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Twin Lakes Community Presents 8th Annual Art In The Park, Open To Public



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Twin Lakes in Valrico will host its 8th Annual Art In The Park on Saturday, September 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Art in the Park is set to take place in the beautiful Zenia Park, home of gigantic and beautiful old oak trees. Twin Lakes is located east of Lithia Pinecrest Rd. at the end of Bloomingdale Ave. The event is open and free to the community. Both artists and vendors of all kinds are encouraged to attend and share their creativity with the community. Artists and vendors can set up space anywhere within the 11 acre park. A fee of $10 is charged to non-residents to offset the cost of hosting the arts event. However, there is no charge for Twin Lakes residents. Vendors must bring all of their supplies, including table, chairs and tent (not required). Electricity is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. This is a great bargain for artists and vendors. Joanne Bialas, Chair of the Twin

Lakes Communications and Social Activities Committee (CSAC) said, “The Twin Lakes of Brandon Home Owners Association, in conjunction with Lisa Harmon of Homewood Real Estate, are putting on the 8th Annual Art in the Park. This has become one of Twin Lakes’ best social activities of the year with great participation from the neighborhood as well as the surrounding communities.” Bialas added, “In the past, we have had many different forms of art from homemade cookies to painted art to hang on your wall. We also have various food vendors and live entertainment. Each year about 50 to 60 various vendors and close to 500 people attend.” Zenia Park is a perfect venue for an art festival of this kind. It is shady and beautiful and filled with oaks that are over 100 years old. Bialas said, “As always, residents of Twin Lakes are encouraged to showcase their arts and crafts at no charge. Non-residents are also eligible to reserve a space for just $10 payable on the day of the event. Booth reservations must be made in advance by email to

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BOCC Gives Green Light For New 53,000 Sq. Ft. Assisted Living Facility On Lithia Pinecrest

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By Kathy L. Collins

Everyone is welcome to come to Zenia Park in the community of Twin Lakes in Valrico as they host the 8th Art in the Park on Saturday, September 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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A Hawthorn Retirement Group senior living facility similar to this has been approved by the BOCC to be built on Lithia Pinecrest Rd., in Valrico just north of S. Valrico Rd.

In a 5-2 vote during its regularly scheduled meeting in early August, the Hillsborough County Board of County Commission (BOCC) gave the approval for a brand new senior assisted living facility project to be built west of the intersection of Lithia Pinecrest and Valrico Roads in Valrico. The five “for” and two “against” vote of the project by Hawthorn Retirement Group, an independent and assisted living management company came on the heels of requests for denial by the city-county planning commission as well as the zoning hearing master Susan Finch, both whom expressed their conclusion that the project goes against the Brandon Community Plan. The project in question is located on a 10-acre parcel on the west of the intersection of Lithia Pinecrest Rd. and Valrico Rd., between Lithia Pinecrest Rd, and Timber Knoll Dr., across from a retention pond and lift station. The facility plans to build a 53,000 sq. ft., three-story building with room for 145 suites and more than 100 parking places. Ahead of the vote, the County Planning Commission has determined that the Comprehensive Plan Amendment, HC/CPA 17-05 (proposed land use) was inconsistent with

the goals, objectives and policies of the Future of Hillsborough Comprehensive Plan for Unincorporated Hillsborough County, and resolved to forward its recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners for denial. Officials in part said that the primary impact of the land use change would allow more intense uses on the property and would change the scale of potential development from suburban to more of an urban development

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Nelson Elementary Starts School Year With New Principal And Assistant Principal At Helm

from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or you can bring them with you to the event. Holiday Cards For The Troops was started in 2008 by Jeri Fontana, a retired member of the military and a Stampin’ Up demonstrator. Fontana made the cards on a Anyone ages 16 and older can support the troops by participating small scale and in the 10th Annual Holiday Cards For The Troops set for Saturday, often personally October 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Center Place in Brandon. bore the cost of the event. Center Place Fine Arts and the In 2008, then Honorary Mayor of Community Roundtable present the 10th Brandon, Tammy Holmberg, co-owner of Annual Holiday Cards For The Troops on the Chick-fil-A at Lake Brandon Village, Saturday, October 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. teamed up with Fontana to get the comat Center Place, located at 619 munity more involved and to get many Vonderburg Dr. in Brandon. more cards made in one day. It turned out Members of the community, 16 years to be a huge success. and older, can come together to assemIn 2011, the event was moved to ble thousands of cards which will be sent Center Place where it has been held ever to deployed service men and women. No since. Now, nearly 3,000 cards are made experience is necessary, and this is a free by more than 120 volunteers. community event. Carole Stanton is the Chair of the The non-profit Support the Troops, Annual Holiday Cards For The Troops. located in Wesley Chapel, helps to distrib- Stanton said, “To date nearly 25,000 ute the cards. To celebrate the 10th cards have been created and sent to the Anniversary of Holiday Cards For Troops troops. It is like 25,000 hugs and smiles the committee is requesting donations to coming out of those little envelopes.” add to care packages sent to the troops. If you would like to be a sponsor, The top five most requested items include make a monetary or Top Five donation or beef jerky, disposable razors, ground cofget more information on the Annual fee (no pods), toothpaste and new white Holiday Cards For The Troops, please athletic socks. Items can be dropped off contact Center Place at 685-8888 or at Center Place Monday through Friday email

Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education in 1987. She received her Masters in Educational Leadership in 2007. For 19 years, Hewett taught at J.S. Robinson Elementary School until she became the Assistant Principal at Nelson in 2007. “My 30 years of experience with Hillsborough The 2017-2018 Public Schools County school year has brought (HCPS) including 10 years many changes, including Assistant Principal here as the elimination of courat Nelson Elementary, has tesy bussing and adjustprepared me for this new ments of school boundchapter as Principal,” ary limits for students Hewett said. “I am honored teachers and parents in to work with some of the Hillsborough County. most talented and passionFor a number of ate educators by my side.” schools there were other Hillsborough County Public “My goal is to ensure changes to adjust to in Schools selected Mary Lou that the individual needs of Hewett as the new principal the form of filling leaderof Nelson Elementary in each student are met and ship positions from new Seffner. that the community is principals and assistant principals, to hiring of a number of new engaged in Nelson Elementary's culture,” she said. teachers. One of those changes affectHewett will be supported by Angela ing students and teachers was at Elbanna as Nelson’s assistant principal. Nelson Elementary, 5413 Durant Rd., in Nelson Elementary was built in Dover. 2003 and is named after the three Mary Lou Hewett is now serving as sisters, each a dedicated and Nelson Principal of Nelson Elementary School respected educator. LaVerne, Mabel and will lead its teachers and staff, and Martha all taught in Hillsborough along with a student body of 840 total County. enrollment. Superintendent Jeff Eakins Hewett is new to the school as she announced a number of principal has been serving at Nelson as assisinvolving eight schools for the changes tant principal for Elementary 2017-18 school year. Instruction. For a complete list of changes Hewitt graduated from the please visit University of South Florida with a

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pattern that is compatible with the In recent news articles White was existing low-density residential develquoted on his dismay over some of opment pattern in the area. the recent changes by HART’s bus The two votes to shut down the system redesign, including his quote project came from Commissioners in the Tampa Bay Times saying: "I'm Stacy White whose District 4 includes not going to sugar coat it: they got the Brandon/Valrico area, as well as hosed. It's terrible for residents in Pat Kemp, who holds a countywide unincorporated Hillsborough.” seat. Despite pleas, HART approved a “This area is congested enough bus system cutting 20 percent of without adding any additional largeroutes. White was the lone "no" vote scale development,” White said. Area residents reportedly expressed their frustration over the BOCC’s decision referring to the number of Photo submitted by Haawthorn Retirement Group A site map is shows the location of a proposed retirement residence by County Hawthorn Retirement Group just west of the Lithia Pinecrest Rd. and professionValrico Rd. intersection. als who spoke out against the project and its in a 12-1 decision. incompatibility with the County’s comNeighbors are reportedly planning prehensive plan. to appeal the ruling. If the BOCC’s In his most recent newsletter decision stays, the project— White emphasized that as discusHawthorn’s 47th in the US—is slated sions on the Board of County to begin in November 2018 with a Commissioners and the Hillsborough completion time of 12 to 18 months. Area Regional Transit Board occur, For more information, please call transportation continues to be a key 272-5600 or visit www.hillsboroughfocus for him.




