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around the country as part of the Amazon Goes Gold program and was also attended by representatives from the American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO). “We are incredibly honored to have hosted children and their families from Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital and are truly thankful for all Children battling cancer at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital attended Camp Amazon last month where they participated in STEM activities at Amazon’s Ruskin fulfillment center.

they do to support children in our community,” said Rob Packett, director of operations at Amazon’s Ruskin fulfillment center. “With Camp Amazon, we hope to provide young people with the tools and resources they need to build, imagine and innovate.” The donation is one of many that Amazon makes to select charities and organizations throughout the year. “According to the American Childhood Cancer Organization, childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease for children in the United States, yet there’s a disparity between the amount of federal funding for childhood cancer research and adult cancer research,” said Painter, who explained that Amazon wants to help rectify that. Amazon’s Tampa Fulfillment Center is located at 3350 Laurel Ridge Ave. in Ruskin. For more information on Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, visit www.hopkinsallchildrens.org.

The 30-acre Riverview 14 theater project between I-75 and the Wal-Mart Super Center is now in its second year and construction is starting to take off again. “In addition to the Riverview 14 Theater and Features Gastropub that opened March 2017, the Zaxby’s Chicken that opened April 2017 and the Dunkin/T-Mobile building that opened June of 2017, we are pleased to announce that we have several new businesses coming to the project,” reported Terry Benton, vice president of real estate for Strathmore Development. The new phase of development includes a 21,700-sq.-ft. strip center, a new 120-room Extended Stay America national hotel that will break ground this fall and a new national sit-down restaurant to be announced soon. “We continue to hear from other local businesses and area residents that the area south of the Alafia River really could use a new hotel. So, we listened to the market,” said Benton. “The folks in the Riverview/Gibsonton/FishHawk area keep asking us for more stores and services closer to home or in their daily traffic pattern when using the I-75 interchange.” Land clearing is near completion on the 2.4-acre parcel south of the T Mobile store and construction is starting on a 21,700-sq.-ft.multi-tenant building that will face the Wal-Mart Super Center. Current signed tenants include Dollar Tree, LA Nails and Four Stacks Brewery. Benton noted that the 10,000 sq. ft. Dollar Tree that will serve as the anchor will be the store’s latest prototype and that Dollar Tree will vacate its existing store on the southeast corner of Boyette Rd. and U.S. 301 in the former WinnDixie Plaza. This will be the second south Hillsborough location for Four Stacks Brewery owners Nathan and Heather Hangen. The new Four Stacks will be

larger than their Apollo Beach location as it will include a nearly 2,000-sq.-ft outdoor patio or “beer garden” as well as 2,100 sq. ft. of climate-controlled indoor space. There still is one more space for lease available, according to Benton. Along with the building development, Benton said that there also will be three new multi-tenant signs erected on the perimeter of the property, including a 50ft. pylon sign adjacent to I-75. For leasing information, call Benton at 517-664-4128.

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Amazon’s Ruskin fulfillment center hosted some important visitors last month. Children battling cancer at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital and their families visited the center for Camp Amazon, a hands-on robotics day camp, as part of Amazon’s month-long national campaign to raise awareness about childhood cancer. During the camp, the children participated in hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities including building and testing their own robot cars. “They were treated to a behind-thescenes tour of the center and watched how Amazon associates work along side robotics to pick, pack and ship customer orders,” said Media Representative Lauren Painter, who added that each child also took home a small box of STEM toys. At the end of the camp, Amazon made a donation of $10,000 to the pediatric oncology department at the hospital. “So that every child will an opportunity to pursue their passions,” said Painter. The event was one of eight planned

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For 30 years, residents have been enjoying delicious food and entertainment at the Annual Ruskin Seafood Festival and this year’s event, taking place on Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4 promises to be one of the best yet. For more information, contact the chamber at 645-1366 or visit www.ruskinseafoodfestival.org. See full story on Page 3.

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ECHO Expands Its Community Outreach With New Riverview Location

Chamber Hosts 30th Annual Seafood Festival, Live Music, Booths & More

Mother Teresa basically funded our once said, “Never first two years of worry about numoperations in this new facility,” said bers. Help one perRiverview ECHO’s son at a time and always start with Center Director, the person nearest Steve McKinnon. to you.” ECHO of “Just as we do in Brandon started Brandon, the Riverview facility will helping the people provide clothing and closest to them, food to those in which was the need that live in our Brandon communiThe Riverview ECHO location opened its ty. They have been 14-zip code service doors on September 18th of this year. helping those in area. The free classThere is a ribbon cutting ceremony planned for October 18th at 4:30 p.m. need for more than es we offer in longer 30 years and now they are extending term life sustaining training such as their operations to help those in need in GED, Job-to-Job, and Money Matters the Riverview community. “The North will not be offered in Riverview due to Brandon campus has reached its limited space.” breaking point, said ECHO’s Executive The Riverview ECHO location opened its doors on September 18 of Director Eleanor Saunders. “The parkthis year, but has a ribbon cutting cereing lot is jammed packed with volunmony planned for Thursday, October 18 teers, hurting families and Opportunity at 4:30 p.m. “Our hopes for this new Center students. We knew that we had to find a solution that would take preslocation are to expand the number of sure off of the North Brandon campus.” clients served in the southern county,” So, Saunders and her team pulled data McKinnon said. “We hope, with some and found that 25 percent of all the additional space in the future, to clients ECHO serves were driving in expand our service area to include the from southern parts of Hillsborough zip codes in Ruskin and Apollo Beach County. “We began making plans to then perhaps Sun City and Wimauma.” open a second location, where If you would like to learn more the need was the greatest, which is about the services offered by ECHO, Riverview,” Saunders said. you can visit their website at www.echofl.org. The new ECHO Saunders and her ECHO team felt Riverview Center is located at 7807 opening a facility in Riverview would Capitano St. in Riverview. The centers help accomplish a number of ECHO’s hours of operation are Tuesday-Friday goals. “Last year we were awarded a 9 a.m.-1 p.m. large grant from Bank of America that

For 30 years, resi“There will only be three dents have been enjoyactivities that you have to pay ing delicious food and extra for in the kids’ area,” said entertainment at the Rimes. “We have never done Annual Ruskin Seafood this before but it allows for Festival and this year’s more children to experience event, taking place on the fun.” Saturday, November 3 Live music will take place and Sunday, November at the event from 10 a.m.-7 4 promises to be one of p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.the best yet. 5 p.m. on Sunday. RythmTrail Hosted by the will take the stage Saturday SouthShore Chamber from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., followed The 30th Annual Ruskin of Commerce at the by Juanjamon and the Seafood Festival will take beautiful, waterfront place a E.G. Simmons Park Sunsetters from 1:30-3 p.m. E.G. Simmons Park, the on Saturday, November 3 and and the Robbie Cockrell Band Sunday, November 4. Seafood Festival is will close out the day from south Hillsborough County’s largest com5:30-7 p.m. On Sunday, Jesse Bryers will munity event with more than 25,000 entertain from 10-11:15 a.m. with attendees in 2016. Someday Honey following from 11:30 “Don’t miss this year’s festival,” said a.m.-1 p.m. and Carly Burrus from 1:30-3 Chamber President Shawn Geitner. “It’s a p.m. The final musical act will be Bus Full great event for the whole family with a of Monkeys from 3:30-5 p.m. super fun kids’ area, delicious seafood The festival will run from 10 a.m.-5 and a music lineup that can’t be beat.” p.m. on Saturday, November 3 and 10 Vendors from all over the state head a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday, November 4, but to the event offering residents food, drink, the entertainment will continue with the arts and crafts, educational displays, food court, Sandbar and Clam Jam Stage boats and RVs, commercials exhibits and on Saturday until 7 p.m. The park is locata large interactive children’s area. ed at 2401 19th Ave. N.W. in Ruskin and Seafood choices will include clams, can be reached at 671-7655. Admission grouper, seafood chowder and more. to the park for the festival is $2 a car, but Beer and wine will also be available for parking is free. Each adult will also need purchase. a $5 ticket for admission to the festival. According to Chamber Executive Children under 12 and active military with Director Melanie Rimes, the festival will ID are free. Group rates are also availbe more affordable for families this year able in advance only. as most of the activities in the children’s For more information, contact the area will be included in the price of chamber at 645-1366 or visit www.ruskinadmission. seafoodfestival.org.

