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Teachers from 33 countries and 45 states including Barrington Middle School 6th grade science teacher Cynthia Fleming were accepted to attend a weeklong space camp at the United States Space and Rocket Center (USSRC) in Huntsville, Alabama earlier this summer. Participants of the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity offered at the Honeywell Educators at Space Academy (HESA) enjoyed space education and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities involving engineering and aerospace. The academy is a scholarship program that inspires middle school Barrington Middle math and science teachSchool sciers to become more ence effective educators in teacher Cynthia STEM. Fleming “As a 6th grade was selectGeneral Science teacher ed to attend the 2017 it was a tremendous Honeywell Educators at Space Academy (HESA), a weekhonor to have been cho- long space camp at the United States Space and Rocket sen as so many teachers Center (USSRC) in Huntsville, Alabama. Fleming was just one of 200 teachers from around the world to learn new apply but only about 200 ways to bring science, technology, engineering and math are accepted each year,” (STEM) to the classroom. said Fleming an 18-year they’re on a mission to learn new veteran teacher in southeast ways to bring STEM to the classroom Hillsborough County. next fall. “Honeywell has given me the best To accomplish her mission professional development training Fleming had to complete 45 hours of that a Science teacher could expericlassroom and laboratory instruction ence. I am truly appreciative and focused on science, space explothankful.” ration and leadership skills developFleming applied for HESA last ment that included high-performance September and was notified of her jet simulation, rocketry and a new acceptance by Honeywell in January coding mission to launch them, a sce2017. nario-based space mission, land and HESA representatives emphawater survival training as well as sized that the one thing all teachers Continued on Page 5 in attendance have in common is that

The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay recently announced recipients of nearly $165,000 in funding from its latest grant cycle. Some, but not all, focus on improving environmental conservation in the Tampa Bay area. Some of the recipients are located in or work in the South Shore area. Tampa Bay Watch, a nonprofit organization Students from local schools such as East Bay High School dedicated to the proteclearn about the environment in a hands-on way through the tion and restoration of the Tampa Bay Watch's "Bay Grasses in Classes." Tampa Bay estuary, was video for the SouthShore Regional awarded $10,000 to support and expand Library's John Crawford Art Education its "Bay Grasses in Classes" program, Studio. which facilitates youth involvement in The Community Foundation has also habitat restoration efforts. Locally, East reserved $25,000 in matching donations Bay and Lennard High Schools will help for several local women’s clubs, including to complete environmental restoration The Riverview Women’s Club and GFWC programs. Sun City Center Women’s Club, as a part Last year, students harvested plants of an endowment challenge. at a location in Port Manatee and replantSince its inception in 1990, the ed them at the Rock Pond Ecosystem Community Foundation of Tampa Bay Restoration Site. This year, they will work has been dedicated to making giving on the Apollo Beach Nature Preserve. easy, for more information, please visit Students work side by side with local entists and get to learn about ecology and agriculture. "The contributions of these organizations are essential to preserving Florida's natural habitat and environment," said Marlene Spalten, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay. "We are very proud to facilitate these grants," added Spalten. Feeding Tampa Bay was given $50,000 to support South Shore food 16 banks such as Our Lady's Pantry at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Wimauma and St. Anne's in Sun City HOA HOT TOPICS ...............................PG 7 Center. EGG HUNTS........................................PG 8 The Centre For Women was awarded $6,778 to expand its "You Grow Girl" PAINTING FROM THE HEART ...........PG 17 Entrepreneurship Program For Women. EYE ON BUSINESS ............................PG 25 The focus area will be Wimauma. The Friends of the Library of SOUTHSHORE LIVING ...............PGS 36‐37 Hillsborough County, Inc. was granted SUMMER CAMPS.....PULL OUT SECTION 3 $6,000 to support art classes and a short

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District Names New Communications And Media Officer, Grayson Kamm

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Pending approval the Public from the Hillsborough Information Office, County School responding to media Board, inquiries and sharing Superintendent Jeff story ideas. Eakins has named The team is veteran journalist and tasked to respond in communications proa timely fashion to all fessional Grayson requests from nationKamm last month as al, state, and local the new media and provide Communications and assistance with Media Officer for ParentLink. Hillsborough Since January Photo submitted by HCPS 2016, Kamm has Schools. Veteran journalist and communications served as the According to professional, Grayson Kamm was school officials, Communications named last month as Hillsborough Kamm, a graduate of County Public School’s new communi- Director at Tampa’s cations and media officer. the University of Museum of Science Florida, was ready to lead a team of & Industry. professionals on July 24, his first day “As a member of MOSI’s execuwith the district with the goal to tive team, Kamm has managed comimprove the connection between the plex projects and communications community and the district. effort and generated substantial posiOfficials said that Kamm is plantive media coverage for the institution,” ning on using a wide range of commu- said HCPS spokesperson Tanya Arja. nication channels, which include its Before joining MOSI, Kamm covNewsDesk (online news blog), Inside ered a broad range of topics for 14 HCPS (a talk show with years as an award-winning journalist – Superintendent Jeff Eakins that highincluding extensive investigations, lights schools and teachers), as well breaking news, feature stories and as Social Media sites such as more - on television, in newspapers Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and and online. YouTube Channels. Kamm is married to attorney and HCPS’ communications team that child advocate Cathy Kamm. includes Tanya Arja, (Media Outreach The oldest of their two children will and Department Manager), David begin kindergarten in Hillsborough Valdez (Marketing Manager) and Schools this fall. Doryann Carrega (Content For more information, please visit Development Manager) also serves as

Valrico Family Thrilled To Open Second Zaxby’s With New Gibsonton Location

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In March own business, 2003, Matt has been a Wortman big help giving made his him advice. dreams come Wortman has true when he bought the bought his rights for two first Zaxby’s more restauchain restaurants, but rant in Valrico. plans to open On April 3rd of only one more this year, he restaurant in expanded, Hillsborough building off Zaxby’s stellar staff getting County. He ready for the opening. the success of wants people his first store. to know what his restaurant has to The current offer. “We try to put love and care into Valrico resiour restaurant like a family would, dent opened and we just want to do the best for all his second restaurant in Gibsonton, in the guests that come in and want to the Riverview 14 Shopping and enjoy the excellent food that we proEntertainment Center, near the vide,” Wortman said. Goodrich GDX movie theater. Wortman is focused on making Wortman became interested in his Zaxby’s restaurant a desirable owning a Zaxby’s chain when he place for families to eat, along with worked for the company while he was great customer service. “I expect in college in Georgia, he said. He great customer service, excellent food made an offhand comment to his and any complaints to be solved mom about one day wanting to own a immediately if somebody has a bad Zaxby’s. He said his family was very experience,” Wortman said. “I want supportive and helped make his the management team to do the best dream become a reality. that they can to correct the mistakes He moved to Valrico in 2002 and that were made.” went into business with his mom, and Zaxby’s is a fast-food restaurant together, they purchased their first that specializes in chicken wings, restaurant. The family-owned busichicken fingers, sandwiches, salads ness has had success, which led to and more. It also offers special dipthe opening of the second store 14 ping sauces and catering is available years later. Wortman said his father, as well. It primarily operates in the Robert, who previously owned his south with more than 800 locations.




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The Tampa Theatre Presents "Wine's World" This September

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The Tampa Tickets for the Theatre presWine Pairing are ents its Annual $275 for individuals WineFest this and $500 for a September with pair. a fun theme of On Sunday, “Wine's World�. September 10, Join Wayne and come see the Mike Garth and warm Myers/Dana up the couch for Carvey classic, three days of Wayne's World at wine, food and 3 p.m. The film is The Tampa Theatre's WineFest 2016 will take place this movies and celebrating its 25th September with a fun theme of help support the anniversary. "Wine's World." Have fun enjoying historic movie can opt for Guests great food, exceptional wines and fun while helping support a local, palace, the upstairs seating for historic landmark. Tampa Theatre. just $10 or for the WineFest kicks off on Friday, "We're Not Worthy" VIP ticket which gets September 8 with a two-tiered Wine you a spot on the stage deck and unlimitTasting. You get to taste dozens of boued mimosas and crullers at the exclusive tique wines and sample fare from deck bar. Tampa's top independent restaurants WineFest is the landmark theatre's such as American Social Tampa, Carne biggest annual fundraiser. Event chair, Chop House, Ceviche, Little Donut Michael Stanton said, "The WineFest House, On Swann and more. committee gets to create these excellent In addition to food and wine, you will annual events that benefit the historic have the opportunity to bid on premium movie palace's artistic, educational and silent auction items. community programs, as well as the 90Tickets for the Premium Tasting are year-old movie palace's ongoing preser$90 and for the Grand Tasting, tickets are vation and restoration. We're not worthy! $55. Premium Tasting begins at 7 p.m. We're not worthy!" and the Grand Tasting begins at 8 p.m. Guests are encouraged to dress as On Saturday, September 9, the their favorite character or come in Tampa Theatre's historic stage will be Wayne's World-inspired costumes. The expanded to seat more than 275 for an Wine Tasting and Pairing events and VIP elegant Wine Pairing. The multi-course "We're Not Worthy" deck are restricted to menu, created and catered by Mise en guests ages 21 and older. Place chef, Marty Blitz, will feature delecFor more information and to get ticktable small plates expertly paired with ets, please visit exquisite wines.

