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Solar power took center stage during a recent ribbon cutting of Tampa Electric Company’s (TECO) newest array to serve the Apollo Beach community. TECO officials were pleased to welcome a group of local and statewide leaders, government officials and members of the media for the ceremony, which formally dedicated Hillsborough County Commissioner Pat Kemp, TECO senior VP the installation of the Tom Hernandez, TECO CEO Gordon Gillette, Port Tampa Bay President and CEO Paul Anderson and Hillsborough County company’s brand Commissioner Sandra Murman cut the ribbon on TECO’s brand new 23-megawatts new Big Bend Solar Array in Apollo Beach in late March. The projBig Bend Solar Array ects is TECO’s first full-size utility-scale solar facility. solar power facility. TECO officials said that befitting the For nearly two decades TECO has Sunshine State’s potential for a clean, been developing solar projects on a renewable-energy future, the array—consmaller scale, but nothing compared to its sidered the largest to affect West Central newest Big Bend project, which occuFlorida—which automatically tilts toward pies 106 acres of Tampa Electric-owned the sun has been generating power since land across Dickman Road near its Big February. Bend Power Station and Manatee The photovoltaic array includes more Viewing Center.“This project is the most than 200,000 thin-film solar panels that unique integration of multiple technologies track the sun and reportedly produce in the entire state of Florida,” said Tom more than 30 percent more energy than Hernandez, senior vice president of fixed solar arrays. TECO Business Strategy and According to TECO officials the array Renewables. “The design had to consider will provide environmental savings of up potential flood conditions, high-wind conto 30,000 tons of carbon dioxide daily, the ditions, the topography of the site itself equivalent of removing up to 6,000 cars and the fact that we’re using a new type from the road. of thin-film technology and single-access Hillsborough County tracking that maximizes the energy outCommissioner Pat Kemp presented put. It’s the most cost-effective way that Tampa Electric with a special commendawe’ve found to date to produce reliable tion on behalf of the community when she clean, reliable solar PV energy and comContinued on Page 5 plement our generating fleet.”

The Big Bend Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), LLC, a FEMA supported and directed organization, which serves residents in Apollo Beach, Gibsonton, Riverview, and other nearby communities are now gearing up for a busy summer season. Some of the members of the Big Bend Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), LLC, pause for a photo during a recent In harmony with training. its Motto; “Do the Most Emergency Response Neighborhood Good for the Most People” the 52-memTeam, which has joined forces with the ber team of dedicated volunteers that neighborhood watch program. local make up the group was formed at the While membership is strictly volunstart of the year and is focused on being tary, open to all area residents and ready in the event of a disaster where first requires no annual dues, all CERT memresponders are unable to respond. must pass Federal Emergency bers “We focus on being prepared to help Management Agency (FEMA) sponsored our families, our neighbors, and our comCERT training classes. munities that include Covington Park, The Big Bend CERT team meets the Waterset and Kings Lake, after any disassecond Monday of each month (Jan-Oct) ter,” said Big Bend CERT program coordiat 7:00 pm at the Covington Park nator Dale Peery. Clubhouse, 6806 Covington Garden Dr., Team activities and training of each in Apollo Beach. member is coordinated and supervised Visit www.bigbendcert.org. by the Hillsborough County Office Of Emergency Management and as a non profit 501 C(3) volunteer organization it is designed to complement professional Fire and Police organizations in disaster situations where uniformed fire, rescue, and medical services are overwhelmed. “Each member of our team is trained in a number of areas such as life saving medical treatment, fire fighting, light search and rescue, emergency communi28 cations, disaster preparedness and disaster psychology, just to name a few,” Peery said, but added that he hopes to see HOA HOT TOPICS ...............................PG 7 more local support. FALLEN HEROES RIDE.........................PG 8 “The mission of the Big Bend CERT Program is to harness the power of every SKYTYPERS .......................................PG 16 individual through education, training, and EYE ON BUSINESS ............................PG 25 volunteer service,” he said. With focus on protecting their families SOUTHSHORE LIVING ...............PGS 36‐37 and neighborhoods first, local CERT SUMMER CAMPS.....PULL OUT SECTION 3 teams are appropriately called NERT or

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Twin Creeks Assisted Living Soon To Open First Florida Community Near Riverview By Tatiana Ortiz

Once they move in here it becomes their home,” Shane Potter, NHA, Twin Creeks executive director said. The Front view of Twin Creeks Assisted Living and Riverview Memory Care. location will Residents at Twin Creeks Assisted consist of a Living and Memory Care in Riverview can 96 bed, 80 feel right at home with the numerous apartment services and activities that will be providassisted lived to them. With plans to open in June ing facility with memory care. Out of the 2017, Twin Creeks Assisted Living and 96 beds, 32 beds will be licensed for Memory Care will be accepting a full memory care. Residents can discover refundable $500 deposit to reserve a numerous community amenities such as space. This will also be its first location in a game room, library, fitness room and Florida. more. Individuals can also participate in For more than 30 years, Retirement wellness classes, gardening and other Living Associates, Inc. earned the trust of activities. The restaurant at Twin Creeks communities and their families, which Assisted Living and Memory Care serves spans the entire southern east coast from nutritious meals for breakfast, lunch and North Carolina to Florida. Owner and dinner seven days a week. President David Ammons oversees all of What sets this place apart from all the Retirement Living Associates, Inc. other assisted living facilities is that it will communities to make sure it measures to implement a program called PAC his standards. The organization provides (Positive Approach to Care) Training senior living services to more than 2,000 through Teepa Snow’s organization. residents in a variety of communities. It Potter became certified in it and the prowill be licensed as an assisted living facili- gram will be used in the memory care ty with a standard license. In addition, it unit. will be licensed as an ECC (Extended For more information, visit www.twinCongregate Care License). creeksretire.com. The office is open “The Extended Congregate Care Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 License allows residents to age in place. p.m. Call 551-2333.

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With the Hillsborough projected popuCounty alone, not lation growth to mention current within the borand future school ders of the renovations and nation’s eighth deferred maintelarges school nance. district, As for the cost Hillsborough of all of this, the County Public long range study Schools reportedly esti(HCPS) has mates that current SouthShore Charter Academy, one of the newest charplenty on its ter schools in Hillsborough County opened for the 2016- impact fees will future to do list. 2017 school year, just one of the 20 needed for growth. only fund half of According to school officials, a the bare minimum number of schools recent study by Tindale Oliver, a consult- that will be needed in the future. ing firm reviewed multiple sources of “School infrastructure is very expendata to make projections based on sive and requires in-depth planning and trends in population growth rates, stuan investment in the future,” said Steve dent generation rates, planned and proTindale during the school board workposed development, existing capacity, shop. the cost of debt and maintenance and The report indicates the district will the estimated cost of building new need to build between 23-38 schools or schools. a minimum of 1.5 new schools per year The study reportedly took into between 2018-2032 to accommodate account the role of charter schools which student enrollment. can mitigate the need for new schools. With an average cost between $20 By the numbers, officials said that and 60 million dollars per school, over over the next 15 years, Hillsborough the next 15 years, construction is expectCounty is projected to grow at an annual ed to cost approximately $1billion. rate of 1.3 percent, bringing in an estiMaintaining older school buildings for mated 10,000 new homes per year and safety and functionality is expected to roughly 5,400 new students every year, cost $2.51 billion during the same time with most of the growth expected in period. South Hillsborough County, followed by “We know growth is coming,” said north Plant City. Superintendent, Jeff Eakins. “Impact fees Tindale’s report estimates that a will only go so far. We need to ask, minimum of 11 new elementary schools, what’s next.” three new middle schools and six new For more information please visit high schools will be needed in South www.sdhc.k12.fl.us.

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After Public Input, County Superintendent Recommends Postponing Implementation Of Student Bell Times Changes To 2018-2019 Season

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Last month, Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Eakins informed district families, staff and community members with his final recommendation to wait one year before making district wide changes. Eakin’s note reached the community just days ahead of a Special Called Board Meeting on Tuesday, April 25, during which the school board approved with a 6 to 1 vote for the new 2018-2019 bell time schedule. The 20172018 bell time schedule will not change. Eakins emphasized that the proposed bell time changes are necessary because the district’s current arrival and dismissal times do not allow enough time for bus drivers to get students to and from school on time and stated that the district must correct this in order to secure the appropriate number of instructional minutes for students. Less than a month earlier, Eakins informed parents and guardians of the more than 200,000 elementary, middle and high school students in the nation’s eighth largest district of the proposed bell time change asking all to review it and send in their input so a final recommendation can be brought to the School

Counting the potential benefits school officials noted that with high schools dismissed nearly an hour earlier will allow opportunities for jobs and getting to practice and after-school

Board for a vote. “After you have watched the video and studied the attached proposed bell times, we look forward to your feedback once again,” Eakins said, while acknowledging that the issue prompts parents and students to have many questions and concerns. The request for a feedback of the already proposed new schedule seems to have caught many parents off guard, a great number of whom are still dealing with the whiplash of the School Board’s controversial vote to end its courtesy busing. School officials said that the proposed bell time changes are based on feedback from teachers, parents and students involving nearly two dozen schools over a considerable time. Eakins called the current schedule unrealistic, and that, “Something had to change in order to meet the needs of our students and properly secure the instructional minutes necessary.”

electives such as Art, Music and Band to reach their graduation requirements. HCPS spokesperson Tanya Arja added that the change will provide a more efficient bus schedule, and improve instruction for students due to maintaining or adding more planning time for teachers. As expected, Eakins comments eventually circled back to the buses when he said, “Adjusting the bell schedule will allow a greater percentage of school bus drivers to transport three tiers of students (Elementary, Middle and High School). This shift translates to a cost savings of over two and a half million dollars for the school district, officials said. While the topic of buses, students’ safety and bell times continue to be a formidable foe to many, Hillsborough County Public Schools to Eakins and his staff it is clearly Superintendent Jeff Eakins addresses parents and teachers about the district’s proposed new a means to save money and a bell schedule. promised goal to work toward a 90 activities sooner, which means the stupercent graduation rate by the year dents can get home earlier. 2020. Elementary students are said to At the end, Eakins recommended gain an extra 15 minutes of Art, Music to wait one year before making any and PE, which school officials said change to the bell schedule, stating improves their overall health and wellthat the additional time will allow the being. school district and families to make Middle school and high school stuany necessary adjustments and claridents will keep a seven period day fy questions or concerns. which Eakins said affords them the The 2018-2019 recommended opportunity to take more classes, bell times are posted online at including Advanced Placement and sdhc.k12.fl.us/newsdesk.


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HCSO Gears Up For Fourth Annual Fallen Heroes Memorial Ride Four Sheriff’s Deputies Who Lost Their Lives In The Line Of Duty years ago the Since 1974: Hillsborough Deputy Richard Roach, 1848 - August 15, 1874 County Deputy William E. Whitehurst, 1870 - July 4, 1893 Sheriff’s Deputy Ed Aulick, April 18, 1901 - January 24, 1932 Deputy Robert M. Suarez, June 8, 1904 - September 3, 1944 Office began Sergeant Ben P. Wilder, Jr. February 28, 1923 - July 22, 1962 construction Sergeant Donald C. Williams, May 21, 1917 - June 12, 1967 on its Law Sergeant James Strachinsky, February 13, 1912 - September 4, 1969 Enforcement Aux. Sgt. Lee A. Hutchinson, September 7, 1912 - July 25, 1970 Memorial on Deputy James A. Allen, March 27, 1919 - May 21, 1974 the campus of Corporal Lemon Harvey, April 28, 1947 - December 15, 1981 Deputy Frederick T. Clark, November 16, 1952 - May 7, 1987 the Malcolm Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies guard the Deputy Donna M. Miller, February 9, 1961 - May 8, 1987 E. Beard memorial wreath presented by Sheriff David Gee Deputy David A. Abella, June 19, 1977 - April 21, 2004 during the annual Fallen Heroes Memorial held Sheriff's Sergeant Ronald Harrison, August 25, 1951 - August 15, 2007 earlier this month. Operations Deputy Mark A. Longway, May 8, 1962 - September 21, 2010 place for us. We want to thank the comCenter in Deputy John R. Kotfila, Jr., September 9, 1985 - March 12, 2016 munity for their support.” Ybor City. Gee added that coming out to visit The able through HCSO Charities, and all the memorial is a way for Hillsborough memorial is created to commemorate and donations are tax deductible. pay tribute to the 15 members of HCSO Participants can register at marketwho have fallen in their quest to "Serve place.hcsocharities.com. and Protect.” Since its completion in the spring of To support the upkeep and to ensure 2017, HCSO’s annual Fallen Heroes that the memories of these law enforceMemorial service has seen a large crowd ment officers are never forgotten the of family and friends paying their respects Sheriff’s Office has created its Fallen gather for the solemn ceremony honoring Heroes Memorial Ride, which takes place local deputies who gave the ultimate saceach year prior to the annual Law rifice. Enforcement Memorial Service, a solemn Last year, Deputy John R. Kotfila, ceremony held at the HCSO Fallen Jr.’s name had to be added to the list of Heroes Plaza now encompassing the deputies who were killed in the line of Sheriff’s Memorial and Fallen Heroes duty, raising the number to 16, since Wall, honoring local deputies who gave 1874, when Deputy Richard Roach was the ultimate sacrifice. shot and killed at his home in the suburbs This year’s 25 or 50-mile ride is of Tampa. Roach’s murder has never scheduled to begin at McDonald been solved. Elementary School, located at 501 Pruett Sheriff David Gee emphasized what Rd. in Seffner on Saturday, May 13, at 8 the memorial does for the community a.m. Entry fees are $50, and day of ride is when he said, “This ceremony pays trib$60. ute to a lot of heroes who deserve it. This Several sponsorship levels are availWall of Heroes Memorial is a sacred

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emphasized that patients will be able to come to the Healthplex to treat a cold, rather than waiting and winding up at the TGH Emergency Department with pneumonia. The Healthplex first opened its Emergency Center, which includes 20 private beds and two resuscitation bays open around the clock to treat adult and pediatric patients, while the on-site helipad is promising to allow Aeromed to Residents watch as the Aeromed chopper lands at the newly opened TGH Brandon Healthplex.

