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Paradise Found As Lagoon Community Breaks Ground At Southshore Bay

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the intersection of Hwy 674 and Hwy 301, directly across from the Sereno community. Homes have broken ground and models will soon open to showcase a future build-out with more than 2,000 homes starting in mid $200’s. The centerpiece of the community will be the lagoon itself with over five acres of fresh water and a waterfront lifestyle. Amenities will include Adventure Bay, Sunset Beach, Treasure Point and Gasparilla Island along with a zero entry, sandy beach with activities for all ages. Residents will be able to kayak, paddle board and The new Southshore Bay will offer a 5 acre Crystal Lagoon pool community in Wimauma. even sail small boats. A new resort-style community has The first broken ground in the Southshore area time Metro which will offer a style of masterDevelopment Group President Greg planned community living, never Singleton stood on the edge of a before seen with its unique five-acre Crystal Lagoon, the view and crystal Crystal Lagoon pool. Southshore Bay, clear water amazed him. “Wow, this is the newest lagoon community by clearly a game changer”, he said. Metro Development Group, is excited Construction of the first lagoon comto showcase the world’s top amenity munity is currently underway in with its Crystal Lagoon by Metro Wesley Chapel at a development Lagoons centerpiece to its familynamed Epperson, which currently friendly community and builders are offers the first Crystal Lagoon in the ready to reserve home sites. U.S. Southshore Bay will be the secThe new lagoon is well under conond lagoon development in partnerstruction and located in Wimauma at

from pre-kindergarten to fifth grade in 48 classrooms, and will pull students from Summerfield, Stowers, Collins, Sessums and Boyette Springs Elementary Schools. Principal Local attorney Warren Hope Dawson, center is joined by teach- Derrick McLaughlin ers, students and parents during the ribbon cutting ceremony. was appointed late Hillsborough County last year to lead the school School officials were which he said was ready to pleased with the naming, welcome the first 520 stuas well as the timely opendents, and expected to ing, of the district’s newest reach capacity in a very and only public school to near future. open this school year. “The first thing I want Named after a local to accomplish is to make attorney, Warren Hope sure that our staff, our Dawson Elementary opened its doors teachers will have a deep connection to students and parents for the first with the parents,” McLaughlin said. time on August 8, two days prior to the It is safe to say that as the eighth official start day of the 2017-2018 largest school district in the country, school year. Hillsborough County is proud to welThe open house and ribbon cutcome the Dawson Dragons as a new ting event also welcomed Dawson and addition in Riverview. For information, his family. visit Specializing in matters involving civil rights and labor relations, Dawson is a much-respected community leader, who was instrumental in the desegregation of Hillsborough County Public Schools beginning in 1974. He is a graduate of FAMU and is active in the NAACP, and spent years working for educational and leadership opportunities for area youth. 15 Honored to have a school bearing his name, Dawson said, “Nice to have something named after you while you FRED’S MARKET CELEBRATES ............PG 3 are still alive,” adding, “In fact after the ribbon cutting I intend to run around FOSTER KIDS CAMP............................PG 4 the campus to show you how well and CRIME BEAT .......................................PG 8 alive I am.” Located at 12961 Boggy Creek EYE ON BUSINESS ............................PG 25 Dr., in the Triple Creek Subdivision SOUTHSHORE LIVING ...............PGS 40‐41 south of Big Bend Rd. and East of Balm Riverview Rd., the school is built SPORTS CONNECTION ..............PGS 46‐47 to serve approximately 952 students

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Spring Opening Planned For New Wawa In Old Walgreens Location On Boyette Rd.

Fred’s Market Celebrates Longevity With Matriarch’s 90th Birthday

Wawa, ESOP, Wawa’s Inc., recently employee broke ground stock owneron its newest ship plan,” Riverview store Labik said. last month by Wawa means of levelAssociates ing an existing own more than building in its 40 percent of way, which for Wawa through motorists, resithe ESOP. dents and The new Heavy equipment is used to demolish the former neighbors was Walgreens Wawa store Pharmacy in Riverview to make room for a quite a site to new Wawa scheduled to open in the second quarter will offer cusof 2018. behold. tomers numerThe approximately 15,000 sq. ft., ous Wawa brands, such as the awardstructure demolished was the former winning Wawa coffee (195 million cups Walgreens Pharmacy, 13323 Boyette sold annually); the Sizzli, Wawa’s hot Rd., in Riverview, which occupied the breakfast sandwich; Wawa’s new line of approximately one-acre lot located at the specialty beverages (hot, cold, iced and SW corner of Boyette Rd., Bell Shoals frozen); Wawa Bakery; Wawa’s built-toRd., and FishHawk Blvd. intersections. order hoagies (80 million sold annually); All of this, of course, was good news and Wawa’s beverage line of dairy prodfor Wawa, a privately held company, ucts, juices and teas. which recently celebrated the opening of Wawa, Inc. began in 1803 as an its 100th store location in Florida. The iron foundry in New Jersey. Now a chain company plans for future expansion of more than 750 convenience retail throughout the Sunshine State, predictstores (over 500 offering gasoline), ing the opening of 500 new stores within Wawa stores are located in the next 10 years. Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, According to Wawa spokesperson Maryland, Virginia and Central Florida Colleen Labik, the new Riverview store and employ about 30,000 associates. is scheduled to open in the second quarWawa Headquarters is located at ter of 2018 and, as it is the case in each Red Roof, 260 W. Baltimore Pike in new store, it will bring 40 new jobs to the Wawa, Pennsylvania. community. Most stores are open 24 hours a “Associates in these full-time and day, 365 days a year. part-time positions will not only receive For more information, please visit competitive salaries and health benefits, but once eligible, will participate in

It all produce at their fingertips. So started continued the legacy of southern when Elton hospitality and greeting guests and Evelyn as members of the family. Johnson Grandson Owen Johnson established added, “Grandma taught us the a Plant City importance of tradition of welcoming all family dinour guests as if ing and they were memsouthern bers of the famhospitality ily.” in 1954. “She Fred’s still comes to began with work each a gas station where Evelyn, weekday at known to most regulars as our Plant “Grandma Johnson”, would City location, cook family meals for her huswelcoming band and children. It was not every guest long before friends and and taking passers-by would show up to each child to enjoy her southern cookin’ and the dessert generous hospitality. Evelyn, ‘Grandma’ Johnson visits counter and with a customer at the restaurant scooping “It all started with my mom she helped found in 1954. wanting us to have a home them ice cooked meal as a family, and turned cream and covering it with sprinkles; into a legacy we get to pass along to spoiling them as only grandmas do,” our children,” said Fred Johnson, who commented grandson Michael is the son, President and CEO of Johnson. Fred’s Market plans to celeFred’s Market. He continued, “After brate “Grandma Johnson’s” birthday so many years, and so many meals all week long leading up to her birthcooked and served, she is not just day on September 14. Grandma to our family, she is You can visit locally in Riverview Grandma to every guest she meets.” at 6501 U.S. Hwy. 301 S. and at 1401 Fred and his wife, Tammy, carried W. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in forward the same traditions in 1998, Plant City. opening the first Fred's Market There are two other locations in Restaurant on site at the State Lakeland and Lake Mary. For inforFarmer's Market resulting in fresh mation, visit

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Tampa’s Royal Family KIDS Camp Brings Hope To Foster Kids

By Amanda Boston

Every day in Scott reportTampa Bay, an ed that by midaverage of eight week, the young children are girl began to removed from their smile and engage homes because of with others. In abuse or neglect. In fact, she even June, Scott and Kris entered the talent Mulhollen of Lithia show. He attribhosted and directed utes her turnTampa’s first Royal around to the Family KIDS (RFK) unwavering disCamp for foster chilplay of patience dren. Forty-seven and unconditional campers attended— love from her all in foster care and The RFK Camp was made possible by it big- counselor. hearted volunteers who served as counselors According to all with an unfortuother supportive roles in areas of music, Scott, this sweet nate background of or indrama, sports and outdoor activities. abuse. saga is just one of Royal Family many. KIDS is a faith-based national nonprofit “It is truly amazing what one week agency advocating for foster children. can do to change these kids lives,” said The camp program is a week of lifeScott. “We are looking forward to having changing memories for children ages 6 to a second year of camp in 2018.” 12. Along with traditional camp activities, Next year’s RFK Camp dates children learn about God’s unconditional are Sunday, July 1 to Sunday, July 8. The love in a safe and caring environment. free camp is expanding from 47 kids to With a camp ratio of one child to one 64 kids and will require additional voluncamp counselor, each child receives a teers and funding. Scott is grateful for tremendous amount of love and attention. sponsorships and donations collected for While most children are excited to attend, the 2017 camp, and soon, he will begin some children can be a bit apprehensive. fundraising for the 2018 camp. Concerning June's RFK Camp, Scott To find out more or to donate, said, “It was amazing to see the transforvisit or contact mation of the kids throughout the week.” Scott Mulhollen, the camp director at He continued, “One 11-year-old girl Royal Family KIDS showed up to registration, and you could Camp of Tampa Bay is a 501(c)(3) taxtell she did not want to be there. Her exempt public charity under the name arms were crossed, and she had a scowl Tampa Foster KIDS Camp – FEIN 81on her face.” 1735611. All donations are tax deductible.

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ship with Metro Development Group. Singleton added, "We want families to live here. Families with children can live in the primary area and still be close to grandparents who can be residing in the Active Adult Community." The community will also include miles of trails for biking and walking, a dog park and golf cart paths and a Zen Garden. A community coordinator will be on site to work with residents for planning private functions such as weddings and events. Onsite restaurants and entertainment are also planned for the future. “Get in line early, the lagoon effect is real”, added Singleton. Current Southshore Bay Builders include D.R. Horton, Holiday Builders and Lennar Homes which will build the separate and gated active adult section. Metro Development Group is located in Tampa and has been in business over 20 years, bringing some of the most innovative technologies

and amenities to home builders and home buyers. Metro has been active bringing to the area Sereno, Park Creek, Waterleaf, Cypress Creek and Epperson to mention a few. Crystal Lagoons was founded in 2007 by Fernando Fischmann, a real estate developer with a biochemistry background who invested millions on a 20acre lagoon along the Chilean coastline. He patented technology with sensors and small injectors that keep the lagoon crystal clear. Plans are underway for four Metro Lagoons projects in West Central Florida, exclusive to Metro Places. Two of these lagoons will be in Pasco County just north of SR-54 and to the east of I-75, including Epperson and Mirada not too far from the community of Union Park. Southshore Bay lagoon in Southern Hillsborough County, just east of US-301 on SR-674, will be situated directly across the street from Sereno and, also a community in Lee County in North Ft. Myers called Brightwater, just one mile east of I-75 from exit 143. Southshore Bay lagoon completion is planned for summer 2018. For more info, visit or for further information.



