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Bass Pro Shops Makes Generous Fishing Reel Donation To Local Nonprofits
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Future’, believes the donation will be helpful to her cause. “Bass Pro and I are trying to inspire the next generation to engage and love the outdoors. We want the children to exchange rods for remotes. The two most important things that the children will get from fishing is self-confidence and a love for the outdoors,” said Wells. Camp Christina Y’s Program Director Meagan Bass Pro Shops contributed to the community effort with Springer and Specialty Camp a generous donation to be used by ‘A Reel Future’ and Coordinator Kyle Francavilla Camp Christina Y. were both excited about putBass Pro Shops is a popular destina- ting the donation to good use in their camps. Cliff Vandenbosch, who helps tion for families and lovers of the outwith events coordination at Bass Pro doors. Located at 10501 Palm River Rd. Shops, was also present at the ceremoin Brandon, the company continued to ny. show its commitment to the community “We want these kids to have fun on June 7 as it launched its annual Gone learning how to fish, and to gain the confiFishing Event on National Donation Day. dence of learning a new and valuable As a nationwide effort, Bass Pro skill. We hope the donation of fishing Shops and Cabela’s will donate 50,000 equipment makes it very possible for rods and reels this summer to different these kids to get outside and start making nonprofit organizations, inspiring young memories that will turn into a lifelong love people to go outside. This year, Bass Pro of fishing,” said Cheryl Kehrmeyer, who Shops in Brandon donated 528 complete oversees Events and Promotions at Bass rods and reels to Camp Christina Y and Pro Shops. ‘A Reel Future’, an organization that The Gone Fishing event also includworks with foster children to take them ed free, family-friendly activities in June, fishing and teach them about catching including an outside catch-and release fish, the outdoors and conservation. pond, free fishing seminars, and more for Store General Manager Ronnie kids and parents to enjoy. Cheeks spoke enthusiastically about the “We hold events almost every weekevent’s focus. end that have free seminars on enjoying “The Gone Fishing event and the the outdoors, and many have kids’ activiNational Donation Day is so important to ties as important parts of them, too. We the mission of our company—to do all that we can to help families and our youth want to make sure everyone has access to the information to help them enjoy the get outside and learn to love, enjoy and beautiful world outside of our offices and conserve the great outdoors,” he said. our homes,” Kehrmeyer said. Misty Wells, Founder of ‘A Reel
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Enjoying a night out at The Straz Center to see ‘The Sound Of Music’. Tickets are still available for Rogers & Hammerstein’s ‘Cinderella’. Shows are July 5-8. See ad on page 10. For more information or for a complete list of the upcoming Broadway series, visit www.strazcenter.org or call 229-STAR (7827).
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Goodwill Industries-Suncoast, Inc. Opens Its 20th Retail Store And New Distribution Center
By Tatiana Ortiz
donating, visit https://goodwill-suncoast.org/what-to-donate/ here. Goodwill aims to help people achieve their full potential through dignity and power of work as stated in their mission statement. The organization’s successful donated goods retail operation assists with human services in 10 counties in West Central Florida that includes employ-
The interior of the distribution center at the new Goodwill in Tampa.
Those who drive on US Hwy 301 might notice a large building and parking lot recently built near the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway. On April 28 of this year, Goodwill Industries-Suncoast, Inc. opened a new 12,000 sq. ft. retail store that joins its 200,000 sq. ft. warehouse and distribution center. Goodwill Industries-Suncoast, Inc. previously had its distribution center headquartered at 10596 Gandy Blvd. in St. Petersburg. Searching for a better site for its distribution center, led to ther elocation on US Hwy 301. This new distribution and retail center will also house logistical operations and transportation. Goodwill Industries-Suncoast, Inc. Senior Creative and Media Relations Manager Jennifer Fleming shared that the location site suited its needs in regards to the trucks being able to get products in its store. “We call it the hub because it has the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway and Interstate 4 right there, giving it a great location for distribution,” Fleming said. This new store will be its 20th retail store and its first new one in Hillsborough County since 2002. Individuals who visit can discover a variety of brand new products, household items, donated clothes and more. On the south side of the retail store, a drive-through donation lane can be found, which will make dropping off donations quick and easy. Individuals do not need to make an appointment if interested in donating. To learn more about
ment services, job placement for individuals with disabilities, training and much more. For information, visit https://goodwill-suncoast.org. It is located at 1407 S. U.S. Hwy. 301 in Tampa. Open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m.- 9 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. Call 542-8100.
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On June 8, TD $20,000 for the team’s Bank hosted its annuupcoming trip to Seattle al Special Olympics when he spoke at a Trading Card Day at fundraiser hosted by four local locations. Countryside Baptist Clients had the opporChurch in Dover. tunity to do their busiThe team will be ness at the bank and leaving on June 30 to fly enjoy a friendly game to Seattle and compete of soccer on their way in the USA games, a out. brand new experience The event raises for many of the athletes money for the Special involved, and a great Olympics and builds opportunity to earn awareness for the some recognition. Play Unified moveGivens and Curran ment, which joins peowere accompanied by Special Olympic athletes Trey ple with and without two United partners, Givens and Jade Curran pose intellectual disabilities Holly Eddins and Dean alongside their United partners, Holly Eddins and Dean Collins on the same team in Collins, along with order to foster friendship and competition. Coach Sandy Denham. Coach Denham From May 14 to June 22, clients had has been involved with the Special the opportunity to purchase a $5 bracelet Olympics for 30 years, and is clearly pasto support the cause. Over the past nine sionate about the program and the athyears, this fundraiser has raised over letes. “The team gets a lot of community $9.5 million, most of which goes directly support,” she said. to the Special Olympics. The goal is to The United partners, Eddins and raise one million dollars this year. Collins, are former students at Plant City Trey Givens and Jade Curran were High School who play alongside the athtwo athletes who participated in the letes and help coaches. event. They each play several sports, While at the bank, the group set up often hopping from one practice to the small soccer goals, Connect 4, and even next, which keeps them busy and fit. “My broke out some hula hoops. Several TD favorite thing is going out and being Bank employees joined the fun, along active,” said Givens. with a few clients who could not resist tryGivens has also gained a community ing to score a quick goal. platform through the Special Olympics, Donations to support the Special making speeches at various fundraisers Olympics can be made to any TD Bank, and benefits. He recently helped raise or at give.specialolympics.org.
On Saturday, attends Hillsborough May 19, the Community College GFWC Brandon and plans to become Service League a Phlebotomist. held its Annual The Brandon Spring Luncheon Service League at The Chateau in awarded grants to Valrico. After a seven local non-profdelightful meal its this year. The catered by Cater seven non-profits Tampa, the included The For over 50 years the GFWC Brandon Outreach Clinic, New Brandon Service League has been supporting the League presented Service residents of the greater Brandon area Horizons Group two scholarships through scholarships and grants to the Home, ECHO, New non-profits that also serve the area. and multiple grants Hope (Brandon to local non-profits. Men's Resource In addition, this is the time that the Center), Women's Resource Center, Brandon Service League installs its Life Care Network and Winthrop Arts, Executive Board and officers including Inc. a new club president. At this luncheon, four new memThe Brandon Service League has bers were welcomed into the club. In been serving the greater Brandon area addition, the new Executive Board and for over 50 years. The Brandon officers include Kathy Levine as treasService League's biggest fundraiser is urer; Carol Kerrigan as Corresponding its Annual Holiday Home Tour which is Secretary; Jean Ippilitto as Recording held in December. Secretary; Betty White as 3rd Vice The Brandon Service League President; Candy Jackson as 2nd Vice awarded two scholarships. The first, President; Jeri Robinson as 1st Vice The Reynolds and Claire Bryan President; and Judy Darsey as Scholarship for the Arts was given to President for 2018-2020. McKenzie Pitts, a senior at Durant Darsey is a two-time president of High School. Pitts plans to teach art to the club. Darsey said, "It is an honor middle school students. and privilege to serve. My mother was The second scholarship, the Pat a two-time serving president." and Lee Elam Scholarship for the The Annual Holiday Home Tour will Renaissance Woman was awarded to be held on Saturday, December 8. Rebecca Maldonado. This scholarship For more information on the is given to a woman who finds herself GFWC Brandon Service League, in need of further education in order to please visit www.gfwcbrandonservicehelp herself and her family. Maldonado league.org.
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The Theme Of This Year’s 4th Of July Parade Is Traveling America
By Kathy L. Collins
Faces Of Courage Has A Simple Motto: Cancer Is Serious, Camp Is Serious Fun
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Bloomingdale High School and Brandon High School. They combine to provide live music for the spectators. In addition, many military and veterans’ organizations appear in the parade reminding us why we have our freedoms in this country.” The Annual 4th of July Parade is a tradition for many Brandon area residents and their families.
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Come out with family and friends and continue or start the tradition of attending The Community Roundtable's Annual Brandon 4th of July Parade. The parade is held on the 4th of July beginning at 10 a.m. in the heart of Brandon.
The Annual Brandon 4th of July Parade presented by The Community Roundtable will be held on Wednesday, July 4. The parade begins at 10 a.m. at the Law Offices of Reed & Reed at the corner of Lumsden and Parsons. The route will continue north on Parsons, stop at the reviewing stand located in front of Nature's Health Foods at Parsons and Oakfield, continue west on Robertson and end in the Publix parking lot at Buckingham Place. This year’s theme is Traveling America. Janine Nickerson, President of the Community Roundtable said, “The Community Roundtable proudly presents the 61st Annual Brandon Independence Day Parade. This is a family tradition with family values at the core of the parade and highlighting the event.” The Grand Marshall for this year’s parade is Tony Saladino. Nickerson added, “Participants in the parade include bands from both
“Many families have come to the parade for years,” added Nickerson. Brandon’s 4th of July Parade is a great tradition that celebrates the residents, schools, organizations and nonprofits of the greater Brandon area. The parade features floats, marching bands, dancers and more. Included in each year’s line-up is the winner of the Annual Honorary Mayors’ Race. The winner is announced the morning of the parade along with the winner of The Community Roundtable’s Father of the Year. You can also see the winner of the Alice B. Tompkins Award (an award given to someone who epitomizes service to the community) and the winner of the Maureen Krzanowski Scholarship. “At the request of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, alcohol and squirt guns are banned,” said Nickerson. The Parade Committee is looking for sponsors and volunteers. Students in need of community service hours can have fun and help the community by volunteering for set up and clean up. For information, contact The Community Roundtable at 661-4350 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.thecommunityroundtable.org.
