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Riverview & SouthShore Relay Events Celebrate Hope, Survivors & Raise Funds For Cure SouthShore and Riverview residents have two opportunities to help fight cancer this month with Relay for Life events taking place at local high schools. On Saturday, March 25, students and community members will join teams at East Bay High School to walk, camp and participate in other activities to raise funds for the American Cancer Society, while the Relay at Riverview High School, with similar events, will take place on Friday, March 31. According to Experience Lead and Team Captain for Relay for Life SouthShore, Teena Garbus, more than 300 people are currently signed up under 38 teams for the East Bay event which has a goal of $75,000. The Riverview High School event, with a racing theme, is hoping to raise $100,000. “The Relay event isn’t really a race,” said Garbus, who attended East Bay High School and started participating in the Relay in 2003 after her grandmother passed away. “There will be no finisher medals and there is no requirement of how many laps a person has to walk. Rather, each team is encouraged to have someone walking at all times to signify the fact that cancer never sleeps, so for one night, neither will we.” During the times participants are not walking the track they will be able to join in a large number of other activities planned including karaoke, scavenger hunts, an eating contest and a Quidditch tournament at the SouthShore event and musical chairs and a Mr. And Mrs. Relay contest at the Riverview Relay. According to Garbus, some of the activities will be free and some will have a small cost. More details on the timing of the events

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can be found on the school’s Facebook pages. One of the highlights Community members and of Relay students from throughout for Life the area will meet at East events for Bay High School on particiSaturday, March 25 and Riverview High School on pants is Friday, March 31 to participate in Relay for Life events the Luminaria raising funds for the American Cancer Society. Ceremony which will take place at 9 p.m. at both schools. “During the Luminaria Ceremony we honor survivors and remember those who have lost their battle with cancer,” said Relay for Life Community Manager Samantha Schneider. All money raised at the events go to the American Cancer Society’s mission to save lives, celebrate lives and lead the fight for a world without cancer. Sign up to participate in either event at For more information, contact Schneider at 319-5920.


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The population of Riverview continues to explode and along with more people comes more plazas, more shops and more restaurants, both national chains and locally-owned establishments. Two Florida-based, national chains will soon be coming to a plaza near you as First Watch and Tijuana Flats are poised to open soon along U.S. Hwy. 301 in the Summerfield area in a yet-to-be-named strip center. First Watch, The Daytime Café, known for breakfast, brunch and lunch is scheduled to open in mid-April, 13013 U.S. Hwy. 301, Suite C, according to First Watch Restaurants Public Relations and Communications Manager Eleni Kouvatos. “We’ve actually had our sights set on Riverview for years,” said Kouvatos.”We saw the new development in Riverview as a fantastic opportunity to finally introduce our fresh breakfast, brunch and lunch to our friends in Riverview. The restaurant is near I-75, and the area is surrounded by booming residential developments too. We couldn’t be more thrilled to open here.” First Watch in Brandon opened four years ago and she reports that it has proven to be a very successful spot. The new restaurant will have our new Urban Farm restaurant design, which is different from the First Watch in Brandon. It combines the high energy of

urban life while bringing in a lot of rustic, farm elements. “It’s a comforting atmosphere we think people will love,” she said. First Watch in Riverview will also have a menu that offers a couple new options too. The 3,400-sq.-ft. restaurant will employ about 25 people and be open from 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., seven days a week. For more information, visit Next door to First Watch, Tijuana Flats Tex-Mex, also is scheduled to open in late Spring. At Tijuana Flats, everything is made-to-order. There are no microwaves and no freezers and the chips, salsa, queso, guacamole and tortillas are all made from scratch. Tijuana Flats offers a laid back atmosphere and an “anything goes” attitude. Menu items include all of the TexMex favorites including nachos, burritos, chimichangas, enchiladas, salads, combination platters and more. The restaurant prides itself on its healthy approach of using only fresh ingredients, lard-free vegetarian beans, no canned foods, hormone-free chicken, pork and steak and cooking oil free of trans-fat. Started by a UCF college student who had an idea, no experience in the industry and a $20,000 loan from his dad, Tijuana Flats now has more than 100 restaurants in six states. Find out more at


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County Hosts Ribbon Cutting on New $36M Public Safety Operations Complex

By Tamas Mondovics

Hillsborough Chief Dennis Jones. County Board of Built to the highCounty est hurricane rating Commissioners, construction stanemergency operadards, the 52,000tions officials, Fire sq. ft. main building Rescue personnel, houses Fire members of the Rescue’s command community and the staff, Emergency media celebrated Dispatch Center and the opening of the the high-tech Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Chief County’s New Emergency Dennis Jones is joined by Florida Division Public Safety of Emergency Management Director Bryan Operations Center, Operations Koon, along with County Commissioners, to serve residents Stacy White, Sandra Murman a Pat Kemp during major storms Complex (PSOC) during the ribbon cutting ceremony of the last month in and other emergencounty’s brand new Public Safety Brandon. cies. Operations Complex, in Brandon. Following a rib“This is a really bon cutting ceremony, attendees had a big deal for our county,” said chance to tour the new $36 million dollar Commissioner Sandra Murman whose facility located at 9450 E. Columbus Dr., district touches the county’s shoreline. which now becomes the new home to “This complex is very important as safety Fire Rescue headquarters and the and security is on the mind of our resiCounty’s Emergency Operations Center dents especially during hurricane season (EOC). and safety and security is what this new Sitting on 20 acres between U.S. complex is all about.” Hwy. 301 and Falkenburg Rd. the project While commenting on the need for was funded by the Public Safety the new PSOC, County Commissioner Improvement Bond Project and General Stacy White drew attention to what Revenue funds. While the price tag is makes the new facility functional when he high, officials said that the facility brings said, “This new facility is important, but it together several major public safety build- is the people who work inside that make ings and critical support functions into one the real difference.” location. County Emergency Operations “This is an amazing new facility and Director Preston Cook also emphasized will become the center of our community the reason for the new complex when he as aside from our fire stations throughout said, “Our citizens now have a facility the county, it brings all of fire rescue’s they deserve.” buildings together as well as our governFor more information about ment operations into one location in case Hillsborough County and the new PSOC, of emergency,” said County Fire Rescue please visit




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Junior Achievement Starts Construction On New Finance Park Near JA BizTown

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nears its goal of $4.6 million and, following a ground breaking ceremony, JA officials are anticipating the start of construction by EWI Construction within the next few weeks. “Junior Achievement Finance Park will be the most Renderings by FleischmanGarcia Architects An artist’s rendering shows the new Junior Achievement innovative and far-reaching Finance Park to be built this year, to serve eighth grade program for youth financial students to teach them how to handle their own finances education in Tampa Bay and when in and out of the home. will impact 8th grade students Junior Achievement (JA) is known by as they will learn to balance their home many through its education of millions of finances, their budget the cost of kids, students across the United State and mil- health insurance, education and or enterlions more worldwide each year. tainment just to name a few,” George JA programs give young people the said. knowledge and skills they need to own The new 18,000 sq. ft., state-of-thetheir economic success, plan for their art facility will be located on Hillsborough future, and make smart academic and County Public School property, adjacent economic choices. to the existing 16,000 sq. ft. Junior Most local families come in contact Achievement Center presented by the Bill with the organization through its local pro- Poe Family, which opened in 2005 and is grams such as JA BizTown, which curthe current home of JA BizTown, presentrently offers a 5th grade curriculum under ed by Pam and Les Muma, sporting a 5th the direction of Junior Achievement of grade curriculum. Tampa Bay. George confirmed that the original Last year, Junior Achievement of $1.7 million grant, to kick off the capital Tampa Bay reached 98,662 students in campaign came from the SunTrust the Tampa Bay area. Foundation. It is little surprise then that the organiJA programs’ success is credited to zation has recently revealed its plans to corporate and community volunteers, and construct a brand new Junior to its relevant, hands-on experiences that Achievement Finance Park. give students from kindergarten through According to Richard George, presihigh school knowledge and skills in finandent of JA Tampa Bay, the new capstone cial literacy, work readiness and entreprefacility is scheduled to open in early 2018. neurship. With Phase I of the capital campaign Visit

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Holiday Builders Considers Home Owners An Extension Of Their Family

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For and Waterleaf more than locations in 30 years, Riverview the Holiday recently became Builders the two new company additions. For a can be list of other locaknown as tions, visit being https://www.holiexcellent in new home A unique feathat Holiday building ture An example of a home in the Riverview community with a repBuilders offers for Holiday Builders. utation of superior customer service. would be its two-year builder warranty With its solid foundation, Holiday after purchase. The company builds Builders focuses on constructing qual- single family homes in the Tampa ity new homes of lasting value. Today, area with prices that range from $190,000 to the low to mid more than 35,000 families choose $300,000’s. For this particular area, Holiday Builders because of the company’s attributes stated above. square footage begins at 1,477 sq. ft. “We make sure that the results of and goes to 3,192 sq. ft. Individuals each customer experience becomes can search on the Holiday Builders great and that the homeowners website for more building prices receive regular updates,” Division around the state. Holiday Builders Sales Manager for Tampa Marcus also provides a wide selection of Smith said. options and upgrades too. In 1984, Holiday Builders opened Holiday Builders was named to its first Showcase home and sold 76 the Top Builder 100 list on various homes in the first year of business. occasions and by JD Power and Throughout the 1990’s, growth contin- Associates for “Highest Quality” for ued with an expansion in numerous new home building. The company was parts of Florida. Interested buyers can awarded as the “101 Best Employers” find Holiday Builders in Alabama as and the “50 Best Companies to Work well. In 1999, the company’s employFor.” ees purchased Holiday Builders from Visit Holiday Builders Park Creek Community located in Riverview at its founder, which made the company 10512 Park Meadowbrooke Dr. Open the first 100% employee owned Monday through Saturday 10 a.m.- 6 homebuilder in the United States. In p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m.- 6 p.m. Call June 2016, Holiday Builders began 866-235-5675. operation in Tampa. The Park Creek

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Inter-Bay Moorings Adding More Docks On Alafia For Boat Maintenance Services

By Sharon Still

Under tric service the new and all new management floating of John docks are in “Smitty” process. “In Smith, InterMay or June, Bay we will be Moorings, a starting to full-service progress on and do-itthe new yourself ship docks which repair yard in will really Gibsonton is open up this The 70-ton travel lift is just one of the new services undergoing a place,” he available at Inter-Bay Moorings in Gibsonton on the complete said. “The Alafia River. makeover new docks from the inside out. will double the amount of boats that “The first rule on my list is cuscan come in.” tomer satisfaction,” said Smith, who Other improvements include the notes that with 35 years of experiaddition of a 70-ton travel lift for boats ence in the industry, he has been up to 85 ft. long and 21.5 ft. wide, doing this most of his life. new signage and a recently installed Inter-Bay Moorings offers servicnew pump system for gas and diesel es for commercial and pleasure boats fuel. “We are the only place on the that range from full maintenance, river to get gas and diesel,” Smith tune-ups and repair to carpentry and added. canvas work. Services also include The property also boasts a ship full fiberglass repair, sandblasting, store, pump out facilities, laundry, bottom jobs, gel coating, pressure restrooms, shower and pavilion with washing and boat storage. There also gas grill, electric smoker and picnic is a welding shop on-site for all weldtables. ing and fabrication. Inter-Bay Moorings is located at Smith has a full network of con6210 Ohio Ave. in Gibsonton, along tacts for any type of product or servthe Alafia River just east of U.S. Hwy. ice needed for any type of vessel. 41. Office hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. “Anything that can wrong on a boat, I Monday-Friday. Call 677-2739, visit can get a guy for it,” he stated. and There are 40 deep water wet slips become a fan on Facebook for addiwith 30 and 50 AMP water and electional information.

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Spring Yard Sale, Food Trucks & More Panther Trace CDD Food Truck & Movie Night

On Saturday March 25, Panther Trace community will host a food truck and movie night. The food trucks, which will include Sarge’s BBQ, Kona Ice and Sarge’s BBQ are among the food trucks that will be attending the Movie Kona Ice and more, will start serving at Night at Panther Trace on March 25. 5 p.m. and the family friendly movie Summerfield Community Spring Yard will start at dusk. Sale The event will take place at the multiMark your calendars for Saturday, purpose field on Panther Trace Blvd. in March 25 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. for the Riverview. Summerfield Community Spring Yard Cub Scout Pack 909 will also be sellSale. ing concessions. Turn clutter and unwanted items into Residents are invited to bring their extra dollars. Clean out your attics, closown chairs, blankets, frisbees and outets and garages to sell those unwanted door games and are encouraged not to items in our spring community yard sale. forget the bug spray. The Ladies' Club will do all the advertisFor more information, please contact ing. The cost will be $4 when you pay in Monica at PTRecCenterManager@veriadvance and $5 the day of sale. To sign up in advance, visit the community center sign the book, pay $4 and receive a tag Rivercrest CDD Gets New Rules and to place on your mailbox. If you can’t pay Regulations in advance, the cost is $5. Ladies club The Rivercrest CDD in Riverview has members will be around to collect on the adopted new rules and regulations for the day of the sale Rivercrest Multipurpose Field and added Please do not block neighbors’ drive- a new General Rule on drones. The comways or park on lawns. Traffic is very plete version of the rules and regulations heavy in on the day of the sale so we is available in written form at the clubneed everyone working together to make house or is available for view on the disthis a pleasant and successful experience trict website at for all homeowners.

