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Local Newsome Graduate Wins Chance To Watch Launch Of CRS-9 Rocket

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Recent Newsome graduate Jacob Fullerton had the opportunity to view the launch of the CRS-9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center.

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The future of the U.S. space program has been moving forward since the end of NASA’s Space Shuttle missions in 2011. FishHawk resident and recent Newsome graduate, Jacob Fullerton, was one of 50 people who were selected out of 2,000 applicants to receive full press access to Kennedy Space Center (KSC) when the Space X CRS-9 rocket launched on July 18 to carry cargo and biomedical experiments to the International Space Station. Fullerton was able to watch the launch from only four miles away with all of the other members of the press. The major news stations had their press sites about 100 ft. away. This was the closest viewing site for the launch, and almost next to the site where the first stage of the rocket landed. According to Fullerton, from that close you could feel the ground vibrating due to the immense sound. “We were just about as close as you can get without the sound literally killing you; you must be at least three miles away. However the most sound came

from the landing of the first stage of the rocket, which was even closer than the takeoff. This launch was the first time a land-based landing of a rocket was attempted,” he added. Fullerton found out about the program through NASA’s Snapchat and applied to the program as a social media representative. “The main basis of my application was that I have taken two years of TV production classes at my high school and also have around 4,000 subscribers on my YouTube channel where I have posted videos in the past,” he said. During his visit to KSC, Fullerton also toured launch pad 39B, which is where the shuttle missions and some of the Apollo missions launched. It is currently being remodeled so that a rocket to Mars can be launched there. During his visit, he also got to see the Vehicle Assembly Building where all rockets are assembled, the building where the space station was made, and finally the launch site of the CRS-9 on the day of launch. Fullerton’s future plans include attending the University of Virginia this fall. He had to do some scrambling to change hotel reservations so that he could attend as it fell at the same time as his college orientation. “I will definitely consider Aeronautical engineering as an option in the future,” said Fullerton. Since he doesn’t have to officially choose a major until his second year of college, he has some time to think about it. For more information on Space X, visit

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FishHawk’s Gannet Glade resident Jack Knapp, 13, who has recently moved to the community from Connecticut, practices his fishing skills at a pond near his neighborhood. The pond, which allows residents to enjoy some catch and release fishing is just one of dozens located within FishHawk Ranch.


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Hillsborough County’s decision to The rescue vehicles cost about temporarily relocate a Fire Rescue $300,000 and more than $1 million a vehicle and year to staff ambulance and equip. crew (Rescue Currently, 2) currently only 15 of placed at Fire the county's Station No. 2, 43 fire stain Lithia to tions have Riverview such found trucks. FishHawk and “This surrounding proposal is area residents not about clearly disapsaving pointed. money, but The proabout savposal did not sit Hillsborough County Commissioner Stacy White talks ing lives,” to residents about the County’s plan to relocate a well with Fire Rescue vehicle and ambulance crew (Rescue 2) Jones said that is currently placed at Fire Station No. 2 in Lithia adding that County to Riverview. Commissioner all fire staStacy White either, prompting him to tions in the county have fire engines, schedule a meeting last month at which are manned by equally trained Pinecrest Elementary School. paramedics and are equipped with White told the nearly two dozen emergency medical equipment to residents in attendance, joined by respond to critical emergency calls, members of Hillsborough County Fire but they cannot transport them to the Rescue (HCFR) that, while he hospital. respects the Fire Chief’s recommenJones emphasized that a fire dation and expertise, the rescue truck engine with crews who are trained is a valuable community asset. Continued on Page 7 “First of all, I wanted to say that I've heard the community loud and clear, and I'm with you 100 percent,” In This White said. “An ambulance service is Issue like an insurance policy. You have to have it but you hope to God you never have to use it.” RAPID RESPONSE HEADQUARTERS....PG 4 Prepared to bring the issue to the HOA HOT TOPICS. ..............................PG 7 Board of County Commissioners at its next meeting, White said, “I am going NEW FIRE STATION ..........................PG 19 to ask the board to fund the IFLY INDOOR SKYDIVING..................PG 22 Riverview station to have its own ambulance and crew.” SPORTS CONNECTION...............PGS 34‐35 Taking a turn, County Fire Chief CHALKLINES .....................................PG 38 Dennis Jones told residents that the county considered the plan to ensure ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT................PG 46 that its Fire Rescue crews, vehicles WEDDING GUIDE........................PGS 55‐59 and equipment are strategically positioned to best meet public safety READ MORE LOCAL NEWS ONLINE needs, based on call volume and population growth.

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Bloomingdale/ FishHawk Edition

Developer To Install New Traffic Light At Bloomingdale Square Plaza

FishHawk Ranch Players Return From Baseball Pilgrimage To Cooperstown

Regency Centers Corporation, a real estate investment trust based in Jacksonville. Regency Centers LP is one of the largest operators of grocery-anchored shopping centers. Campbell emphasized that when operational, the new signal will be synchronized or “interconnected” with the now Motorists struggle with heavy traffic on Bloomingdale existing signals on Avenue as they make their way in and out of the Bloomingdale Avenue to optiBloomingdale Square Plaza. mize traffic flow. Hillsborough County traffic engineer“Safety is always our number one ing officials recently approved the installaconcern,” Campbell said, adding that with tion of a new signal to ease traffic flow in more traffic than it can handle, and out of Bloomingdale Square Plaza at Bloomingdale Avenue is already a failed 889 E. Bloomingdale Ave. in Brandon. at peak hours. “The signals on road With the now infamously heavy traffic Bloomingdale Avenue will be retimed, on Bloomingdale Avenue between Lithia while the new traffic signal will allow Pinecrest Road and U.S. 301 as the motorist and retail center patrons to enter norm—especially during rush hour, which and exit much safer.” officially renders the avenue a failed Boasting of more than three dozen road—the installation of additional signals the Bloomingdale Square Plaza stores, comes as no surprise for motorists rouhas seen some major changes in recent tinely making use of the accident-prone, times including the closing of Walmart, congested roadway. which has anchored the shopping center According to Hillsborough County since it opened nearly 30 years ago. Transportation Program Manager and More recent additions to the plaza’s Traffic Engineer, Robert Campbell, instalroster of stores and retailers includes lation of the new signal located at the Burger Monger, Title Boxing and second entrance to the plaza approximately 900 feet west of Bell Shoals Road Jeremiah's Italian Ice, to name a few. Construction of the new traffic signal in front of Chipotle Mexican Grill and is scheduled to take place at night and Dunkin Doughnuts restaurants on the will include some lane closures, but offisouth and north side of Bloomingdale cials said it will have minimal affect on Avenue, respectively, is scheduled to day-time traffic. From start to finish, counbegin this summer. ty engineers are estimating the duration The private project is initiated, of the project between four to six months. financed and organized by Bloomingdale Visit Square Plaza owner and developer

For baseball players, both young and “Dreams Park is like Disney World for young at heart, baseball players,” there is no place said Lynda like Cooperstown, McMorrow, who New York. It’s the lives in FishHawk mecca of the Ranch and works sport; home of the as the marketing Baseball Hall of manager for Fame, where the Newland likes of Ty Cobb, Communities. Her Yogi Berra, Hank son is a member Aaron and Johnny of the FishHawk Bench are Cherry’s Bombers. enshrined. The FishHawk Ranch Cherry’s Bombers got to The tournament One week in turned into a live the dream this summer when they participated in baseball tournaments at June, the vacation for Cooperstown Dreams Park. FishHawk Ranch McMorrow and Cherry’s Bombers, a baseball team made many of the other players’ families. Some up of 12-year-olds who play in the rented houses, or stayed at hotels, while FishHawk Ranch Youth Baseball League, the players lived in barrack-style dorms. made the pilgrimage to compete in the “The week was all about friends and Cooperstown Dreams Park tournament. It family,” McMorrow said. offers young players the opportunity to One hundred and four teams com“Live the Dream” and compete at a high pete each week during the 12-week caliber of play for the sheer joy of the baseball tournament. Every day, 22 basegame. ball games run simultaneously. The The group of 12 players found out in FishHawk Cherry’s Bombers went into September that they had been accepted the tournament bracket on Wednesday to compete at Dreams Park. Then the as the 68th seed. They played nine fundraising and planning began. The games, won four, lost five, and competed players, who are all good friends, decided against teams from Texas, Ohio, Illinois, on their team name, the FishHawk Missouri, Georgia, Arizona, Wyoming and Cherry’s Bombers, in part because North Carolina. they’re all from the FishHawk area, and “It was about all of the kids playing Cherry’s, a popular FishHawk Ranch and not so much about winning the toureatery, is the favorite spot for the boys to nament,” added McMorrow, who said get together. The team also designed several players hit home runs for the first their logo for the competition and pins, time. “All in all, it was an experience the which are traded with fellow tournament boys will never forget, making memories players. to last a lifetime.”

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Former Fire Station To Serve As County’s New Rapid Response Headquarters

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With quicker County a better cleanups and and safer place to enhanced public live,” Beckner told safety as its main those in attengoal, Hillsborough dance. County’s Rapid All present Response team during the grand now has a home opening celebraof its own, in a tion were treated form of a new to a special ribCommissioners Kevin Beckner and Stacy headquarters bon-cutting as White are ready to use the County’s antifacility. graffiti truck to blast away a ribbon of graffiti. members of the To officially Rapid Response take ownership of its new headquarters team assisted Beckner and White to blast facility located at 122 W. Bloomingdale away a ribbon of graffiti at the same time Ave. in Brandon, the 19-member Rapid repainting the blemish-free spot at the Response team welcomed County offistation, while using the department’s anticials including Commissioners, Kevin graffiti truck. Beckner and Stacy White who were White emphasized that the purpose joined by local community leaders, county of the Rapid Response team is to quickly code enforcement officials and area resiresolve problems before they pose a dents. threat to public safety or diminish a neigh“The opening of this new facility is borhood’s quality of life. about getting things done and, getting The unit’s duties include investigating things done quickly,” said, Hillsborough and cleaning up illegal dumping and gang County Assistant Administrator Dexter graffiti along with securing and demolishBarge, who directly oversees the team’s ing dangerous structures, assessing and operation. repairing damage after natural disasters, The new headquarters building is the providing outreach and recovery assisCounty’s former Fire station No.7, a surtance to the homeless, marine safety, and plus building, which set vacant following assisting the Sheriff’s Office. its crew’s relocation to a newly construct“This new facility has centralized the ed station, just two miles east on department and will reduce our response Bloomingdale Ave. time by 17 percent,” Rapid Response Until now, Rapid Response employdirector, Jon-Paul Lavandeira said. ees have been working out of several Just last year the team conducted buildings scattered throughout 190 inspections and cleaned up approxiHillsborough County. mately 736 tons of debris scattered “This is a perfect utilization of County throughout the County. www.hillsboroughresources, while making Hillsborough, or call 813-274- 6600.





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Fire Rescue Truck To Move To Riverview Continued from Page 1 By Nicole Heubusch

How To Have A Successful HOA Board A Homeowners Association (HOA) Board consists of a group of individuals with different ideas and opinions all working together toward one goal, serving their community. The board members must be able to have a clear understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of its association, and what they want to accomplish. According to Melrose Management, HOA board members should possess certain qualities so that they can effectively do their job. The qualities they recommend to look out for include good communication skills, leadership skills, good ethics and maturity. Melrose Management stresses that since volunteering as an HOA board member is usually something that is taken on in addition to a fulltime job, the people that serve on the board are individuals who should want to better their association and make their community a more enjoyable place to live. also has a few traits they think should have HOA board members, which includes a willingness to dig in, a sense of honesty, the good sense to ask for help, ability to delegate, willingness to share and

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and equipped to respond to critical medical calls will remain at the Lithia Pinecrest Road station. A recent study for the Riverview, South Brandon, Lithia and FishHawk Ranch areas, found that while Lithia’s Rescue 2 responded to 892 alarms from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016; Fire Station No. 16 in Riverview, which does not have a rescue vehicle, used its fire engine to respond to 3,405 alarms in 2015, with many of those assisted by Rescue 2. True to his word, and backed by a sizable FishHawk crowd, White asked his fellow commissioners to vote in favor of funding a new ambulance for a FishHawk fire station, paid from

existing reserves; only to be rejected. The board has agreed to consider the matter as one of the individual projects to be funded out of surplus revenues at a meeting July 28, just after press time. We will update with the latest information after the meeting. In the meantime, discussion regarding the groundbreaking for a new fire station in FishHawk Ranch, Station 44- equipped with a rescue vehicle, a couple of miles west of Station No. 2. The new station, however, is not scheduled for completion until late 2017 or first quarter of 2018. For more information, visit

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FishHawk Barber Shop Employee Donates Kidney

By Tatiana Ortiz

In life, some individuals encounter Foundation’s website, the paired various situations that could be a test to exchange program allows the transplant one’s faith. center to As for Terri arrange Thomas, her for a faith “swap” of remained two prostrong cedures throughout to occur an unforgetat the table vensame ture. time. Thomas The resides in proceBrandon and dure took works at four FishHawk hours. Barber Both Terri Terri Thomas (right) donated a kidney to her family member, and Ryan Shop. She Ryan Thomas (left). will go into are her eighth year there. On April 5, she had recovering well. Ryan will reach his first a kidney transplant at Shands Hospital in milestone in October, meaning that his Gainesville. She donated her kidney to body will be adjusted to everything such her deceased husband’s cousin’s son, as the antirejection drugs that he currently Ryan Thomas. He received a new kidney is on. Ryan and his family are raising on that same day. Terri felt that she need- funds for his medical expenses. One of ed to help out a family member, which the fundraisers, called Ryan’s Beautiful gave her peace about her decision. Bean, can be found at “I never had any anxiety over the sur- This site sells a variety of jewelry such as gery,” said Terri. bracelets, watches and more. With each Ryan was born with a genetic kidney purchase, $10 will be donated to ease the disease called Nail Patella Syndrome. cost of the medical expenses for Ryan This disease causes orthopedic issues. and his family. One of his kidneys had failed due to “As a living donor I want everyone to some complications. He needed a new know the outcome of the procedure was kidney and searched for a donor. He positive and individuals should not fear,” used dialysis for four years. said Terri. Due to opposite blood types, Terri did The family created another fundraiser not qualify as the perfect match. Instead, on GoFundMe called Kidney Transplant she applied for the paired exchange proExpenses. Anyone interested in donating gram. According to the National Kidney can visit

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for the older children. They are often taken out of their homes in the middle of the night and have nothing of their own. We thought that they could create art work for their walls, and it will be something that belongs to them.” Mary Berg, executive director of A Kid’s Place said, “If it was not for the community, we The Leadership Brandon Class 2016 has been busy could not do this for the children making dreams come true this year for the children because we do not have the who live at A Kid’s Place in Brandon. funds.” Berg would encourage Each year, members of the commuothers, including individuals and organizanity, including representatives from local tions, to donate an outing for the children. businesses and non-profit organizations, “If we can provide an offsite activity where participate in Leadership Brandon, a com- they can experience something, it is great munity leadership development program for them. We can provide transportation of the Greater Brandon Chamber of and youth counselors to accompany the Commerce. The 2016 Leadership children,” said Berg. Brandon Class is comprised of a dynamic The Dream Team 2016 has provided and energetic group of individuals. tickets to Novemberfest, movies and Part of what each Leadership bowling. When the children went to the Brandon Class does is raise money for a Florida Strawberry Festival, they were local non-profit. This year’s Leadership escorted by the Hillsborough County Brandon Class, known as the Dream Sheriff’s Office. Team 2016, selected A Kid’s Place. The Leadership Brandon Class 2016 According to Suzy Watts, a member of is holding a Casino Night Party on Friday, the Dream Team 2016, “We considered September 16 from 6:30-11 p.m. at The many charities. A Kid’s Place tugged at Regent located at 6437 Watson Rd. in our hearts. We liked the idea of helping Riverview. Attendees are asked to bring kids because they are our future, our new shoes (all sizes for both boys and family, and we take care of family.” girls) for the children at A Kid’s Place. If On July 15 Beverly Walker, owner of you bring new shoes, you will receive Pinot’s Palette in Brandon, opened her three tickets for the Chest of Cheer studio so that some of the older children Raffle. For more on Leadership Brandon who live at A Kid’s Place could come and Class, A Kid’s Place and Pinot’s Palette, create a piece of art just for them. Watts visit, akidexplained, “We wanted to do something and


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Poisonous Toad Causes Concern For Pet Owners In Hillsborough County

By Nick Nahas

The poisonous Florida and do not cane toad, otherwise have any natural predknow as Rhinella ators, they are less marina, has become a likely to relocate once concern for pet ownthey find a place to ers in the area. This live. The University of invasive toad, more Florida Institute of prevalent during their Food and Agricultural breeding season Sciences (UF/IFAS) between April and recommends that the September, has toads be humanely glands located on the euthanized because Photo courtesy Nancy Nahas they are rapidly reprosides of the neck that Cane toads have recently been secrete a toxin that ducing, and they are a spotted in Bloomingdale. can be fatal if ingested threat to native by cats, dogs and other small pets. species. The method they recommend to According to information from the kill these toads is putting benzocaine ointHillsborough County Extension Service, ment on them or spraying their bellies cane toads are fairly easy to spot, averwith benzocaine spray, which will put aging in size from 6 to 9 inches. They them to sleep in a few minutes. Once make a distinct noise, characterized as they are unconscious, place them in a sounding like a motor. These creatures plastic bag and put them in your freezer are normally spotted at night after heavy for at least three days. rain. It is important to not leave pet food “These toads definitely need to be outside because it may attract them to eradicated around the area,” said Kerr. your house. “They can get up to 3 pounds and live According to Roy Kerr, veterinary five to 10 years. They are true carnivores, technician at Bloomingdale Animal and they are out of control.” Hospital, initial symptoms of the neurotoxNative to South America and Central in include drooling, and a drunken-like America, cane toads were originally stupor. If not treated, this can lead to con- brought to Florida in 1944 to help elimivulsions and possibly death. If you susnate sugarcane pests. The toad populapect that your pet has had contact with tion gained momentum in the Sunshine the toxin of the toad, it is vital to try to State when they were accidentally rinse the poison from their mouths repeat- released and reintroduced again in 1957 edly with ice-cold water with their head in Miami. tilted forward, ensuring that they do not Do not confuse the cane toad with swallow the poison. Then take your pet the native Southern Toad, which is harmimmediately to the vet, Kerr said. less. For more information on identifying Since cane toads are invasive to the toads, visit

