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Reversible Lanes No Longer Recommended After Residents Voice Opinions At Meetings

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Newly Dedicated Pediatric ER Completes Final Phase Of $60 Million Hospital Expansion By Kathy L. Collins

By Kathy L. Collins

Homeowners Association. May said, "Take the reversible lanes issue off the table and do not waste any more time or money on this issue." Others, such as Dale Meyer who has lived in Brandon since 1969, admonished the panel for not having done proper planning before the area's population explodHundreds of residents attended a Community ed. Engagement Meeting regarding the Brandon Corridors Additionally, residents and Mixed-Use Centers Pilot Project at The Regent in Riverview. Residents' opinions and concerns have been such as Tanya Doran, heard on the issues. Executive Director of the Hundreds of area residents have par- Riverview Chamber of Commerce said, ticipated in the discussion of the Brandon “Be mindful of the business community Corridors and Mixed-Use Centers Pilot and the impact decisions will have on Project. Residents have voiced their opin- them and the community overall." ions through emails and attending comMelissa Zornitta, Executive Director munity engagement meetings. At the last of the Planning Commission said, "We meeting held on Monday, October 30 at were pleased with the fantastic turnout for The Regent in Riverview, approximately the October 30 meeting. The feedback 140 residents appeared. received throughout the process at meetIssues being studied included land ings and via email has helped us in use, transit and roads (including developing recommendations and finalizreversible lanes on Bloomingdale Ave. ing the study. To that end, reversible which eliminates left turns), widening lanes on Bloomingdale will not be recomLumsden Rd. and intersection improvemended as a next step. The study will be ments. The study showed that while accepted by the Planning Commission as reversible lanes on Bloomingdale could complete at their December 11 meeting. increase capacity in the east/west corriThere will be additional planning, design, dors, it would put undue stress on the and engineering studies by the County, north/south corridors. Road widening is HART or FDOT to implement the transan option, but this could prove to be too portation improvements that are recomcostly. Finally, improving intersections and mended, like intersection improvements redevelopment might be the best options. along Bloomingdale, and the land use During the presentation, it was noted policy recommendations to encourage that 60 percent of residents travel through redevelopment in areas along SR 60." the Brandon area to get to the Westshore Residents are urged to continue to area or to the USF area, and 16 percent voice their opinion on the issues raised by of retail occurs in the Brandon area. the Brandon Corridors and Mixed-Use Many area residents voiced opinions Centers Pilot Project (http://plan hillsborsimilar to that of George May who was ough.org/Brandon-corridor-mixed-userepresenting the Bloomingdale centers.

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A multi-chamber Ribbon Cutting event was held on Tuesday, October 24 to celebrate the opening of the new Pediatric Emergency Center at Brandon Regional Hospital.

Brandon Regional Hospital recently cut the ribbon on its new Pediatric Emergency Center. This is the third and final phase of the hospital’s $60 million Emergency Room expansion. The Brandon Regional Hospital Pediatric Emergency Center is exclusively for children. It features a separate entrance, 15 exam rooms complete with small beds, special instruments and kid friendly décor. The physicians, nurses and other specialists who work in the Pediatric Emergency Center have been specially trained in pediatrics. It is truly impressive to see the new facility and realize how well children who live in the greater Brandon area will be treated without the need to send them far from home. The greater Brandon area is a young, growing population. This dedicated Emergency Center fulfills a need in the area. Bland Eng, CEO of Brandon Regional Hospital said, "We saved the best for last in unveiling this third and final phase of our Emergency Room expansion." Eng added, "None of us want our children to have to visit the emergency room, but if we have

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On October mation that could be 13-14, G. Fried implemented into their Flooring America cabinet refinishing busihad a grand openness. ing celebration for “Bertrand encourthe new location of aged us to take more its Brandon store. risks and get a little more edgy,” June said. HGTV’s ‘Design Since 1930, G. Star’ winner Fried Flooring America Jennifer Bertrand remains being known came as well to as the premier provider discuss the do’s of flooring for new and don’ts with do home construction, resit yourself home idential and commerprojects. She also cial applications conducted 30minute one-on-one All smiles after receiving a one-on-one throughout West consultation with Jennifer Bertrand. On Florida. Offering the design consultathe left (June Rairick), middle (Jennifer best possible flooring tions too. More Bertrand), on the right (Michael Rairick) experience while conthan 40 individuals tinuing to support the community would attended this two-day event. be its mission. As the national consultant for Moreover, from September 8 Flooring America and Flooring Canada, Bertrand utilizes her design skills to teach through October 31, G. Fried Flooring individuals the basic principles of it. Along America Tampa location donated $25 for every retail sale of new flooring over with that, she is one of the three national $100 sold. Over $2000 was raised with Insiders for the National Kitchen + Bath proceeds going towards the Ronald Association. To add, Bertrand recently McDonald House Charities of Tampa became a certified AKBD (Associate Bay, Inc. Kitchen & Bath Designer). Bertrand also “All in all, I feel fortunate that travels around the world to various places Jennifer Bertrand is part of the team,” sharing her design knowledge. Rufus Ashby, President of G. Fried “I like to think of myself as a design Flooring America said. friend,” Bertrand said. For information, visit https://gfriedFurthermore, the Rairick family had fa.com. It is located at 231 Brandon an opportunity to participate in the oneon-one design consultation with Bertrand. Town Center Dr. in Brandon. Open Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m.- 7 June Rairick and her son Michael Rairick met with Bertrand to get decorating ideas. p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m.- 5p.m. and The Rairick’s also received valuable infor- Sunday 12 p.m.- 4 p.m. Call 628-9630.

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Everyone Welcome As Walk Thru Bethlehem Offers Interactive Event For 31 Years

By Amanda Boston

Kings Avenue Baptist and musical acts. Hoyt also Church of Brandon invites mentioned that new kinds of you and your family to travel entertainment are being back in time to Bethlehem introduced to this year’s lineand experience the true up. meaning of Christmas. Its With a production of this annual Walk Thru Bethlehem magnitude and the weightievent takes place nightly ness of its message, Hoyt from Thursday, December 7 has asked for monetary to Sunday, December 10. donations from area busiFor 31 years, Walk Thru nesses to keep the event Bethlehem, an interactive going. Those who wish to town of 20,000 square feet, is donate can do so at the brought to life with a volunevent or online through teer cast of actors and ani‘easy tithe’ at www.kingsavmals. The town’s realistic enue.org. backdrop transports its visiFor the first time, Kings tors to the little town of Avenue is reaching out to the Bethlehem where actors community for additional voldramatize the story leading unteers. On November 4, the up to the birth of Jesus committee held ‘Bethlehem Christ. University’ to train new The 30-minute journey recruits. For those who immerses you into the throes missed the training, opportuof Jewish life—captivating the nities to volunteer are still five senses and stirring the available. heart. From the shouts of Walk Thru Bethlehem is angry Roman guards to the a free family event and is tender moment with baby scheduled for December 7 Jesus, visitors will feel what it from 6:30-9:30 p.m.; was like on the night of His As visitors Walk Thru Bethlehem, the vendors interact with them to provide a realistic atmosphere of a Jewish town. December 8 from 6:30-10 birth. The journey concludes p.m.; December 9 from 4-10 Walk Thru Bethlehem is a gift to community that is completely volunteer-based and reliant on donations. with proclamation of the good p.m.; and December 10 from Walk Thru Bethlehem is a local tradilater with their entire group.” news as it depicts Christ’s death and res4-9 p.m. tion drawing in more than 6,000 people The brand-new ‘Walk Thru urrection. The church is located at 2602 S. over the four-day span. On arrival, visitors Bethlehem’ app keeps you informed of “We have been working for several Ave. in Brandon. To volunteer, conKings are given a number designating a guide your place in line, but you must first regismonths to create an environment that will tact Tracy Hoyt at and an appointed tour time. ter at the event. The app is available for show our community the greatest gift that or the WTB2017KABC@gmail.com Due to its popularity, Hoyt noted, “We both Android and Apple devices. God has given to each of us in the birth of have long lines so visitors should arrive church at 685-3095. For more informaIf you wish to wait on the premises, His son,” said Committee Chairperson tion, visit Facebook at Walk Thru early, but we have an app that allows Christmas carols will resonate throughout Tracy Hoyt. Bethlehem. them to get a number and come back the sanctuary from local school bands

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Annual Christmas Tree Lightings & Parades Offer Local Holiday Fun For Families

