that I can usually get things working again and I think a lot about everyday problems and their solutions.” Learn more about Quick Coolit or purchase the device at www.quickcoolit. com. There are demonstration videos available for customers. A Quick Coolit device costs $19.95.


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Children’s Board Launches Mobile Water Safety Team Swim Lessons

By Tyler Shamlall

teaching parents safety tips to keep their 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 ty much any body of water.” the launch of the Mobile Water Safety Team at the According to Vivian McIlrath, Brentwood Hills Pool Complex. the public education technician for In the Tampa Bay area alone, 32 chil- the 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 to teaching the parents, so they know 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 part- them 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

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Electric Today Provides Air Conditioning Service

Electric Today is celebrating the addition of air conditioning service to its 17 year old business. The Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce recently conducted a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate this milestone with Manny and John Polizzi who have been members of chamber since 2009. The Electric Today celebration was part of the Cinco de Mayo themed event spotlighting businesses within the 333 N. Falkenburg Commerce Center. Call 6534221 or email Visit

Bonefish Grill’s Fresh Seafood Open For Lunch

Bonefish Grill Brandon is now open for lunch. The restaurant hours are 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and Friday and Saturday hours are 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m. and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. on Sunday. Enjoy lunch menu items such as Blackened Baha Fish or Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos with your choice of soup or salad, Lily’s Salmon, Maryland Style Lump Crab Cakes and other

ry, yet refined, spirit into the food they prepare, the service provided, and the atmosphere created for guests. They offer a dining experience that highlights the simple elegance of Thai cuisine and the warmth of Thai culture, so that guests will come to think of Chai Yo as the ideal place to relax with friends and family. The restaurant offers Photo courtesy Bryan Reith, Aflac online orders with delivery Electric Today celebrated the addition of air conditioning to its 17 year old business. service through Doorstep favorites. Brunch items include favorites St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital’s Delivery. Visit or call 671such as Eggs Benedict, Crème Brulée Christmas in July donation drive and help Chai Yo is located at 11695 Boyette 6935. French Toast and more. Bonefish is locatprovide entertainment and comfort to Rd. in Riverview. ed at 1015 Providence Rd. in Brandon. pediatric patients throughout the year.

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St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital’s Christmas in July Donation Drive

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

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

Chai Yo Offers Thai Cuisine

Chai Yo Thai Cuisine offers full-service modern Thai cuisine and seats up to 45. Owners Topp Saenngarm and Jennifer Dryer strive to infuse a celebrato-

Discovery Point Child Care Center Offers Two Riverview Locations

Discovery Point is a childcare center serving ages 6 weeks to 12 years old, and has two Riverview locations: 11719 Symmes Rd. and 13011 Summerfield Crossing Blvd. The hours are from 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Discovery Point also offers VPK and also before and after school care and summer camp. Call 671-

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Baja Style Tex-Mex At Fuzzy’s Taco Shop

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop offers fast-casual, Baja style Tex-Mex with a full liquor bar. It is located at 2874 Providence Lakes Blvd. in Brandon. Owned by brothers Adam and Ian Lieberaman and Adam’s wife, J-Ray Lieberman, fresh, made-fromscratch food with bold flavors with portions that are generous are served. A fullliquor bar and full-service dining is offered. Fuzzy’s is a family oriented restaurant first and a bar second. Fuzzy’s Taco will open another location soon near USF/Temple Terrace. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m.-12 Midnight, and Sunday from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Call 374-7177 or visit

new homeowner, Burke became an active member of the community’s homeowners’ association and serves as its president today. Burke recently earned the State of Florida residential contractor’s license (May 2016), adding yet another impressive accomplishment to her full resume. For more information, call Florida Home Partnership at 672-7860 or email

Mobile Spa Parties For Girls Ages 5-12

Pretty Lil Divas Girls Mobile Spa, located in Riverview, opened for business in June. Pretty Lil Divas Girls Mobile Spa Parties targets girls ages 5 through 12. It strives to promote an experience of fun and creativity while building self-esteem and confidence, and providing opportunities for building positive relationships, in a safe, nonthreatening environment, where each From Homeless Fuzzy’s Taco Shop offers Baja style Tex-Mex with a girl feels To State empowered. full liquor bar. Certified Hire Residential Contractor Pretty Lil Divas Girls to experience complete pampering and entertainment for From homeless to a state certified your special girl and her friends including: residential contractor, Eileen Burke has candy scented mini manicures and pedirun the gamut of achievement in the cures, facials, mini makeovers, glitter tathousing industry. Burke, a special projtoos, along with a host of other fun activiects coordinator with Florida Home Partnership, Inc. (FHP), a non-profit com- ties. Owner/Operator Kisha Garcia is a munity homebuilder, traveled a unique path that few can claim. With intentions of veteran, local teacher and licensed Full discarding a flyer she found in the parking Specialist (Nail and Skin) who saw the need for party alternatives that were haslot of a local Walmart in 1994, Burke dissle-free in avoidance of the hustle and covered a housing opportunity through bustle of overcrowded, boisterous “child FHP. The flyer was promoting the United friendly.” As a result, the company aims to States Department of Agriculture Selfhelp Housing Program for income eligible bring a unique and fun birthday party experience to you. first-time homebuyers. Questioning the Packages are targeted to teach kids claim of “no money down and affordable how to embrace their inner beauty and payments,” Burke kept the notice and creativity. Parties will be booked on shared it with a co-worker. With reservaSaturdays and Sundays. Visit www.prettions, they eventually applied and or contact 563-6535. cessfully enrolled in the program. Attending trainings and working nights Fresh Fridays With Produce Nation and weekends to meet the minimum 600 On Hiatus For Summer hours of sweat-equity, the two helped build each other’s home, and the homes Due to a steady drop in patron visits of the members in their group, and literaland rising fuel costs to the business, ly became next-door neighbors in the Produce Nation will be unable to continue Homes for Ruskin community. As a proud to offer Fresh Fridays at South Bay

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SouthShore Chamber June Membership Luncheon was sponsored by Zipperer’s Funeral Home and held at HCC SouthShore Campus. Featured speaker was Sheriff David Gee. (From left) HCSO Major Rob Bullara, Joey Henderson –2016 SouthShore Chamber Board President, HCSO Sheriff David Gee, Melanie Morrison – SouthShore Chamber Executive Director, HCSO Deputy Chris McMurtry and Tony Zipperer –Owner of Zipperer’s Funeral Home.

