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Co-Work Space, Philly Pretzels, Kimi’s Ice Cream Join Leaven Brewery At Shoppes Of Boyette Plaza

By Sharon Still

Jay and Adam Souza of will open the second location of Kimi’s Ice Cream & Coffees in July in the Shoppes of Boyette.

for businesses to host events.” Build-out of the 1,400 sq. ft. space is underway and when complete, it will feature two bathrooms and a kitchen area, in addition t the meeting space. Tables and chairs offering seating for up to 80 people, plus audio visual equipment will be provided. The Dahls are members of the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce and have been active members of the community for the past five years. “We are looking forward to working with more people in the area and being able to fill this need,” said Julie. For more information, call 813-773MEET. Philly Pretzel Factory is another new addition to the plaza with an anticipated opening of late June or early July, according to owners Michele and John Maffei. The Maffeis, Philadelphia natives, have been interested in opening a Philly Pretzel Factory franchise for several years and after moving to the Tampa area in 2016 and seeing that there were no franchises in the area, they decided it was the perfect opportunity. “We came in contact with a lot of people from the north who knew about the pretzels and were excited about the idea of having them available in the area. The pretzels are homemade from scratch, hand-twisted and fresh baked

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Riverview Resident And Purple Heart Recipient Celebrates 75th Birthday Gordon Beadle, a resident of Riverview, is celebrating his 75th birthday this month. When he was a young Marine fighting in Vietnam in 1965, there were more than a few occasions he wondered if he might see another birthday as a combat engineer who cleared active mine fields for a living. Beadle always wanted to be a Marine. Born April 23, 1943 in Philadelphia, he knew military service was a calling at a young age. With the approval of his father, he enlisted early at the age of 17 in 1960. After finishing boot camp at Paris Island, SC, he joined C Company, 8th Engineers Support Battalion at Camp Lejeune, NC. He was trained as combat demolition and explosive expert. He bravely cleared mine fields and neutralized explosives for fellow infantrymen. He became so good at it that he eventually trained troops in the craft of mine warfare. Corporal Beadle fought in jungle warfare in Japan while stationed in Okinawa and eventually was stationed at Camp Pendleton in CA where led a team of eight men as an combat engineers in the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines. His job was finding and clearing explosives and demolitions. In July of 1965, his country decided to put Sergeant Beadle’s expertise to use in the jungles of Vietnam. He did what he was trained to do; clear mine fields of explosives so his fellow servicemen would have safe passage to finish the mission. Three months after he landed, Beadle was wounded by a land mine on November 11, 1965 in Chu Lai, Vietnam. The injuries to Beadle’s legs were severe. He lost one of his legs and badly injured the other. Doctors and

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medics were thankfully able to save the injured leg. After being stabilized, he was flown back home to the Naval hospital in Philadelphia to be closer to family. Sergeant Beadle was awarded the Purple Heart while still recovering from his injuries in Vietnam. Being a Marine was a family affair. Beadle’s two other brothers also joined the Marines and fought in Vietnam as well as other family members. His younger brothers, Robert and Harry Beadle enlisted at the first chance they could to join him. His youngest brother, Harry Beadle, was killed in action in 1968 at the tender age 19. Gordon Beadle has his brother’s Purple Heart medal, something he cherishes. Sergeant Gordon Beadle, USMC had planned to make being a Marine a lifetime career. He medically retired with full benefits after his injury. After hours and hours of therapy and hard work, he was able to walk with a prosthetic leg. He started a new life, went to college and started a successful business. But all would be for nothing if he hadn’t met the love of his life on a blind date. Celebrating her 18th birthday, Susan was picked up at her house by a handsome stranger in a suit and tie, carrying a wrapped birthday present. It was necklace that Gordon had picked out as nice gesture to his mysterious date. He’s a Marine and gentleman. They were married June 13, 1970 and have three children and five grandchildren. Happy 75th Birthday Sgt. Gordon Beadle, USMC Retired. Oorah! Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

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The Shoppes of Boyette is 100 percent leased. There will be four new stores opening in the coming months, in addition to the recently opened Leaven Brewery which celebrated its grand opening with a Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting last week. Leaven Brewery, owned by Apollo Beach residents KJ and Jillian Lynch, is now open Fridays and Saturdays, 3-10 p.m. The brewery offers 12 beers on tap that include their flagship beers, plus seasonal offerings and a guest tap featuring beers from other Florida breweries. Food trucks and local restaurants will provide food. For more details, visit www.leavenbrewery.com or call 813-677-7023. The Venue will be a meeting space for professionals to host training, conferences, networking and other small events. Owned by Julie and Eros Dahl, also owners of the neighboring Riverview Mortgage, the Venue is set to open in late April or early May. Julie explained, “Our initial vision was to create a co-work space and after doing some research, we found that the greatest need in the area is for a small place

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Volunteers Are The Lifeblood Of The Sun City Center Emergency Squad

By Kathy L. Collins

Additionally, volunteers must provide letters of reference and a detailed work history. If you are interested, the Squad hosts a monthly Information Program on the second Wednesday of For over 50 years, the volunteers of the Sun City Emergency each month at 6 Squad have been providing life-saving care to area residents. p.m. The Since the early 60's, the Sun City nextInformation Open House will be held Center Emergency Squad has been proon Wednesday, April 11, 6 p.m. at the viding critical emergency services to the Training Building located at 124 S. community. The squad is composed of Pebble Beach in Sun City Center. volunteers, and they are always looking Each year the Squad provides Basic for area residents to volunteer. Life Support services to the community. It Today, there are 440 volunteers. is estimated that the Squad, which is They provide emergency services 24 licensed by the State of Florida as a hours a day, seven days a week for 365 Basic Life Support Emergency Unit, averdays a year. The Squad is always lookages 5,000 emergency runs per year. All ing for people who may be interested in of the Squad's services are free including helping on ambulances and wheelchair blood pressure screenings that are vans. Positions include Emergency offered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Medical Responders, Ambulance Drivers The Squad started out using a and Emergency Medical Technicians. hearse for transportation. Now they have Other positions, including IT specialists, four ambulances. It has grown from 20 vehicle maintenance and cooks are volunteers to 440 volunteers. There is a needed. new training center and a fully renovated You do not need to prior medical experience to qualify. The Squad will train and expanded headquarters. Despite these tremendous improvements and you and provide all of the necessary unigrowth in numbers of both emergency forms. In addition, you do not need to be calls and volunteers, they have always a resident of Sun City Center to be a part kept their mission and motto of Neighbors of the Squad. Helping Neighbors the same. Volunteers must undergo a criminal For information, visit background check, certification in approhttp://sccems.com or call 633-1411. priate care techniques and a physical.

Players Find Success And Fun At 24th Annual Chamber Golf Tournament The Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce (GRCC) hosted its annual Golf Tournament with a theme of Play 18 in 2018 on March 3, at Summerfield Crossings Golf Club. The Photo Courtesy Chamber of of William Kirkland Commerce weather provided the perfect backdrop for players and non-players alike to visit the vendors set up along the perimeter of the Putting Contest. Among the vendor spots, Marco's Pizza - Symmes & 301, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Chai Yo Thai Cuisine, LLC and Zaxby’s were on site providing treats for everyone to enjoy. us members and friends of GRCC. New this year was the Dunk Tank. Committee member Jennifer King, Rodan + Fields, and Hillsborough County Court Judge candidate Michael Isaak goaded contestants into taking a shot at giving them a good soaking. A Wagon of Cheer with top shelf liquors raised over $1,400. The annual Ball Drop, sponsored by Bryan Hindman Electric, LLC, was the most anticipated moment of the day. Over $2,400 worth of ball drop numbers were sold and the happy winners, Sal DiFonso and Larry Westcott, members of the American Legion team, were present at the time of the drop, and walked away with 60% of the pot. A live auction included a high-end toi-

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let with installation, donated by Olin Plumbing Inc., a Wine Tasting from BobbiAnn DePierro of PRP Wine International, Inc., a year’s worth of Chick-filA from Tammy Holmberg, Chick-fil-A Brandon and a Corporate Event Package from CQ Tactical Laser Tag. This year’s winners included Southshore Insurance Professionals, LLC Longest Drive for Women– Jill Andrew; CarePatrol Longest Drive for Men – Vito Serna; A+ Hearing Center, Inc. Closest to the Pin – Jon Noll; Big Bend Storage Closest to the Pin – Jon Noll; Angeloni Tax Advisory Group Putting Contest – Rob Cook and Steven Pechylak; Century 21 Beggins Enterprises $10,000 Hole in One – No Winner; The Alley at SouthShore Most Honest Team (last place) – American Legion Team; 2018 First Place Team – All Season Electric Corp. Many thanks to all those who made the tournament a success, and in particular the committee led by Mike Jones, World’s Finest Chocolate and Christian Beiter, Preservation 1st Financial Group, LLC. Top sponsors for the day included: #AsphaltBabe, First Citrus Bank, Preservation 1st Financial Group, River Oaks Treatment Center, Riverview Mortgage, South Bay Hospital, The Mosaic Company and World's Finest Chocolate. Visit www.RiverviewChamber.com.

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Instruments Of Change Music Program At Clair-Mel Receives Grant Check By Michelle Caceres

Clair-Mel Elementary school band members were on hand as Bryon Holz presented Glen Schubert of Instruments of Change a grant check for $2,500.

Instruments of Change executive director and founder Glen Schubert accepted a $2,500 grant in March from Million Dollar Round Table Foundation (MDRT), the charitable arm of Million Dollar Round Table, an association of financial professionals. The check was presented to Schubert at a ceremony at Clair-Mel Elementary by financial advisor Bryon Holz of Bryon Holz & Associates, a MDRT member who completed the application for the grant. “I know the tremendous power that music can have in a person’s life,” said Holz. Instruments of Change is a non-profit program that institutes band programs at Title-1 elementary schools and offers a pathway for fifth grade students to earn a musical instrument of their very own. Clair-Mel Elementary was the first school to institute the program in 2009, but it is now offered at three other elementary schools in the area. Upon successful completion of the program and proof of enrollment in a middle school band, students are able to select an instrument of their choice. “These instruments aren’t just a free

giveaway,” said Schubert. “They’ve earned them.” This year more than 100 instruments have been awarded worth a retail cost of approximately $100,000. Clair-Mel Elementary fifth-grade student Juan Cisneros hopes that he will soon earn one of the coveted instruments. Cisneros is following in the footsteps of his two older sisters and older brother, who are all graduates of the program and earned instruments from the charity. All three of his siblings play clarinet in their schools’ bands, two at Dowdell Middle and one at Bloomingdale High. He is learning to play the clarinet and practices with his siblings at home. “I like to play music,” he said. “It is so calming.” Music teacher Lori Valdez, who was at the school in 2009 when the program first started, said it has had a positive impact in the lives of so many students. “We have former program graduates who are now graduating high school and are still playing their instruments,” she said. To find out how to support the program visit www.instrumentsofchange.com.

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they took over from the previous owners two years ago. Kimi’s offers 43 flavors of Working Cow ice cream and more than 25 different sauces and toppings so guests can create a personalized dessert masterpiece. There also is coffee, espresso and tea. “We have a lot of people that come to our Apollo Beach location from Riverview who said they would come more often if it was closer,” said Jeff. He said the new store also will offer more sugar free and fat free options, in addition to its doggie ice cream which is also for those who are lactose intolerant. Hours will be 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Sunday. The Souzas plan to open three more locations in the south Hillsborough area in the next five or six years. To find out more, visit www.kimisicecreamandcoffees.com or call 645-2038. Rounding out the plaza, Gel Nails & Spa has expanded into the two spaces adjacent to its existing location and Pho Loc Tho, a Vietnamese restaurant, will open in the remaining 1750-sq-ft. space in early summer. The Shoppes of Boyette is located on the northwest corner of Boyette and Balm Riverview roads. While the plaza is at full capacity, there is one out parcel available. Call 941-954-2300 or visit www.icorr.com for more information.

daily. Pretzels, mini-pretzels and pretzel twists will be on the menu along with specialty items like pretzel dogs, pepperoni pretzel melts and pepperoni cheesesteak. Party trays and orders for special events, catering, fundraisers and more will be the focus of the business. “Our vision of the store is that I want to become the ‘Pretzel Mayor’ of Riverview; we want to be able to become part of people’s lives, part of their special occasions,” said Michelle. “We also want to give back to the community by fundraising/sponsorship and donating.” She added, “We want people to stop by while they are out shopping to grab a pretzel, or if they are going to have a celebration or party to think about getting a pretzel tray.” Visit www.phillypretzelfactory.com or call 808-1469 to find out more. Kimi’s Ice Cream & Coffees, which currently has a location in Apollo Beach, will open a second location in the Shoppes of Boyette. “The target opening date is July 1,” said owner Jeff Souza. The store will be run by his two sons Jay and Adam, who also run the Apollo Beach store, doubling its business since

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High Schools Host Relay For Life Events To Support ACS Efforts Riverview and Lennard high schools are inviting community members to join them fighting cancer this month at their annual Relay For Life events. On Friday, April 20 at 6 p.m., students and community members will join teams at Earl Lennard High School to walk, camp overnight and participate in other activities to raise funds for the American Cancer Society (A.C.S.), while the relay at Riverview High School, with similar events, will take place on Saturday, April 21. “Relay For Life is A.C.S.’s largest fundraising movement,” said Samantha Schneider, A.C.S. Community Development Manager. Thirty-five teams, with between five and 25 members, are signed up to participate in the Lennard event and 50 teams in the Riverview event, with participants ranging from children to 75 year olds. The fundraising goal for the Lennard relay is $65,000, as participants raised $63,000 last year, and the goal for the Riverview event, where relayers raised $115,000 last year, is $100,000. “Relay For Life provides an outlet for individuals touched by cancer to feel that they are not alone, whether the disease has affected them or a loved one,” said Schneider. “It really encompasses the community and provides a tangible way to make a difference while having fun.” The events are not traditional relays, although teams are asked to have one participant walking the track at all times, even through the night. When not walk-

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Relay for Life events raising money for the American Cancer Society are taking place at Lennard and Riverview high schools this month.

ing, there are many events for participants to chose from to keep busy and raise important funds. “The fact that participants walk throughout the night makes us a unique event that resembles the fact that cancer never sleeps and neither do we at out 12,

15 or 18 hour events,” said Schneider. Each event has a theme which participants use for costumes, fundraising games and items, decorations for their camp sites and themed laps during the event. Both the Riverview and SouthShore relays are using Disney’s Wish Upon a Cure as their theme this year. “All of the events will have a Survivor

Lap and a Caregiver Lap which allows these individuals a chance to be recognized and celebrated,” said Schneider, who added that a complimentary lunch or dinner is provided for cancer survivors and their families at the events. One highlight of the event is the Luminaria Ceremony that typically starts at 9 p.m. and showcases luminaria bags lit in memory or in honor of loved ones. “It is a very moving ceremony where we turn the stadium lights off and hold a silent lap,” said Schneider. “The luminary bags can be purchased online or the day of the event for a donation.” Each event will also have a variety of food sold by the teams, including Chickfil-A, walking tacos, baked goods, chili and breakfast foods. The teams also host games, raffle baskets, silent auctions and obstacle courses. All money raised at the event goes to ACS’s mission to save lives, celebrate lives and lead the fight for a world without cancer. The SouthShore event will take place Earl Lennard High School, located at 2341 Shell Point Rd. in Ruskin, from 3 p.m. Friday, April 20 until 6 a.m., April 21. Riverview’s event will take place on the school’s track, located at 11311 Boyette Rd., from 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 21 until 6 a.m. the next morning. Residents are encouraged to sign up to participate in either event at www.relayforlife.org, but the community is also encouraged to come out to support the fundraisers at the events, even if they are not part of a team. For more information, contact Schneider at 319-5920.

