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Honorary Mayor Of Brandon: Part Of Brandon’s History For 59 Years

By Libby Hopkins

only winners of this race. Our first Honorary Mayor, Nat Storms, a teacher at Brandon High School at the time, raised $500 to help our area non-profits.” Since then, candidates have created new record high totals. Michelle Hernandez holds the record for the largest amount raised by a female with over $55,000 and Chuck Burgess collected more than $100,500 with his bid for the title. This year’s Honorary Mayor of Brandon candidates are Jaime Gukeisen and Melissa Haskins. “As people decide

Jaime Gukeisen of Brandon is one of the 2018 Honorary Mayor of Brandon candidates. She will be raising money for local charities Family Promise, North Brandon YMCA and Florida Big Dog Rescue.

Melissa Haskins of Valrico is one of the 2018 Honorary Mayor of Brandon candidates. She will be raising money for local charities Center Place Fine Arts, ECHO of Brandon and Kiwanis Club of Greater Brandon.

to run for Honorary Mayor, they gather a team to arrange fundraising activities and select up to three charities as their beneficiaries for their campaign,” Nickerson said. “It is all in fun.” Gukeisen will be raising money for local charities Family

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The Honorary Mayor of Brandon has been a local tradition for 59 years. Even though local residents run for mayor, the real winners are the local charities that benefit from the running candidate’s fundraising efforts. “The race for Honorary Mayor of Brandon began in 1959,” said Janine Nickerson, President of The Community Roundtable, which hosts the annual event. All monies raised during the race are donated to Brandon area charities. Each dollar is considered one vote. The race begins on Friday, June 1 and ends at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, July 4, a total of 33 days. “Each candidate holds fundraising events throughout the month of June in hopes of capturing the title,” said Nickerson. “Brandon non-profits are the


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socioeconomic status, is entitled to high quality and readily available resources. Her leadership has ensured consistent funding for programs, such as Head Start which provides free swimming lessons to children who come from low income families. Hickie said, "I come to work each day committed to making it a great experience for each person who walks through the door. We want to make a positive impact on lives here at BSAC's Senior Director of Sports Programming, Theresa BSAC, and I think we do a Hickie, has been awarded Public Citizen of the Year by great job doing just that." the National Association of Social Workers. Chuck Burgess, BSAC CEO said, "Theresa is a Theresa Hickie, Senior Director of to both our organization and the blessing Sports Programming for Brandon Sports community. Her selfless nature and conand Aquatic Center (BSAC) was recently focus on creating opportunities for stant awarded Public Citizen of the Year by the others is an example for us all. Burgess National Association of Social Workers added, "We are so proud of her and her (NASW). Annually, NASW recognizes an award and grateful that she is such a big individual who is not a social worker but part of our team every day." whose work in the community carries out BSAC is located at 405 Beverly Blvd. the core values of social work this in Brandon. For more information, please includes someone who demonstrates visit their concern for social justice. Hickie's focus on drowning prevention at BSAC epitomizes a concern for social justice. Hickie was nominated by In This Dr. Stacy Katz, Ph.D, LCSW. Florida has Issue one of the highest drowning rates in the country. Hickie works hard to focus on MCLANE MIDDLE ROBOTICS..............PG 3 bringing quality programs such as the Trident Program and other swimming and CPR CLASSES ....................................PG 11 drowning programs to BSAC. This, couANIMAL & PLANT SAFETY................PG 12 pled with her support of the Special Olympics, is why Dr. Katz nominated her. BICYCLE SAFETY ...............................PG 14 Hickie said, "Being recognized for HURRICANE TIPS..............................PG 16 something that you love to do is a very humbling experience. I love seeing the EYE ON BUSINESS .......................PG 25‐26 smile on a child's face when they can VISIT TALLAHASSEE..........................PG 28 swim, overcome a fear and know they are safer around water." ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT................PG 32 Hickie's works hard to manage, proSPORTS CONNECTION......................PG 34 mote and encourage others to engage in available sports programming. Hickie's READ MORE LOCAL NEWS ONLINE believes that everyone, regardless of their

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Brandon Girls Robotics Team Attends Random Acts Of Bar-B-Que Luncheon World Championships Thanks Community Volunteers By Kate Quesada

event. “With only three weeks to prepare, they decided to build a new robot that would be more competitive than the one they used at the state competition,” said Wilson. The VEX Robotics World Championship, which claims to be the largest robotics competition in the world, brings more McLane Middle School students Rayanna Tejada, Chloe than 1,000 teams from variHolzman, Jenna Shepard, Kayle Pagan, Mina Endicott, Samantha Laurie and Said Cardona recently competed in ous countries together to the VEX IQ Robotics World Championships in Louisville, compete in robotic chalKentucky. lenges and games. A group of Brandon students “On the first day of the qualifying received some well deserved recognition rounds, our team had two robot problems last month. The robotics team from and dropped as low as 68th place,” said McLane Middle School placed fourth in Wilson. “Not giving up, they fixed the their division at the VEX IQ Robotics problems and fought their way up to 12th World Championship in Louisville, place on the last day of qualifying and Kentucky. made the finals.” “This is a great story of never giving Teams from McLane started competup,” said Mike Wilson, McLane’s robotics ing in robotics events in 2010 and have engineering technology teacher. “Our won more than 80 awards including three team did not qualify for the world champi- at World Championships. McLane is one onship at the Florida VEX IQ State of four schools in Hillsborough County Championship. They were put on a with a STEM academy offering students standby list and picked later based on an opportunity to learn advanced protheir robot skills ranking among other gramming and engineering. Team memFlorida teams.” bers are chosen based on their work in According to Wilson, the group, classroom engineering projects and their made up of girls in sixth and seventh ability to work with other students. grade, found out they had been chosen For more information on McLane to attend the championships only three Middle School, call 744-8100. Visit weeks in advance and spent their lunch to learn more times and worked every day after school about the Robotics World to build and program a new robot for the Championships.

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Saying ‘Thank You’ is the greatest gift Brandon Elks Lodge #2383, started you can give someone. It shows you a the Bags of Brotherly Love which distribperson’s gratitude for helping them. This utes bags of clothing and hygiene items past May, Sonny’s BBQ of Brandon hostto the homeless in the community once a ed its quarterly Random Acts of Bar-B-Que month. “We have volunteers who wish to Banquet at TPepin’s Hospitality Centre in donate clothing and other hygiene prodTampa. This banquet was held to thank ucts to help bring a little more dignity back individuals or organizainto their lives,” Blair tions that stand out said. in the community by Ashley Hart, manager of the doing acts of kindness for Brandon Sonny’s their fellow man. BBQ wanted to Robert (Bob) Blair of honor Blair and his the Brandon Elks Lodge #2383 is one of the indiwife for all their hard viduals who stands out in work, but Blair felt the Brandon community there were others in for his work with the the community who homeless. He and his needed to be recogwife nized. “We have Elisa attended the been doing this for banquet. “I was once over two years, working with all homeless myself for almost a year,” Blair Elisa and Bob Blair, along with these organizations said. “I had a job pay- Edwin Font from Palatka, a young man that are set up to who created ‘Edwin’s Happy Bags’ ing minimum wage and homeless initiative. This gave Blair the help the homeless I owned my car, which I incentive to bring the idea back to the and to eventually Brandon Elks to start ‘Bags of was living out of at the find them housing,” Brotherly Love.’ time.” A co-worker of Blair said. “In all that Blair’s found out about his situation and time I had never seen or heard not one offered him some help. “One of my coindividual say ‘Thank You’ to one of those workers caught wind of my predicament volunteers or organizations or to even and offered me a room in her home for a shake their hand. To me, these were the year, and that gave me the opportunity I people who most needed to be honored, needed to get ahead in life,” Blair said. so I nominated everyone and decided to “This allowed me to get out of the rut I pay tribute to them all at the luncheon.” If you would like more information on had been in and it’s my main motivation Bags of Brotherly Love or if you would for what I do today with the homeless, like to donate, email Blair which is to give them back their dignity.” at Blair and his wife, along with the




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The Heilman Family Collects For Annual Toy Drive In Halle Grace’s Memory

By Nick Nahas

give her a distraction from the pain she was in while she was in the hospital,” said her mom, Jillian Heilman. “We thought, what better way to celebrate her birthday each year than to bring joy back to other kids with medical conditions.” The family hopes to collect 1800 toys this year to represent that this year would have been her 18th birthday. Her younger siblings, Neeley, 14, and Ben, 12, are both active in the charity, paying respect to

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Halle visited with a golden retriever at the hospital.

In her short 15 years on this earth, Halle Grace Heilman made a big impact on the lives of the people closest to her. Every year on her birthday, June 2, her family holds a toy drive for St. Joseph’s hospital in her honor. This year is especially tough for the Heilman family because this June would have been Halle’s 18th birthday and she would have been graduating from The Halle Grace Foundation has an annual toy drive to honor Halle Grace. Bloomingdale High School. their older sister. Both siblings have She had many chronic medical condisame primary immune deficiency the tions including a rare chromosome that their sister had. They are very deletion called 18Q-. She was also active and enjoy swimming and readdiagnosed with primary immune defiing. Neeley will be graduating from ciency at the age of two. 8th grade this year and will be Halle was often in the hospital, attending Durant High School next especially during her last year. Her year. mom said that Halle’s biggest fear as The Halle Grace Foundation she became more sick was that her seeks to educate medical professionfamily would forget her and not say als, to support families, and to her name anymore when she empower today’s youth, according to passed, and that she would not have their website. In addition, the enough time to make a lasting Foundation currently provides an impact. When she passed three annual scholarship open to collegeyears ago at the young age of 15, bound girls participating in the Girl her family created the Halle Grace Scouts of America. Foundation in her honor. They are For more information, visit thehaldetermined to keep her memory If you would alive. Her mother compares her to a like to donate to the toy drive, you comet; she came quickly, but burned can drop off new unwrapped toys for brightly. kids 0-18 by the end of May at Quilts The Heilman family has collected on Plum Lane at 14215 7th St., Dade over 900 toys over the last two years City, FL 33523, the State Farm Office to give to the sick children at St. of Melissa Snively at 16209 Joseph’s. Halle spent a lot of time at Fishhawk Blvd., Lithia, FL 33547, or that hospital. She would feel better when the toy cart would come by and you can contact Jill Heilman at 230give her a gift. That inspired the fami- 0158 or email ly to do the same for others. “It would

Students From Willis Peters Exceptional School Attend Prom Thanks To People Who Care

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to Rountree is, “To have a night where the children, their teachers and the families can celebrate together. The children are unable to participate in any activities that a traditional school would have due to their profound disabilities.” Rountree added, “This is an amazing event that the students look forThe students who attend Willis Peters Exceptional School in Dover got the chance to attend Prom, just like their counterparts in traditional school, thanks to the efforts of Dorinda Rountree and the Brandon Elks Lodge #2383. This year’s Queen is Lydia DiClemente and the King is Jeremy Plummer.

