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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 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 7737175 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/CateFoundatio n/. 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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A 2012 East es 100 million Bay High School square miles, graduate and nearly half the Riverview native Earth’s surface, is serving with the from Antarctica to U.S. Navy with the Arctic Circle U.S. Naval and from the Hospital Guam. West Coast of Hospitalman the United States Drew Turnbough into the Indian is serving with the Ocean. All told, hospital in Guam. there are more A Navy hosthan 200 ships pitalman is and submarines, responsible for nearly 1,200 airthe prevention craft, and more and treatment of than 130,000 uniPhoto By Communication Specialist Jackson Brown disease and formed and civilHospitalman Drew Turnbough is serving with injury, assisting ian personnel the hospital in Guam. health care professionals in providing serving in the Pacific. medical care to personnel, conducting “I enjoy being stationed here preliminary physical examinations, as because of the diversity you get being well as performing medical administrawith the locals and military population,” tive, supply and accounting proceTurnbough said. dures. Though there are many ways for “I love my job knowing that you sailors to earn distinction in their comneed to be there when people need mand, community, and career, you most,” Turnbough said. Turnbough is most proud of passing a Turnbough credits success in the patient off base and seeing them Navy to many of the lessons learned in healthy after he treated them. Riverview. “That makes me feel good to know “My dad taught me to never judge that they are no longer hurt,” said someone,” Turnbough said. “You never Turnbough. “The work that I did has know when you may need that person.” made them better.” Naval Hospital Guam is comprised “Joining the Navy is something that of the main hospital in Agana Heights I always wanted to do,” said and two branch clinics, medical and Turnbough. “I want to do my part to dental, on Naval Base Guam. The hos- serve for the country and protect what pital’s staff consists of 516 active duty America stands for.” and 201 civilians, contractors, See Page 23 for an additional story reservists and volunteers who serve on Lennard grad and Apollo Beach more than 26,000 beneficiaries. native Carleigh Rodriguez serving on The U.S. Pacific Fleet encompass- the USS Donald Cook.

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Joe Gregory Named Café Manager & Chef At Waterset

By Candace Rotolo

Joe Gregory recently plates that are made from joined the team at The reclaimed palm fronds. Landing Cafe, Waterset by “The feedback from Newland Communities’ Joe’s improvements has popular public café and been fantastic,” said Pam welcome center as café Parisi, vice president of manager and chef. marketing for Newland Gregory previously owned Communities. “We look fora Tampa-based catering ward to what he has in company. store for residents and Gregory has already guests who come to The started to make his mark Landing Café and for the on the café by adding speupcoming events being cialty food nights, extendplanned.” Joe Gregory was recently ing operating hours, Waterset, a masternamed Café Manager & Chef at Waterset in Apollo planned community in emphasizing made-fromBeach. scratch recipes made with Apollo Beach, is owned in fresh, local ingredients and without a joint venture partnership between preservatives or hormones and increasNORTH AMERICA SEKISUI HOUSE, ing the number of gluten-free options. LLC (NASH), the U.S. business unit and “I’m very excited to bring my vision full subsidiary of SEKISUI HOUSE, LTD., and skills to Waterset,” said Gregory. Japan’s largest homebuilder and leading “The community has really welcomed me diversified developer, and Newland Real and the updates that have been made. Estate Group, LLC, whose development My goal is to bring value to the residents business, Newland Communities, is the and ensure that everyone who comes to master developer of the community. The Landing Café has an enjoyable The Landing Café is open to the experience.” public offering coffees, smoothies and Among the improvements Gregory baked goods, as well as breakfast has made are expanding the café’s hours entrees, sandwiches, salads, flatbreads to 8 p.m. on Thursdays and Friday, and quesadillas. Beer and wine are also adding pizza nights every Friday with served. Hours are Monday– handmade dough and toppings, servWednesday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Thursday ing Saturday brunch and scheduling and Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday, 8 monthly family events. a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. Additionally, Gregory has worked to The Waterset information center is reduce the environmental footprint at the located in the Café and is open daily from café by replacing plastic utensils and 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and on Sundays from 12 straws in favor of those made of wood Noon-6 p.m. For more information, call and paper and using compostable paper 235-0154 or visit www.watersetfl.com.

Community Resource Center Receives Upgrade By Kate Quesada

SouthShore resiupgrade. dents now have a “Ruskin has upgraded place to been growing receive services and rapidly, and the pursue a healthy growth is prolifestyle. The jected to SouthShore increase even Community more rapidly in Resource Center, coming years,” located in Ruskin he said. and operated by Before the Hillsborough renovations, the County, celebrated center served The SouthShore Community Resource Center held a grand re-opening ceremony $79,000 in approximately last month to celebrate renovations which upgrades with a 500 people a include the addition of a Healthy Living grand re-opening month with servCenter and solar panels. ceremony last month. ices including financial and utilities/energy According to Todd Pratt, county assistance, adult education and training, media relations representative, the renohomeless prevention and youth developvations created space for a Healthy ment offering help with scholarships, colLiving Center featuring a 580 sq. ft. fitlege prep and year-round youth engageness center and a 780 sq. ft. exercise ment. Assistance is also offered in the room. aftermath of local disasters. “The Healthy Living Center is operatDuring the grand re-opening celebraed by Hillsborough County Health Care tion, Health Care Services hosted a free, Services and offers preventative care pro- family-friendly open house including grams, including exercise equipment and health screenings from Suncoast a group fitness room, wellness classCommunity Health Centers. Feeding rooms and nutrition and exercise proTampa Bay was on-site with its Mobile grams,” said Pratt. Pantry so residents had a chance to go During the renovations, the county home with fresh food. also installed a solar canopy that pro“Whether it’s helping residents vides shaded parking for 18 spots and achieve a healthy lifestyle so they live generates electricity for the center. It is longer or protecting the atmosphere by hoped that the solar canopy, which conusing clean energy to power County sists of 210 panels with a total rating of buildings, Hillsborough County is invest59 kW, will save the county more than ing in the future of South County,” said $7,600 in electricity costs each year. Pratt. Pratt states that the area’s growth The Center is located at 201 14th made the center a great candidate for an Ave. S.E. in Ruskin or call 671-7647.




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New Riverview Teachers Welcomed And Teachers Of The Year Honored By GRCC

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The Greater ing toward for sevRiverview Chamber of eral years. Two Commerce’s (GRCC) special raffle numannual Teaching to bers were drawn Excellence event, and the winning held August 8 at The teachers called to Regent, recognized the stage. These Teachers of the Year ladies stood nervand welcomed all new ously, representing teachers from within Riverview High the 24 Riverview School and Dawson schools. Attendees Elementary while were greeted at the Hooper made them door by a large cheerchoose between a ing group of Shark small envelope and Cheerleaders a larger packfrom Riverview et. Each of High School. them won a More than terrific prize 300 teachers package feaentered the turing a ballroom filled Starbucks gift with energetic card, fine dinmusic and ing experience excitement, first (Mise en Place stopping at the and Cooper’s GRCC table Hawk Winery where they and received a Restaurant) bright red and concert reusable tote tickets. Thanks bag with severto Raymond al great James coupons Stadium, one already stuffed winner will see inside. They Ed Sheeran moved on and the other through the winner will see 30+ Teacher 21 Pilots Photos by Huth and Booth Photography thanks to Supply Stops, all sponsored and manned by GRCC Amalie Arena. members and were provided dozens As teachers exited The Regent, of school supplies, coupons and they were given two reams of copy goodies. paper and treated to a tasty treat Michelle Mosher, Southshore from Kona Ice in the parking lot. Insurance Professionals, 2018 GRCC Thanks to top sponsors President, thanked everyone in the #Asphaltbabe, Coastal Catering, On room for their dedication to making The Move Productions, Riverview this community great. “The teaching Mortgage, South Bay Hospital, profession requires very admirable Southshore Insurance Professionals, dedication and I am thankful they are Suncoast Credit Union, The Mosaic are stepping up to the challenge,” Company, The Regent, An ABC she noted. “The Chamber is honored Events, Brandon Law, CenterState to have these schools as members of Bank (Riverview), Century 21 their organization and is proud of Beggins Enterprises, Hillsborough each and every one of them.” Community College @ The Regent, Each school’s Teacher of the Law Offices of Laurie E. Ohall, PA, Year was presented a plaque of St. Joseph's Hospital and Tampaappreciation. Hillsborough County Expressway Prior to the closure of the event, Authority. Ernest Hooper was able to bring to For more information on GRCC, fruition something he had been work- visit www.riverviewchamber.com. ANGIE’S LIST WINNERS 2014 & 2015 Check out our Reviews!

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Greater Riverview Chamber Of Commerce Announces Upcoming Political Forum Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce (GRCC) is proud to announce that it will be hosting a Political Forum for Supervisor of Elections Craig the comLatimer and a staff member munity on participate in the last political forum put on by the GRCC. Tuesday, October 2. Candidates who are running for offices that affect the Riverview community and surrounding neighbors will be invited to participate in this Forum. The event will take place at The Regent, 6437 Watson Rd. in Riverview. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and program will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. There is no charge for admission or parking. This is your chance to meet the candidates, hear what they have to say and be able to make an informed decision when you vote in the November general election. The evening has been designed to educate and bring awareness to the community and give candidates an opportunity to speak on issues affecting us on the local and state levels. Moderators Dr. Bryan Thatcher, Thatcher Properties, and Laurie OHall, Law Offices of Laurie E. Ohall, PA, will devote considerable time to questions and answers and each candidate will have the opportunity to speak.

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The candidates will also be given the opportunity to host a display table where attendees may visit for 1 hour prior to the main event. At the table they may collect marketing materials and ask questions of the candidate and/or their

Volunteers: Joe Eletto, Century 21 Beggins; Lynn Buice; and Craig Beckinger, An ABC Event, Inc. participate in the last political forum that the GRCC held.

campaign team. Executive Director Tanya Doran said, “Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce is honored to bring this event to the people of Riverview and our surrounding neighbors.” There is a $50 registration fee for candidates. This entitles you to a table display. There is no charge for parking. For information, stop by the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce office located inside the CenterState Bank building at 10101 Bloomingdale Ave., Ste. 102 in Riverview between 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday to Friday, call 234-5944 or visit www.RiverviewChamber.com.

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Valencia Lakes resiSafe driving for older dents concerned about adults will be the focus at becoming victims of fraud the inaugural Safe Driving or other scams are invitExpo at the Valencia Lakes ed to attend the inaugural Club House on Wednesday, Fraud Prevention Day February 27 from 8:30 a.m.event at the community’s 1:30 p.m. Experts from clubhouse in Wimauma. local, state and federal govValencia Lakes is hosting a ernment agencies, nonThe event will take Fraud Protection Day for place on Wednesday, profit safety groups and residents on Wednesday, October 24. October 24 from 8:15 medical professionals will a.m.-1:45 p.m. and will allow residents the be on hand to answer questions and opportunity to interact with and ask quesgive information. Contact Ross at 812tions to local, state and federal govern7055 or harrysross@att.net. The ment agency representatives and gather Valencia Lakes Club House is located at information about resources available. 16003 Valencia Club Dr. In Wimauma. Ladies Invited To Bunco Games According to event organizer, Harry Residents are invited to a ladies’ Ross, 80 percent of scam victims are bunco game at the Rivercrest over 65 years old and seniors lose Clubhouse every first Wednesday of the approximately $36 billion a year to fraud. month, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Bunco, a Experts at the event will include friendly dice game, strictly for enjoyment County Commissioner Stacy White, and entertainment, is planned to afford Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister, TV Investigative Reporter with women the opportunity to socialize and meet other residents. It is open to ABC Action News, Jackie Calloway and women who are Rivercrest residents or many others. members of the CDD. Must 18 years of Attendees will also be able to participate in raffles and will receive snacks and age or older and must have a current, beverages. active access card. Register now at the Valencia Lakes To reserve a seat, women should Lifestyle Office. For more information, contact the organizer, Dianne Billups at contact Ross at 812-7055 or hardiaups@aol.com or text 263-8058. The rysross@att.net. The Valencia Lakes games will take place on the first Club House is located at 16003 Valencia Wednesday of each month (SeptemberClub Dr. In Wimauma. May).



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First Baptist Of Riverview Celebrates 125 Years, Looks Forward To Future By Michael Smith

A lot has changed since what is now called First Baptist Church of Riverview held its first service in 1893, but one thing that has not

ebrate its 125th anniversary. There will be a barbecue on Saturday evening, followed by a celebration on Sunday looking back at the rich

changed over the years is the church’s commitment to influence others to become followers of Christ. On September 8 and 9, First Baptist Riverview – located at the corner of U.S. Highway 301 South and Balm Riverview Road – will cel-

history of the church and looking forward to campus improvements so that more people can be reached with the good news of the gospel. Earlier this year, First Baptist approved a four-phase master plan for its campus. Phase 1 will remodel

the current worship center that was built in 1979 and expand the lobby and restrooms. Phase 2 will add a children’s ministry building and administrative offices. Phase 3 will build a fellowship hall/gymnasium, kitchen and student ministry loft. The final phase will add an educational building for adult LifeGroups and provide additional parking. “We will help people discover and live out their life mission in Christ,” said SeniorPastor Jeff Knight. “We see the intentional development of our church campus as a means to this very important end.” Tisha Hudson, whose father, Ben L. Earnest Jr., pastored the church from 1956 to 1987, said First

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A ribbon cutting was recently held for It Works! – GRCC members celeKetones. brated with new business member, It Works! - Ketones from Shirley Bhat. Chamber members along with family and friends showed up to celebrate with GRCC’s 2017 Shining Star Shirley Bhat at her very own ribbon cutting ceremony. Bhat is extremely excited about the results she has seen by adding Ketones to her daily diet and wants to help others see the benefits. It Works! helps you to adapt Photos by Ed Booth, Huth and Booth Photography to a KETO lifestyle, providRibbon cutting celebrates the opening of Tea, Bowls ing you with more energy, and Desserts LLC. better focus, weight loss, ples of some of the wonderful items clear skin and hair growth through being offered at TBD. In addition to healthier all-natural options. Email the well crafted tea beverages shirleybhat@yahoo.com or visit served, they introduced French http://shirleybhat.myitworks.com. Macarons from Petite Madelyn's LLC, one of which is flavored with a speGRCC Celebrates the Opening of cialty tea blend. Tea, Bowls and Desserts LLC Tea, Bowls and Desserts was GRCC members celebrated the founded in 2017 to create an impact opening of Tea, Bowls and Desserts on the human food experience, LLC (TBD). All were treated to sam-

opening of The Venue in Riverview and were by Greater Brandon and Valrico-FishHawk Chambers for the ribbon cutting ceremony. The event was packed full of activities, décor and food from many of The Venue’s preferred partners. With 1500 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space you can highlight your grand vision, train your team, show off Photos by Ed Booth, Huth and Booth Photography your business and connect A ribbon cutting was held for The Venue, celebrating with the community. It has Riverview’s newest event space. everything you need from tables and chairs to WiFi and AV equipment. Owners Eros and Julie Dahl hope that you consider hosting your next business meeting, birthday, and anniversary or fundraiser event. Call 773-6338 or complete the online booking request at www.RiverviewVenue.com. It is located at 11268 Boyette Rd. Photos by William Kirkland

Belle Maison Realty recently opened the doors of its new office celebrating with the GRCC in a ribbon cutting ceremony.

embracing diversity, creativity and fun at the same time while providing freshly-brewed tea, desserts and Asian fusion food. Founders, Isabella and Jerwin Rosal, live by the values of integrity, quality, innovation, family and giving back. It is located at 3840 US Hwy. 301 in Riverview. Tea Blending classes are held too. Visit or order online at www.tbdcafe.com.

