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in Florida this year, will be lead by Riverview resident Store Manager Kelly Brennan. “One of our main goals is to make life simpler for our customers,” said Brennan. Wawa, which was named after a rural area in Pennsylvania and is a Native American word for the Canada goose, is open 24 hours, seven days a The grand opening celebration for the Wawa store at the inter- week. Each store is company owned and section of FishHawk Blvd., Boyette Rd. and Bell Shoals Rd. included a ribbon cutting and Hoagie for Heroes building com- operated and nationpetition between the Hillsborough County Sherrif’s Office and wide serves more than Hillsborough County Fire Rescue. 600 million customers Area residents have a much shorter annually. drive for Wawa’s famous hoagies, coffee Speaking at the store grand opening, and gas this month. The company’s State Representative Jake Rayburn wel144th Florida store opened at 13323 comed Wawa to the community. Boyette Rd., at the intersection with “My goal recently has been to foster FishHawk Blvd. and Bell Shoals Rd., on an environment that allows businesses to May 17 with specials for shoppers, fun, grow,” said Rayburn. “We know how games and donations to the Hillsborough much Wawa supports its community, so it County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) and is great to see it grow and prosper.” Hillsborough County Fire Rescue For more information on the store, (HCFR). call 437-2608 or visit www.wawa.com. “We are so excited to be here and become part of the community,” said Area Director of Store Operations Dave Filano. In This “We are looking forward to turning cusIssue tomers and community members into friends.” The grand opening celebration for HOA HOT TOPICS ...............................PG 7 the 6,119 sq. ft. store included a Hoagie for Heroes hoagie building competition TALLY OUTDOORS ............................PG 12 where the HCSO and the HCFR faced off CPR CLASSES ....................................PG 13 to see who could build the most hoagies in three minutes. Each group received MOTORIST/BICYCLE SAFETY ............PG 18 $1,000 from Wawa to charities of their WACKY HOLIDAYS ............................PG 21 choice. “At Wawa, when we open a new TAKING FLIGHT ................................PG 25 store, we celebrate our commitment to TAMPA’S RIVERWALK ......................PG 27 not only fulfill lives with our fresh food and beverages, latest store designs and SPORTS CONNECTION...............PGS 32‐33 expanded offerings, but also our commitARTS & ENTERTAINMENT................PG 43 ment to the community and our new neighbors,” said Filano. EYE ON BUSINESS .....................PGS 45‐46 The store, which is the sixth to open

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mom being a HSN shopper and I saw first hand the great deals she found and the wonderful community the station creates between the host, guest hosts and the viewers. I love being part of that community.” As a guest host in the home, lawn and garden categories, Wood tells viewers about everything from chemical-free cleaning solutions to the latest ice machines and solar lampposts. FishHawk When not workresidents who are fans of ing, Wood enjoys the Home Shopping spending time with Network (HSN), might her family at the notice a familiar face in the beach or Disney, but community. Rebekah her hours at HSN Wood, who has lived in can be long and the area for more than six unpredictable. years, is a guest host on “Last month I the network talking with worked from 5 p.m. hosts and demonstrating on a Monday to midproducts in the home, night on lawn and garden cateWednesday, airing gories. the Today Special Wood, who also FishHawk resident Rebekah Wood is every couple of a guest host on the Home Shopping home-schools her three Network in the home, lawn and gar- hours,” said Wood. children, began working at “It’s a job that runs den categories. HSN in June 2015 when on pure adrenaline.” she was introduced to the network’s talDespite the crazy hours, Wood still ent coordinator. After sending in a tape of recommends the job to anyone who her previous on-air work, Wood permight be interested. formed an audition at the studios and was “The guest hosts I work with all come first selected to represent the from different backgrounds,” she said. Margaritaville line. “You do not need television experience. “I absolutely love bringing great prod- You just need a passion for connecting ucts to our viewers that I know will either with the viewers about the products you help them or bring them happiness,” said feel will better their lives in one way or Wood, who worked in broadcast news for another.” 15 years, ending her career as the mornFor more information on HSN and to ing and mid-day anchor of the ABC news see a list of recently televised items, visit affiliate in Minneapolis. “I grew up with my www.hsn.com.


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

Fortune 500 Company Mosaic To Relocate Corporate Headquarters To Hillsborough

The Honorary ECHO of Brandon and Mayor of Brandon Kiwanis Club of Greater has been a local Brandon. Follow Haskins tradition for 59 on Facebook at years. Even Haskins4Mayor to learn though local resiabout all of her fun charidents run for ty events. mayor, the real “Once the money is winners are the counted, the new local charities that Honorary Mayor is benefit from the announced just prior to running candithe beginning of the date’s fundraising Fourth of July Parade,” efforts. Nickerson said. “The new “The race for Mayor is an honored Honorary Mayor guest in the parade riding of Brandon began in 1959,” said Janine Jaime Gukeisen of Brandon is one of the Nickerson, Honorary Mayor of President of The 2018 Brandon candidates. Community She will be raising money for local charities Roundtable, Family Promise, North which hosts the Brandon YMCA and annual event. Florida Big Dog Rescue. 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 Melissa Haskins of Valrico is one of the Nickerson. “Brandon non-profits are the 2018 Honorary Mayor of Brandon only winners of this race. Our first candidates. She will be raising money for Honorary Mayor, Nat Storms, a teacher at local charities Center Place Fine Arts, ECHO of Brandon and Kiwanis Club of Brandon High School at the time, raised Greater Brandon. $500 to help our area non-profits.” Since then, candidates have created new record in a convertible with their name on the high totals. Michelle Hernandez holds the side of the car. In addition, their name is record for the largest amount raised by a placed on the plaque with past Mayors female with over $55,000 and Chuck for posterity.” Burgess collected Nickerson more than and The $100,500 with his Community bid for the title. Roundtable This year’s encourage other Honorary Mayor Brandon-area of Brandon candiresidents to run dates are Jaime for the 2019 Gukeisen and Honorary Mayor Melissa Haskins. of Brandon race. “As people decide “The deadline is to run for May 1, 2019 so, Honorary Mayor, contact the they gather a Community team to arrange Roundtable for fundraising activithe 2019 applicaties and select up Honorary Mayor of Brandon race began in 1959. tion,” Nickerson to three charities The first Honorary Mayor, Nat Storms, a teacher said. “The objecas their benefici- at Brandon High School at the time, raised $500 tive is to make it to help Brandon-area non-profits. aries for their fun and fair to all campaign,” Nickerson said. “It is all in while contributing money to charities fun.” Gukeisen will be raising money for assisting less fortunate families in our local charities Family Promise, North community.” Brandon YMCA and Florida Big Dog If you would like to learn more about Rescue. Follow Jaime Gukeisen on The Community Roundtable or if you are Facebook at Jaime for Honorary Mayor of interested in running for the 2019 Brandon to see a list of her upcoming Honorary Mayor of Brandon, you can visit charity events. The Community Roundtable’s website at Haskins will be raising money for TheCommunityRoundtable.org or call local charities Center Place Fine Arts, Nickerson at 661-4350.

The Mosaic business in Brazil Company (NYSE: and Paraguay in MOS) recently 2014 and Vale announced that it Fertilizantes in Brazil intends to move its in 2018. corporate headquarMoving its headters, to Hillsborough quarters to Hillsborough County County. will yield several Details of the move, including timThe headquarters for the Florida opera- benefits for Mosaic: ing, the exact location tions is located in Lithia. Mosaic plans to Closer proximity and move its headquarters from Minnesota to of the corporate office an unspecified location in Hillsborough better access to Mosaic Fertilizantes. and the number of County. The company’s employees to be relorecent acquisition of Vale Fertilizantes cated, remain under consideration. “Mosaic is among the largest employ- doubled the size of its workforce, significantly increased its presence in Brazil, ers and most significant corporate ecoand reinforced the importance of keeping nomic drivers in Central Florida,” said its Americas based business units more Mosaic President and CEO Joc closely connected to corporate teams; a O’Rourke. “We believe locating our corcontinued focus on the potash business porate office there will give us opportuniwith little impact on accessibility for leadties to amplify Mosaic’s presence and ers and team members; opportunities to engage more closely with communities amplify Mosaic’s presence in Central where we operate. With the cost savings we expect to achieve and the closer prox- Florida and engage more closely with communities where they operate and sigimity to our Mosaic Fertilizantes business nificant long-term cost savings. in Brazil, this move will drive improved “We are thrilled that Mosaic is moving efficiency and good value.” its corporate headquarters to Hillsborough Mosaic is a Fortune 500 company County,” said Sandy Murman, Chair of with over 100 years of phosphate mining the Hillsborough County Board of County history in the U.S. It is the world’s largest Commissioners. “In addition to helping to combined producer of potash and phosdrive our local economy, Mosaic has conphates, two vital plant nutrients. Mosaic tributed millions of dollars and countless has its largest domestic presence in volunteer hours over the past several Florida, where it directly employs 3,000 decades to local nonprofit organizations. Floridians and an additional 3,000 conWe thank Mosaic for strengthening their tractors. In recent years, the company commitment to our community as they significantly expanded its business into establish their headquarters in South America, acquiring Archer Daniels Hillsborough County.” Midland Company’s fertilizer distribution

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Newcomers Group Makes Donations To ECHO And The Spring

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Members of the said Saunders, who Brandon Area explained that ECHO Newcomers Group have not only offers food and been welcoming resiclothing to Brandon area dents to Hillsborough residents who are strugCounty since 1961 and gling financially due to last month they helped unforeseen emergencies, but also organizes enrich the lives of those five interconnected back in need with donations to to work programs. two local charities. The Spring of The group, which Tampa Bay, which also boasts more than 100 received $1,500, assists members of various Mary Ann Clark, Vice President of victims of domestic vioages, raised almost the Brandon Area Newcomers lence. $3,000 at its annual Group, presented ECHO The Newcomers fundraiser last fall and Executive Director Eleanor decided to split the funds Saunders with a check for $1,500 group is open to resiat the group’s May meeting. dents who have been in between the Emergency Saunders used the opportunity to Care Help Organization explain to the members the ways the area for any amount (ECHO) and The Spring. ECHO helps residents experienc- of time. Members meet ing financial emergencies. monthly September “We feel so fortunate to be able to help others in this way,” said through May as a large group, but the club also offers many small-group meetVice President Mary Ann Clark. “It is ings including book clubs, bunko, bridge through the generosity of our members and dominoes groups, and even that we can do this.” overnight trips out of state and more. The money was raised through the “The group is not just for newcomgroup’s annual Make It, Bake It, Sew It, ers,” said Clark. “I lived here for 10 years Grow It fundraiser where members auction off items they have created or bought before I realized I could join.” Dues for the group are $20 annually to the public. “You name it, we have probably got it and meetings take place the third Wednesday of the month, September at our auction,” said Valrico resident Helen Lepre, who has been a member of through May, at the Brandon Community Center, located at 502 E. Sadie St. the group since 1998. Contact Clark at 653-3462. Anyone interECHO Executive Director Eleanor Saunders received a check for $1,500 for ested in joining should contact Lepre at her organization at the group’s May meet- 657-0883. To learn more about ECHO, visit ing. www.ECHO.org. Call 247-7233 for more “This money will go a long way to information about The Spring. help people learn to help themselves,”

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Local Businesses Work Together To Donate Field House For Newsome High

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and Turner who were responsible for most of the donations to fund the project, took about two years to build from the start of planning to the dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony in early May. According to Snively, the project took significant collaboration between the school district and the businesses involved. “We are proud of this great addition to the school and the way it came

A new field house for the Newsome High School football team, funded by donations from local businesses, was dedicated last month.

Football players at Newsome High School have a new space to call their own thanks to the generosity of local businesses. Ron and Eugene Allen from Ron Allen Construction, Jeff and Travis Turner of B & M Masonry and Electrical Contractor Perry Brown worked together and donated their time and supplies to build a field house for the team valued at approximately $300,000. The building, which is an addition to the school structure, is an extended locker room for the team giving them space to store their equipment. “This is a great example of how the community and the school district can work together to do something good for our kids,” said Hillsborough County School Board Member Melissa Snively, who dedicated the building. The field house, named after Allen

about,” said Snively. “I feel that it is important that we celebrate the small businesses that give their time and resources for our children in times when it is not always easy to do so.” Snively also made sure to thank Newsome Principal Carla Bruning, former Newsome football coach Ken Hiscock, current coach CJ Hockey and the parents and faculty members who helped with the construction of the field house. For information, call Newsome High School, located at 16550 FishHawk Blvd., at 740-4600.