This year marked the 10th year that volunteers and supporters have organized a prom for the students who attend Willis Peters Exceptional School. Located in Dover, Willis Peters Exceptional School is a Hillsborough County Public School that serves students, ages three through 22, who have limited intellectual functioning and other disabilities such as deafness and visual, language, speech and physical impairments. The prom was held at the Brandon Elk Lodge #2383 located at 800 Centennial Lodge Dr. in Brandon on Saturday, April 21. The prom is made possible thanks to the tireless efforts of Dorinda Rountree, a 14-year member of the Brandon Elks Lodge and an Administrative Secretary at the Area VI Hillsborough County School Office. For the last three years, Rountree has requested a grant from the Elks. The $2500 grant she received is enough to cover the cost of the prom, including prom dresses and tuxedos, and to obtain tablets for the teachers at Willis Peters Exceptional School. The purpose of the prom, according

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about all of her fun charity events. “Once the money is counted, the new Honorary Mayor is announced just prior to the beginning of the Fourth of July Parade,” Nickerson said. “The new Mayor is an honored guest in the parade riding in a convertible with their name on the side of the car. In addition, their name is placed on the plaque with past Mayors for posterity.” Nickerson and The Community Roundtable encourage other Brandon-area residents to run for the 2019 Honorary Mayor of Brandon race. “The deadline is May 1, 2019 so, contact the Honorary Mayor of Brandon race began in 1959. Community Roundtable for the The first Honorary Mayor, Nat Storms, a teacher at Brandon High School at the time, raised $500 2019 application,” Nickerson said. to help Brandon-area non-profits. “The objective is to make it fun and fair to all while contributing money Promise, North Brandon YMCA and to charities assisting less fortunate famiFlorida Big Dog Rescue. Follow Jaime lies in our community.” Gukeisen on Facebook at Jaime for If you would like to learn more about Honorary Mayor of Brandon to see a list The Community Roundtable or if you are of her upcoming charity events. interested in running for the 2019 Haskins will be raising money for Honorary Mayor of Brandon, you can visit local charities Center Place Fine Arts, The Community Roundtable’s website at ECHO of Brandon and Kiwanis Club of or call Greater Brandon. Follow Haskins on Nickerson at 661-4350. Facebook at Haskins4Mayor to learn

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Bloomingdale High School Graduate Serves On USS Greeneville

Elvis Performs At Costco To Benefit The Children’s Miracle Network

A 2012 Bloomingdale individual performance," High School graduate is said Rear Adm. Daryl L. serving in the U.S. Navy Caudle, commander, aboard one of the world’s Submarine Forces, U.S. most advanced nuclearPacific Fleet. "It is no surpowered submarines, USS prise that our sailors conGreeneville. tinue to set the standard for excellence, and the Petty officer 2nd class country continues to be Justin Neuhard works as a machinist’s mate (nuclear) well served by their servserving aboard the Pearl ice and sacrifice. I couldHarbor-based submarine, n't be more proud to lead one of 56 fast-attack subthis professional fighting force." marines in the U.S. Navy. Petty officer 2nd class Justin According to Navy A Navy machinist’s a Bloomingdale High officials, because of the mate (nuclear) is responsi- Neuhard, School graduate, serves ble for nuclear mechanics, aboard the nuclear-powered demanding environment and maintaining the steam USS Greeneville based out of aboard submarines, perPearl Harbor, Hawaii. sonnel are accepted only plant for the submarine’s after rigorous testing and observation. nuclear reactor. Submariners are some of the most highly “I learned to maintain resilience. No matter how difficult your day may be keep trained and skilled people in the Navy. Regardless of their specialty, everyone at it,” said Neuhard. has to learn how everything on the ship Jobs are highly varied aboard the works and how to respond in emergensubmarine. Approximately 130 men and women make up the submarine’s crew, cies to become “qualified in submarines” doing everything from handling weapons and earn the right to wear the coveted to maintaining nuclear reactors. gold or silver dolphins on their uniform. Attack submarines are designed to “Both of my grandfathers were in the Navy and were influential in me joining,” hunt down and destroy enemy subsaid Neuhard. marines and surface ships; strike targets Challenging submarine living condiashore with cruise missiles; carry and tions build strong fellowship among the deliver Navy SEALs; carry out intellielite crew, Navy Officials explained. The gence, surveillance, and reconnaissance crews are highly motivated, and quickly missions; and engage in mine warfare. adapt to changing conditions. Their primary tactical advantage is “The Navy is great because you can stealth, operating undetected under the better yourself and others and protect sea for long periods of time. other countries by providing global securi"Our submarine teams are small, ty,” added Neuhard. elite, and rely heavily on extraordinary

For the sixth Children’s Miracle year, Elvis will be ‘in Network. the building’ at According to Nancy Costco in Brandon Sanney, “He truly is a on Sunday, May 20 great guy and donates all from 10 a.m. to 2 his time to help us p.m. out. Not only at Costco, but at all his events he Two time winner performs at during the of the Live Oak Elvis month of May he will be contest, three time collecting. We’d love to winner of The Elvis break our record.” Extravaganza, along At the same time, with winning best John Hopkins Hospital look-alike four times, will have its NICU and fan favorite three times, Billy ‘Elvis’ Billy ‘Elvis’ Lindsey with his wife Lori. Transporter Bus Lindsey has been Come out to Costco in Brandon to (Ambulance) available for watch Billy Lindsey perform as Elvis all to see. So come on performing as an on Sunday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to Elvis impersonator 2 p.m. Lindsey donates his time to out with the family and for 20 years. help raise funds for the Children’s enjoy the day. Miracle Network. In addition, local Lindsey grew up small businesses help to support the listening to rock and roll music. His stepefforts with banners in the store including dad was the one who introduced him to Canine Cabana in Riverview, Dynamic Elvis’ music. Lindsey said he was ‘fed Painting, Pearson Capital, FishHawk Elvis’ as a child. When asked what role Elvis played in his life, Lindsey said, “Elvis Bagels, Brandon Legal, Curry Law Group, Sun Run, Vincente Family became an integral part in what I was Densistry, Olin Plumbing, Eco Water, doing.” South Shore Falls Softball Team, Cox His love for music started when he was a little boy. He received his first guitar Electric, Campus Landscaping and Discount Health Products. in fourth grade and taught himself how to Lindsey also performs every play. The guitar is not the only instrument Lindsey knows how to play. Drums, trum- Thursday from 5-8 p.m. at Alpha Pizza Pasta & Prime located at 1312 Apollo pet, tuba, and the French horn are a few Beach Blvd. in Apollo Beach. For more of the 10 instruments that he can play. information, call 645-4648. Lindsey performs at bars, social To book Elvis, visit clubs, and private parties and has even call 786-9110 or performed at weddings. email Visit Lindey’s performance at Costo will help to help raise money for the

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Retired Sheriff David Gee Honored By County Commissioners

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largest suburban sheriff’s offices in the nation, with more than 4,000 employees and an annual budget of $405 million. After accepting the award at the BOCC’s April 4 meeting, Gee thanked his former staff at the Sheriff’s Office for their support. “It was an honor and privilege to have received Former Sheriff David Gee received the Ellsworth G. Simmons Good Government Award from the Hillsborough such a prestigious County Board of County Commissioners last month. award,” said Gee. A familiar face who has been out of “However, this award is not about me, it’s the spotlight recently received an honor all about the great men and women of from the Hillsborough County Board of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office County Commissioners (BOCC) last and their dedication and commitment to month. Former Sheriff David Gee was the citizens of Hillsborough County.” presented with the Ellsworth G. Simmons Gee became sheriff in 2004 and was Good Government Award for his service re-elected three times until his retirement to the community. last year. During his time as sheriff, he The award, which was established was a member of the FBI Joint Terrorism by the BOCC in 1996, is presented annu- Task Force, chairman of the Attorney ally to an individual or group of individuals General’s Region 4 Gang Reduction Test who has played a significant role in Force, chair of the Florida Highway Patrol improving government through leadership Jurisdiction Subcommittee of the and vision. Governor’s Law Enforcement Gee, born in Plant City and a lifeConsolidation task Force and co-chairlong Hillsborough County resident, retired man of the Region 4 Domestic Security recently after 13 years as Hillsborough Task Force. County Sheriff. Before taking on the role Finalists for the Simmons award are of sheriff, he spent time as a homicide chosen each year by the Good investigator, Internal Affairs Supervisor, Government Award Committee which public information officer, chief financial examines the significant events, leaderofficer and chief deputy. ship opportunities and outstanding According to Hillsborough County achievement of nominees. Previous winSenior Media Relations Strategist Kara ners include former governor Bob Walker, in his capacity as sheriff, Gee Martinez and former mayors Pam Iorio was responsible for managing one of the and Dick Greco.

