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Local Businesses Sponsor Recent Honor Flight Mission To Washington D.C.

$3.1M FishHawk Sports Complex Expansion Slated For June Completion

In April, Honor Honor Flight through Flight of West other local businessCentral Florida es; Chick-fil-A Lake took its 25th misBrandon Village, sion to Dynamic Painting Washington, D.C. USA, Canine for the day. On Cabana, Rob Z board this flight Fitness and the were 74 WWII and Osprey Observer. Korean War After being Veterans, each guardians on an escorted by a famiOctober 2013 flight, ly member or a Wilson said, “We member of the were so inspired by Cardinal Roofing and Solar Technologies community it that when we got recently funded a Honor Flight Mission to Washington D.C. assigned to be back, we decided to their guardian for the day. make Honor Flight Cardinal Roofing’s On a picture-perfect afternoon, more philanthropic focus.” than 150 people boarded a chartered This year, Cardinal Roofing partnered Allegiant Air flight out of St. with Southeastern Metals, a Gibraltar Pete/Clearwater Airport and headed for Industries Company, who offered to be a D.C. Upon arrival, about 9 a.m. The matching sponsor. They matched, dollar group was escorted directly onto buses for dollar, funds raised on the Sporting and off to the Air Force Memorial for Clays day which was enough to fund the lunch. The next stop for the group was corporate donation portion of an entire the World War II Memorial where the vetflight, $30,000. The rest of the flight was erans took time to walk through the funded by the guardians who donated memorial and reminisce about battles $400 for the opportunity to be a guardian fought and friends left behind. Final stop and which ensures that all veterans fly for the day was the Lincoln Memorial with free. stops at the Korean War Memorial and “Cardinal Roofing is humbled by the the Vietnam War Memorial. amount of love and support our commuIn addition to being a special day, this nity has given us in our fundraising efforts was also a special mission because it for Honor Flight; with community involvewas funded by a local small business, ment small businesses can really make a Cardinal Roofing and Solar Technologies. difference,” said Bridget. Bridget Jenkins Wilson and her father Honor Flight of West Central Florida Roger Jenkins, along with Chad Curchin, was established in 2010 and flies veterowners of Cardinal Roofing in Valrico, ans to Washington D.C. to see their hosted the Third Annual Shoot for Those memorials. Contact Bridget Jenkins Who Shot for US in February at Wilson, at bridget@cardinalroofingandsoFishHawk Sporting Clays in Lithia. Wilson lar.com or 689-ROOF to get involved in and Jenkins began their involvement with future events. To register for an upcoming the charity after being introduced to Honor Flight, visit www.honorflightwcf.org.

expansion raised some concerns among residents living within the Starling community, just west of the complex. Upon their return, County officials presented a new plan, which pushed the fields approximately 300 feet away from the Starling community. The new plan was the result of much cooperation between FishHawk Ranch developer Newland Communities, An aerial view of the FishHawk Sports Complex expanHillsborough County Parks sion gives residents a better perspective of the size and location of the nearly completed project. Department and the County After years of planning and months Public School Board. of construction, FishHawk and surroundIn exchange, the property dedicated ing area residents are only days away to the county west of the complex (the from witnessing the completion of originally planned site) became a conserFishHawk Sports Complex expansion vation lot with a dedicated habitat for project. County officials presented their gopher tortoises. The land swap cost expansion plans in connection with the Newland $150,000 due to necessary complex, located at 16120 FishHawk work to prepare the new tortoise habitat. Blvd. in Lithia, nearly five years ago. The “The revised plan means more work existing complex was built in 2008 with for us and some cost, but it helps accomeight ball fields, four multi-purpose fields, modate everyone's needs,” Newland concession stand, restrooms and parking. Communities Tampa North Vice By 2012, the facility was facing a President and General Manager Tom problem of overcrowding with teams fight- Panaseny said during a phone interview ing for fields and often playing late into before the project began. A grand openthe night. ing to celebrate the completion of the “We are 95 percent done with the project is scheduled for later this summer. project, opening in June,” said Project Visit www.hillsboroughcounty.org. Manager Chris Postiglione, The construction by QGS Development Inc., totaling $3.1 million, In This included several elements including the Issue expansion of the existing sports complex with four additional multi-purpose OLYMPIC SWIMMER ..........................PG 3 Bermuda grass practice fields as well as MOSI RELOCATION...........................PG 15 associated on-site and off-site improvements such as sports lighting, access HOA HOT TOPICS............................PG 18 drives, a 200-space parking lot, brand new concession, restroom and storage JOB FAIR .........................................PG 21 buildings, as well as landscaping, irrigaSPORTS CONNECTION .............PGS 34‐35 tion, storm drainage system, sidewalks, and fences. CHALKLINES....................................PG 37 Postiglione emphasized that the new ARTS & EVENTERTAINMENT ..........PG 42 fields, including the two by Randall, are all sized for soccer, which means they are READ MORE LOCAL NEWS ONLINE the large enough to accommodate other www.ospreyobserver.com sports such as youth football. The initial planning phase of the

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TBay Brandon Swimmer Heads To Omaha For Olympic Trials

BayCare Moves Forward With $25M Wellness Campus Behind Albertson’s Plaza

With the with increasing the Summer Olympics intensity of training at practice and just around the corhome, Rockway is ner, athletes all over constantly working the country are with TBay Brandon preparing for the Olympic Trials taking Head Coach Dave place in Omaha, Gesacion when Nebraska. Among preparing for the the swimmers comOlympic Trials and peting for the spot on meeting her goals. the U.S Olympic Gesacion has been coaching team, swimmer from Rockway for six TBay Brandon swim TBay Brandon Head Coach Dave years now and will club, Christin Gesacion and swimmer Christin Rockway attend the Olympic Rockway, is preparprepare to attend the Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska. Trials with her. ing to compete Being a former swimmer himself, accordamongst some of the best swimmers throughout the country. ing to Gesacion going to the Olympic “I’m excited to go and race,” Trials is completely different environment Rockway said, “It’s going to be a new from a usual competitive meet. He came environment since I’ve never swam in the up short making it to the Olympic Trials, the same pool as other Olympians.” but has watched the trials before and Ending her sophomore year of high coached multiple swimmers who went on school at Tampa Catholic soon, to compete at the Olympic Trials, only Rockway’s swimming career is just begin- one other swimmer of his being 16 years ning with three Olympic Trial qualificaold like Rockway. tions. She now qualifies to compete in the “Being able to coach [Rockway] from 400 yard Individual Medley (IM), 200 yard 10-years-old and watch her year after IM, and the 200 yard Butterfly. Though year and seeing it come to fruition is Rockway isn’t setting her sights on the unbelievable,” Gesacion said. Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, her According to Rockway, Gesacion has goals are set high to make the USA been supportive and helpful in her jourSwimming National Junior Team for 18 ney to the Olympic Trials and coming up and under swimmers and begin training with effective training to meet her goals. for the 2020 Summer Olympics. The Olympic Trials will be going on Swimmers for the National Junior from June 26-July 3 and the Television team are picked yearly and are given the airing and Webcasts will be shown across opportunity to travel around the world to NBC networks. Visit www.usaswimming. compete against other swimmers. Along org under the events tab.

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Fallen Deputies Honored During Sheriff’s Office Annual Memorial







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Each year, ficed his own life Sheriff David Gee by taking the and the impact in the Hillsborough crash. While County Sheriff’s reflecting on the Office gathers for a loss of deputy solemn ceremony Kotfila, Wilson honoring local drew attention deputies who laid to the reason for down their lives in the occasion. the line of duty. “It is our The day reserved charge to honor for the emotionally and to never forcharged occasion get the spirit of saw a large crowd service and sacHillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies guard the rifice made by of family and memorial wreath presented by Sheriff David Gee friends paying all these offiduring the annual Fallen Heroes Memorial. their respects at cers,” Wilson the Sheriff’s Memorial and Fallen Heroes said. “Deputy Kotfila will be in our hearts Wall outside the sheriff's office headquarforever. His name is now etched in this ters in Ybor City held earlier this month. wall forever so that his legacy and contriWith the recent loss of Deputy John bution to mankind will not be forgotten.” R. Kotfila, Jr., the Sheriff’s Office had to During the memorial service, Kotfila add another name to the list of deputies Jr. was memorialized with a special plate who were killed in the line of duty, raising on the fallen heroes wall. the number to 16 since 1874, when Gee was pleased to see so many in Deputy Richard Roach was shot and attendance and thanked the community killed at his home in the suburbs of for their support of the Sheriff’s Office. Tampa. His murder has never been “This was a great ceremony as it solved. pays tribute to a lot of heroes who The memorial service began with a deserve it,” Gee said. “This Wall of speech from former FOX 13 anchor John Heroes Memorial is a sacred place for us. Wilson, followed by a special tribute We want to thank the community for their including a memorial wreath presented by support. People need to know and underSheriff Gee in honor of each of the 16 stand the sacrifices of what these deputies. deputies and law enforcement members In March Deputy Kotfila was hit and are doing.” killed by a drunk, wrong way driver on the For more information, visit Selmon Expressway. A crash witness to www.hcso.tampa.fl.us. the accident said that the deputy sacri-

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Brandon Regional Hospital Announces Nurse Of The Year, Physician Of The Year

County Begins $1.2M Bryan/Brooker & Durant/Valrico Intersection Traffic Signal Projects

At its first Nursing Values (accountability, Gala held in April, safety, integrity, collaboBrandon Regional ration and compassion) Hospital honored Nurse which guide our work to of the Year, Joyce accomplish our mission Sankey and Physician of of providing our patients the Year, Donovan with quality care through Tapper, M.D. The event innovation, education was designed to recogand compassionate care. nize the significant Nurses were nominated accomplishments that by physicians and physiBrandon Regional cians were nominated by Hospital’s nurses and nurses.” medical staff have made. As examples, Both Sankey and Tapper Taramasco stated, “One were chosen for their of the nomination forms dedication to patients for nurse Sankey stated: and for the dedication to Provides excellent leadhelping Brandon ership and mentorship to Regional Hospital fulfill the new nurses. Shows its vision of being the sound judgment among Joyce Sankey, Brandon Regional a very busy OB/L&D unit destination of exception- Hospital’s Nurse of the Year, (top) al care. to provide stability in critiand Donovan Tapper, M.D., Physician of the Year, (bottom) cal situations. She is Sankey is a charge celebrated with Chief Nursing nurse in Labor and compassionate, hardOfficer, Chris Taramasco. Delivery and has been working, wants the best with the hospital since she became a for her patients, the hospital and team.” nurse in March 1985. Taramasco added, “One of the nomiTapper, a resident of FishHawk, is a nation entries for Dr. Tapper stated: He board certified general surgeon who has provides meticulous care of patients been with Brandon Regional Hospital throughout his surgical skills and devoted since 2012. Tapper served in the U.S. Air follow up. Collaborates with the nursing Force for 26 years. Tapper said, “It is very staff to ensure highest level of professionhumbling to win this award. The honor is alism. A team member who demonstrates that much more appreciated because of sincere compassion toward patients and the input from the nurses.” family.” According to Chris Taramasco, Brandon Regional Hospital is located Brandon Regional Hospital’s chief nursing at 119 Oakfield Dr. Visit officer, “Individuals were nominated for www.BrandonRegionalHospital.com. their demonstration of the Brandon

It is safe to upon completion, both traffic say that when signal installait comes to traftions and interfic improvements there is section enhancements no shortage of will improve trouble spots safety and throughout operations for Hillsborough motorists and County. Aside pedestrians. from some of The Durant the roadway and Valrico improvements intersection and intersecproject and the tion projects in Bryan and Valrico, such Brooker as the muchneeded culvert The installation of a new traffic signal at the intersec- Intersection tion of Bryan and Brooker Roads near Burns Middle project are both and drainage School in Brandon is scheduled to start this summer. funded through upgrade just the Public Works Capital Transportation south of Valrico Road and State Road Program. All installations and improve60 intersection, County officials have ments at both sites are expected to be scheduled two new intersection traffic completed in approximately eight signal installation projects south of East months. Lumsden Road. Construction work for both projects To improve safety, motorists will is expected to take place on weekdays soon see the installation of the first new traffic signal at the intersection of Durant between 8 a.m.-5 p.m., but officials are promising the work will generate only and Valrico roads. The $590,000 project standard construction noise. While temwas scheduled to begin this month, porary traffic lane closures may be necincluding construction of enhanced essary and traffic delays may occur, pedestrian features and drainage access to businesses will be maintained improvements at the intersection. throughout construction.Drivers are cauThe second new traffic signal and tioned to observe all traffic control measimprovement project at the intersection ures for the safety of workers, pedestriof Bryan and Brooker roads near Burns ans, and other motorists. For more Middle School is to begin once the information, visit www.Hillsborough school year ends. The project cost is County.org/ CountyProjects, under the $565,000. Transportation Projects link. County officials are confident that

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Local Special Needs Students Connect With Nature at Medard Park A small group of students from Pepin Academies got a chance to get up close and personal with nature earlier this month during a morning trip to Medard Park. Pepin Academies are tuition-free charter schools committed to creating professional learning communities through practices and programs that meet the needs of students with learning disabilities. The field trip, which involved learning about the park, its 700-acre reservoir, as well as many of the creatures that the park is known for in and out of the water, was possible thanks to the generous and giving A group of special needs students from Pepin spirit of Pepin Academies Academies are joined by local volunteers during a recent field trip at Medard Park.The event allowed and Hillsborough County’s the students to experience nature and learn about 4H Club Tech Wizard menthemselves, their interests, and the great outdoors. tor program volunteer, Paula Retter, who also own fishing vessels for the group to works for the Rotary’s Camp Florida in take voyages. Brandon. “The kids were awesome,” “We can teach the students about all Gore said. “They really got involved, of this in the classroom, but events like asked a lot of questions and were these where they can experience nature just so excited about being on the first hand is what seals the deal as well water that it all made it worthwhile. I as helps them realize what they are inter- would definitely come out again and ested in doing perhaps for life,” Retter offer my boat.” said. With a baby alligator and a talking To make the day extra special for the crow in his arsenal of creatures to show students, Retter was joined by local fishand tell, Florida Fish and Wildlife (FWC) ermen, Captains Woody Gore and Eddie Officer, Greg Patterson was also on hand Caldwell, both of whom have bought their to teach these kids about fishing and

wildlife. “The kids really loved it,” Patterson said, after the event adding, “The kids always want to touch. For these groups of special needs kids it was a great way to connect to nature, which was clearly written on their faces. I am sure this will stay with them for a long time.” Edward

Medard Park is a popular recreation area, hosting 500,000 visitors annually, with its reservoir being the main attraction. Aside from its spacious boating dock, a boardwalk fishing pier leads to an observation

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tower across the reservoir. Recreational opportunities include bicycling, incline skating, camping, fishing and hiking to name a few. Of course for the small group of Pepin students spending a couple of hours at the park under Retter’s supervision and the support of the members of the community is a whole new experience. “Today these students learned a bit more about life, hands on skills not to mention team work,” said Retter, whose 18-year-old daughter, Carissa is diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome. Proving her moms point, Carissa was happy to share her take on the field trip, especially her favorite part of seeing the alligators and being out on the water with Captain Gore. “I wasn't scared,” she said excitedly. “I loved it and I would like to do it again.” Today, Pepin Academies has grown to serve over 850 students with a main campus in Tampa, a campus in Riverview and its latest addition in New Port Richey. For more information about Pepin Academies, visit www.pepinacademies.com. For more info about The Rotary’s Camp of Florida in Brandon, visit www.rotaryscampflorida.com.