After nearly two years in the making, including land acquisition, planning, design and construction, TGH Brandon Healthplex, Tampa General Hospital’s first state-of-the-art, off-site, outpatient medical center is now open. Designed to be a convenient destination for patients to access a broad spectrum of quality health care services – all under one roof—the long anticipated 130,000 sq. ft., four-story comprehensive ambulatory center is located at 10740 Palm River Rd. near Topgolf. TGH officials said that the new facility will house the hospital’s first free-standing adult and pediatric emergency departments, a helipad, surgery center, diagnostic imaging, laboratory services, and physician offices. It will provide easy access to outpatient ambulatory care. “This is really Tampa General’s first major step into the new world of health care, which is bringing health care to you,” said John A. Brabson Jr. chairman of the TGH Board of Directors. “Our goal is to offer the same excellent care, but to do it in a more efficient way, and in a more convenient way for you.” TGH Brandon Healthplex celebrated the start of the multi-phased opening with a free, community open house, giving guests a chance for a sneak peek of the facility. The event saw representatives from the Tampa Bay Rays, the Tampa Bay Lightning, Top Golf, iFly indoor skydiving, and the American Heart Association. Radio station WQYK provided music, while food was offered by Chick-Fil-A and Brandon’s Corner Bakery Café. Boasting of the benefits, Brabson

fly patients needing more advanced medical care to the main hospital on Davis Islands for treatment. TGH spokesperson John Dunn said that the Healthplex Ambulatory Outpatient Surgery Center has seen its first case mid-April, and will provide a variety of same-day surgeries for adults and pediatric patients. The surgery center features six operating rooms with space to add two more in the future, and two endoscopy rooms. It also includes 13 recovery rooms and 24 pre-and-post-procedure bays. Additional services include the fullservice laboratory to provide a wide range of lab tests, an Imaging Services area, which includes digital X-rays, CT scans and ultrasounds. A full-service pharmacy is currently available for patients, employees, and later offered to the public, is now located on the first floor and accepts most major health insurance plans. A café area is next to the pharmacy and sells beverages, salads, snacks, soups and other items. The new building also has room for offices for Tampa General Medical Group (TGMG) and USF primary and specialty care physicians. For more information, visit www.tghhealthplex.com.

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Local Realtor Looks To Join Forces With A Local Non-Profit By Sandy Meyer

Buying or sellmaximum traffic to ing a home can your home. If a realtor be one of the tells you its okay to most stressful overprice, find another experiences in life. one,” she said. Joy Frisch and As a way of thankThe Tampa Bay ing the community for Realty Team are her success, Frisch is ready to hold your looking to extend a hand through the percentage of her entire process to office’s monthly profits ensure you have to a local non-profit the smoothest charity. To have your experience possinon-profit considered, ble. please send an essay Frisch (feel free to include Joy Frisch is a Master Certified Negotiation Expert (MCNE) and promises any other pertinent opened The Tampa Bay Realty to get you the best deal possible with her information) to Joy sharp negotiation skills. Team as a satelFrisch, explaining how lite office for Charles Rutenburg Realty your non-profit makes a local impact on and has more than 12 years of real others. All types of non-profits are welestate experience and holds the ABR, come to participate. The winner will get SRS, SRES and MCNE certifications. $500 initially and then become the recipFrisch and her team represent both ient of a percentage of monthly sales. buyers and sellers and offer a variety of This is an amazing opportunity for a programs and guarantees. For buyers, local charity to get a big boost. Please there is a satisfaction guarantee that if mail essays to: Joy Frisch c/o Non-Profit you are not happy with your new home Essay 10703 Rockledge View Dr. within the first 18 months, they will resell Riverview, FL 33579. Deadline is it for free. For sellers, Frisch will buy Wednesday, May 31 and winner will be your home if it fails to sell within a time announced by the end of July. frame agreed upon at the initial agreeFor more information on how The ment. Typically it is set at 180 days. Tampa Bay Realty Team can ease the “We look at our client’s needs and our pressure of buying or selling a home clients come first, second and third,” and a variety of finance programs, Frisch said. please visit thetampabayrealtyteam.com Frisch’s advice to those currently or call 677-5897. Also visit joyfrischaulooking to sell their homes is to price thor.com for a list of Frisch’s published your house correctly from the beginning. books on real estate. “The first 30 days is when you get the

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Bridges Dental Launches New Affordable Monthly Wellness Dental Plan Bridges Dental, a Valrico-based full-service dental practice founded and owned by Dr. Laura Coyle Bridges, recently announced a unique monthly wellness plan will be offered for all of their present and future patients living without dental insurance. Developed to provide a sustainable and affordable path to healthier teeth for patients without dental insurance coverage, the Bridges Dental Wellness Plan will provide everyone with the ability to maintain a regular hygiene schedule and to complete needed dental treatments. “Too many individuals in our country today forgo visiting the dentist because they don’t have dental insurance or their current benefit plan doesn’t cover the dental treatments they need,” said Dr. Bridges. “That’s perfectly understandable, especially with the costs associated with quality dental care. What makes us different here at Bridges Dental is that we, unlike big insurance companies, have built our business with the best interest of the patient at heart and that means creating affordable payment plans that accommodate different income levels.” The Wellness Plans will come with three different options: the lowest plan

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available at $20 per month including two annual cleanings, xrays, and exams, while the top plan is available at $29.99 per month including all of the annual cleaning benefits plus 40% off of all major work. None of the plans have maximums attached or waiting periods for approval. The average annual savings ranges from $503 for the Silver Plan to over $1,000 on the Platinum Plan. “Our goal is to provide everyone access to the best dental care,” said Dr. Bridges. “That starts by making it affordable for the everyday family. I was raised in, live in and raise my family in this community and am honored to practice here and serve the residents of this amazing family community.” Dr. Bridges has been a resident of Brandon for the past 30 years. She earned an undergraduate degree from Florida State University, a degree in Biomedical Science from the University of South Florida and graduated with her doctorate in dental medicine from the University of Florida College Dentistry. Bridges Dental is located at 3646 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Valrico. For information on Bridges Dental, visit bridgesdental.com.

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Fishhawk/Riverview Rotary Club Celebrates 15 Years Of Service Above Self

By Nick Nahas

According to Mahatma Ghandi, you must be the change you wish to see in the world. Current Club President Christopher Jones and the Rotary Club of Fishhawk/Riverview take that philosophy to heart, trying to make their community a better place. The club will celebrate its 15 years of service this May Photo courtesy of Christopher Jones at the Shrimp Boat, with a forThe current board members of the Rotary Club of mal ribbon-cutting ceremony in Fishhawk//Riverview. conjunction with the Greater upstanding citizens in our community. Riverview Chamber of Commerce. That’s what being a Rotarian means to The club started on May 24, 2002. me.” Six years ago, the Rotary Club of The Rotary Club of Riverview and the Rotary Club of Fishhawk/Riverview participates in Fishhawk/Bloomingdale merged to numerous community service projects become the Rotary Club of as well as community service fundraisFishhawk/Riverview. They now meet at ers throughout the year. The club’s Beef O’ Brady’s on Bell Shoals at 12 largest fundraising program is the Noon on Mondays and the Satellite Crawfish Festival in April. Two thousand Club meets on Thursdays at the Shrimp pounds of live crawfish is brought back Boat at 6 p.m. “In order to join, you have from Louisiana and cooked along with to have a passion to help your commuother Cajun foods with a live band pernity,” Jones said. formance. Nearly $40,000 is raised from Dedication to community service this event each year. The club also parthrough rotary can start as early as 14. takes in the Alafia Lighted Boat Parade, There are three levels of Rotarian servand gives back to the community by ice: the high school level is called providing about six scholarships per Interact; in college and as a young year to students attending Spoto, adult, you can participate in Rotaract, Riverview and Newsome high schools. and once you have a profession, you The Rotary Club supports Honor Flight, can join Rotary. “My goal, first and foreand also donates 2,000 dictionaries to most, is to increase the club’s diversity all the local elementary schools, among so that we look like the community that many other things. we serve” Jones said. “We want to parFor more information, visit ticipate in the international and districtFishhawkRiverviewRotary.org. level rotary events, as well as be

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High School Students Recognized At Annual Art Show At Center Place

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Students from area high schools entered artwork in the Annual High School Art Show held at Center Place. The prizes for the winners are provided by the GFWC Brandon Service League.

The 2017 High School Art Show was held on Thursday, March 23 at Center Place in Brandon. The GFWC Brandon Service League provides the funding for the winners. Students from area high schools submit entries for 2D, 3D and photography. The high schools represented in this year’s show included East Students from area high schools entered artwork in the Annual Bay, Durant, High School Art Show held at Center Place. The prizes for the Bloomingdale, Plant winners, including the Best of Show art piece “Josephine,” are City, Blake, Armwood provided by the GFWC Brandon Service League. and Newsome. “Little China Town.” The judge for this year’s show was Sikora-Muehl said, “It was a pleasJennie Sikora-Muehl, a ceramic artist ure to jury this show. The work is amazspecializing in hand built tableware and ing. There were so many exceptional sculptures made from earthen clay. entries that it was difficult to choose Best of Show was presented to award winners.” Jesus Vazquez from Bloomingdale High Center Place also presented the School for his piece, “Josephine.” Sikora- 2017 Patricia B. Odiorne Scholarship. Muehl said, “I loved the use of the comic Dawn Galia, Executive Director of Center strip as a back drop against the lines of Place said, “Odiorne’s wide reaching the drawing. The image is well done and civic involvements and many accomaccurate. The shading is beautiful. This plishments could fill a book. She was a piece stood out from the rest making it a dedicated servant of her community.” well-deserved best of show.” This is a $1,000 scholarship given to The first place winner in 2D art was high school seniors. This year two young Brooke Hogue, a student from Durant ladies who are committed to the arts and High School, with her piece “Blooming serving the community split the scholarHope.” In photography, the first place ship. Monica Diaz plans to use the scholwinner was Amanda Scallon from Blake arship in her pursuit of a degree in comHigh School with “Drowning.” The first puter science. Likewise, Abigail place winner in 3D was Maissie Hughes Hernandez will use it to pursue a degree from Blake High School with “Broccoli in behavioral science and the Beast.” For information on the 2017 High The Center Place Fine Arts Award School Art Show and the Patricia B. was given to Desiree Webber from East Odiorne Scholarship, visit centerplaceBay High School for her piece called brandon.org.

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Osprey Observer Community Newspaper Honored With BOCC Commendation For 15th AnniversaryBy Kate Quesada

The Osprey Observer staff received an exciting honor from the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) last month. The team, led by Managing Editor Marie Gilmore, was given a Commendation from the BOCC celebrating the publication’s 15th anniversary and recognizing its impact on the community. At the April 5 BOCC meeting in downtown Tampa, members of the Osprey Observer staff were recognized by County Commissioner Stacy White and were presented with a plaque commemorating the commendation and congratulating the newspaper on its 15th anniversary. The plaque also recognized the publication for providing informative local news to the community. During the BOCC’s regular meetings, commissioners often give out proclamations and commendations to recognize important dates and causes and to celebrate significant contributions of businesses, groups and individuals to the people of Hillsborough County. “Commissioners are free to choose recognitions as they wish and commissioners choose to recognize individuals, groups and businesses for a variety of reasons,” said White, who explained during the meeting that he looks forward to receiving the Osprey Observer in his mailbox every month. “I decided to recognize the Osprey Observer for this milestone anniversary because it is a

“We are honored and humbled to have been recommended for a Commendation by the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners,” said Gilmore. “It was so nice to be acknowledged for the work that we do and for the positive news that we provide to our readers in Southeast Hillsborough County. This was a highlight of our 15 years of publishing community news.” For more information on the Hillsborough County BOCC, visit hillsboroughcounty.org or call 272-5660.

Staff members from The Osprey Observer attended a recent meeting of the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners where they were given a Commendation by Commissioner Stacy White.

