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Hillsborough County Residents Urged To Focus On Safety For Local Blue
By Tamas Mondovics
C O M M U N I T Y
By Tamas Mondovics
now encouraged to download on their mobile devices available both the Google Play and Apple stores to collect data on litter removal. During last year’s Coastal Clean Up, 4,928 volunteers collected 18,837 lbs. of miscellaneous debris (wood, metal, tires, etc.) from around 86 clean up locations that included 1,746 acres of park, 56 acres of wetland, 41 miles of shorelines, nearly 30 miles of roadways and 37 acres of trails. The total number of trash bags filled amounted to 2,876. KTBB officials also want to thank volunteers for their participation in the Photo courtesy KTBB The Tampa Bay Dragon Boat Club gears up July 5th, After Fireworks Cleanup that to remove litter from the Hillsborough River in has resulted in the cleanup of more September 2015. than 10 acres of park land, 4 miles of trails and prevented more than 2,149 Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful (KTBB) is lbs. of litter and debris from entering into now recruiting volunteers for the Hillsborough River and Coastal Clean Up, Tampa Bay. World Oceans Day, on Saturday, one of the organization's largest annual June 11 had 512 volunteers remove events. 25,501 lbs. of marine debris from locaScheduled for Saturday, September tions along the Hillsborough River, McKay 17, the event will be KTBB’s 29th annual Bay, the Garrison and Seddon channels clean up, which according to Environmental Program Coordinator, Tom and Tampa Bay. “We could not accomplish all of this Damico, fits the organization’s mission without our willing, hardworking volunperfectly as it provides environmental education and volunteer opportunities that teers,” Damico said. For more information or to get the develop individual responsibility and enviregistration link, email Damico at tdamironmental stewardship. “This event is an amazing opportunity firstname.lastname@example.org. for the community to get a better perspective of what it takes to keep our coastlines clean, how important this event In This is, and how we can move forward as it is Issue pared with education,” Damico said, adding that the six-hour of service comLOCAL PODCASTERS.............................PG 4 mitment is a great way to develop leadership and project coordination skills while DESIGNER SUNGLASSES BINGO............PG 8 meeting new people in the community. ZERO ENERGY HOMES........................PG 10 Since 1989, KTBB has provided bayarea residents of all ages with opportuniHOA HOT TOPICS................................PG 15 ties for meaningful service. Tampa Bay CHALKLINES.......................................PG 24 Beautification, founded in 1989, and Keep Hillsborough County Beautiful, founded in SPORTS CONNECTION.......................PG 25 1992, merged in 2012 to form KTBB. Last year, more than 16,000 KTBB ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT.................PG 33 volunteers took part in 972 community READ MORE LOCAL NEWS ONLINE projects throughout Tampa Bay. Damico added that this year the www.ospreyobserver.com organization has developed a Marine Debris Tracker app that volunteers are
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Brandon area residents Dee Fridella and Rita Moorman take a minute during the 2016 Candidate Forum to examine the Hillsborough County Commission Map along with the map of the recently redrawn districts for the U.S. Congress and State Senate seats for the upcoming primary scheduled for August 30 and General Election on November 8. The 22nd Annual Candidate Forum was held at the Bell Shoals Baptist Church, located at 2102 Bell Shoals Rd. in Brandon.
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Shining some light on the reality of violence against police in many communities, NLEOMF issued a new report with preliminary data through July 20, which revealed that In a show of support and community partnership, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Sgt. Harrison Bashner (left) along with deputies Stephanie 67 law Quintana, Jonathan Rosa, Kenzie Basilone and Jeffrey Belcher pose for a photo with HCSO’s #Your Support Matters sign at the Osprey Observer enforcement officers have Community Newspapers. Amidst the recent violence against officers across the nation, HCSO has been able to maintain a great community been killed in partnership and has received much support throughout the county. the line of Recent headlines that read, “Law duty in 2016—an eight percent increase Enforcement Firearms Fatalities Spike 78 over the same period last year (62). Percent in First Half of 2016” or “Ambush Key facts included, that firearmsKillings of Officers Increase More than related fatalities (32) spiked 78 percent in 300 Percent” are just a fraction of the dis- the first half of this year from 18 during turbing and sad reality of violence against the same period last year. members of law enforcement throughout Ambush-style killings of law enforcethe country. ment officers have increased more than Cities like San Diego, Baton Rouge 300 percent from the same period in and Dallas took center stage as topics of 2015, as 14 officers were shot and killed discussion in July, not as summer vacain ambushes, seven were killed stopping tion destinations, but places where offia suspicious person and five officers cers were killed after being ambushed by were killed while executing a tactical a lone gunman. arrest or high-risk warrants, the reports "Each day some 900,000 men and said. women work to keep our communities Texas led all states with 13 officer safe, and we owe each of them a debt of fatalities; followed by Louisiana with gratitude,” declared National Law seven officer deaths. California, Colorado, Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Florida, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio and (NLEOMF) President and CEO Craig W. Virginia all lost three officers (as of the Floyd. “All American citizens should be writing of this article) thus far in 2016. outraged at the number of officers who Amidst the increase of such violence, have been targeted, shot and killed this however, many are finding ways to show year.” Continued on Page 5
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The Drawing Point Provides Free Paint Party For Teen Campers At Rotary’s Camp Florida
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me, and I want to give the same experience to others. I feel like I am giving them hope. I can see it in their eyes how they get lost in the art.” Carter utilizes both live painting and video to help show the participants not only what the painting will look like, but just how to create a piece of art. But more importantly, Carter encourages participants to be creative and to use the instruction as a guide. In fact, Carter Diane Carter, the owner of The Drawing Point, led a said of one teen camper, “Look, group of teen campers in a free paint party at Rotary’s Camp Florida. she is stepping out and using purple instead of black.” On July 30, Diane Carter and her Rebecca Freeman, age 16 from team of art coaches from The Drawing said of the paint party, “I Clermont, Point led a paint party for teen campers thought it was really nice and cool. It is a with Faces of Courage at Rotary’s Camp fun camp.” Florida in Brandon. The teens, all of The Drawing Point is located in whom have cancer or a blood illness, Carter and her husband, Bob, Valrico. were spending the weekend at Rotary’s have been in business for seven years. Camp Florida thanks to Faces of have taught hundreds of children They Courage. Faces of Courage is a nonand adults drawing skills on a private profit that offers free camps and events one-on-one basis. One of their students for women, men and children with cancer had a sibling who was stricken with brain and blood illnesses. Rotary’s Camp cancer. Carter provided the girl with free Florida is a 22 acre camp that provides art classes and supplies for several special needs users with clean, safe and months. “She became our first Golden barrier-free camping facilities. Paint Brush Princess,” said Carter who Carter donated not only her time and uses her fun mobile paint parties to fund that of the art coaches, but also all of the the Golden Paint Brush Project. supplies for the campers through her more information on The For Golden Paint Brush Project. Carter, who Drawing Point, Faces of Courage and is a cancer survivor herself said, Rotary’s Camp Florida, visit www.the“Research has shown that art reduces drawingpoint.com; facesofcourage.woranxiety, depression, pain and improves press.com; and www.rotaryscampflorithe quality of life in cancer patients. I am da.org. not an expert, but I know it worked for
