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and purchase one of these market livestock projects. Grandstand events on October 19 and 20, will feature the Rodeo with fast action on horseback and courageous bull riders. The Truck and Tractor Pull is the featured grandstand event on October 26 and 27. The famous Demolition Derby will round out the grandstand events on Sunday Come out to the Hillsborough County Fair Thursday- October 2 with cars crashing Sunday, October 18-21 and 25-28. into each other until the last one is declared the champion. The 2018 Greater Hillsborough Grandstand events are only $10 folCounty Fair opens Thursday, October 18 lowing paid admission to the Fair. for two weekends of fun and entertainPurchase tickets in advance from one of ment. This year’s theme is ‘Good Times our cooperating merchant locations (listed and Country Rhymes.’ The fair will run online) for $10 and admission to the Fair Thursday to Sunday, October 18-21 and 25-28. Adult admission is $7, students K - is free. New to the Fair this year is the 12 $5 and seniors are $4, five and under STEAM (STEM plus!) area focusing on are free. Parking is free. Opening Day educational displays and competitions in (October 18) is dollar day. Admission and science, technology, engineering, and rides are $1 each. math. Interactive displays featuring Livestock shows, carnival rides by Legos, building blocks, solar panel Arnold’s Amusements and fair food are a staple at this annual event and the excite- cookoff, marshmallow challenge and so much more! ment doesn't stop there. Free entertainThe Hometown Hillsborough area, ment includes Robinson's Racing and offers a 2,500 sq. ft. building built to repliSwimming Pigs. cate a traditional on Farm Packing Shed The popular Firefighter Show returns housing many of the tools and equipment featuring educational entertainment. used in days gone by. The East Enjoy the show as firefighter extraordiHillsborough County Historical Society will naire Neal Snyder puts his young volunhighlight the history of area churches in teers through their training. the building this year. A circus returns bringing thrills and Ride armbands are available every amazing circus acts. day for $20. Discounted Ride Armbands Market show weekend will include a can be purchased online for $15 by visitmarket steer and market lamb show, in ing www.HillsboroughCountyFair.com. addition to a market swine and market The Fairgrounds are located at 215 turkey show and sale. Buyers are welSydney Washer Rd. in Dover. come to support these amazing youth
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Thai X-press Cafe in Brandon hosted its “Slap Your Mama Hot” curry eating contest. This year’s challenge dish was a green curry with a level 5 heat. Most people eat curry at a level 1 heat. Owners Philay and Chris Demian hold this annual event and post the photos of the winners in the restaurant. First place was won by reigning champion Paul Lopes, second place Jose Castellanos and third place was Doug Phan. Thai X-press is located at 921 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Brandon. For more information, www.thaixpresscafe.com.
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Family Honored As Saladino Dog Park Opens On Bryan Rd. In Brandon
By Kate Quesada
Park also offers a walking trail, basketball courts, picnic shelters, a playground and rest rooms. “We are thrilled to have this park named after my parents,” said Tony Saladino III at the ribbon cutting.
County representatives joined members of the Saladino family to officially open a dog park addition to the Bertha and Tony Saladino Park in Brandon last month.
Brandon residents and their four legged canine friends now have a new place to visit. Hillsborough County held a ribbon cutting earlier this month for a dog park extension to the Bertha and Tony Saladino Park on Bryan Rd. in Brandon. The dog portion of the park, which was originally dedicated to the Saladino family in 1992, is made up of two areas with 1.8 acres for large dogs and just less than an acre for small dogs. “Both areas are fenced, providing enclosed havens where canines of all sizes can get fresh air, exercise and interact with other dogs,” said Hillsborough County Media Specialist Todd Pratt. According to Pratt, each park includes a large grassed area for dogs to run as well as shaded seating, water fountains for humans and dogs, and canine agility and play equipment. County Commissioner Stacy White brought his own dog to the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new portion of the park earlier this month. “A dog park was one thing that my constituents had been telling me they wanted for a long time, one of the few things our area was lacking,” said White. “This is now a great place for families to come. It is great to see the dogs play, but it also lends itself to interaction with twolegged owners.” The larger Bertha and Tony Saladino
“Over the years it has been a wonderful place for the community to enjoy.” Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation now operates seven dog parks throughout the area. For more information on the park, which is located at 1705 Bryan Rd. in Brandon, visit www.hcflgov.net.
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Third Annual Buddy Walk Celebrates Down Syndrome Awareness
An Evening Of Hope Fosters Community As It Raises For Support
F.R.I.E.N.D.S. groups, social clubs, and family DOWN SYNDROME activities. For young parents, the WEST FLORIDA group strives to provide a safe (FDSWF) together with place where the kids can come the National Down together and the parents feel Syndrome Society comfortable. The (NDSS) will hold its third playgroup Baby Friends (birth annual FDSWF BUDDY to 5 years) brings parents WALK® at Raymond together with the baby to James Stadium on socialize, share information Saturday, October 27, and enjoy being a new from 1-5 p.m. More than parent. For tweens and 2,500 families, teenagers, there is friends, and professionals are Dream Tweens (6 anticipated to attend this event years to 14 years) that to help raise meets quarterly for fun awareness and advocate for outings. For adults, it is individuals with Down synall about getting them drome. The Buddy Walk was out of the house. After created by the NDSS in high school, social 1995, to celebrate October events disappear and as Down Syndrome they become isolated, Awareness Month and has lonely and grown from 17 walks depressed. Friends Self to more than Advocates Club or F.S.C. 250 walks last is year. Funds raised are for all special needs adults used to over age 15; and not just support FDSWF's many Down syndrome. For this programs and activities, age group, FDSWF hosts with a portion of the a fun monthly dance held funds going to the NDSS at Livingstone Academy’s to support national initiaBloomingdale campus tives. and will soon offer The FDSWF mission is dances in Pinellas to provide educational County. It plans to open materials and support servits own Down Syndrome ices to families who Center and offer servichave been impacted by es such as a daycare, an Down syndrome; while activity center, and promoting community intean adult day program. gration. Sponsors, vendors Education and advoand in-kind donations for cacy is another important raffles, as well as volunarea it works toward as teers to help with the well as changing people’s Buddy Walk are being Sponsors, vendors and walkers are sought to walk sought. Your help is attitudes. in the third annual Buddy It can be very lonely greatly appreciated. Walk which will take place being a special needs par- on Saturday, October 27 at Visit www.dsent, so the group combats Raymond James Stadium. stride.org/fdswfbuddythis by offering fun playwalk to sign up.
option to participate in a silent auction. ‘This evening is one of the largest fundraisers and brings the community together to share stories of neighbors helping neighbors,” said Brewer. Pictured from last year’s Evening of Hope is the Tampa Connection group who was instrumental in the rebranding of The formal porthe Angel Foundation. tion of the program The Angel Foundation, formerly will be held from 8-9 p.m. and will highknown as the Brandon Foundation, light three families who have received invites you its 13th annual Evening of support from the Angel Foundation this Hope on Friday, November 2 held at The year. Additionally, the foundation will recRegent in Brandon. ognize its community business partners The nonprofit offers assistance to and volunteers for their contributions to families affected by life-threatening illsupport the welfare of others. nesses or catastrophic events such as “This year’s theme of Fire and Ice will fires and floods, by matching families with be visually stunning,” said Brewer. “And Angel Teams made up of local business represents families who have gone owners and volunteers who can help. through the fire (a crisis) and have come The Angel Foundation’s Executive out stronger on the other side.” Director Liz Brewer, said, “We changed She continued, “In this fast-paced the name earlier this year because every- world, people’s hearts can go cold and one associates us with the Angel probecome cynical, but seeing how a comgram, so it made sense to change the munity pulls together to help others in name and make it clear that is our pritheir time of crisis can melt the ice and mary focus.” warm their hearts.” The fundraiser begins at 7 p.m. with Tickets and table sponsorships are a VIP reception at 6:30 p.m. for event available at www.BrandonFoundation.org. sponsors. This year’s special guest will be The Regent is located at 6437 Watson Channel 10’s Allison Kropff. Like in years Rd. in Riverview. For information, call past, the evening commences with a 689-6889 or like Angel Foundation social hour where guests stroll through Facebook page. An Evening of Hope is the ballroom socializing and sampling fine sponsored by Brandon Regional Hospital wines and fancy fare from local restau& The Physicians of Brandon Regional, rants. Live music will stream from The Regent, Extravaganza Productions Tampa’s premier jazz ensemble ‘Standing Incorporated (EPI), Tampa Bay Times 8 Count’ while guests also have the and Winthrop Town Center.
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Brandon Group Wins $10,000 Donation To Help Children Learn Through Music
By Kate Quesada
A Brandon area nonprofit charity believes that learning music gives children a head start in life and thanks to a recent donation from a Tampa company, they can now bring their gift to more students than ever. Insurance and Trust (IAT) earned a 2018 Safeco Insurance Make More Happen Award for volunteer work bringing music to disadvantaged children with Instruments of Change, a public 501(c)3 based in Brandon. The award included a $5,000 donation to the charity from Safeco Insurance, which was doubled to $10,000 thanks to an active social media
have a lasting impact on our community by changing the lives of these children one note at a time.” With the $10,000 donation from Safeco, Instruments of Change hopes to provide more than 20 instruments to students. The group was chosen for the award based on a photo application. A total of 24 independent agents will be chosen throughout 2018 to receive The Safeco Make More Happen Awards which focus on the area of health and safety, education and civil service. “We are excited to share the inspiring stories of our agents with their comBrandon-based charity Instruments for Change recently received a $10,000 donation from Safeco Insurance to provide music to students in fifth grade.
campaign. “Students who learn to play musical instruments generally score higher on academic tests and are less likely to engage in self-destructive behaviors,” said the group’s media representative, Calvin Jordan. “Instruments of Change works to bring band programs to elementary school students in an effort to positively influence their personal development.” According to Jordan, Instruments of
Change currently serves five elementary schools in Hillsborough County by providing musical instruments and instruction to
students. “Fifth graders at participating schools must sign a contract which obligates them to care for the instrument they are given, practice in preparation for performances and be held accountable to other students in the section,” said Jordan. “Upon successful completion of the contract and verified enrollment in a middle school band program, they receive their instrument for middle school.”
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Vice President of IAT, Jeff Chernoff became president of the board of Instruments of Change earlier this year and hopes to grow the organization throughout Hillsborough County into Pinellas and eventually to the Orlando area. “My team and I have been involved with Instruments of Change for over four years and we are incredibly grateful to be awarded the Safeco Insurance Make More Happen Award so we can give back even more,” said Chernoff. “Instruments of Change continues to
munities through social media while raising funds for these outstanding nonprofit organizations,” said Robyn Hawking, Safeco Insurance Southeast Region Territory Manager. “Safeco’s Make More Happen Awards program helps to recognize the amazing work agents do in areas like the Tampa Bay region and hopefully motivate others to do the same.” For more on visit www.instrumentsofchange.com. To learn more about IAT, visit www.iat.bz.
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Strawberry Ridge Annual Ceramic Sale
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Tampa Bay Chief Petty Officers Meeting
Fourth Thursday each month; 6:30 p.m. Tampa Buffet, 3904 S. Dale Mabry, Britton Plaza, Tampa For information, call Chuck Peterman, President – 767-1569
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Third Tuesday of the Month; 6 p.m. Savannah Court of Brandon, 824 N. Parsons Ave., Brandon Call 643-6767 to RSVP with Rhonda Fournier, Executive Director.
Hawthorne Health & Rehab Parkinson’s Disease Support Group
Third Thursday of the Month; 2 p.m. 851 W. Lumsden Rd., Brandon Hawthorne Health & Rehabilitation Center hosts a monthly support group for those diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and caregivers on the third Thursday of every month. For more information or to register, call 661-8998 - M-F 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Hispanic Heritage Festival At The Regent
Thursday, September 27; 10 a.m. The Regent, 6437 Watson Rd. in Riverview. Semi Former Dance. Senior center members sign up at local center or contact Gerry Randolph at 853-2136.
Riverview Library Master Gardener Plant Clinic
Tuesday, October 2; 6:30 p.m. 10509 Riverview Dr., Riverview Nicole Pinson presents 15 must-have perennials.
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Saturday, October 13 - 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 705 E Brandon Blvd., Brandon. Vendors - call Ashley at 625-1188 To register your vehicle or bike, call Wendy at 823-951-2054. Everybody is welcome – kid-friendly event
51st Annual Fall Craft Fair At St. Andrew’s UMC
Saturday, October 27 - 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 3315 Bryan Rd., Brandon Vendor applications found on at SAUMC.NET under ‘events’ and on facebook.com/StAndrewsUMCBrandon under home. Call the church office at 689-6849 for info.
11th Annual Holy Innocents’ Fall Whistle Stop Craft Show Saturday, November 3 - 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. 604 N. Valrico Rd., Valrico Inside and outside locations available Interested vendors can register at www.hiepiscopal.org. Call church office 689-3130 for more information.