Hospital. It will try to return in the fall. Winter visitor season may offer more business to the mobile produce start-up. Patrons can still visit Rachel and Produce Nation at other stops around the bay area. Call 531-3294 or visit for more locations.

Donate Old Phones To Cell Phones For Soldiers

Since 2004 the Minutes That Matter program has had a simple mission: to help troops call home, at no charge. Generous donations have fueled this mission providing over 220 million minutes of free talk time by sending more than three million calling cards to servicemen and women and recycling more than 11.7 million cell phones. Each contribution worth $5 enables them to provide 2.5 hours of talk time for America’s bravest men and women. Helping Heroes Home is able to provide one-time emergency grants to aid veterans making the transition back into civilian life. Since July 2012, more than 2,800 veterans have overcome communication challenges and physical, emotional and assimilation hardships with communication services, imperative car repairs, rent payment to avoid eviction and more. Live and Learn Compounding Pharmacy continues to serve as a drop off site for Cell Phones For Soldiers. Visit 13224 Boyette Rd. in Riverview Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Visit

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business, Serene Bodyworks, is pleased to announce that Nurturing the Mother Fertility Massage is available. For women who are trying to conceive, Fertility Massage focuses on cleansing, balancing and opening a woman’s body physically and energetically while relaxing her mind and body. Fertility Massage is beneficial for blocked fallopian tubes, endometriosis, PCOS and helps hormonal imbalances, improves egg health and improves pelvic and abdominal circulation. Fertility massage is ideal as a standalone treatment for women who are ready to conceive naturally and want to ensure that their bodies are in optimum condition. It is also supportive of those are using assisted reproductive technology in collaboration with your fertility specialist. Pelvic Pain and Painful Periods treatment can assist women who are not trying to conceive, but are experiencing pain or discomfort with their cycle, including symptoms of menopause. Serene Bodyworks is owned by Licensed Massage Therapist Anita Thomas and has been in business since December 2008. Providing a full range of massage services to a diverse range of clients from children to seniors, Serene Bodyworks also offers Prenatal and Post Partum massage, Cranial Release Technique, Massage Cupping, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Relaxation and Deep Tissue Massage. It is located at 10812 Providence Oaks Dr. in Riverview. Contact 758-9957 or or visit

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Hillsborough County Counts On Award-Winning Lithia Water Treatment Plant When Paul Haskins accepted a position at the Lithia Water Treatment Plant almost five years ago, he knew he enjoyed working with water treatment systems and he knew quite a bit about processes and procedures. What he didn’t realize was that he would become an award-winning operator of the Lithia Plant and would find his career passion and calling at the Lithia station. This spring, Haskins was honored to receive the American Water Works Association Marvin N. Kaden Award for Outstanding Water Treatment Plant Operator. He accepted the award at a ceremony held at the Gaylord Palms resort in April where the Lithia Plant also received the Most Improved Class B Water Treatment Plant award. “It was an honor to be recognized,” said Haskins. “We are providing the water for about fifty-five percent of the population of Hillsborough County and most people don’t realize the huge volume of water we produce every day.” The Lithia Plant was originally built to supply water to South Hillsborough County in 1988. The plant produces an average of 34 million gallons per day. Currently, the Lithia Plant serves residents in South Hillsborough county from Ruskin and Apollo Beach, all of Brandon, the FishHawk area all the way to Falkenburg and across to Thonotosassa. “This is the biggest water facility that the county owns,” said Haskins during a tour of the plant. “We produce most of the water being used in the county every

the weather and the news and making sure there is never an interruption in water service for our customers,” Haskins said. “We are testing the water analyzers twice per shift or every four hours to verify that the water quality is perfect and has the right chemical makeup.” The operators and plant managers Lithia Water Treatment Plant Operator Paul Haskins is part of the team that produces more than 55 percent of all of the water needed in Hillsborough County each day.

day.” The Lithia Plant is located on a secure facility just off of Lithia Pinecrest Road and Fishhawk Boulevard. The location sits on 55 acres bordering the Alafia River and Lithia Springs area. On site are four, 5 million gallon water tanks, two giant pipes bringing water into the facility from the aquifer which is fed by 17 area wells and also by a Tampa Bay Water regional pipe system, which blends treated regional water into treated wellfield water. In addition, a 5 million gallon reclaimed water tank helps provide reclaimed water for irrigation use. “We operate twenty-four hours per day, three hundred and sixty five days per year and are always keeping an eye on

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throughout Southeast Hillsborough County. “We certify every hydrant once per year,” said Haskins. “And, we completely rebuild every hydrant every five years.” Water pipes are inspected and tested quarterly. The water plant is closely monitored by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). The funding for the county’s water utility 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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auction, private cash bar, golf pro instructor, dinner and a fun evening of golf. Donations are tax-deductible. Checks can be made payable 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 Anna Donato at 956-3822. Advance registration (by July 15) preferred. Email