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Teacher At Space Camp...Continued From Page 1 interactive flight dynamics programs just to name a few. While she enjoyed building rockets, constructing heat shields, performed simulated missions on the Space Shuttle and a mission to Mars involving navigation, not to mention flight simulations, space experiments all the time working in a team environment, Fleming shared her favorite experience that is safe to say many would put on the top of their list. “My favorite adventure was putting on a space suit and doing a 'space walk' to install a solar panel on our trip to Mars while experiencing one-third gravity,” Fleming said. The curriculum additionally covered the history of US space exploration featuring stories of people who worked for NASA and helped develop the USA Space Industry, including Astronaut Clayton Anderson. According to the Department of Education, only 16 percent of high

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school seniors are interested in pursuing STEM, yet the National Science Foundation states that 80 percent of available jobs in the next several years will require some math and science skills. “HESA aims to re-ignite teachers’ passions for STEM and encourage students to seek a STEM career,” said HESA representative Emma Johnson Since 2004, more than 3 million students have been reached and inspired by 2,776 math and science HESA alumni from 62 countries and 52 US states and territories. “It was an amazing time meeting educators from around the world,” Fleming said, adding “I would encourage all Math and Science teachers who are passionate about learning to apply to Honeywell next September. The industry is clearly looking for teachers that want to excite the next generation of engineers and astronauts ready to go to Mars.” For more information please visit



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Lightning Owner Vinik Invests $6 Million Into Upgrades For Ice Sports Forum

By Nick Nahas

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 facility. The Ice Lightning a Sports Forum, world-class where the team organization. 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. new features to the Lightning the facility including a brand new locker to improve upon is their practice facility, room, weight room, training room, press which is in the works to becoming one of room and player lounge. It will have new the better facilities in the NHL. features that are not currently available at According to Brian Breseman, Amalie Arena, including hydrotherapy Lightning Director of Public Relations, facilities, a video room/theater and a new the goal for the Lightning is to make the rink dasher system for the North Rink. players as comfortable as possible and These improvements are made posprovide them with the best opportunity to sible through a $6 million dollar donation succeed on the ice. The Forum is locatfrom Lightning owner and chairman, Jeff ed at the edge of Brandon, close to Vinik. The Ice Sports Forum has pledged Amalie Arena in Tampa, where the team $500,000 in improvements as well. The plays, and where the players live. Forum and the Lightning have extended Since 1997, the Lightning and the their lease through 2027. The facility is Ice Sports Forum have been partners. expected to be finished in the spring of The commitments both parties have 2018. made ensure that they will continue the "We have addressed a number of trend for at least another 10 years. things as an organization on and off the The 18,000-sq. ft. addition to the ice since purchasing the team in 2010, Forum will be bigger than the 14,500-sq. but one thing that has not been improved ft. Amalie Arena facility. to this point has been the team's practice "I would like to personally thank the venue,” said Vinik. “That will change this Ice Sports Forum and owner Tom fall when we break ground. We remain Bradley for being a great partner of the steadfast in our commitment to winning organization for more than 20 years,” the Stanley Cup, and that begins with said Vinik. “We hope to continue the providing every resource for our players relationship for another 20 years or to train and prepare.” more.”

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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

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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.

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Hillsborough County Pet Resource Celebrates Major Milestone, Earns BOCC Commendation

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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 labs.” release information on the circumAs originally reported by Bay News stances surrounding Janessa’s death, 9, Janessa’s body was found on July 12 or what a hiker who found the body by a hiker in a “heavily wooded area” of saw in the preserve. Triple Creek Nature Preserve near her "Only the killer would know that home, 10 days after she went missing. information and we don't want to tip On July 3, Janessa was reported our hand at this point," she said. missing by her father, Nahshon Adding to the drama Janessa’ Shannon, 37, who told officials that his father, who was initially helpful and daughter had run away before and was provided an interview, stopped coopbeing punished for sneaking out. erating with investigators and has When asked about the reason for since hired an attorney officials said. not alerting the community about the "We are not focusing on any one teen’s initial disappearance, HCSO person right now," Lusczynski said. Colonel Donna Lusczynski told reporters "Our primary function now at this time that an Amber Alert was not issued is to find Janessa's killer. We're makbecause criteria for the alert weren’t met. ing sure we're talking to anyone Janessa was described by her parinvolved and not excluding anyone.” ents as a habitual runaway and they did Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay is not suspect foul play. offering up to $3,000 for information Janessa's mother, Michelle Mosley, leading to an arrest. Anyone with 34, of Bradenton, criticized the sheriff's information is asked to call 800-873office for not alerting the media, but 8477.

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 Commission (BOCC). adoption of more than 50,000 dogs and a much-welcomed cats at the center in the past four years. During a regularaddition and have ly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, helped with center capacity. July 19 on the 2nd floor of the County “We are now seeing a following as Center, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd., the BOCC residents come out to adopt as well as issued a commendation to enjoy a day of fun and celebration with the Center and its adoptions and rescue us,” Trebatoski said. partners for the life-saving programs that Officials emphasized that the shelter have led to the rescue and adoption of also depends on a talented veterinary 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. The increase in the number of pets For info about Pet Resource Center, finding new homes is said to be the result visit

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McGinnis Law Firm Puts Clients First With Family & Marital Law Practice

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Wendy McGinnis practices McGinnis knew all areas of family law, since the 7th grade including divorce cases, paternity cases, adopthat she wanted to tions, name changes and become a lawyer. “My parents would domestic violence cases as well. always tell me that McGinnis is very I was good at makhands-on with her ing arguments,” clients. They deal directly she said. In 2001, with her and aren’t she fulfilled her passed off to a paralegal dreams, becoming or assistant. She is also licensed in Florida a certified family mediato practice family tor. “I am there for my law. clients, advocating for McGinnis went their best interests and to the University of their rights under the Delaware for her law,” she said. undergraduate McGinnis lives with schooling, majoring her husband and four in political science kids in the Brandon area. with a minor in She likes to volunteer in French, and then her spare time to help attended Seton Wendy McGinnis has been practicing family law for 16 years. the West Florida Flames Hall University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey Soccer Club. She also enjoys participating in races, such as the Fishhawk to get her law degree. Turkey Trot 5K and the Gasparilla In November 2007, McGinnis Distance Classic. bought her own law firm, McGinnis You can call 800-768-2026 to Law Firm. For 10 years now, schedule a free initial consultation McGinnis has served the greater with McGinnis Law Firm. The office Tampa area, specializing in family hours are Monday through Friday law. According to McGinnis, the six from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Evening and years prior to owning the practice, weekend appointments are available she worked for a private law firm that by request. also practiced family law, helping her For more information, you can learn the ins and outs of the busivisit the McGinnis Law Firm website ness, which assisted her in starting at her firm.

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Family Friendly 5K And Fun Run Honors The Sacrifice Of Heroes

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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 the 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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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 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 information, visit

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Volume 15, Issue 8

County To Buy Additional Land For More Parking At Veterans Park

By Tamas Mondovics

from the County Parks Impact Fee Program funding; the $200,000 for site improvements, that is part of $560,000 in additional funds recommended for 2018 CIP. If approved, the property will be purchased by October 2017 followed by design from October 2017 to April 2018. The estimated A site plan shows a nearly two-acre parcel scheduled to be seven-month-long purchased for additional parking space at Veterans Park and construction is schedRear Admiral LeRoy Collins, Jr. Veterans Museum. County uled for April 2018 to officials hope to complete the project by fall 2018. October 2018. Residents were invited last month to The museum and park are popular learn about the County’s proposal to destinations, featuring several memorials increase parking availability at Veterans and monuments, and hosting a number Park and Rear Admiral LeRoy Collins, Jr. of special events and ceremonies Veterans Museum. throughout the year. The open-house format meeting Officials emphasized that the 8,000hosted by Hillsborough County Real sq. ft. Veterans Resource Center currentEstate and Facilities Services, was held ly also under construction on the grounds at the museum, 3602 U.S. Hwy. 301 N. in will become the new home for the Tampa, with project displays available for County’s Consumer and Veterans viewing, giving residents a chance to Services. review plans, ask questions, and comAs funds become available future ment on a proposal to buy a 1.85-acre plans also call for a 14,000 to 16,000 sq. parcel at 3801 Danny Bryan Blvd. ft. addition for educational use and museAccording to officials, the purchase of um exhibits. the parcel is the first step in the $450,000 “The new services center is the result project to create parking for an additional of a unified effort by our local Veterans, 70 to 90 vehicles along with the addition Veteran advocates, Hillsborough County of a secondary access point for use durgovernment and the state of Florida,” said ing special events. Assistant Hillsborough County The project is included within the Administartor, Dexter Barge. existing Veterans Memorial Park Capital It will include a multi-purpose room Improvement Project and is planned to be for uses such as training and special funded by two sources. A State of Florida events. Department of Economic Development No interruptions to park activities are grant awarded to the County in the 2017anticipated during planned construction. 2018 legislative session, $250,000 of For more information, please visit the which is for land purchase, part of a County’s Veterans Memorial Park $388,000 grant that includes Veterans Expansion – Additional Parking project Resource Center enhancements. webpage at Money for the project also comes

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Riverview Chamber; Serving The Community For More Than 50 Years

By Sandy Meyer

In 1966 a education prosmall group of grams and offers Riverview busia local business ness owners who directory and were concerned community calenwith the lack of dar. zoning regulaBetty Huth, tions in the area co-owner of Huth came together to & Booth make a differPhotography has ence. More than been a GRCC fifty years later member since she this group, now moved to the area known as the in 2005. “It was Greater through the Members of GRCC enjoy a monthly Riverview Member’s Appreciation Lunch full of informa- Chamber that we tion, fun and good food. Chamber of became acquaintCommerce ed with the com(GRCC) is 648 members strong and munity and met other business peogrowing every day. ple. It was an invaluable help in growSince its inception the GRCC has ing our business,” said Huth. kept its focus on the community it GRCC organizes several events serves and has continued to foster each year. Networking events include relationships within that community. the Annual Dinner and Awards Members of the Chamber work Celebration and Annual Golf together as a unit to support and Tournament. These are just a few strengthen each other and the comexamples of what the 5016c nonprofit munity through a variety of efforts civic organization accomplishes each which include networking and year. fundraising. “The Chamber is an The dedicated staff lives and engine for economic development works for the community and and fights for the interests of our includes: Debbie Kirkland, community,” said Tanya Doran, the Membership Director; Brittany Brown, organization’s executive director. “We Administrative Specialist; Sierra connect our community and members Carch, Administrative Professional with other members and community and Tanya Doran, Executive Director. partners,” she added. For membership information and In addition to cultivating business to find out how GRCC can help grow relationships amongst its members, your business, please call 234-5944 the GRCC provides referrals and or visit



