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June 2019 Volume 17, Issue 6 Ph: 657-2418 C E L E B R A T I N G

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Hard Working Graduates Recognized At Design Phase Complete On New 10-Mile Migrant Student Senior Banquet South Coast Greenway Trail By Michelle Caceres

By Kate Quesada

Relations Strategist Chris Wilkerson. The trail will offer many options for residents looking to exercise or explore the area. “The proposed design includes a 492-foot-long pedestrian bridge, wayfinding signs and pavement markings, landscaping, benches, bike racks, shade shelters and trash receptacles,” said Wilkerson. In addition, the trail will provide connectivity to Hillsborough Community College’s (HCC) Southshore Campus along with three residential roads; Dovesong Trace Dr., Meadow Glade Dr. and Oak Pond St. According to Wilkerson, the design stage of the project is nearing completion and construction is anticipated to begin Plans are in the design phases for the first phase of in Spring 2020 and end in early the South Coast Greenway Trail which will 2021. eventually extend from Little Manatee River to The projected cost for the Symmes Rd. in Riverview. The first phase is a 1.2 project is $1,702,000, with mile stretch in Ruskin. Hillsborough County has good news $85,000 for design and $1,617,000 for for residents who enjoy the outdoors. construction. Representatives recently hosted a public To learn more about the project, meeting showing design plans for the please visit www.HCFLGov.net. first phase of the South Coast Greenway Trail, a 10-mile project that will extend from Little Manatee River Preserve to InThis Symmes Rd. in Riverview. The first Issue phase, known as 1 A, is a 1.2 mile stretch in the Ruskin area that will extend from Shell Point Rd. to 19th Ave. FOURTH OF JULY PARADE..................PG 3 near 30th St. CHAMBER RIBBON CUTTINGS .........PG 12 The trail will be 12 feet wide and will be paved to accommodate travel, exerWARRIOR GAMES ............................PG 15 cise and recreational uses for cyclists and pedestrians between Hillsborough HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES..........PG 16 and Manatee counties. EYE ON BUSINESS .....................PGS 25‐26 “Hillsborough County’s Master Plan identifies the South Coast Greenway as CHALKLINES .....................................PG 28 a major nonmotorized paved trail facility ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT................PG 36 in south Hillsborough County that will be part of the SUNTRAIL Connector and PREPARING FOR HURRICANES..PGS 42‐43 will increase trail connectivity between READ MORE LOCAL NEWS ONLINE Hillsborough and Manatee counties,” said Hillsborough County Senior Media www.ospreyobserver.com

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Brandon’s Fourth Of July Parade Celebrates 60 Years Of The Honorary Mayor Of Brandon

By Kathy L. Collins

a tradition for many Brandon area residents and their families. Janine Nickerson, president of the community Roundtable said, “This is the 63rd presentation of the Independence Day Parade by The Community Roundtable. Many residents attend because it is a family tradition and the day would not be complete without seeing this colorful event.” Nickerson added, “Over the years, the Roundtable has received notes from spectators stating that their grandparents brought them to see the Come out with family and friends and continue parade, and now they are bringing their or start the tradition of attending The Community Roundtable's Annual Brandon grandchildren. Once the parade ends, Fourth of July Parade. The parade has been people go home to enjoy BBQ and a held for over 60 years on the Fourth of July beginning at 10 a.m. in the heart of Brandon. refreshing swim.” Expected participants in this year’s parade include the Bloomingdale/Brandon Summer Band, the Rough Riders, Wolfe’s Produce tractor, Sheriff’s Office Equestrian Posse, the Tampa Model A Club and the Kiwanis Club of Greater Brandon. Brandon’s Fourth of July Parade celebrates the residents, schools, organizations and nonprofits of the Greater Brandon area. The parade features floats, marching bands, dancers and more. Each year, the winner of the Annual Honorary Mayors’ Race is announced along with the winner of The Community Roundtable’s Father of the Year award. 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, The Annual Brandon Fourth of July alcohol and squirt guns are banned,” said Parade presented by The Community Nickerson. Roundtable will be held on Thursday, July The Parade Committee is looking for 4. The parade begins at 10 a.m. at the sponsors and volunteers. Students in Law Offices of Reed & Reed at the corneed of community service hours can ner of Lumsden Rd. and Parsons Ave. have fun and help the community by volThe route will continue north on Parsons, unteering for set up and clean up. stop at the reviewing stand located in Students are encouraged to contact The front of Nature's Health Foods at Parsons Community Roundtable by Saturday, and Oakfield Dr., continue west on June 15. Robertson St. and end in the Publix parkFor more information on the 2019 ing lot at Buckingham Pl. Fourth of July Parade, please contact The This year’s theme is Celebrating the Community Roundtable at 661-4350 or Honorary Mayor of Brandon 60th email at roundtable2008@aol.com or visit Anniversary. www.thecommunityroundtable.org. The Annual Fourth of July Parade is

Good Samaritan Ministry Offers A Hand Up To A Better Life

By Gwen Rollings

Good for a bag of groSamaritan ceries, two tokens believes in for a backpack, change…one and tokens can heart at a time. also be exchanged Since its incepfor gifts at tion in 1984, Christmas. offering the Rev. Cruz’s hope for a betwife, Theresa, ter life remains recently initiated the central the Seeds of focus at Good Change Program Samaritan. It is which assists india charitable, viduals in creating Good Samaritan is a charitable, not-for-profit not-for-profit Christian ministry enhancing the home-based busispiritual, emotional, and physical quality of life nesses from Christian minfor those living in poverty. istry. Enhancing inception through the spiritual, emotional, and physical product completion. Not all the rewards quality of life for those living in poverty are tangible. Theresa Cruz believes, is initiated by staff and volunteers who “For a community to be truly great, it believe in offering a way up to a fully takes all of us working side-by-side, productive life. building each other up and giving our Volunteers like Jeannie Koenig, an best. Our goal is to help individuals find accomplished artist, who became a their purpose, become a meaningful beloved English Instructor at Good part of this community, and in turn give Samaritan before offering her unique art back out of the gratitude that comes talent to help with fund raising. When from living out their lives as they were someone makes a donation to Good designed.” Samaritan, they can choose which of Volunteers who teach classes in her salt water/acrylic prints they would crafts, bible study, health, finances, like to take home. ESL, GED and manage the Mobile Rev. William Cruz, executive direcPantry Store like Tom Sugg say the tor, whose parents began the ministry, gratitude of the ones who come to believes in giving people “a hand up, Good Samaritan makes everything volnot just a hand out” through the Adult unteers do worthwhile. They encourage Education Program. Free informational others who can share their time and taland instructional classes are offered ents to call the office for more informathroughout the year. Each participant tion at 634-7136. earns a token for every half hour For more information, visit attended. One token can be exchanged www.gsmission.org.

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Volume 17, Issue 6

Riverview Sailor Serves Aboard Airport At Sea On USS George Washington

Students Encouraged To Promote Crosswalk Safety With Video Contest

Riverview native achieved by our focus on and 2014 Leonard speed, value, results and High School graduate partnerships,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Secretary of the Navy Joshua Weaver, is Richard V. Spencer. serving in the U.S. “Readiness, lethality and Navy aboard the airmodernization are the craft carrier USS requirements driving George Washington these priorities.” stationed in Newport Though there are News, VA. many ways for sailors to As a Navy personearn distinction in their nel specialist, Weaver command, community is responsible for manand career, Weaver is aging human most proud of earning the resources and payroll. Information Warfare Weaver credits Specialist pin. success in the Navy to Photo courtesy of Mass Communication “It means that I am Specialist 1st Class Tim Miller many of the lessons the master of all technoloRiverview resident Joshua Weaver learned growing up in is currently serving in the U.S Navy gy and communications,” Riverview. “I was taught aboard aircraft carrier USS George said Weaver. “It was Washington. to always try your hardempowering to finally be est and respect your elders,” said able to pin it on my uniform.” Weaver. “You are working with all sorts of Serving in the Navy is a continuing people. You can't give up on the tradition of military service for Weaver, mission.” who has military ties with family members Named in honor of the first president who have previously served. Weaver is of the United States, George Washington, honored to carry on the family tradition. the carrier is longer than three football “My older brother was a Seabee in fields, measuring nearly 1,100 ft. The the Navy,” said Weaver. “I am proud that I ship, a true floating city, weighs more than can carry on the tradition for my family.” 100,000 tons and has a flight deck that is As a member of one of the U.S. 256 ft. wide. Navy’s most relied upon assets, Weaver Weaver is playing an important part and other George Washington sailors in America’s focus on rebuilding military know they are part of a legacy that will readiness, strengthening alliances and last beyond their lifetimes providing the reforming business practices in support of Navy the nation needs. the National Defense Strategy. “Serving in the Navy means giving “Our priorities center on people, back to others and helping people,” capabilities and processes, and will be added Weaver.

Valrico resihelmet, walking a dent Danielle bike, looking both Waymire wants ways before crossHillsborough ing, pushing the County students crosswalk buttons to have fun while and listening to promoting safety crossing guards. this summer. “We are lookWaymire has ing for the most teamed up with fun, creative, out Safe Bus for Us, of the box video,” a local advocacy said Waymire. group, to offer a “We want the stuCrosswalk Safety dents to enjoy Hillsborough County students are invited to Video Contest making them and participate in a summer contest to promote crosswalk safety. with prizes and show their sense the chance for the students’ work to be of humors so that the other students will seen at schools throughout the district. enjoy watching and learning from “Our goal is to get the students to them.” have fun while helping others underVideos can be emailed to crossstand the importance of crosswalk safewalksafetyvideo@gmail.com and need ty,” said Waymire, who was instrumental to be submitted by Monday, July 8. The in bringing crossing guards to Rodgers, email should include contact informaRandall and Mulrennan Middle Schools tion, the name of the school the stuand brought the issue of crosswalk safe- dents attend and a signed parental conty to the Hillsborough County Board of sent letter. Without the consent letter, County Commissioners, who recently the video will be ineligible. voted to start funding crossing guards at “Safety is very important,” said all county middle schools. “We now, Waymire. “Do not create your video in thankfully, have all of this new infrastruc- an unsafe environment.” ture and a lot of the kids don’t know how Prizes will be awarded for first, secto use it, so we are hoping these videos ond and third place and videos will be will help spread the word.” judged by Osprey Observer representaThe videos, which should show the tives. The contest is sponsored by proper way to cross a crosswalk, should Cardinal Roofing, Osprey Observer and be two minutes or less and must adhere Safe Bus for Us. to the School District of Hillsborough To learn more about crosswalk County’s policies including dress code. safety, visit www.fdot.gov/safety/6Suggestions for video content include resources/crosswalk-safety/crosswalknot looking at cellphones, wearing a safety.shtm.

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Sams Club, 10385 Big Bend Rd.; Riverview – Parking Lot Saturday, June 22; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Enjoy the fair and pick up some incredible bargains from local artisans and vendors.

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A Safe Boating Season Begins With Safety Classes Offered By USCG Flotilla 74 By George Papabeis

All boaters are Federal and State safety encouraged to have requirements. Upon a safe and enjoypassing, your vessel will able boating seareceive a 2019 VSC son. Flotilla 74, (Vessel Safety Check) Brandon of the U.S. sticker. Coast Guard Life Jackets Auxiliary encourVessels 16 ft. or longer ages all boaters to must have one ‘throwhave a safe and able’ Type IV PFD enjoyable 2019 (Personal Flotation summer boating Device) that is USCG season. approved and immediTwo Boating ately available. Florida Safety classes, law states that children taught by Galen under 6 years old must Galen Johnson, commander of Johnson, a USCG wear a USCG approved Flotilla 74 Brandon of the U.S. Master Licensed Coast Guard Auxiliary encourages life jacket at all times on boating safety classes. Captain and any vessel less than 26 Coxswain and ft. in length that is underCommander of Flotilla 74 way in Florida waters. Brandon of the U.S. Coast Federal law states children Guard Auxiliary, are under 13 must wear an offered locally. appropriate Coast GuardA one-day class is approved PFD, unless they offered on the second are below decks or in an Saturday of each month. A enclosed cabin.” more comprehensive 13It is dangerous and illeweek course on Boating gal to operate a vessel Skills and Seamanship is while under the influence of offered on a rotating basis alcohol or other intoxicants. every Monday. When Have a designated operator completing one of the for your vessel who will not courses, you will receive a drink during your outing. ‘Safe Boaters ID Card,’ Consider limiting alcohol which is a requirement for anyone born consumption of passengers on the on or after January 1, 1988, who will vessel for their safety. be operating a boat in Florida waters The U.S. Coast Guard Safe with an engine of 10 horsepower or Boating app includes state boating more. information; safety equipment checklist; Johnson said, "Safe boating is fun free boating safety check requests; boating. Any time you take a vessel on navigation rules; float plans and calling the water you must be predictable. The features to report pollution or suspionly way to achieve this is training in cious activity and much more. Visit safe boating practices." https://uscgboating.org/mobile for all of The Flotilla has resources availits features. able to serve and assist boaters. For information on Flotilla 74, call Certified Vessel Examiners are 644-2894 or visit www.uscgboating.org available to look your vessel over to or https://myfwc.com/boating/safetymake sure that your vessel meets education for boating safety.

