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Sprouts, PetSmart & Orange Theory Fitness Confirmed To Anchor Old Alberstons Plaza

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Osprey Observer Honored With BOCC Commendation For 15th Anniversary

By Kate Quesada

Developer, Woerner Equity Group is now redeveloping the former Albertsons Plaza for Sprouts Farmers Market, PetSmart and Orange Theory Fitness slated for early next year.

ft., leaving a little more than 20,000 sq. ft. for a new PetSmart store. Orange Theory Fitness will make use of the former 3,500 sq. ft., liquor store space at the north end of the building closer to Miller Rd. Happy with the news of the long awaited redevelopment of the site in the heart of their community, many expressed relief and spoke highly of the choice of new stores. “So very excited about the construction starting on the new Sprouts store (old Albertsons on Lithia),” posted Buckhorn Preserve resident Shawn Bernier on his Facebook page shortly after he heard the news. “I was at the Sprouts in Carrollwood, last week and it is a fabulous store. Kind of like Trader Joes.” Hillsborough County Commissioner Stacy White, whose district includes the Valrico community, also spoke highly of the renovation, and the need for a redevelopment of the plaza, which by sitting vacant was slowly becoming an eyesore.

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Staff members from The Osprey Observer attended a recent meeting of the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners where they were given a Commendation by Commissioner Stacy White.

The Osprey Observer staff received an exciting honor from the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) last month. The team, led by Managing Editor Marie Gilmore, was given a Commendation from the BOCC celebrating the publication’s 15th anniversary and recognizing its impact on the community. At the April 5 BOCC meeting in downtown Tampa, members of the Osprey Observer staff were recognized by County Commissioner Stacy White and were presented with a plaque commemorating the commendation and congratulating the newspaper on its 15th anniversary. The plaque also recognized the publication for providing informative local news to the community. During the BOCC’s regular meetings, commissioners often give out proclamations and commendations to recognize important dates and causes and to celebrate significant contributions of businesses, groups and individuals to the people of Hillsborough County. “Commissioners are free to choose recognitions as they wish and commissioners choose to recognize individuals,

groups and businesses for a variety of reasons,” said White, who explained during the meeting that he looks forward to receiving the Osprey Observer in his mailbox every month. “I decided to recognize the Osprey Observer for this milestone anniversary because it is a successful small business in the district

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The long held debate and guessing game about what store(s) if any, might occupy the more than 55,000 sq. ft. former Alberstons grocery store building that has been sitting vacant for the past few years in Valrico is officially over. Developer, Woerner Equity Group, a West Palm Beach Florida-based full service real estate firm that focuses on the acquisition and development of commercial properties with an emphasis on shopping centers, is now redeveloping the site to house Sprouts Farmers Market, PetSmart and Orange Theory Fitness. Renamed, Valrico Landing, the site is located just east of Brandon, at the intersection on the northeast corner of Lithia Pinecrest Rd. and Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. Coupled with signalized access, the entire plaza will feature 155 parking spots and will also include one additional 4,000 sq. ft. outparcel for rent near the front of the site. Woerner officials confirmed that the building will be divided into three sections with Sprouts occupying nearly 30,000 sq.


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TGH Celebrates Healthplex Grand Opening, Emergency Services Offered

By Tamas Mondovics

emphasized that patients will be able to come to the Healthplex to treat a cold, rather than waiting and winding up at the TGH Emergency Department with pneumonia. The Healthplex first opened its Emergency Center, which includes 20 private beds and two resuscitation bays open around the clock to treat adult and pediatric patients, while the on-site helipad is promising to allow Aeromed to Residents watch as the Aeromed chopper lands at the newly opened TGH Brandon Healthplex.

After nearly two years in the making, including land acquisition, planning, design and construction, TGH Brandon Healthplex, Tampa General Hospital’s first state-of-the-art, off-site, outpatient medical center is now open. Designed to be a convenient destination for patients to access a broad spectrum of quality health care services – all under one roof—the long anticipated 130,000 sq. ft., four-story comprehensive ambulatory center is located at 10740 Palm River Rd. near Topgolf. TGH officials said that the new facility will house the hospital’s first free-standing adult and pediatric emergency departments, a helipad, surgery center, diagnostic imaging, laboratory services, and physician offices. It will provide easy access to outpatient ambulatory care. “This is really Tampa General’s first major step into the new world of health care, which is bringing health care to you,” said John A. Brabson Jr. chairman of the TGH Board of Directors. “Our goal is to offer the same excellent care, but to do it in a more efficient way, and in a more convenient way for you.” TGH Brandon Healthplex celebrated the start of the multi-phased opening with a free, community open house, giving guests a chance for a sneak peek of the facility. The event saw representatives from the Tampa Bay Rays, the Tampa Bay Lightning, Top Golf, iFly indoor skydiving, and the American Heart Association. Radio station WQYK provided music, while food was offered by Chick-Fil-A and Brandon’s Corner Bakery Café. Boasting of the benefits, Brabson

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fly patients needing more advanced medical care to the main hospital on Davis Islands for treatment. TGH spokesperson John Dunn said that the Healthplex Ambulatory Outpatient Surgery Center has seen its first case mid-April, and will provide a variety of same-day surgeries for adults and pediatric patients. The surgery center features six operating rooms with space to add two more in the future, and two endoscopy rooms. It also includes 13 recovery rooms and 24 pre-and-post-procedure bays. Additional services include the fullservice laboratory to provide a wide range of lab tests, an Imaging Services area, which includes digital X-rays, CT scans and ultrasounds. A full-service pharmacy is currently available for patients, employees, and later offered to the public, is now located on the first floor and accepts most major health insurance plans. A café area is next to the pharmacy and sells beverages, salads, snacks, soups and other items. The new building also has room for offices for Tampa General Medical Group (TGMG) and USF primary and specialty care physicians. For more information, visit

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FishHawk Triathlon Club Gears Up For Season, New Members Welcome

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When River Members Hills resident train together Theresa McComb doing group began training for works outs, her first triathlon 10 bike rides, runs years ago, she did and swims. it as a member of There is a the FishHawk group Triathlon Club Facebook page (FTC) which gave where memher an advantage bers post their many athletes do training schednot have, the supule and invite port of a group of River Hills residents Theresa McComb and Kelly others to join like-minded people. Ratcliff completed an Iron Man triathlon last year them on. in North Carolina. The pair are members of the The FTC, a multi“Nothing FishHawk Triathlon Club which is currently open sport club dedicatmotivates you to new members. ed to developing athletes and promoting more than knowing your friends will be fitness and camaraderie, is gearing up for asking where you were if you don’t show its busy season and is always looking for up for a training run,” said Ehlbeck. new members. McComb and her training partner During a triathlon, athletes complete Kelly Ratcliff, who is also a River Hills resthree different sporting events, usually a ident, completed an Iron Man triathlon last swim, followed by a bike ride, then a run. year in North Carolina and credits the There are many different distances for group for motivating them to keep up with triathlons, from sprints which are made up the rigorous training schedule that has of a half mile swim, 12.4 mile bike ride them waking up at 4 a.m. many days. and a 3.1 mile run, to a full Iron Man with “You need some crazy friends like a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and you that understand what your body goes marathon length 26.2 mile run. through physically and mentally,” said According to club president Andrew McComb. “The support helps you push Ehlbeck, the group has about 70 memthrough those rough training days and bers from throughout the Brandon area. keeps the fun and craziness going.” “Our members are interested in fitThe group also has annual dues ness at all different experience levels,” which pay for post race events and said Ehlbeck, who joined the group membership to the USA Triathlon group. approximately 10 years ago. “We have Email Ehlbeck at people who have never done a tri to or find the those who are doing up to three Iron Men FishHawk Triathlon group page on a year.” Facebook.




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New Cool Beans Coffee House In Park Square Commits Tips To Seeds Of Hope

By Kate Quesada

The wait is over. For store with top of the months, FishHawk resiline equipment from dents have been watchthe espresso machine ing construction take to the water filtration place for the much anticsystem which meets ipated Cool Beans the Speciality Coffee Coffee House on the Association stanground floor of Park dards. “The menu is Square and no one will starting out small so be happier than owner that we can be sure Scott Corley when the FishHawk resident and local Realtor everything we offer is Scot Corley recently opened the doors open this month. great quality and we to Cool Beans Coffee House in will add to it when we Corley, a FishHawk doors FishHawk’s Park Square. resident and Realtor with know more of what Keller Williams, wants Cool Beans to be a the community desires.” place everyone feels comfortable, from Live entertainment will take place on commuters looking for a cup of coffee to the stage on weekend evenings, when start their day to those who want to Corley plans to keep the store open later. unwind with a glass of wine or a beer in The location also offers a private meeting the evenings. room in addition to its community and pub “Our goal is to bring people back to tables. Free wifi is also available. Park Square,” said Corley who worked for “We really want to make sure that we Walgreens for 25 years. “We have taken do what we can to give back,” he said. it slowly with the conception because we “Every tip given in the restaurant will be want to do it right.” donated to Seeds to Hope and we have Doors will open at 6 a.m. daily offertried to use companies that share our ing a wide range of coffee drinks from desire to be socially responsible.” lattes to cold brew, using beans from local An additional extra Corley has investroaster Kahwa Coffee, teas, soft drinks ed in for Cool Beans is a Ripple Maker from the Coke Freestyle Machine, machine which customers can use with a smoothies, treats from FishHawk chocosmart phone app to decorate their coffee latier Heather with Heavenly Creations drink with a personalized graphic. and baked goods and pastries. Later in “We really think that Cool Beans can the day, Cool Beans will offer gelato with offer something for everyone,” said waffles baked on site, a variety of foods Corley. Cool Beans is located at 16132 including flat breads and empanadas and Churchview Dr., Unit #112, in FishHawk a selection of beer and wine. Ranch’s Park Square. “We are working hard to make sure Call 643-1553 or follow them on we only offer the best choices to our cusFacebook, Instagram and Twitter at Cool tomers,” said Corley who has stocked the to the Bean.

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HCSO Gears Up For Fourth Annual Fallen Heroes Memorial Ride

By Tamas Mondovics

Four Sheriff’s Deputies Who Lost Their Lives In The Line Of Duty years ago the Since 1974: Hillsborough Deputy Richard Roach, 1848 - August 15, 1874 County Deputy William E. Whitehurst, 1870 - July 4, 1893 Sheriff’s Deputy Ed Aulick, April 18, 1901 - January 24, 1932 Deputy Robert M. Suarez, June 8, 1904 - September 3, 1944 Office began Sergeant Ben P. Wilder, Jr. February 28, 1923 - July 22, 1962 construction Sergeant Donald C. Williams, May 21, 1917 - June 12, 1967 on its Law Sergeant James Strachinsky, February 13, 1912 - September 4, 1969 Enforcement Aux. Sgt. Lee A. Hutchinson, September 7, 1912 - July 25, 1970 Memorial on Deputy James A. Allen, March 27, 1919 - May 21, 1974 the campus of Corporal Lemon Harvey, April 28, 1947 - December 15, 1981 County residents to contribute. Deputy Frederick T. Clark, November 16, 1952 - May 7, 1987 the Malcolm Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies guard the “People need to know and underDeputy Donna M. Miller, February 9, 1961 May 8, 1987 E. Beard memorial wreath presented by Sheriff David Gee Deputy David A. Abella, June 19, 1977 - April 21, 2004 stand the sacrifices of what these during the annual Fallen Heroes Memorial held Sheriff's Sergeant Ronald Harrison, August 25, 1951 - August 15, 2007 earlier this month. deputies and law enforcement members Operations Deputy Mark A. Longway, May 8, 1962 - September 21, 2010 for us. We want to thank the complace are doing,” he said. Center in Deputy John R. Kotfila, Jr., September 9, 1985 - March 12, 2016 munity for their support.” For more information about the Ybor City. Gee added that coming out to visit or the Sheriff’s Office, please memorial The able through HCSO Charities, and all the memorial is a way for Hillsborough visit memorial is created to commemorate and donations are tax deductible. pay tribute to the 15 members of HCSO Participants can register at marketwho have fallen in their quest to "Serve and Protect.” Since its completion in the spring of To support the upkeep and to ensure 2017, HCSO’s annual Fallen Heroes that the memories of these law enforceMemorial service has seen a large crowd ment officers are never forgotten the of family and friends paying their respects Sheriff’s Office has created its Fallen gather for the solemn ceremony honoring Heroes Memorial Ride, which takes place local deputies who gave the ultimate saceach year prior to the annual Law rifice. • Human Hair & Synthetic Hair Wigs Enforcement Memorial Service, a solemn Last year, Deputy John R. Kotfila, ceremony held at the HCSO Fallen Jr.’s name had to be added to the list of • Permanent, Non-Surgical Options Heroes Plaza now encompassing the deputies who were killed in the line of Sheriff’s Memorial and Fallen Heroes duty, raising the number to 16, since • Chemotherapy & Alopecia Specialist Wall, honoring local deputies who gave 1874, when Deputy Richard Roach was the ultimate sacrifice. shot and killed at his home in the suburbs • Largest selection in Tampa Bay This year’s 25 or 50-mile ride is of Tampa. Roach’s murder has never scheduled to begin at McDonald been solved. • We also service Men’s Hair Systems Elementary School, located at 501 Pruett Sheriff David Gee emphasized what Rd. in Seffner on Saturday, May 13, at 8 the memorial does for the community 117 N. Kings Ave • Brandon • (813) 651-9484 a.m. Entry fees are $50, and day of ride is when he said, “This ceremony pays trib$60. ute to a lot of heroes who deserve it. This Several sponsorship levels are availWall of Heroes Memorial is a sacred

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Sprouts Confirmed For Valrico Landing Plaza...Continued From Page 1

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The three new stores in Valrico Landing are slated to open early 2018 and will now add to the growing list of recent upgrades, improvements, renovations and Bloomingdale Ave. additions to the neighborhood, including a previously openednew Wawa store on the corner of Lithia Pinecrest and Bloomingdale Ave., the grand A site map shows the layout and the three new stores including opening of the Sprouts Farmers Market, PetSmart and Orange Theory Fitness to new 150,000 sq. anchor the former Albertsons Plaza in Valrico. ft. Walmart “I am excited about the upcoming Supercenter along with Chick-fil-A South revitalization,” White said, adding, “I have Brandon owned by Paul & Tammy received much correspondence from Holmberg, Starbuck’s and Wendy’s on constituents about that plaza, as well as Bloomingdale Ave., as well as the other vacant plazas in the area, since improvement of the Culbreath and being elected to the commission. As Bloomingdale Ave. intersection. these plazas sit vacant for a long period BayCare Health System is also planof time, blight begins to set in. You could ning to build a brand new $25 million see that taking hold at this plaza with 160,000 sq. ft. Wellness campus behind things like skid marks from kids goofing the former Albertsons Plaza. off at the site and rusted out sign posts at For more information about the projthe site.” ect, please visit, White was on point when he added, For leasing information, contact, “This revitalization will not only offer some Cantrell & Morgan Pete Fraser at 904exciting retail opportunities for citizens, 302-6931 or email pete@cantrellmorbut also put the site back in use, which will eliminate blight.”