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GEICO Skytypers Air Team Makes Florida Home For Winter Season

By Marie Gilmore

ner of creating The World giant messages Famous in the sky. GEICO Flying five airSkytypers Air craft in a tight, Show Team line-abreast forwas in Tampa mation, the for the planes coordiLakeland SUN nate in typing ’n FUN Int’l dot matrix-style Fly-In Expo in messages with April and invitenvironmentally ed media to friendly puffs of join the team white smoke. during a pracMessages can tice session seen from be aboard their 15 miles away WWII era SNJany direction in 2, 600 horsewith 20-25 power planes. characters Being a buckOsprey Observer Managing Editor Marie Gilmore takes a flight in a WWII era SNJ-2 with Geico Skytypers Team Flight Lead Larry Arkin during generated in et-list adventhe recent Sun n’ Fun Fly-In Air Show in Lakeland. less than two turer, I volunexperience that gave me a taste of proud to be connected to the Geico minutes. Individual letters can be as teered and can honestly say, the ride flying and a huge respect for the brand.” as the Empire State Building. tall aboard the plane was less turbulent pilots and their skills. The squadron of six World War IIThe team will return to on my stomach than some of the “We have a great camaraderie on era aircraft performs their low-level Florida May 6-7 for the Ford roller coasters at the theme parks. this team,” describes Arkin, “The precision-flying demonstration in SNJs Lauderdale Air Show. For more inforMy pilot was team-owner Larry spend the winters in Florida were originally used as training planes that mation on the GEICO Skytypers, Arkin who has been flying commerand we all have a love of flying.” aircraft for WWII and Korean war visit http://www.geicoskytypers.com. cially for American Airlines for 28 In addition to air show performpilots. "We consider it an honor to About GEICO years and comes from a family of aviances, the team does Skytyping of demonstrate the amazing abilities of GEICO (Government Employees ators. His team is comprised of seamessages that are three miles long these vintage warbirds on behalf of Company) is a member of Insurance soned pilots with commercial and miliand can be seen for up to 15 miles our sponsor, GEICO, while sharing a the Berkshire Hathaway family of tary experience with thousands of Some of the popular mesaround. of aviation history,” said Arkin. bit companies and is the second-largest flight hours of experience. sages include, “Geico Welcomes “Despite being 75 years old, the SNJprivate passenger auto insurance During our flight with three of the You,” in the sky! This message takes 2 is a testament to the engineering company in the United States. team’s six planes, we performed 5 of the team’s 6 planes to ‘type’ and genius of the Greatest Generation. GEICO, which was founded in 1936, close proximately maneuvers close is amazing to watch in the sky. “We planes are a dream to fly." These provides millions of auto insurance enough that I could wave to the other couldn’t do what we do without the The "Skytypers" portion of the quotes to U.S. drivers annually. For passengers and performed some support of our relationship with team, based in Farmingdale, NY, more information, go smoke passes above the Fly-in Geico,” adds Arkin. “We are very name stems from the proprietary man- to www.geico.com. crowds. This was an exhilarating

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David Gibbs III, president and chief legal counsel for the National Center for Life and Liberty, on Sunday, May 28 at 10:30 a.m. Compiled by Michelle Colesanti, A masterful michelle@ospreyobserver.com trial litigator, he defends and protects the religious Mary Howardand free speech Schmidt Haitian rights of ordinary Student citizens all across Fundraiser this country. He Concert And conducts powerful Dinner legal seminars Immanuel every year Lutheran Church Derek Machin, age 7, hits Pastor Michael Laura Fletcher, Nicholas Fletcher, and to assist designed and The Bridges Hagerman, Children’s Pastor at Destiny BSBA Principal, Sandra Carnley at recentVisit Of churches and Church with a whipped cream pie. Over ly event shining a light on Autism will present a conInternational $1,000 was raised for the Boys and Girls other non-profit Awareness. cert and dinner Missionary Crusade. Centennial ministries underfundraiser on morning came from a Pilgrim stand the ins and outs Saturday, May 20 heartfelt moment Anne Parish Saint the most important of for the Mary when Nicholas received a visit from the and pressing legal Howard-Schmidt his friends addressed Alliance of the Holy Family issues facing them Haitian Student and school directly, International the end of today, including child Fund, which protelling them "I March, during the Parish’s abuse prevention, vides quality am Autistic" and it Lenten Observance. The counseling liability, and Christian Education simply means “I do International Centennial many others. for children who Our Lady of Fatima things Pilgrim Image of Our Lady of Meeting regularly attend one of the differently.” Overall, Fatima was displayed during this visit. with influential memfive Lutheran Elementary schools in Cap the event brought There are only six of these precious statbers of Congress, he Haitian, Haiti. education and emoues in the world, all of which were made introduces legislaalso The concert with wine and cheese tion to a topic that in Fatima. This celebration was in honor tion designed not just will be held at 3:30 p.m. The cost is $10 touches and affects 1 of Our Heavenly Mother Mary who to stem the tide of antiper person. A gourmet dinner with live in 68 children nationappeared 100 years ago in Fatima, Christian discrimination, music will begin at 5 p.m. The cost is wide. Portugal on the 13th of every month but to promote and pro$75 per person. May through October to three from the values upon tect With your help we will be able to: David Gibbs Legal Counsel For peasant children. Fatima’s enduring which our nation was provide each child a daily meal (for National Center For Life And Liberty message is for world peace through founded. many, the only meal they will eat that To Speak At Destiny Church prayer. This year the Parish went on a Destiny Church is located at 2322 day), school uniforms and teachers’ Destiny Church, will host Attorney Pilgrimage to Fatima from April 24, 11th Ave SE, in Ruskin. Call 645-3337. salaries. through May 5. Saint Anne Catholic The concert and dinner will be held Church is located at U.S. Hwy. 41 and at The Bridges Clubhouse, 11202 11th Avenue N.E. in Ruskin. Visit Dewhurst Dr. in Riverview. For more SaintAnneRuskin.org. information, visit our website

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Host Families are five people to pack up needed in the and carry all of the Brandon, Valrico, gifts to the car. Rossi Riverview and Tampa said that the items will areas from Friday, July be put in a store set7 through Thursday, ting where each child July 27. will be able to choose Host Families the outfit and toy that Compiled by Michelle Colesanti, come from both the they want. She said michelle@ospreyobserver.com city and the suburbs that it is exciting for and may be working, the children who often stay-at-home, or have never been retired families. shopping or had a Sun City Center Lions Most host famistuffed animal. Honor Jo Boggs lies have At a recent Seniors and Teens teenagers at Sun City Center Lions The Bridges Assisted Living residents and teens from Brandon Foundation but many Feed The Homeless home, Junior Angel program made 200 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to help Club meeting, Jo Boggs feed the homeless. Residents at The have younger of Boggs Jewelers was County system. Sadly, these children Bridges Assisted Living Community and children or no children, honored for all her help often live in chaos, never knowing what teenagers with the Brandon and still make excellent during the SCC Lions to expect in their home life. Foundation's Junior Angel program hosts. Club Claxton Fruitcake of the Apollo Beach Members side by side recently to make are planned worked Trips sale. Boggs Jewelers Woman's Club decided to donate outfits 200 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. twice a week to include worked hard for the and stuffed animals to the program for The sandwiches, along with fruit snacks theme parks, shopping, Lions and sold 20 cases the children in these emergency situaand chips, were bagged and delivered beaches and picnics. of Claxton tions. It was very heart-warming to see to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church Most of all they have the Fruitcakes. Without the generosity of the members. There the Seffner that supports the Hillsborough to learn some of in chance help from local busiwere so many things donated that it took County Homeless Initiative. "Bringing Lion’s Club member Melvin Jones our culture, improve on nesses and residents, presents a plaque to Jo Boggs for together the residents and the Junior their English and the Lions would not be her help during the Fruitcake sale. making lasting Angels was terrific for everyone. It was able to continue to help wonderful to watch them work side by friendships with you and your famithose in need in our community. side and help each other make the ly. The Lions meet the second and sandwiches while talking, laughing and All students come with their fourth Wednesday of the month at the getting to know each other," stated Jill own monies and trips already paid Sandpiper Grille, 1702 South Pebble Lansky, Chair of the Brandon for; all we ask is that you provide Beach Blvd. Meeting begins at 11 Foundation Junior Angel Program and them with a bed to sleep on and a.m. For more information, please conmom to Noah who is a Junior Angel. involve them in your family activitact President Gloria Rodzielowicz at According to resident Margie Ploor, ties. 419-4187 or the McGovern's at 633with these kids for the purpose call or 449-3308 or "Working Please 4202. of feeding the homeless was so rewardemail ecitampa@hotmail.com for ing and it warmed my heart." Both more info or if you can host. Riverview Garden Club Meeting groups are committed to continuing their The Riverview Garden Club will hold AB Woman’s Club Luncheon partnership to support those in need. its May meeting on Wednesday, May 10 (L-R) Stephanie Betz, President of the Apollo Beach Speaker Talks About Children Visit http://bridgesretirement.com/. Woman's Club and Kelly Rossi, Director of Eckerd at 10 a.m. at the Riverview Civic Center,

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New Athletic Program Offers Wrestling & Golf

By Suzy Wiesenhart

Beginners are welcome as well as seasoned players from 9-14 years old with a goal towards 20-25 participants. Volunteer coaches, equipment, as well as facilities, are important to the success of the program. It has been able to secure some sets of golf clubs and some wrestling mats at garage sales, Retired Military Greg White, wrestling coach, showing but more is needed. new wrestlers the ropes with the help of young Christian Zaxby’s in Gibsonton is Beiter on his right. sponsoring a Spirit The first South County Night a couple of times Spartans Athletic Program, a month with 20% of Inc. was started to encoursales going to the age kids to participate in group. sports through scholarships The officers are so that fees or cost of President Christian equipment is not an issue. Beiter with Preservation Currently, wrestling and 1st Financial; Vice golf are offered, but future President Taylor plans also include track, Crumbly; basketball, volleyball and Secretary/Treasurer, flag football. An academic Michelle Mosher program is being built which Rebhahn, owner of will encourage student ath- Madeline Beiter shows off Southshore Insurance letes to make the honor roll the golf clubs she was Professionals™; along able to help find at garage to receive a free bowling sales for the golf athletes with Board Members night at The Alley Cori Wortman, and to use. What? Pink? Southshore. Reginald and Shelita The ages for wrestling are 7-14 Jean Batiste. years old with a goal towards 25-50 The Athletic Program is about to participants. The coach is retired become a 501(c)(3) in the next couMilitary Greg White, who wrestled at ple of weeks and has already given the University of Northern Iowa. He scholarships to some kids. The hope teaches the basics to beginners and is that the fundraisers will help more encourages experienced wrestlers to kids. Beiter said, “Money shouldn’t be sharpen their skills. The fee is the reason a kid won’t be active in $8/week and is held at the sports, and of course, those who can Gardenville Recreation Center at pay will help those who cannot.” 6215 Symmes Rd., Gibsonton on If you can help as a sponsor, volMondays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. unteer, coach or have an interested Todd Allen, Head Coach at Bell athlete, please contact Beiter at 325Shoals Baptist Academy, is the golf 5626. Its website is under construccoach. Golf is held at Summerfield tion, www.Southcountyspartans.com, Crossings Golf Club at 13050 but you can visit on Facebook at Summerfield Blvd. in Riverview on South County Spartans Athletic Wednesdays from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Program.

World War II Army Veteran, & Duplicate Bridge Expert, Turns 101

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Walter Pearson cate bridge, a card has lived an game, with approxiextraordinary life. mately 30 players in The World War II the recreational buildveteran turned 101 ing at Strawberry this past February. Ridge. According to At 29, he volunone of the players in teered to serve his the group, partners country, fighting in Walter and Don “win the second World all the time.” “Walter is War. He risked his an energizer bunny life in the front and extremely sharp lines of the battlefor his age,” said Joan fields for eight Rhyne. months. After servWalter has been ing, his commitWalter and his son, Don, at Walter’s playing the game for 101st birthday celebration. ment to country, about 92 years, and community and the American people with all that experience under his belt, continued. he has achieved the highest level of For the last 12 years, Walter and mastery of the game. The retirement his son, Don, have sponsored a Toys community and other players in the for Tots collection party in the surrounding area celebrate Walter’s Southshore area. Held at the Alley at birthday biannually, once on February Southshore each December, their col5th (his birthday,) and once on August lection party has become the biggest in 5th. The party consists of having dinthe state. Just last year, they collected ner, drinking and playing duplicate 378 bikes,100 boxes of toys and a little bridge. over $11,000 in cash. Walter and Don Walter is also the chairman of the have also contributed to military organi- board of his company, Pearson Capital, zations and churches in the area. “My Inc, which he started back in 1956 in father being an Army veteran, wanted Massachusetts. Walter continues to to help other people, and I, myself, work part-time for his company, have a compassion for those in need,” researching stocks. The successful prisaid Don. “We both have been blessed vate money management firm has over with more than enough to be able to 500 customers, reaching a total of 26 give back to the community.” states today. Don jokes that his father Walter is a celebrated part of the was back at work the next morning Strawberry Ridge retirement communiafter the Super Bowl, even though they ty, where he currently resides. Every are both Patriots’ fans and stayed up to Monday morning, Walter plays dupliwatch the whole game.