County Seeking Volunteers To Repair, Reopen Irma-Damaged Conservation Parks

The holidays are Ballet, Dance just around the corner, Dynamics, singers and so are the many and more. The tree area Christmas tree lighting ceremony lighting ceremonies, will begin at 6:30 movies, parades and p.m. The tree will festival. Be sure to be lit at approxicheck out all that the mately 7:15 p.m. area has to offer and and a holiday have fun getting into themed movie will the holiday spirit. be shown on the The Annual lawn behind the Enchanted Tree tree following the Lighting Ceremony in lighting of the tree. Hyde Park will kick off Winthrop Town the holiday season on Centre is located at Saturday, November the intersection of 18 from 5 to 9 p.m. Bloomingdale Ave. This is a free, family and Providence Rd. friendly event featurin Riverview. ing photos with The City of Santa, live Tampa will hold music by Late its Annual Tree Night Brass, Lighting food and beer Ceremony on trucks, a Kids’ Friday, Zone, balloon December 1 at animals and 6 p.m. in Curtis more. Hyde Hixon Park Village is Waterfront Park located at 1602 in downtown W. Snow Ave. Tampa. The in Tampa. event is free On and includes a Thursday, count-down to Enjoy some magical holiday fun at the many area November 30 light the tree Christmas Tree Lighting events including the Winthrop you will not Arts’ Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony which with Mayor Bob want to miss features holiday themed entertainment by local per- Buckhorn. A formers. Lights of Love, movie will be the annual Christmas tree lighting cereshown after the lighting in the park. mony in historic downtown Plant City at The 36th Annual Downtown Tampa McCall Park located at 100 N. Collins St. Christmas Parade will be held the next This event runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. At day, Saturday, December 2 beginning at 5:30 p.m., you can get photos with Santa. 11 a.m. The parade will wind throughout The tree lighting ceremony will take place downtown, but the best place to view at 6:30 p.m., and the tree will officially be the parade is along Madison St. Take lit at 7 p.m. the family over to beautiful Curtis Hixon Come back to Plant City on Friday, Waterfront Park for the Annual Santa December 1 for the Annual Christmas Fest from 12 to 4 p.m. Parade from 7 to 9 p.m. The parade On Wednesday, December 6 begins at the intersection of Collins St. Center Place will host its 33rd Annual and Alsobrook St. in downtown Plant City. Christmas Tree Lighting. Dawn Galia, The parade will run down Collins St., turn Executive Director of Center Place said, right on Reynolds Ave. and end just past “We have an eclectic group of performthe Plant City Courthouse. You can bring ers for our 33rd Annual Christmas Tree chairs and comfortably watch the majesty Lighting.” Galia added, “We usually of this annual tradition in Plant City. have a packed house for this free comOn Friday, December 1 Winthrop munity event. We look forward to this Arts presents its Annual Christmas Tree event every year.” Santa Claus who will Lighting in Winthrop Town Centre in be on hand to help light the tree and Riverview. This annual event is fun and take photos with children. Center Place free for the whole community. You will is located at 619 Vonderburg Dr. in enjoy a performance by the Brandon Brandon.

Hillsborough before visiting. County Parks and With much work Recreation offiyet to be done, the cials had to face County is seeking vola sobering reality unteers to help clear during the aftertrails and perform math of Hurricane cleanup duties. Irma, which Applicants must be recently hit the at least 16 or a memregion. ber of a pre-approved According to group such as Scouts the County, or 4-H. Photos Courtesy of Hillsborough County storms have not To volunteer with A closed to the public sign at Edward Conservation or caused this much Medard Park is posted following major damage at damage to the park’s observation tower Environmental Lands, and boardwalk caused last month by Hillsborough including work at conHurricane Irma. County officials are County parks and servation parks, wilderseeking local volunteers to help with preserves since ness preserves, Bakas repairs and clean up. the four hurriEquestrian Center, and canes that struck Florida in 2004. Veterans Memorial Park, please email to Demonstrating the community’s willConservation and Environmental Lands ing spirit to help clear trails clogged by Management, Attn: Chris Kiddy, 10940 storm debris as well as to repair the dam- McMullen Road in Riverview. aged areas and structures within the Currently Closed Conservation Parks parks boundaries and in many cases help in part include: Sydney Dover reopen the affected parks, local volunConservation Park. teers were sought and found. Re-opened parks with some having Sadly, Hurricane Irma hit limited amenities and/or closed sections Hillsborough County’s conservation parks in part include: Alderman’s Ford hard, and according to officials the work Conservation Park, Edward Medard to repair structural damage and clear Conservation Park (the main park and many trails of fallen debris is still very boat ramp are open; the campground and much underway boardwalk are in many places. closed for “Significant repairs), E.G. damage remains Simmons at several of Conservation the County's Park, Lithia Conservation and Springs Environmental Conservation Lands Park and Management Veterans parks, including at Memorial Park Edward Medard Open Nature Park, which has sustained major damage Preserves. as the wind managed to break and blow Hillsborough County Nature away a large section of the boardwalk,” Preserves open sites, may have wetter Todd Pratt with county communications conditions than usual. stated in a recent release. “Sections of Central Region Preserves that may boardwalks remain closed at this time as still have some damage includes: Alafia do several miles of hiking and biking trails River Corridor, Alafia Scrub, Balm-Boyette across various parks,” Scrub, Bell Creek and FishHawk and Two parks - Northwest Equestrian Triple Creek Nature Preserves and Sydney Dover Equestrian Trails - are In the South Region some of the precurrently used to process storm-related serves that may still have damage in part debris collected throughout the county includes: Apollo Beach, Bahia Beach and are closed to the public. Coastal, Camp Bayou, Cockroach Bay, Pratt mentioned that other parks Cockroach Creek and Upper Little have reopened as debris is cleared and Manatee River Nature Preserves. structures and amenities restored, and For more information or a full list of urged residents to see the current status local parks and preserves please visit of all the County's conservation parks www.HCFLGOV.net.

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ECHO Celebrates 30 Years With Grant & Announcement Of Second Location With dark clouds looming and a rescheduled event date due to Hurricane Irma, the ECHO staff and dedicated volunteers were getting ready for the 30 year celebration of ECHO. Clouds or no clouds, this event was going to happen. Thirty years ago this organization started out as a food pantry. Today, it is a growing nonprofit organization providing food, clothing, and life-stabilizing resources to Eastern Hillsborough County residents. On Thursday, October 5 at 5:30 p.m. at the N. Parsons Ave. location, ECHO invited the community to go on excursions (tours) to have the ECHO experience and learn more about what’s next for ECHO. Mark Gaudio, Board Member of ECHO welcomed the community and Sue Burkett, Honorary Mayor of Brandon, sporting her official Mayor sash announced October 5 as ECHO Day in Brandon. Gaudio acknowledged Vince Ferraro for volunteering his accounting expertise to ECHO for more than thirty years. Gaudio stated, “Ferraro’s direction helped ensure that the money went to the people who need it.” When receiving his award, Ferraro stated that he found it very fulfilling to see people ECHO has helped. Eleanor Saunders, Executive Director for ECHO spoke of how the mission never changes, neighbors helping neighbors. Saunders noted that

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Retired HCSO K9 Master Deputy A Community Hero After Decades Of Service

By Tamas Mondovics

The Hillsborough no matter what, your partCounty Sheriff’s Office ner will never leave you. has plenty to be proud You can not ask for more of and has no shortage than that.” of heroes found within Before retiring, the agency’s various Raschke’s partners includspecial divisions, included Deputy Dagger, a ing deputies that make German Shepherd narup its K-9 unit. cotics dog who won the One such local 2013 “K9 Officer Photo hero is retired K-9 Contest” and an explosive Master Deputy detection Border Collie Charlotte Raschke, a named Lucy. 27-year law enforce“These dogs will sacriFormer HCSO K-9 Master Deputy ment veteran; she is Charlotte Raschke and her deputy fice themselves for you,” K9 Dagger. the only female deputy Raschke said, adding that who has served the community for the it is one of the main reasons why all past 15 years on HCSO’s K-9 unit. deputy canines end up as their handler’s Prior to joining HCSO in 1990, pets after retiring.” Raschke served the Plant City Police A dog joins the Sheriff's Office when department for three years. Her dream it is between 1-3 years old, and must of joining the K-9 Unit and to later complete 420 hours of training with its become an expert handler and trainer handler/deputy to be certified as a law was realized in 2002. enforcement canine. A Riverview resident, Raschke Raschke’s sibling, Cheryl Stanbro began her career in Detention Services spoke highly of her sisters's nearly three and worked all phases of patrol, street decades of law enforcement accomplishcrimes, crime prevention, property detec- ments, hard work and dedication to tive and the K9 unit. serve and protect her community as a KAfter partnering with four dogs she 9 Master Deputy. looks back on the past decade with no Raschke was twice awarded the regrets. Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, the “Being on the K9 unit requires you to Deputy of the Quarter, and has received get dirty, which I don't mind,” she said four life saving awards. during a phone interview while working “I am honored to have her as my with rescue dogs in Puerto Rico followsister,” Cheryl said. “She is definitely my ing the recent storms. hero.” “To be successful, this job has to be For more information about the in your blood,” she said adding, “each Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, call takes you right in the front lines and please visit www.hcso.tampa.fl.us.