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VFW Post 8108 Hosts September Fundraiser For Athena House

By Sandy Meyer

On Saturday, Club. The Dice September 16 Run is like a the VFW Post Poker Run but 8108 will host instead riders will Operation Dignity roll dice at each First, a fundraisstop. There will ing event for the also be an auction Athena House. featuring a variety The Athena of fabulous prizes and a 50/50 raffle. House is a nonVendors will be on profit organization providing VFW Post 8108 offers many events through- hand selling their out the year to raise funds for veterans in the fares and a live housing for area. female veterans band will be enterand their children. Together with taining the crowd. Tampa Crossroads’ Veterans A Barbecue Competition will also Assistance Center, local VA hospitals take place on the Post grounds allowand other agencies, female veterans ing contestants to enter up to four difreceive the opportunity to rebuild their ferent BBQ contests including chicklives. According to recent statistics, en, pork, ribs and brisket. there were 3,000 homeless female Competitors can choose one, two, three or all four categories. The entry veterans in the area in 2012. Today fee is $25 and the fee for each meat that number is down to 165. is $30 with the brisket entry being According to VFW Post 8108 $35. Cost to enter all four is $150. Commander, Ryan Ridenhour, the Athena House is a one-stop shop for The public is welcome and female veterans and includes housencouraged to join in the festivities ing, drug rehabilitation and therapy. and help raise funds for the Athena “With this type of demographic, House. “Operating costs average there’s a lot of trauma, sexual trauma $550,000 per year,” said Ridenhour. and things like that. So Athena House For more information on signing up specifically services only female vetfor the Dice Run, BBQ Competition, erans and their children,” said sponsorship opportunities, becoming Ridenhour. a vendor or contributing a prize for The fundraising event, which runs the auction, please call event coordinator BJ Wegman at 677- 2286. from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., will have VFW Post 8108 is located at something for everyone. A Dice Run 7504 Riverview Drive. Please visit is being sponsored by the Military for more information. Firefighters and Cops Motorcycle

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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: 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 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.

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Playing For Charity At Annual Knights Of Columbia Golf Classic 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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Leadership Brandon Class Of 2017 Hosts 18th Annual Casino Night

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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 Pre-sale tick-

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 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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Volume 15, Issue 8

Cypress Creek Co-op Offers Six Weekly Pick Up Sites

By Caitlin Masessa

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.” produce fix. The volunteers at each location vary from 16 to 26. In total, the it with family and friends with To learn more Cypress Creek Produce Co-op has 100 volunteers. Adams picks up at wholesale marplenty to spare,” Adams reminisced. about the Cypress kets, local farms, and various buyto local fire stations, an orphanage, and Creek Produce Co-op, and to get a list Not wanting the good food to go to ers. a list of families that need a helping waste, Adams decided to share the of all their pickup locations which curThe week's selection in the bins, hand.” healthy wealth by starting a Co-op in rently include Waterset, Cypress Creek, which can be purchased in a medium After two years of being in operaher neighborhood. “I utilized my neighSundance, Moose Lodge, Summerfield size for $20 or a large size for $30, all tion, volunteers estimate that about 200 and Winthrop/St. Matthews, 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 fee Adams makes sure to keep the needs Winthrop/St. Matthews stop being the 13,000 members on our page and anyof $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 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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Women’s Weekend Pajama Retreat Offers Networking, Wine-Tasting & Inspiration When Brandon resident Pearl Chiarenza went through a hard time, she attended a women’s retreat that changed her life. She is now using her knowledge to put on a similar event with the goal of helping other women. The event, Women’s Successful Living Launch Your Dreams PJ Retreat, will take place at the Speakers Cheryl Polote-Williamson, Shannon Carlton, Angela Harborside Dieleone, Lennise Germany, Jennifer Denita Capeheart-Meningall, Suites at Little Rhonda McDaniel, Lisa Pulliam and Connie Going will join organizer Pearl Chiarenza at the Women’s Successful Living Launch Your Harbor in Dreams PJ Retreat in Ruskin next month. Ruskin from founded Women’s Successful Living Friday August 18-Sunday August 20 in 2016 and also owns Bodyworks offering a variety of events from wine Health and Wellness Center, the tasting to yoga and insight from eight event is for any woman over 16 who inspirational speakers. is looking to make a change in her “Far too many women talk about life. the future, but never take the neces“College students, stay at home sary steps to transform the future into moms or corporate executives, the their reality,” said Chiarenza. “I want fact remains, once you desire someto help show women what I have thing exciting, then this program is for done to create a more meaningful you,” she said. “We have speakers life.” who will inspire you to stay on track According to Chiarenza, who


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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 Call Council Oak Steaks and Seafood for reservations 866-388-4263 or book online at Dining room is non-smoking.

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Don’t Panic Because Tax Happens

By Amy Schechter

Everyone before the project is knows that nagfinished. Her fees ging feeling in your are conveniently stomach when you posted on her webthink about taxes. site, and they do Most likely, you’re not charge by the done for the year hour or by the form. and the thought of Fifty percent of the fee is collected new W2s is conbefore the project fusing at best and terrifying at worst. begins with the That’s where Tax remainder after a Happens comes in, draft is provided. Photo By Gerardo Luna Photographs ready to remove As part of her Theresa Turner, CPA, along with her husany worry and set band and her mother. Tax Happens is a fami- commitment to you on a course for ly affair and offers accounting services for being a neighborpersonal or business life. savings. hood accountant, Theresa Turner, CPA started Tax Turner started a nonprofit organization, Happens as a small town accounting firm Riverview Our Town, to give back to the before she realized just how big community in a positive way. She has Riverview was going to get. Despite the partnered with Summerfield Crossings booming population, Turner is still comGolf Club to put on a number of food mitted to being personally available year truck rallies to encourage the community to come together and meet their neighround. Her objective is tangible as she is bors. able to immediately picture individual Currently, she is seeking a church faces and situations even though she with a kitchen to expand the Riverview may solely interact with clients during tax Meals on Wheels program to offer food season: “My goal is to have a long-term, personal relationship with my clients. That directly to seniors who may be unable to way, when something happens, I’m better leave their residences. Donations of $25 gift cards and volunteers are very much situated to help reach a solution.” Turner appreciated and accepted as humanitarioffers an array of accounting services including the filing of U.S. income taxes, an needs often come across Turner’s bookkeeping services, and new business door. start-ups. Her goal is always to do as For more information on how Tax much or as little as her client needs. Happens can make your personal or What really sets Tax Happens apart business life easier or to find out how you is its commitment to upfront timelines and can help with Riverview Our Town, call pricing. Turner will discuss a project with 304-5569 or visit a client, and once she has all the materiTax Happens is located at 10018 Park als needed, she can provide the cost Place Ave. in Riverview.

Over A Century Of Automobile Experience Separates Ferman Chevrolet From The Rest

Staff Report

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,

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 or call 400-2649.

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Meraki Salon Offers Latest Styles And Trends

Meraki Salon, which recently opened, offers the latest in styles and trends.

Award Winning Program Offered At The Bridges

The award-wining program, “A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls” will be offered at The Bridges Assisted Living Community in partnership with Senior Connection Center, Inc. This free four week program emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls. Participants will learn to view falls as controllable. They will set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risks, and exercise to increase strength and balance. Anyone interested in improving their balance, flexibility and strength or that have restricted activities because of falling concerns are encouraged to attend. Classes will be held every Wednesday and Friday from September 6–September 29 from 9- 11 a.m. in the Clubhouse at The Bridges.

ARC Termite And Pest Control, LLC Celebrates 5th Anniversary

A Ribbon Cutting ceremony was recently held to honor the fact that ARC Termite and Pest Control, LLC opened for business five years ago. Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce (GRCC) members were happy to celebrate with Alan Campbell, his family and members of his BNI Group, Tidal Revenues. Family owned and operated, ARC Termite and Pest Control strives to provide customers with the best pest control service that fits their needs. They believe in honesty, affordability, and flexibility in working with their customers while provid-

Brand new Meraki Salon offers a small intimate setting bringing its guests a full service Photos by Bill Doran, Greater Riverview ChamberRibbon cutting for TraciLynn Jewelry. salon experience. The salon offers the Greater Riverview Chamber of latest styles and trends Commerce (GRCC) was happy to be including: balayage, included as part of Yolanda Russell fashion colors and Great TraciLynn Jewelry’s Ribbon Cutting event. Length hair extensions. Russell invited the community to come Talented Esthetician, and be a part of her Women Supporting Kimberly Vittoe, offers a Women event. In addition to her full menu of advanced TraciLynn Jewelry display table, she had skin care treatments as several other local sales reps participatwell as waxing and natuing in the event. The afternoon of one ral nail services. stop shopping for clothing, jewelry, totes On Thursday, August and food was a big hit. 10, drop the kids at TraciLynn Jewelry sells high quality, school and head to affordable fashion jewelry through a netMeraki's open house work of independent partners. The from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. TraciLynn Collection combines the qualiRefreshments will be pro- Photo courtesy of Debbie Kirkland, Greater Riverview Chamber Ribbon ty, the style and the electricity that has a cutting for ARC Termite and Pest Control, LLC. vided along with special memorable experience. Every piece has promotions, demonstrations and a pop-up a significant story that helps make them ing quality customer service and satisfacboutique. unforgettable. tion. Meraki Salon is open Monday to To check out some of Russsell’s For a free estimate, call 671-2847. Saturday and is located at 13414 Boyette beautiful jewelry line, please visit Visit Rd. For more information or to make an or appointment, call 263-3588. Visit email TraciLynn Jewelry Launches Into Summer With Ribbon Cutting Event Continued on Next Page