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Tampa YMCA Invites Community To 4th Annual Goody Goody Turkey Gobble By Kathy L. Collins

On Thanksgiving morning, the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA invites members of the community to participate in the 4th Annual Goody Goody Turkey Gobble 5k, 8k and One Mile Run/Walk. The event is sponsored by Goody Goody Restaurant. The family friendly event starts at 7 a.m. in front of Amalie Arena located at 401 Channelside Dr. in Tampa. Goody Goody, as title sponsor, will be providing all who participate with breakfast after the race. Lalita Llerena, Communications Director for the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA said, "All proceeds raised from the Goody Goody Turkey Gobble 5k, 8k and One Mile Run/Walk will support Livestrong at the YMCA for cancer survivors and their families. That means participating will positively impact your health, family bonding time and cancer survivors in the greater Brandon area. What better way to start the holiday?" Registration is available by visiting www.runsignup.com. Cost to participate in the 5k is $30, $35 for the 8k and $15 for the one mile Run/Walk until October 31. Prices increase by $5 thereafter except for the Run/Walk. Participants

receive chip-timed number buds for the 5k and 8k, a dri-fit t-shirt and finisher medals. Please note that Register the whole family for there will the 4th Annual Goody Goody be no onTurkey Gobble 5k, 8k and One Mile Run/Walk. Enjoy site regisThanksgiving morning know- tration or ing that you are supporting bib pick your neighbors who have up. been affected by cancer. Llerena said, "This is to ensure that the race starts on time." All pre-race packet pickups will be held at the Central YMCA located at 110 E. Palm Ave. in Tampa on Monday, November 18 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Tuesday, November 19 from 1 to 7 p.m.; and Wednesday, November 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for first place overall male/female adult and for youth 9 and under. First place prizes will be given in age groups as well. Onsite race results will be available. The Livestrong program is a free 12-week Y program that offers people affected by cancer a safe, supportive environment to participate in physical and social activities focused on strengthening the whole person. For more information or to register, please visit the website, www.tampaymca.org.

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By Michelle Caceres

Waterset resident Day Pickup Promise every Steven Passik is so satisfied weekday and at all locations with Majik Touch Cleaners, except the Plant City and he is literally willing to go out Apollo Beach locations on of his way to put it on his Saturday. If items are route. dropped off before 9 a.m. “I’m very particular orders will be ready for pickabout my dry cleaning and up by 5 p.m. that same day. when the new cleaners got it “Our drivers make their wrong, I knew I needed to first pickup at 9 a.m. and take everything to our main go back to driving my old processing facility in Valrico route so I could switch back where the ‘majik’ happens,” to Majik Touch,” said Majik Touch Cleaners Turner, who said the quips Plassik, who travels freemployee Shobhna Kardani quently for work and likes works behind the scenes at facility employees go to his shirts folded and bagged the company’s processing great lengths to ensure facility to quickly clean and so he can pull his shirts out press customers’ garments. every garment is cleaned correctly and efficiently. of his suitcase ready to “Our employees come in at 5 a.m. wear without needing to iron them. “I’ve lived in many large cities, includ- and by 11 a.m. things get really busy ing New York, Nashville and Philadelphia around here,” she said. and every other cleaners I used got it Every item is sorted, stains are right half the time,” said Passik, “but Majik inspected and pre-treated; clothing is Touch gets it right every time.” washed or dry-cleaned, ironed, sorted Started in 1985 in North Tampa by again and loaded into the vans that will Prativ and Jocelyn Patel, Majik Touch take the orders back to their original dropoff point. Cleaners is celebrating 33 years in busiRiverview resident and customer ness this month. With 13 locations Richard Pryce said the ‘majik’ happens at throughout Hillsborough County, Majik the drop-off points. “The staff really know Touch Cleaners has built its business on their customers,” he said. “By the time I offering textile-friendly methods and propull up to the drive-thru bay they already cedures to ensure customers’ clothes have my order pulled and ready to hand look their best and last longer. to me.” Its services include corporate shirt laundry, wedding gown preservation, Locations are open Monday to Friday leather/suede cleaning, expert in-house 7 a.m.–7 p.m. with varying hours on alterations, complimentary button replace- Saturday depending on location. ment and laundering of comforters. For more information about Majik Customer service manager Sheri Touch Cleaners, visit www.majiktouchTurner said its stores also offer a Same cleaners.com.


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Please come join the Bloomingdale Bulls Varsity Baseball Team Saturday, October 27 at 10 a.m. for a day of family baseball fun as the 2018 Bulls Baseball team concludes its fall season with the 9th Annual Costume Game, one of the biggest fundraisers for the team. Tickets are $10 which includes entry, lunch and chance drawing. This year the team will be dressed in costumes and compete in a unique 9 inning inner-squad game. It will host different activities each inning such as a Dizzy-bat contest, throwing contest and ball in a bucket. Kids can join the team on the field for The National Anthem and run the bases. The team will offer temporary tattoos, picture opportunities with the team and a chance for everyone to have a great time while watching the on-field antics of this unique game experience. The team hopes the community will join as it begins to prepare for the 2019 regular season and the road back to the State Finals! For Tickets or more information contact Shelly Wilson at cmshellywilson@gmail.com or call 335-8469 to order tickets.

VFW Riverview Post 8108 Monthly Events

The VFW Riverview Post 8108 at 7504 Riverview Dr. will hold the following events open to the public. All You Can Eat Breakfast for $8 is held every Sunday from 9 a.m.-12 Noon. Bingo Night is held every Monday starting at 7 p.m. On Saturday, October 20, there will be a VFW Auxiliary Dinner followed by Karaoke with Jeff.

Dinner is served from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and Karaoke starts at 7 p.m. The menu changes monthly so please call the Post for this month's meal and dinner price. Tickets can be purchased in the Canteen during business hours or at the door if there are tickets remaining. For more information please call 671-9845.

Bring The Family To First Kiwanis Of Riverview Health Fair

The Kiwanis of Riverview Health Fair will be held on Saturday, October 20 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Summerfield Crossings Golf Course, 13050 Summerfield Blvd. in Riverview. It is an event to help educate the children of the local community and their families about how to better their quality of life. This is a great opportunity to meet local health professionals in a fun and relaxed setting, and learn more about what it is they do along with what resources are available locally. Meet Local Health Experts. Get the chance to meet and speak with local professionals in Chiropractic Medicine, Water Safety Instruction, CPR & First Aid, Fitness, and Occupational Therapy just to name a few. They will be available to answer your questions and provide the best methods for creating a healthy environment for you and your family. Admission is free.