Lithia Church Outdoor Market At Grace Community United Methodist Church Saturday, November 10 – 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 5708 Lithia Pinecrest Rd., Lithia For information and vendor application, visit www.graceholidaymarket.com or contact Susan Ferraro at email@example.com or 361-1724.
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Volume 13, Issue 9
Tampa Electric Proposes Additional Reduction To Energy Bills For 2019
By Sylvia Vega
Beginning in PSC on August January, Tampa 20, which in Electric residential January will customers could see reduce bills by monthly bills below $6.50 as a result $100 – the lowest in of tax reform. 13 years. If approved The company as filed, Tampa filed projected costs Electric residential for fuel and other customers’ bills clauses with the would continue to Florida Public Service be among the Commission (PSC). lowest in Florida If the PSC approves and would drop Save even more by signing up for free Energy Planner at http://ow.ly/FBdHc. the requests as filed, to about 23 perthe average residential customer’s 2019 cent below the national average – monthly energy bill would drop by about according to April 2018 data from the eight percent, or more than $8, to $99.55 Energy Information Administration the for 1,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of usage. national average of residential electric Commercial and industrial customers bills is $128.90 per month. would also see bills drop by about eight Tampa Electric’s fuel mix includes percent, depending on usage. natural gas, coal and solar. The cost of “Tampa Electric will have some of the fuel is currently about one-fourth of a resilowest rates in Florida, as we continue to dential customer’s bill. Fuel costs are provide outstanding value to our cuspassed through from fuel suppliers to our tomers,” said Nancy Tower, president and customers with no markup or profit to chief executive officer of Tampa Electric. Tampa Electric. Tampa Electric maxi“We are proud that bills in 2019 will drop mizes the use of existing low-cost, wellto about the same level as they were in performing plants and power purchased 2005.” from other companies to mitigate costs The PSC is expected to vote on the and pass the savings to customers. proposed decrease after a hearing Tampa Electric, one of Florida’s scheduled to begin Nov. 5. The proposed largest investor-owned electric utilities, decrease is the result of lower costs of serves about 750,000 customers in fuel and environmental compliance costs, West Central Florida. Tampa Electric is a among other factors, and also includes subsidiary of Emera Inc., a geographithe addition of seven utility-scale solar cally diverse energy and services comprojects that are coming online in the next pany headquartered in Halifax, Nova several months. This reduction is on top Scotia, Canada. Visit www.tampaelecof a previous decrease approved by the tric.com/.
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Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church is teaming up with its good friends at Bay Life Church to host a Bingo and Card Making event on Friday, September 28 from 7- 9 p.m. Come and enjoy a night of card making, games, prizes, raffles and Bingo all to support a good cause, Registration fee is $25, which includes the supplies and materials to complete four cards using Stamping Supplies. Bring your own adhesive to the event. The event will be held at Holy Innocents Episcopal Church, 604 N. Valrico Rd. in Valrico. You can register at www.hiepiscopal.org. Proceeds from this event will support Holy Innocents’ mission trips. Any questions please call 727-365-2300.
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Ladies Night Out – Harvest Moon Bunco
All ladies 18 yrs. and older are welcome to join St. Stephen Columbiettes Auxiliary 14084 for a Harvest Moon Bunco on Saturday, October 6 from 6-9 p.m. No experience necessary. Dinner will be served as well as bunco play, raffles, door prizes and a 50/50. Enjoy many of your favorite vendors available such as LuLaRoe. The cost is $15 per person. Check in at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. St. The event will take place in St. Stephen Family Life Center at 10118 St. Stephen Circle.
United Methodist Women 48th Annual Pecan Sale
Forgotten Angels 5K Run/Walk
Pecans are available to order from Monday, October 1 to Thursday, November 1. A five-pound box of mammoth halves or pieces costs $45. A onepound bag of mammoth halves is $10. Also available are specialty items as follows: a one-pound bag of chocolate amaretto pecans for $12; a one-pound bag of praline pecans for $12; and an assortment tin including pralines, chocolate amaretto and roasted salted peanuts for $25.
The Forgotten Angels 5K Run/Walk will take place on Saturday, September 29 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Arise Church, 401 Pauls Dr. in Brandon. Enjoy music and food after the event. The cost is $35 for adults; kids 13 and under $15. Same day registration for adults is $40. Race day registration opens at 7 a.m. and includes race T-shirt, food, drinks and event festivities. You can register online at
To order, call Mary Baker at 6434493, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.pecansale.com. Credit cards and checks are acceptable forms of payment. Checks are payable to UMW and can be mailed to P.O. Box 546, Lithia, FL 33547. Only pre-paid pecans are ‘reserved.’ Others will be sold on a first come first serve basis. Pick-up is at the New Hope UMC Administrative Offices (formerly the Boys and Girls Club building) located at 213 N. Knights Ave. in Brandon. Pickup times are Saturday, November 10 and Monday, November 12 from 8 a.m.–6 p.m. This annual fundraiser benefits local missions such as Family Promise, Cornerstone Ministries and the Women’s Resource Center. For more information, contact Barbara Brooks at 689-7016 or email@example.com.
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Volume 13, Issue 9
Hillsborough County Parks Plans 5K Running Series
By Kate Quesada
J. Wortham Park on Saturday, September 29 at 8:30 a.m. with packet pick up from 7-8:15 a.m. “Wortham Park was chosen this year due to the partnering of Hillsborough County’s Parks and Recreation and Conservation and Environmental Lands Stephen J. Wortham Park in Riverview is hosting the Management (CELM) first in a series of 5K races planned for parks around Department’s staff who Hillsborough County on Saturday, September 29. have been working diliHillsborough County is looking for a gently together to revitalize the park few good runners. In an effort to showand its unique trails,” said Bowers. case the natural beauty of the many “These beautification efforts are parks throughout the area with running designed to not only accommodate the trails, the county recently announced race, but also and more significantly, to the first date for its Run Hillsborough reintroduce the park to the community 5K series. by highlighting its stunning nature, The series will highlight a different exploration and recreation opportuniHillsborough County park each quarter ties.” with a run through various terrains and The fee to enter the race is $25 a medal for all registered finishers. and participants receive a t-shirt and Runners, walkers and hikers of all ages medal for completing the race. There and abilities are invited to attend. will also be a prize for the top three “Hillsborough County has some female and male participants. gorgeous trails, and we would like to According to Bowers, each race in show them off to those not yet the series will offer a different medal, acquainted,” said Vince Bowers, unique to the park where the race is Hillsborough County Parks and held. Recreation Program Supervisor. “This “It is important to not only encourseries allows us to do just that by offerage and provide health and wellness ing adventure seekers a chance to opportunities, but also to expose the maintain a healthy lifestyle by meeting community to our precious natural new people and connecting with parks and resources,” said Bowers. nature.” For more information, call Bowers The first run will take place at at 557-8272 or visit www.hillsboroughRiverview’s recently renovated Stephen county.org.
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Sunrise Homes Celebrates 35 Years Volunteers & Sponsors Needed For Of Local Quality Building Annual Cards For Troops By Michelle Caceres
Sunrise Homes designed and constructed its first home in 1983. From these humble beginnings it has created a solid reputation as a semi-custom homebuilder adept at listening to the needs and wants of today’s intelligent homebuyers. With more than 3,500 homes built in Eastern Hillsborough County to date, its success comes from the ability to adapt to the ever-evolving needs of discriminating local buyers. Executive Vice President Bob Appleyard said the company does not follow national trends, choosing instead to focus on what’s important to the local homebuyer. “What is trending in California or Texas might not be what is trending in Hillsborough County, Florida,” he said. Still popular is the open concept layout with large communal spaces, but adults are now seeking private spaces where they can capture a moment of sanctuary. “Adults are finding that important so we have listened and built zones where they can find quiet and privacy,” he said. “Our homes are all about livability for everyone in the family.” When the company sees an opportunity to flex its creative muscles, it doesn’t hesitate to show homebuyers what is possible.
In Canterbury Oaks it decided that no two elevations would be the same, requiring a substantial amount of customization and creativity from its design team. In Lake Toscana, a Tuscan-inspired community in south Riverview, its executive homes will be constructed on one half and one-acre lots, all with conservation or water views. Hickory Breeze, located at the intersection of Boyette and Rhodine Rds., and within the FishHawk school boundaries, features 24, 80’ wide estate lots. Although its one constant has been serving the single-family luxury homebuyer, Sunrise Homes is versatile in its output. From Bridgewater Landing, an active lifestyle community off Bloomingdale Ave. for the 55+ crowd to a new townhome community located across from Riverview High School slated to open in 2019, Sunrise Homes develops communities with a fierce commitment to building excellence. Sunrise Homes’ community model homes are open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday through Monday noon – 6 p.m. For more information about Sunrise Homes visit www.sunrisehomescorp.com or call 651-3001.
By Kathy L. Collins
Center Place Fine get involved in this Arts and The community effort. Area Community Roundtable businesses and organipresent the 11th Annual zations can sponsor Cards For Troops on donations. You can proSaturday, October 6 mote your business by from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at providing a raffle item. Center Place located at The funds from the raf619 Vonderburg Dr. in fle help to defray the Brandon. cost of supplies and Members of the postage. Additionally, community, 16 years you can donate food for and older, can come volunteers and provide together to assemble addresses of deployed thousands of cards for service members. Join Lisa Rodriguez (L ), Center service men and If you can help with Place Marketing Director and women who are curJanine Nickerson (R ), President of any of the above, The Community Roundtable on rently deployed the please contact Center Saturday, October 6 for the Annual world over. No experiCards For Troops Event at Center Place. All contributions ence is necessary. This are tax deductible. Place in Brandon. is a free event for the community. Rodriguez added, “This event is a Susan Saunders, a Stampin’ Up good fit as The Community Roundtable is Demonstrator, is this year’s chair. very supportive of our military. For Center According to Lisa Rodriguez, Marketing Place, this event allows volunteers to let Director for Center Place, “Susan sees their inner artist shine as they help make this event as a win-win for our community, these beautifully decorated holiday cards. military and Center Place as well as The If you have some time on Saturday, Community Roundtable. With MacDill in October 6, join us for this very special our backyard, this is one way for everycommunity event. October 6 is also one in our community to get involved and National Card Day.” say thank you to all those currently servCard For Troops was started in 2008. ing our country.” Since that time, over 25,000 cards have Last year, 2,600 cards were created been created by area volunteers. by approximately 120 volunteers. Those If you would like to become a sponwho participate will create step-by-step sor, donate an item or volunteer, please instructional hand-made cards. The inside contact Center Place at 685-8888 or is left blank for the soldiers to write a peremail firstname.lastname@example.org. sonal sentiment to their families. For more information, please visit There are many ways that you can www.centerplacebrandon.org.
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Chicago’s Best Burger Serves 13 Specialty Grass-Fed Burgers And Is Worth The Trip It has been said that, “Quality is the best business plan.” Lisa and Brian Williams are the owners of Chicago’s Best Burgers and they exemplify this statement because they offer one of the best quality burgers in the Chicago’s Best Brandon area. Burger owners Lisa “We had and Brian Williams family and celebrated their restaurant’s onefriends fly down year anniversary from Chicago to this past April. celebrate our Chicago’s Best Burgers offers 13 one year grass-fed specialty anniversary with burgers, in addition us,” Lisa Williams to fresh jumbo chicken wings, said. salads and more. Chicago’s Best Burgers offers 13 grass-fed specialty burgers, in addition to fresh jumbo chicken wings, salads and more. “We wanted to open a mom and pop burger spot, with a grass-fed, natural concept,” Williams said. “We moved to Florida and named it after where the idea began and we stand by our homemade ingredients and want to serve Tampa Bay area with our fresh menu items that are made in-house daily. The Williams are thrilled over the success Chicago’s Best Burgers has had over the last year and they feel their suc-
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cess stems from the fact that they sell quality burgers made from grass-fed beef. “The quality speaks for itself,” Williams said. With all the health benefits customers get from eating grass-fed beef burgers, it’s no wonder their hash tag is #GotThatGoodMeat on social media. The couple has brought the authentic taste of Chicago to the Brandon community in the hopes of not only creating a delectable dining experience for their customers but also providing healthier alternative to other types of beef products. “We put our heart and soul into our little restaurant and are just excited to be part of such a growing diverse community,” Williams said. If you would like to learn more about Chicago’s Best Burgers and the many delicious food items offered at the restaurant, you can visit www.chicagosbestburgers.com or contact the Williams at 654-3232. The restaurant is located at 1925 W Brandon Blvd. and its hours of operation are Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
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Mainstream Boutique In Winthrop Helps Build Relationships and Confidence With the arrival of fall, some might ponder revamping their wardrobe this season. Jeanmarie Milla, who owns Mainstream Boutique in Riverview, along with her staff of five women can provide assistance to those seeking a new wardrobe and much more. Mainstream Boutique strives to strengthen, celebrate and empower the women in its communities everyday, as stated in its mission statement. The Riverview location opened in December 2017. A total of four Mainstream Boutiques exists in the state of Florida. As a franchise, people can discover this boutique in more than 20 states. The Riverview location came into fruition through an opportunity Milla came across as she decided it would be a good time to exit working in a corporate environment to fulfill her dream of owning a boutique since the age of five. The 1,185 sq. ft. building offers more than 500 pieces of merchandise such as jewelry, clothes and shoes for women of all ages to choose from. Individuals can also find Mac and Me jeans, Mainstream Boutique’s exclusive brand. It also sells other brands that include locally owned Three Pearls Jewelry, Elan and more. It
By Tatiana Ortiz carries sizes 0 to 16 and extra small to extra large, suitable for various occasions. “Mainstream Boutique is multigenerational and my goal would be for women to feel confident when they leave here as relationships get built,” Milla
said. A complimentary service that Mainstream Boutique offers is a private shopping experience and a ladies night out. Those who participate will get one on one help from the staff here as they help women find what looks best on them and more. It also gives a 10 % military discount with a valid identification. In addition, as part of the loyalty program individuals will automatically get 20% off their next purchase once they spend $500. “Overall, thank you all for your support and encouragement to help me fulfill my dream,” Milla said. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/mbriverview/. Check out their Instagram https://www.instagram.com/mainstreamriverview/. It is located at 11232 Sullivan St. #8A in Riverview. Open Monday through Friday 10 a.m.- 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m.- 4 p.m. Call 643-0090 or email email@example.com to book.
