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Families Enjoy Treasure Hunts For Painted Newsome Grad Fulfills Dream And Competes On American Ninja Warrior Rocks Throughout Neighborhoods By Kate Quesada

FishHawk residents Braydon (5) and Grace (9) Kenny and (right) Max Quesada, often take bike rides and walks on the FishHawk Ranch trails looking for rocks.

ninjas Drew Drechsel and Reko Rivera. Last year, Bouton sent in a video submission to be on a college version of the show and although he was not chosen, the casting crew encouraged him to keep submitting applications. In early May, he received a phone call asking him to fly to Denver, Colorado later in the month for a filming. Due to his contract, rother Noah Bouton, Bouton cannot talk Matt Iseman the American Ninja host, about what happened and Taylor Bouton during the taping which took place at 3:30 a.m. "All I can say is that that I was there When FishHawk residents tune into it was the trip of a life time," he said. and the hit television show American Ninja As for advice to anyone with dreams Warrior on July 17, they will have a of making it on the show, Bouton keeps it hometown hero to cheer on. simple. Taylor Bouton, a 21-year-old student "Just have fun," he said. "And learn at Brigham Young University in Utah who to fall. You're going to fall a lot, but you grew up in FishHawk Ranch, filmed an just have to keep on trying and keep havepisode of the show in late-May in which ing fun." athletes are timed attempting to complete Tune into NBC at 8 p.m. on Monday, a course made up of high skill obstacles. July 17 to see Bouton in action. The Newsome High graduate called Visit www.nbc.com/american-ninja-warrior. his trip the culmination of a lifelong dream. "I started watching American Ninja Warrior with my family when I was eight years old and it has turned into somewhat of an obsession for us," said Bouton, the oldest of five siblings. "I spent hours training on the equipment in Ibis Park." Training became such a hobby to the Bouton family that they built 13 obstacles similar to those found on the show, including a Salmon Ladder, in their backyard. At the age of 17, Bouton began training at Life Training Center in Palmetto and despite not being old enough to compete on the show, he participated as a tester for an official course in Orlando two years ago. It was during his role as a tester that he completed the well-known Salmon Run obstacle and earned his nickname "The Nerdy Ninja" from veteran

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Walking around local parks, pathways and walking trails over the last couple of months, residents may have noticed brightly decorated rocks hidden in various spots. These works of art may have been created by members of the local groups including the #FishhawkRocks group which has joined in on a phenomenon sweeping the nation, rock painting and hiding. FishHawk resident Kim Santucci created the FishHawk Rocks Faceook page in April after a relative added her to the “Palm Harbor Rocks” group in Pinellas County. “I had no idea what it was all about, I had never heard of doing this,” said Santucci. “It turned out this was actually a nationwide movement going on simply to make people smile.” After Santucci created the group, she

asked about 30 people to join right away and within hours membership grew, reaching 850 by mid-June. Santucci’s directions to members are simple. “You take a rock, paint it however you’d like and write on the back of it ‘FishHawk Rocks’ and then hide it in a public place somewhere in the area,” she said. “When you find a rock, you take a picture of it to post it on the group page, then you can choose to keep it or re-hide it. It is as simple as that. It is so much fun to see how excited kids get when they find a rock. Most of them choose to keep them, but then they go home and paint their own to hide.” The Facebook page is very active with daily posts from members with pictures of rocks they have hidden and hints on locations in addition to smiling pictures of the finders of the beautiful rocks. Another way members have embraced the trend is with rock painting parties with preschools, moms’ groups and scout troops. Some people also post on social media with the hashtag #fishhawkrocks, so that rock pictures are easily searchable. “I think the FishHawk Rocks idea is awesome,” said FishHawk resident Kristin Kenny, mother to Braydon (5) and Grace (9). “The kids and I regularly go out for walks or bike rides hunting for hidden rocks. It definitely creates a sense of community and is just another reason why I love living in FishHawk.” Search “FishHawk Rocks” or #FishHawkRocks on Facebook to join the group or for more information.

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Sheriff's Office K9 Unit Members Receive Body Armor From National Non Profit

By Tamas Mondovics

The Hillsborough Canton, OH Police County Sheriff's Office Department". has received some much K9 Zeus, Justice, needed gear to protect Spector, and Max's vests several of its K9 will be embroidered with deputies. the sentiment, "In memoThe agency ry of K9 Ty, California City Police Department". announced recently that Delivery of the body its K9s Karlo, Zeus, armor is expected by the Justice, Spector, and end of summer. Max will receive bullet “These dogs are not and stab protective vests just working members of thanks to a charitable HCSO but are our famidonation from Vested ly,” McKinnon said. “We Interest in K9s, Inc., a owe it to them to do 501c (3) non-profit chariK9 Zeus everything possible to ty organization that was established in 2009 to assist law enforce- protect them while they are in harm’s ment agencies with this potentially lifeway. They are trained to protect our saving body armor for their four-legged deputies and citizens of Hillsborough K9 officers. County. There is an estimated 30,000 law HCSO is thankful for the generosity of Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. located in enforcement K9s throughout the United East Taunton, MA, whose mission is to States. The donation to provide just one pro- provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law tective vest for a law-enforcement K9 is enforcement and related agencies $1,050. Each vest has a value between throughout the United States. $1,795 - $2,234, a five-year warranty, Since its inception, Vested Interest in and an average weight of four to five lbs. K9s, Inc. has reportedly provided over The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforce- 2,400 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, ment or related agencies who are certiat a cost of over $2.1 million dollars. fied and at least 20 months of age. For more information or to learn New K9 graduates, as well as K9s about volunteer opportunities, please call with expired vests, are all eligible to par508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, ticipate. Inc. provides information and accepts HCSO Public information Officer, tax-deductible donations of any denomiColonel Larry McKinnon explained that nation at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. K9 Karlo's vest will be embroidered with Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718. the sentiment, "In memory of K9 Jethro,

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Alderman’s Ford Trail Project Earns Scout With Fatal Disease Eagle Rank

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that is an extremely rare and fatal disease that starts in childhood and progresses on through life. “We want the Eagle Court of Honor to be a celebration of his achievements,” explained dad Eric, who along with younger sister Maria, are often found by Jon’s side. “But, we also want to start the process of raising awareness and advocacy for the need for a cure.” For his Eagle Scout Project, Jon Miller stands with his supportive family while Jon worked with Asst. Park receiving his Eagle Scout Award for a project he completed at Alderman’s Ford Park. Ranger Bobby Roberts at On paper, FishHawk resident Jon Alderman’s Ford Park and cleared a hikMiller is an exceptional Boy Scout. A ing trail off of the main hiking path, and member of Troop 11 Brandon, FL, he has installed smartphone sensors/scanners held leadership positions of Troop along the trail to allow people to read Quartermaster, Patrol Leader and Asst. about (or the blind to use a voiceover Patrol Leader. In addition, his awards function on their phone to have it read to include 1 mile swim, Order of the Arrow, them) the surroundings of the park and its World Conservation Award, Snorkeling history. and now, after a successful completion of Miller’s Eagle Scout Court of Honor a park improvement project, Miller has was held at Grace Community Church on earned his Eagle Scout Award and can Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in June and Miller count himself as a part of an elite group received certificates of achievement from of scouts that only 4 percent of all Boy local organizations including The Greater Scouts achieve. Brandon Chamber of Commerce, Marine What makes this award even more Corp League, Tim Tebow Foundation, special, is that for most of his career in Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Gov. Rick Scott, scouting, Jon has been essentially blind American Legion Alafia Post 148, or at least vision impaired. Brandon Elks Lodge 2383, Masons and a But, that has never held this young U.S. Army Outstanding Citizen Award. man back. He has earned 45 Merit Miller thanked everyone in his troop Badges, enjoyed hiking, swimming, snorfor their help with the project and issued a keling and SeaBase Camp and is a senspecial recognition to his dad, his sister ior at Newsome High. and Roberts during the ceremony. Miller, 18, suffers from Batten Miller hopes to host a 5K fundraiser Disease, specifically Juvenile Neuronal for Batten awareness in the winter. Visit, Ceroid Lipofuscinoses or CLN3 Disease Jons-Journey on Facebook.

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Volunteer Roadway Warriors Pick Up Snipe Signs To Fight Visual Blight

At Pho Viet, Vietnamese Cuisine Becomes A Staple In Brandon

Snipe become dangersigns—as they ous projectiles are known by during a storm or many—are the during lawn care. code violations “These illeseen by most gal signs are Hillsborough ugly and distractCounty residents. ing,” Staley said. They are “That's why we hard to miss, and yank them from for those that take Hillsborough County Code Enforcement volun- the ground and teers, Bill Staley and Jim Reed have removed the time to illegalpull them off more than 50,000 roadside snipe signs. ly litter the compoles, fences munity by plastering the impromptu ads and trees.” for garage sales, trash haulers, and Staley and Reed usually work on house buyers; that's the idea. weekends, and while they do not keep to In an effort to manage the illegal an assigned area, they mostly visit the snipe sign issue effectively, while working same routes gathering a couple hundred within its budget and resources, the signs per trip. The two keep track and Hillsborough County Code Enforcement record what they get on a spreadsheet. Department is grateful for local volunteers Code Enforcement emphasizes safewho enlist to fight the blight. ty so the volunteers wear reflective vests “We appreciate the efforts of our voland badges, and use crosswalks. unteers as they certainly help our cause,” “On a recent Saturday, I have countsaid Hillsborough County Code ed 150 signs on just one corner at the Enforcement Director Ron Spiller, while intersection of US 301 and Big Bend Rd. commenting on the assistance of a pair of in Riverview. code enforcement volunteers, Bill Staley The County's 30-plus Code and Jim Reed. Enforcement officers also remove the The dedicated duo of roadside warsigns, and thanks to a new County law riors, who could be fishing or playing golf, approved by the BOCC will be imposing have instead managed to pick up more a progressive fine on violators, which can than 50,000 “snipe’’ signs since they start- reach up to $250. ed in 2011. "I'm glad there's a volunteer program According to County officials Staley and we can help make the community and Reed began their community work in look a whole lot better," Bill said. Brandon and Valrico after realizing their For more information about rules, mutual dislike of the signs littering their regulations and fines in connection with neighborhood, not to mention the threat snipe signs, please visit www.hillsborto motorists and residents as the signs oughcounty.org.

