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YMCA Spooky Spokes Twilight Ride Supports Local Community Programs

By Michelle Colesanti

Come out for an evening of fun and cycling exercise while helping a great charity – Campo YMCA.

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Where else can you get a great workout and have fun dressing up in costume; all to help a great charity? Campo YMCA, located at 3414 Culbreath Rd. in Valrico, will hold its second annual Spooky Spokes Twilight Ride on Friday, October 19 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Lalita Llerena said, The money we’re raising from the Spooky Spokes Twilight Ride goes back into the local community of Valrico. We raise dollars throughout the year in our annual campaign to keep our doors open to all.” Because of the community’s generosity, the Y is able to provide financial assistance to kids, adults and families facing financial hardship. “The Y is proud to say every dollar raised stays local and has a lasting impact on local residents. From swim lesson scholarships to our Livestrong cancer survivor program - our fundraising efforts ensure we remain open to all walks of life in our community,” she added. Spooky Spokes is open to the community. Both Y members and non-members can join in the fun, which will take

place in the Bella Y. Patel courtyard located outdoors. Come in your favorite costume. Just make sure that whatever you choose is comfortable to spin in. While cycling, you will enjoy fun Halloween-themed music along with coordinated videos in the background behind the instructor. A Parents’ Night Out (PNO) will take place the same night and it is free for kids of any parent participating in the cycling event. On the registration form for the Twilight Ride, there will be a box to indicate that PNO will be needed that night for riders’ kids. Pre-registration is required so it can be staffed accordingly. You can register anytime, including the night of the event as long as bikes are still available, but if you register by September 30, there is a $5 discount off the registration fee. If you register after October 5, there may not be event Tshirt’s available. The cost to participate is $35 for 30 minutes, $55 for one hour and $125 for three hours. Register at the Welcome Center or mail your registration in to Campo Family YMCA, Attn: Dwight Kerr, 3414 Culbreath Rd., Valrico, FL 33596. Online registration is not available for this particular event. For info visit,

The new 2.5 acre Saladino dog park is now open at the Bertha and Tony Saladino Park, 1705 Bryan Road in Brandon. The dog park includes 1.8 acres for large dogs and 0.8 acres for smaller dogs. The park was dedicated by the county in September.


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Bloomingdale Rajun’ Bull Band Marches Towards Performances Abroad Even before the new school year was underway, the band room and music hallway of Bloomingdale High School buzzed with activity as the band’s students, parent volunteers and Director prepared for the new marching band season. The percussion section and Crimson Guard practiced, students were fitted for uniforms, and student leaders hosted the incoming freshmen at band camp. All were getting ready for the new school year and the excitement of preparing for this year’s halftime show featuring the music of The Incredibles 2. The Rajun’ Bulls will be looking to extend their 31-year streak of ‘Superior’ ratings at their district Marching Music Performance Assessment. This year, however, the football field will not be the only performance venue for the Rajun’ Bull Band; the ensemble has been invited to perform in Vienna, Austria and Prague, Czechia in March of 2019. Performing abroad is a distinct honor for these music students. “Traveling to foreign countries in such musically historical places like Vienna and Prague is an extension of the classroom. It creates a lifetime of memories and learning,” said Jon Sever, Director of Bands at Bloomingdale. Parents of students who have participated in such trips agree with Sever’s assessment. Susan Maley’s two children have traveled with the Bloomingdale music programs. Maley said the band trips are trips of a lifetime and added, “My children experienced music in a way that they couldn’t have in the classroom.” Facilitating such a trip is no small endeavor; the band will have to raise $700,000 for its members, instruments and equipment to make it to Europe.

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The Bloomingdale Band Boosters will be supporting the trip through fundraising. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our students and the band boosters will provide as many opportunities to help offset the costs with fundraising opportunities. We welcome anyone who would like to help with this,” said Alan Chastain, Band Boosters President. The Rajun’ Bull Band is asking for additional support from the community in the form of sponsorships and donations. Anyone interested in contributing to Bloomingdale’s travel fund may contact Jon Sever or the Bloomingdale Band Boosters at or

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Tampa Electric Proposes Additional Reduction To Energy Bills For 2019

Enjoy Family Fun At Annual Barbeque To Benefit New Horizons Group Home

Beginning in of a previous January, Tampa decrease Electric residential approved by the customers could see PSC on August monthly bills below 20, which in $100 – the lowest in January will 13 years. reduce bills by The company $6.50 as a result filed projected costs of tax reform. for fuel and other If approved clauses with the as filed, Tampa Florida Public Electric residential Service Commission customers’ bills (PSC). If the PSC would continue to Save even more by signing up for free Energy Planner at approves the be among the requests as filed, the average residential lowest in Florida and would drop to about customer’s 2019 monthly energy bill 23 percent below the national average – would drop by about eight percent, or according to April 2018 data from the more than $8, to $99.55 for 1,000 kiloEnergy Information Administration the watt-hours (kWh) of usage. Commercial national average of residential electric and industrial customers would also see bills is $128.90 per month. bills drop by about eight percent, dependTampa Electric’s fuel mix includes ing on usage. natural gas, coal and solar. The cost of “Tampa Electric will have some of the fuel is currently about one-fourth of a resilowest rates in Florida, as we continue to dential customer’s bill. Fuel costs are provide outstanding value to our cuspassed through from fuel suppliers to our tomers,” said Nancy Tower, president and customers with no markup or profit to chief executive officer of Tampa Electric. Tampa Electric. Tampa Electric maxi“We are proud that bills in 2019 will drop mizes the use of existing low-cost, wellto about the same level as they were in performing plants and power purchased 2005.” from other companies to mitigate costs The PSC is expected to vote on the and pass the savings to customers. proposed decrease after a hearing Tampa Electric, one of Florida’s scheduled to begin Nov. 5. The proposed largest investor-owned electric utilities, decrease is the result of lower costs of serves about 750,000 customers in West fuel and environmental compliance costs, Central Florida. Tampa Electric is a subamong other factors, and also includes sidiary of Emera Inc., a geographically the addition of seven utility-scale solar diverse energy and services company projects that are coming online in the next headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, several months. This reduction is on top Canada. Visit

New needs community Horizons Group for many years. Homes will hold Violinist Stephanie its 24th annual Simon will also be barbeque and performing. The silent auction on entertainment will be Saturday, something you will September 29 not want to miss.” from 11:30 a.m. to They are hoping 2:30 p.m. This is this year will be the its major annual most successful New Horizons Group Homes invites you to event yet and are fundraiser. New its 24th Annual barbeque and silent auction. looking for sponsors Horizons is a The funds help cover growing expenses. non-profit organifor the event. zation operating three homes for develop- “Because we now have three homes, mentally challenged adults, most of which mean more expenses, it is whom work in the community or in variextremely important that this event is the ous programs. The faith-based organizamost successful ever. If you have tion was started in 1992, with the first already done this, thank you. We are home opening in 1999. looking forward to seeing you at our The barbeque will take place at the favorite event of the year,” added Central Baptist Christian School gymnasi- Watkins. um, 402 E. Windhorst Rd., Brandon. If you would like to become a sponThe meal includes a pulled pork barsor, send a check to New Horizons, 109 becue sandwich with mac and cheese, E. Clay Avenue, Brandon, FL 33510 in baked beans, beverage and dessert, and any amount you wish. Indicate on the will be catered by BubbaQue’s. Tickets check that it is to sponsor the BBQ. are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. New Horizons still has some keepFor information on purchasing tickets, call sake ornaments available which will be the New Horizons office at 571-2690 or available at the BBQ/Silent Auction. Brenda Watkins at 653-2466. Ornaments are also available at McAuley The silent auction will include a wide Fine Jewelry on Oakfield Dr. and at New variety of items, with something to please Horizons, or call Brenda Watkins at 653every taste and pocketbook. All proceeds 2466. All ornaments are $10. from the auction will go to New Horizons Tickets may be purchased from Group Homes. board members, family members and According to Brenda Watkins, “We friends, and from the New Horizons are fortunate to have the Dennis Lee office. Band performing again this year. Dennis Visit for has been a great supporter of the special more information.