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Mulrennan Middle School Student Headed For Leadership In Washington D.C. Staff Report Identifying the next not just talk about generation of leaders making a difference.” is always on the radar Bo is the son of of local schools. Robert and Jennifer Mulrennan Middle Shamblin. Robert is School recently identivice president of JL fied sixth grader Bo Marine Systems, Inc. Shamblin as one of manufacturer of those rare students. To Power-Pole shallow help develop his leadwater anchors based ership interest and in Brandon. Jennifer is skills, Shamblin recenta stay at home, dance ly attended the Junior and golf mom. They National Young also have a daughter, Leaders Conference in Anna, who is currently Washington D.C. in fourth grade also at “I never thought of Valrico Elementary myself as a leader, but School, and a dog Mulrennan Middle School student Bo named Blue and a my counselors and Shamblin recently attended the Junior lizard named Hershey. teachers helped me National Young Leaders Conference in see that I just keep “We’re very proud Washington D.C. putting myself out of Bo and his accomthere. Going to D.C. will be a little scary plishments,” said Robert. “He’s always but very exciting,” said Shamblin. “This been special to us, of course he’s our summer I am starting a small lawn servson, but it’s nice to see others recognize ice company in my neighborhood. I also his talents and think of him as a leader,” play golf. I recently won one of my touradded Jennifer. naments and placed in the top five in sevBo was accompanied to D.C. by his eral others. I am currently leading in entire family. The conference included points for the local summer tour.” five days of training plus a day on the Hill “Bo is very bright, smart, funny and touring the capital and learning how leadyet humble. He is always helpful to his ership plays an important role in governclassmates and many times encourages ment. The intent of the program is to help them to do the best they can,” said Paola students bring home new ideas and conOlivares, his former teacher at Valrico tinue to be leaders as they begin high Elementary School. “He leads by examschool and then on into college. ple and that’s the kind of leaders we are For more information about Bo, conlooking to identify. We want the next gentact Robert at Robert@power-pole.com eration of leaders to make a difference, or call 833-0597.
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Hillsborough Residents Support Law Enforcement Continued from page 1 tive impact on our deputies’ morale,” McKinnon said, while emphasizing that over the last couple of decades, the sole function of fighting crime has become only a part of HCSO’s mission. “We have The staff at Osprey Observer Newspapers shows their support significantly increased with local law enforcement officers. our community involvement and their support for their local law enforceinteraction,” he said. ment agents, police officers and sheriff’s Poised to begin his fourth term in deputies. office, Hillsborough County Sheriff David “Thankfully, the vast majority of Americans clearly support and appreciate Gee acknowledged the recent increase of the vital role law enforcement plays in our violence against officers in some parts of the country, but spoke highly of the counsociety,” Floyd said. “Now is the time for all law-abiding citizens to partner with law tywide support his deputies have been enforcement in support of safe communi- receiving. “We are in a unique situation here in ties." Hillsborough County, because of the During a recent speech from the tremendous show of public support,” Gee White House press briefing room, said adding that to earn the support, President Barack Obama put things in HCSO as a whole is truly here to serve perspective for the nation when he said, “Regardless of motive, the death of these the community and work hard to do just that. “We all live here and have a vested brave officers underscores the dangers interest to make our community a safer that officers face every day.” place to live and work.” The President added, “Nothing justiWith safety and security a common fies violence against law enforcement. Attacks against police are attacks against goal, HCSO’s #Your Support Matters logo, which has been making its way all of us and the rule of law.” around the county, has received much To support deputies locally, approval, giving testimony to the fact that Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Larry McKinnon public safety is and will remain an anchor encouraged residents to remember some of community partnership. A copy of the full report, “2016 Mid-Year Law of the basics. Enforcement Officer Fatalities Report,” is “Just a simple thank you from someavailable at http://bit.ly/2aXne67. one in the public has a long lasting, posi-
Valrico Teen Shares Baseball Victory In Cuba
By Tamas Mondovics
Local baseball stand School Baseball and out and recent Brandon National Player of the High School graduate Week by Varsity Views. Jerry Biller III (MIF, C) Biller is heading to would have had a pretty Central Penn College in routine summer break Summerdale, was it not for his athletic Pennsylvania this fall to talent that led him to reppursue his higher educaresent his community tion and college baseball career. and his country in a “Out of all the competition in Cuba. schools I considered, Biller was one of 14 Central Penn rose to the selected elite 18U playtop because they made ers on the U.S. Burn me feel at home,” he Baseball Team to Local youth baseball talent Jerry Biller said. “I wanted to find compete against recently had a chance to represent his some of the best community and country as part of the a place that felt like U.S. Burn Baseball Team, which home.” Cuban baseball athenjoyed a recent 5-0 tournament victory To help younger letes, while playing in Cuba. Biller, a Brandon High School athletes hoping to folfive teams in total graduate, will continue his education and athletic career at Central Penn low in his footsteps, including the Havana College in Summerdale, Pennsylvania. Biller emphasized the National Team. importance of dedication, commitment “This tournament was a phenomenal and encouraged them to never give up. once in a life time opportunity,” Biller said. “Things may not always go the way Following four days of competition, you think they should or want them to go,” the team completed the tourney in Cuba he said. “Being an athlete you have to with a 5-0 record. overcome adversity and strive on it. I Biller is by no means a stranger to could have easily quit, but I didn’t. Now as baseball success, and his trip to Cuba is a three-year varsity letterman I had the not his first time to successfully represent opportunity to represent the U.S., playing his community on the field. In 2013 he was part of Team America in Cuba, and I am ready to attend Central Penn College and play college baseball.” that competed in the Dominican Republic Biller’s father, Jerry Biller, summed up Academies, leading his team in stolen the recent trip and his son’s athletic bases with Team America winning the career when he said, “Jerry has a positive tournament. attitude and is a leader on and off the Biller is currently ranked 8th in the field, which coupled with his work ethic, United States High School Baseball attitude and dedication, has led him to Players with Max Preps for fielding with 1.000 FPCT, 209 PO, 26 assists, 235 TC, where he is today and into his bright future ahead. Visit bit.ly/2aHcCZB. and was also selected as Defensive Player of the year with Brandon High
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Redlands Christian Migrant Association Honored For Work With Latino Families
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Crime Stoppers First Friday’s Fugitives In its continued effort to catching some of the most wanted or most recent fugitives, Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay has released its First Friday’s list of for the month of August. The agency has once again selected five fugitives to highlight this month, including three wanted by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, one by Tampa and one by Plant City Police Department as they are asking for the public's assistance. Crime Stoppers encourages members of the community to assist local law enforcement agencies in the fight against crime by overcoming fear and apathy, which are two key elements that inhibit community involvement, the agency said. The public may contact Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-873-TIPS(8477), report anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com or send in a Antelmo mobile tip using our P3 Tips Mobile Ontiveros Application which is a free download for Wanted by the iPhones and Droids. Crime Stoppers must Hillsborough County Sheriff's be contacted first in order to be eligible for a Office for 2nd cash reward. Degree Murder Below is a list of the five fugitives postwith a Firearm & Attempted 2nd ed for the month of August including the Degree Murder reason for their warrant. with a Firearm.
