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Jewel’s First Aid Comes To You To Offer Life Saving CPR Certification Class

By Kate Quesada

Members of The Osprey Observer team recently learning life saving CPR skills from Riverview resident Julie Tyson of Jewel’s First Aid, CPR and Safety.

building event for offices and groups. “We believe that everyone should know CPR,” said Tyson. “Our military and first responder background allows us to give you a different perspective and it allows us to show you that anyone can do CPR. You don’t have to be a nurse or doctor, you just have to be willing to learn the skills so that you are better prepared and confident to act if/when you are presented with a situation.” Tyson also teaches classes to teenagers and believes that even children can be exposed to CPR training. “The wonderful thing about CPR is that there is no minimum age to learn it,” she said. “It is based on competency and each student will need to perform the skills appropriately to obtain a certification.” During a recent class for Osprey Observer team members, Tyson told attendees that four out of five cardiac arrests happen in the home. For more information on Jewel’s First Aid, CPR and Safety, or if you have any questions, call (208) 6310176 or visit www.jewelssafety.com.


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singing cowboy went to Hollywood, and we all know him today - Gene Autry.” Bumble married for the second time in 1957 and moved to Greenport on New York’s Long Island to raise her family. She relocated to Florida later in life and lived in Hudson before moving to eastern Hillsborough County. “Although she loved being a mother, she always wanted to be a nurse,” said Werner, who added that her mother’s favorite President was Teddy Seffner resident Stella Bumble Roosevelt. recently celebrated her 102nd In order to keep birthday. her brain active, Stella Bumble recently Bumble completes achieved a milestone few people word search puzzles reach. The Seffner resident, who Stella and knits baby hats for Bumb was born in Southhampton, New and husbale, her mom hospitals and homeless nd Frank. York in 1916 celebrated her in New York City, but she 102nd birthday earlier this month. also loves bird watching Bumble, who has three children, 10 and old time westerns on television. She grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and shops at ALDI every Wednesday with her nine great, great grandchildren, attributes caregivers and, a life-long Catholic, her long life mostly to genetics as her sis- receives prayer and communion in her ters both lived into their 90s. However, home every Sunday from her church, St. she makes sure to maintain her health Francis Catholic Church in Seffner. with a nutritious breakfast of cottage cheese, juice and coffee that she makes for herself each morning. In This “She loves lobster and king crab legs Issue and loves to splurge on them when she can,” said her daughter Linda Werner, a VPK teacher at FishHawk Early Learning ANNUAL TOY DRIVE...........................PG 3 II, who lives with Bumble. “Her favorite EXCEPTIONAL SCHOOL PROM ...........PG 4 restaurant is Fred’s in Plant City.” When asked her earliest memory, HOA HOT TOPICS ...............................PG 6 Bumble recalls an addition most of us SHARING ROADS WITH BIKES ..........PG 10 could not imagine living without. “We got electric hooked up to our VISIT TALLY.......................................PG 12 house when I was little,” Bumble ACTIVE SHOOTER CLASSES...............PG 20 explained. “How wonderful to see the lights on the Christmas tree.” EYE ON BUSINESS .......................PG 25‐26 According to Werner, Bumble once ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT ..............PGS 34 dated a ’singing cowboy’ in New York. “But he had no real job,” said Werner. READ MORE LOCAL NEWS ONLINE “So her father told him to leave her alone www.ospreyobserver.com and sent him away. As it turns out, that

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Julie Tyson wants to teach you how to save a life. Tyson, who served in the National Guard for six years and has 10 years experience in law enforcement, and her husband, own Jewel’s First Aid, CPR and Safety, offering classes in Basic Life Support (BLS), CPR, use of an AED, Blood Borne Pathogens (BBG) and first aid. “Throughout both of our adult lives we’ve continuously trained in Combat Life Saver and CPR, courses,” said Tyson, who has a three-year-old daughter. “With our many years of training, and this is something that we are very passionate about, we knew we had a skill that we wanted to share with people.” Classes are taught from the American Heart Association, EMS Safety, Medic First Aid and American Safety and Health Institute curriculum and are typically three to four hours long. Although the business is based in Riverview, Tyson will travel throughout the area to offer trainings to groups ranging in size from one to 24 people. She feels it can be a great team


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The Heilman Family Collects For Annual Toy Drive In Halle Grace’s Memory

By Nick Nahas

give her a distraction from the pain she was in while she was in the hospital,” said her mom, Jillian Heilman. “We thought, what better way to celebrate her birthday each year than to bring joy back to other kids with medical conditions.” The family hopes to collect 1800 toys this year to represent that this year would have been her 18th birthday. Her younger siblings, Neeley, 14, and Ben, 12, are both active in the charity, paying respect to

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Halle visited with a golden retriever at the hospital.

In her short 15 years on this earth, Halle Grace Heilman made a big impact on the lives of the people closest to her. Every year on her birthday, June 2, her family holds a toy drive for St. Joseph’s hospital in her honor. This year is especially tough for the Heilman family because this June would have been Halle’s 18th birthday and she would have been graduating from The Halle Grace Foundation has an annual toy drive to honor Halle Grace. Bloomingdale High School. their older sister. Both siblings have She had many chronic medical condisame primary immune deficiency the tions including a rare chromosome that their sister had. They are very deletion called 18Q-. She was also active and enjoy swimming and readdiagnosed with primary immune defiing. Neeley will be graduating from ciency at the age of two. 8th grade this year and will be Halle was often in the hospital, attending Durant High School next especially during her last year. Her year. mom said that Halle’s biggest fear as The Halle Grace Foundation she became more sick was that her seeks to educate medical professionfamily would forget her and not say als, to support families, and to her name anymore when she empower today’s youth, according to passed, and that she would not have their website. In addition, the enough time to make a lasting Foundation currently provides an impact. When she passed three annual scholarship open to collegeyears ago at the young age of 15, bound girls participating in the Girl her family created the Halle Grace Scouts of America. Foundation in her honor. They are For more information, visit thehaldetermined to keep her memory legracefoundation.org. If you would alive. Her mother compares her to a like to donate to the toy drive, you comet; she came quickly, but burned can drop off new unwrapped toys for brightly. kids 0-18 by the end of May at Quilts The Heilman family has collected on Plum Lane at 14215 7th St., Dade over 900 toys over the last two years City, FL 33523, the State Farm Office to give to the sick children at St. of Melissa Snively at 16209 Joseph’s. Halle spent a lot of time at Fishhawk Blvd., Lithia, FL 33547, or that hospital. She would feel better when the toy cart would come by and you can contact Jill Heilman at 230give her a gift. That inspired the fami- 0158 or email ly to do the same for others. “It would JillianHeilman@gmail.com.

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Durant Musical Performance Honors Tragic Loss Of Classmate

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Students at Musical is set in the middle Durant High of a campus tour for incomSchool (DHS) ing high school freshmen received a spehighlighting many of cial treat last Durant’s most iconic spots. month in honor of “It takes you on a joura fallen friend. ney of our school and the The school’s many caring teachers and drama students administraperformed their tors who Students at Durant High spring show inhabit it,” School recently put on a Durant the said special production of their Spring Show Durant the Musical during Michele Musical to benefit their the school day to classmate Grover Wills McAnnally, benefit a memo- who was shot and killed president in April. rial fund for of Durant Grover Wills, a Durant student who Drama Boosters. “The show includes passed away in April. many DHS teachers in the cast as well, The show, an original, student-written who sing and dance.” musical, was scheduled for three perThe school puts on a full length formances, one of which conflicted with a spring show every year with cast and candle light vigil planned for Wills who crew dedicating hundreds of hours in just was shot and killed in Brandon days a few months to rehearsals and set probefore. duction. But according to Arment, the fact “I knew the right call was to cancel that this is a student written show makes our performance that evening,” said it unique. Drama Teacher Stephen Arment. “But “It is not easy for a teacher to relintaking away a performance from a high quish control, especially a theater direcschool drama student is one of the worst tor,” said Arment. things that could happen. I really wanted Through the in-school performance to find a way to give them that performand other fundraising efforts, thousands ance back while honoring their classof dollars were raised for the Grover Wills mate.” Memorial Fund. Wills, who was 18 when he passed “Fundraising for Grover was a away, played football for Durant and was school-wide, collective effort,” said an active member of the student body. He Arment. “He was a popular guy who was set to graduate with his class on May touched a lot of people.” 22. For more information, contact Durant Written by seniors Addie Joy Mitchell, High School at 757-9075 or visit Taylyn Olney and Kenz Jones, Durant the ww.durant.mysdhc.org.




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Students From Willis Peters Exceptional School Attend Prom Thanks To People Who Care

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to Rountree is, “To have a night where the children, their teachers and the families can celebrate together. The children are unable to participate in any activities that a traditional school would have due to their profound disabilities.” Rountree added, “This is an amazing event that the students look forThe students who attend Willis Peters Exceptional School in Dover got the chance to attend Prom, just like their counterparts in traditional school, thanks to the efforts of Dorinda Rountree and the Brandon Elks Lodge #2383. This year’s Queen is Lydia DiClemente and the King is Jeremy Plummer.

This year marked the 10th year that volunteers and supporters have organized a prom for the students who attend Willis Peters Exceptional School. Located in Dover, Willis Peters Exceptional School is a Hillsborough County Public School that serves students, ages three through 22, who have limited intellectual functioning and other disabilities such as deafness and visual, language, speech and physical impairments. The prom was held at the Brandon Elk Lodge #2383 located at 800 Centennial Lodge Dr. in Brandon on Saturday, April 21. The prom is made possible thanks to the tireless efforts of Dorinda Rountree, a 14-year member of the Brandon Elks Lodge and an Administrative Secretary at the Area VI Hillsborough County School Office. For the last three years, Rountree has requested a grant from the Elks. The $2500 grant she received is enough to cover the cost of the prom, including prom dresses and tuxedos, and to obtain tablets for the teachers at Willis Peters Exceptional School. The purpose of the prom, according

ward to every year. Our students do not often get a chance to dress up and feel like the center of attention. However, at prom, that is exactly how they feel, and it shows in their glowing smiles.” This year’s theme was Masquerade. Approximately 130 attended the prom. This year’s King is Jeremy Plummer and the Queen is Lydia DiClemente. The King and Queen are selected through a Prom Court campaign. Rountree explained, “Posters, pictures and sometimes treats are given out to persuade the vote. After the campaign is over, high school and transition students vote to choose the Prom King and Queen.” This is the seventh year that Rountree has organized the prom. “I do it for the children,” said Rountree. “I have worked with Willis Peters Exceptional School and Area VI for over 20 years. When Elk Don Morris passed away unexpectedly, I made it my mission to continue this tradition of providing a prom. Don’s wife, Leslie Morris, was once the principal at the school,” said Rountree.