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Student Wins Award & Seeks Patent

By Jillian Tumlin

The Intel International thousands of lives from Science and Engineering this horrible disease, and Fair (ISEF) was held in I think that I have done Arizona last month to that with my new diagdetermine and reward high nostic,” said Laurie. school students for accomLaurie had several plishments in the science inspirations for pursuing and research field. This biomedical research, competition is considered leading to his participaone of the most reputable tion in the ISEF. He cited and distinguished pre-colSusan Prestridge of the lege science competitions Valrico Tutoring Club as in the nation. one of the most inspiraMark Laurie, a 16tional people to him. year-old student from “She saw that I had Newsome High School, the potential to do anywon fourth place in the thing to which I wanted competition for his and that I can go on to research on detecting accomplish amazing Newsome student Mark Laurie, Renal Cell Carcinoma 16, standing with his presenta- things as my life protion at the ISEF for which he (RCC), a cancer found in gresses,” said Laurie. was awarded fourth place. the kidney which shows no He also named symptoms of illness or disease in its early Michael Miller, the Newsome band direcstages. tor, for subtly giving him motivation for his “Making current diagnoses [is] hard passions during his involvement with the to predict or too late for the patient since marching band. Daniel McFarland and Dr. the prognosis for advanced stage RCC is Mayer Fishman assisted him in profesvery poor,” explained Laurie. To combat sional scientific research, and Charles RCC before it progresses, Laurie has Rhode, Brian Clark, and Robert Coats begun to file a patent for his new diagnos- helped Laurie in the process of the Intel tic. His new diagnostic would allow ISEF. patients to have their urine tested for a Laurie will continue his research on specific electrochemical property. RCC his RCC diagnostic. He plans to apply for and its current stage could be detected, college and pursue a PhD or MD with a making the treatment path more time-effi- focus on cancer research in hopes of cient. This diagnostic is also cost-effecmaking more revolutionary scientific tive, as its manufacturing cost is about breakthroughs in his future. $10, clearly more viable compared to For more information regarding the other methods that cost as much as ISEF competition, refer to the official $675. newsletter Society for Science & the “Early detection is the key for saving Public bit.ly/27kDFjb.

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Here Comes MILO, The Mobile Literacy Bus By Kathy L. Collins

academic success. However, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates that nearly 25 percent of children in Hillsborough County live in poverty. This means that the children who need books the most may not have regular access to them, and as a result may struggle on their path toward school readiness. The MILO initiative will consist MILO is a mobile interactive literacy bus that will of monthly Saturday programs to come to public libraries and Children’s Board Family Resource Centers throughout Hillsborough be held at community locations throughout Hillsborough County, County. targeting rural and urban neighborEarlier this month, the Children’s hoods that have been designated as at Board of Hillsborough County, Tamparisk or underserved. The program focuses Hillsborough County Public Library, the on children ages three to eight years old Junior League of Tampa and WEDU and their caregivers. PBS, unveiled the Mobile Interactive Locally, MILO will be at the SeffnerLiteracy Opportunity known as MILO. Mango Library on Saturday, June 4 from This collaborative effort was made possi10 a.m.-1 p.m. It will be at the ble thanks to the influential work of SouthShore Regional Library in Ruskin Hillsborough County Commissioner, on Saturday, July 16 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sandra Murman. It is set to be in Brandon at the Children’s MILO is a mobile interactive literacy Board Family Resource Center on bus that will encourage family reading, Kingsway Rd. on Saturday, October 1 and lead to higher educational success from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. for children. Murman said, “MILO is just MILO events will be staffed by volunone more example of how Hillsborough teers from the Junior League of Tampa. County values children, education and They will offer engaging interactive literacommunity. We are providing more than cy stations. Children can select a book to literacy; We are providing hope to the take home, and families will have the children in our county.” opportunity to get a free Hillsborough Kelley Parris, executive director of County Public Library card. the Children’s Board explained, “The goal In addition to books, each MILO of MILO is to give all children, regardless event will feature a character from WEDU of where they live within Hillsborough PBS shows and the children can partake County, access to books.” According to in arts and crafts. For more information the Children’s Board, studies have shown on MILO and to get a complete schedule that the presence of books in the home is for 2016-2017, contact Lorie Tonti at 273one of the greatest influences on a child’s 3638.

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High School Swimmers Sharpen Skills In Swim Clubs During Summer Months



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For junior Bloomingdale High School swimmer, Kaden Miller, swimming has been a part of his life for eight years. During his time in high school he has broken school records in events like the 100-yard Backstroke and the 200-yard medley relay and has competed at regionals. Though he Bluewave high school swimmers practicing for spends most of his training time with the upcoming high school season at Brandon Bluewave, he is dedicated to going as Sports and Aquatic Center. far as he can with his high school seaWith many sports taking place during son during the fall with a goal to make it the fall high school season, swimmers to state this coming fall. are preparing to compete again with their “My [high school] coach is very suphigh school teams. Though some high portive of club swimming and just asks us school swimmers will wait until practices to be at team events,” Miller said. start with their high school teams, others According to TBay Brandon Head will or have been putting in that extra Coach Dave Gesacion, the importance effort by practicing and competing with behind high school swimmers preparing club swim teams like Bluewave and TBay for their school seasons is refining techBrandon. That additional training can nique and conditioning themselves for mean one less second on a swimmers competing while also building leadership time that can bring them and the school a skills within the club team in a way they state qualification or a school record. can bring it to their high school team. “Having [high school swimmers] Gesacion trains his high school swimswim during the off-season is a big deal mers as if they are entering a college and can hopefully help make them sucswimming season. cessful during their high school season.” For incoming freshman at Durant Bluewave’s Head Coach Todd Foley said. high school, Morgan Shinault is going in According to Foley, Club swimming to her first swimming season with goals to gives swimmers the chance to intensify make state in the 200-yard Individual their training, improve their technique, and Medley (IM) and 500 Freestyle. According gain a better understanding of the prototo Shinault, TBay Brandon practices are col and the environment associated with constantly having swimmers competing the sport. Because of that, high school and having to keep up with their times. coaches more often than not prefer club For information regarding high school swimmers to keep training during the swim programs with Bluewave’s swim season with their club team and only team, visit www.bluewaveswimming.com. come to high school practice one day a For more about TBay Brandon high week to reconnect with the team. school swim, visit www.tbaybrandon.org.


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Sheriff’s Office Celebrates Law Enforcement History 170 Years In The Making

By Tamas Mondovics

Standing in front of a large crowd with a giant pair of scissors at hand, Sheriff David Gee officially cut the ribbon on the front doors of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) History Center, located at 2001 N. 19th St. on the corner of Ninth Avenue and 19th Street in Ybor City. The opening of the History Center earlier this month was more than just an outlet to display the various aspects of sheriff's office history. To those that worked on the project, making the museum a reality was also a celebration of 170 years of law enforcement excellence. The facility will now showcase the evolution of the Department of Detention Services, historical uniforms, law enforcement technologies and equipment, and a Fallen Heroes room, in addition to an extensive badge collection and hundreds of photographs. "We've been diligently working to make this a reality," Deputy Jerry Carey said just before Gee cut the ribbon. Carey emphasized that the History Center is an opportunity to interact with the community when he said, “It is a great place for people to visit and to share their experiences.” First inside the renovated and tastefully decorated building, Gee spoke proudly about the making and seeing the project become a reality as he welcomed local residents, friends, and fellow officers along with members of the media. “It is neat to see this project now



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ready to be enjoyed by the community as it is a great reflection on the history of Hillsborough County,” Gee said, adding that over the years artifacts and photographs, old uniforms, equipment, badges and jail logs have just been laying around or being collected, but are now on display. To gather 170 years of history and pack them into an approximately 1,200 sq. ft. museum was not an easy task, but thanks to a dedicated team of retired and current deputies led by HCSO Captain Jim Bradford, it is now a part of HCSO’s



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history. “The project took five years and everyone who had something to share was more than willing to contribute,” Bradford said. “We are very pleased with how the center turned out and are looking forward to adding to the collection and to our County’s law enforcement history.” The opening celebration would not have been complete without the presence of many who have been making history including former HCSO Major Ron Hartley, who worked for the Sheriff's

Office for four decades. As he made his way through the Center, Hartley, 64, visibly took delight in recognizing old friends and recalling various incidents triggered by the photographs scattered throughout the various rooms. “Things were a bit different back then,” Hartley said, adding, “Times have sure changed, over the years.” Perhaps one of the most sobering display was the Fallen Heroes room, featuring Sergeant Ben P. Wilder, Jr., who was killed while making an arrest in July, 1962. Sgt. Wilder’s uniform—donated to the museum by his widow 87-year-old Dorothy Wilder Alster,—is now on display behind glass. Wilder was 39 years old. “I am glad that I was able to donate this uniform to the museum,” Dorothy said. “The Sheriff’s Office has done a wonderful job of making sure that Ben is remembered.” HCSO hopes to continue collecting artifacts and to bring new displays to the center in the future. The history center is open Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information about the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, visit www.hcso.tampa.fl.us.

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Students With Disabilities Perform In Annual Celebration Showcase

By Kathy L. Collins

rhythm and following instructions. They performed a total of four pieces. The rhythm reinforced counting skills, focus/concentration and memory. The Teaching Artist for Seffner Elementary and Shields Middle Schools is Nanci Dorau, a movement, theatre and dance teacher. Students from Seffner Elementary performed two numStudents with disabilities who attend Randall Middle bers from the musical, Annie. School performed at the recent Celebration Showcase at Hillsborough Community College. The students from Shields Last month, students from area Middle School, who only had a short time schools gathered at Hillsborough to get ready, performed a dance number. Community College in Ybor City for the Sharon Terrell is an Exceptional Annual Celebration Showcase sponsored Student Education Specialist at Randall by VSA Florida, Hillsborough County Middle School. Terrell said, "Art is a natuPublic Schools and Hillsborough ral way for people to connect with the Community College. This performance world around them. For students with showcases students with disabilities. special needs, it is a way for them to The mission of VSA Florida is to proexplore the world through their senses. vide, support and champion arts educaThey access various sights, smells, textion and cultural experiences for and by tures, sounds and increase interactions people with disabilities. VSA Florida prowith others. It is important for them to pervide Artist in Residence programs in visu- form what they have learned in order to al arts, music, drama and movements for promote social skills and to increase their students with disabilities served in communication sills.� resource and inclusive settings. The students at Randall Middle At the Celebration Showcase, perSchool are incorporated into the school formances were given by students from culture and environment according to seven schools including Randall Middle their abilities. School, Seffner Elementary School and For over 30 years, VSA Florida has Shields Middle School. provided visual and performing art proThe Teaching Artist for Randall grams that make it possible for people Middle School is Freddy Montes, an with disabilities to contribute to the social, accomplished guitarist, percussionist, cultural and economic life of Florida. composer and music instructor. The stuFor more information, visit dents worked with drums and learned www.vsafl.org.

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Residents Turn Out In Numbers As Commissioner Stacy White Hosts Community Office Hours

By Tamas Mondovics

Valrico area resimented on his support dents demonstrated their of the county’s new ongoing interest in how mobility fees structure, things are going in their which will replace the neighborhood and surold impact fee arrangerounding communities ment and ensure that by showing up in great the money from new numbers to speak to building projects and their County businesses will be used Commissioner Stacy R. and spent within the disWhite, District 4. As it is trict from which it is colHillsborough County District 4 Commissioner Stacy White done by his fellow comlected. As an example, addresses a crowd gathered at a such projects include a missioners, White’s new development. recent visit with his confuture 160,000 sq. ft. stituents at the Bloomingdale Regional BayCare Wellness Campus now planned Public Library in Valrico was scheduled to be built on a 21-acre parcel east of the as the kickoff for his Community Office corner of Bloomingdale Avenue and Lithia Hours, allowing residents a one-on-one Pinecrest Road behind the Former time with their commissioner without havAlberston’s Plaza in Valrico. ing to travel to County Center in downWhite said that the mobility fees of town Tampa. some $1 million from the BayCare project “We had a much larger crowd than will help greatly to balance its transportawe had originally anticipated,” White said, tion impact on the community. adding that the sizable turnout is a great White joined forces with sign of people’s interest and desire to Commissioners Sandra Murman, Victor engage in community issues. Crist, and Al Higginbotham last month to White acknowledged that meeting shut the doors on a proposed 30-year, with members of the community on a half-cent sales tax option to reach voters more informal setting is a great platform in November. to discuss a variety of topics and issues, In his routine online letter to the combut he was not surprised by the majority munity, White makes mention of his of residents’ showing concern over issues recent tour of Valrico areas with County involving transportation, traffic and growth Administrator Mike Merrill, which gave an management. opportunity to draw Merrill’s attention to a “I am working hard to address these “much-needed construction on Valrico issues and to bring reform to benefit our Road, south of the State Road 60 interresidents,” White said, adding that rezonsection.” White is pleased to see coning and land use issues are on the top of struction in the often impassable intersechis agenda. tion due to flooding. Visit www.hillsborIn a post event interview, White com- oughcounty.org or call 272-5740.

