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County, ABWIG Celebrate Opening Of Newly Restored Beach At Apollo Beach Nature Preserve By Tamas Mondovics

Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandy Murman, center, is joined by Assistant County Administrator Dexter Barge, Apollo Beach Waterway Improvement Group (ABWIG) President Len Berkstresser and area residents during the ribbon cutting ceremony of the newly restored 2-acre beach at the Apollo Beach Nature Preserve. The project involved 11,000 cubic yards of sand for the beach that was retrieved during the dredging of three nearby channels.

Hillsborough County and members of ABWIG, who have raised and contributed $226,000 toward its success. “When it began, this project was supposed to be just a dredging of the three channels,” said ABWIG presidents Len Berkstresser, who explained that further discussion of the project revealed the opportunity to restore the beach at the Apollo Beach Nature Preserve, 6760 Surfside Blvd. “We had a chance to bring the beach back to Apollo Beach,” he said. “So we decided that instead of giving the dredged sand away, we would use the sand to rebuild the beach. This meant that we had to get new permits, and to go back to the drawing board.” Today, the wide, white-sand beach is promising to be a popular amenity for nearby residents and visitors. The project includes a 50-space parking lot and the creation of several

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Members of the Apollo Beach Waterway Improvement Group (ABWIG), Hillsborough County officials and members of the community gathered last month to celebrate the completion of a $1.5 million shoreline restoration project as well as the official opening of a newly restored beach to replace the one that had washed away years ago. The event was led by Assistant County Administrator Dexter Barge and, attended by a sizable crowd of local residents, who despite the unseasonably colder temperatures came out to witness the long awaited opening ceremony. The project itself included a 2acre beach renourishment, the construction of eight erosion-control breakwaters at the Apollo Beach Nature Preserve, which involved 11,000 cubic yards of sand for the beach that was retrieved during the dredging of three nearby channels. The project, took nearly six years from start to finish and was the result of a partnership between

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The kite flies high above Apollo Beach residents Justin Garte and his two-year-old twins Carter and Connor as the trio enjoys some quality time at the newly restored two-acre beach at the Apollo Beach Nature Preserve. Garte, his wife Amanda and two other children Lilly, 5, and London, 3, promised to regularly visit the new beach, which was the result of a partnership between Hillsborough County and the Apollo Beach Water Improvement Group, ABWIG.

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Alafia Lighted Boat Parade And Chili Cook-Off Kicks Off Holiday Season It’s that time of year again. The holiday season is upon us and all of the wonderful community events that go with it. Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 3 for the 33rd Annual Alafia Lighted Boat Parade and Chili CookOff put on by The Rotary Club of FishHawk-Riverview. This year’s lighted boat parade will kick off at Williams Park Boat Ramp, 9425 U.S. Hwy. 41 and the boats will travel down the river to the Diddy, circle around and make their way back to the final destination, River’s Edge Lounge & Marina, located at 6226 Ohio Ave. in Gibsonton, where there will be an awards ceremony. Tammy and Rick Connolly, owners of Advanced Auto Air in Gibsonton, will be participating for their second year. “We've gone from watching it on friends’ docks over the years to now participating and it is so much fun,” said Tammy. “We love the Alafia Boat Parade and all the great people that come together to put it on.” The Rotary Club of FishHawkRiverview is partnering with the Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation Department to hold the Chili Cook-Off and viewing of the Boat Parade at the Riverview Civic Center, from 5-8 p.m. Santa will be on-site for photos with the children and local community vendors will be displaying their businesses. “The Boat Parade is great community event because we are able to celebrate the season with an event unique to our natural resources, our rivers, in particular,” said Dr. Kim Tyson, chairman of the Boat Parade Committee for the Rotary Club of FishHawk-Riverview. “Everyone can enjoy the decorated boats and taste some great chili in our cook-off, which engages our community to participate on many levels.” There are still spots available for ven-

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dors as well as sponsorship opportunities. All proceeds from this event will fund charitable projects such as our Clean Water and Latrine Project in Honduras, Friends of the County Parks, Head Start Reading, ECHO, Brandon Outreach Clinic and scholarships for local high school seniors, among others. Boaters interested in participating in the Boat Parade this year, should contact Mike Broussard at MichaelBroussard34@yahoo.com. Boaters are asked to make a $25 donation while members of the community are also encouraged to show their support by making donations. For more information, contact Dr. Tyson at hummingbird133@verizon.net.

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Riverview/Apollo Beach Edition

Waterset By Newland Communities To Host Thanksgiving Day 5K Turkey Trot This year, hundreds of runners from the SouthShore area and all around Tampa Bay will have a new race to conquer on Thanksgiving morning: the Waterset 5K Turkey Trot. Proceeds from this year’s race, will benefit the Waterset community schools; Doby Elementary School, Eisenhower Middle School and East Bay High School. The Waterset 5K will be chip timed with a flat race course. Awards will be given for the top male and female overall finishers, as well as Masters, Grand Masters, and the top three male and female finishers in each age category. A Kid’s Fun Run will also be held, and participants will receive a medal and a kids race tshirt. “We’re so excited to sponsor this event for our residents,” said Lynda McMorrow, Marketing Manager for Waterset by Newland Communities. “Last year, Waterset residents organized a neighborhood Thanksgiving Day race and there was a lot of interest. This year, we’re pleased to be able to expand on that success by offering a chip-timed race, awards and medals, plus race shirts, in addition to giving the proceeds to our schools. We look forward to the Turkey Trot becoming an annual tradition.” For this year’s Turkey Trot, Waterset will partner with the FishHawk Road Runners to oversee the event, with assistance from Waterset Fitness and the Waterset Tri and Race Club, which are

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run by residents. The two Waterset organizations will merge to form a 501c 3 non-profit, which will host future races in the SouthShore community, including the Turkey Trot. “The Waterset Turkey Trot fills a void in the Apollo Beach community,” added Dayna Buethe of the Waterset Tri and Race Club. “The race has the potential to draw a large number of runners and walkers from the entire SouthShore area.” “We hope people come out to support this event and our area schools,” said Tina Mohr, of Waterset Fitness, a co-organizer of the event. “Whether they run or walk, we want to see our neighbors enjoy the Turkey Trot.” Registration for the Waterset 5K Turkey Trot is $20 until September 30, $25 if purchased between October 1 – November 21; and $35 after November 22. The Kids Race is $15. Adult runners will receive a tech race shirt and Kid’s Race participants will receive a cotton tshirt and medal, plus everyone is invited to the post -race awards party at the community’s Rock & Roll Bowl. Meeting point for the race is at the Lakeside Park, 7250 Parkshore Dr. in Apollo Beach. Check in begins at 6:30 a.m., race begins at 7:30 a.m. (rain or shine). Sponsorship opportunities for the race are still available. Contact Lynda McMorrow at 235-0163 or visit www.watersetfl.com to register for the race or for more information.

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Shop Local And Visit Florida Santa At Holiday Expo By Marie Gilmore ‘crowned’ during the event. Families will enjoy music, shop the local business booths, enjoy games and pick up a few treats for Holiday gift giving. “We wanted to host an event that help introduce our businesses to the community and also make it fun for parents and families this holiday season,” said Valrico/FishHawk Florida Santa will be on hand with his Flock of Corporate Flamingos at the Valrico/FishHawk Chamber Holiday Fest & Chamber Event Expo held on Saturday, December 3 from 9 a.m.-12 Noon at Coordinator Bridget Park Square. Jenkins Wilson, owner of Celebrate the holidays in true Florida Cardinal Roofing. style and pick up a few items from local Sign up at WWW.VALRICOFISHvendors to fill that holiday wish list at the HAWK.ORG. Chamber member booths: second Shop Local-Holiday Expo at $50 for members with corporate chalFishHawk’s Park Square on Saturday, lenge flamingo. Non-chamber member December 3, 9 a.m.-12 Noon. booths: $100 with corporate challenge The idea of an old-fashioned, family flamingo. Proceeds from the event will fun expo with Florida Santa, games, benefit Center Place Fine Arts & Civic treats for kids, business booths and local Center. crafters, all gathering for a holiday event FishHawk Park Square is located in was developed and the first annual Shop the heart of FishHawk Ranch at the corLocal Holiday Expo was created last ner of Dorman Rd. and Churchside Dr. year. The event is free to attend. Join more than 50 local business Business booths are still available booths and take a photo with Florida and cost $50 for Chamber members and Santa and his sleigh pulled by a 'Flock of $100 for nonmembers and include a Flamingos', which have been decorated Flamingo to decorate and a 10x10 space by local businesses Holiday Flamingo at the event. Challenge. Each flamingo is sponsored Email questions to Bridget@cardinalby a local business and judges will deterroofingandsolar.com. mine the best decorated flamingos to be

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balanced, equitable plan to provide Hillsborough County residents with vital services. The budget was balanced while, important needs and prioriConstruction of Hillsborough County’s new Public Safety ties were met Operations Complex, (PSOC) in Brandon is now nearing without increascompletion. The facility will replace the current Emergency Operations Center. (Pictured; The far right actually is not part of the ing the countyPSOC – it’s an environmental lab for the Public wide millage Utilities Department.) rates, county The Hillsborough County Board of officials said. County Commissioners (BOCC) adoptAside from funds to support its Fire ed the final $4.9 billion budget for Rescue, the sizable increase over the Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) at its final current (2016) budget means new fundbudget public hearing in September. ing for transportation, public safety, The new budget, means funding to parks, and libraries for Hillsborough furnish the County’s Riverview Fire County. Station, No.16 with a new rescue unit. It is safe to say that with the close The news of the BOCC’s budget calls from Hurricanes Hermine and approval is much appreciated by the Matthew supporting the County’s public Riverview community, not to mention safety departments and operations residents living in Lithia and surroundclearly remains on the top of the chart. ing areas who can finally put their worry Such services include the County’s of losing a Fire Rescue vehicle and new Public Safety Operations Complex, ambulance crew (Rescue 2) currently (PSOC). placed at Fire Station No. 2, to rest. Officials said, that work continues Earlier this summer, County offito progress at the new PSOC which will cials considered the temporary relocaeffectively replace the current tion of (Rescue 2) to Fire Station No. Emergency Operations Center, (EOC). 16 in Riverview, which at the time did The Logistics section of Fire not have the service. Rescue has already moved into the The news, however, did not sit well new PSOC and it is anticipated that the with residents as well as their local govremaining elements of HCFR manageernment official, County Commissioner ment, including Emergency Stacy White, who did not hesitate to Management, will move in by the end address the issue and to seek a soluof the year, County officials said. tion that would better serve the interest Key FY17 budget areas include: of both communities. • $35 million for roadway, At the end, the newly staffed unit bridge, right-of-way, and sidewalk mainwent into service in October 2016 at tenance the Riverview Fire Station No.16. • $7.1 million for expanded “We fought hard to keep Rescue 2 services in the County’s Indigent Health in Lithia and for a new unit to serve the Care Program Riverview community,” White said, • $5.7 million for Phase II of adding, “I am glad to have a part in Carrollwood Village Community Park these vital issues affecting my District. and Lucy Dell Community Pond Although the price may seem high – improvements slightly over $1 million – it is my opinion • $5.2 million for new C. Blythe that public safety comes first, even Andrews and Riverview libraries though a new Fire Station in FishHawk • $1.3 million for a Fire Rescue is due to become operational in 2018, it roving unit pilot program made sense to keep a Rescue Unit in • $350,000 for a downtown the rural East County area. Tampa to St. Petersburg ferry pilot proAccording to County officials the gram newly adopted FY17 budget which A comprehensive overview of the began on October 1 and, represents a FY2017 budget can be found at $100 million increase over last year is a HCFLGov.net/Budget.