Crossing Cultures International Shares Ministry Successes
By Amanda Boston
In late istry partners. August, the The tour president of made a stop at Crossing Journey Church in Cultures Brandon on International August 31. The (CCI), Dr. David CCI directors Nelson, and recounted their seven national testimonies involvdirectors from ing hardships and the Far East persecution for began trekking their faith. The up the United demand for local States’ East pastors in Asia is Coast. Their misgreat, but also is sion is to share the need to equip what God is and adequately CCI national directors from the Far East travel accomplishing train the local pasup the East Coast with Dr. David Nelson, the through the CCI founder, to share about the Christian church in tors to handle the their respective countries. ministry. The tour Word of God. highlights testimonies of transformed lives Words of gratitude weaved through each from the work of the gospel in each of of the testimonies as the directors noted their respective counthe impact of CCI’s tries. Bible training and CCI was founded resources in multiplyby Dr. Nelson in 2006 ing workers for the and is headquartered harvest. in Brandon. The nonRic Hesse is the profit’s mission is to CCI regional director equip Christlike serfor North America and vant leaders through commented on the discipleship and comtour. "There's nothing prehensive training to special about any of become able to effecthese men (seven tively serve in local national directors), but church ministry, there is a special God church planting and that they believe in missions—both in the and that God is able United States and to do special things Ric Hesse (left) and Dr. David Nelson around the globe. CCI (right) share CCI’s mission and how because they made God uses average people to carry out is currently representthemselves available," extraordinary things. ed in 34 countries explained Hesse. "The equipping pastors and leaders to build message we want to be heard is for you God’s kingdom. to be available and let God do special The tour kicked off in the Greater things through you." Brandon Area and will conclude in For additional information or to finanSurprise, New York after 50 days. Dr. cially support Crossing Cultures Nelson and the national directors from International, please visit Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Laos, https://cciequip.org or call the office at Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar will 217-5077. More details of the tour stops visit 21 churches as well as multiple mincan also be found online.
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Coffee And Art Come Together At Tampa Bay Coffee And Art Festival
By Kathy L. Collins
The Tampa $18. Tickets include Bay Coffee & Art entry to the morning Festival or afternoon ses(TBCAF) will be sion, a coffee lanheld on yard which allows Saturday, you to taste coffee October 6 at for free, a TBCAF 1310 John branded pen, and Moore Rd. in Brandon. There will be two sesThe Tampa Bay Coffee & Art Festival is a sions. The great event for coffee and art lovers. morning session Whether you are a novice or an expert, an is from 10 a.m. artist or a patron of the arts, you will not want to miss this event. to 1 p.m. and the afternoon session is from 3 to 6 p.m. attendance to Thom Schultz is the Executive the coffee panDirector of DCNoise, a benefit concert els. In addition, you will get some pretty series that raises funding and awareness cool swag. This includes two TBCAF tfor organizations around the area. shirts and more. You must pick up your "Tampa Bay Coffee and Art Festival is an swag at the event. annual event designed to inspire creativity This is both a coffee festival and an and artistic expression in the Tampa Bay art festival. You will see lots of different Area through coffee and art," explained artist featuring many different kinds of Shultz. mediums. You will have the chance to TBCAF is the event to experience support local artists by purchasing some the craft, culture and community of coffee. of their creative artwork. There will be coffee roasters from all over Whether you are just starting in cofFlorida including Buddy Brew Coffee, fee, are a novice crafter or a professional Foundation Coffee Roasters, Zeal Coffee connoisseur, there will something for you Roasters and more. at the 2018 TBCAF. This event benefits In addition to coffee, you can visit the Bay Area Foundation for the Arts. Macy's Eat's Paint curated art gallery. You According to Schultz, "We picked this can also take part in a silent art auction. organization because of their focus on Your ticket entry allows you to attend cofproviding opportunities for underprivileged fee panels and learn all about the art of individual to enter the arts." roasting coffee. There will be all kinds of For more information and to purart vendors, live music both inside and chase tickets, please visit www.tamoutside and even food trucks. pabaycoffeeandartfestival.com/eventdeTickets range in price from $12 to tails.html/.
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Libraries Host Short Story Contest
By Kate Quesada
Seventh and eighth prize in partnership with grade students throughout the Friends group at the the Brandon area have an Jan Kamini Platt Regional Library,” said Tonti. “Each opportunity to exercise year, they come to the their imaginations and library to personally award potentially profit from it. the prize-winner with a Entries are now being prize check and their conaccepted to Tampagratulations.” Hillsborough County Public Seventh and eighth Library’s fourth annual grade students at all counStair Prize in Writing and 2017 Winner ty schools, including pubthis year, the contest asks lic, private, home school students to write a creative Rebekah Haddad and parochial, are invited story based on the prompt to participate and last year “When we left for the new a total of 147 entries were planet.” received. According to Lorie The short story must Tonti, Manager of Learning be 500 to 1,000 words and Experiences with Tampamust be typed and include Hillsborough County Public page numbers. Library, the purpose of the Submissions are accepted contest is to promote an in person at all Tampainterest in creative fiction Hillsborough County Public writing among students. 2016 Winner “The TampaShannon Adams Libraries or can be mailed to the Jan Kaminis Platt Hillsborough County Public Seventh and eighth grade Regional Library at Attn: Library system strives to students in Hillsborough Stair Prize in Writing foster cultural enrichment County and invited to and celebrate local talent compete for a $500 prize for Contest, 3910 S. creative writing. Manhattan Ave. Tampa, of all sorts,” said Tonti. “We FL 33611. The deadline for entries is hope these contests will encourage Friday, October 19 at Midnight. Hillsborough County children and teens The winner is chosen by the Stair to express and share their creativity.” Prize Committee and each committee The contest began four years ago member reads all of the entries. when residents Ralph and Lila Stair “We have been fortunate to have had approached library representatives to proexcellent entries making the selection of pose a creative writing prize for students. one winner a painstaking process,” said The family fully funds the contest, includTonti. ing the $500 prize for the winner. For more information, call 273-3652 “The Stairs live in Colorado and Tampa and wanted to sponsor the writing or visit www.hcplc.org/teens/stair-prize.
Local Farmers Feed Seniors And Host Public Markets At Tessera
By Kate Quesada
It is no secret that ucts and several growers fresh, organic fruits and will provide tutorial prevegetables are good for sentations on subjects people of all ages and from coffee roasting to one local senior living flower arranging. There community has found a will also be live musical way to bring them to its entertainment. residents as well as the “We look forward to public. Tessera of our growing relationship Brandon recently with Tessera of Brandon teamed up with at least and are excited about six local family farms having our organic prodand vendors to deliver ucts on their menus mostly organic produce every day,” said to its kitchens and to Sweetwater Executive Tessera of Brandon, a senior liv- Director Yvette Rouse. host regular farmers ing community, is teaming up with markets open to the local farmers and vendors to offer “We are very proud to community. provide the freshest posfresh products and a regular farmer’s market to residents. “We are very sible organic vegetables pleased to provide residents with the and herbs to the greater Tampa area and freshest and best produce available and not just to Tessera. Serving all community at the same time support local farms and members to come together to learn and other area vendors,” said Kristin Kutac grow and enjoy fresh organic food, Ward, president and CEO of Solvere acquire sustainable living skills, support Senior Living, Tessera of Brandon’s man- local agriculture and make new friends agement firm. “The farmer’s markets will are all high priorities for us.” be a way to serve both the residents and Tessera, housed in a state of the art, the community at large.” $28-million, 107,000 sq. ft. multi-story Farmers and vendors participating in building, is an assisted living and memory the program include Tampa’s Sweetwater care community offering 89 one and twoOrganic Community Farm, Ybor City’s bedroom assisted living apartments and Brisk Coffee, Tampa’s Just Hydrate, St. 49 memory care suites in a variety of Petersburg’s Working Cow Homemade floor plans. Ice Cream, Riverview’s Wolf’s Produce The next farmers market will take and Brandon’s Bloomingdale Florist. place Friday, October 19 from 4-7 p.m. Some of the items on offer include herbs, under a canopy of tents in Tessera’s main fair trade coffee, juices, ice cream, shercourtyard. Tessera is located at 1320 bets, dog friendly treats, flowers and seaOakfield Dr. In Brandon and can be sonal fruits and vegetables. Vendors will reached at 906-1210. For more informaoffer tents and tables with sample prodtion, visit www.tesserabrandon.com.
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Paralympic Sport Tampa Bay Finishes 2nd In Country At Nationals
Sheriff Chronister Speaks To Residents At Coffee With A Cop Event
Six athletes on Chasanoff. “They Paralympic Sport have put in a lot of Tampa Bay finhard work and ished second in effort, and their the country in its training and their division during last performance week’s National reflected that. It Junior Disability was a great validaChampionships. tion of their athletic Paralympic Sport abilities, to let that Tampa Bay is a shine through as they continue to signature program grow and develop of the Hillsborough athletically and County Parks & personally.” Recreation Photo courtesy of Andy Chasanoff Department, and Chasanoff The six athletes from Paralympic Sport that they will offers year-round said Tampa Bay won 52 individual medals in the sports and recresoon start their National Junior Disability Championships from July 22-27 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. ation programs to six-week fall trainpromote healthy lifestyles, independence ing season in track and field. All six athand personal growth for people with letes are expected to compete again, as physical disabilities. well as several new members. They The athletes competed in the want to build off of their success and Medium Team Division in swimming and work on techniques to be better prepared for spring meets that go from track and field. The national champiMarch through June. They also want to onships were held July 22-27 in Fort make it to Nationals again next July in Wayne, Indiana, and featured 235 competitors from 31 states. Danielle Kanas, Minneapolis. Logan Krepop, Zach Woodke, Liz Tidey, “As a program, we are very excited,” Jeremy Gerstner, and Momo Sutton said Chasanoff. “It’s not only the six kids brought home an astounding 52 individthat go but it’s a total program effort. The ual medals, setting 27 national records kids have all pushed each other to go. in the process. In addition to the individWe are one family that works hard for ual medals, team members also won this, so when one group succeeds, we several medals in relay events. all succeed.” The athletes were led by head The Adaptive Sports USA Junior coach Andy Chasanoff, Sports Nationals is for athletes ages 6 to 22 with physical disabilities, and is the oldCoordinator for the Paralympic Sport est and largest continuously held comTampa Bay program. “I am very excited petitive sports event in the country. for their accomplishments,” said
Residents Chronister. “Our goal from all over the is to make our resiBrandon area dents feel safe and had the chance getting to know those to learn more of us who are workabout local law ing to protect them enforcement offican only help that.” cers last month Chronister spoke when with community Hillsborough members at the County Sheriff’s event about issues Office (HCSO) including check and deputies identity theft and Residents from the Brandon area met with Breanna school and gun safeHillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Rodriguez and ty. He also spoke representatives, including Sheriff Chad Clifford Fletcher Chronister, at Moreno Bakery for the second with a student interCoffee with a Cop event this year. hosted the secested in joining the ond Coffee with a Cop event of the year Sheriff’s Office’s next training program. at Moreno Bakery. When asked if there was any particThe event was organized by Fletcher ular information he wanted to get out to and Rodriguez, both community resource the public, Chronister emphasized the deputies for Hillsborough County’s importance of residents locking their car Region V working out of the doors and keeping guns responsibly Bloomingdale Substation, to increase stored. HCSO’s interaction with the public and to “So much of the crime we face in allow residents a chance to speak with this area is what I call a crime of oppordeputies and ask questions in a relaxed tunity,” he said. “Three out of four car environment. burglaries happen because people “One of our goals this year is to get leave their car doors unlocked and their out and meet more of our residents, face- valuables, including guns, in their cars, to-face,” said Rodriguez, a Valrico resioften in plain sight. Let’s make it hard dent. “And seeing the wonderful turnout on thieves by securing our property.” for this event makes us feel that the pubFletcher and Rodriguez plan to conlic feels the same way.” tinue holding the Coffee with a Cop During the event, residents were also event at least every quarter at locations able to meet with Hillsborough County throughout the area. For more informaSheriff Chad Chronister who is up for retion, contact them at the Bloomingdale election in November. Substation, located at 3622 Erindale Dr. “Events like this help everyone feel Between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Mondaymore like part of the community,” said Friday or call 635-8040.