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He is a great for additional information or service. adulthood. asset to the business, which prides Unfortunately for parents, Ribbon Cutting To Celebrate itself in providing loving in-your-home Guardianship can be a costly and timeWilliam Ryan Homes Phase II Of Bell pet care. They care for pets as their consuming legal process, and the court Creek Preserve own. administrators are not Bell Creek Preserve is now selling The busiable to answer quesII. Plus, David Cribbs, Sales Phase ness is a Evolution Primary Care Celebrates tions or help families Associate, is new to the Greater member of because they cannot Grand Opening Riverview Chamber of Commerce National give legal advice. (GRCC) so in June, William Ryan reps Evolution Primary Care recently Association Before you walk and local realtors were on hand to conopened for business. Primary care of duct a ribbon cutting ceremony to celeprovider, Dr. Matthew Dowdy, is thrilled down this complicated Professional road, parents, grandbrate the opening of Phase II. to bring after-hours primary care to Pet Sitters Bell Creek Preserve is a lovely, Riverview. Greater Riverview Chamber parents and caregivers (NAAPS), is are invited to join local gated community nestled between conof Commerce (GRCC) members, insured and attorneys Laurie Ohall servation land and parks. Homeowners along with friends, family and staff of bonded, cerBryan Emel (l) has recently joined Diana and Dana Kemper for McLaughlin can choose from one- and two-story Evolution Primary Care showed up in to help provide loving in-your-home tified in pet a free Guardian pet care. homes and a variety of spacious floor June to welcome them to the commufirst aid and Advocacy Workshop from three to four Bedrooms plus plans, nity with a ribbon cutting ceremony. CPR, and has also been certified in Loft and many have very deep lots. At Dr. Dowdy and his staff believe the on Saturday, August 19 from 10 a.m.-12 giving insulin injections. Noon to learn: how to file to be the William Ryan Homes customer satisfacmost important interaction a patient According to owner McLaughlin, Guardians Advocate for your child on tion starts well before the home starts has is with his or her doctor. He uses “The Furry Godmother not only proyour own without an attorney in Florida if and continues long after the customer humor, compassion, the desire to lisvides pet sitting and dog walking you can’t afford moves in. ten and services, but we pride ourselves in one; how to avoid Visit this community and take a look technical you being a part of our extended fampaying the court for yourself. Set your GPS to 13507 expertise ily and building relationships with you fees associated Rhodine Rd. in Riverview. 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Make Breakfast Your Favorite Meal By Visiting New & Classic Local Breakfast Spots Now that school is back in session, celebrate your free time by enjoying breakfast at these local restaurants that will help you start your day off right.

Fred’s Market

Fred’s Market's Breakfast MarketTable(TM) motto is ‘Slow Food, Fast’ and offers a large assortment of breakfast staples and southern favorites made with farm fresh ingredients. The morning selections are endless from eggs and bacon to biscuits and gravy to sausage and hash browns as well as the freshest ingredients on our fresh fruit bar. You can also get the famous fried chicken in the morning. On the week days, enjoy Weekday Breakfast MarketTable(TM) which is served until 10:30 a.m. Lunch is served from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The hours are Monday to Saturday from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fred’s Market is located at 6501 US Hwy. 301 S. in Riverview. Call 741-9101 or visit

First Watch

First Watch in Summerfield recently opened at 13013 US Hwy. 301 in Riverview. Enjoy your breakfast, lunch or brunch favorites at First Watch or maybe try one of its special seasonal menu items depending on time of year. The restaurant features fresh seasonal produce from local growers whenever possible. Everything is made to order and freshness is never compromised. Heat lamps or deep fryers are never used. First Watch is open daily from 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Visit or call 423-4044.

Popi’s Place

At 4 a.m., the chefs start preparing for the coming day by making homemade biscuits at

least five inches across in diameter, preparing soups and the daily chef specials. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily and begin at 6 a.m. The extensive menu is a combination of Greek and American food. For breakfast, enjoy basic breakfast choices as well as specials such as Andy's Crab Cakes Eggs Benedict, fried or grilled crab cakes and poached eggs on an English muffin, smothered with hollandaise or a chicken biscuit breakfast, grilled biscuit and fried chicken breast, smothered in sausage gravy and melted cheddar jack cheese. 1010 US Hwy. 41 in Ruskin. The hours are 6 a.m.-8:30 p.m. daily. Call 649-1315 or visit

The Hot Tomato

Locals love The Hot Tomato, a local restaurant with a Cuban flair. It’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For breakfast try the Cuban Ultimate; loaded with eggs, cheese, bacon, ham and sausage. Try the specialty Tomato Sandwich; a juicy red beef steak with tomatoes and mayo, which is served on toasted white, wheat, or rye farmer’s bread. The Hot Tomato is open Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sunday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Located at 2702 E. College Ave. in Ruskin. Call 938-1888 or visit

Apollo Family Restaurant

This local family restaurant prides itself on its quality food. Locals enjoy the good food and service in a nice hometown atmosphere. One resident noted that it was the type of place everybody knows your name and you can enjoy an old fash-

ioned breakfast for about $5. It is located at 6048 N. US 41 in Apollo Beach. Hours are 7 a.m.-3 p.m. from Monday to Saturday and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. Call 645-6226

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The Egg & I

If you are in need of protein, enjoy Eggs Benedict and Omelets in many different ways. Of course the classic favorites are also on the menu as well as many healthier choices such as a Mediterranean Frittata or Berry Steel-Cut Oatmeal and Fresh Fruit & Yogurt. The Egg & I is located at 11220 Sullivan Street (in Winthrop). Hours are daily from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Call 409-3825. Visit

Village Inn

Guests have visited Village Inn for almost 60 years because they know they will enjoy great-tasting

food and extra-friendly service in a clean and comfortable family environment. The breakfast heritage is based on made-from-scratch buttermilk pancakes, eggs cooked any-style and a pot of hot coffee on every table. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available, but one of the items that Village Inn is most noted for is its wide variety of delicious pies: French Silk, Lemon Supreme, Country Apple and Caramel Pecan Silk Supreme, to name just a few. Village Inn opens at 5:30 a.m. every day and stays open late into the night or early morning. It is located at 10293 Big Bend Rd. in Riverview. Call 7413200.

Watch For The Opening Of These New Restaurants To The Area: IHOP

Where can you get Bacon and Maple French-Toasted Donuts, where

savory meets sweet in a donut dipped in vanilla batter, French toasted, and topped with maple glaze and hickory smoked bacon? Head to your nearest IHOP where you can enjoy this new delectable breakfast or many other choices of eggs, pancakes, crepes and much more. Breakfast you can enjoy at any time of the day. With six popular locations in the Tampa Bay area, IHOP is set to open its newest location locally at the northwest corner of Bloomingdale Ave. and Watson Rd. in Riverview. You don’t need to be an early bird to get a special meal at IHOP®. If you are 55 or over, you can order many of your favorite items at appropriate portions and special prices. Visit

Keke’s Breakfast Café

Soon to open, Keke's Breakfast Cafe will offer the finest breakfast and lunch daily. The Café is dedicated to providing outstanding breakfast; a meal where everything is handmade, using the best ingredients available, with fresh fruits and vegetables that are delivered daily, and using fresh bread and dairy products. There are many varieties of choices of waffles, pancakes and French toast on the menu. Your mouth will water just trying to decide what you are in the mood for including plenty of protein with the many combinations of egg items. Enjoy Keke’s special Chicken Breast Omelets such as BBQ Omelet, Fajitas Omelet, Italian Chicken Omelet and more. Visit to keep track of when Keke’s will open. Keke’s Breakfast Café is located at 11430 S. US Highway 301 in Riverview. Visit

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Dave Farrugia who was elected for a second term on July 1, stated he could not be more proud of the hard work by so many members and their families to make Resurrection Council one of the top councils in the state.

Saint Anne Catholic Church Faith Formation Program

Destiny Church Partners With Local Schools

Saint Anne Catholic Church is currently enrolling students for the 2017/2018 Faith Formation year. Registration forms are available in the Parish Office during normal business hours. Additionally, members of the Faith Formation staff will be in

Resurrection Council 15675 Wins Top State Awards

the church Narthex on Sundays through September 3 after the 10 a.m. and 12 Noon Masses. Classes begin Sunday, September 17. The Church offers Faith Formation classes to aid and support parents in the education of their children in the Catholic Faith. Children in grades preK through 12 are provided a loving and spiritual environment that will help them grow closer to Christ. Please contact the Parish Office at 645-1714 for more information. Saint Anne Catholic Church is located at U.S. Hwy. 41 and 11th Avenue N.E. in Ruskin. For more information about the Parish, visit

Destiny Church, 2322 11th Ave. in Ruskin, has partnered with elementary schools in Ruskin to distribute Bags of Hope. The church became aware that there are children whose families have limited resources and sometimes they don’t get much to eat on a weekend. Volunteers at Destiny Church fill the Bags of Hope with several items for the children to receive on Friday when they leave school. The bag contains pudding, oatmeal cereal, water, Ramen noodles, cheese crackers and a fruit snack. A Destiny Church Life Group in Riverview began the program and it is overseen by Pastor Felice Proccacio. In addition to the Bags of Hope the church expects to expand its ministry to providing school supplies that might not be in the school’s budget and hopefully a landscaping project to improve outside areas for the children. Jerry Lubrano, Lead Pastor said that, “Destiny Church is here for the community and we want to do as much as we can to help the children in our local schools.” Visit

At the recent Knights of Columbus state convention, local Riverview Council 15675 took top honors with first place awards in Public Relations and Council Newsletter. The council was awarded second place for Pro Life activities and also received a membership award for its recruiting efforts. The council finished the fraternal year by meeting its membership goal by 200 percent. Grand Knight,

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Show on Saturday, November 4 from 9: a.m.-3 p.m. The event will be held on the church grounds at 604 N. Valrico Rd. in Valrico. Both inside and outside locations are available. The fee for an inside location, which accommodates one six foot table and two chairs is $35 and $30 for an outside 12X12 space which Destiny Church - Elias Peña, Student Ministries Pastor at is well shaded. Destiny Church delivered a breakfast of assorted bagels and Interested vendors pastry rings from Panera Bread in recognition of 2017 Teacher Appreciation Week at Lennard High School in can register for a spot Ruskin. at Holy Innocent’s Episcopal Church Any questions is accepting vendor signups for its please contact the church during nor10th annual fall Whistle Stop Craft mal business hours at 689-3130.