An Elvis Celebration will take place Ladies Club Bingo In Summerfield as award winning tribute artist, Cote The Summerfield Ladies Club will Deonath spends an evening entertaining hold their regular business meeting with the music of the King on Thursday, August 4 at or Rock and Roll, Elvis 11 a.m. at the Presley. The event is open Community Center at to the public and will take 13011 Summerfield Blvd. place on Friday, July 22 in Riverview. Food for from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Hospice Food Pantry will Winthrop Barn Theatre at be collected. Lunch will 11349 Bloomingdale Ave. be served and entertainin Riverview. Doors open at ment provided. A Bingo 6:30 p.m. Water and will be held in the snacks will be available for Community Center $1. Advance tickets cost on Thursday, July 28 and $20 and will not be sold at Cote Deonath will entertain at August 25 at 11 a.m. The the door. For tickets, visit the Elvis Celebration on Friday, cost is $6. Arrive July 22. Campo Y at 3414 by 10:45 a.m. Residents Culbreath Rd. or call at and guests are welcome. 684-1371. Email

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

Wanted: US Marines FMF Corpsmen and Chaplains

The Riverview Detachment of the Marine Corps League is looking for all local area Marines, Corpsmen and Chaplains to come onboard as members. This a non-profit veteran’s organization that supports Marines. Corpsmen, Chaplain’s and their families and promotes community involvement. These efforts include but are not limited to Toys

(From left) Parliamentarian, Phyllis Elsberry, Stephanie Betz, Katherine Cintron, Claudia Gassett, Sharon Vasquez, Barbara Allaert and Nancy Vance of the Apollo Beach Woman’s Club.

for Tots, scholarships, Boy Scouts, and performing memorials for fallen veterans of all branches of the military. The Riverview Detachment meets at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at Alafia American Legion Post 148 at 7420 US Hwy. 301 in Riverview. There is a social hour starting at 6 p.m. Contact 6233451 or 672-1778.

New Board Installation For Apollo Beach Woman’s Club

At a recent meeting of the Apollo Beach Woman’s Club (ABWC), Phyllis Elsberry presented and installed the new executive board for the 2016-17 Season. President Stephanie Betz; 1st VP of Programs Katherine Cintron; 2nd VP of Membership Claudia Gassett; 3rd VP of Membership Meetings Sharon Vasquez; Secretary Barbara Allaert, and Treasurer Nancy Vance. The theme for the installation was Let Your Light Shine. Each officer was presented with a figurine of a blue bird holding a star. Betz thanked past board members: Beverley Brooks, Marlene Hall, Jo Ma, Sara O’Neal and Deanna Anest for their support. Appreciation was extended to Logan Sullenfuss of Apollo’s Bistro and his Wait Staff. ABWC luncheon meetings are held the second Wednesday from September through May at Apollo’s Bistro at 5420 Richies Way and is open to all women in Apollo Beach community, dues $25 a year. Contact 352-258-4580 or Visit

Parkinson’s Support Presentation

On Monday, August 15 from 1:303:30 p.m. the Parkinson’s Support Group of Sun City Center will present Rafael M Rodriquez, MD. President Neurophysiology Center PA, Tampa. Dr. Rodriguez graduated from medical school at Universidad Central del Este in the Dominican Republic in 1981.

At this monthly meeting, both Caregiver and PD patient will have time to themselves, while supported by trained facilitators. Learn what assistance there may be for you to maintain your independence. The educational presentation begins at 1:30 p.m. with private time from 2:303:30 p.m. where Christie Dyer, Certified Ageless Grace Educator, will provide “Timeless Fitness for the Body & Brain.” This presentation is supported by the South Shore Coalition for Mental Health and Aging, with special thanks to the National Parkinson’s Foundation for its generous financial support. Sponsored by The Men’s Club of SCC and facilitated by USF Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorders Center, Sun Towers Retirement Community at 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. in Sun City Center. There is free valet parking for car or golf cart available at Terrace entrance by blue awning. Call 892-2990.

Solar Energy In Florida Talk – An Ales And Wild Tales Talk

On Wednesday, July 13 from 6-8 p.m., join Friends of the Tampa Bay National Wildlife Refuges Center for Biological Diversity for a free feature presentation by Susan Glickman, the Florida Director of The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. She will talk about solar energy in Florida and the solar friendly Amendment 4 which is on the primary ballot this August, which if passed, this amendment will make solar more available to a more diverse market. Emily Gorman, with Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 Campaign, will also be there to talk about efforts to compel leaders across the US to commit to 100 percent clean and renewable energy for all. This event is hosted at The Ale and the Witch at 111 2nd Ave. NE in St Petersburg. Contact

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Story and photos by Tamas Mondovics

Summerfield Crossings Golf Club Adds Footgolf To Golf Course

sible. Play is most similar to traditional golf where each player takes turns striking their own ball. Gottschalk explained that using the basic model of golf, foot World cup foot golfer Steve Crane and Zac Portillos, starting player on the Tampa Bay Rowdies, joined by footgolf fans during the golfers play each grand opening at the Summerfield Golf Club in Riverview. hole in sequence Summerfield Crossings Golf Club defined by the scorecard. Up to four playkicked off its newest venture by adding ers in a group take turns kicking their ball footgolf, a cross between or combination from behind the orange tee area and into of soccer and golf, for its members and the hole with the orange flag ranging from guests to enjoy. 90-200 yards. The farthest out plays first The new addition was celebrated after tee shot. Each hole is regulated at during a grand opening ceremony last par three, four or five. month officially opening the course that is Interestingly the reason for the sport’s now running alongside the club’s tradipopularity is quite simple. For starters it is tional 36-hole (two 18-hole) golf courses. for all ages. Requiring minimal equipment Utilizing both 18-hole courses for the to play, with no experience necessary, it is sports has affectively turned the an ideal activity for family days out, corpoSummerfield Crossings Golf Club at rate events, leagues, first dates, bachelor 13050 Summerfield Blvd. in Riverview parties and fundraisers. into the first of its size in Florida, allowing Footgolf tee times are offered at the soccer players with some fancy footwork Summerfield Crossings Golf Club daily to show off their skills. from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Rates for 18-holes “We are pleased to add the sport to are: adults $15 and for ages 15 and our course,” said Head Golf Professional, under $10. Golf carts are available for $5. James Gottschalk, adding that the sport Soccer balls for rent are $5 each, but is a lot of fun and that the vast majority of players can use their own. Starting on those who make use of the Riverview July 17 and 18 the club will also offer course on a regular basis felt the same. family and adult leagues on Sunday and Footgolf, a relatively new sport that Monday afternoons and evenings from has taken off globally and only recently 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. respectively. arrived in Florida, lets players kick a socFor more information on the sport, cer ball into a cup in as few shots as pos- visit