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Area resioverall tonnage of dents are once debris removed from again urged to each site and the put on their volunamount of recyclable teer hats and join materials diverted one of the largest from ending up in our environmental landfills. improvement and KTBB officials cleanup events of emphasized that the the year. data collected is used Photo by KTBB to determine future As part of the Volunteers proudly pose for a photo followInternational requirements for ing a recent clean up event organized by Coastal Cleanup, cleanup initiatives, KTBB. Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful (KTBB) will assess projects that are needed in the host the annual Hillsborough River and area and develop awareness of these Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, needs within the local communities who September 16 at various sites along the share these waterways. Date is shared Hillsborough River, Alafia River, Little with Keep America Beautiful, the Ocean Manatee River, Lake Thonotosassa and Conservancy as well as local officials to other waterways throughout Hillsborough help provide a local and global perspecCounty. tive. In 2016, KTBB boasted of a total of According to KTBB officials, unlike a 16,000 volunteers who have worked typical litter removal event, the coastal more than 48,000 hours in service at cleanup offers the opportunity for volunnearly 1,000 cleanup, beautification and teers to engage in vital international recycling projects and events. research activities by taking on the role of Upcoming KTBB events include “Scientist for a Day.” Hillsborough River & Coastal Cleanup With more than 83 sites along (September 16), Recycle Regatta Tampa Bay waterways, nearby parks and (November 18), Annual Awards Breakfast roadways in Hillsborough County, KTBB (December 6), Tropical Nights had nearly 5,000 volunteers take part in Gala (March 23, 2018) and The Great the effort last year and remove 128,265 American Cleanup (April 28, 2018). lbs. (that’s 64 tons) of litter and debris. To volunteer for or sign up to be a During the clean up, volunteers colSite Captain, please visit www.keeptamlect items and record the data to identify or email to the number and type of littered items, the

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Services available Providing highquality dental care in a include general, cosmetic, stress-free environment preventative and restorais the motto at Oakfield tive dentistry as well as Dental, which Dr. Amir extractions and implants. Boules opened in “We believe in not only 2016. getting patients to healthier teeth, but also to a “We offer a patientmore confident smile,” he focused approach and said adding that the office passion to make denalso offers tistry something comZoom fortable and even Whitening, enjoyable, rather than which is an insomething to be office whitening feared,” said Dr. Dr. Amir Boules, Owner of Oakfield Boules. “We believe Dental, with his wife Melanie. The treatment that gives couple married just over a month instant results; Minor that a child's early ago. Tooth Movement (MTM); experiences at the and, Invisalign, which use clear trays to dental office is formative in setting the straighten teeth. person up for dental health in the future The office is completely digital, and one of our greatest joys is seeing a dental-phobic patient little by little become including x-rays, which minimizes radiation exposure to the patient. less fearful of seeing the dentist.” While Dr. Boules has been busy with From the moment guests enter the his new practice over the past year, he office, from the coffee and tea bar to also recently married his wife Melanie, essential oil diffusers to full-wall windows who he met in dental school. She is joinwith views of plants and birds in each ing the practice on Fridays and brings room; it is obvious that the goal is to crewith her, her experience working with chilate a comfortable environment. dren as well as with Invisalign. “Our biggest asset is our team, Oakfield Dental is located at 1457 whom I hand-picked for their attention to Oakfield Dr. Hours are Mondaydetail, compassion and genuine desire to Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 9 others,” he added. 4 p.m. Fridays are nicknamed "Kid Adding to all of that, Oakfield Dental also offers Saturday appointments from 9 Friendly Friday." Although the office sees children every day of the week, on a.m.-4 p.m. “We chose to open on Fridays, the staff decorates the office to Saturdays because we work ourselves be more comfortable to its young friends. and know how inconvenient it is to take Visit or call off a day of work for a doctor's appoint813-906-8808 for further information. ment,” Dr. Boules explained.

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Valrico Teen Releases Music Single Blurry Many teens use music to express their feelings, but Valrico resident Karinna Crespo has taken it a step further writing and recording an original song that she hopes many others will relate to. Mulrennan Middle Crespo, a School student Karinna Crespo recently 13-year-old stureleased her song dent at Blurry. Mulrennan Middle School, released her song Blurry in late August and it is now available to purchase online. “When I got the idea to write the song, my initial goal was to pass on a message to other kids with insecurities, the main target being teen aged girls,” said Crespo. “It seems like nowadays society creates these invisible little boxes which are filled to the brim with standards for beauty and personality. If people don’t fit into those boxes, they are considered weird or ugly or imperfect.” The song Blurry is Crespo’s answer to this problem. “I want to show people that make-up and fancy clothes are not what make a person beautiful,” she said. “We are so much more than just materialistic puppets controlled by what the world deems are perfect.” According to Crespo’s mother Yadira Talamantez, Crespo began singing in first grade and sang in her school choir, a USF choir and the Entertainment Revue

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THEA Board Approves $230M Selmon West Extension Design-Build Contract

By Tamas Mondovics

The Meridian Ave., Tampa and Selmon Hillsborough Greenway. Expressway “Local resiAuthority dents, Gandy (THEA) Board businesses, and of Directors commuters are recently important to us,” released a said Joe decision to Waggoner, THEA award the Executive Selmon West Director, in a Extension recent press An artistic rendering presents the Selmon West Design-Build Extension, a nearly 2-mile toll lane from Dale Mabry release announcHighway to the Gandy Bridge. contract to ing the Board’s the team of Kiewit Infrastructure South vote to award the project to Kiewit. Co. and AECOM. Officials said that THEA’s goal was to According to THEA officials, the cost find the team best suited to build an aesof the contract, which involves a two mile thetically-pleasing bridge while minimizing toll lane extension in the median of the construction impact on residents, Gandy Blvd., is close to $230 million, will business owners and commuters. Four be paid by toll revenues and bond proteams were selected to present proposals ceeds. that showcased innovation in both design In February 2016, the THEA Board of and construction techniques. Directors unanimously voted to approve According to Vince Cassidy, $2.6 million for conceptual designs of the Chairman of THEA’s Board of Directors, Selmon Extension that will offer a choice selecting the right company for the projfor regional travelers to either use Gandy ect, “was a competitive process with four Blvd. for local destinations or use the outstanding teams submitting proposals.” extension for a direct connection to the “The Kiewit and AECOM proposal Lee Roy Selmon Expy., Dale Mabry Hwy. depicted a signature bridge, one that will or the Gandy Bridge. further promote the Tampa Bay area as The extension hopes to relieve conan exciting place to live, work and play,” gestion and to provide an alternate route Cassidy said. for travelers seeking an easier and quickConstruction of the Selmon West er access to the harbor or to the Gandy Extension is expected to begin in early Bridge. 2018, with an anticipated operational date The THEA owns, maintains and in late 2020. operates four facilities within Hillsborough For information, visit www.selmonexCounty: Selmon Expy., Brandon Pkwy.,



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Plaza Bella Invites Residents To Annual Plaza Bella Goes Pink Walk For The Cure

By Kathy L. Collins

Plaza Bella will Creager said, “I am hold its 10th Annual constantly humbled Plaza Bella Goes by the people that I Pink Walk For The meet who are fightCure on Saturday, ing a cancer diagnoOctober 21. You can sis. Specifically, peochoose either the ple like Terry Yavit, Diva Strut which who despite being in runs from Plaza hospice, continues Bella to the to make 300 bead The Community is invited to join the fight Bloomingdale angels to wear on a against cancer as the 10th Annual Plaza Library and back or necklace for the Bella Goes Pink Walk For The Cure on Saturday, October 21. the 5K Challenge walkers, and anothWalk which goes from Plaza Bella to er 50 for the survivor goody bags.” Nature's Way and back. Both walks are Creager added, “This is also the fifth led by cancer survivors and both begin at anniversary of Antoinette Cuellar’s pass9 a.m. This year’s theme is “Honor, ing. She had been a survivor speaker for Support, Fight”. two years. Her family is planning a big Registration is open and the cost is turnout for the walk to honor her memo$35 per person. Registrants decide ry.” whether their donation supports the Brighton continues to be a tremenAmerican Cancer Society, The Outreach dous sponsor of this event. Brighton, Clinic or the YMCA’s Live Strong along with other vendors donate many Program. wonderful products that are put into gift For those who wish to honor family baskets. Tickets to win the gift baskets and friends who have been afflicted with will be sold beginning two weeks prior to cancer, you can donate $5 for a pink ribthe event. You do not have to be present bon. to win, so you can support the fight No funds raised at the 10th Annual against cancer by purchasing raffle tickPlaza Bella Goes Pink Walk For the Cure ets. are used to pay for expenses. The event Creager would also like to thank all is completely underwritten by The Green of the people in the community that help Boutique. Roz Creager, owner of The to put on this event including Chris Heath Green Boutique said, "The sponsorships of Big Beat Entertainment who has you see on the t-shirts do not pay for the donated his DJ services for the last 10 shirts. They are asked to choose which years. charity they would like their sponsor Plaza Bella is located at 1078 money to benefit. Every dollar raised is Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. For more donated.” information on this event, please call 685This is the 10th year of the event. 9494.

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra To Perform The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve

Staff Report

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) announced its highly-anticipated 2017 Winter Tour. Over the past 20-plus years, TSO has become a critically-acclaimed, multi-platinum, musical powerhouse, and its annual winter tour is a beloved, multigenerational holiday tradition. 2017’s tour, a completely updated presentation of TSO’s unforgettable The Ghosts of Christmas Eve, is set to begin on November 16 and will visit more than 60 cities, for 100-plus performances, before concluding on December 30. TSO returns to Tampa on Sunday, December 17 to perform at Amalie Arena, which will host two spectacular shows at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday, September 15 at 10 a.m. with a portion of the proceeds benefitting local charities courtesy of TSO. TSO’s tour will be a celebration of the art and accomplishments of the lauded group’s late creator/composer/lyricist, Paul O’Neill, and his inimitable creation, which he dubbed “Rock Theater.” Prior to his untimely passing, O’Neill worked tirelessly with his close-knit team preparing an exciting new take on The Ghosts of

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Christmas Eve for the 2017 tour. Fans will experience this exciting stage spectacle, including new awe-inspiring effects, and staging, certain to make the story even more engaging for fans. Based on TSO’s multi-platinum DVD and long running PBS fundraiser, The Ghosts of Christmas Eve, the rock opera features such enduring fan-favorites as Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24, O’ Come All Ye Faithful, Good King Joy, Christmas Canon, Music Box Blues, Promises To Keep, and This Christmas Day. The 2017 tour will also boast a rousing second set containing more of TSO’s greatest hits and fanpleasers. As in all previous years, a portion of every ticket sold benefits select local charities. To date, more than $13 million has been distributed from TSO to worthy charities all across North America. You can purchase tickets at the McDonald’s® Ticket Office at AMALIE Arena, Ticketmaster outlets and at Order tickets by phone by calling 800-745-3000. Ticket prices are $32.25, $42.25, $52.25, $62.25 and $72.25. Prices do not include facility fee or service charges. Advanced parking passes are available at or the ticket office. Visit or call 3012500 for information. Visit for more details.


