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October 2018

Multi-Church Outreach Shares Gospel To Thousands Of Homes

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With the goal to reach every home in the Tampa Bay area, local church members from differing denominations are venturing into neighborhoods to distribute the Jesus Film DVD, a gospel tract and a letter with information about their church. Churches from the counties of Hillsborough, Pinellas, Polk and Pasco have adopted zip codes in their area and will go door to door hanging these ‘saturation packs’ on the doorknob of about 900,000 residences. Mike Kahn, Director of Missions, Tampa Bay Baptist Association said, “We are asking God to save tens of thousands of people who watch one of the 900,000 Jesus Film DVDs that believers will be distributing to residences throughout our region in the next few months.” Saturate Tampa Bay is an extension of the evangelistic outreach,

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Saturate USA, which is dedicated to reaching 60 million homes in the United States by 2020. The notion of the effort is to spread the love of God, grow the church and meet new neighbors. Saturate Tampa Bay is one of those rare opportunities where

with likeminded churches and make a concentrated impact in neighborhoods throughout Tampa Bay in a relatively short period of time,” said Dr. Stephen Rummage, senior pastor of Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Brandon. The timetable for the outreach is September through November. The church chooses a date that works best and assembles its team. The ‘saturation’ material is free due to a generous donor, and a team of 25 people can deliver about 5,000 packs in four hours. Dr. Rummage continued, “The gospel message applies to everyone, regardless of race or ethnicity, income or education level. Saturate Tampa Bay will allow us to put hands and feet to that truth.” To find out more information or to sign up, visit www.saturatetampabay.org. Also, visit online to see a map of the Mike Kahn is the Director of areas in need of adoption. Missions at the Tampa Bay Baptist Association. More detail about the Jesus Film can be found at we can partner www.jesusfilmhd.com.

Bell Shoals Baptist Riverview Campus Moves To Permanent Facility

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Bell Shoals Baptist Church has been ministering to the Brandon community for more than 50 years. The church’s influence has expanded into other areas with campuses in Apollo Beach, Tampa and Riverview, along with the addition of a Hispanic congregation to its Brandon campus. With approximately 8,000 members distributed among the different locations, Bell Shoals Baptist Church remains united as one church under the headship of Jesus Christ. In order to keep pace with the recent growth in Riverview, the Bell Shoals Baptist’s Riverview campus is relocating from Sessums Elementary School to a permanent facility. The first Sunday service in the new building is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, October 6. The new location is at 9990 South US Hwy 301, Suite 10024 and is only a few miles from the school. With a mission to follow Jesus, love people and make disciples, the new facility provides greater visibly and accessibility to care for the needs of the Riverview community. Bell Shoals Baptist’s Senior Pastor, Dr. Stephen Rummage, said, “With the growth of the Riverview area we needed to find a space that we could use to minister to the community throughout the week.”

Pastor Kyle Norton is the pastor of Bell Shoals Baptist at Riverview campus and is pictured with his family.

Dr. Rummage continued, “I am hopeful that this facility will help us make an even stronger connection with those living in Riverview in the days to come.”

An official grand opening celebration is planned at the new location for Sunday, November 4. The free family event is open to the community and will feature food, games and more. “This new facility is a sign of our commitment to the Riverview community to continue to provide the life-changing truth of the gospel,” said Kyle Norton, pastor of Bell Shoals Baptist Church at Riverview Campus. “We do this by offering a welcoming community, loving relationships and relevant and truthful teaching from the Bible.” Pastor Norton said that first-time visitors would experience a casual, band-driven service at 11 a.m. with LIFE groups (small Bible study groups) beginning at 9:30 a.m. for all ages. “Though we are excited about moving to our new facility, we are extremely grateful for Sessums Elementary School and the blessing they have been to us for almost two years in hosting us as a campus,” said Pastor Norton. Visit www.bellshoals.com, its Facebook page or call 689-4229.


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Enjoy Family Friendly Fall Craft Fairs, Festivals And Trunk Or Treats

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Vendors Sought for Fall Craft Fair At St. Andrew’s UMC

St. Andrew's United Methodist Church will hold its 51st Annual Fall Craft Fair on Saturday, October 27 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Enjoy many vendors, bake sale and Granny’s Attic rummage sale. The Pumpkin Patch is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. and weekends from 9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Preschools can sign up to visit the patch at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/50 8094daeac2eab9-20171. All proceeds benefit Thrive Student Ministry https://www.saumc.net/thrive. Trunk or Treat will be held on Sunday, October 28 from 4-6 p.m. Enjoy games, crafts, trick or treating at trunks, viewing of It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. Free family fun with allergy friendly treats.Register at SAUMC.NET/events.

St. Andrew’s UMC is located at 3315 Bryan Rd. in Brandon. For more information, call the church office at 689-6849.

Journey Church Of Brandon To Host ‘Electrified’ Trunk Or Treat On Wednesday, October 31 from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Journey Church of Brandon invites the community to an evening of “electrified” fun with its annual Trunk or Treat. The free event will include candy, games, fun lighting, bounce houses, a live DJ and a free dinner, while supplies last. The church wants to provide the community with a fun and safe alternative to trick or treating while sharing the love of Jesus. Journey Church of Brandon is located at 1310 John Moore Rd. in Brandon. For more information, call 699-8262 or email Johanna@journey7.com.

event will be held on the church grounds at 604 N. Valrico Rd. in Valrico. Interested vendors can still register for a spot on our web site at www.hiepiscopal.org. Any questions, please contact the church during normal business hours at 6893130.

Pumpkin Patch And Festival At Limona Village Chapel

The pumpkins are coming; the pumpkins are coming on Sunday, October 14 to Limona Village Chapel, 408 Limona Rd. in Brandon. The patch will be open Sunday through Friday from 11 a.m. 7 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. A Pumpkin Festival and Trunk or Treat will be held on on Saturday October 27 from 6-8 p.m. All are welcome. Visit www.limonavillagechapel.com/.

Grace Baptist Church Hosts Trunk Or Treat

Holy Innocent’s Fall Whistle Stop Craft Show

Holy Innocent’s Episcopal Church is hosting its 11th annual Fall Whistle Stop Craft Show on Saturday, November 3 from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. More than 70 vendors will be showcasing and selling unique arts & crafts, novelties, and baked goods for the fall and winter seasons in Florida. There will also be fun activities for the kids. The

You are invited to Grace Baptist Church’s Trunk or Treat on Wednesday, October 31 from 7-9 p.m. The free event is for the whole family and includes games, inflatables, refreshments, giveaways, prizes and of course, candy. Come at 6:30 p.m. dressed in your costumes and ready for a fun night. The church is located at 2909 John Moore Rd. in Brandon. For more information, call the church office at 6897190.

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If you could is free and open to the have any gift public. you wished, The ‘animals’ and what would it items purchased will be be? Peace on distributed along with earth, an end to education and training hunger, clean provided to help hungry water, educafamilies around the world tion for a child? through Heifer These gifts are International. Donors closer than you receive specially might think. designed honor cards to On Sunday, designate their purchases November 4, to send to their loved animals and ones. agricultural Known as ‘Passing items will take The entire church gets involved as each on the Gift,’ recipients of ministry team ‘adopts’ an animal table to Heifer animals share the over First educate the visitors. Presbyterian offspring of their animals, Church of Brandon at the Heifer Living knowledge, resources and skills with Gift Market. This others to expand the alternative gift network of hope and market will proself-reliance that reachvide an opportues around the globe. It nity to ‘purchase’ is fundamental to Heifer animals Heifer’s approach to like pigs, chicksustainable developens, fish and ment. goats or clean Dawn Trattner, a water or tree member of First seedlings as Presbyterian and coalternatives to chair of the Living commercial holiMarket, has been leadday gifts. ing the charge with her First sister Terrie Morrison for Presbyterian’s the past 14 years. Fellowship Hall, “We will never know located at 121 exactly how many famiCarver Ave. in lies First Presbyterian Brandon, will come alive from 12 Noon has supported or how many animals until 2 p.m. Visitors of all ages will were sent because of our local Heifer enjoy interesting, thought-provoking Market, but we know that we have had exhibits, family-oriented entertainment, a positive effect on the lives of many fun and games, and some unique gift families and have had fun while doing selections, along with the opportunity it,” said Trattner. to help fight hunger, poverty and For more information, contact the homelessness. church office at 689-4597 or Patrons can sample a meal of www.fpcbrandon.org. For more infor‘what the world eats’ and have the mation about Heifer International, refer chance to bid on gift baskets and to the informative website at silent auction items. The Living Market www.heifer.org.

Grace Notes Why Creeks Dance

By Debora Coty

Because the Lord has called me to write about the red-hot topic of stress, I get lots of feedback from readers of my Too Blessed to be Stressed books. I consider it a privilege – and a responsibility I take very seriously – when I get messages requesting prayer. Letters come from many cultures on many continents in many languages. Yet they contain common words and phrases like: frustration, anger, out-of-control, my soul is weary, I’ve lost myself, feel hopeless. My heart melts within me when I receive these raw, aching pleas for help in dealing with major obstacles in someone’s life. Obstacles much like the rocks in a creek. Despite the rocks that block the easiest path down the mountain, the water somehow finds a way. Over, around, sometimes even through fissures in the rocks that form walls, still the creek bubbles forward. So how can we, like the dancing creek waters, overcome the obstacles blocking our path? Papa God gives us an example in the Old Testament prophet Nehemiah, who faced a rock wall (literally) of disappointment and found a way to conquer it. Nehemiah knew discouragement. He was tasked with repairing a decrepit city wall with no material, time or help. Despite horrendous obstacles, he prayed, developed a plan, and conquered his wall.