County Celebrates Summer With Annual Skateboarding Contest Series Summer has officialof the sport. Prizes are ly begun and always awarded in four Hillsborough County offiage categories to comcials wasted no time to petitors that show off encourage local resitheir best skate techdents to take advantage niques and tricks. of the countless ameniIt is noteworthy that, ties offered by its many while promoting its skate regional and local neighparks, Hillsborough borhood parks. County Parks and In an effort to proRecreation department mote the 13th Annual Go is also in the midst of Skateboarding Day on hosting a series of public June 21, county officials meetings focusing on made arrangements to the future of the county’s host a three-part contest neighborhood parks. series to name the Best One of such meetings, Shredder, while showheld at Randall Middle casing the county’s three School, focused on the Local skate fans show off some future of the skate park state-of-the-art skate skills at the Brandon Skate Park. parks. in the heart of the Skateboard enthusiasts of all ages FishHawk Ranch community, which is in and abilities were invited to show off their need of much repair and upgrade. skills during the first event, the Sea “Our goal is to develop a Parks & Breeze Skate Contest, held in April at the Recreation Master Plan,” County Parks Apollo Beach Skate Park. Services Manager Kyla Booher said. Go Skateboarding Day served as the “Once completed, the plan will include second installment of a three-part contest specific recommendations on facilities, series at the Hillsborough County’s programming, amenities, recreational Northwest Skate Park in Tampa. needs, current park conditions, improveThe third and final event, called ments and renovations. We want to eduEndless Summer Skate Contest, is cate the public as much as we seek scheduled for Friday, August 5 at everyones input.” Brandon Skate Park at 5720 Providence Admission at each of the county’s Rd. from 6-10 p.m. three skate parks is free. Helmets and The event has become a much welnotarized waivers are required. Forms are comed and anticipated tradition among available online at skate fans aiming to demonstrate their or skills and to showcase the camaraderie call 967-5973.

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Blake High Student Wins Car For Perfect Attendance, Free VPK Programs & More New Car Giveaway For Perfect Attendance

Not missing school has paid off nicely for one local high school student last month during an annual event that inspires high school senior to faithfully attend school. Blake High School senior Jennifer Vasquez was the tenth student out of 12 to choose a key and try to unlock the car door of a brand new Toyota Scion. Minutes later—stunned when she heard the horn beep and the car door unlock—she became a proud owner of the car, thanks to pulling the winning key in the New Car Giveaway for Perfect Attendance at Toyota of Tampa Bay. Vasquez was one of 160 students who had perfect attendance in their senior year of high school and who preregistered with their school for a chance to win the new car. Vasquez is planning to attend HCC in the fall and will then transfer to USF where she plans to be a pre-med student. To set up the contest, Superintendent Jeff Eakins and School Board members took turns drawing students' names and letting them select keys for their chance to win the new car. Graduating seniors who had perfect attendance the entire year received two entries into the contest.

Seniors who had perfect attendance for one semester received one entry. The event was the sixth year Toyota of Tampa Bay has sponsored the new car giveaway for students in Hillsborough County Public Schools.

June 15-July 28, from 6:30 a.m.-7 p.m., remaining flexible for families. To be eligible, the child must have been born between September 2, 2010 and September 1, 2011 and not have previously participated in a school year

Blake High School senior Jennifer Vasquez proudly takes ownership of her brand new car that she won last month during the Sixth Annual New Car Giveaway for Perfect Attendance at Toyota Tampa Bay.

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Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) is giving children a jump start into Kindergarten by offering a free Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Program this summer. The program is now scheduled to run from Monday through Thursday,

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Hillsborough County Public Schools officials reported that beginning with the fourth quarter of the 2015-2016 school year, all middle school and high school report cards become available for access online. Links to access the report card will be available through the district website, mySPOT, and Edsby. The new online report card will replace the previously mailed final report card. To ensure that this confidential information is delivered securely, student were sent a letter (Sample Letter) containing a unique Personal Identification Number from their school. Parents will need this PIN, along with other student specific information, to access the online report card. As the electronic report card becomes available, notification will be sent by a phone call, email, and/or text message using the contact information listed on the Student Emergency Information Card. If unable to access the report card electronically, a printed copy may be picked up from the school after they are made available online. For more, visit

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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 Botox and Dysport, a newer and often joined with Moody who brings her extenless expensive way to combat fine lines sive experience in cosmetic dermatology. After raising a family, Moody returned and wrinkles. The practice accepts most major to school at the University of South insurances as well as Care Credit. For Florida where she found her interests more information, to request an appointpiqued by dermatology, especially as it ment, and to check out their specials, visit relates to dealing with oncology, and or call practiced for just over 10 years in the the office at 634-1484. Hightower Brandon area. Perhaps just as important Dermatology is located at 957 E. Del as knowing you’re in competent hands is Webb Blvd., Ste 101 in Sun City Center. the feeling of warmth you get when you 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 itself. Just in the clients’ 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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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.

