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Faces Of Courage Has A Simple Motto: Cancer Is Serious, Camp Is Serious Fun

By Kathy L. Collins

Faces of Courage provides an assortment of free life enriching programs for children and families touched by all types of cancer and blood disorders.

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 more information on Faces of Courage, please visit www.facesofcourage.org or call 948-7478.

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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

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The Theme Of This Year’s 4th Of July Parade Is Traveling America

By Kathy L. Collins

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. “Many families have come to the parade for years,” added Nickerson. Brandon’s 4th of July Parade is a great tradition Photos courtesy of Stephen Nickerson

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 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

that celebrates the residents, schools, organizations and nonprofits of the greater Brandon area. The parade features floats, marching bands, dancers and more. Included

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County Offers Free Mosquito Eating Fish To Help Control Season

By Kate Quesada

Noon at UF’s Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory in Ruskin. Residents only need to bring a photo ID showing their local address to receive fish. They are available on a first come, first served basis. According to

Hillsborough County and The University of Florida are teaming up to help control the area’s mosquito population by giving away free mosquito eating fish throughout the summer at different locations.

With Florida’s rainy summer days comes an even less enjoyable side effect: Mosquito season. But Hillsborough County residents with problems with the pesky insects are in luck as the County Mosquito Management Department is teaming up with the University of Florida (UF) to offer a free, easy and harmless answer to reducing the mosquito population. Residents with areas of standing water, from rain barrels to ponds and fountains, can pick up free mosquito eating fish at select locations throughout the area all summer long in an effort to stop the reproduction of the insects that leave itchy bites and carry diseases such as West Nile virus and Zika. “Our goal is to target the mosquito in the larva phase,” said Donnie Hayes, Director of Hillsborough County’s Mosquito Management Department. “After the summer rains, mosquitoes use areas of standing water to breed and if we can get these fish into as many of these areas as possible, we will have a big impact in reducing the population.” Hayes recommends that any residents with backyard ponds, birdbaths, fountains, abandoned swimming pools, rain barrels and other artificial containers that need to hold water attend one of the many free events around the county this summer to get their own fish and learn more about mosquito prevention. The fish are distributed in temporary plastic travel bags, along with instructions for introducing them to their new environment, weekly at locations throughout the county and on Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-12

Hayes, the gambusia affinis fish are effective at keeping the mosquito population down because they eat hatchlings before they turn into adults. The two-and-a-half-inch fish are a native freshwater species which require no feeding. “Care is limited to protecting them from garden sprays, chlorine or other chemicals used for cleaning,” said Hayes. “Mosquito fish do not lay eggs and need no special environment for breeding.” Hayes states that because the species of fish are native to Florida, most large bodies of water will already be home to them, however, properties that have areas of land that dry out during the winter but flood during the summer are perfect places to introduce the fish. Two local distribution events will take place on June 16. Fish will be available for pick up 9-11 a.m. at Mike E. Sansone Community Park in Plant City and 12 Noon-2 p.m. at Alderman’s Ford Conservation Park in Lithia. Events are also scheduled in Gibsonton and Ruskin on June 30 and July 28 in Riverview. For more information and additional scheduled Hillsborough County fish giveaway events, visit www.hcflgov.net/mosquitoes. The University of Florida’s Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory is located at 1408 24th St. S.E. in Ruskin.

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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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County Hopes For 500 Seniors To Attend Special Prom Event At The Regent

By Kate Quesada

The high school Attendees are students had their also eligible to win door prizes which day and this month it include baskets and is time for the senior gift cards. citizens to get their “We can’t wait to dancing shoes on. welcome our active Hillsborough County seniors from all over is hosting a Senior the county to this Prom event at The wonderful event,” Regent in Riverview said Brea, who on June 22 and 500 believes that approxiresidents, aged 50 mately 5,000 resiand older, are expectdents use the senior ed to attend. services in the county “We try to make every year. the event as similar Hillsborough to a high school prom County’s senior and as possible,” said Frances Duran Brea, Hillsborough County senior center manager and prom event coordinator. “There is a theme, a DJ, dancing and good food. Everything you need to make a fun party.” Members of the county’s 23 senior sites are invited to attend the event, which is free of cost to them. According to Brea, who has been running this event The Hillsborough County Senior Prom event will take place on June 22 at The Regent in Riverview. for six years, this month’s event has a West Indies Carnival Jam theme and the food will be dining centers offer activities throughout catered by Jerk Hut while the DJ will play the year for residents from Black and Calypso and reggae music. Hispanic heritage celebrations to The Similar to a high school prom, the Brain and Body Challenge, where resihighlight of the event, according to Brea, dents from all centers compete for a trois the coronation of the prom king and phy, and a domino tournament to celequeen. Each senior center in the county brate National Senior Center Month in sends a representative couple, which September. makes up the prom court, and then the The event will take place from 10 king and queen are randomly chosen a.m.-1:30 p.m. on June 22 at The Regent from the members of the court. Tom which is located at 6437 Watson Rd. in Wong of the Brandon Senior Center and Riverview. Residents are asked to call Patricia Roth from the Wimauma Senior their local senior center for details on how Center were the king and queen of the to register. More information can be found 2017 senior prom. at www.hillsboroughcounty.org.