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Authentic Vietnamese Cuisine At Pho Viet Not Only Tastes Great But Is Healthy

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If you’re looking herbs used in cooking for a fresh twist on are also used for healthe classic dishes ing. “Not only is the of North and South food flavorful, but it is Vietnam, do not also a healthy alternalook any further tive and just may help than Pho Viet, a symptoms of the common cold or restaurant devoted to introducing stomach issues,” Vietnamese cuisine added Phan. to the Brandon area. Whether looking The restaurant for a taste of home is owned by Tony or something new to Phan, who came to try, Phan said that the United States the soup is a around 15 years ago popular choice. from Viet Nam. He Served in large opened the restaurant portions, the around five years ago, restaurant’s sigand it has recently nature entree features a large undergone some renosteaming bowl of vations to make for an fresh rice noodles even better dining in slow-cooked experience. beef stock made Since the opening with a special of Pho Viet, as well blend of herbs and as throughout his spices. entire career, Phan “Pho Viet has never stopped appeals to people striving towards being the best from the region option when it where the recipes comes to satisfying originate,” Phan the craving for an said. authentic Natives of both Vietnamese meal. “I Vietnam and Korea focus on bringing often come to eat at higher quality food Pho Viet for its disto my customers,” tinct similarities to Pham said of his cuisine from home. goal. To savor the Phan said that it best Vietnamese is hard to choose his cuisine that own favorite item from Brandon has the menu, but he does to offer, visit recommend that new Pho Viet customers try the very Monday dish the establishment through his named after; the Thursday from Pho Soup. “I use beef 11 a.m.-9:30 because it has a good p.m. The estabflavor,” Phan gave a lishment is also short summary of open from what makes his Pho Friday to the best, “It’s also Saturday from 11 healthier than most a.m.-9 p.m. as Enjoy a fresh twist on classi options.” well as on South Vietnam c ese dishes at North and located at 1202 Pho Viet, Sunday from 11 Phan noted that W. Brandon B lvd. in the food is very a.m.-9 p.m. Brandon. healthy and has minPho Viet is imal grease. Vietnam has a rich histolocated on 1202 ry in oriental medicine and a lot of the W. Brandon Blvd. in Brandon.


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Time To Review Insurance Policies & Find New Relief From Hurricane Deductibles

Repticon Tampa: A Slithering, Hissing and Hopping Good Time

It seems like only yesterday that Hurricane Irma roared across Florida, causing billions of dollars in property damages, but the weather anomaly occurred more than seven months ago. One look at a calendar reminds us that the June 1st start date of the 2018 hurricane season will quickly be upon us. This is the perfect time to review insurance policies to understand what is covered, and fil in any gaps. To assist homeowners with this, Florida Department of Financial Services has published report detailing Florida law as it relates to when the hurricane deductible applies, for what duration and how many can be applied in a calendar year. Hurricane deductibles are typically set at 2%, 5% or 10% of the amount of insurance covering the dwelling at the time of loss. Even though homeowners are only required to pay one hurricane deductible within the calendar year, provided you are insured with the same insurance company or group of companies for the second or subsequent hurricanes during the same calendar year, that amount can drain a savings account. For example, homeowners with a $400,000 policy with a 2% hurricane

Repticon, a recognized leader in allow live interactions with the pets during hosting reptile and exotic animal expos visits to their booth. throughout the United States, is coming To add to the fun, free-entry raffles back to Tampa on Saturday and Sunday, are held frequently during both days of June 9 and 10 with an outstanding mixthe event, offering guests the opportunity ture of vento win coveted prizes. dors, breedThis event, held at the Florida ers, and eduState Fairgrounds, offers a unique famcators. This ily outing suitable for all ages and for a family-orientvery ed, fun-filled diverse event offers range of guests the enthusiopportunity to asts. learn about The animals not normally doors open seen in local pet to the genstores. Breeder-veneral public dors are always willing at 10 a.m. to teach; and throughon out the event, there will Saturday, be seminars on animalclosing at 5 related topics by p.m. On Bring the family out to Repticon, a reptile and experts in the field of Sunday, exotic animal expo, which will be held at the herpetology. the show Florida State Fairgrounds on Saturday and According to hours are Sunday, June 9 and 10. Bonnie Miller, "Repticon's first show in 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. At the door, tickets Tampa was in June, 2005. It was enthusi- are $10 for adults, $5 for children 5-12, astically embraced and has since grown and children under 5 are admitted free. to be Repticon's single biggest show in For tickets visit the entire United States." Guests can also shop for a new famiIf you would like more information ly pet among the hundreds of reptiles, and/or photos, an opportunity for a oneamphibians, invertebrates, spiders, and on-one interview with one of our employsmall exotic animals. Repticon Tampa is ees or vendors, or to send a reporter or also the perfect place for them to get mer- film crew to the event for onsite coverage, chandise, cages, supplies, and both live or to discuss a ticket giveaway, please and frozen feeders, as well as to get contact our Promotions Team Leader, expert advice about caring for their new Bonnie Miller, by email at household member. Many of our vendors

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deductible are on the hook for the first $8,000 in hurricane damages. Southshore Insurance Professionals president Michelle Mosher offers a solution to those hefty hurricane deductibles. Cat4Home provides deductible reimbursement for losses related to hurricane events. “We work with a lot of first-time homebuyers that may not have thousands of dollars sitting in their savings accounts ready to spend on hurricane deductibles,” she said. Sun City Center resident Larry Brooks is appreciative that Mosher educated him on his insurance options. He added the policy to his homeowners’ insurance. He has lived in Florida off and on since 1970 and said he wanted to make sure he was covered against losses. “The monthly payment is very affordable and for a small annual investment I am able to protect against the $4,000 deductible I would pay if my home was damaged,” he said. Cat4Home also offers a 10% discount for first-responders. Southshore Insurance Professionals is located at 1219 Milleniuim Parkway in Brandon. Visit or call Mosher at 448-7580.

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Jewel’s First Aid Comes To You To Offer Life Saving CPR Certification Class

By Kate Quesada


Riverview resident Julie Tyson wants to teach you how to save a life. Tyson, who served in the National Guard for six years and has 10 years experience in law enforcement, and her husband, own Jewel’s First Aid, CPR and Safety, offering classes in Basic Life Support (BLS), CPR, use of an AED, Blood Borne Pathogens (BBG) and first aid. Members of The Osprey Observer team recently learning “Throughout both of life saving CPR skills from Riverview resident Julie Tyson of Jewel’s First Aid, CPR and Safety. our adult lives we’ve continuously trained in Combat Life Saver and teenagers and believes that even chilCPR, courses,” said Tyson, who has a dren can be exposed to CPR training. three-year-old daughter. “With our many “The wonderful thing about CPR is years of training, and this is something that there is no minimum age to learn it,” that we are very passionate about, we she said. “It is based on competency knew we had a skill that we wanted to and each student will need to perform share with people.” the skills appropriately to obtain a certifiClasses are taught from the cation.” American Heart Association, EMS During a recent class for Osprey Safety, Medic First Aid and American Observer team members, Tyson told Safety and Health Institute curriculum attendees that four out of five cardiac and are typically three to four hours arrests happen in the home. She uses long. Although the business is based in this fact and the large number of homes Riverview, Tyson will travel throughout with pools in the area to encourage resithe area to offer trainings to groups dents to take the importance of learning ranging in size from one to 24 people. CPR seriously. She feels it can be a great team build“CPR training has changed over the ing event for offices and groups. years, so it was wonderful to have a “We believe that everyone should great instructor take the time to answer know CPR,” said Tyson. “Our military all of our questions with her years of and first responder background allows experience,” said Osprey Observer us to give you a different perspective Engagement Coordinator Rachael and it allows us to show you that anyAndrews. “I learned so much and feel one can do CPR. You don’t have to be ready to jump in and help with infant, a nurse or doctor, you just have to be child and adult CPR and even how to willing to learn the skills so that you are use an AED machine.” better prepared and confident to act For more information on Jewel’s if/when you are presented with a situaFirst Aid, CPR and Safety, call (208) 631tion.” 0176 or visit Tyson also teaches classes to


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East Hillsborough Community Band Seeks Musicians To Join Organization

By Kathy L. Collins

is a former hornist with the Florida Orchestra and taught orchestra at Brandon High School for 30 years. The EHCB plays all types of music including classical, jazz, pop, themes and music The East Hillsborough Community Band is looking for musicians, specifically percussionists, to join the band and bring patriotic. their love of music to the community. The EHCB also The East Hillsborough Community has a new spin off of a Big Band group. Band (EHCB) is looking for musicians to The band averages approximately 12 to be a part of this wonderful community 15 performances per year. band. If you just love to play music, the According to Walkover, “Our last EHCB is for you. performance was in Williams Park in The EHCB is specifically looking for downtown St. Petersburg. It was a part percussionists as well as clarinet and of an annual community band day. We oboe players. Musicians who are a part were one of five bands who played that of the band range from college students afternoon.” to retired people to everything in The next performance will be on between. June 21 at New Hope United Methodist Cheryl Walkover, Membership Church at 7 p.m. Then, on June 28, the Chairman and Secretary for the EHCB EHCB will perform at Kings Point in Sun said, “Our band’s vision is to foster the City Center. In December, the EHCB will love of music, improve our membership be a part of Santa Fest which takes and enlighten, entertain and inspire our place in downtown Tampa at Curtis audience. We strive to have fun and Hixon Park. build comradery among our members.” The EHCB was formed in 2009 with There are currently 75 members in a vision from founder Kim McKamey the EHCB. They practice on Thursday and a handful of interested musicians. evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. at New Hope McKamey and several others from the United Methodist Church located at 120 original group still play in the band. N. Knights Ave. in Brandon. The Walkover said, “We are not just a comConductor for the EHCB is Kenneth munity band, we are a family who loves Watts. He is an accomplished musician to play music.” with more than 40 years of experience For information, visit as a conductor and musician. The and fill out the form under the tab “Join Assistant Conductor is Linda Groh. She the Band.”