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Brandon To Share Movie Market As Two New Theaters Poised To Open This Holiday Season Greater with comfortable, plush, Brandon area powered recliners. residents and “The theater will movie lovers include two auditoriums are now promwith GDX (Giant Digital ised to have no Experience), our premishortage of um large Format (PLF) theater seats screen, much like to fill this holiIMAX, with a screen day season, span of 70 ft. thanks to the wide and feature construction of state of the art two brand new Dolby Atmos theaters; multi-dimensional Riverview sound systems 14 GDX in with discrete sound Gibsonton being pumped out of and Xscape AMC the Regency more than 50 speak20 Theaters have ers,” Nash said. Theaters on been serving Progress Village While Riverview 14 Greater Brandon area residents for the Blvd. GDX’s opening day is past 30 years. Two additional theaters are scheduled to open. Both theaters yet to be determined, are nearing comNash said the company pletion and are said to open on time, to is hoping to welcome its first guests in welcome the holiday crowd. late November. AMC The Regency 20 Theaters, Less than five miles north on located in Regency Square 2496 W Progress Village Blvd., construction is Brandon Blvd, which has been serving only weeks from completion on the $15 the Brandon area and has dominated million Xscape Theaters, the area’s the movie market for more than three third movie and entertainment destinadecades, will now have to share the tion option. road and work a bit harder to keep its When open, the facility, which longtime guests. brings an additional 14 screens (12 regJust 15 minutes south on I-75, on ular auditoriums and two XTREME Gibsonton Drive, Goodrich Quality auditoriums), will effectively raise the Theaters is building Riverview 14 GDX, total number of screens between the a 66,000 sq. ft., facility with 14 screens. three multiplex locations to 48. According to Goodrich Quality Xscape Theaters representative, Theaters Marketing and Creative Scott Bagwell emphasized the wide Director, Kelly Nash, Riverview 14 GDX variety of impressive features and perks will be Tampa Bay’s Largest Screens all that rival all others. “We offer what all

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Nash said, adding, “We will be competitive with ticket and concession prices.” It is safe to say that the real winners are the local movie goers, who will now have three multiplex theaters, nearly 50 screens, plush seats, great snacks and Goodrich Quality Theaters, is now building Riverview 14 GDX one of two new multiplex theaters scheduled to open for the holiday season. refreshments The new theater is featuring 14 screens and a wide range of special along with a truck amenities. load of extra special amenities to choose from as they down to much more than just the size look forward to a great movie experience and number of screens, expanded food during the upcoming holiday season and menus, extra wide rows or the plush beyond. reclining chairs, all of which are actually For more information about AMC The up to each guest’s personal preference. Regency 20 Theaters, please visit “We realize, the Greater Brandon www.amctheatres.com, Riverview 14 area communities will now have more DGX Theaters, please visit choices in the area for movie theaters,” www.goodrichqualitytheaters.com.

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Holiday Safety Tips For Your HOA Community With the holidays approaching we have created a list of holiday safety tips for all HOA communities. We know that the holidays can be a busy time of the year and want to ensure everyone’s safety.

Inspect All Stringed Lights

When it’s time to hang up the holiday lights, whether inside or outside your home, or in the community center, look for any old wires, broken sockets, wire bends and bare spots. It’s recommended that you don’t overload any outlets, and connect the string of lights to an extension cord before plugging in the lights. If your HOA has light rules and restrictions, make sure residents are aware of where holiday lights are allowed.

Keep The Holiday Tree Watered

If residents plan on using a live holiday tree, be aware to keep it well watered so it does not dry out. A dried out Christmas tree is a huge safety hazard.

Turn off the holiday lights, both tree and house lights, when you’re not home or sleeping. Not only is it an energy waster, but it can be a potential fire hazard. We suggest that you do not place a holiday tree near a heat source, such as a lit candle. Speaking of lit candles, do not leave them unattended at any time.

Test Smoke Detectors

Remind residents to test all smoke and carbonmonoxide detectors, and if needed, replace their batteries.

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Wonderland of Lights Drive Thru Hillsborough County Fairgrounds Opens Thanksgiving Night Nov. 24th thru Sat. Dec 31st 6pm ‐ 9pm Sun ‐ Thurs. | 6pm ‐ 10pm Fri. & Sat.

Stop Any Mail

If residents plan on going out of town, encourage them to have their mail held at the post office or arrange for a neighbor to pick it up. A full mailbox and a driveway littered with newspapers are signs to prowling thieves that no one is home. Does your HOA have any other events or tips to share? Send them over to Kate Quesada at kquesada@ospreyobserver.com to be featured in next month’s edition.

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Angeloni Offers One Stop Financial Shop By Kate Quesada ferred member on Asset manAngie’s List. agement, pre“We have retirement and access to all the estate planning experts at our finservices. For gertips and many, these resolve and/or words are intimiplan around dating and almost almost any finanlike a foreign lancial, insurance and guage, but estate tax issue Riverview resident that may be on Howie Angeloni, your horizon,” owner of the Tax Riverview resident Howie Angeloni has created a said Howie. Advisory Group one-stop financial center at the Angeloni Tax According to and TAG Advisory Group on Balm Riverview Rd. Howie, one of the Investment main strengths of his company is that Advisors LLC, has created a one-stop they make sure they know each of their shop in Riverview to help residents with customers personally and figure out the all their financial needs. best financial plan for them. “We work After 21 years in the U.S. Air Force, with each and every one of our clients to Howie decided that a career in financial design a personal financial plan based on and tax advisory would be the perfect their goals and desires,” he said. match for his love of numbers and desire Clients range from residents wanting to help others. He opened his office more to make large investments to those who than 15 years ago and has been assisting clients with every aspect of their finan- do not have a lot of assets but want to make sure what they do have is not wastcial well-being ever since. ed. “The entire focus of this organization “My favorite clients are the moms is client prosperity,” said Howie. “We offer and dads who don’t think they have a tremendous amount of services all enough money to invest. That’s sad. under one roof to help our clients in all Every dollar is important to me and I facets of financial planning; starting from make sure my clients know that,” said pre-retirement through retirement and full Howie, whose children and grandchildren estate and tax planning.” all live in the Riverview area. Howie is a member of the Riverview Angeloni Tax Advisory Group, which Chamber of Commerce. He holds licensis planning an expansion later this year, is es for insurance, investments and long located at 11932 Balm Riverview Rd. in term care and is a member of the Riverview and can be reached at 626National Association of Insurance, 7575. For more information, visit Financial Advisors with an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, and is a pre- www.riverviewfinancialplanning.com.

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Holiday Cards Created With Youthful Vision Of Floridan Christmas Emilio Castañeda views Christmas through the eyes of an 11-year-old. As a Floridian, he envisions a place of sunshine, palms and strawberries. Now, Emilio has translated his vision into published art – on two of the 48 Christmas cards available in an annual fundraiser from Redlands Christian Migrant Association. Profits help RCMA operate its 68 childcare centers and three charter schools for Florida’s rural poor. “Children’s art usually winds up on a refrigerator,” said Barbara Mainster, RCMA’s executive director. “But our RCMA artists see their art published on Christmas cards, and they get sent around the country.” Emilio is a 6th-grade science buff at RCMA Leadership Academy, a charter middle school located in Wimauma. At home, he likes to play his guitar and soccer, and he hopes someday to be a video-game designer.

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A box of 10 RCMA cards sells for $15. Under a contract with the state of Florida, that $15 entitles RCMA to $240 from the state. Details can be found at www.rcma.org/wordpress/how-you-canhelp/christmas-cardsdrive/. Emilio’s cards, and most in the RCMA catalog, are reserved for buyers of 10 boxes or more, who receive exclusive rights to the card they choose. The idea for RCMA’s cards originated in 1999 with Agricultural Leader DUDA, Inc. of Oviedo, who along with other Florida farm corporations, many of whom support RCMA, are currently among the leading exclusive buyers of the cards. From two childcare centers in Homestead, RCMA has grown today to 68 centers in 20 Florida counties. All serve the rural poor, and most serve the children of Hispanic immigrants. RCMA serves over 6000 children — 86 percent Hispanic and 11 percent AfricanAmerican. Government grants comprised 85 percent of RCMA’s $60 million annual budget. For more information, contact Bill Coats, RCMA Director of Communications at 376-8149 or bill@rcma.org.

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Local Theme Parks Provide Family?Friendly Holiday ‘Tis The Season For Christmas Town At Busch Gardens Tampa

The annual holiday tradition, Christmas Town™, returns to Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay with more than two million twinkling lights, festive treats, holiday entertainment and unique attractions, including the all-new addition of the beloved Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The popular event takes place on 23 select dates from Friday, November 25 to Saturday, December 31, with fan-favorite entertainment and new twists: New this year is Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland, located in the Celestial Crossing. Meet and take photos with Rudolph, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and Bumble. Play holiday games and indulge in Yuletide treats while scenes of the beloved story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer come to life. Enjoy Santa’s House presented by Coca-Cola®. Guests can also expect the return of fan-favorite shows including Christmas on Ice, Carol of the Bells light show and the Holiday Hills Brass Band. Christmas Town is open until 10 p.m. on select dates and will close at 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. For New Year’s Eve, the event will remain open until 1 a.m. Christmas Town is included with any annual pass, Fun Card or daily admission to the park. Guests who purchase their 2017 Fun Card now can visit Busch Gardens for the remainder of 2016 for no additional cost, including the popular Christmas Town event.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party At The Magic Kingdom

Join Mickey for live entertainment, spectacular fireworks and an oh-so-jolly holiday parade at his very merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom. Enjoy fun, magic, cheer and enchantment for guests of every age. Held from 7 p.m.-12 Midnight at Magic Kingdom Park, this annual yuletide event will take place on November 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 18, 27 and 29 and December 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18 and 22. Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Pluto are dropping by dressed in their Christmas best. Peter Pan is flying in from Never Land, Alice and the White Rabbit are hurrying over from Wonderland and Woody and Jessie from Toy Story are galloping in for this holiday ho ho hoedown. Plus, Snow White and Dopey, Pinocchio, Jiminy

Cricket and many more surprise guests will be stopping by. This joyous performance is the perfect yuletide treat to share with your family. Your favorite characters will ring and sing in the holidays with carols old and new. You’ll witness the splendor of Cinderella Castle aglow with enchanting and ever-changing holiday illuminations. Feel the warmth and wonder of the season as this unforgettable performance is Christmas-wrapped up in one sensational, snowy, show-stopping finale. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party requires a separate admission ticket. Prices vary depending on your chosen day to visit. For more info on prices and to purchase tickets, visit disneyworld.disney.go.com/events/mickeys-very-merrychristmas.