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Buckhorn HOA Honors Seniors Two high school major in Business or seniors heading to colBusiness Economics and lege in the fall will have hopes to pursue a career an easier start, thanks in professional sports team management and explore to the Buckhorn entrepreneurship. Homeowners While attending Association (HOA). The Durant High School, group awarded scholarBurkett took honors and ships of $500 each to advanced placement Andrew Kraemer and classes and was the Rebecca Burkett at its Buckhorn residents and high school seniors Andrew Kraemer treasurer of the Student annual membership and Rebecca Burkett recently Government Association, meeting last month. received college scholarships “All of the applica- from the Buckhorn Homeowners member of Students All Association Scholarship Connected, the Marine tions for the scholarCommittee. Science Club, National ships were extremely Honor Society and Special Olympics. She qualified,” said Scholarship Chair Maria Singfield. “Our scholarships recognize the has been accepted to the University of Florida and Florida State University and hard work and dedication of our high intents to major in Biological Science and school seniors and their desire to further their education at the college or university minor in Business. After graduation, she wants to attend medical school and of their choice.” become a physician in OB/GYN. The winners were chosen by the “On behalf of the Buckhorn College Buckhorn College Scholarship Committee Scholarship Committee, we would like to and all applicants had to have completed congratulate the recipients and thank all 75 hours of community service and have the seniors who applied for these scholara 3.0 unweighted grade point average. ships,” said Singfield. “We wish them all Kramer, who is graduating from the best in the future as they pursue their Strawberry Crest High School’s dreams.” International Baccalaureate program this The Buckhorn subdivision, located in month, has been captain of the varsity Valrico, is a very active community of 652 basketball team, is a member of the homes situated around the back nine National Honor Society, Spanish Honor holes of the Buckhorn Springs Golf Society, Future Business Leaders of Course. The HOA holds many events America and Future Investors of America throughout the year for residents. For Club. He has been accepted to the more information, visit www.buckhorn.us. University of Florida where he wants to


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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is going back to its roots with the return of free beer all summer long, and the introduction of a new Busch Gardens Brew Club program. From complimentary seasonal offerings to brand new featured programs, guests age 21 and older can toast to new adventures each time they visit the park. Through Sunday, August 5, guests can get a taste of the park’s beer garden history when they visit the former Hospitality House, now called the Garden Gate Café, to receive two complimentary beers during every visit to Busch Gardens Riverview Garden Tampa Bay. Every two Two complimentary beers during every visit will be offered through August 5 at Busch Garden’s Tampa Bay Garden Gate Café, what was Club Will Host Expert weeks, new featured beer Monarch Butterfly once the Hospitality House. brands will be highlighted. Speaker find new business opportunities, Guest favorites will be on rotation Gardens all-new Bier Fest event, bringThe Riverview Garden Club will host research executives, companies, news throughout the summer, including Bud ing more than 200 years of Oktoberfest speaker Lynn Barber, who is an guest articles, conduct market research, and Light, Founders All Day IPA, M.I.A 305, and Tampa Bay’s hottest beer culture to expert on Monarch Butterflies. It will take more. Come join in at this free much Miller Light, Shock Top and Yuengling. life each weekend from Saturday, August place on Wednesday, June 13 at the event to learn how you can easily find Guests can return to the park each day 25 to Sunday, September 16. The festiRiverview Civic Center on 11020 Park extensive and accurate business/conthrough August 5 to enjoy two complival selection features 100 brews from Dr. in Riverview. Call 654-6987 for more sumer leads with the ReferenceUSA mentary 7-ounce beers, included in their local and global breweries along with trainformation. database.

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Freedom to Walk Foundation is hosting a charity golf outing at TopGolf Tampa, 10690 Palm River Rd., on Thursday, May 24 from 6-10 p.m. Join in the golf, food, raffles, prizes and fun to help a child to walk. No golfing ability? No problem. Topgolf is a game for all ages. Score points by hitting micro-chipped golf balls at giant dartboard-like targets on an outfield. The closer you get your ball to the center or ‘bullseye’ and the further the distance, the more points earned. If you are serious about dominating the competition or just want to show off your

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nosed 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, exerFor the second year in a row, the Campo YMCA All Star Team ages 13 to 15 cise, self-care, took home the All Star Banner winning first place both years. Team (l-r): Coach cognition, and Brad Hulett, Coach Glen Lendel, Aidan Amin, Bradley Hulett, Eric Montes, Jake Moore, Brandon Decker, Luis Negron, Cole Lendel, De'Undre Lee, Dylan memory, all of Carlos, Jonathon Fiddler. which can be Enjoy An Evening Of Dancing impacted by Parkinson’s Disease. Valrico Dancing has changed its The Parkinson’s Disease support name to Strawberry Square Dancing group is free of charge and open to and will be holding dances those who have been diagnosed with on Saturday, May 26 and Saturday, the disease, family members, careJune 9, and 23 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at givers and anyone with an interest in Strawberry Square MHP, 4401 learning more about Parkinson’s. Hawthorne Health & Rehabilitation Promenade Blvd. in Plant City. This dance will be social dancing with some Center, located at 851 W. Lumsden ballroom music. Come dance to the Rd. in Brandon, is a skilled nursing music by DJ Ken Miller. facility with inpatient and outpatient The cost is $6. No alcohol is to be rehabilitation programs including brought on the property. Bring your speech, physical and occupational own snacks, drinks and what table therapies. Hawthorne also hosts a dementia support group in the assisted service you will need. Visit strawberrysquaredancing.com. living facility, as well as past meetings for those dealing with strokes, diaParents Night Out At FAOPA Kicks betes, low vision and other diseases. For more information or to register, Off Summer Celebration call 661-8998 Monday-Friday from 9 The Florida Academy of a.m.-5 p.m. Performing Arts (FAOPA), 402 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon, will hold a Parents Unity In Brandon Is On The Move Night Out on Friday, May 18 from 5:309:30 p.m. Kids ages 5-12 will enjoy an Unity in Brandon, formerly located evening of fun that will include games, in the Brandon Jr. Women’s Club, has relocated to the Brandon Rotary Event food, prizes, crafts, and more. There will be an Ice Age theme for this event, Center, located at 3007 S. Kings Ave. which will also include Kona Ice. Your in Brandon. kids will get to watch the movie Ice Age Board President, Ruth Edmonds as the summer celebration kicks off. stated, “This is an exciting opportunity The cost is $25 per child ($10 for for Unity in Brandon to grow and offer additional siblings). Visit more services, such as a program for www.faopa.org for details. children as well as more outreach projects in the community.” Before You Test: DNA Basics You Unity in Brandon is a contempoNeed To Know rary, new-thought church that will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year. Its University of South Florida librarian mission is to create a heart-centered, and expert genealogy instructor Drew spiritual community that joyful celeSmith will discuss how to avoid wasting brates the presence of God within sup- time and money by learning how DNA ports spiritual, mental, social and is inherited, which type of DNA test to physical healing. It also celebrates take, and what results you can expect. diversity and affirms the healing power This free class will take place at of prayer. Services are held at 10:30 Bloomingdale Regional Library, 1906 a.m. Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico on For more information, visit Wednesday, May 23 at 7 p.m. This www.unityinbrandon.org. class is for adults.

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Athena Society Honors Young Women Of Promise With Scholarship Award

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retired to the Valrico area. Her father now works for GDIT and her mother is a stay-athome mom who volunteers for countless organizations including Family Readiness for military famiMadison Hungerford, a junior from Durant High school (pictured second from left,) was honored at the Dr. Sylvia Richardson Young lies. Women of Promise luncheon in April. She is pictured with her father, Hungerford sister and mother. has two sisMadison Hungerford, a student at ters, ages 28 and 21. Durant High School was one of 10 Currently, Hungerford has a 5.45Hillsborough County high-school junweighted GPA and is in the top five iors honored by Athena Society as one percent of her class. She was treasurof the 2018 “Dr. Sylvia Richardson er and vice-president of Future Young Women of Promise.” A lunchBusiness Leaders of America and seceon was held to honor the recipients retary of Marine Science Club. She is on Thursday, April 5 at the Centre Club the community relations officer for in Tampa where the young women Junior Council, as well her freshman received a $5,000 scholarship divided and sophomore years. In addition, she equally amongst them. The winners is the social media coordinator for were selected by an Athena committee National English Honor Society, a from nominations submitted by guidmember of Future Business Leaders ance counselors from public and priof America and National Honor vate high schools throughout the Society. She is also on Durant’s varsity County. swim and tennis teams. Founded in 1976 to support pasDuring her speech at the awards sage of the Equal Rights Amendment, ceremony, Hungerford spoke of being the Athena Society is an organization born into a military family two weeks of Tampa Bay professional women prior to 9-11 and the impact this single who have demonstrated leadership in event had throughout the course of the community and committed themher life. During a post 9-11 world, selves to promote equality and opporHungerford’s father was deployed to tunity for women. The late Sylvia Afghanistan. Some of her greatest Richardson, a physician educator and accomplishments were adjusting to Athena member, was a longtime chair- military life that included multiple man of the awards and was responsimoves, changes and challenges, as ble for nurturing the program and prowell as overcoming bullying. moting the advantages it brings to Hungerford expressed what was young women in advancing education most important to her, “Never let anyin their fields of interest. one get you down,” said Hungerford. Hungerford was surprised and “Take responsibility for your life and honored to be chosen for such a pres- live it to the fullest extent possible by tigious award. According to her mothexploiting every ounce of your Goder, Frankie Hungerford, “Madison is given talent.” fortunate to have an incredible guidAfter graduation, Hungerford plans ance counselor, Mrs. Jama Hoffman, to attend a University here in Florida who nominated her,” said Mrs. on a full bright futures scholarship and Hungerford. “We appreciate the fact study Aerospace Engineering. that she understood what obstacles “Needless to say, we couldn’t be Madison has had to overcome as a more proud of her,” said Mrs. military child to become the amazing Hungerford. young woman she is today.“ For more information about the Hungerford’s father served in the Athena Society, visit www.athena-socimilitary for 30 years and recently ety.com.