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Ryuu Japanese Steak House Offers Unique Dining Experience At Brandon Mall As Ryuu Japanese Steak House prepares to enter its seventh year at Westfield Brandon Mall, owner Robert Smith said his mission remains the same—to provide great food in a fun and inviting atmosphere. Ryuu, which means “dragon” in Japanese, is best known for its Teppanyaki dinner. Teppanyaki is a style of Japanese cuisine that uses an iron griddle to cook food. At Ryuu, diners enjoy fresh vegetables, choice-cut meats, succulent seafood and the performance artistry of Teppanyaki chefs who masterfully chop and dice the food, then set the hibachi grill aflame in the blink of an eye. In addition to the Teppan tables, which can seat up to 22 people, the restaurant also has booths and an extended bar area. It offers happy hour all day, every day, including 2-for-1 drafts. Ryuu also features an extensive sushi menu. Smith said the more popular sushi rolls are the Volcano Roll and the Double J Roll. Smith said he has enjoyed the exposure that being located in the mall brings. “We do a lot of advertising, but we get people who say, ‘We never even knew you existed until we came to the mall.’ ”

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Smith, a New York native, estimates that 80 to 85 percent of his customers are regulars who have been coming to restaurant the Photo Courtesy of Ryuu for years, Japanese Steak House Ryuu’s seating options including some include large Teppan tables, booths and an who come every week. extended bar area. A handson owner, Smith can be found working in the restaurant most days. He said his favorite thing about his job is getting to meet people and talk with them, and seeing his customers’ kids grow up. “I have children who have been coming since they were babies and to see them go from toddlers to children is just amazing,” he said. Smith said it is important to him to support the community that supports him and his restaurant. He has sponsored local baseball teams, donates regularly to New Horizons Group Homes and helps local schools with fundraisers. Ryuu Japanese Steak House, located across from Panera Bread, is open seven days a week. It serves lunch Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is open for dinner Monday-Thursday 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Friday 5 p.m.-11 p.m., Saturday 12 Noon-11 p.m., and Sunday 12 Noon-9 p.m. For information, visit www.ryuujapanesesteakhouse.com or call 438-5934.


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Plant It Earth Offers Lawn Revitalization & Reader Special After Hurricane Irma

By Kathleen Rogers

Driving the roadways of the Brandon area, there are still lingering signs of Hurricane Irma’s damage. Although some homes escaped with less damage than expected, most lawns took a beating. There are stumps now, where large oak trees were previously standing and piles of branches still waiting at the curbside. It may be a time to consider a service to get your lawn back in shape. Since 2003, Plant It Earth has been providing greenfriendly weed and pest control to the Tampa Bay area. Troy Crews, owner of Plant It Earth has these tips for area residents dealing with lawn care issues after Hurricane Irma. 1. Remove all debris from grassy areas and rake to ensure quicker and better recovery for turf areas. Loosen mulched areas by raking to help dry and prevent root damage. 2. Dispose of damaged tree limbs and prune back thick growth to promote healthy tree recovery as well as healthy foliage. 3. Consider aerating the lawn to promote healthy root growth and loosen compacted soil. 4. Prepare the lawn for the cooler months with a granular slow release fertilizer. It is a good source to feed your lawn and keep the root system healthy. Plant It Earth uses a 24-00-11 50% slow release granular product.

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Bell Shoals Baptist Church Presents Wonder: A Christmas Experience

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Wonder: A Christmas Experience features Bell Shoals worship choir, orchestra and rhythm section in its state-ofthe-art lighting and sound venue.

Renowned for its larger than life stage productions, the Bell Shoals Worship Ministry invites you to its annual Christmas production on Friday, December 8 at 7 p.m. and on Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10 at 6 p.m. The musical production of The Wonder of Jesus Through One Man’s Eyes presents the gospel story through the eyes of one man, Simon Peter. Playing the role of Simon Peter is the award-winning Christian actor and scriptwriter, Mac McConnell. The show features Bell Shoals’ 175person adult choir, a 35-piece orchestra and an 8-piece rhythm section. Also taking the stage are the Bell Shoals’ children and student choirs. Special guest Dave Cleveland, who has toured with Steven Curtis Chapman, Twila Paris and the Brooklyn Tabernacle, joins the ensemble with his electric guitar. One of the musical numbers includes the song, Heart Abandoned, written by Sean Curran, a former student of Bell

Shoals and Kristian Stanfill, a prominent contemporary Christian artist. Back by popular demand is the free app called Offline Lights. The app is not essential to the show but will enhance the viewer’s experience. To participate, download the app to your phone so that it will synchronize to the performance. “We want to do something similar to last year,” said a spokesperson for Jason Millsaps, pastor of music and worship. “At the top of the service, we’re going to use a phone app that will add an audience participation component to the first song.” An hour before the show, guests can enjoy pre-show concerts in the church’s welcome area from the following schools: Durant High School choir on Friday, December 8, Burns Middle School Chamber Strings on Saturday, December 9 and Bloomingdale High School on Sunday, December 10. The approximate length of the performance is one hour and 40 minutes. The show is free, open to the public and suitable for all ages. If you would like to attend, you do not need tickets, but invitation tickets will be available for Bell Shoals members to give to guests. Bell Shoals Baptist Church is located at 2102 Bell Shoals Rd in Brandon. For information, contact the church at 6894229 or visit www.bellshoals.com/brandon or on social media BSBCWorship.

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Viewing Center Celebrates Manatee Awareness Month, Opens For 31st Season

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the purpose of Manatee Awareness. For manatee enthusiasts it is also a time to celebrate Florida’s beloved, iconic, marine mammal and to shed light on the many challenges imperiled manatees face daily, including Photo Courtesy of TECO Visitors make their way to Tampa Electric’s Manatee Viewing Center, watercraftrelated which is now open until mid-April. With November being Manatee Awareness Month, residents are urged to learn about Florida’s iconic injuries and mammal and get involved with their care and protection. deaths that reportedly Tampa Electric’s (TECO) awardcontinue to rise. winning Manatee Viewing Center has The boating public is urged to be opened its doors for its 31st season on the alert and prevent strikes to this month. Considering that November is also manatees. Manatees also face dangers from Manatee Awareness Month the timing of the event each year is by no means prolonged colder temperatures, or die from red tide outbreaks. coincidence. None of this should mean only According to TECO officials the center has welcomed more than 5 mil- doom and gloom for the much-favored creature as the public can be actively lion visitors since 1986 and with some recent new additions there is plenty for engaged in manatee and habitat protection. all ages to learn and enjoy. “Education and public awareness Each year, the 50-acre Manatee remain the key to savings manatee Viewing Center draws an average of lives,” said Patrick Rose, Executive 275,000 visitors – including about Director of Save the Manatee Club in 10,000 schoolchildren. a recent release. “The public should In a recent article posted on the learn about their plight, and how procenters Facebook page Stan Kroh, tecting them is in all our best intermanager of Land and Stewardship Programs for Tampa Electric was quot- ests. We should understand our role as responsible stewards of manatees ed to say, “We’re proud to be the showcase for Tampa Electric’s commit- and their habitat, and how it can be beneficial to those things we hold ment to environmental stewardship.” dear.” When the temperature of Tampa The Manatee Viewing Center’s Bay dips to or below 68 degrees the regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. center is perfect for the gentle giants every day from November 1 through as they gather in the clean, warm April 15. Closed on Thanksgiving, water discharge canal of TECO’s Big Christmas and Easter. Parking and Bend Power Station. admission are free. For more visit Visitors can see the mammals— sometimes by the hundreds—up close www.tampaelectric.com/manatee or call 813-228-4289. Also please visit from multiple boardwalks and vantage Save the Manatee Club’s website at points. savethemanatee.org for more informaOf course, there is more to just tion and other ways to get involved. viewing the manatees, which leads to

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The GFWC Brandon Service League Presents The 25th Annual Holiday Home Tour By Kathy L. Collins