Celebrate The Holidays At Universal Studios Florida And Islands Of Adventure

Many people will never get to see the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in person, but can experience it here. Universal Studios Florida® comes alive during the holidays from December 3 to January 1 with balloons and floats beyond your imagination, marching bands, Santa, and seasonal sing-alongs for the little ones. The fun continues with Grinchmas™ at Universal’s Islands of Adventure®, featuring the Grinchmas™ Who-liday Spectacular. You can really get into the spirit by enjoying performances by Mannheim Steamroller on December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 7 p.m. Join Barney™ and his friends for a magical musical show full of songs at "A Day In The Park With Barney™!" Located inside Universal Studios Florida ® . Grab your sunglasses and get ready to rock and roll. Jake and Elwood perform festive favorites like "Santa Claus is Coming To Town," "Blue Christmas," and more with snow on Delancey Street in

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Sea World’s Christmas Celebration

The season meets the sea at SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration on select days from November 25 to December 31. At SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration™ carols fill the air, a sea of lighted trees sparkles over the lake in a wintery, watery wonderland, and worldfamous skaters twirl on ice. Enjoy stunning live shows, and delightful entertainment inspired by the natural world, SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration is where holiday memories are made. Stroll the lakeside Christmas Market and savor the cinnamon and spice holiday scents of delicious treats as you shop for unique, artisancrafted gifts. O Wondrous Night® is a 30minute show features puppetry and dance against the backdrop of traditional Christmas music that will charm, entertain and delight people from all walks of life. SeaWorld® invites you to experience the power and beauty of the Shamu family in a nighttime holiday show, Shamu® Christmas Miracles. New this year, you can meet Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and friends at SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration. Rudolph leads the way to Christmas joy and holiday fun with allnew ways of making spirits bright. Christmas comes to life on a stage of ice, jewels and light as skaters dazzle and delight in this show-stopping, ice skating extravaganza in Winter Wonderland On Ice. The other stars of the show are the towering fountains of water dancing on the lake and fireworks that light up the night sky after the last ice show of the evening. Take a walk through a wintery, watery wonderland and immerse yourself in a sea of holiday trees. For more information, visit https://seaworldparks.com/en/seaworldorlando/christmas/.

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New for 2016 is ICE! Featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles Schulz. Watch Charlie Brown rediscover the true meaning of Christmas as the beloved classic story unfolds through interactive ice sculptures and displays. Experience the Peanuts gang in iconic scenes such as their holiday play rehearsal, Snoopy’s decorated doghouse and Charlie Brown choosing the perfect Christmas tree. Everything is handcarved from two million pounds of ice. Other attractions include a walkthrough holiday attraction, kept at a chilly 9 degrees, four ice slides, The Frostbite

Factory (live carving zone) and a Nativity scene carved from crystal clear ice. Enjoy Alpine Rush Snow Tubing in the Alpine Village and zoom down an eight-lane tubing hill that's fun for all ages and is covered in real snow. Christmas in Orlando is fun for the entire family. Gaylord Palms Resort is located at 6000 W. Osceola Pkwy. in Kissimmee. ICE! will run Friday, November 18 through Sunday, January 1. For more info, visit www.marriott.com.

Christmas Bricktacular at Legoland

Bricktacular is Legoland’s annual holiday celebration. It returns to deck the halls with a 30-ft.-tall Christmas tree made of thousands of LEGO® and DUPLO® bricks, festive decorations, a life-size LEGO Santa, reindeer and sleigh, holiday-themed scavenger hunts with prizes, and opportunities to build with LEGO alongside Master Model Builders. Meet LEGO Santa and LEGO Toy Soldier during daily park appearances and end the evening with a not-so-silent-night fireworks spectacular set to classic Christmas melodies. Bricktacular will take place on December 17-18, 24-25, 26-30. Purchase tickets at www.legoland.com/florida/buy-tickets/admission-tickets/.

Florida Aquarium Holds Aqua Eve

Come celebrate New Year's Eve, Saturday, December 31, with a splash at The Florida Aquarium’s Aqua Eve. Enjoy fantastic live music, complimentary food, beer and wine along with a champagne toast - and the best view in town for an amazing fireworks display at midnight. The Florida Aquarium's Aqua Eve party is the premiere New Year's Eve party in Tampa to ring in 2017. Early Entrance is 8: 30-9 p.m. Main event runs from 9 p.m. -1 a.m. Ages 21 and over only; ID required. To purchase tickets, visit http://www.flaquarium.org/eventcalendar/Aqua-Eve.aspx or call 2734000.

Christmas in the Wild At Lowry Park Zoo

The traditions of Christmas will be abundant at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo this holiday season! Be immersed in a festival of lights shining brightly. Encounter amazing animals at night, enjoy Christmas carolers and live entertainment, and marvel at the skills of artisans. You can sample holiday treats and seasonal refreshments at the Christmas Lodge. Visit Santa, and have a merry and memorable evening at this magical holiday event in the unique setting of the Zoo at night. Enjoy Christmas in the Wild on November 25-25, December 2-3, 910, 16-23 and 26-30. Lowry Park will be open until 10 p.m. Zoo Members and Pay for A Day Ticket holders enjoy free and unlimited access to Christmas in the Wild. Visit www.lowryparkzoo.org/events/christmas-in-the-wild or call 935-8552.


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SouthShore Inaugural Christmas Banquet Will Benefit AMIkids Y.E.S.

By Michelle Colesanti

The inaugural SouthShore Christmas Banquet will be held on Thursday, December 1 from 6:30-9 p.m at the SouthShore Falls Clubhouse (a Del Webb Community) located at 5831 Cascade Falls Lane in Apollo Beach. Cocktail hour will be from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. A program will follow. The cost is $25 per person. A table for eight costs $180 and includes a delicious catered dinner, holiday cheer cash bar, live holiday Jazz music by Gary Tatlock on the piano and a special guest speaker. While you are enjoying the evening’s entertainment, you can also get some of your holiday gift shopping done at the silent auction. There will be something for everyone on your shopping list. The Banquet will benefit AMIkids Y.E.S. in Wimauma. All of the proceeds will go to the organization. Since 1994 AMIkids Y.E.S. has been dedicated to helping kids discover the

potential within them, transform their lives and strengthen the community. AMIkids Y.E.S. empowers kids through care and guidance to reach their potential and as a result, it breaks the cycle of failure and poverty. Melanie D. Rimes, Executive Director of the SouthShore Chamber of Commerce is also a Board Member for AMIkids Y.E.S. and serves as Community Outreach Liason. She said, “This event is really just to start getting more of our community residents and business owners familiar with this great program which is right in our own back yard. This program changes lives daily and they can always use the assistance of the community, whether it be through mentoring, monetary and/or specific donations or just time… there are so many ways to help. We hope to bring people together to learn about AMIkids Y.E.S. and become supporters of the program.” By supporting this Banquet, you can help change the lives of our community’s kids and impact generations to come while enjoying a great evening celebrating the season. Contact Rimes at Melanie@southshorechamberofcommerce.org or 455-1968 for more information or to purchase tickets. Checks can be made payable to AMI Kids-Yes. For more information on AMIKids Y.E.S., visit www.amikids.org/programsand-services/programs/amikidsyes/story/about.

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The Suncoast Youth Conservation Center In Apollo Beach Will Inspire Young And Old

By Kathy L. Collins

“The SYCC is the first FWC facility to educate youth with a hands-on curriculum about marine science as it pertains to Tampa Bay,” explained Guindon. The field trips are geared for students in grades three through 12 and are available to any school in Hillsborough County as well as The Suncoast Youth Conservation Center in Apollo to groups such as Girl Scouts. It Beach will inspire everyone, regardless of age, to is free. The school or organizabecome lifelong supporters of fish and wildlife conservation. tion needs to only provide transportation, and all visits must be Situated on land that has been pre-arranged. In addition to field trips, the restored to its natural habitat, the SYCC offers summer day camps for stuSuncoast Youth Conservation Center dents in grades three through eight. (SYCC) in Apollo Beach is a great place This is a fun and cool way to learn to get students and people of all ages to about the environment and the natural reconnect with nature. The SYCC is a habitat of Tampa Bay. As you view the collaborative effort between the Florida property from the large outside porch of Fish and Wildlife Conservation the center, you can see the saltwater Commission (FWC), TECO and the marsh that was restored by volunteers Florida Aquarium. The land that the who literally planted plants that will be SYCC sits on is owned by TECO and is used to help restore other areas of adjacent to the Manatee Viewing Center. Tampa Bay. The 6000 sq. ft. building was built on “I am a kid at heart, and it is easy to stilts to provide for both indoor and outget excited and passionate about this door classroom space. The SYCC proplace,” said Guindon. Her excitement is vides an exciting learning opportunity for palpable and the depth and breadth of students. They also get to participate in her knowledge about all things nature is recreational activities such as kayaking wonderful. and walking nature trails in and around The SYCC is the first of five phases Newman’s Branch Creek. to be completed. Work is ongoing on the A recent visit to the SYCC, and a second phase which includes a kayak great conversation with the center direcpole barn, sea turtle rehabilitation hospital tor, Dr. Kathy Guindon, made me wish I and public restrooms. was in school again. Guindon comes to The SYCC is located at 505 Estuary the center after spending 20 years as a fisheries research biologist. She has been Shore Lane in Apollo Beach. Visit www.fyccn.com/suncoast. with the center for two years.

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Veterans Day Tribute And US Marine Corps Birthday Celebration Hillsborough County Hosts 52nd Annual Veterans Day Tribute

The Department of Consumer & Veteran Services and the Veterans Council of Hillsborough County will host the county’s 52nd Annual Veterans Day Tribute on Friday, November 11 at 11 a.m. The event will take place at Veterans Memorial Park and Museum, 3602 U.S. Highway 301 N in Tampa. Hillsborough County’s patriotic Veterans Day Tribute will honor all active and former U.S. military service members. The event and the Rear Admiral LeRoy Collins, Jr. Veterans Museum are free and open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. The park will open at 8 a.m., and the museum at 10 a.m., for those who would like to see the monuments and exhibits before the ceremony. With a theme of “Honoring America’s Veterans,” the 52nd Annual Veterans Day Tribute will feature a variety of speakers and presentations, including:

-Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Jim Waurishuk -U.S. Navy Cmdr. Scott Johnson, CENTCOM -MacDill Air Force Base, 6th Air Mobility Wing Color Guard -Rifle Detail and playing of taps, Riverview Detachment of the Marine Corps League -MIA/POW Missing Man Ceremony -JROTC exhibition drill performances and patriotic recitations -Awards by the Veterans Council of Hillsborough County -Newsome High School Jazz Band -Refreshments provided by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8108

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Opening Day A Huge Success For A Simpler Place In Time

By Sharon Still

Step back in the market. It time at A Simpler provides a trustPlace In Time, a ed source for producers farmlocal, clean food ers market with a for the communifarm and food ty, commented focus. Local Raley. “You will eggs, organic find produce vegetables, artigrown on our san crafted very own farm soaps, herbs, along with grolocal honey, fresh ceries and goods fish and glutenthat honor a Vamos! Gourmet Catering owner Melinda Murray homegrown, free cakes are and chef Nicolas Gomez offered salads and just some of the other handmade, susfoods with a Columbian-Floridian fusion to offerings that vistainable lifestyle,” the hungry crowds at the opening day of a Simpler Place In Time. itors will find. she said, adding “Our mission that the farm is to expand direct relationships with kitchen produces from scratch goods that farmers and consumers and to provide a are locally sourced and seasonally community activity which fosters social inspired. The farm store is open gathering, interaction and healthful food Thursdays 3-7 p.m., Fridays and choices,” said founder Renee Raley. Saturdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. A Simpler Place In Time kicked off “Our strong desire to connect our the season on Thursday, October 27 and community with local agriculture has lead a crowd of about 150 stopped by to us to expand our growing space from a browse and pick up items. single acre in rural Wimauma to an addi”I am really happy with the turnout. It tional three-acre farmette right in the heart has been a great night,” commented ven- of suburbia in Riverview,” Raley stated. dor Melinda Murray, owner of Vamos! Riverview residents Azrael and Gourmet Catering, which offers foods LeAnna Carrasco visited the Famers with a Columbian-Floridian Fusion. “We Market for the first time on opening day almost sold out and will be back next and commented, “I like this location. It is week with more.” very quaint and we love getting out and The market will be held every supporting local businesses.” Thursday, 3-7 p.m., rain or shine with the A Simpler Place In Time is located at exception of holidays, through May 25, 9903 Carr Rd. in Riverview (off of Boyette 2017. Also on-site is a farm store, dediRd. across from St. Stephen’s Catholic cated to providing an outlet for local grow- School). For information call 424-1874 or ers and artisans to bring their goods to visit www.asimplerplaceintime.com.