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Barrington Orchestra To Host Julliard Trained, Trans-Siberian Musician

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workshop and concert in late April. "Teachers from around the United States who have worked with Mark have shared how EYS increases family and community engagement of their school orchestra program," said Caballero. "I was really inspired by Mark Wood, founder of Electrify Your Strings musical program, the excitement I witis scheduled to hold a workshop for local orchestra students next months. Sponsors are needed to help with funding. nessed in the students he was working with Orchestra students throughout the and the joy they were exuding through area have an opportunity to learn from a their playing." musician with a very impressive resume The cost for the program, including next month thanks to Barrington Middle Wood's artist fees, lodging, transportation School. and other concert related expenses, is Barrington Orchestra Director SuLing approximately $50 per student. Caballero Chau Caballero is working to bring Mark is hoping to raise these funds through Wood, a Julliard trained musician and sponsorships, t-shirt sales and a practicefounding member of the Trans-Siberian a-thon event. In addition, the project Orchestra who has worked with famous received a $500 teacher incentive grant musicians from Billy Joel and Paul from the Arts Council of Tampa Bay and McCartney to Kanye West and Lenny was funded in part by the Hillsborough Kravitz, to Lithia to teach students County Board of County Commissioners. through his Electrify Your Strings (EYS) "When making the decision on program. spending the time and money to bring "Last year I had the opportunity to Mark to our school, one of the deciding attend the American String Teacher was that the cost of EYS is confactors Association annual conference in Tampa, siderably more affordable than taking stuand watched a work shop with Mark," dents on a spring trip," said Caballero. said Caballero. "He has designed the I know that EYS will have "Secondly, EYS program as a way to boost selfmore of an educational impact on the stuesteem and transform students into more dents for years to come. expressive musicians." Visit or After watching Wood, Caballero was contact Caballero at motivated to bring him to the area to help her students with the program's two-day

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Nature’s Classroom Facility Celebrates Its Annual Open House Event March 25

By Tamas Mondovics

For nearly five The upcoming decades, Nature’s open house event Classroom, called, "Woods, Florida’s outdoor Water, and Wildlife" education program is a considered has been providing once-a-year celeyoung students a bration that is now chance to get upscheduled for close-and-personal Saturday, March 25 with nature to help from 9 a.m. to 4 them reach an p.m. appreciation of the “This event will Hillsborough County sixth grade students environment, while allow the general participate in a hands-on field study of the Hillsborough River Watershed at Nature’s promoting conserpublic to visit the Classroom. The general public to visit the vation and preserschool that is norfacility during its annual once a year open vation. mally reserved for house March 25. Nature’s the environmental Classroom is located Northeast education of all sixth grade public school Hillsborough County on 365 acres provid- students in Hillsborough County,” said ed by the Southwest Florida Water event coordinator Chris Rusnak. Management District (SWFWMD) and Visitors to the school are steadily within the boundary of the Hillsborough growing, and have enjoyed the support of River. local government officials and community Throughout the year, the school leaders. focuses on the Hillsborough River “It is our goal to foster a better underWatershed Field Study catered to sixth standing of the natural world so that we grade students who attend a three-day can have a highly educated voter base to program that covers the habitats, flora, make smart decisions for the future of our fauna, human use and impact field study state, country, and world,” Rusnak said. of the Hillsborough River Watershed. The one day cash only event is $10 School officials said that nearly per carload. Boat rides are $2 per person 15,000 sixth grade students who visit the and will include children’s activities, anioutdoor facility claim approximately mal experiences, hikes, a shoreline sam540,000 hours of ecological and outdoor pling experience, and exhibitors. skills experiences annually. Nature's Classroom is located at Since 2007, Nature's Classroom offi13100 Verges Rd in Thonotosassa, just cials have also opened the school’s doors 1.5 miles east of I-75 of the Fletcher Ave. to the public to raise awareness and Exit. Volunteers are welcome and may funding, which supports the feeding of its contact Mary Spence at 987-6969 or collection of animals on site.

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A world of taste Heightz, Justin awaits you at Busch Quiles & Milly Gardens Tampa Bay’s Quezada; third annual Food & Sunday, April 30: Wine Festival, returnTribute Bands (Jimmy ing this spring for an Buffett, Queen, Bon extended nine weeks Jovi and Prince). of chart-topping artists The festival and culinary masterreturns with signature pieces. The popular dishes and exciting Tampa Bay food and new cuisine, including the flavor of more than 65 fine wine festival is includ- Uncork duck tacos, lobster wines, an expanded lineup of over 70 ed with any Annual craft brews and a variety of featured ravioli, bacon mac & cocktails at the Busch Gardens® Food cheese, brown sugar Pass, Fun Card or & Wine Festival. daily admission to the rubbed pork belly, park and runs Saturdays and Sundays, banana foster panna cotta, gator bites, March 4 through April 30. and cabernet-filled chocolates, as well as The biggest names in entertainment an expanded selection of wines, craft will take the stage every weekend with brews and cocktails. the headlining act starting at 7 p.m. on Food and beverage is not includGwazi Field. Artists kicking off the festival ed with park admission and is availinclude: Saturday, March 4: - Daughtry, able for an extra fee. Guests must be Sunday, March 5: Andy Grammer, 21 years of age or older to consume Saturday, March 11: alcoholic beverages. Goo Goo Dolls; Sunday, March 12: For a limited time, if you buy a Kool & The Gang; Saturday, March 18: Busch Gardens Fun Card, get an Young the Giant; Sunday, March 19: Adventure Island Fun Card for free. Jason Isbell & John Hiatt Trio; For those that want even more Saturday, March 25: NBC’s The Voice VIP offerings, the Annual Pass offers finalists Craig Wayne Boyd & Adam unlimited admission all year, free Wakefield, Sunday, March 26: parking, no blackout dates and speEl Gran Combo, Saturday, April 1: cial benefits totaling more than $300. DNCE; Sunday, April 2: Walk Off The With EZpay, Annual Passes start at Earth, Saturday, April 8: Hunter Hayes; just $14 per month for one park, and Sunday, April 9: Daya and Matt $16 per month for both Busch Nathanson; Saturday, April 15: The Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Band Perry; Sunday, April 16: Island. Visit Newsboys; Saturday, April 22: Gilberto Rosa; Sunday, April 23: Lynyrd tampa/food-and-wine/event-info for Skynyrd; Saturday, April 29: Bachata more on the Festival.

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25th Manatee Festival Of The Arts Offers Art, Food, Music And More By Kate Quesada

This month marks the 25th anniversary of the Apollo Beach Manatee Festival of the Arts and the 2017 event promises to be better than ever with food and entertainment for the whole family. Taking place at Ruskin's E.G. Simmons Park on Saturday and Sunday, March 11 and 12 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., the event is expected to draw 10,000 people from all over the Tampa Bay. For the first time this year, the SouthShore Chamber is partnering with local art organizations the Firehouse Cultural Center and SouthShore Arts Council on the cultural aspects of the festival. "We are used to planning events, but our area of expertise is not art. With the art organizations taking the lead on those aspects, it is a perfect fit and is sure to be a festival to remember," said Southshore Chamber Executive Director Melanie Rimes. In addition to 100 artist booths, many of which are new to the festival, there will be a large children's area sponsored, organized and run by the Firehouse Cultural Center. The area, which is free and according to Rimes has doubled since last year, will offer fish prints, color sandcastle sculptures, design boards, manatee drawing horses, story-telling from the Ruskin Library, sun prints, face painting and balloon art from Jumbo the Pirate.There will also be art work on dis-

play from local schools and Suncoast Youth Conservation Center in Apollo Beach, will have a hands on kids area. The entertainment stage will showcase music from Emily Joy at 11 a.m. on Saturday, followed by live demonstrations from Tampa Bay Martial Arts Academy at 12 Noon. At 1 p.m. there will be a dance performance by Armetta's Gan Jete Studio of Dance in Apollo Beach and 1:45 p.m. will offer a concert from Opera Tampa. The entertainment for the day will end at 3 p.m. with Victoria Ginty and Ladyhawke. On Sunday, the music will kick off at 10:30 a.m. with Luis Garcia from Rumba Brothers, Latin Jazz and Flamenco Fusion, with Pinpoint Jazz following at 12:45 p.m. The Damon Fowler Band will take the stage at 3:15 p.m. Cold beer and wine will be available at three locations throughout the event and food will be available from Buttman BBQ, Mullet Shack, C&S Specialties, Stanford Jerky, Bearcakes, Kona Ice, OI Kentucky Concessions, Skoops, TLC Concessions, Poppin Don's Old Fashioned Ice Cream and more. "This festival is unique because there is something for everyone," said Rimes. "We involve everyone, not only the arts community and not only the chamber business community. Everyone can be there." Contact the chamber at 645-1366 or

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Mother/Daughter Duo Pen Children's Books By Kate Quesada

Gwen Rollings baskets," said Gwen. "Our loves to write. Her goal is to establish an daughter Brittany ongoing fund that would Rollings loves to illusallow us to put Molly trate. The duo recently Tailwagger in the hands of published a series of children who cannot afford children's books that to buy picture books. not only showcases Brittany and I feel blessed their talents, but also that God has allowed us to brings joy to young do what we love and crereaders that may not ate stories we hope with usually have access to encourage, comfort, books. inspire and put smiles on With their rescue little faces going through Chihuahua dog Molly difficult times." for inspiration, the Both Gwen and Apollo Beach resiBrittany started working on dents published a their skills at a young age. Local author and illustrator duo In sixth grade, Gwen series of books about Gwen and Brittany Rollings Molly Tailwagger for wrote her first play which recently held a book signing at children approximateher class performed for Barnes and Noble for their children's series Molly Tailwagger. the school. However, her ly four to eight years old with an uplifting story line and colorful writing took a back seat to marriage and illustrations. family for 30 years until her children were "Our dream is for parents to read the grown and her husband retired from the books with their little ones, turning the Marine Corps. She wrote multiple other pages and lingering as they talk about books for adults, including a book of poetthe pictures of Molly Tailwagger and her ry, before teaming up with her youngest adventures," said Gwen. "But perhaps daughter for the Molly Tailwagger series. even more important to us is to give the "Writing children's books turns out to books to children who need them most." be the best career I've ever had," said Gwen and Brittany are working to Gwen. "I write the story; then we discuss donate their books to young readers who my vision of what illustrations would work do not traditionally have access to a lot of well. Brittany draws a series of characters reading materials. In addition to giving and we make decisions based on our copies of their books to local hospitals, mutual agreement." they would like to be able to help charities The duo's fifth book is currently in like Metropolitan Ministries fill at least 250 publication. Easter baskets with their stories this year. Visit for more "Unfortunately, we don't personally information or to help with the fund to have enough books for that number of donate books to children in need.

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Florida State Fair Recycled Yard Art Winners On Display Through March 21

Lisa Meredith & Lynn Barber

As you probably know by now, twice a year, we sponsor a Recycled Yard Art Contest, one at the Hillsborough County Fair and one at the Florida State Fair. The purpose of the Recycled Yard Art Contest is to increase environmental awareness and encourage reuse/recycling of materials into yard art. The competition involved two and three dimensional art created from items already used for their original purpose. During the 12 days of the 2017 Florida State Fair, attendees voted for the People’s Choice award on one of the 24 entries submitted. The votes have been tallied, all 9,142 of them (an increase from the 2016 vote total of 8,144), and the winner is: Andy Hamilton for the “Farm Bike” created with boat fenders, bicycle parts, wheels and a propane cylinder. Jeffrey Scott De Blasio won first place for his “Metal Bonefish Sculpture”, which was created from horseshoes and various other metal parts. Dowdell Middle Magnet School won the first place Middle School Award for its creation, “Teacup Planter” that utilized old tires, tin cans,

paint, a paper bag and rope. The first place award for an Elementary School went to Ballast Point Elementary for “Fence Picket Self Portraits” made with reclaimed wooden fence pickets. First place for a High School was awarded to Hannah Barrionuevo from Wharton High School for her “Piano” created from clay and clothespins. All of the contest winning entries will be on display at the UF/IFAS Extension Service, 5339 CR 579, Seffner, until March 21. We hope you will stop by to view these creations, stroll through the Bette S. Walker Discovery Garden and see what we have to offer. I’m truly amazed at the creativity of all of the artists. Each of us would probably be surprised at how creative we can be. This is a great time to put on your thinking caps for a Recycled Yard Art project you have been considering creating…and create it. We will have two Recycled Yard Art competitions in 2018; one at the Hillsborough County Fair, and one at the Florida State Fair. Hope you will participate. Thanks for Reducing, Reusing, Recycling and Repeating.