Watch For Beautiful (But Deadly) Blooms

By Dr. Jennifer Challenger DVM, MPH

As gardens begin to grow and homes and yards become filled with green plants and vibrant blooms, we need to be sure that curious cats and dogs are safe from any potential dangers. Certain flowers and plants are extremely toxic and can be deadly if ingested. It is a good idea for people with a green thumb, as well as all pet owners, to keep lifesaving information on recently purchased foliage on hand. Cats are prone to chewing on indoor or outdoor plants. If you know your mischievous kitty does this, check out the ASPCA Animal Poison control Center's website to read lists of toxic and nontoxic plants to ensure that none of those you own are poisonous to pets. In addition, new puppies love to chew on anything they come across. Make sure indoor plants are placed in safe, unreachable areas to prevent potential poisonings. Some flower and plants included on the list are amaryllis, calla lilies, (and all other lilies), carnations, azaleas, daffodils, elephant's ear, hibiscus, morning glory, tulips, sago palms and especially oleander. Surprisingly, there are approximately 100 types of plants and flowers which are considered toxic. Your local floral shop or nursery should also be able to provide you with a list of potentially toxic foliage. Keep this valuable information on hand,

which can help identify potential problems if the need arises. The most common side effects that result from ingesting plants or flowers are vomiting and/or diarrhea. If you suspect that your pet may have been exposed to a potentially toxic substance, call your veterinarian for advice. It may be that emergency treatment is the best course of action you can take for your pet. You can call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435. The center is staffed 24/7. For a consultation fee, the staff will give you information, as well as take as many follow-up calls as needed from your veterinarian for the duration of the treatment. They will also send you and your veterinarian a comprehensive case summary report. Plants and flowers sprayed with pesticides can cause serious adverse reactions. Some pets also have allergies to pollens from plants and flowers, just like people. People get ‘hay fever’ symptoms that can include sneezing, runny noses and itchy eyes, but pets get itchy, inflamed skin. Symptoms include scratching excessively at the skin or ears, as well as constant licking and chewing on the skin. If you notice these symptoms, call your veterinarian to discuss ways to give your pet some relief from airborne allergies to blooming flowers, as well as plant and tree pollen.

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Dental Associates Of Florida Central Brandon Offers Excellent Service And New Ownership

By Tatiana Ortiz

Dental Associates Dr. Mueller menof Florida Central tions what makes Brandon welcomes its Dental Associates of new owner, Dr. William Florida Central Trey Mueller, D.M.D. Brandon unique. He bought the practice “We brought in from Dr. Bruck who specialists such as an worked at the practice endodonist, periodonfor many. Along with tist, orthodontist and a the new ownership, he pediatric dentist,” adds a variety of speMueller said. “To add, I cialists to its team as think that patients well. appreciate coming into Dr. Mueller attendone location.” ed the University of In addition, Dental Florida for both underAssociates of Florida graduate and dental Central Brandon school. He graduated accepts multiple denfrom dental school in tal insurance providers 2005. Before coming to such as Aetna, Cigna, this office Dr. Mueller Humana and more. It worked in Lakeland for also provides other nine years and moved payment options as back to the Tampa well. Lastly, Dental Dr. William Trey Mueller of Dental Associates of Florida area. Associates of Florida. Since 1998, this consists of 10 locafamily dental center provided extremely tions in Hillsborough County and Polk gentle treatment to children and offer County. patients with dental anxiety the relief of “Overall, we treat people the right sedation dentistry. It also strives to way with our honesty and want to make extend the high quality of its dental treat- sure we keep their teeth healthy,” ment to its standards for exceptional Mueller said. “I also like to continue what dental care. Dental Associates of Florida Dr. Bruck built here and keep it going.” Central Brandon offers a variety of genFor more information, visit eral family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and sedation dentistry. These tral-brandon-dentists/. It is located at 647 services include teeth cleaning, implants, W. Lumsden Rd. in Brandon. It is open fillings and much more. Patients from Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m.the age of 3-years-old all the way to 5 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m.- 1 p.m. To book adults can come here. an appointment, call 563-0680.

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Bicyclists Deaths Increasing On U.S. Roadways, Tips For Roadway Safety

By Matt Nasworthy, Florida Public Affairs Director, AAA

As warmer weather begins to arrive across the country, communities can expect to see more bicyclists on the road. National Bicycle Safety Month in May reminds us to examine our habits as drivers and riders so we can learn ways to share the road more effectively. Every year, hundreds of bicyclists are dying and tens of thousands more are injured in preventable crashes. In fact, the number of people killed on bicycles is on the rise, with 840 bicyclists killed in crashes in 2016, the highest number on record since 1991, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). “Traveling on the road requires care and courtesy,” said Amy Stracke, managing director of traffic safety advocacy for AAA – The Auto Club Group and executive director of The Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation. “It’s imperative for motorists and bicyclists to be aware of each other and remember that we are all trying to get to our destination safely.” In a recent AAA Consumer Pulse™ survey, the majority of bicyclists who ride on the road indicated that being hit by a vehicle was their number one concern (69%), followed by distracted drivers (64%). For this reason, AAA – The Auto Club Group and its Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation work to promote bicycle safety by encouraging all road users to put away distractions and share the road. To provide an additional level of safety for bicyclists, AAA – The Auto Club Group offers bicycle roadside service with all membership levels, allowing riders who encounter a mechanical problem on

the road to call AAA for assistance. For a safer, more enjoyable riding environment for everyone, AAA recommends the following tips: Bicyclists Ride on the roadway or shared pathways, rather than on sidewalks. Follow the same rules of the road as other roadway users, including riding in the same direction as traffic and following all the same traffic signs and signals. Signal all turns. Wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet every time and on every ride. Be visible by wearing bright colors during the day, reflective gear in low light conditions and use head and tail lights at night. Remember that respect is a two-way street. Show motorists the same courtesy that you expect from them. Motorists Stay alert — avoid all distractions while driving. Yield to bicyclists while turning. In bad weather, give bicyclists extra passing room, just as you would other

motorists. Look for bicyclists by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic. Slow down and give at least three feet of clearance when passing. Reduce your speed when passing bicyclists, especially when the road is narrow. NEVER honk your horn at a bicyclist — it could cause them to swerve into traffic or off the roadway and crash. Always check for bicyclists before opening your car door. Children on bicycles are often unpredictable — expect the unexpected and look out for them.

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Mulrennan FFA Gains Therapy Goats The Future Farmers of America (FFA) program at Mulrennan Middle School has some new members who are helping spread a love for agriculture around the area. Two Weathered Nigerian Dwarf goats were donated to the program by a local farm last month and not only are the students learning as they help them grow, the team also has plans to bring the goats into the community as therapy animals. Mulrennan Agriscience Teacher and FFA Advisor Kallee Cook has been working with

By Kate Quesada

Aspen and Sparta, two Weathered Nigerian Dwarf goats, recently joined the Mulrennan Middle School’s FFA program.

the program since 2016 and feels that the goats are a great addition. “At Mulrennan we have had market pigs and steers that the students get attached to and then have to say goodbye after they have attached and watched them grow into loving creatures,” said Cook. “The goats have been amazing because we get the opportunity to treat them as a pet and continue to watch them grow.” The goats, Aspen and Sparta, were born in December at Fallen Oaks Farm in Valrico. Owner Shelley Fehrenbacher donated them to the program where two of her daughters have been members. “We raised the goats in a crib in our living room,” said Fehrenbacher. “After seeing so many people at schools and our farm events connect with our goats, I started researching and talking with psychologists about their fascinating

use as therapy animals.” Cook feels the impact of the goats on her students already. “They have taught the students a lot,” she said. “Not only about proper handling and feed responsibility, but through good character. They are very loving and almost serve as an open ear for the students to just sit with and calm down. We have several special needs and challenged students that come to see the goats just to get away from their daily struggle. They help them in a way nobody can see.” The next step for the goats is to introduce them to the community. “We would like the goats to come and meet you,” said Cook. “We want to broaden our program to come into local schools and meet children with special needs and challenges so that everyone can see the good these guys do for us as humans.” One hundred and sixty students in sixth through eighth grade are part of the agriscience program at Mulrennan, which is offered as elective. To learn more about the program or to arrange a tour or classroom visit to meet the goats, call the school at 6512100.

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Volume 13, Issue 5

County Offers Homeowner Tips As Hurricane Season Starts

By Kate Quesada

June 1 marks the losses and increase start of Hurricane business survivability Season and after when affected by hurriBrandon-area residents canes and other disasexperienced Hurricane ters. For more informaIrma last year, experts tion, visit at Hillsborough County and the National Walker also sugWeather Service are gests that residents with offering tips on how to special needs register in prepare before the tropadvance for ical weather heats up. Hillsborough County Hillsborough programs in place to County Emergency help them prepare and managers urge resifind safe shelter and dents to prepare for the transportation in the Hurricane Irma caused extensive damage and forced many Brandon area residents to evacuate in September, 2017. worst by having a plan Hillsborough County and the National Weather Service offer many tips to help residents prepare for this hurricane season event of an emergency. which starts June 1. before a hurricane or This information can family pets, especially if it is necesif they are in one of the five evacuatropical storm strikes. also be found at sary to evacuate to a shelter. tion zones. Site users can search “Compile a plan that touches on “Make sure you bring necessary evacuation information by owner all likely needs from acquiring sandAccording to Noah, half of hurrisupplies for your pet, including a pet name, address or parcel at bags to confirming where family mem- cane fatalities in the U.S. were due to carrier, food, medications and proof of bers will go during an evacuation and surge and a quarter of fatalities storm current rabies vaccination and regisAT. how you will get there,” said Kara were due to flooding from heavy rain. tration tag,” said Walker. Both the county and the National Walker, Hillsborough County Senior Hurricane Irma produced widespread It is also important to prepare Weather Service (NWS) recommend Media Relations Strategist. “Share rainfall of 10 to 15 inches along and to property to lessen the effects of a packing an evacuation kit including your efforts with family members.” right of the the hurricane track and the storm. Hillsborough County suggests water, food, any necessary medicaExperts also suggest that resicaused flooding of streets, rivers and removing trees with rotting trunks, tion, personal hygiene items, impordents sign up for HCFL Alert, low lying areas across the entire trimming limbs and shrubs and cleantant papers, changes of clothing and Hillsborough County’s official mass Florida peninsula. ing rain gutters and drain pipes, footwear, blankets or sleeping bags, a notification system which is designed “Water is heavy,” he said. “Moving ensuring no obstacles block the flow battery-powered radio and flashlight, a to keep residents and visitors water can be deadly. When roads are of water before a storm threatens. It is first-aid kit and cash. informed about emergencies. This can flooded, turn around, don’t drown.” also a good idea to move patio furni“People with a hurricane plan and be found at and For more suggestions on hurriture and other lightweight, unsecured a safety kit are less stressed when a will update in real time during an cane preparedness from the NWS, items indoors well in advance. hurricane approaches than those withemergency. Another useful website visit Florida Small Business out,” said NWS Warning Coordination provided by the county is the prepardness. To keep informed from Development Center (FSBDC) at Meteorologist Danial Noah, who sugHurricane Evacuation Assessment Hillsborough County, follow social Hillsborough County offers no-cost, gests that residents visit Tool (HEAT), which assists residents, media accounts on Facebook and expert consultations to teach small to get started. visitors and businesses in determining Twitter. business owners how to minimize Plans should also be made for


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Brandon resident Anne Mansis began her blood donor journey in 1986 when she worked at Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia. She discovered she had universal donor, Type O negative blood, so she gave regularly at their blood drives. In 1987, she moved to Brandon and continued to give whole blood until 1996, when the Donor Center staff asked her to also start giving platelets to help save even more lives and families. Mansis recently joined the ranks of the less than 200 people who have given 100 gallons or more of blood in Florida, since blood banking began during World War II. Healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. Donors receive a wellness checkup including blood pressure, temperature, iron count, pulse and cholesterol screening, plus a surprise gift. Visit or call 888-9366283. Donate at OneBlood’s Brandon Donor Center, 727 W. Lumsden Rd.