Summerfield Women’s Golf Association Begins New Season

The Summerfield Women’s Golf Association began its annual league play on Tuesday, October 2. New members are welcome to join at any time. The purpose is to further the game of golf by women, foster good sportsmanship and friendships and to create an interest in improving the average golfer’s game. Membership is open year round to all women 18 years or older of amateur standing. The league consists of players at all skill levels. A club membership is not required. Games are played on Tuesday mornings at 7:30 a.m. at the Summerfield Crossings Golf Club on

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Riverview High School Alumni Come Together To Raise Funds By Kate Quesada

Some of activities is very Riverview High difficult to do, but it School’s (RVHS) is vital for our profavorite chorus gram,” said alumni hit the stage Stewart. last month for a The cast for great cause. the event was Former students made up of 15 with careers in the alumni from the class of 2008 to music business parthe class of 2018, ticipated in including the “Riverview Then school’s current and Now,” a benefit showcase to raise Riverview High School Chorus alumni came theater teacher, together last month to perform in a fundrais- Casey Vaughan, funds for RVHS’s er showcase called “Riverview Then and chorus program. who graduated Now.” The two-night from RVHS in event took place on September 21 and 2009. Contemporary Christian artist 22 and raised approximately $1,300 to Jennifer Jimenez and singer/songwriter help supplement the chorus’ budget, Frankie Raye were also among the which was only $325 for the 2018-2019 acts. school year. Tickets to the event were “All the artists performing would tell $10 for general admission and $5 for you that they would not be where they are today if music wasn’t a part of their students. school experience,” said Rodney “The showcase is special not only Bueno, RVHS chorus alumnus and because it is helping to raise money showcase organizer. “It is our hope that and awareness to keep music alive at we can help create the same opportuniRiverview, but because all the artists ties that we had during our time in the performing went on to make lives in music, starting from that program,” said program for future musicians.” Fundraising for the program is onCaitlin Willard, a RVHS Chorus alumni going and anyone who would like to who was involved in promoting the contribute can find a donation button on event. According to Choral Director Liz the chorus website at www.sharkchoStewart, recent budget cuts have hit the rus.com. The Chorus is also holding a school’s music department hard, leavWinter Concert on December 19 in the ing them wanting for funds for music school’s auditorium. equipment, events, fees and travel Riverview High School is located at costs. 11311 Boyette Rd. in Riverview and “Raising dollars for extra curricular can be reached at 671-5011.

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Great Ideas For Fall Family Fun With Pumpkins, Events & More Trick Or Treat At Hawthorne Village Of Brandon

All ages can have a great time at Hawthorne Village of Brandon’s Safe Trick or Treat Trail on Friday, October 26 from 6-8 p.m. Enjoy hot dogs, chips and a drin for $5. Pumpkin patch photos will be available. Hawthorne Village is located at 851 W. Lumsden Rd. in Brandon. For more information, call 661-8998.

Super Grover, October 20 & 21 – Spooky Safari and October 27&28 – Rosita’s Halloween Fiesta. Enjoy Lunch with Elmo and Friends buffet every Saturday and Sunday during Halloween weekends. Reservations are required, space is limited. Book at https://buschgardens.com/tampa/ev ents/sesame-street-halloween-kidsweekends/.

Creatures of the Night Returns To ZooTampa Lowry Park

It’s Fall Y’all! At Wolf’s Produce. Bring the family and enjoy hayrides on select dates (Friday, October 12, 19 and 26, Saturday, October 13, 20 and 27 and Sunday, October 14, 21 and 28) from 6:30-9:30 p.m. The cost is $7 per rider. Wear a costume for free candy. Wolf’s Produce will also have a pumpkin patch with a huge selection of all shapes and sizes. You can also purchase your favorite Halloween décor, hay bales, corn stalks, carving kits, cider candy apples and more. The pumpkin patch is open through October from 8:30 a.m.-close. Wolf’s Produce is located at 6005 US Hwy. 301 S. in Riverivew (corner of 301 and Bloomingdale Ave.)

ZooTampa will transform into an eerie and immersive Halloween adventure with bigger and better events for ghouls and goblins of all ages. On Fridays and Saturdays from October 6-28, the Zoo stays open late and animals lurk in the night until 10 p.m. with a wide-range of Halloweenthemed activities sure to have everyone howling at the moon. This is a family event so just fun frights; no haunted houses, but will debut a new scare zone experience ‘Whispering Woods’ for older kids, pre-teens and adults. ZooTampa Lowry Park is located at 1101 W Sligh Ave. in Tampa. Visit https://zootampa.org/events/creatures/.

Sesame Street® Kids’ Weekends In October

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Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay welcomes back Sesame Street® Kids’ Weekends in October with Halloween fun each Saturday and Sunday in October. New this year, families can tune into the Not-Too-Spooky Howl-OWeen Radio Show, debuting at the park on Saturday, October 6 starring Count von Count. Sesame Street Kids’ Weekends are included with daily admission to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Children are welcome to wear Halloween costumes and enjoy weekends jam-packed with fun fall activities. Enjoy interactive themed crafts each weekend: October 6&7 – Monsters & Fairies; October 13 & 14 –

Guppyween is the one time of year the Florida Aquarium lets wild animals, ghosts and princesses roam. Guests get to trick-or-treat among 8,000+ animals and plants native to Florida and around the world, making for the perfect family-friendly and safe Halloween event. This year it will take place on Saturday and Sunday, October 27 and 28 from 1-5 p.m. The cost for kids in costume is $10 (purchased at the Aquarium and regular admission price for adults. The Aquarium is located at 701 Channelside Ave. in Tampa and open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Visit www.flaquarium.org.

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Pirate Water Taxi Haunted River Tours

Hop aboard the Pirate Water Taxi for a frighteningly good time on the water. On select nights in October join in for an entertaining evening with tales of ghosts along the Hillsborough River. Each 45-50 minute tour will be led by a dead-lightful docent. Upcoming dates include October 5, 6, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 & 28. Cruises depart at 7, 8, 9 and 10 p.m. at the Tampa Convention Center (Water Taxi Dock Stop #7). The cost is $25 for an adult and $15 for child plus tax. Visit www.piratewatertaxi.com/events/haunted-rivertour or call 390-3711.

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Ybor Ghost Tour Expands Schedule

The official Ybor Ghost Tour, named the number one ghost tour in the U.S. by www.citytraveller.com, has added Sunday night tours to the schedule in response to the heavy Halloween demand for tour spots. The new tours will be offered through October 28 on a firstcome, first booked basis. As always, the tour includes an extended exploration of the Cuban Club, named the fourth-most haunted building in the U.S. by the Travel Channel. Halloween tours fill quickly and are always in demand so early booking is recommended. The complete

The unique mobile escape room that sets up for corporate team building and parties of any kind at schedule can be viewed at www.yborghosttour.com and reservations can be made at that site or by calling 386-3905.

Campo Y Trunk Or Treat Open To Community

almost any venue has added ‘Michael Jackson’s Halloween in the Green Room’ game for the fall holiday. The exciting adventure is a twist on Puzzle Room Escape’s regular ‘Green Room’ where stars hang out before a show. Up to 12 players compete to solve the clues, challenges and high tech devices to escape to win front row seats to the greatest concert ever. For Halloween, a bit scary and eccentric Michael Jackson stands in their way so he can have companionship 24/7. The game features music, costumes

Get the kids ready for a night of Halloween fun. Join in at Campo YMCA, 3414 Culbreath Rd. in Valrico, for the annual fall festival and trunk-ortreat, dressed up in your Halloween best. The event will take place on Friday, October 26 at 6-8 p.m. Interested in decorating your trunk? Please contact Alicia Bentley at alicia.bentley@tampaymca.org for more details. Prizes will be awarded for the most creative trunks. Campo Y is also taking candy/treat donations. Please drop off wrapped candy or treats to the Welcome Center.