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Upcoming Summerfield Ladies Club Activities

The Summerfield Ladies Club will hold its regular business meeting on Thursday, September 7 and again on October 5 at 11 a.m. Lunch will be served and entertainment provided. Food items will be collected for Hospice food pantry and pull tabs. The ladies club is planning an outing or craft day on Thursday, September 21. The annual Community Garage Sale on Saturday, October 7 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. To sign up, go to the Community Center. The cost is $4 before October 7 and $5 on day of sale. The Summerfield Ladies Club will host Bingo on Thursday, August 24, September 28 and October 26 at 11 a.m. The cost is $6. Visitors and guest are welcome. The meetings and Bingo are held at 13011 Summerfield Blvd. in Riverview. For more information, email

Hawthorne Hosts Parkinson’s Disease Support Group

Hawthorne Health & Rehabilitation Center hosts a monthly support group for those diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and caregivers on the third Thursday of every month. A variety of speakers will provide information on topics relating to swallowing, balance, walking, speaking, mobility, exercise, self-care, cognition, and memory, all of which can be impacted by Parkinson’s Disease. The Parkinson’s Disease support group is free of charge and open to those who have been diagnosed with the disease, family members, caregivers and anyone with an interest in learning more about Parkinson’s. The next meeting will take place on August 17 from 2-3 p.m. in the Media Center. The speaker will be Debra Tarakofsky, NOVA University professor & owner of Swallowing Diagnostics, Inc.

Topic: Parkinson's and Swallowing, A Roadmap to Swallowing that even Jack LaLane would approve (quote by Jack: "Your muscles know nothing – it's your brain"). Hawthorne Health & Rehabilitation Center, located at 851 W. Lumsden Rd. in Brandon. It also hosts a dementia support group in the assisted living facility, as well as past meetings for those dealing with strokes, diabetes, low vision and other diseases. For more information or to register, call 661-8998 Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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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. Petersburg civil Reception at rights attorney, their home in Gardner June. The Beckett, was a event raised Scout. Kay said, money and "My father celebrated the 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. recently found Tampa Bay a recommendation letter for him that Area Council. read 'Garner did not obtain the rank This council is a combination of the because he was so busy teaching other Gulf Ridge and the West Central Florida boys because his troop did not have a councils which merged one year ago. Scout Master.'" It is this type of history The combined councils had over 100 that inspires the Sullivans to support the years of history. The new council serves Scouts. thousands of boys in nine counties. Scouting has many traditions and Bill Davis, Scout Executive with the one of them is the Good Turn. Davis Greater Tampa Bay Council said, "Last year we served more young people as a explained, "We have a tradition in Scouting where a boy starts out the day new council than the two councils did separately the previous year. We experi- with a Good Turn coin in one pocket and moves it to the other pocket when he enced a nine percent growth in Cub completes a good turn (deed)." Good Scouting. The synergy created by comTurn coins were presented to both John bining our resources is creating new and Kay. opportunities for young people." The event raised $12,000. The Scouting is important to both John Sullivans did not want to receive a cusand Kay Sullivan. John has served as tomary gift for hosting the event. Instead, treasurer for both councils. John said. a Scout who could not afford to go to "We support a limited number of organicamp, will be able to attend. zations, and they have to meet a lot of For information on the Boy Scouts, criteria. That includes good stewardship visit of money that is donated to them." John

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Photos and story by Tamas Mondovics

Hillsborough County School District Gears Up for 2017-2018 School Year District Welcomes New Educators For 2017-2018 Season

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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 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

people in our schools who are creating the right culture in our schools, advocating for students and building relationships,” said Superintendent Jeff Eakins. The 2016-17 school grades, district grades and school improvement ratings are now available at

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Hillsborough County Public School officials were pleased to posts the results of the 2016-2017 school grades, released last month by the Florida Department of Thompson Elementary Education, which Welcomes You To Breakfast To Superintendent Jeff Eakins talks to the nearly 600 new teachers ready Learn About Volunteering showed students to begin the 2017-2018 school year. making tremendous If you have a little extra time improved and are now in a monitoring gains. each week, please consider volunteerstatus. Just Elementary went from a This release demonstrates that ing at Thompson Elementary School. “D” to a “B”, while Jennings and Van Hillsborough County Public Schools Various opportunities are available and Buren Middle, and Gibsonton, administrators, teachers and support be discussed at a free Volunteer will Lockhart Magnet and Reddick staff are dedicated to student success Breakfast on Wednesday, August 23 at Elementary Schools all went from a and advocate for every child, officials 9 a.m. in the Thompson Media Center. “D” to a “C”. said. returning volunteers and new All Superintendent Jeff Eakins During the 2016-2017 school year, recruits are welcome to attend and emphasized that there is still more 51 traditional schools were graded “A”, bring a friend or neighbor along. work to be done, but said that he is up by 10 from 2016. Different ways to help the children and committed to supporting the efforts of In 2017, 38 traditional schools teachers will be discussed. Grandmas our school staff as we all work to prewere graded “B” 15 traditional schools and grandpas make perfect volunteers pare students for life. improved their grade from a “D” to a too. “We are committed to student suc“C” and there were fewer "F" traditionThompson Elementary is located cess,” he said. “The school grades al schools, dropping to three from at 2020 E. Shell Point Rd. in Ruskin; show we are doing something signifiseven in 2016. (next to Lennard High School). For cant in the way students are learning Seven of the district’s turnaround more information, call 938-1203. and how they are achieving. We have schools, as defined by the state, have



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New BridgePrep Charter School Plans Fall Opening For Hwy. 301 Location

By Kate Quesada

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 school building who actively under conparticipate. struction at the “We believe road’s busy in the whole stuintersection dent approach with to learning,” said Bloomingdale Jacobs, who Ave. in also explained 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 south of Wolfe’s Produce Market, will school that additionally offers every stuopen next month as BridgePrep dent one hour of Spanish language Academy, a kindergarten through eighth instruction every day. grade public charter school. As a charter school, students at The school, under direction of princiBridgePrep do not pay tuition. pal 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 Hillsborough County. They are all SACS non-profit organization. They hire their Accredited High Performing Charter own teachers, design their own academic Schools. The building, which will be able program and control their own finances. to hold 950 students, is state of the art They have their own board of directors offering technology in every classroom that makes the decisions for the school, and two large computer labs. There will but all charter schools must provide a curalso be a baseball field and multiple basriculum that meets the Florida and ketball courts. Sunshine State Standards. More than 700 students in kinder“We are really excited to become a garten through sixth grade have currently part of the diverse Riverview community,” received spots through the traditional said Jacobs, who is beginning his 14th charter school lottery system with approx- year as an educator and ninth in school imately 200 more expected to join them in administration. the next few years. Applications are availThe school is located at 6211 S. U.S. able on the school’s website. Hwy. 301 in Riverview, call 370-1910 or According to Jacobs, BridgePrep visit

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Encore by David Weekley Homes At FishHawk Ranch Lets Residents Live Life To The Fullest Just because Encore at FishHawk Ranch is a 55 and over community, don’t assume that its residents sit around all day playing bridge. Well, in all honesty, they do have a weekly Bridge night, but it’s sandwiched in between Pickleball, line dancing, Yoga and aqua fitness classes. Let’s not forget Wine Down Wednesdays. In fact, residents are given a monthly activity calendar so chock-full of entertainment options, life here can seem more like a vacation than the daily grind. The hub of this community is The Oasis Lifestyle Club, 5,000-sq. ft. complete with full-time activities director Sandy Acevedo, a personal trainer and group exerMixologist Ed Blash whips up drink concoccise instructor, resorttions at a get-together at Encore at FishHawk style lap pool, bocce, Ranch. pickle ball courts and or playing Bridge,” said basketball gym. Haupt. “I had no idea there were so When Dee Haupt made the decimany activities.” sion to move from Pinellas County to Haupt finds herself attending most FishHawk to be closer to her daughter of them, as do many other residents. and grandchildren, she immediately Resident and author Ed Blash fell in love with the vibrant community. heads up the breakfast and board “Sometimes I’m up at the Oasis game clubs. He gets his daily work-out Lifestyle Club two or three times a day, in at the gym. taking yoga and line dancing classes “I wasn’t looking for a social cen-

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accustomed to hosting large gatherings and coming up with new activities. Holidays are easy but it’s the days in between that can prove more challenging. August’s party is a Cheeseburger in Paradise party. “My staff Encore at FishHawk residents Dee Haupt, Mardy Hall, and I start Colleen Keane and Gerry Knox share a game of cards before thinking about taking a swim in the pool at The Oasis Lifestyle Club. an activity and our brains just go crazy,” she said. The 240home community currently has 42 occupied homes but are selling quickly. Homes in Encore at FishHawk Ranch, built by David Weekley Homes and sitter, but I’m pleased with all the uated on 50’ homesites, start in the options,” he said. “You really have the high $280’s and feature expanded outchoice here to be as social as you door living areas and inviting living want.” spaces, great for entertaining and conWith a calendar that changes necting with friends. every month, one might think it is diffiFor more information about cult to come up with fun and unique Encore at FishHawk Ranch visit events tailored to the over-50 set. or “Not so,” said Acevedo, who once worked at the Y.M.C.A., and was