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Faces of Courage is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides day outings and overnight camps for women, children and families touched by all types of cancer and blood disorders. All programs are given free of charge. Faces of Courage was founded by Peggy Sherry in 2004. It is a Tampa based nonprofit, but it serves cancer survivors from all over the country. Faces of Courage is able to provide services for free thanks to tireless volunteers and support from the community. Volunteers such as Larry Brooks provide essential services. Brooks, who lives in Sun City Center, became involved with Faces of Courage about eight years ago. He works in the kitchen at every camp that is held. Brooks said, "I volunteer because I see what the camp means to the survivors who attend. At one of the camps, a
woman with cancer gave me a hug and thanked me for being there." Brooks added, "While the emphasis at the camps is certainly on fun, it also provides support and focuses on developing a strong positive attitude towards recovery and good health management. Many of the volunteers are survivors as well, and when they tell a camper they know what they are going through, they really do know." Sherry said, "No one can understand the cancer journey until they have heard the words 'You have cancer.' When these survivors can get together, leave their wigs in the cabin and openly talk about their feelings, worries and hopes, it is very healing." Faces of Courage has several upcoming camps for women and children. It is hosting two Adult Women's Camps on August 17-19 and September 14-16. It will host Santa's Workshop Weekend for children ages 2-12 the weekend of November 30 to December 2. Registration for camps opens approximately five weeks before camp. Camps cost approximately $250 per camper. To offset the cost of the camps, Faces of Courage holds events such as ‘It's Too Hot Music Fest’ on Sunday, July 15 and a Top Golf event on Sunday, July 22. For information, visit www.facesofcourage.org or call 948-7478.
Young Artists Are Invited To Enter Works Of Art In Children's Community Art Show
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Children for entry and ages 4 to 13 are prizes- ages 4 to encouraged to 6; ages 7 to 9; and enter artwork in ages 10 to 13. Center Place's The show will 6th Annual be judged by local Children's artist, Jennie Community Art Sikora Muehl. Show. ‘Little Awards will be Monsters presented for first Center Place will hold its 6th Annual Children's Community Create’ celeplace, second Art Show, ‘Little Monsters brates the creplace and third Create,’ this July in the Mook ativity of the place in the three Gallery area’s aspiring age categories. An young artists. Children may enter artwork Artists’ Reception which includes drawing, painting, photogwill be held on Tuesday, July 26 beginraphy, ceramics, jewelry, clay and wood. ning at 6 p.m. Awards will be presented at The show will be on display in the Mook 6:30 p.m. The reception is an opportunity Gallery at Center Place during the month for each young artist to be recognized of July. and see their work exhibited in a gallery Lisa Rodriguez, Marketing Director setting. for Center Place said, “Our Sixth Annual 2D artwork (including photography) ‘Little Monsters Create’ Kids Art Show is must be matted, framed or wrapped and an opportunity for budding young artists wired for hanging. No 2D artwork can be to enter and show off their artwork in an over 16"x20". 3D pieces must not exceed art gallery. Because we have three age 12"Hx10"W and may not weigh more categories, the artwork will be judged than three pounds. All artwork must be along with their peers.” Rodriguez added, accompanied by two typed 3x5 index “Every child that submits a piece of art will cards which must contain the artist's receive a certificate of appreciation and name, age, title of the work, and artistic other goodies.” statement. The artist’s phone number The art show is open to all children in should be on the back of the cards. the greater Brandon area. All entries must All artwork must be taken home the be submitted between Monday, June 25 night of the reception or picked up no and Friday, June 29 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. later than Monday, July 30 by 5 p.m. at Center Place located at 619 For more information on the Sixth Vonderburg Dr. in Brandon. Children can Annual Children's Community Art Show, enter up to three pieces. There is a $5 please visit www.centerplacebrandon.org entrance fee per piece or $10 for three or call 685-8888 or email cpfinearts@verientries. There are three age categories zon.net.
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Newcomers Group Makes Donations To ECHO And The Spring
By Kate Quesada
Members of the said Saunders, who Brandon Area explained that ECHO Newcomers Group have not only offers food and been welcoming resiclothing to Brandon dents to Hillsborough area residents who are struggling financially County since 1961 and due to unforeseen last month they helped emergencies, but also enrich the lives of those organizes five interconin need with donations to nected back to work two local charities. programs. The group, which The Spring of boasts more than 100 Mary Ann Clark, Vice President of Tampa Bay, which also members of various the Brandon Area Newcomers Group, presented ECHO received $1,500, assists ages, raised almost Executive Director Eleanor victims of domestic vio$3,000 at its annual Saunders with a check for $1,500 lence. fundraiser last fall and at the group’s May meeting. The Newcomers decided to split the funds Saunders used the opportunity to between the Emergency explain to the members the ways group is open to resiECHO helps residents experiencdents who have been in Care Help Organization ing financial emergencies. the area for any amount of time. (ECHO) and The Spring. Members meet monthly September “We feel so fortunate to be able to through May as a large group, but the help others in this way,” said Vice club also offers many small-group meetPresident Mary Ann Clark. “It is through ings including book clubs, bunko, bridge the generosity of our members that we and dominoes groups, and even can do this.” overnight trips out of state and more. The money was raised through the “The group is not just for newcomers,” group’s annual Make It, Bake It, Sew It, said Clark. “I lived here for 10 years Grow It fundraiser where members auction off items they have created or bought before I realized I could join.” Dues for the group are $20 annually to the public. “You name it, we have probably got it and meetings take place the third Wednesday of the month, September at our auction,” said Valrico resident Helen Lepre, who has been a member of through May, at the Brandon Community Center, located at 502 E. Sadie St. the group since 1998. Contact Clark at 653-3462. Anyone interECHO Executive Director Eleanor Saunders received a check for $1,500 for ested in joining should contact Lepre at her organization at the group’s May meet- 651-0883. For info, visit www.ECHO.org. Call ing. 247-7233 for more information about The “This money will go a long way to Spring. help people learn to help themselves,”
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How To Inspire Summer Reading With Fun Local Incentives While summer is the perfect time for kids to take advantage of days spent away from the classroom, remember not to put valuable skills, like reading, on the backburner. In fact, research estimates that one to two months of learning loss can occur during the summer. To help your child maintain his or her reading level and avoid the ‘summer slide’ – which can be counteracted in part by reading 20 minutes a day over the summer – Kate DiCamillo, a two-time Newbery Medal-winning author and the Pizza Hut BOOK IT! Program literary partner, recommends finding ways to make reading a fun, interactive experience that incorporates children’s interests. “Reading together is one of the best ways I know to foster a love of reading,” DiCamillo said. “You can read to your child. Your child can read to you. You can listen to an audiobook together. You can both read the same book at the same time and discuss it when you are done. Reading is a way to connect to each other and the world.” Help your student maintain his or her skills and develop a love of reading this summer with these tips.
Love The Library
Making periodic trips to the library as part of your routine can be a good step. For many children, browsing the shelves on their own and discovering new books in a library can help
them get excited about reading. Most libraries offer something for every reader, regardless of age or skill level, including a structured environment that can help make reading a priority. Hillsborough County Public Libraries offer ‘Build a Better World’ - Summer Events for Youth which take place through July 29. An HCPLC App is available to help you navigate through the calendar of events.
During the school year, many of the books your student is reading are probably assigned, but summer offers the opportunity for him or her to choose what to read and tailor selections toward specific hobbies or interests, which can increase enjoyment. Start by creating a list of books and activities that align with
By Family Features and Photo courtesy of Getty Images those interests, and take advantage of pre-built lists at libraries or online resources like those at bookitprogram.com/summer, which offers a variety of book suggestions and activities to help increase reading during the summer months.
Many schools, bookstores and libraries offer summer reading programs for students. Joining a program can provide a way to track your child’s progress, and there are typically rewards involved for meeting certain criteria, which can provide a level of motivation that may otherwise be difficult to replicate. Visit Barnesandnoble at https://specialists.barnesandnoble.com/summerreading?summer-reading-lists-for-kids for its summer reading program. Read your way around the ballpark with The Tampa Bay Rays at www.mlb.com/rays/community/reading. Remi's Mini's at 11267 Winthrop Main St. in Riverview is offering a Summer Reading Program through August 1. Each school age child should
read five age appropriate books, write down the title, author and what their favorite part of the book was. Bring the paper in to Remi’s and redeem it for a free four count of donuts.
Make Materials Matter
In addition to traditional books, summer reading can include materials of all lengths, from chapter books to short stories and even magazines or comic books. Even if you’re committed to limiting screen time during the summer, consider a compromise that allows for the use of devices to read e-books or listen to an audiobook.
Read On The Road
One of the best ways to ensure your kids are reading is to make reading materials available to them, even when you’re on the go during the busy summer months. Whether it’s a long road trip or just a trip to the store, taking books, or playing audiobooks in the car is a perfect opportunity to squeeze in some reading time. Fostering the habit during the summer can help ensure your child is prepared when school – and the annual BOOK IT! Program – starts again. The program, available to kindergarten through sixth-grade students, helps motivate students to read by rewarding them with recognition and pizza. Learn more about the program and find more summer reading tips and activities at bookitprogram.com/summer.
Brandon Rotary Group Helps Community With Check Presentations
By Kate Quesada
Members of the Brandon Rotary Club gave more than $92,000 to local charities at a check presentation event on May 29.