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For Hillsborough County Circuit Judge Group 24 GARY DOLGIN IS MOST PREPARED TO SERVE • 26 years of Legal Experience • Board Certified Expert in Marital & Family Law • Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator • Owner of successful law practice since 1993 • Former Assistant State Attorney & Public Defender

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Hillsborough Voters Have Three Methods To Choose How To Vote, Every Vote Counts By Kathy L. Collins

Voting is a right. In order to exerEARLY VOTING cise this right, every voter in Early voting is set up before Hillsborough County needs to know both the primary and the general where to vote and how to do it. There election. This year, early voting are three methods-vote by mail, early will take place for the primary voting and election day voting. In (August 30) from August 15 order to vote, you must be registered through 28. For the general elecby Monday, August 1 for the primary tion (November 8), early voting and by Tuesday, October 11 for the will take place from October 24 general election. When you register, through November 6. you are asked to select a partyIn Hillsborough County, there Republican, Democrat, Libertarian or will be 16 early voting sites open. Non-Partisan. Visit for For the primary election, Florida is a complete list and the times they a closed primary state. This means are open. that your ballot will reflect the party Early voting is just like that you have selected. In other Election Day voting. You must words, you vote only for the candibring one or two forms of identifidates from your party as well as noncation with your photo and signapartisan races such as judge (county ture on it. Acceptable forms of and circuit), school board and amendidentification include Florida driment 4. ver’s license, state issued identifiIn the general election, your ballot Voters in Hillsborough County have three options to choose from in order to cast their vote. Vote cation, U.S. passport, student ID, is based upon where you live. by mail is the most convenient, and the Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections, Craig Lattimer (left) Public Assistance ID and more. You can view sample ballots for with the help of JC, is getting ready to mail them out to you. Whichever method you choose, both the primary and the general elecremember your vote counts. ELECTION DAY VOTING tion at to choose this option. If you request counted. Polling places, or precinct, noted “With three methods of voting, it could method, you will receive your balby mail has become increasthis “Vote on your voter registration card, are not be easier to make your voice lot in the mail, and you can take your ingly popular and is the most convenopen from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on Election heard in Hillsborough County,” said time making your voting decision. The ient way to vote, and we even pay the Day. Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer. vote by mail ballot must be received return postage,” said Latimer. “Vote by You can bring your sample ballot by the Hillsborough Supervisor of mail and early voting results are the you and use it while you vote. with VOTE BY MAIL first to be reported on election night. Elections Office by 7 p.m. on Election Whichever method you choose, Vote by mail is the most convenNo matter which voting method you Day. You can mail it or drop it off in remember your vote counts. ient method. This was previously person at one of their offices or at an choose, your vote will be counted.” For more information, visit known as absentee voting, but early voting site. Rest assured, if you Visit for Floridians no longer need an excuse choose this method, your vote will be instructions.

The 2016 Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, August 30. Early voting runs Monday, August 15 through Sunday, August 28 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily at the following local libraries: Bloomingdale Regional Public Library at 1906 Bloomingdale Ave., Riverview Branch Library at 10509 Riverview Dr., SouthShore Regional Library at 15816 Beth Shields Way, and Bruton Memorial Library at 302 W. McLendon St. in Plant City. Included are the races where more than one person is vying for a position within each party. We have included the districts that represent Osprey Observer local readers. The information included will link you to the candidates so that you can easily learn what each one stands for. For more information on the other races that will be decided in November, visit Get out and vote.

Circuit Court Judge - Group 3 ROBIN FERNANDEZ FUSON Visit or on Facebook at: Robin Fernandez Fuson for Judge for more As a judicial candidate Robin is committed to upholding existing law rather than creating it. Robin firmly believes in The United States Constitution as well the Constitution of the State of Florida. FUSON

CARL HINSON Visit or Facebook at: Carl Hinson for more information. My years of experience as a trial lawyer and mediator will allow me to be an impartial and fair trial judge,” said Hinson. “The sole purpose of a judge is to listen to disputes and make decisions based on the facts and the law. HINSON

Circuit Court Judge - Group 24


ISABELL “CISSY” BOZA SEVELIN For more information, visit or on Facebook at: Isabel Cissy Boza Sevelin for Circuit Court Judge, 13th Circuit, Group 24. I personally understand what it takes to accomplish goals in life and be able to set aside potential legal obstacles. While raising three children and working full time, I was able to attend college and complete my education.


MELISSA POLO For more information, visit or on Facebook at: Melissa Polo For Judge. If elected, Melissa Polo pledges to serve the citizens of Hillsborough County by applying the law established by the legislature and respectively listening to each individual who appears before her. POLO


GARY DOLGIN For more information, visit or on Facebook at: Gary Dolgin for Judge. I believe that my expertise in Family Law and my background in Criminal Law will be an asset to the Circuit Court. I have dedicated my professional career to the area of family and criminal law and look forward to putting my experience to work for the citizens of Hillsborough County.

LANELL WILLIAMS YULEE For more information, visit or on Facebook at: Campaign Williams-Yulee. For the past 24 years she has worked as an Assistant State Public Defender, Assistant State Prosecutor and Private. In 2009 she entered in to the private sector adding family law and personal injury to her practice. With over 20 years of experience, she has been exposed to application of the law, judicial demeanor, preparation for hearings and motions, freedom from bias and being fair to both sides.

County Judge - Group 10 SHELTON BRIDGES For more information, visit, or on Facebook at: Bridgesfor Judge. Believes justice can only be achieved by balancing a tough, no non-sense approach with mercy and common sense. BRIDGES


MIRIAM VELEZ VALKENBURG For more information, visit or Facebook at: Campaign Committee to Elect Miriam Velez Valkenburg for My prior work and life experiences qualify me to perform the duties of a county court judge. I believe my life experiences have taught me to be objective and patient. I truly believe that I possess the intelligence and temperament necessary to be a county court judge.

Clerk Of The Circuit Court (Democrats) KEVIN BECKNER For more information, visit I will provide the same level of service and dedication as I have as your County Commissioner to ensure that your tax dollars are safe and wisely invested. My campaign will focus on my professional experience as a certified financial planner and service as an elected official and those skills will transfer to the Clerk’s Office. BECKNER


PAT FRANK-Incumbent For more information, visit or on Facebook at: Re-elect Pat Frank for Clerk. Because of the hard work of my office and team, we were recently chosen to receive the prestigious Florida Excellence Award for Best Practices. Andespite annual budget cuts from the Florida Legislature, we continue to build on this progress every day. I am grateful for the opportunities the voters of Hillsborough County have given me to serve them, and I ask for your support and vote for my re-election as your Clerk of the Circuit Court.

State House Representative - District 59 NAZE SAHEBZAMANI For more information, visit As an Educator for the past 10 years, Naze spent the last three serving as a Mentor supporting new teachers in the district. She will champion issues that affect all families. Naze will work tirelessly to give a voice to citizens’ concerns and to help to resolve the challenges facing local communities. SAHEBZAMANI


RENA UPSHAW FRAZIER For more information, visit or on Facebook at: RenaforFlorida. Wants to fully fund education and make sure kids are taught how to think and not just how to take a test; believes we need to create an environment where small businesses can thrive and grow. Rena finds it inexcusable that over 800,000 Floridians, including 40,000 veterans don’t have healthcare and Tallahassee isn’t doing anything about it.

School Board - District 7 (Countywide)


ALAN CLENDENIN For more information, visit or on Facebook at: Alan Clendenin. Every child deserves an opportunity for a good education, but each child in our schools is unique, we have to recognize a good education is not just one track... Our schools must prepare all our students to enter the workforce with the needed skills to succeed…I know the solution to our challenges is with our families, teachers, and in our classrooms.


CARLOS FRONTELA For more information, visit As a concerned parent, I along with the teachers am concerned with the current curriculum. Teachers have voiced their displeasure for the curriculum because our children are spending the majority of their time studying for tests. Teachers want the flexibility to teach our kids. A curriculum needs to be implemented where our children can learn from their teachers and teachers are allowed to teach.

JOSEPH P. CAETANO For more information, visit My mission is to increase the graduation rate of Hillsborough County schools, which is currently at 73%. This is unacceptable, and we must work together to improve it. CAETANO




NORENE COPELAND MILLER For more information, visit I have over 35 years of government experience in the human services and social services field. I absolutely believe in equal access and opportunity for all children in Hillsborough County, no matter what district. One of my goals will be to help improve high school dropout rates, as well as increasing educational support to improve the learning process for each child.

CATHY JAMES For more information, visit or on Facebook at: electcathyjames. As a 31-year resident of Hillsborough County, I am committed to the success of our community. School boards, like any other board of directors, need members with varied backgrounds to achieve the axiom that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. With over 30 years of financial accounting and management experience in private, public and nonprofit organizations, I am offering my skill set to the community to enhance the skill set of the current members. STANLEY GRAY For more information, visit I can add value and a different perspective to The Hillsborough County School Board because of my experiences, exposures and skill set. I will bring a set of competencies, and a strategic outlook to the Board while offering a keen understanding of diversity and the relevant social and economic issues that face our school community.

LYNN GRAY For more information, visit; or Facebook at: Lynn for School Board. An experienced teacher and instructional leader for over 30 years, and she is ready to make a change in Hillsborough County. GRAY


RANDY TOLER For more information, visit or on Facebook at: Randy Toler. My desire is to be a voice for the 26,000 special needs students in the district and to bring my IT experience to the Board in order to further career path training and expand technical centers. I would also like to bring my experience in the environmental arena to help build our green approach to make district become more energyefficient.

County Commissioner - District 6 (Countywide) Republican Primary Candidates JIM NORMAN For more information, visit or Facebook at: Jim Norman for County Commissioner. Keep taxes low, support sheriff’s office, firefighters and all first responders, better roadways and 21st century traffic systems, protect our communities, promote economic development through targeted incentives that get maximum rewards for tax payers.

TIM SCHOCK For more information, visit or Facebook at: Tim Schock for Hillsborough County Commission. Tim will energize our County Government by bringing an honest, pro-business approach that gets things done, while always making sure to put the taxpayers and our conservative principles first. SCHOCK


Democratic Primary Candidates



JOHN DICKS Visit or on Facebook at: Vote John Dicks for more. As a business man, lawyer, farmer and former Mayor of Plant City, I have a unique skill set to help chart that course for Hillsborough County. That’s why I am running for County Commissioner … To help make those critical decisions that will determine the future of our County.

BRIAN WILLIS Visit or on Facebook: Brian Willis for more information. His focus is on Enhancing Public Strengthening the safety and prosperity of neighborhoods, Seeking economic development ventures to promote new growth in the County and continuing and supporting conversation focusing on viable mass transit and public works improvement.


PATRICIA ANN KEMP Visit or Facebook: Pat Kemp 2016 for more Advocates for: Good-Paying Jobs - Attracting and growing the industries with the jobs of the future, Smart Growth - Partnering with communities & businesses for growth that enhances and builds communities and Transportation - Working for less traffic and more transit with transit alternatives including ferries, robust bus service, rail, bicycles and walkable communities.

TOM SCOTT For more information, visit His focus is on Enhancing Public Strengthening the safety and prosperity of neighborhoods, seeking economic development ventures to promote new growth in the County and continuing and supporting conversation focusing on viable mass transit and public works improvement. SCOTT

Cissy Sevelin Pursues Position Of Circuit Court Judge In Group 24

Carl Hinson Makes A Run For 13th Circuit Court Judge

“Equality before the law the Middle District of Florida is not just a legal principle for nine years. During that to me; it is my entire reason time, Sevelin wrote thoufor being an attorney, medisands of legal opinions. ator, law clerk and public Sevelin has been a servant,” said Isabel Cissy sole practitioner in Boza Sevelin (Cissy Thonotosassa since 2013. Sevelin), candidate for However, she is not in a Circuit Court Judge in traditional practice. This is Group 24. because 100 percent of Sevelin stated, “My Sevelin’s practice is devotdedication and involveed to pro bono work. Her Cissy Sevelin is running for ment with our community clients are financially dissets me apart from others Circuit Court Judge in Group 24. advantaged and cannot who are running in my group. I am comafford representation. passionate about providing life-changing Sevelin explained, “The general legal assistance to the poor and nature of my current practice is representoppressed in our community. I have dedi- ing indigent clients in various areas of the cated more than 2,500 hours in pro bono law such as Domestic Violence Injunction legal services since October 2013. I am Hearings, Family/Domestic Relations, dedicated to following the rule of law as Wills, Trusts and Estates, Advance written and not as I wish it to be.” Directives, and Juvenile Dependency and Throughout her life, Sevelin has Delinquency Hearings.” Sevelin is also a worked in a variety of fields before Certified Family Mediator where she becoming an attorney. She began workdeals with custody, child support, division ing at the age of 12 when she went to of property and other family law matters. work at Olympia Bakery in Tampa. “I personally understand what it takes Sevelin received her Associate of Arts to accomplish goals in life and be able to Degree from Hillsborough Community set aside potential legal obstacles. While College in 1989 and graduated from the raising three children and working full University of South Florida with a dual time, I was able to attend college and major in accounting and finance in 1995. complete my education,” said Sevelin. “I Sevelin has worked as an accountant, a believe that I have the credentials, the loan officer and a small business owner. spirit and the experience to pursue the Sevelin became an attorney in 2002 and opportunity to become a member of the worked as a mediator and then as a judiciary.” Bankruptcy Law Clerk for the judges in Visit

As a successful As past president of solo practitioner, mediathe Tampa Bay Trial tor and community Lawyers Association, leader, Carl Hinson has Hinson established an the requisite experience annual golf tournament. necessary to be a fair The funds generated and thoughtful Circuit from the tournament are Court Judge. In addition donated to local nonto running his law pracprofits. Hinson has pertice for 22 years, sonally supported A Kid’s Hinson has been a cerPlace and is an active tified mediator since member in the Greater 1994. He has mediated Brandon, Plant City and close to 100 claims. Greater Riverview Carl Hinson, shown here with his Chambers of “As a mediator, I wife of 27 years, Yvette and 12 year have to know the law old daughter, Vanessa, is running Commerce. and be able to deterHinson was educatfor Circuit Court Judge in Group 3. mine whether a claim ed locally and is a long has been correctly evaluated. As a seatime resident of Hillsborough County with soned trial lawyer, I am able to underclose, personal connections to Eastern stand the strengths and weaknesses of Hillsborough County. The reigning Florida both sides. A judge has to be able to Strawberry Festival Queen is a distant explain to the litigants why you have ruled cousin. In addition to being a successful for or against their claim,” explained attorney running his own business, Hinson. Hinson has been married for 27 years Hinson’s expertise and fairness has and has a 12 year old daughter. been vetted and recognized. The Judicial “My years of experience as a trial Nominating Committee (JNC) has nomilawyer and mediator will allow me to be nated him on two separate occasions to an impartial and fair trial judge,” said be appointed judge. The JNC is made up Hinson. “The sole purpose of a judge is to of non-partisan nine-member committee listen to disputes and make decisions of lawyers and non-lawyers who locate, based on the facts and the law.” recruit, investigate and evaluate appliHe is running in Group 3 for Circuit cants for judicial office. In addition, he has Court Judge and you can vote for him on been endorsed by numerous local offiTuesday, August 30. cials including Hillsborough County Sheriff For more information, visit David Gee.

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Miriam Velez Valkenburg Seeks To Be Hillsborough County Court Judge In Group 10

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Dedication to the that govern those areas of practice of law and servlaw,” said Valkenburg. ice to the community are “As a former law two reasons why Miriam enforcement officer and Velez Valkenburg is runas an attorney in private ning for County Court practice, I understand the Judge in Group 10 on challenges of representing Friday, August 30. clients in court and am A native of Chicago, much more cognizant of Valkenburg moved to constitutional issues,” said Florida in 1990 to attend Valkenburg. USF. After graduation In addition, she became a probation Valkenburg has continued officer because she to give back to the comwanted to serve the munity in meaningful community. After graduways. She is co-founder Miriam Velez Valkenburg, picating from Stetson of Are You Safe, Inc., an tured with husband, Jason, nine year old daughter, Ellianna, and organization that provides University’s School of Wrigley, is running for County Law, Valkenburg worked free legal service to vicCourt Judge in Group 10. as an Assistant State tims of domestic violence. Attorney for Hillsborough County. As a She also serves in the Guardian Ad Litem prosecutor, she handled thousands of Program. cases in traffic, misdemeanor and felony Valkenburg balances her work life juvenile offenses. with her personal life as a wife to Jason In her current practice as a shareand mother to 9-year old Ellianna. holder in Valkenburg & Valez, PA, she “My prior work and life experiences practices in numerous areas of law qualify me to perform the duties of a including civil, criminal and family law. county court judge. I believe my life expe“While in private practice, I have handled riences have taught me to be objective cases involving breach of contract, lien and patient. I truly believe that I possess matters, foreclosures, consumer debt the intelligence and temperament necesissues, landlord tenant, personal injury, sary to be a county court judge. As judge, wrongful death, petitions for protection I will always strive to be patient, ethical against domestic violence and civil traffic and treat each litigant with the respect citations. This is significant because civil they deserve while following the law and county judges preside over a wide range making informed decisions based upon of causes of actions and must know the the facts and the law,” said Valkenburg. applicable rules, procedures and laws Visit




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Melissa Polo Seeks To Serve As Circuit Court Judge In Group 24

Shelton Bridges Endeavors To Utilize Experience, Passion As County Court Judge In Group 10

For Melissa Polo, the law and Polo is a third generation Floridian. becoming an attorney has been a calling. “My ancestors who emigrated from Cuba This, along with a strong and Sicily passed along commitment to public a tradition of hard work, service, is why she is integrity, respect, comrunning for Hillsborough passion and community County Circuit Court service,” said Polo. In Judge, Group 24, on addition to running a sucTuesday, August 30. cessful law practice, Polo Polo has practiced provides an average of law in Hillsborough 40 hours per year in pro County for more than 20 bono legal service to the years. She worked as a community. She is prosecutor for the involved with many outHillsborough County standing organizations State Attorney’s Office for including Hillsborough four years. After proseCounty Sheriff’s Office cuting and trying hunHispanic Advisory Melissa Polo is running for Circuit dreds of cases, including Council, the Spring and Court Judge in Group 24. felony drug cases, she Teen Court Program. In became an advocate for people in need addition, she has mentored law students and has successfully run a private practhrough the Hillsborough Association for tice since 2009. Polo now handles all Women Lawyers. types of civil and criminal cases. “I care about this community. It is my “Of those running in Group 24, I have home. For me, the most effective way to the most diverse background with respect give back to the community is by serving to the types and level of cases litigated. I as a judge,” explained Polo. have litigated cases in both state and fed“My practical litigation experience eral court. This diversity in cases handled handling hundreds of cases in all areas of has given me a lot of experience, and will Circuit Court, coupled with my courthouse allow me to function effectively as a relationships and community involvement judge,” said Polo. She has extensive will enable me to run an organized, effiexperience on both sides of civil and cient, respectful, meaningful and fair criminal law and has worked in many courtroom,” added Polo. areas where Circuit Court Judges are For more information, visit called upon to preside over throughout their time on the bench.