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Shopping Bazaar, Neighborhood Awards And More Annual Neighborhoods Conference to hear about government Calling all programs and offershop-a-holics! The ings to hone leaderFishHawk Ranch ship skills and visit semi-annual indoor with vendors represhopping bazaar is senting public and taking place on private endeavors. Saturday, June 16 The conference from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. also included the at the Palmetto Neighborhood Club. Parkside Village resident Alison Bernstein Recognition Awards The event, took home the Hillsborough County Unsung Luncheon where which will feature Hero award for her community social committee efforts. Hillsborough 44 vendors, is free County representatives to attend and will offer the praised stellar neighborhoods opportunity to purchase oneand community leaders. of-a-kind gifts including jewelEleven associations and ry, clothing, crafts, organic four individuals took top honskin care products, essential ors in 10 categories. oils, natural pet products, canThe Bloomingdale dles, waxes, facial products, Homeowners Association hand designed glass art, handbags, purses and more. The event is won in the Neighborhood and Community Partnership category and held inside to escape the heat. Attendance is free and the OneBlood Lithia resident Alison Bernstein of Big Red Bus will be in the parking lot dur- Parkside Village was honored with the Neighborhood Unsung Hero award. ing the event accepting blood donations. Hillsborough County Neighborhood The Palmetto Club is located at Relations stages the event as part of its 17004 Dorman Rd. in Lithia’s FishHawk mission to provide training, funding and Ranch. For more information, call 657networking opportunities for residents 6629. and homeowner groups throughout unincorporated Hillsborough County, Tampa, Local Neighborhoods Win Temple Terrace and Plant City. Recognition Awards For more information, call Residents from throughout Neighborhood Relations at 272-5860. Hillsborough County came to the 15th

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Watch For Beautiful (But Deadly) Blooms

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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 www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poisoncontrol/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants 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,

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The Florida Cane Distillery Offer Classes To Get Into The Spirit

By Kelly Wise Valdes

Florida Cane Distillery, located in Ybor City, is offering hands-on classes to learn the art of making your own spirits.

In 2012, Lee Nelson and Pat O’Brien started the Florida Cane Distillery, located in the heart of historic Ybor City. O’Brien was impressed when Nelson would bring samples of his distilled Vodka to their hockey league practice. They were intrigued by the rapid growth of the craft beer industry and that more people were placing an emphasis on local, quality food and beverage. With their love of distilling and a solid friendship, they partnered together to tap into that local mindset and create a distillery focused on local Florida ingredients. The Florida Cane Distillery is now offering classes for those interesting in learning the art and technique of distilling spirits. Jesse Tate, one of the company’s distillers, along with Nelson, teaches the classes. Tate has been distilling for more than two years with the Florida Cane Distillery. He attended the University of South Florida and Siebel Institute of Technology’s course on Craft Distilling Operations and Technology

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Tate explains that the idea of holding distilling classes developed after he heard so many of the customers asking, “Where do I even start?” “I remember what it was like standing in distillery tours in various places, looking around at all the equipment and assuming that it was way too difficult for an average guy to get into,” said Tate. “After a little casual research I realized how wrong I was. With these classes we wanted to show people just how easy and fun making your own whiskey can be.” Tate has enjoyed teaching distillery techniques in his five previous classes. The Distillery is currently conducting its sixth class this month and is tentatively scheduling future classes. His favorite part of teaching this class is tasting the final product made by his students. “We finally get to see all that hard work paying off in tangible form,” said Tate. “Plus the whiskey itself is pretty darn good.” The classes are limited to 10 people and take place during three consecutive Wednesdays, from 6 – 9:30 p.m. The cost is $350 and includes the cost of materials for the whiskey, a one liter mini barrel to take home and any taxes associated with the production of the whiskey. The Florida Cane Distillery is located at 1820 N 15th S. in Tampa. To inquire about future class schedules visit www.FloridaCane.com or call 302-9696.

New 15,000-sq.ft. Tiki Docks Bar, Grill & Boat-Up Restaurant Coming To Riverview

By Sharon Still

A thing like this. nearly The area is 15,000 sq. underserved.” ft. boat-up “I think it restaurant is awesome,” on the commented Alafia Juanita Wild River is of Riverview, soon to who has been be a realiSite clearing begins in May for to the ty for Boathouse. “It the Tiki Docks, a nearly 15,000-sq.-ft. boat up restau- will give us Riverview rant and bar on the Alafia residents. more choices River. Site conon the river to struction for Tiki Docks is expected to eat and hang out and enjoy the beautiful begin in late May, according to 23 Alafia River and Florida atmosphere.” Restaurant Services president Marc While site plans have been Brown. approved by the county, building and “We are always looking for good dock plans are still being finalized. He waterfront property, based on the locareported that he anticipates there will be tion and we had the opportunity to buy seating for about 350-375 and about this piece and jumped on it,” said Brown, 230 parking spaces. Brown noted that who noted that 23 Restaurant Services the property is only accessible off of is the same group that owns Ford’s Palmetto Street and the group does not Garage, Yoeman’s Cask & Lion and the have final traffic plans. The entire projBoathouse in Cape Coral, another boatect is has a budget of about $7.5 milup, waterfront restaurant. lion. Situated on 4.25 acres on the corner He added that in addition to the of U.S. Hwy. 301 and Palmetto Street, restaurant and bars, ultimately, Tiki the full-service restaurant and bar will Docks will offer Jet Ski, jet boat and offer island-themed food and full-liquor paddle board rentals. bars inside and outside where there will Whether guests come by boat or by be a large patio. Brown said the menu car, Brown noted, “This will be a fun, will feature seafood, peel and eat cool place to hang out and spend the shrimp, fresh oysters, pineapple and day.” watermelon-themed dishes as well as The anticipated opening of Tiki burgers and other items. Docks is November or December of “We are really excited about the 2018. Riverview community,” said Brown. For information, visit www.23restau“Residents have been looking for somerants.com.

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Volume 17, Issue 6

County Plans New Regional Facilities

By Kate Quesada

Planning is existing county underway for two property, costs will new facilities to connot have to factor solidate operations in the purchase of for Hillsborough land. The properCounty Public Works, ties currently housPublic Utilities and ing the facilities will Fleet Management in be offered to other county departthe south and east ments once the areas of the region. new locations are The Public operational. Works South Service According to Unit, now at 8718 Old Mansour Yazdi Big Bend Rd., will with Hillsborough move to the Public County Real Utilities Maintenance Estate and Facility property at 10707 Rhodine Rd. Hillsborough County is planning two new Facilities Services, who is the project in Riverview and the facilities to consolidate operations for Hillsborough County Public Works, Public manager for the Public Works East Utilities and Fleet Management in the south change, a budget Service Unit at 4744 and east areas of the region. for the project will Sydney Rd. and the not be released until planning is out of Countywide Service Unit at 13173 N. the design phase. He hopes that conU.S. Hwy. 301 will both move to the struction will start in early 2019 and that Valrico Advanced Wastewater Treatment the buildings will be operational by early Plant property at 1167 N. Dover Rd. 2020. According to Hillsborough County “Our experience during Hurricane Community Relations Coordinator Irma demonstrated how vital a safe place Michelle Van Dyke, there are three main for workers and to protect equipment is reasons for the moves. during an emergency,” said Van Dyke. “The proposal is aimed at providing “Existing operations that play a vital role more efficient and effective public safety in protecting public safety before and services by consolidating operations into after disasters are located in numerous new facilities that would require signifilocations throughout the county in aging cantly less upkeep, have more space facilities. This move will help us provide and more effective design for current better service.” operations and that can withstand hurriFor more information, visit the cane-force winds in order to protect “Consolidated and Hardened employees and equipment and provide Maintenance Facilities page at vital response,” said Van Dyke. www.HCFLGov.net/CountyProjects. As the new facilities will be using


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Freshen Up Home With Don’s Bay Area Painting, 20 Years In Business

Women’s Health And Wellness Welcomes New Physician, Marian Sampson, MD

From updatemployees, not ing a tired-looksubcontractors, ing room to who are trained receiving an on all the latest HOA letter with a techniques and not-so-gentle technology. request that it is Murray is so time to refresh sure that his cusyour exterior tomers will be paint, the dauntsatisfied that he ing task of house Don’s Bay Area Painting has been offering quality offers a 100% interior and exterior painting services in the painting can be a satisfaction guarGreater Tampa Bay area for more than 20 years. antee and sometimes unpleasant and unwanted task. doesn’t take a deposit before starting the It’s at times like these when it is best job. He only accepts payment when the to let the pros handle the job, but even customer is happy with the final result. finding and hiring a reputable company “Our motto is ‘we’re not happy until can be a challenge. you’re happy’ and we mean that,” he said. For homeowner and Brandon resiGrieb said he is a very satisfied cusdent Stephen Grieb, it was a piece of tomer. “When they showed up at my cake. home they were very prepared and had Grieb knew just where to go to find a all the right equipment and were able to quality company to paint the exterior of complete the work in one day,” he said. his home. “They really knocked it out of the park for “I went to my local paint store and me.” asked the manager who they recomOne perk of hiring Don’s Bay Area mended and he told me Don’s Bay Area Painting include a free sidewalk and Painting was a local company that has a driveway pressure wash with an exterior great reputation,” he said. “Those things paint job. were important to me.” The company also uses quality paint Grieb scheduled a free estimate and brands such as Sherwin Williams and owner-operator Don Murray came out Porter (PPG) Paint and offers a five-year and gave him a competitive quote to paint labor warranty on its work. his 1,400-sq. ft. home. He said Murray’s Don’s Bay Area Painting specializes qualifications and experience were in interior and exterior house painting of impressive. both commercial and residential properDon’s Bay Area Painting has served ties. the Greater Tampa Bay area for more For more information, visit than 20 years and is a licensed, bonded www.donsbayareapainting.com. For a and insured company. Murray hires free estimate, call 291-0505.

Women’s Health and talk about their health and Wellness recently concerns and I treat every welcomed Marian patient with warmth and Sampson, MD as the kindness,” she said. newest member of its Sampson also gets medical team. Dr. satisfaction taking care of Sampson is board-certimoms-to-be and making fied in Obstetrics and sure that their babies have Gynecology. a smooth and wonderful Sampson grew up entry into the world. in Jackson, Mississippi, In addition to expert where she obtained a obstetric care, Women’s bachelor’s degree in Health and Wellness also Dr. Marian Sampson is the Biology from Jackson provides gynecologic care, newest member of Women’s State University. After Health and Wellness’ medical including treatment for team. starting a family and pain or bleeding issues teaching for eight years, she decided it and bladder problems as well as weight was time to realize her dream of management. becoming an obstetrician and gynecolo“For me it’s all about being able to gist (OB/GYN). take care of women in every stage of Jackson said it was a life experitheir life, from adolescent to postence that influenced her career choice. menopausal care,” said Sampson. “I was a teenage mom at 18 and Sampson’s philosophy on patient my obstetrician never treated me any care mirrors that of the other doctors at differently than the other women he the practice, including Dr. Stephen treated,” she said. “That experience left Zweibach, Dr. Natasha Champion and a lasting impression on me and I knew Dr. Mariel Rotundo. that I wanted to be a doctor.” “We are committed at this practice Sampson and her family moved to giving women the respect they Nashville, where she attended medical deserve,” said Zweibach. school at Meharry Medical College. She Sampson will be seeing patients at completed her OB/GYN residency at St. Women’s Health and Wellness’ locaPetersburg’s Bayfront Medical Center tions in Brandon, at 815 S. Parsons and brings more than 12 years’ experiAve., and in Riverview, at 13148 Vail ence to Women’s Health and Wellness. Ridge Dr. As a doctor, she uses the same It accepts most major health plans approach as the obstetrician that delivincluding TRICARE. Women’s Health ered her own children, Dr. Paul Rice. “I and Wellness is currently accepting new take the time to make every patient feel patients. Visit www.whnw.net or to comfortable enough to open up to me schedule an appointment call 571-2777.

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Parks, Paths & Lighthouses Make It Only Natural To Enjoy Tallahassee Outdoors Tallahassee and ing. Boats without gas-powing, fishing, vicinity is home to mulered motors are allowed. It hiking, camptiple parks and outdoor is a perfect setting for picing, and nics at the pavilions and recreation. Too numernature study. grills along the lake shore. ous to mention all, but Two natural There are two short a few are highlighted boat ramps nature trails through the below. provide woods overlooking the lake Cascades Park is access to the Cascade Park and six miles of shared-use a 24 acre park located Apalachicola Ampitheater trails for hikers, bicyclists in the heart of downBay that can and equestrians. Enjoy five town. Built by the citiaccommoSt. Marks National miles of designated biking trails winding zens via a one-cent local option sales date small, Wildlife Refuge & through the woods surrounding Lake tax, everyone can enjoy a variety of shallow draft Lighthouse Overstreet, located on park property outdoor and recreational amenities, adjoining the gardens. The Park is including a state-of-the-art amphithelocated half mile north of I-10 on U.S. ater, interactive water fountain, chil319/Thomasville Rd. dren's play area, Smokey Hollow Commemoration and miles of multi-use There are plenty of sites to visit trails. Cascades Park is located at 1001 within a 90 minute drive of South Gadsden in downtown Tallahassee. These day trips are a Tallahassee. Park hours are from sunrise to sun- great addition to your visit to the capital city. set except in lighted areas or during boats under 26 ft. There For outdoor permitted events. For are great opportunities enthusiasts, St. information on upcomfor shelling and beachMarks National ing events, combing. The shoreline Wildlife Refuge visit www.discovercasis active during the summer months and Lighthouse is cades.com. Tickets for when sea turtles and shore birds such a slice of heaven. concerts are available as the snowy plover, least tern, black Established in at www.capitalcityamskimmer, and willet lay their nests with1931, it is one of phitheater.com. in the park. Dolphins are also a comthe oldest mon sight The Rez wildlife Reservation (aka on the Gulf refuges in the Rez – part of FSU) side and the United States. A wintering Come out to the FSU Reservation the bayfor a day of relaxation or recreation. It is ground for migratory birds, it is side. The spread not on campus, but nearby at 3226 Park is between Wakulla, Jefferson, Flastacowo Rd. in Tallahassee. The located on and Taylor Counties. The FSU Reservation offers swimming, St. George refuge is a 'gateway site' for canoeing, sailing, kayaking, instructionIsland, 10 Bald Point State Park the Great Florida Birding Trail. al clinics, picnicking, 40 ft. climbing miles SE As a National Historic wall, beach volleyball, a recreation hall of Landmark, St. Marks Lighthouse, the with game tables and more. Children Eastpoint off U.S. 98. St. George Island second oldest in Florida, is one of the ages 15 and under must be accompais about 70 miles from Tallahassee. most photographed landmarks on the nied by adult parent or guardian. Visit http://campusrec.fsu.edu/outdoors/reser Gulf coast. The current tower was comAbout an hour due south of pleted in 1842. It is a little over a half vation Tallahassee is Bald Point State Park. hour drive from It boasts some of the most picturesque Tallahassee. Alfred B. Maclay scenic areas along north Florida's Gulf Gardens State Park Coast. Located at 146 Box Cut Rd. in Just off North boasts beautiful ornamenAlligator Point, where Ochlockonee Bay Florida's Gulf tal gardens which were meets Apalachee Bay, Bald Point offers Coast, 28-mile St. first planted in 1923 by a multitude of land and water activities. George Island is Alfred B. and Louise Coastal marshes, pine flatwoods and one of the last Maclay after they puroak thickets foster a diversity of biologiinhabited yet chased the property for cal communiunspoiled their winter home. A masties making Alfred B. Maclay Gardens barrier terpiece of floral architecthe park a State Park islands in ture, the gardens feature popular destiFlorida. With miles of undevela picturesque brick walkway, secret nation for oped beaches, St. George Island garden, reflection pool, walled garden birding and and hundreds of camellias and azaleas. State Park offers plenty of opporwildlife viewLake Hall provides opportunities for tunities for sunbathing, swiming. Each fall, St. George Island swimming, fishing, canoeing and kayak- ming, canoeing, kayaking, boatbald eagles