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Boyette Springs National Honor Society Empowers New Inductees To Serve

By Amy Schechter

NEHS Officers, Kaylee Cribbs (president), Stella Hellman (vice president,) & Vanessa Villa (secretary)

Although the National Honor Society is a well-known organization at the middle and high school levels, grades K-6 were often overlooked until 2008 when the elementary offshoot formally began. Now, Boyette Springs Elementary School is making a name for themselves in the community and truly doing their part to facilitate a continuum of excellence throughout K-12 education. All inductees into the National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS) must demonstrate excellence in four core categories: scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Inductees in grades 4-6 maintain a “B” or higher average and demonstrate that their other accomplishments and attributes place them in the upper echelon of the student population. However, the Boyette Springs NEHS chapter partners with the student council to allow students in all grade levels, even those who may not meet the academic qualifications, to access invaluable service projects and leadership opportunities, which truly creates a pipeline of opportunity for the student body. In fact, the number of inductees in 2017 doubled with 46 new members attending the February 17 ceremony. Tawnya Anderson, the NEHS advisor, and Natalie Rados, the student council faculty advisor, could not be more proud. She and Rados know that the combined effort just makes sense: “It gets younger kids involved. They end up seeing the whole picture of how their efforts impact others.” Since their merger, the students

have been involved with numerous charitable initiatives. They collected items for the Echo Food Drive, an organization that collects food and non-perishables for low-income families, even able to see it through from the collection and organization of items to the delivery of these items to needy families. They also have helped with the Special Olympics, an athletic event for persons with disabilities, and Relay for Life, a fundraiser benefiting the American Cancer Society. Their efforts do not seem to stop, as they are actively involved with Project Sunshine and the Crayon Initiative, providing resources to children in need. Even locally, they plan on implementing a spring school beautification project where they will research Florida friendly plants and transform the front of their school. The students know that doing good means feeling good. Vanessa Villa, a student at Boyette and secretary of NEHS, smiles, “It’s really special. I feel really honored to be in NEHS. We get to help the community and do our best.” Plus, they are being groomed as leaders, sure to carry over into middle school and beyond. “It’s set me in a position where I set a role for people both in getting projects done and encouraging others,” Kaylee Cribbs, president, adds. Boyette Springs NEHS is currently seeking initiative where they can donate their time or partner with local groups for service-learning initiatives. They also hope to solicit donations for the school beautification project. If you want to learn more or become involved, please contact Anderson or Rados at or

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the importance of the entire dining experience at his restaurant. “We are a small restaurant and take pride in our food,” he said. “Plan to spend an hour and a half eating and enjoying good food, the atmosphere and good conversation with your dining companions.” Dragonetti is doing something right. TripAdvisor ratings are extremely favorable and the restaurant earned a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2015 and 2016. Allegria is open Monday – Thursday 3:30 p.m.–9 p.m., Friday 3:30 p.m.–10 p.m., Saturday 4:30 p.m. –10 p.m. and Sunday 4 p.m.–8 p.m. Reservations are required on the weekends and lunch may be added soon. Visit, or call 651-1166.

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Dynamic Painting Offers $10,000 In Paint Jobs To Celebrate Anniversary

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If you could paint do it for the a perfect picture of a recognithriving local business tion, I do it that generously gives because I back to the communilove to ty, it would be of Rob give back Silver’s Dynamic to the communiPainting ty,” he USA. The said. “I am company very started back in March FishHawk single mom Daniella Vetencourt blessed 2007 when and her sons Diego, 10 and Matias,7, won with how a Free Exterior Home Paint job in 2015 my busiSilver startafter she entered an Osprey contest. ness has ed booking progressed, and if I can make a small difjobs before he even had employees, and ference in somebody’s life by giving a he had to do most of the painting by himself. Today, the interior and exterior house paint job away, then I’d love to do that.” In March, four people will be selected painting business has taken off and Silver to receive $2,500 worth of free painting. now has over 20 employees working for Potential recipients will write a 500-word him within a 25-mile radius of the essay on why they would like a paint job, Brandon, Valrico, Fishhawk and and must include a picture of their house Riverview areas. Silver is very appreciative of the local in order to be eligible. Entry forms will be community where he started his company available at Osprey Observer headquarters. Certain restrictions apply. and found success, which has lead to his The idea for the Painting from the generosity of giving back to people in Heart campaign started when Silver put need of a helping hand. According to an ad on Craigslist trying to get rid of the Silver, he has donated on average $2,500-$3,000 of exterior paint jobs every extra gallons of paint he had. A single mother contacted him asking for just one year for close to five years. The camgallon so that she could paint her garage. paign, called Painting From the Heart, gives exterior paint jobs to single mothers It inspired a full donation. “I love helping out others, it’s a great feeling,” he said. on Mother’s Day and servicemen or vetPainting from the Heart, Silver has erans during the holidays. For the last 10 also been involved as a guardian for years, he has also given $3,000-$4,000 Honor Flight of West Central Florida, takin certificates to local charities for room ing WWII Veterans on a trip to D.C. for makeovers every year. For the 10th anniversary, Silver plans the day. For information, visit their website on donating $10,000 in paint jobs. “I don't at


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Feed The Bay Outreach On March 26 Helps Fill Local Food Pantries

By Amanda Boston

HCSO Make Arrests In Riverview, FishHawk Serial Gas Stations Armed Robberies Riverview area robbery cases to folgas station clerks low, including the one at the Speedway gas and patrons can station located at breath a little easi13179 Highway 301 er following the S. in Riverview that arrest of a Valrico occurred on Tuesday, man in connection February 21, 2017 at with a series of approximately 3:23 armed robberies a.m. last month. Less than two According to weeks following the the Hillsborough incident, detectives County Sheriff’s were able to identiOffice, Trevor N. fied and arrest Gipson, 21 of 2918 Joshua Abdull Cloverfield Lane in McClain, 16 of Plant Valrico, who is also City, whom they said a suspect a series was armed with a of other robberies shotgun. in Riverview and While unrelated FishHawk, was to the Gipson case, arrested shorty Hillsborough County Sheriff’s detectives McClain, approached after robbing the identified Joshua Abdull McClain, in conCircle K located at nection with a robbery of the Speedway the clerk, demanded money from the reg6211 North Dale gas station located at 13179 Highway 301 S. in Riverview. ister and then fled Mabry Highway. with the cash in Based on the a southern direcalert from the tion, possibly Circle K robbery toward The and information Grove at gathered by SouthShore deputies, Gipson apartment comwas arrested just plex, deputies 40 minutes after said. he pointed a The robbery handgun at the was the third in a clerk while wearrow at the same business since ing a black mask. January, and detectives believe that Detectives said that the store was McLain is also responsible for the robnot Gipson’s first target. beries that occurred on Monday, Gipson is also responsible for an January 9, at 2:51 a.m. and on armed robbery within the City of Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at 2:46 Temple Terrace. a.m. According to HCSO, on Tuesday, During the search for this suspect, February 21, 2017 Gipson robbed two Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay was 7-Eleven stores within 30 minutes. The first robbery occurred at the 7- offering a reward of up to $3,000 for information that would lead to the idenEleven located at 10016 McMullen Road in Riverview at 4:07 am, followed tification and arrest of the suspect involved in these cases. by the second just 25 minutes later at For future cases Crime Stoppers the 7-Eleven located at 16781 can be reached at 1-800-873-TIPS Fishhawk Blvd, in Lithia. (8477), or to report anonymously online In both cases Gipson allegedly at or send a entered the stores, approached the clerk and demanded cash. After receiv- mobile tip using the P3 Tips Mobile application. Crime Stoppers must be ing money, he fled the store. contacted first in order to be eligible for HCSO deputies had a number of cash reward. other area gas station and business

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By the next morning, the food agency is ready to serve with a replenished pantry. Melanie Langston, the event coordinator at Bay Life Church in Brandon has led the charge of this operation since 2011. “I fell in love with Feed The Bay the first time I saw it simply because it was so laser focused and so easy for the whole family to get involved....It is a teachable moment. It is simply going and being the hands and feet of Christ,” said Langston. The one-day event yields instant and visible results of replenished pantries in food agencies across the Bay, but it also spawns long-standing desirable effects in other ways. Cheryl Hickman, founder and executive director of the Women’s Resource Center of Tampa explained, “ We normally have close to 100 volunteers that help on that day. We help mostly single parent moms get reestablished with employment, housing and healthcare. Once they (the volunteers) understand that we don’t just need food but also clothes, household items, furniture, they begin to see the whole picture.” Volunteers must be at least 14 years old, but children are welcome to participate alongside their parents. For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, please visit or contact Melanie Langston at

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Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce (GRCC) Celebrates Local Businesses & Celebrates Milestones With Ribbon Cuttings

By Michelle Colesanti

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Ribbon cutting celebrates Kiefer Jewelers.

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Kiefer Jewelers has been in business 60 years and in the Brandon area at Regency Square for three years. It is new to the GRCC and that was reason to celebrate with members and friends at a ribbon cutting ceremony to welcome Kiefer’s to their family. Kiefer Jewelers Brandon carries a wide array of Alex and Ani bracelets for that collector in your life. It is known to be one of the largest Rolex dealers in Tampa Bay. Hours are Monday to Friday from 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday from 11a.m.-5 p.m. It is located at 2472 W. Brandon Blvd. (Regency Square next to Dress Barn). Visit or call 684-4572.

Alley Cat Pest Control, LLC Celebrates 10 Years In Business

GRCC members were recently invited to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Alley Cat Pest Control. Owners, Cliff and Lisa Kennedy welcomed their guests, treating them to

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delicious treats and prizes. Alley Cat Pest Control was recently named Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce's Business of the Year Award (under 25 employees) for 2016. Alley Cat is a local family-owned and operated business, proudly serving the Tampa Bay Area with over 30 years of industry experience. They are a fullservice company specializing in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices for the prevention of unwanted pests. Visit, or call 671-3838 or email

Ken Hope Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc. Celebrates 25 Years in Business

In February, GRCC members were invited to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Ken Hope Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc. Owners, Ken and Mardi Hope and their staff welcomed guests and treated them to a delicious lunch from fellow chamber member, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit. Ken Hope Air Conditioning &

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Heating is one of the banks happened back in October. Chamber’s oldest memberships, datMary Boyd and the Riverview ing back to 1994. For five years in a staff welcomed everyone and provided row, Ken Hope was voted as the #1 Air Conditioning Company in the Brandon area by readers of the Tampa Tribune. It provides repair, installation, and maintenance services for air conditioning and heating systems Visit, call Photo by Ed Booth, Huth & Booth Photography Ribbon cutting celebrates Bank of the Ozarks 671-2107 or email proof that the same dedication to cusBank of the Ozarks Celebrates New tomer service and “community first” attitude still exist under the new name. Name and Ownership Visit the crew at Riverview’s Bank On Friday, January 27, GRCC of the Ozarks at 10109 US Hwy. 301 S welcomed Bank of the Ozarks to (behind the Lowe’s plaza) from Riverview. Bank of the Ozarks was Monday to Thursday 9 a.m.–4 p.m. formerly C1 Bank. Friends and chamand Friday 9 a.m.–6 p.m. with extendber members turned out to partake in ed drive-thru hours. Visit the official ribbon cutting ceremony. The official convergence for the

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New Flying Locksmiths Ready To Serve

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By Tamas Mondovics

County Aging Services Reports Isolated Breach of Protected Health Information Hillsborough County or used inappropriately or has reported an isolated maliciously. breach of protected infor“In accordance with mation within its Aging federal law, Hillsborough Services Department last County has notified the month. 647 affected clients via Aging Services offers mail, and has reported numerous services the breach to the U.S. Hillsborough County Aging designed to enhance the Department of Health Services has reported an isolat- and Human Services lives of older adults age ed breach of health information 50 and over, from active of more than 600 clients and is and the Florida now offering affected clients free Department of Elder adult programming and credit monitoring for a year. in-home services to hot Affairs,” Cardenas said. meals and referral services. In an abundance of caution, According to a press release by Hillsborough County is also offering County Aging Services officials, a comaffected clients free credit monitoring for a plete and thorough internal investigation year. has been conducted and the department “We have sent instruction by mail to has taken steps to notify the estimated our clients to utilize this service,” she said 650 then-clients affected by the breach. adding that clients may also contact her Elizabeth Cardenas, Hillsborough directly at 1-800-466-5400 or via U.S. County HIPAA Privacy Officer, said that mail at P.O. Box 1110, Tampa, FL, 33601. the breach, which was discovered by In the press release, County officials Aging Services employees on December emphasized that Hillsborough County 22, 2016, is believed to have occurred in employees adhere to comprehensive proMarch 2011, 2016 when a former cedures, policies, and training regarding employee inadvertently came into posprotected information. session of personal, protected information An internal review of Hillsborough including social security numbers, County policies and training confirms that addresses, financial information and or current practices for handling confidential case notes. information provide the utmost protection Cardenas confirmed that at this time, of confidential information, the release the investigation has not revealed any said. For information about Hillsborough facts indicating the information has been County Aging Services, please visit out of possession of the former employee

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's The Flying Locksmiths. This national franchise was started in 1946 and exploded across the country thanks to their professionalism and family values. Locally, The Flying Locksmith opened for business on October 3, 2016 by Tammy Broussard and her husband, Michael Broussard, President elect of Fishhawk Riverview Rotary Club: of which he has been a member for eight years. They are a part of both the Riverview and Valrico Chamber of Commerce. They offer a wide variety of security solutions and locksmith services for both residential and commercial needs but Michael mentioned that currently, “We primarily work with facilities managers on commercial sites.” Their price ranges vary based on the specific needs of each customer and are available 24 hours a day with a national dispatch center easily reached by phone. Along with their work for a number of local big box stores, much of their work impacts “local drug, alcohol...and assisted living facilities,” according to Michael. Tammy continued, “Keeping patients safe” by fixing and changing locks to ensure that the facilities know where their patients are at all times.