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Every day more Small to 3X and and more large retail picks out only stores are closing their quality fabrics doors and taking with that are stylish them the in-person and affordable. shopping experience. Antaki puts a But don’t worry - just lot of thought into visit Be Happy the items she Boutique in Riverview. chooses for her This quaint apparel customers and and novelty shop is a has spent counthidden gem in the less hours cultiSummerfield Shoppes vating relationstrip mall on Big Bend ships with just the Road. right vendors. If After more than 20 you’re not sure years of dreaming what you’re lookabout opening her own ing for, Antaki will shop, Riverview resitake the time to Be Happy Boutique owner Tonya dent Tonya Antaki walk you through Antaki is bringing back the personal shopping experience. finally made a leap the boutique and and opened the doors to her boutique help you find just the right item. in 2016. Antaki, a former E.R. nurse “Customer service is my number one says she wanted to create an inspira- priority. I treat every customer the tional shop where the owner has a same no matter how large or small relationship with the customers. “I the sale,” she said. wanted to bring back the days where Be Happy Boutique is hosting a customers meant something,” said Mom’s Appreciation event at the store Antaki. on Saturday, May 27 beginning at 11 To do that, Antaki has spared no a.m. Antaki is bringing in an aesthetiexpense in creating a cozy shop filled cian offering facials and botox treatwith trendy women’s clothing, jewelry, ments. Customers can have a shoes, accessories and a wide variety mimosa while browsing the many of novelty items that can keep you items offered at the boutique. For browsing the store for hours. Antaki is more information, please call 677also constantly bringing in new items 2300. Be happy Boutique is located to keep customers excited about at 11369 Big Bend Rd. Please visit coming back. Be Happy Boutique car- behappyboutique.com for more on ries sizes for everyone from Xtra this fabulous shop.

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Riverview Business Owner Wants To Know What’s Bugging Residents

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Robin Cruce is not afraid of bugs. In fact, she’s made it her business to get rid of them for her customers. As owner of Cruce Pest Management, located at 13194 Hwy 301 S. Suite 373 in Robin Cruce makes a name out of killing bugs. Riverview, the Pest Management (IPM). This is an Florida native knows a thing or two about keeping Florida homes bug-free. ecosystem-based strategy that focuses on long-term prevention of pests or While Cruce Pest Management is embarking on its one year anniversary, their damage through a combination of techniques such as biological control, Cruce is not new to the industry. She habitat manipulation, and modification was employed by a major pest control of cultural practices. We apply this to company for 16 years. After her chilremoval and extermination the dren were grown and on their own, of household ants, cockroaches, spiCruce and her husband, John, decidders, earwigs, silverfish, fleas, ticks, ed it was time for a change. bed bugs, fire ants, wasps/yellow jack“My Husband and I had the empty ets, carpenter ants, termites, nest syndrome and wanted to be closrodents/critters, mosquito pest control, er to the west coast. We love it here,” more.” and Cruce explained. “I could have come Cruce Pest Management’s here with the company that I worked licensed technicians offer free estifor, but I wanted time to enjoy life and mates and services both commercial my family, so I took this big leap of and residential settings throughout the faith. My Mom calls me a risk taker.” Tampa Bay Area. Veterans receive a Cruce feels that her willingness to ten percent discount and free mosquiput her name on her product sets her to control is included for all residents apart from others in the industry. She who purchase a monthly premium also uses the most up-to-date environservice. mentally friendly products. For information, visit crucepest“We are a full-service company control.com or call 915-5973. specializing in Affordable Integrated

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County Hosts Massive Community Fair In Wimauma

By Tamas Mondovics

Armed with feahouses, including turing dozens of representatives departments, from the Tampa Hillsborough Bay Buccaneers County hosted to in and the Tampa a massive free Bay Lightning outcommunity event reach teams, and last month that numerous other combined fun and nonprofit organizaeducation to help tions. Wimauma residents Activities also better understand included the Kathy Gomez, 12, of Wimauma and her how the County can Buccaneers Play mom Maricruz, is joined by Assistant Hillsborough County Administrator Dexter 60 football activihelp them. after winning a brand new bike durProving to be a Barge, ing Heart of Hillsborough Community Fair ties, free vision success, hundreds screenings, a held last month. showed up at Bethune Park, 5809 Zumba class, story time and puppet Edina St. in Wimauma to take advanshow, arts and crafts, and Bingo. tage of the event that County officials “Hillsborough County has many appropriately called, The Heart of services available to Wimauma resiHillsborough Community Fair, which dents, but our research shows that affectively provided area residents many of those who live there aren’t information of fast-growing Wimauma aware of what Hillsborough County offers and how we can help them,” said about services such as health care, Carl Harness, chief human services transportation, Head Start, child care, administrator. “That’s why we organveterans services, public safety ized the Heart of Hillsborough event.’’ through the fire rescue and the Commenting on the format of the Sheriff’s Office, just to name a few. Fair, senior special event coordinator “The main thing we want people to with Parks & Recreation and one of the take away is to know that Hillsborough main organizers of the event Dana County is here to help, and the County has services that many Wimauma resi- McDonald said, “We wanted to ensure our event guests have a great time dents can use,” said Assistant with their family, so we added some Hillsborough County Administartor, Dexter Barge. “Heart of Hillsborough is fun elements like a Zumba class and partnered with popular organizations our way of making sure everyone like the Buccaneers and the Lightning.” knows what’s available.’’ For more information about Heart of Hillsborough is designed Hillsborough County and upcoming to be a fun event for the community events, visit www.hcflgov.net. coupled with music, games, bounce


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Pretty in Color Is Paint Your Own Pottery Studio In Riverview

Ebony Freeman is the owner of Pretty in Color, the best pottery painting studio for creative minds. Come relax and unwind in a place that takes your mind to a magical place. Here, everyone is encouraged to be creative and original. The staff enjoys having fun with our art and with the people around us. Come in and explore the large collection of bisque. Once you have selected something that intrigues you, choose your colors, paint it and leave it. Your piece will then be hand-glazed and fired in the kiln. You get your finished product in one week. Pretty in Color is located at 10008 US Hwy. 301 in Riverview. It is open Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. It is closed on Monday and Tuesday. For more information, call 677-7001 or visit www.prettyincolor.tampa.com or on Facebook: Pretty in Color.

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First Watch Restaurant Opens In Riverview

First Watch is an award-winning, daytime-only restaurant specializing in unique, savory creations since it was founded in 1983. First Watch prides itself on having options that are perfect for the healthiest of eaters, with choices like Avocado Toast and Quinoa Power Bowls, as well as choices for those looking for a heartier, tra-

The National Association Of Distinguished Counsel

Lynette Silon-Laguna of All Family Law Group, P.A., has been selected to the 2017 list as a member of the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. NADC is an organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of legal excellence. Its mission is to objectively recognize the attorneys who elevate the standards of the Bar and provide a benchmark for

Canine Cabana Proudly Becomes Part Of The PACCC

Canine Cabana is excited to announce that Sarah Hill, Canine Cabana’s Lodging Supervisor, has earned her CPACP (Certified Professional Animal Care Provider) through PACCC (Professional Animal Care Certification Council). PACCC was created to respond to the need of helping pet parents identify professional pet care services providers that

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invest in education with a priority on providing high quality pet care. Along with PACCC, Canine Cabana has a strong belief in educating pet parents about the importance of seeking certified professionals when choosing someone to care for their pet. ‘As a founding and current board member for PACCC, I am excited to have our first team member complete and pass her exam and become a Certified Professional Animal Care Provider,’ stated Angie PickrenCPACP, co-owner of Canine Cabana. For more information, please visit www.paccert.org. During May, Canine Cabana will accept donations for PACCC and allowing pet parents to get involved in making a positive difference in the lives of pets. During normal lobby hours, anyone wanting to make a donation to PACCC can purchase a heart with their dog’s name that will be displayed in their main lobby. Online donations can be made via the PACCC website as well. Canine Cabana is a premium pet lodging facility offering overnight accommodations, doggie daycare, and training. It is located at 9708 Carr Rd. in Riverview. Contact Pickren at 672-9663 or angie@caninecabana.biz

SMB Land Management Offers Both Residential And Commercial Lawn Care Services

After 15 years of working as an Alligator Trapper in Florida, Scot Barbon has now retired to wrestle local lawns in South Hillsborough County. Before trapping alligators, he provided lawn care services throughout Hillsborough County and is once again offering this service. Barbon said, “With all the growth over the last 15 years in our area, it will be an exciting opportunity to offer our services to our immediate neighbors.” Hours are Monday-Friday. Call 376-6364.

The Escape Strategy Features Beach House Experience

Twenty-one year old Gillian Garbus loves Escape Rooms. She has been in over 40 of them. Along with her parents, Jeffrey and Penny

Garbus, she is opening The Escape Strategy at 1312B Apollo Beach Blvd. (formerly Desiree’s). An escape room is a game consisting of finding your way out of a locked room using riddles and puzzles. Gillian said, “We have had such a positive response in just a few days and have 100 likes on Facebook in just two days. There is nothing in the area like it. The Escape Strategy will be less expensive than other rooms and we want to be closer to the residents.” The first room will feature “Escape the Beach House” and will be a 30 minute experience for the family (up to six people). Cost is $15 per person. The other DEA Room is a 60 minute adult themed experience for up to eight people. The cost is $25 per person. Group, veteran and good grade discounts available. For more information contact Garbus at 422-2877 or gillian@theescapestrategy.com. The Escape Strategy opens on Thursday, May 18 and will be open Thursday from 6 -11 p.m., Friday from 12 Noon-1 a.m., Saturday’s from 10 a.m.-1 a.m. and Sunday from 12 Noon-12 Midnight. Visit on Facebook at EscapeStrategyAB.

Zaxby’s Opens In Riverview Next To The Goodrich Theater Complex

Owner Matt and Cori Wortman recently opened another Zaxby’s location next to the Goodrich Theater in Riverview. Zaxby’s is noted for its delicious chicken fingers, wings, sandwiches and salads in a fun, offbeat atmosphere. The Wortmans also own and operate the Zaxby’s fast casual restaurant at 2028 E. SR 60 in Valrico. As of April, Zaxby’s has grown to more than 800 locations in 17 states and is headquartered in Athens, Georgia. For more information, visit zaxbys.com or zaxbysfranchising.com. Store hours are: MondayThursday from 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-2 a.m. and Sunday from 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Zaxby’s is located at 10610

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ern, tap, and core strength dance for ages 2-18. Owners Alexis Johnson, Chris Johnson, Christi Johnson, Bobby “Team Reith” RE/MAX Welsby, and South Shore Realty Pairs Up Michelle Welsby To Find You The Perfect agree that 5th Home Dimension Dance Center strives to Meet Bryan and Marijean Marijean and Bryan Reith, provide a stimulatReith, Realtors with RE/MAX Realtors with RE/MAX South ing environment, South Shore Realty. The husShore Realty. focused on providband and wife team have been students of all ages with a unique, ing partners in life and business for 24 healthy and challenging dance experiyears and will rarely be seen apart. It is devoted to developing each ence. The fact that they do everything student’s potential with a first-rate together has become their trademark dance education, while encouraging and has called for some “firsts” for the creativity and personal, artistic growth. Greater Riverview Chamber of participating in the dance program, By Commerce. The Reith’s, together as a students will have the capability to couple, were awarded the 2015 experience an increase in their overall, Shining Star Award, granted annually physical and mental well-being. to a newer individual GRCC member 5th Dimension Dance Center is who “shares his/her talents, volunteers located at 3239 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in time and brightly displays community The hours are Monday to Valrico. spirit,”. In 2016, they partnered as the Thursday from 5-9 p.m., Friday from 4first married couple to run together for 6 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m.-3 the position of Honorary Mayor of p.m. For more information call Riverview, in which they or visit 5thdimension643-5332 raised $9565 for charity. dancecenter.com. Marijean has been appointed to the 2017 One Year Anniversary GRCC Board of Celebration at The Creative Directors and is co-chair Artist Gallery of the Chamber’s The Creative Artist Gallery is celeCommunity Relations Committee. The brating its one year anniversary with a pair recently served on the planning committee for the 2017 Riverview High celebration on Tuesday, May 16 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and everyone is invited. School Relay for Life and continues to seek out opportunities for ways to sup- For more information, call 863-5140223 or email thecreativeartistport the community. gallery@gmail.com. The Creative Artist Their community Gallery is located at 933 E Brandon spirit and love of Blvd. in Brandon. people couples perfectly with their CENTURY 21 Beggins Welcomes career as Real Laurie Pusztai And Samson Lewis Estate Agents and is what makes them CENTURY 21 Beggins is pleased love their jobs. “It to announce Laurie Pusztai & Samson brings us such joy to Lewis has joined its firm as a sales be able to help home associate specializing in Residential buyers become part property sales in the Hillsborough and of this amazing com- Pinellas area. munity. The Riverview community is Pusztai & Lewis just successfully like a big family to us and whether completed extensive training and you’re moving into it or out or just from licensing through Florida Department one part of it to another we’ll treat you of Real Estate. Florida Law. like family from start to close.” Call They are natives to the area and 426-2757 or 672-9000 (office). previously worked for Venture Cap/Private equity firms buying and 5th Dimension Dance Center selling companies. Their business Offers Many Dance Styles knowledge has easily transferred to 5th Dimension Dance Center is Real Estate and allowed them to ramp up quickly being expert agents. Follow offers both recreational and competitive team dance including ballet, hipon Facebook at @LaSamC21BE or hop, lyrical/contemporary, jazz, modcall 244.0366.