Chamber Celebrates ‘The Venue’

The GRCC helped celebrate the

Grand Opening Of Belle Maison Realty

GRCC members celebrated Belle Maison Realty’s new office. Ed and Bonnie Pichette, owners and long-time friends of GRCC, were delighted to welcome everyone to their beautiful office (former home of GRCC). Buying a home is a big step and the agents at Belle Maison Realty are there to help you every step of the way. It is located at 10012 Water Works Lane in the Boardwalk Offices of Riverview. Call 513-3113 and visit bellemaisonrealtyfl.com.

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Kimi’s Ice Cream And Coffees Expands To Riverview

By Tatiana Ortiz

Inside dining area of Kimi's Ice Cream and Coffees in Riverview.

People can hit a homerun as they step up to the plate and order one or two scoops of ice cream inside a miniature baseball helmet at Kimi’s Ice Cream and Coffees in Riverview. Those interested can select any of the 30 Major League Baseball teams with an option to purchase a helmet without ice cream as prices do vary. Owners Adam Souza and his brother Jay Souza wanted to recreate a childhood memory as Adam recalls going to baseball games and getting ice cream in a baseball helmet. In addition, it also offers sundaes, milk shakes, Italian Ices, coffees and more. On August 13 of this year, Kimi’s Ice Cream and Coffees opened its second location. The original one is located in Apollo Beach, which the Souza’s took over in June 2015. What led to the expansion was when the Souza’s saw an opportunity to grow their customer base since many come from the Riverview

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area. The 1,750 sq. ft. building can seat more than 30 people with an option to sit inside or outside. Kimi’s Ice Cream and Coffees offers free Wi-Fi too. It provides more than 40 flavors of ice cream such as Chocolate Chip, and Salted Caramel, just to name a few from a local business in St. Petersburg called Working Cow Homemade Ice Cream. Prices start at $3.20 for a small cup or a regular homemade waffle cone. It serves a lactose free vanilla ice cream called a pup cup for dogs, which costs $3.20. It also offers cappuccinos and other coffee products from Brisk Coffee Co. in Tampa. Customers can earn a free scoop of ice cream through its loyalty punch card system. This free program grants the person their reward after the 11th ice cream. “Overall, I am happy to be involved in the community and humbled by the support we received thus far,” Adam said. Visit www.kimisicecreamandcoffees.com/home.html or www.facebook.com/kimisicecreamandcoffees/ for more information. It is located at 11270 Boyette Rd. in Riverview. Open Sunday through Thursday 12 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. and Friday through Saturday 12 p.m.- 10 p.m. Call 5138191.

Brandon All-Stars Offers Elite Training For Cheerleaders Of All Levels

By Nick Nahas

improve in overall strength, body control, and the tumbling technique, as well as classes in stunting, and a chance to be on a competitive team. These classes are offered yearround. You can also book your child's birthday party at the Brandon All-Stars North location. Brandon All-Stars offers classes to athletes of all different levels and skillsets, from beginner to elite, ages 2-18 for both Parties are available boys and girls. for both members Since 1995 Brandon All-Stars has and non-members with two package been training cheerleaders. They now types to choose from. Open gym is held have three locations, including Orlando, on Fridays from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Brandon and Tampa. and costs just $5 for all members and “Our program teaches students that non-members. hard work always pays off,” said Brandi This summer they are in full-season Hotchkiss, Brandon All-Stars Director. “If and they are about to release their halfthey keep working hard with whatever season competitive team information. skillset they are working on, or in school, Specials include 15% off a customer’s it is going to pay off. That is our biggest first month of classes with the coupon in motto.” the Osprey Observer at the Brandon The Brandon All-Stars are four-time location at 102 S. Falkenburg Rd, Small Coed World Champions, including Tampa, 33619. Parents can also offset recently in 2016 and 2017. “It is a prodcosts by volunteering to work concesuct of our students coming in and wantsions at area venues. ing to be successful day-in and day-out, For more information, you can visit to become a high-caliber athlete and to their website at BrandonAllStars.com, or be able to compete with the best proyou can visit their Facebook page at grams in the world,” said Hotchkiss. Brandon AllStars. They offer classes to athletes of all “Our goal is for our kids to come in different levels and skillsets, from beginand have a great time while being athletner to elite, ages 2-18 for both boys and ic and feeling like this is a second family girls. They give private lessons that help to them,” said Hotchkiss.

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Spend A Day In The Country At The Women’s Care Welcomes Its New Doctor, Karem Alvarez, MD Annual Fox Squirrel Corn Maze Staff Report By Kathy L. Collins

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 City and visit the Fox Squirrel Saturday, kins, there Corn Maze. You will be able to October 6 is a great find the perfect pumpkin at the through Sunday, 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.

The team at Women’s Women’s Care has Care Florida’s Brandon, been offering health care to Lithia, Plant City and Big females in the Brandon Bend offices recently welarea for more than 30 comed Dr. Karem Alvarez, years, focusing on obstetwho received her underrics and gynecology, includgraduate degree at the ing in-office bone density University of Florida graduand mammography ating Magna Cum Laude. screenings and sonoShe then received her grams. Two of Women’s medical degree at New Care’s doctors are certified York Medical College and in Hormone Replacement was a four year national Therapy (HRT) and minor medical fellowship scholarin-office surgeries can be Women’s Care Florida ship recipient. She comperformed with the assisrecently welcomed new doctor Karem Alvarez to its tance of an anesthesiolopleted her residency at team. Winnie Palmer Hospital for gist at some locations. Flu Women and Babies in obstetrics and shots are also available for patients. gynecology, where she was selected to “Our goal is to offer high quality serve as Chief Resident. health care while making our patients feel Her areas of interest are high-risk comfortable,” said Dr. Denton, who obstetrics and minimally invasive gynecol- explained that the offices in each of the ogy, utilizing both laparoscopic and four locations have themed exam rooms. daVinci Robotic approaches. Additionally, The group also uses Patient Portals she has a special interest in infertility and to electronically store paperwork and adolescent gynecologic care. She was schedule appointments. published in the international journal of “Not only does the Patient Portal adolescent medicine and health as a comean that our patients can access inforauthor of research on barriers to adolesmation on their own schedule, it also cuts cent contraception use and adherence. down on office wait times,” said Denton. She also volunteers her time globally on Doctors from Women’s Care work at international medical mission trips. both Brandon Regional and St. Joseph’s Bilingual, she speaks fluent Spanish, South hospitals. and has a passion for traveling the world This month, Women’s Care is also with her husband. expanding its hours at the Brandon office, Alvarez, who joins six additional doclocated at 731 S. Parsons Ave., on tors and three nurse practitioners at Tuesdays and Wednesdays to make Women’s Care’s four area offices, will scheduling more convenient. For more, work mostly out of the group’s Big Bend visit www.womenscarefl.com or call 681and Brandon locations. 9171.

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Seniors Invited To Participate In Active Life GamesBy Kate Quesada

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Vanessa Bevington 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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Canine Cabana Offers Expert Dog Training, Lodging & Care

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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 be a lifetime part of Photo courtesy of Angie Pickren training techniques to encourtheir family.” Canine Cabana’s full-time age your dog to become a The training protrainers, (Kristin Lemonde well-mannered part of the famigrams are completed (left), Jenna Ivey and Yezmin 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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Barrington Middle School Student Graduates From Space Camp Eleven year old Kaitlyn Chin, a 6th grade student at Barrington Middle School, enjoyed time this summer attending Space Camp Robotics Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, located in Huntsville, Alabama. This was her second summer participating in the program. The weeklong educational program promotes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), while training students and adults with hands-on activi-

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trainees test payloads on an unmanned aerial vehicle, all while strengthening teamwork and leadership skills. At the end of their missions, the teams arrived in time to graduate with honors. Kaitlyn said, "This year at Space Camp Robotics, we got to program and design our own robots, fly drones, and build underwater bots that we use to win competitions. Last summer at Aviation Challenge, we got to learn how to fly and operate planes on flight simulators, go on missions at night, and purify water. It was awesome." Kaitlyn Chin, a Barrington Middle School student, More than 750,000 trainees spent her second summer participating in Space have graduated from Space Robotics Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. Camp and its sister programs ties and missions based on teamwork, since its inception in Huntsville, leadership and decision-making. Alabama in 1982, including European This program is specifically Space Agency astronaut, Samantha designed for trainees who have a parCristoforetti and NASA astronauts ticular interest in programming and Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, Dr. Kate engineering. The mission of Space Rubins and Dr. Serena Auñón, who Camp Robotics is to show trainees recently launched to the International how engineers develop solutions for Space Station. Children and teachers real-world problems using real-world from all 50 states and 69 international technologies. At all age levels, locations have attended a Space trainees use state-of-the-art robotics Camp® program. systems to compete in air, sea and Are you interested in training like land activities and missions. Using the an astronaut? Visit Office of Naval Research’s SeaPerch www.spacecamp.com/robotics or call undersea robotics, Chin and the other 1-800-637-7223 for more information.

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Registration For Second Annual Skyway 10K Opens September 13 Registration for the second annual Skyway 10K will open Thursday, September 13 at 1 p.m. Eastern and the event is expected to sell-out quickly. It will take place on Sunday, March 3, 2019. The top changes for the Second Annual Skyway 10K are: -Increased number of waves to reduce the congestion on the bridge -New awards for King and Queen of the Hill (timed race up the incline of the bridge) -Improved coordination with the City of St. Pete Police and Tampa Bay Rays to ease parking congestion on both Saturday and Sunday -New iPhone/Android app to keep you updated on Race Day including live parking suggestions -Improved race shirt sizing -Redesigned bus boarding queues for easier loading and post-race unloading through the medal and food areas -Option to have your race packet mailed to you -Bleacher seating at Tropicana Field around the jumbotron for friends and family to watch the CBS live coverage -GoPros now allowed on the bridge -Virtual Racing – details available later this year The inaugural Sunshine Skyway 10K Bridge Run raised $560,000 for the

By James Judge

Armed Forces Families Foundation. All dollars went to fund projects supporting the families of our service men and women. The sold-out inaugural Skyway 10K took place on March 4 and was an overwhelming success. Participant registration for the run across the Bob Graham Sunshine Skyway Bridge realized its targeted 7,000 participant capacity only five days after being announced. It was the first running event across the Skyway Bridge since it opened in 1987. In all, people from 40 states, three countries and all five branches of the United States armed forces participated in the run. As planned, 100 percent of the proceeds from the Skyway 10K are going to benefit the Armed Forces Families Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides 100 percent of the funds they raise back to projects that help our military service men and women and their families. The annual run begins on I-275 at the rest area just south of the Skyway Bridge and ends at the rest area on the North side of the bridge, which equals 10 kilometers or 6.2 miles. Anyone interested in volunteering for or sponsoring the second annual Skyway 10K can visit skyway10k.com or emailing info@skyway10k.com.

Newland’s Concerts For A Cause Series Will Benefit Feeding Tampa Bay Newland Communities is gearing up for its eighth year of hosting its popular Concerts for a Cause. The concerts begin in earlySeptember at the Newland Communities of Waterset in Apollo Beach and Bexley in Land O’Lakes and will feature well-known area bands. All are open to the public. In lieu of admission, attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items or cash donations, which will be distributed to Feeding Tampa Bay, the area’s leading food bank, which provides food to more than 700,000 people in a 10-county area of W. Florida, including Hillsborough and Pasco counties. According to Newland, last year’s concert series collected nearly 2,000 lbs. of food which helped provide nearly 14,000 meals to neighbors in need. Concertgoers should bring lawn chairs, blankets and get ready for a great evening of music and fun for the whole family. On Saturday, September 8 from 69 p.m., you can listen to The Black Honkeys headlining with a mix of rock, soul and Motown tunes. On Saturday, September 22 from 6–9 p.m. enjoy listening to the high energy variety of

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music from C’Nergy and Saturday and October 6 from 6-9 p.m., Frequency rocks the park with an array of songs from Top 40 hits to classic rock. Each community will also host a Fall Festival in late October with costume contests and food trucks offering an assortment of items for purchase. The Fall Festival at Waterset will take place on Saturday, October 20 from 5-9 p.m. It will feature a costume contest starting at 5:30 p.m. sharp. Prizes will be awarded for cutest, scariest and most creative. All ages are welcome. After the contest, enjoy the band Stormbringer, which plays the most iconic rock tunes of all time, and enjoy a pumpkin patch and food trucks. The Waterset concerts will be located at 7250 Parkshore Dr. in Apollo Beach. For more information on Waterset, call 235-0154 or visit www.watersetfl.com. The Bexley Community at 16950 Vibrant Way in Land O’Lakes will hold concerts from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, October 6, 13, 20 and a Fall Festival on October 27. For more information on The Bexley Community, call 4257555 or visit www.bexleyflorida.com. For more concert and festival information, visit www.concerts4cause.com.