Turn to the book of Nehemiah with me, where we can learn a lot about dealing with discouragement: Tears are okay. “I sat down and wept … for days” (1:4). Weeping and mourning are natural, healthy reactions to disappointment. But we mustn’t languish there. Fatigue weakens our resolve (4:2123). When we’re exhausted, it’s easy to quit. Take regular rest breaks and fun frolics. Schedule something fun. Refresh yourself physically, mentally, and spiritually so your resolve stays strong. Frustration rises as rubbish accumulates (4:10). Clutter in our lives needs to be addressed and removed, not tiptoed around. Feelings of failure diminish hope (4:13). If we lose hope, we also lose joy, peace, and our heart-connection with Jesus. To counteract, we must change the way we see, think, and speak. Yesterday’s failure doesn’t dictate tomorrow’s. Step away and pray to gain perspective. Yep, getting around the rocks often takes diligence and perseverance. We’re all up the creek at one time or another. Who in your life might be stuck behind a rock wall of discouragement today? How can you help?

Debora M. Coty is an inspirational speaker and award-winning author of over 40 books, including the bestselling Too Blessed to be Stressed series. Visit with Debora anytime at www.DeboraCoty.com.

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Your Monthly Catch Local Happenings In Our Community Family Promise Receives Donation

Scott D. Graf, Tampa Environmental Department Manager (L) and two-term President of the Tampa Bay Association of Environmental Professionals (TBAEP) (R), recently presented a check for $1,000 to Family Promise of Hillsborough County, a local Tampa Bay organization, which helps homeless families build new lives. This donation was raised during the Inaugural A $1,000 check is presented to Family Promise by the Tampa Bay Association of Environmental TBAEP/Central Florida Association Professionals. of Environmental Professionals Golf Tournament held in June, which Graf Fall Foliage Demonstration At helped plan as one of four committee Luncheon members. The Brandon Christian Women's Charity Golf Tournament Benefits The Connection's Luncheon on Monday, October 8 will feature a demonstration by Outreach Clinic Lowes Garden Center and Fabulous Fall The First Annual Charity Golf Foliage. Tournament benefitting The Outreach The Speaker is Sarah Im, author of Clinic will take place on Friday, October 5 How I Survived The Killing Fields. This is at Bloomingdale Golfer’s Club. nondenominational luncheon for all a Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. Golf ladies. No membership is required and play at 1:30 p.m. the cost for entertainment and the lunchThe cost is $75 for individual player eon is $15. First time guests pay $10. and $300 for a foursome. For registration The luncheon is held at Bell Shoals or more information, contact Debbie Baptist Church in The Special Event Meegan at 654-1388 or director@theCenter, 2102 Bell Shoals Rd. in Brandon outreachclinic.com. at 11 a.m. call Lillie 813-740-0098 by Monday October 1 for reservations or GracePoint Plant City to Host more information.

Night*Light for the Community

GracePoint Plant City is hosting a community-wide free fall concert celebration, ‘Night*Light’, on its campus 1107 Charlie Griffin Rd. on Saturday, October 20, 7-10 p.m. with some of the best home-grown Tampa Bay area Christian talent available. “The people at GracePoint want to open the doors to the community as we look to better meet the needs around us. Music is a great way to connect with people from all backgrounds,” said Robert Watson, outreach elder at GracePoint Plant City. Three local bands will perform. Come for one band, or come for all. Each band will play for about 45 minutes, with 15-minute intermissions in between with refreshments available. Call 7599383 for more information or visit www.facebook.com/events/18163350884 80159/.

The MAC Gym Celebrates 10 Years

The MAC gym at First Baptist Church of Brandon is celebrating its 10th anniversary on Saturday, October 6 from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. The MAC gym will celebrate by waiving its $35 registration fee on October 6. The event includes cake, a chili cook-off, 3-point shooting competition, pickleball demonstration, fitness class sampler, ‘Ask a Trainer,’ MAC trivia, prizes and giveaways. The MAC gym is a ministry of the First Baptist Church of Brandon. The facility features a co-ed fitness area complete with cardio and strength training equipment, ladies only circuit area, an aerobics room, two full-size basketball courts, racquetball, volleyball, youth basketball and soccer, an indoor walking track, a KidZone and more. Call 315-3280 for more information.

Matt Maher’s Echoes Of Worship Tour Comes To Area

The JOY FM presents The Echoes of Worship Tour featuring Matt Maher and special guest Cory Asbury. The tour will make a stop at Countryside Christian Church in Clearwater on Friday, November 16 and at Victory Church in Lakeland on Saturday, November 17. The shows begin at 7 p.m., and tickets can be purchased online at the JOY FM website at https://florida.thejoyfm.com/events/box-office/theechoes-of-worship-tour/. Ticket prices are $60 for VIP and early entry, $28 for general admission and $22 for a group of 10 or more. Maher is an eight-time GRAMMY® nominee, visit the JOY FM website.

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Christian Music Duo ‘For KING & COUNTRY’ Comes To Amalie With Christmas Tour

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it the most reactive Christmas video of 2017. The band’s lead single, Joy, just reached the top of the Billboard chart, with more than 8.2 million streams and was included on USA Today/The Tennessean’s ‘Best Songs of the Year’ (so far) all-genre list. It is currently No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Audience chart and has already reached the No. 1 spot on radio in Canada, Australia and Mediabase CHR. For KING & COUNTRY is The band ‘For KING & COUNTRY’ brings their comprised of brothers Joel & Christmas Tour to Tampa, and tickets are on sale Luke Smallbone, who have sold now. nearly 900,000 equivalent Two-time GRAMMY® Award albums, amassed 284M on-demand winners for KING & COUNTRY will hit the streams, and 93M YouTube views. The road in December with their Christmas Australian duo has performed on shows tour extravaganza Little Drummer Boy, presented by Compassion. The tour will make a stop at Tampa’s Amalie Arena on Friday, December 14 at 7 p.m. Also joining the duo on tour is special guest Zach Williams, who is best known for his song, Chain Breaker. like Jimmy Kimmel Live! The Today The band stated, “It’s family, it’s Show, The Tonight Show, and have had hope, it’s God - and in turn, it’s the greatsongs featured on the Emmys, Super est celebration the world has ever known. Bowl, Sunday Night Football, and more. Now is the time to pound on those drums, Tickets to the show are $25.50, sing carols and anthems, ring in the glori$43.50, $53.50 and $68.50. Prices do not ous season together.... and who knows, include facility fee or service charges. maybe even see us play a few songs Tickets can be purchased at the Amalie from our brand-new album Burn the Arena Ticket Office, Ticketmaster outlets Ships. We truly hope you can make it.” and at Ticketmaster.com. You can order Last year, for KING & COUNTRY celtickets by phone by calling 1-800-745ebrated their Christmas run with the 3000. release of a live music video for their perFor more information, formance of Little Drummer Boy, which visit www.amaliearena.com or call 301reached No. 1 on the overall iTunes 2500. For more information on for KING music video chart. The video has been & COUNTRY, go to www.forkingandcounviewed more than 15 million times and try.com. has amassed over 300K shares, making

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Mary Magdalene -Jesus’ Faithful Friend And Disciple

By Kelly Wise Valdes

Mary was one of the first persons that Jesus appeared to after He was resurrected. She received the Great Commission to tell the world that she had seen Jesus.

Throughout the Bible, there are many stories of strong and heroic women. In this series, we explore a story of a faithful, biblical woman each month. With their strong faith, the women of the Bible continue to teach us how to live authentic, faith-filled lives. No matter what our circumstances are, we can find ourselves in their stories. Mary Magdalene is one of the many Marys mentioned throughout the Bible. This has caused much confusion and speculation about who Mary Magdalene really was. Her last name was derived from her hometown of Magdala, which was a small fishing village close to Nazareth and Cana, a region that was regularly visited by Jesus. Mary met Jesus when He cured her of a severe illness. Although historians often characterize her as being a prostitute as well as mentally ill, she is described in Scripture as a devoted follower and companion of Jesus. All four Gospels in the New Testament tell of her faithful discipleship. She became the leader of a group of women who traveled with Jesus and supported Him financially. Mary Magdalene’s person demonstrates that women were significant in the discipleship of Jesus and the spread of the gospel. The early church, which came to be dominated by men, tended to downplay the role

of women. Mary Magdalene was with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, and unlike many of the other male disciples, she did not flee when Jesus was arrested. She stood by Jesus during his trial, and she stood near the cross, despite the danger of being present at His crucifixion. It was after the crucifixion that one of the most significant events unfolded before Mary Magdalene. After Jesus’ death, Mary did not have the necessary burial spices to prepare His body for burial, and she was required to wait until the Sabbath was over to purchase the spices. She gathered the supplies and went to His tomb, but she found it empty. She was weeping when the risen Jesus appeared before her and told her to go forth and spread the word that He was raised from the dead. With these words, Mary was commissioned as an apostle of Jesus. The fact she was the first witness to his resurrection is significant because, at the time, women generally were not considered reliable as witnesses. Mary Magdalene is often referred to as the ‘apostle to the apostles’ by the Eastern Catholic churches and has been one of the most revered figures in Christian history. Mary is a role model for women in the church to serve Christ faithfully, regardless of social status. Jesus blesses those who are faithful to Him.