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Fourth Of July Parade...Con’t From Page 1 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 serv-

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Valrico’s Buckhorn Homeowner’s Association (HOA) helped its residents celebrate Memorial Day last month in a very Local Neighborhoods patriotic way. The Residents in Valrico’s Win Recognition Featherock community raised HOA’s volunteer board $100 to fight childhood poverty Awards members placed at a recent Red Nose Bingo Residents from American stick flags at event. throughout Hillsborough all the mailboxes of the County came to the 15th Annual 652 community residents and at each of Neighborhoods Conference to hear about the four entrances to the development. government programs and offerings, This tradition was started 16 years ago and residents are requested to take good hone leadership skills and visit with vendors representing public and private care of their flags and keep them posted endeavors. The conference also included through the July 4th holiday. the Neighborhood Recognition Awards The community is home to many Luncheon where Hillsborough County active military members and veterans. representatives praised stellar neighbor“Buckhorn wants to honor and hoods and community leaders. Eleven remember our service members, first responders and past family members this associations and four individuals took top honors in 10 categories with the holiday season,” said resident Kevin Bloomingdale Homeowners Association Dorsey. For information, visit www.buckhorn.us. winning in the Neighborhood and Community Partnership category. Hillsborough County Neighborhood Featherock Residents Wear Noses for Relations stages the event as part of its Charity mission to provide training, funding and Residents of Valrico’s Featherock networking opportunities for residents and community HOA hosted a Red Nose homeowner groups throughout unincorBingo Game Night in conjunction with porated Hillsborough County, Tampa, local Walgreens stores to raise money to Temple Terrace and Plant City. help end child poverty. Residents of the For more information, call age qualified community purchased red Neighborhood Relations at 272-5860. noses for $1 at the event, with all pro-

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TECO Expands Solar Energy With 10 Additional Megawatt Projects In Florida

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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.

Incorporate Interests

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

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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

Program Participation

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 ebooks 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.


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Tampa’s Riverwalk Offers History, Culture And Entertainment By Kathy L. Collins

Downtown Tampa is full of amenities and activities for individuals and families to enjoy. One of the newest additions is the completed Riverwalk. The Riverwalk is approximately 2.6 miles in length. It begins or ends from either the Tampa History Center or the Armature Works. You can begin at either end or anywhere in the middle. A walk along the Riverwalk is not only fun, but you get a look at Tampa's entertainment and cultural places and a walk back in time to Tampa's history. The Friends of the Riverwalk have placed historical busts along the Riverwalk. These include Clara Frye, an African American nurse. The original Tampa General Hospital building was renamed after her in 1991. Blanche Armwood was an educator, activist and first African American woman to graduate from an accredited law school. Armwood High School in Seffner is named in her honor. Ossian Bingley Hart was the 10th Governor of the State of Florida and the first one to

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Concierge Purchase, Car Vending Machine & Free Delivery With New Carvana Concept

Discounts Offered At Holistic Medical Care Clinic In Celebration Of Anniversary

By removing Their purchased car is then autothe traditional matically retrieved from the tower dealership infraand moved into a delivery bay, structure and where customers sign off on final replacing it with paperwork, and take their newly purtechnology and chased car home.” exceptional cus“We began offering free, astomer service, soon-as-next-day delivery to Tampa Carvana offers residents in April of 2016 and have consumers an been well intuitive and conreceived in the venient online market, so we automotive retail were excited to platform. In as litbring our Car tle as 10 minutes, Vending you can shop more than 10,000 vehiMachine to a cles on Carvana.com, finance, purcity that has chase, and even trade in your current embraced the car. Cars that are purchased can be new way to buy delivered directly to your door as soon a car,” noted as the next day, or you can elect to pick Keeton. it up from one of Carvana’s proprietary Lithia resiRyan Keeton, Carvana coCar Vending Machines, one of which is Doug dent founder and Chief Brand officer. now located in the Brandon area. Gilmore recently Founded in 2012 in Phoenix, AZ, sold his Chevy Camaro through Carvana. Carvana sold its first car in Atlanta in “It was the easiest that I’ve ever sold a 2013. Free vehicle delivery is currently car; very smooth and convenient. They offered in 61 markets across the U.S. came to the house to get it with check in In November 2015, the world's first hand,” he said. fully automated, coin-operated Car The Tampa Car Vending Machine is Vending Machine was launched in open for customer pick-ups Monday Nashville, TN, and today, there are nine through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Car Vending Machines. The Tampa Car Vending Machine is According to Ryan Keeton, Carvana located at 10335 Palm River Rd. in co-founder and chief Brand officer, Tampa near Dave & Buster’s, Topgolf, “Customers who choose Vending iFly and Bass Pro Shops. Machine pickup for their purchases To speak with a Customer Advocate, receive an over-sized Carvana coin upon call 1-800-333-4554. Visit arrival, which they drop into the custom www.carvana.com to shop more than coin slot, initiating the vending process. 10,000 vehicles.

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Newcomers Group Makes Donations To ECHO And The Spring

Young Artists Are Invited To Enter Works Of Art In Children's Community Art Show

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 County since 1961 and struggling financially due last month they helped to unforeseen emergencies, but also organizes enrich the lives of those five interconnected back in need with donations to two local charities. to work programs. The group, which The Spring of boasts more than 100 Tampa Bay, which also members of various received $1,500, assists Mary Ann Clark, Vice President of victims of domestic vioages, raised almost the Brandon Area Newcomers $3,000 at its annual lence. Group, presented ECHO Executive Director Eleanor fundraiser last fall and The Newcomers decided to split the funds Saunders with a check for $1,500 group is open to resiat the group’s May meeting. between the Emergency Saunders used the opportunity to dents who have been in explain to the members the ways the area for any amount Care Help Organization (ECHO) and The Spring. ECHO helps residents experienc- of time. Members meet ing financial emergencies. “We feel so fortunate monthly September to be able to help others in this way,” said through May as a large group, but the club also offers many small-group meetVice President Mary Ann Clark. “It is ings including book clubs, bunko, bridge through the generosity of our members and dominoes groups, and even that we can do this.” overnight trips out of state and more. The money was raised through the “The group is not just for newcomgroup’s annual Make It, Bake It, Sew It, ers,” 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 at our auction,” said Valrico resident Wednesday of the month, September Helen Lepre, who has been a member of through May, at the Brandon Community the group since 1998. Center, located at 502 E. Sadie St. ECHO Executive Director Eleanor Contact Clark at 653-3462. Anyone interSaunders received a check for $1,500 for ested in joining should contact Lepre at her organization at the group’s May meet- 651-0883. ing. To learn more about ECHO, visit “This money will go a long way to www.ECHO.org. Call 247-7233 for more help people learn to help themselves,” information about The Spring.

