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Ruskin Hosts 29th Annual Seafood Festival With 150 Vendors, Concerts & More

Trick Or Treat Street Offers 100 Booths & Costume Contests For Kids & Dogs Alike

Calling Saturday all seafood and 11:30 lovers, the a.m.-3 p.m. 29th Annual on Sunday. Ruskin Luis Garcia Seafood will kick the Festival will event off at take place 11:30 a.m., Saturday, followed by November 4 The 29th Annual Ruskin Seafood Festival will take place America November 4 and 5 at E.G. Simmons Park. and Sunday, Song Box at November 5 at E.G. Simmons Park in 1:30 p.m., Kozmic Pearl and 3:30 p.m., Ruskin offering food, fun and entertain- Spy vs Spy at 5:30 p.m. and Soul ment for the whole family. Circus Cowboys at 7:30 p.m. Sunday’s Last year more than 25,000 resilineup is The Hummingbirds at 11:30 dents attended the water-front festival, a.m. and Randy McNeeley at 1:30 p.m. coordinated by the SouthShore The children’s area will feature Chamber of Commerce, making it one hamster balls with racing, bull riding, of Hillsborough County’s largest comvarious bounce houses and inflatable munity events. slides, a rock wall, a trackless train, “This is among the annual festivals pony rides and a petting zoo. There will you will look forward to every year and also be entertainment on the Kid’s it’s not just because of the seafood, Stage and dance performances even though that is the main course,” throughout the weekend. said Chamber Executive Director The event is pet friendly, but all Melanie Rimes. “There is a lot to do animals must be on a leash. and see and eat, of course, and the The festival will run from 10 a.m.-5 waterfront atmosphere is so much fun.” p.m. on Saturday, November 4 and 10 According to Chamber a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, November 5, Membership Development Chair Leslie but the entertainment will continue with Bennett, 150 vendors have signed up the food court, Sandbar and Clam Jam for the event this year offering food, Stage on Saturday until 9 p.m. The drinks, arts and crafts, educational dispark is located at 2401 19th Ave. N.W. plays, commercial exhibits and an in Ruskin and can be reached at 671entire area dedicated to interactive kids 7655. Admission to the park for the fesentertainment. tival is $2 a car, but parking is free. “Although seafood is the main Each adult will also need a $5 ticket for focus of the event, we try to make sure admission to the festival. Children there is something for everyone,” said under 12 and active military with ID are Bennett who lists clams, grouper, mulfree. Group rates are also available in let, shrimp and seafood chowder advance only. among the offerings. For more information, contact the Live music will take place at the chamber at 645-1366 or visit event from 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. on

houses, ate food and won prizes. Riverview High School clubs will have additional games and activities for a small fee. There will also be an array of food vendors on site. “The The 29th Annual Trick of Treat Street will take place at Riverview High purpose of School on Saturday, October 28 from 2:30-6:30 p.m. this special Calling all Power Rangers, event is to create a safe place for Shopkins, witches, ghosts and children of all ages to have fun and more. This year’s Trick or Treat share in the tradition of trick or Street at Riverview High School will treating while meeting local busitake place on Saturday, October 28 nesses, churches and other local from 2:30-6:30 p.m., offering a safe organizations,” said Doran. environment for the whole family to Children and dogs are encourenjoy Halloween fun. aged to participate in costume conThe event, which is a partnertests with prizes by age groups, for ship of The Riverview Chamber of just a $5 registration fee at the Commerce, Hillsborough County event. Dog owners are asked to Sheriff’s Office, Hillsborough County Continued on Page 5 Parks and Recreation and Riverview High School, features 100 booths from local businesses, churches and organizations offering treats, food and games for children in costume. “This is an opportunity for the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce to exemplify its purpose of creating a family environment that assures the success of our commu46 nity, our businesses and our members,” said Tanya Doran, Chamber Executive Director. “These particiSHERIFF GEE RECEIVES AWARD .........PG 3 pants and sponsors come from right here in our Riverview community DAVE & BUSTERS HIRING...................PG 4 and are excited to have the opportuRIVERVIEW MATHNASIUM ..............PG 10 nity to give back.” According to Doran, last year EYE ON BUSINESS ............................PG 25 approximately 3,000 children of all SOUTHSHORE LIVING ...............PGS 40‐41 ages attended the free event where they were given candy and small SPORTS CONNECTION ..............PGS 46‐47 toys, played games, enjoyed bounce

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Sheriff David Gee Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

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As utives a forum to Hillsborough exchange informaCounty Sheriff, tion and ideas.” David Gee took TBACPA boasts the last few days of more than 100 of his nearly four members from over decades of law 30 agencies repreenforcement senting seven councareer to visit with ties surrounding friends and staff of Tampa Bay. the agency, to say Selected Sheriff Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee goodbye and to receives the prestigious Tampa Bay Area of Hillsborough Chiefs of Police Association Lifetime encourage all County in 2004 and Achievement Award. whom he had the re-elected—unopprivilege to serve for the past 13 years. posed—in 2008, 2012 and in 2016, Gee During his career Gee has earned a certainly fits the TBACPA’s bill. long list of accomplishments, accolades Gee’s career began 38 years ago and recognition both locally and nationas a patrol deputy, followed by a homially, including the unanimous consent of cide investigator; Internal Affairs superapproval as a leader and a friend to visor, public information officer, chief many, Gee had to make room for one financial officer, and chief deputy. more award. In a recent statement Florida On Saturday, September 23, just Governor Rick Scott said, “With four one week before his last day as Sheriff, decades of experience in law enforceGee was awarded the Tampa Bay Area ment, Sheriff David Gee has truly comChiefs of Police Association (TBACPA) mitted his career to protecting Florida Lifetime Achievement Award. families and visitors. Sheriff Gee is an Gee was honored during the 2nd excellent example of the bravery, dediAnnual Tampa Bay Area Chiefs of cation and selflessness that is displayed Police Foundation Gala held at the across Florida’s incredible law enforceTampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and ment community. His leadership has Marina. helped keep Hillsborough County safe, "I was truly humbled to have and our state’s crime rate is at a 45received such a prestigious award,” year low due in part to the hard work of Gee said. “It has been a real honor and Sheriff Gee and his team.” privilege to serve the citizens of Hillsborough County Colonel Chad Hillsborough County.” Chronister was appointed by Scott as As stated on its website, TBACPA Sheriff until the until the next general was founded in 1957 with the “purpose election set for November 2018. of allowing local law enforcement exec-




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Dave & Busters Hiring Over 230 Staff Members Ahead Of October Opening The popular chain Dave & Busters will be opening its first Tampa location in late October. The location, which will be in the Estuary in Brandon near Topgolf, adjacent to Bass Pro Shops and will be the 103rd Dave & Busters to open nationwide. The building itself will be over 40,000 sq. ft., and will host dining areas, games and a full sports bar. In a press release, a representative said that D&B Sports Bar will be an ideal place to watch all of the Tampa sports teams. The new Dave & Busters is the first location in the entire Tampa area, said general manager Tim Johnson. With the nearest location in Orlando, Tampa residents will finally have access to one of the most unique experiences in the restaurant business. “It’s everything under one roof,” Johnson said. “Great food, TVs, sports lounge with 200-inch projection screens, games — it’s fun.” While over 100 arcade-style games are a big attraction for the entertainment hub, the menu fea-

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Voice Winner Joins Michael W. Smith And Amy Grant To Bring Annual Christmas Tour To Amalie Arena By Amanda Boston

After gobbling up the last of the Thanksgiving leftovers, are you eager for the sights and sounds of Christmas? If so, mark your calendar for Sunday, November 26 at 7:30 p.m. and join Grammy® winners Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant for their annual Christmas tour. The 20-city holiday tour makes a stop in Tampa’s Amalie Arena—just three days after Turkey Day. With their extensive repertoires, Michael W. Smith and Grant will tickle the audience's ears with classic Christmas carols, chart-topping favorites and the latest releases from Photo courtesy of Cameron Powell Grant’s album Tennessee Christian and Country singer Amy Grant and contempoChristmas and Michael W. rary Christian artist Michael W. Smith bring their annual Christmas tour to Tampa with special guest Jordan Smith, Smith’s album The Spirit of the season nine winner of The Voice. Christmas. décor. Special guest Jordan Smith, the In support of Compassion season nine winner of NBC’s The International, Michael W. Smith and Voice, is invited back for an encore Grant have arranged for a performance of his holiday album ‘Compassion Meet & Greet’ before ‘Tis The Season. The popular seathe concert for up to 200 people who sonal tour will also feature a full commit to sponsoring a Compassion symphony orchestra with the accomchild through their website plished conductor David Hamilton at The the helm. ‘Meet & Greet’ is an opportunity to Adding to the seasonal sights, learn more about the Compassion sounds and spirit, is Balsam Hill®, the artificial Christmas tree company. International ministry and will include a photo opportunity with the artists. Balsam Hill® is sponsoring the tour In the tour’s official press and will visually enhance the stage release, Michael W. Smith said, production with traditional Christmas

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zation’s ‘role models.’ The nannies, sitters and tutors under Galloway are expected to be more than just that: they are to invest in the lives of the kids they help, with the ultimate goal of preparing children to go to college. The role models include fulltime and on-call nannies who watch children after school and when parents decide to go out. Most of the role models employed are 20-24, with some additional older nannies that have years of experience. Galloway, who started the franchise earlier this year, said the tutoring side of his business will be taking off soon. College Nannies, Sitters and Tutors of Lithia and “We want the child to have an Valrico offer full-time and on-call nannies who experience,” Galloway said. “So, will be role models to your children when you need someone to watch them. at the end of that experience, he or she wants his role model to In addition to what the name sugback. They look at mom and dad come gests, College Nannies, Sitters and going out as a chance for fun.” Tutors of Lithia and Valrico offers area As opposed to traditional day care families role models. centers, College Nannies, Sitters and Steve Galloway, owner and general Tutors of Lithia and Valrico offers a manager, said he was drawn to the more unique and personal experience. franchise because he wanted to do All care is conducted in the family’s more to help families and invest in his home, with role models exclusively community. Galloway felt that College devoted to that child or children, Nannies, Sitters and Tutors, a service that provides homework help and child- instead of supervising a whole classroom. care, was more of an organization that “We have extensive background caters to families. checks and interviewing,” Galloway “These are not just people to come said. “We have very high standards for over and watch TV with children,” the people we are sending into these Galloway said. “They are expected to homes.” engage with children, to do things that For more information on role modare creative and enjoyable.” els and family care, visit www.collegeGalloway is referring to the