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

Staff Report

Journey Church Of Brandon To Host ‘Electrified’ Trunk Or Treat

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 www.signupgenius.com/go/508094da eac2eab9-20171. All proceeds benefit the Thrive Student Ministry at www.saumc.net/thrive. Trunk or Treat will be held on Sunday, October 28 from 46 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.

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.

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/.

Holy Innocents’ Fall Whistle Stop Craft Show

Holy Innocents’ 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 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 689-3130.

Grace Baptist Church Hosts Trunk Or Treat

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 689-7190.

Pumpkin Patch And Fall Festival

South Shore United Methodist Church has a Pumpkin Patch which is open daily through Wednesday, October 31 from 11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Come and enjoy its Fall Festival, which will take place on Saturday, October 27 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission is free and you can take the kids Trunk or Treating. The Pumpkin Patch is a Youth Group fundraiser. South Shore United Methodist Church is located at 11525 Big Bend Rd. in Riverview.


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HCSO Honors Deputy And Welcomes New K9 Morrell To The Team

By Kathi Hayes

What makes August 14, 2017. He K9 Morrell so joined the team in late special to the August and will conHillsborough tinue training to County Sheriff’s achieve his Florida Office (HCSO)? Department of Law It’s in the name! Enforcement (FDLE) Although K9 Certification at the Morrell is just a end of October. puppy, he has a Debbie Morrell, big role to fill on Deputy Morrell's team HCSO. widow and a third Not only is he grade teacher at the youngest FishHawk Creek patrol dog on the Elementary School, DUI team evenfell in love with K9 tually integrating with the Morrell the first time she met him. SWAT Team, but also this As she gave Master Deputy Pulido energetic puppy carries on a a hug and thanked him for honoring legacy as the namesake for her late husband, she said, “He was the beloved Deputy a hero to many people Larry Morrell. Deputy and he will always be Morrell, a Valrico resimy hero.” The young dent, lost his battle to puppy and Debbie pancreatic cancer in Morrell bonded instantly. June 2017. As she played with him, Master Deputy she laughed looking Brian Pulido and upward and said, “I think Deputy Morrell spent K-9 Morrell listens better eight years together on than Larry.” the DUI squad. Master “K9 Morrell is very Deputy Pulido proudly special to all of us at the said, “Sheriff Hillsborough County Chronister let me not Sheriff's Office. The late Debbie Morrell only choose a name Deputy Larry Morrell's meets K9 Morrell legacy lives on through for this K9, but also gave me the honor of this puppy that will quickselecting him. That is just ly grow into a consummate the close family environprotector of this great comment Sheriff Chronister cremunity. I'd like to think that ates in this department.” K9 Larry is smiling down on K9 Morrell and Master Deputy Morrell and will be watching Pulido are together 24/7 as he helps keep everyone training, getting to know safe," said Hillsborough each other and building County Sheriff Chad trust. “When comparing Chronister. similarities, Deputy Morrell For information about and K-9 Morrell both have a HCSO K9 Unit, visit big heart and commitment www.hcso.tampa.fl.us/A-Zto the service,” added Pulido. Directory/K/K9-Unit.aspx or follow K9 K9 Morrell is a Belgian Malinois born Morrell on twitter #K9Morrell.

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Annual Chamber Trick Or Treat Street Offers Safe Family Fun The Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce (GRCC) wanted to create an event that would provide a safe and fun event for the community. Treat or Treat Trick or Treat offers a Street was safe and fun environment born, and now for the family. This year, it 30 years later, will take place on the tradition still Saturday, October 27 from 2-6 p.m. at meets the Riverview High School. demands of a community that continues to grow. Jim Johnson, a past member of the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce and retired from Mosaic was there at the beginning and said, “The event started to fill the need for a safe area for kids to enjoy safe trick or treating. Chamber members set up in the shopping center at 301 and Boyette that used to be U Save with 10-15 vendors giving out candy the first few years; all for the safety of the kids.” This year’s event will take place on Saturday, October 27 from 2–6 p.m. at Riverview High School, 11311 Boyette Rd. The event is presented by a partnership between GRCC, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Hillsborough County Parks & Recreation and Riverview High School with over 100 Chamber members participating. Local businesses, churches and organizations all make this event possible. Giving back to the community brings everyone together. Co-Chairs for the event, Marijean Reith, Team Reith - RE/MAX Realty Unlimited and Jerry Rothstein, Keep I.T. Simple Computer Services, want everyone to know that the participants and sponsors come from the Riverview

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community. Sponsors have fun dressing up, decorating their ‘boo’ths; distributing candy or small toys, and providing free activities to the children. Sponsors even vie for coveted awards in several categories based upon design and decoration. The costume contest, sponsored by Uptown Suites, is open to children ages 0–15. Contest winners and runner up will compete for prizes (small entry fee applies). The Dog Costume Contest, sponsored by Four Paws Veterinary Hospital, will benefit C.A.R.E. Contest times will be: 0-3 Years: 3 p.m., 4-7 Years: 3:30 p.m., 8-11 Years: 4:30 p.m. and 12-15 Years: 5 p.m. For canines, the cost is $10 and will begin at 4 p.m. for all size dogs. Look for Pediatric Associates at the beginning of the candy line and pick up your free Trick or Treat bag. Admission is free with a $5 parking donation per carload. Wristbands for kids’ unlimited play on inflatable units will be sold for $5. Riverview High School clubs will have additional games and activities for a small fee. Come hungry; many food vendors will be on site. Visit www.RiverviewChamber.com, stop by the GRCC office located inside the CenterState Bank building at 10101 Bloomingdale Ave. in Riverview between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, call 234-5944 or email info@riverviewchamber.com.

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Brandon Quilt Guild Presents The 2018 Harvest Of Quilts: A Symphony Of Colors By Kathy Collins

Piecemakers Quilt Ryan, Publicity Chair Guild of Brandon for the Show. (Quilt Guild) will presRyan added, ent its 2018 Harvest of “There are so many Quilts: A Symphony of varieties of design, Colors on Friday, hand and machine October 12 from 9 work, functional quilts a.m. to 5 p.m. and on and wall art that there Saturday, October 13 is something for from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. everyone to enjoy. Come see the artful quilts created by at The Regent located variety is disThat the members of the Brandon Quilt at 6437 Watson Rd. played in different catGuild as they present their 2018 Harvest of Quilts: A Symphony of in Riverview. egories. Seasoned Colors at The Regent including the Admission to the quilters are inspired Purple Specialty Ribbon Winner show is $8 for a one(shown here with Lois Cozzi (L ) and by each other’s work Claudia Ingram (R ). day pass and $12 for and beginners have a two-day pass. Children 12 and under an opportunity to meet, talk and ask are free. Group rates are available, and questions of members.” parking is free. In addition to viewing wonderful The show features quilts created by quilts, you can shop in the Upbeat Guild members. The show will also feaBoutique which features over $11,000 in ture a celebrity judge, Linda Hall, the quilt- hand crafted items, bid on the silent aucing violinist of The Florida Orchestra. tion or take your chance with a raffle. There will be awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Proceeds from the raffle will be donated place in 12 categories. There are also to the Outreach Clinic (formerly known as special awards for best hand quilting, the Brandon Outreach Clinic.) best machine quilting and Best in Show. The Guild has a strong community The judge will be on hand to outreach. They have donated thousands announce the awards on the morning of of quilts to organizations such as Brandon Saturday, October 13. Hospital’s NICU, Joshua House and A The Guild holds a show every three Kids’ Place. In addition, they make stockyears. “We try to build on the best parts of ings each year which are donated the previous shows. We want to showthrough the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s case our best work, and hone our skills Office. based on the comments from the Show The Quilt Guild was founded in 1989. Judge. It is our hope that in viewing the Members meet monthly on the second quilts and seeing the handmade gift bouMonday of each month at New Hope tique items, members of the surrounding United Methodist Church in Brandon. community will be inspired to learn and For more information, please visit grow in the art of quilting,” said Nan www.brandonquiltguild.com.