Hawthorne Hosts Parkinson’s Disease Support Group

Hawthorne Health & Rehabilitation Center hosts a free monthly support group for those diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and caregivers on the third Thursday of every month. A variety of speakers will provide information on topics relating to swallowing, balance, walking, speaking, mobility, exercise, self-care, cognition, and memory, all of which can be impacted by Parkinson’s Disease. Hawthorne Health & Rehabilitation Center is located at 851 W. Lumsden Rd. in Brandon. For more information

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Richie Bauman and Suzie Baylis of Congregation Beth Shalom, delivered the cases of food as well as a box of sports bags to Allison Rapp of Special Olympics of Florida Healthy Community Tampa Bay. In the past, donations have benefitted many programs, such as the development of garden spaces in residential setting. This year’s donation will also purchase ‘model’ food. Allison Rapp, the Site Director stated, “Model food will be used often to provide nutrition education for our athletes and consumers with intellectual and developmental disabilities.” For more information about the nutrition project, please contact Allison Rapp at 470-0518 For questions

Unity In Brandon Is On The Move

Unity in Brandon, formerly located in the Brandon Jr. Women’s Club has relocated to the Brandon Rotary Event Center, located at 3007 S. Kings Ave. in Brandon. Board President, Ruth Edmonds stated, “This is an exciting opportunity for Unity in Brandon to grow and offer more services, such as a program for children as well as more outreach projects in the community.” Unity in Brandon is a contemporary, new-thought church that will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year. Its mission is to create a heart-centered, spiritual community that joyfully celebrates the presence of God within supports spiritual, mental, social and physical healing. It also celebrates diversity and affirms the healing power of prayer. Services are held at 10:30 a.m. Visit

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Tribute Concerts Return To RP Funding With Fleetwood Mac, Queen, Pink Floyd, Beatles & Doors


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Classic Albums Live returns to the RP Funding Center with five iconic album performances for the 2018 Summer series. The Series Pass for all five concerts is on sale. The RP Funding Center’s Summer Series will feature Queen’s A Night at the Opera on Thursday, June 14 at 8 p.m., Pink Floyd’s The Wall on Thursday, July 19 at 8 p.m., The Beatles White Album on Thursday, August 16 at 8 p.m. and the Doors L.A. Woman on Sunday, October 14 at 7 p.m. Classic Albums live was founded in 2003 by Craig Martin. It has become the ultimate destination for music lovers wanting to hear the greatest albums performed live without all the gimmickry and cheesy impersonations. Relying only on the music, using what Martin refers to as 'the world's best musicians', Classic Albums Live has defined itself as a mainstay in Performing Arts Centers across North America.


Each artist featured on the Classic Albums Live Summer Series has been listed in the 100 Greatest Albums of All Time and have earned gold+ record status. The series features a wide array of music from over three decades of rock history providing true fans with the ability to experience some of the greatest hits ever – performed live on stage. The five iconic albums will be performed note for note, cut for cut. A Series pass is $135 for all five shows (other fees may apply) and includes free parking, preferred seating and 10% off concessions. Season Passes are available by visiting the RP Funding Center Box Office, toll-free 888-397-0100, and online at All dates, acts, and ticket prices are subject to change without notice. The RP Funding Center is in Lakeland off I-4 on Lime Street. Regular box office hours are MondayFriday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For ticket information, call the Box Office at (863) 834-8111 or visit

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The Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA is now able to improve the health of older adults, thanks to a recent expansion of its program proven to help those with For the second year in a row, the Campo YMCA All Star arthritis. The Tampa YMCA Commandant Of Department Of Team ages 13 to 15 took home the All Star Banner winning now offers Enhance®Fitness at five diffirst place both years. Team (l-r): Coach Brad Hulett, Coach Riverview Garden Club Florida, Marine Corps League Visits Glen Lendel, Aidan Amin, Bradley Hulett, Eric Montes, Jake Will Host Expert Monarch ferent Ys in Tampa Bay. The Tampa Bay Young Marines Moore, Brandon Decker, Luis Negron, Cole Lendel, Butterfly Speaker EnhanceFitness is a proven senior The Tampa Bay Young Marines unit De'Undre Lee, Dylan Carlos, Jonathon Fiddler. The Riverview Garden fitness and arthritis management prois part of a national non-profit 501c(3) ticipants meet three times a week for an Club will host guest speaker Lynn gram that improves endurance, strength, youth education and service program for hour, where they experience aerobic Barber, who is an expert on Monarch balance and flexibility. It reduces arthritis boys and girls, age eight through the workouts, strength training, stretching and Butterflies. It will take place on completion of high school. It promotes the symptoms with safe, low-impact exercisbalance work. Wednesday, June 13 at the Riverview es led by certified Y instructors in a mental, moral and physical development Locally, EnhanceFitness is now Civic Center on 11020 Park Dr. in relaxed atmosphere that promotes fun of its members. The program focuses on offered at Campo Family YMCA Riverview. Call 654-6987 for more and friendteaching the from Monday at 12:45 information. ship. The values of p.m. and Wednesday and Friday at 8 U.S. leadership, a.m. Plant City Community Chorale Fifth Centers for teamwork and Other participating Y’s include Bob Annual This is America! Concert Disease self-discipline, Sierra North Tampa Family YMXA, East Prevention Hopewell Funeral Home and so its memPasco Family Y, Plant City Family Y and and Control Memorial Gardens will partner with bers can live S. Tampa Family Y. For more information recognizes Plant City Community Chorale to presand promote on these participating Y locations, the national ent the fifth annual This is America! a healthy, contact evidenceConcert on Saturday, June 9 at 7:30 drug-free based p.m. at Eastside Baptist Church, located lifestyle. Brandon Senior Center Events In May at 1318 E. Calhoun St in Plant City. physical New Upcoming events taking place at the activity proUnder the direction of Claudia Bolano Recruit Brandon Senior Center, 612 N. Parsons gram as Becerra, the Chorale will perform time Training is to Ave. in Brandon the end of May: honored favorites mixed with new rendibegin soon. Dept. of Fl Commandant George LaMonte, presents grad- particularly Friday, May 25 at 1 p.m. – Our uation certificates to Young Marines Blair, Stark Mobley, safe and tions, promising an evening of music to The and Demming. The Young Marines completed 26 hours of effective for Heroes/Memorial Day will be held to honor our country and its music. Tampa Bay recruit training. honor our heroes and recognize senior older adults Tickets, cost $10 in advance and Young veteran’s members. living with arthritis. The CDC also desig$15 at the door and are on sale Marines presently meet from 8 a.m.-3 Tuesday, May 29 at 12 Noon – nated EnhanceFitness as a Fall at, from any p.m. the second and fourth Saturdays of Staying Motivated – Presented by Gulf Prevention Program in 2017. Chorale member or by calling 951-5166. the month at the VFW, 7504 Riverview Coast Jewish Family & Community For 16 weeks, EnhanceFitness par-



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Legends Escape Rooms Bring Six Themed Experiences To Brandon

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this business.” When Blake At Legends, the rooms Stone graduated are thoughtfully designed from Florida with a touch of actual historSouthern College in ical facts and references in Lakeland, he wasn’t each one. In addition, there sure where his career path would are unexpected hidden rooms, safes and great take him. But, he did thought-provoking puzzles. want to use his finance degree and Our Osprey do something fun! After researching the Escape Room industry with his parents (the investors) Jeffrey Jeffrey, Blake and Robin and Robin in tow, Stone are the owners of Legends Escape Rooms now the trio developed open in Brandon. the concept for Legends Escape Rooms. Observer sales team With a joy of puzzles, games and did the Moonshine Cabin room as a team challenges, the family developed the six challenge. We used each and every team themes that make up Legends Escape member’s skill sets at some point to find Rooms recently opened on S.R. 60 in the clues and ‘escape’ the room…but not Brandon. without a few hints from our host. The Escape Room concept is thus. “This was absolutely one of the best You enter a locked challenge room with a escape rooms I have done,” said Kerrie team of people-typically up to 6-you solve Hoening who has participated in escape puzzles and challenges to unlock clues to rooms across Tampa, Lakeland and ultimately ‘escape’ the room. Most of the Orlando. “We will be coming back! There time, there is a 60 minute countdown are five more themes to complete!” within the room and since it is for enterThe themes currently available tainment purposes…. extra hints are include: Club LOL, Revenge of Anubis, available if needed too. Dungeon VII, Wild West Heist, Wizard’s “I studied finances in college and Challenge and Moonshine Cabin. never thought I would be where I am Legends Escape Room is located at today,” said Blake. “The sheer joy and 952 W. Brandon Blvd. Brandon, across bewilderment I get to see on the faces of the street from Publix. Visit www.legendthe people that come through our door is for online calendar or one of the most rewarding parts about call 643-9411.