If you’re authentic looking for a Vietnamese meal. “I fresh twist on focus on bringing the classic higher quality food dishes of to my customers,” North and Pham told of his South goal. Vietnam, do While it may be not look any impossible for Pham further than to choose his own The dining room of Pho Viet is spacious and Pho Viet, a favorite item from welcoming. Pho Viet sits proudly on West restaurant the menu, he does Brandon Blvd. devoted to recommend that introducing new customers try the Vietnamese cuisine very dish the establishto the Brandon ment his named after; the area. Sitting at Pho Soup. “I use beef 1202 W. Brandon because it has a good Blvd., near where flavor,” Pham gave a an old Pizza Hut short summary of what used to be, the makes his Pho the best, location promises a “It’s also healthier than relaxed dining experience that is only most options.” enhanced by the friendly staff as they Although foodies can only find Pho offer customers a cultural experience Viet in Brandon, Pham does aspire to through the variety of dishes offered. expand his business so that more peoAfter getting his start in the culiple will be able to enjoy his healthy nary business as a chef at his family’s approach to Vietnamese cuisine. “I’m restaurant, Pho Viet owner Thienan still looking for the right locations,” Pham decided that it was time to take Pham spoke of finding the right fit for the risk of opening his own spot. “My his business. sister owned a restaurant,” Pham To savor the best Vietnamese cuiexplained how he got into the busisine that Brandon has to offer, visit ness, “But it was my friend who Pho Viet Monday through Thursday encouraged me to open a place for from 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. The establishmyself.” Since the opening of Pho Viet, ment is also open from Friday to as well as throughout his entire career, Saturday from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. as well Pham has never stopped striving as on Sunday from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. towards being the best option when it Pho Viet is located on 1202 W comes to satisfying the craving for an Brandon Blvd, Brandon, FL 33511.

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Local Athlete Jessica Miller Wins Special Olympic Silver, Participates In TD Bank Day By Kate Quesada

Neighborhoods Conference & More The conference is free and runs from 8 a.m.2:30 p.m. Visit www.hillsboroughcounty.org or call 272-5860 to register. Sheraton Tampa East is located at 10221 Princess Palm Ave.

Register Now For The Annual Neighborhoods Conference

The 14th Annual Neighborhoods Conference will take place on Saturday July 15, at the Sheraton Tampa East. The conference is a great place for residents to learn about new programs and ideas for neighborhoods and for HOA representatives to network. It is a forum for the county departments to share information about county services offered to residents. For the second year in a row, the conference offers a special youth component and interactive community conversation engagement workshop to allow open dialogues between various community leaders, business professionals, county and city residents and law enforcement officers.

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The FishHawk Ranch HOA is also planning it’s next Food Truck Rally in the Osprey Club parking lot on Saturday, August 19 from 5-9 p.m. The Osprey Club is located at 5721 Osprey Ridge Dr. in Lithia. Mark your calendars now for the new Shopping Bazaar which will take place at the Palmetto Club on September 23. For more information on all HOA events, call 657-6629.

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Jessica Miller competed in her first Special Olympics event nearly 15 years ago. Her father, Jon Miller, convinced her to participate in the 100-yard dash at Durant High School. Miller won the contest with flying colors, and she kept running, even though her shoe came off in the process. Jon was waiting at the finish line, signaling to Jessica to stop at the finish, but she didn’t hear him and kept running with one shoe on around the track. Miller is a big competitor. “I love to win,” she said. Every year since then, Jessica, who has Down Syndrome, has competed in the Special Olympics. She has participated in local events and district and state competitions as well. In May, she won a silver medal at the state level in a tennis skills event. Jessica loves to take part in tennis, bowling and swimming contests, which all occur throughout the year. “She gives it 110 percent,” Jon Miller said. “She likes to win, but at the same time, she cheers for all of her friends and all of the other athletes to win, too.” Miller, a Valrico native, has lived in the area most of her life. She graduated from Bloomingdale High School in 2007. Jessica likes to swim, go to church and to the movies. She also enjoys singing and is a part of her church’s choir and

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Pediatric Dentist Puts Focus On Creating Supportive And Educative Environment

By Caitlin Masessa

Carr Pediatric Dentistry is located in the Boyette Executive Center.

Can you imagine a world in which your child is begging you to go to the dentist? If you are a client of Carr Pediatric Dentistry in Riverview, this is a reality. Located in the Boyette Executive Center, the offices of Carr Pediatric Dentistry offer a “topnotch” team that are quickly becoming a staple in the community due to their supportive and nurturing approach to providing quality dental care to children and infants. “We have a lot of kids that cry when they are done because they don’t want to leave,” Dr. Natalie Carr-Bustillo said. Originally from Argentina, and after living in East Tennessee for a bit, it was in Apollo Beach where Dr. Carr-Bustillo truly grew up and the Tampa area where she thrived. “[Florida] is just home to me.” Her love for the Riverview area shines through at Carr Pediatric, where Dr. Carr-Bustillo strives to make the experience for her patients a positive memory. “We have iPads kids can play with, toys, and books to read,” Dr. Carr-Bustillo spoke of her strategy, “We also have

stuffed animals with teeth so that they can brush them.” However, these objects aren’t meant to distract the children from the sounds of dental work, but to make the experience appear less frightening to the eyes of a child. “While we give the parents a tour of the office, we’ll leave the child playing in the open room, watching other cooperative children so they don’t sense the fear,” Dr. Carr-Bustillo stated, “It gives [the child watching] a sense of ‘okay, if these kids can do it, so can I.’” Although Dr. Carr-Bustillo believes that exposing the child to the sounds of dentistry is an integral part for the young patients, Carr Pediatric strives to promote the education of dental health for both the patients and parents. “I love when parents come in with a list of questions,” Dr. Carr-Bustillo beamed, “While we speak to the parents about the medical history, we focus on educating the kids on good oral hygiene.” Dr. Carr-Bustillo also believes that the key to the business’ success is an outstanding team. “We have a lot of meetings where we just talk about how we can be better and provide the best service in the industry.” Carr Pediatric Dentistry is located on 11936 Boyette Rd. in Riverview in the Boyette Executive Center. For more information or to make an appointment, call 672-3368 or visit www.carrdental.com.

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Navy Veteran And Local Small Business Owner Throws Hat In For Congress Seat Run

By Sandra Meyer

Andrew Learned has served his country as an officer in the United States Navy for eight years and now he’s taking his passion for service to a new level. Learned has recently filed to run for Congress in 2018. The Valrico native believes that the time has Navy Veteran and come for him to Valrico native take his experi- Andrew Learned has ence as a mili- announced his intent to run for Congress in tary officer, 2018. economics major and a successful small businessman and direct that towards bringing common-sense leadership to Washington. Learned grew up in Valrico, playing baseball on the Bloomingdale Little League. After high school he studied Economics at the University of Tampa with a full-scholarship from the U.S. Navy. During his eight years of military service Learned has spent four of those deployed to the Middle East where he supported operations against ISIS and led teams against Somali pirates. His experiences in the Middle East taught him how to be a

leader and make hard decisions. Not one to be wasteful of his time, in 2013 Learned opened up a local branch of the franchise GradePower Learning in Valrico in between his deployments. His success was swift and in 2016 the Valrico GradePower Learning was named the #1 GradePower franchise in the nation, receiving the GradePower President’s award. Learned is now taking all of that experience to run for congress and represent the I-4 Corridor in the issues he feels affect the local community the most. “Health care is my number one issue right now. Washington is taking health care away from 50,000 people in the I-4 Corridor alone,” Learned said. He is also concerned with education, small businesses and ensuring good paying jobs for residents. “We need good paying jobs so people can earn a living here and not have to move away,” he added. “We need a congressman who is from here. I grew up here, this is my home,” Learned said. For information on Andrew Learned and his Congressional run in 2018, visit andrewlearned.com.

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LuLaRoe Business Is Passion For Local Mom & Now Offers Disney Designs

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Ashley Consultants and Kroslak, a Kroslak is a spirited mother of two, consultant. She is passionate sells the brand but about fashion. wears it also. She She works as is hosting an Open an independHouse Pop Up on ent fashion Saturday, July 15 consultant for from 10- a.m. to 2 LuLaRoe, p.m. at 3222 24th allowing her to Ave SE in Ruskin. stay at home Everyone is invited with her chilto come and check dren while out the latest earning money. styles. This is what As fashion conAshley Kroslak is wearing the Carly dress DeAnne from LuLaRoe with her two daughters, who sultant Kroslak said are wearing the Sloan T-Shirt. Stidham, the “I feel that I help CEO of LuLaRoe intended for her women see that these clothes are just brand. As a single mom, she came up for anybody… I also bring my personwith the idea for LuLaRoe. ality to it.” LuLaRoe is a clothing brand that LuLaRoe has grown into a major offers women, men and children fun brand; even Disney has partnered with inventive clothing, but focuses more it, allowing the brand to use its characon women. LuLaRoe caters to women ters on its clothing. As the brand keeps of all sizes, ranging from XXS to 3XL. expanding, it hasn’t changed its focus The company is known for its of making each woman feel empowunique patterns. What makes the patered and fabulous. terns so special is that only 5,000 Kroslak talked about who she copies of each pattern is made and thought LuLaRoe represented, she then it is gone for good. Although said “It’s your stay at home moms or LuLaRoe makes many different types business women. It really represents of clothing like dresses, cardigans and everybody. It’s clothing for everybody, more, it is famous for the ultra-soft leg- every size, and every background as gings. Some of the leggings come in well.” plain colors, but also offer an array of To contact Kroslak you can call unique patterns which are very popu601442, or email her at lularoe.ashlar. ley@gmail.com. Visit on Facebook The only way to get LuLaRoe is to LuLaRoe Ashley Kroslak to look at buy from independent Fashion some of her product.