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and other migrating raptors, along with monarch butterflies, are commonly seen heading south for the winter. Bald Point offers access to two Apalachee Bay beaches for swimming, sunbathing, fishing, canoeing, kayaking and windsurfing. Facilities include a fishing dock and picnic pavilions.

Florida Caverns is the only state park to offer cave tours to the public. It has dazzling formations of limestone stalactites, stalagmites, soda straws, flowstones and draperies. Cave tours sometimes sell out so call the Ranger Station at 850-4821228 prior to departing for the park to ensure that all tours have not sold out for that day. Guided cave tours last 45 minutes and are offered year-round except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Tours of the caves are not offered on Tuesday or Wednesday. Florida Caverns State Park is also popular for camping, picnicking, fishing, hiking, and horseback riding. It also features a ninehole, New Deal-era golf Florida Caverns course set in beautiful rolling terrain. The entrance is adjacent to the main park entrance; contact the Florida Caverns Golf Course at (850) 526-1148. The state park is located at 3345 Caverns Rd. in Marianna (about 1 ¼ hours from Tallahassee). For more information, visit www.floridastateparks.org/floridacaverns or call 850-482-9598. There is so much so much more than space allows. Visit trailahassee.com to navigate through all your choices and find the best places where you and your family to enjoy the Tallahassee Outdoors. Part 3 in July will focus on food and drink.

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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 www.jewelssafety.com. Tyson also teaches classes to


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Volume 17, Issue 6

Fourth Grade Student Experiences The World Through Semester At Sea

By Kate Quesada

When fourth grade student Maxx Parfitt learns about world geography in school, he will have an advantage over most of his classmates. Maxx recently returned from a four month trip with the Semester at Sea program where he visited more than 10 countries, learning about their geography, culture and languages. Maxx and his parents, FishHawk residents Robert Parfitt and Patricia Zapf, joined approximately 600 students from all over the world for the spring 2018 semester to learn on the MV World Odyssey as it traveled from San Diego, California to Frankfurt, Germany stopping at places including Vietnam, Hong Kong, India and South Africa on the way. Zapf, a Clinical Forensics Psychology Professor heard about the opportunity to teach on the ship from a colleague and felt it would be a great experience for her family. “We planned and picked the timing of the trip very carefully,” said Robert, who owns his own business so was able to take time off and home school Maxx during the semester. “We felt like the opportunity to become global citizens outweighed the difficulties of making the trip work.” The family was given a 300 sq. ft. room on the ship, which is set up as a floating university with a student center, cafeterias, a library and a pool, to use as a base during the adventure. They left the boat at ports in Mexico, Hawaii, Japan, China,

Vietnam, Burma, India, Mauritius, South Africa, Ghana, Morocco, Portugal and Germany, staying at hotels in many of the locations while taking tours and experiencing as much as they could of the countries’ cultures. “I’ve always been interested in travel,” said Robert. “I tried to plan as many of the day trips myself as possible, but in some cases we used the guides suggested by the program.”

restaurant, Outback, at home.” A student at FishHawk Creek Elementary School, Maxx kept a blog while traveling, which helped him keep track of the many places he visited and the unique experiences in each place. A hockey lover, Maxx brought his equipment on the ship and was able to play his favorite sport with children in Japan and Hong Kong. Additional highlights for Maxx were the Pokemon warehouse, a trip to a game reserve in South Africa where he saw animals including lions, cheetahs, elephants, baboons, zebras and buffalo, stitching a soccer ball in Ghana and a ceremony on the boat when it crossed the equator. Maxx’s family was one of a few on the boat where FishHawk resident Maxx Parfitt and his parents most of the residents were Robert Parfitt and Patricia Zapf recently traveled college students who female with the Semester at Sea program visiting more paid for the experience and than 10 countries from Mexico to Germany. received college credit. The Highlights of the trip for Robert Semester at Sea program, which included biking through the jungle in works in conjunction with Colorado Ghana, cooking classes in India, State University, started in 1963 and Japan and Vietnam and visiting the then more than 63,000 people since Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China from 1,700 higher learning instituand Tiananmen Square. tions have traveled to more than 60 “Maxx loved trying and buying countries through the program. clothes from different countries and For information on the program, impressed us with how he branched visit www.semesteratsea.org. To see out and tried new foods,” said more of Maxx’s family’s journey, read Robert. “But he did miss his favorite his blog at www.maxxparfitt.com.

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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 the

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

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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Livingstone Exceptional Academy Celebrates First Student Graduation By Kate Quesada

Students from Class President Livingstone Angel Foust and Academy have a lot Valedictorian Zach to celebrate this Ruminer both gave month. The school, speeches at the which caters to stugraduation ceremodents with learning ny which was held disabilities, celebratat The Regent in ed its first high Riverview and school graduating attended by more class of ten students Livingstone Academy celebrated its first than 200 people. graduating high school class of 10 in May and recently Pello, a former students last month. announced plans to Christian school double the size of its autism center on principal, and his wife Bernadette, a Bloomingdale Ave. business executive, opened the school A private school with campuses in with 35 students in Brandon after recSeffner and Riverview and an addition- ognizing a lack of quality educational al autism center and exceptional center services available for students in a priin Brandon, Livingstone is the county’s vate school environment. In 2007, the largest provider for students with the school moved to the current main camMcKay Scholarship offering small pus in Seffner. group learning models with individualNow, all of the school campuses ized attention for students with IEPs provide a positive learning environment and 504 plans. for students with specific learning disThe school, which was founded in abilities, Autism, Asperger’s, speech 2003, has more than 300 students and language disorders, Attention enrolled in its four locations, with 180 Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), in grades one through 12 at the Seffner emotional/social disorders and cognicampus. tive and/or developmental delays. The “We provide struggling students Exceptional Center High School in with the love and support they need,” Brandon also serves students with said school CEO and Founder Chris Down syndrome and focuses on devotPello. “We teach students in small ing independent functioning and real groups according to their academic lev- life skills. els and individual needs.” “Our goal is to prepare our stuAccording to Pello, of the 10 graddents for entry into various transition uating students, some are attending programs in our county,” said Pello. Hillsborough Community College and Scholarships are available. For two are planning to enter a transition more information, visit www.livingprogram for vocational training. The stoneschools.org or call 661-4200.

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BSAC's Own Receives Public Citizen Of The Year Award

Christian Networking Group Sponsors Second Shining Light Teacher Award

Theresa Hickie's Hickie, Senior works hard to Director of Sports manage, proProgramming for mote and Brandon Sports encourage othand Aquatic Center ers to engage in (BSAC) was available sports recently awarded programming. Public Citizen of Hickie's believes the Year by the that everyone, National regardless of Association of their socioecoSocial Workers nomic status, is (NASW). Annually, entitled to high NASW recognizes quality and readiBSAC's Senior Director of Sports ly available an individual who Programming, Theresa Hickie, has been resources. is not a social awarded Public Citizen of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers. Her leaderworker but whose ship has ensured consistent funding for work in the community carries out the programs, such as Head Start which procore values of social work this includes vides free swimming lessons to children someone who demonstrates their conwho come from low income families. cern for social justice. Hickie said, "I come to work each day Hickie's focus on drowning prevention at BSAC epitomizes a concern for committed to making it a great experisocial justice. Hickie was nominated by ence for each person who walks through Dr. Stacy Katz, Ph.D, LCSW. the door. We want to make a positive Florida has one of the highest drown- impact on lives here at BSAC, and I think ing rates in the country. Hickie works hard we do a great job doing just that." to focus on bringing quality programs Chuck Burgess, BSAC CEO said, "Theresa is a blessing to both our organisuch as the Trident Program and other zation and the community. Her selfless swimming and drowning programs to nature and constant focus on creating BSAC. This, coupled with her support of opportunities for others is an example for the Special Olympics, is why Dr. Katz us all. nominated her. Burgess added, "We are so proud of Hickie said, "Being recognized for something that you love to do is a very her and her award and grateful that she is humbling experience. I love seeing the such a big part of our team every day." smile on a child's face when they can BSAC is located at 405 Beverly Blvd. swim, overcome a fear and know they in Brandon. For more information, please are safer around water." visit www.mybsac.org.

For the secbership chair of CBC ond consecutive expounded on the year, Christian evaluation process. Business She noted that the Connections judging committee also (CBC) has takes into considerasponsored the tion parent and student Shining Light stories submitted Teacher Award, through its website. which acknowlOn May 14, the edges exemplaCBC honored each of ry performance Pictured are the six finalists with a six finalin Christian edu- the special breakfast and ists (holding cation. Six finalgift baskets. Maria the baskets), the CBC president and vice president; and school administration for St. Hoffmann from St. ists from three Stephen, Bell Shoals and Livingstone. Stephen Catholic Christian School was announced as the overall schools were selected. winner. A trophy will be formally presented The CBC is a business networking to Hoffman at her school in front of faculorganization devoted to Christian values. ty, students and parents. The group promotes growth for its memFor 16 years, Hoffman has been bers, both spiritually and in their businessassociated with St. Stephen Catholic es, while enriching the local community. School. She is a first-grade teacher for Its Shining Light Teacher Award is based on the verses from Titus 2:7-8 and Math, Science, Social Studies and recognizes the educator’s leadership, Religion. Her community involvement commitment and academic excellence. includes leadership roles in 4-H, school “It is amazing to see how much this summer camps, children liturgy groups award has grown in only a year,” said and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Ryan Hughes, president of the CBC. “ The other finalists were Barbara Perkins, Christy Peters and Tammy The caliber of the teachers and the involvement of the schools has been phe- Perkins from Bell Shoals Baptist Academy; Amy Caldwell from Livingstone nomenal.” Academy; and Julianne Gonzalez from Hughes continued, “These teachers St. Stephen Catholic School. were selected by their peers, and it is For the full bios of all the finalists and to clear to see why they were nominated. They are all shining examples to their see how your school can participate, visit community.” www.christianbusinessconnections.com. After receiving the submissions, The CBC meets every Monday from 8teacher interviews were conducted from 9:15 a.m. at the Golden Corral in April 25 to 27. Barbara Kemp, the memBrandon.

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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

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

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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 www.southshoreins.com or call Mosher at 448-7580.

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There are many positive reasons to consider a move to an assisted living community for a loved one, such as supervision and assistance with dayto-day care needs, improved nutritional intake, and increased social activity and engagement. However, it is not uncommon that a significant move such as this can create all sorts of issues to grapple with. There’s the loss of a home built and loved, along with most of the things that filled it. Possibly the move coincides with the death of a spouse. Or the move may be related to the sudden onset of an acute illness or accident. The stress that follows a move is called “Relocation Stress Syndrome”(RSS), a serious enough syndrome that in 1992, the North American Nursing Diagnosis Association added it as an official diagnosis. Relocation Stress Syndrome tends to show up in most of those affected right before a significant move and within the first three months of a move. Symptoms may include anxiety, depression and forgetfulness. Physical symptoms can crop up as well.