Lemarcus Antone Ashley Wanted by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office for CarjackingFirearm and two counts of Robbery with a Firearm.
Mario Molina Wanted by the Plant City Police Department for 2nd Degree Murder & Aggravated Battery with Great Bodily Harm. Christian Joseph Torres Sanchez Wanted by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office for Robbery with a Firearm, Kidnapping Inflict Harm and Aggravated Battery with Great Bodily Harm.
Paul Michael Furey White male, 9/17/1986 Wanted by the Tampa Police Department for FTA Robbery.
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Water Smart Tots To Host Designer Sunglasses Bingo
Designer Sunglasses Bingo go directly to benefit our survival swim scholarship program, the only one of its kind in the area," said Kari Bahour, founder of Water Smart Tots. Doors open at 6 p.m. with a vendor shopping power hour, appetizers and a cash bar. There will be a silent auction and six door prizes of an Alex and Water Smart Tots is holding a Designer Sunglasses Bingo Ani bracelets donated by on Friday, September 16 from 6-10 p.m. at Riverview Hills Country Club to benefit underprivileged and special needs Operation Lotus. Game children to receive survival swim lessons. play will begin at 7 p.m. Winners get to choose a In Hillsborough County, drowning is pair of his or her sunglasses. the number one cause of accidental Tickets for this event can be purdeath among children ages 1-4 years old. chased for $40 (plus $1 service fee) via The Consumer Product Safety www.WaterSmartTots.org. For a limited Commission estimates each year about time, buy two tickets and save $10. 300 children younger than age 5 drown in Special thanks to sponsors swimming pools and spas and more than Waterscapes Pools & Spas, Premier 3,000 that age go to hospital emergency Care Pediatrics, Cardel Homes, Southern rooms due to non-fatal submersion Post-Tension, Inc., DJ Jake Dela Cruz, injuries. An unknown number of those Doran Real Estate Company, Bright Start hospitalized will suffer permanent disabiliCredit Solutions, Watch Me Swim and the ty, including brain damage. It also reports Osprey Observer. Water Smart Tots also that formal swimming lessons have seeks additional sponsors. Sponsorship proven to reduce pediatric drowning. levels begin at $100. For info, contact Water Smart Tots Designer 810-8106 or email@example.com. Sunglasses Bingo will take place on Water Smart Tots is a 501(c)(3) nonFriday September 16 from 6-10 p.m. at profit corporation dedicated to eliminating Riverview Hills Country Club located at pediatric drowning by promoting aware3943 New River Hills Pkwy. in Valrico. ness through water safety education and The proceeds will benefit financially by providing access to survival swimming underprivileged children or those who skills to infants and young children ages have special needs in Hillsborough 12 months to 6 years who are financially County by providing scholarships for surunderprivileged or who have special vival swim lessons. "We recognize that needs. For more information, visit drowning prevention is a community www.WaterSmartTots.org. responsibility. Funds raised from our
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KnowledgePoints Celebrates 15 Years Of Success With Personal Approach To Tutoring
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Hosting fun events for your residents is a great way to get the community together at the pool or clubhouse. Whether you host seasonal events or parties, movie nights, or just picnic gatherings; there are plenty of social activities you can plan out to encourage a strong sense of community. Forming a “Party Planning Committee” is a good way to not only bring a group of residents together to plan fun events, but it will also give them the chance to express their opinions and ideas.
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Business professionals love opportunities to connect with other business professionals, especially when they can do it in the comfort of their neighborhood’s clubhouse. Having your HOA sponsor networking events once or twice a month in the evening or morning (try a coffee meeting) will be sure to bring together likeminded business professionals who might never have met, even if they live just one street over. If your HOA has any other ideas or suggestions for promoting a fun and welcoming neighborhood, or is hosting any upcoming events that you would like featured in the Osprey Observer, send them over to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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BCWC’s New Season Of Luncheons Begins With Salute To America
The Brandon Christian Women's Connection will commence its season of luncheons with a theme, music and a spiritual speaker on Monday, September 12 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Salute to America with a patriotic theme and music will honor veterans. This is a nondenominational luncheon for all ladies and no membership is required. The luncheon will take place at Bell Shoals Baptist Church in the Special Events Center located at 2102 Bell Shoals Rd. in Brandon. The cost is $15; first time guests only pay $10. Reservations are required by Monday, September 5. Call 740-0098.