ALMOST CAKE Cupcakes are a culinary trend that’s found acceptance from the food truck to the formal wedding affair. But that doesn’t mean they have to be ordinary. Consider a tower display of lacy cupcake wrappers adorning miniature gourmet confections for a sweet that does double duty as decor. Pies also are an option. Choose decadent cheesecakes laced with liquor or pastries filled with summer’s freshest berries.

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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

aisle is lightly-hued wedding dresses in blush and cream. Flowing lightly colored tulle and coordinating flowers in the hair make for a super girly look. Pair similarly colored pearls

with rose gold jewelry, which is currently experiencing a spike in popularity.

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

the waist. A neutral-hued belt is adds interest to a pale-colored dress. Another detail that’s taking hold is feathers. Flowing from the waist or back, covering the skirt or contouring the bodice.

The Hues of Summer


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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Tampa Bay Grand Once the sun gets Slam! No, I’m not talkup they will forage ing baseball. When you to the mangroves catch a snook, trout, for shade and fishredfish, and tarpon in ing cut bait under the same day, it’s the bushes will be called a grand slam. key. The best fishInshore it’s undeniably ing will occur on the Hungry post-spawn tarpon can be found outgoing tides. Fish one of the toughest inside Tampa Bay in shipping channels things to achieve in a will congregate in and artificial reefs. single day. This time of troughs and potyear is ideal to achieve that goal. holes in good numbers to ambush prey Let’s start with snook. The larger as the flats are swept from the hill tides. breeder fish will be gathered in deep Float a greenback or pinfish over the tarwater passes and channels while they geted area during these times. spawn on new and full moon tides. Live Finally, the silver king. Tarpon can be greenbacks or small pinfish free-lined will the toughest of the day. Inside the bay, work best fishing inshore. Use a live large smaller pods of fish can be found pinfish or finger mullet in deeper areas. patrolling the deeper shipping channels Setup ahead of the current and free-line a and bridges. Huge schools of threadfin tail-hooked bait back. Be extra careful herring or “fry” bait are a good indication when handling these fish and always fully tarpon might be around. The key to support them horizontally. Before releascatching Tarpon is the tide. Strong outgoing, ensure the fish is completely revived. ing tides will flush crabs and bait that With the influx of small bait on the cause them to feed ferociously. I recomgrass flats, the trout have been fairly easy mend cut-bait on the bottom if the fish are to find. The best trout fishing will occur at not active and rolling. Switch to a live crab first light and just before dark. Focus on or threadfin during high flow conditions or flats that hold bait and fish low light condi- when the fish are on the move. tions. Topwater plugs or any live bait on a popping cork will do the trick. During the Captain Travis Yaeckel is a native resihotter parts of the day, target the deeper dent of the SouthShore area and charters full time for Redfish, Snook, Trout, and edges on sandbars. Fish live or artificial Tarpon. He is owner and operator of Instinct baits on the bottom. Fishing Co.,based out of lower Tampa Bay. Redfishing in July can be tough. To book a charter, call 830-FISH or visit Much like the trout, they can be found Catch him on close to the bait pods to take advantage Tampa Fishing Outfitters Radio Show on Sunday mornings from 8-9 a.m. at 1040 of the low light conditions and gorge on a.m. Sports Talk the Team. glass minnows or small greenbacks.

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Annual Open House For Congregation Beth Shalom

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 and all interested families are welcome. A light, bagel breakfast will be served; reservations are not necessary. Information about many activities such as Friday Worship services, Religious School, B’nai Mitzva Prep and more will be available during the open house. Visit or call 681-6547. Contact 9888193 or

Local Knights Of Columbus Select Knight Of The Year

Jerry Coffey has been a member of Knight of Columbus for only three years, and an important member of the council this past year and has been selected as the 2015-2016 Knight of the Year. He has taken the Community Committee to a heightened level of success. Over the past year he has directed the Adopt A Road Program, Truck or Treat event for the school children at St. Stephen School, and the Tootsie Roll Fund Raiser, which raised $2,300 for several local citizens with disability charities. Additionally, he participated in the annual Council and District Soccer Challenges and the Raymond James Fund Raiser and much more. Coffey is a perfect example of what it means to be a Knight of Columbus. He clearly exemplifies the principles of our order - Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism.

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vets and military support staff, including women who served. 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 interBell Shoals Worship Choir ready to enter the Rays field to sing our National Anthem. view. For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Worship Choir was invited to sing the Sheriff’s Department and his wife runs the 643-9586 or National Anthem at the Tampa Bay Rays family restaurant business, in addition to vs. New York Yankees game on May their Pro Life and parish activities. This Children Enjoy Cave Quest VBS At 28. It was Moving Forward with Dr. family has been an important part of the Saint Anne Catholic Church Stephen Rummage Day at the Trop. council this past year and over the past One hundred twenty-one children At 3:50 p.m., members of the Bell Shoals several years due to their work with the ranging in age 5 to 12 attended Saint Adult Worship Choir stepped onto center Pro Life Ministry. They continue to repreAnne Catholic field and performed sent the council at monthly prayer vigils. Church’s a four-part harmony The council sponsors a Pro Life Prayer Vacation Bible of our country’s Vigil held at a Tampa Abortion Clinic on School in National Anthem. the second Saturday of each month. June. Each day The Worship Choir is They supported and attended the the children under the direction of Foundation of Life Gala in November experienced Music and Worship 2015 with a table sponsorship for $1,000. God’s Word Pastor, Jason Also, they assisted with the annual 40 through this Millsaps. This is the Days for Life Campaign. year’s theme, second time that the The Lewis Family also played a key Cave Quest. The Tampa Bay Rays role in the Pro Life Baby Shower held in students learned organization has January, where there was an outstanding a new Bible invited Bell Shoals outpouring of generosity from the parish This summer’s VBS at Saint Anne Catholic Church to lead the teams truth each day where we three truckloads of baby goods was a success as 121 children experienced God’s that they could and fans in the and supplies valued at $7,500 was colWord through the theme Cave Quest. use in their National Anthem. lected. These were distributed to local everyday lives. The day started with pregnancy centers. Also, they helped with singing a fun mix of worship songs. The the placement of 290 Remembrance St. Stephen Knights Of Columbus kids then explored different stations that Crosses in front of St. Stephen Church to Family Of The Year helped them grow their faith and love for commemorate lives lost to abortion. They Brother Chris Lewis has been a God through Bible stories, short videos, were also big part of the Council receiving Knight for over nine years and his wife arts and crafts, singing and dancing, and the Culture of Life Award which is the Jeanne has been a member of the sports and games, topped off by lunch highest award given by the Florida State Columbiette Auxiliary since its inception prepared by Saint Anne volunteers. Saint Council. Call 743-2805 or visit and is the Knights of Columbus Family of Anne Catholic Church is located at U.S. the Year. Chris is a member of the local 41 and 11th Ave. NE in Ruskin. Call 6451714 or visit