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Riverview. Please invite a friend or two. Donations are being accepted whether or not you are going to attend and this applies to friends as well. For pick up of items, call Irene at 201893-6591 or Shirley at 956-2940. Irene is only able to pick up small items. The Club’s Christmas Dinner will take place on Thursday, December 13 at 11 a.m. at Summerfield Community Center. Information will follow.

The Riverview Woman’s Club, found- New Season Kicks Off For Ye Royal ‘Female’ Krewe Of Charlotte ed in 2012, will hold its monthly meeting Who hasn’t dreamed of being a at a new location; The Venue, 11268 pirate? Here is your opporBoyette Rd. in tunity. Ye Royal Krewe of Riverview. Charlotte de Berry is an all Monthly meetfemale Krewe of wenches ings resume who not only participate in Wednesday, parades, but donates time September and talent to local charities 19, at 11:30 and causes. The new seaa.m. There will son kicks off in September be a special and meets on the second guest speaker, Thursday of each month at networking, a 7 p.m. at The Alley, 10221 Just-For-Fun Big Bend Rd. in Riverview. Interested females can attend the next participation meeting of Ye Royal Krewe of Charlotte New members are welgame, a free on Thursday, September 14 at 7 p.m. at come. For more informaraffle and The Alley in Riverview. tion, please feel free to 50/50 drawattend a meeting or visit www.kreweing. Visit www.riverviewwomansclub.org. ofcharlottedeberry.com. For more information, contact President Robin Richter 500-2819 text/call or email 1885 Day - A Celebration Of RiverviewWomansClub@gmail.com.

Summerfield Ladies Club Activities

Upcoming activities for the Summerfield Ladies Club include its Auction on Thursday, October 18 at 11 a.m. at the Summerfield Community Center, 13011 Summerfield Blvd. in

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Riverview was founded in 1885. Join in to celebrate at Summerfield Crossings Golf Club, 13050 Summerfield Blvd. in Riverview. There will be BBQ, country music, vendors, old-fashioned kid’s games, horseshoes, an old west Nerf gun battle, sack races and family fun.

The cost is $5 for wristbands to enter. The event will benefit Kerin Clarkin's Race for Honorary Riverview Mayor, whose charity of choice is the Riverview Woman's Club Foundation, providing scholarships to high school graduates each May since 2012. There will be raffles and a 50/50. The golf club will also be offering beer specials. Register at the event for the pie-eating contest. Best Dressed Cowboy and Best Dressed Cowgirl. Visit www.evensi.us/1885-day-celebrationriverview-13050-summerfield-blvd-hillsborough-countyflorida33579/265492463.

Military Women Of Tampa Bay, Unit #55 Of Military Women Across The Nation Meets

Military Women of Tampa Bay, Unit #55 (MWTB55) will meet September 15 at 11 a.m. at Hawthorne Assisted Living Facility, 859 W. Lumsden Rd. in Brandon. This group is open to all military women of the armed forces with an honorable discharge or active duty. The meeting normally runs about one hour and then go for lunch. The group makes a special effort to keep its members informed of veterans' affairs with an emphasis on programs and benefits for women. Units and members participate in community affairs, parades, veteran events and celebrations and other patriotic activities. For more information, call Jouay Koppari, President, at 684-1668.

Knights Of Columbus Council 15675 Sponsors Dinner Dance Spectacular

You are invited to a Dinner Dance Spectacular on Saturday, September 22 from 5:30-9:30 p.m., sponsored by Knights Of Columbus Council 15675 at RCC Boys & Girls Club Gym, located at 6819 Krycul Ave. in Riverview. Enjoy music from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, including Disco and Salsa. Hot dogs or hamburgers, along with two sides are $8 reserved or 10 at the door. Contact ‘Jimbo’ at 5086249 for tickets and more information.

Steppin’ Is A Dance

Is it like Swing? Waltz? Meringue? In the category of swing (or hand dancing), Steppin’ is an urban dance that originated in Chicago. With few steps (but a wide range of elegant enhancements), this is the dance to grow with. Master Teacher Richard Fortson will begin weekly instruction in the South Shore area starting Wednesday, October 3. To register and learn other important details, call 516-7258 or email SouthShoreSteppers@gmail.com.

Charity Golf Tournament Benefits The Outreach Clinic

The First Annual Charity Golf Tournament benefitting The Outreach Clinic will take place on Friday, October 5 at Bloomingdale Golfer’s Club. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. Golf play at 1:30 p.m. The cost is $75 for individual player and $300 foursome. For registration or more information, contact Debbie Meegan at 654-1388 or director@theoutreachclinic.com.

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Join Veritas in concert at the Bell Shoals Baptist Church on Saturday, September 22 at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Veritas is a contemporary classical vocal group whose harmonies infuse the sounds of pop and gospel music. The quintet covers both traditional hymns and current Christian music. General admission is $8 per ticket, and a VIP experience is available for $25 per ticket. The VIP experience provides early entrance at 4:30 p.m. and includes preferred seating, a ‘meet and greet,’ autographs, photo-ops and a Q&A session. Tickets can be purchased at www.itickets.com or by phone at 1-800965-9324. Bell Shoals Baptist Church is located at 2102 Bell Shoals Rd. in Brandon. For more information, visit its website at www.bellshoals.com or www.veritasfive.com.

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Yuengling Center is thrilled to announce an all-new concert experience CIRQUE MUSICA HOLIDAY presents Wonderland will play for one spectacular performance in Tampa on Sunday, December 16 at 7 p.m. CIRQUE MUSICA HOLIDAY presents Wonderland is a fun-filled concert experience for the whole family featuring the talented cast of Cirque Musica, accompanied by holiday songs performed by a live symphony orchestra. Audiences will journey into a visual world of Wonderland with amazing acrobats, aeri-

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In recent months, there have been a number of news stories throughout the country about high levels of lead in school drinking water. Hillsborough County School District has proactive efforts in our district to ensure the water that students and staff drink is safe for consumption. According to Chris Farkas, Deputy Superintendent of Operations, “Since last year, we have tested the water at 1,781 individual faucets, drinking fountains, and fixtures where water is likely to be used for drinking or cooking in 53 schools and district sites. We will continue testing the drinking water sources in our schools for lead until we have checked all 270 facilities in our district.” Since the average campus age is 50 years old, older pipes and fixtures do have a higher likelihood of adding lead to water. Federal guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency recommend action to fix an issue when lead is measured at 20 parts per billion or higher. One part per billion is equivalent to a single drop of water in a swimming pool. “Our district is using a stricter standard of 15 parts per billion. Any fixture


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found to have lead levels of 15 parts per billion or higher is immediately taken out of operation and is not used again until the problem is fixed,” commented Farkas. Of the 1,781 samples taken so far, 26 have returned with levels higher than the guidelines. District protocol is to immediately shut down the affected faucet, correct the issue, and then retest the water to ensure the levels are in compliance before putting the faucet back into service. Options to correct an issue include replacing the fixture, adding water filters, or other plumbing projects. Alternative sources of water may be supplied to schools if needed. Each school may have dozens of faucets requiring testing, and results take time to come back from the testing lab. Results are posted as received at www.sdhc.k12.fl.us/watertesting. If a school has a fixture testing over the 15 parts per billion level, parents and staff will be notified by email and text message. If you have any questions about the testing or results as we receive them, please visit www.sdhc.k12.fl.us/doc/2012/maintenance/resources/watertesting-faq/.

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Symmes Elementary School is the recipient of a $2000 Lowe's Tool Box for Education Grant. The money will be used to improve a seating area on the grounds and provide ADA accessibility. Partners, sponsors and suppliers are needed for: Equipment: Bobcat+Operator to remove Candidate Forum For November sod from work area, Equipment: Election Tamper/Compactor to compact leveling On Sunday September 16 at 2 p.m., sand, Supplies: Specified Florida Drought Congregation Beth Shalom, 706 Bryan Tolerant Perennials at wholesale prices, Rd. in Brandon, will host a Candidate Supplies: Clay Pavers - red brick in color Forum. You can meet for 214 sq. ft., and greet local candiSupplies: ADA comdates at this non-partipliant benches or san, friendly, venue, lumber to build, interested in educating Refreshments: voters. Snacks/Meals The Candidates will (breakfast, lunch) make a short presentaand many voluntion about themselves teers: and their platform. Landscape/Work Tampa YMCA is committed to giving Compare the candiDay. students the supplies they need in dates and decide for For more infororder to succeed in school and held its mation, call Anne 20th annual YMCA Backpack outreach whom who you want to event in July. vote. Saylor at 608-780A representative 3524 from the League of Women Voters will be on hand to explain the new Constitutional Backpack Outreach Event Benefitted Amendments. Become an educated voter 1,100 Kids by attending the Forum. For information The 20th Annual YMCA Backpack

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students. If you are interested in participating in the Boat Parade this year, please contact Mike Broussard at Michael.broussard@flyinglocksmith.com. For more information, contact Jamie Simons at jsimons@pilka.com. Additional information and all registration forms for the Boat Parade and Chili Cook-Off, along with the rules, can be found at alafiaboatparade.com.

Get ready to show off those dance moves at the sixth annual Hispanic Heritage Festival. The annual event which celebrates the Hispanic Culture will take place on Thursday, September starting at 10 a.m. at the Regent, 6437 Tampa Bay Young Watson Rd. in Marines Get First Aid & Riverview. The Safety Training year’s theme is Amor Tampa Bay Area a Mi Patria (Love of Young Marines received my Country). This is instructions on CPR, the a semi-formal dance use of an AED (defibrillawith music, entertor) and general first aid tainment, food, and Young Marines and the instructors Julie and Carlos Tyson. from the owners of of course, lots of Jewels First Aid & Safety. dancing. Senior cenThe Young Marine program is a nonter members should sign up at their local profit youth education and service procenter or contact Gerry Randolph at 853gram for boys and girls age 8 through the 2136. completion of high school. For more information on the Young Registration And Sponsorships Available Now For Alafia Boat Parade Marines contact Brian Frank at 463-3130. Visit www.jewelssafety.com/for more The Rotary Club of FishHawkabout Jewels First Aid & information Riverview will host the 35th Annual Alafia Safety. Lighted Boat Parade and Chili Cook-Off to be held on Saturday, December 1, kicking off at 5 p.m. at the Riverview Civic Music Maker Workshops For MiniCenter. There will be a Chili Cook-Off and Musicians entertainment at the Civic Center with Free workshops for children ages 4photo opportunity available for the chil10 to try instruments like a trumpet, flute, dren with Santa. guitar, drums, violin and more will take There is a $25 donation to compete place on the second Saturday of the in the Boat Parade. Boaters do not have month October 13, November 10 to compete to participate in the boat and December 8 from 9:30-11 a.m. parade. Proceeds from this event will The workshops will take place at benefit local charities the FishHawkMusic Showcase, 402 Oakfield Dr. in Riverview Rotary Club supports, along Brandon. For more information, call 685with scholarships for local high school 5998. Visit musicshowcaseonline.com.

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AAA Announces Contest For 8th Graders To Win A Free European River Cruise

By Matt Nasworthy, Florida Public Affairs Director, AAA

AAA will give Florida meet to be similar to and different from yourself and 8th graders the chance your friends and family? to go on the trip of a lifeWinners will be notitime. The Auto Club Group will hold a contest fied beginning in October. where winners receive One parent or legal free round trip airfare to guardian will serve as a Amsterdam, travel insurchaperone. Each pair will ance, money for passshare a cabin while sailing ports, and a river cruise on the AMA Waterways through the Netherlands ‘AmaDante’ ship, and Belgium. from March 28 – April 4, It is partnering with 2019. AMA Waterways and “This is the first time Allianz Global Assistance AAA has held a contest to provide the trip. A total like this,” said Deborah of 60 students in select Haas, Vice President, AAA is holding a contest for Travel Products and states will be chosen to eighth graders in Florida to win a riverboat trip through the Services, AAA-The Auto go on what AAA calls Netherlands and Belgium. the ‘Discovery Crew’ Club Group. “We truly Contest runs through cruise. want to inspire young September 21. Visit AAA.com/DiscoveryCrew. The contest runs travelers and make the through Tuesday, September 21. world their classroom. The winners will Students can enter explore beautiful destinations in The at AAA.com/DiscoveryCrew. Netherlands and Belgium, learn about the To be eligible, students must be people and their culture; and create entering the 8th grade in good standing; memories that will last a lifetime. at least 13 years old and reside in “AAA is extremely excited to coFlorida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, sponsor the contest and trip,” Haas conNebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, tinued. “This would not be possible withWisconsin, or select areas of Illinois, out our travel partners AMA Waterways who donated the cruise – and Allianz Indiana, or Minnesota. Global Assistance.” Winners will be selected based on a For official rules, prize descriptions, creative ‘selfie’ showcasing their love for and eligible zip codes, travel, as well as their answers to three visit AAA.com/DiscoveryCrew. Sponsors essay questions: Why do you want to go are The Auto Club Group, on this trip; How do rivers affect the comAmaWaterways, and Allianz Global munities through which they run and during the trip, you will meet many people. In Assistance (a brand of AGA Service Company). what ways do you expect the people you

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An Ocean Away, Apollo Beach Native Serves in U.S. Navy In Europe, Supports NATO Mission By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian T. Glunt A 2014 Lennard war, U.S. High School graduMarine Corps ate and Apollo Col. Donald G. Beach native is Cook. serving our country “Donald in the Navy, living Cook’s crew is second to none on the coast of in competency, Spain, and particiresiliency and pating in a critical enthusiasm,” NATO ballistic missaid Cmdr. sile defense (BMD) Matthew J. mission while assigned to the Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Powel, comAmanda Rae Moreno manding officer guided-missile Petty Officer 3rd Class Carleigh Rodriguez. of USS Donald destroyer USS Cook. “This team comes in to work Donald Cook. every day ready to accomplish the misPetty Officer 3rd Class Carleigh sion in one of the most demanding sea Rodriguez is a quartermaster aboard duty schedules the Navy has to offer one of the four advanced warships forand I couldn’t be more proud to be their ward-deployed to Rota, Spain, a small village on the country’s southwest coast captain.” While serving in the Navy may 65 miles south of Seville. present many challenges, Rodriguez A Navy quartermaster is responsihas found many great rewards. ble for the safe navigation of the warRodriguez is most proud of getting ship. through a deployment while being away Rodriguez credits success in the from her husband and son. Navy with lessons learned growing up The hard work and professionalism in Apollo Beach. “Growing up, I've of more than 300 women and men learned the importance of hard work aboard Donald Cook are a testament to and doing things right the first time,” the namesake's dedication and the said Rodriguez. “I've also learned the ship's motto, ‘Faith Without Fear.’ importance of being independent.” “Serving in the Navy has made me These four destroyers are forwardlearn how to manage my time better, deployed in Rota to fulfill the United stay focused to achieve goals and overStates’ phased commitment to NATO all professionalism,” said Rodriguez. BMD while also carrying out a wide “My favorite part about serving in Spain range of missions to support the securiis the beach. It reminds me of home. I ty of Europe. also really enjoy experiencing the differThe ship is named after Medal of Honor recipient and Vietnam prisoner of ent cultures around Europe.”