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FINANCIAL FOCUS

Create Lifetime Memories By Hosting A French Student This Summer

By Michelle Colesanti

Would you like Anyone can to enjoy new culturparticipate al experiences this although it does summer without help if you have leaving Florida? children at home. A group of What better way to teenage students expose your chilfrom France are dren to internationexcited to be travelal people, ideas ing to our area for and language? three weeks this It is not necessummer, ready to sary to have kids share cultural You family will share cultural exchanges and the same age as exchanges and cre- memories that will last a lifetime by hosting a the students as the French student this summer. ate meaningful students love havmemories and lifetime ing younger sibfriendships that will lings. You are also span across both welcome to host countries. even without chilTampa dren in the houseCoordinator Pearl hold. Chiarenza said, “ECI (Exchange Cultural “The host families do not need to International) is a program that allows stu- speak English as English is a second landents from France to visit Florida during guage for the students. the summer to help improve their Families who have participated in the English.” past have enjoyed the experience,” noted The students will arrive on Saturday, Chiarenza. July 6 and will stay through Thursday, During their visit, students will also July 25. get together as a group to visit Busch Host families are needed from the Gardens, Universal Studios, a water park area to welcome students into their and an overnight trip to Miami. Host famihome. lies are also welcome on all of the field Students will participate with the host trips except to Miami. family in any activities that you would norStudents need to be placed by mally do while they are visiting. Some Sunday, July 1. Please call 449-3308 or fun activities you might plan could include email ecitampa@hotmail.com for more Escape Rooms, Segway Tours, Miniature information or if you would like to host a Golfing, Pinot’s Palette, Top Golf, iFly as student. well as visiting places like the beach, Bok For more information on ECI, visit Tower or county and state parks. https://eciusa.org/.

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Fixed Annuity Could Help Extend Lifespan of Retirement Accounts

It’s almost impossible to save too much for retirement. After all, you could spend two, or even three, decades as a retiree. And retirement is not cheap – even if you maintain a relatively modest lifestyle, some of your expenses, especially those involving health care, may continue to rise over the years. Consequently, you will need several sources of reliable income – one of which might be a fixed annuity. Fixed annuities are essentially contracts between investors and insurance companies. When you purchase a fixed annuity, the insurer will guarantee the principal and a minimum rate of interest. This means the money you invest in a fixed annuity is designed never to drop in value. (However, this guarantee is based on the claims-paying ability of the insurer that issues the annuity.) You can structure a fixed annuity to pay you for a certain number of years or for your entire lifetime, which is the route many people choose. This is advantageous not only because of what it provides you – income for life – but because it also may allow you to take out less money each year from your other retirement accounts. Here’s some background: Once you turn 70½, you are required to begin taking withdrawals from your traditional IRA and your 401(k) or similar employer-sponsored retirement plan. (This requirement does not apply to Roth IRAs.) You must take out a minimum amount, based on your age and account balance, but you are free to exceed that amount each year. But the more you withdraw from these accounts, the faster they are likely to be depleted. So, when you reach retirement, it’s a good idea to establish

an appropriate annual withdrawal rate, based on your retirement plan balances, Social Security, lifestyle, longevity expectations and other factors. You may want to work with a financial professional to determine a withdrawal rate that’s suitable for your needs. If you can count on the income from a fixed annuity, you might be able to take out less each year from your traditional IRA and 401(k), giving these accounts more tax-deferred growth opportunities. Plus, if you don’t withdraw all the money from these accounts during your lifetime, you can include the remainder in your estate plans. A fixed annuity’s potential to help you extend the lifespan of your IRA and 401(k) can clearly be of value to you. Still, a fixed annuity does carry some issues about which you should be aware, such as surrender charges for early withdrawals, along with other fees. Also, if you take withdrawals before you reach 59½, you likely will face a 10% penalty. And annuities can have tax implications, so before you start taking withdrawals, you will want to consult your tax advisor. Is a fixed annuity appropriate for you? There’s really no one correct answer because everyone’s situation is different. However, if you consistently max out your IRA and 401(k) contributions, and you still have money left to invest for retirement, you might want to think about an annuity. An income stream you can’t outlive – and that may help you protect your other retirement accounts – is worth considering.

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Women’s Care Florida Opens New Women’s Health Center In Plant City

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Women’s Troy, MD; Care Florida Sarasija recently Nithya announced that Nagella, MD; its new Lisa Martin, Women’s APRN; Health Center – Ignacio Plant City is Armas, MD; now open. An Allyson open house Jones, MD; Women’s Care Florida recently opened its new was held on Zayda Women’s Health Center – Plant City at 2108 Thonotosassa Rd. in Plant City. May 22 to celeCharmorro, brate the new office. Tours were offered MD; Alice Honiker, APRN; Linda Ottl, and visitors were able to meet the APRN; Rhonda Jackson, APRN; and providers and learn about their services. Melissa Courtney, CNM. The building, located at 2108 To schedule an appointment or ask Thonotosassa Rd., houses providers further questions, call the Women’s Care from both Women’s Care Florida – Florida – Women’s Care office at 754Women’s Care (previously located at 103 7561. Call the Women’s Care Florida – Southern Oaks Dr.) and Women’s Care OB/GYN Associates office at 752-4103 Florida – OB/GYN Associates (previously Women’s Care Florida was founded located at 1503 W. Reynolds St.). in 1998 and is the largest independent “Our providers have served patients women’s health practice in Central in the Plant City community for more than Florida. It has 100 locations across 30 years,” said Women’s Care Florida Central and North Florida, and offers a full Regional Administrator Kea Jones. “We’re range of care for women including obstetlooking forward to many more years of rics and gynecology, fertility, maternal fetal caring for women’s health needs and medicine, gynecologic oncology, urogyneoffering expanded services in this beauticology, breast surgery, endocrinology, ful new facility.” gastroenterology, primary care, genetic The 15,372 sq. ft. Women’s Health counseling, plastic and reconstructive surCenter – Plant City offers plenty of space gery, behavioral health, and a full range of to care for patients and offer a variety of state-of-the-art lab and imaging services. services including annual wellness The organization has undergone rapid exams, obstetrics and gynecology, ultragrowth and remains true to its mission of sounds, menopause treatments and inimproving the lives of women every day. office procedures. Women’s Care Florida For more information, call 754-7561. providers who have moved into the new Current Women’s Care Florida patients facility include Maruja Fernandez, MD; can log in to the patient portal at Steven Granger, MD; Jennifer Lopez www.womenscarefl.com.

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Apollo Beach Woman’s Club Awarded $15,000 Scholarships To 10 Recipients

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Apollo Onalaja (Toby). Beach The scholWoman’s arship awards Club are subject to (ABWC) funds available. funded To be eligible, $15,000 in the scholarship college applicant must scholarships be assigned to this year and attend either all recipients East Bay or are from Lennard High East Bay and Schools, plan to Lennard attend a Florida High Schools college or uniApollo Beach Woman’s Club awarded $15,000 in total versity and suband Bell college scholarships to 10 recipients during its May Creek mit a complete 2019 luncheon at the Apollo’s Bistro Restaurant. Academy. application by The 10 recipients were formally awarded its deadline. All applicants must meet the on May 8 at the ABWC Scholarship club’s stated scholarship criteria: show Luncheon held at Apollo’s Bistro. Each financial need, outstanding scholastic student received a $1,500 scholarship. accomplishments, extracurricular activiSeven recipients are attending a four-year ties, leadership roles, have two recomFlorida University; one is finishing up a mendations, a 500-word student essay two-year degree at a community college and the required community service and then transferring in the spring to a hours. four-year university; and two are specially The ABWC has been serving the funded scholarships by Catherine community since 1959. Its primary misGoodrich-Gusler and Eileen Sengstock, sion is providing scholarships for educawho are ABWC members. Goodrichtion and training of students who live in Gusler has generously shared her talents Apollo Beach and the surrounding areas as VP of programs, club president and with a demonstrated financial need. The scholarship committee chair over the ABWC thanks all club members and the years. Sengstock is honoring her daughcommunity for supporting fundraising ter posthumously. efforts for the benefit of the ABWC Those receiving scholarships include Scholarship Program. If you wish to get Jordan Rutherford, James-Patrick Green, acquainted with the club, attend any of its Savannah Rogers, Trinity Rosado, Alex events, which will resume in September Henry, Macy Gardner, Madison Corr, or join the club. For more information, Catalina Street, Ani Hoyt and Oluwatobi visit www.apollobeachwomansclub.com.

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Kid’s Community College Selected As Runner-Up In Say Something Award

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Since the tragic Sandy Hook events of December Promise, the nonprofit 14, 2012 at Sandy organization responsible Hook Elementary, for the activities, selectnearly 3.7M people ed Kid’s Community have made the College Preparatory Sandy Hook Promise High School as a runto ‘do all they can to ner-up for the Say protect children from Something Student gun violence by Leadership, Spirit, encouraging and Creativity and supporting solutions Sustainability Award. Kid’s Community College was a runthat create safer, “Considering the ner-up for the Say Something Student Leadership, Spirit, Creativity number of entries Sandy healthier homes, and Sustainability Award. schools and commuHook Promise received nities.’ from across the nation and the high qualKid's Community College® ity of these entries, Kid’s Community Preparatory High School (KCC) and NAF College Preparatory High School should Academy of Information and Technology be very proud of this achievement.” , a tuition-free public charter high school Dawn Lyons, Vice President of Marketing of choice, offers individualized academic and Programs and Bob Flynn, Programs programs and personal supports to proDirector for Promise said in a written vide its students with a competitive statement. advantage over their high school peers. “With the help of Sandy Hook In February, Kid’s Community Promise’s Say Something program, we College Preparatory High School in designed lessons, activities and experiRiverview participated in Say Something ences to help our high school scholars Week; programs, lessons and activism learn the warning signs of someone at designed to help prevent violence, suirisk of hurting themselves or others, as cide and threats in school. Say well as how to get help by saying someSomething teaches students, grades 6 to thing to a trusted adult,” said La’Keshia 12, how to look for warning signs, signals Cook, Campus Director of KCC Prep. and threats, especially in social media, “We’re honored to receive such a high from individuals who may want to hurt recognition given this national outreach themselves or others and to Say and focus on suicide prevention, student Something to a trusted adult to get them and school safety.” help. The program is based on research Kids Community College conducted by Dr. Dewey Cornell and Dr. Preparatory High School is located at Reid Meloy, two leading national experts 10550 Johanna Ave. in Riverview. Call in threat assessment and intervention. 699-5751 or visit www.mykccprep.org.

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Riverview Chamber Of Commerce Celebrates Local Businesses

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The Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce (GRCC) was busy last month celebrating local businesses.

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Chamber Celebrates Grand Re-Opening Of Beef O’Brady’s In Riverview

GRCC members celebrated the grand re-opening of Beef Beef O’Brady’s celebrates grand re-opening at Riverview O’Brady’s, 9622 Hwy. location. 301 S. in Riverview. Members experienced the new look and feel. Everyone enjoyed the food and drink on the beautiful wooden high tops surrounded by the 22 HD Flat Screen TV's. Beef O’Brady’s was a dream of Jim Mellody in 1985 for a family friendly restaurant and a neighborhood pub for Goodwill Industries-Suncoast, Inc. celebrates its grand opening. friends and families to gather to enjoy good food and sports in a fun, comfortable atmosphere. Call 6729464 or visit www.beefobradys.com /riverview.