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Hess & VanLandschoot Orthodontics Announces College Scholarship Hess & VanLandschoot Orthodontics recently announced that it will launch their inaugural Scholarly Smiles College Scholarship and will award two graduating high school seniors with $1,000 scholarships this year. With the rising cost of college textbooks and supplies, the doctors of Hess & VanLandschoot Orthodontics saw a need in the community to start a scholarship program that gives more high school seniors the opportunity to attend college with less strain on their wallets. Hess & VanLandschoot Orthodontics provides quality orthodontic care for children, teens and adults in Riverview, Lithia, Apollo Beach, Parrish and surrounding communities. The scholarship is intended to reward deserving students from the communities that Hess & VanLandschoot Orthodontics serves by relieving them of some of the financial burden college brings on. Application is open to all graduating high school seniors in the Riverview, Lithia, Apollo Beach and Parrish areas.

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“Higher education is so important, but it can get expensive,” said Dr. Michael Hess. “I hope to make it financially easier for students to attend college through this scholarship. We see many patients that are in high school, and our practice really wanted to start a valuable program to give back to our young people, who will be the future Dr. Toby VanLandschoot leaders in our comand Dr. Michael munity.” Hess are proud To apply for the to announce the scholarship, visit launch of their inaugural www.smilesbringusScholarly Smiles together.com. A brief College questionnaire, 300Scholarship. word essay, and two references are required to be considered for the scholarship. All application materials must be submitted to Hess & VanLandschoot Orthodontics no later than May 11, 2018 to be eligible for consideration. Hess & VanLandschoot Orthodontics embraces the latest advancements in orthodontics to provide lasting results and faster treatment. The comprehensive orthodontic treatment is tailored to meet every patient’s individual needs and desired results. Visit www.hessorthodontics.com or call 645-4377.

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Triple Creek RC Aircraft Club Is Flying High At Balm Boyette Location

By Nick Nahas

A hobby is someAccording to Hall, thing that should make members fly pretty you feel excited and fulmuch anything radiofilled. For the members controlled, including airof the Triple Creek planes, helicopters, Radio-Controlled Aircraft EDS jets and drones, Club, that seems to be otherwise known as quads. Drone operators the case. Since 2006, Photos courtesy of Keith Hall help out with the search the club has provided RC aircraft enthusiasts Aircrafts vary in size from 12 in. to and rescues when an 9 ft. aircraft goes down out the opportunity to fly in the woods. Aircrafts their crafts. “The exhilaravary in size from 12 inchtion of watching the plane es long, to up to 9 ft. take off and fly is a great long. Turbines are not feeling,” said Keith Hall, allowed because the field TCRC President. is not big enough for The club, which curthem. Members range in rently has about 135 age from 10 to 90-plus. to140 members, Most members fly on received permission from Photos courtesy of Keith Hall the weekends for fun and Hillsborough County to TCRC has a 350-ft. paved asphalt runway that is 35-ft. some retired members use their current properwide. fly on the weekdays. “It is ty, which the club has a real a family atmosphere,” said Hall. On developed into an RC field that’s compared to no other. They are sanctioned by the weekends the club gets a lot of spectators that just want to watch. The club the Academy of Model Aeronautics does have trainers, or introductory pilots (AMA), a national organization with over that can teach people how to fly if they 180,000 members. are interested in participating. Located at 12705 Balm Boyette Rd. According to Hall, costs to get into in Riverview, TCRC has a 350-ft. paved the hobby are not as much as they used asphalt runway that is 35-ft.wide, a large to be. He said that people can get an flat mowed outfield, three taxiways, a large open area for parked aircraft, a cov- already assembled airplane and transmitter for a little over $200. Hall suggests ered pit area with work tables and elecgoing out to a RC field and talk to experts tricity and running water at every station. to help guide you in the direction of what They also have a spectator area, a your needs are. You need to be a memkitchen and serving area. Also, if you are ber of the AMA to be able to participate. a new pilot and are interested in getting For more information, visit www.triplestarted, you can contact a member and creekrc.com. they can set up an introductory flight.

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Southshore Falls Honors Veterans With Speakers & Events

By Bill McKay

Del Webb Southshore a slideshow continFalls (SSF) in Apollo ually running in the Beach is a 55+ active adult clubhouse that community of 866 homes. includes their There are many diverse branch of service, programs, clubs and the years they organizations supporting served, their picthe needs and interests of tures both when the residents in the comthey were in the munity. One of the organiservice and a ‘now’ zations is the Veterans picture showing Group. them today. This The SSF Veterans slideshow is popuGroup was established lar within the comMay 20, 2017 to promote munity and has fellowship, provide been well received resources, and encourage Speaker Mark Fosket from the Honor Flight program addresses the Veterans as a tribute to their Group at the February meeting. community service among service. The SSF residents who served in the community on VA, crisis management resources to ors veterans for armed forces. There are over 162 Veterans Day and those in need and other topics of their sacrifices veterans in the community who Memorial Day recinterest (such as agent orange) drivand service and served in the military with service in ognizes veterans en by the needs of members. Bruce transports veterWWII, Korean, Vietnam, Iraq and with a barbecue Lavoie (Army) is a founding member ans to Afghanistan wars. John Higgins and gathering to and leader of the Veterans Group. “I Washington, (Army) serves on the Board of pay tribute to their find that most active members of the D.C. from all Directors of the Homeowners group are interested in hearing about over the country Flag dedication in Southshore Falls by the service and sacriAssociation and is board liaison to Veterans on May 27, 2017. fice. Lavoie adds, almost anything veteran related, to visit and the Veterans Group. He stated, me what I get out of being part “For whether it be a speaker talking about reflect at their memorials. “Veterans as a group are terribly of the Veterans Committee is the satcanine service dogs, or how to obtain The Veterans Group is an imporuninformed about the many proisfaction I get when other group veterans benefits,” he said. tant part of community and a grams, services and support availmembers say how much they liked a The February meeting included resource to the veterans, Higgins able to them.” Higgins adds the speaker that we have had, or how two speakers that placed a spotlight adds, “The support of our Board and group’s mission is “to reach out to much they liked an event that we on the military Working Dog Service our entire community has made the provide a clearing house of informaparticipated in.” and Honor Flight Program. The group one of the largest and most tion and assistance.” The Veterans Group will soon be Working Dog speaker spoke about active member organizations within The Veterans Group sponsors celebrating one year providing servthe history of the program providing Southshore Falls.” The community meetings with local speakers and ice to the community. The coming trained dogs to all branches of the honors their service, their contribusubject matter experts that address is certain to provide additional year military services to guard military tion to our freedom and recognition group needs such as maximizing use information and support for the veterfacilities and support combat misfor all they have done. of the healthcare system through the ans living in Southshore Falls. sions. The Honor Flight program honThe members are recognized in

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East Bay Students & CERT Members Practice Disaster Relief With Realistic Simulation By Kate Quesada

CERT teams were joined at the event by members of the University of South Florida (USF) College of Public Health, representatives from Hillsborough County and CERT teams from Pinellas Park and Pasco County. During the simulation, students and team members A recent disaster simulation event at Big Bend High School acted were told that first as final exam for JROTC students with the help of the Big Bend Community Emergency Response Team and Hillsborough County responders were Emergency Management. not able to access Eighty East Bay High School stuthe campus area and would be unable dents are more prepared to handle a to assist for many hours. They were disaster thanks to a training event that expected to form search and rescue took place at the school recently. teams, conduct triage and treatment of Hillsborough County Emergency victims, provide continuing support for Management and the Big Bend victims and communicate with support Community Emergency Response services for evacuations and treatment Team (CERT) joined with regional of victims. emergency management departments Approximately 40 East Bay High to host a disaster training exercise for School drama students, made-up with JROTC students and local CERT fake blood and other props, acted as teams. During the exercise, the stuthe injured in the exercise, making the dents and CERT team members event more realistic for the rescuers. applied training to respond to simulat“The event was dynamic as the ed tornado damage and numerous student’s spoke highly of what they casualties. were learning and were very CERT team members are volunengaged,” said Elizabeth Dunn, USF. teers trained in disaster response by Global Disaster Management, FEMA They are expected to react in Humanitarian Relief and Homeland disasters when first responders can Security Department representative not be present. who served as Incident Commander at Apollo Beach resident and Big the event. “Personally, I believe pracBend CERT team leader Dale Perry ticing skills is important and essential. trained JROTC students at East Bay Having the opportunity to go through for six months prior to the event which the motions will ensure that the stuhe used a final exam to give the students are ready for anything, allowing dents FEMA CERT certification. them to make decisions that will keep “A lot of people can be saved by a them safe and build their confidence if few people mastering some important anything were to occur.” skills,” said Perry, who is retired from Students and community members the army. “An event like this could were also trained in Stop the Bleed, happen at any time and it can only Compression Only CPR, fire extinbenefit us to be prepared.” guisher operation and cribbing during During the weekly class, JROTC the event. members were taught disaster preBig Bend CERT offers monthly paredness, fire safety planning, disastraining meetings helping volunteers ter psychology and search and rescue prepare for hurricanes and other dismedical techniques. One of the most asters. For more information, find the important focuses of class, according group on Facebook or visit www.bigto Perry, was Stop the Bleed training bendcert.org. based on a Homeland Security initiate East Bay High School is located at to teach regular people how to stop 7710 Old Big Bend Rd. in Gibsonton. bleeding resulting from a trauma. For more information on the school, The high school students and local call 671-5134.

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Missy’s Ink Is Making Its Mark With Brandon Permanent Makeup Studio

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ECHO’s Sixth Annual Spring Job Fair Is Open To The Public

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RCMA Wimauma Wins $15,000 Towards Sports Pavilion In National Math Competition

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A Hillsborough County charter school serving the children of low-income farm workers has placed first in a national math competiThird graders from RCMA Wimauma tion. Academy recite a cheer for Matific, the education technology company that RCMA presented the school with a $15,000 Wimauma first-place prize as national champions Mark Haggett (left), principal Academy won of a math competition. of RCMA Wimauma tions to the US Matific Math Games, a free, Academy, shares a laugh online math competition aimed at improv- the winand accepts a trophy from Matific Vice President ners of the ing American students' confidence and Lawrence Korchnak. Matific math skills in the classroom. The school Math Games Challenge, and we’d like to received its $15,000 prize check in a celthank all of the participating schools for ebration in March. RCMA, the school’s nonprofit owner, plans to use the $15,000 joining in this exciting competition,” said as seed money toward an open-air sports Kevin Sherman, Matific CEO. “Matific is a company committed to offering immersive pavilion. math games to children around the world. Mark Haggett, the school’s principal, With this competition, we hope students was euphoric. “Thousands of schools competed in the competition and we were had the chance to find a new appreciation the only school in the competition to have for math, and learn how excellent math skills can help them to accomplish larger every class finish in the top 10.” goals in life.” Matific, an award-winning education RCMA’s three charter schools have technology company based in New York, excelled at math in recent years, thanks staged the Math Games in February. in part to innovative teaching methods Students completed Matific interactive that include memory aids such as rhymes mini-games to earn stars. and chants. On the math portion of last Matific was developed by math proyear’s Florida Standards Assessments, fessors and experts in early-age math education and games. It produces award- the third grade at RCMA Wimauma Academy became one of only 11 winning interactive online mini-games, or statewide in which every student passed. episodes, to reinforce the mathematical For more information, visit concepts taught by K–6 teachers. Matific.com. “Matific offers our hearty congratula-

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Riverview out in her memory as particuresident Rose larly impactful. Conte loves par“There was a lot of love ticipating in misthat was poured out from our sion trips and local community,” she said. “Once I announced I was serving people going over and taking supin other counplies, people that I didn’t even tries. She also know were showing up and loves working in donating food, health supplies the kitchen. Rose, Tori and Christian Conte sell and money for the people of Since mislarge chocolate-covered strawberries Puerto Rico.” sion trips are to support their mission trips. not cheap, In Puerto Rico, residents Conte combined were grateful for the muchher two passions to needed supplies. They brought form Tasty Berries, a satellite phone so residents a service selling, could make a call to worried rellarge, fresh, decoatives. rated Ghiradelli “It was such a humbling chocolate-dipped experience,” she said. “I’m so strawberries. thankful that I was able to go The Conte family runs Tasty Proceeds from the and be His hands and feet and Berries, providing chocolateberry sales help represent our community.” dipped strawberries for parties fund mission trips “If I can impact someone’s and events to fund mission work to other countries. for herself, her life it brings me great joy,” said daughter Tori and her son Christian. Rose. “Transformation or life begins at The family caught the mission bug in the edge of your comfort zone and going 2013, when her son was trying to earn on these trips proves that God provides enough money to go on a mission trip to the opportunity but it’s up to us to take Brazil with his church. That same year them. they decided to start selling chocolateOne dozen chocolate-covered strawcovered strawberries to help pay for the berries start at $25. Customization of trip. It was so successful that they have orders is possible; berries can be continued to offset the cost of the trips wrapped in gift boxes or displayed on with money earned from the berry sales. platters, perfect for weddings, bridal Christian has been on four mission showers and parties. Pick-up or delivery trips. Rose and her daughter have been is available. on two trips to Brazil and one to Puerto To place an order, visit www.tastyberRico after Hurricane Irma. ries.org, by email at The Puerto Rico mission trip stands rose@tastyberries.org or call 501-2036.