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Troy University Offers Flexible Schedules To Non-Traditional Students By Nick Nahas

A long-standing the service members and relationship with the just do what we can in military led Troy order to assist them in University in Alabama earning their degrees and to offer extension progressing in their educlasses at nearby milication.” tary bases in the The rare opportunity 1950s. Those classes to earn a degree from a have evolved and traditional university that expanded into 20 Troy has an NCAA Division 1 Service Centers in football program in the seven U.S. states, Sunbelt Conference, as including one in well as sororities and fraTampa. ternities, from afar is Troy offers a wide something that makes variety of classes and Troy University unique degree plans at the from other online proPhoto courtesy of Ed Siler graduate and undergrams out there. Troy Troy University professors getting graduate levels. A also makes classes as ready for class. Masters of Science in Counseling and flexible as possible for students who have Psychology in Clinical Mental Health different needs than the average studegree is offered at the Tampa campus. dents, such as those that may have fullOther degree plans are offered online as time jobs and can't attend regularly. The well. All of the Tampa Bay region online in-class programs are only offered on students are provided support by the evenings and the weekends for maxiService Center, such as proctored exams mum flexibility. The online classes that and assistance from the staff. are offered are very adaptable as well. To accommodate the large military Students are also allowed to select the presence in Tampa, Troy offers programs, amount of credit hours per semester that as well as scholarships for military stuthey want to take, even if it’s just one dents. The Military and Family class. Scholarship Program reduces the tuition According to Siler, because Troy is a rate for all active duty members and their state school, their cost is very competispouses and dependents, for both gradu- tive. Also, since they have the Service ate and undergraduate programs. Centers in Florida and they are so conAccording to Ed Siler, area coordinanected to this area, they do not have an tor for Troy University, this is about a 50 out-of-state tuition rate for Florida resipercent tuition discount off of the regular dents. tuition rate. “Troy has been very tied to Classes begin on August 14 and regthe military for quite some time,” Siler istration goes through August 21. Visit said. “We see it more as a duty to serve

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Joint Effort To Bring Library Resources To More Than 200,000 Students

By Tamas Mondovics

Thanks to a to use a wide partnership variety of online between resources and Hillsborough learning tools County Public from the public Schools (HCPS) library system. and the Their sevenHillsborough digit student ID County Public number is all Library they’ll need. Cooperative HAAL Pass Hillsborough County Officials celebrate the intro- will enable (HCPLC), more duction of HAAL Pass to students. than 200,000 stuevery K-12 dents including charter school students, Hillsborough County Public Schools have the chance to tackle the 2017(HCPS) student expanded public 2018 school year with a powerful tool in library access to more than a million the palm of their hands. books, 57,800 audiobooks, 91,360 School officials are boasting of DVDs, 50,290 newspapers and magawhat they appropriately named HAAL zines, 37,500 music CDs, and nearly Pass (Hillsborough All Access Libraries) 288,000 eBooks. Excited about the which they said opens a world of learn- new initiative, HCPS Deputy ing and additional resources to each Superintendent Van Ayres said the student. HAAL Pass means four times the numFor high school students, these ber of school-age children will now resources mean access to test-prep have Hillsborough County library cards materials such as study guides for the and expands access to quality educaSAT and ACT college entrance exams. tional resources. Science students can do research with “This is about just one number,” National Geographic for Kids or Ayres said. “The student’s ID number, Science Online, and every student will or lunch number, will provide access to be able to choose to learn a new lanmany more educational resources in guage or get tutoring assistance by the Hillsborough County Public Library using their new, easy-to-use access. system. This is a super exciting time Through the new initiative, students for us. We rely on great partners in this enrolled in grades K-12 in the public district, and HAAL Pass is just one schools system, including charter example of what a great partnership schools, don’t need to be library card we have with the public library.” holders – or even apply for a card – in For information, visit order to check out books, printed mate- or rials, DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks, or and type “go library” in the search box.

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Designer Sunglasses Bingo Fundraiser Supports Infant Water Survival Charity

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Florida resiresident Kari Bahour dents know the on the belief that importance of every child deserves water safety and the opportunity to the scary statislearn survival swimtics associated ming skills,” said with infant Yick. “Since our drowning. Local inception, close to charity Water 200 children have Smart Tots is benefitted from hosting an event receiving scholarnext month ships who would where donors otherwise not have Water Smart Tots is hosting its second annual Designer Sunglasses Bingo fundraiser on been able to afford can have fun September 14 in Valrico. while raising lessons.” funds to help teach local children to swim. “The nationwide average cost for the The second annual Water Smart Tots 4-6 week specialized swim program is Designer Sunglasses Bingo fundraiser approximately $400-$500 per child,” said will take place on Thursday, September Yick. “For many families, these classes 14 from 6-10 p.m. at River Hills Country would not an option for them without a Club in Valrico. voucher or scholarship.” “This is our biggest fundraising event In addition to Bingo, every ticketed to raise money to provide survival swimplayer will also receive a goodie bag with ming scholarships to financially underpriv- snacks from Heavenly Creations and ileged children or children with special Harvest Crisps, samples from R+F by needs in Hillsborough County,” said Amanda McMahon and coupons from Cammie Yick, the Community Outreach Pinot’s Palette and Chick-fil-A Coordinator for Water Smart Tots who Bloomingdale. Each bag will contain a proposed the idea for the event to the raffle ticket for a chance to win a door charity’s board in 2016. “Last year the prize of one of six Alex & Ani bracelets event was nearly sold out and raised provide by Operation Lotus. DJ Jake more than $8,000. The funds directly Dela Cruz will provide music for the benefitted more than 25 children.” evening. There will also be a 50/50 aucWater Smart Tots is a non-profit cortion with baskets including Stampin' Up poration dedicated to eliminating pediatric Scrapbooking, Disney, Busch Gardens, drowning in Hillsborough County. Florida Aquarium, Aquatica, SeaWorld, “With pediatric drowning being the Medieval Times and WonderWorks tickleading cause of accidental death among ets, 2 roundtrip tickets on JetBlue & much children ages one to four in Florida, more. Visit or Water Smart Tots was founded by local email

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 Dave West, owner of Brandon’s Rolling about 90 minutes and along with Mary Pin Kitchen Emporium was recently Moore from the was well attended. invited to share his expertise as a Cook’s “It was an honor to successful retailer of consumables. Warehouse in Atlanta, by the Gourmet be chosen to speak and share our sucRetailer Magazine to speak at the Las cess, thoughts and vision for this topic in Vegas Market. the gourmet specialty retailer world”, “Taking a Bigger Bite” was the subWest commented. ject of the discussion and forum inviting West has been a chef for 15 years. him to give his views from an independHe earned his degree at the French ent retailer’s position regarding the conCulinary Institute where he won the sumables market. Jacques Pepin Award and received a West said, “The event was presented grant diploma. by Anna Wolfe, Editor and Chief of West commented that, “We have Gourmet Retailer.” The event was hostsome guests who consider us one of the ed by the Las Vegas Home and best places to eat in Brandon”. Housewares Market. He was selected Some of the specialty food items that due to his focus on consumables within are carried in the store include jams, jelhis venues. The lifetime and warranty of lies, sauces and mixes. He and his wife hard goods at one time held most of Karen also carry a variety of cheeses. West’s inventory. He has changed his Spices, salts, peppers and rubs are in focus to consumables to mix into his abundance too. inventory. “Consumables are any item “We stock approximately 15,000 that customers will use up and then kitchen items in a 35,000-sq. ft. retail return to us to repurchase, enlightened store, West noted.” West.” For information about the Rolling Pin Sampling items, partnerships with Kitchen Emporium, call 653-2418 or visit vendors, using social media for consum

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HCSO Crisis Negotiation Team Takes First Place In Two-Day S.E. USA Competition

Members of the HCSO Crisis Negotiation team won the 2017 Bay Area Negotiator's Challenge.

Members of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) Crisis Negotiation Team enjoyed the spotlight after winning the 2017 Bay Area Negotiator's Challenge. The recognition is appropriate as negotiators are often in the background attempting to communicate with a violent or suicidal subject during a standoff and work in conjunction with the HCSO SWAT Team to save lives. The two day training event, saw nearly 100 negotiators from around the southeast representing numerous local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. The challenge took place in early August led by the Bay Area Negotiator Group (B.A.N.G.) in conjunction with the Florida Association of Hostage Negotiators and HCSO, and held at the University of Tampa. HCSO Det. Danny Johnson, a 15year veteran negotiator who takes the lead of the agency’s 12-member team, emphasized that instructors from across the U.S. presented case studies and advanced training topics to assist teams with best practices when dealing with suicidal subjects and hostage takers. On the second day negotiations teams participated in a six to eight hour practical exercise similar to a real life incident involving a hostage taking. Johnson said that each team

was required to work through this incident in an attempt to come to a peaceful resolution. “This exercise requires each member of the negotiations team to meet specific training objectives,” he said adding that the team’s success gives testimony to all their efforts, commitment and hard work with one goal in mind; to save lives. The training was monitored by two judges who were selected based on their experience in the negotiations community, some of them the Tampa Bay Area. Based on the scoring, the top three teams were announced including the HCSO as the first place winner followed by the Pinellas Park Police Department and the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, respectively. HCSO’s Crisis Negotiation Team is comprised of twelve men and women with a diverse background and experience level who have been recognized in the past by their peers and other professional organizations for their efforts in the field of negotiations. “The team motto ‘Bringing Calm to Chaos’ is the primary goal of the team in an effort to bring a peaceful resolution to an incident that has escalated with violence,” Johnson said. For information, visit

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Ruskin-Based Roundabout Watercrafts Sells Unique Personal Fishing Boats

By Nick Nahas

Todd old, tells me Foucher that it’s like launched his fishing out of a La-Z-Boy. It’s company on that comfortSeptember 1, 2015, perfectly able,” Foucher said. merging his The onebackground in man boat can the boat-buildeasily become ing industry a two-man boat and his knowlwith the addiedge of fishing tion of another in Tampa Bay. seat that Foucher, a fishattaches quicking guide in the ly. The Tampa Bay Roundabout area for six can hold up to years, also had 674 lbs. and a fishing show has 22 sq. ft. on the of deck space. Sportsman The two seats Channel. sit about 16 While doing inches apart research, he from one came across a another. round boat Located at called a cora1510 River Dr. cle. According SW in Ruskin, to Foucher, the Roundabout coracle has Watercrafts, been around LLC headquarsince the preters offers free Roman era and demos to try is still used out some of today in the the boats. “We Middle East want to make and Far East. sure that our Foucher customers are used his knowledge to get to The Roundabout can hold up to two people, with absolutely 100 work on a new two seats about 16 inches apart from one another percent comand easy to transport with a trailer and a hitch. pletely comfortinnovative able with their purchase,” he said. design. He made improvements to Foucher's main focus is on custhe original coracle by adding more tomer service. “We know we have a deck space, more storage, a flat-bottomed hull, as well as a motor. A seat great product,” he said. "We know that our product is going to withstand with swiveling ability gives a 360and hold up for a long time but, to degree turning radius and a great me, customer service is number one vantage point to spot fish. Foucher in importance. We take care of our named his new design the clients and we make sure that we are Roundabout. His company, there for them if they need anything.” Roundabout Watercrafts, is one of The already affordable two companies in the entire U.S. that Roundabout is even more reasonable sell round boats. According to Foucher, most of the when the buyer picks the boat up and good feedback he gets from clients is doesn't need to have it shipped. They will receive an additional $200 off the that the Roundabout is very stable retail price. and the upright natural seating posiVisit www.roundaboutwatertion makes it very comfortable to sit for more information or to in. Many of his clients are older and purchase a Roundabout. can’t jam themselves into a small kayak. “My father, who is 69-years-