The GFWC Ghosts of Christmas Brandon Service Past is a popular stop League is excited offering gently loved to announce that Christmas décor at very its 25th Annual reasonable prices. We Holiday Home will also have opportuniTour will be held ty baskets and refreshments as part of our on Saturday, tour tradition.” December 9 from Those who want to 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year, attenattend the tour and purdees will get to chase items throughout visit four beautifulthe tour will be able to ly decorated The GFWC Brandon Service League’s do so with credit cards 25th Annual Holiday Home Tour is a this year. Tickets are homes situated Brandon tradition that you do not want $20 and can be purthroughout the to miss. You can tour beautifully greater Brandon chased online at decorated homes and get into the holiday spirit. area. www.gfwcbrandonserThe four vice.org, at the Green Boutique or from any Brandon Service showcase homes are located in League member. You can become a Riverview, Citrus Wood, River Hills and a genuine 1770’s Saltbox House located off sponsor of this fabulous event and help support the mission of of Bloomingdale the Brandon Service Ave. League for as little as Bradlee $100. Swanson, presiOnce you purchase dent of the GFWC your ticket, you will be Brandon Service provided with informaLeague said, tion on the location of “Each of the the showcase homes. homes represent a Swanson said, very different dec“This is the 25th orating style. The Anniversary of our Riverview home focuses on 13 differently decorated trees. Holiday Home Tour. This Brandon tradition has grown into an incredible event In Citrus Wood, the home features tradithat could not continue without the suptional Christmas with quilts, themed trees port of our members, sponsors, retail and collections. In River Hills, there are partners and of course the generous peothemed trees and an impressive collecple how have opened their homes to us tion of nativity sets. The historic saltbox year after year.” house off of Bloomingdale allows visitors Swanson added, “Every dollar raised to step into the past with authentic décor at from the tour goes back into our and holiday style from the late 1700’s to Brandon community with donations to early 1800’s.” Swanson added, “We are very happy various non-profit organizations that we support.” to offer our gourmet booth, where tasty For more information, please visit treats can be purchased. We will have www.gfwcbrandonserviceleague.org or handmade ornaments available as well email Swanson at bradleep6@gmail.com. as our “Taste of Home” Cookbook. Our

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Second Annual Hillsborough County Hiking Spree Expected To Draw Large Participation

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A white Ibis lands on the shore near Hillsborough County’s Williams Park. To enjoy such sites, bird enthusiasts and local hikers are encouraged to participate in the County’s Second Annual Hiking Spree program.

With cooler temperatures most Floridians are giving their home and local public swimming pools a break, only to enjoy another outdoor treasure the region offers through its numerous parks, preserves and trails. To experience nature, officials kicked off Hillsborough County’s second annual Hiking Spree program, which encourages people to exercise and explore the outdoors. According to Todd Pratt with the county’s communications office last year nearly a thousand people participated in the event. “Organizers hope to grow that number more in the second year, which features another set of 20 trails, each with their own challenges and rewards,” stated Pratt. This year’s trail list features 20 hikes. Residents are challenged to complete at least eight between November 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018 and earn a patch, or a medallion for a walking stick. One of the hikes can be at a location of the participant’s choice that is not on the list. County officials also emphasized that the trails are designed to offer something for everyone from hiking rookies to seasoned outdoor enthusiasts, with hikes rated from easy to strenuous.

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Lengths of each hike can range from less than a mile to more than 4 miles. The environmentally diverse sites are spread throughout the county and include small parks like Eureka Springs Conservation Park, a 31-acre slice of plantlovers paradise, to large preserves with multiple habitats like the 12,500-acre Lower Green Swamp nature Preserve. The Hiking Spree is timed to take advantage of the cooler, drier weather and to coincide with prime bird-watching times. To receive an annual medallion, hikers are to bring a completed form to one of the Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation Centers no later than March 31: All Peoples, Northdale, Roy Haynes, Jackson Springs, Westchase, Ruskin, Gardenville, Brandon, or the offices at Bell Creek Nature Preserve. To receive a medallion by mail, participants can send a completed form with a stamped/self-addressed envelope to: HCPRD Hiking Spree; Bell Creek Regional Park Offices; 10940 McMullen Road, Riverview, FL 33569. Participants are encouraged to post photos from their hikes using the hashtag #TakeAHikeHC. For more information and to register, please visit www.HCFLGOV,net.

Enjoy Songs Of The Season At Center Place’s 7th Annual Holiday Tea

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Center Place venue situated on will hold it 7th a lake in the cenAnnual Holiday ter of Brandon. Tea on Sunday, Our staff and volDecember 3 at unteers love to 2:30 p.m. This decorate for the event is strictly for holidays. It is a adults 18 years perfect setting to and older. enjoy a holiday Individual tickets tea with great are $35 per percompany, live son. All funds entertainment Gather your friends and kick off the holidays raised at the and conversaby attending Center Place’s 7th Annual Holiday Tea. event benefit arts tion.” programming at In addition, Center Place. to beautifully decorated tables, whimsiYou can truly be a patron of the arts cal hats and delicious treats, you will and sponsor a table for eight for $350. not want to miss Center Place’s fabuTable sponsors can set and decorate lous silent auction. “The silent auction their table or Center Place offers a table with its very special offerings for decorating service for just $100. Tables Christmas giving is great, fun and must be reserved by Wednesday, rewarding,” said Moore. “We always November 22. The most elegant and have a large variety of gift baskets for whimsical table will win a prize. men, women and children. Of special The theme for this year’s tea is interest are the offering of gift cards of Songs of the Season. Holiday songs will all kinds, plus tickets to Florida attracbe performed by Michael and Jessica tions,” added Moore. Matthews. At this amazing event, you will Center Place is a 501( c)( 3) nonenjoy specialty teas, amazing savory profit that has been serving the greater treats, decadent desserts, scones and Brandon community for over 50 years. Devonshire cream. What would a tea be Art classes are offered for both children without special hats? Make sure to wear and adults. Center Place is a great your most whimsical hat and maybe you venue for your next party, reception or can win a prize. civic meeting. Judy Moore, the Holiday Tea To get your individual tickets or to Chairperson said, “For many years, the become a table sponsor, please contact Holiday Tea has become a tradition in the Center Place at 685-8888 or visit Brandon community. Ladies look forward www.centerplacebrandon.org. Center to our event as a kick off to the holidays.” Place is located at 619 Vonderburg Dr. Moore added, “Center Place is a beautiful in Brandon.

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Tasty Venues Brings European Flare To Brandon With Cafe, Culinary Tastings & Tours

By Tatiana Ortiz

Traveling to European or brunch for $15 per person countries such as Italy, from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Brunch France and Spain might also gets served on Sunday’s seem costly to some. By visitfor the same price and time. ing Tasty Venues in Brandon To add, individuals can one does not need to come endure a Culinary Exploration with a passport in hand, but Class with Chef Cripe on instead with an empty stomThursday’s and Friday’s at 6 ach to be filled with an p.m. The cost would be $25 authentic European cuisine. per person. Visit Individuals can also discover www.mytastyvenues.com to various cookbooks, specialty register. Individuals can also foods and more from Europe. experience dinner with the Tasty Venues brought a chef on Saturday’s at 6 p.m. unique concept of a On the first Sunday of café and gift shop to the month people can the Brandon area attend a traditional when it opened in May Italian dinner, which of this year. A chef in starts at 2 p.m. Or England inspired Tasty even take a culinary Venues Executive Chef tour in Italy. Cinzia Cripe to create One of the owners something similar. Chef from Tasty Venues Cripe thought the shared her thoughts. Brandon community “Overall, we feel needed a place where very passionate about individuals could bringing the communiExecutive Chef Cinzia Cripe from explore the world ty together through Tasty Venues holds a berry tart that through food. She food,” Debora Felton she made. moved to Brandon several years ago said. from North Dakota, but originally came Join Chef Giorgio Ruggeri on from Sorrento, Italy. November 29- December 2 as he teachFurthermore, it offers lunch Monday es guests how to prepare Sicilian street through Friday from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Tasty food. Venues does not utilize a set menu. It is located at 951 E. Brandon Blvd. Check out its Facebook page www.facein Brandon. Open Monday through book.com/TastyVenues/ to learn more Wednesday 11 a.m.- 7 p.m., Thursday about the daily lunch menu. Individuals through Friday 11 a.m.- 8:30 p.m., can dine in or order to-go. Every other Saturday 10 a.m.- 8:30 p.m. and Sunday Saturday people can come for British tea 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Call 381-4999.

