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Dave & Busters Hiring Over 230 Staff Members Ahead Of October Opening

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hub, the menu features chef-crafted food, including the Hawg-ASaurus Loaded Cheese Fries and BBBacon Burger, which features three types of bacon. Behind the bar, Dave & Busters offers innovative cocktails like the Glow Kones and Luxe Patron LITs. Dave & Busters provides many allergy-free options for those with specific allergies such as egg, fish, milk peanut, shellfish and soy. Prior to ordering, just alert your server. In preparation for the grand opening of Dave & Busters, the company is looking to hire over 230 positions for the Tampa location. Positions are available in both front and back-of-house capacities, including servers, bartenders, hosts, line cooks, game techs and more. “We are taking applications online,” Johnson said. Dave & Busters will be located at 10209 Estuary Lakes Dr. in Tampa. Interested candidates should apply online at daveandbusters/careers or call 888300-1515 for more information.




Plaza Bella Invites Residents To Annual Plaza Bella Goes Pink Walk For The Cure

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Plaza passing. She Bella will hold had been a surits 10th vivor speaker for Annual Plaza two years. Her Bella Goes family is planPink Walk For ning a big The Cure on turnout for the Saturday, walk to honor October 21. her memory.” You can Brighton choose either continues to be the Diva Strut a tremendous which runs sponsor of this The Community is invited to join the fight against canfrom Plaza event. Brighton, cer as the 10th Annual Plaza Bella Goes Pink Walk Bella to the along with other For The Cure on Saturday, October 21. Bloomingdale Library and back or the 5K vendors donate many wonderful products Challenge Walk which goes from Plaza that are put into gift baskets. Tickets to Bella to Nature's Way and back. Both win the gift baskets will be sold beginning walks are led by cancer survivors and two weeks prior to the event. You do not both begin at 9 a.m. This year’s theme is have to be present to win, so you can “Honor, Support, Fight”. support the fight against cancer by purRegistration is open and the cost is chasing raffle tickets. $35 per person. Registrants decide Creager would also like to thank all whether their donation supports the of the people in the community that help American Cancer Society, The Outreach to put on this event including Chris Heath Clinic or the YMCA’s Live Strong of Big Beat Entertainment who has donated his DJ services for the last 10 Program. years. For those who wish to honor family Plaza Bella is located at 1078 and friends who have been afflicted with Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. For more cancer, you can donate $5 for a pink ribinformation on this event, please call 685bon. 9494. No funds raised at the 10th Annual Plaza Bella Goes Pink Walk For the Cure are used to pay for expenses. The event is completely underwritten by The Green In This Boutique. Roz Creager, owner of The Issue Green Boutique said, "The sponsorships you see on the t-shirts do not pay for the TRAVELING MEMORIAL ....................PG 3 shirts. They are asked to choose which charity they would like their sponsor CLEAN COMEDY NIGHT......................PG 7 money to benefit. Every dollar raised is HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY FAIR...........PG 8 donated.” This is the 10th year of the event. HURRICANE RECAP ..........................PG 13 Creager said, “I am constantly humbled SPANISH CLASSES AY YMCA............ PG 17 by the people that I meet who are fighting a cancer diagnosis. Specifically, people EYE ON BUSINESS ............................PG 21 like Terry Yavit, who despite being in hosSPORTS CONNECTION...............PGS 32‐33 pice, continues to make 300 bead angels to wear on a necklace for the walkers, ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT...............PG 34 and another 50 for the survivor goody bags.” Creager added, “This is also the READ MORE LOCAL NEWS ONLINE fifth anniversary of Antoinette Cuellar’s

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The popular chain Dave & Busters will be opening its first Tampa location in late October. The location, which will be in the Estuary in Brandon near Topgolf, adjacent to Bass Pro Shops and will be the 103rd Dave & Busters to open nationwide. The building itself will be over 40,000 sq. ft., and will host dining areas, games and a full sports bar. In a press release, a representative said that D&B Sports Bar will be an ideal place to watch all of the Tampa sports teams. The new Dave & Busters is the first location in the entire Tampa area, said general manager Tim Johnson. With the nearest location in Orlando, Tampa residents will finally have access to one of the most unique experiences in the restaurant business. “It’s everything under one roof,” Johnson said. “Great food, TVs, sports lounge with 200-inch projection screens, games — it’s fun.” While over 100 arcade-style games are a big attraction for the entertainment


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Brandon Walmart Celebrates First Training Academy Graduation

Veterans Memorial Park to Host Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall

department-specific training. “The training helps department managers and hourly supervisors to benefit in two specific ways, which in turn benefit our customers,” said Walmart About 70 Brandon area Walmart managers and department super- spokesperson visors from 26 store locations attended the first Walmart Training Erica Jones. “Our Academy in Brandon. The completion of the two-week long course associates gain was celebrated with an all out cap and gown graduation. both core retail Brandon area’s first Walmart Training skills, and the skills and knowledge to run Academy opened as well as celebrated their specific department. The Academies its first graduating class. are part of Walmart’s $2.7 billion commitThe two-week long class, hosted at ment to its associates.” the company’s Brandon store at 11110 “Our training academies help provide Causeway Blvd. welcomed 70 associassociates with the skills they need to ates in lead positions from 26 area stores succeed and advance, while creating a and is just one of 200 Training better and more consistent customer Academies Walmart has scheduled to experience,” said Walmart Academy open across the country by the end of Manager Daniel Honores. “Skills training 2017. increases productivity, confidence and Each academy is said to train assoknowledge which leads to greater job ciates from approximately 25 nearby satisfaction, personal and professional stores. growth and helps make working at Excited about the course, officials Walmart a smart career choice.” explained that Walmart Training “As they are returning to their own Academies are a dedicated facility locatstore locations, academy graduates are ed in, or adjacent to, a Walmart much more confident of running their Supercenter where the company’s frontdepartments,” Jones added. line supervisors will receive hands-on Walmart is reportedly training more training that combines the classroom and than 140,000 associates per year. the sales floor. Additional information about Walmart Areas of study include leadership, can be found at on merchandising, operations, technology Facebook @walmart and on Twitter at and customer service, in addition to the @walmart.

nership between the Department of Defense for the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War, and the Colonel George Mercer Brooke Chapter, which holds two programs annually featuring Vietnam War Veterans discussing the war and those who served. “As the Chapter’s final tribute to the sacrifices made during that conflict, we are proud to sponsor the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall Exhibit at Veterans Memorial Park in Tampa,” Bassett said. United States Air Force, (former), Vietnam Prisoner of War, Captain Michael T. Burns, was selected as the keynote speaker for the opening ceremony. The event is a part of a number special events Visitors reflect on the past at the three-quarter-scale traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The Wall is scheduled to take place scheduled to be on display next month at the Veterans at the park. Memorial Park, 3602 U.S. Highway 301 North in Tampa. Residents were Veterans Memorial Park and Rear recently invited to learn about the Admiral LeRoy Collins Jr. Veterans County’s proposal to increase parking Museum is opening its doors to host availability at the park, the $450,000 the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall project to create parking for an addithis fall. tional 70 to 90 vehicles along with the While the most-visited National addition of a secondary access point Park Service site in Washington, for use during special events is clearD.C., millions of Americans have not ly a sound addition to the Park, a seen it or will never see or experipopular destinations that features ence the impact of "The Wall" in their several memorials and monuments, lives. while hosting special events and cerSponsored by The Colonel emonies throughout the year. George Mercer Brooke Chapter of the The County is also involved with National Society of the Daughters of the construction of an 8,000-squarethe American Revolution (DAR), foot Veterans Resource Center on the opening ceremony for the display is grounds, which will become the new scheduled for Tuesday, October 26, home for the County’s Consumer and 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Veterans Services. Memorial Park, 3602 U.S. Highway Additionally, the Park will also 301 North in Tampa. host the upcoming Afghanistan The display stands eight feet high Memorial dedication ceremony schedand 240 feet long. Its black, reflective uled for Saturday, October 7, 2017, at surface is inscribed with the names of 10 a.m. more than 58,000 servicemen and “The Veterans Park Committee is women who died or are missing in grateful for the success of its recent Vietnam and will take its temporary, war memorial dedication ceremonies,” but rightful place at the park from said Afghanistan Memorial Committee Tuesday, October 26 – 29. member Mark Goujon. According to Janice A. Bassett, For more information, please consponsoring the opening ceremony is tact Hillsborough County Consumer the result of a commemorative partand Veterans Services at 246-3170.

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Women’s Care Welcomes New OBGYN Doctor To It’s Area Medical Team

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The team at Hormone Women’s Care Replacement Therapy Florida’s Brandon, (HRT) and minor inLithia, Plant City office surgeries can be and Big Bend performed with the offices welcomed a assistance of an anesnew doctor last thesiologist at some month. Dr. Lauren locations. Flu shots Davis joined the are also available for group in late patients. “Our goal is to August after offer high quality recently completing health care while her OBGYN resimaking our patients dency at Bayfront Women’s Care Florida welcomed new doctor, Lauren Davis, to its team last feel comfortable,” said Health Hospital in month. Denton, who St. Petersburg. Davis, who obtained her Doctorate of explained that the offices in each of the Medicine at Boston University’s School of four locations have themed exam rooms. The group also uses Patient Portals Medicine, was the Administrative Chief to electronically store paperwork and let Resident during her time at Bayfront customers schedule appointments and Health and is also certified in Robotic access information. Surgery. “We are very excited to welcome Dr. “Not only does the Patient Portal Davis to our team,” said Women’s Care mean that our patients can access inforAdministrator, Melanie Denton. “We feel mation on their own schedule, it also cuts that she will be a great addition to our down on office wait times,” said Denton. “We realize that our patients’ time is as staff, bringing her own perspective and important as our doctor’s and staff’s time experience.” and hope the emphasis we place on this Davis, who joins six additional docreflects that.” tors and three nurse practitioners at Doctors from Women’s Care work at Women’s Care’s four area offices, will both Brandon Regional and St. Joseph’s work mostly out of the group’s Big Bend South hospitals. and Brandon locations. This month, Women’s Care is also Women’s Care has been offering expanding it’s hours at the Brandon health care to females in the Brandon office, located at 731 S. Parsons Ave., on area for more than 30 years, focusing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to make obstetrics and gynecology, including inoffice bone density testing and mammog- scheduling more convenient for patients. raphy screenings and sonograms. Two of For more information, visit or call 681-9171. Women’s Care’s doctors are certified in


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Twin Lakes Community Presents 8th Annual Art In The Park, Open To Public




Everyone is welcome to come to Zenia Park in the community of Twin Lakes in Valrico as they host the 8th Art in the Park on Saturday, September 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Twin Lakes in Valrico will host its 8th Annual Art In The Park on Saturday, September 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Art in the Park is set to take place in the beautiful Zenia Park, home of gigantic and beautiful old oak trees. Twin Lakes is located east of Lithia Pinecrest Rd. at the end of Bloomingdale Ave. The event is open and free to the community. Both artists and vendors of all kinds are encouraged to attend and share their creativity with the community. Artists and vendors can set up space anywhere within the 11 acre park. A fee of $10 is charged to non-residents to offset the cost of hosting the arts event. However, there is no charge for Twin Lakes residents. Vendors must bring all of their supplies, including table, chairs and tent (not required). Electricity is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. This is a great bargain for artists and vendors.