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Feld Entertainment, Inc., Brings Newest Disney On Ice Frozen to Tampa

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Feld Entertainment, Inc., the worldwide leader in producing live touring family entertainment, announced it will bring the Academy Award® winning and number one animated feature film of all time, Disney’s Frozen, to life. Tickets are on sale for Disney On Ice presents Frozen, which visits Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Dr. in Tampa from Friday, September 29 at 7 p.m., Saturday, September 30 at 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, October 1 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The Academy Award® winning tale will be told live for the first time in this production, capturing the dynamic of two royal sisters, Anna and Elsa. Audiences will get to sing along with such musical masterpieces as Let it Go, Do You Want to Build a Snowman? and Fixer Upper. “In our more than 30 years of producing Disney On Ice shows, Feld Entertainment has been waiting for a film like this,” said producer Nicole Feld. “While it might seem obvious that Frozen is well suited for the ice, this Disney On Ice production will touch audiences emotionally through innova-

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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 the lead on the Y’s current mid-October. foundation and strategic According to Y offiplan. “During our search for cials, Mitchell’s selection a new CEO, we looked at is the result of a fivecandidates from all over the month search by the Y’s country, but Matt stood out CEO Search Committee Matt Mitchell was recently named as the Tampa among the rest,” said to find a replacement for 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 Executive Vice-President and Chief many wonderful staff and volunteer leadOperating Officer of the YMCA of Greater ers I’ve worked with over the years, San Antonio for the past five years. including a talented and mission-driven Prior to that, Mitchell worked for the team here in Tampa.” Mentioning some of 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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SouthShore Arts Council Offers Unique Bike Art Program To Students In Need Of A Bike

By Kathy L. Collins

The Parker’s personal SouthShore Arts studio. Parker is Council is excited donating the space to announce the along with his formation of a great extensive tool colprogram called lection to help get ‘Bend Grind and the project off the ground. During the Ride: Earn a Bike’. course, students The program is Anyone in the community can nominate a will learn how to designed for stustudent ages 12 to 16 who is in need of a disassemble, cut, dents ages 12 to 16 bike for the SouthShore Arts Council’s Bend who reside in the Grind and Ride: Earn a Bike. The project is grind, weld and headed up by local artist, Mike Parker. reassemble to creSouth Hillsborough ate a vehicle of their County area and do own design. not have the financial means to obtain a Parker said, “When I first got into crebike. ating things, I experimented with many The program is offered after school and allows students to experience hands- materials and methods. I eventually pursued painting as a fine art, but it was the on learning aimed at custom bike builddesigning and hand building of a vehicle ing. Selected students will attend an of my own creation that gave me a sense eight-week course designed to teach the of pride and accomplishment.” Parker basics of customizing and building “lowrider” art bikes. They will design, fabri- added, “Creating art in the community is an excellent model to teach job skills, cate, order parts, and build a bike which camaraderie, self-esteem, entrepreneurthey will keep at the end of the course. ship and increase social capital.” The class will meet twice a week for two When the bikes are finished, the projand a half hours. The SouthShore Arts Council plans to begin offering the course ect will culminate with a parade in downtown Ruskin. On the day of the event, the in October. students who participated in the eightClasses are limited to six students. week course will conduct a workshop with The SouthShore Arts Council hopes to the community. Parker said, “Not only will continue offering classes throughout the year. The SouthShore Arts Council is cur- the students be able to learn the skills needed to do this, but after they can pass rently accepting nominations for the stuit on to others.” dents to attend. Anyone can nominate a The project is funded by grants from student. To nominate a student, please the Black Rock Foundation, the contact Mike Parker at 846-2000 or Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, the South Shore Chamber of Commerce Bend Grind and Ride: Earn a Bike and individual donors. will take place at Ruskin artist, Mike



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Volume 15, Issue 9

Nothing But Laughs At The 5th Annual Clean Comedy Night

By Brittany Wallace

At times, entertained military troops standup comeand worked with celebridy can be ties such as Reba downright vulMcEntire, Oprah Winfrey gar and rude. and Ronnie Milsap, to While some name a few. A highlight of enjoy this type his performance is the hisof comedy, othtory of Rock Guitar Riffs ers do not, but where he impersonates all can agree it famous rock stars like is not familySting, U2, Springsteen, friendly. That is Sinatra, Elvis, Barry White why Michael and 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. The local business gle ticket, $55 for a couple, and $275 for owner of Anytime Fitness, Brian a table of eight, which must be purchased Kleinschmidt brings his talent as an in advance. To purchase tickets for the emcee to the show with world-renewed 5th Annual Clean Comedy Night, visit comedian Kier as the headliner. Kier has

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Ryuu Japanese Steak House Offers Unique Dining Experience At Brandon Mall As Ryuu Japanese Steak House prepares to enter its seventh year at Westfield Brandon Mall, owner Robert Smith said his mission remains the same—to provide great food in a fun and inviting atmosphere. Ryuu, which means “dragon” in Japanese, is best known for its Teppanyaki dinner. Teppanyaki is a style of Japanese cuisine that uses an iron griddle to cook food. At Ryuu, diners enjoy fresh vegetables, choice-cut meats, succulent seafood and the performance artistry of Teppanyaki chefs who masterfully chop and dice the food, then set the hibachi grill aflame in the blink of an eye. In addition to the Teppan tables, which can seat up to 22 people, the restaurant also has booths and an extended bar area. It offers happy hour all day, every day, including 2-for-1 drafts. Ryuu also features an extensive sushi menu. Smith said the more popular sushi rolls are the Volcano Roll and the Double J Roll. Smith said he has enjoyed the exposure that being located in the mall brings. “We do a lot of advertising, but we get people who say, ‘We never even knew you existed until we came to the mall.’ ”

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No Hiding Places At Busch Garden’s Howl-O-Scream Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay’s iconic Halloween event, Howl-O-Scream®, returns for 19 menacing nights with two new haunted houses, five terrifying scare zones and pulse-pounding thrill rides in the dark, some of which are “infected” with roaming creatures in the night. From post-apocalyptic worlds to unwanted universes, Howl-O-Scream 2017 returns with two new haunted houses designed to terrify: Undead Arena: Live and Demented Dimensions. Not even the streets are safe Howl-OScream’s infamous scare zones are amped up and swarming with creatures in the night: Facebook Fans Name Scare Zone See what happens when savage school kids punish their cruel headmaster. This year, Howl-O-Scream gave Facebook fans the power to choose the name of an abandoned schoolhouse-inspired scare zone. Carnie Camp - The backstage area of an old carnival breathes new life with its dirty inhabitants. Eerie street-fair music fills the air, as spine-chilling fairground performers prowl for new test subjects to be featured in the next spectacle of this horrid attraction. Meat Market - Watch a band of sinister and cannibalistic creatures feast on the weak.

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The Mill Expands Culinary Experience With Second Location In Brandon

By Tamas Mondovics

To the delight boasts of 180 of Brandon and seats, with 150 surrounding area inside and 30 residents, a new outside offering restaurant known creative cuisine for its "rustic in a relaxed Americana," cuienvironment. sine with From its Southern and appetizers of locally inspired flawatermelon vor, coupled with and feta its avant-garde bruschetta, blue cocktails, came to crab croquettes town last month. and sweet pea The Mill hummus to dinRestaurant ners featuring opened its second Dorsey’s location in a smoke braised Award-winning Chef Ted Dorsey, right, is joined by 4,200 square feet boar ribs, cider managing partner Jason Griffin and director of corner space braised musoperations Brady Engh, during opening week of including a patio The Mill, a restaurant’s second location in Brandon. sels, honey Located at 109 W. Bloomingdale Ave. The restauat 109 W. seared tuna or rant features a rustic Americana cuisine with a Bloomingdale a crowdSouthern and locally inspired flavor. Ave. in the former favorite, meatSluggers Neighborhood Bar and Grill loaf Wellington and charcuterie plates. spot. Dorsey described the menu as a Thanks to local artist Istvan Torok craftsman's approach to cooking with and his team at Torok Studios, a 20 foot everything made from in-house to feed tall mural featuring parts from an old mill and nourish your soul. have been incorporated to reflect an “People instantly bond over food, and artsy “steam-punk” look." when they go out to a restaurant, they The Mill opened it first location on want all their senses to come alive,” Central Ave. in St. Petersburg in 2015, Dorsey said. “I love it when I step out of and has been honored by the Golden the kitchen and see the smiles from all Spoon Award for Best New Restaurant in our patrons in the dining room. It is the all of Florida. Award-winning chef, Chef connection between people and food that Ted Dorsey and Managing Partner, Jason keeps us motivated to do what we do Griffin have also been joined by Brady every day.” Engh as the Director of Operations. Local residents and among the very By the numbers, the new restaurant first guests Ray and Maria Rivera were

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Family Thankful As Riverview Community Rallies Together For Baby Jimmy

By Kate Quesada

A baby in need “We determined has a new home this this was our biggest month thanks to the obstacle and if we did generosity of the this as a team we could Riverview community. keep Jimmy out of fosWhen Riverview ter care,” said Turner. resident Theresa After working Turner heard that the through the details and newborn baby of her paperwork with former foster daughJimmy’s mother and ter needed a home, Child Protective she worried that she Photo By Gerardo Luna Photos Services, the Turners The Riverview community rallied started to prepare their would not be able to around baby Jimmy. The Turner family home for Jimmy. fund daycare or all wants to thank everyone who helped Turner’s first stop was the other costs assoin their quest to bring him home. ciated with a newthe Riverview Word of born. But after just one post on the Mouth Facebook page, where she told Facebook group Riverview Word of Jimmy’s story. Mouth, Turner was able to offer baby “The response was overwhelming Jimmy a stable home. and far exceeded any expectations we Turner, who owns the Riverview might have had,” said Turner. “I would business Tax Happens, was invited by really like to list each and every person her former foster daughter to be present who contributed furniture, baby swings, at the time of Jimmy’s birth. car seat, stroller, port-a-crib, clothing, dia“In speaking with his mother we pers, wipes, formula, gift cards, babysitknew he wouldn’t be able to go home ting services, advice about WIC etc. but it with her and would end up in foster became impossible to keep up and I don’t want to leave anyone out. Victor care,” said Turner. “His mother spent many years in foster care and didn’t want and I want to thank this wonderful comthat for him. My husband and I discussed munity for stepping up and making it poshelping her with the baby but determined sible for us to bring baby Jimmy home.” Turner added that they have at least there was no way we could take on the financial responsibility and we didn’t have a three month supply of diapers and wipes and items of clothing for each size availably to care for him during the day.” through 12 months and are so appreciaHowever, Turner, whose husband is retired from 23 years in the military and is tive. The Riverview Word of Mouth Facebook page can be found at now in college full-time during the day, reached out to her network and quickly awordofmouth. Contact Turner at 304found a volunteer to watch Jimmy while 5569 or she works.