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Durant Graduate Serves With U.S. Navy Half A World Away

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Theodore Quintana

Petty officer 1st class land aboard the carrier by Jesus Navarro, a 1999 snagging a steel cable Durant Senior High School with an arresting hook graduate, is serving in the that protrudes from the U.S. Navy aboard the airrear of the aircraft. craft carrier USS Ronald “Being forward Reagan. He is an aerogradeployed is a special pher's mate aboard environment; we are the the aboard the aircraft cartip of the spear and that in rier operating out itself makes it feel worth of Yokosuka, Japan. being here,” said Navarro. A Navy aerographer's Navarro is also proud Petty officer 1st class Jesus mate is responsible for of having coffee with the Navarro, serves in the U.S. monitoring weather char- Navy aboard the aircraft carrier vice president Mike USS Ronald Reagan. acteristics. Pence. “One of the biggest lessons I learned "Just to be able to meet the second from home is work ethic and that made most powerful person in the world, it was the transition in the Navy easy,” said a great experience," said Navarro. Navarro. "Another big one for me is traveling to Moments like that makes it worth Hong Kong and Australia. I never imagserving around the world ready at all ined going there." times to defend America’s interests. With Sailors’ jobs are highly varied more than 50 percent of the world's shipaboard the carrier. Approximately 3,200 ping tonnage and a third of the world's men and women make up the ship's crude oil passing through the region, the crew, which keep all parts of the aircraft United States has historic and enduring carrier running smoothly -- including interests in this part of the world. The everything from washing dishes and Navy's presence in Yokosuka is part of preparing meals to handling weaponry that long-standing commitment, explained and maintaining the nuclear reactors. Navy officials. Another 2,500 men and women form the Named in honor of former President air wing responsible for flying and mainRonald Reagan, the carrier is longer than taining more than 70 aircraft aboard the three football fields, measuring nearly ship. 1,100 ft. The ship, a true floating city, Ronald Reagan, like each of the weighs more than 100,000 tons and has Navy’s aircraft carriers, is designed for a a flight deck 252 ft. wide. Two nuclear 50-year service life. When the air wing is reactors can push the ship through the embarked, the ship carries more than 70 water at more than 35 mph. attack jets, helicopters and other aircraft, Powerful catapults slingshot the airall of which take off from and land craft off the bow of the ship. The planes aboard the carrier at sea.


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As warmer weather begins to arrive across the country, communities can expect to see more bicyclists on the road. National Bicycle Safety Month in May reminds us to examine our habits as drivers and riders so we can learn ways to share the road more effectively. Every year, hundreds of bicyclists are dying and tens of thousands more are injured in preventable crashes. In fact, the number of people killed on bicycles is on the rise, with 840 bicyclists killed in crashes in 2016, the highest number on record since 1991, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). “Traveling on the road requires care and courtesy,” said Amy Stracke, managing director of traffic safety advocacy for AAA – The Auto Club Group and executive director of The Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation. “It’s imperative for motorists and bicyclists to be aware of each other and remember that we are all trying to get to our destination safely.” In a recent AAA Consumer Pulse™ survey, the majority of bicyclists who ride on the road indicated that being hit by a vehicle was their number one concern (69%), followed by distracted drivers (64%). For this reason, AAA – The Auto Club Group and its Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation work to promote bicycle safety by encouraging all road users to put away distractions and share the road. To provide an additional level of safety for bicyclists, AAA – The Auto Club Group offers bicycle roadside service with all membership levels, allowing riders who encounter a mechanical problem on

the road to call AAA for assistance. For a safer, more enjoyable riding environment for everyone, AAA recommends the following tips: Bicyclists Ride on the roadway or shared pathways, rather than on sidewalks. Follow the same rules of the road as other roadway users, including riding in the same direction as traffic and following all the same traffic signs and signals. Signal all turns. Wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet every time and on every ride. Be visible by wearing bright colors during the day, reflective gear in low light conditions and use head and tail lights at night. Remember that respect is a two-way street. Show motorists the same courtesy that you expect from them. Motorists Stay alert — avoid all distractions while driving. Yield to bicyclists while turning. In bad weather, give bicyclists extra passing room, just as you would other

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Mulrennan FFA Gains Therapy Goats The Future Farmers of America (FFA) program at Mulrennan Middle School has some new members who are helping spread a love for agriculture around the area. Two Weathered Nigerian Dwarf goats were donated to the program by a local farm last month and not only are the students learning as they help them grow, the team also has plans to bring the goats into the community as therapy animals. Mulrennan Agriscience Teacher and FFA Advisor Kallee Cook has been working with the

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Aspen and Sparta, two Weathered Nigerian Dwarf goats, recently joined the Mulrennan Middle School’s FFA program.

program since 2016 and feels that the goats are a great addition. “At Mulrennan we have had market pigs and steers that the students get attached to and then have to say goodbye after they have attached and watched them grow into loving creatures,” said Cook. “The goats have been amazing because we get the opportunity to treat them as a pet and continue to watch them grow.” The goats, Aspen and Sparta, were born in December at Fallen Oaks Farm in Valrico. Owner Shelley Fehrenbacher donated them to the program where two of her daughters have been members. “We raised the goats in a crib in our living room,” said Fehrenbacher. “After seeing so many people at schools and our farm events connect with our goats, I started researching and talking with psychologists about their fascinating use as therapy animals.”

Cook feels the impact of the goats on her students already. “They have taught the students a lot,” she said. “Not only about proper handling and feed responsibility, but through good character. They are very loving and almost serve as an open ear for the students to just sit with and calm down. We have several special needs and challenged students that come to see the goats just to get away from their daily struggle. They help them in a way nobody can see.” The next step for the goats is to introduce them to the community. “We would like the goats to come and meet you,” said Cook. “We want to broaden our program to come into local schools and meet children with special needs and challenges so that everyone can see the good these guys do for us as humans.” One hundred and sixty students in sixth through eighth grade are part of the agriscience program at Mulrennan, which is offered as elective. To learn more about the program or to arrange a tour or classroom visit to meet the goats, call the school at 6512100.

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Visiting Tallahassee For Family Fun Is A Capital Idea Are you looking to spend your summer vacation close to home? About four hours northwest of the Tampa Bay area is Tallahassee, Florida’s State Capital. Most people think of state politics and Florida State University (FSU) when Tallahassee comes to mind, but there is so much more to the city and surrounding area for the entire family to enjoy. Whether you are a nature lover, thrill seeker or a history buff, you will find something nearby to make this an exciting trip. For history buffs and those that want to learn about Florida’s political history, visit the Florida Historic Capitol Museum. The Historic Capitol has symbolized Florida state government since 1845. Restored to its 1902 appearance, it stands as an icon at the center of Florida’s Capitol complex; the modern-day nerve center of Florida’s government. Visitors experience the people and events that have shaped the state through photos, recordings and audiovisual displays. Together with exhibit panels, photographs, and interactive multimedia, the museum offers a journey through the colorful history of government in Florida. The complex is located at 400 S. Monroe St. Visit www.flhistoriccapitol.gov. If you have piqued your child’s interest in politics, consider a tour of the present day Capitol, which is open to the public on weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday to Friday. For inquiries about tours, call 850-488-6167. Tours are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis. Unlike most museums you will encounter, the Tallahassee Museum offers both indoor and outdoor exhibits on 52 acres of breathtaking Florida flora and fauna. A land-

mark for more than 50 years, it is ranked as one of the top state museums. All ages will enjoy the Museum’s living exhibits of native wildlife, nature trails, and native gardens. It is home to 14 historic buildings immersing visitors in 19thcentury experiences allowing you to discover the history and lifestyles of southern communities. During weekends, the 1880s Big Bend farm is alive with handson demonstrations of the past. If you need a little more adventure, explore Tallahassee from the tree tops while ziplining. Tallahassee Tree to Tree Adventures allows you to soar through cypress swamps, and conquer aerial games and obstacles on one of the courses at the Tallahassee Museum. Visit https://tallahasseemuseum.org/treetotreeadventures/. The museum is located at 3945 Museum Dr. in Tallahassee. It is open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Visit https://tallahasseemuseum.org. The Tallahassee Automobile

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drawn hearse. But it is not just a museum of automobiles. It also features a knife exhibit, boats, sports memorabilia, dolls, Native American artifacts, Steinway pianos, a general store exhibit and much more. The museum, located at 6800 Mahan Dr. in Tallahassee, is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Visit www.tacm.com. A visit to the National Historic Landmark Mission San Luis transports you back to 1703, where you can escape to another time. Your destination is a community where Apalachee Indians and new-

comers from Spain lived together. Hear the ring of the blacksmith's hammer, smell traditional foods being cooked over an open fire, and walk the plaza where the Apalachees

played their traditional ball games. Experience the largest historic-period Indian building found in the Southeast and greet the friar at the church. Learn about a soldier's life at the fort, and explore 300-year-old artifacts excavated onsite. Enjoy the beautiful outdoor setting with a picnic lunch or nature walk. Visit www.missionsanluis.org. The Goodwood Museum and Gardens is on the National Register of history places. It is a former cotton plantation with 20 structures dating back from 1835 to 1925 featuring original family furniture and belongings. General admission for adults is $12, but the grounds are free and

open to the public during museum hours of operation, which is MondayFriday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Visit www.goodwoodmuseum.org. Don’t forget about Florida State University. Tallahassee and the University have been linked since 1850. The FSU campus is beautiful and taking a stroll is an enjoyable way to spend a few hours, and who knows, your younger student could fall in love and want to return. ‘There’s Nole place like home.’ For more information, go to www.visittallahassee.com. Next month, learn about the natural wonders in and around Tallahassee.

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Elvis Performs At Costco To Benefit The Children’s Miracle Network

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For the sixth Children’s Miracle year, Elvis will be ‘in Network. the building’ at According to Nancy Costco in Brandon Sanney, “He truly is a on Sunday, May 20 great guy and donates all from 10 a.m. to 2 his time to help us p.m. out. Not only at Costco, Two time winner but at all his events he of the Live Oak Elvis performs at during the contest, three time month of May he will be winner of The Elvis collecting. We’d love to Extravaganza, along break our record.” with winning best At the same time, look-alike four times, John Hopkins Hospital will have its NICU and fan favorite three times, Billy ‘Elvis’ Billy ‘Elvis’ Lindsey with his wife Lori. Transporter Bus Lindsey has been Come out to Costco in Brandon to (Ambulance) available for watch Billy Lindsey perform as Elvis all to see. So come on performing as an on Sunday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to Elvis impersonator 2 p.m. Lindsey donates his time to out with the family and for 20 years. help raise funds for the Children’s enjoy the day. Miracle Network. In addition, local Lindsey grew up small businesses help to support the listening to rock and roll music. His stepefforts with banners in the store including dad was the one who introduced him to Canine Cabana in Riverview, Dynamic Elvis’ music. Lindsey said he was ‘fed Painting, Pearson Capital, FishHawk Elvis’ as a child. When asked what role Elvis played in his life, Lindsey said, “Elvis Bagels, Brandon Legal, Curry Law Group, Sun Run, Vincente Family became an integral part in what I was Densistry, Olin Plumbing, Eco Water, doing.” South Shore Falls Softball Team, Cox His love for music started when he was a little boy. He received his first guitar Electric, Campus Landscaping and Discount Health Products. in fourth grade and taught himself how to Lindsey also performs every play. The guitar is not the only instrument Lindsey knows how to play. Drums, trum- Thursday from 5-8 p.m. at Alpha Pizza pet, tuba, and the French horn are a few Pasta & Prime located at 1312 Apollo of the 10 instruments that he can play. Beach Blvd. in Apollo Beach. For more Lindsey performs at bars, social information, call 645-4648. clubs, and private parties and has even To book Elvis, visit performed at weddings. billyelvislindsey.com call 786-9110 or Lindey’s performance at Costo will email billy@billyelvislindsey.com. Visit help to help raise money for the http://www.billyelvislindsey.com.