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Local Veterans Group Awards Scholarships To Local Graduates

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A scholarship bantruly loves what she quet was held August 11 does, and Eberhart at the Surfs Edge Club hopes to get the same at MacDill AFB to honor joy out life by helping winners of the 2018 people. scholarships awarded by Tessa Monroe the Tampa Green Beret attends the University Association and of South Carolina, Command Chapter LX, majoring in Biology. Special Forces She is a member of the Association. National Honor Society, The banquet celeand a Capstone brated the accomplishScholar. Monroe also Claire Eberhart is attending the supports the chapter by ments of students who University of South Florida for volunteering at its last exemplified the ethos both her undergraduate and and values of the medical school degrees with the Sporting Clays Shoot goal of becoming a Special Forces: honor, fundraiser. neurosurgeon. courage, loyalty, integrity, She applied for the and commitment. RJM scholarship Now in its 23rd year, because her dad is a the program is a passion member of the Special project of local veterans Forces Association, to support the mission of and because attending the Special Forces college out of state is Association while helpcostly. She was also ing the future of veteran interested in answering families. The first scholall the essay questions arship was $500. The and giving opinions on scholarship program has Richard J. Meadows provided 68 awards, and and how his story in the last eight years, impacts her. “I was has funded $140,000 in super excited about Tessa Monroe attends the scholarships for local being awarded this University of South Carolina, and scholarship and kind of students. This year majors in Biology. $15,000 in scholarship surprised because I awards was split between five students: was really nervous in my interview and Claire Eberhart and Tessa Monroe, both didn’t know how the interviewers from Bloomingdale High School, Harry would think of me and my plans for Thomas Woodmansee IV from Durant college,” she said. High School, Mallory Bilyeu attending “I’ve always been more math and University og Georgia and Caleb Keoho science based while in middle and from H.B. Plant High School. high school and I wanted to explore Scholarship applicants had to be a every avenue I could go down for a member or be related to a member or career. I figured Biology is super broad assigned to USSOCOM or USSOCCENT and I’m bound to find something that at MacDill AFB, as active duty Green really calls to me that I could research Beret, have a minimum unweighted 3.0 or get a job in.” GPA and be involved in extracurricular Harry Thomas Woodmansee IV is activities and volunteer in the community. a member of the National Honor Claire Eberhart is attending the Society, volunteers at as swim and University of South Florida for both her Little League coach and at the Plant undergraduate and medical school City Food Bank. In his last two years degrees with the goal of becoming a neu- at Durant, he was the baseball team rosurgeon. With a 4.0 unweighted and a captain. 6.52 weighted GPA, she is the leader of For more information on the the 2018 scholarship class. Scholarship Program, please visit Eberhart said, “I applied to the R.J.M https://specialforces.org/richard-jscholarship because of my dad, who is a meadows/ or the Tampa Green Beret Special Forces veteran. Finding out that I Association and Command Chapter was one of the winners was fantastic feel- LX, Special Forces Association at ing. I’m proud to be related to a veteran https://specialforces.org/, contact Jon and honored they chose me.” Mueller at jonmue@aol.com or 728Her mom is a nurse practitioner and 5505.

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Discovery Pass Partners Offer Hillsborough County Library Patrons Free Admission By Michelle Colesanti With a valid library card, you can now reserve a free admission or tour pass to select local museums and attractions. Each pass provides a one-time admission or tour to an attraction during a seven-day checkout period with your check-out receipt serving as your admission or tour pass. You can reserve a pass through the library’s catalog and check it out at your library branch with the same library card used to request them. The passes are available on a first-come, firstserved basis. One Discovery Pass may be checked out per adult library card at a time. You do not need to return anything to the library. Check with the following attractions for hours and holiday closures. Blackout dates and restrictions may also apply. Big Cat Rescue is home to about 80+ lions, tigers, bobcats, cougars, and other species, most of whom have been abandoned, abused, orphaned, saved from being turned into fur coats, or retired from performing acts. Good for admission for one guest age 10 or younger on a weekend Kids Tour. Reservations required for all tours and must be booked at https://bigcatrescue.org/tickets/. Enter the voucher code on your receipt at the time of purchase. The Florida Holocaust Museum honors the memory of the millions who

dren or one adult and three children.

suffered or died in the Holocaust. It is dedicated to teaching the members of all races and cultures the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides. Admission for up to five: two adults and three children under 18 in the same household. The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts is dedicated to exhibiting important photographic art as central to contemporary life and culture and collects, preserves, and exhibits historic and contemporary works by nationally and internationally known photographic artists. Admission for up to four: two adults and two children or one adult and three children. The Glazer Children’s Museum creates learning environments where children play, discover, and connect to the world around them to develop as lifelong learners and leaders. Admission for up to four: two adults and two chil-

The Plant Museum features original opulent furnishings and artifacts in educational exhibits, transporting visitors to the late Victorian period, the beginning of Florida’s tourist industry, and the early years of Tampa. Admission for up to four: two adults and two children or one adult and three children. Not valid during the Victorian Christmas Stroll, December 1-23. Discover the joys of the great outdoors by visiting a Hillsborough County Conservation Park; the perfect place for your daily jog, walking the dog, or relaxing and being one with Mother Nature. Passes are provided by the Friends of the County Parks and Recreation Inc. Visit www.hillsboroughcounty.org/en/residents/recreation-andculture/conservation/conservation-parks for a list of parks. Admission includes up to eight people in a single vehicle per pass. Pass gives you entrance, but does not cover additional activities/rentals etc.

Stageworks Theatre has a 35-year history of bringing the finest professional theatre to the Tampa Bay area and showcasing socially relevant plays. Admission for two to the same performance. Call 374-2416; ext. 1 for calendar and availability. The Straz Center is the largest performing arts center in the Southeast and the only one with an on-site performing arts conservatory. Passes will become available again once the fall season resumes. The Tampa Bay History Center is a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate and features three floors of permanent and temporary exhibits focusing on 12,000 years of our region's rich history. Admission for up to four: two adults and two children or one adult and three children. The Tampa Museum of Art, the region’s largest museum devoted to art of our time, has built a reputation for embracing contemporary photography and new media. Admission for up to four: two adults and two children or one adult and three children. Learn the Tampa Theatre's secrets, stories, art, and architecture with a ‘balcony to backstage tour of the historic movie palace. Good for a 90-minute walking tour and demonstration of the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ. Bring receipt to Tampa Theatre Box Office at 711 N. Franklin St. between 11 - 11:30 a.m. the morning of the tour for admission. Check http://tampatheatre.org/tour/balcony-backstage-tour for dates. For more information, call 273-3652.

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Local Puppy Fosters Needed For Lithia Service Dog Training Business

By Kate Quesada are trained to perform specific tasks to help their handler. For example, a dog can learn to be aware when a person is having a panic attack and can

ABCK9s offers service dog training and its facility in Lithia. The group is always looking for volunteer puppy raisers to foster dogs as part of their training.

For people with physical and psychiatric disabilities, service dogs can be life saving. But, as Lithia resident Annika Charo learned when she determined that a service dog could help her, the welltrained animals usually come with a very high price tag, often upwards of $10,000. So Charo started ABCK9s on her Lithia property with the goal of providing low-cost service animals to those in need. In order to keep costs reasonable, she is asking for the public’s help to train and prepare the dogs for their roles as service animals to low-budget clients. ABCK9s hosts an average of 15 dogs at the training facility at a time. The dogs come from breeders and rescues and some are donated to the program. “Each dog is temperament tested before coming into our program,” said Charo. “They must not have aggression, outstanding fear or any negative signs. They get socialized through extensive training to aid their future handler.” Once Charo learns the dog’s personality, she determines what speciality to give them. “We temperament test the dogs and find their strengths and weaknesses,” she said. “Larger dogs with well built frames are often used for mobility, Velcro-like dogs are often used for PTSD. The dog cannot be too sensitive to emotions with psychiatric disabilities or they can become reactive and become nervous or too sensitive as well.” Depending on the disability, the dogs

retrieve medication or guide to an exit and find a safe place for the person to calm down. “A service dog is a medical device and in order to prepare them to be an asset to their future handlers, they must be exposed to many situations,” said Charo. One of the most valuable parts of the training, according to Charo, is only possible with the help of volunteers. “Puppy raising, where a family or individual fosters a dog in their home, is essential to any service dog program,” she said. “The dog learns individually and gets more work with house manners, basic obedience and house breaking.” The fostering can last anywhere from three-12 months, depending on the household, and volunteers can come to weekly lessons where training is given step-by-step. ABCK9s, located at 19065 Boyette Rd., also offers boarding, obedience and behavioral lessons to the general public including specific cases such as aggression or rehabilitation. To find the group on Facebook by searching ABCK9s Dog Training or call 841-4512.

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Local Schools Start New Year With Security Upgrade

By Kate Quesada

Many local schools saw changes in security policies when students headed back to their classrooms last month. In addition to the presence of

security officers, all schools in the county now have buzzer systems making sure that only those approved to be on campus can enter. According to Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) Media Outreach Tanya Arja, the buzzer systems were installed over the summer at every school that did not previously have one. At the end of the 201718 school year, 150 of the county schools were already using the system. “It is just another layer of security in our schools,” said Arja. Each system costs approximately $5,000 and capital dollars were used to pay for the upgrades. The buzzers were installed at the main doors of most schools, so that front office staff is able to see anyone attempting to enter.

“The schools will have one access point and all visitors have to go through the main office to get on campus,” said Arja. “The buzzer allows the front office to determine who is coming on campus and for what purpose before allowing them into the office.” HCPS hosted a media event at Barrington Middle School in FishHawk Ranch last month where Deputy Superintendent Chris Farkas spoke about the importance of keeping schools safe. “Security is on everyone’s minds - students, staff, parents and visitors,” said Arja. “We must change habits, including no longer holding doors open for others to enter a school.” Arja also explained that security policies, including whether parents can walk students to their classrooms at the beginning of the day, are individual to the school. “It is up to the principal at each school because each campus set up is different,” she said. For more information, contact HCPS at 272-4000.

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Honorary Riverview Mayor Candidate Raising Money For The Sylvia Thomas Center

By Kelly Wise Valdes

Passionate, deterbirth mother,” said Chiarenza. mined and committed are “Having support like The all words that can be used Sylvia Thomas Center offers, to describe local busiincluding all the necessary nesswoman, Pearl tools, interactions, support Chiarenza. Not only is and guidance to enable famishe busy running a suclies to bond, thrive and live in cessful business, love and harmony has been Bodyworks Health and a blessing our lives and Wellness, but those of the families we are Chiarenza has also able to touch.” thrown her hat in the In addition, her Mayor ring for the Honorary race is also raising funds for Riverview Mayor’s The Riverview FishHawk Pearl Chiarenza, race. Rotary, providing additional owner of Bodyworks Health After Chiarenza resources to support local and Wellness Center. lost 57 lbs. back in and global charities such as 2009, she wanted to help oththe YMCA and the fight for eradiers that were struggling with cating polio. their weight, so Chiarenza Chiarenza is not only busy founded Bodyworks Health running her business and running and Wellness in 2011. For for Mayor, but she is also actively more than seven years, her involved with Women’s Successful customers have collectively Living, a group that she founded lost more than 8,000 lbs. and Bodyworks to encourage women to set goals for their has been voted ‘Best of Brandon’ and personal lives, take care of their families ‘Best of Southshore’ in the Tampa metro while achieving their dreams. area. One upcoming event that Chiarenza Her desire to give back to the comis spotlighting during her Mayor’s race is munity is one of the many reasons the annual Sylvia Thomas Center Chiarenza decided to run for Honorary fundraiser, Gems and Jeans, which will Mayor. The race gives candidates the be held on Friday, November 2. This fun, opportunity to raise money for their annual fundraising event is looking for favorite charities. Chiarenza’s charity, The additional corporate sponsors and partSylvia Thomas Center for Adoptive and ners. For more information, email Foster Families, is a charity near and Pearl@BodyworksHWC.com. dear to her heart. Visit www.BodyworksHWC.com or “As a parent of an adoptive child, I call 449-3308. The business is located at know how challenges can come up for 522 Oakfield Dr. (within Co-Work the child due to the separation from their Landing) in Brandon.

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River of Life Christian Center—Planting Seeds For A Better Tomorrow

By Kelly Wise Valdes


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River of Life Christian Center has partnered with Reflections Apartments located in Riverview through the Seeds Mentoring program where volunteers spend time with students after school with an array of activities as well as homework assistance.