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Christmas Town™ returns to Busch Gardens® with twinkling lights, Yuletide shows, holiday shopping, Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland and of course a visit from the big man himself—Santa Claus. The annual holiday tradition takes place on 25 select dates from Sunday, November 19 to Sunday, December 31. Christmas Town is included with an annual pass, Fun Card or daily admission to the park. New this year is A Story Time Breakfast with Rudolph at the Dragon Fire Grill. As guests enjoy stories from the famous RedNosed Reindeer, they dine on waffles, French toast, eggs, biscuits and gravy, pastries and more. Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland returns with its beloved television characters that bring to life the scenes from the television screen. This year Sam the Snowman joins the cast of Rudolph, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and Bumble at the Winter Wonderland located in Celestial Crossing. Guests can also expect the return of Santa’s House presented by CocaCola®, where families encounter busy little elves preparing for Christmas. Families can meet and take photos with Santa in his private study. The Christmas Town Village will feature savory treats and Yuletide sweets with a brand-new Holiday Culinary Sampler. The sampler will feature delectable creations from the Christmas Town holiday menus to allow guests to sample multiple specialty items. Also, new this year is the Three Kings Celebration, which will be held on Monday, January 1 through Saturday, January 6. Busch Gardens unfolds the famed journey to the humble town of Bethlehem. This cultural celebration boasts authentic Latin flavors found only during the holidays, live entertainment honoring

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FishHawk's Most Wanted Turkey will greet you at the upcoming FishHawk Turkey Trot taking place on Thanksgiving morning at the Pubix Plaza, 5668 Fishhawk Crossing Blvd. in Lithia. Come wobble with the turkey before you gobble the big meal. The race will support Seeds of Hope, which provides food assistance for the community and is primarily funded by the annual Turkey Trot. The chip timed 5K costs $30 and will begin at 8 a.m. The chip timed 10K will also begin at 8 a.m. and costs $35. If you wish to run the 5K untimed, the cost is $25 and will begin at 8:05 a.m. The 1M and 250 yd. mini run will begin at 9:15 a.m. There will be free crafts for the kids and medals for the kids that participate in the Fun Run. Packet pickup is Wednesday, November 22 from 4-8 p.m. at the Palmetto Club, 17004 Dorman Rd. in Lithia.

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On Thanksgiving morning, the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA invites community members to participate in the Third Annual Goody Goody™ Turkey Gobble 5K, 8K and 1 Mile Run/Walk sponsored by Goody Goody™ restaurant. Strollers and dogs are welcome to join the race, music and family fun starting at 7a.m. The route starts and ends in front of the Amalie Arena at 401 Channelside Dr. As title sponsor, the award-winning Goody Goody™ restaurant is providing free breakfast to all participants after the race. Included in the registration price are a chip-timed numbered bib for 8K and 5K participants, a dri-fit t-shirt and finisher medal for all participants.

Prizes will be awarded to 1st place overall male/female adult and 1st place overall male/female youth (ages 9 and under). First place prizes will also be awarded by age group (10-19, 20-29, 3039, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+). On-site results will be available following the race and in an emailed link. All proceeds raised will support the LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program for cancer survivors and their families. The free 12-week Y program offers people affected by cancer a safe, supportive environment to participate in physical and social activities focused on strengthening the whole person. Register at runsignup.com. The cost for 5K is $35 now and $45 on race day. The 8K is $40 now and $50 on race day and the 1-Mile Run/Walk is $15 now and $20 on race day. Pre-Race Party & Packet Pick-Up takes place at Ferg’s Live, 490 Channelside Dr. on Tuesday, November 21 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. with prerace party from 5-7 p.m. The Goody Goody™ Turkey Gobble 5K, 8K and 1-Mile Run/Walk is also sponsored by Rocke McLean Sbar, 10News WTSP, Tampa Bay Times, Cox Media Group and Reeves Import Motorcars/VW. For information, visit us on Facebook

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Minimize Sharing Of Holiday Feasts With Family Pets This Season

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Operation Medicine Cabinet Drug Take-Back Day Initiative Post Success Each year, to the community’s the National cooperative spirit Prescription Drug and sense of Take Back Day urgency. aims to provide a The breakdown safe, convenient, of results for last and responsible month’s "Operation means of disposMedicine Cabinet" ing of prescription Drug Take-Back drugs. Day in Hillsborough According to County Sheriff's officials the initiaOffice collecting 247 tive is also a pounds of unused, great way to eduoutdated or unwantcating the general ed prescription public about the medication. potential for The Tampa abuse and medPolice Department ications, which collected 127 In support of the annual Drug Take-Back thanks to the cur- Day initiative, Hillsborough County law pounds, while the enforcement agencies collected more rent focus on the University of South than 500 pounds of unwanted, country’s opioid Florida Police unnecessary and expired prescriptions. crisis is on the Department and the minds of many. Plant City Police Department collectThe United Sates Drug ed 107 and 71 pounds respectively. Enforcement Administration DEA The grand total for the day came to emphasized a number of realities to 552 pounds matching previous year’s consider when it comes to illegal as efforts. well as legal drugs Hillsborough County Sheriff's DEA offiOffice officials cials said that emphasized no one can the agency’s predict the diligence in effect that a supporting the drug can have initiative. on a person— “We have especially if it’s permanent the first time drug drop-off used, and even boxes installed if it’s a small at our patrol amount or dose. Everyone's brain district offices,” said HCSO Public and body chemistry are different. information officer Corporal Larry Everyone's tolerance for drugs is difMcKinnon. “Citizens are now able to ferent. properly dispose of unwanted, unnecAlso, using drugs can lead to essary and expired prescriptions, abuse, addiction, serious health prob- over the counter medicines and vetlems, and even death. erinarian prescriptions. The drop off Drugs that are legal—prescription boxes are available 24 hours a day, and over-the counter (OTC) medicaseven days a week.” tions—can be just as dangerous as For more information on the illegal drugs. DEA's National Prescription Drug It is for good reason then that Take-Back day and to find other colHillsborough County law enforcement lection locations, please go to: agencies took part in the effort with http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov some outstanding results, largely due /drug_disposal/takeback/index.html.

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Yellowfin Realty Puts Family First And Seeks Realtors To Join ItsTeam

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A yellowfin tuna is a notes, “We want to highly prized sportfish care about the peoknown for its strong ability ple. We want to be to fight despite a small the expert. No one size. If you reel in a yelcan guarantee a sale lowfin, you’ve had a really price. What we can great day. The Morris famguarantee is we’re going to do everyily kept that fighting spirit thing the right way. in mind when they took a We’re going to take leap of faith and started away the variables Yellowfin Realty in 2009. that prevent an effecDespite the turbulent real tive sale.” Sellers estate waters of the time, Susie Tate Morris and son William can expect suggesthey knew that with the are proud of Yellowfin Realty. tions to help tenacity of their namesake, they could build this endeavor into increase sale price and equity, expert value assessment, and professional the gold standard of their field. photography and media promotions. Nearly a decade later, Yellowfin Buyers are in Realty continues the hands of a to support the team that community with knows this its relationshipcommunity, so based brand and they can see all its strong, flexiof their options ble approach to in order to real estate. make a good Susie Tate decision and Morris is a brothen negotiate ker and agent a fair price. All with over 30 years of experiThe Morris Family are fifth generation Floridians clients can and proud local residents. expect to maxience in the local mize their experience buying or selling real estate market. She is joined by her while limiting frustration, cost, and son, William Morris, a real estate agent inconvenience. and graduate of Stetson Law School. Whether in one of their convenient The Morris Family are fifth generation offices, in your home, or at a local Floridians, and William, along with his restaurant, they want to meet with you four siblings, all graduated for a no-strings-attached evaluation of Bloomingdale High School. He and his your housing situation and your housmother continue their strong investment ing goals, where they can be your conin the community they love, and togethsultant as you navigate the real estate. er, they lead a team poised to meet all William is confident: “If you’re going to of your buying and selling needs. sell your house and buy one, we can From the start, the Morris family save you money. Talk to us.” Are you knew the importance of creating connections and relationships. William said, an agent looking for a new opportunity? Are you committed to being fully “It was a leap of faith on our part, but we knew that my mom had done a lot of engaged in life every day? Then #finlife is for you, and you’ll have the real estate; we’ve always been really advantage of Susie, a broker and intentional building and establishing our business on referrals and relationships.” active agent who knows the ins and outs of real estate and wants to menWith the combination of Susie’s experience and William’s unique knowledge of tor you. Call 229-8862 or visit at www.yellowfinrealty.com. law they have seen growth on average Susie Tate Morris is married to of 10-15% a year doing 100 million dollars in sales last year and on track to do John Morris, the team’s property mansignificantly more this year as they grow ager; they have five children: Chad, Tate, Luke, Annie, and Will. William the team of agents they oversee. Morris is married to Mackenzie Skole Recently one of Susie’s other sons, Morris; they have one son, Hayes. Luke Morris, opened a branch of Yellowfin Realty’s corporate office is Yellowfin Realty in Jacksonville. located at 11256 Winthrop Main St., Ultimately, everything comes back Riverview, 33578. to the customers’ best interests. William

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Local Bakers Offer Holiday Cookie Works Of Art For Shop Local Gift

By Kate Quesada

Custom cookies baked and decorated by Erin Cowan of The Butter Tree.