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Home School International Cultural Fair, Special Athletic Awards & More Lennard High School Students Among HCC Collegiate Academy First Cohort Graduates

Hillsborough Community College's (HCC) was proud to announce the graduating of its first class of Collegiate Academy students during the 48th Annual HCC Commencement Exercises, earlier this month. Redlands Christian Migrant Association (RCMA) Wimauma Academy students Home school students with Brighter Light Group pose for a photo during The graduates Alexander Perez, Erick Espinoza, Edgar Gamez, Anthony Trejo,Jacxiri Barrios, the group’s first annual International Cultural Fair held at the who have complet- Rogelio Gonzalez, Daniel Jose, Daniela Aguirre, Jonathan Aguilera, Henry Ramos, Bloomingdale Regional Library last month. ed 60 college cred- Brandon Perez, enjoy the spotlight and recognition as terrific kids for the month of April. (Not Pictured Michael Pascual) its at HCC in addihosted the annual Department has gathered hundreds tion to their required Special Olympics of students from schools around the Learning filled the recently renovathigh school class schedules includAthletic Letter Awards Ceremony. district to taste and rate new menu ed community meeting room at the ed 100 students from Armwood, The event welcomed 323 stuitems for the upcoming season. Bloomingdale Regional Library last Leto and Lennard High Schools. dents with disabilities from 20 high Keeping with the annual tradimonth to host the group’s first Collegiate Academy graduates schools from Hillsborough County tion, SNS hosted its eighth annual annual International Cultural Fair. are a cohort that start in 9th grade Public Schools and kicked-off with Fresh Flavors - Food for Body and Organized by the parents, the and follow a rigorous curriculum greetings from Assistant Mind Expo. students managed to feature, disthat enables students to graduate Superintendent for Educational The two-day event offered the play as well as offer a brief presenwith their associate in arts degree Access, Opportunity & Alternatives nearly 150 students 20 new food tation on nearly a dozen countries prior to graduating high school. Wynne Tye followed by the athletes items to test ahead of the 2017of their choice. The Collegiate Academy prorecital of the Special Olympics 2018 school year menu. Presentations included photos, gram not only expedites the time to Oath; ‘Let me win, But if I cannot The new flavors to test included crafts and in most cases a taste of obtaining a bachelor's degree, but it traditional ethnic foods representing win, Let me be brave in the Creamy Tomato Soup with allows students and their families to each country. attempt.’ Homemade Croutons, earn a savings of about $6,000 in Students and their teams were Mediterranean Veggie Wafflewich, To allow home school students college tuition. recognized on stage as they were and Korean Beef Tacos with Asian additional opportunities for associaHCC serves more than 45,000 presented with their letters. Slaw. tion and interaction Brighter Light students annually at its five camThe ceremony acknowledges Students were asked to rate Learning holds regular monthly craft puses located throughout Tampa the sportsmanship, commitment each item on a scale of Love It, fairs and field trips as well as weekBay. and perseverance displayed by our Like It, or Dislike It, based on the ly play time at local parks and comThe college is accredited by the munity centers. student athletes on and off the item’s appearance, smell, and Commission on Colleges of the field. taste. Brighter Light is currently in the Southern Association of Colleges For more information, visit The tasting helps SNS to proprocess of building its website, and Schools. www.sdhc.fl.us. vide healthy menus that are based www.brighterlightgroup.com. For more information, visit on student preferences. hccfl.edu. Each participating student also Hillsborough County Public Hillsborough Schools Recognize received a goodie bag and a Schools Hosts 8th Annual ‘Love Student Athletes with Local Home School Group Hosts Disabilities during 11th Annual chance to win a FitBit fitness trackIt, Like It or Dislike It?’ Fresh First Annual International er. Flavors Expo Special Olympics Athletic Letter Cultural Fair For more information about For the past eight years the Awards Ceremony SNS, please visit Area home school students and Hillsborough County Public Schools Bloomingdale High School, www.sdhc.k12.fl.us. their families with Brighter Light Student Nutrition Services (SNS) 1700 E Bloomingdale Ave, Valrico

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Placing The U.S. Constitution In The Hands Of 5th Grade Students

Performing Arts (FAOPA), which will be offering a new week-long camp this summer for children in grades 3-5. They will learn how to play a violin, read music, and learn music theory. Director Jeanne Machin said, “Our beginning violin camp will help first time students gain an understanding of the basics, learn proper technique and develop a solid foundation for everything from reading notes to budding musicianship.” The camp runs Monday to Friday,

Do 5th graders really need to know about our U. S. Constitution? Joseph Cofield believes they do. He is a 21-year Army veteran, 15-year educator, and James Madison Fellow. He doesn't just hold this belief; he puts it into action. In 2014, Cofield began a mission to put a copy of the U. S. Constitution in the hands of each 5th grader in Florida. When Melanie Rimes, Executive Director of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce in Apollo Beach, found out about this wonderful project, she emailed chamber members, inviting them to be part of this project. Within a week, the members of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce had supplied 2,559 fifth grade students with their very own U. S. Constitution book- Joseph Cofield delivers 2,559 copies of the US Constitution books to Melanie Rimes and let. The Chamber asks local business daughter, Ginger at the SouthShore Chamber of Commerce. members to sponsor an entire classroom for only $25. A fund has established through the Community Foundation of Collier County (501(c)3 organization) to accept donations. The cost per booklet including shipping with all administration costs is just $1. Donations of all sizes are welcome. Each dollar means another student gets a Constitution Booklet to use and keep. Contributions can be made to the Constitution Project Fund through the Local students recently participated in a Sumo BrickBots Community Foundation of event at the Toys R Us in Brandon. Collier County by donating July 24-July 28 from 9 a.m.-12 Noon and at www.ConstitutionProject.us or sending children can stay for the whole day for a check made out to The Community more musical activities in the afternoon. Foundation of Collier County (You must The camp includes the use of a violin for put "Constitution Project Fund" on the the week. memo line) and mail to: 1110 Pine Ridge Children who have already played Rd. Suite 200, Naples FL 34108. the violin for a year can sign up for rock violin camp, which runs Monday to New Summer Programs At The Friday, July31-August 4. Campers will Florida Academy Of The Performing play pop, rock, and jazz music, and learn Arts to play with background tracks. Children can learn to play violin this These are just two of the camps summer at The Florida Academy of the

offered by the Florida Academy of the Performing Arts. There are musical theatre camps as well as week-long full-day music camps called Music and More for children ages 5 and up. The Florida Academy of Performing Arts at Music Showcase is located at 402 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon. For more information on all summer programs or to sign up, call 490-2787 or visit faopa.org.

Sumo Robots Collide In Brandon

It was full-contact robotics at the Toys R Us in Brandon in April as six robots battled during a Sumo BrickBots event. They were designed, built, and programmed by area elementary and middle school students using LEGO bricks and Mindstorms software. The sumo robots use sensors to navigate the arena like self-driving cars, except their goal is to crash into their

opponent and push it out of the ring. The competition was friendly, however, with kids helping each other repair and debug each other’s robots. “Sumo robotics is an exciting STEM activity, and using LEGO bricks and software makes it accessible,” said Eric Brosch of Bloomingdale who organized the event with Bill McCoin of Riverview. Participating in the competition were three community FIRST LEGO League teams—the Porygon Programmers, Master PikaLunas, and Tornadoes—that participate in SuncoastFLL robotics events. There are free monthly Sumo BrickBot events scheduled at the Hive at the John F. Germany Public Library downtown on Saturdays: May 20 from 24 p.m., June 17 from 10 a.m. to 12 Noon, and July 29 from 10 a.m. to 12 Noon. Visit www.sumobrickbots.com.

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Support A Kid's Place By Attending Vintage Hollywood Black Tie Gala

By Kathy L. Collins

The Annual Fostering Hope Vintage Hollywood Black Tie Gala, which benefits A Kid's Place, will take place on Saturday, May 13 at 7 p.m. at the Epicurean Hotel located in the trendy neighborhood of Hyde Park in Tampa. Join A Kid’s Place supporters, Tom Sponsorships Sansone and his wife, Cathy Unruh, A beginning at $500 Kid’s Place CEO, Virginia Johnson and her husband, Doug Scrivner at the Fostering Hope Vintage Hollywood Black Tie and tickets are Gala to benefit A Kid's Place on Saturday, May 13. available, but be provided. Since its inception, over space is limited. Individual tickets are 125,000 bed nights have been record$300 per person. The Epicurean Hotel ed. is located at 1207 S. Howard Ave. in A Kid's Place is a 60-bed facility Tampa. made up of five 3200 sq. ft. homes. The black-tie event will feature a accept children from newborn They bubbly bar and champagne tower, cigar through 18 years old. A Kid's Place utibar, photo booth and walk of fame. lizes the live-in house parent model Music will be provided by The Shawn which provides children with consistent Brown Band with poolside dancing and family style living. caregivers under the stars. In addition, a sumptuMary Berg, Community Specialist ous dinner will feature classic dishes reA Kid’s Place said, “The children who for imagined with a menu developed in colcome into foster care are traumatized, laboration with the legendary Bern’s and they have endured life experiences Steak House. that most of us cannot fully compreA Kid's Place was the vision of hend. These are innocent children who Dottie Berger MacKinnon. She wanted grow up with abuse and neglect and, for to establish a place where sibling some children, even abandonment by groups who had been removed from the very people who they look up to for their homes due to abuse, neglect, or love, protection and guidance. For abandonment are able to stay together information, reserve tickets or become a in a safe, stable, home-like environment sponsor, visit akidsplacetb.org. until a more permanent placement could

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Student Plans Dance To Raise Funds For Children’s Home

By Kate Quesada

Seven year old the world have the chance to Gabryelle Lane has smile at least once with my been working for Gabby Care Packages.” years to help those The care packages include less fortunate than hygiene items such a toothherself and this brushes, mouthwash and toothmonth she is inviting paste, soaps, shower gel, others to join her deodorant, lotions, hair items while have fun with and socks. their family. The sec“She is very ond grade student is passionate hosting Gabby’s First about helping Annual Father anyone in Daughter Dance on need,” said Gabryelle Lane, a seven-year-old Brandon Father’s Day, Sunday Kenya. “She resident, is organizing a father daughter June 18, at the dance at the Regent in Riverview on Father’s really wants to Day. Regent in Riverview reach as many to benefit the Hope Children’s Center in little girls as possible in Tampa and the Tampa. surrounding areas.” “We are calling all fathers, grandfaThe dance, which will include thers, uncles and father figures to purcatered food from M&R Catering chase a ticket and bring their little Company, will be hosted by Ebone Cruz, princesses out for a good cause,” said president and founder of Hat-Attitude Kenya Lane, Gabryelle’s mother. and formerly of WTMP radio, and will Gabryelle started her own non-profit, feature speakers including Jessie Gabby Cares, recently to raise funds for McNeil, who according to Kenya is a the care packages she creates and “dynamic man, great father, motivational delivers to young girls in state homes, speaker, pastor, author, entrepreneur shelters and those who are homeless and community leader.” He will be throughout the area. She decided to speaking on the topic of A Father’s Love. organize a dance to help the girls at Attendees will enter the dance on a Hope Children’s Center after visiting the red carpet and will have their pictures residents over the holidays to bring taken in a princess chair. Each girl donations from an angel tree at Kenya’s attending the event will also receive a twork. The center does not receive state shirt as a take home gift to remember funding so relies only on donations from the night. the public. For information, call Kenya at 516“These people live without a lot of 9405 or email gabbycares@hotmail.com daily essentials that we often take for or search for Gabby Cares on Facebook granted,” said Gabryelle. “My mission is Tickets must be purchased in advance to make sure less fortunate kids all over of the event.