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Students From Willis Peters Exceptional Attend Prom Thanks To People Who Care By Kathy L. Collins 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, The students who attend Willis Peters Exceptional School in language, speech and Dover got the chance to attend Prom, just like their counterparts in traditional school, thanks to the efforts of physical impairments. Rountree and the Brandon Elks Lodge #2383. This The prom was held Dorinda year’s Queen is Lydia DiClemente and the King is Jeremy at the Brandon Elk Plummer. Lodge #2383 located at has requested a grant from the Elks. The 800 Centennial Lodge Dr. in Brandon on $2500 grant she received is enough to Saturday, April 21. cover the cost of the prom, including The prom is made possible thanks to prom dresses and tuxedos, and to obtain the tireless efforts of Dorinda Rountree, a tablets for the teachers at Willis Peters 14-year member of the Brandon Elks Exceptional School. Lodge and an Administrative Secretary at The purpose of the prom, according the Area VI Hillsborough County School to Rountree is, “To have a night where Office. For the last three years, Rountree the children, their teachers and the fami-


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Weird, Wacky And Wonderful Holidays- JUNE 2018

* Donut Day * Hug Your Cat Day * Iced Tea Day* Go Fishing Day * Yoga Day Did you know that there are an abundance of daily holidays and special days every month? Some are immersed in tradition, while others may be silly, bizarre, unique, special or inspirational. Unofficial Holidays are not traditionally marked on calendars but are celebrated by various groups and individuals. Some are designed to promote a cause or to recognize historical events not recognized officially, while others are fun holidays, generally intended to just be humorous. So, in the midst of our busy lives, maybe consider taking time to enjoy some of the entertaining but lesser-known holidays throughout the year. June – the month that begins our summer vacations, Father’s Day celebrations and of course, weddings. Named after Juno, the goddess of marriage, June is the month with the longest daylight hours of the year. Which gives us plenty of daylight to celebrate some of our favorite lesser-known holidays in June! Let’s begin with the sweet circular snack made of fried dough and rolled in sugar or topped with glaze or icing. That’s right – the deeply adored donut! Friday, June 1 is observed as National Donut Day and I ‘donut’ about you, but I love a donut filled with jelly, custard or cream. National Donut Day was originally established in 1938 by the Chicago Salvation Army to

honor women who served donuts to soldiers during World War I. As donut lovers ring in National Donut Day this year, Dunkin’ Donuts is once again sweetening the celebration by offering guests a free classic donut of their choice (while supplies last) with the purchase of any beverage. Or, if you happen to be in the Brandon area, check out Hole In One located at 923 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Brandon for a sugary-fried, ring-ofhappiness. All the feline lovers of the world can unite on Hug Your Cat Day, Monday June 4. This is a ‘purrfect’ opportunity to ‘paws’ and reflect upon those little furry bundles of joy. Quite simply, this is a day in which cat owners everywhere are encouraged to hug their cats. The more dedicated amongst us will not need this encouragement, of course, but it is always good to be reminded of our feline friends. The best way you can celebrate is to save a life! Estimates reveal that there are more than four million cats entering shelters every year with almost two million being euthanized. Owning a cat can lower your blood pressure, offer unconditional love and companionship and tons of laughs. Purrrhaps

you could celebrate this day by adopting one of the many cats available at the Hillsborough County Animal Shelter located at 440 N. Falkenburg Rd. in Tampa. We’re ‘pawsitive’ you will be glad you did. With the official start of summer just a few days away, let’s get this ‘par-tea’ started by celebrating National Iced Tea Day on Sunday June 10. This iconic hot-weather drink makes you want to leisurely rock back-andforth on your porch while waving to your neighbors. Did you know that next to water, tea is the most consumed beverage in the world? Americans consume more than 3.60 billion gallons each year. Iced tea was first introduced at the1904 World’s Fair when hot summer weather caused fairgoers to ignore hot beverages in favor of cold ones, including iced tea. The fair's 20 million visitors cooled themselves with iced tea and returned to their homes with this new style of cold beverage. Bar-B-Que and iced tea go hand-in-hand, so consider a visit to Mission BBQ at 1504 W Brandon Blvd, in Brandon or The Smokin’ Pig BBQ at 3834 U.S. 301 Hwy. in Riverview to get your

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‘opportuni-TEA’ to celebrate this day. Grab your rod and reel and get ready to catch a big one on National Go Fishing Day on Monday, June 18. This is a day to get out on the water, bait your hook, cast your line and catch a few fish. Fishing requires some knowledge and equipment needed to make your day ‘reel-y” amazing. To make this holiday even more ‘fintastic,’ consider hiring Captain Travis Yaeckel to charter you for a day of fishing. To book a charter, call 830-FISH or visit www.fishbyinstinct.com. After a fun day of fishing, how about a moment of stretching and meditation in honor of International Yoga Day on Thursday, June 21? Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that is reportedly embraced by more than 37 million people worldwide. In 2014, The United Nations declared June 21, to be International Yoga Day. If you like to do yoga every now and ‘zen,’ head over to the YMCA Campo or North Brandon to try out a class. ‘Yoga-ta’ stretch your comfort zone and try it out. Visit www.tampaymca.org for locations and class information. June holds a bevy of other fun holidays including Hot Air Balloon Day, Donald Duck Day, Corn On The Cob Day, Catfish Day and International Mud Day. For a complete of June holidays, visit www.holidayinsights.com.

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Bayberry Dental Offers Dentistry For The Entire Family With New Location

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If you are looking for a local hometown dental practice, look no further than Bayberry Dental, located at 16228 Bayberry Glen Dr. in Lithia. Dr. Jean-Baptiste, DMD and Dr. Joseph Ruiz, DMD will take care of all your dental needs providing excellent service and quality care. This hometown dental practice specializes in comprehensive dentistry for the entire family. A full range of dental services including general dentistry, pediatric dentistry, Invisalign, whitening and emergency care are offered to meet individual needs and preferences of each patient. From routine cleanings, to complete smile makeovers, the latest dental techniques are utilized giving patients the most up-to-date service. Dr. Jean-Baptiste’s mission in dentistry is to treat patients with compassion, as well as to educate patients on the importance of maintaining oral health. She received a Doctorate of Dental Medicine at LECOM School of Dental

Medicine in Bradenton. Dr. Jean-Baptiste is an active member of the Florida Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association, and Florida Dental Association. When she isn’t practicing, she enjoys staying physically active and fit. She also loves cooking, painting, and spending quality time with her famiDr. JeanBaptiste, DMD ly, friends and dog. Dr. Joseph Ruiz’s mission is to provide patients with the information and tools they need to prevent systemic disease and maintain optimal oral health while delivering high-quality, comprehensive dental care to the entire community. He said, "At Bayberry Dental, it is our mission to provide comprehensive lifetime dental care to our community." He received a Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the University of Illinois at Chicago. When he isn’t practicing dentistry, Dr. Ruiz enjoys exploring new restaurants, playing and watching sports, volunteering in the community and spending quality time with his wife and dog. The hours at Bayberry Dental are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. To make an appointment, call 3247870. Visit www.bayberrydental.com.

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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 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

with small cumulus clouds dotting the sky. The half-hour trip took us out of MacDill’s air space over the bay toward Apollo Beach and Riverview. We flew

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.

University of MinnesotaDuluth 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 aerobatics 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

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 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

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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 http://johnklattairshows.com. Visit JackLinks.com.

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Village Players To Present Comedy Boeing Boeing By Kathy L. Collins

The Village ess with frequent layPlayers will present overs. He keeps one Boeing Boeing this up, one down and June to local audione pending until ences. The show will unexpected schedule be presented at the changes bring all historic James three to Paris, and Bernard's apartment, McCabe Theatre in at the same time. Valrico. Boeing Boeing Boeing is Boeing is the 2008 directed by Domin Tony Award Winner Pazo, the Artistic for Best Revival of a Director of the Play. Village Players. Boeing Boeing Pazo said, "I feel will open with Dinner everyone likes to and a Show on laugh and we could Friday, June 8 at 7 all use laughter in p.m. Advanced If you want a good laugh, check out the reservations are next production of the Village Players in our lives." Pazo required for Dinner Valrico. The local actors who make up added, "Sometimes and a Show. Tickets the Village Players will present the far- you need to take cical comedy, Boeing Boeing this June. some time out to just are $35 per person sit back and laugh and enjoy. I am and include dinner, dessert and iced tea and water. Tickets for Dinner and a enjoying directing this show and my cast." Show can be purchased online at "Comedy is not always as easy as www.thevillageplayersvalrico.com or by it seems. It has its own style and must calling 480-3147. be delivered seamlessly and effortlessRegular shows will be presented ly," said Gail Pierce, Village Players on June 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23 at 8 p.m. Producer. "Domin Pazo is a master of There will be two matinees on Sunday, characters on stage himself as well as June 10 and 17 at 3 p.m. an accomplished Musical Director. Tickets for the regular shows are Musicals, though beautiful, are a lot of $18 per person and $15 for students, work, I am glad he is directing this seniors and Military with ID. Boeing Boeing is a farcical comedy show and enjoying it. I am sure the audiences will too," added Pierce. written by the French playwright, Marc The James McCabe Theatre is Camoletti. Boeing Boeing features located at 506 5th St. in Valrico. For Parisian lothario Bernard, who has more information, please visit Italian, German and American www.thevillageplayersvalrico.com. fiancées, each a beautiful airline host-


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Tampa’s Riverwalk Offers History, Culture And Entertainment

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Downtown Tampa is full of amenities and activities for individuals and families to enjoy. One of the newest additions is the completed Riverwalk. The Riverwalk is approximately 2.6 miles in length. It begins or ends from either the Tampa History Center or the Armature Works. You can begin at either end or anywhere in the middle. A walk along the Riverwalk is not only fun, but you get a look at Tampa's entertainment and cultural places and a walk back in time to Tampa's history. The Friends of the Riverwalk have placed historical busts along the Riverwalk. These include Clara Frye, an African American nurse. The original Tampa General Hospital building was renamed after her in 1991. Blanche Armwood was an educator, activist and first African American woman to graduate from an accredited law school. Armwood High School in Seffner is named in her honor. Ossian Bingley Hart was the 10th Governor of the State of Florida and the first one to

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Create Lifetime Memories By Hosting A French Student This Summer

GFWC Brandon Service League Awards Scholarships And Grants To Non-Profits

activities you might plan could include Escape Rooms, Segway Tours, Miniature Golfing, Pinot’s Palette, Top Golf, iFly as well as visiting places like the beach, Bok Tower or county and state parks. Anyone can participate although it does help if you have children at home. What better way to expose Your family will share cultural exchanges your children to international and memories that will last a lifetime by people, ideas and lanhosting a French student this summer. guage? It is not necessary Would you like to to have kids the same age as the stuenjoy new cultural experidents as the students love having ences this summer withyounger siblings. You are also welcome out leaving Florida? to host even without children in the A group of teenage students from household. France are excited to be traveling to our “The host families do not need to area for three weeks this summer, ready speak English as English is a second lanto share cultural exchanges and create guage for the students. meaningful memories and lifetime friendDuring their visit, students will also ships that will span across both countries. get together as a group to visit Busch Tampa Coordinator Pearl Chiarenza Gardens, Universal Studios, a water park said, “ECI (Exchange Cultural and an overnight trip to Miami. Host famiInternational) is a program that allows stu- lies are also welcome on all of the field dents from France to visit Florida during trips except to Miami. the summer to help improve their All students come with their own English.” monies and their group side trips are The students will arrive on Friday, already paid for. You provide them with a July 6 and will stay through Friday, July bed to sleep on and involve them in your 27. family activities. Students need to be Host Families are needed through placed by Sunday, July 1. Please call the area to welcome students into their 449-3308 or email home. ecitampa@hotmail.com for more informaStudents will participate with the host tion or if you would like to host a student. family in any activities that you would norFor more information on ECI, visit mally do while they are visiting. Some fun https://eciusa.org/.

On Saturday, attends Hillsborough May 19, the Community College GFWC Brandon and plans to become Service League a Phlebotomist. held its Annual The Brandon Spring Luncheon Service League at The Chateau in awarded grants to Valrico. After a seven local non-profdelightful meal its this year. The catered by Cater seven non-profits Tampa, the included The For over 50 years the GFWC Brandon Outreach Clinic, New Brandon Service League has been supporting the League presented Service residents of the greater Brandon area Horizons Group two scholarships through scholarships and grants to the Home, ECHO, New non-profits that also serve the area. and multiple grants Hope (Brandon to local non-profits. Men's Resource In addition, this is the time that the Center), Women's Resource Center, Brandon Service League installs its Life Care Network and Winthrop Arts, Executive Board and officers including Inc. a new club president. At this luncheon, four new memThe Brandon Service League has bers were welcomed into the club. In been serving the greater Brandon area addition, the new Executive Board and for over 50 years. The Brandon officers include Kathy Levine as treasService League's biggest fundraiser is urer; Carol Kerrigan as Corresponding its Annual Holiday Home Tour which is Secretary; Jean Ippilitto as Recording held in December. Secretary; Betty White as 3rd Vice The Brandon Service League President; Candy Jackson as 2nd Vice awarded two scholarships. The first, President; Jeri Robinson as 1st Vice the Claire and Reynolds Bryan President; and Judy Darsey as Scholarship for the Arts was given to President for 2018-2020. McKenzie Pitts, a senior at Durant Darsey is a two-time president of High School. Pitts plans to teach art to the club. Darsey said, "It is an honor middle school student. and privilege to serve. My mother was The second scholarship, the Pat a two-time serving president." and Lee Elam Scholarship for the The Annual Holiday Home Tour will Renaissance Woman was awarded to be held on Saturday, December 8. Rebecca Maldonado. This scholarship For more information on the is given to a woman who finds herself GFWC Brandon Service League, in need of further education in order to please visit www.gfwcbrandonservicehelp herself and her family. Maldonado league.org.