Marcus Marshall, Outreach Director of River of Life Christian Center, knows personally how partnerships are the lifeblood of a healthy community. In October 2017, Marshall learned that the apartment complex down the street from the church was under new management, so he stopped by to introduce himself. “I wanted to let her know River of Life is not just there spiritually but also available for practical needs as well,” said Marshall. “So, I asked the simple question, ‘What can we do to help?’” The manager told Marshall that the children living in the apartments needed positive after-school activities. Without structure or mentors, she was seeing that some of the students were getting into trouble. “We gathered teams from our church to do a neighborhood cleanup day, and then in January of 2018 we started Seeds Mentor program,” said Marshall. “The word got out, and it started to grow.” The program provides mentors to the children to assist with homework as well as fun activities such as games, arts and crafts, as well as Bible activities. The park in the back of the neighborhood provided the space for outdoor activities. The park only housed a playground, which was perfect for the younger students, but Marshall wanted to provide a space for some of the other students in the neighborhood. He felt a basketball court would be a perfect fit. The volunteers went to work, and when the basketball court was completed, Marshall knew that this was key to instilling teamwork, friendships and hard work into the students. Riverview

Chamber hosted a ribbon cutting for the official opening of the court on Saturday, August 4. During the event, the church hosted games, give-a-ways, and more than 100 bookbags were provided to students as they prepared to go back to school. This event and basketball court was made possible by many local sponsors and businesses including eCycle, Jahner, Inc., and Oldcastle Cement. “We believe we have the opportunity to be part of the story of these students’ lives that is being written. And as they go into their families, schools and grow up and begin to work, we want them to be seeds of hope, seeds of joy, seeds of love so that no matter where they are in life, they will never forget they can be a seed to help better someone’s life,” said Marshall. “We know it takes a village to raise these students and we are committed to building a better tomorrow.” River of Life Christian Center is located at 6605 Krycul Ave. in Riverview and holds church services every Sunday. It also hosts a food pantry every second and fourth Monday, as well as the second Wednesday every month starting at 9 a.m. The pantry is not only for families in need but also an opportunity for people in the community to volunteer and serve in the community. The Seeds Mentoring program begins Tuesday, September 11 of this year. For more information on volunteer opportunities or to donate, email mmarshall@rolccfl.org. For more information on River of Life Christian Center, visit www.riveroflifechristiancenter.org.


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Area HART Bus Drivers Recognized For A Million Safe Miles

By Kate Quesada

cyclists,” said HART Interim CEO Jeff Seward. “We congratulate these accomplished bus operators and thank them for their hard work and dedication.” According to Thirteen bus operators with HART were recognized last month for driving one million miles without a preventable accident. HART Deputy Press Secretary Two Brandon-area bus drivers Sandra Morrison, a million miles is the received a special honor last month. equivalent to driving 769 one-way trips Jimmy Suarez and Marc Henry were from Tampa to New York City and is two of 13 HART operators recognized longer than driving to the moon and during the Authority’s third annual back twice. HART Million Mile Safe Driver Awards Brandon resident and 15 year luncheon as drivers who achieved outHART operator, Suarez, drives Route 1 standing safely milestones in driving and Route 39 in Tampa. “This is a wonand service. Both operators were recognized for derful recognition and I feel truly honored to have been given the Million Mile driving more than one million miles Award,” said Suarez. “I take my job without a preventable accident. “I am honored to have received this very seriously because I have a responsibility to protect my customers award,” said Henry, who drives Route and get them to their destinations safe37 from Brandon to Netpark Transfer ly. I take much pride in my job as a Center. “My family is very proud of this HART Bus Operator.” great achievement. They know how Additionally, two operators, Cosma passionate I am about my job and how Garcia and Tony Hernandez, were recI enjoy helping others.” ognized for driving two million miles HART honors drivers reaching the without a preventable accident. million mile milestone annually. Henry has some words of advice “In today’s driving conditions these for new bus operators. “Always take operators have accomplished someyour time, watch your surroundings and thing that demonstrates their high level always use your mirrors,” he said. of safety consciousness and commitFor more information, visit ment to the safety of their passengers, www.gohart.org. fellow motorists, pedestrians and


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Crisis Center Of Tampa Bay Distributes Heroes Run 5K Unites Community To Crisis Hotline Information To Students Remember Lives Lost On 9/11 By Ken Gibson

Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, President & CEO, Clara Reynolds presents information about 2-1-1 and the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay to Hillsborough County Public Schools Student Services staff. (Pictured L-R: Valerie Dickson, Carmela Pizzichetti and Kimberly Terrell.

The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay has distributed 150,000 plastic 2-1-1 information cards to Student Services staff working in Hillsborough County Public Schools. Boxes of cards were distributed to Student Services staff at a school district professional planning day at Riverview High School on August 3. The cards remind people that help and connections to community resources can be found 24 hours a day through a simple phone call to 21-1. Funds to print the cards were provided by TECO. In addition, Crisis Center of Tampa Bay President & CEO, Clara Reynolds, did a presentation to the school counselors and provided an overview of Crisis Center of Tampa Bay services. “School counselors and teachers are community heroes. They help to mold and shape the next generation, but they can’t do everything for the kids and their families. People in our community need to know they can call 2-1-1. That number is a community gateway where they can have a confidential conversation and be connected to help.” said Clara Reynolds President & CEO of the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay. “TECO is proud to support this important initiative,” said Holly Miller Moore, regional manager of Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas. “By helping to provide resources like these cards, we’re helping to empower and

educate families and grow stronger and safer communities.” This is the second year in a row the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay has worked with Hillsborough County Public Schools to distribute 2-1-1 cards. In 2017, over 60,000 cards were distributed to high school students. This year cards will be distributed to elementary and middle school students in August with additional cards being distributed to high school students in September. The mission of the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay is to ensure that no one in the community has to face crisis alone. The organization is the community’s gateway to help, hope, and healing, and is Tampa Bay’s elite provider of crisis and trauma services. Responding to over 160,000 requests for help each year, the nonprofit agency offers a range of evidence based programs designed to meet community needs: • Corbett Trauma Center (trauma counseling and sexual assault survivor services) • TransCare (9-1-1 emergency and mental health ambulance services, medical van transportation) • Gateway Contact Center (2-1-1: suicide prevention, crisis counseling, and information and referral services) For more information, please visit www.crisiscenter.com.

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The Travis ing almost all of their Manion men on 9/11—and Foundation will returned home with host the Lithia deeper passion 9/11 Heroes Run about why he was 5K race and 1 fighting in Iraq. At its mile Fun Run on heart, the 9/11 Saturday, Heroes Run is a tribSeptember 15 at ute to a personal 8 a.m. at Park commitment to Square. The race never forget the Register at www.911heroesrun.org/lithia for heroes of that day. will unite the com- the 11th annual Travis Manion Foundation’s munity to rememThe 9/11 9/11 Heroes Run 5K on Saturday, September 15 at Park Square. ber the nearly Heroes Run national 3,000 lives lost on 9/11, as well as to race series will be held in more than 50 honor veterans, military, and first responlocations across the country and around ders who serve our country and commuthe world, and is expected to draw over nities. 60,000 participants. This year’s race will welcome special “During this divisive time in our counguest United States Marine veteran and try, I’m in awe at how so many communiParalympic athlete Rob Jones, who will ties across the country and around the serve as keynote speaker, and will run world will put differences aside and comthe 5K as part of a challenge that will see ing together to honor all those touched by him compete in nine 9/11 Heroes Runs the events of September 11th, 2001.” across the country. The Rob Jones 9/11 said Ryan Manion, President of Travis Heroes Run Challenge is proud to have Manion Foundation. “I’m equally moved support from Comcast NBCUniversal. by the amazing challenge that Rob Jones After being injured during his second has taken on to represent what it means tour of active duty in Iraq in 2008, Jones to live by ‘If Not Me, Then Who…’ and to undertook a journey not only to rehabilibe an inspiration for everyone. We chaltate, but to excel as an athlete with the lenge all Americans to join us this goal of bringing awareness to the matters September, to ensure our future generaof all veterans and raising money in suptions never forget the sacrifices of our vetport of various veterans’ organizations. erans, active duty military, first responThe 9/11 Heroes Run 5K series was ders, and civilians who were affected by inspired by Marine 1st Lt. Travis Manion, the attacks on 9/11 and in the wars who was killed by a sniper in Iraq in April since.” 2007 as he selflessly protected his battalTo register, ion. Before his final deployment, he visitvisit www.911heroesrun.org/lithia. Visit ed Rescue One in NYC—famous for loswww.travismanion.org.

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Sheriff Chronister Speaks To Residents At Coffee With A Cop Event

By Kate Quesada

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.

Kids Get New Backpacks At The Annual Seeds Of Hope Backpack Distribution

By Sammie Green

hours for students.’ Many students from the local schools volunteer with Seeds of Hope and see first-hand their impact on people. Students Eva Gutierrez, Naomi Boerner and Kaitlin Francavilla all agreed Seeds of Hope pro-

Seeds of Hope Volunteers help run the event stuffing backpacks and checking families in.

On August 2, Seeds of Hope hosted its second annual back-to-school backpack distribution to local families in need. At the event, more than 200 backpacks filled with school supplies were distributed to kids getting ready to go back to school. Papa John’s Pizza also attended the event and donated 35 pizzas for the families to enjoy. Newsome student Morgan Gardner was the leader of the backpack distribution. “I help regularly with Seeds of Hope and have gotten to know the families and the kids. This kind of stuff is so helpful for them and that’s why I wanted to lead this event,” Gardner said. President of Seeds of Hope Leda Eaton explained the goal of their organization is to listen to what the people need and help where it is needed. “We meet the need of the community we serve. We are not people who come to just throw things at people. If they did not need backpacks, we would not be here doing backpacks,” Eaton said. Along with distributing more than 200 backpacks, 132 boxes of food were also given to families to take home. Seeds of Hope is a food bank organization created eight years ago with a mission to ‘provide help to local people in need and meaningful community service

The leader of the backpack distribution, Morgan Gardner, poses with some of the kids after they received their backpacks.

vides something other food banks do not because you get to see the people and their impact. These students become familiar with the families coming to the bank and learn their stories, making for an impactful volunteer experience. Seeds of Hope hosts different events throughout the community, including Soup for the Soul, FishHawk Turkey Trot and the Color Your Egg Run. For more information about the organization and volunteering, visit its website, sohopefl.org. To stay up to date on Seeds of Hope events and donation needs, visit its Facebook page, Seeds of Hope Inc.

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Raise Your Glass To New Bier Fest Event At Busch Gardens Toast to new traditions at Bier Fest, a new event at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, weekends from Saturday, August 25 through Sunday, September 16, including Labor Day. In blending the local Tampa Bay craft scene with Florida’s best thrill rides, Bier Fest creates a unique food and beer celebration. More than 100 beers from 60 different breweries around the world will rotate through the four-weekend festival. Bier Fest is included in park admission and features live entertainment and flavorful fare. Explore some of Florida’s best-known craft beers. Beer connoisseurs will also find an assortment of award-winning U.S. drafts and centuries-old European brews. During Bier Fest, the domestic and international selection will include beers from many breweries. Bier Fest also features a contemporary menu rooted in tradition and cultivated to meet Tampa Bay foodies’ sophisticated tastes. Themed culinary cabins will feature savory small-plate options that pair perfectly with beer. Two-bite burgers are always a hit and Das Sliders will have a burger for every taste with an all-beef burger; Cuban-style pork burger; and Impossible™ sliders – an all-natural, all-plant burger. German beers pair perfectly with selections at Hops & Handhelds including bite-sized Reuben croquettes, soft pretzel sticks with bacon beer-cheese

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dip, and mac and cheese fritters. Discover fresh fare at Seasonally Inspired where cool, crisp watermelon pairs with heirloom tomatoes and feta for an end-of-summer salad; fall’s first golden beets are roasted and tossed with pecans, goat cheese, and balsamic vinegar; and crispy duck glazed with sweet and spicy gochujang is paired with the last peaches of summer. At The Best of the Wurst, traditional German handheld ‘fast food’ has a new twist with curry wurst – knockwurst, fresh caraway slaw, and curry ketchup on a pita; brat wurst – spiced German sausage on a pretzel roll; and schnitzel – thin pork cutlet fried and topped with Swiss cheese and mushrooms on a pretzel roll. The best way to celebrate all the flavors of the event is with the purchase of a Bier Fest Sampler. Available in quantities of five or ten, Samplers start at $29.99 for a choice of any food or beverage sample throughout the festival. Pass Members can purchase an exclusive 12-item Sampler for the same price as a 10item Sampler. Food and beverage is not included with park admission and is available for an additional fee. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcoholic beverages. Visit www.buschgardens.com/tampa/events /bier-fest/.

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Volunteers & Sponsors Needed For Annual Cards For Troops

By Kathy L. Collins

Center Place Fine There are many Arts and The ways that you can get Community involved in this commuRoundtable present nity effort. Area busithe 11th Annual Cards nesses and organizaFor Troops on tions can sponsor donaSaturday, October 6 tions. You can promote from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. your business by proat Center Place locatviding a raffle item. The ed at 619 Vonderburg funds from the raffle Dr. in Brandon. help to defray the cost Members of the of supplies and postage. Additionally, community, 16 years you can donate food for and older, can come volunteers and provide together to assemble Join Lisa Rodriguez (L ), Center addresses of deployed thousands of cards for Place Marketing Director and service men and Janine Nickerson (R ), President of service members. The Community Roundtable on If you can help with women who are curSaturday, October 6 for the Annual rently deployed the any of the above, Cards For Troops Event at Center world over. No experiplease contact Center Place in Brandon. ence is necessary. This is a free event for Place. All contributions are tax deductible. 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 communithese beautifully decorated holiday cards. ty, military and Center Place as well as If you have some time on Saturday, The Community Roundtable. With October 6, join us for this very special MacDill in our backyard, this is one way community event. October 6 is also for everyone in our community to get National Card Day.” Card For Troops was involved and say thank you to all those started in 2008. Since that time, over currently serving our country.” 25,000 cards have been created by area Last year, 2,600 cards were created volunteers. If you would like to become a by approximately 120 volunteers. Those sponsor, donate an item or volunteer, who participate will create step-by-step please contact Center Place at 685-8888 instructional hand-made cards. The inside or email cpfinearts@verizon.net. is left blank for the soldiers to write a perFor information, visit www.centersonal sentiment to their families. placebrandon.org.

