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34th Annual Alafia Boat Parade & Chili Cook-Off Benefits Rotary Water Project

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For more of kicks off the than three holiday season decades, for us,” says boats Lisa Felice of adorned with Brandon who lights and brings her festive decograndkids rations have every year. paraded Presented down the by the Rotary Alafia River Club of for the comFishHawkmunity’s annuRiverview, proal holiday boat ceeds from the parade. This event will fund year, the 34th the charitable Annual Alafia activities of the Lighted Boat club including Parade and raising money Chili Cook-Off for the Clean will kick-off at Water and 5 p.m. on Sanitation Photo courtesy of Huth & Booth Photography Saturday, Project in December 2 at the Riverview Civic Honduras to provide water filtration Center on Park Rd. and latrine systems to the indigenous The parade of lighted boats will peoples of that country that do not start at the 301 bridge at 5:30 pm have safe drinking water or sanitaand will continue past the Civic tion. Proceeds also will be allotted to Center to "The Diddy” and then back local charitable activities. past the Civic Center ending at There are several levels of sponRiver’s Edge Bar and Grill where the sorship available and area boaters VIP after party and awards ceremony are encouraged to join the fun by for the best decorated boats will be decorating their boats and participatheld. ing in the parade. Those who want to Families are invited to the compete are asked to donate $25, Riverview Civic Center from 5-8 p.m. although boaters do not have to comto enjoy the parade, sample some pete to participate. chili and vote for your favorite at the If you are interested in participatChili Cook-Off and pose for photos ing in the Boat Parade this year, conwith Santa. There will be entertaintact Mike Broussard ment, a 50/50 raffle to benefit county at Michael.broussard@flyinglockparks, hot dogs, refreshments and smiths.com. For more information, fun for all. There is a $5 donation to contact Dr. Kim Tyson at hummingtaste the chili. bird133@verizon.net or visit “It is always a fun time and kind www.alafiaboatparade.com.

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YMCA Breaks Ground On $16 Million Spurlino Family YMCA At Big Bend Road

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An artist rendition shows YMCA’s future indoor and outdoor facility at Big Bend Rd. The project is a partnership between the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners and a joint-use lease agreement with the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA.

Community leaders including county commissioners, local business owners and close to 200 guests gathered last month for the groundbreaking of YMCA’s long anticipated facility in Gibsonton. The Spurlino Family YMCA at 9650 Old Big Bend Rd. in Gibsonton, a $16.4 million project, is the result of a long process and partnership between the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners and a jointuse lease agreement with the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA. Special dignitaries in attendance included Hillsborough County Commissioners Sandra Murman and Ken Hagan, both major supporters of the Y. The new facility will be named after its lead donor, the Spurlino Family YMCA at Big Bend Rd. and will include approximately 32,500 sq. ft. of indoor space as well as an outdoor aquatic center, a much-welcomed addition to the growing SouthShore community to enjoy. Expressing support of the project, Murman emphasized that the new facility will serve the community for years to come. “I never dreamed that we can

have such a great facility here,” Murman said. “What a remarkable and outstanding thing we can do for the residents in South County by investing in this facility.” Murman added that every dollar put into the community will get much in return. “We’re going to get healthy living programs for our seniors and adults,”

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Waterset Breaks Ground On Newest Community Amenity Center

By Candace Rotolo

owns together in 11 states across the United States. Construction is underway for the 5,300 sq. ft. Waterset Club, which will be built over six acres. The amenity will feature a fitness center with Representatives of Newland state-of-theCommunities recently broke art equipground for The Waterset Club. Pictured (front row) Pam Parisi, ment as Vice President of Marketing, well as a Lynda McMorrow, Waterset game room. Marketing Manager; Kristen Lycett, Project Coordinator; Amanda King, Additionally, residents will be able to Construction Manager (back row) Rick Stevens, rent the planned gathering room for Vice President; Rob Bosarge, Project Manager. meetings or parties. The communities’ Waterset by Newland Communities HOA and CDD office will also be housed initiates its latest growth phase with the inside The Waterset Club. Outside, there development of its newest amenity, The will be will courts for basketball, tennis, Waterset Club. The community recently pickleball and sand volleyball. Two pools broke ground on the new club which will are also planned, including a lap pool and feature a host of indoor and outdoor activa zero-entry slide pool. ities for residents of all ages. “The Waterset Club will be another Waterset is owned in a joint venture active gathering place in the community partnership between NORTH AMERICA that residents of all ages can enjoy SEKISUI HOUSE, LLC (NASH), the U.S. together,” said Pam Parisi, Vice President business unit and full subsidiary of SEKof Marketing for Newland Communities. ISUI HOUSE, LTD., Japan’s largest “We designed the club so that there is homebuilder and leading diversified something for everyone, whether they developer, and Newland Real Estate want to play a game of tennis, spend the Group, LLC, whose development busiday at the pool, or gather friends together ness, Newland Communities, is the masto celebrate a special event.” ter developer of the community. Newland Construction on The Waterset Club is well known in Tampa due to its highly is expected to be complete in early spring successful FishHawk Ranch community. 2018. For more information on the projWaterset is one of more than 30 commuect, visit WatersetFL.com. nities the NASH-Newland partnership

The Helen Gordon Davis Centre For Women Opens At HCC Campus

By Michelle Caceres

When the ribbon employment servwas cut dedicating a ices and the clean, well-lit space on Women’s Business Hillsborough Center. Community College’s The center will Brandon campus for offer affordable use by The Helen counseling servicGordon Davis Centre es, billed on a slidfor Women, many were ing fee scale and on-hand to celebrate based on housethe availability of its hold income, to services not only to stuany person regardHCC Brandon president Dr. Nancy dents but members of less of gender, Sorenson, the Centre for Women executhe community. sexual orientation, tive director Ann Madsen and HCC presiSpeakers at the rib- dent Dr. Ken Atwater cut the ribbon to race, national oricelebrate of The Centre for Women’s bon cutting included gin or religion. The newest location on the Brandon campus. Brandon campus presiprogram is staffed dent Dr. Nancy Sorenson, The Helen with licensed master’s level therapists. Gordon Davis Centre for Women execuWellness workshops are also offered tive director Ann Madsen, Hillsborough throughout the year and include creative County Commissioner Stacy White and solutions for parenting, anger manageHCC president Dr. Ken Atwater. ment, self-esteem, assertiveness and Atwater welcomed The Centre as a aging issues. part of the HCC family and was quick to Counselor Liza Sherman said the point out that its opening on the campus new space at HCC will allow her to offer was a perfect partnership that would ben- counseling services in a location convenefit students. “The ability to improve lives ient to the Brandon community. “For me is the DNA that HCC is founded upon it’s all about helping people,” she said. and when you work together to accomThe Centre’s employment services plish this goal you get more accomwill assist both men and women develop plished,” he said. career plans and prepare resumes to Madsen, The Centre’s executive land the right job. director since 2012, said Sorensen The Women’s Business Centre offers played a big hand in making the partnerfree, confidential, individual counseling, ship possible. “Our programs will help group workshops, access to business open doors of opportunity to people,” she support services and funding options as said. well as mentoring programs to help Initially, three of the Centre’s prowomen plan, start and grow a business. grams will be offered on campus, includFor more information, visit www.theing counseling and wellness services, centre.org or call 251-8437.




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Siemens And Chromalloy Gas Turbine Corp. Bring 350 New Jobs To Area

The Alley At Southshore Offers Ultimate Entertainment And 32 Lanes Of Fun

State and facility will be Local officials leasing were pleased to 210,000 sq. ft. hear of Siemens at Tampa and Chromalloy Regional Gas Turbine Industrial Park Corporation’s and is scheddecision to bring uled to open in its headquarters late 2018. location for a Siemens new joint venalready has ture to approximately Hillsborough 5,200 employCounty. ees in Florida. Florida Governor Rick Scott took “Siemens is very pleased to make charge in the announcement that the additional investments in the I-4 corridor, Advanced Airfoil Components manufacwhere we already have more than 5,000 turing facility will lead to the creation of employees,” Siemens USA CEO Judy 350 new jobs Marks said. by the I-4 cor“We’re a ridor with a global comcapital investpany that is ment of proud to be approximately ‘U.S. local,’ $139 million. with over 60 The commanufacturing pany will prosites across duce turbine the country. blade and This joint vane (broad venture with blade) cast Chromalloy components streamlines for power our supply generation. chain and The I-4 ensures we corridor within have the the borders of most Hillsborough advanced County includtechnologies The I-4 Corridor including County Line Rd., a major ing County thoroughfare bisecting Hillsborough and Polk Counties, as we pursue Line Rd., has has become a key location for the distribution, logistics performance and manufacturing operations of major corporations, gains for our emerged as a including the latest addition of Siemens and Chromalloy key location Gas Turbine Corporation, which has decided to bring its gas turheadquarters to the region. for the distribines.” bution, logisSharing tics and manufacturing operations of his thoughts on the benefits, major corporations. Chairman of the Hillsborough County A recent press release about the Board of County Commissioners move emphasized that Siemens and Stacy White said, “We are excited to Chromalloy evaluated multiple states welcome Advanced Airfoil before ultimately choosing Florida as the Components to Hillsborough County best destination for this new headquarand thank them for their investment in ters. our community. The addition of hun“I’m proud to announce that dreds of skilled manufacturing jobs is Siemens and Chromalloy chose Florida great news for local families. We are as the best place to start their new joint confident that the quality of our workventure that will create 350 new jobs for force and the responsiveness of our families in the Tampa area,” Scott said. colleges and universities to the indusAccording to Seimens, Advanced try’s evolving training needs will help Airfoil Components will hire workers for a Advanced Airfoil Components thrive range of skilled positions, including tech- here for decades to come.” nical engineers, manufacturing techniFor information, visit cians and production workers. The new www.HCFLGOV.net.

The Alley at popular game is Southshore is put on the big not your father’s screen, while bowling alley, every other NFL according to game is disEvents and played on the Sales Manager other 38 TVs. Faith Hanaway. The Alley is Located at a good place to 10221 Big Bend watch football, Rd. in Riverview, especially if you it is the most are into fantasy unique bowling football alley that you will because you ever go to. With can view every more than game at the 42,000 square same time. The feet of fun, dining room including 32 also has several bowling lanes, it billiard tables. will surely proThe multivide you with a media center, great time. which includes "The first a meeting room time that I went that can seat at into this place, I least 80 people, came for a chamis complete ber meeting, and with new audioI thought “I’m visual equipgoing to a bowlment and masing alley? You sive screens. have got to be Bowling kidding me,’” said leagues are Hanaway. “When year-round at I walked in there the Alley. There my chin about hit are leagues the floor.” every day of Since April of the week, 2008, the Alley including has provided Saturday morncustomers with ing children’s countless hours league. Cosmic of fun, whether it bowling is on be while bowling, Tuesday Photos courtesy of Faith Hanaway or at the giant The Alley contains 32 bowling lanes, dining room evenings at 9:30 arcade called the has 38 TVs and several billiard tables along with in the 8-lane a bar, Tin Alley arcade and Party Central desk to VIP suite, which Tin Pan Alley redeem tickets for prizes. Arcade, with is open to Route 66 Mini-Bowling, skeeball and everybody, even without a reservation, many other games. Tickets earned can and also on Fridays and Saturdays at be redeemed for prizes. 6 p.m. On Fridays and Saturdays from The Alley Kat’s Pub and Grill pro12 midnight to 2:30 a.m., every lane vides an expansive top-notch menu, goes cosmic. If you reserve the VIP along with the Alley Scoops Ice Cream suite, you can do cosmic bowling at parlor and onsite catering with tailored any time of day. menus for parties or any special events. “I think that everybody needs to The Alley contains Hurricane Alley, and come out and experience the Alley for 8-lane Executive Suite, a suite with a bar themselves,” said Hanaway. “I think it and food service that can be reserved for will be a pleasant surprise, and I hope private parties. they fall in love with it like I did.” The Alley has a 100-foot diameter TV For more information, you can visit screen in its dining room for watching its website at sporting events. On Sundays, the most TheAlleyAtSouthshore.com.

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and celebrate health,” said Y spokesperson Lalita Llerena, who added that addition benefits at all Y facilities includes the strengthening and supporting of cancer survivors and their families, improving the quality of life for residents. Y officials are confident that the new facility will create a community hub, bringing together diverse groups of people for a common good. The Spurlino Family YMCA at Big Bend Road’s anticipated completion date is late fall 2018. For more information about the project, please visit the new Y’s Facebook page, which tracks the construction progress with pictures and updates. Also, visit www.tampaymca.org.