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MOSI Set To Launch Visioning Phase St. Joseph’s Hosting “Christmas In July” For New Downtown Science Center Donation Drive To Collect Joy For Kids

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By Grayson Kamm

tioning to a new worldclass MOSI in Downtown Tampa,” said incoming MOSI Board Chair Robert Thomas, CEO of 2 Rivers Ranch. “We’re going to be asking for everyone’s ideas — we want them to dream and envision how their new science center will help Tampa Bay get ready for the challenges of the future.” The caring staff at Pediatric Dentistry of Brandon. MOSI’s Summer Science The Museum of Science & Industry Camps and other signature education (MOSI) recently announced that it will programs will continue without interruption begin the next steps in its transition to a through this summer and beyond. MOSI’s downtown Tampa location after August major summer experience Cardboard 13. Space Adventures will run through MOSI is working with its key stakeSunday, August 13.. holders; the public, the MOSI Board of After August 13, during what is typiDirectors, Hillsborough County, and the cally its “slow season,” MOSI will reconVinik Family Foundation to carry out a figure its operations into a re-imagined community-wide effort to craft a vision for space on its Fowler Avenue the new Downtown MOSI facility, with campus. MOSI will re-launch in late fall input from people across Tampa Bay and with a lower ticket price, and guests will subject-matter experts from around the continue to see many of their world. This effort will be led by a favorite MOSI experiences, including The Transition Task Force composed of repreSaunders Planetarium, Mission: sentatives from MOSI’s Board, County Moonbase, and more than 100 hands-on staff, and the Vinik Family Foundation. science exhibits. It will reconfigure MOSI in its current “Our community needs a great scilocation into a re-imagined, financially ence learning resource like MOSI. sustainable science center that will continReconfiguring it this fall will keep MOSI’s ue to deliver the high-quality science important education work going, while learning the community expects making MOSI financially stable in prepafrom MOSI. This will serve as a proof-ofration for its move to downtown Tampa in concept testing ground for fresh ideas about five years,” Thomas said. that may be implemented in the new MOSI is located at 4801 E. Fowler Downtown facility. Ave. in Tampa. Visit MOSI.org or call 987“This is the next step toward transi6000.

St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital is collecting toys and donations for kids.

St. Joseph's Children's Hospital treats thousands of Tampa Bay’s children every year. Whether they arrive by ambulance, are recovering from open-heart surgery or undergoing cancer treatment, they receive the finest medical treatment, emotional support and loving care available. But they have other special needs play and distraction from their illness that are met with the help of generous people throughout the community. “Medical settings are a new, unfamiliar world for most children,” said Jazleen Vecchiarelli, manager of clinical services for St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital. “Providing them with fun activities like art and music therapy, developmental play or movie nights can bring a momentary escape from the hospital experience and their illness.” Join St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital’s “Christmas in July” donation drive and help provide comfort to pediatric patients throughout the year.

You can make a difference by helping to brighten the spirits of hospitalized kids by donating a patient experience, activity or distraction item online at StJosephsChristmas.org. Monetary donations can be made in any denomination and are greatly appreciated. Become an event sponsor. Corporate sponsorships are available starting at just $1,000. Start or join a “Christmas in July” team. You can host your own online fundraiser and enlist your friends, family and coworkers to meet a goal. Fundraising ideas include bake sales, raffles, jeans day at the office, and walk/run/bike activities. Become one St. Joseph’s community partners, and get your customers involved in “Christmas in July” through a donation of percentage of sales, register campaigns and spirit nights. Toys and donations can be dropped off in the circular drive in front of St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, located at 3001 W Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Tampa during the special “Christmas in July” community event on Friday, July 28 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. St. Joseph's Children's Hospital is well known throughout the southeast United States as a leader in pediatric heart and cancer care. With 80 pediatric physician specialists representing 25 medical and surgical disciplines, the staff offers the care St. Joseph's Children's Hospital is known for. Call 872-0979 or visit StJosephsChristmas.org.

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The Wooden Spoon Diner Serves Up Classic Comfort Food With A Modern Twist The recently opened Wooden Spoon Diner in Brandon is already stirring up rave reviews with its modern twist on comfort food classics. With an extensive menu offering traditional breakfast combinations alongside offbeat selections like the Crab Cake Eggs Benedict, customers are all but guaranteed to discover something to suit even the most sophisticated palate. The diner’s breakfast and lunch menu presents a variety of flavors such as its internationally infused Greek Spinach Omelet and Maryland-Style Crab Cakes. Coffee aficionados will appreciate the micro-roasted organic cold brew coffee, a European gourmet coffee from Royal Cup. Riverview resident Manny Roussos is the owner and operator. With more than a decade in the restaurant industry, this is Roussos’ third restaurant. The diner’s name pays homage to Roussos' mother and his preferred cooking utensil. "I only use wooden spoons to stir my sauces and soups," he explained. "And my mom used to knock me on the head with a wooden spoon, so my fiancé suggested I call it the Wooden Spoon," he said smiling. The Wooden Spoon Diner’s head cook is Rick Leasy, and he is no stranger to the kitchen or Roussos. Leasy has more than 40 years of cooking experi-

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Owner Manny Rousso (right) and head cook Rick Leasy (left) teamed up to create a menu that revamps diner food classics with modern-day flavor.

ence and is a longtime friend. “It takes a team. Rick and I work together to get the right taste. We also experiment to keep the classic comfort foods fresh by adding a modern twist,” he said. All of the soups are prepared from scratch with most of the recipes originating from his mother. In the near future, Roussos plans to offer specials on designated days and a Friday Fish Fry. The Wooden Spoon Diner is tucked away at 865 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Brandon to the left of the Walmart Supermarket. The hours are 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. from Tuesday through Sunday and closed on Monday. For more information, call 655-5556 or visit Facebook and search The Wooden Spoon Diner.

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End Of Year Video Gets More Than 200,000 Views For 2nd Grade Teacher

By Kate Quesada

parents so they could see their children and share the project with friends. “This was the first time I had videoed one of our songs and I thought it would be a great way for the parents to see how much their kids have learned A video made by Valrico Academy teacher John Latacz and through the school his second grade class went viral recently with more than 200,000 views. year,” said Latacz, who was described as “The The end of year project put together Rock Star” of Valrico Academy by parent by a second grade teacher at Valrico Lisa Erkens. Lake Advantage Academy is getting “Once The Daily Mail approached attention as far away as England. me, the views went through the roof,” FishHawk resident John Latacz, made a said Latacz. “A lot of the parents have video of a song he wrote with his seven also been messaging The Ellen Show as and eight year old students and within days the clip has been viewed more than they think it is the type of feel-good video they would air.” 200,000 times with shares from famous Latacz, who also led his class to vicsites such as England’s Daily Mail newstory in two school fundraisers and the paper with a goal of making it on to The second grade Fairy Tale Bowl and Box Ellen Show. Top Challenge, credits his support sysLatacz, who moved to the area from tem for such a great first year teaching. New Jersey and began teaching at the “From the class parents to the school charter school in August of 2016, said his administration, I have received support goal with making the song was to reinfrom so many this year,” said Latacz. force what his students had learned over “For his first year teaching, he has the year. made such a positive impact on this class “Very often throughout the year if some of the students were struggling with as well as the school,” said FishHawk resident Bonnie Pelletier, whose son something, I would break out the guitar,” Benjamin was in Latacz’s class. said Latacz. “Second grade students Valrico Academy is located at 13306 learn in different ways and making a Boyette Rd. in Riverview. Call 699-5049 song seems to be a way to help get the information to stick with most of the kids.” or visit www.valricoacademy.com. To see the video, visit He posted the video on his personal www.facebook.com/john.latacz. Facebook page and tagged his students’

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Area 5 School Superintendent Sherrie Sikes Retires After 43 Years Of Service After 43 years working in the Hillsborough County Public Schools, Sherrie Sikes will retire as Hillsborough County School’s Area 5 Superintendent. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, but raised in Brandon, Sikes is a friendly woman who is passionate about children and the schools she has grown to love. Sikes is a product of the Hillsborough County Schools having attended Mitchell Yates, Horace Mann Middle School and Brandon High School, where she graduated in the class of 1970. She then went on to attend the University of Tampa (UT) and received her Bachelor’s degree. While attending UT, she was Miss University of Tampa and captain of the cheerleading squad for three years. She went back to college two more times in her career to get her Masters in Guidance, and then a degree in Administration. Sikes career is expansive and commendable. She started as a Physical Education teacher at Brandon High where she won the Teacher of the Year award. She then went on to be a guidance counselor at Plant City High School. When both Bloomingdale and Durant High Schools opened, she was part of each school’s inaugural staff. She was the chair of the Guidance Department and Assistant Principal at Bloomingdale High School. At Durant High School she was the Assistant Principal of Curriculum and eventually Principal. Sikes headed downtown to take