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Weird, Wacky And Wonderful Holidays- SEPTEMBER 2018
Cheese Pizza * Teddy Bear * Fortune Cookie * Mini Golf * Comic Book Days 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. September brings many things – cooler weather (hopefully), back-toschool routines and babies. Babies? Yes, babies! While some sources state that August is the month with the most births, in fact, September wins this award. According to national data, September 9 -September 20 contains nine of the top 10 birthdays in America. With this being said, it’s only appropriate to celebrate Labor Day, observed every year on the first Monday in September. If you are looking for other random September trivia to impress your friends, September is the only month with the same number of letters in its name as the number of the month: it is the ninth month and has nine letters. If you are looking for random ways to celebrate this month, look no further! Not to sound too cheesy, but let’s start our celebration with National Cheese Pizza day on Wednesday, September 5. Did you know that Americans eat approximately 350 slices of pizza per second? Whether you prefer thin crust, deep dish, or stuffed crust, this is the day for Cheese pizza lovers to unite.
In the 1800s, the Italians considered pizza to be a meal eaten only by peasants. But, when a famous Baker created a margarita pizza for visiting royalty, they were impressed by the colors of the Italian flag represented by the pizza's white mozzarella cheese, red tomato sauce and green basil. Pizza became popular overnight. Today, pizza is one of the most loved meals in the U.S. and there are
hundreds of different pizzas and toppings, but it all started with the classic cheese pizza. So, if you want to get a ‘pizza-the-action’, maybe consider a trip to one of the many local pizza restaurants in our community, including Rosati’s located at 3437 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Valrico. No matter how you slice it, this day can’t be topped! If you need a cuddle, then National Teddy Bear day on Sunday, September 9 is the day for you. Teddy Bear Day is the perfect opportunity to celebrate our most loyal childhood companions. The origin of this day dates back to the early 1900s and its history is connected to an American president. In November 1902, President Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt attended a bear hunt. During the hunt, Roosevelt saw a young bear cub, but when news spread that Roosevelt refused to kill the bear, the story
became famous and toy makers were inspired to create the first “Teddy’s Bear." By 1906, the teddy bear enthusiasm spread across the nation. It’s ‘un-bearable’ to think of a child without a faithful teddy bear companion. Consider honoring this American childhood tradition by donating to www.Safetybears4kids.com. Safety Bears 4 Kids is a faith-based compassion mission bringing comfort to abused and neglected children in Hillsborough County by the gift of a handmade teddy bear. If you’re not sure what your future holds in the month of September, you should perhaps consult the nearest fortune cookie. National Fortune Cookie Day is celebrated on Thursday, September 13 and is the perfect excuse to order some kung-pao chicken and pork fried rice. Traditionally, Chinese meals come with fortune cookies - a fun and motivating dessert that has become an essential ending to Chinese dinners nationwide. Maybe you will be encouraged by such things as “A closed mouth gathers no feet” or “If you are afraid to shake the dice, you will never throw a six.” Regardless, you should grab your closest phone and place your order! Although there are no shortages of Chinese restaurants, you may want to consider Hot Wok located at 1240 Kingsway Rd. in Brandon for this special day. If you’re fortune cookie advised you that you would be enjoying a round of miniature golf in your near future, then your wish has come true! Miniature Golf Day is recognized on Friday, September 21 and is the perfect way to spend quality time with friends and family. Did you know that miniature golf has been around since the 1800s? By the early 20th century, miniature golf courses gained popularity in America. So, even if you’re not feeling up to par, stop puttering around and grab the whole family ‘fore’ some hole-in-one action at Ace Golf Range located at 820 S.
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Kings Ave. in Brandon. It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s National Comic Book Day, being honored by comic book lovers everywhere on Tuesday, September 25. The holiday celebrates one of America’s most famous literary icons —the comic book. These publications
originated in the U.S. in the 1930s. Today, comic books are traded and collected; in fact, whole conventions are attributed to this genre. Did you know that comic books are the most widely consumed forms of media in the 21st century? In 2017, comic books experienced the highest retail sale numbers in 15 years, with 8.5 million copies of the top 300 comic books sold. In addition, these books have inspired countless movies that have brought our superheroes to life. So grab your cape, your imagination and your favorite comic book and honor this special day. If you need to find a new comic book to read, jump in the Bat-Mobile and head over to Read More Comics located at 115 E Brandon Blvd A., in Brandon. September boasts many other fun holidays including, National Salami Day, Make Your Bed Day, National Peanut Day and Elephant Appreciation
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Plant City Social Dance will be holding a dance on Saturday, September 22 and 29 at Strawberry Square. This dance will be social dancing on a 3,000 sq. ft. e ll floating wood floor to dance on. These e h ic ed by M com are social dances which include slow Compil spreyobserver. e@o dances, waltzes, line dances, cha-cha michell and rumbas, two-step and country slow, swing and free style. Come dance to the music by DJ Ken Miller. Music Maker Workshops For MiniIt will take place from 6:30-9:30 p.m. musicians at Strawberry Square, 4401 Promenade Symmes Elementary Seeks Free workshops for children ages 4Blvd. in Plant City. Volunteers, Partners And Sponsors 10 to try instruments like a trumpet, flute, Visit strawberrysquaredancing.com. For Seating Area Project guitar, drums, violin and more The cost is $6. No alcohol Symmes Elementary School is the will take place on the second is to be brought on proprecipient of a $2000 Lowe's Tool Box for Saturday of the month erty. Bring your own Education Grant. The money will be used October 13, November 10 snacks, drinks and what to improve a seating area on the grounds and December 8 from 9:30table service you will and provide ADA accessibility. Partners, 11 a.m. need. sponsors and suppliers are needed for: The workshops will take For info, email Ken Equipment: Bobcat+Operator to remove place at Music Showcase, Miller at pcsocialdancesod from work area, Equipment: 402 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon. firstname.lastname@example.org and Tamper/Compactor to compact leveling For more information, call include your name, email Hope is looking for a caring address and phone numsand, Supplies: Specified Florida Drought 685-5998. Visit musicshowfamily she can call her own. Tolerant Perennials at wholesale prices, caseonline.com. ber. Supplies: Clay Pavers - red brick in color for 214 sq. ft., Supplies: ADA compliant Caring Family Home Needed For Jersey College’s Tampa Campus benches or lumber to build, Sweet Dog Receives Accreditation For Nursing Refreshments: Snacks/Meals (breakfast, Degree Program A young Pit Bull cross that was abanlunch) and many volunteers: doned and left with multiple bite wounds The Accreditation Commission for Landscape/Work Day. and lacerations was found and turned in Education in Nursing (ACEN) has granted For more information, call Anne to Animal Medical Center, 1102 E. initial accreditation to the Professional Saylor at 608-780-3524 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. It was also Nursing (Associate Degree) programs at undernourished and heartworm positive. Jersey College’s Tampa, Jacksonville, College Planning For High School The dog was treated; wounds have and Ft. Lauderdale campuses. This Parents healed and weight gained. She will means Jersey College has met the stanAre you the parent of a collegealways have scars. The thought is that dards of a programmatic accrediting bound high school student and would like she was used as a ‘bait dog’ for fighting. agency recognized by the United States to learn more about your options to pay She has come a long way and is less Department of Education and the Council for college? Join Lori Nadglowski, MBA, fearful of other dogs, and now this very for Higher Education Accreditation. CFP® on Tuesdasy, October 9 at 6:30 sweet dog needs a caring family. Please Jersey College is located at 3625 p.m. for an overview of the options to pay call 654-6222 for more information on her. Queen Palm Dr. in Tampa. Visit for college and how to choose a strategy
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C.A.T.E. Foundation Announces Family Fun & Community Day Looking for something enjoyable to do with the entire family, but don’t want to be outside during the dog days of summer? The C.A.T.E. Foundation is excited to announce its first annual Family Fun and Community Day at E.G. Simmons Park on October 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. Just in time for fall in Florida! This event offers something for the entire family with free activities for children. Kids will spend hours as they jump through bouncy houses, have their faces painted, and hurl water balloons at each other. When ready for a rest, they can ask for a balloon animal from a friendly clown or watch a magic show. When the family gets hungry, you can select from one of twenty-five vendors to please even the picky palettes. Cash or card is accepted at most vendors. C.A.T.E. is also sponsoring a Chili Cook-Off during the event from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.. Aspiring chefs can enter for a $25 fee with prizes and trophies for the top recipes. Chili connoisseurs can sample a bowl for only $5. C.A.T.E. Co-founder, Tina Patch, urges the entire community to check it out: “We’re excited. It’s going to be a lot of fun. We plan to do this event every October.” C.A.T.E. stands for Conquering Addiction Through Education. The C.A.T.E. Foundation is dedicated to helping adults who struggle with addiction and
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their families. They seek to reestablish lives through education. Proceeds from the Family Fun and Community Day will benefit programs that give back directly to the community. Patch continues, “It takes a community to come forward and acknowledge some of these tough issues.” Besides support groups for drug, alcohol, or gambling abuse, C.A.T.E. offers free yoga classes to promote healthy living and is poised to offer support classes for people suffering from food addictions. C.A.T.E. is still seeking vendors and business sponsors. All sponsors will be given a tent at the event to hand out advertising and a permanent place on the foundation’s website under patrons. For more information on the Chili Cook-Off, how to become a vendor or sponsor, or more detailed information, contact Tina Patch or Sharon Lafelice at 773-7175 or 331-5246. For more information on the C.A.T.E Foundation, visit www.2CATE.org or follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CateFoundati on/. E.G. Simmons Park is located at 2401 19th Ave NW, Ruskin, 33570. Please note, there is a $2 per vehicle (up to 8 people) entry fee to all Hillsborough County parks, cash only. C.A.T.E. is located at 5942 Frond Way, Apollo Beach, 33572.
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Tide Dry Cleaners Offers Quality, Convenience & 24/7 Pickup
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The days of ractomers the ability to stay ing across town to in their cars while helpful pick up your dry staff quickly and efficleaning before the ciently process dry cleaning orders. store closes are gone. Tide Dry Cleaners, Convenience is not located at 1928 E. the only reason customers love Tide Dry Bloomingdale Ave. in Cleaners. Cleaning is Valrico, offers the condone on the air-condivenience of 24-hour tioned premises. Every pick-up and drop-off item that is brought in with its trademarked Tide Dry Cleaners store manager goes through a seven‘Anytime kiosk and Tyler Froehle prepares to dry clean point inspection process drop-box.’ a comforter at the newly opened Valrico location. to ensure nothing is Owners Berry missed. Garments are inspected for and Sharon Wright said some customers using the kiosk for the first time document stains, damage and missing or broken buttons (which they replace free of the experience. “Some customers take charge if possible). out their phones and record the process Tide Dry Cleaners uses a non-toxic as the kiosk selects and delivers their dry-cleaning process that replaces petrofreshly cleaned clothes to them,” said leum-based chemicals with liquid silicone Sharon. “It really is a neat thing to solvents that is gentler on clothes. Tide is behold.” used on garments that are laundered. FishHawk resident Frances Chavez Every garment gets an infusion of the didn’t document her first experience with familiar Tide scent for freshness but custhe kiosk but did call her husband to tell tomers can request no scent. Tide prodhim about it. “I told him this kiosk is so ucts are sold in the store. cool, like a dry-cleaning ATM,” joked Tide Dry Cleaners is open Monday to Chavez, who said she signed up for the free express pick-up service because with Friday 7 a.m.–7 p.m. and Saturday 8 her busy life she needed the convenience a.m.–5 p.m. The store is open Sunday from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. for drop-offs and of 24-hour pickup. Chavez signed up for the Inner Circle pick-ups only. Need a garment cleaned in a hurry? rewards program, which offers special Most orders dropped off before 9 a.m. on perks like an individualized express bag weekdays can be ready by 5 p.m. the allowing for 24/7 drop-off, hassle-free same day. Orders dropped off by 9 a.m. billing and money-saving discounts. on Saturdays can be ready by 3 p.m. Not interested in using the kiosk? For information, visit www.tidNot to worry, during store hours the covedrycleaners.com or call 662-4243. ered drive-thru valet service allows cus-
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Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementia's gradually diminish a person’s ability to communicate. Communication with a person with dementia requires patience, understanding, and good listening skills. Changes in the ability to communicate can vary, and are based on the person and where he or she is in the disease process. Problems you can expect to see throughout the progression of the disease include: difficulty finding the right words, using familiar words frequently, easily losing a train of thought, difficulty organizing words logically, or speaking less often. Understanding how to connect and communicate effectively with our loved ones experiencing dementia is very important, and can add quality to the relationship. Some helpful tips include: • Avoid distractions. This allows your loved one to focus all their mental energy on the conversation.
