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Grad With Perfect Attendence Wins Commissioners Approve Rezoning Of New Car While At Basic Training Former St. Stephen Church Property By Kate Quesada

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of large, block buildings. Nearly 50 area residents showed up at the hearing in support of the new assisted living facility and many voiced their opinions in favor of the future development. Lisa Huetteman, Valrico resident and supporter stated, “This development allows my parents to live in an Preliminary drawings and site plans for Fifty49 Bell Shoals call independent-style unit that offers additional for two- and three-story buildings, but developer Bridgepoint Lifecare LLC reports that the plans for design are just in the support as needed. beginning stages with nothing finalized. The elder care comAfter a unanimous 6-0 decision munity, with a neighborhood atmosphere, (Commissioner Hagan was not present will certainly enhance Bell Shoals.” during vote) to approve rezoning of the Rita Joyce added, “When I am no former St. Stephen Catholic Church locatlonger able to care for myself, how comed at 5049 Bell Shoals Rd., plans will forting it will be to know I can stay in a move forward with the development of an local senior community among my friends ‘Aging-In-Place’ assisted living community and family who can visit.” currently dubbed Fifty49 Bell Shoals. Betty Cocchiola noted, “The new The development will soon enter the community will be attractive with a garden design and engineering phase, with conenvironment and scenic appeal, and will struction targeted to begin sometime in look and feel like a neighborhood comthe spring of 2019, according to the munity, and not a commercial institution.” developer Bridgepoint Lifecare Group LLC. Commissioner Stacy White, commisIn This sioner for District 4 commented, “We are Issue woefully under inventoried with respect to ALF facilities in Hillsborough County.” Commissioner Sandra Murman secondHOA HOT TOPICS ...............................PG 7 ed this, adding, “This is a needed facility NEW SCHOOL SIDEWALKS .................PG 9 for the community.” The proposed 260-bed assisted living SPECIAL OLYMPIC ATHELETES ..........PG 11 community will be unlike other facilities in READY FOR ELECTIONS? ...........PGS 14‐15 the area. The ‘just like home’ model will embrace a neighborhood compatible WACKY HOLIDAYS ............................PG 21 design theme, with villa and patio homes TALLY FOOD & DRINK ......................PG 26 configured into pocket clusters and minineighborhoods, featuring shared garden LOCAL PARKS ...................................PG 27 walkways, and courtyards. SPORTS CONNECTION...............PGS 32‐33 The developer, Bridgepoint Lifecare Group, has made it a point throughout the ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT................PG 43 rezoning process to express that this EYE ON BUSINESS .....................PGS 45‐46 community will resemble a neighborhood, and not a typical institutional-like campus

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Never tak“This is almost life changing ing a sick day for us,” said Wanda. “He will need really paid off for transportation in his career and we a Newsome were trying to figure out how to High School finance it when we received this graduate last amazing news.” month. This is the eighth year that FishHawk resiToyota of Tampa Bay has donated dent Joshua a car for a student with this Quiggle, one of impressive record. five students in “When students are coming to the county who school and engaged in their did not miss a course work, day of school they are more from kinderlikely to reach garten to 12th grade, won a brand graduation and new car thanks to his perfect attenbecome sucdance record. cessful in life,” As Joshua is in Texas for basic said Hillsborough training for the U.S. Air Force, his County School mother Wanda accepted the 2018 Superintendent Toyota Yaris IA for him at the Jeff Eakins. Hillsborough County Public School “Arriving to offices in early June. She held a school, or in the cardboard cutout picture of her son future, to work on Newsome High School graduand waited with the other students ate Joshua Quiggle won a car time every day is to see if the key she was given a skill any for his 13 years of perfect attendance. His mother, would unlock the car, indicating that employer will Wanda Quiggle accepted the she could take it home for her son. car for him while Joshua was value.” “It was so surreal,” said Wanda, away at basic training for the In addition to U.S. Air Force. a teacher at Barrington Middle the chance to School. “The suspense of finding out if win the car, all students with the 13-year we won was so exciting and almost unbe- perfect attendance record received a lievable.” $500 Visa gift card and a lap top computAccording to Wanda, Joshua has an er from local businesses. incredible immune system and never gets The other four students with who sick, a trait that worked in his favor when achieved the perfect attendance streak it came to school attendance. He is planare Sarah Grabau, also of Newsome ning a career in the Air Force security High School, Kristal Hill from Robinson services and is heading to Tech School High School,, Dakota Johnson of when he finishes basic training this Chamberlain High School and Carissa month. Once he finishes that portion of Stopowenko from Lennard High School. his training, Wanda is hoping he will be For more info, contact, SDHC at 272able to come and pick up the car. 4000 or visit www.sdhc.k12.fl.us.


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Lithia Resident Named Polk County Teacher Of The Year

Commissioner Stacy White Holds Community Office Hours At Library

Thousands Regal Honda, a of Lithia-area gold ring from residents touch Herff-Jones and the lives of chilprize money dren every day, from Mid-Florida but one has Credit Union, been singled out she also above the rest. received a Lois Horn-Diaz, weekend resort a teacher of the vacation from gifted at R. The Lakeland Bruce Wagner Ledger, tickets Elementary, was to Universal named Polk Studios and other County Teacher attractions and of the Year for annual passes to 2017 and she is Walt Disney using that honor World for her to influence the family. education of “The whole more students. experience has A 20-year been overwhelmLithia resident Lois Horn-Diaz was named ing for me,” she Lithia resident, Teacher of the Year for Polk County in 2017. Horn-Diaz took said. “Although I an interesting road to classroom am not someone who has ever shied teaching, spending time as the away from the limelight, being honEducation Representative for Sea ored for just doing what I have always World of Florida, hosting a children’s done seemed surreal.” television program called “This is Me’ She also met the Florida for WFTV-Channel 9 in Orlando and Governor and First Lady at the working as a school psychologist in Teacher of the Year Gala and a recepPolk County. tion at the Governor’s Mansion, and “My position as a school psycholwas awarded the Florida Association ogist allowed me freedom to focus on for Gifted Children State Award for my areas of interest; using music, Creative Teaching Excellence and the drama and video production as a vehi- Governor’s Shine Award at a meeting cle to share positive mental health of the Florida Cabinet. Valencia messages with children throughout College, where she took and taught the county,” said Horn-Diaz, who also some classes, named her a runs Blueberry Cottage Farms offering Distinguished Alumni and she shared U-Pick, with her husband Jose. the stage with a former President of After attaining a degree in Gifted Walt Disney World, the former mayor Education, which compliments her of Orlando, a former State Masters and Specialist degrees in Representative and a member of 'N School Psychology, Horn-Diaz decidSync, at the schools 50 year annivered to become a classroom teacher sary celebration. seven years ago at the school where But most important to Horn-Diaz she previously worked as a psycholois that she is able to share her love for gist. and beliefs about education with oth“I was fortunate to be given the ers. She feels more people need to opportunity to create my own curricuknow about the importance of creativilum for my gifted program,” she said. ty and teacher autonomy and stresses “Deciding to use the imagery of a hot the need for differentiated teaching in air balloon, I envisioned my classroom schools. as a vehicle from which my students “I am determined to use the platwould be traveling to many destinaform that these honors are now protions that would allow them to explore viding me to speak up in support of the past and present.” what I believe to be the best practices Her time as Teacher of the Year in education,” she said. was exciting for Horn-Diaz, who For more information on the Polk explained that in addition to being pre- County Teacher of the Year program, sented with a Honda Fit car from visit www.polk-fl.net.

Residents of that entire corridor. Bloomingdale and We’ll have a nice, surrounding areas new smooth road all were welcome to stop the way from Lithia by the Bloomingdale Pinecrest all the way Library on June 14 for to MLK,” he said. a one-on-one meeting White menwith County tioned other issues Commissioner, Stacy office hours strive to White. Visitors were Commissioner White has deep roots in bring attention to. Hillsborough County and holds communi- “Storm water issues able to sign up and ty office hours to listen to his conwait to meet with the always pop up durstituent’s concerns and ideas. commissioner to discuss their concerns ing these kinds of office hours. We work about local and community issues as well with the storm water engineers, and as propose solutions. oftentimes they can make improvements Representing District Four of to the storm water and correct problems Hillsborough County, White is responsible like that,” he added. for the development of everything “from White believes that his office hours Plant City to Sun City”. allow him to be open to the ideas of his In the past, popular topics for citizen’s constituency. “I always say that the best concerns have included mainly traffic, ideas come from out in the field and storm water issues, sidewalk projects, meeting with the people. I walk away with and growth management for the so many good ideas when I’m out here Hillsborough County area. These topics spending time with the people like this,” were frequently brought up by citizens he said. One idea that was mentioned during the community office hours, was the installation of a new traffic light according to White. on Bell Shoals Road to redirect traffic, he Residents can look forward to excitadded. ing developments for the near future, White also prefers one-on-one meetincluding a much-waited for widening of ings. “I can sit here in a quiet office one Bell Shoals Road from Boyette Road to on one with the constituents, give them just North of Lithia Pinecrest, added my undivided attention and focus on just White. their particular issue that they’re bringing White also made note of a second to me. I find that to be very effective,” he big project due to be finished in this calsaid. endar year. “Valrico road is falling apart. Community office hours are held We’re going to resurface Valrico Road quarterly in different areas of District Four. from Lithia Pinecrest Road to Highway For information, visit www.hillsborough60. It was just resurfaced on the other county.org or Commissioner White’s side of Highway 60 so that will complete Facebook page at Stacy White.

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Uplift Women’s Network Comes To MOPS Offers More Than Just Playdates By Kate Quesada Campo Family YMCA Child Life sometimes brings trials and tribulations as one strives to overcome those obstacles that might come their way. A new group at Campo Family YMCA called Uplift Women’s Network empowers women by building them up spiritually and fostering a sense of community with the understanding that an issue does not have to be faced alone. In November 2017, Heather Simpson, J.D. founded Uplift Women’s Network and leads it. This faith-based organization came into fruition because the Lord placed it on Simpson’s heart. It consists of more than 20 diverse women of all ages, cultures and denominations. The intent of it would be to bring women together through prayer, encouragement and friendship. Simpson shared how she feels in regards to being the leader of it. “I feel inspired by everyone who contributes as they build each other up in a positive and effective way,” Simpson said. The goal of this group would be to see God lifted up in the women. To add, Simpson wants to see people grow in their faith and let them know they do not

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those who need it. The organization started meeting at Campo Family YMCA in April of this year. Members and non-members of Campo Family YMCA can join. All women are welcome whether it be a mature Christian, new Christian or individuals who might be interested in becoming one. It meets the fourth Friday of each month from 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. Simpson also mentions how the group fits perfectly within the YMCA’s mission. “Overall, I feel blessed that the door opened for our group to meet here at Campo Family YMCA,” Simpson said. “We also see us growing further with our partnership with them too and excited for the future as well.” For more information, visit www.upliftwomensnetwork.com. Check out the Facebook page www.facebook.com/UpliftWomensNetwor k. Call 445-1825.

care for children from six months to five years old is provided during meetings which always start Moms from all over the FishHawk area meet regularly at FishHawk with breakFellowship Church as members of the local MOPS group. The group is fast, a word always accepting new members. of encourFishHawk resident Haley Pate agement from a mentor mom and knows that being a mom is hard work. roundtable conversations. Meetings That is why she joined the MOPS also include speakers, service projects, group at FishHawk Fellowship Church crafts, games and other activities are when she moved to the area from out planned regularly including mom’s of state and the mom of two now has a nights out and play dates. group of 75 local women to her support “We go beyond just play dates,” when she needs it most. said Pate. “Our theme for this year is “MOPS is an international Christian ‘Find Your Fire’ and we hope to help non-profit that works to inspire and moms reignite their passions, because empower women as they seek to be momming is hard.” the best mothers possible,” said Pate. “I came in at a time I was new to Groups meet all over the world in the area, didn’t have any family nearby, hospitals, churches, YMCAs, homes and was longing to make some real and on military bases to offer moms of relationships with people in my new young children the chance to meet and home,” said Pate. “They have given support each other. me a true sense of family and are willThe FishHawk group is open to all ing to help any time I need it.” moms, meets twice a month from Membership fees are $60 a year, September to May and is always payable at the time of registration, accepting new members. which includes membership to both the “We gather moms for community, international and local groups. encouragement, faith and relationThe FishHawk group meets at ships,” said Pate, who explained that FishHawk Fellowship Church, located the group was a life saver for her. “We at 15326 FishHawk Blvd., on the first strive to make each mom feel and third Tuesday of the month from refreshed and rejuvenated during this September to May at 9:30 a.m. For crazy season of life raising the next more information, visit www.mops.org generation.” or www.fishhawkfc.org/ministries/mops.

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Children's Board Of Hillsborough County Funds Free Mobile Swim Lessons This Summer








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The Tampa beneficial in life savMetropolitan Area ing situations, I am YMCA and Brandon all for it." Sports and Aquatic Drowning is the Center, thanks to leading cause of funding from the preventable deaths Children's Board of among Tampa Bay Area children. Hillsborough County, Statistics demonhave started a free strate that with propmobile water safety er instruction, the program. This is the Swimming instructors from the Tampa likelihood of a child fourth year that cerMetropolitan Area YMCA and BSAC are tified instructors will providing free swim lessons this summer. drowning drops as much as 88 pervisit pools located in apartment complexes and local neighbor- cent. The program focuses on skills that hoods and provide free lessons in basic will assist a child in the water. For water safety/ swimming skills. younger participants, the focus is to teach The program will serve up to 24 children per site. Children will receive free 45 them to roll over, back float and call for help. The focus for older participants is to minute classes for one week. swim, float and get to safety. Parents and "The goal is to eliminate barriers that caregivers are encouraged to enroll their can prevent parents from getting their child in local swim lessons to continue to kids into water safety or swim classes," strengthen their skills. said Amanda Walker, Tampa Y Aquatics Paula Scott, Director of Public Experience Executive. Walker added, Relations for the Children's Board of "We want to remove challenges such as Hillsborough County said, "The Children's transportation issues, a hectic work Board Mobile Swim Program is teaching schedule and other deterrents." One of the local facilities participating children to swim right in their own neighis Summerfield, located in Riverview. This borhood pools where statistically they are most at risk of drowning." Scott added, is the second summer that Summerfield "By deploying instructors and lifeguards has participated. Abi James, Community throughout the county, we are ensuring Association Manager said, "I think this that children are able to receive these lifefree program is a wonderful opportunity saving skills." for our residents. We live in Florida, For more information on the Mobile almost completely surrounded by water, Swim Lessons program, please contact so my first thought is 'Why no Time?' We have a very diverse community with fami- Chris Alaynick at chris.alaynick@tamoaymca.org or call lies with small children. If I can assist in 224-9622 ext. 1292. any way to offer a service that can be


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School District Offers Adult Technical Certifications With Grant Opportunities Whether you are just embarking into adulthood or looking to change or advance your career, you may be surprised to learn that Hillsborough County Schools offers technical certifications and adult education at affordable rates. There is a program for you at one of many convenient Hillsborough Technical Colleges. At Aparicio-Levy Technical College, students can choose from a variety of programs that will set them on the path to success. What is the best thing? Dr. James Goode, site principal wants to emphasize that students can be on their way, “To a career in a year or less with no loans to repay. We assist them in finding grants only.” In the Computer Systems and Informational Technology program, learn to diagnose, repair, install, and configure hardware and software; connect network devices and administer Local Area Networks (LAN); and gain an understanding of cybersecurity. Upon completion of coursework, graduates will be prepared for certifications and an entry level career in the Information Technology (IT) industry. This program offers classes during the day Monday thru Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Additionally, Aparicio-Levey also offers great programs in community safety. The Fire Fighter I and II program prepares candidates to take the State certification. The curriculum follows the framework set by the Florida Bureau of Fire Standards and Training and meets the


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Hillsborough County Doubles Mini-Grant Program County Commissioners and close to $100,000 was awarded through the grants in 2017. Lake St. Charles Community Development District in Riverview received some of the grant money last year and used it to develop an app for Lake St. Charles Community Development District received a residents and community improvement from Hillsborough County last year Valrico’s River Hills which they used to develop an app for their residents. Applications are being accepted until Friday, August 3 at 5 community spent p.m. for this year’s grants. it’s grant money Calling all HOA repfrom 2016 on bird resentatives. Could houses for the Purple your neighborhood use Martin Swallow and a some extra funds to nesting platform for hold a community celeOspreys. bration or buy some Applicants must safety equipment? The attend an information Hillsborough County session, either in perOffice of Neighborhood son or online, before Relations is now accepting applicasubmitting their requests. A training tions for its popular mini-grant prosession will take place on Monday, gram and representatives could earn July 30 at 6 p.m. at the up to $5,000 to improve their comBloomingdales Regional Public munity. Library, located at 1906 “Projects should be aimed at Bloomingdales Ave. in Valrico. bringing neighbors together and Participants can view a webinar boosting community pride,” said online or listen in via phone on Hillsborough County Wednesday, July 11 at 6 p.m. Communications and Digital Media According to Van Dyke, the Specialist, Michelle Van Dyke. training will review the application, “Applicants are encouraged to be grant criteria and projects that qualicreative and original.” fy for the mini-grants as well as According to Van Dyke, the mini- answering questions about the progrants can be put towards a wide gram. A verification code received at variety of projects, such as neighthe completion of the training must borhood celebrations, children’s pro- be included on the application in grams, community gardens, signs order for the proposal to be considand landscaping, crime watch proered. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. grams, safety equipment, websites, on Friday, August 3 and successful newsletters and leadership training. grant recipients in this year’s round Neighborhood, civic, homeownwill be notified by November 30. ers and crime watch associations in To register for one of the training Hillsborough County that are regisclasses and for complete information tered with the Office of about the process and requirements, Neighborhood Relations are eligible www.HCFLGov.net/Neighborhoods to apply, including those in Tampa, and click on the ‘Neighborhood Plant City and Temple Terrace. The Grants’ link, or call the Office of program was established in 1988 by Neighborhood Relations at 272the Hillsborough County Board of 5860.