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Top left: Sherrie on the left with one of her principal Sue Burkett at Bloomingdale high school graduation in 2015. Top right: Sherrie on the right with her father and mother Don and Mary Fritz, with her younger siblings to the left Patti Gerdich, Carol Gerdich, and Ronnie Fritz. Right: Sherrie and her husband Dan Sikes sharing a moment with their grandughter Zie.

the General Director of Secondary Education position, but then moved back to become the Superintendent of Area 5. Sikes stayed active in each of the schools she served. This year alone, she made over 400 visits to her schools visiting with the teachers and students. A student’s hug could make her day. When asked if there was a moment in her career that stood out she replied, “Yes, at Durant High School when I was the APC Assistant Principal of Curriculum, we beat every high school in the county with the highest HSCT scores.” When asked her thoughts on retirement, she said, “It’s exciting, but sad leaving the students, teachers,

secretaries, bus drivers, custodians.” Not only has she enjoyed a successful career, Sikes is married to Dan and has two lovely daughters. According to Sikes, her oldest daugh-

ter Krista and youngest daughter Julie are the best gift she has received. She also has beautiful granddaughter Zie, who is Julie’s daughter, that she loves very much. Sikes had nonstop praise for all the amazing staff in her schools, in particular her principals. She said her faith in God has led her through life, and will continue to lead

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St. Stephen Holds Special Dedication For Much-Anticipated New Building

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St. Stephen Catholic Church has a 14-foot cross affixed to the roof and an interior space of 30,726 square feet.

With more than a decade in the making, St. Stephen Catholic Church dedicated its new building in a formal and symbolic ceremony performed by Bishop Gregory L. Parkes of St. Petersburg. The solemn rite of dedication took place on Thursday, June 29 at 7 p.m., setting apart the church as a place of worship. The dedication began with a procession from the adjacent Family Life Center led by Bishop Parkes. The ancient cerePictured is St. Stephen Catholic Church’s mony observed dramatic rituals that sanctuary, which was formally dedicated on included the congregation entering into Thursday, June 29 through a formal ceremony. the darkened church, the sprinkling of ning, budgeting and building, the entire Holy Water and the anointing of the altar St. Stephen Parish now resides at 10118 with oil. St. Stephen Cir. in Riverview. In May, the St. Stephen Parish unofIn addition to the brand-new church ficially opened the church’s doors to the building, the St. Stephen Parish welcommunity when it hosted the famous comes a new priest. On Saturday, July 1, Broadway-style musical, The Cross and Fr. Dermot Dunne of St. Cecelia Roman the Light. Guests in attendance experiCatholic Church in Clearwater assumes enced the building’s exceptional architecthe priesthood at St. Stephen Catholic tural design that houses plenty of space Church. In fact, the two pastors are with a seating capacity of 1,500 people. swapping parishes with Fr. Schneider “These are not just buildings but assuming the priesthood at St. Cecelia. places for the people of God,” said Fr. Furthermore, the parish ushers in a Robert Schneider of St. Stephen who new Mass schedule that begins on was instrumental in the church building Saturday, July 1. Weekend Mass times project. “We are not just building a beauare Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday at tiful church or a very functional Family 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Life Center—the purpose is to build up a Weekday Mass is held in the Chapel stronger parish and have a stronger daily at 8:30 a.m. and on Tuesday at sense of community and discipleship,” he 6:30 p.m. explained. For more information on St. Stephen Ever since the St. Stephen Catholic Catholic Church, call 689-4900 or visit School opened in 2001, the church and www.ststephencatholic.org. The church is school have existed on two different located just off of Boyette Rd. in campuses. However, after years of planRiverview.

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THERAPY MAY BE THE ANSWER by Dustie Lynch, M.B.A., M.S., CCC/SLP

What do you do when you have a health problem? Call your doctor, ask friends, or do research on the internet? Whether it’s a small or big problem, it can impact your quality of life. If the problem is related to any of the following issues, it’s possible to get relief through outpatient therapy at a rehab center: • Coughing or choking while eating or drinking, difficult or painful swallowing, food stuck in the throat or continual nose running during meals, can all be addressed by a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) who specializes in adult impairments. In addition, SLPs can assist with word finding, short term memory and vocal disorders, including helping those with Parkinson’s Disease improve their ability to be understood. • Difficulty walking, weakness, impaired balance and coordination (including dizziness), gait abnormality, postural instability, amputation, musculoskeletal pain (headaches, joint pain, etc) and post-surgical impairments can be addressed by a Physical Therapist (PT). PTs are able to treat the impairments using manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, balance and gait interventions. • Low vision, which a term for someone who has tried glasses, medication or surgery, but is still unable to complete necessary activities due to poor vision, can be addressed by an Occupational Therapist (OT) with a specialty in low vision. In addition, OTs can address fine motor problems that effect writing, dressing, bathing, toileting, meal preparation and housekeeping. OTs address the underlying reasons for the problems, teach compensatory techniques and recommend adaptive equipment. Anyone looking for outpatient therapy should make sure to ask for one-on-one treatment with therapists who specialize in adults. It’s important to know in advance what kinds of payment the facility takes (Medicare, insurance, private pay). A doctor would need to write a prescription for therapy. If you’re not sure if therapy would help, call a rehab center and ask to talk to a therapist. Dustie Lynch, MBA, MS, CCC/SLP is an SLP at Hawthorne Health & Rehab Center in Brandon, and specializes in swallowing, speech and cognitive impairments for both inpatient and outpatient adults, certified in VitalStim and LSVT Loud programs, and can be reached at SLPhawthorne@gmail.com.

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Phoenix House Opens Newly Renovated Derek Jeter Center In Brandon

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On Tuesday, turn his life June 6th, Phoenix around by joining House began a Phoenix House new chapter by and becoming a unveiling the relostudent of the cation of the Derek Jeter Derek Jeter Center. “I saw an Center at the opportunity for newly renovated me to grow as a Heartwood person,” [Left to Right] Phoenix House VP Maria Alvarez, Hinderscheid Campus in Derek Jeter, President of Turn 2 Foundation Brandon. Funded addressed the Sharlee Jeter, and Phoenix House Clinical by Derek Jeter’s Director Sonya Buffee celebrate the renovated crowd as he Derek Jeter Center. Turn 2 received the Foundation, the Derek Jeter Derek Jeter Hillsborough Center at Phoenix Education House works to Foundation assist adolesScholarship, cents that are “The Phoenix dealing with subHouse doesn’t stance and alcojust address subhol abuse and stance abuse, strives to put they address all them back on the the factors that it path towards a brighter future. “The comaffects.” Now drug-free for two years, and mitment our two organizations, along with a graduate with honors from Gaither High the hard work and generosity of the School with plans to attend the University Hillsborough Education Foundation, is to of Central Florida in the Fall, be sure that adolescents who are faced Hinderscheid thanks Phoenix House for with difficulties of substance abuse are being there when he needed them the given a second chance,” the Vice most. “The Phoenix House and Derek President of Phoenix House Maria Jeter Center have my eternal gratitude,” Alvarez spoke of the partnership between Hinderscheid beamed. Phoenix House and the Turn 2 With this renovation, the Derek Jeter Foundation. Center nearly doubles its size than what it With a relationship that goes back was six months ago at West Waters nearly a decade, the Founder of the Turn Avenue. “With the opening of this center, 2 Foundation, Derek Jeter, was in attenwe will be able to ensure brighter futures dance for the ribbon cutting ceremony for more young people than we ever along with his sister, and President of dreamed of,” Sharlee Jeter spoke of the Turn 2, Sharlee Jeter as well as their larger size of the Center. The relocation father Dr. Sanderson Charles Jeter. within the Heartwood Campus also works “Everyone has bumps in the road, we to destroy the false assumption that want them [teens] to know that there are addiction is a moral failing. “Since our places you can go to for support,” Derek new location is in a medical complex, it Jeter spoke of the mission his foundation reinforces the fact that addiction is a disholds, “Through our partnership with ease,” Phoenix House Communications Phoenix House, we try to supply all of our Director Ashley Womble explained. kids with a strong support system that Along with the rededication ceremoleads them down the path to success.” ny, Derek and Sharlee Jeter announced “The creation of the Derek Jeter that the Turn 2 Foundation will donate an Center at Phoenix House started with the additional one-hundred and fifty thousand singular hope that it would make a posidollars to the Derek Jeter Center, bringing tive impact on people’s lives,” Sharlee their total contribution to one million dolJeter added. With 140 programs operatlars. “What Phoenix House has accoming in 11 states, Phoenix House has been plished over the years is remarkable,” changing the lives of nearly 3,000 adoles- Derek Jeter said, “[Phoenix House] concents across the nation, and no one is tinues to change lives and we’re dedicatmore aware of the impact than Derek ed to being partners for years to come.” Jeter Center Graduate Alex Hinderscheid. The Derek Jeter Center at Phoenix Becoming addicted to marijuana at fifHouse is located on 510 Vonderburg Dr. teen-years-old, Hinderscheid decided to Suite #301, Brandon, FL 33511.