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By Sharon Still September. Located along the entrance roadway closest to McDonald’s, the center will house a First Watch restaurant with a patio, GNC, Banfield Pet Hospital

and Chicken Salad Chick. “We have two others close to signing and that will complete the out parcel,” Elias commented. He explained that construction on space previously occupied by Walmart as well as the strip center should be complete in May or June of 2019 and then turned over to the tenants with an anticipated September or October 2019 opening for the stores. Space available ranges from 12036538 sq. ft. and includes a 6200 sq. ft. restaurant with a patio. “We have been waiting to hear what would be taking Walmart’s place,” said Bloomingdale resident Tony D’Ambrosio. “We were hoping for an ALDI and could use some new restaurants.” “We are hoping to fill the spaces with businesses that the neighbors want,” said Elias. For leasing information, contact Elias at 813-664-4823 or visit

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Residents Chronister. “Our goal from all over the is to make our resiBrandon area dents feel safe and had the chance getting to know those to learn more of us who are workabout local law ing to protect them enforcement offican only help that.” cers last month Chronister spoke when with community Hillsborough members at the County Sheriff’s event about issues Office (HCSO) including check and deputies identity theft and Residents from the Brandon area met with Breanna school and gun safeHillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Rodriguez and ty. He also spoke representatives, including Sheriff Chad Clifford Fletcher Chronister, at Moreno Bakery for the second with a student interCoffee with a Cop event this year. hosted the secested in joining the ond Coffee with a Cop event of the year Sheriff’s Office’s next training program. at Moreno Bakery. When asked if there was any particThe event was organized by Fletcher ular information he wanted to get out to and Rodriguez, both community resource the public, Chronister emphasized the deputies for Hillsborough County’s importance of residents locking their car Region V working out of the doors and keeping guns responsibly Bloomingdale Substation, to increase stored. HCSO’s interaction with the public and to “So much of the crime we face in allow residents a chance to speak with this area is what I call a crime of oppordeputies and ask questions in a relaxed tunity,” he said. “Three out of four car environment. burglaries happen because people “One of our goals this year is to get leave their car doors unlocked and their out and meet more of our residents, face- valuables, including guns, in their cars, to-face,” said Rodriguez, a Valrico resioften in plain sight. Let’s make it hard dent. “And seeing the wonderful turnout on thieves by securing our property.” for this event makes us feel that the pubFletcher and Rodriguez plan to conlic feels the same way.” tinue holding the Coffee with a Cop During the event, residents were also event at least every quarter at locations able to meet with Hillsborough County throughout the area. For more informaSheriff Chad Chronister who is up for retion, contact them at the Bloomingdale election in November. Substation, located at 3622 Erindale Dr. “Events like this help everyone feel Between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Mondaymore like part of the community,” said Friday or call 635-8040.

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Hillsborough County Parks Plans 5K Running Series

By Kate Quesada

J. Wortham Park on Saturday, September 29 at 8:30 a.m. with packet pick up from 7-8:15 a.m. “Wortham Park was chosen this year due to the partnering of Hillsborough County’s Parks and Recreation and Conservation and Environmental Lands Stephen J. Wortham Park in Riverview is hosting the Management (CELM) first in a series of 5K races planned for parks around Department’s staff who Hillsborough County on Saturday, September 29. have been working diliHillsborough County is looking for a gently together to revitalize the park few good runners. In an effort to showand its unique trails,” said Bowers. case the natural beauty of the many “These beautification efforts are parks throughout the area with running designed to not only accommodate the trails, the county recently announced race, but also and more significantly, to the first date for its Run Hillsborough reintroduce the park to the community 5K series. by highlighting its stunning nature, The series will highlight a different exploration and recreation opportuniHillsborough County park each quarter ties.” with a run through various terrains and The fee to enter the race is $25 a medal for all registered finishers. and participants receive a t-shirt and Runners, walkers and hikers of all ages medal for completing the race. There and abilities are invited to attend. will also be a prize for the top three “Hillsborough County has some female and male participants. gorgeous trails, and we would like to According to Bowers, each race in show them off to those not yet the series will offer a different medal, acquainted,” said Vince Bowers, unique to the park where the race is Hillsborough County Parks and held. Recreation Program Supervisor. “This “It is important to not only encourseries allows us to do just that by offerage and provide health and wellness ing adventure seekers a chance to opportunities, but also to expose the maintain a healthy lifestyle by meeting community to our precious natural new people and connecting with parks and resources,” said Bowers. nature.” For more information, call Bowers The first run will take place at at 557-8272 or visit www.hillsboroughRiverview’s recently renovated Stephen

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Hispanic Heritage Festival At The Regent

Get ready to show off those dance moves at the sixth annual Hispanic Heritage Festival. The annual event celebrating the Hispanic Culture will take place on Thursday, September starting at 10 a.m. at the Regent, 6437 Watson Rd. in Riverview. The theme for this year is Amor a Mi Patria (Love of my Country). This is a semi-formal dance with music, entertainment, food, and of course, lots of dancing. Senior center members should sign up at their local center or contact Gerry Randolph at 853-2136.

Loans Available For Small Business And Entrepreneurs; How To Get Them

Registration is underway for the Small Business Loan Conference, which will offer advice on how to tap into nearly $6 million in small business loans this year. The Monday, September 24 conference in Tampa features loan professionals representing minority- and womenowned business loan programs, no-bank lending programs, and banks. Learn how to qualify for new and existing loan products for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Participating lenders and agencies include the following: Capital Access Loan Program, Neighborhood Lending Partners, Tampa Bay Black Business Investment Corporation, TD Bank, Bank of the Ozarks and Small Business Administration. The Small Business Loan Conference is from 8 a.m. to 12 at the Entrepreneur Collaborative Center, 2101 E. Palm Ave. in Tampa. Participation is limited to 75 businesses; advanced registration is recommended. Contact Florida SBDC at Hillsborough County at 2049267 or visit for more information.