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 with sweet treats 1st Presbyterian and raffle will be available Church Of Jerry Coffey has been named Knight for purchase. Seating is Brandon To Host limited and registration of Columbus Knight of the Year. Veteran Interviews closes on Saturday, July 16. Tickets can be purchased advanced The Veterans History Project caponline at tures, through a private video interview, a All proceeds will help Saint Rita firsthand account of the experiences of a veteran. Those who served in any branch Circle ministry supporting engaged couples of the parish and Family Promise of of the U.S. military in any capacity, from World War II through the present, and are Greater Brandon. Nativity Catholic Church is located at 705 E. Brandon no longer serving are eligible to particiBlvd. in Brandon. pate. The 1st Presbyterian Church of Brandon became a host site for veteran National Anthem Performed By BSBC interviews in January 2016. The Brandon project has conducted interviews of World Worship Choir At Rays Game War II through Viet Nam Era vets: combat The Bell Shoals Baptist Church


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rescue goals, and expanding their impact on the animal community. The ASPCA will be working with RVR to obtain accreditation from the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, an organization that “promotes and validates excellence in animal sanctuary management.” Visit

Summer Riverview Library Offerings

The Riverview Library offers free

Just Tape It: Tuesday, Tuesday, July 12 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. - Create cool wallets and bags using everyday items like newspapers and duct tape. For grades 6-12. On Your Mark, Get Set, Science: Wednesday, July 13 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. - Join Mad Science for a fun and interactive exploration of the science of sports and fitness. For grades K-5. Out of the Ordinary: Thursday, July 14 from 2.30-3:30 p.m. - Explore the outrageous and crazy world of record-

In June, Riverview High School softball coach Ron Slater and Plant High School softball coach Melissa Sigmon visited the Tampa General Hospital Cancer Center to deliver the proceeds from a joint fundraiser by the two softball teams. After everything was totaled, the players raised $11,050.50, even more than the $10,000 ceremonial check. The donation was made in honor of Ron Slater's wife Angela Slater, who passed away on February 4 after battling cancer.

RVR Horse Rescue Wins Another Grant From ASPCA

RVR Horse Rescue announced it has received a $10,000 grant from the ASPCA’s Equine Fund. The grant will be used to complete capital improvements to fencing and stalls, and for further administrative training and development. The $10,000 grant comes as part of a mentorship program of the ASPCA. Rescues showing great promise are chosen to participate in a yearlong partnership with a representative from the Equine Fund. The objective of the mentorship program is to assist rescues in managing growth, reaching

(From left) Nurse Practitioner Nancy Preston, Plant softball coach Melissa Sigmon, Riverview softball coach Ron Slater and his son Cody Slater presenting a check after a fundraiser by the softball teams.

programs for children to adults. Visit the library or call for more information. Here are some of the offerings in July for children and teens:

breaking and extreme sports with stories and activities. For grades K to 5. Moonlight Stories: Wednesday, July 20 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. - Enjoy tra-

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ditional African storytelling with drumming, dance, and songs with Orisirisi. For grades K-6. Movie Matinee: Inside Out: Thursday, Thursday, July 21 from 2:304:30 p.m. - Riley is a happy, hockeyloving 11-year-old Midwestern girl, but her world turns upside-down when she and her parents move to San Francisco. Feelings get real in this funny and charming animated film. Rated PG. Teen Movie: Bring It On: Tuesday, July 26 from 3:30-5:15 p.m. Cheerleading champions discover their winning routines are stolen from a rival team. Rated PG-13. For grades 6-12. Amazing Bats: Wednesday, July 27 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. - Learn about the most amazing and exotic bats on the planet through an interactive presentation, and meet some special, live bats. Presented by Tampa Bay Bats. For grades K-5. Movie Matinee: Cool Runnings: Thursday, July 28 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. - When a Jamaican sprinter doesn’t qualify for the Olympic games, he enlists the help of a washed up coach to start the first Jamaican Bobsled Team. Enjoy this fun and inspirational film loosely based on a true story. Rated PG. The Friends of the Riverview Library meets the third Tuesday of the month at 1 p.m. The next meeting will be on July 19. It supports library for youth and adults, recruits volunteers to help in the library and speaks for the library at all governmental levels. The Used Book Sales and honor-system book store provide funds to support efforts in all these areas. The Riverview Library is located at 10509 Riverview Dr. Call 273-3652.