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Local Author’s Excited For Book Launch

By Kelly Wise Valdes

I could, shut my business down for a season to give myself to this project. I literally sat at the feet of Jesus to write this book. It was painful and blissful.” Robinson knows that many people often wait for a moment that never arrives, instead of seizing the moment right in front of them. She was inspired to title her book using the word ‘unraveled’ because it perfectly describes the courage people FishHawk resident and local pastor, Octoryia Robinson, releases her first book, Unraveled need to have to take that next step Potential. toward their full potential. Unraveled FishHawk resident Octoryia means to free yourself from complication Robinson has dedicated her life and puror difficulty, make plain or clear, or to pose to the completion of her first pubsolve. lished book, Unraveled Potential. Anyone “I wrote this book from a broken that knows Robinson appreciates that this place for a powerful purpose inside of is no ordinary book launch. Robinson me, for a tribe of people burning to hopes this will unleash an Unraveled become unraveled,” said Robinson. Movement to all those seeking their life’s “There is no amount of pain that can purpose. keep you stuck. Trauma slows you down, Unraveled Potential brings wisdom, but your choices stop you. My purpose is inspirations and passion that speaks to release a generation into their potendirectly to the reader, encouraging people tial.” to transition out of the past and experiRobinson is currently serving as the ence their full, unraveled potential. pastor at Assimilation at The City of “My heart burns to launch people into Restoration in Valrico. She is also availtheir purpose,” said Robinson. “For over able to speak at conferences, corporaeight years I struggled to find the confitions and churches. For more information dence to share the message of my heart on booking Robinson to speak at an in writing. I felt inadequate and unworthy event, to speak until I achieved specific things.” email PR@NVisionMarketinginc.com. But, in February of 2018, God spoke To purchase her book, Unraveled directly to Robinson's heart, and the Potential, visit www.amazon.com or experience compelled her to begin follow- www.LaunchNowUs.com. For more inforing her dream. mation about book signings or additional “Despite the absence of perfection, I details about Octoryia Robinson, follow had a purpose through writing and speak- her on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook ing,” said Robinson. “So I sold everything at @LaunchNowUs.

An Evening Of Hope Fosters Community As It Raises For Support

By Amanda Boston

option to participate in a silent auction. “This evening is one of the largest fundraisers and brings the community together to share stories of neighbors helping neighbors,” said Brewer. Pictured from last year’s Evening of Hope is the Tampa Connection group who was instrumental in the rebranding of The formal porthe Angel Foundation. tion of the program The Angel Foundation, formerly will be held from 8-9 p.m. and will highknown as the Brandon Foundation, light three families who have received invites you its 13th annual Evening of support from the Angel Foundation this Hope on Friday, November 2 held at The year. Additionally, the foundation will recRegent in Brandon. ognize its community business partners The nonprofit offers assistance to and volunteers for their contributions to families affected by life-threatening illsupport the welfare of others. nesses or catastrophic events such as “This year’s theme of Fire and Ice will fires and floods, by matching families with be visually stunning,” said Brewer. “and Angel Teams made up of local business represents families who have gone owners and volunteers who can help. through the fire (a crisis) and have come The Angel Foundation’s Executive out stronger on the other side.” Director Liz Brewer, said, “We changed She continued, “In this fast-paced the name earlier this year because every- world, people’s hearts can go cold and one associates us with the Angel probecome cynical, but seeing how a comgram, so it made sense to change the munity pulls together to help others in name and make it clear that is our pritheir time of crisis can melt the ice and mary focus.” warm their hearts.” The fundraiser begins at 7 p.m. with Tickets and table sponsorships are a VIP reception at 6:30 p.m. for event available at www.BrandonFoundation.org. sponsors. This year’s special guest will be The Regent is located at 6437 Watson Channel 10’s Allison Kropff. Like in years Rd. in Riverview. For information, call past, the evening commences with a 689-6889 or like Angel Foundation social hour where guests stroll through Facebook page. An Evening of Hope is the ballroom socializing and sampling fine sponsored by Brandon Regional Hospital wines and fancy fare from local restau& The Physicians of Brandon Regional, rants. Live music will stream from The Regent, Extravaganza Productions Tampa’s premier jazz ensemble ‘Standing Incorporated (EPI), Tampa Bay Times 8 Count’ while guests also have the and Winthrop Town Center.


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Foundation Christian Students Return From Successful Summer Mission Trip

Majik Touch Cleaners Celebrates 33rd Anniversary Of Top Quality Service

Foundation the villa Christian workers with Academy’s (FCA) gathering mission is and washing “Preparing hands the dishes. to serve the comAnother munity and feet Torch to serve the Missions world with love, leader and joy, peace, FCA high patience kindschool ness,…” teacher, Students did just Margaret that over the Reeves, parsummer during a ticularly short-term misenjoyed the sion trip to trip, Tegucigalpa, “...because it Honduras. gives stuDuring their dents the two-week stay, opportunity FCA missionaries to see how were able to take even shortpart in multiple term mishouse builds, sions can Gatorade blitzes, impact the hospital visits, world.” clinics and so The mismuch more. sion trip Torch gives stuFoundation Christian students and teachers travel dents the Missions leader to Honduras for a summer mission trip. and FCA middle opportunity to school teacher, Terry step up and help others. Reeves, recounted, “It is so They get the chance to be shocking to see teenagers leaders and see the fruits and older adults working of their labor. The side by side as equals—as Honduras mission is one if there is no age difference the students and adults at all.” Reeves continued, look forward to every year. “It is truly one of the best It is also one that impacts parts of the trip.” many in a much greater way than The trip gave the students the they ever could foresee. opportunity to strengthen their friendFoundation Christian Academy ships while also building new ones was founded in 1983. It is a private with Americans and Hondurans alike. Christian school serving Pre-K During the house builds, teenagers through high school with about 400 enjoyed the opportunity to take the students. The school is located at lead, even helping the Honduran 3955 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Valrico. team on the roof occasionally. For more information, please visit After dinners, students and adults www.foundationchristianacademy.org took turns working together to help or call 654-2969.

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BAPTIST Bay Life Church 1017 Kingsway Ave., Brandon (813) 661-3696 Bell Shoals Baptist - Brandon 2102 Bell Shoals Rd., Brandon (813) 689-4229 Congregación Hispana 2102 Bell Shoals Rd., Brandon (813) 689-4229 ext. 242 Bell Shoals Baptist - Apollo Beach 408 Apollo Beach Blvd., Apollo Beach (813) 641-2222 Bell Shoals Baptist - Palm River 5415 Palm River Rd.,Tampa (813) 621-2058 Bell Shoals Baptist - Riverview 11525 Ramble Creek Dr., Riverview (813) 689-4229, ext. 232 First Baptist Church of Brandon 216 N. Parsons Ave., Brandon (813) 689-1204 First Baptist Church of Bloomingdale 3303 Bloomingdale Ave.,Valrico (813) 689-3847 First Baptist Church of Gibsonton 9912 Indiana St., Gibsonton (813) 677-1301 First Baptist Church of Ruskin 820 College Ave. W., Ruskin (813) 645-6439 FishHawk Fellowship 15326 Fishhawk Blvd., Lithia, (813) 655-7431 Grace Baptist Temple 2909 John Moore Rd., Brandon (813) 689-7190 Journey Church 1310 John Moore Rd., Brandon (813) 699-8262 Shiloh Baptist Church 1104 Cason St., Plant City (813) 752-8345 South Bay Baptist Church 13498 US 301 S., Riverview 813-677-0721 CATHOLIC Nativity Catholic Church 705 E Brandon Blvd., Brandon (813) 681-4608

St. Anne Catholic Church 106 11th Ave. NE, Ruskin (813) 645-1714 St. Matthews Anglican Church 10701 Bloomingdale Avenue, Riverview 813-663-0334 St. Stephen Catholic Church 10118 Saint Stephen Circle, Riverview (813) 689-4900 CHURCH OF GOD Boyette Springs Church of God 12114 Boyette Rd., Riverview (813) 671-0086 Plant City Church of God 2103 Mud Lake Rd., Plant City (813) 752-4591 EPISCOPAL Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church 604 N. Valrico Rd., Valrico (813) 689-3130 LUTHERAN Immanuel Lutheran Church 2913 John Moore Rd., Brandon (813) 689-1787 Living Savior Lutheran Church 2650 Lithia Pinecrest Rd., Valrico (813) 681-2375 METHODIST First United Methodist Church of Seffner 1310 South Kingsway Rd., Seffner (813) 689-3513 Grace Community United Methodist Church 5708 Lithia Pinecrest Rd., Lithia (813) 661-8858 • info@mygraceumc.com New Hope United Methodist Church 120 N. Knights Ave., Brandon (813) 689-4161 Riverview First United Methodist Church 8002 US Hwy 301., Riverview www.riverviewflumc.org Ruskin United Methodist Church 105 4th Ave. NW, Ruskin (813) 645-1241 South Shore United Methodist Church 11525 Big Bend Rd., Riverview (813) 649-9462 NON-DENOMINATIONAL Destiny Church 2322 11th Ave. SE, Ruskin (813) 645-3337

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Crossing Cultures International Shares Ministry Successes

By Amanda Boston

In late istry partners. August, the The tour president of made a stop at Crossing Journey Church in Cultures Brandon on International August 31. The (CCI), Dr. David CCI directors Nelson, and recounted their seven national testimonies involvdirectors from ing hardships and the Far East persecution for began trekking their faith. The up the United demand for local States’ East pastors in Asia is Coast. Their misgreat, but also is sion is to share the need to equip what God is and adequately CCI national directors from the Far East travel accomplishing the local pastrain up the East Coast with Dr. David Nelson, the through the CCI founder, to share about the Christian church in tors to correctly their respective countries. ministry. The tour handle the Word of highlights testimonies of transformed lives God. Words of gratitude weaved through from the work of the gospel in each of each of the testimonies as the directors their respective counnoted the impact of tries. CCI’s Bible training CCI was founded and resources in multiby Dr. Nelson in 2006 plying workers for the and is headquartered harvest. in Brandon. The nonRic Hesse is the profit’s mission is to CCI regional director equip Christlike serfor North America and vant leaders through commented on the discipleship and comtour. "There's nothing prehensive training to special about any of become able to effecthese men (seven tively serve in local national directors), but church ministry, there is a special God church planting and that they believe in missions—both in the and that God is able United States and Ric Hesse (left) and Dr. David Nelson to do special things around the globe. CCI (right) share CCI’s mission and how because they made God uses average people to carry out is currently representthemselves available," extraordinary things. ed in 34 countries explained Hesse. "The equipping pastors and leaders to build message we want to be heard is for you God’s kingdom. to be available and let God do special The tour kicked off in the Greater things through you." Brandon Area and will conclude in For additional information or to finanSurprise, New York after 50 days. Dr. cially support Crossing Cultures Nelson and the national directors from International, please visit Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Laos, https://cciequip.org or call the office at Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar will 217-5077. More details of the tour stops visit 21 churches as well as multiple mincan also be found online. What you will find at Journey: • • • • •

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 is 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 feet wide estate lots. Although 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 to Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday to Monday 12 noon – 6 p.m. For more information about Sunrise Homes, visit www.sunrisehomescorp.com or call 651-3001.