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Center Place Holiday Tea Offers Music, Scones & Devonshire Creme

By Kathy L. Collins

Center Place Yummy desserts Fine Arts and will be provided Civic Association by Jute’s Box (Center Place) will Bakery and hold its 6th Annual Moreno’s Bakery. Holiday Tea on Teavana holiday teas will be proSunday, vided by Orange December 4 Home beginning at 2:30 Accessories in p.m. The cost is Valrico. Chick-fil-A $35 per person or at Lake Brandon $250 for a table of eight. Table reser- Gather your friends and family and set a great is also a lunch holiday table at Center Place’s 6th Annual sponsor. vations must be Holiday Tea set to take place on Sunday, Attendees will be made by December 4. treated to special November 20. entertainment by The Southern Company You can get your tickets by calling 685Chorus, an 18 member local, all women 8888 or email cpfinearts@verizon.net. chorus. This is an adult only event. This event In addition to great food and enteralways sells out early, so be sure to get tainment, you can enjoy Center Place’s your tickets or tables now. All proceeds raised fund children’s programs at Center great silent auction. Rodriguez said, “Our fabulous silent auction will be a great Place. place to shop for those unique Christmas This year’s theme is “A Florida gifts, while supporting our non-profit art Christmas.” Lisa Rodriguez, Marketing Director for Center Place explained, “This center at the same time. It is a win-win. Gift items for all ages will be showcased.” offers the sponsored tables an opportuniCenter Place is a not-for profit arts ty to really be creative. For instance, you organization established in 1976. Its could have a beachy Christmas with members are dedicated to the promotion items such as shells or one featuring of fine arts and civic involvement. Center gators or manatees. Just have fun. We Place offers cultural enrichment opportuwill have special prizes for the most nities for all ages through a variety of prounique and most whimsical table.” grams including original art exhibits, art For just $50 you can have the talenteducation and the performing arts. ed decorators at Center Place set your Center Place is located at 619 table. Vonderburg Dr. in Brandon. For more The 6th Annual Holiday Tea will feature a special holiday lunch including holi- information, please visit www.centerplacebrandon.org. day scones and Devonshire cream.

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Enjoy a fesas one of the tive evening of country’s finest holiday choral choirs. The music as The Master Chorale Master Chorale of Tampa Bay of Tampa Bay has consistently presents delivered some of the most proMaking Spirits foundly moving Bright on music performSaturday, ances in the December 3 at area. The group 3 p.m. at the is committed to historic Tampa Theatre’s stage. The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay will bring holiday advancing the spirit to all when they perform Making Spirits Bright art of choral The Master at the historic Tampa Theatre on Saturday, music by perChorale will be December 3 at 3 p.m. forming great conducted by works of the past, commissioning and Joseph Holt, and the performance will performing new literature and sharing the also feature The Master Chorale job and power of choral music with new Ensemble Singers, conducted by Deah and existing audiences and singers. McReynolds. The concert will feature The Master Chorale was founded in organ, brass quintet and percussion. 1979 by Dr. Robert Summer. The Master You can expect to hear holiday Chorale is an auditioned, highly-select favorites including God Rest Ye Merry 150 voice volunteer chorus. In addition to Gentlemen; The Chanukah Song; Hark! performing 15 to 20 traditional concerts The Herald Angel; O Holy Night; and We on an annual basis, The Master Chorale Need A Little Christmas. has internationally distributed recordings, Tickets to Making Spirits Bright are $20 (plus service fee) and are available at important commissions from contemporary compositional powerhouses, and the Tampa Theatre Box Office located at performs a variety of outreach and edu711 N. Franklin St. in downtown Tampa cation activities throughout the Tampa and at www.tampatheatre.org. Bay area. Beryl B. Byles, a singer with The The Master Chorale is the Principal Master Chorale said, “Expect to get into Chorus of the Florida Orchestra and is the Christmas spirit early this year with Artist-in-Residence as the College of the the gorgeous melodies and touching Arts School of Music at the University of lyrics of this concert of The Master South Florida. Chorale of Tampa Bay. You will experiFor more information, please visit ence a gift for your soul in the process.” www.masterchorale.com. The Master Chorale has been hailed

Are you one of the many that talk with your hands? Have you ever wanted to learn another language? There’s a local group that can help you with both. Students and community members alike are welcomed to join ‘TAMPA ASL Socials’. This group of community members meets on a regular basis to patron businesses, meet new people and converse; they do this all in American Sign Language Christina Perricone, Joseph Cacciatore, Christina (ASL). It meets every Coppola and Brianna Greene signing ‘I love you’ at a recent meet-up. Thursday in the food court of the Westfield Brandon Mall are encouraged to attend and learn. starting at 6:30 p.m. and on Fridays at College students are encouraged to 6:30 p.m. on a rotating schedule of local attend these events to fulfill a requirerestaurants in the surrounding Tampa ment for their classes. Caitlyn area. Due to graduation of the students Pashnick, an HCC student, “My involved, meetings take a hiatus after teacher requires five observation jourThanksgiving and begin again the second nals per semester... [and] I’ve always week of January. wanted to learn it.” She began studying “Everyone is welcomed, from kids to sign language in August and seeks to adults,” said Joseph Cacciatore, one of use what she learns as a dispatcher for the group's regular members. An average the sheriff’s department, where she meet-up will have roughly 15 to 20 attencurrently works. dees ranging in proficiency from those Elias Goutoufas, ASL Instructor at just beginning to learn sign language to Hillsborough Community College, “Our fully fluent. Members can be hearing, ASL events are open to everyone who hard of hearing or deaf. loves American Sign Language.” Elias There is one major rule at these is the group’s Community Events events: No “Voicing,” meaning no talking Informer and attends the Friday meetwith your mouth. Out of respect for the ups on a regular basis. deaf members, the group encourages all For more Information visit attendees to speak using only sign lanwww.aslevents.info or join the guage. “Turn it off,” Joseph explained. No Facebook Group ‘Tampa ASL Socials.’ one expects attendees to be experts in Event times and locations are updated sign language. People of all skill levels regularly in both locations.

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Volume 15, Issue 11

Burn Calories And Help The Hungry At Turkey Trot

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By Tamas Mondovics

Hillsborough County Detectives Ask For Information in 2015 Shooting In Riverview Hillsborough son Debbie Carter. County Sheriff’s Morales was transported to Tampa detectives are General Hospital in seeking the pubcritical condition. lic’s assistance in Investigators later a case of an early reported that Morales morning shooting had two other sons, a incident that 17 and 21 year old, occurred a little that also live at the more than a year Detectives search the residence of an early residence, but were ago in Riverview. morning shooting, which left a Riverview not home at the time The shooting woman in critical condition a little more than of the shooting. of a woman, on a year ago. HCSO detectives are asking members of the community for information Crime Stoppers Saturday, August in the case. of Tampa Bay is now 29, 2015, occurred offering a reward of up to $3,000 for inforafter she answered a knock at her front mation that leads to the identification and door. arrest of the unknown suspects involved According to authorities, at in this case. around 12:36 a.m., Angela Morales, 36, Anyone with any information regardof 12924 Fennway Ridge ing the identity of the suspects and who Drive in Riverview, was home with her wants to be eligible for a cash reward is twin 9 year olds (boy and girl) and her asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800husband when a knock was heard at the 873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously front door. online at www.crimestopperstb.com or Detectives said that after several send a mobile tip using the P3 Tips knocks Morales went to the door and Mobile application. To send an anonyopened it, at which time at least six shots mous tip from your smartphone via were fired, striking Morales multiple @tip411CO, search for HCSOSheriff in times. The suspect(s) fled the scene in the app store. what has been described as a possible 4 Contact the Hillsborough County door dark color Sedan type vehicle. Sheriff's Office, Public Information Office. "There could possibly have been Call Crime Stoppers Law more than one shooter as detectives Enforcement Coordinator Kelly McLaren have recovered two different types of at 442-9300, kmclaren@hcso.tampa.fl.us. weapon casings" said HCSO spokesper-

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

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Nativity Annual Novemberfest Event Features Rides, Food And Entertainment Fun For The Whole Family By Michelle Colesanti With carnival favorites like the Drop Zone, Moonraker, and Ferris wheel, Nativity Catholic Church’s Novemberfest promises to once again be a huge crowd pleaser. “Novemberfest has been a part of the Brandon community for 47 years, and we are so thankful for the support the community has shown Nativity,” said Cindy Ehringer, Committee Chair. Novemberfest will take place from Wednesday, November 16 to Sunday, November 20. Enjoy five days of family fun full of carnival rides, including several for the younger crowd, food booths, and music. Admission and parking are free. The food tent has something for everyone. Enjoy your choice of BBQ, Polish Sausage, Indian Cuisine, Mexican, Latin flavors, potato ribbons, wings, desserts, special coffee, gourmet pizza, freshly squeezed lemonade, funnel cakes, cotton candy, hamburgers, hotdogs and fries, a spectacular steak sandwich and Coca-Cola products. This year’s special musical entertainment includes Soul Circus Cowboys who will perform on Friday

This year’s raffle contains many exciting prizes. The Grand Prize is $5000 and the winner will be announced on Sunday afternoon. Novemberfest is Nativity’s largest parish fundraiser and proceeds benefit the school. The event is run solely by volunteers, who will be on hand to make this year’s festival a success. Nativity Catholic Church is located at 705 E. Brandon Blvd. in Brandon. For more information, visit www.nativitycatholicchurch.org/novem berfest.

Principal Robert Yevich stands with students sporting this year’s Novemberfest T-shirt.

at 8 p.m. Band member Billy McKnight is a Nativity alumnus. Southern Train will also perform this year on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The Riverview High School Choir will perform on Sunday at 2:15 p.m. Several other local dance studios and local talent will also perform. Rob Martin, Director of Finance said, “It’s a great opportunity for the entire family to come out and enjoy the weekend before the start of the busy holiday season.” Nativity stu-

dents and parents will be selling discounted armband vouchers and food tickets. Ride vouchers good for unlimited all day rides are available now through Friday, November 11 at a cost of $17 at the church office, 705 E. Brandon Blvd. Advanced food vouchers are also available for $9. When you purchase a ride voucher at Novemberfest, the cost is $23 and $10 for a food voucher. Tickets can also be purchased online at novemberfest16.eventbrite.com (includes a service fee).