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Nativity’s 48th Annual Novemberfest Returns With Crowd Favorites And New Entertainment, Midway, Music & More Novemberfest is back for its forty-eighth year of fun and family festivities. The timehonored event takes place from Wednesday, November 15 through Sunday, November 19 at the Nativity Catholic Church. Every year Novemberfest With smiles and thumbs up, these children are enjoying the Novemberfest is a major fundraiser for Nativity draws close to perks of Midway’s unlimited ride armbands. Catholic School and a long time tradition for the 40,000 people as Brandon community. ment is ‘Battle of the Bands.’ On it transforms the parish grounds into a Wednesday night beginning at 7 Center Stage at 8:30 p.m. carnival-like atmosphere featuring p.m., several youth groups will perform The merriment continues with Midway rides, games, tents of tasty on Center Stage to compete for the Midway’s unlimited ride armbands, treats and family-friendly entertaintitle of best band. Then on Thursday which are ment. Nativity Catholic School’s new night at 8 p.m., the band ‘Twist’ will principal, Mary Myers, reflected on the debut as it joins this year’s musical school’s largest fundraiser. acts. “I am so impressed by the fellowNativity is pleased to announce ship and shared responsibility that the the return of the crowd school and parish have demonstrated together in appreciation and support for our communities’ youth initiatives, which are the main benefactors of our available for purNovemberfest event,” said Myers. chase at the event for $23 or online Novemberfest is open Wednesday at $19. For deeper savings, you and Thursday from 4-10 p.m., Friday can purchase the unlimited ride from 4 p.m.-12 Midnight, Saturday from armbands for $17 and food tickets for 11 a.m. to 12 Midnight and Sunday favorite ‘Soul Circus $9 from the Nativity Catholic School or from 12 Noon to 8 p.m. As always, the Cowboys.’ The country rock band will Nativity Faith Formation students. admission, parking and entertainment perform as Friday night’s headliner at 8 Myers also announced, are all free. p.m. On Saturday night, the Plant City “Customary to our event, Brand-new to this year’s entertaincountry singer Daniel Sprouse will take Novemberfest will honor all our first

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New Office Hours And Cabana Rental Programs In Rivercrest Community New Multipurpose Field And Cabana Rental Programs At Rivercrest

The Rivercrest Community Development District (CDD) has adopted a rental program for residents and non-residents for the Multipurpose Field at the Community Center. The complete rental form appears on the RivercrestCDD.org website under Rules and Forms. The fee for non-residents is $200 for a four hour event with a $200 deposit and $100 for residents for a four hour event with a $200 deposit. The CDD has also adopted a rental program for residents to use the Cabana for special gatherings. The Cabana may only be rented by Rivercrest Access Card holders. For more information, visit www.RivercrestCDD.org or call 672-3804. Rivercrest is located at 11560 Ramble Creek Dr. In Riverview.

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Riverview Couple Launches New Church At GDX Movie Theater

Increasing Word Fellowship

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After buying a Jennifer Dale said the house in Riverview in church’s values are ethnic March 2016, Pastor diversity, ministering to famiHenry Dale and his lies and individuals, and wife, Jennifer, felt that using the Bible and scripture God wanted them to as its foundation. She said start a church in their church attendees can expect community. life-applicable messages, Since June great fellowship and interac2017, Increasing tive services. Word Fellowship has “We’re not perfect, and been meeting month- Photo courtesy of Jennifer and Henry we don’t expect you to be,” Dale ly at 9:15 a.m. for said Mrs. Dale, who works as worship at the Goodrich Riverview 14 an administrator at Hillsborough GDX movie theater, located at 10550 E. Community College. Bay Rd. in Gibsonton. Upcoming services are scheduled for How to Deal with Life On Sunday, November Sunday, September 10 – Challenges 12, the Dales will launch Companions, Friends and Ask God About It -November 12 their new church with a Loved Ones; and Sunday, Making Up Your Mind new series titled How to October 8 – Always Getting -November 19 Deal with Life Challenges Better. Some Things Take Time -November 26 and will begin holding servRev. Dale works as a A Little Pressure is Good ices on a weekly basis. chaplain for the Department of -December 3 “We feel very strongly It’s Not How You Start but How Justice Federal Bureau of You Finish that we are starting the Prisons at the Coleman -December 10 church in the right place Federal Correctional Complex, Utilizing Every Opportunity -December 17 and in the right city,” Rev. where he ministers to hunDale said. dreds of inmates every week. The church is in the midst of a series Dale, a Tampa native, earned a called What Do You Have? What Do You Bachelor of Arts degree in special educaNeed? – with messages on Life and tion from the University of South Florida in Movement in God, An Understanding and 1997. He continued his education at Disciplined Mind, and Using What You Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury, Have. N.C., earning a Master of Divinity degree “Increasing Word Fellowship is a in 2001. church that seeks to foster faith in the He accepted the call into the ministry heart of every person,” Rev. Dale said. in 1989, and has served as a pastor in “Our mission at Increasing Word is to South Carolina. empower believers to walk in their calling Call 606-0144 or email increasingand gifts.” word@gmail.com.


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Veterans Memorial Park Hosts Afghanistan Memorial Dedication

By Tamas Mondovics

Members of Scott Bill, the Hillsborough CEO/Founder of County Veterans the Brian Bill Memorial Park and Foundation, a Museum 501 c3 national Committee along nonprofit organiwith local officials zation providing and community therapeutic proleaders successgrams for fully dedicated the Special Photo courtesy of website newest memorial Operations Residents visit the recently dedicated Afghanistan War Memorial after its dedication Forces, active in honor and ceremony last month at the Hillsborough memory of those duty, veterans County’s Veterans Memorial Park. that made the ultiand their famimate sacrifice. lies. The Afghanistan Memorial dedicaThe Foundation was established to tion ceremony was held on Saturday, honor the memory of Navy SEAL Brian October 7 at Hillsborough County’s R. Bill, a member of Navy Special Veterans Memorial Park and Rear Warfare Development Group, and all of Adm. LeRoy Collins, Jr. Veterans his fellow Special Operations Warriors Museum at 3602 N. Hwy.301, in who have died in service since the Tampa. onset of hostilities after 09/11/2001. The long-awaited memorial honors “We will always remember the sacHillsborough County’s 16 and Florida’s rifice of all those brave solders in 135 fallen and veterans of Operation Afghanistan and the ones that have Enduring Freedom (OEF). come before them,” Bill said. “The Veterans Park Committee is The event’s keynote address was grateful for the success of its recent given by General Joseph L. Votel, who war memorial dedication ceremonies,” attended the United States Military said Afghanistan Memorial Committee Academy and was commissioned in member Mark Goujon. 1980 as an Infantry Officer. Also in attendance was Following his attendance at the Hillsborough County Commissioner Army War College, General Votel comStacy White (District 4) who emphamanded the 75th Ranger Regiment sized the reason for the memorial when and participated in Operation Enduring he said, “This memorial recognizes 16 Freedom, Afghanistan and Operation of our very own from Hillsborough Iraqi Freedom, Iraq. County who made the ultimate sacrifice For more information, please conin Operation Enduring Freedom.” tact Hillsborough County Consumer The ceremony was also joined by and Veterans Services at 246-3170.


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The Hillsborough no matter what, your partCounty Sheriff’s Office ner will never leave you. has plenty to be proud You can not ask for more of and has no shortage than that.” of heroes found within Before retiring, the agency’s various Raschke’s partners includspecial divisions, included Deputy Dagger, a ing deputies that make German Shepherd narup its K-9 unit. cotics dog who won the One such local 2013 “K9 Officer Photo hero is retired K-9 Contest” and an explosive Master Deputy detection Border Collie Charlotte Raschke, a named Lucy. 27-year law enforce“These dogs will sacriFormer HCSO K-9 Master Deputy ment veteran; she is fice themselves for you,” Charlotte Raschke and her deputy K9 Dagger. the only female deputy Raschke said, adding that who has served the community for the it is one of the main reasons why all past 15 years on HCSO’s K-9 unit. deputy canines end up as their handler’s Prior to joining HCSO in 1990, pets after retiring.” Raschke served the Plant City Police A dog joins the Sheriff's Office when department for three years. Her dream it is between 1-3 years old, and must of joining the K-9 Unit and to later complete 420 hours of training with its become an expert handler and trainer handler/deputy to be certified as a law was realized in 2002. enforcement canine. A Riverview resident, Raschke Raschke’s sibling, Cheryl Stanbro began her career in Detention Services spoke highly of her sisters's nearly three and worked all phases of patrol, street decades of law enforcement accomplishcrimes, crime prevention, property detec- ments, hard work and dedication to tive and the K9 unit. serve and protect her community as a KAfter partnering with four dogs she 9 Master Deputy. looks back on the past decade with no Raschke was twice awarded the regrets. Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, the “Being on the K9 unit requires you to Deputy of the Quarter, and has received get dirty, which I don't mind,” she said four life saving awards. during a phone interview while working “I am honored to have her as my with rescue dogs in Puerto Rico followsister,” Cheryl said. “She is definitely my ing the recent storms. hero.” “To be successful, this job has to be For more information about the in your blood,” she said adding, “each Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, call takes you right in the front lines and please visit www.hcso.tampa.fl.us.

Riverview Bloomingdale took him resident Rene through the Culinary Marquis believes Institute of America and he has one of the the United States Army most important where he served as a jobs at chef and also competed Bloomingdale in both the Culinary High School. World Cup and the “As the lead Culinary Olympics three culinary instructimes each. However, his tor, I teach stubiggest claim to fame dents how to take may be the fact that he care of themwon season one, episode selves and othseven of the Food ers,” said Network television show Marquis. “This is Cutthroat Kitchen in without a doubt 2013. one of the most “I am very competiimportant jobs in Riverview resident Rene Marquis, teaches tive,” said Marquis, who culinary arts at Bloomingdale High School. has lived in the the school.” Marquis, who has been teaching Riverview area since he retired from at Bloomingdale High School for a Mac Dill Air Force Base 10 years ago. year, takes his job very seriously. “All of things I have done in my past There are currently 400 students in the have led me here though.” school’s culinary program, which is Students in the Bloomingdale propart of the career and technical gram, which is one of more than a department, and a waiting list of more dozen in the county, earn industry cerwho would like to get in. Many of the tification with the National ProStart students go on to work in the industry, Certificate of Achievement as a including 2008 graduate Wesley Certified Professional Food Manager Roderick who is now an executive from ServSafe. The program started at chef at South Tampa’s On Swann. school in 2014. Under Marquis’ direcCurrent senior in the program, Gigi tion, the students grow their own vegRivera recently won the Fresh From etables and herbs in an outdoor garFlorida Student Cook-Off against studen and also cook meals that can be dents from all over the state. purchased by school staff every day. “We are giving our students skills For more information on they will use in life in so many ways,” Bloomingdale High School’s Culinary said Marquis. Department, call the school at 744Marquis’ road to teaching at 8018.

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Annual Christmas Tree Lightings & Parades Offer Local Holiday Fun For Families

By Kathy L. Collins

The holidays are Ballet, Dance just around the corner, Dynamics, singers and so are the many and more. The tree area Christmas tree lighting ceremony lighting ceremonies, will begin at 6:30 movies, parades and p.m. The tree will festival. Be sure to be lit at approxicheck out all that the mately 7:15 p.m. area has to offer and and a holiday have fun getting into themed movie will the holiday spirit. be shown on the The Annual lawn behind the Enchanted Tree tree following the Lighting Ceremony in lighting of the tree. Hyde Park will kick off Winthrop Town the holiday season on Centre is located at Saturday, November the intersection of 18 from 5 to 9 p.m. Bloomingdale Ave. This is a free, family and Providence Rd. friendly event featurin Riverview. ing photos with The City of Santa, live Tampa will hold music by Late its Annual Tree Night Brass, Lighting food and beer Ceremony on trucks, a Kids’ Friday, Zone, balloon December 1 at animals and 6 p.m. in Curtis more. Hyde Hixon Park Village is Waterfront Park located at 1602 in downtown W. Snow Ave. Tampa. The in Tampa. event is free On and includes a Thursday, count-down to Enjoy some magical holiday fun at the many area November 30 light the tree Christmas Tree Lighting events including the Winthrop you will not Arts’ Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony which with Mayor Bob want to miss features holiday themed entertainment by local per- Buckhorn. A formers. Lights of Love, movie will be the annual Christmas tree lighting cereshown after the lighting in the park. mony in historic downtown Plant City at The 36th Annual Downtown Tampa McCall Park located at 100 N. Collins St. Christmas Parade will be held the next This event runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. At day, Saturday, December 2 beginning at 5:30 p.m., you can get photos with Santa. 11 a.m. The parade will wind throughout The tree lighting ceremony will take place downtown, but the best place to view at 6:30 p.m., and the tree will officially be the parade is along Madison St. Take lit at 7 p.m. the family over to beautiful Curtis Hixon Come back to Plant City on Friday, Waterfront Park for the Annual Santa December 1 for the Annual Christmas Fest from 12 to 4 p.m. Parade from 7 to 9 p.m. The parade On Wednesday, December 6 begins at the intersection of Collins St. Center Place will host its 33rd Annual and Alsobrook St. in downtown Plant City. Christmas Tree Lighting. Dawn Galia, The parade will run down Collins St., turn Executive Director of Center Place said, right on Reynolds Ave. and end just past “We have an eclectic group of performthe Plant City Courthouse. You can bring ers for our 33rd Annual Christmas Tree chairs and comfortably watch the majesty Lighting.” Galia added, “We usually of this annual tradition in Plant City. have a packed house for this free comOn Friday, December 1 Winthrop munity event. We look forward to this Arts presents its Annual Christmas Tree event every year.” Santa Claus who will Lighting in Winthrop Town Centre in be on hand to help light the tree and Riverview. This annual event is fun and take photos with children. Center Place free for the whole community. You will is located at 619 Vonderburg Dr. in enjoy a performance by the Brandon Brandon.