• Speak clearly and naturally in a warm and calm voice. Refrain from “talking down” to someone with dementia, or any other type of condescension. • Talk about one thing at a time. This will facilitate understanding. • Listen actively. If you don’t understand something your loved one is telling you, politely let them know. • Have patience. Someone with dementia needs extra time to process what you say. If you ask a question, allow time to respond. • Understand that there will good days and bad. While the general trend of dementia is a downward decline, those with dementia will have ups and downs just like anyone else. Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementia's effects the ability to communicate. Meeting that challenge with effective strategies can improve the quality of life for everyone.
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There will be 30 dealcatered dinner at 6 ers/45 tables – Free p.m. and live auction American Silver Eagle. at 7 p.m. Admission and parking are Last year's aucfree. Free coin grab bags for tion also helped VSL ti, n a s le o all children under 12. Food to support ECHO, eC Michell com y b d will be available on site. e Brandon Outreach r. il ve Comp eyobser r p s o There are free appraisals @ Clinic, Center Place, e michell and door prizes. ICG Family Promise of Grading Service will be in Brandon, A Kid's attendance and offering free Place, Real Hope verbal opinions along with Ministry, Hacienda Girls Ranch, $10 slabbing. and Canine Companions among A mural has recently been completed at Brandon Veterans Hall, For more information, others. Valrico Service League’s Annual 122 W. Clay Ave. in Brandon. A sponsor to donate sealant to contact Jack Iaci at 352protect the work of art is being sought. Please contact Danny For more information, call Harvest Dinner & Auction Fleary at 748-3144.Visit veteranschanginglivesofamerica.org. 777-6073 or brandoncoinClaudia Yake at 685-7998 or Sue Let's make a difference - is the goal email@example.com. Hadden at 685-6160. items to help those in need and have proof the GFWC Valrico Service League, Inc. vided thousands of hours of community (VSL) group of ladies. Charity Golf Tournament Benefits Poker Tournament Benefits Florida service. The last several years, VSL has The Outreach Clinic Clinic Foundation Of Caring Medical The event will be held on Friday, been partnering with the Campo YMCA The First Annual Charity Golf November 2, at Centro Asturiano de Please join in for ‘Hands for Hope,’ a by funding swimming lessons for children Tournament benefitting The Outreach Tampa from 6:30–11 p.m. Buy-in $250 poker tournament to raise funds and whose families cannot afford lessons. Clinic will take place on Friday, October 5 per player (limited seats) or Table for 10 "We think it's important that if you live awareness for the life-changing efforts of for $2,250 donation includes $8,000 start- at Bloomingdale Golfer’s Club. Florida Medical Clinic Foundation of in Florida, you should know how to Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. Golf ing chip stack, upscale heavy hors swim,” said President Karen play at 1:30 p.m. d’oeuvres and premium open bar. Boraiko. The cost is $75 for individual player Re-buys and Add-ons are available Hands on activities of the and $300 for a foursome. For registration for an additional donation. Silent group include educational or more information, contact Debbie Auction opportunities and fantastic activities at area Title I eleprizes. Registration required at FMC- Meegan at 654-1388 or director@thementary schools and providoutreachclinic.com. FOC.org by Friday, October 26. For ing clothing and shoes for more information, contact Chrissy needy children, Bunco and The Jayc Harold Band Of The Honky at firstname.lastname@example.org or 406-4499. bingo at area retirement Tonkin Opry Performs Visit homes and participating in https://fmcfoundationofcaring.org/. Cards for the Troops. The Florida Opry presents The Jayc The group's main Harold Band of the Honky Tonkin Opry on Coin Club Hosts Coin & fundraiser for the year is the Saturday, October 6 at 6 p.m. Randy Currency Show Harvest Dinner & Auction to GFWC Valrico Service League partners with Campo YMCA Scott is the MC. It will take place the 1914 funding swim lessons. Its upcoming dinner and auction will be held Sunday, November Plant City High School Community The Brandon Coin Club Inc., a help support this effort. 4th at Center Place, 650 Center, 605 N. Collins St. in Plant City. 501(C) 7 non-profit organization, is Caring. The Foundation was established Vonderburg Dr. in Brandon. Tickets are Tickets are available at pleased to announce its next Coin & in 2005 to give back to the community the $30 and may be purchased at Center www.ehhsoc.org/the-florida-opry.html. Currency Show on Saturday, October 27 Clinic serves. To date, ‘ over $2.5 million Place through Friday, October 26. The Costs is $15 reserved and $17 at the from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Brandon Elks has been granted to local nonprofit event, sponsored by Terry Fink State door (opens at 5:30 p.m.). Call 757-9226 Lodge #2383, located at 800 Centennial organizations, donated thousands of Farm Insurance, starts at 5:30 p.m., with for more information. Lodge Dr. in Brandon.
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New needs community Horizons Group for many years. Homes will hold Violinist Stephanie its 24th annual Simon will also be barbeque and performing. The silent auction on entertainment will be Saturday, something you will September 29 not want to miss.” from 11:30 a.m. to They are hoping 2:30 p.m. This is this year will be the its major annual most successful New Horizons Group Homes invites you to event yet and are fundraiser. New its 24th Annual barbeque and silent auction. looking for sponsors Horizons is a The funds help cover growing expenses. non-profit organifor the event. zation operating three homes for develop- “Because we now have three homes, mentally challenged adults, most of which mean more expenses, it is whom work in the community or in variextremely important that this event is the ous programs. The faith-based organizamost successful ever. If you have tion was started in 1992, with the first already done this, thank you. We are home opening in 1999. looking forward to seeing you at our The barbeque will take place at the favorite event of the year,” added Central Baptist Christian School gymnasi- Watkins. um, 402 E. Windhorst Rd., Brandon. If you would like to become a sponThe meal includes a pulled pork barsor, send a check to New Horizons, 109 becue sandwich with mac and cheese, E. Clay Avenue, Brandon, FL 33510 in baked beans, beverage and dessert, and any amount you wish. Indicate on the will be catered by BubbaQue’s. Tickets check that it is to sponsor the BBQ. are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. New Horizons still has some keepFor information on purchasing tickets, call sake ornaments available which will be the New Horizons office at 571-2690 or available at the BBQ/Silent Auction. Brenda Watkins at 653-2466. Ornaments are also available at McAuley The silent auction will include a wide Fine Jewelry on Oakfield Dr. and at New variety of items, with something to please Horizons, or call Brenda Watkins at 653every taste and pocketbook. All proceeds 2466. All ornaments are $10. from the auction will go to New Horizons Tickets may be purchased from Group Homes. board members, family members and According to Brenda Watkins, “We friends, and from the New Horizons are fortunate to have the Dennis Lee office. Band performing again this year. Dennis Visit www.newhorizonshomes.org for has been a great supporter of the special more information.
Students in Hillsborough County Hillsborough County Public Schools support need service hours The Community for many reasons Roundtable’s including graduation Community Service requirements, college Forum. A school guidapplications and ance counselor will be scholarships. on site to answer specifVolunteers are also ic questions regarding the life blood of many service hours paperwork local non-profits. It is and the Bright Future Photo courtesy of Steve Nickerson Scholarship program. for this reason that Students earn service hours at The Community Service hours are Community Service Forum sponsored Roundtable will host approved for volunteerby The Community Roundtable on a Community Service Thursday, September 27 from 6 to 8 ing with the attending p.m. at Brandon High School. Forum on Thursday, non-profits which are all September 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. designated as 501(c)(3). The forum will be held at Brandon Many local non-profits have agreed High School located at 1101 Victoria St. to participate including Center Place, We Rock the Spectrum, Life’s Treasures in Brandon. The event is free for all who Thrift Store, F.R.I.E.N.D.S., The wish to attend and will be held on the Community Pet Project, Impact and same evening as College Night. more. According to Nickerson, “We typiJanine Nickerson, the President of cally have two to three dozen non-profits The Community Roundtable said, “The attending.” Community Roundtable created this Another Community Service Forum event in November of 2013 to answer the will take place in the spring. Nickerson volunteer needs of both students and explained, “As students transition from non-profits. As an all-volunteer organization, The Community Roundtable wants middle school (eighth grade) to high to encourage our youth to become lifeschool (ninth grade), they can begin long volunteers. By attending this semiobtaining service hours over the sumannual event, they are introduced to a mer.” variety of local non-profits. This way, they The Community Roundtable is an allcan find their passion in areas specializvolunteer organization that has been ing in environmental, soup kitchens, aniserving the Greater Brandon area for mal rescue and more.” over 60 years. Nickerson added, “Adults interested The Roundtable meets on the secin volunteer openings may want to drop ond Wednesday of each month at 6:30 by to become familiar with the different p.m. at Center Place in Brandon. Please Brandon area non-profits.” visit www.thecommunityroundtable.org.
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TSO Brings ‘The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve’ To Amalie Arena On December 16
Marking the The rock opera band’s 20th consecualso features such tive year of touring, enduring fan-favorites Trans-Siberian as Christmas Orchestra (TSO) Eve/Sarajevo 12/24, O’ Come All Ye Faithful, announced its highlyGood King Joy, anticipated Winter Christmas Canon, Tour 2018. TSO’s Music Box Blues, annual NovemberPromises To Keep, and December multi-senThis Christmas Day. sory extravaganza, Additionally, the tour which sells out venwill enjoy a new secues year after year, Trans-Siberian Orchestra brings its ond set containing has cemented the ‘The Ghosts of Christmas Eve’ some of TSO’s greatgroup’s status as a performance to Amalie Arena on must-attend multiSunday, December 16 at 3 and 7 p.m. est hits and fangenerational, holiday tradition. This year’s pleasers. As in all previous years, a portion of 20th anniversary tour, a presentation of every ticket sold benefits select local TSO’s unforgettable ‘The Ghosts of charities. To date, more than $15 million Christmas Eve,’ featuring founder/comhas been distributed from TSO to worthy poser/lyricist Paul O’Neill’s timeless story charities all across North America. of a runaway who finds her way into a On September 28, Rhino mysterious abandoned theater, is set to Entertainment will release a 20th begin on November 14 and will visit 65 Anniversary Edition of The Christmas cities across North America, for 100-plus Attic on CD and digitally. A vinyl version performances, before concluding on December 30. TSO’s Winter Tour 2018 is of the release will be available November 9. The second installment in The presented by Hallmark Channel. Christmas Trilogy tells the story of a little The show will visit Tampa at Amalie girl who spends nights in an attic filled Arena on Sunday, December 16 and will with yuletide reveries, while guitar solos perform two shows at 3 and 7 p.m. and choral vocals soar over a rock General public tickets are now on sale. orchestral backing across 16 tracks, Based on TSO’s multi-platinum DVD including a previously unreleased on CD and long running PBS fundraiser, ‘The Ghosts of Christmas Eve’, this year’s tour and vinyl version of Christmas Jam (Live). will include new awe-inspiring effects, as Amalie Arena is located at 401 well as amazing staging with an all new Channelside Dr. in Tampa. For more design from the dedicated team handdetails on tour dates and all on sales, picked by the group’s late creator, Paul visit www.trans-siberian.com. O’Neill.
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“Our goal is to help ing for dogs who are taught our dog owner estabhow to be therapy dogs. lish a good, healthy Week one goes over relaxrelationship with their ation and sit/stay, leash walking dog,” said Angie and polite greeting (on leash); Pickren, founder and week two focuses on door owner of Canine manners, “bed/place,” Cabana, just off of down/stay and polite greetings Boyette Rd. in (off leash); week three deals Riverview. “We want to with recall, drop it (objects) and help teach them the leave it (objects and food). tools and techniques in “At Canine Cabana, we order to have that dog use positive, reward-based Photo courtesy of Angie Pickren training techniques to encourbe a lifetime part of Canine Cabana’s full-time age your dog to become a their family.” trainers, (Kristin Lemonde well-mannered part of the famiThe training pro(left), Jenna Ivey and Yezmin grams are completed ly,” Pickren said. “We work to Feliciano). over the course of fiveestablish guidelines for your day intervals along with a daycare stay or dog, and give you the tools and knowla minimum of three full days with lodging edge to continue working on your dog’s per week of training. Each day includes a skills at home.” rotation of playtimes and private training Canine Cabana has three full-time sessions. At the end of the training, an trainers, Kristin Lemonde, who has been hour-long consultation is scheduled to promoted to Supervisor of Behavior and demonstrate learned behaviors and to is a certified trainer, Jenna Ivey who has practice behaviors with the family, and to worked with Canine Cabana for over two answer any questions. Owners’ goals for years and has mentored as a trainer, and their dogs are discussed as well. A puppy Yezmin Feliciano who is going to be a social week is offered, as well as three certified evaluator for the CGC exam to weeks of training. Canine Cabana is train and test therapy dogs. open 365 days a year. Canine Cabana is a licensed dog The puppy social program is great for training business in Hillsborough County. puppies up to six months. Puppies are This is a new requirement from an orditaught leash walking, crate training, bathnance, passed last year and effective this room habits, socialization with other dogs year, that requires all dog trainers and and being around new people, and envidog training businesses to be licensed in ronmental desensitization. They will also Hillsborough County. be offering a Canine Citizen Program, For more information, you can visit where they will provide training and testCanineCabana.biz.