Congregation Beth Shalom Shabbat Services And Study Series Shabbat services: Welcome the Sabbath on Friday evenings at 7:45 p.m. Oneg, nosh and mingle follows. iEngage: Jewish Values and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, A Hartman Institute Lecture & Study Series, led by Rabbi Torop, will address and explore the IsraeliPalestinian conflict, and the complex meanings of peace in Jewish tradi-
tion. Explore ideals and values that animate different attitudes toward the conflict and how these values shape their own political understandings and engage in a new values-based discourse about Israel. The first class, Talking about Israel: Foundations for a Values Discourse, explores the different Jewish valMichael-Ray Pallares, One Love Tennis Inc., organized play for youngsters in Zambia, Africa, and is planning an ues and moral event locally for the Tampa Bay Inner City Youth in December. claims toward the Israeli-Palestinian with John Nomad's Nomad Sports centers contributing to the fight conflict. This will take place on Academy to conduct an Exhibition against diseases such as malaria Tuesday August 16, from 7-8:30 p.m. and Play-Day Clinic for a group of 20 and HIV/AIDS throughout Zambia. Congregation Beth Shalom, is locatorphans from the Mukuni Village in The Nomad Sports Academy for ed at 706 Bryan Rd. in Brandon. Call Livingstone - Southern Province, orphans is designed to motivate, cre681-6547. Zambia. ate self-discipline, and provide the The event, which was held at the necessary skills and environment so Michael-Ray Pallares Brings One Livingstone Royal Golf Club, began that naturally talented vulnerable chilLove Tennis Inc. To Zambia with an exhibition match between dren can have an opportunity to train Pallares and local Zambian Davis their bodies and minds in order to Founded in 2011 by professional Cup hero Patrick Mufumbila. Pallares become the leaders of tomorrow. tennis player and ITF Expert Coach then organized a Play-Day Clinic for Pallares through One Love Michael-Ray Pallares, One Love the children, including games and Tennis Inc. is planning on organizing Tennis Inc. is a non-profit organizaprizes for all. an event locally for the Tampa Bay tion designed to reach underpriviThe Butterfly Tree Charity supInner City Youth in December. He is leged and low income youth through ports children in rural villages seeking to incorporate with communiaffordable tennis, education, and fitthrough an orphan support program, ty outreach programs in the Brandon, ness. In July, Pallares traveled to providing improved health and eduValrico and Riverview areas. To conLivingstone, Zambia in southern cation facilities, safe water and sanitact Pallares, email Africa to team up with Jane Kayetation, feeding programs, and health firstname.lastname@example.org. Bailey's Butterfly Tree Charity, along
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Primrose School Of Bloomingdale Celebrates Fifth Anniversary
By Katelyn Massarelli
Since opening Assistant in August of 2011, Director at Primrose School of Primrose School of Bloomingdale has Bloomingdale, brought a unique Jennifer Carroll, childcare experihas experienced all ence to families that Primrose within the commuSchool of nity. Their vision to Bloomingdale can give a child acaoffer to children demic and life The Primrose School of Bloomingdale team through her own skills that they can personal experi(from left), Jennifer Carroll, Sonya Boyette, Debra Temple, Ami Gohi, and Angela Cleek ence. Whether it utilize during and celebrate the school’s fifth anniversary. after moving on be setting the table from Primrose is what the school has with no one telling them to or having a used to make its students successful structured schedule, Carroll’s two children when entering elementary school. are a prime example of what Primrose “Celebrating our fifth anniversary is a Schools can do. big deal for us,” the owner of Primrose “[My children] are developing responSchool of Bloomingdale Ami Gohil said. sibility and life skills they can use outside “Establishing the preschool in the area of the classroom,” Carroll said. “I’m no shows our ability to build our reputation longer as worried about them starting and continue to grow.” Kindergarten.” Primrose Schools can be found With the children at the school their nationwide in 28 states and are dedicated number one priority, Primrose School of to setting the path for learning and life for Bloomingdale also makes their teachers children through their education and child- an important part of a child’s developcare environment. Having worked as a ment. According to Education and teacher previously at Primrose School of Curriculum Manager at Primrose School Westchase, Gohil opened the of Bloomingdale, Sonya Boyette, the Bloomingdale school with her husband. school is committed to providing the supAccording to Gohil, childcare is most port needed to ensure students succeed. rewarding and having children of her “A child spends a large portion of own, she decided to open a Primrose their day here, so it’s important they feel School within Bloomingdale in pursuit of bonded, loved and cared for,” Boyette her passion. Since then, she has been said. For more on Primrose of dedicated to creating an environment that Bloomingdale, contact 438-5980, allows students to learn and grow email@example.com, or visit throughout their time at the preschool. www.PrimroseBloomingdale.com.
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U-Haul Company of Florida is pleased to announce that Valrico Mini Storage has signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer to serve the Valrico community. Valrico Mini Storage at 2108 Jelane Dr. will offer U-Haul trucks, towing equipment, support rental items and instore pick-up for boxes. Hours of operation for U-Haul rentals are 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.1 p.m. Saturday. After-hours drop-off is available for customer convenience. Reserve U-Haul products at this dealer location by calling 413-1018 or visiting bit.ly/2aAitja. Valrico Mini Storage owner Carole Drake is proud to team with the industry leader in do-it-yourself moving and selfstorage to better meet the demands of Hillsborough County. U-Haul and Valrico Mini Storage are striving to benefit the environment through sustainability initiatives. Truck sharing is a core U-Haul sustainability business practice that allows individuals to access a fleet of trucks that is larger than what they could access on an individual basis. Every U-Haul truck placed in a community helps keep 19 personally owned large-capacity vehicles, pickups, SUVs and vans off the road. Fewer vehicles means less traffic congestion, less pollution, less fuel burned and cleaner air. Valrico Mini Storage is a great place to become U-Haul Famous. Take your picture in front of a U-Haul product, send it in and your face could land on the side of a U-Haul truck. Upload your photo through Instagram using #uhaulfamous, or visit www.uhaulfamous.com to submit photos and learn more.
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Mathnasium Partners With National PTA On STEM Initiative
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Local Holistic Health & Wellness Owner Named Top Health Coach In Health & Wellness
Lynne Wadsworth, CHC, owner and operator of Holistic Health & Wellness LLC, has been named Top Health Coach in Health & Wellness for 2016-2017 by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP). While inclusion with the IAOTP is an honor in itself, only a few members in each discipline are chosen for this distinction. These special honorees are distinguished based on their professional accomplishments, academic achievements, leadership abilities, longevity in the field, other affiliations and contributions to their communities. Wadsworth works with people who suffer from migraines and chronic headaches as well as people who struggle with weight loss, life balance, stress and other health issues. A new group program for natural migraine relief will begin on Monday, August 22. The six week pro-
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Hillsborough County Public Schools 2016-2017 Calendar & New Teacher Orientation 2016-2017 School Calendar
Hillsborough County Public Schools will begin welcoming more than 200,000 students back to the district on Wednesday, August 10. Cutting the summer break a bit shorter, the district’s approved new calendar has shifted the school year up two weeks. View the full calendar onine at www.sdhc.k12.fl.us/calendar/.