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Christmas Town™ Returns To Busch Gardens® With Family Favorites & More

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Christmas Town™ returns to Busch Gardens® with twinkling lights, Yuletide shows, holiday shopping, Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland and of course a visit from the big man himself—Santa Claus. The annual holiday tradition takes place on 25 select dates from Sunday, November 19 to Sunday, December 31. Christmas Town is included with an annual pass, Fun Card or daily admission to the park. New this year is A Story Time Breakfast with Rudolph at the Dragon Fire Grill. As guests enjoy stories from the famous RedNosed Reindeer, they dine on waffles, French toast, eggs, biscuits and gravy, pastries and more. Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland returns with its beloved television characters that bring to life the scenes from the television screen. This year Sam the Snowman joins the cast of Rudolph, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and Bumble at the Winter Wonderland located in Celestial Crossing. Guests can also expect the return of Santa’s House presented by CocaCola®, where families encounter busy little elves preparing for Christmas. Families can meet and take photos with Santa in his private study. The Christmas Town Village will feature savory treats and Yuletide sweets with a brand-new Holiday Culinary Sampler. The sampler will feature delectable creations from the Christmas Town holiday menus to allow guests to sample multiple specialty items. Also, new this year is the Three Kings Celebration, which will be held on Monday, January 1 through Saturday, January 6. Busch Gardens unfolds the famed journey to the humble town of Bethlehem. This cultural celebration boasts authentic Latin flavors found only during the holidays, live entertainment honoring


the three Wise Men and Busch Gardens’ dazzling display of twinkling Yuletide lights. Nestled between beautifully lit trees and roaring with excitement, some of the best views of Christmas Town can be found atop Florida’s top thrill rides, including the family spin coaster, Cobra’s Curse™. From world-class roller coasters and Broadway-style entertainment to one-of-a-kind, up-close animal encounters, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay continues to deliver some of the biggest thrills anywhere. For a complete list of seasonal sights and unforgettable Yuletide experiences, visit ChristmasTown.com. Christmas Town also offers great opportunities for groups looking to book a unique holiday party. For details, call the Busch Gardens Events Team at 9875523. Plus, be the first to know about new events, special deals and future announcements by following the park’s blog at BuschGardensTampaBlog.com, or follow Busch Gardens on Facebook, Twitter, Instag ram and Snapchat.


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Thanksgiving Day Kicks Off With FishHawk, Waterset And YMCA Community Turkey Trot Runs Kick start your Thanksgiving holiday by walking (or running) to greet the new day at one of the many Walk/Runs taking place locally. Not only will you get a head start on the burning of calories for all the food you will later consume, but you will also be helping to support local charities.

FishHawk Turkey Trot

FishHawk's Most Wanted Turkey will greet you at the upcoming FishHawk Turkey Trot taking place on Thanksgiving morning at the Pubix Plaza, 5668 Fishhawk Crossing Blvd. in Lithia. Come wobble with the turkey before you gobble the big meal. The race will support Seeds of Hope, which provides food assistance for the community and is primarily funded by the annual Turkey Trot. The chip timed 5K costs $30 and will begin at 8 a.m. The chip timed 10K will also begin at 8 a.m. and costs $35. If you wish to run the 5K untimed, the cost is $25 and will begin at 8:05 a.m. The 1M and 250 yd. mini run will begin at 9:15 a.m. There will be free crafts for the kids and medals for the kids that participate in the Fun Run. Packet pickup is Wednesday, November 22 from 4-8 p.m. at the Palmetto Club, 17004 Dorman Rd. in Lithia.

All turkey participants are encouraged to arrive an hour before their scheduled race A 2017 Turkey Trot Ornament will also be available to support Seeds of Hope. They cost $15 and available on the order form before entering payment (final design may be slightly different). To register, visit www.eventbrite.com and search FishHawk Turkey Trot.

Tampa YMCA Third Annual Goody Goody™ Turkey Gobble

On Thanksgiving morning, the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA invites community members to participate in the Third Annual Goody Goody™ Turkey Gobble 5K, 8K and 1 Mile Run/Walk sponsored by Goody Goody™ restaurant. Strollers and dogs are welcome to join the race, music and family fun starting at 7a.m. The route starts and ends in front of the Amalie Arena at 401 Channelside Dr. As title sponsor, the award-winning Goody Goody™ restaurant is providing free breakfast to all participants after the race. Included in the registration price are a chip-timed numbered bib for 8K and 5K participants, a dri-fit t-shirt and finisher medal for all

participants. Prizes will be awarded to 1st place overall male/female adult and 1st place overall male/female youth (ages 9 and under). First place prizes will also be awarded by age group (10-19, 20-29, 3039, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+). Onsite results will be available following the race and in an emailed link. All proceeds raised will support the LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program for cancer survivors and their families. The free 12-week Y program offers people affected by cancer a safe, supportive environment to participate in physical and social activities focused on strengthening the whole person. Register at runsignup.com. The cost for 5K is $35 now and $45 on race day. The 8K is $40 now and $50 on race day and the 1-Mile Run/Walk is $15 now and $20 on race day. Pre-Race Party & Packet Pick-Up takes place at Ferg’s Live, 490 Channelside Dr. on Tuesday, November 21 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. with pre-race party from 5-7 p.m. The Goody Goody™ Turkey Gobble 5K, 8K and 1Mile Run/Walk is also sponsored by Rocke McLean Sbar, 10News WTSP, Tampa Bay Times, Cox Media Group and Reeves Import Motorcars/VW. For information, visit us on Facebook

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Waterset 5K Turkey Trot

The Waterset 5K Turkey Trot will be held Thanksgiving morning, November 23 beginning at The Lakeside Park, 7250 Parkshore Dr. in Apollo Beach. Check in opens at 7 a.m. and the chip-timed 5K race will begin 8 a.m. A separate Kid’s race will take place at 9 a.m. Strollers are welcome. Awards will be given out for overall male and female Masters, Grand Masters and top three in each age group. Medals will be given for all who participate in the Kid’s race. Early bird registration through November 19 is $25. After that, the fee is $35. The Kid’s Fun Run Registration costs $15. Online registration is now available at www.athlinks.com/event/turkey-trot-atwaterset-191213. Early packet pick up will be at The Landing Club and Café in Waterset at 7012 Sail View Lane on Wednesday, November 22 from 3-8 p.m. Sponsorships for promotional items for the race packets, raffle prizes or to have a table set up at the race to promote your business are available. Newland requests that businesses refrain from selling items during the event. There are also additional sponsorship opportunities: Gold ($1500), Silver ($1000), Bronze ($500) or Race Friend ($250) sponsor. For information, contact McMorrow at lmcmorrow@newlandco.com or call 2350154.

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RoLaV Computers Owner Enjoys Using His Skills To Help People Two of Joseph LaViola’s favorite things are working with technology and helping people. He is able to combine both of these passions in his business, RoLaV Computers. Photo courtesy of “I not only Joseph LaViola enjoy working with Joseph LaViola started RoLaV technology, I greatComputers in ly enjoy helping Riverview in 2014. people,” LaViola said. “The joy that comes with this is incredible.” After more than 25 years in the computer industry, LaViola started RoLaV Computers in Riverview in 2014, bringing a wealth of knowledge from his experience with technical and desktop support as well as network administration and engineering. RoLaV Computers offers a wide variety of services for residential and business customers, including hardware repair for personal computers and smart devices; rebuilding and customization; network and internet troubleshooting; consulting; and training. LaViola meets with his clients in person, paying close attention to what the user tells him and then carefully explaining how he can solve the issue. He said he has tripled his business by maintaining his philosophy of offering the best product at the best price. “Taking the time to sit with people, and showing them what you do and how

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it benefits them, now and down the road, speaks volumes,” he said. “My customers come back to me month after month, year after year.” Tara B., who works with LaViola every month, hired him two years ago to set up wireless accessories in her home. “Since then I have referred him to several people, including my office, and still continue to call upon him for all my home computer needs,” she said. “He has proven to be invaluable to our office. For the first time we actually feel like we have someone who listens, understands and solves our issues. He is extremely responsive (sometimes he is at our office in less than 30 minutes after we call.) We can’t imagine what we would do without him.” Originally from New York, LaViola comes from a very close-knit family and treats his customers like family. “I love helping people, and I love to see the response I get from users that I assist,” he said. RoLaV Computers services the greater Tampa Bay area. For more information, visit the company’s website at RoLaVComputers.com or call 294-4047.

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Ruskin resident Debbie Caneen, pictured with County Commissioner Sandy Murman, is organizing the Tampa Bay Tiny Home Show at HCC SouthShore this month to educate the community about the benefits of the Tiny House lifestyle.

Residents interested in down-sizing or living more economically, will not want to miss the Tampa Bay Tiny Homes Show in Ruskin this month. The show, which is taking place at Hillsborough Community College’s (HCC) SouthShore Campus in Ruskin on November 11 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., is hosted by Circle Pond Tiny Home Community and Tampa Bay Tiny Homes, in collaboration with HCC’s Sustainability Department and will offer a large variety of information for anyone interested in the Tiny Home lifestyle. Ruskin resident Debbie Caneen, director of admissions at Sun Towers in Sun City Center, is chairing the event to help residents learn more about the concept of tiny houses and to discuss the idea of a tiny home community in the Ruskin area. Attendees will be able to tour a number of different tiny homes and listen to a host of speakers on topics related to the lifestyle. According to Caneen, the Tiny House lifestyle is a movement where people are trying to downsize the space they live in for many reasons, the most popular of which are environmental and financial concerns and desire for more time and freedom. Tiny Houses come in all shapes, sizes and forms, but they all enable simpler living in a smaller, more efficient space. The typical American Home is around 2,600 sq. ft., whereas the typical Tiny House is between 100 and 400 sq. ft. “I work at Sun Towers Retirement Community in Sun City Center which is a 55 plus community of about 20,000 seniors,” said Caneen. “On any given

day, approximately 3,000 people come into Sun City Center to provide services to the seniors. These people are doing jobs such as dietary, housekeeping, care giving, nursing, sales, meal prep, etc. Their wages are not high enough to find housing nearby due to the cost of the least expensive decent home in our area being around $1,400 per month with an electric bill of approximately $200 per month. Not affordable at all. This idea of the Tiny Home Show is to hopefully inspire a few pocket communities nearby for people to find quality living space at an affordable price.” Presenters at the show will include John and Fin Kernohan, founders of the United Tiny House Association, who will be speaking of composting for tiny living, Josue Robles of the USF Architecture and Urban Design faculty discussing alternative houses design, Adam Curtis from Freedom Bank who will be speaking on home financing and many more. Information will also be available on subjects from hydroponics and edible landscaping to solar power and alternative energy. Tickets to the show are $5 a person, Veterans and HCC students can enter free with valid ID. Organizers are asking residents to purchase tickets in advance at http://bit.ly/tinyhomeshow. All proceeds benefit the Firehouse Cultural Center and South Shore Coalition for Mental Health and Aging, HCC SouthShore is located at 551 24th St. N.E. in Ruskin. For more information, search Tampa Bay Tiny Home Show on Facebook or call 786-7300.

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Holiday Bake Sale

The Apollo Beach Woman’s Club (ABWC) will hold its next scholarship fundraiser - the Thanksgiving Day Holiday Bake Sale on Tuesday, November 21 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at two locations: in front of Apollo Meats, 226 Apollo Beach Blvd. in Apollo Beach and the Apollo Beach Publix Shopping Center in front of The Very Best Barbers Inc, 6416 N U.S. Hwy. 41. The club’s primary mission is to provide college scholarships to graduating high school seniors living in zip code 33572. The club continues to help the local elementary schools with needed clothing; Thanksgiving and Christmas grocery gift cards and holiday presents. New members are welcome. Visit www.apollobeachwomansclub.com or contact Membership Chairman Claudia Gassett at 352-2584580 or claudiagassett@me.com.

