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New $44M VA Outpatient Clinic Breaks Ground Near Summerfield

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Director Joe Battle. Hospital officials said that the $44 million contract was awarded to Hokanson Companies, Inc. from Indianapolis, IN for a 15-year James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital and community leaders break lease to the VA. ground for the VA’s new clinic in Riverview. Doster Nearly 100 people including local Construction Co. from Birmingham, AL is government leaders, Tampa’s James A. to complete the construction of the facility Haley Veterans’ Hospital (JAHVH) admin- which will have the Leadership in Energy istration and staff along with members of and Environmental Design (LEED) silver the community gathered under a large certification. tent on an open field in Riverview last “This will improve access to care and month to celebrate the groundbreaking help veterans not have to travel as far for ceremony for the VA’s new South the care that they get,” Battle said. “This Hillsborough Community Based clinic is a testament to our commitment Outpatient Clinic. and the promise that we give to veterans Located at 11100 Fairway Meadow to provide care as part of their service Dr. in Riverview just north of Big Bend and the sacrifices they have made.” Rd. and east of US 301 behind the The VA’s national budget in 2015 Summerfield Plaza, the new clinic will be was around $200 billion dollars. Tampa’s a 50,000 sq. ft. facility, expected to serve JAHVH annual budget is about $1 billion the nearly 10,000 veterans who live in the serving the bay area and its more than Riverview, Ruskin, Sun City, Apollo Beach 90,000 veterans with 5,000 employees. and other areas of South Hillsborough Currently, Florida has the third largest vetCounty. erans population. Construction for the project is expectU.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan (Florida’s ed to last about a year, and when com16th District) attended the event and pleted, in addition to primary care, it will spoke highly of the project when he said, include women’s primary care, home“I applaud these visionaries to get this based primary care, mental health, audiproject off the ground.” ology, radiology (including MRI, CT, ultraHillsborough County Commissioner sound and x-rays), specialty care, physiStacy White added, “This is a great addical therapy, pharmacy and a lab. tion to the community serving veterans in “When this is all finished, we’re going a middle of a major residential area.” to have a state-of-the-art, beautiful clinic Additional information about James here for our veterans to use in south A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital can be found Hillsborough County,” said JAHVH at

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HCSO Major Robert Bullera and retired Captain Steve Launikitis proudly serve up some fish during the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office annual Fish Fry held each year at the agency’s District IV office in Ruskin. The event draws a large crowd of staff, deputies and their families as well as some members of the media to thank them for their support.




Meals On Wheels Seeks Partners To Expand Service To Riverview Area

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Jim McNeil, president of the local Meals on Wheels awarded husband and wife team, Tony and Jean Ippolito, the Volunteer of the Award.

“It bothers me to get a call and have to tell a person we don’t serve that area,” said Jim McNeil, the president of the Greater Brandon Meals on Wheels. On April 20, McNeil’s opening remarks at the annual Meals on Wheels volunteer appreciation luncheon were a call to action as he publicized the need to expand into the Riverview area. For 41 years, the local Meals on Wheels program has delivered hot meals to homebound persons in the Brandon, Seffner and Valrico areas. However, the Riverview area from Boyette Road and further south receives no assistance. McNeil prays that the Riverview area churches will begin participating in the program to meet the escalating needs. The local chapter operates through the combined efforts of 19 local churches. Volunteers from the participating churches prepare and deliver about 250 hot meals per day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. The volunteers are at the core of the program, and President McNeil expressed sincere appreciation for the many hearts and hands that make a difference in the community. Dawn Trattner from First Presbyterian Church of Brandon acted as the master of ceremonies and applauded the volunteers for

Ray Fischer, a volunteer with Meals on Wheels, received special recognition.

their dedication and efforts to the organization. Referencing 1 Corinthians 12, a passage concerning spiritual gifts from God, Trattner said, “God, Himself is behind it all. Each person has been given something to do that shows who God is. ...The variety is amazing as some of you are bakers, some of you are cooks, some of you are screeners, some of you drive, and some of you organize the lists.”

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Water Safety Takes Center Stage As Summer Boating Season Begins

Special Youth Programs Take Center Stage In June At Riverview Library

Considered by Larry McKinnon. many as the one McKinnon added that of the busiest Florida State Statute also boating weekends requires that all children 6 and the start to the years old and younger summer boating must actively wear a life season, Memorial jacket when on a boat Day weekend under 26 feet in length. arrived with perfect To assist boasters weather for Bay who find themselves in area residents. these situations, HCSO To match the has initiated Operation traffic and to keep Safe Bay with the generboaters safe on ous financial support of local waterways, Port Tampa Bay and members of the West Marine Pro who Hillsborough Hillsborough County Sheriff’s marine together provided 100 life County Sheriff’s jackets that will be deputy stands by a sign promoting Office Marine Unit boating safety during Boating safety stocked at three separate week late last month. The Sheriff’s were also out in Office’s Marine Unit is working hard to boat ramps in full force. Hillsborough County keep boaters safe, and wants all boaters to be aware of boating rules including E.G. Simmons The Marine and regulations to be safe. Unit, part of the Park Boat Ramp in Homeland Security Division, was Ruskin, Williams Park Boat Ramp in enforcing Florida boating laws, monitorRiverview and at the Salty Sol ing slow and no-wake zones, looking for Fleishman at the Gandy Blvd Public boaters under the influence, patrolling Boat Ramp. restricted areas and performing boating Boaters are to utilize an honor syssafety checks. tem and are allowed to borrow life jackDeputies found that most boaters ets to ensure the safety of each child. have more than enough life jackets on The life jackets will be available in two their boats for the number of people sizes "under 50 lb." and "50 lb. to 90 lb." they are carrying, except when a guest “Once the boaters return to the unexpectedly brings a child on the boat. ramp, they can return the vest for the “When that person with a child next user,” McKinnon said. shows up at the dock and the vessel If boaters have any questions Captain fails to have the appropriate life regarding boating safety or boating jackets to fit the child, he is in violation laws, they can contact the Sheriff's Florida State Statute,” said HCSO Office. Detailed information is available Public Information Officer, Corporal at

The Riverview Library will be see a demo of holding special summer youth prothe printer in gramming with a lineup that promisaction and es to appeal to everyone: learn to use Paper Cutter Projects: Tinkercad to Monday, June 12 – 3-4 p.m. - An create your electronic cutting machine like the own 3D Silhouette Cameo can help you creobjects. Ages ate amazing projects with paper and 8-14. vinyl. Cutting materials will be supMad plied. Ages 8-14. Science Wonders of Super Hero Guardians of the Science: Nature Wildlife Galaxy – Beat Show: Wednesday, the heat and Wednesday, June enjoy Guardians June 21 – 2of the Galaxy on the Riverview 3:30 p.m. 14 - 2:30-3:30 p.m. and 4-5 p.m. library’s big screen on Saturday, This live wildlife show links humor Unmask June 17 from 2-4:30 p.m. with audience participation to deliver super hero lessons on conservation. Grades K-5. powers with science! Presented by Mad Read on the Go with myON®: Science. Grades K-5. Thursday, June 15 – 2-3 p.m. - The Family Game Time: Thursday, June myON® Street Team hosts interactive 22 – 2:30-3:30 p.m. - Come play board activities that encourage collaboration games both new and old. Connect 4, and reading. Limit of 25, so please regisOperation, Candy Land, Chutes and ter at the Library Service Desk or phone Ladders, Monopoly, and much more. A number noted above. Grades K-5. variety of board games and one "life Summer Movie @ the Library – sized" board game will be featured each Guardians of the Galaxy: Saturday, month. All Children, June 17 – 2-4:30 p.m. - beat the heat and Black Art: Tuesday, June 27 - 3:30enjoy a movie on the library's big 4:30 p.m. - Black Light Art - Unmask your screen. Rated PG-13. 121 minutes. inner darkness by creating a glowing The Riverview Library is located at work of art to take home. Grades 6-12. 10509 Riverview Dr. Programs are courMagic & Mayhem’s Worlds of tesy of the Friends of Riverview Library Magic: Thursday, June 29 – 2:30-3:30 and the Hillsborough Library System. p.m. - “Choose your own adventure" that Inquire at the Library Service Desk or call combines storytelling, magic and 273-3652 for more information. impromptu comedy. Stay for a special 3D Printing: Monday, June 19 – 3appearance from ChaChing the Amazing 4p - Have fun with 3D modeling and print- Bunny! A live action show by Magic and ing. Learn about the 3D printing process, Mayhem. Grades K-5.

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Popular First Watch Brunch Concept Opens On U.S. Hwy. 301 In Riverview Riverview residents no longer must take a drive into Brandon, or Tampa, to get a taste of a freshly made breakfast. After much anticipation, the popular brunch spot known as First Watch is now open to the masses within Riverview at 13013 US-301 Suite C, across from the Wawa. After seeing the growth in popularity for the spot within the Tampa Bay area, it was only a matter of time before the healthy brunch option expanded to the community of Riverview. The award-winning daytime café had its roots planted in Pacific Grove, California, and it wasn’t until CEO Ken Pendery moved to Sarasota that the company relocated its headquarters to the state. Despite the packed house, the staff are nothing but accommodating when it comes to answering questions about their menu; a menu that consists of fresh ingredients the First Watch team slice and juice each morning before the restaurant welcomes the public. Brunch fans of Riverview are thrilled about the new location since it gives them the opportunity to enjoy the healthy food without burning too much gas to get to it. “It’s good food that’s not awful for you,” Marianne, a local,

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beamed as she walked into the restaurant. The restaurant has also become a popular spot for young people. “The food is good but I’d come just for the coffee,” Gerald stated, “It always tastes fresh.” The restaurant company has always had a loyal following and, to give back to those who have given so much to their business, the company launched the First Watch Sun eClub in 2007. Members of the eClub receive email incentives, such as birthday deals, and are also the first to know about featured menu items and what is going on in the company. Upon signing up online or at a First Watch location, new members receive a “buy one, get one” offer. Whether you’re a Sun eClub member or a Riverview visitor looking for a place to eat, First Watch: The Daytime Café has nothing but good food, and great times, to offer. First Watch: The Daytime Café is open Monday through Friday, from 7AM to 2:30PM. Visit the new Riverview location at 13013 US-301 Ste. C, Riverview, FL 33578 or, if you have any questions about the new spot, call 423-4044.

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AMC Continues Partnership With Holmberg Chick-fil-A For Summer Movie Camp Program






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pack popcorn and a drink are available for a special price of $4.48 including tax, only during the Summer Fun Flicks. Chick-fil-A Lake Brandon Village and Brandon South owners Paul and Tammy Holmberg are happy to partner with AMC Brandon General Manager Hal AMC and Chick-fil-A have partnered again this summer to offer Garrett for another the Summer Fun Flicks program with eight weeks of great Summer Fun Flicks movies including the Harry Potter series for summer camps. campaign. This summer once again, children “This is a great way that we can enrolled in summer camps will enjoy partner with the local movie theatre to cool mornings in the air conditioning do a great campaign and do someand a choice of two or three great feathing good for the community at the ture length movies on the big screen. same time,” said Tammy Holmberg. The annual School’s Out For The Last year, Derrick Brooks Summer Chick-fil-A Summer Fun Charities and Metropolitan Ministries Flicks is back to benefit area literacy received checks for more than $6,000 initiatives. from the campaign. For eight Tuesdays over the sumKavita Marballi, Y Literacy mer, camps, organizations and groups Coordinator was thrilled to be selectcan buy tickets for kids to see the ed for this year's charity and said, movies for $1-which is then donated “This donation will allow our children to non-profits in the community. access to reading and tools for literaEach week, the movie will start cy.” at 10 a.m. with doors opening at 9 Camps and programs should plan a.m. to purchase tickets in advance and The Summer Fun Flicks is hosted tickets will be available at the AMC at AMC Regency 20 Theaters, 2496 Regency box office. Groups purchasWest Brandon Blvd. in Brandon. Call ing 25 tickets or more will receive 685-3396. Tickets can be purchased reserved seating. in advance. In addition, AMC Kids


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Hurricane Expo Helps Residents Stay Prepared For Storm Season Ahead 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season Statistics: ___________________________________________________________ 2016 1981-2010 Average Named Storms Hurricanes Hurricanes (Category 3 or stronger)

Five named storms affecting the Unites States in 2016, included Colin, Hermine, Matthew, Bonnie and Julia. To help prepare area residents for the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season, Hillsborough County has scheduled for its annual Hurricane Expo. Residents can also learn more by visiting the County’s website, at

“Partners In Preparedness” has been chosen as the theme of Hillsborough County’s 2017 Hurricane Expo, a free event organized by disaster response experts from Hillsborough County, the City of Tampa, the City of Temple Terrace, the American Red Cross, and the National Weather Service, (NWS). In harmony with the Atlantic Hurricane season (June 1 - November 30) the Expo is scheduled for Saturday, June 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 250 WestShore Plaza Mall in Tampa. “This is a great event to help residents be ready, to understand their resources and meet with disaster response experts face to face,” said Hillsborough County Emergency Management Director Preston Cook. Cook emphasized that the NWS is predicting 11 named storms for the 2017 hurricane season.