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MOSI Begins Planning To Relocate Downtown

By Grayson Kamm

design and build major new hospitals, MOSI Board Chair Mike Schultz, president and CEO of Florida Hospital’s West Florida Region, will lead the task force. “We are going to work with the best and brightest minds available to truly reinvent MOSI and its role in our community,” Schultz said. In addition, MOSI will take MOSI is currently located at 4801 E Fowler Ave. in Tampa. Ziplining is just one of the many activities. these next steps: Launch a strategic planning process to Launching a project that will create chart the future of MOSI as a reinvented, an iconic institution and a beacon for vibrant, future-focused science center, learning in Tampa’s cultural core, the community conversations to discover lead Museum of Science & Industry’s (MOSI) what the people of Tampa Bay want from board of directors voted Tuesday to begin their new, innovative institution, and planning to relocate and reinvent MOSI in engage a specialized team of professiona new home in Downtown Tampa. als to begin the design, planning, and The vote follows the board’s review fundraising for a world-class science cenof a feasibility study that projects promister. ing attendance and finances in a new The planning effort is expected to location, as well as pledges of support take up to a year and will identify the feafrom key partners in Hillsborough County tures, exhibits, and programs offered in a and Strategic Property Partners, the new science center; an exact location group leading the effort to redevelop the and size; and the costs and funding area around Amalie Arena. sources involved. A new facility presents a path to fiscal “Our planners will be seeking out sustainability for MOSI, and that sustaininnovative designs and exciting ways to ability will power its vital, unique blend of touch the future. And we’ll also be elevatfun and STEAM (Science, Technology, key elements of MOSI’s existing proing Engineering, Arts, and Math) learning for grams – exploring space, understanding generations to come. health sciences, and connecting with MOSI will now bring together a task tomorrow,” said MOSI President and force of community partners, land use CEO Molly Demeulenaere. “In the year experts, philanthropists, museum master ahead, MOSI will move from a focus on planners, scientists, and educators to being the largest science center in the lead the relocation and reinvention of the Southeast to becoming one of the finest science center. in North America.” Visit www.mosi.org. As a veteran of multiple projects to




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Florida’s Largest Fourth Of July Parade Presented By The Community Roundtable

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Communities Celebrate National Bike Month

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cerns over distracted drivers (75 percent), drivers not seeing bikers (72 percent) and being cut off by a driver (64 percent) made the top of the list. “Traveling on the road requires care and courtesy—whether you are operating a car or a bicycle,” said Amy Stracke, executive director of the ACG Traffic Safety Foundation. “Remember, we all have places to go. Let’s share the road so we can all get there safely.” The survey also showed that many riders feel they are not respected by motorists and must fight for their place David Wienrich, 51, of Valrico pauses for photo after he pumped up the tires on his tri- on the road. cycle at Wawa. David Wienrich, 51, of Valrico who May was designated as National has made bicycling his main mode of Bike Month, prompting many bicyclists transportation around the community for from coast to coast to celebrate by the past 19 years has been hit a number means of claiming their rightful place on of times and said that as driver distracthe roadways. tions have increased over the years so Established in 1956, National Bike did his fear of venturing out on his bicycle. Month is a chance to showcase the many “People are just not paying attention. benefits of bicycling and encourage more It’s outright scary. I see drivers on the folks to give biking a try. phone, texting, not to mention the While bicycles are a legitimate form increased traffic throughout our communiof transportation with laws and regulaty,” he said. tions established for their use, most riders Wienrich emphasized the need for reportedly fear being hit by vehicles sharsidewalks or bike lanes, which he said he ing the roadways dampening the occahimself would certainly make use of to sion’s festive spirit. eliminate some of his fear while riding Every year, hundreds of cyclists are around in heavy traffic. killed and tens of thousands more are As a suggestion, which is shared by injured in preventable crashes. In a recent most riders, Wienrich said, “Both drivers AAA Consumer Pulse survey conducted and bikers need to pay more attention.” online among Florida residents from The AAA Auto Club Group and its January 29, 2016 to February 21, 2016, Auto Club Group Traffic Safety the majority (78 percent), of Florida bicyFoundation hopes that everyone on the clists who ride on the road indicated that road makes safety a top priority – not just being hit by a vehicle was their number in May, but throughout the year. Visit one concern. www.AAA.com/ foundation for more inforThe report also indicated that conmation.

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safe and comfortable place for homeless families.” The reason for Box Car City is to give people a one night experience of what our homeless families experience on a regular basis. Electronic devices are strongly discouraged, except for group sponsors with their telephones. It is not meant to be entertaining although there will be entertainment there. The focus is on the experience. Box Car City fundraiser offers the opportunity to According to Reddick, “Families sleep in a box overnight to raise awareness of the homeless in the area. should plan to attend together and talk about their experience before and “Spend the night in a box?” As she afterwards. This will cause ungrateful laughed, Tina said, “I wish I had had a teens to realize how blessed they are box to sleep in at night; the best I could with all of their creature comforts.” ever do was get under awnings.” Tina Boxes will be decorated, but again was homeless six years ago and now the attention is not on the holds two jobs and has a roof over her decorations. Most homeless families don't head. “There is a story to be told and I have the luxury of decorating their outside want it told,” she said. She was speaking dwellings be it in a park or in their car, about the number of homeless people in they don't have the luxury to decorate it our own backyard. and make it look good. Family Promise of Brandon (FPGB) FPGB opened its doors May 2014 will hold its third Annual Box Car City on since then has served almost a hunand the grounds at First Presbyterian Church, dred people, “80 percent of which were located at 121 Carver Ave. in Brandon on children,” said Reddick. “This program Friday, June 10. Set up will begin at 3 brings together area congregations to p.m. The meal will start at 5 p.m. followed provide temporary homes, and facilities to by a program at 6 p.m. The event will end provide space during the day for case on Saturday, June 11 around 7 a.m. management.” Individuals can donate at least $25 to Early registration (by Friday, June 3) experience snoozing in a box for a night is appreciated for food preparation puron the grounds of the church. poses. To register, contact Reddick at Executive Director of FPGB Edwina 681-6170 or executivedirectorfp Reddick said, “Box Car City was started gb@gmail.com. For more information on to raise awareness of what it is like to Family Promise of Brandon, visit have no safe place to sleep, and now www.familypromisebrandon.org. FPGB and its partner churches provide a

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Starting A Neighborhood Watch It’s not hard to start a Neighborhood Watch program in your HOA community, but it does take some time and effort. In this article, we will provide a few tips on how your HOA can begin to implement a program.

Step 1: Research

Visit different National Neighborhood Watch program websites to find information to help you get started such as www.nnw.org, This website has plenty of materials for your HOA community to use. In addition to finding information online, determine the area you want to organize. The whole neighborhood? If you have a larger neighborhood, more than 150 homes, you might want to divide the area into two watch programs. Use the HOA Board’s resources to reach out to the community members to see who would like to volunteer for the Neighborhood Watch program. A good ratio of volunteers is one person for every eight to 10 households. The HOA board can determine a night to present their Neighborhood Watch plan to inform the community of the program. Another idea is to set up a watch website. This will make it easier to coordinate and communicate with volunteers and residents.

Step 2: Contact The Sheriff’s Office

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sheriff’s office to schedule guest speakers at your Neighborhood Watch presentation. The best way to get the word out to residents about the presentation is to have your neighbor volunteers distribute invitations door to door.

Step 3: Prepare A Neighborhood Map

Prepare a Neighborhood Watch map that shows the entire area involved in the watch program. Show names, phone numbers, and street numbers of each household.

Step 4: The Presentation

At the community presentation, you will identify all resident concerns and develop an action plan. Go over crime prevention techniques and how to report any suspicious activity. This is where neighbors can meet each other and establish a communication network (i.e., a telephone tree).

Step 5: Keep Everyone’s Interest

It can be hard to keep everyone interested in a project after its initial start. You want residents to keep vigilance with the Neighborhood Watch Program. There are a few ways to keep everyone involved, such as planning neighborhood outings, meetings, summer picnics, and a monthly Neighborhood Watch Newsletter. Does your HOA community have a Neighborhood Watch Program? Email nicoleh@ospreyobserver.com to be featured in next month’s edition.

Freedom To Walk Foundation Seeks Sponsors For Fall Gala

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The Freedom to muscles involved in liftWalk Foundation was ing the front part of the founded four years ago to foot necessary for peohelp improve the lives of ple to walk. It causes a children and adults with a person to either drag the walking impairment called foot and toes or engage Foot Drop, due to in a high-stepping walk Multiple Sclerosis, called steppage gait. Cerebral Palsy, stroke, The WalkAide, spinal cord injury and approved by the U.S. traumatic brain injury. Food and Drug To help educate and Administration, is an assist them with the fundelectronic device that ing for the purchase of when worn on the calf, WalkAides, the 501(c)(3) sends electric impulses non-profit is hosting its to the affected foot, Fourth Annual One Step causing the foot and leg At A Time Gala on to lift and follow through Last year’s Gala WalkAide recipi- as they would with a natSaturday, October 1 at ent, Caleb, and family. the Centre Club at 123 S. ural gait, but most insurWest Shore Blvd. in Tampa from 6-11 ance companies will not cover the cost of p.m. Sponsors to date are Hanger Clinic, about $5,000 per unit. American Dream Home Mortgage, The “You can help change the lives of Realty Group, The Miss Buckle-Up children and adults who will greatly benePrincess Foundation, CMIT Solutions of fit from this much needed device by supBrandon, Montefu Consulting Inc., and porting and participating in the foundaDelta Credit Restoration Inc. tion’s Fourth Annual Gala. Because of the The community is invited to attend sponsorships, we will be able to provide a the gala, which will feature fine dining, WalkAide to two recipients, so we are music, dancing, raffles, and silent auction. urging sponsors to support us on different Keynote Speakers are Ron Klein, levels,” said Daisy Vega, founder and Inventor of the Magnetic Strip on the president of Freedom to Walk Credit Card, Developer of Computerized Foundation, who has Multiple Sclerosis Systems for Real Estate (MLS) Multiple and has benefitted from the use of the Listing Services; and David Kauffman, WalkAide which she purchased. Vega is Ziglar Legacy Certified seeking sponsors who have until Friday, Speaker/Trainer/Coach. September 2 to register. Contact 546Foot Drop is a condition character2329 or Daisy.Vega@FreedomToWalk ized by weakness or paralysis of the Foundation.com. Visit bit.ly/1VQKci2.

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Local Charities To Benefit From Upcoming 2016 Brandon Mayor’s Race Events

By Michelle Colesanti

The Community Roundtable email cburgess@mybsac.org. of Brandon has held its annual Honorary Mayor’s race since George Shea 1959. That first year, Nat Storms Shea is a Realtor with took the top honor after raising Signature Realty. His charities $500. This year three local geninclude the Newsome Band tlemen contenders are running Boosters, Campo YMCA and for the coveted title and hope to Seeds of Hope. raise a lot of money to benefit “My goals as Honorary their chosen local charities. Mayor are to raise as much According to Community money as possible for my chariRoundtable President Janine ties. Everyone can make a difNickerson, “Candidates begin ference by the selfless act of givraising money on June 1 and ing. I want to give amazing stop at 8 a.m. on July 4. The opportunities to individuals who funds are tallied and the new don’t have all the resources to mayor is announced. A convert(From left) Craig Beckinger, Chuck Burgess and George Shea are running for 2016 Brandon Honorary Mayor. obtain them on their own,” Shea ible waits to transport the new said. need help to be able to receive help. This Rotary Club Charity Fund and also for the mayor through the Fourth of July Shea’s Race Kick-Off is planned for is the beginning of change.” Bill Carey Brandon Boys and Girls Club. Parade.” Friday, June 3 at a location to be deterHis upcoming events include a According to Burgess, “My main Last year, Michelle Hernandez set a mined. He will have plenty of choice Kickoff Party on Wednesday, June 1; goals are to bring more awareness, expo- events through the month of June. Events new record for females raising over Hawaiian Luau on Saturday, June 4; sure and resources to the missions and $55,500 for local non-profits. The 2016 include Wine Tasting Event, Thursday, Drag Queen Bingo, Thursday, June 9; causes of my selected charities. Also, I Brandon Mayor's Race will be a contest June 9; Softball Tournament, Saturday, ABC Event Planning Ribbon Cutting on want to connect with other people and among Craig Beckinger, Chuck Burgess, June 11; Coach Bingo, Tuesday, June 14 Thursday, June 16; Purse Bash on organizations to better learn their needs and George Shea. The candidates look at RiverHills; Summer Nights Family Tuesday, June 21; Bunco at The Bridges and challenges while always striving to forward to a lot of community support at Event at Campo Family YMCA, Saturday, on Thursday, June 23; Clay Shoot on make Brandon an even better communiall of their events. June 25; Bunco Night, Thursday, June Saturday, June 25; Bridal Show on ty.” 30, and a Golf Tournament at Sunday, June 26 and Pinot’s Pallette on His upcoming events include a Wine Craig Beckinger Summerfield Golf Course, Friday, July 1. & Cheese Soiree, Friday, June 3; a Beckinger, founder of An ABC Event, Monday, June 27. For more information on his events, For more information, visit Community Kick Ball Tournament on Inc., is campaigning for The Outreach visit George Shea for Honorary Craig For Honorary Mayor of Brandon on Saturday, June 4; Family Laser Tag, Clinic, ECHO of Brandon, Trey Curry Mayor of Brandon on Facebook, Facebook or email Sunday, June 5; Honorary Mayor Movie Foundation and The Greater Brandon www.GeorgeSheaforMayor.com or email cab92807@gmail.com. Night; Clay Shoot, Saturday, June 11; Community Foundation. georgesheateam@hotmail.com. Underground Dance Party, Friday, June “My goal is to help bring dreams to The Community Roundtable will Chuck Burgess 17; Golf Tournament, Saturday, June 18, life one donation at a time. I have selectbring awareness to the race at an addiand a Run/Barbecue/Concert, Saturday, Burgess is the executive director at ed these non profits, which cover a wide tional After Hours event with the Brandon June 25. For more information on Brandon Sports & Aquatics Center variety of needy people in the Greater Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, Burgess’ upcoming events, visit his (BSAC) in Brandon. He is campaigning to Brandon Community. My dream is to May 26 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Visit Burgess4Brandon Facebook page or raise funds for BSAC, the Brandon have all of the people in Brandon that www.thecommunityroundtable.org.