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FishHawk resident Erin Cowan owns and operates The Butter Tree, specializing in custom decorated sugar cookies for any occasion from birthday parties to weddings and showers. Cowan, a former lawyer who practiced in New York City before moving to Florida, started the business to keep busy while staying home with her children. “I got started after randomly coming across a blog post about decorated sugar cookies in 2001,” said Cowan. “I have no professional training and am self-taught from trial and error.” The Butter Tree offers vanilla or almond sugar cookies with royal icing. Each cookie is custom, hand created and takes several days to make as Cowan works from scratch, baking, coloring the icing and then decorating and drying each cookie. She asks for at least

In addition to making decorated sugar cookies, Kerry Williams of The Sugared Owl, also offers Make and Take classes, where residents can learn to work with Royal Icing and pick up the techniques used to make their own delicious works of art. Williams, a FishHawk residents has been decorating cookies for four years and offers vanilla/orange, vanilla/almond, peanut butter and chocolate sugar cookies for the holidays. All cookies are decoded with a “Frankenfrosting,” which is a mixture of Royal Icing and glaze. “Customers contact me for any theme they would like and we work to come up with the designs they want,” said Williams. The Sugared Owl began offering cookie classes, which have been hosted in Cool Beans coffee shop in FishHawk

FishHawk resident Paula Escobar makes cookies of any size, color and design.

and Kraftology in Brandon, a year ago. “You gather some friends and come decorate your own dozen cookies,” said Williams. “We work on several together and decorate each cookie in sections. Everyone leaves with beautifully decorated cookies they made themselves.” The group is limited to 10 people and classes range from one-and-a-half to two hours. In addition to regular adult classes, Williams also offers kids’ classes at Cool Beans and has a “Cookies for Santa” class planned this month. Search The Sugared Owl on Facebook, for more information, or contact Williams at (908) 328-2311 or jkwilliams78@hotmail.com.

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Having access to a skilled and caring dentist can do wonders for a patient's life, from encouraging good dental health all the way to helping solve existing dental concerns in as painless and less disruptive a way possible. By all accounts Dr. Laura Bridges is filling this kind of role with her Valrico practice, Bridges Dental. She was recently selected for the Tampa Bay Journal's annual Up & Comers Under 40 List, one of just 60 Tampa professionals recognized in a field of over 400 entrees. The list represents the best in business people on the rise serving the Tampa Bay area as chosen by a panel of independent, expert judges.

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“I'm devoted to providing the best in dental services to this community which means so much to me,” commented Dr. Bridges. “It's an honor to be named alongside so many truly impressive business leaders by the Tampa Bay Journal and I'm beyond grateful to the judges and, especially, to my patients, staff and family for making this kind of success possible.” Bridges Dental offer a wide range of dental services including crowns, bridges and fillings, cosmetic dentistry, root canals, dentures, teeth whitening, gum treatment, and extractions. The office is located at 3646 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Valrico. Call 654-3399 or visit www.bridgesdental.com.

Little Greek Fresh Grill Celebrates Third Anniversary Tampa-based Little Greek Fresh Grill, a fast-casual Greek restaurant with an American influence recently celebrated its third anniversary. The owner/operator is Frank “Foti” Gianniosis. “Little Greek Fresh Grill has established a great home in the

Valrico-Lithia area,” said Nick Vojnovic, Little Greek Fresh Grill president and local Valrico River Hills

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resident. Little Greek Fresh Grill emphasizes fresh Greek dishes created from generations of traditional family recipes, with its chicken items among the most popular. The Valrico location at 3474 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. is open Sunday to Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and offers dine-in, take-out and catering. Call 685-0819 or visit littlegreekfreshgrill.com.

Drew’s RV Techs, located at 1601 U.S. Hwy. 41 S. in Ruskin, will celebrate a grand re-opening on Saturday, November 18 from 10 a.m.2 p.m. Drew’s RV Techs is an all-inclusive Recreational Vehicle sales, service and parts store that also offers mobile repair. The grand re-opening event will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the company’s recent purchase of the building which has been renovated and painted. There will be food vendors, a DJ, raffles, giveaways and more. Drew’s RV Techs is open Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. For further information, visit www.drewsrvtechs.com or call 645-7870.

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Since 2010, What is 20/20 Soft Southwest Wash? A new company Florida using soft washing as an Rheumatology alternative to pressure has been washing. Soft washing striving to prouses water-based, vide its biodegradable chemicals patients with to emulsify dirt, grime comprehenDr. Priya Reddy is the owner of and algae while sanitizsive and curSouthwest Florida Rheumatology. ing the surface. Its 100 rent disease percent biodegradable care managechemicals do not damage your propment plans. Patients suffering from erty or plants. Also, soft washing uses chronic rheumatologic disease know one-third the water of pressure washthat patient care is not only about delivering quality treatments but also ing and lasts four to six times longer about improving the quality of life. By than pressure washing. One of its specialties is roof combining the latest technology and cleaning—in particular, those black promoting the wellness of the indi‘stains’ on your roof, which is algae vidual, Southwest Florida feeding on the limestone filler in Rheumatology delivers high-quality asphalt shingles. Unlike pressure individualized care plans to each of its patients. The office offers medica- washing, which can cause further damage to the roof, the Softwash tions, supplements, IV infusions, ultrasounds, lab evaluations, lifestyle Systems™ use low-pressure pumps and biodegradable cleaners to education and more. remove mold, mildew, algae, moss, Dr. Priya Reddy is the owner of and airborne contaminants like road Southwest Florida Rheumatology. grime and sand. Before opening the Riverview office, Soft washshe worked as ing is also ideal an Assistant for cleaning Professor in gutters, soffits, the Division of pool cages, Rheumatology lanais, fences, at the decks, patio University of furniture and South Florida. much She continues more. From the to teach and roof to the train Internal driveway, 20/20 Medicine resiSoft Wash can help your home look dents as the Faculty and Curriculum its best. To get a free estimate, call Coordinator for the USF Brandon 863-644-4000. Regional Hospital Residency For more information, visit Program. Dr. Reddy is also an www.20-20windowcleaning.com. The Executive Board Member of the Florida Society of Rheumatology and office is located at 6155 S. Florida Ave. Suite 3 in Lakeland and is the Florida Regional Director of the opened Monday to Friday 8 a.m.-6 Association of Women in p.m. Rheumatology. When not striving to keep her patients happy and healthy, Local Dentist Voted Top In she enjoys playing and listening to Periodontics By Peers music and spending time with her ln March of 2017, surveys were family. mailed to hundreds of dentists in the The office is located at 11954 Tampa Bay area, by Tampa Boyette Rd in Riverview. Call 672-

Magazine, who were regenerative proceasked to nominate dures of gum and their peers they bone, crown lengthbelieved to be the ening and dental best in their specialimplants that can ty. The votes were replace one or multisent in anonymously ple missing teeth. via a secure online Dr. Mellman is process. Dr. Mark located at 721 W. Mellman, DDS, PA Robertson Ave. in was voted one of the Brandon. The office top periodontists in is open Monday to the Tampa Bay area Thursday from 7:30 by other local dena.m.-5 p.m. and tists. This survey Friday from 7:30 and award were feaa.m.-1 p.m. To tured in the Dr. Mellman, DDS, PA was voted one of scgedule an the top periodontists in the Tampa Bay June/July 2017 appointment or for area by other local dentists. issue of Tampa more information, Magazine. please call 654-4545 or visit Dr. Mellman specializes in conwww.mellmanperiodontics.com. servative treatment of gum disease,

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With Arts & Entertainment Editor Kathy L. Collins

The East Hillsborough Art Guild Offers Art Artist Mike King Exhibits Colorful And Vibrant Art At Bruton Memorial Library Exhibits, Classes And Annual Christmas Show EHAG, the offers a East watercolor Hillsborough Art class every Guild, has a Friday from new art exhibit 1 to 3 p.m. at the Loretta Classroom Burns offers Gallery located a beginner at the 1914 class on the Plant City High 2nd School Tuesday of Community each month Center located from 6 to 8 at 605 N. p.m. For Collins St. in more inforhistoric downmation and Take a trip to historic Plant City and stop by the town Plant City. Classroom Gallery located at the 1914 Plant City High to register School Community Center at 605 N. Collins St. to view for the The current art the artwork of EHAB member/artists. The exhibit feaexhibit showclasses, tures the artwork of Plant City resident, Danny Lewis. cases 13 please visit artists/members of EHAG. The featured www.ehagfinearts.com. artist is Plant City resident, Danny Lewis. Of special interest is a Beginner Lewis’ paintings portray lovely landStained Glass Class that will be offered scapes. Gay Nell Lewis, chair of the Art on Thursday, December 14 from 11 a.m. Around Town Project for EHAG said, to 3 p.m. by new EHAG member, Ruth “Members of EHAG are given the opporBolles. This class has limited space and tunity to showcase their work at the sevis for individuals 16 years and older. The eral venues we have around town includcost is $35 which includes all materials. ing the Classroom Gallery.” To register for the class, please call In addition to Lewis’ paintings, the Bolles at 269-352-5544 or email fraggallery exhibit includes the works of sevments1@comcast.net. eral other EHAG members. Members of EHAG will host its Annual Christmas the public can view the exhibit Thursday, Show and Sale on Thursday, November Friday and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. 30 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Plant City Enter from the Archives Office. To schedEntertainment located at 101 N. Thomas ule a private tour, contact Gay Nell Lewis St. in Plant City. at 763-8190. Funds raised at the Annual The Classroom Gallery is a partnerChristmas Show help fund the East ship venue between the East Hillsborough Art Guild Visual Art Grants Hillsborough Historical Society and Fund. EHAG. In addition to the exhibit which This will be a special event, so you stays up for 60-90 days, members of will not want to miss it. Please visit EHAG offer art classes at the Classroom www.ehagfinearts.com for more informaGallery. Specifically, Betty Fairbanks tion.