Goodwill IndustriesSuncoast, Inc. Welcomed To The Community

Razzle Dazzle Barbershop celebrates its grand opening of newest location.

GRCC members celebrated the grand opening of the newest Goodwill Industries-Suncoast, Inc. store located at 10739 Big Bend Rd. During the ribbon cutting, members enjoyed searching through the store to find the one item that best represented themselves or their company – flamingos, hats, purses, wall signs, garden stakes and steering wheel covers were among just a few of the chosen items. Goodwill Industries-Suncoast, Inc. officially opened in April with 27,700 sq. ft. It features a convenient drive-through donation lane for easy drop off. Goodwill IndustriesSuncoast, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Visit www.goodwill-suncoast.org.

Chamber Members RazzleDazzled By New Barbershop

GRCC members stepped back in time as they celebrated the opening of the newest RazzleDazzle Barbershop along with Elena Linares, Founder and Operating owners, Robbin and Phil Burgos. This trifecta event came complete with a Masquerade Ball theme, a ribbon cutting and fundraiser for The Spring of Tampa Bay. RazzleDazzle Barbershop, a Miami-based barbershop, was brought to the Riverview area with future plans of expanding two additional shops in the Tampa area. An old-fashioned barbershop from the 1940’s era, it specializes in haircuts, hot lather shaves and shoe shines. Created in 2008, this New York-themed barbershop is an oasis for men of all ages who

GRCC members recently celebrated with new member, Salty Shamrock, 6186 N. U.S. Hwy. 41 in Apollo Beach. Owners, Sean and Aine Rice hosted the weekly GRCC Taking Care of Tessera of Brandon celebrates its one year Business (TCOB) meeting. anniversasry. Sean talked about their strong desire to be part of the community. In addition to owning and running Salty Shamrock, Sean is a charter captain and enjoys hosting events and offers the Salty Shamrock to host a spirit night for a charity that you are passionate about. Following the TCOB meeting, a ribbon cutting was held. Call 938-5282 or Salty Shamrock celebrates its new membership with please visit GRCC. www.saltyshamrock.com.

Grand Opening Of Alliance Auto LLC Celebrated

GRCC members rolled out to new member, Alliance Auto LLC, to celebrate its grand opening. During the ribbon cutting, a blessing was given for the Alliance Auto, LLC celebrates its grand opening. new business and a toast was made to the success enjoy getting pampered (or manof Alliance Auto. Members were invitpered). ed to take a look at the inventory of It is located in Winthrop Plaza at used vehicles, and check out the 11296 Sullivan St. inside the newest sea-green 1959 356-A Porsche that building. Call 820-3757 or visit was beautifully restored by owner, www.razzledazzlebarbershop.com. Jose Carta. Alliance Auto is a brand new One Year Anniversary Of Tessera family-run used car dealership locatOf Brandon Celebrated ed at in Riverview. Owner Jose GRCC members helped celebrate Carta and co-owner, Leonardo Rojas the one year anniversary of Tessera remodeled the older home that stood of Brandon. They were treated to on the property because they felt the luau-inspired appetizers and signature Riverview community was a great tropical beverages in the beautifully location to start their new business. dressed island themed dining area At Alliance Auto, they feel the time and lobby. and money you spend with the auto Tessera of Brandon has created a dealer that sells and services your retirement community that encourages car, is a precious commodity. engagement while honoring each indiAlliance Auto is located at 7040 U.S. vidual’s passions, preferences and Hwy. 301 S. in Riverview. Call 512personal history. Tessera of Brandon 7070 or visit www.allianceauto.net.


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Local Resident Is In Need Of A Helping Paw From A Service Dog

By Taylor Wells

Crystal Hook needs help to get the service dog that will make her life easier. You can help her by attending the fundraiser, donating online or through mailing a check in her name.

Local resident Crystal Hook, age 28, was born with developmental delays, is nonverbal and is 90 percent blind. She has trouble with everyday life because her disabilities, such as having tantrums over walking or going to the restroom, and they have left her without friends due to being unable to connect well with others. Hook is need of someone to help her through daily problems and give her the warmth and comfort of companionship, so what better than man’s best friend? A service dog, will not only assist Hook with her blindness and mobility problems, it will also be a source of stability and emotional support for her. She might also be able to form new connections with people due to her service dog acting as a social bridge. Her mother, Gerri Schulz, wishes to get a facilitated guide dog through 4 Paws For Ability, a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization seeking to provide disabled children and veterans with quality service dogs and wants to educate the public on

the use of service dogs in public places. However, service dogs come at a hefty price; in this case, $17,000. For her daughter to get the service dog she needs, Schulz seeks donations from the community. On April 29, Chipotle at 103 Brandon Town Center in Brandon held a fundraiser for Hook’s cause. Thirty-three percent of all proceeds from people who said they were supporting Hook or had the fundraiser flyer went to 4 Paws For Ability. On Monday, June 24 from 4-10 p.m., there will be another fundraiser at the Texas Roadhouse restaurant located at 13006 S. US 301 in Riverview. Be sure to present the fundraiser flyer (printed or on your mobile device) so that 10 percent of your food purchases will be donated to Service Dog For Crystal Hook. You can find a copy of the flyer at https://www.facebook.com/events/406465 840199733/?active_tab=discussion. Schulz said she wants to help her daughter get out in the community. “The dog would be there in case she ends up having not a very good day like most of use usually do,” she added. “The dog would be there for support and for guidance to help her out…the dog would be her eyes to be able to see.” To help Hook, you can visit https://4pawsforability.org/crystal-hook/ and donate at https://4pawsforability.org/donate-now/. Make sure to put Hook’s name in the donation; the instructions on how are on www.authorize.net. You can also mail a check with Hook’s name on the memo line to: 4 Paws For Ability, In Honor of Crystal Hook, 253 Dayton Ave., Xenia, Ohio 45385.

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Tampa Bay To Host Warrior Games For The First Time, Events At Alafia State Park Locally The Warrior Games, for the first time ever, will be hosted by the U.S. Special Operations Command in Tampa, and will have more than 300 wounded, ill or injured activeduty and veteran military athletes compete from June 21-30. Events will be held at MacDill Air Force Base, Amalie Arena, the Tampa Convention Center and USF’s Yeungling Center in addition to other locations around Tampa. This year, Warrior Games athletes will represent members of the United States Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Special Operations Command, athletes from the U.K. Armed Forces, Australian Defence Force, Canadian Armed Forces, Armed Forces of the Netherlands and the Danish Armed Forces. Team members are military service members or veterans with upperbody, lower-body, and spinal cord injuries; traumatic brain injuries; visual impairment; serious illnesses; and post-traumatic stress disorder. “Our game here will look more like Chicago. Chicago is the first time we really brought it to a major urban setting,” said

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Friday, June 21 Golf Prelim, Eagles Golf Course 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Saturday, June 22 Track, University of South Florida 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Golf Finals, Eagles Golf Course 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Mountain Bike Demonstration, Alafia State Park 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Opening Ceremony, Amalie Arena 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Sunday, June 23 Field, University of South Florida 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Wheelchair Tennis, University of South Florida 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Cycling Time Trial, Bayshore Boulevard 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 NOON Monday, June 24 Archery Prelim, Tampa Convention Center 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Powerlifting, Tampa Convention Center 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. Wheelchair Basketball Prelim, Tampa Convention Center 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 25 Archery Finals, Tampa Convention Center 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Indoor Rowing, Tampa Convention Center 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. Wheelchair Basketball Prelim, Tampa Convention Center 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 26 Cycling Road Race, MacDill Air Force Base 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Wheelchair Rugby Prelim, Tampa Convention Center 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Sitting Volleyball Prelim, Tampa Convention Center 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. Thursday, June 27 Shooting Prelim, Tampa Convention Center 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Wheelchair Rugby Prelim, Tampa Convention Center 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Sitting Volleyball Prelim, Tampa Convention Center 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday, June 28 Shooting Finals, Tampa Convention Center 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Wheelchair Rugby Finals, Tampa Convention Center 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Wheelchair Basketball Finals, Tampa Convention Center 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. Saturday, June 29 Swimming, Long Aquatic Center 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday, June 30 Wheelchair Volleyball Finals, Yuengling Center 12:00 NOON. – 4:00 p.m. Closing Ceremonies, Amalie Arena 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

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The Florida House Hattersley, a small of Representatives is business owner from the lower house of the Brandon. Hattersley is Florida Legislature. The a Democrat who was state is divided into 120 elected in 2018. districts. Legislative disHattersley said, tricts are drawn on the “We are here to serve basis of population. House District 59 and The numbers are taken to keep our residents from the United States informed about what is decennial census. happening in In the Greater Tallahassee that will Brandon area, we are affect their daily lives. represented by three Our job is to help, lisstate representatives in ten to, and represent Districts 57, 58 and 59. you with integrity and District 57, which transparency. I have covers a large swath of lived here for over 10 Hillsborough County years and understand that includes Lithia, the issues that our Valrico, Riverview, communities face.” Mike Beltran, a resident of Lithia, repLawrence McClure, a resident of Adam Hattersley, a resident of Gibsonton, Apollo resents the people who reside in Hattersley’s local Dover, represents the people who Brandon, represents the people who District 57. reside in District 58. Beach, Sun City Center reside in District 59. office is located at His district secreMcClure said, and Wimauma, is represented by 11252 Winthrop Main St. Ste. B in tary is Jeffrey Hawes and his local “Serving in the Florida House of Mike Beltran, a resident of Lithia. Riverview. The phone number is 657Representatives is an honor, and I Beltran, a Republican, was elected in legislative office is located at 3618 7781. His district assistant is Cassidy Erindale Dr. in Valrico. The phone will continue to work hard to serve 2018. Whitaker and his legislative aide is number is 653-7097. The office is the people of District 58. Beltran said, “As the Amy Bolick. open Monday through Friday from 9 McClure’s local legislative office Representative of District 57, I am While home, Hattersley is plana.m. to 5 p.m. is located at 110 W. Reynolds St. in dedicated to the Constitution, and ning events including Town Halls and To stay updated on the events Plant City. Amy Carpenter is his law is one of the most important other community events over the Beltran is holding or attending, you District Assistant and Kyle Langan is things to me professionally.” Beltran summer. can follow him on Facebook. his Legislative Aide. The office phone added, “I believe that representing You can access current informaDistrict 58, which covers the number is 757-9110. McClure said, the people of District 57 goes beyond tion on legislation and other matters areas of Dover, Seffner and Plant “Our office provides assistance to our taken up by the Florida House of the time constraints of the legislative city, is represented by Dover resiconstituents on matters or issues session.” Representatives by visiting dent, Lawrence McClure. He is a dealing with state agencies and govBeltran is an attorney who prachttp://www.myfloridahouse.gov. Republican who was elected in a ernment departments.” tices in the areas of business, To find your elected official, special election in 2017 and then reDistrict 59, which covers employment, construction, real please visit www.votehillsborough.org elected in 2018. McClure is a busiRiverview, Brandon, Valrico and Palm and click on Candidates. estate, securities, shareholder disness consultant. River, is represented by Adam putes and creditor rights.