This year's expo is designed to feature activities for adults and children, including education displays, touch-a-truck station, disaster preparedness booths, and a severe weather panel with local meteorology specialists to identify their evacuation zone, pick up preparedness materials, and sign up for HCFL Alert. The first 500 to visit all the stations and fill out a passport will receive a NOAA weather radio and a disaster starter kit. To assist residents, County officials promoted this year’s “Have A Plan, Know Your Plan” reminder urging residents to take the necessary steps before a hurricane hits. “The time to prepare for hurricane season is before the tropical weather moves toward us across the Atlantic Ocean,” Cook said, adding, “It only takes one to cause a disaster.” The 2016 season actually began

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months ahead of the norm as Alex became the second hurricane on record to form in the Atlantic Basin during the month of January. As reported by the NWS, according to NOAA's historical hurricane tracker database, the last hurricane that formed in the Atlantic during January was in 1938. Alex is also the first hurricane to occur in the Atlantic in January since Alice in 1955. The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season was also the first above average Atlantic hurricane season since 2012, producing a total of 15 named storms, seven hurricanes, and three major hurricanes. It was also the costliest season since 2012, and was reportedly the deadliest since at least 2008. Twelve of the 15 named storms in the Atlantic basin in 2016 affected land directly in some way and of the 12, five hit the United States. Two storms that came too close for comfort included Hurricane Matthew, which first struck Haiti as a Category 4 storm on October 4.

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Matthew strengthened to a rare Category 5 late on September 30, becoming the first Category 5 Atlantic Basin hurricane since Felix in early September 2007. Scraping Florida’s eastern coastline, Matthew's center came ashore near McClellanville, South Carolina, as a minimal hurricane. The second major storm to threaten the state was Hurricane Hermine in early September, which also broke Florida’s decade long streak with no hurricane landfalls. After it traveled more than 4,000 miles, Hermine pushed inland near St. Marks, Florida, as a Category 1 storm. Evacuation zones, hurricane storm surge probabilities, local flood zones are among the main “need to know” items on the list. Some hurricane preparedness tips include: -Plan to pay close attention if authorities begin announcing zone evacuations. Know where you will go and how you will get there. - Compile contact information for family members, law enforcement, local hospitals and utilities, and your property insurance agent. - Share your preparation efforts with family members, make a plan, and be sure everyone knows how it will play out if severe weather looms. - After a storm passes, listen to local officials for instructions. When they deem it's safe to return home, watch out for debris, downed power lines, and standing water. -Prepare for the unexpected. For more information, visit

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Rivercrest HOA Offers Swim Lessons And Swim Team, Scholarships Group Swimming Lessons and Swim Team Comes to Rivercrest

Riverview’s Rivercrest Community is excited to partner with Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center (BSAC) to bring swimming lessons to its community pool. The classes will be broken into four sessions and each will be 40 minutes in length with four time slots available. The sessions take place four times a week for two weeks and the times are 9:45-10:25 a.m., 10:30-11:15 a.m., 11:20 a.m.-12 Noon and 12:0512:45 p.m. The first session will take place June 12-22, the second June 26July 6, third July 10-20 and the final July 24-August 7. The four levels range from beginners at Level 1 to stroke work at Level 4. Registration is now open through BSAC’s at Click on the Swim Lesson tab and then scroll to the bottom and select the Rivercrest tab. The cost is $99 with a one-time registration fee of $25. Email Janet Neely at for assistance. Rivercrest is located at 11560 Ramble Creek Dr. In Riverview.

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CDD Supervisor Seat Open in Rivercrest

The Rivercrest Community Development District (CDD) is looking for a resident to take an open spot on its board. When a seat becomes vacant during an officer’s term, the board is able to appoint a qualified voter registered in the State of Florida that resides in the district. Any resident who would like to be considered for the seat should submit a resume by mail or email to Rivercrest CDD, 11560 Ramble Creek Dr., Riverview, FL 33569 or The Board of Supervisors may take action on the selection during any of the regular meetings at the Rivercrest Club House. For more information, call 6723804.

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Fourth Of July Parade Celebrates Brandon’s History Through The Decades By Kathy L. Collins

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Come out with family and friends and continue or start the tradition of attending The Community Roundtable's Annual Brandon 4th of July Parade. The parade is held on the 4th of July beginning at 10 a.m. in the heart of Brandon.

The Annual Brandon 4th of July Parade presented by The Community Roundtable will be held on Tuesday, July 4. The parade begins at 10 a.m. at the Law Offices of Reed & Reed at the corner of Lumsden and Parsons. The route will continue north on Parsons, stop at the reviewing stand located in front of Nature's Health Foods at Parsons and Oakfield, continue west on Robertson and end in the Publix parking lot at Buckingham Place. This year marks the 60th anniversary of both The Community Roundtable and the parade itself. It also marks the 160th anniversary of John and Martha Brandon’s arrival in the area. To celebrate these milestones, this year’s parade theme is Through the Decades. Parade participants are choosing the decade of

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their origin or significant anniversary to honor the theme. John Noriega of Bill’s Prescriptions is this year’s Grand Marshall. Janine Nickerson, president of The Community Roundtable said, “Noriega’s store celebrated their 60th anniversary, so asking him to be the Grand Marshall was a perfect match.” Nickerson added, “This Independence Day Parade is a tradition for many Brandon family residents. Often, the Community Roundtable is told, ‘my grandparents brought me to the parade and now I am bringing my grandchildren as part of our holiday celebration.’” Brandon’s 4th of July Parade is a great tradition that celebrates the residents, schools, organizations and

non-profits of the greater Brandon area. The parade features floats, marching bands, dancers and more. Included in the line-up this year will be the 2017 Honorary Mayor who will be announced that morning and the winner of The Community Roundtable’s Father of the Year. You can also see Walt Raysick, the winner of the Alice B. Tompkins Award (an award given to someone who epitomizes service to the community) and the winner of the Maureen Krzanowski Scholarship, Melissa Chin, a member of Riverview High School’s class of 2017. You will also see the 2017 Non-

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Brewworx Offers Great Variety Of Beers, Brewing Classes & More

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It started dog for a walk with Shawn and sneaks off to Goechner, owner get a beer. of Bootleggers “I love pets Brewworx in and I love bringBrandon, visiting ing my dogs his friend in every now and Northern San then,” Goechner Francisco. The said. enjoyment he Goechner’s Customers can visit Brewworx to learn how to got from visiting brew their own beer. The store, located 650 purpose in offerOakfield Dr. in Brandon, is both kid- and pet- ing brewing his friend and friendly. always leaving classes for cuswith a six-pack led to Goechner readtomers is not only to spread his love ing up on brewing beer, so the for brewing his own beer, but also to California-native didn’t have to travel let others try it for themselves. There 100 miles for a good beer. are many aspects to brewing a beer, “I get a great deal of enjoyment but it doesn’t have to be difficult, out of making minor tweeks [while according to Goechner. brewing a beer] and seeing how it “We want to get you comfortable changes the product,” Goechner said. making beer,” Goechner said. “We’ll His enjoyment led to the opening talk to clients about what beer they of Bootleggers Brewworx in Brandon. like and select kits that fit the style. The store is a place customers can We’ll take them through the process come to learn how to brew their own and the beer stays here in a temperabeer or wine with classes sometimes ture controlled environment for 1-2 taught by Goechner. Brewworx offers weeks.” beer and wine brewed in the shop, at Having a brewery so close to local breweries and in different counTampa offers more options for the ties such as Pinellas, Sarasota and wide variety of beers kept on tap at Manatee. the shop. Goechner said his store has Despite the common thinking of atleast half a dozen beers kept on tap leaving the kids at home, Brewworx in at all times. Brandon offers a family and pet-friend“Tampa is the beer Mecca of the ly environment. There is a special corSouth,” Goechner said. ner for kids and no hard liquor offered Bootleggers Brewworx in Brandon because of the family-friendly environis located at 650 Oakfield Drive in ment. The pet-friendly environment is Brandon. For more information, call inspired by the common theme in (813) 643-9463 or email them at England that the husband takes the

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Help Needed As Seasonal Influx Of Animals Strain Capacity At Pet Resource Center

By Tamas Mondovics

In the wake of breed, size, age, a major renovation or medical condiand effort to repair tion. its customer relaAccording to tion issues, as well Pet Resource as to increase Center Director awareness of its Scott Trebatoski, benefits, the the monthly adopHillsborough tion event comCounty Pet monly known as his favorite spot of the sofa, Hunter, Resource Center Claiming ’First Saturday enjoys his afternoon siesta, while Tucker, a is boasting much Dachshund, is curled up on his minim bed. Celebration’ has Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center become a much success. officials ask residents to help with easing the But while welcomed addicenter’s strained capacity by adopting or many are taking tion and has fostering. advantage of the helped with center by providing loving care to pets capacity. needing new homes through adoption, “We are now seeing a following as the center is also dealing with a seasonal residents come out and are enjoying a influx of pets, which are straining capaciday of fun and celebration with us,” ty. Trebatoski said. To ease the pressure, shelter officials Unfortunately this time of year is are asking for the community’s help. when the need to adopt and support the Officials said that the shelter’s popucenter is at its highest point.The shelter lation of dogs and cats historically rises in is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven the spring, and the number of dogs and days a week. puppies, cats and kittens housed at the Pet foster parents are always needPet Resource Center located at 440 N. ed to help free up valuable kennel Falkenburg Rd has been steadily rising space as well as giving special care and since early April. attention to particularly vulnerable aniBy the end of May, the dog kennels mals. For information about the pet foswere at 98 percent of capacity, officials ter parent program, call 744-5660. said. All ready-to-go pets are $20, which Spring is also “kitten season,’’ and includes spaying/neutering, vaccinathis time of year the shelter takes in tions, microchipping, and registration. dozens of cats and kittens each week. For more information about the Pet The Pet Resource Center is Resource Center, please visit Hillsborough County’s only open sion facility in Hillsborough County, meanWe are located at 440 N. ing it accepts dogs and cats regardless of Falkenburg Rd. in Tampa.

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Local Resident Goes Vertical With Hospitality & Defense Recruiting Firm

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Riverview resident, “The recruiting group Vong Keovongsa knew he is comprised of seawas called to help people soned industry recruiters reach their full potential. as well as partner More than three years ago, recruiting firms located Keovongsa decided to purwithin local markets and sue his dream and across the nation,” said launched his own human Keovongsa. “I wanted to resources firm, Vertical deliver a more personalRecruiting Group. ized and higher level of Keovongsa is an expestaffing and recruiting rienced recruiter and senservices for business ior human resources proowners.” fessional with over One of his 20 years of experifavorite things about ence leading human Vertical Recruiting resource operations Group is the gratiand recruiting protude he receives Riverview Resident, Vong Keovongsa, from business owngrams. What drives launched his recruiting firm, Vertical him to success is his ers who needed to Recruiting Group over three years ago. personal story of quality employhire Since then, he has partnered with other resources to successfully put people to ees to help their busiachieving the work in our community. American dream. “I ness grow. “Whether was born in Laos and was one of it is a short term or long term staffing many refugees who were tragically need, we treat each client with the highimpacted by the Vietnam War,” said est level of priority,” said Keovongsa. Keovongsa. “I was 5 years old when I Vertical manages each job order arrived in the United States and was through a single point recruiting system fortunate to be sponsored by a farmbut clients get access to multiple staffing ing family near Wilmore, Kentucky. I firms working on their job orders. The grew up loving everything American contract to hire solution is a great way including corn bread, chicken and for businesses to “try before you hire” country music.” because Vertical manages the payroll, Having decades of diverse workman’s compensation, taxes and recruiting experience working in the benefits during the employee’s trial perihospitality, staffing and recruiting, od. manufacturing and defense industries Vertical Recruiting Group is located sets Keovongsa and Vertical at 8875 Hidden River Pkwy., Ste. 300 in Recruiting services apart from other Tampa. Call 758-6407 or visit staffing services.