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With Arts & Entertainment Editor Kathy L. Collins

Pay For A Day And Enjoy The Rest Of The Year With MOSI’s Discovery Passport

Beginning on Saturday, July 2, Passport. Just pay for a day and the rest guests who purchase regularly priced of the year is free.” MOSI general admisYou can also sion tickets will receive save money on a a Discovery Passport full MOSI memwhich gives them unlimbership this sumited admission through mer. A full one the end of 2016. You year Explorer will be able to experiMembership ence immersive films in includes unlimitthe Florida Hospital ed MOSI admisIMAX Dome Theatre, sion and unlimitEnjoy all that MOSI has to offer now through the end of the year for one low see the stars in the ed standard films price with MOSI’s new Discovery Passport. Saunders Planetarium, in the IMAX ride in the only driverless car open to the Dome Theatre for 12 months. A full MOSI public in the U.S. and have fun with 450 membership also includes free parking, hands-on exhibits over and over again for discounts, special member-only event, one price. free or discounted admission to more To kick off the new discount, MOSI is than 20 local attractions and hundreds of throwing a Polar Beach Party on children’s museums and science centers Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10. worldwide. If you are a current member, You can enjoy an air conditioned beach you can renew your membership now inside MOSI. There will be bounce housand receive a discounted rate. es, a simulated shoreline and real falling Ticket prices to MOSI are $26.95 for snow. The party is included in admission. adults, $25.95 for seniors 60 years or “If you have been thinking about older and $20.95 for children ages 3 to coming to MOSI, now is the time,” said 12. The Discovery Passport is not valid MOSI President and CEO, Molly for free admission on Saturday, Demeulenaere. “We have a huge worldSeptember 3 to Monday, September 5, wide experience planned for this summer Thursday, November 24 to Sunday, that we will be announcing soon, an November 27 and Monday, December 26 incredible new multi-million dollar exhibit through Saturday, December 31. opening this fall, and an amazing new MOSI is located at 4801 E. Fowler IMAX movie coming later this year. All of Ave. in Tampa. For more information, call it is included with your Discovery 987-6000 or visit

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SouthShore Regional Library Offers Community Gallery Space

The Community Gallery space at the SouthShore Regional Library in Ruskin showcases local artwork.

The SouthShore Regional Library in Ruskin offers the public including clubs, schools, art programs and organizations a unique opportunity to exhibit their artwork in the Community Gallery located in the center of the library. According to Laurie Burhop, art coordinator for the SouthShore Regional Library, “We have the space to give art groups and schools the opportunity to showcase their work and gain experience in producing a display. Many people have not had the opportunity to visit an art museum or gallery, so the community space and our art gallery space, gives them the chance to see what it would be like to go to an art show or a museum.” The Community Gallery is not a juried space. So long as the exhibitor is a local group, and there is an adult 18 years and older in charge, the space is

available on a first come basis. All you have to do is email Burhop at or call 273-3652, and inquire about availability. In fact, if there is an interested group for the month of August, simply contact Burhop by Monday, July 25, and this space could be yours. Burhop explained that the art work must be capable of hanging on carpeted panels. Basically, the space works for two dimensional media. Since this is in a public library, no nudes or controversial subject matter is allowed. The SouthShore Regional Library is the only library in the system that has an art coordinator. When the library was being planned, John and Elizabeth Crawford left an endowment to have an art studio and galleries in the library so that all people could experience an art class or an art exhibit at no cost. In addition, a grant from the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay allows the library to offer art classes for free. “Our galleries are very well received. The feedback we get from our patrons is so positive and appreciative. It certainly is doing what it was intended to do,” said Burhop. The SouthShore Regional Library is located at 15816 Beth Shields Way in Ruskin.



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Health & Wellness Options For Seniors In July

Hillsborough County Aging Services offers a variety of activities for adults age 50 and over. Visit to view activity calendars and additional center information, or call Aging Services at 272-5250. Gardenville Community Center located at 6215 Symmes Rd. in Gibsonton can be reached at 6717601. Below are some upcoming programs. July 11, 19, 26 at 10 a.m. Intergenerational: Let’s Play activities with Gardenville Children’s Summer Program. July 29 at 12:30 p.m. - Monthly Birthday Celebration (Members only, call to join). Mondays at 3 p.m. - Rummikub Club (Beginners welcome). Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. Watercolor Painting (Materials provided, call for details). Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. Meditation and Relaxation Class. Thursdays at 10 a.m. - Color Me Beautiful (Adult coloring, materials provided). Thursdays at 1 p.m. - Walking

Club (Appropriate footwear). Fridays at 3:30 p.m. - Senior Friendly Stretch and Tone.

Ruskin Senior Center located at 905 6th St. SE in Ruskin can be reached at 672-1107. Below are some upcoming programs. July 20 at 10 a.m. Wellness: I Take Care of Myself with Moffitt Cancer Center (Bilingual, preregistration required). July 26 at 12:30 p.m. - Heavy Hitters Baseball Tailgate Party (Wear team colors, members only, call to join). Every Monday at 9:30 a.m. Active Seniors Gym Walk (Appropriate footwear). Every Monday at 10:30 a.m. 50+ Basketball Pick-up games. Every Tuesday, Thursday at 1 p.m. - Bingo. Every Wednesday at 9 a.m. - 50+ Basketball Pick-up games. Every Wednesday at 10 a.m. Ruskin Gardening Club (Call for details). Every Wednesday at 10:45 a.m. - Get into Fitness Today (G.I.F.T.) with Florida Department of Health staff. Every Thursday at 9:30 a.m. Library Cybermobile.

Every Friday at 1 p.m. - Chess Club.

Volunteer Opportunities

Looking to volunteer? Aging Services Nutrition sites located throughout Hillsborough County are seeking Food Service Assistant Volunteers to help in serving hot, nutritious midday meals to citizens 60 and older. Volunteer benefits include: flexible schedule, engagement with seniors in a fun, social environment, and the opportunity to help the community. Contact 6358066 or visit

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In partnership with the National Council on Aging, Aging Services will provide information and assistance for seniors to apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP - formerly Food Stamps). Contact 635-8066.