“We want folks to know that this has been our home, we are part of the community,” Tammy said, “we have lived here for a dozen years...this was perfect for us”. Tammy and Michael have been pillars of the local community, dedicating their time to organizations that help those in need. Michael explained that they have recently “spearheaded the crayfish festival that raised over $20,000 for...charities and scholarships.” Tammy has previously been involved in the Software and Technology industry with a strong background in sales. Having such a strong background in technology comes in handy as according to their website, “the locksmith industry is changing; it is not just a mechanical trade, it’s moving quickly to an electronic trade.” The Flying Locksmiths has 12 local employees and are seeking an additional qualified locksmith for their team. They hire only second and third generation locksmiths. Inquiries can be made at their local offices on 156 E. Bloomingdale Ave. in Brandon. For information, visit or call 24/7: 801-3145.


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Canine Cabana Offers Custom Services

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Metrohm USA Breaks Ground On New Headquarters In Riverview Staff Report

Metrohm is one of the world’s most trusted manufacturers of high-precision instruments for chemical analysis. Founded in 1943 in Herisau, Switzerland, Metrohm operates in more than 80 countries with its own subsidiaries and exclusive distributors. “Metrohm USA has been a Metrohm USA recently broke ground in Riverview on valuable contributor to its new, 90,000 sq. ft. headquarters, targeted for Hillsborough County’s business completion in early 2018. community since their establishMetrohm USA, the North American ment here in 2009,” said the Hon. Lesley headquarters of the global market leader “Les” Miller, Commissioner, Hillsborough in the field of chemical analysis, recently County Board of County Commissioners. broke ground on what will be its new, “We are proud of the fact that you’ve 90,000 sq. ft. headquarters, targeted for done so well in this market that you’ve completion in early 2018. The company already outgrown 55,000 sq. ft. of space also announced that it plans to support its and, with the construction of this new growth by adding good paying, technical headquarters, are strengthening your jobs to the region. commitment to this community.” “We have been located in the Tampa The Tampa Hillsborough Economic Bay area since 2009 and feel that its Development Corporation assisted proximity to major transportation hubs Metrohm USA with connections to and the source of talent created by the CareerSource Tampa Bay as well as many major colleges will continue to help Hillsborough County for expedited permitus achieve our goals,” said Edward ting and impact fee estimates. Colihan, President and CEO of Metrohm “As an international organization with USA. “Metrohm USA has seen sustained a presence in over 80 countries, Metrohm growth over the past 15 years and we are has many opportunities to expand or relovery excited to offer our customers, sales cate its headquarters elsewhere,” said Dr. team and local employees a new state-ofKen Atwater, chairman of the Tampa the-art facility.” Hillsborough Economic Development Metrohm USA, which employs more Corporation and president of Hillsborough than 100 people at its current headquarCommunity College. ters at 6555 Pelican Creek Circle in Individuals interested in available Riverview, will move all operations to the jobs may refer new facility at 9250 Camden Field Pkwy., to in Riverview. ny/careers/.


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New Mathnasium Of Riverview Offers Exciting and Fun Ways For Kids To Improve Math Skills

The owners of the new Mathnasium of Riverview, Lariza and Ferdinand Desir II, are excited to offer a new Visit David Weekley Homes 55+ com- A Ribbon Cutting was recently held to celebrate the math-only grand opening of FishHawk Sporting Goods in the munity Encore at FishHawk Ranch. Learning RiverSprings Plaza. or Center, which helps kids learn math in a move-in. Or, choose from our award-winvisit fun way while making sense to them. At ning floor plans to build from the ground Mathnasium, tools are offered that help up and enjoy the amenities Encore has to young learners improve critical math skills Encore by David Weekley Homes offer while your new home is being built. Delivers Engaging Lifestyle and understanding, regardless of their For more information about Encore current ability level. Services include math One year after its launch, Encore at by David Weekley Homes at FishHawk tutoring, test pre (SAT, ACT, PERT, AFO, FishHawk Ranch is delivering an exciting, Ranch, contact 813-422-6175. Military Officer Entrance Exam, Mid-terms active lifestyle for residents. As FishHawk and Finals). Ferdinand is a USAF retired Ranch’s only 55+ lifestyle community, FishHawk Sporting Goods Celebrates engineer with a Bachelors degree in Encore by David Weekley Homes feawith Ribbon Cutting mechanical engineering and a Masters in tures three series of homes that offer an Bruce and Dantys Bohan, owners of environmental engineering. ideal balance of livability and outstanding newly opened FishHawk Sporting the “Each day, I make it my goal to design so you can enjoy the lifestyle you Goods, recently celebrated their Grand ensure that students have an effective, want, in a home that is as beautiful as it is with a ribbon cutting hosted by Opening engaging, and encouraging learning accommodating. Daily activities are the Valrico FishHawk Chamber of experience that cultivates an intuitive planned by a full-time Lifestyle Director. Commerce. It is located at 13446 Boyette understanding of math,” he said. Enjoy the 5,000-sq. ft. amenity center, Rd. in the RiverSprings Plaza at the corDesir selects highly trained instrucThe Oasis, where you can host a party in ner of Boyette Rd and FishHawk Blvd. It tors who are passionate about math, the entertainment room, meet friends on offers new and gently used sporting maintaining the environment for learning, the great lawn for yoga, swim in the adultgoods for every athlete in your family. For and always staying positive. only pool or enjoy a game of bocce or more information, visit them on Facebook Mathnasium of Riverview is located pickle ball. or call 324-9161. at 11446 S. US Hwy. 301 in Riverview. If you are ready to jump into the Hours are Monday to Thursday 3-7 p.m., energetic lifestyle of Encore at FishHawk Flow Fitness Puts New Spin On and Sunday from 2-5 p.m. For more infor- Ranch, the community offers a variety of Specialty Fitness Boutiques For mation, call 844-667-6284, email Showcase Homes ready for immediate

Reviving Women

Kara Birkey, founder and visionary behind Flow Fitness, has created a fresh concept for women in the workout industry. Flow Fitness provides women with a variety of specialty fitness classes fueled by pure music within a virtuous environment. Opening Saturday, March 25, Flow Fitness will be Riverview’s first specialty fitness boutique for women. Birkley, having served as an administrative assistant for a top-selling gym owner for more than 10 years felt the time was right for something fresh in this trending industry. Envision a place to get your sweat on and then take a little time to rejuvenate yourself in the state of the art “REVIVE ROOM”. Flow Fitness offers a variety of trending classes guided by genuine and knowledgeable instructors, covering a range of amazing and achievable health and fitness benefits that suit you. Flow Fitness is located at 11331 US Hwy 301 S., Ste. 101 (north of Symmes Rd.) in Riverview. Call 374-3019 or visit

Residential & House Cleaning Services Offered By Royal Maid Service

Royal Maid Service offers both residential and commercial house cleaning services. According to owners Sam & Neil Beesley, “We aim to build a strong and enduring maid service by delivering

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By Michelle Colesanti

to our customers a proLaurie E. Ohall is fessional service that is Florida Board always fair, efficient, Certified in Elder helpful and responsive. Law and has We are committed to been practicing building the loyalty of since 1994. Dana our customers and C. Kemper has ensuring that the satisbeen practicing faction of their needs is estate planning Royal Maid Service offers residential and central to everything and elder law commercial house cleaning services. we do.” since 2007. Hours are Monday to Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m.-12 Twin Creeks Assisted Living And Noon. Memory Care To Open Call 999-4929 for an appointment. Opening in spring 2017, Twin Visit Creeks will be a beautiful new Assisted Living and Memory Care community in Laurie Ohall Elder Care Riverview. At Twin Creeks, the Attorney professionalism of the staff, the Law Offices of Laurie quality of the care, and the richE. Ohall, P.A. is an estate ness of the activities programs will planning and elder law firm all set this community apart. helping seniors and their Each resident is treasured, families figure out ways to learning their individual histories pay for long term care. so bright futures can be created, Elder law attorneys deal and put a safe, rewarding life in with unique issues of the financial reach for many seniors. older population including If you are interested in Laurie E. Ohall is certilife with increased fulfillAdvance Directives (POA’s exploring fied in Elder Law. and Living Wills), Medicaid ment, flexibility and peace of Planning, VA benefits, Wills and Trusts. mind, now is the time for you and your Many people do not realize that most loved ones to take a look at Twin Creeks. elder law attorneys also work with special Explore the possibilities at needs families because many of the Twin Creeks by visiting the issues that affect seniors also affect those newly opened Sales with disabilities. “We help special needs Center, located at 13426 families with their own estate planning to Boyette Rd. in Riverview insure that their children are cared for from 9 a.m.-5 after they are gone, both financially and p.m. (evenings and weekends by appointotherwise. We work with clients of all ment). Call 343-4663. Visit ages to insure that their estate planning is and in place and up to date so that, when the comes, their financial and health tire/. care documents are in order, said Ohall. Mari Colgan, REALTOR GTR One unique aspect President, Now Affiliated With of the firm is the pro Yellowfin Realty bono workshop for families with special needs Yellowfin Realty is pleased to children turning 18 who announce that Mari Colgan, REALwill not be able to take TOR and 2017 GTR President care of themselves Elect is now affiliated with Yellowfin after they turn 18 and Realty in the Winthrop Town Center still need their parent to Office. act as their guardian. As a seasoned professional This workshop is free to REALTOR®, Colgan brings over 18 special needs families years of real estate experience to who would like to learn Mari Cogan, Realtor GTR the Yellowfin Realty family. She how to file for guardian President, is now affilat- knows that choosing a real estate ed with Yellowfin Realty. agent who has the tools, skills and advocacy without the need of an attorney. experience to make your dreams Free phone consultations are availcome true can be as challenging as the able to anyone who has a general estate home buying and selling process itself. planning, elder law, probate or guardianMari wants to make it simple for you. She ship question. There are two attorneys; is a Christian REALTOR® who holds

integrity and ethics to the highest standard. She is very involved with the Greater Tampa REALTORS®. She was elected by its members to serve as 2017 President-elect/2018 President which gives her a voice on the Board of Directors. Colgan was appointed to serve on several committees for the local association as well as the state association. She travels to Tallahassee and Washington yearly to advocate for Homeowner Property rights as well as REALTOR®rights. Yellowfin Realty is located at 11256 Winthrop Main St. in Riverview. Call 229-8862 or visit

Sereno, called the Liberation, totals 3,858 sq. ft. The home has a master bedroom, a kitchenette with a dining area and a comfortable living room. The suite has its own exterior entrance and an internal entrance through the living room that connects to the main home. The main part of the home has five bedrooms, 3½ bathrooms and an upstairs loft that can be used as a game room or second family room. The kitchen features an island and an eat-in café, and the home has a twocar garage for the main house and a one-car garage for the Next Gen suite. Sereno is located at 5004 Bella Armonia Circle in Wimauma (off Hwy. 301). For more information, visit or call 844-4789436.

Hair Cuttery Opens Newest Salon in Riverview

Inaugural Waterset Turkey Trot Raises Over $14,000 For Area Schools

Hair Cuttery, the largest family-owned and operated chain of hair salons in the country, celebrates the grand opening of its newest salon in Riverview. The new salon is located at 11442 S. US Hwy. 301 in Rivercrest Commons. Hair Cuttery has an established legacy of charitable support. For the past 18 years, it has sponsored Share-A-Haircut, a salon-wide charitable campaign aimed at giving free haircuts to those in need. Through partnerships with local social service agencies, Hair Cuttery has donated more than two million free haircut certificates since 1999. Visit the Careers page at

Lennar Building Multi-generational Homes In Wimauma

Lennar’s Next Gen homes provide an independent living space for in-laws, college students or frequent guests, and they are now offered in the new-home community of Sereno in Wimauma. The attached suites in the multigenerational homes have a separate entrance, bedroom, living area and kitchenette, along with a variety of other features that give residents a feeling of independence while being only steps away from the rest of the household. In addition to providing space for family members or guests, the versatile suites can also serve a variety of other creative uses, such as a home office, gym or art studio. The Next Gen floorplan available in

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The principals of three SouthShore public schools were treated to a big surprise recently at a luncheon hosted at Waterset in Apollo Beach. Each received a check for more than $4,600 as part of the community’s inaugural Thanksgiving Turkey Trot 5K Road Race. Lynda McMorrow, Marketing Manager at Waterset presented checks for $4,644 each to Maria Gsell, principal of East Bay High School, Johan VonAncken, principal of Eisenhower Middle School and Cathy Ferguson, principal of Doby Elementary School. Keven Loveland of the FishHawk Road Runners also accepted a $500 donation for the running club’s assistance with the firsttime event, which was organized by Newland Communities and two private organizations, Waterset Fitness and the Waterset Tri and Race Club. Waterset and Newland Communities regularly support schools within the Apollo Beach community, donating iPads each quarter to deserving Eisenhower Middle and East Bay High School students, and sponsors other events throughout the school year.