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Local Star Wars Enthusiast Creates Lightsabers, Plans To Help The Blind Paul Rubino has been a fan of Star Wars for a long time. He became so fascinated with lightsabers that he began researching how they were made and ended up teaching himself how to make them. He finished his first lightsaber in September and started showing them to people. Soon he was getting requests for purchases. During this time, Rubino realized that he could take his hobby and turn it into something that he could use to help people. He is still searching for the right path to use his gift for the Kingdom of God, but he’s confident that God gives us our skills to bring glory and honor to Him. Wookieepedia, the Star Wars Wiki, defines a lightsaber as, “a weapon used by the Jedi and the Sith. Lightsabers consisted of a plasma blade, powered by a kyber crystal and usually emitted from a metallic hilt.” Rubino’s lightsabers do not have plasma blades or crystals, but he said that his lighting and sound effects are ten times better than those that can be purchased in the toy section. “They have high-end sound boards that handle all the sounds and lighting. They are crazy bright and are made for full-contact fighting. Ones that are fully functioning with sound start in the $300s. They are made for props or for Star Wars enthusiasts. It’s like a really expensive adult toy,” Rubino said. The hilts are made out of aircraft grade aluminum. The blade’s material uses polycarbonate, which is the same material that hockey masks are made out of.

Rubino likes to have his evening devotionals at Starbucks. He has gotten in the habit of bringing one of his lightsabers with him; he’s found that this is a good way to start conversations with people. During one of those nights, he met some students from the Refuge, which is the college ministry at Bell Shoals Baptist Church. Through this connection, he was put in touch with a man who was interested in having a custom lightsaber built. Rubino went to the man’s house to discuss the specifications and was introduced to an idea that he had never considered before. “He is blind. Completely. He wants me to make him a guide stick lightsaber. It’s going to be a lightsaber that is long enough to be used as a walking guide stick and it’s going to have the same functionality as a lightsaber. So that anyone who is looking around – it’s going to look like they’re swinging a lightsaber Local Star Wars enthusiast Paul Rubino poses with one of around. It will make swing his lightsabers that he creates. sounds, and when they “They’re meant to be fun. They’re bump it against a sidewalk, it will make meant to take out and mess around a clashing sound. It’s going to be made with your friends. They’re not just for in what specifications he wants in a hanging up on the wall,” he said. walking stick. It will have leather wrap

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Annual Career Job Fair & Resource Expo Returns To Florida State Fairgrounds

By Jillian Tumlin

the Career Job Fair & Resource Expo, teaching people how to dress for work and properly conduct job interviews. This particular feature of the fair helps attendees understand the importance of dressing appropriately and how proper attire can be effective at an interview. “Appearance is everyBarbara Taylor, right, attended the job fair to recruit for thing, so please dress for sucthe Walt Disney Co. cess,” said Longo regarding the program. The Career Job Fair & Resource The Career Job Fair & Resource Expo has been held in Tampa for five Expo is sponsored by the NAACP, which years, and its return this year is quickly supplies computers onsite for attendees approaching. Those seeking full time or to apply for jobs immediately. Other feapart time jobs, as well as those interested tures include the free resume review and in developing their education and training, writing classes are held every hour. are encouraged to come to start their own resources are provided by Educational small business. Susan Longo, the CEO local colleges and universities. director of sales and marketing of Red “Our mission is to help small and Carpet USA Entertainment & Events, large companies acquire the staff they works to organize the event every year. need and gain exposure for their busi“We held the first job fair at the ness,” Longo said. Florida State Fairgrounds in 2011, and it The job fair will be held at the Florida was a great success. People crowded all State Fairgrounds on Thursday, June 16, around looking for jobs. It was such a from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Vendors are expectsuccess, we continued it to help more ed to be at the fair at 8 a.m. Other conpeople find jobs,” Longo said. tacts constructing the event include The job fair is held about four to five Carolyn Miller, the community relations times a year in Tampa Bay. Between 20 and Arthur Pierce, the coordinator, to 30 companies attend the fair and venIT/webmaster director of operations. For dor applications are available past information regarding becoming a more Sunday, June 5. Several companies and vendor, visit www.redcarpetusa.us. jobs appear at the fair, with even a speFurther information can be obtained by cial veteran’s section to cater to those contacting Red Carpet USA at sl.redcarinvolved with the military. A Dress for Success exhibit will be at petusa@yahoo.com.




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Award-Winning All Family Law Group Advocates For Clients

By Michelle Caceres

Tampa Bay Client and founder and managing USAF retiree attorney of All Family Harry LaClair Law Group, P.A., reached out to All Lynette Silon-Laguna, Family Law is an attorney familiar because of the with earning profesfirm’s experience sional awards and in father’s rights accolades. Most and military recently, she was recdivorces. The ognized by The father of three and American Institute of primary caregiver All Family Law Group attorneys (from right) Ginger L. Dugan, Lynette SilonFamily Law Attorneys said divorce was Laguna and Danielle M. Lord. as one of the “10 Best” simply the most family law attorneys in Florida based on emotionally, financially and physically bruclient satisfaction. tal experience of his life. He was separat“In every case, each one of us strives ed from his children, served divorce to put our clients in the best possible posi- papers and outmaneuvered at every step tion moving forward and to be responsive by his ex-wife who had planned for to each client,” Silon-Laguna said. divorce for years. The firm attorneys and legal assis“If it wasn’t for the attorneys assigned tants recognize that divorce can be like to my case from Family Marital Law, I riding an emotional roller coaster and don’t know where I’d be today,” he said. offer clients the experience necessary to “They advised me, fought for me, stood guide them through one of the most diffiup for me in court and most importantly cult times in their clients’ lives. They continued to give me hope.” attend to every aspect of divorce, includHis divorce is final, but retains the ing property division, alimony, child cusfirm in case issues arise. “Until your chiltody and child support and as well as dren reach the age of 18, your divorce is other areas of family law including paternever really over,” he said. nity, stepparent/relative adoption and conAll Family Law Group’s main office is sumer bankruptcy. located at 6314 U.S. Hwy. 301 S. in With more than 36 years combined Riverview with satellite offices located in experience exclusively practicing in South Tampa, Apollo Beach, Brandon, divorce and family law, the attorneys at All Carrollwood and Clearwater. It provides Family Law Group are leading experts an initial consultation at no charge to disand eminently qualified to represent indicuss the options available based upon viduals going through a divorce or dealing the circumstances. Visit www.Family with another family law issue. MaritalLaw.com or call 672-1900.

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Founders Of Winthrop Dedicate, Rename Park

By Kathy L. Collins

So the Sullivans looked at both their personal history and the history of the United States. John Sullivan’s family had lived in a house on Winthrop Street near Boston. “My mother loved the house. It was in a walkable community,” John Sullivan said. Being from Boston, it was only natural to look into the writings of John Winthrop. He had come up with a plan to bring colonists to America. He is often called the “Forgotten Founding (From left) John Sullivan, Kay Sullivan and John Father.” While onboard the ship Winthrop plant a mulberry tree at the dedication of Arbella, Winthrop, a wealthy Winthrop Common in Winthrop Town Centre. English Puritan lawyer, gave a In April, John and Kay Sullivan, town sermon where he told the colonists that founders of Winthrop and Winthrop Town their new community would be “as a city Centre in Riverview, held a ceremony upon a hill,” one that is watched by the where they dedicated the park located world. That city is now known as Boston. behind Boca and Ciccio Cali’s and John Sullivan said, “John Winthrop renamed it Winthrop Common. On hand wanted to create a city that would be a for the celebration was John Winthrop of model for others to follow.” The communiCharleston, South Carolina, who is the ty of Winthrop is such a model. There are eleventh descendant of John Winthrop homes, restaurants, parks, schools, gro(1587-1649), the first governor of the cery store and places to rest, relax and Massachusetts Bay Colony and for play.” whom the community of Winthrop is At the dedication ceremony, John named. Winthrop said, “I am so happy to be here. When the Sullivans bought the 148 I have been looking forward to coming acres land back in 1999, they engaged here for 10 years.” John Winthrop also architect and town planner Andres Duany donated $1,000 to Winthrop Arts, Inc. to design the community. He urged them So the next time you go to the comto give the community a name that was munity of Winthrop and visit the Winthrop both personal and significant to them. As Town Centre, thank the Sullivans for havKay explained at the dedication ceremoing the forethought to create a place that ny, “We envisioned a pedestrian friendly truly represents community.The commucommunity where people can live, work nity of Winthrop is located at the intersecand play. We wanted to create an altertion of Bloomingdale Avenue and native to urban sprawl.” Providence Road in Riverview.

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Mosaic’s Streamsong Offers Secluded Getaway Close To Home Nestled amongst the natural terrain of the seemingly untouched Central Florida wilds lies a surprise slice of award-winning golfer’s paradise nestled amongst 16,000 acres of reclaimed Mosaic property, called Streamsong. The Resort, a new 216-room, resort and spa with world class accommodations and two of the top golf courses in the state, was also the host of the 2016 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball tournament hosted by the USGA in May. Streamsong is described as a retreat that is the ultimate escape for relaxation, enrichment and rejuvenation and is developed by The Mosaic Company— the world’s leading producer and marketer of phosphate-based crop nutrients. Recognized the world over as an innovator in its field, Mosaic embraces its mission of helping the world grow the food it needs. With more than 280,000 acres under direct ownership, Mosaic is also one of Florida’s largest landowners, and has owned Streamsong’s 16,000 acres of land in Polk County for more than 50 years. In keeping with its commitment to land stewardship, Mosaic has reclaimed many of its former mining areas for public recreational or environmental uses. Located in Central Florida, 90 minutes from Orlando and 60 minutes from Tampa, and just 40 minutes from the Brandon area, Streamsong Resort offers

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Located on 16,000 acres of land in Polk County, Streamsong Resort (left), built by Mosaic offers a relaxing getaway with flairs of native Florida including leaf designs in the lobby (above), lakeside infinity pool (right), and many dina unique secluded ing options like Sotto Terra (right).

escape that does not include the usual crowds Floridians know all too well. The minute guests enter the resort, senses are met by a specially-designed lemon-grass scent, unique to Streamsong Resort. “By our very nature, we offer guests a completely different experience from any other resort in the state - and our guests love it,” said Marketing Manager, Jacqueline Bohmer de Garcia. The resort was designed by Alfonso Architects, Inc. who was involved in designing Tampa International Airport, and is now working on the Museum of American Arts and Crafts Movement in Ste Petersburg that is expected to open in 2017. The golf courses were designed

Design will unveil designs for Streamsong Black, the third golf course on the resort, in late 2017, which will be designed by Gil Hanse, architect who designed The Olympic Golf Course in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Golf is a major attraction for many Streamsong guests. The resort can host small intimate groups and world-class tournaments, events, and outings with PGA-certified staff, and can handle up to 300 golfers. According to Bohmer de Garcia, the resort also offers much for the non-golfer, including guided bass fishing excursions, sporting clays and archery, walking trails,

and the grotto style spa, AcquaPietra, which gives a higher level of relaxation. The spa includes many different services like therapeutic water treatments with unique pool experiences and a relaxation water treatment and treatment rooms dedicated to personalized services like massages and facials. Services also include pedicures, manicures, and hair. “The resort also features a lakeside infinity pool, hiking trail, and tennis courts as well as special seasonal dining events like bourbon pairing dinners,” said Bohmer de Garcia, “Non-golfers will not be bored at Streamsong.” Businesses are offered space for meetings and the resort offers space for events ranging from business to wedding. The resort also offers beautiful and modern accommodations for guests that include suites and guestrooms in the Lodge and Clubhouse. Four dining options are offered at Restaurant Fifty-Nine, Sotto Terra, P2O5, and Fragmentary Blue, a top floor restaurant with resort overlook patio. All restaurants are overseen by Executive Chef Michael Ford with four other chefs to run each restaurant and add their own flair to different food items they serve. “Guests know they can truly relax at Streamsong and that our team will go out of their way to make sure they get the most out of their time with us,” said Bohmer de Garcia. To book a getaway or event at Streamsong Resort, visit www.streamsongresort.com or call (888)-294-6322.