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Live Like You Mean It Truth Counts More than Being Right By Kelly Wise Valdes There are countless cathedrals and churches throughout France, but the Basilica of NotreDame de Fourviere is thought to be one of the most beautiful. This stunning church is built upon a tall hill in Lyon, France and provides visitors with an unrestricted view of the city. Lyon is located four hours south of Paris. Construction of the Basilica began with private funding, and the construction site took place on top of ancient Roman ruins. Work on the Basilica started in 1872 and was finally completed in 1884. However, finishing touches in the interior were not completed until as late as 1964. The church was built and dedicated to the Virgin Mary who is credited for saving Lyon from the Black Death plague that swept through Europe in 1643. Every year on the December 8, the town pays homage to the Virgin Mary by lighting candles throughout the city and illuminating walls and buildings of the Basilica in a LED extravaganza referred to as the Festival of Lights. Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourviere contains two churches, one on top of the other. The upper sanctuary is very ornate, while the lower is a

much simpler design. The basilica is often referred to by the locals as ‘the upside-down elephant’ because the building resembles the body of an elephant and the towers look like its legs. These ‘legs’ are four large towers, each measuring 14 stories tall. The gilded Virgin Mary that sits at the top of the bell tower is said to continue to ward off any dangers posed to the city of Lyon. The entrance to the basilica is ornate and leads into the nave that displays colorful, golden mosaics. The inside of the building is breathtaking and ornately detailed as well. Adjoining the basilica is the ancient Chapel of the Virgin and a terrace that provides a panoramic view of the cathedral and city of Lyon. Climbing the 287 steps to the basilica observatory will provide a 180-degree view of Lyon and its suburbs. On a clear day, Mont Blanc, the highest point in Europe, can be seen in the distance. Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourviere offers guided tours and contains a Museum of Sacred Art. More than two million people visit the basilica each year. For more information, visit www.fourviere.org/en/practicalinformation.

By Derek Maul I recently went shopping with my mother but couldn’t find what she needed. “Let’s ask,” she said. “Don’t bother,” I said, looking up from my phone, “I just now bought it on Amazon.” The item arrived the next morning after breakfast. Then our old television died so we replaced it with a ‘smart’ one. Now I can shop Amazon in 43-inch High Definition. My printer tells Hewlett Packard when I’m low on ink so they can send me refills. I read the newspaper on my iPad (which also knows where my phone is even when I don’t) and I’m pretty sure Google has been talking to my Facebook app behind my back. I asked our new friend Alexa what I should do about it all but she was no help at all. I’m torn because I’m in the business of sharing light, inspiration, encouragement, hope, and meaning – yet the media that gets my message out is more commonly used to spread darkness, division, discouragement, disillusion, hate, and confusion. These devices may have been invented to bring us together but the effect is quite the opposite. I’m concerned at how readily communication

technology is used to divide and how easily people allow themselves to be manipulated by what they are exposed to. I asked Alexa about truth, and this time the answer was useful. “Truth,” Alexa said,”is fact that has been verified. Or conformity to reality.” The best starting place – if we want to move closer together – would be to be more interested in truth than in being right, and in verification before we share. I am beyond tired of witnessing people swallow flat-out fabrications whole and without checking – simply because of the views they already hold. So encourage me, friends, by honing your reliability skills. And encourage one another with a little more accountability now and then. I believe this country is worth it. Derek Maul has written for many news outlets, including the Tampa Tribune, The United Methodist News Service, All Pro Dad, FOCUS Magazine, Newsweek, USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, Presbyterians Today, Guideposts, Chicken Soup for the Soul and many other publications. Read Derek Maul’s daily blog posts at www.derekmaul.wordpress.com

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Hillsborough County Fair Offers ‘Good Times And Country Rhymes’

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market steer and market lamb show, in addition to a market swine and market turkey show and sale. Buyers are welcome to support these amazing youth and purchase one of these market livestock projects. Grandstand events on October 19 and 20, will feature the Rodeo with fast action on horseback and courageous bull riders. The Truck and Tractor Pull Come out to the Hillsborough County Fair Thursday- is the featured grandstand event Sunday, October 18-21 and 25-28. on October 26 and 27. The famous Demolition The 2018 Greater Hillsborough Derby will round out the grandstand County Fair opens Thursday, October 18 events on Sunday October 2 with cars for two weekends of fun and entertaincrashing into each other until the last one ment. This year’s theme is ‘Good Times is declared the champion. and Country Rhymes.’ The fair will run Grandstand events are only $10 folThursday to Sunday, October 18-21 and 25-28. Adult admission is $7, students K - lowing paid admission to the Fair. Purchase tickets in advance from one of 12 $5 and seniors are $4, five and under our cooperating merchant locations (listed are free. Parking is free. Opening Day online) for $10 and admission to the Fair (October 18) is dollar day. Admission and is free. rides are $1 each. The Hometown Hillsborough area, Livestock shows, carnival rides by offers a 2,500 sq. ft. building built to repliArnold’s Amusements and fair food are a staple at this annual event and the excite- cate a traditional on Farm Packing Shed housing many of the tools and equipment ment doesn't stop there. Free entertainused in days gone by. The East ment includes Robinson's Racing and Hillsborough County Historical Society will Swimming Pigs. highlight the history of area churches in The popular Firefighter Show returns the building this year. featuring educational entertainment. Ride armbands are available every Enjoy the show as firefighter extraordiday for $20. Discounted Ride Armbands naire Neal Snyder puts his young voluncan be purchased online for $15 by visitteers through their training. ing www.HillsboroughCountyFair.com. A circus returns bringing thrills and The Fairgrounds are located at 215 amazing circus acts. Sydney Washer Rd. in Dover. Market show weekend will include a


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Chicago’s Best Burger Serves 13 Specialty Grass-Fed Burgers And Is Worth The Trip It has been said that, “Quality is the best business plan.” Lisa and Brian Williams are the owners of Chicago’s Best Burgers, and they exemplify this statement because they offer one of the best quality burgers in the Brandon area. Chicago’s Best “We had Burger owners Lisa family and and Brian Williams friends fly down celebrated their from Chicago to restaurant’s one-year anniversary this past celebrate our April. one year anniversary with us,” Lisa Williams said. Chicago’s Best Burgers offers 13 grass-fed specialty burgers, in addition to fresh jumbo chicken wings, salads and more. “We wanted to open a mom and pop burger spot, with a grass-fed, natural concept,” Williams said. “We moved to Florida and named it after where the idea began and we stand by our homemade ingredients and want to serve Tampa Bay area with our fresh menu items that are made in-house daily. The Williams are thrilled over the success Chicago’s Best Burgers has had over the last year and they feel their success stems from the fact that they sell quality burgers made from grass-fed

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beef. “The quality speaks for itself,” Williams said. With all the health benefits customers get from eating grass-fed beef burgers, it is no wonder their hash tag is #GotThatGoodMeat on social media. The couple has brought the authentic taste of Chicago to the Brandon community in the hopes of not only creating a delectable dining experience for their customers but also providing healthier alternative to other types of beef products. “We put our heart and soul into our little restaurant and are just excited to be part of such a growing diverse community,” Williams said. If you would like to learn more about Chicago’s Best Burgers and the many delicious food items offered at the restaurant, you can visit www.chicagosbestburgers.com or contact the Williams at 654-3232. The restaurant is located at 1925 W Brandon Blvd. and its hours of operation are Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

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

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Marking the O’Neill. band’s 20th consecuThe rock opera tive year of touring, also features such Trans-Siberian enduring fan-favorites Orchestra (TSO) as Christmas announced its highlyEve/Sarajevo 12/24, O’ anticipated Winter Come All Ye Faithful, Tour 2018. TSO’s Good King Joy, annual November to Christmas Canon, December multi-senMusic Box Blues, sory extravaganza, Promises To Keep, and which sells out venThis Christmas Day. ues year after year, Additionally, the tour has cemented the will enjoy a new secTrans-Siberian Orchestra brings its group’s status as a ond set containing ‘The Ghosts of Christmas Eve’ must-attend multisome of TSO’s greatperformance to Amalie Arena on generational, holiday Sunday, December 16 at 3 and 7 p.m. est hits and fantradition. 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 of December 30. TSO’s Winter Tour 2018 is the release will be available November 9. presented by Hallmark Channel. The second installment in The Christmas The show will visit Tampa at Amalie Trilogy tells the story of a little girl who Arena on Sunday, December 16 and will spends nights in an attic filled with yuleperform two shows at 3 and 7 p.m. tide reveries, while guitar solos and choral General public tickets are now on sale. vocals soar over a rock orchestral backBased on TSO’s multi-platinum DVD ing across 16 tracks, including a previand long running PBS fundraiser, ‘The ously unreleased on CD and vinyl version Ghosts of Christmas Eve’, this year’s tour of Christmas Jam (Live). will include new awe-inspiring effects, as Amalie Arena is located at 401 well as amazing staging with an all new Channelside Dr. in Tampa. For more design from the dedicated team handdetails on tour dates and all on sales, visit picked by the group’s late creator, Paul www.trans-siberian.com.