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Shopkins Live! Is Coming To The Lakeland Center Staff Report

Shopkins an amazing advenLive! the first live ture that our North theatrical proAmerican fans can duction based experience.” on the phenomSince its enally successful launch in 2014, the Shopkins toy Shopkins brand brand will bring continues to be a the national tour hot ticket item for to The Lakeland children worldwide. Center on Shoppies dolls conTuesday, sistently rank as Shopkins Live!, the first live theatrical production the #1 kids toy in October 10 at based on the Shopkins toy brand will take place 6:30 p.m. the U.S.; the firston Tuesday, October 10 at 6:30 p.m. at The ever Shopkins Based on Lakeland Center. movie, Shopkins Chef Club, was released America’s #1 toy brand, Youtube sensalast year by Universal Pictures Home tion and international toy phenomenon Entertainment; and numerous dedicated created in Australia by Moose Toys, apps continue to expand the brand’s Shopkins Live! will feature The Shoppies and Shopkins characters taking the stage ever-growing world. Shopkins Live! will run for approxiwith an all new storyline, original pop music and video highlights as ‘Jessicake’, mately 90 minutes, with one 15-minute intermission. For more information on ‘Bubbleisha’, ‘Peppa-Mint’ and friends Shopkins Live! visit www.shopkinsliveonprepare for Shopville’s annual “Funtastic Food and Fashion Fair”. and sign up to be the first to “Shopkins is literally on every child’s hear about the pre-sale offer, on-sale wish list,” commented Paquin, who also dates and North American tour dates. serves as Executive Producer of The Shopkins Live! U.S. tour is repShopkins Live! “Koba Entertainment’s resented by APA. partnership with an innovative and leadTickets are available at The Lakeland ing toy manufacturer like Moose Toys Center Box Office or by calling The allows us to bring one of the most sucLakeland Center Box Office 863-834cessful toy brands in history to life on 8111 or 888-397-0100, and online at stage.” Regular box office hours are Monday-Friday 9:30 “We are thrilled to have Koba a.m.-5:30 p.m. The Lakeland Center is Entertainment presenting our first-ever located at 701 Lime St. in Lakeland. live theatrical show for Shopkins,” added For more information on Shopkins Hardiman. “This will be a fantastic event Live!, visit featuring the Shopkins and Shoppies in

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FX Fitness Studio Hosts First 5K Race To Help End Hunger

By Amanda Boston

Ready, Set, Go! On Saturday, September 30 at 7:30 a.m., runners can lace up their sneakers for the first annual FX Fitness Race To Help End Hunger. The 5K race takes place outside the FX Fitness Studio in Brandon. Owner Drew Preiss is pumped to pair his passion for fitness with feeding the less fortunate. “I enjoy helping other people, that's why I got into the fitness industry to begin with. And now to have this opportunity, it is a huge blessing,” said Owner Drew Preiss of FX Fitness Studio and members fight to end hunger with a 5K race that supports the nonPreiss. profit organization Feeding Tampa Bay. Preiss linked up with Feeding Tampa Bay, a nonprofit organiza- Studio is collecting non-perishable food donations that may be dropped off at his tion that acts as a large food bank for studio in Brandon. He also has set up a frontline food dispensing organizations. It website for monetary donations that can helps replenish the local pantries in soup found at be kitchens, mobile food trucks, Boys & Girls and churches. Preiss revealed he race-to-end-hunger2. For the three highwas shocked to discover that more than est amounts donated, Preiss will con700,000 people in the Tampa Bay area tribute free unlimited membership monthare food insecure—meaning they are ly packages for one, three and six month unable to obtain enough food because of intervals. limited finances. To register, visit and After hearing the alarming statistic, FX Fitness Race To End Hunger. search Preiss felt compelled to step into action Early registration is $20 per runner, which by organizing a charity race. “I’ve always includes a shirt. The studio and race start wanted to put together a race but didn’t is located at 932 W. Lumsden Rd. know where to start. I am excited to have Brandon. For information, visit the stuin the support of my studio members. I hope dio’s Facebook page @FXFitnessStudio. to make an impact on my members and To find out more about Feeding Tampa the community.” Bay, visit In addition to the race, FX Fitness

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A Ceramic Sale will be held on Saturday, October 14 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Strawberry Ridge Mobile Home Park, located at 3419 S.R. 60 in Valrico.

Hawthorne Hosts Parkinson’s Disease Support Group Hawthorne Health & Rehabilitation Center hosts a monthly support group for those diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and caregivers on the third Thursday of every month. A variety of speakers will provide information on topics relating to swallowing, balance, walking, speaking, mobility, exercise, self-care, cognition, and memory, all of which can be impacted by Parkinson’s Disease. The next meeting will take place on September 21 from 2-3 p.m. at the Media Center at Hawthorne. The speaker will be Pam Cooper, ARNP and the topic is Parkinson’s Psychosis and how PD affects emotions. The sup-

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Rare Fruit Trees Is Topic At Riverview Garden Club’s October Meeting

The Riverview Garden Club will hold its business meeting on Wednesday, October 11 at 10 a.m. The guest speaker will be Tom Schaffer on Rare Fruit Trees. The club's address is Riverview Civic Center, 11020 Park Dr. in Riverview. Call 654-6987 for more information.

All Around The World By Dream Vacations

On Tuesday, October 10 from 5:307:30 p.m., come and learn about Dream Vacations, which is hosting a night where you can learn about cruising and all-inclusive resorts. Guests will experience what the ships and allinclusive resorts have to offer by obtaining their mock passport and traveling around the world. Taste different foods, and have an opportunity to grab a mocktail on their way to visit the spa and so much more. Kids are also included in the fun as there is a special activity just for them. A

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Golf Tournament Benefits Campo YMCA

You are invited to participate in this year’s Campo Family YMCA Annual Golf Tournament, which will be held on Saturday, September 30 at Riverhills Country Club in Valrico. This tournament is a major part of Campo’s fundraising effort to help support families and individuals of all ages who could not otherwise afford vital community programs such as: pediatric cancer survivor program; summer camp, school readiness program; chronic disease prevention; teen leadership; Livestrong for cancer survivors; and drowning prevention, youth sports, and much more. Proceeds stay local and have a lasting impact on our neighbors in the community. The Tampa Metropolitan YMCA is a Four-Star Charity and is a 501(c)(3) organization. A portion of your sponsorship is tax-deductible and donors

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With the holidays approaching, shopping for unique gifts could not be easier when you visit the sixth annual Gifts & Crafts Fair, held on Saturday, October 14, from 10 a.m. -3 p.m. at The Bridges Retirement Community. This shopping event features over 30 vendors and is free and open to the public. Whether it is handcrafted decorations or personalized gifts, such as jewelry and handbags, pottery, candles, soaps, home décor and more, you will find just what you are looking for. “Customers of all ages are invited to stop by this free event to get a head start on their shopping,” says Janet Noah, Community Relations Liaison and event coordinator. “With the wide variety of gifts and crafts, shoppers can look forward to

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Nothing But Laughs At The 5th Annual Clean Comedy Night

Hillsborough County Veterans Population Soars To Highest In Florida

At times, tained military troops and standup comeworked with celebrities dy can be such as Reba McEntire, downright vulOprah Winfrey and gar and rude. Ronnie Milsap, to name a While some few. A highlight of his perenjoy this type formance is the History of of comedy, othRock Guitar Riffs where ers do not, but he impersonates famous all can agree it rock stars like Sting, U2, is not familySpringsteen, Sinatra, friendly. That is Elvis, Barry White and why Michael many others. Self and wife The dinner is Italian Stacy, the owncuisine from East Coast ers of S and S Pizza along with a variety Tacos in of desserts donated from Kier’s history of Rock Guitar Riffs LeAnne’s Old Fashioned Riverview, cre- Enjoy at the 5th Annual Clean Comedy Night ated Clean on Friday, September 29 at The Regent. Cookies. A cash bar is Comedy Night. His impressions of many rock artists will also on site. Other comentertain and make you laugh. The event is munity businesses such sponsored by Keller Williams-Ken as the Family Time Entertainment of Brownlee Real Estate Team and takes Florida, The Osprey Observer, and place on Friday, September 29 at The Summerfield Crossing Golf Club have Regent from 6 to 9 p.m. stepped forward to sponsor the event. When asked why they started the The evening will also include a silent Clean Comedy Night, Stacy said, "Years auction, raffle prizes, gift baskets, a 50-50 ago we decided to put God at the center raffle and a chance to win a Lottery of our life, and as a family, we struggled Scratch off Board. The proceeds will go with places to go that were appropriate. to the Summerfield Club, which plans to We wanted to bring something to the purchase a Paragolfer, a unit that allows community where families can go and those who are paralyzed to play golf have a good time.” again. Families can come out to enjoy an Ticket prices include the show, dinner evening of fun and laughs as the comedi- and a beverage. The cost is $30 for sinans take the stage. Local business gle ticket, $55 for a couple, and $275 for owner, Brian Kleinschmidt, of Anytime a table of eight, which must be purchased Fitness, brings his talent as an emcee to in advance. To purchase tickets for the the show with world-renowned comedian 5th Annual Clean Comedy Night, visit Kier as the headliner. Kier has