November Woman's Club Luncheon Focus On Medical Cannabis Join the Riverview Woman's Club monthly membership luncheon on Wednesday, November 15. Bring your dollars for cash to share and our 50/50

raffle. The Luncheon will be held at St. Joseph's Hospital S., 6901 Simmons Loop in Riverview in the Franciscan Conference Room. There is complimentary valet parking. Special Guest Speaker will be Mindy Budzynski, Esquire and RWC Board Member, 'Medical Marijuana: Everything You Wanted to Know and Were Afraid to Ask.' This meeting is one where you will want to invite your friends and family. (men are also welcome at the meetings.) Come to a safe and friendly environment to learn. RSVP’s and payment should be made no later than the Friday, November 10. The cost is $15 for members and guests. Visit www.riverviewwomansclub.org/paypal to pay.

Golf Tournament To Benefit Angela Slater Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Angela Slater Memorial Golf Classic will take place on Saturday, November 11 at Summerfield Crossings Golf Club in Riverview. Registration is at 11:30 with a 12:30 shotgun start. Dinner and awards will follow at 5:30 with prizes and raffles. Golfers may register as individuals ($80) and Foursomes ($300). Slater was a longtime Hillsborough County Softball coach who passed away after a long battle with cancer in 2016. Proceeds will benefit the RVHS Sharks Softball team and the Angela Slater Memorial Scholarship Fund. For more information, please contact Coach Ron Slater at 477-0083.

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Teen Impact To Host Bingo Fundraiser With Coach Handbag Prizes

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Teen Impact program, Would you like said, “I have teenagers, a chance to win a Coach handbag and they struggle every while supporting a day with peer pressure, worthy cause? If so, as do all of our stugrab your bingo dents.” dabbers and venSince 1998, Teen Impact has served the ture over to The Hillsborough communiRegent on ty, which contains the Tuesday, eighth largest school November 28 for district in the nation. Impact’s bingo The photo showcases the Coach hand- With a staff of only fundraiser. bag prizes for Impact’s bingo fundraisAngie Kagey, ing event on Tuesday, November 28. three, Kagey relies on volunteers to live up to the Executive the program’s name. Director of Impact, said, “We are excited Hoening continued, “To know that about the opportunity to do something fun to engage the women of our commu- there is an organization in our community that is encouraging and empowering nity.” them to say no to sex, drugs Light refreshments will and alcohol, is something our be served with bingo community should stand games from 7-9 p.m. To behind and support.” play—the cost is $40 per The evening will also feaperson, which also includes ture a silent auction and raffle all bingo supplies. Bingo that will provide additional tickets are available to puropportunities for winnings. chase online. Doors will The Coach boutique at the Westfield open at 6 p.m. with limited tickets availBrandon Mall donated an impressive gift able at the event. basket for the raffle. Raffle tickets are George Shea with Signature Realty $20 for an arm's length and can be puris sponsoring the bingo event and conchased at the door. tributed 10 brand-new Coach handbags. For further details or to purchase a The fundraiser benefits Teen Impact, a bingo ticket, visit www.impactcoachbinnonprofit program that encourages and go.eventbrite.com. The Regent is located equips high schools students to make at 6437 Watson Rd. in Riverview. positive and healthy life choices. The For more information on Teen program consists of student-led school Impact, visit www.whatisimpact.com. For clubs, camps, fun events and a summer questions, contact Angie Kagey at staff program. akagey@whatisimpact.com or 264-9368. Kerrie Hoening, an advocate for the


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Thursday of every month. Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute A variety of speakers will Conference Room, 3100 E. Fletcher Ave. provide information on topics in Tampa. relating to swallowing, balance, Pre-registration is required by calling walking, speaking, mobility, 974-7889. For additional classes, exercise, self-care, cognition, visit www.ahectobacco.com. and memory, all of which can be impacted by Parkinson’s Local Thanksgiving at lesanti, elle Co h ic Disease. MiraBay Market M ed by er.com Compil ospreyobserv The Parkinson’s The November e@ michell Disease support group is MiraBay Market falls on free of charge and open to those who Sunday, November 19, just before have been diagnosed with the disease, Thanksgiving, making it family members, caregivers and anyone the perfect time to stock with an interest in learning more about up on local ingredients, Parkinson’s. Summerfield Ladies Club Meets And foods & decor to add to Hawthorne Health & Rehabilitation Plays Bingo your Thanksgiving. Center, located at 851 W. Lumsden Rd. in The regular business meeting for the Let's celebrate harvest Brandon, is a skilled nursing facility with Summerfield Ladies Club will be held season by bringing inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation proon Thursday, November 16 at 11 a.m. at great local products grams including speech, physical and the Community Center, located at 13011 from the market to your feast. It supports occupational therapies. Hawthorne also Summerfield Blvd. in Riverview. hosts a demenour local economy, community and you'll Donations will be tia support group get to enjoy some of the area's freshest collected for the in the assisted produce, sweets, cheeses, breads and Hospice Food living facility, as more. pantry. Lunch and well as past The Market is located at 107 Manns entertainment will be meetings for Harbour Dr. in Apollo Beach. Visit provided. There will those dealing www.MiraBayMarket.com. be no Bingo with strokes, diaNovember or Flotilla 75 To Hold Nautical Flea betes, low vision December. Market and other disSaturday, November 18 from 7:30 November Trivia MiraBay Market: Visit the MariaBay Market for eases. For more a.m.-12 Noon marks the return of the Thanksgiving goodies on November 19. Fundraiser By USCG Auxiliary’s Boating and Nautical information or to American Flea Market in the parking lot at Land’s register, call 661-8998 Monday-Friday Association Of University Women End in Apollo Beach. Every year this from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. At its regular meeting, Saturday, unique event draws more and more venNovember 11, the American Association dors and attendees. Last year some 40 of University Women of Sun City Center Help For Quitting Tobacco vendors and nearly 1000 attendees parand South Shore (AAUW) will hold its first Quitting tobacco isn’t easy. Finding ticipated and found bargains ranging from fund-raising event of the year, an Annual help should be. Tobacco Free Florida fishing rods to electronic equipment to Trivia Luncheon, which will take place in offers free tools and services to help you inflatable boats and everything in the Florida Room of the Atrium on N. get started in these two hour sessions. between. Pebble Beach Blvd., off of Sun City Blvd Free Community worksite and clinic Got boat stuff? Need boat stuff? This near Walgreens. groups will be offered, with programs covis a proven opportunity for As done before, members of each ering all forms of tobacco. both sellers and savvy buytable will collaborate on answers. There Free Nicotine replacement ers. Not only are there barwill be a prize for each person at the winpatches, gum and lozenges gains galore but the benefits ning table. Doors open at 11 a.m. Lunch will be available, while supwill help to fund the public will be a buffet catered by Banquet plies last and if medically education programs of the Masters. There will be 50/50 tickets and a appropriate. Apollo Beach Flotilla 75 of basket raffle. Price of tickets is $25 or Classes will be availthe Auxiliary.There will be $200 for a table of eight. Beverly able: Thursday, November numerous door prizes) all Fletchall will handle ticket sales at 93815 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at prizes awarded from the 3215. You can mail checks to Beverly at Florida Hospital Pepin Heart sale of raffle tickets. Coast 2319 Oakley Green Dr., Kings Point, Sun Institute, Conference Room, Guard Auxiliarists will be on City, Florida 33573. 3100 E. Fletcher Ave. in hand to answer questions, The public is invited to this event. For Tampa, Monday, November In honor of the fifth anniver- offer advice and provide more information, please call Nancy 20 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., sary of the Canonization of brochures and information Ducharme at 645-1695. Oakfield Medical Plaza, Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, Classroom B, 276 S. Moon Bishop Gregory Parkes was on Tampa Bay fishing and the main celebrant at a boating. Land’s End Marina Hawthorne Hosts Parkinson’s Disease Ave., Ste. 260 in Brandon. Native American Mass at St. is located at 1220 Apollo Support Group Five week Quit Anne in October. Kateri is Beach Blvd. in Apollo Hawthorne Health & Rehabilitation Smoking Now Support the first Native American recognized as a Saint by Beach. 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Parenting Your Parents Author To Provide Advice On Child-Parent Caregiving At Twin Creeks

Twin Creeks retirement community presents an evening with author Jim Comer on Parenting Your Parents, on Thursday, November 9 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Twin Creeks, located at 13470 Boyette Rd. in Riverview. Comer will provide practical tips, in a humorous and heartfelt way, on having difficult family conversations, maintaining patience through the process, navigating challenging relationships and planning for your parents’ wellbeing—and your own. Parenting Your Parents is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Those interested in attending should register online at www.twincreeksretire.com/contact or by calling 863-9455. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and Comer’s presentation begins at 6 p.m. A book signing for When Roles Reverse: A Guide to Parenting Your Parents will follow, with free refreshments and tours provided. With more than 25 years of experience as a professional speaker, speechwriter and speech coach, Comer connects to audiences through humor, reallife experiences and poignant messages. In 1996, Comer’s life took a sudden detour when he quit his job and moved back to Texas, after 30 years away, to care for his parents. For more information, call 863-9455.

Holiday Of Hope At Covenant Family Church

Covent Family Church is preparing for its Community Holiday of Hope, which provides Thanksgiving and Christmas food boxes for those who are less fortunate. The church is accepting donations of can goods, toys and monetary donations. Drop off donations on Saturday, November 18 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the church. The Thanksgiving food boxes will be distributed on Monday, November 20 at 7 p.m. The Christmas food boxes will be distributed on Wednesday, December 20 at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Rev. Dr. Reba Haley at 370-3421 or visit online at www.cfctampabay.com. Covenant Family Church is located at 6321 US Hwy 301 S. in Riverview.


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pens during fall with experiments and investigations. Also, all libraries will be closing early on the days leading up to the Thanksgiving break from Monday, November 20 until Wednesday, November 22, the closing hours will be at 6 p.m. The Riverview Library is located at 10509 Riverview Dr. in Riverview. For more information, call 273-3652.

First Wheelchair Accessible Baseball Fields Will Be Constructed In County

Players with special needs will soon have a basesanti, ball field that is wheelchair helle Cole ic M y b d e m il accessible, safer for play and o p c rver. Com preyobse s o @ allow even more opportunie ll e mich ties for children with special needs and mobility issues to play baseball. Buddy Baseball is a non-competitive Theme Announced For 2018 recreational league for boys and girls with Florida Strawberry Festival special needs where players are paired The Florida Strawberry Festival with a buddy to assist them on the field. announced its theme for the Since the league’s inception in 2009, the 83rd annual event – ‘Building New league has been playing on traditional Memories.’ clay and sod softball fields which can be “Yes, it points to the new enterchallenging for children with mobility tainment venue we’ve constructed,” issues. Currently there are no synthetic said President Paul Davis. “But most rubber baseball fields in Hillsborough of all, we want our guests to know County for children with special needs. we’re in the business of continuously Buddy Baseball, in conjunction with making new and better memories for the City of Temple Terrace, are in the early families.” planning stages with conThe festival’s strawstruction scheduled to berry character featured in begin in March 2018. The each year’s theme artwork State of Florida and is an iconic part of the Hillsborough County will be event’s branding and funding the project. The advertising efforts. In this fields will be located at the theme’s artwork, he wears Temple Terrace Parks & a hard hat and safety Recreation - Family glasses and carries a Recreation Complex. hammer and construction Current funding will be plans for the new entertainment used for field construction. Buddy venue. Baseball is seeking additional donations “We’re so excited about our visiand sponsorships to support the growing tors having a brand new experience league. All donations are a tax-deductible with our new entertainment seating investment to the league. Donations can and the added vendor building,” said be made online Davis. “It is our desire for our guests at http://buddybaseball.org/sponsorto make lifelong memories with their ships/donations/ or by contacting Russ

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Oberbroeckling, executive director at russ@buddybaseball.org. Buddy Baseball is a non-competitive recreational league for boys and girls ages 8 to 22 with special needs. Each player is paired with a buddy to assist on the field and in the dugout. At the start of the 17th season in September 2017, the league has grown to more than 16 teams with more than 90 different schools participating.

Riverview Public Library Offers Cyber Security Course And More

The Cyber Security course will be held on Tuesday, November 14 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. This course helps businesses understand potential computer security threats and offers guidance that can be taken to protect data, computers, mobile devices, identity and other digital components. The program is presented in partnership with the Florida Small Business Development Center at Hillsborough County. Registration is required online or by phone at bit.ly/HCSBIC or 204-9267. On Wednesday, November 15 at 10:30-11 a.m., the library presents Fall Into Science, a class where children ages 3-5 years of age can explore what hap-

Blessing Of The Animals

Saint Anne Catholic Church celebrated its annual blessing of pets on Saturday, October 7, in honor of the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi. Fr. John McEvoy, Pastor, bestowed the special blessing in remembrance of Saint Francis of Assisi’s great love for all God’s creatures. The bond between a person and their pet is like no other. For many, a pet can be a true companion. Saint Anne Catholic Church is located at U.S. Hwy. 41 and 11th Avenue N.E. in Ruskin. For more information about the Parish, visit SaintAnneRuskin.org or call 645-1714.

