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posed project was going to expand the tennis courts into a $600,000 tennis center and include racquetball courts, restrooms, shelters and parking. At Bloomingdale East, the project would have A map shows Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation’s originally removed the tenproposed enhancement plan for Bloomingdale East Park. After resi- nis and racquetdents’ input County officials have decided to refine the project or ball courts decide if the project should not move forward. because of the Pointing to unexpected scheduling new tennis center nearby and added a issues and a fair amount of public input $400,000 splash pad, also known as a ahead of an open house format public spray pool area with sprinklers, founmeeting, Hillsborough County Parks tains, nozzles, and other devices or and Recreation officials have changed structures that spray water with little or direction on a proposed improvement no standing water. project of two Bloomingdale area parks. The projects’ estimated total cost is Prior to its cancellation, the meeting $1 million for the splash pad and tennis was scheduled for Tuesday, July 11 center and would have been paid for and was seeking public input on through park impact fees for new conimprovements to Bloomingdale East struction. Park, 3902 Natures Way Blvd. in Booher said that East Valrico, and Bloomingdale West Park, Bloomingdale residents did not want to 3940 Canoga Park Dr. in Brandon. lose the tennis courts prompting the “We have received a lot of input County to reconsider the proposed plan from the community prior to the meetfor both parks. ing indicating that residents were glad Based on public comments and the about improvements to the parks, but engineering analyses and surveys, were not excited about some of the Booher emphasized that Parks and proposed changes,” said County Recreation will refine the project or spokesperson Kyla Booher. decide the project should not move forThe project called for renovating ward. the two parks, which are about half a “We have decided to change direcmile apart on either side of tion and for now looking at a smaller Bloomingdale Avenue. renovation such as repair and resurfacAt Bloomingdale West, the pro-
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Current FishHawk CDD boundary lines mean the fewer residents living in CDD III district pay a larger operation and maintenance assessment than the other two districts. A possible merger of the districts could mean relief for these residents.
The FishHawk Community Development Districts I, II, and III Boards have each started to hold meetings to further talks and analyze the pros and cons of a possible merger. Only FH CDD has currently held a separate workshop but all three have discussed the merger topic in their separate CDD meetings. When the CDD I Board met in June, they identified three potential areas of concern that needed to be resolved, which included removing from CDD III’s books, a $23 million-dollar capital debt in the financials reflected as owed to developer Newland Communities, the desire of the Board members to protect the current capital reserves of each district and how one newly-established CDD Board would be able manage the increased workload of one large district. Currently each district is composed of a five-member Board. Its Board voted four to one to move forward but to address the concerns that were not identified as most critical to them. The other Boards will be scheduling their workshops to identify the areas they are most concerned with as well. Each property owner in FishHawk pays an annual assessment, levied on each year’s property tax bills as non-ad valorem assessment, based on two component costs. One is each District’s debt assessment, that was used to finance the community’s infrastructure and will not be affected by a merger. The other is an annual assessment for operations and maintenance (O & M) of community prop-
erties. FishHawk CDD (1,810 homes) and CDD II (2,551 homes) each pay an operations and maintenance assessment of $808.01 annually. This amount was equalized in 2004 by an inter-local agreement between the two Districts. FishHawk CDD III, with 665 homes, pays an operations and maintenance assessment of $1,413.37. Merging CDD Boards isn’t a new concept. Tampa’s Westchase community, with almost double the number of homes as FishHawk, merged its two CDD Boards in 2011 after more than two years of preparations. District Manager Greg Cox of Rizzetta & Company, a professional community management and consulting firm, said if the FishHawk CDD Boards decide to move forward, the next step would be for each District to have their currently hires independent counsels to work on the merger agreement paperwork, then there would be meetings for each board to review the agreement and any changes they deemed appropriate. After each board is satisfied there would be a vote, then an administrative process. “A CDD merger is not a quick process,” he said. “It could take a year if nothing major stops it.” If one board decides a merge is not for them? The whole process can come to a halt. CDD II will host a meeting on Friday, August 11 to discuss, visit www.rizzetta.com for details.
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experience with what has been accomplished here at Cimino,” she said. “I am looking forward to working with everyone to enhance what is already here.” Giffiths emphasized her goal of identifying some of the instructional priorities, and to “increase student achievement through planFormer Cahoon Elementary Magnet School principal ning effectively” as the first Joanne Griffiths stands by the Cimino Elementary School marquee. She was appointed to take the lead thing on her to-do-list. “Ongoing progress at the school as principal ready for the 2017-2018 school year. monitoring is also important,” Each year princishe said. “As a pals retire, move or successful earn promotions leavcampus we ing a vacancy to be want to be a filled with transfers or significant part new appointments. of growing in Superintendent the community.” Jeff Eakins recently While proannounced the moting commuHillsborough County nication as a School Board’s May 2 key to success, approval of principal Griffiths was changes at eight of the pleased to say District’s schools for that her teachthe 2017-18 school ers and the year. entire staff The changes have been included the appointworking hard to ment of four new prin“make sure the cipals and four princicampus is pal transfers, including ready on the former Cahoon morning of Elementary Magnet A teacher at heart, Cimino Elementary School principal School principal Joanne Griffiths spends August 10.” time with children during a recent The selecJoanne Griffiths, who reading class. tion process for will now lead teachers, principals students and staff at Cimino Elementary, 4329 Culbreath Rd., in the involves understanding the particular needs of a school and then seeking to heart of the Bloomingdale community. find the right match to meet those With unquestionable confidence, needs. Griffiths will lead a talented group of Principals are focused on achieveteachers and the more than 800 stument and results, have instructional dents scheduled to fill the classrooms expertise, have the ability to manage at Cimino this year. Originally from Queens, New York, and develop people’s talents, able to build a safe and positive culture, and as is the case with most school develop collaborative relationships and administrators, Griffiths began her take a proactive approach to problem career in1985 as a teacher before solving. moving to Florida in 1991. It is safe to say that Griffiths expe“Moving to the Brandon area was rience, expertise and commitment to a great decision,” she said, adding, her staff and students as well as to live “This is my home now.” Griffiths became assistant principal up to her new appointment is both welcomed and much-appreciated. in 2002 and has been serving as For more information about Cimino Cahoon Elementary principal since Elementary, please visit 2008. www.sdhc.k12.fl.us. “I am very excited to combine my
thing for me I think is just remembering 9/11… and it’s important to remember what that day was all about.” This nonprofit charity run is about remembering 9/11 and the wars since. This includes all the veterans, first responders, civilians, and military. The foundation wanted this run to also unite communities. A large portion of the net portion of the proceeds raised from the run will go back into the community. The rest goes to the Travis Manion foundation programs for veterans and survivors and its Character Does Matter program. Higgins said “I think as a community it is easy to lose sight of that day; what was a momentous day in the history of the United States, and the 9/11 Heroes Run is an opportunity to remember, and share our story… and hopefully to energize the community to give back.” The race will take place at Park Square, 16144 Churchview Dr. in Lithia starting at 8 a.m. Registration through August 22 is $27.50 for 5K for an Individual, $17 for the 1 Mile, $90 Fun Run/Walk Family Pack of 4 and $24.75 for 5K Active Duty Military or First Responder. The price goes up on August 23. There is a 10 percent discount for active duty status, with a government ID presented. For more information on the 9/11 Heroes Run go to www.travismanion.org/tmf_911run_race/9 11-heroes-run-lithia-fl/.
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The 2016 Lithia 9/11 Heroes Run will take place this year on Saturday, September 9. Runners go full speed ahead on a day to remember 9/11 and the heroes who served.
The annual 9/11 Travis Manion Foundation Heroes Run will take place on Saturday, September 9 in Lithia. The Foundation is named after Manion, who was a US Marine Corp and served in Command 1st Reconnaissance Battalion. He died April 29, 2007 saving his teammates in Iraq. He used to say, “If not me then who…”. The Foundation works to keep that attitude by helping connect military to citizens, and help veterans and military. There will be a 5K run and a one mile fun run. Both runs are open to everyone no matter level of ability. You can choose to either run or walk. This is third year for the Lithia 9/11 run. The director of the Lithia-based 5k 9/11 heroes run, Beau Higgins, knew Manion personally. He was the commanding officer of the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion he served in. Higgins said, “The most rewarding
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FishHawk’s Park Square Comes Back To Life As Amici’s, Cool Beans & Sidekicks Martial Arts Join Cherry’s, Art Monkey & Anytime Fitness
By Michelle Caceres
FishHawk’s Park Square is undergoing a fairy-tale transformation from a mostly-vacant ghost town to a vibrant community center.
Once upon a time, Park Square at FishHawk Ranch was a thriving community epicenter, offering restaurants, a wine cellar, a gym, concerts in the park and fountains where the kids could play. It was the place you came to catch up with neighbors; the essence of FishHawk living. Then it disappeared as most of the businesses shuttered their doors. Fairy tales, however, have a happy ending and Park Square is no different. When the YMCA Express fitness center moved out, Anytime Fitness moved in to meet the fitness needs of residents. Park Square Pizza moved out of the large space facing the fountains (now occupied by coffee shop and live music hangout Cool Beans) but is back as Amici Pizza and Pasta and is whipping up pies and made-to-order Italian entrees in the
space formerly occupied by Tampa Bay Speech, Language & Reading Clinic--who also moved upstairs next to Edward Jones. Sidekicks Family Martial Arts Center has taken up residence in both Julestarz’ and Ambiance Salon’s old digs. Virtamed, a company that specializes in cutting edge virtual surgery technology, is building out the former Circle K (who remembers a convenience store in Park Square?) space. Cherry’s Bar & Grill is a great place to watch a game or grab a quick bite. Sunshine State Family Care & Aesthetics Center, adjacent to Cherry’s, offers high-quality care and skincare services. Art Monkey has been a Park Square mainstay, offering an art studio and ice cream shop all under one roof. At Cool Beans, a cozy and cool
neighborhood coffee house that sells coffee, espresso drinks, bakery treats, snacks, gelato and smoothies, FishHawk resident Teri Smith chats with friends at a table on a hot day. “This is a nice gathering spot,” she said. “There is so much seating here, inside and outside.” Smith says she can’t wait to visit in the evening and unwind with a glass of wine. The shop also offers a selection of domestic and craft beer and sangria. Whether it’s a burger or salad from Cherry’s, an ice cream from Art Monkey, a cup of Joe from Cool Beans, or an Italian dinner from Amici’s Pizza and Pasta, FishHawk residents will be enticed to visit Park Square once again with the myriad of choices. Peggy Santivasci of Amici’s says
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Detectives Seek Public’s Help In Local 13-Year-Old Teen’s Homicide Investigation Following the disLusczynski defended the covery of her body in agency’s decision for several a nearby nature prereasons including not meetserve last month, the ing the criteria for an endanHillsborough County gered child as she did not Sheriff’s Office has have a history of mental reached out to the health issues, was not on community asking the medication and had not public's help with any made suicidal threats. information about the Lusczynski told reporters death of 13-year-old during a press conference Riverview teen that to date the agency has Janessa Shannon. received more than 500 “The Shannon reports of missing juveniles Hillsborough County Sheriff’s homicide investigation detectives are seeking the pub- just this year. is still very active and lic’s help with information about "We try to put out the the disappearance and death ones where someone is ongoing,” said Cristal of 13-year-old Riverview teen Nunez HCSO Public Janessa Shannon, whose body endangered and we feel the Information Officer. was found in a heavily wooded public could help," she said, “Numerous interviews area of Triple Creek Preserve, adding that the agency still in Riverview. have been conducted treats the cases seriously and dozens of evidence items have and follow up on it. been sent to both FDLE and private Lusczynski also declined to release information on the circumlabs.” stances surrounding Janessa’s death, As originally reported by Bay News or what a hiker who found the body 9, Janessa’s body was found on July 12 saw in the preserve. by a hiker in a “heavily wooded area” of "Only the killer would know that Triple Creek Nature Preserve near her information and we don't want to tip home, 10 days after she went missing. our hand at this point," she said. On July 3, Janessa was reported Adding to the drama Janessa’ missing by her father, Nahshon father, who was initially helpful and Shannon, 37, who told officials that his provided an interview, stopped coopdaughter had run away before and was erating with investigators and has being punished for sneaking out. since hired an attorney officials said. When asked about the reason for "We are not focusing on any one not alerting the community about the person right now," Lusczynski said. teen’s initial disappearance, HCSO Colonel Donna Lusczynski told reporters "Our primary function now at this time is to find Janessa's killer. We're makthat an Amber Alert was not issued because criteria for the alert weren’t met. ing sure we're talking to anyone involved and not excluding anyone.” Janessa was described by her parCrime Stoppers of Tampa Bay is ents as a habitual runaway and they did offering up to $3,000 for information not suspect foul play. leading to an arrest. Anyone with Janessa's mother, Michelle Mosley, information is asked to call 800-87334, of Bradenton, criticized the sheriff's 8477. office for not alerting the media, but
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Volume 16, Issue 8
Playing For Charity At Annual Knights Of Columbia Golf Classic
By Joyce Bliss
The Knights of Columbus Golf Classic Mother Seton Council #6724 is preparing for its fourth annual charitable round of golf. Even the sweltering heat and afternoon showers will not stray these dedicated golfers from this annual fundraising event, which will take place on Saturday, September 23 at The Bloomingdale Golfer’s Club. “The proceeds will be used for charitable events throughout the year,” explained Neil Waid, Warden of the Counsel. “Charitable organizations such as Citizens with Disabilities, Lopez School of Exceptional Students, the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital and Haley House along with various other local organizations are on the club’s list of recipients,” he continued. “Donations to support the homeless veterans and veterans’ families in need are also an organization that we help support,” said Waid. Tee off time will be promptly at 9 a.m. The fee includes a golf cart, range balls, beverages, breakfast sandwiches and lunch. Registration time will be from 7:45 to 8:30 a.m. To add to the excitement for the day there will be a four-person
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There never seems to have more flavor here to be enough time to get than they do in the grothe weekly shopping cery store,” Donna done, especially with Hightower, who has been kids home for the suma member of the Cypress mer. Produce Co Op for three However, if you’re a months, said. member of the Cypress Although members Creek Produce Co Op, come for the food, this is a worry of the Adams noticed that they past. Cultivated by stay for the warmth proCassie Adams, the jected by the community. A volunteer assists a member of the Co-Op. The Cypress Creek Co Op offers vegetables and fruits for the “The way folks have Cypress Creek Produce taking. Co Op is a weekly service taken sharing some that puts together bins of fruits and vegetables fresh fruits and vegetables and turned it into gesfor you and your hungry tures of kindness and family. goodwill is inspiring,” Working in the business Adams notes, “We of wholesale produce for have Co Op members almost six years, Cassie who pickup extra bins Adams noticed an excess of just to drop them at fruits and vegetables leftover their neighbors and after a day on the job. “I volunteers who work would often bring home full an extra shift and About 200-300 people arrive per pick-up to get their cases of produce and share donate their bin to a produce fix. The volunteers at each location vary from 16 to 26. In total, the it with family and friends with family with a cancer Cypress Creek Produce Co Op has 100 volunteers. Adams picks up at wholesale marplenty to spare,” Adams reminisced. patient. I hope the kets, local farms, and various buyto local fire stations, an orphanage, and Cypress Creek Co Op continues to Not wanting the good food to go to ers. a list of families that need a helping waste, Adams decided to share the grow [just for that].” The week's selection in the bins, hand.” healthy wealth by starting a Co Op in To learn more about the Cypress which can be purchased in a medium After two years of being in operaher neighborhood. “I utilized my neighCreek Produce Co Op, and to get a list size for $20 or a large size for $30, all tion, volunteers estimate that about 200 of all their pickup locations, join their borhood Facebook Page and asked if depend on what is in season. After givto 300 people arrive at each pickup site Facebook group at Cypress Creek anyone was interested,” ing the bins out to the members, collect their bins, with the to Adams continued, “Now we have Produce Co Op. There is a one-time Adams makes sure to keep the needs Winthrop/St. Matthews stop being the 13,000 members on our page and anyfee of $5 to join the Co Op. of the community in mind. “We donate busiest. This boom in the Co Op busiwhere from 600 to 1,000 orders a If you don’t have a Facebook page, bins to anyone who needs a helping ness doesn’t just rely on the affordable week.” but still want to become a member, hand,” Adam spoke of the generous prices offered by Adams, but also the These orders, which come in bins, email email@example.com to outreach, “At the end of each week we health benefits that accompany the pur- get a link to an order form as well as to are prepared by Adams and volunteers. take the remaining produce and donate chase. “Fresh vegetables always seem The contents of the bins rely on what ask any questions you may have.