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Third Annual Buddy Walk Celebrates Down Syndrome Awareness

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F.R.I.E.N.D.S. groups, social clubs, and family DOWN SYNDROME activities. For young parents, the WEST FLORIDA group strives to provide a safe (FDSWF) together with place where the kids can come the National Down together and the parents feel Syndrome Society comfortable. The (NDSS) will hold its third playgroup Baby Friends (birth annual FDSWF BUDDY to 5 years) brings parents WALK® at Raymond together with the baby to James Stadium on socialize, share information Saturday, October 27, and enjoy being a new from 1-5 p.m. More than parent. For tweens and 2,500 families, teenagers, there is friends, and professionals are Dream Tweens (6 anticipated to attend this event years to 14 years) that to help raise meets quarterly for fun awareness and advocate for outings. For adults, it is individuals with Down synall about getting them drome. The Buddy Walk was out of the house. After created by the NDSS in high school, social 1995, to celebrate October events disappear and as Down Syndrome they become isolated, Awareness Month and has lonely and grown from 17 walks depressed. Friends Self to more than Advocates Club or F.S.C. 250 walks last is year. Funds raised are for all special needs adults used to over age 15; and not just support FDSWF's many Down syndrome. For this programs and activities, age group, FDSWF hosts with a portion of the a fun monthly dance held funds going to the NDSS at Livingstone Academy’s to support national initiaBloomingdale campus tives. and will soon offer The FDSWF mission is dances in Pinellas to provide educational County. It plans to open materials and support servits own Down Syndrome ices to families who Center and offer servichave been impacted by es such as a daycare, an Down syndrome; while activity center, and promoting community intean adult day program. gration. Sponsors, vendors Education and advoand in-kind donations for cacy is another important raffles, as well as volunarea it works toward as teers to help with the well as changing people’s Buddy Walk are being Sponsors, vendors and walkers are sought to walk sought. Your help is attitudes. in the third annual Buddy It can be very lonely greatly appreciated. Walk which will take place being a special needs par- on Saturday, October 27 at Visit www.dsent, so the group combats Raymond James Stadium. stride.org/fdswfbuddythis by offering fun playwalk to sign up.

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United Methodist 2018 Brandon Church members Lions Club of the United Annual Methodist Luminaria Women (UMW) Project hosted a Tea for Each year the ladies of the the Brandon church and Lions Club confriends and famiducts its o ly. The Tea was @osprey Luminaria e ll e h ic m in the fashion of fundraising proja ‘high tea’ with ect providing the finger sandwichkits to neighborYou can now purchase es, fruit and a Luminarias from the Brandon hoods and indiLions Club through November 5. viduals throughFamily Promise Receives Donation host of desserts, Scott D. Graf, Tampa Environmental along with tea out the Greater Department Manager (L) and two-term poured from Brandon area. President of the Tampa Bay Association pretty tea pots into lovely tea cups. UMW The Luminaria Kits are constructed of Environmental Professionals members brought their tea with white paper bags weighted down (TBAEP) (R), recently presented a services to decorate the with sand and illuminated from within by a check for $1,000 to Family Promise of tables and some ladies sport- candle. They are traditionally displayed Hillsborough County, a local Tampa Bay ed beautiful hats. on Christmas Eve. organization which helps homeless A presentation was proEach kit contains 15 each of long families build new lives. This donation vided by Mission Smiles and burning votive candles, candle holders, was raised during the Inaugural Mission Smiles International, white bags, and a plastic bag of sand (to TBAEP/Central Florida Association of one of the UMW’s many supuse in the base of each bag) and retail for Environmental Professionals Golf ported missions. It plans on a $6.50. Orders over 15 kits will be delivTournament held in June, which Graf mission trip to Uganda in ered to your neighborhood. helped plan as one of four committee 2019 to provide dental care Contact Joe Kuebler at 263-2522 to members. and address other needs. place your order or complete the Order Kathy McGartland was honInformation Form online at www.brandonSt. Matthew’s Anglican Church Will ored as UMW Woman of the lions.org/luminary. Orders should be Open New Memorial Garden For Year. She has a heart for placed by Monday, November 5. No payPets those in need and has been ment is required with your order. All St. Matthew’s Anglican Church has front and center for Mission orders are COD and can be picked up or announced the grand opening of its Smiles ministry and other delivered on Saturday, December 15. new Saint Francis of Assisi Memorial ministries. Proceeds benefit Brandon Lions Garden for Pet Animals, a facility for the A $1,000 check is presented to Family Promise by the Tampa The afternoon was one Charities, a not for profit 501(c)3 organiBay Association of Environmental Professionals. burial of the ashes of cremated pets. of fellowship and beautiful zation supporting eyesight and hearing The service will be available to the public no charge for admission. Call 663-0334 piano music from Nancy Jackson and programs, Southeastern Guide Dogs, as well as church members. The event or 657-9164 for more information. hardy singing from a church Men’s Greater Tampa Lions Sight Fund, ECHO, will be a principal feature of the Church’s Quartet. Door prizes, sweet flower Family Promise, The Outreach Clinic, 20th Anniversary Celebration taking place South Shore United Methodist arrangements and blessings rounded out Brandon High School Don Bishop Track on the church grounds on Saturday, Church UMW Hosted High Tea the afternoon. Visit Meet, Brandon Area Youth Soccer, and October 13 beginning at 1 p.m. Other On September 8, South Shore www.southshoreumc.com. other local area needs since 1954.

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

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

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October 2018

Twin Lakes Presents Its 9th Annual Art In The Park This October

By Kathy L. Collins

Everyone is welcome to come to Zenia Park in the community of Twin Lakes in Valrico as they host the 9th Art in the Park on Saturday, October 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Twin Lakes in Valrico will host its Ninth Annual Art In The Park on Saturday, October 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Art in the Park is set to take place in the beautiful Zenia Park, home of gigantic and beautiful old oak trees. Twin Lakes is located east of Lithia Pinecrest Rd. at the end of Bloomingdale Ave. The event is open and free to the community. Both artists and vendors of all kinds are encouraged to attend and share their creativity with the community. Artists and vendors can set up space anywhere within the 11-acre park. A fee of $10 is charged to nonresidents to offset the cost of hosting the arts event. However, there is no charge for Twin Lakes residents. Vendors must bring all of their supplies, including table, chairs and tent

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(not required). Electricity is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. This is a great bargain for artists and vendors. Joanne Bialas, President of the Twin Lakes of Brandon HOA said, “Last year, we had a food truck and vendors ranging from pallet art and painted wine bottles to Scentsy and Lue La Roe. We wound up with a little over 40 tables out in our beautiful park, and it was a lovely fall day to enjoy the atmosphere. We are hoping to have the same or more this year. The registrations from artists and vendors keep coming in. Our hope is that everyone who comes out finds a little something to take home.” Bialas added, “We continue to offer all Twin Lakes residents tables at no charge and only $10 to anyone else interested in showcasing their art. This charge helps to cover the cost of the port-o-potty out in the park. The HOA is not trying to make money but provide a venue for all of the residents of Twin Lakes to enjoy. We invite all of the surrounding communities to come out and enjoy the event with us.” Zenia Park is a perfect venue for an art festival of this kind. It is shady and beautiful and filled with oaks that are over 100 years old.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute At USF Celebrates 25 Years

