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Spoto, Boyette Springs & Rodgers Welcome New Principals

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Riverview Gets Sprouts, Chick-fil-A, Texas Roadhouse & More

By Marie Gilmore

The site plans are in circulation and national chains are confirming plans to build locations in Riverview. A site plan showing Texas Roadhouse, Srub-A-Doo Car Wash, Sprouts, Valvoline, Moe’s, Dental Care Alliance & Chick-fil-A is being shared online to the excitement of local residents. The new plaza, located on U.S. Hwy 301. at Summerfield Crossing Blvd. in front of the new VA Community Medical Center is adjacent to the new Wawa convenience store and across from the newly opened Outback/Carrabba’s Express location. Sprouts Farmers Market, which recently opening it’s Valrico location, has confirmed it’s new Riverview, FL store. According to a press release, “ Sprouts Farmers Market, one of the fastest-growing retailers in the country, today announced it will open a store in Riverview, Fla. at Summerfield Crossing Shopping Center.” The new location is in addition to Sprouts’ previously announced plans to expand in Florida with stores in Naples, Clearwater, Winter Park, Oviedo, Deerfield Beach, Wellington and Trinity. The healthy grocer currently operates five stores in the state. The Valrico location is 30,000 square feet and employs more than 120 people. For more, visit sprouts.com/stores. Despite being identified on the site plan, Chick-fil-A, Inc. is not prepared to announce it’s long-awaited Riverview location.

“We are always evaluating potential new locations in the hopes of serving existing and new customers great food with remarkable service,” said Jessica Ferrell, External Communications, Chickfil-A, Inc. “We would very much like to have a location in Riverview, but we have no new locations to confirm at this time. Irounding Tampa area.” Texas Roadhouse is under construction and expecting a September Grand Opening. For more information on the plaza, call Michael Zimmerman at Atlantic Retail at 919-391-9900 or visit www.atlanticretail.com.

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When stuBrandon area in dents at three 1994 and raised local schools her children in head back to the HCPS. Her son classroom this is a senior at month, they will Durant High have new faces School this year leading the way. and her daughRiverview’s ter recently Boyette Springs graduated from Elementary, Flagler College. Jennifer McCrystal is the new principal at Boyette Springs Elementary. Rodgers Middle “My plan is and Spoto High ‘Listen, Learn schools have new prinand Lead,’” said cipals looking forward to McCrystal. “Listen to welcoming families and what students, teachers teachers to the 2018-19 and families need, learn school year. how to best accomplish Jennifer McCrystal those aspirations and took over recently as lead BSE and the the principal at Boyette Center for Gifted Springs Elementary Studies into a bright (BSE) School in future for generations to Riverview which houses come.” HCPS’s Gifted Center BSE is located at choice program attract10141 Sedgebrook Dr. ing students from In Riverview and can be Ruskin resident Glennis Perez is the new principal at reached at 671-5060. throughout the area. Spoto High School. McCrystal, who spent Ruskin resident the last four years as Glennis Perez recently principal at Bryan moved to Spoto High Elementary in Plant City, School from Brandon began teaching for High where she spent HCPS in 1992. Her five years as Assistant career highlights include Principal for Curriculum. being named Teacher of The New Jersey native the Year at Valrico whose parents immiElementary School grated to the United where she taught secStates in the 1970s, has ond and third grade for education degrees from eight years, being a William Paterson finalist for District University and the Teacher of the Year and University of South David New will take the role being named to Who’s Florida and is currently as principal at Rodgers Middle School. Who Among America’s working on a doctoral degree in turnaround Teachers and leadership. She has worked at variWho’s Who in the ous Hillsborough County schools and World. played a lead role in opening “First and Strawberry Crest High School in foremost, I am 2009 as principal for student affairs. looking forward In her new role at Spoto, Perez is to meeting all the hoping to increase student achievewonderful memment and raise the graduation rate bers of my new while emphasizing student culture BSE family,” said and pride. McCrystal, a “I want students to take pride in Valrico resident, their school and love coming here avid reader and every day,” she said. “I also want to active member of work on letting the community know New Hope United all the great things happening at Methodist Church Spoto so that our school is highlightin Brandon. “I am ed in our community in a positive humbled to light.” become part of For more information on Spoto such a wonderful High School, which is located at 8538 legacy left by Eagle Palm Dr., follow the school on those who came Twitter at @spotohighschool or call before me and 657-6405. am looking forDavid New, former principal at ward to furthering Spoto, has now taken on the role at their commitment Rodgers Middle School which is to excellence.” located at 11910 Tucker Rd. in McCrystal Riverview. For more information on moved to the the school, call 671-5288.


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Former Line Dance Teacher Turns 100 Riverview Resident Receives & Says Live Life One Day At A Time Commendation For Donations By Tatiana Ortiz By Kate Quesada Melissa who was Hartmann Honorary has been Mayor of clipping Riverview in coupons for 2016, spent a more than 40 lot of time years. But helping those what makes in Riverview the Riverview and Lithia resident difwho lost ferent from power for others who days after Riverview resident Melissa Hartmann received a save money Hurricane commendation from the Hillsborough County Board of shopping County Commissioners for the items she has donated to Irma, he others from her couponing skills. sales is that decided that she uses her goods to help others, and her work was worthy of recognition. last month Hartmann was recognized by “She has done so much to positively the Hillsborough County Board of County impact those in need,” he said. Commissioners (BOCC) for all she has According to Hartmann, her desire given. to give back through couponing started An advertising executive with The when her daughter asked for some of Osprey Observer, Hartmann spends her supplies to give to nurses from approximately five hours a week collectMoffitt Cancer Center who were going ing coupons from up to eight newspapers on a mission trip. and matching them with sale advertise“I always say that I am not rich in ments for local stores. She then purchas- money, but I am rich in skills,” said es food and household items and stores Hartmann. “And anyone who coupons them before giving life sustaining items to should be giving back.” people in need. Hartmann asks that anyone with Commissioner Stacey White, who extra coupons send them to The Osprey nominated Hartmann for the honor, spoke Observer. She is currently teaming up at the board’s July 18 meeting before pre- with The Lotus Foundation and is colsenting her with the commendation. lecting feminine products for those in “What Melissa does with her need. “The more coupons I have, the coupons is both unique and very special,” more people I can help,” she said. said White. “Her couponing is more than For more information, on the a cost cutting technique; it is an art form Hillsborough County BOCC, visit and is instrumental in helping those with www.hcflgov.org. To reach Hartmann, limited budgets.” email When White learned that Hartmann, MHartmann@ospreyobserver.com.

Whenever Apollo Beach resident Isabelle Wojdyla hears a good tune she cannot remain still and begins to move with the music. Dancing would be something she is all too familiar with since she Isabelle Wojdyla’s taught line will be celebrating dancing for 45 her 100th birthday years in Brandon, Apollo Beach and Sun City. At 100-years-old Wojdyla shares her life’s story about dancing. Wojdyla was born in Plymouth, Pennsylvania and moved to Detroit, Michigan at the age of two. In 1933, her father paid for dance lessons. She kept dancing and later on attended one session of ballroom dancing at an Arthur Murray Dance Studio. She also met her husband Erwin Wojdyla during a dance at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan. Erwin did pass away and they were married for 62 years. In April of 1973, the Wojdyla’s moved to Florida and this would be where Isabelle started teaching line dancing classes. She got into teaching through a neighbor who knew that Isabelle enjoyed dancing. Her neighbor had invited

Isabelle to parks and recreation one day, which ended up becoming the reason behind her teaching career. “I always loved dancing and when I had the opportunity to teach, I jumped at the chance to do it,” Wojdyla said. She and her neighbor would go to parks and recreation, get the music, learn the steps and practice. She specifically taught ages 75 to 90. Unfortunately, her teaching career came to an end in 2008 at the age of 90 because she fell and broke her elbow. She says that her secret to longevity stems from her faith, being mentally and physically active. In regards to keeping an active mind, she reads, works on puzzles and word puzzles. She lives with her daughter Pennye Scheiber who also got into dancing as well. Every two weeks Scheiber visits the library for her mother and checkouts six books at a time. Wojdyla also has a motto that she believes in, which states keep laughter in your life and live one day at a time.




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SCORE Chapter 203 Provides A Variety Of Services To Small Businesses

By Tatiana Ortiz

Owners working to brated its 50th year in develop a small busiMarch of this year. This ness or wanting more specific chapter helps growth, can find some between 65-100 new great supportive clients each month with its resouces through the 32 members. In addition, local SCORE Tampa SCORE Tampa Chapter Chapter 203, which 203 offers its services to serves clients in local chambers of comHillsborough County, merce and community and offers business educational organizations education and mentorserving the small busiing. ness community. For SCORE is a nationinstance, it judges the al nonprofit volunteer South Tampa Chamber of organization that SCORE Tampa Chapter 203, Commerce, Brandon Chairman Kit Werremeyer. became established in Chamber of Commerce 1964 by the United and Valrico/FishHawk States Small Business Chamber Small Business Administration (SBA) to of the Year Awards. assist small businesses The organization to build, grow and thrive. offers workshops includThe creation of it originally included the ing, Going into Business and Service Core of Retired Executives, Developing a Business Plan. Both which today it consists of more than workshops begin at 9 a.m. and cost 11,000 volunteers amongst the 320 $15. SCORE Tampa Chapter 203 also chapters in the United States who work teaches a free two-day course called or retired. To add, SCORE aims to Boots to Business, which is part of the assist small businesses get off the militaries transition program. A new ground, grow and achieve goals workshop called Understanding and through mentorship and education. Negotiating Construction Contracts will SCORE Tampa Chapter 203 be introduced this month and has a Chairman Kit Werremeyer shares the cost of $20. mission statement of this organization. For more information about regis“Our main mission would be to tering for upcoming workshops, receiveducate and mentor,” Werremeyer ing mentoring or volunteering, visit said. https://tampa.score.org. It is located at SCORE Tampa Chapter 203 2101 E. Palm Ave. Suite A in Tampa. became established in 1968. It celeCall 448-2311.

Riverview Park Receives Nice Face-Lift & Schedules 5K Run By Kate Quesada

SouthShore residents looking to enjoy Florida’s beautiful outdoors, should keep an eye on Riverview’s Stephen J. Wortham Park and mark their calendars for the 5K Stephen J. Wortham Park in Riverview is receiving a face-lift in race taking place order to prepare it for hosting the first in a series of 5K races planned for parks around Hillsborough County. there next month. ting back vegetation on five The park, located at 12108 of hiking trails miles Rhodine Rd., has been around through the 107-acre park for decades, but is receiving a and the adjoining 500-acre face-lift over the next few Rhodine Scrub Nature months which will prepare it to Preserve. Plans also host the first in a series of famiinclude sprucing up the ly-friendly 5K races planned for park’s entrance on Rhodine Rd. and Hillsborough County parks on September installing landscaping in the areas that 29. receive the most use. “This is such a great park and we The park already boasts a picnic want to make sure our residents learn shelter, playground, basketball court and about it and realize how much it has to restrooms in addition to paved and offer,” said Chris Kiddy, Program unpaved trails. Coordinator for Hillsborough County’s “There are so many great activities Conservation and Environmental Lands that residents can participate in at the Management Department. park,” said Kiddy. “From horseback riding According to County Media and fishing to bird watching, there is Representative Todd Pratt, Hillsborough something for everyone and the area is County Parks and Recreation, currently very underutilized.” Conservation and Environmental Lands According to Pratt, future programs at Management and Rapid Response park could include guided hikes, the departments are teaming up to make the youth nature tutorials and kayaking lespark more attractive to residents as in the sons. last seven years, 5,000 homes have arisRegistration is now open for the 5K en within three miles of its location. which will take place on September 29. As part of the renovations, the For more information on the park, go County is clearing brush that blocks the to www.hcflgov.org. view of the main recreation area and cut-

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Gardenville Dining & Activity Center, 6215 Symmes Rd. in Gibsonton, will hold Tai Chi Class at 1 p.m. on Thursday, August 9, 16, 23 and 30 – Tai Chi Class at 1 p.m. Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese martial art form often referred to as the practice of ‘meditation in motion.’ For more information, call 671-7601. Brandon Senior Center, located at 612 N. Parsons Ave., in Brandon will hold a Prostate Cancer Workshop on Wednesday, August 15 at 10:30 a.m. It will be presented by Moffitt Cancer Cemter for men. Pre-registration is required and a light lunch is included. On Friday, August 17 at 10:30 a.m., Brandon’s Dominoes Finals Tournament will be held. Finalists will be determined based on the semi-finals tournament that takes place on Thursday, August 16. Preregistration required Call 635-8066 for

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Catalyst Club Presents STEM To Middle School Audiences

By Mia Cafaro

The Catalyst audience. Club is a stuOne of the readent-led organisons the club was zation at King started was to reach High School, an audience who may which is dedicatnot be interested in ed to sharing sciSTEM, and to get entific and techthem interested. “We nological innovawant to target a tions to middle younger school students. audience so we can plant Middle school is an important time a seed in for students to explore their pasthem,” said sions, and the Catalyst Club shows Immen. them how fun and important Science, Technology, Engineering The and Mathematics (STEM)-related Catalyst Club jobs are. has laid out a The club is headed by junior two-fold misAaryan Sharma, and currently has sion for the Members of Catalyst Club present four members. Nusheen Immen is STEM innovations in engaging and future. One the Director of Outreach and goal is to understandable ways. Communication, Jon Karthaka is the reach more places in the community. Content Director, and Ansh Bhatt is the They have already spoken at several Vice President. These four students work middle schools and at Girl Scouts events together to organize and put on STEM and they hope to reach as broad an area presentations. as possible. The presentations are designed to be Their second goal is to expand the engaging and relatable. “By showing club itself. They are hoping that more application in the real world, we think it high school students will become involved solidifies their understanding of it,” said and start chapters of the Catalyst Club at Sharma. For example, in one recent pres- their own schools. Forms can be found entation, Oobleck, which is a gel-like sub- for inviting the Catalyst Club for a presenstance, was used to imitate the way liquid tation at a school or organization, and for starting a chapter at another high school armor can protect things. An egg was on the website at www.catalystclub.tk. placed in the Oobleck, and it did not The Catalyst Club can be contacted break when it was dropped. This allowed through email Sharma and the others to explain the at kingcatalystclub@gmail.com, or nuances of liquid armor, which is used to through the website. protect electronic screens, to a young

Every Kid Is A Star At Broadway Everyday Star Theater By Sammie Green Education. “I've always loved theater, since before I can even remember. It has always been a dream of mine since I was very young to open my own theater company,” Welch said. “Seeing my students’ creativity and confidence expand and how it has The cast of the first B.E.S.T. show, a condensed version of The Lion King all designed their own costumes for the show.

For all the creative kids who love to sing, dance and act, signing up for a local theater program will help sharpen those skills. The Broadway Everyday Star Theater (B.E.S.T.) aims to do just that. At B.E.S.T., each student/actor has the opportunity to play a significant role and to have fun while improving their theater skills. Not only will students have the opportunity for significant roles in different shows, B.E.S.T. also exposes them to stage-management, lights, sound and costume designing so they are involved in all aspects of production. B.E.S.T produces all genres of theater, including murder mysteries, musicals and improv. B.E.S.T. welcomes students K-12 regardless of their talent level, academic level or experience. Owner of B.E.S.T., Katie Welch, has a long-time love of theater with four years of drama teaching and producing experience as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater and a Master’s in Special

transformed their daily lives is very fulfilling to me.” B.E.S.T. currently holds practices at CuttingEdge Learning Academy on Tuesday and Thursday nights. It has its second show coming up called A Talent For Murder on Saturday, November 17. Registration for the play is open August 220 for $100 and $125 if registered after August 20. Rehearsals for A Talent For Murder will begin on September 4. For more information about the theater and registration, visit the Facebook page by searching ‘Broadway Everyday Star Theater’ or e-mailing broadwayeverydaystartheater@gmail.com.