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Beer Is Back At Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is going back to its roots with the return of free beer all summer long, and the introduction of a new Busch Gardens Brew Club program. From complimentary seasonal offerings to brand new featured programs, guests age 21 and older can toast to new adventures each time they visit the park.

beer culture, guests can sign up to join the Busch Gardens Brew Club, an all-new beer stein program featuring memberships that include a reserved Stein on display at the park, and 5 dollar refills from more than 20 on-tap brews all year-long. Beer appreciation reaches new heights with the Busch Gardens allnew Bier Fest event, bringing more than 200 years of Oktoberfest and Tampa Bay’s hottest beer culture to life each weekend from Saturday, August 25 to Sunday, September 16. The festival selection features 100 brews from local and


Brandon Senior Center Offers Activities Monday To Friday

Enjoy upcoming activities at the Brandon Senior Center, which is ichell located at 612 N. Parsons in ed by M .com Compil spr eyobser ver Brandon. It is open with no member@o michelle ship fees to Hillsborough County adults age 50 and older. Meal services are available for those 60 and older who are registered participants. It is open daily from Plan Now Being Made For Flight Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. -5 p.m. To Honor Mission #5 Visit Flight to Honor announced plans www.hillsboroughcounty.org/en/locafor Mission #5 to be conducted during tions/brandon-senior-center for all the April 2019 Sun ‘n Fun Fly-in. The upcoming activities. Mission will depart from and return to Friday, June 8 from 5-8 p.m. Lakeland Linder International Airport enjoy Havana Nights. for the one day visit to Join in at this afterWashington DC. The hours dance. Grab your purpose of the program fedora and shine up is to safely transport dancing shoes. your veterans to Washington There will be great DC to visit the memorimusic, fun and light als erected in their refreshments. This event honor for their service is free, but registration to our country; provide is required. an opportunity for the Friday, June 15 at 1 community to express p.m. will be a Father’s their appreciation for Day celebration. Join in their service; and reinon the patio dressed in force the importance of your blues. There will be service above self. All fun games and refreshveterans are eligible to ments. Donations will be apply for the mission accepted. provided they have not Two complimentary beers during every visit will be offered through August 5 at Busch Garden’s Tampa Bay Garden Gate Café, what was Tuesday, June 19 at been on a previous once the Hospitality House. 12 Noon is Juneteenth Flight to Honor or global breweries along with traditional This is a day of rememJamboree. Through Sunday, August 5, Honor Flight Mission. Guardians German cuisine and festive music. brance; history, music and refreshguests can get a taste of the park’s wishing to accompany veterans are Guests can join in the celebration of ments. beer garden history when they visit also encouraged to apply. Bier Fest with regular theme park For reservations to Havana the former Hospitality House, now Applications for both can be downadmission. Nights or for more information, call called the Garden Gate Café, to loaded at For more information, please visit 635-8066. receive two complimentary beers durhttp://polkveteranscouncil.com. ing every visit to Finalizing Busch Gardens plans for Tampa Bay. Every Mission #5 two weeks, new will depend featured beer on the numbrands will be ber of highlighted. Veterans and Guest Guardians EMPTY RACK favorites will be on who apply. rotation throughApplications FULL RACK out the summer, are being including Bud accepted Light, Founders All now. Call Today! Storage Solutions Day IPA, M.I.A Donations (252) 725-5405 305, Miller Light, toward the Overhead Garage Shelving System Shock Top and cost of the Holds 550 lbs / 105 Cubic Ft of Storage Yuengling. Guests can return to the mission are also being accepted. Tax deductible contributions can be made park each day through August 5 to $275 Installed / $175 Delivered for Do-It-Yourself Installation enjoy two complimentary 7-ounce to: GiveWell Community Foundation beers, included in their park admisFlight to Honor 1501 South Florida sion. Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33803. Tapping into the growing Tampa



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501(C) 7 non-profit organization, will hold its next Coin & Currency Show on Saturday, June 16 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Brandon Elks Lodge #2383, e Michell r.com y b d located at 800 e il r ve Comp r eyobse p s o Centennial Lodge @ e michell Dr. in Brandon. There will be 30 dealers/45 tables – Free American Silver Eagle. Admission and parking are free. Xi Theta Xi Chapter Of Beta Sigma Free coin grab bags for all children under Phi Honors Woman Of The Year 12. Food will be available on site. There It has been a busy month at Xi Theta Xi chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, which honored chapter member Kate Berkowitz as its Woman of the Year. Outgoing Woman of the Year, Janet Molen, presented Kate with a pin, flowers and a gift at the Founder's Day celebration at Tibby's restaurant in Brandon. Members and guests enjoyed a May social celebrating Mother's Day with brunch at Boca. Some recent service projects have included donations to Family Xi Theta Xi celebrates Mother's Day at Boca Promise, Moffitt Cancer Center and will be free appraisals and door prizes. providing swimming lessons for a child at ICG Grading Service will be in attenthe YMCA. dance and offering free verbal opinions A celebration for the chapter's birthalong with $10 slabbing. day next month will be dinner at Taste of For more information, contact Jack Berlin German Restaurant in Brandon. For more information, contact Diane Wray Laci at 352-777-6073 or brandoncoinclub@yahoo.com. at dwray52@yahoo.com.

Democratic Women’s Club Hosts Ryan Torrens

Ryan Torrens, candidate for Florida Attorney General, will be the guest speaker at the Thursday, June 7 meeting of the Democratic Women’s Club of Southeast Hillsborough County. Torrens will discuss his campaign platform and vision for Florida. The group will meet from 6- 8 p.m. in the large Community Room 8, at the Bloomingdale Regional Public Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. Debbie Katt and Adam Hattersley, candidates for the Florida House, Districts 57 and 59, respectively, will address their goals for representing their districts. The club invites all like-minded Democrats to attend the meeting. Contact 654-7464 for more information.

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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, located at 851 W. Lumsden Rd. in Brandon, is a skilled nursing facility with inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programs including speech, physical and occupational therapies For more information or to register, call 661-8998 Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Volume 17, Issue 6

HFM Landscape & Irrigation Services Keeps Lawns Beautiful

By Michelle Caceres

“Corporate America irrigation system quickly and wasn’t what it was cracked efficiently at a reasonable up to be”, said HFM cost. Landscape & Irrigation “What really sold me on Services owner Joe Flint. his company was the fact that Flint, following his he offered a lot of different father’s retirement in 2008 services, from landscaping to from Flint’s Sod & tree trimming to irrigation Irrigation, their successful services,” said Perry. “My family-run sod business, yard requires multiple servicclosed his family-run busies to get it in good shape and ness. He worked in corpoI like the fact that he’s a onerate America for nine years stop but in October 2017 decidshop.” ed he needed a change. Perry “I was traveling for soon work too much and hopes to Valrico resident Joe Flint, owner of HFM missed the connection I use his Landscape & Irrigation Services, offers many services to keep your yard’s landscaping felt with my home town of son’s beautiful. Brandon,” he said. “I also services missed the joy I experienced owning my to trim two large oak trees in her front own business.” yard as well as to upgrade her landscapDeciding on the type of business to ing. open was an easy decision. “I’ll hire his company to replace some “I figured since my sod and irrigation sod in the fall too,” she said. “I have found company was so successful years ago, my landscaping guy.” so it would be successful today,” he said. “If he said he mowed grass too, I’d He started HFM Landscape & be all over it,” she joked. Irrigation Services, offering residential and Flint’s not ready to offer mowing servcommercial irrigation repair and landices, but he does provide expert irrigation scape installation. He also provides sod and landscaping services and says irrigareplacement and tree trimming and tion is the key to a successful landscape. removal through his son, Hunter Flint’s “Proper watering practices and maincompany, HF Tree & Landscape. tenance of the system is crucial,” he said. Valrico resident Janet Perry saw an “Keeping all trees property trimmed can ad for HFM Landscape & Irrigation also be a huge benefit to your lawn and Services in the Osprey Observer and landscape.” called him for an estimate for the repair of For more information about HFM her irrigation system, which hadn’t been Landscape & Irrigation Services call Flint working for a year. He repaired Perry’s at 900-6242.

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AJ’s Liquors Partners With Rosati’s Pizza For Ladies And Mens Nights Out

Concierge Purchase, Car Vending Machine & Free Delivery With New Carvana Concept

AJ’s Fine Wines support small business. It's & Liquors in Valrico is a win-win for everyone." partnering with its In addition to a variety new neighbor Rosati’s of pizza sizes and flavors, Chicago Pizza a great its menu features a Night selec& Gents Ladies Night Out tion of w appetizers, wings, event. The evening salads, pastas, sandwiches will include samples and desserts. Online orderand tastings from both ing is available on its webAJ’s and Rosati’s site. PIzza. “Working together, we can make a AJ's Fine Wines has stronger event for the partnered with neighbor Rosati's to offer Ladies community,” added and Mens nights out Jambhekar. each week with drink and food specials. AJ’s carries a very broad variety of spirits and liqueurs, Ladies night will be 7-10 and if the store doesn’t have what shopp.m. Mondays and Men’s night 7-10 pers are looking for, the owner will order p.m. Thursdays. it special for the customer. The new Ladies and Men’s nights “There are two things you think out will kick off at AJ's with the ladies about when you taste a drink,” said on Tuesday, June 5 and the men’s Jambhekar. “How it tastes in your on Thursday, June 7. Stop by in the mouth, and how smooth it is going evening for special menu offers from down. That is what differentiates the Rosati's including 50% off pizza, breadgood products from the bad.” sticks and cinnamon sticks in addition AJ’s sells craft beers, gluten free to pizza, Rosati's will also offer 50% off beers, organic beer and wine as well as wings for Thursday men’s night, drink a variety of IPAs and stouts. It has a specials and great networking. Food walk-in beer cooler, a self-serve bar and specials are subject to change weekly. a patio bar. Groups are welcome. Rosati’s Pizza store owner Whitney AJ’s Fine Wine & Liquors is locatTucker just recently celebrated one year ed at 3443 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in in business in Valrico. Valrico. For more information, call 654Rosati’s Pizza is available for carry 6488. Rosati’s Chicago Pizza is open out and delivery. in the same plaza. For more informa"This is a great way to get the comtion, visit www.rosatispizza.com or call munity together and network," said 643-1003. Tucker. "Bring your business cards and

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Spouse Team Parra Qualifies For Weightlifting Championship In Spain Navy veterans Lydia and Eddie Parra have been looking for something to keep themselves physically active since retiring from the military. When they moved from California to Florida, they were looking for a new gym and came across a Crossfit box in Lithia called Crossfit For Glory. After doing Crossfit for a couple of years, they started getting involved with Olympic weightlifting. Lydia and Eddie, also known as Team Parra, qualified for the International Weightlifting Federation Master’s World Championship in Barcelona, Spain this August after lifting weights for 15 months. They qualified when they lifted in front of the international judges in Miami at a meet in April. The meet in Spain is the equivalent of the Olympics in this sport for their particular age group of 35 and older. Eddie is currently the Florida State Champ in the 105+ kg group. They will both represent team USA. The family’s motto is Hard Work Pays Off. The Parras want to show their young children Eva, 12, and Maximus, three, that hard work and dedication trumps everything else. Eva is an accomplished weightlifter as well. She is a National Silver Medalist in Olympic Weightlifting and

will accompany her parents to Spain in August. There are two particular lifts that they will have to do for the competition: the Clean and Jerk, and Snatch. Lydia can Snatch 149 pounds and she can Clean and Jerk 190 pounds. Eddie can Snatch 275 pounds and can Clean and Jerk roughly 330 pounds. To prepare for the meet, Photo Courtesy of StrictPress Media (Rob Rivera) Photo Courtesy of DBTHUMP (Jay Knickerbocker) they work out five Lydia Parra lifting weights. Eddie Parra lifting weights. days a week for two and a half hours each day at Crossfit For Glory with their coach, Josh Martin. Their ultimate goal is to get on the podium at the IWF Master’s World Championship. “We want to be world champions,” said Eddie. “We are legitimately in the hunt for a top spot at that podium.” Team Parra is asking for help from the community to assist them in paying for some of the expenses of traveling to Barcelona. Lydia via their Pho Lydia Parra (left), Eva Pto Courtesy of Lydia Par GoFundMe page: “From the botra a after their co rra and Eddie Parr a tom of our hearts, thank you for mpetition. being a part of our journey!” If you arra is currently ranked number P ia would like to donate, you can visit yd L f urtesy o Photo Co Hard Work Pays two in the nation in the 48 kilo weight their GoFundMe page at tto is family mo ff. class/11 and under age group. She www.gofundme.com/TeamParra. O The Parra

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Top Local Attorney: There’s No Fix For PIP Except Full Repeal