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The Derek Jeter Center At Phoenix House Helps Those In Need In The Community

Community Pet Project Provides Goods And Supplies To Homeless Pet Owners

viding compassion There is a and caring service German proverb from their dedicatthat says, “Charity ed and experisees the need, not enced staff. the cause.” “PHFL “Phoenix House believes in our Florida was estabcommitment to lished nearly 25 serving those in our years ago in the local communities,” early 1990s when Alvarez said. “We two longtime offer a wide range friends wanted to of services to treat help their sons, Derek Jeter has been involved with PHFL for who were strugmany years. Dr. Jeter, Derek’s dad, was on ,the whole patient, gling with the con- the board of directors of PHFL, and when he including MAT and sequences of sub- left this position, he helped make the connec- Outpatient for adotion between PHFL and Derek Jeter. lescents and resistance abuse relatdential for adults and at our two ed issues,” said Maria Alvarez, locations in Brandon and Citra, president and CEO of The Florida.” Phoenix House. Derek Jeter has been She continued, “Through involved with PHFL for many a mutual friend, both parents years. “Dr. Jeter, Derek’s dad, was on the found help for their children in a Daytop board of directors of PHFL, and when he rehabilitation program in New York. This left this position, he helped make the conexperience created a desire to assist nection between PHFL and Derek Jeter,” Daytop in establishing a similar program Alvarez said. “At the time, The Turn 2 in Florida.” Foundation committed to donating one A facility was found in Citra, Florida, million to PHFL’s adolescent program at and eventually, Daytop opened the pro$100,000 per year, an amount he has far gram in 1994. “After a few years, addisurpassed and continues to contribute to tional support was needed to expand, our program each year with continued and in 1998, Phoenix House Foundation support through 2020.” was contacted, resulting in the current The Turn 2 Foundation has supportPhoenix Programs of Florida, Inc.,” ed the Derek Jeter Center since its incepAlvarez said. tion in 2008. For more information, visit The Phoenix Programs of Florida www.phoenixhouse.org/locations/florida/b (PHFL) is a nonprofit provider of substance use treatment that has been in the randon-center or call 881-1000, option 1. The center is located at 510 Vonderburg local community for 25 years and continDr., Ste. 301 in Brandon. ues to focus on their quality of care, pro-

Community Pet these pets are the only Project (CPP) began in family that these people June 2017 as a division have. They become the of a local rescue organionly reason these people zation. Their mission is to get up in the morning.” provide for the pets of the CPP has been invited homeless and at-risk resito attend the Homeless dents of Hillsborough Outreach Events that are County. They distribute sponsored and coordinatfood, treats, collars, ed by the Hillsborough leashes, flea preventaCounty Sheriff’s tive, wormer, grooming Department, the Tampa supplies, toys and inforPolice Department, Temple mation regarding veteriTerrace Police and law nary care and low-cost enforcement from the airspay and neuter surgerPhotos courtesy of CPP port. This is where CPP ies as well as transporta- CPP has helped over 450 pets distributes supplies and since 2017. CPP provides for tion to and from the surthe pets of the homeless and food to the pet owners. In gery, if needed. between quarterly events, at-risk residents of Hillsborough County. In June 2018, they keep in contact with Community Pet Project Inc. became a clients to see if they need anything else, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, standing on its own. and clients can also reach out to CPP at Their vision is to keep the pets happy and any time if they are in need. They currenthealthy and out of the already overpopuly have 18 active volunteers. lated county shelter. According to Collister, CPP is always CPP has helped over 450 pets with looking for support from community memeverything from food and flea meds, to bers and businesses as well as more volreferrals for medical care. They rely 100 unteers. “If you are able to help, even percent on donations from the community with a small donation of cash, gift card, and local businesses that believe in their product or service, it would be greatly mission.They also hold fundraisers appreciated,” said Collister. “If you are throughout the year. interested, let us know. You can help us “Many people believe that if you can’t make a difference in a pet’s life and in afford your pet, you shouldn’t have one,” your community.” said CPP volunteer Mary Collister. “What For more information, and for a list of we fail to remember is that we don’t know event dates, you can visit www.communithe reason behind them becoming home- typetproject.org. You can also follow CPP less and we should give them credit for on Facebook at www.facebook.com/comnot turning their backs on their pets. We munitypetproject and on Instagram also fail to remember that many times CommunityPetProject).

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Hillsborough County Commissioner Kicks Off Countdown To 2020 Census

By Jordyn Kalman

“Hillsborough “So we can teach as many County is one of people as possible when, the fastest growhow, and why they need to ing counties in complete their census the entire counforms.” try, however, only Another focus of the 75 percent of our Complete Count Committee residents fill out is informing people the centhe census on sus survey is shifting to a average,” mostly online format for the Hillsborough first time ever next year, County Miller said. Residents can Commission now submit their forms Chairman Lesley online, on a tablet, over the “Les” Miller Jr. phone, or through the mail. Hillsborough County Commission said, “That leaves “We need to get every Chairman and Complete Count a lot of people person counted at Committee Chairman Lesley “Les” Miller Jr. unaccounted for.” Hillsborough County and the With the 2020 census less than a state of Florida using any mechanism we year away, Miller has led county-wide can possibly get,” Miller said. efforts to raise awareness about the The 2020 census will determine what importance of this once-in-a-decade popshare of $675 billion dollars in federal ulation count by leading the Complete funds the county will receive to spend on Count Committee, which held a kick-off schools, hospitals, roads and highways, meeting at the Seminole Heights Garden infrastructure, public safety, emergency Center on Monday, May 20. preparedness and social service proThe event was funded by the U.S. grams over the next ten years, Miller said. Census Bureau and was free to the pubThe results are also important on a lic. During the meeting, attendees created national level, Miller said. It decides the volunteer-run subcommittees aimed at number of elected officials Florida will educating key areas of the community, have in the US House of Representatives Miller said. and how voting districts will be redrawn. The committees include: Business “This census will determine our and Industry, Faith and Cultural-based future,” Miller said, “When the time comes organizations, Media and Promotions, to fill the survey out, please do it. We Neighborhoods and Community-based want it to get it to get as close to 100 perorganizations, and Public Service and cent as we possibly can this time.” Education. To get involved with a subcommittee, “That’s the important part of getting visit www.hillsboroughcounty.org/en/resithis campaign started early,” Miller said, dents/citizens/2020-united-states-census.

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It can be extremely safety and ease of care, difficult to help an aging Sunshine Senior Movers friend or family member can help. When moving, when it is time to downyou will have a hands-on size or move. It disrupts assistant to aid in packroutines and poses physing and sorting in the ical and emotional chaltime leading up to the big lenges. Paula H. Moore, day, who will be on hand senior transition specialist to supervise loading and with Sunshine Senior unloading of your items Movers, knows from perwhen the day comes. sonal experience how to Then, not only will they organize and execute a help you set up your new smooth, stress-free expehome from the larger rience. items down to hanging Paula H. Moore, founder of Moore absolutely pictures, they will ensure Sunshine Senior Movers. loves her job. “I really do the cleaning of your prefeel like God led me into this position,” vious residence to get it ready for sale. Moore explained as she recalled her jourMoore understands memories go ney. “As an army brat, I had a lot of life along with possessions, and in addition to experience moving and packing. Then, I helping clients donate or have estate was in the corporate world and retail for sales, she can ensure the most special many years, and I opened up a pet-sitting heirlooms are packed and shipped for business in Sun City Center. I really loved ones to cherish. Sunshine Senior enjoyed it, but as time went on, a couple Movers uses only approved, authorized of my clients aged and were ready to service professionals, movers, real estate move. They asked if I could help because agents, cleaners and estate appraisers their kids couldn’t come down.” The who are licensed and insured. process was such a successful fit that Sunshine Senior Movers serves all of she started Sunshine Senior Movers to Southern and Eastern Hillsborough help others who found themselves in diffi- County, including Sun City Center, cult positions themselves or with their Ruskin, Apollo Beach, Riverview, Fish loved ones. Hawk, Parrish, Ellenton and the surroundWith her experience in working with ing areas. For more information, call or clients and moving her own mother into a text 924-1601 or email Paula@sunshinememory care facility, you can be sure seniormovers.com. More information can Sunshine Senior Movers knows what to be found at sunshineseniormovers.com consider. Whether clients require downor by visiting Facebook for information on sizing to a smaller residence or just want upcoming estate sales and items availto declutter and organize their homes for able.

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especially working with children to improve reading skills. During a 12-year career with Hillsborough County Hanson Services Public Schools, Celebrates 20 Years Of Ringdahl served as Home Care reading resource, When a loved one Media Specialist and approaches later life, the School Network last thing they want is to Administrator. She was be surrounded by an unfarecognized as a District miliar environment. Being Teacher of the Year able to stay at home Finalist in 2008 and Georgana Collins has been 2012. brings an unsurpassed with Hanson Services for 20 level of comfort to this Ringdahl continued years. She celebrates with next stage of life. Hanson Hanson Services 20 years of her professional educahome care. Services provides the tion earning a Master of care so they can stay in their own Science in Literacy and Assessment home and still receive the care they Reading Education from the University need whether it be for four hours or 24 of South Florida hours each day. and a Master of Hanson Services also helps to Science in make the change to home care as Educational smooth as possible by assisting with Leadership everyday activities such as meal planfrom the ning and shopping, light housekeepUniversity of ing, hygiene, and transportation or West Florida. errands – putting less stress on you, Ringdahl’s and administering the same care you love for educawould have provided. tion and chilHanson Services is celebrating 20 dren is evident in her daily interaction years of serving Sun City Center and with the faculty, staff, parents and stuthe Southshore community on Friday, dents at Independence Academy, July 5. Georgana Collins has been where she currently serves as the with Hanson Services the entire time. Assistant Principal. For more information, call 877Mrs. Ringdahl hopes to develop a 634-6617. culture and environment within Riverview Academy of Math and Introducing Riverview Academy Of Science where children are challenged Math And Science Principal, Mrs. academically and develop emotionally Marcy Ringdahl to be caring and creative people. Born in Manchester, NH and Visit www.riverviewacademy.com/. raised in Florida, Marcy Ringdahl earned her Bachelor of Science in ele- Metro Development Group Hosts mentary education at Nova Lagoon Groundbreaking At Southeastern University. While workSouthshore Bay Community ing on her elementary education Metro Development Group, the degree she worked as a kindergarten key developer and visionary behind classroom aide and learned quickly Metro Lagoons by Crystal Lagoons that she loved the prospect of being a and Hillsborough County’s only Crystal teacher and helping children learn, Lagoons Community recently celebrat-

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Hidden Granite Monument On U.S. Hwy. 301 Is Sumner Memorial By Charles Nelson A Wimauma reader recently inquired about the significance of a partially hidden granite monument located on US 301, southwest of Balm Rd., near the entrance to the Belmont Subdivision. The memorial inscription reads, in part: “Dedicated in honor of J. F. (Jule) Sumner and Emma L. Sumner. Descendants of pioneer cattle people in Florida, being honest, hardworking, faithful and God loving servants of the Lord. They were blessed with 20,000 acres of pasture land, a large herd of cattle, two sons and three daughters.” The monument stands on land once owned by the Sumner family. Let’s take “A Look Back At…Jule Sumner!” For Jule Sumner, working with cattle was in his blood. He was born in 1884 and grew up on his grandfather’s ranch near Kissimmee, in central Florida. In 1907 the family moved to Hillsborough County and ten years later, Jule bought 240 acres to start his own cattle ranch near Boyette. Jule reportedly lived by two maxims throughout his life: “Treat your cows right and they will love you" and "Walk with the Lord. He will stick with you." He married Emma L. Simmons, born in 1896, whose family

lived near today’s Big Bend Rd. Emma shared his love of cattle and love of the Lord and together, with their five children, they expanded their cattle holdings to over 15,000 acres and over 800 head of “Cracker” cattle. Sumner was a cattleman at a time when ranching in Florida faced existential threats. Increasing government oversight, changing markets that favored Western beef, and tick and screwworm infestations were just a few of those challenges. Another

difficult test was the potential loss of the open range which threatened their treasured cowboy way of life. Since the Spanish first brought cattle to Florida in the 1500s, cattle had roamed freely particularly in the central and southern parts of the state until rounded up by Cracker cowboys and driven to market. As a result, cows could be found just about anywhere, including wandering about on Florida roads. A Sumner family memory relates the story of an Ohio woman who hit one of their cows on Hwy 301. The driver sued the Sumners, but the courts ruled in their favor, saying that the car was intruding on land where the cow belonged. The driver was even required to pay the Sumners’ for the cow. With both cows and cars sharing

Florida roads, accidents were a growing menace. Reported Injuries and death – of both people and cows – were increasingly common. Many businesses demanded a legislative solution to the problem. As a result, fences were mandated for all ranches from 1947 – 1949. Initially, most ranchers, including Jule Sumner opposed efforts to require fences. Unlike some ranchers however, Sumner took a more pragmatic view. He eventually understood that fencing was coming whether he liked it or not. He also understood that fencing could be a positive change agent, as well. As an example, by planting better grasses, fenced cows could eat better food growing Florida cows to compete more favorably in a changing market. His leadership convinced many in the Hillsborough Cattleman's Association to change their minds. Jule and Emma Sumner, along with their children, and now their grandchildren and great grandchildren have been important, lifelong contributors to the cattle industry in Hillsborough County – an industry that was a vital part of our history. They deserve a memorial to their contributions.