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Joanne Bialas, Chair of the Twin Lakes Communications and Social Activities Committee (CSAC) said, “The Twin Lakes of Brandon Home Owners Association, in conjunction with Lisa Harmon of Homewood Real Estate, are putting on the 8th Annual Art in the Park. This has become one of Twin Lakes’ best social activities of the year with great participation from the neighborhood as well as the surrounding communities.” Bialas added, “In the past, we have had many different forms of art from homemade cookies to painted art to hang on your wall. We also have various food vendors and live entertainment. Each year about 50 to 60 various vendors and close to 500 people attend.” Zenia Park is a perfect venue for an art festival of this kind. It is shady and beautiful and filled with oaks that are over 100 years old. Bialas said, “As always, residents of Twin Lakes are encouraged to showcase their arts and crafts at no charge. Non-residents are also eligible to reserve a space for just $10 payable on the day of the event. Booth reservations must be made in advance by email to


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The worldwide icons synonymous with one-of-a-kind family entertainment – the Harlem Globetrotters will bring their show to AMALIE Arena in Tampa on Friday, December 8 at 7 p.m. as part of their 2017 World Tour. The Globetrotters are continuing an epic 2017 season as they prepare to bring their awe-inspiring talents to Tampa. This season alone, the Globetrotters conquered incredible feats like, breaking nine Guinness World Records in a single day and netting the highest basketball shot ever recorded in North American from staggering 583-ft. in the air from the Tower of Americas in San Antonio. With star-studded roster featuring Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, Thunder Law, Bull Bullard and Cheese Chisholm – plus female stars TNT Lister, Ace Jackson and Hoops Green – the Globetrotters’ show is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment. Every

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Andrew Learned for Congress is excited to announce several key campaign hires. Joining the team are Rosalind Moffett, Campaign Manager; Tristan Pike, Campaign Coordinator; and, Ashley Motley, Creative & Social Media Director. About the team, Andrew said, “I am excited to have so quickly grown our grassroots campaign to now be able to field the most talented and experienced campaign team in the region. It is a testament to the energy and resolve to bring a new generation of leadership to Washington.” The campaign ended its first three weeks of fundraising to report the best grassroots support of the Democratic candidates in the primary with 144 individual supporters. By contrast, Republican Dennis





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Nothing But Laughs At The 5th Annual Clean Comedy Night


By Brittany Wallace

At times, tained military troops and standup comeworked with celebrities dy can be such as Reba McEntire, downright vulOprah Winfrey and gar and rude. Ronnie Milsap, to name a While some few. A highlight of his perenjoy this type formance is the History of of comedy, othRock Guitar Riffs where ers do not, but he impersonates famous all can agree it rock stars like Sting, U2, is not familySpringsteen, Sinatra, friendly. That is Elvis, Barry White and why Michael many others. Self and wife The dinner is Italian Stacy, the owncuisine from East Coast ers of S and S Pizza along with a variety Tacos in of desserts donated from Kier’s history of Rock Guitar Riffs LeAnne’s Old Fashioned Riverview, cre- Enjoy at the 5th Annual Clean Comedy Night ated Clean on Friday, September 29 at The Regent. Cookies. A cash bar is Comedy Night. His impressions of many rock artists will also on site. Other comentertain and make you laugh. The event is munity businesses such sponsored by Keller Williams-Ken as the Family Time Entertainment of Brownlee Real Estate Team and takes Florida, The Osprey Observer, and place on Friday, September 29 at The Summerfield Crossing Golf Club have Regent from 6 to 9 p.m. stepped forward to sponsor the event. When asked why they started the The evening will also include a silent Clean Comedy Night, Stacy said, "Years auction, raffle prizes, gift baskets, a 50-50 ago we decided to put God at the center raffle and a chance to win a Lottery of our life, and as a family, we struggled Scratch off Board. The proceeds will go with places to go that were appropriate. to the Summerfield Club, which plans to We wanted to bring something to the purchase a Paragolfer, a unit that allows community where families can go and those who are paralyzed to play golf have a good time.” again. Families can come out to enjoy an Ticket prices include the show, dinner evening of fun and laughs as the comedi- and a beverage. The cost is $30 for sinans take the stage. Local business gle ticket, $55 for a couple, and $275 for owner, Brian Kleinschmidt, of Anytime a table of eight, which must be purchased Fitness, brings his talent as an emcee to in advance. To purchase tickets for the the show with world-renowned comedian 5th Annual Clean Comedy Night, visit Kier as the headliner. Kier has



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Enjoy Family Fun This Fall At The Annual Hillsborough County Fair

By Michelle Colesanti

This year’s Hillsborough County Fair, which runs Thursday-Sunday, October 19-22 and 26-29, promises to be a lot of fun for the entire family.

Fall is in the air; and as the temperatures begin to slightly dip, it is time to get out and enjoy the season. The 2017 Hillsborough County Fair will again take place at the County Fairgrounds, 215 Sydney Washer Rd. in Dover from Thursday to Sunday, October 19-22 and October 26-29. There will be lot of fun for the entire family. Check out exhibits featuring arts, crafts, photography and fine arts, along with an interactive butterfly exhibit and a lot of horticultural displays. Local youth will show off their livestock in shows that will feature cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens and rabbits. New this year will be the Youth Market Turkey Show and Sale where fairgoers can bid via silent auction on a market turkey raised by the youth exhibitors. Check out the STEM Exhibits, featuring science, technology, engineering and math exhibits and demos for kids of all ages. Hometown Hillsborough will feature interactive educational and historic exhibits. Local entertainment will include

Gospel Jams on Sundays from 2-5 p.m. Free shows daily include the racing pigs, which will make you squeal in delight, a firefighter show and a circus. New competitive events include a ‘Back to Your Roots’ gardening project for schools and youth, a Wheelbarrow Decorating Contest, and a Robotics Competition in the Arts and Crafts divisions. The hours for the Fair will be Thursdays from 5-10 p.m., Fridays from 5-11 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m.- 11 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Gate admission price is $7 for adults. Students K-12 will cost $5, seniors $4 and children under 5 and military with ID are free. Enjoy Dollar Days on both Thursdays, where the cost is $1 admission at the gate and most rides will be $1. Armband specials for the rides will cost $20 from Friday through Sunday. Special events will also be hosted at the arena costing $10 per event. If purchased in advance at one of the advanced ticket outlets, it also includes gate admission. A Rodeo will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, October 20 and 21. A Truck and Tractor Pull will take place on Friday and Saturday, October 27 and 28 at 7 p.m. and a Demo Derby will take place on Sunday, October 29 at 3 p.m. Visit


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The Brandon Ballet To Perform The Classic Vampire Tale Dracula This October

By Kathy L. Collins

The Brandon This year’s performBallet, under the direcance of Dracula will feation of their new Artistic ture both local and Director, Doricha Sales, national talented will present the original dancers. Sales said, ballet, Dracula, on “They are integrated to Saturday, October 21 produce a thrilling look at the creation of Count beginning at 7:30 p.m. Dracula as well as the The performance will importance of the key take place at USF females in his life that Theatre 1 located at spawned his transition.” 3839 USF Holly Dr. in After Dracula, the Tampa. Brandon Ballet will “This year’s probegin the hard work of duction of Dracula will preparing for its annual include new choreoperformance of The graphic elements and a You will not want to miss the upcoming performance of Dracula Nutcracker. The season visualization of music by the Brandon Ballet. You will see will conclude with a that highlights each both local and nationally recognized dancer of the Brandon dancers bringing the classic vampire fresh take on the clastale to life on stage. sic, Cinderella. Ballet. In addition, Sales brings 40 years of experience some of the more familiar characters of and a wide network to the Brandon Ballet. this classic vampire tale will be updated Three nationally recognized master allowing audiences to rethink their ideas teachers are planned to come and work surrounding obsession, power and love,” extensively with the dancers of the explained Sales. Brandon Ballet. The three include Karina “Brandon Ballet’s production of Dracula is a great ballet for the family as it Elver, former dancer with the Royal Danish Ballet; Sarah Wroth, Associate has a familiar storyline and is performed at the perfect time of the year to celebrate Professor of Indiana University’s Ballet Department and Ballet Mistress for the the Halloween spirit,” said Sales. The Brandon Ballet proudly begins its Cincinnati Ballet II; and Lloyd Whitmore, Horton expert. “Each has had long time 24th season with this production. In careers in several areas of ballet both on August, the Brandon Ballet named Sales stage, creatively and in production,” said as the new Artistic Director. Sales brings Sales. a background that has trained dancers Tickets to Dracula are $40 for adults successfully in ballet companies worldand $25 for students/senior/military. wide. She brings her expertise and love Please visit or tutuof developing versatile dancers to this local non-profit.



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Trans-Siberian Orchestra To Perform The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve

Staff Report

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) announced its highly-anticipated 2017 Winter Tour. Over the past 20-plus years, TSO has become a critically-acclaimed, multi-platinum, musical powerhouse, and its annual winter tour is a beloved, multigenerational holiday tradition. 2017’s tour, a completely updated presentation of TSO’s unforgettable The Ghosts of Christmas Eve, is set to begin on November 16 and will visit more than 60 cities, for 100-plus performances, before concluding on December 30. TSO returns to Tampa on Sunday, December 17 to perform at Amalie Arena, which will host two spectacular shows at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday, September 15 at 10 a.m. with a portion of the proceeds benefitting local charities courtesy of TSO. TSO’s tour will be a celebration of the art and accomplishments of the lauded group’s late creator/composer/lyricist, Paul O’Neill, and his inimitable creation, which he dubbed “Rock Theater.” Prior to his untimely passing, O’Neill worked tirelessly with his close-knit team preparing an exciting new take on The Ghosts of

Christmas Eve for the 2017 tour. Fans will experience this exciting stage spectacle, including new awe-inspiring effects, and staging, certain to make the story even more engaging for fans. Based on TSO’s multi-platinum DVD and long running PBS fundraiser, The Ghosts of Christmas Eve, the rock opera features such enduring fan-favorites as Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24, O’ Come All Ye Faithful, Good King Joy, Christmas Canon, Music Box Blues, Promises To Keep, and This Christmas Day. The 2017 tour will also boast a rousing second set containing more of TSO’s greatest hits and fanpleasers. As in all previous years, a portion of every ticket sold benefits select local charities. To date, more than $13 million has been distributed from TSO to worthy charities all across North America. You can purchase tickets at the McDonald’s® Ticket Office at AMALIE Arena, Ticketmaster outlets and at Order tickets by phone by calling 800-745-3000. Ticket prices are $32.25, $42.25, $52.25, $62.25 and $72.25. Prices do not include facility fee or service charges. Advanced parking passes are available at or the ticket office. Visit or call 3012500 for information. Visit for more details.

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Volume 12, Issue 9

Culver's ButterBurgers And Fresh Frozen Custard Arrives In Brandon

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Culver’s® of Brandon recently opened at 2470 Falkenburg Rd. It offers high-quality fast casual food cooked-to-order.

Culver’s® of Brandon recently opened its doors. Known for its famous ButterBurger® and fresh frozen custard, the restaurant serves fast casual food cooked-toorder. The restaurant is located at 2470 Falkenburg Rd. Hours of operation are Sunday to Thursday from 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. with the exception of a few holidays. “We’re thrilled to bring handcrafted, high-quality meals and desserts to the Brandon community,” said franchise owner/operator, Theresa Hutchins. "We think it’s a wonderful area and we are excited to become a contributing and active member of the community.” Originally from Wisconsin, Hutchins and her fiancé/business partner Mike Carelli have strong family roots in the dairy state and are avid Packer fans. Hutchins is a graduate from Florida

State University with a business degree in finance and has worked in the hospitality industry for over 15 years. Carelli studied business at University South Florida. Culver’s signature sandwich and guest-favorite, the ButterBurger®, is made with 100% fresh, never frozen, U.S. beef made cooked-to-order and topped with a lightly buttered and toasted bun. Culver’s Fresh Frozen Custard gets its legendary creamy decadence from high-quality, fresh Wisconsin dairy from which every batch is crafted throughout the day. In addition to making their own creations, guests can customize their desserts with more than 30 mix-ins and toppings. Every day Culver’s offers three flavors of frozen custard: vanilla, chocolate and a Flavor of the Day. The restaurant also features many other delicious choices, including a dairy land delicacy real Wisconsin cheese curd, fresh garden salads, chicken sandwiches and fish dinners. Kid’s meals are also available. "Culver’s was founded on the idea of providing excellent service and highquality food made with the best ingredients," added Hutchins. Connect with Culver’s of Brandon via eClub and Text Club. Sign up via and look forward to delicious discounts, coupons, menu news and a special treat for becoming a member.