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Campo Family YMCA Brings On A New Superior Residences Activities Director Wins Director Of Year Award At Conference 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, conversational 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 New adult Spanish classes thoughts about what offered at the she learned. Campo Y. “Huber applies various methods 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-Friday 5 a.m.- 10 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m.- 7 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m.- 6 p.m. Call 684-1371.

Individuals at Superior Residences of Brandon Memory Care sang along to their theme song called You Are My Sunshine as Activities Director Bill Andrew softly played it on the piano. Andrew recently won the Life Enrichment Director of the Activities Director Year award at Bill Andrew at the 2017 Senior Superior Living Residences of Brandon Memory Conference on Care wins Life July 28. This Enrichment Director conference took of the Year award. place at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton, Florida from July 26- 28 with the sponsor being Florida Argentum. He had no idea about his nomination for this particular award and shared his thoughts about it. “I felt elated and very humble to receive the Life Enrichment Director of the Year award. Definitely an honor to represent the state of Florida,” Andrew said. Andrew resides in the Riverview area and has been highly involved with The Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce for many years. For the last

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two years Andrew maintained his position as the Activities Director. He began his journey at Superior Residences of Brandon Memory Care 15 years ago and played the piano. Andrew also attends Mulberry United Methodist Church and directs music there. He has been playing organ and piano in church since 1974. To add, during his college years he majored in music and started his lessons at the age of four! What he loves most about his role at Superior Residences of Brandon Memory Care would be when he plays the piano and the residents sing along with him. In addition to that, Andrew enjoys sitting at the table with the residents to converse with them. Superior Residences of Brandon Memory Care offers a homelike community for all levels of Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related diagnosis. These programs and services here utilize the latest knowledge and therapeutic techniques. It does provide amenities too. Superior Residences of Brandon Memory Care also encourages family involvement and community activities. For information, visit Located at 1819 Providence Ridge Blvd. in Brandon. Call 657-8587.

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

By Amanda Boston

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 blessing,” said Owner Drew Preiss of FX Fitness Studio and members Preiss. fight to end hunger with a 5K race that supports the nonPreiss linked up with profit organization Feeding Tampa Bay. Feeding Tampa Bay, a nonStudio is collecting non-perishable food profit organization that acts as a large donations that may be dropped off at his food bank for frontline food dispensing studio in Brandon. He also has set up a organizations. It helps replenish the local website for monetary donations that can pantries in soup kitchens, mobile food be found at trucks, Boys & Girls Clubs and churches. revealed he was shocked to disrace-to-end-hunger2. For the three highcover that more than 700,000 people in est amounts donated, Preiss will conthe Tampa Bay area are food insecure— tribute free unlimited membership monthmeaning they are unable to obtain ly packages for one, three and six month enough food because of limited finances. intervals. After hearing the alarming statistic, To register, visit and Preiss felt compelled to step into action search FX Fitness Race To End Hunger. by organizing a charity race. “I’ve always Early registration is $20 per runner, which wanted to put together a race but didn’t includes a shirt. The studio and race start know where to start. I am excited to have is located at 932 W. Lumsden Rd. the support of my studio members. I hope in Brandon. For information, visit the stuto make an impact on my members and dio’s Facebook page @FXFitnessStudio. the community.” To find out more about Feeding Tampa In addition to the race, FX Fitness Bay, visit

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Tourette Association Of Florida Offers Online And Traditional Support Groups

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5068 N. US HWY 41, Apollo Beach (at US 41 & 19th Ave, next to Publix) • 813-296-1810 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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New Vice President Of Marketing At Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa has named Kyle Dunavant its new Vice President of Marketing. Dunavant brings more than a decade of marketing experience in the casino industry. He spent three years as Vice President of Marketing at Hollywood Casino in St. Louis and was at MGM Resorts International for eight years holding various roles with the final year as Director of Marketing Strategy & Analysis – Regional Operations. “Given his vast experience, we’re thrilled to have Kyle on board,” said Joe Lupo, Seminole Hard Rock Tampa’s President. “We’re looking forward to seeing the positive effect his efforts will have on the Tampa Bay community and guests of Seminole Hard Rock Tampa.” Dunavant holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Southern Mississippi. Visit

New Ownership For Royal Maid Service

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Maid the best in the industry. Stacy Serrano is the general manager. All the staff are specially trained and before anyone is hired, they are background checked, vetted and insured – as well as bonded and fully licensed. The Royal Maid staff is always on time and uses the best machines and products in the industry. Residential and Commercial

cleaning are available 24 hours a day; seven days a week on request and at no extra cost. To show customers the new quality of service offered by the new management team, get 50% off of your first three cleanings. Royal Maid service is a nationwide 5 Star rated franchise with over 25 years in business. For more information, call 999-4929 or email Honsa at or Serrano at Visit

An Eclectic Boutique For Your Wedding Needs – REVE

Visit Reve, which is an eclectic boutique located at 211 S. Moon Ave., directly across the street from Brandon Regional Hospital. Reve offers a unique, elegant collection of quality products at affordable prices. Reve is owned by Christy JacksonCollins. You will find many items not only for weddings, but for other events at the

boutique. Check out wedding accessories including bridal veils, unity candle sets, cake toppers, blusher veils, bridal beach sandals, bridal bouquets, decorative bra straps, bridal belts, bridal and special occasion jewelry sets, decorative shoulder chains, Quinceanera and prom tiaras, Quinceanera rings, bridal and special occasion hair jewelry, birthday cake toppers, cake knife sets in English and Spanish, beach wedding flip flops, bridal shawls, bridal totes, ring bearer pillows, and much more. Wedding Packages are available to save Brides-to-Be both time and money starting at just $60. Hours are Tuesday to Thursday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Call 643-6446 or visit or like us on Facebook at

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, located 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 full-service commercial kitchen, dining areas, library, con-

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servatory, game room, salon and spa, screened porches, bistros, outdoor courtyards and walking paths. Twin Creeks Assisted Living & Memory Care is expecting to welcome residents in September, once receiving licensure from the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (ACHA). The community will be licensed for Extended Congregate Care and will allow senior residents to age in place. 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. Shane Potter, LNHA, is the Executive Director at Twin Creeks Assisted Living and Memory Care and has been gathering a group of caring, expert team members to lead the community. A ribbon cutting will be held on Thursday, October 5 from 4-6 p.m. Please plan to join in along with the

Family Law Firm, All Family Law Group, P.A. as 2017 10 Best Family Law Firm for Client Satisfaction. The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys (AOIFLA) is a thirdparty attorney rating organization that 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. One of the most significant aspects of the selection process involves attorneys' relationships and reputation among his or her clients. As clients should be an attorney's top priority, AIOFLA places the utmost emphasis on selecting lawyers who have achieved significant success in the field of Family Law without sacrificing the service and support they provide. Contact All Family Law Group, P.A. at 672-1900 or

Mathnasium Of Riverview Back To School Mission

Mathnasium of Riverview (MoR) will give a tuition scholarship to one needy student (family) per quarter starting with this new school year; four scholarships totaling $1000 in the 2017-2018 school year. The scholarship is worth up to $1000 in paid tuition for the Math Learning Center and each is for three months in length. Owner Ferdinand Desir will be working with the local PTAs/PTOs to receive nominations. Call 667-6284 or visit for more information.

Ferdinand Desir presented the first Mathnasium of Riverview MATH scholarships; a double scholarship worth $2000. The Riverview High School students Emmanthony, in 9th grade and Estelamerity, in 11th grade, pose with their father, Visala ‘Tony’ Tui, .

Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce to celebrate this brand new community. Please RSVP to Danielle Webster at 551-2333. Twin Creeks is accepting reservation deposits to secure an apartment location for the pending opening in September. Prospective residents are encouraged to inquire at or call 336-2128 to schedule a visit the community.

All Family Law Group, P.A. Nominated And 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

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ing Riverview, and surrounding areas by Kimberly Backs, Adina Cioffi and Meagan Heinzen. It is licensed, bonded, and insured and offers affordable hourly, daily, and overnight rates. “We are passionate, professional, dependable, and trustworthy. Now you don't have to rush home on your lunch break to let your pets outside, and no more skipping those much needed vacations because you are afraid to leave your pet. We will give your pets the attention they deserve while you are away.”

remodel on its Riverview store in response to requests from customers for an improved shopping experience. As part of the grand opening ceremony and to officially re-introduce the community to the new and improved store, a ribbon cutting will take place at 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 24 at the store, located at 6929 US Hwy. 301-S. in Riverview. Anthony Hucker, President and CEO of Southeastern Grocers said, “Winn-Dixie is proud of our nearly 20 years of commitment and service to our Riverview neighbors. We’re excited to Valrico/FH Chamber Holds Ribbon give our loyal customers a store they Cutting For can be proud LuLaRoe of while conBoutique tinuing to offer a convenient Meredith shopping Tucker was experience, proud to share exceptional in the ribbon service and cutting of her the freshest LuLaRoe products at Boutique, a the right fashion brand price.” with comfortShoppers able, affordable will immediateand stylish ly notice the clothing that is enhancesold by a A ribbon cutting was recently held for Meredith ments national netTucker’s LuLaRoe Boutique. throughout the work of new and improved store, including: new Independent Fashion Retailers. facade signage and a fresh, contempoTucker started with LuLaRoe in rary color palate and modern store sig2015 in order to be the first person to nage inside; newly updated farm-fresh open every box, and be the first to see produce department set on fresh ice new inventory but quickly evolved into a daily for improved quality and freshness, full time opportunity to support her famiwith new expanded offerings; improved ly, spend more time with her daughter and have fun and flexibility in her sched- deli with expanded grab and go meal options for added convenience as well as a sandwich station offering delicious hot and cold sandwich assortments; improved bakery department with new selections and displays along with cake decorating; full-service seafood department, offering shoppers a variety of seafood assortments and the option to select a convenient “Seafood ule. She opens her Made Easy” meal to cut down on cooking time at home; full-service meat home boutique for department with a butcher on-site that personal styling will make fresh cuts of meat by request; sessions by and continued commitment to fresh appointment, but also hosts regular live quality and outstanding service. sales via Facebook and other social Customers can sample delicious media marketing. food from local vendors as they check Contact Tucker at 601-2269 or out Winn-Dixie’s new look, expanded offerings and savings. The new and improved Riverview Winn-Dixie Remodels Riverview Winn-Dixie location is open 7 a.m. – 10 Store p.m., seven days a week. Winn-Dixie recently completed a