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The Tampa Theatre Presents Annual Summer Classic Movie Lineup The Tampa Theatre's 26th Annual Summer Classic Movie Series features beloved classic films, and there is no better way to see a classic movie then in a classic theatre. The Tampa Theatre is a protected landmark and one of America's best-preserved movie palaces. of the most successful movies of all First up on Sunday, July 2 come time. It was nominated for 10 see the 1930 classic, All Quiet On Awards and won seven. It Academy The Western Front. When it opened was a gigantic box in 1930, Variety office smash hit. The called it a "harrowfilm stars Robert ing, gruesome, morPaul Redford, bid tale of war, so Newman and Robert compelling in its realIt is a beautiShaw. ism, bigness and fully appointed period repulsiveness." piece, delicate plotAlready famous as a ted and dripping with book, the movie charisma; it is an allshowed the horror of time American World War I with Classic. unblinking directOn Sunday, July ness. It follows new 16, you can see soldiers from their Alfred Hitchcock's romantic enlistment, Saboteur. Contrary to through their brutal the way films were combat, to their shatusually made at that tering return home. time and not yet a Then, come see trademark distinctive the Academy Award Come see a classic movie in a clasfor Hitchcock, winning film The sic movie palace this summer. The Tampa Theatre is proud to present Saboteur was shot Sting on Sunday, its Annual Summer Classic Movie largely on location. July 9. The Sting is Series. Included in this summer's by any measure one series is the Academy Award win- Hitchcock's innovaning movie, The Sting. tive use of composite

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Construction Underway For New Fishhawk Fire Station No.44 It was nearly two years ago when residents first learned about the county’s plans to build a brand new fire station to better serve the FishHawk and Riverview communities. County officials hosted a groundbreaking ceremony in May and are pleased to announce that construction of Fire Station No.44 is now well underway, with plans to complete the project by December 2017 and to open the new station to serve the public in early 2018. “The fire station was much needed for the citizens of the area, so we can have quicker response times for those that call us in an emergency,” said Deputy Chief of Administration Jason Dougherty. During a recent groundbreaking ceremony, HCFR The 9,300 sq. ft., three-bay fire sta- Deputy Chief of Administration Jason Dougherty talks about the construction a brand new fire station is located on the south side of tion now underway in FishHawk. Fishhawk Blvd. on a two-acre lot In 2005, a site was originally desigdonated by Newland Communities, nated for a fire station within the between Mosaic Dr. and Bell Shells FishHawk Sports Complex, but officials Rd. Construction costs are approxidecided that the new location will serve mately $2.8 million with a total budget the community better. of $3.4 million. Station No. 44, is promising to take The project is managed by the load off stations No. 2 in Lithia, and Mansour Yazdi, Real Estate and No.16 in Riverview near SR 301 as Facilities Services, and is funded well as station No. 7 on Bloomingdale through the Public Safety Improvement Ave., in Valrico. Bond Project Funds. HCFR Chief Dennis Jones emphaThe three-bay station will mirror the sized the benefits of the new location, newly completed station No. 7 on which he said will maximize response Bloomingdale Ave., which includes time for residents living in the area. modern living quarters and workspace “The new station will be an for each of the 24-hour full-time crew of Advanced Life Support station (ALS), five to six personnel each shift, a fire with a fire engine ladder truck and engine, and rescue unit. Rescue Ambulance Unit,” Jones said

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Oakfield Dental Offers Easy Saturday Appointments And Much More

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Providing highServices available quality dental care in a include general, cosmetstress-free environment ic, preventative and is the motto at Oakfield restorative dentistry as Dental, which Dr. Amir well as extractions and Boules opened in implants. “We believe in 2016. not only getting patients “We offer a patientto healthier teeth, but also focused approach and to a more confident passion to make densmile,” he said adding tistry something comthat the office fortable and even also offers enjoyable, rather than Zoom something to be Whitening, feared,” said Dr. which is an inDr. Amir Boules, Owner of Oakfield Boules. “We believe office whitening treatment Dental, with his wife Melanie. The couple married just over a month that gives instant results; that a child's early ago. experiences at the Minor Tooth Movement dental office is formative in setting the (MTM); and, Invisalign, which use clear person up for dental health in the future trays to straighten teeth. and one of our greatest joys is seeing a The office is completely digital, dental-phobic patient little by little become including x-rays, which minimizes radialess fearful of seeing the dentist.” tion exposure to the patient. From the moment guests enter the While Dr. Boules has been busy with office, from the coffee and tea bar to his new practice over the past year, he essential oil diffusers to full-wall windows also recently married his wife Melanie, with views of plants and birds in each who he met in dental school. She is joinroom; it is obvious that the goal is to creing the practice on Fridays and brings ate a comfortable environment. with her, her experience working with chil“Our biggest asset is our team, dren as well as with Invisalign. whom I hand-picked for their attention to Oakfield Dental is located at 1457 detail, compassion and genuine desire to Oakfield Dr. Hours are Mondayhelp others,” he added. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.Adding to all of that, Oakfield Dental 4 p.m. Fridays are nicknamed "Kid also offers Saturday appointments from 9 Friendly Friday." Although the office sees a.m.-4 p.m. “We chose to open on children every day of the week, on Saturdays because we work ourselves Fridays, the staff decorates the office to and know how inconvenient it is to take be more comfortable to its young friends. off a day of work for a doctor's appointVisit www.oakfielddental.com or call ment,” Dr. Boules explained. 813-906-8808 for further information.

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AmTrak Auto Train Vacation Includes D.C. With Daytrip To New York City With a family of 5 which includes 3 boys ages 15, 11 and 2, summer vacation has taken on a whole new meaning. Gone are the good ole’ days of 1 to 1 coverage. Now, they have us out-numbered and although the 15-year-old is a lot of help, the ‘on-themove’ 2-year-old makes up for that cooperation. So, planning a family vacation which offered us the opporThe Gilmore Family enjoyed an tunity to take our family AmTrak Autotrain vacation to minivan complete with car D.C. with a side trip to New York seat with 5-point harness, City and Canada! big stroller, little stroller, pack-n-play, portable high chair, coolers, luggage for five and toys and supplies for entertainment…was absolutely priceless this trip. Last summer, we selected the AmTrak Auto Train and a trip The train has to Washington, D.C. with a visit to family passenger, dining and movie cars in addiup in Chipman, New Brunswick, Canada tion to the special vehicle cars that stack and back with stops in Philadelphia, vehicles with special ramps within the Boston, New York City, Baltimore and cars. back to Virginia to catch the train back Upon drop off, AmTrak staff take poshome. session of the vehicle and take care of The AmTrak Auto Train currently the driving of the vehicle onto the train operates one route in North America cars. Vans, cars, motorcycles are weldaily. It leaves from Sanford, FL and from come and passengers aboard Autotrain Lorton, Virginia each day at 4 p.m. and must have a vehicle to load. arrives at its destination by 9 a.m. On our Families should check in early day of particular trip, there were 240 passenger the trip as seats are assigned first-come, vehicles and 350 people aboard the train. first served.

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First stop, Washington, D.C., but not before a great trip to the Udvar-Hazy Center Smithsonian Air & Space Museum. Next stop Boston, MA and a great trip. We rented a VRBO home in the Jamaica Pond District and had additional family join us. One day touring Harvard and exploring the Metro system and another day taking the tour and starting at the shipyards and following the Freedom Trail. We drove up to New Brunswick for a family visit and made sure to bring passports for all family members for the border crossing.

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Kraftologee Brings Craft Cellar, Coffee House & New Kids Playzone Concept To Riverview By Abigail Baker

With only a for the children’s wall separating craft rooms and a craft beers and kid traditional check-in friendly entertainsystem but it is not ment, Kraftologee, a daycare. a new craft beer, Parents must stay coffee house and in the building and kids creative playchildren must be zone, has opened potty-trained and a able to work well space beside for others. both “We parhad ents ideas, Kraftologee owners Chris and kids to then we Harman & John Fontana. unwind. would (Top) Happy customer Isabella Escobar enjoys the Longtime come in kids craft room. friends John and Fontana and Chris Harman have co-colreform laborated to construct a business that our combines high quality drinks, food and ideas,” glittery, colorful crafts. Fontana said. “We’re a new concept, still “We’ve been working on this concept growing and changing.” for two years,” Harman said. “I’m most Rooms are designated for children excited to see the kids enjoy it.” ages 3-5 and 5-10. Fontana and Harman come together “I heard about this through word of as a creative team that bring two different mouth,” said Lu Barns, a local mom visitskill sets to the table. ing Kraftologee. “It’s something fun to do Fontana has experience doing kid on a rainy day.” friendly Lego-themed events with his A visit to their Facebook page will business Bricks 4 Kidz. Harman is a talreveal over 1,400 followers, a five star ratented musician. ing and reviews stacked with positive “We don’t have microwave pizza,” experiences and compliments to the local describes Harman. “Here, its all craft coffee shop. beers and high-end quality choices.” For more information and to stay Their success is a team effort. With a updated on the latest Kraftologee news barista trained directly from the famed visit the Facebook page at www.faceBuddy Brew Coffee, experienced cooks book.com/kraftologee/. and concoctions created by individuals Kraftologee is located in the corner of with experience in the food and beverage the plaza on Gornto Lake and industry, parents are drawn to healthy, Bloomingdale Ave. at 10312 quality choices. Bloomingdale Ave Suite 101. Call 252Kraftologee has a $10 per hour fee 3106 or visit http://www.kraftologee.com.