By Kathy L. Collins

The Osher ence class. Lifelong Learning Aracelis Institute at the Rogers is the University of Director of OLLI. South Florida Rogers said, "We (OLLI) is celebratare a group of peoing 25 years of ple who are interproviding proested in continuing grams for area to learn and grow residents who are in community with 50 years and others. We offer older. OLLI offers programming that Area residents who are 50 years and older a wide variety of feeds mind, body can continue to learn, engage with others and courses, lectures, and spirit. The have great experiences with courses and lectures offered by the Osher Lifelong events and social opportunity to Learning Institute at the University of South socialize and grow networking. All Florida. Shown here left to right are Nick are offered withGraves and Cath Mason listening to Bharat one's personal Pathakjee. out the pressure network is encourof tests and grades. aged." The OLLI is a membership based Rogers added, "We believe older learning community of adults ages 50 adults have a great deal to give and and over. OLLI provides high quality, low learned experiences to share, so most of cost learning opportunities for seasoned our courses are taught by members and adults. friends of the organization. It is learning The annual membership is $40. A for the joy and wonder of it, without the three year membership is $100. With the pressure of grades or the need for addimembership you get registration privitional credentials." leges for over 300 liberal arts and techThere are eight OLLIs in Florida with nology training courses offered year three of them based in the Tampa Bay round. You also get offers for special proArea. For residents of the greater grams, borrowing privileges at the USF Brandon area, you can take classes at library and the ability to attend member HCC The Regent located at 6437 socials and special interest groups. Watson Rd. in Riverview, at the Brandon Course costs vary but are generally Senior Center located at 612 N. Parsons between $20 and $60. Discounts are Ave. in Brandon and at the Taoist Tai Chi offered for more than one class per term. located at 911 Bryan Rd. in Brandon. There are over 300 courses offered To learn more and to register, please annually. You can brush up on or learn a visit www.usfseniors.org or call 974-2403 new skill in technology, take a painting (option 1) Monday through Friday from class, learn Italian or take a political sci8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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new theme is creTall Tales Of Old Florida ated for each At Cracker Country year’s festival to On Saturday, October 20 offer guests a from 6-10 p.m., come visit glimpse of the Cracker Country for an experience they evening of tall tales in historic can expect at rural Florida. the 11-day A guide will lead you on b d m e event. It also o il a tour through historic strucc p r. e m v r o e C obs unifies ven@osprey tures by lantern light. At each e ll e h ic m dors, FFA stop a story teller will share a chapters, organizaFlorida tall tale. Come early tions, corporate partners and and enjoy harvest games exhibitors who create parade floats and decor while you wait for Fall Festival At Gardenville Dining & and displays throughout the celebrayour tour to begin, and finish Senior Activity Center tion, said Davis. The festival’s strawGretel, and her son Hansel, your tour with a special fall Friday, October 26 is the second berry character featured in this year’s Garfield is a great mix of calm were found running in traffic on treat and a visit to the a busy street. Thankfully, they annual Fall Festival with Special Tribute theme artwork is an intricate part of and playful. He is also a talkawere scooped up just in time. General Store. The tour will Honoring Veterans. Please RSVP by call- the event’s branding and advertising tive fellow. He enjoys life in the Gretel is a happy, energetic, last about 60 minutes and is kitten room. There's lots of and super fun gal. She loves $10 a person. This event is ing 671-7601 as space is limited. Enjoy efforts. In this theme’s artwork, the room to chase his toys and his chasing squirrels and giving good food, music, iconic Mr. Berry four-legged friends. Garfield is kisses. To find out more about not recommended for chilgames and a wonwears a ball cap a real catch. To find out more Gretel and Hansel, call dren under 6 years old. about Garfield, call C.A.R.E. C.A.R.E. Animal Shelter at 645derful tribute for and sunglasses Enter the Fairgrounds Animal Shelter at 645-2273. 2273. those who have and carries a bat via MLK Parking Entrance victim when you attend served our country. and a bowl of strawand park near Gate 2. Parking costs $8 “Cybercrime – The Crime of the berry shortcake. “It’s per car and $15 bus or RV. Parking is 21st Century” held on Thursday, Strawberry Festival a team effort,” said cash only. November 8 from 11:30 a.m. -1p.m. 2019 Theme Davis. “Our team of Debbie Brown, Consumer Protection Announced volunteers, vendors, Become A Friend Of The Riverview Investigator from the Hillsborough County The Florida exhibitors and sponLibrary Consumer and Veterans Services, will Strawberry Festival sors create an allThe Friends of the Riverview Library bring the latest information on consumer announced today star lineup that is meet the third Thursday of the month at fraud trends perpetrated over the Internet. recently announced sure to please! We 12 Noon, with dues as low as $10. It Education and information is considered its theme for the 84th pitch only the best to supports Library programming for youth the first line of defense in the battle to proannual event – ‘It’s A our guests in hopes and adults, recruit volunteers to help in tect consumers from victimization. In Hit!’ “It’s short and that they have a ball the Library and speak for the Library at all addition to a power-packed program, she sweet!” said with their loved ones governmental levels. Used Book Sales will provide numerous take-home materiPresident Paul at the 2019 Florida and honor-system book store provides als to help you avoid losing your hard Davis. “From the Strawberry Festival.” funds to support efforts in all these areas. earned money to these schemes. Headline On Tuesday, November 13 at 6 p.m. The workshop, held at The Bridges, Entertainment hits on Protect Yourself there the Friends of the Library quarterly 11350 Bloomingdale Ave., Riverview, is the Wish Farm From Cybercrime night meeting will be held. The Riverview free to attend and includes lunch. Space Sound Stage to the sweetest hit, our Presented At The Bridges Library is located at 10509 Riverview Dr. is limited. Call Janet at 413-8900 to world-famous strawberry shortcake, we’re Cybercrime is the fastest growing Call 273-3652. reserve your seat. sure to knock this one out of the park.” A area of crime. Learn how to avoid being a

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ICI Homes Offers Last Additional Homesites In Westlake at FishHawk Ranch

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They say enclave with home is where beautiful, mature the heart is, and trees, lake views no one knows and conservation this better than lots available.” ICI Homes. One Ranked in of Tampa’s most the Top 100 distinguished Builders in the builders, ICI nation for many Homes is dediyears, ICI Homes cated to excelhas been at the lence in quality forefront of the and service. ICI new home offers a variety building indusICI Homes, an award-winning home builder, offers six floor of new home try as a stanplans available at Westlake in models in com- FishHawk Ranch, including the dard bearer of munities across excellence. ICI Shenandoah model that boasts 3,000 sq. ft. and the state of takes pride in includes a detached garage Florida, as well offering a variwith studio apartment for occasional guests or as in Westlake at ety of homes, home office. FishHawk sizes, floor plans Ranch. They have earned the distinand price ranges. guished honor of being a two-time “We offer six floor plans ranging Parade of Homes Grand winner. from 2288 sq. ft. – 3910 sq. ft. and FishHawk Ranch is a booming, prices from $391,900 - $517,900,” said family-oriented community in Lithia Ferguson. “ICI Homes also customizes where residents enjoy convenient prox- and can create one-of-a-kind, beautiful imity to schools and amenities. Five and affordable homes.” preschools, three elementary schools, One of the home models, The two middle schools and a high school, Shenandoah is for sale for $1,179,865. all A-rated, are located inside the comThis model home is over 3,000 sq. ft. munity or within 1.5 miles. The variety and includes a detached garage with of amenities includes over 25 miles of studio apartment for occasional guests paved nature trails, pools and a popular or home office. ICI is also offering sevdog park. eral inventory showcase homes that will “We have 16 remaining opportunibe ready to move into before end of the ties for homes,” said Ron Ferguson, year. division manager. “This section of For more information, contact FishHawk is one of the last for new Rosemary Arnold at 765-7132 or visit home construction. It is a quiet, serene, www.icihomes.com.