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GRCC Celebrates Local Riverview Area Businesses With Ribbon Cutting Events

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She De-Strat Hair Design has Lisa Gilmore, is one of nearly 200 realtors that are Kids Community College opened in Riverview and have recentAssistant Property Director at Alta at part of the Keller Williams Realty Southeast Middle School ly joined the GRCC. Members, along Magnolia Park thanks all who came SouthShore family and she has her Celebrates Grand Opening with friends, family and staff of Deout to Alta at Magnolia Park’s Grand own beautiful office in this new locaStrat Hair Design showed up in July Opening on August 2. “We were so Kids Community College (KCC) tion. to celebrate with them. Owner Southeast now has its own separate excited to showcase our luxurious Keller Williams Realty Guilaine ''Gigi'' Destrat was thrilled to building for 6th, 7th and 8th graders. community to everyone.” SouthShore wants to be your home have the guests inside her new salon. Stop by and see what all the Greater Riverview Chamber of search resource for real estate. 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Hillsborough Community College To Host Fall Open House Events

Hillsborough Community College (HCC) will host open house events at each of its five campuses during the month of October. Prospective students will have the opportunity to learn about the college’s academic options and certifications, admissions, financial aid, veteran services and more. Join us to experience campus tours and personal attention with our expert faculty and staff. HCC offers small classes, flexible schedules, and online options. We’re half the cost of state universities and our courses are guaranteed to transfer to a Florida public college and/or university. Prospective attendees are encouraged to RSVP at

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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 a starstudded 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 game will showcase incredible ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, hilarious comedy and unequaled fan interaction. After the game, Globetrotter stars will sign autographs and take photos with fans. Tickets start at $23 and can be purchased at,, by phone at 800-7453000 or the McDonald’s® Ticket Office at AMALIE Arena. Visit


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Summerfield Ladies Club Meets And Bingo The regular business meeting for the Summerfield Ladies Club will be held on Thursday, October 5 at the Community Center, located at 13011 Summerfield Blvd. in Riverview. Donations will be collected for the Hospice Food pantry. Lunch and entertainment will be provided. The Ladies Club will host Bingo on Thursday, September 28 and October 26 at 11 a.m. The cost is $6. It will be held at the Community Center.

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with Parkinson’s The Krewe meets Disease and at 7 p.m. on the seccaregivers on the ond Thursday of each third Thursday of month at The Alley on every month. Big Bend Rd. It is welA variety of coming new members speakers will for the upcoming seaprovide inforson and encourage any mation on topinterested wenches to ics relating to attend the next meeting swallowing, balance, on September walking, speaking, mobili14. Visit www.krewety, exercise, self-care, cognition, and memory, all of which can be impacted East Hillsborough by Parkinson’s Disease. Democratic Club The next meeting will Meets Ye Royal Krewe of  Charlotte DeBerry is pictured from left to right: Linda take place on September Join the East Hacker, Niki Pennington, Milady Astacios (Principal-Thompson 21 from 2-3 p.m. at the Hillsborough Elementary), Mrs. J. Vince Thompson (Judy), Shelby Mason, Kim Zerr Media Center at Democratic Club meetcreate an interest in improving the Hawthorne. The speaker will be Pam ing Tuesday September 12 at Beef average golfer’s game. Cooper, ARNP and the topic is O'Brady's, located at 4330 Bell Shoals Membership is open to all women Parkinson’s Phychosis and how PD Rd. in Valrico. The meeting begins 18 years or older of amateur standing. affects emotions. at 6:30 p.m. Bring your family and Our league consists of players at all The support group is free of friends at 6 p.m. to meet and greet the skill levels. A club membermembers. The scheduled guest speakship is not required. Games er for September is Kent Baily from are played on Tuesday mornthe Sierra Club. Visitwww.easthillsborings at 7:30 a.m. at the and like on Facebook. Summerfield Crossings Golf Club on Summerfield Blvd. in Vendor Craft Fair Riverview. On Saturday, September 23, If you are interested in Sams Club and Johns Hopkins, along joining or would like additional with sponsors and vendors, will be information, contact Hazel raising money for the Children's Bender at 633-8783. Miracle Network. Join in the parking lot from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Sams Club, Membership Open For Big Bend Rd. in Riverview. 10385 Local Women’s Krewe

Celebrate the one year anniversary of the MiraBay Market on Sunday, September 17 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at this birthday themed market. The market is located at 107 Manns Harbour Dr. in Apollo The next MiraBay Market celebrates Beach and takes place the third Sunday of every one year on Sunday, September 17. month. charge and open to For more information, visit the those who have been Facebook Page at diagnosed with the disease, family members, caregivers and Rare Fruit Trees Is Topic At anyone with an interest in learning Riverview Garden Club’s October more about Parkinson’s. Meeting Hawthorne Health & Rehabilitation The Riverview Garden Club will Center, located at 851 W. Lumsden hold its business meeting on Rd. in Brandon. For more information Wednesday, October 11 at 10 a.m. or to register, call 661-8998 MondayThe guest speaker will be Tom Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Schaffer on Rare Fruit Trees. The club's address is Riverview Civic Annual League Play For Women’s Center, 11020 Park Dr. in Riverview. Golf Begins In October Call 654-6987 for more information. The Summerfield Women’s Golf Association will begin their annual Hawthorne Hosts Parkinson’s league play on October 3. New memDisease Support Group bers are welcome to join. Hawthorne Health & Our purpose is to further the Rehabilitation Center hosts a monthly game of golf by women, foster good support group for those diagnosed sportsmanship and friendships and to

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

Career Fair And Networking Event To Help Veterans Find Employment

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. August after “Our goal is to recently completing offer high quality her OBGYN resihealth care while dency at Bayfront making our patients Women’s Care Florida welcomed new doctor, Lauren Davis, to its team last Health Hospital in feel comfortable,” said month. St. Petersburg. Denton, who 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. Medicine, was the Administrative Chief The group also uses Patient Portals Resident during her time at Bayfront to electronically store paperwork and let Health and is also certified in Robotic customers schedule appointments and Surgery. access information. “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. staff, bringing her own perspective and “We realize that our patients’ time is as experience.” important as our doctor’s and staff’s time Davis, who joins six additional docand hope the emphasis we place on this tors and three nurse practitioners at reflects that.” Women’s Care’s four area offices, will Doctors from Women’s Care work at work mostly out of the group’s Big Bend both Brandon Regional and St. Joseph’s and Brandon locations. South hospitals. Women’s Care has been offering This month, Women’s Care is also health care to females in the Brandon expanding it’s hours at the Brandon area for more than 30 years, focusing on office, located at 731 S. Parsons Ave., on obstetrics and gynecology, including inTuesdays and Wednesdays to make office bone density testing and mammog- scheduling more convenient for patients. raphy screenings and sonograms. Two of For more information, visit www.womenWomen’s Care’s doctors are certified in or call 681-9171.

The unemfessionals. ployment rates James A Haley for veterans Hospital will be in have dropped, attendance to help but it can still sign veterans up for paint a misleadtheir benefits. ing picture as Along with the Career Fair, a there are many simultaneous event, who still strugreferred to as gle to find Content and employment in Connections, will the civilian marChristopher Godier, VIP Recruiting LLC Founder and CEO. take place with five ket. For those seminars: 10:30–11 a.m. - Recruiter’s ages 24-34, it remains consistently high“Tell All”; 11:10–11:40 a.m. - Beyond er than their non-veteran counterparts. "Transition" - Transformed; 11:50 a.m.– Christopher Godier, VIP Recruiting 12:30 p.m. – Put Your Best ‘YOU’ LLC Founder and CEO, is hosting a Forward; 12:30–1:30 p.m. – Learn how Career Fair on Tuesday, September 12 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. It will take place at to create your own on-line resume using your own smartphone and 1:40– 800 Centennial Lodge Dr. in Brandon. He hopes that this event will bring aware- 2:15 p.m. – Creating a high-impact “Paper Trail or the Secrets of “Paper to ness about the employment issues Placement” plaguing veterans and their families. Enjoy free desserts (while supplies The date and theme were specificallast), which will be offered by local ly selected to help bring this to light. restaurants at the networking event that According to Godier, “We stated we will be going on simultaneously to the would never forget the tragedies that Fair. took place on 9/11. Many veterans were Some of the companies in attendeployed the following day – September dance will be: AFLAC, Aramark, Bass Pro 12. VIP Recruiting is trying to repay vetShops, Bay Care, Brandon Ford, Century erans and their family members for their 21, Coca Cola, Hillsborough County service and support to our nation with employment opportunities on September Sheriff’s Office, USAA and many more. All job seekers are welcome. You can 12.” register in advance by sending your Recruiters and hiring officials will be resume to Currently, over 30 companies tact-a-difference-maker. For information, have committed to attending the event. Attendees can get a free photo to update visit or Linkedin account, and can also inghub. have their resumes reviewed by HR pro-

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Total Solar Eclipse Adds To Exciting Start Of 2017-2018 School Year On Monday, August 21, North America was treated to an eclipse of the sun. The much-anticipated event was a perfect addition to science class activities in area schools, supported by the community in various ways. Anyone within the path of totality was able to see one of nature’s most aweinspiring sights - a total solar eclipse. According to NASA officials this path, where the moon completely covers the sun and the sun's tenuous atmosphere the corona - stretched from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path could see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun's disk, which allowed teachers, students and area businesses to make sure that the special event will not be forgotten anytime soon. Local schools such as Lithia Springs Elementary and Randall Middle School enjoyed support from businesses. Through the generosity of their partnerships with NASA and Janet's Planet, Randall received 1,600 certified eclipse glasses from the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab. In addition, two teachers at the school, in partnership with Janet's Planet, NASA and the Norwegian Space Agency, were part of a team that traveled to Newberry, South Carolina, to broadcast live as they

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Transportation And Student-Safety Takes Center Stage At Start Of 2017-2018 School Year