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Home Brew Store & Local Brewery Offers Brewing Expertise To Public

By Nick Nahas

Shaun Diana Zemo’s Goechner has Lushable Crush turned his hobby IPA, along with into a business other favorites such that he hopes will as Trapezoid prosper. Belgium Triple and Bootleggers Ice Cream Brewworx sells Sammich Milk supplies to make Stout. custom beer, Different servicwine, cider and es that the brewery A unique brew being made at the brewery. mead. The new offers include brew-on-premise instructional classes feature allows cuson everything from wine tomers to create their making to beer brewing, own libations at the as well as tastings, prifacility. “We provide all vate parties, brew-onthe equipment you’ll premise, fermentation need to mix, brew, ferand cellaring, and botBootleggers Brewworx started in July tling and kegging. “We ment, rack, bottle or of last year. keg your finished are hands-on,” said product,” Goechner said. “We walk you Goechner. “We aren't like those other big through every step of the process and stainless steel behemoth breweries. At leave the drinking to you.” Bootleggers, we brew one-barrel batches, Goechner, who builds fiber optic and it’s an eyes and hands-on process.” equipment full-time, has a love for making At Bootleggers they have live music beer. He took a trip to Belgium to sample on Fridays and Saturdays as well as retro beer when he became dissatisfied with game night on Wednesdays and karaoke the domestic beers available in the U.S. night on Thursdays. They are pet- and He decided later that he wanted to help kid-friendly, and have three TVs for spepeople create unique brews like the ones cial events. he discovered. According to Goechner, the ultimate The brewery, which Goechner started goal for Bootleggers Brewworx is to in July of last year, is where he creates a expand the business to the size where dozen different beers that he uses for the they can distribute to local restaurants. full tap bar, along with a dozen and a half “This is the most fun place in Brandon to craft beers from other breweries. Located be. If you like craft beer and wine, this is at 650 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon, the comthe ultimate place.” pany is the only brew-on-premise facility For more information, visit their webin the area. The number one seller is their site at



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Benefit Motorcycle Ride Will Help Fund Mobile Shower Facilities For Homeless

By Michelle Colesanti

Showered and Empowered was initiEmpowered, Inc., a ated from my new 501(c)(3) Christian leadership organization is class at Trinity College fundraising to purback in October chase a new 2016. I needed to do mobile a paper on something shower/laundry that had not been trailer to better started in this ‘Betty’ will be part of the serve the homearea and write a festivities on Sunday, less community in paper on how October 29 for the Hillsborough and my leadership Motorcycle Benefit Ride, which will take Pinellas counties. skills would place at Quaker Steak The organization make this nonand Lube in will hold ‘Helping successprofit Clearwater. the Homeless ful. It was startBenefit Motorcycle Ride’ on Sunday, ed and evolved from there.” October 29. She graduated last May with her The mission is to compassionately Bachelors in Christian Ministry from honor another’s humanity by providing Trinity as Valedictorian, Summa Cum those who are living in shelters, encampLaude and received nonprofit status just ments or out of their vehicles access to three days after graduation. She has mobile showers and laundry facilities at been working diligently to get this ministry no cost, and to provide dignity and hope off the ground while also currently workto them one shower at a time. ing as a full time operating room nurse. The Executive Director is Brandon The Motorcycle Benefit Ride will resident Christina Jenkins. “Since we will begin at Quaker Steak and Lube, located be able to go to them, this will enable us at 10400 49th St. N. in Clearwater. The to reach more of the ones who do not cost is $20 per rider and $10 per passenhave access or the ability to get to someger. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and where to shower and launder their kickstands up at 10:30 a.m. There will be clothes,” she said. a 50/50, raffles and an auction. Future goals of the organization Showered and Empowered is also include purchasing more trailers in order looking for both sponsors and volunteers to facilitate surrounding communities, to help with the upcoming Benefit Ride. counties and throughout Florida. Jenkins For more information or to help, noted that they are looking forward to please call Jenkins at 575-2057. You can partnering with local ministries, county register online at www.showeredandemand government agencies for available and their support. motorcycle-ride or on the morning of the Jenkins said, “Showered and event at the venue.

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Shopkins Live! Is Coming To The Lakeland Center Staff Report

Shopkins an amazing advenLive! the first live ture that our North theatrical proAmerican fans can duction based experience.” on the phenomSince its enally successful launch in 2014, the Shopkins toy Shopkins brand brand will bring continues to be a the national tour hot ticket item for to The Lakeland children worldwide. Center on Shoppies dolls conTuesday, sistently rank as Shopkins Live!, the first live theatrical production the #1 kids toy in October 10 at based on the Shopkins toy brand will take place the U.S.; the first6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 10 at 6:30 p.m. at The ever Shopkins Based on Lakeland Center. movie, Shopkins Chef Club, was released America’s #1 toy brand, Youtube sensalast year by Universal Pictures Home tion and international toy phenomenon Entertainment; and numerous dedicated created in Australia by Moose Toys, apps continue to expand the brand’s Shopkins Live! will feature The Shoppies and Shopkins characters taking the stage ever-growing world. Shopkins Live! will run for approxiwith an all new storyline, original pop music and video highlights as ‘Jessicake’, mately 90 minutes, with one 15-minute intermission. For more information on ‘Bubbleisha’, ‘Peppa-Mint’ and friends Shopkins Live! visit www.shopkinsliveonprepare for Shopville’s annual “Funtastic and sign up to be the first to Food and Fashion Fair”. “Shopkins is literally on every child’s hear about the pre-sale offer, on-sale wish list,” commented Paquin, who also dates and North American tour dates. serves as Executive Producer of The Shopkins Live! U.S. tour is repShopkins Live! “Koba Entertainment’s resented by APA. partnership with an innovative and leadTickets are available at The Lakeland ing toy manufacturer like Moose Toys Center Box Office or by calling The allows us to bring one of the most sucLakeland Center Box Office 863-834cessful toy brands in history to life on 8111 or 888-397-0100, and online at stage.” Regular box “We are thrilled to have Koba office hours are Monday-Friday 9:30 Entertainment presenting our first-ever a.m.-5:30 p.m. The Lakeland Center is live theatrical show for Shopkins,” added located at 701 Lime St. in Lakeland. Hardiman. “This will be a fantastic event For more information on Shopkins featuring the Shopkins and Shoppies in Live!, visit

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Irma Makes History As First Major Hurricane To Reach Florida In 12 Years, Residents Show Resilience & Neighborhood Support

By Tamas Mondovics

It has been 12 years since Shaken by the storm, area resiHurricane Wilma, the last major dents rallied together wasting no time storm to make landfall in the state of to come to the aid of each other, Florida and the most intense Atlantic which was pleasant to see especially hurricane to strike the United States since prior to Irma’s arrival, patience since Katrina in 2005. and self-restraint on the parts of But when Irma formed on August some seemed to run out as fast as 30 as a tropical storm and became a supplies did. Category 2 hurricane on the Saffir– It was heartwarming to hear that Simpson scale within a mere Campo and North Brandon YMCA 24 hours to reach Category 3 hurrifacilities welcomed anyone in the cane (a major hurricane) shortly Hurricane Irma caused widespread flooding along community to come get a warm Area residents living in one community near the afterward, officials knew this could be Alafia River evacuate their flooded homes after the Alafia River, in Lithia, just one of many commu- shower, some cool air and wifi just to nities that suffered the affects of the storm. the streak-breaker. Hurricane Irma name a few. Ten days later Irma was done, “The Campo YMCA was very paredness, writing this artibut not before it has forever etched her fortunate to receive a large donation of response and cle) Irma has name is the history books as one of the items for any families that needed some recovery.” caused an estimost powerful storms that brought coastal assistance during Hurricane Irma’s afterFollowing mated $62 bilsurge flooding, flooding rainfall and dammath,” said Y Communications Director, some frantic lion damage aging winds stretching from the northern Lalita Llerena. last minute with some estiLeeward Islands to the Southeast U.S. Young people went from house to preparations mates closer to Irma plowed through portions of the house to help their neighbors pickup by many resi$100 billion, with Caribbean as a Category 5 hurricane and debris. storm dents who a total of 81 made landfall in Florida on September One community near the Alafia River were gathering fatalities. 10, first in the Keys and then near Marco in Lithia experienced some of the worst Responding Supplies of water, food and clothing are collected by sandbags, Island. flooding following the storm, prompting to the hard work Seeds of Hope for those affected by Hurricane Irma. hunting for The ninth named storm, fourth hurriCounty Fire Rescue to Hillsborough water and on the part of cane, and second major hurricane of the assist them with evacuation. gasoline or buying supplies that quickly his staff at the NWS Tampa Bay office in 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, Irma was residents and members of Nearby emptied the store shelves, Irma reached Ruskin, Brian LaMarre, Meteorologist-inone of only four hurricanes that have Seeds of Hope mobilized to bring food, the Florida Keys wracking havoc as she Charge said, “I could not be more proud reached maximum sustained wind water and clothing for evacuees. made her way westward around the to work with such a talented and dedicatspeeds of 185 mph or greater, which she While Irma shed light on the human peninsula and then up the coast before ed local team of professionals at this maintained for nearly 40 hours; the spirit, it was also a wakeup call for many she ran out of steam. office (and outside of this office across the longest on record. who may have lost their sense of More than 17,000 people had taken entire NWS and NOAA agency), including Irma’s much-anticipated turn north urgency. Unfortunately, the season is only refuge in Hillsborough County shelters by meteorologists, hydrologists, electronics did not come until she reached the west midway through. It is best to remember Saturday evening. Special-needs shelters and IT specialists, administrative support coast of Florida causing residents to it only takes one storm. that for residents with medical issues that specialists, emergency response officials, make final preparations expecting the For more information, please visit the require electricity assistance or cognitive members of media, and those watching worst, but hoping for the best. issues were also opened. and supporting Irma awareness, preWhen she was done, (at the time of