Career Job Fair & Resource Expo

A Career Job Fair & Resource Expo will take place on Monday March 27 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County Board Room. Red Carpet USA Entertainment & Events is proud to partner with Hillsborough County NAACP, The Flyer, and Aarrow Sign Spinners. Children’s Board of Hillsborough County is located at 1002 Palm Ave. in Tampa. For more information, call 9438583 or email

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Terrific Kids, Hillsborough County Social Services Scholarships And Regional STEM Fair Showcase Students RCMA Wimauma Academy recognizes the Terrific Kids for January and February Hillsborough County Helps Students Achieve Higher Education Goals Through Scholarships

Hillsborough Photo Courtesy of RCMA Academy County Social RCMA Wimauma Academy students Greydis Hernandez, Elba Services and the Morales, Luz Cruz, Yiselle Antonio, Andrea Hernandez, Tania Castro, Yarivethe Guzman, Jayla Morales, Cristina Martinez, Community Action Barrios, Gaby Castro, enjoy the spotlight and recognition Board recently joined Yazmin as terrific kids for the month of January. (Absent: Aiden forces to assist local Hernandez) students with the goal of achieving a Applicants will also be evaluated higher education. on their community service and school The County is now offering scholinvolvement, application and letters of arships for up to $5,000 to eligible stu- recommendation, academic record dents wishing to continue their educa(transcript) and essay response. tion by attending an institution of highApplication materials can be er learning. downloaded on the Scholarship In 2016, 52 scholarships totaling Application page on the County web$260,000 were awarded to site, which also provides detailed Hillsborough County students through instructions on how to apply. Hillsborough County Social Services. Students may submit completed According to officials, scholarship applications online, via mail, or hand applications for the 2017-2018 school deliver applications in person to any year will be accepted through Friday, County Community Resource Center. March 31, 2017. Mailed applications can be sent to Applicants must be between the P.O. Box 1110, Department of Social ages of 17 and 22, and have a high Services 24th Floor, Attention Sylvia school diploma or GED equivalent. Wint, Tampa, FL 33601. Sixteen year-old students who are Scholarship recipients will be notigraduating seniors may also apply. fied in writing prior to the start of the Applicants must reside in fall semester. Hillsborough County, must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 whose household Hillsborough Regional STEM Fair income falls within 125 percent of the Showcases Local Students Federal Poverty Guidelines of the The 2017 Hillsborough Regional Community Services Block Grant Science, Technology, Engineering and (CSBG). Math (STEM) Fair, the largest in the

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Mathematics Education. Some of the area elementary school winners included Bevis student Arnav Chavda, who received the Urban E Recycling Excellence Award for his project; Recycle The Rays. The Busch Gardens Award went to Brooker Elementary student Sienna Ryan for her project: Oil Slick, while the Great Explorations Award went to Apollo Photo Courtesy of RCMA Academy Beach Elementary student, Gavin RCMA Wimauma Academy students Lipzy Smoak for his project; It's Antonio, Cristian Cruz, Lissani Zamorano, Alan Shake'n Time! San Juan, Freddi Gonzalez, Valeria Garcia, Jorge Middle and high school winMarquez, Bryan Villatoro, Adriana Saavedra, Jazlynn Hernandez, Alex Gonzaga and Bryan ners are scheduled to be hosted Morales enjoy the spotlight and recognition as ter- by Bristol-Myers Squibb for a day rific kids for the month of February. of learning with scientists and engineers focused upon careers southeast concluded last month with in STEM and strategies for success in two awards ceremonies at the Tampa the State of Florida Science and Convention Center honoring the outEngineering Fair to be held later in standing work of many local talents. March. The competition saw more than “We thank our sponsors, particu2,100 students from all grade levels larly Bristol-Myers Squibb, Stantec, who have displayed 1,700 projects in and TECO, as well as the nearly 600 three divisions, to be reviewed by 600 judges who assisted this week during judges. our three days at the Tampa “This is not a single day event. Convention Center,” Plank said. Students have spent months or even For more information about STEM years working on their projects,” said education in Hillsborough County Larry Plank, director for K-12 Science, please visit Technology, Engineering and

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the first and third Tuesdays of every month at 7 p.m. at Saint Stephen School, 10424 St Stephen Cir, in Riverview. Anyone can drop in to see how Toastmasters can help improve your speaking and leadership skills in a friendly and supporting environment. Visitors are welcome to attend Spirited Toastmasters’ Open House on Tuesday, March 21 at 7 p.m. Visit

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Impact Hosts Auditions for Impact’s Got Talent Application deadline if Friday, March 31. Teen IMPACT is a group of high school teens committed to saying YES to healthy relationships and a positive future by saying NO to premarital sex, drugs, tobacco and alcohol.

The third annual Impact’s Got Talent 2017 will be held on Friday, May 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Bloomingdale High School. Grades K-12 are encouraged to audition for this fun-filled event. Second Annual St. Anne’s Golf Singers, dancers, musicians, theater, Tournament soloist, groups are all welcome. Saint Anne Catholic Church is The grand prize is $250. Trophies building its 2017 Community Outreach will be awarded to 1st & 2nd place in Funds with each category as its Second well as prizes for Annual St. certain awards. Anne’s Golf Acts must be Tournament. three minutes or A “Best under and you Ball Golf must audition with Tournament” the act you would will be held be performing the Saturday, night of the event. April 1 at You may audition a Apollo cappella or with a Beach Golf track. Contestants Course, 801 selected for the Golf and Grammy nominated Southern Gospel Vocal event will be asked Group, Triumphant, hailing from Pigeon Forge, Sea Blvd. in to pay a registration Tennessee, recently performed at First Baptist Apollo Church of Gibsonton, located at 9912 Indiana fee of $15 per perBeach. St. Visit son (solos & duets), Registration $10 each person for opens 7 a.m. with an 8 a.m. “Shotgun groups of three or more to help offset Start.” the cost of trophies and prizes. The entrance fee is $75 per player, Auditions will take place on or $300 for each foursome. Tournament Sunday, March 26 at 1 p.m. registration forms are available at Saint Visit or contact Anne Parish Office Monday through Ali Kagey at 454-9125 Friday 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday 9 or for an a.m.-12 Noon. Forms are also availappointment time. able at Apollo Beach Golf Course Pro Teen IMPACT is a group of high Shop. Completed forms can be school teens committed to saying YES dropped off at the Parish Office or sent to healthy relationships and a positive to Keven Hagan., 5326 Loon Nest Ct., future by saying no to premarital sex, Apollo Beach, FL 33572. For more drugs, tobacco and alcohol. information, email

Teen Impact Accepting Applications For Summer Staff

Join the Teen IMPACT Presentation Team where you will learn and present educational skits on the benefits of healthy relationships. Students may earn Bright Futures Hours for participation. Applications are available at Proceeds benefit Saint Anne Catholic Church Community and Outreach programs, including the weekly Food Pantry, St. Vincent DePaul, and Catholic Charities’ Mobile Medical Bus ministering to the health needs of rural poor in southeastern Hillsborough County.

Eastern Hillsborough Community Band Spring Concerts

The Eastern Hillsborough Community Band will perform three concerts as part of its 2017 Spring Concert Series in the Brandon area and Sun City Center. Performance dates and locations are: Thursday, March 30, 7 p.m. at Logan Hall, New Hope United Methodist Church, 115 Knights Ave., Brandon; Thursday, April 27, 7 p.m.; Strawberry Ridge Clubhouse, 3419 SR 60 E, Valrico; and Thursday May 4, 7 p.m. at United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. W., Sun City Center. A $5 suggested donation asked at the door. Reservations are not required for any concerts. For more information, email, visit or call 569-1771.

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When most Debora Felton, a Sales people think of Associate at Rolling Pin, traveled visiting Italy, the with Cinzia’s group to Sicily in thought of good September 2016. “As a USF food is high on Humanities major with a Food the list of reaStudies Certificate, I was given sons to visit this this trip as a gift from my brother scenically and friends so beautiful and that I could highly cultured Modica is known as experience the country. Cinzia the capital of Sicilian influence of chocolate. Cripe knows other cultures this first hand. Born in Bergamo, a through the town in northern Italy, she came to food. I fell in love the U.S. in 1990, first settling with her with the country.” Cooking Classes at the hotel husband in North Dakota. She has Kathy and are part of the Sicily tour. lived in Florida for the last 20 years, Mark Nixon but returns annually to her homeland to were also on the tour. Mark had recently visit family. retired and they had another trip schedAs a chef, who owned her own uled, but really wanted to visit Sicily. restaurant, Luna Rosa, when she first “We were friends with Cinzia and moved to the area, sharing her love of very interested in the concept of food, the cooking comes naturally to her. She curculture and the history so chose to go rently works as a chef at Rolling Pin Food with her. We’d do it again in a heartbeat,” Emporium, but her main love remains Kathy noted. She was impressed with the with combining cooking, travel and food. welcoming spirit of the people. Cinzia started receiving requests Mark thought Sicily was interesting from catering customers to bring groups because it is a place of so many different to Italy. She loved the idea of sharing her cultures from the Roman Coliseum to culture and food with others, and has normal cities and towns. He enjoyed visitbeen offering trips for the last year and a ing the fishing villages, farms and green half. houses. She said, “I don’t want to do anything The groups consist of at least 10 tourist related, my trips offer time visiting people, but no more than 16. farms and wineries where you can give Her next tour will be to Sicily time and attention to the flavors – to get from August 26 to September 5. The the essence of the trip.” deadline to sign up for this tour is Each tour offers sightseeing, cooking Wednesday, March 15. For upcoming classes with Michelin Star Chefs, super dates and deadlines, call 298-9538 or deluxe accommodations, and first class email Visit restaurants.

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Florida YMCA Youth In Government Program Offers Support To Quit Tobacco By Nick Nahas Builds Confidence In Students July 7, 2013 is an expect when quitting. The By Tatiana Ortiz

important day for Lenny facilitator of the class Moore — that’s the day guides participants as they nearly four years ago identify triggers and withthat he quit smoking. He drawal symptoms, and reached his goal with the brainstorms ways to cope help of the Tobacco Free with these changes. Florida Quit Your Way “Tobacco Free Program. The organizaFlorida’s mission is to cretion provides free nicoate a healthy, sustainable, tine replacement patchtobacco-free environment es, gum and lozenges, for all Floridians,” said as well as counseling to Brittany McNaughton, the help people over the age Tobacco Cessation of 18 overcome their Specialist/Systems Brittany McNaughton is the tobacco dependence. “I Change Coordinator at the Tobacco Cessation would absolutely recomUSF AHEC Tobacco Specialist/Systems Change Coordinator at the USF AHEC Program Office. According mend Tobacco Free Tobacco Program Office. Florida to anyone,” said to McNaughton, tobacco Moore. “I do not think I would have been use is the leading cause of preventable successful without them.” death and disease in the United States. Several tools are available to ensure Smokers are more likely than nonsmokthat clients are successful in quitting all ers to develop heart disease, stroke and forms of tobacco. Participants can talk to lung cancer. It also harms nearly every a quit coach over the phone, or they can organ of the body. register for group sessions with others tryThe Tobacco Free Florida Area ing to achieve the same goal. Web Quit is Health Education Center Cessation another option where virtual tips are avail- Program is a statewide network consistable 24/7. The text messaging program ing of five program offices at the provides tips and practical advice in conUniversity of Florida, University of Miami, junction with email tips and a quit guide. University of South Florida (USF), Nova All these options allow people to make Southeastern University and Florida State use of the tools that best fit their lifestyle. University, and 10 affiliated regional Five topics are touched on during a AHEC Centers. Group Quit session, including the danThe program provides services to all gers of tobacco use, the benefits of quitFloridians. Potential members are ting, the challenges of quitting, aids for encouraged to pre-register for classes quitting, as well as support for quitting. and come willing to quit. “The vision of Members are educated on the health the program is to create a Tobacco Free effects related to tobacco use, but more Florida,” said McNaughton. importantly, participants are taught how Visit beneficial quitting tobacco is and what to