By Tamas Mondovics

Local law enforcement officials, gerous situations for students and and more than 1,700 vehischool district staff and school administra- motorists. cle magnets to local law tors are urging area residents to be alert, Aside from the banners warning enforcement officers at use extra caution, and adhere to the giant all to be vigilant, the District spent their annual back to school banner in front of Randall Middle School, nearly $15,000 to extend the sidemeeting. which warns motorists to “Watch Out for walk at Randall, as well as installed a Signs and magnets Our Walkers and Bikers.” number of bicycle racks at the cost of were distributed in an effort Thanks to Hillsborough County $1,800 each. to alert drivers to be extra Public School eliminating its long standWhile parents quickly mobilized cautious for pedestrians ing courtesy busing, the start of the 2017- their efforts in order to assist their and bicyclists before, dur2018 school year presented plenty of children’s safe travels to and from ing and after school hours. concerns and worry for parents and stuschool, it took no time for Officials said that dents. Hillsborough County Sheriff’s AAA’s School’s Open – On August 10, 2017, an estimated deputies to recognize the need to Drive Carefully, awareness 6,700 Hillsborough County middle and give a hand to the hundreds of stucampaign was designed to high school students who are living within dents now crossing already busy curb a trend of unsafe drivtwo-miles of their assigned school are intersections. ing behavior in school now making their way to class by means HCPS spokesperson, Tanya Arja, zones and neighborhoods of either walking, biking or being dropped said that elementary courtesy busing, that can lead to children’s off and picked up. injury and death. The number of The Sheriff’s Office course includes the also made arrangements 1,000 plus FishHawk to beef up its presence on Ranch area students the roadways as deputies attending Newsome are scheduled to be out in High, Randall and force, in patrol cruisers, Barrington Middle motorcycles and unmarked schools who until last vehicles keeping a close year have received eye on motorists who don't courtesy busing, but know or, don't heed state according to school laws regarding stopping for district officials do not a school bus. now meet the state’s “The goal is to keep Randall Middle School students cross a busy street to school on the first day of the 2017-2018 season. The end of courtesy hazardous criteria. our children safe through busing and the return of thousands of students prompted transportation and student-safety to take center stage in Hillsborough The effect of the education and enforceCounty. Motorists are urged to slow down, be vigilant and watch out for walkers and bikers. extra pedestrian ment,” HCSO Cpl. Larry count on area roadbut many parents feel that no amount of McKinnon said in connection with the ways was immediately felt including will also end at the start of the 2018-19 saving is worth it if it comes at the cost of agency’s annual school bus safety camalready failed roads, slowing traffic, and school year. School officials estimate the student safety. paign. at many spots such as at the intersection total saving at nearly $10 million. To assist with the effort, AAA’s Auto For more information on Florida's of FishHawk Blvd., and FishHawk The estimated savings are substanClub Group Traffic Safety Foundation has school bus laws, visit http://floridaschoolCrossing Blvd. in Lithia has created dantial, and can be used in the classrooms, donated approximately 500 yard signs

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

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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 on power,” said Ashby. “We pride ourselves September 8 and 9. 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, will 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.

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When Bridee Manning was looking for a new homeschool support group about seven years ago, she tried several groups in the area but none of them seemed like a good fit for her family. Then she checked out Brandon Homeschool Fellowship (BHSF), a Christian homeschool support group that has been encouraging and supporting homeschool families in the Brandon area for almost 30 years. She felt at home in the group right away and has never left. “[BHSF] was the one that fit, it was the one that was ‘family’ right off. They embraced me, they said hello to me, they accepted me and my [two] children,” Manning said at BHSF’s annual kick-off Friday, August 4, at First Baptist Church of Riverview. “It’s more than just a homeschool group, it’s a family.” And even though her children have graduated from high school she is still part of the group. “You’re connected with these people forever.” Brandon Homeschool Fellowship

plans regular extracurricular activities for children and parents, and members enjoy a weekly park fellowship day on Thursdays during the school year. Members share information relevant to homeschool families on the group’s online member forum. BHSF also has several clubs that plan field trips and activities (elementary, middle school, high school and mom’s social). The group has an initiative called MUM (Moms Uplifting Moms) in which an experienced homeschool mom commits to mentor a new homeschool mom for the school year. Membership is open to homeschool families whose oldest child is at least K4 and up. Those interested in becoming a member are invited to come to BHSF’s weekly park fellowship day at Saladino Park, located at 1705 Bryan Rd. in Brandon, on Thursdays at 2:30 p.m. during the 2017-18 school year. Welcome Team members will be available to answer questions and help you register. The membership fee is $45 per family. Each family is required to choose two service areas in which to serve. This can be setting up or cleaning up for a party, planning a field trip, or helping with a fair. For more information about Brandon Homeschool Fellowship, visit its newly redesigned website at

Helping Homeschoolers Is A Labor Of Love For Tampa Bay HEAT Founder

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When Teresa blessed. God has His Manganello founded hand on this organizaTampa Bay HEAT tion, and I do it because seven years ago, I love people and want she never imagined to glorify God.” the homeschool supHEAT, which stands for Home Education port group would Activities Teams, operbecome what it is ates the Homeschool today. Resource Center at 307 Manganello S. Parsons Ave. in decided to form Brandon, where it proHEAT in May 2010 vides classes, clubs and after discovering that support to the communihomety. schoolers Manganello said her were organization’s greatest unable to challenge is a lack of compete in Photo courtesy of Erin facility and parking the Florida Rhodes, Emagine High Photography space at the Julia Rohm learns to do sutures using a Homeschool Resource School femur bone during an Anatomy class offered Center. She also said it’s Athletic at the Homeschool Resource Center. very costly to rent faciliAssociation ties for the many events that HEAT (FHSAA) once they reached high holds off-site. Her dream is to have a school. Now HEAT is one of only four homeschooling groups competing in the larger facility with a gym. She is thankful for the parents who FHSAA. Its girls volleyball team has advanced to the State Final Four during support the ministry by volunteering, whether it’s by planning a field trip or the past three seasons. helping out at the Homeschool HEAT’s membership grew to 500 Resource Center. families in 2016, and in addition to athManganello said the group is open letics the nonprofit group also offers to all families in the area and registraactivities for preschool through high tion is open throughout the year. “We school, including the arts, academics, are a Christian organization, but we welclubs, field trips and special events. come everybody,” she said. “I never thought when I did this it For information, visit tampabaywas going to be a full-time ministry; or email that’s what it turned into,” Manganello said. “I think we’ve been so incredibly



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For more than 20 years Bell Shoals Baptist Church has provided resources and support for Christian homeschool families. In 1995 the Brandon Campus of Bell Shoals formed its Photo by Nancy Bailey FISH (Families ANCHOR members pose for a group picture last year. Instructing Students option is available for high schoolers. at Home) ministry, and in spring 2016 Classes for the fall semester run from ANCHOR (A Nurturing Christian a.m.-12:30 p.m. every Monday for 9:15 Homeschool ORganization) was founded 12 weeks. at the church’s Apollo Beach Campus. Church membership is not required ANCHOR was started by Apollo to be a member of ANCHOR. ANCHOR Beach Campus Minister of Preschool and Vice Chairwoman Stephanie Demorest Children Rebeka Corgan and Co-op has seen several families start attending Director Nikki Hollifield, and was modeled Apollo Beach Campus after joining the after FISH. Membership, which is open the homeschool group. year-round, runs from June 1-May 31 and “ANCHOR indirectly provides memis $30 annually. ANCHOR members bers with a preview to some of the Bell receive a discount on membership to the Shoals facilities and church events and Florida Parent Educators Association and also gives them some friendly faces so are able to participate in events, field trips it’s easier to build connections when and clubs (book, Spanish, yearbook, attending church on Sunday,” she said. community service and LEGO). Demorest, who has three children ANCHOR has a minimum of one (ages 12, 4 and 1½), started homegroup event (movie night, STEAM fair, schooling last year. Bible bee, creative arts festival) per “Since the beginning, ANCHOR has month and one field trip per month been an outstanding support system that (Jubilee Gymnastics, Lowry Park Zoo, has made homeschooling effective, Hydro Harvest Farms, Veterans Park). enjoyable and rewarding,” she said. Co-op registration (ANCHOR memVisit or bership required) is an additional $10 per email semester per child (cap of $30). The coTo learn more about Bell Shoals Baptist op consists of three elective classes for Church, go to babies through 12th grade. A drop-off

Area homework and school families have administer a new educational quizzes and option available to tests. them. Veritas Veritas Florida, a Florida hybrid school that Administrator combines homeRobin Hair schooling and classMcEuen said room instruction, the hybrid Photo courtesy of Veritas Florida started its second model offers At Veritas Florida, Christian, year of holding classexperienced teachers with homeschool degrees lead a traditional es at Southside families “the classroom for homeschool best of both Baptist Church, locatstudents. ed at 415 W. worlds.” Lumsden Rd. in Brandon, on Tuesday, Last year Morgendee Meachem August 15. As part of the Veritas Classical Flannery and her husband were looking Schools family, Veritas Florida offers to revamp their homeschool curriculum homeschooling families a unique comple- when they discovered Veritas Classical ment to their home-study programs with Schools. an emphasis on a classical Christian She contacted Veritas Florida about model of education. bringing its program to Brandon. McEuen Christian, experienced teachers with agreed, and Flannery’s twin sons started degrees lead a traditional classroom that attending classes at Southside Baptist meets from 9-2 p.m. on Tuesdays Church. “It was a perfect fit for our family (Humanities) and from 12:30-3 p.m. on as it has an emphasis on a classical Thursdays (math). There is an optional Christian education that glorifies Christ Humanities help day available on and models character and virtue throughWednesdays. Humanities classes consist out every subject and the academic stanof history, grammar, literature/composidards remain high,” Flannery said. tion, Bible, logic, geography, “Few decisions have more impact in vocabulary/spelling, cultural literacy/art my children’s lives than the education that and handwriting (cursive). I chose for them. We are so very lucky to Veritas Florida functions in the role of have Veritas in Brandon.” a tutor, assisting parents in their educaThe Brandon campus of Veritas tional roles. Students receive grades and Florida is enrolling students from kinderreport cards, and they are provided with garten through sixth grade, which will last weekly assignment sheets outlining work 33 weeks and run though mid-May. to complete at home. Teachers grade For info, visit

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Volume 15, Issue 9

With Arts & Entertainment Editor Kathy L. Collins

Painting And Mixed Media Art On Display At The SouthShore Regional Library In Ruskin The current exhibit acrylic and mixed media, being shown in the the expressive works on display use a similar color Crawford Gallery at the palette to remarkable SouthShore Regional effect. Like most abstract Library in Ruskin features art, there is an essentialist the signature artwork of two fabulous local artists. quality to the pieces. It is They are Diane Simon and just as much about what is Anne Walker. The title of not there as it is what is the exhibit is Painting and depicted.” Mixed Media. The show Simon has been paintwill be on display throughing since she was a child. Simon has taught classes out September and locally for over 10 years. October and can be The artwork of local artists, She is a Signature viewed during the normal Diane Simon and Anne Walker Member of the Florida operating hours of the are on display at Crawford Watercolor Society. For library. This exhibit is a Gallery. info on Simon’s artwork, lovely mix of realistic and visit abstract pieces. Walker studied at the Philadelphia The SouthShore Library is a fantastic setting for gallery style exhibits such as this Museum College of Art while in high school. She did not pursue art full time until one. The exhibit is a juried show and the later in life. Since taking up painting, she artists have been selected by the John has shown her work extensively. For more Crawford Art Advisory Board. Wolfe said, information on Walker’s artwork, please “Both Simon and Walker are established visit artists, and we are elated to showcase Wolfe said, “These accomplished their work.” artists have conveyed their subject matters Wolfe added, “Diane’s pieces show skillful application of the watercolor mediconfidently and with refreshing distinctiveum. She depicts realistic subjects in strikness.” The SouthShore Regional Library is ing colors. There is an appealing slight located at 15816 Beth Shields Way in edge to her work, which creates real interRuskin. The next exhibit will take place in est and is exciting to show.” With respect November and December and will feature to Walker’s artwork, Wolfe said, “Anne’s watercolor and photography. For informapieces are equally engaging. Done in tion, please call 273-3652.