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minute game of wits and intelligence,” Kevin said. Before you begin, you will receive directions on how to play. “There are clues hidden everywhere,” Kevin added. “You have to think outside the box.” According to Kristina, “Our puzzles are difficult enough to keep you occupied the whole game but fun Kristina and Kevin Knott recently opened the Time Trapped Escape Room in Brandon. enough when you are done you will If you are lookwant to play another ing to make a quick one.” get-away, look no Five Osprey further than Observer team Brandon’s new Time members recently Trapped Escape put this to the test. Room for a fun and We had to make fully immersive intersense of all the difactive experience. Spend bonding time Five staff members of the Osprey Observer ferent clues, figure recently checked out the new Time out the puzzles and with your family, Trapped Escape Room as team building. riddles, and crack friends or team at the codes. After about 48 minutes – sucwork. cess! Advertising Rep Kerrie Hoening The new Escape Room, called The Mobster’s Speakeasy, fully immerses you said, “We love the Escape Room concept into the 1920’s. The task is to gain access and each one is different from the last.” By June, three additional themed rooms to the Speakeasy known as the ‘21 Club’ will be open. so that you can find evidence of Lucky Time Trapped Escape Room is locatLuciano’s crime and escape before he ed on 9270 Bay Plaza Blvd., Ste. 6330 in returns - all in 60 minutes. This room Tampa. It is located directly behind the holds up to six players. Clarion Inn Hotel off of Adamo Dr. For Kevin and Kristina Knott own and more information, call 372-1190. operate Time Trapped Escape Room. Admission is $28 per person. Book a Kevin has lived in the area for over 25 game using the promo code OSPREY to years. Both he and his wife enjoy particireceive 25% off your first game. Booking pating in Escape Rooms and wanted to is done online at bring the experience to the local commuor the Time Trapped Escape Room nity. Everything you need to make your Facebook page. escape is inside the rooms. “It’s a 60

When the lead. “We you have had were very a dream of blessed to becoming a book an actor filmmaker for that has the years and range and written the depth Jeremy perfect script has,” he said. what do you Palko is do? For known for his FishHawk work on The resident Scott Walking Dead. Cast and crew wrap up the filming of Home for the Vasey, there Actress Traci Holidays, a film written, produced, and directed by was only one Newman was FishHawk resident Scott Vasey (back row wearing a course of hat) and fellow producer/directors Dave Lepage, Jason cast as his Gruich and Ted Souppa. action: just wife. “She was film it. just spectacular,” said Vasey. Other actors Vasey moved to FishHawk from included two of Vasey’s children, Graham Atlanta two years ago. He had been a and Cooper. “Their extent of their onscreenwriter for years but had never procamera work included a 25-second clip,” duced anything. After meeting fellow he joked. screenwriter Jason Gruich at the Austin A local business was quick to offer Film Festival and watching other writers in assistance for this project. Firewood the group produce short films, he and Barbeque provided dinner for the cast Gruich decided to take the initiative and and crew on Saturday night. “The food produce his own short film. With money was delicious and the owner was very from the proceeds from the sale of his generous,” said Vasey. Atlanta home, he purchased some of the Film editing should be completed in a necessary equipment. month. He’s hoping FishHawk will allow His short film, titled Home for the him to screen the movie at the Osprey Holidays, falls into the drama-horror Club. He also hopes to enter the film in genre and is about an absentee father local film festivals. “After we show it in who is away on business when tragedy local film festivals and get the buzz going, strikes. Shooting took place over one we’ll be able to show it in the larger film weekend in FishHawk Ranch’s Garden festivals across the country,” he said. District as well as Lithia Springs Park. The experience has given Vasey the This was a non-speaking film so all determination to create more films. “I’ve the emotion in the script had to be condipped my toe in the filmmaking industry,” veyed through the actors’ expressions. he said. To keep up on the latest about He hired veteran actor Jeremy Palko for the film, visit

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Barbara McGinnis, The Mother In Mother-Daughter Yellowfin Realty Team

Kim Smith, The Daughter In Mother-Daughter Yellowfin Realty Team

REALTOR® Barbara McGinnis’ personality is as vibrant as her bejeweled glasses. She made them herself, she said, with tiny red, white, and blue gems for a patriotic look. McGinnis obtained her real estate license in 1985, after raising her three children, and has been serving the Tampa Bay real estate market ever since. She started working for Yellowfin Realty in 2014, and splits her time between helping people list or buy a home and managing rental properties. She specializes in first-time home buyers, although she’s always happy to see repeat buyers or customers from the past. According to McGinnis, the most important part of working with new home buyers is to remain patient. The average buyer sees eight to ten homes before finding the one that will be a future home. “We keep looking until that smile crosses their face that they just can’t wipe off, and they light up like a Christmas tree,” McGinnis said. Right now, there are “more buyers than homes to buy,” said McGinnis. “We’re absolutely blowing up.” Because of the market, where it can be hard for buyers to find existing homes

It was Kim Smith’s mother, Brandon REALTOR® Barbara McGinnis, who convinced Smith to take the real estate licensing exam. By that point, Smith already had a wealth of knowledge on the subject, but in a way that made studying for the exam more difficult. “The book does it one way,” Smith said, “but the reality is totally different.” Now a REALTOR® herself, Smith works closely with McGinnis on the sale, purchase, and management of properties. They work so closely, in fact, that they share an office – and on days when her two daughters are off from school, they can be found around the office, too. Smith was pregnant with her second daughter when she learned that her employer was downsizing, and she started working with McGinnis a few months after her daughter was born. Smith grew up in Seffner, went to Armwood High School, and now lives on the same homestead property where she was raised. Family is clearly very important to Smith and McGinnis, and their proximity while working together means that they often finish each other’s sentences. Smith talks about the growth in Brandon, for

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in their price range and desired location, many are turning to developing communities. Especially in those situations, McGinnis said, a realtor is essential for navigating the contracts, inspection, and other aspects of the process. “Most homebuilders will tell you that 80% are from realtors bringing someone in,” McGinnis said. “We know where communities are, we know the amenities. We know how to take the back roads.” McGinnis calls Yellowfin Realty “phenomenal,” and loves that it’s familyowned. She works with her daughter, Kim Smith, which helps to keep them always available for their clients. They share an office and bounce ideas off each other, although it means that it can be difficult to step away from work. “When we’re on vacation,” McGinnis said, “it’s a rolling business.” Yellowfin Realty was established in 2009, and is headquartered at 11256 Winthrop Main St. in Riverview. McGinnis and Smith both work out of the nearby office located at 801 W. Bloomingdale Ave. Call 229-8862 or visit

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example, and reminisces about a time when Highway 60 was only two lanes wide. “But as big as Brandon is getting, it’s still a bedroom community,” McGinnis pointed out. It’s that smalltown feel that both Smith and McGinnis enjoy about Brandon. However, they also caution about scams that arise when an area experiences such rapid growth. “Rentals go in hours,” Smith said, and there have been a rash of ads on Craigslist that offer low monthly rates, and then the supposed landlord collects deposits from multiple people for a property that’s not even available. “People need to make sure they’re dealing with a reputable real estate company,” Smith said. It’s one reason she and her mother are passionate about helping local residents find properties to live. Yellowfin Realty was established in 2009, and is headquartered at 11256 Winthrop Main St. in Riverview. Smith and McGinnis both work out of the nearby office located at 801 W. Bloomingdale Ave. Call 229-8862 or visit

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After Public Input, County Superintendent Recommends Postponing Implementation Of Student Bell Times Changes To 2018-2019 Season

By Tamas Mondovics

Last month, Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Eakins informed district families, staff and community members with his final recommendation to wait one year before making district wide changes. Eakin’s note reached the community just days ahead of a Special Called Board Meeting on Tuesday, April 25, during which the school board approved with a 6 to 1 vote for the new 2018-2019 bell time schedule. The 2017-2018 bell time schedule will not change. Eakins emphasized that the proposed bell time changes are necessary because the district’s current arrival and dismissal times do not allow enough time for bus drivers to get students to and from school on time and stated that the district must correct this in order to secure the appropriate number of instructional minutes for students. Less than a month earlier, Eakins informed parents and guardians of the more than 200,000 elementary, middle and high school students in the nation’s eighth largest district of the proposed bell time change asking all to review it and send in their input so a final recommendation can be brought to the School



instructional minutes necessary.” Counting the potential benefits school officials noted that with high schools dismissed nearly an hour earlier will allow opportunities for jobs and

Board for a vote. “After you have watched the video and studied the attached proposed bell times, we look forward to your feedback once again,” Eakins said, while acknowledging that the issue prompts parents and students to have many questions and concerns. The request for a feedback of the already proposed new schedule seems to have caught many parents off guard, a great number of whom are still dealing with the whiplash of the School Board’s controversial vote to end its courtesy busing. School officials said that the proposed bell time changes are based on feedback from teachers, parents and students involving nearly two dozen schools over a considerable time. Eakins called the current schedule unrealistic, and that, “Something had to change in order to meet the needs of our students and properly secure the


opportunity to take more classes, including Advanced Placement and electives such as Art, Music and Band to reach their graduation requirements. HCPS spokesperson Tanya Arja added that the change will provide a more efficient bus schedule, and improve instruction for students due to maintaining or adding more planning time for teachers. As expected, Eakins comments eventually circled back to the buses when he said, “Adjusting the bell schedule will allow a greater percentage of school bus drivers to transport three tiers of students (Elementary, Middle and High School). This shift translates to a cost savings of over two and a half million dollars for the school district, officials said. While the topic of buses, students’ safety and bell times continue to be a formidable foe to many, to Hillsborough County Public Schools Eakins and his staff it is clearly a Superintendent Jeff Eakins addresses parents and teachers about the district’s proposed new means to save money and a prombell schedule. ised goal to work toward a 90 pergetting to practice and after-school cent graduation rate by the year 2020. activities sooner, which means the stuAt the end, Eakins recommended to dents can get home earlier. wait one year before making any Elementary students are said to change to the bell schedule, stating that gain an extra 15 minutes of Art, Music the additional time will allow the school and PE, which school officials said district and families to make any necesimproves their overall health and wellsary adjustments and clarify questions being. or concerns. Middle school and high school stuThe 2018-2019 recommended bell times are posted online at dents will keep a seven period day which Eakins said affords them the


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Local Residents Raise Funds For MS With Bike Ride

Popular Bloomingdale Ave. Paul Sanders ‘Tree’ Park Reopens After Major Renovation

By Tamas Mondovics

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Residents from the FishHawk area are using their legs to raise funds to fight Multiple Sclerosis (MS) this month as they participate in Bike MS: The Citrus Tour, a 100-plus mile bike ride from The Fantasy of Flight in Polk City To the Omni Champion’s Gate in Orlando and back. The tour, which takes place Saturday and Sunday, May 6-7, is now in its 30th year and attracts approximately 1,000 participants, raising between $600,000 and $800,000 annually. Most riders bike Residents from the FishHawk area are raising funds to 100 miles the first combat Multiple Sclerosis this month at Bike MS: The Citrus Tour. day of the event and can then chose we know that 100 plus miles is whether to do 25, 50 or 75 miles the nowhere near as difficult as consecond day. fronting a life time with MS,” said FishHawk resident Stephen Barone. “The National MS Society Barone heads Team Grace, the secgives us all a reason to hope, though. ond largest team in the event, with In addition to supporting novel more than 40 members from around research projects around the globe, the Brandon/Valrico area. The team’s they also provide much needed edugoal is to raise $50,000 through cation, programs and services to fundraisers and donations. everyone who is affected by MS, “We are a group of friends, neigh- including the diagnosed, their friends bors and families from all over the and families and the healthcare procentral Florida area,” said Barone. fessionals who work with them.” “We are casual recreational bike ridValrico resident and realtor with ers, cycling enthusiasts, non-riding Keller Williams Realty South Shore volunteers, triathletes and people with David Harbough is also participating MS who use their bikes to fight and in the tour as an individual. fundraise, in spite of this nefarious “Every year I ride for the eight disease.” people I know affected by MS,” said Each participant in the tour must Harbough, who trains for 16 weeks raise at least $250 with the money before the event, biking most days on going directly to research programs his lunch break. “The event is very and services for people impacted by well organized and a great way to MS, a disease of the nervous system raise funds for a disease that impacts that interrupts the flow of information many people very differently.” within the brain and between the Team Grace is still looking for brain and body. Millions of people are members and volunteers to add to affected by MS to varying degrees their group. For more information on with unpredictable symptoms ranging the tour or to donate, visit www.bikefrom numbness and tingling to Search ness and paralysis. Team Grace or David Harbaugh to “We ride the bike tour because find their fundraising pages.


Children swing and play at the recently renovated Paul Sander Park, located at 602 W. Bloomingdale Ave. in Brandon. The park has reopened this month.

Brandon’s Paul Sanders Park, home to one of Hillsborough County’s most heavily used playgrounds, reopened the first week of April, following a two-month renovation and expansion project. Named after long time Brandon resident Paul Sanders, in 1991 the park is known by many as “The Tree Park” thanks to its mature oak trees that provide shade by means of a natural canopy. The news of its closing in early February to upgrade and expand the park located at 602 W. Bloomingdale Ave. was bittersweet for its regular guests, who, while agreeing with the much-needed facelift, had to exercise some patience during the duration of the project. It was no surprise to see a large crowd on opening day welcoming the finished product that includes a brand new playground along with additional play structures. “I love this park,” said Riverview residents Carolyn Napier, who has brought her son and daughter ages five and six to opening day. The playground features traditional swings and slides along with next-gen-

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eration playground equipment that encourages children of all abilities to climb, run, and play. To charm the children and those young at heart, the new equipment includes a Tyrannosaurus Rex that appears to be arising from the earth. Additional playground pieces are also designed to help children on the autism spectrum who become overstimulated. While the crowd of children lined up to give the new playground pieces a fair try, there was no shortage of many who still just wanted to climb the trees. As part of the renovation, $315,000 was covered by the County Parks and Recreation department's budget for Capital Improvement Projects. Workers also renovated the restrooms and shelters, repaved the parking lot, added sidewalks, and created an additional entrance to improve traffic flow. The facelift is filling up the park daily as it attracts many new families. Napier said she hopes that the park will be a little less crowed after the newness wears down but added, “We have been coming to the this park for the past four years and I am definitely planning on coming back more often, as long as it’s not too crowded.” The park is now open daily from sunrise to sunset. For information about community projects in Hillsborough County, visit

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Bridges Dental Launches New Affordable Monthly Wellness Dental Plan Bridges Dental, a Valrico-based full-service dental practice founded and owned by Dr. Laura Coyle Bridges, recently announced a unique monthly wellness plan will be offered for all of their present and future patients living without dental insurance. Developed to provide a sustainable and affordable path to healthier teeth for patients without dental insurance coverage, the Bridges Dental Wellness Plan will provide everyone with the ability to maintain a regular hygiene schedule and to complete needed dental treatments. “Too many individuals in our country today forgo visiting the dentist because they don’t have dental insurance or their current benefit plan doesn’t cover the dental treatments they need,” said Dr. Bridges. “That’s perfectly understandable, especially with the costs associated with quality dental care. What makes us different here at Bridges Dental is that we, unlike big insurance companies, have built our business with the best interest of the patient at heart and that means creating affordable payment plans that accommodate different income levels.” The Wellness Plans will come with three different options: the lowest plan

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Super Heroes Needed To Sign Up And Be Organ Donors

By Michelle Colesanti

Have you ever it was a chapter of his thought what it story that lifted might be like to weights from our become a super shoulders while a hero? You can give machine literally the gift of life to worked to compenanother person by sate what his body could not do.” signing up to She then had the become an organ, opportunity to give life tissue and eye once again to her son donor through by donating her kidLifeLink of Florida. ney to him. This independent, “We’ve come a non-profit organiza- Evan Ranieri is now a healthy 6 year old long way, our family is tion is dedicated to Kindergarten student thanks to his mom’s donation of her kidney four years strong and we have serving patients in ago. April was ‘Donate a Life’ month and all learned to accept need of transplant everyone is encouraged to consider kidney disease. therapy. signing up as a potential organ donor. Someday it will haunt April was us again because having a chronic ill‘Donate a Life’ month. In the U.S., over ness doesn’t go away. However, God 118,000 people currently wait for a lifeuses our deepest pain as a launching saving organ transplant. Over 5,600 are pad for our greatest calling,” added Floridians. Melissa. The Rainieri’s are a local family that Today Evan is a healthy and enerknows all too well the importance of getic 6 year Kindergartener living life to organ donors. Born in 2011, their son Evan was diagnosed with stage 4 chron- the fullest. He is no longer tube fed and ic Kidney Disease as a result of hypopla- has had surgery to remove his dialysis catheters. sia. Evan spent his first month in the The family has now become an NICU at Tampa General Hospital and active advocate for LifeLink Foundation. underwent his first surgery at four days All major religions support donation old. The battle was endless and he spent and there are no costs to the donor’s many hours on dialysis. Evan’s mom Melissa said, “We were family. To save lives as an organ and tissue donor, register told that dialysis was a bridge to transplant and while transplant was not a cure at, or say that the ultimate goal was to get Evan big “yes” to donation when getting or renewing your driver license or state identificaenough to receive a kidney. Our prior thoughts of dialysis were our biggest mis- tion card at your local driver license office. conception. Although the days were long