Children for entry and ages 4 to 13 are prizes- ages 4 to 6; encouraged to 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 preMonsters sented 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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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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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 – 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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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, and horseback riding. It also features a ninehole, New Deal-era golf Florida Caverns 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.


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Honorary Mayor Of Brandon: Part Of Brandon’s History For 59 Years

By Libby Hopkins

The all in fun.” Gukeisen will be raising Honorary money for local charities Family Mayor of Promise, North Brandon YMCA and Brandon Florida Big Dog Rescue. Follow Jaime has been a Gukeisen on Facebook at Jaime for local tradiHonorary Mayor of Brandon to see a list tion for 59 of her upcoming charity events. years. Even Haskins will be raising money for though local local charities Center Place Fine Arts, residents ECHO of Brandon and Kiwanis Club of run for Greater Brandon. Follow Haskins on mayor, the Facebook at Haskins4Mayor to learn real winners about all of her fun charity events. are the local “Once the charities money is countJaime Gukeisen of that benefit ed, the new Brandon is one of the 2018 from the Honorary Honorary Mayor of running Mayor is Brandon candidates. She will be raising money for candidate’s announced just local charities Family fundraising prior to the Promise, North Brandon efforts. beginning of the YMCA and Florida Big Dog Rescue. “The Fourth of July race for Honorary Mayor of Brandon Parade,” began in 1959,” said Janine Nickerson, Nickerson said. President of The Community “The new Roundtable, which hosts the annual Mayor is an event. honored guest Melissa Haskins of Valrico All monies raised during the race in the parade is one of the 2018 are donated to Brandon area charities. riding in a conHonorary Mayor of Brandon candidates. She vertible with Each dollar is considered one vote. The will be raising money for race begins on Friday, June 1 and ends local charities Center Place their name on at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, July 4, a total the side of the Fine Arts, ECHO of Brandon and Kiwanis Club car. In addition, of 33 days. of Greater Brandon. “Each candidate holds fundraising their name is events throughout the month of June in placed on the plaque with past Mayors hopes of capturing the title,” said for posterity.” Nickerson. “Brandon nonprofits are the Nickerson and The Community only winners of this race. Our first Roundtable encourage other BrandonHonorary Mayor, Nat Storms, a teacher at area residents to run for the 2019 Brandon High School at the time, raised Honorary Mayor of Brandon race. “The $500 to help our area nonprofits.” Since deadline is May 1, 2019 so, contact the then, candidates Community have created new Roundtable for the record high totals. 2019 application,” Michelle Hernandez Nickerson said. holds the record for “The objective is to the largest amount make it fun and fair raised by a female to all while conwith over $55,000 tributing money to and Chuck Burgess charities assisting collected more than less fortunate fami$100,500 with his lies in our commubid for the title. nity.” This year’s If you would Honorary Mayor of like to learn more Brandon candidates about The are Jaime Gukeisen and Melissa Community Roundtable or if you are Haskins. “As people decide to run for interested in running for the 2019 Honorary Mayor, they gather a team to Honorary Mayor of Brandon, you can visit arrange fundraising activities and select The Community Roundtable’s website at up to three charities as their beneficiaries TheCommunityRoundtable.org or call for their campaign,” Nickerson said. “It is Nickerson at 661-4350.

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rapp@sofl.org. For questions regarding the ongoing partnership, contact Congregation Beth Shalom at 681-6547. Spend the Sabbath at Congregation Beth Shalom on Friday evenings at 7 p.m. Oneg, nosh and mingle follows. All are welcome. A Murder Mystery Dinner will be held. Guess who the killer is and be a part of this fun evening of improvisational theater as the dinner guests become the actors. Contact the synagogue office for more information and to reserve your spot.

After the synagogue’s annual fundraiser, Richie Bauman and Suzie Baylis of Congregation Beth Shalom deliv- Tampa YMCA Expands Program For ered the cases of food, as well as a box of Arthritis Patients The Tampa Metropolitan Area sports bags, to Allison Rapp of Special YMCA is now able to improve the health Olympics of Florida Healthy Community of older adults, thanks to a recent expanTampa Bay. sion of its program proven to help those In the past, donations benefit many with arthritis. The Tampa YMCA programs, such as the development of garden spaces in residential settings. This now offers Enhance®Fitness at five different Ys in Tampa Bay. year’s donation will also purchase ‘model’ EnhanceFitness is a proven senior fitfood. Allison Rapp, the Site Director statness and arthritis maned, “Model agement program that food will be improves endurance, used often to strength, balance and provide nutriflexibility. It reduces tion education arthritis symptoms with for our athletes safe, low-impact exerand concises led by certified Y sumers with instructors in a relaxed intellectual and atmosphere that prodevelopmental motes fun and frienddisabilities.” ship. The U.S. Centers For more for Disease Prevention information Richie Bauman and Suzie Baylis of Congregation and Control recognizes about the Beth Shalom deliver cases of food as well as a box nutrition projof sports bags to Allison Rapp of Special Olympics the national evidenceof Florida Healthy Community Tampa Bay. based physical activity ect, please program as particularly safe and effective contact Allison Rapp at 470-0518 allison-

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Hawthorne Hosts Parkinson’s Disease Support Group

Hawthorne Health & Rehabilitation Center hosts a monthly support group for those diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and caregivers on the third Thursday of every month. A variety of speakers will provide information on topics relating to swallowing, balance, walking, speaking, mobility, exercise, self-care, cognition, and memory, all of which can be impacted by Parkinson’s Disease. Hawthorne Health & Rehabilitation Center is located at 851 W. Lumsden Rd. in Brandon For more information or to register, call 661-8998 Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.5 p.m.