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New Time Trapped Escape Room Offers Groups A ‘Roaring’ Experience

By Michelle Colesanti

minute game of wits and intelligence,” Kevin said. Before you begin, you will receive directions on how to play. “There are clues hidden everywhere,” Kevin added. “You have to think outside the box.” According to Kristina, “Our puzzles are difficult enough to keep you occupied the whole game but fun Kristina and Kevin Knott recently opened the Time Trapped Escape Room in Brandon. enough when you are done you will If you are lookwant to play another ing to make a quick one.” get-away, look no Five Osprey further than Observer team Brandon’s new Time members recently Trapped Escape put this to the test. Room for a fun and We had to make fully immersive intersense of all the difactive experience. Spend bonding time Five staff members of the Osprey Observer ferent clues, figure recently checked out the new Time out the puzzles and with your family, Trapped Escape Room as team building. riddles, and crack friends or team at the codes. After about 48 minutes – sucwork. cess! Advertising Rep Kerrie Hoening The new Escape Room, called The Mobster’s Speakeasy, fully immerses you said, “We love the Escape Room concept into the 1920’s. The task is to gain access and each one is different from the last.” By June, three additional themed rooms to the Speakeasy known as the ‘21 Club’ will be open. so that you can find evidence of Lucky Time Trapped Escape Room is locatLuciano’s crime and escape before he ed on 9270 Bay Plaza Blvd., Ste. 6330 in returns - all in 60 minutes. This room Tampa. It is located directly behind the holds up to six players. Clarion Inn Hotel off of Adamo Dr. For Kevin and Kristina Knott own and more information, call 372-1190. operate Time Trapped Escape Room. Admission is $28 per person. Book a Kevin has lived in the area for over 25 game using the promo code OSPREY to years. Both he and his wife enjoy particireceive 25% off your first game. Booking pating in Escape Rooms and wanted to is done online at www.timetrapped.com bring the experience to the local commuor the Time Trapped Escape Room nity. Everything you need to make your Facebook page. escape is inside the rooms. “It’s a 60

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Florida Medical Clinic Adds Wellness Center To Keep Patient Welfare First

Amy Schechter

More areas are so Americans are important to aware of how stabilizing important a healthy cell damage lifestyle is for and counterlongevity and the acting the prevention of diseffects of ease, but many are aging. Wilder still unsure of how says, “You to implement can’t tell the Dr. Frank Sirchia and his team of professionals. change into their picture if you lives. The team at Florida Medical Clinic only have one piece of the puzzle.” Dr. in the Winthrop Town Center is dedicated Sirchia and his team can cultivate and to helping patients live longer, stronger, enhance the body’s natural capability for and fit for life through the launch of its health and well-being. Rather than turning new wellness clinic. to a nutritionist for dieting, personal trainer Frank Sirchia, MD has lived and for exercise, or a psychologist for stress worked locally for 22 years, and sees a relief, his team offers comprehensive need for a proactive approach to health: counseling under one roof. “In the past, the medical field dealt with The Clinic provides a full range of retroactive medicine. For people to medical services for the entire family. It achieve a powerful way of life, I want to works with all major hospitals. Dr. Sirchia put health education where it belongs— and his team invite the community to a under the supervision of medical profeshealth fair sponsored by Fusion Home sionals.” His team’s philosophy takes an HealthCare on May 20 from 10 a.m.-2 integrated approach to health, and p.m. Learn invaluable information and get although medicine is always prescribed free consultations from a variety of when needed, he and his staff are dedihealthcare affiliates. Dr. Sirchia’s team will cated to helping people prevent disease offer free school and sports physicals at before it starts. the event. An integral part in the launch of the Florida Medical Clinic is located at wellness initiative is the addition of Cheri the Winthrop Town Center at 6037 Wilder, PA-C, MPAS. As a physician’s Winthrop Commerce Ave., Ste. 201, in assistant for over 20 years, she brings a Riverview. Dr. Sirchia’s hours are 7 a.m.wealth of knowledge that aids Dr. Sirchia 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in his vision of integrated healthcare. His and 7 a.m.-6 p.m. on Tuesday and conceptual framework focuses on helping Thursday. Saturday hours are available people implement a healthy diet, exercise on a rotation between the Riverview and balancing time spent on fun and family, Winthrop office. Call 315-1530 or visit and stress management. These three www.FloridaMedicalClinic.com.

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Volume 15, Issue 5

Straz Broadway Series Subscription Offers Future Hamilton Ticket Guarantee

By Kathy L. Collins

"The 2017-2018 Bank stunning re-imagining of of America Broadway Series an epic story about a at The Straz is going to be young woman's journey one of our biggest yet with to love and triumph in eight main season shows the American South. and five encore shows. We Next, The have such a diverse seaBodyguard, a breathtakson, from the laugh-out-loud ing romantic thriller, will musical School of Rock to come to The Straz from some extraordinary, emoMarch 20 through 25. tionally deep explorations of The Bodyguard features Become a subscriber to The Straz Center’s 2017-2018 Bank of America Broadway Series. You get to see Broadway sensa- a host of irresistible life like The Color Purple, tions such as School of Rock and The Color Purple this coming season, and if you renew your subscription for the 2018Fun Home and Waitress," classics including 2019 season, you will be guaranteed a seat to the Tony Award winning, smash hit Hamilton. said Straz Center President Queen of the Night, the face of adversity, tion of one of the world’s and CEO, Judy Lisi. Run to You, I Wanna Dance With found a way to end up on greatest love stories as What's more, if you become a Somebody and I Will Always Love You. their feet. it makes its premiere in 2016-2018 season subscriber, you will Finally, you can see Waitress from Next, see Fun Home Tampa. be able to get tickets to the acclaimed April 24 to 29. Waitress tells the story of which will run from Beginning on Broadway musical, Hamilton, in the Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker, November 28 to January 2, celebrate the 2018-2019 season. "We are eagerly Jenna dreams of a way out of her small December 3. Fun Home arrival of 2018 with anticipating, along with everyone else, town and loveless marriage. received rave reviews and School of Rock which the arrival of Hamilton in the 2018-2019 You can also see The Book of won five 2015 Tony runs through January season. Everyone wants tickets, so we Mormon from December 5 to 10; Awards including Best 18. Based on the hit are getting the word out that the only Riverdance- The 20th Anniversary Musical. Fun Home is film, this hilarious new way to guarantee tickets to Hamilton is World Tour from January 19 to 21; The based on Alison Bechdel's musical follows Dewey to subscribe to the 2017-2018 season Phantom of the Opera from February best-selling graphic memFinn, a wannabe rock so you can renew your seats, guaran14 to 25; and Beautiful - The Carole oir. We are introduced to star posing as a substiteeing your tickets for the 2018-2019 King Musical from March 27 to April 1. Alison at three different tute teacher who turns a season," added Lisi. These shows are not a part of the 2017ages as she explores and class of straight-A stuThe 2017-2018 Bank of America 2018 subscription. unravels the many mysterdents into a guitarBroadway season begins with On Your Lisi said, "We are proud to present ies of her childhood. shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing Feet! running from October 24-29. On the very best of Broadway to one of the You can then see Andrew Lloyd rock band. Your Feet! tells the story of Emilio and most enthusiastic audiences in the Webber' spellbinding sequel to The Next, back by popular demand, you Gloria Estefen. From their humble country." can see Forever Plaid in the Jaeb beginnings in Cuba, the couple came to Phantom of the Opera, Love Never The Straz Center is located at 1010 Dies, which can be seen from Theatre from January 12 through March America and broke through all barriers N. Macinnes Pl., Tampa. For informaDecember 12 to 17. It is 10 years after 11. to become a crossover sensation at the tion, visit Strazcenter.org or call, his disappearance from the Paris Opera The 2016 Tony Award winner for top of the pop music world. On Your Monday through Saturday from 12 to 8 House and the Phantom has escaped Best Musical Revival, The Color Purple, Feet! takes you behind the music and p.m. and on Sunday from 12 to 6 p.m., to a new life in New York. You will not will be at The Straz Center from March inside the real story of this record-makat 229-STAR (7827). want to miss this magnificent continua6 to 11. You will not want to miss this ing and groundbreaking couple who, in


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Custom Classics Collision Is Your One-Stop-Shop After An Accident By Sandy Meyer

As the after a collipopulation in sion. If there our communiare any ties soars and mechanical or increased trafelectrical fic fills our issues in addistreets, auto tion to the accidents will body repair, continue to Custom rise as well. If Classics has you find youran entire netself involved in work of valued one of the mechanics to Custom Classics owner Manny Gonzalez has been many collisubcontract proudly serving the Brandon area for nearly three sions that the work and decades. occur on our keep your roads every day, you’re first priority will be repair process as simple as possible. getting your vehicle back into pre-acciThey can also recommend a PIP attorney dent condition. Custom Classics Collision to customers when the collision involves and Motorcycle Refinishing is ready to medical issues. help you through this process. Gonzalez’s advice to drivers is to Custom Classics has been serving avoid texting while driving. “Cell Brandon and surrounding areas since phones are the new rain for our busi1990. Owner Manny Gonzalez has been ness,” he said. “While we don’t mind working in collision repair since he was the business, we sure hate to see peo14 years-old and brings decades of expe- ple get hurt. There’s no text worth your rience to ensure your car is returned in life,” he added. He also wants drivers the same condition it was before the acci- to know that it is every driver’s right to dent, a promise he backs up with a lifechoose their own collision repair comtime guarantee. pany if an accident occurs. It is illegal Gonzalez and co-owner Tyson Kimik for insurance companies to try to dicoperate an independent shop that offers tate where you have your vehicle collision repair and paint work. Custom repaired. paint work is also available for vehicles Custom Classics is open Monday – and motorcycles. They accept all estiFriday from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and mates from insurance companies. “We Saturdays by appointment. It is locatwork with the insurance companies to ed at 1018 W. Brandon Blvd. Ste. 110 repair vehicles, we don’t work for them,” in Brandon. Please call 681-9544 or said Gonzalez. visit autobodyshop-brandon.com for Custom Classics is a one-stop shop more information.

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Love Traveled From The Bronx To Brandon As Friendship Crossed Borders Sitting on a bed in Room 304 at Brandon Health and Rehabilitation Center, I’m holding hands with Bessie Walker, a 92-year-old African-American great-grandmother whose strong grip belies the health issues that got her here. That same grip is now channeling healing love into me. She puts one hand on my head and murmurs, “Lord, thank you for sending Susan to me to be my child.” Bessie and I met four years ago as members of the College and Community Chorus of Lehman College, a branch of the City College of New York in the Bronx, New York. She came onto my radar as the tiny, richvoiced "Donation Lady" who collected cash from every choir member for our beloved conductor's thank-you gift at each of our semi-annual concerts. I wanted to know her but figured her dance card was full. One week, my opening came when I remarked on her elephant-shaped brooch and she replied that elephants were her favorite. "You mean the ones with their upturned trunks for good luck?" "All of 'em; any way their trunks are I like 'em! They're wonderful animals and they're in danger - people need to help." A few days later, I came upon a vendor of elephant jewelry in my work neighborhood, picked up a bracelet and gave it to Bessie at our next rehearsal. She responded immediately with a sewing kit from her purse and friendship was born.

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Bessie Walker and Susanne Katchko sharing special time together. Bessie Walker’s Apollo Beach family.

Bessie was a young mom when many of her Bronx peers were Yiddishspeaking Holocaust survivors. She calls me "Mamale, Sheyndale" and I call her "Bessele," affectionate Yiddish diminutives meaning "little mother," "little beauty" and "dear Bessie." That's Bessie - she cared enough to become familiar with her refugee neighbors and to honor them by absorbing some of their language and culture. To me, she is a bridge to my own people. We became phone buddies and her calls always arrived at the most oddly serendipitous of times. "So, how you doing?" in Bessie’s syrupy alto was like truth serum to me, eliciting tales of triumph and trials at work, and anything else lying on my heart. If it hurt or caused worry, my Bessele would get it out of me and respond with an instructional "fix" that left us laughing.

The love affair with her beloved, 15years-younger second husband, Jimmy, skidded to a pause on February 13, 2016, when the latter died in his sleep, next to Bessie. Jimmy was her world. Her only child, Claudia Paige had died of acute liver failure in January 2014. Bessie's Apollo-Beach-based grandson Randy Paige and his wife Ingrid, along with their children, Raven, Josiah, Jamilla, and Julia, opened their home to "GiGi"/Bessie. Randy is a police officer at the VA Hospital at Bay Pines and DJ of John Saxx Entertainment, the official music provider for the Miami Dolphins and the Miami Heat; one would expect no less from an heir to Bessie Walker's DNA. As our friendship angels would have it, I returned last fall for the second year in a row to lead Jewish High Holiday services as Cantor of the Kehillah of Lakewood Ranch (“KLR”) in Sarasota. Randy ferried

Bessie to our Friday night service and discussion. As we paired off to examine our wishes for the New Year, it didn't take long for Bessie to charm all with her elegance, joy, honesty and wisdom. Her discussion partner, KLR treasurer, Len Schimberg, promptly dubbed her "Bubbie" ("Grandmother") and my own status as the person who’d invited her rose exponentially. When a call to Ingrid revealed that my Bessele was in the hospital and then in rehab, I had to see "Mom." Bessie had declared me her child during a condolence call after Jimmy's death and has since taken care of my heart and soul just like a good Mama should. During this most recent visit, between magical prayers, Bessie murmured, "Write about us. Write about us and show me a copy." Deep friendship is a treasure that comes when the heavens decree it. To have found Bessie Walker, a Yiddishspeaking, faith-filled Mama and mentor just when I needed her, could be seen as coincidence, but it comforts me to gratefully agree with my Bessele that she and I were sent to each other right on time. Since written, but prior to press, Bessie Walker passed away on April 26 (Hebrew date: 30 Nisan). This is also the anniversary of the passing of Susanne’s biological mother, Rita Epstein Katchko.