Bayberry Dental Offers Dentistry For The Entire Family With New Location

By Michelle Colesanti

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If you are looking for a local hometown dental practice, look no further than Bayberry Dental, located at 16228 Bayberry Glen Dr. in Lithia. Dr. Jean-Baptiste, DMD and Dr. Joseph Ruiz, DMD will take care of all your dental needs providing excellent service and quality care. This hometown dental practice specializes in comprehensive dentistry for the entire family. A full range of dental services including general dentistry, pediatric dentistry, Invisalign, whitening and emergency care are offered to meet individual needs and preferences of each patient. From routine cleanings, to complete smile makeovers, the latest dental techniques are utilized giving patients the most up-to-date service. Dr. Jean-Baptiste’s mission in dentistry is to treat patients with compassion, as well as to educate patients on the importance of maintaining oral health. She received a Doctorate of Dental

Medicine at LECOM School of Dental Medicine in Bradenton. Dr. Jean-Baptiste is an active member of the Florida Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association, and Florida Dental Association. When she isn’t practicing, she enjoys staying physically active and fit. She also loves cooking, Dr. JeanBaptiste, DMD painting, and spending quality time with her family, friends and dog. Dr. Joseph Ruiz’s mission is to provide patients with the information and tools they need to prevent systemic disease and maintain optimal oral health while delivering high-quality, comprehensive dental care to the entire community. He said, "At Bayberry Dental, it is our mission to provide comprehensive lifetime dental care to our community." He received a Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the University of Illinois at Chicago. When he isn’t practicing dentistry, Dr. Ruiz enjoys exploring new restaurants, playing and watching sports, volunteering in the community and spending quality time with his wife and dog. The hours at Bayberry Dental are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. To make an appointment, call 3247870. Visit www.bayberrydental.com.

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HFM Landscape & Irrigation Services Keeps Lawns Beautiful

By Michelle Caceres

“Corporate America irrigation system quickly and wasn’t what it was cracked efficiently at a reasonable up to be”, said HFM cost. Landscape & Irrigation “What really sold me on Services owner Joe Flint. his company was the fact that Flint, following his he offered a lot of different father’s retirement in 2008 services, from landscaping to from Flint’s Sod & tree trimming to irrigation Irrigation, their successful services,” said Perry. “My family-run sod business, yard requires multiple servicclosed his family-run busies to get it in good shape and ness. He worked in corpoI like the fact that he’s a onerate America for nine years stop but in October 2017 decidshop.” Perry ed he needed a change. soon “I was traveling for hopes to work too much and Valrico resident Joe Flint, owner of HFM missed the connection I Landscape & Irrigation Services, offers many use his services to keep your yard’s landscaping son’s felt with my home town of beautiful. services Brandon,” he said. “I also to trim two large oak trees in her front missed the joy I experienced owning my yard as well as to upgrade her landscapown business.” ing. Deciding on the type of business to “I’ll hire his company to replace some open was an easy decision. sod in the fall too,” she said. “I have found “I figured since my sod and irrigation my landscaping guy.” company was so successful years ago, “If he said he mowed grass too, I’d so it would be successful today,” he said. be all over it,” she joked. He started HFM Landscape & Flint’s not ready to offer mowing servIrrigation Services, offering residential and ices, but he does provide expert irrigation commercial irrigation repair and landand landscaping services and says irrigascape installation. He also provides sod tion is the key to a successful landscape. replacement and tree trimming and “Proper watering practices and mainremoval through his son, Hunter Flint’s company, HF Tree & Landscape. tenance of the system is crucial,” he said. Valrico resident Janet Perry saw an “Keeping all trees property trimmed can ad for HFM Landscape & Irrigation also be a huge benefit to your lawn and Services in the Osprey Observer and landscape.” called him for an estimate for the repair of For more information about HFM her irrigation system, which hadn’t been Landscape & Irrigation Services call Flint working for a year. He repaired Perry’s at 900-6242.

Local Chamber Celebrates 200 Members

By Kate Quesada

low membership fee. “A lot of our members remember what it’s like starting their first business and trying to keep cost down,” he said. “We hope to provide them with that value of networking and a way to help them grow their business.” Members range from oneperson home-based businessThe board of the Valrico-FishHawk Chamber of es to large corporations, with a Commerce recently welcomed its 200th member. significant representation from The Valrico-FishHawk Chamber of the healthcare industry. Thirteen local nonCommerce (VFCC) has a lot to celebrate profit groups and schools are also memthis month. With membership numbers bers. that recently passed 200 and networking The group also works hard to give and fundraising events planned, the back to the community with many charitagroup has established itself with an ble events each year including an annual important role in the community. Teacher Appreciation Breakfast in June “The chamber offers our members an and a college scholarship for a high opportunity to grow their business by school senior. In addition, each year the allowing them to build relationships with Chamber’s president chooses a charity to like-minded business professionals,” said receive a large donation from members. Paul Haskins, VFCC chairman. Last year, they collected $3,110 for ECHO Since its start five years ago with 11 from donations at networking events. members, the chamber has offered local “Our chamber is made up of volunbusinesses the chance to grow through teers who donate their time to help run multiple networking events, monthly this fantastic organization,” said Haskins. meetings and frequent special events. “By doing this, we keep our costs low as New members are also given a free ribwe feel every business owner needs a bon cutting that also allows them to to network with like-minded individuway upload images and link a video to an als without requiring a large marketing online profile on the group’s website. budget.” “We are unique in the way that we The group is also holding a multiare a non-profit who puts value in being chamber Margaritaville networking event able to help out our community and help at Watts Dental with a DJ, raffles, drinks businesses make relationships with each and more on Friday, May, 18 from 6-8 other, and not just a quick lead or referp.m. ral,” said Haskins. For info, visit www.valricofishhawk.org Haskins believes that one of the most or call 438-4123. important aspects of the chamber is it’s

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LGC Hair Celebrates Four Years Improving Images For a stylist, it can be a leap of faith to go out on your own. You lose the safety net of a big box salon or brand recognition, and the competition is fierce. However, Laura Craig always knew the community needed more than just your average stylist. With over 25 years experience, Craig specializes in hair restoration for men, women, and children who have varying levels of hair loss due to disease, injury, or natural age progression. LGC Hair is still growing in its new location, four years later, helping clients look and feel their best. Craig is so thankful for her clients: “Everybody is different. They have their own circumstances and situations. You watch people change through their journeys. I meet some really good people in the Brandon area. I can’t imagine where else I’d ever want to work.” Her mission is the same from the moment she started: helping people rediscover their identities through giving them back the hair they once had or the hair they always wanted. She offers a range of restorative services such as: non-surgical permanent hair replacement; semi-permanent hair replacement; and the ALLIEVE Process, which unlike any other conventional hair replacement procedure, mimics natural hair growth. You could also go for a great haircut, perm, or color even if you have not experienced hair loss. Her salon has it all and will grow with you along each step in your journey. Additionally, Craig offers human hair wigs at extremely cost efficient prices. She will work with you on payment plans for long term treatments and wigs, and her prices are often $800 to $900 under competitor pricing. Why specialize? Why not just open up a big box salon of her own? Craig knows she is in the right place: “I pray about it a lot. I really run my business on faith that God sends the right

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people through my door. I really pride myself on a lot of personal care that I give each client. I’m always here for them no matter what.” She wants people to have good quality products and services at much more competitive prices. LGC remains a certified ambassador for Wigs for Kids where they can collect ponytails for donation. These ponytails are used to create wigs for children experiencing hair loss due to medical conditions like cancer and alopecia. Craig talks about the benefits of this program: “This year, I’ve had more teenage girls with alopecia, and they want to go to prom, but they are feeling devastated. There are no cures out there despite research and seminars. I take a lot of time with them and when I have a parent that looks at me with tears in their eyes. I know why I do what I do. It’s very rewarding. I treat the kids like they were mine. I would want my child to feel comfortable going through something like that.” LGC Hair Restoration is located inside Mandalay Mist at 1123 Professional Park Dr., Brandon, 33511. Business Hours are Monday-Saturday by appointment with times ranging between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. Call 990-9234. Visitwww.lgchairrestoration.com/ or via email at laura@lgchairrestoration.com.

Bay Life Supports Missions Through Cars And Crafts At Popular Car Show Bay Life Church will hold its 13th Annual Car Show and Craft Fair on Saturday, May 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on its church grounds. The familyfriendly event will feature more than 450 cars and trucks, local craft vendors, live music, raffles, refreshments and child activities. The Bay Life Car Show has become a staple in the community with crowds reaching upward of 3,000 guests. With an increasing number of attendees and displayed vehicles, the car show is a far cry from its humble beginning of only 20 cars. All makes and models of cars are welcomed with more than 10 categories receiving trophies. Although the show car registration is free, Bay Life is requesting that car show participants make a voluntary $10 donation to support missions. “The car show supports our high school student and adult mission trips,” said Steve Schumm, Bay Life’s Mission Director. “This is our largest fundraiser to support missions. This year we are going to Honduras, Africa, New York City and North Georgia.” In addition to the hundreds of cars on display, the event hosts live performances

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Bay Life is expecting more than 450 cars at this year’s car show

from Bay Life’s Car Show band, Legacy, which is composed of musicians and artists from the church. The band assembles specifically for the car show and plays classic rock music and other tunes. Other entertainment on site will include bounce houses and skits for the children, shopping and chances to win door prizes. He continued, “The youth will be out there doing a lot of the work like taking car registration, entertaining children and selling food and raffle tickets. ” Participants may register their vehicles online at the Bay Life website or on the day of the event. Last year, due to its popularity, some cars had to be turned away because of space restrictions. To register a vehicle or sign up to be a vendor, please visit www.baylife.org/bay-life-car-show-craftfair/. For more information or questions, email missions@baylife.org. Bay Life is located at 1017 Kingsway Rd. in Brandon.