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Riverview Chamber Celebrates Ribbon Cuttings With Local Businesses, #Ashphaltbabe, Southshore Uncorked, Outdoor Impressions & More

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friends and staff of Southshore Uncorked showed in April to celebrate its third anniversary. Owners Steve and Kathy Lieberman made The Greater Riverview sure there was wine for everyone Chamber of Commerce (GRCC) and plenty of delicious snacks as members were invited to celebrate well. the first anniversary of At Southshore #Asphaltbabe. Approximately 150 Uncorked, which recently became guests, including many GRCC a federally permitted and bonded members, contractors, haulers and winery, you can craft and bottle engineers, enjoyed the Crawfish your own wine combination or purBoil festivities. Kelly Sills, owner, Photo courtesy of Ed Booth, Huth and Booth Photography chase some ready-made right off was excited to be celebrating with #Asphaltbabe, LLC celebrates with successful Crawfish Boil. racks. the the community that surrounds Enjoy tasting his facility. and a gift times Honorary Deputy Mayors shop stocked of Riverview Bryan and with all types of Marijean Reith, RE/MAX fun and useful Realty South Shore –The wine related local asphalt manufacturing accessories. facility is located off of US Visit Hwy. 41, just north of Big southshoreunBend Rd. on Powell Rd. for #Asphaltbabe is part of details about its the Coastal Bridge Company Clubs and Wine out of Baton Rouge, Photo courtesy of Bryan Reith, RE/MAX South Shore RealtyTeam Reith other events. It Louisiana. Coastal is a heavy Outdoor Impressions Ribbon Cutting is located at construction company that 1432 Apollo Beach has roots dating back to 1928. Photo courtesy of Bryan Reith, RE/MAX South Shore Hours are open Blvd. Visit Southshore Uncorked celebrates third anniversary. Monday – Thursday Check out #Asphaltbabe on 10 a.m.–6 p.m., from Facebook. Or, you can give Friday 10 a.m. – 8 Jarad a call at 672-1800 to p.m. and Saturday discuss your paving needs. 10 a.m. -6 pm. Call 649-9466. Fast Track Urgent Care

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Fast Track Urgent Care Center has opened for business in Riverview. GRCC members, along with friends, family and staff of Fast Track Photo courtesy of Ed Booth, Huth and Booth Photography showed up to welcome them. GRCC ribbon cutting for Florida E.N.T. and Allergy, This is the fifth location in P.L. Tampa Bay for Fast Track advance, you by choosing the Fast Urgent Care Centers and is still growPass option at ing. Everyone was invited to tour the Riverview Fast Track is located at beautiful new facility, meet with the 11406 S. US Hwy 301 S. in front of the staff, network and enjoy some delinew Publix at Symmes Rd. cious treats catered by Cater Tampa, another GRCC member. Fast Track Expansion of Florida E.N.T. and Urgent Care Center is a facility dediAllergy, P.L. Ribbon Cutting cated to delivering quality urgent care GRCC members as well as Florida in a patient-friendly environment. Only E.N.T. staff, family, and friends were on board-certified providers are hired to hand to conduct a ribbon cutting to celsee patients. When you call 925-1903, ebrate the growth. you talk to a real person. The primary purpose for this It is open seven days a week from expansion was to make room for their 8 a.m.-8 p.m. No appointment is necNEW FYZICAL® Therapy and Balance essary, but you can reserve space in

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Alta Apartments Offer New CentrallyLocated Units With Great Amenities

By Debra Massaro

Open since February 20, the Alta at Magnolia Park Apartments (Wood Residential) are in full swing. With 30-percent of the new construction community The clubhouse at Alta already leased, and is a popular hangout for residents. an estimated completion date of June 30, many local corpora2017 for units still tions such as under construction, Progressive, Amazon, residents and employSpectrum, and ees have something USAA. We are also The team at Alta from left to right to celebrate. within moments of Brianna Cantu, Beth Richman, Lisa Gilmore, Monica Briant. While the Grand the highway, but still opening celebration is still a few weeks surrounded by the peaceful atmosphere away, Property Director, Monica Bryant, of residential living.” who has been with Wood Residential for Despite the continued construction, three years, decided it was time to let her all of the amenities, including a dog park residents un“wined” and hosted a “Wine and high endurance fitness center, are Down Wednesday” meet and greet on available. The bocce ball court that will May 9. The event, which ran from 5 to 7 also double as a cornhole court, is p.m. allowed existing residents to enjoy a expected to be completed in the near beverage and chat in the decorative spafuture. cious clubhouse complete with a pool Keeping the facilities running table, resident lounge, coffee/cocoa bar, requires a dedicated staff, so in addition beverage center with kegerator, networkto Bryant, Woods Residential also ing computer lounge with Wi-Fi and lapenlisted assistant property manager top computers, and a salt water resort Lisa Gilmore who has been with the style pool with two grilling stations. company three years, and residential With over a decade of multi-family sales specialists Beth Richman and Bri property experience, Bryant knows a Cantu, each with their own leasing thing or two about residential living. She experience. shared, “Our brand-new community has For more information, visit spacious modern floor plans situated in a or call park-like setting within close proximity to 888-743-0828. all styles of entertainment, shopping, and We are located at 9104 Canopy dining. Our location is easily accessible to Oak Ln. in Riverview.

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New Primary Care Puts Patients First Picture the last time you visited the doctor’s office. You probably sat past the time of your appointment in a crowded waiting room hoping you wouldn’t catch another cold on top of what you already had. Then,

when you were finally called back, you waited some more in an uncomfortable chair while staring at a sink and some cotton swabs. You might have wondered, “Why does it have to be like this?” The truth is, it doesn’t, and Evolution Primary Care wants to reinvent the experience of going to your primary care physician. The brainchild of Dr. Matthew Dowdy, Evolution Primary Care is a different kind of experience. After over 11 years in urgent care, he sold a successful practice to realize his philosophy of putting the relationship with patients first. Upon entering, you will find you are often the only one in the waiting area, and Dr. Dowdy himself will greet you rather than seeing a series of providers. His belief is that with a “lower volume of patients there will be better care.” Follow him back to the exam room, and you’ll find it is more like a sitting area, so you can have a genuine conversation about your unique situation. His receptionist, Leighanne Bridgham, reiterates, “Dr. Dowdy wants more of a relationship

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with patients and truly believes having a solid relationship with your primary care physician will lead to better health.” Behind a screen, there are still the normal tools of the doctor’s office, but after your exam, you can sit again and have time to discuss a plan of action or further your own knowledge. Evolution Primary Care offers the full range of primary care services including routine bloodwork screening as well as pap smears and well woman exams. Dr. Dowdy and his staff invite the community to attend the official ribbon cutting and grand opening with the Riverview Chamber of Commerce on June 13 at 5:30 p.m. Most importantly, Evolution Primary Care offers hours catered to meet the needs of working families with hours outside of the typical doctor’s office. It is open Monday - Friday from 12 Noon-9 p.m. and Saturday from 12 Noon-5 p.m. Call 672-2014. Visit Evolution Primary Care is located at 11264 Boyette Rd. in Riverview.

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Bell Creek Academy High School Celebrates Class Of 2017 Inaugural Commencement By Tamas Mondovics

Bell Creek Academy High School graduating students Morgan Hammond, Brooke Nilsson, Arianna Meekins, Sarah Filosi and Pearlie Mondovics hold their Teal Letters during senior breakfast last month. The girls enjoyed the spotlight as members of BCA’s inaugural class of 2017.

Since opening its doors in the fall of 2014, Bell Creek Academy High (BCA), a tuition-free public charter school has seen the first of many events, but celebrating the graduation of its inaugural senior class of 2017 unquestionably tops the chart. Thanks to its reputation BCA, located at 13306 Boyette Rd. in Riverview, currently boasts of reaching full capacity. The school welcomed its first class of high school freshmen four years ago adding a new grade with each season. BCA hosted its very first senior breakfast and Teal Letter event last month, recognizing the 64 graduating seniors ahead of the graduation ceremony held just two days later at the Tampa Theater. Principal Margaret Fahringer couldn't be more proud of her students and to

Bell Creek Academy (BCA) High School graduate Faith Livingston, receives her diploma proudly presented by BCA principal Margaret Fahringer, right. Livingston was one of 64 students to be a part of BCA’s inaugural senior class of 2017.

be a part of seeing the school’s first graduates receive their diplomas. “The academy exists and is now enjoying the spotlight because of you students and all the parents who supported you and the school,” Fahringer told the seniors as they opened their letters and cards during breakfast. Fahringer acknowledged the commitment of both students and parents when she said, “They stuck with us as we worked out the bumps on the road. Now Bell Creek is shaping up to be one of, if not the best, high school in the county.” For the first time in the school’s short history, the entire BCA staff had to

BCA principal Margaret Fahringer, center receives a framed poster presented by members of the school’s student government class and signed by the academy’s inaugural class of 2017.

say a bittersweet goodbye to its students many of whom, thanks to their individual talents, abilities, hard work and dedication, leave something special behind, like being the school’s first Valedictorian, Arianna Meekins, and Salutatorian, Kirsten Olekszak. Members of the academy’s student government, including HaleyStarr Maldonado, Liz Mion, Faith Livingston, Bethany Butler and Chadler Eisner also set a fine example to follow. Amidst the hugs and goodbyes that followed the commencement ceremony,

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HCSO Celebrates Ribbon Cutting For New District 5 Patrol Office

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Detectives Uncover Grow Houses, Seize Guns, Make Arrests, In Narcotics Investigations Sheriff HCSO also David Gee conducted a briefed the synthetic marimedia last juana investigamonth at the tion commonly Criminal known as Investigation “spice." Division, Incidents located at involving such 2224 N. drugs include Falkenburg overdoses and Rd. on multiintoxicated susHillsborough County Sheriff David Gee answers ple investigapects who questions during a recent briefing about two investitions in illegal gations into illegal narcotics throughout the County. sometimes narcotics and The investigation led to dozens of arrests, and the attack or vioseizure of drugs and firearms. numerous lently resist law arrests that have occurred. enforcement. The first case, called "Operation Sheriff's Office developed a stratFall Harvest”, was prompted by sevegy aimed at all levels of spice distrieral anonymous tips on the part of cit- bution, to include street-level dealers, izens through the Crime Stoppers mid level distributors and businesses program. as well as upper level spice manufacDetectives spent countless hours turers. Detectives investigated a wide of research and surveillance, which range of suspects, including homethey said revealed a large organizaless persons and certified gang memtion that spanned from Hillsborough bers, as well as business owners with County to Pasco County and as far no prior involvement in the criminal north as Marion County. justice system. Detectives employed a variety of Agents of the Florida Division of techniques and manpower. Alcoholic Beverage and Tobacco and “Our detectives made the investiHillsborough County Code gations a priority, trying to reduce vio- Enforcement, also assisted with citing lence in our neighborhood recognizand revoking the license of businessing the danger of this type of criminal es actively selling spice. organization poses to the community.” Near the University of South Gee said. Working closely with the Florida, detectives seized 150 pounds State Attorney's Office, the concluded (approximately 7,200 packages) of with 13 search warrants, 10 of which spice packaged for sale. Another 222 were executed in Hillsborough pounds of Damiana leaves used to County. manufacture spice with a street value The Pasco and the Marion of $352,000, was also seized, along County Sheriff's Office also executed with $10,500 in U.S. currency. search warrants at locations related Search warrants and consent to the organization, which yielded six searches were served at five area grow houses that contained a total of businesses actively selling spice with481 marijuana plants. in Hillsborough County, Mary's The seized plants, along with Beverage Castle (voluntarily closed additional 24.5 lbs. of processed mar- subsequent to the search warrant) ijuana found, totaled $1.4 million in 9401 US Hwy. 301 S Gibsonton and street value, while $97,011 in drug Apollo Beach Food Mart (search warproceeds were also seized along with rant) 10 firearms. Additionally, 13 subjects 6020 US 41 S. in Apollo Beach. were arrested on a variety of serious For more information, please visit charges including racketeering and drug trafficking.