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County Commission Has Final Say Over Project After Planning Dept. Says No

By Tamas Mondovics


ft. parcel located on the west side of the intersection of Lithia Pinecrest and Valrico Rd., between Lithia Pinecrest Rd., and Timber Knoll Dr., across from a An artist rendition gives a better picture of a 50,000 sq. ft., senior pond and lift station citizen, retirement facility planned on a 10-acre parcel located to build a 53,000 sq. just west of the Lithia Pinecrest Rd. and Valrico Rd. ft., facility with 100 The future of a parking places, with a proposed senior citithree story building, and zen retirement resiroom for 145 suites. dence and assisted According to the living facility to be Planning Commission built in the heart of the primary impact of Valrico is in the this change would be to hands of the allow more intense uses Hillsborough County on the property and Board of County increase the allowable Commission. density and intensity. It In pursuit of its added that the proplans, to build a new A site map is shows the location of a posed amendment proposed retirement residence by facility, Hawthorn would change the scale Hawthorn Retirement Group, Retirement Group, of potential develop(HRT) an independent and assisted ment from suburban to more of an living management company (Not urban development pattern, which they related to Hawthorne Village said would not be compatible with the Retirement Communtiy of Brandon), existing low-density residential develpresented its case for a proposed land opment pattern in the area. use before the Hillsborough County In a recent letter to the Planning Commission, which has Commission, Chuck Sackett of Valrico determined that Comprehensive Plan asked commissioners for their continAmendment, HC/CPA 17-05 (proposed ued support of Timber Knoll residents land use) is inconsistent with the and “produce a finding that the goals, objectives and policies of the requested plan amendment is inconFuture of Hillsborough Comprehensive sistent with the Comprehensive Plan Plan for Unincorporated Hillsborough and the surrounding residential neighCounty. borhoods.” The Planning Commission also Keeping his comments brief and resolved to forward its recommendaonly on the project’s Comprehensive tion to the Board of County Plan element, Hillsborough County Commissioners for denial of the projCommissioner Stacy White, whose ect during its meeting in June. district covers the site stated, “The The effort, however, was not Planning Commission's recommendaHRT’s first try. In its case summary the tion is an important factor to me and I Planning Commission staff stated that always give staff's recommendation a similar request, HC/CPA 16-19, was due consideration as I am formulating part of the July 2016 Unincorporated my own decision.” Hillsborough County Comprehensive Of course the Planning Plan Amendment Cycle. Commission’s recommendation does The summary stated that request, not mean that the project is withRES-4 to RES-9 on the same parcel, drawn. One of the Commission’s was found inconsistent by the main objective is neighborhood proPlanning Commission and denied by tection. Whether the project gets the Board of County Commissioners approved or denied is ultimately (BOCC), adding that “the applicant has depends on the BOCC, which is yet now resubmitted the request as a new to consider the input and recommenComprehensive Plan Amendment, dations of other agencies before the HC/CPA 17-05.” final decision. By the numbers, HRT is requestVisit ing to change the nearly 400,000 sq. or call 272-5600 for more info. hia

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Walter cate bridge, a card Pearson has lived game, with approxian extraordinary mately 30 players in life. The World the recreational buildWar II veteran ing at Strawberry turned 101 this Ridge. According to past February. At one of the players in 29, he volunteered the group, partners to serve his counWalter and Don “win try, fighting in the all the time.” “Walter is second World War. an energizer bunny He risked his life and extremely sharp in the front lines of for his age,” said Joan the battlefields for Rhyne. eight months. After Walter has been serving, his complaying the game for mitment to country, Walter and his son, Don, at Walter’s about 92 years, and 101st birthday celebration. community and the with all that experiAmerican people continued. ence under his belt, he has achieved For the last 12 years, Walter and the highest level of mastery of the his son, Don, have sponsored a Toys game. The retirement community and for Tots collection party in the other players in the surrounding area Southshore area. Held at the Alley at celebrate Walter’s birthday biannually, Southshore each December, their col- once on February 5th (his birthday,) lection party has become the biggest and once on August 5th. The party in the state. Over the years, they have consists of having dinner, drinking and collected 378 bikes,100 boxes of toys playing duplicate bridge. and a little over $11,000 in cash. Walter is also the chairman of the Walter and Don have also contributed board of his company, Pearson to military organizations and churches Capital, Inc, which he started back in in the area. “My father being an Army 1956 in Massachusetts. Walter continveteran, wanted to help other people, ues to work part-time for his company, and I, myself, have a compassion for researching stocks. The successful those in need,” said Don. “We both private money management firm has have been blessed with more than over 500 customers, reaching a total enough to be able to give back to the of 26 states today. Don jokes that his community.” father was back at work the next Walter is a celebrated part of the morning after the Super Bowl, even Strawberry Ridge retirement commuthough they are both Patriots’ fans nity, where he currently resides. Every and stayed up to watch the whole Monday morning, Walter plays dupligame.

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Info Needed: Lithia ACE Hardware Loses 41 Weapons In Early Morning Burglary Ace Hardware for a cash reward located at 10415 is asked to call Hwy. 39 S. in Lithia is Crime Stoppers at one of the latest busi1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report ness burglary casualanonymously ties involving the loss online at of firearm. www.crimestopperAccording to or send a Hillsborough County mobile tip using Sheriff detectives on our P3 Tips Mobile Friday, April 7, at Thieves stole 41 weapons from the Ace application, which approximately 3:55 Hardware store located at 10415 Hwy. 39 S. is a free download a.m., unknown susin Lithia. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Hillsborough County for iPhones, iPads pect(s) entered into Sheriff's Office at 247-8200. and Droids. You the store located by must call Crime Stoppers first to be eligisnapping a chain lock with a cutter at the ble for a reward. garden center entrance located on the It is noteworthy that gun related north side of the business. crimes such as gun theft, robberies comAfter smashing the glass door to the garden center, the suspects cut a second mitted using weapons and shootings, a number of them fatal, have made more set of chain locks with a cutter which was headlines in recent months than one securing the entrance. cares to count. Detectives said that there was little “The most sought after items in vehidoubt about what the thieves wanted as cle burglaries are guns,” said once inside, the suspects proceeded to Hillsborough County Detective and Public the rear of the store where the gun store Information Officer, Larry McKinnon said. is located. “There is always a market for them with a Ace hardware reported that approxigood price.” To assist in getting guns off mately 40 handguns and one long rifle were stolen before the suspect(s) fled the the street, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) scene in an unknown direction. and National Shooting Sports Foundation Anyone with any information refer(NSSF) are offering a total reward of up ence the suspect is asked to call the to $10,000 for information. Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at For more information about The 247-8200 or anyone with any information regarding the identity and whereabouts of Sheriff’s Office, please visit this suspect and who wants to be eligible

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Traditional High Tea & Raffle Supports PEO, Women's Education Ladies, are you looking for an excuse to adorn yourself with pearls and don a fancy hat? If so, grab your gal pals for a traditional High Tea on Saturday, May 13 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Riverview United Methodist Church. The local Chapter AM-DV of P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) International is hosting the High Tea as a fundraising event to support and celebrate the advancement of women in education. Since 1869, P.E.O. International has helped tens of thousands of women achieve their educational goals through scholarships, grants, and low-interest loans. The Sisterhood originated in Iowa with only seven members. Today, the organization consists of nearly a quarter of a million members in thousands of chapters hailing from all 50 states and Canada. Fran Carillo, the former president of the local Chapter AM-DV, expressed much gratitude for the organization as she shared her special connection. “I went to college at the age of 37. When I was doing my teaching internship in 1978, the chapter nominated me for a Program of Continuing Education grant. At the time, I wasn’t working because of my internship, so the money really helped. ... Then when I retired 20 years

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DING PEN By Kate Quesada

Neighborhood Mini-Grants Now Available From Hillsborough County Could your neighborhood use a new sign or a bench? The Hillsborough County office of Neighborhood Relations recently opened its application period for minigrants which will award $96,000 to groups throughout the county with the goal of improving and strengthening neighborhoods. According to the Neighborhood Relations Office, groups have recently sought money for duck and bat houses, a butterfly garden and a rack for storing residents’ kayaks, among other requests. Valrico’s River Hills community spent it’s grant money from 2016 on bird houses for the Purple Martin Swallow and a nesting platform for Ospreys. However, Neighborhood Relations Office states that the grants are not just for physical enhancements, the program’s goal is to bring neighbors together and bolster community pride Grants will be awarded for up to $2,500, but groups that apply must be pre-registered with the office of neighborhood relations and applicants must take a mandatory online orienta-

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The Annual Fostering Hope Vintage Hollywood Black Tie Gala, which benefits A Kid's Place, will take place on Saturday, May 13 at 7 p.m. at the Epicurean Hotel located in the trendy neighborhood of Hyde Park in Tampa. Sponsorships Join A Kid’s Place supporters, Tom beginning at $500 Sansone and his wife, Cathy Unruh, A Kid’s Place CEO, Virginia Johnson and her husband, Doug Scrivner at the and tickets are Fostering Hope Vintage Hollywood Black Tie Gala to benefit A available, but Kid's Place on Saturday, May 13. space is limited. be provided. Since its inception, over Individual tickets are $300 per person. 125,000 bed nights have been recordThe Epicurean Hotel is located at 1207 ed. S. Howard Ave. in Tampa. A Kid's Place is a 60-bed facility The black-tie event will feature a made up of five 3200 sq. ft. homes. bubbly bar and champagne tower, cigar They accept children from newborn bar, photo booth and walk of fame. through 18 years old. A Kid's Place utiMusic will be provided by The Shawn lizes the live-in house parent model Brown Band with poolside dancing which provides children with consistent under the stars. In addition, a sumptucaregivers and family style living. ous dinner will feature classic dishes reMary Berg, Community Specialist imagined with a menu developed in col- for A Kid’s Place said, “The children who laboration with the legendary Bern’s come into foster care are traumatized, Steak House. and they have endured life experiences A Kid's Place was the vision of that most of us cannot fully compreDottie Berger MacKinnon. She wanted hend. These are innocent children who to establish a place where sibling grow up with abuse and neglect and, for groups who had been removed from some children, even abandonment by their homes due to abuse, neglect, or the very people who they look up to for abandonment are able to stay together love, protection and guidance. For in a safe, stable, home-like environment information, reserve tickets or become a until a more permanent placement could sponsor, visit


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It’s Kentucky Derby time again. Even if you’re not much of a horse racing fan, you might appreciate all the Derby’s pageantry – the mint juleps, the women’s beautiful hats, the singing of “My Old Kentucky Home,” and so on. But if you look beyond the hoopla, you’ll realize just how much work it takes to put on such an event. And the efforts of one group in particular – the jockeys – may be able to provide you with some lessons in life – and in investing. For starters, consider the stamina the jockeys show as they steer 1,000-pound thoroughbreds around the track at Churchill Downs. Riding a racehorse is difficult, demanding and dangerous, requiring enormous endurance on the part of the jockey. And in many areas of life, you too will need to show some staying power. That’s certainly true when you invest. You need the fortitude to keep on investing, in good markets and bad ones, and during all the phases of your life – even after you’ve retired. It might not always be easy – during turbulent markets, you may be tempted to take a “time out” – but the most successful investors are usually the most persistent ones. Here’s another trait shown by Kentucky Derby jockeys: vision. Jockeys must be able to spot the spaces they need to go through to gain the position they want. In other words, they see where they want to go. As an investor, you need this same ability. To illustrate: What do you want your retirement to look like? Will you stay close to home and volunteer? Will you travel the world? Will you even open a small business? You need to envision your goals if you’re going to achieve them.

Strategy is also important to jockeys. They all want to win the race, but they employ different methods. For example, three-time Kentucky Derby winner Calvin Borel’s strategy usually involves riding his horse on the rail at the inside of the track – so much so that his nickname is “Bo’rail.” As an investor, you need a strategy that’s appropriate for your goals, risk tolerance and time horizon. Such a strategy will involve choosing a suitable mix of investments, reviewing your portfolio’s progress at regular intervals, and making changes as necessary. Finally, jockeys need knowledge. Is the track in good shape? How has the horse been behaving lately? What’s the weather going to be at post time? To be a good investor, you also need plenty of knowledge. You’ll need to pose some questions about individual investments you’re considering: How will this investment perform under different market environments? Will this investment fit well into my portfolio, or do I already have others similar to it? Is this an investment I can hold for the long term? And you’ll also need to learn about yourself as an investor: What is my tolerance for risk? Am I fully considering all my goals, such as college for my kids, my own retirement and the type of legacy I’d like to leave? There’s no shortage of questions for active investors to ask – and the best investors never stop learning. You can learn a lot from Kentucky Derby jockeys. By applying some of their skills and habits to your investment activities, you can keep moving toward your goals – and you won’t even have to run in circles. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

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Don’t Worry: Be Happy Boutique Is Bringing Back Exceptional Customer Service By Sandy Meyer

Every day more only quality faband more large retail rics that are stylstores are closing their ish and affordable. doors and taking with Antaki puts a them the in-person lot of thought into shopping experience. the items she But don’t worry - just chooses for her visit Be Happy customers and Boutique in Riverview. has spent countThis quaint apparel less hours cultiand novelty shop is a vating relationhidden gem in the ships with just the Summerfield Shoppes right vendors. If strip mall on Big Bend you’re not sure Road. what you’re lookAfter more than 20 ing for, Antaki will years of dreaming take the time to about opening her own walk you through Be Happy Boutique owner Tonya shop, Riverview resithe boutique and Antaki is bringing back the personal dent Tonya Antaki help you find just shopping experience. finally made a leap the right item. and opened the doors to her boutique “Customer service is my number one in 2016. Antaki, a former E.R. nurse priority. I treat every customer the says she wanted to create an inspira- same no matter how large or small tional shop where the owner has a the sale,” she said. relationship with the customers. “I As a way to thank her customers wanted to bring back the days where and welcome new ones, Be Happy customers meant something,” said Boutique is hosting a Mom’s Antaki. Appreciation event at the store on To do that, Antaki has spared no Saturday, May 27 beginning at 11 expense in creating a cozy shop filled a.m. Antaki is bringing in an aesthetiwith trendy women’s clothing, jewelry, cian offering facials and botox treatshoes, accessories and a wide variments. Customers can have a ety of novelty items that can keep mimosa while browsing the many you browsing the store for hours. items offered at the boutique. For Antaki is also constantly bringing in more information, please call 677new items to keep customers excited 2300. Be happy Boutique is located about coming back. Be Happy at 11369 Big Bend Rd. Please visit Boutique carries sizes for everyone for more on from Xtra Small to 3X and picks out this fabulous shop.

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Twin Creeks Assisted Living Soon To Open First Florida Community Near FishHawk By Tatiana Ortiz

Once they move in here it becomes their home,” Shane Potter, NHA, Twin Creeks executive director said. The Front view of Twin Creeks Assisted Living and Riverview Memory Care. location will Residents at Twin Creeks Assisted consist of a Living and Memory Care in Riverview can 96 bed, 80 feel right at home with the numerous apartment services and activities that will be providassisted lived to them. With plans to open in June ing facility with memory care. Out of the 2017, Twin Creeks Assisted Living and 96 beds, 32 beds will be licensed for Memory Care will be accepting a full memory care. Residents can discover refundable $500 deposit to reserve a numerous community amenities such as space. This will also be its first location in a game room, library, fitness room and Florida. more. Individuals can also participate in For more than 30 years, Retirement wellness classes, gardening and other Living Associates, Inc. earned the trust of activities. The restaurant at Twin Creeks communities and their families, which Assisted Living and Memory Care serves spans the entire southern east coast from nutritious meals for breakfast, lunch and North Carolina to Florida. Owner and dinner seven days a week. President David Ammons oversees all of What sets this place apart from all the Retirement Living Associates, Inc. other assisted living facilities is that it will communities to make sure it measures to implement a program called PAC his standards. The organization provides (Positive Approach to Care) Training senior living services to more than 2,000 through Teepa Snow’s organization. residents in a variety of communities. It Potter became certified in it and the prowill be licensed as an assisted living facili- gram will be used in the memory care ty with a standard license. In addition, it unit. will be licensed as an ECC (Extended For more information, visit www.twinCongregate Care License). The office is open “The Extended Congregate Care Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 License allows residents to age in place. p.m. Call 551-2333.