With a strong sense 11 years. Bridges has of service, Shelton always wanted to be an Bridges makes a great attorney, and he believes candidate for County that being a judge is a callCourt Judge for ing. “I believe that in law, Hillsborough County, as in life, you have to treat Group 10. The election will people as you want to be take place on Tuesday, treated. The lack of civility August 30. is a problem, and we need “My parents reared judges that bring the me with a strong belief of appropriate demeanor to service. After 16 years of the bench,” added practicing law, 11 of which Bridges. required me to be in court The challenges of every day, I see what being a County Court Shelton Bridges is a fifth makes a good judge. I Judge are unique in generation Floridian running for want to be a judge that County Court Judge, Group 10, on that it includes Small Tuesday, August 30. serves the people of Claims Court where Hillsborough County,” said Bridges. many litigants represent themselves. As Bridges graduated from the such, a County Court Judge must be able University of Florida with three degrees to guide the process without giving legal including a law degree and an MBA. He advice. “A County Court Judge has to has worked in both the Hillsborough have a certain temperament and County Public Defender’s Office as well demeanor to help reduce the stress and as the Hillsborough County State make the system work,” explained Attorney’s Office for a total of 11 years. Bridges. He has tried more than 100 jury trials to Bridges added, “Being a judge is a verdict and has practiced in Federal Court privilege. A judge must treat everyone as well. “The breadth of my experience is who comes before him with dignity and what makes me uniquely qualified to be a respect.” Bridges will not only bring a high County Court Judge,” said Bridges. level of legal experience and knowledge Moreover, Bridges is a fifth generato the bench but a desire to treat others tion Floridian who has resided in respectfully. Hillsborough County since 2000. Bridges For more information on Shelton is an active member of his church, Hyde Bridges and his run for County Court Park United Methodist Church, where he Judge in Group 10, visit www.bridgesforhas taught children’s Bible Study for over

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Candidate In Group 24 Gary Dolgin Prepared To Serve As Circuit Court Judge

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With 26 years of ber of citizens in our experience and the state. Everyone has a expertise that comes friend or family memwith being a Board ber who has gone Certified Attorney in through the process. Marital and Family People want someLaw, Gary Dolgin is one who is an expert uniquely qualified to in what is going to serve as a happen with their chilHillsborough County dren, their money and Circuit Court Judge. their property.” Dolgin is running for Moreover, Dolgin judge in Group 24 and has experience in encourages everyone criminal law as he to vote on Tuesday, served as an Gary Dolgin wants to be the first August 30. Assistant State Circuit Court Judge elected in Hillsborough County who is Board In Florida, Board Attorney in Manatee Certified in Marital and Family Law. County and an Certification recognizes an attorney’s special knowledge, Assistant Public Defender in Hillsborough skill and proficiency in a particular area of County. He has handled juvenile delinlaw. It also recognizes professionalism quency and dependency cases as welland ethics in practice. The minimum stan- all areas of law that a Circuit Court Judge dards to become Board Certified are must rule upon. quite rigorous which is why there are only Dolgin said, “I want to be this comabout 26 attorneys in Hillsborough munity’s Marital and Family Law Judge County and only 273 in the state of because the area impacts a tremendous Florida who are Board Certified in Marital number of people, and citizens deserve a and Family Law. judge who has both the expertise and Dolgin is the only candidate in Group passion for the law.” 24 to have achieved this distinction. In Dolgin has lived almost all of his life addition, he would be the first Circuit in Hillsborough County. He has been Court Judge elected in Hillsborough married to Wendi Towbin-Dolgin, a regisCounty who is Board Certified in Marital tered nurse, for 25 years. They have twin and Family Law. 18 year olds, a son Corey and a daughter According to Dolgin, this makes him Mallory, and a 12 year old son, Ari. qualified because, “Family law is the diviFor more information on Dolgin’s sion that most new judges are assigned. candidacy for Circuit Court Judge in This area of law affects the greatest num- Group 24, visit

Meet local, state and even national candidates at one of the upcoming Candidate Forums presented by Bell Shoals Baptist Church on Friday, August 5 and the Brandon Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, August 10.

As the primary and general election of 2016 draw nearer, registered voters in Hillsborough County have to start making decisions for whom they will cast their ballot. In an effort to aid in this decision making process, several local organizations will hold candidate forums. The forums are an opportunity for you, the voter, to meet the candidates for yourself and find out their position on issues. First up is Bell Shoals Baptist Church’s 22nd Annual Candidate Forum on Friday, August 5 beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Worship Center located at 2102 Bell Shoals Rd. in Brandon. The forum is free and open to the public. The general public will have an opportunity to meet face to face in a meet and greet with the candidates from 5:306:45 p.m. At 7 p.m., all candidates will have approximately three minutes to speak to their plans and give reasons to vote for them. According to Linda Townsend, a member of the Bell Shoals Church Issues

Team and co-chair of the forum, “Nearly 90 candidates have been invited and we are receiving commitments to attend every day. All of the Judicial Candidates have agreed to attend.” For more information, visit On Wednesday, August 10 the Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce will hold its 2016 Candidate Hob Nob at TPepin’s Hospitality Centre located at 4121 N. 50th St. in Tampa. This candidate forum will take place from 5-7:30 p.m. Presale tickets are $15 and at the door, the cost is $20. Tickets get you craft beer sampling, gourmet pizzas, finger foods and time with the candidates. “This is an opportunity for voters to meet the candidates face to face in an informal setting. You will also be able to participate in an informal straw poll,” said Christine Michaels, executive director of the Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce. At the Greater Brandon Chamber’s Candidate Hob Nob, you can meet candidates for local, state and even federal races all in one place. You can learn where the candidates stand on important issues. For more, visit or call 689-1221. Whether you attend the Bell Shoals Candidate Forum or the Brandon Chamber’s Candidate Hob Nob, you have the opportunity to meet candidates, ask questions and become informed on all of the issues so that you can make your voting decisions.

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HCSO Uses ShotSpotter Data, Alerts To Enforce Reduction Of Celebratory Gunfire sis solution, which is normally used to detect and locate gunfire incidents and gather gunfire intelligence and data to fight crime and violence in Hillsborough County. Carter added that this solution provides real-time gunshot location data, enabling informed decisions for faster and more accurate emergency response, while Ruskin resident Diego Duran, 17, center, enjoys the company of his friends and family during a improving intelligence and increasrecent event promoting Bullet Free Sky. ing first responder safety. “The ShotSpotter gunfire alert This year’s Fourth of July celebration data and intelligence also provides the came and went accompanied by the traSheriff's Office with more forensic eviditional elements of food, parades and dence leading to more thorough investifireworks. One unwelcome addition, particularly on the July 4th weekend celebra- gations and increased prosecutions for tion, is the illegal and potentially fatal cele- gun-related crime, in addition to enhancing crime analysis and data-driven policbratory gunfire which remains a problem. The practice often ends with tragic results ing capabilities, helping improve public safety and security,” she said. as innocent people are hit by the bullets A constant reminder of the tragic conand are injured or killed. sequences of celebratory gunfire is Diego In a recent press release ahead of Duran, who is now 17 years old and will this holiday season and beyond, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office prom- be a senior at Lennard High School this coming school year. To reach the final ised to remain committed to a policy of year of high school was a road filled with zero tolerance of illegal gun use to obstacles and challenges for the student enhance its initiatives to combat gun vioafter a he was struck in the head by lence in this community. a stray bullet on the wake of New Year “Our mission is to protect the quality 2012 watching fireworks at home. of life for all residents throughout our The events that followed resulted in community by creating an environment of the launching of Bullet Free Sky a nonenhanced safety and security,” said profit organization with one goal in mind; Public Information Officer, Debbie Carter. To help curve the unlawful practice of to educate the public and raise awareness on the dangers of Celebratory celebratory gunfire, HCSO has utilized Gunfire. Visit the ShotSpotter gunfire alerts and analy-

Volume 15, Issue 8

Bibles & Basketball Camp Featuring Harlem Globetrotters To Hold Charity Game In Fall

By Ivy Velazquez

For 12 years, tinue to be Ed Treimanis has positive. He led and overseen feels that this the Bibles and is important in Basketball camp ensuring kids at Immanuel a safe and Lutheran, a probright future. gram dedicated to Though sharing the love of the Bibles and God and basketBasketball ball with kids. camp was not Treimanis has Ed Treimanis (right) and former Harlem Globetrotter held this sumLarry “Shorty” Coleman (left) will be hosting a worked with a few mer, Treimanis charity basketball game in the fall. basketball celebristill assisted ties in running his camp and assisting in with the Legends camp with Shorty. This other similar camps such as the Harlem year the camp was held Monday through Legends Shoot For the Stars camp held Friday, June 20-24. Though Treimanis’ at the Ministries and Activities Center camp was not held, the annual charity (MAC) at the First Baptist Church of game will still be taking place in the fall. Brandon. One of these is former Harlem As of this time, there is no specific date, Globetrotter, Larry “Shorty” Coleman. but Treimanis has already been in contact Treimanis and Shorty met five years with Bloomingdale High School and Bell ago, and after discovering that they both Shoals Baptist Church about using their had a passion for basketball and helping gyms for the game. children, they started working together. Many who have worked with Although Shorty comes to Brandon priTreimanis speak highly of his passion for marily for the Harlem Legends camp, his camp and basketball. Jim Price, a forthey have set it up so both camps do a mer NBA player who began his career charity game every year together. with the LA Lakers, and now local to “I’ve only missed one Bibles and Valrico, has participated in past charity Basketball game and that was due to games and had especially kind words to medical injury,” said Shorty. share. Shorty is involved in many charities in “We’re all given a talent by God and addition to the two camps. In fact, he has Ed just loves sports and I believe that this been partaking in charities since 1994. is part of his ministry,” said Price. He also has been involved with hospitals More about camp and updates on such as St. Jude’s and spent time with the game in the fall, visit www.biblesandreligious figureheads such as Pope John Information on the Harlem Paul II, but Shorty’s main focus has been Legends camp can be found at to teach kids basketball and how to

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County Celebrates Opening Ceremony New $2.1M Armwood Fire Station

Brandon Sports And Aquatic Center Hosts World’s Largest Swim Lesson

engine, and a rescue vehicle. Each 24-hour shift is staffed by a crew of five personnel. The station also Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Chief Dennis Jones, center, is joined houses a fire by County Commissioner Stacy White (District 4), Terry Flott of the Seffner Community Alliance as well as Fire Rescue personnel during investigator. “This the recent opening of the new Armwood Fire Station No.4 in Seffner. replacement Hillsborough County Officials, Fire building is part of a larger plan set in Rescue, (HCFR) personnel, along with place by the Hillsborough County Board local area residents and community representatives recently celebrated the com- of County Commissioners to give firefighters and first responders the tools needed pletion of a $2.4 million project to replace to do their jobs, and a comfortable facility the Armwood Fire Station No. 4. to return to after a call,” Hillsborough Instead of a ribbon cutting, the ceremony held at the station, located at 11826 County Fire Rescue Chief Dennis Jones said. E. U.S. Hwy. 92 in Seffner, included Construction costs were funded HCFR’s traditional uncoupling of fire through impact fees, general revenue hoses, which formally marked the stafunds, and Public Safety Improvement tion’s commitment to serving the area. The official ceremony welcomed spe- Bond Project funds. Construction took nearly a year to cial speaker, Terry Flott of the Seffner complete, during which time Fire Rescue Community Alliance as well as Hillsborough County Commissioner Stacy personnel, equipment, and apparatus operated out of temporary quarters on the White (District 4). The celebration continsite so emergency services would continued with tours of Station No.4 for all in ue during construction. attendance. Jones also spoke highly of the new The new station now replaces the old building when he proudly said, “As you building that has occupied the same site for nearly a half a century. At 9,300 sq. ft., look at photos of the old Station No. 4, you realize just how impressive this new the new facility is more than twice the building really is.” size of the old station and includes a The new facility is one of several number of upgrades and amenities to assist the full time staff. Upgrades include projects underway to replace, upgrade, or add fire stations throughout the unincormore modern living quarters and workporated area, including Riverview, space designed to meet current fire staSundance, Carrollwood, and the East tion standards. Lake area. Visit The station’s three bays house a fire

floating on their back. “We created a safe environment for kids with lifeguards and instructors surrounding the pool,” Hickie said. “We’re aiming to get swimmers excited to swim.” Because children drownings have become the forefront of concern, BSAC recently partnered with the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County to Children participate in BSAC’s World’s Largest Swim Lesson. bring free mobile swim lessons to different This past June 24, aquatic center’s aquatic center locations across the counaround the world took part in The World’s ty. Largest Swim Lesson to not only give The Children’s Board of Hillsborough kids the chance to have fun in the pool County’s Director of Public Relations, but also learn water safety. With the sumPaula Scott, came to the swim lesson to mer being one of the worst times throughhelp spread awareness to the swimmers out the year for drowning accidents, the and their parents on water safety skills summer time is the best time to teach and promote the free swim lessons being children and adults how to swim and how offered throughout the county. to be safe in the water. “[The Children’s Board of Wanting to educate younger children Hillsborough County and the five partners on swimming and pool safety throughout of the Mobile Water Safety Team] are all the community, Brandon Sports and working together to provide swim lessons Aquatic Center (BSAC) hosted a swim that teach life-saving skills to children and lesson with The World’s Largest Swim their parents,” said Scott. “The number of Lesson. Hosted by BSAC’s Aquatic drownings have gone down child Director Theresa Hickie, the 30 minute because of our efforts.” lesson kicked off 10 a.m. For more information on The World’s BSAC swim lesson instructors and Largest Swim Lesson, visit www.worldcoaches all helped to teach younger kids For further and adults with special needs how to information on BSAC and how to sign up swim. The swimmers were participating in your child for swim lessons, visit many different water drills to get them or call 689-0908. started in the water such as kicking and

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By Tamas Mondovics Crime Stoppers Tip Recovers Firearms, Arrest & Warrant Issued

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office takes all burglaries seriously, especially those that result in the theft of firearms. Thanks to some information received by Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay, two of the four guns recently stolen from a residence in Riverview were recovered along with the arrest of Ryan Carlton Williams, 36, of Seffner. During a burglary on Monday, June 13, in the Riverview community four firearms were taken. While detectives were investigating the case, they received information from Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay which provided the whereabouts of the suspects involved in the gun theft and some of the firearms. The tip led deputies to recover two of the stolen firearms (Marlin .22 and a Remington 300 Win Mag) and to the arrest of Williams whom investigators said is just one of the suspects involved in the case. The investigation continued and resulted in the identification of Stephen Gladu, 29, as the second suspect, who now has an active warrant for felony charges. Williams is now charged with Grand Theft Firearm (two counts) and dealing in stolen property. Warrant was also issued for Gladu, for Grand Theft of Firearm (four counts), Armed Burglary of a residence, Felon in possession of a firearm and dealing in stolen property.

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Two Brandon area stores were robbed earlier this month prompting law enforcement to reach out to the community for assistance. On Monday, July 4, at approximately 12:50 p.m., an unknown Hispanic male purchased a pack of gum at the CVS located at 909 Lumsden Rd., before he showed the cashier a note stating he had a gun and he wanted money. After receiving an undisclosed amount of money, the suspect fled on foot southbound on Bell Shoals Road. The suspect is described as 180 lbs., late 30's to early 40's, wearing a black baseball cap, maroon button down shirt, blue jeans and light brown work boots. A week later, two suspects, identified as Hispanic in their early to mid 20’s armed with a handgun robbed the 7Eleven located at 7711 Causeway Blvd. Upon entering the store, one of the suspects with a black unknown make handgun demanded cigarettes, while the other jumped over the counter also taking some other items, before fleeing on foot. Anyone with any info reference to the robberies are asked to call 247-8200 or anyone who wants to be eligible for a cash reward can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously at or send a mobile tip using our P3 Tips Mobile application. Visit

Volume 15, Issue 8

Valrico Veteran Honored With Award For Continued Service Decades After Retiring

By Sandy Meyer

For many people retirement is synCitizen Award in 2006 and again in 2010. onymous with rest and Raysick is a Life relaxation. It’s a time to Member of the let go of some responMarine Corps sibilities, travel and League in Riverview enjoy a simpler life. where he was electFortunately, no one ed Judge Advocate told that to Walter for 2016-2017. Part Raysick of Valrico. of his duties with the The list of his Marine Corps accomplishments and League includes contributions to the presenting the Eagle community is endless. Scout Good Citizens Raysick retired in 1989 Award to Boy as a Master Chief Scouts earning their Petty Officer in the Eagle Scout badge. U.S. Navy. His 30 This is only the years of military servtip of the iceberg. ice included time as a The list of organizahospital corpsman in tions that he is Department Cmdt. Bill Cona awards Walter involved in is too the Marines and Raysick of Riverview Det. 1226 the coveted service in Vietnam. numerous to menChapel of Four Chaplains Award. He worked until 2004 tion. as a civilian during which time he was a “I’ve always been involved in commumember of the Olney Lions Club, presinity events, specifically in regard to veterdent of Crime Stoppers in Maryland and ans and veteran’s issues,” Raysick said. a graduate of the Citizens Police His continuous service earned him a Academy. prestigious award which was presented But, he was just getting warmed up. to him last month at the Florida Marine After moving to Valrico in 2004, Raysick Corps League Convention. The Chapel of immediately immersed himself in the Four Chaplains Legion of Honor Award community with his volunteer work. His was given to Raysick in recognition to his efforts include volunteering at the Nativity lifetime service. The award recognizes his Catholic Church Food Bank from 2004 to service to all people of all races and 2010, graduating from the Hillsborough faiths. Raysick said receiving the award County Sheriff’s Citizens Police Academy was “an extreme and humbling honor.” and volunteering with the Cold Case Unit For more information on The Chapel of the Homicide unit. He was awarded of Four Chaplains and its honor prothe Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office grams, visit

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iFLY Brings Indoor Skydiving Center To Local Author To Host Book Signing By Kelly Wise Valdes Brandon Entertainment Hub her heart-felt Riverview resiBy Tamas Mondovics

Adding to the ever expanding list of attractions in Riverview and Brandon, iFLY Tampa is the third location in Florida, scheduled to open later this fall, on Palm River Road, just off I-75, near Topgolf and Bass Pro Shop. The 57 ft. tall indoor facility will feature a vertical 14-ft. (4.3m) recirculating wind tunnel powered by giant fans that can generate up to 175 mph winds, with the force adjusted for body weight. iFLY, an experiential entertainment company that According to iFly Orlando created modern indoor skydiving, is building its newest Premier Indoor Skydiving facility on Palm General Manger Amanda Siegel, River Road, just off I-75, near Bass Pro Shop. the entire first time flight experiNo parachute? No problem. Local ences takes about 1-2 hours. residents who would like to taste the thrill Upon arrival and checking in, flyers of skydiving, but are not brave enough or take part in a personalized training seshave the means to take the leap out of an sion then gear up, which includes a jumpairplane from 10,000 feet up, will soon suit, helmet, goggles and earplugs.The have a chance to come pretty close to flight is assisted by an instructor accomthe real thing. panying the rookies. Additional runs can Continuing its mission to make the be made solo or with friends. dream of flight a reality by giving its cusBased on the flight cost at the comtomers “wings” in a safe and reliable envi- pany’s Orlando facility, prices start at ronment, iFLY, an Austin, Texas based around $60 per person for two flights sevexperiential entertainment company that eral minutes each. created indoor skydiving, is building its According to the iFLY website, the newest Premier Indoor Skydiving facility first time flyer package is a freefall equivain southeastern Hillsborough County. lent of three skydives from 12,000 ft. Indoor Skydiving Source (ISS) an Siegel emphasized that, of course, independent go-to-resource, which helps the entire experience is much longer and flyers from all around the world to find a that while “these costs might seem steep wind tunnel in its database and to learn at first, almost unanimously, indoor skyabout the sport of bodyflight, announced diving customers agree that their first tunon its website that iFLY Tampa is currentnel experience was worth the money.” ly under construction by ARCO/Murray Soft opening is hoped for around Construction Co., which built the Topgolf Thanksgiving, followed by a traditional facility and is now working on the Tampa grand opening. Visit and General Hospital’s healthplex nearby.

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Celebrating 100 Years Of America’s Beauty In Our National Parks: Part 1 of 2 The U.S. National Parks Service is currently celebrating its 100th Anniversary. Although President Woodrow Wilson created the National Park Service on August 25, 1916, we can thank President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt and his love of nature and conservation for setting the stage to create the National Parks system. My husband, Phil, and I recently visited the first established National Park, Yellowstone, along with a few others on a recent trip taking us through Wyoming and South Dakota. Our journey took us into Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone and across Wyoming, with a stop in Cody and two ranches before entering South Dakota to visit Crazy Horse, Mount Rushmore and Badlands National Park.

Tauck Tours

Most of our trip was part of a one week Tauck tour. One of the reasons we chose this particular tour was so that we could stay inside the parks. This trip included overnights at Jackson Lake Lodge inside Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone’s Old Faithful Lodge and Yellowstone’s Lake Lodge. I knew we were in a special place at first sighting of the 40 mile long Tetons range. We arrived the day before our tour was to begin, so we took a scenic boat cruise out of Colter Bay Marina on Jackson Lake. It was a great way to learn information about the area while enjoying the amazing scenery.

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(Above) Jenny Lake with a view of the Teton Mountains in the background. (Left) Red fox with dinner. (Right) Beehive Geyser in Yellowstone.

One of the most popular activities in the Tetons is a 10 mile scenic rafting float trip on the Snake River. This was the first activity on our tour. Normally the water would be crystal clear, but on this day, it was murky from all of the mud being churned up due to melting mountain snows. Lucky for us we had an experienced young man at the helm keeping us away from the river obstacles. We saw bald eagles and a moose feeding at the side of the river; all wonderful sights as we marveled at the Tetons beckoning at every turn.

Mormon Row

After a quick lunch and some shopping in Jackson, we stopped to take photos at Mormon Row, which is on the National Register for Historic Places. The Mormons established homesteads here in the 1890s. Though not inhabited anymore, the buildings with the Tetons set in the background are a photographer’s delight. It was soon time to leave behind the beauty and enchantment of the Tetons for Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone National Park

Although Yellowstone is the first official park in the National Park’s Service, it was originally established by Congress in

1872 when President Ulysses S. Grant signed the Yellowstone National Park Protection Act into law. The park is most famous for Old Faithful. The lodge was built near the huge geyser, which erupts approximately every 90 minutes. Whether staying at the Lodge or just passing through, it’s also a great place to enjoy lunch or dinner. There are miles of trails and boardwalk starting at the lodge, where you can view geysers and other hydrothermal activity up close. We were extremely lucky to catch an eruption of the Beehive Geyser, which usually erupts every 13 to 16 hours. It caught us by surprise on an early morning walk. Its height can reach over 200 feet and lasts about five minutes. Near the center of the park is the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. About 20 miles long and almost 1,200 ft. deep in places, there are cascading waterfalls in the canyon that are breathtaking. You can view the three waterfalls, Lower, Upper and Crystal Falls, from multiple areas. Along with all of the interesting geothermal features, the wildlife is abundant. Many bison roam freely including on roadways. We were lucky enough to see elk, deer, red fox, coyote, big horn sheep, and a black bear. You should allow about three days to visit. To be continued next month as we journey through Wyoming and into South Dakota. For more information on Tauck Tours, visit

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Recently Opened The Creative Gallery Showcases Second Collection

By Kathy L. Collins

Hidden Valley Fried Chicken Over 60 years ago, a Nebraska-born entrepreneur cowboy dreamed of striking it rich. Like so many young men before him, Steve Henson headed west with his high school sweetheart, Gayle. Nestled in the mountains, he stumbled upon 120 acres of sprawling land filled with streams, waterfalls and picturesque views outside Santa Barbara, California. It was there that Hidden Valley Ranch was born. The family bought the land in 1954 and ran Hidden Valley Ranch, offering hiking tours, horseback riding and fishing during the day. At night, folks would enjoy a homecooked meal before gathering around the campfire to listen to stories. Guests came to enjoy the great outdoors and wholesome meals, but it was something else that made them come back: the delicious, homemade buttermilk salad dressing with a special blend of herbs and spices lovingly prepared by the proprietor, what we know today as the original Ranch dressing. Who knew that Hidden Valley Ranch dressing, a mix of herbs, spices and buttermilk whipped up back in the ‘50s, would grow to sell throughout the United States and eventually in more than 30 countries. In 1972 the brand was bought by Clorox for $8 million.

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The Creative Artist Gallery, located one to three pieces for shows, or they at 933 E. can become a Brandon Blvd. gallery member, in Brandon, is or they can rent the area's space. This newest art arrangement gallery. allows emergVanessa Martin, ing artists or a photographer, young artists opened the the opportunity space in April. to get their work Martin wanted a shown in a space dedicatgallery. All work ed to new shown in the artists in the gallery can be community; a purchased space where directly from the they can show artists. Vanessa Martin opened the Creative Artist Gallery their work, sell Martin also in April. and network wants to open with other artists. her space to students. She plans to get Martin said, "When I moved to the with area schools and hold student area, I was looking for galleries. All of shows. Martin also plans to get in touch them wanted only artists who are experi- with the Veterans Administration and enced or require them to work in the hopefully have a show featuring the artgallery, so I decided to open up my own work of veterans in art therapy. and make it accessible to other artists." Margaret Conte, a sculpture artist The 1,250 sq. ft. place is bright and invit- from Brandon, is a member of the ing. Creative Artist Gallery. "It is good to have In June Martin held an Opening a gallery in Brandon. I just love it,� Conte Night Reception to celebrate the opensaid. "Vanessa put so much thought into ing of the second gallery show titled, My the space." Home Town. The show is a wonderful The Creative Artist Gallery is open collection of local artists' work and was Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. On up until July 8. Saturday, the gallery is open from 10 The Creative Artist Gallery is differa.m.-4 p.m. On Opening Nights, the ent from other galleries. Martin does not gallery is open until 9 p.m. For more require that artists have experience or information, visit www.thecreativeartistwork in the gallery. Artists can submit or call 514-0223.

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The Florida Orchestra Expands Popular Coffee Series At Mahaffey

By Kelly Smith

It’s hard to say Best of Ballet what’s more popu(Wednesday, lar at The Florida December 14 at Ruth Orchestra’s Coffee Eckerd Hall; Concerts: conductor Thursday, December Stuart Malina, the 15 at Mahaffey): Some music or the free of the most beautiful coffee and doughmusic was composed nuts. Let’s just say for ballets, including it’s a winning comselections from bination that fills the Tchaikovsky’s house at the Nutcracker, Mahaffey morning Khachaturian’s concerts almost Spartacus and every time. And Copland’s Rodeo. that’s why the Stuart Malina conStuart Malina conducts The Florida Orchestra’s Coffee Concerts. orchestra has ducts. expanded the series from eight to nine at the St. Coffee with Michael (Thursday, Petersburg Theater, to go along with four March 23, Mahaffey): A rare morning concerts at Ruth Eckerd Hall in concert with charming Music Director Clearwater. All at the same low prices. Michael Francis, who will spin romantic Highlights of the 2016/17 season tales and conduct selections from include: Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. A Patriotic Salute (Thursday, October 27, Mahaffey): In election seaFrench Bonbons (Thursday, April son, we vote for American music that 20, Mahaffey): A delicious lineup of transcends party lines, with works by works from French composers, including John Williams, Copland, Gershwin and Dukas’ Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Saintmore. Stuart Malina conducts. Saëns’ Bacchanale from Samson et Dalila and Ravel’s gorgeous Pavane for a Gilbert & Sullivan (Wednesday, Dead Princess. Stuart Malina conducts. November 16 at Ruth Eckerd Hall; Thursday, November 17 at Mahaffey): Series subscriptions are on sale now. Enduring gems from Gilbert and Sullivan Single tickets are available Monday, classics like H.M.S. Pinafore, The August 8. Coffee Concerts tickets are Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado. $24, $29, $34, $42 at Stuart Malina conducts. or 727-892-3337 and 800-662-7286.

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Moms Club Welcomes Members

Moms Club of Lithia-Bevis/Starling is open to all stay at home moms and dads that live in Starling or the Bevis school district. It offers playgroups, MNO, local support to all interested. Email

Fibromyalgia And Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Support Group

Tampa Fibromyalgia Friends (TFF) Group meets from 2:30-4:30 p.m. on the first, third, and fifth Sundays of each month at USF Morsani Center for Advanced Healthcare, located at 13330 USF Laurel Dr. in Tampa. Visit or call 653-4285.

JROTC High School Students Awarded Medals By DAR

The Alafia River Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is pleased to announce the winners of their awards to JROTC students at seven local high schools. These students were recognized for the excellence in academics and participation in the program: Cathy Tran of Armwood High; Alyssa Depaola of Bloomingdale High; Katlyn Stewart of Brandon High, Alexander Coughlin of Durant High;

Brandon MS Support Group Meets

The Brandon MS Support Group meets the fourth Monday of each month from 7-9 p.m. at the Bloomingdale Regional Library, Room 7, located at 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. Contact 454-7585 or

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Brandon Coin Club Seeks New Members

The Brandon Coin Club meets the third Tuesday of each month at St. Andrews Church, located at 3315 Bryan Rd. in Brandon. New members are welcome. Both youth (ages 6 and up) and adults are welcome. There is an educational program during each meeting with youth and adult auctions held at the end of the night. Call 719-5192 or email

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Water Smart Tots, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to eliminating pediatric drowning in Hillsborough County by promoting awareness, will be hosting a funfilled event on Friday, September 16 at River Hills Country Club in Valrico and all proceeds benefit children in Hillsborough County. Join in the effort by purchasing tickets to attend Designer Sunglasses Bingo. Tickets for this event can be purchased at For a limited time, buy two tickets and save $10. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a vendor shopping power hour, appetizers and a cash bar. DJ Jake Dela Cruz will be spin-

ning the tunes throughout the evening. Game play will begin at 7 p.m. There will be 10 rounds of Bingo played and each round a winner will win a pair of his or hers designer sunglasses. Contact or 810-8106.

Notice Of Referendum For Bloomingdale Special Tax District On Primary Election Ballot

A referendum will be placed on the Tuesday, August 30 Primary Election ballot for all voters in the Bloomingdale Special Taxing District (BSTD). The Board of Trustees is asking Bloomingdale property owners to support their community with a “Yes” vote on the proposed special tax increase referendum. It is asking that the the Trustees be authorized to increase the assessed tax from $130 to not to exceed $200 per annum per improved residential parcel. This proposed assessment is sufficient to continue existing and projected maintenance projects. The tax, in place since 1986, has not increased in 10 years. Should this referendum pass, property owners will see the increase reflected in their 2018 annual property tax bill under the ad valorem section. The referendum specifically requests a $70 increase of the special tax from $130 to $200. The $200 is a cap amount meaning that the board can raise the taxes all or just a portion of the $70 increase. If the entire $70 increase is not assessed to property owners immediately, the board will have flexibility to increase up to the cap in the future. Residents will be asked to voice their views on the specific amount of the tax increase at a future public meeting.

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Columbiettes Auxiliary 14084 Officer Installation

In June, Deputy Director Sharon Lopez installed the 2016-2017 Officers for the St. Stephen Auxiliary 14084. The following Columbiettes have stepped forward in leadership: President Heidi Noyes, Immediate Past President Rita Joyce, Vice President Dot Foley, Secretary Judy Doyle, Financial Secretary Jan Goldonowicz, Treasurer Mary Grace Porter and Sentinel Denise Lee. The Columbiettes look forward to an exciting year and invite all women age 17 and above to join in sisterhood, service to others, prayer and fun. Contact

New Luncheon Season For Brandon Christian Women’s Connection

Brandon Christian Women's Connection will commence its season of luncheons with a theme, music and a spiritual speaker on Monday, September 12. Salute to America with a patriotic theme and music will honor veterans. This is a nondenominational luncheon for all ladies and no membership is required. It is held the second Monday of the month, from 11 a.m.–1

Christian Business Connections is hosting a Power Networking event as part of its regular Monday, August 15 meeting. Meetings are held at the Golden Corral located at 815 Providence Rd. in Brandon on Mondays at

7:45 a.m. Like most networking groups, Christian Business Connections (CBC) is effective in helping small business grow and succeed. CBC exists to promote fellowship and prosperity for its members. RSVP to Contact 655-4353.

Jewish Art History Lecture At Congregation Beth Shalom

On Sunday, September 11 at 4 p.m., the Lifelong Learning Committee of the Congregation Beth Shalom of Brandon presents a lecture and slide program on Jewish Art History with Susan Fader, who is the daughter of Holocaust survivors. Years after coming to America, her parents became art dealers and collectors. Fader grew up surrounded by paintings and sculptures. Born in the Bronx, she was later raised in Newton, Massachusetts. Fader is a life-long professional artist with a degree from Philadelphia College of Art. Prior to receiving her degree, she attended Rhode Island School of Design. Before retiring in Florida, with her husband, she owned and operated three art-related businesses. She now enjoys working as

a staff art instructor in a 55+ community. In addition, she teaches art at libraries and other adult education programs. Her chronological examination of Jewish Art History will begin with a look at the origins of Jewish Art and how the Second Commandment played a role in its evolution. Program will cover Ceremonial Objects, Mosaics, Haggadah and Illuminated Manuscripts created by Jewish craftsmen, as well as Jewish Art created by artists from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. After speaking about those important artists, the focus will turn to the 1930s, and the artists of victims and survivors of WWII and how their art reflects their individual experiences and more. There is no cost for admission, but a donation to Congregation Beth Shalom is suggested. If you are interested in attending this upcoming presentation, contact the Congregation office at 681-6547 or 833-7843.

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Back To School Festival At Brandon Sports And Aquatic Center

Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center, located at 405 Beverly Blvd. in Brandon will hold a Back to School Festival on Saturday, August 6 from 4-10 p.m. There will be food trucks, bounce houses, face painters, pool party, Pack the Bus School Supply Drive, after school sign Honoring up, Family Fun Local Military, Day and more. Law The cost is Enforcement, a $10 entrance Firefighters, per family or EMS, donation of Teachers, school supplies. Healthcare There will be $5 Workers preferred parking, but free On Saturday, parking is also available. September 10 Proceeds from 10 a.m.-2 Heroes Tasking Force Planning Committee for event honoring local heroes. p.m. at 1475 benefiting Tampa Park Brandon Sports Plaza in Tampa, come celebrate and help and Aquatic Center from Youth Drowning prevention to Scholarships for after say thanks to our local heroes at a community event. school programs. There will be food, music, games,

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From Royal Sommerhus To a Galaxy Far Far Away, Disney Offers New Summer Fun By Marie Gilmore It may be hot outside but it’s chilly inside the all-new Frozen Ever After attraction to celebrate a Summer Snow Day with all of the favorite Frozen friends aboard a Norwegian vessel traveling through Arendelle. Guests can even meet Anna and Elsa in person in Royal Sommerhus, with authentically Norwegian-inspired settings all in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot. Anna, Elsa and their Frozen friends are welcoming guests aboard the new Frozen Ever After boat ride that sails into a Frozen world at the Norway Pavilion. Passengers glide along and visit Queen Elsa’s ice palace and hear beloved film tunes plus new lyrics by Oscar-winning Let It Go songwriters Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Also at the Norway Pavilion, Anna and Elsa now greet guests in the new Royal Sommerhus, themed as a cozy summer cabin. The fun heats up with a brand new nighttime experience that awakens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks show that is themed to music from the film saga and incorporates stunning new lasers and other special effects. Guests also can experience the enhanced Soarin’ Around the World attraction at Epcot and the star-studded new stage show Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire at Magic Kingdom Park. In Future World, guests can take a

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Guests can meet Princess Anna & Queen Elsa from Frozen inside Royal Sommerhus, their cozy cabin in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot.

glide on the expanded Soarin’ Around the World attraction at The Land Pavilion. Now with a third Epcot theater, plus new digital screens and projection systems, the enhanced attraction takes guests on an exhilarating flight above global landscapes and man-made wonders.

Magic Kingdom

For the first time, Tiana of Princess and the Frog, and Rapunzel of Tangled, co-star with Anna and Elsa of Frozen, and a host of favorite Disney characters in the new Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire. Performed on the grandest stage in the kingdom, the Cinderella Castle stage, the star-studded tale of friendship presents Mickey Mouse and his troupe of Merry Makers – Minnie Mouse, Donald

Duck, Daisy Duck and Goofy – who invite 10 new friends from different animated worlds to join the celebration. This timeless fairytale of a show combines grand dance, fireworks and stunts with memorable music, an original song and special effects.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

In the galactic wake of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, new Star Warsthemed experiences shift into light speed. The next generation of Star Wars-themed fireworks shows, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular, dazzles with new themed fireworks, lasers, special effects and video projections of iconic characters and scenes from the complete saga, all set to the unforgettable score of the film series. The live stage show Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away celebrates iconic moments from the Star Wars saga with

live vignettes featuring popular characters such as BB-8, Kylo Ren, Chewbacca, Darth Vader, and Darth Maul. First Order Stormtroopers led by Captain Phasma march from Star Wars Launch Bay to the park’s Center Stage, adding menace to the entertainment. Star Wars Launch Bay showcases large-scale artifacts and encounters with characters including Kylo Ren. The re-imagined Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple experience also features new characters. And at Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, guests buckle up for an enhanced high-speed journey with new characters and a visit to Jakku.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

For the first time in its 18-year history, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will debut new day-into-nighttime experiences that celebrate the magic of nature. The park’s iconic Tree of Life awakens each night amid a lively celebration of Discovery Island music and dance. Kilimanjaro Safaris transitions to a new nighttime adventure in the extended orange glow of a setting sun. For the first time, hyenas and African wild dogs join the safari trail creature feature. Discovery River becomes the stage for music and pageantry in a limited-engagement show inspired by Disney’s hit live-action film The Jungle Book. These are just a few of the many new experiences and adventures available at Walt Disney Resort this summer, and the debut of a newly re-imagined Disney Springs shopping complex brings lots of activities available for families of all ages. Visit and

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third and fourth in the nation. Looking ahead to this fall, the Rams, located at 707 S. Miller Rd. in Valrico, are sporting five football teams with nearly 30 coaches and 140 football players on hand including the noncompetitive TinyMite team consistMembers of the Valrico Rams Youth Sports ing of 5, 6, and 7 organization participate in the Brandon Fourth of July parade. year olds who are learning the funWith high expectations of its athdamentals of football, sportsmanship, letes both on and off the field, the while getting acclimated to wearing Valrico Rams Youth Sports organizafootball gear and executing plays. tion is gearing up for its 12th season. The Rams competitive Mighty-Mite, The upcoming year also marks the Peewee and JR Varsity teams encomRams’ fourth season as a Pop Warner passing players from ages 7-13, with a organization, known for requiring its championship always in mind. youth football and cheerleading ath“The expectation bar is very high,” letes (ages 5-15) to maintain academic Jr. Peewee Team Coach Duaney said standards to participate. Griffin, who has 11 returning players “The commitment to academics is sporting a team motto of “learn about what separates our program from other football, have fun doing it, and you will youth sports in the area,” said John win some games.” Sherman, community relations officer The Rams will again be fielding for the Valrico Rams Youth Sports two competitive cheer teams with organization. 12 coaches and 100 cheerleadabout Sherman spoke highly of the Rams ers with the expectations to compete at recent successes, which includes two nationals and win 1st place in the of the organization’s football teams nation for both. reaching the playoffs. A pair of the For more information about the Rams cheerleading teams have also Rams, visit competed at the national level, placing


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WITH FLORIDA YARD EXPERT Lynn Barber, Hillsborough County Extension Why should we care if we save potable water in the landscape? The University of Florida’s Water Initiatives state, “Florida’s Department of Environmental Protections (DEP) estimates that by 2020, Florida’s population is expected to increase 25 percent from 15.9 million residents today to about 21.8 million residents. Even though Florida averages 54 inches of rain per year, to meet this expected Flax increased demand, Florida will need 9.1 billion gallons of fresh water per day, a 26.4 percent increase from today….As the demand continues to increase, water supply needs are already exceeding capacity in some areas of the state.” So, each of us needs to consider ways we can save potable water in our landscapes. Here are some examples: Microirrigation is great for landscape beds, provides gallons per hour versus per minute from an inground irrigation system. Apply half an inch to three quarters of an inch of water per event (irrigation or rainfall) which is all plants need. Use a rain gauge to determine whether this amount has been reached and empty the rain gauge after viewing it. Florida

Statute (2009) requires a functioning rain shutoff device where inground irrigation has been installed. The life expectancy of some of these devices is one to five years. Is yours working? Plant drought-tolerant plants which require significantly less/minimal-tono water after establishment. Harvest rainwater to water ornamental plants, not edibles if captured from your roof. Plant groundcovers instead of turfgrass where turf is not Lilly purposeful because groundcovers require less water, fertilizer and pesticides. Hydrozone your plants, meaning group plants according to their watering needs. Mulch landscape beds (2-3 inches deep after settling) because it retains moisture in the soil. If you are a high water user, 15,000 gallons per month or more, request a free irrigation evaluation from our office. Bottom line: all of us have a stake in and impact the future. Conserving water in our landscapes is really an easy fix. For assistance with horticultural questions, call 744-5519 or visit the UF/IFAS Extension Hillsborough County, 5339 County Rd. 579 in Seffner. More gardening and workshop information is available at


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By Tamas Mondovics

The first practice day, including the routine acclimatization period of the 2016 season, is to begin on August 1 and comes with another major change for football teams. Keeping in harmony with its efforts to improve and maintain player safety, the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) announced the implementation of procedures which limit live contact during practices. Both the preseason and spring session will begin with a five-day acclimatization period without contact or full pads for a maximum of three hours. In an online press release, FHSAA officials explained that during the regular season, live contact will be restricted to 30 minutes per day and 80 minutes total per week. Live contact, or drills with game-like conditions where players are taken to the ground, will be limited to no more than two consecutive days and not to exceed three practice days per week. “Player safety has and will always be the number one goal of the FHSAA,” FHSAA Executive Director Dr. Roger Dearing said. “Protecting our student-athletes is paramount in growing the game of football and this administrative procedure is a step in the right direction.” The release explained that from day six through Monday of the first regular

season game (or end of spring practice), live contact will be limited to 40 minutes each day, with no more than two straight days of live contact. During double practice days, only one practice can include live contact and not surpass 40 minutes. Acknowledging the dangers of the sport, FHSAA Football Administrator Frank Beasley said,

Beasley emphasized the importance of education when he stated that the FHSAA will continue its efforts to teach coaches on the Drive to December about how to run effective practices while using the limited-contact procedures. Student safety and making changes necessary to protect its athletes is by no means new for the FHSAA. Just last year

A group of local high school football players push hard during a preseason practice. To improve and maintain player safety, the Florida High School Athletic Association announced new limits to live contact during practices.

“The game of football will always come with some inherent risk, but we will never stop working to try and make one of the greatest team sports on earth safer.”

FHSAA officials announced additional safety changes, including a mandatory course on concussion, along with an online test, before athletes take one foot on the athletic field, court or gym.

FHSAA officials noted that, while the additional process is a considerable undertaking for programs like football with its more sizable roster, the effort was an important one covering all involved especially since the stakes are high for student-athletes dreaming to someday play in the big leagues. The FHSAA supervises and regulates interscholastic athletic programs for high school students at member public, private and charter schools. The organization also recognizes and honors academic achievement among student-athletes at almost 800 middle, junior and senior high schools statewide. Headquartered in Gainesville, it is the official governing body for interscholastic athletics in Florida. To reach its latest decision, the association said that it worked alongside Practice Like Pros founder Terry O’Neil who has worked with high school associations nationally to improve player safety in America. "We thank leadership of the FHSAA for working with us on these practice-field restrictions,” O’Neil said. “As a trendsetter and a top-three football state, Florida sends this message nationally: In order to preserve the game we love on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons, let's mitigate risk Monday through Thursday.” Visit

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Local Cricket League Holds Pair Of Championship Games Story by Nick Nahas how old they are, wherever they have 10 feet of space, flat surface, they start playing cricket,” said Nehal Patel, team captain for the Thunders. “It’s great that we are able to continue that here in the U.S. and have this awesome facility to do so.” The league has two seasons every year, each lasting about three and a half months. Division 1 has 16 teams and Division 2 has 18 teams, both are divided up based on skill level and perPhoto courtesy Ankit Maheshwari formance. Teams are seedThe USF Legends celebrate a victory in the Tampa Cricket League Championship in June. ed in both divisions to determine the playoff bracket. The Tampa Cricket League held its Superbowl for us.” One small twist is that the bottom two end-of-season championship games on The league only had four teams teams from the upper division play the Saturday, June 25 at Evans Park in when it started back in 2007, since then it top two teams from the lower division, has expanded to 34 teams consisting of Seffner. The Royal Indians defeated the two divisions and nearly 700 players that Kerala Tuskers 54-53 in the morning play each weekend during the season. match for the Division 2 championship The opening of the $630,000 Evans and the USF Legends defeated the Park fields a year ago helped the rise in Thunders 78-77 in the evening match to popularity of cricket in the Tampa Bay win the Division 1 championship. area. Anirudh Jethi won MVP honors for The majority of the players are from the Legends, allowing only 14 runs while Tampa Bay’s large Indian community, bowling four overs and scoring five runs. with some players traveling from St. “It feels really nice,” said Nagesh Nayak, team captain for the USF Legends, made Pete, Largo, Lakeland and Orlando to play cricket on the weekends. “Growing up of mostly University of South Florida up in India this is one of the sports that graduates. “We watch basketball, people play no matter where they are, American football and this is like the

with the winners moving up to the higher division. Entrance fees are set at $125 per team. The money goes towards field maintenance so that the fields are not a burden to the county. The winners of the league receive $750 and the runners-up get $400, which is mostly used to purchase jerseys or equipment. The goal is to continue expanding, adding more teams for the future. According to the Tampa Cricket League President Nitheesh Shetty, they are going to add cricket youth camps as well as a youth league this August when the next scheduled season starts. “We are a part of the big picture here and, hopefully, in a few years, there will be American people playing the game as well,” said Nayak. “That’s why we will keep this going.” For more information, visit

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Brandon TOPSoccer Opens Registration For 2016 Fall Season

By Tamas Mondovics

“It’s all for the kids.” Starting its 18th season this year, Brandon TOPSoccer hosts its programs at BAYSL, 3104 S. Kings Ave. in Brandon, behind Kingswood Elementary School. Since its start, the program has grown annually from 25 players in 1998 to more than 120 last year, which gives clear testimony to its continued success and need in the community. Young players with the Brandon The 2016 season is scheduled to TOPSoccer Club chase the soccer ball down start on Saturday, September 10, at 9 the field. a.m., and will run through November 19. Brandon and surrounding area youth Fall season registrations will began with mental or physical disabilities who on Friday, August 12 (6-8 p.m.), Saturday, would like to learn and play soccer can August 13 (9 a.m.-12 Noon), Friday, now register to join Brandon TOPSoccer August 19 (6-8 p.m.), Saturday, August for the upcoming fall season. 20 (9 a.m.-12 Noon), Friday, August Organized by youth soccer associa26 (6-8 p.m.), Saturday, August 27, (9 tion volunteers, and locally sponsored by a.m.-12 Noon) at the BAYSL clubhouse. The Brandon Area Youth Soccer League Players must be 5 years old on or (BAYSL) now West Florida Flames, before September 10, 2016, and must Brandon TOPSoccer, (The Outreach bring a copy of their Individual Education Program for Soccer) gives boys or girls, Plan form to registration. age 5 and up, with special needs a TOP Soccer is currently seeking volchance to enjoy the sport as well as good unteers and coaches, which gives high association. school students an excellent way to earn “Our goal is to enable our young athcommunity hours. letes with disabilities to become valued Adding to its nearly two decades of and successful members of Florida Youth success, Brandon TOPSoccer, now the Soccer and the U.S. Youth Soccer family,” largest TOPSoccer club in the state and said Ken Muzyk a member of TOPSoccer among the top 10 in the nation, was recboard of directors. ognized last year by the Florida Youth Muzyk added that as a corporate and Soccer Association as the Program of the individually sponsored program with no Year. cost for the family, TOP Soccer’s fall seaAnyone interested in coaching a son is a great opportunity for families to team may contact Muzyk at 657-5271 or take advantage of. Fred Englehardt co-founder at brandon“Our program is a relaxed format with Visit www.brandontopsocno practices, score keeping or team standings—just fun games,” Muzyk said.

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Tani’s For Dessert In Plant City Serves Up Gourmet Desserts All Day Long

By Kathy L. Collins

Lloyd and Tania Summers invite you to try their dessert only restaurant, Tani’s For Dessert.

Dessert is that sweet little something you enjoy after a meal. But sometimes you just want dessert. When that happens, you can get a truly magnificent dessert at Tani’s For Dessert in lovely, historic Plant City. Tani’s For Dessert is a dessert only restaurant which serves classic desserts such as crème brulee, banana’s foster, tiramisu and pecan pie. Tani’s For Dessert, located at 2804 James L. Redman Parkway, Ste. 106 in The Village Shopping Center, is owned and operated by Lloyd and Tania Summers. They also own Buttercream Bake Shoppe, Plant City’s only independent bakery. Tania is a fantastic dessert chef. Everything she makes is a labor of love, and Lloyd is the consummate host. Both are lovely and inviting, and their desserts are indescribably delicious. Everything at Tani’s For Dessert and Buttercream Bake

Shoppe are made from scratch with only the freshest ingredients. All of Tania’s creations look as good as they taste. According to Tania, the couple started Tani’s For Dessert because there was no other place like it in the area that served just dessert. “We would go to the movies and when we got out, we did not want to go directly home, but there was no place to go just for dessert. We made a joke and said let’s go to ‘Tani’s for Dessert’ which was actually home,” explained Tania. About two years ago, the couple opened the bakery and then the restaurant. The desserts are often named after family members such as the Ambie’s cookie. This light, buttery and delicately soft cookie is named after their daughter, Amber. One of their summer specials is the Peach Mina, a delightful combination of freshly poached peaches with raspberry drizzled over vanilla bean ice cream and topped with fresh whipped cream. This fantastic dessert is named after their granddaughter. Tani’s For Dessert is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. -10 p.m. For more information, call 7045947. You can also follow them on Facebook.

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New Teacher Orientation, School Grades Released & WeatherSTEM And Instructure Partnership New Teacher Orientation

Led by Superintendent Jeff Eakins, school board members, and district staff, more than 600 new teachers were welcomed to Hillsborough County Public Schools during the annual New Teacher Orientation held last month at Armwood High School. This year’s four-day orientation emphasized a fresh look in response to the needs of district teachers as well as their feedback from previous years. The first two days aimed at familiarizing teachers with the district’s mission, vision, and goals through a comprehensive induction model. Days three and four included CHAMPS/Discipline in the Secondary Classroom training to assist teachers with establishing classroom culture during the first few weeks of school. Experienced teachers were invited to register for various courses offered during day three and four at the district’s main training facility. For more information about Hillsborough County Public Schools, visit

FDE Releases School Grades

The Florida Department of Education released the 2015-2016 school grades based on the Florida Standard

Assessments (FSA) in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry End-of-Course. Hillsborough County Public Schools had 51 schools that were graded an “A” and 43 schools received a “B” grade. Six schools within the district improved their grade from an “F” to a “C,” including Bryan, Desoto Elementary, Ruskin and West Tampa Elementary schools along with two charter schools. “Our teachers, school administrators, and district staff have been working diligently preparing our students for these assessments, just as they have done in the past,” said Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) Superintendent Jeff Eakins. In an online press release district officials acknowledged that, “teachers, leaders, and support staff know that there is much more work to do to ensure success for our students as they prepare them for life.” For more information about Hillsborough County Public Schools, visit

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The Vinik Family Foundation Presents The Beach Tampa By Snarkitecture

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balls enclosed within mirrored walls that will create an infinite reflected expanse. “The Beach Tampa is an interactive and immersive installation that explores the boundaries between art and architecture while inspiring play and relaxation,” said Alex Mustonen, co-founder of Snarkitecture. The white balls comprising the ocean are protected with GermBLOCK, a safe, powerful agent that provides antimicrobial protection for guests The Vinik Family Foundation created The against 50 different germs and bacteria Beach Tampa by Snarkitecture running through August at AMALIE Arena for free. for the life of the balls. The Vinik Family Foundation invites The Beach Tampa is open to the Tampa Bay to share in an interactive public at no cost. Timed tickets are availarchitectural installation that will bring a able to minimize wait times at ticketmasbeach to downtown Tampa. Created by Free general admission tickets Snarkitecture, The Beach Tampa is a are available on a first come, first serve 15,000 sq. ft. immersive environment fea- basis during all hours of operation at the turing an “ocean” of 1.2 million recyclable McDonald’s Ticket Office at AMALIE and antimicrobial white balls. Open to the Arena. Visitors can park for free at the public at no cost, The Beach Tampa South Regional Garage. To access free begins Friday, August 5 and runs parking you must receive a parking through Tuesday, August 25 at AMALIE voucher while attending The Beach Arena. Tampa to present upon exit from the lot. The beach will be staged in an allHours of Operation are white enclosure made of construction Monday to Thursday from 12 Noon-8 materials including scaffolding, wall panp.m., Friday from 12 Noon-10 p.m., els, and perforated mesh, creating a Saturday from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and sense of wonder and anticipation, while Sunday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. also recalling a boardwalk beach arcade. The Beach Tampa is free with two Visitors of all ages are encouraged to go ways to procure tickets. Visit for a “swim,” enjoy the view from the or water’s edge or stroll along the pier. The to reserve a timedshoreline will be a site of relaxation and entry ticket. No fees will apply for ticket activity, complete with a monochromatic charges and you must print at home. beach hut, beach chairs, umbrellas and Children under the age of 14 must be other beach activities for visitors. The 75accompanied by an adult. For more inforft. wide shoreline opens up to a sea of mation, visit





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Freedom For Hoover At Big Cat Rescue After Life Spent In A Circus Cage

By Devon Prosser

recovered and thrived. ADI President, Jan Creamer said, “Hoover was very lucky to survive; his last cage mate had died before we could get to him. We were very grateful for the public support and information that helped us to track the circus down. Now he can live in peace in his wonderful new environment.” Hoover the tiger was rescued from a circus in Peru After many months of anxand now resides happily at Bit Cat Rescue in Tampa. ious waiting, Hoover got his permit to live in the U.S. and on his A new video released by Animal 12th birthday, flew from Lima, Peru to Defenders International (ADI) tells the Miami, Florida with an ADI care team and remarkable story of Hoover the tiger, a cargo of flowers. saved from a circus in Peru, where a With a welcome party eagerly awaitsecretly filmed video shows him being ing his arrival, Hoover was carefully trained with whips and sticks and living in unloaded at the sanctuary and then a small cage, and now living in natural woodland with his own pool, next to other released into his new home. Stepping out onto the soft grass, Hoover was keen to tigers at Big Cat Rescue in explore the wonderful habitat, which has Florida jungle-like trees and plants and a springSick and emaciated, Hoover was the fed lake which he has taken to swimming sole survivor of an original group of 12 tigers owned by the circus and looked set in. Big Cat Rescue Founder Carole to follow their fate until Peru’s wildlife Baskin said, "We are so happy to weldepartment, SERFOR, police and ADI come Hoover and provide him with a rescued him during a mission to enforce safe, peaceful home at our sanctuary in Peru’s new law. The circus tried to evade the law, dis- Tampa. He will now spend the rest of his life enjoying the warm breezes of Florida, appearing into the mountains for eight relaxing in the shady grass, lounging on months, but they were tracked down and his platforms and cooling off in our lake. in a surprise raid, Hoover was saved. He will literally be a world away from the Safely in ADI’s care, Hoover was abuse he suffered most of his life.“ transferred to the Spirit of Freedom resBig Cat Rescue is home to over 80 cue centre near Lima and with extensive exotic cats located at 12802 Easy St. in rehabilitation, much tender loving care, Tampa. Visit veterinary attention, toys and exercise he

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California Pizza Kitchen Honors Local Mom With Donation To A Kid’s Place By Kathy L. Collins

Sarah Brennick (far left) won a contest from Califorina Pizza Kitchen that donated $4,000 to A Kid’s Place, pictured with (from left) Development Manager for A Kid's Place Samantha Mellen, Direct Care Manager for A Kid's Place Mary Dozier, CPK General Manager Greg Guevara and Assistant General Manager Kevin Dail.

To celebrate Mother’s Day, California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) hosted a special contest during the month of May called “Dear Mom, For You, I Wish.” Guests could share a special wish for their mom. Over 1,500 people entered. The winner was Sarah Brennick who wrote an amazing tribute to her mom. Brennick’s wish was to donate the prize money in honor of her mother, Amelia Anne Ferranto, to A Kid’s Place, a 60 bed residential facility in Brandon for children, from birth to age 17, who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. On July 13, Brennick’s wish to honor her mother was granted, and A Kid’s

Place received $4,000. According to Greg Guevara, general manager for CPK, “It was heartwarming to see so many entries and

the many ways our guests wanted to make Mother’s Day extra special for their moms. To pick the winner, a panel of CPK team members from

Winning Entry from Sarah Brennick: “First, I want to say thank you. Thank you for taking in numerous foster children when you already had two babies of your own and your own infant nephew that you were raising. Thank you for making the decision to keep me and adopt me as your own, even though I was one of three foster babies that you had at the time. I wish you were still here to meet your grandsons. Your son, Sam, and his wife had their first son one month after you passed. We know that you are his guardian angel. They had their second son two years later. Fast forward 13 years, I now have two of my own. I find myself repeating your words numerous times a day and I often quietly laugh to myself. My wish for you, to honor your memory, would be to donate whatever prize there is to the local foster home here where I live, in your name. I volunteer there on a monthly basis and, just like you, I want to take them all home with me and take care of them. Your heart was so large and so nurturing, and I thank you for giving me this life of mine that am so happy in. I miss you, Mom. Although, I know you are in my heart.”

the home office read and reviewed every single entry and had a tough job of selecting a recipient. Everyone was deeply touched by Sarah’s story about her mom’s selfless actions and how Sarah is continuing her mother’s legacy at A Kid’s Place.” Brennick said, “My mother passed away 19 years ago. She came to the U.S. when she was 15, not speaking a word of English. She then proceeded to foster children, open a few restaurants and diners, open our home to anyone and everyone that needed a meal, a place to stay or just company. I am who I am because of her and I am so happy that I can show my children that anyone can make a difference in the world. She left an amazing legacy that I am honored to carry on.” Brennick, who was a foster child, volunteers at A Kid’s Place. “When I first started volunteering at A Kid’s Place, I cried the first few months. But the more time I spent there, the more I realized that this environment was a blessing for these children,” said Brennick. “It really was an amazing feeling to be able to donate $4,000 to A Kid’s Place.” Guevara said, “Our local teams at CPK Brandon and International Plaza are so excited that Sarah’s wish was selected from entries across the entire country and that we get to help grant this special wish in her mom’s honor at A Kid’s Place.” For more information on A Kid’s Place, visit


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gravesites of veterans at Bay Pines National Cemetery in St. Petersburg. A portion of purchased sponsorships will go back to the troop as a fundraiser for the troop’s summer camp transportation expenses. To pay for a wreath sponCompiled by Michelle Colesanti, sorship via credit card, visit To pay by check, mark “Group FL0197P & Location FLBPNB” on the memo line, make checks payable to Wreaths Thunder Bay Volleyball Academy across America, and mail to: Wreaths Club Tryout & Mini-Club across America, P.O. Box 249, Columbia Registration Falls, ME 04623. To make a cash donaThunder Bay Volleyball Academy, tion, visit Troop 665 on Saturday, August Brandon's premier volleyball club, is 27 or September 24 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. pleased to announce that registration is at Publix located at 5642 Fishhawk now open for 2016-17 club season tryCrossing Blvd. in Lithia, Saturday, outs for ages 15 through November 12 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Bass 18. Visit for more Pro Shops located at 10501 Palm River information and to register. Club tryouts Rd. in Tampa. All are welcome to particifor younger players (14 and under) will pate in the wreath laying and the ceretake place a little later in the mony on December 17 (time TBD) at year. However, those players need not Bay Pines National Cemetery at 10000 wait until then to get a head start on polBay Pines Blvd. in St. Petersburg. ishing their skills because Thunder Bay is Contact also offering Mini-Club again FishHawk this year. MiniCoyotes Club is a twoLacrosse month fall proSeeking gram that Members includes two The practices a Fishhawk week and three Coyotes competition Lacrosse Club dates. It is a has both a boys great way for and girls division players between and is looking the ages of 10 for boys and and 14 to get girls third grade ready for their Thunder Bay Volleyball Academy opens registration through middle for the 2016-17 season. upcoming club school to particiseason tryouts pate in and get to know this fast-paced, or for new players to give the sport a high scoring sport. Also known as the try. Visit the Thunder Bay website for “Creator’s Game,” lacrosse is truly more information and to register. America’s first sport having its origins, visit among the Native or call Americans. This is a 331-5388. recreational-level club and has its first skills developHelp Scout Troop 665 ment and intra club sesPurchase Wreaths For sions this OctoberCommunity Service November. The competiProject tive season begins next Boy Scout Troop 665 year and runs during the from Oakwood Baptist spring. It plays teams from Church in Brandon is parBradenton, Sarasota, ticipating in the Wreaths South Tampa, New Tampa across America community and Wesley Chapel to service project. The boys name a few. Visit fishask people to purchase a and wreath sponsorship for “like” them on Facebook: $15 and on Saturday, December 17, the FishHawk Coyotes Lacrosse. scouts will place the wreaths on the

Valrico, Lithia Students Receive Artistic Scholarships

By Kathy L. Collins

Sabrina ductions of The Downing of Nutcracker Valrico and including one at Lillian Kraack of the Mahaffey Lithia will be Theatre with the able to pursue Moscow Ballet in their artistic 2013. dreams in colKraack, the lege thanks to daughter of the scholarMitsie Kraack, ships they each owner of TADA, received from graduated from Sabrina Downing of Valrico (left) and Lillian Kraack Newsome High Tampa Bay of Lithia (right) were among six students to be Businesses for School in June. awarded scholarships from the Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts Charlie Culture and the She will pursue a Hounchell Art Stars Scholarship Program. Arts (TBBCA). Bachelor of Each girl received $2,500 as part of the Music from Oklahoma City University. TBBCA Charlie Hounchell Art Stars Kraack is a singer who has performed Scholarship Program. with TADA, the Newsome High School Downing graduated from Blake High Chamber Choir and the Elite Show Choir. School in June and will attend the She has taken voice lessons from Katy University of South Florida this fall. She Decker. will pursue a double major in dance and Kraack chose Oklahoma City interdisciplinary natural sciences. “Dance University because of its program which is the major I always wanted to pursue, is based around theory and music skills but I also have a love for science,” said rather than performance. Downing. “After I graduate, I intend to Kraack said, “I love everything about dance professionally and then go back to singing and performing. It is so thrilling school and pursue a Master’s degree in a and exciting. There is something so spescience field.” cial about being able to stand up in front Downing has been dancing since of people and simultaneously entertain she was three years old. She danced at and inspire them to feel.” America’s Ballet School and the Tampa High School juniors and seniors from City Ballet II (pre-professional, non-profit) Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco under the direction of Paula Nunez and Counties are invited to apply for the Osmany Montano. At Blake, she received scholarship each year. Six students are instruction from Albena Arnaudova and awarded $2,500 scholarships to help Kelly Rayl-McCormick. cover the cost of tuition. Visit Downing has performed in four pro-

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have gone on to graduate from college and with Master’s degrees.” “My father had held various jobs in Korea, but coming to the states, he had no transferable skills without the English language ability,” Sarah said. “After working at a small shoe repair business in Sarasota for a couple of years, my parents had the opportunity to buy a shoe repair business in Brandon.” For her father, it was an opportunity to own his Daniel Chung (far right) of Brandon has kept own business as well as continue with the art of shoe repair alive in the Brandon the creative work he so enjoyed in Korea community for more than 30 years at his as an artist and painter. Daniel continues store, Brandon Shoe Repair. to use his creativity by making and repairShoe repair has become a long lost ing shoes for places like Ringling Circus art. With so many bargain shoe store and Disney’s dancers. chains in the area, it’s easy to just go and “There are several shoe repairs you replace a pair of shoes when they can choose from in Tampa and Brandon become warn or old. Daniel Chung of but my parents' shop hands down is Brandon has kept the art of shoe repair always the best quality repair you can alive in Brandon for more than 30 years. get,” Sarah said. “It's why they have loyal “Our store has a long history in the customers that have been bringing their Brandon area,” Chung said. “Originally it leather goods to them for over 30 years.” was called Yi-Ole-Cobbler and located in They fix anything from shoes and the old Brandon Mall, currently the site of boots to bags, belts, and luggage. Chung Publix supermarket and Burlington Coat can also fix all name-brand shoes and his Factory on Brandon Boulevard. store is an authorized Vibram dealer. Daniel and his wife, Younghee, “We're proud of our long history and love moved to the United States in 1986 from the Brandon community and our cusSouth Korea with their children for the tomers,” Daniel said. “Our family and the same reason most immigrants move to shop have been a fixture for many years this country, for a better life. “They pretty and hopefully, many more to come.” much left everything behind to start anew To learn more about services offered, in Florida; not an easy feat as they didn't contact 684-0272 or visit www.brandonspeak English when they arrived,” said Hours of operation are Daniel’s daughter, Sarah Chung. “They've Monday through Friday 9 a.m.–6 p.m. since built a beautiful life in the Brandon Saturday 9 a.m.–2 p.m. It located at 128 community and their children are graduEdwards Ave. in Brandon. ates of Bloomingdale High School who

The start of the 2016 Atlantic hurriWhile being prepared for the next cane season began with a special recogweather event is vital, attention to details nition of Hillsborough including preparing County’s emergency dogs, cats and other planners and responpets is often left for last ders as the most preminute. pared and skilled in the In an online country. release on the topic by According to the representatives of independent BluePearl Veterinary Emergency Partners, all pet ownManagement ers should make speAccreditation Program cific plans to keep (EMAP) the county’s themselves and their emergency managebeloved animals safe ment program has during hurricanes or Photo courtesy Hillsborough County Pet natural disasters. achieved full accrediother Resources “Your pets are tation. County officials Awaiting adoption Bruce (A1642547) said that the designa- and Lenny (A1643818) cool off during your responsibility just playgroup by taking a little dip in the tion is the highest as much as the other pool. achievement in the members of your famiemergency preparedness industry. ly,” said Sonja Olson, a senior clinician in At the end of the year-long assessemergency medicine for BluePearl. “And ment process, which involves nearly part of that responsibility is to be preevery county department, and many other pared.” public, private, non-profit and volunteer Tips to help pet owners include basic, organizations that partner with the county common sense items such as making to carry out disaster preparedness, arrangements in advance with relatives response and recovery efforts, the county who live in a safer area or in higher ground in flood-prone communities. also received a perfect score. Other suggestions include getting The review itself included 64 stanfamiliar with pet-friendly emergency sheldards, and evaluated compliance with ters; making sure to have pet carriers requirements in 16 areas, including planespecially when pets include pythons, ning; resource management, training, communications and warning, and admin- parrots and other exotic or unusual species; putting together a pet first aid kit istration. which may include veterinary documents The accreditation application was and all the medicines. coordinated by the County’s Office of For info to prepare for a disaster, visit Emergency Management, a division of Hillsborough County Fire Rescue.

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Recently a trip to Ireland, Wales and England was offered to the students in the Cambridge program at Bell Creek Academy as a reward for all of their hard Compiled by Michelle Colesanti, work. Bell Creek Academy students, teachers and chaperones arrived in Sports, Science And Spirit Take Over MOSI’s Discovery Passport. Guests who Shannon, Ireland on June 14 and were As the MOSI Summer Games Begin purchase regularly priced MOSI general immediately greeted by Tour Director, admission will get a new Discovery As the world’s greatest athletes preHelen, who spent 24/7 with the group. Passport, giving them free unlimited pare to compete, MOSI is sharing the Helen was a Cambridge University graduadmission to MOSI through the end of sporting spirit of Rio and inviting guests to ate, which the students found very intrigu2016. take on fun indoor versions of their ing. Students visited the first of many casMOSI’s Discovery Passport is availfavorite events every day for a limited tles on the trip in Bunratty Park and then able for the normal full ticket price of time in the MOSI Summer Games. traveled to Killarney, Ireland. This was a $26.95 for adults, $25.95 for seniors With 11 events like indoor archery, very small picturesque town with one of (60+), and $20.95 tests of speed and reaction time, and the oldest for children (3-12). exercises for your most powerful body Cathedrals in No other discounts part – your brain – you'll be a part of a Ireland. They took will apply. Not valid worldwide athletic experience. a horse and carfor free admission All of MOSI will transform into the riage ride throughon September 3Olympicene Village (Olympicene – proout three lakes 5, November 24nounced “Olympi-seen” – is a real molenational park that 27, and December cule that looks like those famous five was previously 26-31. The rings). As you explore the 450 hands-on owned by Queen Students in the Cambridge program at Bell Discovery exhibits in MOSI’s scientific playground, Creek Academy were recently rewarded with a Victoria. Passport is differyou’ll discover added extras that show trip to Ireland, Wales and England. Afterwards, they ent from a MOSI you the science behind the sports and the went on the Ring membership and does not offer any of spectacle of the Summer Games in Rio. of Kerry, a very scenic coastal drive that MOSI's member benefits; guests should Californium is the most valuable presents classic views of the Irish counthe MOSI ticket office visit metal on earth, worth 600,000 times more tryside. The drive concluded with an or MOSI.ORG for more details. than gold. Kids who complete a MOSI sheep herding demonstration. On the For more information on the MOSI Mission to challenge their bodies and journey to Dublin, they stopped at Blarney Summer Games and Discovery Passport, minds through several events get a Castle and kissed the Blarney stone and visit medal made of simulated californium to


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With Arts & Entertainment Editor Kathy L. Collins

Creativity Of Young Artists Is Celebrated At Center Tampa Theatre’s 25th Annual Summer Classic Series Continues With All The President’s Men & More Place’s 4th Annual Little Monsters Create Art Show Each child who entered received a certificate of achievement and a goodie bag filled with fun items from local businesses. The show was divided into three age groups. The first place winner in the 4 to 6 age group was Reese Kennington with A Walk in The Woods. Sritanvi Vinjamuri took second place with Halloween, and Kurt Carpenter was awarded third place for Farmhouse. The first place winner in the seven to nine age group was Izzy Carpenter with Leaf and Flower. Second place went to Sophia Marchese with Sunset at Sea. Alexy Chazares was awarded third place for Deer in a Beautiful Day. In the 10 to 13 age group, the first place winner was Kate Tumlin with Izzy Carpenter of Brandon entered three pieces Pure Imagination. Second place went of artwork in Center Place’s 4th Annual Little Monsters Create Art Show. In addition to win- to Christyan Chazares for Forest Trail. ning first place for a painting, she was awarded The third place winner in this age Best of Show for Boston Power, a sculpture group was Shruthi Jayaraman for Star inspired by her dog. by the Ocean. The current exhibit at Center Place is The Center Place award for Best of the 4th Annual Little Monsters Create Show went to Izzy Carpenter for her Children’s Art Show. The creativity of the sculpture Boston Power. This is a paper young artists was celebrated at an Artists’ mache sculpture of her dog as a super Reception and Award Ceremony held at hero. Carpenter said, “My dog inspired Center Place last month. The multimedia me. I did not start out creating this for the show features drawings, paintings, phoshow; it was just for fun, but I really liked it tography and sculptures created by chilso I entered it.” dren ages 4 to 13. The Little Creatures Create Art Show The judge for the show was Jennie is open to all area children ages four to Sikora-Muehl, an artist and art instructor 13 regardless of whether they take classat Center Place. Sikora-Muehl said of the es at Center Place. Lisa Rodriquez, marchildren’s artwork and judging the show, keting director for Center Place said, “The “It is very difficult to jury a show. You all show is meant to inspire young artists have so much wonderful imagination, and and to show them rewards for their work.” your artwork is fun and festive.” SikoraCenter Place is located at 619 Muehl encouraged the children to never Vonderburg Dr. in Brandon. Visit centergive up on art and to keep experimenting or call 685-8888. with color and media.

If the summer heat film tells the story of is too much and you are blame and judgment and our own responsilooking for a fun indoor bility for the dark at the activity, then check out heart of human life. It is the Tampa Theatre’s as relevant today as it 25th Annual Summer was in 1931. Classic Series. The On Sunday, August movies for the month of 21, you can see the August are true clasgreat Sydney Poitier in sics. Jill Witecki with the A Raisin In The Sun. Tampa Theatre said, The movie, which “With this being the 25th debuted in 1961, was year of our Summer adapted from an Classic Movie Series acclaimed play and is and the Tampa an unblinking, stark Theatre’s 90th birthday, examination of the midwe built this series with century Africanfilms also celebrating American experience. landmark anniverThe Tampa Theatre is playing The Celebrate the saries. This month, Maltese Falcon on Sunday, August 28. 75th Anniversary of Fritz Lang’s M is the The Maltese Falcon on Sunday, August oldest at 85 and All The President’s Men 28. This film was John Huston’s directoriis the baby at 40.” al debut and is thought to be the definitive On Sunday, August 7 you can see film noir. From the cinematography, to the the “baby” Witecki referred to and enjoy script, to the score, all the way down to the thriller, All The President’s Men, starthe way Sam Spade, played by ring Dustin Hoffman as reporter Carl Bernstein and Robert Redford as reporter Humphrey Bogart, dresses and holds his cigarette, The Maltese Falcon established Bob Woodward. All The President’s Men rules for the genre that would hold true for strives to reinforce the importance of a decades. free and independent national press, the All films begin at 3 p.m. Tickets are fearsome peril of unchecked power, and $10 for adults and $8 for Tampa Theatre how gravitationally charismatic Hoffman members. The tickets are available at the and Redford can be. Box Office or online at Next, on Sunday, August 14 come It is located at 711 N. Franklin St. see the proto film noir M. This Fritz Lang Your FishHawk Community Physician for Health& Beauty

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Tampa Bay Lightning Issue A Call To Artists By Kathy L. Collins works of art. Artwork must be original. All mediums are welcome with exclusion of free-standing sculptures. All artwork must be hanging and not larger than six feet by six feet, including the frame. Wall hanging sculptures are limited to seven feet tall with varying widths accepted. The top three winners will receive $1,000 each. There will be between four and 10 honorable mentions, and they will receive $250 each. In addition, the top three artists who are under 18 years old will each receive $250. The judges for this year’s exhibit will include representatives from the Tampa Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, the Ringling Museum of Art and the Dali Roxanne Tobaison of Brandon was among the Museum. group of talented artists who were selected to The Tampa Bay Lightning are lookexhibit their work in last year’s Tampa Bay ing for art that visually celebrates Tampa Lightning Art Exhibit. Bay and its people so that the building, The Tampa Bay Lightning have Amalie Arena, can exude the vibrancy issued A Call To Artists for their 5th and energy of the community. You are Annual Open Call To Artists to exhibit free to be creative and create anything their work at Amalie Arena in downtown that inspires you from your local surTampa. This is a juried show with subroundings. If you are able to weave in the stantial prize money available. All artists love of hockey, then that is even better. who live and work in the greater Tampa Roxanne Tobaison of Brandon has Bay area are invited to submit art work for entered the show and has been selected consideration. two years in a row. Tobaison said, “There All submissions are due by Thursday, were hundreds of entries and 42 selecSeptember 1. Artists will be notified on or tions last year. This made it even more before Friday, September 16 of acceptspecial to be included. The organization is ance into the exhibition. very community connected and appreciThe guidelines for entries to be subates art. It is nice to feel a part of somemitted are clear. All artists must live or thing that reaches so many different parts work in the greater Tampa Bay area. This of our local history.” year a special category for artists under For more information, contact 301the age of 18 was created so these artists 6831. You can also visit are also encouraged to apply. Each artist for more information. may submit up to three fully completed

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some carnival classics you love; all just for your furry friends. This will include bobbing for apples, a ring toss, a carnival picture booth, and even a “ring of fire” to test your pooch’s ultimate jumping abilities. Every pup is a winner and will be awarded a tasty carnival snack, Cheesy Tator Tots. Doggy parents can sign their companion up for the event by calling Canine Cabana at 672-9663. Canine Cabana is located at 9708 Carr Rd. in Riverview. Contact 672-9663 or

Owner Todd Reid recently opened FishHawk Portraits in First Anniversary Celebration At FishHawk’s Park Square at My Gym 16144 Churchview Dr. in Lithia. Reid has worked for several stuMy Gym Children’s Fitness dios and publications such as Center will hold its First Anniversary Reuters and AP and has been in Celebration on Saturday, August 6 the photography business for 10 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and from 3-5 years. He wants to help high p.m. Come in and play for free. school seniors create special Enjoy the state-of-the-art facility and memories. The senior year is meet the specially trained staff. hectic and full of events, but Special discounts and giveaways on 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate Of Excellence Presented To Streamsong your pictures will last a lifetime classes and birthday parties will be and FishHawk Portraits will creoffered. RSVP is required. Visit Streamsong Resort recently ate portraits that will be for more announced that it has received ished. Hours are by appointa TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. FishHawk Portraits is currently offering Senior Portrait packages. information and to reserve your ment and available any day or Now in its sixth spot. My Avon, Toffee Tradition, Damsel in time. Call 727-8737 or email year, the achieveGym is located Defense, Celestial Clasp, LLC, Visit ment celebrates at 2060 Nutrimetrix, Primerica, Origami Owl, hospitality busiBadlands Dr. in Ladies Ministry Baked Goods, and Dog nesses that have Brandon. Call Rescue. Any MLM businesses interested earned great trav579-6872. Vendor Event In FishHawk in presenting products at the event can eler reviews on For the first time, a vendor event will contact or 863-860Canine TripAdvisor over be held at The Chapel of Fishhawk, at 6167. Vendor fee is $25 per booth which Carnival the past year. 6026 Churchside Dr. in Lithia. It will be is non-refundable (unless the event is Certificate of Extravaganza open to the public and will take place on cancelled due to inclement weather). It is Excellence recipiFor Your the first Saturday of each month from payable to The Chapel of Fishhawk one ents include Furry Friends September through January, between the week prior to the event. Food vendors are accommodations, Canine hours of 2-5 p.m. Several vendors have welcome; however, they need to present eateries and Cabana presalready signed up to participate including proper permits. Limited electrical outlets attractions located ents its first Scentsy, ItWorks!, Bridge Bowtiques, are available. Those requesting access to all over the world Cabana BowsForMe, Lip Sense, Juice Plus, electricity will be required to pay an addithat have continuCanine Cabana presents its first Cabana Carnival Tower Garden, Rodan + Fields, Extravaganza on Thursday, August 18. tional $10 fee. ally delivered a Extravaganza Lifevantage, Younique, Acti-Labs, doTerra Vendors are to set up and take down on Thursday, Essential Oils, Trades of Hope, LuLaRoe, their booths in their entirety. They should Continued on Next Page August 18, and will kick off the day with

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Business Column Continued.............

By Michelle Colesanti

quality customer experience. The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality and quantity of recent reviews submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. The Clubhouse at Streamsong Resort opened in January 2013, along with its two criticallyacclaimed 18-hole golf courses, Streamsong Red and Streamsong Blue. The Clubhouse features 12 guestrooms, Restaurant Fifty-Nine, a steak and seafood-themed restaurant, a golf shop and outdoor terrace overlooking a lake and the property’s dramatic sand dunes. The resort opened its 216-room luxury Lodge in January 2014 and features amenities including prolific bass fishing, sporting clays, archery, a lakeside infinity pool, a grotto-style spa, four dining options and more. Visit

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New Villas By Neal Communities Open At FishHawk Ranch

As its entry into FishHawk Ranch, Neal Communities, one of Southwest Florida’s leading homebuilders, has debuted two villa model homes in the gated neighborhood of Sagewood. Neal Communities is offering two versatile home plans: the 1,524-sq. ft. Tidewater is a split-plan with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a den and a twocar garage, while the Crystal Sand is a 1,434-sq. ft. open-concept plan with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a two-car garage. A total of 76 low-maintenance villas are being built in the award-winning, master planned community. The villas are priced between $207,000 and $219,000. FishHawk Ranch boasts 1,300 acres of preserved and rehabilitated wetlands, nature trails and wildlife spots. Villa residents in the Sagewood neighborhood will also be able to utilize existing amenities such as The Lake House, fitness center, game room, Central Park pools, playground, and a dog park, as well as the future retail Village Center. Visit

“The wedding industry has been a significant part of my life for many years beginning Local Holistic Health & Wellness with my tenure as Owner Named Top Health Coach In Deputy Clerk for Health & Wellness the State of Lynne Wadsworth, CHC, Owner Indiana issuing and Operator of Holistic Health & marriage licenses Wellness LLC, has been named Top and performing Health Coach in Health & Wellness for wedding cere2016-2017 by the International monies both in the Association of Top Professionals courthouse and (IAOTP). While inclusion with the IAOTP on location,” said is an honor in itself, only a few members Mimi Giordano, in each discipline are chosen for this Mimi Giordano is the owner of It’s distinction. These special honorees are owner of It’s Official, a Official. After her wedding officiate service. distinguished based on their professionrelocation to al accomplishments, academic achieveTampa in 2008, Giordano joined Mavilo ments, leadership abilities, longevity in Wholesalers, a South Tampa premier dia- the field, other affiliations and contribumond wholesaler, in the role of sales and tions to their communities. All honorees management, specializing in the sale of will be invited to attend the IAOTP’s loose diamonds and bridal mountings to annual award gala at the end of this year many bay area couples. It was this expeto honor their achievements. Wadsworth rience and love of the wedding industry is an acclaimed holistic health expert and that led her to launch It’s Official, a notary Board Certified Health Coach by the and wedding-officiate business. Each cer- American Association of Drugless emony is crafted to fit your joyous celePractitioners, who has established a sucbration, be it a wedding, an elopement, or cessful practice and has become an intereven a renewal of vows for those celenationally renowned author and sought brating a milestone anniversary. It’s after speaker and trainer. She works with Official also offers personal assistance in people who suffer from migraines and

Homebuyers in FishHawk Ranch have a new option with the Crystal Sand and Tidewater villas being developed by Neal Communities, which plans to build 76 low-maintenance villas within Sagewood, a gated neighborhood at FishHawk Ranch.

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Assisted Living Residents Benefit From Gardening

BarkAID’s 50 States Tour Comes To Salon Roxy

For the fifth year, master stylist Patrick Lomantini and Team will be kicking off the BarkAID Lomantini National Tour (50 States Tour) to raise funds for animal shelters and rescues across the country. Lomantini’s ultimate road trip will visit each of the 50 States beginning on July 15 and ending on October 20. Each day during the featured salon/school’s business hours, guests can arrange an appointment for a special haircut to help raise funds for U.S animal shelters. Lomantini and Team donate their time, resources and services during the 50 States tour while asking for donations of $20 or more to help support the cause. Salon Roxy located at 3305 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Valrico will be hosting this cause locally on Sunday, August 7 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Appointments can be made at 324-8817. Funds will benefit Second Chance Boxer Rescue, Inc. and Second Chance Friends All Breed Rescue. Visit

Gardening at The Bridges Assisted Living Community has become a favorite pastime for many residents who are enjoying “the fruits of their labor” in numerous ways. Gardening efforts reduce stress and anxiety and improve their cognitive abilities. For older adults, gardening can help increase flexibility, hand strength and eyehand coordination. In a community setting, such as The Bridges, gardening provides the opportunity for social interaction and group participation among residents. It is well known that staying socially active can help maintain one’s physical and emotional wellMathnasium being. Four handiPartners With The Bridges residents enjoy gardening capped-accessible National PTA On several times a month. raised planters, filled STEM Initiative with herbs and plants that attract butterMathnasium Learning Centers is flies, allow residents to actively partake in proud to announce that it has joined gardening. forces with National PTA as a partner in Chef Clyde gladly adds the herbs to PTA’s nationwide science, technology, the meals he prepares. The butterflyengineering and math (STEM) education attracting plants are growing and butterand family engagement initiative. Through flies are feeding from the plants’ nectar. this collaboration, Mathnasium will supResidents participate in gardening activiport National PTA in the development and ties several times throughout the month. It deployment of resources, activities and is a rewarding and therapeutic experience events that engage students in STEM, for all ages. The Bridges is located at math experiences. Mathnasium is located 11202 Dewhurst Dr. in Riverview. at 1048 Bloomingdale Ave. Contact 655Visit 6284 or

August 2016

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New South Window Solutions Offers Factory Direct Windows

By Michelle Caceres

New South Window Solutions President and Owner Earl Rahn said the company’s windows are made in Florida for Florida homes by Florida workers.

Brandon resident Assosouvale Pili’s home was invaded with the sounds of the outside world. The sounds of birds chirping, dogs barking and lawnmowers broke the solitude that he was looking for in his home. “I had old single pane windows and every little noise outside could be heard,” he said. Pili decided to replace his windows, so he researched companies and chose to hire New South Window Solutions. “From the salesperson to the installer, everyone was so professional and confident in their work,” said Pili. He wasn’t the only one to think so. When the county inspector came to make sure the work was done correctly, he was impressed with the quality windows. Now, with his new vinyl-frame, double pane windows installed, Pili said the birds, dogs and lawnmowers are still making noise but he doesn’t hear it. New South Window Solutions Owners Dan and Deb Ochstein and Earl

and Amy Rahn said that is exactly why they left successful careers at one of the country’s largest window manufacturing companies to open New South Window Solutions in Florida in 2010. “We came here to bring energy-efficient windows to the state,” said company President Earl. “Single pane aluminum windows ,which used to be so popular here in home construction, no longer meet current energy codes.” In addition to dramatically cutting down on outside noise, New South Window Solutions’ windows save money on energy bills year round, add value to homes, extend the life of air conditioning and heating units, add curb appeal, improve security and protect carpet and furniture from fading due to UV damage. Earl said New South Window Solutions, located at 4901 Oak Fair Blvd. in Tampa is not a window store. As a factory direct company, custom windows are made in their factories for each individual customer, put on the back of their trucks and driven to customers’ driveways. “We offer an unconditional, non-prorated lifetime warranty on our windows,” said Marketing Director Amy. “It’s the last window you’ll ever need.” Osprey Observer readers that mention this article will receive 40 percent off the purchase and installation of three or more replacement windows. New South Window’s factory showroom is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday 12 Noon–4 p.m. Visit or call 626-6000.