That Hillsborough County is boasting a large population of military veterans is not breaking news. In fact, for a while the County has proudly claimed having the third largest veteran population in the state of Florida. That is until now. According to a recent report Military veterans and their families are remembered and honored for by the U.S. their sacrifice at Hillsborough County’s Veterans Park and Museum. Department of County vets are regarded by the community in high regard, but now Veterans Affairs, their numbers are also at the top in Florida. Hillsborough A. Haley Veterans’s Hospital (JAHVH) County has the most veterans of any county in Florida: 98,307, an increase of administration and staff also celebrated the groundbreaking for the VA’s 5,135 over 2015. new South Hillsborough Community The report also emphasized that Based Outpatient Clinic. the number doesn’t reflect the thouAll of this, of course, comes at a sands of active-duty servicemen and price. According to the report, servicewomen who also live here. By Hillsborough County has remained comparison, Duval County had 91,296 first in the state in the amount of fedveterans, and Pinellas had 90,533. eral veterans’ compensation and penIt is safe to say that Hillsborough sion benefits: $490 million in FY 2016, County officials and residents have an increase of $64 million over the done a great job caring for and supyear. previous porting its vets and their families, even The VA has reportedly expended as many are working tirelessly to more than $1.1 billion in benefits and make sure each vet has what he or programs in Hillsborough in FY 2016, she needs. that also included $14,944,000 in conA good example of this support is struction, $118,979,000 in education the visible accomplishment at the and vocational rehabilitation/employCounty’s Veterans Park and Rear ment, $5,998,000 in general operating Admiral LeRoy Collins, Jr. Veterans expenses, $8,798,000 in insurance Museum, which have been the center and indemnities and $476,061,000 in of care. medical care. The park is now working on Military veterans, dependents or expanding the parking lot, not to mensurvivors who want to know more tion the 8,000 sq. ft. Veterans about the wide range of benefits and Resource Center currently under conprograms that are available are urged struction that will become the new to contact the Hillsborough County home for the County’s Consumer and Consumer and Veterans Services for Veterans Services. help. As funds become available, future Certified Veterans Service Officers plans also call for a 14,000 to 16,000 assist military members and their famisq. ft., addition for educational use lies at four locations, and there is and museum exhibits. never a fee. “The new services center is the Staff also provides outreach and result of a unified effort by our local support to veterans in assisted-living veterans, veteran advocates, facilities, nursing homes, private resiHillsborough County government and dences, and private businesses. the state of Florida,” said Assistant For information, visit Hillsborough County Administartor, or call 635Dexter Barge. 8316. Earlier this year, Tampa’s James

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Enjoy Some Fall Fun At The Brandon Christian Women’s Connection October Luncheon

Brandon Christian Women’s Connection‘s October Luncheon “Fall Fun” is Monday October 9 from 11 a.m .-1 p.m. at Bell Shoals Baptist Church’s Special Events Center, 2102 Bell Shoals Rd. in Brandon. The speaker will be Paula Abbott and music with Brenda Copher. This is a non-denominational luncheon and all ladies are invited. The cost is $15 for luncheon and entertainment. First time guests pay $10. Reservations are requested by calling Lillie at 740-0098.

Bay Life Church Scrapbooking For Missions

Bay Life Church announces its annual Fall Crop benefiting youth activities and mission trips. Bring your own supplies to work on your paper crafting projects in a well-lit and fun atmosphere. Your registration fee is tax deductible, and it includes dinner and dessert on Friday, continental breakfast, home cooked lunch, drinks and snacks all day, plus scrapbook/crop space, swap table, goody bags and door prizes on Saturday. This year’s crop will be Friday, October 6 from 6:30–11 p.m. and/or Saturday, October 7 from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. There will be “Make and Take” stations (for nominal fee), a silent auction (including retired Stampin'

Up!® products), and raffle baskets valued between $150 and $300. Sylvia Cuillo, from Photos Organized, will be here to scan your photos (100 front and back) for a $5 donation to missions. Get them out of that shoebox and onto a thumb drive quickly & easily. Bring your photos and a thumb drive. Receive a discount. Register early by October 1. The cost is $25 for Friday night, $30 for Saturday, or $45 for both. Late registrations, late payments and walk-ins are welcome with registration fee of $30 for Friday night, $35 for Saturday or $55 for both, if space is available. Registration is open. Sign up at Space is limited and not reserved until paid in full. Email for more information.

Gospel Jam 2017 Seeks Entertainers

If you would like to solo or have a group that would be interested in bringing worship through song, drama, etc. at the Gospel Jam 2017 Entertainment Tent at the Hillsborough County State Fair, please pre-register before October 15 by mail to Hillsborough County Fair, P.O. Box 100, Sydney, FL 33587 or via email to For an application, visit

Impact Program, Inc. Announces Annual Impact Celebration

Impact Program, Inc. is pleased to announce its upcoming, semi-formal, annual Impact Celebration fundraising dinner on Thursday, September 21 at The Regent, 6437 Watson Rd. in Riverview. Doors open at 6 p.m., program at 6:30 p.m. Learn how this nonprofit organization is impacting today's teens by educating and empowering them to make positive life choices and to avoid high risk behaviors. The Impact Program serves Hillsborough County public and private schools, YMCAs, Boys & Girls Clubs, Parks & Recreation Centers, and community organizations by promoting healthy living and relationships to teens through Teen Impact, to par-

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Join in on Monday, September 16 at 6 p.m. for ‘Page Turners’. Join an enlightening chat with a light dinner as we discuss The Bridal Chair, by Gloria Goldreich. This fascinating novel tells the story of Ida Chagall, daughter of Marc Chagall. The High Holidays are coming up. All are welcome to join in for these spiritual High Holiday services. Call office to reserve your seat. Erev Rosh Hashonah Wednesday September 20 at 8 p.m. Rosh Hashonah day 1 Thursday September August 21 at10 a.m. . Rosh Hashonah day 2 - Friday September August 22 at 10 a.m. Service will be followed by a pancake brunch. All are welcome. Call office to reserve your seat. Shabbat Shuvah - Friday, September 29, 7:45 ppm. Join us for this special Shabbot service, during which congregants will speak to their Jewish identity. Oneg, nosh and mingle, follows service. Kol Nidre- Saturday, September 30 at 8 p.m. Join in for this service as the Day of Atonement begins. Shabbat services are held on Friday evenings at 7:45 p.m. Oneg, nosh and mingle follows. Congregation Beth Shalom is located at 706 Bryan Rd. in Brandon. Call 681-6547 for information.

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By Tamas Mondovics

The Tampa thank you to Looby for his Metropolitan Area leadership and significant YMCA was pleased to contributions to the Y over announce last month the years. the naming of Matt It is safe to say that Mitchell as its new Chief Mitchell has big shoes to fill Executive Officer who and in his new role, he will will begin his new role in be responsible for taking mid-October. the lead on the Y’s current According to Y offifoundation and strategic cials, Mitchell’s selection plan. “During our search for is the result of a fivea new CEO, we looked at month search by the Y’s candidates from all over the CEO Search Committee country, but Matt stood out Matt Mitchell was recently named as the Tampa to find a replacement for among the rest,” said Metropolitan Area YMCA new Tampa YMCA Governance Tom Looby who is retirChief Executive Officer. ing at the close of next Board Chair Al Colby, who month after 37 years of serving. also chaired the CEO Search Committee Looby spoke highly of his tenure with made up of seven voting members from the Y, the last 10 years which were in the Tampa YMCA’s Governance Board Tampa. “It’s been a joy and privilege serv- and community. “His energy and vision ing the communities of Atlanta, Nashville, for the Tampa YMCA is exactly what we Winston-Salem and Tampa through the Y, were looking for in a leader.” accomplishing many good and exciting Mitchell joins the Tampa Y with more things at each stop,” Looby said. “Among than 20 years of experience with the Y, my fondest Y memories will be all the including most recently serving as the many wonderful staff and volunteer leadExecutive Vice-President and Chief ers I’ve worked with over the years, Operating Officer of the YMCA of Greater including a talented and mission-driven San Antonio for the past five years. team here in Tampa.” Mentioning some of Prior to that, Mitchell worked for the Looby’s accomplishments during his time YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee in variin Tampa, Y officials included the Y being ous leadership roles including vice presinamed Non-Profit of the Year, received dent of center operations, group vicethe Bank of America Neighborhood president, senior branch executive direcBuilder’s Award, launched the Sulphur tor and branch director. Springs Neighborhood of Promise initiaMitchell holds a degree in tive, created the Teen Achievers program Kinesiology and Exercise Science from for at-risk students and enacted over $30 the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. million in capital improvements to Y faciliHe has moved to the area with his wife, ties. Nicole, both of whom grew up in the In a recent press release, the Tampa upper Midwest. YMCA staff and board issued a heartfelt Visit

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The Florida Opry Plant City Gets Set To Kick Off Its 2017-18 Season The Florida Opry, established in 1996, will kick off its 2017-18 season with a show by Billy Droze, a great new rising star straight out of Nashville. The Billy Droze show will take place Saturday, October The Florida Opry will 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. kick off its 2017-18 season with a great The Florida Opry show by Billy Droze. shows are performed at an auditorium located in the historic 1914 Plant City High School Community Center located at 605 N. Collins St. in Plant City. Reserved tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students. Tickets at the door are $18 for adults and $10 for students. Florida Opry shows are held on the second Saturday of each month from October through April. No shows are held in March as there would be a conflict with the annual Florida Strawberry Festival. Droze has been on stage since the age of four. He sang with his dad on stages everywhere from churches and bluegrass festivals to honkytonks. During this time, Droze developed a passion for traditional country, gospel and roots music that has influenced him ever since. Droze learned to play the guitar at the age of 12. As a teenager, he would perform anywhere he could. By the time he was 16, he moved to Texas. He spent a year playing with his dad’s band. Droze

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then decided it was time to make the move to Nashville. He continued to play everywhere he could, constantly honing his skills as both a songwriter and a musician. Droze has acquired the title of hit songwriter. Over the years, he has co-written many number one songs such as I Know Better, Her Memory Again, and Bottle Was a Bible. Droze has been touring worldwide and making music for more than a decade. Shelby Bender, Executive Director and President of the East Historical Society said, “This truly unique artist and hit songwriter, has lyrics that dig deep into the heart of life, melodies and a guitar style that combine his traditional roots with a modern twist that is all his own, and voice so soulful, earthy and sincere that every song seems to draw you in to believe and enjoy his brand of American Music.” Bender added, “As always promised, this will be a great music show at The Florida Opry in the historic auditorium of the 1914 Plant City High School Community Center.” For more information, please call 757-9226.