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BSAC Celebrates Opening of Ken Hagen Learn To Swim Community Pool

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provided renovations to the center’s current pool. The remaining $500,000 investment came from privatelyraised dollars in the local community. “This is not A large group of local leaders and community representatives during the official ribbon cutting of the center’s brand new Ken just a new pool, Hagan Learn to Swim Pool. but also a celeBrandon Sports and Aquatic Center bration of BSAC’s partnership with the (BSAC) Executive Director Chuck Hillsborough County Commission,” Burgess, was pleased to welcome a large Burgess said. “This partnership will greatgroup that gathered last month for the ly impact lives and allow BSAC to save celebration of the opening of a brand new more lives by spreading swim education community swimming pool. awareness while creating new jobs and Guests included members of the economically impacting our local busiGreater Riverview Chamber of ness sector through events that broaden Commerce (GRCC) Greater Brandon our leadership footprint in aquatics.” and Valrico-Fishhawk Chambers, Assisting with the ribbon cutting fesHonorary Mayor of Brandon Tammy tivities, Hagan emphasized the imporHolmberg, local community leaders, and tance of the pool and the role it will play in Ken Hagan, Hillsborough County the community, when he said, “I am honCommissioner District 5, in whose honor ored to be here at this grand opening. the pool was named–the Ken Hagan This is a much-needed tool for our comLearn to Swim Pool. munity, and our families. According to BSAC officials the comHagan added that with Florida leadpletion of the pool was made possible ing the nation in children drowning BSAC through a partnership with the is a valuable resource in the community. Hillsborough County Commission in a During the event, Honorary Mayor of major youth drowning prevention initiative. Riverview Tammy Holmberg, owner of The new facility was built as part of Chick-fil-A Brandon, delivered a procla$1.3 million BSAC program improvement mation to the Brandon Sports and Aquatic project. Center. To support the effort, the Board of BSAC, located at 405 Beverly Blvd. County Commissioners approved the in Brandon is a community-based 501c3 allocation of an $800,000 gift to the non-profit. Visit, www.mybsac.org. BSAC, which funded the building and

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Boulevard Salon Team Offers Hair Styling, Nails, Facials And Full Spa Services

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When Lithia resiizes in anti-aging treatdent Eva Duchesne ments, Vitamin-C and visits hair stylist Cathy acne treatments and Turner at Boulevard microdermabrasion. Salon, she knows her With so many hair is in good hands. ways to make a Duchesne has been woman feel fabulous a client of Turner’s for on the outside, it’s a 13 years and trusts surprise that owner her explicitly to tame Kathy Hegenauer is her mane and leave more concerned with her hair looking fabuhow her clients feel on lous. the inside. “She came to me “This is a place highly recommended Boulevard Salon nail tech Samantha where we work togethHoule not only offers a great and always makes er to really make manicure but a listening ear to my hair look great,” feel welcome,” clients longtime customer Phyllis Tyree. said Duchesne. “I said Hegenauer. know she does a great job because of all That welcoming feeling extends to the compliments I receive.” both clients and staff. Many members of In addition to the standing appointHegenaur’s team have been with her ment for cut and color, Turner occasional- since the salon opened. Nail technician ly applies Keratin Complex on Samantha Houle has been working with Duchesne’s hair to repair damage, lock Hegenauer for more than 20 years. out humidity and reduce unwanted frizz. Customer and Valrico resident Phyllis “I have a lot of hair and in the sumTyree has had a biweekly standing mer the keratin treatments help my hair appointment with Houle for a manicure look sleeker and healthier,” said for more than 20 years. Duchesne. “Who wouldn’t love to come in here Located at 210 E. Brandon Blvd., and spend time,” she said. Tyree is greetBoulevard Salon is more than a place for ed warmly when she arrives and offered fabulous haircuts. It’s an all-inclusive a beverage. experience encompassing hair and nail For Tyree, it’s about more than a care and aesthetic needs including but great manicure. “It’s the personal connecnot limited to facials, waxing services, tion and we talk about life, it’s challenges, eyebrow and eyelash tinting, permanent the good times and the bad times,” she make-up and massage. Hydro-facials are said. “She’s such a caring individual.” performed with a high-tech water oxygen Boulevard Salon is located at 210 E. treatment skin dialysis machine by aesBrandon Blvd. Visit boulevardsalon.biz or thetician Rania Chamoun, who specialcall 571-5800.

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The Florida Florida Orchestra tradiOrchestra is boldly tion, filled with the joy of going where it’s your favorite yuletide never gone before: carols. Brian Byrne concombining the ducts, with vocalists. Music of Star Trek & Rodgers & Star Wars into one Hammerstein (Friday stellar concert as and Saturday, January part of its Raymond 12-13 with Saturday James Pops series. Mahaffey matinee): For the orchestra’s Broadway star Lisa 50th anniversary, its Vroman wraps up a few Pops lineup feaof our favorite things, tures diverse music, including songs from the including Broadway, Sound of Music, The swing and more, led Enjoy the music from Star Trek and King and I, Oklahoma! Star Wars in an intergalactic battle of by TFO’s Principal Stuart Malina conducts. musical favorites from Friday to Sunday, February 9-11. Pops Conductor Music of Star Trek & Jeff Tyzik. Here are five can’t-miss Pops Star Wars (Friday to Sunday, February 9concerts, including new Saturday mati11 with Saturday Mahaffey matinee): An nees at the Mahaffey Theater: intergalactic battle pits Trekkies against Swing is the Thing (Friday to Sunday, The Force. Who will live long and prosOctober 13-15): Jump ‘n’ jive from the per? Everybody wins when the orchestra 1940s right into the jukebox tunes of the plays music from the Star Trek franchise, ‘50s and ‘60s, with hits like Boogie along with Star Wars classics by John Woogie Bugle Boy and Rock Around the Williams. Music Director Michael Francis Clock and features virtuoso clarinetist conducts. Dave Bennett. Jeff Tyzik conducts. Why subscribe? Because the orchesMarvin Hamlisch & More (Friday to tra tempts you with special perks: Get the Sunday, November 10-11 with Saturday best seats in the house. Be first in line for Mahaffey matinee): The orchestra honors popular special concerts and the gala. one singular sensation, the late Marvin Free ticket exchanges for flexibility … and Hamlisch, with his beloved songs, along much more. Concert series are on sale with music that inspired him from now, and single tickets are available Gershwin and Bernstein. Lee Musiker Monday, August 14 at conducts and plays piano; Doug floridaorchestra.org. TFO regularly perLaBrecque on vocals. forms at the Straz Center in Tampa, Holiday Pops (Friday to Sunday, Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, and December 15-17 with Saturday and Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. For more Sunday matinees): Have a jolly good time information, visit with the whole family at this popular www.floridaorchestra.org.

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Jehovah’s Witnesses Launch 2017 “Don’t Give Up!” Three-Day Summer Convention Series At Fairgrounds And Invite Public To Attend

By Tamas Mondovics

As part of its annual practice, 52 parts and will be presented in a and that he is now ruling Jehovah’s Witnesses have once again variety of formats, including interas King of God’s heavenly scheduled to hold a series of three-day views and brief discourses featuring Kingdom, which will soon summer conventions with the rather simhow God “supplies endurance” to bring peace to the entire ple, but powerful theme “Don’t Give Up!” all sorts of people, even today. — earth. The first of five conventions, three (Romans 15:5.) Additionally, it is their English and two Spanish, each expected Short videos are also designed belief that Jesus never to see nearly 6,000 in attendance is to help attendees discover how the claimed equality with God scheduled for the weekend of Friday, July Bible and even nature teach lesand thus is not part of a 14, at the Florida State Fairgrounds, sons about how to endure. Trinity. Expo Hall, 4800 U.S. 301, in Tampa. The Public Bible Discourse Jehovah’s Witnesses Judging by the content, the focus of entitled “Never Give Up Hope!” is are found at all level of this year’s program, center on the chalarranged to be given at each consociety; they do not physilenges in life, which the vention on Sunday cally separate themselves witnesses say can rob morning. from those who do not people of peace and Additionally, one share their beliefs. They even cause some to segment of a threelive, work and go to school Members of Jehovah’s Witnesses attend a regional convention. think about giving up part feature film entiwith people of different relion themselves or even tled, Remember the gious beliefs, but they Admission to each event is free and following Jesus’ example of on God. Wife of Lot will be shown emphasize no collections are taken. According to a being “no part of the world” by avoiding each afternoon. Jehovah’s Witnesses are members release on the the unchristian prejudices and controverAccording to the of a worldwide Christian religion who Witnesses website sies that divide mankind today.—John Witnesses, the muchactively share with others information JW.org., the 2017 con17:15, 16. anticipated concluding talk about God, whose name is Jehovah, and vention shows how to on Sunday afternoon entiThe dates for the three three-day about his Son, Jesus Christ. They view enjoy a happy life now conventions are July 14-16, July tled “Keep in Expectation English first-century Christianity as their model and gain a real hope . . . It Will Not Be Late!” is 21-23 and July 28-30. Two, three-day and that living by Bible principles gives for the future. based on the scripture Spanish language conventions are also purpose to life, promotes strong family “More than 30,000 found at Habakkuk 2:3 scheduled to be held at the Fair Grounds ties, and develops productive and honest on Friday, August 4 and Friday, persons attended our and is expected to starting citizens. conventions last year strengthen all in attenAugust 11, 2017. It is the Bible, upon which Jehovah's from the Tampa area,” dance to endure and not “It is our purpose this year, that our Witnesses base all their beliefs, including Entitled, “Don’t Give Up!” said Joseph Lavore, a to give up. convention will benefit both Witnesses that Jehovah is the only true God, the Jehovah’s Witnesses expect to non-Witnesses because it promises spokesman of As in years past, the and see more than 30,000 in attenCreator of all things and that Jesus is the dance for their annual Regional Witnesses in the Tampa Jehovah’s Witnesses to empower individuals not only to keep Son of God. Convention. in the Tampa area. enduring but also to cope with challenges Bay area and around the The Witnesses believe that Jesus “We hope to have an even larger audiworld are participating in a campaign to in a productive way,” Lavore said. came to earth from heaven and gave his ence this year.” personally invite the general public from For more information, visit perfect human life as a ransom sacrifice, The three-day program is divided into their communities to attend. www.jw.org.