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Volume 15, Issue 5

Fifth Graders Receive Free Admission to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

High School Junior Brings Music To The Bridges Residents For Gold Project

Fifth graders directors who will nationwide have make today’s plans just landed a free a reality. Students trip to space. For will have the opporthe second contunity to see and secutive year, experience NASA’s Kennedy Space past, present and Center Visitor bold future – bringComplex is offering to life what they ing a front row are learning about seat to NASA’s in school.” future of space A highlight for With about 40 launches slated to take place exploration with an this year, there are many chances that you 2018 is the all-new might catch a launch during your visit to invitation for a fullAstronaut Training Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. day of adventure Experience, availand fun for free. able for an additional fee with admission, Current and incoming fifth graders which uses immersive simulation techfall 2018 who visit with a full-admissionnology to transport participants to Mars, paying-adult, will receive free, one-day train them to live and work in the harshadmission to Kennedy Space Center est environment, and teach them what Visitor Complex. There is a limit of three it’s like to travel to the Red Planet, using students per one paid adult. The ticket real NASA science to address engineeris available at www.kennedyspacecening challenges. It boasts the most highter.com/info/tickets#SpecialOffers. The tech, hands-on activities available at ticket can be printed and then presented Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex at any ticket window, along with one of through two distinct programs: Astronaut the following as proof of age: a fourthTraining Experience, and Mars Base or fifth-grade report card, a passport or 1. Astronaut Training Experience is an birth certificate. The offer will run opportunity for visitors to train like an through December 31, 2018. astronaut preparing for a mission to “Last year’s Fifth Grade Free offer Mars, and Mars Base 1 offers a chance was so successful that we couldn’t wait to live on Mars for seven hours, as to share the news that we are repeating “rookie astronauts,” while performing the program,” said Therrin Protze, chief base operations along with real science operating officer of Kennedy Space experiments and engineering tasks. Center Visitor Complex. “In our continWith about 40 launches planned for ued commitment to promote STEM, we 2018, the chances of catching a launch hope to inspire kids in this age group to during a visit are great. become the next generation of astroFor information, nauts, engineers, scientists and launch visit www.KennedySpaceCenter.com.

Newsome The idea High School was only the first Junior, Kristin part of Kristin’s Reagin, goes for project. Next the gold with her came the recent project, fundraising, ‘Medicine for the applying for and Soul.’ Open only receiving a grant to girls in high and collecting school, the Girl used iPods Scout Gold is the through various most prestigious drives. With over and the most diffi$750 raised, cult to earn with Kristin Reagin’s Girl Scout Gold Project benefits Kristin provided only 5.4% of eligi- dementia patients at The Bridges Assisted Living nine iPods with & Memory Care Community in Riverview. ble Girl Scouts headphones, a successfully earning this award. charging station, a housing container that For the past two years Kristin, can be locked, and music from iTunes. daughter of Tom and Lynn Reagin of The best and most rewarding part was Valrico, has volunteered every Sunday at yet to come. “When I placed the headThe Bridges Assisted Living & Memory phones on the residents and they began Care Community in Riverview. As Kristin to sing and smile, I saw first hand that my played the piano and sang with the mem- project was working and residents were ory care residents, she realized the posiresponding positively.” tive effect music had on them. Donna Steiermann, Executive Kristin’s project ‘Medicine for the Director at The Bridges, foresees many Soul,’ is based on extensive research benefits for residents. “’Medicine for the conducted on the effects of music on indi- Soul’ will be a wonderful addition to our viduals with dementia. “I am extremely community and will improve the quality of passionate about this topic since I know our residents’ lives,” she commented. how music can help bring joy to the lives In addition to her ongoing commitof those with dementia. I also know that ment to the Girl Scout program, Kristin is music has been scientifically proven to active in Elite and Chamber Choir at tap into memories that had otherwise Newsome High and is a member of their been forgotten,” Kristin noted. Kristin’s Cross Country Team. She also volunteers goal to utilize donated iPods and create her time to sing and play the piano at genre specific playlists for each iPod Hope Lutheran Church of Plant City. As came to fruition; she recently presented you might imagine, Kristin aspires to a the program to residents and staff at The career in music therapy or music educaBridges. tion.

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Weird, Wacky And Wonderful Holidays- May 2018 Star Wars Day * Train Day * Chocolate Chip Day * Hamburger Day

By Kelly Wise Valdes

Did you know that there are an abundance of daily holidays and special days every month? Some are immersed in tradition, while others may be silly, bizarre, unique, special or inspirational. Unofficial Holidays are not traditionally marked on calendars but are celebrated by various groups and individuals. Some are designed to promote a cause or to recognize historical events not recognized officially, while others are fun holidays, generally intended to just be humorous. So, in the midst of our busy lives, maybe consider taking time to enjoy some of the entertaining but lesserknown holidays throughout the year, as found on www.timeanddate.com/holidays/fun. The month of May is well known for its flowers (after our April showers) as well as Mother’s Day and the everpopular Cinco de Mayo. However, if you are looking for additional yet non-traditional fun days to celebrate – allow us introduce you to a few lesser-known May holidays. Let’s begin in a galaxy far, far way, where fans across the globe celebrate Star Wars day every May 4. Did you know this day came about quite by accident? As legend has it, in 2005 a German television news channel incorrectly translated this famous Star Wars quote. "May the force be with you," was mistakenly interpreted in German as "We are with you on May 4th.” In honor of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Hans Solo and Yoda, grab a bag of popcorn and watch the original Star Wars movie that was released in May 1977. If the force is strong within you, host a Star Wars party and serve Darth Vader Taters, Yoda Soda in Hans Solo Cups, Jabba the Hummus, Wookie Cookies and Princess Leia Cinnamon Buns. Party ideas you need? Visit www.forkly.com/food/10-unbelievablestar-wars-party-foods/. After your Star Wars festivities, how about commemorating National Train Day on Saturday May 12? In 1869, the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads were laying train tracks across the American frontier, for what would

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soon become the first Transcontinental rail line. Construction was grueling, as much of the wild, wild west was unchartered territory. In May 1869 the tracks of the two railroad companies met up at Promontory Summit, Utah and a golden spike was driven into the final track. The first Transcontinental rail line was 1,776 miles long and ran from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. It took a mere 83 hours of travel time from New York City to San Francisco. At the time, it was inconceivable that people could travel across the entire nation in less than four days. To honor this remarkable achievement, consider a visit to the Florida Railroad Museum located a few miles south of Sun City Center at 12210 83rd St. E. in Parrish. Throughout the year, the Museum also schedules special event weekends that couple exciting themes with a ride on the train, including a train robbery, World War II reenactment and a trip to the North Pole. For more information visit www.frrm.org. What do people do after a fun day of riding trains? They eat chocolate chip cookies, of course! Tuesday, May 15 is

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County Boat Ramps Receive Face Lifts By Kate Quesada

Many of formed. the more than “We feel that 40,000 regiswhen spending this tered boat amount of money, owners in we want to make Hillsborough sure we do it the County use right way,” said county mainChilson, who tained ramps explained that the budget for the to access the repairs to this ramp beautiful alone is approachwater that suring $1 million. rounds Hillsborough County Section Manager with Once construcTampa. In the Conservation and Environmental Lands Management, Jason Chilson, is overseeing $2 tion begins on the next few million of repairs at county boat ramps in the next Williams ramp in months, five few months. the next few of these months, the area will be closed to the ramps are receiving major face lifts to make them safer and more convenient to public. The work is expected to take four months to complete. use. Additional ramps scheduled to According to Jason Chilson, section manager with Hillsborough County’s receive upgrades in Ruskin are the Conservation and Environmental Lands Commongood Boat Ramp, which will Management, the budget for these get a new dock system and extensive improvements is more than $2 million, sea wall repair, the Cockroach Bay Boat Ramp, which will see additional boat mostly funded by local boater registration trailer parking, and the Domino Park fees. Boat Ramp where pilings and decking One of the ramps on the upgrade list will be replaced. The Alafia River Boat is the popular Williams Boat Ramp in Ruskin, which was build in the 1970s and Ramp at 4104 Alafia Blvd. in Brandon, is also on the list to eventually receive a is used for between 15,000 and 20,000 resurfaced parking lot and new seawall. launches a year. Hillsborough County boat ramps “This ramp is so popular that when we realized it needed a face lift, we decid- can be used by any boaters for a $5 entrance fee per use. Annual passes ed it would be a good idea to talk to the are also available. people who use it the most about what For more information and a full list they would like to see,” said Chilson. of county boat ramps, visit A fisherman who regularly used the www.hcflgov.net or call 272-5900. ramp mentioned that it is hard for him to take his disabled son out on the water, so Williams Boat Ramp is located at 8749 the idea for the ADA accessible dock was U.S. Hwy. 41 in Ruskin.

Brandon Area Students Learn About Solar, Science At STEM At Hands-On Expo

By Kate Quesada

energy or hear from the sun.” The winners from the events earned free registration at the Florida Solar Energy Center’s EnergyWhiz Expo next month in Cocoa, Florida. G’kosi Boyce, a seventh grade student from McLane Middle School, won first place in the middle school Junior Solar Sprint competition and Shelby Bain, a fifth grade student from Lithia Springs Elementary in Valrico, won Students from Hillsborough County middle and elementary schools participated in the EnergyWhiz first place in the elementary Expo at McLane Middle School in Brandon last month division. Jelni Robinson and using their STEM knowledge to race cars and cook Iliana Canon from McLane food with the power of the sun. Students from all over Hillsborough County showed off their science and engineering skills with help from the sun last month at the annual EnergyWhiz Expo held at McLane Middle School in Brandon. The event, open to students in fourth to eighth grade, was made up of two events, the Junior Solar Sprint Race and the Solar Cook Off. The Solar Sprint judged cars, created by students and powered by the sun, on design, innova-

tion and performance in a 20-meter, wireguided sprint race. The cook-off was a two part contest where students designed a functional solar cooker and created a dish in it. “The event is a great way to highlight solar energy and its many uses,” said Mike Wilson, McLane’s robotics engineering technology teacher who runs the event. “We host this every year to get students excited about engineering and interested in STEM-based careers. Students who participate are able to design, build and test devices that get Family Owned & Operated


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Dr. Priya Reddy Offers Remarkable Rheumatology Care in Riverview

Local County Parks Slated For Improvements This Summer

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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Enjoying On weekends, the Hillsborough entire trail will be County parks is open. high on the list Woof! Woof! Dog for those who Park Coming to love spending Brandon time outdoors. A dog park, walkTo make the ing trail, and expandparks even beted parking lot are ter, sometimes coming to Bertha and parks must Tony Saladino Park in temporarily Brandon. close or areas The project, within the which began in April, parks are limit- The boardwalk at Aldermans Ford Park is set is projected to last to close temporarily for repairs. ed for conthrough late summer. struction or The park, located special projects. at 1705 Bryan Road, will be closed to Below is information on some of the visitors while work is underway. local parks slated for improvements this Dog parks are becoming more popsummer. ular as pet owners look for a safe, Boardwalk Repair Project At enclosed area where their dogs can play Alderman’s Ford and get fresh air and exercise. The dog park will include shade shelters, artificial The boardwalk at Alderman’s Ford Conservation Park is currently closed for turf, and separate areas for large dogs repairs which will last through and small dogs. September. Existing amenities at Bertha and The work will be the most extensive Tony Saladino Park include a basketball court, picnic shelter, ball field, playdone to the half-mile boardwalk in three ground, and restrooms. The park’s decades, replacing everything but the namesakes are a well-known Brandon pilings. On a short section damaged by Hurricane Irma in September, the pilings couple who opened their hearts and also will be replaced. their home to generations of young The project also will affect access to baseball players, many of whom went the 1.9 mile paved trail that wends along on to collegiate or professional baseball the north and south prongs of the Alafia careers. River. A portion of the trail will be shut For information, visit www.hillsbordown from the main park entrance to the oughcounty.org/en/residents/recreationdouble bridges Monday through Friday. and-culture/parks.