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Rosati’s Chicago Pizza Provides Tasty Fresh Ingredients In All Its Foods The aroma of homemade pizza dough being baked in the oven with all of its fresh ingredients and Italian flavor moved up through the nostrils as individuals stepped foot inside Rosati’s Chicago Pizza in Valrico. This Chicago-based, familyowned pizza franchise opened in Mt. Prospect, Illinois in 1964. All of the recipes are the same at every restaurant. Owners Whitney Tucker and her husband Marshall Tucker established Rosati’s Chicago Pizza in Valrico on February 20 of this year. This will be the first one to open in Hillsborough County. With room for growth, the Tucker’s plan on developing at least four other restaurants in this county. To date, more than 200 restaurants can be found throughout the United States. Additionally, this location offers catering, carryout, delivery and individuals can order online. For delivery it is an additional $3, but does not require a minimum purchase amount. People can sign up on the Rosati’s Chicago Pizza website and join the E-Club to receive emails with coupons for birthdays and much more. In

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addition, check out their Facebook page for upcoming football specials. Lastly, Rosati’s Chicago Pizza provides a wide variety of food items on its menu such as pizza, chicken parm, fried ravioli and much more. It offers traditional thin crust, double dough, gluten free crust and deep dish just to name a few. Individuals could also purchase a deep dish pizza called take and bake, which can be made at home. It comes in three flavors with prices varying. The $5 lunch special consists of a jumbo slice of either cheese, pepperoni or sausage pizza with a 20 oz. coke product from 11 a.m.3 p.m. for carryout only everyday. The restaurant gives a 10% discount to all military personnel and first responders. Overall, “We are excited to bring real authentic Chicago food to the community,” Whitney said. For information, visit It is located at 3437 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Valrico (Publix Shopping Center). Open Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m.- 10 p.m. and Friday through Saturday 11 a.m.- 11 p.m. Call 643-1003.

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Ribbon Cutting for Healthy Bodies Medical and Dental Center in Brandon.

Healthy Bodies Medical And Dental Center Celebrates Grand Opening

Healthy Bodies Medical and Dental Center has recently opened for business and enjoyed a ribbon cutting to celebrate. This is a new venture for husband and wife team, Dr. Martha Ducatel and Dr. Watson Ducatel. Dr. Martha Ducatel is a graduate of the University of South Florida and Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine. Her goal is to help you obtain your desired healthy smile while improving your oral health. Dr. Watson Ducatel also graduated from the University of South Florida and then attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine. His focus area is a hands-

on approach for diagnosing and treating disorders of the internal organs and musculoskeletal system. The office is located at 3415 Brook Crossing Dr. in Brandon. Call 540-5005 or visit

Two Solvere - Managed Senior Living Communities Coming To Tampa Area

As part of its ongoing growth, Solvere Senior Living will be managing two new senior living communities coming to the Tampa area. Slated to open in early 2018, Tessera of Brandon is the first of the future sites and will be located at 1320 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon offering 89 assisted living apartments and 49 memory care

suites. Tessera of Westchase will break ground late this summer at 11305 Countryway Blvd. in Tampa providing 64 assisted living apartments and 37 memory care suites. Both Tessera communities will feature a multistory, bright and energetic state-of-the-art living environment with one and twobedroom assisted living apartments and memory care suites in various floorplans. They will also provide Solvere Senior Living’s proprietary wellness philosophies Salus™ (holistic approach) and Valeo™ (wellness initiatives for memory impaired). The Tessera of Brandon sales center is located at 221 Paul’s Dr. Suite B in Brandon and is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m Monday through Friday. Call 607-6880.

Sound Exchange, a Tampa Bay area independent record store chain open since 1987, has announced that it will merge its Brandon and Pinellas Park stores into a 6,400 sq. ft. building at the corner of 66th St. N. and 86th Ave. N. in Pinellas Park. The new location will open at the beginning of October. Members of the Brandon store staff have been offered jobs in the Tampa or new Pinellas Park locations. Jim Butcher and Ron Stoy, who started the Brandon store together in 1992, are both eager to spend semiretirement in racing cars (Jim) and restoring vintage stereo equipment (Ron). Ron said, “We thank our Brandon-area customers for 25 years of patronage and hope that you will venture to the Tampa or Pinellas Park stores in the near future.” To welcome Brandon-area customers to other Sound Exchange locations, the company is offering people with Brandon, Valrico, Riverview, Lithia, Seffner, and Plant City addresses 10% off purchases at the Tampa and Pinellas Park stores, from September 15 until the end of 2017. Just show your driver’s license at the reg-

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Lupo, Seminole Hard Rock Tampa’s President. “We’re looking forward to seeing the positive effect his efforts will have on the Tampa Bay community and guests of Seminole Hard Rock Tampa.” Dunavant holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Southern Mississippi. Visit A ribbon cutting was recently held for Meredith Tucker’s LuLaRoe Boutique.

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Meredith Tucker was proud to share in the ribbon cutting of her LuLaRoe Boutique. LuLaRoe is a fashion brand with comfortable, affordable and stylish clothing that is sold by a national network of Independent Fashion Retailers. Tucker started with LuLaRoe in 2015 in order to be the first person to open every box, and be the first to see new inventory. It quickly evolved into a full time opportunity to support her family, spend more time with her daughter and have fun and flexibility in her schedule. She opens her home boutique for personal styling sessions by appointment, but also hosts regular live sales via Facebook and other social media marketing. For more information, contact Tucker at 601-2269 or

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by examination. CNA Training and Testing Center offers a low cost one week CNA exam prep course for only $349 (limited time special). A uniform is included in the registration fee, along with training manual and supplies, unlimited practice time and job referral. The Training Center also offers training and certification in Home Health Aide, Medication Assistance, Phlebotomy, and American Heart Association CPR. New classes begin every Monday. Day, evening and weekend classes available. Visit

Dunavant brings more than a decade of marketing All Family Law Group, P.A. experience in the casino Accepted As 2017 industry. He spent three AIOFLA’S 10 Best Law years as Vice Firm For Client Satisfaction President of The American Institute of Marketing at Family Law Attorneys has recHollywood Kyle Dunavant is ognized the exceptional pernew VP of Casino in St. formance of Florida’s Family Marketing at Louis and Seminole Hard Law Firm, All Family Law was at MGM Group, P.A. as 2017 10 Best Rock Hotel & Casino. Resorts Family Law Firm for Client International for eight years Satisfaction. holding various roles with the final year as This third-party attorney rating Director of Marketing Strategy & Analysis organization publishes an annual list of – Regional Operations. the Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in “Given his vast experience, we’re each state. Attorneys who are selected thrilled to have Kyle on board,” said Joe to the "10 Best" list must pass

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Low Cost Preventive Shot Clinic At Kim’s Natural Pet’s In Valrico

A low cost Shot Clinic will be held on Saturday, October 7 from 2-3 p.m. at Kim’s Natural Pet’s, located at 3110 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Valrico. For more information, call 684-3663.

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announced Jean A. Davis as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Davis has been with LifeLink since 1985, when she joined as an organ recovery coordinator, and successfully undertook increased responsibilities with LifeLink throughout her career. She served as Executive Director of LifeLink of Florida, implemented LifeLink organ and tissue recovery efforts when awarded the Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands service area and served as the LifeLink Foundation Chief Operating Officer. Visit

Lil’ Sprouts Is Now Consign It Of Brandon At New Location

Lil' Sprouts has moved and now has a new look and name. Consign It Of Brandon is now located at 221 E. Brandon Blvd. in Brandon (next to The Fox & The Hound Pub). This consignment store now carries something for the entire family. Find brand name clothing, books, movies, games, toys, crafts, handbags, jewelry, shoes, home decor, furniture and more. Visit or on Facebook at Consign It Family Consignment Boutique. Call 655-3802.