The community tion writing. For stuand Florida YMCA dents in grades 6th Youth In Government through 8th, Youth (YIG) members met In Government together for a Tampa offers Junior Youth Delegation meeting In Government on February 9, at the (JYIG). Students in First Baptist Church 9th through 12th of Riverview. During grades, The prothe meeting, individugram provides a als practiced commitSenior YIG. The tee speeches, debatjuniors compete in ed two bills and the Junior more. Parents interAssembly and Individuals attending the Florida YMCA ested in seeing their State Assembly for Youth In Government Tampa Delegation children join Youth In the seniors. meeting. Government also Secretary Tina received information about it. Strock from the Plant City Youth In The Florida YMCA Youth In Government and a junior in high school Government became established in 1957 shared her thoughts about the program. and this would also be the first Florida “It taught me to be passionate, confident YMCA State Legislature that took place and open to new ideas,” Strock said. in Tallahassee from December 6-8. It Both junior and senior Youth In consists of 600 students from across Government students can model governFlorida. Aletheia Youth In Government ment under various categories. For and Plant City Youth In Government example, the high schoolers act as legiswould be the local chapters of Florida, lators, executive cabinet heads and which meets twice a month. One of the department secretaries and much more. mottos of Youth In Government would be The juniors on the other hand only “Debate Ideas, Not People.” engage in legislative roles. The YMCA affiliated organization Hospitality Chair Delena Cook teaches teens civics, education and from Aletheia Youth In Government helps them apply it in the real world. This and a sophomore in high school statstate-wide youth-run, youth-lead model ed how the program benefitted her. “I of government ensures that democracy learned the importance of being openwill be learned by every generation. It minded and making friends with peocaters to students in grades 6th through ple of different political opinions,” 12th. These students participate in Cook said. numerous leadership, conferences, servFor more information, visit ice projects, mock debates and legisla



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Family Owned Dove Interiors Celebrates 28 Years In Business

By Michelle Colesanti

Dove being set up Interiors is and orders for family-owned cabinets are and operated already being by Joan Miller placed. and daughter Dove Interiors is Kim Scott. part of Carpet After spendOne Floor & ing 20 years Home, which working at a is a cooperacar dealership, Miller Dove Interiors is your one stop shop for flooring, window tive of over decided it treatments, draperies custom fabric and more. It is cele- 1,000 stores brating 28 years in business and is located 2305 College worldwide. was time to Ave. in Ruskin. According start her own to Miller, “We are the biggest purchaser business, so along with her family, it was of flooring in the United States.” It is decided to open a family carpeting busibecause of that we can offer great warness. Now, 28 years later, the business ranties on all carpet products. There are thrives at its current location; 2305 five levels of warranties. If you decide College Ave. in Ruskin, where it has you don’t like something that you purbeen located for the last 10 years. chased, you have up to four months to Shortly after opening, the tile departhave it changed. ment was added followed by window Dove Interiors currently has 12 peotreatments, which opened with Hunter ple on staff. Employees are trained in all Douglas products. When Dove Interiors of the departments to help with any moved to its current location, it became questions or needs that may arise. The the only Hunter Douglas Gallery in staff is knowledgeable in the flooring and Hillsborough County. home interior industry, and they are genThrough the years Dove Interior has uinely willing to share their expertise with grown, now offering all types of flooring, you from inspiration to installation. Sales window treatments, draperies, custom professionals are trained to ask the right fabric, and bed spreads. Miller’s motto is questions, guide you through its easy-to“Beautiful made affordable”. understand selection systems, and work Later this spring, a new cabinet and with you to create exciting solutions. vanity department is set to open. Hours are Monday to Friday from 9 Working with four different cabinet coma.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. panies, customers will have many cabito 2 p.m. Visit www.doveinteriorscarnets to choose from in all price ranges. Vignettes for the cabinets are currently


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HCC’s Funding Request Of Florida Legislature Includes SouthShore Campus By Tamas Mondovics

Spring is around the corner and Tampa Bay fishing will soon come alive. March to early April generally marks the start of our spring fishery for Snook and Redfish. Most of the time, weather will dictate when fishing patterns and seasons truly change. This year, I think our March fishing is going to be excellent. There are a lot of healthy fish around, bait is still abundant, and the conditions have been mild at worst overall. Snook will certainly be the highlight of many trips in the coming weeks. Large schools will emerge from rivers, creeks, and residential canals to the nearest flats and mangrove shorelines to feed heavily. Once the bait moves in from the depths of the bay to our shallow grass flats, expect to see plenty of Snook lurking around. Pilchards (Greenbacks, White-Bait) will be the bait of choice rigged under a popping cork or free-line. I recommend using 20-30 lb. Ohero fluorocarbon leader and depending on the size of the bait, a 1/O to 3/O Mustad circle hook will get you the best results. Focus on fishing mangrove points and creek mouths where current flow is present. Snook like to ambush their pray and use “eddy” currents and swash points to feed naturally. Snook season opens March 1 and closes May 1. If you plan on harvesting a fish, it must be at least 28” and no greater than 33” in order to keep and you are only allowed one fish per harvester/day. Also don’t forget to purchase your Snook stamp along with your FWC fishing license. Redfish are starting to show back up in good numbers and the fishing


should pickup any day now. Some larger schools have arrived in their normal places. On the right tides, they will provide epic fishing trips and everlasting memories this spring. With the water as clear as it is, most of the fish I have seen and caught have been pretty shallow – sometimes too shallow to take a boat. Unlike Snook they will lurk in inches of water in search of crabs, shrimp, and small bait fish sometimes even in large schools. As the weeks progress, more and more schools will show up on flats and mangrove shorelines – just like the Snook. Look for the best fishing to be on healthy grass flats and concentrate on the pot holes. These are the white, sandy areas peppered along the bottom. On the transitions between tides (incoming or outgoing) Redfish will stage up and feed as its food source is swept across with the tide. They like to lay in the pot holes or edges of grass beds to ambush their meal. Pilchards will be the most common bait used, but equally as effective is a pinfish. In fact, I prefer pinfish when I am fishing for Redfish. Use the same rig and technique as mentioned above, but you might have to use a larger hook if using larger bait. Captain Travis Yaeckel is a native resident of the SouthShore area and charters full time for Redfish, Snook, Trout, and Tarpon. He is owner and operator of Instinct Fishing Co.,based out of lower Tampa Bay. To book a charter, call 830-FISH or visit Catch him on Tampa Fishing Outfitters Radio Show on Sunday mornings from 8-9 a.m. at 1040 a.m. Sports Talk the Team.

Hillsborough large group space Community College for community and (HCC) has recently college use. announced its 2017 Expansion, howlegislative priorities ever, is not new for and is requesting the Ruskin area more than $40 million campus, which was from the Florida built in 2008 on a Legislature. 100-year-old tomato The announcefield donated by the ment focused on the Dickman family. Hillsborough Community College institutions goal to The steady SouthShore Campus President Allen Witt, talks to a large group during a expand its programs, increase in student groundbreaking ceremony of the to fund the design and count led to the school’s last expansion project of a sciconstruction of a pair addition of a brand ence and technology building. of new buildings as new $10 million twowell as to respond to critical maintenance story, 36,000 sq. ft., Science and issues affecting its campuses. Technology building about three years The college educates more than ago that now includes new laboratories, 45,000 students annually through 160 prep labs, computer and traditional classacademic programs supported by close rooms, offices and a deans’ suite. to 2,000 faculty and staff members on HCC-SouthShore Campus president, campuses in Ruskin, Brandon, Plant City, Allen Witt spoke highly of the growth and Ybor City and on Dale Mabry Hwy. in what it means for the college and the Tampa. community when he said, “Many students According to a release on its newsdrive past other colleges just to attend HCC’s SouthShore campus. HCC’s fundroom page the college’s current requests includes $3 million for planning, designing ing request also includes $500,000 to launch phase one of a two-phase project and engineering for a Workforce titled, Apprenticeship Tampa Bay. Transitions Center on the SouthShore Another $15 million is planned to campus, located at 551 24th St. N.E. in address district deferred maintenance Ruskin. projects that affect the safety of students The building would contain a new and faculty. The money would also cover campus Veterans Center, support for a wide range of other projects. For more HCC’s Lennard Collegiate Academy, information, visit multi-purpose classroom spaces, and a

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On the heels $2 per day with up of a series of to eight people meetings about in a vehicle. the future of its Camping for regional parks, the general public Hillsborough is offered at nearCounty officials by regional parks are offering a including: Edward great way to enjoy Medard, 6140 hiking, fishing, Turkey Creek Rd. birdwatching, and in Plant City as a host of other well as E.G. Residents enjoy a visit to a Hillsborough outdoor activities. Simmons, 2401 County Regional Park. To encourage 19th Ave., N. W., visiting its parks, County officials are urgin Ruskin, Lithia Springs, 3932 Lithia ing residents to take advantage of annual Springs Rd. in Lithia and Alderman’s park passes that are now available for Ford, 100 Alderman’s Ford Park Dr, in easier purchase online. Plant City, and requires an additional fee. “Purchasing an annual pass used to County Regional parks also require going to the regional park admininclude: Eureka Springs, Lake, Lake istrative office and completing the paperRogers, Lettuce Lake, Upper Tampa work and payment on site,” said Todd Bay and the Upper Tampa Bay Trail. Prat with Hillsborough County Active duty members and honorCommunications department. ably discharged veterans of the U.S. Now, outdoor enthusiasts can skip Armed Forces, National Guard, or the trip and buy an annual pass from their Reserves who live in Hillsborough computer or mobile device. The annual County, active duty members of firstpass allows free access to the County’s responders who live or work in 10 regional parks. The cost is $50 for an Hillsborough County as well as individual pass and $100 for families. Hillsborough County BOCC Employees Pratt said that the permit is issued in are offered a 25 percent annual regionthe form of a transferrable tag that hangs al park pass discount. from a vehicle’s rear view mirror. For info about the County’s regional Currently, the daily entry fee parks, visit or for Hillsborough County Regional Parks is call 987-6240.

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Waterset will be home to a new charter school beginning in the fall of 2017. Construction is expected in the coming weeks for Waterset Charter School at 6711 North U.S. Hwy. 41, just north of Apollo Beach Blvd. Waterset Charter School is set to open in fall 2017. Waterset Charter the Florida Charter Educational School is expected to serve 1,145 stuFoundation which consists of local comdents in a new 68,658-sq. ft. building munity leaders. Waterset Charter School located on 21 acres. The building will will be the organization’s fifth school in house 49 classrooms, two art, two sciTampa Bay. It also operates SouthShore ence, two computer, two music rooms and a multi-purpose room. Outdoor recre- Charter Academy and Winthrop Charter School. ation areas for students will include a Enrollment is available online and will playfield, basketball court and tot lot. run through March 15. Interested parents Initially, the school will offer classes should visit for for students in Kindergarten through grade six, with grades seventh and eighth requirements and additional information. Waterset by Newland Communities is added in subsequent years. “Waterset Charter School will provide a master-planned community located in additional educational options not only for Apollo Beach. Waterset features a variety of amenities that include a community residents within Waterset, but for the pool, fitness center, Fit Trail and entire SouthShore community,” said Alex Greenway. The Waterset information cenMcLeod, Senior Vice President of ter is located in The Landing Club & Café Operations for Newland Communities in and is open daily from 10 6 p.m., Tampa. “We’re excited to be a part of and on Sundays from noon to 6 p.m., what we believe will be an active and along with 15 model homes priced from engaged school.” $190,000s to over $500,000. For more Waterset Charter School is part of information, please call 235-0154 or visit the Charter Schools USA, Inc. (CSUSA) our website at family of schools. It will be governed by

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Christian Music Artist Francesca Battistelli Will Perform At Bell Shoals Church

By Amanda Boston

Contemporary pop group disChristian music artist solved, Battistelli Francesca Battistelli will moved on as a perform with the Bell singer-songwriter Shoals’ Worship Choir. and into the realm The concert begins at of Christian music. 7:30 p.m. with doors The singer has opening at 6:30 p.m. to released four the church’s state-of-theChristian albums art lighting and sound spanning a 10-year venue. Attendees can period with each expect Battistelli to sing album echoing difher chart-topping ferent stages of her Christian songs as well life. Since her as a few of her favorite first album Broadway tunes. release in Tickets range from $14.50 2004, the per person for main floor seating to musician has transitioned from a teen $68 per person for the Artist Circle to a mother of three. seating, which includes a meet and Battistelli is a recipient of six GMA greet. Due to the popularity of the Dove Awards and four Grammy nomimainstream artist, tickets are expectnations. In 2016, she won a Grammy ed to sell out and said, “I am so Who: Francesca Battistelli quickly. honored and humWhat: Christian Music Concert Battistelli bled to have been partnered with recognized with a When: Friday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. True North Grammy award for Where: Bell Shoals Baptist Church Presents, an Holy Spirit, a song 2102 Bell Shoals Rd., Brandon that has meant so agency assemTickets: bling accommuch to me.” plished musiFor additional cians with capable church music mininformation on the artist, please visit istries across the nation. The musiher Website at cianship exhibited at these events For quesdazzle audiences with a matchless tions regarding the concert, please and rewarding listening experience. contact True North Presents at Battistelli was born into a musical or call family in New York City, but was 615-775-1088. You may also visit its raised in Florida. At age 15, she was Website at a member of the pop music group The concert venue is located at 2102 Bell Bella, based out of Orlando. After the Shoals Rd. in Brandon.