The November art exhibit at the Bruton Memorial Library in downtown Plant City is a lovey and eclectic collection of paintings by Tampa resident, Mike King. There are 13 pieces in the exhibit with a theme of “Live in the Come see the wonderful artwork of Mike King at the Bruton Layers.” Memorial Library. The exhibit is available for viewing throughout The theme of the month of November. the exhibit is drawn color choices are inspired by the from a poem by the Poet Laureate, Impressionists and the realism of Andrew Stanley Kunitz. According to King, “The Wyeth’s watercolors and egg tempera poem alludes to the poet growing older paintings. My interest in expressionistic and coming to the understanding that the and figurative abstraction comes from loss of his loved ones and hard experisuch artists as Abraham Rattner and ences have guided his life in ways that he Hans Hoffman. The abstract work is credid not foresee, yet the experiences have ated spontaneously and intuitively. I usuled him to appreciate their inherent ally have a vague concept in mind before value.” I begin, and I let the painting tell me what Amanda LaPorta, the Adult Services to do. I appreciate the creative principle Librarian for the Bruton Memorial Library that abstract artist, Jackson Pollock, said, “King’s paintings encompass a applied to his method of painting- ‘Every unique spectrum of colors and emotions. painting has a life of its own. I Just try to Pieces such as Catfish Man and At the let it come through.’” Fair, are strongly reminiscent of rural King studied art at Allegany College Florida, while Psychedelic Shark delights in Cumberland, Maryland and with Bruce and overwhelms with bursts of vibrant Marsh at USF. His art has been exhibited color.” LaPorta added, “King’s expressive at many places including the TECO oeuvre was selected for display for its Atrium Gallery, Tampa General Hospital breadth of subject matter and bold use of and several area libraries. color.” King’s exhibit can be seen during the The exhibit, which features many difnormal operating hours of the Bruton ferent media including acrylic on canvas, Memorial Library which is located at 302 watercolor and acrylic on wood, is interMcLendon St. in Plant City. For more esting and pleasing to the eye. There are information on the library and all of its many different pops of color throughout services, visit the exhibit. www.plantcitygov.com/Bruton-MemorialIn his Artist Statement, King said, “My Library.

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Quitting tobacco isn’t easy. Finding help should be. Tobacco Free Florida offers free tools and services to help you get started in these two hour sessions. Free Community worksite and clinic groups will be offered, with programs covering all forms of tobacco. Free Nicotine replacement patches, gum and lozenges will be available, while supplies last and if medically appropriate. Class will be available on Monday, November 20 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Oakfield Medical Plaza, Classroom B, 276 S. Moon Ave., Ste. 260 in Brandon. Five week Quit Smoking Now Support Group on Tuesdays from November 21 to December 19 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute Conference Room, 3100 E. Fletcher

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Hawthorne Hosts Parkinson’s Disease Support Group

Hawthorne Health & Rehabilitation Center hosts a monthly support group for those diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and caregivers on the third Thursday of every month. The next meeting is November 16 from 2-3 p.m. and will take place in the Media Center at Hawthorne. The speaker is Dustie Lynch, MBA/MS, CCC/SLP and will speak about to the Basics about Parkinson’s Disease (will include videos on LSVT Loud & Big). The Parkinson’s Disease support group is free of charge and open to those who have been diagnosed with the disease, family members, caregivers and anyone with an interest in learning more about Parkinson’s. Hawthorne Health & Rehabilitation Center, located at 851 W. Lumsden Rd. in Brandon, is a skilled nursing facility with inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programs including speech, physical and occupational therapies. Hawthorne also

hosts a dementia support group in the assisted living facility, as well as past meetings for those dealing with strokes, diabetes, low vision and other diseases. For more information or to register, call 661-8998 Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Gardener Class on Organic Vegetable Gardening

There will be Master Gardener Clinic on Organic Vegetable Gardening given by Master Gardener Brad Ward on Wednesday, December 6 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Bloomingdale Library, located at 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. The clinic will inform on how to successfully grow vegetables organically and to learn which varieties of vegetables do best in central Florida and when to start those seeds. This event is sponsored by the Hillsborough County Master Gardner Program of the Hillsborough County Extension, University of Florida, IFAS

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rate their art, Fast Frame owner Alex Roche helps to educate them on how to enhance their item through framing. He offers competitive pricing and has been assisting customers with frames for more than 28 years. Fast Frame also offers oil paint stretches, shadow boxes, needle points, restoration and repairs and

corporate art. Fast Frame has been a part of the community Gift Basket for 15 years. Item: Two $40 For more Gift Cards for information, Framing visit Value: $80 www.fastframe.com or call Roche at 655-6400. Fast Frame is located at 6128 Winthrop Town Center Ave. in Riverview. Hours of operation are Sunday and Monday by appointment only with 24-hour notice and Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.–8 p.m.

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A Few Of Your Favorite Things Can Be Found At Music Showcase Music is the international language that is understood and enjoyed by all. Share your love of music by offering voice or instrument lessons to your favorite student. Instrument rentals start at $10 (if you don’t want to make a purchase). If you sign up online, the instrument will be delivered to your school. All of your music needs can be found at Music Showcase, which offers competitive pricing on sheet music and books. There is an inhouse repair shop, and private and


LC’s Cafe Holiday Catering, McAuley Fine Jewelry Seiko Watch & Feely Athletics group lessons are offered. Is your child interested in musical theatre, acting, or maybe photography? Sign them up at the Florida Academy of Performing Arts at Music Showcase. Music Showcase is located at 402 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon. For more information, call 685-5998 or visit MusicShowcaseOnline.com and FAOPA.org.

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McAuley Fine Jewelry Is A Gem In The Community This season design something uniquely ‘you’ to surprise your special someone. McAuley Fine Jewelry (located in the former Martin’s Jewelers) will help you plan your custom made piece of Jewelry. Jewelry repairs are also

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Nature Lovers Will Delight In Gifts From Backyard Birdseed Backyard Birdseed is your go-to place for your friends and family who enjoy watching nature close up. It carries a wide array of products to increase backyard (and front yard) Gift Basket enjoyment for Item: Squirrel children, famiBuster lies, and birders Value: $50 of all ages. Premium birdseed, bird baths, bird and bat houses, hummingbird feeders and patio and garden décor are all available. In case you do not know what the perfect gift would be for your nature lover, gift certificates are also available. Backyard Birdseed is located at 3642 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. (next to Car Wash on the Greens) in Valrico. It is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and closed Sundays. Call 8162473 or visit www.backyardbirdseed.com.

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celebrate Chanukah. A Chanukah Festival will take place at Winthrop Town Centre on Tuesday Compiled by Michelle Colesanti, December 12 michelle@ospreyobserver.com at 6 p.m. It will feature The lighting of Brandon's tallest Menorah, Face Painting, Tony the Balloon guy, Hot Latkes, Chanukah craft and more. The Jeremy Rosado In Concert event is free to attend. Brandon’s only American Idol finalist, Chanukah Klezmer Festival & Jeremy Rosado, will be in concert at The Menorah Lighting at the Sun City Center Palms Church on Friday November 17 at Chamber of Commerce will feature The 7 p.m. Rosado just released his second Freylach band. It will take place on CD, ‘REWIND’ and will feature new music Thursday, December 14 at 4:30 p.m. from this project. This ‘Rewind Tour’ Admission is free. Enjoy NY deli style event will also have times of celebration food for sale. and worship. A Chanukah Chocolate Gelt Factory Tickets are $10 and can be secured through EventBright.com/Jeremy Rosada, at the Palms Church, or at the door. Pastors Daniel and Mary Stahl, Pastors at The Palms Church invite you to come and experience this incredible night of anointed music. The Palms Church is located at 207 New Hope Rd. in Brandon.

For more information on these events, email jewishbrandon.com/hanukkah or call 5718100.