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Randall Middle School (RMS) teacher Christopher Wikfors was one of the thirty top teachers to receive recognition from Norwegian Cruise Line’s ‘Giving Joy Campaign’ out of nearly 50,000 nominated in the U.S. and Canada. In April, Wikfors was dually nominated by an RMS parent, whose child was his former student, and by his biggest supporter, his mother. Wikfors suffered a near death traumatic brain injury as a freshman in college. He defied all odds to become a dedicated RMS honors math teacher, sharing his love and knowledge with young minds. Wikfors received an overwhelming 2,685 votes over the month long campaign. When asked to submit reasons why he deserved to win, he turned to people who could give first-hand, honest answers, his former students. After the top thirty winners were announced, Norwegian Cruise Lines invited them and a guest to Seattle, WA for a weekend of celebration at the Hard Rock Seattle. The top three winners were announced based on the following: 1) the relevancy of their submission to the contest theme - giving joy; 2) the nominees’ lasting impact on their students; and 3) content and originality. The campaign generated over 46,000 nominations and 1.43 million votes.

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The Village Players Jones also wrote Valrico will present the The Legend of original play, The Frankenstein. He is Legend of Frankenstein currently working on Continues, this June. two additional plays, The Legend of The Beautiful People in Frankenstein Continues the Cottage and I Am was written by and is The First Lady. directed by Carlton When asked what Jones. inspired him to write The Village Players this play, Jones said, "I are planning an openwas inspired by people ing night with their now asking what happened famous Dinner and a to the Frankenstein Show on Friday, June The Village Players will present the child from my original original play, The Legend of 14 at 7 p.m. Tickets are play. I was also inspired Frankenstein Continues, this June at $35 per person and the historic James McCabe Theatre by Mary Wollstonecraft must be purchased in in Valrico. The cast and crew have Shelley's legendary been working hard to bring to life advance. You can call tale.” playwright and director, Carlton 480-3147 to make a Jones is a veteran Jones’ vision for this play. reservation. director with the Village Regular shows of The Legend of Players, having directed Rope and Jekyll Frankenstein Continues will be presented and Hyde, the Musical. on Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 15 Jones said of the cast of The and 22 at 8 p.m. There will be two matiLegend of Frankenstein Continues, "We nees on Sunday, June 16 and 23 at 3 have a great group of new and veteran p.m. performers in the cast. I look forward to General admission tickets are $18. this wonderfully talented cast and crew Seniors and military with ID are $15. bringing my vision to life.” Groups of 10 or more who purchase All shows will be performed at the advance tickets are $15. historic James McCabe Theatre located The Legend of Frankenstein at 506 5th St. in Valrico. The building Continues tells the story of Besselia which houses the theatre was built in Frankenstein, the daughter of the leg1915 and is the only remaining commerendary Victor Frankenstein. While discov- cial structure from Valrico’s small land ering young love, she also discovered the boom at the turn of the 20th Century. truth about her father and his creature. For information on the Village She also learns that her father was not Players Valrico, a nonprofit arts organizathe only person creating life from the tion, please visit www.thevillageplaydead. ersvalrico.com.

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As a leader in drowning prevention, the YMCAs of Tampa Bay are teaming up with the Florida Blue Foundation and the YMCA of the Suncoast is joining forces with the Juvenile Welfare Board to offer free water safety lessons from May until August. Thanks to both generous supporters, the Safety Around Water (visit www.tampaymca.org/programs/swimming/water-safety/) program is free and open to all 3-12-year-old beginners and non-swimmers in the community. During the 4-day course, certified instructors teach kids a sequenced set of skills that will reduce the risk of drowning and give them confidence in and around water. Participants must be present on the first day of class and bring their own swimsuit and towel. A YMCA membership is NOT required; however, due to limited space, pre-registration is required at these participating Ys: Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA (all family locations including Campo, North Brandon, Spurlino and

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one can do without their stuffed friend overnight. For children ages 3-12. Registration required. When registering please include your child's stuffed animal friend's name. Riverview Library Ice Cream Spirit Summer Events Keep Night - Wednesday, June Kids Busy 12 from 4-9 p.m. at Keep your kids Collins Elementary: Terrific Kids at Collins Elementary School Kimi’s Ice Cream and busy with some of the summer students were recognized in April. Coffees, on Boyette Rd. programs being offered at the p.m. on Friday, June 21 for story time and Balm Riverview (next to Sonic Riverview Library. These are only a and leave them overnight where they Drive-In). A portion will return to the few of the offerings. Visit the library for will enjoy a slumber party with other Friends of the Riverview Library. information on all of the other many stuffed animal friends. On, Saturday, Riverview Library is located at programs available: June 22, come back at 11 a.m. for a 10509 Riverview Dr. Programs are Motorized Spacecraft: Monday, craft and picture review of all the activcourtesy of the Friends of Riverview June 17; 2-3 p.m. - Build a motorized ities your stuffed animal did overnight! Library and Hillsborough Library spacecraft with Legos.Presented by Light refreshments will be served. System. Bricks 4 Kidz. For ages 10 and up. Parents, please make sure your little Limit 40 participants, registration required. Galaxy Black Light Art – Tuesday, June 18; 4-5 p.m. - Create glow-in-thedark galaxy art. For grades 6-12. Silly Sam’s Instrument Explosion: Thursday, June 20; 3-4 p.m. Professional circus performers comDOES AN ENROLLED AGENT bine physical comedy, dance, mime, DO YOUR TAXES? magic, and juggling to amaze and delight. For grades K-5. Super Cool Science: Thursday, June 27; 3-3:45 p.m. - Professional circus performers combine physical comedy, dance, mime, magic, and juggling to amaze and delight. For grades K-5. Stuffed Animal Sleepover in Space – Friday, June 21 3:30-4 p.m. and Saturday, June 22; 11 a.m. - Ever wonder what it would be like to spend the night at the library? Your furry Robin Rae Huntley, EA 200 Frandorson Circle #210, Apollo Beach (Frandorson Square) friend has the chance to find out! Bring ROBIN@RAESACCOUNTING.COM | 813.540.1040 | WWW.RAESACCOUNTING.COM your lovie friend to the library 3:30 Camp Cristina) will hold the program Monday to Thursday, August 5-8. For location information, visit https://www.tampaymca.org/locations/.

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Connie’s Home Decor Ready To Decorate By Mia Cafaro

For approximately starting over at the two years, Connie’s beginning of each Home Decor has offered month. The cost is $35 homeowners help with per class for a four week renovation and general session, and RSVP is decor ,and it is just getrequired through a ting started. phone call or stopping The business was into the store. founded by Connie Kennedy has a Connie's Home Decor has helped many homeowners redecorate Kennedy, a Michigan background in finance, rooms to fit a unique style or native who aspires to which she is using to theme, offering help with color cater to each customer’s help her clients sell their coordination and furniture. individual homes more efficiently taste and and for a greater profit. “With many years needs. of experience in investing in homes, Connie’s design, decorating, and financing, I see Home Decor the benefit of solutions that fit the owner’s offers a variety of services that are useful lifestyle,” said Kennedy. for any homeowner. This includes general What’s more, Kennedy is a pubcategories such as home decor, outdoor lished author who wrote a book called decor, bathroom decor and assistance DIY DESIGN FOR HOMES in 2008. It with furniture. There are also more specif- was written as a tool for homeowners ic renovations offered such as closet during the economic downturn occurring organization, space planning, custom cor- at the time. nice boxes, door and window framing and Kennedy truly enjoys her job, which more. The business also has plans to translates into wanting to do her best for offer a full line of wallpaper in the future. each and every client. “Customer service Kennedy is also looking to connect is a must, product knowledge and a good with realtors and builders for projects like business plan are valuable assets; when staging, redecorating and redesigns. paired with doing the right thing and putThis summer, Connie’s Home Decor ting people first, it’s a combination for sucis offering design classes. There will be a cess,” said Kennedy. four week program, with different topics Connie’s Home Decor is located in discussed each week. Topics include Sun City Center and has redesigned common decorating mistakes, 10 things many homes in Florida, from St. every room needs, ways to start decoratPetersburg to Tampa to Orlando. Visit ing a room and how to light your room connieshomedecortricities.com, as well with LED. as more information on options for renoThe classes will be offered every vation and redesign and helpful coupons. Monday in May, June, July and August For more, call 331-3543. Located at from 1-3 p.m. with the four-week cycle 3818 Sun City Center Blvd.

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Watts Dental Teams With Retirement Palm Harbor Dermatology Offers Convenient Care By Amy Schechter Community To Bring Best Care ToByResidents Amy Schechter

Great medand adult ical care is an patients. Dr. Scott absolute necessiLindsey is a ty, but too often board-certified patients receive dermatologist felunnecessary prolowship trained in cedures or imperboth Mohs sonal treatment. Micrographic That is not the Surgery and case at Palm Cosmetic Harbor Dermatologic Dermatology. Surgery. They Founded in 2008 have a wonderby Dr. Amy S. ful team of Ross, advanced pracPHDermatology tice registered always strives to Palm Harbor Dermatology's friendly staff will take nurses including care of all of your dermatology needs. keep the Julie Bucciarelli patient’s best interests in mind. Physician and Erica Underwood, whose commitliaison, Jenni Kelly, summarizes their ment to building relationships complecommitment to excellence in patient care: ments their passion and knowledge base “When you visit us, you can have confiwithin their field. dence that we’ve done our homework, Robin Winkler, a patient, raves, “I but also that we will answer your queswould highly recommend coming to tions until you share our confidence that PHDermatology. They explained everythe treatment is right for you.” Now with thing thoroughly for my appointment.” locations in both Brandon and Riverview, Palm Harbor Dermatology has eight you can be sure to see why patients convenient locations all over the Tampa believe they have never been treated so Bay area. If you do no want to go into the well. office, you can book a Televisit online and Each location offers care by boardspeak to a doctor from the privacy of your certified dermatologists. They can treat home. To find out more information or to any dermatology need from skin cancer book an appointment in office or online, to rashes, acne, warts, mole evaluation visit https://palmharbordermatology.com/ and removal. They also offer Mohs suror call 855-743-4968. To reach the gery for precision care. You will love the Brandon or Riverview offices directly, call fantastic team. Dr. Brittany Hearn enjoys 657-3330. The Brandon office is located all areas of dermatology including medat 621 Medical Care Dr. in Brandon. The ical, surgical, and cosmetic, and she has Riverview office is located at 10141 Big experience treating pediatric, adolescent Bend Rd., Ste. 209 in Riverview.

In a unique op a strong relapartnership, Twin tionship, assess Creeks Assisted the individual Living & Memory needs of each Care facility resident, and creteamed up with ate a space Dr. Jason Watts where patients and Watts can receive full Dental to provide dental care within in-house dental Twin Creeks, health care to complete with a employees and portable unit that residents. Both can move room teams are equalto room if patient Twin Creeks and Watts Dental Team Up to proly excited about vide in-house deetal care to employees and resi- mobility is an dents at Twin Creeks. their new relaissue. tionship. Meanwhile, Williams began thinking At Twin Creeks, Krysta Lowe, marabout the employees at Twin Creeks: “I keting director, and Amy Vankleek, execu- had dealt with single moms who had multive director, both understand how importiple jobs and cared for kids. I thought tant it is to preserve routines and provide about part-timers don’t have benefits. We convenience for their residents. Lowe had plans for people who don’t have states, “It’s going to be amazing, especial- insurance, but we came up with a corpoly for our memory care residents. There is rate plan to fit smaller businesses. It no stress of having to travel to an turned into us being able to have an office appointment. It’s a gentle ride down the there to provide for the employees in hall to go to the dentist.” Additionally, den- addition to the residents.” Lowe raves, tal health is often a strong indicator of “Dr. Watts has been amazing with putting underlying health issues, and when dealtogether plans for people that don’t have ing with an older clientele, it is important insurance. He wants to make sure everyto catch issues early. one gets the care they need. With us, our It is a perfect partnership. Denise residents are a family. We wouldn’t let Williams, marketing director for Watts anyone in who isn’t a part of our family.” Dental, discussed Dr. Watts’ dream: “He For more information, visit Watts wanted to go into assisted living and give Dental online at www.wattsdentalfl.com/ back in a different way. We’re going to and Twin Creeks at https://www.twintake care of the patients who cannot get creeksretire.com/. Watts Dental is located out and be seen.” With a background in at 5605 Skytop Dr. in Lithia. Twin Creeks hospitality and assisted living, Williams is located at 13470 Boyette Rd. in worked with Vankleek and Lowe to devel- Riverview.