New Teacher Orientation
Led by Superintendent Jeff Eakins, school board members, and district staff, more than 600 new teachers were welcomed to Hillsborough County Public Schools during the annual New Teacher Orientation held last month at Armwood High School. This year’s four-day orientation emphasized a fresh look, in response to the needs of district teachers as well as their feedback from previous years. The first two days aimed at familiarizing teachers with the district’s mission, vision, and goals through a comprehensive induction model. Days three and four included CHAMPS/Discipline in the Secondary
Classroom training to assist teachers with establishing classroom culture during the first few weeks of school. Experienced teachers were invited to register for various courses offered during day there and four at the district’s main training facility. For more information about Hillsborough County Public Schools, visit www.sdhc. k12.fl.us.
Valrico Boy Counts To A Million Earns Mathematics Award
Five-year-old Valrico boy, Cade William Weart, is starting Kindergarten this fall and while according to his parents he is no different from his classmates and friends, there is one thing in which he stands out; his love of numbers. “Cade has been obsessed with numbers since the age of four,” said his father, Jeremy Weart. To show his love and zeal for mathematics, Cade has decided that he wanted to count to one million, a goal, which with the help and support of his parents took him about seven months to accomplish. Cade was recently recognized for accomplishing his goal with a certificate of excellence and a mathemat-
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Durant High School Lady Cougars Confident Of Fall Season Success
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There is little doubt that the Durant High School Lady Cougars volleyball team is ready to turn in another solid winning season. To outdo the previous season’s success is not an easy task. Of course, the question of whether the team, which will be sporting a strong senior starting lineup, is able to do even better this fall is not raised for the lack of talent or the need for better coaches as both categories are well covered. The challenge for players and coaches is actually their own success and the fact that the winning program has always been a top contender. The program, under the direction of Head Coach Brittany Wilson, and Junior Varsity Coach Amanda Beers, assisted this year by Coaches Javier Fortuno, and 2015 Durant graduate Jasmine Shamberger is everything the school, parents and volleyball could ask. Last year, the girls dominated the district reaching the post season with an undefeated (6-0) record, ending with a 16-8 overall record, just two games short of a state appearance. “We did great last year, but this is a new season and I am confident that we will do even better,” Wilson said.
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Candidate In Group 24 Gary Dolgin Prepared To Serve As Circuit Court Judge
By Kathy L .Collins
With 26 years of through the process. experience and the People want someexpertise that comes one who is an expert with being a Board in what is going to Certified Attorney in happen with their chilMarital and Family dren, their money and Law, Gary Dolgin is their property.” uniquely qualified to Moreover, Dolgin serve as a has experience in Hillsborough County criminal law as he Circuit Court Judge. served as an Dolgin is running for Assistant State judge in Group 24 and Attorney in Manatee encourages everyone County and an to vote on Tuesday, Assistant Public Gary Dolgin wants to be the first August 30. Defender in Circuit Court Judge elected in Hillsborough County who is Board In Florida, Board Hillsborough County. Certified in Marital and Family Law. He has handled juveCertification recognizes an attorney’s special knowledge, nile delinquency and dependency cases skill and proficiency in a particular area of as well- all areas of law that a Circuit law. It also recognizes professionalism Court Judge must rule upon. and ethics in practice. The minimum stanDolgin said, “I want to be this comdards to become Board Certified are munity’s Marital and Family Law Judge quite rigorous which is why there are only because the area impacts a tremendous about 26 attorneys in Hillsborough number of people, and citizens deserve a County and only 273 in the state of judge who has both the expertise and Florida who are Board Certified in Marital passion for the law.” and Family Law. Dolgin has lived almost all of his life Dolgin is the only candidate in Group in Hillsborough County. He has been 24 to have achieved this distinction. In married to Wendi Towbin-Dolgin, a regisaddition, he would be the first Circuit tered nurse, for 25 years. They have twin Court Judge elected in Hillsborough 18 year olds, a son Corey and a daughter County who is Board Certified in Marital Mallory, and a 12 year old son, Ari. and Family Law. Dolgin has been recommended by According to Dolgin, this makes him the Tampa Bay Times, endorsed by the qualified because, “Family law is the diviHillsborough County Firefighters and the sion that most new judges are assigned. Associated Builders and Contractors. This area of law affects the greatest numFor more information on Dolgin’s ber of citizens in our state. Everyone has candidacy for Circuit Court Judge in a friend or family member who has gone Group 24, visit www.garydolgin.com.
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The 2016 Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, August 30. Early voting runs Monday, August 15 through Sunday, August 28 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily at the following local libraries: Bloomingdale Regional Public Library at 1906 Bloomingdale Ave., Riverview Branch Library at 10509 Riverview Dr., SouthShore Regional Library at 15816 Beth Shields Way, and Bruton Memorial Library at 302 W. McLendon St. in Plant City. Included are the races where more than one person is vying for a position within each party. We have included the districts that represent Osprey Observer local readers. The information included will link you to the candidates so that you can easily learn what each one stands for. For more information on the other races that will be decided in November, visit www.votehillsborough.org. Get out and vote.
Circuit Court Judge - Group 3
ROBIN FERNANDEZ FUSON Visit fuson4judge.com or on Facebook at: Robin Fernandez Fu son for Judge for more information.
County Judge - Group 10
CARL HINSON Visit www.carlhinsonforjudge.com or Facebook at: Carl Hinson for more information. HINSON
SHELTON BRIDGES For more information, visit www.BridgesFor Judge.com, or on Facebook at: Bridgesfor Judge.
Circuit Court Judge - Group 24
ISABELL “CISSY” BOZA SEVELIN For more info, cissysevelin4judge.com or on Facebook at: Isabel Cissy Boza Sevelin for Circuit Court Judge, 13th Circuit, Group 24.
GARY DOLGIN For more information, visit www.garydolgin.com or on Facebook at: Gary Dolgin for Judge. DOLGIN
MELISSA POLO For more information, visit melissapoloforjudge.com or on Facebook at: Melissa Polo For Judge. POLO
MIRIAM VELEZ VALKENBURG For more information, visit www.miriam 4judge.com or Facebook at: Campaign Committee to Elect Miriam Velez Valkenburg for Judge.