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Join the Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative for interesting, entertaining, and informative free programs for the entire family in April. For a comprehensive look at library programming, visit HCPLC.org, select a library location, and view that library’s calendar of events. The views expressed in these programs are those of the presenters and do not necessarily reflect the official policies, positions, or opinions of Hillsborough County, Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Libraries, or the Friends of the Library of Tampa-Hillsborough County, Inc., which do not endorse the presenters. Groups must register in advance. For more information about these and the many other programs @ your library®, call 273-3652 or visit HCPLC.org.

Visitors don’t need to change their plans if rain is in the forecast during a spring break visit to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. The park is offering a ‘Spring Break Rain Guarantee’ allowing guests who have a rained-out day at Busch Gardens to come back for a free second visit within 30 days. The offer is valid today through April 30 for single day and multi-day tickets. In addition to world-class coasters and amazing animal experiences, Busch Gardens fourth annual Food & Wine Festival continues through April 29. Full menus, concert lineup, and ticket details are available at www.BuschGardens.com/Tampa.

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Tampa YMCA Wins Treadmill Tuesday Tie-Breaker

The Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA announced its win in the Treadmill Tuesday Tie-Breaker, a third annual competition with the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast. In total, 1,979 Tampa Bay residents completed 4,185.95 miles during the 12-hour event, surpassing the First Coast by about 1,385.15 miles. For the First Coast, 1,368 residents logged 2,800.80 miles. Together, the Tampa YMCA and First Coast YMCA leveraged a friendly competition to inspire community members to become more physically active and adopt healthier lifestyles. “The remarkable turnout of the Treadmill Tuesday Tie-Breaker has once again demonstrated the importance of community involvement in improving Florida’s health and wellbeing,” said Tampa YMCA President & CEO Matt Mitchell. “While this year’s tie-breaker ended in our favor, both Y associations remain committed to strengthening the health of our communities.” In addition to participating at their

neighborhood Y, community members were able to join the competition from other locations via social media. Of the 4,185.95 total Tampa Bay participants, 26 joined by uploading a post-workout photo of treadmill dashboard displaying the total distance on social media. The total distance and number of participants local Y’s are: Campo Family YMCA, 308 Participants logged in 654.86 miles andn North Brandon Family YMCA, 165 Participants logged in 307.02 miles.

Hawthorne Hosts Parkinson’s Disease Support Group

Hawthorne Health & Rehabilitation Center hosts a monthly support group for those diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and caregivers on the third Thursday of every month. A variety of speakers will provide information on topics relating to swallowing, balance, walking, speaking, mobility, exercise, self-care, cognition, and memory, all of which can be impacted by Parkinson’s Disease. Hawthorne Health & Rehabilitation Center, located at 851 W. Lumsden Rd. in Brandon, is a skilled nursing facility with inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programs including speech, physical and occupational therapies. Hawthorne also hosts a dementia support group in the assisted living facility, as well as past meetings for those dealing with strokes, diabetes, low vision and other diseases. For more information or to register, call 661-8998 Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Brandon Chamber Hosts Taste Of Brandon Event At Westfield Mall

By Kate Quesada

Are you for the community.” looking for a new Restaurants will serve favorite restautwo to three ounce samples rant or a chance of signature menu items to try a different and guests will have the dish from one of opportunity to try these your favorite samples and then vote for places? The the restaurants with the Taste of best tastings, spirits and Brandon, in its desserts. 24th year, will “The event is all about take place at the bringing families together Westfield and fostering a sense of The 24th Taste of Brandon event, Brandon Mall on community,” said Lewis. hosted by the Greater Brandon Saturday, April Chamber of Commerce, will take place “We want all ages to at Westfield Brandon Mall on 21 from 1-5 p.m. attend.” Saturday, April 21 from 1-5 p.m. offering samples Wristband tickets to from some of the event can be purchased from area’s most popular local non-profit groups or at the restaurants giving resChamber of Commerce. idents the chance to Wristbands are $20 for adults try many different and children older than nine, dishes in one place. $5 for children three to eight “The Taste of and children two and under are Brandon will feature free. restaurants providing In addition to food, music menu samples along and entertainment, the event with a fun filled family atmosphere with will also host a vendor area including music and activities for all,” said Rick exhibitors from area non-profit and forLewis, Greater Brandon Chamber of profit businesses. Commerce President and C.E.O. “The mission of the Taste of Brandon The Chamber has been hosting the is to provide the greater Brandon area event since 1994 at locations throughout with a signature event that brings families the area. This is the first time the event together and fosters a sense of communiwill be held at the Westfield Mall, starting ty,” said Lewis. outside of The Cheesecake Factory, benFor more information about the event efitting local non-profit groups. and to purchase tickets, visit www.bran“This year’s format is very different in donchamber.com or call 689-1221. that this event no longer serves the Westfield Brandon Mall is located at 459 chamber,” said Lewis. “It is now hosted Brandon Town Center Dr.

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Go l f , l a v i t s e F Crawfish ment, Ladies T o u rn a t i v i t i e s & Club Ac e… Mo r

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How beneficial those flying little creatures are, bees. Robert Jones, santi, le o C expert on the sube ll he d by Mic rver.com e il p ject will be the m o e C obs @osprey e ll guest speaker on e h ic m Wednesday April 11 at 10 a.m. On Wednesday, May 9, guest speaker Joey Booker will speak on the subject of having a good Annual Crawfish Festival At Winthrop looking landscape. The meetings will at The Rotary Club of FishHawkthe Riverview Civic Center on 11020 Park Riverview is pleased to announce the Dr. in Riverview. Call 654-6987 for more Eighth Annual Crawfish Festival brought information. to you by Christopher Ligori Summerfield and Associates will Ladies Club be held on Activities Saturday, April 14, The regular from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. business meeting at the Founders of the Summerfield Square Park in Ladies Club is held Winthrop at 11109 the first Thursday Winthrop Market St. in Riverview. All of the money raised is donated to local charities and scholarship funds. There will each month at be live music and plenty of food, drinks, 11 a.m. deserts and activities for the children. Bingo There is no entry fee. A crawfish takes place meal is $20 and will include about two to the fourth three lbs. of crawfish with the fixings (corn Thursday of and potatoes). Other food items and bev- each month. erages will be available for purchase at Early bird starts promptly at 11 a.m. The the event, to include Cajun food and cost is $6 and $1 for specials. Visitors drinks, hamburgers and hotdogs. Pepin and guests are welcome. Brewing will be providing a beer truck. Hospice donations as well as can Free hotdogs will be given away to chiltabs and box tops are being collected. dren that bring nonperishable food donaThe club Anniversary Dinner is tions. scheduled for April 12 at 10:30 a.m. at There are many ways that you can Freedom Plaza in Sun City, The cost is help make this event a success including $23 for members & $25 for guests. sponsorships, volunteers, donations, sellChecks are to be made payable to ing tickets and more. For more informaConnie Vina, Treasurer. For more infortion, please visit at www.luvcrawfish.com mation, email mgraczyk2@verizon.net. or call the event organizer - Lisa Jordan at 927-4603. Support Network For Group Leaders

East Hillsborough Democratic Club Meets

The April meeting of the East Hillsborough Democratic Club will be Tuesday April 10 at Beef O'Brady's, 4330 Bell Shoals Rd. in Valrico. Invite your Family and friends at 6 p.m. for meet & greet; meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. April guest speaker will be Hillsborough County Property AppraiserBob Henriquez. For further information please visit www.easthillsboroughdems.org.

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being Duty and Honor, a Civil War historical novel. Dr. Deeb is an American Civil War presenter for the American Cruise Line ships that travel the Mississippi River. He has a Annual Sun City remarkable way of making hisCenter Chamber tory come alive in writing and Cup Classic Golf speaking. History research has Tournament always been a part of his life. Among the historical novSun City els he has written Center area are: Lincoln’s Assassination in Chamber of and two books about the 2011 Commerce is havKennedy ing its Eighth Assassination, Was Oswald Annual Chamber the Only Assassin? And Why Cup Classic Golf Dr. Michael Deeb was Kennedy Killed? Tournament sponFor luncheon reservation, sored by Dove Chip Churchill, 633-7654. contact Interiors at Sandpiper Golf Club, located at 1702 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. in Sun Brandon Christian Writers Meet City Center on April 20. Registration and Do you have a story to share but breakfast starts at 7 a.m. with an 8:30 don’t know how to start? Would you like a.m. tee time. get your feet wet in the sea of publishto The cost is $100 for individual and ing? Come meet with a great mix of suc$400 for foursome. Contact Dexter cessful and aspiring writers who get at 634-5111 or dexter@sccchamber.com. together monthly to learn the ropes, find inspiration and enjoy networking. The Dr. Michael Deeb To Speak At SAR Christian Writers meet the Brandon Luncheon fourth Thursday of every The South Shore Sons of month at St. Andrews the American Revolution will Methodist Church, 3315 host a luncheon on Saturday, Bryan Rd. in Brandon in April 14 at the Plaza Club, Room 305 of the Family 3932 Upper Creek Dr. in Sun Center. City Center. Social Time will At the next meeting on begin at 11:30 a.m. and Buffet April 26 will be published at 12 Noon. The cost is $15. author and speaker Tina Dr. Michael J. Deeb will who will speak about Sensory Yeager speak on the ‘Causes of the American Writing. Revolution.’ Prior to retirement, he was a For more information and guidelines teacher of American History at high for manuscript critique, visit schools, colleges and universities. He www.BrandonChristianWriters.wordhas written eight historical novels, the first press.com.

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Riverview High Swimmer Uses Lightning Grant To Save Lives

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of Marketing Carli Walko, the grant will provide 400 free swim lessons with basic water safety skills to children ages 3 to 13. “In Florida, we are surrounded by water; the drowning rate is too high for our state. I think we need to focus on that,” said Newcomb, who hopes to attend Florida Riverview High School senior Katherine Newcomb was State University next recently named a Lightning Community Hero. She received a grant for $25,000 to help fund swim lessons year and plans to eventually attend law school for at-risk children through the BSAC, in addition to a $25,000 grant for her own education. and become a corporate lawyer. “Water makes up Riverview High School senior such a big part of our lives, we need Katherine Newcomb is teaming up to make sure that everyone knows with Brandon Sports and Aquatics how to swim.” Club (BSAC) to save lives thanks to “Katherine’s passion for wanting a grant from the Tampa Bay to impact the learn to swim moveLightning. Newcomb was recently named the 31st Lightning Community Hero of the season earning a donation of $50,000 from the club’s Lightning Foundation.Half of this money will be used as a scholarship for Newcomb’s education and the other half will go to BSAC to support their mission to prevent youth

drowning. A long-time swimmer and now life guard at BSAC, Newcomb realized that residents in the Tampa Bay Area are especially vulnerable to potential drowning, so she applied for the grant to fund swimming lessons for at-risk and disadvantaged youth through BSAC’s Learn-to-Swim Program. According to BSAC Director

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Brandon Ballet Announces The 2018 Richard Munro Scholarship Winners

Ten Year Celebration Of Life Fundraiser Celebrates Queena’s Journey

The dancer who is 2018 winner classically of the trained in ballet Richard and is between Munro the ages of 13 Memorial and 18. The Scholarship recipient may Fund is use the scholKailey arship to offset Montez, a the cost of any 15-year-old summer ballet ninth grade intensive prostudent at gram. Lennard Montez The Brandon Ballet’s Board of Director President, High School. Lyndsey said, “I am very Ladewig ( L) and the Brandon Ballet’s Artistic Montez is a Director, Doricha Sales (R ) congratulate the winner of honored to the 2018 Richard Munro Scholarship, Kailey Montez. participant in receive the the school’s Collegiate Program. Montez Richard Munro Scholarship. The late has participated in several summer inten- Richard Munro was an asset to Brandon sive programs such as Ballet West in Salt Ballet and I am so pleased to be dancing Lake City, the Joffrey Ballet in New York the role of the Spring Fairy in this year’s City and the Modas Dance in Cinderella. This year is very special in Albuquerque, New Mexico. that the production will follow the choreMontez aspires to be a professional ography of Richard Munro and the perballet dancer prior to attending college to formance is dedicated in his honor.” pursue a degree in physical therapy. Montez plans to use the scholarship Montez has competed in prestigious balmoney to attend the Brandon Ballet’s let competitions including Youth America Summer Intensive. Grand Prix and American Dance Lyndsey Ladewig, President of the Competition/International Ballet Brandon Ballet Board of Directors said, Competition. Montez is a sixth year “Montez exemplifies the passionate Company Dancer of the Brandon Ballet. dancer the Board of Directors look for The late Richard Munro spent his life during the scholarship selection. nurturing the art of ballet as a Ballet Many dancers can be technically corMaster, and Artistic Director and founder rect during class, but to also be passionof a ballet academy. He spent the last six ate and express such enthusiasm while years of his life teaching, coaching, maintaining their poise is what set her choreographing and performing for the apart.” Brandon Ballet. For more information, please visit The scholarship is available to any www.brandonballet.org.