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Bloomingdale Sq. Redevelopment Underway, Publix Move & LA Fitness Confirmed By Sharon Still
Redevelopment is set to kick off in September at Bloomingdale Square, located on the southwest corner of Bloomingdale Ave. and Bell Shoals Rd. Phase One, according to leasing agent Marc Elias, will consist of repurposing the old Wal-Mart space as well as constructing a 15,000 sq. ft. strip center on an outparcel adjacent to Bloomingdale Ave. The long vacant Wal-Mart space will be home to a 48,000 sq. ft. Publix and Home Centric, a home goods store owned By Beall’s that will occupy 15,000 sq. ft. The existing Publix will keep its doors open until the day the new Publix opens. “There will be no down time for Publix,” reported Elias. LA Fitness will eventually take residence in the vacated Publix location, Elias said that they continue to add tenants to the inline space and more new additions will be coming soon. “We are committed to delivering a valuable, Class A asset that is comple-
mentary to the neighborhood,” he said. Construction on the new, 15,000 sq. ft. strip center also is set to begin in September. Located along the entrance roadway closest to McDonald’s, the center will house a First Watch restaurant with a patio, GNC, Banfield Pet Hospital and Chicken Salad Chick. “We have two others close to signing and that will complete the out parcel,” Elias commented. He explained that construction on space previously occupied by Walmart as well as the strip center should be complete in May or June of 2019 and then turned over to the tenants with an anticipated September or October 2019 opening for the stores. Space available ranges from 12036538 sq. ft. and includes a 6200 sq. ft. restaurant with a patio. “We have been waiting to hear what would be taking Walmart’s place,” said Bloomingdale resident Tony D’Ambrosio. “We were hoping for an ALDI and could use some new restaurants.” “We are hoping to fill the spaces with businesses that the neighbors want,” said Elias. For leasing information, contact Elias at 813-664-4823 or visit www.regencycenters.com.
YMCA Spooky Spokes Twilight Ride Supports Local Community Programs
By Michelle Colesanti
bers can join in the fun, which will take place in the Bella Y. Patel courtyard located outdoors. Come in your favorite costume. Just make sure that whatever you choose is comfortable to spin in. While cycling, you will enjoy fun Halloween-themed music along with coordinated Come out for an evening of fun and cycling exercise videos in the background while helping a great charity – Campo YMCA. behind the instructor. Where else can you get a great workA Parents’ Night Out (PNO) will take out and have fun dressing up in costume; place the same night and it is free for kids all to help a great charity? of any parent participating in the cycling Campo YMCA, located at 3414 event. On the registration form for the Culbreath Rd. in Valrico, will hold its secTwilight Ride, there will be a box to indiond annual Spooky Spokes Twilight Ride cate that PNO will be needed that night on Friday, October 19 from 6:30 to 9:30 for riders’ kids. Pre-registration is required p.m. so it can be staffed accordingly. Lalita Llerena said, The money we’re You can register anytime, including raising from the Spooky Spokes Twilight the night of the event as long as bikes are Ride goes back into the local community still available, but if you register by of Valrico. We raise dollars throughout the September 30, there is a $5 discount off year in our annual campaign to keep our the registration fee. If you register after doors open to all.” October 5, there may not be event TBecause of the community’s generos- shirt’s available. ity, the Y is able to provide financial assisThe cost to participate is $35 for 30 tance to kids, adults and families facing minutes, $55 for one hour and $125 for financial hardship. “The Y is proud to say three hours. Register at the Welcome every dollar raised stays local and has a Center or mail your registration in to lasting impact on local residents. From Campo Family YMCA, Attn: Dwight swim lesson scholarships to our Kerr, 3414 Culbreath Rd., Valrico, FL Livestrong cancer survivor program - our 33596. Online registration is not available fundraising efforts ensure we remain open for this particular event. to all walks of life in our community,” she For info visit, added. www.tampaymca.org/locations/valrico-flSpooky Spokes is open to the comcampo-ymca/. munity. Both Y members and non-mem-
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Budget Blinds Has New Ownership
Mike and Adriane Wonderlin are the new owners of Budget Blinds of North Tampa, Land O Lakes and Brandon. After working for Budget Blinds for 10 years, Mike and his wife purchased the three Tampa-area franchises from the previous owners. The Budget Blinds showroom that serves Brandon and the surrounding areas is in Riverview at 10437 Gibsonton Dr. They have a second showroom in Tampa, on Fletcher Ave. in Tampa. Mike moved to Florida to work for Budget Blinds about 10 years ago. At that time, he had already been in the window treatment industry for eight years and was looking to get away from the cold Illinois winters. He took a Design Consultant position in Tampa and worked for the previous owners, The Trotters. Showroom hours are Monday to Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday’s 10 a.m.-3 p.m. To schedule a complimentary appointment in home consultation, call 445-7121. Visit BudgetBlinds.com/Brandon.
appointment or for more information. It is located at 1038 E Brandon Blvd.
Adrian and Mike Wonderlin are the new owners of Budget Blinds in the Tampa Bay area.
Permanent Makeup Lip Tattoos At Missy’s Ink Better Than Ever
Lip tattooing at Missy’s Ink just just got even better. Missy recently took another advanced class in Indiana where she received another certification. This means permanent lip tattooing at Missy’s Ink is better than ever. It’s so amazing to wake up every day to makeup without any effort. Missy’s Ink is located at 1104 N. Parsons Ave., Ste B in Brandon. For more information, visit www.missysink.com or call 659-0648.
New Home For Brandon Family Law Center LLC On July 25, the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce
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Brandon Family Law Center recently welcomed the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce and friends and family to celebrate its new office.
Kathy Lieberman Returns To ReMax Realty Unlimited Kathy
Kathy Lieberman recently returned to ReMax Lieberman with Realty Unlimited. The Lieberman
(GRCC) members were invited to celebrate with Brandon Family Law Center (BFLC), welcoming friends and family to the new office. Several Chamber members along with the Brandon Family Law team, their BNI partners and clients showed up to partake in the ribbon cutting ceremony. Brandon Family Law Center is proud to support families from birth to legacy. It has one mission: to help families across the Tampa area to navigate through important lifechanging events. BFLC is on your side, whether it is for a divorce, adoption, drawing up a will or probating an estate they are ready to offer you knowledge, counsel and support. Call 653-1744 or visit www.brandonfamilylaw.com to schedule an
Team at ReMax announced her return to ReMax Realty Unlimited. Celebrating 30 years with ReMax is a milestone for The Lieberman Team. Florida residents since 1985, Steve and Kathy began their real estate career in Brandon, joining ReMax Realty Unlimited in 1988. After a move to the south, The Lieberman Team relocated to ReMax in Riverview, and are now anxious to meet clients in the super modern high tech office of ReMax Realty Unlimited at 2020 W. Brandon Blvd., Ste. 105.The benefit with Kathy is that she is also an agent at the beautifully designed office in Riverview located at 2965 S. U.S. Hwy. 301. With Kathy being the recipient of the ReMax Hall of Fame, and a consistent 100% Club member this was an easy and exciting
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Business Column Continued............. transition. You can call or text Kathy at 3356559. Visit TAMPAFLHOMES.com or connect through Facebook at LIEBERMANTEAN SELLS TAMPA, and Let’s Talk Real Estate.
Dance Classes Offered In Brandon
Directors Jayme Perkins and Kati Trammel of Central Florida Dance Alliance (CFDA) are happy to embark on the studio’s ninth season of dance education, offering classes for ages 2 through adult in a variety of styles to suit everyone's wants and needs. The smaller class sizes and family focused environment make this studio stand out from the rest so your little star will shine bright for years to come. Classes are offered for both the recreational and the competitive dancer including an award-winning competition team VIPS and nationally recognized choreographers. Classes are offered in Hip Hop, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Acro, Preschool, Baby Ballet and more. CFDA is located at 929 E. Brandon Bl. Brandon. Call 657-1500 or visit www.mycfda.com.
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By Michelle Colesanti Motus Vita Physical Therapy Opens
Motus Vita Physical Therapy (MVPT) is proud to announce that it is now open and accepting new patients. Located inside Golden City Gymnastics, 930 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Brandon, MVPT is excited to offer physical therapy services to clients aged 564 with orthopedic or neurological impairments. We believe in providing one-onone, individualized physical therapy services to help you reach your goals. Owner and physical therapist, Dr. Jodi Miller, is a Brandon native, who has over 10 years of experience treating patients of all ages and with a wide range of diagnoses. Visit www.motusvitapt.org for more information. Call 3442787 or email email@example.com for an appointment.
Elder Law Basics: Planning For Your Pets, Loved Ones, And Treasures
On Wednesday, September 26 from 6:30-7:30 p.m., Elder Law Basics: Planning for Your Pets, Loved Ones and Treasures will be presented at the Bloomingdale Regional Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. Learn about estate planning strategies and options to ensure that your loved ones, including your pets, are protected if you are unable to care for them, and ways you can leave your hard-earned treasures to the ones you love. For more details, please contact Chrissy Toth, Business Librarian at 273-3652.
Claiming your Social Security benefits at the wrong time could cost your family tens of thousands of dollars. A seminar will be held at The HCC campus at the Regent on Tuesday, September 18 and Thursday, September 27 to help you with these decisions. Plan to be there by 5:45 p.m. This New Realtor At Align seminar is perfect for Right Realty those 58-67 years old. Kaci Palomino, Learn some of the licensed realtor, has unknown strategies and joined Align Right Realty principles behind the in the South Tampa office proper timing of taking at 3309 W Bay to Bay your Social Security benBlvd. efits. Originally from a New realtor at Align Right The HCC campus at Realty small rural town near the Regent is located at Tallahassee, she is excited to put the 6437 Watson Rd. in Riverview. Call skills she has developed over the last 626-7575 to make reservations. Leave six years into good use to become a a message after 4:30 p.m. top-producing agent in Tampa Bay.
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Elevate Your Speaking Career At Workshop
Are you looking to elevate your speaking career? Would you like help with speaking templates? Back by popular demand, Kimberly Pitts returns from Texas for this event. Pitts spent more than eight years successfully marketing professional speakers to meeting planners and still train speakers on getting booked in today’s ever-changing marketplace. During the training she will help construct the framework on who you want to be known as and how we can position that in your industry; and focus on expanding your training and speaking engagements into current and indirect industries. This Workshop is limited to 15 attendees. It will be located in Brandon with address provided by October 1. Visit https://goo.gl/aovdzw.
Stonewood Grill & Tavern Now Open For Lunch
Stonewood Grill & Tavern in Brandon is now open daily for lunch beginning 11:30 a.m. daily. Many selections are available from snacks and shareable items to soups,
salads, burgers, bowls and soup/salad and sandwich combos. Stonewood is located in Brandon at 612 E. Bloomingdale Ave. Visit www.stonewoodgrill.com/ to check out the menu.
Schedule Mammogram Screening During Breast Cancer Awareness Month
MRI Associates is offering $50 Digital Mammogram Screening and $75 Diagnostic Mammogram Screening during October. Savings are valid through October 31. Call Brandon MRI at 403 S. Kings Ave., Ste 200 in Brandon to take advantage of special pricing during Breast Cancer Month at 210-8995. A Medical Provider’s order must be presented at the time of screening.