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Retired Officers Teach Active Shooter Workshop To Groups, Teams & Businesses

By Kate Quesada

Would you tions, in addition to know what to telling attendees what do when faced not to do in the event with an active of an active shooter. shooter situaClasses are tailored to tion? Retired fit the group and Hillsborough include information County Sheriff’s from the FBI and the Office (HCSO) Department of officers Ron Homeland Security. Hartley and SouthShore Andy Ross Chamber of recently helped Commerce Executive a group of Director Melanie members from Retired Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Officers Rimes attended the the SouthShore training. Ron Hartley and Andy Ross offer Active Shooter Training classes through their busiChamber of “In light of recent ness Innovative Training and Consulting. Commerce events in our country, develop a plan for that and other emerthis information is extremely important gency situations and, through their busiand it gives you the tools you need to ness, Innovative Training and Consulting, know to avoid further danger,” said they hope to reach many more residents. Rimes. “We will keep offering this course Hartley and Ross offer Active through our Diversity Team for as long as Shooter Training courses using their law we need to.” enforcement experience and extensive In addition to offering classes to busiresearch on the subject to help residents nesses, groups, churches and private prepare plans for what to do when faced schools, Innovative Training and with a nightmare situation. Consulting also put together threat “We work on the philosophy that you assessment plans for businesses. are as safe as you make yourself,” said Classes also cover personal safety, workHartley, who retired as a Colonel with the place violence and gun safety. HCSO after 40 years of service. “If we “We hope to empower people to take can give people a better chance of being a proactive approach to their own safety,” prepared when something tragic happens said Ross, who served as Deputy Chief and make them aware of what is going of Police at Tampa International Airport on around them, we are doing our job.” after retiring as a Captain following 30 The training focuses on making peoyears with HCSO. For more information ple safer by raising awareness and cover- on Innovative Training and Consulting, ing the psychological and physiological visit www.ITCFlorida.com or call 988responses people have to stressful situa7765.



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Dental Office Offers Full Service Care With Family Touch

By Kate Quesada

Patients looking and partial dentures, for a one-stop dental Invisalign and teeth whitenpractice, need go no ing. further than A & S Along with her husband, Dental in Brandon. Artan, Cervantes is an active Dentist and owner Dr. member of the Brandon Sara Cervantes, who community and a parishbegan practicing 18 ioner at Nativity Catholic years ago, opened the Church with a daughter office in 2004 offering attending Nativity Catholic residents a full range School. She is also bilingual, of dental services from which she believes has cleanings and examiallowed her to treat patients nations to crowns and from multiple backgrounds. implants. “We moved to Brandon Dr. Sara Cervantes, of A & S Dental in Brandon, is now “Our mission is to because we knew the area accepting new patients. provide the highest was growing and felt it level of dental care to would be a good place to our patients,” said Cervantes, who adds offer my services,” said Cervantes. “We that she wants to create a dental home create lifelong relationships with our for residents at her office. “We work hard patients and their families.” to educate, listen to and understand our A graduate of Boston University patients’ dental needs in a caring, honest School of Dental Medicine and the and professional manner.” University of Florida College of Dentistry, Through her use of technology and Cervantes is a member of the American state-of-the-art dental equipment, Dental Association, the Florida Dental Cervantes is able to make sure patients Association, the West Coast Dental are treated quickly and comfortably. Association and the Academy of General “We use digital x-rays, intra oral cam- Dentistry. eras to show patients the existing The office sees patients of all ages restorations that need attention and a and also accepts emergency walk-ins. Velscope for oral cancer screenings,” she A & S Dental is open Monday, said. Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m.Each dental exam includes a thor6p.m., Wednesday by appointment only, ough oral examination, a review of medFriday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday ical history and a check of gums and from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The office is located teeth. at 1532 Oakfield Dr. Ste. B in Brandon Additional services include dental and can be reached at 430-0962. For crowns and bridges, implants, restoramore information, visit www.asdentaltions, veneers and laminates, complete group.net.

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Retired Sheriff David Gee Honored By County Commissioners

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largest suburban sheriff’s offices in the nation, with more than 4,000 employees and an annual budget of $405 million. After accepting the award at the BOCC’s April 4 meeting, Gee thanked his former staff at the Sheriff’s Office for their support. “It was an honor and Former Sheriff David Gee received the Ellsworth G. privilege to have received Simmons Good Government Award from the Hillsborough such a prestigious County Board of County Commissioners last month. award,” said Gee. A familiar face who has been out of “However, this award is not about me, it’s the spotlight recently received an honor all about the great men and women of from the Hillsborough County Board of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office County Commissioners (BOCC) last and their dedication and commitment to month. Former Sheriff David Gee was the citizens of Hillsborough County.” presented with the Ellsworth G. Simmons Gee became sheriff in 2004 and was Good Government Award for his service re-elected three times until his retirement to the community. last year. During his time as sheriff, he The award, which was established was a member of the FBI Joint Terrorism by the BOCC in 1996, is presented annu- Task Force, chairman of the Attorney ally to an individual or group of individuals General’s Region 4 Gang Reduction Test who has played a significant role in Force, chair of the Florida Highway Patrol improving government through leadership Jurisdiction Subcommittee of the and vision. Governor’s Law Enforcement Gee, born in Plant City and a lifeConsolidation task Force and co-chairlong Hillsborough County resident, retired man of the Region 4 Domestic Security recently after 13 years as Hillsborough Task Force. County Sheriff. Before taking on the role Finalists for the Simmons award are of sheriff, he spent time as a homicide chosen each year by the Good investigator, Internal Affairs Supervisor, Government Award Committee which public information officer, chief financial examines the significant events, leaderofficer and chief deputy. ship opportunities and outstanding According to Hillsborough County achievement of nominees. Previous winSenior Media Relations Strategist Kara ners include former governor Bob Walker, in his capacity as sheriff, Gee Martinez and former mayors Pam Iorio was responsible for managing one of the and Dick Greco.

can come back and have a platform, I think you should always use it and be a part of the community, and let everybody know that if you believe in yourself, you can do anything that you want to.” According to the website, the DRC Foundation provides opportunities to disadvantaged youth through proPhotos Courtesy of Nancy Nahas grams and Corey Coleman interacting events that with a young fan at Brandon Hospital. address the Dominique Rodgerseducational Cromartie, former New York needs, Giants cornerback, visited social eleBrandon Regional Hospital on ments, and April 7 to spend time with kids economic in the hospital. He and a few Shaquill (right) and Shaquem Griffin hardship of partaking in fun activities. of his NFL friends joined the young peochildren in doing artwork and visiting with ple in underserved communities. them. Rodgers-Cromartie said he wanted The former NFL 1st-round pick has a to celebrate his 32nd birthday by doing scholarship fund which awards a scholarsomething meaningful for the community. ship to a student-athlete from the He played football at Lakewood Ranch Bradenton area. He also partakes in sevHigh School in Bradenton and later went eral other programs that help underprivion to play college football at Tennessee leged youth, such as his Holiday Program State. and the Dreambuilders program that proPlayers that were a part of the festivi- vides essential nutrition to kids in need in ties include Browns wide receiver Corey the New York City area, and it also supColeman, Ravens safety Anthony Levine, ports the St. Jude’s Research Hospital, Cowboys defensive end Damontre’ and its efforts to find cures and save chilMoore and twin brothers, UCF standout dren with cancer. Shaquem Griffin and Seahawks cornerAn 11-year NFL veteran, Rodgersback Shaquill Griffin. Cromartie is currently a free agent and Rodgers-Cromartie also put together wants to sign with another team to contina celebrity basketball tournament in ue playing in the NFL. For more informaPalmetto to raise money for his charity, tion, or if you would like to donate to his the DRC Foundation. “It means a lot,” cause, you can visit his website at said Rodgers-Cromartie. “Any time you DRCFoundation.org.

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Club Pilates Valrico Opens In Steinmart Plaza

Owners Zach Schlobohm and Shaun York recently opened Club Pilates Valrico, offering Group Reformer Pilates classes including Mat, TRX, Barre, Exo Chair, Bosu Ball, Springboard. Private classes include Cadillac and Ladder Barrel. Members are helped to achieve their desired body type while increasing their strength, flexibility and endurance in a fun, boutique fitness atmosphere. Club Pilates Valrico is located at 3438 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. and is open Monday to Friday from 5 a.m.-9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Call 413-4599 or visit www.clubpilates.com/valrico.

Seminar Hosted By Angeloni Tax Advisory Group  

Claiming your Social Security benefits at the wrong time could cost your family tens of thousands of dollars. A seminar will be held at The HCC campus at the Regent on Tuesday, May 22 and Thursday, May 31 at 6 p.m. (promptly) to help you with these decisions. Plan to be there by 5:45 p.m. This seminar is perfect for those 5867 years old. Learn some of the unknown strategies and principles behind the proper timing of taking your Social Security benefits.

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River Oaks Raises Money For MADD

River Oaks Treatment Center, an American Addiction Center, centered in Riverview recently participated in the 2018 Walk Like MADD Tampa event in March at USF. The 20 member-team was awarded Top Corporate Team for fundraising efforts. This year Walk Like MADD events have raised over $1,000,000 supporting families who have been affected by drunk-driving crashes, support law

enforcement heroes and work with state and local legislators regarding current, new and future laws for DUI offenders. River Oaks Treatment Center is new to the area and provides a compassionate, comprehensive, and quality recovery experience for adults battling substance addiction and cooccurring mental health disorders. Visit http://RiverOaksTreatment.com or call 605-3974.

Be Happy Boutique Now Offering Online

Be Happy Boutique offers personalized service and can assist you in finding the perfect gift. There are lots of great selections of gifts, candles, apparel, & jewelry, just to name a few. Gift certificates are also available. Now you can shop online at www.behappyboutique.com. Be Happy

Educational technology consultants Henry and Julie Burroughs are offering professional development presentations and workshops for educators this summer designed to improve your #EdTech skills such as Twitter for #PD and 3D printing, laser cutting and robots in the classroom. All events take place in the training lab of the Technology WIN! office at 3439 Brook Crossing Dr. in Brandon. Visit TechnologyWin.com to learn more. Register for events at http://techwin.me/pr.