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The Breckenridge Toastmasters Club is hosting an Open House event on Friday, May 12 from 630 – 8 p.m. at the Progressive Contact Center in Riverview. The event is free and open to anyone interested in learning about leadership and effective communication practices. Several well-known professional speakers and long- time club non-professional Toastmasters storytellers will be on hand to answer questions and demonstrate the power that persuasive speeches can have on business, social events and public audiences. Toastmasters International is a worldwide nonprofit educational organization that empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Its headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, California and currently, the organization's membership exceeds 332,000 in more than 15,400 clubs in 135 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators and leaders. The Open House event is spon-

sored by Breckenridge Toastmasters. Breckenridge Club President, Christopher Doherty, states, “This will be an exciting event for everyone who’s ever thought about joining Toastmasters.” Toastmasters’ provides a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communications and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth. The Breckenridge club meets every second and fourth Friday from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at Progressive Insurance. Guests are always welcome. The Open House will take place at the Progressive Contact Center, located at 4030 Crescent Park Dr. in Riverview. Follow signs to the visitor center, then check in at security and let them know you are there for Toastmasters. For more information, visit the club website at www.Breckenridge.toastmastersclubs.org.

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The Star Of David A Popular History Of The Mysterious Hexagram In his spare time, Dr. Robert Norman, who is a local dermatologist, loves to travel and write. His new book, The Star of David A Popular History of the Mysterious Hexagram was recently released by Kodesh Press. Today we recognize the Star of David as a Jewish symbol, but that was not always the case. Dr. Norman’s new book explores the use of the hexagram through its use in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, as well as Buddhism and Easter philosophies. The book includes dozens of colorful photographs. In the book, Dr. Norman questions what made the hexagram so attractive to multiple faith traditions? He exclaims, “The earliest documented use of the hexagram is in Capernaum in the sixth century, and was displayed prominently in Prague in the thirteenth century, but it did not become the defining symbol of Judaism until the 1930s, when Nazis forced the Jews to wear a yellow hexagram to indicate their Jewishness. The Star took on new meaning at that point, and then when it was adorned on the flag of the State of Israel in 1948, it took its place as one of the great religious symbols.” Dr. Norman has been in practice for over 25 years and a faculty member at

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five medical schools (Clinical Professor). He has been honored with numerous service and teaching awards, including Physician of the Year (2005) and Distinguished Service Award (2007) in Hillsborough County, Tampa Bay Medical Hero Award (2008), and the Haddasah Humanitarian Award (2012). Dr. Norman has written 28 books, including The Blue Man and other Stories of the Skin (University of California Press) and Discover Magazine’s Vital Signs--True Tales of Medical Mysteries, Obscure Diseases, and LifeSaving Diagnoses. He has been the editor and contributing writer of 15 textbooks on Geriatrics and Geriatric Dermatology and published over 200 articles in various major media publications. He has participated in eight medical mission trips to serve the poor of southern Jamaica. Other trips have included Haiti, Cuba, and Guatemala. He is the current National Chairman of Doctors for Israel for the Jewish National Fund. You can purchase the book on Amazon.com or https://kodeshpress.com.

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With Arts & Entertainment Editor Kathy L. Collins

Great Entertainment Is Close To Home At The Firehouse Cultural Center In Ruskin

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The and Mark Firehouse Feinman on Cultural Center drums. Their proudly presents repertoire is a its popular diverse mixture Firehouse Pub. of Latin-inspired The season ends rhythms with jazz in June, so get standards. your tickets now The Local singer songwriter, Victoria Ginty and her and enjoy some Firehouse band, Ladyhawke, will end the Firehouse great entertainCultural Center’s Cultural Center Pub season with a bang on Saturday, June 17. The Firehouse Cultural ment. Firehouse Pub Center Pub will return in September. First up is will end its seaPhil Provenzano and the Jazz son on Saturday, June 17 with Victoria Xperience on Saturday, May 6 from Ginty and LadyHawke at 7:30 p.m. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The Jazz Xperience Ginty, whose home is in Apollo Beach, is a smooth, straight forward jazz group has received multiple nominations for consisting of Phil Provenzano on flugel song of the year and music video of the horn, Patrick Jettison on keys and haryear. Victoria Ginty and Ladyhawke will monica, John Shea on standup bass be performing an eclectic mix of Modern and Joe Bencomo on drums. Blues and Americana that is sure to satNext, Clean Comedy, featuring isfy those who enjoy great lyrics in Rahn Hortman and Bill “Bull” Ohse, will music delivered with emotion. be presented on Friday, May 19 at 7:30 Geogia Vahue, Executive Director p.m. Clean Comedy is funny, without of the Firehouse Cultural Center said, cursing or overly-aggressive material. “The Firehouse Cultural Center Pub This is a great show for those who do presents the best in music from not like the dirty jokes found at most throughout the U.S. We invite all resicomedy clubs. dents to visit and see for yourself what On Saturday, May 20, come see Tis happening in South Hillsborough.” Bone Hamilton and the Blues All Stars Advanced tickets to the concerts at 7:30 p.m. Blues singer TC Carr will are $18 for members and $23 for nonbe joining the band. Carr is an expresmembers. Tickets at the door are $23 sive harmonica player and is one of for members and $28 for non-members. Florida’s top musical artists who writes Advance tickets for the Clean Comedy intriguing songs that reflect his life expe- are $15 for members and $18 for nonriences, often with humorous overtones. members. Tickets at the door are $20 Come hear and see La Lucha with for members and $25 for non-members. special guest, James Suggs on trumpet, The Firehouse Cultural Center is on Saturday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m. La located at 101 1st Ave. N.E. in Ruskin. Lucha is a Tampa Bay based trio of For more information and to get tickets, friends. The members include Alejandro please visit www.firehouseculturalcenArenas on bass, John O’Leary on piano ter.org or call 645-7651.

Whether you are a ingredients and combilover of sushi, or just nations of hundreds of want to try it for the dishes. Li is the confirst time, Sushi summate restaurateur. Kampai, located at In Japanese cul10312 Bloomingdale ture, sushi is considAve., #11 in Riverview ered art because its (at the corner of appearance is as Gornto Lake Rd. and important as the taste. Bloomingdale Ave.), is Sushi generally conthe place for you. sists of Sushi Kampai serves cooked, vineup not only delicious gary rice comand expertly prepared bined with varsushi and sashimi, but ious toppings also tasty dishes such and fillings. The most Chef and co-owner, Zhi-Dan Li as Korean bulgogi welcomes customers to his restau- common is seafood, rant, Sushi Kampai and treats beef and sesame but it can include everyone like old friends. Sushi chicken. meat, vegetables and Kampai has something for everySushi Kampai has one, but their sushi is fresh, deli- mushrooms. cious and expertly prepared. something for everyRoy Yanoung, one, but their sushi VMD, is a resident of and sashimi are prepared by highly Brandon. Yanoung is a frequent custrained chefs who, along with their tomer at Sushi Kampai. Yanoung said, staff, get to know their customers and “Sushi Kampai has become one of my will help you select dishes that you will favorite restaurants in Tampa Bay. All simply love. of the out-of-towners who have joined Zhi-Dan Li was born in China. He me there have agreed that the food is trained for many years in Orlando delicious.” before opening Sushi Kampai. Yanoung added, “If you have not According to Li, “I underwent very spe- had good luck with sushi, check out cial training which took five years.” The Sushi Kampai. Take it from a long time reason for the amount of training is aficionado, Sushi Kampai’s sushi is that the cut and size of the fish and visually stunning, fresh and intensely other ingredients is what makes each delicious.” dish special. A chef also needs to Sushi Kampai is open from know when to cut and serve the fish. Tuesday through Thursday from 11 According to Li, “Salmon needs to be a.m. to 3 p.m. and then 4 to 9:30 p.m.; in the freezer for up to 48 hours first. Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 Conversely, tuna should be cut and p.m. and then from 4 to 10:30 p.m.; eaten right away.” and on Sunday from 12 to 9 p.m. Li’s fish comes in fresh from Miami For more information, please call several times each week. Li knows the 620-3717.

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East Bay Youth Athletics Junior Nationals Eli Palmer slides into home base during the regular season’s final game against the Blue Jays.

EBYA Majors 65 Red Sox pitcher Jacob Lockwood is focused as he faces off the Giants last month.

Area baseball and softball leagues have ben pushing hard to be in top shape ahead of the upcoming regular season playoffs. Local programs posting a successful regular season and batting strong includes the East Bay Youth Athletics (EBYA) the Bloomingdale Youth Sports Association (BYSA) and the FishHawk Youth Baseball FYB fields last month. In its second year as a Cal Ripken, Babe Ruth affiliate, EBYA is boasting of one of its best seasons with nearly 700 players making use of eight fields at the recently, partially renovated park complex. According to EBYA president Stacy Elizondo, aside from the high number of talented players filling each division, the league is also proud of its hard working coaches and volunteers including a number of high school players who are earning community service hours for their assistance. “We have enjoyed a good competi-

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tive season already as our players are able to grow under the direction of the Cal Ripken, Babe Ruth logo,” Elizondo said. While the EBYA complex, located at 13012 Bullfrog Creek Rd, in Gibsonton, has seen its share of upgrades, construction and improvements of the park are far from completion. “We are hoping to raise funds to build a new administrative field house as the original building is in really bad shape,” Elizondo said, adding that EBYA is a part of Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation Department and is a not for profit youth baseball and softball program that relies solely on player registration fees and fundraising. To raise funds EBYA is hosting a number of local events including its second annual EBYA 5K and 1-mile Family Fun Run. Last year the league saw more than 100 participants and raised close to $3,500. Proceeds from this event will be combined with the Pittsburgh Pirates Fields for Kids Charites and Bradenton Marauders grant that the league was

awarded last fall. This year’s chipped run sent runners thru the EBYA complex and the Family Y at Big Bend. Without the support of local businesses, our program would not be able to thrive and create outstanding athletes.

EBYA Juniors Blue Jays Tanner Elizondo, swings at a pitch against the Nationals last month during an in-league regular season game.

EBYA is also hosting its annual regular season championship playoffs scheduled for the week of May 7-13, followed by its All Star games. For information, visit www.eastbayyouthathletics.org.

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FYB, Nathan James Reaches The Next Level, Signs With Oklahoma Christian Newsome ments that includes mainHigh School sentaining a difficult schedule ior and FishHawk of AP and honors classes Youth Baseball throughout high school player Nathan while maintaining a GPA James has joined of 5.9820 (weighted) and the long list of 3.8620 (unweighted), young athletes James parents, who are seeing Richard and Charris the results of James said that Nathan’s their hard work. love for the sport began With family at the FishHawk Sports and friends Complex at the age nine around him at the on the Majors field. FishHawk Sports Nathan’s off the field Complex activities also includes baseball board being a member of room in Lithia, Newsome's National James signed his Honor Society, Speech National Letter of and Debate Club, Family Intent last month Newsome High School senior and FishHawk Youth Baseball player Nathan James has reached the next level of his baseball Career Community to play baseball career by signing his National Letter of Intent to play baseball at Oklahoma Christian a NCAA Div II college in the Heartland Leaders of America, Conference in Edmond, OK. at Oklahoma Newsome Leadership Christian a NCAA “I also want to thank my teamwhen Club, Spike Ball, and Track and Div II college in the Heartland he said, "Nathan has shown the mates and the many coaches such Field, just to name a few. Conference in Edmond, OK. skills in so many areas: in the batas Coaches Paul, Mike, Meat, Boasting of Nathan’s example "My dream of playing college ter’s box, with the glove defensively for the rest of the league as well as Victor, Edwin, Tom and Scott, for ball is coming true,” he said. “Many and on the pitcher's mound.” helping me get to where I am the younger players, and hoping to hours of hard work and dedication While finishing his last season today,” James said. “Most of all I see more like him in the coming went into this achievement and I'm at home, James is set on studying want to thank my dad again for years Love said, “In the dugout and so happy to see it pay off.” engineering at OC as well as grow always going to the cages, staying on the field, Nathan is always a James first thanked his parents in the sport under the direction of on me and pushing me to strive for leader coaching up his teammates. for their support and willingness to his new coach, Lonny Cobble as a success." Coaching Nathan was truly a pleashelp him at every step of the way right handed pitcher as well as tryPleased with his young playure.” before he adding others to the list ing out for 1st base later in the ers’s commitment dedication and For more about FishHawk Youth of names that helped him stay the fall. subsequent success, FYB president Baseball please visit www.fishcourse. Proud of their son’s accomplish- hawkyouthbaseball.org. Mike Love spoke highly of James


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2017 Camps Offer Many Options To Keep Kids Engaged This Summer It’s only the start of spring, but before you know, the dog days of summer will be upon us. What can you do to keep the kids entertained? Where can they go to try new things, learn how to swim, meet new friends and have great adventures and even learn about places and cultures far away? There are many options to choose from locally that will fit the bill. The staff at the Osprey Observer has collected the top recommendations for local summer camps and created this special pull out section. Maybe your kids would like to spend the summer “horsing around.” R&R Ranch offers just that opportunity, and not just to learn to horseback ride, but also about the care of the horses. At Music Showcase, music and theatre take the stage and so can your child. Musicals such as The Lion King Jr. and Legally Blonde Jr. will be offered, and your child can hold starring roles in these and other popular musicals offered from the Florida Academy of Performing Arts for children ages 5 and up. The local YMCAs will offer many types of camps which mix fun along with great learning experiences. With choices of half or full day camps, there is something for everyone. LEGOs and robotics take center stage at the camps offered by TechplayZone. Introduce your kids to hands-on fun

that will both enrich and entertainment them. Camp Superkids at A Child’s Haven offers field trips twice a week. Do you want your kids to retain the math skills they learned during the school year? Mathnasium is the place to help give them a strong start in the fall. For dates, prices and registration information on these and more, turn the page and enjoy this special section and have a great summer. Your kids will use a lot of STEAM by enjoying the science and tech camps offered this summer by MOSI. Your kids can experiment with many different things that will be offered. For the artist in your family, sign them up for workshops to learn about painting, drawing, pottery, modeling and more at Center Place Fine Arts. With weekly themes utilizing agespecific activities and field trips that make BSAC unique, your kids will enjoy every moment of summer camp. Did we miss one? Let us know by e-mailing subject line “Summer Camp” to michelle@ospreyobserver.com and we will be sure to add our full listing online.