Poochie’s Pet Hotel
Poochie's Pet Hotel in Valrico wishes to express its sincere appreciation to its loyal customers for their support as it celebrates 1 year in business in November 2018. Owner Melissa Bostick is overwhelmed by the support and number of dogs and people she has met over the last year in business, many of whom have become loyal returning clients. "We could not have come this far without you", she said. Poochie's Pet Hotel would love to add more fuzzy friends to join in the fun. Call 526-2857 to schedule a meet and greet. Be sure to look for the Poochie's Pet Hotel ad with a $10 off coupon for first time customers. Located at 2405 Crosby Rd., Valrico, Poochie's Pet Hotel can also be reached at email@example.com. Check out the website www.poochiespethotel.com and @poochiespethotelfl on Facebook
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Bloomingdale Golfers Club Opens TopNotch Pizzeria: Try A Slice Free
By Nick Nahas The trivia categories are always changing, so you’ll get a new chance to compete each week.” They will also be supplying NFL ticket for the upcoming football season on up to 12 televisions. Fans of teams that aren’t local can watch their favorite team play every Sunday. “Come join us for food and drink specials on NFL opening weekend, where we can all still claim to have a first place team,” The pizzeria has Sunday NFL said Golf Ticket for customers that want to Course watch their team from out of town play every Sunday. General Tim Manager The Bloomingdale Golfers McLaughlin. Club hit a hole-in-one when they The golf opened a pizzeria in the clubcourse is gethouse this past March. The revamped ting course, as well as the pizzeria, is after heavy open to the public. rainfall this The club is conveniently locatsummer as ed on Natures Way and offers The drivwell. both dine-in and take-out. They ing range tee also cater. The expanded menu is being resuroffers several items including faced and repizza, wings, salads, subs, burgThe pizzeria offers a free slice of sodded and ers, pasta and meatballs, as well pizza to new customers when they should be as several craft beers on tap. The show this coupon. back open at chef, Nick Marchica, makes spefull strength in September. In addition, 25 cialty pizzas upon request as well. tee boxes were re-sodded. According to The Pizzeria and Grille at McLaughlin, the most compliments they Bloomingdale hosts Trivia Night on receive these days are about how great Wednesdays from 7-9 p.m. Prizes are the greens are rolling. awarded to first, second and third place The Golfers Club posts daily golf and teams, and drink specials are available restaurant specials on its official for trivia players. Facebook page called Bloomingdale “We enjoy Trivia Night at the Golfers Club. The pizzeria is open from Bloomingdale Golfers Club because it’s a 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday through fun, relaxed and a convenient place to Friday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on meet our neighbors,” said customer and Saturdays and Sundays. For more inforBloomingdale resident Michaelene mation and to see the full menu, visit Tracey. “We enjoy the weekly food and BloomingdaleGolf.com. drink specials, and the prizes are great!
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The Revolution Ice Cream Creates Program To Support Charities
By Libby Hopkins
You cannot buy hapBrandon because they piness, but you can buy believe in their cause. ice cream, which for “They offer women educamany is happiness. The tion in alternatives to aborRevolution Ice Cream tion,” Workman said. “As Company has been sellfar as Haiti goes, we ing happiness, in the form recently went there and of ice cream to the cominstantly fell in love with the munity for more than six people and especially the years. orphans at Good Neighbor Owners Bill and Orphanage. The donations Leslee Workman started help to feed and The Revolution Ice a program at the ice clothe them as Cream Company cream shops called Love well as paying for owners, Bill and Local and Long Distance. school and Leslee Workman recently started a Customers buy one of school supplies. program at their ice two pins that are availWe are planning cream shops called able in the ice cream on going back Love Local and Long Distance. shops. soon and our These pins allow the purchaser to get kids are going with us too.” a discount on ice cream while a portion of The donations to the two charities the button sale goes to a local charity or a are reconciled monthly and the couple long distance charity, depending on the hopes to donate $1000 to each charity. button they buy. If both buttons are “Our long-term plans with Haiti are to bought, customers get a 50 percent disactually take Revolution Ice Cream there count on ice cream purchases the rest of as a mission business,” Workman said. the year. “We wanted to offer something “Some of our regular customers jumped cool that would entice people to give,” Bill on board right away but we’d love to sell Workman said. “It’s called Love Local and a lot more pins.” Long Distance. So, it works like this. You Pins are available for purchase at buy a local pin for $20 and get 20 percent both locations. The shop in Brandon is off all your ice cream purchases for the located at 220 W. Brandon Blvd. Hours rest of 2018. One hundred percent of that are Monday-Saturday 12 p.m.-1 p.m. and $20 goes to Life Care. Buy a long disSunday 1 p.m.-9 p.m. The Seminole tance pin for $20 and get the same disHeights shop is located at 6701 N. count. That $20 goes to Good Neighbor Florida Ave. Hours are Monday-Thursday Missions International for orphans in Haiti. 12 p.m.-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 12 Buy both pins and get 50 percent off your p.m.-11 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m.-9 p.m. ice cream for the rest of the year.” For information, visit www.reviceThe Workmans chose Lifecare of cream.com or call 857-3250.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute At USF Celebrates 25 Years
By Kathy L. Collins
The Osher ence class. Lifelong Learning Aracelis Institute at the Rogers is the University of Director of OLLI. South Florida Rogers said, "We (OLLI) is celebratare a group of peoing 25 years of ple who are interproviding proested in continuing grams for area to learn and grow residents who are in community with 50 years and others. We offer older. OLLI offers programming that a wide variety of feeds mind, body Area residents who are 50 years and older courses, lectures, and spirit. The can continue to learn, engage with others and events and social opportunity to have great experiences with courses and lectures offered by the Osher Lifelong networking. All are socialize and grow Learning Institute at the University of South one's personal offered without Florida. Shown here left to right are Nick the pressure of Graves and Cath Mason listening to Bharat network is encourPathakjee. tests and grades. aged." The OLLI is a membership based Rogers added, "We believe older learning community of adults ages 50 and adults have a great deal to give and over. OLLI provides high quality, low cost learned experiences to share, so most of learning opportunities for seasoned our courses are taught by members and adults. friends of the organization. It is learning The annual membership is $40. A for the joy and wonder of it, without the three year membership is $100. With the pressure of grades or the need for addimembership you get registration privitional credentials." leges for over 300 liberal arts and techThere are eight OLLIs in Florida with nology training courses offered year three of them based in the Tampa Bay round. You also get offers for special proArea. For residents of the greater grams, borrowing privileges at the USF Brandon area, you can take classes at library and the ability to attend member HCC The Regent located at 6437 Watson socials and special interest groups. Rd. in Riverview, at the Brandon Senior Course costs vary but are generally Center located at 612 N. Parsons Ave. in between $20 and $60. Discounts are Brandon and at the Taoist Tai Chi located offered for more than one class per term. at 911 Bryan Rd. in Brandon. There are over 300 courses offered To learn more and to register, please annually. You can brush up on or learn a visit www.usfseniors.org or call 974-2403 new skill in technology, take a painting (option 1) Monday through Friday from class, learn Italian or take a political sci8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Bloomingdale Rajun’ Bull Band Marches Towards Performances Abroad Even before the new school year was underway, the band room and music hallway of Bloomingdale High School buzzed with activity as the band’s students, parent volunteers and Director prepared for the new marching band season. The percussion section and Crimson Guard practiced, students were fitted for uniforms, and student leaders hosted the incoming freshmen at band camp. All were getting ready for the new school year and the excitement of preparing for this year’s halftime show featuring the music of The Incredibles 2. The Rajun’ Bulls will be looking to extend their 31-year streak of ‘Superior’ ratings at their district Marching Music Performance Assessment. This year, however, the football field will not be the only performance venue for the Rajun’ Bull Band; the ensemble has been invited to perform in Vienna, Austria and Prague, Czechia in March of 2019. Performing abroad is a distinct honor for these music students. “Traveling to foreign countries in such musically historical places like Vienna and Prague is an extension of the classroom. It creates a lifetime of memories and learning,” said Jon Sever, Director of Bands at Bloomingdale. Parents of students who have participated in such trips agree with Sever’s assessment. Susan Maley’s two children
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have traveled with the Bloomingdale music programs. Maley said the band trips are trips of a lifetime and added, “My children experienced music in a way that they couldn’t have in the classroom.” Facilitating such a trip is no small endeavor; the band will have to raise $700,000 for its members, instruments and equipment to make it to Europe. The Bloomingdale Band Boosters will be supporting the trip through fundraising. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our students and the band boosters will provide as many opportunities to help offset the costs with fundraising opportunities. We welcome anyone who would like to help with this,” said Alan Chastain, Band Boosters President. The Rajun’ Bull Band is asking for additional support from the community in the form of sponsorships and donations. Anyone interested in contributing to Bloomingdale’s travel fund may contact Jon Sever or the Bloomingdale Band Boosters at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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Author & Former Resident East Hillsborough Ducks Unlimited Holds Brandon Book Appearance Chapter To Host Dinner And Auction Staff Report By Kate Quesada
Former Brandon resiLady!, which she expects to dent Lynne Moore is be published this month and returning to the area next The French Resolution month to promote her which should be published books, Refined Sugar: by the end of the year. Memoir of a Storyteller According to Moore, and Hey Lady! Refined Suga, which was Moore, who lived in released in April, tells the Brandon beginning in story of an unwanted baby 1965, will be at Bill’s abandoned in New Orleans Prescription Center in in 1914. November discussing her “This is her story, which books and also plans to offers a glimpse into the life host a lecture and book of an overprotected child signing the same day at who is reminded regularly the Brandon Regional by her benefactor that she Library. must be grateful because Author Lynne Moore will “Refined sugar is a appear at Bill’s Prescription nobody wanted her,” said Center in November. major product of Moore. “She struggles to Louisiana; Refined Suga is the story of overcome the stigma and evolves into an the author’s life, a trilogy set in Florida, accomplished mother of six. Through Georgia, Arkansas, Lousianna, New York, years of challenges, including a horrenMinnesota and Maryland,” said Moore, a dous accident, a nomad lifestyle and a retired art therapist, ballroom dance husband with a wandering eye, she dusts teacher and scuba instructor. off an old skill, learns new ones and During her time as a Brandon resiinspires her offspring.” dent, Moore was active at the Brandon Hey Lady!, the second book in the Swim and Tennis Club (now the Brandon series focuses on Suga’s marriage to Sports and Aquatics Club, BSAC), her six Robert DuMouchel and the addition of six children attended Nativity Catholic School additional children to the family. and she was also one of the founding Refined Suga is now available in members of the Brandon Art League. libraries and can be purchased on “I was instrumental in establishing the Amazon.com, in Barnes and Noble and Brandon Little Theater, which became the on Goodreads. For more information, Village Players, and served at the group’s contact Moore at first president,” she said, adding that her firstname.lastname@example.org. Bill’s married name at the time was Mouton. Prescription Center is located at 202 E. Refined Sugar, is the first in Moore’s Brandon Blvd. and can be reached at book trilogy which also includes Hey 689-3521
emerged who wanted to make a positive difference in the world they had seen so ravaged by war. Through efforts such as the ‘DukA-Nikel’ program, individual hunting camps would raise money and contribute it to Ducks Unlimited. From those humble beginnings, Ducks Unlimited (www.ducks.org) has conserved more than 14 million acres, thanks in part to contributions from more than a million current supporters across the continent. Newsome High School students Evan Smith and Guided by science and dedicated Joseph Layrisson were presented with the 2017 East Hillsborough Ducks to program efficiency, DU works Unlimited 2017 Volunteer of the Year Award. Also toward the vision of wetlands sufpictured is Mike Layrisson who supported their ficient to fill the skies with waterefforts. fowl today, tomorrow and forever. The East Hillsborough Chapter of Wayne Tasler, East Hillsborough Ducks Unlimited (DU) of Hillsborough Volunteer Area Chairman said, “In County, will host its annual Dinner and January, 2018 Ducks Unlimited celebratAuction on Thursday, October 4 at the ed 81 years of conservation efforts. Join Plant City Armory located at 4004 Airport us as we celebrate 32 years of wetlands Rd. in Plant City. conservation and restoration efforts here Happy hour starts at 6 p.m. with dinin Hillsborough County. The evening will ner served at 7:15 p.m. Raffles and aucinclude door prizes, multiple raffles and tions will follow after dinner. both live & silent auctions. We’ll have fishDucks Unlimited Inc. is the world’s ing and hunting trips, top quality coolers, largest non-profit organization dedicated limited edition guns, and this year’s to conserving North America's continually hottest DU merchandise available.” disappearing waterfowl habitats. With For tickets, sponsorship opportunities farmland literally ‘blowing away’ during or more information, contact Tasler at the horrific dust storms of the 1930’s Dust email@example.com or 727-743Bowl, Ducks Unlimited was born in 1937 8810. You can also purchase tickets at as a first line effort to restore the wetwww.ducks.org/florida/events/54680/eastlands. hillsborough-dinner and follow the group When World War II veterans returned on Facebook at home from their duties overseas, a www.facebook.com/groups/11451968253 ground swell of rank-and-file members 3474.
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Spend A Day In The Country At The Annual Fox Squirrel Corn Maze
Bloomingdale High Student Places In National Business Contest
Escape the more. You will city and visit the also be able to Eighth Annual browse arts, Fox Squirrel crafts and jewCorn Maze hostelry. There will ed by the Futch be pumpkin Family on their painting, balbeautiful Single loon art, sand R Ranch in Plant art and more. City. The country If you fun will take are looking Come out to the beautiful Futch place from for pumpFamily’s Single R Ranch in Plant Saturday, kins, there City and visit the Fox Squirrel October 6 is a great Corn Maze. You will be able to through Sunday, find the perfect pumpkin at the variety of famous pumpkin patch. October 28. You pumpkins can visit the ranch on Saturdays and on hand to Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guests select. Futch said, are asked to exit the ranch by 6 p.m. “Our pumpkin patch was named one of The Fox Squirrel Corn Maze is an the top five patches in the Tampa Bay annual tradition that features an awearea in 2014. Come pick out your favorite some corn maze. Test your problem-solv- pumpkin from our impressive line-up.” ing skills while working your way out of Admission to the Fox Squirrel Corn one of the best and most fun corn mazes Maze is $11 plus tax for adults 18 years around. Bring your friends and race to and older and $10 plus tax for children see who can make it out first. three to 17 years old. Children two years Janet Futch said, “The Fox Squirrel old and under are admitted for free. Corn Maze agritourism event is quickly Card carrying heroes get $2 off admisbecoming one of Central Florida’s most sion. popular autumn attractions.” Futch added, The Admission Booth accepts Cash, “There is something for everyone at this Visa, Mastercard and Discover. Please fun fall festival. You can ride the tractornote that the vendors accept Cash only pulled hayride, play some fun family and there are no ATMs on site. games and just relax to the sounds of The Single R Ranch is located at some good ol’ country music.” 3002 Charlie Taylor Rd. in historic Plant In addition, there will be vendors on City. For more information on this year’s hand offering tasty fun festival food such Fox Squirrel Corn Maze, please visit as mouth-watering BBQ, Cuban sandwww.foxsquirrelcornmaze.com. Make wiches, strawberry shortcake, roasted sure to like them on Facebook at corn, kettle corn, boiled peanuts and www.facebook.com/fscornmaze.