Twin Creeks Assisted Living and Memory Care in Riverview announced that it has received the final Certificate of Occupancy for the new community. This 65,000 sq. ft. facility, located at 13470 Boyette Rd., near the intersection of Boyette and Bell Shoals Roads, will provide 80 private and companion apartments in Assisted Living and Memory Care and is equipped with a full-service commercial An Eclectic Boutique For Your kitchen, dining areas, library, conserva- Wedding Needs – REVE Visit Reve, an eclectic boutique locattory, game room, salon and spa, ed at 211 S. Moon Ave., directly across screened porches, bistros, outdoor the street from Brandon Regional courtyards and walking paths. Hospital recently opened. Reve offers a Monthly costs for the community unique, elegant collection start at $3250 and vary of quality products at based on size and location affordable prices. of apartments and the type Reve is owned by of care a resident would Christy Jackson-Collins need. who notes that you will A ribbon cutting will be find many items not only held on Thursday, October for weddings, but for other 5 from 4-6 p.m. Please events at the boutique. plan to join in along with Wedding Packages the Greater Riverview are available to save Chamber of Commerce. Brides-to-Be RSVP Danielle Webster both time and at 551-2333. Visit Reve, an money starting Prospective residents eclectic new bouat just $60. are encouraged to inquire tique, located at Hours are at or 211 S. Moon Ave. in Brandon. Tuesday to call 336-2128 to schedule Thursday from a visit. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. LifeLink® Foundation Announces and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-7 New Chief Executive Officer p.m. Call 643-6446 or visit LifeLink Foundation recently

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Students, Teachers And Parents Focus On Back To School Safety, Healthy Meals And Solar Eclipse Publix Benefits Hillsborough Schools Students

Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Eakins and School Board members will join forces with Todd Jones, CEO and President of Publix Super Markets and Tina Johnson, Treasurer of Publix Super Markets Charities, on behalf of HCPS students and families. In a major announcement of a partnership at Mort Elementary, 1806 E. Bearss Ave. in Tampa, the trio committed to make a significant donation to support basic needs of area students. Publix, the largest employeeowned grocery chain in the United States, committed to identify eight area schools to receive assistance. School officials said that more than 64 percent of students in Hillsborough County Public Schools qualify for free and reduced price meals. The district is already providing free breakfast for every student, regardless of income. “Breakfast and lunch at school are often the only reliable meals students receive throughout the day,” HCPS spokesperson Tanya Arja wrote in a recent press release, adding that hunger is a serious concern across Hillsborough County.

Students who are hungry have trouble concentrating and a lack of a healthy, nutritious meal can affect a student’s emotional, social and cognitive learning. For more information about the effort to support area students, please visit

could still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun's disk, it was enough for teacher’s students and area businesses to make sure Solar Eclipse Adds that the speTo Exciting Start Of cial event will 2017-2018 Season not be forgotNorth America was ten anytime treated to an eclipse of soon. the sun last month. The Hallie Thebeau, 6, and Rebekah Haddad,13, Local experience the 2017 eclipse by using the much-anticipated event schools also official glasses. was a perfect addition enjoyed some to science class activities in area support. schools supported by the community Through the generosity of their in various ways. partnerships with NASA and Janet's Anyone within the path of totality Planet, schools received thousands was able to see one of nature’s most of certified eclipse glasses from the awe-inspiring sights - a total solar NASA Jet Propulsion Lab. eclipse. In partnership with Janet's Planet, According to NASA officials this NASA and the Norwegian Space path, where the moon completely Agency, several teachers had a covers the sun and the sun's tenuous chance to be part of a team that travatmosphere - the corona - stretched eled to Newberry, South Carolina, to from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to broadcast live as they celebrated the Charleston, South Carolina. 2017 Eclipse Fest and The Path of While observers outside this path Totality.

The broadcast reached a number of schools in Hillsborough County and throughout Norway for all students to experience the brilliance of the event. Many schools have purchased eclipse glasses, while local businesses sponsored t-shirts for the teachers who helped supervise. Parents were also invited to take part in the event.

Superintendent Gives Back To School Safety Tips

In a recent video presentation Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Eakins shared a number of safety tips with parents and students. Safe Routes to School (SRS) a national, state, and county-wide effort is designed to promote walking and biking to school and making walking to school, safe, popular, and fun for families. According to school officials the efforts is to help decrease traffic congestion around schools and increase safety, academic performance and wellness for HCPS students, HCSO Transportation Department has collaborated with Hillsborough MPO School Transportation Work Group (STWG) chaired by Board member Cindy Stuart. For more information about Hillsborough County Public Schools please visit




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G. Fried Flooring America Celebrates New Location Near Target With HGTV Star

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It is an excitlocation our cusing time to be a tomers could get to member of the G. easily and where Fried Flooring they liked to shop.” America Team. G. Fried Flooring Not only did the America is an indeflooring company pendent retailer that recently open a is part of the Flooring new sales room America Co-Op, on Brandon Town which has more than Center Dr., but Retail Sales Manager Keith Ogden, Sales 400 members and they are also wel- Associates Kevin Lamb and Judy Trice and 800 stores in the General Manager Mike Solmonson are coming HGTV USA and Canada. welcoming HGTC Designer Jennifer designer and tele“This gives us Bertrand to G. Fried Flooring America’s vision host tremendous buying grand opening. Jennifer Bertrand to the grand opening on power,” said Ashby. “We pride ourselves September 8 and 9. on service as well as our products.” Located in the Target anchored-shopThe new location allows Flooring ping center, between Honey Baked Ham America to employ a sales team of seven and The Mattress Firm, Flooring and offer residential replacement, insurAmerica’s new showroom is 5,700 sq. ft. ance restoration, building and commercial displaying some of the many carpets, work. In addition, the company has a tiles, hardwoods, luxury vinyl tiles and 14,000 sq. ft. warehouse for administralaminates offered by the company. tive employees and to store product and “We were able to start fresh with this load installers. location and we were able to show our “We always offer installation on all best selling products by installing display the products we sell,” said Ashby. “We floors as well as showing them in samhave both certified sales professionals ples,” said G. Fried Flooring America and certified installation crews.” President Rufus Ashby. “We also installed During the grand opening celebrathe newest and best lighting so our custion, Bertrand, who is Flooring America’s tomers can really see the true colors of corporate spokesperson in addition to the products in our location.” being featured on HGTV, will set appointAshby opened his first flooring store ments with designers and home owners. in the Brandon area in 1982, but worked A portion of all sales during the grand out of one location from 2000 until opening will be given to the Ronald February this year when the shopping McDonald House. center was sold and his lease was not Visit or call 624renewed. 3675. The new showroom is located at “We wanted to be in Brandon in a 231 Brandon Town Center Dr.

Feld Entertainment, Inc., Brings Newest Disney On Ice Frozen to Tampa

By Vanessa Evans

Feld Entertainment, Inc., the worldwide leader in producing live touring family entertainment, announced it will bring the Academy Award® winning and number one animated feature film of all time, Disney’s Frozen, to life. Tickets are on sale for Disney On Ice presents Frozen, which visits Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Dr. in Tampa from Friday, September 29 at 7 p.m., Saturday, September 30 at 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, October 1 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The Academy Award® winning tale will be told live for the first time in this production, capturing the dynamic of two royal sisters, Anna and Elsa. Audiences will get to sing along with such musical masterpieces as Let it Go, Do You Want to Build a Snowman? and Fixer Upper. “In our more than 30 years of producing Disney On Ice shows, Feld Entertainment has been waiting for a film like this,” said producer Nicole Feld. “While it might seem obvious that Frozen is well suited for the ice, this Disney On Ice production will touch audiences emotionally through innova-

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tive show elements and world-class skating.” Frozen directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee add, “Seeing audiences around the world embrace Frozen has been the experience of a lifetime. And to now have the chance to consult with the talented team at Feld Entertainment and watch their creation come to life on ice, is thrilling.” In Disney On Ice presents Frozen, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse take the audience through the magical story based in Arendelle, with special appearances by beloved Disney princesses and favorite characters from Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story and Finding Nemo and Disney’s The Lion King, who come together to prove that true love is the greatest power of all. To create a completely immersive experience for the audience, the set design will encompass the space from the ice surface up through the air, drawing everyone into the story and closer to the characters. Elsa’s magic will be enhanced by state-of-the art special effects while her emotions will be conveyed through powerful skating. All seats are reserved and tickets are available by calling 800-745-3000, or at the Amalie Arena office. Group ticket sales and information, call 866248-8740. Visit

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Birding Festival Takes Flight In South Shore

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In the fall, the trips range from $30 to migration begins as $65. Some of the trips birds begin to move include boat rides and south joining the wagon rides. The field trips birds which permaare not just about birds. nently reside in the There are opportunities to Tampa Bay area. see other animals, and Locals can take there are also field trips time to enjoy learndedicated to insects such ing about and as dragonflies and butterwatching these Reese Collins, Bald Eagle expert will flies. To learn more about beautiful birds at have an expo on Saturday, October these field trips and regis14, about the recovery of our The Florida Birding ter for its limited spaces, national bird. and Nature visit www.floridFestival. In its second year, it will take place Friday to Sunday, October 13 to 15. ml. All the seminars take place at Last year the Festival brought in over Hillsborough Community College South 300 visitors from all over North America Shore campus offering many subjects including Canada. It is predicted that such as preservation, different habitats, more people will attend this nature photography, and bird year. This large number of feeding. Eagle Optics, one of the people can be attributed to the largest vendors of binoculars and field trips, expos with speakers spotting scopes in the country, and children activities. will be in attendance at the Expo. According to Mary Keith, Keith said, “Their representatives President of Tampa Audubon are just great at working with Society, “People come all over someone to determine what size, the world to go birding here, so shape, weight and price range why not celebrate it and bring everyone they need for binoculars.” together, where locals can show you Children’s activities will also take where these birds are.” place at the Hillsborough Community Twenty field trips will take place all College South Shore campus on over the Tampa Bay area. Those new to Saturday, October 14. Morning activities birding might enjoy Beginning Birding at will cater to Pre K through second Lettuce Lake Park. There will be field trips graders, and afternoon activities will be for photographers such as the Lettuce for third to sixth graders. Children must be Lake Regional Park Photography accompanied by a responsible adult. Workshop. Field trips are all about fun, To find out more information about seeing a lot of different birds and learning the Florida Birding and Nature Festival about preservation and conservation visit or lands where the trips take place. The field email