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traveling around the ment stay local world. Taste differand have a ent foods, and have lasting impact an opportunity to on our neighgrab a mocktail on bors in the their way to visit the community. spa and so much , ti n The Tampa e Colesa by Michell more. Kids are Metropolitan m o Compiled c r. e yobserv re sp o also included in the @ e ll YMCA is a miche fun as there is a Four-Star special activity just Charity and is a 501(c)(3) for them. A organization. A portion of Norwegian Cruise your sponsorship is taxHawthorne Hosts Parkinson’s Line representative deductible and donors will Disease Support Group will also be making receive a tax receipt for Hawthorne Health & Rehabilitation Plant City Community Chorale begins concert series on October 14. a special appearCenter hosts a monthly support group contributions. Gardener Presentation Of Master ance. There will be raffle items, giveFor more information or to register for those diagnosed with Parkinson’s At Bloomingdale Bromeliads aways, and a special promotion for contact Kavita Marballi at 684-1371 Disease and caregivers on the third Library those who are attending. ext. 1606 or kavita.marballi@tamThursday of every month. On Wednesday, October 4 from 6:30This free event is open to the public A variety of speakers will provide 7:30 p.m., there will be There will be a and will take place in the Community information on topics relating to swalGardener Clinic on Bromeliads Master Room at The Regent, 6347 Watson Annual Ceramic Sale lowing, balance, walking, speaking, given by Master Gardener Verna Rd. in Riverview. A Ceramic Sale will be held on mobility, exercise, self-care, cogniDickey at the Bloomingdale Library, Visit tion, and memory, all of which can be Saturday, October 14 from 9 a.m.-1 located at 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. in p.m. at the Strawberry Ridge Mobile impacted by Parkinson’s Disease. Valrico. The clinic will include handsor call 667-7000. Home Park, located at 3419 S.R. 60 The support group is free of charge presentation of several different on in Valrico. and open to those who have been types of bromeliads and where they Concert Series Begins With ‘The diagnosed with the disease, family grow. This event is sponsored by the Journey’ Annual Gifts & Crafts Fair At The members, caregivers and anyone Hillsborough County Master Gardner Plant City Community Chorale begins Bridges Retirement Community with an interest in learning more Program of the Hillsborough County the 2017-2018 concert series with ‘The With the holidays approaching, shopabout Parkinson’s. Extension, University of Florida, Journey’ on Saturday, October 14 at ping for unique gifts could not be easHawthorne Health & Rehabilitation Institute of Food and Agricultural and 7:30 p.m. at Holy Innocents' Episcopal ier when you Center, located Sciences (IFAS) Extension. Church, 604 N. Valrico Rd. in visit the at 851 W. In its fourth year with director Valrico. sixth annual Lumsden Rd. All Around the World By Dream Claudia Bolano, the Chorale will presGifts & Crafts in Brandon. Vacations ent classic favorites like Vivaldi's Fair, held on For more inforOn Tuesday, October 10 from 5:30Gloria in Excelsis and Handel's Saturday, mation or to 7:30 p.m., come and learn about Exceeding Glad Shall He Be. All selecOctober 14, register, call Dream Vacations, which is hosting a tions, including gospel, will offer hope from 10 a.m. -3 661-8998 night where you can learn about cruisand courage in today's world. p.m. at The Monday-Friday ing and all-inclusive resorts. Guests Tickets cost $10 in advance Bridges from 9 a.m.-5 will experience what the ships and allat or Retirement p.m. inclusive resorts have to offer by by calling 493-1979 and $15 at the Community. This obtaining their mock passport and door. one-stop holiday Golf shopping event Tournament features over 30 Benefits vendors and is Campo free and open to YMCA the public. You are invited Whether it is handcrafted decorations to participate in this year’s Campo or personalized gifts, such as jewelry Family YMCA Annual Golf and handbags, pottery, candles, Tournament, which will be held on soaps, home décor and more, you Saturday, September 30 at Riverhills will find just what you are looking for. Country Club in Valrico. “Customers of all ages are invited to This tournament is a major part of stop by this free event to get a head Campo’s fundraising effort to help start on their shopping,” says Janet support families and individuals of all Noah, Community Relations Liaison ages who could not otherwise afford and event coordinator. “With the wide vital community programs such as: variety of gifts and crafts, shoppers pediatric cancer survivor program; can look forward to giving unique and summer camp, school readiness prowonderful gifts with a personal gram; chronic disease prevention; teen leadership; Livestrong for cancer touch!” survivors; drowning prevention, youth The Bridges is located at 11350 Bloomingdale Ave. in Riverview. sports, and much more. All the proceeds from this golf tourna-

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Holiday services option, providing services at no charge for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in a warm ti, n and inclusive setsa le o C e by Michell ting. m o Compiled c r. e rv ospreyobse Chabad's services michelle@ are "user-friendly," making it enjoyable and meaningful for both the beginner and the advanced. Song, Enjoy Some Fall Fun At the commentary and the use of Brandon Christian Women’s English-Hebrew prayer books, Connection October Luncheon enable those of all levels to Brandon Christian Women’s become active participants in the Connection‘s October Luncheon “Fall services. Fun” is Monday October 9 from 11 Yom Kippur begins this year at a.m.-1 p.m. at Bell Shoals Baptist sundown on the eve of Friday, Church Special Events Center, 2102 September 29 and extends until Bell Shoals Rd. in Brandon. nightfall on September 30. The speaker will be Paula Abbott and Services will be held at the Jewish music with Brenda Copher. All ladies Discovery Center, located at 1578 invited to this non-denominational Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. luncheon. The cost is $15.. First time Space is limited. To reserve a space, guests pay $10. Reservations are register online requested. Call Lillie at 740-0098. at or call Chabad Jewish Discovery Lighthouse Gospel Mission, Inc. & Center at 571-8100. There is no Faith Home’s 65th Annual Victory charge for services. Banquet For more information on the Jewish Call now to make your reservations for High Holidays, Lighthouse Gospel Mission’s 65th visit Annual Victory Banquet on Friday, September 29 at 7 p.m. at 7211 S. Congregation Beth Shalom Services 78th St. in Riverview. And Events Call 677-5220 to make your reservaAll are welcome to join in spiritual High tions. Visit Holiday services. Call office to reserve your seat. Gospel Jam 2017 Seeks Entertainers Shabbat Shuvah - Friday, September If you would like to solo or have a 29, 7:45 p.m. Special Shabbot service, group that would be interested in bring- during which congregants will speak to ing worship through song, drama, etc. their Jewish identity. at the Gospel Jam 2017 Entertainment Kol Nidre- Saturday, September 30 at Tent at the Hillsborough County State 8 p.m. Join in for the Day of Fair, please pre-register before Atonement service. October 15 by mail to Hillsborough Putting up the Sukkah - Sunday, County Fair, P.O. Box 100, Sydney, FL October 1 at 10 a.m. Help build the 33587 or via email to hillsboroughSukkah. For an appliSukkah Under the Stars-Wednesday, cation, visit http://hillsboroughcountyOctober 4 from 6:15-7:45 p.m. Enjoy’mores, make a sukkah from mystery content/uploads/2015/06/2017-Gospel- materials, and play Sukkot games. Jam.pdf . Star Gaze using a telescope and learn The entertainment will take place on more about the stars. Everyone, young Sunday, October 22 and 29 starting at and old, is welcome to celebrate this 2 p.m. Once registered, you will be special holiday. notified of your performance time. All Sangria and Soda in the Sukkah ages are welcome. Saturday, October 7 at 7 p.m. Join in for a drum circle by Giving Tree Music. Chabad Jewish Discover Center Bring a snack to share and enjoy beatOffers Yom Kippur Services At No ing a drum. Charge One Family – Different Customs: An Chabad Jewish Discovery Center, the exploration of Sephardic Jewry. Rabbi local Valrico branch of the largest Betsy Torop will enlighten all about Jewish outreach organization in the Sephardic customs, goods, music, life world, has presented its own High

a chair. Sunset viewing begins at 6 p.m. and will follow with a casual Shabbot service at 7 pm. All welcome. Call the office for ranch address. Congregation Beth Shalom is located at 706 Bryan Rd. in Brandon. Call 681-6547 for information.

Holiday Craft Bazaar Seeks Crafters And Artists

cycle and holiday observances celebrated in Spain and Middle Eastern countries. This series will run on three consecutive Tuesday evenings in October, starting on October 10 at 7 p.m. Simchot Torah - Wednesday, October 11 at 7 p.m. - Celebrate with songs of joy, listen to the final and first words of the Torah and dance with the scrolls. Shabbat services are held Friday evenings at 7:45 p.m. A special ‘Shabbat at the Ranch’ will be held on October 6. Bring a snack to share and

Crafters and artists are being sought by Grace United Methodist Church at FishHawk Women of Grace for a Holiday Craft Bazaar on Saturday, November 11 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The church is located at 5708 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Lithia. Organizers are seeking original, one-of-a-kind arts and crafts. The fee for a 10 x 10-ft. space is $25, and fees will support missions in the community. The bazaar will be outdoors, and vendors will need to provide their own tent, table and chairs. The deadline for reserving a booth is Sunday, October 15. For more information and a vendor application, visit, or contact event organizer Susan Ferraro at or 361-1724. Grace has worship services at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. every Sunday. Visit or call 661-8858 for more information.

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October 17 – SouthShore Campus - 551 24th St. NE in Ruskin from 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Thursday, October 19 – Brandon Campus 10414 E. Columbus Dr. in Tampa from 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Wednesday, October 25 – Compiled by Michelle Colesanti, Dale Mabry Campus 4001 W. Tampa Bay Blvd. in Tampa, from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, October 26 – Ybor City Campus - 2112 N. 15th St. in Tampa from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.; and Monday, October 30 – Plant City Hillsborough Community College Campus - 1206 North Park Rd. in Plant To Host Fall Open House Events City from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Hillsborough Community College For more information, visit (HCC) will host open house events at each of its five campuses during Programs Forming Now For the month of October. Fun With Bots Prospective students will Live & Learn Compounding have the opportunity to Pharmacy is pleased to host learn about the college’s Fun With Bots. The highly academic options and regarded robotics and technolocertifications, admisgy programs are an exceptional sions, financial aid, vetopportunity for students to eran services and more. Join us to experience campus tours and embrace programming and technology. The hands-on programs are loosely personal attention with our expert faculstructured to allow students the freedom ty and staff. HCC offers small classes, to explore and learn technology such as flexible schedules, and online options. CAD design, robotics, and 3D printing. We’re half the cost of state universities Featuring LEGO MINDand our courses are STORMS, LEGO WeDo, guaranteed to transfer Arduino, and other technoloto a Florida public colgy, students at any level will lege and/or university. be challenged while making Prospective attenfriends and having fun. dees are encouraged This program is open to to RSVP students in grades 1 through at and space is limited. For house. more information and to regOpen Houses will ister, visit take place: Tuesday,

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Rare Fruit Trees Is Topic At Riverview Garden Club’s October Meeting

The Riverview Garden Club will hold its business meeting on Wednesday, October 11 at 10 a.m. The guest speaker will be Tom Schaffer on Rare Fruit Trees. The club's address is Riverview Civic Center, 11020 Park Dr. in Riverview. Call 654-6987 for more information.

Bay Life Church Scrapbooking For Missions

Bay Life Church announces its annual Fall Crop benefiting youth activities and mission trips. Bring your own supplies to work on your paper crafting projects in a well-lit and fun atmosphere. Your registration fee is tax deductible, and it includes dinner and dessert on Friday, continental breakfast, home cooked lunch, drinks and snacks all day, plus scrapbook/crop space, swap table, goody bags and door prizes on Saturday. This year’s crop will be Friday, October 6 from 6:30–11 p.m. and/or Saturday, October 7 from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. There will be “Make and Take” stations (for nominal fee), a silent auction (including retired Stampin' Up!® products), and raffle baskets valued between

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$150 and $300. Sylvia Cuillo, from Photos Organized, will be here to scan your photos (100 front and back) for a $5 donation to missions. Get them out of that shoebox and onto a thumb drive quickly & easily. Bring your photos and a thumb drive. Receive a discount by registering early by October 1. The cost is $25 for Friday night, $30 for Saturday, or $45 for both. Late registrations, late payments and walk-ins are welcome with registration fee of $30 for Friday night, $35 for Saturday or $55 for both, if space is available. Registration is open. Sign up at Space is limited and not reserved until paid in full. Please email Patty Fuller at for more information.

Fall Festival At Hawthorne Village Retirement Community

Bring the family to Hawthorne Village Retirement Community on Sunday, October 29 from 6-8 enjoy fall fun. There will be face painting, a pumpkin carving contest, scavenger hunt, games, bounce house and pumpkin patch photos. Hawthorne Village of Brandon is located at 851 W. Lumsden Rd. in Brandon. For more information, call 661-8998 or visit

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The Rolling Pin of Brandon Shares Business Expertise With Retailers In Las Vegas

By Joyce Bliss

Dave West ables as well as partand wife Karen nering with local manuare the owners of facturers were areas Brandon’s wellthat West was able to known Rolling Pin delve into. A question Kitchen and answer from the Emporium. “We audience was held with have been here discussions including since 1995”, he successes and failures, noted. along with “how-to and [Dave] West where-to go” queswas chosen, tions. The event lasted along with Mary about 90 minutes and Dave West, owner of Brandon’s Rolling Moore from the was well attended. Pin Kitchen Emporium was recently Cook’s “It was an honor to invited to share his expertise as a successful retailer of consumables. Warehouse in be chosen to speak Atlanta, by the Gourmet Retailer and share our success, thoughts and Magazine to speak at the Las Vegas vision for this topic in the gourmet speMarket. cialty retailer world”, West commented. “Taking a Bigger Bite” was the subWest has been a chef for 15 years. ject of the discussion and forum inviting He earned his degree at the French him to give his views from an independCulinary Institute where he won the ent retailer’s position regarding the conJacques Pepin Award and received a sumables market. Grand Diploma. West said, “The event was presented West commented that, “We have by Anna Wolfe, Editor and Chief of some guests who consider us one of the Gourmet Retailer.” The event was hostbest places to eat in Brandon”. ed by the Las Vegas Home and Some of the specialty food items that Housewares Market. He was selected are carried in the store include jams, jeldue to his focus on consumables within lies, sauces and mixes. He and his wife his venues. The lifetime and warranty of Karen also carry a variety of cheeses. hard goods at one time held most of Spices, salts, peppers and rubs are in West’s inventory. He has changed his abundance too. focus to consumables to mix into his “We stock approximately 15,000 inventory. “Consumables are any item kitchen items in a 3,500-sq. ft. retail store, that customers will use up and then West noted.” return to us to repurchase, enlightened For information about the Rolling Pin West.” Kitchen Emporium, it’s onsite cooking Sampling items, partnerships with classes or offerings, call 653-2418 or visit vendors, using social media for consum

Campo Family YMCA Brings On A New Teacher For Its Adult Spanish Class By Tatiana Ortiz

A focus group called Hispanos Unidos at Campo Family YMCA started a Spanish class for its adult members 18 and up last fall. It meets in the conference room for an hour the 1st and 2nd Saturday of the month at 9 a.m. Hispanos Unidos aims to work together and connect the whole community through their Spanish language and culture with service. Recently, the class brought on a new instructor named Analia Huber in June of this year. As a Latina, her previous experience portrayed as a good fit to teach this class. Born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Huber spoke Spanish in her home. Therefore, the language became very familiar to her. She has lived in the United States for more than 40 years. When Huber moved to the Tampa area she joined Campo Family YMCA and Hispanos Unidos. She fortunately always had the opportunity to continue speaking Spanish in her jobs and neighborhoods. Huber teaches beginner and intermediate level Spanish in her class. Students will learn grammar, conver-

sational pieces, colors, alphabet and much more. Individuals can sign up at Campo Family YMCA Welcome Center. A deadline does not exist because of this open enrollment class. Helen Wong a student from Huber’s Spanish class, expressed her thoughts about what she learned. New adult “Huber applies Spanish classes offered at the various methods Campo Y. that strengthen both listening, speaking and understanding skills. This class motivates me to continue to expand my knowledge of the Spanish language,” Wong said. She also recommends it to anyone interested in taking Spanish. Huber hopes that students who attend her class get excited about learning the language of Spanish because it will expose them to a new culture and foods. “I encourage people to not be afraid to know another language” Huber said. Visit It is located at 3414 Culbreath Rd. in Valrico. Open Monday through Friday 5 a.m.- 10 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m.- 7 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m.- 6 p.m. Call 6841371. Dr. Amir Boules

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Tampa YMCA Welcomes New CEO

By Tamas Mondovics

The Tampa thank you to Looby for his Metropolitan Area leadership and significant YMCA was pleased to contributions to the Y over announce last month the years. the naming of Matt It is safe to say that Mitchell as its new Chief Mitchell has big shoes to fill Executive Officer who and in his new role, he will will begin his new role in be responsible for taking mid-October. the lead on the Y’s current foundation and strategic According to Y officials, Mitchell’s selection plan. “During our search for is the result of a fivea new CEO, we looked at month search by the Y’s candidates from all over the but Matt stood out CEO Search Committee country, Matt Mitchell was recently among the rest,” said to find a replacement for named as the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA new Tampa YMCA Governance Tom Looby who is retirChief Executive Officer. Board Chair Al Colby, who ing at the close of next also chaired the CEO Search Committee month after 37 years of serving. Looby spoke highly of his tenure with made up of seven voting members from the Tampa YMCA’s Governance Board the Y, the last 10 years which were in Tampa. “It’s been a joy and privilege serv- and community. “His energy and vision for the Tampa YMCA is exactly what we ing the communities of Atlanta, Nashville, Winston-Salem and Tampa through the Y, were looking for in a leader.” Mitchell joins the Tampa Y with more accomplishing many good and exciting than 20 years of experience with the Y, things at each stop,” Looby said. “Among including most recently serving as the my fondest Y memories will be all the many wonderful staff and volunteer leadExecutive Vice-President and Chief ers I’ve worked with over the years, Operating Officer of the YMCA of Greater including a talented and mission-driven San Antonio for the past five years. team here in Tampa.” Mentioning some of Prior to that, Mitchell worked for the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee in variLooby’s accomplishments during his time ous leadership roles including vice presiin Tampa, Y officials included the Y being dent of center operations, group vicenamed Non-Profit of the Year, received president, senior branch executive directhe Bank of America Neighborhood tor and branch director. Builder’s Award, launched the Sulphur Mitchell holds a degree in Springs Neighborhood of Promise initiaKinesiology and Exercise Science from tive, created the Teen Achievers program the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. for at-risk students and enacted over $30 He has moved to the area with his wife, million in capital improvements to Y faciliNicole, both of whom grew up in the ties. upper Midwest. In a recent press release, the Tampa Visit YMCA staff and board issued a heartfelt

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New Yoga House Is An Oasis In The Heart Of Brandon

By Kate Quesada

The heart of retail section offering localBrandon is not an ly made jewelry and a stuarea that most peodio featuring many large ple would associate windows overlooking a with the word tranquil conservation pond. serene, but The It took Vitoria less than Yoga House, which three months to transform opened last month the location from an outwith a goal of bringdated medical office to a ing ‘’Yoga to chic studio with open ceilEveryone’, is an ings, reclaimed wood feaoasis of calm in the tures and hygienic cork middle of the floors. The studio is also bustling medical equipped with ceiling district. mounted radiant heaters Owned and for therapeutic detoxifying operated by Tampa hot practices. native and long“I sacrificed a lot of term Brandon resimat space to make sure Brandon resident Diane Vitoria recently opened The Yoga House dent Diane Vitoria, we had a comfortable offering Yoga for Everybody. the unique 1,000reception area where peosq.-ft.-studio offers a large number of ple can relax before and after class,” said classes for all skill levels and preferences Vitoria, who previously worked in the at times that fit most busy schedules. medical field but has been teaching yoga “There is a misconception that yoga at studios throughout the area since is only for people who are very flexible,” 2016. “We originally wanted to find a said Vitoria, who started practicing in small house to turn into a studio but the 2010 to improve her athletic abilities as a view and location of this building sold us long distance runner. “I want to help the right away.” community realize that it is not about The Yoga House team also offers being able to touch your toes, there is a monthly Happy Hour Yoga sessions and type of yoga that will benefit everyone.” full moon outdoor yoga, in addition to Vitoria has assembled a team of other classes scheduled to take place in teachers to help her offer a variety of the communal outdoor area. classes from low-impact and restorative The Yoga House is located at 505 yoga to the more intensive power classEichenfeld Dr. Suite 106 in Brandon. For es, with many traditional and non-tradimore information, call 763-2522 or visit tional options in between. Class The studio is made up of an inviting schedules and pricing information is also reception area with refreshments and a available on the website.

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Twin Creeks Receives Certificate Of Occupancy

Twin Creeks Assisted Living and Memory Care in Riverview announced that it has received the final Certificate of Occupancy for the new community. This 65,000 sq. ft. facility at 13470 Boyette Rd., near the intersection of Boyette and Bell Shoals Roads, will provide 80 private and companion apartments in Assisted Living and Memory Care and is equipped with a fullservice commercial kitchen, dining areas, library, conservatory, game room, salon and spa, screened porches, bistros, outdoor courtyards and walking paths. Monthly costs for the community start at $3250 and vary based on size and location of apartments and the type of care a resident would need. A ribbon cutting will be held on Thursday, October 5 from 4-6 p.m. Please plan to join in along with the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce. RSVP to Danielle Webster at 551-2333. Prospective residents are encouraged to inquire at or call 3362128 to schedule a visit the community.

Sound Exchange Of Brandon Move To Pinellas Park In Merger

Sound Exchange, a Tampa Bay area independent record store chain open since 1987, has announced that it will merge its Brandon and Pinellas Park stores into a 6,400 sq. ft. building at the corner of 66th St. N. and 86th Ave. N. in Pinellas Park. The new location will open at the beginning of October. Members of the Brandon store staff have been offered jobs in the Tampa or new Pinellas Park locations. Jim Butcher and Ron Stoy, who started the Brandon store together in 1992, are both eager to spend semi-retirement in racing cars (Jim) and restoring vintage stereo equipment (Ron). Ron said, “We thank our Brandonarea customers for 25 years of patronage and hope that you will venture to the Tampa or Pinellas Park stores in the near future.” To welcome Brandon-area customers to other Sound Exchange locations, the company is offering people with Brandon, Valrico, Riverview, Lithia, Seffner, and Plant City addresses 10% off purchases at the Tampa and Pinellas Park stores, from September 15 until the end of 2017.

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Adults And Kids Enjoy Kraftologee

Kraftologee has created a unique space where the little ones can skip back to the supervised play area to build LEGO models, play with cars or dolls, or grab a rainbow of crayons with which to color and draw while adults can enjoy a glass of fine wine, pint of local beer or a mug of made-toorder coffee. Should hunger strike, crispy-onthe-outside-chewyon-the-inside Panini sandwiches can be pressed, filled up with grilled chicken and pesto or house-made meatballs and fresh mozzarella. Whether you have kids or not Kraftologee welcomes everyone. Located at 10312 Bloomingdale Ave., Ste. 101 in Riverview, it is open Tuesday to Friday from 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday from 12 Noon-8 p.m. Call 252-3106 or visit and on Facebook.

All Family Law Group, P.A. Accepted As 2017 AIOFLA’S 10 Best Law Firm For Client Satisfaction

The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys has recognized the exceptional performance of Florida’s Family Law Firm, All Family Law Group, P.A. as 2017 10 Best Family Law Firm for Client Satisfaction. This third-party attorney rating organization publishes an annual list of the Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in each state. Attorneys who are selected to the "10 Best" list must pass AIOFLA's rigorous selection process, based on client and/or peer nominations, thorough research, and AIOFLA’s independent evaluation. AIOFLA's annual list was created to be used as a resource for clients during the attorney selection process. Contact All Family Law Group, P.A. at 672-1900 or

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undertook increased responsibilities with LifeLink throughout By Michelle Colesanti her career. She Begin A Career In Healthcare served as Executive Thinking of beccoming a Certified Director of LifeLink of Dorothy Cares Nursing Assistant (CNA)? CNA Training Florida, implemented Assisted Living and Testing Center, 744 W. Brandon LifeLink organ and tisFacility, owned by Blvd. in Brandon, has partnered with sue recovery efforts Dorothy Araujo, proPrometric, the exam delivery provider when awarded the vides care for seniors for the Florida Board of Nursing, so Puerto Rico and U.S. in a smaller home-like interested individuals can become Virgin Islands service setting. With the licensed CNAs area, was executive smaller environment, Dorothy Araujo (r), owner of Dorothy by examinavice president of residents won’t miss Cares, with her grandmother who has organ procurement tion. CNA out due to lower staff been a loving force in her life. Training and operations for the to patient ratio in largTesting Center three federally-designated LifeLink organ er facilities. The staff is also trained for offers a low procurement organizations in Florida, those with dementia and Alzheimer’s. cost one week Georgia and Puerto Rico, and served as Assistance is offered for activities of CNA exam the LifeLink Foundation Chief Operating daily living, three meals along with two prep course for Officer. snacks daily. Housekeeping and laundry only $349 (limVisit for is also included as well as medication ited time spemore information. supervision, exercise and social procial). A unigrams. House physician, Dr. Orlando form is included in the registration fee, Sanford N. Schwartz, D.D.S. Selected Porto visits the facility. along with training manual and supplies, For Inclusion In Who’s Who Top Dorothy Cares is located at 1027 unlimited practice time and job referral. Doctors Honors Edition Crestfield Dr. in Riverview. You can tour In addition to the one week CNA exam Sanford N. Schwartz, D.D.S., Owner the facility between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Call prep course, the Training Center also of Family Implant Cosmetic Dentistry has 862-8871 or visit offers training and certification in Home been selected for inclusion in the forthfor more information. Health Aide, Medication Assistance, coming Trademark Who’s Who Honors House Physician Dr. Orlando Portal Phlebotomy, and American Heart Edition for demonstrating dedication, visits the facilities. Association CPR. New classes begin leadership and professional excellence. every Monday. Day, evening and weekAs a talented disciplined professional, S Bar, New Restaurant Opens In ends are available. he has maintained a proven track record Brandon Visit www.cnatrainingandtestingcenof quality service, driven by his desire to S Bar, Brandon’s newest restaurant to learn succeed. and bar is now open. Formerly known more and to regisThe office is located at 787 W as The Rack, S Bar offers the same ter. Rd. in Brandon. For more inforLumsden award winning sushi, plus an assortmation or for an appointment, call 684ment of sake selections, a full liquor Seminole Hard 7888. speakeasy, and a southern bistro Rock Tampa menu with classic southern comfort Names Dawn Connie Johnson Named Associate favorites. It also offers indoor shuffleLazo VP Of Food REALTOR® Of The Year By Florida board, billiards and darts. & Beverage Realtors® Owners Seth and Christy Dawn Lazo has Coldwell Banker Ronchetti, created the conbeen named Residential Real cept using recycled materials Seminole Hard Estate’s Connie as much as possible. Dawn Lazo is the Rock Hotel & Johnson was named the Seminole Hard Rock VP of Hours of operation are Food and Beverage. Casino Tampa’s Associate REALTOR® Wednesday and Thursday new Vice President of the Year by Florida from 5 p.m.-12 Midnight, Friday of Food & Beverage. Realtors®. Johnson has from 5 p.m.-2 a.m., Saturday Lazo began her food and beverage been with Coldwell from 1 p.m. - 2 a.m. and Sunday casino career back in 1986 as a food Banker’s Brandon from 1-10 p.m. It is closed on server at the Lakeside Inn Casino in Central office for more Monday and Tuesday. Call 575Lake Tahoe, Nevada. than 10 years and is a 7227 or email Most recently, Lazo spent almost staple in the real estate four years as the Vice President of Food industry of the greater & Beverage for Seminole Casino Brandon area. LifeLink® Foundation Connie Johnson was Coconut Creek where she led 12 Coldwell Banker Announces New Chief named Associate REALdepartments within the F&B division, Residential Real Estate Executive Officer TOR® of the Year while overseeing 73 managers and 700 is a leading full-service LifeLink Foundation recently team members. residential real estate brokerage comannounced Jean A. Davis as President Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & pany with approximately 85 offices and and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Casino is located 5223 Orient Rd. in 5,000 affiliated sales associates. For Davis has been with LifeLink since Tampa. Call 627-7625 or visit more information, visit 1985, when she joined as an organ recovery coordinator, and successfully

Business Column Continued............. Two Solvere - Managed Senior Living Communities Coming To Tampa Area

As part of its ongoing growth, Solvere Senior Living will be managing two new senior living communities coming to the Tampa area. Slated to open in early 2018, Tessera of Brandon is the first of the future sites and will be located at 1320 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon offering 89 assisted living apartments and 49 memory care suites. Tessera of Westchase will break ground late this summer at 11305 Countryway Blvd. in Tampa providing 64 assisted living apartments and 37 memory care suites. Both Tessera communities will feature a multi-story, bright and energetic state-of-the-art living environment with one and two-bedroom assisted living apartments and memory care suites in various floorplans. They will also provide Solvere Senior Living’s proprietary wellness philosophies Salus™ (holistic approach) and Valeo™ (wellness initiatives for memory impaired). The Tessera of Brandon sales center is located at 221 Paul’s Dr. Suite B in Brandon and is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m Monday through Friday. Call 607-6880.

CoWork Landing Celebrates One Year

CoWork Landing Brandon celebrates one year in business in September with giveaways and discounts. It is Brandon's first and only co-working space in Brandon. As a concept, it is new to the suburbs and was brought to Brandon to serve the work-from-home professionals. Coworking is simply a shared office space for professionals who typically work from home or are starting businesses. It includes wifi, conference room, coffee, break room and wonderful ‘coworkers’. The current members of CoWork Landing have all be able to collaborate with each other, either within their businesses or outside projects and welcome more coworkers to fill the office. There are also two private offices available for full time office opportunities. Visit on Facebook at Cowork Landing Brandon or call Shannon Carlton at 9244679.

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Classic Stone Gallery Offers Quality Work at Affordable Prices

By Nick Nahas

Sergio tion, but they Plazza of can get the Classic Stone whole job done Gallery prides when it comes himself on to a kitchen or being able to bathroom offer quality remodel involvcraftsmanship ing stone. at a great price Plazza said for granite, his company quartz, and has one of the marble biggest fabricabecause he tion shops in cuts out the Tampa. They This is a Kristallis quarzite kitchen countertop back- order their middle man. lit with LED lights. The familystone from overowned business supplies, designs and seas and cut in bulk so they can pass the installs kitchen and bathroom countertops savings on to the customer. In addition, and backsplashes with high quality stone. they cut by the square-foot, so that the They do both commercial and residential customer doesn’t have to buy full flats. work. Foregoing a fancy showroom can also The Plazza family has worked in this help them keep costs low. industry for over 40 years with its roots in Customers can visit their website Sicily, Italy back in the 70s. Tampa at The webbecame their destination of choice after site is very interactive and user-friendthey saw a business opportunity with the ly. Potential customers can view the lack of competition in the area. About 10 inventory on the site, including sorting years ago, Sergio and his dad, Steve, by color, level and type of granite they along with several other family members, are looking for. They also have photos formed their own company, which is now of their projects, which include known as Classic Stone Gallery. “We do kitchens, bathrooms, fireplaces and really good, custom, handmade work at a staircases in addition to outdoor projvery affordable price,” Plazza said. ects. The company’s contact informaLocated on Adamo Drive between tion is available and they do free Orient Rd. and 50th St., Classic Stone quotes as well. Gallery can also do tile work in the bathPlazza is happy with the way the room, on the floor or wall, and can procompany is going and hopes for convide the tile as well. According to Plazza, tinued prosperity. “We want to stay they can virtually do any stone work. gainfully employed, and we just hope Their main specialty is countertop fabrica- for success in general,” Plazza said.

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Birding Festival Takes Flight In South Shore

By Brittany Wallace

In the fall, the trips range from $30 to migration begins as $65. Some of the trips birds begin to move include boat rides and south joining the wagon rides. The field trips birds which permaare not just about birds. nently reside in the There are opportunities to Tampa Bay area. see other animals, and Locals can take there are also field trips time to enjoy learndedicated to insects such ing about and as dragonflies and butterwatching these Reese Collins, Bald Eagle expert will flies. To learn more about beautiful birds at have an expo on Saturday, October these field trips and regis14, about the recovery of our The Florida Birding ter for its limited spaces, national bird. and Nature visit www.floridFestival. In its second year, it will take place Friday to Sunday, October 13 to 15. ml. All the seminars take place at Last year the Festival brought in over Hillsborough Community College South 300 visitors from all over North America Shore campus offering many subjects including Canada. It is predicted that such as preservation, different habitats, more people will attend this nature photography, and bird year. This large number of feeding. Eagle Optics, one of the people can be attributed to the largest vendors of binoculars and field trips, expos with speakers spotting scopes in the country, and children activities. will be in attendance at the Expo. According to Mary Keith, Keith said, “Their representatives President of Tampa Audubon are just great at working with Society, “People come all over someone to determine what size, the world to go birding here, so shape, weight and price range why not celebrate it and bring everyone they need for binoculars.” together, where locals can show you Children’s activities will also take where these birds are.” place at the Hillsborough Community Twenty field trips will take place all College South Shore campus on over the Tampa Bay area. Those new to Saturday, October 14. Morning activities birding might enjoy Beginning Birding at will cater to Pre K through second Lettuce Lake Park. There will be field trips graders, and afternoon activities will be for photographers such as the Lettuce for third to sixth graders. Children must be Lake Regional Park Photography accompanied by a responsible adult. Workshop. Field trips are all about fun, To find out more information about seeing a lot of different birds and learning the Florida Birding and Nature Festival about preservation and conservation visit or lands where the trips take place. The field email

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Tourette Association Of Florida Offers Hyperbaric Medicine, Now In Brandon Staff Report Online And Traditional Support Groups Holistic Medical Care By Amanda Boston

The Rotary’s Camp in Brandon hosts the Florida Chapter’s Family Weekend for families affected by Tourette Syndrome. The weekend includes camping activities, seminars and opportunities for connection.

For decades, mainstream media has unfairly characterized Tourette Syndrome as the ‘cursing disorder’ where individuals involuntarily blurt out obscenities. While outbursts of inappropriate words can be a symptom, it only affects 10% of those with Tourette Syndrome. So, what is Tourette Syndrome? The Tourette Association of America (TAA) defines it as a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by sudden involuntary motor and vocal tics. TAA estimates that 1 out of every 160 children between the ages of 5-17 living in the United States has Tourette Syndrome. Founded in 1972, TAA is a nonprofit agency advocating for individuals affected by Tourette and Tic Disorders. State-led chapters under the auspices of the national organization provide local support. Christopher Brown, the chairperson for the TAA Florida Chapter, said, “We focus on advocacy, awareness and support for our families. We have the Family Weekend in Brandon and other events around the state.” In February, the TAA Florida Chapter holds its annual Family Weekend event at the Rotary’s Camp in Brandon. Families across Florida can connect with other families who are dealing with similar issues. The weekend camp offers miniconferences on topics like navigating a 504 Plan, an IEP, and other educational matters. The TAA Florida Chapter also over-

sees support groups—both in person and online. Denise Graf, a Lithia resident and mother of an adolescent with Tourette Syndrome, recently discovered the Tourette Association of Florida Facebook group. “The group has not only provided emotional support and insightful information but has also given us the opportunity to provide support with what we've learned along our journey,” said Graf. Graf also mentioned that the start of the school year often brings increased stress to students with Tourette Syndrome. She explained, “It's a tough time for families as they grow concerned about how their child could become a target of bullying since the symptoms make them ‘different’—causing them to draw attention to themselves.” With the hope to remove stereotypes, TAA initiated a program called Youth Ambassadors. The program trains adolescents with Tourette and Tic Disorders to address and educate elected officials, peers, and schools about the disorder. The goal is to shed some light to this frequently misunderstood disorder. For more information on TAA and Tourette Syndrome, visit To find local events or a support group, visit the TAA Florida Chapter website at The TAA Florida Facebook support group can be found on Facebook at Tourette Association Florida.