Vendors Needed For Toy Train, Collectible, Hobby Show and Sale

Vendors are wanted for an upcoming Toy Train, Collectible and Hobby Show/Sale on Saturday, November 18 at the Hillsborough County Fairgrounds, 215 Sydney Washer Rd. in Dover from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. All vendors are welcome, any train memorabilia, trains, accessories, baseball cards, crafts, comic books, coins, crafts, antiques, diecast cars or any other hobby or collectible related items you may be interested in selling. Six ft. tables cost $20 each. If interested call Joe at 727-244-1341 or visit www.regalrailways.com to rent a table online.


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Feely Athletics Paves Way For Kicking & Punting Students To Get To NFL

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Tom Feely has made for 14 seasons in the an impact on many young league and is now a footlives, whether it is in the ball commentator and classroom or on the footanalyst for CBS. Other ball field. Feely, a National students include current Board Certified teacher NFL punters Matt and counselor, is the only Boscher and Brad Pinion person in his field with and kicker Cody Parkey. that honor. He has been In 2014, Feely’s life coaching sports for most changed forever. He was of his life, including footin great physical shape, ball for 47 years and having run several Photo courtesy of Tom Feely marathons and triathlons three state champiTom Feely has been coaching as an adult and was also onships. football for 47 years, including Feely, a father of six two seasons at Armwood and 20 considered a healthy at Jesuit. sons took a special intereater. At the age of 62, est in kicking when his he was sent to the hospison, Jay Feely, wanted to tal after having chest transition from soccer to pains, and doctors deterfootball when he was in mined that because of high school. “I had his genetics, he would already coached high need multiple bypass school football for about operations for his heart. 20 years when he was The surgery was a sucdubbed the JV kicker, but cess, and after a long I knew nothing about kickrecovery, Feely gained a ing, so together we new perspective on life. “I embarked on a journey to learned how fragile we Photo courtesy of Tom Feely actually are, and that if I learn from the few experts Tom Feely is the founder of of the day,” said Feely. wanted to continue my Feely Athletics, the premier kickWith the combination of of impacting young life ing, snapping and punting school in the U.S. what they learned from lives, I needed to make the kicking gurus and Tom’s background drastic changes,” he said. “Now I am in in sports psychology, they were able to better shape than I was 30 years ago, come up with a formula for success. and 40 pounds lighter. I have made dras“We developed a distinct approach to tic lifestyle changes, which have made a kicking that helped me weather the ebbs huge difference.” and flows of the position,” said Jay Feely. Feely has used his new lease on life “I was successful because I was mentally to continue to make a difference in young tough and that is directly attributable to lives. He is now retired from teaching and my father.” counseling and spends a lot of his time After his success with Jay and the training football players. His company, knowledge he had gained about the Feely Athletics, has become a success, mechanics of kicking, Tom began teachand has helped many athletes gain coling other students. He later founded lege scholarships and even make it to the Feely Athletics, the premier kicking, snap- NFL. ping and punting school in the U.S. For more information, or if you would Fifteen of Feely’s students have made it like to sign up for lessons, visit to the NFL, most notably, Jay, who played FeelyAthletics.com.

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Dr. Laura Bridges Selected For Tampa Bay Journal's Annual Up & Comers Under 40 List

Having access to a skilled and caring dentist can do wonders for a patient's life, from encouraging good dental health all the way to helping solve existing dental concerns in as painless and less disruptive a way possible. By all accounts Dr. Laura Bridges is filling this kind of role with her Valrico practice, Bridges Dental. She was recently selected for the Tampa Bay Journal's annual Up & Comers Under 40 List, one of just 60 Tampa professionals recognized in a field of over 400 entrees. “I'm devoted to providing the best in dental services to this community which means so much to me,” commented Dr. Bridges. “It's an honor to be named alongside so many truly impressive business leaders by the Tampa Bay Journal and I'm beyond grateful to the judges and, especially, to my patients, staff and family for making this kind of

success possible.” The office is located at 3646 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Valrico. Call 654-3399 or visit www.bridgesdental.com.

South Bay Hospital Opens New Outpatient Imaging Center

On October 2, South Bay Hospital opened a new Outpatient Imaging Center on its main campus as part of recent ICU/PCU patient tower renovation efforts to provide new and updated services to Sun City Center and surrounding areas. The new center features a boutique spa-like atmosphere with quiet healing colors and patient privacy design elements. The Outpatient Imaging Center

Services include: Bone Density Dexa Scans, Breast MRI, Breast Needle Localization, Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy and Mapping, Screening and Diagnostic Photo courtesy of Kevin King, Mammography, Majestic Photography, LLC Celebrating the new look Ultrasound Senior South Bay Hospital Officers Dan of Winn Dixie Store. Bender, COO, Warren Pate, CFO, Angela Guided Breast Searls, VP of Quality, Monica Boyd, VP Biopsies and also offers advanced and the Sun City Center Chamber Ultrasound diagnostic services pro- HR CEO Dana Schroeder and Sun City vided by certified tech- Center Chamber ambassadors cut the rib- Imaging. bon for the hospital’s new Outpatient nologists and read by To schedule Imaging Center. expertly trained radioloan outpatient gists in a new comfortable, modern imaging appointment, please call, 1location fully supported by acute care 866-463-7002. For more information, hospital surgical and inpatient serviccall 634-0172 or visit es. SouthBayHospital.com. Specific features include private patient dressing rooms, a private conWinn Dixie Store #2475 Celebrates sultation room and state of the art Facelift imaging technology including mamThe Winn Dixie store on US Hwy. mography, ultrasound and dexa. The 301 at the entrance to Lake St. entrance is readily accessible through Charles has completed its facelift and the front lobby with convenient waiting is ready to continue serving its comareas and a private registration area munity. Greater Riverview Chamber of allowing for easy check in. South Bay Commerce (GRCC) members, along Hospital Outpatient Imaging Center is with vendors, family and customers of also accredited by the American Winn Dixie showed up on August 24 to College of Radiology in Mammography celebrate the new look. Hillsborough and Ultrasound.

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By Michelle Colesanti

County Commissioner Dr. Stacy celebrate the company’s recent purWhite, who is a former Pharmacist for chase of the building which has been Winn Dixie, was also at the event to renovated and painted. There will be extend his congratulations and share food vendors, a DJ, raffles, giveaways his fond memories with the crowd. and more. Just days after this ribbon cutting Drew’s RV Techs is open Mondayceremony took place, Manager Calybe Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 8 Dix and his staff were truly put to the a.m.-4 p.m. For further information, test. With Hurricane Irma quickly visit www.drewsrvtechs.com or call approaching the area, they began to 813-645-7870. put in some long hours making sure Southwest Florida Rheumatology the shelves stayed stocked and their Provides customers’ needs were Quality met as best possible. Treatments And This included staying Promotes open until 8 p.m. the Quality Of Life night before the storm arrived, when many Since 2010, stores in the area were Southwest Florida already closed. Rheumatology The store’s has been striving address is 6929 US to provide its Hwy. 301 S. in patients with Riverview. It is open comprehensive seven days a week and current disfrom 7 a.m.-10 p.m. ease care manCall 672-8455 or the agement plans. Dr. Priya Reddy is the owner of pharmacy at 677-6088. Patients suffering Southwest Florida Rheumatology. from chronic Drew’s RV Techs rheumatologic disease know that patient Hosting Grand Re-Opening care is not only about delivering quality Drew’s RV Techs, located at 1601 treatments but also about improving the U.S. Hwy. 41 S. in Ruskin, will celequality of life. By combining the latest brate a grand re-opening on Saturday, technology and promoting the wellness November 18 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. of the individual, Southwest Florida Drew’s RV Techs is an all-inclusive Rheumatology delivers high-quality indiRecreational Vehicle sales, service vidualized care plans to each of its and parts store that also offers mobile patients. The office offers medications, repair. supplements, IV infusions, ultrasounds, The grand re-opening event will lab evaluations, lifestyle education and feature a ribbon cutting ceremony to more.

Dr. Priya Reddy is the owner of Southwest Florida Rheumatology. Before opening the Riverview office, she worked as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Rheumatology at the University of South Florida. She continues to teach and train Internal Medicine residents as the Faculty and Curriculum Coordinator for the USF Brandon Regional Hospital Residency Program. The office is located at 11954 Boyette Rd in Riverview. Call 672-2243 or visit www.swflrheum.com.

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What is 20/20 Soft Wash? A new company using soft washing as an alternative to pressure washing. Soft washing uses water-based, biodegradable chemicals to emulsify dirt, grime and algae while sanitizing the surface. Its 100 percent biodegradable chemicals do not damage your property or plants. Also, soft washing uses one-third the water of pressure washing and lasts four to six times longer than pressure washing. One of its specialties is roof cleaning—in particular, those black ‘stains’ on your roof, which is algae feeding on the limestone filler in asphalt shingles. Unlike pressure washing, which can cause further damage to the roof, the Softwash Systems™ use low-pressure pumps and biodegradable cleaners to remove mold, mildew, algae, moss, and airborne contaminants like road grime and sand. Soft washing is also ideal for cleaning

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Volunteers Needed To Advocate For Children Through Guardian ad Litem Program

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According to According to Garcia, Valrico resident Marilyn the volunteer time is Garcia, there are more spent talking to the chilthan 1,500 children in dren and people who foster care in know them including their Hillsborough County parents, teachers and currently. Many have foster families. GAL been removed from Volunteers then gather their families for reainformation related to the sons of abuse, neglect case from all their or abandonment. sources and go to court Guardian ad Litem of Hillsborough with the appointed attorGarcia and the County is looking for volunteers to Guardian ad Litem be voices for children in the foster ney to advocate for the care system. (GAL) organization are children as part of a team working to find volunteers who are willing of experts in each case. to be voices for these children. “GAL Volunteers do not need a speGAL, a program with groups all over cific background or any qualifications,” the country, started in Florida in 1985 and said Garcia who has lived in Valrico since is made of volunteers who 2002. “They just need a are appointed by the court to heart to love children and speak up for the best interest the ability to provide sound of children involved in judgment for what is best dependency court cases. for them.” “There are many people Currently there are only involved in helping judges 703 volunteer guardians in determine the best solutions the county to help advocate for families, from case manfor the thousands of chilagers to attorneys,” said dren who come through the Garcia, the Community system and only those Outreach Coordinator and deemed the highest prioriVolunteer Recruiter for ties receive Guardian volunHillsborough County GAL. teers. Garcia would love to “But GAL looks at the situation from the see the number rise so that 100 percent child’s perspective. We speak for the chil- of the children can be represented. dren who do not have a voice.” “There is a whole community of broGAL volunteers undergo 30 total ken children that need a voice in our hours of training in different phases, neighborhood,” she said. including a preliminary face-to-face interFor information, visit view, and volunteer on average 10 to 15 www.galtampa.org or call 272-5110. hours of time a month.


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District Puts New Bell Schedule And Makeup Time After Hurricane Irma Center Stage School Board Votes On New Bell Schedule For 2018-2019 Season

Type of School Elementary Schools: Elementary Magnet: High Schools: Middle and High Magnet: Middle Schools:

The Hillsborough County School Board has approved a new bell schedule for the 2018-2019 school year. Spearheaded by Superintendent Jeff Eakins, and after feedback from parents, students, district employees and the community, the proposed schedule was introduced on Tuesday, October 10, at 11:30 a.m. in the School Board Auditorium, located at 901 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. At the district headquarters, 901 E. Kennedy Blvd. the Board approved the proposal the following week. The decision came in the wake of three community meetings to gather additional feedback and answer questions. According to school officials, nearly 57,000 people chose one preferred option among the six possible bell schedules on the district’s Bell Schedule Survey and more than 1,800 stakeholders provided input using the Bell Schedule Simulator. The change means that starting next fall, elementary schools will begin the day first. Officials said that the new schedule matches the guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics, which recommend high schools start at 8:30 a.m. or later.

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Before-school and after-school care at elementary and middle schools will continue to be available, at a low cost, for families where there is a need. One big reason for the change given by officials was the district’s issues with thousands of students arriving late to school as the current arrival and dismissal schedule does not allow buses enough time to run their routes. District spokesperson Tanya Arja said that last year, 12,000 students were unavoidably late to school every day. “The proposed new bell schedule will afford our bus drivers more time to safely navigate traffic and get students to school on time,” Arja stated in a recent press release. For parents, students, staff and the community who would like to provide feedback or input to the proposed 20182019 bell schedule, please email bellschedule@sdhc.k12.fl.us The 2018-2019 bell schedule, based on community input, is listed above. Individual school schedules, including K-8 schools, may vary. For a complete school-by-school list, visit https://tinyurl.com/y7cpldwy.