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She took an hour of the school day a few times a week to do her ‘superhero” exercises with nine students at Palm River Elementary School. “I had the idea going on for quite some time, Dr. Gwyn said. “I took what I had with my doctoral students and applied it.” Dr. Gwyn attended Palm River, so she was aware that the elementary school is in a low income area. The small number of children that attend the Presley program are kids with Torey Walton holding a sign that he made in the program. behavioral conDr. Gwyn’s full-time busicerns rooted in ness, Gwyn Consulting issues that extend Services sparked her interest past the classroom. in helping children struggling However, in in public schools due to their the classroom Dr. challenges. The Florida Gwyn and a small Native has over 14 years group of experts Boys in the Presley Youth and experience working in child use nontraditional Education Foundation use welfare in the field and on age-level educational games methods in order to to build on academic skills. also on a management level. teach students how She holds a PhD in Organization and to use characteristics like courage, selfManagement and a MS and BS in discipline and honesty to tackle real Criminal Justice. Her services offer world issues. academic help to doctoral students all “One child couldn’t read; he would over the world, from Venezuela to the play a game that helped him recognize United Kingdom. sight words,” Dr. Gwyn said. “He was Dr. Gwyn started the Presley reading and trying to sound out the Youth and Education Foundation in words, and another child sat behind him 2016 with the intent of using her edu- telling him “I believe in you.’” cation, skills and expertise, along with For more information on how to help the skills of her doctoral students, Dr. Gwyn continue her work with these into guiding struggling elementary children, you can contact the foundation school students along the right path. at 766-5276 or

History Bike Tampa offers a free tour on the first Saturday of each month with knowledgeable tour guides taking you to a variety of destinations. Each tour begins at 10 a.m. and is two hours long. Meet at the Kahwa Coffee location on the corner of N. Tampa St. and E. Polk St. There is a $5 suggested donation. With the Selmon Greenway, the Riverwalk, the Enjoy biking in downtown Tampa by renting one of Convention Center area, the the 300 blue bikes scattered among 30 hubs in down- backside of the Waterside town Tampa. Marriott, and the bike lanes on It has long been documented that Cass St., downtown Tampa bikers have biking makes people happier, that it ele- plenty of routes that are free and clear vates mood and can be an incredible of car traffic. These routes are scenic way to alleviate stress. There is somewith opportunities to stop and play at thing special about the freedom of getgreen spaces, to watch University rowting on your bike in the fresh air and ing crews and to drool over the docked escaping the news, cell phones and yachts. emails of the day. But for biking to Coast Bike Share is a convenient make us happy, we have to feel safe. way to get out on a bicycle without havAccording to the Tampa ing to cart your own bike in your car. Hillsborough Expressway Authority, Simply find one of the 300 blue bikes there are organizations and companies scattered among 30 hubs and reserve all over downtown Tampa, along with using a mobile app, or at the bike using city planners that are attempting to its keypad. make our urban experience one where The Tampa Downtown Partnership we can safely and easily hop on bikes has over 250 places to park your bike and explore the downtown. throughout downtown Tampa with three Florida Bike Tours offers an Urban self-repair stations in high traffic areas. Restaurant Bike Tour once a month Another idea for biking in downtown through downtown Tampa. For $15, Tampa is to skip the standard concrete you can meet with other bikers and routes and take your biking to the water. enjoy small food samples at selected Tampa Water Bikes is great exercise restaurant destinations in downtown and a fun and unique way to bike the Tampa. “waterway” of downtown Tampa.

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Kristen Chenoweth Supports Local NonProfit For First Anniversary Celebration

“GREEN Hillsborough” Community Meeting Hosted By Commissioner Pat Kemp

Love Light for profit. There will be rafLife (LL4L), a local fles and silent auctions 501(c)(3) non-profit, at the event and received support Chenoweth’s donations, from a superstar including an autowithin its first year of graphed copy of her being established. book, A Little Bit Wicked, For the president and an autographed of the organization, album, The Art of Kristen Burris, this Elegance, will be availwas a once-in-a-lifeable. time opportunity to Along with Kristin Chenoweth and Kristen get to know Tony Chenoweth’s donations, Burris meet after a recent concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Award and Emmy other items will include a Award winning star, Kristin Chenoweth. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Autographed She could not resist sharing her nonNFL Football - #54 Lavonte David, a profit’s mission with the celebrity when Tampa Bay Lightning Autographed NHL they recently met at Ruth Eckerd Hall Hockey Puck - #27 Jonathan Drouin after Chenoweth’s concert. and Autographed Hat - #23 J.T. Brown, According to Burris, “Our mission is a Tampa Bay Rays Family Package, a to make the world a better place by unit- MisFit fitness tracker, Too Faced makeing positive, like-minded individuals to up, Juicy Couture perfume, Kendra spread love, compassion, understandScott jewelry and more. ing, tolerance and respect to all of Raffle tickets will be available for $5 humanity/animals worldwide through each or five tickets for $20. A bracelet service projects, charitable events, com- designed by Isle Coast will be available munity support, random acts of kindwith 20% of proceeds going to LL4L. ness and more.” Supporters can use cash or card at the This is exactly the type of organizaevent for purchases or donations. tion that Chenoweth likes to represent. Burris said, “The event will be a fun Burris works for HSN and was invited celebration with friends, family and supfor a company cocktail party after her porters to eat, drink, mingle and raise recent performance at Ruth Eckerd Hall. money for the organization. Please Chenoweth learned about LL4L, loved come join the celebration to show your the concept and wanted to help support support and to “Light Up Life with Love.” it. An event celebrating LL4L’s first World of Beer Brandon is located at anniversary will take place at the World 2878 Providence Lakes Blvd. in of Beer Brandon on Sunday, June 25 Brandon. For information, visit lovelightfrom 3-6 p.m. All are invited to come out or email info@lovelightforand celebrate and learn about the

In hopes of learning more about the County’s plans and its promised commitment to environmental, economic and social sustainability, more than three dozen residents attended a recent meeting hosted by Hillsborough County Commissioner Pat Kemp (District 6 Hillsborough Countywide) talks to residents while hosting “Green Hillsborough” County Community Discussion. The meeting was supported by a 6member panel, focusing on the County’s promised commitment to Commissioner environmental, economic and social sustainability. Patricia “Pat” Manager Travis Barnes and County Kemp, (District 6 Countywide). Extension Director Stephen Gran. Appropriately called “Green After a brief introduction the Hillsborough”, the meeting was held panel attempted to bring those presat the Bloomingdale Regional Public ent up to par with past, current and Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. in future projects within their own Valrico, in early May, and was the departments. second in a series of community conAccording to officials the County versations Kemp has planned to host saves more than $3.4 million throughout the county. annually by reducing its energy use “I have been pleased to learn and costs, thanks to its efforts of about the investment of Hillsborough using recycled materials in building County in sustainable programs and construction, the use of solar panels practices,” Kemp said. “There is a on County facilities as well as the strong foundation to build upon, and I of LED traffic signals, just installation intend to fast-track the ‘greening’ of to name a few. county government during my time as Some of the County’s most a Commissioner.” recent accomplishments include: To ensure that departments motion sensitive lighting, water effiessential to Kemp’s goals were reprecient plumbing as well as the installasented, the 6-member panel discustion of seven electric car charging sion highlighted some of the County’s stations in 2011 throughout the sustainability programs including County. cooling systems, LED lighting, bioReportedly, the County has elimisolids composting, electric vehicle nated 120,000 tons of carbon dioxide charging stations, solar panel sysemissions since 2003. tems and the cooking oil recycling The question and answer portion effort (CORE). of the Kemp’s discussion, however, Kemp said that her goal is to shed some light on what was really show residents how the County is on the minds of area residents, working on moving to a 100 percent including concerns about local traffic sustainable future in Hillsborough and transportation, issues related to County, while saving taxpayer dollars schools and safety along with growth and creating green jobs. management, or lack of, on the part The panel included Assistant of local government officials. County Administrator Tom Fass, who Kemp was elected to the County was joined by Energy Manager Commission in 2016. She currently Randy Klindworth, Environmental serves on the Juvenile Justice Board Protection Commission Sustainability and the Public Safety Coordinating Coordinator Michelle Jenkins, County Council, which was led by former Public Utilities Program Manager Joe County Commissioner Kevin Beckner. Squitier, Public Works (Solid Waste) For information visit Project Manager Ron Wiesman, Public Works (Solid Waste) Recycling

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Holistic Chamber Of Commerce Welcomes New Chapter In Tampa-Brandon

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With a vision of national organization, the healthy people on a HCC – Tampa-Brandon will healthy planet, the promote and support local Holistic Chamber of holistic and sustainable proCommerce (HCC) fessionals and business is weaving together owners. The first meeting is an international scheduled for Tuesday, June movement promot20 at 6:30 p.m. and will ing holistic, natural meeting at Square One and sustainable Burgers, products, services 2030 and solutions. To Badlands that end, the HCC Dr., at Lynne Wadsworth is the chapter is pleased to which time president of the Holistic Chamber everyone will have an announce that of Commerce in Brandon. opportunity to give input on holistic leaders in a permanent meeting time and place. Tampa-Brandon have started a local Online presence is already established chapter. Lynne Wadsworth is the at Tampa/Brandon chapter president. “Brandon is the perfect place for the brandon. Holistic Chamber of Commerce. We The HCC is an international organihave a large population here and a com- zation which serves as a bridge bringmunity that really values those products ing consumers together with holistic and services. It’s time for us to come and eco-friendly options. Now with together and show the standard of almost 1,500 Professional Members integrity and professionalism we bring to throughout North America, consumers have easier access to high quality the work we do. I see association with the international organization as a natuhealth, lifestyle and business products, ral partnership for our vibrant and growservices and solutions. ing holistic business community. We are For more information on how the in the service business, yet we are still Holistic Chamber of Commerce can hidden. That marketing aspect is where I help consumers as well as holistic pracreally see a need for support. The HCC titioners, professionals and businesses, offers that, said Wadsworth.” Along with visit the organization website at her experience and expertise, m. Wadsworth brings a clear vision of her All potential professional and busiown to this local chapter. She is owner ness members must submit references of Holistic Health & Wellness, LLC. As a group associated with the inter- before being accepted for membership.

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Cater Tampa Offers Custom Catering At Valrico Space Or Any Venue

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It is summer “Catering is a and that means unique animal. it is time to gathThere are er with our always new friends and famithings to overlies over good come, new food, celebrating people to meet weddings, gradand new venuations or any ues to attend,” other momenhe added. tous occasion. In addition That is where to traveling to Cater Tampa private vencomes in. ues, Harris Photo Courtesy Cater Tampa Facebook Page Cater Adam Harris brings decades of culinary experience also has a to your venue to make it a memorable event. Tampa offers full banquet space scale catering services for just about in Valrico which seats up to 120 people. any personal or corporate event that Since Cater Tampa opened in February, comes to mind. Owner Adam Harris is Harris has already taken on large corpohappy to bring his expert catering servrate clients including HCC and has ice back to the area, offering breakfast, catered events like the Brandon Swim & lunch, and dinner menus for just about Aquatic Center’s fundraising event. any taste. Cater Tampa offers an extensive Harris has worked in the food menu with dozens of entrees and an industry since he was just 12 years old almost unlimited variety of appetizers. and took a job at Village Inn. Over the Harris says what sets his company decades he has dabbled in just about apart from others is his vast amount of every aspect of the food business experience. “I’ve catered over 600 wedincluding owning several restaurants, dings,” he said. “I’ve even assisted in nightclubs and working under a five-star hurricane relief, serving 6,000 breakfast, Cordon Bleu™ chef in the 1980’s. lunch and dinners daily,” he added. Harris was the owner of All Events Cater Tampa is ready to assist in Catering from 1995 until 2010. When your next corporate event, birthday or the economy collapse became too anniversary celebration or ‘just because’ much, he had to close his doors. Harris special event. turned to restaurant consulting for the Cater Tampa’s event space is locatnext seven years. Now he’s back doing ed at 1903 E. SR 60, Ste. F in Valrico. what he loves with his newest endeavor, For more information on its services or Cater Tampa. to rent space, visit or “I missed catering,” he said. call 906-0222.