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With Arts & Entertainment Editor Kathy L. Collins

Fandom Art On Display At the SouthShore Regional Library In Ruskin The SouthShore Statement, “I have Regional Library in been drawing since I Ruskin is hosting a was three. I love to unique exhibit called draw animals and Fandom Art Gallery. superheroes. I watch Area artists have Pokemon then I like submitted works of to sit down to create art depicting their new Pokemon based favorite Sci-Fi, on different eleFantasy, Manga and ments.” Anime characters. Cummings, There are 43 pieces another young artist, of artwork submitted is inspired by Anime. by 17 area residents The current exhibit at the SouthShore In March, her artRegional Library in Ruskin features work for the book in the exhibit. The artwork of local artists and is called exhibit is on display Fandom Art Gallery. The exhibit is on Home Sweet Motel at the library during was displayed at the display through the end of June. normal operating Tampa Convention hours now through the end of June. Center for SLAM, the Student The artists whose art is in the Literacy and Media Showcase. exhibit in the John Crawford Art Cummings said in her Artist Education Studio Gallery vary in Statement, “Drawing is very theraages, style, choice of medium and peutic for me. It helps me clear my character portrayals. Mediums used head and relax.” in the exhibit include graphite, ink, Carter said in his statement, colored pencil, digital, acrylic on can- “One of the things I love about art is vas and even steel. All in all, the how it can inspire us in such a posiexhibit is bright, colorful and interest- tive way. Art can unite diverse groups ing to view. of people and encourage us in ways The residents whose artwork is nothing else can.” featured in the exhibit include The SouthShore Regional Library Christopher Hernandez, Kathryn is a part of the Tampa-Hillsborough Purington, Stephanie Miller, Harry County Public Library Cooperative. Rosales, David Miller, Sarah Miller, The year, the HCPLC was named Charles Miller, Ella Cummings, Library of the Year by the Florida Zechariah Luluquisin, Caleb Widdis, Library Association. The HCPLC is Christopher Romero, Sean Carter, comprised of 27 libraries. Cathryn Paulus, Brian Almand, Eric The SouthShore Regional Library Molina, Michael Filhart and Benjamin is located at 15816 Beth Shields Way Mann. in Ruskin. For more information on Luluquisin, the youngest artist at the library and upcoming events and nine years old, said in his Artist exhibits, please call 273-3652.

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Winthrop Arts Mobile Art Factory Unveils Public Art Piece At Wimauma Elementary School project which was installed on a fence outside of the school. Martinez said, “We worked collaboratively together to create individual pieces that came together to create a large communal piece of art work. Art Photo by New Light Studios like this inspires An unveiling ceremony was held on Wednesday, May 8 at Wimauma Elementary School to show off the artwork created by common unity.” students in the Winthrop Arts Mobile Art Factory. “Self Portraits and Martinez added, Expressive Butterflies” was installed on a fence outside of the “It is a great school, and unveiled as friends of Winthrop Arts, including local dig- opportunity for nitaries, were in attendance. me to come to The Winthrop Arts Mobile Art Wimauma and create art with the stuFactory is an outreach program that dents.” provides free art classes to underThe unveiling was well attended served children living in the with members of the Winthrop Arts Wimauma area. The program is mod- Board of Visionaries in attendance as eled after the successful Art Factory, well as representatives from Florida Winthrop Arts’ education center locat- State House of Representatives, the ed in Riverview. Hillsborough County Board of County Since it was launched in Commissioners and the Hillsborough February 2018, the Winthrop Arts County Superintendent’s Office. Mobile Art Factory has grown. In Specifically, those in attendance addition to continuing the original included Cassidy Whitaker on behalf partnership with Hispanic Services of Representative Adam Hattersley Council, Winthrop Arts now partners (District 59), Jeffrey Hawes on behalf with Wimauma Elementary School in of Representative Mike Beltran Wimauma. (District 57), Megan Nixon on behalf What is unique about the of County Commissioner Stacy White Winthrop Arts Mobile Art Factory is (District 4) and Mary Beth Brooks on that the art instruction comes to behalf of Superintendent, Jeff Eakins’ where the children are and not the office. other way around. This allows chilWimauma Elementary School dren who have no way to get to an Principal, Ismael Lebron-Bravo said, art center to be able to be creative “I love this partnership. We need to and have fun making art. find opportunities for our students to On Wednesday, May 8, a public be creative outside of the classroom.” art piece created by the students in The Winthrop Arts Mobile Art the Winthrop Arts Mobile Art Factory Factory is supported by grants and and lead instructor, Bryant Martinez donations from the community. This created, was unveiled at Wimauma session was funded in part by a Elementary School in Wimauma. The Community Arts Impact Grant from theme of the piece is “Self Portraits the Arts Council of Hillsborough and Expressive Butterflies.” The stuCounty. For information on Winthrop dents worked since February on the Arts, visit www.winthroparts.org.

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Resident Turns 102 Years Young

By Janet Noah

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Brandon Adult-Living Residents And Young Children Benefit From ‘Hope’s Therapy’

By Franka Potter

Nancy Wolf at age 27 with her two sons.

What is the secret to turning 102 years young? If you ask Nancy Wolf, who celebrated her birthday on May 9, she will tell you it was all the years she lived on a ranch in Boynton Beach, Florida. “We raised cattle, chickens, and turkeys and grew our own vegetables,” Nancy answered. Nancy was born in 1917 when a postage stamp was 2 cents, the Chicago White Sox won the World Series and the U.S. entered WWI. She was born in Columbia, South Carolina and was the youngest of six children. After her mother died when she was a baby, Nancy’s father moved her and her two older siblings with him to Miami. Nancy married when she was 16 years old and by age 21, she had given birth to two sons. When the U.S. entered WWII in 1939, Nancy began working for the Defense Department on their military airplanes in Miami. At the young age of 27, Nancy became a widow. Two years later she married Charles Wolf and moved to a

Nancy Wolf at age 102.

ranch in Boynton Beach. She and her husband had another son and raised the three boys on the ranch. Nancy and Charles loved to dance. “We were very active dancers and enjoyed modern square dancing and line dancing,” Nancy shared. “I was also a roller-skater, back in the day.” Nancy shared a memorable experience when she met Babe Ruth while both were in the waiting room at a doctor’s office in N. Miami Beach. For the past several years Nancy has resided at The Bridges Assisted Living Community in Riverview to be near her son David. She keeps a busy schedule at The Bridges attending musical performances, Coffee Club and shopping trips. She enjoys her nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. The Bridges Assisted Living Community is located at 11202 Dewhurst Dr. in Riverview. For more information, please visit https://bridgesretirement.com/.

Brandon resithey pet her.”, said dents and high Paulette. school sweetLinda Kelly, hearts, Paulette activities assistant at and Robert Speirs, Hawthorne Village now married for Retirement more than 47 Community, added years, recently that pet therapy has decided to give so many physical back to the comand mental benefits munity through for Hawthorne’s resi‘Hope’s Therapy.’ dents. “Since Hope Hope, who is a has been coming to pointer/hound mix our facility, we have rescue dog that seen tremendous was saved by the improvements in Speirs approximany of our resimately five years dents. Everyone ago, has since waits with anticipaHope is a Therapy Dog that works with reschanged the lives idents at Hawthorne Village and students at tion for Tuesdays. of many residents Cimino and B.T. Washington Elementary Hope is kind, gentle School. of the Hawthorne and attentive. She Village Retirement Community and puts a smile on everyone’s faces,” said countless elementary school children. Kelly. Hope is a certified Therapy Dog that Students at B.T. Washington is registered with ‘Paws for Friendship’ Elementary and students from Ciminio and ‘Paws for Reading’. Elementary get to spend some time Paulette Speirs said, “I believe reading aloud with Hope and the ‘Hope’s Therapy’ is a calling we received Speirs. Small groups of children attend to help people in need.” these sessions to aid in developing their Hope has four therapy sessions reading skills. weekly, every Tuesday, at Hawthorne’s “The goal of these sessions with the Assisted Living Facilities and children is simple, it is to build reading Hawthorne’s Nursing Home. There, confidence and fluency,” according to the Hope spends quality time with the resiSpeirs. Hope sits with the children and dents, and she is fed doggie treats. attentively listens as the children take “From the time Hope walks in, she turns reading aloud to their furry friend. greets everyone with barks and the resiFor more information about ‘Hope’s dent’s faces just light up. She will lie on Therapy,’ please call Paulette Speirs their laps or gently sit by their side while at 685-1049.


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McGinnis Law Firm Knows Knowledgeable Attorney Key In Military Divorce

By Michelle Caceres

Navigating the deployment and fredissolution of a marquent moves, so riage can be like sailMcGinnis includes laning in a dinghy guage in the settlement through stormy seas agreement to address for anyone, but for milthese issues sooner itary couples it can be rather than later. far more treacherous. Whether a military Complications couple or not, McGinnis that are presented by Law Firm, located at aspects of military 410 S. Ware Cir. Ste. service include preser402, is committed to vation of benefits, child providing high-quality Wendy McGinnis, Esq. is well-versed and spousal support in family law matters with regards to representation in family and child custody law cases. She is a military couples. issues and how they are impacted by Supreme Court certified mediator, who deployment. Abbreviations tossed around has dedicated her career to helping her in military divorces include SCRA, USFS- clients receive the best possible outcome PA and the 20/20/20 Rule, and if an attor- for their cases. Although she is an experiney is not well-versed in these issues, enced litigator and is very comfortable in mistakes can be costly. front of a judge, she said there are many “The rules and language relating to benefits to mediation, where a neutral how benefits are calculated in a military third party tries to bring about an agreedivorce are constantly being changed, so ment on contested issues. it’s important for attorneys to stay abreast “Mediation is certainly not for everyof these updates,” said Attorney Wendy one but with it you retain a level of control McGinnis of McGinnis Law Firm. “It’s that you don’t have at trial. It is cost-effeceasy for attorneys to miss out on benefits tive and when parties can amicably comtheir clients are entitled to.” municate to find mutually agreeable McGinnis works with a military expert terms, everyone wins, especially when in these cases, who makes certain the children are involved,” she said. “In medicalculations and the language are accuation, you aren’t force to accept a judge’s rate. order.” Custody is also an important factor to Clients benefit from her services consider when writing the settlement because from start to finish, she is peragreement. Florida law prevents a resisonally involved in every case. dential parent from relocating their resiFor information about McGinnis Law dence more than 50 miles unless the par- Firm, P.A. or to schedule a free initial conties enter into a written agreement before sultation, visit www.BrandonDivorce.com the move. Many military families face or call 235-4650.

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Valencia Lakes Military Veterans Club Donates $5,000 To Charities

The Valencia Lakes Military Veterans Club, Inc., (VLMVC) recently , ti n a donated $2,500 s le helle Co ic M y b each to My Warriors d m Compile preyobserver.co s Place in Ruskin and o @ michelle to Southeastern Guide Dogs in Palmetto. The Club is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 2012 for the Rep. Hattersley To Speak At East purpose of supporting veteran’s causHillsborough Democratic Club es and active duty military personnel Meeting and educating veterans on issues of The monthly meeting of the East interest to them. Hillsborough Democratic Club will be The Tuesday, VLMVC June 11, at meets the O'Brien's Irish first Monday Pub & Grill, of each 701 W. month Lumsden Rd. (except in in Brandon. July) at 11 Invite family a.m. in the and friends at Valencia 6 p.m. for Lakes meet and Clubhouse greet, meetSocial Hall. ing begins at The VLMVC 6:30 p.m. sponsors Speaker and scheduled for arranges June is Kelly Kowal, founder of My Warriors Place, accepts a annual check for $2.500from the VLMVC. Kelly Kowal Florida founded My Warriors Place in response to the death of Memorial House of Day and her own son in combat with the goal of helping veterans and their families adjust and relax after military Veterans service in combat. Day proRepresentative from District 59 Adam grams within Valencia Lakes for its Hattersley. Please visit www.easthillsbor- residents; it also provides donations oughdems.org. and awards to other organizations dedicated to helping veterans and

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Crystal Hook, age 28, was born with developmental delays, is nonverbal and is 90 percent blind. She has trouble with everyday life because of her disabilities, such as having tantrums over walking or going to the restroom. These disabilities have left her without friends due to being unable to connect well with others. A fundraiser will be held at Texas Roadhouse, 13006 S. US Hwy. 301 in Riverview on Monday, June 24 from 4-10 p.m. Present the flyer (either printed or on your mobile device) and 10 percent of your total food purchases will be donated to Service Dog for Crystal Hook. You can find a copy of the flyer at www.facebook.com/events/40646584019 9733/?active_tab=discussion.