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HART Promises Shorter Trip Times, Better Service Through New Bus Network

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In harmony ership data, to with its promise of maximize shorter trip times, HART efficienbetter connections cy.” and improved The final service, plan means Hillsborough Area roughly 85 Regional Transit percent of (HART) is poised customers will to introduce its see service newest bus netimprove, work this month. HART officials Appropriately said. named, Mission Residents Photo by HART Twitter can now use MAX has been HART Public scheduled by Google Maps Information Officer HART officials to Sandra Morrison talks to plan their to HART Maintenance (future) trip in begin serving its Manager Dale Smith three steps: customers on about the effort to Sunday, October Step 1: bring the agency’s newest bus network system, 8, promising to Enter your oriforever change the way the Tampa Bay gin and final destination as you currently region gets around. do. Agency officials said that through Step 2: Instead of "Leave now," Mission MAX, HART is modernizing the select "Depart at" from the drop down system to deliver more efficient service menu. and higher frequencies on high-demand Step 3: Next, enter a date (beyond routes by means of aligning routes to pro- October 8, 2017). vide shorter trip times and better connecAn updated map and trip options tions, seven days a week. reflective of Mission MAX will then be proThe new network is also designed to vided. lay a foundation for future expansion, offiHART said that Mission MAX is just cials said. one piece of a plan toward as it continues “The redesigned system includes to grow and evolve over the next decade. route and schedule modifications based For info, visit the Mission MAX FAQ, on an extensive period of research, operor interact with HART on Facebook and ational considerations, and public input,” Twitter. For information visit said HART Maintenance Manager Dale Smith. HART CEO Katharine Eagan said that patrons wanted a service that fits the changing regional patterns of Tampa Bay and they wanted a transit system that gets them where they need to go with better connections and frequent service. Eagan emphasized that Mission MAX transitions HART to more of a "grid" network that is focusing less on transfer centers, and more on direct, at-stop connections. "Mission MAX creates a system that promotes public transit and connects more people to more places,” she said. A key element of the new network— as it is explained by HART— is that while it may mean more transfers, with routes coming more frequently and schedules better entwined, riders should see overall quicker trips. In a recent press release HART promised that improvements include a redesigned system, “…backed by route data analysis, including stop-by-stop rid-

Sheriff's Office Hosts K-9 Graduation

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certification course as well as a 100-hour narcotics or bomb enhancement course. The agency is proud of its K-9 Unit that includes about 24 dogs along with their deputy handlers. The law enforcement K-9s include German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois, German Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office welcomes a new K-9 Shepherd/Belgian to the department. The agency recently celebrated the Malinois Mix, graduation of a number of its K-9s and their handlers. Bloodhounds, and a The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Labrador Retriever. Office was pleased to celebrate the Each dog has a specialty, such as graduation of a number of its law bomb or narcotics detection or fugitive enforcement K-9s last month. apprehension. Bloodhounds are used The ceremony officiated by the primarily for tracking and missing peragency’s newly appointed Sheriff, sons cases. A dog joins the Sheriff's Colonel Chad Chronister, was held at Office when it is between 1-3 years old. the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Once certified, the canine is given Aviation and Canine Unit, located at its own Sheriff's Office personal identifi5808 Wilkins Rd. in Tampa. cation number and badge. The dogs are The event also welcomed three a treasured part of the Sheriff's Office Citrus County Sheriff's Office handlers and any law enforcement agency. and their K-9 partners. State laws help protect law enforceThe HCSO group included ment canines by making it a felony to Corporal Danny Connell and K-9 injure or kill a police dog. Ceasar, Deputy Matt Moyer and K-9 “These dogs are not just working Tanto and handler Deputy Jessica members of HCSO but are our family,” Ennis. said Colonel Larry McKinnon. “We owe The Citrus County Sheriff's Office it to them to do everything possible to units included Deputy John Behnen protect them while they are in harm’s and K-9 Krennic, Deputy David Miller way. They are trained to protect our and K-9 Anakin and Deputy TJ Amato deputies and citizens of Hillsborough and K-9 Calum. County.” The handlers and their K-9s graduFor more information about HCSO, ated from the basic 480-hour canine please visit


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Riverview Mathnasium Helps Math Make Sense For Kids You’ve probably met someone who has had trouble helping a child with his/her math homework. Maybe you have had your own problems understanding algebra growing up. Math has earned a reputation as difficult and anxiety-inducing, and there are those that think that they just weren’t cut out to calculate. Ferdinand Desir II, owner and operator of Mathnasium of Riverview, knew he had to change peoples’ perception. A veteran of the armed forces, he earned his teaching certificate through the Troops to Teachers program and saw firsthand the struggles students met in math: “During my time teaching, all of the problems that I had with my kids were math related...Being in the military we tried our hardest to finish the mission. It felt to me that I was on an endless mission with no end in sight.” Desir stopped teaching to research methods and curriculum that would put kids on a path to success in math and became hooked on the Mathnasium method. Mathnasium’s curriculum is based on helping the student understand math at each grade level through a specifically tailored learning plan individual to each child. It begins with a customized assessment to determine what needs a child

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Local Halloween Activities Include Tricks, Treats & Dress Up FunBy Tamas ForMondovics Kids Be prepared to enjoy some frightening and not-so-frightening fun around town in October.

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throughout the Aquarium. There will be family-friendly entertainment and a sea of candy in a safe setting. All Aquarium exhibits, including the new outdoor plaza Fin bar and Splash Pad, will be open. The cost is regular admission pricing for adults, kids (11 years and under) in costume are $10 for those not in costume, it is regular admission pricing. Kids 2 and under are free.

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Stay close to your fearless captain on this journey to uncover the dark secrets hidden amongst the waterways of Tampa. Travel along the haunted passes filled with the sights and sounds of the betrayed and undead. Brave your way through unexYoungsters will enjoy dressing up at pected terrors lurking contest, scavenger the Florida Aquarium’s Guppyween on the river, including hunt, games, event on Saturday and Sunday, October 28 and 29 from 1-5 p.m. live, interactive enterbounce house and pumpkin patch photos. tainment. River of Frights is an intense Hawthorne Village of Brandon is adventure and chilling cruise experience! located at 851 W. Lumsden Rd. in Book your tickets in advance to ensure Brandon. For more information, call 661availability. 8998 or visit This is a 40 minute cruise into the unknown. It is recommended for adults and teens, but younger children may attend if parents choose to bring them Family Fun At Florida Aquarium’s (we recommend no kids under 10 and Guppyween kids 18 and younger need an adult with Visit the Florida Aquarium on Saturday and Sunday, October 28 and 29 them). You will experience intense audio, lighting, low visibility, strobe-lights, fog, from 1-5 p.m. for a spooktacular time at special effects and sudden actions. If you Guppyween, where kids can trick or treat

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Inaugural Meeting Sets New Riverview Kiwanis Club In Motion By Jim Hirz

A new Petree said that Kiwanis Club the new club officially will be able fill a sprang to life great need in in Riverview the fast-growing on Riverview comSeptember munity. According to 26. New Petree, members “Kiwanians do were inducted and the new A new Kiwanis Club now meets the second and fourth their best work Tuesday of each month at The Alley at Southshore. in the local slate of offiNew members are welcome. schools, from cers was Terrific Kids in elementary schools to installed during the Charter Night sponsoring Key Clubs in the high schools Celebration at Summerfield Crossings and everything in between”. Key Club is Golf Club. The Governor of the Florida the nation’s oldest and largest student-led District of Kiwanis, Gary Frechette, service organization. presided over the ceremony. The Riverview Club’s inaugural presiThe Kiwanis Club of Riverview is one dent, Matthew Wolf along with his wife of only three new clubs to open in Florida Jennie, have been working for the past this year and the first in Hillsborough County in many years. The club’s mission year to help make the new club a reality. He said, “The Brandon club chartered 57 is to improve the community, one child at years ago in 1960. I am excited to be part a time. The new club is already geared of chartering this new club in my city, one up to bring several “Terrific Kids” prothat will be around for many years to grams to Riverview elementary schools. come, making valuable contributions to Terrific Kids is a student-recognition prothe needs of the children of Riverview.” gram that promotes character developThe club meets the second and ment, self-esteem and perseverance. fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Students work with their classroom at The Alley at Southshore at 10221 Big teacher to establish goals to improve Bend Rd in Riverview. The group welbehavior, peer relationships, attendance comes interested individuals to stop by or school work. Students who achieve and learn if there might be a place for you their goals as determined by the classin Riverview’s newest community service room teacher are recognized as Terrific organization. Kids and are awarded a certificate, pencil For more information, visit www.faceand bumper sticker. or contact Members of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Brandon teamed with the area Lt. membership chair Ellen Smith at or call 407-633Governor, Tony Petree of the Kiwanis Club of Southshore, to build the new club. 0670.



