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Homebuyers who want to reduce their dependence on traditional energy sources will have a new and unique option to choose from at Waterset. Homebuilder, Greenergy, broke ground recently on its first net zero energy model home in the master-planned community, scheduled to open before the year end. Greenergy will offer 77 high performing net zero electric homes in Waterset that will be entirely powered by solar energy. The homes will feature designs and high performance elements not commonly found in homes throughout Florida. During construction, many eco-friendly materials will be utilized to ensure a truly eco-healthy home. Rooftop solar panels will produce the power that is used throughout the home to run all aspects of the home. Other features will include air ducts located below the attic to improve airflow and reduce costs, and smart home automation to turn off lights, pull down window shades and regulate climate when the homeowners are away. Natural gas will be used for cooking and other needs. Since the homes are expected to produce as much energy as is spent with average use, homeowners should not have an electric bill. Greenergy will offer both single story and two-story homes. The four open floor plans will feature three to four bedrooms with dens, two car garages and range from 2,300 sq. ft. to 3,000-sq. ft. Home prices are expected to start in the $290,000s. “Energy efficiency is becoming an important consideration for more and

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Lennar Buys Little Harbor Residential   Community In Ruskin For $17M

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closed on the developer. In recent years,sSouth Hillsborough County has experienced significant growth and Ruskin is no exception. The Little Harbor area is primed for growth, and developable, waterfront lots are a rare find for homebuyers in the Tampa Bay area, especially with direct and easy deep-water access to Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico without having to go under a A rendering of one of Lennar’s new luxury water- bridge. front coastal homes to be built in Little Harbor, The homes will have coastal located in Ruskin. themed floor plans that are new Lennar recently purchased the Little to Lennar in the Tampa Bay area and will Harbor residential community in Ruskin range in size from 2,500 sq. ft. to over for $17 million, and will begin building 4,000 sq. ft. Homes in Little Harbor its first luxury waterfront homes in will also be part of Lennar’s “Everything’s Tampa Bay. The community expects to Included” approach, where the high-end have its first model home complete in features, appliances and washer/dryer September. are all included in the price of the home. Little Harbor will move Lennar into “This is our first waterfront a different price point by targeting homecommunity in Tampa Bay, and we’re buyers in the Tampa Bay area for excited to bring a new product to the marhomes ranging from $400,000 to ket,” said Mark Metheny, division presi$700,000. The community has 190 home dent of Lennar Central Florida. “This area sites with 183 still undeveloped, and is ready for development and is surroundseven luxury homes built in the communi- ed by the amenities that buyers want. ty by the previous developer, Bahia Sun. Little Harbor is a place where residents Nearly all the lots are waterfront can have a home on the water, with saltand can have their own dock and boat lift, water access and a convenient and they all have a high sea wall to minilocation to get around the Tampa Bay mize flooding concerns. area.” Bahia Sun began developing the Little Harbor is located just off Little Harbor area in 2005 before the eco- U.S. 41 and Shell Point Road about eight nomic downturn, and by 2007, the buildmiles west of Apollo Beach near the ing activity slowed significantly on the sin- waterfront Resort & Club at Little Harbor. gle-family home sites, located For more information on Lennar in Little Harbor. In 2009, lenders foreHomes, visit




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Although the weather has not gotten the memo, the shortened summer is coming to an end, and soon teachers and students will be back in classrooms across Hillsborough County. The SouthShore Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a new teacher’s breakfast from 7:30-9 a.m. on Friday, August 5, at the Southshore Falls Clubhouse located in the Del Webb community at 5831 Cascade Falls Ln. in Apollo Beach. They will also be raising money, in the form of cash donations or $10 Walmart or Target gift cards, and donations for needed school supplies for 14 schools in the SouthShore area south of Big Bend Road. Leilani Warbritton, the marketing and public relations assistant with the SouthShore Chamber of Commerce, organizes the annual event. “Just a little bit of money can make a difference. School supplies are needed to reduce the amount teachers have to provide on their own,” she said. There are different tiers of donations to entice community members and businesses to contribute. Although the promotions are geared toward business owners, community donations are also welcome. A cash donation of $20 will sponsor one teacher and school supplies or gift cards that will go toward the schools. Donors will be invited to leave a business card at


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Local Scientists Successfully Raised Pacific Blue Tangs At Lab In Ruskin

Redlands Christian Migrant Association Honored For Work With Latino Families

In Florida, espeprocess of making it cially Hillsborough possible for people County, aquaculture to be able to get the (fish farming) is big fish without having to business. The ornatake them from the mental fish business wild and from across the world. The culhas grown in the tured fish are not yet Tampa Bay commercially availarea largely able. due to two Scientists at the For the past factors. One University of years, biolofour factor being Florida Tropical Aquaculture Lab gists including Eric the water in Ruskin, includ- Cassiano and table is very ing Eric Cassiano low. The of Apollo Beach, Kevin Barden have Kevin Barden of worked tirelessly, other is the Sarasota and Matt DiMaggio of Bloomingdale, suc- often giving up world class cessfully raised 27 Pacific Blue Tangs at the lab. weekends and airport. Most of it is fresh water fish. So when biologists vacations, to culture the fish. Cassiano, who grows the food that the fish eat, at the Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory in explained, “It was like nurturing a child. Ruskin were able to successfully culture You never know when something might Pacific Blue Tang fish, the ones we know happen.” Barden, who takes care of the and love as the character Dory from fish, said, “We raised 27 fish in the first Finding Nemo, it was a big accomplishrun. While this is too small an amount to ment. be commercially viable, it represents The project is done in partnership advancement in the salt water industry.” with Rising Tide Conservation, a nonprofit dedicated to coral reef conservation. Barden further explained, “90 percent of fresh water fish is raised in captivity while Rising Tide Conservation targeted five to only 10 percent of salt water is.” six species, including the Pacific Blue DiMaggio explained, “Think of the lab Tang, as species of conservation interest here as the research and development for aquaculture in 2010. Matt DiMaggio, department for the aquaculture industry. an assistant professor, oversees the inteThere is a high demand for these types of gration of the project with Rising Tide fish. Ornamental aquaculture is significant Conservation at the lab in Ruskin. for the local economy.” Currently, all Pacific Blue Tangs For more information, visit come from reefs in Indonesia and the and www.risingtidePhilippines. The fish cultured at the lab represent a significant first step in the

workers; 83 percent of RCMA children are Hispanic. The Immokaleebased nonprofit operates 68 child-care centers, three charter schools and several community learning centers. In the Tampa Bay area, RCMA operates 18 childcare centers and two charter schools, serving some 1,700 children. While RCMA provides cutting-edge bilingual education, it has long emphasized family services, and stresses to parents: You are Lourdes Villanueva (right), of Plant City, RCMA’s Director your child’s first teacher. of Farm Worker Advocacy, accepts the Family Strengthening Award along with Ruby Azurdia-Lee, (cen- Ultimately, RCMA strengthter) President of CLUES. At left is Renata Soto, Board ens families by turning parChair of NCLR. ents into leaders and advoRedlands Christian Migrant cates, not just for their children, but for Association (RCMA) received a national the communities they represent. award recently for empowering Latino “We are blessed to work with incredfamilies. RCMA received the Family ibly strong immigrant families who face Strengthening Award from the National incredibly difficult problems due to our Council of La Raza (NCLR). A co-winner country’s inability to pass immigration of the award was Comunidades Latinas reform,” said RCMA Executive Director Unidas en Servicio, the largest nonprofit Barbara Mainster. “Helping parents realrun by and for Latinos in Minnesota. ize their importance as the most impor“We are honoring CLUES and tant teachers in their children’s lives RCMA at the 2016 NCLR Annual focuses on the positive and the assurConference for their tireless work in ance of a brighter future. There is nothhelping to transform the lives of Latino ing we do that is as rewarding as this families,” said NCLR President and CEO work. Thanks, NCLR, for supporting us.” Janet Murguía. “Their dedication and NCLR is the largest national success help to strengthen our entire Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organcommunity.” ization in the United States. Like RCMA RCMA serves nearly 7,000 children and CLUES, NCLR works to improve of Florida’s rural poor, particularly farm opportunities for Hispanic Americans.