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Local Cancer Survivors Gain Confidence And Help Others By Kate Quesada

Riverview resident Susie Morris is one of many women fighting cancer who have participated in The Affirmations Project which aims to give women confidence while raising money to help others in need.

Five years ago Adriana Pabon had an idea that is saving lives. Pabon, a breast cancer survivor, created The Affirmations Project which not only gives confidence to women battling disease but also raises money to help those in financial need. The Project unites women who have cancer and survivors when they participate in an artistic photoshoot with a professional photographer where a word of affirmation is painted on them. The photographs are then displayed at an annual art exhibit fundraiser where the money raised goes directly to help a local woman with her medical expenses. “My dream is to inspire women to look at themselves and see love,” said Pabon, who underwent a double mastectomy almost five years ago. “It is so important that as women we see that our value goes beyond how we look.” Riverview resident Susie Morris par-

ticipated in the Project after having her eye removed due to an ocular melanoma. She feels that the community developed from The Affirmations Project saved her life. “I truly had no selfesteem after losing my eye,” said Morris. “I hated looking in the mirror every day, but doing the Project changed me in so many ways. It taught me that I am beautiful and gave me confidence I’ve never had before. It taught me to love myself for the first time in my entire life.” Pabon also uses the Project to connect women fighting cancer through a website and private Facebook page. “It is amazing what a feeling of community can do for someone going through something so life changing,” she said. The women also come together at the annual gala when the photographs are unveiled on canvases to all all those in attendance. “The event heals in so many ways,” said Pabon, who explains that after choosing their word of affirmation, all the women are artistically painted from the waste up for the photographs. For more information about The Affirmation Project, visit www.theaffirmationsproject.com, call 618-7125 or find the group on Facebook.

August 2018

Riverview/Apollo Beach Edition

Verizon Innovative Camp Teaches Young Girls About STEM

By Sammie Green

As an effort to help transformative. Not just for grow the next generation of the girls, but for all of us innovators, Verizon chooswho had the privilege of es 15 community colleges working with them. From to host their Innovative exercise to yoga, to designLearning Camp, and this ing a circuit to prototyping year, Hillsborough with cardboard.” “This is so much more Community College than a STEM camp,” particiSouthShore Campus qualipant named Stephanie said. fied for one of the grants. “This camp has changed One hundred underresourced females across my life, I now know I can do the Wimauma and Ruskin The girls pose for a group anything.” rural areas in grades 6-8 According to the photo on the last day of camp. spent three weeks learning Verizon website, the and researching different Innovative Learning STEM (science, technoloProgram has helped gy, engineering and mathemore than a million stumatics) topics. Students dents so far. They have were immersed in coding also committed up to $400 million by 2023 to and computer languages, help millions more. social entrepreneurship and Hillsborough purpose-driven solutions County has the most and exposed to complex, online ads for STEM sophisticated technology, jobs (9,508) of any like 3D printers and augcounty in Florida and mented reality tools, all free Tampa has the most per of charge. city with 8,314. STEM During the camp, the jobs increase at double girls worked on different Each participant wrote down what they learned at the camp the rate of non-STEM STEM projects and preon a large poster. jobs, and women consented them on the last tinue to be underrepresented in STEM day during the Innovation Fair. The stucareers, so Verizon is working to help dents will continue with monthly meetproduce the next generation of STEM’s ings throughout the rest of the year to work on developing technology solutions women students. For more information on the Verizon for different issues in the area. HCC representative Mary Beth Kerly Innovative Camp, visit the website at VerizonInnovativeLearning.com. said “The past three weeks have been

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Legacy Mortgage Offers Personalized Lending Options For Homeowners

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Back in our forefather’s day, getting a loan for a house meant you rode your horse to the nearest bank and a handshake sealed the deal. Now that we have entered the age of technology, you may not even have to leave the comfort of your own home to pick a mortgage lender and there is certainly no shortage of lenders that are competing for your business. The number one criterion that will help you to pick the best m mortgage lender is customer service. Michael Murkin is a senior loan officer at Legacy Mortgage Lending Group, a division of Gold Star Mortgage Financial Group, and prides himself in providing the personalized customer service that his reputation has been built on. Murkin has been originating loans since he moved to the Tampa area in 1996. He has continually helped hundreds of customers with their mortgage needs since that time throughout Hillsborough, Pasco, Polk and Pinellas County. “My favorite part of running the business is helping homebuyers achieve the American dream of home ownership,” said Murkin. “We help borrowers overcome obstacles that may be preventing them from being able to purchase a home and we also work with a network of realtors who can help them find the perfect home within their budget.” Legacy Mortgage Lending Group has

built its business on solid personal relationships with the best agents in the business. Legacy agents handle home purchases as well as home refinance transactions. “Our rates and fees are extremely competitive,” said Murkin. “Our clients have 24/7 access to us during the entire loan process as well as faceto-face office appointments. This is very different from the service offered by larger lending institutions and traditional banks.” The service provided to clients is All loans must satisfy c very personalized with a variety of loan products, including conventional, FHA, VA and USDA loans. Legacy Mortgage offers a variety of lending products to fit each borrower’s individual needs to make buying a home less stressful, especially for first-time homebuyers learning to navigate the waters. “It is extremely rewarding to attend closing for first time homebuyers purchasing their first home,” said Murkin. “This is a significant life event that will always be remembered and it’s an honor to be part of that.” If you are someone who prefers personal customer service and a lender who knows your name, then look no further than Legacy Mortgage. Legacy Mortgage is located at 6152 Delancey Station St., Suite 105, Riverview, in the Winthrop Town Center For more information call 445-4805 or visit www. fltp02.mymortgageonline.com.

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Volume 16, Issue 8

Experts Offer Tips For Staying Safe During Florida Lightning Season

By Kate Quesada

According to Daniel The Lightning Noah, Warning Protection Coordination Institute (LPI), a Meteorologist with the nationwide notNational Weather for-profit organiService, there are, on zation founded in average, 1,170,979 1955 to promote flashes of lightning in lightning protection education, Florida each year. awareness and Because Brandon area safety, works with residents see lightning builders and so often, it is easy to forhomeowners to get how much dampromote lightage it can do. ning safety and “Lightning in improve the sciFlorida has caused ence of lightning $39.8 million in damprotection. The age to 284 properties group’s Website, over the last 10 at www.lightyears,” said Noah, not ning.org, offers including the recent extensive inforapartment fire in mation about Riverview which was On average, lightning strikes more than one million times a year in Florida. The National Weather Service and The Lightning protection from likely caused by one of two lightning strikes Protection Institute offer residents tips to avoid injury and damage from lightning on their websites. Photo credit to The Lightning lightning strikes. Protection Institute. “A lightning in the area. “There when thunderstorms are in the area,” metal vehicle immediately and finally, protection system is a network of comhave been 47 lightning deaths and said Noah. “If you hear thunder you rule three states that it is important to ponents designed to intercept a light281 injuries during that time and the are likely within striking distance of wait 30 minutes after the last lightning ning strike and provide a preferred longterm average in Florida is nine the storm. Just remember, “When or thunder before going back outside. path to the ground,” said LPI fatalities and 40 injuries a year.” thunder roars, go indoors.” In addition, the NWS recommends Communications Director Kimberly In June, 33-year-old Seffner resiThe NWS Website, at www.weaththat residents know that even inside Loehr. “The system discharges the dent, James Barton, was at Siesta er.org, offers a large variety of tips the home, they are not totally safe from dangerous electricity, leaving occuBeach with friends when he was sudabout lightning and how to reduce its lighting. pants and the structure safe from denly struck by lightning and killed. risk, but three featured rules go along According to the Website, anything harm.” The majority of injuries from lightway to helping residents stay safe. that is plugged into a wall outlet can For more information and safety ning occur when people are engaging Rule number one states that resibecome electrified by a nearby lighting tips from the NWS, visit in leisure activities outside. The dents should plan ahead so as not to strike. It recommends that residents www.weather.gov or email National Weather Service (NWS) get caught outside in a thunderstorm. stay off electrical equipment, appliDr.Lightning@noaa.gov. To learn more offers one main tip for people to avoid The second rule advises that upon ances and corded phones and avoid about lightning protection systems, visit being hurt. hearing thunder, residents get inside a contact with plumbing, including sinks www.lightning.org. “There is no safe place outside substantial building or hard-topped and tubs, during storms.

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2019 Honorary Mayor Of Riverview Candidates Announced

Staff Report

The Pearl Greater Chiarenza’s Riverview Bodyworks Chamber of Health & Commerce Wellness (GRCC) memCenter has bers were been a memrecently first ber of GRCC to be introfor over six duced to the years. Pearl slate of candiwill be out dates vying raising money for the 2019 for The Sylvia Thomas title of Center for Honorary Adoptive & Mayor of Photo courtesy of Ed Booth, Huth and Booth Photography Foster Riverview. Kerin Clarkin, Keller Williams - Kerin Realty , Pearl Families, Inc. The Chiarenza, Bodyworks Health & Wellness Center which she announceand Bill Andrew, Superior Residences of Brandon Memory Care have all thrown in their hat to run for also reprements were RV Honorary Mayor. sents as a made during GRCC member. A portion of her the June Taste of GRCC luncheon. funds will also help to support the The candidates competing this year include: Bill Andrew, Superior Rotary Club of FishHawk-Riverview Residences of Brandon Memory Foundation, Inc. Pearl’s Mayor Care, Pearl Chiarenza, Bodyworks Campaign Team will be inviting the Health & Wellness Center and Kerin public to attend Coach Bag Bingo on Clarkin, Keller Williams - Kerin August 27th and a Throw Back 80’s Realty. Party on September 12th. Superior Residences of Brandon Kerin Clarkin, Keller Williams Memory Care a 13-year member of Kerin Realty, is the relatively new GRCC is happy to have Bill Andrew, kid on the block as far as GRCC Activities Director, as a contender in membership goes, however, he is no this year’s race. Funds raised by Bill stranger to fundraising and hosting food truck rallies. For this year’s will be donated to Seeds of Hope Mayor’s Race, Kerin will be raising and South County Spartans Athletic funds to help support the Riverview Program. Woman's Club Foundation. These Andrew said, “I have made the women will be helping Kerin to raise decision to run for Honorary Mayor as it would be an honor to represent those dollars when he hosts his Twisted High Tea on August 16th The Greater Riverview Chamber of and his 1885 Day, a Riverview Commerce which is the greatest chamber of all. Having being raised Heritage Day, on September 22nd. To find out the details for all of a chamber ‘brat,’ I truly understand these events, please visit the impact that a chamber can have www.RiverviewChamber.com or call on the community. When I was the Chamber office at 234-5944. You researching charities, the mottos of can also look for each of these canboth Seeds of Hope and South didates on Facebook where they will County Spartans really hit home with me. Seeds of Hope: To nourish likely be posting even more fun hope among people in need through events and ways to get involved. The winner, the candidate who the actions and help provided by our raises the most votes, aka dollars, local students. South County will be announced at Greater Spartans: Teaching our youth life Riverview Chamber of Commerce’s skills, through the participation and Monthly Membership Luncheon on dedication to sports. It’s all about the children. Who doesn’t love that?” October 23. This luncheon is held at The Regent, 6437 Watson Rd. in Bill and his supporters will host Riverview from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. two major events - Bubbly, Bach, and the public is invited. The cost Beats and BonBons on Sunday, for non-members to attend is $25. August 19 and a Mad Hatter Party on Friday, September 28.

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Volume 16, Issue 8

Shop Local For Your Water Softener And Window Replacement Needs

Skyway 10K Raises $560k For Military Families, Second Run Planned

If you are looking for a Windows. His company is reliable, local water softener now the oldest local water or window company, look softening and custom winno further than American dow company in the Water & Windows. Owner Greater Riverview/Brandon and President, Gary area. Bancroft, has been provid“Being the oldest indeing excellent customer servpendent water and window ice and competitive pricing company, we have a giganon water purification systic advantage of many tems and energy efficient years of hands-on experiwindows for more than 26 ence,” said Bancroft. “Also, years in southern being a local company, we Hillsborough County. still can offer the personalGary Bancroft, owner of American Water & Windows, ized and affordable service Bancroft grew up in has been providing quality New York City, graduated customer service and prod- that seems to be disapfrom St. John's University pearing from many compaucts to his customers for more than 26 years. and then moved to Dallas, nies.” TX to work for a home improvement retail American Water & Window specialchain. After several moves, Bancroft izes in whole house purifier-softener and found success in the window business anti-scale water systems that are salt-free and started his own successful home and non-electric. All of the water systems improvement business where he specialare custom built locally for Tampa Bay ized in water water consofteners. ditions. Bancroft Some and his wife notable started a family, and when one of their accomplishments and accolades include three children was born hearing impaired, Brandon Small Business of the Year they began to consider options for reloFinalist, Riverview Business of the Year cating to find greater educational and nominee, 2017 Honorary Deputy Mayor school resources. of Riverview and proud member of the “Seeking the best education for hear- Greater Riverview Chamber of ing impaired students lead us to the Commerce. Brandon area in 1991,” said Bancroft. For more information or price quote After settling in the Brandon area, the for a water purification system, call 684Bancroft family knew this would become 7873. For a free in-home estimate for home and shortly thereafter, Bancroft custom window replacement and installafounded his company, American Water & tion, call 672-7757.

The final benefit the Armed numbers are Forces Families in, and the Foundation, a inaugural 501(c)(3) non-profit Sunshine organization that Skyway 10K provides 100 perBridge Run cent of the funds raised they raise back $560,000 for to projects that help the Armed our military service Forces men and women Families and their Foundation, families. Additionally, meaning 100 plans are in place Volunteers and sponsors are being sought for the percent of so all registration second annual Skyway 10K. every regisfees from next tration fee dollar is going to fund projects year’s race will continue to support the to support the families of our service men Armed Forces Families Foundation. and women. Race organizers are sched“With over a year of planning and uled to present a check to the Armed tremendous support from our sponForces Families Foundation at Tropicana sors, partners and private donors we Field in Saint Petersburg, Florida are very proud to announce that every Tuesday and make an announcement dollar of every registration fee is going releasing the date and details for the sec- back to support our military families,” ond annual Skyway 10K. said Brian Horne, Event Director for The sold-out inaugural Skyway 10K the Skyway 10K. “This would not have took place in March and was an overbeen possible if not for the overwhelming success. Participant registration whelming support from our local comfor the run across the Bob Graham munities to support such an iconic Sunshine Skyway Bridge realized its tarevent.” geted 7,000 participant capacity only five The annual run begins on I-275 at days after being announced. It was the the rest area just south of the Skyway first running event across the Skyway Bridge and ends at the rest area on Bridge since it opened in 1987. the north side of the bridge, which In all, people from 40 states, three equals 10 kilometers or 6.2 miles. countries and all five branches of the Anyone interested in volunteering United States armed forces participated or sponsoring the second annual in the run. Skyway 10K can learn more by As planned, 100 percent of the provisiting skyway10k.com or ceeds from the Skyway 10K are going to emailing info@skyway10k.com.

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Weird, Wacky And Wonderful Holidays- August 2018

Lighthouse Day * Relaxation Day* Potato Day *World Mosquito Day * Eat Outside 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. Welcome to August! It’s hot, we’re in the third month of summertime and the kids are savoring the last few days sleeping and swimming before they head back to school. But, did you know August is the only month without any kind of holiday? That’s right - there are no holidays in August! None. Every other month has either a federal holiday, or a celebratory day to eat and drink, or at least a day to buy someone an overpriced greeting card. But, not poor August. Up until now, the only notable thing attributed to August was watching my mother pay homage to the King of Rock-n-Roll, Elvis Presley, on the day of his passing every August 16 since 1977. Well, good news! There are many unofficial holidays worth celebrating throughout the entire month! Let’s get a shining start on the month by paying homage to the silent, but bright guardians of our coastlines and ships - the majestic lighthouse. Tuesday, August 7 is National Lighthouse Day honoring our nation’s lighthouses that have been guiding ships safely back to port during inclement weather for hundreds of years. On August 7, 1789, through an Act of Congress and signed by President George Washington, a new law was established giving the Federal Government control of our nation’s light-

houses. With new GPS technology, lighthouses today have become more of a symbol of safe harbor. Did you know there are 29 lighthouses in Florida? To celebrate this day, take a short day trip and visit one of the several lighthouses in our area. It’s a short drive to the Anclote lighthouse in Tarpon Springs, the Egmont Key lighthouse in St. Petersburg or the Gasparilla lighthouse on Boca Grande. Notably, when the Egmont Key lighthouse was built in 1848, it was the only lighthouse on the Gulf coast of Florida between Key West and the panhandle. It was damaged by hurricanes and repaired several times throughout the 1800’s. The lens was removed by Confederates during the Civil War to frustrate the Union Navy efforts to blockade Tampa Bay but was restored after the war. The Coast Guard continued to man the lighthouse until 1990, when it became one of the last lighthouses in the United States to be automated. In 2001 the Coast Guard announced plans to deactivate the light, but as of today has not done so. The lighthouse can be reached only by boat, with ferry service available from the Fort De Soto State Park. For more information, visit www.floridastateparks.org/park/EgmontKey. After a fun day visiting lighthouses, you may just want to put your feet up and relax. Well, good news! Wednesday, August 15 is National Relaxation Day. Who doesn’t love a day of relaxing? Relaxation is just as essential to a successful life as hard work, so it deserves a


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special day. Take a deep breath, slow down and take it easy. Spend the day relaxing and de-stressing. After all, it’s the last few weeks of these lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. Kick back and enjoy a cold beverage in your backyard, read a book in your hammock, sleep the whole day long, float in your pool or spend the day in your pajamas watching TV. Want even more relaxation? Call Daniella’s Mobile Massage at 3234901. You wont even have to leave your house. You say potAto, I say po-TOTto…but, regardless of how you say it, we can all agree to give a great, big hip-hip-hooray for our beloved spuds! On Sunday, August 19 take a moment to reflect on these tasty taters on National Potato Day. The spectacular spud can be savored for breakfast, lunch and dinner. With the recent popularity of the Keto and Adkin diets, these terrific taters need at least one day of love. Potatoes are one of the largest vegetable crops in the world. Did you know that more than 45 billion pounds of potatoes are harvested in the United States each year? Our starchy friend contains high levels of important vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, potassium and iron. Another fun fact: The world’s largest potato weighed in at 18lbs., 4 oz. according to the Guinness Book of World Records. That’s enough for 73 portions of medium fries at McDonalds. So, don’t be a ‘hesi-TATER’ and prepare your potato your favorite way and savor your spud! The buzz on Monday, August 20 is in recognition of World Mosquito Day. We are all too familiar with those flying, biting, pesky creatures that invade our daily

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lives. At one time or another, we have all been bitten by the merciless mosquito. On this day in 1897, British doctor, Sir Ronald Ross, discovered the link between mosquitos and the transmission of malaria, an infectious disease caused by mosquitos. Ross was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine for his discovery. The goal of this day is to raise awareness of causes of Malaria and to learn methods of prevention. Mosquitoes carry other diseases, including the dangerous Zika virus. If you want to fight the bite, consider donating to the Malaria No More campaign, which raises funds to provide mosquito netting and medical supplies to communities in need. Donations of any amount can save a child’s life by providing medical treatment or a mosquito net. To make a donation online, visit www.malarianomore.org. Regardless of the meddling mosquitos, grab some repellant and head outside with your whole crew and enjoy National Eat Outside Day on Tuesday, August 31. Outdoor enthusiast can rejoice while relishing a meal underneath the sun, sky or stars. Al-fresco dining became popular in the 18th century when it became common to eat outside in tea gardens, seashore resorts and rooftop restaurants. The first sidewalk cafés appeared on the streets of Manhattan in the early 1900’s. Our community is filled to the brim with restaurants with outside patios; the options to eat outside are practically endless. You may want to check out Circles Waterfront Restaurant in Apollo Beach, Jimmy Hula’s in Brandon, or visit Armature Works in Tampa for a variety of outside eating adventures. August boasts many other fun holidays including, National Watermelon Day, National Underwear Day, Left-hander’s Day, Frankenstein Day and National Trail Mix day, just to name a few. For a complete list, visit www.holidayinsights.com.

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Happy Patients At Hyde Park Plastic Surgery Center

By Michelle Caceres

Cosmetic surgery is Hyde Park Surgery no longer the sneaky Center charges a $50 consecret it once was and sultation fee, which is today patients are far less applied to any procedures concerned about hiding performed. how they achieved their Rieger is a board-certiimproved body features. fied plastic surgeon with Hyde Park Plastic more than 33 years’ experiSurgery Center owner ence in the field. He trained Frank Rieger, M.D. said a under Ralph Millard, M.D., satisfied patient left his a highly decorated plastic office after a follow-up surgeon, named one of 10 Dr. Rieger of Hyde Park appointment and proudly ‘“Plastic Surgeons of the Surgery Center has seen revealed her new breasts Millennium’ by the many happy patients in his in his parking lot to a Society of Plastic American more than 33 years as a plastic surgeon. woman coming to the Surgeons. Rieger has dedioffice for a consultation for the same procated himself to excellence in the pursuit cedure. of the aesthetic aspect of plastic surgery. While it’s not often patients display As a result, not every candidate is qualithat level of enthusiasm, he said cosmetic fied for the procedure they request. surgery has become mainstream and it is “Every now and then I have to tell a more common for men and women to patient that I will not perform the procefind a plastic surgeon by word-of-mouth, dure she requests,” he said. which takes the challenge out of finding a In addition to surgical procedures, qualified practice. Hyde Park Plastic Surgery Center’s A search of Hyde Park Plastic Medical Spa offers Botox and other derSurgery Center on www.realself.com mal fillers, facial chemical peels, microbrings up more than 100 positive reviews dermabrasion and laser resurfacing. with comments from patients delighted Located at 607 S. Magnolia Ave. in a with the results of their tummy tucks, quaint 1904 vintage house in Hyde Park breast augmentations, facelifts, liposucthat is listed on the National Register of tion or rhinoplasty. Historic Places, Hyde Park Surgery “Patients today have many more Center’s office hours are Monday and avenues of knowledge open to them Wednesday 9 a.m.–12 Noon and before they even visit a plastic surgeon Tuesday and Thursday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. for a consultation,” said Rieger. “They go For more information about Hyde to the Internet, talk to their friends and Park Surgery Center visit www.hydeparkthey come to the consultation knowing cosmeticsurgery.com or to schedule a more about the procedures they want.” consultation call 254-7600.

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Local Veteran Gets Roof Repair Thanks To Local Company And National Program

By Stacy Huisman

assessed his roof and assured him that Cardinal Roofing was able to repair the minor leak. Cardinal Roofing is a proud supporter of other local veteran programs such as Honor Flight in Tampa and Flight of Honor in Lakeland. But according to owner Roger Jenkins and his daughter Bridget Wilson, this request was something they wanted to consider. “Dan was really the guy who made this happened, he was the one willing to do the work. He has a big heart for this, the credit goes to him,” said

Cardinal Roofing shows its gratitude for military veteran Thomas Boone for his service by repairing his leaky roof.

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Craig Latimer Speaks At Next Democratic Club Meeting

The August meeting of the East Hillsborough Democratic Club will be Tuesday, August 14 at Beef O'Brady's, 4330 Bell Shoals Rd. in Valrico. Invite family and friends at 6 p.m. for meet & greet. Meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. The August guest speaker will be Craig Latimer, Supervisor of Elections for Hillsborough County. Please visit www.easthillsboroughdems.org for more information.

‘Furever’ Homes Needed For C.A.R.E. Dog And Cat Bristol is a Black Mouth Cur/Terrier puppy. He is expected to be a big boy when he grows up as his dad is about 70lbs. He is confident and super social. He loves to play with his eight brothers and sisters in the doggie pool on hot summer days. Bristol is a joy to hang out with at the shelter, but it is time for him to head to his forever home. As with all puppies, he will need basic training, including house training. Are you ready to take this journey with Bristol? Angel came to CARE with her two kittens. As her name indicates, we consider her an angel. She not only took great care of her own babies, but also


nursed two more kittens that were without a mommy. She is a sweet lady and loves attention. Angel is also as playful as the kittens, being young herself. She provides the visitors lots of entertainment with her antics. Now that all of her work as a mom is done, Angel would love to find her forever home. Three ways to learn more: C.A.R.E.'s Facebook page, www.careshelter.org or call 6452273.

Chief Petty Officers Meeting

The Tampa Bay Chief Petty Officers Association (TBCPOA) meets the fourth Thursday each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Tampa Buffet, 3904 S. Dale Mabry, Britton Plaza in Tampa. The association is open to all Navy and Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers. It supports the Navy community and award an annual scholarship to a deserving member or relative of a TBCPOA member. The TBCPOA holds fund raisers for the scholarship fund during the year and coordinates with the active duty Chiefs Association (Suncoast CPOA) at MacDill AFB for many of these events. Included are the activities at MacDill and the annual Army-Navy game at a Beef O'Brady's in the area. The TBCPOA has a closed FaceBook group, TBCPOA, with a meeting calendar of events. For more information, call Chuck Peterman, President, at 767-1569.

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The Rotary Club of FishHawk-Riverview is pleased to announce the 35th Annual Alafia Lighted Boat Parade and Chili Bristol is a Black Mouth Cur/Terrier puppy who needs a Cook-Off to be held on home. It’s time to find Angel a permanent home. Saturday, December 1, Boat Parade Rotary asks for a $25 donaand will kick off at 5:00 pm at the tion from the boater. Boaters do not have Riverview Civic Center. Boaters are to compete to participate in the boat encouraged to put in at Williams Park parade. All proceeds from this event will Boat Ramp (9425 Hwy. 41 S. in local charities the FishHawkbenefit Riverview and avoid the Civic Center Riverview Rotary Club supports, along (after 3 p.m.) ramp for parking purposes. with providing scholarships for local high There will be a Chili Cook-Off and school students. refreshments ($5 donation to taste the If you are interested in participating in chili) and entertainment at the Civic the Boat Parade this year, please contact Center with photo opportunity available Broussard at Mike for the children with Santa. The Brandon Michael.broussard@flyinglocksmith.com. South Global Rotary Club will host a Gingerbread house competition and silent For more information, contact Jamie Simons at jsimons@pilka.com. Additional auction at the Civic Center during the information and all registration forms for boat parade. Sponsors are being sought the Boat Parade and Chili Cook-Off, at different levels and lighted boats to along with the rules, can be found at alafiparade down the Alafia River for the benaboatparade.com. efit of many onlookers. To compete in the FREE ESTIMATES

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TFO Announces Guidelines For 2018-19 Student Composition Competition

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New guidelines are being set for the Florida Orchestra’s Student Composition Competition open to all Florida universities and colleges with a music composition department.

Next season, The Florida Orchestra will open its Student Composition Competition to all Florida universities and colleges with a music composition department, encompassing about a dozen schools, the orchestra said in announcing new guidelines for the 2018-19 season. Music Director Michael Francis and a panel of TFO staff and musicians will choose the winning work, which the orchestra will premiere on the final TFO Masterworks series concerts May 24-26, 2019. The winner also will receive a $1,000 honorarium. The competition underscores TFO’s commitment to education and to music as a living art form, focusing on Florida talent. “We’re showing that as the third biggest state, we have an incredible artistic voice,” Maestro Francis said. This year’s winner, Shattered Clock Fanfare by David Browne of Florida Atlantic University, was featured on the Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony concert on May 18-20 in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater. The first round of the selection

process will be blind, and the committee will have no knowledge of the composers or their schools. Up to four finalists will be chosen for a ‘reading session,’ in which The Florida Orchestra will play through each finalist’s work, on March 19, 2019. General guidelines include: Each university or college may submit up to two works for TFO’s consideration. The orchestra suggests each school hold an internal competition, but it’s up to the school. The competition is open to any composition major, regardless of specific discipline (i.e. classical or jazz), or degree program (i.e. bachelors or masters). The work should be between three and six minutes in length. Important dates include: December 21, 2018: Deadline for schools to submit complete student score(s) and accompanying recording, resume and artist statement for consideration January 11, 2019: Finalists announced March 19, 2019: Florida Orchestra reading session of finalists’ works at University of South Florida School of Music March 22, 2019: Winning composer/composition announced For information, visit www.floridaorchestra.org/blog.

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Author Releases Novel With Tampa Ties

Mary Cantell’s ties to the Tampa area has her book, Untying the Shadows, taking place in a Tampa neighborhood where her dads' aunts were old-money society matrons. A picture on Facebook; an out-oftown wedding; an unexpected encounter all helps to bring a woman one step closer to solving a decades-old mystery. Tess Thompson always hoped the mystery surrounding her father’s untimely death only days after Christmas when she was a child would one day be solved. Years later, a nostalgic glimpse back calls her to seek out the truth surrounding his cold-case murder for which, oddly, the police have no case record. While visiting her father’s hometown in Tampa, the keys to her past slowly turn. Old family secrets and hidden motives surface beyond what she could ever imagine as she tries to bring closure to the haunting puzzle. Untying the Shadows is available on Amazon. For more information on Cantell, visit http://marycantell.com/.

WMU-Cooley Law School’s Tampa Bay Campus Holds Honors Convocation

On July 18, WMU-Cooley Law School students were recognized for outstanding academic achievement, professionalism and leadership roles with various student organizations during the law school’s Tampa Bay campus Honors Convocation. Byron S. Longworth, Athena Provenzano, and George G. Triantis were presented with the Leadership Achievement Award. The award acknowledges students who have consistently, comprehensively and effectively provided leadership in a variety of capacities. Longworth, a Tampa Bay native and graduate of the University of South Florida, received the honor for chairing the Tampa Bay Mock Trial Competition, participating in the National Competition Team for Moot Court, and his membership in the international legal honors society, Phi Delta Phi. He was recognized for his hard work, dedication and service to the Moot Court Board, and spoke on behalf of Phi Delta Phi during the ceremony. Longworth was also honored for making the Dean’s List and Honor Roll. Provenzano, originally from Thunder Bay, Ontario, and a graduate of Lakehead University, was honored for her involvement in the Student Bar Association, Sexuality and Gender Acceptance organization, Sports and Entertainment Law Society, Family Law Society, WMUCooley’s Ambassador Program, Mock Trial/Mock Trial Competition, and WMUCooley’s chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. In addition to the Leadership Achievement Award, Provenzano received a certificate

of appreciation for volunteering as an ambassador in the WMU-Cooley Ambassador Program. She was also recognized for her service on the Student Bar Association Executive Board, and making the Dean’s List. Triantis, a Silver Spring, Maryland, native and University of MarylandCollege Park graduate, was selected for his role as George G. Triantis and Byron S. Longworth received their treasurer within the Student Leadership Achievement Awards during WMU-Cooley Law School’s Tampa Bay campus Honors Convocation. Bar Association and the Sports and Entertainment Law Society, as well as being a magistrate occupational therapies. For more informacoordinator and board member for Grade tion or to register, call 661-8998 MondayAppeals. He also received the Grade Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Appeals Board Award for assisting in the grade appeals process, and a Certificate Interfaith Council Awards Grant To of Merit Award for business planning. Mary & Martha House Triantis was also recognized for his servMary & Martha House would like to ice on the Student Bar Association thank the Interfaith Social Action Council Executive Board, and making the Dean’s of Sun City Center for their generous List and Honor Roll. Grant of $4,000. This funding allowed the Hawthorne Hosts Parkinson’s Disease Agency to install a new wooden privacy fence at the Emergency Shelter facility. In Support Group addition they were able to refurbish the Hawthorne Health & Rehabilitation playground and backyard area for the Center hosts a monthly support group for safety and comfort of the families who those diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease reside there. Communal living in a shelter and caregivers on the third Thursday of is disruptive to families and especially to every month. children, so they were very pleased to be A variety of speakers will provide able to provide this extra measure of safeinformation on topics relating to swallowty. Mary & Martha House in Ruskin, is a ing, balance, walking, speaking, mobility, residential shelter facility providing emerexercise, self-care, cognition, and memogency and transitional housing and supry, all of which can be impacted by port services to victims of domestic vioParkinson’s Disease. lence, homeless women and their children Hawthorne Health & Rehabilitation throughout Hillsborough County. For Center, located at 851 W. Lumsden Rd. in more information call Mary & Martha Brandon, is a skilled nursing facility with House at 645-7874. On behalf of all the inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation profamilies we serve a, a very grateful Thank grams including speech, physical and You to everyone at the Interfaith Council.


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South Shore prides herself in proBoutique’s monoviding outstanding gramming maven, customer service to Shelly Molter, hasher shoppers. n’t found an item “My favorite part that cannot be of my business is personalized. Molter the customers and began South Shore relationships I have Boutique out of her formed with the house, monogrammany ladies and ming everything you their families that I could imagine. From have met since there, her business opening,” said has continued to Molter. “I have South Shore Boutique recently celebrated grow and has gathstayed late to allow it’s grand opening at its new location at ered a following of to pick up people 6126 U.S. Hwy. 41 N. in Apollo Beach. loyal customers looktheir items, I have ing for quality personalized products. home-delivered an item and I have held Born and raised in Buffalo, NY, after-hour parties to accommodate Molter moved to Hillsborough County in groups of women to have a fun relaxing 2000 with her husband, who is a comshopping experience.“ mercial pilot, and their three children. In fashion and decor, beauty is often Fast forward to 2015, and after the chilin the eye of the beholder, but quality dren were grown, Molter had time to should never be a compromise. pursue something new. She bought an No matter what you're looking for, embroidery machine and immediately South Shore Boutique guarantees qualigot the ‘itch to stitch.’ South Shore ty and durability. Customers will find an Boutique was born and Molter has been ever-changing inventory that includes busier than ever, creating elegant, pereverything from bathing suit cover-ups to sonalized pieces on just about anything wine glasses to rain jackets, to sandals, a needle can pierce. backpacks, purses and children’s cloth“I outgrew my office with items that ing – and Molter can embroider it all. can be monogrammed and my husband “Being brick and mortar allows peokicked my business out of our house,” ple to feel the quality of an item,” said kidded Molter. Molter. Although most monogramming and South Shore Boutique is located at embroidery companies are strictly inter6126 U.S. Hwy. 41 N. in Apollo Beach. It net-based, Molter feels that South Shore is open Mon–Sat from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Boutique brings a fun and unique shopFor more information call 641-0808 or ping experience to her customers. She visit www.southshoreboutique.com.

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ECHO Handmade Is Part Of Community Outreach Opportunity Center

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The Emergency start ECHO Handmade Care Help Organization in December 2016 (ECHO) in Brandon is by creating unique well-known for the leather accessories, resources and aid it proworks alongside artivides for residents in san Roslyn Johnson, need. However, a new who makes original bags extension of ECHO is not out of recycled ties, suits, as well-known. ECHO leather and even jewelry. Handmade helps provide Johnson, who first a path to stability as well came to ECHO as helps the environHandmade in October Shoppers can purchase amazing, ment. makes the most 2017, original leather accessories made ECHO Handmade by Frank Jones, who helped start out of her time at ECHO ECHO Handmade in 2016. allows locals who may and is currently enrolled have at first come to ECHO in need of in a GED class and money management help to begin working as artisans in class, while Jones participates in ECHO’s ECHO’s Opportunity Center. Here one Job-for-Job program. can walk in and find friendly faces work“I enjoy coming to the classes, I love ing hard to make beautiful and unique the people that I work around and they pieces out of completely recycled materiare just very beautiful,” said Johnson. als. ECHO Handmade is not just a small Excess clothing donated to ECHO side business, according to Mazza, but that would otherwise go to the salvage so much more. truck is now turned into creative and qual“We continue to serve the community ity accessories, as well as provides a livas far as making sure the people who ing wage to those who once may have were once hungry or once were not stabeen unemployed. ble in that poverty mindset can come and Social Enterprise Coordinator Taylor have that bridge become more stable,” Mazza helps out in the ECHO Handmade she said. workroom, where the artisans and volunECHO Handmade’s products can be teers in the community come together on found at the Green Boutique, located at Wednesdays to help create accessories, 1032 Bloomingdale Ave., and Revolution ranging from $10 to $30. Ice Cream, located at 220 W. Brandon “Graduates of the GED program can Blvd. To view ECHO Handmade’s online come and work for us to acquire some store or to find more information on professional references and work history donating or volunteering, visit so they can go into more permanent https://echofl.org. You can also shop at its employment,” she said. Facebook, ECHO Handmade, or Artisan Frank Jones, who helped Instagram at @echohandmadestore.

Hillsborough year is to get out County Sheriff’s more in the comOffice (HCSO) munity,” said community Rodriguez. resource deputies The HCSO Breanna hosted a sucRodriguez and cessful Coffee Clifford Fletcher with a Cop in want to help you early May in get to know your Riverview that local law enforcewas well attendment. Residents ed by community Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office community are invited to resource deputies invite residents to join them members and for coffee at Moreno Bakery on Friday, August business ownattend the second 17 from 8-9:30 a.m. Coffee with a Cop ers. event on Friday, August 17 at 8 a.m. at “We met some really great people,” Brandon’s Moreno Bakery. said Fletcher, a Riverview resident. According to Rodriguez, deputies The event will be an open forum, so from throughout residents are encouraged to Hillsborough County’s attend any time during between 8 and 9:30 a.m. to District V, which includes mingle with the officers and areas of Valrico, Brandon other interested in citizens and Riverview, and while drinking coffee. Hillsborough County Sheriff Residents who are not Chad Chronister are planable to attend the event, but ning to attend the event. who are interested in getting “Our goal is to bring the to know their local officers, community together and are invited to visit Fletcher give residents the opportuniand Rodriguez at the Bloomingdale ty to have relaxed and open conversations with our officers,” said Rodriguez. Community Substation, located at 3622 “We feel that the more face time we can Erindale Dr. between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., have with residents, especially back and Monday-Friday. The station also forth conversations, the better bond we responds to property crime and handles will have with the community.” community complaints and fraud reports A Valrico resident, Rodriguez has for the Bloomingdale area. For more been one of the two community resource information, call the station at 635-8040. deputies in the Bloomingdale office for a Moreno Bakery is located at 737 W. year this month. Brandon Blvd. and can be reached at “One of our goals for the office this 689-0320.

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seminar will be held at The HCC campus at The Regent on Thursday, August 16 and Tuesday, August 21 at 6 p.m. (promptly) to help you with these decisions. Plan to be there by 5:45 p.m. This seminar is perfect for those 58-67 years old. Learn some of the unknown strategies and principles behind the proper timing of taking your Social Security benefits. The HCC campus at The Regent is located at 6437 Watson Rd. in Riverview. Call 626-7575 to make reservations. Leave a message after 4:30 p.m.

Ribbon Cutting Celebrated Mattamy Homes’ New Boyette Park Community

On Wednesday, June 20, the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce (GRCC) was invited to conduct a ribbon cutting ceremony in celebration of Mattamy Homes’ newest community – Boyette Park. Guests were treated to refreshments and invit-

Day. If you are in the market for a new home, be sure to check out Boyette Park. The entrance to this community is located ed to tour six just south of beautiful Boyette Rd. at model the McMullen homes that Photo courtesy of Ed Booth, Huth and Booth Photography Rd. intersecfeature sinMattamy Homes’ New Boyette Park Community cele- tion in gle family, brates its ribbon cutting with the GRCC. Riverview. townhome For navigation, the address is 11722 and paired villa home designs. Wrought Pine Loop. Call 252-2715 or With a variety of home designs visit https://mattamyhomes.com/tampa available, prices range from the upper to learn more about Boyette Park or to $100s to the mid $300s. Sure to offer schedule an appointment. a home that fits your lifestyle, home-

owners also enjoy fun-filled amenities including a resort-style pool and splash pad, cabana, dog park, walking path, children’s playground and more, all within this gated Riverview community. During the event, Honorary Deputy Mayor of Riverview Shirley Bhat, of It Works! - Ketones from Shirley Bhat, delivered a proclamation to Mattamy Homes – Boyette Park. The proclamation detailed that Mattamy Homes’ “designs spaces that people love to live in” and declared June 20, 2018 to be Mattamy Homes – Boyette Park

St. Joseph’s HospitalSouth Calendar Of Events For August

Founded as a mission by the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, St. Joseph’s Hospital has served the health care needs of Tampa since 1934. St. Joseph’s Hospital is known for advanced medical technology and surgery, including laparoscopic and robotic-assisted procedures. The hospital includes a Level 2 Trauma Center, Cancer Institute, Heart Institute

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By Michelle Colesanti

Volume 16, Issue 8

GRCC Celebrates First Anniversary Of Healthy Bodies Medical and Dental Center

and Stroke and Healthy Bodies Medical Neuroscience and Dental Center is excitProgram, with sister ed to be celebrating its first hospitals including St. year in business. As a Joseph’s Women’s good-standing member of Hospital, St. Joseph’s Greater Riverview Chamber Children’s Hospital, of Commerce (GRCC), a St. Joseph’s Hospitalribbon cutting ceremony North and St. was held to honor this mileJoseph’s Hospitalstone occasion in July. finest arts, cultural and educational South. Part of Dr. Martha Ducatel is a graduate institutions during the first full weekBayCare Health of Nova Southeastern University end of every month. System, St. Joseph’s College of Dental Medicine and she “Our collaboration with Bank of Hospital-South is loves creating beautiful smiles. Dr. America provides their cardholders located at 6901 with wonderful opportunities to conPhoto courtesy of Ed Booth, Huth and Booth Photography Watson Ducatel is also a graduate of Simmons Loop in Outback and Carraba’s Express celebrates its ribbon cutting with Nova Southeastern University College nect with the rich plant and animal life Riverview. For more the GRCC. but from the Osteopathic Medicine unique to Florida and our blue planinformation, program and has a true passion for a.m.-12 Noon or 12 Noon-12:45 p.m. et,” said Roger Germann, President visit www.StJosephsTampa.com. healing people through Internal at St. Joseph’s Hospital-South, and CEO of The Florida Aquarium. St. Joseph’s Hospital-South offers Medicine. Together, their purpose is to “We are building more sustainable the following classes and events to the Patient Discharge Area. optimize your body and smile. They relationships with our planet through community: first work on ‘discovering you,’ then Greater Riverview Chamber Of education, conservation and quality Birth Center Tour – St. they develop a plan uniquely crafted Commerce Welcomes Outback experiences for people of all ages Joseph’s Hospital-South - Many for you to achieve your goals of optiAnd Carrabba's Express which in turn provide social, health expectant mothers begin their St. mizing your dental and medical wellOutback and Carrabba's Express and well-being benefits to our society Joseph’s Hospital-South experience being. is a new, good-standing member of as a whole. We are thankful to Bank with an orientation program and tour. To schedule an appointment with Greater Riverview Chamber of of America for this outstanding proThe tour is designed to introduce the either of the Dr. Ducatels, please call Commerce (GRCC). To welcome gram.” many services available to the entire 540-5005. The office is located at this exciting new concept to the com“Our Museums on Us partners family and is an opportunity to have 3415 Brook Crossing Dr. in Brandon are so important for the community in your questions answered. Cost: Free. munity and to the GRCC family, an off Bloomingdale Ave. just east of John official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was that they support the Call 443-2046 to register for the held in July. GRCC members local economy and educlasses on Saturday, August 25, 12 as well as Outback and cate, connect and Noon–1:30 p.m. or 1:30-3 p.m. - St. enrich all who walk Joseph's Hospital-South, Main Lobby. Carrabba’s staff were on hand for the celebration. Guests through their doors,” Breastfeeding Support Group were excited to try some of the said Bill Goede, Tampa This group provides a place where many menu items this Express Bay president, Bank of breastfeeding mothers can support location will be featuring such America. “We are each other along with certified as coconut shrimp and mezzathrilled to have the breastfeeding consultants. Cost: luna ravioli. Florida Aquarium as our Free. Call 813-443-2046 to register. Outback and Carrabba's newest partner in Thursday, August 2 and 16 from10 Tampa Bay and we a.m.–12 Noon, St. Joseph’s Hospital- Express provides customers with the quality they have come know our customers will South, 2nd Floor, Conference Room to expect in their restaurants, be, too.” 2218. providing delicious food with To qualify for Newborn Care- This interactive Museums on Us, Bank class covers various aspects of infant convenience that is right for any occasion via pick-up, delivery of America customers care, including feeding, diapering, or catering services. Outback simply present their bathing safety, signs of illness and Photo courtesy of Bryan Reith, TEAM REITH - RE/MAX Realty Unlimited ATM, credit or check newborn characteristics. 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Carman & Bevington Attorneys Proud Of Constant Five-Star Reviews From Clients

By Michelle Caceres

Not all super“Although not heroes wear flashy every case is litigated costumes or were we’re not quick to bitten by radioactive settle and have no spiders. problem aggressively For the clients fighting your battle in of Brandon-based the courtroom,” he law firm Carman & said. Bevington, P.A., Partner Vanessa serving the area Bevington’s specialty since 2009, the suitis family law, with The trial attorneys at Carman & clad, briefcase-carBevington, P.A. may not wear capes but areas of practice in fight their clients’ legal battles on a daily divorce, alimony, parrying legal eagles basis. are superheroes enting plans, child who zealously represent them in matters support, prenuptial agreements, alimony of personal injury and family law. modifications, paternity, property distribuPast clients like Tori Renfroe enthusi- tions and injunctions for protection. astically declare that Carman & From start to finish, Bevington perBevington’s attorneys helped her navisonally handles all of the firm’s family law gate the stressful and sometimes overcases, employing her litigation and negowhelming legal waters with integrity and tiating skills to advocate on her client’s knowledge. She was grateful for the sucbehalf. cessful outcome of her case. “I really get to know my clients and Renfroe and other past-clients conwork hard to guide them through difficult sistently give Carman & Bevington, P.A. times and complicated decisions in as top marks on social media websites. cost-effective a way as possible,” said “These five-star reviews speak volBevington. umes for our firm,” said owner Allen This dedication has earned her Carman. “We certainly work hard to make recognition as a Florida 2018 Rising Star our clients happy.” by Super Lawyers, a rating service based Carman and his associate Michael on peer nominations, evaluations and Finegan are experienced personal injury independent research. trial attorneys, specializing in areas of “It’s always an honor to be recogpractice including car/motorcycle accinized as an excellent attorney by my dent, general personal injury, workplace peers,” she said. accidents, nursing home neglect, spinal Carman and Bevington, P.A. is locatcord injuries and premises liability. ed at 223 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. For more Carman said each case deserves his information about the firm, visit full attention so clients can receive the www.brandonlegal.com or to schedule a best possible outcome. free initial consultation call 654-3444.

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Andrew’s Aluminum Shows Anyone Can Make A Difference By Mia Cafaro

It can be ical equipment extremely diffiand benefitting cult for adults livthe hospital in ing with special other ways. needs to find Spruill himemployment, but self is very excit20-year-old ed by the growth Andrew Spruill of his business has found a creand the possibiliative way to ty of having earn some more independmoney and help ence in the the environment. future. He is Andrew collects cans from neighbors and busi- extremely grateSpruill has nesses in order to make money. autism and cereful to his mother, bral palsy, and is hoping to earn money in Tina Spruill, who originally came up order to move out and gain independwith the idea, and helped him get startence. With the help of his mother, and the ed. community, he started Andrew’s “My family has taken such great Aluminum. This is a small business in care of me, but I think I can do better,” which Spruill collects aluminum cans from Spruill said. He dreams of being able to neighbors and local businesses, crushes support his family and help out his parthem, and then turns them in to ents. He also has ambitious business Trademark Metals Recycling in Dover for goals, and says that after seeing the money. support from the community pour in, he Though Spruill started Andrew’s felt like Walt Disney. “I feel like God has Aluminum only a few weeks ago, he has lifted me up and shown me everything received incredible support from the com- I’ve learned and what the human permunity. He has bins at Art Monkey in son is,” Spruill said. FishHawk, and at The Village Early Andew’s Aluminum is now open to Learning Center, where locals can leave all types of aluminum scrap metal, from their cans for him to collect. He is hoping scuba tanks to soda cans. In one fell to expand on this, and add more bins at swoop, Spruill is helping himself, the various locations soon. environment, Shriners Hospital, and In addition to recycling all of the cans inspiring other adults with special he collects, Spruill is helping Shriners needs who may feel like they have no Hospital for Children as well. Through a options. friend, he donates the can pull-tabs to the For information, visit hospital. The hospital then recycles them andrewthecanman.com or on the and all money goes to buying new medAndrew’s Aluminum Facebook page.

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Local Assisted Living Facility To Hold Grand Opening Celebrating Renovations

By Des’ree Dallmann

The Rosecastle at Delaney Creek assisted living facility is hosting a grand opening ceremony on Rosecastle at Delaney Creek, surrounded by plenty of trees and vegetation, welcomes residents and guests, Wednesday, June 20, into its newly Thursday, renovated lobby. August 23 from 4 to physicians, physical therapists, and more. 7p.m. to showcase its $350,000 renovaIt offers residents three meals a day tions. restaurant style with a server, housekeepThe facility, opened in 1999, now has ing and laundry services along with transa newly renovated roof, new wooden portation to appointments. They also flooring, freshly painted walls throughout incorporate various activities to keep resiand newly restored awnings for residents dents active throughout the day including to enjoy, said Regional Director of Sales fitness classes, Bingo, social hour, and and Marketing, Stephanie Mullis. happy hour with entertainment. The location is licensed for 86 resiThe location has six floor plans for dents, 62 physical units and has two residents to choose from offering both priwings that are secured areas specializing vate and shared accommodations as well in care for residents with cognitive impair- as pet-friendly options. ments like Alzheimers, Dementia and “For residents interested in the many more. assisted living care, Rosecastle is a pri“What sets us aside in our communivate pay community,” said Mullis. “They ty is our extended congregate care also accept Medicaid, any veteran’s license as opposed to having residents assistance, and long-term care insurtransition to a medical facility. We offer ance.” 24-hour nursing, which is not something According to the Rosecastle website, the state requires. We just have it availthe Delaney Creek location is “nestled able, said Mullis. among oak trees and natural wetlands” So the extended congregate care and is one out of three Rosecastle localicense allows the facility to provide a tions in Florida and is located at 320 S peace of mind for aging residents making Lakewood Dr. in Brandon. nursing services and assessments availFor information, contact 655-8858 or able for 24 hours while also maintaining visit the Rosecastle at Delaney Creek health conditions with in-house visits from online at rosecastleal.com.

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If you're like 90 percent of Americans, you probably won't open the phone book even one time before the next year's book arrives. That is, if you even actually kept the phone book. Because technology and the marketplace has changed, coupled with the dwindling use of home phones, the phone book is becoming widely regarded by the consumer as irrelevant. With the increase in multiple technological advances, most consumers are finding what they need using Google, Siri or an app on their cellphone. Ask anyone under the age of 30 about phone books, you might as well have inquired the about using a card catalog or typewriter. Although there are exceptions in the older population, internet use among seniors has risen steadily over the last 15 years. Statics show that 67 percent of adults ages 65 and older say they use the internet on a daily basis. So, with all this available technology that easily allows people to search for names, phone numbers and addresses, why are phone books still regularly delivered to most American households every year? More than 500 million phone directories are printed and distributed every year, which represents nearly two books for every American. Phone book printings are estimated to consume more than 19 million trees each year. Upwards of 1.6 billion pounds of paper are generated to produce the books from these trees, while 7.2 million barrels of oil are used in creating them, not to mention the gasoline used for local deliveries to people’s homes. Automatically printing phone books for millions of households across the country causes multiple issues. The printing produces roughly 3.57 million tons of greenhouse gases and consumes billions of gallons of water, regardless of the fact that recycled paper is generally used. Producing the directories also uses approximately 3.2 billion kilowatt hours of electricity and generates 268,000 cubic yards of waste that finds its way in our landfills and this does not include the phone books themselves, many of which also end up landfills in areas where recycling is not available or convenient. Statistically, only 22 percent of phone

books are properly recycled. Simply recycling or throwing away the 650,000 tons of phone books distributed nationally each year costs municipalities, and ultimately taxpayers, somewhere between $45 - $62 million dollars. Here are the phone books currently being printed and distributed in Hillsborough County: Tampa: 428,596 Plant City: 25,210 Brandon-Sun City: 125,459 According to the current statistics, approximately 521,000 of those households will throw away or recycle the phone books. This leaves about 58,000 phone books that are kept. And of those 58,000, there are no statistics that indicate how often the phone book is actually used. During a recent Hillsborough County neighborhood poll through the NextDoorNeighbor app, the outcome revealed the same nation-wide statistics. Out of 198 respondents, 70 percent of people said that they immediately throw their phone book in the recycle bin. Twenty-one percent of respondents said they immediately throw away the phone book in the trash. Only 9 percent said they kept the phone books. Of the people who kept the phone books, the reasons why they kept the books varied. Several of the answers included: tradition, just in case the internet goes down and for something to stand/sit on. If you’re wondering if there is an alternative to receiving a phone book, you’re not alone. Frontier Communications has had a waiver to not distribute phonebooks in Minnesota since 2012. This is considered an opt-in plan where customers can contact the company if they want a phone book and have it delivered for free. Only 1-2 percent of customers in Minnesota have requested a phone book since the program’s inception. Most consumers are not aware that there is currently an OPT-OUT program in effect in Hillsborough County. For more information or to register to opt-out, visit the national yellow pages consumer choice and opt out site, visit www.yellowpagesoptout.com.

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Don’s Painting Gives Free Paint Job To Local Hero, USAF Veteran

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You may Force for 20 have noticed a years and then rise in superhero retired. In his movies in the retirement, Brod theaters in followed his recent years. genuine heart of These movies service as a offer entertainPhysics teacher ment, but also at Bloomingdale the idea of hope High School in and possibility. Hillsborough But Tampa area County for the residents do not past 23 years. need to watch As a way to give movies to find a Major Joseph Brod, USAF, Retired, who served recognition and in the Air Force for 20 years received a free hero. Tampa to say “Thank home paint job from Don’s Painting. residents are you for your surrounded by heroes that sacrifice service” to all the local heroes we their lives daily for others. Some are have in the Tampa area, Don’s Bay first responders such as firefighters, Area Painting painted Brod’s home paramedics and police officers; some entirely for free, partnered with PPG are officers of the military; some are Porter Paint who provided the paint school teachers. The heroes that live used to paint the home. among us serve anywhere from the Brod responded to Murray’s genlocal library to the trenches in foreign erosity, “It felt so good to know that lands giving Tampa residents and there are people who wanted to thank American citizens the ability to live in us for our service.” freedom, to survive a severe auto Don’s Bay Area Painting, whose accident or house fire giving them a motto is ‘We’re not happy until you’re chance to live another day, to receive happy!’, has been a Tampa painting an education with the possibility to company for over 15 years. Services become anything they dream. include painting homes and commerDon Murray, owner of Don’s Bay cial buildings inside and out. Don Area Painting, set out to find a local offers free estimates and free pressure hero in the Tampa community who washing with the painting of your was in need of having his or her house home. Payment is not required until painted, but without the means to get it the job is completed to the customer’s done. His search for a hero led him to satisfaction. To request a free painting Major Joseph Brod, USAF, Retired, estimate, visit www.donsbayareapaintwho served in the United States Air ing.com or call 563-8656.

Living Gluten Free Café And Market Comes To Brandon By Tatiana Ortiz

People who cannot consume products that contain gluten whether it be health issues or other reasons might find it difficult when it comes time to grocery shop or dine out to get foods without it. Living Living Gluten Free Café and Market Gluten Free owner Frank Café and Pandolfo (on the Market, which right) hands Christine recently opened Greig (on the left) her Iced Chai Latte that in Brandon she ordered. caters to those with a gluten intolerance and Celiac Disease by selling a variety of beverages and foods that do not consist of gluten. Owners Frank Pandolfo and his wife Pamela Pandolfo who reside in Valrico established Living Gluten Free Café and Market in June of this year. This idea came into fruition after the Pandolfo’s visited a store in Italy last summer that sold gluten free products such as pastries and more. The Pandolfo’s decided to try that concept here since their son and granddaughter have Celiac Disease. “We offer items that do not contain any gluten and this would be our premise,” Frank Pandolfo said. This 1,400 sq. ft. building can seat 12 guests comfortably in the café area and provides free Wi-Fi as well. The café here

sells a variety of flavored coffees and teas from Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea Company such as espresso, chai lattes and much more. It also carries gluten free gelatos from a company called Stefano’s Gelato, which guests can choose from a number of flavors too such as Italian Pistachio, Chocolate and more. In addition to that, the café does sell gluten free chicken wings, pizza and breakfast sandwiches. The mild or hot chicken wings start at $8.19 for six pieces and prices do vary depending on the amount bought. With the grocery area people will see an assortment of European food products such as pastas from Italy and desserts from Germany on the shelves, which can be purchased. Along with that, it does sell other items that one might discover at a grocery store, which includes peanut butter, cereals and more. For more information visit, https://www.facebook.com/livingglutenfreemarket/. It is located at 859 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Brandon. Open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Call 651-3226.

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Tampa Bay Rays 2020 Host Meetings To Rally Support For Team Move Tampa Bay Rays 2020 spoke at a Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Thursday, July 19 to rally community support for the new proposed Ybor City ballpark. Tampa Bay Rays 2020 is a World War II Veterans Dorothy and Roy Hill as they showed their support. Dorothy served in the United States Marine Corps as a Private First Class privately funded non- from 1943-1944, and Roy as a Staff Sergeant from 1940-1945. Married for 74 years, the Hills have been Tampa Bay Rays fans since moving here in profit organi2003 to be closer to their daughter. zation, led by the Rays 100, a group of businesses will have their travel time to see games reduced by about 20 minutes, as well and community leaders dedicated to bringing a new Rays ballpark to Tampa. as Increased attendance with more than 300,000 people living within a fiveTampa Bay Rays 2020 sponsored mile radius of the park and a population Chamber of Commerce and Rotary of 1.6 million people within 35 miles. Club meetings in Sun City, Temple Terrace and Carrollwood to try and gain They concluded that low attendance at Tropicana Field is due to limited support from local communities in the access. Tampa Bay area. "We are here to "First of all, it will have a roof, the explain what this project means to our only one of its kind," said Vice-Chair of region, its transformational aspect," Rays 100 and President and CEO of said Yvonne Fry, owner of Fryed Eggs the Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Productions and a supporter of Tampa Research, Jason Woody, who spoke at Bay Rays 2020. "The Rays serve as an the meeting. “It will be completely clear. economic engine to fuel growth and No other ballpark in the country has development for this community for this type of roof. Also, by design, it is generations to come.” the smallest major league ballpark in "We are speaking to groups all the country, seating about 30,000. It is over this area," Fry added, "to connect designed to provide the most intimate with folks and share what is happening player/fan experience in the majors. with the Rays and what the opportuniYou will have the closest seats to the ties are as we get people involved field, reminiscent of a spring training shoulder to shoulder with us." game." The presentation focused on what Woody said impact studies project makes Ybor the ideal location for a that the new stadium will generate up Rays ballpark. Advantages of the new to 2,700 jobs. "That’s about 25 to 50 ballpark location presented included million dollars," he said. According to that residents of the Southshore area

have one of them," said Nick Lanese, owner of Lanese and Associates of Sun City Center and a chamber member. "I think it’s great that the Rays are here in Tampa Bay. Not only am I a fan, but I think it has a huge economic impact Jason Woody showing the Rays ballpark graphic as he presents. on this whole area.” Woody, the stadium could also be a “The Rays are an asset for the tourist destination with potential as a entire community,” said Woody. "We concert venue, as well as provide a may live in different parts of new public park that would be open Hillsborough County, but we’re all still year round. one big community and this is an asset "There are only 30 MLB teams and we cannot afford to lose." it is a privilege for our community to

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Crossing Church South Shore Campus Celebrates GroundbreakingBy Joe Kerr

Sunday, leadership, July 15 Pastor Rivera marked a said, “We milestone for don’t have a the Crossing large staff, Church because we South Shore have so campus as many servant they broke leaders. We ground for its new building Executive Pastor CFO Curtis Boozer, at 2409 East train, South Shore Pastor Hector Rivera, Lead Pastors Greg and Tamara College Dumas, Executive Pastor Jonas Alday Avenue in Ruskin. empower and release people to reach Crossing Church Lead Pastor their community.” Greg Dumas opened the event with Michael Mandarino, who gave his prayer. “Father God, You told David life to Christ in 2012, the year Crossing after he was attacked by the South Shore opened shared, “It’s a Amalekites, to go and recover all. We great community here. I love seeing thank You for the South Shore comGod at work.” munity and surrounding communities. Doctor Richard Rivas, servant We pray that You will recover moms leader of South Shore’s Iron Men and and dads and men and women and Outreach ministries said, “It is such a brothers and sisters; and that You will blessing to have a church in our own redeem them for Your good name. We backyard, that is involved in this comdeclare Jesus is Lord of this land and munity.” all that rests upon it.” At the conclusion of the event, Community is a central theme at people walked the property spreading the church. South Shore Pastor grass seed and praying for God’s Hector Rivera sees their growth and blessing on the church grounds. the new building as God’s confirmation The first service in the new locaof the church’s strong relationship with tion is scheduled for Easter Sunday, the community. 2019. More information about the "When God called us to South South Shore campus is available at Shore, He said, ‘Love My people.' We http://wearecrossing.com/southshore made that our focus." Of the church or by calling 626-0783.

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New High School TTT Will Draw From Newsome And Durant By Kate Quesada CR 39

the 2020-2021 school year will be affected by East Bay to TTT the boundary Balm Rd. CR 672 changes, but Lennard to East Bay Arja mentioned that in the past, Lennard to TTT Newsome to TTT Durant to TTT the school board SR 674 has permitted incoming seniors to remain at their assigned or Proposed High School “TTT,” located on the north side of C.R. 672 enrolled schools. “The attenand east of U.S. Hwy. 301 is expected to draw students from Newsome, Durant, East Bay and Lennard high schools. dance boundResidents received a first look at the aries of Lennard, East Bay, Newsome boundaries for proposed School District and Durant High Schools are proposed to of Hillsborough County (SDHC) High be impacted to balance enrollment School “TTT” last month. The school, among the high schools,” said Arja. “All located on the north side of C.R. 672 proposed impacted students will be reas(Balm Rd.) and east of U.S. Hwy. 301, is signed from their current assigned high proposed to draw students from within school to the new high school ‘TTT.’” current boundaries for Newsome, East The district held two open house Bay, Lennard and Durant high schools. It meetings last month at Sheilds Middle is scheduled to open in August 2020. School in Ruskin where parents were According to Hillsborough County able to talk to staff members, provide Public Schools Media Outreach comments and review information on the spokesperson Tanya Arja, the school is new school. Staff members from SDHC designed to provide space for growth in Transportation and Choice departments the area. and the affected schools were available “The new high school will offer relief to answer questions. to East Bay High School and currently Barrington, Eisenhower, Shields and overcrowded Lennard High school,” said Turkey Creek middles schools will also Arja. “Additionally, the proposal includes have information available to impacted minor adjustments to the southern porstudents during the next school year. tions of the Newsome and Durant boundProposed boundaries are not final aries, which includes areas closer in until board approval. To submit a comproximity to the new High School ‘TTT’ ment, email boundaries@sdhc.k12.fl.us site.” or call the district directly at 272-4608. Students entering 9th-12th grades in

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Center fun entertainPlace of ment, themed Brandon will baskets, golf hold one of its packages, oil signature changes, gas events in cards to salon September. The experiences special event is and more. its fun, fastThere will be paced fundraissomething for ing event, Beteveryone," A-Buck. The said event will be Rodriguez. In held on Friday, Join other residents and support the arts by attending addition to Center Place's upcoming Bet-A-Buck. This fastSeptember 21 getting your paced game of chance that combines a raffle, beginning at auction padauction and bingo, will be held on Friday, September 21 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Center Place in 6:30 p.m. at dle which Brandon. Center Place gives you the located at 619 Vonderburg Dr. in opportunity to bid on these fantastic Brandon. "Join us for an exciting, fastitems, attendees can enjoy delicious food moving game of chance," said Lisa and drinks. Rodriguez, Marketing Director for Center Bet-A-Buck is a great way to help Place. fund a Brandon institution. Center Place "Bet-A-Buck is a fast moving game of is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that has been chance on a live auction. This fun combiserving the greater Brandon community nation of raffle, auction and bingo for over 40 years. "Center Place provides fundraiser (with a few surprises thrown in) quality art instruction to children and is just what you need to end your week adults, live children's theatre productions, with a win. You can win a lot for a little," monthly art gallery exhibitions, and speexplained Rodriguez. cial community events throughout the Bet-A-Buck is for adults only. The year. Help us to continue this mission," cost to attend is $20 per person or you said Rodriguez. can get your friends together and sponsor "The arts play an important role in a table for eight for just $200. Space is our society by enriching our community," limited so get your tickets today by visiting added Rodriguez. Center Place Monday through Friday For information on Center Place and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to get information on purchasing tickets "We will have a wide variety of items, for Bet-A-Buck, please visit www.centerranging from restaurant gift cards, family placebrandon.org or call 685-8888.


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Local Movie The Favorite Tackles Sibling Rivalry And Opens September 7

By Marie Gilmore

An inspired by true events movie that was shot locally, based on a true story and starring John Schneider of Dukes of Hazzard fame will open in select theaters on Friday, September 7 and has a special message to share. The story is inspired by true events based on a car accident from local resident Luke Bernard, who nearly died from a traumatic brain injury from a car accident in Los Angeles. After much prayer from his parents, Luke amazed his surgeons and therapists by going home in less than two months. During his recovery, he was inspired to write a screenplay about two brothers each seeking to be their father’s favorite son. The story is of one distanced and agitated son, hurt by what he perceives as favoritism given to his younger brother, who vents his anger through Mixed Martial Arts fighting. MMA is brought to life with UFC’s Welterweight Champion, Tyron Woodley and Fighter Uriah Hall, as supporting roles in the movie. The dad and lead in The Favorite is John Schneider who we remember as the star of the legendary hit show, Dukes of Hazard. John was delighted to have been part of making someone else’s dream come true.

Executive Producer and father of Luke, Daniel Bernard, founder of Somebody Cares Tampa Bay shares, “We believe that Luke’s recovery and the film inspired by his experience can bring great hope to many by demonstrating the power of faith and prayer. Our passion and dedication in completing this project on a modest budget of one million dollars far exceeded our expectations.” The movie was shot in Pinellas County and features the City of St. Petersburg and City of Oldsmar Fire departments. Screenplay was published by Evergreen Press and the movie was nominated for Best Screenplay at the International Christian Film Festival. Producer Daniel Bernard, Luke’s father, and the founder of Somebody Cares, Tampa Bay, said, “When we got to the hospital his injuries were even worse than we had imagined. We believe that his recovery and the film based upon his experience can bring great hope to many by demonstrating the power of faith and prayer.” To interview the author, email info@thefavoritemovie.com or contact Daniel Bernard at 727-421-4132. Visit www.thefavoritemovie.com for latest news.

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With Arts & Entertainment Editor Kathy L. Collins

Local Artists Create Small Artwork Now On View At The SoughShore Regional Library space as a way for The current exhiblocal artists to be it at the SouthShore showcased and allow Regional Library in the public to view Ruskin features the their artwork in a Annual 6x6 Show. gallery setting. Local artists whose Wolfe said, “All work is featured have created detailed 6x6 art art displayed at the pieces which are quite SouthShore Regional Library is pleasing to view. The for the purpose of exhibit will be on view at providing our comthe library through the munity with an eduend of August. nal Library cational, cultural io eg R re ho Cheryl Wolfe, The SouthS exhibiting its Annual Administrative Librarian is currently he exhibit features and aesthetic T 6x6 Exhibit. by local artists such experience. The for the SouthShore work created ey and her Lino Cut library provides Regional Library said, as Sara Bradllled Two For Joy. piece ca exhibit space with“With the 6x6 exhibit, out charge typically for two local artists have a unique challenge to cremonths.” ate original works across The next show a variety of mediums will be a combined while being mindful of a Painting and Mixed Media Exhibit. The very specific size conshow will be on disstraint.” play at the library There are 19 pieces through the months in the exhibit. The of September and mediums on display October. include curtained digiIn addition to the tal, slick digital, acrylic, art exhibits, the library watercolor, oil paint, offers an array of art Lino cut and oil on board. classes for both chilWolfe said, “There are nine dren, teens and local artists participatadults. Wolfe said, ing in the 6x6 exhibit “Free art classes for this year. Some artists children and adults have contributed one are available to the piece while others community regularly have up to four pieces. and offer instruction In the case of the multiby qualified art ple works by the same instructors on a artist, the individual range of fine art pieces very much feel as techniques.” if they belong together.” The Wolfe added, “The ry SouthShore ra ib L artists in this show collecl Regiona Annual its uthShore tively offer very balanced, The So ently exhibiting it features Regional Library ib h rr x u e c o e is located at focused, small-scale paintis ibit. Th nson wh 6x6 Exhby Melanie Halor works, 15816 Beth ings. The viewer’s eye will works two waterco ke (R ). a d L te Shields Way in quickly find the focal point dA crea s (L) an Stream Ruskin. For more inforin each work because of the mation on upcoming exhibits and pleasing subject matter classes, please visit arrangement.” The SouthShore Regional Library www.HCPLC.org. You must select the events and location. offers the John Crawford Gallery

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Thomas Mueller Of Riverview Is A Well-Rounded Artist Thomas ing people’s reactions Mueller is a wonto the portraits.” derfully talented Mueller can take a artist. Mueller’s photo of your pet and original and crecreate a lovely portrait. ative artwork was Mueller started to recognized this venture into other subpast March at the ject areas. He has 10th Annual painted celebrity porWinthrop Arts Art traits including Festival and Fernando Rodney, an Artisan Market. ex-Tampa Rays’ relief Mueller took first pitcher and actor, place in the juried Thomas Mueller is an accomplished, Robert DeNiro. With self-taught artist. He has a diverse respect to the portrait art show. Mueller array of talents which spans painting said, “I was a little of Rodney, Mueller (including this charming portrait of surprised that I Mark Twain), wood carving and writ- explained, “I was ing poetry. won but very working on a painting pleased.” of him at home when a neighbor saw Mueller is a retired educator. He it. The neighbor sent it to the newsis a self-taught artist. When Mueller paper who published it. I then got a retired, he moved to Riverview in call and was told that Rodnet wanted 1995. Prior to this, Mueller lived in the portrait. I was invited to the stadiMichigan and taught elementary um and given the red-carpet treatschool. Mueller has always been an ment when I presented the portrait to artistic and creative person. In him.” Michigan, he did wood carvings. His In addition to painting, Mueller is carvings are delightful and very intria published poet. “When I retired, I cate. received a book of poetry as a gift. I Mueller moved to painting. He read it and thought, I can do this.” currently enjoys using acrylic paint. Mueller began to teach a poetry One of Mueller’s favorite subject mat- class, Masterpieces in the Making ters is creating pet portraits. He has online. Through his teaching, Mueller painted hundreds of pet portraits and was invited to a festival where he has sold paintings at various art festi- met Bill Collins, the Poet Laureate. val including the Ruskin Seafood He also was given the opportunity to Festival, the Apollo Beach Manatee have some of his poems published. Festival of the Arts, the Valencia Mueller is a well-rounded artist. Lakes Arts Festival, the Temple He works on his art everyday and is Terrace Arts Festival and several oth- available for commissions. ers in Hillsborough County. You can view Mueller’s work by When asked why he likes to paint visiting pet portraits, Mueller said, “I like see- tommuellerart.squarespace.com.

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Registered Voters In Hillsborough Have Three Methods To Vote: By Mail, Early And On Election Day...Every Vote Counts 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, 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 Absentee Voting. However, Floridians no Requesting A Vote By Mail Ballot Is longer need an Easy: excuse to choose 1. Online: Vote By Mail Ballot Request this option. If you 2. By Phone: (813) 612-4180 request this method, 3. By Fax: (813) 744-5843 you will receive your 4. In Person: at any of our ballot in the mail, and Supervisor of Elections Offices you can take your To Request Vote By Mail For Yourself, You Must time making your voting decision. The Vote By Mail ballot Provide: must be received by the 1. Your name and home address Hillsborough Supervisor of 2. Your date of birth Elections Office by 7 p.m. on 3. Your mailing address, if different from home address (Ballots cannot be forwarded. Be sure to Election Day. You can mail it provide your current mailing address.) or drop it off in person at one 4. Your signature (for written requests) of their offices or at an Early Voting site. Rest assured, if

you choose this method, your vote will be counted. You must request your Vote 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 easy as possible,” said Latimer. If you choose this method, please visit www.votehillsborough.org for instructions. EARLY VOTING Early Voting is set up before both the Primary Election and the General Election. This year, Early Voting will take place for the Primary (August 28) from August 13 through August 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For the General Election (November 6), Early Voting will take place from October 22 through November 4 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. In Hillsborough County, there will be 19 Early Voting sites open. “For our 2018 elections, we have added

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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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The Greater Brandon Chamber Of Commerce To Host Its 2018 Hob Nob

Commissioner Stacy White Holds Community Office Hours At Library

On Thursday, We also want to August 16, the give residents a Greater Brandon chance to meet Chamber of face to face with Commerce will the candidates who hold its 2018 Hob will have to deal Nob at TPepin with those very Hospitality Centre issues." located at 4121 At the Greater N. 50th St. in Brandon Chamber Tampa. The Hob of Commerce Hob Nob begins at 5 Nob, each candiThe community is invited to attend the Greater p.m. The cost to Brandon Chamber of Commerce 2018 Hob date will have a Nob on Thursday, August 16 from 5 to 7:30 dedicated space attend is just $20 p.m. at the TPepin Hospitality Centre in if purchased in where residents Tampa. This is a rare opportunity for residents advance and $25 to mix and mingle with the candidates running can talk to them for local, state and national office. at the door. face to face and Students are invited to attend for just $10. get answers to questions on where each The Hob Nob is an opportunity for candidate stands on issues. residents to meet and mingle with candiIn addition, attendees will receive a dates who are running for local, state and summary page outlining the issues national office just weeks before the including the many Amendments that will Primary Election on Tuesday, August 28. be on the ballot. This event is open to the community. Lewis said, "It is important for us to In addition to meeting with the candimake sure that the electorate is knowldates, attendees will be treated to craft edgeable and informed before they cast beer samplings and gourmet pizza and their ballots." Lewis added, "The finger foods. Supervisor of Elections office estimates According to Rick Lewis, the Greater that it will take voters upwards of 20 minBrandon Chamber of Commerce CEO, utes to fill out the ballot. It is therefore "2018 is a unique year for East important to make sure people underHillsborough County and the greater stand the issues so they can make Brandon community as we have a lot of informed decisions." candidates running for office who come It is expected that this year's Hob from our area." Lewis added, "The Nob will be the largest ever hosted by the Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce. is first and foremost a civic organization. It Do not miss this unique opportunity. is our job to serve the community. We For more information and to purwant to help everyone in the community chase tickets, please visit www.brandonto be informed on the issues that we face. chamber.com or call 689-1221.

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 Commissioner White has deep roots in White. Visitors were bring attention to. Hillsborough County and holds community office hours to listen to his conable to sign up and “Storm water issues stituent’s concerns and ideas. wait to meet with the always pop up durcommissioner 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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Jack Gutman Has The Experience And Integrity To Be A County Court Judge, Group 8

Cissy Boza Sevelin Pursues Position Of Circuit Court Judge In Group 25

Jack Gutman has In addition to practiced law for over practicing law, 30 years. He is a long Gutman has served time resident of on the Board of Hillsborough County, Directors for the and he is running for MacDonald County Court Judge Training Center, a in Group 8. non-profit that "The three pillars serves people with of my campaign are disabilities. He curhonesty and integrity; rently serves as the experience; and comChair of their new Jack Gutman, shown here with his daughter, Samantha, son, Matthew and Excel Program munity involvement," wife, Carlene is seeking to continue his said Gutman. He has long legal career and serve the communi- which is a program extensive experience ty as a County Court Judge. The election that works with is on Tuesday, August 28. in both civil and crimiyoung adults who nal law and has achieved an AV are on the Autism spectrum. The proPreeminent Rating from the Martindalegram helps to provide them with life and Hubbell Peer Review Ratings. work skills. "Being a judge is the highest honor Gutman has been endorsed by the a lawyer can achieve. To be entrusted West Central Police Benevolent with that authority is an awesome Association, the Tampa Police responsibility," said Gutman. "I want to Department Benevolent Association, the be a County Court Judge because it is City of Tampa Fire Fighters Union, five the people's court. This may be the first retired Circuit Court Judges, nine past time a citizen encounters a judge. The presidents of the Hillsborough Bar and judge needs to have the right temperatwo past Florida Bar presidents. ment coupled with extensive expertise Gutman has been married to in order to be effective on the bench," Carlene for 25 years and has two chilsaid Gutman. dren, Samantha and Matthew. Gutman has served as both a pros"I believe that I have the experiecutor and defense attorney. In addition, ence, temperament and high level of he is certified by the Florida Supreme ethics necessary to be a County Court Court as a State Mediator. "In my work Judge. I would ask that you vote for me as a mediator, I have learned to facilifor County Court Judge on Tuesday, tate resolution of issues as opposed to August 28," said Gutman. engaging in a way that causes excesFor more information, please visit sive litigation. www.Gutmanforjudge.com.