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the entertainment business for over 13 years, has performed all over the globe. He also works with local community organizations and as an The Firehouse Pub educator for proat the Firehouse grams in the arts. Cultural Center The presents Clean Comedy on Friday, Firehouse Pub September 15. presents Girls Night Out Comedy on Friday, September 29. Come listen to three funny female comedians- Tracy Kanaan, Catherine Maloney and Heather Campese. Kanaan creatively combines stand-up comedy with her piano and vocal performances. Then, come out on Friday, September 30 for concert with Stacey Knights and Chuck Weirich. Knights has produced three CDs containing some of her original pieces and Weirich has been playing the trumpet for 45 years. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. with the doors opening at 7 p.m. Seating is limited, so reservations are encouraged. Tickets prices vary per show but range from $15 for members for advance tickets to $25 for day of tickets for non-members. Seating is cabaret style. There is a cash bar available for refreshments. For more information and to reserve tickets, please call 645-7651 or visit

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SouthShore Arts Council Issues A Call To Artists Birding Festival Takes Flight In South Shore By Brittany Wallace For The SouthShore Community Arts Project By Kathy L. Collins

The SouthShore Balm, Gibsonton, Arts Council has issued Ruskin, Riverview, Sun A Call To Artists seekCity Center and ing artists to commisWimauma struggle to sion public art for the find common threads South Hillsborough among their differences. It is the hope of County area. The projthe SouthShore Arts ect is called Council, that this projSouthShore ect will help to reconCommunity Arts and The SouthShore Arts Council is seeking regional artists who are nect these communithe call is open to prointerested in working with the ties culturally. fessional artists living community to create public art. Michael Parker, within a 50-mile radius president of the SouthShore Arts Council of Apollo Beach. The artist must have said, “We are in a position to elevate pubexperience working with the community lic art in the area parallel to the rapid members to develop, fabricate and install growth of the area. We are looking forpublic art. ward to working with professional artists Interested regional artists must submit a letter of interest and qualifications by to make a cultural statement and impact in these neighborhoods.” Parker added, October 15. The letter must address the “We are open to formulating ideas with artist’s vision, interest and qualifications for the project. Interested artists must also artists to showcase how high quality, publicly accessible works of art can contribute briefly describe how their process will involve community interaction or participa- not only to the urban landscape, but also the suburban, rural and natural landscape tion, and how it will contribute to the design and implementation of the project. to create a sense of place.” The project is sponsored by the Interested artists will be required to Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, sign a contract with the SouthShore Arts The South Shore Chamber of Commerce Council, pass a background check, and the Black Rock Arts Foundation. In engage and participate in meetings with the past, this project has produced three the Council, community members and very large public murals (Head Heart and stakeholders. The artists must also Hands, Seed to Bloom and Best Little adhere to a timeline set by the Council to Town and a nationally recognized comcomplete the project. munity based documentary film called The vision behind this project is to South County. engage the community, through art, to For more information and to get the identify a common voice among the varispecific information needed for the letter ous communities that make up the South of interest, please visit www.southshoreShore area. Presently, the geographically close communities of Apollo Beach,

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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11350 Bloomingdale Ave. in Riverview. Conducted by Ruskin specially-trained Elementary School volunteers of the will hold an orientaFlorida tion for people interDepartment of ested in volunteerti, n sa le o C Elder Affairs’ le el h ic ing at Ruskin Compiled by M SHINE (Serving om .c er yobserv Elementary School michelle@ospre Health Insurance on Monday, Needs of Elders), September 18 at 1:45 p.m. There this presentation are many volunteer opportunities will provide including tutoring reading or math detailed informaduring the day, or working with Recruiting The Community For tion on the basics A back pack and community event held at the Covenant Family Kindergarten or first grade students Church in Riverview was a success. The Church, located at 6321 US of the Medicare Family Events Benefiting Nonin an after-school reading tutoring Hwy. 301 S distributes free food weekly following 10 a.m. Sunday Profits program; including services. Call Reba Haley at 307-3421 for prayer or groceries. program (PCAT), helping in the Medicare suppleA kickoff community event will be media center, copy room, lunch Annual Golf Tournament, which will be ment insurance, Medicare Advantage held on Sunday September 17 from 12 room or with special projects. The held on Saturday, September 30 at plans, and financial assistance proNoon-4 p.m. at The Barn at Winthrop, school is located at 101 E College Riverhills Country Club in Valrico. grams. SHINE volunteers will also be located at 11349 Bloomingdale Ave. in Ave. in Ruskin. For more information, This tournament is a major part of available to answer questions and proRiverview. please contact Barbara Silver at Campo’s fundraising effort to help sup- vide enrollment or benefit application This first free family event will or Maureen port families and individuals of all ages assistance. showcase Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts Long at To who could not othTo reserve your seat, as they bring the programs to create RSVP, call the school’s office at 671erwise afford vital please call The Bridges new packs and troops. The goal is to 5177.. community proat 413-8900, or to learn have these events on the grams such as: more about the SHINE third Sunday of every month beginning National Bike Your Park Day Ride pediatric cancer Program, please call the At Little survivor program; Elder Helpline at 800Manatee River summer camp, 963-5337. State Park school readiness Join in for a program; chronic Protect Yourself From Ranger led group disease prevention; “Scams, Schemes And bike ride in celeteen leadership; Scoundrels” Program bration of National Livestrong for canThe fraud business is Bike Your Park cer survivors; and drowning prevenbooming. Learn how to avoid being a Day on Saturday, tion, youth sports, and much more. victim when you attend “Scams, September 30 at All the proceeds from this golf Schemes and Scoundrels” held on 5 p.m. The ride tournament stay local and have a lastThursday, September 14 from 11:30 will begin with a ing impact on our neighbors in the a.m.-1 p.m. Debbie Brown, short safety discommunity. The Tampa Metropolitan Investigator for the Hillsborough cussion and then YMCA is a Four-Star Charity and is a County Consumer Protection Agency, embark on the 501(c)(3) organization. A portion of will present the latest information on main park drive as your sponsorship is tax-deductible and recent scams, home solicitations, hirit winds through Little Manatee River donors will receive a tax receipt for ing a contractor, tax return fraud, data State Park. There will be ample opporcontributions. breaches and ID theft. Education and tunities to see wildlife such as WhiteFor more information or to register information is considered the first line tailed Deer, Gopher tortoise, and the contact Kavita Marballi at 684-1371 of defense in the battle to protect conSouthern black racer, plus a chance to ext. 1606 or kavita.marballi@tamsumers from victimization. In addition see a spectacular sunset at the end of to a power packed program, she will the ride. provide numerous take-home materiPersons of all ages and abilities The Bridges Assisted Living als to help you avoid losing your hard are welcome. The group ride will cover Community earned money four to six miles, and last approximateHosts Free in December. Each event will promote to these ly 1 1/2 hours. Bring your own bike, or Medicare a different non-profit that is doing schemes. reserve a rental bike from the Ranger Presentation something to support our community. The workStation. For additional information Local resiIn addition there will be vendors, food shop, held at please visit dents are invittrucks, bounce house and activities for The Bridges, to attend a the kids. 11350 events/Little-Manatee-River or call the ‘Medicare For a list of vendors or to find out Bloomingdale Ranger Station at 671-5005. Basics’ presenmore information, Ave., Riverview, tation on visit is free to attend Golf Tournament Benefits Campo Tuesday, 37705/ or email Jeanne@birthdaystoand includes YMCA September 19 from 1- 2 p.m. at The lunch. 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teens through Teen Impact, to parents through the Parent Program, and to teachers and other youth leaders through classroom e by Mich m o c r. e Compiled education. rv e s ospreyob Dinner michelle@ is complimentary. There will be an appeal for financial support at the end of the evening. For Blue Mass To Be Held At Saint more information on hosting a Stephen Catholic Church table or sponsorship opportuA “Blue Mass” is scheduled to be nities, please visit held on Tuesday, September 12 at www.whatisim6:30 p.m. The or call mass is celebrated Bill Kagey at 600for the spiritual 9446. intentions of police, firefighters, EMS, Prince Of Peace state troopers and Releases Updates all other first To Its Mobile responders. App St. Stephen is Since its first Saint Stephen Catholic Church Blue Mass located at 10118 will be held on Tuesday, September 12 at release in early Saint Stephen 6:30 p.m. 2016, the Prince of Circle in Riverview. Peace Mobile app has been a key part of providing powSpirited Toastmasters Meets Twice erful features and capabilities to all A Month users, wherever they are. Almost 250 Spirited Toastmasters meets each people use our mobile app every first and third Tuesday of the month at month. The first major mobile release 630 p.m. at St. Stephen Family Life brings some significant improvements Center at 10424 Saint Stephen Cir. in and updates to the performance and Riverview. For more information, usability of key parts of the app. visit http://1529878.toastmasterThe app is packed with prayer resources including Liturgy of the Hours, Daily Mass Readings, Impact Program, Inc. Announces Homilies, the Order of the Mass, Annual Impact Celebration Parish Events, GPS Directions, Sign Impact Program, Inc. is pleased to up Forms, Bulletins, Schedules, announce its upcoming, semi-formal, Contact tools and more. Best of all, annual Impact Prince of Peace Celebration can alert all fundraising dinner users of extra on Thursday, special happenSeptember 21 at ings via the The Regent, 6437 app’s push notifiWatson Rd. in cations system. Riverview. Doors To download open at 6 p.m., POP mobile app program at 6:30 on your device, p.m. visit the iTunes Learn how it App Store or Impact Program, Inc. will hold its annual impacts today's Impact Celebration on September 21 at The Google Play and Regent. teens by educatsearch for Prince ing and empowof Peace ering them to make positive life choicCatholic Church. es and to avoid high risk behaviors. Contact Gabriel Pantojas, The Impact Program serves Coordinator or Communications Hillsborough County public and private at 634-2328 or visit schools, YMCAs, Boys & Girls Clubs, Prince of Peace Catholic Church is Parks & Recreation Centers, and com- located at 702 Valley Forge Blvd in munity organizations by promoting Sun City Center. healthy living and relationships to

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The Saint Anne Catholic Church Food Pantry Is Now Open Wednesday Evenings

Saint Anne Catholic Church is pleased to announce that its food pantry is now open for food distribution on

Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. The new hours went into effect in August to accommodate working individuals who are unable to get to the pantry during its morning hours. Response to these additional hours will be evaluated to determine if this will remain a weekly offering. The pantry will continue to be available every Wednesday morning from 9 a.m.-12 Noon. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. All in need are welcome. The Saint Anne Catholic Church food pantry partners with Feeding Tampa Bay, USDA, Publix and WinnDixie supermarkets and Saint Anne parishioners to assist an average of 450 families and homeless each week in the South Shore Area. Saint Anne Catholic Church is located at U.S. Hwy. 41 and 11th Avenue N.E. in Ruskin. Visit

Practice Your Aim At Cornhole Tournament To Benefit Boys & Girls Club

A Cornhole Tournament will be

held on Saturday, September 30 to benefit The Sandy & George Simmons Family Riverview Boys & Girls Club.