Hundreds of needy residents are better off this month thanks to the work of a local group. The Brandon Rotary Club held its Annual Check Presentation in late May giving out more than $92,000 to area charities raised at events held in the last 12 months. The charities, nominated by club members, included Family Promise of Brandon, Women’s Resource Center, ECHO, The Outreach Clinic, Rotary’s Camp Florida and the Brandon Rotary Club Fund - Scholarship Fund. In addition, the club will also award six $1,000 scholarships to local area high school graduates at the end of this month. “Service to the community is one of the objects of Rotary and the club has had a tremendously successful year,” said Rotary President-Elect Deborah Meegan, who is also Executive Director of the Brandon Outreach Clinic. The money is raised at the club’s three main fundraisers which take place throughout the year. In September, the group holds a clay
shoot at FishHawk Sporting Clays, a golf tournament is held at Buckhorn Springs Golf and Country Club in January and the signature Wild Game Dinner takes place in March at Lupton’s Boggy Bottom Ranch. Established in 1961, the club prides itself on being a one of the foremost organizations for business people and professionals committed to community and international service. According to Meegan, Brandon Rotary members have raised more than two million dollars for local charities since the group’s inception. “In addition to raising money, we carry out several services projects a year in the community,” she said. “Community service is one of the objects of Rotary which encourages every Rotarian to find ways to improve the quality of life for people in their communities and to serve the public interest.” The group, which currently has 58 members, meets Tuesdays at 12 Noon at the Rivard-Simmons Rotary Event Center at 3007 S. Kings Ave. with a variety of speakers and social events are planned throughout the year. “We welcome all service minded individuals who want to make a difference in our community,” said Meegan. “Joining Rotary is a great opportunity to network, meet new friends and learn more about our community.” For more information, contact Meegan at 601-2315.
Volume 13, Issue 6
Hillsborough County Provides Free Food To Students During Break
By Kate Quesada
Children all balanced meals over the Brandon including sandarea are fighting wiches, subs, hunger this summer fruits and vegthanks to help from etables. Hillsborough “All of the County Public meals meet the Schools (HCPS). state nutritional Last June and standards and July more than include proteins, 200,000 students grains, fruits, HCPS is preparing to feed more than 200,000 were able to eat vegetables and children through its Summer Meals Program nutritious meals this month. Food is available at local schools dairy,” said Lori and other locations throughout the county and Brannon, thanks to HCPS’s through the Movin’ Meals buses. Summer Meals Ancillary Program. The program, which began Program Manager with HCPS. more than 25 years ago, started up again Locations are chosen by HCPS to this month and in addition to offering food make sure that areas with most students at local sites, including Brandon and in need are reached. The mobile Movin’ Bloomingdale high schools, HCPS Meals buses follow a daily route that Nutrition Services employees are also includes communities where children may using retired and renovated school buses not easily be able to get to one of the traand two refrigerated trucks to deliver ditional sites. meals into neighborhoods. “So many parents have to worry “The long days of summer are here, about how to feed their children over the but those days can seem even longer summer, especially when they are dealwhen a child is hungry,” said Hillsborough ing with the extra costs of camps and day County Schools Media Outreach care with school out,” said Brannon. “We Specialist Tanya Arja. “HCPS is commithave the resources to help and we want ted to providing nutritionally balanced to let people know what we offer.” The food is available to all meals to children during summer vacation Hillsborough County residents under the when school breakfast and lunch are not age of 18, whether or not they qualify for available.” free or reduced lunch during the school HCPS offers cold breakfasts and hot year. lunches, similar to those provided during To find the nearest food distribution the school year, to any children under the location, visit www,freshfromflorida.com or age of 18 at 75 school sites open for the text 211. Any Hillsborough County public extended year throughout the county. An school can also point residents to the additional 75 sites, including many local closest Summer Meals Program location. YMCA locations, offer cold, nutritionally
TECO Expands Solar Energy With 10 Additional Megawatt Projects In Florida
By Nick Nahas
vide savings to them in the form of lower fuel costs. Customers will see the slight increase on their bills beginning in September. “Tampa Electric is becoming cleaner and When the projects are complete, nearly seven percent of greener,” said Cherie Tampa Electric's energy generation will come from the sun, a higher percentage of solar than any other Florida Jacobs, spokesperson for utility. Tampa Electric. “Solar Tampa Electric, one of Florida’s power plays a key role in our fuel mix for largest investor-owned electric utilities our future years.” that serves about 750,000 customers in Tampa Electric launched its West Central Florida, was given the Renewable Energy project, now called thumbs up by the Florida Public Service Sun Select, in 2000 with the construction Commission last month for the initial of its first solar panel at the Museum of phase of its efforts to expand the use of Science and Industry. Today, they have solar energy in Florida. seven community solar sites that generTampa Electric’s solar projects are ate 135 kilowatts, including a 2-megawatt considered cost-effective by the PSC and (MW) site at Tampa International Airport meet the cost-cap requirements stipulatand a 23-MW site in Apollo Beach, comed in the November 2017 agreement. pleted last year. The agreement enables Tampa Electric During the next four years, Tampa to significantly expand its use of solar Electric plans to add six million solar panpower, giving them the highest percentels in 10 new photovoltaic solar projects. age of solar energy produced by a In total, Tampa Electric will install 600 Florida utility when the project is completMW of photovoltaic solar energy to its ed. fleet, which is enough electricity to power “We are pleased to have the support more than 100,000 homes. of the Florida Commission,” said Nancy The first phase of Tampa Electric’s Tower, president of the Tampa-based utilisolar construction is scheduled to be comty. “Clean energy is the future for utilities pleted in September 2018. The subseand our solar projects are a win for cusquent three phases are scheduled to be tomers and a win for the environment.” complete by January 1 of 2019, 2020 and According to the company, Tampa 2021. When complete, nearly seven perElectric plans to invest about $850 million cent of Tampa Electric's energy generain these solar projects. As the phases are tion will come from the sun, a higher percompleted, they will cost a typical resicentage of solar than any other Florida dential customer (who uses 1,000 kiloutility. watt-hours per month) about $1 on the For more information, visit tampaelecaverage monthly residential bill. Over the tric.com. customer’s lifetime, the projects will proANGIE’S LIST WINNERS 2014 & 2015 Check out our Reviews!
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Volume 13, Issue 6
Registered Voters In Hillsborough Have Three Methods To Vote: By Mail, Early And On Election Day And Every Vote Counts
By Kathy L. Collins
In the United States, voting is a right. However, in order to exercise this right, every voter in Hillsborough County must be informed and must know where to vote and how to do it. There are three methods- Vote By Mail, Early Voting and Election Day Voting. In order to vote, you must be registered by July 30 for the Primary which is set for August 28. You must be registered by October 9 for the General Election which will be held on November 6. When you register, you are asked to select a party. That would be either Republican or Democrat or No Party Affiliation or one of the minor political parties. Florida is a closed primary state. This means that for the Primary Election, your ballot will reflect the party that you have selected. In other words, you vote only for the candidates from your party as well as non-partisan races such as Judge (County and Circuit) and School Board. In the General Election, your ballot is based upon where you reside. You can view sample ballots for both the Primary and the General Election at www.votehillsborough.org. “One of the most important things we can do to conduct a successful election is to make sure that voting is easy and accessible for all voters,” said Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer. VOTE BY MAIL Vote By Mail is the most convenient method. It is often referred to as
By Mail ballot by August 22 for the Primary Election and by October 31 for the General Election. “We pay the return postage on Vote By Mail ballots and have drop off boxes for those ballots at all of our Early Voting sites and offices, to make that as Supervisor of Election, Craig Latimer (Shown here with easy as possible,” said long time Poll Workers, Linda and Jimmie Wright) wants Latimer. If you choose this voters in Hillsborough County to know that they have three options to choose from in order to cast their vote. method, please visit Remember, whichever method you choose, every vote www.votehillsborough.org counts. for instructions. Absentee Voting. However, Floridians no longer need an excuse to choose EARLY VOTING this option. If you request this method, Early Voting is set up before both you will receive your ballot in the mail, the Primary Election and the General and you can take your time making your Election. This year, Early Voting will take voting decision. The Vote By Mail ballot place for the Primary (August 28) from must be received by the Hillsborough August 13 through August 26 from 10 Supervisor of Elections Office by 7 p.m. a.m. to 6 p.m. For the General Election on Election Day. You can mail it or drop (November 6), Early Voting will take it off in person at one of their offices or place from October 22 through at an Early Voting site. Rest assured, if November 4 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. you choose this method, your vote will In Hillsborough County, there will be be counted. You must request you Vote 19 Early Voting sites open. “For our
2018 elections, we have added three new Early Vote sites. During the Early Voting period, voters can vote at any of the 19 voting sites,” said Latimer. The new sites include the Valrico Recreation Center which was added to ease congestion at the Bloomingdale Regional Public Library. Please visit www.votehillsborough.org for a complete list and the times they are open. Early Voting is just like Election Day Voting. You must bring one or two forms of identification with your photo and signature on it. Acceptable forms of identification include Florida Driver’s License, state issued identification, U.S. Passport, Student ID, Public Assistance ID and more. ELECTION DAY VOTING Polling Places or Precinct, noted on your Voter Registration Card, are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day. You can bring your sample ballot with you and use it while you vote. Whichever method you choose, remember your vote counts. “On Election Day, voters must vote in the polling place assigned to their precinct. Remember, Election Day is your last chance to vote. Because the majority of voters will have voted during the Early Voting period, we do not expect lines in the Election Day polling places,” said Latimer. For more information, please visit www.votehillsborough.org.
Meet Craig Latimer, Supervisor Of Elections For Hillsborough County
By Kathy L. Collins
Voting is a cherished around by restoring integrity, American right. In order to efficiency and confidence in have an orderly and wellthe elections process. He organized election, you did this through leadership need someone in charge and accountability. He made who can oversee hunsure that results were timely dreds of permanent and and accurate and that the temporary workers, work office was impartial and with dozens of candibipartisan. He instilled a dates, prepare volumirenewed commitment to nous election material ethics and professionalism. and maintain complex In 2015 Hillsborough voting equipment. County became the first Hillsborough County is Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer is the lucky to have a highly Supervisor of Elections for office in Florida to earn the Hillsborough County. Under Governor's Sterling Award. qualified Supervisor of his leadership, Hillsborough This is given based on a Elections, Craig Latimer. County’s registered voters The Supervisor of rigorous series of performcan be assured that each and every election is run in ance criteria to assess Elections is an elected an efficient manner and position. Latimer was organizations that wish to results of the election are born and raised in accurate and reported timely. serve as statewide role Hillsborough County. He models. "I pursued the is dedicated to serving this county. Governor's Sterling Award to show voters Prior to becoming Supervisor of that I take their trust seriously and Elections, Latimer served as Chief of Staff demonstrate that our elections meet the for the Supervisor of Elections from 2009 absolute highest standard of excellence," to 2013. Prior to that, Latimer spent 35 said Latimer. years serving the community as a memThere are 829,123 registered voters ber of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's in Hillsborough County. Under Latimer's Office. He retired as a Major from the supervision, the Supervisor of Elections Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office in office staffs and runs 271 polling sites for 2008. each primary and general election. Latimer was elected in 2012 and reLatimer oversees 45 full-time employees. elected in 2016. Latimer's vision for He hires hundreds of temporary employHillsborough County is to make ees during the election cycle, and more Hillsborough County the best place in than 2,500 workers on Election Day for America to vote. Latimer said, "We work each countywide election. toward that vision each and every day." For information, visit www.votehillsLatimer worked to turn the office borough.org.