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Good Oral Health Starts Early For Kids At Pediatric Dentistry Of Brandon

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tive longterm dental relationship. The A.A.P.D. encourages establishing a “dental home” by the age of one. By following The caring staff at Pediatric Dentistry of Brandon. up with biYoung children celebrate many mileannual check-up visits, children’s oral stones before their first birthday, but growth is monitored and parents become according to Dr. Jorge Torres at Pediatric educated on proper oral care and habits Dentistry of Brandon, one of the most for their child. important is establishing a good oral Ruskin resident Jaime D’Errico starthealth routine. ed on her son’s path to oral health when According to the American Academy he was 10 months old. When she was a of Pediatric Dentistry, a child should first child she didn’t visit the dentist as often visit the dentist by age one or within six as she should and wanted a different months after the first tooth erupts. experience for her child. “Parents are surprised to learn that “Even though he only had two teeth I infants can develop tooth decay and cavi- felt like it was important for him to go,” ties soon after their teeth first appear,” she said. “If you have teeth you should Torres said. “This is caused by extensive maintain them.” exposure to liquids containing sugars like D’Errico, whose son is now 10, said milk, formula and fruit juice.” the dentists at Pediatric Dentistry of It’s not uncommon for Torres and the Brandon are caring, gentle kind and highother dentists at the practice to see young ly recommends the office to anyone in children with teeth so ripe with decay that search of a pediatric dentist. extensive treatments (cavities, crowns, Pediatric Dentistry of Brandon, locatnerve treatments, extractions) are ed at 517 Corner Dr., is open Monday – required. Thursday from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and “Catching decay early helps prevent Friday 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. the need for more extensive treatments,” “I’m proud of our insurance departhe said. ment who take the time to make parents Visiting a pediatric dentist for the first aware what their cost will be before they time is an educational experience for par- come in,” said practice manager Kerry ents and a chance for both dentist and Torres. “ Visit child to establish the beginnings of a posi- or call 413-4567.

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Increasing Word Church is a new church offering an inspired Word of God to help meet the needs of everyday life. Everyone is welcome to come and join in to see how the ministry can bring you change. Its goal is to make the Word of God Application to today’s Chef Dave and Karen host Chef life. Photo courtesy of Ed Booth, Huth and Booth Photography Richie Farina, who will be back in multi-chamber ribbon cutting held at Riverview’s Goodrich Recent The church with Reverend Henry Dale and wife Jennifer. Brandon for his only Florida appearQuality Theaters. Reverend Henry Dale ance and cooking classes on Friday Theaters hosted a and Saturday, June 23 and 24. now offers Sunday morning worship prizes will be awarded each week for service, which includes preaching and huge Multi-Chamber Ribbon Cutting first, second and third place. Enjoy $3 Positive Transformations Provides Ceremony to celebrate its brand new teaching. Services take place from off all appetizers from the scratch Counseling Services For Everyone 14 GDX Theaters & FEARiverview 9:15-10:15 a.m. at Riverview 14 GDX kitchen. Positive Transformations provides TURES GastroPub opening. Theaters, located 10550 E. Bay Rd. FEATURES GastroPub is located counseling services for children, adoRiverview 14 “GDX” (Giant Digital in Gibsonton on the following at 9390 Theater Dr. in Gibsonton. lescents, adults, and families. Dr. Experience) features Goodrich’s cutSundays: June 11 – Life and Hours are Andrea ting-edge large format auditoriums Movement in God; July 9 – An Sunday to Thatcher with two 3,200 sq. ft. screens projectUnderstanding and Disciplined Mind; Thursday said that the ed in 4K digital showcasing floor-toAugust 13 – Using What You Have; from 11 practice ceiling viewing powered by Premium September 10 – Companions, Friends a.m.-12 believes in ATMOS™ sound system. Dolby and Loved One’s; and October 8 – Midnight the impor“FEATURES”, a GastroPub Always Getting Better. and Friday tance of your Restaurant & Bar developed by For more information, call 606and mental Celebrity Chef Brian Duffy is an inno0144 or email Saturday health and quality of life. They feel vative scratch kitchen perfect for from 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Visit www.feathe importance of establishing raplunch, dinner and late-night dining. A or call 295-8469. port, trust, empathy, and unconditionfamily-friendly Trivia Night with many Goodrich Quality Theaters Visit www.goodrichqualitytheal positive regard in the therapeutic categories including movies recently Celebrates New Riverview 14 GDX for the latest movies and relationship is crucial in order to meet launched and takes place every Theaters Featuring GastroPub show times. Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. Great In April, Goodrich Quality Continued on Next Page

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Sisters, Patricia Burris and Jean Cummins are co-owners of Bookworm Used Books, a wonderful niche nestled in the heart of Riverview. Their cozy store is celebrating its 10th anniversary this June and boasts a wide variety of books for the most voracious readers. They even have two rooms dedicated to children and young adults. Bookworm Used Books accepts cash or local checks only. For more information, please call 443-0968 or email or visit on Facebook page at It is located near the Riverview Flea Market at 7414 Commerce St. in Riverview.

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High School Graduations, End-of-Season Accomplishments Take Center Stage

Bell Creek Academy Bell Creek Academy Valedictorian: Arianna Salutatorian: Kirsten Meekins, Olekszak GPA: 7.07 GPA: 6.09 College: University of Florida College: University of Florida

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Lennard High School Valedictorians Erin Hanson (Collegiate Academy) GPA: 7.8 College: The University of Tampa

Lennard High School Taylor Checkly (Traditional GPA: 6.68 College: Barry University

Lennard High School Salutatorians Brennan Rose (Collegiate Academy) GPA: 7.48 College: University of Pennsylvania

some of the best in the state and nation, according to U.S. Lennard Students News & World Report’s 2017 list of Among HCC best high schools. Collegiate The U.S. News rankings Academy First include data on close to 20,000 Cohort Graduates public high schools in 50 states and Hillsborough the District of Columbia. Community Schools were awarded gold, silCollege's (HCC) ver, or bronze medals as the rankwas proud to ings are based on performance on announce the gradRiverview High School state assessments and how well of its first uating Valedictorian: Jamie they serve all students. class of Collegiate Tablante Twelve Hillsborough County GPA: 7.908 Academy students College: Univ. of Florida Public Schools were ranked among during the 48th the best in the state and nationally Annual HCC Commencement Exercises, include: earlier this month. "Our students continue to prove they The graduates who have completed are some of the best in the country,” said 60 college credits at HCC, in addition to Jeff Eakins, Superintendent of their required high school class schedHillsborough County Public Schools. ules, included 100 students from

Ending the 2016-2017 school year, thousands of students representing 28 high schools throughout Hillsborough County have scheduled to celebrate one the most important day of their young lives; graduation. Included during each graduation ceremony, or commencement is the traditional valedictory and salutatorian speeches delivered by seniors who stood out from the rest of their classmates due to their personal achievements. Once again this year’s graduation ceremonies were scheduled to be held at the Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall. For a full list of the 2016 please visit (Not all school provided photos at time of writing). East Bay High School Valedictorian: Amberlyn Hauck GPA: 7.921 College: University of Gold Medal -Plant High School ranked #22 in Florida (228 nationally) Florida -Newsome High School - #30 (338 nationally) Riverview High School -Robinson High School - #39 (475 nationally) Salutatorian: Malyssa Calarco GPA: 7.6505 College: USF Silver Medal Spoto High School -Steinbrenner High School - #45 (574 nationally Valedictorian: Brianna Burt -Bloomingdale High School - #49 (608 nationally) GPA: 6.88 College: USF -Strawberry Crest High School - #55 (693 nationally) Salutatorian: Jessica Beavers -Sickles High School - #71 (813 nationally) GPA: 6.71 College: USF -Tampa Bay Tech High School - #87 (1036 nationally) Local High Schools Among Best -Alonso High School - #117 (1476 nationally) -Riverview High School - #121 (1510 nationally) HCPS in State Students of Hillsborough County -Plant City High School - #122 (1518 nationally) -Brooks Debartolo Collegiate High School - #142 (1848 nationally) Public Schools continue to rank as


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Five Students Recognized For Perfect Attendance Grades K-12

Hillsborough County school officials were pleased to recognize five seniors during a recent School Board Recognition meeting 901 E. Kennedy Blvd., in Tampa, for having perfect attendance from kindergarten through 12th grade. High school students, Emilie Dunn, (Newsome), Ryan Ingraham, (Sickles), Jacob Lorentzen, (Durant), Logan Phillips, (Pepin Academy) and Michael Stone, (King) each were presented by Suncoast Credit Union and Toyota of Tampa Bay with items memorializing and rewarding their achievements. In addition to recognizing the students’ commitment and effort, Toyota of Tampa Bay is hosting the annual “A Perfect Car for Perfect Attendance” a special event that was scheduled for Sunday, June 4. The 1,840 other eligible seniors are provided one entry ticket for having earned at least one year of perfect attendance during high school. Visit

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years of experience as a conductor and performer. Linda Groh, assistant conductor, is a well-known educator and musician in the Tampa Bay area. For more information email or visit marches and patriotic music during the performance, and veterans from

Apollo Beach Will Be Featured In Upcoming House Hunters Segment

In the fall, HGTV filmed in Apollo Beach for the series House Hunters. You can watch it air for the first time on Friday, June 23 at 10 p.m. The trailer states: “A Tampa couple searches for a house with at least 3,000 sq. ft. to have room for future kids. However, she wants a Spanish or Mediterranean-style home with a white kitchen and poolspa combination while he prefers a French provincial that has a frameless shower in the master bathroom.” For more information on HGTV, visit

Coin & Currency Show

Brandon Coin Club Inc., A 501 (C) 7 non-profit organization, is pleased to announce its next Coin & Currency Show on Saturday, June 24 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Brandon Elks Lodge #2383, located at 800 Centennial Lodge Dr. in Brandon. 30 dealers/45 tables; free admission/parking/door prizes and excellent food available on site. Free coin grab bags for all children under 12 and free appraisals. ICG Grading Service in attendance and offering free verbal opinions and $10 slabbing. For more information, contact Jack Laci at 352-777-6073 or

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Flora: A Fashion Journey Will Be Held At The Regent

Flora is the third production by the House of Gam. This has become an annual event hosted by the fashion blog. Flora will take place on Friday, June 23 at The Regent, located at 6437 Watson Rd. in Riverview. Doors open at 6 p.m. The show starts at 7 p.m. Flora will show four local designers, including Queenay Price who will be showing evening wear, Marisol Perez showing repurposed clothing, Gloria Guitierrez showcasing Couture bodysuits, and for the first time; The House of Gam will be showing its clothing collection for the Fall/Winter 2017 season. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful. Tickets cost $10 for general admission and can be purchased at

Patriotic Concert Presented By Eastern Hillsborough Community Band At Kings Point

The Eastern Hillsborough Community Band will celebrate our country’s birthday with a patriotic concert on Thursday, June 29 at 7 p.m. in the Kings Point Veterans Theater, 1900 Clubhouse Dr. in Sun City Center. The band’s yearly exciting patriotic concert series is the band’s most popular series and attracts large crowds. The group performs

all five services will be recognized. The concert is open to residents of Sun City Center, and each reserved seat is $10. The admission charge includes the concert, one chocolate éclair and coffee service. Tickets must be purchased in advance in the King’s Point Box Office in the North Clubhouse at 1900 Clubhouse Dr. from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets will not be available at the door the evening of the concert. If you are not a resident of Kings Point but would like to purchase tickets in advance, please tell the gate guard you are headed to the Box Office to purchase tickets when you enter Kings Point. EHCB is comprised of volunteers of all ages and from all walks of life. The band, which formed seven years ago, performs throughout the Tampa Bay area. Ken Watts, principal conductor, is an accomplished musician with more than 40

Hillsborough Democratic Club Meets Join the East Hillsborough Democratic Club meeting Tuesday June 13 at Beef O'Brady's, 4330 Bell Shoals Rd. in Valrico. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Bring family and friends at 6 p.m. to meet and greet the members. The scheduled June guest speaker is State Senator Rouson. For more information, visit Like on Facebook.