District To Use Early Release Days for Makeup Time After Hurricane Irma

Hillsborough County Public Schools officials decided last month to convert four Early Release Days into regular school days, beginning on Monday, October 23, to make up for missed classroom time due to Hurricane Irma. Officials said that instead of dismissing an hour early, school will dismiss at its normal time on the following dates: 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 time spent in class during the first semester. To finalize its decision, the district sent a survey directed to employees for feedback, which proved that the most popular option (78 percent of respondents) was to make up for missed time by changing early release days. Hillsborough County Public Schools


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Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Eakins was named the National Administrator of the Year, by the American Heart Association last month. Out of hundreds of candidates, Eakins was chosen by the AHA for his commitment to student health by ensuring heart healthy programs including the May 2015, Hands-Only CPR, which was approved by the district, making it a graduation requirement, while educating nearly 12,000 students each year in high school. Eric Stommes, the Youth Market Director with the American Heart Association, presented a plaque to Superintendent Eakins. “We believe this award is well-earned and well-deserved,” Stommes said. “Superintendent Eakins promotes health and wellness throughout the district and that is truly saving lives.”





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Plant It Earth Offers Lawn Revitalization & Reader Special After Hurricane Irma

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Driving the roadways of the Brandon area, there are still lingering signs of Hurricane Irma’s damage. Although some homes escaped with less damage than expected, most lawns took a beating. There are stumps now, where large oak trees were previously standing and piles of branches still waiting at the curbside. It may be a time to consider a service to get your lawn back in shape. Since 2003, Plant It Earth has been providing greenfriendly weed and pest control to the Tampa Bay area. Troy Crews, owner of Plant It Earth has these tips for area residents dealing with lawn care issues after Hurricane Irma. 1. Remove all debris from grassy areas and rake to ensure quicker and better recovery for turf areas. Loosen mulched areas by raking to help dry and prevent root damage. 2. Dispose of damaged tree limbs and prune back thick growth to promote healthy tree recovery as well as healthy foliage. 3. Consider aerating the lawn to promote healthy root growth and loosen compacted soil. 4. Prepare the lawn for the cooler months with a granular slow release fertilizer. It is a good source to feed your lawn and keep the root system healthy. Plant It Earth uses a 24-00-11 50% slow release granular product.

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Plant It Earth is offering a Hurricane Special, which is a 50% discount off your first application when residents mention this article. To restore lawns, Plant It Earth develops customized care plans for lawns, shrubs, and trees for their customers. Many of their competitors treat or spray all their customers’ lawns the same, but Plant It Earth’s trucks have compartmentalized tanks to enable a customized process. These lawn care plans address weed and pest issues, as well as fertilization for the lawn. To keep lawns weed free, Plant It Earth mixes and refines a blend of nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, and other nutrients. For home interiors and lawn pest control, Plant It Earth has six licensed state operators on its staff. Plant It Earth is so confident customers will be satisfied with their service; it does not require customers to sign contracts and offers a money back satisfaction guarantee. Crews said, “Whether or not you use Plant It Earth, please support local businesses.” Call (866) 794-1077 or visit www.plantitearthflorida.com.

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Bell Shoals Baptist Church Presents Wonder: A Christmas Experience

By Amanda Boston

Wonder: A Christmas Experience features Bell Shoals worship choir, orchestra and rhythm section in its state-ofthe-art lighting and sound venue.

Renowned for its larger than life stage productions, the Bell Shoals Worship Ministry invites you to its annual Christmas production on Friday, December 8 at 7 p.m. and on Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10 at 6 p.m. The musical production of The Wonder of Jesus Through One Man’s Eyes presents the gospel story through the eyes of one man, Simon Peter. Playing the role of Simon Peter is the award-winning Christian actor and scriptwriter, Mac McConnell. The show features Bell Shoals’ 175person adult choir, a 35-piece orchestra and an 8-piece rhythm section. Also taking the stage are the Bell Shoals’ children and student choirs. Special guest Dave Cleveland, who has toured with Steven Curtis Chapman, Twila Paris and the Brooklyn Tabernacle, joins the ensemble with his electric guitar. One of the musical numbers includes the song, Heart Abandoned, written by Sean Curran, a former student of Bell

Shoals and Kristian Stanfill, a prominent contemporary Christian artist. Back by popular demand is the free app called Offline Lights. The app is not essential to the show but will enhance the viewer’s experience. To participate, download the app to your phone so that it will synchronize to the performance. “We want to do something similar to last year,” said a spokesperson for Jason Millsaps, pastor of music and worship. “At the top of the service, we’re going to use a phone app that will add an audience participation component to the first song.” An hour before the show, guests can enjoy pre-show concerts in the church’s welcome area from the following schools: Durant High School choir on Friday, December 8, Burns Middle School Chamber Strings on Saturday, December 9 and Bloomingdale High School on Sunday, December 10. The approximate length of the performance is one hour and 40 minutes. The show is free, open to the public and suitable for all ages. If you would like to attend, you do not need tickets, but invitation tickets will be available for Bell Shoals members to give to guests. Bell Shoals Baptist Church is located at 2102 Bell Shoals Rd in Brandon. For information, contact the church at 6894229 or visit www.bellshoals.com/brandon or on social media BSBCWorship.

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Yellowfin Realty Puts Family First And Seeks Realtors To Join ItsTeam

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A yellowfin tuna is a notes, “We want to highly prized sportfish care about the peoknown for its strong ability ple. We want to be to fight despite a small the expert. No one size. If you reel in a yelcan guarantee a sale lowfin, you’ve had a really price. What we can great day. The Morris famguarantee is we’re going to do everyily kept that fighting spirit thing the right way. in mind when they took a We’re going to take leap of faith and started away the variables Yellowfin Realty in 2009. that prevent an effecDespite the turbulent real tive sale.” Sellers estate waters of the time, Susie Tate Morris and son William can expect suggesthey knew that with the are proud of Yellowfin Realty. tions to help tenacity of their namesake, they could build this endeavor into increase sale price and equity, expert value assessment, and professional the gold standard of their field. photography and media promotions. Nearly a decade later, Yellowfin Buyers are in Realty continues the hands of a to support the team that community with knows this its relationshipcommunity, so based brand and they can see all its strong, flexiof their options ble approach to in order to real estate. make a good Susie Tate decision and Morris is a brothen negotiate ker and agent a fair price. All with over 30 years of experiThe Morris Family are fifth generation Floridians clients can and proud local residents. expect to maxience in the local mize their experience buying or selling real estate market. She is joined by her while limiting frustration, cost, and son, William Morris, a real estate agent inconvenience. and graduate of Stetson Law School. Whether in one of their convenient The Morris Family are fifth generation offices, in your home, or at a local Floridians, and William, along with his restaurant, they want to meet with you four siblings, all graduated for a no-strings-attached evaluation of Bloomingdale High School. He and his your housing situation and your housmother continue their strong investment ing goals, where they can be your conin the community they love, and togethsultant as you navigate the real estate. er, they lead a team poised to meet all William is confident: “If you’re going to of your buying and selling needs. sell your house and buy one, we can From the start, the Morris family save you money. Talk to us.” Are you knew the importance of creating connections and relationships. William said, an agent looking for a new opportunity? Are you committed to being fully “It was a leap of faith on our part, but we knew that my mom had done a lot of engaged in life every day? Then #finlife is for you, and you’ll have the advanreal estate; we’ve always been really tage of Susie, a broker and active intentional building and establishing our business on referrals and relationships.” agent who knows the ins and outs of real estate and wants to mentor you. With the combination of Susie’s experience and William’s unique knowledge of Call 229-8862 or visit at www.yellowfinrealty.com. law they have seen growth on average Susie Tate Morris is married to John of 10-15% a year doing 100 million dollars in sales last year and on track to do Morris, the team’s property manager; significantly more this year as they grow they have five children: Chad, Tate, Luke, Annie, and Will. William Morris is the team of agents they oversee. married to Mackenzie Skole Morris; they Recently one of Susie’s other sons, have one son, Hayes. Yellowfin Realty’s Luke Morris, opened a branch of corporate office is located at 11256 Yellowfin Realty in Jacksonville. Winthrop Main St., Riverview, 33578. Ultimately, everything comes back to the customers’ best interests. William

The sound lies in the of laughter and Hillsborough children as they County area. The conversed with organization one another comes to Wee could be heard Boutique for a near the desigweekly pickup. nated play area Cassiano feels while their parhappy to partner ents waited with Hillsborough patiently in line to County Family A couple of customers at Partnership purchase a few Wee Boutique glancing Alliance. clothing items at at the clothes. Wee Boutique in Individuals Apollo Beach. can get their items Owner consigned here too. Those who bring Mandy Cassiano more than 15 items should call 645-4569 opened Wee to schedule an appointment. To save Boutique in November 2013. As an more money, Wee Boutique offers a loyApollo Beach resident, Cassiano felt that alty program for customers. For instance, this area needed it as a reason for Wee receive $5 off on the fifth visit and so Boutique coming to fruition. While not at forth. Military and foster families get a 10 work, one may come across Cassiano at percent discount. a South Shore Chamber of Commerce Furthermore, present a valid military gathering because of her active commuidentification on Veteran's Day to get a 20 nity involvement with it. percent discount. On Saturday, In addition, Wee Boutique expanded November 18, join Wee Boutique during and doubled in size with it now being its Holiday Market from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. 3,000 sq. ft. Shoppers may discover a Do not miss the customer appreciation new feature here such as two dressing sale during the first Saturday of every rooms. This consignment carries girls and month, along with small business boys items for infants, toddlers and chilSaturday on November 25. dren sizes 0 to 10. It does sell maternity “Overall, shopping locally keeps our wear, baby gear, furniture, shoes and community full of healthy growing busimore. Individuals could also find cusness,” said Cassiano. tomized t-shirts, wine glasses from one of For information, visit www.wee-bouthe 17 vendors at Wee Boutique. tique.com or like WeeBoutiqueResale on All of the unsold items go to HCFPA Facebook . It is located at 6122 N. US (Hillsborough County Family Partnership Highway 41 in Apollo Beach. Open Alliance), which assists 500 foster famiTuesday to Saturday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

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YMCA Announces Partnership With VA During Free Health Fair

By Tamas Mondovics

Veterans a new partnerand their famiship where the lies were invited Tampa Y will last month to a work directly with free health fair to the VA to provide kick off a new programming partnership and services tarbetween the geting the veterTampa an population,” Metropolitan said Y Area YMCA and Communications James A. Haley Director Lalita Photo courtesy of YMCA Llerena. Veterans’ YMCA CEO Tom Looby is joined by VA CEO Joe Hospital and Llerena Battle during a press conference and ceremonial Clinics. MOU signing between YMCA and VA leadership. emphasized that According to Y programming Y officials the event was historic in that includes, but is not limited to, pre-diabetes the VA and YMCA leadership came education, fitness regimens and support together to sign a Memorandum of for cancer survivors, arthritis and Understanding to begin working in a Parkinson’s patients. ‘mutually-beneficial manner to promote The overall goal of the partnership is and enhance the health and well-being of to enhance the experience and access to veterans and their families at multiple programming and resources that contribute to the health and well-being of vetTampa Y locations in Hillsborough and erans and their families. East Pasco counties.’ The Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA After the ceremonial signing, which is a cause-driven 4-star charity, strengthincluded CEOs Tom Looby (YMCA) and ening Hillsborough and East Pasco comJoe Battle (VA), veterans and their families participated in a free health fair where munities for 128 years, through youth they were be able to tour the New Tampa development, healthy living and social responsibility. Y facility, 16221 Compton Dr. in Tampa, Across the Association, 18 facilities and learn about how they can benefit engage more than 150,000 men, women from Y programming that builds healthy and children — regardless of age, income spirit, mind and body at all Tampa Y locaor background — to nurture the potential tions. Attendees enjoyed health screenings, of children and teens, improve our community’s health and well-being, and profitness assessments, yoga demos, group exercise demos, free giveaways and light vide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Visit refreshments. “The free health fair is the first step in www.tampaymca.org.

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Top Skateboarders Crowned At Best Shredder Finals At Apollo Beach Skate Park by Tamas Mondovics

the best-trick exhibitions during midpoint breaks. Skaters who execute the best tricks earn prizes, but the maneuvers won't count toward the Best Shredder competition. Leading up to the finals was the tourney’s second, and traditionally the largest contest held Young skaters at the Brandon Skate Park show off their skills during a recent competition organized by Hillsborough County in early August at the Park and recreation. The annual contest known as Best Brandon Skate Park, Shredder will conclude at the Apollo Beach Skate Park in 5720 Providence Rd. September. in Brandon. Four young local skateboarders Kilby and Sullivan were Christoff, were named last month at the concluthe winners of the Brandon tourney. sion of Hillsborough County's annual year’s competition began on This Best Shredder tournament series. Saturday, March 18, at the Jackson The conclusion of the three-conSprings Skate Park, the County’s test best skateboarder’s event was newest course located at 8612 held on Saturday, September 30, at Jackson Springs Rd. in Tampa. Apollo Beach Skate Park, 664 Golf The annual tournament is organand Sea Blvd. The park is designed ized each year by Hillsborough for beginners and offers a street-like County's Parks and Recreation, and experience. feature skateboarding-related vendors Each of the three events promotand exhibits. ed a different Hillsborough County County officials said that the idea skateboard park, while allowing of the event is to showcase the area's young skaters to show off their skills most talented skaters and the and talents. County's three skateboard parks as The overall winners in the four sport gets increasingly popular. the age categories are Sam Christoff (8 The Best Shredder event helps fuel and under), Arianna McGuckin (9-12), the excitement. Paris Kilby (13-15) and Sly Sullivan For more information or to regis(16 and up). ter, visit HCFLGov.net/skate or call New this year at each event was 744-5319.

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PDQ Celebrates Three Years In Riverview

By Kate Quesada

Bay Youth Football to name just a few.” The restaurant, which opened its first location in South Tampa in 2011 and now has 62 locations in 11 states, offers an extensive menu featuring PDQ’s Riverview location recently celebrated 3 years in business. famous hand-breaded chicken tenders, Riverview’s salads, sandwiches and hand-spun PDQ restaurant, known for its handmilkshakes, made fresh in the store breaded chicken strips and other delievery day. cious dishes, recently celebrated three “Nearly everything on our menu is years not only serving the community crafted from scratch in our open kitchen, more than just food. and all our sauces and dressings are According to Jeff Kamis, Vice homemade in each location every day,” President of Marketing and Public said Kamis. “Our drive-thru is also Relations, PDQ is short for “People unique as all of the ordering and comDedicated to Quality,” and Kamis munication is done face to face.” believes the Riverview location shows Outback Steakhouse co-founder its dedication to quality in its food and Bob Basham and MVP Holdings CEO the ways it gives back to the community. Nick Reader are the two principal own“As a brand, Riverview and every ers of PDQ. PDQ restaurant are heavily involved in “Our Riverview location has been each of their local communities,” said one of the best in our brand since it Kamis. “We are proud to say that since opened in 2014 and that is because it is our inception six years ago, PDQ has such a special area,” said Kamis. donated nearly $6 million and in-kind This month, PDQ is offering a spedonations to local charities across the cial on the hand-breaded chicken tencountry. Every PDQ restaurant particiders with a platter of 25 or more tenders pates in hundreds of initiatives each for free with every one purchased. In year — Family Nights, PDQ Charity addition, for every $50 of gift cards purcards, fresh tours, community events chased from November 14 to December and more — to benefit local organiza24, guests receive a $10 Bonus Card. tions. At the Riverview store, we host PDQ is located at 10441 Big Bend events and also assist with fundraising Rd. and can be reached at 864-8006. efforts for many groups, including East For more information, visit www.eatBay and Riverview High Schools, pdq.com. Southshore Charter School and East

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Budget Blinds Brings Smart Home Technology To Riverview By Amy Schechter

After two sucadjust when you get cessful careers in the home from work, or corporate world and the lights to come the sucon when cessful you’ll be realization away on a of a dream trip? This is to own a the technolobusiness gy for you. together, Not into techJim and nology? They Elaine have the winTrotter are dow coverexcited to ings to make announce your home the expanfunctional sion of and fashionBudget able. Budget Blinds Riverview Staff (l-r): Robert LaFarga, Blinds with Courtney Akers, Jim Trotter, Elaine Trotter, Sigrid May, & Whether Deon Gordon. their you’re lookRiverview showroom. Budget Blinds ing to upgrade your existing home or has offered professional service to the buy a new one, Budget Blinds can Tampa community for over 20 years, service your needs. Locally, they have and they are excited to make their partnered with Lennar homes where huge variety of stylish window treatBudget Blinds and Lutron are pre-intements including shutters, blinds, grating this smart home technology draperies, shades, window film, and throughout the Tampa Bay area in home accessories like rugs and bedtheir new construction. Trotter ding, convenient to the East explains, “It’s bringing brains to the Hillsborough community. beauty.” Through the end of 2017, Beyond what you may typically receive free app control with a purthink of when you imagine window chase of automated shades through treatments to bring style and comfort Lutron; this offer is good whether you to your home, Budget Blinds has purchase one or install throughout recently partnered with Lutron so that your house. Running through the end you can integrate your life with smart of November 2017, the more you buy, home technology of your choice, like the more you save on everything. Sonos, Amazon Alexa, or Apple Homeowners can save up to 35% off Homekit, to name a few. Elaine Trotter selected window coverings through explains why she and her husband their extensive selection of manufacvolunteered the Tampa franchise as turers. beta testers for this technology that Jim and Elaine both really believe has since rolled out to Budget Blinds in giving back, so you know when you franchises across the country: “With come to Budget Blinds, you are dealthe statistics we’re seeing, over 50% ing with neighbors who have your of consumers will have upgraded their interests in mind: “We feel strongly in homes to smart homes by 2025. We supporting the community that has wanted to be on the cutting edge of supported us. This will be our third that technology.” She and their team year we donate $1 for every window have extensive training and are covering sold for Homes for Our experts in this new field. They work Troops. We believe in this model daily with consumers to find exciting because they reward injured veterans solutions to make your space more mortgage free, specially adapted attractive, comfortable, private, and homes.” energy-efficient. All with the touch of a Visit button or a smart phone, you can con- www.budgetblinds.com/Brandon/ or trol the lighting, thermostat, shades, call 540-0020. Budget Blinds Serving and even music throughout your Brandon is open Monday- Friday 10 home. Want the shades to spontaa.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-3 neously close when the sun becomes p.m.. Stop by the showroom in the intense during a certain time of the Lowe’s Plaza at 10437 Gibsonton Dr. day, the thermostat to automatically in Riverview.

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FishHawk Fellowship Continues To Sponsor Annual Joshua 1:9 Freedom Run

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The fifth annuCorey al Joshua 1:9 Duncan, the Freedom Run will Missions Pastor take place on at FishHawk Saturday, Fellowship, said, November 18 at “We as a church the Al Lopez Park come alongside in Tampa. The 5K Joshuacord to race begins at 8 help inform and a.m. with runners, mobilize individwalkers and virtual uals to take The annual Joshua 1:9 Freedom Run takes place at Tampa’s Al Lopez Park to raises funds action on behalf participants comfor persecuted Christians in the Middle East. of those who ing together to raise funds and awareness for those per- face persecution for their faith and trust in secuted for their Christian faith in the Jesus Christ.” Middle East and Africa. Last year’s race raised more than The 5K Freedom Run is a chip-timed $5,700 with 100 percent of the registrarace with its start and finish line at the Al tion fees donated to the Foundation for Lopez Park, located at 4810 N. Himes Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle Ave. in Tampa. Participants may register East (FRRME). FRRME provides emerthe morning of the race or online at gency relief to persecuted Christians who www.joshuacord.org/5k/ or are living in refugee camps in the Middle www.active.com. The early registration East. Registration fees from this year’s fee is $25 and $20 for active duty military. race will once again support the efforts of After November 14, the registration fee is FRRME. Also, on race day, participants $30. may donate baby blankets, gloves, mitAll 5K registrants, including virtual tens and hats, which will be mailed to racers, will receive a Dri-FIT t-shirt in Christian refugees. appreciation for their support. The race is However, Carberry’s efforts do not a family-friendly event incorporating a stop with the Freedom Run. Earlier this one-mile fun run at 9 a.m. The fee is $15 year, he paired up with Film Director per child and free for those less than 5 Jordan Allott of In Altum Productions to years old. begin filming an expository documentary Joshuacord’s founder Patrick about the Persecuted Church in the Carberry established the nonprofit organi- Middle East. The documentary Christians zation in 2011, and then in 2012, he inau- in the Mirror has not yet been released, gurated the Joshua 1:9 Freedom Run. but a trailer will be distributed to all race Every year since, FishHawk Fellowship participants. Church has sponsored the Freedom Run For info about Joshuacord and the through funding and race day volunteers. run, visit www.joshuacord.org.

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County Plans $1.4M Facelift At Former Kracker Avenue Fish Farm Site In Gibsonton

by Tamas Mondovics

tropical fish raised in the United States still come from Florida, and more than half of them are raised in Hillsborough County, mostly on farms with rows of stocked ponds in Gibsonton, Ruskin, and Riverview. Unfortunately, many such tropical Hillsborough County and the Southwest Florida Water Management District have joined forces to restore and develop fish farms have the 25-acre former Bramco Tropical Fish farm in Gibsonton into an ecosystem designed to improve uplands and Tampa Bay’s closed in recent years or have been coastline. bought by larger Hillsborough County has joined companies. forces with local and state agencies to Once restored, the site will restore the former Bramco Tropical include freshwater wetlands, salt Fish farm in Gibsonton into an marshes, and a tidal lagoon channels ecosystem designed to improve and is anticipated to provide valuable uplands and Tampa Bay’s coastline. nursery areas for recreational and The planned hydrocommercially important logical restoration of the species such as long-abandoned 25-acre seatrout, redfish, mullet, land located just north of tarpon, shrimp and Kracker Avenue on the crabs. west side of U.S. 41, also A one-acre butterfly known as The Kracker garden and additional Avenue Fish Farm, is a simple public amenities cooperative $1.4 million such as a short trail, picproject between the nic table and benches Hillsborough County are also planned. Conservation and Environmental Fencing is also anticipated. Lands Management Department “The restored landscape will pro(CELM), Hillsborough County Public vide valuable wildlife habitat for wadUtilities Department, the Surface ing shorebirds and other coastal Water Improvement and Management wildlife species,” Todd Pratt with (SWIM) program of the Southwest Hillsborough County Communications Florida Water Management District, stated in a recent press release. and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service “Additional benefits include easier (USFWS) funding through Ecosphere public access, reduced mosquito Restoration Institution, a non-profit habitat, and improved visual aesthetentity. ics.” The Bonefish and Tarpon Trust is Construction is expected to begin also providing design consultation. next fall and is anticipated to take 6-8 According to county officials the months. project’s purpose is to turn the farm No impacts to private property are back to coastal wetlands and native anticipated, but officials said that if it upland habitat. becomes necessary to work on or During a recent public meeting at impact private property, prior approval Suncoast Youth Conservation Center, will be obtained before work begins 6650 Dickman Road, Apollo Beach, and all areas affected by the conofficials explained that following of its struction will be restored. closing in the mid-1970s, the farm’s Officials said that site maintemore than 220 small linear ponds nance by an independent contractor have overgrown with Brazilian pepper will occur for a 3-5 year period, foland other invasive non-native lowed by long-term management by species, as well as native species Hillsborough County ELAPP staff. such as oaks, pines and cabbage For questions and more informapalms. tion about the project please visit Reportedly, ninety-five percent of www.HCGOVFL.net.


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It Is All Smiles At SouthShore Orthodontics With New 3-D Technology

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nology, Dr. Ahrens believes building a relationship with his patients is the key to a successful practice. "We see patients for six months to two years of treatment. We want them to be happy and comfortable with their care,” continued Ahrens. SouthShore Orthodontics has been open for more than two and Dr. Matt and wife Sarah Ahrens own the state-of- a half years, but he has been the-art SouthShore Orthodontics. practicing more than five years in SouthShore Orthodontics is changing the area. Dr. Ahrens and his wife, Sarah, our community one smile at a time. Dr. are native Floridians who met while both Matt Ahrens DMD, the owner of were in school at the University of Florida. SouthShore Orthodontics, is leading the Sarah is a dental hygienist and the face field with the recent purchase of an of the business. Intraoral Scanner - a three-dimensional Dr. Ahrens is a member of the Smiles (3-D) imaging scanner that replaces the Change Lives program. This communityneed for those unpleasant impressions. based orthodontic program is designed The Intraoral Scanner is the size of for children in need of orthodontic treatyour thumb, scans the patient's teeth and ment whose families cannot afford the full mouth, taking thousands of images. After cost of braces. the scan, the Intraoral Scanner creates Now residing in the Apollo Beach incredibly accurate full-scale 3-D color area, the Ahrens are growing their pracmodels of the mouth. tice in Riverview and their family, adding Dr. Ahrens can use this new technolthe newest member of the family in July. ogy to make any appliance such as Together they have three amazing chilretainers, Invisalign, braces or implants. dren and a busy practice to manage. The 3-D model builds a better, more Their life might be busy, but the Ahrens accurate model than traditional impresand their patients are all smiles. sions. Call 815-0080 or www.southshore"We are all about finding the best fit ortho.com. SouthShore Orthodontics is possible for our patients," said Dr. Ahrens. located at 13135 Kings Lake Dr. Suite Aside from the state of the art tech103 in Gibsonton.