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You should always be able to ask as many questions as you’d like when working with your financial advisor. So, before you have your annual review, think carefully about what you’d like to ask. Here are a few suggestions: • Are my goals still realistic?When you first began working with your financial advisor, you may well have articulated a number of financial goals. For example, you might have said that you wanted to pay for most of your children’s college educations, or that you wanted to retire at a certain age, or that you wanted to travel for two months each year during your retirement. In fact, you could have many different goals for which you’re saving and investing. When you meet with your financial advisor, you’ll certainly want to ask if you're still on track toward meeting these goals. If you are, you can continue with the financial strategies you’ve been following; but if you aren’t, you may need to adjust them. • Am I taking on too much – or too little – risk?The financial markets always fluctuate, and these movements will affect the value of your investment portfolio. If you watch the markets closely every day and track their impact on your investments, you may find yourself fretting considerably over your investments’value and wondering if you are taking on too much investment risk for your comfort level. Conversely, if you think that during an extended period of market gains your own portfolio appears to be lagging, you might feel that you should be investing more aggressively, which entails greater risk. In any case, it’s important that you know your own risk tolerance and use it as a guideline

for making investment choices – so it’s definitely an issue to discuss with your financial advisor. • How will changes in my life affect my investment strategy? Your life is not static. Over time, you may experience any number of major events, such as marriage, children, new jobs and so on. When you meet with your financial advisor, you will want to discuss these types of changes, because they can affect your long-term goals and, consequently, your investment decisions. • How are external forces affecting my investment portfolio? Generally speaking, you will want to create an investment strategy that’s based on your goals, risk tolerance and time horizon. And, as mentioned above, you may need to adjust your strategy based on changes in your life. But should you also make changes based on outside forces, such as interest rate movements, political events, new legislation or news affecting industries in which you have invested substantially? Try not to make long-term investment decisions based on short-term news. Yet, talk with your financial advisor to make sure your investment portfolio is not out of alignment with relevant external factors. By making these and other inquiries, you can help yourself stay informed on your overall investment picture and what moves, if any, you should make to keep advancing toward your goals. A financial advisor is there to provide you with valuable expertise – so take full advantage of it. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

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TECO Expands Solar Energy With 10 Additional Megawatt Projects In Florida

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Faces of Courage provides an assortment of free life enriching programs for children and families touched by all types of cancer and blood disorders.

vide savings to them in the form of lower fuel costs. Customers will see the slight increase on their bills beginning in September. “Tampa Electric is becoming cleaner and When the projects are complete, nearly seven percent of greener,” said Cherie Tampa Electric's energy generation will come from the sun, a higher percentage of solar than any other Florida Jacobs, spokesperson for utility. Tampa Electric. “Solar Tampa Electric, one of Florida’s power plays a key role in our fuel mix for largest investor-owned electric utilities our future years.” that serves about 750,000 customers in Tampa Electric launched its West Central Florida, was given the Renewable Energy project, now called thumbs up by the Florida Public Service Sun Select, in 2000 with the construction Commission last month for the initial of its first solar panel at the Museum of phase of its efforts to expand the use of Science and Industry. Today, they have solar energy in Florida. seven community solar sites that generTampa Electric’s solar projects are ate 135 kilowatts, including a 2-megawatt considered cost-effective by the PSC and (MW) site at Tampa International Airport meet the cost-cap requirements stipulatand a 23-MW site in Apollo Beach, comed in the November 2017 agreement. pleted last year. The agreement enables Tampa Electric During the next four years, Tampa to significantly expand its use of solar Electric plans to add six million solar panpower, giving them the highest percentels in 10 new photovoltaic solar projects. age of solar energy produced by a In total, Tampa Electric will install 600 Florida utility when the project is completMW of photovoltaic solar energy to its ed. fleet, which is enough electricity to power “We are pleased to have the support more than 100,000 homes. of the Florida Commission,” said Nancy The first phase of Tampa Electric’s Tower, president of the Tampa-based utilisolar construction is scheduled to be comty. “Clean energy is the future for utilities pleted in September 2018. The subseand our solar projects are a win for cusquent three phases are scheduled to be tomers and a win for the environment.” complete by January 1 of 2019, 2020 and According to the company, Tampa 2021. When complete, nearly seven perElectric plans to invest about $850 million cent of Tampa Electric's energy generain these solar projects. As the phases are tion will come from the sun, a higher percompleted, they will cost a typical resicentage of solar than any other Florida dential customer (who uses 1,000 kiloutility. watt-hours per month) about $1 on the For more information, visit tampaelecaverage monthly residential bill. Over the tric.com. customer’s lifetime, the projects will pro-

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Faces of Courage is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides day outings and overnight camps for women, children and families touched by all types of cancer and blood disorders. All programs are given free of charge. Faces of Courage was founded by Peggy Sherry in 2004. It is a Tampa based nonprofit, but it serves cancer survivors from all over the country. Faces of Courage is able to provide services for free thanks to tireless volunteers and support from the community. Volunteers such as Larry Brooks provide essential services. Brooks, who lives in Sun City Center, became involved with Faces of Courage about eight years ago. He works in the kitchen at every camp that is held. Brooks said, "I volunteer because I see what the camp means to the survivors who attend. At one of the camps, a

woman with cancer gave me a hug and thanked me for being there." Brooks added, "While the emphasis at the camps is certainly on fun, it also provides support and focuses on developing a strong positive attitude towards recovery and good health management. Many of the volunteers are survivors as well, and when they tell a camper they know what they are going through, they really do know." Sherry said, "No one can understand the cancer journey until they have heard the words 'You have cancer.' When these survivors can get together, leave their wigs in the cabin and openly talk about their feelings, worries and hopes, it is very healing." Faces of Courage has several upcoming camps for women and children. It is hosting two Adult Women's Camps on August 17-19 and September 14-16. It will host Santa's Workshop Weekend for children ages 2-12 the weekend of November 30 to December 2. Registration for camps opens approximately five weeks before camp. Camps cost approximately $250 per camper. To offset the cost of the camps, Faces of Courage holds events such as ‘It's Too Hot Music Fest’ on Sunday, July 15 and a Top Golf event on Sunday, July 22. For information, visit www.facesofcourage.org or call 948-7478.

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County Works On Sidewalk Projects Around Local Schools This Summer

Néktər Juice Bar Will Be Coming Soon To The Lithia/Valrico Area

Stowers more than $800,000, Elementary is comes from the Florida one of four local Department of schools with Transportation’s Local sidewalks that Agency Program will receive (LAP), which facilitates attention from federally funded transHillsborough portation-related projCounty this fall. ects in Hillsborough The County. County is plan“The LAP extends ning to start federal aid for construction on a section of use on local sidewalk on the west side of roads that are Boyette Rd. from Gentle Wood not part of the Ave. to south of Barrington state highway Stowers Dr. shortly after stusystem, while letdents return to school from ting local governsummer break. The project is ments maintain expected to cost $128,780. the transporta“The new sidewalk section tion priorities and will make it safer for children to objectives of walk and bike to school,” said their own Kara Walker, Hillsborough said agency,” The west side of Boyette Rd. from Gentle Wood Ave. south of County Senior Media Relations Walker. Barrington Stowers Dr. will receive Strategist. According to a new sidewalk in the fall. In addition to the Stowers Walker, the types sidewalk, projects are also slated to take of projects eligible for LAP include safety place around Summerfield Elementary in projects, resurfacing projects, bicycle and Riverview, Cypress Creek Elementary in pedestrian facilities, traffic calming projRuskin and Eisenhower Middle School in ects, bridges and tunnels and infrastrucGibsonton, all with the goal of making stu- ture-based Intelligent Transportation dent’s journeys to school safer and more System projects. enjoyable. Residents who feel a sidewalk in Construction for all the projects is their area needs attention should visit expected to be complete by early 2019. www.hcflgov.net/AtYourService and “The County worked with the schools expect a follow-up from a Hillsborough to identify these specific locations,” said County Public Works representative. Walker. For more information on the projects, Funding for the projects, totalling visit www.hcflgov.org.

Residents where we really can keep their wanted to be. I think eyes peeled for the heathy lifestyle an exciting addithere really matches tion to the area our product,” he that will no said. doubt be A former proa crowdfessional soccer pleaser. player with a backNéktər ground in real Juice Bar, estate, Hileman which will be Néktər offers a variety of healthy treats for any- was initially drawn one to enjoy. located at 3482 to Néktər as a conLithia Pinecrest Rd. in Valrico, will offer sumer. “I really care about what I put in refreshing options to those seeking a my body, so I tried it out, and I took my healthier lifestyle or simply craving a delikids and they loved it. I looked into it a litcious snack. tle bit deeper and I really liked what the With an estimated opening in late company was all about,” he said. August/ early fall, Néktər will offer many Hileman hopes to inspire others healthy choices including fresh juices, through Néktər. “We’re trying to offer a acai bowls, smoothies, and different juice healthy, affordable product that families cleanses. Grab ‘n go’s will also be on the and everyone can enjoy. I thought it menu-quick, nutritious cold-pressed botwould be a great way to encourage peotled drinks for busy customers to take ple to continue on that pathway to a with them. Customers will be able to healthy lifestyle,” he said. choose everything from protein-rich nut Néktər plans on becoming part of the milks and cold brew-coffee to classic community as well, Hileman added. juices and even skinny lemonades. “We’re excited to get involved with comOne of Néktər’s original products munity organizations, from soccer clubs includes Skoop by Néktər, described as in schools to churches. We’re looking to “a healthy and decadent frozen treat that solidify partnerships with schools and is dairy-free, gluten-free, free of refined have fundraisers for schools and commusugars and preservatives, and offered in nities and really give back,” he said. rotating flavors year-round.” The newest Hileman not only plans to develop in flavor, Vegan Coconut Vanilla, will be a Valrico, but in different areas including great alternative for those following a difTampa. “I expect to have four of them ferent lifestyle. open by the end of the year,” he said. Scott Hileman, the local franchisee For additional information on different for Néktər, chose the area for a reason. products and more, visit www.nekterjuice“The Lithia/Valrico area was the place bar.com.

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Lithia area horse vibrant colors would lovers can now enjoy help the horse and riding longer hours, rider to distinguish thanks to a project by the jump from its a local Girl Scout. surroundings, espeNewsome High cially in the School student evenings. Jasmine Spengler Spengler worked with volunapproached her preteers to increase visivious employer, bility on the jumps at Bungle in Jungle, Lithia resident Jasmine Spengler recently and current employBryan Stables in worked to increase jump visibility at a Lithia, earning herself er, Lowe’s, who local horse stable, earning the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award. the Girl Scouts Gold offered to donate five Award. gallons of paint to the cause. She also “Combining her passion for the sport recruited volunteers from a variety of with her commitment to Girl Scout values, clubs at Newsome High School, including Jasmine envisioned and implemented an the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha improvement project that is earning her Theta. the highest award The Gold available,” said Award is the Girl Girl Scout Troop Scout’s counterLeader, Mary part to the more Helenius. widely known Spengler, Eagle Scout who has a pasaward and sion for horses requires a scout and riding, felt to be a leader in there was a lack her community of awareness and create a regarding visibility goal that will at the stables. make a positive and lasting impact. “I realized that a handful of locations “The scout develops skills that will did not provide lighting for evening riding,” serve her well through life, including she said. “This poses a significant probcooperation, team-building, project manlem because most riders are in school agement and critical thinking,” said during the day and can only ride in the Helenius. “By earning the Gold Award, evening.” Girl Scouts become eligible for opportuniAccording to Helenius, without proper ties after high school, including scholarlighting, jumps and other obstacles are ships, distinctive leadership training, a less visible. notable credit to their college applications, “Not only must the horse see the and, should the scout choose a career in jump, but the rider must be able to deterthe military, being able to enter at a higher mine the distance and communicate with rank than her peers.” the horse,” said Helenius. “Unfortunately, Thirty-five members of the Girl the proper lighting is very expensive and Scouts of West Central Florida earned not realistic for most locations.” Gold Awards for 2017-18. After discussing the issues with her Anyone interested in learning more instructors, Gayle and Holly Bryan, about Girl Scouts, should contact the Spengler proposed that she would paint Fossil Valley Service Unit of Girl Scouts at the jumps for her Gold Award project. 281-GIRL. For more information, visit She felt that painting the jumps with www.gswcf.org.

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Special Olympics Athletes Visit TD Just Cuts Gains New Family Barber By Kate Quesada Bank To Show Off Their Skills By Mia Cafaro

$20,000 for the team’s On June 8, TD upcoming trip to Seattle Bank hosted its annuwhen he spoke at a al Special Olympics fundraiser hosted by Trading Card Day at Countryside Baptist four local locations. Church in Dover. Clients had the opporThe team will be tunity to do their busileaving on June 30 to fly ness at the bank and to Seattle and compete enjoy a friendly game in the USA games, a of soccer on their way brand new experience out. for many of the athletes The event raises involved, and a great money for the Special opportunity to earn Olympics and builds some recognition. awareness for the Givens and Curran Play Unified movewere accompanied by ment, which joins peoSpecial Olympic athletes Trey two United partners, ple with and without Givens and Jade Curran pose Holly Eddins and Dean intellectual disabilities alongside their United partners, Holly Eddins and Dean Collins Collins, along with on the same team in order to foster friendship and competition. Coach Sandy Denham. Coach Denham has been involved with the Special From May 14 to June 22, clients had Olympics for 30 years, and is clearly pasthe opportunity to purchase a $5 bracelet sionate about the program and the athto support the cause. Over the past nine letes. “The team gets a lot of community years, this fundraiser has raised over support,” she said. $9.5 million, most of which goes directly The United partners, Eddins and to the Special Olympics. The goal is to Collins, are former students at Plant City raise one million dollars this year. High School who play alongside the athTrey Givens and Jade Curran were letes and help coaches. two athletes who participated in the While at the bank, the group set up event. They each play several sports, small soccer goals, Connect 4, and even often hopping from one practice to the broke out some hula hoops. Several TD next, which keeps them busy and fit. “My Bank employees joined the fun, along favorite thing is going out and being with a few clients who could not resist tryactive,” said Givens. Givens has also gained a community ing to score a quick goal. Donations to support the Special platform through the Special Olympics, Olympics can be made to any TD Bank, making speeches at various fundraisers or at give.specialolympics.org. and benefits. He recently helped raise

For more than four years, the staff at Just Cuts for Guys have been sprucing up the hair of FishHawk’s male residents. This month, owners Dawn and Bryan Vansant are welcoming their son Edward to the team as the business’ seventh stylist. Just Cuts for Guys, which opened its doors on FishHawk Blvd. in March 2014, offers haircuts for men and boys. It is a family business and Dawn is not only the owner but also has been a hair stylist for 13 years. “With 13 years of experience Dawn not only understands the industry, she is also actively involved in all aspects of the business ensuring that the consistency and quality control are kept to her standards,” said Bryan, who has lived with his family in the FishHawk area for more than 10 years. The Vasants are excited to welcome their son Edward to the team following his graduation from barber school last month, with the idea of him possibly taking over the business in the future. “Edward has worked as a receptionist at our store since we opened,” said Bryan. “He has watched and participated as we have built this business. This led him to barber school. He will be a valuable addition to our team. He has proven to be a quick study and takes his work seriously.”

The business’ other team members have already built up a following of clients in the FishHawk area. Many residents have been getting their hair cut by Myriam Olivieri and Wendy Pfisterer since the store opened and popular stylists Judy Barrett and Angela Clark joined the team more recently. “We have a great team that brings decades of experience,” said Bryan. “This allows us to provide a quality product to our clientele on a consistent basis.” For Bryan, one of the best aspects of owning a business in a community like FishHawk is the ability to really get to know customers and watch them grow up, one hair cut at a time. Dawn tells of speaking to younger customers about their future plans and remembering giving them their first haircuts. “Owning and running a business is very demanding,” he said. “When the community expresses their appreciation by supporting your business when there are so many options out there, it makes all of the hard work worth it.” Just Cuts for Guys is located at 16311 FishHawk Blvd. and is open 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, call 661-7024 or visit www.JustCutsforGuys.com.