In April 2008, a to1@gmail.com or at www.joinyoung woman, forqueena.com/contact/. To donate funds towards the cost of the merly known as the fundraiser, make checks Bloomingdale Library payable to Hope Heals The Attack Survivor, was Brain Inc (subject line: The brutally raped, beaten Story Lives On) or at www.joinand left to die outside queena.com/donate/. of the Bloomingdale The Ten Year Celebration Regional Library. of Life Fundraiser & Memoir Over the last 10 Reveal will be held on Sunday, years, the community April 29, 2018 at 1 p.m. at the has followed GFWC Tampa Woman's Club. Queena’s story. “There is much to be celeInitially identified as brated: 10 years of ongoing a victim following the On Sunday, April 29, a Ten Year Celebration therapies, battling for justice in brutal attack at the of Life Fundraiser & Memoir Bloomingdale Library, Reveal will take place at the the courtroom, fighting for medQueena has turned FWC Tampa Woman’s Club to ical benefits, raising funds, volinto a beacon of hope celebrate and honor Queena’s unteering,” noted Donato. accomplishments and continuMoney raised at this celeto her supporters and ing journey of healing. bration event will be donated to followers and she is 501c3 non-profit organization Hope Heals now referred to as a survivor. The Brain Inc. and Queena’s Medical A decade later, she still works tireTrust Fund. lessly in daily therapy sessions to regain Queena’s mother has been workthe life she once knew. ing on a very special project: HOPE – On Sunday, April 29, Queena will The Anchor for my Soul; A Mother's take a break from therapy to celebrate Memoir of Faith, Love and with the community, the JoinQueena team is looking for sponsors or donations Forgiveness. The memoir is centered on Queena's attack and the events for the event including food and beverwhich followed, but will take readers ages, live entertainment, bar service, through her mother’s view of childhood silent auction items and volunteers. in Vietnam and her journey to the "This is an extra special event United States. because it honors a huge accomplishQueena’s attacker, Kendrick Morris, ment not just for Queena, but for everywas found guilty on all counts and senone who has found their place in her story over the last 10 years,” said her sis- tenced to 65 years in prison in 2010. In March 2017, he was re-sentenced ter Anna Donato. to life in prison. Follow Queena’s Sponsorship and donation inquiries progress at JoinQueena.com. should be directed to Donato at avdona-

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Ten Year Anniversary Sale At Dog Gone Holistic

Dog Gone Holistic will celebrate its 10 Year Anniversary Sale on Saturday May 5 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Everything in the store is on sale for this one day only. You will save 10% or more on all dog and cat foods and 15% on everything else (sale items and gift cards are excluded). Get a free goodie back with a $35 purchase. Dog Gone Holistic has a Riverview location at 13131 US 301 S. (374-4743), as well as a location in Lithia at 5620 FishHawk Crossing Blvd. (651-0842). Visit www.doggoneholistic.biz.

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Painting From The Heart Seeks Exterior Paint Applications For Mother’s Day Giveaway By Marie Gilmore

Osprey Observer offices at 918 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. Brandon, FL 33511. Last year, for his 10th anniversary in business, Silver donated $10,000 in paint jobs to two local families, the Trombley and Dean Families. “I started my business in 2007 and did most of the painting myself,” said Silver. “The community has helped my business grow and I’m For his 10th Anniversary giveaway, Dynamic Painting USA owner Rob proud to give back with the Silver gave an exterior home paint Painting From The Heart job away to local resident Maggie Campaign.” Dean who brought her granddaughters to the photo op with Osprey Observer team members. According to Silver, he has on average $2,500donated Since 2011, Dynamic Painting USA $3,000 of exterior paint jobs every year and Osprey Observer Newspapers have for close to five years. The campaign, partnered in the Painting From The Heart called Painting From The Heart, gives campaign. The contest is designed to exterior paint jobs to single mothers on give an exterior home paint job to a local Mother’s Day and servicemen or veterfamily or single mother in need that might ans during the holidays. For the last 10 benefit from a home paint job. years, he has also given $3,000-$4,000 For this year’s Mother’s Day contest, in certificates to local charities for room Dynamic Painting owner Rob Silver makeovers every year. would like to help a family with a single “If I can make a small difference in mom to paint the exterior of the house. somebody’s life by giving a paint job Applications are available in the away, then I’d love to do that,” added Osprey Observer or by emailing subject Silver. line PAINT to contest@ospreyob In addition to Painting From The server.com. Since 2011, nine exterior Heart, Silver has also been involved as a home paint jobs have been donated and guardian for Honor Flight of West Central families all across Hillsborough County Florida, taking WWII Veterans on a trip to have been the recipients. Potential recipifor the day, has been a member of D.C. ents will write up to a 500-word essay on Rotary, local Chambers and more. For why they would like a paint job, and must information on Dynamic Painting USA, include a picture of their house in order to visit their website at http://dynamicpaintinbe eligible. Certain restrictions apply. gusa.com or call 689-9333. Entries can be emailed or mailed into the

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Why could you use up to $2,500 in free painting! Send us your story and a photo. Email a story approx. 500 words about your painting needs to contest@ospreyobserver.com subject line Painting along with a photo. A winner from the community will be selected as part of Dynamic Painting USA’s Painting From the Heart Give Away! Name: Address: Phone: Email: Community: Email to win at contest@ospreyobserver.com, fax to 657-4469 or mail to 918 Lithia Pinecrest Rd., Brandon, FL 33511.

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Citrus Carpet And Tile Celebrates Two Years Of Cleaning And Community

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Citrus Carpet an additional and Tile Cleaning employee to of Tampa owner work with him on Jim Hirz is proud jobs. to have been For carpet servicing the cleaning, Citrus community for Carpet and Tile two years this uses a quick drymonth. During ing, low that time he has moisture made a name for process that himself with hunnot only predreds of satisfied Riverview resident Jim vents recarpet and tile spotting but Hirz with Citrus Carpet and Tile Cleaning of Tampa is celebrating two years in also means customers and the community this month. as president of that custhe Kiwanis Club of Greater Brandon. tomers can fully use the area within an Hirz, who moved with his wife Carol hour. All services are personalized and to Riverview from Atlanta in 2014, decid100 percent guaranteed. ed that Citrus Carpet and Tile Cleaning But one of Hirz’s favorite things about would be a great fit for a new business in owning a small business is the way it has eastern Hillsborough County. helped him get immersed in his commu“The company’s product, approach nity. He has been a member of the and philosophy sets it apart,” said Hirz, Kiwanis Club, a global organization of who ran a video production business for members dedicated to serving the chil20 years before moving to Florida. dren of the world and developing youth Using a special all natural formula leaders, for 16 years and states that his derived from skins of citrus fruits, the work with the group influences everything company specializes in carpet, tile and he does. grout cleaning, but also offers furniture, “I am so thankful and proud that my area rug and upholstery cleaning. An business has allowed me to take on an additional service Hirz feels sets his busiimportant role with the Kiwanis Club,” ness apart is grout color sealing, which is said Hirz, who became president of the a painting process that creates an impen- Greater Brandon group last year. etrable boundary to the porous grout and Citrus Carpet and Tile services all of allows the customer to custom pick the Hillsborough County. For info, visit color of the finished product. www.citruscleantampa.com or call Hirz at “When we are done it looks like a 314-7800. For Kiwanis, visit www.brannew floor,” said Hirz, who recently hired donkiwanis.com or call 810-8584.

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St. Anne’s Third Annual Golf Tournament

Saint Anne Catholic Church is building its 2018 Community Outreach Funds with its Third Annual Golf Tournament. A ‘Best Ball Golf Tournament’ will be held Saturday, April 21 at Apollo Beach Golf Course, 801 Golf and Sea Blvd. in Apollo Beach. Registration opens 7 a.m. with an 8 a.m. ‘Shotgun Start.’ The entrance fee is $75 per player, or $300 for each foursome. This fee includes prizes for Hole-in-One, Greatest Putt, Longest Drive, Most Accurate Drive, Closest to the Pin (all Par 3s) and a ‘Fun’ Awards Luncheon with great food and prizes following the Tournament. The luncheon will be hosted at the Apollo Beach Golf Club. There will be a Hole in One contest with the Grand Prize of $10,000. Tournament registration forms are available at Saint Anne Parish Office Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m.–Noon. Forms are also available at Apollo Beach Golf Course Pro Shop. All proceeds benefit Saint Anne

Catholic Church Community Outreach programs, including the weekly Food Pantry, Education Scholarships, St. Vincent DePaul, and Catholic Charities’ Mobile Medical Bus.

The LifeCare Network’s Annual Golf Tournament With Helicopter Drop

LifeCare’s annual golf tournament will be held on Friday, April 13 at the River Hills Country Club in Valrico. Check-in begins at 11 a.m. and is followed by lunch and a helicopter golf ball drop. The shotgun start is at 12:45 p.m. The registration fee is $150 per person and includes golfing, lunch, dinner, a Dri-Fit polo shirt, a goodie bag and contests along the golf course. The LifeCare Network exists to lead those they serve to know Christ, protect the sanctity of human life and promote biblically based sexuality according to God’s plan for marriage. For more information, visit www.LifeCareNetwork.net. To register or become a sponsor for the golf fundraiser, please contact Jessica Rickenbach at Jessica@LifeCareNetwork.net or 6540491. The River Hills Country Club is located at 3943 New River Hills Pkwy. in Valrico.

Support Group For Adult Children Of Alcoholics

Support and fellowship group starting soon at Northside Baptist Church in Ruskin. Healing is possible for adult children

of alcoholic parents and dysfunctional families based on the ACA Handbook. This meeting book contains the Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions, sponsorship, Inner Child and re-parenting. Meeting discussions offer hope for recovery from the effects of growing up in a dysfunctional family, where alcohol or drugs may or may not have been present. While ACA is similar to other Twelve Step programs, our emphasis is on the family system and Inner Child or True Self. You can learn how unhealthy child situations may be unknowingly sabotaging your decisions and relationships today. Support group will be meeting once per week, all are welcome. Please contact Michael O. for more information at 6902049 or gbdogg02@gmail.com.

Taize Prayer Service Hosted By Saint Anne Catholic Church

As part of its Lenten devotions, Saint Anne Parish hosted a Taizé Prayer Service on February 27. It was an evening filled with reverence, reflection, and adoration. The highlight of the altar was the most beautiful display of the exposed Blessed Sacrament with a light that shined on it, which portrayed a ray of sunshine in the darkness. Worshipers sat in the pews as Fr. John McEvoy led them in slow, quiet, meditative prayer. In between each prayer was a time of silence for reflection followed by hymns that were sung by the Adult Choir led by Wayne Warren. Taizé Prayer was founded in France in the 1940s by a Swiss man known as Brother Roger in a monastic community devoted to prayer and reconciliation. A Taizé worship service involves song and chanted prayers, meditation, and a period of silence.

Saint Anne Catholic Church is located at U.S. Hwy. 41 and 11th Avenue N.E. in Ruskin. Visit SaintAnneRuskin.org.

Fifteen Powerful Ways To Put Money Away

Have you ever had an unexpected car repair, home repair or medical emergency that rocked you with a $500, $700 or $900 bill you had not planned on? Would you like to have a Freedom Account of at least $1,000 (or more) to cushion the unexpected financial blows that life brings? Maybe you are saying: “Sounds like a great idea but I can hardly make ends meet now. How am I going to come up with an extra $1,000 for emergencies?” That’s exactly what this course is designed for. It will provide: 15 small, but powerful ideas (called Freedom Weapons) that have helped people firmly establish a Freedom Account as a way of life for them and their family. You can choose one, two, or all 15 to propel you on your way; three ways to not only save money, but capture the savings into your Freedom Account; several ideas on how to stay motivated and make the savings habit a life-long practice. Most financial advisors call this concept of an emergency account the most important first step towards financial freedom. Are you ready? Join in beginning Tuesday, April 17 at 10:30 a.m. at Balm Baptist Church, 15021 Balm Wimauma Rd, in Wimauma. For more information, or to sign up for this or other classes, please call 634-7136.

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Newly Remodeled DayDreams Day Spa Offers Mother’s Day Packages No matter your lifestyle, everyone deserves to relax, and with DayDreams Day Spa & Bath Shop’s new remodel, you will want to book your trip to tranquility. You will begin your journey in the comfortable relaxation room where you can recline, take a nap, enjoy a light snack, or de-stress. The warm lighting, original artwork, and comfortable furniture complete the cozy-modern atmosphere and optimize your ability to unwind. The owners of the last three years, Niki and Benjamin Herron-Keller, wanted to create an environment through the remodel where “you will feel pampered from the moment you walk in until the moment you leave.” They have accomplished their vision and truly made the spa their own. After spending time in the relaxation room, you can enjoy a soothing array of massages, professional skin

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care, body therapies, manicures, and pedicures. Save time for a trip to the sauna as well. Additionally, Herron-Keller and her husband are selective in their staff, sure to choose therapists who are committed to ongoing education. We expect our staff to “treat every-

one who comes in like it is your grandma whom you want to treat to a magical day.” With their commitment to top notch service, they also offer all natural ingredients whenever possible. Before you leave, you can take a bit of your experience home by visiting their bath shop

where they carry a variety of beauty/spa products, specialty coconut wax candles, accessories, and fashion lines, such as local Ybor sleepwear line, FacePlant. DayDreams prides itself on the knowledge-base, professionalism, and experience of its team. They only seek to recruit the area’s leading and most established therapists, several of whom bring decades of experience. Years of practice, combined with DayDreams’ emphasis on training and education, helps to ensure that your therapist will always be a cut above the rest. You can find the perfect gift for yourself or for a love one for any occasion or just because. Mother’s Day packages are available now. For more information, call 657-2992 or visit them online at www.DayDreamsDaySpa.com. The Brandon location is located at 658 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon. They also have a sister location in Lakeland at 1463 Town Center Dr. in Lakeland.