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Discover and explore a unique camp each week. During Kids R Kids 10 week summer camp series, campers will explore their hidden talents, potential passions and intriguing interests. Each boy and girl will experience art and cooking, engineering and community service and everything in-between. This summer camp is all about the journey to discover what suits each camper’s personality – the quest to discover what they like best. Kids R Kids Valrico is located at 4321 Lynx Paw Trail in Valrico. Call 657-6200. Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Circa / FishHawk is located at 5815 Kids Crossing Dr. in Lithia. Call 654-7000. For info on both locations, visit http://krkvalrico.com/.

around the World, Fantasy Sculptures, Paper Schulpures, Pet Sculptures, Print Makimg, Project Role-Model, Recycled Art, Space Art and Wet & Wild Canvases. Classes are offered from Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Register today by calling 685-8888 or visit www.centerplacebrfandon.org.

MOSI Offers Lots Of Choice Science And Tech Camps

Find Fun Activities For Your Budding Artists At Center Place Fine Arts

Who knew that art could be so much fun? This summer, you can sign up your budding artists, ages 7 to 16, for workshops at Center Place Fine Arts. Learn about painting, drawing, pottery, modeling and more. Workshops include Art Journaling, Art Mural, Build a Beach Party, Charm, Etiquette & Modeling, Collage, Creative 3-D Masks, Cruise

When school is out, MOSI is in. Get in-depth and hands-on with your favorite Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) subjects or try something totally new. Enjoy hands-on experience and building projects. From extracting DNA to launching rockets and building robots,

try professionals is just one way MOSI Summer Science Camps inspire our campers with a can-do attitude that can last a lifetime. Real science coupled with exciting experiments, simulations, explorations, and inventions will help you discover the innovator within. Instruction in the camps are by certified teachers and experienced science and technology educators in a positive environment. There will be opportunities to conduct experiments and use cutting-edge equipment and technology. Your kids will have access to current science and technology in one of the best science centers in the world. Summer Camp at MOSI will take place from Tuesday, May 29 through

Wednesday, August 9. Upgrades available for extended care from 7–9 a.m. and 4–6 p.m. and daily hot lunches are available. Register online at MOSI.org or call 987-6000 for more information. MOSI is located at 4801 E Fowler Ave. in Tampa.

Enjoy Music And More This Summer At The Florida Academy For Performing Arts

Full and half day camps are available for kids ages 5 and up at The Florida Academy of Performing Arts (FAOPA) at Music Showcase. Kids will enjoy drums, acting, guitar, field trips, singing and games and more. Musical Theatre productions of The Lion King Experience, Jr., Legally Blonde the Musical, Jr., Winnie the Pooh Kids and Doctor Dolittle Jr. will all take place this summer. For more information, call 4902787 or visit faopa.org.

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Ostingers Baseball Camp will give your child ages 7-14 years old a better understanding of the game of baseball, through instruction, drills, and games. Having a good time while learning the fundamentals will be the main focus of the camp. The instructors have 30 years combined professional playing and coaching experience. Kids will receive daily fundamental drills and activities for: Throwing, Pitching, Hitting, Fielding, Base Running, and Mental Game. There will be games at the end of the week to evaluate progress. Session 1 will take place MondayFriday June 5 to 9, Session 2 – Monday-Friday, July 10-14 and Session 3 from Monday-Friday, July 24-28. Camp will take place at FishHawk Sports Complex from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 pm. The cost is $175 per camper. Second child costs $125. Space is limited so register early to hold your spot. Call 737-3000 or visit www.OstingBaseball.com.

simply curious about sports in general. The camps are full of fun with an emphasis on team work, sportsmanship and fundamentals. Aquatic camps include swim lessons and lots of fun water adventures guaranteed to keep kids active and

Your Kids Will Enjoy The Best Summer Ever At Y Camps

The local YMCA’s are offering a Passport to the Best Summer Ever from Tuesday, May 30 through Friday, August 4. Get ready for the total camp experience. Day Camp is separated by grade level and features a rotation of diverse activities including indoor games, outdoor recreation, team challenges, structured and free swim. The themes change weekly and range from Super Heroes to Around the World and everything in between. Specialty camps are for kids looking for something different. Choose from any number of skills and specialties. Sports camps are for the kid who is an athlete at heart. It is for those looking to try a new sport, or those

engaged. Teen camps are for those looking to develop leadership skills. Gymnastic camps are for all skill levels from beginner to advance. Adaptive camps are available for

campers with special needs ensuring fun and inclusion for all. For info on the North Brandon location, call 685-5402, Campo Family location, call 684-1371, Camp Cristina, call 677-8400 or please register online at tampaymca.org.

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July 24-28, and July 31August 4. More details and camp descriptions will be available at www.techplayzone.com. For more info, call 6847329 or email techplayzone@gmail.com.

FishHawk Ranch Tennis Club Offers Tennis For All Levels Of Skill

FishHawk Ranch Tennis Club is offering its 5th Annual Tennis Camp for your child ages 6 and up. Full day camps include plenty of tennis games and fun. Kids cool down in an air con-

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5th Dimension Dance Center Focuses on Summer Intensives

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Mathnasium Now Enrolling For Summer

dents of all ages with a unique, healthy and challenging dance experience. Intensives will be held this summer on: Monday to Friday, June 5-9 and also Monday to Friday, June 1216 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. for ages 9 & up. Competition Team Auditions will be held at the end of each week of intensives and again on Saturday, July 15. A Mini Camp will be held Monday to Friday June 19-23 from 8 a.m. to 12 Noon for ages 8 and under. 5th Dimension Dance Center is located at 3239 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Valrico (just north of Bloomingdale Ave.). Call 643-5332, email dance@5thdimensiondancecenter.com or visit 5thdimensiondancenter.com.

You can keep your kids on track this summer by enrolling them at Mathnasium. The summer programs are designed to combat summer learning loss. Through their time spent during the summer at Mathnasium, your kids will retain all they learned in math class this year giving them a strong start in the fall. Mathnasium offers help in math, enrichment, and test prep as well as homework help. It is located at 11446 US Hwy. 301 in Riverview. Call 6676284 or visit mathnasium.com/riverview for more information.

dence.com for more information. You can also email info@girlswithconfidence.com or call 571-2002.

Patel Conservatory Offers Dance, Theater And Music Camps, Classes

camps: Girls Empowered Camp, Cool Confidence Camp, Giving Back Camp, Back-To school Camp, Girls Rock! Scrapbook Camp, Cool Confidence Camp, Girls Empowered Camp, and Believe in YOU Camp. Please visit www.girlswithconfi-

The Straz Center’s Patel summer classes and camps in Dance, Theater and Music will take place at Patel Conservatory, which is located at the STRAZ in downtown Tampa. Patel believes that every student, regardless of age or experi-

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Our instructors have 30 years combined professional playing and coaching experience.

Summer Camps For Girls Develop Positive Self Esteem

Girls With Confidence offers fun and creative workshops, events and camps for girls in K-12th grade that focus on the development of strong self-esteem and confidence. This summer, Girls With Confidence will help your daughter between the ages of Kindergarten through rising 6th graders develop positive self-esteem during day camps geared just for them this summer. Camps will begin on Monday, June 5. Girls will enjoy

Session 1 June 5-9 (M-F)

Session 2 July 10-14 (M-F)

Session 3 July 24-28 (M-F)

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ence, deserves the opportunity to participate in the performing arts and discover their creative potential. The Conservatory offers nationally recognized intensives, camps and classes. Whether your child is skilled in the arts or wants to participate for the very first time, it offers a fun-filled summer for students of all ages and skill levels at this state-of-the-art facility. There is a required $35 registration fee per student, or $60 per family. This fee is waived for Straz Center annual donors. To become a Straz

Center donor, visit patelconservatory.org or call 222-1040. Register online at patelconservatory.org or call 222-1040 or in person at the Patel Conservatory Admissions Office/Chairmen’s Library. You can

also register by mail: Download the Registration Form from patelconservatory.org and mail with payment to: Patel Conservatory Admissions Office Attn: Admissions Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa, FL 33602 For more information, visit patelconservatory.org.

Apollo Beach Racquet & Fitness Club Will Hold Summer Sport Camp

Your kids can enjoy camp the way it used to be. Without phones and electronic devices on hand, kids will enjoy being kids and get to learn life skills through sports, play and crafts. Campers will enjoy a daily mix of activities including swimming, field games, canoeing, crafts and much more. Activities rotate throughout the week. All full time campers will receive swim lessons at no additional charge and advanced swimmers can learn competitive strokes by joining the

swim team. There is a $60 registration fee (free for ABRFC members) and includes one camp shirt for field trips. The cost per week is $125 or a daily drop in fee of $30. Early drop off and late pick up available. The Apollo Beach Racquet & Fitness Club is located at 6520 Richies Way. Call 6411922 or visit www.ABRFC.com to register or for more information.

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Protential Summer Camp Offered In Two Riverview Locations

Protential offers action-packed, full-day summer camps that rotate between multiple sporting activities including swimming, which is offered daily. Your child is given the opportunity to participate in many engaging and fun-filled field trips including, but not limited to laser tag, roller skating, bowling, water skiing, horseback riding, and more. A trip to Busch Gardens is also offered, which always promises a full day of excitement and entertainment for ages 5 to 15 years old. The cost is $125 per week You can choose from two Riverview locations – one in Panther Trace and one in Rivercrest. Visit www.protentialsports.com/camps to register.

Primrose Schools® Present Summer Adventure Club

Let your kids, ages 5 to 10, experience the excitement of Primrose Schools® Summer Adventure Club where imaginations are free to run wild. Get ready for engineering design challenges, discoveries, outdoor exploration and more. Exciting field trips will also be included. Space is limited. Primrose School of Bloomingdale is located at 180 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. For

more information, call 438-5980 or visit PrimroseBloomingdale.com.

The Firehouse Cultural Center Offers Nine Weeks Of Summer Camp

Children in the SouthShore area

have great choices for summer camps this summer. You can choose to attend one or all nine. Campers are required to bring a brown bag lunch. Snacks will be provided by the Firehouse Cultural Center for morning and afternoon breaks. Each week culminates with a performance or a “Show-off” for family and friends. Children can be dropped off at 8:30 a.m. and picked up at 3:30 p.m. Weekly camp rates are $125 for members and $140 for non-members. Save on two or more weeks. There are a limited number of scholarships available. You can register by calling 645-7651 or online at www.firehouseculturalcenter.org. During the month of June, campers will sparkle like a star during four weeks of Musical Theatre. Musical Theatre I will be held June 5 to 9; Musical Theatre II will be held

June 12 -16; Musical Theatre III will be held June 19 to 23; and Musical Theatre IV will be held June 26 to 30. During the week of July 3 to 7 (no class on July 4), campers will engage in Drawing, Painting and Watercolor Camp. Campers will create imaginative and unique drawings, paintings and watercolor works of art.For the next two weeks, July 10 to 14 and July 17 to 21, campers will explore the art of Cartooning and Animation. Campers can bring their favorite character to life and create their own different and unique characters. Campers will develop basic cartooning, animation and storytelling skills. Summer camp will round out the last two weeks with Robotics during the weeks of July 24 to 28 and July 31 to August 4. Campers will work in small groups to create and program a robot. There is an additional $50 materials fee for Robotics. Georgia Vahue, Executive Director of the Firehouse Cultural Center said, “Musical Theatre has become one of our popular summer camps, building confidence, while bringing out the best in our campers. Each Friday, when our campers perform for families and friends, I am truly impressed with their talent and what they accomplished in a matter of four and a half days.” For information,visit www.firehouseculturalcenter.org or call 6547651.


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Riverview/Apollo Beach Edition

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