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The Hillsborough County Fair is seeking nominations for this year’s Harvest Awards which will kick off the 2017 County Fair on Thursday, October 19 in the new air-conditioned fairgrounds pavilion east of Brandon on Hwy. 60 and Sydney Washer Rd. This is the 17th year the awards have been presented to the outstanding Farm Family and the Lifetime Achievement recipients for outstanding accomplishments and contributions in the field of agriculture in Hillsborough County. Other categories include Outstanding Agribusiness, Outstanding Public & Community Service, Urban Agriculture/Agriculturist, Young Farmer/Rancher/Nurseryman who are 40 and under, and Outstanding Woman in Agriculture. A posthumous category is also available to honor an individual no longer living. A total of five awards will be given during the luncheon in October. Receiving last

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The Tampa rants include Anise Theatre is Global Gastrobar, proud to Datz, Ella’s announce that Americana Folk Art its 6th Annual Café, Fodder and Movie-themed Shine, The Beer Festival, Independent and also known as The Refinery. BeerFest, will While the be held on theme of the event Saturday, June is funny and silly, 24 from 7 to 10 BeerFest's purpose p.m. at the hisis most serious. toric Tampa Now in its 6th year, Theatre locatEnjoy great craft brews and delicious foods the annual ed at 711 N. fundraiser is one of from some of Tampa’s finest independent restaurants at the Tampa Theatre’s 6th the Tampa Franklin St. in Annual BrewFest on Saturday, June 24. Theatre's favorite downtown fundraisers. Tampa. BeerFest 2017 will be kicking ales and taking names with a fun Jill Witecki with the Tampa movie-themed night, Barley's Angels. Theatre said, "The party will spill out As with previous beer-soaked, onto Franklin St., where there will be tongue-in-cheek BeerFest events like live music, more beer and photos with The Brews Brothers, The Big Barley's Angels, Amber, Blondie, Lebowski and Hoppy Gilmore, Honey and other entertainers, courBarley's Angels will feature craft beers tesy of Busch Gardens." Witecki and local Brewers, plus snacks and added, "BeerFest guests are invited to samples from some of Tampa's top get into the spirit by dressing in their independent restaurants. favorite Charley's Angels character or Co-chairs, Michelle Baker of The in a costume inspired by the movie." Refinery and Fodder and Shine and A limited-capacity premium samVeronica Danko of The Independent pling begins at 7 p.m. and tickets are Bar and Cafe, have put together a $70. Grand sampling ticket holders fantastic line up of breweries and can enter at 8 p.m., and tickets are independent restaurants. The brew$45. Tickets are available at the eries include 7venth Sun Brewery, Tampa a Theatre Box Office or online at (a $2 conBrew Bus Brewing and Coppertail venience fee applies to online sales). Brewing Company, Crooked Thumb For more information, please visit Brewing, Escape Brewing Company, or call 274Florida Avenue Brewing Company 8981. and Motorworks Brewing. The restau-

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REALTOR® clients are attracted Michael Henry owned to the retirement and operated a lawn community there. “I maintenance busideal with about 50ness for 14 years 50 retirement and before becoming a other buyers,” Henry real estate agent with said. “There are some great waterCentury21. It was a front areas near Sun natural progression, City, too, like the because Henry got Little Harbor area.” an intimate knowlIn his free time, edge of homes and Henry still enjoys neighborhoods from watersports like boatworking on people’s ing, fishing, or waterlawns and interacting skiing. He and his with sellers, prospecfamily are avid tive buyers, and real anglers, and love estate agents brokerMichael Henry works out of the exploring both fresh ing the deals. Century21 office in Sun City Center. and saltwater areas “One winter when it was slow, I walked down and got in Central Florida. Henry was born in Tampa and grew information on how to start,” Henry said. up mainly in the Riverview area, where “I was ready for a change.” his parents still reside. He graduated The brutal Florida sun was one reafrom East Bay Senior High School in son Henry wanted out of the lawn care business, but it’s that same sunshine and Gibsonton in 2000, and has lived in Ruskin and Wimauma in addition to access to water that makes Henry love Riverview. living in Florida. “I grew up being able to Between being raised in the area, enjoy the Alafia River, Little Manatee maintaining multiple lawns as an entreRiver, Tampa Bay,” he said. “We’re close to large beaches, like Sarasota. I still love preneur, and now brokering real estate, Henry has a unique perspective on being near the water.” South Hillsborough County communities. The water is the main feature that Century21 has multiple locations draws many out-of-state buyers to conthroughout Florida. Henry primarily works sider Florida as a home, he said, and he out of the Sun City Center office located shows many properties in waterfront at 701-A Del Webb Blvd. in Sun City communities like Apollo Beach. Center. Call 477-3054 or visit Henry works out of Century21’s Sun City Center office, and so many of his

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Florida Orchestra Musicians Assoc. Announces Competition Winners The Florida Orchestra Musicians Association recently announced the winners of the annual Justine LeBaron Young Artist Competition. The overall grand prize went to pianist Hung-Yi Lin, 18, of Riverview, who will perform the first movement of his winning competition piece, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3, with The Florida Orchestra at a Coffee concert in March 2018. The grand prize runner-up is Yu-Tin Lin, 14, of Riverview, who is also the brother of winner Hung-Yi. Yu-Tin Lin, 14, Riverview, Karishma Chapalamadugu, Pianist Hung-Yi Lin, 18, of He performed Pablo de Sarasate’s 14, of Valrico, placed third Riverview, was the overall playing the erhu, a in the Instrumental category grand prize winner, and will traditional Chinese bowed Zigeunerweisen on erhu, a tradiplaying the violin. perform the first movement instrument with two tional Chinese bowed instrument of his winning competition strings, was the grand 22 at the Music Center on with two strings, sometimes piece, Prokofiev’s Piano prize runner-up. Concerto No. 3, with The the Gibbs Campus of St. referred to as a Chinese violin. counties competed in Florida Orchestra at a Petersburg College. John Second runner-up is Marco A. Coffee concert in March the senior and junior Wilson, former news Jimenez, 14, of St. Petersburg, on 2018. divisions in piano and anchor of Fox 13 televiMozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 in instrumental categories. Ages sion, assisted with the awards cereC Minor. ranged from 9 to 21 years old, and mony. The competition is named in Local 14 year old, Karishma remembrance of the former principal five participated in two categories. Cash prizes totaling about $4,000 Chapalamadugu, of Valrico, placed horn of The Florida Orchestra, will be distributed among 12 winthird in the Instrumental category Justine LeBaron. This year a record ners. playing violin. 40 classical music students from The competition was held April The competition winners also Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco

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Army veteran Dogs Gold Star Annette Kirk has Family dog. weathered tragic “Bruno’s already losses. made a difference,” Between Annette said. “I feel active duty and a lot better about the reserves, myself. I feel happiAnnette served er. I think because seven years in he’s so happy, he the Army in the makes me happy. He 80's and 90's. has such a personalHer ex-husband ity. I’m not a touchyPaul was in the feely person, but with Army, too, and Bruno I am. I hug their son Paul him a lot and he’s followed in both always next to me. I parents' footalmost see him as a Gold Star Mother and Army Veteran steps. But just Annette Kirk with Southeaster Guide Dog person, not a pet. before young Almost like a child." Bruno. Paul left for basic training, Paul senior In September 2016, Southeastern died in a car accident. “My son was a Guide Dogs began offering grieving strong kid,” Annette said, “he pushed survivors like Annette Gold Star through the pain, determined to serve Family dogs. “We care deeply about his country.” the men and women who serve in the When 23-year-old Army combat U.S. Armed Forces,” says CEO Titus medic PFC Paul O. Cuzzupe II was Herman. “In a spirit of compassion killed by an improvised explosive and caring, we have introduced this device in Afghanistan, Annette joined new type of companion, where calm, the ranks of Gold Star mothers. people loving dogs match a military Her grief was augmented by the family’s unique needs.” loss of her brother and both parents. "My son Paul was the one who Volunteering with American Gold Star really wanted children; it’s really sad," Mothers Inc. and the Afghanistan Annette notes. "Maybe that’s why I’m Memorial project helped. But nothing really bonding with Bruno—this is my compares to the special powers of a way of having a grandchild. I’m spoilfour-legged companion with a mission ing him like a grandbaby.” to heal. For more information about the Annette recently welcomed home Gold Star Family program and a loving, bubbly black Labrador Southeastern Guide Dogs, visit named Bruno—a Southeastern Guide

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With Arts & Entertainment Editor Kathy L. Collins

Tampa Theatre Presents Summer Movie Classics In Historic Cinema Setting This year, the Tampa Theatre’s beloved Summer Classics Movie Series features two sing-alongs, a silent film with live music, modern classics and post-show talks with community experts. “For more than 25 years, the community has flocked to Tampa Theatre on hot Sunday afternoons to enjoy Summer Classics as they were meant to be seen on the big screen, surrounded by friends, with a bag of fresh popcorn and a cold drink in hand,” said Jill Witecki of the Tampa Theatre. This summer, treat yourself to a good film at a historic movie palace. First up, the Tampa Theatre will offer two showings on Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4 of the classic tale, Beauty and the Beast. While this is a “tale as old as time,” it is the score that everyone remembers so Tampa Theatre is offering these showings as a sing-along. You can follow the lyrics on the screen and belt out the songs along with everyone else. Next, on Sunday, June 11 come see Debbie Reynold, Donald O’Connor, Jean Hagen and the

immortal Gene Kelly in the 1952 classic, Singin’ In The Rain. See this grand classic as it was meant to be seen: on the big screen. Come see the Coen Brothers’ Raising Arizona on Sunday, June 18. Nicholas Cage is a bumbling criminal who wants to go straight and start a family with his doting wife played by Holly Hunter. Next, on Sunday, June 25, come see Dustin Hoffman in the 1967 film, The Graduate. Hoffman plays a college grad in the delicate shift from adolescence to adulthood. There will be Q&A sessions with USF film Professor, Harriet Deer, immediately following Singin’ In The Rain, Raising Arizona and The Graduate. All films are shown at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for Tampa Theatre members. Get tickets at the Tampa Theatre Box Office located at 711 N. Franklin St. in downtown Tampa or online at This is the first of a three-part series.