Tide Dry Cleaners Opens Brick And Mortar Location In Valrico

JBBW Enterprises, LLC, in partnership with Agile Pursuits Franchising, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Proctor & Gamble (P&G), is pleased to celebrate the opening of its first Tide Dry Cleaners store in Valrico. Tide Dry Cleaners has quickly become the fourth largest dry cleaner in the country, by number of locations, and one of the fastest-growing dry cleaning franchise businesses in the United States. As the first Tide Dry Cleaners in

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Customers make everything from Visit https://sunhillopframed or plank wood signs, to tical.com/. There are lazy Susans, serving trays, chalkalso locations in By Michelle Colesanti board art, centerpiece boxes, canRiverview and Sun Hillsborough Natural Pets vas pillows, totes and more. City Center. County, the EZ Pet Low Cost Pet During instructor-led workshops, Valrico locaVaccination will hold a pet participants prepare their custom Thomas Roe Has tion is posivaccination clinic on design, assemble and finish Joined Keller tioned to Saturday, June 2 from 2-3 ‘Pinterest-worthy’ projects with Williams Of ensure cusp.m. Kim’s Natural Foods is non-toxic stain and paint colors Brandon. tomer servlocated at 3110 Lithia hand-chosen by the founders. The “My number one ice and conPinecrest Rd., Valrico, just instructional approach enables vispriority with my Thomas Roe recently joined venience is a north ofBloomingdale Rd. itors at any skill level to produce Keller Williams of Brandon. clients is to take my top priority. Call 684-3 663 to confirm. beautiful artworks and ensures years of experience The store consistent, high-end results for the home, and be able to educate and demystify the Women’s Health & Wellness staff will feature a Women’s Health & complex and confusing process of buying office, or as a personalized gift. dual lane drive-thru concierge and Tide Wellness Adds New Member To Team and selling real estate,” said Thomas The AR Workshop® has more than Dry Cleaners Kiosk with convenient 24Marian A. Sampson, M.D. was Roe, who recently joined Keller Williams 81 boutiques nationally. The womenhour pick-up and drop-off accessibility. recently introduced as the newest memowned franchise is rapidly expanding into of Brandon. Designed with the simplicity of an ATM in ber of the Women’s With over 20 years of experience as communities mind, Kiosks are user-friendly and enable Health & Wellness an owner/loan officer of a mortgage across the customers to pay for and pick up their team seeing patients lender, specializing in helping thousands country and dry-cleaned items with a touch of a few in the Brandon and of VA and first time homebuyers, he has expects to buttons before, during and after business Riverview offices. honed his skills to identify potential probexceed 100 hours. In conjunction with GreenEarth® Dr. Sampson lems before they happen and eliminate locations Cleaning and Tide® fabric care, the new completed her nationally in surprises. store upholds Tide’s tradition of excelOB/GYN Residency 2018. Contact Roe at 220-3204 or tomlence and advanced cleaning technology at Bayfront in St. AR knowstampa@gmail.com. Visit www.tomcare. Petersburg bringing Workshop® knowstampa.com. Tide Dry Cleaners is located at 1928 12 years of OB/GYN of Brandon is E. Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. Hours experience to the Tampa Electric Earns Tree Line USA® located at are Monday to Friday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m., practice. Status For 10th Year 1046 Saturday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 10 The dedicated The National Arbor Day Bloomingdale a.m.-3 p.m. Call 662-4243. Visit www.tidstaff at Women’s AR Workshop of Brandon Foundation™ has recognized Tampa Ave. in edrycleaners.com. Health & Wellness is Electric as a Tree Line USA® utility for Valrico. For transforming women’s health care with a the tenth consecutive year for its efforts to more information, call 775-7109 or visit Brandon Realty, Inc. Joins Weichert® personal approach that starts well before protect the health of trees the company www.arworkshop.com/brandon/ for more National Franchise Network childbirth and embraces the total you. must trim near power lines. A tree that information or to register for a workshop. Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. Women’s Health & Wellness uses comes into contact with a power line can recently announced that Brandon Realty, advanced medical technology, and a carJack Daniel’s Tasting And Bottle create a safety hazard and can also lead Inc. has joined its national franchise neting support staff at both locations will help Event to power outages. work. The new office, now known as you achieve your most important and AJ's Fine Wine & Liquors will be feaThe program is sponsored by The Weichert, urgent needs. turing a Jack Daniel's tasting and bottle National Arbor Day Foundation, in coopRealtors® Many event on Sunday, June 3 from 6 eration with the National Association of Brandon Realty, health plans 9p.m. at AJ's Fine Wine & Liquors, locatState Foresters. It recognizes public and is an independaccepted. ed at 3443 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Valrico. private utilities across the nation following ently owned and Hours are This is a great idea for Father’s Day. The practices that protect and enhance operated Monday to bottles engraved will be Gentleman Jack, America’s urban Weichert® affiliFriday from Woodford Reserve and Jack Daniel's forests. To qualify ate run by the 8:30 a.m.Single Barrel. for Tree Line company’s bro4:30 p.m. USA status, a ker/owner, Nora with lunch 12 See The Difference At utility must Redding. 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Visit https://whnw.net/. skilled, and knowledgeable. danger of coming into contact with power operated Weichert affiliate serving Sun Hill Optical is located at the lines. Customers should never attempt to Brandon and surrounding areas. Create Custom And Charming Décor Brandon Boulevard Shoppes, 1940 FL-60 trim trees near power lines. Instead, they It is located at 211 N. Parsons Ave. in At New Do It Yourself Classes in Valrico. The hours are Monday to should call Tampa Electric at 630-6339. Brandon. Call Nora Redding at 438AR Workshop® of Brandon, a locallyFriday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday Learn more about National Arbor Day 7170 or visit www.brandonrealestateserowned boutique with hands-on classes in by appointment. and the Tree Line USA program at arborvice.com. which participants create custom and Call 653-2244 for an appointment. day.org. or www.tampaelectric.com. Pet Vaccination Clinic At Kim’s charming décor recently opened.

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YMCA Partners With School District To Offer Free Summer Meals & Swim Lessons

By Kathy L. Collins

season, the Y's Go for Green program provides free swim lessons to Y summer campers who are unable to pass the swim test. The campers will receive free swim lessons throughout the summer until they can pass the swim test and get a green wristband. Last summer, 1,465 YMCA summer campers received free Go for a Green swim lessons. YMCA Summer Camp offers youth fun and unique The Go for Green program is experiences with an opportunity to explore the out- one of the many drowning predoors, meet new friends, discover new interests and create memories that last a lifetime. To keep children vention strategies offered by the safe and healthy, the YMCA is offering free swim les- Tampa Metropolitan YMCA. sons and meals at each area YMCA. This is included in the summer While summer camp programs keep camp experience at no extra cost to the children busy and engaged, children camper. who are hungry simply cannot focus. Director of Camping Services, Mark That is why the Tampa Metropolitan Battig said, "Summer camp is an excelYMCA is once again partnering with the lent way to ensure kids stay engaged Hillsborough County Public Schools to socially, physically and academically provide free breakfast and lunch to all throughout the summer." Battig added, campers 18 years old and younger. The "In Y Summer Camp, kids are in a welSummer Food Program runs from coming environment where they can Tuesday, May 29 through Friday, August belong. They are building relationships, 3. Meal times vary at each YMCA. developing character and discovering Children can receive breakfast, a their potential. We really encourage parnutritious snack and lunch. Last year, ents to give their kids the gift of camp to the Tampa Metropolitan YMCA served keep them active and engaged all sumover 75,000 healthy meals and 300,000 mer long." nutritious snacks. An example of breakThe Y's summer camp is offered to fast is cereal, milk, cheese stick and ensure that children and teens in the juice. An example of lunch is ham and Tampa area are given the opportunity to cheese wrap with fruit and juice. be adventurous, active and healthy over In addition to the Summer Food the summer. Program, area YMCAs will once again For information, on the Y's summer offer the Y's Go for Green program. camp programs, visit http://www.tamSince summer is synonymous with swim paymca.org/bestsummerever.

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Nicholas Hensley Wins Zenay Morales Courage Award Photos courtesy of Judy Moore

“Nicholas is an inspiration to others,” being in good health,” said said Judy Moore, coach at the Brandon Chiaramonte. He has a condition called Sports and Aquatic Center. “He displays Trisomy 11,18. His mother said that good sportsmanship, courage and persewhen he was 5 months old the doctors verance.” During the opening ceremonies told her that he wouldn’t live past a year at the recent area Special Olympics at of age. He is now 34 and is the oldest Jesuit High School, Nicholas Hensley person known to have this condition. He was awarded the Zenay Morales was recently in the hospital for pneumoCourage Award. nia. “Despite all that, he is always This award is given annually in memcheerful and is always smiling,” said ory of Zenay Morales, a Special Olympics Chiaramonte. “He just makes your day.” athlete. Since 2001, the award has been “No matter what, he never gives up, presented to a Special Olympics competihe keeps on trying,” said Hensley. “We tor who exemplifies the true are very proud of him.” spirit and Tennis For Fun is a courage of a free tenSpecial nis clinic Olympics for speathlete. cial Nicholas’ needs mother, people. Sandra For more Hensley, says informaThe Morales family sponsors a spirit award that was prethat her son is sented to Nicholas Hensley. Aly Smith (left), Nicholas tion, you Hensley, Zuhally Smith and Mike Smith. very competican visit tive and loves to Hensley has been Chiaramonte, he has their webribbon. e c win. “He likes la p t an athlete in the Tennis competed in basketball, s 1 site at tenna g in gett getting out there, Hensley For Fun program at the Brandon tennis, swimming, bowling Hensley rece isforfun.org. ived a sign being active and Sports and Aquatic Center for 16 years. and track and field. “He Special Olymed baseball at the pics. social,” she said. “He just has a blast.” According to his coach, Rosanna has a very great spirit despite not


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Connection Strong Dogs Wheelchair Basketball Team Finishes 8th In Nation By Nick Nahas The Tampa Bay Strong Dogs are one of the best wheelchair basketball teams in the nation. They are currently ranked 8th in the country, and have been to Louisville, Kentucky for the National Wheelchair Basketball Association championship tournament for nine consecutive years. The Strong Dogs finished 8th in the country this season after their appearance at nationals. They took the eventual champions, the San Diego Wolfpack, down to the wire. They lost by four points to the Wolfpack, but were one of the few teams that were competitive against them. “This team played their hearts out,” said Wayne Bozeman, head coach of the Strong Dogs. “I wouldn’t trade this team… because of the heart they have.” The team, is led by Bozeman, a Recreation Therapist for the Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation Department. Bozeman became the leader of the team 10

years ago after inquiries from some injured veterans at the VA Hospital. They are a part of Paralympic Sport Tampa Bay, a signature program of the Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation Department. The team has a total of 26 players, 15 on the division II team that went to nationals, and 11 on the new division III team. Some of the players have spina bifida, and others are amputees or have spinal cord injuries. A few of the players are injured veterans as well. “To me, they are the best basketball players out there, not just our guys, but everybody,” Bozeman said. “It’s not about their disability, it’s about their ability.” According to Bozeman, the team

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doing more fundraisers next year. Bozeman would like to thank Hillsborough County and Paralympic Sport Tampa Bay for all that they do for the team and encourages anybody with a lower extremity injury to come and participate. If you would like more information, you can search for their page, @tbsdofficial on Facebook.