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Tampa Jeep Krewe Spends $30,000 On Toys For Christmas In July Project

By Mia Cafaro

toys to achieve its goal of a $30,000 value. At each of the gatherings and socials members collected toy donations, and they raised money through raffles and comMembers of the Tampa Jeep Krewe pose with $5,000 worth of toys munity events bought for children at St. Joseph's Hospital. such as Yappy On July 27, $30,000 worth of toys Hour and bowling at The Alley. was delivered to St. Joseph’s Children’s The drive was organized by Teri Hospital by Tampa Jeep Krewe, a local Smith and Lisa Wheeler, the co-leadJeep organization of over 8,000 memers of event coordination for the bers. This was its fifth time participating Tampa Jeep Krewe, with the help of in the Christmas in July fundraiser, many other members. This is an which allows children in the hospital for important cause because children long periods of time to receive agestuck in the hospital often miss birthappropriate gifts, which can serve to days and Christmases at home. overcome the monotonous routine of The Christmas in July project can the hospital and lift the spirits of be participated in by any business, patients. individual or organization that wishes The members shopped for these to help out. St. Joseph’s passes out toys at three different local Walmart fliers each year detailing the types of locations on July 25, spending a total toys that would be good for patients to of about $16,000. They cleared the use. The unique aspect of this project shelves of the Walmarts on is that the children get to take the toys Bloomingdale, Brandon, and Dale home when they are discharged. Mabry. The volunteers from the Tampa “It’s not really like these are donaJeep Krewe who came to shop were tions to the hospital, they are donasorted into several categories, such as tions to the kids. It’s all for the kids,” toddler toys, electronics, and crafts. All said Wheeler. of the volunteers were enthusiastic For info about Tampa Jeep Krewe, and came ready to fill their carts to the visit www.thejeepkreweinc.com. To brim. learn about the Christmas in July projThe Tampa Jeep Krewe spent ect, go to www.sjhfoundation.org. three months collecting the money and

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Donate Blood Regularly For Personal And Community Health Benefits

By Michelle Colesanti

Kerrie Hoening, Michelle Colesanti and Marie Gilmore stand with the Big Red Bus OneBlood staff. Ten people donated at the drive that the Osprey Observer hosted on August 2.

The next time you see OneBlood’s Big Red Bus Bloodmobile in a parking lot, you might want to seriously think about stopping in to make a donation. We all know that by doing so, you help save other lives, but did you know that the one to benefit the most just might be you?

The Osprey Observer recently hosted a blood drive and I started wondering about the benefits of the donation not only to the blood recipient, but also to the donor. There is no better feeling than knowing you have done something that might save a life and donating blood most certainly fills that niche. Feeling good about your unselfish act can help promote longevity of your own life and helps to put you in a positive mood – not a bad start. Denise Graf, Graphic Artist for the paper said, “My dad has always donated blood in the past. This trained me into being eager to donate whenever there was an opportunity. While witnessing how much blood Dad needed during his recent open heart surgeries (includ-

ing a heart transplant), I recognized each pint as a blessing. I will continue donating every opportunity I get. It saves lives.” Prior to donating, you get a mini health test – blood pressure taken, iron levels measured and temperature noted. You will also get a cholesterol reading after donation.

What you might not know is that it might help you with weight loss. A pint of blood will help you immediately lose one pound – one 16 oz. pint of blood equals one pound body weight. You will gain it back in the liquids you consume afterwards, but for the next two days, your body will burn approximately 650 additional calories while your body works hard to regenerate new blood cells. Donating blood regularly helps reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. When you donate, some of the iron in your body is depleted. It will quickly be replenished during the weeks following donation, but by regulating iron levels this way, it can prevent danger caused by too much iron on blood vessels and reduce the risk of diseases associated with blockage and other blood vessel abnormalities. Along with that, studies show that regular blood donors also had lower risks of cancer and mortality, again thanks to the lower levels of iron. Donating also helps to regulate cholesterol levels, accelerate wound healing and much more. In order to donate, you must be in general good health, 16 years old and over 110 pounds. Be a hero to someone. For more information or to make an appointment, visit www.oneblood.org.

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Bingo Scheduled To Raise Funds For Life-Saving Swimming Lessons

By Kate Quesada

Riverview resiships for lessons. dent Kari Bahour “Our house is surand her team at rounded by pools and Water Smart Tots pond, so learning surare on a mission to vival skills around the erase pediatric water was essential for drowning from the our young children,” said Morrison. “Water Tampa Bay Area by Smart Tots made it pos2020 and they have sible for them to attend found a fun way that one-on-one survival residents can help swim lessons where them. On Thursday, they learned how to September 27, the save themselves if they group is holding its Riverview residents Colin and Ellie Third Annual Morrison received scholarships to learn should fall in and also to swim with instructor Alanna Cutri face them a healthy Designer from Water Smart Tots. and safe love of the Sunglasses Bingo at The Palmetto Club in FishHawk Ranch water. We are all forever grateful.” During the bingo event, attendees will and all funds raised will go towards probe able to play 10 rounds of bingo with viding scholarships for survival swimming each round winner scoring a pair of classes to young children who are finandesigner sunglasses. There will be six cially under-privileged or have special Alex & Ani bracelets as door prizes, needs. donated by Operation Lotus, and each Bahour, who founded Water Smart player will receive a swag bag stuffed Tots in 2014 after hearing about three fatal drownings that occurred on Mother’s with items from Pinot’s Palate, Nothing Bundt Cakes and more. Entertainment Day weekend, is an infant self-rescue swim instructor who has taught life saving will be provided by DJ Jake De La Cruz and dinner will be catered by East Coast skills to hundreds of local children. Pizza, Taco Yolo, Nothing Bundt Cakes In the last four years, more 250 chiland Heavenly Creations. Sponsors for dren have received scholarships for onethe event include Premier Care on-one, survival swimming lessons and Pediatrics, Newberry Contracting, Inc. 780 children have been educated about and the Osprey Observer. water safety in classrooms. Tickets and sponsorships are still Water Smart Tots, a 501(c)3 nonprofit available. For more information, email corporation, has raised more than info@watersmarttots.com. To learn more $23,000 to fund the scholarships and about Water Smart Tots, visit paid more than $1,600 to instructors. www.watersmarttots.org or find the group Riverview resident Krista Morrison’s on Facebook. two children recently received scholar-

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Tampa Bay History Center And Audubon Florida Partner On ‘A History Of Conservation’ Exhibit By Kathy L. Collins

The new exhibit at ed by hunters who the Tampa Bay History would kill nesting birds Center, ‘A History of to provide colorful feathConservation: A Bird’s ers for women’s hats. Eye View,’ is presented The activities threatin collaboration with the ened to wipe out some Audubon Florida’s Florida species and are Coastal Islands no longer legal. Sanctuaries. The “The incredible exhibit, which will run diversity of plant and At the Tampa Bay History Center’s through February 10, animal species, espenewest exhibit, “A History of 2019, highlights birdlife Conservation: A Bird’s Eye View,” you cially birds, also enticed can see a wonderful collection of art in Florida and the con- and artifacts including this hand-col- those who would do servation movement in ored etching, “Roseate Spoonbill in harm to the environFlight,” by local artist, John Costin. ment, particularly the the Tampa Bay area. Artifacts featured in the exhibit trace bird and plume hunters of the late 19th both humankind’s reverence for and deci- and early 20th centuries,” added Kitemation of Florida’s avifauna, along with Powell. the evolution of conservation efforts in The exhibit also features a ‘cartonTampa Bay. nage’ fragment which dates back to 1070 In the 18th and 19th centuries, natuB.C., featuring a hieroglyphic depicting a ralists such as Mark Catesby and John heron, a symbol ancient Egyptians assoAdams Audubon traversed Florida, careciated with creation and rebirth. fully drawing accurate portraits of spoonThe exhibit also traces Florida’s role bills, herons and other birds. The exhibit in the birth of Florida’s and the nation’s will feature the book, The Natural History modern conservation movement, includof Carolina, Florida and the Bahama ing the founding of the Florida Audubon Islands, by Mark Catesby which was first Society. You can see uniforms and equippublished in 1731. It will also feature hisment used by Florida’s early game wartoric ornithological prints by local artist dens as well as the local entities and and Valrico resident, John Costin. agencies involved in Tampa Bay’s wildlife “Florida’s environment has been a and water quality recovery and protection. draw for naturalists and artists for cenThe Tampa Bay History Center is turies,” said Rodney Kite-Powell, the located at 801 Old Water Street in Tampa Bay History Center’s curator of Tampa’s Channel District. Tickets for history. admission start at $10.95 for children The exhibit will also feature items seven and up. Admission is free for chilsuch as Victorian domed taxidermy birds, dren six and under. a collection of rare egret feathers and an For information, visit www.tampabayegg collection. These items were collecthistorycenter.org or call 228-0097.

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As most of us have been great! In fact, have seen in press the only ‘red tide’ that I coverage over the last have seen in the last few several months, weeks is that of schools Florida’s coast has of Redfish starting to been plagued by sevinvade the bay. As we eral different water approach fall, fishing will quality issues. only get better as the Unfortunately, this has temperatures begin to subsequently lead to drop. We have been finda significant amount ing healthy schools of of marine life lost. fish throughout the bay Certain areas of A healthy over-slot Redfish caught showing up in their norand released on a recent trip with mal haunts this time of Southwest Florida Capt. Travis Yaeckel in Tampa Bay. have been hit hard by year. The lower tides water runoff from the Caloosahatchee have been a key to finding larger quantiRiver (Cyanobacteria – “blue-green ties of fish as they use the shallow flats to algae”) and ‘red tide’ algae blooms along graze and feed. My bait of choice has the coastal beaches. Together, these two been a live pinfish (3-4”) rigged with a issues have caused severe damage to 25lb fluorocarbon leader and a 3/O circle our waters and fishery in those areas. It’s hook. I prefer to free line my baits but a very serious matter and with the preswhen fishing the shallower or grassy ence of national attention, I can only hope areas, adding a float will help. On the that we are moving in the right direction higher tides, look for fish to be “tucked” up for resolve for affected areas. With that under deeper mangrove shorelines. I will being said, I almost feel guilty to report still choose the live pinfish first for bait, but that Tampa Bay is alive, healthy, and ‘red will make the switch to cut/dead bait if we tide’ free as of now. Historically, it is not are not getting bites. Sometimes it’s just uncommon for localized areas of the bay as simple as cutting your ‘live’ pinfish in to suffer from ‘red tide’ blooms this time of half and casting back in the same spot! year. More often than not, it appears Captain Travis Yaeckel is a native resident along the gulf coast as it needs the higher of the SouthShore area and charters full time for Redfish, Snook, Trout, and Tarpon. salinity water (salt water) to thrive. For the He is owner and operator of Instinct Fishing most part, areas inside the Sunshine Co., based out of lower Tampa Bay. Skyway Bridge are less likely to see any To book a charter, call 830-FISH or visit signs of ‘red tide’. However, we are in no www.fishbyinstinct.com. Catch him on way immune – we just have the odds in Tampa Fishing Outfitters Radio Show on Sunday mornings from 8-9 a.m. at 1040 AM our favor. Sports Talk the Team. As far as the fishing goes, things

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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. “It is important to not only encourRecreation Program Supervisor. “This age and provide health and wellness series allows us to do just that by offeropportunities, but also to expose the ing adventure seekers a chance to community to our precious natural maintain a healthy lifestyle by meeting parks and resources,” said Bowers. new people and connecting with For information, call Bowers at nature.” 557-8272 or visit www.hillsboroughThe first run will take place at county.org. Riverview’s recently renovated Stephen


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With Arts & Entertainment Editor Kathy L. Collins

The Firehouse Cultural Center Kicks Off 2018-2019 Pub Season The Firehouse Cultural Center in Ruskin will kick off its 2018-19 Pub season this September. This season will feature a combination of Blues, Jazz, Big Band and comedy. The Firehouse Cultural Center started offering the Pub Series in 2013. According to Georgia Vahue, Executive Director of the Firehouse Cultural Center, “One part of our mission is to provide cultural opportunities and experiences for our south county residences. The Pub series was an opportunity to present exceptional music to audiences who enjoy and love music. Audiences can experience quality music at the Pub without the ‘bar scene’ atmosphere.” Performers are carefully selected. Vahue said, “We select our musical performances based on audience favorites and ones we have seen perform at other venues. We do not hire performers who have performed within six months or plan to perform elsewhere in south county.” The comedians are selected by Michael Murillo, a specialist in comedy. The 2018-19 Pub season will kick off with local favorite, Victoria Ginty & Ladyhawke with Friends on Saturday, September 8. Victoria Ginty & Ladyhawke are winners of the SBS Regional Blues Challenge. Their last show at the Firehouse Cultural Center sold out, so get your tickets fast. You will not want to miss an evening of Blues, Country and Rock. This show will also feature a 50/50 fundraiser to help send the group to Nashville. With just six months until St. Patrick's Day, come out to the Pub on Saturday, September 15, and

his unique brand of comedy to share positive messages. Special Guest BC Murphy will be performing his first set too. On Saturday, September 22 come out and listen to authentic Bossa Nova and Samba music from O Som Do Jazz. This group captures the unique sounds of the 1960-70's Brazilian Bossa Nova, Samba and MPB. Then, on Friday, September 28, the Pub will host Girls Night Out Comedy. The lineup for this fun evening featuring talented female comedians will be announced. Come see great local performances such as Victoria Ginty & Ladyhawke with Friends as they kick off the 2018-19 Firehouse Cultural Center’s Pub series on Saturday, September 8 beginning at 7:30 p.m. Throughout the year, audiences will be able to select a variety of performances from great music, funny and clean comedy and even some theatre at the Pub.

enjoy some excellent Irish tunes courtesy of Mike Donahue and Third Man Out. In 2014, the Firehouse Cultural Center added Comedy shows to its line-up of performances. The comedians who perform are clean and do not use profanity. On Friday, September 21 you can get a good laugh at the Pub's signature Clean Comedy show. This show will feature Juanita Lolita whose Latin flair and hillbilly background have become a crowd favorite. The show will also feature Bill "Bull" Ohse, a national touring comedian who uses

In October, the Pub will feature a full slate of shows including La Lucha with James Suggs on Saturday, October 6. La Lucha is a Tampa Bay based trio of three best friends who hail from three different parts of the world- Columbia, Mexico and the United States. Their music is a diverse mixture of Latin-inspired rhythms with jazz standards, twisted arrangements of pop songs, and original compositions. At this show, they bring special guest James Suggs on trumpet. Ken Loomer Big Band will be the

first show featured matinee on a Sunday this season. They will perform on October 7 at 3 p.m. The Ken Loomer Big Band is a Big Band with 15 musicians. They strive to keep the art of jazz music alive. They perform a combination of original songs as well as songs from the Great American Songbook with music created by jazz icons such as Count Basie and Buddy Rich. In addition to the new Sunday shows, the Firehouse Cultural Center Pub series will feature classical music and theatre performances this season. Advanced tickets to the Firehouse Cultural Center’s Pub series are $18 for members and $23 for non-members. Day of show tickets are $23 for members and $28 for non-members. All evening shows, unless otherwise noted, begin at 7:30 p.m. Matinees will begin at 3 p.m. The Firehouse Cultural Center is a nonprofit visual and performing cultural center which serves the south region of Hillsborough County. They provide quality programming in arts and education for all ages. Their programs encourage participation, engagement, discovery and learning while offering connections to their unique history, culture and natural environment. The Firehouse Cultural Center is located at 101 1st Ave. N.E. in Ruskin. For more information and to purchase or reserve tickets, please visit www.firehouseculturalcenter.org or call 645-7651.