Artist Barbara Wiley's Photographs Capture The Beauty Of Nature Barbara Wiley of graph, preserving it so Riverview is an I am able to share extraordinary photogwhat I see." rapher. Wiley showWiley still works cases her photografull time. She looks phy through her creforward to the day ative and independent when she can devote studio, Touch of the more time to her art. Islands. Wiley took up Despite having to Barbara Wiley and her husband, Dave, work full time, Wiley photography at a travel the state looking for natural wonyoung age. spends the fall, winter ders for Barbara to photograph. Wiley explained, and spring showing "My interest in photography began when her work at local art shows. Wiley said, my father let me use his sacred "Since we are still working full time, I usuVoiglander 35mm camera and a roll of ally have one show a month during show film while sending me off to summer season." camp for a week. Looking through that This past March, Wiley took part in view finder made me more aware of my the 9th Annual Winthrop Arts Festival surroundings. Unfortunately, every picture and Artisan Market, and she took first I took was of trees. My father was mad place in the juried show. Wiley said, for a while, but did see my fascination "We have been concentrating on more and built a dark room in the basement for local shows and decided to participate me where we developed black and white in the Winthrop Arts Festival. We were film, and I was able to be creative with my met with friendly staff and artists that new found art." made the event enjoyable." Wiley and her husband, Dave, travel Wiley added, "To win first place at the state and take vividly spectacular pho- Winthrop Arts Festival was extra spetographs of Florida's natural beauty. Wiley cial for me since this is our home. To said, "Growing up in the most beautiful be appreciated and receive a prestistates, my family spent a lot of time hiking gious award such as this from a comand camping, so I learned to appreciate munity dedicated to the arts is truly nature. Presently, when my husband and humbling." I have an opportunity, we love to explore For more information on Wiley and what Florida has to offer. I try to capture to view her photography, please visit the beauty I see before me in a

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The Salty ment every day of Shamrock is the week including quickly becoming live music, movie a favorite hotspot and trivia nights in Apollo Beach. and more. “Apollo Owner Sean Rice, Beach loves us. A a native of Ireland, lot of people come opened the tavern here from out of with his wife Aine town because of in February, 2016. the level of enterRice is no tainment,” said stranger to runWochnik. ning an Irish Pub; A crowd of Manager Jurgen Wochnik (center) keeps the some Brandon approximately entertainment coming while the rest of the area folks may 2,500 gathered staff keeps the food and drinks flowing. remember him as at the Salty the original owner of the well-known Shamrock this past St. Patrick’s Day O’Brien’s Irish Pub. for a huge celebration in the parking In 2015 Rice sold his interest in lot that included an authentic Irish O’Brien’s to travel, but soon was looking band. “We will make it even bigger for a new endeavor to fill his time. Soon next year,” Wochnik added. Be on the after, the Salty Shamrock was born. This lookout for a variety of other huge authentic Irish tavern offers a variety of events this year at the Salty including Irish dishes and a large craft beer selecthe Celtic Festival and Oktoberfest. tion. One of its most notable dishes is the In addition to a never-ending lineFinn McCool Challenge Burger which is a up of entertainment, the Salty four burger stack loaded with toppings Shamrock also hosts The Salty and fries on the side. Anyone who finishFishing Club which meets the first es this enormous meal in the allotted time Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. gets their meal free. and features guest speakers. Recently, Rice hired Jurgen Wochnik Membership is just $30 but guests are to help round out the entertainment and free to check it out first. bring in a larger crowd to the already popThe Salty Shamrock is located at ular establishment. Wochnik had previ6186 Hwy. 41 in Apollo Beach. For ously worked with Rice at O’Brien’s and information on all of the happenings, also served as a manager at the Sunset visit or call Grille in Little Harbor. There is entertain938-5282.

The water tower on Hillsborough County Board US 41 in Apollo Beach of Commissioners and they will determine which design is getting a facelift. will go onto the water tower. Residents of the South As such, this is a huge Shore area can be a opportunity for members of part of the transformathe community to be tion of the historic landinvolved in transforming a mark. historic landmark. Local artist, Michael The South Shore area is Parker, has been selectrapidly changing. Have your ed to lead the creation voice and ideas heard and of the new design. The help determine what the new project is funded art on the water tower will through the Be a part of the transformation of the water tower in be. Parker said, "I want to Hillsborough County Apollo Beach by attending an collectively design this project Board of County upcoming workshop. Your Commissioners Public input will be used to formulate with interested and committhree design options that ted members of the commuArt Program. define the community. nity." Join Parker and Parker has been involved for many other members of the community at sevyears in turning buildings and other struceral upcoming workshops where you can tures into public art. Many of these places collaborate on the public art design. The were places that people did not want to workshops will be held on Tuesday, June look at before they were transformed. 6, 13 and 20 at 6 p.m. at the SouthShore Conversely, everyone looks at the water Regional Library, located at 15819 Beth tower. Parker said, "Here, we are taking Shields Way in Ruskin. something that everyone looks at and In the workshops, Parker leads commaking it even better. It is pretty cool." munity members in the process of taking Parker is a graduate of USF. In 2008 ideas (things like landmarks or physical Parker moved to Ruskin and worked on a elements that represent the community) mural for the Big Draw and has been a to a collective idea to embracing a confixture in the arts community ever since. cept that many can visualize which Become involved in the water tower defines the community. Parker said, "I will project. Join the conversation on then take what is generated at the workFacebook at and use that to formulate three ideas." The three designs will be present- lobeachwatertower. For more information, contact Parker at 846-2000. ed to the Public Art Committee of the

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The heat is here! As we transition into summer, expect to adjust your targeted species, fishing patterns, and techniques. For the most part, bay fishing will be the highlight of June. As water temperatures creep towards 90 degrees, deeper water will be the key for a successLady angler Miranda Kelly catches her first Tarpon with ful day on the Capt. Travis Yaeckel in Tampa Bay. water. Tarpon, me a quicker response time to chase a sharks, Spanish mackerel, kingfish, cobia, mangrove snapper, and grouper hooked fish or make small moves to keep my clients in the strike zone. can all be found inside the bay this A free-lined live crab, threadfin, or time of year. pinfish will be the bait of choice fishing Tarpon will take the spotlight for the stronger tides. During the weaker my charters this month. As we or slack tides, I prefer cut bait on the approach this month’s full moon, bottom. My favorite cut bait for Tarpon expect to see large numbers of fish is mullet. Ladyfish, threadfins, pinfish, staged up from Egmont Key to the or even large blue crab is also a great Skyway Bridge. Some of the best alternative. For the standard live bait Tarpon fishing will take place on the setup, I use 5-6 ft of 60lb fluorocarbon afternoon/evening outgoing tides. The leader paired with a 5/O-6/O circle stronger tides around the full and new moons, more commonly known as “hill hook. If a little weight is needed, I will add some small pinch weights. More tides”, meaning a lot of water will be often than not – just a leader and hook dumping out of the bay, will flush bait fish and crabs that the Tarpon will feed is perfect. When fishing on the bottom, I basically use the same rig but ferociously on. To find Tarpon, pick an depending on the “chunk” size and area to survey and spend some time current, I will add a small egg sinker to either on the trolling motor or idle gently keep the bait on the bottom. along with your outboard and look for Once hooked up to a fish. rolling fish. If you have a decent bottom machine, these monsters can also Remember to stay calm and take your time. These are big fish and will take be found keeping an eye on the screen as well. Once you have located some time to get to the boat. some fish, position yourself up current of the pod and either anchor, drift, or Captain Travis Yaeckel is a native resiuse your trolling motor to keep your dent of the SouthShore area and charters bait in the strike zone. I have spoiled full time for Redfish, Snook, Trout, and myself over the last five years by havTarpon. He is owner and operator of Instinct ing the Rhodan GPS Anchor trolling Fishing Co.,based out of lower Tampa Bay. To book a charter, call 830-FISH or visit motor on my boats. With the touch of Catch him on a button, I can keep my boat in posiTampa Fishing Outfitters Radio Show on tion and stay on the fish without worrySunday mornings from 8-9 a.m. at 1040 ing about the struggles of setting and a.m. Sports Talk the Team. pulling a standard anchor. This gives

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This grant will The allow PCAT Community Literacy Foundation of Ministries to Tampa Bay buy additional recently selectcurriculum and ed 10 educaa part-time tional programs Assistant to receive Program grants totaling Manager. over $125,000. The Several organiKiwanis Club zations that of SouthShore support early received learning and Parents and Children Advance Together (PCAT) $5,000 for its literacy proLiteracy Ministries, a literacy program received a grams for grant from the Community Foundation of Tampa Key Clubs at Bay which helped the program to expand. PCAT East Bay High youth in the assists first grade students at Ruskin Elementary. School and South Shore Lennard High School. Student memarea were selected. The organizabers of the Key Clubs perform acts of tions selected share the Community service in their communities and Foundation's focus on supporting litlearn leadership skills by running eracy programs and eliminating the meetings and planning volunteer projeducation gap for disadvantaged stuects. According to Faye Groves, presdents because of their race, gender, ident of the Kiwanis Club of geographic location or economic staSouthShore, "The grant from the tus. Community Foundation of Tampa Bay The Parents and Children helped our chapter send 33 high Advance Together (PCAT) Literacy school students to the Kiwanis-Key Ministries, Inc. received $24,262 for Club District Conference in Orlando.” their after-school literacy program. In Groves added, "The significance of the SouthShore, PCAT assists first the convention is that it is led entirely grade students at Ruskin Elementary by high school seniors. It is an exerSchool. Christine Worley, PCAT's Executive Director said, "The success cise in learning and conducting a large endeavor." of our program is due to our volunStudents who attend RCMA in teer base of 50 tutor/mentors that Wimauma, who are from low income work one-on-one with our students."

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How can you make a difference in the life of an abused or neglected child? Find out more about the Guardian ad Litem program and its volunteers at information sessions hosted weekly: Thursday, June 15, and 22 at 6 p.m. at the Guardian ad Litem office, located at 700 E. Twiggs St., Ste. 750 in Tampa and Thursday, June 29 at 6 p.m. at Higgins Hall, 5225 N. Himes Ave. in Tampa. Over 3,700 children are currently under court supervision in Hillsborough County. Only 1,800 of these children have advocates to care for their best interests. More volunteers are needed. For more information, call 2725110 and ask for the recruitment team.

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St. Anne Catholic Church will hold a Vacation Bible School (VBS) Monday to Friday, June 12 to 16 from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (with lunch provided). There will be plenty of fun activities, great music, snacks and bible stories for kids ages 5 (by September 1) to 12. VBS is for kids ages 5 (by September 1) to 12. Please sign up by June 8. Call 645-1714.

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Libraries Offer Free Passes To Local Museums And Attractions

By Kathy L. Collins

If you enjoy to request them. visiting local One Discovery museums and Pass per adult attractions and library card may be have a checked out at a Hillsborough time, the check-out County library receipt serves as card, you can your admisparticipate in the sion or tour Hillsborough pass, and You can reserve a free County Public there is no admission or tour pass to Library need to select local museums and attractions through the Cooperative's return anyDiscovery Pass. Hillsborough County Public thing to the Library Cooperative's This unique pro- Discovery Pass program.. library. gram allows Stacey Jurewicz, library cardholders to check out a oneCommunity Engagement and time admission to one of the library's Partnerships Manager explained why partner museums or attractions. Please the program was implemented. note that the number of passes are lim- Jurewicz said, "People love their ited and are available on a first-come, libraries and the books, resources, first-serve basis. events and classes they get to experiParticipating museums and attracence. We thought the Discovery Pass tions include Big Cat Rescue, Florida program was an opportunity to expand Museum of Photographic Arts, Glazer that experience from beyond our offerChildren's Museum, Henry B. Plant ings to the greater cultural resources of Museum, Stageworks Theatre Hillsborough County, broadening the Production, Straz Center for the horizons of all our residents." Performing Arts (dark over the sumLaura Butler, a resident of mer), Tampa Bay History Center, Wimauma, recently used the Discovery Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa Theatre Pass to attend the Tampa Bay History Balcony-To-Backstage and Ybor City Center. Butler said, "I think this is an Museum State Park. Black-out dates amazing idea. I gave the information to and restrictions may apply. a friend, and we are planning on Each Discovery Pass provides one- attending another attraction this sumtime admission to one of the above dur- mer." ing a seven day check out period. For more information, please visit Passes may be reserved through the library's catalog and checked out at the pass, call 273-3652 or visit your local branch with the same library card used branch.