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Airfest Jack Links Flight Turns The World Upside Down I like the thrill of roller coasters and ziplining through tree tops in Hawaii and Alaska. Standing high in the Rockies on skis is exhilarating, but the line is drawn at skydiving or any activity where the possibilities are higher for things to go wrong. We all have our limits. So when recently offered an opportunity to ride with Lt. Col. John Klatt (ret.) in an Extra 300L aircraft built for Aerobatics, I could not turn it down although it most certainly was beyond my ‘imagined’ threshold. Lt. Col. Klatt and his crew were at MacDill AFB attending the recent AirFest held May 12 and 13. This plane is used during practice runs prior to the event. Admittedly, I did have trepidations. Not with the actual aerobatics; but as a natural worrier, my fear focused more on the ‘what can go wrong’ aspect. The bright red two-seat plane had ‘Feed Your Wild Side’ emblazoned on its wing. I had to climb onto that wing to get into the front seat. The already snug fit was made tighter by a parachute (just in case) and a harness to strap me in. It was time to put on a brave face even though I was feeling quite the opposite. Once boarded though, I began to feel more at ease thanks to Lt. Col. Klatt’s crew, team manager, Tim Jarvis, crew

ics at air shows around the world since 1999. “It’s been a wild ride ever since,” Klatt said. He is no stranger to the upside down world he inhabits frequently. Now I was ready to join him on one of his wild adventures. It was a beautiful day with small cumulus clouds dotting the sky. The half-hour trip took us out of

Michelle Colesanti, Assignment Editor for the Osprey Observer got to take to the skies with Lt. Col. John Klatt, one of the world’s top aerobatics pilots as he practiced for the MacDill AirFest that was held May 12 and 13.

chief Dell Coller and multimedia manager, Adam Glowaski. Their professional and calm demeanor helped settle my nerves (just a little). Flying since the age of 17, Pilot Lt. Col. Klatt graduated from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 1989 with a degree in Communications. He was then commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Minnesota Air National Guard, during which he completed three combat tours logging more than 2,000 hours at the controls of the F-16. So I was in good hands. He has been doing these breath-taking aerobat-

MacDill’s air space over the bay toward Apollo Beach and Riverview. We flew about 10 minutes before Lt. Col. Klatt asked if I was ready for some rolls. “Hang on,” he said. In the next instant my whole world turned upside down. Facing down at the world thousands of feet below was certainly a strange sensation. Lt. Col. Klatt continued through his different practice maneuvers which included turning the plane up so that we were facing skyward on our backs and then in the other direction so that we were dangling - hanging upside down for about

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five or ten seconds. Interestingly, I did not have a sensation of falling; I guess it was not my main focus as I stared down at the incredible view below. Gravity pulling my harness straps and cords down and out of position was the main indication that we were not upright. He did some quick barrel rolls where we were just spinning round and round in mid-air. The last maneuver was the torque roll (flying straight up and then backwards). This was the most intense (6 g’s) and the only move where my head and stomach felt queasy. John Klatt Airshows partners with Jack Links Beef Jerky. Both are based out of Minnesota. It is a relationship of mutual admiration. “We sure like being partners with Jack Links and getting out and taking folks out for a fun aerobatics ride,” Lt. Col. Klatt noted while he had the controls. During the Airfest, Lt Col. Klatt flew the Screamin’ Sasquatch. John Klatt Airshows and Jack Link’s Beef Jerky teamed up to create this one-of-a-kind plane, which is powered by two different engines. The plane style, a Jet Waco, was first introduced by Jimmy Franklin in 1999. I have a lot of respect and admiration for Lt. Col. Klatt and his team. They run a smooth operation, and get to have a lot of fun while entertaining crowds at air shows. Watch for John Klatt Airshows at upcoming Air Fests around the country. For more information, visit Visit

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Grand Opening Celebration Of Tessera Of Brandon

Tessera of Brandon assisted living and memory care community at 1320 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon recently hosted a grand opening celebration with the Brandon Chamber of Commerce. About 400 people attended the open-to-the-public event, which featured live music, hors d’oeuvres from the culinary staff and tours of the community. The entire property inside and out has Wi-Fi and mobile medical technology, designed for the next generation of seniors and their families. Some of the many other amenities and services Tessera of Brandon offers include an art studio, bistro/bar, beauty and barber salon, fitness center, library and all-day service in casual to fine dining restaurant venues. There are also scheduled transportation services, assistance with daily living activities, weekly housekeeping, a secured Valeo neighborhood for memory care residents, 24-hour health monitoring and a variety of wellness programs and classes.

Jack Daniel’s Tasting And Bottle Event

AJ's Fine Wine & Liquors will be featuring a Jack Daniel's tasting and bottle event on Sunday, June 3 from 6 -9p.m. at AJ's Fine Wine & Liquors, located at 3443 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Valrico. This is a great idea for Father’s Day. The bottles engraved will be Gentleman Jack, Woodford Reserve and Jack Daniel's

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A grand opening celebration was recently held at Tessera of Brandon, a new assisted living facility at 1320 Oakfield Dr.

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Tide Dry Cleaners Opens Brick And Mortar Location In Valrico

JBBW Enterprises, LLC, in partnership with Agile Pursuits Franchising, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Proctor & Gamble (P&G), is pleased to celebrate the opening of its first Tide Dry Cleaners store in Valrico. Tide Dry Cleaners has quickly become the fourth largest dry cleaner in the country, by number of locations, and one of the fastest-growing dry cleaning franchise businesses in the United States. As the first Tide Dry Cleaners in Hillsborough County, the Valrico location is positioned to ensure customer service and convenience is a top priority. The store will feature a dual lane drive-thru concierge and Tide Dry Cleaners Kiosk with convenient 24-hour pick-up and drop-off accessibility. Designed with the simplicity of an ATM in mind, Kiosks are user-friendly and enable customers to pay for and pick up their dry-cleaned

items with a touch of a few buttons before, during and after business hours. In conjunction with GreenEarth® Cleaning and Tide® fabric Alison, Peter & Daniel Farnan along with care, the new Amanda Tracy own store upholds Your Special Day Bridal Tide’s tradition Boutique. of excellence and advanced cleaning technology care. Tide Dry Cleaners is located at 1928 E. Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. Hours are Monday to Friday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 662-4243. Visit

New Owners At Your Special Day, Bridal, Prom, Tuxedo

Alison, Peter and Daniel Farnan, along with Amanda Tracy, are the new

owners of Your Special Day, Bridal, Prom, Tuxedo, the only boutique wedding store at 7412 Commerce St. in Riverview. Bridal consultations are offered by appointment to give undivided attention while selecting your dream wedding gown. Bring your Bridal party with you and they can relax on a beautiful new sofa while you are assisted in trying on your selection of bridal gowns. You get to show them off to your guests until you find that ‘special Gown’ and Say Yes to the Dress. Your Bridal Party can also be assisted with their clothing needs including mothers, bridesmaids and flower girls. Tuxedo or suit rental, with a whole range of colors to match the suit accessories (tie/vest etc) to your wedding colors are also available. Hours currently are Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Check its Google listing for current times (which will be changing). For more information, call 671-3456 or visit on Facebook at ‘Your Special Day: Bridal, Prom, Tuxedo.’

Missy’s Ink Celebrates One Year Anniversary

Missy’s Ink permanent makeup is officially one year old. Owner Missy Duncan said, “It's been a blessing to have had over 130+ procedures this year and

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Petersburg bringing at 859 W. 12 years of OB/GYN Lumsden Rd. in experience to the Brandon. The By Michelle Colesanti practice. Tampa Jeep The dedicated Krewe has collocated at 6437 Watson Rd. in Riverview. staff at Women’s lected over Call 626-7575 to make reservations. Health & Wellness is $50,000 in Leave a message after 4:30 p.m. transforming women’s donated toys health care with a perand money River Oaks Raises Money For MADD sonal approach that over the past River Oaks Treatment Center, an starts well before three years and American Addiction Center, centered in childbirth and has set a goal Riverview recently participated in the Women’s Health & Wellness staff embraces the total of $30,000 for 2018 Walk Like MADD Tampa event in you. Women’s Health & Wellness uses this year. March at USF. The 20 member-team advanced medical technology, and a carPlease donate new toys that are was awarded Top Corporate Team for ing support staff at both locations will help entertaining but also easy to clean. Toys fundraising efforts. you achieve your most important and that can be played with in bed are espeThis year Walk Like MADD events urgent needs. cially wonderful for children who are have raised over $1,000,000 supporting Many health plans accepted. Hours unable to get up from bed. families who have been affected by are Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 The Greater Riverview Chamber of drunk-driving crashes, support law p.m. with lunch 12 NoonCommerce will be enforcement heroes and work with state 1:30 p.m. present for a ribbon and local legislators regarding current, Women’s Health & cutting at 12:30 p.m. new and future laws for DUI offenders. Wellness is located at 815 and The River Oaks Treatment Center is new S. Parsons Ave. in Brandon Valrico/Fishhawk to the area and provides a compassionand 13148 Vail Ridge Dr. in Chamber of ate, comprehensive, and quality recovery Riverview. Call 571-2777 to Commerce will be experience for adults battling substance schedule your appointment. present for a ribbon addiction and co-occurring mental health Visit cutting at 1:30 p.m. Dental Arts Prosthetics disorders. Visit Lunch will be provid or call Dental Arts Prosthetics Celebrates ed. Please RSVP to Lisa@Lisa605-3974. New Location With Ribbon Cutting On April 18, Technology Win Mark A. Jack, CDT, Mainstream Boutique Offers Chance Offers along with family, To Win $300 Gift Card Presentations friends, chamber In honor of National Best Friend's And Workshops members, employDay, stop in to the Boutique Friday to Educational ees, and dentists on Sunday, June 8-10 with your best friend technology conboard, celebrated the and tell why they are your best friend to sultants Henry ribbon-cutting for enter a chance to win a $300 gift card to and Julie Dental Arts Mainstream Boutique. Burroughs are Prosthetics, at its Mainstream Boutique is located in offering profesnew location, 203 N Winthrop Town Centre at 11232 Sullivan sional developParsons Ave., across St. in Riverview. ment presentathe street from The Call 643-0090 or visit https://maintions and workFirst Baptist Church. shops for educaDental Arts tors this summer Photos courtesy of Matty Donlan, River Oaks Be Happy Boutique Now Offering designed to Treatment Center Prosthetics creates dentures and remov- Online River Oaks raises money for MADD. improve your able appliances denBe Happy Boutique offers personal#EdTech skills such as Twitter for #PD tists order by prescription. It has been ized service and can assist you in finding and 3D printing, laser cutting and making dentures for 40 years, of which the perfect gift. robots in the classroom. All events 20 years has been in the Brandon area. There are lots of great selections of take place in the training lab of the Visit gifts, candles, apparel, & jewelry, just to Technology WIN! office at 3439 name a few. Brook Crossing Dr. in Brandon. Toy Collection For St. Joseph's gift certificates are also available. Visit to Children Hospital Now you learn more. Register for events at Lisa Wheeler, a can shop loan officer with FBC online at Mortgage, is partnerwww.behappyWomen’s Health & Wellness Adds ing with the Tampa New Member To Team Jeep Krewe to collect Be Happy Marian A. Sampson, M.D. was new unwrapped toys Boutique is recently introduced as the newest memto support St. located at ber of the Women’s Health & Wellness Joseph’s Children’s 11369 Big team seeing patients in the Brandon and Hospital ‘Christmas in Bend Rd. in Riverview offices. July’ Toy Drive on Riverview. Call Dr. Sampson completed her Wednesday, June 6 677-2300. OB/GYN Residency at Bayfront in St.