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

By Amanda Boston

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

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Finding Your Strength And Dignity

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Proverbs 21:35 tells us, "She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future." We all feel weak sometimes, and many women think they are not living the life God intended. But, sometimes when we are at our most vulnerable is when God reveals Himself. To live fully and abundantly is certainly possible, although we may not feel that way when you are late picking up the kids from school, or forgot to pick up the dry cleaning, or missed a deadline at work. It’s tough being a wife, mom, employee and friend. But, you are not alone. Many female Christian authors have written about their experiences and offer hope and advice to other Christian women trying to live a meaningful and faithful life.

Love Life Again: Finding Joy When It's Okay Not to Be Okay: Moving Life is Hard Forward One Day at a Time By: Tracie Miles By: Sheila Walsh We've all experienced times when we This book guides you back to take feel stuck, sad, ashamed, scared or lost. control of your happiness. Sharing perSometimes that's fine, but it's never too sonal stories, biblical insights, reflection questions, and prayers, this book helps late to start over again. All it takes is readers learn to love life, find the making that first step forward. Helping strength to live peacefully when suryou change the way you think about rounded by heartbreak and disappointyourself and God, this book shares ment, uncover and overcome obstapractical, doable daily strategies for cles, and discover practical tips for moving ahead. bringing joy back.

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Hot Off The Christian News Wire Orange Tour is coming to Orlando on Friday, November 2. Registration is currently open and includes lunch as well as the small group or parent event. For more information or to register, visit www.OrangeTour.org.

Orange Tour Travels To 17 Cities Across The US This Fall

New York Giant Odell Beckham, Jr. Shares His Gratitude For Christ

Orange Tour 2018 is set to hit the road, making its way to 17 cities nationwide this fall. This training event for church leaders, volunteers and parents will celebrate a decade of equipping and inspiring those who lead the next generation on their faith journey. This year's theme, 'We Can Do More Together,' is a timely message that will empower attendees with a strategy to make the most of their combined influences. From weekly church activities to annual church events to everyday life at home, Orange Tour will help all those who speak into the life of a child leave a lasting legacy of faith and character. When teams experience fresh insights and new ideas together, it creates a synergy that lasts through the entire year. That's why Orange Tour is perfect for every member of a ministry team— preschool, children's, student, NextGen/family ministers and senior pastors, as well as volunteers.

On Sunday, September 9, New York Football Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. fell to his knees in prayer at MetLife Stadium before millions of

#ImForgiven.” Since then Beckham has posted several photos with captions voicing his love and gratitude for God. That Sunday Beckham played in his first game since breaking his ankle last October, and the player decided to capture the moment with a series of Instagram posts. Instead of posting a photo of himself while playing, Beckham took the opportunity to give glory to God. The wide receiver posted a photo of himself on his knees praying and captioned it, "Lord, I come to you at this time... not to ask you for anything... but just to say Thank You."

Mark Wahlberg Reveals How Prayer Is Central In His Life

fans. Beckham recently took to Instagram to share with his 11.5 million followers that he dedicated his life to Jesus. In July, Beckham was on a trip to Israel when he decided to be baptized. The wide receiver shared a photo of the experience captioning it, “FRESH START…What a time! #Jerusalem

Mark Wahlberg, Hollywood’s highest paid actor in 2017, undertook an intense daily routine to prepare for his role in the upcoming film Mile 22. However, prayer has been central in his life for several years. In 2010, Wahlberg told the Catholic Herald that “Being a Catholic is the most important aspect of my life.” Then he added, “The first thing I do when I start my day is, I get down on my hands and knees and give thanks to God. Whenever I go outside of my house, the first thing I do is stop at the church. The kids will be mad with me. ‘Daddy! It

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famous former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden. “We need to be more concerned with our character than our reputation because your character is what you are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are." According to Peters, his son Ian, 10, plays every sport that he can and Peters also coaches him in flag football. His daughter Alli, 17, has The Peters family on vacation. played golf for currently goes there. Their daughter, Bloomingdale all four years. Peters Alli, who is currently a senior at enjoys coaching his kids and his other Bloomingdale High School, also used hobbies include fishing and golfing. He to attend the school. Christy has been and Alli often spend father-daughter teaching at the school since 2002, and time on the golf course. Peters started working there in 2015 as Peters likes to keep things in perhead of security. His biggest priority is spective for his players. “When I’m making sure that every kid and staff coaching and the players are playing, member that goes to the school is we have to make it about God and not safe. He tries to learn the first names about ourselves,” he said. “He has of all 400 plus students that attend, given the players and I the talent to and they all refer to him as Coach play and coach the sports that we love. Peters. This isn’t my team, this is his team. I Coach Peters likes taking quotes tell my players that when you are a from great coaches and using them as team, you’re more than just a team, motivation for his students and himself. you’re a family.” One of his favorite quotes is from the

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Clip & Save: Twelve Ballot Amendments And What They Mean To Voters Registered voters who are voting by mail or at the polls for the upcoming General Election need to know that there are 12 Constitutional Amendment Proposals on this year's ballot. This is the longest list in decades. One amendment (8) was struck down by the Florida Supreme Court. Voters should carefully read each amendment. Some of the amendments (1-5) were proposed by the Legislature or by citizen initiative. The remaining (7, 913) come from the Florida Constitution Revision Commission (CRC). The CRC meets every 20 years and is allowed to bundle more than one issue into each proposed amendment. Conversely, amendments proposed by citizen initiatives or the Legislature must contain just one question. To be approved, a constitutional amendment must receive 60 percent of the vote. Here is a summary of the amendments.

Amendment 1- Increased Homestead Property Tax Exemption

This would raise the portion of a home's value that can be exempted from non-school property taxes. The change would apply to the assessed value of a homestead property between $100,000 and $125,000. This would increase the maximum exemption to $75,000.

Amendment 2- Limitations on Property Tax Assessments

Essentially, this would make permanent a temporary cap of 10 percent on

annual property value increases. This applies to non-homestead properties.

Amendment 3Voter Control of Gambling in Florida

This amendment would give voters the exclusive right to decide whether to authorize expansions of casino gambling. Currently, the authority rests with both the Legislature and voters.

Amendment 4- Voting Restoration For Individuals With Felony Convictions

This proposal would restore the right to vote to nearly 1.4 million Floridians who have served their sentences. This amendment does not apply to felony convictions for murder or sexual offenses. Florida is one of four states that continues to limit the rights of citizens to vote. The law dates back to the Civil War.

Amendment 5- Increase To TwoThirds Vote Needed In Legislature To Increase Taxes

Currently, a simple majority is needed. This increase could affect the state in times of emergencies such as a hurricane or recession and could hamper the Legislature's ability to pass a reasonable budget which is their yearly mandate.

Amendment 6- Rights of Crime Victims, Judges

This amendment is three items. It would add a list of rights for crime vicims which is modeled after California’s Marsy’s Law. It would raise the age for retirement of judges to 75, and it would bar judges from relying on administrative agencies’ interpretations of a law when ruling in cases.

Amendment 7- First Responder and Military Member Survivor Benefits; Public Colleges and Universities

This is two items. The first would provide college tuition for the survivors of first responders and military members killed on duty. The second would require university trustees to agree by a two-thirds super-majority to raise college fees (not including tuition) and establish the state college system in the Constitution. Universities are in it, but state colleges (i.e., community colleges) are not.

Amendment 9- Prohibits Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling; Prohibits Vaping In Enclosed Indoor Workplaces This calls for a ban on oil and gas drilling in state-owned waters and a proposal to add vaping to the ban on smoking indoors.

Amendment 10- State and Local Government Structure and Operation This is four items. One is to have the legislative session start in January rather than March in even-numbered years (the legislature currently changes its dates by

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statute), two is to create a counter-terrorism office (FDLE is already the lead agency), three is to make the state veterans affairs department constitutionally required (there is a provision in the Constitution), and four requires that five county-level offices (tax collector, property appraiser, supervisor of elections, sheriff and clerk of circuit court) be elected. In Hillsborough County, these are already elected offices.

Amendment 11- Property Rights; Removal of Obsolete Provisions; Criminal Statutes

Repeals the state’s ability to prohibit non-citizens from buying, owning and selling property; deletes a provision that forces the state to prosecute criminal suspects under the law they were originally charged under, even if the Legislature changes that law; deletes obsolete language having to do with high-speed rail in Florida (voters repealed this section in 2004).

Amendment 12- Lobbying and Abuse of Office by Public Officers

This expands the time from two years to six years that elected officials and government employees have to wait before they could lobby state government.

Amendment 13- Ban On Dog Racing

This proposal ends wagering on dog racing by 2020. Vsit http://dos.myflorida.com/elections/.