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By Tamas Mondovics

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Road Rage Incident Escalates To Fatal Shooting Of Riverview Man A road rage situSadly, fatal, road ation that brought the rage-triggered shootings have been making headevening rush hour lines around the region traffic to a stand still and across the country. on Bloomingdale Last month’s inciAve. just west of dent, which has stunned Kings Ave. in motorists who push their Brandon last month Hillsborough County Detectives way daily through heav escalated to the investigate a fatal road rage shooting on Bloomingdale Ave., in Brandon, traffic on Bloomingdale shooting death of a which left one Riverview man dead. Ave. reveals some chillRiverview man. ing similarities with another fatal road After notifying next of kin rage shooting and only a few miles away, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said which also left one angry driver dead just that Kenneth Michael Cuevas, 27, of Riverview, was in a verbal altercation with weeks prior. another motorist before he was shot and HCSO deputies responded to a 911 was transported to a local hospital where call about the shooting on East Dr. Martin he died from his injuries. According to Luther King J. Blvd. and Forbes Road in investigators and eye witness accounts, Plant City. HCSO Col. Donna Lusczynski the shooting appeared to be the result of with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's a road rage incident that occurred at Office said that Gary Lynn Durnham, 40 around 6:30 p.m. as the two vehicles stopped his car in front of Robert Padgett, 42, got out, and an argument ensued were stopped in traffic on Bloomingdale between the two people. Padgett then Ave., near Kings Ave. pulled out a handgun and shot at least Cuevas got out of his vehicle and walked back to the shooters vehicle when one round into Durham who died at the scene, deputies said. he was shot. The two individuals had a Lusczynski did not hesitate to warn road rage altercation just moments prior motorists of the dangers of road rage, in a second incident and subsequent when she said, "Don't engage with peoshooting, deputies said. ple and, don't get into some type of conThe shooter, who has not been named, pulled off the roadway and waited frontation,” she said adding, “It's not worth anybody's life. Just drive by and ignore for law enforcement. the person." Detectives said the shooter is being For more information about HCSO cooperative and that the investigation is please visit www.hcso.tampa.fl.us. ongoing.

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County Selects Future Site of New $7M Riverview Library

By Tamas Mondovics

After a series of public meetings, Hillsborough County officials and members of the County’s Library Services, have finally selected the future site of a brand new Riverview Regional Library. The selected site is located on Balm River Road on just south of Boyette Road, across from the Y’s Camp Cristina, just east of U.S. 301, near Riverview High School. Hillsborough County Library Services Director Andrew Breidenbaugh, at one of four possible “After consideration of availlocations for a brand new Riverview Branch able locations and public input, trafLibrary, during a public meeting. fic issues, environmental concerns Riverview. and costs the majority favored the chosen “Time, however, has taken its toll on location,” said library project manager the building and parking is inadequate,” Janet Marnatti, adding that many resiWhite said. “Riverview deserves better dents favored a little more than seventhan that, which is why I am happy to see acre site on Hackney Drive, just east of a new library being built on a site just up U.S. 301 and north of the Alafia River, the road in an area that also captures the nearly eight miles from the current library, ambiance the Riverview that we all know but that site was sold. . and love.” According to county officials, the estiWhite said that he has been working mated total cost to build the new facility is closely with county staff, community $7 million and, for starters, will involve a stakeholders, and library services stake25,000 sq ft, one story building with plenty holders to advocate for an architectural of parking. style that also honors the town’s Last year, the Hillsborough County heritage. “This new library is going to be Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) a real gem, and point of pride, for allocated $3.4 million toward expanding Riverview,” White said. “I am pleased to or replacing the existing much the more be the one bringing this project in for a than 35-year old 8,000 square feet library landing.” in Riverview, located at 10509 Riverview Construction of the new library is curDrive. rently expected to begin sometime in “The replacement of the old facility is early spring of 2017 with completion in definitely bitter sweet,” said Hillsborough late 2018 or early 2019. County Commissioner Stacy White, and Call 273-3652 or email libraryinforadded that the Riverview library is a huge mation@hillsboroughcounty.org. Visit part of the community’s history on www.hcplc.org and check out all of the Riverview Drive, which has always been online services available. an important thoroughfare for the town of

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vide on their behalves, there is so much the volunteers want to do to brighten their lives, and collecting toys is one small way they can make a big difference. The Toy Run and Drive will be held Saturday, November 19 beginning at 10 a.m. at Tampa PC New York Networks, located Times bestat 11946 Boyette seller, H. Rd. in Riverview. Jackson Although the Brown, Jr. event itself is urges us to designed for “[r]emember motorcycles, that children… those without and flower gar- Come out and support Hillsborough's children at the 6th Annual Guardian Toy Run and Toy bikes are welcome dens reflect the Drive. to make a donation kind of care or meet at the after-party slated to they get.” Children truly liken to flowbegin at 12 Noon at One Night Stand ers and have the potential to blossom Smokehouse, 1602 Hwy. 60 in Valrico. into creative, productive adults, yet The entrance fee per person is $15 many youth experience abuse and plus one new toy which covers food neglect right here in the Tampa area and drinks, a raffle ticket, and a t-shirt. and require additional care from a It is sure to be a fantastic autumn ride, responsible, loving adult in order to and more importantly, all proceeds will grow. That is where the Guardian ad be donated to provide toys, batteries, Litem program enters. Through the and gift cards to children with the holiunique relationships they form with days soon approaching. their children, guardian’s ad litem are Taylor also hopes to plant a volunteers who act as voices for chilseed in the hearts of the community: dren who are experiencing the stress “There’s such a shortage of guardians of shuffling through the child welfare too because a lot of people don’t know system, and they need your support. what they are. We need guardians. As a result, the 6th Annual Becoming a guardian ad litem, you Guardian Toy Run and Toy Drive can take on as many cases as you hopes to make a positive difference. want and have time for.” Of the 3,100 Bryan Taylor began organizing the children in Hillsborough in the dependevent with his family after his father ency court system, over 1,300 do not had been a guardian ad litem for a have a guardian ad litem to act with number of years. Guardian’s ad litem their best interests in mind. He hopes try to provide gifts for their children’s some will attend the after party if only birthdays and holidays. Taylor notes, to talk with other guardians. You have “There’s not a huge bunch of them, so the opportunity to change a child’s life they are very reliant on getting donain this role, not just make their day. To tions, especially at Christmas time. register for the event, make a donaThey have a toy quota, but it’s never tion, and more information, visit filled. It’s something the guardians want to do to give that child a toy from http://guardiantoyrun.org/ and email the completed form to a person they trust and they know is info@guardiantoyrun.org or fax it to acting in their best interests.” In 866-955-8125. You may also contact Hillsborough county alone, there are over 3,100 children in the dependency Bryan Taylor at 400-0448 or check out the excited chatter on Facebook at court system, all of whom have had https://www.facebook.com/guardiansto someone close to them let them down and may be living with relatives or with yrun?fref=ts. For more info on becoming the voice of a child in need and to foster families. Besides the relationvolunteer as a guardian ad litem, visit ship guardians ad litem form with their www.galtampa.org or vfcgal.org. children and the advocacy they pro-

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New Location for Riverview Mortgage

The Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce was honored to celebrate the new Shoppes of Boyette location of Riverview Mortgage with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Eros and Julie Dahl invited both the Greater Riverview and the Valrico FishHawk Chambers of Commerce members to share in their excitement. Guests were treated to a delicious taco dinner catered by S&S Tacos and wines from Southshore Uncorked. Also provided were fun photo ops being taken by Shine Photo Booth. Guest brought unwrapped toys to the event in order to begin filling their boxes for the upcoming Toys for Tots drive. This annual event is near and dear to the Dahl’s heart and each year they do a fantastic job supporting the Marine

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Corps in Divas 4 Success Ribbon Cutting. Ribbon Cutting for new Riverview Welcome Center. their is a multi-cultural, After-school programs are endeavor to make sure no child goes innovative, and academically offered as well as special weekend without. focused after-school enrichment and summer camp offerings. Call The office is located at 11256 company exclusive for girls. It aims or email diva800-290-2145 Boyette Rd. or call 343-0110 for to spark the girls’ interest and maingirls82@gmail.com. Visit more information. Visit tain their motivation through classes www.divasforsuccess.com. www.riverviewmortgage.com. and workshops that provide opportu- Celebrate New Riverview nities to build confidence and acaWelcome Center Ribbon Cutting for Divas 4 demic success. On Monday September 25,

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Breanna Adams, Xanthe Asberry and Rebekah Higginbotham of Divas 4 Success recently celebrated with a ribbon cutting to mark the opening of their new studio with the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce (GRCC). These ladies are committed, certified educators who understand the importance of personalizing a students’ educational enrichment instruction. Divas 4 Success, LLC

Photo by Huth and Booth Photography Beanie’s Bar Sports Grill Holds GRCC Ribbon Cutting.

Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce (GRCC) had the pleasure of celebrating a valued member and a brand new footprint in Riverview. Susan Cioffi has been a part of the GRCC family for over five years and has been instrumental in the annual Trick or Treat Street event, but had never hosted a Ribbon Cutting ceremony. With the brand new Riverview Welcome Center in her home office of RE/MAX South Shore Realty, it

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celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Sun City Center Funeral Home. Owners, Mike and Yvonne Langjahr welcomed not only chamber members, but also community residents, and treated them to delicious treats, prizes and a dance party. In 1996, the funeral home was known as Family Funeral Care and was built by Service Corporation International. In March 1999 the funeral home was sold to Carriage Services and Mike Langjahr became the manager of the funeral establishment. In September 2001 Mike and his wife, Yvonne purchased the

Memory Care, recognized 29 renewing members. Thanks go out to David Miller and AAA The Auto Club Group for sponsoring the luncheon and for inviting Joe Waggoner of TampaHillsborough County Photo by Leilani Warbritton, Chamber Staff Expressway Members of the SouthShore Chamber of Commerce enjoyed the October networking event, Wake-Up Coffee & Tea, at TD Bank Apollo Authority, who Beach, located at 6176 US HWY 41 N, Apollo Beach. For more infor- provided mation, call 649-2265. updates on forthcoming for Feeding Tampa Bay. transportation improvements. David Weekley Homes Team The GRCC luncheons are held Members are accepting nonperishthe fourth Tuesday of every month able items at select model homes, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at The the Central Living Sales Office and Regent. The public is welcome to the Division Office in Tampa through attend. Admission is $15 for GRCC Wednesday, November16. Weekley members, with RSVP, $17 at the Homes will also be collecting frozen door and $25 for non-members. turkeys on November 16 at select model homes, Central Living Sales Multiple Services Offered By Office and the David Weekley Homes Division Office. Visit Armor Guard Painting & Coating,

made for the perfect celebratory match. Doug and Janelle Duncan, owners of RE/MAX South Shore Realty, were very happy to welcome everyone into the office to show off the Welcome Center. The highlight of the Center is a mural that was created by Liz Brewer, Doug & Janelle Duncan and developed by Signarama of Brandon. It is wonderful depiction of the East Hillsborough County area and gives folks a sense of where the major communities are located. The Center offers LLC information Armor regarding history, Guard Painting entertainment, Coating is a & and fun facts full service about Riverview painting comas well as tourist pany offering information on and interior other nearby Photo by Leilani Warbritton, Chamber Staff exterior paintareas/attractions. Members of the SouthShore Chamber of Commerce took ing and coatThe office is part in a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony for The Dog House ings. The & More, located at 106N US Hwy. 41 in Ruskin, to celebrate located at 10445 the restaurant’s new location. Call 419-4325 painting/coatGibsonton Dr. Call ing of tile 672-9000 or roofs, pool funeral home from Carriage Susan directly at 956-8513. decks, garage Services, and as part of the floors and purchase agreement, the funerBeanie's Bar Sports Grill driveways are al home was renamed Sun City Celebrates Joining Chamber offered along Center Funeral Home. In October, Greater Riverview Photo by Ed Booth, Huth and Booth Photography with other For more information about Chamber of Commerce (GRCC) New members were welcomed at the GRCC’s September Luncheon. services for Sun City Center Funeral Home, members were invited to celebrate interior includplease www.suncitycenterfunerwww.davidweekleyhomes.com/promo new member, Beanie's Bar Sports ing wall paper removal, popcorn alhome.com, or call 634-9900. /thanksgiving-drive-tam to view Grill. Several GRCC members made removal, drywall repairs and texture. items needed and to find a drop-off the trek into south Ruskin to partake Free in-home inspections are David Weekley Homes Gives location near you. in the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. offered along with a free written estiThanks By Giving Back This Beanie, Debbie and the rest of the mate. There are written warranties Holiday Season Tichy family were thrilled with the Greater Riverview Chamber of on all work and special discounts are visitors and put out a very nice array David Weekley Homes, the Commerce Welcomes New offered for veterans and seniors. of appetizers for everyone, including nation’s largest privately-held builder, Online specials from $250 to $550 Members a complimentary drink. is hosting its second annual, compaoff are offered. Visit At the Greater Riverview ny-wide Thanksgiving Drive for www.armorguard.net for more Chamber of Commerce’s (GRCC) Sun City Center Funeral Home Tampa-area residents. In Tampa, the details. Ask about the “show home” September Luncheon board membuilder is joining together with Celebrates 20 Years in Business discount as well. bers Robert Hintze, Waypoint Homeowners, Team Members, Real In September, the Greater For more information, call 727Property Inspection, LLC introduced Estate Professionals, vendors and Riverview Chamber of Commerce 501-1264 Monday to Friday from 8 15 new members and Jill Andrew, others to collect nonperishable items (GRCC) members were invited to a.m.-5 p.m. Superior Residences of Brandon Natalie Carr Bustillo, DDS, MS Board Certified Pediatric Dentist