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G. Fried Flooring America Remains Local Treasure, With Temp Showroom Move By Michelle Caceres

G. Fried sands of colors and Flooring patterns, exotic and America’s showdomestic hardroom and warewoods, intricately house have been patterned tile, parked smack durable laminate dab in between flooring, sheet vinyl Brandon Honda and vinyl tile. More and Ferman than a flooring speChevrolet on E. cialty store, G. Fried Adamo Dr. for Flooring America’s more than 17 experts are trained years. President in flooring sales and Rufus Ashby design to guarantee never planned a unique level of on moving from personal service. G. Fried Flooring America president Rufus the prime locaFlooring delivery Ashby said his showroom is moving to a tion but fate and installation are temporary location in the Kmart Shopping always has a Center on W. Brandon Blvd. until a permanent also available. location can be found. way of changing “We underthe best laid plans. stand how difficult it can be to find just the The building was sold and in January right flooring and we are here to help,” he learned that his lease was not renewed. said. Ashby had to be out by February 28. G. Fried professionals helped “It’s been such a unique situation to FishHawk Ranch resident Rick Ramirez have the showroom and warehouse next select and install wood flooring last year to each other,” said Ashby. after water damaged the 1,800 sq. ft. first His realtor scoured the available floor of his home. options. A permanent warehouse and “I had used G. Fried Flooring office space was located on Madison America in the past and knew that I could Ave. between Highways 301 and 41. The trust them with this large project,” he said. retail location has proved trickier. “They were very professional, clean and I Until a permanent location is found, was extremely satisfied with the finished the store is moving to a temporary home, product.” a 10,000 sq. ft. space located in the G. Fried Flooring America is open Kmart Shopping Center located at 1516 Monday – Friday 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., W. Brandon Blvd. Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday Ashby said even though the location 12 Noon – 4 p.m. is temporary, it will showcase a diverse For more information, visit selection of luxurious carpets in or call 628-9630.

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Disney On Ice Presents Newest Show, Worlds of Enchantment Staff Report

Enter the dazzling world of Disney magic LIVE ON ICE! Rev up for non-stop fun with four of your favorite Disney stories at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment at Amalie Arena on Friday, March 24 at 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, March 25 and 26 at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Thrill to high-speed stunts as Lightning McQueen and the crew of Disney® Pixar’s Cars race across the ice. Dive into adventure with Ariel and The Little Mermaid’s undersea kingdom. The toys are also back in town with heroic action when Buzz, Woody, Jessie and the Disney® Pixar Toy Story gang escape Sunnyside Daycare in their most daring adventure. Plus, enter the wintery world of Arendelle with sisters Anna and Elsa and pals Olaf and Kristoff from Disney’s Frozen as they learn that true love comes from within. Prior to the performance, get warmed up for the show and be your best with exclusive moves taught by the mouse that started it all at Mickey’s Dance-Along Pre-Show. The backstage warm-up will

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New Summer Camp At The Suncoast Youth Conservation Center In Apollo Beach

By Kathy L. Collins

Are you lookwill have a chance ing for a fun, to catch a "linker" unique and excitsnook or possibly release a redfish ing summer camp and go home with for your child this summer? The a fishing rod and tackle box at the Suncoast Youth Conservation end of the week. Center in Apollo Kayak adventurers Summer camps at the Suncoast Youth Beach is offering will gain invaluable Conservation Center in Apollo Beach will provide exciting opportunities for children to boating and seasummer camps learn about marine life and the coastal for children in manship skills that environment while they participating in fun will help earn them third grade to fifth activities such as fishing and kayaking this summer. a safe boating cergrade and those tificate. in sixth grade through eighth grade. The cost is $190 per week per child. The Suncoast Youth Conservation Center is a hands-on marine science cen- The center is located at 505 Estuary Shore Lane in Apollo Beach. ter that is part of a much larger statewide Dr. Kathy Guindon, Director of the network of youth conservation centers. Suncoast Youth Conservation Center Their mission is the create the next generation that cares about Florida's natural said, "We are so excited to showcase the resources. Conservation educational field center and host our inaugural summer of trips offered during the school year are saltwater fishing and kayaking day free to students in third grade through 12. camps. I cannot wait to mold the next All lessons are correlated to Florida's edu- batch of fish FIN-antics in Hillsborough cational standards. County." Dr. Guindon added, "Tampa Bay The Suncoast Youth Conservation offers amazing wildlife opportunities Center will offer Saltwater Fish Camp for for those who take the time to observe children in grades three to five the week the natural world around them. We of June 5. Children in grades six through are fortunate enough to be able to eight will get to experience the camp the teach kids about the wonders of week of June 12. The center will then offer Kayak Adventures the week of June nature and how they can help con19 for children in grades three to five, and serve it and interact with it in a fun then the week of June 26 for children in and safe way." grades six to eight. Please visit campers will take excurcoast for more information and to regsions through the mangroves of Newman ister your child for an exciting summer Branch Creek paddling their own sit-onexperience. If you have questions, top kayak. In the fishing camp, students please call 922-7969.


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With Arts & Entertainment Editor Kathy L. Collins

Great Music And Comedy At The Firehouse Pub The months of April 7. Feingold March and April is a one-man will be exciting band. His show ones at the is a blend of traFirehouse Cultural ditional stand Center's Firehouse up comedy and Pub. There are A Capella many shows from music. He relies which to choose on his voice as You can experience great entertainment at the and all promise to his sole instruFirehouse Cultural Center's Firehouse Pub includbe fun and enterment to create ing great music from Celtic/Country artist and musician, Laura McGhee and renowned taining. a truly unique Blues/Celtic performer, Steve Arvey. First up, conmusical cometinue your St. Patrick's Day celebrations dy experience. on Saturday, March 18 with Mike Georgia Vahue, Executive Director of Donahue & Third Man Out. Mike the Firehouse Cultural Center said, "In Donahue, Don Pigeon, Darin Graves and March, the Firehouse Pub goes green. Get your Irish on with Mike Donahue Mary Martin will play joyful and nostalgic &Third Man Out and then with the Charlie Irish and Celtic melodies. Morris Blues Band." Next, on Saturday, March 25, come All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets see the Charlie Morris Band. You will for the musical shows are $18 for memenjoy energetic and laid back original tunes which are a blend of Blues, Country bers in advance and $23 for non-members. Tickets at the door are $23 for and Florida Swamp Music. On Friday, March 31, Chuck Brodsky members and $28 for non-members. Tickets for the comedy show are $15 for will use his acoustic guitar and voice to tell stories of oddball and underdog charadvance tickets for members and $18 for acters. His songs celebrate goodness in non-members. For day of tickets for people. members, tickets are $20 and for nonNext, on Saturday, April 1, Laura members, tickets are $25. McGhee and Steve Arvey perform a wide Space is limited and reservations are variety of Celtic, Country and Blues recommended. The Firehouse Cultural music. Center is located at 101 1st Ave. NE in Finally, if you want a good laugh, Ruskin. For more information and to purcome see Orlando based, Ron Feingold, chase tickets, please call 645-7651 or and his Comedy A Cappella on Friday, visit

Community Band And Concert Pianist Perform In Sun City Center The United Loved Me and the song, The Way We Methodist Church Were from the movie of the same name. of Sun City Center Goodenow said, "To me, Hamlisch was is a great host and one of the all time greats, and the $5 venue for concerts. donation to get into the concert is worth They have two fabit just to hear the music." ulous concerts On coming in March. Sunday, First, the South March 26 Shore Concert Band will perform at 3 p.m., on Monday, March 20 at 7 p.m. A the church donation of $5 is requested at will welthe door. Under the direction of come interKen Easton, the band returns national Area residents are invited to two fantaswith a lively program featuring concert tic concerts this month featuring the Hollywood milestones, favorites pianist, local community band, South Shore Concert Band and international piano Alberto from Paul Simon, Marvin sensation, Alberto Lodoletti at the Hamlisch, a concerto for drums Lodoletti, United Methodist Church of Sun City and more. back from Center. Kevin Goodenow, Concert Italy for a Series Coordinator for the United concert. A donation of $15 is requested at Methodist Church of Sun City Center the door. Lodoletti traces his musical said, "I am really looking forward to the background to his paternal grandmother, Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch, a real musical Nelly Schroder, a pianist in Paris. genius." Goodenow added, "Hamlisch Goodenow said, "This terrific Italian was one of only 12 people to have ever concert pianist will be performing several won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and well known and loved classical pieces a Tony award- referred to as EGOT. On from his piano repertoire." Goodenow top of that, he was one of only two people added, "Concert goers would be hard to have ever also received a Pulitzer pressed to hear a better concert pianist at Prize as well." any price, much less for $15. Hamlisch's music includes favorites The United Methodist Church of Sun such as The Entertainer from the movie City Center is located at 1210 Del Webb The Sting, Nobody Does It Better from Blvd West in Sun City Center. Visit www the James Bond film, The Spy Who


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Ladies Club Activities, FireHouse Cultural Entertainment & More…

The club is seeking sponsorships for the golf outing ranging from $100 to sponsor a hole sign included; Putting Contest or Longest Drive sponsor $150 includes a sign; Compiled by Michelle Colesanti, Beverage Cart Sponsor $350 includes a sign on the woman’s club beverage cart; Beer Sponsor $500 includes Riverview Woman's Club Monthly sign on each RWC cart; and Golf Cart Luncheons Sponsor $1,000, includes sign on Monthly Luncheon for Riverview each player’s golf cart. Women’s Club will take place For more information about the Wednesday, March 15 and April 19 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. - Monthly luncheon, golf tournament and various sponsorship opportunities, contact Kitty St. Joseph's Hospital South, Cunningham at 394-0301, kitty.simplyRiverview, in the Franciscan II Visit on Facebook: Conference room, $15 with RSVP RiverviewWomansClub or by Friday before meeting. For more information, contact Kitty Cunningham at 394-0301 or, or Michele Wirth at

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Irish & Celtic melodies at The Firehouse Cultural Center, located at 101 1st Ave. IE in Ruskin on Saturday, March 18 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tickets cost from $18-$23 in advance and $23-28 on the day of the show. Call 645-7651. Visit

Daughters Of The American Revolution Alafia River Chapter Meets Locally

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The SCC/South Shore Deb Gerard presents a check to attendee, The next regular busiAshely Brown, the CEO of the Women’s Branch of the American ness meeting will be held Resource Center for close to $3000. Association of University on Thursday, April 6 at 11 Women (AAUW) will welcome a.m. Lunch and entertain(DAR) meets the first Thursday Jovina Varrati, of HCC Ruskin’s ment will be provided. Please of the month in Brandon. evening Mathematics Department, as be there by 10:30 a.m. DAR is a nonprofit, nonpolitical volunspeaker at its Saturday, March The Club’s annual teer women's service organization, 11 meeting at The Atrium (Florida Anniversary Dinner will be The American Legion Post 389 now meets at 2203 Dorothy whose mission is to promote historic Room) in Sun City Center. Varrati Duke Ln in Ruskin. held at Freedom Plaza in education, and patriotpreservation, will inform and entertain with her Sun City on Friday, April 7. ism. Ribbon Cutting Celebrates collective perspectives on life at HCC, The Summerfield Ladies Club will Any woman over 18 years old American Legion Post 389’s New first as a student, then tutor, and now host Bingo on Thursday, March 23 at who can prove lineal descent from a Location Adjunct Math Instructor. 11a.m. Cost is $6. Guests and visipatriot of the American Revolution is The meeting will begin with social The American Legion Post 389 tors are welcome. For more info, eligible for membership. If you are time at 10:30 a.m., business meeting held a ribbon cutting to celebrate its email interested in attending a meeting and at 11:15 a.m., and lunch at 12 Noon, new location along with the members learning more about joining the followed by the of the SouthShore Chamber of Riverview Woman’s Club Hosts Daughters of the American program. Contact Margie Castiglia at Third Annual Golf Tournament At Commerce. The Post’s meetings are Revolution, please email 633-8253 for reservations. now held at 2203 Dorothy Duke Ln in River Hills Country Club Ruskin (in Bayou Pass). The Riverview Woman’s Club will Upcoming 2017 meetings Enjoy Irish For more inforhost its third annual Golf Outing at are April 6, May 4, September & Celtic mation, email River Hills Country Club, on Saturday, 7, October 5, November 2, Melodies Commander Jay April 1 to raise money to award scholand December 7. At The Allen at 15thdisarships to high school senior students Firehouse residing in Riverview with plans to East Hillsborough Democratic Cultural attend a Florida college. Club Meets Center Riverview Registration for the golf tournaYou are invited to the March Detachment Of St. ment begins at 11 a.m., followed by a meeting of the East Hillsborough Marine Corps Patrick’s Putting Contest on the green, a County Democratic Club on Tuesday, League Changes Day continShotgun Start at 12:30 p.m. Lunch March 14 at Beef O’ Brady’s, 4330 Name ues with and dinner will be served. Prizes will Bell Shoals Rd. in Valrico. Meet and Mike The Riverview be given to winners of the tournament greet the members at 6 p.m., official Donahue Detachment of the and the Putting Green Contest. meeting from 6:30-8 p.m. The speakand his felMarine Corps Individual golfers cost $90, er this month will be Brett Upthagrove low musiLeague is now the Foursomes are $350, Super Tickets (L-R - Department Jr. Vice Frank Glassford, from Polk County Soil and Water cians play"Sgt. Walter P. can be purchased for $20, Mulligans Detachment Commandant Brian Frank, Conservation Board. Visit www.easting joyful & Ryan Department Sr. Vice George Lamont, and for $5, soft drink tickets $2 and raffle nostalgic Department Commandant Ronald Ashley. Detachment". The tickets, all are available at registration.