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Award-Winning Council Oak Steaks Adds To Expansive Menu Offerings For 10 years, Wine Spectator in the wild meringue and chocolate Magazine has acknowledged Council but safe to sauce and flambéed tableOak Steaks & Seafood nestled side with Amaretto 151. into the heart of the Seminole Along with its Hard Rock Casino, with the revamped menu, Council Award of Excellence and it’s easy to see why judges continue to recognize this local fine dining restaurant. Council Oak and its attached cocktail bar, Plum Lounge have been designed as an intimate, perfect date night destination. Lionfish is one of the new items availAnd, it is almost impossible to Oak also offers a number of able with limited availability. miss the Himalayan Rock Saltnew cocktails with lined, open-air butcher shop upon such names as Executive Sous Chef Michael Balles. entering the 165-seat restaurant Pillow Talk, located in the center of the casiGarden Party, no, near the Hard Rock Cafe. The restau- eat and decaCucumber Gimlet, rant recently updated its menu including dent once preTwisted Western new appetizers, entrees, a new dessert and a photo worand several new craft cocktails. thy Rose Mojito, To set itself apart, Council Oaks which includes a offers an open-air, fresh-cut butcher rose infused ice shop where all the beef is aged on site Osprey team members enjoy an inti- cube. mate date night at Council Oak. within the Himalayan Rock Salt walls Resort and always cut to order. The separate pared. Executive Sous Chef Michael Balles, who climate-controlled case features dry-age Another oversees 10 on-site restaurants, opened coolers and is used to age steaks for their new appetizer is the Wagyu Beef Tartar the Bobby Flay Steak restaurant at the delicious flavor. All meats are cut onsite served chopped with crispy leeks, Borgata Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, and are 100 percent USDA prime and cilantro, capers, quail egg and smoked N.J. and worked with Wolfgang Puck aged anywhere from 21- 28 days. tableside.. American Grill and American Cut by Iron New appetizers joining the menu For entrees, Grilled Yellowtail Chef Marc Forgione, is proud of the new update include, Steamed Mussels with Snapper with roasted tomato and fennel; offerings at Council Oak. garlic infused tomato broth and toasted Florida Grouper with rock shrimp and “We wanted to bring some fresh flaciabatta; Soft Shell Crab with summer tomato scampi with wild arugula; a 21vors and some new techniques into the succotash and caper vinaigrette and ounce bone-in New York Strip; and a menu changes at Council Oak,” Calamari & Lobster with smoked cherry Prime Rib special offered on Fridays and described Balles. “We are proud of the peppers and red wine gastrique. Ask Saturdays only join the menu. new menu and want to make every expeabout daily exclusive specials based on A new Baked Alaska dessert offering rience at Council Oak, a memorable one.” availability, including the show-stopper, is enough for two and is a chocolate Council Oak Steaks and Seafood Lionfish appetizer. Lionfish is poisonous brownie topped with vanilla ice cream, Restaurant has received one of the most
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prestigious restaurant reviews from Zagat. Reviewers tout its “friendly efficient” service and “trendy” décor, saying “it’s perfect for a night out on the town.” The restaurant offers over 300 wine selections that represent numerous varietals, regions and prices ranging from $50 to $7,000, and features popular Napa Valley classics, Veuve Clicquot Champagnes and an eclectic selection of wines from Plumpjack Estate to Paul Hobbs Winery and more. Owned and operated by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is among the country's top five casinos, as ranked by the number of gaming positions available to casino guests. The Seminole Hard Rock Casino now offers a non-smoking casino for guests. It occupies 37 acres of the Tampa Seminole Reservation, which is located east of downtown Tampa near the Intersection of I-4 and I-75. The hotel is AAA Four Diamond rated and offers six award-winning Zagat-rated restaurants, including the fine dining venue Council Oak Steaks & Seafood. The resort is currently under expansion with plans for more casino space, larger Rock Spa and additional hotel rooms underway. Non-smoking casino floor, new Orient Road Garage and additional new features including a self-guided memorabilia “rock walk” tour. For more information on Seminole Hard Rock Tampa, visit www.seminolehardrocktampa.com. Call Council Oak Steaks and Seafood for reservations 866-388-4263 or book online at www.seminolehardrocktampa.com. Dining room is non-smoking.
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Sip Tea At Fundraiser Party To Support The St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry
By Amanda Boston
Attention ing assistance ladies and little to those in ladies—you need through a are cordially food pantry and invited to a financial assisLadies Tea and tance. Kathie Fashion Show Huff is the prespresented by ident of the the Society of food pantry and St. Vincent de said, “We are Paul. The grateful to the annual food ladies who pantry organize this fundraiser will The Tea Party provides fun, fellowship and food as it tasty fundraiser raises money to support a noble cause. be held on for our ministry. Saturday, September 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 Each month, we assist about 140 families p.m. in the Family Life Center of St. with food and spend about $3000 to pay Stephen Catholic Church. rent and utilities and make food purchasTea attendees can sip on tasty teas es.” and dine on homemade sandwiches, The Tea and Fashion Fundraiser is scones and desserts while supporting a the only fundraiser for the food pantry, worthy cause. Ladies will design and dec- and most of the funds are contributed orate headbands and then parade through generous parishioners. However, around modeling their creations. The due to the parish’s recent expansion, Huff women’s clothing store Dress Barn will is thrilled to open up the Tea to more also add to the entertainment with a fash- ladies in the community. ion show. The event needs volunteers to host a The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is table of eight, which will include decorata nonprofit Catholic organization inspired ing a themed table with personal dishes by gospel values and operated by volunor with fanciful paper products. Ladies teers. The organization is divided up into can invite friends to their table or join the ‘Conferences’ throughout the world and is fun at someone else’s table. The cost is typically based out of a church, school, only $16 per person with all the proceeds hospital or community center. The misgoing toward the St. Vincent de Paul sion of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Ministry. is to serve those in need and promote For information or reservations, spiritual growth for the men and women please contact Arlene at 284-5884 or who serve. firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on The St. Stephen Catholic Parish in the St. Stephen conference and food Riverview hosts a local conference offerpantry, visit email@example.com.
Neighborhood Pub Stein & Vine Expands With Coppertail Brewing Location
By Amy Schechter
Residents in the Brandon area used to have to drive into Tampa or out to St. Petersburg to enjoy craft beer and culinary creations apart from fast food or chain restaurants. All that changed five years ago when Lacey and Ty Mathis opened the Stein & Vine, a craft beer and wine bar at the corner of Kings and Bloomingdale. They are committed to the flavorful fare we crave. If you haven’t been there yet, you’re missing out. Lacey sums up their vision, “It stems from me and Ty wanting to create a place that we wanted to go.” Both passionate foodies, she and her husband sought after something more than your run of the mill restaurant, but didn’t always have time to travel.
The Mathis family wanted that neighborhood pub environment, and all of Brandon is better for their efforts. They proudly offer a vast array of drink choices, especially local craft beers as they seek to support local breweries. Their menu changes daily, but you will find something savory every day of the week along with rotating beer and wine specials. The best way to stay on top of their daily inspirations is to like and visit their Facebook page: facebook.com/TheSteinandVine/. Need a place to chill on the way home from work? Need dinner plans? Need a date night? The Stein & Vine is for everyone, whether you eat in or carry out. Lacey was so happy when she commented, “Every day someone new finds us,” because she and Ty are able to share their passion with the larger community. Look for a big five-year anniversary celebration to be announced in November along with a new partnership in Tampa, the S & V Kitchen at Coppertail Brewing. The more Stein & Vine in your life, the better you will be for it. For information, to call ahead, or carry out, call 655-4786 or visit www.thesteinandvine.com. It is open 12 Noon-12 Midnight on Sunday to Thursday and 12 Noon-2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. They are located at 827 W. Bloomingdale Ave. in Brandon.
Fishhawk Martial Arts Academy – Focuses The Mind, Trains The Body, Benefits The Spirit Located on Fishhawk Boulevard, right between the entrance to Fishhawk Ranch and the Preserves, is a dojo that takes the traditions of Eastern martial arts very seriously. My two youngest sons have been training there for the last year and a half and the impact that training has had on their lives is immeasurable. Fishhawk Martial Arts Academy (FHMAA) was founded over six years ago by Fishhawk resident, Lt Colonel James R. Jones (Ret) USSF. Jones, otherwise known as Shihan (Master Instructor), is not only a decorated retired U.S. Army Special Forces Officer with multiple combat tours, a former deputy of the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Department and a 42+ year martial arts practitioner; he is also is a Doctoral Candidate in Psychology and a Nationally Certified Mental Health Counselor specializing in ADHD / ASD in children and adolescents. Shihan Jones, along with Sensei Jason Rock, a retired U.S. Army Special Operations Officer, and the
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rest of the yudansha (black belts), have built a successful and continuously growing traditional dojo in very untraditional times. All practitioners are expected to follow the Bushido Code or “Virtues of the Samurai” which include honor, integrity, and respect – values I hold in very high regard. I really appreciate that at FHMAA students learn how to be a martial artist and not just how to kick, punch or throw. The system they are taught is Mushin No Shin Aikijujutsu Do, a system of unarmed fighting to defeat both armed and unarmed opponents. This style was created by Shihan Jones and enables a student to: 1learn to defend themselves from physical attack and probable injury, 2increase their level of self-esteem, and 3- explore their own spirituality. More than a dojo – Fishhawk Martial Arts Academy is a family. Some of my sons’ best friends are fellow practitioners. I also participate in weekly meditation and sword classes and am proud to refer to some members as brother. Fishhawk Martial Arts Academy can be found at 15272 Fishhawk Blvd. For more information, visit http://www.fhmaa.com or call 3159894.
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Sunday’s Soulful Supper Serves Up A Christian Teen Singer Releases New Sophisticated Dinner Show Single With Social Media Reality Series By Amanda Boston
Ever since Jordan with Jordan. Viewers Denise Williams could will have the opportuspeak, the local 13nity to help Jordan year-old Christian Pop make photograph Singer has made a joydecisions for the ful noise to the Lord. album cover and On Sunday, August 29, choose outfits for her photo shoots. the young singer, "As an independsongwriter and musient label, we are cian will officially always looking for release her second innovative ways to single, Outfit of the promote our artists," Day, which she said Julie Silva– described as a “funky Williams, Jordan’s rhythm track.” mother, and Derlie Leading up to the Records Label song’s debut, Jordan Executive. "A social began promoting her media reality series new single through a just made sense as six-week social media reality series, titled The Jordan recently discovered a gift for an avenue to promote the acoustic guitar and has begun to Jordan's music on a Song. The series preaccompany herself. platform that allows miered on Saturday, independent labels the visibility to comJuly 15 and airs weekly on social media pete in a competitive music market." @Jordan Denise Williams, YouTube, The single will be submitted by Derlie Musical.ly and her website jordanRecords to the 60th Grammys for considdenisewilliams.com. Beginning on eration for a nomination and will be availSunday, July 30, the first 100 fans to sign able on iTunes and all major online stores up for her VIP mailing list will receive a worldwide. free download of the new single and be Jordan is the daughter of Derrick the first to view her jewelry line. Williams, a well-known Gospel and Jazz The series is an exclusive, behind Recording Artist, and the host of The the scenes look into Jordan’s journey as Gospel Voice show, airing nationally she prepares to release and promote her every Sunday 12:30 a.m. (EST) on The newest song. The reality series consists Christian Television Network. Jordan also of two parts—a pre-recorded 30-minute sings as a vocalist in The Gospel Voice segment that spotlights video clips from Band. For more information, visit www.jorrehearsals, photo shoots and recording dandenisewilliams.com, www.derlieresessions; and a live streaming interactive forum where viewers personally engaged cords.com or 1-866 DERLIE (337-5439).