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Hillsborough County Highlights Top Students During 2016 Graduation Ceremonies

By Tamas Mondovics

Bloomingdale Valedictorian, Victoria Williams, GPA 7.8415

Bloomingdale Salutatorian, Matthew Neidig, GPA 7.4657

Bloomingdale High School Graduation: Thursday, June 9, 4:30 p.m. Principal: Sue Burkett Anticipated # of Graduates: 427

Brandon Valedictorian, Brandon Salutatorian, Americo Kevin Verdeflor Reyes, GPA 7.3696 Raphael Menendez, GPA 7.3673

Brandon High School Graduation: Friday, June 3, 1 p.m. Principal: Carl Green Anticipated # of Graduates: 478

Ending the 2015-2016 school year, thousands of students representing 28 high schools throughout Hillsborough County had a chance to celebrate one the most important days of their young lives; graduation. Included during each graduation ceremony, or as some call it degree day, commencement, or invocation, is the traditional valeNewsome Valedictorian, Newsome Salutatorian, dictorian and salutatorian speechAnnie Tarte, GPA 7.86 Cooper Curry, GPA 7.51 es delivered by exemplary senNewsome High School iors who stood out from the rest Graduation: Wednesday, June 1, 9:30 a.m. of their classmates due to their Principal: Carla Bruning personal achievements. Anticipated # of Graduates: 610 The often emotionally charged events held around the country at the end of May and early June is a time to say goodbye as students, teachers and parents reflect on memories, some of which will be cherished forever, while others many would rather forget. This year, once again graduation ceremonies were scheduled to held at the Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall. Strawberry Crest Valedictorian, Strawberry Crest Salutatorian, For a full list of the 2016 grad- Meghana Chapalamadugu, GPA 8.3513 Abraham Mathew, GPA 8.3194 uations, visit www.sdhc.k12.fl.us. Strawberry Crest High School IB Graduation: Tuesday, June 7, 8 p.m. Principal: David Brown Anticipated # of Graduates: 500

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Tampa Bay Readies For 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season With Practices, Events By Tamas Mondovics Each May, ahead of the upcoming hurricane season, (June 1 through November 30) Tampa Bay area residents get a boost in hurricane awareness with one simple underlying message, “It only takes one storm to change your life and community.” The above warning, which highlights the destructive nature of tropical cyclones and the need to be prepared, is as serious as ever. Florida has been spared of a serious hurricane related weather event for more than a decade. Some members of the local, regional and state emergency agencies are yet to experience the effects of a dangerous storm from start to finish. To make sure the next weather event does not catch anyone by surprise, Hillsborough County officials arranged for a number of events during Hurricane Awareness Week (May 15-21) to help prepare for the season, including the first on the roster, the annual Tampa Bay Hurricane Expo held each year at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI). The event drew hundreds of residents and answered visitors’ questions, and also shared the expertise of meteorologists from Tampa Bay area TV station and the National Weather Service, as well as local disaster response experts.

each agency rehearses their roles, responds to unpredictable events, trains on the incident management response system, and practices with the EOC’s information-sharing system.” The close to 120 that filled the EOC command center worked together while responding to this year’s scenario of a hypothetical hurricane named “Kimo,” a storm with an intensity of at least category 4, that was on its way to directly impact Hillsborough County. The scenario focused on events and actions prior to landfall, including evacuations. While Cook was pleased with how the test went and the way everyone responded, he has acknowledged that the real test of readiness is yet to come. “We prepare the same way no matter what,” Cook said As part of the annual hurricane exercise, Hillsborough County Office of Emergency Management director Preston D. Cook, gives adding, “We must be ready and, the media a status update during a mock news brief. our citizens deserve nothing less than our best.” The test was held in conjunction The full-scale exercise was coordiwith the state’s annual hurricane exernated with the Florida Division of cise at the Hillsborough County The weeklong awareness also Emergency Operations Center, (EOC) in Emergency Management. Local first included the Annual Hillsborough County Tampa, and saw 19 Emergency Support responders also attended additional Hurricane Exercise, which brought training sessions at the EOC throughout Functions (ESFs) teams, who were together representatives from county the week. joined by dozens of local organizations departments and agencies; Cities of Residents can find disaster preand agencies that would work in the Tampa, Plant City and Temple Terrace; paredness information, evacuation EOC during an activation. critical infrastructure representatives, zones, supply lists, and tips at “The excursive helps us to make such as TECO; and local community www.HillsboroughCounty.org/Emergency sure that everyone is ready,” said agencies involved in disaster response, or by calling 236-3800. County Emergency Management to test their own storm readiness. Director, Preston Cook. “During the test

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After lunch, other games, both tennis and non tennis, either indoors or outdoors are offered. Camp begins Monday, June 13 and runs for eight consecutive weeks. Multi-week and multi-child discounts. Full day camp runs MondayFriday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and half days from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.FishHaw kRanchTennis Club.com, or call 681-4000.

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Volume 15, Issue 6

Patriotic Band Concert, Coin Club Seeks Members & More…

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Eastern Hillsborough Community Band Presents Patriotic Band Concert

The Eastern Hillsborough Community Band (EHCB) is celebrating our country’s birthday with its seventh annual patriotic concert Thursday, June 23 at 7 p.m., at the New Hope United Methodist Church of Brandon (formerly known as First United Methodist Church of Brandon). The band’s yearly patriotic concert series is the band’s most popular series and attracts large crowds. The group performs marches and patriotic music during the performance, and veterans from all services will be recognized. Almost a full quarter of the band is comprised of veterans. This year, the band will perform music by Aaron Copland and John Philip Sousa. The concert will be in the chapel (Logan Hall), of New Hope United Methodist Church, located at 115 N. Knights Ave. in Brandon. The event is a $5 donation at the door. Reservations are not required. EHCB is comprised of volunteers of all ages and from all walks of life. The band, which formed seven years ago, performs throughout the Tampa Bay area. Ken Watts, principal conductor, is an accomplished musician with more than 40 years of experience as a conductor and performer. Anne Marie Dresser, an accomplished trombone player, is the band’s assistant conductor. Call 5691771, email info@ehcb.org or visit www.ehcb.org.

Newborns in Need, a Central West Florida Chapter in Valrico, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity organization, will hold a working meeting and invites volunteers to help out. The organization provides customized clothing and items for premature babies and essential baby items for the economically disadvantaged. They accept donations of sleepers, wipes, baby wash, material, onesies, ribbons and baby yarn to support preemies and newborns. The monthly meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month from 12:30- 3:30 p.m. The next meeting is on June 11 at the Bloomingdale Regional Library, located at 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. Call 833-1786.

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Brandon Coin Club Seeks New Members

The East Hillsborough County Democrat Club will hold its June meeting on Tuesday, June 14 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Beef O’Brady’s, located at 4330 Bell Shoals Rd. in Valrico. The guest speaker will be Stephanie Shriver from Veteran Service. Come early and order snacks or dinner and beverage. All Democrats and likeminded individuals are invited to attend.

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at 6 p.m. for appetizers, a cash bar, and a shopping power hour with vendors donating a portion of their sales to Water Smart Tots. Grab a table, shop and mingle before Bingo is kicked off at 7 p.m. Each winner of 10 rounds of Bingo will win a pair of designer sunglasses. Six winners will win a door prize of an Alex & Ani "Water" bracelet, donated by Operation Lotus. There will be a 50/50 raffle, extra Bingo Cards for sale, and a silent auction. Cash and credit cards will be accepted at the event. Tickets may be purchased at www.WaterSmartTots.org.

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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. The next meeting will be held on June 21. 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 BrandonCoinClub@yahoo.com.

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On behalf of the statewide program, Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc. (FTRI), Central Florida Speech and Hearing Center distributes phones at no cost to qualified Florida residents who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf/blind, or speech impaired. If you meet the require-

ments, the phone is loaned to you for as long as you need it, at no charge. If you currently have an amplified phone from FTRI and are experiencing issues, you may return it for a new one. Phones will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis on Thursday, June 9 at Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce at 1651 Sun City Center Plaza from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Phones are also distributed at Central Florida Speech & Hearing Center in Lakeland. To schedule an appointment, call 863-686-3189.

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 momsclubbevis@yahoo.com.

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, which is located at 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. Contact 454-7585 or BrandonMSsupportGroup@gmail.com.

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Puppy Palace Opens Brandon Location

By Michelle Caceres

Brandon’s hit with Riverview four-legged friends, resident Mary and their owners Leffue, whose who love to spoil rambunctious them, will find the greyhound Zeppy newly-opened needed playtime Puppy Palace of and socializing Brandon the go-to with other dogs. “She’s a very establishment for active dog and puppy pampering needs a lot of and TLC. space to run Its owner, around,” said Jennifer Conda Leffue. “After Berry, created spending the day Puppy Palace of Puppy Palace at South Tampa 13 Newly opened Puppy Palace of Brandon is a years ago, provid- 12,000 sq. ft. paradise featuring a 20’ x 40’ in- she was tired out ground saltwater pool. and docile the rest ing the very best of the night.” pet care experience to its guests and She said Zeppy loved playing in the therefore piece of mind to their owners. 20’ x 40’ in-ground saltwater pool and “We are very excited to bring our pet being tossed tennis balls by competent care concept to Brandon,” said Berry. staff, who are certified in Canine CPR “There is nothing else out here like this.” and trained to identify body language and Located at 802 E. Lumsden Rd. just behavior to avoid incidents between west of Lithia-Pinecrest Rd., the 12,000 dogs. sq. ft. climate-controlled pet resort (50 Overnight boarding services include percent larger than the South Tampa spacious suites decked out with more location) includes doggy daycare, spacious overnight dog and cat boarding and amenities than some hotel rooms, individual handling and playtime. All suites also suites, an indoor dog park and small and have web cams, so owners can see their large dog outdoor play areas. Dog and pets whenever the mood strikes. cat grooming services are also available. “We’re here for you and your pet Groomer Fernando Nobre is a prowhether it’s for a day of play or overnight fessional stylist that offers the latest hairboarding,” said Berry. cuts and spa treatments. Nobre can cusPuppy Palace of Brandon is open tom tailor a look for virtually any breed of Monday through Friday 7 a.m.–7 p.m. dog. “Bathing and clipping are an essential and Saturday 8 a.m.–4 p.m. For flexibility and convenience, the pet resort is open part of the health and well-being of our seven days a week for pick-up. Visit guests,” he said. “We make your pet look www.tampapuppypalace.com or call 530their best.” 0920. The daycare services have been a

Authentic German Food And Music At Old Castle Restaurant

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Old Castle Restaurant offers authentic German food and traditional German music at its restaurant in Sun City.

This wonderfully authentic, family owned and operated restaurant located at 3830 Sun City Center Boulevard will have you dancing in your lederhosen. Owner Manuela Tscheu, originally from Berlin, Germany came to the states in 2005 with the dream of recreating a piece of home. In 2006, she established Old Castle Restaurant, fashioned after the original “Burg Schanke” in Berlin. She later met and married her husband Stuart Stubbins, a native of Frankfurt, Germany. Together this outgoing and ambitious duo has created a dining experience you will not soon forget. Open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, the family prides themselves on homemade German recipes, made in house, the bread dumplings, sauerkraut, schnitzel, bratwurst, and warm apple

strudel are sure to satisfy. Among the many crowd pleasers, a favorite is “Hunter’s Schnitzel” made from your choice of meat, homemade spatzel and creamy mushroom sauce. They have seasonal menu items and specials as well as a great selection of German beers and homemade sangria. There is live traditional German music every Tuesday and Saturday in the off season, and when the season starts after the first weekend in October, they host an additional night of entertainment. “People come from near and far to get the best German food this side of the Atlantic,” said Stuart. This old world style German restaurant will afford you an evening of good food and entertainment. Reservations are accepted and customer feedback is always welcomed. Old Castle Restaurant also caters and will accommodate private parties. To checkout the menu or for more information about the restaurant, call 633 - 3331 or visit on Facebook.

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record.” One of the most competiEast Bay will gradtive seasons for local girls uate three seniors and flag football programs ended has planned to return last month with Bloomingdale starters next seven High School claiming its third spring. straight district title (2014, Cooper was proud 2015, 2016). of his second year junTo win the 2A District 6 ior quarterback, championship and to close Sydney Hostelley, who the playoffs, the Bulls defeatmanaged to become ed Plant City 20-7, at East number two all-time Bay High School. quarterback and has Bloomingdale, led by procompleted 289 of 486 gram Head Coach Mike for 2,802 passes Lankford, beat East Bay 19-0 yards, 24 touchdowns, to reach the title game seven interceptions against the Raiders. and ran for five touchWith an impressive downs. record of six district titles Hostelley’s twin under its belt, the Raiders sister, Sara, also were added to the 2A-6 line success on enjoyed up, ending the season with a the field this year by 7-3 record as they played catching 103 passes against the Bulls for a sev1,086 yards and 14 for enth district championship touchdowns. (2008, 09, 11, 12, 13, 15). Senior wide The Bulls, however receiver, Courtnee proved a bit too much for the Thaxton, posted 45 Raiders. receptions for 610 “We are very excited to Photo courtesy Bloomingdale High School yards and four touchhave won the district for the The Bloomingdale Bulls 2016 flag football team celebrate their third straight district championship title. downs this season, third year in a row,” Lankford while on defense she said. “We work hard each Since 2007 (10 seasons) only four of “After winning two district titles in a row claimed thee interceptions and 49 flag and every day to try and be a top team in and being eliminated in the first game the 28 Hillsborough County high schools pulls. the state.” have made every district tournament: after that, we set our goals higher this Newsome went 5-4 and beat Lankford added that his team came Plant, Robinson, Plant City and East Bay. year. We are no longer happy with just Bloomingdale in the regular season. The into the 2016 season with high expectaIn 2016, flag football was placed into winning the district title.” Wolves won the district championship in tions and felt like the better team in the two classifications; in 2A with 118 teams Bloomingdale will graduate just four 2011. district. and 1A with 109 teams, with 20 indeseniors this year, the least amount For the first time Riverview (2-7) was “I said it before, but this is the best pendents. Lankford has seen graduated in his five led by the Sharks long time wrestling team I've ever had, on and off the field, As for the playoff host, East Bay years coaching the program. coach Willi Sargable. The team has and I think that showed at times this entered the season with what program “Our expectations moving forward will reportedly showed much improvement as year,” he said. Head Coach Michael Cooper said was be to keep making our program better on the season progressed, playing a number For the third time in a row, the Bulls his “best team in three years.” and off the field,” he said. “We will continof close games. The Sharks enjoyed the state-appearance quest ended with the “We have started strong, went to ue to try and outwork everyone else in talents of Mary Rodriguez, senior, who first round of regionals. This time the girls Tallahassee for Capital City Classic tourthe offseason as well as during the seaplayed for Bandits AAU club team and fell short of advancing after a 7-6 loss to nament going 2-1 with the team record at son.” participated in the Bucs recent half-time the St. Cloud Bulldogs. 6-2,” Cooper said. “Unfortunately, we The Bulls boast of two assistant game. For more information, visit Ahead of the game, Lankford hoped struggled scoring all year in both wins coaches, both of whom have promised to fhsa.org. to change the pattern when he said, and losses and finished with an 8-5 return next season.

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Class 2A District 6 Flag Football Playoff Games In Photos

Bloomingdale Bulls Flag Football Head Coach Mike Lankford watches his players during the season’s district championship game against Plant City.

Plant City Raiders quarterback Alicia Zarate sends the ball down the field for a first down against Bloomingdale during the 2A-6 Flag Football District Championship.

Bloomingdale Bulls Miya Franklin gains some yards before her flag is pulled in the first quarter against the Plant City Raiders during the 2A-6 District Championship game last month at East Bay High School.

Bloomingdale senior quarterback Sarah Tam gets ready to connect the ball with junior wide receiver Jaid Angel for the extra point against Plant City.