Educational Classes Offered At Hillsborough County Extension Service In Seffner

Hillsborough County Extension Service, in partnership with the University

of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, offers a wide variety of interesting educational classes, seminars, and workshops on such topics as parenting, youth development, gardening, nutrition, money management, agriculture, and professional certifications reviews and exams. For more information about any of these listings, go to the Local Events Calendar at, or call 744-5519. Hope is looking for a caring family she can call her The following take place at the own. Hillsborough County Extension Caring Family Home Needed For Service, 5339 CR 579 in Seffner.

- Florida Master Money Mentor Training - Thursday, Sept. 20; 9:30 a.m.

This first of four sessions will provide comprehensive information about personal finance and teach you how to share that knowledge with others. Participants must attend all four classes and complete at-home study. To register, go to the Local Events Calendar For questions, contact Lisa Leslie,, 744-5519 ext. 54143.

- Patio Watering and Container Plant Workshop - Friday, Sept. 21; 10:30 a.m.  

Receive a free patio plant watering kit and learn how to install it during a hands-on demonstration. Learn the correct way to plant containers. Walk through our teaching gardens to view the microirrigation installations, and receive brochures, booklets, and other items on gardening, watering, and environmental conservation. Limit one kit per Hillsborough County household. To register, go to the Local Events Calendar at

- Child Care Provider Training: Childhood Obesity Prevention Promoting Healthy Eating Saturday, September 22; 9 a.m.

Child care providers play an important role in helping young children develop healthy eating and physical activity habits. This lesson is part of the ‘Let's Move!’ initiative to help turn the rising tide of childhood obesity in the U.S. Class size is limited. To register (required) for this free class, go to the Local Events Calendar at For more information, contact Diana Converse at 744-5519, ext. 54140, or

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A young Pit Bull cross that was abandoned and left with multiple bite wounds and lacerations was found and turned in to Animal Medical Center, 1102 E. Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. It was also undernourished and heartworm positive. The dog was treated; wounds have healed and weight gained. She will always have scars. The thought is that she was used as a ‘bait dog’ for fighting. She has come a long way and is less fearful of other dogs, and now this very sweet dog needs a caring family. Please call 654-

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Music Maker Workshops For MiniMusicians

Free workshops for children ages 4-10 to try instruments like a trumpet, flute, guitar, drums, violin and more will take place on the second Saturday of the month: October 13, November 10 and December 8 from 9:30-11 a.m. The workshops will take place at Music Showcase, 402 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon. For more information, call 685-5998. Visit

Social Dancing In Plant City

Plant City Social Dance will be holding a dance on Saturday, September 15 and 22 and 29 at Strawberry Square. This dance will be social dancing on a 3,000 sq. ft. floating wood floor to dance on. These are

social dances which include slow dances, waltzes, line dances, cha-cha and rumbas, two-step and country slow, swing and free style. Come dance to the music by DJ Ken Miller. It will take place from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Strawberry Square, 4401 Promenade Blvd. in Plant City. Visit . The cost is $6. No alcohol is to be brought on property. Bring your own snacks, drinks and what table service you will need. For directions from your location, send email Ken Miller at and include your name, email address and phone number.

An Evening With Author Gary Monroe

Join Gary Monroe as he tells the story behind the Highwaymen, a loose association of 25 men and one woman from the Ft. Pierce area – a fascinating mixture of individual talent. He offers a critical look at the paintings and the movement’s development. Monroe’s book, The Highwaymen: Florida’s African-American Landscape Painters, will be available for purchase with author signing. The book introduces a group of young black artists who painted their way out of the hardships and despair awaiting them in citrus groves and packing houses of 1950’s Florida. As their story recaptures the imagination of Floridians and their paintings fetch ever-escalating prices, the legacy of their freshly conceived landscapes exerts a powerful influence on the popular conception of the Sunshine State. The event is free and open to the public and will take place at East Hillsborough Historical Society, 1914 Plant City High School Community Center, 605 N. Collins St. in Plant City. Visit or call 757-9226 for more information.

College Planning for High School Parents

Are you the parent of a collegebound high school student and would like to learn more about your options to pay for college? Join Lori Nadglowski, MBA, CFP® on Tuesdasy, October 9 at 6:30 p.m. for an overview of the options to pay for college and how to choose a strategy that fits your family budget and doesn't jeopardize your child's financial future. This event is free; no registration required and will take place at Bloomingdale Regional Public Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico.

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Bahama Buck’s Brings A Piece Of Paradise To Brandon, Worth The Drive

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The Agnew Family (Left to right:Tamara Agnew (Owner), Riley Agnew (General Manager), Brian Agnew (Owner) and Bridget Agnew.

neighborhood and a place where everyone feels welcomed,” Agnew said. Those who visit the Brandon location will notice a rolling cart filled with classic board games such as Battleship, Jenga and more for guests to play. The 1,200 sq. ft. building at Bahama Buck’s provides indoor seating and outdoor patio seating options for nearly 40 guests. It offers free Wi-Fi as well.

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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 (including 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

The Revolution Ice Cream Creates Program To Support Charities

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You cannot buy hapBrandon because they piness, but you can buy believe in their cause. ice cream, which for “They offer women educamany is happiness. The tion in alternatives to aborRevolution Ice Cream tion,” Workman said. “As Company has been sellfar as Haiti goes, we ing happiness, in the form recently went there and of ice cream to the cominstantly fell in love with the munity for more than six people and especially the years. orphans at Good Neighbor Owners Bill and Orphanage. The donations Leslee Workman started help to feed and The Revolution Ice a program at the ice clothe them as Cream Company cream shops called Love well as paying for owners, Bill and Local and Long Distance. school and Leslee Workman recently started a Customers buy one of school supplies. program at their ice two pins that are availWe are planning cream shops called able in the ice cream on going back Love Local and Long Distance. shops. soon and our These pins allow the purchaser to get kids are going with us too.” a discount on ice cream while a portion of The donations to the two charities the button sale goes to a local charity or a are reconciled monthly and the couple long distance charity, depending on the hopes to donate $1000 to each charity. button they buy. If both buttons are “Our long-term plans with Haiti are to bought, customers get a 50 percent disactually take Revolution Ice Cream there count on ice cream purchases the rest of as a mission business,” Workman said. the year. “We wanted to offer something “Some of our regular customers jumped cool that would entice people to give,” Bill on board right away but we’d love to sell Workman said. “It’s called Love Local and a lot more pins.” Long Distance. So, it works like this. You Pins are available for purchase at buy a local pin for $20 and get 20 percent both locations. The shop in Brandon is off all your ice cream purchases for the located at 220 W. Brandon Blvd. Hours rest of 2018. One hundred percent of that are Monday-Saturday 12 p.m.-1 p.m. and $20 goes to Life Care. Buy a long disSunday 1 p.m.-9 p.m. The Seminole tance pin for $20 and get the same disHeights shop is located at 6701 N. count. That $20 goes to Good Neighbor Florida Ave. Hours are Monday-Thursday Missions International for orphans in Haiti. 12 p.m.-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 12 Buy both pins and get 50 percent off your p.m.-11 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m.-9 p.m. ice cream for the rest of the year.” For information, visit www.reviceThe Workmans chose Lifecare of or call 857-3250.

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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 Enter the voucher code on your receipt at the time of purchase. The Florida Holocaust Museum honors the memory of the millions who

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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 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 for dates. For more information, call 273-3652.