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The Gospel wall and upperVoice and Derlie level seating that Records joined overlooks the the Dulcet stage. Restaurant in The dinner New Port Richey shows are held on to create an the 4th Sunday of upscale dinner each month with a show filled with seating time from worship and to 6 p.m. The 3 Sunday’s Soulful Supper is a praise titled next show will be dinner and show experience featuring the music of Sunday’s Soulful held on Sunday, Derek Williams and The Gospel Supper. Local August 27. New Voice Band. resident and Port Richey’s musician Derrick Williams will perform live Mayor Rob Marlowe attended the soft Christian music infused with Gospel, Jazz, opening held in June and said, “It was a Blues, Rock and Soul music. “We wanted great show, and I enjoyed meeting the perto create a gospel experience featuring a formers afterward.” ‘dinner show’ with the Holy Spirit as the Executive Chef Layton Smith of the featured act,” said Williams. Dulcet Restaurant designed a signature For the past nine years, Williams has dinner menu for the suppers featuring hosted The Gospel Voice music show, chicken, beef, fish and vegetarian entrees which airs on Sundays 12:30 a.m. (EST) along with assorted desserts. A signature on Christian Television Network (CTN). drink called the Fruit of the Spirit, a nonWilliams is also nationally known for his alcoholic beverage infused with tropical stage performance as The Rabbi in the fruit flavors, is offered a’ la carte. musical The Rock and The Rabbi. Julie Ticket prices start at $35/person and Silva-Williams, the Executive Producer of children 12 and older welcome to attend. The Gospel Voice, explained, “The next The ticket includes a dinner entrée and logical step was to bring Derrick and The show. Tax and gratuities are not included in Gospel Voice TV Ministry to life where ticket prices. Upper Room seating is availaudiences can experience live what they able at $40 per ticket. VIP seating is availwatch on TV.” able. Advance ticket are $32.99 for groups The charismatic show is modeled of 15 or more. Tickets are available at after the world famous House of Blues www.derlierecords.com or Gospel Brunch in Disney Springs. The www.thedulcet.com. Dulcet Restaurant is Sunday Suppers will take place at the located at 6220 Grand Blvd. in New Port Dulcet Restaurant in downtown New Port Richey. For info, contact Julie SilvaRichey. The restaurant offers an exception- Williams, at Derlie Records, Inc. at deral dining experience with a glass waterfall firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-866-337-5439.
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to our community in many ways throughout her high school career.” She was raised by a single mom who instilled the idea that the best way to help others is to give your time, love others and always be thankful for what you have. Catherine took this to heart early on through the Terrific Tuesday girls group who donatBloomingdale graduate Catherine Shilling ed their hair and collected can food for receives a scholarship check from the Valrico local food banks. She continued helpFishHawk Chamber of Commerce. She will ing others through the Creative Kids attend Mars Hill University this fall. organization and through clubs such as FCA, Impact, Best Buddies and more. “With her smile, passion for life and caring personality we believe that Catherine will prove to succeed as she heads off to pursue a degree in the medical field at Mars Hill University this fall,” commented McDaniels. The Chamber is happy to have Daniel Harkins represent Newsome High School with its first scholarship Newsome graduate Daniel Harkins receives a offering. He is an amazing young man scholarship check from the Valrico FishHawk who contributed to the community in Chamber of Commerce and will attend FSU. many ways throughout his high school Thanks to the Valrico FishHawk career. One of many examples would be Chamber of Commerce; two local stuthe fact that Daniel was one of three dents will find their entry into college just founders and the treasurer of a little easier due to scholarships award"Newsome's Red Cross Club" at ed to them. Newsome High School. According to Congratulations to Catherine McDaniels, “He not only was able to put Schilling a graduate of Bloomingdale his dream of making a difference into High School. action, but realized that working as a According to Becky McDaniels, team developing plans and acting on owner of Mathnasium of Brandon, “We them was very fulfilling.” are honored to have Catherine Schilling He will be attending FSU beginning represent Bloomingdale High School with this summer. our first scholarship offering. Catherine is Visit www.valricofishhawk.org. an amazing young lady who contributed
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Chevrolet introduced the Corvette in 1953. Mayor Curtis Hixon and two participants from the Gasparilla Parade pose in front of the new car in the Ferman showroom. (From the Ferman Collection)
The gasoline engine vehicle was ‘road tested’ for the first time in 1893 by Frank and Charles Duryea, who then opened the first U.S. facility designed for volume motor vehicle production three years later. The internal combustionengine motor vehicle was then patented in 1895. At about this same time, Fred Ferman became sole owner of Tampa Cycle Company. In 1899, he and Tampa Cycle Co. employee Victor James crafted two vehicles from bicycle parts, one of them powered by steam, the other by a Frenchmade gasoline engine. The latter was the first gasoline car driven in Tampa. Ferman had already established his instinct for emerging industries. Intrigued by the 1901 C u r v e d Dash Oldsmobile Runabout, 28 year old Ferman applied for and won an Oldsmobile sales agency in 1902. Now,
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both he and the Tampa area had its first auto dealership. Chevrolet was founded on November 3, 1911, and since then has produced over 200 million cars and trucks. Chevrolet awarded Ferman its first Chevrolet dealership in 1930 establishing it as Tampa’s Heritage Chevrolet dealer. A Chevrolet Motor Company executive whose internal memo noted Fred Ferman, Sr.’s ‘good name and reputation’ and declared, “... this is the best connection we can make in Tampa.” In 1931, Tampa’s newest Chevrolet dealer advertised its new location at 307 Florida Avenue in Tampa and changed its name to Ferman Chevrolet in 1933. According to the website, “Since opening our doors, Ferman Chevrolet has been all about the ‘ease of doing business’ and growing our dealership ‘one Guest at a time’ by exceeding expectations with an outstanding selection of new Chevy vehicles, competitive prices and lease offers, and an impeccable guest service experience.” Much has changed since 1895, but one thing remains true...the mission and values guiding every dealership proudly bearing the Ferman name. Today, you can visit Ferman Chevrolet at 9751 Adamo Dr. in Tampa. For more, visit www.fermanchevy.com or call 400-2649.
Bloomingdale Graduate Enters Class of 2021 At U.S. Naval Academy
By Michelle Colesanti
Recent and tough application Bloomingdale High process with the acaSchool graduate demic, physical and Jessica “Jesse” medical testing; essays; Jenkins was inducted interviews; etc. She has into the Naval always made goals and Academy Class of had the determination 2021 spending six and drive to complete weeks of basic midthem. Her entire life she shipman training as has loved challenges, part of Plebe Summer. whether it was asking to Approximately take the training wheels 1200 candidates are Jessica Jenkins with Congressman off her new bicycle at Dennis Ross who gave her two selected each year. age 4, participating in nominations; one for the U.S. Naval The pressure and countless competitions Academy and one for the U.S. Air rigor of Plebe Summer during high school, or Force Academy. is carefully designed going to The Naval to help plebes prepare for their first acaAcademy.” demic year at the Naval Academy and At Bloomingdale High School, Jesse the four years awaiting them. was co-captain of her varsity lacrosse Jesse’s first experience at The Naval team, Cello section leader in Chamber Academy was at the end of her sophoOrchestra and received various medals more year of high school. Family friends for solos and duets. She competed in were getting married in the Naval Science Honor Society and Math Team Chapel. Jesse was very impressed with competitions each year. She also the history and prestige of The Naval belonged to multiple clubs and volunAcademy. She said, “Being able to see teered. the honor in the midshipmen and walk Her hobbies include piano and cello, around the campus made me feel at lacrosse, kayaking, swimming, rock home, and I knew this was where I was climbing, archery, painting & sketching, supposed to be. shooting, and classic cars. The Naval Academy was founded in Upon graduation, midshipmen earn a 1845 and is a prestigious four-year servBS degree in a choice of 25 subject ice academy that prepares midshipmen majors and go on to serve at least five morally, mentally and physically to be pro- years of exciting and rewarding service fessional officers in the naval service. as commissioned officers in the U.S. Jesse plans to major in Aerospace Navy or Marine Corps. Engineering. Her mom, Peggy Jenkins After graduation Jesse has plans to said, “I gained a great respect for Jesse continue her military career as a Surface as I watched her go through the rigorous Warfare Officer.
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Kappa Kappa Chapter of Kappa Delta Phi recently held its 2017–2018 officer installation, and distributed Kappa Delta Phi Officers inducted (R-L): Lily Barney, some of its community President, Kay Garcia, Vice President, Nancy Brooker, donations. Treasurer, Colleen Barney, Secretary, Janis Morgan, Guard, Betty Harper, Mistress of Ceremonies, and Nancy Kelley, The first was preHistorian. Missing: Geri Clark, Monitor. sented to Edwina The support group is free and open Reddick, Executive Director, Family to those who have been diagnosed with Promise of Greater Brandon, committed the disease, family members, caregivers to empowering homeless families, obtain anyone with an interest in learning and sustainable housing, and lasting indemore about Parkinson’s. pendence by partnering with area The next meeting will take place on Christian congregations and local August 17 from 2-3 p.m. in the Media resources. Center. The speaker will be Debra The second was presented to Mary Tarakofsky, NOVA University professor & Ann Massollio, Executive Director, 1Voice owner of Swallowing Diagnostics, Inc. Foundation, supporting children with canTopic: Parkinson's and Swallowing, A cer and their families by connecting them Roadmap to Swallowing that even Jack with financial, emotional and educational LaLane would approve (quote by Jack: CARE while funding research for tomor"Your muscles know nothing – it's your row’s brain"). Hawthorne Health & Rehabilitation Hawthorne Hosts Parkinson’s Disease Center, located at 851 W. Lumsden Rd. Support Group in Brandon. Hawthorne Health & Rehabilitation For more information or to register, Center hosts a monthly support group for call 661-8998 Monday-Friday from 9 those diagnosed with Parkinson’s a.m.-5 p.m.
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Recipients must have demonstrated loyalty and patriotism and earned a record of military and scholastic achievement during their participation in an The Alafia ROTC program; River Chapter Students must be in of the the upper 25% of their Daughters of classes in ROTC and the American in academic subjects; Revolution Alafia River Chapter DAR Regent Rebecca and They must have (DAR) Johnston with student Kaitlyn Muldar, shown qualities of announced the Bloomingdale HS. dependability and good winners of its character, adherence to military discipline, JROTC award to JROTC students+ at leadership ability and a fundamental and seven local high schools in Hillsborough patriotic understanding of the importance County. These students were recognized for their excellence in academics, charac- of ROTC training. If you are a woman 18 years or older ter, leadership, and military discipline. and believe you are a direct lineal Durant High – Matthew Floyd, descendant of someone who aided in the Newsome High – Christine Torsone, American Revolution, DAR can assist you Bloomingdale – Kaitlyn Muldar, Armwood with your genealogical research. Email High - Destiny Pilcher, Brandon High us at ARCRegistrar201719@gmail.com. Lorissa Wright, Tampa Bay Tech - Jaylyn Daniels, and Charity Golf Tournament Strawberry To Benefit St. Judes Crest High Amazing Kidz Therapy is Ericka Rivera. hosting a Charity Golf ROTC Tournament at River Hills Medals are Country Club on Friday, awarded to September 15 at 1 p.m. student cadets The cost is $100 per playof outstanding er or $400 for a team. The cost ability and includes greens and cart fees, achievement in lunch and dinner, skills conhigh school tests, prizes, raffles and more. JROTC proAll proceeds will benefit grams of the Alafia River Chapter DAR National Army, Navy, Air Defense Chair Roberta Jordan with St. Jude’s Research Hospital. student Christine Torsone, Newsome Register at Force, and HS. AKTgolf2017.eventbrite.com. Marine Corps. For information, email They are selected by their JROTC leadKathleen.Pici@AmazingKidZtherapy.com. ers and meet the following criteria:
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Football is a game that translates very well to life promoting respect, teamwork, building character and drives the idea of never giving up even when the game seems unwinnable. Pinecrest Pilots Coach Al Houchens, who has been teaching and coaching those life lessons throughout his 30+ years of military service, as well as through his passion for the game of football, was recently diagnosed with cancer and the Pilots Football Organization wants to show their support for one of their own. To support Coach Al, on Friday, August 4 at 7:30 p.m., Pinecrest will be hosting the 1st annual Moms Flag Football Game Fundraiser against the Moms from the Plant City Dolphins. The game will be held at the Pilots field behind the Pinecrest Elementary School under the lights.
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for a foursome. Lunch and dinner are included. The team is looking for sponsors. For more information or to register for the tournament, call Jessica Hinson at 924-8642.