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Authentic Vietnamese Cuisine At Pho Viet Not Only Tastes Great But Is Healthy

Staff Report

If you’re looking herbs used in cooking for a fresh twist on are also used for healthe classic dishes ing. “Not only is the of North and South food flavorful, but it is Vietnam, do not also a healthy alternalook any further tive and just may help symptoms of the than Pho Viet, a restaurant devoted common cold or to introducing stomach issues,” Vietnamese cuisine added Phan. Whether looking to the Brandon area. for a taste of home The restaurant is or something new to owned by Tony try, Phan said that Phan, who came to the soup is a the United States popular choice. around 15 years ago Served in large from Viet Nam. He portions, the opened the restaurant restaurant’s sigaround five years ago, nature entree and it has recently features a large undergone some renosteaming bowl of vations to make for an even better dining fresh rice noodles experience. in slow-cooked Since the opening beef stock made of Pho Viet, as well with a special blend of herbs as throughout his and spices. entire career, Phan “Pho Viet has never stopped appeals to people striving towards from the region being the best where the recipes option when it originate,” Phan comes to satisfying said. the craving for an Natives of both authentic Vietnam and Korea Vietnamese meal. “I often come to eat at focus on bringing Pho Viet for its dishigher quality food tinct similarities to to my customers,” cuisine from home. Pham said of his To savor the goal. best Vietnamese Phan said that it cuisine that is hard to choose his Brandon has own favorite item from to offer, visit the menu, but he does Pho Viet recommend that new Monday customers try the very through dish the establishment Thursday from his named after; the 11 a.m.-9:30 Pho Soup. “I use beef p.m. The estabbecause it has a good lishment is also flavor,” Phan gave a open from short summary of Friday to what makes his Pho Saturday from 11 the best, “It’s also a.m.-9 p.m. as healthier than most Enjoy a fresh tw options.” South Vietnam ist on classic North and well as on ese dishes at located at 1202 Pho Sunday from 11 Phan noted that W. Brandon B Viet, lvd. in a.m.-9 p.m. the food is very Brandon. Pho Viet is healthy and has minlocated on 1202 imal grease. Vietnam has a rich history in oriental medicine and a lot of the W. Brandon Blvd. in Brandon.

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Tampa’s Food Scene Welcomes Armature Works & The Hall On Franklin

By Kathy L. Collins

shop for up to 30 people Over the last few complete with a full cooking decades, Tampa has been demonstration kitchen, event transformed from a business spaces, a spacious outdoor centric downtown that closed terrace. There are additional at 5 p.m. to one that is filled spaces planned as the with excitement, entertainHeights Public Market conment and great food. The tinues to grow. most recent and exciting The Heights Public additions to Tampa’s culinary Market is housed in the scene are the Hall on Armature Works which dates Franklin and the Heights back to 1910 when it was Public Market. the storage and mainteThe Hall on Franklin is a nance facility for Tampa European inspired specialty Electric’s Streetcars. food hall located at 1701 N. Chrissy Nieves, a resFranklin St. The Hall on ident of Winthrop in Franklin features seven Riverview is a well-travdiverse cuisines under one elled foodie who has visitroom with sit down service. ed both spaces. Nieves Try a hand-crafted cocktail said, “I love both places. from The Collection or grab We like to go to the Hall a coffee or tea from Kofe on Franklin for date night. and then walk around the It is more upscale and hall and see what whets more like a fine dining your palette. You can select restaurant.” Nieves from Asian street food at added, “The concept North Star Eatery, seafood allows young chefs to from Heights Fish Market, a have a restaurant of their The Hall on Franklin (L) is a lively, diverse full-service food hall located in Tampa’s first suburb, “The Heights.” The melty sandwich from Heights Public Market (R ) is a fabulous food hall that has something for everyone and is located in the beautifully reno- own.” Heights Melts, breakfast all vated Armature Works. Nieves said of the day from Bake’n Babes, or Heights Public Market. The vendors Height Public Market, “The Heights signature bowls from Poke Rose. Just a few miles away, sits the here include outposts of some of Public Market has a little bit of everyThe concept of the Hall on Franklin Heights Public Market at the restored Tampa’s most celebrated restaurants thing. You can grab a coffee or a full is unique. Not only can you enjoy great Armature Works located at 1910 N. Ola such as Ichicora Imoto, Ava and Cru meal. They also have co-working food and drink, but you can also purAve. The Heights Public Market is situCellars. Steelbach is a new full service spaces so this is a great place to come chase the leather sofa you have ated in 22,000 sq. ft. of open industrial southern inspired kitchen and chopwith friends or even by yourself.” For enjoyed sitting on or the beautiful chanmarket space featuring an open floor house. info on the Hall on Franklin, visit delier lighting the space. The Hall on plan with communal dining. In addition to the restaurants and www.thehallonfranklin.com. For the Franklin has free WiFi and remote workThere are currently 16 dining pop ups such as Empamamas, there is Heights Public Market, visit www.armaspaces. An outdoor terrace is in the options with more on the way at the a Show and Tell entertainment worktureworks.com. planning stages.

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Volume 15, Issue 5

With Arts & Entertainment Editor Kathy L. Collins

Ruth Bolles Uses Imagination And Nature Summer Intern Program Now Open At The Plant City Photo Archives And History Center To Create Beautiful Stained Glass Art explained. Plant City resident, Bolles got into Ruth Bolles, is a fantastic stained glass simply stained glass artist. by taking a class. Bolles' technique and "That class turned creativity leaps out at you into a passion for when you view her wonstained glass," said derful artwork. Bolles Bolles. Her style works under the name leans toward nature. Fragments of My "It may not always Imagination. be a literal showing Bolles is origiRuth Bolles of Plant City nature. Trees are of nally from Michigan creates the most amazing stained glass a big thing in my and worked as a works of art. art," said Bolles. Graphic Designer for Bolles uses a lot of found pieces in over 30 years. She her art. A piece might start with a has been creating stained glass for 18 reclaimed vase and end up as a beautiyears. Since moving to Florida, she ful original piece of art. retired from the show circuit. While she may no longer be on the Bolles now conducts classes sharing her craft with others. Bolles uses the cop- show or outdoor art festival tour, Bolles continues to show her artwork. She took per foil method of construction. "I create first place at this year's Strawberry traditional and non-traditional composiFestival Fine Art Show. In addition, Bolles tions in stained glass, although I prefer has a piece accepted into an upcoming the organic flowing lines I witness in show at the Tampa Regional Artists nature. My style emerges as these influences combine with my sense of intuition (TRA) in Hyde Park, and hopes to be accepted into a show at the Melvin Art and self. The subject matter does not restrict itself to the two-dimensional world; Gallery in Lakeland. For more information find her on it flows over into the three-dimensional in Facebook at www.facebook.com/fragthe form of candle shelters, wall sconces mentsofmyimagination. and decorative vessels," Bolles

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equipment, photographic and documentary resources, archival procedures, data collection, information storage and retrieval, historical research, and monograph composition. From there we are flexible and work to develop the intern along lines consistent with current and future interests.” Internships Martha Lafon, a student at Florida Southern College, worked as the do lead to sucSummer Term 2017 intern at the Plant City Photo Archives and cessful jobs and History Center. Students interested in obtaining an internship for this summer must apply no later than Monday, June 4. careers. Gott The Plant City Photo Archives and said, “The education a student History Center (Photo Archives) has receives in a classroom setting is freannounced that its Intern Program is quently enhanced by the hands-on open for application for the Summer experience of working in an institution Term 2018. Applications must be subthat performs the actual work you are mitted by Monday, June 4. The prostudying. There are usually many gram is open to high school, undermore details of the historian’s profesgraduate and graduate students. The sion and the archivist’s profession that intensity and depth of the assigncome out in the actual performance of ments will be tailored to the educathese tasks in an institutional setting.” tional level of the intern(s) selected. Gott added, “The Plant City Photo The Intern Program was estabArchives and History Center’s Intern lished in 2010. The program is moniProgram is unique in that the institutored by both a mentor and the Photo tion is very small and an intern will Archives’ Executive Director, Gilbert receive person-to-person training. We Gott. “Applicants must have an educa- develop our program in accordance tional background that indicates they with what the intern needs and is have a strong desire to learn and interested in. For example, we will do have an interest in history, archives hands on research, prepare finding and museums. Age is not as important aids and organize papers and docuas attitude,” said Gott. ments. The theory becomes a Programs of work are set out in practicum.” advance and interns are provided with For more information, please visit formats for daily journal entries and www.plantcityphotoarchives.org. checklists. After completion of the Interested students can obtain the schedule, the intern is presented with application by visiting the History an evaluation and final report. Gott Center located at 106 S. Evers St. in said, “We first familiarize them with downtown Plant City. You can also the normal day-to-day operations of email Gott at gil@plantcityphoour institution, office procedures and toarchives.org.

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Valrico Edition

County Offers Easy Online Reservation System For Park Amenities

By Kate Quesada

With summer and sand volleyapproaching, many ball courts, horsefamilies are thinking shoe pits and about reunions, group swimming areas. BBQs and wedding It is important to and baby showers. It read the informais not always easy to tion and park find the perfect locarules for the spetion to host these cific shelter choevents, but sen before Plant City’s Edward Medard Park has 10 Hillsborough County reserving. shelters and many activities and is Parks and The county conveniently located to the Brandon area. Recreation can come to the rescue with also offers indoor meeting rooms with 80 different indoor multipurpose rooms tables and chairs at various locations for and outdoor shelters available to rent resident rental. Some rooms require up throughout the area, each offering differto two weeks advance notice for reservaent amenities and most with easy on-line tions and costs range from $85.60 an reservations. hour for a small capacity room, for up to Many of the facilities, from picnic 100 people, to $149.80 for an extra large shelters at county parks with grills, elecroom which can hold more than 250 peotric hook-ups and close restrooms, to ple. indoor meeting rooms with tables and According to Hillsborough County’s chairs seating hundreds of people, are Senior Special Event Coordinator Dana available to rent at reasonable prices only McDonald, the Brandon Recreation a short drive from the Brandon area. Center is one that can easily accommoFees for the outdoor picnic shelters date 300-350 people. at Medard, and other locations through“We have several people say they out the county, are dependent on capacilove using the rec center for family ty, starting at $42.80 a day for the small reunions and graduations because it is 30-person shelters and ranging to centrally located and easy for family and $240.75 for the extra large shelters that fit friends to get to,” said McDonald. “There up to 150 people. All shelter rentals must are outdoor areas with a playground, tenbe made at least three business days in nis courts and sand volleyball, which is advance of the event and all rentals unique to the park.” require payment at the time of reservaVisit www.hcflgov.net/Parks. In pertion. Different parks have different ameni- son reservations can be made at All ties and different rules. Some allow People’s Life Center in Tampa and the bounce houses from approved vendors Branchton Office in Thonotosassa. Email and some parks offer facilities such as Recreation_Admin@hcflgov.net or call playgrounds, volleyball nets, basketball 272-5900.

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