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Center Place Presents Christmas Card Lane And Holiday Stroll

By Kathy L. Collins

This year, Center Place will kick off the holiday season with an exciting new event, Christmas Card Lane and Holiday Stroll. The event will take place on Sunday, November 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Life Size Holiday Cards, created by area businesses, non-profits and civic organizations, will be displayed along Clayton Lake and South Parsons Ave. throughout the holiday season. Lisa Rodriguez, Marketing Director for Center Place said, “We want to hold a large, arts related holiday kick-off event that our entire community could take part in and enjoy.” This is a great opportunity for businesses, non-profits and other local organizations to showcase their business or organization by participating in either the Life Size Holiday Cards or hosting a vendor space at the event. According to Lisa Rodriguez, “With the Life Size Holiday Cards, we are bringing back a tradition from years ago when we lined the streets of Brandon with giant Christmas Cards. We are asking local businesses, clubs, non-profits to make

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and paint a holiday greeting card for this festive time of the year. Prizes will be awarded for the best cards.” At the event on Sunday, November 12, there will be something fun for the entire family. Come out and kick There will be venoff the holiday sea- dors outside around son at Center Place’s new event- Clayton Lake. Christmas Card Inside Center Place, Lane and Holiday business vendors Stroll. will be offering a free, hands-on holiday craft project. Outside vendors will need to bring a tent, tables and chairs. No electricity is provided. What would a holiday event be without Santa and music? Jolly Old St. Nick will make a special appearance, so parents should bring their cameras to snap a priceless photo. In addition, there will be local choirs and musicians entertaining on the outdoor lakeside deck at Center Place. “We want everyone of all ages to come out to the event and enjoy kicking off the holiday season. We are a huge suburban area, but we still long for that small hometown feeling. Let’s come together and create something special for our community,” said Rodriguez. For information, visit www.centerplacebrandon.org, or call 685-8888 or email cpfinearts@verizon.net.

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With Arts & Entertainment Editor Kathy L. Collins

Firehouse Cultural Center Offers Entertainment, Art And Culture During November

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Beacon on Saturday, December 2. Beacon will perform timeless holiday songs to get you in the mood for the festive holidays. Advance tickets for the comedy shows are $15 for members and $18 for non-members. Day of tickets are $20 for members and $25 Enjoy wonderful comedy, entertaining music and events sur- for non-members. rounding the Peruvian Artists in Residence at the Firehouse Advance tickets for Cultural Center in Ruskin this month. musical performances are $18 for members This month, the Firehouse Cultural and $23 for non-members. Day of tickCenter has something for everyone. ets are $23 for members and $25 for Check out the wildly popular Firehouse non-members. Pub for a great lineup of entertainment The Firehouse Cultural Center is this month. But be sure to register and also showcasing its unique Artist in get your tickets early. According to Residence program this month featurGeorgia Vahue, Executive Director of ing Peruvian Artists in Residence, the Firehouse Cultural Center, “When Frida Echegaray Monnet and Gloria we began, our pub audiences averPaulova Valdivia Reynoso. Monnet aged around 50 guests per show. works with print, ceramics and art Now, most of our shows are sell outs.” restoration. Reynoso is a multi-media All shows are from 7:30 to 9:30 artist who works with print, ceramics p.m. and digital photography. On Friday, November 10 come out Come out and meet the artists at a and enjoy the Ken Loomer Big Band. free Art Exhibition and Opening This band is really big, with 15 musiReception on Monday, November 13 cians performing original works along beginning at 6:30 p.m. There will be with standards from the American artist led workshops on Tuesday, Songbook. November 14 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.; On Saturday, November 11, you Wednesday, November 15 from 3 to can listen to the James Suggs Jazz 5:30 p.m. and on Friday, November 17 Quartet. Enjoy music featuring James from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come back on Suggs on trumpet, Glen Stevenson on Saturday, November 18 for a number upright bass, Richard ‘Stretch’ Bruyn of free events beginning at 1 p.m. on keyboard and Paul Gavin on Prices vary for the workshops. drums. To get tickets and additional inforOn Friday, November 17, the mation, please call 645-7651 or visit Firehouse Pub offers a night of laughs www.firehouseculturalcenter.org. The with its popular Comedy Night @the Firehouse Cultural Center is located at Firehouse Cultural Center. 101 1st Ave. NE in Ruskin. Kick off the holidays with Debby

On Thursday, October Elementary, Winthrop Charter 26, Winthrop Arts held a and St. Stephens entered the reception honoring the show. young artists who entered The Best in Show was its Annual Children’s Art awarded to Madison Jewell, a Show. The show and 14 year old student from reception were held at the Mulrennan Middle School. Art Factory located in Jewell’s medium was prisma Riverview. This was an color. She created a truly exciting time for Winthrop extraordinary piece featuring a Arts as this year’s show Persian cat. Jewell said in her was sponsored and preArtist’s Statement, “My friend sented by Suncoast Credit Madison Jewell, a 14 year visited from Boston for a week, old student from Union. and I got to meet Charlotte, Mulrennan Middle School, Kendra Wilson, said, her Persian cat. A while back, was awarded Best in “Suncoast Credit Union is Charlotte was hit by a car, and Show. so pleased to be the preshe asked me to draw her for senting sponsor of this amazing show.” her room. I decided to try out this picture Wilson added, “As one of the judges, I in a contest before sending it to her.” can attest to the caliber of artistic talent Jewell received $25 plus four art and creativity that the students exhibit in classes at the Art Factory. Her piece was their works of art.” selected from the over 35 pieces that Bryant Martinez, the Winthrop Town were entered. Other winners included- (ages 5 to 8) Zoe Artist and lead art instructor at the Art Gonzalez (1st place); Sophia Brongo (2nd Factory said, “We look forward to this place); Elaine Kowaleski (3rd place); and show every year. It is always amazing to Audrianna Mejias (honorable mention); (ages see the artwork the talented students cre9 to 12) Tamya Blackman (1st place); Kaylie ate.” Waldrop (2nd place); Miles White (3rd place); The Winthrop Arts Annual Children’s and Marley Melone and Khloe Coffie (honorArt Show is open to all area students 18 able mention); (ages 13 to 18) Hailey years old and younger. This year students Rodriguez (1st place); Emaly Martinez (2nd were able to select the medium used as place); Hailey Rodriguez (3rd place); and well as the subject matter. It was a very Stephanie Goodman (honorable mention). For more info on the Art Factory, eclectic and diverse show. Children from please visit www.winthroparts.org. several area schools including Symmes


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East Bay Indians Fall To Bloomingdale Bulls In Heated Conference Bout The Bloomingdale High varsity football team began the season with a pair of tough losses, first against Newsome and then Chamberlain. The disappointing start, however, may have been just what propelled the Bulls to reflect, pull together, refocus and start winBulls wide receiver Terrel Ferrell breaks through the East Bay defense for a first down during a recent disning. Bloomingdale freshman running back Charles trict game. Montgomery takes the football down the field for a 35-yard Following its 50Bloomingdale quarterback Tyler touchdown during a game against East Bay. Hunter passes the football connection “Coming ing three times with Hunter, who complet27 defeat to for a first down during a district game through Middelton, out of two ed 12 of 23 for 160 yards. Montgomery Chamberlain, against East Bay. losses and a win, this district game is a ended the game with 59 yards rushing on with a 36-9 win before Bloomingdale took on major test for us.” 11 carries. traveling to Strawberry Crest High to put Lennard High, its first Class7A District 9 The Bulls then took the field and got The final score was sealed by Ferrell the icing on the Bulls winning streak, and opponent for the season, and as if with a the job done. Although a close game from with less than eight minutes remaining on leaving the Chargers at home to reflect vengeance, ran away with a 45-17 victostart to finish, there was little doubt that an 80-yard pass, to advance the Bulls 2-0 on their 52-0 loss. ry. the program was back on track with solid in conference. “We are at full strength,” Warner conIt was also the first of four consecuplayers including senior quarterback Tyler Bloomingdale hopes to carry the fidently said just minutes before the home tive wins for the program led by Bulls Hunter, senior wide receiver Edward momentum, while yet to play TBT, Plant game against East Bay. “We are doing Head Coach Max Warner. Amos, junior wide receiver Terrel Ferrell City and district rival Durant. The Bulls next took on East Bay, win- good offensively and defensively.” and freshman running back Charles For more information about fall high Warner emphasized that the bout ning the crucial confidence-booster 14-6. Montgomery, to name a few. school football, please visit www.maxagainst East Bay was an important turnBut there was more to come. Ferrell collected 95 yards by connect- preps.com. ing point for the season when he said, Warners’ players next plowed

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Top Tips For Military Veterans To Succeed At A Career Fair By Chad Storlie

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Local Painter Celebrates 15 Years; Offers Free Paint Job To Local First Responder Don’s Bay Area Painting Inc. recently announced that it will paint the exterior of a local hero’s home for free as a token of appreciation for their service and commitment. The local-based company needs your help to identify which hero in our community will receive the recognition and the free house painting. It was 15 years ago this November when Don Murray set out to follow his dream to be a professional painter. Murray said, “Our community is full of people that have committed their lives to serving our country and our community. We want to do our part and give back to those that have given so much.” It was the sacrifice of our hometown heroes who gave up their dreams that gave local painters like Murray and other small business owners the chance to follow their dreams. Painting a home in Florida is not only for curb appeal to get a home ready to sell. Murray explained that homes in Florida are most susceptible to costly repairs due to weather, insect and other damage, which can be avoided by properly maintaining the exterior of the home. Too often, Tampa homeowners fail to repair stucco cracks, seal joint cracks or

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need. To apply, visit http://donsbayareapainting.com/free-house-painting-giveaway from veterans of U.S. armed forces, retired first responders such as police officers, firefighters and paramedics and their widows in order to be considered for the free exterior house repaint giveaway. The paint will be donated by Porter Paints. The deadline to submit an entry is 11:59 pm EST on December 31 and the winner will be announced on January 15, 2018. Murray said heroes who qualify, but are not the officially selected hero, will be eligible to receive a discount to repaint their house.

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Volume 15, Issue 11

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Big Green Egg Spices At Pinch A Penny, Bliss Costmetics & Breathe Easy At Salt Grotto

By Michelle Colesanti

FishHawk PinchA-Penny Has Egg-cellent Christmas Ideas For your cooking enthusiast, FishHawk PinchA-Penny has got Gift Basket you covered. The In addition to permanent makeup Item:A collection 4-1 Big Green Egg the office offers micro needling, eyegrills, roasts, bakes of Big Green Egg lash extensions, lash lifts and brow and smokes a variety Sauces & Spices artistry. Bliss Permanent Cosmetics Value: $110 of food from desserts recently launched its new eyebrow to burgers. Pinch-Amakeup products on November 1. Penny has all the accesTo view descriptions and photos of sories you need along with sauces and the services offered, visit seasonings to boot. Now through Dec 31, BlissologieBeauty.com. Online appointthe store is having a 15 percent sale on all Big Green Egg grills and accessories. Pinch-a-Penny is located across from Newsome High School at 16715 FishHawk Blvd. in Lithia. Call 655-3700.

Tasteful Gifts From Edible Arrangements Make Great Holiday Treats What better way to say you care than with a healthy and tasteful gift of fresh fruit. With many assortments from Edible Arrangements, you will find something for everyone on your gift list. Choose from many beautiful holiday gift baskets such as the Christmas Tree Bouquet or the traditional Delicious Celebration® bouquet recipe, honeydew, cantaloupe, strawberries, and grapes scattered throughout a beautiful arrangement to create an eyecatching and wow-worthy effect. Edible Arrangements can be found locally in the Shoppes at Lithia, located at 3455 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Valrico (571-7200), and also at 10273 Big Bend Rd. in Riverview (Bell Plaza)(672Gift Basket 6111) or order online at www.ediBliss Complimentary blearrangements.com.

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Visit The Salt Grotto And Breathe Easier This Holiday Season Breathe easier this holiday season. Relax in luxury at The Salt Grotto. Dig your into the sand like salt and fill your lungs with safe, naturally salty air. With each breath, inhale micro-particles that holistically address

respiratory and skin ailments. Give the gift of good health to your loved ones. There are both adult and children’s Salt Room Therapy. Acupuncture, therapeutic massage and foot reflexology are also offered. Another great gift idea is a Himalayan Salt Lamps, which are said to help blood flow, improve sleep and also improve Gift Certificate asthma and allergy symptoms. for a The Salt Grotto Chocolate Dipped Fruit is located in Plaza Bella Shopping Box: $35 Center, 1026 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. It is open Tuesday - Friday from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 Noon-4 p.m. It is closed on Monday. Call 324-8946 or visit http://thesaltgrotto.com/

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