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Claiming your Social Security benefits at the wrong time could With the holidays cost your family tens of thousands approaching, shopping for of dollars. A seminar will be held at unique gifts could not be easier The HCC campus at the Regent on when you visit the seventh Tuesday, September 18 and annual Gifts & Crafts Fair, held Thursday, September 27 (promptly) on Saturday, October 13, from to help you with these decisions. 10-3 p.m. at The Bridges Plan to be there by 5:45 p.m. This Retirement Community. seminar is perfect for those 58-67 Shopping is free and open to years old. the public. This one-stop holiLearn some of the unknown day shopping event features strategies and principles behind the over 30 vendors. Annual gifts and crafts fair held on October 13. Saturday, proper timing of taking your Social Whether it is handcrafted Adrian and Mike Wonderlin are the new owners of Budget approached Mike about Blinds in the Tampa Bay area. Security benefits. decorations or personalized gifts, buying the business. Fletcher Ave. in Tampa. The HCC campus at the Regent such as jewelry and handbags, potFounded in 1992, Budget Blinds Mike moved to Florida to work for is located at 6437 Watson Rd. in tery, candles, soaps, home décor and today has more than 1100 franchises more, you will find just what you are Budget Blinds about 10 years ago. At Riverview. Call 626-7575 to make in the US and Canada and has that time, he had already been in the reservations. Leave a message after looking for. “Customers of all ages served Tampa Bay for almost 25 window treatment industry for eight 4:30 p.m. are invited to stop by this free event years. Adriane comes from a backyears and was looking to get away to get a head start on their shopground in Retail Management, most from the cold Illinois winters. He took Budget Blinds Has New ping,” says Janet Noah, Director of recently running the Florida Market a Design Consultant position in Ownership Community Relations and event for Vans (VF Corp). She has an Tampa and worked for the previous coordinator. “With the wide variety of Mike and Adriane Wonderlin are extensive background in Customer owners, the Trotters. gifts and crafts, shoppers can look the new owners of Budget Blinds of Service, HR and Operations that has As the business grew, Mike forward to giving unique and wonderNorth Tampa, Land O Lakes and made this transition to Budget Blinds helped to hire and train all the new ful gifts with a personal touch!” Brandon. After working for Budget go smoothly. The Bridges is located at 11350 Blinds for 10 years, Mike and his wife employees. Eventually expanding to Showroom hours are Monday to 27 employees and two showrooms, Bloomingdale Ave. in Riverview. purchased the three Tampa-area Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and the company had continued to put franchises from the previous owners. Saturday’s 10 a.m.-3 p.m. To schedpeople first. The majority of employPermanent Makeup Lip Tattoos At The Budget Blinds showroom ule a complimentary appointment in ees have stayed with Budget Blinds Missy’s Ink Better Than Ever that serves Brandon and the surhome consultation, call 445-7121. for five plus years. rounding areas is in Riverview at Lip tattooing at Missy’s Ink just Visit BudgetBlinds.com/Brandon. The Trotters became grandpar10437 Gibsonton Dr. They have a Continued on next page ents and decided to retire, and second showroom in Tampa, on

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GRCC members recently celebrated with Holiday Builders in a ribbon cutting ceremony. Enjoying food and beverages provided, guests were also given the opportunity to peruse the beautifully decorated model home at 16745 Mooner Plank Circle in Wimauma. Holiday Builders is excited to have its first home built and open in the lagoon community, Southshore Bay. The community will surround acres of crystal blue waters and will feature ULTRAFi technology. Call 451-6002 or visit www.holidaybuilders.com/communities/southshore-bay.

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Brandon Family Law Center (BFLC), welcomed friends and family to the new office. Several GRCC Chamber members along with the Brandon Family Law team, BNI partners and clients showed up for the ribbon cutting ceremony. Also at the celebration, were representatives for some of the winners of BFLC’s First Annual Back-ToSchool Scholarship Essay Contest. The purpose of the contest was to encourage children to become better writers. Scholarships valued at $300 were provided to one winner in each of five different age

Bayou Pass Village 4 Clubhouse & Playground Grand Opening

Everyone is invited to the kick-off of the 25th anniversary and grand opening of Bayou Pass Village 4 Clubhouse and playground on Saturday, September 15 at 1406 Blossom Bayou Circle in Ruskin. Enjoy free food, bounce house, music and more. The dedication program will be at 10 a.m. Registration is required by Friday, August 31. Email info@flhome.org or call 672-7860. Florida Home Partnership is an equal opportunity provider and employer creating a safe place to live and play.

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ing to purchase an RV for plan a trip of a lifetime in a rental RV, Suncoast RV Rental invites you to its Open House on Saturday, September 22, at 10 a.m. Stop by and meet the staff and tour the fleet of Class C and Class A RVs offered both for rent and for sale. There will be free food, a drawing for a free RV rental and more. Suncoast RV Rental is located at 8821 Valletta Dr. (off of U.S. Hwy. 301, about 1.75 miles north of the Florida State Fairgrounds). Call 9840107 or visit www.suncoastrvrental.com for more information.

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Elks Lodge 2672 of Ruskin Hosts Craft Fair To Support Local Charities

Doctor Brings Comprehensive Center For Dermatology To FishHawk

For over 150 show on years, the Saturday, Benevolent and September 29 Protective Order and is open to the of the Elks has public from 10 been dedicated a.m.- 4 p.m. “The to serving our fellow citizens. Elks are non-profit organizations that invest in The Elks Lodge 2672 will host a craft show on Saturday, September 29 from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. their communities. “We help build stronger communities and impact craft show is an the lives of so many through the charitaeffort to raise monies to support commuble programs we sponsor such as Florida nity efforts and also show case the multiState Elks Youth Camp, Elks National tude of talent that we have in and around Foundation, and service to Veterans,” our community,” Berman said. “There will said Harvey Berman of Elks Lodge 2672 be over 40 vendors present from the surin Ruskin. “We take on projects to help rounding areas displaying their work such the unmet need of many in our communi- as jewelry designers, quilters, lamp makties and honor the sacrifice of our veterers, photographers, stone masons, t-shirt ans.” designers and other surprises. Berman is originally from New York, Berman hopes the craft show will but joined the Elks while he was living in attract new members. “We are always Maryland. “Presently, I’ve been a member hoping to attract new members to of Elks Lodge 2672 Ruskin for two years become Elks and assist in supporting the and I hold the position of Chaplain,” surrounding communities,” Berman said. Berman said. “Most people join the Elks To learn more about Elks Lodge organization because they believe in what 2627 or to attend one of the meetings, we stand for our projects, programs and visit giving back so much more than we www.elks.org/lodges/home.cfm?LodgeNu receive.” Berman encourages people to mber=2672 or you can contact Berman at come to the Elks Lodge’s events. “It’s a 645-2089. The Elks Lodge holds its meetgreat opportunity learn a little more about ings every second and fourth Tuesday of what the Elks do,” Berman said,” “With each month. The Elks Board meeting is our motto of Elks Care, Elks Share we held at 6 p.m. and the Elks membership are able to help so many kids, families meeting is held at 7:30 p.m. Elks Lodge and veterans in our communities” 2627 is located at 1630 US Hwy 41S in The Elks Lodge 2672 will host a craft Ruskin.

Board-certified dergal infections, she matologist Dr. Jennifer believes one of the most Conde knows what it is critical services she like to juggle a busy offers is skin cancer family life. The foundscreenings. ing director of the “It is so important Comprehensive Center that people get regularly checked, thoroughly, by for Dermatology someone with a trained opened her FishHawk eye,” she said. office less than a “Especially living in month before giving Florida, it is vital that the birth to twins girls earliskin is examined annualer this year and is ly.” determined to use her On the cosmetic experience to make side, the Center offers a medical care easier for Board certified dermatologist area families. Jennifer Conde recently opened large variety of services Dr. Conde, a grad- the Comprehensive Center for including Botox and Dermatology in FishHawk. Dysport injections, uate of the University Juvederm and Restylane fillers, chemiof Florida who completed her dermacal peels and Hydrafacials. tology residency training at Broward Dr. Conde also emphasizes her Health Medical Center in Fort desire for the Center to be a family Lauderdale where she was awarded Resident of the Year, is offering a one- location with a variety of pediatric services offered. stop shop of dermatology services for “I plan to become a part of this patients of all ages. community and develop long term “We want to make sure that our relationships with the families here,” patients feel welcome and part of the she said. family,” said Dr. Conde, who grew up The 2,300 sq. ft. center with seven in Florida and plans to relocate to the exam rooms is conveniently located off FishHawk area in the next year. “This is such a wonderful place to raise chil- FishHawk Blvd. and according to Dr. Conde all patients will be seen by a dren.” board certified dermatologist at every The Comprehensive Center for visit. Dermatology offers medical, cosmetic The Comprehensive Center for and pediatric dermatology services. Dermatology is located at 5607 Skytop Although Dr. Conde sees medical derDr. in Lithia and can be reached at matology patients for a variety of issues including eczema, acne, moles, 530-6511. To make an appointment, visit www.ccdermatology.com. melasma, rosacea, psoriasis and fun-

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Osprey Observer Gives Summer Interns A Taste Of The Journalism World Each summer, the Osprey Observer gives students an opportunity to work in a real-world, professional newspaper setting and have their writing published. These Mia Cafaro students can be in college or high school and are interested in entering the journalism field. This summer, the Osprey Observer welcomed Cat Wright, Manuela Graf, Mia Cafaro and myself on to the staff.

Cat Wright

Cat Wright is a junior at Boise State University. At Boise State, Cat is studying Communications. She says she has thoughts of grad school but is unsure. She likes studying Communications because it provides a broad and versatile foundation to learn many specialized skills. Cat’s favorite part about working at the Osprey this summer was learning about the behind the scenes work that goes into a newspaper. She says editing the paper was the part she liked best. From working at the Osprey, Cat gained a more professional level of work experience by operating in a work environment where there are deadlines and time constraints.

By Sammie Green

Cat Wright To the staff at Osprey, Cat says, “I love you all and thank you for the opportunity. It meant the world the me to being able to come here and learn and learn I did.”

Manuela Graf

Manuela Graf is a senior at Newsome High School, looking to attend USF or FSU. Manuela took this internship at the Osprey to see what journalism is like in the real-world to see if this could be her potential major. She is very interested in environmental or international relations as well. Manuela also works on the Newsome newspaper staff. Manuela’s favorite part about working at the Osprey was the people. She loved how open everyone was and hearing how everyone got where they are today. While being at the Osprey this summer, Manuela gained experience writing on more professional topics. She said working for a rep

skills to continue improving her writing and also broadened her interviewing skills. To the staff at the Osprey, Mia says, “You have all been amazing and so nice and so helpful. It has been so fun to get to know the Manuela Graf Sammie Green other interns too. And shout-out to Michelle, she has utable business made her work harder been amazing.” and taught her so many new skills. Sammie Green To the staff at Osprey, Manuela I am a sophomore at the says, “Thank you for the opportunity. I University of Florida, studying got to learn about the community I live Telecommunication News. I chose this in where I did not pay attention to major because of my passion for writbefore. Especially to Michelle for helping and talking to people to learn their ing me a lot with articles and giving stories. My goal for the future is to be me feedback about my stories.” in the broadcast industry as a news Mia Cafaro anchor or sports reporter. Mia Cafaro is a junior at Newsome My favorite part about working at High School, looking to possibly attend the Osprey was how everyone was FSU, but is still unsure and keeping always so kind, welcoming and fun. As her options open. She is thinking of a an intern, I gained more knowledge future in journalism, and leans towards about writing, interviewing skills and sports journalism. Mia also works on the community as a whole. the Newsome newspaper staff. “I would like to thank everyone at Mia’s favorite part about working the Osprey for letting me come in the at the Osprey was all the new experioffice every day of the week and work ences she had. She said this was alongside you all. Thank you to much different than most jobs Michelle and Marie for giving me this teenagers have and liked getting more opportunity and thank you to Kathi for of the real-world experience. While sharing your office and introducing me working at the Osprey, Mia gained to the best spicy Thai food!”

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Keeping Pets Safe When Temperatures Soar

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By Dr. Jennifer Challenger DVM, MPH

As the temperature rises to extreme levels, ensuring that our pets are able to maintain proper body temperature is extremely important. Keep pets indoors with plenty of fresh water during the hottest times of the day. If your pets must remain outside, make sure they have access to water and shade at all times. Some pet owners have found that filling small children's pools with water for supervised outdoor play will help pets cool off. Fatal Mistakes - No matter how warm the weather gets, it goes without saying- NEVER leave your pet on a parked car. According to reports from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), even on mild days, when outdoor temperatures are 73 degrees F, the temperature inside a car can reach 120 degrees within 30 minutes. Avoiding Heat Stress - Dogs and cats can suffer from heat stress just like people. Very young, old, overweight and short-nosed pets are more susceptible. If your pet has had a previous history of cardiovascular or respiratory disorders, be extremely cautious as well. Healthy pets can have severe reactions to long exposure in the heat or even to short exposure if they are exerting themselves during a walk or run. After dark, animals can still overheat if they are too active. It is not a good idea to take a dog on a run or jog with you in hot weather at any time of the

day or night. Jogging is for people, not dogs, they are not equipped to sweat and let off excess heat the way people can. Telltale Symptoms Some symptoms of heat stress or heat stroke include profuse panting and salivations, staring or an anxious expression, failure to respond to commands, warm dry skin, high fever, rapid heartbeat, fatigue, muscular weakness, collapse and bloody diarrhea. If your pet experiences any of the symptoms, try to reduce the body temperature by gradually immersing the pet’s body in cool water or applying ice packs to his head and neck. Get your pet to a veterinarian immediately after applying the cool water and ice packs. Rapid treatment for shock, brain swelling and other side effects of heat stroke is needed to prevent death and for a better chance of survival. To prevent heat stress in pets: make sure animals have plenty of clean, fresh water at all times; provide proper ventilation and air circulation for animals kept in kennels or pens; make sure your pen has shade cover when outdoors; avoid excessive exercise during hot weather and again, NEVER leave your pets in parked vehicles. Pets depend on us and give us unconditional love, so do your best to keep them cool during the months when weather is the hottest.