Brandon Coin Club Hosts Coin & Currency Show The Brandon Coin Club Inc., a 501(C) 7 nonprofit organization, will hold its next Coin & Currency Show on Saturday, June 15 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. There will be 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 Laci at 352777-6073 or brandoncoinclub@yahoo.com.

Apollo Beach Racquet Club Ladies 55+ Finishes Successful Season

The Apollo Beach Racquet Club Ladies 55+ ended their tennis season as the winners of the Hillsborough County division and recently participated in the Florida Sections in Lake Nona in May. The team was formed three years ago and this is their first divisional win. Please contact Sharon Pate 337354-9483, Jane Feeney 478-3328, or Joanne Kazura 914-393-0985, for additional information.

awarded the Distinguished Citizen Medal which recognizes a first On May 2, the responder or Alafia River Chapter military member of the National who achieves Society of the the qualities of Daughters of the honor, service, American Revolution courage, leader(NSDAR) presented ship, and patriawards to three outotism. In addistanding community tion to numermembers. Team members of the Apollo Beach Racquet B. Lee Elam Club - front l-r: Joanne Kazura, Nan Matuzik ous commendations, includ- co-captain, Jane Feeney - co-captain, received the Karen Montembeault. Back Row - Sharon ing a Medal of Community Service Pate, Pat Erven, Mary Flynn, Patty Trabue, Valor, MADD Award for his volunSally Racque. Law teer work in the comEnforcement Officer of the Year, and two munity. As an attorney in Brandon, he life-saving awards, Cpl LaVigne volunsupported local service groups and teered as a youth soccer coach and curdonated his time and legal advice to the rently volunteers at Gracie Fishhawk community and migrant groups. Elam teaching self-defense. He’s a self-taught, was nominated by the Community certified Spanish translator. He was nomiService Award Chairman, Glenda nated by the Alafia Thurow, who preRiver Chapter sented his award. NSDAR Regent, His wife Pat Roberta Jordan (Lt pinned his medal Col, US Army, on him. Retired), and his John Noreiga citation was read by was unable to National Defense attend but was Chairman, Melody also recognized Powers, and Cpl with a LaVigne’s daughter, Community Deputy Caitlin Service Award for LaVigne, placed the the support he medal. and his family Pictured from left to right: Melody Powers, For more inforhave given to National Defense Chairman for Alafia River mation about the Brandon through Chapter NSDAR, Deputy Caitlin LaVigne, Alafia River Corporal Brian LaVigne, Roberta Jordan, their business, Regent, Alafia River Chapter NSDAR Chapter NSDAR, Bill's Pharmacy. email ARCRegistrar201921@gmail.com. Corporal Brian LaVigne of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office was

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Weathering Hurricane Season Takes Good Planning And Preparation Hurricanes are among nature's most powerful and destructive storms. On average, 12 tropical storms, six of which become hurricanes, form over the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea or the Gulf of Mexico during the hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30 each year. Significant impacts are not only caused by major hurricanes so do not let the strength of it be the only factor when planning for the storm. Since 2010, Category 1 hurricanes have caused 175 direct deaths and over $100 billion in damage in the U.S. The County Emergency Management stresses not to focus on the exact forecasted track and listen to local officials. For more information, go to weather.gov and click on the Tampa Bay area. Hurricane names for Atlantic storms this year include Andrea, Barry, Chantal, Dorian, Erin, Fernand, Gabrielle, Humberto, Imelda, Jerry, Karen, Lorenzo, Melissa, Nestor, Olga, Pablo, Rebekah, Sebastien, Tanya, Van and Wendy.

Before The Storm

Daniel Noah is the Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service – Tampa Bay Area. He said, "Prepare for hurricane season now. Those who are prepared

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pumps will not operate without electricity. Secure your boat early. Drawbridges will be closed to boat traffic after an evacuation order is issued. Get cash. Banks and ATMs will not operate during power outages. Few stores will be able to accept credit cards or personal checks. Hurricane season is now upon us and it is important for you to make your plans today.

Have A Family Plan

are less stressed when a hurricane approaches than those that wait until the last minute." It is recommended that you clean and fill bathtubs and sinks before a storm so you will have extra clean water. Turn refrigerator and freezer dials to the coldest settings and avoid opening the doors to help keep perishable food during a power outage. Refill prescriptions and maintain at least a two-week supply of medications during hurricane season. Store the lawn furniture, potted plants, bicycles, trash cans

nated. Cover the filtration system. Protect your windows and glass doors with plywood or storm shutters. Brace double entry and garage doors at the top and bottom. Never sweep or blow yard leaves, pine needles, grass clippings or soil into the street or stormwater system. This clogs up the stormwater pipes and prevents water from draining. If there is a chance flooding could threaten your home, move important items such as electronics, antiques and furniture off the floor. Fill your car’s gas tank and check its oil, fluids, and tires. Gas

Hillsborough County Emergency managers urge residents to prepare for the worst by having a plan before a hurricane or tropical storm strikes. Here are four steps to help with your planning: Step 1: Put together a plan by discussing these four questions with your family, friends or household to start your emergency plan: shelter plan, evacuation route, a family/household communication plan and also how you will receive emergency alerts and warnings. Step 2: Consider specific needs in your household. As you prepare your plan, tailor your plans and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how people in the network can assist each other with communication, care of children, business, pets or specific needs like the operation of durable medical equipment. Create your own personal network for specific areas where you need


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assistance. Keep in mind the different ages of members within your household, responsibilities for assisting others, locations frequented, dietary needs, medical needs including prescriptions and equipment, disabilities or access and functional needs including devices and equipment, languages spoken, cultural and religious considerations, pets or service animals and households with schoolaged children. All five storm surge fatalities in Hurricane Michael last year were over the age of 60 years. Have a plan to assist the elderly and others most vulnerable. Step 3: Fill out a Family Emergency Plan. You can download and fill out a plan from www.fema.gov/medialibrary/assets/documents/133447 or use them as a guide to create your own. Step 4: Practice your plan with your family/household. Visit www.ready.gov/make-a-plan for more information.

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People with disabilities, in poor health (either mentally or physically) or those who are without the support of family or friends should plan ahead for

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an emergency. They may need special assistance from family members, friends, neighbors, or social service agencies. Please ask for help if you need it and volunteer to help those who do. Older adults who are also caregivers may require outside assistance. Excessive stress and anxiety can contribute to increased episodes of illness, particularly for persons with heart disease and other illnesses. If an older adult lives in a nursing home, assisted living facility (ALF) or residential facility, the administrator should be contacted to learn about the disaster plan for that facility.

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Avoid standing water as it may contain fecal matter, bacteria and viruses. Do not drive through moving or standing water. Water as shallow as two ft. deep can disable most vehicles. Nonfunctioning traffic signals should be treated as four-way stops. Avoid downed power lines; always assume they are live. Watch for workers repairing surfaces and follow all directional instructions and detour signs. Over half of the water-related fatalities during the 2016-18 hurricane seasons were vehicle-related. You can sign up at HCFL Alert, www.HCFLgov.net, Hillsborough County’s official mass notification system which is designed to keep you informed about emergencies and certain non-emergency events. By registering, you will receive time-sensitive, important messages from the County. Visit www.hillsboroughcounty.org/en/residents/public-safety/emergency-management/find-evacuation-information to determine if you are in an evacuation zone. For post-disaster assistance, call Emergency Management at 272-6900.

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Wedding Guide Showcases Best In Local Venues, Bakeries & Styles

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or Doug and I, it’s been 24 years next month since we said ‘I Do!’. As styles have updated and changed, some traditions have also stayed the same. A marriage is a celebration of a partnership for life. It’s the merging of two families to create a stronger, better bond. The wedding day itself is that cumulation of efforts and should be savored and enjoyed. One of the first decisions should be the venue and locally, we have three venues that offer every type of setting to make that wedding day special. Starting off at The Barn at Winthrop which offers an intimate setting in the heart of Brandon. Nearby is the gorgeous event venue, The Regent with vast ceilings, an amazing photo staircase and chandeliers. And, nearby is Cross Creek Ranch with 5 ceremony sites and 2 reception venues nestled under the Grand Oaks and over the wooden creek bridge. No matter the wedding style, there is a local venue for every wedding occaision. To help make some of those wedding decisions easier, each venue has a planner who will assist with each step of the planning. And, for those with future nuptials in the horizon, the first ever Brandon Bridal Expo and Fashion

By Marie Gilmore

In our community, we are also fortunate to have McAuley Fine Jewelry located right on Oakfield Dr. to take care of the investment in the wedding rings and custom jewelry needs. For cakes and catering, it doesn’t get better than the award-winning Petite Madelyn’s Bakery and All in One Event Catering who will make cake design and meal planning a breeze with a professional team. From start to finish, a wedding day is a day of celebration and within this 2019 Wedding Guide, we hope you find the services you need to make your day last a lifetime! Congratulations and may your wedding day be a fairy tale come true!

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Managing Editor Former Bride, Current Wife


The Regent Is A Perfect Venue For Your Wedding And Other Celebrations By Kathy L. Collins

Every bride wants their special day to be a memorable one. The perfect venue will add to the lasting memories for both the bride and groom and all who attend the big day. The Regent, located in Riverview, is one of largest venues in the area, but it can also be a small, intimate and stylish one. A bride can opt to have both the ceremony and reception at The Regent or just the reception. The Regent offers an attractive outdoor courtyard complete with a sweeping staircase and three ballrooms that can be combined to hold up to 500 people. Shannon Keil is the Executive Director for The Regent. Keil, along with Brittanny Edwards the Event Manager, and Ashley Hodson, Event Coordinator can provide as much or as little advice and counsel as the bride wants or requires. The Regent’s al a carte presentation allows the do-it-yourself bride as well as the planner guided bride to their perfect day. The Regent is a beautiful blank

palette. The pristine wood floors and neutral colors will match any decor the bride desires. With its three beautiful large chandeliers in the ballroom suites and elegant details, there is a natural touch of class to any wedding or event. The Regent has several exclusive caterers and bar service that they have vetted over the years. The Regent vendors are members of the local community, and The Regent takes pride in supporting those local businesses. In addition to weddings, The Regent is a perfect venue for corporate events, celebration of life events, school functions and even charitable fundraising events for nonprofits. Keil said, "We offer special discounts for nonprofits to hold their events at The Regent." For more information, please visit www.ExperienceTheRegent.com, or call 571-2494 or email info@experiencetgeregent.com.

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This Seasons Wedding Style Guide Includes Lots Of Lace By Amy West Flora’s Bridal

Lace, lace and more lace! This season we have seen an influx of brides looking for that perfect lace wedding gown. And it’s on a global scale. So much so, all our international designers are producing lace at nearly twice the rate of any other gown material. Low backs and illusion with lace sleeves are also at the top of our regions most wanted list. There are hundreds of styles of lace and each one of them creates a different look and feel. For example, Chantilly lace, a classic, is great for creating an antique rustic style look, which so many Florida brides adore. If you are looking for a more contemporary look, a lace applique with lattice netting is becoming increasingly popular. For that art deco feel try an embroidered baroque lace pattern. There truly is a lace to match every style. A lace gown can sparkle too. Many designers are using clear beadwork and/or sequins hidden throughout the gown to give the gowns a magical shimmer, tastefully, illuminating the bride as

she walks down the aisle. If you are not a fan of all that lace can do, fear not. Simplistic crepe (think Meghan Markle), and satins are making a big comeback. At Flora’s we have found that lace or no lace, many brides want bling. Adding a sparkle belt or crystal straps to an otherwise classic simple gown will completely transform the gown into an envy worthy one of a kind. Many local stores carry head to toe ‘bling’ (crystal/ rhinestone beaded) gowns, as that is a style our region continues to adore. As far as bridal gown silhouettes go, there isn’t a specific trend one way or another. The bride will always determine the best shape based how she envisioned her wedding and how she feels in each style. While the trends may come and go, one constant remains; the most important element of a wedding gown is always the bride wearing it. When she finds that perfect dress style and trends are out the window and all the room can see is a glowing bride in her dream dress.