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Community Rallies To Help Seniors At Pleasant Living Mobile Home Park

By Kate Quesada

When Electric to talk to someHurricane Irma one about getting passed through power hooked up for the area last the seniors in the commonth, many munity. areas were left Within minutes of without power. posting the community The residents of started responding. Pleasant Living “We had people Mobile Home donate food for every Park, a gated 55 meal for two full days and older commuand then a Boy Scout nity in Riverview, Troop came and fed us lost not only their on the third day,” said electricity but their Jones, who specifically Riverview area community members running water and wanted to thank came together to help residents in when one home- Pleasant Living Mobile Home Park when Packers Plus Food, seniors in the community went without Insurance owner posted on power after Hurricane Irma passed Facebook asking Professionals and through last month. for a contact with Knights Air Tampa Electric, residents of all ages from Conditioning for their generous donations around the area jumped to help. which not only fed the seniors while their “There is no way to even describe power was off but also allowed them to how it felt to have so much support in a restock their refrigerators after it came time of need,” said Pleasant Living resiback on. dent Barbara Jones. In an effort to thank the community Jones, who had a generator herself, that came together to help them, described the uncomfortable conditions Pleasant Living residents hosted a pot many of her senior neighbors were suffer- luck dinner in late September for everying due to the lack of power and running one who donated or volunteered. water. “We really live in one of the best “Many of them came home from places in the world,” said Jones who, as a shelters after the storm had passed military wife, has resided in many locabecause they wanted to be in their own tions. “The giving spirit in the area is beds, but they were unable to flush their beyond words. I could spend all day toilets, use their oxygen tanks or keep thanking people.” any food,” said Jones who posted in the For more information on Pleasant Riverview Area Word of Mouth and Living, which is located at 10502 Pleasant Riverview Area Neighborhood Facebook Blvd. in Riverview, call 677-1160 or visit pages asking for a contact with Tampa

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Four Candidates Square Off For 2018 Honorary Mayor of Riverview Kick-Off

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Dennis Napoli, Gecko Floor Care, LLC, will be fundraising on behalf of Faces of Courage Foundation; Michael Beiter, Preservation 1st Financial Group, LLC, will be fundraising on behalf of South County Spartans Athletic Photos by Huth and Booth Photography Program & Operation You can support your favorite Greater Riverview Chamber of Lotus; and Commerce Honorary Mayor 2018 candidate. Visit Shirley Bhat will be for all of the fun ways you can fundraising on behalf of show your support. Fishhawk-Riverview To kick off this year’s race for Rotary Club. Honorary Mayor Of Riverview, The These four candidates have begun Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce (GRCC) members were invit- their fundraising efforts and will continue until the announcement of a winner at the ed to a celebration at RE/MAX South GRCC Monthly Membership Luncheon Shore Realty. 2017 Honorary Deputy on October 24. During this short time Mayor Marijean Reith, RE/MAX South Shore Realty –Team Reith, welcomed the period, each candidate will be hosting some fantastic events and raffles as well group and read a message from Honorary Mayor Tammy Holmberg, while as offering items to purchase and other ways to donate to their cause. Funds will Jill Andrew, Superior Residences of be divided between each candidate’s Brandon Memory Care, then kicked-off charity of choice (75%) and the GRCC the festivities by requesting that all wear(25%). ing hats (and there were many) come to For information, visit the center of the room. or for the After several practice rounds of latest on details regarding all of these removing and replacing hats, the ‘candiopportunities for you to support your dates’ were asked to throw their hat into favorite candidate/charity. the center which contained an inflatable The candidate who raises the most ring toss game. When the flourish of money will be deemed Honorary Mayor excitement was finished, four hats had of Riverview for 2018 and best of all, the been tossed: Bryan Thatcher, Thatcher Properties, great charities that they are all supporting will be feeling the love when their checks will be fundraising on behalf of Seeds of are presented to them on November 28. Hope and THORN Ministries;

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Brandon Walmart Celebrates First Training Academy Graduation

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department-specific training. “The training helps department managers and hourly supervisors to benefit in two specific ways, which in turn benefit our customers,” said Walmart About 70 Brandon area Walmart managers and department super- spokesperson visors from 26 store locations attended the first Walmart Training Erica Jones. “Our Academy in Brandon. The completion of the two-week long course associates gain was celebrated with an all out cap and gown graduation. both core retail Brandon area’s first Walmart Training skills, and the skills and knowledge to run Academy opened as well as celebrated their specific department. The Academies its first graduating class. are part of Walmart’s $2.7 billion commitThe two-week long class, hosted at ment to its associates.” the company’s Brandon store at 11110 “Our training academies help provide Causeway Blvd. welcomed 70 associassociates with the skills they need to ates in lead positions from 26 area stores succeed and advance, while creating a and is just one of 200 Training better and more consistent customer Academies Walmart has scheduled to experience,” said Walmart Academy open across the country by the end of Manager Daniel Honores. “Skills training 2017. increases productivity, confidence and Each academy is said to train assoknowledge which leads to greater job ciates from approximately 25 nearby satisfaction, personal and professional stores. growth and helps make working at Excited about the course, officials Walmart a smart career choice.” explained that Walmart Training “As they are returning to their own Academies are a dedicated facility locatstore locations, academy graduates are ed in, or adjacent to, a Walmart much more confident of running their Supercenter where the company’s frontdepartments,” Jones added. line supervisors will receive hands-on Walmart is reportedly training more training that combines the classroom and than 140,000 associates per year. the sales floor. Additional information about Walmart Areas of study include leadership, can be found at on merchandising, operations, technology Facebook @walmart and on Twitter at and customer service, in addition to the @walmart.

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Satisfaction Guaranteed And New Ownership For Locally-Owned Royal Maid Service

By Michelle Caceres

Royal Maid said. “Our cusService owner tomers are very Michael Honsa happy right now.” is not a rookie Customer entrepreneur. Kim Herremans is Honsa is an one of those happy customers. international She has been a businessman, customer of Royal owning compaMaid Service for nies throughout more than seven South Africa and years and appreEurope. ciates the fact that Whether the the cleaning crew business is a is punctual. car dealership The staff of Royal Maid Service in Riverview offer professional cleaning services to residential “They work or cleaning and commercial customers. as a team and service, he said do a great job cleaning my home,” she the key ingredient to success is the said. same. Because the same maids clean her “You can make any business a suchome at every visit, she knows she can cess if you have an honest and hardexpect the same great clean every time. working staff,” said Honsa. “If there’s anything special that needs to With a top-notch staff being such a be done I can talk to them and they’re key ingredient to success, it was one of so accommodating,” she said. his first priorities after purchasing the With its honest and hard-working business. staff, Royal Maid Service, located at He hired Denver native Stacie 10038 Water Works Ln in Riverview, is Serrano to manage the business. With poised to dust, mop and clean its way more than 30 years’ experience in the into area homes. industry, she immediately went to work “It’s not the Royal Maid Service you hiring a new staff and putting processes used to know,” said Honsa. Professional in place that would benefit customers. uniformed staff, marked company cars Cleaning estimates can be given inand a satisfaction guarantee is part of person or over the phone. She switched the customer experience that is the cleaning products to a more environdesigned to be personal, professional mentally-friendly line. Customers receive and courteous. confirmation calls the day before her staff For a house cleaning estimate, call is scheduled to clean their homes. Serrano at 999-4929 or for information, “I make it a point to communicate with customers as much as possible,” she visit

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Riverview Couple Launches New Church At GDX Movie Theater

By Michael Smith

After buying a ues are ethnic diversity, minhouse in Riverview in istering to families and indiMarch 2016, Pastor viduals, and using the Bible Henry Dale and his and scripture as its foundawife, Jennifer, felt that tion. She said church attenGod wanted them to dees can expect life-applicastart a church in their ble messages, great fellowcommunity. ship and interactive services. Since June “We’re not perfect, and 2017, Increasing we don’t expect you to be,” Word Fellowship has Photo courtesy of Jennifer and Henry said Mrs. Dale, who works as Dale been meeting monthan administrator at ly at 9:15 a.m. for worship at the Goodrich Hillsborough Community College. Riverview 14 GDX movie theater, located Upcoming services are scheduled for at 10550 E. Bay Rd. in Gibsonton. Sunday, September 10 – Companions, On Sunday, November 12, the Dales Friends and Loved Ones; and Sunday, How to Deal with Life will launch their new church October 8 – Always Getting Challenges with a new series titled Better. Ask God About It -November 12 How to Deal with Life Rev. Dale works as a Making Up Your Mind Challenges and will begin chaplain for the Department of -November 19 holding services on a Justice Federal Bureau of Some Things Take Time -November 26 weekly basis. Prisons at the Coleman A Little Pressure is Good “We feel very strongly Federal Correctional Complex, -December 3 that we are starting the where he ministers to hunIt’s Not How You Start but How You Finish church in the right place dreds of inmates every week. -December 10 and in the right city,” Rev. Dale, a Tampa native, Utilizing Every Opportunity -December 17 Dale said. earned a Bachelor of Arts The church is in the degree in special education midst of a series called What Do You from the University of South Florida in Have? What Do You Need? – with mes1997. He continued his education at sages on Life and Movement in God, An Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury, Understanding and Disciplined Mind, and N.C., earning a Master of Divinity degree Using What You Have. in 2001. “Increasing Word Fellowship is a He accepted the call into the ministry church that seeks to foster faith in the in 1989, and has served as a pastor in heart of every person,” Rev. Dale said. South Carolina. “Our mission at Increasing Word is to For more info about Increasing Word empower believers to walk in their calling Fellowship, call 606-0144 or email and gifts.” Jennifer Dale said the church’s val-

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Hyperbaric Medicine, Now In Brandon Holistic Medical Care Clinic LLC is proud to open the first integrative, state of the art, stand-alone hyperbaric center in the Brandon/Tampa Bay area. Although Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) has been around for more than 350 years, it has been gaining ground as a complementary, holistic medical treatment option for a wide variety of FDA-approved neurological benefits, orthopedic uses, wound care, and other medical conditions. Disorders being treated include chemotherapy induced injuries, diabetic wounds, scars resulting from surgery, autism, cerebral palsy, stroke, and traumatic brain injury. Patients who have undergone plastic or C-section surgeries also do well with faster and complete healing of scar tissues. Professional athletes have also been known to use HBOT to accelerate muscle healing due to sport injuries and to prevent irreversible damage to the brain. Although still in the experimental phase, athletes like NY Jets legend Joe Namath have endorsed the therapy after experiencing first-hand the benefits of the procedure. Holistic Medical Care Clinic utilizes the state of the art, ETC


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Women’s Resource Center Annual Enjoy Family Fun, Art, Music & More This Fall At The Annual County Fair Luncheon Raises Funds And Awareness By Michelle Colesanti

This year’s Hillsborough County Fair, which runs Thursday-Sunday, October 19-22 and 26-29, promises to be a lot of fun for the entire family.

Fall is in the air; and as the temperatures begin to slightly dip, it is time to get out and enjoy the season. The 2017 Hillsborough County Fair will again take place at the County Fairgrounds, 215 Sydney Washer Rd. in Dover from Thursday to Sunday, October 19-22 and October 26-29. There will be lot of fun for the entire family. Check out exhibits featuring arts, crafts, photography and fine arts, along with an interactive butterfly exhibit and a lot of horticultural displays. Local youth will show off their livestock in shows that will feature cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens and rabbits. New this year will be the Youth Market Turkey Show and Sale where fairgoers can bid via silent auction on a market turkey raised by the youth exhibitors. Check out the STEM exhibits, featuring science, technology, engineering and math exhibits and demos for kids of all ages. Hometown Hillsborough will feature interactive educational and historic exhibits. Local entertainment will include

Gospel Jams on Sundays from 2-5 p.m. Free shows daily include the racing pigs, which will make you squeal in delight, a firefighter show and a circus. New competitive events include a ‘Back to Your Roots’ gardening project for schools and youth, a Wheelbarrow Decorating Contest, and a Robotics Competition in the Arts and Crafts divisions. The hours for the Fair will be Thursdays from 5-10 p.m., Fridays from 5-11 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m.- 11 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Gate admission price is $7 for adults. Students K-12 will cost $5, seniors $4 and children under 5 and military with ID are free. Enjoy Dollar Days on both Thursdays, where the cost is $1 admission at the gate and most rides will be $1. Armband specials for the rides will cost $20 from Friday through Sunday. Special events will also be hosted at the arena costing $10 per event. If purchased in advance at one of the advanced ticket outlets, it also includes gate admission. A Rodeo will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, October 20 and 21. A Truck and Tractor Pull will take place on Friday and Saturday, October 27 and 28 at 7 p.m. and a Demo Derby will take place on Sunday, October 29 at 3 p.m. Visit

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County Meetings Discuss Study To Eliminate All Left Turns On Bloomingdale

By Kathy L. Collins

them with an opportunity to voice their opinion. They have established for residents to subscribe to and get updates on this issue. John Sullivan said at a recent gathering, "I became aware of the study and realized that not a lot of people were even aware of it. Closing off left turns is not good for Area residents who are concerned about a study any business along Bloomingdale which proposes to eliminate all left turns and uturns on Bloomingdale Ave. from Lithia Pinecrest Ave." Sullivan added, "This proposal to Hwy. 301, gathered in Winthrop on Monday, is not going to help alleviate traffic September 18 to get more info. problems. It will hurt and probably If you live in the greater Brandon destroy businesses in the area. The plan area, you need to be aware of a study would require drivers to make endless being conducted by the Hillsborough right turns and find places where they can Metropolitan Planning Organization and make u-turns to get to their destination." the Planning Commission. It is called It should be noted that in its current Brandon Corridor and Mixed-Use Centers state, there are no exceptions to the no Pilot Project. It is especially pertinent to left turns. So, if a student is trying to get those who travel on Bloomingdale Ave. to Bloomingdale High School, they will (in either direction from Lithia Pinecrest not be allowed to make a left to get to Rd. to Hwy 301), Lithia Pinecrest Rd. and school. Bryan Rd. and other area roads. Dr. Nancee Sorenson, President of This study includes several recomHCC Brandon, lived in Tucson, Arizona mendations including one to remove where a similar plan was implemented. median/center turn lanes on Dr. Sorenson said, "It caused a lot of conBloomingdale Ave. and turn it into a fusion with drivers and there were many reversible expressway during peak hours. accidents and near misses. It was a relief Essentially, the study proposes to remove when they finally got rid of it. I firmly all left turns on Bloomingdale Ave. believe that implementation of this would Many local business owners, includbe detrimental to the area." The study is ing John and Kay Sullivan, founders of at, are concerned about this study corridor-mixed-use-centers/. and the lack of community involvement in A public meeting will be held the process. The Sullivans have organMonday, October 9 and Monday, ized business leaders and residents in November 13 from 2-5 p.m. at 601 E. the community in an attempt to let the Kennedy Blvd.,18th floor, Planning public know about the study and provide Commission Board Room.

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RobZFitness Moves Fitness & Training Studio To New FishHawk Blvd. Location

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Ribbon Cutting For G. Fried Celebrates New Location

G. Fried Flooring America celebrated its new location at 231 Brandon Town Center Dr. (near Target). The new 5,700 sq. ft. showroom displays many carpets, tiles, hardwoods, luxury vinyl tiles and lamiA ribbon cutting was recently held to celebrate G.Fried nates offered by the compaFlooring America’s new location at 231 Brandon Town ny. Center Dr. "We always offer installaspa. The experienced and knowledgetion on all the products we sell," said G. able staff will consult with you to assess Fried Flooring America. “We have both your specific needs and concerns, to certified sales professionals and certicome up with a customized plan that fied installation crews." will work for you. You will love the holisThrough Tuesday, October 31, a tic approach to health and beauty, in a portion of all sales will be donated to totally relaxing environment. the Ronald McDonald House Charities Owner Dallas Smith, who also of Tampa Bay, Inc. owns the South Shore Shabby Shack Call 642-3675 or visit https://gfriednext door said, “We go beyond just your ordi-

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Two Solvere - Managed Senior Living Communities Coming To Tampa Area

As part of its ongoing growth, Solvere Senior Living will be managing two new senior living communities coming to the Tampa area. Slated to open in early 2018, Tessera of Brandon is the first of the future sites and will be located at 1320 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon. The community will offer 89

assisted living apartments and 49 memory care suites. Tessera of Westchase will break ground late this summer at 11305 Countryway Blvd. in Tampa providing 64 assisted living apartments and 37 memory care suites. Both Tessera communities will feature a multi-story, bright and energetic state-of-the-art living environment with one and two-bedroom assisted living apartments and memory care suites in various floor plans. It will also provide Solvere Senior Living’s proprietary wellness philosophies Salus™ (holistic approach) and Valeo™ (wellness initiatives for those memory impaired). The Tessera of Brandon sales center is located at 221 Paul’s Dr. Suite B in Brandon and is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment on weekends. Call 607-6880.

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By Michelle Colesanti Kraftologee, Inc. Celebrates Opening In Riverview

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Superintendent Timothy Kilpatrick was on hand to deliver a message to the crowd. The school is located at 10550 Johanna Ave. in Riverview. Visit or call 699-5751.

In August, Kraftologee, Inc. hosted a well-attended ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the brandnew food, drink and South Bay fun spot in Riverview, Photo courtesy of Ed Booth, Huth and Booth Photography Hospital Photo courtesy of Ed Booth, Huth and Booth Photography Kraftologee celebrated its Grand Opening with a ribbon cutting also referred to as a Celebrates 21 GRCC Dezigns hosted a recent ribbon cutting. event. Krafthouse. Several Years With Inspired Dezigns Celebrates Grand members of the Greater Riverview Greater Riverview Riverview. It is open Tuesday–Friday Opening Chamber of Commerce were on hand Chamber Of Commerce 8 a.m.–9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.–9 Greater Riverview Chamber of to participate in At the August Monthly Commerce (GRCC) hosted a ribbon the celebration. Membership Luncheon held at The cutting ceremony for new member Kraftologee Regent, Greater Riverview Chamber Inspired Dezigns in July. Owner, serves up everyof Commerce (GRCC) provided Ramona Jones, was thrilled to welthing from breakrecognition to 27 Renewing members. come GRCC members, along with fast sandwiches All of these members who joined friends and family to her new boutique. and Buddy Brew GRCC prior to 2016 received brand Her family is no stranger to entreCoffee to delicious new plaques to display indicating the preneurship. Whether it is construction salads and sandyear that they joined the chamber. and ranching in Oklahoma or event wiches to enjoy Twenty-one-year member South planning and food trucks in Florida, with a glass of Bay Hospital was represented by they love to meet new people. Inspired wine or fun Shannon Mitchell, Marketing Director, Dezigns is just the latest offering. This snacks to go with Sherrell Bennett, Community Photo courtesy of Debbie Kirkland, GRCC boutique space may be small, but the an ice-cold beer. Kids Community College South Preparatory High School hosted a Relations Coordinator and Sharon inspiration and style are tremendous. ribbon cutting. Not only do they Roush, Chief Executive Officer. From designer bags and clothing to provide these terTrustee Member South Bay Hospital p.m. and Sunday 12 Noon -8 p.m. jewelry and scarves and giftware, you rific menu options, they also provide a has always been an integral part of Kids Community College South will find something to like at Inspired place for your kids to have a great this Chamber and their representaPreparatory High School Dezigns. time while you enjoy your food/drink tives have served on the board for Celebrates Grand Opening The shop is sharing space inside or conduct a meeting with a fellow several years. In 2018 Sharon Roush Kids Community College (KCC) De-Strat Hair Designs located at 6425 mom or dad. You can relax while the will serve as President of the Greater South Preparatory High School has US Hwy. 301 S. in the Victory Lane kids enjoy supervised play in one of Riverview Chamber of Commerce. now opened in Riverview. GRCC Shops. While you are busy picking out two Creativity Labs designed just for If you would like more information members, along with students, family your next gorgeous hat at Inspired them. about becoming a business or comand staff of KCC South Preparatory Dezigns, be sure to ask Gigi about the Visit or call munity member of the GRCC, please High School showed up on August 7 perfect hair style to match.www.inspire 252-3106. It is located at 10312 visit or to celebrate this new high school. or call (405) 923-9313. Bloomingdale Ave., Ste. 101 in call 234-5944.

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The Rolling Pin of Brandon Shares Business Expertise With Retailers In Las Vegas

By Joyce Bliss

Dave West ables as well as partand wife Karen nering with local manuare the owners of facturers were areas Brandon’s wellthat West was able to known Rolling Pin delve into. A question Kitchen and answer from the Emporium. “We audience was held with discussions including have been here successes and failures, since 1995”, he along with “how-to and noted. where-to go” ques[Dave] West tions. The event lasted was chosen, about 90 minutes and along with Mary Dave West, owner of Brandon’s Rolling was well attended. Moore from the Pin Kitchen Emporium was recently “It was an honor Cook’s invited to share his expertise as a successful retailer of consumables. to be chosen to speak Warehouse in and share our success, thoughts and Atlanta, by the Gourmet Retailer vision for this topic in the gourmet speMagazine to speak at the Las Vegas cialty retailer world”, West commented. Market. West has been a chef for 15 years. “Taking a Bigger Bite” was the subHe earned his degree at the French ject of the discussion and forum inviting Culinary Institute where he won the him to give his views from an independJacques Pepin Award and received a ent retailer’s position regarding the conGrand Diploma. sumables market. West commented that, “We have West said, “The event was presented some guests who consider us one of the by Anna Wolfe, Editor and Chief of best places to eat in Brandon”. Gourmet Retailer.” The event was hostSome of the specialty food items ed by the Las Vegas Home and that are carried in the store include Housewares Market. He was selected jams, jellies, sauces and mixes. He and due to his focus on consumables within his wife Karen also carry a variety of his venues. The lifetime and warranty of cheeses, spices, salts, peppers and hard goods at one time held most of rubs. West’s inventory. He has changed his “We stock approximately 15,000 focus to consumables to mix into his kitchen items in a 3,500-sq. ft. retail inventory. “Consumables are any item store, West noted.” that customers will use up and then For information about the Rolling return to us to repurchase,” enlightened Pin Kitchen Emporium, it’s onsite cookWest. ing classes or offerings, call 653-2418 or Sampling items, partnerships with visit vendors, using social media for consum-

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The Neem Tree Is Topic At Riverview Garden Club’s November Meeting

The Riverview Garden Club will hold its business meeting on Wednesday, November 8 at 10 a.m. The guest speaker will be Vickie Parsons about ‘The Neem Tree’. The club is located at the Riverview Civic Center, 11020 Park Dr. Call 654-6987 for more information.

Annual Gifts & Crafts Fair At The Bridges Retirement Community

With the holidays approaching, shopping for unique gifts could not be easier when you visit the sixth annual Gifts & Crafts Fair, held on Saturday, October 14, from 10 a.m. -3 p.m. at The Bridges Retirement Community. This one-stop holiday shopping event features over 30 vendors and is free and open to the public. Whether it is handcrafted decorations or personalized gifts, such as jewelry and handbags, pottery, candles, soaps, home décor and more, you will find just what you are looking for. “Customers of all ages are invited to stop by this free event to get a head start on their shopping,” said Janet Noah, Community Relations Liaison and event coordinator. “With the wide variety of gifts and crafts, shoppers can look forward to giving unique and wonderful gifts with a personal touch!” The Bridges is located at 11350 Bloomingdale Ave. in Riverview.

Hawthorne Hosts Parkinson’s Disease Support Group

Hawthorne Health & Rehabilitation Center hosts a monthly support group for those diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and caregivers on the third Thursday of every month. A variety of speakers will provide information on topics relating to swallowing, balance, walking, speaking, mobility, exercise, self-care, cognition, and memory, all of which can be impacted by Parkinson’s Disease. On October 19 at 2 p.m., the speaker will be Pam Cooper, ARNP who will

attacks on voting systalk about tems. Parkinson’s The group meets Psychosis; from 6-8 p.m. in the the effect of large Community Room Parkinson’s 8 at the rear of the on emotions Bloomingdale Regional and thought Library, 1906 Public processes. Bloomingdale Ave. in The Valrico, and invites all Parkinson’s like-minded Democrats Disease to attend. Call 654support 7464 for more informagroup is free tion. of charge and open to those who have Apollo Beach been diagnosed with the disABWC Elected Board 2017-2018 L-R Adrienne Covais, Treasurer; Sandy ease, family members, care- Dobratz, Secretary; Katherine Cintron, President; Sharon Vasquez, 3rd VP of Woman’s Club Membership; Claudia Gassett, 2nd VP of Membership; Beverley Brooks, 1st Upcoming Events givers and anyone with an VP of Programs; and Phyllis Elsberry, Presenter. The Apollo Beach interest in learning more to the MiraBay Market this Returning Club (ABWC) first scholarship Woman’s about Parkinson’s. month is Gulf Coast Sourdough & Wild fundraiser of the year will be a fashion Hawthorne Health & Rehabilitation Yeast Breads, The Cheese Lodge, trunk show: ‘Accessories or More with Center, located at 851 W. Lumsden Rd. Apollo Beachcombers, Body Silk By Janet Carr,’ Tuesday, October 24, from in Brandon is a skilled nursing facility & more. Food will include honey, Robin p.m. at the Apollo Bistro, located at 3–7 with inpatient and outpatient rehabilitaVamos Gourmet Tampa Food Truck, 6520 Richies Way in Apollo Beach. tion programs including speech, physical Wicked Chicken's Deviled Eggs, Hogan Tickets cost $10 and is open to the Made (new Apollo Beach Designs), public. Stanford's Jerky, and Everything is It is a fun, sociable event with Better Fried's new menu and much music, appetizers, beverages and wine more. You'll also find artisan soaps, art, that may be purchased. For more info, wood decor, and clothing. please call Claudia 332-258-4580. MiraBay Market is located at 107 Membership luncheons ($18) are Manns Harbour Dr. in Apollo Beach. Call held the second Wednesday of the 603-7130 or visit month at the Apollo’s Bistro. For details and reservations, contact Sharon Vasquez at 641-7856 or sharonlSupervisor of Elections To Address Reservations Democratic Women must be made and paid for by the Friday before the Wednesday lunch. Hillsborough County Supervisor of New members are welcome. More Elections Craig Latimer is the guest The next MiraBay Market celebrates one year on Sunday, September 17. Visit speaker for the Thursday, October 12 or and occupational therapies. Hawthorne meeting of the Democratic Women’s contact Membership Chairman Claudia also hosts a dementia support group in Club of Southeast Hillsborough County. Gassett at 352-258-4580 or claudiagasthe assisted living facility, as well as past Latimer will address a number of voting meetings for those dealing with strokes, issues, including combating cyberdiabetes, low vision and other diseases. For more information or to register, call 661-8998 Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

MiraBay Market's Pumpkin Palooza

The next MiraBay Market will be pumpkin-themed and will take place on Sunday, October 15 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Browse and take pictures in the small pumpkin patch by Tungett Produce. There will be a selection of pumpkins perfect for carving. Stop by the information tent for mini MiraBay Market first birthday cupcakes by JB's Sweet Addiction (while supplies last). The first 250 shoppers will receive a limited edition reusable shopping bag. There will also be live music by Frank. This will also be the first market since Hurricane Irma, so thank you for supporting the local businesses.

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Field Of Honor Ceremony Scheduled

The veterans of Hillsborough County conducts a Field of Honor Ceremony on Saturday, October 14 at 11 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park and Rear Admiral LeRoy Collins, Jr. Veterans Museum, 3602 U.S. Hwy. 301 N. in Tampa. The event, park and monuments are all free and open to the public. Several Gold Star Families will attend the quarterly remembrance to honor servicemen and servicewomen who made the supreme sacrifice while engaged in our nation’s current War on Terror during July, August and September. Field of Honor ceremonies feature the Rolling Thunder/FL Chapter 11 color guard, Missing Man Formation flyover by Ye Mystic Airkrewe, patriotic music by Cody Palmer/VFW Post 8108, and a traditional rifle salute and taps by the Sgt. Walter P. Ryan Detachment 1226 Marine Corps League of Riverview. For more information, call 7445502 or 246-3170. Visit Consumer & Veterans at

Many Resources Available To Hillsborough Residents At Hurricane Irma Disaster Recovery Center

Hillsborough County and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have partnered to open a Disaster Recovery Center where residents impacted by Hurricane Irma can find out about programs and services available to help them. The local Disaster Recovery Center is open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The Regent, 6437 Watson Rd. in Riverview. Appointments are not necessary. More than a dozen agencies are providing resources at the center, including: FEMA, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Florida Department of Children and Families

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Florida Hillsborough County, good Department of Samaritans all around the Health, Hillsborough country began asking how County Aging they could help residents. Services, Hillsborough County has Hillsborough established the County Affordable Hillsborough County Irma Housing Services, Relief Fund that will Hillsborough directly fund recovery County Health efforts for residents Care Services, Hillsborough impacted by the storm. County Homeless Services, All financial donations Hillsborough County Social to the relief fund will be Services, American Red used to support non-profit Cross, Career Source Tampa organizations providing Bay, Central Florida aid and recovery services Behavioral Health Network to Hillsborough County and Senior Connection from residents, such as Prestage Brothers: Enjoy the sounds of the Prestage Brothers as they Area Agency on Aging. Salvation Army and entertain at the Alafia State Park Fall Festival on Saturday, October 14. American Red Cross. Types of assistance are Festival runs from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. determined on a case-byFunds collected will go Brothers, Ben and John will perform from case basis. Disaster assistance may directly to residents through the non12 Noon- 4 p.m. include grants to help homeowners and profit organizations and will not be Come out for a fun day and bring renters pay for temporary housing, used for any governmental services or the family. Children activities include essential home repairs, personal property administrative costs. Jumbo the Purple Pirate (face replacement, human services and other Visit to painting/balloon hats and animals/ magic make an online donation to the disaster-related needs. SBA offers lowtricks), pumpkin painting, hay rides, and interest disaster loans for businesses of Hillsborough County Irma Relief Fund competitive events. Food and drinks will all sizes, homeowners, renters, and prior make checks payable to be available. vate non-profit organizations. SBA disas“Hillsborough Irma Relief” and mail to: There will be no charge to attend ter loans may cover repairs, rebuilding, as Lutheran Services Florida, 3627 W. the event other than normal gate admiswell as the cost of replacing lost or disasWaters Ave., Tampa, FL 33614. sion to the park ($4 for an individual, $5 ter-damaged real estate and personal Funding will be authorized by a for vehicles with up to eight passengers, property. committee consisting of representa$1 additional for each person beyond For federal assistance, the registratives from the Hillsborough County eight). Alafia River State Park is located tion process is the first step in recovery Department of Aging Services, Florida at 14326 CR 39 S. in Lithia. For more and requires information such as insurDepartment of Children and Families, information, visit ance policies, and bank information for and United Way Suncoast. direct transfer of funds. FEMA The creation of a general recovnews/item/30-2017-fall-festival. encourages residents to register before ery/relief account to support human they visit the Disaster Recovery services organizations providing relief Relief Fund Established For Center. To register, go and recovery services to disaster surHillsborough County Residents to, through vivors is a part of Hillsborough Impacted By Hurricane Irma the FEMA mobile app available in the County’s Comprehensive Emergency Apple App Store or Google Management Plan. Even before Hurricane Irma hit Play, or call (800) 6213362, which is video relay service accessible. (TTY: (800) 462-7585.) Helpline hours are 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. Survivors requiring a reasonable accommodation such as American Sign Language interpreting, Braille, large print, etc., while visiting the Disaster Recovery Center may call the helpline for support.

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Hurricane Irma Tests Community Resilience As First Major Storm To Hit Community In 12 Years

Story and Photos By Tamas Mondovics

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Hurricane Irma, is shown as it is nearing Cuba on its way toward the Florida Keys in early September, 2017. Irma proved to be the most intense and dangerous storm to reach the state of Florida since Wilma in 2005.

As Irma stayed on track to reach the state, residents waited for hours to collect sandbags at the County’s Apollo Beach station.

It has been 12 years since Hurricane Wilma, the last major storm to make landfall in Florida and the most intense Atlantic hurricane to strike the United States since Katrina in 2005. But when Irma formed on August 30 as a tropical storm and became a Category 2 hurricane on the Saffir–Simpson scale within a mere 24 hours and reached Photo by Hillsborough County Category 3 hurricane (a major hurriInterim Sheriff Chad Chromister and cane) shortly afterward, officials Hillsborough County Commissioner Pat Kemp read an update on Hurricane Irma’s status just knew this could be the streakhours before it reached Florida. breaker. Irma plowed through portions of the Ten days later Irma was done, but Caribbean as a Category 5 hurricane to not before it has been forever etched in make landfall in Florida on September the history books as one of the most 10, first in the Keys and then near Marco powerful storms bringing with it coastal Island on it way westward around the surge flooding, flooding rainfall and dampeninsula and then up the coast before aging winds stretching from the northern running out of steam and crossing into Leeward Islands to the Southeast U.S.

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reached maximum sustained wind speeds of 185 mph or greater, which she maintained for nearly 40 hours; the longest on record. Irma has caused (at the time of writing) an estimated $62 billion in damage with some estimates closer to $100 billion and a total of 81 fatalities. While Irma shed light on the human spirit, it was also a wakeup call for many who may have lost their sense of urgency. Unfortunately, hurricane season is Photo By NWS only midway through. It is best to Taking 12-hour-shifts during the storm, hard working meteorologists at the National Weather remember that it only takes one Service Tampa Bay office in Ruskin keep an eye storm. on hurricane Irma’s path while distributing As one of the busiest in a warnings to residents. More than 17,000 people decade, the 2017 hurricane season took refuge in Hillsborough County shelters ahead of the storm. will leave no doubt about the need for vigilance and advance preparaGeorgia. tion. A recap of the storm in photos puts The ninth named storm, fourth hurrithings in a visual perspective. cane and second major hurricane of the For information, visit the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, Irma was one of only four hurricanes that have

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District Deals With Hurricane Irma Aftermath, Makeup Days Decided District Provides Free School LunchTo All Students Until October 20

Hillsborough County Public Schools officials have announced to provide free school lunch through October 20, to all students to regardless of their eligibility status. The temporary change spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture is to make it easier for school districts affected by Hurricane Irma to feed students. The initiative is said to potentially impact more than 1,800 schools and 1.4 million children across Florida. According to officials the HCPS’s Student Nutrition Services team provided 34,000 meals per day to evacuees at more than 40 of its schools serving as shelters during Hurricane Irma. More than 29,000 of our neighbors sought shelter in one of our schools. In a recent press release school officials emphasized that as many families lost power during the storm access to hot meals for a period of time was limited. Shortages of certain food products across the state also added to the already challenging situation. “The free school lunches, in addition to the free breakfast, which is already in place for all children, will ensure students have healthy, nutritious meals during this time of need,” wrote Tanya Arja in a

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option (78% of respondents) to make up for missed time is changing early release days. Hillsborough County Public Schools annually build additional instructional time into its calendar District To Use With years of experience under her belt, each year. Early Release Hillsborough County Public Schools principal According to Days For Makeup Cindy Guy has been appointed to take the helm HCPS Time After at Gibsonton Elementary School. spokesperson Hurricane Irma Tanya Arja, Early Release Days provide Hillsborough County Public Schools valuable planning time for teachers, and officials have decided last month to conwrote in a press releases that, “This vert four Early Release Days into regular option was coordinated with the school days, beginning on Monday, Hillsborough Classroom Teachers October 23, to make up for missed classto make sure it would preAssociation, room time due to Hurricane Irma. serve other teacher work days and vacaOfficials said that instead of dismisstion days, while also allowing our students ing an hour early, schools will dismiss at to get the class time they need.” its normal time on the following dates: more information, visit For Monday, October 23, October 30, November 6 and November 13, which they said will allow students at all grade levels to meet the state’s requirements for HCPS Holds Bell Schedule Meetings time spent in class during the first semesHurricane Irma prompted a number ter. of meetings to be rescheduled including To finalize its decision the district sent the School Board meeting originally a survey directed to employees for feedscheduled for Tuesday, September 12, back, which proved that the most popular which was rescheduled to Tuesday,


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Practice Random Acts Of Kindness And Continue To Pay It Forward Paratroopers Help Clean-Up Lakeland Valrico Resident Coordinates Meals For Hundreds Of Linemen Hurricane Damage By Kate Quesada By Kate Quesada

A local airport became home to some of the U.S. Army’s paratroopers last month in the days following Hurricane Irma, but when plans changed for the troops they helped their hosts return to business as usual. Lakeland’s SUN ’n FUN Expo Campus and the Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE) at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport suffered the loss of hundreds of trees and flooded structures when Hurricane Irma passed through the area, work that CEO John “Litem” Leenhouts felt would take weeks to repair. “We were fortunate none of our structures sustained any major damage,” said Leenhouts. Paratroopers from the US Army’s 82nd Airborne “But the devastation to our Division Task Force recently helped clean up beautiful trees, flooding and Lakeland Airport after using it as a staging area in debris from the storm was going Hurricane Irma response efforts. to require a major clean up.” SUN ’n FUN Air Operations Director However, when the US Army’s Greg Gibson. 82nd Airborne Division Task Force All But two days later, the troopers American Lift, supported by the 3rd word that their mission was received Expeditionary Sustainment Command changed, but they didn’t leave before from Fort Bragg, NC, requested the “Paratroopers cut and hauled trees airport’s facilities for a staging area to and debris, cleared creeks and helped help victims of the hurricane, relief aircraft with supplies headload Leenhouts and other airport officials ed to the Keys,” said Gibson, who were happy to oblige. A day later, added that thanks to their efforts, no more than 300 Paratroopers aboard scheduled events had to be cancelled 115 military vehicles arrived at the airat the campus due to the storm. port, turning the SUN ’n FUN campus For more information on SUN ’n into a vehicle compound and Hangar FUN, located at 4175 Medulla Rd. in A into a barracks. Lakeland, call (863) 644-2431 or visit “We’re honored to host the 82nd in their efforts to help Florida,” said

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Movies In The Park Returns To Downtown Water Works Park On Saturdays In October The nights have cooled down so now is time to head to the park to enjoy Bring your family to Water movies Works Park on Saturday under the nights in October to enjoy family-friendly movie nights. stars. ‘Movies in the Park’, a series of family-friendly movies, returns to Water Works Park on Saturdays in October. The movies have been chosen to appeal to both children and adults. Kitty Lyons from the Friends of Tampa Recreation said, “Friends of Tampa Recreation and the City of Tampa are happy to kick off the sixth Season of Movies in the Park. All movies will be Halloween themed, ending the series on October 28 when Friends of Tampa Recreation teams up with Friends of the Riverwalk offering Trick or Treating along the Riverwalk from 4-7 p.m. and ending in Water Works Park with the movie Ghostbusters 2016." Movies will be shown on a large, inflatable, outdoor movie screen and will start at 7 p.m. with seating beginning at 6 p.m. Bring your friends and family, your picnic baskets and coolers, blankets, lowback lawn chairs and well-behaved leased dogs. No alcohol is allowed. Popcorn, candy and drinks will be

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Newland of great music and Communities is in its fun for all ages. seventh year of hostWith the weather ing its popular slightly cooling, it’s Concerts for a Cause. the perfect time to The concerts, which get out and enjoy began in earlythe Concerts for a September at the Cause. Be sure to Newland bring your lawn Communities chairs and blanof Waterset in Apollo kets. Enjoy the fall Beach and Bexley in A Fall Festival season with Land O’Lakes, feawill take place on family and friends at ture well-known area Saturday, October Waterset in bands. 21 from 5-9 p.m. Apollo Beach. The concerts are It will feature a Upcoming fall festival will take place on open to the public. In Saturday, October 21 and concert featuring costume contest ‘Frequency’ on Saturday, November 18. lieu of admission, starting at 5:30 attendees are encouraged to bring nonp.m. Prizes will be awarded for cutest, perishable food items or cash donations, scariest and most creative. After the conwhich will be distributed to Feeding test, enjoy the high-energy music of Tampa Bay, the area’s leading food bank, C’Nergy, and enjoy a pumpkin patch and which provides food to more than food trucks. 700,000 people in a 10-county area of W. On Saturday, November 18 from 6-9 Florida, including Hillsborough and Pasco p.m., you can listen to Frequency, which counties. According to Newland, last year, will rock out to Top 40 hits with favorites over 10,000 meals were collected at the from Rihanna, Bruno Mars and more concerts. For more information on Waterset, Each community will also host a Fall call 235-0154 or visit Festival in late October with costume conThe Bexley Community at 16950 tests and food trucks offering an assortVibrant Way in Land O’Lakes will hold ment of items for purchase. concerts on Saturday, October 14, 21 and The concerts at Waterset will be a Fall Festival on October 28. For more located at 7250 Parkshore Dr. in Apollo info on The Bexley Community, call 425Beach. 7555 or visit This is a family-friendly event. Gather For more concert and festival inforup your friends and family for an evening mation, visit