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Riverview Native Joshua Ledauaponte Participates In Maritime Warfare Exercise

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A 2013 Brandon Green Fleet yearlong iniHigh School graduate tiative will also play a and Riverview native is major role in RIMPAC. serving in the U.S. Navy The initiative highlights and participating in the global operations using world’s largest internaenergy conservation tional maritime warfare measures and alternaexercise, the Rim of the tive fuel blends to Pacific Exercise (RIMdemonstrate how optiPAC). mizing energy use Petty Officer 3rd increases resiliency and Class Joshua operational readiness. Ledauaponte is an operDuring RIMPAC, almost ations specialist aboard all participating units will USS San Diego, currentoperate using an ly operating out of Pearl approved alternate-fuel Riverview resident Joshua Harbor, Hawaii. blend. Ledauaponte is currently serving in A Navy operations Twenty-six nations, the Navy and will participate in the specialist is responsible world’s largest international mar- 45 surface ships, five itime warfare exercise, the Rim of submarines, more than for surveying maritime the Pacific Exercise. ships in the area and 200 aircraft and 25,000 alerting the captain to any threats. personnel will participate in the biennial “I'm looking forward to this experiRim of the Pacific Exercise. This year's ence and being able to travel,” said exercise includes forces from Australia, Ledauaponte. Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, According to Navy officials, RIMPAC Denmark, France, Germany, India, provides a unique training opportunity that Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, helps participants foster and sustain Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, cooperative relationships that are critical People's Republic of China, Peru, the to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and Republic of Korea, the Republic of the security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Tonga, 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series the United Kingdom and the United that began in 1971. States. The theme of RIMPAC 2016 is “What I've learned about myself since "Capable, Adaptive, Partners," Navy offijoining the Navy is that I can push myself cials explained. The participating nations further and excel in new environments,” and forces will exercise a wide range of said Ledauaponte. “I’ve also witnessed capabilities and demonstrate the inherent how we can come together as a team.” flexibility of maritime forces. Visit for The Department of the Navy's Great more information.

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David Gee To Serve Fourth Term As Sheriff

By Tamas Mondovics

With the candiAttorney General’s date filing deadline Region 4 Gang past and no oppoReduction Task nent running against Force, and Cohim, David Gee is Chairman of the now in line to begin Region 4 Domestic a fourth term in office Security Task Force. as Hillsborough Over the years County Sheriff. Sheriff Gee has “Running unopbecome known for posed is a great his community reflection of the job involvement, close he has done for the interaction with his Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee talks to the media about the results of a deputies and desire past 12 years,” said recent investigation. HCSO Public to improve the Information Officer Larry McKinnon. “The department while keeping residents safe. sheriff’s outstanding leadership and care “He is very hands on,” McKinnon for the community is the reason for his said, adding that his boss is closely and the department’s continued success.” involved with his deputies, which includes A lifelong resident of Hillsborough ride alongs and examining the needs County, Gee has served the Hillsborough both inside and outside his office. County Sheriff’s Office and the communiUnder Sheriff Gee’s oversight the ty for nearly four decades in a number of department has continued its successful progressive positions of leadership, crime rate reduction within the county’s including homicide investigator, internal boarders. affairs supervisor, public information offiRecent data revealed that compared cer, chief financial officer and chief to 2014, the overall crime rate in 2015 deputy. was reduced by three percent, while "vioIn 2004, Gee was elected sheriff to lent crime" rate is also the lowest in manage the tenth largest suburban law Hillsborough County since 1985. enforcement agency in the nation, with While the number of residents in now close to 5,000 employees and an unincorporated Hillsborough County has annual budget of more than $380 million. grown, the number of victims of crimes Gee was re-elected in 2008 and 2012. reduced from 18,086 in 2014 to 17,552 in Beside his impressive roster of edu2015, which equates to a total of 19.4 viccational achievements, Sheriff Gee is tims of crime per 1,000 residents versus deputized by the U.S. Marshals Service 20.4 victims in 2014. and by the Federal Drug Enforcement Sheriff Gee is an avid outdoorsman. Administration as a Task Force Officer He and his wife, Rhonda, have four chiland is a member of the FBI Joint dren. For more information about HCSO, Terrorism Task Force, Chairman of the visit

New SouthShore Charter Academy On Schedule For Fall Opening

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hallways designed for maximum traffic flow with minimal congestion. Fully completed, the school’s outdoor amenities will include basketball courts, soccer and sports field and an elementary-age SouthShore Charter Academy is ready to open its doors to the appropriate covered nearly 800 students that will attend the 2016-2017 season. playground. Riverview’s newest charter school, Trusting her experience and expertSouthShore Charter Academy—a sister ise, SouthShore Charter Academy has school of Winthrop Charter School— is hired its founding principal Kristen Stormnow poised for its official fall opening on Taylor, a veteran educator and who has Wednesday, August 10. formerly led the highly successful The brand new, 66,920 sq. ft., stateHenderson Hammock Charter School in of-the-art building, which at capacity will Tampa. house 1,145 Kindergarten through eighth “Taylor’s experience will ensure a grade students, is located on approxisuccessful opening and launch of the mately 10 acres at 11667 Big Bend Rd. in new school,” said April Williams, north Riverview, west of Balm Riverview Road. and central regional director for Charter With nearly 800 students on its roster Schools USA. to start the 2016-2017 season, the school Confident of her own leadership skills will serve students grades K-6 followed as well as the abilities of her 65-member by additional grades added during the staff, Taylor said that her first priority is the next two years. school’s smooth opening. The new facility is the handiwork of As a Tampa native, Taylor received general contractor Ryan Companies and her Bachelor of Science in elementary is said to have designed an exciting acaeducation and her Master of Education in demic environment, which includes welleducational leadership from University of outfitted classrooms, a multi-purpose South Florida in St. Petersburg. room that can be used as a cafeteria as Taylor formerly served as principal of well as a space for general assemblies Henderson Hammock Charter School and indoor recreational activities. and held a variety of educational roles School officials said that safety meas- from teacher to curriculum specialist. ures include a double-entry door security School for K-5 will be 8:30 a.m.-3:30 feature and security cameras in and out p.m. and for grade six will be 9 a.m.-4 of the building not to mention spacious p.m. Apply at


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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

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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 Get out and vote.

Circuit Court Judge - Group 3


ROBIN FERNANDEZ FUSON Visit or on Facebook at: Robin Fernandez Fu son for Judge for more information.

County Judge - Group 10

CARL HINSON Visit or Facebook at: Carl Hinson for more information. HINSON


SHELTON BRIDGES For more information, visit www.BridgesFor, or on Facebook at: Bridgesfor Judge.


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ISABELL “CISSY” BOZA SEVELIN For more info, or on Facebook at: Isabel Cissy Boza Sevelin for Circuit Court Judge, 13th Circuit, Group 24.

GARY DOLGIN For more information, visit or on Facebook at: Gary Dolgin for Judge. DOLGIN

MELISSA POLO For more information, visit or on Facebook at: Melissa Polo For Judge. POLO

MIRIAM VELEZ VALKENBURG For more information, visit www.miriam or Facebook at: Campaign Committee to Elect Miriam Velez Valkenburg for Judge.

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Clerk Of The Circuit Court State House Representative (Democrats) - District 59 PAT FRANK For more information, visit www.patfrank or on Facebook at: Reelect Pat Frank for Clerk.

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County Commissioner - District 6 (Countywide) Republican Primary Candidates TIM SCHOCK For more information, visit or Facebook at: Tim Schock for Hillsborough County Commission.

JIM NORMAN For more information, visit or Facebook at: Jim Norman for County Commissioner. SCHOCK


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





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

By Kathy L. Collins

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

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

By Kathy Collins

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

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

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

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



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Hard Rock Hotel And Casino Receives Sheriff Gee’s Alcohol Vendor Enforcement Program Award Driving Under According to the Influence (DUI) HCSO’s Public arrests and wrongInformation Office, way driving acciit is the second dents, many of time for the casino which end in fatalito receive the ty, continue to keep recognition; the members of local first time being in law enforcement 2011. busy. HCSO officials While the level emphasized that of responsibility lay as in previous with consumers years, during 2015 Photo courtesy HCSO Seminole Hard Rock Tampa’s General and their attitude Seminole Hard Peter Wu joined by Casino Director Rock Hotel and toward public safe- Manager of Beverage along with Captain Kyle ty, the reduction of Casino Tampa Robinson and Deputy Scott Morrell of the alcohol related inci- Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, during a trained more than recent S.A.V.E. Award recognition ceremony. 455 of their staff dents has a lot to do with a cooperation between law and personnel about the dangers of over enforcement and local alcohol vendors. servicing their patrons. A business that recently received With an average of 25,000 patrons recognition from Hillsborough County entering the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel Sheriff David Gee was Seminole Hard and Casino daily, there was a 10 percent Rock Hotel and Casino Tampa, which reduction in DUI arrests in 2015, with earned the prestigious Sheriff’s Alcohol zero DUI arrests made in April of 2015. Vendor Enforcement. (S.A.V.E.) Award. HCSO DUI Sergeant Troy Morgan, under Gee launched S.A.V.E. in June 2006 the direction of the Sheriff’s Office DUI to partner with local alcohol vendors and division and with fellow deputies, tirelessly retailers to inform and educate employworks with local restaurants and estabees and managers in order to reduce lishments and local schools to raise alcohol related traffic crashes and deaths awareness of such programs as in Hillsborough County. Operation 3D and S.A.V.E. Many businesses in Hillsborough “It’s all about people caring about County have embraced S.A.V.E. and what happens to them and to others after invited the Sheriff's Office to conduct train- the choices they make,” Morgan said. ing sessions for their employees, and For more about Operation 3D, undercover operations to reveal underage S.A.V.E. and HCSO’s youth drivers safety drinkers and fake forms of identification. programs, visit NMLS 1413092

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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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Local Chai Yo Thai Restaurant Thanks Community For Eight Years Of Support

By Tatiana Ortiz

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(Above) Chai Yo Thai Cuisine’s food trailer. (Right) Red curry dish available at the restaurant in Riverview.

Owner and Head Chef Topp Saenngarm from Chai Yo Thai Cuisine brings together the perfect combination of flavors for a Thai dish. Guests at Chai Yo Thai Cuisine, which is located in Riverview, can experience the true Thai culture and cuisine. “Chai Yo” means cheers in the Thai language. Chai Yo Thai Cuisine has been in operation since October of 2008. In February of 2015, Chai Yo Thai Cuisine opened a mobile food trailer in Seminole Heights. The trailer was at the 2015 Florida State Fair where it featured Ramen Pizza. “Individuals who are in the Seminole Heights area can also consume Chai Yo Thai Cuisine food,” said Saenngarm. Chai Yo Thai Cuisine is open for lunch and dinner. Both the lunch and dinner menu has an array of food items and

drinks that guests can choose from. Their beverage selection includes a wide variety of alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages. Bud Light, Stella and Singha are just a few of the many beers the restaurant carries. The restaurant also has a mixture of white and red wines as well. The list of food items includes soups, appetizers, rice and noodles, curries and much more. “Red Curry is my favorite and everything here is fresh,” said Saenngarm. Furthermore, the restaurant offers daily specials and discounts such as buy one entrée and get another half off, spend $25 and get $5 off, and spend $50 and get $10 off your bill. A 10 percent military discount is offered to those who present a valid identification. Online ordering, delivery, take-out and catering are a few of the services the restaurant provides. “I just want to thank the community and local businesses for their support,” said Saenngarm. For more information about Chai Yo Thai Cuisine, visit or check out its Facebook page It is located at 11695 Boyette Rd. in Riverview. Hours of operation Monday through Friday 11 a.m.- 3 p.m., 4 p.m.- 9 p.m. and Saturday 4 p.m.- 9 p.m. Call 671-6935.

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Pradera offers resort-style amenities at a great price. Oversized, waterfront and parklike home sites, new one-story plans available, amenities for every interest and the surroundings in this south Hillsborough community make every day feel like a vacation. All Beazer Homes are Energy Star Certified. Visit or contact 404-831-2111, or Photo courtesy Huth and Booth Photography Beazer Homes Corp recently had a ribbon cutting at 663-9002, adam.landis@beazits new Reserve at Pradera subdivision. your pooch’s ultimate jumping abilities. FishHawk Fitness & Boxing Offered Every pup is a winner and will be awardIn Lithia ed a tasty carnival snack, Cheesy Tator Personal Trainer Warren "Shannon" Tots. Doggy parents can sign their comKeene offers private personal and group panion up for the event by calling Canine training. Strength & Conditioning are Cabana at 672-9663. Canine Cabana is offered for men, women and children. located at 9708 Carr Rd. in Riverview. Weight loss, diet plans, speed and agility, Contact 672-9663 or angie@caninecaand self-defense available for all ages. Boxing training is also available. The facility is located on 10 acres (including a Ribbon Cutting For Beazer Homes boxing ring) at 2310 Thompson Rd. in Reserve At Pradera Lithia. Open 5 a.m.-10 p.m. Call 767Beazer Homes Corp still has home 6504. sites available in its new Reserve at Pradera subdivision (off of Balm Riverview Road just south of Big Bend Road for navigation directions use 13411 Balm Riverview Rd.) In July, the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce conducted a ribbon cutFishHawk Fitness & Boxing offers private personal and group ting ceremony to mark training and more for men, women and children in Lithia. the occasion. Reserve at

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Brandon TOPSoccer Opens Registration Riverview Warriors Conclude Season With Strong Showing At USSSA 10U Fastpitch World Series For 2016 Fall Season

Young players with the Brandon TOPSoccer Club chase the soccer ball down the field.

Brandon and surrounding area youth with mental or physical disabilities who would like to learn and play soccer can now register to join Brandon TOPSoccer for the upcoming fall season. Organized by youth soccer association volunteers, and locally sponsored by The Brandon Area Youth Soccer League (BAYSL) now West Florida Flames, Brandon TOPSoccer, (The Outreach Program for Soccer) gives boys or girls, age 5 and up, with special needs a chance to enjoy the sport as well as good association. “Our goal is to enable our young athletes with disabilities to become valued and successful members of Florida Youth Soccer and the U.S. Youth Soccer family,” said Ken Muzyk a member of TOPSoccer board of directors. Muzyk added that as a corporate and individually sponsored program with no cost for the family, TOP Soccer’s fall season is a great opportunity for families to take advantage of. “Our program is a relaxed format with no practices, score keeping or team

standings—just fun games,” Muzyk said. “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. The 2016 season is scheduled to start on Saturday, September 10, at 9 a.m., and will run through November 19. Fall season registrations will began on Friday, August 12 (6-8 p.m.), Saturday, August 13 (9 a.m.-12 Noon), Friday, August 19 (6-8 p.m.), Saturday, August 20 (9 a.m.-12 Noon), Friday, August 26 (6-8 p.m.), Saturday, August 27, (9 a.m.-12 Noon) at the BAYSL clubhouse. Players must be 5 years old on or before September 10, 2016, and must bring a copy of their Individual Education Plan form to registration. TOP Soccer is currently seeking volunteers and coaches, which gives high school students an excellent way to earn community hours. Adding to its nearly two decades of success, Brandon TOPSoccer, now the largest TOPSoccer club in the state and among the top 10 in the nation, was recognized last year by the Florida Youth Soccer Association as the Program of the Year. Contact Muzyk at 657-5271 or Fred Englehardt co-founder at Visit


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The Riverview into the double eliminaWarriors 10 and tion. under Fastpitch travel Things were looking softball team has up a bit on Wednesday as reached the end of a the Warriors beat the successful season by South Texas Kaos 13-4, taking part in the but lost 8-3 to the Texas Glory from Houston, which United Stated moved the team to the Specialty Sports losers bracket. Association (USSSA) “From there the team World Series at had to win nine consecuDisney’s ESPN Wide tive games over three World of Sports days to win the title, and Complex in Orlando. they definitely made a run The weeklong at it,” Hallock said. double elimination Members of the Riverview Warriors On Thursday, the girls tourney, held July 10U Fastpitch softball team take a selfie at the end of the 2016 USSSA defeated Florida's Boca 16– 23, saw 21 Series at Disney’s ESPN Wide Impact, 4-3 and outteams from Florida, World World of Sports Complex in Orlando. slugged the Texas Fire Ohio, Georgia, from Humble, TX 10-4. Texas, Michigan and Louisiana, for a After winning the next two games chance to win the coveted trophy. (Florida’s Wellington Wild 8-0, and the The Warriors went 6-4 during the Clearwater Lady Patriots 14-4) the World Series and was the last Florida Warriors hot streak came to an end on team standing. Saturday by losing to the Georgia Power Although falling short of the title, the 4-2 to end their tournament run. girls proved all present that earning their “All in all it was a great way to end chance to compete was for the right reaour 10 and under season,” Hallock said, sons. adding that the team ended their 10 and “The World Series didn’t play out as under season with a record of 62 wins we wished, but the team ended up placagainst 19 losses, 50 - 9 within USSSA ing fifth out of 21 teams,” said Warriors Coach Matt Hallock, adding that the play- play with seven tournament championships won over the season. ers, parents and friends had an amazing “This ’05 team has put Riverview on time as Disney’s ESPN Wide World of the map as one of the top Fastpitch travel Sports complex was unbelievable and softball teams in the Southeast US,” USSSA did a great job all week to make Hallock said. The warriors can be folthe experience memorable for everyone. lowed on Facebook at The tourney began on Sunday and Tuesday during pool play before seeding

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Community Radio Station WPHX101.9 FM Celebrates First Anniversary Celebration

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Members of the SouthShore Chamber of Commerce took part in a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony for Gotcha Covered, located at 6116 N US Hwy. 41 in Apollo Beach, to celebrate its new location. For more information, contact 625-5200 or

Everyone is invited as WPHX101.9 Community Radio celebrates its first standing. The league consists of players anniversary of broadcasting to the at all skill levels. A club membership is not SouthShore community with an evening Games are played on required. celebration of live music and dancing on Tuesday mornings at 7:30 a.m. Contact Saturday, August 20 from 7-10 p.m., at 633-8783. the Firehouse Cultural Center, located at 101 1st Ave. N.E. in Ruskin. The Autism Eats Dinner To Take Place At evening’s musical entertainment will be Coast Pizza East hosted by Victoria Ginty and Ladyhawke, You are invited to the area’s first and will also include Kozmic Pearl and Autism Eats dinner on Monday, August Taylor John plus some surprise guests. 29 at East Coast Pizza at 13340 Lincoln Beer, wine and Rd. in Riverview. soft drinks will be Autism Eats, available and a now in its third silent auction year, was started featuring items to give families from local busian opportunity to nesses will be enjoy restaurant held. A suggestdinners without ed donation of stress that the $20 at the door often accompawill benefit the nies these outWPHX operating ings. Since fund. WPHX is a everyone in the non-commercial private room Tasking Force Planning Committee for Heroes low frequency event honoring local heroes. "gets it,” there is local community no need to radio station serving the SouthShore explain any behaviors or feel like all eyes area. The station is a project of the are on you. Register now to purchase Firehouse Cultural Center in Ruskin. It is tickets at The first one of the few stations in the country five kids that sign up eat for free. attached to a cultural center and the only one with a mission to serve local commuPower Networking Event –Christian nity with an arts, culture, education and Business Connections community license and mission. The staChristian Business Connections is tion broadcasts 24 hour music, culture hosting a Power Networking event as part and community programming and invites of its regular Monday, August 15 meeting. the community into the program creation Meetings are held at the Golden Corral, process through program proposals, located on 815 Providence Rd. in training and participation. Brandon on Mondays at 7:45 a.m. Visit Christian Business Connections (CBC) is Annual League Play For Summerfield effective in helping small business grow and succeed. CBC exists to promote felWomen’s Golf Association lowship and prosperity for its members. The Summerfield Women’s Golf RSVP to rod.burkhardt@knowledgeAssociation will begin its annual league Contact 655-4353. play in October. New members are welcomed to join. The purpose is to further Honoring Local Military, Law the game of golf by women, foster good Enforcement, Firefighters, EMS, sportsmanship and friendships and to Teachers, Healthcare Workers create an interest in improving the averOn Saturday, September 10 from 10 age golfer’s game. Membership is open to all women 18 years or older of amateur a.m.-2 p.m. at Robert W. Saunders, St.

Public Library, located at 1505 Nebraska Ave. in Tampa, celebrate and help say thanks to our local heroes at a community event. There will be food, music, games, kid’s activities along with a blood drive and raffles. City of Tampa police and fire departments will be on site. This is a free event which will include a private award ceremony for local heroes. Sunshine Real Estate of Tampa Bay and Ann Thompson and Associates Realty, who are associated with Homes for Heroes, are the organizers of this event. Homes for Heroes started just after the tragic events of 9/11. This nationwide program is dedicated to giving back to those that serve our country and community on a daily basis when they are buying or selling a home. There will be parking at 1475 Tampa Park Plaza in Tampa.

Riverview Library Hosts Early Voting

There is no library programming in August because of early voting which is taking place at the library. Early voting days run from Friday, August 12 through Saturday, August 27. If you miss the Early Voting opportunity, you will need to vote

at your regular voting precinct on Election Day. The Riverview Library is located at 10509 Riverview Dr. Call 273-3652.

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, located at 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. Contact 454-7585 or

Inaugural Endless Summer Block Party In Summerfield

Tampa Dynamo Futbol Club is hosting a huge community festival event on Saturday, August 27 from 3-8 p.m. at the Summerfield soccer complex located at 11942 Big Bend Rd. in Riverview. It is looking for more local businesses to join in the festivities and make it a community centered event. There will be games, food, pay-to-play soccer games/tournaments, cross bar challenge, vendors, a silent auction, and raffles. For more information, contact Marilyn Medina

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Bayshore Automotive Offers Quality Customization For Jeeps, Trucks & More

Local Business Ribbon Cuttings, Celebrations

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An ABC Event recently celebrated two years in business.

Kohl’s Offers First Day-Worthy Essentials For Best School Year Ever

Kohl’s will donate up to $1 million to to help ensure kids and teachers get the basic essentials they need to succeed this year. Customers can join in and give back this season in the following ways: Snap, Share, Donate: Celebrate back-to-school with Kohl’s by sharing photos of first day moments on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. For every first day photo that is posted using #KohlsClassroomDonation, Kohl’s will donate $5 to Through Sunday, August 14, Kohl’s will donate $1 to for every Kohl’s Cash coupon redeemed. Visit

An ABC Event Celebrates Two Years In Business

In June, the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce (GRCC) members were invited to celebrate the second Anniversary of An ABC Event, Inc. Nearly 50 chamber members from both the Greater Riverview and the Greater Brandon Chambers of Commerce were on hand to partake in the ribbon cutting ceremony. Craig Beckinger, owner of An

ABC Event, used the opportunity to do some fundraising for his Honorary Mayor of Brandon campaign. He has the knowledge, expertise and creativity needed to not only plan your event, but also to ensure your event goes off without a hitch. Visit or call (561) 876-6845.

Riverview Chamber Of Commerce Announces Notary Services

Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce (GRCC) is happy to announce that it now offers notary service in the office. Brittany Brown, administrative specialist for GRCC, has taken the steps necessary to be recognized as a Notary Public in the State of Florida. This service will be provided free of charge to GRCC members. For non-members of GRCC, there will be a $10 charge. For all notary requests, the signer must be present and provide proof of identification via state/federal issued photo ID. The Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce office is located in the Boardwalk Offices at 10012 Water Works Ln. in Riverview. Office hours are 9 a.m.4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 2345944 or email

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

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

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

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YMCA Backpack Outreach Event Sucess, School Grades Released & More YMCA Camp Cristina Hosts Backpack Outreach Event

The Tampa YMCA has once again teamed up with the Emergency Care Help Organization (ECHO) to help area students, in grades K-12, to start then school year off on the right note. To accomplish their purpose, Y officials hosted the annual YMCA Backpack Outreach Event at Camp Cristina at 9840 Balm Riverview Rd. in Riverview, and supplied backpacks stuffed with essentials necessary for the school year. According to YMCA Spokesperson Lalita Llerena, the event was a great success as it served nearly 600 families, 900 students (K-12) while donating 1,000 new backpacks. “Each registered child received a free backpack filled with age-appropriate school supplies,” Llerena said adding that during the event, each family also received a free bag full of groceries, toothbrushes and toothpaste, water, smoothies and bananas. “They also participated in free health screenings, crafts and fun activities.” The annual YMCA Backpack Outreach Event is designed for pre-registered families facing financial hardship or recovering from job loss, fire or another qualifying emergency. Llerena added that the Tampa YMCA

New Teacher Orientation is committed to giving students the supLed by Superintendent Jeff Eakins, plies they need in order to succeed in school board members, and district staff, school and also thanked ECHO and more than 600 new teachers were welother community partners, who have comed to Hillsborough County Public helped provide children the opportunity to Schools during the annual New Teacher start school with the resources to be sucOrientation held cessful. It’s part last month at of the Y’s efforts Armwood High to close the acaSchool. demic achieveThis year’s ment gap four-day orientabetween chiltion emphasized dren from lowera fresh look in income houseresponse to the holds and their needs of district middle/upperteachers as well income peers. as their feedThe Tampa back from previMetropolitan Photo courtesy of YMCA Backpack Outreach Event ous years. Area YMCA is a Children proudly show off their brand new backThe first two cause-driven 4packs full of school supplies during the YMCA days, aimed at star charity, Backpack Outreach Event held last month at the YMCA Camp Cristina. familiarizing strengthening teachers with the Hillsborough district’s mission, vision, and goals and East Pasco communities for more through a comprehensive induction than 127 years, through youth developmodel. Days three and four included ment, healthy living and social responsiCHAMPS/Discipline in the Secondary bility. Across the Association, 18 facilities Classroom training to assist teachers with engage more than 160,000 men, women establishing classroom culture during the and children — regardless of age, first few weeks of school. income or background. Experienced teachers were invited to For more information, visit www.tamregister for various courses offered during

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The Florida Department of Education released the 2015-2016 school grades based on the Florida Standard Assessments (FSA) in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry End-of-Course. Hillsborough County Public Schools had 51 schools that were graded an “A” and 43 schools received a “B” grade. Six schools within the district improved their grade from an “F” to a “C,” including Bryan, Desoto Elementary, Ruskin, West Tampa Elementary schools along with two charter schools. “Our teachers, school administrators, and district staff have been working diligently preparing our students for these assessments, just as they have done in the past,” said Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Eakins. In an online press release district officials acknowledged that, “teachers, leaders, and support staff know that there is much more work to do to ensure success for our students as they prepare them for life.”

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Bell Creek Academy Cambridge Students Visit Ireland, Wales, England

By Tamas Mondovics

ancient Celtic pagan church and to an Irish “football” game to feel the spirit and camaraderie that European Football brings to Ireland. Historic sites such as St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Book of Kells, the National Museum of Ireland and National Library were all on the to-see-list, before a ferry took the group to Wales to Bell Creek Academy Cambridge program students explore the Beaumaris Castle, pause for a photo during a recent trip to Ireland, and enjoy some fish and chips Wales, and England. The group’s 10-day visit of the before a stop at Anne Hathaway’s region was a reward for the students’ hard work. cottage and William Shakespeare As the British people were awaiting family home and business. their country’s moment in history, eight The last stop, London, included all Bell Creek Academy Cambridge program the biggies such as The National Gallery students, three chaperones and BCA of Art to observe the works of DiVinci, Assistant Principal Marlee Strawn were Raphael, Rembrandt, Monet and Van making their own by arriving in Shannon, Gogh. Ireland earlier this summer. A bird’s eye view of the historic Big The small group was ready for the Ben, Parliament building, and trip of a lifetime facing a 10-day journey of Westminster’s Abby, while riding the Ireland, Wales and England. London Eye were not left out either, while Strawn said that for many of the stua tour of Windsor Castle and witnessing dents the trip was their first time leaving the changing of the guards rounded up Florida, which began visiting the first of the trip. many castles on the trip in Bunratty Park, “This was an amazing trip for the stubefore reaching Killarney, Ireland, a small dents and a nice reward for their hard picturesque town with one of the oldest work throughout the year,” Strawn said. Cathedrals in Ireland. BCA, located at 13221 Boyette Rd. “We took a horse and carriage ride in Riverview, hopes to make such trips throughout three lakes national park that available for its Cambridge program stuwas previously owned by Queen dents a tradition. The school’s Cambridge Victoria,” she said. program is an international, pre-university The visit included a scenic coastal program with a highly rigorous curriculum drive on the Ring of Kerry, with classic developed by the University of views of the Irish countryside. The jourCambridge in England. ney to Dublin took the group to Blarney For more on Bell Creek Academy, Castle, then a visit to a 1,000 year old visit

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ing tones of a single color. For example, if you opt for greens, let each bridesmaid choose a unique gown in shades from pale mint to candy apple. You also might mix shades of hot pinks with bright oranges. Another option is to consider an expansive color palette, with the wedding party sporting varying muted shades of some of Pantone’s top-10 swatches.

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CENTERPIECES A white metal basket spilling over with weighty peonies.

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Wedding Dress Collector Preserves Dresses, History Of Past Brides

By Katelyn Massarelli

Leigh Anne Brown tells the story of just a few wedding dresses from her collection. She is dedicated to sharing the story of past brides and how American women have evolved since the Civil War.

The day a woman marries the person she loves is supposed to be one of the most special times of her life. The day she puts on her perfect wedding dress and attire is the day her life changes forever. What we do not realize is that each bride creates a story of themselves as American women and the evolution through the centuries. Wedding dress collector, Leigh Anne Brown, is dedicated to sharing the stories stored in the dresses she has collected for the past 20 years. Brown shares the story of at least 175 brides dating all the way back from the Civil War era discussing the evolution of the wedding dress style and modern American woman. According to Brown, her collection is a direct result of her lifelong love affair with antique clothing. Brown isn’t solely dedicated to preserving vintage wedding dresses, she also wants to preserve the story that accompanies each dress she receives. “[At first glance], people first think they are going to see a fashion show,” Brown said. “I really discuss the changes of women, social expectations, politics, and everything that surrounds women

daily. Every decade women step out of the box and we look at how an individual bride was impacted by her world at the time.” As the collection continued to grow it led her to presenting portions of her collection to audiences ranging from veterans, ladies, churches, and charities. Her most recent presentation was shown at The Bridges in Riverview that was called Portraits of a Bride. Brown is able to connect generations of women to today’s generation and how we relate to brides of the past. According to Brown, her collection and presentations are a way for a bride’s story to be told again and live on along with future generations of brides. “There is a reason behind why a dress looks the way it does,” Brown said. “[Through the presentations], viewers can see the progress through time and because these are real people who wore these dresses, it becomes personal to people.” If you are interested in donating your wedding dress or a family member’s wedding dress, email Brown at

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Ridge Top Exteriors Provides Window, Door Services To Homeowners

By Tatiana Ortiz

Ridge Top Exteriors installs new and replacement home windows and door manufacturers. It offers high quality materials to protect residence and their family from weather and theft. Their brand of EnergyMax consists of energy windows that includes single hung, double-hung and much more. Windows come in multiple colors, styles and configurations. Along with that, homeowners can choose from several unique styles of doors. “Anything that the client wants, we can provide that An inside look of window displays at Ridge Top Exteriors. for them,” said Gebhart. At times, some homeowners might In regards to a warranty on windows, need to change a window or a door in Ridge Top Exteriors brought in a private their home, which could be costly. Ridge label. The private label provides five Top Exteriors in Tampa gives homeowndiverse styles of windows and it can suit ers the option to participate in their dollar anyone’s budget. The warranty is lifetime down program. and transferrable. “The client gives them a dollar down. A 10 percent discount can be When the project gets completed to 100 received for current and former military percent of their satisfaction, the client will personal, state and community law owe a balance,” said Ridge Top Exteriors enforcement and senior citizens with a Owner Larry Gebhart. valid identification. Ridge Top Exteriors opened in March “Overall, we want the community to of this year. This 4,900 sq. ft. building know that we provide a great product for became the first store in Florida. It is their them with our honest and fair prices,” said sixth location within 14 years. Ridge Top Gebhart. Exteriors began its journey in Madison, For more information about Ridge Wisconsin. Since then, the business Top Exteriors, visit www.ridgetopexteriorsexpanded to other locations such as or visit them on Facebook. It is Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Las Cruces, New located at 10101 E. Adamo Dr. in Tampa. Mexico; St. Louis, Missouri; and Atlanta, Hours of operation are Monday through Georgia. Seven employees work at the Saturday 7 a.m.- 5 p.m. Other times by Tampa location. appointments. Call 616-1227.

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the Knights of Columbus installed the new officers for the new fraternal year of 2016-2017. The ceremony was held at the Family Life Center at St. Stephen. Council 14084 recently celebrated its 10th anniversary with hell over 350 members. d by Mic e il p m o C obse y e r The Knights are a Catholic, p s o @ michelle Family Fraternal Organization and has councils all over the world. The council is involved in all aspects of the parish and school as well as commuColumbiettes Auxiliary 14084 Officer nity. The council received the State Culture of Life Award at the State Installation Convention held in Orlando and is now in In June, Deputy Director Sharon Lopez installed the 2016-2017 Officers for the running for the International Culture of Life Award which will be awarded at the the St. Stephen Auxiliary 14084. The folSupreme Convention in Toronto, Canada lowing Columbiettes have stepped forin August. ward in leadership: President Heidi The following officers were Noyes, Immediate Past President Rita installed for Joyce, Vice the 2016President Dot 2017 Foley, Fraternal Secretary Year: John BerrieJudy Doyle, Grand Knight, Financial Bruce CzajaSecretary Jan Deputy Grand Goldonowicz, Knight, Mike Treasurer Grogan- Chancellor Mary Grace Father Robert Porter, and SchneiderSentinel Chaplain, Alex Denise Lee. Czopek - Financial Women age 17 and above Columbiettes Installation of 2016-17 Officers for St. Secretary, John Laughman – are invited to Stephen Auxiliary 14084. Treasurer, Rich join in sisterSarnowski – Warden, Steven Haines hood, service to others, prayer and fun. PGK- 1yr Trustee, Ed Sleyzak PGK- 2yr Contact Trustee, Mark Lovejoy PGK - 3yr Trustee, St. Stephen Council 14084 Knights Of Michael Formato- Advocate, Frank Wuco – Lecturer, Randy Lee- Guard, Paul Columbus Installation Of 2016-2017 Spinler- Recorder, and Bob HaleyOfficers In July, St. Stephen Council 14084 of Guard.

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Reformers Unanimous Program At Providence Baptist Church

Providence Baptist Church will open its doors to the public with the Reformers Unanimous (RU) program, which will meet every Friday evening at 7 p.m. at 5416 Providence Rd. in Riverview. Child care is available. Reformers Unanimous (RU) was founded in Rockford, Illinois in 1996 by Steve Currington as a program to help people with crippling addictions gain freedom through Jesus Christ. In 2000 the program launched nationally. Today, there are over 1,000 RU chapters worldwide. In 2013 Pastor David Goforth, of Providence Baptist Church in Riverview introduced Reformers Unanimous to the church.

central focus of the Carmelite Vocation is prayer, perseverance and humility. Saint Anne Catholic Church is located at U.S. Hwy. 41 and 11th Ave. NE in Ruskin. Visit

St. Anne Food Pantry Receives Grant From Allegany Franciscan Ministries

Allegany Franciscan Ministries has awarded the St. Anne Community Outreach Food Pantry in Ruskin a Tau Grant of $10,000 in support of service to the homeless and needy in the area. The Diocese of St. Petersburg Catholic Foundation was pleased to partner and write this grant on behalf of the Parish of St. Anne. St. Anne’s Food Pantry has been around since 1993 and was originally established to meet the needs of the growing homeless and impoverished population in surrounding communities. The pantry has grown from occupying a Order of small garage on Carmelite church property Discalced serving 95 Welcomed By needy houseSaint Anne holds to a 4,000 Catholic Church sq. ft. facility curSaint Anne rently providing Catholic Church Saint Anne Catholic Church celebrated the healthy food, recently welcomed July 26 Feast of Saint Anne and Saint milk, bread, the Order of Joachim, the parents of the Blessed Virgin fresh meat, fruit Mary, with special celebrations. Carmelite and ready-to-eat Discalced for a meals to approximately 360 families day of prayer and fellowship starting off each week. Over 1,800 families are with morning Mass celebrating the currently registered to receive food. It Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. also provides monthly blood pressure Following Mass, the Carmelites led checks and healthcare counseling worshipers in the Christian Prayer of offered by the Parish Community the Liturgy of the Hours, and then Nurse ministry, whose members volunjoined together for spiritual enrichment teer their time as well as personalized and refreshments. The Carmelites hygiene kits for the homeless clients. devote their lives to Jesus through Visit St. Anne prayer, especially to the Blessed Catholic Church is located at U.S. Hwy. Sacrament, and through service by 41 and 11th Ave. NE in Ruskin. Visit bringing people to Christ by the ple of the way they lead their lives. The

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Jewish Art History Lecture Presented At Congregation Beth Shalom

On Sunday, September 11 at 4 p.m., the Lifelong Learning Committee of the Congregation Beth Shalom of Brandon presents a lecture and slide program on Jewish Art History with Susan Fader, the daughter of Holocaust survivors. Years after coming to America, her parents became art dealers and collectors. Fader grew up surrounded by paintings and sculptures. Born in the Bronx, she was later raised in Newton, Massachusetts. Fader is a life-long professional artist with a degree from Philadelphia College of Art. There is no cost for admission, but a suggested donation to Congregation Beth Shalom is suggested. Contact the congregation office at 6816547 or Sheila Fishman at 833-7843.

WMU-Cooley Law School Holds Honors Convocation

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College Planning Workshop

Thrivent Financial is hosting a free educational workshop to help parents of high school students with their college planning. Called "College Planning Strategies," the 90 minute workshop will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 17 at The Crossing Church, located at 10130 Tuscanny Ridge Dr. in Tampa. The workshop is presented by Matthew Oleson, CFP®, CCPS®, RICP®, CRPC®, a financial representative with Thrivent Financial in Brandon. It is designed to help parents and students avoid costly mistakes that can arise throughout the college admission and selection process. It also covers basic facts about financial aid, steps that parents and students can take to help save money by using admission and academic strategies, and discovering funding sources to help pay for your child's college education and other ways to help minimize out-of-pocket expenses. To register, call 579-2425 or email James.Moore or online at The reservation deadline is Monday, August 15. Complimentary refreshments will be served.

In July, more than 100 FishHawk Coyotes students, faculRobert Johnson, Student Bar Association Lacrosse Club ty, staff, and president, spoke at WMU-Cooley Law Seeking Players guests gathSchool’s Honors Convocation. The FishHawk ered to celeCoyotes Lacrosse brate the accomplishments of WMUClub has both a boys and girls division. It Cooley Tampa Bay students at an is looking for boys and girls third grade Honors Convocation. Students were recthrough middle school to participate in ognized for various achievements such and get to know this fast-paced, high as making the Dean’s List, Honor Roll, scoring sport. This is a recreational-level and earning Certificates of Merit. WMUclub and has its first skills development Cooley alumna Lauren Frieder, who and intra club sessions this Octoberpractices law at Christopher N. Ligori & November. The competitive season Associates in Tampa, spoke at the cerebegins next spring. It plays teams from mony. Frieder shared her journey from Bradenton, Sarasota, South Tampa, New law student to practitioner encouraging Tampa and Wesley Chapel to name a students to work hard and push themfew. Visit and selves through adversity. Robert “like” on Facebook: Johnson, president of the Student Bar FishHawk Coyotes Lacrosse Association, also spoke at the event. The ceremony concluded with the presentation of the WMU-Cooley Leadership Shoe Donations Help Local Students Get Back To School Achievement Award to WMU-Cooley The Crossing Church was at Ruskin Law School student, Brenda Ayala. The

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Elementary earlier this month and at Potter and Clair Mel Elementary Schools giving away shoes to the students. All shoes were donated by the congregation, local businesses or local churches. The goal for this year was to raise 5,000 pairs of shoes. As of press date, over 4,500 pairs had been raised and have given them to children in Hillsborough County, Haiti and Kenya. This event was made possible from a little girl named Emma, who [for her birthday] didn’t want any presents for herself but instead, wanted to give shoes to children who didn’t have any. She connected with The Crossing and Shoes for Tampa Bay was born. Visit

High School Students Put Cyber Skills To The Test at GenCyber Camp

Local high school students recently got a hands-on look at what a career in cybersecurity can provide them as part of a free cybersecurity camp. Twenty students, grades 1012, received an introduction to cybersecurity in July at GenCyber, a free camp offered in partnership with the University of South Florida College of Education and the Florida Center for Cybersecurity. Funded through a $100,000 grant from the National Security Agency, this program’s goal is to help students understand correct and safe online behavior and to raise interest in careers in the cybersecurity field. This was the first time the program was offered in the Tampa area, and the only camp in the GenCyber program being hosted in the state of Florida this year. Visit

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With Arts & Entertainment Editor Kathy L. Collins

Free Art Classes Offered Throughout The Year At The SouthShore Regional Library The SouthShore Classes are broken Regional Library in down into age cateRuskin offers a variety gories including of art classes, all free of Adult/Teen; Expressive charge, to the public Artists (11 years old and throughout the year. For up); Creative Artists children, teens and (seven to 11 years old); adults looking for an and Wee Artists three to interesting class, there six years old. is sure to be something Some of the classfor everyone. Classes es that are set for do fill up, so registration September include is required by calling Painting/Mixed Media, 273-3652 or stopping by Adult/Teen Drawing with the Information Desk at Bruce Marsh, the library. Adult/Teen Painting with There are about 18 Art classes from professional artists Arthur Dillard, and art instructors at the Adult/Teen Collage with are available at the SouthShore Regional Library in Ruskin through- Anne Walker. For the SouthShore Regional out the year free of charge. Library and all come younger artists, art from various backgrounds. Many of them coordinator for the SouthShore Regional teach at the university, high school and Library, Laurie Burhop, will teach children elementary levels. All of the instructors Drawing Holiday Note Cards. are professional artists who show their Burhop explained, “Each year, the work throughout the United States. Friends of the Library holds a Holiday The art instructors include artists Note Card Contest with the area schools. such as Michael Parker who teaches They wanted to get the library involved, painting and the elements of colors is well so I offered a class that will show children known for his public murals. Bruce Marsh how to design a holiday note card, and is a retired University of South Florida art then we will enter what is made into the instructor and accomplished painter. contest.” The Friends of the Library’s Phyllis Alexandroff, who teaches many of Holiday Note Card Contest is open for the adult/teen art classes, was the art children six to 12 years old. chair for Hillsborough County Public The SouthShore Regional Library is Schools and taught art in high school. located at 15816 Beth Shields Way in She now teaches at the University of Ruskin. For more information on the art Tampa. classes, call 273-3652.

Local Artists Salvator Ingrassia, Anna Schermerhorn Show Work At SouthShore Regional Library

Works of local artists Salvator Ingrassia (left) and Anna Schermerhorn (right) are on exhibit at the SouthShore Regional Library in Ruskin through the end of August.

The current exhibit in the Crawford Gallery at the SouthShore Regional Library in Ruskin is an eclectic group of artwork of two very different local artists. Salvator Ingrassia is from Sun City Center and Anna Schermerhorn is from Riverview. The exhibit is up for viewing through the end of August. Ingrassia has an impressive resume dating back to his graduation from the Art Institute in Chicago in 1958. His artwork includes painting, printing, drawing and mixed media. There are approximately 35 pieces of his work in the show. It is most interesting and a good exhibit of fine artwork. Ingrassia’s work is both calming and fun. Laurie Burhop, art coordinator for the SouthShore Regional Library said, “Sal has an abundant amount of work. Some of his work is very realistic while other work incorporates many materials and has a bit of abstraction to it.” Schermerhorn’s work includes both

small and large textural paintings. The theme of her work in this exhibit is underwater. The artwork is stunning and wonderful to view. It captures you as you enter the gallery space. Burhop said, “Anna works in a lot of texture in her paintings and works with vibrant colors. Her work is very expressive.” “These two artists were selected by the John Crawford Advisory Board for their creativity and approach to their work. This show is varied and quite dynamic,” Burhop said. “This is an excellent exhibit and we already have had such a positive response from our patrons here at the library. The patrons here at the SouthShore Regional Library really appreciate the exhibits and are very verbal about them.” The SouthShore Regional Library is located at 15816 Beth Shields Way in Ruskin. For more information on the current exhibit or on upcoming exhibits, call 273-3652.


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PMI Tampa recently celebrated joining the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce.

U-Haul Company of Florida is pleased to announce that Champion Self Storage at 2809 College Ave. E. in Ruskin has signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer to serve the Ruskin community. It will offer U-Haul trucks and support rental items. Hours of operation for U-Haul rentals are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. Reserve U-Haul products at this dealer location by calling 6454137 or visit

Big Bend Storage Adds To Business With U-Haul Affiliation

U-Haul Company of Florida is pleased to announce that Big Bend Storage LLC, 12902 U.S. Hwy. 301 S., has signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer to serve the Riverview community offering U-Haul trucks, towing equipment, support rental items and in-store pickup for boxes. Hours of operation for U-Haul rentals are 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday. After hours drop-off is available for customer convenience. Reserve U-Haul products at this dealer

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If you are looking down to 10 lb. to get the for some meat for the bite. I also recommend summer fish fry, now is using a small hook. A a good time. With the size 1/0 Mustad circle hotter water temps hook normally does the inshore, we have been trick. As far as weight spending a lot of time goes, I prefer to not add any. If I can’t get the fishing in the bay. school to come up off Mangrove snapper, the bottom, then I will Spanish mackerel, start adding small split cobia, and gag grouper shot weights to get are abundant on the local reefs, channel Mangrove Snapper up to five lbs. are not the bait down quickedges, rock piles, and uncommon this time of year in the bay as er. The good thing they invade the bay to spawn. about this fishing range markers. If eattechnique is it also brings whatever else is ing sharks fits to your liking, there are also lurking in the area to the back of the boat. plenty of blacktip and bonnet head sharks Spanish mackerel will normally be the first for the grill or smoker. to show up but don’t be surprised to hook a Mangrove snapper spawn from late big cobia or gag grouper drifting baits back. summer through September inside Tampa Sharks are also all over the bay. Just Bay. This time of year large numbers of fish about any place you create a chum slick, invade the deeper areas of the bay, mainly you can guarantee they will come around. over structure and provide fantastic fishing Sharpnose and bonnet head sharks seem action and table fair. A great way to locate to be the most prevalent, but certain areas schools of fish is with chum. Nearly every are holding great numbers of blacktips. grass flat is loaded with small bait, perfect They are definitely not for everyone’s for snapper fishing. If you are not proficient appetite, but they are a blast to catch and with a cast net, any store bought chum release. You will need to add a short piece block will do. In fact, buy three or four; you of steel leader or use a long shank hook to will thank me. Anchor up current of the tarland most of them and be careful handling get area and create a generous chum slick. Once you get the fish eating chum, free line them; they are still sharks and will still bite. baits back into the action. A cut piece of bait Captain Travis Yaeckel is a native resior shrimp is best. The key to catching a pile dent of the SouthShore area and charters of them is to never stop chumming. full time for Redfish, Snook, Trout, and Sometimes it can be difficult to get Tarpon. He is owner and operator of Instinct them to bite and they will leave you scratchFishing Co.,based out of lower Tampa Bay. To book a charter, call 830-FISH or visit ing your head. Keep chumming and don’t Catch him on give up. Change up your rig if you have to. I Tampa Fishing Outfitters Radio Show on normally start with 20 lb. Ohero fluorocarSunday mornings from 8-9 a.m. at 1040 bon leader and sometimes get all the way a.m. Sports Talk the Team.

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