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Florida Orchestra To Open Season With Beethoven’s Symphony No.By Kelly 9 Smith

Called “riveting” and “impossible not Then dive into the TFO premiere of Jake to watch,” Music Director Michael Francis Heggie’s The Work at Hand, based on has been an deeply moving poetry instant hit in his by a woman battling cancer. Michael first year with The Francis conducts. Florida Orchestra. This fall, he will The Dalí lead the orchesExperience Featuring tra’s premier Milos (Friday to Tampa Bay Times Sunday, March 3-5): A Masterworks concert devoted to series, conducting Photo courtesy Lars Barges music that inspired one Milos will perform with The Florida nine of 14 concerts. of the greatest artists of Orchestra in March. This is what the the 20th century, orchestra is all about: classical masterSalvador Dalí, featuring images of Dalí’s pieces you love, performed with passion. paintings, dancers and superstar classical And don’t forget free Classical Kids tickguitarist Milos, all under the baton of ets for ages 5-18. Here are five can’t-miss Michael Francis. Works include Wagner’s Masterworks concerts for the 2016/17 Tristan and Isolde: Prelude and season. Liebestod; Rodrigo’s Concierto de Opening Night: Beethoven’s Aranjuez; Falla’s The Three Cornered Hat Symphony No. 9 (Friday to Sunday, ballet; and Ravel’s La Valse. September 30-October 2): Michael Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. Francis opens his second season in 1 (Saturday and Sunday, April 8-9): Van grand style, with Beethoven’s towering Cliburn competition winner Vadym symphony and its glorious Ode to Joy, Kholodenko makes his TFO debut perfeaturing the Master Chorale of Tampa forming one of the most famous piano Bay. With a Sunday matinee. works in the world, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony (Friday Concerto No. 1. Also: Dvorak’s to Sunday, November 4-6): Francis conSymphony No. 6. Nicholas Carter is guest conductor. ducts perhaps Mozart’s greatest – and Series subscriptions are on sale now. final -- symphony, Symphony No. 41, Single tickets, which start at just $15, are Jupiter. Also: brilliant young violinist available Monday, August 8. Get tickets at Benjamin Beilman on Prokofiev’s Violin www.floridaorchestra.org or 727-892Concerto No. 1. 3337 and 1-800-662-7286. The orchestra Songs of the Sea: Britten, Elgar & regularly performs at the Straz Center in Debussy (Friday to Sunday, November Tampa, Mahaffey Theater in St. 11-13): Feel the ebb and flow of the sea, Petersburg, and Ruth Eckerd Hall in with Britten’s Four Sea Interludes, Elgar’s Clearwater. Sea Pictures and Debussy’s La Mer.

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Alafia Elementary Students Collect Awards At Egg Drop Competition & More Alafia Elementary Students Shine At Planetary Lander "Egg Drop" Competition

Last month close to two dozen students from Alafia Elementary School traveled to the Kennedy Space Center to participate in the annual Planetary Lander "Egg Drop" Competition (PLEDC). The event annually challenges students K-12 across Florida to compete for prizes against each other as each team is tasked with designing and building their own lander in which a raw-egg will serve as the payload and must survive a drop of almost 20-ft., just as a real NASA lander would on the Moon, Mars or an Asteroid. It was the first year participating in the competition for Alafia Elementary, which sported several teams led by teachers Jill Brickhaus, Donna Terrell, and Jerry Turner. Each Alafia team came home with a trophy, earning every honor available to an elementary team. Brickhaus Blaster's (Space Monkeys) came in first place, followed by The Fantastic Four in second and The Gator Busters in third. The 6 Beagles captured the Fan Favorite award for Most Creative Lander. “I am extremely proud of the perseverance shown by the students,” said Terrell, a fourth grade teacher at the school. “They were young engineers and scientists, creating multiple iterations of their design and testing the landers until they found what worked best.”

The competition’s website explained that the original competition titled the "Lunar Lander Eggs PRIZE" was initiated by the Earthrise Space Foundation (ESF) and was held in 2009 at the International Space Development Conference in Orlando, and was established to engage middle and high school students in STEM activities. The competition served as a way to introduce the community to ESF's team competing in the Google Lunar X PRIZE, Team Omega Envoy. High school teams built "lunar landers" that were capable of safely Alafia Elementary School students celebrate the success of their landing an egg on the participation in the 2016 Planetary Landing Egg Drop competition ground from a high recently held at Kennedy Space Center. drop. Teachers were “The school supports after school inspired by the competition and requested enrichment opportunities in all STEM that it be continued. Space Florida took areas led by both parents and teachers. the lead and ran the egg-drop competiWe have a supportive community of tion from 2010-2015 to help generate learners and leaders at Alafia interest and promote students' underElementary,” Terrell said. standing of aerospace technology, engiDuring PLEDC, participating teams neering, and mathematics, as well as must be able to build their planetary lanincrease their awareness of organizations ders so that it can fit into a 10 inch by 10 that help promote the space industry. inch by 12 inch container. The landers For more,visit may be constructed of all forms of aluplanetarylander.blogspot.com. minum, plastic, wood or soft foam. Terrell added that the competition’s success is a great testimony to the school as well as the teachers who have given their “own time after hours to lead these inventive and hard-working students to victory.”



7th Annual Fresh Flavors Student Food Tasting Expo

The Hillsborough County Public Schools Student Nutrition Services Department hosted its 7th annual Fresh Flavors - Food for Body and Mind Expo earlier this month at TPepin’s Hospitality Centre. Approximately 200 students from around the district had a chance to taste and rate new menu items for the 20162017 school year menu. “We had every grade level represented by the students who were ready to test the various potential future menu items,” said Tanya Arja with the district communications office. “Twenty-one new menu items were tested, including Gyro Flatbread Sandwich, Funfetti Quinoa Salad, and a Chicken & Pesto Piada.” During the event, students were to rate each item on a scale of “Love It,” “Like It,” or “Dislike It” based on the item’s appearance, smell, and taste. “The purpose of the tasting is to help Student Nutrition Services provide healthy menus that are based on student preferences,” Arja said. This year a group of parents were also invited to be taste testers and participate in a question and answer session about school meal initiatives with Student Nutrition Services General Manager Dr. Mary Kate Harrison. To learn more, visit www.sdhc.k12.fl.us.

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Local Vacation Bible School Events Will Fill Children Physically, Spiritually Summer is a good time for kids to make new friends, and try new activities while learning about God's love for them. Many area churches will be reaching out to the community by hosting Vacation Bible Schools this June and July. This will be a great opportunity for them to learn about Jesus. If we missed one, contact bonnie@ospreyobserver.com to be included in our listing on our website.

United Methodist Church of Sun City Center

United Methodist Church of Sun City Center’s 2016 VBS, Cave Quest – Following Jesus The Light of the World, is free for all kids. It will take place Monday to Friday, June 20-24 from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The United Methodist Church of Sun City Center is located at 1210 Del Webb Blvd. W. To reserve your spot, call 634-2539.

Bell Shoals Baptist Church

Bell Shoals Baptist Church is hosting its weeklong Vacation Bible School July 18-22 from 8:45 a.m.-12 Noon each day. This is free and open to all children who will be 4-years-old by September 1, through kids who have completed the sixth grade. Bells Shoals Baptist Church is located at 2102 Bell Shoals Rd. Brandon. The theme this year is Submerged, so batten down the hatches and prepare to dive deep into the Bible. To learn more and to register, visit www.bellshoals.com/vbs.

old. VBS runs Thursday 6:30-8:15 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. with a performance on Sunday at 10:30 a.m., lunch to follow. Visit www.fumcseffner.org.

Grace Community United Methodist Church

Grace Community United Methodist Church is hosting a VBS Sports Camp that includes flag football, soccer, basketball, cheerleading, and a special program for 4-5 year olds. It will run Monday through Friday, June 13-17 from 5:45–8:15 p.m. Cost

First United Methodist Of Seffner

Vacation Bible School at First United Methodist of Seffner is July 21-23, with a closing ceremony on July 24. The church is located at 1310 S. Kingsway Rd. in Seffner. The theme is Deep Sea Discovery and is meant for ages Pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade, ages 4 to 12 years

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VBS G-Force: God’s Heroic Love in Action. Join them for story time, crafts, snacks, and games as they look at the heroic love of God. VBS is for ages 412. Register at redeemerriverview.org. Contact the church with questions at 741-1776 or Pastor Steven Hansen at 784-0367. Redeemer Church is located at 12404 Boyette Rd. in Riverview.

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Kidapalooza June 20-24 is Bay Life Church’s five-night, high-powered vacation Bible program for kids entering Kindergarten through sixth grade. Adults have opportunities to volunteer everywhere. Register the whole family at baylife.org/kpa. Volunteers and kids registered by Sunday, June 5th get a free T-shirt. Registration is now open. Bay Life Church is located at 1017 Kingsway Rd. in Brandon.

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Canine Cabana Launches Fit Paws Fitness Program

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Canine Cabana recently launched a new Fit Paws program to help dogs reach and maintain a healthy weight.

New diet and fitness programs are often trending for humans, but what about canines? Angie Frazier and Kendall Duncan, co-owners of Canine Cabana, a local doggie daycare company, made sure dogs wouldn’t be left out, especially since 58 percent of the nation’s pets are overweight. “The physical and mental health of all dogs is just as important as our own. We want all dogs to be in the best overall health so they can live happy, healthy and long lives,” Frazier continues. The Fit Paws program is full of safe and fun exercises that tackle the extra “fluff” on each pooch. Over the course of 20 days, a personal, certified trainer will portion out meals and treats as well as create customized mental and physical exercises

catered to each pet’s individual ability and endurance, allowing for an overall healthier lifestyle. The program also includes daycare, which means dogs can enjoy socializing and playing in addition to shedding some pounds. Each week, the trainer holds consultations with each dog’s owner to discuss challenges and progress. Frazier and Duncan met at Busch Gardens where they served as zookeepers in 1997. Eight years ago, they collaborated to create Canine Cabana, a dog lodging, daycare, grooming and personalized training facility. With over 20 team members, “We are experts in our field. Our team is thoroughly trained in dog language, behavior and animal care, as well as CPR and First Aid. We have constant supervision of all activities and keep the highest staff to dog ratios of any facility,” explains Frazier. Canine Cabana is also open for drop off and pick up seven days a week with full staff, hours and activities each day. For reservations or a free consultation, or for more information, call 6729663 or visit www.caninecabana.biz or www.facebook.com/caninecabanafl/. Canine Cabana is located at 9708 Carr Rd. in Riverview.

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sions will take place the last week of June. The child chosen will be an example of real beauty and will have shown their beauty by their service when weary, grace in defeat, and kindness when tired. Beauty Revived was started two years ago as a way for photographers to use their lens for good and shine light on real beauty that was happening in our communities. In the last two years, more than 350 woman, girls and children have been features on their websites and magazine. Visit www.beaut yrevived.com and to nominate a deserving child, visit bit.ly/1TKs4UW.

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Local Photographer Joins National Search For America’s Beautiful Children

As part of Beauty Revived, a photography movement, Momma Got Soul Photography is asking for nominations for beautiful children in the Brandon and Lithia areas to be featured in a national magazine. The beauty of these children will not be measured by their physical beauty. These children will be chosen because of their real beauty, their courage and their countenance. The winner will be given a free photo session with Momma Got Soul Photography and a feature in the August issue of Beauty Revived magazine. Beauty Revived is a movement that celebrates people with real beauty. Photographers donate sessions to these children and their stories are featured in their magazine and on www.beautyrevived.com. Nominations will be accepted through Wednesday, June 15 and ses-

Brandon & Armwood High School Classes Of 1986 To Share 30th Reunion Celebration

Students from Academy of Dance Dynamics entertain residents at Brookdale Brandon Community.

During the 1983-1984 school year, Brandon High School was on double session with over 1,200 students enrolled; sophomores had classes in the afternoon while juniors and seniors had classes in the morning. The following school year, Armwood High School opened its doors and many of the Brandon High School sophomores, along with some from Eastlake High School, transferred to Armwood as incoming juniors. Seniors were not required to transfer and there was no Senior class that first year. They will all gather this summer for a shared 30th Reunion to reconnect with friends who went to elementary through

Dance Dynamics took time out of their busy end of the year schedule to share the love of the arts with Brookdale Brandon Community. The group ages range from 7 to 16 years old with multiple levels of dance training. They performed Lyrical, Broadway, Jazz, and Hip Hop. The residents graciously applauded their high energy and passion for dance. This was a wonderful opportunity for our youth to give back to those who have paved the way in the past. The children’s passion and joy brought smiles to the residents. The performers are now focusing on choosing a fun dance or drama camp this summer at the studio. Academy of Dance Dynamics is located at 4383 Lynx Paw Trail in Valrico. Call 655-8277.

high school together before there was more than one high school in Brandon. Students, teachers and staff are welcome. The reunion will be held on Saturday, July 23 at Stone Chef in Ybor City. The cost is $125 per person and includes a full buffet, open bar and entertainment. A committee of about 10 Brandon and Armwood graduates has been working to plan a fun night for everyone. Visit www.BrandonArmwoodReunion.com for more info or contact Amy Jennings Connors at 727-647-7585.

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Leis and glow sticks will be for sale along with a gift basket raffle. Proceeds from the sale and raffle will help fund the next few events. The next event will be a Corn Hole Tournament and will take place on Saturday, June 25 (rain date Sunday, June 26). There will be room for 40 teams. The cost is $10 per team, cash only. Celebrate summer at Park Square with several upcoming The first round of competievents including a Corn Hole Tournament. tion will begin at 3 p.m. with It is summer and it is time to celethe winner crowned at 8 p.m. Pizza will brate the end of the school year. Bring be available for sale and a craft table set your family and friends to enjoy these up for the kids. Pure Power Productions upcoming events that will take place in will once again DJ the event. To register Park Square in FishHawk. These events for the tournament, visit bit.ly/1TWZGen. will be offered by the group Start your holiday early at Park Celebrate Park Square. Square on the Fourth of July. Plan to On Friday, June 10 from 5-10 p.m. have Breakfast in Park Square from 9 (rain date Saturday, June 11), come on a.m.-12 Noon. Several food vendors will out to The Beginning of Summer Luau offer breakfast, and there will be patriotic Bash. There will be games, activities and activities. Visit the Facebook page food. Pure Power Productions will DJ the Celebrate Park Square (Take Back Park event, which will keep everyone moving Square) for more information. and grooving the night away. According to Community sponsors for the two one of the organizers Sheila Roit, “We will June events include All American Dog have hula dance lessons, a hula-hoop Training, Anytime Fitness, Cool Beans contest (hoops provided); three-legged Coffee, Fit It Fellows, Grace Community races; limbo contest; a bubble station UMC, Hess & VanLandschoot (bring your own bubble wand); water balOrthodontics, Hybridge, John Morrissey, loon toss; coloring table, and a photo Slingin Sacks Custom Cornhole Boards, backdrop for your memories.” Lularoe, Nzone, Park Square Landlord, MiS Vi’s CookUp will provide food for CCP, Salon Jennifer, Scott Corley, Keller sale. Many residents will recognize her Williams, and The Waiting Game from the Sunday Market. A mixture of Publication. For more info on becoming a Caribbean spiced foods for sale (veggie sponsor or be a vendor at any of these platter, chicken, etc.) events, email 4FHCPS@gmail.com.