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Naming For Elementary “C”, Students Excel On AP Exams & Graduation Rates and NOPE Holds Candlelight Vigil was quoted, “We recently learned that America’s high school graduation rate went up to 83 percent…the highest on Hillsborough County Public Schools record.” Obama added, “Teachers officials sought the assistance of the comdeserve more than our gratitude, they munity last month in naming Elementary deserve our full support.” “C”, the district Of course, higher gradunewest school ation rates are not the only scheduled to way to measure success on open next year, the part of students and in the Triple teachers. Creek area in In a recent report, south Riverview. Hillsborough County Public Schools are Schools officials were traditionally to announce that pleased named for indithe number of HCPS stuviduals who dents taking Advanced First row: Brian Contreras, Justin have specifically Perez, Breanna Espinoza, Aimee Placement (AP) exams and rendered outMarsial. Second row: Jesus Ventura, at a pass rate of 3, scoring standing service Yarivethe Guzman, Rolando Grimaldo, 4, or 5 continues to increase, Miguel Jose Third row: Eduardo to public educa- Morales, Jesus Hernandez, Stephanie giving students more opportion, such as Lazaro, Bryan Morales. U.S. presidents, “We wanted to thank our Kiwanis mem- tunities for higher education. By the numbers, district bers for their support,” said RCMA school board Wimauma and Leadership Academies officials said that the number members, eduPrincipal, Mark Haggett. of HCPS students taking AP cators, and outexams increased by 7 percentage points standing citizens. The School Board has from last year. In addition, the number of scheduled to approve the name for students earning a pass rate of 3, 4, or 5 Elementary “C” in November. increased by 4 percentage points. The district is especially proud of the HCPS Students Taking and Excelling results from its Hispanic and African on AP Exams American students. Speaking highly of teachers throughThe number of Hispanic students takout the nation, President Barack Obama ing AP exams increased by 18 percent-

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age points over last year while maintaining a 44% pass rate. African American students scoring a 3, 4, or 5 went from 18% two years ago to 28% this past year, a 10 percentage point gain. “We continue to push for open access into our Advanced Placement classes at our high schools. These results show our students are looking for more opportunities and our teachers and staff are giving them the support they need,” said Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Eakins. School officials said that taking AP courses and passing the related exams gives students more opportunity to be accepted into a 4-year university and allows them to earn college credits, for their major or as an elective, eliminating the need to take the classes in college which saves them money and time. For more information please visit www.sdhc.k12.fl.us.

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Hillsborough County Public Schools, NOPE of Hillsborough, the Tampa Police

Department, and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office hosted the 6th Annual Narcotics Overdose Prevention and Education (NOPE) Candle Light Vigil, last month at Hillsborough High School. The emotional event is held annually to honor the lives lost due to drug and alcohol related incidents, to honor those who have lost a loved one to accidental overdose death and to help those suffering from the disease of addiction. As loved ones share stories about their family members or friends, participants are encouraged to share photos to include on the Memorial Wall. The NOPE Memorial Wall has more than 500 photos of young people who have lost their lives due to drug or alcohol related causes. School officials said that the goal of NOPE is to reach the community through prevention and education. NOPE has been diligently offering presentations to Hillsborough County Public Schools middle and high school students throughout the year. For more information please visit www.nopetaskforce.org.


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Toastmasters Clubs Host Leadership Showcase

Two Riverview-based Toastmasters Clubs invite residents to a leadership event on Tuesday, November 15 from 6:308:30 p.m. at the o ichelle C m M Progressive Contact y b d e co Compil observer. y e Center located at 4030 r p s o @ michelle Crescent Park Drive, Riverview. Follow signs to the visitor center, then check in at security and let them know you are there for Nellie Is In Search Of ‘Fur’ever Toastmasters. Home It will feature two accomplished Nellie came to C.A.R.E. with her business leaders: Amy Rey, Regional brother after the unexpected passing Director of Customer Relations of their owner. The family was heartManagement for Progressive broken to have to relinquish her to the Insurance and Toby Martini, a wellshelter, but C.A.R.E. promised to find known improvisational communicaher a loving home as quickly as possitions coach who’s renowned for helping executives polish their presentation skills. The event is sponsored by Breckenridge Toastmasters and Toast n’ Progress. Breckenridge Club President, Christopher Doherty, who is also a member of Toast n Progress said, ”This will be an exciting event for everyone who’s ever thought about joining Toastmasters. It will be run like a regular Toastmasters meeting which includes feedback and Table Topics – a great way to work on impromptu speaking.” Effective Four and a half year old Nelly needs a new evaluations will be discussed and ‘fur’ever home. conducted by Rebecca Thornton as ble. Nellie's brother Tux has found a part of the Toastmasters critique forever home. She has plenty of loving process. Additional speakers are to give to another family. Please visit also planned. this loving girl at C.A.R.E. As part of Toastmasters provide a supporther adoption, Nellie will be micro ive and positive learning experience chipped and spayed. She is approxiin which members are empowered to mately 4 ½ years old and is current on develop communications and leaderher shots. Please visit www.careshelship skills, resulting in greater selfter.org or call 645-2273. We are very confidence and personal growth. The grateful for your support. Breckenridge club meets every second and fourth Friday from 6:30-7:45 Annual Holiday Pot Luck Lunch p.m. Toast n Progress meets every first and third Thursday from noon – At Brandon Community Center 1pm. Both clubs meet at Progressive The Brandon Community Center is hosting its Annual Holiday Pot Luck Insurance. Guests are always welcome. Visit Breckenridge.toastmasLunch. The event will feature local tersclubs.org or toastnprogress.toastentertainment from church choruses, mastersclubs.org. elementary schools, local musicians, and community residents. Please come and share the holidays on Friday December 9. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. with coffee. Entertainment begins at 10 a.m., and lunch is served at 11 a.m. Please sign up at 502 E. Sadie St. or call 636-8179 for more details.

Riverview Library Special Adult Program

There will be limited programs at the Riverview Library early in the month due to early voting until November 6 and again Election Day, Tuesday, November 8. The Library

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will be closed on November 11 for forms of tobacco. Free Nicotine Veterans Day and will again on replacement patches, gum and November 24 and 25 lozenges for the Thanksgiving will be holiday. available, Special Adult while supSaturday plies last Programming and if - NaNoWriMo: medically November is National appropriNovel Writing Month ate. (NaNoWriMo). On Locally, November 12 at 2 classes p.m. and November will be 26 at 10 a.m., meet held with other writers and Monday, Summerfield Women’s Golf: The Summerfield November work on your novel in Women’s Golf League began in October: La fun and motivating R: Hazel Bender, President; Sandy Albaugh, 14 from environment. Aspiring Secretary; Rosemary English, Treasurer; Doris 5:30-7:30 Rybicki, Vice President. Anyone wishing to join p.m. at the writers of all skill levshould call Hazel Bender at 633-8783. els are welcome. Oakfield Library programs are courtesy of Medical Plaza, 276 S. Moon Ave, Suite the Friends of Riverview Library, who 260 in Brandon. Pre-registration is meets the third Thursday of the month required by calling 974-7889. For at 1 p.m. with dues as low as $10. A additional classes, visit www.ahecto501(c)(3) tax-free organization, Library bacco.com/calendar. programming for youth and adults is supported, recruit volunteers to help in Education Seminars On Anxiety the Library and speak for the Library and Depression and Substance at all governmental levels. Used Abuse Book Sales and honor-system book The South Shore Coalition on store provide funds to support efforts Mental Health will hold an Educational in all these areas. on Tuesday, November 15 at Seminar Riverview Library is located at 2 p.m. at Sun City Center Chamber of 10509 Riverview Dr. Inquire at the Commerce, 1651 Sun City Center Dr. Library Service Desk or phone 273Anxiety and Depression, presented by 3652 for information on programs. Heather Newman Trivus, MSW, LCSW Mental Health Counselor with The Help For Quitting Tobacco Community Wellness Center. Quitting tobacco isn't easy. Finding Substance Abuse will be presenthelp should be. Tobacco Free Florida ed by Michael Fitzgerald, RN, BSN offers free tools and services to help Director of Behavioral Health of you get started. Free Community Serenity Place at Doctor’s Hospital. worksite and clinic groups will be Admission is free; no RSVP need. offered, with programs covering all Refreshments will be served.

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you? Join in for a Radical Love event. Be empowered to become the person God has created you to be. Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 702 Valley Forge Blvd. in Sun City Center will be hosting Ken Yasinski, a nationallyknown Catholic speaker, from Sunday-Wednesday, November 27-30 for their Advent Mission. Yasinski will present his mission talk, “Radical Love”, each evening at 6:30 p.m. in the church. A repeat session will also take place each morning at 10 a.m. in the church. The talks are free of charge and open to the public. For more information, please visit www.popcc.org or call 634-2328.

Welcome the Sabbath at Congregation Beth Shalom on Friday evenings at 7:45 p.m. After the services, stay for Oneg Shabbat (nosh and mingle). All are welcome. Page Turners – On Mega Challah Monday, Bake November 21 from 6-7:30 Jewish women p.m., join in from all over Nationally Known Catholic Speaker Ken Yasinski Southern for conversawill speak at Prince of Peace Catholic Church’s tion and light Hillsborough Advent Mission on Sunday-Wednesday, November dinner as The County are expect27-30. Ladies ed to join the Mega Auxiliary by Tova Mirvis is discussed. Challah Bake on Sunday, December Her first novel speaks to the Jewish 11. The event is hosted by The community in Memphis, Tennessee. Chabad Jewish Discovery Center of Congregation Beth Shalom is Brandon. located at 706 Bryan Rd. in Brandon. The ‘Mega Challah Bake’ event Call 681-6547. has been held in major cities around the world in the past few months drawing thousands of women togethPrince of Peace Advent Mission er. “This type of event empowers Information women in the sense that we can feel Are you living God's purpose for that we are part of something much your life? Could God have more for bigger, united with Jewish women in

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Today in the absence of the temple the small piece of dough is burned. Tzippy said she has held challahmaking demonstrations in the past, but “doing this as a large, citywide event is extra-special. There is so much power when so many women are doing thistogether.” “The ballroom will be set elegantly with round tables, with premeasured ingredients at each place” she explained. “Each woman will mix her own dough and leave it to rise. While the dough rises, women will enjoy a dessert buffet, music and dancing. When they return, they’ll be able to shape two Challahs each” The loaves will be taken home for baking. “The event will be held in close proximity to Chanukah in commemoration of the unique roll of the heroine Yehudis in the miracle of Chanukah and celebrating the unique roll of Jewish women today”. Mega Challah Bake will be held December 11 at 6:30 pm at the Kings Point Clubhouse in Sun City Center. 2020 Clubhouse Dr. in Sun City Center. Tickets are $18 per person. Sponsor a table in honor of your mother, daughter or anyone special in your life for $180. For reservations, visit jewishbrandon.com/rsvp.