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Registration begins at 10 a.m. and tournament at 11 a.m. Enjoy a fun day at the Club and bring your competitive spirit as you participate in a tournament that includes food trucks, 50/50 and raffles. Register online at

A Free Laser Tag Event For Families At FishHawk's Cross Park

Next Level Church FishHawk (NLC) has paired up with Stealth Mobile Laser Tag to sponsor a free Laser Tag event for families on Friday, September 15 from 6-8 p.m. at FishHawk's Cross Park, located at the corner of Dorman and FishHawk Crossing Blvd. To register, please visit If you are interested in learning more about NLC, visit or contact the FishHawk Location Pastor at or 740-2253095.

10 Mile And 5K Ronnie’s Run In Memory Of Local Athlete And Runner

Ronnie's Run is in memory of Ronnie Scrimo who passed away on December 10, 2014. An amazing athlete and runner, he was involved in Tri-Fitness and a member at CrossFit Apogee in Apollo Beach, which is a Title Sponsor. The mission is to bring awareness to alcohol and drug addiction, and to provide resources for addicts and their families. A portion of the proceeds will go to Lighthouse Ministries in Lakeland. The 10 mile and the 5K races will both begin at 7:30 a.m. with awards in all age groups for the 10 mile and 5K. To register, visit sotoParkNorthBeachStPetersburg/Ron niesRun.

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Good Food And Great Music At The Blues & Bar-BQue At The Firehouse Cultural Center In Ruskin

By Kathy L. Collins

Support the offer quality proFirehouse Cultural gramming with a Center, and its great focus on a full arts programming by spectrum of the attending the arts, and on eduFirehouse Cultural cation for all ages Center’s Fourth and diversities.” Vahue added, Annual Blues & Bar“Our programs B-Que on Saturday, encourage particiOctober 7 from 4:30pation, engage8 p.m. Funds raised The Firehouse Cultural Center provides ment, discovery at the event support quality arts programming for all ages. and learning. The arts and educational Firehouse Cultural Center program scholarships in the offers experiential connecSouth Shore area. tions to the arts and to the Enjoy live music from unique history, culture and Rick Hatfield with Kenny natural environment of the Carlyle, offering laid-back and south county region.” energetic tunes that are a Bring your friends and blend of Country and Blues. family and enjoy a great Attendees will also enjoy tasty early evening of music, Smokin’ BBQ from Buttman food and fun along the BBQ. beautiful Marsh Creek at Tickets are just $20 per the Firehouse Cultural person if purchased before Center. In additions to the Friday, September 15 and $25 food and music, you can enjoy partaking per person from Saturday, September 16 in raffles and other games where you to Saturday, October 7. Kids 12 and might be the lucky winner of BBQ under can enjoy the festivities for just themed gift baskets, Lotto Frames and a $10. Tickets get you a chicken and rib Gift Card Tree. combo platter, choice of two sides, tea The Firehouse Cultural Center is and dessert. Beer and wine will also be located at 101 1st Ave. NE at Shell Point available. Take out is also available. Rd. in Ruskin. The Firehouse Cultural Center’s Get your tickets today and help supscholarships support adults and children port the Firehouse Cultural Center, a for free and reduced cost classes, sumnon-profit cultural arts center serving the mer camps and community events southern region of Hillsborough County. throughout the South Shore area. Georgia Vahue, Executive Director for the For information, call 645-7651 or visit Firehouse Cultural Center said, “The mis- sion of the Firehouse Cultural Center is to

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East Bay Indians Dominate Against The Riverview Sharks At The Season Opener

East Bay Indians quarterback Tanner Morris, (11) dives in for a TD during the season opener game against Riverview.

Thanks to the rivalry between East Bay and Riverview, the annual bout between the two programs comes with plenty of excitement and much-anticipation. For the past nine times (including this year’s season opener game) East Bay enjoyed the upper hand and managed to hold onto the battle trophy. Hoping to break the streak, the young Riverview team, led by program head coach William Mosel, came out strong scoring first with a 26-yard field goal by Yadir Blas, but quickly ran out of steam, unable to put anymore points on the board. When it was over East Bay walked away with another annual rivalry game victory and the winning trophy after defeating Riverview 353, forcing the Sharks to look to next year for another chance to settle the score. As for the Indians, the 20172018 fall season opener, which was postponed to a Saturday morning game due to the weather at Riverview’s J. Vince Thompson

East Bay running back, Davonte Williams, (4) breaks through the Shark’s d-line for a scoring run against Riverview. Williams rushed for more then 230 yards on 22 carries.

Riverview quarterback, Reagan Jorgensen carries the football for a first down against East Bay. Jorgensen finished with 17 for 137 yards.

Stadium, was a great way to begin. The Indians, led by Coach Frank LaRosa, are boasting a solid roster that includes returning senior quarterback Tanner Morris and four-year varsity running back Davonte Williams who rushed for more than

230 yards on 22 carries. East Bay ran for 355 total yards and was able to hold Riverview to just 25 yards of offense on top of collecting a pair of turnovers. To show his own strength and abilities, Morris also pulled his

weight by rushing for 27 yards and reaching the end zone in the first and fourth quarters. Pleased with his team’s performance, but emphasizing that it’s only the beginning, LaRosa praised his players commitment and hard work, including his running back. “Davonte is not the biggest running back, but I'll put him up against anybody in the county,” he said during a post game on the field interview. LaRosa added that Williams wants the pressure on him and has great leadership ability. “The kids respect him, he said.” Understandably disappointed, the Sharks hoped to get a much better start to the season especially in a rivalry game. Mosel reportedly acknowledged that Riverview is building the program and as a young team working on finding its footing. For more information about local area high school football, please visit

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East Bay Small Coed Cheer Squad Brandon Skatepark Hosts Best Eyes Season National Competitions Shredder Contest By Tamas Mondovics

The second, Beach. The Apollo and traditionally the Beach park is largest, of the designed for beginthree-contest Best ners and offers a Shredder skatestreet-like experience. board tournament County officials will was held in said that the idea of early August at the the annual contest is Brandon Skate to showcase the Park, 5720 area's most talented Providence Road, Young skaters at the Brandon Skate Park skaters and the show off their skills during a recent compe- County's three skatein Brandon. tition. Event organizboard parks as the ers expected a large turnout and were not sport gets increasingly popular. The annudisappointed giving testimony to the al Best Shredder event helps fuel the park’s rightful place in the community, excitement. which when completed came at the cost As reported by the Hillsborough of $500,000. County communications, Zackary Each year, the Best Shredder tourMonson, 19, an accomplished skater ney brings together Hillsborough County’s from Valrico, is a regular at Brandon top skateboarders to compete in a streetSkate Park who has recently displayed style contest that features prizes for first, some of his skills at an exhibition at second, and third place, and names a Apollo Beach Skate Park, and is strongly Best Shredder in each division for the considering a run for Best Shredder said, overall series. The tournament is organ"I just love it. I’ll keep doing it until the day ized by Hillsborough County's Parks and I die or my legs fall off.” Recreation, and feature skateboardingNew this year at each event is the related vendors and exhibits. best-trick exhibitions during midpoint The Brandon tournament is the secbreaks. Skaters who execute the best ond, and the largest, of the three tournatricks earn prizes, but the maneuvers ments that make up the Best Shredder won't count toward the Best Shredder contest, which this year began on March competition. 18, at the Jackson Springs Skate Park, First place winners at the Brandon the County’s newest course located at contest included Sam Christoff (8 and 8612 Jackson Springs Road in Tampa. under), Tommy Lee (9 - 12), Paris Kilby The final event is scheduled (13 - 15), and Sly Sullivan (16 and up). September 30, at Apollo Beach Skate For information, visit Park, 664 Golf and Sea Blvd. in Apollo or call 744-5319.

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Competitive cheerleading will begin in October with four local competitions, followed by the annual Western Conference, Regionals and State contests in Gainesville. Of course, Howard’s confidence in a winning season is not without her squad’s commitment, dedication and hard work, which starts at cheering on the fans during Friday night games and ends in Photo by East Bay High School early spring. Members of the East Bay High School Indians cheerleading “There is plenty to squad are ready for the 2017-2018 competitive season. do and we are currently Ready for the 2017-2018 compet-

itive season, the East Bay High School small coed cheerleading squad is ready to show the county its skills. Not only that, the 24member squad (20 girls and four boys) led by head coach Tracy Howard, are training for regular competitions, and are now prepared to take their talent to the next level by seeking to qualify for this season’s nationals in Orlando. “We have high hopes to turn in a great season,” Howard said. “I am extremely confident and we are aiming to win the state title.” Howard, a 1992 East Bay alumni who has been coaching cheer for the past 12 years, the last five at the high school level, is boasting of a solid roster including its 10 returning seniors. Proud of its recent success, including last year’s fifth place state appearance, the Indians have been building the program one stunt at a time, not to mention, the addition of the four boys to create the small coed status. “Bringing the boys on brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the program guided by our school motto; We Are Family,” Howard said.

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working on improving team wide tumbling,” she said, adding that as far as the boys are concerned the focus is on tweaking the coed stunt techniques. The squad was on hand to cheer on the Indians’ varsity football team led by Coach Frank LaRosa, who defeated Riverview to start the season on a high note. For information about local schools athletics, visit For more information about the East Bay High School is located at 7710 Old Big Bend Rd. in Gibsonton. Visit

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