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Invisible Braces Are New To Growing SouthShore Orthodontics Practice

By Stacy Huisman

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Southshore Orthodontics offers a new technology option for patients needing braces. Dr. Matt Aherns DMD, owner of SouthShore Orthodontics, has added a new product call Inbrace to his inventory for patients who need braces, but do not want the look or feel of traditional braces. Inbrace are invisible braces that are attached to the lingual or inside of the your teeth. “Invisible braces are ideal for older teens, adults and athletes,” says Lisa Cramp, Officer Manager at Southshore Orthodontics. “A patient smiles and no one knows they have braces. Athletes don’t have to worry about cuts and injuries typical braces can cause. Plus, nothing to remove either so it’s low maintenance.” Inbrace runs in line with other orthodontic solutions like braces with clear brackets and Invisalign. These invisible braces also require the same treatment time as traditional braces and Invisalign. Dr. Aherns offers multiple solutions and options for his patients. Southshore Orthodontics believes

in finding the right fit and product for their patients. They strive for patient satisfaction. With the state of the art technology, Dr. Aherns believes building a relationship with his patients is the key to a successful practice. “We see patients for six months to two years of treatment. We want them to be happy and comfortable with their care. We believe in building a good relationship with the people we treat, that’s our reward.” SouthShore Orthodontics has been open for more than three and a half years, but he has been practicing well over five years in the area. Dr. Aherns and his wife, Sarah, are native Floridians and met while both were in school at University of Florida. Sarah is a dental hygienist and the face of the business. She networks with other offices and dental practices in the area, keeping up with the latest business models and services. Dr. Aherns is a member of the Smiles Change Lives program. This community-based orthodontic program is designed to promote increased selfesteem and improved oral health for children in need of orthodontic treatment whose families cannot afford the full cost of braces. SouthShore Orthodontics is located at 13135 Kings Lake Dr. #103 in Gibsonton. To find out more, call 8150080 or visit www.southshoreortho.com.

Volume 16, Issue 10

Painting Mixed Media Show Is Featured At SouthShore Regional Library

By Kathy L. Collins

The current around the area. exhibit in the John Chilton is showCrawford Gallery at ing five pieces and the SouthShore the medium is clay Regional Library is monoprint. Chilton a beautifully curatreceived a Best of ed Painting Mixed Show in 2017 at the Media Show. Take Florida State Fair. In a moment, stop by her artist’s statethe library and view ment, Chilton said, this lovely exhibit “Working with clay now through the brings back a childend of October. hood joy of connectThe SouthShore Regional Library continThere are four ues its tradition of displaying the artwork ing with the earth. In local artists showof talented local artists. The current exhib- retirement, I redisit is a delightful Painting Mixed Media casing 19 original covered that pasShow. pieces of artwork. sion with pottery and Melanie Hanson is the Art Coordinator sculpture.” for the SouthShore Regional Library. Kendrick has three pieces in the Hanson said, “This was the best turnout show. All items are crafted from repurof artists submitting artwork for considposed wood and metal. The pieces eration. We received a lot of different shown by Kendrick are a mixture of old art. It was very hard to select which wood and metal parts. One of the artists and artwork to exhibit.” pieces is a train and this includes items The four artists include Terri such as a portion of a coffee top table, McNamara, Mary Jane Otani, KC plumbing pieces, parts of doors, chair Chilton and Kelly Kendrick. spindles and other things. McNamara’s medium is clay mono The Painting Mixed Media show printing. McNamara is a functional potcan be seen during the library’s normal ter who creates bowls, mugs, vases operating hours now through the end of and other items. She received Best of October. The next show will be a Show for her sagger pot and First Smartphone and Tablet Show. Place for her crystalline pot at the 2018 The SouthShore Regional Library Florida State Fair. is located at 15816 Beth Shields Way in Otani has several mediums includRuskin. Artists who are interested in ing scratchboard/ink, watercolor collage submitting artwork for consideration in and pen/ink. She has resided in the the library’s shows, can get more inforarea for nine years and has taken mation from the front desk or by visiting classes from a variety of local artists. In https://www.hcplc.org/locations/southsh addition, Otani has shown her work ore.