Two local teachers, Victoria and Brian Adams Florida’s Fish Hawk are heading Congratulations to Walter Wahle, Troop 61's into their sec- 50th Eagle Scout. Walter earned Eagle in early Dynasty ond season of July. For more information on Troop 61, visit Shooting Team Wins www.bstroop61.com. At SCTP National Hurricane Championships Volleyball Academy (HVA), a club created Florida’s Fish Hawk Dynasty to encourage students and families to Shooting Team won the Bunker Trap title focus on teambuilding, community and in the Intermediate Division during comhealthy activity. Tryouts will be held at petition at the 2017 Scholastic Clay Central Baptist Church, 402 E. Windhorst Target Program (SCTP) National Team Rd. in Brandon on Saturday, August 5. Championships in July at the Cardinal This husband and wife duo got the Shooting Center in Marengo, Ohio. Over idea to start the club by seeing the impact 2,300 athletes representing 29 states that team sports have on the youth in faced over one million clay targets during eight days of competition in the shooting disciplines of Trap, Skeet and Sporting Clays. Combining for a total target count of 174, the FishHawk Dynasty squad was led by Trevor Hinton of Riverview who broke 64 of The Young Marines 100 targets, followed by meet on Wednesday evenings from 6-8:30 Abigale Wigh of Dover with 63 p.m. in Tampa. and Trentin Hagan of Student’s ages 8 Riverview with 47. through high school are welcome to join. The Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) is a youth develtheir schools. Both currently work at East opment program in which adult coaches Bay High School and have been teaching and other volunteers use the shooting in Hillsborough for over 10 years. When a sports of Trap, Skeet and Sporting Clays, teenager is a part of a proactive and posias well as the Olympic disciplines of tive sport, those teens have higher selfBunker Trap, Trap Doubles and esteem, higher goals, and a better sense International Skeet to teach and to of connection to their community. “This is demonstrate sportsmanship, responsibiliabsolutely something we wanted to get ty, honesty, ethics, integrity, teamwork, behind.” Victoria said on why they started HVA. The Head Coach and Club Director and other positive life skills. For more information about SCTP Brian played competitive volleyball since and SSSF, visit www.sssfonline.org. age 18 and has been a head volleyball coach for the past seven years at East Bay High School. Brandon Elks Lodge Labor Day Picnic Visit hurricanevolleyballacademy.com Join the Brandon Elks for its annual for registration times which vary per age Labor Day Picnic on Monday, September bracket. 4 from 12 Noon-4 p.m. Enjoy chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs and all the fixins’ Charity Golf Tournament Will Benefit for lunch from 12 Noon-2:30 p.m. The Traveling Baseball Team cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children. There will be games, a checkers The Bloomingdale Bandits (12u), a tournament at 1:30 p.m. (register by 1 travel baseball team, is hosting a Charity Golf Tournament on Saturday, September p.m. - $2 entry fee). The children will 9 at the Bloomingdale Golfers Club, 4113 enjoy a slip and slide (bring towels and lawn chairs). Great Golfers Place in Valrico. The Brandon Lodge is located at 800 Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with a Centennial Lodge Dr. in Brandon. For shotgun start at 1 p.m. Dinner and more information, call Rita at 966-9002 or awards will take place at 6 p.m. The cost is $100 per player or $375 the Lodge Office: 685-6469.
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ver’s own set preferences as well as current road conditions. The interior of the Civic Type R is equipped with the highest technology Honda can offer. The vehicle includes a host of Honda’s safety technology, climate control, and a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system comThe Honda Civic Type R is a sleek model that will thrill serious sport drivers and car fans alike.
In July, car enthusiasts made their way out to Brandon Honda to celebrate the arrival of the much-anticipated Honda Civic Type R. Dawning 0inch alloy sport wheels with 10 spokes as well as red accents and LED headlights, the vehicle will no doubt be a head turner on the road. Built for aggressive handling, and offering 306 horsepower at 6,500 rpm, the vehicle promises to be a thrill for serious sport drivers across the nation. The body of the Honda Civic Type R is considered to have a best-in-class balance between lift and drag, getting the vehicle to achieve enhanced speed stability. Provided with three drive modes to customize the adaptive dampers, steering force, gear shift feeling, and throttle response, the car can respond to the dri-
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The Village Players Community Theater Present Into The Woods
By Kathy L. Collins
The Village curse, the two set Players will presoff on a journey to ent James break the curse. Lapine and Everyone's wish is Stephen granted, but the Sondheim's fracconsequences of tured fairy tale, their actions return Into the Woods, to haunt them later over three weekwith disastrous ends in August. results. Into the Woods Gail Pierce, a will premiere on producer for the Friday, August 4 Village Players The Village Players will present the irreverent said, "Into the at 8 p.m. Into fairytale, Into the Woods, this August. Into the the Woods will Woods is one of Sondheim's most popular Woods is a story works. be presented at that is not only the historic James McCabe Theatre in entertaining but brings out the reality Valrico. that there are consequences for your Additional shows will be presented actions. What starts as a lively irreveron Friday, August 11 and 18 and ent fantasy becomes a moving lesson Saturday, August 5, 12 and 19. The about community responsibility and Friday and Saturday shows will be the stories we tell our children. This presented at 8 p.m. The Village show is entertaining for teens and Players will present two matinees on families." Sunday, August 6 and 13 at 3 p.m. Pierce added, "I personally cannot Tickets are just $18 for general read a fairy tale to my grandchildren admission and $15 for seniors, military without engaging in the deeper side of with ID and students. You can get tick- the fairy tale itself." ets online ( a service fee applies) at Domin Pazo is the Artistic Director www.thevillageplayersvalrico.com or of the Village Players. Pazo is the by calling 689-0044. director of Into the Woods. Pierce Into the Woods is one of said, "Pazo has a particular love of Sondheim's most popular works. The directing musicals and has no trouble story follows a Baker and his wife, finding and bringing great voices to who wish to have a child; Cinderella, our stage." Pierce added, "Everyone is who wishes to attend the King's in for a real treat." Festival; and Jack, who wishes his The James McCabe Theatre is cow would give milk. When the Baker located at 506 5th St. in Valrico. For and his wife learn that they cannot more information, please visit have a child because of a witch's www.thevillageplayersvalrico.com.
Leadership Brandon Class Of 2017 Hosts 18th Annual Casino Night
The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Brandon Class of 2017 will host its 18th Annual Casino Night on Friday September 8 at the Regent, which is located at 6437 Watson Rd. in Riverview. This year’s theme is a Black & White party. Casino Night is an annual fundraiser for Leadership Brandon, which is a 10month professional development program developed by the Brandon Chamber of Commerce. The Casino Night party features casino-style gaming, an open bar, DJ, and silent auction items. The event typically draws several hundred people, with popular raffle items like the Chest of Cheer, a 50/50 raffle, and the Tower of Beer. “Casino Night makes a great date night, or a girls/guys night out, and it’s a wonderful way to meet other businesses and network in the Brandon community,” said Melissa Baldwin of Leadership Brandon Class 2017. Tickets can be purchased at www.brandonchamber.com. Pre-sale tick-
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ets are available through Friday, September 1 for $50 per person and are $65 per person thereafter. The ticket price includes food, open bar and casino money. The Leadership Brandon Program started in 1985 and connects people with the opportunity to grow as leaders, develop relationships with people of influence, and inspires them to make a difference in their business and in the community. The program has educated and inspired hundreds of people over the years. Many have gone on to positions throughout the community and made countless though extraordinary contributions. Leadership Brandon graduates serve in senior positions in state and local government, both for profit and non-profit business, as directors on boards and as volunteers and advocates throughout our community. It is a program of the Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce. For more information on the Chamber, visit www.brandonchamber.com. The Class of 2017 is also actively seeking silent auction donations and sponsorships for Casino Night. Donations of merchandise, services, or gift certificates would be appreciated for the silent auction. Donations should be received by August 25.
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Hillsborough County Pet Resource Celebrates Major Milestone, Earns BOCC Commendation
By Tamas Mondovics
Hillsborough of close cooperation County Pet Resource with animal rescue Center (PRC), the groups and new policounty’s only opencies that aggressively admission shelter in promote adoption, Hillsborough County, foster, and spay-andand its staff and volneuter programs. unteers have every According to Pet reason to be proud of Resource Center their hard work, Director Scott Members of the Hillsborough County Pet Trebatoski, the which was recently Resource Center were recognized by the recognized by the Board of County Commissioners for their monthly adoption Board of County hard work that has included assisting the events have become adoption of more than 50,000 dogs and a much-welcomed Commission cats at the center in the past four years. (BOCC). addition and have During a regularly scheduled meeting helped with center capacity. on Wednesday, July 19 on the 2nd floor “We are now seeing a following as of the County Center, 601 E. Kennedy residents come out to adopt as well as Blvd., the BOCC issued a commendation enjoy a day of fun and celebration with to the Center and its adoptions and resus,” Trebatoski said. cue partners for the life-saving programs Officials emphasized that the shelter that have led to the rescue and adoption also depends on a talented veterinary of over 50,000 pets in the past four years. staff and dedicated community volunteers According to County officials, prior to that now number more 640 and who the BOCC embarking on the ‘Be the Way have logged in 26,000 hours of service in Home’ plan in May 2013, approximately 2016. 40 percent of the animals brought into the “Many of those hours dedicated to PRC were adopted out. finding loving homes for shelter pets,” However, during the following three Trebatoski said. years, and thanks to some aggressive As part of the continued effort to changes in leadership, organization and accomplish its purpose, the Center is creimprovements to the center and its funcating a wall at the shelter to showcase tions, the number of pets adopted more the pets with their adopted families. than doubled to 85.5 percent, including Adopters are encouraged to take a 90 percent for dogs, which officials said is family photo with their PRC dog or cat an amazing figure for a shelter that and drop it off at the center, 440 N. accepts any pet regardless of size, age, Falkenburg Road, or email it to breed, or medical condition. PRCvolunteer@hillsboroughcounty.org. The increase in the number of pets For info about Pet Resource Center, finding new homes is said to be the result visit www.HillsboroughCounty.org/Pets.
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Phil and Michelle Colesanti reenact the famed Beatles crossing at Abbey Road while vacationing in London.
View from the Reisling Vineyards overlooking the small town of Bacharach, located on the Rhine River in Germany.
View of the Jesuitenkirche (Jesuit Church) from the Kapellbruchke (Chapel Bridge) in Lucerne, Switzerland.
For Best Experience, Practice Vigilance And Safety During Overseas Summer Travels According to Mark Twain, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” My husband Phil and I recently returned from a two week Tauck Rhine River cruise on the beautiful MS Grace, taking us from the city of Basel, Switzerland up to Amsterdam, Netherlands. After the cruise, we made plans to spend a few days in London, one of my favorite cities. Since our return, everyone asks me how we could travel to Europe, especially to London, given the recent terrorist attacks that seem to take place regularly. These attacks are unpredictable and frightening, but should they keep you from visit-
ing Europe? Practicing vigilance should be something that you do no matter where you travel whether in the U.S. or overseas. Always pay attention to your surroundings. Sometimes this gets lost in the wonder of seeing famous landmarks and sites for the first time. Common sense says to keep your passport in a safe place such as your hotel/ship safe; don’t carry it through the streets as you sightsee or shop. Make sure you have a scanned copy of your passport in your suitcase. I always keep a picture of the front page on my phone too. Ladies should carry their purses with the strap diagonally placed over the shoulder so that it is harder for someone to grab it. Don’t carry all of your money with you. Separate your money and credit cards.
By Michelle Colesanti
Backpacks are a great option if you are carrying cameras and other heavier items, but make sure that your money, credit cards and ID’s are not easy targets if someone were to come from behind and attempt to get into your pack. If you are a man, do not keep your wallet in your back pocket so that someone could easily grab it. Our travels took us to London just one week after the attack at the London Bridge and Borough Market. The U.K. elections had just taken place and there was much turmoil within the United Kingdom. Our plans were already made and despite our fears, we decided to continue on. I am glad that we did. It is a lot different when you are looking at things from the inside out. Just as in the U.S., I could immediately sense the resiliency of the residents.
I had trepidations about riding the London Underground, but people going about their daily business made me realize that life goes on. No one seemed to be giving in to the fears that they must face daily. I was happy to see that there were plenty of other Americans and foreign tourists that chose to visit despite recent events. The acts of terrorism that have become so commonplace, especially in Europe, is something unpredictable, but if you look realistically at the statistics, you have a better chance of being struck by lightning near your home on a hot Florida afternoon. If your dream has always been to visit this part of the world – to see the Dutch Masters painted by Rembrandt at the Riiks Museum or to visit the Alps in Switzerland or Austria; then go!
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John And Kay Sullivan Host A Good Turn Reception To Benefit Boy Scouts
By Kathy L. Collins
John and added, "In this Kay Sullivan, house, we founders of the respect the community of Scouts." Winthrop, Kay's hosted a Good father, Turn renowned St. Reception at Petersburg civil their home in rights attorney, June. The Gardner event raised Beckett, was a money and Scout. Kay said, celebrated the "My father good works of John Sullivan and Kay Sullivan, shown here with Jeff never attained the Boy Scouts Davis (L) and Bill Davis (R ), hosted a Good Turn the rank of Reception to benefit the Boy Scouts of America, The Eagle Scout. I of Greater event raised over $12,000 for the Boy Scouts. Tampa Bay recently found Area Council. a recommendation letter for him that This council is a combination of the read 'Garner did not obtain the rank Gulf Ridge and the West Central Florida because he was so busy teaching other councils which merged one year ago. boys because his troop did not have a The combined councils had over 100 Scout Master.'" It is this type of history years of history. The new council serves that inspires the Sullivans to support the thousands of boys in nine counties. Scouts. Bill Davis, Scout Executive with the Scouting has many traditions and Greater Tampa Bay Council said, "Last one of them is the Good Turn. Davis year we served more young people as a explained, "We have a tradition in new council than the two councils did Scouting where a boy starts out the day separately the previous year. We experi- with a Good Turn coin in one pocket and enced a nine percent growth in Cub moves it to the other pocket when he Scouting. The synergy created by comcompletes a good turn (deed)." Good bining our resources is creating new Turn coins were presented to both John opportunities for young people." and Kay. Scouting is important to both John The event raised $12,000. The and Kay Sullivan. John has served as Sullivans did not want to receive a custreasurer for both councils. John said. tomary gift for hosting the event. Instead, "We support a limited number of organia Scout who could not afford to go to zations, and they have to meet a lot of camp, will be able to attend. criteria. That includes good stewardship For information on the Boy Scouts, of money that is donated to them." John visit www.tampabayscouting.org.
The Big Red Barn Brings Fresh Produce To The Riverview Community
By Tatiana Ortiz
While driving down Interstate 75 in Florida, one might notice a bright red building near Exit 250. That building houses the locally owned farmers market in Riverview called The Big Red Barn. When individuals come here, they will feel like they’re home. Under new ownership, The Big Red Barn reopened July 1. Foundation Coffee Co., Kona Ice and Rack City Ribz came during the opening. Owners Chris Phillips and his wife Courtney Phillips loved the building and knew they could use their experience in produce to bring the business to life. The square footage of this two story building equals 8,000 sq. ft. The first floor serves as the main shopping area and that would be 6,000 sq. ft. On the other hand, the total square footage of the second floor would be 2,000 sq. ft. People can sit inside or outside in picnic tables too. “We want this place to be a community and a destination for families to bring their children and connect with others,” Chris said.