then as a Bankruptcy “Equality before the Law Clerk for the law is not just a legal judges in the Middle principle to me; it is my District of Florida for entire reason for being nine years. During that an attorney, mediator, time, Boza Sevelin law clerk and public wrote thousands of servant,” said Cissy legal opinions and was Boza Sevelin, candihighly involved with date for Circuit Court courtroom procedure. Judge in Group 25. Boza Sevelin has Boza Sevelin statbeen a sole practitioner ed, “My dedication and in Thonotosassa since involvement with our community sets me Cissy Boza Sevelin, who is running 2013. However, she is apart from others who for Circuit Court Judge in Group 25, not in a traditional prachas the experience, competence tice. This is because are running in my and dedication necessary to be a 100 percent of Boza group. I am compasjudge. She would like the opportuniSevelin’s practice is sionate about providing ty to serve the community in this capacity. devoted to pro bono life-changing legal work. Her clients are financially disadassistance to the poor and oppressed in vantaged and cannot afford representaour community. I have dedicated more tion. She is also a Guardian Ad Litem, an than 4,000 hours in pro bono legal servAttorney Ad Litem and a volunteer Teen ices since 2013. I am dedicated to folCourt Judge. lowing the rule of law as written and not Boza Sevelin explained, “The generas I wish it to be.” al nature of my current practice is repreThroughout her life, Boza Sevelin senting indigent clients in various areas has worked in a variety of fields before of the law such as Domestic Violence becoming an attorney. She began workInjunction Hearings, Family/Domestic ing at the age of 12 when she went to Relations, Wills, Trusts and Estates, work at Olympia Bakery in Tampa. Boza Advance Directives, and Juvenile Sevelin received her Associate of Arts Dependency and Delinquency Hearings.” Degree from HCC in 1989 and graduatBoza Sevelin is also a Certified Family ed from USF with a dual major in Mediator where she deals with custody, Accounting and Finance in 1995. Boza child support, division of property and Sevelin has worked as an accountant, a other family law matters. loan officer and a small business owner. For more information, please visit Boza Sevelin became an attorney in www.cissysevelin4judge.com. 2002 and worked as a mediator and

By Kathy L. Collins

By Kathy L .Collins

A Call To Serve Forged From Tragedy For Bill Yanger, County Judge, Group 5

The Time Is Right For Michael Isaak's Run For County Judge, Group 8

The call to serve to serve by the Chief the community comes Judge," added Yanger. to people in different For many years, he ways. When a lawyer has managed a sucdecides to run for cessful law practice. His judge, it might have extensive experience been a lifelong dream has taught him a lot, " I or because of a perhave learned something sonal experience. from every court Bill Yanger, who is appearance I have had a candidate for County in the last 32 years," Court Judge in Group said Yanger. 5, decided he needed Yanger was born to run for judge after and raised in Tampa to Bill Yanger is running for County the tragic loss of his 22 Court parents who were born Judge in Group 5 on Tuesday, year old daughter, here. He raised his August 28. Yanger brings both professional and life experience to the three children in Tampa. Rose. "We lost Rose bench and as such believes he will He is a member of the on August 24, 2016 to serve as a compassionate and a violent homicide in empathetic judge. Pictured with wife Greater Brandon Sharon. Broward County, a Chamber of Commerce. case that remains "As a member, board open and uncharged. I tell this story not member and Chair of the South Tampa for sympathy but for context. Rose's loss Chamber of Commerce, I have been was a clarifying moment, a desperate active in many collaborations with the and heartbreaking moment that focused Greater Riverview Chamber of my attention on what I wanted and needCommerce, particularly between our ed to do with my life," explained Yanger. respective military affairs committees," Yanger has practiced law for over 30 said Yanger. years. "I have been practicing for 32 "We want our judges to be capable years all over the state. I have fought in of the mechanics of the job. But voters criminal, family and civil court trenches for deserve a say in selecting a judge with teachers and professors, single mothers empathy forged from life's joys as well as and desperate fathers, injured and broits heartaches. Voters deserve the person ken workers, world boxing champions, in the black robe to have lived an expanteenage rockers and small business own- sive life. I have lived one," said Yanger. ers," said Yanger. "I am prepared to wear For more information on Yanger, the robe in whatever capacity I am asked please visit www.yangerforjudge.com.

Michael Isaak is added Isaak. uniquely qualified to When asked what serve as a County sets him apart from his Court Judge. Isaak is opponents, Isaak clearly running for election in stated, "Morals and valGroup 8. He would like ues." Isaak further your vote on Tuesday, explained, "My parents August 28. came to this country Isaak has signififrom Israel. They had cant experience. He nothing. They are the served as an Assistant epitome of the American State Attorney for five Dream," said Isaak. His years and has been mother went on to running his own sucbecome the first female Michael Isaak's extensive legal cessful law firm for 20 attorney at the Tampa career, work ethic and values he learned from his parents all make office of Holland & years. Isaak has tried him a great candidate for County 150 jury trials, argued Knight. Court Judge. He is running and thousands of motions Group 8 and would like your vote on "The people who Tuesday, August 28. and has written 300 influence the candidate appeals. for judge are a great tell of how the candi"From my first day of law school, I date will act and perform on the bench. I have always wanted to be a judge," said grew up with a great mother as a role Isaak. "After 26 years of successful pracmodel," said Isaak. tice, I am in a position where I feel that I "I have a great work ethic. My can give back to the community and morals, values and lessons learned from serve as a judge," added Isaak. my parents reflect how I practice law and "I believe that everyone deserves to how I will perform as a County Court be treated fairly in court. No one should Judge," said Isaak. ever walk away from the courthouse and Isaak is a member of several local feel that the law was not followed," said Chambers of Commerce including Isaak. For me, in deciding to run for Brandon, Riverview, Valrico/FishHawk, judge, there was a defining moment Plant City and Sun City Center. Isaak is when the law was not followed and my married to Betsy, and they have two chilclient was harmed. That day reaffirmed dren, Sophia and Jackson. Isaak and his my belief that there is a need for fairness, family attend Idlewild Baptist Church. and I thought someday the timing will be For more information and to see right to make the move from practice to Isaak's numerous endorsements, please the bench. That day has come for me," visit www,isaakforjudge.com.

By Kathy L .Collins

By Kathy L .Collins

SUPPORT MICHAEL ISAAK Michael Isaak has a 25­year legal career in private and public prac"ce. He is a former Assistant State Attorney and has maintained a successful Tampa law prac"ce for the past 20 years. He is a member of the Florida Bar, Hillsborough County Bar, Florida Jus"ce Associa"on, as well as the Na"onal, Florida and Hillsborough Associa"on of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is a mul"­year recipient of the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Awards of Excellence (1993, 1994, 1995), the 18th Circuit State A#orney’s Long­Term Service Award, and was named the FADL Gladiator of the Year (2015). Mr. Isaak is a member of the Brandon, Riverview, Plant City, Valrico Fishhawk and Sun City Center Chambers of Commerce. He lives in Tampa with his wife Betsy, daughter Sophia and son Jackson and they attend Idlewild Baptist Church. You can call Michael Isaak at 813­443­5100, email him at IsaakForJudge@gmail.com, visit his website www.isaakforjudge.com, and vote for E. Michael Isaak by mail, during early vo"ng or on Elec"on day August 28th.

Local Resident Adam Bantner Is Running For County Court Judge, Group 2

Jamey Moody Seeks The Opportunity To Serve As Circuit Court Judge, Group 25

Adam Bantner fessionalism and is a Board ethics in practice. Certified Criminal Bantner is a Trial Attorney who member of the runs a successful Greater Brandon law practice in Chamber of Brandon. Banter, Commerce. He has who has been served on the serving the comBoard of Directors munity in many for the Chamber for ways for several four years. In addiyears, would like tion, he is a graduto give back even ate of the Adam Bantner, shown here with his son, is a more and serve Chamber's local attorney running for County Court as a County Court Judge. Bantner has an extensive history of Leadership Class of Judge. He is ask- community service and is the only candidate 2011. He is a memin Group 2 who is Board Certified by the ing for your vote ber of The Brandon Florida Supreme Court. on Tuesday, Rotary Club and is August 28. Banter is in Group 2. a Board Member with the Spurlino Bantner has worked hard his entire Family YMCA. life. "With the exception of two of my "My history of hard work, leadership three years in law school, I have and expertise are important characterisworked. I am a small business owner tics for a judge," said Bantner. "My skill running my own law firm, The Bantner set fits well with what is expected of a Firm," said Bantner. "After several years County Court Judge. A County Court of running my own firm and raising my Judge hears numerous motions, The son, I decided it was time to give back cases are often smaller, and the judge to the community," added Bantner. will often oversee cases involving Bantner has the experience necesunrepresented litigants," added Bantner. sary to be a County Court Judge. "I am Bantner has been endorsed by the only candidate in Group 2 that is a Representative Jake Rayburn, Earl Board Certified Criminal Trial Attorney. Lennard, former Superintendent This is the highest distinction an attorHillsborough County Public Schools, ney can receive from the Florida Bar," and Rick Lott, Mayor of Plant City. said Bantner. Board Certification for For more information on Bantner lawyers in Florida recognizes an attorand his campaign for County Court ney's special knowledge, skills and proJudge in Group 2, please visit ficiency in various areas of law and pro- www.bantnerforjudge.com.

Long time Plant board member of Plant City resident, Jamey City Main Street, a board Moody is running for member of the Plant City Hillsborough County Chamber of Commerce, Circuit Court Judge in a committee member of Group 25 on Tuesday, the Planing Board of August 28. Moody has Plant City , committee the requisite combinamember of South Florida tion of experience, a Baptist Hospital spirit of volunteerism Foundation Investment and professionalism to and a Rotary Club memmake him a fair, honber. est and respected Circuit Court Judges Jamey Moody, a third generation Circuit Court Judge. thousands of handle resident of Plant City, shown here Moody has prac- with his wife, Courtney and their two cases each year. As boys Duncan and Jimmer (James such, judges need to be ticed law for 15 years. Moody IV), is running for Circuit "My experience of litifair and impartial. Court Judge in Group 25. gating hundreds of cases has prepared "Despite litigating in an adversarial sysme for the bench in an enormous way," tem, I always strive to be fair, honest said Moody. "My practice as a civil litigaand professional in advocating for my tor has enabled me to handle cases from client as well as in my working relationintake through multi-day jury trials. I ships with opposing attorneys," said believe jury trial experience is essential Moody. If you doubt this, just look when seeking judicial office," said Moody. Moody's campaign and endorsements. In addition to his practice, Moody "The people I have worked against have has worked as a volunteer attorney (pro signed up to be a part of my campaign," bono) with Bay Area Legal Services. "My said Moody. pro bono legal work has helped me to "I believe I have shown the capabiliunderstand and appreciate the vast disty of handling a variety of matters both connect between between the need for judiciously and efficiently. I will make legal representation and the financial abil- decisions quickly but with careful foreity to obtain it," said Moody. "As a judge, I thought, and look forward to serving he believe my pro bono experience will help residents of Hillsborough County with enable me to be an asset to the commuintegrity, fairness and discipline," said nity in presiding over cases involving pro Moody. se litigants," added Moody. For information about Moody’s camMoody is an ardent believer in compaign, visit www.votejametmoody.com. munity service. He is the Secretary and

By Kathy L .Collins


SERVICE: Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors (2014 – Present) Brandon Rotary Member of Bell Shoals Baptist Church LEADERSHIP: Past-President Hillsborough County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Past-President Tampa Tiger Bay Club Youth Baseball Coach FishHawk Youth Baseball EXPERTISE: Board Certified Attorney Super Lawyers Rising Star (2012 – 2018) Perfect AVVO “10.0” Rating. Adam is a member of the Rotary Club of Brandon, on the Board of Directors of the Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce, as well as a member of the Greater Riverview, Plant City, Valrico Fishhawk and Sun City Center Chambers of Commerce. is a graduate of Florida Southern College and the Florida State University College of Law. Adam Bantner can be reached at 813­397­3965 or via his campaign email info@BantnerForJudge.com. His campaign website is www.BantnerForJudge.com. The Primary Elec!on is August 28th, but you can also vote by mail or during Early Vo!ng.

By Kathy L. Collins

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Republican Primary

Rick Scott For more information, visit www.rickscottforflorida.com.

Rocky De La Fuentes For more information, http://vote.rocky101.co m/en_us.

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Jan Schneider For more information, visit www.VoteJan.com.

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Democratic Primary

Mike Beltran For more information, www.electmikebeltran.com.

David Shapiro For more information, visit www.voteshapiro2018.com.

Sean McCoy For more information, www.facebook.com/ VoteSeanMcCoy.

Ronda Storms For more information, visit www.rondastorms.com.

Joe Wicker For more information, visit www.joewicker.com.

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Group 5 Candidates

Cissy Sevelin For more information, visit www.cissysevelin.com.

Starr Brookins For more information, visit www.starrforjudge.com.

Robin Fuson For more information, visit, www.electfuson.com.

Jared Smith For more information, visit www.judgejaredsmith.com.

Jamey Moody For more information, visit www.votejameymoody.com.

Bill Yanger For more information, visit www.yangerforjudge.com.

County Court Judge Group 8 Candidates

Jack Gutman For more information, visit www.gutmanforjudge.com

E. Michael Isaak For more information, visit www.isaakforjudge.com.

LaShawn Strachan For more information, www.electlashawnstrachan.com.

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Lisa Allen For more information, visit www.allinforlisaallen.com.

Adam L. Bantner, II For more information, visit https://bantnerforjudge.com.

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District 5 Republican

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Ken Hagan For more information, visit https://votekenhagan.com.

Victor Crist For more information, visit www.commissionervictorcrist.com.

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Mariella Smith For more information, visit www.mariellasmith.com.

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Aakash Patel For more information, visit www.patel2018.com.

Todd Marks For more information, visit www.toddmarks.com.

Angel S. Urbina Capo For more information, visit www.angelsurbina.com.

District 5 Democratic

Ray Chiaramonte For more information, www.rayforhillsborough.com.

Mark Nash For more information, visit www.electmarknash.com.

Kimberly D. Overman For more information, visit www.kimberlyoverman.com.

Sky U. White For more information, visit www.skyuwhite.com.

School Board Candidates Countywide District 2 Candidates

Stacy Ann Hahn For more information, visit www.votestacyhahn.com.

Sally A. Harris For more information, visit www.votesallyharris.com.

District 4 Candidates

Rod Mayhew For moreinformation, www.facebook.com/RodM ayhewforSchoolBoard.

LaShonda Davison For more information, visit www.lashondamdavison.com.

Melissa Snively

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Scott ‘Mr. H’ Hottenstein For more information, visit www.MrHforSchools.com.

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Robin Fuson Has Experience Needed To Serve As County Circuit Court Judge, Group 25

If You Want To Fix Broken Programs, Vote For Scott Hottenstein For School Board, District 6

For the past 25 a substitute teacher and years, Robin Fuson as a server in a restauhas spent nearly rant," explained Fuson. everyday in court. "I This hard work love everything that included 10 years as a goes on in court," said professional baseball Fuson who is a candiplayer and three years date for Hillsborough as a coach. "My baseCounty Circuit Court ball career taught me a Judge in Group 25. lot about dealing with Fuson added, "I knew different personalities early on in my career and about teamwork," that i wanted to serve said Fuson. as judge." Fuson is a Robin Fuson, shown here with his In Fuson's long Hillsborough County wife, Sally, his mother, Amelia, daughters, Tori and Lyndsey and legal career, he has native. He received his granddaughter, Amelia, is a candi- B.A, degree from USF represented both date for Hillsborough Circuit Court sides of the law havJudge in Group 25. He would like and his law degree you to cast your vote for him on ing worked as a prosfrom Stetson University Tuesday, August 28. ecutor for eight years. College of Law. He has For the last 18 years, he has managed been married to Sally for 33 years and and worked in his own practice, Robin has two grown daughters and one Fuson, PA. granddaughter. He is a member of both The experience of representing all the Greater Riverview Chamber of sides in both criminal and civil litigation Commerce and the Greater Brandon has allowed Fuson to form an underChamber of Commerce. standing of how he wants to see people Fuson has been endorsed by treated and issues resolved in court. "I Florida Attorney General, Pam Bondi, believe judges need to be seasoned the Hillsborough Tax Collector, the professionals. They need experience in Hillsborough County Property Appraiser both the law and in life," said Fuson. " and the Mayor of Temple Terrace. Fuson has worked hard not only in Fuson said, "I have both the life his legal career (having tried over 200 experience and professional experience jury trials and argued thousands of preneeded to be a fair and just trial and evidentiary motions) and in his Hillsborough County Circuit Court life overall. "I have worked hard my judge.” whole life in a variety of jobs including at For more information on Fuson, a drug store, as a gas station attendant, please visit www.ElectFuson.com.

Scott "Mr. H" Hottenstein. "I want Hottenstein, a resipeople to know that I dent of FishHawk am engaged with the Ridge in Lithia is runcommunity and what ning for Hillsborough goes on in classCounty School Board rooms. I want to lisDistrict 6, a county ten and solve probwide seat. lems rather than say Hottenstein is retired this is the way we from the United have to do it," added States Navy after 24 Hottenstein. Scott "Mr. H" Hottenstein is running for distinguished years 'We must renew Hillsborough County School Board District focus on the stuof service . In the 6. The campaign is run by former and curNavy, Hottenstein dents. We can do rent students. held positions of command and had this by administering schools in a bottoms extensive experience in leadership and up manner. Teachers and principals know management of large budgets. what their schools need. We cannot He is now a Social Studies teacher at assume that the district knows what is Barrington Middle School and has taught needed in individual schools. The district there for five years. has taken autonomy away from the prin"I am running for school board cipals," said Hottenstein. because I see a need to restore faith in "Finally, we must fix that which is the school board, renew a focus on the broken. This includes bringing back students in the classroom, and fix the courtesy busing, stop deferred mainteproblems that are broken in the school nance and negotiate with teachers on district," explained Hottenstein. pay and other issues in good faith," Hottenstein's wife, Laura, is a added Hottenstein. Guidance Counselor at Rodgers Middle "I am in the classroom. My wife is a School. "I am able to see things from Guidance Counselor, and my children inside the school both because I am a are in public school. I have skin in the teacher and because of my wife's position game. I have the perfect combination of as a Guidance Counselor," said experience and skills to do the job necHottenstein. essary to get public education back on "We must restore faith in the school the right track," said Hottenstein. board. Residents need to be able to trust Hottenstein would like your vote on school board members to do their job of Tuesday, August 28. managing the budget and being an advoFor information, visit cate for public education," said www.MrHforschools.com.

By Kathy L .Collins

EXPERIENCE THAT COUNTS Robin Fuson has been an a!orney in Tampa for over 24 years. In addi"on to being a former Hillsborough County Assistant State A!orney and a former Adjunct Professor at the University of South Florida, he has been in private prac"ce for 16 years. His memberships include the Florida Bar, Florida Jus"ce Associa"on, Hillsborough County Bar Associa"on, Tampa Hispanic Bar Associa"on, Carrollwood Bar Associa"on, the Carrollwood Area Business Associa"on, Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce, Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce, Plant City Chamber of Commerce, Tampa Bay Tiger Bay Club and the Hillsborough NAACP. Robin Fuson graduated from the University of South Florida and Stetson University College of Law. Prior to a!ending law school, he was a professional baseball player and played in the 1988 World Series for the Oakland Athle"cs. He has been married for 34 years, has two grown daughters, a granddaughter and a!ends Bell Shoals Bap"st Church. You can reach Robin Fuson by calling him directly at 813­967­4186 or via email at robinfuson@aol.com. Visit his website at www.ElectFuson.com and then cast your vote for him by mail, during early vo"ng, or on Primary Elec"on Day Tuesday, August 28th.

By Kathy L. Collins


Judge Jared Smith Seeks Re-Election As County Court Judge, Group 5

Public Service Is A Way Of Life For Lanell Williams-Yulee, County Judge, Group 8

Judge Jared that I gave up my Smith serves as a successful construcHillsborough County tion law practice in Judge. He was 2017 to accept an appointed by appointment to the bench," said Smith. Governor Rick Scott in 2017. He is up for "Besides having re-election on actually worn the Tuesday, August 28. robe and having a Judge Smith is in proven track record Group 5. of success as a "I currently judge, I am also board certified. Only serve as a Judge Jared Smith (third from the Hillsborough Judge, left),shown here with his extended family, is six percent of seeking re-election as a Hillsborough Florida attorneys handling domestic County Court Judge. He would like your board certified, are violence and county vote on Tuesday, August 28. and less than one civil matters. In percent are certified in construction law. domestic violence court, emotions can My military service, board certification and run high and the stakes are very high as time on the bench are all factors which well. It is important to not only have a judge who understands the law but can set me apart from my opponent," said carefully listen to both sides and make an Smith. effective ruling based on the law and Smith is married to Suzette, and they facts," said Smith. have four children. Smith is a deacon and "I have handled thousands of domes- long time member of Idlewild Baptist Church. tic violence cases in my time on the "I have learned there is a huge differbench, and I look forward to continuing to serve in this capacity or whatever there is ence between making arguments before a need of at the courthouse," added a judge and having to actually make the Smith. calls as a judge. It is an awesome Prior to his time serving as a County responsibility that I do not take lightly. In Court Judge, Smith served in the United addition to following the law and effectiveStates Air Force. "I was a practicing attor- ly handling the constant flow of matters ney when 9/11 happened, and I immedibefore the court, it is also very important ately felt the call to abandon my 'tradition- to be a careful and respectful listener," al' legal career and to serve my nation," said Smith. explained Smith. For more Information on Smith, "It is with this same heart of service please visit www.judgejaredsmith.com.

Lanell WilliamsWilliams-Yulee Yulee wants to fulfill a credits her love of servlifetime dream of ice to her grandfather becoming a judge. who served in the Williams-Yulee is a canU.S.Navy. "In addition, didate for County Court my father and husband Judge in Group 8 and served and now my son would like your vote on is serving in the Armed Tuesday, August 28. Forces. I have a great Williams-Yulee has appreciation for the mili27 years of legal experitary and the freedoms ence. She served as a we have," said public servant for 17 Williams-Yulee. years during which time Lanell Williams-Yulee possesses the This is not the first she worked as an competence, integrity and experi- time that Williams-Yulee Assistant State Attorney ence necessary to be an effective has run for judge. "I will judge. She is running for County and Assistant Public not give up. I consider Judge in Group 8 on Tuesday, Defender. She has myself a fighter. I was August 28. spent nine years in priborn weighing only one vate practice. "I practiced in every area of and a half pounds. I have been fighting practice in which a County Court Judge my whole life, and I will bring that same presides. This includes domestic violence fight and persistence to the bench to cases, DUIs, Traffic Court and county impart justice and equality for all people," court civil litigation," explained Williamsexplained Williams-Yulee. Yulee. "After 17 years of public service as Before opening her own practice, an Assistant Public Defender and as an Williams-Yulee partnered with now State Assistant State Attorney, becoming a Senator, Darryl Rouson and worked judge, in my opinion, is a natural progresbriefly with Morgan and Morgan. sion of becoming the 'ultimate public serIn addition to an expansive practice, vant'. In summary, my public service Williams-Yulee has devoted herself to experience coupled with my personal life providing extensive pro bono service to experience intertwined with my passion to those who cannot afford an attorney in dispense justice for all people separates various areas of the law. Williams-Yulee is me and sets me apart from my competia wife, mother and business woman. tors," said Williams-Yulee. Despite all that she does, Williams-Yulee Williams-Yulee asks for your vote on finds time to give back to the community Tuesday, August 28. For more informain a variety of ways. tion, please visit www.vote4yulee.com.

By Kathy L. Collins

By Kathy L. Collins

JUDGE JARED SMITH A!er September 11, 2001, Judge Jared Smith made the decision to come to the aid of his country by entering the United States Air Force. During his service in the Air Force, he was sta"oned at MacDill Air Force Base for several years as a Judge Advocate General. In addi"on to twice receiving the Air Force Commenda"on Medal, the Air Force Achievement Medal and the Na"onal Defense Service Award, Judge Smith was recognized as a Heroes at Work Award winner by the Tampa Bay Business Journal in 2014. Following his military service, Judge Smith became a partner at the Tampa law oďŹƒces of Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, P.A., and he is a Board Cer"fied Construc"on Law Expert. This August, Judge Smith will celebrate 20 years of marriage to his wife Suze$e and along with their four children are ac"ve members of Idlewild Bap"st Church where Judge Smith serves as a Deacon and Adult Bible teacher. The Governor of Florida appointed Jared Smith as Hillsborough County Judge in 2017, where he currently presides over cases of domes"c violence and civil disputes. Please show Judge Smith your support by visi"ng www.JudgeJaredSmith.com and with your Vote in August!

Lanell Williams-Yulee has a track record of representing the law. With 27 years of experience she has prosecuted, defended and provided countless hours as a public servant. She wishes to continue to serve, but now as a County Court Judge.

Greg Green County Judge’s Motto “Experience, Integrity And Committed To Service”, Group 2

LaShawn Strachan Has Passion And Commitment For Service To The Community, Group 8

Attorney Greg serves the community Green has dedicated and our youth as a volhis life to serving the unteer football coach at people of Hillsborough Robinson High School County. and board member of Green was born, The Crossing Church raised and educated Pastoral Care/Bibical here in Hillsborough Counseling. County. He grew up in Seven generation’s a community-service of his family have called Hillsborough County, oriented family who home. In fact, Green taught him that serving fondly refers to his community is the Hillsborough as his “forhighest honor that an ever home”. Green is individual can achieve. Greg Green’s motto and background married and has two Green’s love for of Former Prosecutor, Former this community came Assistant Attorney General, AVVO young daughters, born early in life. He attend- Rated 10, Ten Best Family Lawyers and raised right here in by AFILA, Member of Hillsborough, Hillsborough County. ed Chamberlain High Florida & Family Law Section of the School where he Green, believes our Bar gives him ample experience as County Court Judge, Group 2. worked hard as a stulegal system should dent-athlete under the serve as the foundation Friday night lights of the Chiefs’ football that protects and guarantees our rights team and as a basketball standout. and freedoms. Green chose to run for There, he learned the value of teamwork, three reasons: (1) to ensure all litigants who appear in Court enjoy equal access preparation and fairness providing him and receive fair treatment under the law, with important principles that guides him (2) to continue the family tradition of pubin the courtroom today. lic service, and (3) to continue serving as Green’s service to Hillsborough a real and tangible role model for his chilCounty continues through his professional and personal involvement in the comdren. Green will work tirelessly to ensure munity. He is honored to have served in that justice is dispensed fairly and imparour county as a prosecutor and assistant tially. Green has real experience, proven Attorney General where he worked tireleadership and the right temperament to lessly to ensure justice in our courts every serve as your next County Court Judge, day. He is a business owner and foundGroup 2. ing partner law of Green Law, P.A. For more information, visit Outside of his profession, Green also VoteGregGreen.com.

LaShawn Strachan today 20 years later. is passionate about “I have proven my service to the communicommitment to serving ty. Strachan would like this community. I am the to continue her pursuit only candidate with over of this passion by serv20 years of volunteering ing as County Court experience. I was a child Judge. Strachan is runadvocate as a Guardian ning for County Court Ad Litem volunteer and I Judge in Group 8 and also trained hundreds of would like your vote on citizens in this county to Tuesday, August 28. be child advocates. I con“I went to law tinue to give back by parLaShawn Strachan has over 20 ticipating in a community school to help people of experience of volunteering redress workshop sponand that is still a driving years as a child advocate and practicing force in my life today,” law in Flordia. Strachan has the sored by the George temperament and experience nec- Edgecomb Bar said Strachan. “As a essary to become an effective judge, I will have an Association, as well as County Court Judge. She is runopportunity to change being involved in local ning in Group 8 and would like your vote on Tuesday, August 28. ministries,” explained people’s lives for the better. I have been in courtrooms in many Strachan. counties all over this state, and I have Strachan is a solo practitioner in seen many great judges, and unfortuTampa. The focus of her practice is prinately, some not good. In order to make a marily family law, probate, guardianship fair and just decision, the judge must and general civil litigation. Strachan has have the ability to listen to all sides, know one child, Kayla, and two grandchildren, the law and have the courage to apply Jerome and Royal. the law fairly to everyone,” added, What sets Strachan apart from her Strachan. opponents? “In addition to my years of Before attending law school, experience as a lawyer, and my many Strachan became a volunteer with the years of giving back to this community, I Guardian Ad Litem program in Broward have the temperament necessary to be a County. She represented the best interest successful judge. Treating everyone with of children. Strachan continued to repredignity and respect, even when they are sent those who could not afford an attornot being respectable, is a virtue I posney through law school, and in fact, she sess,” said Strachan. graduated in 2000 with honors for pro For information, visit www.electbono legal work. She continues to do this lashawnstrachan.com.

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By Kathy L .Collins

Debbie Katt Is Running For Florida House 57 This November

Sally Harris Brings Hometown Values To School Board, District 2

Debbie Katt, a ing for the arts and culture Democratic candidate and and environmental issues. long time resident of These are not partisan Valrico (Bloomingdale), is issues but the legislature running for a seat in is failing to do its job," Florida House District 57. said Katt. Katt does not have an Katt is a mathematiopponent in the Primary cian. She solves probElection, so she will be on lems for a living. "I underthe ballot for the General stand big systems with Election on Tuesday, complicated interactions November 6. and complex downstream Katt, a software engiimplications," said Katt. neer and analytical con"We need to fully fund sultant for SAS for 19 public education. We Debbie Katt is running for years, had long thought of Florida House District 57. Katt have $2.8 million in will be on the ballot this running. She was conunfounded mandates. November for the General cerned that her job would How are school districts Election. be in jeopardy if she had to take time off supposed to pay for these mandates? when the legislature is in session. "I got Things do not add up, and that is why I mad and wondered who represents work- am running," said Katt. ing men and women like me," said Katt. "My mission statement is to proThe tipping point that caused Katt to mote, improve and deliver fairness and decide to run came in February when the excellence in service to the people of my majority in the legislature blocked HB 219 district and throughout the State of (a bill to ban assault rifles) from being Florida," explained Katt. "I am running debated. "The Parkland High School for Florida House District 57 in the shooting had just happened. With stuGeneral Election in Nivenber because I dents looking on, the majority would not believe it is my civic duty," said Katt. even allow this bill to come to the floor for Katt has been married to Michael for debate," said Katt. 15 years and they have one daughter, "I decided right then and there that Sara, who attends the local public these students and my daughter school. Katt received her BS degree deserve better," explained Katt. "I am from Texas A&M and her Master's fighting for reasonable solutions such as degree from North Carolina State. Katt is fully funding our public education sysa singer with the Master Chorale. tem, affordable health care and housing, For more information on Katt, enact reasonable gun safety laws, fundplease visit www.debbiekatt.com.

Raised in South Today she is a Tampa, Sally Harris nationally recognized began her professional child care provider, educareer at the age of 16 cator and speaker working at the Tampa addressing issues from Post Office Federal early child education, Credit Union while special needs programs attending Robinson and marriage enrichHigh School. ment. After college she Sally Harris was chose to follow a career elected to the School as an Occupational Board, in District 2, in Specialist/Career 2014 and is currently Counselor with the the Board Chair. She is Sally Harris is running for School Hillsborough County of seven members one Board District 2. She is currently board chair. School System utilizing responsible for making her experience and policy decisions and training in such a way to relate to young overseeing a total budget of $2.9 billion people faced with their choices for future for the 8th largest school district in the careers or education. She continued to nation. equip herself with additional courses at “It is my goal to make sure the district the University of Florida in management has Highly Effective Teachers in each skills, stress management, time manageclassroom teaching our students daily,� ment and values clarification. Her choice said Harris. of careers lead to five years of service on Harris has visited every school in her the board of the Florida Vocational area all four years in office. She listens to Association, where she served as State the Stakeholders and shares with the disPresident of this 5,000 member associatrict areas to improve to help. She has tion. During this time she represented the also attended all the graduations and State of Florida as a State Consultant in even been a substitute at Ruskin the states of Virginia, Texas, Alabama Elementary to continue to be an advocate and Georgia. for all of her schools in doing what is best She is also widower and mother of for students. In addition, Harris has ridden five children, three by birth and two a bus route to better understand the adopted. Her love for children lead her process and help support students who from 1969 thru 2016 to raise over 32 fosride the bus. ter children in which today she is still in For more information, visit www.votecontact today with several of them. sallyharris.com

By Kathy L. Collins

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