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Support My Warrior’s Place, A Place Of Healing For Our Veterans Plans Upcoming Events “When people say they cannot imagine what it must be like to lose a child, I tell them they are right,” stated Kelly Kowall. At the age of 20, her son, SPC Corey Kowall was killed in Afghanistan. On September 20, 2009, he was dispatched to lend aid to fellow soldiers where IED’s had been Kayaks and canoes are always availdetected. Corey Kowall able at the Retreat Center for the hongave his life to defend ored guests to enjoy. our country and was Kowall is very honored with the Bronze Star. His mom, excited to have Kelly Kowall, felt compelled to “bring celebrities particisomething good from a horrible tragedy.” pate in BATTLE OF THE BAY this year She founded My Warrior’s Place, including: Ernesto Gainza for Skydiving because “when you focus on giving and (Ernesto holds 3 Guinness World know you are making a positive differfor skydiving), Mack Roesch, Records ence in the lives of others, it fuels your Sara Harrison, Jonathan Ruiz, Ian strength and helps heal you.” Deyerle and Amanda Tchir (Team Strike A My Warrior’s Place, located in Pose who was this year’s winner on the Ruskin, provides a variety of services to TV Show Spartan), Reginald Rountree veterans, military service members, first (Anchor of Channel 10 News and retired responders and their families, but most cop) and Ronnie Green (TV Host of A importantly it is a place of refuge and Fishing Story). healing. This worthy cause is in need of Battle Of The Bay Event Schedule our community’s support. My Warrior’s -Survival Race Competition (Two Place will be holding a fundraiser called Person Teams) Saturday, October 7th the BATTLE OF THE BAY by Land, Sea from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., starting at My & Air on the first weekend in October, the Warrior’s Place. Entry fee is $100 per 6th- 8th. This fundraiser will host many activities including a fishing tournament, a team. -Fishing Tournament (Two Person survival race, a shooting competition and Teams) Saturday, October 7th starting at a skydiving competition. In addition, there 7:00 a.m. and finishing on Sunday, will be a Ride for the Fallen Poker Run, October 8th at 1:00 p.m. A captains meetwhich is a traveling poker game competiing will be held Friday, October 6 from tion.

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Send Goodwill To Deployed Troops By Participating In Annual Holiday Cards Event

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from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or you can bring them with you to the event. Holiday Cards For The Troops was started in 2008 by Jeri Fontana, a retired member of the military and a Stampin’ Up demonstrator. Fontana made the cards on a small scale and Anyone ages 16 and older can support the troops by participating often personally in the 10th Annual Holiday Cards For The Troops set for Saturday, bore the cost of the October 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Center Place in Brandon. event. Center Place Fine Arts and the In 2008, then Honorary Mayor of Community Roundtable present the 10th Brandon, Tammy Holmberg, co-owner of Annual Holiday Cards For The Troops on the Chick-fil-A at Lake Brandon Village, Saturday, October 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. teamed up with Fontana to get the comat Center Place, located at 619 munity more involved and to get many Vonderburg Dr. in Brandon. more cards made in one day. It turned out Members of the community, 16 years to be a huge success. and older, can come together to assemIn 2011, the event was moved to ble thousands of cards which will be sent Center Place where it has been held ever to deployed service men and women. No since. Now, nearly 3,000 cards are made experience is necessary, and this is a free by more than 120 volunteers. community event. Carole Stanton is the Chair of the The non-profit Support the Troops, Annual Holiday Cards For The Troops. located in Wesley Chapel, helps to distrib- Stanton said, “To date nearly 25,000 ute the cards. To celebrate the 10th cards have been created and sent to the Anniversary of Holiday Cards For Troops troops. It is like 25,000 hugs and smiles the committee is requesting donations to coming out of those little envelopes.” add to care packages sent to the troops. If you would like to be a sponsor, The top five most requested items include make a monetary or Top Five donation or beef jerky, disposable razors, ground cofget more information on the Annual fee (no pods), toothpaste and new white Holiday Cards For The Troops, please athletic socks. Items can be dropped off contact Center Place at 685-8888 or at Center Place Monday through Friday email

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Playground - A paranormal playground lurks in the shadows of Howl-OScream 2017. Wasteland - Dare to enter through the perils of the post apocalyptic wasteland where scenes of past and present atrocities still linger in an abandoned strip of roadway. Rush through the rotting piles of debris, because those who remain will do the unimaginable to survive and make escape nearly impossible for newcomers. Guests have nowhere to hide - not even on Busch Gardens’ top thrill rides in the dark - including the all-new spin coaster, Cobra’s Curse®. Infested with cringeworthy zombies and spine-chilling creatures, thrill rides will double down with suspense as empty seats get filled with roaming creatures in the night. Howl-O-Scream 2017 runs select nights from September 22 through October 29. Operating event hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets start at $39.99, plus tax; with special offers for Busch Gardens Pass Members. Additionally, out-of-towners can take advantage of great vacation packages, like the Overnight Fright or Wild & Wicked Weekend packages. Visit Howl-O-Scream 2017 is a separately-ticketed night event. No costumes are allowed. For information, visit or call 8844FUN. Follow us on social media. Join the conversation using #NowhereToHide.

FX Fitness Studio Hosts First 5K Race To Help End Hunger

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Ready, Set, Go! On Saturday, September 30 at 7:30 a.m., runners can lace up their sneakers for the first annual FX Fitness Race To Help End Hunger. The 5K race takes place outside the FX Fitness Studio in Brandon. Owner Drew Preiss is pumped to pair his passion for fitness with feeding the less fortunate. “I enjoy helping other people, that's why I got into the fitness industry to begin with. And now to have this opportunity, it is a huge Owner Drew Preiss of FX Fitness Studio and members fight to end hunger with a 5K race that supports the nonblessing,” said Preiss. profit organization Feeding Tampa Bay. Preiss linked up with Studio is collecting non-perishable food Feeding Tampa Bay, a nonprofit organidonations that may be dropped off at his zation that acts as a large food bank for frontline food dispensing organizations. It studio in Brandon. He also has set up a helps replenish the local pantries in soup website for monetary donations that can be found at kitchens, mobile food trucks, Boys & Clubs and churches. Preiss race-to-end-hunger2. For the three highrevealed he was shocked to discover est amounts donated, Preiss will conthat more than 700,000 people in the tribute free unlimited membership Tampa Bay area are food insecure— monthly packages for one, three and six meaning they are unable to obtain month intervals. enough food because of limited To register, visit finances. and search FX Fitness Race To End After hearing the alarming statistic, Hunger. Early registration is $20 per runPreiss felt compelled to step into action by organizing a charity race. “I’ve always ner, which includes a shirt. The studio and race start is located at 932 W. wanted to put together a race but didn’t Lumsden Rd. in Brandon. For informaknow where to start. I am excited to have the support of my studio members. tion, visit the studio’s Facebook page @FXFitnessStudio. To find out more I hope to make an impact on my memabout Feeding Tampa Bay, visit bers and the community.” In addition to the race, FX Fitness

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Students, Teachers And Parents Focus On Back To School Safety, Healthy Meals And Solar Eclipse Publix Benefits Hillsborough Schools Students

Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Eakins and School Board members will join forces with Todd Jones, CEO and President of Publix Super Markets and Tina Johnson, Treasurer of Publix Super Markets Charities, on behalf of HCPS students and families. In a major announcement of a partnership at Mort Elementary, 1806 E. Bearss Ave. in Tampa, the trio committed to make a significant donation to support basic needs of area students. Publix, the largest employeeowned grocery chain in the United States, committed to identify eight area schools to receive assistance. School officials said that more than 64 percent of students in Hillsborough County Public Schools qualify for free and reduced price meals. The district is already providing free breakfast for every student, regardless of income. “Breakfast and lunch at school are often the only reliable meals students receive throughout the day,” HCPS spokesperson Tanya Arja wrote in a recent press release, adding that hunger is a serious concern across Hillsborough County.

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Armwood, Durant, Newsome, East Bay Teams Start 2017 Fall Season Strong

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While Brandon and came in ready to rumble, picking up Bloomingdale are struggling to get 24 points in the first half and seeminto the season, Armwood High ing unstoppable. School began the year with a solid Unfortunately, Bloomingdale 35-12 win against Tampa Bay seemed to have forgotten that that Tech. this wasn't Newsome’s first rodeo. The Hawks, now under new The Bulls allowed 20 points in the leadership following the resignation second half and handed over the of Sean Callahan (91-11-0), are season opening victory with a final looking to continue as a powerscore of 27-24 to the Wolves. house football program with Coach A week later in a close game, Evan Davis at the helm. Newsome also defeated East Bay Davis, 31, played at Armwood 17-14 but the final score came only from 1999-2003, and served as the in the second overtime. Hawks’ offensive coordinator for the But things are not looking too past seven years, succeeding bad for East Bay either. For the Callahan after the 2017 spring jampast nine times (including this boree. year’s season opener game) the No longer just an assistant, Indians have enjoyed the upper Davis has huge shoes to fill with East Bay running back, Davonte Williams, (4) breaks through the Sharks’ d-line for a scoring run against hand against local rival Riverview Riverview. Williams rushed for more than 230 yards on 22 carries. expectations of success. and managed to hold onto the batAlso ready to succeed is a tle trophy. Durant High School football program that Hoping to break the streak, the is both hungry and ready to take the seayoung Riverview team led by program son seriously. head coach William Mosel, came out The Cougars, led by program Head strong scoring first with a 26-yard field Coach Mike Gottman, started off with a goal, by Yadir Blas, but quickly ran out of season opener 14-10 win against Jesuit, steam unable to put anymore points on followed by a 28-14 victory against the board. Sickles a week later. When it was over East Bay walked To give their fans who braved the away with another annual rivalry game weather a fair share of Friday Night victory and the winning trophy after Lights football excitement against Jesuit, defeating Riverview 35-3, forcing the Durant opened with an 80-yard kickoff Sharks to look to next year for a chance return by Cougar junior Demarcus to settle at the score. Governor. The Indians led by Coach Frank Durant Quarterback Carlton Potter LaRosa are boasting a solid roster that completed two huge passes in the first includes returning senior quarterback half; a 43-yard touchdown to freshman Tanner Morris and four-year varsity runAgiye Hall, and a 65-yard touchdown to ning back Davonte Williams, who rushed senior Jory Cole. for more than 230 yards on 22 carries. Potter ended with five of nine for 148 “Davonte is not the biggest running yards and two touchdowns. back, but I'll put him up against anybody A talented trio to also look for this in the county,” he said during a post season includes running back Cameron game field interview. Myers, fullback David Tabakovic and LaRosa added that Williams wants A Hawks’ player runs the football down the field during a prior game. With the selection of defensive back Corey Barnes. the pressure on him and has great leadEvan Davis as head coach, the Armwood High School football program is facing the season Durant is without question ready to ership ability. “The kids respect him”, he under new leadership. lead its district lineup, while facing some said. Lennard, Bloomingdale, Plant City and For its season opener, Newsome very talented 7A District 9 competition For information about local area high Tampa Bay Tech. took on Bloomingdale, whose offense including East Bay, Strawberry Crest, school football, visit

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By Nick Nahas and Photos Courtesy of Adrian and Luis Olivo

Brother Kicking Duo Adds To Armwood Football Team

Adrian and Luis in action against Tampa Bay Tech.