Women’s Care Welcomes New OBGYN Doctor To It’s Area Medical Team

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The team at Hormone Women’s Care Replacement Therapy Florida’s Brandon, (HRT) and minor inLithia, Plant City office surgeries can be and Big Bend performed with the offices welcomed a assistance of an anesnew doctor last thesiologist at some month. Dr. Lauren locations. Flu shots Davis joined the are also available for group in late patients. August after “Our goal is to recently completing offer high quality her OBGYN resihealth care while dency at Bayfront making our patients Women’s Care Florida welcomed new doctor, Lauren Davis, to its team last Health Hospital in feel comfortable,” said month. St. Petersburg. Denton, who Davis, who obtained her Doctorate of explained that the offices in each of the Medicine at Boston University’s School of four locations have themed exam rooms. Medicine, was the Administrative Chief The group also uses Patient Portals Resident during her time at Bayfront to electronically store paperwork and let Health and is also certified in Robotic customers schedule appointments and Surgery. access information. “We are very excited to welcome Dr. “Not only does the Patient Portal Davis to our team,” said Women’s Care mean that our patients can access inforAdministrator, Melanie Denton. “We feel mation on their own schedule, it also cuts that she will be a great addition to our down on office wait times,” said Denton. staff, bringing her own perspective and “We realize that our patients’ time is as experience.” important as our doctor’s and staff’s time Davis, who joins six additional docand hope the emphasis we place on this tors and three nurse practitioners at reflects that.” Women’s Care’s four area offices, will Doctors from Women’s Care work at work mostly out of the group’s Big Bend both Brandon Regional and St. Joseph’s and Brandon locations. South hospitals. Women’s Care has been offering This month, Women’s Care is also health care to females in the Brandon expanding it’s hours at the Brandon area for more than 30 years, focusing on office, located at 731 S. Parsons Ave., on obstetrics and gynecology, including inTuesdays and Wednesdays to make office bone density testing and mammog- scheduling more convenient for patients. raphy screenings and sonograms. Two of For more information, visit www.womenWomen’s Care’s doctors are certified in or call 681-9171. Dr. Amir Boules

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When Bridee Manning was looking for a new homeschool support group about seven years ago, she tried several groups in the area but none of them seemed like a good fit for her family. Then she checked out Brandon Homeschool Fellowship (BHSF), a Christian homeschool support group that has been encouraging and supporting homeschool families in the Brandon area for almost 30 years. She felt at home in the group right away and has never left. “[BHSF] was the one that fit, it was the one that was ‘family’ right off. They embraced me, they said hello to me, they accepted me and my [two] children,” Manning said at BHSF’s annual kick-off Friday, August 4, at First Baptist Church of Riverview. “It’s more than just a homeschool group, it’s a family.” And even though her children have graduated from high school she is still part of the group. “You’re connected with these people forever.” Brandon Homeschool Fellowship

plans regular extracurricular activities for children and parents, and members enjoy a weekly park fellowship day on Thursdays during the school year. Members share information relevant to homeschool families on the group’s online member forum. BHSF also has several clubs that plan field trips and activities (elementary, middle school, high school and mom’s social). The group has an initiative called MUM (Moms Uplifting Moms) in which an experienced homeschool mom commits to mentor a new homeschool mom for the school year. Membership is open to homeschool families whose oldest child is at least K4 and up. Those interested in becoming a member are invited to come to BHSF’s weekly park fellowship day at Saladino Park, located at 1705 Bryan Rd. in Brandon, on Thursdays at 2:30 p.m. during the 2017-18 school year. Welcome Team members will be available to answer questions and help you register. The membership fee is $45 per family. Each family is required to choose two service areas in which to serve. This can be setting up or cleaning up for a party, planning a field trip, or helping with a fair. For more information about Brandon Homeschool Fellowship, visit its newly redesigned website at

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When Teresa blessed. God has His Manganello founded hand on this organizaTampa Bay HEAT tion, and I do it because seven years ago, I love people and want she never imagined to glorify God.” the homeschool supHEAT, which stands for Home Education port group would Activities Teams, operbecome what it is ates the Homeschool today. Resource Center at 307 Manganello S. Parsons Ave. in decided to form Brandon, where it proHEAT in May 2010 vides classes, clubs and after discovering that support to the communihomety. schoolers Manganello said her were organization’s greatest unable to challenge is a lack of compete in Photo courtesy of Erin facility and parking the Florida Rhodes, Emagine High Photography space at the Julia Rohm learns to do sutures using a Homeschool Resource School femur bone during an Anatomy class offered Center. She also said it’s Athletic at the Homeschool Resource Center. very costly to rent faciliAssociation ties for the many events that HEAT (FHSAA) once they reached high holds off-site. Her dream is to have a school. Now HEAT is one of only four homeschooling groups competing in the larger facility with a gym. She is thankful for the parents who FHSAA. Its girls volleyball team has advanced to the State Final Four during support the ministry by volunteering, whether it’s by planning a field trip or the past three seasons. helping out at the Homeschool HEAT’s membership grew to 500 Resource Center. families in 2016, and in addition to athManganello said the group is open letics the nonprofit group also offers to all families in the area and registraactivities for preschool through high tion is open throughout the year. “We school, including the arts, academics, are a Christian organization, but we welclubs, field trips and special events. come everybody,” she said. “I never thought when I did this it For information, visit tampabaywas going to be a full-time ministry; or email that’s what it turned into,” Manganello said. “I think we’ve been so incredibly



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For more than 20 years Bell Shoals Baptist Church has provided resources and support for Christian homeschool families. In 1995 the Brandon Campus of Bell Shoals formed its Photo by Nancy Bailey FISH (Families ANCHOR members pose for a group picture last year. Instructing Students option is available for high schoolers. at Home) ministry, and in spring 2016 Classes for the fall semester run from ANCHOR (A Nurturing Christian a.m.-12:30 p.m. every Monday for 9:15 Homeschool ORganization) was founded 12 weeks. at the church’s Apollo Beach Campus. Church membership is not required ANCHOR was started by Apollo to be a member of ANCHOR. ANCHOR Beach Campus Minister of Preschool and Vice Chairwoman Stephanie Demorest Children Rebeka Corgan and Co-op has seen several families start attending Director Nikki Hollifield, and was modeled Apollo Beach Campus after joining the after FISH. Membership, which is open the homeschool group. year-round, runs from June 1-May 31 and “ANCHOR indirectly provides memis $30 annually. ANCHOR members bers with a preview to some of the Bell receive a discount on membership to the Shoals facilities and church events and Florida Parent Educators Association and also gives them some friendly faces so are able to participate in events, field trips it’s easier to build connections when and clubs (book, Spanish, yearbook, attending church on Sunday,” she said. community service and LEGO). Demorest, who has three children ANCHOR has a minimum of one (ages 12, 4 and 1½), started homegroup event (movie night, STEAM fair, schooling last year. Bible bee, creative arts festival) per “Since the beginning, ANCHOR has month and one field trip per month been an outstanding support system that (Jubilee Gymnastics, Lowry Park Zoo, has made homeschooling effective, Hydro Harvest Farms, Veterans Park). enjoyable and rewarding,” she said. Co-op registration (ANCHOR memVisit or bership required) is an additional $10 per email semester per child (cap of $30). The coTo learn more about Bell Shoals Baptist op consists of three elective classes for Church, go to babies through 12th grade. A drop-off

Area homeschool Veritas families have a new Florida educational option Administrator available to them. Robin Hair Veritas Florida, a McEuen said hybrid school that the hybrid combines homemodel offers schooling and classhomeschool room instruction, families “the started its second best of both Photo courtesy of Veritas Florida year of holding classworlds.” At Veritas Florida, Christian, es at Southside Last year experienced teachers with degrees lead a traditional Baptist Church, locatMorgendee classroom for homeschool Meachem ed at 415 W. students. Lumsden Rd. in Flannery and Brandon, on Tuesday, August 15. As part her husband were looking to revamp their of the Veritas Classical Schools family, homeschool curriculum when they disVeritas Florida offers homeschooling fam- covered Veritas Classical Schools. ilies a unique complement to their homeShe contacted Veritas Florida about study programs with an emphasis on a bringing its program to Brandon. McEuen classical Christian model of education. agreed, and Flannery’s twin sons startChristian, experienced teachers with ed attending classes at Southside degrees lead a traditional classroom that Baptist Church. “It was a perfect fit for meets from 9-2 p.m. on Tuesdays our family as it has an emphasis on a (Humanities) and from 12:30-3 p.m. on classical Christian education that gloriThursdays (math). There is an optional fies Christ and models character and Humanities help day available on virtue throughout every subject and the Wednesdays. Humanities classes consist academic standards remain high,” of history, grammar, literature/composiFlannery said. tion, Bible, logic, geography, “Few decisions have more impact in vocabulary/spelling, cultural literacy/art my children’s lives than the education and handwriting (cursive). that I chose for them. We are so very Veritas Florida functions in the role of lucky to have Veritas in Brandon.” a tutor, assisting parents in their educaThe Brandon campus of Veritas tional roles. Students receive grades and Florida is enrolling students from kinderreport cards, and they are provided with garten through sixth grade, which will weekly assignment sheets outlining work last 33 weeks and run though mid-May. to complete at home. Teachers grade For information, please visit work and administer quizzes and tests.

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East Bay running back, Davonte Williams, (4) breaks through The Newsome Wolves offense breaks through the D-line durthe Sharks’ d-line for a scoring run against Riverview. ing a past game. Newsome is boasting a solid 2017-2018 Williams rushed for more then 230 yards on 22 carries. football season start.