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Brandon Coin Club Hosts Coin & Currency Show

The Brandon Coin Club Inc., a 501(C) 7 non-profit organization, is pleased to announce its next Coin & Currency Show on Saturday, June 16 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Brandon Elks Lodge #2383, located at 800 Centennial Lodge Dr. in Brandon. There will be 30 dealers/45 tables – Free American Silver Eagle. Admission and parking are free. Free coin grab bags for all children under 12. Food will be available on site. Free appraisals and door prizes. ICG Grading Service will be in attendance and offering free verbal opinions along with $10 slabbing. For more information, contact Jack Iaci at 352-777-6073 or brandoncoinclub@yahoo.com.

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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 tennis clinic for special needs athletes. The ‘Tennis For Fun’ delegation of 33 members competed in the It is run entirely Florida Special Olympics Summer games in May. by volunteers. sparkling 50 meter pool. Enjoy live BSAC has donated court time for the ‘Tennis For Fun‘ Competes At entertainment and a variety of vendors TFF program for 17 years. Florida Special Olympic Summer in a safe, family friendly atmosphere. The programs are in need of dediGames This event brings awareness to the cated and enthusiastic volunteers... no Florida Special Olympics Summer importance of teaching children the lifetennis experience needed. For more games were held May 18-19 at ESPN long skill of swimming. Residents in the information visit our website at Wide World of Sports with the tennis Bay area are especially at risk Tampa www. tennisforfun.org. competition held at the USTA National to potential downing due to the abunCampus of lakes, rivers, and oceans. dance BSAC at Lake Drowning is the second leading cause Participates Nona in of unintended death in the United In World’s Orlando. States for children ages 1-14. Largest ThirtyThis WLSL event will be wideSwimming three athspread across more than 20 countries Lesson letes from hundreds of locations. BSAC is at Get the proud to contribute to the goal of sharready to kick, ‘Tennis ing this message with more than one blow bubFor Fun’ billion people by 2019. bles, and programs Registration will be held on June have fun. competed 21 prior to the event. Permission slips Brandon in singles will be available at member services Sports and Members of the Sgt. Walter P Ryan Detachment of the match and must be turned in to participate. Memorial the Corps Day Participated League in Marine Aquatics play and Ceremony at the Hillsborough County Veterans Park on May more information, please For individual 27. Pictured (l-r): Boris Parker, Larry Westcott, Jim Maines, (BSAC) will visit www.wlsl.org. host the Jack Skelding and Rob Becker. tennis BSAC is a non-profit organization World’s skills. The impacting lives daily by providing parLargest Swimming Lesson ‘Tennis For Fun’ delegation was the ents with a safe, enriching, and educaon Thursday, June 21 at largest in the state. A total of 134 spetional experience for their children. Visit 9:30am. Everyone is invited to join in cial Olympic tennis players competed www.mybsac.org. for a free, 30-minute lesson in its from around the state. The ‘Tennis For

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Former Michigan Superintendent To Lead Bell Creek Academy

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Charter School School are both ‘A’ rated schools based Associates has on the Florida selected former Department of Michigan Education grading Superintendent, Dr. scale. Bell Creek Chris Hammill, as the next Principal of Middle and High School have each Bell Creek Academy earned designation as (BCA). Dr. Hammill a Florida High replaces Dr. Performing Charter Margaret Fahringer School, the highest who is moving to an rating awarded by the Area Director role Florida Department of within the company. Dr. Hammill has an Dr. Chris Hammill will serve as the new Education. Principal of Bell Creek Academy. Patricia Rogers is extensive leadership background, having held numerous build- the Board Chair for Advantage Academy of Hillsborough, Inc., the local not-for-profing and district level leadership positions. it governing board that oversees BCA, Most recently, Hammill served as Chief and is pleased with the selection; “Bell School Operations Officer for Athlos Creek has established a strong reputation Academies in Boise, Idaho. He has also in the Hillsborough community; someserved successfully as the thing of which we are all very proud. The Superintendent of Mt. Morris addition of Dr. Hammill only bolsters our Consolidated Schools in Mt. Morris, MI; belief that Bell Creek will continue to be a as well as, Owossa Public Schools in great choice for our families.” Owossa, MI. As a principal, Chris has The board plans on hosting an Open turned around two low performing eleHouse in the coming days to introduce mentary schools, leading one to National Dr. Hammill to the community. Blue Ribbon status. Bell Creek Academy consists of a “Chris brings a tremendous amount of experience to Bell Creek. He has taken Bell Creek Academy Middle School for grades 6-8 and Bell Creek Academy High a single school to the point of national School for grades 9-12. Both schools are recognition and successfully managed managed by Charter School Associates, the complex structure of a district. I believe this makes him the right leader for Inc. (CSA). CSA manages a total of twenty-three Florida-based charter schools. Bell Creek Academy, which is both a 6-8 Bell Creek Academy is located at middle school and a high school,” noted 13221 Boyette Rd. in Riverview. Visit Michael Strader, President of Charter www.bellcreekacademy.com or call 793School Associates. 6075 for more information. Bell Creek Middle School and High

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BSAC's Own Receives Public Citizen Of The Year Award