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Nicole Russell Named Head Diving Coach Of Team Colwill

By Nick Nahas

Team Colwill practices at BSAC.

coach under Colwill. When Russell was 15, she started coaching summer camps at BSAC. She stopped coaching when she went off to college and got back to it with Team Colwill when she moved back to Florida a couple of years ago. “I always

Nicole Russell has taken over as head diving coach of Team Colwill at the Brandon Sports & Aquatic Center (BSAC). The founder of the team, Chris Colwill, was named head diving coach at the University of Georgia on August 2. The team consists of divers aged 6 to 18. Russell and Colwill grew up together and have remained long-time friends. She was eight and he was six when they Nicole Russell has taken over as head diving coach of Team Colwill at the Brandon Sports & Aquatic first started diving training under Center. had an affinity for sports and diving in general,” said Russell. “I picked up coaching well and was able to relate and explain it well to children. When my coach saw that, he offered me an opportunity and I took it and that was it from there.” Russell is a middle school math teacher at Winthrop Charter School in Riverview as well. Russell said that this Russell gives her students instructions. chance to be head diving Coach Joe Greenwell at Brandon Swim & instructor was unexpected but that it means the world to have this opportunity. Tennis Club which is now BSAC. They “I’m looking forward to the future and later went on to be on the Junior what it will hold with our team and for Olympics and National Teams and comtheir growth within the sport of diving,” peted in East Coast Championship comshe said. petitions together. Russell thinks that Colwill, being the “We share the same vision for what head coach at Georgia, will offer opportuwe want out of the program here and nities to its divers and to its program overhow we want it to continue,” said Colwill. all through dive camps and other things “We know what works and what doesn’t. of that nature. “The realm of possibilities She has already developed a great rapjust expanded for both of our facilities,” port with the team. Having that relationshe said. “The ultimate goal is to grow the ship is definitely going to be helpful, and program.” not only that, she is a fantastic coach.” For information, visit Russell was previously an assistant

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Bloomingdale Basketball Team Hosts 3-on-3 Tournament Fundraiser

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On Saturday, September 22, the Bloomingdale boys basketball program will be hosting fundraiser event competitions at the school’s gym. Events include a 3-on-3 basketball tournament. Three to six players are allowed on each team. Teams are guaranteed three games in a round-robin style tournament. The fee is $150 per team to enter. There will also be a Hot Shot Competition ($10 per participant entry) where contestants have 25 seconds to get as many points as they can, and a three-point shootout ($10 per participant entry). Winners of each competition will receive cash prizes. The more people that turn out, the bigger the pot will be. Participants must be 14 years or older to compete. Food will also be provided to the contestants. “It will be a fun and competitive atmosphere,” said Bulls head coach, Shawn Vanzant. “Anybody who loves basketball and wants to compete, we

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TSO Brings ‘The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve’ To Amalie Arena On December 16

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Marking the The rock opera band’s 20th consecualso features such tive year of touring, enduring fan-favorites Trans-Siberian as Christmas Orchestra (TSO) Eve/Sarajevo 12/24, O’ announced its highlyCome All Ye Faithful, anticipated Winter Good King Joy, Tour 2018. TSO’s Christmas Canon, annual NovemberMusic Box Blues, December multi-senPromises To Keep, and sory extravaganza, This Christmas Day. which sells out venAdditionally, the tour ues year after year, will enjoy a new secTrans-Siberian Orchestra brings its has cemented the ond set containing ‘The Ghosts of Christmas Eve’ group’s status as a some of TSO’s greatperformance to Amalie Arena on must-attend multiSunday, December 16 at 3 and 7 p.m. est hits and fangenerational, holiday tradition. This year’s pleasers. 20th anniversary tour, a presentation of As in all previous years, a portion of TSO’s unforgettable ‘The Ghosts of every ticket sold benefits select local Christmas Eve,’ featuring founder/comcharities. To date, more than $15 million poser/lyricist Paul O’Neill’s timeless story has been distributed from TSO to worthy of a runaway who finds her way into a charities all across North America. mysterious abandoned theater, is set to On September 28, Rhino begin on November 14 and will visit 65 Entertainment will release a 20th cities across North America, for 100-plus Anniversary Edition of The Christmas performances, before concluding on Attic on CD and digitally. A vinyl version December 30. TSO’s Winter Tour 2018 is of the release will be available November presented by Hallmark Channel. 9. The second installment in The The show will visit Tampa at Amalie Christmas Trilogy tells the story of a little Arena on Sunday, December 16 and will girl who spends nights in an attic filled perform two shows at 3 and 7 p.m. with yuletide reveries, while guitar solos General public tickets are now on sale. and choral vocals soar over a rock Based on TSO’s multi-platinum DVD orchestral backing across 16 tracks, and long running PBS fundraiser, ‘The including a previously unreleased on CD Ghosts of Christmas Eve’, this year’s tour and vinyl version of Christmas Jam will include new awe-inspiring effects, as (Live). well as amazing staging with an all new Amalie Arena is located at 401 design from the dedicated team handChannelside Dr. in Tampa. For more picked by the group’s late creator, Paul details on tour dates and all on sales, O’Neill. visit


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NYNE Presents Young Frankenstein This October NYNE’s (Not Tyler Hollis is Your Normal the director for Entertainment) Young next show is a Frankenstein. hilarious musical, Hollis said, “I am Young thrilled to be Frankenstein. directing this fanThis musical will tastically funny be presented at show. I have been Plant City a lifelong Mel NYNE will present the hilarious musical comedy, Young Frankenstein, this October. Brooks fan and Entertainment located at 101 N. Thomas St. in hisbeing able to bring one of his works toric downtown Plant City. to life is a dream of mine.” Hollis The first show, set for Friday, added, “I have been able to bring October 12, includes a VIP Cocktail together a fantastic cast and crew Hour starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for who I really believe are going to help this event, which includes seating to do the show justice. I am really the show, are $50. If you want to see thankful to NYNE for giving me the just the show that night, tickets are opportunity.” just $20, and the show begins at 9 NYNE uses Plant City p.m. Entertainment’s space as one of its Additional shows will be held on prime venues. They have plans to Saturday, October 13 at 2 and 8 p.m. use other venues in the and on Sunday, October 14 at 2 p.m. Brandon/Plant City area over the next Tickets for these shows are $20. year. Scarbrough said, “Plant City NYNE’s production of Young Entertainment is a wonderful facility. Frankenstein is based on the 1974 This will be our second show there, comedy horror film directed by Mel and we love the fact that they have Brooks. The show is a parody of the fully functional theatre lighting, sound classic horror films. The plot follows and dressing rooms. That is so hard the escapades of Dr. Frederick to find.” Frankenstein, a teaching physician NYNE provides music lessons, who inherits his infamous grandfalive shows, concerts and music for ther’s estate in Transylvania. weddings and special events. You According to Joe Scarbrough of can even contract with them to have NYNE, “The hilarious musical is just Victorian Christmas Carolers at your as funny as the original Mel Brooks next holiday soiree. If you would like movie, but the ending is not the to purchase tickets to Young same, so even if you have seen the Frankenstein or learn more about movie, you need to come to the NYNE, visit or show.” call 356-8067.