Bloomingdale High States, China, Puerto Rico School (BSHS) junior Alex and Haiti participated in Fisher has big plans for his the national competition. future and over the sumFBLA currently has mer he came closer to approximately 250,000 make his dreams a reality. members in the United Fisher, a Bloomingdale resStates alone. ident, attended the Future According to Fisher, Business Leaders of the FBLA chapter at America (FBLA) national BSHS is a small but active competition in Baltimore group, always looking for and came home with a top new members. 10 finish. “Any student is a Students qualify for the good fit for FBLA,” he Alex Fisher recently placed FBLA national finals by tenth in the national Future said. “You just have to be Business Leaders of placing in the top two at a willing to spend a little time America competition. district competition and the doing research and attend top four at the state level. During nationa few meetings at school.” als, Fisher competed in the Sports and Fisher believes that the group helps Entertainment Management category as students develop presentation skills and an individual, the only student not working learn how to research, something he as part of a team. In Baltimore, he comfeels will be beneficial in college. pleted an online test in which he scored in “If you want to learn and practice prethe top 15, which qualified him to move sentations and get more comfortable talkonto the presentation portion where he ing in front of people, this is a perfect fit,” was given 20 minutes to prepare a busisaid Fisher. “All the adults I have spoken ness plan on a specific topic covering a to in the real business world are extremenumber of different categories. After the ly impressed with the students that are 20 minutes, he gave a seven minute part of FBLA because they appreciate presentation to a panel of judges who how hard it is to just speak in front of peowere free to ask questions at the end. ple and prepare something. Being able to “It was a great experience,” said think on your feet is important and a trait Fisher, who is planning to study mathewe often overlook, but it is used everyday matics in college. “What was extremely in real-life scenarios.”He plans to attend gratifying was talking to sponsors from the competition again next year and has other schools and the other finalists who set his goal as a third place finish. acknowledged how difficult it was to take BSHS is located at 1700 E. on this subject as a single participant and Bloomingdale Ave. and can be reached not a team. This meant a lot to me.” at 744-8018. For information on FBLA, Students from throughout the United visit www.fbla-pbl.org.
By Kathy L. Collins
By Kate Quesada
With Arts & Entertainment Editor Kathy L. Collins
The 2018 Hillsborough County Fair Fine Arts Show Issues A Call To Residents
A Call To Area Photographers To Enter The Hillsborough County Fair
Residents of judge visual arts. Awards are given Hillsborough County, based on theme, young and old, who design, composition, have a flair for artistic mastery of medium, creativity, are encourtechnique and presenaged to submit entries tation. for the 2018 Sherman said, Hillsborough County "Area artists should Fine Arts Show. The fair enter to showcase runs from Thursday to Sunday, October 18-21 The Hillsborough County Fair Fine their artwork. You have Art Show is a great opportunity for the potential to win and October 25-28. residents of the county who are This year's theme is creative and want to showcase their money and even the coveted Best in Show." Good Times and work. All entrants are eligible for prizes. Sherman added, "If Country Rhymes. The you have a passion, a love for something, fair is located at 215 Sydney Washer Rd. or just love learning, this competition is for in Dover. you. As it is an amateur competition, it is Fine art entries must be original and meant to showcase local artists and bring not more than two years old. There is no awareness of the arts to our community fee to enter, but there are strict rules that and to inspire creativity in our youth." must be followed. You can download the You can pre-register online by entry fee and review the rules at Monday, October 8 and get a free admiswww.hillsboroughcountyfair.com. sion ticket. Entry forms can be emailed to Linda Sherman is this year's firstname.lastname@example.org. All artwork must Chairman of the fine arts show. Sherman said, "This is an amateur competition. We be hand delivered to the fair on either Saturday, October 13 between 10 a.m. hope that our Hillsborough County artists and 4 p.m. or on Monday, October 15 will submit their beautiful works of art." between 2 and 6 p.m. There are four divisions- Elementary The Hillsborough County Fair Fine (1 to 5); Middle (6-8); High School; and Adults 18 and older. There are four medi- Arts Show is a great way to share your creativity with the community. For more ums for fine arts- oil, acrylic, watercolor information, please visit www.hillsborand mixed media. You may enter up to oughcountyfair.com. three pieces. The judges are qualified to
Residents of phy must contain two or more media in Hillsborough County addition to photograare invited to submit phy. The entry must entries for the 2018 be framed and ready Hillsborough County to hang using screw Fair Photography/Mixed eyes and wire only. Media Photography Anderson said, Competition. The "We have changed Hillsborough County Fair will take place from Residents have the chance to show- the mounting for the case their work and win prizes by enterphotographs to Thursday, October 18 ing the Hillsborough County Fair Photography/Mixed Media Photography match the rules as and 25 through Competition. used in the Florida Sunday, October 21 State Fair. This will save time and money and 28. The fair is located at 215 Sydney for those who wish to enter the Florida Washer Rd. in Dover. State Fair." Both school aged and adults may Judging is based on visual impact, enter. Participants can enter two pieces per class in photography (black and white, composition, quality and appeal. Photographs taken with film and color and digital). Only one piece can be processed in a darkroom will be judged entered in mixed media photography. on proper contrast and light control. No Entry forms can be downloaded by software maybe used to enhance photovisiting www.hillsboroughcountyfair.com. graphs except to remove red eyes and to Completed forms can be emailed to crop. All entrants must verify that all phoBrenda Anderson at email@example.com or mailed to 1524 tographs were taken and all work done within the last 12 months. S. Wiggins Rd. Plant City, FL 33566. All Prizes will be awarded for Youth and entries must be hand delivered on either Adult in each category. The Hillsborough Saturday, October 13 between 10 a.m. 4 County Fair Photography/Mixed Media p.m. or on Monday, October 15 between Photography Competition is a great one 2 and 6 p.m. for anyone who likes to take photographs Photographs must be 8"x10" and regardless of age and skill level. must be matted on single weight white For informatio, visit www.hillsbormat board. Finished size must be no bigoughcountyfair.com. ger that 11"x14". Mixed media/photogra-
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Connection By Nick Nahas
Former Brandon Baseball Player Has Successful College Career Ever since he was just four years old, Jerry Biller III has had a love for the game of baseball. “I fell in love with the game and I stuck with it,” Biller said. He started playing at a YMCA camp in Orlando and with his hard work and dedication, has turned his love of the game into a baseball scholarship at Central Penn College. Biller played at Brandon High School for Matt Stallbaumer in a very competitive Hillsborough County. Biller thinks that part of his success came from playing against some of the best. “Hillsborough County is the one of the most competitive counties in the nation when it comes to athletes that have come out of here and have made a name for themselves,” Biller said. “It helped in my all-around game. To be successful, you had to compete against players that have gone on to do great things.” After a very successful career at Brandon, he graduated in 2016 as the seventh-ranked fielder in the country by MaxPreps.com. Biller accepted a scholarship to play baseball at Central
Biller is the first player in Central Penn history to be selected to the All-American Team. Jerry Biller is the starting second basemen for Central Penn College.
Penn College in Enola, Pennsylvania. “Visiting the school, it felt like home,” Biller said. “It’s a small school with small class sizes, and I knew that I would have a successful education. I knew that it was the right next step for
me.” Biller has had a decorated college baseball career at Central Penn. He was recently selected to the USCAA National All-Academic Team for the second time, and was selected as a 2018 Second Team USCAA All-America. Central Penn College was founded in 1881, and in its 100-
plus years, Biller is the first athlete there to be selected to both teams in the same season. He is the first player in school history to be selected to the All-American Team as well. He was also selected as the Co-Male Athlete of the Year at his school. The second baseman has already secured many of the school’s career baseball records. He holds the Central Penn College record with 200+ plate appearances, batting .380 with an onbase percentage of .492, with 39 runs batted in and 38 stolen bases. Biller just finished working on an internship in Pennsylvania with Target as an Executive Team Level Intern. He is working on his degree in Business Management. He is accelerating his academic schedule and plans to graduate in just three years in May 2019. When this season is over, Biller plans on ending his baseball career and pursing a job in the field of business. He still wants to be around the game as a coach or athletic director in the future.
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Bell Shoals Worship Choir Invited To Sing National Anthem For The Buccaneers
By Amanda Boston
The Bell year, and I look Shoals Worship forward to directing Choir will give an again this year, but encore performmy favorite part ance of the nationlast year was when al anthem for the our worship choir Buccaneers’ family had a sweet Monday Night prayer time togethFootball game on er right before we September 24 went out on the at Raymond field. We had the James Jason Millsaps leads the opportunity to pray Stadium. Bell Shoals Worship Choir with and pray for in the National Anthem at a the Buccaneers That Buccaneers game in 2017. evening the coordinators that Tampa Bay Buccaneers will take on the hosted us for the evening.” Pittsburgh Steelers at 8:15 p.m. During Since the Buccaneers organization halftime a special ceremony will be held does not have a waiting room large for Tony Dungy, a former head coach of enough to accommodate the entire the Buccaneers, inducting him into the worship choir, Millsaps had to limit it to prestigious ‘Ring of Honor.' 80 singers. Choir members signed up Before the game, the worship choir on a first come first serve basis, and a will perform a sound check on the field waiting list was created. at 5:30 p.m., followed by a dinner proMillsaps continued, “It is always a vided by the Buccaneers organization. blessing to be able to go outside the Then at 7:45 p.m., the choir will enter walls, and sometimes out of our comthe football field through the tunnel and fort zone, to represent Christ and Bell sing the National Anthem at 8:15 p.m. Shoals Baptist Church. Even in the After the anthem, the choir members midst of what some would say is conwill be escorted to reserved seats to troversial in the NFL, it is our privilege watch the game. and responsibility to show Christ in our Carole Fluhart, a choir member actions and words, and that's what we who participated in last year’s performdid.” ance, said, “It was thrilling to be in the Raymond James Stadium is locattunnel with the players at the start of ed at 4201 N. Dale Mabry Hwy. in the game, a real treat.” Tampa. Further detail about the game Jason Millsaps, the pastor of music can be found at www.raymondand worship at Bell Shoals Baptist jamesstadium.com. For more informaChurch’s Brandon Campus, said, tion about Bell Shoals, please visit “Singing the anthem was awesome last www.bellshoals.com.
Seniors Invited To Participate In Active Life Games
By Kate Quesada
Registration is open until September 19 for the Tampa Bay Active Life Games which will take place October 5-19 throughout the county.
Last year hundreds of seniors from all over Hillsborough County participated in events from pickle board to dominos at the annual Tampa Bay Active Life Games. Registration is now underway for this year’s event, which will take place throughout the county from October 5-19. The Olympic-style competition is open to adults 50 and older and is hosted by Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation, the City of Tampa, the City of Temple Terrace and Friends of the County Parks. “This event is very important to us because we have a large constituent of seniors in our area and it is well known that the longer you stay active, the longer you stay healthy,” said Rick Valdez, director of Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation. “There is great talent all around us and every year we find someone new who inspires us.” This year is the 38th annual competition offering a variety of contests for all skill and fitness levels with events ranging from track and field to cycling. Some of the more than two dozen events are qualifiers for state completion. “There is something for every-
one,” said Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandra Murman. “There is even a baking contest.” Registration costs $30 and entrants can compete in as many events as they want. There is an additional $25 charge for those participating in the golf competition, which includes use of a cart. In addition, opening day festivities and the awards luncheon are included with registration. Residents can register on-line and select sports, activities and pay entrance fees until September 19. The registration fee can be paid online with a credit card or PayPal or payment can be mailed. The event, previously known as The Senior Games, is a regional qualifier for the Florida Senior Games which will take place in Clearwater, December 1-9. Residents who participate in the Florida Senior Games can qualify for the National Senior Games which will take place in Albuquerque, New Mexico in June, 2019. To register for the Tampa Bay Active Life Games, visit www.HCFLGov.net/ActiveLife. To learn more about the Florida Senior Games, call 1-866-354-2637.
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