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Fast Track Urgent Care Offers Quick Healthcare Without The Hassel By Amy Schechter

Going to patient schedthe doctor can ules and within be an unpleaspatients’ budgant experience. ets. True care, One is often not profit, is at unwell when the center of you find yourtheir business self waiting in a model and the crowded area customer is with other sick always most people. Your important. appointment The first runs behind thing you notice Fast Track Urgent Care Now Open in Riverview. schedule and when you walk you should be leaving to get to work or in is the warm, welcoming environment, get the kids to school. Perhaps work is more like a lounge filled with stunning artpiling up because you had to leave the work than a doctor’s office. Dr. Nanda office early to meet an unreasonable explains the vision: “This is where I want appointment time. These were all probto bring my mom. I want our patients to lems Dr. Daron G. Diecidue decided to say this is the single best medical care solve when he started Fast Track Urgent I’ve gotten in my life.” Care Center in 2005. Born and raised in From here, doctors are able to treat the Tampa area, Dr. Diecidue wanted a variety of common illnesses, such as customer service and care to be at the respiratory or stomach ailments, as well heart of his practice, and since opening as treatments and tests such as blood his practice, it has expanded to include draws and x-rays. Appointments are six, soon to be eight locations, with the offered seven days a week from 8 a.m. newest location right here in Riverview. until 8 p.m. Are you going to school? He and his staff are most definitely doing Working? Hours are offered that meet something right. your needs. Don’t want to wait? You can Dr. Paul Nanda, the medical director call the office or go online to request a explained the changing face of urgent Fast Pass. Most major insurance is care and the need for all patients to accepted and special discounted rates to receive “evidence-based, patient-focused, uninsured patients. Walk-ins are welcost-effective healthcare,” even if they come. only see a doctor in times of illness or For information, visit www.fasttrackuremergency. Owned and operated by or call 925-1903. The physicians, they employ those who pracRiverview office is located in an outparcel tice family medicine and are committed to in the new Publix lot at 11406 US Hwy forming lasting relationships and educat301 S. in Riverview. Facebook at ing their patients all while working with

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F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Host Buddy Walk To Support Down Syndrome Community Since being established in 2006, the nonprofit organization F.R.I.E.N.D.S Down Syndrome West Florida has worked to provide educational and support services to families who have been impacted by the condition as well as encouraging community involvement through events. One of these events, the Second Annual FDSWF Buddy Families come out to support FDSWF at the First Annual Walk, is slated to occur Buddy Walk in 2016. on October 7 at Raymond organization, but James Stadium. The idea for the Walk the good will came to Ann Foyt, the President of didn’t stop there. FDSWF, after welcoming an enthusiAfter running an astic Craig Woodard Sr. “He had article on the organized a fundraiser through his Buddy Walk, the employer [Springleaf Financial] and St. Pete Times raised over $1200 for FRIENDS,” Ann donated over Foyt said of the addition, “He came to $4,000 worth of me in 2016 with the idea of hosting a advertising while Buddy Walk.” the Winthrop With four people doing the work Group donated of 18, it took the team a mere four months to secure a location and spon- office space to FDSWF, giving sors for the event as well as more them a place to than 50 volunteers from the University host workshops of South Florida. “I thought we would and meetings. have a couple of hundred people to With the donashow up and maybe raise a few thoutions raised, the sand dollars,” Foyt spoke of her expectations, “In the end, we had over organization could begin their 860 registered families and over 2,000 Sponsorship Program as well as conpeople showed up the day of the walk. tinue to sustain their current programs. As this year’s Buddy Walk quickly It was phenomenal.” The supportive approaches, Foyt is prepared to delivfamilies raised over $30,000 for the

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crowd with superheroes and princesses as the participants make their way down to the Buccaneers field. Tampa Food Trucks and YoYo Juice will provide food while FDSWF’s own Robert Taylor grills ribs and pulled pork. The event is expected to have a few local celebrities in attendance. With his Buddy Walk volunteers work to make the First Annual Buddy Super Bowl ring, forWalk unforgettable. mer Bucs DE Chuck er a day Darby will be signing autographs and that is taking pictures. The raffles will also “bigger offer autographed footballs by QB and betJameis Winston, WR Mike Evans, and ter” than DE Gerald McCoy. the sucThe registration fee for the event cessful is $15 and includes a free t-shirt as year well as admission into the event. before. Down Syndrome individuals and chilThe day dren 12 years old and under is free. will start For the Buddy Walk and beyond, with a President Ann Foyt is thrilled to contin“child ue serving the community. “I have friendly” such a passion for our DS community Tailgate and I will not stop until we have grown Party into the organization that our families hosted can be proud of,” Ann Foyt spoke with by DJ confidence, “We aren’t going anyChuck where.” The Second Annual Buddy Eckhart. Walk will be on Saturday, October 7 at After getting their faces painted by Raymond James Stadium. Lola The Party Girl, the children are For more information, visit welcome to participate in inflatable or slides and obstacle courses. The MUCH Foundation plan to delight the

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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. For information on The St. Stephen Catholic Parish in the St. Stephen conference and food Riverview hosts a local conference offerpantry, visit

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Creating Art Has Been A Lifelong Passion For Lynda Fishbourne For Lynda Fishbourne, drawing and painting has always been a part of her life. Fishbourne loves to share her artwork with others. Fishbourne said, "I do art because I find it very healing and relaxing. I show my art, sell it Lynda Fishbourne is an accomplished artist. She draws inspiration from painting outdoors in new and different places. and give it away as presents. I also teach Fishbourne has participated in local arts mandala (a spiritual and ritual symbol) festivals. She also visits many to support drawing to others to inspire them. We are fellow artists. Fishbourne participated in all creative and just need the courage to the 9th Annual Winthrop Arts Festival and let go and enjoy it." Artisan Market in March. Fishbourne said, Fishbourne has kept an art journal "I have really enjoyed participating in the and teaches others to do the same. "I Winthrop Arts Festival for the last two believe art journaling adds another layer years. It is smaller and more intimate, so I to life. I have kept one for 20 years. Mine can meet other artists and local art buyare full of ideas, inspirations, dreams, art ers. I like that they support the kids and and writing. It can be a life enhancing encourage them in their art too." habit." Fishbourne lived and worked for Fishbourne's artwork revolves around many years in Boston. She has been a doors and windows, nature, the abstract resident of Riverview for the last 15 years. and sacred circles. "I paint things that I She is now a full-time artist. This comes connect to in hopes that others will find after an impressive career as a creative the same connection. I love the big skies director in advertising agencies and corand water in Florida. I love mandalas porations. because painting and drawing them is Fishbourne works in acrylics, mixed very meditative. I also love snail mail and media and encaustic art. Her husband, postage stamps because it is another Bill, is an accomplished photographer and way of making connections with others," very supportive of her art endeavors. said Fishbourne. For more information, please visit For the last several years,

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Riverview Resident Creates Unique And Wonderful Sketches Alexis KingAnnual Winthrop Arts Festival and Artisan Glandon, a lifeMarket. long resident of King-Glandon Riverview, cresaid, "My first dog ates art with portrait won second Sketcheries by place at the Florida Alexis. When State Fair and fourth asked about the place at the Florida name, KingStrawberry Festival Glandon Fine Arts Show. responded, "At My first strawberthe time, I was ry watercolor won only working in first place at the graphite and Florida State Fair's doing sketch watercolor division." level work. I do King-Glandon said of enjoy the unfinthe Winthrop Arts ished, raw look Festival, "It was my of sketches. Alexis King-Glandon created her first dog first time showing of The style still appeals to me." drawing for a Christmas gift for her mother. my work in a booth Baylee, a portrait of an Australian Shepard, Kingwas created with colored pencil on suede setting and interactGlandon further mat board. This first drawing took 25 hours ing with people about to complete. my work. People explained, "I seemed in awe of my hyper-realistic started in graphite and was actually abilities and seemed to really like my scared to move into color for a long portraits. I realized I needed more time. Once I got over this fear of work to show and have available at exploring, I have spent a lot of time this type of event." trying lots of mediums such as col"I really like to draw portraits, ored pencils, watercolor, acrylics and especially sleeping babies. Even after oil pastels." King-Glandon added, "I the piece is finished, I still catch still feel I have more exploring to do, myself staring at it. I feel like on the but I feel the most comfortable/expeprocess of drawing a person's porrienced in graphite, colored pencils trait, you get to learn every detail of and oil pastels." their face and expression in such an King-Glandon only recently disintimate way," said King-Glandon. covered her love of and talent for art. King-Glandon does commission She just became comfortable calling herself an artist. This past winter, she work. All she needs is a high-resolution photo to create a lasting memory entered several competitions includand a one of a kind piece of art. You ing the Florida State Fair's Fine Arts can follow her and message her at Competition and the Florida Strawberry Festival Fine Art Show. is. She was also juried into the 9th

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Apollo Beach Dental Excellence Expands And Welcomes Dr. Tulipano To Practice Amy Schechter Apollo Beach Dental Excellence just gained another reason to choose their practice for all your dental needs. Dr. Sean Gassett recently welcomed Dr. Katie Tulipano to his team of dedicated professionals. She shares his vision for excellence and individualized care that uses the latest dental technology to serve their clients. Dr. Gassett is excited to introduce her to the community as she adds invaluable experience: “Our goal as a dental team is to be the best patient advocate we can. Our job is to let our patients know about the best dentistry we can offer, and it is the patients job to decide to complete all of it, some of it, or none of it. We are there to provide support whatever the decision they choose.” Relationships are at the core of what Dr. Gassett and Dr. Tulipano offer the community through their practice. Dr. Tulipano spent her adolescence in the Tampa Bay area and graduated from the University of Florida School of Dentistry. Having over 500 hours of continuing education, “she loves learning about

Dr. Sean Gassett, founder of Apollo Beach Dental, welcomes Dr. Katie Tulipano.

all the exciting developments in dentistry today and the positive impacts that they can have on the smiles—and lives—of her patients. As much as she enjoys explaining dentistry to her patients, it’s more

important for her to have fun and build trusting relationships with them.” With her addition to the team, Apollo Beach Dental Excellence will now offer appointments from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Monday-Thursday, which is more convenient for people who work or attend school. Furthermore, they are doubling the size of the office to make it easier and more comfortable for patients to receive the best care on their schedules. Apollo Beach Dental Excellence offers general dentistry services such as fillings and extractions, dental hygiene procedures like cleanings, and cosmetic dental services, such as crowns, dentures, and veneers. They also offer orthodontic services to straighten teeth including the noninvasive Invisalign treatment. They accept most major dental insurances and can provide alternative payment options for those without insurance. The office is open MondayThursday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Friday from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. For more information or to request an appointment, call 2795524 or visit It is located at 433 Apollo Beach Blvd. in Apollo Beach. Visit on Facebook at entalExcellence/.