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Playing For Charity At Annual Knights Of Columbus Golf Classic

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The Knights of Columbus sponsored by Mother Seton Council 5724 in Brandon will hold its fifth annual charitable Golf Classic on Saturday, September 15 at Bloomingdale Golfer’s Club.

The Knights of at 9 a.m. Format for the tournament is a Columbus Golf four-player scramble. Classic, sponsored Early Bird Registration fees are $85 by Mother Seton per golfer until August 15. After that, it will Council 6724 in Brandon, is preparing for be $95 for singles and $380 for a fourits fifth annual charitable round of golf. some. There will be awards for first, secEven the sweltering ond and third place heat and afternoon team finishers, plus showers will not the longest drive stray these dedicatand closest to the ed golfers from this pin for men and annual fundraising women. event. It will take There will also place on Saturday, be four ‘Hole in September 15 at One’ contests with the Bloomingdale prizes of $10,000, Golfer’s Club. and three golf vaca“The proceeds tion packages. will be used for There is also a putcharitable contributing contest with the tions throughout the winner awarded the year,” explained Neil Waid, Council opportunity to make a put for $2,000 Warden. “Charitable organizations such which will be split with the Council if sucas Special Olympics, Citizens with cessful. Disabilities, Lopez In addition to Exceptional the golf, there will Student Education be a live auction, a Center, Food 50/50 contest and a Pantry, The James raffle for other great A. Haley Veterans prizes. Hospital and Haley “The Knights of House along with Columbus is a fravarious other local ternal organization,” organizations are Waid explained. on the club's list of This selfless organirecipients. zation believes in Donations to supand supports the Women’s Longest Drive port the Homeless true meaning of Veterans Outreach Charity, Unity, and Veterans' Families in Need are also Fraternity and Patriotism. organizations that we help support,” said You may register and pay online with Waid. PayPal at KofCBrandon.com or you can Sign-in will be Saturday, September mail payment with registration form to: 15 from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. The fee Mother Seton Council #6724, Post Office includes green fees, golf cart, range balls, Box 1327, Brandon, Florida 33511. beverages, continental breakfast and For more information contact Tim lunch buffet. Tee off time will be promptly Kasprzyk at tsoc48@msn.com.

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Up To 2,500 Poll Workers Needed For Upcoming 2018 Election Cycle

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Are you a by setting up civic-minded privacy booths, individual who tables, equiplikes to solve ment and supproblems? Are plies needed you a punctual for voting. Poll leader who is workers must detail oriented? also be comIf the answers pletely imparto these questial and nontions are yes, partisan while then you should working at The Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections is consider polling places. seeking registered voters to work as poll workers becoming a poll during the 2018 election cycle. You receive training On and are paid for your time and hard work. worker for the Election Day, upcoming 2018 election cycle. poll workers are assigned to one of 271 It takes a lot of planning and hard polling places. The poll worker works at work to run a countywide election in the a single location. fourth largest county in Florida. Poll "The 2,500 plus poll workers that we workers help to ensure that polling hire are extremely important to our elecplaces run smoothly and that every voter tions process. They are the ‘boots on the who is registered to vote gets to cast ground’ who make it possible for our their ballot. community to participate in our voting, The Hillsborough County Supervisor and they do a great job," said Craig of Elections office is seeking Election Latimer, Supervisor of Elections for Day superheroes aka poll workers. In Hillsborough County. order to become a poll worker, you must "We are recruiting poll workers right be a registered Hillsborough County now, and we will continue until we fill all voter who can read, write and speak the positions. We especially need poll workEnglish language. Bilingual poll workers ers who speak both English and are needed as well. Poll workers must Spanish," added Latimer. also be willing to work a 14 hour day During the 2016 election cycle, poll with patience, courtesy and a smile. All workers gave more than 600,000 voters poll workers are paid and must undergo a voice in democracy. training. The training varies depending The Hillsborough County Supervisor on the position, but it typically lasts three of Elections is getting ready for the to six hours. Poll workers must complete upcoming election cycle. an online application and pass a test. If you would like more information Poll workers must be able to transon becoming a poll worker, please visit form everyday rooms into polling places www.votehillsborough.org.

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Chamber Military Affairs Council Connects Public With Military, Veterans

By Stacy Huisman

The Commerce Military and the South Affairs Tampa Council of Chamber of the Brandon Commerce. Chamber of The other Commerce popular event (MAC) prohosted by the vides a vital MAC is the link between Veterans Bass MacDill AFB Challenge. For and commuthe last three nities of the years, the Greater MAC provides Tampa Bay area servicearea. Since disabled veter1996, the ans with a day The Military Affairs Council of the Brandon Chamber of Commerce (MAC) provides a vital link between MacDill of fishing and MAC hosts AFB and the community. several relaxation, events throughout the year supporting combined with the challenge of competiand showing their appreciation for active tion at Harney Park. This year the event duty service members stationed at base, will be held on November 3, 7:30 a.m.–5 including their popular events like the p.m. Sponsored by Bass Pro Shops and Military Affairs Reception and a Veterans JL Marine Systems, the fishing challenge Bass Challenge. will host up to 70 service wounded and The Military Affairs Reception is held disabled military veterans, including five annually at the Tampa Garden Club as a wheelchair bound veterans. The event is way of thanking the military men and staffed with 40 boat captains and more women serving at MacDill Air Force than 30 volunteers. Base. Organizers are already deep in the According to Rick Lewis, President of details planning this year’s event, which Brandon Chamber of Commerce, there is will be held September 18 from 5:30 to always a place or a role for the public to 7:30 p.m. at the Tampa Garden support the MAC. Club, 2629 Bayshore Blvd. in Tampa. “The MAC of the Greater Brandon Event organizers expect this year to Chamber of Commerce is open to the be highly attended with more than 150 public and looking for area citizens who community leaders, which typically want to support the quality of life of our includes the participation of the base military personnel in the Greater Tampa commander and many others from the Bay area. “ senior leadership team. Each year at the The council is open to area citizens reception, the council presents a check to and offers other events such as book an area non-profit that best supported the drives for MacDill Middle School and toibase. letries donations Baldomero Lopez The Military Affairs Reception is a Memorial Veterans Nursing Home. partnership sponsored and planned by The council meets the second three Eastern Hillsborough County Wednesday of every month at 9 a.m. at Chambers of Commerce: The Greater the Brandon Chamber of Commerce. Brandon Chamber of Commerce, The Contact Rick Lewis at 681-1221 for Greater Riverview Chamber of details to get involved with the MAC.

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Registered Voters In Hillsborough Have Three Methods To Vote: By Mail, Early And On Election Day And Every Vote Counts

By Kathy L. Collins

In the United States, voting is a right. However, in order to exercise this right, every voter in Hillsborough County must be informed and must know where to vote and how to do it. There are three methods- Vote By Mail, Early Voting and Election Day Voting. In order to vote, you must be registered by July 30 for the Primary which is set for August 28. You must be registered by October 9 for the General Election which will be held on November 6. When you register, you are asked to select a party. That would be either Republican or Democrat or No Party Affiliation or one of the minor political parties. Florida is a closed primary state. This means that for the Primary Election, your ballot will reflect the party that you have selected. In other words, you vote only for the candidates from your party as well as non-partisan races such as Judge (County and Circuit) and School Board. In the General Election, your ballot is based upon where you reside. You can view sample ballots for both the Primary and the General Election at www.votehillsborough.org. “One of the most important things we can do to conduct a successful election is to make sure that voting is easy and accessible for all voters,” said Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer. VOTE BY MAIL Vote By Mail is the most convenient method. It is often referred to as

By Mail ballot by August 22 for the Primary Election and by October 31 for the General Election. “We pay the return postage on Vote By Mail ballots and have drop off boxes for those ballots at all of our Early Voting sites and offices, to make that as Supervisor of Election, Craig Latimer (Shown here with easy as possible,” said long time Poll Workers, Linda and Jimmie Wright) wants Latimer. If you choose this voters in Hillsborough County to know that they have three options to choose from in order to cast their vote. method, please visit Remember, whichever method you choose, every vote www.votehillsborough.org counts. for instructions. Absentee Voting. However, Floridians no longer need an excuse to choose EARLY VOTING this option. If you request this method, Early Voting is set up before both you will receive your ballot in the mail, the Primary Election and the General and you can take your time making your Election. This year, Early Voting will take voting decision. The Vote By Mail ballot place for the Primary (August 28) from must be received by the Hillsborough August 13 through August 26 from 10 Supervisor of Elections Office by 7 p.m. a.m. to 6 p.m. For the General Election on Election Day. You can mail it or drop (November 6), Early Voting will take it off in person at one of their offices or place from October 22 through at an Early Voting site. Rest assured, if November 4 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. you choose this method, your vote will In Hillsborough County, there will be be counted. You must request you Vote 19 Early Voting sites open. “For our

2018 elections, we have added three new Early Vote sites. During the Early Voting period, voters can vote at any of the 19 voting sites,” said Latimer. The new sites include the Valrico Recreation Center which was added to ease congestion at the Bloomingdale Regional Public Library. Please visit www.votehillsborough.org for a complete list and the times they are open. Early Voting is just like Election Day Voting. You must bring one or two forms of identification with your photo and signature on it. Acceptable forms of identification include Florida Driver’s License, state issued identification, U.S. Passport, Student ID, Public Assistance ID and more. ELECTION DAY VOTING Polling Places or Precinct, noted on your Voter Registration Card, are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day. You can bring your sample ballot with you and use it while you vote. Whichever method you choose, remember your vote counts. “On Election Day, voters must vote in the polling place assigned to their precinct. Remember, Election Day is your last chance to vote. Because the majority of voters will have voted during the Early Voting period, we do not expect lines in the Election Day polling places,” said Latimer. For more information, please visit www.votehillsborough.org.

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Community Invited To Candidate Meet Craig Latimer, Supervisor Of Forum At Bell Shoals Baptist Church Elections For Hillsborough County By Kathy L. Collins Bell Shoals gather together Baptist Church and each will have in Brandon will several minutes to host its 23rd let the community Annual know where they Candidate stand in important Forum on issues facing all of Friday, August us. 3 beginning at "We host 5:30 p.m. in the The Bell Shoals this non-partiChurch Issues Worship san event as Team will host its Center. The a way for 23rd Annual forum is free Christians Candidate and open to the Forum on Friday, August 3 beginning at 5:30 p.m. throughout at the church on Brandon. Area residents are encourpublic. Bell Hillsborough aged to attend and learn where candidates stand on Shoals Baptist County to issues. Church is located at 2102 Bell Shoals Rd. know where political candidates stand on in Brandon. issues that matter to them. We will get The Candidate Forum is hosted by bombarded with a variety of advertising Bell Shoals Baptist Church Issues Team, messages during this campaign season. a group of volunteers. Candidates seekBut this is a unique opportunity for the ing to represent the area are invited to voter and the candidate to have unfilattend. Approximately 60 candidates are tered, one-on-one conversations. This expected to attend including those candievent always has a great community dates for School Board, County turnout, and we are anticipating a late Commission, State House and Senate, gathering again this year," said Dr. U.S. House of Representatives and Stephen Rummage, senior pastor, Bell Senate as well as candidates for State Shoals Baptist Church. Executive office. In addition to the candidates, employCandidates are invited regardless of ees from the Hillsborough County their party affiliation. The forum was startSupervisor of Elections Office will be on ed as a way to encourage residents to hand to give information and to answer become better informed on issues and to questions about voter registration. Please learn more about the individuals who note that Florida is a closed primary state, want to represent the interests of the resi- and if you plan to vote in the primary set dents of the greater Brandon area. for Tuesday, August 28, you must be regThe general public will have an istered by July 30. opportunity to meet face to face with the For more information on the 23rd candidates beginning at 5:30 p.m. At Annual Candidate Forum, please visit approximately 7 p.m. the candidates will www.bellshoals.com.

By Kathy L. Collins

Voting is a cherished around by restoring integrity, American right. In order to efficiency and confidence in have an orderly and wellthe elections process. He organized election, you did this through leadership need someone in charge and accountability. He made who can oversee hunsure that results were timely dreds of permanent and and accurate and that the temporary workers, work office was impartial and with dozens of candibipartisan. He instilled a dates, prepare volumirenewed commitment to nous election material ethics and professionalism. and maintain complex In 2015 Hillsborough voting equipment. County became the first Hillsborough County is Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer is the lucky to have a highly Supervisor of Elections for office in Florida to earn the Hillsborough County. Under Governor's Sterling Award. qualified Supervisor of his leadership, Hillsborough This is given based on a Elections, Craig Latimer. County’s registered voters The Supervisor of rigorous series of performcan be assured that each and every election is run in ance criteria to assess Elections is an elected an efficient manner and position. Latimer was organizations that wish to results of the election are born and raised in accurate and reported timely. serve as statewide role Hillsborough County. He models. "I pursued the is dedicated to serving this county. Governor's Sterling Award to show voters Prior to becoming Supervisor of that I take their trust seriously and Elections, Latimer served as Chief of Staff demonstrate that our elections meet the for the Supervisor of Elections from 2009 absolute highest standard of excellence," to 2013. Prior to that, Latimer spent 35 said Latimer. years serving the community as a memThere are 829,123 registered voters ber of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's in Hillsborough County. Under Latimer's Office. He retired as a Major from the supervision, the Supervisor of Elections Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office in office staffs and runs 271 polling sites for 2008. each primary and general election. Latimer was elected in 2012 and reLatimer oversees 45 full-time employees. elected in 2016. Latimer's vision for He hires hundreds of temporary employHillsborough County is to make ees during the election cycle, and more Hillsborough County the best place in than 2,500 workers on Election Day for America to vote. Latimer said, "We work each countywide election. toward that vision each and every day." For information, visit www.votehillsLatimer worked to turn the office borough.org. ANGIE’S LIST WINNERS 2014 & 2015 Check out our Reviews!

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If you are one of the growing number of people who are getting to know Amazon’s Alexa, now there’s an easier way than ever to stay up to date on Hillsborough County government happenings. Hillsborough County is sharing its top headlines, feature tidbits, and calendar items via Alexa, Amazon’s virtual voice assistant. The two to three minute daily updates can be heard on Alexa-enabled electronic devices, such as the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Spot, and Amazon Fire TV. To listen, open your Alexa app and download the Hillsborough County Newsflash skill. You can edit the order of your flash briefings under Flash Briefing settings. Then just say: “Alexa, play Hillsborough County Newsflash.” It’s just another way that Hillsborough County government invites residents and visitors to stay connected. Other ways include: Subscribe to the ‘Friday 5’ weekly email by going to HCFLGov.net/Friday5. Follow

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@HillsboroughFL on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Look for Hillsborough County posts on the NextDoor social media network for neighborhoods. Sign up for HCFL Alert to receive emergency alerts and urgent notifications. Go toHCFLGov.net/HCFLAlert. Watch HTV on demand via the County’s website or YouTube channel. Visit HCFLGov.net for information about these and all County services.

Annual Hillsborough County Drinking Water Quality Reports Now Available

Copies of Hillsborough County’s annual water quality reports for tests performed in 2017 are now available in print and online. The reports include information about where Hillsborough County customers’ drinking water comes from, what’s in it, and how safe it is. The reports also contain helpful consumer information and important telephone numbers for customers interested in finding out more about their water quality. An online map tool allows customers to find their water quality report by entering their address. Hillsborough County Public Utilities operates 11 community water systems. Each system has its own report. To see the reports online, visit HCFLGov.net/WaterQualityReport. All customers will receive notice of the available water quality reports through either their mailed bill or e-bill. Print copies may be obtained by calling 246-3146, or by visiting one of these

Hillsborough County Public Utilities customer service centers: Brandon Support Operations Complex, 332 N. Falkenburg Rd. in Tampa. Or Northwest Hillsborough County Service Center, 15610 Premiere Dr. in Tampa. Hillsborough County Public Utilities provides 49 million gallons of drinking water every day to more than 590,000 people. The department’s environmental laboratory performs thousands of drinking water tests annually to ensure that customers are receiving water that consistently meets their expectations. Visit HCFLGov.net/Water for more information about the County’s water and wastewater services.