Hillsborough County Property Appraiser Launches First Mobile Website

Hillsborough County Property Appraiser Bob Henriquez has taken another major step in the modernization of his office and improved service to the public by launching the first-ever mobile version of the HCPA website. The mobile website comes

less than 15 months after Henriquez unveiled a complete renovation of the full HCPA website and is in recognition of the growing trend toward mobile web browsing. While the HCPA’s full site at still offers the type of responsiveness needed for use on mobile devices, the new mobile site is specifically designed for smartphones. The easy-to-use site automatically detects users who are visiting the full site on a smartphone, and once the user performs a map or property search, redirects them to the streamlined mobile site ( If users prefer to access the full HCPA website on their phone, they can simply tap the “Link to Full Site” message found at the bottom of every mobile site page. The mobile site is not intended to have all the same functionality as the full site, and instead, is designed to help citizens quickly identify the details of properties while on the go. With this in mind, one of the standout features of the mobile site is its ability to pinpoint a user’s precise location. This is especially useful for an individual or real estate professional that is on site at a property searching for such details as number of bedrooms and baths, last sale date and lot size. With one tap of the mobile site’s compass icon found on the map page, the user’s location is displayed on the map and nearby parcels, and their details are easily identifiable. 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 “Coming together is a 2011,” Wheeler said. beginning; keeping together “Beltone introduced the first is progress; working togethwirelessly streaming hearing aid and introduced the er is success.” Karen first of its kind hearing aid Wheeler and Amy Doyle can relate to Ford’s statewith streaming capabilities ment because they have from any iPhone, iPad or been working together their iPod touch device in 2014.” whole lives. They are sisters Beltone offers the most 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 have been working as a highest level of customer Karen Wheeler is board certiteam our whole lives,” service in the industry. fied in Hearing Instrument Sciences. She and her sister Wheeler said. “We have Since Beltone is a Amy Doyle are the owners of locally owned family busibeen serving the hearing Beltone Hearing Aid Centers of impaired in Tampa Bay for ness, keeping things local Tampa Bay. over 25 years.” is important to Wheeler The sisters have a close-knit family and Doyle. with good old-fashioned values. “Amy and I grew up in Tampa Bay “We currently have seven family and we are raising our families here,” members at Beltone so it’s no surprise Wheeler said. “Honoring our community through caring for our hearing impaired that our family functions usually entail the friends and neighbors is always in the glamorous discussions about hearing aids and how to best serve our patients,” forefront of our minds.” Wheeler said. Beltone honors veterans and military In 1933, Sam Posen wanted to help and accepts many insurance plans. It a hearing impaired friend hear the music also offers easy financing. of life “as clear as a bell.” He and his wife, “Our goal is to fit each individual Faye, began to design Beltone’s first patient’s hearing loss and budget,” hearing aids. They opened the Beltone Wheeler said. factory in 1940 in downtown Chicago and To learn more about Beltone and the have been the most trusted brand in the hearing devices it offers, visit www.belhearing aid industry for 76 years. or contact Wheeler at 655“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


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FHSAA Reduces Live Contact Time For High School Football Practices

By Tamas Mondovics

The first practice day, including the routine acclimatization period of the 2016 season, is to begin on August 1 and comes with another major change for football teams. Keeping in harmony with its efforts to improve and maintain player safety, the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) announced the implementation of procedures which limit live contact during practices. Both the preseason and spring session will begin with a five-day acclimatization period without contact or full pads for a maximum of three hours. In an online press release, FHSAA officials explained that during the regular season, live contact will be restricted to 30 minutes per day and 80 minutes total per week. Live contact, or drills with game-like conditions where players are taken to the ground, will be limited to no more than two consecutive days and not to exceed three practice days per week. “Player safety has and will always be the number one goal of the FHSAA,” FHSAA Executive Director Dr. Roger Dearing said. “Protecting our student-athletes is paramount in growing the game of football and this administrative procedure is a step in the right direction.” The release explained that from day six through Monday of the first regular

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season game (or end of spring practice), live contact will be limited to 40 minutes each day, with no more than two straight days of live contact. During double practice days, only one practice can include live contact and not surpass 40 minutes. Acknowledging the dangers of the sport, FHSAA Football Administrator Frank Beasley said,

Beasley emphasized the importance of education when he stated that the FHSAA will continue its efforts to teach coaches on the Drive to December about how to run effective practices while using the limited-contact procedures. Student safety and making changes necessary to protect its athletes is by no means new for the FHSAA. Just last year

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FHSAA officials announced additional safety changes, including a mandatory course on concussion, along with an online test, before athletes take one foot on the athletic field, court or gym.

FHSAA officials noted that, while the additional process is a considerable undertaking for programs like football with its more sizable roster, the effort was an important one covering all involved especially since the stakes are high for student-athletes dreaming to someday play in the big leagues. The FHSAA supervises and regulates interscholastic athletic programs for high school students at member public, private and charter schools. The organization also recognizes and honors academic achievement among student-athletes at almost 800 middle, junior and senior high schools statewide. Headquartered in Gainesville, it is the official governing body for interscholastic athletics in Florida. To reach its latest decision, the association said that it worked alongside Practice Like Pros founder Terry O’Neil who has worked with high school associations nationally to improve player safety in America. "We thank leadership of the FHSAA for working with us on these practice-field restrictions,” O’Neil said. “As a trendsetter and a top-three football state, Florida sends this message nationally: In order to preserve the game we love on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons, let's mitigate risk Monday through Thursday.” Visit

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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

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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.

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