Jack Gutman Has The Experience And Integrity To Be A County Court Judge, Group 8

Sheriff Chad Chronister Seeks Election As Hillsborough County Sheriff This November

Supreme Court as Jack Gutman a State Mediator. has practiced law for "In my work as a over 30 years and is mediator, I have running for County learned to facilitate Court Judge in resolution of issues Group 8. as opposed to He won the engaging in a way August 28 primary that causes excesdecisively receiving sive litigation. over 46,000 more In addition to votes than his runoff practicing law, opponent, receiving Jack Gutman, shown here with his Gutman has 46.83% of the vote daughter, Samantha, son, Matthew and to his opponent’s wife, Carlene is seeking to continue his served on the 22.41%. long legal career and serve the communi- Board of Directors "The three pillars ty as a County Court Judge. The election for the MacDonald is on Tuesday, November 6. Training Center, a of my campaign are non-profit that serves people with dishonesty and integrity; experience; and community involvement," said Gutman. abilities. Gutman has been endorsed by the He has extensive experience in both West Central Police Benevolent civil and criminal law and has Association, the Tampa Police achieved an AV Preeminent Rating Department Benevolent Association, from the Martindale-Hubbell Peer the City of Tampa Fire Fighters Union, Review Ratings. five retired Circuit Court Judges, nine "Being a judge is the highest past presidents of the Hillsborough Bar honor a lawyer can achieve. To be entrusted with that authority is an awe- and two past Florida Bar presidents. Gutman has been married to some responsibility," said Gutman. "I Carlene for 25 years and has two chilwant to be a County Court Judge dren, Samantha and Matthew. because it is the people's court. This "I believe that I have the experimay be the first time a citizen encounence, temperament and high level of ters a judge. The judge needs to have ethics necessary to be a County Court the right temperament coupled with Judge. I would ask that you vote for extensive expertise in order to be me for County Court Judge on effective on the bench," said Gutman. Tuesday, November 6," said Gutman. Gutman has served as both a For more information, please visit prosecutor and defense attorney. In www.Gutmanforjudge.com. addition, he is certified by the Florida

Hillsborough changed hiring stanCounty Sheriff, Chad dards. He has worked Chronister, is running to be more inclusive in for election this hiring and is commitNovember in the ted to diversity in the General Election. department. Chronister was “My main goal is appointed by to have resources Governor Rick Scott in (personnel, tools and September 2017 technology) to mainwhen Sheriff David tain standards given Gee retired. the growth in this Chronister runs a county. This is key to department of 3,500 reducing crime and Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad employees. The Chronister with wife Nicole, is run- keeping families safe,” Hillsborough County said Chronister. ning for election in the General Election. He is a veteran law Sheriff’s Office proWhile Chronister enforcement officer appointed by tects over one million Governor Rick Scott in September is tough on crime, he residents. has worked to devel2017 to take over the duties of Sheriff when David Gee retired. “I want to continop an Adult Diversion ue as Hillsborough County Sheriff Program for first time offenders of misbecause we are expected to experidemeanor crimes such as drug offensence exponential growth in this county. es or shoplifting. Estimates are that the county’s popuIn addition to his official duties, lation will double in size by 2035. With Chronister voluntarily serves on two this type of growth, we need someone boards- The Boys and Girls Club and who has the qualifications and experiMetropolitan Ministries. Chronister ence that I have to continue to make said, “If we build strong children, then public safety a top priority,” said we will have a strong community,” said Chronister. Chronister. Chronister has worked to improve Chronister holds a Master’s the tools, resources and technologies Degree in Criminology from St. Leo that deputies have available to them to University. He is married to Nicole and keep residents of the county safe. In he has two sons. Chronister has been addition, Chronister has worked to with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s improve the hiring practices within the Office for 26 years and was one of department. Specifically, Chronister four Colonels prior to becoming has expanded recruitment and Sheriff. Visit www.chadchronister.com.

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Hillsborough Voters to Decide Transportation Future in November

By Preston Rudie

All for Transportation, the citizen-led effort to support increased local funding for roads and transportation, has exceeded the 49,000 petition threshold required by law to secure a place on the November ballot, according to the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections. “This is a historic moment. More than 70,000 thousand people in Hillsborough County have put a solution that funds transportation problems in front of their neighbors. We’ve waited far too long to solve a transportation crisis in Hillsborough County that is getting worse every day,” said Tyler Hudson, All for Transportation Chair. All for Transportation is a community led effort organized to fund a wide range of solutions to address our County’s greatest shortcoming – traffic congestion and lack of transit options – and allow us to invest in our community. “Without enough funding for transportation, the traffic where I live in Brandon continues to get worse. Plus, Hillsborough County’s population is expected to grow by more than 700,000 people over the next thirty years. That’s why my neighbors and thousands of people from all over Hillsborough County signed the petition,” said All for Transportation volunteer Rena Upshaw

Frazier, “The people have made it clear they won’t wait and they will be ready to vote ‘yes’ to fund transportation in November.” If approved by a majority of voters in November, the All for Transportation proposal would fund transportation improvements throughout Hillsborough County including Tampa, Plant City, Temple Terrace, Brandon, Town n’ Country, and Sun City. “Improvements would include improved roads and bridges, expanded public transit options, fixing potholes, enhanced bus service, relieving rush hour bottlenecks, improved intersections, and making walking and biking safer,” added Hudson. “All of these funds will be reviewed by an independent oversight committee and audited annually to make sure the funds are used as outlined in the plan that voters signed and will vote on in November.” “I’m happy to be one of the Hillsborough voters that signed. This gets us one step closer to funding that will make rush hour easier, provide us more transit options and make our streets safe,” said East Tampa resident Gwen Myers. “I believe people will vote yes in November, because the funding has clear oversight to make sure it’s spent on the community’s priorities.” To learn more about All for Transportation, visit AllforTransportation.com.

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

By Kathy L. Collins

Long time Plant gants," added Moody. City resident, Jamey Moody is an ardent Moody is running for believer in community service. Hillsborough County He is the Secretary and board Circuit Court Judge in member of Plant City Main Group 25 on Tuesday, Street, a board member of the November 6. Moody Plant City Chamber of has the requisite comCommerce, a committee bination of experience, member of the Planning a spirit of volunteerism Board of Plant City, committee and professionalism to member of South Florida make him a fair, honBaptist Hospital Foundation est and respected Investment and a Rotary Club Circuit Court Judge. member. Moody has pracCircuit Court Judges hanticed law for 15 years. dle thousands of cases each "My experience of litiyear. As such, judges need to Jamey Moody, a third genera- be fair and impartial. "Despite gating hundreds of tion resident of Plant City, cases has prepared litigating in an adversarial sysshown here with his wife, Courtney and their two boys me for the bench in tem, I always strive to be fair, Duncan and Jimmer (James honest and professional in an enormous way," Moody IV), is running for Circuit said Moody. "My pracadvocating for my client as Court Judge in Group 25. tice as a civil litigator well as in my working relationhas enabled me to handle cases from ships with opposing attorneys," said intake through multi-day jury trials. I Moody. If you doubt this, just look believe jury trial experience is essential Moody's campaign and endorsements. when seeking judicial office," said Moody. "The people I have worked against have In addition to his practice, Moody signed up to be a part of my campaign," has worked as a volunteer attorney (pro said Moody. bono) with Bay Area Legal Services. "My "I believe I have shown the capability pro bono legal work has helped me to of handling a variety of matters both judiunderstand and appreciate the vast disciously and efficiently. I will make deciconnect between the need for legal repre- sions quickly but with careful forethought, sentation and the financial ability to obtain and look forward to serving he residents it," said Moody. "As a judge, I believe my of Hillsborough County with integrity, fairpro bono experience will help enable me ness and discipline," said Moody. to be an asset to the community in preFor information about Moody’s camsiding over cases involving pro se litipaign, visit www.votejametmoody.com.


For the General Election (Tuesday, November 6), early Voting will take place from October 22 through November 4 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Visit www.votehillsborough.org/About-Voting/Three-Ways-toVote/Early-Voting for information regarding early voting and the locations to vote. Locally you can vote at Bloomingdale Regional Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico, Valrico Recreational Center, 707 S. Miller Dr. in Valrico, Riverview Brandon Library, 10509 Riverview Dr. in Riverview, SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Dr. in Ruskin, Bruton Memorial Library, 302 W. McLendon St. in Plant City. You can request a Vote By Mail Ballot from the Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections Office by Wednesday, October 31 by visiting www.votehillsborough.org. No matter which method you choose to vote- By Mail, Early Voting or on Election Day, your vote counts.

United States Senator

Bill Nelson is a fifth-generation Floridian and an independent voice that always puts Florida first. His experience includes more than 40 years of public service, first in the Florida State Legislature, then Congress, then on Florida's Cabinet and, since 2001, the United States Senate. Since being elected to the U.S. Senate in 2000, he has earned a reputation as a consensus builder and problem solver, while consistently being a moderate voice in an increasingly parBill Nelson (D) tisan environment. For more information, visit www.nelsonforsenate.com.

Rick Scott (R)

Rick Scott is Florida’s 45th governor, serving two terms in office. He is now seeking the open seat for Florida in the U.S. Senate. Governor Scott grew up in the Midwest with his father, a World War II Veteran and truck driver, and his mother, a store clerk. After Scott married his high school sweetheart, Ann, he joined the Navy. He used the G.I. Bill to attend college and eventually opened his first business- a donut shop so his mom could have a job. As a Senator, Scott wants to implement a limits, end wasteful spending, & more, visit https://rickscottforflorida.com.

Representative In Congress District 15 Kristen Carlson graduated from Stetson Law School in 1977 and has been fighting for the people of Florida since. She started out as a prosecutor and then went to work for the Department of Citrus fighting to ensure Florida's vital crop was protected. Her mother was a front-line Army surgical nurse during WWII and father was a career fighter pilot in the Air Force. She became a prosecutor after law school and then went on Kristen Carlson (D) to work for the Florida Department of Citrus as General Counsel. For more, visit www.kristencarlsonforcongress.com.

Ross Spano currently represents District 59 in the Florida House of Representatives and is a managing partner of Spano & Woody, P.A. in Riverview. He is also the Chairman of the Florida Human Trafficking Working Group and serves on the Federal Judicial Nominating Commission. As the Congressman for Florida’s 15th District, Ross will always fight to uphold the rule of law and protect the . He will prioritize protecting vulnerable populations, including victims Ross Spano (R) of human trafficking. And as a proven conservative leader, Ross will strive to protect the conservative values that are so important to him, visit www.rossspano.com.