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The Outreach largest and most Clinic will host its important fundraiser Seventh Annual of the year. We are Kentucky Derby not bragging, but Party on Saturday, everyone who May 5 from 5 to 9 attends say it is best p.m. at The Regent, charity fundraiser they located at 6437 have ever attended. It Watson Rd. in is a great event with Riverview. Tickets plenty of food and are $100 per person. Get dressed up in your finest outfit and lots of activities that join others as they raise awareness about All proceeds will ben- and much needed funds for The Outreach will delight everyone.” efit the Outreach Meegan added, Clinic at the 7th Annual Kentucky Derby Party, hosted by The Outreach Clinic, on “All proceeds from Clinic. Saturday, May 5 at The Regent in The Outreach this event go to help Riverview. Clinic's Seventh the low income, uninAnnual Kentucky Derby Party is a fun sured receive the health care they need and exciting event. Your ticket gets you to stay alive. Most people do not realize unlimited food samplings, and an open that there are so many residents in our bar featuring Margaritas and Mint Juleps. community who lose their lives every year There will also be Kentucky Derby Horse because they cannot afford the health Games and a fabulous silent auction. You care they need. The Outreach Clinic can can play Derby Corn Hole for a chance to do something to prevent that but only if win a Chest of Cheer worth over $500. we get the financial support from our Watch the Kentucky Derby live on two big community.” screens. Meegan said, “You do not have to be No Kentucky Derby party would be a doctor to save a life. Everyone can be a complete without fancy hats and welllifesaver.” dressed ladies and gentlemen. Ladies The clinic provides much needed can compete in the Most Beautiful and healthcare to those who do not have Creative Hat Contest and the Most health insurance and cannot afford Fascinating Fascinator. Gentlemen can healthcare. Most of those who are vie to win the Most Dapper Gentlemen served, have either a part time job or and the Most Creative Dapper Guy receive only minimum wage or are receivContests. Since the Kentucky Derby falls ing unemployment compensation or on Cinco de Mayo this year, organizers Social Security Disability. have added a prize for best Cinco de The Outreach Clinic is located at 517 Mayo attire. N. Parsons Ave. in Brandon. For more Debbie Meegan, Executive Director information and to get tickets, please visit of The Outreach Clinic said, “This is our www.theoutreachclinic.com.

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College Project Inspired LeAnne’s Cookies Into Successful Local Business Award-winning LeAnne’s Old Fashioned Cookies, is a truly homegrown success story. Owner LeAnne Crabtree was as a Finance major at the University of Central Florida, one of the required marketing projects was to plan and set up a business, market the product, keep accurate records and report any profits or losses the business generated. Since Crabtree has always enjoyed making cookies, she used her family’s fourth generation secret chocolate chip recipe and set up her marketing class cookie business. Her cookies were an instant hit with college students, professors, neighbors and friends, who gladly bought all the cookies she could produce. Her marketing project made a profit and the demand for “LeAnne’s Old Fashioned Cookies” continued even though her professor gave her a “C” on the project. He assumed people were becoming too health conscious and wouldn’t buy cookies, however, the demand for LeAnne’s cookies continued-

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Working as a part time cashier for an Orlando grocery store, Crabtree made friends with the owners of a nearby pizza shop. Soon they offered to let she and her husband make cookies in their pizza ovens after hours. She always baked extra cookies and left them for the owners to enjoy. In 1990, graduation day finally arrived. With her Finance Degree in hand, Crabtree, her family and the young cookie company moved to Seffner, Florida (a small town east of

Tampa). Daughter Amanda quickly joined the cookie team as ‘Client Relations Specialist” when she was just two-weeks old. Later that year the company won the “The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce, Small Business of the Year for 1999’. Amanda, now in college, continues to have a loyal following of clients she has developed and nurtured over the years. Crabtree continues to work with individuals and businesses giving them, ‘A Delicious way to say Thank You’. For information or to order, call 6510045 or Toll Free (888)651-0045. Email LeAnne@LeAnnesCookies.com or visit www.LeAnnesCookies.com.

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Veterans Sought For Agriculture Internship By Kate Quesada Riverview resia legacy for future gendent Mike Burrell erations,” said Burrell, has a new career who is also a trained path thanks to a pastry chef. “Farming Hillsborough County isn’t going anywhere, program. Burrell so I decided that an was the first particieducation in agriculture pant in the Veterans would be priceless.” During his six Agriculture Selection month stretch at the Program which UF Gulf Coast offers a paid internResearch Center, ship providing Riverview resident Mike Burrell recently hands-on learning completed a paid internship through the which began in and training experi- Veterans Agriculture Selection Program. January 2017, Burrell Applications for two new interns are learnied a wide variety ences for veterans being accepted this month. of skills from driving a so they can transitractor to irrigation and learned about the tion to a career in agriculture.The proplanting, fertilization and harvesting of gram is accepting applications for two crops including tomatoes and strawbernew positions this month. ries. Supported by the University of “It was quite an adventure,” he said. Florida (UF), the program offers veterans Burrell spent the second part of his a nine-month paid position at either the internship in a finance role at a Lakeland UF Gulf Coast Research Center in company where he was offered a full time Wimauma or the Range Cattle Research position upon completion. and Education Center in Ona. Veterans wishing to apply must subParticipants are introduced to various mit DD214 honorable discharge papermodern crop production practices while work, a resume or job history, three letters enrolled in a UF Certificate Program. of recommendation and an essay Upon completion of the program, particidescribing their interest in agriculture and pants transition to a three-month paid what they would like to achieve from the internship with a local farm or agribusiprogram. Applicants will be interviewed by ness to use their skills and experience. staff from the UF Institute of Food and Burrell, who retired after many years in the Air Force spent in England, Florida, Agricultural Sciences, the UF Gulf Coast Research Center and HillsboroughCounty Missouri, Iraq and Washington DC in Economic Development. positions ranging from a surgical techniTo submit and application or learn cian to a financial officer, found the promore about the program, contact Simon gram an excellent fit for his desire to find Bollin, Agribusiness Development a new career path. Manager at 276-2735 or visit “When deciding what I wanted to do next, I thought a lot about how I can leave www.HCFLGov.net/Vets2Ag.

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17th Annual SeaGrapes Wine & Food Festival Supports Aquarium

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Join The part is each ticket sold Florida Aquarium goes toward supporting for its 17th annuthe Aquarium’s mission al SeaGrapes Wine of entertaining, educat& Food Festival ing and inspiring stewfundraising event ardship of our natural presented by environment. This is not Amalie Oil only a fun event, but it on Saturday, April supports a good cause 28 from 8-11 as well,” said The p.m. Immerse your- The Florida Aquarium will be holding its Florida Aquarium’s annual Wine & Food Festival on self in a wine and Communications Saturday, April 28 from 8-11 pm. food festival unlike Manager Kaitlyn Fusco. any other. Dress is cocktail Enjoy fantastic attire. VIP ticketholder wine and sample entry will begin at 7 delicious food while p.m. for early access to strolling among the food and drinks, as more than 7,000 well as a special VIP animals and plants, area with exclusive food all while supporting and drink options. New a good cause. this year, a sunset There will be 50+ cruise will be offered as types of wine available to an add-on to any ticket. One sample and more hundred per cent of the prothan 20 different local ceeds from tickets purrestaurant partners in chased support The attendance. The festive Florida Aquarium’s mission atmosphere will be to both entertain and educomplemented by a cate as well as inspire stewardvariety of live entertainship of our natural environment. ment throughout the Aquarium. General admission tickets are $125, “We are very excited to be hosting VIP tickets are $250, and an add-on SeaGrapes, our annual fundraising sunset cruise for any ticket is $75. For event, again this year. We have so many more information about the event great wines and food from local restaucall 273-4000 or visit flaquarium.org/searants for our guest to enjoy while taking grapes. in the Aquarium atmosphere at night. It The Florida Aquarium is located at truly is a special experience and the best 701 Channelside Dr. in Tampa.

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Rezoning Of Former St. Stephen Property Could Bring Asst. Living Community

By Sharon Still

Site plan of the proposed redevelopment of the old St. Stephen Church.

The Diocese of St. Petersburg is currently in the negotiating stages to sell the site of the former St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, located at 5049 Bell Shoals Rd. to Bridgepoint Lifecare Group. Plans call for redevelopment of the site into a new style of assisted living for seniors that focuses on freedom, comfort, convenience, and affordability. Plans for the assisted living facility call for one- and two-story villa homes, three-story residences, a building for those with special needs, a building for memory care as well as a resort pool with cabana and town center. Brian Bokor, who identifies himself as a concerned citizen, said, “I keep myself on the pulse of the community and there clearly are two sides to this issue.” He explains that the people that live in the neighboring subdivisions are opposed to the plan because of traffic, noise and other issues.

“There is a lot of opposition from local residents but a lot of support from the people from the church,” he added. While Bokor said that he is not on either side of the issue, he as well as many people who signed the petition referenced below pointed out that the alternative to an assisted living facility could turn out to be something that creates much more noise and traffic. “What is the option if it doesn’t go through,” he mentioned. A rezoning hearing (RZ-PD 180100 BR), originally scheduled for February, is being continued by the applicant and will be held on April 16. Proponents of the plan are asking for community members to sign a petition in support of this redevelopment to present at the Zoning Hearing Master Hearing. The petition can be found at www.thepetitionsite.com/512/198/810/ help-st.-stephen-catholic-church-sellthe-bell-shoals-property/.

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The Firehouse Cultural Center Celebrates Spring With Art And Entertainment unique sound. Then, the Valerie Gillespie Jazz Ensemble returns to the Firehouse Pub on Saturday, May 12. The group performs a mix of instrumental and vocal jazz music. Next, come out and enjoy some good oldThe Firehouse Cultural Center’s Firehouse Pub will be active with all fashioned kinds of entertainment this spring. Come out and see great bands such comedy at as the Gypsy Star Band which will perform in the Firehouse Pub on Clean Saturday, April 21. Comedy on Kick off spring at the Firehouse Friday, May 18. Comedians will be Cultural Center and the Firehouse announced soon. Pub with lots of fun events. There Come back on Saturday, May 19 are arts events at the center and live and see The Bop Legacy perform entertainment in the Firehouse Pub tributes to the great Jazz legends of throughout April and May. There is the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s with a mixture something for everyone regardless of of Bebop, Latin Jazz and smooth your age. Jazz. Georgia Vahue, Executive Advance tickets for the music Director of the Firehouse Cultural performances are $18 for members Center said, "We encourage everyand $23 for non-members. Day of one to come to our shows, take our tickets for members are $23 for workshops, and enjoy the many promembers and $28 for non-members. grams for both kids and adults that For the Clean Comedy Show, we offer." advance tickets are $15 for members First up, come to the Big Draw and $18 for non-members. Day of on Saturday, April 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. tickets are $20 for members and $25 This is an annual event held internafor non-members. tionally that celebrates drawing. It is The Firehouse Cultural Center is especially important for the Ruskin a non-profit visual and performing area because the area's namesake, cultural center. They are conveniently John Ruskin, was a gifted painter located in the south region of who lived during the Victorian era. Hillsborough County. They provide The Big Draw is a free community quality programming in arts and eduevent. cation for all ages. Then, come see a great band, The Firehouse Cultural Center is the Gypsy Star Band, on Saturday, located at 101 West Ave. N.E. in April 21. The Gypsy Star Band fuses Ruskin. For information and to puroriginal indie folk rock with rhythms chase tickets to the show, visit from around the world to create a www.firehouseculturalcenter.org.

Artwork Of Area School Children On Display At The SouthShore Regional Library

Children from area public elementary schools submitted artwork for the Public Elementary School Exhibit currently on view at the SouthShore Regional Library in Ruskin.

The April art exhibit in the John Crawford Art Education Studio at the SouthShore Regional Library in Ruskin is a wonderful collection of artwork created by local public elementary school children. The exhibit can be viewed through the end of April during the library's regular operating hours. The artwork is different and striking. The exhibition shows the passion that even a small child can have for art. There are creations made by students as young as those who attend first grade. Additionally, the artwork reflects the instruction and techniques passed onto students by the area's art teachers. Each teacher selected a medium and subject matter that their students followed in creating their artwork. Students who are participating in the exhibit come from the following schools and art teachers- Wimauma Elementary (Julia Dejarmette); Cypress Creek Elementary (Sandra Shelton); Apollo Beach Elementary (Margit Redlawsk); Summerfield Crossing Elementary (Kimberly Hamaker); Reddick Elementary (Harris Hammersmith); Ruskin Elementary (Brenda Eastep); Dawson Elementary (Keith Garner); and Summerfield

Elementary (Jessica Sandin). The Public Elementary School Exhibit was organized by a member of the John Crawford Advisory Board at the library who is also a teacher. She worked closely with the teachers to put together the exhibit. Cheryl Wolfe, Administrative Librarian for the SouthShore Regional Library said, "I like how the teachers grouped the art for the exhibit." Wolfe added, "I am marveled over the students' creativity. I am glad that we are able to offer them a space to publicly exhibit their artwork." Tbe SouthShore Regional Library is a strong advocate of the arts and a great venue for a variety of arts related events. This includes the next exhibit which will feature fan art celebrating comics, anime, manga, sci-fi, fantasy and more. A reception of the Third Annual Tampa Bay LibCon will be held on Tuesday, May 15 at the John Crawford Art Education Studio at the SouthShore a Regional Library. The SouthShore Regional Library is located at 15816 Beth Shields Way in Ruskin. For more information on the Public Elementary School Art Exhibit or the Third Annual Tampa Bay LibCon, please call 273-3652.

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Little Harbor Community Rebrands As Southshore Yacht Club

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grass flats in conjunction with the bait We have showing up. I been busy at like targeting Instinct Fishing the deeper potCo. running holes (sandy charters daily areas) in 4-6’ and fishing water where through the the flow is the last few cold strongest. If we fronts of the are fishing over year. At times, heavy grass, I the fishing was will use a float. a bit tough, but I believe we Bobby Bridges and Nate Weckler lost count catch- Otherwise, I ing Snook on a recent charter with Capt. Travis prefer to freeare finally Yaeckel. line my baits. through the Live pilchards (greenbacks, white rough patches and back to our norbait) is the bait of choice and the size mal pattern on fish. As always, this isn’t critical. Sometimes, the smaller time of year snook have been the highlight of our trips but the trout bite bait is more productive for trout fishing. has also been great in some areas. Last but not least, we are starting Redfish have also started showing up to see some numbers on redfish. We and we are catching them more conhave been targeting them on the sistently. Moving into April the spring higher tides and have been successbite will continue to get better. The ful fishing the deeper mangrove next key factor is when bait starts showing up on the major inshore flats shorelines. With the amount of boat traffic and snook fishing in our area, along the south shore. the shallow water redfish fishing can Snook fishing can be one of the most exciting and action-packed fish- sometimes be a challenge, especially on a weekend. I have found that fishing experiences in our area. Since ing deeper cover is a good way to they are a schooling fish, its not stay on fish. I like using bigger baits uncommon to catch quite a few in a single spot in a short amount of time. and casting them up under the mangroves. It can be tricky to get them When the bite is on, you can hardly out, but with a little coaching, its not get a bait in the water before it gets too bad. The average size fish is eaten. A majority of the fish we are about 22” but we have caught severcatching are 18-24” with larger ones in the mix. Live chumming can some- al upper and over slot fish in the last few weeks. That is a good sign that times be the key to get or keep the we should start finding some larger bite going. During the slack portions schools soon. of the tide, cut bait will also keep the lines tight. Captain Travis Yaeckel is a native When we are not catching snook, resident of the SouthShore area and we have been trout fishing. Right charters full time for Redfish, Snook, now, they are on the move. Like the Trout, and Tarpon. He is owner and operator of Instinct Fishing Co.,based out of snook, they travel and live in schools. lower Tampa Bay. To book a charter, call Lately, we have been locating some 830-FISH or visit www.fishbyinstinct.com. nice fish and catching plenty of qualiCatch him on Tampa Fishing Outfitters ty slots and gator trout. However, it Radio Show on Sunday mornings from 8has been a ‘here one day, gone the 9 a.m. at 1040 a.m. Sports Talk the Team. next’ type pattern. In the coming weeks, we will shift our focus to the

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The waterfront community of Little Harbor in Ruskin was recently rebranded as Southshore Yacht Club. It launched its Phase II with a grand opening on March 24. The development will now be part of WCI Communities, a premier developer and builder of luxury

The homes will have modern, upgraded luxury features available to buyers, which include a tankless gas hot water heater, quartz countertops, builtin double oven, gas stove cook top, and a tile roof. “We’re enhancing Southshore Yacht Club’s waterfront Phase II of the Southshore Yacht Club is now in development near lifestyle by offering the Resort & Club at Little Harbor. WCI’s higher-end homes and feahomes in Florida and part of the tures to homebuyers,” said Mark Lennar family of companies. Metheny, Division President for Phase I of the community sold Lennar Tampa, the parent company out in late 2017, and now work will of WCI. “We’ve also made changes start on Phase II. Southshore Yacht Club will reveal to our floor plans to appeal to a variety of buyers who want luxury living new floor plans specially designed and a beautiful view.” for waterfront homes, along with A dog park and clubhouse with upgraded features including high-end a resort-style pool are also under kitchens and new community amenities. The homes in the community will construction and scheduled to be complete in July. range from the $300s to the $700s. Southshore Yacht Club is located The community’s nine new floor at 3023 Christophers Watch Lane in plans, some of which are one story, have an open concept to allow for an Ruskin, off U.S. 41 and Shell Point Road, near the waterfront Resort & impressive view of the water starting Club at Little Harbor. at the front door. In the second For more information on WCI phase, there will be 88 homes on the homes in Southshore Yacht Club, canal, and 151 in total. Each watercall 877-205-1328 or visit front home has the option to have a www.lennar.com. dock and boatlift.


HCC Kids’ College Brings Technology Program To Middle School Girls At SouthShore Campus

By Ashley Carl

This summer, Hillsborough Community College will join Verizon Innovative Learning, an education initiative of the Verizon Foundation, to introduce more girls, especially those in rural parts of the country, to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills. Launched in partnership with the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), the two-year program was piloted last summer at five community colleges and will expand to 16 community colleges, engaging over 1,500 students. Kicking off this summer with a threeweek intensive learning experience, 100 girls from local middle schools across Ruskin and Wimauma will attend courses at HCC’s SouthShore Campus in augmented and virtual reality, coding, 3D design, entrepreneurship and design thinking principles free of charge. The students will continue to participate in monthly sessions throughout the academic year where they will develop a technology solution for a community problem that aligns with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Focus areas of the SDGs include poverty reduction, quality education, good health and well-being, climate action, peace and justice or gender equality. “We are extremely proud to be a part of this vital program benefiting middle school girls in our local community,” said

Ryan Buckthorpe, director, HCC Institute for Corporate & Continuing Education. “We will employ the organizational expertise of our successful HCC Kids’ College program, the extensive experience of our entrepreneurship and innovation faculty, and the vast resources and community knowledge of our SouthShore Campus.” Women continue to be underrepresented in STEM careers, where a staggering 86 percent of engineers and 74 percent of computer professionals are men. The percentage of women in STEM careers has not improved since 2001, specifically within the engineering (12 percent) and computing (26 percent) workforces. As a member organization of more than 300 community colleges across the country, NACCE is dedicated to supporting job creation and entrepreneurs in local communities. Verizon Innovative Learning gives free technology, free access and innovative curricula to students impacted by the digital divide to help them realize a brighter future. To date, Verizon has invested $200 million in this initiative and has reached more than one million students. Learn more at www.VerizonInnovativeLearning.com. To learn more about this exciting opportunity for middle school girls, please contact HCC Kids’ College at kidscollege@hccfl.edu or by phone at 259-6010.

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Over 40 members ly. We’re like a of the Tampa communisalad with differty recently broke bread ent types of coltogether to discuss how ors, textures and their diversity makes flavors, here to be Tampa stronger. ‘unidos’ in this Organized by UnidosUS salad bowl we live and hosted by local affilin.” A unity event was recently organized by iate RCMA at RCMA Middle UnidosUS and hosted locally at RCMA Wimauma Academy, School student Wimauma Academy. Over 40 members this event was one in a Yesenia of the Tampa community attended. series of such events taking place across Velasquez bought enchiladas. “They are the country to bring people together at a special to me because when my mom time of unprecedented division and polar- was in Mexico, her mom would always be ization. making them for her. Now I can picture Attendees each brought a dish that my mom eating enchiladas and it’s a was meaningful to them, their family or wonderful memory to have of her.” their culture, and explained that dish to Salma Haidermota, a volunteer spetheir new friends seated around the table. cialist at RCMA said that she never venGuests included individuals from East tured into cooking because she knew Coast Migrant Head Start, Wimauma she’d never be like her mother. When she CDC and the Community Foundation of moved to America, she had no choice but Tampa. to start cooking and it was a total disaster. “This country is about people coming Her sister wrote all the family recipes and together to be a stronger community and sent them to her and now she cooks. country,” said Gayane Stepanian, “Today, I made butter chicken. It hasn’t Executive Director of RCMA been in my family, but when I go to Ansberto Vallejo, Supervisor for restaurants, I know people like ordering it. Career and Postsecondary Planning at It reminds me of the Indian foods that can Hillsborough county Public Schools be part of the Mexican cuisine. To me, brought pasta with garbanzo beans notour dishes are both a total mixture of ing, “Since my family is mixed with other cuisines,” she noted. American and Mexican culture, we make For more information on RCMA our own dishes and combine them. This schools, visit pasta dish is a representation of my fami- www.rcma.org/charter_schools.html.

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Parkinson’s Disease Support Group Held At The Bridges

The Bridges Assisted Living Community will host a support group for those diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, family members and caregivers. The support group will meet quarterly on the last Wednesday of the month beginning Wednesday, April 25. Guest speakers will present on a variety of topics such as mobility, balance, cognition, medication, and nutrition. The purpose of the support group is to share information, offer mutual support and gain additional information from area experts. There is no fee to attend. Please RSVP to Janet at 413-8900.

Originator Surprised At Dream Circle Meeting

The Sun City Center Dream Circle surprised originator, Carol Oschmann, with card, cake and fruit smoothie cocktail at the weekly meeting recently. One lady was challenged by another group to keep a daily journal. She decided to make it a nightly bedtime letter thanking her creator for the good that happened that day, asking

for answers to area’s most poputhe challenges lar stage personaliand praying for ties, will help a better world guests keep track tomorrow. She of the clues and was surprised the suspects. to get unforThere will be gettable no clowningdreams around musically, each night however. Murder for the On The High C’s whole week before that presents four permeeting. She wrote them formers whose each morning. Some held careers embrace clear answers, some the worlds of needed some work. The opera, musical thework the dream circle ater, choir, chorus L-R: Nancy Houle, Carol Moisides, and pop music. could help with. Janalea Hoffman, Katy Zatsick, Oftentimes we Tenor, Chris (seated) Carol Oschmann, missing Ronnie Minthorn search for deep meaning Romeo, who porin a dream when the subtrays Luciano ject is as clear as the nose on your Provolone is a member of the St. face. Petersburg Opera Company and For more information on meeting appears with other operatic venues in time and place call Carol at 909the Tampa Bay-Sarasota area. 3233.. Soprano, Joland Nel, in the role of Marilyn Hornblower, has appeared Fun, Food, Mystery, Arias On in numerous Bay Area operatic proMenu At SJD ductions and is a member of several Murder On The High C’s, a comepopular performing ensembles, such dy/musical/murder mystery/dinner, as Classical Showcase. featuring thrilling singing voices and Soprano, Lisa Velasco, to be seen an elegant/swellegant dinner menu, as Renee Flamingo, was trained in will be served on Friday, April 20 at 7 liturgical music and is featured as an p.m., at St. John Divine church in Sun SJD soloist. She most recently perCity Center. Written and Directed by formed as a big band vocalist in the Peggy Burgess, Resident Programs musical review When The Lights Department Associate at Freedom Come On Again, and in the Jack Plaza, and creator of the Edison Band’s Big Band Era many Freedom Frolics shows, High Jazz concert. C’s is a rollicking spoof of ‘whodunBaritone, Clint Shepherd, who will nits,’ as guests match wits with the be seen in High C’s as Placebo grown-up Hardy Boys as they try to Domino, is known throughout the solve the crime. Master of Tampa Bay area for his performances Ceremonies, Dan Tackett, one of the in opera, and commanding stage

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Tampa YMCA Wants to Awaken Summer Imagination At Annual Healthy Kids Day®

On Saturday, April 21, the community is invited to free Healthy Kids Day® events at 10 Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA locations, including the new Spurlino Family Y at Big Bend Road. Kids will be inspired to keep their minds and bodies active at the annual YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families. Healthy Kids Day is an opportunity to ignite children’s imaginations so that they can imagine what they’ll accomplish this summer. Community members can expect fun games, healthy snacks, crafts and water activities to motivate and teach them how to develop and maintain healthy routines at home throughout the summer months. Each participating YMCA has more information on the free activities and food offered during the Healthy Kids Day event, which will take place from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at all locations, except for the Spurlino Y which is from 9 a.m.-12 Noon and the Northwest Y which is from 10a.m.-12 Noon.

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Patients Overcome Their Fears At Family & Special Needs Friendly Oakfield Dental Not all who take a seat in that lightcolored leather dental chair seem thrilled because of a fear they could be facing. At Oakfield Dental in Brandon it strives to do everything possible to make dental visits pleasant and positive experiences for their patients. In 2016, Oakfield Dental became established by Dr. Amir Boules, D.M.D. His wife Dr. Melanie Leung, D.M.D. joined the team too with knowledge and a heart for working with kids such as those with Autism and other special needs. To add, the staff here did get handpicked to provide individuals with the best quality care to make the dentist visit most comfortable and enjoyable. Leung earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pennsylvania. While attending dental school, Leung chose to do a rotation at a special needs clinic where she saw various types of patients every week. In addition, Leung mentions how Oakfield Dental utilizes numerous methods to make it a comfortable environment to all patients. For instance, an apron that gets placed during an x-ray

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remains on an autistic patient throughout the entire appointment because it portrays as a safety blanket on them. Another method would be providing them with free earbuds or using colorful nonthreatening tools and more. “I enjoy working with kids and it all started before dental school,” Leung said. Furthermore, what makes Oakfield Dental unique would be its home-like appearance of this specific office, which includes a coffee and tea bar, phone charging station in each operatory, cozy blankets and much more. It also provides services such as onehour whitening, digital x-rays to minimize radiation and cleanings with an emphasis on communicating oral hygiene tips just to name a few. “Overall, most people come in with some type of dental fear and I want the community to know that we care,” Leung said. For information, visit www.oakfielddental.com. It is located at 1457 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon. Open Monday, Tuesday and Friday 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m., Wednesday 8:30 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Call 906-8808 to schedule an appointment.