Introducing A Simple Reliable Smart Home Staff Report

recognize your smart device as you approach your home and it will set your preferred home ambience before you even walk through the door. “Budget Blinds works with both the natural and artificial lighting part of the Smart Home system and having automated window coverings will make you never want to live without them,” said Trotter. “You can set your Smart Home is now an affordable option allow- window coverings to your time zone ing automation of your window coverings, light- so they will rise and lower according ing, temperature and other home functions. to the daylight hours. People use this Imagine coming home after a long system to set their shades to come up at day at work to find your home warmly lit. a certain time in the morning and use the The shades have been drawn and the natural light to wake them instead of an temperature is perfect. Your home has obtrusive alarm.” prepared itself for you so you can immeSmart shades can also enhance your diately start enjoying a relaxing evening. home’s security. You can set them to Home automation technology allows raise and lower at appropriate times you to control things like lighting, temperwhen you are on vacation; making it ature, window coverings and other home appear as though someone is home. functions all with the touch of a button. The Lutron cellular and roller shades This technology is a luxury and until are cordless, making them safe for chilrecently, it has not been a luxury the aver- dren and pets. age homeowner could afford. The Lutron technology leads the “Budget Blinds and Lutron have industry. Not only was the company the made home automation affordable and first to invent the light dimmer in the late easy to use,” said Elaine Trotter, co1950s, they have invested hundreds of owner of Budget Blinds of Brandon. lighting control devices and systems and “Normally when you start to look at home have led innovations in window shade automation with window coverings for technology using wireless and wired sysmost homeowners it’s not really an afford- tems to control both daylight and electric able option; now it is.” light. Lutron’s Smart Home is a simple Budget Blinds, located at 10437 home automation system that allows you Gibsonton Dr. in Riverview, recently to control and schedule your window cov- received its certification from Lutron as erings, lighting and thermostat all through Smart Home Consultants. For more infora touch of a button. You can control it with mation on the Budget Blinds and Lutron a remote or wall control, or through the Smart Home integrated home automation Smart Home application on your smart system, call 445-7121 or visit device. The system is programmed to BBSmartHomeNorthTampa.com.




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With Arts & Entertainment Editor Kathy L. Collins

The Florida Academy Of Performing Arts Presents West Side Story The Florida strong program Academy of where we Performing Arts' focus on char(FAOPA) Showcase acter developPlayers will present ment, acting West Side Story on techniques, Friday, June 10 at 7 improvisation, p.m., Saturday, audition prep, June 11 at 2 and 7 vocal strengthp.m., and Sunday, ening, and June 12 at 2 and 7 Photo credit Richard Waggoner much more. p.m. The performStudents also Students from all over the area have been rehearsing since September for FAOPA's West assist with set ances will take Side Story. design, cosplace at The Barn tuming and marketing. We expose these located at 11349 Bloomingdale Ave. students to every aspect of the theatre, Tickets are on sale now for $10. as well as mentoring them to ensure indiTickets at the door are cash only. vidual progress." FAOPA is a non-profit established by “We have had parents share that theMusic Showcase of Brandon several atre has opened a window to another years ago. It is designed to raise funds to world for their child," added Ochalek. further support the performing arts in the West Side Story is a musical inspired area. The goal of FAOPA is to support the by Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. arts through programs offered at the academy as well as offering scholarships The story is set in the Upper West in the to students as they continue their per1950s. The musical explores the rivalry forming arts education in our classrooms, between revial gangs. theatre and beyond. West Side Story is directed by Heather Stump Ochalek, owner of Barrington Middle School Chorale Music Showcase, said, "We have always Director, Miguel Oquendo. The cast is been very passionate about supporting comprised of more than 40 middle and the arts and try to do so whenever possihigh school students from the community ble. We believe that the arts improve aca- who participate in FAOPA's Showcase demic performance, spark creativity and Players program. The students have innovation, and enhance a person's over- been rehearsing since September. Visit all health. Our theatre department is a www.musicshowcaseonline.com.

Center Place's 4th Annual Children's Community Art Show Seeks Young Artists

Children ages 4 to entries. There is a limit 13 are encouraged to of three art pieces per enter artwork in Center artist. Place's 4th Annual The show will be Children's Community judged by a local proArt Show. The Show, fessional artist. Awards Little Monsters Create, will be presented for celebrates the creativifirst place, second ty of the area’s aspirplace and third place ing young artists. in the three age cateChildren may enter gories; ages 4 to 6; artwork which includes ages 7 to 9; and ages drawing, painting, pho10 to 13. Rodriguez tography, ceramics, said, “We will have a Center Place will hold its 4th Annual Children's Community Art Show this July. reception for the jewelry, clay and Pictured are Izzy Carpenter and Aubrey wood. The show will young artist and Walker, two of last year's winners. be on display in the their parents on Mook Gallery at Center Place during the Thursday, July 21 complete with refreshmonth of July. ments and an awards ceremony which Lisa Rodriguez, marketing director for will recognize every child.” The reception Center Place, said, “Our Little Monsters begins at 6 p.m. and awards will be preCreate July Art Show is open to all chilsented at 6:30 p.m. dren in our community. Whether they take 2D artwork (including photography) art lessons or just draw and paint on their must be matted, framed or wrapped and own, they can submit their artwork for this wired for hanging. No 2D artwork can be show. Center Place saw the need to high- over 16” x 20”, and 3D pieces must not light children’s art in our community, so exceed 12"Hx10"W and may not weigh we created this July show just for them.” more than three pounds. All artwork must The art show is open to all children in be accompanied by two typed 3x5 index the greater Brandon area. All entries must cards, which must contain the artist's be submitted between Monday, June 27 name, age, title of the work, and artistic and Thursday, June 30 between 9 a.m.-5 statement. All artwork must be picked up p.m. at Center Place located at 619 from Center Place on Monday, August 1 Vonderburg Dr. in Brandon. Children can by 5 p.m. This year’s show is sponsored enter up to three pieces. There is a $5 by Kappa Kappa. Call 685-8888 or email entrance fee per piece or $10 for three cpfinearts@verizon.net.

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If you have a question for the Bird Guy, his email is: Rich@RichsBackyardBirds.com Or stop by the store in the Erindale Plaza, 3642 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. . Or call 813-657-BIRD(2473) ...Or try telepathy (results vary)

Rich Crete is the owner of Rich’s Backyard Birds and has been a birder for over 30 years.

pre-chewed and forced down their throats Hey Bird Guy! I found a baby bird. like so many of them need. If a well What should I do? -M.W. of Bloomingdale West meaning human tries to force feed a baby I’m asked this frequently every spring. The best chance baby birds have to survive is with its parents, not with human care. If the baby has no feathers, it may have fallen out of the nest. Look around and if you find the nest, you certainly can place the baby gently back in the nest. There is zero truth to the old wives tale that the parent bird will smell human on the chick and abandon it. If the baby you find has feathers, the best thing you can do is leave it alone. I know that sounds harsh but it is the best thing you can do. Odds are very good the parents are nearby and will coax the youngster into cover and teach it to feed. Just because you don’t see the parent doesn’t necessarily mean it isn’t in the area. Many birds spend the first two to three days of their lives on the ground. It is in our nature to want to help a baby we perceive to be in danger. Here are a few of the problems in us trying. We don’t know what the baby’s diet requirements are. We don’t know how often it should be fed. We don’t know if the baby should have food placed in front of it or

bird with an eyedropper, it is way too easy to feed it the wrong food or force too much in too deeply. Even if you guess right, how will you teach the bird to forage and feed itself? It is my belief that the worst thing you can do, especially if you have children and are trying to set a good example, is to try and be a nurse to a baby bird. If we accept that the best chance they have to survive is in the care of the parent birds, even if you don’t see the parents for quite a while, you give them the best chance by leaving them alone. Some people want to take babies into a vet or animal rehab facility. While that may seem noble, you can’t know for sure the parents are not still in the picture and by removing the baby bird you are greatly reducing its chances for surviving. Sometimes the best lessons we can teach our children are the tough ones. Explain to them that each parent has to have 10-15 chicks per year just to get two-four of them to survive and continue the species. When the chicks do make it, that is a success and when they don’t the parents will simply try again. It’s nature’s way.

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Firewood BBQ Expands To Plant City

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Firewood BBQ, located in Lithia, across from the Fire Station, has expanded to a mobile site at 3002 James L Redman Hwy in Plant City, across from Chili’s. Open daily for lunch. Standard lunch menu items are avaliable including pork and brisket sandwiches as well as their famouse green beans, collard greens and french fries. Seating is available on picnic tables outside.

Paw Envy Mobile Pet Grooming

Ashley Boyd is the owner of new business Paw Envy, a mobile grooming van. Paw Envy offers full grooming, baths, flea and tick, nails, de-shed, demat and more. It is available weekdays and weekends. Visit www.pawenvy.com or call 447-6388.

Clothing Sale at Inna’s Alterations And Repairs

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Mystery Sale Brings Six Year Anniversary Savings At Diva Consignment Boutique

Inna’s Alterations and Repairs is now Diva offering a lot of Consignment clothing for sale at Boutique, a stylish Paw Envy is a new mobile pet grooming 20-50 percent off women’s clothing service. until the supply is boutique in Brandon, gone. Inna’s has something for every will celebrate its six year anniversary member of the family. Store hours are on Saturday, June 4. A Mystery Sale will Tuesday 9 a.m. -6 p.m., Wednesday be held that day which will equal a multithrough Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and tude of savings. The store opens at 10 Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Inna has over 25 a.m. The boutique specializes in like-new

and new clothing for women of all sizes. Diva Consignment Boutique carries name brand clothing for 50-80 percent off regular retail. Diva Consignment Boutique is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m.5 p.m. Consignors can bring in clothing any time during normal business hours; No appointment is needed. Spring and summer clothing is now being accepted. Clothing must be no older than two years old, clean, pressed and on hangers. The consignment period is 60 days, and consignors receive 40 percent of the sale of their merchandise. Visit www.divaconsignmentfl.com or call 681-5500.

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Kid’s Day At HealthSource Offers Free Chiropractic Exams For Kids/Teens

HealthSource of Brandon is hosting its first Kid’s Day on Thursday, June 16 from 1-5 p.m. at its office, located at 166 E. Bloomingdale Ave., Ste. B in Brandon. This is a free community event. Dr. Polley is raising the awareness of spinal health importance for strong, healthy, active children and teens in the community. Free chiropractic

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Business Column Continued................... examinations will be offered to all children and teens to help detect problems in their young spine that can lead to future issues as adults. There is no obligation for future care. For every new patient exam given during Kid’s Day, HealthSource Chiropractic will give $20 back to A Kid’s Place. There will be a bounce house, food, music, games and prize giveaways from local businesses. Call 654-7121 to schedule your free kid’s exam.

Enjoy 36 Holes Of Award-Winning Golf During U.S. Open Telecast

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Locally-Owned Great Clips A Cut Above The Competition

By Michelle Caceres

Fifteen years ago, Store Manager Lea Orchard was a Amy Church has mother of four with a worked for Orchard for background as a CPA two years. She said with a national firm. It that Great Clips is a was time to gain more great match for her. control of the family’s She loves the variety financial destiny and of her clientele. She the decision was can give a child his made to own their first haircut and her own business. A few next client might be options were tossed someone about to around at first: a maid go on a job interview. Great Clips franchisee Lea Orchard service, custom closet For Orchard, (right) with staff Amy Church, Brittany company, or a national Fulmer and Ally Lucas are posed to offer great customer servgreat cuts at a great price. brand hair salon. ice is her focus and Orchard quickly saw the potential of Great Clips assists her in giving the client Great Clips, the world’s largest hair salon the best possible experience. The Great brand that was expanding into the Tampa Clips online Check In App allows cusBay Area. It was a new brand in the tomers to log in from a computer or smart Tampa Bay market and posed a great phone and view estimated wait time at opportunity. Orchard became one of the her salons. Customers click the “check-in” area’s first franchisees, opening three icon to add their name to the wait list, and stores by 2002. by the time they arrive, they are likely She was undaunted by not having next or almost next in line. any experience as a hair stylist, apart “Online check-in is a testament that from cutting hair for a few friends in high we value our clients’ time,” said Orchard, school and college. She knew that she who now owns five Great Clips in the would wear many hats as a franchise Tampa Bay area. Her newest store in owner (she does her own books with her Riverview opened in October 2015. accounting background) but one of them “My staff and I are very excited to be would not be a stylist. part of the vibrant, growing community of “I hire talented and qualified stylists Riverview,” she said. who create quality haircuts in a timely The store is located at 11653 Boyette fashion,” said Orchard. All of her stylists, Rd. in the Publix-anchored Goolsby in addition to being licensed by the state Pointe Shopping Center. Its hours are of Florida, also receive Great Clips trainMonday through Friday 9 a.m.–9 p.m., ing, learning the culture and mission of Saturday 9 a.m.–6 p.m. and Sunday 10 the brand. a.m.–5 p.m. Call 677-6300.