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Psychotherapist, made everyone feel welFlorida with a Bachelor’s cleaning.com. come and appreciated. degree in Biology and later New Model Homes Now Open At BMH provides individual, family & graduated with Honors Chamber Celebrates Taylor Morrison’s Oak Creek couples therapy. BMH specializes in help from Nova Southeastern Opening OfcFlorida Eye Townhomes in Riverview with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, University’s Physician Specialists And Cataract Taylor Morrison, a grief/loss, identity/self Assistant program with a Institute leading national homeesteem, seniors/older adults, Master’s degree in Medical Greater Riverview builder and developer, relationship issues, crisis Sciences. She is licensed Chamber of Commerce announced the opening counseling, anger/aggression as a Certified Physician members were invited to celof two new model management, trauma, teen Assistant by the state of ebrate the opening of Florida homes, Jasmine and issues, sexual abuse/assault, Florida. She is an active Eye Specialists and Cataract Marigold, at its Oak parenting issues, school diffimember of Florida Institute in Riverview. Florida Creek Townhomes comPhysician Assistant Victoria ADHD, Autism, sexual culty, Academy of Physician Eye Specialists and Cataract Capezza who recently munity in Riverview. It is gender identity and more. Assistants, American joined Southwest Florida Institute consider patients an Taylor Morrison’s Oak Creek currently selling new Call 315-8648 or comRheumatology. Academy of Physician Townhomes extension of the family. Since homes in Elm Ridge, a plete the online inquiry form Assistants, and Florida 1981, it has been dedicated brand-new phase of three-bedroom town- at www.BrandonMentalHealth.com. Society of Rheumatology. to being the premiere eye care and surhomes. Brandon Mental Health is located at 421 Victoria worked for one year in the gery center on the west coast of Florida The new models, Jasmine (1,374 sq. Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Brandon, with a field of Neurology in Tallahassee and then by recruiting the best physicians and ft) and Marigold (1,555 sq. ft.), are twosatellite office in Sun City Center. Office moved back to central Florida. Victoria employees, using the most advanced story townhomes offering 3 BR, 2.5 hours vary by appointment grew up in Plant City, and she likes to technologies in convenient locations. baths, and a one-car garage. Homes are spend time with her parents whenever To schedule an appointment at the priced from the mid $100,000s. FirstLight Is she gets the chance. In her spare time, new Riverview office, call 392-3311. It is Residents will enjoy Trusted she enjoys hanging out with friends, read- located at 13106 Vail Ridge Dr in access to a planned pool HomeCare ing, writing, and exercising. Capezza has Riverview. Visit www. floridaeye.org. and cabana area once There are many quickly fallen in love with rheumatology complete. The community life events that can and is excited to be practicing medicine Chamber Celebrates be overwhelming for here and giving back to the community. Opening Of Maronda families and where Southwest Florida Rheumatology is Homes At Talavera they may need located at 11954 Boyette Rd. in Greater Riverview currently offers some extra support to manage. FirstLight Riverview. Call 672-2243. Visit Chamber of Commerce low HOA fees Home Care is a trusted in-home care and swflrheum.com. members were invited to and no commucaregiver resource used by many families celebrate the opening of nity developin Brandon, Lithia, Riverview, and surLadies Night Out Benefits A Kids Place Maronda Homes at ment district rounding Southern Hillsborough and HealthSource of Brandon will host its Talavera, a small, intimate (CDD) fees for Manatee County communities each day. fifth annual Ladies Night Out on community of 75 single famits homeowners. FirstLight Home Care considers itself an Thursday, October 11 from 6-9 p.m. at the ily homes. It will feature a Ribbon Cutting for Maronda Homes at Oak Creek extended family member, someone you Barn at Winthrop, 11349 Bloomingdale Talavera. large community park as its is located near can call on to help you face even the Ave. in Riverview. Bring your girlfriends center of social activities. Falkenburg Rd. and U.S. 301. Visit taylormost difficult challenges, ready to provide for a night filled with shopping, pamperStylish floor plans and convenience to all morrison.com or call 866-495-6006. guidance, companionship, peace of mind ing, wine and fun. Support 40 local busisorts of amenities are key benefits to and compassionate care when it is most ness women for local Talavera. Chamber Celebrates Brandon Mental needed. Companion Care, Personal Care foster children. 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a teacher? Why did you decide to become nted to make a difference in I became a teacher because I wa ir want to have an impact on the children's lives. Not only did I d to encourage each child to do educational journey, but I wante classroom. the their personal best in and out of d By r? Sponsore che tea a as ls What are your goa m d by example. I want to always Mathnasiu As a teacher, I want to always lea tinuing to learn and grow proshow my students that I am con ned my Masters degree in fessionally. Two years ago, I ear to put that to good use and Educational Leadership. I want next 8 eventually a Principal within the and pal nci Pri nt ista Ass an e Golf Tournament Benefits becom Newsome Boys Basketball Team years. r? What inspired you to be a teache fessional The Newsome Boys Basketball h to become a teacher as her pro somepat ut My mother did not chose the abo is hosting a Golf Tournament and Team r) fou of one teaching us (I am up gro career, however, she was always rch Fundraiser on Saturday, October 20 at chu a g din lea e, she was always thing at home. Outside of the hom Elementary school. She modeled what the Bloomingdale re in or running the PTA when we we to become their best self. I have always Golfers Club, 4113 e eon it was like to truly inspire som Golfers Pl. in Great forever grateful. admired her for that and will be Valrico. Registration ? you ut abo surprised to find out hap ich What would your students be wh on will begin at 11:30 n bee r eve very first plane I had I jumped(skydived) out of the a.m. with a Shotgun ay. pened to be on my 18th birthd start at 1 p.m. nd with your isla You are trapped on a desert The and why? favorite book. What would it be Tournament again and The Bible. I can read it again and discover will be a n't did I always find something new scramble format with a before. Newsome basketball team you live by? Is there a quote or saying that member as your caddy for each you judge a fish "Everybody is a genius. But, if foursome. A postgame meal will l live its whole by its ability to climb a tree, it wil t Einstein be served with awards, door -Alber life believing that it is stupid." prizes, raffles and a silent cover." its and "Never judge a book by auction. Proceeds will provide the change in Is there anything that you would basketball team with equipment, M s. W o our schools? team camp entries and an end of o acher /te ent teacher ds has been a par the up p am to e lov for 11 y I would year banquet. Sponsorships and ears. n. Through relationship and communicatio Golf Packages are available. For nd that when you my teaching career, I have fou more information, please contact sev are re the that relationship, re mo are go the "extra mile" and build up en Derek Bean at 706-593-5238 ildr Ch . pen ngs that begin to hap omeral beneficial and positive thi or derek.bean1971@yahoo.com. y are proud of what they have acc the rk, wo ool sch ir the in sup ed p hel invest can s ent par and s, it with their parent plished and can't wait to share Annual Job Fair At . ded port the child at home, if nee HCC Plant City

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NOMINATIONS NEEDED! As mentioned in shoals that shoulder the my previous report deep channels. Bait has and showcased been easy and can be across the area, found on any grass flat southwest Florida has along the south shore. gained national attenThe smaller pilchards tion in light of the curmake great snapper bait rent red tide events. and there will be plenty of On September 26 the 3” baits for fishing snook (FWC) Florida Wildlife and reds in most areas. If Commission released you can’t find the larger a ‘Catch & Release pilchards, don’t be afraid Only’ order for snook Happy Birthday Mike! He and wife to use a live pinfish Sheri Hluhan showcase a beautiful instead. and redfish from pair of Tampa Bay Redfish caught Pasco to N. Collier Just because redfish and released on a recent trip with Counties until May Capt. Travis Yaeckel in Tampa Bay. and snook are closed for 10, 2019. I and a harvest, that doesn’t handful of other full-time fishing guides mean you can’t take a few fish home. attended this commission meeting in There are plenty of other species that Tallahassee in support of this action. provide excellent table fair. Mangrove Like always, as we approach fall, snapper, trout, pompano, flounder, triplethings begin to change around the bay. tail, cobia, grouper, are just a few that will Our estuary becomes alive with bait make a great dinner without putting the being plentiful and gamefish staging up pressure on our inshore gamefish. for the colder months. During this transiFishing is great and will only get better as tion period is a great time to get out and we move into the cooler months. Give me do some fishing. Generally, the weather is a call 830-FISH and let me show you favorable for several types of fishing in what it’s all about. our area. In the bay, we are still getting Captain Travis Yaeckel is a native resident good numbers on mangrove snapper, of the SouthShore area and charters full gag grouper, cobia, and occasional triple time for Redfish, Snook, Trout, and Tarpon. tail. On the flats, the redfish schools are He is owner and operator of Instinct Fishing showing up in places and the snook will Co., based out of lower Tampa Bay. push into the backcountry in droves as To book a charter, call 830-FISH or visit www.fishbyinstinct.com. Catch him on soon as the water temps start to drop. Tampa Fishing Outfitters Radio Show on Sea trout in our area are still lurking in the Sunday mornings from 8-9 a.m. at 1040 AM deeper areas along the sandbars and Sports Talk the Team.

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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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YMCA Spooky Spokes Twilight Ride Supports Local Community Programs

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members can join in the fun, which will take place in the Bella Y. Patel courtyard located outdoors. Come in your favorite costume. Just make sure that whatever you choose is comfortable to spin in. While cycling, you will enjoy fun Halloween-themed music along with coordinated videos Come out for an evening of fun and cycling exercise in the background behind the while helping a great charity – Campo YMCA. instructor. A Parents’ Night Out Where else can you get a great work(PNO) will take place the same night and out and have fun dressing up in costume; it is free for kids of any parent participating all to help a great charity? in the cycling event. On the registration Campo YMCA, located at 3414 form for the Twilight Ride, there will be a Culbreath Rd. in Valrico, will hold its secbox to indicate that PNO will be needed ond annual Spooky Spokes Twilight Ride that night for riders’ kids. Pre-registration is on Friday, October 19 from 6:30 to 9:30 required so it can be staffed accordingly. p.m. You can register anytime, including Lalita Llerena said, The money we’re the night of the event as long as bikes are raising from the Spooky Spokes Twilight still available, but if you register by Ride goes back into the local community September 30, there is a $5 discount off of Valrico. We raise dollars throughout the the registration fee. If you register after year in our annual campaign to keep our October 5, there may not be event Tdoors open to all.” shirt’s available. