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

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For 12 years, Ed Treimanis has led and overseen the Bibles and Basketball camp at Immanuel Lutheran, a program dedicated to sharing the love of God and basketball with kids. Treimanis has worked with a few basketball celebrities in running his camp and assisting in other similar camps such as the Harlem Legends Shoot For the Stars camp held at the Ministries and Activities Center (MAC) at the First Baptist Church of Brandon. One of these is former Harlem Globetrotter, Larry “Shorty” Coleman. Treimanis and Shorty met five years ago, and after discovering that they both had a passion for basketball and helping children, they started working together. Although Shorty comes to Brandon primarily for the Harlem Legends camp, they have set it up so both camps do a charity game every year together. “I’ve only missed one Bibles and Basketball game and that was due to medical injury,” said Shorty. Shorty is involved in many charities in addition to the two camps. In fact, he has been partaking in charities since 1994. He also has been involved with hospi-

Ed Treimanis (right) and former Harlem Globetrotter Larry “Shorty” Coleman (left) will be hosting a charity basketball game in the fall.

tals such as St. Jude’s and spent time with religious figureheads such as Pope John Paul II, but Shorty’s main focus has been to teach kids basketball and how to continue to be positive. He feels that this is important in ensuring kids a safe and bright future. Though the Bibles and Basketball camp was not held this summer, Treimanis still assisted with the Legends camp with Shorty. This year the camp was held Monday through Friday, June 20-24. Though Treimanis’ camp was not held, the annual charity game will still be taking place in the fall. As of this time, there is no

specific date, but Treimanis has already been in contact with Bloomingdale High School and Bell Shoals Baptist Church about using their gyms for the game. Many who have worked with Treimanis speak highly of his passion for his camp and basketball. Jim Price, a former NBA player who began his career with the LA Lakers, and now local to Valrico, has participated in past charity games and had especially kind words to share. “We’re all given a talent by God and Ed just loves sports and I believe that this is part of his ministry,” said Price. More about camp and updates on the game in the fall, visit Information on the Harlem Legends camp can be found at

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By Kelly Wise Valdes The King's College Chapel is one of Chapel are some of the finest in the world the architecturfrom that time al highlights period. The and symbols walls are filled of Cambridge, with huge England. stained and Construction painted glass began in 1446 windows, and continued which are rare in stages over prethe following Reformation century. The survivals. All chapel's many the windows The King's College Chapel in Cambridge, England. treasures were made include unusual early 16th-century winbetween 1515 -1547 by Dutch and dows, fan vaulting, a Renaissance woodEnglish glass painters. Together these en screen and many other architectural windows are the most complete collection details that make the chapel an iconic of early 16th-century glass in England. structure in Cambridge. Each window contains four main scenes. Construction began under King The lower lights on the north side depict Henry VI's rule, but ceased in 1461 when the lives of the Virgin Mary and Christ up Henry was overthrown and taken prisoner to the Passion, which is shown in the east at the Battle of Towton. Some further window. progress was made around 1506, after The north side of the chapel contains King Henry VII visited Cambridge with his a showcase of 15th century service mother Lady Margaret Beaufort. After books and other possessions plus drawmany stops and starts, the chapel was ings and models of the chapel's construcfinally completed with the addition of the tion. woodwork and windows under King In addition to its fine architecture and Henry VIII. art, King's College Chapel is famous for It is considered one of the finest its Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols examples of late Perpendicular Gothic held each Christmas since 1918 and is English architecture. The chapel has a broadcasted to millions of people around simple rectangular shape with no side the world. aisles, 289 feet long, 40 feet wide and 80 The chapel is open to the public and feet high. The chapel is noted for its conducts tours throughout each week. splendid acoustics. Tickets are approximately $12. For more The windows of King's College information, visit

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Carl Hinson Makes A Run For 13th Circuit Court Judge

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Association, Florida Justice Association, past president of the Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association and a member of the Board of Directors of the Carrollwood Bar Association. Hinson has been certified as a mediator since 1994. He is also active in Attorney Carl Hinson is running for 13th Circuit Court Judge. the Greater Brandon, Carl Hinson is an attorney who Plant City and Greater Riverview has almost 30 years of legal experiChambers of Commerce, the ence in the Tampa area, and he is Economic Club of Tampa and also making a run as 13th Circuit Court serves on the board of directors of Judge. Hinson was educated locally the Krewe of Sant’ Yago. He and his at Hillsborough Community College, family are members of St. Lawrence University of South Florida and Nova Catholic Church. University Law School. His office is located at 2401 W. His background and community Platt St. in Tampa. For more informainvolvement make him stand out as a tion about Hinson, visit unique choice for 13th Circuit Court He can be Judge, Group 3. reached in person at 690-9920 or He is a member of the Florida Bar, Hillsborough County Bar

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Let Go Of The Past, Build Future Momentum As a kid, I remember watching old Tarzan reruns on Saturday mornings. Tarzan, in the heat of a moment, would climb a tree, leap from a branch, catch a vine, and then race above the jungle swinging from vine to vine. To move forward, he would have to release his grip on one vine and transfer his grip and momentum to another vine. To increase his speed required him to release his grip from a greater distance and height causing more weight and momentum in the swing. How that worked was an engineering thing, but it works for us as a faith thing. We cannot move forward toward our destiny, or change our futures, by holding onto the past at the same time we are trying to move forward toward a preferred future. We always have to let go of something to grasp something new. Are you willing to identify and let go of the vines you’re hanging on to in order to move into a better future? Letting go of the past requires changing our conversation and actions in the present. We need hope, desire, and faith for change, but one’s speaking and acting promotes the achieving of the change. James was writing about our tongues when he said, “Look at the ships also,

they are so great and are driven by strong winds, are still directed by a very small rudder wherever the inclination of the pilot desires.” (James 3:4) We may want a different future for our lives than what we are presently experiencing but unless we start speaking and acting differently, change will never happen. As our tongues and mouths speak faith-filled declarations about our futures, the “rudders” of our lives are set in that direction. Our tongues precede our feet in our faith journeys into our futures. Go ahead and touch your mouths and say, “Oh my, the problem is right here!” James said it plainly that the tongue is that rudder and the pilot, you set the direction according to your inclination. What and where is your inclination? Dr. Daniel R. Stahl has ministered in the eastern Hillsborough County area for over 30 years. He previously served on staff at Bell Shoals Baptist Church, Calvary Church (now The Crossing Church), Bay Life Church, and currently his third church plant, The Palms Church, which meets at 207 New Hope Rd. in Brandon on Sundays at 9 & 10:30 a.m. He graduated from Western KY University (BA), Southwestern Baptist Seminary (MDIV), and Fuller Theological Seminary (DMin). Visit

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

Apostles Lutheran Church In Brandon Welcomes Pastor Jim Page

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

Members of Apostles Lutheran to be approachable,” Jim said. “I like to Church in preach in a way Brandon have that is relevant. I welcomed a want everyone new pastor, who hears a serJim Page. At mon to be able 39 years old, to relate to it. Page is young Apostles and energetic. Lutheran Church Page, along is very focused with his wife, on moving forMichelle, and ward while still their children holding onto its arrived in vision and focus. Jim Page is the new pastor at Apostles Lutheran Brandon in Everyone has Church in Brandon. April. They been so friendly have been busy making the area their and welcoming to us since we arrived.” new home. Jim also likes to give Sermon Series Jim is originally from Eau Claire, so that if someone misses church, they Wisconsin. He earned his Bachelor’s in can pick up where they left off when Comparative Studies in Religion with a they come back. In addition, Jim would minor in Philosophy in 2000. He then like to update Apostles Lutheran’s Home went on to graduate from Luther Visitation system. Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota in “I do not want people to feel over2004. He is the first in his family to go to looked because they are unable to get college and become a pastor. to church because they are sick,” said Jim spent two and a half years at Jim. His sermons are online and can be Faith Lutheran Church in Balsom Lake, read or heard at Wisconsin and then another nine years Jim and Michelle Page have been at Trinity Lutheran Church in Eau Claire married for 11 years and have three chilbefore accepting the call to come to dren; Ben, 9, Abby, 7 and Katie, 3. The Apostles Lutheran Church in Brandon. family lives in Riverview. Michelle has a Apostles Lutheran spent nearly two Master’s in Special Education and will years without a permanent pastor. Jim is be working at Wimauma Elementary this a perfect fit for Apostles Lutheran.The fall. affable father of three can certainly Apostles Lutheran Church is located relate to the challenges faced by many at 200 Kingsway Rd. in Brandon. families in the area. Jim believes that Services are held every Sunday at 8:45 there needs to be a balance between a.m. and 10:45 a.m. For more informaseriousness and humor. “A pastor needs tion, call 689-2571.

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Attend Upcoming Candidate Forums And Vote Informed

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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 locatMeet local, state and even national candidates at one of the ed at 4121 N. 50th St. in upcoming Candidate Forums presented by Bell Shoals Tampa. This candidate Baptist Church on Friday, August 5 and the Brandon Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, August 10. forum will take place from 5-7:30 p.m. As the primary and general election Presale tickets are $15 and at the of 2016 draw nearer, registered voters in door, the cost is $20. Tickets get you craft Hillsborough County have to start making beer sampling, gourmet pizzas, finger decisions for whom they will cast their foods and time with the candidates. ballot. In an effort to aid in this decision “This is an opportunity for voters to making process, several local organizameet the candidates face to face in an tions will hold candidate forums. The informal setting. You will also be able to forums are an opportunity for you, the participate in an informal straw poll,” said voter, to meet the candidates for yourself Christine Michaels, executive director of and find out their position on a variety of the Greater Brandon Chamber of issues. Commerce. First up is Bell Shoals Baptist At the Greater Brandon Chamber’s Church’s 22nd Annual Candidate Forum Candidate Hob Nob, you can meet candion Friday, August 5 beginning at 5:30 dates for local, state and even federal p.m. in the Worship Center located at races all in one place. You can learn 2102 Bell Shoals Rd. in Brandon. where the candidates stand on important The forum is free and open to the issues. public. The general public will have an For more information, visit www.branopportunity to meet face to face in a meet or call 689-1221. and greet with the candidates from 5:30Whether you attend the Bell Shoals 6:45 p.m. At 7 p.m., all candidates will Candidate Forum or the Brandon have approximately three minutes to Chamber’s Candidate Hob Nob, you speak to their plans and give reasons to have the opportunity to meet candidates, vote for them. ask questions and become informed on According to Linda Townsend, a all of the issues so that you can make member of the Bell Shoals Church Issues your voting decisions. Team and co-chair of the forum, “Nearly

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joined the Air Force and traveled to several places during her time in the service. In 2012, Solomon came to Tampa for a sixmonth tour and met her husband and never left. “That was in September 2012,” said Solomon. “We are now five kids in and one on the way.” Growing up without a relationship with her father inspired Solomon to write her heart-felt book. “Now that I'm married, the curse is broken and my children will know their father and their children will know Local Riverview resident, Kimberly Solomon, publishes a heart-felt book that navigates the trials and tribulations of their grandfather. I want to connect with every person growing up without a father. that needs to know the Riverview resident, Kimberly love of God as their father.” Solomon, author of Chronicles of a Solomon’s second book release Daddy’s Girl, knows first-hand what is due in September and is a followit’s like growing up without the love of up story to her first book. “Volume II a father. Since it’s May publication, will explain the relationship with my Solomon’s book has been reviewed father now,” said Solomon. as, “a beautifully written, God In addition to writing books, pubinspired, power-packed slice of solulic speaking engagements, schedultion and healing pie.” A book signing ing an upcoming book tour and runwill take place on Sunday, August 14, ning a large household, Solomon and however, because of the expected her husband are co-founders of attendance, Solomon is securing a Keeper’s International, a ministry of larger venue. My Brothers Keeper and My Sisters Even at a young age, Solomon Keeper. Their passion to take God's felt that God would use her circumWord to a hurting and lost generation stances for the greater good. Raised has resulted in numerous souls comin Jacksonville by a single mother, ing to Christ through the leading of Solomon faced many trials throughthe Holy Spirit. out her life. Her mother was raised For more information about the without a father, and likewise, book signing or to find out more Solomon was raised in a fatherless about Solomon’s ministries, visit household. She preserved through or her adolescence and in 2000, she email


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Your Monthly Catch Local Happenings In Our Community pantry also provides monthly blood pressure checks and healthcare counseling offered by the Parish Community Nurse ministry, whose memSt. Anne Food Pantry received a grant from Allegany Franciscan bers volunteer Ministries for $10,000. their time as St. Anne Food Pantry Receives Grant well as personalized hygiene kits for the From Allegany Franciscan Ministries clients. homeless Allegany Franciscan Ministries has St. Anne Catholic Church is located awarded the St. Anne Community at U.S. Hwy. 41 and 11th Ave. NE in Outreach Food Pantry in Ruskin a Tau Ruskin. For more information, visit Grant of $10,000 in support of their ice to the homeless and needy in the area. The Diocese of St. Petersburg Catholic Foundation was pleased to partner with and write this grant on behalf of the Parish of St. Anne. St. Anne’s Food Pantry has been in existence since 1993 and was originally established to meet the needs of the growing homeless and impoverished population in the surrounding communities. In that time, the pantry has grown from occupying a small garage on church property serving 95 needy households to a 4,000 sq. ft. facility currently providing healthy food, milk, bread, fresh meat, fruit and ready-to-eat meals to approximately 360 families each week at this time of year. More than 1,800 families are currently registered to receive food. The food

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New Luncheon Season To Begin 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 Columbiettes Auxiliary 14084 Officer theme and music will honor Installation veterans. This is a nondenominational In June, luncheon for all Deputy Director ladies and no Sharon Lopez membership is installed the required. It is 2016-2017 held the second Officers for the Monday of the St. Stephen month, from 11 Auxiliary a.m.–1 p.m. at The Special 14084. The following Events Center at Bell Shoals Columbiettes Baptist Church have stepped located at 2102 forward in leadership: Bell Shoals Rd. Columbiettes Installation of 2016-17 Officers for in Brandon. The President Heidi St. Stephen Auxiliary 14084. cost is $15. First

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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 on 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 rod.burkhardt@ Call 655-4353.

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The Iglesia La Esperanza/Hope Community Church in Valrico is partnering with Suncoast Community Health Centers bringing the Mobil Clinic every other week on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m.– 5 p.m. For the last five years, the church has had a food bank helping 25 to 30 families a week (Tuesday 5:30 p.m.) with a box full of can goods, cereal, vegetables and meat. Little Lambs is a fun and safe place featuring age appropriate activities like art, music, dance, math, Spanish, and Bible classes for children to play and learn. Babysitting and back up care offered. Call 309-1405. The church is located at 401 S. Saint Cloud Ave. in Valrico. Call 309-0077.

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St. Stephen Catholic Church Celebrates First Priest, Father Jonathan Stephanz

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600 priests were ordained last year in the United States, which is an increase from the previous year. The 27 year old new priest said his background has always been music and is used to performing in front of people, so he really wasn’t that nervous as he officiated over his first celebration. Stephanz has been musically inclined since age two and his instruments include the harp, along with the violin and viola, which he still plays. At his new assignment at St. Paul’s, the enthusiastic priest is set to work with the youth and the churches school, and he added, “I really want to teach there.” The most challenging part of his priestly position said a serious After growing up in the Brandon/Riverview area, Father Stephanz, is that he Jonathan Stephanz celebrates his first Mass at his new home doesn’t have all the church, St. Stephen Catholic Church in St. Petersburg. answers. “Some people Father Jonathan Stephanz (prolook to priests for this and I need to be nounced Stephen), a newly ordained okay with saying I don’t have all the Roman Catholic Priest, said his first Mass answers, but I’ll find them.” on Father’s Day at his new home, St. This is the Jubilee Year of Mercy Paul’s Catholic Church in St. Petersburg. called by current Pope Francis, and Stephanz grew up in the Stephanz smiled and admitted, “It is Brandon/Riverview area, attended St. incredible to be ordained in this Year of Stephen Catholic Church in Valrico and is Mercy.” One memory that will stay with considered their “first homegrown priest.” Stephanz forever he said, was when Stephanz said, “After my Confirmation retired priest Monsignor Scully died on when I was 15, I was sitting at the table the altar of St. Stephen in 2010 while sayand told my family I was considering the ing Mass. “He was a beautiful inspiration,” Priesthood. It was something that had Stephanz said. If you’re in St. Petersburg, just come to me one day and I wanted to be sure to look up Father Jonathan; He tell my parents.” will be the one in the white collar and Stephanz was one of five priests who Birkenstocks. For more information about were recently ordained in this Diocese. the priesthood, call the Diocese at 727According to the United States 344-1611 or visit Conference of Catholic Bishops, almost

LifeCare Welcomes New Executive Director By Bonnie Mentel Kristen Mosley has been on staff with “God placed a dream in Karen’s LifeCare as the heart many operations years ago for a director for the future housing past four years. ministry. We’re She has just continuing to recently transipray for that, for tioned to take God’s timing and provision,” over the role of Mosley said. executive direcCurrently, tor, replacing there is not a Karen Brooks, specific home who held the in mind. They position for 22 are waiting for years. God to lead “I’ve been them to the so thankful to Karen Brooks (center) with new Executive Director right location. work under her Kristen Mosley, and Jessica Rickenbach, development director. “We also leadership. My have a Bible Study called Surrendering plan, as the executive director, is to conthe Secret, where we help women heal tinue building upon what she and Cookie from past abortion. Forty-three percent of Gray, who founded the ministry, have women have had at least one abortion. already started,” said Mosley. LifeCare has two centers in the com- We are very sensitive to that and we know that the Lord wants to heal them munity, called Choices Women Centers, and set them free,” Mosley said. in Brandon and Ruskin. The name was The ministry also offers one-on-one chosen to reach abortion-minded women in the community. At the centers, the staff counseling sessions for post-abortive and trained LifeCoaches work to educate women. LifeCare’s biggest event is their clients each time a pregnancy test is administered. They cover abortion educa- fundraising gala. This year’s gala will take place on Thursday, October 20 at the tion, adoption education, and parenting Hilton Tampa Downtown. They expect education. 500-600 guests to attend the semi-formal “In May, we administered 50 pregdinner and program to celebrate the past nancy tests. Out of those, 30 of those women were what we call ‘abortion-mind- year’s ministry and future vision of LifeCare. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the ed’ or ‘vulnerable’ women. Twenty-six of dinner and program will run from 6:30-9 them actually made decisions for life. p.m. We’re so thankful that they’re coming Former Planned Parenthood director here first. That’s our passionate goal, to and pro-life activist, Abby Johnson, will be be a woman’s first choice when she’s the featured speaker. faced with an unplanned pregnancy. We “We’re excited to have her come want to speak truth and life to her, and speak at our gala. We’re anticipating a lot show her life in the womb through an of new partners for the ministry through ultrasound,” Mosley said. that,” Mosley said. The ministry has a vision for a future The event is free and open to the housing ministry within the community. public with an RSVP. Mosley said that a lot of the women that More information about the event they work with are often stuck in and ministry can be found at www.lifeunhealthy situations with their boyfriend or by calling 654-0491. or family, because they don’t have anywhere to go.

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CENTERPIECES A white metal basket spilling over with weighty peonies.

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Miriam Velez Valkenburg Seeks To Be Hillsborough County Court Judge In Group 10 By Kathy L. Collins

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


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Grace Notes By Debora Coty

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Good match. Nice slice. I hate your stinkin' guts. Which of these would you not expect to hear while shaking hands across the tennis net at the end of a match? Well, I've heard 'em all. Although the last was supposedly tongue-in-cheek, I suspect there was hidden truth there. Losing sometimes clogs our spirits with nasty. Whatever graciousness might usually reside there is thrown under the bus of frustration. Especially in sports. We’re angry because we/our team/our kid didn't dominate. So anything goes. Let 'er rip. Diplomacy be hanged. So imagine my surprise when, at the end of a league match a few weeks ago, my opponent (who lost) did something completely unexpected. I still can hardly believe it. Are you ready? She gave me her shoes. Her shoes. Yep. She shook my hand, asked my shoe size, then handed me the $80 Nike's she'd only worn once."Try them on," she said, mopping her sweaty brow. "They don't fit me right. If you like them, they're yours." I back-pedaled big time, boy. She'd been a tough, no-nonsense competitor and I was all ready to dislike her. Then she sucked the wind right out of my sails.

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Hot Off The Christian News Wire By Kelly Wise Valdes Tim Tebow Stars In New Reality TV Show

Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow is starring in a new reality TV show on Fox which emphasizes the value of giving back to others. According to CBN News, the show, called Home Free, is now in its second season. Contestants on the show compete with each other to build homes for heroes in their lives. The contestants race down Homefree Blvd., building homes in the 11-lot neighborhood. The winner of the competition is rewarded with a dream home of his or her own. One contestant built a home for a brother who she said raised her. Another contestant built a home for a man who saved his life while he was in Afghanistan. Tebow and home improvement expert Mike Holmes encourage contestants as they work to complete the competition. Tebow said he loves being involved with the show because it emphasizes the value of giving and serving others. "It's a great principle and it's some-

thing that I try to live as much as I can," Tebow told The Christian Post. "I think that in trying to be able to show America that it is a blessing to give and you do get more by giving than you do by just trying to take take take."

Apocalyptic Film Vanished Comes To Theatres For One Night Only

The apocalyptic adventure film about the rapture and tribulation Vanished: Left Behind: Next Generation, will be in theaters nationwide for one night only on

Wednesday, September 28. Targeting a new generation of moviegoers, the film is inspired by The New York Times best-selling book series Left Behind. The series is no stranger to the big screen and was made popular by actor Kirk Cameron 16 years ago and more recently by Nicholas Cage in 2014. However, Vanished: Left Behind: Next Generation, seeks a new audience by telling the story from the perspective of young adults. For more information on Vanished: Left Behind: Next Generation, visit

Together 2016 Draws Thousands To National Mall

Thousands came to Together 2016 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Saturday, July 16 to celebrate that "Jesus changes everything." Event organizer, Nick Hall of PULSE, tweeted, "This event has never been about coming to the Mall. It's about sending a generation out from the mall to share Jesus." The event targeted millennials and drew many well-known speakers, from Pope Francis who appeared via video, to apologist Ravi Zacharias to singer Michael W. Smith. "I see people as far as my eye can see," hip-hop artist Lecrae tweeted. "I see people who should be referred to as brothers and sisters. Let's not be a religious community that walks by people who are struggling and hurting. If we're not a healing salve, we contribute to the pain." Rather than look at Together 2016 as a single-day event, Hall encouraged people to get the Together app, download the "7 Days With Jesus" reading plan and start prayer groups as they reset their lives with Jesus. For more information, 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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Cissy Sevelin Pursues Position Of Circuit Court Judge In Group 24

By Kathy L. Collins

“Equality before the law years. During that time, is not just a legal principle Sevelin wrote thousands of to me; it is my entire reason legal opinions. for being an attorney, mediSevelin has been a ator, law clerk and public sole practitioner in servant,” said Isabel Cissy Thonotosassa since 2013. Boza Sevelin (Cissy However, she is not in a Sevelin), candidate for traditional practice. This is Circuit Court Judge in because 100 percent of Group 24. Sevelin’s practice is devotSevelin stated, “My ed to pro bono work. Her dedication and involvement clients are financially disadwith our community sets vantaged and cannot afford me apart from others who representation. Cissy Sevelin is running for are running in my group. I Sevelin explained, am compassionate about Circuit Court Judge in Group 24. “The general nature of providing life-changing legal assistance to my current practice is representing indithe poor and oppressed in our communigent clients in various areas of the law ty. I have dedicated more than 2,500 such as Domestic Violence Injunction hours in pro bono legal services since Hearings, Family/Domestic Relations, October 2013. I am dedicated to following Wills, Trusts and Estates, Advance the rule of law as written and not as I Directives, and Juvenile Dependency and wish it to be.” Delinquency Hearings.” Sevelin is also a Throughout her life, Sevelin has Certified Family Mediator where she worked in a variety of fields before deals with custody, child support, division becoming an attorney. She began workof property and other family law matters. ing at the age of 12 when she went to “I personally understand what it takes work at Olympia Bakery in Tampa. to accomplish goals in life and be able to Sevelin received her Associate of Arts set aside potential legal obstacles. While Degree from Hillsborough Community raising three children and working full College in 1989 and graduated from the time, I was able to attend college and University of South Florida with a dual complete my education,” said Sevelin. “I major in accounting and finance in 1995. believe that I have the credentials, the Sevelin has worked as an accountant, a spirit and the experience to pursue the loan officer and a small business owner. opportunity to become a member of the Sevelin became an attorney in 2002 and judiciary. I hope you will vote for me on worked as a mediator and then as a Tuesday, August 30.” Bankruptcy Law Clerk for the judges in For more information, visit www.cisthe Middle District of Florida for nine