LANELL WILLIAMS YULEE For more information, visit www.Vote4Yulee.com.
Clerk Of The Circuit Court State House Representative (Democrats) - District 59 PAT FRANK For more information, visit www.patfrank clerk.com or on Facebook at: Reelect Pat Frank for Clerk.
KEVIN BECKNER For more information, visit www.kevinbeckner.com.
RENA UPSHAW FRAZIER For more information, visit www.RenaForFlorida. com or on Facebook at: RenaforFlorida.
NAZE SAHEBZAMANI For more information, visit www.naze4floridash59.com.
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School Board - District 7 (Countywide) ALAN CLENDENIN For more information, visit www.alanclendenin.com/ or on Facebook at: Alan Clendenin.
JOSEPH P. CAETANO For more information, visit www.votejosephcaetano.com.
CATHY JAMES For more information, visit www.electcathyjames.com or on Facebook at: electcathyjames.
LYNN GRAY For more information, visit www.LynnGrayForSc hoolBoard.com; or Facebook at: Lynn for School Board. GRAY
CARLOS FRONTELA For more information, visit www.votecarlosfrontela.com.
NORENE COPELAND MILLER For more information, visit www.vote4norene.co m. FRONTELA
RANDY TOLER For more information, visit www.randytoler.com or on Facebook at: Randy Toler.
STANLEY GRAY For more information, visit www.vote4gray.org.
County Commissioner - District 6 (Countywide) Republican Primary Candidates TIM SCHOCK For more information, visit timschock.com or Facebook at: Tim Schock for Hillsborough County Commission.
JIM NORMAN For more information, visit www.votejimnorman.com or Facebook at: Jim Norman for County Commissioner. SCHOCK
Democratic Primary Candidates
BRIAN WILLIS Visit votebrianwillis.com or on Facebook: Brian Willis for more information.
PATRICIA ANN KEMP Visit electpatkemp.com or Facebook: Pat Kemp 2016 for more information.
JOHN DICKS Visit www.votejohndicks.com or on Facebook at: Vote John Dicks for more information. KEMP
TOM SCOTT For more information, visit www.electthomasscott.com.
Melissa Polo Seeks To Serve As Circuit Court Judge In Group 24
Shelton Bridges Endeavors To Utilize Experience, Passion As County Court Judge In Group 10
For Melissa Polo, the their time on the bench. law and becoming an Polo is a third generattorney has been a callation Floridian. “My ing. This, along with a ancestors who emigrated strong commitment to from Cuba and Sicily public service, is why she passed along a tradition is running for of hard work, integrity, Hillsborough County respect, compassion and Circuit Court Judge, community service,” said Group 24, on Tuesday, Polo. In addition to runAugust 30. ning a successful law Polo has practiced practice, Polo provides law in Hillsborough an average of 40 hours County for more than 20 per year in pro bono years. She worked as a legal service to the comprosecutor for the munity. She is involved Hillsborough County with many outstanding State Attorney’s Office organizations including Melissa Polo is running for Circuit Court Judge in Group 24. for four years. After prosHillsborough County ecuting and trying hundreds of cases, Sheriff’s Office Hispanic Advisory Council, including felony drug cases, she became the Spring and Teen Court Program. In an advocate for people in need and has addition, she has mentored law students successfully run a private practice since through the Hillsborough Association for 2009. Polo now handles all types of civil Women Lawyers. and criminal cases. “I care about this community. It is my “Of those running in Group 24, I have home. For me, the most effective way to the most diverse background with respect give back to the community is by serving to the types and level of cases litigated. I as a judge,” explained Polo. have litigated cases in both state and fed“My practical litigation experience eral court. This diversity in cases handled handling hundreds of cases in all areas of has given me a lot of experience, and will Circuit Court, coupled with my courthouse allow me to function effectively as a relationships and community involvement judge,” said Polo. She has extensive will enable me to run an organized, effiexperience on both sides of civil and cient, respectful, meaningful and fair criminal law and has worked in many courtroom,” added Polo. areas where Circuit Court Judges are For more information, visit called upon to preside over throughout www.melissapoloforjudge.com.
With a strong sense 11 years. Bridges has of service, Shelton always wanted to be an Bridges makes a great attorney, and he believes candidate for County that being a judge is a calling. “I believe that in law, Court Judge for as in life, you have to treat Hillsborough County, people as you want to be Group 10. The election will treated. The lack of civility take place on Tuesday, is a problem, and we need August 30. judges that bring the “My parents reared appropriate demeanor to me with a strong belief of the bench,” added service. After 16 years of Bridges. practicing law, 11 of which The challenges of required me to be in court being a County Court every day, I see what Shelton Bridges is a fifth Judge are unique in makes a good judge. I generation Floridian running for want to be a judge that County Court Judge, Group 10, on that it includes Small Tuesday, August 30. Claims Court where serves the people of many litigants represent themselves. As Hillsborough County,” said Bridges. such, a County Court Judge must be able Bridges graduated from the to guide the process without giving legal University of Florida with three degrees advice. “A County Court Judge has to including a law degree and an MBA. He have a certain temperament and has worked in both the Hillsborough demeanor to help reduce the stress and County Public Defender’s Office as well make the system work,” explained as the Hillsborough County State Bridges. Attorney’s Office for a total of 11 years. Bridges added, “Being a judge is a He has tried more than 100 jury trials to verdict and has practiced in Federal Court privilege. A judge must treat everyone as well. “The breadth of my experience is who comes before him with dignity and what makes me uniquely qualified to be a respect.” Bridges will not only bring a high level of legal experience and knowledge County Court Judge,” said Bridges. to the bench but a desire to treat others Moreover, Bridges is a fifth generarespectfully. tion Floridian who has resided in For more information on Shelton Hillsborough County since 2000. Bridges Bridges and his run for County Court is an active member of his church, Hyde Judge in Group 10, visit www.bridgesforPark United Methodist Church, where he judge.com. has taught children’s Bible Study for over
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By Kathy Collins