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The Talented Table Offers Baking and Cooking Classes That Provide Lifetime Skills

Sharon Baskin has trained in San Francisco and now brings her experience from culinary school and celebrity chefs to the science and techniques of cooking and baking. Baskin is offering two foundational course concepts: The Cooking Classes based on foundational cooking methods, and The Baking Classes, based on the science and techniques to develop baking skills. Both provide lifetime skills to be passed down to generations. In addition, she offers theme classes based on popular requests, as well as specialty classes for both business and personal gatherings. Her past experience includes Chef Educator at Bidwell Training Center and Culinary Director of the Versatile Gourmet. A former high school teacher at Upper St Clair High School, she is a Carnegie Mellon University graduate and earned her MBA at Duquesne University as well as her Secondary Principal Certificate. Hours are Saturdays from 10 a.m.-12 Noon, Sundays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and Monday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The Talented Table is located at 11740 Albatross Lane in Riverview. For more information call 724-996-5464.

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Visiting Tallahassee For Family Fun Is A Capital Idea Are you looking to spend your summer vacation close to home? About four hours northwest of the Tampa Bay area is Tallahassee, Florida’s State Capital. Most people think of state politics and Florida State University (FSU) when Tallahassee comes to mind, but there is so much more to the city and surrounding area for the entire family to enjoy. Whether you are a nature lover, thrill seeker or a history buff, you will find something nearby to make this an exciting trip. For history buffs and those that want to learn about Florida’s political history, visit the Florida Historic Capitol Museum. The Historic Capitol has symbolized Florida state government since 1845. Restored to its 1902 appearance, it stands as an icon at the center of Florida’s Capitol complex; the modern-day nerve center of Florida’s government. Visitors experience the people and events that have shaped the state through photos, recordings and audiovisual displays. Together with exhibit panels, photographs, and interactive multimedia, the museum offers a journey through the colorful history of government in Florida. The complex is located at 400 S. Monroe St. Visit If you have piqued your child’s interest in politics, consider a tour of the present day Capitol, which is open to the public on weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday to Friday. For inquiries about tours, call 850-488-6167. Tours are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis. Unlike most museums you will encounter, the Tallahassee Museum offers both indoor and outdoor exhibits on 52 acres of breathtaking Florida flora and fauna. A land-

mark for more than 50 years, it is ranked as one of the top state museums. All ages will enjoy the Museum’s living exhibits of native wildlife, nature trails, and native gardens. It is home to 14 historic buildings immersing visitors in 19thcentury experiences allowing you to discover the history and lifestyles of southern communities. During weekends, the 1880s Big Bend farm is alive with handson demonstrations of the past. If you need a little more adventure, explore Tallahassee from the tree tops while ziplining. Tallahassee Tree to Tree Adventures allows you to soar through cypress swamps, and conquer aerial games and obstacles on one of the courses at the Tallahassee Museum. Visit The museum is located at 3945 Museum Dr. in Tallahassee. It is open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Visit The Tallahassee Automobile

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drawn hearse. But it is not just a museum of automobiles. It also features a knife exhibit, boats, sports memorabilia, dolls, Native American artifacts, Steinway pianos, a general store exhibit and much more. The museum, located at 6800 Mahan Dr. in Tallahassee, is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Visit A visit to the National Historic Landmark Mission San Luis transports you back to 1703, where you can escape to another time. Your destination is a community where Apalachee Indians and new-

comers from Spain lived together. Hear the ring of the blacksmith's hammer, smell traditional foods being cooked over an open fire, and walk the plaza where the Apalachees

played their traditional ball games. Experience the largest historic-period Indian building found in the Southeast and greet the friar at the church. Learn about a soldier's life at the fort, and explore 300-year-old artifacts excavated onsite. Enjoy the beautiful outdoor setting with a picnic lunch or nature walk. Visit The Goodwood Museum and Gardens is on the National Register of history places. It is a former cotton plantation with 20 structures dating back from 1835 to 1925 featuring original family furniture and belongings. General admission for adults is $12, but the grounds are free and

open to the public during museum hours of operation, which is MondayFriday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Visit Don’t forget about Florida State University. Tallahassee and the University have been linked since 1850. The FSU campus is beautiful and taking a stroll is an enjoyable way to spend a few hours, and who knows, your younger student could fall in love and want to return. ‘There’s Nole place like home.’ For more information, go to Next month, learn about the natural wonders in and around Tallahassee.

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High School Junior Brings Music To The Bridges Residents For Gold Project

By Janet Noah

Newsome The idea High School was only the first Junior, Kristin part of Kristin’s Reagin, goes for project. Next the gold with her came the recent project, fundraising, ‘Medicine for the applying for and Soul.’ Open only receiving a grant to girls in high and collecting school, the Girl used iPods Scout Gold is the through various most prestigious drives. With over and the most diffi$750 raised, cult to earn with Kristin Reagin’s Girl Scout Gold Project benefits Kristin provided only 5.4% of eligi- dementia patients at The Bridges Assisted Living nine iPods with & Memory Care Community in Riverview. ble Girl Scouts headphones, a successfully earning this award. charging station, a housing container that For the past two years Kristin, can be locked, and music from iTunes. daughter of Tom and Lynn Reagin of The best and most rewarding part was Valrico, has volunteered every Sunday at yet to come. “When I placed the headThe Bridges Assisted Living & Memory phones on the residents and they began Care Community in Riverview. As Kristin to sing and smile, I saw first hand that my played the piano and sang with the mem- project was working and residents were ory care residents, she realized the posiresponding positively.” tive effect music had on them. Donna Steiermann, Executive Kristin’s project ‘Medicine for the Director at The Bridges, foresees many Soul,’ is based on extensive research benefits for residents. “’Medicine for the conducted on the effects of music on indi- Soul’ will be a wonderful addition to our viduals with dementia. “I am extremely community and will improve the quality of passionate about this topic since I know our residents’ lives,” she commented. how music can help bring joy to the lives In addition to her ongoing commitof those with dementia. I also know that ment to the Girl Scout program, Kristin is music has been scientifically proven to active in Elite and Chamber Choir at tap into memories that had otherwise Newsome High and is a member of their been forgotten,” Kristin noted. Kristin’s Cross Country Team. She also volunteers goal to utilize donated iPods and create her time to sing and play the piano at genre specific playlists for each iPod Hope Lutheran Church of Plant City. As came to fruition; she recently presented you might imagine, Kristin aspires to a the program to residents and staff at The career in music therapy or music educaBridges. tion.

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LGC Hair Celebrates Four Years Improving Images For a stylist, it can be a leap of faith to go out on your own. You lose the safety net of a big box salon or brand recognition, and the competition is fierce. However, Laura Craig always knew the community needed more than just your average stylist. With over 25 years experience, Craig specializes in hair restoration for men, women, and children who have varying levels of hair loss due to disease, injury, or natural age progression. LGC Hair is still growing in its new location, four years later, helping clients look and feel their best. Craig is so thankful for her clients: “Everybody is different. They have their own circumstances and situations. You watch people change through their journeys. I meet some really good people in the Brandon area. I can’t imagine where else I’d ever want to work.” Her mission is the same from the moment she started: helping people rediscover their identities through giving them back the hair they once had or the hair they always wanted. She offers a range of restorative services such as: non-surgical permanent hair replacement; semi-permanent hair replacement; and the ALLIEVE Process, which unlike any other conventional hair replacement procedure, mimics natural hair growth. You could also go for a great haircut, perm, or color even if you have not experienced hair loss. Her salon has it all and will grow with you along each step in your journey. Additionally, Craig offers human hair wigs at extremely cost efficient prices. She will work with you on payment plans for long term treatments and wigs, and her prices are often $800 to $900 under competitor pricing. Why specialize? Why not just open up a big box salon of her own? Craig knows she is in the right place: “I pray about it a lot. I really run my business on faith that God sends the right

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people through my door. I really pride myself on a lot of personal care that I give each client. I’m always here for them no matter what.” She wants people to have good quality products and services at much more competitive prices. LGC remains a certified ambassador for Wigs for Kids where they can collect ponytails for donation. These ponytails are used to create wigs for children experiencing hair loss due to medical conditions like cancer and alopecia. Craig talks about the benefits of this program: “This year, I’ve had more teenage girls with alopecia, and they want to go to prom, but they are feeling devastated. There are no cures out there despite research and seminars. I take a lot of time with them and when I have a parent that looks at me with tears in their eyes. I know why I do what I do. It’s very rewarding. I treat the kids like they were mine. I would want my child to feel comfortable going through something like that.” LGC Hair Restoration is located inside Mandalay Mist at 1123 Professional Park Dr., Brandon, 33511. Business Hours are Monday-Saturday by appointment with times ranging between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. Call 990-9234. or via email at


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Tampa’s Food Scene Welcomes Armature Works & The Hall On Franklin

By Kathy L. Collins

shop for up to 30 people Over the last few complete with a full cooking decades, Tampa has been demonstration kitchen, transformed from a business event spaces, a spacious centric downtown that closed outdoor terrace. There are at 5 p.m. to one that is filled additional spaces planned with excitement, entertainas the Heights Public ment and great food. The Market continues to grow. most recent and exciting The Heights Public additions to Tampa’s culinary Market is housed in the scene are the Hall on Armature Works which Franklin and the Heights dates back to 1910 when it Public Market. was the storage and The Hall on Franklin is a maintenance facility for European inspired specialty Tampa Electric’s food hall located at 1701 N. Streetcars. Franklin St. The Hall on Chrissy Nieves, a Franklin features seven resident of Winthrop in diverse cuisines under one is a well-travRiverview room with sit down service. elled foodie who has visitTry a hand-crafted cocktail both spaces. Nieves ed from The Collection or grab said, “I love both places. a coffee or tea from Kofe We like to go to the Hall and then walk around the on Franklin for date night. hall and see what whets It is more upscale and your palette. You can select more like a fine dining from Asian street food at restaurant.” Nieves North Star Eatery, seafood added, “The concept from Heights Fish Market, allows young chefs to The Hall on Franklin (L) is a lively, diverse full-service food hall located in Tampa’s first suburb, “The Heights.” The a melty sandwich from Heights Public Market (R ) is a fabulous food hall that has something for everyone and is located in the beautifully renohave a restaurant of their Heights Melts, breakfast all vated Armature Works. own.” day from Bake’n Babes, or Just Heights Public Market. The vendors Nieves said of the Height Public signature bowls from Poke Rose. a few miles away, sits the Heights here include outposts of some of Market, “The Heights Public Market has The concept of the Hall on Franklin Public Market at the restored Armature Tampa’s most celebrated restaurants a little bit of everything. You can grab a is unique. Not only can you enjoy great Works located at 1910 N. Ola Ave. The such as Ichicora Imoto, Ava and Cru or a full meal. They also have cocoffee food and drink, but you can also purHeights Public Market is situated in Cellars. Steelbach is a new full service working spaces so this is a great place chase the leather sofa you have 22,000 sq. ft. of open industrial market southern inspired kitchen and chopto come with friends or even by yourenjoyed sitting on or the beautiful chanspace featuring an open floor plan with house. self.” For info on the Hall on Franklin, delier lighting the space. The Hall on communal dining. In addition to the restaurants and visit For the Franklin has free WiFi and remote workThere are currently 16 dining pop ups such as Empamamas, there is Heights Public Market, visit www.armaspaces. An outdoor terrace is in the options with more on the way at the a Show and Tell entertainment planning stages.

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Volume 13, Issue 5

With Arts & Entertainment Editor Kathy L. Collins

League Of Fine Arts Presents Members’ Show

Jacob Seace Tells Stories Through Photography

The Brandon Story.” Third Place went to League of Fine Guy Learn for Arts (BLFA) “Pennsylvania Paradise,” Annual Members’ an oil piece. There were Show is currently four Honorable Mention on exhibit in the Awards given to Charles Mook Gallery at Stierlen, Bonnie Phillips, Center Place of Elizabeth Johnson and Brandon. There Susan Weilbacher. Bryant are 46 pieces from said, “I could easily have the members in used three more the show. Every Honorable Mentions. All type of medium those chosen had stiff Marsha Nelson’s “In the Pink” won first place in the 2018 Brandon League of competition.” from oil, acrylic Fine Arts Members’ Show. and jewelry to In addition to these alcohol ink on yupo, stained glass mosaic awards, the community supports the and pastel on sandpaper is represented show through three additional awards. in the show. The Chuck McLaughlin Award is sponThe 2018 Members’ Show was sored by Liz McLaughlin in honor of her judged by Debra Bryant, a local artist husband’s love of watercolors and his from Plant City. Bryant said, “The Annual support of BLFA. This award went to Sue BLFA Members’ Show is quite a treat for Allen for her watercolor piece, “Landforms the community, and it was a joy and an IV.” honor to judge.” Bryant added, “It is a Bay Area Cardiology supports two feast for the artist and art lover and I had From the Heart Awards. These went to quite a time narrowing the field for the Douglas Steinbarger for his pastel piece, awards offered.” “Marshall Morning” and to David Bahm First Place was awarded to Marsha for “Roy’s on 66,” an acrylic piece. Nelson for her photograph, “In the Pink.” The BLFA has been bringing fine arts Bryant said, “’In the Pink’ by Marsha to the community for the past 59 years. Nelson struck me with its contrasting The next show is Artworks which takes color and values as well a sit composiplace in September and will be shown at tion. It has an overall appeal that kept Center Place. drawing me back to look again.” Center Place is located at 619 Second Place was awarded to Beth Vonderburg Dr. in Brandon. Visit Smedley for her mixed media piece, “Bird

Photography is stay in the the art of capturing an moment and then image on film, paper take the photoor now most comgraph," explained monly, in a digital forSeace. "I try to mat. Photographs tell keep the clients a story, and when it is calm and tell your story, you want them you do not someone who is have to look at knowledgeable, capathe camera. I ble and creative to tell know when the yours. moment is right to A road trip in 2016 helped launch Jacob Jacob Seace, a take the photoSeace into a career in photography. resident of Riverview graph." Seace and owner of Jacob Seace Photography added, "I want clients to relax and not possesses the qualities and expertise be tense." that you want in a photographer. A lot Seace works with his clients to goes into creating the perfect photoensure that their vision comes through graph. Seace brings a vibrant attitude to on the photos. He will work with them to his photography and it shows in his select the perfect venue for the shoot, amazing photographs. the right clothes to wear and more. Seace got into photography on a When Seace does a shoot for senior trip with a friend to Western North portraits, he will take close to 500 phoCarolina. His friend had a camera and tographs. Seace was hooked. He bought a camThis year, Seace participated in the era, learned all that he could including Annual Winthrop Arts Festival. He is the art of videography and started his also becoming associated with the own business. Winthrop Arts Art Factory and offering Seace specializes in portraiture and classes on photography on select dates. Landscapes. With respect to portraits, Local businesses and organizations he focuses on senior (high school) porthat want to optimize their social media traits and model portfolios. "It is always presence with great photographs can a new challenge with every shot. I never get help with this from Seace. stop learning," said Seace. For more information on Seace and Seace's philosophy in taking the his photography, please visit perfect photograph is simple. "I like to

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Nationally Recognized Summer STEM Program Coming To Two Area Schools

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this module, campers nurse their robotic puppy back to health and design and build dog parks as they hammer out ideas for the best park attraction. * Mod My Mini Mansion™: Campers will dream up and design their very own futuristic smart home filled with gadgets, LEDs, technology and innovations. * Stick To It™: Campers will invent something new every day as Campers will dream up, design and build their very own they explore what it is like futuristic smart home. to be a physicist, engineer Camp Invention, a nationally recand entrepreneur. Young innovators ognized, nonprofit summer enrichment will invent, make and craft solutions to camp program, is coming to Arthur real-world challenges by building their Boring Civic Center, 2406 W. Reynolds own prototypes and discovering that St. in Plant City and Valrico Lake

Advantage Academy, 11306 Boyette Rd. in Riverview Monday to Friday, June 4-8. It is the only nationally recognized summer program focused on creativity, innovation, realworld problem solving and the spirit of invention. A program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF), in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, it challenges children in Grades Children at Camp Invention create tracks for the K-6 to find their ‘inner Optibot ™ — a small self-driving robot that senses changes in light. inventor’ by learning the process of innovation. Camp Invention anything is possible. promotes science, technology, engiAt the end of the program, each neering and mathematics (STEM) camper will bring home two personallearning; builds resourcefulness and ized robots. problem-solving skills; and encourages “We learn by experiencing things, entrepreneurship in a fun and engagnot by simply studying things and ing environment. repeating what we study,” said “The Camp Invention experience is Federico Faggin, inventor of the microthat invention is for everyone, and it is processor and 1996 NIHF Inductee. pure joy, collaboration and excitement,” “Providing an environment where chilsaid Radia Perlman, inventor of Robust dren can actually learn about inventing Network Routing and Bridging and and intellectual property, in a climate of 2016 NIHF Inductee. “This is a lesson play — that’s an unbelievable thing.” we should all hold for our entire lives.” Regional program sponsors Hands-on activities include: include DuckTape® brand duct tape. * Optibot™: Campers will launch All local Camp Invention programs into the future with their own Optibot are facilitated and taught by certified a small self-driving robot that senses educators who reside and teach in the changes in light. community. For more information, * Robotic Pet Vet™: Throughout visit

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Connection By Nick Nahas


Local Bodybuilder Places In National Europa Games Gabe Johnson, a Brandon native and graduate of Bloomingdale High School, placed in two different bodybuilding divisions in the Europa Games this past April in Orlando. The show was his first National Physique Committee competition. It was a national show which had over 200 competitors, 26 of which were in the two divisions Johnson competed in, Open and Novice. He placed third in both divisions. Johnson, 24, was unhappy with his physique and health and decided to do something Johnson placed third in two about it. He did different divisions in the Europe research and Games. learned everyshow that he does. thing that he He eats seven meals could about a day, one meal bodybuilding. He every two hours and then made diet fifteen minutes. He plans and worked wakes up at four in out regularly. the morning each Johnson puts day and does carhow. s a lot of work into is dio and lifting at h r e om aft ith his m w prepping for each the local gym, where he n o s n Jo h

Photos courtesy of Gabe Johnson works out six days a week. “It’s really taxing to be honest,” said Johnson. “It’s one of those sports where you have to be crazy to enjoy it.” Johnson said that everything changed for him when he met his coach, Jarrod Hess, who owns the Southern

Muscle store on Kennedy in South Tampa. Johnson said that he could not have had the success that he has had without the help of Hess, who trained him. Johnson is a sponsor for Broactive Menswear and he is also completing his studies with the National Academy of Sports Medicine to be a certified fitness trainer. The thing that he says he enjoys most about the sport is the mental strength that it gives him. “It’s a ‘you vs. you’ mentality,” he said. “It’s one of those sports where it will make you stronger as a person if you let it.” September 29 in Daytona is the next competition that Johnson will partake in. He said that he has put on 20 pounds of muscle since the show last month and he hopes to win first place this time. His ultimate goal is to be Mr. Olympia and he wants to build fitness in the Brandon area and make bodybuilding a popular sport.

Johnson will compete in hi s next sh September 29 in Daytona. ow on

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