Bell Shoals Baptist Academy Offers An Affordable Christian Education

Florida’s no-fault The state must auto insurance system repeal the status-quo is broken and rewards PIP system and irresponsible drivers at replace it with a bold the expense of everyresponsibility-based one who follows the approach. It’s time for rules. It’s time to smash Florida to join 48 other this system and put a states that require drivnew one in place that’s ers carry bodily injury based on individual coverage. responsibility and Under the broken accountability PIP system, Florida delivered at comhas had among the petitive prices. highest auto insurance Florida was rates in the country. the second state According to a stateClifton C. Curry, Jr. to embrace the by-state comparison no-fault system in done by Insure.com, at an average annu1972, just after Massachusetts. No fault is al rate of $1,840, Florida had the fifth an academic-created utopian concept of highest insurance premiums in the U.S. in insurance coverage that says that no 2017, exceeding the national average by matter who was at fault, people hurt in $522 or 40 percent higher. accidents must rely on their own insurA study done for the Florida Office of ance company for compensation. Insurance Regulation found the average The PIP system requires all drivers to Florida driver could save $81 per car if carry $10,000 in personal injury protection the state would repeal PIP and replace it (PIP) insurance coverage. PIP’s $10,000 with a requirement that drivers carry bodimaximum benefit has not changed since ly injury liability at $20,000/$40,000 levels. 1979. When adjusted for medical inflaWe’ve also seen evidence from Colorado tion, the benefit effectively has $1,350 in that shows when that state repealed its buying power compared to 1979. no-fault system in 2003 and replaced it While PIP’s value has eroded over with a responsibility-based coverage time, insurance corporations continue to requirement. What happened? According repeatedly hike PIP’s rates. Recently, the to a 2010 report from RAND, the “averPalm Beach Post reviewed insurance age auto-insurance premiums dropped corporation reports filed with the State of 35 percent from July 2003 to December Florida and found since 2017, PIP rates 2007.” have increased by up to 54 percent. Knowing the insurance industry is This means drivers are paying more supporting a losing product, an associafor insurance that depreciates in value. tion of insurance corporations recently Even worse, some of Florida’s senior res- tried to pull a fast one over on Florida. idents – many who are living on fixed They did a survey of their members, income – must comply with a government dressed it up like it was a legitimate study, mandate that they carry this coverage and sent it to the media with a goal of tryeven though they already have similar ing to get a headline to scare lawmakers insurance through Medicare and Tricare. into keeping PIP in place. Why do the insurance corporations We already know what Floridians are want drivers in the state to continue payreceiving under the current broken status ing to maintain a 1970s-era system that: quo auto insurance system: Rates are • Generates constant rate increases skyrocketing – up by double digits for from the insurance corporations; • many insurers since the beginning of Doesn’t provide enough coverage to keep 2017; the benefit is shrinking; and the up with rising cost of medical care includsystem is still prone to fraud. ing a $2,500 cap on non-emergency The time has come for Florida to care; • Forces seniors to buy insurance scrap PIP and choose better auto insurthey don’t need; and • Punishes responance coverage for Florida’s drivers. sible drivers for the actions of irresponsiRequiring drivers carry bodily injury liabilible people behind the wheel. ty insurance at appropriate levels to cover That is the system insurance corpothe costs resulting from modern-day accirations and others who are making dents is a much better way to take Florida money off the failing PIP system want into the future. Please ask our lawmakers lawmakers to protect. to repeal PIP and support responsibilityFlorida can do much better. based auto insurance.

Would you like on what sets apart a your child to attend a Christian private Christian private education from a school but believe it is public education. not financially feasi“Students in ble? Christian academies As of the 2018 tax receive a Kingdom year, Education Education; the Savings Accounts, home, school, and commonly referred to church all working as 529 plans, can now together for the sucbe used for tuition at a cess of that student,” private or religious explained Shaffner. school at the elemenThe academy's tary, middle and high core curriculum conschool levels. sists of Bible, Furthermore, Bell Language Arts, The academy offers Chapel, Shoals Baptist Math, Science and Spiritual Emphasis Week, Academy (BSBA) History. Additionally, Compass (STEM), Robotics, offers a reasonably eighth graders may NJHS, middle school clubs, sports, morning show, Panther participate in high priced private school Press, safety patrols, field trips school classes includeducation and tuition and more. assistance through ing Algebra I Honors, Financial Aid for Spanish I and other School Tuition (FAST). courses through BSBA’s tuition amount Florida Virtual School. includes all textbooks, Besides furnishing resources, labs and students with a quality technology. It also covChrist-centered educaers extras such as tion, BSBA offers yearbooks, parties, extracurricular and special activities, insurance and most enrichment activities incorporating a field trips. variety of sports, music, drama, For 52 years, BSBA has been a dance, art, clubs and community ministry of Bell Shoals Baptist service opportunities. Moreover, the Church. The academy is accredited school adheres to stringent backby the Association of Christian ground checks for staff and emerSchools International and provides a gency and safety procedures. biblical worldview education for age 2 Shaffner continued, “Students through eighth grade. It currently learn Christian values and positive serves 430 students and retains a character traits that will prepare them staff of 70, of which 43 serve as for life outside the classroom. We are teachers and the other as administra- educating for eternity. “ tion and support staff. For more information or to regisWalt Shaffner, the headmaster at ter your child, visit www.bsbacadeBSBA, has been an educator in my.com. The academy is located at Hillsborough County for 39 years. 2102 Bell Shoals Rd. in Brandon. For Throughout his tenure, he has held questions, contact the registrar, Alli multiple positions from band director Freda, at afreda@bsbacademy.com to the district director. He elaborated or call 689-9183.

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Three Ways To Love The Florida Orchestra’s New Season

By Kelly Smith

If you’re expecting Michael Francis’ The Florida Orchestra’s heart: music as a liv(TFO) next season to ing art form. He and be a letdown after its his wife, Cindy, are 50th anniversary celesponsoring a new bration, don’t. Music work by USF Director Michael Francis Associate Professor has put an enormous Baljinder Sekhon, as amount of thought into yet unnamed. programming TFO’s What’s to most wide-ranging sealove: Francis’ misson yet. “It’s our first sion is two-pronged: Michael Francis is the Music Director of chance to show where explore the The Florida Orchestra. we’re going as an Masterworks in a orchestra in our new era,” he said. new light and discover new music, espeLooking beyond the big-name works – cially Florida talent. “We’re showing that Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, as the third biggest state, we have an Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue – there’s so incredible artistic voice,” Francis said. much more to adore. Here’s the inside Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 scoop on three concerts you’ll fall in love (Friday to Sunday, March 29-31, 2019): with. Even if you’re already a Brahms fan, the A Child of Our Time (Friday to rest of this program is more awesome Sunday, November 9-11): Don’t know it? than you realize. Understandable. This is the first time TFO What’s to love: First of all, Michael will perform Michael Tippett’s oratorio, fea- Francis is stoked about working with turing The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay. pianist Benjamin Grosvenor in his TFO What’s to love: Tippett, a pacifist, debut: “He is one of the great talents of was inspired by Kristallnacht when he our time.” This concert also features an composed the oratorio, so it was a natural unusual approach to Arnold choice to commemorate the 80th anniver- Schoenberg’s Transfigured Night, based sary of the ‘Night of Broken Glass’ in parton the poem by Richard Dehmel. nership with the Florida Holocaust The Florida Orchestra performs reguMuseum. “It’s extraordinary as a dramatic, larly at the Straz Center in Tampa, powerful, brand-new piece for the audiMahaffey in St. Petersburg and Ruth ence to hear, but it’s also very accessible, Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. beautiful and memorable,” Francis said. Concert series are on sale now at The Planets (Friday to Sunday, floridaorchestra.org or 727-892-3337 and February 15-17, 2019): This concert 1-800.662-7286. Single tickets go on sale includes a hidden gem that is dear to Monday, August 13.

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Spinal Correction Centers Offers Relief & Chiropractic Results From Newborns Up

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The word ‘chiropractic’ Laude-from Palmer comes from the Greek College of Chiropractic. words cheir, meaning Dr. Johns has treated ‘hand’ and praktos, meanprofessional athletes in ing ‘done’ - or ‘done by the NFL, NHL, MLB, hand.’ More than 100 ATP and AMA. years ago, chiropractic Dr. Johns practice methods were developed treats people of all ages as a gentle and non-invaincluding newborns, sive approach to healing. pregnant women However, manipulation of (including his wife and the spine dates back to child), the elderly and the year 460 B.C., when every type of patient Dr. Eddie Johns, with Spinal Hippocrates, the Father of Correction Centers in Riverview, is in between to help dedicated to a holistic and safe Medicine, noted spine them reach their approach to chiropractic care for manipulation as a way to whole wellness people of all ages. treat certain ailments. potential. Today, chiropractors “My favorite part manipulate the body's of what I do is changalignment to relieve pain ing lives,” said Dr. and improve function and Johns. “I enjoy correctto help the body heal itself. ing issues and health Dr. Edward Johns, from Spinal problems that no one else has been able Correction Centers of Riverview, has to fix for patients.” been intrigued by chiropractic care since Dr. Johns is excited to share a chirohis high school and college athletic days. practic solution that has been making a He was introduced to chiropractic care as difference for many of his patients. “I use a result of sustained injuries while playing a technique called CBP (Chiropractic college football. The chiropractic care not Biophysics) where we actually correct the only allowed for a full recovery, but he curves of the spine on x-ray.” found himself more stable than prior to CBP® Technique emphasizes optihis injuries. mal posture and spinal alignment as the This experience was the catalyst in primary goals of chiropractic care while his mission to help others through chirosimultaneously documenting improvepractic medicine. Originally from New ments in pain and functional based outSmyrna Beach, After earning a Bachelor comes. of Science in Biology from Union College The Spinal Correction Center is locatin Kentucky where he was on a football ed at 11964 Boyette Rd. in Riverview. scholarship, he went on to earn a Visit www.spinalcorrectioncenters.com or Doctorate of Chiropractic-Magna Cum call 540-7270.

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Riverview Garden Club Will Host Expert Monarch Butterfly Speaker

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Richie Bauman and Suzie Baylis of Congregation Beth Shalom deliver cases of food as well as a box of sports bags to Allison Rapp of Special Olympics of Florida Healthy Community Tampa Bay.

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 allisonrapp@sofl.org. For questions regarding the ongoing partnership, contact Congregation Beth Shalom at 681-6547.

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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 arthritis. The Tampa YMCA now offers Enhance®Fitness at five different Ys in Tampa Bay. EnhanceFitness is a proven senior fitness and arthritis management program that improves endurance, strength, balance and flexibility. It reduces arthritis symptoms with safe, low-impact exercises led by certified Y instructors in a relaxed atmosphere that promotes fun and friendship. The U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control recognizes the national evidence-based physical activity program as particularly safe and effective for older adults living Tennis For Fun 2018 Sydney Wynne Volunteer of the year. The Tennis For Fun program teaches leadership, sportsmanship and selflessness. with arthritis. The CDC also designated EnhanceFitness as a Fall Tennis For Fun 2018 Sydney Wynne Prevention Program in 2017. Volunteer Of The Year For 16 weeks, EnhanceFitness The ‘Tennis For Fun’ 2018 Sydney participants meet three times a week Wynne volunteer of the year award was for an hour, where they awarded to Eric Irani for exceptional dediexperience aerobic workouts, strength cation to coaching ‘Tennis For Fun’ athtraining, stretching and balance work. letes and demonstrating leadership, Locally, EnhanceFitness is now sportsmanship and selflessness. ‘Tennis offered at Campo Family For Fun’ is a free tennis clinic for special YMCA, Monday at 12:45p.m. and We

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Nobody said summer camps always have to involve arts and crafts. Hillsborough County’s specialty camps are aimed at advenneeds athletes. The program, run entirely turous kids who love outdoor activities. by volunteers, was begun in 2000 by Hillsborough County Parks will offer Brandon resident Nathan Moore. Irani three specialty has been a dedicatcamps this sumed volunteer for over mer: skating six years. He is a camp, eco-advenBrandon resident ture camp, and and attends Jesuit fishing camp. All high school in offer specialized Tampa. His sister, instruction and Perin Irani, is an athactivities for kids, lete in the ‘Tennis For from skateboard Fun’ program since techniques to hik2001. ing excursions to The award was how to throw a given in memory of cast net. Sydney Wynne, who Each of the had been a dedicatspecialty camps ed volunteer from the age of six till she Eco-adventure summer camps provide kids who cost $120 for a enjoy being outdoors. From skateboarding to hik- two-week session, was 16 when she ing, time away from video games and television, with the first sesdied of cancer. Her providing your kids with the option of spending this sions beginning in parents, Julie and summer outdoors will make the summer full of early memories. Brian Wynne of June. Children Valrico and her who receive free or reduced-price lunchbrother Josh were there to present the es might qualify for a discount. award. The awards ceremony and the For information on the skate camp, end of the season party was attended by call 744-5319. For the eco-adventure 100 of the special needs athletes who camp, call 734-4712. For the fishing participate in the ‘Tennis For Fun’ Clinics, camp, call 672-1120. which are held at Brandon Sports and

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It was long time sports a 12.3-inch coming and Volvo has XC60 AWD (INSCRIPTION) instrument panel Wheelbase: 112.8 inches made the most and decked in shimLength: 184.6 inches best of it. Nearly nine mer graphite aluSteering: electric power years after its introminum inlays. Weight: 4,429 pounds duction, the XC60 has Volvo Sensus infoTow capacity: 5,291 pounds been totally revamped tainment, with a Fuel capacity: 18.5 gallons in and out. Offered in distinct vertical 9City: 21 mpg at least three trims, inch display touch Highway: 27 mpg our small luxury screen, is essenBase price: $44,900 crossover SUV was tially made up of Price as tested: $63,290 equipped with a T6 four tiles: navigaWeb site: www.volvo.com 2.0-liter inline-4 turtion, media, phone bocharged and superand user-defined. charged engine crankActivate one and ing 316 horsepower @ 5700 rpm and watch it expand while keeping the 295 pounds-feet of torque @ 2200 other tiles visible for future use. rpm. That’s 0 to 60 in just 5.6 secStandard goodies include 20-inch onds and a top speed of 130 mph. wheels, Inscription badge, four-zone The 8-speed auto gearbox in the auto a/c, 10-way power front seats, front-wheel or all-wheel-drive SUV is cooled glovebox and a leatheras seamless as can be possible. And wrapped dashboard. the start-stop feature (automatic The Chinese-owned but Swedishengine stop when the vehicle halts) made car company is well-known for ensures substantial savings in fuel its safety features. Continuing the and weight. A revised and enhanced tradition, the XC60 gets dual front double front and integral rear susand side airbags, side curtain airbag, pension handles the bumps of road four-wheel antilock brakes, threesurfaces with little sacrifice to your point seatbelts for all, side impact back side. protection system, dynamic stability Gaining 3.6 inches in wheelbase, and traction control, City Safety nearly 2 inches length, and wider too (brakes automatically to help prevent opens up more passenger volume, a rear-end collision) also gets steer which is now a notable 102.9 cubic assist, tire pressure monitoring sysfeet. Rear legroom sees a boost of 4 tem and daytime running lights. inches. The handsome crossover The 2018 XC60 boasts an impecsports a centered chrome grille with cably balanced package of style, the familiar Volvo iron mark, flanked comfort, performance and, of course, by LED headlights and Thor’s hamsafety. Volvo has a winner on its mer-like daytime running lights. With hands with this overhauled SUV, materials of high quality and splendid which should be an even bigger hot fit and finish, the generous cabin seller than its predecessor.