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Newsome Alum John Coultas Shines At NCAA Div. 2 Golf Nationals

By Tamas Mondovics

Florida Southern College junior, John Coultas, holds his winning trophy during the NCAA Division 2 National Championship at Reunion Resort in Kissimmee in May.

Florida Southern College junior and Newsome High School Alum, John Coultas, enjoyed the spotlight last month after a pair of high level golf tournament victories. The first of two victories for Coultas and the Florida Souther golf team came with the NCAA Division 2 National Championship at Reunion Resort in Kissimmee in May, after the Moccasins outlasted Florida Southern College junior and member of Team USA the Lynn University John Coultas is joined by teammates, after celebrating a Knights in the matchvictory over Team Europe at the annual Arnold Palmer play final. Cup held at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Ga., last month. The 3-2 win marked Florida Coultas’ team featured junior John Southern's first title since 2010, the VanDerLaan, along with sophomores final year before the championship Christian Anderson and Michael switched from stroke play to match VanDerLaan and freshman Chase play. The win was the Mocs’ 13th Ibbotson. championship, giving the Sunshine Coultas, Anderson and State Conference (SSC) six straight VanDerLaan were also the three indinational titles in men’s golf. vidual winners in the final round for The win was also the sixth for the the Mocs. school under current head coach As it was reported by NCAA.com, Doug Gordin with the others coming the tourney’s final did not start off well in 1996, ’98, ‘99, 2000 and 2010. for Florida Southern. But by halfway

team All-American and was selected to play as a member of Team USA in the prestigious Arnold Palmer Cup held at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Ga., just two weeks later. At the end, Team USA celebrated its 19.5-11.5 victory over Team Europe on Sunday, June 11. Coultas joined the team of golfers, which also included Tampa native, Jimmy Stanger (University of Virginia). The annual tournament was founded by the late golfMembers of the Florida Souther golf team pauses for a ing legend Arnold Palmer and matches the top collephoto after winning that NCAA Division 2 National Championship at Reunion Resort in Kissimmee. giate golfers from the United States and Europe against through the day, Anderson, Coultas each other in a Ryder Cup style and John VanDerLaan all had evenevent. par 35s and all three had the lead by The Arnold Palmer Cup is a siga single stroke. Coultas earned his 35 nature event of Arnie’s Army with nine pars and finished his round Charitable Foundation - entrusted to with a team-best 69, with either a par or birdie on every hole, while knocking carry on the legacy of Palmer’s lifetime commitment to philanthropy. down the putt that officially sealed the For more information please visit, title for Florida Southern. ww.ncaa.com/sports/golf-men/d2. Coultas was also named a first-


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FishHawk Roller Hockey Team Takes Aim At 10U National Championship Title

Photos by FRHL house League and by Lilla Bordas The Team FishHawk 10U team participated in and qualified for the Mite (10U) at the National Tournament in Wesley Chapel this month. Bottom Row L to R - Landon Daney, Dylan Precourt, Ethan Precourt - Top Row L to R - Preston Walrath, Ross Callahan, JoJo Serra, Coach Joe Serra, Drew Callahan, Coach Tom Walkinshaw, Henry Sprinkle, Callen Carroll, Taylor Domenech.

Following its success at the recently held TORHS 2 Hot 4 Ice Regional tournament, Team FishHawk qualified for the 10U National Roller Hockey Championships scheduled for Sunday to Tuesday, July 9-11 at Florida Hospital Center Ice in Wesley Chapel. The 10-member team is drawn from the FishHawk Roller Hockey League, (FRHL) which after its small beginning last fall is now boasting of more than 30 players, divided into four teams in two age divisions; the Squirt teams (ages 5-9) as the Stars and the Panthers and two Pee Wee teams (ages 10-14), the Lightning and the Sharks. FishHawk Roller Hockey League Director, Matt Scribner, spoke highly of the program and what it offers to its young dedicated players and the community. “Our coaches, including Joe Serra, Tom Walkinshaw, Jim Precourt, Jim Daney, and James Walrath are just one of a number of reasons why our kids

are enjoying such success so quickly,” Scribner said, adding that having access to the community’s very own inline hockey rink inside Hawk Park, 5702 Hawkpark Blvd. in Lithia is also a huge advantage. Of course, qualifying for the upcoming tourney would not be possible without the young player’s commitment to the sport they love.

Under the coach’s watchful eyes, FishHawk Roller Hockey players practice their skills at the community rink at Hawk Park, 5702 Hawkpark Blvd. in Lithia.

“We are proud of the players especially since the league has only been around for less than a year, and half of our players are under the age of eight,”

said Serra, Team FishHawk head coach. “We began with most of the kids in the league never playing the game prior, and could barely skate. But through their hard work and dedication they are skating their way to the top.” It is safe to say that the FishHawk Roller Hockey League offers children an alternative and opportunity to play the sport of hockey.

A free Clinic and Player Evaluation is scheduled for its fall season (October through mid-December) on Saturday, September 30, at 9 a.m. at Hawk Park. A fundraiser at Cherry's Bar and Grill in FishHawk was held last month, welcoming as its special guest former NHL All Star and Lightning player Brian Bradley. The event hosted a silent auction sponsored by Jag Sports Marketing. Other sponsors included Cherry's Bar & Grill, FishHawk Sporting Goods, Publix FishHawk, CrossFit 31, Impact Wellness, Ciccio's, Studio 19 Designs, HiTech Automotive. Proud of one of his former players recently signing an NHL contract with the Edmonton Oilers, Serra said, “Perhaps one of these great kids on our current team will be next. Let’s help get them there.” For more information, please visit www.fishhawkhockey.com. The THORS2HOT4ICE tourney runs from July 5-13, for all divisions. www.torhs2hot4ice.com/nationals.


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New Blue Sky Brandon Affordable Apartments Open At Full Capacity

Local Realtor Looks To Join Forces With A Local Non-Profit

It took just four want to upgrade as years for a vacant many things as piece of property in possible and make Brandon to be purit a great place to chased, developed, live.” built and opened as With that, the Blue Sky Brandon, apartments boast affordable housing granite counter for local families, tops, keyless entry, The Brandon and developers are 9 ft. ceilings, balFoundation received a thrilled that the donation for $6,000 for conies, stainless its Angel Program at steel appliances much-needed projthe Blue Sky Brandon affordable ect is already a and the community apartments grand opening in June. success. offers a resort-style The brand new 120-unit, affordable pool and clubhouse with children’s activity family housing community was built by room, social and recreational services. funding provided by Hillsborough County, The gated community offers one, two Florida Housing Finance Corporation, J.P. and three bedroom floorpans and started Morgan Chase, Neighborhood Lending moving in its first tenants in early May. Partners and Raymond James Tax Credit In attendance at the ribbon cutting Funds. were local dignitaries, Chamber memIn June, lenders, builders and county bers, Hillsborough County representatives gathered to officially open Commissioners Victor D. Crist and Pat the complex, which has a waiting list for Kemp, Air Force Veteran Greg Mouradian apartments. who received a special flag presentation “We are very proud of this project,” and representatives of The Brandon described Shawn Wilson, representing Foundation Angel Program who received Blue Sky. “We want to be a place that a $6,000 donation including $5,000 from gives families a new start.” All of the Blue Sky and $1,000 from its partner apartments have income limits and 108 Chase Bank. are reserved for families earning less than Blue Sky Brandon is located just off $32,000 per year. Twelve units are of S.R. 60 near Parsons Ave. at 504 reserved for families earning less than Cobalt Blue Ave, Brandon, FL, 33510. It $22,000 per year and six of those units is managed by Carteret Management are also reserved for special needs resiCorp. dents. The rental rates are set by the Blue Sky is building Sweetwater State of Florida and are based on Villas, a project in Tampa and expects income. completion next year. Wilson explained, “At Blue Sky, we For more information, visit don't just want to give people space, we www.blueskybrandon.com.

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District Focuses On Healthy Meals And Students Safety During Summer Break (HCPS) recently announced its plans to hire school bus drivers and mechanics To make sure for the upcoming students receive school year, now nutritionally balanced set to begin a bit meals this summer, earlier on August Hillsborough County 10. Public Schools Hillsborough County Public Schools officials To launch the are hosting a series of information sessions in (HCPS) Student an effort to hire school bus drivers and summer hiring Nutrition Services mechanics ahead of the upcoming school year. campaign, HCPS (SNS) are now offerHillsborough County officials have ing several opportunities as it rolls out its Children line up to receive free lunch as Public Schools also scheduled to host part of the County’s summer food proMovin’ Meals summer food service program. Thanks to the program during the a series of offers the Extended gram. summer months nearly 4,000 free meals Information School Year program, For the past six years SNS have are served. students breakproviding Sessions and been bringing food into communities fast and lunch at no cost at schools that Hiring Events as the Transportation through its Movin’ Meals “food buses” provide summer school programs. Services department is looking to hire providing thousands of meals. Monday through Thursday, in select close to 200 school bus drivers before According to school officials five schools this summer, all children 18 the start of the new school year. retired and renovated district school years old and younger can come to an Transportation officials are seeking buses have been selected to deliver individuals who are motivated, compasmeals into neighborhoods offering break- open school, regardless of whether the child is enrolled in summer school. sionate and dedicated to providing safe fast and lunch until Wednesday, August For more information, please contact and reliable transportation 2. Tanya Arja in the Communications Office “School bus drivers play an imporStudents can eat on the air-condi272-4060. at tant role in providing safe, timely, efficient tioned buses. and courteous transportation services to The purpose of the annual summer Hillsborough County Public Schools our students,” HCPS External program is to reach communities where Communications Manager, Tanya Arja children may not have access to a neigh- To Hire 200 Bus Drivers, Mechanics For Upcoming Season stated in a recent press release. borhood school or park. In addition, the School District is in In the wake of its controversial deciThe buses will stop at a number of need of bus mechanics. sion to eliminate courtesy busing to thoulocations throughout the area including A flexible working environment with sands of students throughout the county, some serving the Brandon and Valrico benefits such as paid federal holidays Hillsborough County Public Schools Lithia communities.