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Get In Step To Help Joshuacord Raise Funds For Refugees

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H.E.A.D.S. (Healing Educational many excellent agencies in the area. Alternatives for Deserving Students) is Our uniqueness derives from our family an organization with over 70 mental owned team approach, and our 'Delta health therapists that provide in-home Angels' trademark, that we hope therapy to children, adults and families. denotes the importance of this elite They have been providing this care to team to the children we serve along foster homes and mental health servicwith our commitment to providing comes to children in Florida since 1993. prehensive training and clinical support They are partnering with Eckerd and to the children in our care and their fosare expanding its services in to ter parents." Hillsborough County. They are seeking Parents in the program receive 63 foster parents hours of pre-serfor their STFC vice training and (Specialized one hour of addiTherapeutic tional, ongoing Foster Care) training each program. month thereafter. According There are no fees to Ted Waller, for training. H.E.A.D.S.(Healing Educational Alternatives for CEO, Parents who Deserving Students) is seeking foster parents for children in need of specialized therapeutic "Hundreds of are accepted are homes. H.E.A.D.S. excels at creating a team children in compensated a approach with highly trained foster parents. As a Hillsborough daily rate of $50 result, traumatized children in foster care are able to realize their full potential. County are to $65 per day. needing This must not be STFC. Eckerd provides services to the family's only source of income. All approximately 2900 children in our prospective parents must be able to county. Approximately 10 percent of pass a thorough background check. those children are in need of specialThose interested in becoming fosized therapeutic homes." ter parents for this special group of chilH.E.A.D.S. STFC program currentdren, should call Dee Dee Parker, ly has 20 therapeutic foster homes in STFC Coordinator at 754-5555. There Polk County and provides 24 hour ther- will be an informal informational sesapeutic support for children that have sion on November 28. Please call been abused. Waller added, "The foster Parker for more information on times parents in our organization are called and location. 'Delta Angels' a term coined by the fact H.E.A.D.S. is located at 1001 E. that they are angels on earth for the Baker St., #100 in Plant City. For more children in their care." information, please visit According to Waller, "There are www.headsusa.com.

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

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Students Present Footloose At Riverview High To Benefit Veterans By John Vaughn

A Veterans Day benefit the U.S. Department of performance is a big part Veterans Affairs. of the start of Riverview The Wednesday, High School’s new theater Thursday, and season. From Wednesday Saturday shows also to Saturday, November 9begin at 7 p.m., with 12, the school will stage the school box office Footloose, the musical opening at 6 p.m. to let show based on the popular audiences get involved movie – with special attenwith drawings, door tion to veterans on Friday, prizes, and concesNovember 11. sions in the lobby. The Friday performRiverview High is locatance will be free for all veted at 11311 Boyette erans or active-duty miliRd. tary, and 100 percent of all Footloose is a ticket sales that night will high-energy show Lead Actors Danielle Uhlig and be donated to a charity about a boy who Henry McGriff program for poor and moves from a big city homeless veterans. to a small town where Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for stuthe adults do not allow rock music and dents. The 7 p.m. show will be staged dancing. The show began as a 1984 even though no classes are in session movie starring Kevin Bacon that that day because it’s Veterans Day. spawned pop songs such as the title “At first we didn’t think we could have track, Footloose, and Let’s Hear It for the the auditorium open for a show on the Boy. It later became a 1998 Broadway holiday,” said Casey Vaughan, Riverview musical and then a movie remake in High’s theater director. “But once we had 2011. the idea for a benefit, even if we had to The 2016-17 Season will continue stage it somewhere off campus, our Tuesday, November 29 with a one-act administration really liked that and let us version of Violet, an award-winning musido it here.” cal about a disfigured girl’s bus journey She credited Principal Danielle from her farm in rural North Carolina. Shotwell and Assistant Principal Kevin At USF last year, Riverview was one Massena for the support. The school of a handful of schools chosen to repreauditorium is one of the county’s largest, sent the district at the annual state-level seating nearly 900 people. Friday’s protheater festival. ceeds will go to the local nonprofit organiFor more information, visit zation administering the Supportive RiverviewHSTheatre.com or “Riverview Services for Veteran Families program of HS Theatre Boosters” on Facebook.

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Volume 15, Issue 11

With Arts & Entertainment Editor Kathy L. Collins

The SouthShore Regional Library Issues A Call To Artists The John work for the Crawford Advisory shows." Board at the Not only do artists get their SouthShore artwork disRegional Library in played in a Ruskin has issued gallery setting, A Call To Artists for but they also shows in attend an January/February Area artists interested in having their painting or Artists' and March/April. mixed media pieces featured in shows at the John Reception courThey are seeking Crawford Gallery at the SouthShore Regional Library in early 2017 should submit their entries tesy of the painting and by November 12. Friends of the mixed media pieces. Applications are due on Saturday, SouthShore Regional Library. The recepNovember 12. Applications can be picked tions are usually held on the first Thursday of the month and are open to up at the library located at 15816 Beth the public. Shields Way in Ruskin. "The receptions are a nice way for Artists who are interested in submitthe community to meet the artists and ting work for consideration, must submit view their work. Burhop added, "The four images either in a CD formatted for SouthShore Regional has always had a MS Windows or four photographs. strong commitment to the arts and proSelected artists will have work dismoting art for people who might not necplayed in the Crawford Gallery at the essarily get to an art gallery. Our receplibrary. Artwork is juried by the members tions have been well arranged and we of the John Crawford Advisory Board. have had a terrific response to the Artist will be notified by December 1 if exhibits. It really does enrich the library." selected. The John Crawford Gallery is truly a According to Laurie Burhop, Art Coordinator for the John Crawford Gallery lovely space. Burhop works hard to create thoughtful and compelling shows. at the library, "We view the artwork and The library holds approximately five decide which pieces would make a good shows each year including two featuring show together." Burhop added, "We are painting, one featuring photography, a always looking for something new and 6x6 show and an Instructors' Show. different to add variety to our shows. We For more on the Call To Artists, look for creativity, interesting subject matplease contact Burhop at 273-3652. ter and great techniques in selecting art-

The Firehouse Pub At The Firehouse Cultural Center In Ruskin Offers Fantastic Entertainment Close To Home Every weekand singer, Rick end, the Hatfield, has Firehouse Cultural shared the stage Center in Ruskin with the Everly offers area resiBrothers and Greg dents a great Allman. venue close to On Saturday, home where they November 12 from can hear great 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. music and have feel like you have fun with terrific travelled to New comedians. The Orleans as you The Firehouse Pub at the Firehouse Cultural lineup for the Center in Ruskin will offer a great line up of fun enjoy some entertainment this November. Come see and Dixieland Jazz month of hear great local bands such as the Cypress November at their Creek performed by the Dixieland Band who will perform at the Firehouse Pub is Cypress Creek Firehouse Pub on Saturday November 12. outstanding. Dixieland Band. On Friday, November 4 from 7:30 to Organized in 2010 by four local musi9:30 p.m. come out and listen to some cians who simply enjoy Dixieland Jazz in great Big Band music by the Ken Loomer the New Orleans tradition, this seven Bing Band. According to Georgia Vahue, member band will have you tapping your Executive Director of the Firehouse toes and smiling. Cultural Center, “Drummer Ken Loomer On Friday, November 18, come to and his dynamic swinging Big Band have the Firehouse Pub for a great night of created a style that touches all people comedy. The show is from 7:30 to 9:30 and all generations as they play the p.m. music of Duke Ellington, Buddy Rich, On Saturday, November 19 come out Count Basis and more. This is one swing- for an evening of music from stage and ing concert.” screen. Debby Bacon, a dynamic multiNext, on Saturday, November 5 from instrumentalist, will perform outstanding 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Rick Hatfied will be per- musical selections. The Firehouse forming the Blues on harmonica and guiCultural Center is located at 101 1st Ave. tar with special guest, TBone Hamilton on NE in Ruskin. Please visit www.fireupright bass. Harmonica master, guitarist houseculturalcenter.org or call 645-7651.


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Bridges Celebrates 7th Anniversary & Offers Mind Boost Workshop

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Ken and Miriam Soderstrom enjoy the festivities during The Bridges 7th anniversary celebration.

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Celebrating Veterans, Open House for Prospective Law Students & More…

at 9445 Camden Field Pkwy. in time. New members joinRiverview. More information about the ing the group were Gloria house, including sign up informaopen Boyett, Kevin Fuller, tion, is available at wmich.edu/law. Karen Chastain, and Steve and Betty Gordon. Scout Troop Seeks Donations For Everyone was happy to see each other and Wreath Around America Day shared many memories Boy Scout Troop 665 in Brandon is Compiled by Michelle Colesanti, and securing michelle@ospreyobserver.com hugs, donations to as purchase and they place wreaths are a at Bay Pines group of love. The Veterans Day Celebration At National group would like to Cemetery. Summerfield Elementary School thank their waiter and Wreaths are Attention Veterans and families. Join assistant Sean and $15. The troop in a Veterans Day Celebration Micah for outstanding will be placing on Thursday, November 10 (the day service and strongly them at Bay before Veterans Day) in the courtyard at recommend this Pines Summerfield Elementary School, 11990 restaurant to all. gravesites on Big Bend Rd. in Riverview. Enjoy a proOrganizers of the RCMA Wimauma Academy recognizes the National fessional jazz band performing WWII Terrific Kids for October sponsored by Kiwanis. Wreaths across group are Emma songs, raise your voice in a patriotic sing1st row: Brian Contreras, Justin Perez, Thomas, Sharon America Day – along, and Breanna Espinoza, Aimee Marsial Prevatt, and 2nd row: Jesus Ventura, Yarivethe Guzman, Saturday applaud Rolando Grimaldo, Miguel Jose Joyce Cecchi. December 17. guest veter3rd row: Eduardo Morales, Jesus Hernandez, Any retired forTo give online ans from Stephanie Lazaro, Bryan Morales mer Wimauma on behalf of each branch Elementary Troop 665: of the military. employee interested in joining the http://give.wreathsacrossamerica.org/goto Please bring group or getting more information /FL0197P-BSA To pay by check, make a lawn chair, may contact Emma at 677-5210. your check or money order payable to your singing or 293-1780. “Wreaths across America”, mark “Group voice, and an American flag. The celebraFL0197P & Location FLBPNB” on the tion begins at 9 a.m. Arrive early for parkcheck and mail to: Wreaths across ing. This event is free but you will need to America, PO Box 249, Columbia Falls, show a photo ID to enter the school cam- WMU-Cooley Law School Holds Open House For Prospective ME 04623. pus. For more information call the school office at 671-5115. Students The Tampa Bay campus of WMU-Cooley Law Retirees From Wimauma School will host an open house for prospective stuElementary Held Outing dents and their guests Wimauma Elementary School on Thursday, November 10, retirees group recently held a group outfrom 2-6 p.m. The open house will include a discussion with staff and students, information about acaThe Hon. Christopher C. Sabella of the 13th Judicial demic programs Circuit Court administered the Florida Bar’s oath to recent and scholarships, WMU-Cooley Law School graduates. Pictured (l-r) Michell Ace-Carroll, Jennifer Alderman, Elizabeth Devolder, and campus Philistine Hamdan, Eric Bossardt, Cristina Solis, and tours. Kymberly Starr. “This open house will allow anyone interested in a career in law to East Bay Youth Athletics To Hold have an opportunity to learn End of Season Fall Festival about the education process involved,” said Ron Sutton, Fall is the perfect time to savor the Wimauma Elementary School retirees group recently held a group outing in September at Circles Waterfront associate dean at WMUcrisp weather and enjoy a fun-filled afterRestaurant in Apollo Beach. Cooley’s Tampa Bay campus. noon before the holiday season starts. “This will be a very casual East Bay Youth Athletics is having an End ing in September at Circles Waterfront introduction into learning how a law of the Season Fall Festival on Saturday, Restaurant in Apollo Beach. The group is degree can help individuals achieve perNovember 19 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at composed of retired faculty and staff, who sonal and professional goals.” Vance Vogel Park, 13012 Bullfrog Creek worked at Wimauma Elementary at any WMU-Cooley Law School is located Rd. in Gibsonton. This event is open to