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Chabad Jewish Discovery Center Holds Community Events To Celebrate Chanukah

The following events will be held by the Chabad Jewish Discovery Center to

Enjoy Chanukah Music At Congregation Beth Shalom

& Electric Menorah Wiring Workshop will take place on Sunday, December 17 at 11 a.m. at the Chabad Jewish Discovery Center, 1578 Bloomingdale Ave, in Valrico. The event is for families with children ages 3-13. The cost is $8 per child. A Menorah Lighting at Park Square in Fishawk Ranch will occur in front of Cool Beans on Sunday, December 17 at 6 p.m. It will feature Kindling of giant Menorah, Chocolate gelt, Hot Latkes, Chanukah Music, Chanukah crafts and more. It is free of charge.

Enjoy Chanukah Music with Cantor Greenblatt as she serenades everyone with beautiful melodies on Sunday, December 3 at 4 p.m. Welcome the Sabbath on Friday evenings at 7:45 p.m. Oneg, nosh and mingle follows. Congregation Beth Shalom is located at 706 Bryan Rd. in Brandon. Call for more information at 681-6547.

Holiday Luncheon For Brandon Christian Women’s Connection

The Brandon Christian Women’s Connection will celebrate Christmas at the December luncheon ‘Winter Wonderland’ on Monday December 11 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m at Bell Shoals Bapist Church in the Special Event Center, located at 2102 Bell Shoals Rd. in Brandon. This is a nondenominational luncheon for all ladies with no membership required. This special luncheon with music, entertainment and a Christmas decorating demonstration is $15. Reservations are requested by Monday December 4. Brandon Regional Hospital recently held its 11th annual Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Ceremony to honor the more than one Please call Lillie at million babies who pass away each year from miscarriage and still birth. The event was attended by local families who have all lost children of their own. 740-0098.

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Local Baseball Teams And The Stein & Vine Team Up For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

During October, USA Stars - 9U, 11U and 12U baseball teams purchased pink shirts which the boys wore through the month. Each player was asked to pay $20 for their shirt. The Stein & Vine supported the teams and offered to buy the shirts, a total of 30. In return the boys were asked that the money still be collected from the families and that it would be donated on behalf of the to the Bella Plaza goes Pink event, where a check was presented on October 21.

Durant High School Varsity Swim Coach, Joanne Rohlfsen surprised folks by bringing a competitive team of 22 qualifiers to this year's Hillsborough County Swim Championships. The Women's Team finished strong in 3rd place overall. Their efforts were led by senior and two time State Champion Katie Vasiloff, who finished 2nd in the 100 fly and 3rd in the 50 freestyle. Teammate and Sophomore Morgan Shinault won the 200IM convincingly by more than four seconds over her nearest competitor and was runner-up in the 100 backstroke. Emily and Samantha Garrigues, as well as the Women's 200 free relay also contributed critical points toward the team's successful outing. The Durant Men finished 7th overall, with strong performances turned in by Freshman Conner Coronado, finishing 3rd in the 200IM and 4th in the 200 freestyle, as well as Seniors Zach Hand and Sean Kavanough, who also finished USA STARS BBI (dba USA STARS) managed by Coach top 8 in their individual Rich Luppino, present check to ‘Plaza Bella Goes Pink’ Event in October. events.

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Alice in Wonderland To Be Performed At Durant High School

Students at Durant High School will be performing a one act show, Alice in Wonderland on Thursday, November 30 and Friday, December 1 at 6 p.m. in the Durant High School auditorium. The high school is located at 4748 Cougar Path in Plant City. The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for students. Children 5 and under are free. Refreshments and candy will be sold for $1 each.

Local Civil Air Patrol Group Participates In Wreaths Across America

The Civil Air Patrol is an Air Force Auxiliary Force for civilians and young people wanting to serve their country. It participates in Wreaths Across America every year where wreaths are sold that will be placed on Veteran's graves across the country in National Cemeteries. On December 16, these cadets along with many thousands of others unload semi trucks loaded full of wreaths donated by people like you and me and actually place each of these

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wreaths individually on graves. Wreaths cost $15 each and will go to a worthy cause. You can purchase multiples and corporate packages are also available. The donation is tax deductible. If you would like to place an order online, visit donate.wreathsacrossamerica.org. You can also ask for a specific person to receive a wreath if you have a veteran in your life laid to rest at a National Cemetery. There are also options to request wreaths in honor of" a Veteran still living or in memory of a veteran that has passed away, or just purchase wreaths with no special indications. Locally, Paula Drennan’s son is in the Civil Air Patrol Group and will be glad to pick up your monetary donation. Call her at 421-0526 if you would like to donate or have any questions. You are also welcome to help with the wreath distribution at any local National Cemeteries. The closest is the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.

Resurrection Knights Of Columbus Fall Golf Classic

The Resurrection Knights of Columbus Council #15675 will sponsor a Fall Golf Classic on Saturday, November 18 at Summerfield Crossings Golf Club, 13050 Summerfield Blvd. in Riverview. Registration and lunch will take place at 11 a.m. with a 1 p.m. Shotgun Start – Scramble. Prizes and dinner will follow. The entry fee is $75 per person. Call Bill Churchilll at 220-7736 or Fran Nason at 641-9109 for more information.


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Durant senior running back Cameron Myers breaks through the Bloomingdale defense for a first down in the first quarter. Myers finished the game and the season with a fractured collarbone.

Expectations were high for the muchfavored Durant Cougars varsity football team during a vital home conference game against Class 7A, District 9 rival Bloomingdale Bulls. Since, there could only be one winner during the final district game of the season,the victory rightfully went to Bloomingdale (6-3, 5-1) led by program head coach Max Warner. From the start, Durant (6-3, 3-3) showed its expected strength scoring the fist TD, but Bloomingdale kept its winning momentum and was not to be taken for

Bloomingdale junior running back Rodney Roseboro III , takes the handoff from QB Tyler Hunter, during the seasons final conference game against Durant.

granted. The Bulls fired back without mercy that included Bulls senior quarterback Tyler Hunter connecting with junior Terrel Ferrell for 12 yards to give the Bulls a 14-6 lead before the half. Bloomingdale returned to the field flexing even more muscle, which was obvious when an interception from Jalen Jackson led to a 35-yard gain and was capped off with a 6-yard touchdown run from Charles Montgomery. The play propelled the

The Durant High School varsity football team welcomed Bloomingdale High for the season’s final district bout. Bloomingdale managed to beat their host rival 21-15 securing a chance for a post season appearance.

Bulls to a 21-6 lead with less than 10 minuets in the third quarter. The Cougars managed to rally in the fourth, scoring nine points, but fell shorter of a chance to catch up with their rival for the opportunity to advance post season. While Cougars head coach Mike Gottman had every reason to expect a win it was Warner who could proudly declare that the victory was the biggest for the program especially with the added bragging rights of

holding Durant under 15 points. As an unfortunate outcome of the game, Durant also lost its star running Cameron Myers for the season after the young player fractured his collarbone. The 2017 Class 7A District 9 ended with Tampa Bay Tech leading the pack followed by Bloomingdale, East Bay, Durant, Plant City, Strawberry Crest, and Lennard. For more information about high school football please visit, www.maxpreps.com.

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Sports Connection Story By Tamas Mondovics and Photos by Hillsborough County

Top Skateboarders Crowned At Best Shredder Finals At Apollo Beach Skate Park Four young local skateboarders were named last month at the conclusion of Hillsborough County's annual Best Shredder tournament series. The conclusion of the three-contest best skateboarder’s event was held on Saturday, September 30, at Apollo Beach Skate Park, 664 Golf and Sea Blvd. The park is designed for beginners and offers a Paris Kilby (13-15) Arianna McGuckin (9-12) Sly Sullivan (16 and up) street-like experience. Each of the three events promoted a each event was the best-trick exhibidifferent Hillsborough tions during midpoint breaks. County skateboard Skaters who execute the best tricks park, while allowing earn prizes, but the maneuvers young skaters to won't count toward the Best show off their skills Shredder competition. and talents. Leading up to the finals was the The overall wintourney’s second, and traditionally ners in the four age the largest contest held in early categories are Sam August at the Brandon Skate Park, Christoff (8 and 5720 Providence Rd. in Brandon. under), Arianna Christoff, Kilby and Sullivan McGuckin (9-12), were the winners of the Brandon Paris Kilby (13-15) tourney. and Sly Sullivan (16 This year’s competition began Young skaters at the Brandon Skate Park show off their skills dur- on Saturday, March 18, at the and up). ing a recent competition organized by Hillsborough County Park New this year at Jackson Springs Skate Park, the and recreation.

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County’s newest course located at 8612 Jackson Springs Rd. in Tampa. The annual tournament is organized each year by Hillsborough County's Parks and Recreation, and feature skateboarding-related vendors and exhibits. County officials said that the idea of the event is to showcase the area's most talented skaters and the County's three skateboard parks as the sport gets increasingly popular. The Best Shredder event helps fuel the excitement. For more information or to register, visit HCFLGov.net/skate or call 744-5319.


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