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On Thursday, July 27 from 6:30-9 p.m., the LifeCare Network will host its annual Latte for Life—a Ladies Night Out fundraiser. The event will take place at the Regent, located at 6437 Watson Rd. in Riverview. Guests will have the opportunity to sample specialty desserts and coffees while enjoying live music entertainment and a guest speaker. The night will also feature client testimonies, a ministry update and an opportunity to give financially to the organization. LifeCare’s mission statement is “to lead those we serve to the unconditional love of Christ as we protect the sanctity of human life, promote biblical sexuality, and proclaim God’s plan for marriage and the family.” Ladies can register to attend as guests or host a table of eight. For information or to sign up, visit www.lifecarenetwork.net/latteforlife.php or call 654-0491.

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Water Safety Takes Center Stage As Summer Boating Season Begins

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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 boaters 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. Hillsborough Hillsborough County Sheriff’s marine Together they provided County Sheriff’s 100 life jackets that will deputy stands by a sign promoting Office Marine Unit boating safety during Boating safety be stocked at three sepaweek late last month. The Sheriff’s were also out in Office’s Marine Unit is working hard to rate 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 www.myfwc.com.

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New Yorker Brings Fresh Business To Brandon With Eliana’s Market & Produce By Caitlin Masessa

which smoothie he can be found sipping on before adding with a smile, “But that’s everyone’s favorite.” Whether your favorite is strawberry banana, or if another taste is calling to you, Eliana’s Market offers customers the opportunity to personally pick the fruit they want to be used in The Meija Junior family poses outside of Eliana’s Market.

If you’re looking for a sweet, but healthy, treat that will cool you down in the heat of a Florida summer, then look no further than the quaint Eliana’s Market. The location, which was once the home of the popular La Septima Café, specializes in a Caesar Meija, Jr., the owner of Eliana’s variety of meal options that will Market, takes stock of his variety of produce. leave you satisfied and ready for more; including Cuban sandwiches, their smoothie from the wide selection fresh fruit, and smoothies. offered in the store. “It’s something difWanting a change from the hustle ferent,” Meija said of the unique of New York City, Caesar Meija, Jr. approach to blending drinks. made the decision to start his fresh That’s what Eliana’s Market is all market business in Brandon due to the about; giving customers a new experi“neighborly feeling” the area exuberence in their old neighborhood. If you ates. “Brandon offers a quiet and qualiwant to take a bite of a Cuban sandty life,” Meija said as he meandered wich, and then wash it down with a around his produce. This affection for smoothie filled with ingredients handfamily shines through when Meija is picked by you, take a trip to Eliana’s speaking about what he hopes for his Market. business; a spot for those to take a The market is open from Monday break from their busy lives to enjoy a to Saturday from 8:00 a.m.to 8:00 sandwich and a smoothie. p.m.and is located at 160 N. Parsons “My favorite flavor is strawberry Ave. in Brandon. banana,” Meija answered when asked

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Volume 16, Issue 7

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Brandon League Of Fine Arts Issues Call To Artists For Artworks 2017

The Brandon whether their work has League of Fine Arts been accepted. (BLFA) has issued a The chosen artCall To Artists for work will be on display Artworks 2017. This is in the Mook Gallery at a juried show which is Center Place of open to all area artists Brandon during the who wish to submit month of September. A original art that has reception and awards been completed since ceremony will take September 2014. place at Center Place There is over $1,000 on Thursday, in prize money availSeptember 7 from able. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Both traditional The entry fee for 2D work and 3D work BLFA members is $25 in media such as fiber, for one entry and $35 ceramics, metal, jewfor two. For non-memelry, glass and wood Shown here is the winning artwork from bers of BLFA, the Artworks 2016- “Twisted” by Nancy are accepted. 2D entry fee is $35 for Luby of Palm Harbor. work must not exceed one piece and $45 for 40 inches in any dimension and must be two. framed and wired for hanging. 3D work Sue Downes Allen is chairman of must not exceed 18"Hx10"Wx12"D and Artworks 2017. Allen said, "This year, the not weigh more than three pounds. distinguished judge is award winning New this year is the submission Plant City artist, Phyllis Duggar process. Artists are asked to bring their Alexandroff, who is widely known as the work, one or two pieces, to Center Place former Supervisor of Middle and on Tuesday, September 5 between 10 Secondary Art and Humanities for a.m. and 12 Noon. The judge will select Hillsborough County Public Schools. She those pieces that have been accepted is retired now and is a successful mixed into the show starting at 1 p.m. Artists will media artist.” Allen said. Contact suealbe notified by approximately 3 p.m. lenart@verizon.net or call 681-3589.

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The World's Largest Display Of LEGO® On Display In Tampa With Art Of The Brick

By Kathy L. Collins

The Vinik have never seen Family Foundation before," said Sawaya. invites area resi"A goal with this coldents to experilection of art is to ence The Art Of demonstrate the The Brick®, an potential of imaginaexhibit featuring tion and the power of artwork made creativity," added exclusively from Sawaya. The Art Of The the iconic LEGO® Brick has visited over brick. The exhibit was created by award 80 cities worldwide. This is winning artist, Nathan the first time it has visited Sawaya. The Art Of The the Tampa Bay area. Brick is on display at The Art Of The Brick is 802 E. Whiting St. (forthe first major exhibition to merly District 3) in use LEGO bricks as the downtown Tampa now sole art medium. Sawaya through Monday, transforms a simple toy The Vinik Family Foundation into tremendous and September 4. The proudly presents The Art Of exhibit is available for The Brick, the largest exhibit thought-provoking sculpof art made entirely out of tures. viewing Wednesday LEGO bricks. through Sunday from "Nathan's inspiring 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The exhibit is free to story and unique perspective of art is what makes this exhibit a can't miss the public. The Art Of The Brick is the world's for all ages this summer," said Jeff largest display of LEGO brick art. The Vinik, founder of the Vinik Family collection features original sculptures, Foundation and owner of the Tampa as well as re-imagined versions of art Lightning. "Our hope is that everyone masterpieces. Visitors will see Vincent in our community will be able to expeVan Gogh's Starry Night and rience this incredible exhibition up Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa. You close. Art is both impactful and inspican also get up close with a fan rational, and we hope to continue to favorite, Yellow, the life size sculpture share world class cultural events like of a man ripping his chest open with The Art Of The Brick with Tampa Bay," thousands of yellow LEGO bricks cas- added Vinik. For more information, including cading from his chest. "The Art Of The Brick takes LEGO how to plan your visit, special group instructions and more, please visit bricks somewhere you would not www.artofthebricktampa.com. expect and shows you things you

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College Nannies + Sitters + Tutors (CN+S+T) is excited to announce its expansion to service all of the Tampa Bay area including Lithia, Valrico, Riverview, Apollo Beach, Brandon and surrounding areas. College Nannies and Tutors is the nation’s most complete resource for customized childcare services. CN+S+T offers full-time, part-time and on-call babysitters, customized nanny services and specialized tutors to help provide reliable and qualified Role Models that lead to happy children and successful students. Owner Steve Galloway understands the importance of helping busy parents find convenient and trusted childcare

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When Tina Guinn and Theresa Evans opened Sunshine Real Estate of Tampa Bay, they decided to be boutique style for the unique opportunity to serve the local community. Many may consider a “boutique” firm to cater to high end only or possibly too small to break into the competitive real estate market. In reality, boutique firms are extremely specialized businesses with being centered on customer service and professionalism. Your community is your boutique firm’s community. Your boutique firm will typically be committed to the community because their business only does well if the community does well. Broker Tina Guinn was born and raised in the Tampa Bay area and her family has been here for many generations. She said, “With having over 18 years experience in real estate and five years experience working with a custom home builder, I am sure to find the perfect place for you to call home. Contact me for help selling your existing home and I will help you find your new home in this beautiful Tampa Bay area.” Realtor Theresa Evans is a Florida native and has lived in the Tampa Bay area for 26 years. “I feel right at home in the real estate market. My experience is on all sides of the transaction.

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Are you looking for a fun addition to an event or party? River Hills resident Casey McComb might have your answer. McComb recently opened FishHawk PhotoBooths offering fun entertainment to weddings, graduations, birthday parties, retirement parties and more. “Our booth is a little different than some of the ones I've run into,” said McComb.” Many of the booths out there right now utilize a DSLR camera and an actual enclosure. Our booth is iPad based and we utilize a backdrop instead of the enclosure.” According to McComb, the iPad based booths are easier to run and take up less space at an event. “With our booth, if you can work an iPhone then you will have no problem figuring out our set up,” said McComb. “In addition, our booth takes up roughly a 2'x2' footprint and can be set up just about anywhere, weather permitting.” The booth also provides GIFs, social sharing, boomerangs, texts, emails and can print out the pictures onto photo strips on the spot. Call 591-3474 or visit fishhawkphotobooths.com.

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