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the public and sponsored by East Bay Youth Athletics and Hillsborough County. The main attractions will be a Zombie Treasure Hunt Run, Scare Room, Carnival Games, Bounce House, Dunk Tank, Face Painting, Prizes, Dickey’s BBQ, Carnival Food, and more. There will also be a Coach/Manager Softball game at 3:30 p.m. Prices vary by activity. Families who donate five cans of food will receive a free gift. All food will be donated locally and all monies received will benefit the boys and girls who play at East Bay Youth Athletics. Registration for players ages 4-16 for spring season will be available at http://eastbayyouthathletics.org/ and closes Sunday, January 8, 2017. Please contact Keri at ebyasponsor@gmail.com with any questions or if you are a business owner interested in sponsoring the baseball park.

Winterfest Community Festival Hosted By Tampa Dynamo Futbol Club

The Tampa Dynamo Futbol Club is hosting a huge community festival event on Saturday, December 10 from 10 a.m. 4 p.m. The Festival will take place at the Summerfield soccer complex. located at 11942 Big Bend Rd. in Riverview. The club is looking for more local businesses to join in the festivities and make this truly a community centered event. There will be games, food soccer games, cross bar challenge, vendors, a silent auction, and raffles. For more information or to help sponsor this event, please contact Marilyn Medina at marilynmedina@gmail.com.


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New Sporting Goods Store Opens In River Springs Plaza & PROtential Sports Shop Local At FishHawk Sporting Goods For Great Customer Service

FishHawk Sporting Goods is a family run community based sporting goods store offering both new and quality used sporting goods. It also purchases quality used sporting goods for resale. One of owners Bruce & Dantys Bohan’s biggest goals is to be known as that clean and family-friendly neighborhood store with great customer service with a desire is to build long term lasting community and family relationships. This is the store where the games begin and you can get your kid in the game for a reasonable price; a great place where you can shop local. FishHawk Sporting Goods is located at 13446 Boyette Rd. in Riverview (River Springs Plaza) and is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 324-9161 or visit www.FishHawkSportingGoods.com or

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With Teaching Life through Sports as its slogan, PROtential Sports strives to provide an environment that encourages and strengthens while developing good character, by stimulating the minds of children to believe that they can achieve the ultimate and surpass the average with hard work. PROtential Sports will provide the exercise necessary to instill an active and healthy lifestyle your child will carry for the rest of their lives. It offers after school camps in the Panther Trace and Rivercrest area, allowing for two to three sports per day followed by inspiration talks. Children are divided into smaller groups receiving a lot of individualized attention from trained athletes. All the coaches are former professional or collegiate athletes. Locations are listed on the Website under Camps. After school pickup is included in the Panther Trace and Rivercrest. For more information, call 843-9460.

SWAT Celebrates a Year of Networking By Kate Quesada

Successful has more than 50 women aligning members now, together. For recently celebrated SWAT Networking its anniversary in group, which the area with a ribrecently celebratbon cutting with the ed its one year Greater Riverview anniversary in the Chamber of Riverview area, Commerce. the name says it “It was such a Photo courtesy of Lucyna Alexandra joy to share this all. The group The SWAT Networking group recently meets monthly milestone with the celebrated one year in the Brandon/Riverview and connects wonderful women area with a ribbon cutting with the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce. local business at the Greater women with the spirit of sisterhood and Riverview Chamber,” said Deborah cooperation, rather than competition. Gerard, SWAT executive director. SWAT Founder Dr. Robyn Spirtas Guests are welcome at any SWAT started the group six years ago with a meeting, which always takes place over group of friends around her dining room lunch on the second Thursday of the table and it has now grown to a membermonth at the Italian Kitchen in Riverview. ship of more than 300 in multiple chapDuring the meeting, all members have ters throughout Florida. the chance to promote their business or “What makes us different is that we talk about whatever they would like for a are a sisterhood,” said Spritas. “We welshort time and can also sponsor a meetcome everyone and do not believe in ing and have the opportunity to speak for turning people away, even if we have the longer if they have something special in same business or service.” their business or group they would like to Lisa Brakefield of Advanced highlight. Insurance Brokerage is the director of the Philanthropy is also a large focus for Brandon/Riverview chapter and feels that the group. Donations are collected weekly the group is beneficial in many ways to at each chapter meeting and pooled. At women in all types of business. the annual meeting in August a large “We have people who joined to just donation is made to one charity or organito meet people and others who come to zation. “In the past we have contributed to promote their charities in addition to those Meals on Wheels and we have also who are there to get the word out about sponsored dogs with the South Eastern their business,” said Brakefield, who has Guide Dogs,” said Brakefield, who also an office on Oakfield Dr. in Brandon. mentioned that the group takes an annual “Business networking is foremost and it is cruise together. an extremely loyal group. We have all For more information visit www.swatreceived so many fabulous referrals.” networking.com or call Brakefield at 659The Brandon/Riverview group, which 5751.

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and useful to the public, he has unveiled an entirely revamped Sales Search page on the HCPA website. The new Sales Search page allows Compiled by Michelle Colesanti, users to research sales michelle@ospreyobserver.com data of Hillsborough County properties from the past 10 years and then export the results Help Improve the County to a spreadsheet for further analysis. Recycling Program The search engine can identify every Residents 18 years of age or sale of an individual parcel from the older who have single-family curbside last 10 years and queries can be finesolid waste and recycling collection tuned for specific neighborhoods, services provided by Hillsborough prices, dates, number of bedrooms County are invited to participate in a and baths, and extra small focus group session to help features such as improve our recycling program. swimming pools and Participants will be asked to share patios. information on their knowledge, “We’ve taken behaviors, and attitudes about resiwhat was already a dential recycling. The focus groups robust Sales Search are free and open to the public, and page and made it are approximately 90 minutes long. even valuable for the Seating is limited; light refreshuser, particularly ments are provided. The registration those who are perlinks for available dates/times and forming detailed locations are listed below: research of sales,” Focus group schedules are Henriquez said. “With at HCFLGov.net/RecyclingSurvey our website receiving Locally, it will be held on Monday, as many as 2 million November 14 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at page views per the Southshore Regional Library, month, this new located at 15816 Beth Shields Way in Sales Search page will provide even Ruskin. more access and transparency to our information portal.” HCPA’s Bob Henriquez Launches The look and functionality of the New Sales Search Website Page new Sales Search page is the result of feedback the HCPA obtained from In a continuing effort to make both real estate professionals and the Hillsborough County Property general public. With this input, the Appraiser Bob Henriquez’ office’s result fields displayed on the user’s data more accessible, transparent

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First Hillsborough County Community Law Enforcement Workshop In December

The first Hillsborough County Community-Law Enforcement Workshop, originally scheduled for Oct. 17-18, has been rescheduled for Monday and Tuesday, December 5-6 at Clair-Mel Elementary School, 1025 S. 78th Street in Tampa. The workshop will still be held from 5-8:45 p.m., and the theme is “Community and Law Enforcement working together toward greater intercultural understanding.” The new deadline to pre-register for the workshop is Tuesday, November 29. Twelve Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputies and 45 citizen attendees will be pre-registered from a pool of persons who pre-register. Call 272-5720 or email WilliamsLA@hillsboroughcounty.org or JenkinsAD@hillsboroughcounty.org to request an invitation to attend the workshop. The Community-Law Enforcement Workshops are sponsored by the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), United Way Suncoast, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, and the School District of Hillsborough County. In the next 12 months, Hillsborough County will sponsor a total of eight workshops: five for adults, two for youth, and one leadership retreat for elected officials and community leaders. The workshops, approved in August by the BOCC, are free and open to the public, with limited space available. Dates and locations for the final seven workshops have not yet been determined.


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Riverview Sharks Football Team Ends Hillsborough County Fall Football Season With Tough Loss Against the Palm Harbor Hurricanes

By Tamas Mondovics

Riverview Sharks head coach, Michael Thornton hoped for the best as his team welcomed the Palm Harbor University Hurricanes (PHU) for the regular season’s final conference bout last month in front of the school’s homecoming crowd. “The Hurricanes are a great team with a lot of talent, but if our running game is good we have a chance to walk away with a win tonight,” Thornton said just moments before the game began.

have shown some much needed improvement,” Thornton said. “I am watching for some more growth and maturity.” Thornton specifically noted the team’s struggle with turnovers, which added greatly to the season’s outcome. “We are consistently struggling with turnovers that could have made a huge difference,” he said, adding, “Bu, I am happy with the season as it was better than last year.” Riverview fans enjoyed the talents of freshmen (LB) Dominic Gonnella, sophomore running back, Cam Lyles, juniors Tamel McCall (RB) and Eric Brown (QB) as well as seniors Zack Reddin, who is reportedly leading the county in

strong and things looked pretty good for Thornton as his boys led 14-7 in the first half thanks to PHU failed chances

Sharks junior running back Tamel McCall, breaks through the Hurricanes defense during home conference game last month.

for a couple of TDs. The Hurricanes, however, returned with renewed strength in the The Riverview High School Cheer squad poses for a second, outscoring the photo during the Sharks final home conference, homecoming game at J.Vince Thompson stadium. The Sharks by 28 points. squad, led by coach Andrea Hendrickson, is confident of Not enough to turn a competitive season success. the game around, In the first drive of the game, the Riverview managed to score one more Hurricanes drove the ball nearly 50 time ending the season with a 59-21 yards, ending the drive with a 1-yard loss and a 1-5 district record. touchdown. The win was sweet for PHU, but But the Sharks answered back short of playoff contention, thanks to a

pair of wins by Manatee and Sarasota Riverview the same night. While, it is safe to say that Riverview has plenty of room for improvement, Thornton, in his fifth season with the Sharks, said that he is pleased with the hard work Riverview Sharks junior quarterback Eric Brown, takes matters in to his own hands as he carries the football all the way to the end zone and dedicafor an early game touchdown against the Palm Harbor Hurricanes. tion of his players and tackles. coaches and is optimistic of the proFor more information about the gram’s future success. Sharks 2016 fall season please visit “We have been building the prowww.maxpreps.com. gram one step at a time and while we


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

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

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

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