Representative In Congress District 16 Vern Buchanon, incumbent to U.S. House District 16 and serving his sixth term, is co-chair of the bipartisan 29-member Florida congressional delegation and currently serves on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over tax policy, international trade, health care, welfare, Social Security and Medicare. Buchanan is chairman of the Tax Policy Subcommittee, a key panel that oversees the nation’s tax code. Vern Buchanan (R) He served six years in the Air National Guard and worked his way through college. Visit https://vernbuchanan.com.

David Shapiro has spent nearly 30 years serving citizens as a lawyer in Sarasota and Manatee counties. He was raised in the Tampa Bay area and is an alumnus of the University of Florida and has a law degree from Florida State University. He is a trustee member of the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, served on the board of directors for the Sarasota Film Festival and served on the advisory board of West Coast David Shapiro (D) Black Theater Troupe. For more information, visit https://voteshapiro2018.com.

State Representative District 57

Mike Beltran (R)

Mike Beltran is a Harvard-educated lawyer currently residing in Tampa with his wife and two sons. He has a decade of experience serving the people of Central Florida and was also appointed by Rick Scott to the Judicial Nominating Committee. He describes himself as a pro-business, pro-life, pro-constitution, conservative lawyer. Issues Beltran is focusing on would be cutting government waste, lowering taxes, cutting the red tape for small business growth, putting more money into classrooms, enforcing immigration laws, protecting sanctity of life and protecting 2nd amendment rights. For more information, visit http://electmikebeltran.com.

Debbie Katt is an analytical software engineer by trade bringing a unique perspective to the legislature in Tallahassee. She has crafted solutions for over 20 years that integrate different components and deliver creative problemsolving results for all types of industries, from retail and manufacturing, to leisure and state governments. Upon completion of her undergraduate degree from Texas A&M, she enjoyed working in the airline industry for Debbie Katt (D) five years, then attended North Carolina State University, where she received a Master’s in Applied Math and a minor in Statistics. She moved back to Florida in 2006 and resides in Valrico with her husband and daughter. For more information, visit www.debbiekatt.com.

State Representative District 59 Adam Hattersley was born in Massachusetts and raised mostly in Colorado, Hattersley graduated with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2000 and 2001, respectively. While there, he was a member of the 1999 NCAA Champion men’s gymnastics team. He then served as a Nuclear Submarine officer in the US Navy for eight years, including time in the Pacific Fleet and on the ground with an Army unit in Adam Hattersley Operation Iraqi Freedom (2006-2007) for which he was (D) awarded a Bronze Star. He moved to Riverview in 2009 where he worked for Granite Services, International (a subsidiary of GE). For more information, visit www.adamhattersley.com.

Joe Wicker (R)

Joe Wicker is a proud veteran as he was called to active duty in 2001 with two deployments to Iraq. In 2003, he served as Tank Platoon Leader and in 2007 served as an advisor to the Iraqi Security Forces. Wicker completed his service and returned home in 2008. Upon returning home, he was recruited as a business manager for an International Paper Company where he currently manages over $20 million in supply chain. Wicker has also served as committee chairman in MiraBay community of Harbor Bay Development in Apollo Beach and is active in the Wounded Warrior Project and Operation Helping Hand. He is married to his wife, Amy, and they are both active members at The Crossing Church. Visit http://joewicker.com.


Hillsborough County Sheriff Sheriff Chronister is a veteran law enforcement officer who has served with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office since 1992. He has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in criminology from St. Leo University. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy’s 260th Session. Sheriff Chronister became the top law enforcement officer in Hillsborough County on September 30, 2017, upon his appointment by Governor Rick Scott. He was most recently the Colonel Chad Chronister in charge of the Department of Operational Support. For more information, visit http://chadchronister.com. (R)

Gary Pruitt is currently the Director of Security at the Westfield Citrus Park mall working for Professional Security Consultants. He spent 25 years as a law enforcement officer with the Tampa Police Department, retiring in September 2015. During his time with this agency, he spent all his time in the patrol districts where he served as a patrol officer and patrol supervisor as well as a plainclothes officer and supervisor. He was also a detective assigned to latent investigations. For more info, visit https://www.votegarypruitt.com.

Gary Pruitt (D)

Circuit Judge, 13th Judicial Circuit Group 25

Robin Fuson

Robin Fuson is a Florida Native who has been married for 33 years with two daughters and one grandchild. Robin pitched for ten years in the Minors and coached the Oakland A’s for three years before switching the baseball field for the legal field. He has now been in the legal field for 25 years. Fuson earned his Bachelor’s in Criminology from the University of South Florida and then his law degree from Stetson University College of Law in 1993. For more information, visit www.electfuson.com.

Jamey Moody has a long family history in the legal community. Three generations of the Moody family have taken the judicial oath of office here in Hillsborough County. Moody received his Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Florida and his Juris Doctor from the UF’s Levin College of Law and has spent his entire career litigating cases in Circuit Court. He has also spent countless hours volunteering as a probono attorney through Bay Area Legal Services. For more information, visit http://votejameymoody.com.

Jamey Moody

County Court Judge Group 2

Lisa Allen

Lisa Allen is currently working at the Law Firm of Ansa Assurance, LLP. She is a civil litigator representing clients in a wide variety of matters for the past 17 years. From 2006-2009, Lisa served as a Federal Law Clerk for Honorable James S. Moody, Jr., U.S. District Court Judge for the middle district of Florida. Allen was born and raised in Jacksonville and currently resides in Tampa with her husband and three children. She graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Business Administration. For more, visit https://www.allinforlisaallen.com.

Greg Green is a Tampa native and graduate of Chamberlain High School. He was born and raised in Hillsborough County, which he considers his “forever home.” Green has served as a prosecutor and assistant Attorney General for the county. He also serves the community and the youth as the men and women’s football coach at Robinson High School. As a two-time legacy of the Tampa Police Department, he stands with the law enforcement. For more information, visit http://votegreggreen.com.

Greg Green

County Court Judge Group 8

Jack Gutman

Jack Gutman has 31 years of legal experience and is looking to further that as a County Court Judge. He has been a resident of Hillsborough County for the past 45 years. He grew up in South Tampa and is a graduate of Plant High School. He received his Bachelors’ degree from Tulane University and his law degree from the University of Miami School of Law. The first 14 years of his legal experience was spent as a state prosecutor and defense attorney, practicing criminal law. He also served as a Felony Division Chief with Hillsborough County Attorney’s Office. Visit www.gutmanforjudge.com.

E. Michael Isaak moved to Tampa at four years old and has called Hillsborough County home for 48 years. He is a graduate of Tampa Prep and earned his Bachelors’ in Economics from Rollins College and his law degree from Samford University in Alabama. Isaak has been practicing law for the past 25 years. He began his legal career as an Assistant State Attorney with the 18th Judicial Court and spent more than 5 years E. Michael Isaak prosecuting criminals. Isaak is married to his wife, Betsy, and they have two children. Visit isaakforjudge.com.

Board Of County Commissioners District 4 As a child, Andrew Davis’ hobbies were karate, baseball, football, and fishing/crabbing. He enrolled in trade school to join the work force as an auto mechanic, but while in school, he learned his true calling was sales. As a salesman, Davis has won several awards and been promoted to supervisor roles, but the part he loves most is that he gets to solve genuine problems for people and businesses. Andrew is a member of the East Hillsborough County Andrew Davis Democratic Club, Plant City Area Democrats & more. For more information, visit https://votefordavis.com. (D)

Stacy White (R)

Stacy White is a fifth-generation native of East Hillsborough County. He grew up in our community and graduated from East Bay High School. He has always had a heart to help others and found his calling in pharmacy, attending the University of Florida to obtain his Doctor of Pharmacy degree. White has served as the County Commissioner for District 4 since 2014. Prior to that, he served as the District 4 member of the Hillsborough County School Board. For more, visit www.facebook.com/VoteStacyWhite.

Board Of County Commissioners District 5 Victor Crist is the current District 2 commissioner, seeking to serve the citizens of District 5. Prior to being on the County Commission, Crist represented parts of Hillsborough and Pasco Counties in the Florida House of Representatives. Visit Victor Crist (R) www.commissionervictorcrist.co m.

Joe Kotvas (NPA)

Thirty five years ago, Joe Kotvas was a County Commissioner representing the people of Hillsborough County. Now, he’s back to finish the job he started. Kotvas cares about this county and the people in it. For more information, visit https://joekotvascares.com.

Mariella Smith (D)

Mariella Smith is a long-time advocate for smart growth management, transportation and environmental protection. She is a fourth-generation Florida native and resident of South Hillsborough County. She earned her B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Tampa and her M.A. in Philosophy, majoring in Ethics from Florida State University. mariellasmith.com.

Board Of County Commissioners District 7 Todd Marks is a George Mason School of Law graduate, where he also graded on to the George Mason Law Review and served as its symposium editor. In 2006, He formed Westchase Law P.A., a civil law firm and real estate closing Kim ‘Klarc’ Todd Marks (R) company in Hillsborough Visit O’Connor (GRE) www.toddmarks.com.

Kim ‘Klarc’ O’Connor earned a B.A. in Philosophy from University of South Florida. Later she attended the University of Florida; College of Law. While at the UF Law school she was elected the first woman President of the Student John Marshall Bar Assoc.

Kimberly D. Overman (D)

Kimberly Overman is a 34-year resident and an active volunteer of the Tampa Bay Area. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.S. in Agricultural and Resource Economics. Overman is a certified Financial Planner and CEO of The Financial Well, Inc. Visit www.kimberlyoverman.com.