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Ladies Night Out Promises Fun Evening With Christian Comedian Amberly Neese On Thursday, March 23, Christian comedian Amberly Neese will share her gift of humor and passion for Christ at Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Brandon. Armed with comedic flair and candor, Neese will tackle everyday stressors and scenarios from a biblical perspective. Neese said, “I am stoked to speak at this event and cannot wait to meet each of you there. Grab a friend and a Depends undergarment and get ready to giggle.” The food and fun kicks off at 5 p.m. with a shopping EXPO and a sweet supply of chocolate confectionaries and delicious desserts. The main event begins at 7 p.m. when Neese takes center stage to treat the ladies to a time of encouragement and enlightenment in the faith. As a little girl, Neese was known for her sidesplitting storytelling. Yet, it wasn’t until her first speaking engagement at a women’s retreat almost 25 years ago that she realized she could use humor to point others to Jesus. After the retreat, she came home changed. Neese discovered her calling—to remind others of the joy that is found in a life abiding in Christ. “It is his (God’s) design for us to live a life of joy,” said Neese. Renowned as the “joy” lady, Neese’s

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infectious laugh and humor delights her audiences all over the country. In addition to her speaking engagements, Neese has written two devotionals books: Fragrance of Faith and Treasure of Trust. She has also been featured in Desiree Carter’s Remarkable Women of Faith, a book of testimonies from godly women. Currently, Neese resides in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and two children. She serves as an adjunct professor at Grand Canyon University. She is crazy about her family, the Food Network, and all things Star Wars. If you would like to attend, tickets are $5 per person and available at The event is at Bell Shoals Baptist Church, 2102 Bell Shoals Road, Brandon. FaithTalk 570 & 910 WTBN is sponsoring Ladies Night Out. For more information, please visit the Website above.

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All Life Legal Expands And Is On The Move In Riverview By Michelle Caceres

Riverviewgood friend too. based All Life In addition to Legal has moved Carolan and attorto a larger space ney Kyle Belz, in the Park Place attorney office complex. Jacqueline O. The move is Ellett has joined designed to the firm to assist accommodate a in fulfilling its misgrowing staff, sion. Ellett is a A Ribbon Cutting with the Riverview Chamber house the graduate of of Commerce was recently held to celebrate All Life Legal’s move to a larger location to Stetson Riverview accommodate the growing practice. Mediation and University, where Coordination Center and provide a more she completed the Elder Law collaborative environment in which attor- Concentration Program. Her areas of neys and clients can work together. expertise include Elder Law, Estate Located at 10017 Park Place Ave. Planning, Probate, Trust Administration in Riverview, All Life Legal specializes in and Family Law. Elder Law, a practice area which The larger office space will also addresses the legal issues faced by the host the Riverview Mediation and elderly, including property management, Coordination Center, which provides advance directives, special needs planpre-suit, court-ordered and post-judgning, guardianship, Medicaid planning ment mediation as well as parental and estate planning. coordination services for family law mat“Elder law attorneys have a positive ters. impact on people’s lives when they “I created this as an option for peoneed help the most,” said attorney Karla ple who want to avoid lengthy litigation Carolan. “When in a time of crisis, we’re for family law issues,” said Carolan. able to use our experience and help “Mediation resolves conflicts efficiently create a plan to get through that difficult and economically.” time.” “Our clients can be assured that Brandon resident Bob McGough they will receive understanding at a said All Life Legal has assisted him in whole different level,” said Carolan. many matters during the last eight All Life Legal is open Monday years. “They are professional and toThursday 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. and straightforward and have a good comFriday 8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Most initial mand of the law,” he said. “It’s a relief to consultations are free of charge. know they are taking care of me.” For more information about All Life McGough said he needed a lawyer, Legal visit or call but in Carolan he found a lawyer and a 671-4300.

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affected by Parkinson’s Disease. Hawthorne Health & Rehabilitation Center, located at 851 West Lumsden Rd. in Brandon, is a skilled Compiled by Michelle Colesanti, nursing facility with inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programs including speech, physical and occupational therapies. Hawthorne also Help For Quitting Tobacco hosts a dementia support group in Quitting Tobacco isn’t easy. their assisted living facility, as well as Finding help should be. Tobacco Free past meetings for those dealing with Florida offers free tools and services to strokes, diabetes, low vision and help you get started. Free Community diseases. other worksite and clinic groups will be The support group is free of offered with programs covering all charge and open to those who have forms of tobacco. Free Nicotine been diagnosed with the disease, replacement patches, gum and members, caregivers and anyfamily lozenges will be available, while supone with an interest in learning more plies last and if medically appropriate. about Parkinson’s. For more informaLocally, classes will be available on tion or to register, call 661-8998 Monday, March 20 and Monday, April Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.). 17 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Oakfield Medical Plaza, 276 S. Moon Ave., Ste. 260 in Brandon. Pre-registration is required by calling 974-7889 or visit

Hawthorne Hosts Parkinson’s Disease Support Group

Hawthorne Health & Rehabilitation Center hosts a monthly support group for those who are diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and their caregivers on the third Thursday of every month. Upcoming meetings include March 16 and April 20. Physical, speech and occupational therapists will discuss treatment for issues related to balance, swallowing, talking and other skills that can be

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new house being built on the premises of My Warriors Place. The Lions meet the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at the Sandpiper Grille, 1702 South Pebble Beach Blvd. in Sun City Center. For more information, contact Pres. Gloria Rodzielowicz at 419-4187 or the McGoverns at 633-4202.

WMU-Cooley Law School To Begin Offering Weekend Path to Law Degree

The Cast Away Anglers Fishing Club meets at the Ruskin Elks Lodge, 1630 S. US Hwy. 41 at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. The club is focused on salt water and freshwater fishing and fishing related activities. The club consists of men and lady anglers. Inshore and off shore charter trips and other fish- Lion Bill Dierks presenting check to founder of My Warriors Place, Kelly Kowall ing outings are sponsored by the club. Sun City Center Lions Club Meetings include fishing related Donates to My Warriors Place information presented by guest speakers and similar topics selected by the The Sun City Center Lions Club Education Committee. continues to support My Warriors For more information, email Place by a recent donation, which will or call help pay for the cost of a ramp for a

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The Tampa Bay campus of WMU-Cooley Law School will begin offering law students an opportunity to earn a law degree by taking classes on weekends starting in the May 2017 term. On Thursday, March 16, the law school will host an open house for prospective students and their guests beginning at 5:30 p.m. to learn about the law schools offerings including traditional and weekend programs. The open house will include a discussion with staff and students, information about academic programs and scholarships, and campus tours. “We encourage anyone interested in a career in law to take advantage of this opportunity,” said Ronald Sutton, associate dean at WMUCooley’s Tampa Bay campus. “This open house will help individuals learn about the educational process involved in earning a law degree, as well as how law school can help students achieve personal and professional goals.” WMU-Cooley is located at 9445 Camden Field Pkwy. in Riverview. More information about this open house, including sign up information, is available at


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Durant, Riverview, It is safe to Newsome, Plant say that East Bay City, Tampa Bay High School athTech and letes have had a Strawberry Crest, fair share of sucall representing the cess over the FHSAA’s Class 2A school’s long hisDistrict 6, division. tory, including its While Durant girls flag football brings a strong program, once team to the lineup, again led by head Bloomingdale is coach Michael again favored to Cooper. win as it has Thanks to enjoyed leading the Cooper’s passion pack in recent and love for the times claiming two sport along with consecutive district his desire to see titles. his young players It’s been more thrive, East Bay than a dozen years has enjoyed great ago that flag footsuccess ever East Bay High School Lady Indians senior wide receiver Sydney Hostelley is ball began making since it was first chased by her teammates during a recent practice ahead of the 2016-2017 a foothold in offered as a club spring girls flag football season. Florida, allowing a sport during the growing number of 2005-2006 school local high school year. East Bay High School Lady Indians flag football The inaugural coach Michael Cooper instructs his players during student-athletes to practice. In his eight year as coach, Cooper is play the sport they season was led by once again ready to lead the program to compete love. Coach George in a strong Class 2A District 6 line up, that includes In 2016, 265 Eddington, before Bloomingdale, Durant, Plant City, Newsome, Riverview and Tampa Bay Tech. schools were on he moved onto the state roster coach boys foottryouts offered. representing an increase of nearly ball at Lennard “I had to cut and threefold since the sport’s modest High School the reshuffle some players this beginning. following year. year so our varsity team Thanks to the increase, the East Bay can now boast of both FHSAA has implemented a second begins this year quantity and quality.” classification for the sport in 2016 with a record of It is noteworthy that with 119 schools in Class 2A and reaching the diswhile the girls are not play109 schools in Class 1A. trict tourney annuing for scholarships, but for East Bay will officially begin its ally along with the love of the game, the regular season with a home conferclaiming five disteam supported by local ence game against Tampa Bay Tech trict titles. sponsors is raising funds to on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. The While the past offer at least one scholarIndians will also take on couple of seasons East Bay High School girl’s flag football team poses for a photo during recent ship this year. have seen some pre-season practice. Considering the current Bloomingdale on Tuesday April 11. For a complete schedule, please disappointing girls flag football climate, “This is the best team in five visit losses, Cooper is confident of his East Bay will need all the strength it years,” Cooper said, adding that To learn more about East Bay current lineup of talented players can muster. while the past couple of years had Girls Flag Football, please visit whom he said are ready to take on As it was the case last year, the been tough, it is now time to zero in their local rivals. Indians will face Bloomingdale, on utilizing the best of talents the

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Saladino High School Baseball Tourney Reaches 37th Season In Community Bertha’s absence will not Following a tumultuous go unnoticed by anyone who and emotionally charged has had a chance to taste year, Hillsborough County the tournament’s spirit, School’s Tony Saladino anchored by Bertha’s High School Baseball unmatched generosity, kindTournament has reached its and love of her family ness 37th consecutive season. friends, fans, the media and, This year’s event has of course, the young players. geared up to host a total of Leaving behind her hus55 games played between Tony, of 52 years and a band 32 public high school teams large family, Bertha suffered during spring break at a heart attack before she Brandon (headquarters), died in early 2016—surJesuit, Jefferson and rounded by friends and famiNewsome High Schools ly. She was 84. from Saturday, March 11 Last year’s Tony through Friday, March 17. Saladino High School As each team aims to Baseball Tournament final reach the coveted trophy, game saw the defending the annual week-long, Reaching high but missing a catch, Jefferson High second Steinbrenner Warriors senior pitcher Al Alberger pitches Alonso Ravens, champions, against the Alonso Ravens during the 26th Annual round-robin tournament baseman Jonny Gonzalez can only watch Plant High Saladino Baseball Tournament at Brandon High School. School Panther’s Max Wadsworth slides into base. The facing off Steinbrenner High provides fans and spectaPanthers defeated the Dragons 4-0 to win the 34th Annual The Warriors defeated the Ravens 6-4 to become tour- School Warriors. tors of all ages an opportuney champions for the first time in school history. Saladino Baseball Tournament held this spring. At the end, the Warriors nity, not only to watch, but out the country in attendance the invitation as it mentions that the event defeated the Ravens 6-4 to become to participate in and enjoy a variety of opportunity to find their next pick. helps keep local high school players tourney champions for the first time in baseball-related activities in a patriotThe event also includes the tradiclose to home, thanks to the counthistory. school ic, nostalgic, family-oriented, educational home run derby championship, less activities and memorabilia disAs to who might take the trophy tional and safe atmosphere. held just before the final game on plays that supplement the educationhome this year is anybody’s guess, “This is much more than just a Friday night adding to the annual al, recreational and baseball opportuafter all this is high school baseball. tournament,” said Tony Saladino. “It is baseball fun. nities for players, coaches, fans and organizers are urging Tourney a celebration of the sport, while it Unfortunately, tournament’s matrispectators. residents to fill the bleachers, root for keeps the kids and all who love basearch, Bertha Saladino, the engine that As it is the case every year, the their teams, and enjoy the celebration. ball busy and out of mischief during has propelled the week-long tournatournament will showcase nearly 800 For more about the Saladinol Spring Break.” ment forward each year for the past players during, giving baseball scouts tournament, please visit, www.tonysalSaladino’s sentiments are clearly three and a half decades will once representing Major League teams and emphasized in the tourney’s online again be greatly missed. many college coaches from through-

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