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Dr. Priya Reddy Offers Remarkable Rheumatology Care in Riverview

By Amy Schechter

If you or a loved belongs. She is an one have experienced Executive Board arthritis, tendonitis, gout Member of the or lupus, you underFlorida Society of stand how debilitating Rheumatology and these autoimmune concurrently serves as ditions can be. That is Secretary/Treasurer why having a good and concurrently the rheumatologist is an Florida Regional integral part of a care Director for the plan. Dr. Priya Reddy American Women in Dr. Priya Reddy, MD, FACR, and her staff at Rheumatology. Dr. Southwest Florida Rheumatology. Southwest Florida Reddy is Board Rheumatology are perfectly poised to Certified in Rheumatology and is a Fellow diagnose and treat a variety of rheumatic of the American College of diseases, which when left untreated can Rheumatology. Additionally, she is a affect the joints, muscles, and bones and member in good standing with the cause pain, swelling, stiffness, and deforAmerican Medical Association, American mity. College of Physicians, Florida Medical At Southwest Florida Rheumatology, Association, and the Hillsborough County Dr. Reddy and her staff work with patients Medical Association. to evaluate and treat rheumatologic disBesides bringing cutting edge ease as well as provide in-office infusion advances to her patients, she passes on therapies, diagnostic ultrasound, and her knowledge. Dr Reddy continues as labs. There is true commitment behind part of the teaching faculty at Brandon Dr. Reddy’s practice, “I have a passion for Regional Hospital and Blake Regional patient advocacy, patient education as Hospital internal medicine programs that well as to the continued advancement of are part of the University of South Florida my profession in rheumatology. I know medical education system. that patient outcomes improve when Southwest Florida Rheumatology is patients better understand their disease conveniently located in Riverview and state and participate in informed decision- also serves Lithia, Fishhawk, making with their physician.” Bloomingdale, Brandon, Valrico, Before opening her practice in 2010, Gibsonton, Sun City Center, Ruskin, and Dr. Reddy began her career at the Apollo Beach. University of South Florida where she For more information, call 672-2243 was faculty in the Division of or visit www.swflrheum.com. The office is Rheumatology. Her love of research and open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, continued education are evident in the and are located at 11954 Boyette Rd. in many organizations to which she Riverview.


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2018 Summer Camps Offer Many Options To Keep Your Kids Active 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 Mary Poppins Jr. and Fiddler on the Roof 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 chil-

dren ages 5 and up. For your actor or musician, check out Firehouse Cultural Center and Patel Conservatory also offer fun and exciting ideas. The local YMCAs will offer many types of camps which mix fun along with great learning experiences. With plenty of choices, there is something for everyone. 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. Do you have a child interested in cooking? Check out Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium’s Cooking Camps for Kids through Teens. 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 and in future editions.


Camp BSAC

Brandon Sports & Aquatics (BSAC) impacts lives and the community as a whole by providing over 10,000 swim lessons per year, in conjunction with its mission to prevent youth drowning. It also provides quality affordable childcare for working families. There is programming for the special needs population with its Team Trident Program, which is focused on three main areas: active recreation, proper socialization and interpersonal skills, and independent life skills. There is something at BSAC for every child. Over the past 55 years local families have counted on BSAC to provide year-round, quality sports, recreation and educational experiences for their children. We are a favorite of working parents who want to feel good about where they are leaving their kids every day; that the kids are safe, are learning valuable athletic and social skills and are practicing good leadership. Summer Camp at BSAC is a place for all children to be active, exploratory, creative, independent, playful, friendly, and confident. Join in for BSAC’s Passport to Adventure where your child will experience food, games and culture from all around the world. Both full day, half day and drop-in options at an affordable rate are offered. There are field trips weekly for all ages too. Every week the children will ‘travel’

to a new region of the globe, earning passport stamps as they go. They will dazzle you with the stories of their daily adventures as they bring out their inner Beast Mode in Africa and Seas the Day exploring the Islands. Along with the Summer Camp Experience, additional programming, such as swim lessons are offered. The Learn to Swim Program is the most comprehensive swim lesson program in our area, working with ages six months and up. These are conveniently offered during your child’s Summer Camp day.

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Bricks 4 Kidz Tampa is back with awesome LEGO® Summer Camps being offered all over the Brandon, Riverview, and Valrico areas. Join in for a different theme each week such as Star Wars, Minecraft, Ninjago, and much more! Each week our campers will be building signature Bricks 4 Kidz robotic LEGO® models, very popular LEGO® mosaics and 3D LEGO®

sculptures, as well as playing fun games and creating arts and crafts projects they will get to take home. At the end of each week, every camper will get to take home their very own LEGO® mini figure. Each day and week will be a brand new LEGO® adventure you won’t want to miss. Below is the schedule for the camps being offered at nearby locations: We Rock The Spectrum in Valrico, Monday to Friday, June 18-22: LEGO® STAR WARS Camp; July 9 – July 13: LEGO® Movies Camp and July 30 – August 3: LEGO® Superheroes and Villains. Livingstone Academy Campuses in Seffner, Riverview, and Bloomingdale: May 29 - June 1: LEGO® STAR WARSMincraft Mashup Camp (Seffner

Campus); Monday to Friday, June 25 29: Autism Spectrum LEGO Club Brandon Area LEGO Camp Morning Session (Bloomingdale) and July 23-July 27: LEGO® Mashup Camp (Riverview Campus). Sign up today at www.bricks4kidz.com/florida-tampa or call 545-4282.

Musical Theater And Much More Offered At Firehouse Cultural Center

The Firehouse Cultural Center will be offering Summer Camp through the summer. It is located at 101 1st Ave. NE in Ruskin. Week 1: June 4 – June 8 - Musical Theater I; Week 2: June 11 – June 15; Musical Theater II Week 3: June 18 – June 22; Musical Theater III; Week 4: June 25 – June 29; Musical Theater IV Week 5: July 2 – July 6; No Camp on Wednesday, July 4; Week 6: July 9 – July 13; The Art of Printmaking; Week 7: July 16 – July 20; Cartooning & Animation; Week 8: July 23 – July 27; Robotics-Materials Fee for Robotics: $50; Week 9: July 30 – August 3; Robotics -Materials Fee for Robotics: $50. For more information, call 645-7651 or visit www.firehouseculturalcenter.org.

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Dance, Music And Theater Camps Take Center Stage At Patel Conservatory

Registration is now open for Patel Conservatory dance, music and theater summer camps and classes, which begin the week of May 29. Nearly 70 camps and classes are offered, most with performance opportunities, for students of all ages and abilities. Some camps and classes require auditions. Theater auditions will be held March 29, April 19 and May 18 and music auditions will be held April 7 and May 5. Auditions for Patel Conservatory Popular Dance (PCPD) classes will be held April 7. Registration for auditions is required. Additional information about the Patel Conservatory, including audition scheduling, is available at www.patelconservatory.org and by calling 222-1040. Nearly $200,000 in scholarships will be awarded for Patel Conservatory camps and classes this summer. Scholarship applications are available online and the priority deadline is April 16. The Patel Conservatory offers classes in dance, music and theater for students of all ages and experience levels. Each year, the Patel Conservatory and the Straz Center’s arts education programs enrich the lives of more than 70,000 students in our classrooms, on our stages and through the community. The Patel Conservatory is located at the Straz Center, 1010 N Macinnes Pl. in

Tampa. Visit www.patelconservatory.org.

Busch Gardens Offers Exciting And Educational Camp Programs

Busch Gardens’ Summer Day Camp is a time to make new friends, try new things, come face-to-face with a giraffe and challenge North America’s tallest freestanding drop tower. For more than 25 years, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has provided children with inspiring, exciting and educational experiences with some of the best Tampa summer camp options found anywhere. A variety of Summer Day Camps to fit your student’s grade level and interest are offered. Different programs are offered for

kids in grades K through 8th. Day Camps include daily lunches, snacks and drinks, a Camp T-shirt and a water bottle, complimentary photo with a Busch Gardens animal ambassador and compli-

mentary admission to Busch Gardens following camp each day for camper For students in grades 9-12, Busch Gardens offers Counselor in Training. If you are looking for something fun to do this summer, that will provide you with valuable career experience, then the Busch Gardens Counselor in Training program (CIT) is the summer camp program for you. This week-long program offers a real opportunity to learn from the best. Expert educators will share their experience and knowledge with you on topics from child development to zoo careers and environmental awareness. Complete a specialized orientation and participate side by side with camp counselors during the summer day camp programs. Application required. Information is available at https://buschgardens.com/tampa/summer-camps/day-camps/. If your child is looking for a homeaway experience, Busch Gardens Summer Resident Camp offers this chance for students. Busch Gardens Summer Resident Camps have combined nature and thrills to create a unique one-of-a-kind experience. Based out of a

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Spend The Summer At R&R Ranch Horsin’ Around

Summer Campers will enjoy riding and caring for horses at family-owned R&R Ranch. It specializes in safe enjoyable horse experiences. The name stands for ‘Rest" and "Relaxation’ and also offers pony parties, trail riding lessons, horse boarding, playgroups and horse camps. Summer Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Monday to Friday. Early and late pickup can be arranged.

Student’s ages 6 to 12 years are invited to attend. Campers will enjoy: a daily trail ride or lesson, pony painting, hay rides, lots of games, snowball fight, learning how to care for horses and farm animals, bounce castle, Lunch and disco in the air conditioned camp house. There is a petting zoo with baby bunnies, chicks, ducks and baby pigs. Kids will also get to enjoy arts and crafts and more. Campers should wear closed toe shoes and comfortable clothes. They will also need a swim suit if they want to participate in the water activities. Campers will need to bring their lunch and lots to drink. Sunscreen and bug spray are also recommended. Safety helmets will be provided. R&R Ranch is located at 9805 Bryant Rd. in Lithia. Visit www.rrranchlithia.com.

Art Monkey

Join in the fun this summer at Art Monkey Summer Camps, which will meet from Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Camp is open to children ages 8 and up. Art Monkey offers a lot of creativity using pottery, clay, tie dye, mosaics and more. The Art Monkey is a wacky, fun,

funky, and awesome place to express your creative side. Weekly themes will have coordinating projects. The participants will enjoy ‘Fun Friday’ with a movie and pizza party. The cost is $240 per child per week. You can register at www.artandicecream.com. While at Art Monkey you can enjoy some of the best ice cream around. Walk-in pottery and canvas painting as well as birthday parties, special events, classes, camps, and girl's night out are also offered. We have something for every age! Come join us today and check out what you've been missing For more information, call 3159803.

Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium Is Cooking Up Some Summer Fun

Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium’s Summer Camps are a great way to learn new skills in the kitchen, create tasty recipes, and meet lots of new friends. The only things you need to be prepared are closed toe shoes and a restraint for shoulder length hair. All the ingredients, tools,

and even the fun is included. Students are taught how to properly use real kitchen tools, knives, and appliances safely under adult supervision. Students come away with the confidence to prepare dishes that are age appropriate and tasty. The goal is to encourage your child to be a help in the kitchen and to have fun while building a lifetime of good skills. Cooking Camps for kids ages 6-9 will take place from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. daily and the tween’s and teen’s Summer Camps, ages 10-15) will take place from 2-4:30 p.m. Camps will take place weekly for four days and run from May 29 through August 2. Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium is located at Brandon Crossroads, 2080 Badlands Dr. in Brandon. Call 653-2418 or visit www.rollingpinonline.com.

Your Kids Will Enjoy Their Best Summer Ever At YMCA Camps

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engaged in activities specific to the specialty chosen. If your camper is looking to spend an entire day immersed in something they are passionate about, the Aquatics, Sports, Teen or Gymnastics camps may be for them. Is your camper looking for a unique adventure? Two camp options may be YMCA Camp Cristina or The First Tee of Tampa Bay. Preschool and Adaptive Camps are offered at a few locations too. For more information at some of the local Y’s, call North Brandon Family YMCA at 685-5402, Campo Family YMCA at 684-1371, YMCA Camp Cristina at 677-8400 and Spurlino Family YMCA at Big Bend Road at 228-9622.

Enjoy The Summer Scene 2018 At The Florida Academy Of 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 music, acting, guitar and drums, field trips, singing and games and more. Musical Theatre productions of Mary Poppins Jr., Seussical, Fiddler on the Roof Jr. and Junie B. Jones The Musical Jr. will all take place this summer. Daily themes will include Wicked, The Greatest Showman, Frozen,

Hamilton and more. For more information, call 490-2787 or visit faopa.org.

Make A Splash At Florida Aquarium Summer Camps

This summer, make a splash with The Florida Aquarium. Open your eyes to a whole new world of science, take a tour of the Aquarium with animal experts, meet live animals up close and learn all about them, let your creative side go wild with arts and crafts, cool off at The Splash Pad, and even learn how to scuba dive. There are camp options for ages 3 to 18. AquaTots for ages 3-4 and AquaKids for ages 5-6 include science exploration, art and crafts and much more. There are two sets of fullday on-site camps for ages 6-7 and 89 which include science exploration, tours of aquarium, live animal encounter, field trip and more. Full day travel camps for ages 1011 and 12-14. Each day or week of camp has a new theme with new lessons and activities that focus on marine science. Campers should bring a water bottle, swimsuit, sunscreen,

mask, snorkel and fins every day. There are also two different scuba camps offered, one for ages 12–15 – NAUI SCUBA Diver. Campers can Earn Open Water certification through SCUBA classroom and pool training provided by a certified NAUI SCUBA instructor from The Florida Aquarium dive operations staff. Ages14–18 can take Rescue Scuba and can learn to be a stronger dive buddy and prepare to respond to a variety of diving emergency situations with a NAUI Rescue Diver Course. For full details on all of the camps, visit www.flaquarium.org/camps.

Learn Baseball From The Pros At Ostingers Academy Baseball Camp

Ostingers Academy will hold Baseball Camp this summer to give your child 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 this camp. Ostingers staff is made up of all former professional players who instruct, teaching the game from the ground up. The camp is not a full day camp with video games and indoor activities.