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New Apollo Beach Escape Strategy Offers Team Challenge For Groups & Families

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Can you work room using riddles, puzas a team and can zles and clues. Typically you escape? It teams and/or couples depends how many work together to clues you can fol‘achieve’ the challenge low and how many by ‘escaping’ the room combinations you within the allotted time can find. period. The newly “We have had such opened Escape a positive response,” Strategy located said Gillian. just down the street The Bernstein famifrom the popular ly from FishHawk, Circles Waterfront achieved the DEA Restaurant and Room with seconds to near Southshore spare. “This was such a The Gilmore and Bernstein families Uncorked and great escape room,” enjoyed an evening out and narrowly Alpha Pizza on said Alison Bernstein escaped the DEA Bust room at the new Apollo Beach Blvd. who attended with her Escape Strategy in Apollo Beach. offers two different husband Jeremy and themes available for groups and for cousons Ethan, Shayne and Hunter. ples to enjoy a team building or an The Escape Strategy has opened evening out with a few challenges to with two themed rooms. The first, is overcome! “Escape the Beach House” and is a 30 The new business is owned by local minute experience for the family (up to six resident and Escape Room aficionado people). Cost is $15 per person. The secGillian Garbus, 21, who has been to more ond theme is the “DEA Bust”, a 60 minute than 40 escape rooms doing research for adult-themed experience for up to eight her own design. Parents Jeffrey and people. The cost is $25 per person. Penny Garbus, also assist with the familyVisit on Facebook at owned business, located at 1312B Apollo EscapeStrategyAB. Reservations are Beach Blvd. (formerly Desiree’s). highly suggested. An escape room is an interactive, lifeGroup, veteran and good grade dissized and time-challenged quest, consist- counts available. Call 422-2877 or visit ing of finding your way out of a locked

Great Clips Opens Location In Apollo Beach Apollo Beach is definitely growing! Next to the brand new Publix at US 41 and 19th Ave. is a brand new Great Clips hair salon. On June 7, Great Clips franchisee Lea Orchard opened this salon.

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Tanny D’s Offers Models Tips And More

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Wednesdays and Saturdays Locations with no address (common areas) and locations with mixed addresses , olesanti C (such as e ll e h d by Mic e il office comp m o e C preyobs s o plexes and @ e ll miche shopping centers) Wednesdays and Saturdays Watering must be done before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m., and only once on your designated days. Hand-watering and low-volume irriHillsborough gation of plant mateCounty Launches rial other than lawns Free Mosquito Fish or turfgrass may be Wednesdays done on any day Hillsborough and at any time. County Mosquito There are no Control is teaming up restrictions on decowith the University of rative fountains, car Florida (UF) to host washing, or pressure weekly mosquito fish washing. giveaways for The restrictions Hillsborough County apply to all residents residents. Residents - not just customers may pick up free of public utilities - and most water mosquito fish on Wednesdays from 9 sources. That includes private wells, a.m. to 4 p.m. at UF’s Tropical and ponds or lakes that are used as Aquaculture Laboratory at 1408 alternate irrigation supplies. Reclaimed 24th St. S.E. in Ruskin. water customers are exempt from the Residents can pick up limited water restrictions, although these cusquantities of free mosquito fish for use tomers are encouraged to use only in backyard ponds, birdbaths, founwhat they need. tains, abandoned swimming pools, rain Visit, and other artificial containers restrictions or call the Water that are common breeding sites for Conservation Team at 272-5977, ext. mosquito larvae. The fish are available 43991, during business hours. first-come, first-served and will be provided in temporary plastic travel bags, Adam L. Bantner, II Files To Run along with instructions for introducing For County Judge, Group 8 In 2018 them to their new environment. FishHawk-area resident, lawyer Visit business owner, Adam L. Bantner, room/2017/05/09/mosquitos-worstII filed to run for Hillsborough County enemy-is-free for more information on Judge, Group 8. The election will take mosquito fish and Hillsborough place on August 28, 2018. County’s fish giveaway event. Bantner’s love of Hillsborough County and dedication to service led Hillsborough County Lawn Watering Returns To Twice A Week him to seek the position of Hillsborough County Judge. His camHillsborough County residents will paign hopes that his track record of have two days a week to water their hard work, history of service, demonlawns instead of one. strated leadership, fairness, and legal The schedule for watering estabexpertise will earn the votes of county lished lawns and landscaping in uninresidents. corporated Hillsborough County, as Adam and his younger brother well as the City of Tampa, is: grew up in a middle class home while Addresses ending in 0, 1, 2 or 3 being raised by a single mother. At the Mondays and Thursdays age of 14, Adam began learning the Addresses ending in 4, 5 or 6 value of earning his keep through Tuesdays and Fridays work. Since then he’s worked every Addresses ending in 7, 8 or 9 -

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year of his life (minus two years while Advisory Board (appointed by enrolled in law school) to support himCommissioner Stacy White), a board self and his family. In addition to being member of the East Hillsborough Bar a lawyer since 2006, he’s worked at his Association, and a board member of local pharmacy, restaurants as a dishThe Greater Brandon Chamber of washer and cook, gym supervisor, Commerce. One must be trusted to landscaper, personal trainer, and copy lead and Bantner has repeatedly editor with the Tampa Tribune. He earned that trust throughout his career. opened The Bantner Firm in 2016 after Additionally, he has been recogleaving Brandon Legal Group. Prior to nized as a board certified attorney by joining BLG in 2014, he owned his own the Florida Bar. In order to be so recfirm, Adam L. Bantner, P.A., from ognized, you must have practiced law 2011–2014. for at least five This work years, have tried ethic served him at least 20 cases well through high to verdict (at least school, four years 15 felonies and in college at 10 as lead attorFlorida Southern ney), then get College in approved to sit Lakeland where for the test he earned his through applicaB.A. in tion and peer Communications, review, and then and three years in pass the test. He Tallahassee at earned this disFlorida State tinction in 2016. University College He also has a of Law. He has perfect "10" rating helped countless by AVVO and has individuals as an been recognized FishHawk resident, Adam L. Bantner, II files as a Super attorney, continto run for county judge. ued to serve his Lawyers Rising community Star every year through Chambers of Commerce, since 2012. coaching his son's baseball and flag Finally, he is the proud father of a football teams, and leading civic organ- seven-year-old boy, a member at Bell izations and bar associations. With the Shoals Baptist Church, and has an county’s support, he hopes to bring this English Bull Dog rescue named work ethic to the bench. Daisy. He has been the President of Visit or w Tampa Tiger Bay Club, President of Hillsborough County Association of Meet Bantner his next event at Owen Criminal Defense Lawyers, a member & Dunivan, 615 De Leon St. in Tampa of the Hillsborough County Citizen's at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, August 25.