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Have you heard this assistance providers.” lately? Why is the T.V. Guiley is also a so loud? Or do you ask big believer in educapeople to repeat what tion and regularly they said, because you speaks about hearing loss and solutions in didn’t catch it the first the Sun City commutime? These are all nity. He is excited signs that it might be Don and Chris Guiley have 50 about new hearing time to get your hearing combined years of hearing technology and prochecked. Early detecassistance experience to provide you at A+ Hearing Center at 1647 Sun viding high frequency tion is the key, because City Center Plaza Bldg., Ste. 203A. hearing aids to his hearing loss is caused clients. He thinks hearing should be treatby nerve deafness which gradually worsens over time. Twenty-six million individu- ed the same as eyesight as it is one of our contacts with the outside world. als currently suffer from hearing impair“We do free hearing evaluations, ment. consultations and in-office repairs,” Located in Sun City Center, Don and describes Don. “We believe in education Chris Guiley of A+ Hearing Center have because limited ability to hear means lim50 combined years of hearing assistance experience. The Center provides compre- ited ability to understand and therein lies the connection between hearing loss and hensive hearing loss evaluations and dementia.” affordable recommendations. A+ Hearing In closing, Guiley gives this bit of Center’s motto is "We are not just in the hearing loss prevention advice, “Avoid flyhearing aid business, but in the business ing with a cold due to possible inner ear of helping people hear." Don Guiley finds trauma and be aware that constant repetit deeply gratifying to help people and he itive low volume noise over a long period sees his clients as friends. Guiley stated, of time can be damaging to hearing too.” “We have an open door policy, where A+ Hearing Center is located at 1647 clients can come in, we can make adjustSun City Center Plaza Bldg. Suite 203A. ments. “ A+ Hearing Center can evaluate old and new hearing instruments and pro- The center is open Monday through vide on-site repairs by factory-trained per- Thursday, from 9:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m. and Fridays by appointment only. The center sonnel. is closed for business Saturday and Besides A+ Hearing Center‘s ‘open Sunday. door’ customer service approach, they Visit A+ Hearing Center at price their hearing aids very affordably. Guiley stated, “We pride ourselves on low or call 642-8200. pricing; half the cost of other hearing

Local Seniors Crowned Domino Champions

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A pair of Nutrition Site. The winners were Brandon and recognized on Thursday, Ruskin area resiSeptember 28 at the dents representing Hispanic Heritage the Brandon and Festival held at The Ruskin Senior Regent, 6437 Watson Centers were Road in Riverview. crowed last month According to county as the victors of officials, the region has this year’s long been known as a Dominoes Representing the Ruskin Senior hotbed for dominoes Championship Center, Ouida Devine and Sandy prompting the annual organized by Fabian were named Double Nines friendly games to turn Hillsborough Champions at the annual Hillsborough County Dominoes competitive and drawing County’s Aging Championship. the best players together Services. who vie to be named The event held last month at the Town ‘N Country champion. To attend the final round, particiSenior Center, 7606 Paula Dr. in pants had to survive a number of qualiTampa, was a part of the annual fying tournaments at one of the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration in County’s Aging Services dining or senHillsborough County. ior centers. The two first-place winners for “Dominoes games are a frequent Double sixes, and the two first-place sight throughout Hillsborough County winners for Double nines included and prompt fierce but friendly competiAnalucia Alencastro, Melecia Noriega tions,” said County’ spokesman Todd from Brandon, Ouida Devine and Pratt. “The game is believed to have Sandy Fabian from the Ruskin Senior originated in China and locally is particCenter, respectively. ularly popular among Hispanics, but Participants of the Double sixes ‘rattling the bones’ draws people of tournament also included Deidre many backgrounds.” Rathael and Ingrid McCalla, representAs a reward aside from the title, ing the Ruskin Senior Center as well the champions received their trophies as Otonieo Nogueras and Daniel and a year’s worth of bragging rights— Alvarez, representing the county’s at least until next year’s rematch. Town ‘N Country Senior Center. For more information about Double nines participants also Hillsborough County’s Aging Services, included Geraldine Washington and please visit Gloria McGill, representing J.L. Young


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rocks are hidden. Leaders at Pivot Charter School are hoping to bring awareness about the school, one rock at a time. The 275 6th-12th graders currently enrolled in Pivot Charter le Colesanti, el h ic School, along with their M y b ed Compil om .c er rv families, are a close se ob y re michelle@osp knit community. Last school year, 41 percent of middle school students earned high school credit and 83 percent of graduates went to colFall Festival At Hawthorne Village lege following graduation. Retirement Community Pivot School is located at 3020 S. Bring the family to Hawthorne Village Falkenburg Rd. in Riverview. Call 626Retirement Community on Friday, October 6724 or visit 27 from 6-8 enjoy fall fun with face painting, a pumpkin carving contest, scavenger hunt, games, bounce house and Update On pumpkin patch photos. New It is located at 851 W. Lumsden Rd. Riverview in Brandon. Call 661-8998 or visit Library As the

Pivot Charter School Students Bring Awareness To School With Painted Rocks

Students at Pivot Charter School– Tampa joined the nationwide scavenger hunt by painting animals, positive quotes, school spirit and other creative pictures on more than 600 rocks. Each rock is tagged with @pivotrocks, which links to the school’s Instagram page. The students recently hid the rocks throughout Hillsborough County at restaurants, parking lots, walking trails and other public areas. The group will use its Instagram page to share clues about where the

planners looked at the proposed library, it became clear that the community had already outgrown the Pivot Charter School proposed dimensions Principal Liz Bretz organizes dozens of of the facility, platters filled with so it was painted rocks. decided to expand the thinking and now the new library will be a 35,000 sq. ft. building (smaller than Southshore, but larger than Bloomingdale). At such a large size, a much larger staff will be needed, with preference given to those individuals with mul-

tiple skills, as instruction of patrons will be the focus. Due to the large size, there are negotiations under way to have the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce and other government agencies be tenants, providing a true focal point of services to the community. Two additional parcels of land are being considered to provide more egress from the facility to Boyette Rd., and a possible traffic light for the facility is also being considered. The expected opening date for the new facility will be spring 2020. As the design phase is approaching, county planners want additional input from the community on design, needs, preferences, etc., and a second public meeting will be held at which several county planners and Library personnel will be present. This meeting will be announced in advance. Watch Library listings and notices, local newspapers for more information. The current library is located at 10509 Riverview Dr. Inquire at the Library Service Desk or call 273-3652 for information/registration on programs at the library.

Living With Alzheimer’s Educational Series At The Bridges

A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or related dementia lead to many questions for the person with the diagnosis and their family. This three-part series, which will take place on Tuesday, October 31, and November 7 and Friday, November 17 from 10 a.m.-12 Noon, is geared for people with early stage Alzheimer’s or some

form of dementia and their care partner. Kim Schaub, Program Specialist with the Alzheimer's Association, will lead a discussion on what you need to know, what you need to plan and what you can do to navigate this chapter of your life. The Living with Alzheimer’s Educational Series will be held at The Bridges Retirement Community, located at the Clubhouse at The Bridges, 11350 Bloomingdale Ave. in Riverview. To register, please call 413-8900. Seating is limited.

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Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay welcomes back Sesame Street® Kids’ Weekends this October, with an extended four weeks of Halloween fun each Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Beloved Sesame Street characters, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, Elmo, Grover, Rosita, and other popular faces will make appearances and will be dressed in their own special Halloween costumes. Each weekend will feature trick-ortreating and fall festival activities including a hay bale maze, dance parties, games and character parades throughout the day as well as very special surprises for each theme. Children are welcome to wear Halloween costumes and every weekend is jam-packed with brand-new events and activities. Visit or call 1888-800-5447.

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Suncoast Credit Union Presents Winthrop Arts Annual Children’s Art Show

Young artists ages 5 to 18 can enter one piece of artwork in the Winthrop Arts Annual Children’s Art Show. The show is sponsored by Suncoast Credit Union.

Children ages 5 to 18 are encouraged to enter artwork in Winthrop Arts Annual Children’s Art Show presented by Suncoast Credit Union. The show, which is judged, features and celebrates the creativity of the area’s young artists. Children may enter original artwork in any medium. All they need to do is use their creativity. The art show is open to all students living in the greater Brandon area. Children can enter one piece. There is a $5 entry fee. There are three age categories for entries and prizes- ages 5 to 8; ages 9 to 13; and ages 14 to 18. All entries must be submitted by Monday, October 23 at 6 p.m. at the Art Factory located at 11267 Winthrop Main St. in Riverview. This year the show is sponsored by Suncoast Credit Union. Significant awards are available for Best of Show (one overall) and First, Second and Third Place in each age category. Mary McDonald, Community Relations Director for Suncoast Credit Union said, “At Suncoast Credit Union, we support the arts as

they align with our mission to promote the education, health and emotional wellbeing of children.” McDonald added, “The Winthrop Arts Children’s Art Show provides a creative opportunity for children to dream and express themselves outside of a normal day. We believe this supports and promotes healthy emotional growth. Since 1990, our Foundation has assisted similar efforts with $19 million reinvested in the 21 counties we serve. We look forward to the colors, interpretations and visual mediums these students will exhibit during the show.” An artists’ reception will be held at the Art Factory, the education program of Winthrop Arts, on Thursday, October 26 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Awards will be given at 7 p.m. The reception is an opportunity for the children to showcase their artwork. Bryant Martinez, the Winthrop Town Artist and lead instructor at the Art Factory said, “I look forward to this show each year. I love seeing what the children produce.” All artwork entered must be accompanied by an artist’s statement. Information and the registration form can be found at For information, call Kathy at 758-5161 or email

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Firehouse Pub Offers An Entertaining Lineup Of Comedy And Music Events Looking for something Next, on Friday, October fun to do on a Friday or 20, the Firehouse Pub will Saturday night? Check out present Comedy Night @ the Firehouse Pub at the FCC. The comedians will be Firehouse Cultural Center announced shortly. in Ruskin. According to On Saturday, October Georgia Vahue, Executive 21, the Firehouse will come Director of the Firehouse alive with the soulful jazz Cultural Center, “We startmusic of the Valerie See Jazz vocalist, Whitney Gillespie Jazz Ensemble. ed offering the Firehouse James and the trio LaLucha Pub in Spring 2014 to pro- on Saturday, October 28 at The group performs a mix of vide quality entertainment instrumental and vocal jazz 7:30 p.m. opportunities for South music. Gillespie has perShore audiences who truly love music formed alongside icons of jazz including and comedy. There was nothing else like Rosemary Clooney, Natalie Cole and Ray this in the area.” Charles. The Firehouse Pub offers a fantastic Round out the month with an enterlineup of comedy or live music throughout taining show by Whitney James and each month. LaLucha Trio. There is a synergy For the month of October, you can between jazz vocalist, Whitney James, pick from a number of fun events. All and the band members of LaLucha shows are from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. (Alejandro Arenas on bass; John O’Leary On Friday, October 6, the Firehouse on piano; and Mark Feinman on drums). Pub offers its popular Clean Comedy. Advance tickets for the comedy This is a great show for anyone who shows are $15 for members and $18 for wants a good laugh, but could go without non-members. Day of tickets are $20 for the ‘dirty’ jokes. This month, Clean members and $25 for non-members. Comedy’s headliner will be Lou Advance tickets for musical performAngelwolf. He has been heard by millions ances are $18 for members and $23 for of the radio, and he has performed his non-members. Day of $23 for members live stand up in dozens of time zones. and $25 for non-members.Call 645-7651 The show will feature Jeff Gerbino or The who has been seen on HBO, Showtime, Firehouse Cultural Center is located at NBC, CBS and featured on Air America. 101 1st Ave. NE in Ruskin.

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Food Pantry Now Open On Wednesday Evenings

Saint Anne Catholic Church’s Food Pantry is now open for food distribution 5-7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. The new hours went into effect in August to accommodate working individuals who are unable to get to the pantry during its morning hours. Response to these additional hours will be evaluated to determine if this will remain a weekly offering. The pantry will continue to be available every Wednesday morning from 9 a.m. 12 Noon. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. All in need are welcome. Saint Anne Catholic Church Food Pantry partners with Feeding Tampa Bay, USDA, Publix and Winn-Dixie supermarkets and Saint Anne parishioners and assists an average of 450 families and homeless each week in the South Shore Area. It is located at U.S. Hwy. 41 and 11th Ave. NE in Ruskin. For more information, visit

Destiny Church Hosts Christian Magician

Illusionist Brad Brown will be at Destiny Church on Halloween night, October 31 for Trunk or Treat. During that time he will interact with the crowd as he entertains with his magical skills. He will perform again on Wednesday, November 1 at 7 p.m. in the Destiny Church Worship Center, located at

2322 11th Ave SE, in Ruskin. Seats will fill up fast and are on a firstcome first-served basis. Brown is an internationally known Christian magician combining side-splitting comedy and mind-blowing magic to engage and entertain audiences while clearly presenting Gospel Truth. Based out of Northern Kentucky, he delights audiences across the country and around the world. Now you can bring this inspirational fun to your church, camp, conference, or other Christian organization. Brown’s unique style allows him to connect with people of all ages. He uses illusion and sleight of hand to present the powerful truth of the Gospel in a clear, simple way.

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First Baptist Brandon Christian Academy Will Hold Soaring Eagle Challenge Walk-A-Thon

On Thursday, November 9, First Baptist Brandon Christian Academy will hold its first Soaring Eagle Challenge Walk-A-Thon beginning at 9:30 a.m. Grades Pre K-2 through 8th grade will participate with a goal to raise $15,000 for the school’s technology needs. The Academy seeks local businesses to partner as a sponsor for the event with three levels of sponsorship: Event Sponsor $200, Prize Sponsor $150 and General Sponsor $50. Sponsors name and logo will appear on all event t-shirts, Sponsor banner, school’s social media sites and the newsletter. Brandon Academy is located at 216 N. Parsons Ave. If you wish to partner or need more information, please call Frances Brankley at 6899435. The Academy is a self-supporting, non-profit organization of the First Baptist Church of Brandon. It is dually accredited by ACSI Destiny Church - Elias Peña, Student and AdvancEd. For more information, Ministries Pastor at Destiny Church delivered a breakfast of assorted bagels visit www.fbcbranand pastry rings from Panera Bread in recognition of 2017 Teacher

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Andrew’s Church Fall Craft Festival, sponsored by the United Methodist Women, on Saturday, October 28 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the corner of Brian Rd. and Bloomingdale Ave. in Brandon. Do not miss the homemade bake goods for sale. Granny's attic will offer you a lot of barely used treasures and you don't want to miss the Café for lunch. Vendors interested should call Mary Jane at 689-2572.

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Culver's ButterBurgers And Fresh Frozen Custard Arrives In Brandon

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Culver’s® of Brandon recently opened at 2470 Falkenburg Rd. It offers high-quality fast casual food cooked-to-order.

Culver’s® of Brandon recently opened its doors. Known for its famous ButterBurger® and fresh frozen custard, the restaurant serves fast casual food cooked-toorder. The restaurant is located at 2470 Falkenburg Rd. Hours of operation are Sunday to Thursday from 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. with the exception of a few holidays. “We’re thrilled to bring handcrafted, high-quality meals and desserts to the Brandon community,” said franchise owner/operator, Theresa Hutchins. "We think it’s a wonderful area and we are excited to become a contributing and active member of the community.” Originally from Wisconsin, Hutchins and her fiancé/business partner Mike Carelli have strong family roots in the dairy state and are avid Packer fans. Hutchins is a graduate from Florida

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South Shore area high school football teams seem to struggle as nearly halfway through the season their district records have seen better days. Riverview, East Bay, Lennard and Spoto have all lost their first two district games testing each program’s resilience even as they hope to finish the season on a better note. While showing a lot of talent and strength, East Bay lost its first two Class 7A, District 9 conference games, suffering defeat by Plant City (27-7) and Bloomingdale 14-6.

East Bay running back, Davonte Williams (4), breaks through the Bulls defense for a first down.

Indians running back Tanner Morris turned in another great performance but his team’s two missed field goals (36 and 34 yards) and the extra point, not to mention the double digit penalties, were costly. Representing Class 7A, District 9, Lennard High School also lost its first two games, the second of which to Bloomingdale (45-17). The Longhorns managed to get within 11, but were unable to stop the Bulls on their quest for a winning year. The Spoto High School Spartans have had a measure of

Wolves running back has nowhere to go as the Sharks d-line works together to halt the momentum.

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Local Bell Creek Diver Wins USA Diving National Championship

Girls Fastpitch Softball Team Wins Pair Of Top Championships

Eleven-year-old Aiden to place in the Fishhawk resident top three. and sixth grade Bell “As we watched Creek Academy stuhis warmup, we dent Aiden Sadler began to worry that it had no doubt of postwouldn't happen, but ing a solid performwhen the meet began ance during this our hope was restored year’s USA Diving more and more with National each dive,” Melanie Championship held in said. Columbus, OH this “We had to sweat summer. it out with each dive Competing until his last dive of against some of the round six. It seemed Local diver, Aiden Sadler, 11, smiles nation’s best junior after winning first place in the 3-meter like it took an eternity springboard competition at the USA divers, which will test for his score to display Diving National Championship. the nerves of even but when it did and the best and most experienced athletes, showed his name as the leader, we winning first place on the three meter leaped from our seats and cheered like springboard was both a proud moment never before.” and a qualifier for the future Olympian to Aiden began diving four years ago represent TEAM USA in Victoria, Canada after his coach, Chris Colwill formed at the 2017 Junior Pan American Team Colwill Diving at the Brandon Championships in October. Sports and Aquatic Center, following his Held every two years, the Union return from his second Olympics. Americana de Natacion (UANA) Junior With instruction and coaching from Pan American Championships provide Chris combined with commitment and international competition experience for hard work, Aiden’s skills have improved junior divers from the Pan American year after year. countries. “I have to practice, practice, practice,” Aside from wining the Gold, Sadler he said, adding, “I know I have to continplaced fifth in the 1-meter and seventh in ue progressing for the success to continthe 5-meter springboard competition. ue. I would like to be an Olympic diver, Sadler’s mom Melanie described the like my coach.” For results of the Pan Am nerve-wracking drama of the 3-meter Championships, visit final, emphasizing the family’s hope for

and outscored their opponents 49-6 to reach the tournament crown. The second tournament title of the fall season and the second one played under the OC Batbusters organization was the 12u USA Elite Select Florida Legacy Prospect tournament in Gainesville/Newberry held on September 23– 24. The victory also earned the girls a birth Florida Batbusters ’05 Riverview. to the July 2018 USA The Florida Batbusters ’05 Elite World Fastpitch Championship in Riverview (formerly Riverview Kansas City, MO. Warriors ’05) Fastpitch travel softball The team maintained its timely team is in one its best seasons after hitting, solid defense and stellar pitchwinning a pair of major tournament ing during the tourney while defeating titles last month. the Tampa Mustangs ’05 in the A group of young ladies that are Championship game. all local to the South Shore area that “This marks the team’s second play travel Fastpitch softball throughtitle in as many games under the OC out Florida and Georgia at an elite Batbusters organization and a 13 – 0 level, the girls first won the 12u start to the Fall travel season,” USSSA (United States Specialty Hallock said. Sports Association) Emoji Madness Hallock also emphasized that the Fastpitch softball tournament in team has joined the most successful Clermont during the weekend of travel Fastpitch organization in the September 16–17 against the top 12 country, the OC Batbusters out of and under teams in Florida. Southern California. According to assistant coach Matt Visit or @ Hallock, the team went undefeated Floridabatbusters05/ and Instagram over the weekend with seven wins @ Florida Batbusters 05.

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FREE Domestic Beer or House Wine with Purchase of Entree

One Coupon per Person Expires: October 30th, 2017

HAPPY HOUR 2-4-1 3pm to 7pm 7 Days a Week Wells, Domestic Beers & House Wines

M - Th 3pm to ? Fri, Sat & Sun 11am to ?

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Riverview/Apollo Beach Edition

Volume 15, Issue 10

Osprey Observer 2017-10 Riverview/Apollo Beach