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Theatre Arts and Dance Alliance will present its Annual y Mic b d m Summer Musical, e o il c r. p e erv Com preyobs s o Disney’s The @ e ll miche Lion King, Jr. The 90 minute musical is based on the Broadway production, Vendors Sought For Craft Show Enjoy Social Dancing directed by Julie The Elks Lodge 2672 will be hosting Plant City Social Dance Riverview Garden Club awarded a $4,000 scholarship to Sam Kerbo of Taymor, and the a Craft Show on Saturday, will be holding dances on Riverview High. Community gardens grants went to Riverview High - Ms. 1994 Disney film. September 29 and are Cabrera's ESE 12+ class, Lavoy Exceptional Center - Mr. Boatman's ESE This production Saturday, July 14 and 28 Agriculture class, and Plant City Commons - grows local produce and looking for vendors to parfeatures over 40 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at donates to the United Food Bank of Plant City all year round. Visit on ticipate. If interested, students. Strawberry Square, locatFacebook: Riverview Garden Club of Florida. please contact Harv The Lion ed at 4401 Promenade those diagnosed with Parkinson’s Berman at 938-4110. King, Jr. features classic songs from the Blvd. in Plant City. Enjoy Disease and caregivers on the third 1994 film, such as Hakuna Matata and dancing on a 3,000 sq. ft. Thursday of every month. Parkinson’s Disease the Academy Award®-winning Can You floating wood floor. DJ Ken A variety of speakers will provide Support Group Held At Feel the Love Tonight, as well as addiMiller will play music for social dancers. information on topics relating to swallowThe Bridges tional songs penned for the Broadway The cost is $6. No alcohol is to be ing, balance, walking, speaking, mobility, The Bridges Assisted Living exercise, self-care, cognition, production. Community will host a support This production of Disney’s Lion and memory, all of which can group for those diagnosed with King, Jr. will be lead by Director Lindsey be impacted by Parkinson’s Parkinson’s Disease, family Clinton Kraack, Music Director Jason Disease. members and caregivers. The Kraack, Choreographer Mitsie Kraack, Hawthorne Health & support group will meet quarterRehabilitation Center, located Lighting Design Mike Wood, Dound ly on the last Wednesday of the Design Stephen Kraack and Costume at 851 W. Lumsden Rd. in month. The upcoming meeting Design by Mary Kraack. Brandon, is a skilled nursing will be held on July 25 from Performances will take place Friday facility with inpatient and out10:30-11:30 a.m. Guest speakand Saturday, June 29, 30, July 6 and patient rehabilitation proers will present on a variety of 7 at Joe E. Newsome High School grams including speech, topics such as mobility, balAuditorium at16550 Fishhawk Blvd. in physical and occupational ance, cognition, medication, Lithia. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $10 therapies. For more informaand nutrition. The purpose of students. HCPS teachers will be admitted tion or to register, call 661the support group is to share for free. To purchase tickets, 8998 Monday-Friday from 9 information, offer mutual supvisit www.tadance.com. For more infora.m.-5 p.m. port and gain additional information, contact Mitsie Kraack at 571L- R Larry Westcott, Ron Essick and Jack Skelding prior to attend the mation from area experts. 0901 or office@tadance.com. Theatre Arts And Dance business meeting. There is no fee to attend. Please RSVP to Janet at 413brought on the property. Bring your own 8900. snacks, drinks and what table service you

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County Offers Free Mosquito Eating Fish To Help Control Season

By Kate Quesada

With Florida’s county and on rainy summer days Wednesdays from comes an even less 10 a.m.-12 Noon at enjoyable side effect: UF’s Tropical Mosquito season. Aquaculture But Hillsborough Laboratory in County residents Ruskin. Residents with problems with need to bring a the pesky insects photo ID showing Hillsborough County and The University their local address are in luck as the of Florida are teaming up to help control to receive fish. They County Mosquito the area’s mosquito population by giving Management away free mosquito eating fish throughout are available on a the summer at different locations. Department is teamfirst come, first ing up with the University of Florida (UF) served basis. to offer a free, easy and harmless answer According to Hayes, the gambusia to reducing the mosquito population. affinis fish are effective at keeping the Residents with areas of standing mosquito population down because they water, from rain barrels to ponds and eat hatchlings before they turn into adults. fountains, can pick up free mosquito eat“Care is limited to protecting them from ing fish at select locations throughout the garden sprays, chlorine or other chemiarea all summer long in an effort to stop cals used for cleaning,” said Hayes. the reproduction of the insects that leave “Mosquito fish do not lay eggs and need itchy bites and carry diseases such as no special environment for breeding or West Nile virus and Zika. eating.” “Our goal is to target the mosquito in Hayes states that because the the larva phase,” said Donnie Hayes, species of fish are native to Florida, most Director of Hillsborough County’s large bodies of water will already be Mosquito Management Department. home to them. Hayes recommends that any resiTwo local distribution events will take dents with backyard ponds, birdbaths, place on June 16. Fish will be available fountains, abandoned swimming pools, for pick up 9-11 a.m. at Mike E. Sansone rain barrels and other artificial containers Community Park in Plant City and 12 that need to hold water attend one of the Noon-2 p.m. at Alderman’s Ford many free events around the county this Conservation Park in Lithia. Events are summer to get their own fish and learn also scheduled in Gibsonton and Ruskin more about mosquito prevention. on June 30 and July 28 in Riverview. The fish are distributed in temporary For information, visit plastic travel bags, along with instructions www.hcflgov.net/mosquitoes. UF’s for introducing them to their new environTropical Aquaculture Laboratory is locatment, weekly at locations throughout the ed at 1408 24th St. S.E. in Ruskin.

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The Theme Of This Year’s Brandon 4th Of July Parade Is Traveling America

By Kathy L. Collins

The Annual Brandon 4th of July Parade presented by The Community Roundtable will be held on Wednesday, July 4. The parade begins at 10 a.m. at the Law Offices of Reed & Reed at the corner of Lumsden and Parsons. The route will continue north on Parsons, stop at the reviewing stand located in front of Nature's Health Foods at Parsons and Oakfield, continue west on Robertson and end in the Publix parking lot at Buckingham Place. This year’s theme is Traveling Photos courtesy of Stephen Nickerson Come out with family and friends and continue or America. Janine Nickerson, start the tradition of attending The Community President of the Community Roundtable's Annual Brandon 4th of July Parade. Roundtable said, “The Community The parade is held on the 4th of July beginning at 10 a.m. in the heart of Brandon. Roundtable proudly presents the 61st Annual Brandon many military and veterans’ organizations Independence Day Parade. This is a fam- appear in the parade reminding us why ily tradition with family values at the core we have our freedoms in this country.” of the parade and highlighting the event.” The Annual 4th of July Parade is a The Grand Marshall for this year’s parade tradition for many Brandon area residents is Tony Saladino. and their families. “Many families have Nickerson added, “Participants in the come to the parade for years,” added parade include bands from both Nickerson. Bloomingdale High School and Brandon Brandon’s 4th of July Parade is a High School. They combine to provide great tradition that celebrates the resilive music for the spectators. In addition, dents, schools, organizations and non-

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Weird, Wacky And Wonderful Holidays- JULY 2018 Fried Chicken Day * Shark Awareness Day * Moon Day* Tequila Day * Tiger 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. A new month has begun - so let’s welcome July with a few fun facts. July is most famous for its fun-filled-patriotic holiday on July 4th, where we celebrate our Country’s independence. But, did you know the month of July was named after Julius Caesar by a decision of the Roman Senate in 44 B.C., as July was the month of his birth? It is also one of the hottest months of the year for the entire Northern Hemisphere. Yes, we're officially in the dog days of summer. So, grab your old record player and sing along to Hot Fun in the Summertime by the funky trailblazers, Sly and the Family Stone while you plan some other fun celebrations to get through this muggy month. Let’s start our month celebrating the crisp, juicy, finger-licking-good fried chicken. Friday, July 6 is National Fried Chicken Day where we all can indulge in one of America’s favorite food. You may think that Colonel Sanders invented fried chicken, but it was actually the Scottish who were the first to deep-fry chicken in

fat and they brought the dish with them to America. Our beloved KFC buckets didn’t arrive on the scene until 1952 when Colonel Sanders opened the first Kentucky Fried Chicken in Salt Lake City, Utah. Business boomed, especially after he invented the now-iconic to-go bucket. If you have no plans for dinner on this day, just wing it! Either hit your local KFC or for some of the best-fried chicken around, visit Fred’s Market restaurant located at 6501 U.S. Hwy. 301 S. in Riverview. Let’s move on from fried chicken to the chicken of the sea – well, not actually chicken – but the ever-popular shark! Saturday, July 14 is Shark Awareness Day and nothing is more fun than a trip to the Florida Aquarium to see these majestic creatures face-to-face. The first known shark dates back more than 420 million years ago, which is even before dinosaurs roamed the earth. Thanks to some feel-good movies such as Jaws and Sharknado, the shark has gained quite the killer reputation. However, many sharks are endangered species. Statistically, humans kill 100 million sharks a year, yet the odds of being attacked by a shark are 1 in 11.5 million. (The odds of being struck by lightning are 1 in 600,000.) There are more than 440 shark species, from the 40-ft.-long whale

shark to the 9-inch pale catshark. Come ‘sea’ for yourself at the Florida Aquarium. For more ‘FIN-formation’, visit www.flaquarium.org. On Friday, July 20, all space-lovers can unite in celebration of National Moon Day. This historic day honors man’s first walk on the moon in 1969 when Apollo 11 launched astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin Aldrin, Jr. into space history. Upon landing, Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong reported, “The Eagle has landed." Although we don’t know when man will walk on the moon again, we can use this day to pay homage to this amazing accomplishment. If you are looking for a place with great atmosphere to celebrate, grab the whole family in your space shuttle and beam on over to the Kennedy Space Center in Titusville. There is something for the whole family to enjoy and don’t forget to show off your pictures on social media using #MoonDay. For more information, visit www.kennedyspacecenter.com. On Tuesday, July 24, grab a lime and the salt because it’s National Tequila Day! On this day, millions of Americans will partake in this national drink of Mexico. As you enjoy a margarita or a shot or two of tequila, take a moment of silence to honor the blue agave plant.

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Mexican law states that Tequila can only be made from the blue agave plant grown in Tequila, Mexico and a few other nearby regions. Tequila is so popular, more than 300 million plants are harvested each year. Impress your friends with a little tequila trivia -according to Guinness World Records, the most expensive bottle of tequila was worth $225,000 in 2006. Consider raising a shot glass to honor this day at Tres Amigos Cantina located at 2525 W. Brandon Blvd. in Brandon. Or, you could always pull out your 1973 Eagle’s album and sing along to It’s Another Tequila Sunrise… If you’re wild about big cats, then Friday, July 29 will give you a grrrreat day to celebrate. International Tiger Day observes the beautiful and majestic tiger, the largest cat on the planet. Over the last century, the tiger population has decreased 97 percent, and with only an estimated 3,000 tigers left in the wild, they are on the brink of extinction. If you’re looking for the ‘purrfect’ way to honor International Tiger Day, consider joining Big Cat Rescue located at 12802 Easy St. in Tampa to raise funds to help wild tigers. Big Cat will match the profit from your purchases of it’s 2018 International Tiger Day merchandise and all donations on its International Tiger Day merchandise page dollar for dollar up to $5,000 and donate it to tiger rescue foundations, visit www.bigcatrescue.org. July boasts many other fun holidays including International Kissing Day, National Blueberry Muffin Day, World Emoji Day, visit www.holidayinsights.com.

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Summertime in at Sun Air Services, Florida consists of long who had a technidays filled with beach cian in his home a trips, pints of ice cream few hours later. The and inevitably, home technician contactair conditioner failure. ed the manufacturer Sun Air Services and was told that owner Charlie Henry the evaporator coils isn’t surprised that he were under warranSun Air Services can quickly and effiis busiest during the ty; May only had to ciently repair or replace air conditioning pay for labor summer months. units to keep homes cool in Florida’s “Air conditioning charges. sweltering heat. units are constantly Sun Air running in this constant heat and that Services repaired both air conditioning takes a toll on any unit, especially older units that same day. models,” he said. “If a unit isn’t properly “It’s always a stressful thing to lose maintained or is limping along it’s going to your A/C units in these hot summer fail.” months, but Sun Air Services got them up Henry gets protests from some cusand running quickly and saved me tomers when they hear the average lifes$3,000 in the process,” said May. pan of a unit is 10–12 years. “They tell Sun Air Services is a Lenox-authome that their unit in their home up north rized factory dealer and understands how necessary it is to have a working air conlasted 25 years,” he said. “They get it ditioner in Florida. when I tell them that their A/C unit wasn’t Air conditioners not only spread cool running all the time like it is here.” air throughout your property, but also Both of Brandon resident Justin eliminate humidity in the air, reducing the May’s home air conditioning units died risk of mold. within a few months of each other. When The professionals at Sun Air Services the upstairs unit went out he was not too concerned because it just cooled a bonus are skilled in offering different types of residential and commercial services, room that wasn’t used often, but then the including A/C maintenance, replacement, unit that cooled the downstairs failed. tune-ups and emergency repairs. May contacted one company for a “An annual cleaning makes sure quote, who went to his home, looked at everything is running properly and it’s like his units and told him his evaporator coils changing the oil in your car,” he said. needed to be replaced but that they “If you maintain it properly you can weren’t under warranty. The technician potentially avoid it breaking down premasaid they would contact him the next day turely and avoid costly repairs.” with an estimate of repair costs. For information, visit www.sunairtamWhen he didn’t hear back from that pa.com or call 684-9919. company the next day, May called Henry

Volume 17, Issue 7

Tampa Bay History Center Joins Blue Star Museums Program, Free Entry For Military

By Kathy L. Collins

The Tampa Card, which Bay History includes active Center will offer duty U.S. military free admission from Army, Navy, this summer to Air Force, active duty miliMarines, Coast tary personnel, Guard, as well as including National members of the Guard, Reserve National Guard and their families. and Reserve, This free admisThe Tampa Bay History Center will offer free U.S. Public admission to military personnel and their sion program is Health Serviced families this summer thanks to participation in offered through Commissioned the Blue Star Museums program. the Blue Stars Corps, NOAA Museums Program and is offered now Commissioned Corps. The free admisthrough Labor Day, Monday, September sion is extended to up to five family mem3. bers. Blue Star Museums is a collaboration The History Center is located along among the National Endowment for the the beautiful Tampa Riverwalk. The Arts (NEA), Blue Star History Center includes three Families, the Department of floors of permanent and temDefense and more than porary space focusing on 2,000 museums across 12,000 years of Florida's hisAmerica. tory and culture. Jane Chu, NEA This summer the History Chairman said, "Visiting a museum is a Center is featuring the all new ‘Treasure great way to get to know a community. It Seekers: Conquistadors, Pirates and does not matter whether it is in your Shipwrecks’ Gallery. In addition, the hometown or a stop on a road trip." Chu History Center is presenting the traveling added, "We appreciate the enthusiasm of exhibit "American Flags: The Stars and museums all across the country who Stripes in American History and Culture." open their doors for military and their fam- This exhibit features original, hand-sewn ilies to spend time together and have new American flags dating back to the art experiences." American Revolution. "American Flags" The Blue Star Program offers free is on view now through Sunday, July 29. admissions to museums such as the The History Center is located at 801 History Center for any bearer of a Old Water St. in downtown Tampa. For Geneva Convention Common Access more information, please visit www.tamCard (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card pabayhistorycenter.org or call 228-0097. (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID For information, visit www.arts.gov.

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Study Abroad Gives A Whole New Meaning To Credits As more students are now attending college, more students are also taking the opportunity to study abroad. I recently had the chance to travel to Italy for four weeks through a study abroad program in my college. During my time in Italy, I got to travel to 11 different cities all while taking a class and earning credit. Study abroad allows students to learn both inside and outside the classroom. However, I learned more outside the classroom by living in a completely different culture, immersing myself in the history within each city and being able to see worldfamous monuments taught me more than a textbook ever could. I was able to go inside churches that were hundreds of years old, climb to the top of the Florence Cathedral and tour centuries old cities. Even just being abroad for one month, I gained a lot of independence as I was forced to figure out how to live in another country without the comfort of my parents being with me. The money, language and the way of life is me in Ro onti all very different. I had to s p e t M h S ità dei learn even the simplest things, panis in nder The Sp to the Tras once u of like going grocery shopping and lead u hich w he King hw of t taking out the trash. Churcpatronagence. F ra t he One of my favorite parts of

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View of Corniglia, in Cinque Terre, while on a hiking trail.

the abroad program was my ability to experience places that an average tourist wouldn’t. On a free weekend, my roommates and I took a train to a place called Cinque Terre. It is made up of five towns on the coast that people can hike through or take a train to each town. We hiked some of the trails, took a boat tour and had a beach day. The views were unbelievable and each town had its own unique character. Not many people knew about Cinque Terre, but it made me realize that sometimes it’s the small towns that create the best experiences. If I weren’t on a study abroad trip, I don’t think I would have ever gone to this place and it has now become one of my favorite spots. Overall, studying abroad taught me so much. I am now more self-sufficient. I met new people; learned some Italian and gained a new perspective of the world. The most important thing I learned while abroad is to keep an open mind. The new set of knowledge I gained is priceless Bridg and I would encourage any allows es throughou tV fo student who has an opportuover th r people to w enice e a Gondo canal or wa lk right nity like this to take advantage las ma tch a k around e their ways of it. th e city.