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

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

For the past 25 a substitute teacher and years, Robin Fuson as a server in a restauhas spent nearly rant," explained Fuson. every day in court. "I This hard work love everything that included 10 years as a goes on in court," said professional baseball Fuson who is a candiplayer and three years date for Hillsborough as a coach. "My baseCounty Circuit Court ball career taught me a Judge in Group 25. lot about dealing with Fuson added, "I knew different personalities early on in my career and about teamwork," that i wanted to serve said Fuson. as judge." Fuson is a Robin Fuson, shown here with his In Fuson's long Hillsborough County wife, Sally, his mother, Amelia, daughters, Tori and Lyndsey and legal career, he has native. He received his granddaughter, Amelia, is a candi- B.A, degree from USF represented both date for Hillsborough Circuit Court sides of the law havJudge in Group 25. He would like and his law degree you to cast your vote for him on ing worked as a prosfrom Stetson University Tuesday, November 6. ecutor for eight years. College of Law. He has For the last 18 years, he has managed been married to Sally for 33 years and and worked in his own practice, Robin has two grown daughters and one Fuson, PA. granddaughter. He is a member of both The experience of representing all the Greater Riverview Chamber of sides in both criminal and civil litigation Commerce and the Greater Brandon has allowed Fuson to form an underChamber of Commerce. standing of how he wants to see people Fuson has been endorsed by treated and issues resolved in court. "I Florida Attorney General, Pam Bondi, believe judges need to be seasoned the Hillsborough Tax Collector, the professionals. They need experience in Hillsborough County Property Appraiser both the law and in life," said Fuson. " and the Mayor of Temple Terrace. Fuson has worked hard not only in Fuson said, "I have both the life his legal career (having tried over 200 experience and professional experience jury trials and argued thousands of preneeded to be a fair and just trial and evidentiary motions) and in his Hillsborough County Circuit Court life overall. "I have worked hard my judge.” whole life in a variety of jobs including at For more information on Fuson, a drug store, as a gas station attendant, please visit www.ElectFuson.com.

Attorney Greg our county as a proseGreen has dedicated cutor and assistant his life to serving the Attorney General where people of Hillsborough he worked tirelessly to ensure justice in our County. Green was born, courts every day. He is a raised and educated business owner and here in Hillsborough founding partner law of County. He grew up in Green Law, P.A. a community-service Outside of his prooriented family who fession, Green also taught him that servserves the community ing his community is and our youth as a volthe highest honor that unteer football coach at an individual can Robinson High School Greg Green’s motto and background and board member of achieve. of Former Prosecutor, Former Assistant Attorney General, AVVO The Crossing Church Green said, “I am Rated 10, Ten Best Family Lawyers Pastoral Care/Biblical very happy to by AFILA, Member of Hillsborough, announce that I won Florida & Family Law Section of the Counseling. Bar, gives him ample experience as Seven generations the August Primary, County Court Judge, Group 2. of his family have called receiving 82,672 Hillsborough County, home. In fact, votes and 43.5% of the vote. Let’s keep Green fondly refers to Hillsborough as his the momentum going and bring home ‘forever home’. Green is married and has another victory in November.” two young daughters, born and raised Green’s love for this community came early in life. He attended right here in Hillsborough County. Chamberlain High School where he Green chose to run for three reaworked hard as a student-athlete under sons: (1) to ensure all litigants who the Friday night lights of the Chiefs’ footappear in Court enjoy equal access and ball team and as a basketball standout. receive fair treatment under the law, (2) to There, he learned the value of teamwork, continue the family tradition of public preparation and fairness providing him service, and (3) to continue serving as a with important principles that guides him real and tangible role model for his chilin the courtroom today. dren. Green has real experience, proven Green’s service to Hillsborough leadership and the right temperament to County continues through his professionserve as your next County Court Judge, al and personal involvement in the comGroup 2. munity. He is honored to have served in Visit VoteGregGreen.com.

By Kathy L .Collins

First Place in the Primary!

EXPERIENCE THAT COUNTS Robin Fuson has been an a!orney in Tampa for over 24 years. In addi"on to being a former Hillsborough County Assistant State A!orney and a former Adjunct Professor at the University of South Florida, he has been in private prac"ce for 16 years. His memberships include the Florida Bar, Florida Jus"ce Associa"on, Hillsborough County Bar Associa"on, Tampa Hispanic Bar Associa"on, Carrollwood Bar Associa"on, the Carrollwood Area Business Associa"on, Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce, Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce, Plant City Chamber of Commerce, Tampa Bay Tiger Bay Club and the Hillsborough NAACP. Robin Fuson graduated from the University of South Florida and Stetson University College of Law. Prior to a!ending law school, he was a professional baseball player and played in the 1988 World Series for the Oakland Athle"cs. He has been married for 34 years, has two grown daughters, a granddaughter and a!ends Bell Shoals Bap"st Church. You can reach Robin Fuson by calling him directly at 813­967­4186 or via email at robinfuson@aol.com. Visit his website at www.ElectFuson.com and then cast your vote for him by mail, during early vo"ng, or on Elec"on Day Tuesday, November 6th.

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Stacy White Seeks Re-Election To Hillsborough County Board Of County Commission, District 4

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

Stacy White, Protection Program. a lifelong resi“I want to continue dent of to work on land use Hillsborough policy, growth manCounty, is runagement, road infraning for re-elecstructure and traffic tion to the issues,” said White. “I Hillsborough was part of a coalition County Board of that passed policy County which allowed us to Commissioners. allocate 800 million White is a candidollars toward transdate for District portation funding over 4. This district the next 10 years. We Stacy White, shown here with his family, is did this without raising covers much of running for re-election to the Hillsborough Eastern and County Board of County Commissioners. He taxes. We basically Southern changed the fee strucwould like your vote on Tuesday, November 6. Hillsborough ture that developers County. White would like your vote on pay, so that they pay more for roads,” Tuesday, November 6. added White. White, a Republican, has deep family If you do not know what the roots in Hillsborough County. He is a fifth Hillsborough County Board of County generation native of Hillsborough County Commissioners does, just think of them who lives and works in Valrico with his as the Board of Directors for our local wife and three children. He graduated government. There are four representafrom East Bay High School, earned a tives who are elected according to a geoDoctor of Pharmacy degree from the graphic area and three who are elected University of Florida and has practiced county wide. District 4, which White would pharmacy for 21 years. like to continue to represent, is a geoFrom 2010-2014, White served the graphic area. community by serving on the “I have a great deal of experience Hillsborough County School Board. Since both in government and professionally, I being a member of the Hillsborough have served on both the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, County School Board and the White has been an advocate for managHillsborough County Board of County ing growth, fixing our infrastructure, workCommissioners. This makes me the right ing on traffic issues as well as working on person to represent District 4 for the next the Environmental Lands Acquisition and four years,” said White.

Michael Isaak is added Isaak. uniquely qualified to When asked what serve as a County sets him apart from his Court Judge. Isaak is opponents, Isaak clearly running for election in stated, "Morals and valGroup 8. He would like ues." Isaak further your vote on Tuesday, explained, "My parents November 6. came to this country Isaak has signififrom Israel. They had cant experience. He nothing. They are the served as an Assistant epitome of the American State Attorney for five Dream," said Isaak. His years and has been mother went on to running his own sucbecome the first female Michael Isaak's extensive legal cessful law firm for 20 attorney at the Tampa career, work ethic and values he learned from his parents all make office of Holland & years. Isaak has tried him a great candidate for County 150 jury trials, argued Knight. Court Judge. He is running and thousands of motions Group 8 and would like your vote on "The people who Tuesday, November 6. and has written 300 influence the candidate appeals. for judge are a great tell of how the candi"From my first day of law school, I date will act and perform on the bench. I have always wanted to be a judge," said grew up with a great mother as a role Isaak. "After 26 years of successful pracmodel," said Isaak. tice, I am in a position where I feel that I "I have a great work ethic. My can give back to the community and morals, values and lessons learned from serve as a judge," added Isaak. my parents reflect how I practice law and "I believe that everyone deserves to how I will perform as a County Court be treated fairly in court. No one should Judge," said Isaak. ever walk away from the courthouse and Isaak is a member of several local feel that the law was not followed," said Chambers of Commerce including Isaak. For me, in deciding to run for Brandon, Riverview, Valrico/FishHawk, judge, there was a defining moment Plant City and Sun City Center. Isaak is when the law was not followed and my married to Betsy, and they have two chilclient was harmed. That day reaffirmed dren, Sophia and Jackson. Isaak and his my belief that there is a need for fairness, family attend Idlewild Baptist Church. and I thought someday the timing will be For more information and to see right to make the move from practice to Isaak's numerous endorsements, please the bench. That day has come for me," visit www,isaakforjudge.com.

By Kathy L. Collins

By Kathy L .Collins

SUPPORT MICHAEL ISAAK Michael Isaak has a 25­year legal career in private and public prac"ce. He is a former Assistant State Attorney and has maintained a successful Tampa law prac"ce for the past 20 years. He is a member of the Florida Bar, Hillsborough County Bar, Florida Jus"ce Associa"on, as well as the Na"onal, Florida and Hillsborough Associa"on of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is a mul"­year recipient of the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Awards of Excellence (1993, 1994, 1995), the 18th Circuit State A#orney’s Long­Term Service Award, and was named the FADL Gladiator of the Year (2015). Mr. Isaak is a member of the Brandon, Riverview, Plant City, Valrico Fishhawk and Sun City Center Chambers of Commerce. He lives in Tampa with his wife Betsy, daughter Sophia and son Jackson and they attend Idlewild Baptist Church. You can call Michael Isaak at 813­443­5100, email him at IsaakForJudge@gmail.com, visit his website www.isaakforjudge.com, and vote for E. Michael Isaak by mail, during early vo"ng or on Elec"on day November 6th.


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