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Brandon Quilt Guild Presents The 2018 Harvest Of Quilts: A Symphony Of Colors community will be inspired to learn and grow in the art of quilting,” said Nan Ryan, Publicity Chair for the Show. Ryan added, “There are so many varieties of design, hand and machine work, functional quilts and wall art that there is something for everyone to enjoy. That variety is displayed in different categories. Seasoned quilters are inspired by each other’s work and beginners have an opportunity to meet, This October, come see the artful quilts created by the talk and ask questions of members of the Brandon Quilt Guild as they present their 2018 Harvest of Quilts: A Symphony of Colors at members.” In addition to viewing The Regent including the Purple Specialty Ribbon Winner (shown here with Lois Cozzi (L ) and Claudia wonderful quilts, you can Ingram (R ).

Piecemakers Quilt Guild of Brandon (Quilt Guild) will present its 2018 Harvest of Quilts: A Symphony of Colors on Friday, October 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday, October 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Regent located at 6437 Watson Rd. in Riverview. Admission to the show is $8 for a one-day pass and $12 for a twoday pass. Children 12 and under are free. Group rates are available, and parking is free. The show features quilts created by Guild members. The show will also feature a celebrity judge, Linda Hall, the quilting violinist of The Florida Orchestra. There will be awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in 12 categories. There are also special awards for best hand quilting, best machine quilting and Best in Show. The judge will be on hand to announce the awards on the morning of Saturday, October 13. The Guild holds a show every three years. “We try to build on the best parts of the previous shows. We want to showcase our best work, and hone our skills based on the comments from the Show Judge. It is our hope that in viewing the quilts and seeing the handmade gift boutique items, members of the surrounding

shop in the Upbeat Boutique which features over $11,000 in hand crafted items, bid on the silent auction or take your chance with a raffle. Proceeds from the raffle will be donated to the Outreach Clinic (formerly known as the Brandon Outreach Clinic.) The Guild has a strong community outreach. They have donated thousands of quilts to organizations such as Brandon Hospital’s NICU, Joshua House and A Kids’ Place. In addition, they make stockings each year which are donated through the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. The Quilt Guild was founded in 1989. Members meet monthly on the second Monday of each month at New Hope United Methodist Church in Brandon. For more information, please visit

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The Forgotten Angels 5K Run/Walk will take place on Saturday, September 29 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Arise Church, 401 Pauls Dr. in Brandon. Enjoy music and food after the event. The cost is $35 for adults; kids 13 and under $15. Same day registration for adults is $40. Race day registration opens at 7 a.m. and includes race T-shirt, food, drinks and event festivities. You can register online at All proceeds benefit Forgotten Angels of Florida.

Ladies Night Out – Harvest Moon Bunco

All ladies 18 yrs. and older are welcome to join St. Stephen Columbiettes Auxiliary 14084 for a Harvest Moon Bunco on Saturday, October 6 from 6-9 p.m. No experience necessary. Dinner will be served as well as bunco play, raffles, door prizes and a 50/50. Enjoy many of your favorite vendors available such as LuLaRoe. The cost is $15 per person. Check in at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. The event will take place in St. Stephen Family Life Center at 10118 St. Stephen Circle.

Contemporary Classical Music Group To Perform at Bell Shoals

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 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 or

Bingo For Mission

Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church is teaming up with its good friends at Bay Life Church to host a Bingo and Card Making event on Friday, September 28 from 7- 9 p.m. Come and enjoy a night of card making, games, prizes, raffles and Bingo all to support a good cause, Registration fee is $25, which includes the supplies and materials to complete four cards using stamping supplies. Bring Dr. Amir Boules

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Holy Innocents’ Fall Festival

Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church is hosting its first annual Fall Festival and Ministries Fair on Sunday, September 23 starting at 12 Noon. There will be food, fun family activities and displays highlighting the many outreach ministries supported by Holy Innocents such as ECHO, Family Promise and kidsPACK just to mention a few. The event will be held on the church grounds at 604 N. Valrico Rd. in Valrico. Any questions, please contact the church during normal business hours at 689-3130.

Fall Foliage Demonstration At Luncheon

The Brandon Christian Women's Connection's Luncheon on Monday, October 8 will feature a demonstration by Lowes Garden Center and Fabulous Fall Foliage.

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The Speaker is Sarah Im, author of How I Survived The Killing Fields. This is a nondenominational luncheon for all ladies. No membership is required and the cost for entertainment and the luncheon is $15. First time guests pay $10. The luncheon is held at Bell Shoals Baptist Church in The Special Event Center, 2102 Bell Shoals Rd. in Brandon at 11 a.m. call Lillie 813-740-0098 by Monday October 1 for reservations or more information.

Annual Gifts & Crafts Fair To Be Held At The Bridges Retirement Community

With the holidays approaching, shopping for unique gifts could not be easier when you visit the seventh annual Gifts & Crafts Fair, held on Saturday, October 13, from 10-3 p.m. at The Bridges Retirement Community. Shopping is free and open to the public. This one-stop holiday shopping event features over 30 vendors. Whether it is handcrafted decorations or personalized gifts, such as jewelry and handbags, pottery, candles, soaps, home décor and more, you will find just what you are looking for. “Customers of all ages are invited to stop by this free event to get a head start on their shopping,” says Janet Noah, Director of Community Relations and event coordinator. “With the wide variety of gifts and crafts, shoppers can look forward to giving unique and wonderful gifts with a personal touch!” The Bridges is located at 11350 Bloomingdale Ave. in Riverview.

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Community Service Forum Offered By The Community Roundtable This September By Kathy L. Collins

Students in Hillsborough County Hillsborough County Public Schools support need service hours The Community for many reasons Roundtable’s including graduation Community Service requirements, college Forum. A school guidapplications and ance counselor will be scholarships. on site to answer specifVolunteers are also ic questions regarding the life blood of many service hours paperwork local non-profits. It is and the Bright Future Photo courtesy of Steve Nickerson Scholarship program. for this reason that Students earn service hours at The Community Service hours are Community Service Forum sponsored Roundtable will host approved for volunteerby The Community Roundtable on a Community Service Thursday, September 27 from 6 to 8 ing with the attending p.m. at Brandon High School. Forum on Thursday, non-profits which are all September 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. designated as 501(c)(3). The forum will be held at Brandon Many local non-profits have agreed High School located at 1101 Victoria St. to participate including Center Place, We in Brandon. The event is free for all who Rock the Spectrum, Life’s Treasures wish to attend and will be held on the Thrift Store, F.R.I.E.N.D.S., The same evening as College Night. Community Pet Project, Impact and Janine Nickerson, the President of more. According to Nickerson, “We typiThe Community Roundtable said, “The cally have two to three dozen non-profits Community Roundtable created this attending.” event in November of 2013 to answer the Another Community Service Forum volunteer needs of both students and will take place in the spring. Nickerson non-profits. As an all-volunteer organizaexplained, “As students transition from tion, The Community Roundtable wants middle school (eighth grade) to high to encourage our youth to become lifeschool (ninth grade), they can begin long volunteers. By attending this semiobtaining service hours over the sumannual event, they are introduced to a mer.” variety of local non-profits. This way, they The Community Roundtable is an allcan find their passion in areas specializvolunteer organization that has been ing in environmental, soup kitchens, aniserving the Greater Brandon area for mal rescue and more.” over 60 years. Nickerson added, “Adults interested The Roundtable meets on the secin volunteer openings may want to drop ond Wednesday of each month at 6:30 by to become familiar with the different p.m. at Center Place in Brandon. Please Brandon area non-profits.” visit