Wedding Gowns: What To Know Before You Buy By Amy West Flora’s Bridal

Every bride dreams of that magical moment when she tries on her wedding gown for the first time. Unfortunately, that dream can quickly go awry if she is not prepared for what lies ahead. There are several important factors all brides should know before stepping out to find that perfect dress. First, it is never too early to start shopping. Most wedding gowns are made-toorder, meaning, they can very well take up to six months to get from the designer to the store. If the wedding is in less than six months, visit a local bridal boutique and give them the time frame upfront. Many shops work directly with designers and can either rush ship, sell the sample right off the rack, or check the designer’s warehouse inventory to decrease the wait time. That said, start early and avoid the hurdles if possible. Next, set a gown budget and stick to it. Wedding gowns are expensive

and can run from a couple hundred to several thousand dollars. It is highly advised to not try on gowns that are over budget, doing so is recipe for disappointment. When setting the budget keep in mind many bridal shops work with brides and allow a deposit for special orders cutting upfront costs in half. The remaining balance becomes due when the gown arrives in the shop. Check around as some shops offer layaway plans as well. Don’t forget to include alterations in the overall gown budget. Bridal alterations are more than simple tailoring; lace, hand sewn beadwork, and delicate materials all contribute to the high cost of bridal alterations. Brides should be prepared to spend between $300 and $800 on their alterations. Again, the materials and fit will determine the final cost. Most importantly, have fun! Every bride deserves an enchanted experience that she can treasure for a lifetime. Being prepared will allow the bride to enjoy her “yes to the dress” moment.

Buying ‘Off-The-Rack’ By Amy West Flora’s Bridal Most brides out shopping for their wedding gown are not familiar with all the intricacies of the bridal world and expect to walk into a store and leave with a dress. This just isn’t so in bridal. I’m sure you’ve heard the term before, she bought that off-therack. Well, what does it really mean? Wedding gowns are typically special ordered, not to be confused with custom ordered. Special ordered means the gown being purchased is ‘made to order’ however, it is made to a standard size and will need to be altered to perfectly fit the bride. Custom or couture gowns, are made as ordered to the bride’s exact measurements. The most obvious difference between special ordered vs. custom ordered is usually a few thousand dollars. Both can take up to six months or more to arrive in the shop. So where do off-the-rack gowns fit in? Generally bridal shop gowns are ‘samples’. These are the gowns brides try on before ordering themselves a sparkly new wedding dress. But, when a designer decides to no longer produce a certain style, bridal shops will sell these samples ‘off-the-rack’. As the dress is no longer available to order, a bride can walk into a

store and purchase the discontinued gown at a great discount and take it home the same day. There are some obvious benefits to purchasing a discontinued style: such as, no wait times, and the reduced pricing. However, there are hidden costs to purchasing off-the-rack to be aware of before saying yes. If the dress is the wrong size, i.e. too large, it could result in costly alterations. So much so, it is often more cost effective to special order a new gown. Also, samples may have some wear and tear. Cleaning a sample is sometimes necessary as well. Do not let just anyone clean the gown. Ensure they can clean the gown without melting or destroying the delicate fabrics and or bead-work. Regardless of whether your dress is special ordered or purchased off-the-rack, the results will be the same; a beautiful bride donning a dream gown, enchanting her guests. Absolutely, no one will know if that gown was off-the-rack or custom ordered, so follow your instincts and buy what you love. Amy West is the owner of Flora’s Bridal 768 W. Lumsden Rd. Brandon in La Viva Plaza. Call 684-0644 or visit florasbrides.com.

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Cross Creek Ranch Has Perfect Wedding Venue Close To Home By Marie Gilmore

Nested amongst Cross Creek Ranch. the grandfather oaks, The couple has owned the award-winning the venue and Bed & Cross Creek Ranch, Breakfast since 2004 and located right in the hosted its first two events that heart of the communiyear. Cross Creek Ranch is ty, is a true gem of a now celebrating 15 years in wedding and events business. venue and perfect for Sean, born and raised in groups from intimate Dorchester, MA, is a longtime gatherings to 150 ‘anything-Boston’ fan. Serving people. in the Navy for nine years, Spread across 17 Sean is the proud father of Cross Creek Ranch owners acres, Cross Creek two children, Tisha and Bonnie and Sean McSharry. Ranch offers Michael and a new five distinct grandson Finnigan and themed wedruns the operations side ding ceremony of the 17 acres with 25 sites including buildings on site. The Carriage House Stable, The Chapel, The slogan for Cross Creek Ranch Enchanted Forest, Oak Tree and The is, ‘Your Moments, Your Memories, Our French Country Inn and two reception Passion.” When planning an event at venues. Cross Creek Ranch, planners will take With a team of 20 professional staff, every difficult decision and help a couple every event is an all-inclusive ceremony plan their perfect day from colors, to flowfrom the intimate to the extravaganza. ers, to decor, food, music, cake and event Owners Bonnie and Sean McSharry linens. have expanded the property from 8 acres Cross Creek Ranch has been recogto its current 17 acres and continued nized with Wedding Wire Bride’s and improvements to the grounds and faciliCouple’s Choice awards, The Knot Best ties throughout the years. of Weddings Awards and The Best of “We’ve made improvements and Weddings Hall of Fame 2019. been honored to host so many wonderful Cross Creek Ranch is conveniently memories and we take pride in every located at 12950 E. Wheeler Rd., in event,” said Bonnie whose experience in Dover. Interior Design and business ownership Visit www.crosscreekranchfl.com or call married perfectly to the wedding venue at 651-0934 for details or a tour.

Choosing Wedding Rings Staff Report

The Perfect Wedding Band

Now 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 left-hand sparkler. There are many factors to consider. Cost, comfort and overall style are a few of the most important ones.

your options with your partner before hitting up a jewelry store.

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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 band that matches your engagement ring. Be sure to discuss

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 possible. 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.

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Calling All Brides To The Brandon Bridal Expo And Fashion Show Staff Report

Calling all bridesto-be to come out to the Brandon Bridal Expo and Fashion Show put on by ToMa Enterprise. It will take place on Sunday, June 23 from 12 Noon to 4 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, located at 1039 Highland Manor Dr. in Brandon. Come face to face with wedding industry related vendors all under one roof in a single day to learn about the latest bridal styles and wedding trends. This intimate venue will allow you to meet with wedding vendors one on one to discuss products and services to help customize your wedding day to make it special and unique. For a detailed listing of vendors, please visit ToMaEvents.com. Wedding expos provide great information and ideas on many aspects leading up to the wedding day. Along with all of the vendors that partake in these events, there are usually demonstrations, samples and modeling shows that take place of the course of the wedding expo. There will be many fabulous gifts and prizes provided by the participating vendors. With one lucky winner walking away with the grand prize - a honeymoon - a trip for two, at the all-inclusive three-night Club Med Sandpiper Bay Resort Florida (provided by Visas and

Vistas Travel). Tickets are free, however the first 100 brides to pre-register at ToMaEvents.com will receive a free gift bag (filled with goodies). There will also be a fashion show presenting the latest fashions. You will see classic and contemporary wedding gowns, tuxedos, suites, bridesmaid, mother-of-the-bride dresses and alternative fashions (gowns provided by Flora’s Bridal). There will be many free door prizes such as, two-night stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Brandon/East Tampa, an eight-inch custom cake from Moreno Bakery, gift cards, floral arrangement, and more. ToMa Enterprises wants to inspire others to give. It will be raising awareness, funds and much needed supplies for E.C.H.O. to provide residents of southeastern Hillsborough County with emergency food, clothing and access to life-stabilizing programs and resources. While visiting the Expo, please consider donating a non-perishable item (peanut butter, canned meats, canned vegetables, fruit, diapers, hygiene products). EIf you would like information on becoming a vendor or on the Expo or how to help ECHO, please visit www.ToMaEvents.com.

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Choose A Wedding Photographer To Match Your Style Unlike your other vendors (music, flower arrangements, cake), you won’t really know what until after the fact what you are getting. Careful research and selectiveness regarding professional skills, artistic style and personal demeanor are extra important when choosing your photographer.

Step 1: Settle On A Style

Before you begin researching photographers, decide what type of photography style you prefer. That will help determine the kind of photographer you will want to shoot your wedding.

tion of photos might look like after the wedding.

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Step 5: Review Albums With A Critical Eye

When reviewing a photographer's album, look for the key moments you want captured.

need and where your photographer is based, and packages range from $2,500 all the way up to $15,000-plus on the higher end of the spectrum. When interviewing candidates,

Step 2: Do Your Homework

Start your search by reading reviews from recent newlyweds and browsing local listings. Review potential photographers' websites and blogs to check out photos of other weddings they have shot. How do they capture the moments important to you?

Step 4: See A Few Full Wedding Albums

Ask to see two or three full galleries from real weddings they've shot (not someone else at their company) to get a better idea of what your complete collec-

Most contracts stipulate that the photographer owns the rights to all photos taken at the wedding, even the ones of you. In other words, the photographer can use them promotionally (on their website or blog, submit them for publication and even place them in ads). That also means you can't just post the digital proofs they send you—most photographers have a policy that you can only share watermarked images or images with their credit on them. Also, unless you negotiate otherwise, if you want to print the images yourselves or order an album from another source, you'll have to buy the rights to the images.

Step 9: Get The Postproduction Details

Step 3: Set Up Interviews

Meet potential photographers in person. If you like what you see on their site, and fees are in your ballpark range, call to see if they're available for your wedding date. If so, go ahead and send an introductory email with a bit about you and your soon-to-be spouse, your event and the visions.

Step 8: Ask About Your Rights

Step 6: Make Sure Your Personalities Mesh

Don't underestimate the importance of liking and bonding with your photographer. Is the photographer excited by your vision when you describe it?

Step 7: Compare Packages

You won't be able to nail down an exact dollar amount until you're sure of what you want, how many albums you

ask for a general range based on the photographer's standard ‘shooting fee’ and package, plus their standard rates for the type of album you think you'll want and the amount of coverage you're hoping to book them for (day of, full weekend).

It usually takes at least a month to get all those photo proofs back from your photographer. Your photographer is shooting enormous raw files far bigger than your typical JPG, which gives your photographer greater ability to correct the photo, but it also takes a longer time to upload, process and edit those files.

Step 10: Prep Together For The DayOf

Remember that your photographer is the pro, so while it is helpful don’t spend too much time putting together a detailed shot list for them. Instead, give them an idea of what images you’d like captured (like a shot with each of your bridesmaids in addition to wedding party portraits) and let them do their thing.


Summer Wedding Planning Made Easy With Fun Additions Staff Report

There are many advantages to getting married in the summer. For starters, it is easier for people to take off work and the weather is more consistent. Make your wedding stand out by incorporating some of the following details. 1. A selfserve ice cream bar or snow cone cart. Both whimsical and refreshing, a snow cone cart or ice cream bar puts a new twist on wedding desserts. They also keep guests cool as a cucumber on a sultry summer day. Check with party rental companies to see what options they can offer. 2. Signature cocktails. You can have a signature cocktail no matter the season of your wedding. But a crisp cocktail in a bright color screams summer — not to mention many fruits and veggies are in season and at their height of flavor. Work with a local bartender to find out what’s in season to craft the best drink to reflect your tastes 3. Lawn games. The summer wed-

ding season brings many an outdoor affair. Let guests make their own fun by offering a selection of lawn games croquet and lawn dice, which work well with players sporting formal wear. 4. Sparklers. When things get late and it’s time to take your leave, do it in style by handing out sparklers for guests to light and line your path. 5. Bright bouquets. Summer was made for bold colors — and Mother Nature agrees! 6. Fun photo booth. Use a fun photo booth to give guests a special keepsake photo and something to do in between activities. Choose flowers in vivid colors like red, pink or yellow. Pick large blooms like peonies, hydrangeas or sunflowers. No matter what you decide to incorporate into your summer wedding, remember to always get quotes from as many local vendors as possible. Doing so will save money and uncover unique ideas that may help your special day stand out from the summer wedding crowd.

Honeymoon Packing 101 Staff Report

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. 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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