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Volume 17, Issue 6

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 www.hcflgov.net. 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 www.hcflgov.net/staysafe. “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- www.maps.hillsboroughcounty.org/HE fatalities in the U.S. were due to cane carrier, food, medications and proof of bers will go during an evacuation and storm surge and a quarter of fatalities 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.” the right of the the hurricane track and 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 can be deadly. When roads are water 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 www.HCFLgov.net 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 www.weather.gov/wrn/hurricaneThe 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 http://ready.gov to get started. visitors and businesses in determining Twitter. business owners how to minimize Plans should also be made for

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With Arts & Entertainment Editor Kathy L. Collins

Tampa Theatre Announces The 27th Annual Summer Classics Movie Series

Young Artists Are Invited To Enter Original Works Of Art In Children's Community Art Show

For over a quarter shown on Sunday, of a century, the Tampa June 17. Theatre has been holdThe classic, To ing a Summer Classics Kill A Mockingbird will Movie Series. This year, light up the screen on the series will feature a Sunday, June 24. To sing-along, a silent film Kill A Mockingbird, with live music, modern which stars Gregory classics and post-show Peck as Atticus Finch, film talks with communiis based on the 1960 ty film experts. Pulitzer Prize winning Jill Witecki with the novel by Harper Lee. Tampa Theatre said, Thanks to more "Tampa film fans know than 1,300 who nomithat when it comes to nated titles and voted, beloved classics, there the sweeping epic is no more authentic Gone with the Wind experience than seeing Beat the heat this summer and see returns to the them in the city's majes- films the way they were meant to Summer Classics line be seen- on the big screen. Bring up as this year's tic movie palace." family and friends to the Tampa Witecki added, "For Theatre this summer for the 27th ‘Fans Pick the years, the community Classic’ spot on Annual Summer Classics Movie Series Lineup. has flocked to Tampa Sunday, July 1. Theatre on hot Sunday afternoons to The 1964 political satire black enjoy Summer Classics as they were comedy, Dr. Strangelove will be meant to be seen: on the big screen, shown on Sunday, July 8. The film surrounded by friends, with a bag of was directed by Stanley Kubrick. fresh popcorn and a cold drink in hand." All films will be shown at 3 p.m. The Summer Classics Movie Series Moviegoers are invited to stay after kicks off this year with the 1986 film select shows for Film Talks with some starring Tom Cruise, Top Gun on of the Community's most knowledgeSunday, June 3. able film experts including Tampa Bay Next, on Sunday, June 10, you can Times film critic Steve Persall and the see the modern classic, The Blind Side. Tampa Theatre's James DeFord. Following the screening, special guest Tickets are $10 for non-members Quinton "Big Mike" Aaron will answer and $7 for members. Tickets are questions and pose for photos. A portion available at the historic Tampa of the proceeds from the show will benTheatre's Box Office located at 711 N. efit the Quinton Aaron Foundation, Franklin St. in downtown Tampa. which provides hope and encourageTickets can also be purchased online ment to children and students who are at www.TampaTheatre.org ( a $2 conbeing bullied. venience fee applies). The original 1984 Sci-Fi film, Blade This is part one of a two-part Runner, starring Harrison Ford will be series.

Children to 9; and ages 4 to 13 ages 10 to are encour13. aged to enter The artwork in show will be Center judged by Place's 6th local artist, Annual Jennie Children's Sikora Community Muehl. Art Show. Awards will ‘Little be presented Center Place will hold its 6th Annual Children's Community Monsters for first Art Show, ‘Little Monsters Create,’ this July in the Mook Create’ cele- Gallery at Center Place. This is a great opportunity for chil- place, secdren ages 4 to 13 to see what it is like to enter an art show ond place brates the and have their artwork shown in a gallery setting. creativity of and third the area’s aspiring young artists. Children place in the three age categories. An may enter artwork which includes drawArtists’ Reception will be held on ing, painting, photography, ceramics, jew- Tuesday, July 26 beginning at 6 p.m. elry, clay and wood. The show will be on Awards will be presented at 6:30 p.m. display in the Mook Gallery at Center The reception is an opportunity for each Place during the month of July. young artist to be recognized and see Lisa Rodriguez, Marketing Director their work exhibited in a gallery setting. for Center Place said, “Our Sixth Annual 2D artwork (including photography) Little Monsters Create Kids Art Show is must be matted, framed or wrapped and an opportunity for budding young artists wired for hanging. No 2D artwork can be to enter and show off their artwork in an over 16"x20". 3D pieces must not art gallery. Because we have three age exceed 12"Hx10"W and may not weigh categories, the artwork will be judged more than three pounds. All artwork along with their peers.” Rodriguez added, must be accompanied by two typed 3x5 “Every child that submits a piece of art will index cards which must contain the receive a certificate of appreciation and artist's name, age, title of the work, and other goodies.” artistic statement. The artist’s phone The art show is open to all children in number should be on the back of the the greater Brandon area. All entries must cards. be submitted between Monday, June 25 All artwork must be taken home the and Friday, June 29 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. night of the reception or picked up no at Center Place located at 619 later than Monday, July 30 by 5 p.m. Vonderburg Dr. in Brandon. Children can For more information on the Sixth enter up to three pieces. There is a $5 Annual Children's Community Art Show, entrance fee per piece or $10 for three please visit www.centerplacebrandon.org entries. There are three age categories or call 685-8888 or email for entry and prizes- ages 4 to 6; ages 7 cpfinearts@verizon.net.

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Tide Dry Cleaners Opens Brick And Mortar Location In Valrico

June 2018

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JBBW Enterprises, LLC, in partnership with Agile Pursuits Franchising, Inc., a wholly-owned New Orthodontist Joins subsidiary of Procter & Gamble Chelsea Brockway, DDS, MS Hess Ortho (P&G), is pleased A ribbon cutting was recently held in May for who recently joined Hess Hess Orthodontics AR Workshop of Brandon Tide Dry Cleaners. Orthodontics. to celebrate the recently announced that store upholds Tide’s projects with non-toxic opening of its first Tide Dry Cleaners store colleague Dr. tradition of excellence and advanced stain and paint colors hand-chosen by the in Valrico. Tide Dry Cleaners has quickly VanLandschoot will be departing the pracfounders. The instructional approach cleaning technology care. become the fourth largest dry cleaner in tice to pursue other opportunities. His enables visitors at any skill level to proTide Dry Cleaners is located at 1928 the country, by number of locations, and contributions to the practice and the duce beautiful artworks and ensures conE. Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. Hours one of the fastest-growing dry cleaning patients are greatly appreciated, and he is sistent, high-end results for the home, are Monday to Friday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m., franchise businesses in the United the very best of luck in future wished office, or as a personalized gift. Saturday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 10 States. endeavors. The woman-owned franchise is rapa.m.-3 p.m. Call 662-4243. Visit www.tidAs the first Tide Dry Cleaners in Hess Ortho is pleased, however, to idly expanding into communities across edrycleaners.com. Hillsborough County, the Valrico location announce that Dr. Hess will be back in the country and expects to exceed 100 is positioned to ensure customer service the office to see patients on a full-time locations nationally in 2018. Create Custom And Charming Décor and convenience is a top priority. The basis. AR Workshop® of Brandon is located At New Do It Yourself Classes store features a dual lane drive-thru Additionally, the practice welcomes at 1046 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. For Workshop® of Brandon, a locallyAR concierge and Tide Dry Cleaners Kiosk Dr. Chelsea Brockway, DDS, MS, who is more information, call 775-7109 or visit owned boutique with hands-on classes in with convenient 24-hour pick-up and joining Hess Orthodontics. She was born www.arworkshop.com/brandon/ for more which participants create custom and drop-off accessibility. Designed with the and raised in St. Petersburg. She attribinformation or to register for a workshop. charming décor recently opened. simplicity of an ATM in mind, Kiosks are utes her interest in orthodontics to the Customers make everything from framed user-friendly and enable customers to feelings of confidence and pride she felt Mainstream Boutique Offers Chance or plank wood signs, to Lazy Susans, pay for and pick up their dry-cleaned after getting her braces off at the age of To Win $300 Gift Card serving trays, chalkboard art, centerpiece items with a touch of a few buttons 15, which sparked her desire to help othboxes, canvas pillows, totes and more. In honor of National Best Friend's before, during and after business hours. ers find their own inner confidence During instructor-led workshops, particiDay, stop in to the Boutique Friday to In conjunction with GreenEarth® through their smiles. She earned her pants prepare their custom design, Sunday, June 8-10 with your best friend Cleaning and Tide® fabric care, the new assemble and finish ‘Pinterest-worthy’ and tell why they are your best friend Continued on next page

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Business Column Continued................... DDS from Columbia University’s dental program and received her MS in Dental Sciences from the University of Florida. Dr. Brockway is a licensed Invisalign provider and is certified in Botox and Dermal Fillers. She believes that one of the best ways to enrich her own life is by giving part of herself to someone in great need, and she is passionate about serving others in her free time through volunteering at free dental clinics, offering care on dental mission trips, and providing care for patients with special needs at All Children’s Hospital. Hess Orthodontics is located at 11970 Boyette Rd. in Riverview. For more information or to make an appointment, call 645-4377 or visit www.hessorthodontics.com.

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preparing a Will, Trust, Power of Attorney or health care surrogate designation to probate and guardianship services for a deceased or incapacitated loved one, working with special needs families to ensure their disabled child is provided for without losing benefits. According to Ohall, “We handle guardian advocacies for developmentally disabled children and we work with seniors to help them plan for long term care and access benefits such as V.A. Benefits and Medicaid which can help pay for long term care.” The office is located at 1464 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon. Hours are 8:30 a.m. -5 p.m. Monday to Friday and after hours are by appointment. Call 4388503 or visit www.OhallLaw.com.

New Bridal Shop In Brandon Offers Made To Order Designer Gowns

Be Happy Boutique Now Offering Online

Grand Opening Celebration of Tessera of Brandon

Be Happy Boutique offers personalized service and can assist you in finding the perfect gift. There are lots of great selections of gifts, candles, apparel, & jewelry, just to name a few. gift certificates are also available. Now you can shop online at www.behappyboutique.com. Be Happy Boutique is located at 11369 Big Bend Rd. in Riverview. Call 677-2300. Photos courtesy of Matty Donlan, River Oaks Treatment Center River Oaks raises money for MADD.

Thursday, June 28 at 6 p.m. (promptly) to help you with these decisions. Plan to be there by 5:45 p.m. This seminar is perfect for those 58-67 years old. Learn some of the unknown strategies and principles behind the proper timing of taking your Social Security benefits. The HCC campus at the Regent is located at 6437 Watson Rd. in Riverview. Call 626-7575 to make reservations. Leave a message after 4:30 p.m.

Toy Collection For St. Joseph's Children Hospital

Lisa Wheeler, a loan officer with FBC Mortgage, is partnering with the Tampa Jeep Krewe to collect new unwrapped toys to support St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital ‘Christmas in July’ Toy Drive on Wednesday, June 6 at 859 W. Lumsden Rd. in Brandon. The Tampa Jeep Krewe has collected over $50,000 in donated toys and money over the past three years and has set a goal of $30,000 for this year. Would you please donate new toys that are entertaining but also easy to clean? Toys that can be played with in bed are especially wonderful for children who are unable to get up from bed. The Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce will be present for a ribbon cutting at 12:30 p.m. and The Valrico/Fishhawk Chamber of Commerce will be present for the ribbon cutting at 1:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Lisa@Lisa-Wheeler.net.

Tessera of Brandon assisted living and memory care community at 1320 Lexie Grushow and Amy Mosshart Flora’s Bridal Oakfield Dr. in Brandon are the owners of Flora’s Bridal Shop is a new bridal recently hosted a grand boutique conveniently located in Brandon opening celebration with the Brandon offering gorgeous made to order, designChamber of Commerce. About 400 peoer and exclusive private label wedding ple attended the open-to-the-public event, River Oaks Raises Money For MADD gowns, accessories, bridesmaid, mother which featured live music, hors d’oeuvres River Oaks Treatment Center, an of the bride dresses and special event from the culinary staff and tours of the American Addiction Center, centered in gowns for everybody and every budget. community. Riverview recently participated in the Owners Lexie Grushow and Amy The entire property inside and out 2018 Walk Like MADD Tampa event in Mosshart hand select each designer has Wi-Fi and mobile medical technology, March at USF. The 20 member-team gown to provide brides a premium selecdesigned for the next generation of senwas awarded Top Corporate Team for tion of styles, fits and fabrics. Flora’s iors and their families. fundraising efforts. strives to ensure every bride, bridesmaid Some of the many other amenities River Oaks Treatment Center is new and mom receives a personalized bouand tique experience tailored to their specific services Tessera of Brandon offers Jack Daniel’s needs. Brides may enter Flora’s as include an art studio, bistro/bar, Tasting And Bottle strangers, but they leave as friends. beauty and barber salon, fitness Event Hours are Tuesday to Friday from 11 center, library and all-day service AJ's Fine Wine a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday in casual to fine dining restaurant & Liquors will be from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. It is located at 768 venues. There will is also schedfeaturing Jack W. Lumsden Rd. Call 684-0644 or visit uled transportation services, assisDaniel's. Please join FlorasBrides.com for more information. tance with daily living activities, us for Jack Daniel's weekly housekeeping, a secured tasting and bottle Law Offices of Laurie E. Ohall, P.A. Valeo neighborhood for memory event on Sunday, care residents, 24-hour health Laurie Ohall and Dana Kemper both June 3 from 6monitoring and a variety of wellhave extensive experience dealing with Photos courtesy Solvere Senior Living 9p.m. at AJ's Fine ness programs and classes. seniors and the disabled, and working A grand opening celebration was recently held at Tessera of Brandon, a new Wine & assisted living facility at 1320 Oakfield Dr. with families to handle their estate planLiquors, located at Seminar Hosted By Angeloni ning. Both attorneys treat their clients as to the area and provides a compassion3443 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Valrico. This Tax Advisory Group      if they are family – they are accessible, ate, comprehensive, and quality recovery is a great idea for Father’s Day. The botpatient, and like to make sure that they Claiming your Social Security beneexperience for adults battling substance tles engraved will be Gentleman Jack, educate their clients as best as possible. fits at the wrong time could cost your famaddiction and co-occurring mental health Woodford Reserve and Jack Daniel's The Law Offices of Laurie E. Ohall, ily tens of thousands of dollars. A seminar disorders. Visit Single Barrel. P.A. is a full service Estate Planning law will be held at The HCC campus at the http://RiverOaksTreatment.com or call firm which handles everything from Regent on Tuesday, June 19 and 605-3974.

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The Perfect Wedding Band


ow that you have your engagement ring and settled on your venue and dress, it’s time to pick out the perfect band to accompany your lefthand sparkler.

There are many factors to consider. Cost, comfort and overall style are a few of the most important ones.


Ironically, wedding bands are one of the most overlooked costs of planning a wedding — and they can be expensive. However, you can find beautiful rings in every budget. It is important to balance what you can afford with what you want to see on your hand for the rest of your life. Be sure to account for bands for both you and your significant other. Materials (gold, platinum or titanium) and gemstones will factor into the final price.


Answering this question will help you narrow down your choices a lot. If you want your wedding bands to match, then you need to discuss elements that both of you do (and perhaps more importantly don’t) want. Or perhaps there is a wedding


band that matches your engagement ring. Be sure to discuss your options with your partner before hitting up a jewelry store.


Nothing will help you make a decision faster than seeing

potential bands sitting next to your engagement ring. After you’ve set your budget and discussed your options with your significant other, it’s time to try on some rings. If you have the opportunity and the time, visit as many local jewelry stores as possi-

ble. You never know where you are going to find a deal and a truly breathtaking band. Plus, there is not much that beats spending a casual hour in a jewelry shop while associates bring you band after band to slip on your finger.


There are no hard-and-fast rules to what type of wedding band you should choose, including choosing none at all. Stay true to your own style and budget and you will end up with a ring you are eternally happy with.

The Regent Is A Perfect Venue For Your Wedding And Other Celebrations By Kathy L. Collins

Every bride addition of three wants their spefabulous chandecial day to be a liers that were memorable one. recently installed The perfect by Borrell venue will add to Electric. The the lasting memochandeliers were ries for both the two years in the bride and groom making. Juteau and all who said, "The chanattend the big The Regent is a beauti- deliers are our day. The Regent, ful venue that is perfect biggest up for either a small and located in upgrade." Juteau elegant affair, a medium Riverview, is one size event and a large added, "Borrell of largest venues celebration for up to 500 Electric was wonpeople. in the area, but it derful to work can also be a with in installing the chandeliers. We small, intimate had to stop because of Hurricane Irma and stylish one. as The Regent is a Special Needs A bride can Shelter." opt to have both the ceremony and The Regent has several exclusive reception at The Regent or just the caterers that they have vetted over the reception. The Regent offers an attrac- years. In addition, all liquor and bar tive outdoor courtyard complete with a services are handled exclusively sweeping staircase and three ballthrough The Regent. Other vendors rooms that can be combined to hold that have worked at The Regent are up to 500 people. optional, but Juteau can vouch for Julie Juteau is the Executive them. Juteau said, "We use a lot of Director for The Regent. Juteau, along local vendors. The Regent was built by with Christina Smith the Event this community so we like to give back Manager, can provide as much or as to local vendors." little advice and counsel as the bride In addition to weddings, The wants or requires. Juteau said, "We Regent is a perfect venue for corpoare an a la cart venue. We work with rate events, celebration of life events brides who do everything themselves and even charitable fundraising events all the way to ones who use a wedding for non-profits. Juteau said, "We offer planner." special discounts for non-profits to The Regent is a beautiful blank hold their events at The Regent." palette. The beautiful wood floors and For information, visit neutral colors will match any decor the www.ExperienceTheRegent.com, or bride desires. The beauty of The call 571-2494 or email info@experiRegent has been enhanced with the encetgeregent.com.

Honeymoon Packing 101 Y

our wedding will be beautiful and something you will remember for you entire life, but there is a small part of you that will be relieved to have the stress of planning such a major event behind you and looking forward to some well-earned relaxation. Honeymoon Packing 101

Your wedding will be beautiful and something you will remember for you entire life, but there is a small part of you that will be relieved to have the stress of planning such a major event behind you and looking forward to some wellearned relaxation. No matter if you’ve planned a relaxing week on the beach, adventure in the mountains or a quick city getaway, you want to make sure you bring everything you could possibly need. C

Make a List

Making a list is the first step to ensuring nothing important gets left behind. The key is not to make your list in one sitting or just a few days before departure. You need time to come back to it. Choose things that mix and match well, and that perhaps you can get more than one use out of if you will be gone for several days.

Consider Going Carry-On Only

Not having to check any luggage makes traveling so much easier and saves you precious time! Think about it. Would you rather be pacing around

a luggage carousel or be that much closer to sipping mai tais at the beachside bar? Try packing versatile pieces for your trip, or visit a local luggage store for things like pack-flat toiletry kits and packing cubes that can save serious room in your suitcase.

Checking a Bag

No matter how inconvenient, there are some bags you just need to check. Maybe your honeymoon is an extended trip or you will be hitting several destinations in varying climates. Whatever the reason, checking at least one bag might be your best bet. If this is the situation, planning your carry-on actually becomes more important in case your checked bag doesn’t arrive with you. Consider adding travel insurance to make sure you’re covered. Always pack at least one spare outfit, comfortable flats, a swimsuit and another spare outfit appropriate for dinner. This should get you through the first few days without your checked luggage before it is either found and delivered to you, or give you enough time to purchase replacements of essential items at your destination.

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ne of the most commonly told fibs about bridesmaids’ dresses is that you can wear them again. If you have ever been in a wedding, you know this is decidedly untrue for the most part.

Why is it that groomsmen can rent tuxes for a small fee and return them after the party while bridesmaids are left to pay hundreds of dollars on gowns they may only wear once? According to the the BRIDES American Wedding Study 2016, the average bridesmaids dress costs $133, and the majority of brides (66 percent) pick a color and allow their bridesmaids to choose the dress style while only 33 percent match both

color and style. This much freedom for today’s bridesmaid means you shouldn’t be afraid to exercise your right to rent rather than buy your dress.


Many local shops offer discount rental pricing based on dress style and number of people in your wedding party. Ask around prior to settling on your dress company to find the best deals for your bridesmaids. They will appre-


ciate both the discounted pricing and your effort in trying to ensure it. If you have enough in your budget, offer to pay for extra jewelry or accessories to show your bridesmaids you care. You may save enough on a rental deal to allow you to do so.


While searching for fashion rental options, be sure to ask the following questions:

• What is your damage and incidentals policy? • How long can I rent the dress for? • If I like the dress, can I have the option to buy it? Let the answers to these questions guide your final decision. As the bride, remember to include your bridesmaids in the decision-making process. This will help keep everyone on the same page and ensure your friends’ enthusiasm on your special day.

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out more about holding your big event at The Winthrop Barn, which is located at 11349 Bloomingdale Ave. in Riverview. Call 6842276.

The perfect wedding day! What does that mean? To different people it means different things, but the The Barn at Winthrop offers the perfect indoor one thing that is and outdoor venues for your wedding. certain is that All in One holding your wedding at The Barn at & Events Catering Winthrop Special Events Hall, you All in One Catering & Events will have the perfect venue whether offers you full service custom wedyou are looking for indoor or outdoor ding packages to space. choose from. There is an indoor Specialists will help Reception Hall, make this day as Ceremony Garden stress free as posand Tuscan Courtyard sible by helping you so there are plenty of personalize the choices for the setting wedding. They will help with floral of your ceremony. Experienced staff and provide servers, bardesigns is on-hand to help you every step of tenders and event/party rentals. the way. Off-site catering is available as A Bridal Suite is available to give well as event rentals, linens, flowers you and your bridal party to get ready and full coordination of the details. for the main event. The staff at All in One Catering & Of course no wedding is comEvents looks forward to providing you plete without all of the details that the wedding of your dreams with make it a one-of-a-kind special day. coordination, chic décor detailed House furniture is included as well as design, an exciting menu and profeslighting décor for both indoor and sional service which will create a outdoor spaces and column draping. lasting impression. It can hold from 200-350 people All in One Catering and Events is depending on the set-up, and pricing located at 330 Pauls Dr. in Brandon. varies for weekdays and weekend To find out about packages and events. rentals, call 919-9001 or visit Visit www.allinonecateringandevents.com. www.winthropbarntheatre.com to find

The Perfect Place For Your Wedding INDOOR / OUTDOOR VENUE in Riverview, FL • Indoor Reception Hall • Ceremony Garden • Tuscan Courtyard • Bridal Suite • House Furniture Included

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Buying a Pre-Owned Dress Maybe you don’t like the thought of spending so much money on a gown you will only wear once or you are on a strict budget. Good news for you: It has never been easier to purchase a pre-owned wedding dress. This is a refreshing addition to the wedding industry. With couture gowns ringing in for thousands of dollars, it’s nice to have an option available to give a little more life to a lightly worn gown at a fraction of the price. Before you commit to a pre-owned gown, however, consider the following points.

Deal With a Reputable Seller

Unless you know the seller personally, it is best to go through a facilitator that specializes in the industry. Search online for local professionals or businesses in your area. You can also ask around to find out if any of your friends, family members or co-workers have used such a service. Even a preowned wedding gown can fetch a pretty penny. Buying from a reputable source — preferably a local one — protects you as a consumer.

Try Before You Buy

After you’ve conferred with some


Ask For Additional Photos

Once you’ve found a gown, tried it on in person and found a potential seller, don’t be afraid to ask for additional photos. Many sellers list designer photos so the dress they are trying to sell is recognizable. Ask for photos of the seller in the dress. Real wedding photos will tell you more about the dress’ condition than a magazine spread.

Pay Attention to Details

Many brides have their gowns altered to fit them perfectly. If you are purchasing a gown second-hand, odds are it will have been altered. A size 10 may have been brought in closer to a size eight, or a hem might have been taken up. You don’t want to purchase a gown that won’t fit — or cannot be altered to fit. A local seamstress can help you evaluate the gown to see what can be done to make it yours.

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reputable sources and you’ve made a short list of styles you love, try to find bridal salons that A A stock them. Make a series of appointments and try on as many on your list as you can. What you love on paper you may not love on your body.T And you don’t want to find this out after you’ve purchased a gown; there is generally no returning preowned.

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Repticon Tampa: A Slithering, Hissing and Hopping Good Time

Staff Report

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 Sunday, June 9 and 10. According to hours are 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." www.repticon.com/florida/tampa/. 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 bonnie.miller@repticon.com.

Natasha J. Champion, M.D., Mariel Rotundo-Pation, D.O., Marian A. Sampson, M.D. and Stephen M. Zweibach, M.D.

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