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C.A.T.E. Foundation Announces Family Fun & Community Day Looking for something enjoyable to do with the entire family, but don’t want to be outside during the dog days of summer? The C.A.T.E. Foundation is excited to announce its first annual Family Fun and Community Day at E.G. Simmons Park on October 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. Just in time for fall in Florida! This event offers something for the entire family with free activities for children. Kids will spend hours as they jump through bouncy houses, have their faces painted, and hurl water balloons at each other. When ready for a rest, they can ask for a balloon animal from a friendly clown or watch a magic show. When the family gets hungry, you can select from one of twenty-five vendors to please even the picky palettes. Cash or card is accepted at most vendors. C.A.T.E. is also sponsoring a Chili Cook-Off during the event from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.. Aspiring chefs can enter for a $25 fee with prizes and trophies for the top recipes. Chili connoisseurs can sample a bowl for only $5. C.A.T.E. Co-founder, Tina Patch, urges the entire community to check it out: “We’re excited. It’s going to be a lot of fun. We plan to do this event every October.” C.A.T.E. stands for Conquering Addiction Through Education. The C.A.T.E. Foundation is dedicated to helping adults who struggle with addiction and

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Club Pilates In Valrico Helps People Feel Great Through Its Passion Those interested in building a strong foundation of balance, strength, mobility and flexibility can participate in classes at Club Pilates in Valrico. It provides a highimpact challenge to the stabilizing muscles of the core through lowimpact and fullGeneral Manager body workoutsutiChris Alicea (on the left) and owner of lizing a variety of Club Pilates Valrico specialized equip- Zach Schlobohm (on ment such as the the right). EXO-Chair, Barre and more. Owner Zach Schlobohm established the Club Pilates Valrico location on April 19 of this year. This franchise first began operating in San Diego, CA in 2007. With its expansion across the nation, Club Pilates has served more than 2.2 million workouts to its members since 2016. Nearly 30 open studios can be found in Florida and more than 300 nationwide. The Valrico location is considered one of the fastest growing Club Pilates studios in the United States as it reached more than 400 members within the first three months of being open. “We believe Pilates is a total body workout that can help everyone achieve some part or all of their fitness goals,” Zach said. Club Pilates Valrico came into

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fruition because Schlobohm’s wife Sarah Schlobohm spoke highly of pilates and and he heard the same feedback from her friends. The Schlobohm’s reside in Lakeland and a Pilates reformer studio does not exist there. A friend and business partner of Zach’s approached him with the franchise opportunity and decided to build a studio. This 2,400 sq. ft. studio offers seven signature class formats and four levels of classes that range from beginner to advanced. People can also take a free introductory class to gain a better insight of Pilates. It also provides group class membership classes with prices varying. “Overall, we look forward to expanding our Pilates family in Valrico for many years to come,” Zach said. For more information on booking a class, visit It is located at 3438 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Valrico. Open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 5 a.m.- 7:30 p.m., Tuesday 5:30 a.m.7:30 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.- 6:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. Call 413-4599.

Sunrise Homes Celebrates 35 Years Of Local Quality Building Sunrise Homes designed and constructed its first home in 1983. From these humble beginnings it has created a solid reputation as a semi-custom homebuilder adept at listening to the needs and wants of today’s intelligent homebuyers. With more than 3,500 homes built in Eastern Hillsborough County to date, its success comes from the ability to adapt to the ever-evolving needs of discriminating local buyers. Executive Vice President Bob Appleyard said the company does not follow national trends, choosing instead to focus on what’s important to the local homebuyer. “What is trending in California or Texas might not be what is trending in Hillsborough County, Florida,” he said. Still popular is the open concept layout with large communal spaces, but adults are now seeking private spaces where they can capture a moment of sanctuary. “Adults are finding that important so we have listened and built zones where they can find quiet and privacy,” he said. “Our homes are all about livability for everyone in the family.” When the company sees an opportunity to flex its creative muscles, it doesn’t hesitate to show homebuyers what is possible.

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In Canterbury Oaks it decided that no two elevations would be the same, requiring a substantial amount of customization and creativity from its design team. In Lake Toscana, a Tuscan-inspired community in south Riverview, its executive homes will be constructed on one half and one-acre lots, all with conservation or water views. Hickory Breeze, located at the intersection of Boyette and Rhodine Rds., and within the FishHawk school boundaries, features 24, 80’ wide estate lots. Although its one constant has been serving the single-family luxury homebuyer, Sunrise Homes is versatile in its output. From Bridgewater Landing, an active lifestyle community off Bloomingdale Ave. for the 55+ crowd to a new townhome community located across from Riverview High School slated to open in 2019, Sunrise Homes develops communities with a fierce commitment to building excellence. Sunrise Homes’ community model homes are open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday through Monday noon – 6 p.m. For more information about Sunrise Homes visit or call 651-3001.

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Seniors Invited To Participate In Active Life Games

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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 To learn more about the Florida Senior Games, call 1-866-354-2637.

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The award through February. “I winning Krazy feel very strong and Kup, an authentic am passionate coffeehouse locatabout these worked in historic shops. I want to downtown Plant make this happen,” City, has begun added Trunzo. One of the hosting monthly hosts, Jenny Christian Weaver, Songwriters debuted a Workshops. They If you have a song in song at Krazy are held on the your heart and want to Kup. Weaver’s fourth Tuesday of interact with others and songs are every month from learn from master songwriters, like Ken climbing up 6:33 to 8:33 p.m. Cura, the Worship Van the Christian The workshops Pastor at First Baptist Church of Plant City, music charts. “I are free. While no then go to one of Krazy Kup’s Christian Songwriter Workshops. heard her and registration is was just so impressed with her. It has needed, please note that seating is limitgone viral, and she is getting calls from all ed. over the country. We are very blessed to The workshops are led by special have her be a park of the workshops,” guest hosts who have experience in songwriting and can include area worship said Trunzo. Krazy Kup offers events throughout leaders and music ministers. the month and has something going on Frank Trunzo, owner of Krazy Kup nearly every night. They offer painting said, “The workshops are good for both classes, jam sessions (both Christian and beginners and advanced songwriters. If secular), movies and lip sync opportuniyou have a song in your heart or lyrics ties. you want to work on, this is a great way In celebration of five successful years to network with other songwriters and lyriin business, Krazy Kup is hosting a family cists.” The workshops are open forum friendly event on Saturday, October 20 style which encourages participation. from 10:33 a.m. to 10:33 p.m. “We are trying to build a multi-level Krazy Kup is located at 101 E. J opportunity for area residents to be creative. It will allow people to get their ideas Arden Mays Blvd. (near McCall Park and the Robert Willaford Railroad Museum) in down on paper and to eventually sing,” Plant City. said Trunzo. For more on the five-year celebration The first workshop drew about 20 visit or visit people. Trunzo is committed to this ect and has workshops scheduled

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Budget Blinds Has New Ownership

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Mike and Adriane Wonderlin are the new owners of Budget Blinds of North Tampa, Land O Lakes and Brandon. After working for Budget Blinds for 10 years, Mike and his wife purchased the three Tampa-area franchises from the previous owners. The Budget Blinds showroom that serves Brandon and the surrounding areas is in Riverview at 10437 Gibsonton Dr. They have a second showroom in Tampa, on Fletcher Ave. in Tampa. Mike moved to Florida to work for Budget Blinds about 10 years ago. At that time, he had already been in the window treatment industry for eight years and was looking to get away from the cold Illinois winters. He took a Design Consultant position in Tampa and worked for the previous owners, The Trotters. As the business grew, Mike helped to hire and train all the new employees. Eventually expanding to 27 employees and two showrooms, the company had continued to put people first. The majority of employees have stayed with Budget Blinds for five plus years.

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‘ultrasound guidance’ and ‘tip confirmation systems’ so that vascular devices can be placed and used right away without the need for harmful x-rays. They also provide offhour placement in facilities whose vascular access team have limited hours. The office is locatAdrian and Mike Wonderlin are the new ed at 5668 Fishhawk owners of Budget Blinds in the Tampa A Valrico FishHawk Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting Crossing Blvd., in Bay area. was recently held to welcome Vital Line PICC and Lithia. To schedule the Trotters became Vascular Services, Inc. and process your prograndparents and decided to retire, Ribbon Cutting Celebrates cedure 24/7, call 333-0666 or visit and approached Mike about buying Opening Of Mobile Specialty for more information. the business. Nursing Facility Founded in 1992, Budget Blinds Vital Line PICC and Vascular Seminar Hosted By Angeloni Tax today has more than 1100 franchises Services, Inc. recently celebrated its Advisory Group   in the US and Canada and has opening during a ribbon cutting with Claiming your Social Security benserved Tampa Bay for almost 25 the Valrico FishHawk Chamber of efits at the wrong time could cost your years. Adriane comes from a backCommerce. family tens of thousands of dollars. A ground in Retail Management, most Deborah and Adeyinka Awolowo seminar will be held at The HCC camrecently running the Florida Market are the owners of the mobile skilled pus at the Regent on Tuesday, for Vans (VF Corp). She has an nursing facility that specializes in the 18 and Thursday, September extensive background in Customer placement of vascular devices such as September 27 (promptly) to help you Service, HR and Operations that has PICC (Peripherally Inserted Central with these decisions. Plan to be there made this transition to Budget Blinds Catheters) lines, midlines and peripherby 5:45 p.m. This seminar is perfect go smoothly. al intravenous (IV) lines. They visit varifor those 58-67 years old. Showroom hours are Monday to ous facilities such as nursing homes, Learn some of the unknown Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and hospitals, rehabilitation centers and strategies and principles behind the Saturday’s 10 a.m.-3 p.m. To schedpatient’s homes to place intravenous proper timing of taking your Social ule a complimentary appointment in lines so that patients can start their IV Security benefits. home consultation, call 445-7121. medication therapy. The Awolowo’s utiVisit Continued on next page lize state of the art technology such as

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Elder Law Basics: Planning For Your Pets, Loved Ones, And Treasures

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By Michelle Colesanti

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 984-0107 or visit for more information.

On Wednesday, September 26 from 6:30-7:30 p.m., Elder Law Basics: Planning for Your Pets, Loved Ones and Treasures will be presented at the Newly Trained Vinaysa Yoga Teacher Available For Bloomingdale Lessons Regional Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Gina Marisa, of Valrico, Ave. in Valrico. recently completed her vinaysa Learn about yoga teacher training at Karma estate planning Yoga & Fitness and is an strategies and RYT®200 through Yoga options to ensure Alliance, the nonprofit memberthat your loved ones, ship professional and trade including your pets, association that represents the are protected if you yoga community. Marisa has are unable to care for been practicing yoga for a few them, and ways you years and has a deep desire to can leave your hardhelp others. She is also a Level earned treasures to I Reiki practitioner, and has Gina Marisa has recently the ones you love. plans to attain Level 3. She completed her vinaysa For more details, currently teaches group lessons yoga teacher training. please contact and/or one-on-one lessons in Chrissy Toth, Business Librarian at your home, at a local studio or at 273-3652. some other mutually agreeable space in the Valrico/Brandon area. She Suncoast RV Hosting Open House teaches vinaysa flow, but she especially loves teaching yin and restoraWhether you are looking to purtive yoga. Contact her at gharchase an RV for plan a trip of a or Instagram time in a rental RV, Suncoast RV @ginamarisa0306 for more informaRental invites you to its Open House tion or to make an appointment. on Saturday, September 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Help A Kid’s Place By Dining At Any Columbia Restaurant In September

Let your appetite do the giving while you support A Kid’s Place of Tampa Bay by dining at any of the seven Columbia locations in Florida during September for lunch or dinner during the 21st Annual Columbia Restaurant Community Harvest program. Through the program, The Columbia donates five percent of all guests’ September lunch and dinner checks to the charitable organizations chosen by their customers. The Columbia Community Harvest takes place in all of the Columbia locations including Ybor City in the historic district of Tampa, St. Armands Circle in Sarasota, St. Augustine, Sand Key on Clearwater Beach, Central Florida’s Town of Celebration, the Columbia Cafe on the Riverwalk in Downtown Tampa at the Tampa Bay History Center and the Columbia Restaurant Cafe at Tampa International Airport. All Columbia locations are open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. For information, visit

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Are you looking to elevate your speaking career? Are you trying to book speaking engagements and struggling to secure the opportunity? Would you like help with speaking templates? Back by popular demand, Kimberly Pitts returns from Texas for this event. Kimberly Pitts spent more than eight years successfully marketing professional speakers to meeting planners and still train speakers on getting booked in today’s ever-changing marketplace. During the training Kimberly will help construct the framework on who you want to be known as and how we can position that in your industry; and focus on expanding your training and speaking engagements into current and indirect industries. We will identify your starting points of contact for groups that you can speak to: direct and indirect markets, which will be determined once the enrollment form is complete.

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Bloomingdale High Student Places In National Business Contest

By Kate Quesada

Bloomingdale High States, China, Puerto Rico School (BSHS) junior Alex and Haiti participated in Fisher has big plans for his the national competition. future and over the sumFBLA currently has mer he came closer to approximately 250,000 make his dreams a reality. members in the United Fisher, a Bloomingdale resStates alone. ident, attended the Future According to Fisher, Business Leaders of the FBLA chapter at BSHS America (FBLA) national is a small but active group, competition in Baltimore always looking for new and came home with a top members. 10 finish. “Any student is a good Students qualify for the Alex Fisher recently placed fit for FBLA,” he said. “You FBLA national finals by tenth in the national Future just have to be willing to Business Leaders of placing in the top two at a spend a little time doing America competition. district competition and the research and attend a few top four at the state level. During nationmeetings at school.” als, Fisher competed in the Sports and Fisher believes that the group helps Entertainment Management category as students develop presentation skills and an individual, the only student not working learn how to research, something he as part of a team. In Baltimore, he comfeels will be beneficial in college. pleted an online test in which he scored in “If you want to learn and practice prethe top 15, which qualified him to move sentations and get more comfortable talkonto the presentation portion where he ing in front of people, this is a perfect fit,” was given 20 minutes to prepare a busisaid Fisher. “All the adults I have spoken ness plan on a specific topic covering a to in the real business world are extremenumber of different categories. After the ly impressed with the students that are 20 minutes, he gave a seven minute part of FBLA because they appreciate presentation to a panel of judges who how hard it is to just speak in front of peowere free to ask questions at the end. ple and prepare something. Being able to “It was a great experience,” said think on your feet is important and a trait Fisher, who is planning to study mathewe often overlook, but it is used everyday matics in college. “What was extremely in real-life scenarios.”He plans to attend gratifying was talking to sponsors from the competition again next year and has other schools and the other finalists who set his goal as a third place finish. acknowledged how difficult it was to take BSHS is located at 1700 E. on this subject as a single participant and Bloomingdale Ave. and can be reached not a team. This meant a lot to me.” at 744-8018. For information on FBLA, Students from throughout the United visit

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Crisis Center Of Tampa Bay Distributes Crisis Hotline Information To Students

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

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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.

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Bell Shoals Worship Choir Invited To Sing National Anthem For The Buccaneers

By Amanda Boston

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

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Residents Meet Candidates At Bell Shoals Local Farmers Feed Seniors And Host Forum Just In Time For Early Voting Public Markets At Tessera By Kathy L. Collins

On Friday For the canAugust 3, Bell didates, it is a Shoals Baptist way for them to Church in get in front of a Brandon hosted large, diverse its Candidate group of voters. Forum. The The forum was set up in two church hosts sections. In the the forum every first part, each two years and participating has done so for This year's forum attracted 60 candidates vying for the last 20 Federal, State and Local offices. The forum is a candidate had a table where years. Over 700 unique opportunity for residents to meet each candidate. they could hand area residents out campaign material and directly speak attended this year's forum and met and with voters. heard from 60 candidates. The second part was in the Church's The candidates who attended are vying for office including for U.S. House of large auditorium. Each candidate was given two minutes to give the audience Representatives, State Constitutional an overall view on their positions. There Office, State Legislative office, Circuit were no questions during this portion of Court Judge, Hillsborough County Court Judge, Hillsborough County Commission, the forum. The only rules were that the audience had to listen respectfully to each and Hillsborough County School Board. candidate whether they agree with their Liz Hurt, a resident of Brandon position or not. attended the forum. This was her first According to Dr. Stephen Rummage, time attending the forum. She liked the the Senior Pastor for Bell Shoals Baptist set up and said, "I came to the forum Church, "The church has been sponsorbecause I wanted to hear the candidates' ing this event for over 20 years as a way position and ask questions." Hurt indicated that she would attend the forum again. of showing support to the community." Linda Thompson, a member of the Bryce Manley, a home school stuIssues Team for the church, "We believe dent who lives in Valrico, volunteered to it is important to hold this event which is work at the forum. Manley is President of non-partisan, so that voters can hear from the Campo Family YMCA's Youth In Government Program. He has been politi- all of the candidates." For information on Bell Shoals cally active since he was 11 years old. Manley said, "Forums like this are a good Baptist Church, visit To view a complete list of all the candiidea. It is an opportunity to hear from all dates who will be on the upcoming balof the candidates on different issues. It lots, visit allows voters to be prepared to vote."

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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. “We look forward to residents as well as the our growing relationship public. Tessera of with Tessera of Brandon Brandon recently and are excited about teamed up with at least having our organic prodsix local family farms ucts on their menus and vendors to deliver every day,” said mostly organic produce Sweetwater Executive to its kitchens and to 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 provide the freshest poscommunity. fresh products and a regular farmer’s market to residents. sible organic vegetables “We are very and herbs to the greater Tampa area and pleased to provide residents with the not just to Tessera. Serving all community freshest and best produce available and members to come together to learn and at the same time support local farms and grow and enjoy fresh organic food, other area vendors,” said Kristin Kutac acquire sustainable living skills, support Ward, president and CEO of Solvere local agriculture and make new friends Senior Living, Tessera of Brandon’s manare all high priorities for us.” agement firm. “The farmer’s markets will Tessera, housed in a state of the art, be a way to serve both the residents and $28-million, 107,000 sq. ft. multi-story the community at large.” building, is an assisted living and memory Farmers and vendors participating in the program include Tampa’s Sweetwater care community offering 89 one and twobedroom assisted living apartments and Organic Community Farm, Ybor City’s 49 memory care suites in a variety of floor Brisk Coffee, Tampa’s Just Hydrate, St. plans. Petersburg’s Working Cow Homemade The next farmers market will take Ice Cream, Riverview’s Wolf’s Produce place Friday, October 19 from 4-7 p.m. and Brandon’s Bloomingdale Florist. under a canopy of tents in Tessera’s main Some of the items on offer include herbs, courtyard. Tessera is located at 1320 fair trade coffee, juices, ice cream, sherOakfield Dr. In Brandon and can be bets, dog friendly treats, flowers and seareached at 906-1210. For more informasonal fruits and vegetables. Vendors will tion, visit offer tents and tables with sample prod-

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Florida Aquarium Saves Rare Leafy Seadragons With Handmade Prosthetics

Staff Report

Three rare leafy seadragons have been saved thanks to the inventive work of a Florida Aquarium Veterinarian. Dr. Ari Fustukjian handcrafted special prosthetic devices to keep three leafy seadragons alive after realizing the animals had swim bladder problems. The leafy seadragons arrived at The Florida Aquarium from southern Leafy Seadragons at the Florida Aquarium have been saved thanks to Dr. Ari Fustukjian’s special prosthetic devices to Australia in April. As help them stay buoyant. they grew, they were crafted up to 12 of these devices having trouble with buoyancy or over the last few months to help the staying upright. The swim bladders growing marine creatures. The leafy in these delicate sea animals were seadragons can now be safely not normal. The developmental returned this week to their habitat issue forces them to swim constantly inside The Florida Aquarium to eduto stay off the bottom of the habitat, guests cate and eventually, leafy seadragons Working hands-on with a species with this condition, can exhaust like this is unusual, since they’re themselves to death. very fragile and only a few dozen Dr. Fustukjian used pieces of exist in aquariums across the United neoprene from a wet suit to individuStates. Close relatives of the seaally fit each leafy seadragon horse, leafy seadragons are listed in with their own Buoyancy Control Australia as a ‘Totally South Device, which acts as a prosthetic Protected Species,’ which means swim bladder and helps them hover they may be an endangered species in the water without exerting effort. the future. in “Being able to put on The Florida Aquarium is located a new device and immediately see at 701 Channelside Dr. in Tampa. It them return to a normal posture, and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. even eat, is very rewarding,” he said. Visit Dr. Fustukjian has now hand-

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