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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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diverting floodwaters from the Hillsborough River. Unfortunately, construction of the 14 mile canal greatly disturbed the hydrology of the Eureka Springs, greatly 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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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 baked goods the community in made with love by mind, the Malins the folks at Petite celebrate $1 Petite Madelyn’s Bakery can be found in the Madelyn’s Cupcake Day Shoppes at Bloomingdale Plaza. Bakery. Petite every Tuesday. Madelyn’s specialSeeing the idea as izes in cakes, a way to introduce pastries, cupthem to the area in cakes, and more a unique fashion, customized treats the once-a-week that will leave you sweet soon wanting more. became a staple After 24 years to their business. of traveling the “It’s a great way Bakery Owners Megan and Dennis Marlin world with the milfor new people to pose with their treats. itary, Marine Corps Veteran Dennis Malin try us and to thank the regulars for their and wife Megan Malin decided it was business,” Megan smiled. time to plant their roots in Florida. “We With new faces filtering into the bakwere looking for something that kept us ery every day, Megan and Dennis Malin close to home and gave our family some- want their patrons to know that they will thing stable,” Megan Malin, whose father never stop going beyond the call for was a Marine as well, stated, “It was a treats. “We’re going to work to provide great opportunity.” For the Malins, and that one item they can’t find anywhere their four children, the importance of fami- else or that they don’t want to make any ly shines through with each pastry they longer,” Megan spoke of the mission drivmake. Megan’s desire to have her chiling Petite Madelyn’s Bakery, “Just dren involved can be traced back to how because it’s not in my case doesn’t mean her own mother taught her the imporwe won’t make it for you.” tance of being innovative. “My mother Petite Madelyn’s Bakery is located at taught me how to bake bread, how to 1017 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico, in the make homemade pasta, and sew my Shoppes at Bloomingdale Plaza, open own clothing. I started that with all my Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. children,” Megan spoke, “I wanted my and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Amazing Kidz Therapy is hosting a Charity Golf Co rver. e s b Tournament o y re p os michelle@ at River Hills Country Club Charity Golf Tournament on Friday, September 15 at 1 Benefit Traveling Will p.m. Team Baseball The cost is $100 per player Box Gardens Is Topic At Riverview The Bloomingdale Garden Club’s First Seasonal Meeting or $400 for a team and includes Young Marines meet Wednesday evenings from 6-8:30 p.m. in Bandits (12u), a travel basegreens and cart fees, lunch and Tampa. Students age 8 high school are welcome to join. The Riverview Garden Club is having ball team, will host a Charity dinner, skills contests, prizes, its first business meeting of the season Agency. One of the songs is a bilingual Golf Tournament on Saturday, September raffles and more. on Wednesday, September 13 at 10 a.m. crossover with Estacia singing parts of 9 at the Bloomingdale Golfers Club, 4113 All proceeds will benefit St. Jude’s The guest speaker will be Randy Potters the song in Spanish. I Am Estacia will be Great Golfers Place in Valrico. Research Hospital. Register at on Box Gardens. The club's address is available on iTunes and all major online Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with a For Riverview Civic Center, 11020 Park Dr. in music stores worldwide shotgun start at 1 p.m. Dinner and more information, email Riverview. Call 654-6987 for more inforWatch for her official CD Release awards will take place at 6 p.m. mation. concert which will be in the fall in the The cost is $100 per player or $375 Tampa Bay area, specific date and locafor a foursome. Lunch and dinner are Old Vocal Powerhouse, 14 Year The Tampa Bay Young Marines Are tion TBD. included. Estacia, Releases Looking For A few Good Kids The team is looking for sponsors. To First Album, I Am 2017 Nutcracker The Tampa Bay Young Marines unit register for the tournament, call Jessica Estacia Auditions is part of a national non-profit 501c (3) Hinson at 924-8642. Local 14 year old Announcing Theatre youth education and service program for singer/songwriter, up Arts & Dance Alliance boys and girls, age eight through the Riverview Library Will Hold Book and coming Pop (TADA) in conjunction completion of high school. The Young Sale artist Estacia, released with Tampa Bay Dance Marines promotes the mental, moral and A book sale will be held at the her first album titled I Theatre's audition for its physical development of its members. Riverview Library on Friday, August 11 Am Estacia on her 10th annual production The program focuses on teaching the valfrom 1:30-5 p.m. There will be a great birthday, July 5. The of The Nutcracker. ues of leadership, teamwork and self-disselection of children’s books, sci-fi, novalbum includes Speak Auditions will be held at cipline, so its members can live and proels, non-fiction and more. A bake sale will to Me, her first original Theatre Arts and Dance mote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. The take place at the same time. Come get single released in Alliance located 16711 Tampa Bay Young Marines presently those last minute beach reads and some2016, plus another Fishhawk Blvd. on Saturday, August meet Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m.thing to get you into the fall. All sales are seven original songs co-written with her 26. TADA's annual production features a 8:30 p.m. at the US Marine Reserves cash and some books are specially producer, Grammy® Award Winning cast of 100 aspiring dancers, acrobats located at 5121 W. Gandy Blvd. in priced. Pianist, Lannie Battistini who owns and and actors as well as Hillsborough Tampa. Contact the Unit Commander For more info on the many programs operates Hands In Motion Music County Teachers and at or visit offered at the library, call 273-3652. Productions and Advertising Media Administrators. Those interested in

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BreakPoint: A Student Ministry At Bell Shoals Baptist Church

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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 youth, the Student Ministry is introducdesire to make Him known to others." ing First Wednesday. “On the first Angell, the Student Ministry Pastor, Wednesday of each month, we will described a typical Wednesday night. have something special for the stu"The evening begins with a fun game dents like Remy’s donuts or and worship with the band. We will have Jeremiah’s Italian Ice. It is free for all a relevant message geared toward midthe students, and it’s a big night for dle and high school students followed by them to invite their friends,” explained small groups where they discuss the Angell. message," he said. The Student Ministry is a free proAngell’s roots run deep at Bell Shoals Baptist Church. He grew up in the gram that runs weekly throughout the year—with a short hiatus in July. Bell church and is a product of its Student Shoals Baptist Church is located at Ministry. Over the years, Angell has 2102 Bell Shoals Rd. in Brandon. For served on the church’s staff, and in information, visit, September, he assumed leadership over Facebook @ Bell Shoals Student the Student Ministry. Ministry on Facebook or Instagram Concerning his latest role, Angell bsbc_studentministry. asserted, “I do it because it worked for

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Paralympic Sport Tampa Bay Program Posts Record Setting Day At Junior Nationals

By Tamas Mondovics

Eric Lowry a member of the Hillsborough County Paralympic Sport Tampa Bay competes in the under 18 category during the National Junior Disability Championships.

Paralympic Sport Tampa Bay, a program of Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation, enjoyed the spotlight last month, after a record setting day during the National Junior Disability Championships. The tournament was held July 16-22 in Middleton, Wisconsin, with hundreds of athletes from across the country participating. The Adaptive Sports USA Junior Nationals is for athletes ages 6 to 22 with physical disabilities and is the oldest and largest continuously held competitive sports event in the country. When it was over the Hillsborough County team in its Small Team Division posted nine national records along with top team honors. According to the sports coordinator for Paralympic Sport Tampa Bay, Andy Chasanoff, the team’s three

Logan Krepop competes in the under 16 category during the Paralympic National Junior Disability Championships.

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athletes competed in track and field, swimming, archery, and weightlifting. In all, Eric Lowry, 17, of Land O’ Lakes, Danielle Kanas, 12, of Lutz, and 15-yearold Logan Krepop of Parrish won 18 gold, 11 silver, and four bronze medals. One of the gold medals came when Danielle shattered the old national record in the javelin by a stunning six meters. “They worked so hard in practice, and their hard work really paid off,” Chasanoff said. “They were very focused and very supportive of each other. You could see Members of Hillsborough County’s Paralympic Sport Tampa Bay the effort they put Small division team assistant coach Dave Lowry, Eric Lawry, Logan, Krepop, Danielle Kanas and program director forth.’’ Andy Chasanoff. pose for a photo following its successful particiA signature propation during the National Junior Disability Championships. gram of Hillsborough County’s Parks and Recreation, Paralympic Sport Tampa Bay offers year-round sports and recreation programs to promote healthy lifestyles, independence, and personal growth for people with physical disabilities. For info on Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation Paralympic Sport Danielle Kanas, 12, competes in the under 14 shot-put event the Tampa Bay visit National Junior Disability Championships.

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Sports Connection Story by Tamas Mondovics

County Opens Registration For 2017 Senior Games, Bunco Joins The Sports

Two Triple Creek Riders Qualify To Race In BMX World Cup

among senior games participants, games organizers said. Other options include horseshoes, darts, billiards, bag toss, and shuffleboard, with a total of more than 40 sports and recreational events. Some events serve as qualifiers for Hillsborough County residents 50 and up take part in the annual the Florida Senior Tampa Bay Senior Games. Last year more than 600 participants Games. took part in the two-week long Olympics-like event. "It's a lot of fun, One of the year’s most exciting local and you don't have to be an athlete," said sporting events is Hillsborough County’s Mary MayGlass, 78, and a six-year Annual Tampa Bay Senior Games, which Senior Games veteran. It's not intimidatwill be celebrating its 37th season. ing at all. We encourage each other." Registration for the fun and friendly With socialization as a major part of competition is now open for all those who the Games, participants will for the first meet the requirements and interested to time try a roll of the dice at a Bunco table take part in 18-day event scheduled to this year. take place October 2-20 throughout the "I've met a lot of nice friends,” said Tampa Bay area. May who competes in darts, bowling, With an estimated 650 people shuffleboard, and horseshoes, among a expected to attend, the Senior Games is long list of other events. “It’s not about a three-week long competition ranging winning or losing; it's about good friends from a baking contest, hobby show, and and having fun.” talent showcase on opening day to the Registration is now open for contestmore physically demanding activities of ants who will be at least 50 by the end of tennis, golf, softball, track and field, 2017. The senior games are hosted by cycling, powerlifting, golf, and bowling not Hillsborough County in partnership with to mention pickleball, one of the fastest Friends of the County Parks, City of growing sports in the country according to Tampa, and City of Temple Terrace. the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA). For more information and to register, The event has become a favorite please visit

Triple Creek BMX BMX Gold East facility located at Regional Championship, 12705 Balm-Boyette the USA BMX Carolina Rd in Riverview is Nationals, and the USA known for producing Cycling National BMX talented young riders Championships. who have proudly repDylan has been racing resented their commusince he was 3 years old nity. and is now considered an The track, also expert rider who qualified to known as USA BMX, race 9 Challenge Boys is a non-profit facility class for the World sanctioned by USA Championship against 110 BMX and the riders. Tyler, also an expert American Bicycle rider qualified to race in Association (ABA) and the12 and under Boys boasts of a 1,080-ft.long track on 58 acres Photo Submitted by Life is Art Cruiser class for the World of County leased Photography Championship against 85 Tyler Harnage, 12, and his broth- riders. property that has er Dylan, 9 recently qualified to earned its rightful Tyler has been racing represent the community as place in the communi- members of Team USA during the since he was 6 years old ty as one of the hard- BMX World Cup Championship in and qualified for the USA in South Carolina. est and fastest coursAustin, TX last April. es in the state. More than 1,100 riders represent Triple Creek officials were pleased to Team USA. A total of 45 countries repreannounce the recent success of two sented in last month’s World young riders; Dylan Harnage, 9 and Tyler Championship which had not been held Harnage, 12, after the two qualified to in the US in 17 years. represent Team USA and race in the “The great thing about this sport is BMX World Cup Championship at the that you never sit on the bench,” Harnage Novant Health BMX Supercross Track in said. Rock Hill, South Carolina in July. USA BMX Riverview is all run by volThe Novant track is the first Olympic- unteers, and at a cost of $5 per practice is open on Thursday nights from 6-8 p.m., caliber BMX training facility open to the and Saturday’s from 9-11 a.m. general public on the US East Coast. Please visit the track or go to tripleSince its opening, the facility has hosted or many major events including the USA

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