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LOCAL CHRISTIAN NEWS Compiled by Michelle Colesanti St. Stephen Knights Of Columbus Family Of The Year

more. Coffey is a perfect example of what it means to be a Knight of Columbus. He clearly exemplifies the principles of our order - Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism.

Brother Chris Lewis has been a Knight for over nine years and his wife Jeanne has been a member of the Columbiette Auxiliary since its inception and is the Knights of Brandon Christian Columbus Family of the Church VBS Year. Chris is a member Jerry Coffey has been named Knights of Brandon of the local Sheriff’s Columbus Knight of the Year. Christian Church, at Department and his Bryan Rd. in Brandon is presenting 910 wife runs the family restaurant business, its VBS Abundance Orchard for children in addition to their Pro Life and parish 5-12 on Friday, August 5 from 6.ages activities. For more information on the 8:40 p.m. and on Saturday, August 6 from Knights of Columbus at St. Stephen 8:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Call 689-4021. Catholic Church, call 743-2805 or visit

Local Knights Of Columbus Select Knight Of The Year

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Children Enjoy Cave Quest VBS At Saint Anne Catholic Church

One hundred twenty-one children ranging in age 5 to 12 attended Saint Anne Catholic Church’s Vacation Bible School in June. Each day the children experienced God’s Word through this year’s theme, Cave Quest. The students learned a new Bible truth each day that they could use in their everyday lives. The kids explored different stations that helped them grow their faith and love for God through Bible stories, short videos, arts and crafts, singing and dancing, and sports and games, topped off by a delicious lunch prepared by Saint Anne volunteers. The church is located at U.S. 41 and 11th Avenue NE. Call 645-1714, or visit

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Live Like You Mean It “Moth, Rust & Thieves”

By Derek Maul When bad guys steal your stuff you have to reconsider what is important. When the world presses in, it can be difficult to walk with Jesus, and difficult to live “kingdom lives” when reality stands in direct opposition to Christ’s invitation to live in his kind of peace. I suspect that’s why Jesus was so uninterested in material possessions, and dismissed what we value as stuff, “moth and rust consume and thieves break in and steal…” (Matthew 6:19-21) I had the following conversation with a friend after the financial free fall of 2008-2009: “Our investments have been hit hard,” she said. “That’s sad,” I said. “We didn’t lose a dime!” “What’s your secret?” she wanted to know. “Easy-peasy,” I replied. “You can’t lose when you don’t have anything to begin with!” Then last week some thieves broke in and stole, and now I’m all too conscious that our stuff is temporary and perishable. We live in a broken world where bad stuff happens, and sometimes it catches us off guard. Our faith has to be strong enough that we bring grace along with us, rather than the brokenness having its way, and weakening our relationship to God and our commitment to carry the Kingdom with us.

I am resolved to do what I can to deal with the fact that someone stole money from our bank account… but at the same time to remember the more important truth that the treasure that is God’s peace, God’s presence, and God’s purpose is never threatened by rust, moths, or thieves. Today I’m considering the lilies in my field, and I’m thanking God for all the amazing blessings of a life rooted in grace, mercy, promise, and love…. And I’m taking the prudent steps necessary to hopefully recover our losses and be more secure in the future. My treasure is my life as a disciple of Jesus, lived confidently with my family, and encouraged by the wonderful community of faith where we worship. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:1921) Derek Maul has written for many news outlets, including the Tampa Tribune, The United Methodist News Service, All Pro Dad, FOCUS Magazine, Newsweek, USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, Presbyterians Today, Guideposts, Chicken Soup for the Soul and many other publications. Read Derek Maul’s daily blog posts at

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