Jim Osting is a Baseball Instructor with 120 years of professional baseball playing experience including two years of Major League Experience (Padres and Brewers). Patrick Ryan is a Baseball Instructor with eight years professional pitching experience. Kris Wilken is the Head Baseball Coach at Bloomingdale High School and has six years of professional playing experience College and high school players trained by Ostingers Academy will assist your child throughout their camp experience. Additional help is provided from Ostinger players current and past to make the campers experience one of a kind. Camp weeks run Monday to Friday, June 4-8, July 9-13 and July 23-27. Camps run half days from 8:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. Camps are held Monday to Wednesday at Ostingers Academy and Thursday and Friday at the FishHawk Sports Complex. The cost is $175 (multi week/multi camper discount). For more information or to register, call 737-3000 or visit www.OstingBaseball.com.

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TechPlayzone Offers Hands-On Technology Enrichment In Fun & Safe Environment

TechPlayzone has led the charge for engaging young people in science, technology, engineering, and math since 2005. With an increased demand for hands-on technology enrichment, TechPlayzone has continued to provide families with excellent curriculum, and fun in a safe environment for all kids. Give your child a high-tech advantage at

TechPlayzone this summer. TechPlayzone is pleased to offer 4 weeks of STEM Camp for beginning and returning TechPlayzone campers in 2nd5th grade. TechPlayzone is honored to partner with FIRST LEGO League at Hillsborough Community College to power the FIRST LEGO League Camp. We also offer engineering enrichment specifically for 6th - 8th grade students. Using TechPlayzone's formula of hands-on project-based learning with cutting edge technology, students can work

at their own pace or work as a team with the assistance of facilitators and staff members to complete one of the engineering projects each week. For information, visit techplayzone.com, call 6847329 or email techplayzone@gmail.com.

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

Motorized LEGO® and LEGO® Art Projects

Full Week Camps Half Day and Full Day Options Ages 5-12

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Looking for Summer Camps? We have TWO offered by Professional Licensed Coaches & Trainers! At Fishhawk Sports Complex Soccer Fields

Summer Fun with Coach Juan! Technical & Tactical Soccer instruction with clinics & competitions

July 2, 3, 5, and 6, 2018 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Boys and Girls born between 2011 and 2006

$ 215.00

GoalKeeper Camp Daily skills competitions and training sessions to improve position specific skills

July 23-27, 2018 8:00 am to 2:30 pm

Boys and Girls born before 2011 (U8 and up), including College Level Athletes!

$ 495.00 Register online @ www.floridahawksfc.com

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Arts. Learn about painting, drawing, pottery, modeling and more. Workshops include Art Mural, Be Your Own Beautiful, Creative 3-D Masks, Discover America, Paper Sculptures, Recycled Art, Space Art, Wet & Wild Canvases, Drawing and more. Center Place is located at 619 Vonderburg Dr., Ste. B in Brandon. 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.centerplacebrandon.org.

Bricks 4 Kidz Tampa is back with awesome LEGO® Summer camps being offered all over the Brandon, Riverview, and Valrico areas! Join us for a different theme each week such as Star Wars®, Minecraft®, Ninjago®, and much more!


Summer Camp At T.L.C.’s Gypsy Haven

T.L.C.’s Gypsy Haven is now registering for summer camp. With limited space (8 spots weekly), you will want to call early. Your kids, from age 7 and up, will have a lot of fun enjoying weekly themed horseback riding camps. They will receive hands-on experience, learning to ride as well as how to groom the horses. Camp takes place Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting Monday, June 4. Your kids will enjoy field trips each Friday they are at camp. Just 10 minutes from FishHawk, T.L.C. Gypsy Haven is located at 4325 Keysville Rd. in Lithia. For more information, call Tammi at 842-4236 or visit www.tlcsfarms.com.

Florida Hawks

The Florida Hawks will be offering two camps this summer. Soccer Fun With Coach Juan Soccer Fun with Coach Juan will take place July 2, 3, 5 and 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Camp is for boys and girls born between 2006 and 2011. Kids will receive age appropriate technical and tactical instruction - small sided games - daily 5 v 5 competitions - daily soccer tennis and soccer golf competitions. There is a professional coaching staff and athletic trainer onsite. There will be a hydration station and camp -shirt

Your child must bring readiness to have a lot of fun playing soccer as well as cleats, shin guards, and a ball. A snack and water bottle should also be brought to camp. The cost is $ 215. Goalkeeper Summer Camp Goalkeeper’s Summer Camp for male and female goalkeepers will take place July 23 to 27. Age Groups include – 10U, 11U 12U, 13U and Up, College Level. Features include: Daily session of specific, age appropriate Goalkeeper Skills; Daily session of tactical aspects of the Goalkeeper Position; Daily Video Session on technical and tactical aspects of the Goalkeeper Position; Daily “Only a Goalkeeper can do it” Competition; Daily Crossbar Challenge Competition; Daily Goalkeeper War Competition; Experienced Coaching Staff and optimal Coach to Player Ratio; Athletic Trainer onsite; Hydration Station; Camp T Shirt and Written Evaluation at the end of Camp. Your Goalkeeper must bring every day: Readiness to work hard, very hard; Gloves (two or three pairs due to the wetness of summer); Two sets of goalkeeper gear (same as above); Cleats, shin guards, and a ball; Lunch and Water

bottle. The cost is $495 for the week. Camps will be held at the FishHawk Sports Complex Soccer Fields. Register online for both camps at www.floridahawksfc.com.

FishHawk Ranch Tennis Club Offers Tennis For All Levels Of Skill

FishHawk Ranch Tennis Club is offering its Sixth 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 conditioned event room, and during lunch times engage in other fun outdoor and indoor games. On Fridays, campers walk down to the Starling pool and game room for a nice finish to the week. All levels from Beginning to Advanced. Register online at FishHawkRanchTennisClub.com or call the Pro Shop at 681-4000.

Mathnasium Of Riverview Makes Summer Math Fun

Summer time is ideal for having fun and at Mathnasium of Riverview, they understand that and have put together a comprehensive summer math program that makes math sense and they have fun doing so. The programs range from helping to

stop finger counting to Calculus. Summer is a perfect, no-stress time to stay in tune with math. With Mathnasium being the ‘Math’ in STEM, Mathnasium knows how to teach math. Text LEARN to 57711for your first pre-enrollment special discount. Mathnasium of Riverview is located in the Publix shopping center on Symmes Rd. and 301. Call 844-667-6284 or email Riverview@Mathnasium.com.

Your Child Will Reach Their Potential At PROtential Summer Camps

PROtential offers action-packed, fullday summer camps that rotate between multiple sporting activities including swimming. Your child is given the opportunity to participate in many engaging and funfilled field trips including, but not limited to laser tag, roller skating, bowling, water skiing, horseback riding, and more. Staff strives to provide an environment that encourages and strengthens while developing good character. 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. Call 843-9460 for more information.

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Let Your Child Use Their Imagination This Summer At The Art Factory’s Summer Camp

By Kathy L. Collins

If you have a child between the ages of five and 18, and they would like to try a creative, unique and arts filled summer camp, then the Winthrop Arts’ Art Factory Summer Camp is a perfect fit for them. The Art Factory, the arts education programming of Winthrop Arts, is The Art Factory offering a three-week summer camp this June. Campers, ages five to Summer Camp 18, can come out and use their imagination as they create unique one-of-a kind artwork. will run for three weeks in the Summer Camp is Use Your Imagination. month of June beginning on Monday, During week one (June 4-8), June 4. Camp will be held Monday campers will work with Bryant Martinez, through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 the Winthrop Town Artist and Lead p.m. Instructor at the Art Factory to create an Campers can choose to attend one imaginary carousel in front of the Art week or all three. Each camp is priced at Factory. Martinez said, “We have always $80 per camper. There is no registration wanted to install an old-fashioned fee, and the cost includes all materials, carousel at Winthrop. Now, we will get the snacks and a free t-shirt (one per chance to do just that.” camper). Campers are divided by age During the second week (June 11and space is limited. 15) campers will again work with Martinez Campers will have the opportunity to to design, create and install a public art become immersed in art as they spend piece on Winthrop property. This year, three weeks working with professional campers will create small pieces that will artists. They will work with different medicome together to form a larger mixed ums to create one-of-a kind artwork. This media mural featuring indigenous animals year, the theme of the Art Factory and flowers.

Now in Riverview (in Lowe’s shopping center off of Hwy 301)

During the third week (June 1822), campers will work with other Art Factory Instructors, including Amy Estes, to create works of art using fabric. Campers will make unique items such as flags, canopies and lawn sails. They will learn creative

techniques such as sewing, stitching and printmaking. Younger children (ages five to seven) will work to create similar projects but on a smaller scale with more emphasis on take home arts and crafts items. Last year was the first year that Winthrop Arts offered the Art Factory Summer Camp, and it filled up quickly. To register your child or to get more information on this year’s Summer Camp, please visit www.winthroparts.org, or call 7585161 or email info@winthroparts.org.


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Seal Swim School Opens Newest Indoor Location In Riverview

By Michelle Caceres

Rainy days don’t conferences a couple bother Seal Swim times a year,” she School owner Micha said. Seal, who has It was at a conopened her newest ference that back location in Riverview. floating was emphaHer learn-to-swim sized as an important programs are offered technique children in a state-of-the-art need to master when 70’ x 25’ indoor pool learning to swim. It whose water temper- Children of all ages learn to swim at the has now become a Swim School located ature is kept at a con- newly-opened inSeal key component in Riverview. stant 90 degrees. her program. That’s not the only benefit of Seal’s Small group lessons low four to one indoor pools. student to teacher ratios. Private lessons An advanced sanitizing system uses are offered. Classes are broken up by ultraviolet light to eliminate micro-organage and ability. Classes offered include isms. A dehumidification system keeps Water Babies (newborn to five months humidity levels stable for optimal comfort. old), Parent/Tot classes (six to twenty-four Twenty-four-hour system monitoring months old) and group lessons for ages alerts maintenance if the water balance two and older. Private lessons are also needs adjusting. Water cycles though the offered for children aged six months and enormous filter every 90 minutes. older. “I spare no expense for the water An air-conditioned parent viewing quality of my pools,” said Seal. area allows for parents to comfortably Located at 10459 in the Lowe’swatch their child learn to swim. Changing anchored Riverview Towne Centre shoprooms are also available for children not ping center, the team at Seal Swim wearing their suit to class or those who School are the leading water safety eduwant to change into street clothes after cators in the area who have been teachclass. ing children and adults to swim for more It’s never too late to learn to swim; than 40 years. adult classes are also offered. Instruction Its instructors are certified in CPR, is available from beginners to those hopFirst Aid and water safety instructor and ing to improve their stroke techniques. lifeguard training. Seal Swim School’s hours are Seal said the continuous education Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. and about the latest learn-to-swim trends Saturday 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Fridays it will be gives them an edge on the competition. open for registrations only. “My instructors receive in-service training For information, visit www.sealswimconstantly and my managers and I go to school.com or call 229-7946.

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King Lions Claim 2018, 38th Annual Saladino Tournament Title

By Nick Nahas

The 38th annual Saladino Brinson. They would later add an insurTournament final featured two of the ance run in the top of the 7th with dominant programs in Hillsborough Addison Barger scoring on a wild pitch to County, the Alonso Ravens (8-4) and the make it 6-4. King Lions (9-1). The Lions were victoriAlonso would try to mount a comeous, winning 6-5 and claiming their third back in the bottom of the 7th down by Saladino Tournament title. They won six two, but would come up a little bit short. games over the week-long spring break They made it 6-5 on a single by Jaiden tournament. “This means a great deal to Underwood with a runner on third. King the players, the coaches and the parshortstop and Saladino Tournament MVP ents,” said Head Coach Jim Macaluso. Barger came into pitch for the first time in “It’s a big deal.” two years and struck out Nick Gonzalez The Ravens, led by head coach looking with the bases loaded to earn the Landy Faedo have appeared in four save. “I wanted the opportunity,” said straight tournament finals, but lost the last Barger. “I knew I was going to get it done. two, to Steinbrenner in 2016 and to Jesuit It was a lot of pressure, but that’s last year. The Ravens what I want. have won the That’s what I tournament four live for right times overall there, that (2007, 2009, 2010, moment.” 2015). The Lions, The Lions led by legendary were coached head coach Jim by Jim Macaluso, in his Macaluso’s 43rd season, have son, Anthony won the tournament Macaluso, two times (1983 and because the 1992), but its been 26 older Macaluso The Lions do years since their last g-pile after th was ejected in ding up. in e win. w r e title. Barg the first game of Addison King third baseman on the same wild The Lions got on the the day in the semifiZarrian Brinson. board first, taking a 1-0 lead in the first on pitch, giving the nal win against Sickles when he argued a King, who showed close call at third base. Being the captain Ravens a 3-1 lead. a throwing error by Alonso catcher Gabe resilience all night long, of the ship made the victory that much King fought back Montagna trying to pick off the runner at Saladino Tournament MVP, Addison fought back once in the top of the third, second. Alonso answered in the bottom sweeter for the younger Macaluso. “He is Barger. again in the 6th inning, our head coach, he’s also my dad, he scoring on a double by of the inning, scoring three runs of their tying the score and then taking the lead Justice Thompson and a single by own. Ryan Drumheller led the inning off shouldn’t have been thrown out in the first and not looking back. Hishaam Shafiq Jamarcus Lyons, tying the score at 3. with a single, and ended up scoring on a place, so to go and win it for him made it singled in the tying run and would later Alonso then took back the lead 4-3 in the double-play, tying the score at 1. Robert even more sweet,” said Anthony score the go-ahead run on a single by bottom of the inning on an error by the Curry and Ihostean Montes later scored Macaluso.

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