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GEICO Skytypers Air Team Makes Florida Home For Winter Season

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the sky. Flying The World five aircraft in a Famous GEICO tight, lineSkytypers Air abreast formaShow Team was tion, the planes in Tampa for the coordinate in Lakeland SUN ’n typing dot FUN Int’l Fly-In matrix-style Expo in April and messages with invited media to environmentally join the team durfriendly puffs of ing a practice seswhite smoke. sion aboard their Messages can WWII era SNJ-2, be seen from 600 horsepower 15 miles away planes. Being a in any direction bucket-list advenwith 20-25 turer, I voluncharacters genteered and can Osprey Observer Managing Editor Marie Gilmore takes a flight in a WWII era SNJ-2 with Geico Skytypers Team Flight Lead Larry Arkin dur- erated in less honestly say, the ing the recent Sun n’ Fun Fly-In Air Show in Lakeland. than two minride aboard the brand.” utes. Individual letters can be as tall plane was less turbulent on my stom- flying and a huge respect for the pilots and their skills. The squadron of six World War II- as the Empire State Building. ach than some of the roller coasters “We have a great camaraderie on aircraft performs their low-level era The team will return to at the theme parks. this team,” describes Arkin, “The precision-flying demonstration in Florida May 6-7 for the Ford My pilot was team-owner Larry planes spend the winters in Florida SNJs that were originally used as Lauderdale Air Show. For more inforArkin who has been flying commerand we all have a love of flying.” training aircraft for WWII and Korean mation on the GEICO Skytypers, cially for American Airlines for 28 In addition to air show performwar pilots. "We consider it an honor visit years and comes from a family of aviances, the team does Skytyping of to demonstrate the amazing abilities About GEICO ators. His team is comprised of seaof these vintage warbirds on behalf of GEICO (Government Employees soned pilots with commercial and mil- messages that are three miles long and can be seen for up to 15 miles our sponsor, GEICO, while sharing a Insurance Company) is a member of itary experience with thousands of around. Some of the popular mesbit of aviation history,” said Arkin. the Berkshire Hathaway family of flight hours of experience. sages include, “Geico Welcomes “Despite being 75 years old, the SNJ- companies and is the second-largest During our flight with three of the You,” in the sky! This message takes 2 is a testament to the engineering private passenger auto insurance team’s six planes, we performed 5 of the team’s 6 planes to ‘type’ and genius of the Greatest Generation. company in the United States. close proximately maneuvers close These planes are a dream to fly." GEICO, which was founded in 1936, enough that I could wave to the other is amazing to watch in the sky. “We couldn’t do what we do without the The "Skytypers" portion of the provides millions of auto insurance passengers and performed some support of our relationship with team, based in Farmingdale, NY, quotes to U.S. drivers annually. For smoke passes above the Fly-in Geico,” adds Arkin. “We are very name stems from the proprietary more information, go crowds. This was an exhilarating proud to be connected to the Geico manner of creating giant messages in to experience that gave me a taste of

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New Show, Flip My Florida Yard Helps Randall Student Pottery Fundraiser Disabled Veteran Enjoy His Outdoor Space Helps Vaccinate Foster Pets By Michelle Colesanti By Amy Schechter

The arts have ple, are only $25, seen a revival at and if the test is Randall Middle negative, patrons School. After budgcan enjoy preventaet cuts in the countive treatment at ty removed many cost at the event. electives, art is Carpenter says back, and Ragen none of her projects Carpenter has could be done withfound her home at Ceramic pet bowls created by Randall stu- out generous grants dents to make a difference. Randall crafting an from the entirely new generation of artists. More Hillsborough County Classroom Initiative surprising than the well of talent, she is and the Arts Council of Hillsborough impressed in another way: “Randall’s stu- County. At the school level, the Parent dents have a lot of empathy that goes Teacher Student Association (PTSA) and outside the classroom.” When she specifically Principal Claire Mawhinney, walked into Kim’s Natural Pet Foods and are integral to the program’s success. struck up a conversation with owner, Kim Carpenter said, “Ms. Mawhinney has Albright, they decided they would partner been so embracing. I want to highlight to give back to the community. her devotion to the arts and let everyone Carpenter’s students in the 6th know that Randall has an art program Grade Ceramic Club will sell bowls filled now.” Randall Middle as a whole remains with pet treats to raise funds for foster intimately involved with Seeds of Hope as animal families and families that cannot they collect food and other items for afford to pay for vaccinations. The stuneedy families and make the annual dents molded, designed, and painted Turkey Trot medals. their creations in an after-school art club. To find out more information on the Then, Carpenter uses an on-site kiln to event, to partner with Randall Middle cure the finished products. The event on School’s Art program, or to make a donaSaturday, May 6 will coincide with Kim’s tion, contact Ragen Carpenter at Natural Pet Food’s monthly low-cost Kim’s cine and prevention clinic. Held the first Natural Pet Foods is located at 3110 Saturday of every month, May 6 is not Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Valrico. The store the clinic to miss. Students will be on-site number is 684-3663 and they are open for the fundraiser from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with the veterinarian available from 2-3 and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit p.m. With no office visit fees, cat and dog or on owners can receive low cost vaccinations Facebook at testing. Heartworm tests, for examNatural-Pet-Foods-142419539102883/.

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Riverview resident, Brandon Walker, a 25 year old wheelchair-bound veteran and his parents, recently received a backyard landscaping overhaul thanks to Flip My Florida Yard, a new weekly TV series which recently aired its first episode nationally on Fox Sports Sun and locally on WTSPChannel 10. The yard work, completed in one day, was done in the Park Creek neighborhood and is estimated to be worth $50,000. The work included constructing a lot of outdoor living spaces to give Walker easy access to the backyard, which includes a hot tub and pergola. Walker said, “My new yard is super rad. There’s a workout area for me, and I'm able to go out there independently. I loved the crew and how they designed the yard to be so accessible for me.” The Walker’s had recently closed on their home, and were selected for Flip My Yard after they submitted information describing their yard and their son’s story. The yard work is completely

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Southshore Insurance Professionals Reminds Homeowner’s That Flood Season Is Coming

By Sandy Meyer

Southshore “Waiting until we get Insurance warnings from the Professionals news is going to recently celebrated make it too late for us its third birthday. to be able to help The independent clients in that particuProperty & Casualty lar storm,” said insurance company Mosher. It is also specializes in perimportant to note that sonal and commerflood coverage is cial needs. Its specifically excluded founder and on home insurance In addition to running a successful Treasurer, Michelle insurance agency, Michelle Mosher is policies. Mosher, began her Over the last also the current Treasurer of the Greater Riverview Chamber of insurance career year, a new alternaCommerce. back in 1994 as a tive to government claims representative and over the flood insurance has become available years has become an expert in auto, according to Mosher. Private flood insurance is now being offered by home, umbrella and flood insurance. various homeowners insurance com“We sell all the things a family needs panies which Mosher says tends to to protect them,” said Mosher. be a less expensive option than the Each year around this time, government version. This is because Mosher and the other agents at government insurance is a national Southshore Insurance Professionals program so a disaster in one state begin calling on their existing cuscan affect the rates of every state. If tomers to review their insurance you’re wondering if you need flood needs and remind them that hurriinsurance for your home, Mosher’s cane season is coming. Hurricane season, which begins June 1, also reply is “If it rains where you live, it brings with it significant risk of floodcan flood where you live,” added ing. Flood insurance, depending on Mosher. “As our area continues to your flood zone, may not be required develop, there’s nowhere for that by yourmortgage company, still is an water to go anymore except for up.” important component of protection For more information on flood that homeowners should consider. insurance or any of the many personAccording to Mosher, FEMA (Federal al and commercial insurance options Emergency Management Agency) offered by Southshore, please call requires a 30 day waiting period 448-7580 or visit unless the policy is purchased in con- The office is located at 1219 junction with your home purchase. Millenium Pkwy. Ste.132 in Brandon.

Volume 16, Issue 5

Newsome Percussion Celebrates Return From Ohio Nationals With Strong Finish

By Amy Schechter

Newsome High School can add another accomplishment to its long list of accolades as the Indoor Percussion Ensemble returned from Dayton, Ohio Newsome’s indoor percussion ensemble practices for the Winter Guar International event which took place in April. The Ensemble where they took came in 4th place. 4th place in the sional ensemble, they have to have their Winter Guard International (WGI) open act together. It takes a certain degree of class division on April 22. Teams from all maturity and responsibility.” over the United States, and even some Miller and Marsh know they have a international teams as far as Thailand, group of special students. Being a part of met to compete at WGI, the world's prethis program is prestigious. Students travmier organization producing indoor color el from other schools to take part in the guard, percussion, and winds competivarious ensembles within the music edutions. cation program. Consistently at the top of The indoor percussion ensemble is regional and state competitions, the percomprised of a drumline and a stationary cussion ensemble really showed what it percussion ensemble. Much like the could do by taking 4th overall on the band, the drumline marches to choreognational stage. With such talent in all secraphy while playing. Instead of playing outside, the performance ensemble prac- tions of the band, it’s no wonder Newsome was invited to the Macy’s Day tices and competes indoors inside gyms Parade last year. Miller is passionate and arenas. Under the direction of the about giving students opportunities to Newsome Band Director, Michael Miller, and the Percussion Director, Ryan Marsh, compete and participate at the national level: “What we do is primarily about the students put in between 20 and 30 hours a week of practice since January to music and music education, but we also want to prepare them for their careers prepare for this competition. Miller said, and life.” The discipline that goes into an “It’s a challenge really because their first undertaking such as this really shows the priority always has to be their academics and their families, which for a high school students’ character. For information, visit Facebook at student that takes up the majority of their time. To be able to balance the responsibility of being in a group such as a profes- / or email

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Newsome High School Chorus Earns Top Honors At Fiesta-Val Competition

The Newsome High School Chorus came home with the top awards from the recent Fiesta-Val chorus competition in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. The Men’s Choir, Advanced Ladies, Chamber Choir, and Elite Show Choir all earned the highest award, First Place Superior, in their respective categories. The Beginning Women earned second place Superior in their event. If

vided. There is a 20 person limit. Please register at the library Ask Desk or call 273-3652.

Cabot Creamery And The Florida Dairy Farmers Hosted The First Girl Scout Patch Day

In March, the Cabot Creamery and the Florida Dairy Farmers hosted the first ever Girl Scout Patch Day which included more than 100 Girl Scouts and their families. The free program was part of Cabot’s Scout Patch program that enables Scouts to earn custom-designed patches for various educational activities focused on health, community, business and social responsibility. Girl Scouts who participated and completed the two-hour program earned Cabot’s newest patch program “Fueling Head To Toe”, that helped Scouts learn about the importance of healthy eating and exercise in building a healthy body. The Scouts engaged in adult-led fun activities to learn how to build a healthy snack, how to do yoga to strengthen their body and why dairy is a healthy part of a balanced and nutritious diet.

New Summer Programs At The Florida Academy Of The Performing Arts

Children can learn to play Newsome Chorus members earned overall Grand Champion award at the Fiesta-Val Competition in violin this summer at The Florida Gatlinburg, Tennessee. that weren’t enough to return home excited about, the Newsome High School Chorus earned the overall Grand Champion award for the entire competition. Newsome Chorus’ longtime director, Jeffry Bogue, earned the prestigious Director’s Award for Excellence. Please join the chorus for its last concert of the 2016-17 school season, the Spring Concert on Tuesday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the Newsome High School auditorium, 16550 Fishhawk Blvd. in Lithia.

Oh,The Places You Can Go When You Read A Book!

Artist, Laure Ferlita, will illustrate how to create and personalize a poster about a favorite book using watercolors or colored markers Saturday, May 6 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Bloomingdale Library, located at 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. Attendees will discuss how books have opened up new worlds for them. The class is free, and supplies will be pro-

Academy of the Performing Arts (FAOPA), which will be offering a new week-long camp this summer for children in grades 3-5. They will learn how to play a violin, how to read music, and learn music theory. Director Jeanne Machin said, “Our beginning violin camp will help first time students gain an understanding of the basics, learn proper technique and develop a solid foundation for everything from reading notes to budding musicianship.” The camp runs Monday to Friday, July 24July 28 from 9 a.m.-12 Noon and children can stay for the whole day for more musical activities in the afternoon. The camp includes the use of a violin for the week. Children who have already played the violin for a year can sign up for rock violin camp, which runs Monday to Friday, July31-August 4. Campers will play pop, rock, and jazz music, and learn to play with background tracks. These are just two of the camps offered by the Florida Academy of the Performing Arts. There are musical the-

atre camps as well as weeklong full-day music camps called Music and More for children ages 5 and up. First Ever Girl Scout Patch Day at MOSI. The Florida Academy of Performing Arts at Music teams—the Porygon Programmers, Showcase is located at 402 Oakfield Master PikaLunas, and Tornadoes— Dr. in Brandon. For more information that participate in SuncoastFLL roboton all summer programs or to sign up, ics events. call 490-2787 or visit For anyone interested in learning

Sumo Robots Collide In Brandon

about LEGO robotics or creating and testing their sumo bot in battle, there are free monthly Sumo BrickBot events scheduled at the Hive at the John F.

It was full-contact robotics at the Toys R Us in Brandon in April as six robots battled during a Sumo BrickBots event. The robots were designed, built, and programmed by area elementary and middle school students using LEGO bricks and Mindstorms software. The sumo robots use sensors to navigate the arena like self-driving cars, except their goal is to crash into their opponent and push it out of the ring. The competition was friendly, however, with kids helping each other repair and Local students recently participated in a Sumo debug each other’s robots. BrickBots event at the Toys R Us in Brandon. “Sumo robotics is an exciting STEM activity, and using Germany Public Library downtown LEGO bricks and software makes it on Saturdays: May 20 from 2- 4 accessible,” said Eric Brosch of p.m., June 17 from 10 a.m. to 12 Bloomingdale who organized the event Noon, and July 29 from 10 a.m. to 12 with Bill McCoin of Riverview. Noon. Participating in the competition were For more information, three community FIRST LEGO League visit

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ture. Others see the hosting experience as one that will expose their children to international people, ideas, and language. Host Families come from both the city and the suburbs olesanti, C e ll and may be working, stay-ate h d by Mic m home, or retired families. Compile @os Most host families have michelle teenagers at home, but many TADA Dancers participated in a master workshop with Duncan Cooper, Director of MODAS Dance have younger children or no chilHelp For Quitting Tobacco dren, and still make excellent Quitting tobacco isn't easy. hosts. Finding help should be. Tobacco Free Trips are planned twice a week to Florida offers free tools and services include theme parks, shopping, to help you get started. Free Nikolai Berntsen of Valrico recently found beaches and picnics. Most of all they the Osprey Observer’s hidden Geocache. Community worksite and clinic groups have the chance to learn some of our Theatre Young Dancer Program, Miami will be offered, with programs coverculture, improve on their English and City Ballet, Hubbard Street of Chicago, ing all forms of tobacco. Free Nicotine making lasting friendships with you Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, replacement patches, gum and and your family. company of Theatre Arts and Dance Joffrey Ballet of New York, Alonzo lozenges will be available, while supAll students come with their own Alliance (TADA), will present its Spring King’s Lines Ballet in San Francisco, plies last and if medically appropriate. monies and trips already paid for; all Concert on Sunday, May 7 at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Locally, class will be available on we ask is that you provide them with a University of South Florida Theatre I New York, Ballet Magnificat! in Monday, May 15 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. bed to sleep on and involve them in at 3 p.m. This will be a collection of Jackson, Mississippi, The Next at Oakfield Medical Plaza, 276 S. your family activities. choreography highlighting classical and Generation Ballet at the Straz Center, Moon Ave., Ste. 260 in Brandon. Please call or 449-3308 or email contemporary works by guest artists Orlando Ballet, Sarasota Ballet, Pre-registration is required by call- more info and faculty of TADA. These dancers MODAS Dance in New Mexico, The ing 974-7889. For additional classes, or if you are able to host. have worked diligently this season per- Rock School of Dance Education in visit fecting their technique and artistry and Pennsylvania, and Nashville Ballet. Meeting Of Democratic Women's rehearsing Monday - Saturday since These intensives range anywhere from SWAT Networking Lunch Meeting Club Of SE Hillsborough County August. Friends of the arts are encourtwo to six weeks of study. Moves To Shrimp aged to come support the dancers and Boat April Griffin, their talents. Tickets may be purchased Riverview Garden Club Meeting The Brandon District 6 through TADA or at the door for $15. The Riverview Garden Club will Chapter of member of Twenty members of TBDT and hold it May meeting on Wednesday, Successful Women the School TADA auditioned for Internationally rec- May 10 at 10 a.m. at the Riverview Aligning Together Board of ognized Classical Ballet and Civic Center, located t 11020 Park Dr. (SWAT) Networking Hillsborough Contemporary Summer Dance in Riverview. The guest speaker will be has outgrown their County, will Intensives and were accepted amongst Paul Rabout, HCC Biology Professor. space. SWAT is a speak at thousands of young dancers. These He will discuss Maggot Composting. unique sisterhood the Thursday, local dancers will be attending prestiFirst time attendance is free. Parking of professional May 4 meetThe Brandon Chapter of SWAT Networking gious intensives including The Royal is free. For more information, call women that is ing of the meets the second Thursday each month at Ballet of London, American Ballet Harriet at 727-6567. comprised of 11:45 a.m. at The Shrimp Boat. Democratic exclusively women entrepreneurs and Women’s Club of Southeast business women from the Hillsborough County. Griffin will Brandon/Riverview/Apollo Beach and address budget concerns and legislasurrounding areas meeting the tive issues that will impact second Thursday of every month at Hillsborough County Schools in the 11:45 a.m. for lunch. The meeting will coming year. The group will meet now take place at Shrimp Boat Grille from 6-8 p.m. in the McLean Family in Plaza Bella at 1020 Bloomingdale Community Room, at Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. All business types are Regional Public Library. invited. Visit The club invites all like-minded for more information. 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Local Youth Baseball Softball Programs Push For Season Championship Success With its weeklong, inleague tournaments and championship game-day fast approaching, local baseball and softball programs are pushing hard to be in top shape. Living up to the reputation, batting was strong at both the Bloomingdale Youth Sports Association (BYSA) and the FishHawk Youth Baseball FYB fields last month. Celebrating its tenth season as a Cal Ripken, Babe Ruth affiliate, the FishHawk Youth Sports Association (FYSA) baseball league currently boasts of approximately 550 baseball and 250 softball players, divided into six divisions from T-ball, rookie, minor, major, junior and senior, four softball divisions. While drawing a large portion of the community to the FishHawk Sports Complex at 16120 Fishhawk Blvd. in Lithia, FYB president Mike Love said that the league is proud of its players and volun-

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Bloomingdale Fury’s, Ava Velasco (10U) connects with the ball for a base hit against the Lightning during a recent game.

FYB Mets (Minors) Calvin Kuba, connects with the ball for a home run against the Red Sox during a recent in-league game.

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FYB, Nathan James Reaches The Next Level, Signs With Oklahoma Christian Newsome ments that includes mainHigh School sentaining a difficult schedule ior and FishHawk of AP and honors classes Youth Baseball throughout high school player Nathan while maintaining a GPA James has joined of 5.9820 (weighted) and the long list of 3.8620 (unweighted), young athletes James parents, who are seeing Richard and Charris the results of James said that Nathan’s their hard work. love for the sport began With family at the FishHawk Sports and friends Complex at the age nine around him at the on the Majors field. FishHawk Sports Nathan’s off the field Complex activities also includes baseball board being a member of room in Lithia, Newsome's National James signed his Honor Society, Speech National Letter of and Debate Club, Family Intent last month Newsome High School senior and FishHawk Youth Baseball player Nathan James has reached the next level of his baseball Career Community to play baseball career by signing his National Letter of Intent to play baseball at Oklahoma Christian a NCAA Div II college in the Heartland Leaders of America, Conference in Edmond, OK. at Oklahoma Newsome Leadership Christian a NCAA “I also want to thank my teamwhen Club, Spike Ball, and Track and Div II college in the Heartland he said, "Nathan has shown the mates and the many coaches such Field, just to name a few. Conference in Edmond, OK. skills in so many areas: in the batas Coaches Paul, Mike, Meat, Boasting of Nathan’s example "My dream of playing college ter’s box, with the glove defensively for the rest of the league as well as Victor, Edwin, Tom and Scott, for ball is coming true,” he said. “Many and on the pitcher's mound.” helping me get to where I am the younger players, and hoping to hours of hard work and dedication While finishing his last season today,” James said. “Most of all I see more like him in the coming went into this achievement and I'm at home, James is set on studying want to thank my dad again for years Love said, “In the dugout and so happy to see it pay off.” engineering at OC as well as grow always going to the cages, staying on the field, Nathan is always a James first thanked his parents in the sport under the direction of on me and pushing me to strive for leader coaching up his teammates. for their support and willingness to his new coach, Lonny Cobble as a success." Coaching Nathan was truly a pleashelp him at every step of the way right handed pitcher as well as tryPleased with his young playure.” before he adding others to the list ing out for 1st base later in the ers’s commitment dedication and For more about FishHawk Youth of names that helped him stay the fall. subsequent success, FYB president Baseball please visit www.fishcourse. Proud of their son’s accomplish- Mike Love spoke highly of James

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Consultant Predicts Need For 11 Elementary, 3 Middle And 6 New High Schools For Hillsborough Local Home School Group Hosts First Annual International Cultural Fair

Bloomingdale and surrounding area home school students and their families with Brighter Light Learning, filled the recently renovated community meeting room at the Bloomingdale Regional Library last month to host the group’s first annual International Cultural Fair. Organized by the parents, the students managed to feature, display as well as offer a brief presentation on nearly a dozen countries of their choice. Presentations included photos, crafts and in most cases a taste of traditional ethnic foods representing each country. To allow home school students additional opportunities for association and interaction Brighter Light Learning holds regular monthly craft fairs and field trips as well as weekly play time at local parks and community centers. Brighter Light is currently in the process of building its website,

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Local High School Student Earns Way To Equestrian Nationals

Newsome Kicker Commits To University Of Oregon To Play Division I Football

Alexa Fritsch, a my bucket list for high school junior at a while and Foundation Christian knowing I finally Academy in Valrico, accomplished has earned her way this goal is excitto Nationals in the ing. I kept an Interscholastic open mind about Equestrian the horses I was Association (IEA) riding and no competition. IEA is matter what hapa national organizapened I always tion with over 12,500 came out with a members that prosmile," said vides an opportunity Alexa. for high school and Alexa commiddle school petes in the High School student Alexa Fritsch recently participated in Nationals in the Interscholastic Hunter division equestrian athletes Equestrian Association competition. to join a riding team which judges a and compete in a format that is similar to rider’s equitation, which includes how well the collegiate equestrian competition you are able to work with the horse and structure. the rider’s position and skill level. The Not many high schools have equescompetition in this division includes jumptrian programs, so the IEA provides an ing and flat classes. Alexa earned her opportunity for riders to compete as part way to Regionals in Florida and placed of a team at local, regional, zone and 2nd earning her way to Zone finals for the national levels. Alexa has been riding for second year in a row. The top two comover eight years and trains at Sleepy petitors in each division at Regionals earn Oaks Farm in Plant City with trainer Julie their way to Zone 4 finals which includes Castonguay Iglesias. IEA follows the colseven southern states. legiate riding format where the horses are Alexa traveled to Tryon, NC in March supplied by the sponsoring venue and to compete in Zone 4 finals. She finished each student draws a horse. The rider is in the top 3 in her division at Zone finals not familiar with the horse and has to which qualified her for Nationals which quickly adjust to the horse and compete were held at the Lexington Equestrian immediately upon mounting the horse. Center in Lexington, Virginia from April This format can be challenging but pro21–23. vides an incredible opportunity for the ridIEA competition is a terrific way for ers to test their skills and ride many differ- high school equestrian athletes to coment horses. pete on a team and have an opportunity "Going to IEA Nationals has been on to see what riding in college could be like.

Located more “The importance they than 3,000 miles put on academics was also away from Lithia, a big factor in my decision,” the University of he said. “I plan to study Oregon (UO) is not pre-journalism and TV proexactly around the duction and the school has corner. The school a great School of offers 316 underJournalism and graduate and gradCommunication program. uate degree proSo, it is the perfect fit allgrams and is also round.” the home of the UO Newsome senior and Wolves kicker His parents, Bill and Ducks football pro- Alec Hallman smiles after signing his Liz Hallman, agreed. Bill commitment letter to play for the gram,which comsaid, “We couldn’t be more University of Oregon Ducks. petes at the proud and are so happy National Collegiate Athletic Association that Alec can follow his dream to play (NCAA) Division I level Football Bowl Division One football and see how all the Subdivision (FBS). The UO Ducks home hard work and his hours of practice have games are played at the 54,000-seat paid off.” For his success, Alec gives Autzen Stadium in Eugene, OR, against credit to his parents and their uncondimain rivals like the Oregon State Beavers tional support. and the Washington Huskies. “From my first flag football game at What does all of this have to do with Pinecrest Pilots when I was six, to my last the future of Newsome High School sengame as a high school senior, knowing ior Alec Hallman, a kicker on the Wolves they are there supporting me and believfootball team? Well, pretty much everying in me has driven me to be the best I thing. could be,” he said. “My commitment to Oregon feels For those looking to follow in his footincredible,” Hallman said after a recent steps Alec said, “Believe in yourself and signing ceremony. “I couldn’t be more find people that will help you improve. grateful for the opportunity and it is a real Love what you do, keep grinding and dream big. I don’t work towards being honor to get the chance to play at such a good, I work towards being the best to well-known program.” ever play the game.” While Hallman was impressed with While proud to have worn the his new coaches, future teammates and Newsome jersey, Alec did not hide his the entire football program, especially the feeling about taking his talent to the next, technology and the opportunities they offer to improve his game, he spoke high- despite the distance, when he said, “I’m excited to be part of the new team and ly of what his new school has to offer can’t wait to get started.” inside the classroom.

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"The 2017-2018 Bank 6 to 11. You will not of America Broadway want to miss this stunSeries at The Straz is going ning re-imagining of an to be one of our biggest yet epic story about a with eight main season young woman's journey shows and five encore to love and triumph in shows. We have such a the American South. diverse season, from the Next, The laugh-out-loud musical Bodyguard, a breathtakSchool of Rock to some ing romantic thriller, will extraordinary, emotionally come to The Straz from deep explorations of life like Become a subscriber to The Straz Center’s 2017-2018 Bank of America Broadway Series. You get to see Broadway sensa- March 20 through 25. tions such as School of Rock and The Color Purple this coming season, and if you renew your subscription for the 2018The Color Purple, Fun The Bodyguard features 2019 season, you will be guaranteed a seat to the Tony Award winning, smash hit Hamilton. Home and Waitress," said a host of irresistible ing and groundbreaking want to miss this magStraz Center President and CEO, Judy classics including Queen of the Night, couple who, in the face of nificent continuation of Lisi. Run to You, I Wanna Dance With adversity, found a way to one of the world’s greatWhat's more, if you become a Somebody and I Will Always Love You. end up on their feet. est love stories as it 2016-2018 season subscriber, you will Finally, you can see Waitress from Next, see Fun Home makes its premiere in be able to get tickets to the acclaimed April 24 to 29. Waitress tells the story of which will run from Tampa. Broadway musical, Hamilton, in the Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker, November 28 to Beginning on 2018-2019 season. "We are eagerly Jenna dreams of a way out of her small December 3. Fun Home January 2, celebrate the anticipating, along with everyone else, town and loveless marriage. received rave reviews and arrival of 2018 with the arrival of Hamilton in the 2018-2019 You can also see The Book of won five 2015 Tony School of Rock which season. Everyone wants tickets, so we Mormon from December 5 to 10; Awards including Best runs through January are getting the word out that the only Riverdance- The 20th Anniversary Musical. Fun Home is 18. Based on the hit way to guarantee tickets to Hamilton is World Tour from January 19 to 21; The based on Alison Bechdel's film, this hilarious new to subscribe to the 2017-2018 season Phantom of the Opera from February best-selling graphic memmusical follows Dewey so you can renew your seats, guaran14 to 25; and Beautiful - The Carole oir. We are introduced to Finn, a wannabe rock teeing your tickets for the 2018-2019 King Musical from March 27 to April 1. Alison at three different star posing as a substiseason," added Lisi. These shows are not a part of the 2017ages as she explores and tute teacher who turns a The 2017-2018 Bank of America 2018 subscription. unravels the many mysteries of her class of straight-A students into a guitarBroadway season begins with On Your Lisi said, "We are proud to present childhood. shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing Feet! running from October 24-29. On the very best of Broadway to one of the You can then see Andrew Lloyd rock band. Your Feet! tells the story of Emilio and most enthusiastic audiences in the Webber' spellbinding sequel to The Next, back by popular demand, you Gloria Estefen. From their humble country." can see Forever Plaid in the Jaeb beginnings in Cuba, the couple came to Phantom of the Opera, Love Never The Straz Center is located at 1010 Dies, which can be seen from Theatre from January 12 through March America and broke through all barriers N. Macinnes Pl., Tampa. For informaDecember 12 to 17. It is 10 years after 11. to become a crossover sensation at the tion, visit or call, his disappearance from the Paris Opera The 2016 Tony Award winner for top of the pop music world. On Your Monday through Saturday from 12 to 8 House and the Phantom has escaped Best Musical Revival, The Color Purple, Feet! takes you behind the music and p.m. and on Sunday from 12 to 6 p.m., to a new life in New York. You will not will be at The Straz Center from March inside the real story of this record-makat 229-STAR (7827).

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County is now accepting applications for the Historic Preservation Challenge Grant Program for the Fiscal Year 2017 cycle of grants. The deadline to submit an application is Wednesday, June 7 at 3 p.m. The Historic Preservation Challenge Grant Program promotes historic preservation, heritage tourism, and economic development within Hillsborough County. Available grant funds are awarded to selected applicants on a minimum of oneto-one matching basis, not to exceed an award of more than $250,000 per applicant, per project in any County budget year. Projects eligible for funding must be located in Hillsborough County (incorporated or unincorporated), and fall within one or more of the following non-residential project types: rehabilitation or restoration of historic structures, compatible additions to historic properties, improvements to historic sites or grounds, and architectural heritage tourism projects. An applicant may be an eligible nonprofit or private individual or entity. It may not be a federal, state, or local government, other

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public body, agency, department, instrumentality, political subdivision, municipality, or district thereof. The grant application, submission instructions, and a summary of past awards are available online at For additional Historic Preservation Challenge Grant information, visit or contact Marilyn Hett, Economic Development Department at 272-6212. The Hillsborough County Historic Preservation Challenge Grant Review Committee will hold a workshop from 1 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27 in Conference Rooms A and B on the 26th Floor of Frederick B. Karl County Center, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd. in Tampa. The purpose of the workshop is to review requests for funding applications received for the 2017 Historic Preservation Challenge Grant program. If needed, a second, tentative workshop is scheduled from 1- 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 12 in the same location.

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There’s improvement National Senior Health and Fitness Day is the largest national health event for older adults. On Wednesday, May 31 over 100,000 older adults will celebrate the 24th National Senior Health and Fitness Day. See specific centers for activity details. Benefits/Economic CheckUp Having trouble paying bills, buying food, or paying for medications? Millions of older adults are missing out on an estimated $20 billion in free and low-cost support. Hillsborough County Senior Centers can help you find benefits for which you may be entitled. Call one of the centers listed below to set up your appointment. Volunteer Opportunities-Looking to volunteer? Aging Services Nutrition sites located throughout Hillsborough County are seeking food service assistant volunteers to assist in serving hot, nutritious midday meals to citizens 60 and older. Volunteer benefits include flexible schedule, engagement with seniors in a fun, social environment, and the opportunity to impact the community in a positive way. For more information, contact Kimberley Trusty-Doughty at (813) 7445867 or apply online. All centers are closed May 29 in observance of Memorial Day.

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On Saturday, May 13 at 7 p.m., join in an evening of song presented by members of the congregation. This is a family-friendly event. Welcome the Sabbath at Congregation Beth Shalom on Friday evenings at 7:45 p.m. Enjoy Oneg (nosh and mingle) after the services. All welcome. Congregation Beth Shalom is located at 706 Bryan Rd. in Brandon. Call 681-6547 for more information.

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Join in for a Community and Family United Worship and Prayer Service to be held on Sunday, May 7 from 6-8 p.m. at Brown Memorial Church of God in Christ, located at 2313 E. 27th Ave. in Tampa. Host Pastor is Bishop Matthew Williams. Call 744-6256 for details.



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Florida Orchestra Closes Out Season Keller Williams Moran: An Agent With Journey, Beethoven With A “House Sold” Name By Matt Boniface By Kelly Smith

The Florida Nobody loves a Orchestra season piano like Tony winds down in May, DeSare. From but not quietly. It’s a Irving Berlin to packed month of John Lennon … spectacular shows, Johnny Mercer to from The Music of Elton John, he Journey rock concert spans the generato the American tions for marSongbook to velous music from Beethoven. And America’s great Tony DeSare will play the piano with the don’t forget free songwriters, with Florida Orchestra during The American music under the hits like Kiss, Songbook: Then and Now. stars at Pops in the Come Fly with Me, Park. Here are orchestra highlights. Imagine and Great Balls of Fire. Jeff Tyzik Savor it before the long, hot summer. conducts, in the Raymond James Pops The Music of Journey (Friday, May series. 5): Journey was just inducted into the Season Finale! Beethoven’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Celebrate Emperor Concerto (Friday to Sunday, with The Florida Orchestra, a full rock May 19-21): Music Director Michael band and fan favorite singer Brody Francis leads a splendid season finale Dolyniuk, who will have you swaying to with international pianist Dejan Lazic in epic hits like Don’t Stop Believin’, Open his TFO debut on Beethoven’s Piano Arms, Any Way You Want It, Faithfully Concerto No. 5, “Emperor,” and and Separate Ways. Martin Herman con- Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. Tickets ducts. It is one night only at the Mahaffey for kids and teens are free as part of this Theater. Tampa Bay Times Masterworks series. Free Pops in the Park (Sunday, Full Masterworks, Pops, Coffee and May 7): Bring a date or the whole family Matinee series subscriptions are available for music from Brahms to Beauty and the now for the orchestra’s 50th anniversary Beast, along with movie music from season, with favorites like Carmina Superman, Jurassic Park and Star Wars. Burana and the Music of Star Trek & Star All will lead up to a patriotic finish with fire- Wars. Perks include priority seating, sinworks as the grand finale of Riverfest in gle ticket discounts and free flexible ticket Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in Tampa. exchanges. Visit, Ryan Haskins conducts. The concert is where you can purchase subscriptions free, but don’t forget canned goods for online, a new feature this season. Or call Tampa Bay Harvest. the TFO Ticket Center at 727-892-3337 The American Songbook: Then or 800-662-7286. Single tickets will go on and Now (Friday-Sunday, May 12-14): sale in August.

Who knows the Day, I'd be there with a area better than few slices of turkey to someone who grew make it happen.” up here? Steve He has local roots, Moran is a home graduating from both grown Realtor of the Brandon High School Tampa area. The and USF in his youth. majority of his territory The Tampa area isn't focuses around the just the place he lives Lithia, Valrico, and works, it's the Brandon and Plant home he's known his City areas; covering whole life. Moran said the majority of East his impact has continHillsborough County. ued through two generMoran has been ations of home buyers, in the real estate “People who I sold to Steve Moran and Family: Rhonda, industry since 1993, when I started now Conner, Steve, and Courtney. when he was awarded have their kids buying Rookie of the Year through Re/Max. from me.” Through the years he has collected Rhonda, his wife since 1995 and countless happy clients and awards: assistant since the beginning, is one of Centex Salesperson of the Year 1994, the keys to his success. His two children, Riverhills Salesperson of the Year 1995, Conner and Courtney, inspire him daily. Platinum Club 1996-2000, along with Family life and community involvement many others. He ranked in the Top 50 in are essential. He has been a volunteer Florida in 2001 and #5 in the Florida in coach for Bloomingdale High School's 2005, and was even elected into the Varsity Basketball, has coached his son's Re/Max Hall of Fame in 2001. He continbasketball and baseball teams and is an active member of the Rotary Club of ues to be a member of both “America's Brandon. He warns that the realty indusBest Real Estate Agents” and the “Keller try can quickly take over someone's life Williams Luxury Homes International and responsibilities, but “I've been lucky Group.” Moran explains, “I've finished as to never miss any of my son's games,” he the number one single agent 15 years in shared. He would like to express his a row”. thanks to his previous clients, friends and Luxury homes, Moran's focus as a family for the success he has today. single agent, are homes in the $500k+ For more information, you can price range, but he is more than happy to access his website at http://www.stevehelp potential clients with homes in any price range. He joked, “If a client wants to, call his office directly at 6612476 or email buy a $50,000 home on Thanksgiving

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With Arts & Entertainment Editor Kathy L. Collins

Brooke Hamilton Helps Create Lasting Family Memories Through Photography Brooke Hamilton of Hamilton Creek Photography is a different kind of photographer. Hamilton explained, "My photography is connection based. I am a hybrid of sorts, taking beautiful and honest portraits while also focusing on Brooke Hamilton of Hamilton Creek more candid, stoPhotography helps crerytelling images ate lifelong memories that celebrate for families through her creative and artistic your family's conphotography. nections and love." Hamilton added, "Family photography is my love. However, anyone wanting to document their connections and not just smile at the camera on command is for me. It can be anything- a couple, a newborn session with the family as the focus or capturing chokehold with a child or a sibling session. Hamilton is a resident of Riverview. She has been a professional photographer for six years. Hamilton gets her inspiration from her family and travel. "I document my twin sons daily. But, when we go on vacations, I am in a new location and new sources inspire me to push outside the comfort of photographing in the same locations, light and backgrounds.” Hamilton is the consummate professional. She works with clients before their sessions and provides them with a welcome guide and a dress for success guide. In addition,

she sends an electronic questionnaire. All of this allows Hamilton to get to know the client and the client to know her before the session even begins. Hamilton’s photography is not just a series of photos, she offers clients unique art pieces and helps generate ideas for displaying their photographic art in their home. "I do not just show up for our sessions, take photos and then hand over a USB of images. I prepare my clients, give them tips for making the session fun, and to calm their nerves if they are worried their kids will 'act up' during the session. I also help them plan the outfits to look their best in their home and the unique locations we pick. Ultimately, the result is having great art pieces featuring their family," explained Hamilton. Hamilton is a member of a Click Pro, a modern network of highly skilled professional photographers and independent artists who are approved based on merit and portfolios. Hamilton's work has been published in Beyond the Wanderlust and Lemonade & Lenses. She was also selected to give back through photography with the Beauty Revived Most Beautiful Mothers campaign. For more information, please visit

The Tampa Theatre Presents Summer Film Camp With USF College of Education Florida Center The Tampa Theatre, in collaboration with the Florida Center For Instructional Technology at the USF College of Education, will offer several film camps this summer. Over the summer, both the popular live-action and stopmotion animation camps will be offered for a week in June and a week in July. Campers entering grades three to 12 work in small groups to learn the creative process of digital filmmaking, from brainstorming, story boarding, and scriptwriting to filming, lighting and editing. All of the necessary equipment is provided, including cameras, lights, sound equipment, Mac computers and software. By the end of the filmmaking session, each production team will have a three to five minute movie to showcase to friends and family on the Tampa Theatre's historic big screen. The morning session from 9 a.m. to 12 Noon. is for children entering grades three to six, and the afternoon session from 1 to 4 for students entering grades seven to 12. Each session is $200 per camper. This includes a camp t-shirt, daily snack and a digital copy of the finished film. Campers are the stars in LiveAction Filmmaking Camp as they write, produce and act in their own short films. The camp is offered the weeks of June 12 to 16 and July 10 to 14.

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Bloomingdale Community Cemetery Volunteers Maintain 1,500 Burial Sites

By Tamas Mondovics

Martin, Stearns and Stone, with living relatives who still reside in the Bloomingdale and Brandon area. One such relative includes Martin’s first cousin, Hazel McLean Henderson, who just turned 101 and still lives in Brandon. Helen Mulrennan Young, who lived just Three of the seven-member Bloomingdale Cooperative Community Cemetery Company Board of directors, Candi around the corner from Martin, Bob Fox and Gene Layton. the cemetery, and who Cemeteries and burial grounds grew up where Mulrennan Middle might not be thought of as beautiful hisSchool is currently located, also lives in toric sites, but there are plenty of local Brandon as a “very spry 94 year-old” residents and volunteers who will vouch with plenty of stories to tell. for just that along with their importance The cemetery is currently cared for of everyday life and culture. by the Bloomingdale Cooperative The Bloomingdale Cooperative Cemetery Company, a 501 (c) (13) Community Cemetery, formerly known organization, led by an all volunteer as the Hendrix Family Cemetery until seven-member board of directors. Peter D. Hendrix donated the five acres The cemetery is maintained by for a community cemetery, is just one of Jamie Cooley, a descendent of the those historic sites located at 3301 Parrish family, the only paid contractor Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico, about one who volunteers say does much more mile east of Lithia Pinecrest Road. than what he is paid to do, which is simAccording to local volunteers who ply mow the grass. Board members have been working tirelessly to maintain keep records, meet families at the these sometimes less heralded historic cemetery to mark a grave for a burial, places, cemeteries are not only impormaintain a phone number for families tant, but are present in nearly every and funeral homes to contact them and community. “We are hoping to get the keep the records as best they can. word out that this indeed is a community “We are not a perpetual care cemecemetery,” said long time Bloomingdale tery, such as Hillsboro Memorial resident Candi Martin. “Even folks who Gardens, so we depend on families with have family buried here have no idea loved ones buried here to help us,” what it takes to maintain the cemetery. Martin said as she emphasized that Many assume the church owns and Board is hosting its annual meeting maintains it. Others, I guess, assume scheduled for Saturday, April 29 at 11 the occupants maintain it.” Martin, who a.m., inside the Bloomingdale Regional personally has great-great grandparLibrary’s McLean Family Community ents, great-grandparents, grandparents, Room. parents, sister-in-law and a son buried Unlike other businesses, cemeterat the cemetery, emphasized that the ies, particularly ones in heavily populatHendrix came from South Alabama to ed areas, can only operate for so long Florida in 1842 and is a prominent fami- before they run out of their main prodly in the cemetery. The first person uct; usable space to put bodies in. buried in the cemetery was Artemesia How do cemeteries keep from Hendrix who died in 1901 of typhoid themselves going under and what hapfever. pens when it runs out of money? While the cemetery has plenty of “When that happens, the site will markers from the early 1900s, volunbecome an “abandoned” cemetery and teers say many markers have been turned over to the state,” Martin said, removed, damaged or were of a materi- but then added, “It is a constant worry. I al that did not survive the test of time. don’t know how many years beyond 63 Many of the families buried there were I might have, but that will not happen as the families of the Bloomingdale comlong as I can do anything to prevent it.” munity, dating back to the late 1800s. For information about Some of those familiar family Bloomingdale Cooperative Community names include; Garner, Parrish, Cemetery, call 438-9657. Donations are Hendrix, McLean, Quick, Summerall, tax deductible.

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Canine Cabana Proudly Becomes After 33 years in business, Part Of The PACCC Teachers’ Helper will be closing its doors at the end of April. Canine Cabana is excited to The store has enjoyed serving the announce that Sarah Hill, Canine extended Cabana’s Lodging community Supervisor, has for all of earned her CPACP those years. (Certified Shearon Professional Animal Bailey and Care Provider) her staff have through PACCC helped thou(Professional Animal sands over Care Certification the past Council). PACCC eleven years was created to find the right respond to the need item to decoof helping pet parrate a bulletin ents identify profesSarah Hill, Canine Cabana’s Lodging board or scisional pet care servSupervisor, recently earned her CPACP Certification from PACCC. ence fair ices providers that board, assist in finding math manipuinvest in education with a priority on latives and to help with art projects. providing high quality pet care. Along The store, a finalist for small business with PACCC, Canine Cabana has a of the year for three years, has devel- strong belief in educating pet parents oped a reputation of excellent cusabout the importance of seeking certitomer service. It has been a pleasure fied professionals when choosing to meet so many dedicated parents someone to care for their pet. and teachers over the years, but for ‘As a founding and current board several reasons it is time to close. member for PACCC, I am excited to Originally opened in 1984 and have our first team member complete located at 109 Margaret St., Teachers’ and pass her exam and become a Helper moved to 622 Oakfield Dr. in Certified Professional Animal Care November of 2012. The store has Provider,’ stated Angie Pickrensupplied teaching supplies to the Continued on next page

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Business Column Continued................... CPACP, co-owner of Canine Cabana. For more information, please visit During May, Canine Cabana will accept donations for PACCC and allowing pet parents to get involved in making a positive difference in the lives of pets. During normal lobby hours, anyone wanting to make a donation to PACCC can purchase a heart with their dog’s name that will be displayed in their main lobby. Online donations can be made via the PACCC website as well. Canine Cabana is a premium pet lodging facility offering overnight accommodations, doggie daycare, and training. It is located at 9708 Carr Rd. in Riverview. Contact Pickren at 672-9663 or

FishHawk Ranch To Welcome The Goddard School

FishHawk Ranch will be home to The Goddard School, a proven early childhood preschool program for children ages six weeks through six years. The school’s 10,000 sq. ft., state of the art building is currently being constructed at 14106 Spector Rd. in Lithia. The Goddard School’s play-based philosophy is founded on widely accepted research that shows children learn on the deepest level when they are having fun and truly engaged. Highly skilled teachers help foster the cognitive and social development of each child by guiding them through play-based activities that support their interests. This unique approach develops confident learners who are well prepared for grade school and beyond. With a balanced, full-day curriculum and small teacher to student ratios, The Goddard School places a large emphasis on STEAM subjects; science, technology, engineering, art and math. The Lithia school building will offer 10 classrooms for up to 160 students, as well as a multi-purpose room and an outdoor play area. Husband and wife co-owners of the new preschool, Souji Chalumuri and Shekar Laveti, brought their own

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One Year Anniversary Celebration At The Creative Artist Gallery

for the program. The couple moved to Florida from New Jersey over two years ago to begin the process of opening the Lithia school. “We are so happy to welcome The Goddard School to our community,” said Pam Parisi, Vice President, Marketing for Newland Communities. “This new preschool program will provide FishHawk Ranch residents, as well as those who live nearby with another early childhood option.” For more information, visit the school’s temporary admissions center at the FishHawk Ranch Welcome Center or call 603-1530. Information is also available at Visit

5th Dimension Dance Center Offers Many Dance Styles

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The Creative Artist Gallery is celebrating its one year anniversary with a celebration on Tuesday, May 16 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and everyone is invited. For more information, call 863-514-0223 or email The Creative Artist Gallery is located at 933 E. Brandon Blvd. in Brandon.

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Celebrate Mother's Day by spending an enjoyable afternoon with your mom. Paint a picture and enjoy lunch together on Saturday, May 13 from 12 Noon-3 p.m. at Sketch and Sip, located at 11242 Winthrop Main St. The cost is $30 a person. Reserve online at or call 644-5954.

Classes And Programs To Help Improve Your Personal And Professional Life

Co-Work Landing, located at 522 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon, is offering classes and programs designed to improve areas of your personal and professional life. Upcoming events include a MasterMind Group, which is designed to help you navigate through challenges using the collective intelligence of others. Monthly meetings with group to go over your goals, brain storm ideas for challenges you are facing in your business and create plans based on feedback from your group of peers. These groups will be held the second Thursday of each month, 12 Noon–1:30 p.m., beginning May 11. A four week Yoga Mindfulness Series Classes will take place Thursday, May 18- June 8 from 6-7 p.m., as well as a Self-Defense Class, May 23 from 6-8 p.m. Co-Work

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Teachers In Voice And Piano Sought In Riverview

The Leopold School is the premier music school in Tampa for excellence in voice and piano instruction. It is seeking teachers in the Riverview and FishHawk areas to work with stu-

dents of all ages. If interested, contact Ester or Blake Leopold at 2533339. The Leopold School is located at 3603 W. Azeele St. in Tampa. For more information, visit

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Fishhawk/Riverview Rotary Club Celebrates 15 Years Of Service Above Self

By Nick Nahas

According to Mahatma Ghandi, you must be the change you wish to see in the world. Current Club President Christopher Jones and the Rotary Club of Fishhawk/Riverview take that philosophy to heart, trying to make their community a better place. The club will celebrate its 15 years of service this May Photo courtesy of Christopher Jones at the Shrimp Boat, with a forThe current board members of the Rotary Club of mal ribbon-cutting ceremony in Fishhawk//Riverview. conjunction with the Greater upstanding citizens in our community. Riverview Chamber of Commerce. That’s what being a Rotarian means to The club started on May 24, 2002. me.” Six years ago, the Rotary Club of The Rotary Club of Riverview and the Rotary Club of Fishhawk/Riverview participates in Fishhawk/Bloomingdale merged to numerous community service projects become the Rotary Club of as well as community service fundraisFishhawk/Riverview. They now meet at ers throughout the year. The club’s Beef O’ Brady’s on Bell Shoals at 12 largest fundraising program is the Noon on Mondays and the Satellite Crawfish Festival in April. Two thousand Club meets on Thursdays at the Shrimp pounds of live crawfish is brought back Boat at 6 p.m. “In order to join, you have from Louisiana and cooked along with to have a passion to help your commuother Cajun foods with a live band pernity,” Jones said. formance. Nearly $40,000 is raised from Dedication to community service this event each year. The club also parthrough rotary can start as early as 14. takes in the Alafia Lighted Boat Parade, There are three levels of Rotarian servand gives back to the community by ice: the high school level is called providing about six scholarships per Interact; in college and as a young year to students attending Spoto, adult, you can participate in Rotaract, Riverview and Newsome high schools. and once you have a profession, you The Rotary Club supports Honor Flight, can join Rotary. “My goal, first and foreand also donates 2,000 dictionaries to most, is to increase the club’s diversity all the local elementary schools, among so that we look like the community that many other things. we serve” Jones said. “We want to parFor more information, visit ticipate in the international and level rotary events, as well as be

Scout Builds Firepit For New Horizons Group Home Austin Chancey has been a part of scouting since the 1st grade. At first, it was just a group activity for him, but he later realized he was learning valuable life skills and lessons that he would take with him through his journey to becoming an Eagle Scout, the Austin Chancey builds highest rank and barbecue pit that will be built at New honor a scout can Horizons Group Home achieve. “The for disabled men and Scouts have women. taught me life lessons, how to respect people, even if somebody disrespects you, you want to show everybody that you are different from other people,” said Chancey. “You have to stay true to your own character.” Chancey, now 17, lives in Seffner and attends Grace Christian School in Valrico, where he is captain of the soccer team. For his Eagle Scout Project, he is building a barbecue pit at New Horizons Group Home for disabled men and women located at Clay Ave. and Parsons Ave. The resources to build the pit are estimated to cost around $10,000. Chancey has already had some experience helping out with other scout’s Eagle Projects in the past, which

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has given him an idea about the time and effort it takes to be successful in this endeavor. Austin is accepting donations and is asking local business to contribute to the community project. He expects to have the project done before June. “I realize the hard work and dedication each Eagle Scout had to

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2017 Camps Offer Many Options To Keep Kids Engaged This Summer It’s only the start of spring, but before you know, the dog days of summer will be upon us. What can you do to keep the kids entertained? Where can they go to try new things, learn how to swim, meet new friends and have great adventures and even learn about places and cultures far away? There are many options to choose from locally that will fit the bill. The staff at the Osprey Observer has collected the top recommendations for local summer camps and created this special pull out section. Maybe your kids would like to spend the summer “horsing around.” R&R Ranch offers just that opportunity, and not just to learn to horseback ride, but also about the care of the horses. At Music Showcase, music and theatre take the stage and so can your child. Musicals such as The Lion King Jr. and Legally Blonde Jr. will be offered, and your child can hold starring roles in these and other popular musicals offered from the Florida Academy of Performing Arts for children ages 5 and up. The local YMCAs will offer many types of camps which mix fun along with great learning experiences. With choices of half or full day camps, there is something for everyone. LEGOs and robotics take center stage at the camps offered by TechplayZone. Introduce your kids to hands-on fun

that will both enrich and entertainment them. Camp Superkids at A Child’s Haven offers field trips twice a week. Do you want your kids to retain the math skills they learned during the school year? Mathnasium is the place to help give them a strong start in the fall. For dates, prices and registration information on these and more, turn the page and enjoy this special section and have a great summer. Your kids will use a lot of STEAM by enjoying the science and tech camps offered this summer by MOSI. Your kids can experiment with many different things that will be offered. For the artist in your family, sign them up for workshops to learn about painting, drawing, pottery, modeling and more at Center Place Fine Arts. With weekly themes utilizing agespecific activities and field trips that make BSAC unique, your kids will enjoy every moment of summer camp. Did we miss one? Let us know by e-mailing subject line “Summer Camp” to and we will be sure to add our full listing online.

Primrose Schools® Present Summer Adventure Club

Let your kids, ages 5 to 10, experience the excitement of Primrose Schools® Summer Adventure Club where imaginations are free to run wild. Get ready for engineering design challenges, discoveries, outdoor exploration and more. Exciting field trips will also be included. Space is limited. Primrose School of Bloomingdale is located at 180 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. For more information, call 438-5980 or visit

Find Fun Activities For Your Budding Artists At Center Place Fine Arts

Who knew that art could be so much fun? This summer, you can sign up your budding artists, ages 7 to 16, for workshops at Center Place Fine Arts. Learn about painting, drawing, pottery, modeling and more. Workshops include Art Journaling, Art Mural, Build a Beach Party, Charm, Etiquette & Modeling, Collage, Creative 3-D Masks, Cruise around the World, Fantasy Sculptures, Paper Schulpures, Pet

Sculptures, Print Makimg, Project RoleModel, Recycled Art, Space Art and Wet & Wild Canvases. Classes are offered from Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Register today by calling 685-8888 or visit

MOSI Offers Lots Of Choice Science And Tech Camps

When school is out, MOSI is in. Get in-depth and hands-on with your favorite Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM)

subjects or try something totally new. Enjoy hands-on experience and building projects. From extracting DNA to launching rockets and building robots, we are about creating the experi-

ences that expand interests and make dreams a reality. Doing real science with the tools and technologies used by industry professionals is just one way MOSI Summer Science Camps inspire our campers with a can-do attitude that can last a lifetime. Real science coupled with exciting experiments, simulations, explorations, and inventions will help you discover the innovator within. Instruction in the camps are by certified teachers and experienced science and technology educators in a positive environment. There will be opportunities to conduct experiments and use cutting-edge equipment and technology. Your kids will have access to current science and technology in one of the best science centers in the world. Summer Camp at MOSI will take place from Tuesday, May 29 through Wednesday, August 9. Upgrades available for extended care from 7–9 a.m. and 4–6 p.m. and daily hot lunches are available. Register online at or call 987-6000 for more information. MOSI is located at 4801 E Fowler Ave. in Tampa.

Enjoy Music And More This Summer At The Florida Academy Of Performing Arts

Full and half day camps are available for kids ages 5 and up at The Florida Academy of Performing Arts (FAOPA) at Music Showcase. Kids will enjoy drums, acting, guitar, field trips, singing and games and more. Musical Theatre productions of The Lion King Experience, Jr., Legally Blonde the Musical, Jr., Winnie the Pooh Kids and Doctor

Dolittle Jr. will all take place this summer. For more information, call 4902787 or visit

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Ostingers Baseball Camp Will Hold Three Sessions This Summer Ostingers Baseball Camp will give your child ages 7-14 years old a better understanding of the game of baseball, through instruction, drills, and games. Having a good time while learning the fundamentals will be the main focus of the camp. The instructors have 30 years combined professional playing and coaching experience. Kids will receive daily fundamental drills and activities for: Throwing, Pitching, Hitting, Fielding, Base Running, and Mental Game. There will be games at the end of the week to evaluate progress. Session 1 will take place Monday-Friday June 5 to 9, Session 2 – Monday-Friday, July 10-14 and Session 3 from Monday-Friday, July 24-28. Camp will take place at FishHawk Sports Complex from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 pm. The cost is $175 per camper. Second child costs $125. Space is limited so register early to hold your spot. Call 737-3000 or visit

from Tuesday, May 30 through Friday, August 4. Get ready for the total camp experience. Day Camp is separated

by grade level and features a rotation of diverse activities including indoor games, outdoor recreation, team challenges, structured and free swim. The themes change weekly and range from Super Heroes to Around

Your Kids Will Enjoy The Best Summer Ever At Y Camps

The local YMCA’s are offering a Passport to the Best Summer Ever

the World and everything in between. Specialty camps are for kids look-

ing for something different. Choose from any number of skills and specialties. Sports camps are for the kid who is an athlete at heart. It is for those looking to try a new sport, or those simply curious about sports in general. The camps are full of fun with an emphasis on team work, sportsmanship and fundamentals. Aquatic camps include swim lessons and lots of fun water adventures guaranteed to keep kids active and engaged. Teen camps are for those looking to develop leadership skills. Gymnastic camps are for all skill levels from beginner to advance. Adaptive camps are available for campers with special needs ensuring fun and inclusion for all. For info on the North Brandon location, call 685-5402, Campo Family location, call 684-1371, Camp Cristina, call 677-8400 or please register online at

TechPlayzone Offers Hands-On Technology Enrichment In Fun & Safe Environment

TechPlayzone has led the charge for engaging young people in science, technology, engineering, and math since 2005. With an increased demand for hands-on technology enrichment, TechPlayzone has continued to provide families with excellent curriculum, and fun in a safe environment for all kids. Give your child a high-tech advantage at TechPlayzone this summer. TechPlayzone Engineering Camp TechPlayzone is pleased to partner with the Doolittle Institute to offer an engineering camp for young people in 2nd-12th grades. This will allow campers to build and program drone quad-copter robots, self-driving cars with sensors, and 3D print objects for use with Tetrix Robotics Systems. This camp has been developed for kids who enjoy problem-solving, designing, and building and will take place at 1528 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. Camps are weekly from Monday, June 5-Friday, August 4. The cost is $150 per week from 9 a.m.-12 Noon or 1-4 p.m. TechPlayzone STEM Camp TechPlayzone is pleased to partner with Families Instructing Students at Home

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(FISH) to offer an amazing STEM camp for all young people in 2nd-7th grade. TechPlayzone Camp at Bell Shoals Baptist Church includes hands-on science experiments, LEGO Mindstorms Robotics, and Minecraft for Engineers. Campers rotate through hands-on activities. Each week is a different theme and campers enjoy different challenges every week. It will take place at Bell Shoals Baptist

Church - The Annex, located at 2102 Bell Shoals Rd. in Brandon from 9 a.m.-12 Noon. This camp is for ages 7-11 and costs $125 per week. It will run Monday to Friday, July 1014, July 24-28, and July 31August 4. For information, visit, call 684-7329 or email

FishHawk Ranch Tennis Club Offers Tennis For All Levels Of Skill

FishHawk Ranch Tennis Club is offering its 5th Annual Tennis Camp for

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5th Dimension Dance Center

June 5th - 9th Intensives 9:00 am - 4:00 pm - Ages 9 & up June 12th - 16th Intensives 9:00 am - 4:00 pm - Ages 9 & up June 19th - 23rd Mini Intensives 8:00 am - 12:00 pm - Ages 8 & under Competition Team Auditions will be held at the end of each week of intensives and again on July 15th. Please call or email for registration and pricing information today!!!

5th Dimension Dance Center Focuses on Summer Intensives

your child ages 6 and up. Full day camps include plenty of tennis games and fun. Kids cool down in an air conditioned event room, and during lunch times engage in other fun outdoor and indoor games. On Fridays, campers walk down to the Starling pool and game room for a nice finish to the week. All levels from Beginning to Advanced. Register online at or call the Pro Shop at 681-4000.

Mathnasium Now Enrolling For Summer

You can keep your kids on track this summer by enrolling them at Mathnasium. The summer programs are designed to combat summer learning loss. Through their time spent during the summer at Mathnasium, your kids will retain all they learned in math class this year giving them a strong start in the fall. Mathnasium offers help in math, enrichment, and test prep as well as homework help. It is located at 11446 US Hwy. 301 in Riverview. Call 667-6284 or visit for more information.

If your child is interested in dance, 5th Dimension Dance Center strives to provide a stimulating environment, focused on providing students of all ages with a unique, healthy and challenging dance experience. Intensives will be held this summer on: Monday to Friday, June 5-9 and also Monday to Friday, June 1216 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. for ages 9 & up. Competition Team Auditions will be held at the end of each week of intensives and again on Saturday, July 15. A Mini Camp will be held Monday to Friday June 19-23 from 8 a.m. to 12 Noon for ages 8 and under.

5th Dimension Dance Center is located at 3239 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Valrico (just north of Bloomingdale Ave.). Call 643-5332, email or visit

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Patel Conservatory Offers Dance, Theater And Music Camps, Classes

The Straz Center’s Patel summer classes and camps in Dance, Theater and Music will take place at Patel Conservatory, which is located at the STRAZ in downtown Tampa. Patel believes that every student, regardless of age or experience, deserves the opportunity to participate in the performing arts and discover their creative potential. The Conservatory offers nationally recognized intensives, camps and classes. Whether your child is skilled in the arts or wants to participate for the very first time, it offers a fun-filled summer for students of all ages and skill levels at this state-ofthe-art facility. There is a required $35 registration fee per student, or $60 per family. This fee is waived for Straz Center annual donors. To become a Straz Center donor, visit or call 222-1040. Register online at or call 222-1040 or in person at the Patel Conservatory Admissions Office/Chairmen’s Library. You can also register by mail: Download the Registration Form from and mail with payment to: Patel Conservatory Admissions

Office Attn: Admissions Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa, FL 33602 For more information, visit

Summer Camps For Girls Develop Positive Self Esteem

Girls With Confidence offers fun and creative workshops, events and camps for girls in K-12th grade that focus on the development of strong self-esteem and confidence. This summer, Girls With Confidence will help your daughter between the ages of Kindergarten through rising 6th graders develop positive selfesteem during day camps geared just for them this summer. Camps will begin on Monday, June 5. Girls will enjoy camps: Girls Empowered Camp, Cool Confidence Camp, Giving Back Camp, Back-To school Camp, Girls Rock! Scrapbook Camp, Cool Confidence Camp, Girls Empowered Camp, and Believe in YOU Camp. Please visit for more information. You can also email or call 571-2002.

Get Ready For Kids ‘R’ Kids Most Interactive Summer Adventure Ever

Discover and explore a unique camp each week. During Kids R Kids 10 week summer camp series, campers will explore their hidden talents, potential passions and intriguing interests. Each boy and girl will experience art and cooking, engineering and community service, Spanish and Music. This summer camp is all about the journey to discover what suits

each camper’s personality – the quest to discover what they like best. Kids will enjoy outdoor playgrounds with a water park. Trained professionals that are certified in CPR and first aid are on staff. There is security code access entry and free Internet viewing of your child’s day. It is now enrolling for summer camp. The cost is $160 per week and

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Our instructors have 30 years combined professional playing and coaching experience.

Session 1 June 5-9 (M-F)

Session 2 July 10-14 (M-F)

Session 3 July 24-28 (M-F)

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includes meals, trips and transportation. Kids ‘R’ Kids Valrico is located at 4321 Lynx Paw Trail in Valrico. Call 6576200. Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Circa/FishHawk is located at 5815 Kids Crossing Dr. in Lithia. Call 654-7000. For info on both locations, visit

BSAC Offers A Lot Of Fun Activities For Kids This Summer

What can you do to keep your kids active and happy this summer? Splash into summer with the best summer camp around. At Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center (BSAC) your child gets the oldfashioned camp experience you had as a child, with some modern technology, like Wii Challenge Competitions, thrown in. BSAC has the most comprehensive summer camp in the greater Brandon area for ages 3 to 14. With weekly themes come corresponding age-specific activities and field trips that make our summer camp unique. In addition, each child has the opportunity to experience all of the sports that you have come to expect at BSAC; swimming, tennis, diving and more.

Lunches and snacks can be brought from home or purchased from the full concession bar. Camp runs from Tuesday, May 30 through Wednesday, August 9. Full day camps run from 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and half day camps from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or from 1-6:30 p.m. BSAC is located at 405 Beverly Blvd. in Brandon. For more information, call 689-0908 or visit

Summer Camp At T.L.C.’s Gypsy Haven

T.L.C.’s Gypsy Haven is now registering for summer camp. With limited space (I spots weekly), you will want to call early. Your kids, from age 7 and up, will have a lot of fun enjoying weekly themed horseback riding camps. They will receive hands-on experience, learning to ride as well as how to groom the horses. Camp takes place Monday to Friday

from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting Monday, June 5. Your kids will enjoy field trips each Friday they are at camp. Just 10 minutes from FishHawk, T.L.C. Gypsy Haven is located at 4325 Keysville Rd. in Lithia. For more information, call Tammi at 842-4236 or visit

Sport Group International Holding Tennis Camp At River Hills Country Club Would your child like to learn tennis this

summer or maybe improve their skills? Sports Group International Tennis Academy will offer summer camps which will be held at River Hills Country Club from Monday, June 5 through Friday, August 4. Eight sessions are available for beginner, intermediate and advanced players ages 6 to 16. Included in the camp are warm-up fitness activitries.

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Award W inning STEM Camps Since 2005 Where Bright & Creative Kids Play to Learn

Full day programs are available from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for $320 per week and a half day program is available either 9-11:30 a.m. or 1-3:30 p.m. for $205 per week. Your child can flex in three days per week for $140 or four days per week for $185. If you sign up by Wednesday, May 10, get a 10% discount. To register for camp or for additional information, contact Kim Reilly at 653-3776 or email

Hills Parkway in Valrico.

River Hills Country Club is located at 3943 New River

Rich Luppinos United Sports Academy Will Hold Baseball and Softball Camps

Four summer camps will take place for recreational, all stars and travel players this summer for ages 5-12. All camps run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Students learn not only the physical parts of the game, but the mental, emotional and spiritual parts too. According to Rich Luppino, “We believe baseball and softball is not life, but the vehicle for competing in the game of life." At camp, players will get: Daily stretching and speed enhancement training, professional arm strengthening throwing programs, PFP fielding

instruction and drills, Hitting Impact Players System (H.I.P.S.), daily instructional games, professional evaluation, positional tactical play, winning team tactics, drug and alcohol talk, GPA talk, Goal setting talk, option chapel, parent participation in “Ole Timer’s Day”, Player of the Day certificates, Player of the Week game balls and much more. Camps will run throughout the summer. For more information or to register, call 561-951-6141.


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Another Successful Year For Winthrop Arts Festival And Artisan Market By Kathy L. Collins Winthrop Arts was The 9th Annual able to give out $4,000 Winthrop Arts in awards this year. Festival and Artisan Katharine SullivanMarket was held Dawes, Director of over the weekend Everything for Winthrop of March 24 and 25 Arts said, "We had a in beautiful high level of artistic talWinthrop Common ent this year, and we in Riverview. were proud to award Residents who over $4,000 to our wincame out met many ning artists, including talented artists, $2,500 to our Best of enjoyed good food Show artist, Jinsheng from Winthrop Song. We more than restaurants includdoubled our prize ing Boca, Ciccio Jinsheng Song of Ft. McCoy, FL was money from last year's Cali's, Moe's and awarded Best of Show at the 9th Annual and we are so festival EATS American Winthrop Arts Festival and Artisan to our spongrateful Grille. They also lisMarket. sors." tened to great music. Children had fun This year's winners were Jinsheng doing crafts at the Art Factory booth and Song (Ft. McCoy, FL), Best of Show; the Blake High School tent. Barbara Wiley (Riverview), First Place; The Winthrop Arts Festival and Diane Stover (Brooksville), Second Artisan Market is a juried fine arts show, Place; Rachel Ratcliff (Clearwater), Third The three judges for this year's show Place; and Ralph Lopez ( Valrico), were Dr. Rick Gaspar, Professor of Mass Honorable Mention. Communications at HCC Ybor Campus; Community members sponsored Michelle Moseley, Senior Development awards for artists in the Friends of Officer at the John and Mable Ringling Winthrop category and these winners Museum of Art in Sarasota; and Kay included Lenny Cabanero-Harvey Sullivan, president of the Winthrop Arts (Winthrop Board of Visionaries); Sam Board of Visionaries and co- founder of Evenson (Osprey Observer); Angela Winthrop. Sulick (Children's Kastle); Seth SullivanSullivan said on behalf of the judges, Dawes (A & A Alarm); Paul Sumberg "The judges were impressed with the high caliber of new and returning artists. It (Yellow Fin Realty); and Jan Herman (Center State Bank). took us about three and a half hours to For information, visit select the 2017 winners. However, we were unanimous in our decisions."

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High School Students Recognized At Annual Art Show At Center Place

By Kathy L. Collins

Students from area high schools entered artwork in the Annual High School Art Show held at Center Place. The prizes for the winners are provided by the GFWC Brandon Service League.

The 2017 High School Art Show was held on Thursday, March 23 at Center Place in Brandon. The GFWC Brandon Service League provides the funding for the winners. Students from area high schools submit entries for 2D, 3D and photography. The high schools represented in this year’s show included East Students from area high schools entered artwork in the Annual Bay, Durant, High School Art Show held at Center Place. The prizes for the Bloomingdale, Plant winners, including the Best of Show art piece “Josephine,” are City, Blake, Armwood provided by the GFWC Brandon Service League. and Newsome. “Little China Town.” The judge for this year’s show was Sikora-Muehl said, “It was a pleasJennie Sikora-Muehl, a ceramic artist ure to jury this show. The work is amazspecializing in hand built tableware and ing. There were so many exceptional sculptures made from earthen clay. entries that it was difficult to choose Best of Show was presented to award winners.” Jesus Vazquez from Bloomingdale High Center Place also presented the School for his piece, “Josephine.” Sikora- 2017 Patricia B. Odiorne Scholarship. Muehl said, “I loved the use of the comic Dawn Galia, Executive Director of Center strip as a back drop against the lines of Place said, “Odiorne’s wide reaching the drawing. The image is well done and civic involvements and many accomaccurate. The shading is beautiful. This plishments could fill a book. She was a piece stood out from the rest making it a dedicated servant of her community.” well-deserved best of show.” This is a $1,000 scholarship given to The first place winner in 2D art was high school seniors. This year two young Brooke Hogue, a student from Durant ladies who are committed to the arts and High School, with her piece “Blooming serving the community split the scholarHope.” In photography, the first place ship. Monica Diaz plans to use the scholwinner was Amanda Scallon from Blake arship in her pursuit of a degree in comHigh School with “Drowning.” The first puter science. Likewise, Abigail place winner in 3D was Maissie Hughes Hernandez will use it to pursue a degree from Blake High School with “Broccoli in behavioral science and the Beast.” For information on the 2017 High The Center Place Fine Arts Award School Art Show and the Patricia B. was given to Desiree Webber from East Odiorne Scholarship, visit centerplaceBay High School for her piece called

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Popular Tomato & Heritage Festival Returns To Ruskin After Three Year Hiatus

Staff Report

The Ruskin Tomato & Heritage hand-painted Tomato Rocks around the Festival will take place once again at E.G. SouthShore area while teaming up with Simmons Park in Ruskin on the SouthShore Rock group. If Saturday, May 6 from 10 a.m.-6 someone finds a rock, it can be p.m. It will be a re-hidden, or benefit for the redeemed at Ruskin the Ruskin Community Tomato and Development Heritage Foundation. Festival on May The festival 6. So get ready has its roots to learn about back to the tomatoes and 1930's when it have some fun was the Tomato (big and little Festival, and kids are welran off and on come to play). for many years. The cost to The last enter the The Ruskin Tomato & Heritage Festival will once Festival was again take place in Ruskin on Saturday, May 6 at Tomato Festival E.G. Simmons Park in Ruskin. The Festival returns is $5 per perheld in 2014. It has roots in Ruskin since The event after a three year hiatus. son. Children the 1930’s. is still in the under 12 are planning stage, but included will be a free. market with many vendors, live music, E.G. Simmons Park is located at arts and crafts, along with a Kid’s Zone, 2401 19th Ave. NW in Ruskin. There is which will include lots of family fun such also a $2 per car parking fee that will be as potato sack races. There will be free charged when entering the park. tomato slices, tomato dishes, as well as Volunteers are being sought to help tomato-eating contests. with all aspects of the event, including Organizers will also bring back the help handing out tomato slices, gate hanMiss Ruskin Tomato Queen Pageant, dlers, grounds crew and more. To help, ewhich will be open to all ages. Categories mail volunteer coordinator Juan Garcia will include ages 2-4, 5-12, 13-19, 20-40 at and ages 41+. If you are interested in For general information on the finding out more information on the Ruskin Tomato & Heritage Festival, email Pageant, email Selena Sandoval at or visit o Prior to the Festival, Alfred the r for updates on Roaming Tomato will be placing special the event.

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Tampa Bay History Center Puts Classic Fairyland Theme Park Sculptures On Display

By Kathy L. Collins

fairy tales. "I wanted to save these figures because I wanted to share them with my grandchildren and with the children of Tampa," explained Gonzmart. "I remember going to Fairyland with my parents when I was a child and it was magical to me. If restoring and displaying these figures will encourage parents to slow down and share stories with their children, then it is all worth it. That is what I hope Come and see figures from one of will happen," added Gonzmart. Tampa’s earliest tourist attractions, Fairyland, at the Tampa Bay History Fairyland, which opened in Center. 1957, was attached to Lowry Park Zoo. It was a favorite for local famiFairy tale scenes from one of lies. They would enter via Rainbow Tampa's early tourist attractions, Bridge and encounter a 20-foot high Old Fairyland, are on display at the Tampa Woman in the Shoe and Mary's Little Bay History Center. "Finding Fairyland: Red Schoolhouse. You could then take a Rediscovering Tampa's Lost Theme winding path past vignettes from 11 difPark" is open now through May 21 at the ferent nursery rhymes. History Center located at 801 Old Water Of the temporary exhibit at the St. in downtown Tampa. History Center, Rodney Kite-Powell, the Once upon a time, characters includ- History Center Curator said, "It is a ing Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, throwback to a simpler time in Tampa. It Humpty Dumpty and Little Red Riding is also a fun look at our more recent Hood, frolicked near the Hillsborough past." River at a place called Fairyland. After The exhibit will also include family Fairyland closed in the late 1990's, the photos taken at Fairyland over its 30 fabled figurines disappeared, but they years in existence. If you have family remained in the memories of many resiphotos from Fairyland and want to share dents, including Richard Gonzmart. them with the exhibit and the public, subGonzmart is a fourth-generation mit them to fairylandexhibit@tampabayTampa restaurateur. He plans to restore the figurines and put them on public disFor information, visit tampabayhistoplay. There are 11 scenes from classic or call 228-0097.

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Riverview Business Owner Wants To Know What’s Bugging Residents

Local Doctor Launches Wellness Initiative Program At Office

Robin Cruce is not afraid of bugs. In fact, she’s made it her business to get rid of them for her customers. As owner of Cruce Pest Management, located at 13194 Hwy Robin Cruce makes a name out of killing bugs. 301 S. Suite 373 in “We are a full-service company speRiverview, the Florida native knows a cializing in Affordable Integrated Pest thing or two about keeping Florida Management (IPM). This is an ecosyshomes bug-free. tem-based strategy that focuses on longWhile Cruce Pest Management is term prevention of pests or their damage embarking on its one year anniversary, through a combination of techniques Cruce is not new to the industry. She such as biological control, habitat manipwas employed by a major pest control ulation, and modification of cultural praccompany for 16 years. After her children tices. We apply this to the removal and were grown and on their own, Cruce and extermination of household ants, cockher husband, John, decided it was time roaches, spiders, earwigs, silverfish, for a change. fleas, ticks, bed bugs, fire ants, “My Husband and I had the empty wasps/yellow jackets, carpenter ants, ternest syndrome and wanted to be closer mites, rodents/critters, mosquito pest to the west coast. We love it here,” Cruce control, and more.” explained. “I could have come here with Cruce Pest Management’s licensed the company that I worked for, but I technicians offer free estimates and servwanted time to enjoy life and my family, ices both commercial and residential setso I took this big leap of faith. My Mom tings throughout the Tampa Bay Area. calls me a risk taker.” Veterans receive a ten percent discount Cruce feels that her willingness to and free mosquito control is included for put her name on her product sets her all residents who purchase a monthly apart from others in the industry. She premium service. also uses the most up-to-date environFor more information, visit www.crumentally friendly products. or call 915-5973.

More can cultivate and Americans are enhance the body’s aware of how natural capability important a for health and wellhealthy lifestyle being. Rather than is for longevity turning to a nutriand the pretionist for dieting, a vention of dispersonal trainer for ease, but many exercise, and a are still unsure psychologist for of how to stress relief, his implement team offers comchange into prehensive countheir lives. The The team at Florida Medical Clinic in Winthrop seling under one lead by Dr. Frank Sirchia, has a new proactive team at Florida roof. approach to patient wellness. Medical Clinic Florida Medical in the Winthrop Town Center is dedicated Clinic also provides the full range of medto helping patients live longer, stronger, ical services for the entire family. As pracand fit for life through the launch of its titioners of family medicine, they offer new wellness clinic. same day appointments for both sick and Frank Sirchia, MD, has lived and well visits to include services such as worked locally for 22 years, and he sees onsite labs, immunizations, men’s health, a need for a proactive approach to well women care, diabetes management, health: “In the past, the medical field cholesterol screening, minor surgery, and dealt with retroactive medicine. For peomore. They are an independent branch ple to achieve a powerful way of life, I that works with all major hospitals. Dr. want to put health education where it Sirchia and his team invite the communibelongs—under the supervision of medty to a health fair sponsored by Fusion ical professionals.” His team’s philosoHome HealthCare on May 20 from 10 phy takes an integrated approach to a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Winthrop Town health, and although medicine is always Center two story medical building behind prescribed when needed, he and his staff Regions Bank. Learn invaluable informaare dedicated to helping people prevent tion and get free consultations from a disease before it starts. variety of healthcare affiliates. Dr. An integral part in the launch of the Sirchia’s team will offer free school and wellness initiative is the addition of Cheri sports physicals at the event, so you do Wilder, PA-C, MPAS. As a physician not want to miss out! assistant for over twenty years, she Florida Medical Clinic is conveniently brings a wealth of knowledge that aids located at the Winthrop Town Center on Dr. Sirchia in his vision of integrated the 2nd floor in the building behind healthcare. His conceptual framework Regions Bank at 6037 Winthrop focuses on helping people implement a Commerce Ave., Ste. 201, in Riverview. healthy diet that works with their lives, Dr. Sirchia’s hours are 7a.m. - 5 p.m. exercise that balances time spent on fun Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and 7 and family, and stress management. a.m. - 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Thurdsay. These three areas are so important to Saturday hours are available on a rotastabilizing cell damage and counteracting tion between the Riverview office and the the effects of aging. Wilder says, “You Winthrop office.To make an appointment can’t tell the picture if you only have one or to inquire about services offered call piece of the puzzle.” In looking at the 315-1530 or visit them online at entire person, Dr. Sirchia and his team

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