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Waterscapes Pools & Spas Making Backyard Dreams Come True

By Nicole Heubusch

Springs, Waterscapes services residents in Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, Lee and Collier counties. John Collier, vice president of Waterscapes, is a resident of Apollo Beach and has built dozens of pools in the Hillsborough area. When asked what his favorite part of being a pool builder is, he replied, “I enjoy seeing the transformation of taking an empty piece of land and creating a backJohn Collier, vice president of Waterscapes Pools & Spas. yard oasis. For my customers, it’s like providing It's summertime in Florida, and if you them with their own private paradise.” don't have a pool, you're probably wishing Waterscapes Pools & Spas offers an you did. Neal Communities, an award abundance of pool styles to choose from. winning local home builder with over 40 creative design staff will help you Their years of experience, created a pool comselect from popular pool styles such as pany that will help you take your vision infinity edge, beach entry and from a variand design the pool of your dreams. This ety of custom features like waterfalls, division of Neal, Waterscapes Pools & overflowing spas and even a fire feature. Spas, is one of the area's largest pool With periodic promotions throughout builders of residential and commercial the year, it’s always a good time to call pools in Florida. Waterscapes and schedule a personal Waterscapes Pools & Spas is family consultation. Their website showcases owned and operated and takes pride in many examples of beautiful designs that providing their clients with the same level help inspire the possibilities of building will of customer service that Neal your own pool for friends and family to Communities is renowned for. With 16 enjoy all year long. people on staff, they are efficiently able to Waterscapes Pools & Spas is located design, build and coordinate as a team to at 8141 Lakewood Main St., Ste. 209A in make sure the process of creating your Lakewood Ranch. Learn more today by dream pool is as easy as possible. With visiting or calling offices in Lakewood Ranch and Bonita 252-2716.

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Amani Med-Spa Now Offering Kybella

By Michelle Caceres

Kybella breaks down fat underneath the chin to create a more chiseled appearance without the need for surgery and is now offered at Amani Med-Spa.

Dr. Brar at Amani Med-Spa is introducing another award-winning, non-invasive body contouring procedure at her practice. Kybella, a non-surgical procedure that is producing remarkable results, permanently reduces submental fat, more commonly known as a double chin. The active ingredient in Kybella is deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. The injections break down the fat, which is then processed through the body’s natural metabolism. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat. Valrico resident Leott Wydetic gave Kybella a try to reduce the double chin that had been plaguing her for years. “I’m not a large person but thanks to

bad genes I had a little double chin that no matter what I tried it never went away,” she said. “Surgery was never an option for me but I didn’t know of many other alternatives.” A pharmacist, Wydetic had heard about Kybella but was cynical that its results were not as dramatic as advertised. “I don’t really believe in miracle cures,” she said. Wydetic attended an open house Brar hosted to introduce the product and saw the before and after pictures of patients who had underwent the treatment. They were compelling. She scheduled her appointment for the next day. The procedure, scheduled on a Friday, took approximately 20 minutes. She was back to work on Monday. Now weeks after the procedure, she is seeing a shrinking and tightening under her chin. She is beginning to see more definition in her jawline. “This was definitely the answer for me,” she said. Brar said women aren’t the only ones who benefit from the treatment. “This product is a miracle for men too,” she said. “They want that chiseled neckline and this product delivers that result.” At the current time Kybella is only offered by a small number of doctors in each city. Dr. Brar at Amani Med-Spa is one of those exclusive providers. “This product is a game changer,” said Brar. Amani Med-Spa is open Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. For more about Kybella, visit or call 685-6111.

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FishHawk Fitness & Boxing Offers Personal Training For Men, Women And Children

By Michelle Caceres

South Florida this fall on a baseball scholarship. When he started conditioning with Keene, he was 5’9” and weighed 145 pounds. Now he is 6’4” and weighs 220 pounds. Anthony jokes that while he can’t take credit for the height growth or his baseball skills, he did play a role in getting him Lithia resident and FishHawk Fitness and Boxing Owner ready to play sports at the Shannon Keene has trained many local athletes and their collegiate level. families. “Shannon helped him Lithia resident Shannon Keene’s become the strong and confident sports backyard is strewn with more exercise player he is today,” she said. equipment than some gyms. The personHer younger son Dominic, 14, is takal trainer and owner of FishHawk Fitness ing boxing lessons from Keene and is lovand Boxing’s outdoor gym includes more ing it. than 60 resistance machines, several carThe boys were having so much fitdio machines, five punching bags, eight ness success she decided to be trained tires for flipping, two sleds for pulling and as well. a boxing ring. Rachel said Keene began with an A retired professional boxer, Keene assessment and then he put together a said that his gym, located at 2310 program that addressed her individual Thompson Rd., may not have air condigoals. “He really puts the personal in pertioning but his equipment is situated in the sonal trainer,” she said. “My family just shade. He specializes in strength and loves him.” conditioning, weight loss and boxing for Keene offers personal as well as fitness for men, women and children. group training with very competitive rates. “I’ve got plenty of hard work for my “I don’t have the overhead that most clients,” he said. gyms have so my prices are lower and I Keene trains people of all ages but pass that savings on to my clients,” he has an affinity for young athletes. said. Riverview resident Rachel Donnella’s For more information about two sons have been training with Keene FishHawk Fitness and Boxing or to for four years. Her oldest son Anthony, schedule a free introductory session, call 17, will be starting at the University of 767-6504.

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Wedding Dress Collector Preserves Dresses, History Of Past Brides

By Katelyn Massarelli

receives. “[At first glance], people first think they are going to see a fashion show,” Brown said. “I really discuss the changes of women, social expectations, politics, and everything that surrounds women daily. Every decade women step out of the box and we look at how an individual bride was impacted by her world at the time.” Leigh Anne Brown tells the story of just a few wedding As the collection contindresses from her collection. She is dedicated to sharing the story of past brides and how American women have ued to grow it led her to preevolved since the Civil War. senting portions of her collection to audiences ranging The day a woman marries the perfrom veterans, ladies, churches, and son she loves is supposed to be one of the most special times of her life. The day charities. Her most recent presentation was shown at The Bridges in Riverview she puts on her perfect wedding dress that was called Portraits of a Bride. and attire is the day her life changes forBrown is able to connect generations ever. What we do not realize is that each of women to today’s generation and how bride creates a story of themselves as we relate to brides of the past. According American women and the evolution to Brown, her collection and presentathrough the centuries. tions are a way for a bride’s story to be Wedding dress collector, Leigh Anne told again and live on along with future Brown, is dedicated to sharing the stories generations of brides. stored in the dresses she has collected “There is a reason behind why a for the past 20 years. Brown shares the dress looks the way it does,” Brown said. story of at least 175 brides dating all the “[Through the presentations], viewers can way back from the Civil War era dissee the progress through time and cussing the evolution of the wedding because these are real people who wore dress style and modern American these dresses, it becomes personal to woman. people.” According to Brown, her collection is If you are interested in donating your a direct result of her lifelong love affair wedding dress or a family member’s wedwith antique clothing. Brown isn’t solely ding dress, email Brown at dedicated to preserving vintage wedding dresses, she also wants to preserve the story that accompanies each dress she





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Rose gold is technical a gold and copper alloy, according to jeweler Do Amore. More copper makes for a ring with more red tones, while less copper produces a pink effect. Before you go ring shopping, here are a few things to consider.

PROS Durability. The copper content in rose gold makes it more durable than white or yellow gold, according to So if you’re looking for a piece of jewelry that will stand the test of time, consider rose gold. Affordability. Although rose gold is gaining in popularity, copper is very affordable, making rose gold a budget-conscious choice. Versatility. Rose gold complements warm and cool skin tones, making it a good choice for many women. Although it can be used in modern and more classic ring designs, rose gold is best in a vintage-inspired piece. Rose gold also can be mixed with yellow and white gold to achieve a unique look. Pair rose gold with colored stones to create a conversation piece.

CONS Allergies. Some people may not be able to wear a rose


gold ring due to a copper allergy. It is not considered to be hypoallergenic. If the love of your life has sensitive skin, think twice before shopping

for rose gold. Yellow gold tends to produce fewer allergic responses. Availability. You may have a harder time finding the style

you want in a rose gold setting. White and yellow gold are more common metals for engagement rings, so you may have to search near and far

for just the right piece. The good thing is that more couples are choosing rose gold settings, so your options will likely increase with time.

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he lush blooms of summer make for endless options for vibrant arrangements. This means the summer bride can have her pick of the many in-season flowers for her bouquet.


Sunflowers, yellow roses and daisies are all great choices for the summer bouquet. These sunny hues are undeniably fun and offer a uniquely summery vibe. Snapdragon and hypericum are great for filler and offer lighter tones.

PINKS AND PURPLES Hot pink Gerbera daisies are eye-catching and pair well with yellows. Pink roses are classic, while bright stargazer lilies also are a summery sight. Deep plummy calla lilies make a statement, while cooler purple aster, flox, freesia and alstromeria also are appealing. Add punchy pinks to a mass of lavender blooms for a unique aesthetic.

ORANGES Orange-hued blooms also seem to have been ripped from the landscape of summer. Gerbera daisies, oranges, carnations and snapdragons all can add a warm touch to a bouquet.


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If you want your bouquet to play a less prominent role, use a more subtle palette. Mix pale pink and yellow roses, or pair yellow and white blooms

If your color scheme embraces a wide variety of vibrant colors, a host of summertime flowers fit the bill. Carry a rainbow of alstromeria

blooms, Gerbera daisies, roses or day lilies. The sky is the limit when it comes to incorporating colorful blooms.

CENTERPIECES A white metal basket spilling over with weighty peonies.

Bright daisies resting in crystal clear glass vases. Clumps of lavender in blue-tinted glass jars. Summer flowers are made for adding punches of color to centerpieces. To add height to the table, the reach of striking phalaenopsis

orchids draw the eye upward.

FOR THE CEREMONY Add interest to the aisles with kissing balls of blooms, either hanging from each chair lining the aisle or a shepherd’s hook, or lying on the ground.

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or the do-it-yourself bride, paper offers versatility and affordability that can’t be beat. It’s easy to add paper touches to everything from the aisles to the favors, so you can see why brides are getting crafty with paper.

Pinterest is awash with ideas for paper creations for your wedding. Your options are endless, with scrapbooking and craft papers of every hue and texture and die-cutting machines galore on the market.

A PAPER FOR EVERY LOOK Choose chic vellum or coarse kraft paper for just the aesthetic you want. Rustic weddings themes can make great use of natural and earth-tone papers. From the invitations to placecards to guest books, mix textures and shades of browns, creams and even leafy green to keep the look natural and accessible.

CRAFT YOUR OWN FLOWERS Cut or fold paper into floral shapes and patterns for affordable but beautiful decor. With a little practice, you can make floral arrangements that are indistinguishable from the real thing. Punch sheet music or pages from old books into heart shapes to make confetti for tables at the reception or for showering the couple as they leave the festivities. These media also make for great bouquets or boutonnières. Add paper flowers to the outside of cheap paper lan-


terns for simple hanging decor. Craft paper butterflies to peek out from floral centerpieces. Hang a wall of paper flowers spaced evenly down the length of twine for the look of a floral curtain.

FUNCTIONAL CREATIONS If you expect the day to be hot, cut intricate patterns into circle-shaped sheets of scrapbooking paper and fold into a fan. Add craft sticks at each end for a unique take-home favor. Use thick stock paper to

make favor boxes or accent cardboard boxes with a greeting. Make quick work of crafting placecards with a paper and font to match your wedding theme. When it comes time to thank your guests, there’s

nothing a die-cutting machine and imagination cannot do. Use your imagination to create a card that says “thank you” in style. As you can see, the versatility of paper affords you the opportunity to get creative — just a little or a lot.



rom feminine floral prints to all-grown-up plunging back lines, the trends in summer wedding gowns are decidedly girly.

Floral prints are practically made for summer, and they’re a trend that’s goes hand in hand with weddings. Florals have been big in the fashion world at large for a few years, and brides are getting in on the trend, too. If your theme is ultra-feminine, incorporating pretty pink roses and creams, a floral gown will be a perfect match — from an all-over print to flowery details such as cascading blooms made of lace and beadwork. Florals also are suited to more colorful looks, such as a print with bright purple blooms. You’re limited only by the types and shades of flowers found in nature itself.

SHOWING SOME SKIN A trendy place to incorporate visual effect on a wedding gown is the back. Designers are using super-sleek low back lines, as well as illusion details that seem to float. Pearls draped across the back and intricate lace designs are popular aesthetics in bridal gowns. Deep V necklines also are showing up on wedding gowns, as well as off-the-shoulder straps. Both make for seamless transitions to back line details. These skin-baring styles have the added benefit of


keeping the bride cool in style during a summer wedding.

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MORE DETAILS Brides are adding a long, loosely tied belt to accentuate

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Bayshore Automotive Offers Quality Customization For Jeeps, Trucks & More

By Michelle Caceres

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Shortly after Fishhawk Trails resident and father of four Kevin Ordway bought a Jeep Wrangler Sport in 2015, he decided it needed a little customization. “I had heard about Bayshore Automotive from some neighbors who told me they did great work so I gave them a try,” said Ordway. That “little customization” project turned into multiple visits to their shop over the past two years, tricking his ride with body armor, new bumpers with a winch and an LED light bar. “It was hard to pick just one customization so I’ve been continually adding more,” joked Ordway, who has been pleased with the results. “The quality of their work is just fantastic.” He’s so satisfied with their work that he isn’t shy about referring business their way. He keeps a stack of their postcards handy to give to people who compliment him on the look of his vehicle, which occurs often. Bayshore Automotive Owner Darren Vivolo said Jeeps are the perfect Florida vehicle. “It’s a utility vehicle but when the


Bayshore Automotive Owner Darren Vivolo and General Manager Kevin Champ keep restyled Jeeps, trucks and sports cars in stock for purchase.

doors and top is removed it becomes a convertible, the perfect beach buggy,” Vivolo said. In business for more than 15 years, Vivolo is the largest Jeep restyler in the state. No job is too big or too small for him and his team. He once performed a $75,000 re-build for a professional sports player that included leather seats, a lift kit, larger tires and many other bells and whistles. Most jobs don’t cost a lot less than that, he said. Jeeps aren’t the only vehicles that get Vivolo’s attention. He also customizes trucks and sports cars, building to order. “If you have an idea we take it and transform it and make it happen,” he said. In addition to full detailing and reconditioning, Bayshore Automotive is a luxury automobile wholesale company open to the public. He usually has approximately 40 vehicles, mostly Jeeps and trucks, in stock that have been given his personal touch. General Manager Kevin Champ said the showroom is unlike most dealerships in one important way. “We don’t have salespeople so you won’t find anyone following you around,” he said. “It’s a completely different way of purchasing a vehicle.” Vivolo also sells his own accessory line of OCD off-road custom designs including fenders and bumpers. Bayshore Automotive is located at 2801 E. Adamo Dr., two blocks east of Ikea and is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m.–6 p.m. and by appointment on the weekend. Visit or call 241-4000 for an appointment.


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tion to help you in self defense and much more, said the host who added he wants to provide a service to people. Liebespach is part of the Florida Podcast Association which meets monthly. Chris Krimitsos leads the group of over 350 members state wide and said, “Most of us started a podcast because we were passionate about something.” Krimitsos is also the executive producer for the upcoming film about podcasting, The Messengers: A Podcast Documentary. The movie is set to release next February and Krimitsos said, “It explains podcasting and the impact on the communities of this medium.” The idea behind the name of the film, Krimitsos said, is Chris Krimitsos and Gabe Hobbs at the local that,”Podcasters are messengers Florida Podcasters Association. to try to make the world better.” Broadcasting day and night across Krimitsos added, “It takes you on a jourAmerica is as simple as turning on your ney.” computer. Podcast: “A form of digital Gabe Hobbs, local media consultant, media that consists of an episodic series recently attended the third annual of audio, video, digital radio, PDF or ePub Podcast Movement in Chicago. Hobbs files, subscribed to and downloaded autosaid, “To see the enthusiasm, youth and matically, through web syndication or energy in this medium is exciting and streamed online to a computer or mobile means opportunity.” Hobbs continued, device.” Also according to Wikipedia, the “There are 320 thousand podcasts out word is a portmanteau of “(i) Pod” and there; compare that with about three to “broadcast.” In English, that means indifour hundred radio talk shows.” There are viduals are able to broadcast over the podcasts for everything said Hobbs, who internet from their computers, and individexplained the best way to find a program uals are able to listen to the broadcast. is to Google the topic, and add the word Valrico resident Richard Liebespach podcast, or go through iTunes. started his podcast last spring and said, Individuals interested in podcasting “What I share on the show can save a can visit or call Krimitsos at life.” Liebespach’s broadcast, Self 727-858-8131. Protection Essentials, includes informa-

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Volume 15, Issue 8

Primrose School Of Bloomingdale Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

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Since opening Assistant in August of 2011, Director at Primrose School of Primrose School of Bloomingdale has Bloomingdale, brought a unique Jennifer Carroll, childcare experihas experienced all ence to families that Primrose within the commuSchool of nity. Their vision to Bloomingdale can give a child acaoffer to children demic and life The Primrose School of Bloomingdale team through her own skills that they can personal experi(from left), Jennifer Carroll, Sonya Boyette, Debra Temple, Ami Gohi, and Angela Cleek ence. Whether it utilize during and celebrate the school’s fifth anniversary. after moving on be setting the table from Primrose is what the school has with no one telling them to or having a used to make its students successful structured schedule, Carroll’s two children when entering elementary school. are a prime example of what Primrose “Celebrating our fifth anniversary is a Schools can do. big deal for us,” the owner of Primrose “[My children] are developing responSchool of Bloomingdale Ami Gohil said. sibility and life skills they can use outside “Establishing the preschool in the area of the classroom,” Carroll said. “I’m no shows our ability to build our reputation longer as worried about them starting and continue to grow.” Kindergarten.” Primrose Schools can be found With the children at the school their nationwide in 28 states and are dedicated number one priority, Primrose School of to setting the path for learning and life for Bloomingdale also makes their teachers children through their education and child- an important part of a child’s developcare environment. Having worked as a ment. According to Education and teacher previously at Primrose School of Curriculum Manager at Primrose School Westchase, Gohil opened the of Bloomingdale, Sonya Boyette, the Bloomingdale school with her husband. school is committed to providing the supAccording to Gohil, childcare is most port needed to ensure students succeed. rewarding and having children of her “A child spends a large portion of own, she decided to open a Primrose their day here, so it’s important they feel School within Bloomingdale in pursuit of bonded, loved and cared for,” Boyette her passion. Since then, she has been said. For more on Primrose of dedicated to creating an environment that Bloomingdale, contact 438-5980, allows students to learn and grow, or visit throughout their time at the preschool.

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