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Tally Up Your Appetite And Thirst At These Hot Spots In The Capital City With primaries and general election time right around the corner and the summer upon us, the Tallahassee is heating up in more ways than one, but you can play it cool at one of these great places for food and drink. Listed below are some options to help whet your appetite. Maple Street, which is open for breakfast and lunch, got its start in Jacksonville and is now in locations across Florida and Georgia, including one in Tallahassee at 4500 W. Shannon Lakes. It offers southern comfort food with a modern twist using quality ingredients. You will be served the best locally roasted coffee. Visit https://maplestreetbiscuits.com and is open for breakfast and lunch.

There is a shaded outdoor patio as well as upper and lower indoor dining areas. It is located at 1950 Thomasville Rd. in Tallahassee and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Call 850-224-9974 for reservations. Visit www.foodgloriousfood.com.

Madison Social is located at 705 S. Woodward Ave., near the University. It is very popular with students and is the perfect place to go with a group to share and experience different plates while enjoying a cocktail. Voted Best Brunch in Tallahassee, it is available every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. From Hot Tottys and the Enjoy Canopy Road Café’s sweet potato pancakes pancakes made with one of a kind sweet of the potato batter and topped with chopped Canopy Road month to Spiced pecans and praline sauce. Café has been a Honey Chicken Tallahassee breakfast institution for just & Waffles, enjoy great choices. under a decade. It is a modern diner Lunch and dinner only are served that is a tribute to the American diner on weekdays and opens at 11:30 a.m. from days gone by specializing in tradiIt is open until 2 a.m. every day. Call tional breakfast and lunch fare, with (850) 894-6276. Visit https://madisonsosome fun and innovative twists that set cial.com, us apart from some of those ‘normal’ folks. Tallahassee is one of five Florida It is widely known for breakfast, locations for Harry’s Seafood Bar & featuring traditional breakfasts, fluffy Grill. Enjoy a little bit of the flavor of omelets, skillets and griddle items such New Orleans as the menu feaas French tures items that are Cajun and toast, giant Creole style. Enjoy Harry's twist pancakes and on Chicken & Shrimp Creole – its signature sautéed Chicken, tender Sweet Potato Shrimp with classic Creole Pancakes. It is sauce, steamed rice and a also open for touch of lemon cream. It is open lunch serving up from 11 a.m. for lunch and dinner and a variety of favorites including salads, is located at 301 S. Bronough St. Visit sandwiches, wraps and steak burgers. https://hookedonharrys.com/location/talIt is located at 1913 N. Monroe St. Call lahassee. 850-668-6600 or visit www.canopyroadcafe.com. Maybe you are celebrating a special occasion For over 30 years, diners have while visiting enjoyed friendly service at Food the Capital. If Glorious Food, a restaurant with a fun so, and you are eclectic ambiance. Enjoy brunch items looking for such as Shrimp & Pecan Smoked Grits something 17 or Fried Green Tomator Benedict. fancier, you

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surrounding area. Visit http://tallahasseebrewbus.com. Some of the local Tallahassee Brewers include:

Ology Brewing Co. brews small batch ales that let the wild, funky and maddening flavors of beer converge are created here. It is located at 118 E. 6th Ave. Call 850-566-2463. Visit http://ologybrewing.com. Located at 2524 Cathay Court #2, Deep Brewing Company has a tasting room where you can experience handcrafted libations fresh from the wellspring. There is an intimate seating area uniquely situated in full view of brewing operations. Visit deepbrewing.com. Find your native spirit at Lake Tribe Brewing, a family-owned and operated craft brewery. It offers a wide selection of beers inspired by the outdoors. It is located at 3357 Garber Dr. Visit www.laketribebrewing.com.

The rich decór, exceptional service, elegant atmosphere and sumptuous menu combine to create a memorable dining experience. It is located at 1415 Timberlane Rd. in Tallahassee. Visit www.alaprovence.com. Great Spots In Tallahassee For Craft Beers Area Brewing Tallahassee’s Brew scene is hopping. Enjoy craft beers from the Capital City such as Honey Orange Wheat, 850 Pale Ale or Chamber Goat. Ride the Tallahassee Brew Bus so that you don’t have to worry about driving and can enjoy your visit to all the great craft beer breweries, brew pubs, and craft beer bars in Tallahassee and the

Grasslands Brewing Company focuses first on serving you with the best quality beer it can provide. Regardless of what's on tap, the taproom highlights innovative craft beer including collaborative efforts with regional breweries. Grasslands is committed to the environment and animal welfare and utilizes environment-friendly and sustainable-focused practices in all facets of its business. It is located at 603 W. Gaines St., #7. Visit www.grasslandsbrewery.com or call 850765-3014. Founded in 2012, Proof Brewing Company prides itself on being an industry leader of innovative beers producing big, bold, flavorful beers. It remains committed to true artisanal brewing methods in an evolving industry. Proof Brewing Company offers a wide range of pale ales, IPAs, lagers, stouts, sour ales, barrel-aged beers, and more. It is located at 1320 S. Monroe St. Visit www.proofbrewingco.com.

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Take Advantage Of Local Parks By Spending Your Summer With Nature

By Sammie Green

Summer is in full ties from bikswing and a great activiing, canoeing, ty for families to do is to hiking or fishvisit one of the areas ing. parks and campground Twelve of sites. Each of the local the campsites are equipped parks holds its own for equestrian unique features and Lithia Springs accommodations. There campers at no Conservation Park is something for everyextra charge. The natural spring at Lithia Springs Park The Alafia one at these parks, gives visitors a nice cool-down from the whether that be campRiver offers summer heat. ing, hiking, canoeing or over 20 miles wildlife viewing. of hiking trails that is shared with horseLithia Springs Conservation Park back riders. Trails have also been made throughout the park for mountain is most known for the natural spring bikers to enjoy. that flows year-round and stays cool at Alafia River does not offer canoe 72 degrees. Campers can enjoy the rentals, but visitors are welcome to spring by going for a swim or they can bring their personal canoe or kayak to also hike through the woodsy trails. In addition to swimming and hiking, park enjoy the river. visitors can also play Alafia River State Edward Medard Park volleyball or fish. Park is located at 14326 & Reservoir The park offers 44 S County Rd. 39 in Lithia. campsites and are on More information and a first come first serve campsite reservations can be found online at floribasis. dastateparks.reserveamLithia Springs erica.com or by calling Conservation Park is 672-5320. located at 3932 Lithia Edward Medard Springs Rd. in Lithia. Park and Reservoir has Call 744-5572 for many activities, ranging more information. from disc golf to beach Alafia River State Park can accommovolleyball to canoeing. date campers of all Their campgrounds kinds; tents, pick-up accommodate either RV campers, trailers and or tent camping and are Edward Medard Park has many on a first come first serve motor homes. large trees with the roots Campers can choose showing, making for a scenic basis. hiking experience. from a variety of activiCampers and park

visitors can participate in Hillsborough River State Park canoeing, boating and catch and release fishing in the reservoir. The park also offers three miles of trails that equestrians, hikers and bird watchers can all enjoy. Frisbee enthusiasts can also work to improve The trails at Hillsborough River State Park include many their skills at the parks picnic tables for a place to stop, eat or rest. disc golf course. 757-3801. Edward Medard Park is located at Hillsborough River State Park is 6104 Turkey Creek Rd. in Plant City. the perfect place to enjoy all the outCall 757-3802 for more information. doors has to offer. RV and tent Alderman’s Ford Conservation campers are welcome to stay in one of Park is a great place for hikers and the 112 campsites available. nature enthusiasts. The most popular Visitors can choose from four differattraction in the park is a 1.9-mile ent hiking trails, paved loop that folapproximately 7.3 lows the north and miles total. south prongs of the Canoes and Alafia River. The loop are availkayaks is hiker, dog walker able to rent by and biker friendly and the hour and the links with a boardpark also offers a walk to a forest of large swimming Alderman’s Ford gigantic cypress and pool to cool down Conservation Park oak trees. the sun. in There is also a In case visitors get hungry, there is canoe and kayak launch where canoers a concession and restaurant that and kayakers can enter to enjoy one of includes a souvenir shop. If desired, the most popular canoe spots in the park visitors can also rent a golf cart for state. the day. The park also includes four remote The park is located at 15402 UScampsites if campers want to get a true 301 N. in Thonotosassa. More informacamping experience in the wilderness. tion and campsites reservations can be Alderman’s Ford Conservation Park found online at is located at 100 Alderman’s Ford Park floridastateparks.reserveamerica.com Dr. in Plant City. For more information or by calling 987-6771. or to make a campsite reservation call

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Anne Nymark Now Specializes In Commercial And Residential Real Estate

By Kathy L. Collins

Strawberry Square Is A Friendly Place To Dance & Learn By Kathy L. Collins

Long time resident in residential and commerIf you like to dent of Plant City and and community advocial properties. dance, you need to a member of the cate, Anne Nymark, is So far in 2018, check out Strawberry Square putting her wealth of Nymark has sold three Strawberry Square Board of Directors. knowledge and expericommercial buildings. SheBrandon and located at 4401 Sorrells said, only Two blocks ence to work as a real attributes this success to f Promenade Blvd. "Square Dancing is estate professional. For the multitude of personal in Plant City. not like what you over 30 years, Nymark relationships she has Strawberry may have seen on owned and operated developed over the years Square, estabtelevision or in a bar. Professional Accounting and her years of experilished in 1979, is a It is Western style & Consulting, a thriving ence. friendly community with a Caller who accounting, consulting Nymark has a team of which features a tells you the moves. and tax firm. Nymark three professionals who beautiful Square It is more modern sold the firm three work with her. "I hand Strawberry Square in Plant City offers the and more and Round perfect venue for those who love to dance. After a stellar career in years ago and is now picked my team because I Dancing facility. advanced." Sorrells accounting, Anne Nymark is wanted to teach them utilizing her real estate Strawberry Square has a fabulous added, "Round Dancing is like choreousing her years of experience license which she has and superior skills to help area everything that I know. I floating hardwood floor and great graphed ballroom dancing. A Cuer residents in their real estate wanted to train my team held since 1982. acoustics. During the season (November (caller of square dance rounds) tells transactions. Nymark is now with so that they know how to to March), Strawberry Square offers you the moves (think Two-Step or Signature Realty Associates. "The tran- take care of customers," said Nymark. dancing nightly. In the off season, Waltz). sition from accounting to real estate "It is all about customer service," added Strawberry Square offers Plus Square Sorrells has been dancing since was very simple. I have been negotiatNymark. Dancing with Rounds on the first and 1985. "We have dancers as young as ing and dealing with issues related to Nymark knows the greater Brandon third Saturday of each month for just $7 eight or 10 and as old as 91," said the sale of businesses and real estate community well having lived here for per person. On the second and fourth Sorrells. "Dancing is excellent mental for many years. It is a seamless transiover 40 years. "I love this community. I Saturday of each month, it offers Social and physical exercise. When you are tion to go from an accounting practice could live anywhere and I choose to Dancing for $6 per person. Every Friday dancing, you are using your brain (you to real estate because you use the live here." Nymark uses her finely tuned night, it offers Advanced Square Dancing have to follow instructions) and body same skills- being a good negotiator, skills to help potential home buyers for $7 per person. (good cardiovascular exercise) and understanding contractural issues and maximize their opportunity to get into While you do need experience for the doing it for pure enjoyment," added having a knowledge of financial issues," the right house with the right budget. "I Plus Square Dancing with Rounds and Sorrells. Nymark said. "I have had my real can pre-qualify someone just by talking Advanced Square Dancing, anyone can "Dancing is a good way to get to estate license since 1982. I kept it to them. I am good at counseling peojoin in on the Social Dancing. DJ Ken know people too. It is a good social active and just used it for friends and ple on not over spending and becoming Miller plays all kinds of music which activity," Sorrells said. family," Nymark said. house poor," said Nymark. appeals to a lot of people. Strawberry Square has a Dance Nymark has been working in this For more information and to speak Dancing begins at 7:30 p.m. Wear Shop. It is the only one in the community for several decades. For the with Nymark about real estate opportuStrawberry Square offers a workshop area that carries Square and Round past two years since selling her pracnities, please call her at 293-9236 or from 7 to 7:30 p.m. so if you need instruc- Dance apparel. tice, Nymark worked part time and now email her at anne@annenytion, you can get it prior to the dances For more information, please visit works full time as a Realtor specializing markrealestate.com. beginning. www.strawberrysquaredancing.com or Cherylene Sorrells is a part time resi-

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Lifecare’s Latte For Life Ladies Night Fundraiser

On Thursday, July 26 from 6:30-9 p.m., the LifeCare Network will host its annual Latte for Life—a Ladies Night Out fundraiser. The event will take place at the Regent, located at 6437 Watson Rd. in Riverview. Guests will have the opportunity to sample specialty desserts and coffees and paint with Pinot’s Palette. The night will also feature a client testimony, a ministry update and chance to give financially to the organization. LifeCare’s mission statement is “to lead those we serve to the unconditional love of Christ as we protect the sanctity of human life, promote biblical sexuality, and proclaim God’s plan for marriage and the family.” Ladies can register to attend as guests or host a table of eight. For information or to sign up, visit www.lifecarenetwork.net/latteforlife.php or call 654-0491.

Scrapbooking Event At Holy Innocents’

Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church is

went above and beyond by organizing the speaking engagements at area elementary schools. Additional thanks to Greg Wise for an amazing Jed and the Junkyard War backdrop for the photo booth, to Kyle Wise who played Jed for the evening, mingling and posing with children and families for photos and Patsy who helped during marketing the event, contacts with sponsors, and spreading the word about the event, made managing all the details so much easier. There are a few author-signed books still available for purchase. If interested, contact Kathleene at 813-6624064.

hosting a scrapbooking event on Saturday, July 14 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Registration fees include workspace, light breakfast and lunch. Bring your own supplies. There is plenty room and great lighting. Registration fee is $35. Proceeds will benefit Holy Innocents mission trips. The event will be held at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal

Church, 604 N. Valrico Rd. in Valrico. Register at www.hiepiscopal.org. Call 727-365-2300 for more information.

Disney Author Book Signing Fundraiser A Success

Owners Pam Wise and Kathleene Hardy of All Life’s Memories would like to thank the many sponsors who made the Jadyn Strong/ Disney Author Book Signing Fundraiser on May 18 a success. Hardy said, “To our local merchants and individuals who generously made monetary donations, and provided coupons, raffle items or baskets to the event: though space does not permit list-

ing all of you by name, you have our most sincere appreciation. " Most especially, Steven Bohls, author of Disney’s Jed and the Junkyard War and his manager Susan, who donated their travel, time and efforts to this worthy cause. Bohls visited 10 schools in four days in the Hillsborough County area speaking to the children about creative writing. He also donated Jed books to 17 local schools. The week ended in a book signing/raffle event in Fishhawk, where 57 children and their families were able to meet and have their books signed in person. Many thanks to Bohl’s manager Susan, who spent hours working to organize the event, Art Monkey Studio; owner Eric Soncrant donated the use of the Art Studio for the event, two baskets for raffle and a personal donation and Joyanne Herdman, Media Specialist at Lithia Springs Elementary School, who

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Westfield Full Inclusion Back To School Bash

The Westfield Mall Full Inclusion Back to School Bash is returning for a third year, and this year it will be bigger and better than ever. Westfield Mall, Simply Events, and We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym join together to

Florida Special Olympics Summer games were held May 18-19 at ESPN Wide World of Sports with the tennis competition held at the USTA National Campus at Lake Nona in Orlando. Thirty-three athletes from the ‘Tennis For Fun’ programs competed in singles match play and individual tennis skills. The ‘Tennis The ‘Tennis For Fun’ delegation of 33 members completed For Fun’ delegation was in the Florida Summer Olympics Summer games in May. the largest in the state. A total of 134 special Olympic tennis create an event where families can players competed from around the support our children’s differences in a state. The ‘Tennis For Fun’ athletes fun, and safe interactive learning enviwon 14 gold medals, 10 silver medals, ronment. The Full Inclusion Back to five bronze medals, and four ribbons. School Bashes cater to both neurotypiIn its 18th year, the ‘Tennis For cal and neuro-diverse children with Fun’ program is a free tennis clinic for hands on activities, family and school special needs athletes. It is run entireresources, health and wellness servicly by volunteers. BSAC has donated es, after school programs, learning court time for the TFF program for 17 centers, safety resources and more. years. The event starts with 250 kids The programs are in need of dedireceiving scavenger hunt pages. After cated and enthusiastic volunteers... no completing the hunt each child will

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Bloomingdale Hires Shawn Vanzant As New Head Basketball Coach Shawn Vanzant has become the third head basketball coach of the Bloomingdale Bulls in as many seasons. The Tampa native comes in with a decorated basketball career, playing for Tommy Tonelli at Wharton where he was the first 1000-point career scorer in Vanzant talking with former Butler and current Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. school history. He became available. “When you was also the first freshman to make have an administration that’s the varsity team at Wharton. He behind you and they believe in earned a basketball scholarship to Shawn Vanzant pulls up for a jumper in the you, once I saw that and met the play for Butler University and head Vanzant becomes the third head basketball national championship game against Duke. players, I knew that this was the coach at Bloomingdale in the last three coach Brad Stevens, who is now the “Coach is a motivator and he years. right spot for me,” said Vanzant. “I head coach of the NBA’s Boston pushes us to become the best baslike I can talk to him about anything have a group of players that work Celtics. During his run at Butler, the ketball players that we can be,” said that I have going on in my life.” hard. That’s my biggest thing is playBulldogs made it to two straight Bulls senior guard Josh Schneider. “If you get all 12 guys who only ing hard, working hard and listening, NCAA Tournament championship “Coach Vanzant only wants the best care about winning and putting the and I have a group of guys that do games. for his players and to see us grow as team first, you can achieve a lot,” that.” Vanzant went on to have a pro a team. He is easy to talk to. I feel said Vanzant. According to Vanzant, changing career after college, playing in the culture at Bloomingdale is one of Finland, Ireland, Canada and the his top priorities. He wants to put his Our instructors have 30 years NBA Developmental League. He stamp on the program, implement his combined professional playing and coaching experience. become a graduate assistant after getting his master’s degree at Lincoln values into the team and teach them Memorial in Tennessee, and later on, his system. He emphasizes defense and runs a motion offense. The Bulls was promoted to assistant coach. have played six summer league Vanzant said he has always games under Vanzant. He can wanted to go into coaching. already see them making strides and Bloomingdale became interested in Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 heading in the right direction. him right away after the position June 4-8 (M-F) July 9-13 (M-F) July 23-27 (M-F)


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Cassidy Davis Helps Lead FSU To National Championship By Nick Nahas And Photos Courtesy Of Maury Neipris “It was definitely a dream come true that winning Davis first game. for me,” said FSU pitcher Cassidy Davis. the champipitched in the first On June 5 in Oklahoma City, the “I remember being a little kid sitting on the onship has game of the Seminoles beat the Washington Huskies floor watching all these amazing college Women’s in the best of three series and claimed been extra valteams play, so actually getting to be there idation for her College World their first ever softball national champiand live out my dream was really cool Series against onship. “I was so excited,” Davis said. decision to and something I’ll always remember.” UCLA, which the “We have all worked so hard and all the choose Florida Former Newsome Wolf Cassidy Seminoles lost 7- blood sweat and tears finally paid off, State, which is Davis competed in the Women’s College especially after losing now like a World Series our first game and and won the coming back the way championship that we did. I just felt as a part of the pure happiness.” Florida State Davis is currently Seminoles. In working softball camps The Seminoles claimed their first ever softball national 2015, she led for FSU and is taking a championship. the Newsome little bit of time off to Wolves to their relax and let the win first ever state sink in before the team title. That year gets back to work with she was also conditioning and lifting. named Davis says that next Hillsborough season her goal County Player remains the same, but of the Year. She the ‘Noles will have a Cassidy Davis pitched in the Women’s feels that playtarget on their back this College World Series. ing in time being the defendHillsborough County against tough comfamily to her. ing champions. “We will petition has helped her development as a “This place is just have to remember Davis holds the National player and competitor. like home to where we came from Championship trophy after the win Davis cheered on her team. Davis was a highly sought-after high me now and and just to have fun against Washington. school recruit, receiving offers from these people with it and work to give Division 1 schools such as Alabama and 4. They then won six in a row in the are my family, so national championship it our all,” said Davis. “Regardless of the Stanford before ultimately choosing the loser’s bracket, including a doubleheader or not, I know I made the right choice,” outcome, we’ll be able to say that we did Seminoles. Davis, a sophomore, feels against UCLA, in which Davis pitched the everything that we could.” she said.

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Local JROTC Students Awarded Brandon TOPSoccer Offers Program For Medals By Alafia River Chapter Of DAR Children With Disabilities By Michelle Colesanti TOPSoccer is a communitybased program for young athletes with disabilities. Any child over the age of 5 with a mental or physical disability is welcome to join and will be able to enjoy a relaxed and fun soccer atmosphere. The TOPSoccer program is organized completely by volunteers. It has been sponsored and hosted by the West Florida Flames Soccer League (WFFSL) since 1998. This sponsorship, along with the sponsorship of various individuals has allowed the program to be offered with no cost to the families of the athletes. Fred Englehardt was on the Board of Directors of Brandon Youth Soccer League, but was recruited by the founding members of TOPSoccer to help them get uniforms, shin guards and balls for the athletes. “It has been over 20 years now, and I love every minute of it,” he said. A large range of mental and physical disabilities can be accommodated. Each program is specially designed for the athletes in the program. Instead of being sorted into teams by age, children are sorted based on disability, so that each team can work together and have fun. In order to keep the program light and fun, TOPSoccer does not keep score or keep track of team standings. Teams usually hold practices once a week, and the season lasts from mid-September to

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mid-November. All of these policies are TOPSoccer’s way of trying to stick to their original mission statement: “to foster the physical, mental and emotional growth and development of America’s youth through the sport of soccer at all levels of age and competition.” The Brandon TOPSoccer program was recognized as both the 2010 and 2015 ‘TOPSoccer Program of the Year’ by the Florida Youth Soccer Association, awards which the administration was very proud to have received. Registration for the upcoming season will be every Friday and Saturday of August, beginning August 10. On Fridays it will take place from 6-7:30 p.m., and on Saturdays it will be from 9-11 a.m. Registration will take place at the WFFSL clubs located at 3104 S Kings Ave. in Brandon. All players will be required to show a copy of their IEP form when registering. Any adult volunteer coaches or high school students in need of service hours are welcome to come to one of the registrations for more information about volunteering. For more information, contact Ken Muzyk at 657-5271, or email Fred Englehardt at brandontops@aol.com. Any updates will be posted on the Brandon TOPSoccer Facebook page.

chapter members, we were able to award $40 to each cadet winner, and plan to do so next year as well.” ROTC medals are awarded to student cadets of outstanding ability and achievement in high school JROTC programs of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. They are selected by their JROTC leaders and meet the following criteria: Recipients must

Nathalie Tomczak, National Defense Committee Chair, Alafia River Chapter DAR, and Joshua Murphy, Durant HS JROTC Award Winner

The Alafia River Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recently recognized seven JROTC students at local high schools for their excellence in academics and participation in the program. DAR began awarding medals to ROTC students in 1967 in recognition of the ROTC as an important program that prepares trained officers for service in the armed forces. The students recognized are: Aayliah Hart - Armwood High, Destiny Husted - Bloomingdale High School, Rayna Drigo - Brandon High, Joshua Murphy - Durant High, Kristina Flynn - Newsome High, Evangeline Madrigal - Strawberry Crest High and Elizabeth Rice Tampa Bay Tech. According to Publicity Chair Kim Ruiz, “The Alafia River Chapter presents the JROTC ribbon, medal and certificate annually to one student at several local high schools. The JROTC commander selects the cadet winner, which is part of their annual JROTC awards ceremony. This year, thanks to a successful garage sale fundraiser held in November by

have demonstrated loyalty and patriotism and earned a record of military and scholastic achievement during their participation in an ROTC program; students must be in the upper 25% of their classes in ROTC and in academic subjects and they must have shown qualities of dependability and good character, adherence to military discipline, leadership ability and a fundamental and patriotic understanding of the importance of ROTC training. DAR currently has a network of more than 185,000 whose ancestors can be traced back to revolutionary days. Within their communities, they help support historic preservation by educating communities as well as helping to promote patriotism. For more information about Daughters of the American Revolution, email the organization at ARCRegistrar201719@gmail.com.

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For 50th Anniversary, TFO Sells Most Tickets Ever

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For the secschools, most ond year in a row, for free. Plus The Florida TFO provided Orchestra has set 17,000 free a record for ticket tickets to the sales, with concert halls in 125,700 paid Tampa, St. seats in the 2017Petersburg and 18 season. That’s Clearwater, two consecutive including about seasons above 1,000 Classical the 100,000 Kids and Teens mark. Add in free tickets for tickets and comMasterworks Photo courtesy of James Lennon munity concert programs. Michael Francis conducts The Florida Orchestra. crowds, and the Season count climbs to more than 215,000 for tickets are available now for The Florida TFO’s 50th anniversary season. Orchestra’s new season, which opens At least 18 sell-out concerts fueled Friday to Sunday, September 28-30 with the record attendance, topped by TFO’s Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in the premier 50th anniversary gala concert Tampa Bay Times Masterworks series. featuring Sting, which sold out the Series highlights include Gershwin’s Mahaffey Theater in a week and raised a Rhapsody in Blue, The Planets and record $1.5 million. Other standouts Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. included Handel’s Messiah, with an eyeThe Raymond James Pops series popping nearly 10,000 patrons in three opens with Bernstein’s Broadway, with days; Carmina Burana; Holiday Pops; other highlights including Disney in Romeo and Juliet & West Side Story; Concert, Holiday Pops and The Music Music of Star Trek vs Star Wars; Distant of John Williams. Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY; Series tickets are also available for and film concerts of the first two Harry morning Coffee concerts at the Potter series, performed in conjunction Mahaffey Theater and Ruth Eckerd Hall. with the Straz Center. TFO performs regularly at the Straz Using the latest figures, The Florida Center in Tampa, Mahaffey in St. Orchestra’s ticket sales have soared 45% Petersburg and Ruth Eckerd Hall in since 2010. Clearwater. Buy at floridaorchestra.org The orchestra also performed for just or 727-892-3337 and 1-800-662-7286. under 80,000 people at community conSingle tickets go on sale Monday, certs at parks, hospitals, museums and August 13.


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‘Bee A Honey, Buy A Hive’ Project Local Soccer Players Win Disney Continues To Grow By Mia Cafaro Tournament To Earn Trip To Spain

One out of every three Bees are additionally vulnerable to bites of food Americans pathogens, pests such eat is either directly or indias mites, nutritional rectly derived from honeystruggles, and pestibee pollination. This is just one of the reasons the cides. Individuals, groups, Hillsborough Soil and or businesses can sponWater Conservation sor hives for $200. The District started the ‘Bee a price includes the conHoney, Buy a Hive’ project. struction and placement The project was first of the hive on the sponlaunched in April 2017 as sor’s property or in a part of the Hillsborough community area, and a 100 Conservation membership to the Challenge. Its goals are to Tampa Bay Beekeepers increase the local bee Hillsborough County is offering bee hive Association. Sponsors population, and to help sponsorship. receive honey from with the pollination of crops such as apples, blueberries and their hives, and will be helping the strawberries, all of which would be environment along the way. either nonexistent or greatly diminMany public hives can be found in ished without bees. community gardens, and perhaps soon public parks. Sponsored hives Although over 2,000 species of bees exist, only seven of them actual- contain Italian bees, which swarm and sting less, and produce more ly produce honey. Around 48,000 honey, making them ideal for the projmiles of flying is necessary for bees ect. to create just one pound of honey. In Hives make the perfect Father’s the past decade, bees have been sufDay or birthday gift, and can be sponfering from a phenomenon called sored by calling the Hillsborough Soil Colony Collapse Disorder, or CCD. and Water Conservation District at This occurs when the majority of 752-1474, ext. 3, or by visiting worker bees in a hive die, leaving the http://hillssoilandwater.org. queen, a few nurse bees, and the More information about melittolimmature bees behind. Without workogy (the study of bees) can be found er bees to keep the hive running, it through the Tampa bay Beekeepers collapses. Association at http://tampabaybeeBees also struggle with winter keepers.com/ or the Florida State weather and abnormal weather patterns. Sometimes 20% of hives in any Beekeepers Association at www.floridabeekeepers.org/. given year are lost due to winter.


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Several young soccer players from the Brandon area recently got the chance of a lifetime: a trip to Spain in 2019, and the opportunity to represent Team USA in the International Danone Cup. This is the second year in a row that Weston FC, a non-profit youth soccer club based in south Florida, has won the tournament. The team caters to athletes ages 7-19, and over a thousand players are currently involved in the organization. In order to win the trip, the team had to win the Danone Cup, which was hosted by ESPN Wide World of Sports at Disney. They beat the Wellington Wave in the finals. “Going into the finals, both teams were really nervous, so we both started off a little shaky, but after we got a goal, we kept getting more. When the ref blew that whistle, it was really hard to comprehend what just happened… we won!” said local Brandon player Caroline Ohme. Other local team members are Madison Weiner, Mackenzie Langlo and Hallie Wolport. While in Spain, the team will

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have to opportunity to meet players on Team USA. They will also be playing a tournament in which they will compete with teams from six other countries. It will be a major cultural learning experience for the girls, since most of them will be young teens when they go to Spain. They will get to see what Spanish life is like, try new foods, and perhaps learn a bit of the Spanish language. Since the girls on the team are scattered around Florida, this will be an excellent team bonding experience. “I’m pretty excited to get to see them and explore Spain with them,” said Ohme. Traveling together will allow the girls to grow closer as friends and teammates. This all-girls team has a male counterpart as well, and the boys team won too. The girls were coached by Tim Miller, and the boys by Mirco Gubellini. Coaches and athletes alike are excited about the trip, and will continue preparing until the tournament in 2019. For more information, visit http://westonfc.org.

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WITH FLORIDA YARD EXPERT Plants That Love Wet Feet Our hummingbirds for pollination. This rainy seais a native plant that can be propagated from seeds, cuttings or son started division. This plant is poisonous about a to humans and livestock, so if you month purchase and plant it, keep that in early this mind. year. We Refer to Native Aquatic and can capiWetland Plants: Cardinal Flower, talize on Lobelia cardinalis, by Kimberly A. this moisMoore, Luci E. Fisher, Carl J. ture by Della Torre lll, and Lyn A. Gettys, planting http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ag402. lovely Cardinal Flower Muhly Grass, Muhlenbergia perennials capillaris, a that like to native plant, have wet reaches a feet. Yes, I really do know height of 3-5 ft. that plants do not have feet, and a spread but as you can imagine, I’m of referring to their roots. Three 2-3 ft. It of my favorites include prefers full sun Swamp hibiscus, Cardinal and can tolerflower and Muhly grass. ate extreme These plants thrive in low drought and areas in your landscape that flooding. Muhly retain water. Grass has narSwamp hibiscus, Scarlet row foliage and rosemallow, Hibiscus cocMuhly Grass produces pink cineus, native to Florida and fall flowers. It is the southeastern U.S., proused as a border, accent, in duces amazingmass plantings or as cut flowly beautiful red ers. See flowers. We Muhlenbergia capillaris have this plant Muhly Grass by Edward F. on our lower Gilman, pond in the http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fp415. Bette S. Walker There are several reaDiscovery sons to stop by our office. We Garden, locathave the magnificent Bette S. ed in the courtWalker Discovery Garden, a yard of the gorgeous perennial garden Extension and a pollinator garden creatoffice. This ed by Girl Scouts. plant can reach Swamp Hibiscus There is a Master a height of 15 ft. For addition- Due to the rainy season starting Gardener on duty who can earlier, now is a great time to answer your questions and al information, plant perennials such as Swamp you can submit a soil sample refer to Hardy hibiscus, and Scarlet rosemalHibiscus for low; plants that like to have ‘wet’ for testing at a nominal cost. feet. Please check our calendar of Florida events at http://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/hillsLandscapes by Gary W. Knox and borough/upcoming-events/. The Rick Shellhorn, Extension office is located on the https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/EP/E corner of CR 579 and Old P24500.pdf. Hillsborough, at 5339 CR 579 in Cardinal flower, an aquatic Seffner and is open Monday through perennial, sports tubular red flowers Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m that attract and are dependent on

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July is approaching, and with its arrival come the festivities that surround the Fourth of July. Many pet owners may already be familiar with the fear and anxiety that lightning and thunder from summer storms can cause in a number of pets. This fear of loud noises can become so intense that some pets become frantic and even destructive. Loud fireworks also can have the same effect. Along with the deafening noise of fireworks, there are also the cookouts and outdoor parties that can lead to stress for our pets. Some animals can develop vomiting, diarrhea or anorexia, as well as behavioral problems, such as urinating or defecating in the home, chewing up furniture or personal items and even breaking windows and doors. I have several suggestions that may help during these stressful times. If you know that your pet will be upset by a large party or noisy fireworks, consider boarding him or her at your veterinarian's office, where he or she will be in a controlled environment. If you prefer that your pet stays at home, you can set up a calm, safe area or allow the pet to stay in a quiet part of the house where guests are not permitted. For pets that tend to get frantic or destructive, it is best to confine them in a sturdy crate where they cannot hurt themselves or your property. Some animals feel like the sky is falling when they hear they hear thunder or fireworks

and do best in a small area with four walls and a roof to provide some sense of security. For this reason, you may want to cover the pet's crate with a sheet or set the crate up in a walk-in closet. If you are able to stay and sit with your pet, you can help to soothe and calm him or her, as well. And then there are those animals that may be so out of control that your veterinarian will have to prescribe a sedative. This, however, is a last resort, since you could end up with a ‘drunk,’ yet still very frightened pet. Make sure your pets are safe as well as comfortable during any parties you host. As most parties and barbecues usually end with their own displays of fireworks and sparklers, make sure that both pets and small children are kept at a safe distance. If you are planning on setting up a fireworks display, be sure dogs are kept on leashes and cats are kept indoors. Proper disposal of fireworks is very important. Some can remain hot after they have been ignited, which can cause severe burns when handled. Also be especially cautious of the types of fireworks that are mobile once ignited. Using common sense and being aware of possible dangers when preparing for your celebration can keep stress to a minimum and allow everyone-including your pets-to enjoy the festivities and make it a memorable and safe celebration.

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By Denise Herrera

Charter School School are both ‘A’ Associates has rated schools based selected former on the Florida Michigan Department of Superintendent, Dr. Education grading Chris Hammill, as scale. Bell Creek the next Principal of Middle and High Bell Creek Academy School have each (BCA). Dr. Hammill earned designation as replaces Dr. a Florida High Margaret Fahringer Performing Charter who is moving to an School, the highest ratArea Director role ing awarded by the within the company. Florida Department of Dr. Hammill has an Dr. Chris Hammill will serve as the new Education. Principal of Bell Creek Academy. extensive leadership Patricia Rogers is background, having held numerous build- the Board Chair for Advantage Academy ing and district level leadership positions. of Hillsborough, Inc., the local not-for-profMost recently, Hammill served as Chief it governing board that oversees BCA, School Operations Officer for Athlos and is pleased with the selection; “Bell Academies in Boise, Idaho. He has also Creek has established a strong reputation served successfully as the in the Hillsborough community; something Superintendent of Mt. Morris of which we are all very proud. The addiConsolidated Schools in Mt. Morris, MI; tion of Dr. Hammill only bolsters our belief as well as, Owossa Public Schools in that Bell Creek will continue to be a great Owossa, MI. As a principal, Chris has choice for our families.” turned around two low performing eleThe board plans on hosting an Open mentary schools, leading one to National House in the coming days to introduce Blue Ribbon status. Dr. Hammill to the community. “Chris brings a tremendous amount Bell Creek Academy consists of a of experience to Bell Creek. He has taken Bell Creek Academy Middle School for a single school to the point of national grades 6-8 and Bell Creek Academy High recognition and successfully managed School for grades 9-12. Both schools are the complex structure of a district. I managed by Charter School Associates, believe this makes him the right leader for Inc. (CSA). CSA manages a total of twenBell Creek Academy, which is both a 6-8 ty-three Florida-based charter schools. middle school and a high school,” noted Bell Creek Academy is located at Michael Strader, President of Charter 13221 Boyette Rd. in Riverview. Visit School Associates. www.bellcreekacademy.com or call 793Bell Creek Middle School and High 6075 for more information.






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All New Odd-Looking Toyota CH-R Is Affordable A quick information disglance at the allplay screen, new Toyota CHeight-way R (Coupe Highadjustable drivRider) and the er and six-way natural response front-passenger would be, “Now, seats, 7-inch that’s unusual!” touch screen for But that’s underaudio, nav and standable. phone controls, Indeed, the 2018 power-folding CH-R (XLE PREMIUM) cheeky-styled subcommirrors, sport/normal/eco Tires: P225/50R18 pact crossover teases you drive modes, 60/40 rear Wheelbase: 103.9 inches with its coupe-like roofline seat and a leather tilt/teleLength: 171.2 inches and raked windshield scopic steering column. Suspension: independent meeting up to slim projec- MacPherson strut front; douThe now-standard ble-wishbone rear tor-beam headlights, Toyota Safety Sense Steering: electric power rack black grille, and colorincludes a pre-collision and pinion keyed front/rear bumpers, system that detects pedes31 highway 27, Mileage: city Fuel capacity: 13.2 gallons door handles and exterior trians, lane departure Weight: 3,300 pounds mirrors. assist and dynamic cruise Base price: $24,350 Under the hood of the control. Other features Web site: www.toyota.com smaller sibling to the include dual front and side RAV4 (nearly 10 inches airbags, side curtain shorter) resides a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder airbag, driver knee airbag, vehicle stability DOHC engine developing 144 horsepow- and traction control, four-wheel antilock er at 6100 rpm and 139 pounds-feet of brakes with Electronic Brake Distribution torque at 3900 rpm. Power is put to the and Brake Assist, blind spot monitor and road through a continuous variable transrear cross traffic alert, rear camera, front mission, not one of our favorites. and rear crumple zones, side impact door Rounded analog gauges for beams, three-point seatbelts for all, tire speedometer and tachometer housing a pressure monitor and daytime running driver info center greet the driver in the lights. front-wheel-drive CH-R. The leather Sure, the CH-R is an odd looker but shifter with satin-plated knob lends a firm the gas-sipping and inexpensive ride disgrip. Where are the rear-door handles? plays decent handling and crisp steering Hidden quite well, we must say, which while seating five in comfort. A word of could be a challenge for the little ones in caution. It is sluggish, taking its time to the family. Other notable standard goodget up to speed, say like 11.7 seconds to ies include dual auto a/c, 4.2-inch multigo from 0 to 60 mph.

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Local Raptor Rescue Rescues & Rehabs Native Birds of Prey

By Cat Wright

With a new Jurassic World movie center to include a hospital clinic, a just around the corner, raptors are on permanent display of live birds, and the mind. A local rescue, however, a public visitor center that focuses focuses on raptors of the nonon conservation education. dinosaur variety. Tampa Bay Raptor TBRR concentrates on birds of Rescue (TBRR) is a 501(c)(3) nonprey, but its team has worked diliprofit organization that aims to rescue, gently to create a network of wildlife rehabilitate, and release injured or rehabilitators that are able to help orphaned raptors - a term used to other types of animals in need of refer to wild birds of prey - back into rescue. their natural environment in the state Murrah said, “A lot of people of Florida. don’t realize that it’s nobody’s The volunteer-run organization, With the help of the community, 42% of birds rescued by the responsibility to rescue wildlife in which operates solely on donations Tampa Bay Raptor Rescue and Tampa Bay Raptor Rescue Hillsborough County, so therefore it’s its volunteers help to rescue are rehabilitated and from the public, is dedicated to the everybody’s responsibility to help 600 to 800 birds annually. released back into the wild. preservation of native birds and conthem. tion and determine sadors. TBRR currently servation education and helps to rescue The way that we can best serve the best course of runs Nature’s between 600 and 800 birds annually. them is through building a center, and we treatment. Guardians, an educaNancy Murrah, the organization’s are seeking corporate sponsors to do Murrah tional program for chilVice President, said, “The most rewarding that.” explained, “A lot of dren that starts in part of our role is releasing a bird back Donations to the rescue provide suppeople ask us why September. Murrah’s into the wild where it belongs, and knowport and funding for this cause, and help we do what we do, goal is to influence ing that without your help it would never injured, sick, and orphaned native birds. and whether we are future generations to have lived.” Donations of goods such as paper towmessing with the preserve wildlife and The rescue works with Busch els, blankets, and cleaning supplies are natural order of land, and noted that Gardens and other partners to help proalso greatly appreciated. A full list can be things. I would say there are some species vide medical care and treatment to birds found on the Tampa Bay Raptor Rescue 90 percent of the that may be extinct within need. Members of the TBRR team website. Additionally, Murrah said that a birds we bring in in the lifetimes of today’s have over 25 years of experience in resvariety of volunteers are needed in all have some kind of children. cuing more than 2,000 species of birds, capacities, and that there are many ways Vice President Nancy Murrah said that The organization and work to educate the public on ways to help. the organization rescues an average of manmade-related answers the public three to four birds each day, and is on issue.” to help preserve native birds of prey and The best way to get involved or learn target to rescue over 1,000 birds Because TBRR need for avian rescue their habitats. more would be to contact Tampa Bay this year. does not have vetservices in the greater Murrah advises, “If you see any bird Raptor Rescue, or attend one of the erinarians on site, birds are transported Bay area, including Pinellas, Tampa or animal sitting in the same position for organization’s volunteer meetings, which an average of 71 miles per rescue case Pasco, and Hillsborough counties and over an hour, and it doesn’t move away are held every six to eight weeks. in order to receive professional care. To surrounding areas. The rescue works with from you when you approach it, there’s a For updates, more information on alleviate this problem, the organization is veterinarians and licensed rehabilitators in good chance you should call for help.” upcoming events, and educational matecurrently working to build a Bird of Prey areas such as Tampa, Brandon, Winter In some cases, birds that are not rial regarding the preservation of native Center in Hillsborough County to rehabili- raptors, check out www.tampabayraptorHaven, Clearwater, and St. Pete to give able to be released may find their home tate birds locally. Murrah is hoping for the in educational programs as avian ambas- each bird rescued a full medical examinarescue.org

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With Arts & Entertainment Editor Kathy L. Collins

The Tampa Bay Lightning Issue A Call To Artists For The 7th Annual Celebration Of Arts

Come See The 27th Annual Classics Movie Series At The Tampa Theatre

The Tampa Amalie Bay Lightning Arena from have issued A September Call To Artists 2018 for the 7th through Annual August Celebration of 2019. Arts exhibit. Selected works In addiwill be exhibittion to the ed at Amalie unique Arena located opportunity in downtown to have Tampa. This is their art Area artists are invited to submit artwork for inclusion in a juried show work disthe 7th Annual Celebration of the Arts hosted by the with substantial Tampa Bay Lightning. Last year, top selections included played withSalvador Hocki by Tony Rosa, The Pack by Cameron in Amalie prize money Creech (youth artist) and Ocean View by Zachary available. All Arena, Gilliland. artists who live artists have and work in the greater Tampa Bay the opportunity to win substantial cash Area are invited to submit art work for prizes. The top three winners will each consideration. be awarded a prize of $1,000. Those All submissions are due by Friday, artists who are selected for one of 10 September 7. Artists will be notified by Honorable Mention awards, will each Monday, September 24 if they have receive $250. been accepted into the exhibition. Kristina Hjertkvist, Community The goal of the exhibit is to display Relations Coordinator for Tampa Bay images that embrace and celebrate the Sports and Entertainment- Amalie Arena greater Tampa Bay community. Images and Tampa Bay Lightning said, "We are that creatively weave in Lightning hockexcited about this program every year ey are a welcomed addition. as we see original artwork entered that Artists should carefully review the showcases the tremendous talent of our guidelines prior to entering art work. local emerging artists with art displaying There is a special category devoted to the vibrancy and energy of the Tamps artists under the age of 18. All rules, Bay community." guidelines and specifications can be Since the inception of this annual found at www.tampabaylightning.com. exhibit, the over 250 pieces of artwork An online application is available on this that have been selected for inclusion in site as well. the exhibit, have been viewed by an A jury composed of representatives estimated 1.5 million visitors who come from the Tampa Museum of Art, the to the Amalie Arena. Museum of Fine Arts, the Dali Museum For more information, please visit and the Ringling Museum will select www.tampabaylightning.com/art. pieces for display on the suite level at

With the 29. Both heat of sumsing-alongs mer upon us, will take why not take place at 3 a break and p.m. see a movie On classic the Sunday, way they were August 5 meant to be you can see seen- on the the 1948 big screen at mystery the historic Rope. Tampa The Theatre in 1962 thriller downtown The Tampa. "This Manchurian You will not want to miss seeing classics like The year, Tampa's Wizard of Oz or Mary Poppins in the newly renovated Candidate Tampa Theater this summer at the Tampa Theatre. longest runwill be ning classic movie series celebrates shown on Sunday, August 12. nine decades of extraordinary filmMel Brooks will have you laughmaking. The oldest movie, Safety ing as you watch the 1974 hit comeLast! turns 95 this year and takes dy, Blazing Saddles on Sunday, Tampa Theatre back to its roots of August 19. presenting silent films with live musiWatch as Dorothy and her little cal accompaniment on its original dog, Toto get taken by a tornado to 1926 Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre the land of Oz as the Tampa Theatre Organ," explained Jill Witecki with presents the 1939 classic, The Tampa Theatre. Wizard of Oz on the big screen on You can see the comedy A Fish Sunday, August 26. Called Wanda on Sunday, July 15. Finally, the Oscar winning movie Then, come see the 1923 silent Casablanca will be shown on comedy, Safety Last! on Sunday, July Sunday, September 2. 22. "Nationally renowned theatre All films are shown at 3 p.m. organist, Dr. Steven Ball, who scored Tickets are $10 ($7 for Tampa and played last summer's sold out Theatre members) for all of the reguscreening of Metropolis, will join us lar shows. Sing alongs and silent once again for this very special live films are $13 ($10 for Tampa Theatre presentation," said Witecki. members). Tickets can be purchased Next, you can enjoy a sing along online at www.tampatheatre.org ($2 of the 1964 classic, Mary Poppins. convenience fee applies) or at the For this movie, there will be two Tampa Theatre Box Office located at screenings. There will be one on 711 N. Franklin St. in downtown Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, July Tampa.

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Dr. Laura Bridges Voted As One Of Tampa’s Top General Dentists

Ribbon Cutting Held For New Business, Guided Life Care

Guided Life Care recently The June issue of held a ribbon cutting with the Tampa Magazine has Valrico FishHawk Chamber of announced that Dr. Commerce, to celebrate the Laura Bridges was opening this new business. voted as one of the top The mission is to be a general dentists in the leading provider of Care A ribbon cutting was recently held for Guided Tampa Bay area. Dr. Management, Patient Life Care. Bridges also Advocacy and Support, Life sary, or are you just looking to won this award Care Planning Services, Case Dr. Rich Castellano, Board-certi- invest in yourself? in 2017 and Management, and Vocational Services fied facial plastic and reconstrucDr. Rich Castellano is an tive surgeon. was the only by providing superior customer servartist and an award-winning dourepeat winner ice, professionalism, integrity, comfort, other categories, “said board-certified facial plastic and ble in 2018. Dr. Bridges was and accountability to the clients they Dr. Bridges. Dr. Bridges Dr. Laura Bridges was voted reconstructive surgeon. He is currently serve. Guide Life Care creates a comselected after Tampa one of the top general dentists and her family have the #1 Bellafill facial filler injector in the prehensive care plan, while providing Magazine sent ballots to in Tampa Bay area. been residents of the United States, and he has performed over 900 active and an efficient and cost effective service Brandon/Valrico area or 3,500 facelifts under local anesthelicensed dentists practicing in the that maximizes independence through since 1987. sia. Before you have a facelift or filler Tampa Bay area. The selection of Dr. lifestyle modification, alleviation of sufBridges Dental is located at 3646 injection, make sure you meet Dr. Laura Bridges was a result of the fering caused by the diagnosis and Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Valrico. New Rich. anonymous voting conducted by active patients can make an appointment to prevention of complications. You are invited to a Facial Beauty area dentists. For more information or to schedsee Dr. Bridges by calling 654-3399. Social Mixer Seminar on Thursday, “I am very honored to be recogule an appointment you can call 538Bridges Dental accepts over 14 major July 19 at 1 p.m. at the Sun City nized by my peers,” said Dr. Bridges. 5201, email info@guidedlifecare.com PPO dental insurances and also offers Center Club Renaissance, 2121 S. “This is indeed a proud moment for or visit www.guidedlifecare.com. their own in-house dental wellness Pebble Beach Blvd. Lunch will be me, my staff and my family,” she plan for patients without dental insurserved. Call 888-875-3223 now as added. Newest Location For Florida ance. Visit www.bridgesdental.com. seating is limited. According to Dr. Bridges, Tampa Executive Realty Celebrated With ImageLift is located at 3314 Bay has an amazing network of gener- Seminar Teaches How Image Lift Ribbon Cutting Henderson Blvd., Ste. 201 in Tampa. al dentist and dental specialists and Florida Executive Realty, located Can Help You Refresh And Look Hours are Monday to Friday from 9 that is what makes this award so speat 5801 Village Center Dr, Lithia in Younger   a.m.-5 p.m. Call 463-9245. cial to her as it was voted on by her FishHawk Ranch, recently celebrated Would you like to look younger, Visit www.ImageLift.com or peers. “I have been very lucky to work its newest and sixth location with a ribyet avoid surgery? Do you have a speFacebook.com/ImageLift. alongside many of the winners in the cial event, wedding, reunion, anniver-

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EZ Pet Low Cost Pet Vaccination will hold a pet vaccination clinic on Saturday, July 7 from 2-3 p.m. Kim’s Natural Pets is located at 3110 Lithia Pinecrest Rd., Valrico, just north of Bloomingdale Rd. Call 684-3 663 to confirm.

Vein & Vascular Institute Opening

Vein and Vascular Institute of Tampa Bay is excited to announce the opening of its brand new state of the art vascular surgical center at 3140 S. Falkenburg Rd., Ste. 202 in Riverview. The team of Board Certified Vascular Surgeons includes Kenneth J. Wright, MD, FACS, Adithya Suresh, MD, RPVI and Jeff Mathew, MD, RPVI. They can identify and treat the majority of venous and arterial issues that affect millions of Americans every year. These minimally invasive procedures are done in the comfort of the office which allows patients to return home the same day with very little recovery time. The center is centrally located to provide service to patients from Tampa to Sun City Center and we except most major insurances. We look forward to the privilege of treating you and your loved ones when the need arises. Call 574-2844 or visit www.tampavascularsurgeon.com.

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The Valrico FishHawk Chamber held a ribbon cutting for Redefine Beauty Aesthetics on May 17. The Chamber came out with hugs and cheers as the giant red ribbon was cut. Carolyn Agnew, owner and Nurse Practitioner of Redefine Beauty Aesthetics was overcome with emotion due to the support and love shown to both her and the staff on one of the biggest events they have had at the medical spa. Stay tuned for the upcoming grand opening this fall. Redefine Beauty Aestetics is located at405 S. Kings Ave. in Brandon.

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How To Inspire Summer Reading With Fun Local Incentives While summer is the perfect time for kids to take advantage of days spent away from the classroom, remember not to put valuable skills, like reading, on the backburner. In fact, research estimates that one to two months of learning loss can occur during the summer. To help your child maintain his or her reading level and avoid the ‘summer slide’ – which can be counteracted in part by reading 20 minutes a day over the summer – Kate DiCamillo, a two-time Newbery Medal-winning author and the Pizza Hut BOOK IT! Program literary partner, recommends finding ways to make reading a fun, interactive experience that incorporates children’s interests. “Reading together is one of the best ways I know to foster a love of reading,” DiCamillo said. “You can read to your child. Your child can read to you. You can listen to an audiobook together. You can both read the same book at the same time and discuss it when you are done. Reading is a way to connect to each other and the world.” Help your student maintain his or her skills and develop a love of reading this summer with these tips.

Love The Library

Making periodic trips to the library as part of your routine can be a good step. For many children, browsing the shelves on their own and discovering new books in a library can help

them get excited about reading. Most libraries offer something for every reader, regardless of age or skill level, including a structured environment that can help make reading a priority. Hillsborough County Public Libraries offer ‘Build a Better World’ - Summer Events for Youth which take place through July 29. An HCPLC App is available to help you navigate through the calendar of events.

Incorporate Interests

During the school year, many of the books your student is reading are probably assigned, but summer offers the opportunity for him or her to choose what to read and tailor selections toward specific hobbies or interests, which can increase enjoyment. Start by creating a list of books and activities that align with those interests, and take advantage of

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pre-built lists at libraries or online resources like those at bookitprogram.com/summer, which offers a variety of book suggestions and activities to help increase reading during the summer months.

Program Participation

Many schools, bookstores and libraries offer summer reading programs for students. Joining a program can provide a way to track your child’s progress, and there are typically rewards involved for meeting certain criteria, which can provide a level of motivation that may otherwise be difficult to replicate. Visit Barnesandnoble at https://specialists.barnesandnoble.com/summerreading?summer-reading-lists-for-kids for its summer reading program. Read your way around the ballpark with The Tampa Bay Rays at www.mlb.com/rays/community/reading. Remi's Mini's at 11267 Winthrop Main St. in Riverview is offering a Summer Reading Program through August 1. Each school age child should read five age appropriate books, write down the title,

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Make Materials Matter

In addition to traditional books, summer reading can include materials of all lengths, from chapter books to short stories and even magazines or comic books. Even if you’re committed to limiting screen time during the summer, consider a compromise that allows for the use of devices to read ebooks or listen to an audiobook.

Read On The Road

One of the best ways to ensure your kids are reading is to make reading materials available to them, even when you’re on the go during the busy summer months. Whether it’s a long road trip or just a trip to the store, taking books, or playing audiobooks in the car is a perfect opportunity to squeeze in some reading time. Fostering the habit during the summer can help ensure your child is prepared when school – and the annual BOOK IT! Program – starts again. The program, available to kindergarten through sixth-grade students, helps motivate students to read by rewarding them with recognition and pizza. Learn more about the program and find more summer reading tips and activities at bookitprogram.com/summer.

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Monster Jam® Triple Threat Series Comes To Town At Amalie Arena

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profit food pantry and is now distributing that food to people and families in need throughout the community. “Overall, our hope was that people would use this as a chance to receive and to give,” said Robbins. “At Next Level Church, we believe God sent His church to give, and this is one of the most practical ways we can share Photo courtesy of Leda Eaton God's generNext Level Church held a Gas For ous heart Good event in Lithia on Saturday, with people." June 9. The church gave away almost Next Level Church had many vol$5,000 in free gas and collected can goods for Seeds Of Hope, a local food pantry. unteers to hand out Girl Scout cookies Next Level Church pumped nearly and bottles of water throughout the event. $5,000 of free gasoline on Saturday, The local police department was also June 9 as part of a community outreach there to help with traffic flow. event. With national average gas prices Next Level Church began 10 years at their highest levels in three years, most ago and now meets in 10 locations drivers could use some free gas. More across North America. than 188 happy motorists visited the 7At every location, there is a local Eleven gas station on 16781 Fishhawk pastor, live band and amazing kid enviBlvd. in Lithia to have their gas tank filled, ronments. free of charge. This service to the comNext Level Church is designed to be munity was offered by Next Level Church a place where people can feel comfortas a way to “help people receive a blessable and experience the message of the ing as well as be a blessing.” Bible in a casual, inviting atmosphere. Walt Robbins, the executive assistant "We want to be a church that is to the lead pastor at Next Level Church, known for what we are for, not for what was excited to be part of this event. “The we are against," said Robbins. "At New Gas for Good (event) was a huge sucLevel Church we are for being loving, relcess as we gave out thousands of dollars evant and life-giving. We hope that the worth of free gas to the community,” said community felt that." Robbins. “The community also stepped Next Level Church meets every up big-time and brought enough canned Sunday morning at 10 a.m. at Newsome goods to fill an entire box truck.” High School, located at 16550 Fishhawk All the food collected went to fill the Blvd. in Lithia. For more information, shelves at Seeds of Hope, a local nonvisit: www.nlc.tv.

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Hillsborough County Provides Free Food To Students During Break

By Kate Quesada

Children all balanced meals over the Brandon including sandarea are fighting wiches, subs, hunger this summer fruits and vegthanks to help from etables. Hillsborough “All of the County Public meals meet the Schools (HCPS). state nutritional Last June and standards and July more than include proteins, 200,000 students grains, fruits, HCPS is preparing to feed more than 200,000 were able to eat children through its Summer Meals Program vegetables and nutritious meals this month. Food is available at local schools dairy,” said Lori and other locations throughout the county and Brannon, thanks to HCPS’s through the Movin’ Meals buses. Summer Meals Ancillary Program. The program, which began Program Manager with HCPS. more than 25 years ago, started up again Locations are chosen by HCPS to this month and in addition to offering food make sure that areas with most students at local sites, including Brandon and in need are reached. The mobile Movin’ Bloomingdale high schools, HCPS Meals buses follow a daily route that Nutrition Services employees are also includes communities where children using retired and renovated school buses may not easily be able to get to one of and two refrigerated trucks to deliver the traditional sites. meals into neighborhoods. “So many parents have to worry “The long days of summer are here, about how to feed their children over the but those days can seem even longer summer, especially when they are dealwhen a child is hungry,” said Hillsborough ing with the extra costs of camps and day County Schools Media Outreach care with school out,” said Brannon. “We Specialist Tanya Arja. “HCPS is commithave the resources to help and we want ted to providing nutritionally balanced to let people know what we offer.” meals to children during summer vacaThe food is available to all tion when school breakfast and lunch are Hillsborough County residents under the not available.” age of 18, whether or not they qualify for HCPS offers cold breakfasts and hot free or reduced lunch during the school lunches, similar to those provided during year. the school year, to any children under the To find the nearest food distribution age of 18 at 75 school sites open for the location, visit www,freshfromflorida.com extended year throughout the county. An or text 211. Any Hillsborough County pubadditional 75 sites, including many local lic school can also point residents to the YMCA locations, offer cold, nutritionally closest Summer Meals Program location.

Brandon Rotary Presents $92,000 In Donations To Local Charities

By Kate Quesada

Members of the Brandon Rotary Club gave more than $92,000 to local charities at a check presentation event on May 29.

Hundreds of needy residents are better off this month thanks to the work of a local group. The Brandon Rotary Club held its Annual Check Presentation in late May giving out more than $92,000 to area charities raised at events held in the last 12 months. The charities, nominated by club members, included Family Promise of Brandon, Women’s Resource Center, ECHO, The Outreach Clinic, Rotary’s Camp Florida and the Brandon Rotary Club Fund - Scholarship Fund. In addition, the club will also award six $1,000 scholarships to local area high school graduates at the end of this month. “Service to the community is one of the objects of Rotary and the club has had a tremendously successful year,” said Rotary President-Elect Deborah Meegan, who is also Executive Director of the Brandon Outreach Clinic. The money is raised at the club’s three main fundraisers which take place throughout the year. In September, the group holds a clay

shoot at FishHawk Sporting Clays, a golf tournament is held at Buckhorn Springs Golf and Country Club in January and the signature Wild Game Dinner takes place in March at Lupton’s Boggy Bottom Ranch. Established in 1961, the club prides itself on being a one of the foremost organizations for business people and professionals committed to community and international service. According to Meegan, Brandon Rotary members have raised more than two million dollars for local charities since the group’s inception. “In addition to raising money, we carry out several services projects a year in the community,” she said. “Community service is one of the objects of Rotary which encourages every Rotarian to find ways to improve the quality of life for people in their communities and to serve the public interest.” The group, which currently has 58 members, meets Tuesdays at 12 Noon at the Rivard-Simmons Rotary Event Center at 3007 S. Kings Ave. with a variety of speakers and social events are planned throughout the year. “We welcome all service minded individuals who want to make a difference in our community,” said Meegan. “Joining Rotary is a great opportunity to network, meet new friends and learn more about our community.” For more information, contact Meegan at 601-2315.

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Homes For Heroes Offers Savings First Friday At Summerfield Golf Club To Local Heroes By Stacy Huisman Brings Riverview Community Together

Homes for for Heroes Heroes, Inc. is the Foundations to largest nationwide help local organizanetwork of affiliate tions and non-profreal estate speits provide assiscialists and local tance to heroes in business affiliates their area. To date, nearly $450,000 who are commithas been awarded ted to providing in grants and has easy ways for the Janine Morris, real estate helped countless heroes of our agent with Fine Properties and heroes. nation to save on Homes for Heroes, Inc. specialist, presents presents a Hero Award to Janine Morris, a home, and on every day home- Terrell Dossey, who runs Bob’s Vets in Ruskin. a local real estate agent with Fine Properties, is a Homes related purchases. Their mission is to provide savings to for Heroes, Inc. specialist in the area. heroes who provide needed public servic- She believes this program is a hidden gem for vital public servants and hopes es to the nation and its communities. Shortly after 9/11, Homes for Heroes, more local heroes take advantage of it. “I learned about Homes for Heroes Inc. was established to give back to firefrom a potential client. He was retired fighters, law enforcement, military (active, from the Military and asked if I was a part reserves, veterans), healthcare workers, of the program. I researched what the EMS and teachers for all they do; and program was about and applied to be a Hero Rewards is their way to show part of the organization. Each affiliate is appreciation. vetted thoroughly before being allowed to Those qualified candidates can save join.” money on purchasing or selling a home “These heroes are the backbone of by using one of Homes for Heroes affiliour community and we want to do what ate specialists. The organization was we can to make the real estate process established in 2002 and has grown every year. According to the website, Homes for as smooth as possible for them and at the same time save them money. There Heroes can provide thousands of dollars is no red tape and no hidden fees. All in savings to local heroes when they use they have to do is sign up to reap their the Heroes Reward program. It currently touts that more than $32 million has been Hero Rewards.” To find out more about Homes for given back to heroes in local communities Heroes Inc., visit on real estate transactions. www.homesforheroes.com or call Janine The organization was established in Morris at 520-9156 2002 and has grown every year. A grant janinesellsfl@gmail.com. program has been created called Homes

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Mark your Food trucks calendars, that participated in Riverview area the May event residents. The included first Friday of Sawadee Thai every month, Food, Wing Box, food and music Churroland, lovers from all Jimmy’s Famous Seafood Express over the region and Big Bang gather to eat BBQ. and enjoy fami“Our first ly friendly activities and music at Summerfield Crossings Golf Between 1,000 and 3,000 residents attend the Club in Friday events at Summerfield Crossings Riverview. The First Golf Club in Riverview each month. event, which started out as a fundraiser for Riverview event only had 10 Our Town, has grown to attract more trucks and after than 1,000 people each month. the lines being almost half an hour long, Although the main draw for the free we quickly realized that wasn’t enough,” event is the 15 food trucks which rotate said Blanchard. every month thanks to Tampa Bay Food The event uses the chipping green Trucks, there is also a DJ, live music, a next to the golf club and Doc’s Grille kids’ area and a local vendor area. A full inside the club offers food and drink. bar and 21 and older section is also There is also an area with seating for available. about 120 people with live music. “Our first rally was April 2017 and it “We love the fact that we have has turned into a wonderful community brought a family event to this area,” said event giving residents the chance to Blanchard. “We felt the area had nothing meet one another and have a variety of fun for the entire family and this has food to choose from in a fun party atmos- been just what was needed.” phere with music and the local vendors,” There is no charge for admission to said Jason Blanchard, general manager free parking. of Summerfield Crossings Golf Club, who The event takes place the first Friday spearheaded the event with Theresa of every month from 6-9 p.m. at Turner of Tax Happens, Kerin Clarkin of Summerfield Crossings Golf Club, locatKerin Realty and Heather Michael of ed at 13050 Summerfield Blvd. in Salon Jennifer. Riverview.


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South Bay Hospital Offers Comfort And Convenience At New Imaging Center

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SouthShore find, on average, area women now 20-65% more invahave a new, consive cancers than venient option for mammography imaging services. alone. The process South Bay of a 3D mammogHospital in Sun raphy exam is the City Center same as a convenrecently opened tional 2D exam, but its new Outpatient the 3D exam is Imaging Center, more accurate for South Bay Hospital in Sun City Center offering advanced recently opened its new Outpatient Imaging women of all ages, Center. diagnostic servicwith both dense es provided by certified technologists and and non-dense breasts, and the 3D exam trained radiologists. is the only mammogram FDA approved The imaging center, which is part of for women with dense breasts. the hospital’s new ICU/PCU patient tower In conjunction with the 3D mammoaddition, features private dressing rooms grams, the hospital is the first in Florida to and state of the art imaging technology in use the SmartCurve system which a new comfortable, modern location, sup- improved patient comfort in 93 percent of ported by hospital surgical and inpatient women who participated in a recent services. study. “The entrance is readily accessible “With this new technology, we are not through our front lobby with convenient only able to provide a more comfortable waiting areas and a private registration mammogram, but can do so while mainarea allowing for easy check in,” said taining clinical accuracy, which is key,” Director of Marketing and said Joel Linna, Director Diagnostic Communications, Shannon Mitchell. Imaging. “Mammograms play such a critiServices at the center include 3D cal role in the early detection of breast Mammography, Bone Density Dexa cancer and we’re hopeful that with the Scans, Breast MRI, Breast Needle addition of the SmartCurve system, we’ll Localization, Screening and Diagnostic be able to lessen the pain and anxiety Mammography, Sentinel Lymph Node association with mammograms and, as a Biopsy and Mapping, Ultrasound Guided result, increase screenings in our commuBreast Biopsies and Ultrasound Imaging. nity.” “We’re proud to be the first in Florida South Bay Hospital Outpatient to offer the Genius 3D Mammography Imaging Center is accredited by the exam,” said Mitchell. “The Genius exam American College of Radiology. provides better, earlier breast cancer “We’re excited to provide this first-ofdetection for patients.” its-kind technology to our patients and According to Mitchell, exam results remain committed to offering the women using the 3D system are more accurate of our community the best breast care detecting 20-65 percent more invasive possible,” said Sharon Roush, CEO, breast cancers. Greater accuracy means South Bay Hospital. better breast cancer detection and a The hospital is located at 4016 Sun reduced chance of additional screenings. City Center Blvd. To schedule an appointThe exam is proven to provide earlier ment, call 1-866-463-7002. For more breast cancer detection, reduce unneces- information, visit sary call back by up to 40 percent and www.SoutBayHospital.com.

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