Stanley Gray Runs For Hillsborough County School Board, District 7 Staff Report Stanley on improving Gray has dedihigh school cated his life to graduation rates taking action through early childhood interwith purpose. vention. Gray He is now lookfounded a noning to take that profit organizamission to the tion, “On Track,” Hillsborough which helps County School teach first Board by rungraders to want ning for the to learn how to District 7 counread. tywide seat on “Reading is the August prithe key. If you mary ballot. get elementary Gray graduschool students ated from the to enjoy reading, United States it sets them up Naval Academy for success for and then served rest of their time as an Officer of in school and Marines before being medically Stanley Gray is running for School Board, District 7. in life,” Gray said. discharged. In the service, he was an Gray has served on boards and instructor at several schools and helped executive committees of numerous create curriculum and training prolocal non-profits and is looking forward grams. Following his service to the to representing all of Hillsborough country, he worked as a human County on the School Board if elected. resources executive at several large “I want to be a voice for all of the citicompanies and later founded his own small firm. In semi-retirement, Gray has zens of Hillsborough County,” Gray said. served as a substitute teacher in You can learn more about Stanley Hillsborough County schools and as a Gray by visiting his website at mentor to countless young people over vote4gray.org or at the years. Facebook.com/VoteGray. He believes that we need to focus
Cissy Sevelin Pursues Position Of Circuit Court Judge In Group 24
By Kathy L. Collins
“Equality before the law the Middle District of Florida is not just a legal principle for nine years. During that to me; it is my entire reason time, Sevelin wrote thoufor being an attorney, medisands of legal opinions. ator, law clerk and public Sevelin has been a servant,” said Isabel Cissy sole practitioner in Boza Sevelin (Cissy Thonotosassa since 2013. Sevelin), candidate for However, she is not in a Circuit Court Judge in traditional practice. This is Group 24. because 100 percent of Sevelin stated, “My Sevelin’s practice is devotdedication and involveed to pro bono work. Her Cissy Sevelin is running for ment with our community clients are financially dissets me apart from others Circuit Court Judge in Group 24. advantaged and cannot who are running in my group. I am comafford representation. passionate about providing life-changing Sevelin explained, “The general legal assistance to the poor and nature of my current practice is representoppressed in our community. I have dedi- ing indigent clients in various areas of the cated more than 2,500 hours in pro bono law such as Domestic Violence Injunction legal services since October 2013. I am Hearings, Family/Domestic Relations, dedicated to following the rule of law as Wills, Trusts and Estates, Advance written and not as I wish it to be.” Directives, and Juvenile Dependency and Throughout her life, Sevelin has Delinquency Hearings.” Sevelin is also a worked in a variety of fields before Certified Family Mediator where she becoming an attorney. She began workdeals with custody, child support, division ing at the age of 12 when she went to of property and other family law matters. work at Olympia Bakery in Tampa. “I personally understand what it takes Sevelin received her Associate of Arts to accomplish goals in life and be able to Degree from Hillsborough Community set aside potential legal obstacles. While College in 1989 and graduated from the raising three children and working full University of South Florida with a dual time, I was able to attend college and major in accounting and finance in 1995. complete my education,” said Sevelin. “I Sevelin has worked as an accountant, a believe that I have the credentials, the loan officer and a small business owner. spirit and the experience to pursue the Sevelin became an attorney in 2002 and opportunity to become a member of the worked as a mediator and then as a judiciary.” Bankruptcy Law Clerk for the judges in Visit www.cissysevelin4judge.com.
Volume 13, Issue 8
For Hillsborough County Circuit Judge Group 24 GARY DOLGIN IS MOST PREPARED TO SERVE • 26 years of Legal Experience • Board Certified Expert in Marital & Family Law • Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator • Owner of successful law practice since 1993 • Former Assistant State Attorney & Public Defender
Brandon Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting Recognizes Gary Dolgin for Circuit Court Judge as a new member
Tampa Bay Times Recommends Gary Dolgin:
“He is widely admired as smart, polite and attentive to his clients, all traits that well serve a judge. ...he holds judicial office to the high standards the public expects. His work ethic and sense of fair play would well serve those before him. Dolgin is prepared, punctual and respectful, vital qualities for judges in the clogged court system. And his grasp of family law would help as the courts look for more holistic ways of addressing the impacts of broken families.” - 8/1/16 Endorsed by: Hillsborough County Fire Fighters Local 2294 Endorsed by: Associated Builders & Contractors Gulf Coast Chapter
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With Arts & Entertainment Editor Kathy L. Collins
Local Artist, Roy Adams, Displays Work At Bruton Memorial Library This Month
installed. Adams explained that the piece is a photograph of a railroad pocket watch that has been stamped 20 to 25 times. The piece is in the style of Andy Warhol’s pop art. “A lot of my family has worked on the railroad in Oklahoma and Arkansas,” said Adams. His artwork has also been shown at the Ft. Smith Regional Art Museum in Arkansas. He has five photos that have been included in the permanent collecPlant City artist Roy Adams shown decked tion at the museum as well. In 2017, out in a custom made hat by fellow artist Betty Jones, has an eclectic show of his art- Adams will be in a Sketchbook Art Project in Brooklyn, New York. work at the Bruton Memorial Library. The current exhibit at the Bruton The August exhibit at the Bruton Memorial Library is truly an eclectic one. Memorial Library in Plant City is a fantasIn addition to the very interesting mixed tic collection of artwork by local artist, Roy media pieces, there is an abstract and Adams. There are six large pieces on disone of an American Indian. Adams, who play, and the mediums include ink and oilis of Cherokee Indian descent, said, “I stick on canvas, acrylic on canvas, acrylic really like the Native American painting on wood and multi-media assemblages. and wanted to share it. The painting The latter include a whimsical collection depicts a Native American who was a of cassette tapes anda piece which uses dancer at the Florida Strawberry Festival.” paint sticks. All of the art on display was created in In addition, you can view some of Plant City. Adams’ sketchbooks in a nearby display Chad Loving, the administrative and case. services assistant for the Bruton Memorial Adams, who lives in Plant City, is a Library said, “Adams’ art is very eye painter, photographer and printmaker. catching and very bold. His use of ordiAdams studied at the Universty of South nary but unexpected objects (paint sticks Florida and has travelled around the and cassette tapes) is extraordinary.” world. His work has been shown locally at The Bruton Memorial Library is locatthe Florida Museum of Photographic Art ed at 302 McLendon St. in Plant City. in Tampa and at the Robert W. Willaford For more information on Adams, visit Railroad Museum in Plant City, he will www.printmaker.mysite.com. have an interesting piece of pop art
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Carl Hinson Makes A Run For 13th Circuit Court Judge
By Kathy L. Collins