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and are ideal for controlling larvae in backyard ponds, birdbaths, fountains, animal troughs, unused swimming pools, and other standing water. County officials emphasized that the fish require no feeding and care is limited to protecting them from garden sprays, chlorine, or As the rainy season arrives, Hillsborough County residents other chemicals used for are urged to invest in mosquito fish, a small native fresh- cleaning. water fish that eat mosquito larvae to help control and preMosquito fish do not vent mosquito breeding. lay eggs and require no What is the mosquito’s worst special environment for breeding. enemy? As it turns out it is Gambusia, a While residents are encouraged to species of freshwater fish, also simply make use of this simple way of controlknown as mosquito fish. ling mosquitoes, the County’s Mosquito In hopes of assisting residents to cut Control unit continues its routine spraying backyard mosquito breeding and to conby air. trol the spread of mosquito-borne disAccording to County officials, the ease, Hillsborough County has been product ANVIL 10+10 is used to control offering mosquito fish to residents for adult mosquitoes spraying by a Bell Jet free. Ranger 206 helicopter at an altitude of The Hillsborough County Mosquito approximately 300 ft. Control’s mobile truck with free mosquito Spraying is normally done after sunfish will be available at a number of locadown between the hours of 8-11 p.m. tions throughout the County. Locally, the Some tips for residents to control fish will be available in parking lots at the mosquitoes are listed below: following times and locations: June 24, 9 • Drain water from garbage cans, house to 11 a.m. at the Bloomingdale Regional gutters, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower Public Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. in pots, buckets, watering cans, kiddie Valrico; June 24, 12 Noon to 2 p.m. at pools, and any other containers where the Riverview Branch Library, 10509 rainwater has collected. Riverview Dr. in Riverview and July 22, 9 • Clean out rain gutters and downspouts. to 11 a.m. - SouthShore Regional Library, • Keep swimming pools in good condi15816 Beth Shields Way in Ruskin. tion, and maintain chlorination. The effort was based on the simple Visit or call fact that mosquito fish are small, native 635-5400. freshwater fish that eat mosquito larvae,

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issues ranging tion. After from East Bay, Lennard, Durant and from homelearning from Jesuit. The eight recipients were forlessness and the 5th mally awarded at the May Apollo neglected anigraders, Mrs. Beach Woman’s Scholarship mals to the Foley’s class Luncheon held at the Apollo’s Bistro. Florida enviwrote opinion Seven recipients will be attending ronment. essays on the a four year Florida College/University; Compiled by Michelle Colesanti, Students importance of each awarded a $1,500 scholarship. stressed, to non-profit One recipient will be attending a two guests, the organizations year HCC degree program and was importance of and joined in awarded a $700 scholarship. non-profits on the celeScholarship recipients are: Hanna Certificate Of Commendation To and how they depend on bration by Gottman (Durant - UCF); Sydney Austin Stewart donations, volunteers, and teaming up Hostelley (East Bay – USF), Aaron Austin L. Stewart recently received Photo courtesy of GMCPAO community awareness. with pairs of Nelson (Lennard – UCF); Sara a Certificate of Commendation from Austin Stewart receives Certificate of Gayla McDowell and grade stu(East Bay’s Salutatorian – 5th Hostelley Commendation from Colonel Donald Colonel Donald Brown (right), US Brown. David Upchurch, 5th grade dents and USF), John Paul Collins (Jesuit – Army Retired, President of the Georgia at the Center for teachers sharing their FSU); Courtney Burnette (East Bay – Mountain Chapter, Military Officers Gifted Studies, introduced videos and essays during the exhibition. UCF); Doug Williams (East Bay Association of America, during comarticles on Over 100 students, parents, teachFAU), Natalie E. Behen (Lennard – missioning ceremonies the noners, and adminisHCC). at the University of North profit sectrators, including To be eliGeorgia. Second tor, and Tamethea gible, scholarLieutenant Stewart also pairs of Simmons, ship recipients received a "gold bar" students Boyette Springs had to be rank from the chapter for selected Elementary Apollo Beach being commissioned specific Principal; residents into the US Army Infantry organizaAmanda (33572) and and will soon enter tions that Williams, plan to attend Active Duty.. He is the were speAssistant a Florida colson of Darryl and cial to Principal; Jane lege or univerTammy Stewart of Apollo Apollo Beach Woman’s Club recently their interWells, Lead sity. All the awarded scholarships to students planning to Beach. Fifth grade students at Boyette Springs ests and Teacher for the attend college and live in Apollo Beach. Elementary Center for Gifted Studies designed college-bound and constructed displays that were featured passions. Center for Gifted applicants met Center For Gifted during “Service City” Exhibition featuring the They researched and contacted the Studies; and Dr. the club’s Studies 5th Grade “Service City!” impact on non-profits in our community. organizations to get more information. Kirsch, Lauri scholarship Exhibition The 5th graders designed and conSupervisor of Gifted Education K-12 criteria showing outstanding scholastic The 5th grade students at Boyette structed captivating and informational for Hillsborough County School District accomplishments, leadership roles, Springs Elementary Center for Gifted displays that were featured at the exhiand district leaders attended the event. excellent recommendations and Studies presented “Service City”, an bition. required community service. Each exhibition that featured the impact of The event that started as a 5th must show financial need. Apollo Beach Woman’s Club non-profit organizations in our commugrade project became even more The ABWC primary mission is to Awards College Scholarships nity and across the country. Fifteen impressive when 1st graders, led by raise funds for college scholarships. Apollo Beach Woman’s Club fundnon-profit organizations were chosen Lauren Foley, gained interest in the Visit ed $11,200 in college scholarships to by the students, who emphasized the project after visiting during eight 2017 High School Graduates importance of non-profits, focusing on

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Job seekdance with more ers dressed in than 30 employprofessional ers and service attire at their agencies. visit to the Individuals Boys & Girls searching for a Club in job could speak Brandon durwith employers ing ECHO’s from the (Emergency Hillsborough Care Help County Sheriff’s Organization) Office, fourth annual Hillsborough Job Fair on Hillsborough County Public Schools table at the County ECHO Job Fair. April 13. Supervisor of Through this free event the first 25 Elections, Bank of America and much candidates received a portfolio, assis- more. It gave the job seekers an tance with their resumes and more. opportunity to network and learn In September of 2015, ECHO about these employers and service held their first job fair. ECHO does agencies in hopes to land employthis twice a year, once in the spring ment. The sponsors of the job fair and the other in the fall. The mission included Twin Creeks Assisted Living at ECHO would be to assist residents and Memory Care, Boys & Girls Club, of Eastern Hillsborough County in cri- Braille Works and more. sis with emergency food, clothing and “I came to the ECHO Job Fair offer access to life-stabilizing probecause I need a job and like the fact grams and resources. Since 1987, it that I can talk with employers face-tohelped more than 180,000 Brandon face,” Nataly Cabrera said. area residents with food and clothing. “The ECHO Job Fair seemed well Bank of America gave ECHO a put together and it did not gear $25,000 grant for the Job for Jobs towards one sector,” said Melody program. that will go towards their Fuller, with the Job for Job program workforce development, which caters at ECHO. She started with them in to its Job for Job program. 2016. “The $25,000 grant from Bank of Join ECHO and their next job fair, America will go towards our workwhich will be held on September 24. force development,” said Sharmaine For more information, visit Burr, ECHO Director of Social It is located Services. at 507 N. Parsons Ave. in Brandon. This job fair had 169 in attenHours vary. Call 685-0935.

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talented players in the past and we had great teams, but as I said at the beginning of the season, this is by far the best team that we have ever had,” Cooper said. “They deserve it. They have worked hard and kept the right attitude all for the love of the game. I am proud of what my players have achieved for me and themselves because they believe in my direction, which is, "Do the best, be the best you can be as a daughter, sister, student, and teammate. I love my players for what they've accomplished.” The last time the two teams East Bay Girls flag football team celebrates the program’s 100th win in 11 met was in 2015, when years, which came with the program’s sixth district championship victory against East Bay Indians senior QB Sydney Hostelley led her Bloomingdale led by program head Bloomingdale. team to its sixth district championship. coach Michael Lankford had the upper hand and defeated the Indians 27-6 to win their second district tile in a row. The Bull’s winning streak continued in 2016 with a powerful 20-7 victory over Plant City to claim the 2A District 6 championship victory; the program’s third in as many years. To the Bulls credit, last month’s bout could have gone either way and was as good and as exciting as high school sports get. For more information about East Bay High School Girls Flag East Bay senior captain Caitlyn Northrop breaks through the Bulls defense for a first down during this year’s girls Football please visit www.ebhsEast Bay Lady Indians wide receiver Sara Hostelley (22) gets the first down flag football district championship game. with this run against Bloomingdale during this 2016-2017 spring flag football district championship game.

Keeping his promise at the start of the season, East Bay High School Girls Flag Football coach Michael Cooper led the program to its sixth district championship last month. To claim the title the Indians defeated three-time defending champions Bloomingdale in a 14-13 shootout, which allowed the Indians to advance to and win the first round of regionals. This season, was undoubtedly and rightfully East Bay’s as the well-balanced and talented team reclaimed the coveted trophy


with a perfect 7-0 district record and it was the third time for East Bay to reach the second round of regionals in school history. Aside from winning the trophy, when the game was over, East Bay did not only play its ninth district championship, but also posted its 100th win, in 11 years. Only two other coaches can claim 100 wins in the county: Josh Saunders of Robinson 134, Matt Hernandez of Alonso 106. “I have enjoyed coaching many


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Coach Cooper Says Goodbye After Decade-Long Career, 101 Wins & 6 District Titles As East Bay High Girls Flag Football Coach “Best season ever, best team ever,” said East Bay High School girls flag football coach Michael Cooper as he reflected on the 2017 spring season, which ended with the program posting its 100th win in 11 years, and by winning the school’s sixth flag football district championship. Cooper didn't want to disparage his former teams when he added, “I've had great teams, I've had great players, I’ve had passionate players and I've had leaders. But I've never had a team like 2017.” Cooper’s praise of his players came after an emotional announcement, informing his team that this was his last season. “I need to take the burden my coaching puts on my wife, Diane, who is everything to me,” Cooper said. “And to spend more time with my only child and daughter, Katie, to mentor her and spend time with her as I've done over the years with other people's daughters. These parents put their trust in me to lead, coach and guide.” Players who stood out over the years include, Stephanie Williams, Madeline Hornacek, Dasia Daniels, Nicole Lock, Michelle Rodriguez and Akeila Brown, just to name a few. “We've played some tough teams over the years, some teams perhaps

tougher than we played this year,” Cooper said. “But this game has morphed and changed. With so many passionate coaches and outstanding athletes now, I don't believe we have ever faced the challenges of each game and each and team, like this year.” Cooper believes that there are other coaches who have better knowledge of the game but that his strength lies in motivating his players. “These girls played above and beyond their abilities because they believed in their teammates and me and for that I am forever grateful.” In the 11 year history of the sport in Hillsborough County, East Bay made every district tournament. Only four schools in the county can claim it including East Bay, Plant City, Plant, After 10 years of coaching girls flag football at and Robinson. East Bay played in East Bay High School and at the end of what he nine district champion games, two called, “The best season ever,” Michael Cooper decided to leave the game. Cooper said goodbye more than any other team in the to his players after 101 wins, nine district chamcounty: Alonso 7, Durant 7, Plant 7, pionship appearances, and six district Plant City 7, Robinson 7, championships tiles. Bloomingdale 6. 101 games. Only 3 coaches can claim Under Coopers direction, the Indians more than 100 wins in the county: Josh won six district championships. Only Saunders of Robinson 134, Matt three schools have done this in the counHernandez of Alonso 106 and Cooper of ty: East Bay, Robinson and Plant City East Bay 101. and only three coaches Cooper, Josh One more Cooper can claim since Saunders and Larry Langston. the school opened in 1957. Only three Since the first season East Bay, won teams have won six district champi-

onships among them the current softball coach, Glenn Rodriguez, who holds the distinction of winning the schools only State Championship in school history (2010). Rodriguez won six district championships in 20 years. As expected, Cooper’s decision to call it quits did not come easy. “I’ve been thinking about leaving the game since 2013,” he said, but added, “I couldn't do it knowing that I wasn't giving my best effort. I constantly processed the decision and as the season began, I made up my mind. I second guessed myself often, but after we beat Bloomingdale in the regular season, something I didn't do in six tries over three years, I decided, "Yes, vindication.” Cooper’s team did not just beat Bloomingdale but finished district play at 7-0, something no team in the county has ever done. “My first district championship was in 2008, a 1-OT win against Riverview and my last district championship game, a 2OT win against Bloomingdale,” Cooper said. “I am very proud of all my teams who have given me so many wonderful memories. I thank you all, I love you all and I am proud that I had the honor to coach you all.” Great job Coach…we will miss you. For more about East Bay girls flag football,

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