The Big Red Barn will carry more than 300 conventional and organic produce from local growers. Prices do vary and fresh produce does get delivered everyday, seven days a week. Individuals will discover a wide range of cheeses and Amish products too. People can also purchase milk, fresh bread and other locally sourced items as well such as Sunshine Canning. They can be found in Bradenton, Florida and use fresh ingredients without any preservatives in their artisan jams and more. In the future, The Big Red Barn plans to service local restaurants or any other places here that would like fresh produce. This will also be a pickup for wholesale people too. Individuals can also place a special request and The Big Red Barn will order it for them. It will also act as an events space as well. For more information, visit www.bigredbarnflorida.com. Check out Facebook and search The Big Red Barn Florida. It is located at 10070 Fern Hill Dr. in Riverview. Open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m.- 9 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Call 672-8888.
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Ruth Eckerd Hall Gets New Facelift
By Kathy L. Collins
and a new West Lobby which will be available for pre and post events. Currently, there is no lobby. According to Klar, “The new lobby is designed to enhance the overall
Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater is undergoing a major renovation including adding 10,000 square feet to the West Lobby. The renovations will not only expand the size but enhance patrons’ experience at the iconic performing arts venue.
Ruth Eckerd Hall, a performing arts venue, is located at 1111 N. McMullen Booth Rd. in Clearwater. It is undergoing an extensive renovation. Ruth Eckerd Hall opened in 1983 and serves over 350,000 patrons each year. Like other major venues in the Tampa Bay area, Ruth Eckerd Hall is a major contributor to the local economy. The renovations are headed by local architectural and design firm Klar and Klar Architects, Inc. Steve Klar, founder and co-principal of the firm said, “We are aiming for a finished look that inspires patronage in the arts and educational programs offered which are so vital to our local community’s tourism trade and economy.” This is a large multi-phase project. The five phases will encompass a total project time of over three years. Ruth Eckerd Hall will remain open throughout the renovations. Phases one and two are expected to be completed in the spring of 2018. The changes that will take place at the 73,000 sq. ft. venue include a new and improved entrance to ease traffic,
experience of each patron visiting Ruth Eckerd Hall before and after a performance. It includes more areas to eat, drink, socialize and mingle.” Klar said, “Ruth Eckerd Hall is one of the Tampa Bay area’s premier performing arts centers. It is one of the most successful based on its venue size. The new ‘experience’ will be improved with their new on site preevent dining, more bar and beverage facilities, and a larger Dress Circle Club. There will also be more preevent entertainment provided by Ruth Eckerd Hall in-house educational programs.” Klar and Klar Architects, Inc. is a full-service architectural and interior design firm located in the Tampa Bay area. Since the firm’s inception in 1992, Klar and Klar’s mission has been to enhance the culture of an area through design excellence and create and build an environment that will sustain the test of time. For information, visit rutheckerdhall.com.
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The last thing most time to go outside the borpeople in Florida’s July ders of America and heat would be thinking donated quilts to an about are quilts for orphanage in Kenya. warmth. But not the Humbly, Klein noted, Piecemakers Quilt Guild of “Those quilts were made Brandon who are hard at with fabrics from Africa work making quilts. with original patterns Candance Klein, designed by members.” President of the “The Audrey Gantous Piecemakers Quilt Guild of Christmas Stocking Project Brandon, said, “From the donates over 100 filled very beginning the guild stockings each year to the has had a tradition of Hillsborough County charitable donations, Sheriff’s beginning with quiltDepartment”, ed ornaments for the explained Klein. Festival of Trees.” They are handed The Guild was out by the officers to founded in children whom may September 1989 by otherwise not Claudia Ingram with The Piecemakers Guild of Brandon made receive anything or quilts to be sent to the Flying Kites only 25 ladies. The very little for Orphanage in Kenya. The stockings are Christmas. Guild is now 130 donated to the Hillsborough County members strong. This wonderful Sheriff's Department to be handed out. “The first donagroup of ladies are tion of quilts was in 1992 to the victims of always ever ready, graciously willing and Hurricane Andrew”, explained Klein. with big hearts able to share quilting inforSince then, every year the members of mation and skill to those who are willing the Guild decide on what charities to to learn and then in turn pass their knowldonate to for the year. Past recipients edge on. This is steeped in their guild’s have been A Kid’s Place, Joshua House, mission, along with promoting interest, Brandon Regional Hospital Neonatal appreciation and education in quilting. Intensive Care Unit and Quilts of Valor. They also carry out high standards of Members from smaller groups within design and technique in each quilt that is the Guild, called “Bee” groups, craft and crafted. donate quilts to the local dialysis center. The Guild meets on the second They also give “Fidget Quilts” to Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Alzheimer’s and autism patients. First United Methodist Church, located at Last year the ladies decided it was 120 Knights Ave. in Brandon.
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Hillsborough County School District Gears Up for 2017-2018 School Year HCPS To Host Summer Graduations
Hillsborough County Public Schools is proud to hold three summer graduations in July to celebrate its nearly 200 students who have completed their graduation requirements. Although a bit delayed, summer graduation gives students a second opportunity to graduate with classmates and receive their diplomas. Summer graduations also allow students a chance to meet the college fall entrance deadlines on time. The three graduation ceremonies will be held at Bloomingdale, Strawberry Crest and Jefferson High School. School officials said that factoring in with the district’s overall graduation rate; the summer graduation students bring Hillsborough County Public Schools closer to reaching the 90 percent by 2020 goal. “I am so proud of all of our students who stayed focused and who now will have better opportunities for post-secondary education and better jobs,” said Superintendent Jeff Eakins. “Our dedicated teachers, administrators and support staff work every day to ensure every child is successful.” For more information about HCPS please visit www.sdhc.k12.fl.us.
District Welcomes New Educators For 2017-2018 Season
Hillsborough County Public Schools officials, including Superintendent Jeff Eakins, School Board Chair Cindy Stuart, as well as other School Board members and district staff welcomed nearly 600 educators last month to take part in the annual Hillsborough Educators Institute. The event, hosted by Gaither High School, was designed to assist teachers with gaining insight into the district and learning to be the most effective teacher in the classroom. Following the opening remarks, teachers transitioned into sessions organized by area, by school and by grade level. Day two, of the program offered
Superintendent Jeff Eakins talks to the nearly 600 new teachers ready to begin the 2017-2018 school year.
participants a variety of sessions from increasing engagement in everyday classroom activities, classroom management and knowing your students through data. According to school officials the theme of the Hillsborough Educators Institute is “Learn, Grow, Thrive” and is the first opportunity for new hires to learn about the more than 212,000 students they will be welcoming in to their classrooms on the first day of school, August 10.
New Principals And Assistant Principals To Take The Lead In 2017-2018 Season
As the 2016-2017 school year reached its completion, Superintendent Jeff Eakins announced a number of principal changes involving eight schools for the 2017-18 school year. The changes were approved by the School Board on May 2. The selection process for new principals involves understanding the particular needs of a school and then seeking to find the right match to meet those needs. “Principals are focused on achievement and results, have instructional expertise, have the ability to manage and develop people’s talents, are able to build a safe and positive culture, develop collaborative relationships and take a proactive approach to problem solving,” said HCPS spokesperson Tanya Arja in a recent release. New principal assignments begin
on June 5. Principal Appointments -Lisa Varnum, Principal of Thonotosassa Elementary School, served at Yates Elementary School as Assistant Principal for Elementary
Instruction. -Mary Hewett, Principal of Nelson Elementary School, served at Nelson Elementary School as the Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction. Principal Transfers are: -Mary Freitas, Principal of Sickles High School, served as Principal of Lennard High School -Joanne Griffiths, Principal of Cimino Elementary School, served as Principal of Cahoon Elementary Magnet School. During its May 2 meeting the School Board also approved the appointments of nine veteran assistant
principals who answered the call to transfer to a high needs school. HCPS officials also emphasized that because of the investment in leadership at high needs schools, Hillsborough County Public Schools seeks to change the trajectory for students and lead them to the path of success. The newly transferred administrators to high-need schools bring a desire to support our students, families and community, school officials said. Assistant Principal Transfers -Willie Hughes, Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction at Robles Elementary School, served as Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction at Clair Mel Elementary School. -Jeanine Sadler, Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction at Clair Mel Elementary School, served as Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction at Stowers Elementary School. -Robert Stingone, Assistant Principal for Student Affairs at Shields Middle School served as Assistant Principal for Student Affairs at Dowdell Middle School. For a complete list of changes, please visit www.sdhc.k12.fl.us.
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Since being estabdelight the crowd with lished in 2006, the nonsuperheroes and profit organization princesses as the parF.R.I.E.N.D.S Down ticipants make their Syndrome West Florida way down to the has worked to provide Buccaneers field. educational and support Tampa Food services to families who Trucks and YoYo Juice have been impacted by will provide food while the condition as well as FDSWF’s own Robert encouraging community Taylor grills ribs and involvement through pulled pork. The event events. One of these is expected to have a events, the Second few local celebrities in Annual FDSWF Buddy attendance. With his Buddy Walk volunteers work to make the First Annual Buddy Super Bowl ring, forFamilies come out to support FDSWF at the First Annual Walk, is slated to occur Walk unforgettable. Buddy Walk in 2016. on October 7 at Raymond mer Bucs DE Chuck ing while the Winthrop James Stadium. The idea for the Walk Darby will be signing autographs and Group donated office came to Ann Foyt, the President of taking pictures. The raffles will also space to FDSWF, giving FDSWF, after welcoming an enthusioffer autographed footballs by QB them a place to host astic Craig Woodard Sr. “He had Jameis Winston, WR Mike Evans, and workshops and meetings. organized a fundraiser through his DE Gerald McCoy. With the donations raised, employer [Springleaf Financial] and The registration fee for the event the organization could raised over $1200 for FRIENDS,” Ann is $15 and includes a free t-shirt as begin their Sponsorship Foyt said of the addition, “He came to well as admission into the event. Program as well as conme in 2016 with the idea of hosting a Down Syndrome individuals and chiltinue to sustain their curBuddy Walk.” dren 12 years old and under is free. rent programs. With four people doing the work For the Buddy Walk and beyond, As this year’s Buddy of 18, it took the team a mere four President Ann Foyt is thrilled to continWalk quickly approaches, months to secure a location and sponue serving the community. “I have Foyt is prepared to deliver sors for the event as well as more such a passion for our DS community a day that is “bigger and than 50 volunteers from the University and I will not stop until we have grown better” than the successof South Florida. “I thought we would into the organization that our families ful year before. The day have a couple of hundred people to can be proud of,” Ann Foyt spoke with will start with a “child show up and maybe raise a few thouconfidence, “We aren’t going anyfriendly” Tailgate Party sand dollars,” Foyt spoke of her where.” The Second Annual Buddy The First Annual Buddy Walk in 2016 was a rousing hosted by DJ Chuck expectations, “In the end, we had over Walk will be on Saturday, October 7 at success. Eckhart. After getting their 860 registered families and over 2,000 Raymond James Stadium. organization, but the good will didn’t faces painted by Lola The Party Girl, people showed up the day of the walk. For more information, visit stop there. After running an article on the children are welcome to participate It was phenomenal.” The supportive www.ds-stride.org/fdswfbuddywalk or the Buddy Walk, the St. Pete Times in inflatable slides and obstacle coursfamilies raised over $30,000 for the www.friendssupport.org. donated over $4,000 worth of advertises. The MUCH Foundation plan to
Volume 16, Issue 8
Family-Oriented Bakery Enjoys Sweet Success At Petite Madelyn
Older Adults With Arthritis Can Benefit From Enhance®Fitness Offered At Campo Y
Summer is in kids to have that full swing and same feeling of there’s no better independence like way to celebrate my own mom than by treating gave us.” yourself and your Keeping the family to the working families of the community in baked goods mind, the Malins made with love by celebrate $1 the folks at Petite Petite Madelyn’s Bakery can be found in the Cupcake Day Madelyn’s Shoppes at Bloomingdale Plaza. every Tuesday. Bakery. Petite Seeing the idea as Madelyn’s speciala way to introduce izes in cakes, them to the area in pastries, cupa unique fashion, cakes, and more the once-a-week customized treats sweet soon that will leave you became a staple wanting more. to their business. After 24 years “It’s a great way of traveling the Bakery Owners Megan and Dennis Marlin new people to for world with the milpose with their treats. try us and to thank the regulars for their itary, Marine Corps Veteran Dennis Malin business,” Megan smiled. and wife Megan Malin decided it was With new faces filtering into the baktime to plant their roots in Florida. “We ery every day, Megan and Dennis Malin were looking for something that kept us close to home and gave our family some- want their patrons to know that they will never stop going beyond the call for thing stable,” Megan Malin, whose father treats. “We’re going to work to provide was a Marine as well, stated, “It was a that one item they can’t find anywhere great opportunity.” For the Malins, and their four children, the importance of fami- else or that they don’t want to make any longer,” Megan spoke of the mission drivly shines through with each pastry they ing Petite Madelyn’s Bakery, “Just make. Megan’s desire to have her chilbecause it’s not in my case doesn’t mean dren involved can be traced back to how we won’t make it for you.” her own mother taught her the imporPetite Madelyn’s Bakery is located at tance of being innovative. “My mother 1017 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico, in the taught me how to bake bread, how to Shoppes at Bloomingdale Plaza, open make homemade pasta, and sew my Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. own clothing. I started that with all my and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. children,” Megan spoke, “I wanted my
Select Tampa YMCAs, including the Campo Y, are offering a special program called Enhance®Fitness. This is a proven senior fitness and arthritis management program that improves endurance, strength, balance and flexibility. Enhance®Fitness has been recognized by the Centers For Disease Control (the CDC) and Participants in the Y’s Enhance®Fitness program have seen improved physical and mental other national organizations comconditioning. mitted to improving the health of class. Rosa Health is the older adults. Tampa YMCA Healthy Living Enhance®Fitness Instructor at the Director, Dawn Kita explained, "The Campo Y. Health said, “As an instructor, I Tampa YMCA received a generous grant have only good things to say about the from the Cigna Foundation to launch the of this program. Within just benefits national evidence-based physical activity weeks, participants will see and feel program deemed particularly safe and physical and mental improvement. effective for older adults living with arthritis." Kita added, "This cause-driven, chron- Benefits of the program include increased muscle strength, maintained or enhanced ic disease program made great sense for cardio respiratory fitness, better balance, us since Tampa Bay has one of the largest flexibility, mood enhancement and perolder adult populations in the country." haps weight loss.” The next session begins on Monday, According to Kita, "Participants' August 28 and runs for 16 weeks. At progress is measured through fitness Campo Y, the program is offered on completed at the time the individchecks Mondays at 12:45 p.m., and Wednesdays ual first joins Enhance®Fitness, then as and Fridays at 8 a.m. The program is free long as the participants continues in the for "Everywhere" and Silver Sneaker class. Kita added, "Members are feeling members. The cost to attend for "Here" stronger and have increased mobility of members is $40 and $48 for non-memtheir joints with arthritis. One member, bers of the Y. who previously could not touch his finger Each session is one-hour long. to his thumb, now can." During the class, participants engage in a Registration is now open. Classes five-minute warm up; a 20 minute aerobic are limited to 25 people for each session workout; a five minute cool down; a 20 at each participating Y. For info call Kavita minute upper and lower body strength Marballi at 684-1371, ext. 1606 or stop by training workout; a 10 minute strengthenthe Campo Y located at 3414 Culbreah ing workout to keep the muscles flexible; Rd. in Valrico. and balance exercises throughout the
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By Amanda Boston
Pastor me and made Matthew Angell a huge differfrom Bell Shoals ence in my Baptist Church life.” He further invites students illustrated the from grades 7 value of a prothrough 12 to gram where BreakPoint—a like-minded Student Ministry students can held on connect and Wednesday support one nights from 7 to another. 8:30 p.m. in the Even so, Point Student the ministry is Photograph is courtesy of Lucas Reed Pastor Matthew Angell is shown baptizing Leif-Erik not limited to Building on the a graduating senior, and one of the 16 stu- believing Brandon Campus. Hansen,dents baptized during summer camp. The fall kickoff is teens as it on Wednesday, August 16 and will also provides a place for Christian stuinclude a treat from the Kona Ice Truck. dents to bring their friends to learn The stated purpose of the ministry is more about Jesus and experience "to lead students to a personal, growing Christian community. relationship with Christ and for them to In an attempt to influence more desire to make Him known to others." youth, the Student Ministry is introducAngell, the Student Ministry Pastor, ing First Wednesday. “On the first described a typical Wednesday night. Wednesday of each month, we will "The evening begins with a fun game have something special for the stuand worship with the band. We will have dents like Remy’s donuts or a relevant message geared toward midJeremiah’s Italian Ice. It is free for all dle and high school students followed by the students, and it’s a big night for small groups where they discuss the them to invite their friends,” explained message," he said. Angell. Angell’s roots run deep at Bell The Student Ministry is a free proShoals Baptist Church. He grew up in the gram that runs weekly throughout the church and is a product of its Student year—with a short hiatus in July. Bell Ministry. Over the years, Angell has Shoals Baptist Church is located at served on the church’s staff, and in 2102 Bell Shoals Rd. in Brandon. For September, he assumed leadership over information, visit www.bellshoals.com, the Student Ministry. Facebook @ Bell Shoals Student Concerning his latest role, Angell Ministry on Facebook or Instagram asserted, “I do it because it worked for bsbc_studentministry.
Volume 16, Issue 8
With Arts & Entertainment Editor Kathy L. Collins
From Grease, To The Wizard Of Oz To Casablanca, The Tampa Theatre Classic Series Has Something For Everyone The Tampa On Sunday, Theatre's Annual August 20, come Classic Series sing-along with ends on Sunday the classic film, September 3. Do Grease, the most not miss your famous movie chance to see a about the most classic movie in famous summer a truly historic romance ever. It movie palace. is corny, but that "This year, is what makes a the oldest movie great musical in the series, great. Metropolis, turns 90 and Next, the Tampa takes the Tampa Theatre Theatre offers two back to its roots of prescreenings of the 1942 senting silent films with classic film, Casablanca. live musical accompaniThis film has been consisment on the movie tently listed in the top five palace's original Mighty movies of all time. Wurlitzer Theatre Organ," Casablanca is simply said Jill Witecki with the timeless. There is no betTampa Theatre. ter way to see a film like "This year also marks Come and get a complimentary this than on a big screen the return of the 'Fan Pick photo with the classic film, The in an historic movie Wizard of Oz, as the backthe Classic' poll, and we palace. ground on Sunday, August 13 will be donning our bobby The Classic Summer when the film is shown at the socks and saddle shoes historic Tampa Theatre or sing- Movie Series ends on for the sing-along version along with the fan pick, Grease Sunday, September 3 on Sunday, August 20. of Grease on August 20," with the 1927 film, Metropolis. Witecki said, "In 2010, added Witecki. Tampa Theatre was proud to be one of First up on Sunday, August 6, come a few theatres in the world to present the see Reservoir Dogs as it celebrates its new, complete restoration of Fritz Lang's 25th anniversary. This film launched silent masterpiece Metropolis, with live Quentin Tarantino's career as one of the greatest directors ever. Following the film, accompaniment by renowned theatrical organist Dr. Stephen Ball. We are once USF film professor, Harriet Deer will lead again presenting Metropolis in a form as a short discussion of Reservoir Dogs. close as possible as how it would have Next, come see two shows of the been experienced upon its release in classic film, The Wizard of Oz on 1927." Saturday, August 12 and Sunday, August All films are shown at 3 p.m. Tickets 13. Before the screening on Sunday, preare $10 for adults and $7 for members. senting sponsor, Bank of America is givThe Tampa Theatre is located at 711 N. ing away 4x6 commemorative photos in Franklin St. in Tampa. the lobby starting at 2 p.m.
Young Artists Are Featured At 5th Annual Little Monsters Create Art Show At Center Place
A total of 50 children, ages four to 13, entered a total of 103 pieces of artwork in Center Place's 5th Annual Little Monsters Create Art Show. This annual show is a great exhibit for children in the greater Brandon area to learn what it is like to enter a juried art show.
Center Place held its Annual Little Monsters Create Art Exhibit during the month of July. This year, the fifth annual show, had 50 children entering 103 pieces. The show features multiple mediums, and the show was open to children ages four to 13. An Artists' Reception was held on Thursday, July 20. The judge for the show was Jennie Sikora-Muehl, an artist and art instructor at Center Place. Sikora-Muehl said of the children's artwork, "This was a very creative and expressive group of upcoming artists. I noticed a great eye for color, texture and design in the artworks that were submitted. Many stories, feelings, favorite pets, people and places are being shared through these works." The show was divided into three age groups. The first place winner in the four to six age group was Brodie Novitske with My Painting. Tegan Hanks took second place with Tree and Lily Pads in Nature. Third place went to Hazel Foister with Framed Yarny Cat. The first place winner in the seven to nine year age group was Isabell "Izzy" Carpenter with "Ballerina Mermaid."
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Second place went to Sophia Marchese with Cabin in the Wood. Third place was awarded to Sritanvi Ananya Vinjamuri with Owl. In the 10 to 13 age group, the first place winner was Danica Buckley with A Walk in the Rainbow. Second place went to Katherine "Kate" Tumlin with Make Waves. Third place was awarded to Zion Phoenix with Shunryn Suzuki. Best in Show went to Antonia Pretelt for her painting, Woman in the Shadows. Pretelt said in her Artist's Statement, "In the artwork I had to look for the areas in the woman's face with the most light. This was challenging because I am more used to paying attention to the darker areas in a picture. I used the negative space in the drawing to create the shadows. I used value to make the face look more 3D." The Little Monsters Create Art Show is an annual show which is open to children ages four to 13 who reside in the greater Brandon area regardless of whether they art classes at Center Place. Located at 619 Vonderburg Dr., visit www.centerplacebrandon,org or call 6858888.
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American Radio Relay League Field Day Comes To Davis Park In Brandon
By Tatiana Ortiz
The term KC4MMR could be heard repeatedly inside a nearby tent on the grounds of Davis Park in Brandon. Every year on the fourth full weekend in June, a national association called American Radio Relay League conducts a Field Day contest to give Amateur (ham) Radio operators an opportunity to practice emergency communications capabilities and more, which became established in 1933. An affiliate of the American Radio Relay League and partner of the West Central Florida section called Brandon Amateur Radio Society joined in on this exercise that occurred June 2425. During this event, Amateur (ham) Radio operators across North America established temporary stations in public locations to demonstrate the science and skill of it. This free event taught visitors how to communicate without using cell phones or the internet. They also learned about Amateur (ham) Radio and had a chance to speak with people throughout the United States and around the world. Others also learned Morse Code. “Those in attendance gained various benefits such as friendships, continuous learning and the ability to communicate when the cellular, phone and internet goes down,” Scott D. Irwin, Brandon Amateur Radio Society president (W8UFO) said. In total, 44 individuals participated in
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this event with 25 of them being visitors. Brandon Amateur Radio Society made 306 Morse Code contacts. They also attained 365 radiotelephone contacts with all of the United States except Alaska, Hawaii and South Dakota. The entire group reached 650 stations as well. For more than 40 years, this society served areas in Hillsborough County such as Brandon, Valrico and more. It provides public service and emergency preparedness communications as well as license classes and radio operator training programs. It specifically provides support for the Community Roundtable’s Brandon Fourth of July parade and the Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Office of Emergency Management through their work with Hillsborough County ARES/RACES. To learn more about Brandon Amateur Radio Society, visit brandonhamradio.org/home.html.
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Can You Save for College and Retirement?
Few of us have unlimited financial resources — which means that almost all of us need to prioritize our financial goals. Consequently, you’ll have some decisions to make if you’d like to help pay for your children’s college educations someday while, at the same time, saving for your own retirement. Your first step in addressing these objectives is to maintain realistic expectations. Consider the issue of paying for college. Right now, the average four-year cost (tuition, fees, room and board) is about $80,000 for in-state students at public universities and approximately $180,000 for private schools, according to the College Board. And these costs are likely to keep rising in the years ahead. Can you save this much for your kids’ education? Instead of committing yourself to putting away this type of money, take a holistic approach to saving for your children’s higher education. After all, you probably won’t be the only one to help pay for college. Depending on your income and assets, your family might be eligible for some needs-based financial aid awarded by the college. Also, you should encourage your children to apply for as many scholarships as possible — but keep in mind that most scholarships don’t provide a “full ride.” Here’s the bottom line: Don’t assume you will receive so much aid that you don’t need to save for college at all, but don’t burden yourself with the expectation that you need to pick up the full tab for your children’s schooling. On a practical level, you may want to commit to putting a certain amount per month into a college savings vehicle, such as a 529 plan. You can generally invest in the 529 plan offered by most states, but in some cases, you may be
eligible for a state income tax incentive. Also, all withdrawals from 529 plans will be free from federal income taxes, as long as the money is used for a qualified college or graduate school expense of the beneficiary you’ve named. (Withdrawals for expenses other than qualified education expenditures may be subject to federal and state taxes and a 10% penalty on the earnings.) By starting your 529 plan early, when your children are young, you’ll give the investments within the plan more time to grow. Plus, you can make smaller contributions on a regular basis, rather than come up with big lump sums later on. And by following this approach, you may be in a better financial position for investing in your IRA and your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement plan. Obviously, it’s to your benefit to contribute as much as you can to these plans, which offer tax advantages and a wide range of investment options. If you’re investing in a 401(k) or similar employer-backed plan, try to boost your contributions every time your salary increases. At the very least, always put in enough to earn your employer’s matching contribution, if one is offered. And once your children are through with college, you can discontinue saving in your 529 plan (although you may want to open another one in the future for your grandchildren) and devote more money to your retirement accounts. It can certainly be challenging to save for education and retirement – but with discipline and perseverance, it can be done. So, give it the “old college try.” This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.
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It is one thing have practiced to win a champivery hard for onship, but winning three weeks both district and to prepare for state titles on the World Series back of an undecompetition. feated season is “The talpriceless. ent and teamThat is just work the girls what the have paid Bloomingdale off by havBloomingdale 10U All Stars Youth Sports ing an celebrate their State Association 10 and undefeated Championship victory. under girl softball season, Bottom row (left to right): Emma Velasco, Jansen All-Stars team earning Warbritton, Riley Porter, experienced this both District Camryn VanGalder, Leah season. Pabon, Haylee Baker, Ava Velasco. Middle row and State (left to right): Paige Sanchez, Kimora Okimosh, Championships,” The girls first Emily Knowles, Leanne Allen, Carly Rivera. dominated the disThird Row (left to right): Charlie Allen, Larry said team mom trict line up winning Carly Pabon. Knowles, Jason Warbritton, Eric VanGalder. the trophy in Madeira Beach after an Proud of the girls, fellow softball undefeated tourney, followed by reaching team mom Maria Rivera, agreed when the Babe Ruth All-Star State champishe said,” I believe this is an awesome onship tourney and its final game in Lake accomplishment. I have watched these City, which ended with a 11-0 victory 10-year-old girls play their hearts out in against the Palatka Panthers. the Florida heat, and now this amazing The win rightly placed the team led group of girls are headed to the World by program manager Larry Knowles in Series. A moment of recognition is both position to represent Bloomingdale, area due and goes a long way with these communities as well as the state of young players.” Florida at the annual Babe Ruth World Team mom Shannon Baker summed Series scheduled for July 29-August 5, in up her thoughts on the girls accomplishJensen Beach. ment when she added, “These 10U girls “We have a great group of girls that are just incredible.” have fun and have worked really hard to The team has launched a Go Fund become District and State champions,” Me account (gofundme.com/9z62s2Knowles said. “They are continuing to world-series-bound) for anyone who work just as hard to achieve their goal of would like to contribute. winning the World Series.” For more information about BYSA, Knowles emphasized that the girls please visit www.bysafl.com.
teaching Exceptional Education Students at Plant City and Durant High Schools. She served as the Assistant Principal at Riverview High School in 2002. In 2005, Burkett became the Assistant Principal for Curriculum at Bloomingdale High School followed by her appointment as Principal of Burns Middle School in 2009 before returning to Bloomingdale as the Principal in 2013. Bloomingdale High School Principal Sue Burkett Burkett’s fundraising celebrates her recent victory as the new Brandon Honorary Mayor, during the Fourth of July Parade. Burket campaign focused on defeated rival local journalist, Linda Chion Kenney by three Brandon area charraising $41,601.57 for local charities supporting children. ities for children: After some well-organized prepaBloomingdale High School Academic ration and a month-long fundraising Foundation, Boys and Girls Clubs of campaign, Bloomingdale High School Tampa Bay and Center Place Fine Principal Sue Burkett celebrated her Arts and Civic Association. victory as the 56th Brandon Honorary The Community Roundtable origiMayor. nated the race for the title of Honorary To win the honor of representing Mayor of Brandon in 1959. The conher community for a one-year term, test, which begins June 1, and confrom July 4, through July 3, Burkett cludes at 8 a.m., the morning of defeated her rival, local journalist Brandon’s Fourth of July Parade, was Linda Chion Kenney by raising designed to raise funds for charities in $41,601.57 for local charities supportthe Brandon community. ing children. Honorary Mayor Burkett Each candidate chooses up to replaced former Honorary Mayor three charities as beneficiaries and the Chuck Burgess and also took her candidate who raises the most dollars rightful place as a member of The (votes) in the 33 day period is then Community Roundtable board. named the Honorary Mayor of Burkett received both her Bachelor Brandon. Visit www.thecommunityand Master degrees from the roundtable.org. University of South Florida and began
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Emily Ostrowski, MD, joined BayCare Medical Group and is now accepting new patients (age 10 and older) at 5617 Skytop Drive, Lithia, FL 33547. Dr. Ostrowski is board certified in family medicine, small intimate setting Emily Ostrowski, MD, joins specializing in caring bringing its guests a full BayCare Medical Group. for people at all service salon experistages of life. She treats patients’ ence. everyday ailments—including colds, The salon offers the latest styles flu and respiratory infections—and and trends including: balayage, fashperforms health screenings. She is a ion colors and Great Length hair member of the American Academy of extensions. Family Physicians. Talented Esthetician, Kimberly After receiving her Doctor of Vittoe, offers a full menu of advanced Medicine from the University of Toledo skin care treatments as well as waxSchool of Medicine in Toledo, Ohio, ing and natural nail services. she completed her residency in family On Thursday, August 10, drop the medicine at Toledo Hospital Family kids at school and head to Meraki's Medicine. open house from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, Refreshments will be provided along visit www.BayCareMedicalGroup.org. with special promotions, demonstraFor an appointment, call 530tions and a pop-up boutique. 4585, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. Meraki Salon is open Monday to to 5 p.m. Saturday and is located at 13414
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Summer has been a great time for new restaurants in the Bloomingdale/FishHawk area. Residents have been enjoying the following new local eateries. Support the local restaurants by trying the many great dishes or drinks each has to offer.
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Amici’s Pizza & Pasta has recently opened in Park Square in FishHawk at 16132 Churchview Dr., Ste. 115 but it is already popular with the locals for its great Italian food and great prices. Along with pizza, you can also order appetizers, salads, pasta, entrees and more. You can also try its selection of ice cold beer and specialty wines. It is open Monday to Thursday fron 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday from 12 Noon10 p.m. and Sunday from 12 Noon-9 p.m.
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Business Column Continued............. Takeout and delivery is available. Visit www.amicispizzapasta.com or call 643-1222.
Come to Bella Pizza, which is located at 1028 Bloomingdale Ave. in Plaza Bella. Not only can you order the delicious pizza, but there is a varied menu choice of traditional Italian offerings such as homemade lasagna, stuffed shells, baked ziti and fresh salads. Having a party? Bella offers an XL 28" pizza that is cut into square slices for large crowds. Its hours are Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m.-9 pm. and until 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and on Sunday from 12 Noon-8 p.m. Visit www.bellaplazapizza.com or call 661- 4191.
Hokkaido Hibachi & Sushi Restaurant
Hokkaido Hibachi & Sushi recently opened offering a wide array of authentic Japanese Food, such as Chicken Teriyaki, Vegetable Teriyaki, Unagi Don, House Platter, Sweetheart Roll. Enjoy the many selections at either lunch or dinner. It is located at 16769 Fishhawk Blvd. in Lithia (in the Winn Dixie Plaza next to Beef o Brady’s). You can dine in or take out. Visit http://www.hokkaidolithia.com, on Facebook at Hibachi & Sushi Dine in and Take Out or call 530-0530.
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Hand tossed, brick oven pizzas are available. While you are waiting for your food, enjoy a signature cocktail like our Beve Blue or a Lemon Basil Margarita. The kids will keep busy having fun coloring on the table tops. Take-out and delivery are also available. It is located at 5622 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Lithia. Call 643-3550. Visit www.bevecibo.com for more information and the menu.
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Marco’s Pizza has been a very popular choice for pizza in the Tampa Bay area. Now residents in the Lithia and Bloomingdale area can enjoy its authentic Italian pizza with fresh delivery close to home. Plan your next family gathering or event with Marco’s Pizza Catering. You can place your order online at https://www.marcosorder.com/?store= 8442 or call 654-8888. It is located at 5670 Fishhawk Crossing Blvd. in Lithia (in the Publix
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It’s that time of year once again where we are fortunate to receive rain very frequently, sometimes daily. If you are looking for a way to capture rainfall, you may want to consider creating a rain garden in a particularly low area (shallow depression) in your landscape. The purpose of a rain/bog garden is to capture stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces, such as roofs, driveways and sidewalks, and allow the captured runoff water to percolate through the soil. Rain gardens are beneficial because they decrease flooding and erosion and attract wildlife and beneficial insects. Another benefit is filtering runoff that would otherwise carry pollutants (grass clippings, pet waste, fertilizer, etc.) to storm drains and ultimately into Tampa Bay, contributing to algae bloom and killing fish. To create a rain garden, first, determine the size and location. The rain garden should be at least 10 feet from your foundation, in an existing low area that drains quickly after a heavy rain, in full sun, not within 25 ft. of a septic system or well, away from tree roots and within 30 ft. of a water source. Next is the construction phase. Before you start digging, be sure to call 811, Sunshine State One Call
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Phoenix House Opens Newly Renovated Topgolf Tourney Seeks Participants To Help Raise Money For Attack Survivor Derek Jeter Center In Brandon Staff Report By Caitlin Masessa
On Tuesday, around by joining June 6th, Phoenix Phoenix House and House began a becoming a student new chapter by of the Derek Jeter unveiling the reloCenter. “I saw an cation of the Derek opportunity for me to Jeter Center at the grow as a person,” newly renovated Hinderscheid Heartwood addressed the crowd Campus in [Left to Right] Phoenix House VP Maria as he received the Alvarez, Derek Jeter, President of Turn 2 Derek Jeter Brandon. Funded Foundation Sharlee Jeter, and Phoenix by Derek Jeter’s Hillsborough House Clinical Director Sonya Buffee celeTurn 2 Foundation, Education brate the renovated Derek Jeter Center. the Derek Jeter Foundation Center at Scholarship, Phoenix House “The Phoenix works to assist House doesn’t adolescents that just address subare dealing with stance abuse, substance and they address all alcohol abuse the factors that it and strives to affects.” Now put them back on the path towards a drug-free for two years, and a graduate brighter future. “The commitment our with honors from Gaither High School two organizations, along with the hard with plans to attend the University of work and generosity of the Hillsborough Central Florida in the Fall, Hinderscheid Education Foundation, is to be sure that thanks Phoenix House for being there adolescents who are faced with difficulwhen he needed them the most. “The ties of substance abuse are given a sec- Phoenix House and Derek Jeter Center ond chance,” the Vice President of have my eternal gratitude,” Hinderscheid Phoenix House Maria Alvarez spoke of beamed. the partnership between Phoenix House With this renovation, the Derek Jeter and the Turn 2 Foundation. Center nearly doubles its size than what With a relationship that goes back it was six months ago at West Waters nearly a decade, the Founder of the Avenue. “With the opening of this center, Turn 2 Foundation, Derek Jeter, was in we will be able to ensure brighter futures attendance for the ribbon cutting cerefor more young people than we ever mony along with his sister, and dreamed of,” Sharlee Jeter spoke of the President of Turn 2, Sharlee Jeter as larger size of the Center. The relocation well as their father Dr. Sanderson within the Heartwood Campus also Charles Jeter. “Everyone has bumps in works to destroy the false assumption the road, we want them [teens] to know that addiction is a moral failing. “Since that there are places you can go to for our new location is in a medical comsupport,” Derek Jeter spoke of the misplex, it reinforces the fact that addiction sion his foundation holds, “Through our is a disease,” Phoenix House partnership with Phoenix House, we try Communications Director Ashley to supply all of our kids with a strong Womble explained. support system that leads them down Along with the rededication ceremothe path to success.” ny, Derek and Sharlee Jeter announced “The creation of the Derek Jeter that the Turn 2 Foundation will donate Center at Phoenix House started with an additional one-hundred and fifty thouthe singular hope that it would make a sand dollars to the Derek Jeter Center, positive impact on people’s lives,” bringing their total contribution to one Sharlee Jeter added. With 140 promillion dollars. “What Phoenix House grams operating in 11 states, Phoenix has accomplished over the years is House has been changing the lives of remarkable,” Derek Jeter said, “[Phoenix nearly 3,000 adolescents across the House] continues to change lives and nation, and no one is more aware of the we’re dedicated to being partners for impact than Derek Jeter Center years to come.” Graduate Alex Hinderscheid. Becoming The Derek Jeter Center at Phoenix addicted to marijuana at fifteen-yearsHouse is located on 510 Vonderburg Dr. old, Hinderscheid decided to turn his life Suite #301, Brandon, FL 33511.
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items. She gets to know the artists who create the pieces that she sells. “So much of this store has been a part of me,” said Ploor. Orange Home Décor has become a gathering place. In addition to selling unique, artistic items, Ploor has been an Debbie Ploor, owner of Orange Home Décor, enjoyed every ardent supporter of minute of her 11-year journey. However, in order to be able to various community spend more quality time with her family, Ploor has made the non-profits. She has painful decision to close her store by Monday, July 31. opened the store and It is with a heavy heart that countless events benefitting held Debbie Ploor, owner of Orange Home organizations that serve the commuDécor in Valrico, is closing her “It has been an honor to serve nity. beloved store. Orange Home Décor, the community. I want to thank everylocated at 1046 Bloomingdale Ave., one for the love and support they will officially close on Monday, July have shown me over the years. I 31. hope they enjoyed it as much as I Ploor is closing the store in order have,” added Ploor. to spend more quality time with her Ploor sent a note to all of her husband of 39 years, Rick, who has customers and friends advising them been diagnosed with cancer. Ploor of her decision. Within minutes of also wants to have the flexibility to sending the note, she was flooded visit their daughters, Allison and notes expressing love for her with Sarah who live in New York and San and the store. Ploor said, “The people Francisco, respectively. Ploor said, “I make the store. That is what I will am sad about closing the store, but I miss the most.” have no regrets. I would have regretPloor has marked down the items ted it if I had never opened the store in the store, so if you have ever want11 years ago.” ed an artistic piece for your home, Ploor added, “When I started the now is the time to get to Orange store, I could not find the items I sell Décor. She plans to stay conHome without going to South Tampa or nected with the community. Sarasota.” Ploor has done all of the For more information, please visit buying for the store over the last 11 www.orangehomedecor.com. years. She does more than just buy
Requiem Maritime Memorials Scatters Remains At Sea With Tribute Sailing
By Caitlin Masessa
When it comes to where you want to spend eternity, the high seas may not be on your list. However, due to the soaring cost of funerals and dwindling cemetery space, the spreading of cremated remains in the sea has become a common tribute for families to put their loved ones to rest. Although this path may be new to most of the public, Captain Denny Fackler has always been aware of the desire for the sea to be a final resting place. “I always wanted to be cremated and spread in the sea,” the Naval Veteran stated, “A lot of people do, but I saw that there wasn’t a boat that only did ashes spreading instead of combination of fishing and party or site seeing in the area that provides such a wish.” Seeing the need for a vessel to take to the seas and fulfill the dying wishes of loved ones lost, Captain Fackler founded Requiem Maritime Memorials, a service that takes a loved one’s remains to sea and gives the family closure as they say one last goodbye. Sailing out Little Harbor Marina in Ruskin, abroad the 27’ Tollycraft Motor Yacht, which has the capacity to carry the crew and up to six passengers, Requiem Maritime Memorials will perform the spreading of ashes as well as any memorial service the family may want. Since its’ founding, Requiem’s goal has been to provide for any personal and religious beliefs to the extent possible. “We look at it as a Celebration of Life,” Captain Fackler explained of the memorials aboard the boat, “We’ll play music, and I’ll do a reading or say a prayer if that’s what the family wants.” The trip, which takes an hour and thirty minutes to get to the designated three miles from land, comes in the form of two packages, one of
which that does not require for families to be present. The Captain’s Service, which is the most frequently requested option, has Captain Fackler undertake the voyage alone. Requiem promises to fulfill requests the family may have for specific prayers, readings, or other ceremonies that are wanted from the deceased. While both packages start at $195, the Captain’s Service provides a ten-percent discount to Veterans while the Family Memorial Services adds $150 per person attending. “Usually about thirty-percent of families want to attend,” Fackler deduced, “It all depends on what they’re comfortable with.” Comfort isn’t the only reason for choosing the sea over a cemetery. “Cremation is much more affordable than a burial,” Fackler explained, “[Being spread at sea] is also environmentally-friendly.” To keep up with the needs of the environment, Requiem requires that all items put into the ocean, such as urns, notes, and flowers, be biodegradable. Fackler also sees the service as more convenient for families that live in different areas of the nation. “It’s hard to get everyone together when tragedy hits,” Fackler said. Despite Requiem making the time of loss as smooth as possible, Captain Fackler is aware of the taboo attitude that is attached with the planning, and preparing, of memorial services. “It’s hard but you have to sit down and have that talk,” Fackler stated when confronted about how to prepare for the last goodbye, “You have to be able to see into the next Generation.” Although the conversation is hard to hear, and participate in, Requiem Memorial Services will be there to help you, and your loved ones, achieve closure so that you may keep on living. To learn more about Requiem Maritime Memorials, and the pricing of their packages, visit their website at http://www.requiem.life/. You may also contact Captain Denny Fackler directly at 598-1586.
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When asked about his greatest satisfaction from TOPSoccer Muzyk said, “The opportunity for mental and physically challenged kids to enjoy the sport of soccer.” TOPSoccer is for boys and girls ages five and up with disabilities. It is a relaxed program, meaning no practices, no keeping score, and no team standings. It is all about the fun of the game. This program is corporately and individually sponsored, so there is no cost to the parent. The kids enjoying at day out in the sun playing The West Florida Flames Soccer soccer at a session of TOPSoccer. League (WFFSL) allows the proTOPSoccer in Brandon is a fall program in its clubhouse and on the fields. gram allowing young athletes with mental They are the recreational parent club that or physical disabilities to train and play TOPSoccer operates under. soccer. This TOPSoccer program has All are eagerly welcome to been recognized as both the 2010 and including volunteer coaches, TOPSoccer, 2015 TOPSoccer Program of the year, by and high school students interested in the Florida Youth Soccer Association. service. All that is needed for community The organization is proud about this, but this is for a volunteer to go to one of the the program goes deeper than the registrations for more information. awards. This season of TOPSoccer will start The Brandon program was estab9 at 9 a.m. and run through September lished in 1998 by Ken Muzyk, Frank November 18 at the WFFSL field. Figari, Al Snaider, and Fred Englehardt Registrations will take place on Friday who were previously on the Board of August 11, 18, and 25 from 6-8 p.m., directors for Brandon Area Youth Soccer Saturday August 12, 19, and 26 from 9-11 League. They organized groups for boys a.m. at the WFFSL clubhouse located at and girls as well as a coed group, but did S Kings Ave. in Brandon. At regis3104 not have a group for children with disabilitration all players must show a copy of ties. Not wanting those children to feel left their IEP. out, they started the local TOPSoccer. For information, email Fred The goal is to make young athletes with Englehardt at firstname.lastname@example.org, and disabilities feel valued and successful in on Facebook at Florida Youth Soccer and also US Youth www.facebook.com/BrandonTOPSoccer. Soccer.
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Michelle with Alicia Martin (past Osprey Observer staff member - now living in England) at Shakespeare’s birth home in Stratford on Avon, UK.
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Volume 16, Issue 8
By Dr. Rob Norman
F l o roiodrsa Eureka Springs Outd
On an early June morning, I attended a Sierra Club walk at Eureka Springs, led by first-time leader Karen Michalski. Eureka Springs has a wonderful history. The amateur botanist, world traveler and Russian immigrant Albert Greenburg, in 1938, established a botanical garden with tropical plants around springs that fed a lush floodplain forest along Six Mile Creek. He later started the first tropical fish farm in Florida in the springs. In 1967, Greenburg donated the 31-acre site to Hillsborough County. Eureka Springs Park is Hillsborough County's only botanical garden. According to my research, poet Robert Frost and other famous personalities made it a point to visit Greenberg in the years prior to World War II. The gardens include the largest publicly owned collection of ferns in Florida, a rose garden, butterfly gardens, and an orchid room. The boardwalk winds through a lush floodplain forest of cypresses, tupelo, and towering maples. The Tampa Bypass Canal that connects the Lower Hillsborough Wilderness preserve with McKay Bay was designed for flood protection by
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limiting any flow. During my time at the park, I noted wonderfully vibrant butterflies and dragonflies, unusual beetles, and a number of plants, trees and flowers I had never seen before. The Yesterday Today and Tomorrow Plants (Brunfelsia) is a tropical plant native to Brazil with lush green foliage accented with unique blooms that change color. The flowers bloom first as a purple or violet bloom. The next day that same bloom is pale lavender and the next day it is white. The narrow canal that curves through the park is home to several glorious flowers, including vibrant pink water lilies. Michalski did a fine job, and when we finished we posed for a photo with the Sierra banner. All in all, it was another great day in paradise. Come on out to Eureka Springs and enjoy The Great Florida Outdoors. Eureka Springs Park is located at 6400 Eureka Springs Rd. in Tampa. Call 744-5536.
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Area Y’s Help Struggling Students Become Proficient In Reading With Summer Program
By Kathy L. Collins
Summer is starting this young. a fun time for They can get one children, but it is on one help. It also a time increases their fluwhen children ency, comprehenlose a significant sion and writing amount of readskills." ing readiness. Volunteers The problem is include teachers, especially proparents and high found for chilschool students. dren who strug- Bridging The Gap, a one on one reading enrichBridging The gle to read Gap is a program ment program started at Campo Y, has been so successful that a similar program has been throughout the of the Y's Social started at the North Brandon Y. school year. Responsibility It is for these reasons that last sumCommittee. Susan Prestige, owner of mer the Campo Y initiated "Bridging The Tutoring Club and chair of the Social Gap." This is a program free to members Responsibility Committee, donated the of the Y. Children in kindergarten through curriculum material used in Bridging The fifth grade spend one to two hours a Gap. week working one on one with a dedicatKavita Marballi with the Y said, ed volunteer. The children practice read"Children who struggle to read get one ing, writing and even learning Spanish. on one help. We ask the child's teacher Last summer's program was so suc- to send a letter outlining the areas they cessful, that it has been expanded to the need help." Marballi said, "I have had North Brandon Y this summer. parents tell me that because of this proThe program works thanks to kind gram, their child now loves to pick up a and generous volunteers such as Amber book and read." Brown, a second grade teacher at Than Htwe's son attends Bridging Mitchell Elementary. Brown said, "It is The Gap at the Campo Y. Htwe said, important for children to maintain their "My son is already reading at the first reading over the summer. Over the eight grade level. This program has helped get to 10-week summer break, many chilhim ready for school." dren slide back in their reading level. Children meet on Mondays and Even two days per week helps maintain Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. at the their level." Campo Y, and on Thursday and Friday Joan Solomon, a seventh and eighth from 12 to 1 p.m. at the North Brandon Y. grade reading teacher at Randall Middle If you would like to help by donating School, also volunteers with the protime or materials for this program, please gram. Solomon said, "It is really neat contact Marballi at 684-1371, ext. 1606.
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Residents believes in a who travel the student-cenU.S. Hwy. 301 tered educationcorridor freal philosophy quently will that emphasizes have noticed hands on learnthe large ing and students who actively school building participate. under con“We believe struction at the in the whole sturoad’s busy dent approach intersection to learning,” said with Jacobs, who Bloomingdale also explained Ave. in BridgePrep Academy will open its doors to more Riverview. The than 700 students next month at the intersection of that BridgePrep location, to the U.S. Hwy. 301 and Bloomingdale Ave. in Riverview. is a STEAM school that additionally offers every stusouth of Wolfe’s Produce Market, will dent one hour of Spanish language open next month as BridgePrep instruction every day. Academy, a kindergarten through eighth As a charter school, students at grade public charter school. BridgePrep do not pay tuition. The school, under direction of principal Keith Jacobs, is the 15th Florida cam- Hillsborough County charter schools are pus BridgePrep, with one other location in independent public schools operated by a non-profit organization. They hire their Hillsborough County. They are all SACS own teachers, design their own academic Accredited High Performing Charter program and control their own finances. Schools. The building, which will be able They have their own board of directors to hold 950 students, is state of the art that makes the decisions for the school, offering technology in every classroom but all charter schools must provide a curand two large computer labs. There will riculum that meets the Florida and also be a baseball field and multiple basSunshine State Standards. ketball courts. “We are really excited to become a More than 700 students in kinderpart of the diverse Riverview community,” garten through sixth grade have currently said Jacobs, who is beginning his 14th received spots through the traditional charter school lottery system with approx- year as an educator and ninth in school imately 200 more expected to join them in administration. The school is located at 6211 S. U.S. the next few years. Applications are availHwy. 301 in Riverview, call 370-1910 or able on the school’s website. visit www.bridgeprepacademy.com. According to Jacobs, BridgePrep
The Tampa Since Bay Lightning Vinik bought are breaking the team in ground in 2010, he has September on a remained new state-ofcommitted to the-art practice making the Lightning a facility. The Ice world-class Sports Forum, organization. where the team currently pracPhoto Courtesy of the Tampa Bay Lightning The only tices, will add on A look at what the new locker room will look like after thing left for renovations. the Lightning new features to to improve upon is their practice facility, the facility including a brand new locker which is in the works to becoming one of room, weight room, training room, press the better facilities in the NHL. room and player lounge. It will have new According to Brian Breseman, features that are not currently available at Lightning Director of Public Relations, Amalie Arena, including hydrotherapy the goal for the Lightning is to make the facilities, a video room/theater and a new players as comfortable as possible and rink dasher system for the North Rink. provide them with the best opportunity to These improvements are made possucceed on the ice. The Forum is locatsible through a $6 million dollar donation ed at the edge of Brandon, close to from Lightning owner and chairman, Jeff Amalie Arena in Tampa, where the team Vinik. The Ice Sports Forum has pledged plays, and where the players live. $500,000 in improvements as well. The Since 1997, the Lightning and the Forum and the Lightning have extended Ice Sports Forum have been partners. their lease through 2027. The facility is The commitments both parties have expected to be finished in the spring of made ensure that they will continue the 2018. trend for at least another 10 years. "We have addressed a number of The 18,000-sq. ft. addition to the things as an organization on and off the Forum will be bigger than the 14,500-sq. ice since purchasing the team in 2010, but one thing that has not been improved ft. Amalie Arena facility. "I would like to personally thank the to this point has been the team's practice Ice Sports Forum and owner Tom venue,” said Vinik. “That will change this Bradley for being a great partner of the fall when we break ground. We remain organization for more than 20 years,” steadfast in our commitment to winning said Vinik. “We hope to continue the the Stanley Cup, and that begins with relationship for another 20 years or providing every resource for our players more.” to train and prepare.”
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Parkinson’s Disease Support Group Hosts Meetings At Hawthorne Rehab A gentleman visiting Hawthorne for speech therapy happened to mention that there seemed to be a lot of support groups in Brandon, but none for Parkinson’s Disease (PD). The seed he planted turned into the monthly meetings, which have been very successful and well attended. The first Parkinson’s Disease Support Group was held in October 2016 at Hawthorne Rehab in Brandon. Over 40 people attended, made up of a variety of those with Parkinson’s, family members, caregivers and medical professionals. The presentation for the meeting included speakers from speech, occupational and physical therapy that covered issues faced by those with Parkinson’s, ranging from swallowing and speech problems to balance and walking. Low vision issues were also covered. Comments from the enthusiastic audience ranged from “Great information,” to “You are addressing a need in the community very well, thank you.” From a therapist’s point of view, learning more about how PD impacts people on a daily basis has been extraordinary, both from listening to those with Parkinson’s as well as from their family members. The success of this support group and the interest expressed in continuing led to the decision for monthly meetings
to be held on the third Thursday of every month at 2 p.m. in Hawthorne’s new Media Center. The format is planned to include a presentation by a medical professional followed by round table discussions for caregivers and those with Parkinson’s to allow for socializing, sharing and questions. The meetings are free of charge and include refreshments. The sad part of this story is that the gentleman who inspired the meeting had a severe fall (one of the impacts of PD), and spent close to six months recovering. Early on, he never knew about the groups, even though the speech therapist attempted on several occasions to contact him. Finally, before the March meeting, the gentleman who sparked the idea for this group, was found. He and his wife were delighted with the news and promised to come. When they arrived, everyone else was seated and listening to a speaker. When the speaker was finished, and prior to breaking into round table discussions where those with PD could talk together and the family members could share tips with each other, he was introduced. It was especially poignant to see his reaction when the entire group gave him a very warm welcome. For information, call 661-8998, press 1 and ask to register for the next event.
ECHO Seeks Employers & Job Seekers For Next Job Fair September 14
By Tatiana Ortiz
Job seekand service ers dressed in agencies. professional Individuals attire at their searching for a visit to the job could speak Boys & Girls with employers Club in from the Brandon durHillsborough ing ECHO’s County Sheriff’s (Emergency Office, Care Help Hillsborough Organization) County fourth annual Supervisor of Job Fair on Hillsborough County Public Schools table at the Elections, Bank Emergency Care Help Organization (ECHO) of America and April 13. Job Fair. Through this much more. It free event the first 25 candidates gave the job seekers an opportunity received a portfolio, assistance with to network and learn about these their resumes and more. employers and service agencies in In September of 2015, ECHO hopes to land employment. The sponheld their first job fair. ECHO now sors of the job fair included Twin does this twice a year, once in the Creeks Assisted Living and Memory spring and the other in the fall. The Care, Boys & Girls Club, Braille mission at ECHO is to assist resiWorks and more. dents of Eastern Hillsborough County “I came to the ECHO Job Fair in crisis with emergency food, clothbecause I need a job and like the fact ing and offer access to life-stabilizing that I can talk with employers face-toprograms and resources. Since 1987, face,” Nataly Cabrera said. it has helped more than 180,000 “The ECHO Job Fair seemed well Brandon area residents with food and put together and it did not gear clothing. Bank of America gave towards one sector,” said Melody ECHO a $25,000 grant for the Job for Fuller, with the Job for Job program Jobs program. at ECHO. She started with them in “The $25,000 grant from Bank of 2016. America will go towards our workJoin ECHO and their next job fair, force development,” said Sharmaine which will be held on September 14. Burr, ECHO Director of Social For more information, visit Services. https://echofl.org/about/. It is located This job fair had 169 in attenat 507 N. Parsons Ave. in Brandon. dance with more than 30 employers Hours vary. Call 685-0935.
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