As a successful As past president solo practitioner, of the Tampa Bay mediator and comTrial Lawyers munity leader, Carl Association, Hinson Hinson has the reqestablished an annual uisite experience golf tournament. The necessary to be a funds generated from fair and thoughtful the tournament are Circuit Court Judge. donated to local nonIn addition to running profits. Hinson has his law practice for personally supported 22 years, Hinson A Kid’s Place and is has been a certified an active member in mediator since 1994. the Greater Brandon, He has mediated Plant City and Greater close to 100 claims. Riverview Chambers “As a mediator, I Carl Hinson, shown here with his wife of of Commerce. 27 years, Yvette and 12 year old daughhave to know the Hinson was eduter, Vanessa, is running for Circuit Court law and be able to cated locally and is a Judge in Group 3. determine whether a long time resident of claim has been correctly evaluated. As a Hillsborough County with close, personal seasoned trial lawyer, I am able to under- connections to Eastern Hillsborough stand the strengths and weaknesses of County. The reigning Florida Strawberry both sides. A judge has to be able to Festival Queen is a distant cousin. In explain to the litigants why you have ruled addition to being a successful attorney for or against their claim,” explained running his own business, Hinson has Hinson. been married for 27 years and has a 12 Hinson’s expertise and fairness has year old daughter. been vetted and recognized. The Judicial “My years of experience as a trial Nominating Committee (JNC) has nomilawyer and mediator will allow me to be nated him on two separate occasions to an impartial and fair trial judge,” said be appointed judge. The JNC is made up Hinson. “The sole purpose of a judge is to of non-partisan nine-member committee listen to disputes and make decisions of lawyers and non-lawyers who locate, based on the facts and the law.” recruit, investigate and evaluate appliHe is running in Group 3 for Circuit cants for judicial office. In addition, he has Court Judge and you can vote for him on been endorsed by numerous local offiTuesday, August 30. cials including Hillsborough County Sheriff For more information, visit David Gee. CarlHinsonForJudge.com.
Brandon TOPSoccer Opens Registration For 2016 Fall Season
By Tamas Mondovics
“It’s all for the kids.” Starting its 18th season this year, Brandon TOPSoccer hosts its programs at BAYSL, 3104 S. Kings Ave. in Brandon, behind Kingswood Elementary School. Since its start, the program has grown annually from 25 players in 1998 to more than 120 last year, which gives clear testimony to its continued success and need in the community. Young players with the Brandon The 2016 season is scheduled to TOPSoccer Club chase the soccer ball down start on Saturday, September 10, at 9 the field. a.m., and will run through November 19. Brandon and surrounding area youth Fall season registrations will began with mental or physical disabilities who on Friday, August 12 (6-8 p.m.), Saturday, would like to learn and play soccer can August 13 (9 a.m.-12 Noon), Friday, now register to join Brandon TOPSoccer August 19 (6-8 p.m.), Saturday, August for the upcoming fall season. 20 (9 a.m.-12 Noon), Friday, August Organized by youth soccer associa26 (6-8 p.m.), Saturday, August 27, (9 tion volunteers, and locally sponsored by a.m.-12 Noon) at the BAYSL clubhouse. The Brandon Area Youth Soccer League Players must be 5 years old on or (BAYSL) now West Florida Flames, before September 10, 2016, and must Brandon TOPSoccer, (The Outreach bring a copy of their Individual Education Program for Soccer) gives boys or girls, Plan form to registration. age 5 and up, with special needs a TOP Soccer is currently seeking volchance to enjoy the sport as well as good unteers and coaches, which gives high association. school students an excellent way to earn “Our goal is to enable our young athcommunity hours. letes with disabilities to become valued Adding to its nearly two decades of and successful members of Florida Youth success, Brandon TOPSoccer, now the Soccer and the U.S. Youth Soccer family,” largest TOPSoccer club in the state and said Ken Muzyk a member of TOPSoccer among the top 10 in the nation, was recboard of directors. ognized last year by the Florida Youth Muzyk added that as a corporate and Soccer Association as the Program of the individually sponsored program with no Year. cost for the family, TOP Soccer’s fall seaAnyone interested in coaching a son is a great opportunity for families to team may contact Muzyk at 657-5271 or take advantage of. Fred Englehardt co-founder at brandon“Our program is a relaxed format with email@example.com. Visit www.brandontopsocno practices, score keeping or team cer.com. standings—just fun games,” Muzyk said.
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New South Window Solutions President and Owner Earl Rahn said the company’s windows are made in Florida for Florida homes by Florida workers.
Brandon resident Assosouvale Pili’s home was invaded with the sounds of the outside world. The sounds of birds chirping, dogs barking and lawnmowers broke the solitude that he was looking for in his home. “I had old single pane windows and every little noise outside could be heard,” he said. Pili decided to replace his windows, so he researched companies and chose to hire New South Window Solutions. “From the salesperson to the installer, everyone was so professional and confident in their work,” said Pili. He wasn’t the only one to think so. When the county inspector came to make sure the work was done correctly, he was impressed with the quality windows. Now, with his new vinyl-frame, double pane windows installed, Pili said the birds, dogs and lawnmowers are still making noise but he doesn’t hear it. New South Window Solutions
Owners Dan and Deb Ochstein and Earl and Amy Rahn said that is exactly why they left successful careers at one of the country’s largest window manufacturing companies in Ohio to open New South Window Solutions in Florida in 2010. “We came here to bring energy-efficient windows to the state,” said company President Earl. “Single pane aluminum windows, which used to be so popular here in home construction, no longer meet current energy codes.” In addition to dramatically cutting down on outside noise, New South Window Solutions’ windows save money on energy bills year round, add value to homes, extend the life of air conditioning and heating units, add curb appeal, improve security and protect carpet and furniture from fading due to UV damage. Earl said New South Window Solutions, located at 4901 Oak Fair Blvd. in Tampa is not a window store. As a factory-direct company, custom windows are made in their factories for each individual customer, put on the back of their trucks and driven to customers’ driveways. “We offer an unconditional lifetime warranty on our windows,” said Marketing Director Amy. “It’s the last window you’ll ever need.” Osprey Observer readers that mention this article will receive 40 percent off the purchase and installation of three or more replacement windows. New South Window’s factory showroom is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday 12 Noon–4 p.m. Visit www.newsouthwindow.com or call 793-7948.
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