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Volume 13, Issue 6
Local JROTC Students Awarded Medals By Alafia River Chapter Of DAR
By Michelle Colesanti chapter members, we were able to award $40 to each cadet winner, and plan to do so next year as well.” ROTC medals are awarded to student cadets of outstanding ability and achievement in high school JROTC programs of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. They are selected by their JROTC leaders and meet the following criteria: Recipients must
Nathalie Tomczak, National Defense Committee Chair, Alafia River Chapter DAR, and Joshua Murphy, Durant HS JROTC Award Winner
The Alafia River Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recently recognized seven JROTC students at local high schools for their excellence in academics and participation in the program. DAR began awarding medals to ROTC students in 1967 in recognition of the ROTC as an important program that prepares trained officers for service in the armed forces. The students recognized are: Aayliah Hart - Armwood High, Destiny Husted - Bloomingdale High School, Rayna Drigo - Brandon High, Joshua Murphy - Durant High, Kristina Flynn - Newsome High, Evangeline Madrigal - Strawberry Crest High and Elizabeth Rice Tampa Bay Tech. According to Publicity Chair Kim Ruiz, “The Alafia River Chapter presents the JROTC ribbon, medal and certificate annually to one student at several local high schools. The JROTC commander selects the cadet winner, which is part of their annual JROTC awards ceremony. This year, thanks to a successful garage sale fundraiser held in November by
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have demonstrated loyalty and patriotism and earned a record of military and scholastic achievement during their participation in an ROTC program; students must be in the upper 25% of their classes in ROTC and in academic subjects and they must have shown qualities of dependability and good character, adherence to military discipline, leadership ability and a fundamental and patriotic understanding of the importance of ROTC training. DAR currently has a network of more than 185,000 whose ancestors can be traced back to revolutionary days. Within their communities, they help support historic preservation by educating communities as well as helping to promote patriotism. For more information about Daughters of the American Revolution, email the organization at ARCRegistrar201719@gmail.com.
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Parks, Paths & Lighthouses Make It Only Natural To Enjoy Tallahassee Outdoors Tallahassee and ing. Boats without gas-powing, fishing, vicinity is home to mulered motors are allowed. It hiking, camptiple parks and outdoor is a perfect setting for picing, and recreation. Too numernics at the pavilions and nature study. ous to mention all, but grills along the lake shore. Two natural a few are highlighted There are two short boat ramps below. nature trails through the provide Cascade Park is a woods overlooking the lake access to the Cascade Park and six miles of shared-use 24 acre park located in Apalachicola Ampitheater trails for hikers, bicyclists the heart of downtown. Bay that can and equestrians. Enjoy five Built by the citizens via accommoSt. Marks National a one-cent local option sales tax, every- miles of designated biking trails winding date small, Wildlife Refuge & through the woods surrounding Lake one can enjoy a variety of outdoor and shallow draft Lighthouse Overstreet, located on park property recreational amenities, including a state-of-the-art amphitheater, interactive adjoining the gardens. The Park is located a half mile north of I-10 on water fountain, children's play area, U.S. 319/Thomasville Rd. Smokey Hollow Commemoration and miles of multi-use trails. Cascade Park There are plenty of sites to visit is located at 1001 South Gadsden in within a 90 minute drive of downtown Tallahassee. Park hours are from sunrise to sun- Tallahassee. These day trips are a great addition to your visit to the capiset except in lighted areas or during tal city. permitted events. For information on boats under 26 ft. There For outdoor upcoming events, are great opportunities enthusiasts, St. visit www.discovercasfor shelling and beachMarks National cades.com. Tickets for combing. The shoreline Wildlife Refuge concerts are available is active during the summer months And Lighthouse is at www.capitalcityamwhen sea turtles and shore birds such a slice of heaven. phitheater.com. as the snowy plover, least tern, black Established in skimmer, and willet lay their nests with1931, it is one of Reservation (aka in the park. Dolphins are also a comthe oldest the Rez â€“ part of FSU) mon sight The Rez wildlife Come out to the on the Gulf refuges in FSU Reservation for a side and the United States. A wintering day of relaxation or recreation. It is not the bayground for migratory birds, it is on campus, but nearby at 3226 side. The spread Flastacowo Rd. in Tallahassee. The Park is between Wakulla, Jefferson, FSU Reservation offers swimming, located on and Taylor Counties. The canoeing, sailing, kayaking, instructionSt. George refuge is a 'gateway site' for al clinics, picnicking, 40 ft. climbing Island, 10 Bald Point State Park the Great Florida Birding Trail. wall, beach volleyball, a recreation hall miles SE As the second oldest with game tables and more. Children of National Historic Landmark in Florida, ages 15 and under must be accompaEastpoint off U.S. 98. St. George Island St. Marks Lighthouse, is one of the nied by adult parent or guardian. Visit is about 70 miles from Tallahassee. http://campusrec.fsu.edu/outdoors/reser most photographed landmarks on the Gulf Coast. The current tower was vation About an hour due south of completed in 1842. It is a little over a Tallahassee is Bald Point State Park. half hour drive from Alfred B. Maclay It boasts some of the most picturesque Tallahassee. Gardens State Park scenic areas along north Florida's Gulf boasts beautiful ornamenCoast. Located at 146 Box Cut Rd. in Just off North tal gardens which were Alligator Point, where Ochlockonee Bay Florida's Gulf first planted in 1923 by meets Apalachee Bay, Bald Point offers Coast, 28-mile St. Alfred B. and Louise a multitude of land and water activities. George Island is Maclay after they purCoastal marshes, pine flatwoods and one of the last chased the property for oak thickets foster a diversity of biologiinhabited yet their winter home. A mascal communiunspoiled terpiece of floral architecties, making Alfred B. Maclay Gardens barrier ture, the gardens feature the park a State Park islands in a picturesque brick walkpopular destiFlorida. With miles of undevelway, secret garden, reflection pool, nation for oped beaches, St. George Island walled garden and hundreds of camelbirding and State Park offers plenty of opporlias and azaleas. wildlife viewLake Hall provides opportunities for tunities for sunbathing, swiming. Each fall, St. George Island swimming, fishing, canoeing and kayak- ming, canoeing, kayaking, boatbald eagles
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and other migrating raptors, along with monarch butterflies, are commonly seen heading south for the winter. Bald Point offers access to two Apalachee Bay beaches for swimming, sunbathing, fishing, canoeing, kayaking and windsurfing. Facilities include a fishing dock and picnic pavilions.
Florida Caverns is the only state park to offer cave tours to the public. It has dazzling formations of limestone stalactites, stalagmites, soda straws, flowstones and draperies. Cave tours sometimes sell out so call the Ranger Station at 850-4821228 prior to departing for the park to ensure that all tours have not sold out for that day. Guided cave tours last 45 minutes and are offered year-round except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Tours of the caves are not offered on Tuesday or Wednesday. Florida Caverns State Park is also popular for camping, picnicking, fishing, hiking, Florida Caverns and horseback riding. It also features a ninehole, New Deal-era golf course set in beautiful rolling terrain. The entrance is adjacent to the main park entrance; contact the Florida Caverns Golf Course at (850) 526-1148. The state park is located at 3345 Caverns Rd. in Marianna (about 1 Âź hours from Tallahassee). For more information, visit www.floridastateparks.org/floridacaverns or call 850-482-9598. There is so much more than space allows. Visit trailahassee.com to navigate through all your choices and find the best places where you and your family to enjoy the Tallahassee Outdoors. Part 3 in July will focus on food and drink.
Volume 13, Issue 6
Children's Board Of Hillsborough County Funds Free Mobile Swim Lessons This Summer
By Kathy L. Collins
The Tampa beneficial in life savMetropolitan Area ing situations, I am YMCA and Brandon all for it." Sports and Aquatic Drowning is the Center, thanks to leading cause of funding from the preventable deaths Children's Board of among Tampa Bay Hillsborough County, Area children. have started a free Statistics demonmobile water safety strate that with propprogram. This is the er instruction, the Swimming instructors from the Tampa fourth year that cerlikelihood of a child Metropolitan Area YMCA and BSACr are tified instructors will providing free swim lessons this summer.t drowning drops as visit pools located in much as 88 perapartment complexes and local neighbor- cent. hoods and provide free lessons in basic The program focuses on skills that water safety/ swimming skills. will assist a child in the water. For The program will serve up to 24 chilyounger participants, the focus is to teach dren per site. Children will receive free 45 them to roll over, back float and call for minute classes for one week. help. The focus for older participants is to "The goal is to eliminate barriers that swim, float and get to safety. Parents and can prevent parents from getting their caregivers are encouraged to enroll their kids into water safety or swim classes," child in local swim lessons to continue to said Amanda Walker, Tampa Y Aquatics strengthen their skills. Experience Executive. Walker added, Paula Scott, Director of Public "We want to remove challenges such as Relations for the Children's Board of transportation issues, a hectic work Hillsborough County said, "The Children's schedule and other deterrents." Board Mobile Swim Program is teaching One of the local facilities participating children to swim right in their own neighis Summerfield, located in Riverview. This borhood pools where statistically they are is the second summer that Summerfield most at risk of drowning." Scott added, has participated. Abi James, Community "By deploying instructors and lifeguards Association Manager said, "I think this throughout the county, we are ensuring free program is a wonderful opportunity that children are able to receive these lifefor our residents. We live in Florida, saving skills." almost completely surrounded by water, For more information on the Mobile so my first thought is 'Why no Time?' We Swim Lessons program, please contact have a very diverse community with fami- Chris Alaynick at lies with small children. If I can assist in email@example.com or call any way to offer a service that can be 224-9622 ext. 1292.