Luis (left) and Adrian Olivo after Armwood’s victory against Tampa Bay Tech.

Football is a game known to form brotherly bonds, but for Adrian and Luis Olivo, who already have that bond, football just deepens their connection. The chemistry between the two helps them trust each other on the football field as a tandem kicker and long snapper. The boys are both playing in their first season with perennial powerhouse Armwood High School after transferring from Plant City. This will also be their first season playing football together on the same team. Adrian started playing football as a freshman at Plant City three years ago when one of his friends urged him to try

out for the team. His background as a soccer player helped him make the transition to football as a kicker. “It came easily for me,” Adrian said. “It clicked right

away.” When Adrian starting playing football his brother Luis also became interested as well. The duo sought extra guidance to help them improve upon their techniques. Coach Tom Feely, a long time kicking, punting and long-snapping specialist, and father of former NFL kicker Jay Feely, became their mentor. Feely’s track record made it an even better fit. He has coached every Armwood kicker since 2004, including Wes Skiffington, who was a three-time college All-American kicker at Stony Brook. Feely immediately saw potential in both boys, Adrian as a kicker, and Luis as a long snapper. “Both of

them were enthusiastic, coachable and hard workers,” Feely said. “Being coachable is critical to becoming a great athlete.” Luis’ was an offensive lineman at Plant City, but with a little convincing from both his brother and Coach Feely, the sophomore changed his position to long snapper, making the brothers a tandem. Along with their good friend and holder, Warren Thompson, the trio has had great success working together. “It means a lot

to me to be able to play with my brother,” Adrian said. “I feel like every time I’m going to kick, I have confidence that I will do well because I have Luis snapping to me and Warren holding for me. Armwood opened its season against Tampa Bay Tech, winning in blowout fashion 35-12. In that game Adrian, the junior kicker, made all five of his extra points and Luis was perfect on all of his snaps. The brothers are looking forward to winning many more games at Armwood this season, as well as having individual success and helping their team win. “This season I want to build on my relationships with my teammates,” Adrian said. “My goal is to be one of the best kickers in the state and also win a state championship.” Adrian and Luis hope to play in college together, and maybe one day, make it to the NFL. As for now, they just want to enjoy their last two years of playing high school football together. “This means a lot to me because not everybody gets to play high school football with their brother,” Luis said.

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Music Showcase And FAOPA Offer A Great Fall Lineup Of Groups And Workshops on Wednesdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m. High school aged students can participate in a not yet named production as part of the Showcase Players. They meet on Saturdays from 3 to 6 p.m. Their performance will be held in January. Students, ages 7 and up, who like to sing can try out for Show Choir which meets on Thursday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Show Choir combines music from all genres and decades with choreography. Students gain stage presence, ear training and have fun performing with a singing team. Little lovers of music (ages 4 to 10),

Music Showcase in Brandon and the Florida Academy of Performing Arts (FAOPA) have announced a wonderful and exciting season. There is truly something for everyone. New this year, violinists with at least one year of experience can join Violin Rockestra. According to Jeanne Machine Violin Rockestra Director, “Violin Rockestra is an ensemble focusing on alternative music made playable for violin. We focus mostly on rock, jazz and pop genres. We also learn about basic composition and write original music.” Machin added, “I started this program to enrich the musical experience of Photo courtesy of Paul Storm violinists and provide FAOPA and Music Showcase offer children and adults the them with experiopportunity to express their creativity. Students who perform in the Musical Theatre program make musicals such as Beauty ences not typically and the Beast or the Lion King come alive on stage. available in traditional orchestra settings.” can participate in a “free” workshop Violin Rockestra meets on Saturdays called Music Makers. In this workshop, from 9 to 10 a.m. A performance is children can strum a guitar or sound a planned for December. trumpet. The workshop is offered on the If your children are into Musical second Saturday of each month. Theatre, then Music Showcase has a Registration is required. group for them. Students ages 5 to 12 Music Showcase also offers classes can audition for a part in the FAOPA and workshops on digital photography Players’ production of Annie Jr. which will and interior design. be performed in December. FAOPA For more information on availability Players meet on Monday from 5 to 7 and cost to attend one or more of the p.m. above fun groups and workshops, please Middle school students can audition call 490-ARTS (2787) or visit for a part in the Jr. Showcase Players’ production of Elf Jr. which will be held in Music Showcase is located at 402 December. Jr. Showcase Players meet Oakfield Dr. in Brandon.

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Winners Of The Brandon League Of Fine Arts Annual Show Artworks 2017 Announced On Thursday, pieces are also worthy of an September 7, the award. As an overview, the Brandon League of level of quality is high, proFine Arts announced viding insight for the beginthe winners of ning artist as well as the Artworks 2017 at general public to view, variCenter Place in ous levels of artistry.” Brandon. Artworks is This year’s winners a juried show with included Honorable Mentions over $1,000 given in to Randy Matthews (Three awards. Awards are Egrets); James McCarthy funded by Center (Islands); Karen Marcos Charles Stierlan of Brandon won (Anna Maria II); and Anne Place, the Brandon First Place in Artworks 2017 League of Fine Arts Drewry (Alpine Spring). with his oil piece titled LoLo. and the Brandon Arts The Minette Webster Council. The artwork will be on display in Memorial Award went to Beth Smedley the Mook Gallery at Center Place (Crow). Minette Webster was an artist through the end of September. and active member of the community. Sue Allen, Chair of Artworks 2017 The award is given in her memory by said, “This is a very high caliber show. the Brandon Arts Council. There were about 70 paintings submitThird Place went to Donna Morrison ted and the judge narrowed it to about for White Egret Prowl. Second Place 50. There is something for all tastes in went to Kathy Durbin for Betty. art as the show is very diverse. I hope First Place was awarded to Charles the public will stop by and enjoy the Stierlan of Brandon for his oil piece, beautiful exhibition.” LoLo. Alexandroff said of the piece, The judge was Phyllis Alexandroff, “Stierlan demonstrates sensitivity to subwho for nearly 20 years worked as an ject and technical expertise, while drawart educator for Hillsborough County ing the viewer into the mind of the artist Public Schools. She is currently an with a nod to Fibonacci.” Adjunct Professor at the University of Stop by Center Place located at 619 Tampa. Alexandroff said, “This exhibition Vonderburg Dr. in Brandon to view offers a good variety of methods, techArtworks 2017. For more information on niques and concepts, making it a chalthe Brandon League of Fine Arts, please lenge to select the winners. Several visit

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G. Fried Flooring America Celebrates New Location Near Target With HGTV Star

The Mill Expands Culinary Experience With Second Location In Brandon

It is an excitlocation our cusing time to be a tomers could get to member of the G. easily and where Fried Flooring they liked to shop.” America Team. G. Fried Flooring Not only did the America is an indeflooring company pendent retailer that recently open a is part of the Flooring new sales room America Co-Op, on Brandon Town which has more than Center Dr., but Retail Sales Manager Keith Ogden, Sales 400 members and they are also wel- Associates Kevin Lamb and Judy Trice and 800 stores in the General Manager Mike Solmonson are coming HGTV USA and Canada. welcoming HGTC Designer Jennifer designer and tele“This gives us Bertrand to G. Fried Flooring America’s vision host tremendous buying grand opening. Jennifer Bertrand to the grand opening power,” said Ashby. “We pride ourselves early September. on service as well as our products.” Located in the Target anchored-shopThe new location allows Flooring ping center, between Honey Baked Ham America to employ a sales team of seven and The Mattress Firm, Flooring and offer residential replacement, insurAmerica’s new showroom is 5,700 sq. ft. ance restoration, building and commercial displaying some of the many carpets, work. In addition, the company has a tiles, hardwoods, luxury vinyl tiles and 14,000 sq. ft. warehouse for administralaminates offered by the company. tive employees and to store product and “We were able to start fresh with this load installers. location and we were able to show our “We always offer installation on all best selling products by installing display the products we sell,” said Ashby. “We floors as well as showing them in samhave both certified sales professionals ples,” said G. Fried Flooring America and certified installation crews.” President Rufus Ashby. “We also installed During the grand opening celebrathe newest and best lighting so our custion, Bertrand, who is Flooring America’s tomers can really see the true colors of corporate spokesperson in addition to the products in our location.” being featured on HGTV, set appointAshby opened his first flooring store ments with designers and home owners. in the Brandon area in 1982, but worked A portion of all sales during the grand out of one location from 2000 until opening will be given to the Ronald February this year when the shopping McDonald House. center was sold and his lease was not Visit or call 624renewed. 3675. The new showroom is located at “We wanted to be in Brandon in a 231 Brandon Town Center Dr.

To the craftsman's delight of approach to Brandon and cooking with surrounding area everything residents, a new made in-house restaurant known to feed and for its "rustic nourish your Americana," cuisoul. sine with “People Southern and instantly bond locally inspired over food, and flavor, coupled when they go with its avantout to a garde cocktails, restaurant, came to town they want all last month. their senses to The Mill come alive,” Restaurant Dorsey said. “I Award-winning Chef Ted Dorsey, right, is joined by opened its seclove it when I managing partner Jason Griffin and director of ond location in a step out of the operations Brady Engh, during opening week of The Mill, a restaurant’s second location in Brandon. kitchen and 4,200 square Located at 109 W. Bloomingdale Ave. The restaufeet corner see the smiles rant features a rustic Americana cuisine with a space including from all our Southern and locally inspired flavor. a patio at 109 W. patrons in the Bloomingdale Ave. dining room. It is in the former the connection Sluggers between people Neighborhood Bar and food that and Grill spot. keeps us motivatThanks to local ed to do what we artist Istvan Torok do every day.” and his team at Local resiTorok Studios, a 20 dents and among foot tall mural feathe very first turing parts from an guests, Ray and old mill have been Maria Rivera, incorporated to were clearly reflect an artsy impressed. “steam-punk” look. “We honestly The Mill opened it are going to first location on come back,” Ray Central Ave. in St. said. “Everything Petersburg in 2015, we had tonight and has been honwas delicious and ored by the Golden Spoon Award for we are both comfortable about the Best New Restaurant in Florida. future of this new restaurant.” Award-winning chef, Chef Ted Dorsey Confident of its success Griffin and Managing Partner, Jason Griffin emphasized The Mill’s rightful place in have also been joined by Brady Engh the community when he said, “We as the Director of Operations. believe that Brandon and its rapidly By the numbers, the new restauexpanding population deserve the very rant boasts of 180 seats, with 150 best and we plan on bringing our pasinside and 30 outside offering creative sion for food and craft cocktails here. cuisine in a relaxed environment. We love what we built in St. Petersburg From its appetizers of watermelon and we are excited to bring our unique and feta bruschetta, blue crab crodining experience to Brandon.” quettes and sweet pea hummus to dinThe Brandon location will be servners featuring Dorsey’s smoke braised ing dinner nightly: Tuesday - Saturday boar ribs, cider braised mussels, honey 4 p.m.-10 p.m. and on Sunday 4 p.m.seared tuna or a crowd-favorite, meat9 p.m. The Mill is closed on Mondays. loaf Wellington and charcuterie plates. For more information or reservaDorsey described the menu as a tions, visit

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