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Volume 16, Issue 9

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.

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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

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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.

By Kelly Wise Valdes

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

Day, just to name a few. For a complete list, visit www.holidayinsights.com.

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WITH FLORIDA YARD EXPERT Rainwater Harvesting – Now’s A Good Time! Did you know that we offer triple workshops (rainwater harvesting, composting and microirrigation) nearly every month of the year at our office in Seffner? These educational programs are free to attend, one time only, as a Hillsborough County resident. If you have not attended, think about this: after the rainwater harvesting workshop, you will receive one free rain barrel that staff and Master Gardeners have drilled and spigoted. After composting, you receive a free compost bin, kitchen compost bucket and compost thermometer. After microirrigation, you receive a free microirrigation kit, hose nozzle and rain gauge. But, let’s focus on harvesting rainwater. At the rainwater harvesting workshop, you will learn that a rain barrel is any device that is used to collect rainwater mainly for landscape irrigation. The benefits of capturing rainwater include reductions in potable water use for a landscape, erosion and stormwater runoff. We will explain the reasons why these reductions are important to the environment and each of us along with how to make these reductions happen. Did you know that one inch of rain on a 1,000 square foot roof will yield 623 gallons of water? Yes, that’s hard to believe…until you get your rain barrel home, place it appropriately and the rain falls! With an average annual rainfall of approximately 50 inches, each household can save more than

31,000 gallons a year with sufficient storage capacity. Attendees will learn how to make their own rain barrels, how to set up their barrel at home, the ideal locations with or without gutters and how to create a stable platform/base for their rain barrel. Attendees will also receive information on why an overflow is important and how to create one, how to connect multiple rain barrels and the maintenance needed. Instructions are provided about painting rain barrels, safety considerations and use of products to kill mosquito larvae. Harvested rainwater can be used on ornamental plants but not edibles and this will also be fully explained during the workshop. If you have not attended a rainwater harvesting workshop with us in the past, you may want to consider registering for one now. If you are at our office for one workshop, you may want to attend all three as they are on the same Saturday, back-toback. Pre-registration is required. Check out our website which contains the calendar of events at: http://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/hillsborough/up coming-events/. For horticultural assistance, contact the UF/IFAS Extension Hillsborough County, 813-744-5519, or visit at 5339 County Road 579, Seffner, FL 33584. We hope to see you at our upcoming workshops on September 8, October 6 and/or November 3, 2018. Remember to reduce, reuse, recycle and repeat.

Volume 16, Issue 9

100 Women Who Care Launches A New Chapter In Riverview/ FishHawk

Staff Report

The iconic Fred “It’s been amazing Rogers, lovingly known the community outpouras Mr. Rogers once ing and interest we have said “When I was a received in such a short boy and I would see period of time” Matice scary things in the stated. “Our Facebook news, my mother page is taking off and growing, and we are would say to me, ‘Look for the excited about our first helpers. Kickoff meeting next You will month.” always 100 Women Who Friends Amy Scolaro and Care is just as its name find Debbie Matice are states: 100 Women people launching a Who Care. They help who are helping.’’’ And that is Riverview/FishHawk just what two local women are Chapter of 100 women who 501c3 charities in the care. local community. The trying to accomplish: Being idea is to have at least 100 Women in helpers. the group, that can donate time and Debbie Matice, an agent with local funds that will be given directly to the real estate brokerage Yellowfin Realty, chosen local charity, making an immedicame up with the idea. “I loved 100 Women Who Care and was attending the ate impact. “The women meet only four South Shore meetings, but I wanted to do times a year, so the commitment is low something in my area, too. I wanted to be while the impact is huge and it comes one of 100 Women Who Care right here.” without time-consuming monthly meetSo she set a plan in motion and filed the ings or costly fundraisers.” Amy chimes necessary paperwork to get the chapter in with “We can easily budget our time started. That is when she approached and money, only four times a year, so the pressure isn’t as great and there is less Amy Scolaro, office manager of Yellowfin time away from our families”. Realty and friend. Amy said “When If you are interested in learning Debbie approached me about helping her more, please visit the 100 Women Who and being a co-founder, I was thrilled. I am always doing community works, work- Care Riverview/Fishhawk Facebook page at ing with 501c3s and was looking for something to get involved in. 100 Women facebook.com/100WomenWhoCareRiver viewFishawk. Who Care was a perfect fit for us both.” You can join Matice and Scolaro on Matice and Scolaro met with other chapter leaders in the surrounding areas to get Wednesday September 12 at 6:30 p.m. for the meeting at Cherry’s, 16144 an idea of how to best serve their comChurchview Dr. in Lithia. munity.

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Beethoven’s Fifth Launches Florida Orchestra Season

By Kelly Smith

The four most Pick a threefamous notes in pack of piano music launch The pieces, including Florida Orchestra’s Gershwin’s 51st season Friday Rhapsody in Blue to Sunday, with Cuban jazz September 28-30. If pianist Aldo Lopezda da da dum is all Gavilan Friday to you know of Sunday, January 4Beethoven’s immor6; Anne-Marie tal Symphony No. 5, McDermott on then wait until you Mozart’s Piano hear the rest, an Concerto No. 27 uplifting journey from Violinist Esther Yoo debuts with The Florida Friday to Sunday, darkness to light that Orchestra on Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto February 22-24; Friday to Sunday, November 16-18. changed music forand one of the most ever, conducted by Music Director sought-after pianists in the world, Michael Francis. But why stop there? It’s Benjamin Grosvenor on Brahms’ Piano easy to Compose Your Own series of Concerto No. 1 Friday to Sunday, March concerts to last all season long. It’s just 29-31. $25 a ticket for some of the best reserved Violinist Esther Yoo is turning heads seats when you buy three or more conwith her talent, and she debuts with TFO certs (regularly $33 and $48 tickets). Mix on Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto Friday and match from 23 Tampa Bay Times to Sunday, November 16-18 with Sunday Masterworks and Raymond James Pops matinee. The conductor, composer and concerts. Here’s a guide: soloist are all women: Guest conductor Did you know The Florida Orchestra Gemma New leads TFO’s own had record attendance last season? No violinist Sarah Shellman as soloist in doubt tickets will go fast this season for Anna Clyne’s The Seamstress Friday to the ever-popular Holiday Pops Friday to Sunday, April 12-14 with Sunday matinee. Sunday, December 14-16, with two matiIn the Raymond James Pops series, nees featuring American Idol star and St. check out Women Rock, a tribute to the Pete native Michael Lynche; The Planets, women who changed rock ‘n’ roll forever with NASA images on a big screen Friday Saturday and Sunday, March 2-3. to Sunday, February 15-17; and The Choose from 23 classical and pops Music of John Williams on Saturday, programs at ComposeYourOwn.com. April 27 with a Saturday matinee. Princes Single tickets are available at floriand princesses of all ages with feel like daorchestra.org or 727-892-3337 and royalty at Disney in Concert – Tale as Old 800-662-7286. The orchestra regularly as Time, enhanced with film sequences performs at the Straz Center in Tampa, on a big screen Friday to Sunday, Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, and November 2-4. Tickets may be limited. Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater.

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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 directChoir will give an ing again this year, encore performbut my favorite ance of the nationpart last year was al anthem for the when our worship Buccaneers’ choir family had a sweet prayer time Monday Night together right Football game on before we went September 24 out on the field. at Raymond Jason Millsaps leads the We had the opporJames Stadium. Bell Shoals Worship Choir tunity to pray with That in the National Anthem at a evening the Buccaneers game in 2017. and pray for the Buccaneers coorTampa Bay dinators that hosted us for the evening.” Buccaneers will take on the Pittsburgh Since the Buccaneers organization Steelers at 8:15 p.m. During halftime a does not have a waiting room large special ceremony will be held for Tony enough to accommodate the entire Dungy, a former head coach of the worship choir, Millsaps had to limit it to Buccaneers, inducting him into the 80 singers. Choir members signed up prestigious ‘Ring of Honor.' Before the game, the worship choir on a first come first serve basis, and a waiting list was created. will perform a sound check on the field Millsaps continued, “It is always a at 5:30 p.m., followed by a dinner problessing to be able to go outside the vided by the Buccaneers organization. walls, and sometimes out of our comThen at 7:45 p.m., the choir will enter fort zone, to represent Christ and Bell the football field through the tunnel and Shoals Baptist Church. Even in the sing the National Anthem at 8:15 p.m. midst of what some would say is conAfter the anthem, the choir members troversial in the NFL, it is our privilege will be escorted to reserved seats to and responsibility to show Christ in our watch the game. actions and words, and that's what we Carole Fluhart, a choir member did.” who participated in last year’s performRaymond James Stadium is locatance, said, “It was thrilling to be in the ed at 4201 N. Dale Mabry Hwy. in tunnel with the players at the start of Tampa. Further detail about the game the game, a real treat.” Jason Millsaps, the pastor of music can be found at www.raymondjamesstadium.com. For more informaand worship at Bell Shoals Baptist tion about Bell Shoals, please visit Church’s Brandon Campus, said, “Singing the anthem was awesome last www.bellshoals.com.

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Volume 16, Issue 9

Local Farmers Feed Seniors And Host Pet Resource Center Shines With Public Markets At Tessera Volunteer CertificationStaff Report 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 manlocal 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 floor Petersburg’s Working Cow Homemade 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.

Pet Recource are involved in Center (PRC) every aspect of becomes only PRC operaopen-admission tions, from shelter in state to assisting in pet earn Points of Light enrichment volunteer service and communicertification ty outreach to supporting vet PRC joins an services and elite group of pet adoptions. organizations that In 2017, have been nationPRC had ally certified by Points of Light, PRC volunteer spends quality time with one of more than 820 the dogs during PRC's new ROMP! program. volunteers log the world's largest 20,480 hours at the shelter and sights organization dedicated to volunteer service, as a Service Enterprise program. have been set higher thanks to the new Service Enterprise, a three-year certi- certification. In the last week alone, PRC fication, signifies that organizations have had more than 110 volunteers log 630 the capability and hours with 25% of management expertthat time spent ise to strategically use helping run a new volunteers to improve pet enrichment prothe performance of gram called ROMP! - Receiving their organization. Outside Meaningful PRC is one of Playtime. only four certified programs in Florida, But no matter what the task at hand and is also the only open-admission shelis for PRC volunteers, they all have one ter in the state to receive the certification. goal in mind every time they don their It took part in a rigorous 18-month bright green volunteer t-shirts: keep the process to earn the highly-coveted certifipets happy and healthy until they find a cation. During the extensive process, PRC integrated and helped guide its volloving, forever home. unteers in its overall mission to care for Want to help PRC continue to enrich and protect all of Hillsborough County's the lives of the pets in its care? Sign up to pets. volunteer today. The work doesn't stop once the certiVisit fication is received though. PRC will conwww.hillsboroughcounty.org/en/resitinue to engage its volunteers to help sup- dents/animals-and-pets/volunteer-andport the shelter and its pets. Volunteers help-pet-resources.

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September 2018

Riverview/Apollo Beach Edition

Mr. Wikfors

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Hillsborough County Public School District 4 Citizens Advisory Committee (D4CAC)

The Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) to SBHC was established in 1973 per state legislation mandating citizen participation. Though the law has sunset, SBHC continues the CAC in an advisory capacity due to the value it provides. Each SBHC board member appoints three citizens to the committee. In order to collect more feedback from SBHC’s District 4 CAC appointees, Ray Alzamora, Dawn Marshall and Kathi Hayes, are initiating and managing District 4 School Advisory Council (D4SAC). Its mission: “To better serve the students of Hillsborough County School District 4 by engaging members of our community to provide input for the improvement of schools.” The group is in its third year holding monthly meetings. The meetings rotate through the elementary, middle and high schools allowing each group to discuss important topics pertaining to each school level. The first 2018-19 meeting was held August 20 at Bloomingdale High School and was attended by D4CAC members, Melissa Snively current District 4 school board member, principals, teachers, PTSA members, parents and students. The group discussed the district’s success plan #WeClimbTogether, environmental testing updates, school transportation concerns, new bell times and shorter class time, end of course (EOC) testing schedule changes, proposed tax referendum for Tampa transportation initiative and other concerns related to schools. The next meetings are scheduled as follows: - September 18, 6:30 p.m. to discuss Middle Schools held at Rodgers Middle School Media Center located at 11910 Tucker Rd. in Riverview. - October 15, 6:30 p.m. to discuss Elementary Schools held at Dawson Elementary School Media Center

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located at 12961 Boggy Creek Dr. in Riverview. - November 8, 6:30 p.m. to discuss High Schools held at Brandon High School Media Center located at 1101 Victoria St.. in Brandon.

For more information about Hillsborough County School environmental testing, visit https://www.sdhc.k12.fl.us/departments/31/safety-and-riskmanagement/about/. For more information about the D4CAC Committee, contact Christine Robbins at Dist4CAC@gmail.com or go to facebook.com/groups/ and search ‘D4CAC’.

Crosswalk And Pedestrian Safety

Just a reminder of crosswalk and pedestrian safety especially in school zones. It is the Florida state law to yield to pedestrians. Crosswalks should be clear of cars to allow pedestrians to cross quickly.

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