Music Showcase Hosts The 11th Annual International Piano Guild Award Ceremony Music Showcase held its 11th Annual International Piano Guild Award Ceremony on May 7 and 8. Students performed before a judge in a Brodie Ames closed juried event at Music Showcase. Five Music Showcase students received high marks. The students included Brodie Ames and Rachel Campoamor who received perfect scores at the state level. Bryson Moore, Brinley Ames and Kai Edwards received perfect scores in the district level. Students who participate in the International Bryson Moore Piano Guild must memorize and play scales and songs. It can be as many as 10 each. The International Piano Guild holds yearly auditions around the world with music professionals grading students on accuracy, continuity, phrasing, pedaling, dynamics, rhythm, tempo, tone, interpretation, style, and technique. The Guild’s purpose is to encourage growth Kai Edwards and enjoyment of the piano. Auditioning students receive the prestige of becoming members of the Guild for a year and report cards which are evidence of their accomplishments. Students can also receive community service credit
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through the school system and academic accreditation on college applications and resumes. Brodie Ames is a 14-year-old resident of Valrico who will attend Newsome High School. This is his fourth year participating in the Guild. Ames devotes Saturdays to playing piano for the residents of The Bridges in Riverview and hopes to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston. Campoamor is 16 years old. Rachel Campoamor She attends Bell Creek Academy High School. This is her third time participating in the Guild. Campoamor said, "I prepared by practicing every day for a year. I had to put forth hard work and dedication." Campoamor added, "It can be difficult to play before the judge, but I try to relax and do my best." Moore is an 11-year-old Brandon resident who attends Winthrop Charter School. Moore has Brinley Ames participated in the Guild two times. Brinley Ames lives in Valrico and attends Lithia Springs Elementary School. The nine-year-old has played piano for three years. This is her first time participating in the Guild. Edwards is nine years old and lives in New Port Richey. He has participated in the Guild twice and scored a perfect performance in 2017. Music Showcase is located at 402 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon. For more information, please visit www.musicshowcaseonline.com.
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The Bridges Assisted Living Community will host a support group for those diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, family members and caregivers. The support group will meet quarterly on the last Wednesday of the month. The upcoming meeting will be held on July 25 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Guest speakers will present on a variety of topics such as mobility, balance, cognition, medication, and nutrition. The purpose of the support group is to share information, offer mutual support and gain additional information from area experts. There is no fee to attend. Please RSVP to Janet at 413-8900.
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LifeCare’s Latte For Life Ladies Night Fundraiser
On Thursday, July 26 from 6:30-9 p.m., the LifeCare Network will host its annual Latte for Life—a Ladies Night Out fundraiser. The event will take place at the Regent, located at 6437 Watson Rd. in Riverview. Guests will have the opportunity to sample specialty desserts and coffees and paint with Pinot’s Palette. The night will also feature a client testimony, a ministry update and chance to give financially to the organization. LifeCare’s mission statement is “to lead those we serve to the unconditional love of Christ as we protect the sanctity of human life, promote biblical sexuality, and proclaim God’s plan for marriage and the family.” Ladies can register to attend as guests or host a table of eight. For information or to sign up, visit www.lifecarenetwork.net/latteforlife.php or call 654-0491.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Looking For Local Bands Ready To Battle For Stardom
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is calling on local bands to take the stage at the Hard Rock Cafe for the chance to play at this year’s 97x Next Big Thing.
As part of this year’s ‘Hard Rock Rising Tampa – Battle of the Bands,’ music acts will have to, quite literally, battle it out for their shot at next level fame. Registration is open and all entrants will need to be at least 16 years of age and submit a completed Reverb Nation webpage with two original song uploads. Submission period ends on Friday, June 29, at 4 p.m. On Monday, July 9, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa will announce three finalists from all eligible entrants to participate in the live competition. In addition, three wild card finalists will be chosen. The property will solicit fans via a social media vote to select the last wildcard finalist among the four wildcard finalists from Monday, July 9 through Friday, July 13. On Monday, July 16, the property will announce online the three finalist bands and the one wild card finalist band who will battle at the Live Competition on Wednesday, August 1, at Hard Rock Cafe Tampa. The Live Competition will produce one Grand Prize winner who will win a performance slot at 97x Next Big Thing 2018 at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa. The Grand Prize winner will also receive an ‘InstaBand’ package from Dean Guitars that includes one five-piece drum kit, two electric guitars and one electric bass guitar. For full rules and more information on ‘Hard Rock Rising Tampa – Battle of the Bands,’ please visit www.TampaHardRock.com/Rising.
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Florida Special Olympics Summer games were held May 18-19 at ESPN Wide World of Sports with Enjoy Hawthorne Health & the tennis competition held at the Rehabilitation Center hosts Social USTA National Campus at Lake Nona a monthly support group for Dancing in Orlando. Thirty-three athletes from those diagnosed with Plant the ‘Tennis For Fun’ programs comParkinson’s Disease and City Social peted in singles match play and indicaregivers on the third Thursday of Dance will be holding its July dances, vidual tennis skills. The ‘Tennis For every month. on the Saturday, July 14 and 28 from Fun’ delegation was the largest in the A variety of speakers will provide 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Strawberry Square, state. A total of 134 special Olympic tennis players competed from around the state. The ‘Tennis For Fun’ athletes won 14 gold medals, 10 silver medals, five bronze medals, and four ribbons. Now in its 18th year, the ‘Tennis For Fun’ program is a free Members of the Sgt. Walter P Ryan Detachment of the Marine Corps League Participated in the Memorial Day Ceremony at the Hillsborough tennis clinic for The ‘Tennis For Fun’ delegation of 33 members competed in the Florida Special County Veterans Park on May 27. Pictured (l-r): Boris Parker, Larry Olympics Summer games in May. special needs Westcott, Jim Maines, Jack Skelding and Rob Becker.
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The word ‘chiropractic’ Laude-from Palmer comes from the Greek College of Chiropractic. words cheir, meaning Dr. Johns has treated ‘hand’ and praktos, meanprofessional athletes in ing ‘done’ - or ‘done by the NFL, NHL, MLB, hand.’ More than 100 ATP and AMA. years ago, chiropractic Dr. Johns practice methods were developed treats people of all ages as a gentle and non-invaincluding newborns, sive approach to healing. pregnant women However, manipulation of (including his wife and the spine dates back to the child), the elderly and year 460 B.C., when every type of patient Dr. Eddie Johns, with Spinal Hippocrates, the Father of Correction Centers in Riverview, is in between to help dedicated to a holistic and safe Medicine, noted spine them reach their approach to chiropractic care for manipulation as a way to whole wellness people of all ages. treat certain ailments. potential. Today, chiropractors “My favorite part manipulate the body's of what I do is changalignment to relieve pain ing lives,” said Dr. and improve function and Johns. “I enjoy corto help the body heal itself. recting issues and Dr. Edward Johns, from Spinal health problems that no one else has Correction Centers of Riverview, has been able to fix for patients.” been intrigued by chiropractic care since Dr. Johns is excited to share a chirohis high school and college athletic days. practic solution that has been making a He was introduced to chiropractic care as difference for many of his patients. “I use a result of sustained injuries while playing a technique called CBP (Chiropractic college football. The chiropractic care not Biophysics) where we actually correct the only allowed for a full recovery, but he curves of the spine on x-ray.” found himself more stable than prior to CBP® Technique emphasizes optihis injuries. mal posture and spinal alignment as the This experience was the catalyst in primary goals of chiropractic care while his mission to help others through chirosimultaneously documenting improvepractic medicine. Originally from New ments in pain and functional based outSmyrna Beach, after earning a Bachelor comes. of Science in Biology from Union College The Spinal Correction Center is locatin Kentucky where he was on a football ed at 11964 Boyette Rd. in Riverview. scholarship, he went on to earn a Visit www.spinalcorrectioncenters.com or Doctorate of Chiropractic-Magna Cum call 540-7270.
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Safe Tips For When The Skies Light Up...
By Dr. Jennifer Challenger DVM, MPH
July is approaching, and with its arrival come the festivities that surround the Fourth of July. Many pet owners may already be familiar with the fear and anxiety that lightning and thunder from summer storms can cause in a number of pets. This fear of loud noises can become so intense that some pets become frantic and even destructive. Loud fireworks also can have the same effect. Along with the deafening noise of fireworks, there are also the cookouts and outdoor parties that can lead to stress for our pets. Some animals can develop vomiting, diarrhea or anorexia, as well as behavioral problems, such as urinating or defecating in the home, chewing up furniture or personal items and even breaking windows and doors. I have several suggestions that may help during these stressful times. If you know that your pet will be upset by a large party or noisy fireworks, consider boarding him or her at your veterinarian's office, where he or she will be in a controlled environment. If you prefer that your pet stays at home, you can set up a calm, safe area or allow the pet to stay in a quiet part of the house where guests are not permitted. For pets that tend to get frantic or destructive, it is best to confine them in a sturdy crate where they cannot hurt themselves or your property. Some animals feel like the sky is falling when they hear they hear thunder or fireworks
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With Florida’s county and on rainy summer days Wednesdays from comes an even less 10 a.m.-12 Noon at enjoyable side effect: UF’s Tropical Mosquito season. Aquaculture But Hillsborough Laboratory in County residents Ruskin. Residents with problems with need to bring a the pesky insects photo ID showing Hillsborough County and The University their local address are in luck as the of Florida are teaming up to help control to receive fish. They County Mosquito the area’s mosquito population by giving Management away free mosquito eating fish throughout are available on a the summer at different locations. Department is teamfirst come, first ing up with the University of Florida (UF) served basis. to offer a free, easy and harmless answer According to Hayes, the gambusia to reducing the mosquito population. affinis fish are effective at keeping the Residents with areas of standing mosquito population down because they water, from rain barrels to ponds and eat hatchlings before they turn into adults. fountains, can pick up free mosquito eat“Care is limited to protecting them from ing fish at select locations throughout the garden sprays, chlorine or other chemiarea all summer long in an effort to stop cals used for cleaning,” said Hayes. the reproduction of the insects that leave “Mosquito fish do not lay eggs and need itchy bites and carry diseases such as no special environment for breeding or West Nile virus and Zika. eating.” “Our goal is to target the mosquito in Hayes states that because the the larva phase,” said Donnie Hayes, species of fish are native to Florida, most Director of Hillsborough County’s large bodies of water will already be Mosquito Management Department. home to them. Hayes recommends that any resiTwo local distribution events will take dents with backyard ponds, birdbaths, place on June 16. Fish will be available fountains, abandoned swimming pools, for pick up 9-11 a.m. at Mike E. Sansone rain barrels and other artificial containers Community Park in Plant City and 12 that need to hold water attend one of the Noon-2 p.m. at Alderman’s Ford many free events around the county this Conservation Park in Lithia. Events are summer to get their own fish and learn also scheduled in Gibsonton and Ruskin more about mosquito prevention. on June 30 and July 28 in Riverview. The fish are distributed in temporary For information, visit plastic travel bags, along with instructions www.hcflgov.net/mosquitoes. UF’s for introducing them to their new environTropical Aquaculture Laboratory is locatment, weekly at locations throughout the ed at 1408 24th St. S.E. in Ruskin.
The Tampa rants," said Jill Witecki Theatre will hold its with the Tampa Seventh Annual Theatre. BeerFest "BeerFest guests Fundraiser on are invited to don their Saturday, July 21 beer goggles (that is at the historic and what is on the front of majestic movie a flight helmet, right?), palace dress as their favorite located in Top Gun character, or Tampa downtown come in a costume Theatre's Tampa. inspired by the Seventh This year's Annual BeerFest is a movie themed event. movie," added This year, Hop Gun will feature Tampa's Witecki. theme is ‘Hop top craft beers and food samplings from Gun.’ Please note While the theme Tampa's best independent restaurants. that guests must Get yours"beer googles" on and come out of the BeerFest may to support the Tampa Theatre. be 21 year old and be silly, it's purpose is older to attend. A serious. This annual valid Government-issued ID is required event is one of Tampa Theatre's favorite for entry. fundraisers. Funds raised at the event The BeerFest will take place from 7 benefit the historic movie palace's artistic, to 10 p.m. There are limited tickets availeducational and community programs. able for the premium sampling that Funds are also used for ongoing preserbegins at 7 p.m. Advance tickets for the vation of the historic landmark. premium tasting are $65. Tickets for the Hop Gun is chaired by Michelle grand sampling are $40 and ticket holdBaker, owner-manager of The Refinery ers can enter at 8 p.m. Advance ticket and Veronica Danko, owner of The sales end on Friday, July 20 and prices Independent Bar and Cafe. Witecki said, go to $70 and $45.Tampa Theatre mem"Like previous beer-soaked, tongue-inbers can save $5 off advance sale tickets. cheek BeerFest events like Barley's "If you feel the need...the need for Angels, The Brews Brothers and Hoppy mead, join us at Tampa's majestic movie Gilmore, Hop Gun is chaired by the clospalace for a Mach 2 evening of craft est pair Tampa Theater has to Maverick beers and local Brewers including 7venth and Goose," said Witecki. Sun Brewery, Brew Bus a Brewing, Tickets to Hop Gun are available at Crooked Thumb Brewing, Escape the Tampa Theatre Box Office located at Brewing Company and Six Ten Brewing. 711 N. Franklin St. In downtown Tampa There will be snacks and samples from or at www.tampatheatre.org. There is a some of Tampa's top independent restau- $2 convenience fee.
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One out of every three Bees are additionally bites of food Americans vulnerable to eat is either directly or indipathogens, pests such rectly derived from honeyas mites, nutritional bee pollination. This is just struggles, and pestione of the reasons the cides. Hillsborough Soil and Individuals, groups, or businesses can sponWater Conservation sor hives for $200. The District started the ‘Bee a price includes the conHoney, Buy a Hive’ project. struction and placement The project was first of the hive on the sponlaunched in April 2017 as sor’s property or in a part of the Hillsborough community area, and a 100 Conservation membership to the Challenge. Its goals are to Tampa Bay Beekeepers increase the local bee Hillsborough County is offering bee hive Association. Sponsors population, and to help sponsorship. receive honey from with the pollination of crops such as apples, blueberries and their hives, and will be helping the environment along the way. strawberries, all of which would be Many public hives can be found in either nonexistent or greatly dimincommunity gardens, and perhaps ished without bees. soon public parks. Sponsored hives Although over 2,000 species of bees exist, only seven of them actual- contain Italian bees, which swarm and sting less, and produce more ly produce honey. Around 48,000 honey, making them ideal for the projmiles of flying is necessary for bees ect. to create just one pound of honey. In Hives make the perfect Father’s the past decade, bees have been sufDay or birthday gift, and can be sponfering from a phenomenon called sored by calling the Hillsborough Soil Colony Collapse Disorder, or CCD. and Water Conservation District at This occurs when the majority of 752-1474, ext. 3, or by visiting worker bees in a hive die, leaving the http://hillssoilandwater.org. queen, a few nurse bees, and the More information about melittolimmature bees behind. Without workogy (the study of bees) can be found er bees to keep the hive running, it through the Tampa bay Beekeepers collapses. Association at http://tampabaybeeBees also struggle with winter keepers.com/ or the Florida State weather and abnormal weather patterns. Sometimes 20% of hives in any Beekeepers Association at www.floridabeekeepers.org/. given year are lost due to winter.
Volume 13, Issue 6
Freshen Up Home With Don’s Bay Area Painting, 20 Years In Business
By Michelle Caceres
From updatemployees, not ing a tired-looksubcontractors, ing room to who are trained receiving an on all the latest HOA letter with a techniques and not-so-gentle technology. request that it is Murray is so sure that his time to refresh customers will your exterior be satisfied that paint, the daunting task of house Don’s Bay Area Painting has been offering quality he offers a interior and exterior painting services in the 100% satisfacpainting can be a Greater Tampa Bay area for more than 20 years. tion guarantee sometimes and does not take a deposit before startunpleasant and unwanted task. ing the job. He only accepts payment It’s at times like these when it is best when the customer is happy with the final to let the pros handle the job, but even result. finding and hiring a reputable company “Our motto is ‘we’re not happy until can be a challenge. you’re happy’ and we mean that,” he said. For homeowner and Brandon resiGrieb said he is a very satisfied cusdent Stephen Grieb, it was a piece of tomer. “When they showed up at my cake. home they were very prepared and had Grieb knew just where to go to find a all the right equipment and were able to quality company to paint the exterior of complete the work in one day,” he said. his home. “They really knocked it out of the park for “I went to my local paint store and me.” asked the manager who they recomOne perk of hiring Don’s Bay Area mended and he told me Don’s Bay Area Painting is a free sidewalk and driveway Painting was a local company that has a pressure wash with an exterior paint job. great reputation,” he said. “Those things The company also uses quality paint were important to me.” brands such as Sherwin Williams and Grieb scheduled a free estimate and Porter (PPG) Paint and offers a five-year owner-operator Don Murray came out and gave him a competitive quote to paint labor warranty on its work. Don’s Bay Area Painting specializes his 1,400-sq. ft. home. He said Murray’s in interior and exterior house painting of qualifications and experience were both commercial and residential properimpressive. ties. Don’s Bay Area Painting has served For information, visit www.donsbathe Greater Tampa Bay area for more yareapainting.com. For a free estimate, than 20 years and is a licensed, bonded call 291-0505. and insured company. Murray hires
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New Bridal Shop In Brandon Offers Made To Order Designer Gowns
Flora’s Bridal Shop is a new bridal boutique conveniently located in Brandon offering gorgeous, made to order designer and exclusive private label wedding gowns, accessories, bridesmaid, mother of the bride dresses and special event gowns for everybody and every budget. Owners Lexie Grushow and Amy Mosshart hand select each designer gown to provide brides a premium selection of styles, fits and fabrics. Flora’s strives to ensure every bride, bridesmaid and mom receives a personalized boutique experience tailored to their specific needs. Brides may enter Flora’s as strangers, but they leave as friends. Hours are Tuesday to Friday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. It is located at 768 W. Lumsden Rd. Call 684-0644 or visit FlorasBrides.com for more information.
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feelings of confidence and pride she felt after getting her braces off at the age of 15, which sparked her desire to help others find their own inner confidence through their smiles. Her first job in high school was as a sterilization technician for her own orthodontist in St. Pete, and she never looked Lexie Grushow Chelsea Brockway, DDS, MS A ribbon cutting was held on May 18 celebrating back, going on to earn and Amy who recently joined Hess the opening of Tide Dry Cleaners at 1928 Mosshart are Orthodontics. her DDS from Columbia Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. the owners of and drop-off University’s dental program and receiving Flora’s Bridal Thursday, June accessibility. her MS in Dental Sciences from the 28 at 6 p.m. Hours are Monday to Friday from 7 University of Florida. (promptly) to help you with these decia.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Dr. Brockway is a licensed Invisalign sions. Plan to be there by 5:45 p.m. This Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 662-4243. provider and is certified in Botox and seminar is perfect for those 58-67 years Visit www.tidedrycleaners.com. Dermal Fillers. She believes that one of old. the best ways to enrich her own life is by Learn some of the unknown strateNew Orthodontist Joins Hess Ortho giving part of herself to someone in great gies and principles behind the proper timIt is with sadness that Hess need, and she is passionate about serving of taking your Social Security benefits. Orthodontics announces that colleague ing others in her free time through volunThe HCC campus at the Regent is Dr. VanLandschoot will be departing the teering at free dental clinics, offering care located at 6437 Watson Rd. in Riverview. practice to pursue other opportunities. His on dental mission trips, and providing Call 626-7575 to make reservations. contributions to the practice and the care for patients with special needs at All Leave a message after 4:30 p.m. patients are greatly appreciated, and he is Children’s Hospital. wished the very best of luck in his future Dr. Brockway’s big heart, exceptional Tide Dry Cleaners Celebrates New endeavors. Hess Ortho is pleased, howtalents, and unparalleled dedication to the Location ever, to announce that Dr. Hess will be patients she serves make her an incrediTide Dry Cleaners recently celebratback in the office to see patients on a full- ble asset to our Hess Orthodontics team. ed a ribbon cutting to celebrate its opentime basis. Hess Orthodontics is located at ing at 1928 E. Bloomingdale Ave. in Additionally, the practice welcomes 11970 Boyette Rd. in Riverview. For more Valrico. Dr. Chelsea Brockway, DDS, MS, who is information or to make an appointment, The store features a dual lane drivejoining Hess Orthodontics. She was born call 645-4377 or visit www.hessorthodonthru concierge and Tide Dry Cleaners and raised in St. Petersburg. She attribKiosk with convenient 24-hour pick-up Continued on Next Page utes her interest in orthodontics to the
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Volume 13, Issue 6
Top Local Attorney: There’s No Fix For PIP Except Full Repeal
Clifton C. Curry, Jr.
Florida’s no-fault The state must auto insurance system repeal the status-quo is broken and rewards PIP system and irresponsible drivers at replace it with a bold the expense of everyresponsibility-based one who follows the approach. It’s time for rules. It’s time to smash Florida to join 48 other this system and put a states that require drivnew one in place that’s ers carry bodily injury based on individual coverage. responsibility and Under the broken accountability PIP system, Florida delivered at comhas had among the petitive prices. highest auto insurance Florida was rates in the country. the second state to a stateAccording Clifton C. Curry, Jr. to embrace the by-state comparison no-fault system in done by Insure.com, at an average annu1972, just after Massachusetts. No fault is al rate of $1,840, Florida had the fifth an academic-created utopian concept of highest insurance premiums in the U.S. in insurance coverage that says that no 2017, exceeding the national average by matter who was at fault, people hurt in $522 or 40 percent higher. accidents must rely on their own insurA study done for the Florida Office of ance company for compensation. Insurance Regulation found the average The PIP system requires all drivers to Florida driver could save $81 per car if carry $10,000 in personal injury protection the state would repeal PIP and replace it (PIP) insurance coverage. PIP’s $10,000 with a requirement that drivers carry bodimaximum benefit has not changed since ly injury liability at $20,000/$40,000 levels. 1979. When adjusted for medical inflaWe’ve also seen evidence from Colorado tion, the benefit effectively has $1,350 in that shows when that state repealed its buying power compared to 1979. no-fault system in 2003 and replaced it While PIP’s value has eroded over with a responsibility-based coverage time, insurance corporations continue to requirement. What happened? According repeatedly hike PIP’s rates. Recently, the to a 2010 report from RAND, the “averPalm Beach Post reviewed insurance age auto-insurance premiums dropped corporation reports filed with the State of 35 percent from July 2003 to December Florida and found since 2017, PIP rates 2007.” have increased by up to 54 percent. Knowing the insurance industry is This means drivers are paying more supporting a losing product, an associafor insurance that depreciates in value. tion of insurance corporations recently Even worse, some of Florida’s senior res- tried to pull a fast one over on Florida. idents – many who are living on fixed They did a survey of their members, income – must comply with a government dressed it up like it was a legitimate study, mandate that they carry this coverage and sent it to the media with a goal of tryeven though they already have similar ing to get a headline to scare lawmakers insurance through Medicare and Tricare. into keeping PIP in place. Why do the insurance corporations We already know what Floridians are want drivers in the state to continue payreceiving under the current broken status ing to maintain a 1970s-era system that: quo auto insurance system: Rates are • Generates constant rate increases skyrocketing – up by double digits for from the insurance corporations; • many insurers since the beginning of Doesn’t provide enough coverage to keep 2017; the benefit is shrinking; and the up with rising cost of medical care includsystem is still prone to fraud. ing a $2,500 cap on non-emergency The time has come for Florida to care; • Forces seniors to buy insurance scrap PIP and choose better auto insurthey don’t need; and • Punishes responance coverage for Florida’s drivers. sible drivers for the actions of irresponsiRequiring drivers carry bodily injury liabilible people behind the wheel. ty insurance at appropriate levels to cover That is the system insurance corpothe costs resulting from modern-day accirations and others who are making dents is a much better way to take Florida money off the failing PIP system want into the future. Please ask our lawmakers lawmakers to protect. to repeal PIP and support responsibilityFlorida can do much better. based auto insurance.
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The Perfect Wedding Band
ow that you have your engagement ring and settled on your venue and dress, it’s time to pick out the perfect band to accompany your lefthand sparkler.
There are many factors to consider. Cost, comfort and overall style are a few of the most important ones.
SET YOUR BUDGET
Ironically, wedding bands are one of the most overlooked costs of planning a wedding — and they can be expensive. However, you can find beautiful rings in every budget. It is important to balance what you can afford with what you want to see on your hand for the rest of your life. Be sure to account for bands for both you and your significant other. Materials (gold, platinum or titanium) and gemstones will factor into the final price.
MATCHING YOUR RING VERSUS MATCHING YOUR PARTNER’S
Answering this question will help you narrow down your choices a lot. If you want your wedding bands to match, then you need to discuss elements that both of you do (and perhaps more importantly don’t) want. Or perhaps there is a wedding
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band that matches your engagement ring. Be sure to discuss your options with your partner before hitting up a jewelry store.
TRY ‘EM ON
Nothing will help you make a decision faster than seeing
potential bands sitting next to your engagement ring. After you’ve set your budget and discussed your options with your significant other, it’s time to try on some rings. If you have the opportunity and the time, visit as many local jewelry stores as possi-
ble. You never know where you are going to find a deal and a truly breathtaking band. Plus, there is not much that beats spending a casual hour in a jewelry shop while associates bring you band after band to slip on your finger.
THROW OUT RULE BOOK
There are no hard-and-fast rules to what type of wedding band you should choose, including choosing none at all. Stay true to your own style and budget and you will end up with a ring you are eternally happy with.
The Regent Is A Perfect Venue For Your Wedding And Other Celebrations By Kathy L. Collins
Every bride addition of three wants their spefabulous chandecial day to be a liers that were memorable one. recently installed The perfect by Borrell venue will add to Electric. The the lasting memochandeliers were ries for both the two years in the bride and groom making. Juteau and all who said, "The chanattend the big The Regent is a beauti- deliers are our day. The Regent, ful venue that is perfect biggest up for either a small and located in upgrade." Juteau elegant affair, a medium Riverview, is one size event and a large added, "Borrell of largest venues celebration for up to 500 Electric was wonpeople. in the area, but it derful to work can also be a with in installing the chandeliers. We small, intimate had to stop because of Hurricane Irma and stylish one. as The Regent is a Special Needs A bride can Shelter." opt to have both the ceremony and The Regent has several exclusive reception at The Regent or just the caterers that they have vetted over the reception. The Regent offers an attrac- years. In addition, all liquor and bar tive outdoor courtyard complete with a services are handled exclusively sweeping staircase and three ballthrough The Regent. Other vendors rooms that can be combined to hold that have worked at The Regent are up to 500 people. optional, but Juteau can vouch for Julie Juteau is the Executive them. Juteau said, "We use a lot of Director for The Regent. Juteau, along local vendors. The Regent was built by with Christina Smith the Event this community so we like to give back Manager, can provide as much or as to local vendors." little advice and counsel as the bride In addition to weddings, The wants or requires. Juteau said, "We Regent is a perfect venue for corpoare an a la cart venue. We work with rate events, celebration of life events brides who do everything themselves and even charitable fundraising events all the way to ones who use a wedding for non-profits. Juteau said, "We offer planner." special discounts for non-profits to The Regent is a beautiful blank hold their events at The Regent." palette. The beautiful wood floors and For information, visit neutral colors will match any decor the www.ExperienceTheRegent.com, or bride desires. The beauty of The call 571-2494 or email info@experiRegent has been enhanced with the encetgeregent.com.
Honeymoon Packing 101 Y
our wedding will be beautiful and something you will remember for you entire life, but there is a small part of you that will be relieved to have the stress of planning such a major event behind you and looking forward to some well-earned relaxation. Honeymoon Packing 101
Your wedding will be beautiful and something you will remember for you entire life, but there is a small part of you that will be relieved to have the stress of planning such a major event behind you and looking forward to some wellearned relaxation. No matter if you’ve planned a relaxing week on the beach, adventure in the mountains or a quick city getaway, you want to make sure you bring everything you could possibly need. C
Make A List
Making a list is the first step to ensuring nothing important gets left behind. The key is not to make your list in one sitting or just a few days before departure. You need time to come back to it. Choose things that mix and match well, and that perhaps you can get more than one use out of if you will be gone for several days.
Consider Going Carry-On Only
Not having to check any luggage makes traveling so much easier and saves you precious time! Think about it. Would you rather be pacing around
a luggage carousel or be that much closer to sipping mai tais at the beachside bar? Try packing versatile pieces for your trip, or visit a local luggage store for things like pack-flat toiletry kits and packing cubes that can save serious room in your suitcase.
Checking A Bag
No matter how inconvenient, there are some bags you just need to check. Maybe your honeymoon is an extended trip or you will be hitting several destinations in varying climates. Whatever the reason, checking at least one bag might be your best bet. If this is the situation, planning your carry-on actually becomes more important in case your checked bag doesn’t arrive with you. Consider adding travel insurance to make sure you’re covered. Always pack at least one spare outfit, comfortable flats, a swimsuit and another spare outfit appropriate for dinner. This should get you through the first few days without your checked luggage before it is either found and delivered to you, or give you enough time to purchase replacements of essential items at your destination.
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Wedding Party Rentals
ne of the most commonly told fibs about bridesmaids’ dresses is that you can wear them again. If you have ever been in a wedding, you know this is decidedly untrue for the most part.
Why is it that groomsmen can rent tuxes for a small fee and return them after the party while bridesmaids are left to pay hundreds of dollars on gowns they may only wear once? According to the the BRIDES American Wedding Study 2016, the average bridesmaids dress costs $133, and the majority of brides (66 percent) pick a color and allow their bridesmaids to choose the dress style while only 33 percent match both
color and style. This much freedom for today’s bridesmaid means you shouldn’t be afraid to exercise your right to rent rather than buy your dress.
Many local shops offer discount rental pricing based on dress style and number of people in your wedding party. Ask around prior to settling on your dress company to find the best deals for your bridesmaids. They will appre-
ciate both the discounted pricing and your effort in trying to ensure it. If you have enough in your budget, offer to pay for extra jewelry or accessories to show your bridesmaids you care. You may save enough on a rental deal to allow you to do so.
BRIDESMAID QUESTIONS TO ASK
While searching for fashion rental options, be sure to ask the following questions:
• What is your damage and incidentals policy? • How long can I rent the dress for? • If I like the dress, can I have the option to buy it? Let the answers to these questions guide your final decision. As the bride, remember to include your bridesmaids in the decision-making process. This will help keep everyone on the same page and ensure your friends’ enthusiasm on your special day.
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All In One At The Winthrop Barn Makes For The Perfect Wedding By Michelle Colesanti
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Brandon Ballet Accepting Dancers For Pre-Professional Program receive daily training of technique, pointe, variations, pilates and other classes designed to support the dancer’s individual goals. According to Lyndsey Ladewig, Dancer auditions will be held in the month of June and on President of the Saturday, August 18. Brandon Ballet offers superior training and Brandon Ballet three major performances each year Board of Directors, As the Brandon Ballet enters its 25th “The Brandon Ballet’s Pre-Professional season, they are accepting pre-professional artists. This comprehensive training Program is structured after apprentice program is designed for advance dancers programs where the dancer receives the highest level of training and coaching.” ages 14 to 20 who are interested in Ladewig added, “Last year we had advancing technically while finessing their Karina Elver of the Royal Danish Ballet, individual artistry. Admission to the 2018-2019 Brandon Sarah Wroth of the Indiana University Ballet Department and the Cincinnati Ballet Pre-Professional Program is by Ballet, Lloyd Whitmore of DC audition only. Dancers may audition by Contemporary and Atlanta Ballet, Marquis appointment only now through Thursday, Floyd of Bad Boys of Ballet and Dance June 21 and on Saturday, August 18. Theatre of Harlem, and Patrick Van Dancers will receive written notification of Buren the former Artistic Director for the the audition results within two weeks of Montgomery Ballet.” the audition date. The cost for the audition is $25 per Dancers who are accepted into the dancer. The Brandon Ballet is located at Brandon Ballet’s Pre-Professional 161 E. Bloomingdale Ave. in Brandon. Program will receive detailed ballet For more information, please visit instruction, individual attention, college www.brandonballet.org, or dance@branand career guidance, self-marketing and donballet.org or call 684-4282. personal branding tools. They also
Winthrop Arts Launches Mobile Art Factory Winthrop instruction regardArts, a non-profit less of where they arts organization live." Martinez located in added, "I love the Riverview, has enthusiasm these launched an outchildren have for reach program the arts. They are called the so creative that Winthrop Arts they inspire me." Mobile Art Wimauma Factory. In partwas selected for Children receive free art classes through a grant the project nership with at the Winthrop Arts Mobile Art Factory. Hispanic because there is Services Council, Winthrop Arts is provid- a large population of underserved youth. ing free art classes to underserved chilHispanic Services Council is a private dren living in Wimauma. non-profit who works to develop opportuThe Winthrop Arts Mobile Art Factory nities that result in an educated, healthy, is modeled after the Art Factory, Winthrop prosperous and engaged Latino commuArts' fine arts education program located nity. at 11267 Winthrop Main St. in Riverview. Maria Pinzon is the Executive Children who attend the Art Factory Director of Hispanic Services Council. receive instruction in a diverse range of Pinzon said, "We are very excited to partfine arts including drawing and painting, ner with Winthrop Arts to offer free art fabric art, ceramics and creative storyclasses for children in Wimauma, who telling. may not otherwise have this opportunity The Mobile Art Factory was launched to be exposed to the world of art through in February. During the first eight week the eyes and guidance of an artist." session, students worked with Bryant The Winthrop Arts Mobile Art Factory Martinez, the Winthrop Town Artist and is funded in part by community donations Lead Instructor at the Art Factory to creand a grant from the Suncoast Credit ate a large public art piece called "Mother Union Foundation. Nature." The semi permanent art piece is For more information on Winthrop on display at Reddick Elementary located Arts, please visit www.winthroparts.org or at 325 W. Lake Dr. in Wimauma. call 758-5161. For more information on Martinez said, "We believe that all Hispanic Service Council, please visit children have the right to receive arts www.hispanicservicescouncil.org.
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Connection By Nick Nahas
Former Armwood Hawk Hosts Annual Basketball Clinics
Photos Courtesy of Adam Sollazzo
Pro basketball player Adam rotate through multiple 10-15 them about life outside of basketball such Sollazzo is taking his knowledge minute stations that vary from as the importance of school,” said of the game to the hardwood this every skill, such as dribbling, Sollazzo. “Both of my parents are teachsummer when he hosts local fundamentals, attacking the rim, ers, so I was brought up knowing that basketball clinics at Seffner proper use of pick & roll, shootschool came before basketball. I really try Christian. ing, defense and strength buildto instill in the kids that good work ethic is The former Armwood Hawk, ing. The coaches of the stations important in all aspects of life and not just who graduated in 2008, has had are all very experienced basketbasketball.” a decorated basketball career so ball players. “We try to pass on This year they are also having a raffar. In his high school career he as much knowledge as we can,” fle for a signed jersey from Sollazzo’s won Hillsborough County Player said Sollazzo. “We also provide past professional season in Italy. The of the Year, Student Athlete of the Sollazzo strives to teach hard work on and off the court. the kids with a take-home workmore clinics the kids attend, the more Emphasizing the importance of school and good grades. Year, and the North vs. South out plan that gives them different chances they have of winning the jerFlorida All Star game MVP. drills that they can use on their sey. Clinics will be every Monday from seven years playing in countries such as He then went on to play Division 1 own throughout the summer.” 5:30 to7 p.m. at Seffner Christian Romania, Germany, Italy and college basketball at East Tennessee In the last part of clinic they do fun Academy through July 30. Argentina. He spent last season in State University. In his first two seasons drills, such as free throw competitions For information, visit his Facebook Orzinuovi, Italy, and he expects to be they won back-to-back Atlantic Sun Titles, and skills obstacle courses. “At the end of page called Camp Sollazzo, or email back in Italy next season. and went on to play in two NCAA tournaclinic I like to sit the kids down and talk to CampSollazzo@Gmail.com. Every summer he comes back to the ments vs future NBA All-Stars such as Tampa/Brandon area and hosts basketJohn Wall of the Washington Wizards, ball camps and clinics. This will be his Demarcus Cousins of the New Orleans sixth annual Adam Sollazzo ‘Rising Stars’ Pelicans, and Eric Bledsoe of the clinic. “I love being able to help the local Milwaukee Bucks. His senior year he kids improve their skills and show them it made 1st Team All-Conference and was is possible to reach their dreams,” said named the National Scholar Athlete for all Sollazzo. Air Conditioning & Heating sports in Division 1. According to Sollazzo, you can After having some NBA workouts expect an hour and a half of non-stop Expires: after college with the Atlanta Hawks and Sunair tampa.com | 813-684-9919 August 31, 2018 drills and learning. They break the kids up New York Knicks, he has spent the last Family Owned and Operated for 30 Years by age/skill level into groups and then CAC044863
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Kid’s Community College Narrows Discounts Offered At Holistic Medical Care Clinic In Celebration Of Anniversary Achievement Gap, Individualizes Instruction By Amy Schechter Staff Report
Holistic system in the counMedical Care try today, to provide Clinic LLC is hyperbaric mediproud to celebrate cine treatment to its four year improve patient’s anniversary (three quality of life. years in Apollo Although Beach located at Hyperbaric 400 Frandorson Oxygen therapy Cir, #103 and one (HBOT) has been year in the around for more Brandon office than 350 years, it The staff at Holistic Medical Care Clinic located at 205 W. celebrates its fourth anniversary with special has now been pricing. Morgan St.). The gaining ground as clinic is led by Nataliya Sia, ARNP and a complementary, holistic medical Sunny Sia, Psychiatric ARNP, who treatment option for a wide variety of together founded the first NP-led integraFDA-approved neurological, orthopetive medical practice in Tampa Bay area dic, wound care and other medical back in 2014. Integrative medical proceconditions. Disorders being treated dures provided include hyperbaric oxygen include chemotherapy induced injuries, therapy (HBOT), Platelet Rich Plasma diabetic wounds, scars resulting from (PRP) and Prolozone therapy injection for surgery, autism, cerebral palsy, stroke chronic pain, Ultraviolet Intravenous (UVand traumatic brain injury. Patients IV) light, as well as Vitamin IVs treatment who have undergone plastic or C-sectherapies, among others. tion surgeries also do well with faster For the anniversary, the clinic will be and complete healing of scar tissues. offering the Hyperbaric Oxygen 2.0 ATA Professional athletes have also therapy (which is equivalent to diving at a been known to use HBOT to accelerdepth of 90 ft.) at a special pricing of ate muscle healing due to sport $290 per session (a $350 value). For div- injuries and to prevent irreversible ing package purchases, initial consult will damage to the brain. Although still in be at 50% off. There will also be a Sports the experimental phase, athletes like and Immune health package discount NY Jets legend Joe Namath and (combining HBOT and Myer’s NBA’s Lebron James have endorsed cocktail/Vitamin IVs) for boosting immune the therapy after experiencing the system and body rejuvenation. benefits of the procedure first-hand. Holistic Medical Care Clinic utilizes Please visit holisticmedicalcare.net the state of the art, ETC Baramed or call them at 398-0470 to know more Monoplace Hyperbaric Chamber, one of about the complementary therapy and the most advanced hyperbaric chamber to schedule an appointment.
KCC students excel in science.
In a recent study through the Educational Leadership and Counseling Department at Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University, Riverview South Kid’s Community College K-8 (KCC) was one of only seven schools in the state able to reverse the science achievement gap, and African American students outpaced their white counterparts on the 2016-2017 state science assessment. Established in 2003, KCC is a K8 charter with the goal of providing an individualized education based on Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence Theory to each of its students. KCC is committed to a more well-rounded approach to education that takes into account spatial, kinesthetic, musical, inter/intrapersonal,
and naturalist intelligences. By recognizing and building upon the unique gifts each student brings and supplementing a student’s challenge areas, professors tailor an instructional approach to scaffold all students to success. “At KCC, students develop strong academic, social and emotional characteristics,” explained KCC Servant Leader, Tim Kilpatrick. Karen Seder, Campus Director, could not be more proud of her students’ success: “KCC is now and has always been dedicated to the well-being and educational success of every child.” These statistics affirm KCC’s conceptual framework, but it is the students’ excitement for learning that really drives Seder and her staff. Seeing the smiles on students’ faces when they brought back two 1st place and one 3rd place Elementary Science Fair awards and a 2nd place Middle School award is the real reward. KCC is a free public charter for all students in Hillsborough County. With nine campuses to choose from, there is a KCC near you ready to meet your child’s needs. For more information, visit online at mykidscc.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org. KCC Riverview South K-8 is located at 10030 Mathog Rd. in Riverview. Contact Karen Seder at 671-1440 or email@example.com.
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