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Theresa Hickie works Hickie, Senior hard to manage, Director of Sports promote and Programming for encourage othBrandon Sports ers to engage in and Aquatic Center available sports (BSAC) was programming. recently awarded Hickie believes Public Citizen of that everyone, the Year by the regardless of National their socioecoAssociation of nomic status, is Social Workers entitled to high (NASW). Annually, quality and readiNASW recognizes ly available BSAC's Senior Director of Sports an individual who resources. Programming, Theresa Hickie, has been is not a social Her leaderawarded Public Citizen of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers. worker but whose ship has work in the community carries out the ensured consistent funding for programs, core values of social work. This includes such as Head Start which provides free someone who demonstrates their conswimming lessons to children who come cern for social justice. from low income families. Hickie's focus on drowning prevenHickie said, "I come to work each day tion at BSAC epitomizes a concern for committed to making it a great experisocial justice. Hickie was nominated by ence for each person who walks through Dr. Stacy Katz, Ph.D, LCSW. the door. We want to make a positive Florida has one of the highest drown- impact on lives here at BSAC, and I think ing rates in the country. Hickie works hard we do a great job doing just that." to focus on bringing quality programs Chuck Burgess, BSAC CEO said, such as the Trident Program and other "Theresa is a blessing to both our organiswimming and drowning programs to zation and the community. Her selfless BSAC. This, coupled with her support of nature and constant focus on creating the Special Olympics, is why Dr. Katz opportunities for others is an example for nominated her. us all.” Hickie said, "Being recognized for Burgess added, "We are so proud of something that you love to do is a very her and her award and grateful that she is humbling experience. I love seeing the such a big part of our team every day." smile on a child's face when they can BSAC is located at 405 Beverly Blvd. swim, overcome a fear and know they in Brandon. For more information, please are safer around water." visit www.mybsac.org.

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Freshen Up Home With Don’s Bay Area Painting, 20 Years In Business

AJ’s Liquors Partners With Rosati’s Pizza For Ladies And Mens Nights Out

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 time to refresh sure that his cusyour exterior tomers will be paint, the dauntsatisfied that he ing task of house Don’s Bay Area Painting has been offering quality offers a 100% interior and exterior painting services in the painting can be a satisfaction guarGreater Tampa Bay area for more than 20 years. antee and does sometimes unpleasant and unwanted task. not take a deposit before starting the job. It’s at times like these when it is best He only accepts payment when the custo let the pros handle the job, but even tomer is happy with the final 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 labor warranty on its work. and gave him a competitive quote to paint 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 more information, visit the Greater Tampa Bay area for more www.donsbayareapainting.com. For a than 20 years and is a licensed, bonded free estimate, call 291-0505. and insured company. Murray hires

AJ’s Fine Wines support small business. It's & Liquors in Valrico is a win-win for everyone." partnering with its In addition to a variety new neighbor Rosati’s of pizza sizes and flavors, Chicago Pizza for a its menu features a Night selec& Gents great Ladies Night tion of w appetizers, wings, Out event. The salads, pastas, sandwiches evening will include and desserts. Online ordersamples and tastings ing is available on its webfrom both AJ’s and site. Rosati’s PIzza. “Working together, we can make a AJ's Fine Wines has stronger event for the partnered with neighbor Rosati's to offer Ladies community,” added and Mens nights out Jambhekar. each week with drink and food specials. AJ’s carries a very broad variety of spirits and liqueurs, and if the store doesn’t have what shopLadies night will be 7-10 pers are looking for, the owner will order p.m. Mondays and Men’s night 7-10 it special for the customer. p.m. Thursdays. “There are two things you think The new Ladies and Men’s nights about when you taste a drink,” said out will kick off at AJ's with the ladies Jambhekar. “How it tastes in your on Tuesday, June 5 and the men’s mouth, and how smooth it is going on Thursday, June 7. Stop by in the down. That is what differentiates the evening for special menu offers from good products from the bad.” Rosati's including 50% off pizza, breadAJ’s sells craft beers, gluten free sticks and cinnamon sticks in addition beers, organic beer and wine as well as to pizza, Rosati's will also offer 50% off a variety of IPAs and stouts. It has a wings for Thursday men’s night, drink walk-in beer cooler, a self-serve bar and specials and great networking. Food a patio bar. specials are subject to change weekly. Rosati’s Pizza store owner Whitney Groups are welcome. Tucker just recently celebrated one year AJ’s Fine Wine & Liquors is locatin business in Valrico. ed at 3443 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Rosati’s Pizza is available for carry Valrico. For more information, call 654out and delivery. 6488. Rosati’s Chicago Pizza is open "This is a great way to get the comin the same plaza. For more informamunity together and network," said tion, visit www.rosatispizza.com or call Tucker. "Bring your business cards and 643-1003.

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Children's Board Of Hillsborough County Funds Free Mobile Swim Lessons This Summer

By Kathy L. Collins

almost completely surrounded by water, so my first thought is 'Why no Time?' We have a very diverse community with families with small children. If I can assist in any way to offer a service that can be beneficial in life saving situations, I am all for it." Drowning is the leading Swimming instructors from the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA and cause of preBrandon Sports and Aquatic Center are providing free swim lessons this summer throughout the county at neighborhood pools ventable deaths and apartment complexes in an effort to prevent any child from among Tampa drowning. Bay Area chilThe Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA dren. Statistics demonstrate that with and Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center, proper instruction, the likelihood of a child thanks to funding from the Children's drowning drops as much as 88 percent. Board of Hillsborough County, have startThe program focuses on skills that ed a free mobile water safety program. will assist a child in the water. For This is the fourth year that certified younger participants, the focus is to teach instructors will visit pools located in apartthem to roll over, back float and call for ment complexes and local neighborhoods help. The focus for older participants is to and provide free lessons in basic water swim, float and get to safety. Parents and safety/ swimming skills. caregivers are encouraged to enroll their The program will serve up to 24 chilchild in local swim lessons to continue to dren per site. Children will receive free 45 strengthen their skills. minute classes for one week. Paula Scott, Director of Public "The goal is to eliminate barriers that Relations for the Children's Board of can prevent parents from getting their Hillsborough County said, "The Children's kids into water safety or swim classes," Board Mobile Swim Program is teaching said Amanda Walker, Tampa Y Aquatics children to swim right in their own neighExperience Executive. Walker added, borhood pools where statistically they are "We want to remove challenges such as most at risk of drowning." Scott added, transportation issues, a hectic work "By deploying instructors and lifeguards schedule and other deterrents." throughout the county, we are ensuring One of the local facilities participating that children are able to receive these lifeis Summerfield, located in Riverview. This saving skills." is the second summer that Summerfield For more information on the Mobile has participated. Abi James, Community Swim Lessons program, please contact Association Manager said, "I think this Chris Alaynick at free program is a wonderful opportunity chris.alaynick@tamoaymca.org or call for our residents. We live in Florida, 224-9622 ext. 1292.

Watch For Beautiful (But Deadly) Blooms

By Dr. Jennifer Challenger DVM, MPH

As gardens begin to grow and homes and yards become filled with green plants and vibrant blooms, we need to be sure that curious cats and dogs are safe from any potential dangers. Certain flowers and plants are extremely toxic and can be deadly if ingested. It is a good idea for people with a green thumb, as well as all pet owners, to keep lifesaving information on recently purchased foliage on hand. Cats are prone to chewing on indoor or outdoor plants. If you know your mischievous kitty does this, check out the ASPCA Animal Poison control Center's website www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poisoncontrol/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants to read lists of toxic and nontoxic plants to ensure that none of those you own are poisonous to pets. In addition, new puppies love to chew on anything they come across. Make sure indoor plants are placed in safe, unreachable areas to prevent potential poisonings. Some flower and plants included on the list are amaryllis, calla lilies, (and all other lilies), carnations, azaleas, daffodils, elephant's ear, hibiscus, morning glory, tulips, sago palms and especially oleander. Surprisingly, there are approximately 100 types of plants and flowers which are considered toxic. Your local floral shop or nursery should also be able to provide you with a list of potentially toxic foliage. Keep this valuable information on hand,

which can help identify potential problems if the need arises. The most common side effects that result from ingesting plants or flowers are vomiting and/or diarrhea. If you suspect that your pet may have been exposed to a potentially toxic substance, call your veterinarian for advice. It may be that emergency treatment is the best course of action you can take for your pet. You can call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435. The center is staffed 24/7. For a consultation fee, the staff will give you information, as well as take as many follow-up calls as needed from your veterinarian for the duration of the treatment. They will also send you and your veterinarian a comprehensive case summary report. Plants and flowers sprayed with pesticides can cause serious adverse reactions. Some pets also have allergies to pollens from plants and flowers, just like people. People get ‘hay fever’ symptoms that can include sneezing, runny noses and itchy eyes, but pets get itchy, inflamed skin. Symptoms include scratching excessively at the skin or ears, as well as constant licking and chewing on the skin. If you notice these symptoms, call your veterinarian to discuss ways to give your pet some relief from airborne allergies to blooming flowers, as well as plant and tree pollen.

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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 6840644 or visit FlorasBrides.com for more information.

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New Orthodontist Joins Hess Ortho

It is with sadness that Hess Orthodontics announces that colleague Dr. VanLandschoot will be departing the practice to pursue other opportunities. His contributions to the practice and the patients are greatly Lexie Grushow Chelsea Brockway, DDS, MS A ribbon cutting was held on May 18 celebrating appreciated, and he is and Amy who recently joined Hess the opening of Tide Dry Cleaners at 1928 Mosshart are Orthodontics. wished the very best of Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. the owners of family tens of thouBloomingdale Ave. GRCC members luck in his future endeavors. Hess Flora’s Bridal sands of dollars. A were joined by Valrico FishHawk Ortho is pleased, however, to seminar will be held at The HCC camChamber members along with repreannounce that Dr. Hess will be back in pus at the Regent on Tuesday, June sentatives from the Proctor and the office to see patients on a full-time 19 and Thursday, June 28 at 6 p.m. Gamble Corporation to partake in the basis. (promptly) to help you with these deciofficial ribbon cutting ceremony. Additionally, the practice welcomes sions. Plan to be there by 5:45 p.m. The facility uses an environmental- Dr. Chelsea Brockway, DDS, MS, who This seminar is perfect for those 58-67 ly friendly cleaning process to take the is joining Hess Orthodontics. She was years old. best care possible with your clothes. It born and raised in St. Petersburg. Learn some of the unknown is open seven days a week. An outShe attributes her interest in orthodonstrategies and principles behind the side automated kiosk provides 24-hour tics to the feelings of confidence and proper timing of taking your Social drop-off and pick-up service for their pride she felt after getting her braces Security benefits. customers. off at the age of 15, which sparked her The HCC campus at the Regent is It is located at 1928 Bloomingdale desire to help others find their own located at 6437 Watson Rd. in Ave. in Valrico and is open Monday – inner confidence through their smiles. Riverview. Call 626-7575 to make Friday 7am – 7pm, Saturday 8am – Her first job in high school was as reservations. Leave a message after 5pm and Sunday 10am – 3pm and a sterilization technician for her own 4:30 p.m. don’t forget 24-hour pick-up and droporthodontist in St. Pete, and she never off service. To learn more about their looked back, going on to earn her Tide Dry Cleaners Celebrates New cleaning services and practices, visit DDS from Columbia University’s dental Location their website at program and receiving her MS in Multiple chambers recently celewww.TideDryCleaners.com. Dental Sciences from the University of brated the opening of locally owned Florida. and operated Tide Dry Cleaners on Continued on Next Page


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duction to the community and By Michelle Colesanti surrounding areas with a ribDr. Brockway is a licensed ucts at this dealer location by calling bon-cutting cereInvisalign provider and is certified in 681-7832 or visit mony and meet Botox and Dermal Fillers. She believes www.uhaul.com/Locations/Truckand greet in that one of the best ways to enrich her Rentals-near-Brandon-FLassociation with own life is by giving part of herself to 33511/042249/. the Valrico someone in great need, and she is Fishhawk passionate about serving others in her Redefine Beauty Aesthetics Holds Chamber of free time through volunteering at free Ribbon Cutting Commerce. The dental clinics, offering care on dental The Valrico FishHawk Chamber A ribbon cutting was recently held with the Valrico FishHawk event was held at Chamber of Commerce for Redefine Beauty Aesthetics in Brandon. mission trips, and providing care for held a ribbon cutting for Redefine the Channing patients with special needs at All Beauty Aesthetics on May 17. The Community Club they are family – they are accessible, Children’s Hospital. Chamber came out with hugs and House on June 1. patient, and like to make sure that they Dr. Brockway’s big heart, excepcheers as the giant red ribbon was cut. Guided Life Care Planning educate their clients as best as possitional talents, and unparalleled dedica- Carolyn Agnew, owner and Nurse Services is based in Lithia, but servicble. tion to the patients she serves make Practitioner of Redefine Beauty es areas throughout Florida, with The Law Offices of Laurie E. Aesthetics was overcome with emotion her an incredible asset to our Hess many of the services being Ohall, P.A. is a full service Estate Orthodontics team. client-focused and handled Planning law firm which handles Hess Orthodontics is in the field, client-home or everything from preparing a Will, Trust, located at 11970 Boyette remotely. Power of Attorney or health care surroRd. in Riverview. For more GLCPS is a SBA certigate designation to probate and information or to make an fied Woman Owned Small guardianship services for a deceased appointment, call 645-4377 Business. It is also certified or incapacitated loved one, working or visit www.hessorthodonwith the Office of Supplier with special needs families to ensure tics.com. Diversity. It is a state their disabled child is provided for approved vendor for the without losing benefits. Lithia Food Mart, U-Haul Department of Education: According to Ohall, “We handle To Meet Moving Demands Division of Vocational guardian advocacies for developmenOf Brandon     Rehabilitation Services. tally disabled children and we work U-Haul Company of Lithia Food Mart in Brandon will now serve the community as a UStaff at GLCPS has with seniors to help them plan for long Haul® neighborhood dealer. Florida is pleased to over a decade of work term care and access benefits such as announce that Lithia Food experience in healthcare and support V.A. Benefits and Medicaid which can Mart has signed on as a U-Haul® due to the support and love shown to services industry. Its core competenhelp pay for long term care.” neighborhood dealer to serve the both her and the staff on one of the cies are Care/Case Management, The office is located at 1464 Brandon community. Lithia Food Mart biggest events they have had at the Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Oakfield Dr. in Brandon. Hours are owner Deepak Sood is proud to team medical spa. Stay tuned for the Litigation Support, Expert Witness 8:30 a.m. -5 p.m. Monday to Friday with the industry leader in do-it-yourupcoming grand opening this fall. and after hours are self moving and self-storage to meet Redefine Beauty Aestetics is by appointment. local demand. located at405 S. Kings Ave. in Call 438-8503 or Lithia Food Mart at 1005 Lithia Brandon. Call 820-3138 to book visit Pinecrest Rd. will offer U-Haul trucks, an appointment. Visit www.rewww.OhallLaw.com. trailers, towing equipdefinebeauty.com. ment, moving supplies Pet Vaccination and in-store pick-up Reflections Hair Gallery Clinic At Kim’s for boxes. 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Spinal Correction Centers Offers Relief & Chiropractic Results From Newborns Up

Livingstone Exceptional Academy Celebrates First Student Graduation

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 changing lives,” said Dr. alignment to relieve pain Johns. “I enjoy corand improve function and recting issues and to help the body heal itself. health problems that no one else has Dr. Edward Johns, from Spinal been able to fix for patients.” Correction Centers of Riverview, has Dr. Johns is excited to share a chirobeen intrigued by chiropractic care since practic solution that has been making a his high school and college athletic days. 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.

Students from Class President Livingstone Academy Angel Foust and have a lot to celeValedictorian Zach brate this month. Ruminer both gave The school, which speeches at the caters to students graduation cerewith learning disabilimony which was ties, celebrated its held at The Regent first high school in Riverview and graduating class of attended by more ten students in May than 200 people. Livingstone Academy celebrated its first and recently Pello, a former graduating high school class of 10 students last month. announced plans to Christian school double the size of its autism center on principal, and his wife Bernadette, a Bloomingdale Ave. business executive, opened the school A private school with campuses in with 35 students in Brandon after recSeffner and Riverview and an addition- ognizing a lack of quality educational al autism center and exceptional center services available for students in a priin Brandon, Livingstone is the county’s vate school environment. In 2007, the largest provider for students with the school moved to the current main camMcKay Scholarship offering small pus in Seffner. group learning models with individualNow, all of the school campuses ized attention for students with IEPs provide a positive learning environment and 504 plans. for students with specific learning disThe school, which was founded in abilities, Autism, Asperger’s, speech 2003, has more than 300 students and language disorders, Attention enrolled in its four locations, with 180 Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), in grades one through 12 at the Seffner emotional/social disorders and cognicampus. tive and/or developmental delays. The “We provide struggling students Exceptional Center High School in with the love and support they need,” Brandon also serves students with said school CEO and Founder Chris Down syndrome and focuses on develPello. “We teach students in small oping independent functioning and real groups according to their academic lev- life skills. els and individual needs.” “Our goal is to prepare our stuAccording to Pello, of the 10 graddents for entry into various transition uating students, some are attending programs in our county,” said Pello. Hillsborough Community College and Scholarships are available. For two are planning to enter a transition more information, visit www.livingprogram for vocational training. The stoneschools.org or call 661-4200.

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The Perfect Wedding Band

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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

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With Arts & Entertainment Editor Kathy L. Collins

East Hillsborough Art Guild Celebrates A Great Year Of Art At Annual Banquet ed Rebecca On Nipper for Monday, May many reasons 7, members of including her the East talent, seriHillsborough ousness Art Guild about art and (EHAG) gathdesire to ered for their excel." Annual End of Loretta the Year Burns is a Banquet. At two-term the annual president. event, memShe has bers of EHAG ambitious celebrate the goals for this successes of At its Annual End of the Year Banquet, EHAG the year, installed a new board including (from L to R in front) year. Burns Callie Johnson, Loretta Burns and Pam West and said, "I would install new (from L to R in back) Cathy Smead and Ruth Bolles. like to see board memEHAG grow and continue to encourbers and award scholarships. age artists and local arts. I want The new officers who were installed to serve the 2018-2019 year EHAG to continue to be an integrated part of the community and to included both executive board and develop new programs as opportuniboard members. These included ties present themselves." Loretta Burns as President, Callie EHAG's mission is to enrich the Johnson as Vice President, Colleen human spirit and lives of Johnson as Treasurer, others through the proPam West as Secretary, motion, development and Cathy Smead as Board enjoyment of visual arts. Member and Director of EHAG members offer art Art Around a Town and classes throughout the Ruth Bolles as Board community in various Member. mediums including paintThis year EHAG ing and stained glass. awarded two scholarTheir members' artwork ships. One was given to is on display through the artist Rebecca Nipper to community including in allow her to further her the Classroom Gallery at education. The second the 1914 Plant City High one was given to The School Community MacDonald Training Center, a non-profit whose mission is Center. Johnson said, "We are trying to to empower people with disabilities to revive the local art scene. We are lead the lives they choose. The open to art lovers even if they are MacDonald Training Center operates not an artist themselves." Johnson a Fine Arts Studio in Plant City. added, " We are very civic minded Each of the two scholarships and try to enrich the community." awarded were $500. According to Membership is EHAG is open to Callie Johnson, "The MacDonald anyone who loves art. If you would Training Center is selected every like more information about EHAG or year. They help adults with mental interested in a membership, please disabilities by providing opportunities visit www.ehagfinearts.com. in art." Johnson added, " We select-

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service credit 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 parBrinley Ames ticipated 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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Sports

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Former Armwood Hawk Hosts Annual Basketball Clinics Pro basketball player Adam Sollazzo is taking his knowledge of the game to the hardwood this summer when he hosts local basketball clinics at Seffner Christian. The former Armwood Hawk, who graduated in 2008, has had a decorated basketball career so far. In his high school career he won Hillsborough County Player of the Year, Student Athlete of the Year, and the North vs. South Florida All Star game MVP. He then went on to play Division 1 college basketball at East Tennessee State University. In his first two seasons they won back-toback Atlantic Sun Titles, and went on to play in two mper. NCAA tournap for the ju u g n lli u p Sollazzo ments vs the Milwaukee future NBA All-

Photos Courtesy of Adam Sollazzo roll, shooting, defense and strength building. The coaches of the stations are all very experienced basketball players. “We try to pass on as much knowledge as we can,” said Sollazzo. “We also provide the kids with a takehome workout plan that gives them different drills that they can use on their own throughout the summer.” In the last part of clinic they do fun drills, such as free throw competitions and skills obstacle courses. “At the end of clinic I like to sit the kids down and talk to them about life outside of basketball such as the Sollazzo strives to teach hard work on and off the court. Emphasizing the importance of school and good grades.

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Not Your Normal Entertainment To Present The Last Five Years

By Kathy L. Collins

Not Your Hughes as Cathy. Kelty Normal last acted in Mad Entertainment Theatre's production of (NYNE), through American Idiot. its community theRodriguez-Hughes was atre division, will most recently featured NYNE will present The Last Five Years, present The Last a two-person show that examines mis- in NYNE's first produccommunication in marriages. The Last tion, IF/THEN. Five Years, on Saturday, June 30 Five Years will be accompanied by a live Joe Scarbrough, orchestra and will be presented at Cater at Cater Tampa at producer and founder of Tampa at The Chateau in Valrico. The Chateau in NYNE said, "This show Valrico. Tickets to the Dinner Buffet and is different than most shows because it Show are $60 per person. The event only has a two-person cast. The entire begins at 8 p.m. The Last Five Years is show rides on these performers, and their rated PG-13. chemistry must be intense in order to As is a NYNE tradition, The Last Five make the audience believe they are a Years will be accompadysfunctional (but typinied by a live pit orchescal) married couple." tra performing with the NYNE was just show. founded in the fall of The Last Five Years 2017. Since then, is an emotionally powerful NYNE has grown a lot. and intimate musical about two New "After the success of our first production, Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and IF/THEN, and a great review on out of love over the course of five years. BroadwayWorld.com, we moved into our The show's unconventional structure con- own rehearsal and teaching space in sists of two characters. Cathy, the Brandon," said Scarbrough. "We joined woman, tells her story backwards while the Brandon Chamber of Commerce Jamie, the man, tells his story chronologi- and the American Association of cally. The two characters only meet once, Community Theaters," added at their wedding which takes place in the Scarbrough. middle of the show. You can now take guitar lessons The Last Five Years is a two-person and learn how to read music. NYNE show that examines modern day miscom- continues to provide a community chomunication in marriages. The show will rus and an orchestra that anyone can make you think about how you and your join. If you miss The Last Five Years, significant other communicate or do not you can see Cabaret in October. communicate. For information on NYNE, please The Last Five Years stars Devan visit nyneshows.com. NYNE is located Kelty as Jamie and Rachel Rodriguezat 220 W. Brandon Blvd. in Brandon.

Kid’s Community College Narrows Achievement Gap, Individualizes Instruction By Amy Schechter

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 info@kidscc.org. KCC Riverview South K-8 is located at 10030 Mathog Rd. in Riverview. Contact Karen Seder at 671-1440 or kseder@kidscc.org.


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