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It is safe to say the Durant High School football program means business and is hungry and ready to take the season seriously. The Cougars, led by program Head Coach Mike Gottman, started off with a season opener 14-10 win against Jesuit, followed by a 28-14 victory against Sickles a week later. To give their fans who braved the weather a fair share of Friday Night Lights football excitement against Jesuit, Durant opened with an 80-yard kickoff return by Cougar junior Demarcus Governor. Durant Quarterback Carlton Potter completed two huge passes in the first half; a 43-yard touchdown to freshman Agiye Hall, and a 65-yard touchdown to senior Jory Cole. Potter ended with five of nine for 148 yards and two touchdowns. A talented trio to also look for this season includes running back Cameron Myers, fullback David Tabakovic and defensive back Corey Barnes. Durant is without question ready to lead its district lineup, while facing some very talented 7A District 9 competition including East Bay, Strawberry Crest, Lennard, Bloomingdale, Plant City and

Newsome took on Bloomingdale, whose offense came in ready to rumble, picking up 24 points in the first half and seeming unstoppable. Unfortunately, Bloomingdale seemed to have forgotten that that this wasn't Newsome’s first rodeo. The Bulls allowed 20 points in the second half and handed over the season opening victory with a final score of 27-24 to the Wolves. A week later in a close game, Newsome also defeated East Bay 17-14 but the final score came only in the second overtime. But things are not looking too bad for East Bay either. For the past nine times (including this year’s season opener game) the Indians have enjoyed the upper hand against local rival Riverview and managed to hold onto the battle trophy. Hoping to break the streak, the young Riverview team led by program head coach William Mosel, came out strong scoring first with a 26-yard field goal, by Yadir Blas, but quickly ran out of steam unable to put anymore points on the board. When it was over East Bay walked away with another annual rivalry game victory and the winning trophy after

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Brother Kicking Duo Adds To Armwood Football Team

Adrian and Luis in action against Tampa Bay Tech.

Luis (left) and Adrian Olivo after Armwood’s victory against Tampa Bay Tech.

Football is a game known to form brotherly bonds, but for Adrian and Luis Olivo, who already have that bond, football just deepens their connection. The chemistry between the two helps them trust each other on the football field as a tandem kicker and long snapper. The boys are both playing in their first season with perennial powerhouse Armwood High School after transferring from Plant City. This will also be their first season playing football together on the same team. Adrian started playing football as a freshman at Plant City three years ago when one of his friends urged him to try

out for the team. His background as a soccer player helped him make the transition to football as a kicker. “It came easily for me,” Adrian said. “It clicked right

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On Wednesday, October 4 from 6:30-7:30 p.m., there will be There will be a Master Gardener Clinic on Bromeliads given by Master Gardener Verna Dickey at the Bloomingdale Library, located at 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. The clinic will include hands-on presentation of several different types of bromeliads and where they grow. This event is sponsored by the Hillsborough County Master Gardner Program of the Hillsborough County Extension, University of Florida, IFAS Extension.

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Local residents are invited to attend a ‘Medicare Basics’ presentation on Tuesday, September 19 from 1- 2 p.m. at The Bridges Assisted Living Community, 11350 Bloomingdale Ave. in Riverview. Conducted by specially-trained volunteers of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs’ SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders), this presentation will provide detailed informa-

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Hillsborough Community College To Host Fall Open House Events

Hillsborough Community College (HCC) will host open house events at each of its five campuses October. Prospective students will have the opportunity to learn about the college’s academic options and certifications, admissions, financial aid, veteran services and more. Join us to experience campus tours and personal attention with our expert faculty and staff. HCC offers small classes, flexible schedules, and online options. We’re half the cost of state universities and our courses are guaranteed to transfer to a Florida public college and/or university. Prospective attendees are encouraged to RSVP at

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A kickoff community event will be held on Sunday September 17 from 12 Noon-4 p.m. at The Barn at Winthrop, located at 11349 Bloomingdale Ave. in Riverview. This first free family event will showcase Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts as they bring the programs to create new packs and troops. For a list of vendors or to find out more information, please visit /111371862837705/ or email

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Sarah Alzamora, a student at Strawberry Crest High School in Dover, recently completed the 59th Annual University of Florida Student Science Training Program (UF-SSTP) held this summer. This is a seven week residential research participation program for academically talented, upper-level high school students interested in pursuing a career in a STEM field. Students selected for the UF SSTP work for 30 hours each week with a UF faculty mentor providing each the opportunity to engage in an authentic laboratory experience. For more information on UF CPET programs and activities visit httplhUUUSpSLUfl .edu.

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Photography Competition Photographers who live in Chairperson, at Hillsborough County are invited to or mailed to submit entries for the 2017 1524 S. Wiggins Rd., Plant City, FL Hillsborough County Fair 33566. Photography/Mixed Photographs Media Photography must be 8”x10” and Competition. The must be mounted Hillsborough on standard 11”x14” County Fair runs white mounting from October 19 to board. Mixed media 22 and from photography must October 26 to 29. be framed and The fair is held at ready to hang using 215 Sydney screw eyes and Washer Rd. in wire only. Dover (east of Ralph Lopez of Valrico is a wonderful All work will be Brandon on SR watercolor artist who paints delicate flowers, wildlife and Florida's natural beauty. judged by highly 60). Youth entries can be submitted for qualified judges. Judging for photography is based upon visual impact, comthe following divisions: Elementary position, quality and appeal. first through fifth grade; Middle 6th All contestants must agree and grade through 8th; Secondary 9th through 12th grade. Adults who are 18 sign that all of their photographs were taken and all work completed within and older may also enter. Participants may enter two pieces per class in pho- the last 12 months. No work may be tography (black/white/color and digital) enhanced using digital software other and one piece in mixed media photog- than to remove red eye and crop. Prizes will be awarded for Youth raphy. and Adult in each category. This is a The entry form can be downgreat competition for anyone who likes loaded at to take photographs regardless of age (click on competition and then visual arts). Entry forms can be scanned and and skill level. Everyone has the chance to win a ribbon. emailed to Brenda Anderson, For information, visit www.hillsborHillsborough County Fair Photography/Mixed Media

Artists, amaThe entry form can teurs and profesbe downloaded at sionals, young www.hillsboroughcounand old who live (click on in Hillsborough competition and then County, are invitvisual arts). Entry ed to submit forms can be scanned entries for the and emailed to mjwag2017 Hillsborough or mailed to Mary Jane County Fair Fine Wagoner at 3412 Arts Show. The The Hillsborough County Fair is a great Silver Meadow Way, venue for an annual Fine Arts Show. Hillsborough Plant City, FL 33566. County Fair runs October 19 to 22 and All Fine Arts entries must be hand October 26 to 29. The fair is held at 215 delivered to the fairgrounds on Sydney Washer Rd. in Dover (east of Saturday October 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 Brandon on SR 60). p.m. or on Monday, October 16 from 2 Fine art entries must be original to 6 p.m. There is no entry fee. and not older than two years. No entry Mary Jane Wagoner, Chair of the previously shown at the fair will be Fine Arts Show said, "As chair of this accepted. Adult art will be judged event, my goal is to increase the numaccording to their respective media. ber of paintings accepted and entered Youth art will be defined and judged in into the competition by 15 percent. This three categories- Elementary (grades exhibit includes artwork from adults and first through fifth); Middle (grade 6th youth.” Wagoner added, “Every year we through 8th); and Secondary (grades look to improve and welcome artist to 9th through 12th). participate in a show that is fun for all.” If you are a creative person looking Artists may enter up to three for a way to enter an arts competition, pieces. Each piece is not to exceed 32 this one is for you. There is no entry fee inches including the frame. All 2-D art and everyone is judged and therefore must have installed screws and wires eligible to win in their category. and be ready to hang. Fine art consists For a detailed explanation of the of acrylic, oil, watercolor, rules and to print an entry form, please computer/graphics, pencil, charcoal, visit ink, mixed media and digital fine art.

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Fast Track Urgent Care Offers Quick Healthcare Without The Hassle By Amy Schechter

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Bloomingdale Graduate Enters Class of 2021 At U.S. Naval Academy

By Michelle Colesanti

Recent and tough application Bloomingdale High process with the acaSchool graduate demic, physical and Jessica “Jesse” medical testing; essays; Jenkins was inducted interviews; etc. She has into the Naval always made goals and Academy Class of had the determination and drive to complete 2021 spending six them. Her entire life she weeks of basic midhas loved challenges, shipman training as whether it was asking to part of Plebe Summer. take the training wheels Approximately off her new bicycle at 1,200 candidates are Jessica Jenkins with Congressman Dennis Ross who gave her two age 4, participating in selected each year. nominations; one for the U.S. Naval The pressure and Academy and one for the U.S. Air countless competitions during high school, or rigor of Plebe Summer Force Academy. going to The Naval is carefully designed Academy.” to help plebes prepare for their first acaAt Bloomingdale High School, Jesse demic year at the Naval Academy and was co-captain of her varsity lacrosse the four years awaiting them. team, Cello section leader in Chamber Jesse’s first experience at The Naval Orchestra and received various medals Academy was at the end of her sophofor solos and duets. She competed in more year of high school. Family friends Science Honor Society and Math Team were getting married in the Naval competitions each year. She also Chapel. Jesse was very impressed with belonged to multiple clubs and volunthe history and prestige of The Naval teered. Academy. She said, “Being able to see Her hobbies include piano and cello, the honor in the midshipmen and walk lacrosse, kayaking, swimming, rock around the campus made me feel at climbing, archery, painting & sketching, home, and I knew this was where I was shooting, and classic cars. supposed to be.” Upon graduation, midshipmen earn a The Naval Academy was founded in BS degree in a choice of 25 subject 1845 and is a prestigious four-year servmajors and go on to serve at least five ice academy that prepares midshipmen morally, mentally and physically to be pro- years of exciting and rewarding service as commissioned officers in the U.S. fessional officers in the naval service. Navy or Marine Corps. Jesse plans to major in Aerospace After graduation Jesse has plans to Engineering. Her mom, Peggy Jenkins continue her military career as a Surface said, “I gained a great respect for Jesse Warfare Officer. as I watched her go through the rigorous

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