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Carr Pediatric Dentistry Offers Same Quality Dental Care With New Name

By Amy Schechter

Patients and “There is someparents of Carr thing to be said Pediatric Dentistry about being present never dread the denin an environment tist. Since 2010, the before you participractice continues to pate. It’s important to “drive” children to first build rapport better dental health with a kid before we through Dr. Carr and see to their dental her staff’s commitneeds,” Dr. Carrment to comfortable, Bustillo said. inviting dental treatHer staff underments, but her pracstands the importice is about to get a tance of building a “boost” in speed. Dr. patient’s comfort Dr. Natalie Carr-Bustillo, DDS, MS and her Natalie Carr is now staff ensure all their patients are comfort- level before going Dr. Natalie Carrforward with a proceable in all procedures. Bustillo, and although the name has dure, and everyone is left with a bright, changed, her vision has not. white smile. Dr. Carr-Bustillo believes she Dr. Carr-Bustillo shared, “Pediatric gets just as much as her patients. “Kids dentistry chose me.” At Northwestern are so fun and loving. The things I learn University, she had the privilege to volunfrom them are amazing,” she said. teer in a Saturday morning people’s clinic Dr. Carr-Bustillo’s office typically sees for low-income families. It was there she children from the time they cut their first learned she had a gift working with chilteeth to 12 years of age, and they gradudren, especially those having a hard time, ate once their permanent teeth appear. A and found she could forge connections huge portion of her mission is to educate that allowed children to have positive parents and children in a way that will experiences at the dentist that could ensure continued dental health into adulttranslate into lifelong dental health prachood. The practice offers both preventatices. She knew she had to bring her taltive care, like cleanings and exams, as ents back to her hometown. well as restorative treatments, like fillings, Dr. Carr-Bustillo’s passion for pedicrowns, and extractions. Open Monday atric dentistry is evident the moment one through Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., they accept walks into her office. The roomy, inviting most major PPO insurance plans. For waiting area and spacious open-bay con- more information or to schedule an cept exam rooms attract kids with toys, appointment, call 672-3368 (DENT) or televisions, interactive games, and visit them at www.carrdental.com. Carr tablets. She designed her office purposePediatric Dentistry is located at 11936 fully. Boyette Rd. in Riverview.



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The Brenda Wade Team Visits Washington D.C.

By Michelle Caceres

was also moved at Arlington National Cemetery. “Every single American should experience standing on its hallowed ground,” she said. The visit was also moving for Brenda, who has personal knowledge of the challenges that face military families. Her parents met during the Korean War. Her father, who was in the miliThe Brenda Wade Team felt the patriotic pull of Washington D.C., helping them connect with their military tary, was an escort to a fallbuyers and sellers. en soldier. As he was bringing the body home, he met The Brenda Wade Team doesn’t just work together; they play together. Brenda her mother, who was the fallen soldier’s treats her hard-working team to getaways sister. Other team members’ lives are for well-deserved relaxation and teamtouched by the military family dynamic. building. “It’s so interwoven in the team and the A recent four-day getaway to people we serve,” said Brenda, who uses Washington D.C. not only provided that much needed time out, but also amplified that knowledge and understanding to better serve her military clients. the team's patriotism and love of country. Brenda brings that level of empathy “We serve so many families that to all of her clients. Whether looking for a make huge sacrifices and I wanted the place to raise a family, a luxury estate, team to better understand them and feel golf-course community, new home, conthis arc of patriotism at these sacred dos, townhouses, or waterfront property, places,” said Brenda. Brenda and her team’s expertise in the The team visited the different memorials: Air Force, World War II, Korean War Tampa Bay market will ensure buyers find their dream home. Home sellers can trust as well as The White House, Library of she and her team to deliver the personal Congress, Supreme Court and more. It attention and quality of service during was a whirlwind four days, they were what can be a very significant and determined to see all that D.C. had to demanding decision. offer. “Our clients can expect a professionIt was Closing Manager Sondra Hill’s al partner who listens, communicates first time visiting the nation’s capital. She honestly and advises them with their best felt humbled at The Marine Corps War interests at the forefront,” said Brenda. Memorial, which was a reminder of the For more about The Brenda Wade Team grit, courage, honor, resilience and fortior about buying or selling a home, visit tude of the people who came before us and protected this country’s freedom. She www.brendawade.com or call 655-5333.

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Brandon Auto Services Expands, Moves To Plant City By Andria Barrios

with Anderson for the past 45 years. As active members of its surrounding community, the company has even been awarded the Improvement and Beautification Award by the Automotive Dismantlers and Recyclers Association. Several years ago, Holland, along with his partner, began leasing another auto business in Plant City. “We built this business to be successful handling middle aged vehicles, trucks and RV's,” Holland said. Ken Anderson (left) and Steve Holland have built With a desire to continue Brandon Auto Services for the last 45 years and are to cater to the residents of now expanding their services to Plant City. Barely Used Auto Parts of Brandon, Plant City, the team began searching for also known as Brandon Auto Services, is property in the area to purchase, and owned by locals Ken Anderson and recently purchased a new facility just Steve Holland and has recently expandsouth of the Plant City Airport, two miles ed its services to the Plant City commufrom the old location. “We are open to nity. the public at the new facility, with plans The company’s goal is to purchase to close the old, by July 1,” Holland said. damaged or used vehicles in order to “We enjoy the automotive recycling recycle usable parts for consumer use business because we can take a vehicle and use at collision centers and other destined to waste and sell good parts to mechanic shops across the community. consumers wishing to save money. This Many of these parts are also sold with in turn saves the environment in the warranties lasting anywhere from 90 reuse of a product, while offering days to two years. The unused portion of employment to the community,” said the vehicle is then processed as scrap Holland. metal and recycled for commercial conBrandon Auto Services is located at struction. 3159 S. R. 60, while their new Plant City “With 25 qualified employees, our location, open to the public July 1, can business can do any repair needed for be found at 3302 Sydney Rd. For more any auto or truck,” explained Owner information, visit www.brandonauto.com Holland, who built Brandon Auto along or call 685-0375.

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In 2014, 21,022 motor vehicle passengers lost their lives. Tragically some of these deaths could have been prevented if the passenger had been wearing a seat belt. Seat belts save lives. Yet, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety research found nearly on in five drivers report having driven without wearing their seat belt in the past 30 days; nearly one-fifth report doing this more than once, and more than 1 in 20 report driving without a seat belt fairly often or regularly. This behavior happens despite the fact that most drivers (88.2 percent) view it as unacceptable to drive without wearing a seat belt, and more than four in five (81.9 percent) say that they never do. The “do as I say, not as I do,” behavior is all too common when it comes to traffic safety. Seat belt use has been increasing nationwide (87 percent), but there remains a wide gap (9 percent) between front seat belt use and rear seat belt use. Rear seat passengers are three times more likely to die in a crash if they are unbuckled, according to a report from the Governors Highway Safety Association. Currently 28 states have seat belt laws covering all passengers.

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Osprey Observer Journalist Uncovers Grandfather’s Magical Photos

By Kelly Wise Valdes

My grandfather, Chet Wise, was a master craftsman/woodworker that handcrafted many of the architectural details during the construction of the Magic Kingdom in Orlando. He was a patient perfectionist and meticulous in his craftsmanship. Apparently, Walt Disney had been very particular in the details of everything in the original Disneyland Park in California, and although he had already passed away prior to the Magic Kingdom opening, the legacy continued. My grandfather passed away several years ago, and my grandmother passed away three years ago. I ended up with a small box of her miscellaneous personal items, which I glanced through, but I just put them in my spare hall closet when I got home and proceeded about my regularly scheduled life. Fast-forward three years. When packing to move, I came across the small, unremarkable box. I opened it up and took note of some vintage Disney memorabilia, which wasn’t particularly unusual because both my grandparents worked and retired from Disney. I noticed in the bottom of the box a small, brown leather photo album. I opened it up and from first glance I saw some faded photos of what looked like a construction site. I realized that these were my grandfather’s photos of the Magic Kingdom, circa 1969, while under construction. Many of the pictures were taken high atop scaffolding.

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I posted a single picture to my Facebook page, and surprised at the response from my friends, I picked out 13

more pictures and scanned them to post. Next thing I know, my grandfather’s pictures were being shared over and over, by people I didn’t know, literally across the entire globe. I started receiving hundreds and hundreds of emails. I was asked to be on podcast, and called by many media outlets. CNN asked to do a feature profile on the pictures. People were fascinated. I was fascinated on why all the fascination. Apparently I found out what “going viral” actually meant. I called my father to discuss his dad’s pictures, but he didn’t know about them. I asked my sister and she had never seen them. I’m not certain anyone had ever seen these pictures except for my grandparents who put them in the album, never to be seen again. Until now. I believe that many of these pictures were specific to the architectural things he personally worked on. I remember him telling us that he crafted the detailed and intricate woodwork around the windows in the train station at the front of the park. He also did all the elaborate woodworking for windows on Main Street, Cinderella’s Castle and Pinocchio’s Village. My cousin remembers him saying he crafted the amazing door at the Liberty Tavern.

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I’ve started researching and formulating what was happening and why these particular photos went viral. I believe I’ve come to a reasonable explanation why so many people have been fascinated by them. Apparently there are many stock photos that were staged and released by

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Osprey Observer journalist Kelly Wise Valdes uncovered a box of candid photos her grandfather took of construction site he worked on of the Magic Kingdom circa 1969.

Disney that depict the construction during that time period. But, seemingly there may not be a great deal of amateur, candid photographs during this stage. My father and I speculated that we weren’t even sure that the construction crews were allowed to take pictures. But, my grandfather was a little mischievous. If you think of the logistics, it wouldn’t be easy. In 1971, people didn’t have small cell phone cameras. My grandfather had a large, heavy 35 millimeter camera and he was working high on scaffolding. Some of his pictures from up high show the vastness of the whole construction site. One of the random pictures looks

like it was taken from an airplane.

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My grandfather worked for Disney until he retired. Although thousands of construction workers were there during the Magic Kingdom construction, when the park was completed, the jobs were done. However, Disney kept a small handful of these master craftsmen and made them fulltime Disney employees, and my grandfather was one of the chosen few. My grandmother, Betty Wise, also worked at the Magic Kingdom since before it opened and was one of the executive administra-

tive assistants who helped set up the executive offices. My grandparents worked there until their retirement in the mid 80s. They were active Disney retirees, belonging to the “Golden Ears Club.” As a side note, my grandparents were one of 10 families that actually lived on Disney property, as Disney needed a handful of residents in order to incorporate Lake Buena Vista as an actual city back in the early 70s. There were literally 10 homes on a small site located close to the Magic Kingdom. In order to be part of this small group, these employees were handpicked, and my grandparents lived on Disney property

until my grandfather passed away. It was so close to the Magic Kingdom that I could see fireworks from their front yard when I was a kid. Today, many visitors may not truly notice the amazing craftsmanship that went into the smallest of touches in each building. The details of the exterior of just the windows and doors throughout the park are actually intricate pieces of art. My grandfather would want them to slow down. Look. It’s part of what makes the Magic Kingdom so magical. View this article on our website, OspreyObserver.com, to see more photos.

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Boulevard Salon Celebrates Seven Years

By Michelle Caceres

For Boulevard that desire to be in the Salon Owner Kathy people business was Hegenauer, who will always there,” she be celebrating the said. “It’s in my blood.” salon’s seventh The salon is celeanniversary this brating its seventh month, the journey to anniversary this year. her life’s calling was She credits Boulevard Salon’s success to not a straight path but her well-trained staff a winding road. of stylists, nail techniHegenauer had cians, massage theradreams of becoming pists and aesthetian attorney or interior cians, as well as her designer, but fate interloyal clients. fered with her best laid Tampa resident plans and forever Boulevard Salon Owner Kathy Kimberly Rivard is a changed her destiny Henegauer massages client Simone when at 19 her mother Kazbour’s hands during a manicure. loyal client of more than 20 years. Hegenauer and her staff introduced her to a pregnant friend, a nail take care of her needs from head to toe. technician in a South Tampa salon. She “When you know what services are was searching for a trustworthy replaceprovided and are always satisfied with the ment while she was on maternity leave results, you become loyal,” she said. and Hegenauer fit the bill. “They’re almost like family.” When she returned from maternity This family knows its business. leave, Hegenauer moved to Brandon and continued as a nail technician until, at age Hegenauer said it’s important to be on the cutting edge of current trends. A popular 27, she opened her first salon. addition to her offered services is “I thought the worst thing that could Halocouture, a high quality brand of happen is I could fail,” said Hegenauer. Remy (human) hair extensions that add Failure was not in her vocabulary. Within three years The Salon for Hair volume and length without damaging her client’s own hair. and Nails, renamed The Salon and Spa, In addition to hair artistry for men and expanded to more than 3,500 sq. ft. and women, Boulevard Salon features nail became the first true day spa in services, waxing, massage therapy and a Hillsborough County. She owned the spa for 11 years then took time off to raise her variety of skin care treatments to help clients look and feel their best. children. Henegauer employs three stylists but When the time was right, Boulevard is accepting applications from experiSalon, located at 210 E. Brandon Blvd., enced commissioned stylists. Visit was born. “Even when I was raising my children www.boulevardsalon.biz or call 571-5800.

Hollywood Comics, Collectibles Kick Starts Free Comic Book Day

By Andria Barrios

On the first also owns a store in Saturday in May, Tampa called Hollywood Comics & Demolition Comics. Collectibles, which “That shop is opened in March more traditional, but inside Westfield this one is the evoluBrandon Mall, recently tion of the comic held its own Free shop; the next step. Comic Book Day. It focuses more on Over 4,000 film. It’s a one stop comics and bookmarks shop with T-shirts were given away as and hats designed well as superhero exclusively by comic themed cookies and artists, coscupcakes. Bob Layton, tumes and co-writer for Iron Man accessories, as well as new comics, even attended A costumed father and issues and and held a story time son pose in front of the for children. Hourly raf- store on Free Comic Book Day at Hollywood back issues,” he fles and 20 percent off Comics & Collectibles located in the Westfield said. Brandon Mall. the entire store also “It’s the right made the event a huge hit. time for a shop like this,” he said, pointing Owner William Insignares hosted out that eight movies are coming out this Free Comic Book Day in order to proyear that concern comics. Yet the store mote and encourage literacy and art also brings customers back to their childthrough the comic medium. hood with its vintage items and nostalgia. “Some kids who got comic books “It’s very family oriented. There’s nothing had never had one before. It was such a in here that wouldn’t be for a child’s joy to be able to see them hold one for eyes,” he said. the first time,” he said. Insignares plans to expand the costume section of his shop by Halloween, Perhaps the most exciting part of the event was the result of it. When Honorary with authentic outfits and accessories for kids and adults. The store’s next event, a Mayor of Brandon Michelle Hernandez heard about the event, she signed an offi- Harlequin and Joker costume contest, will coincide with the Suicide Squad film cial petition making May 7 Annual Free Comic Book Day. Over 2,300 comic book debuting this August. Hollywood Comics & Collectibles is shops across the world will participate in giving away free comics annually in order located at 670 Brandon Town Center. For more information, visit them on Facebook to celebrate the world of comics. or call 409-2022. Insignares, a 24 year comic veteran,

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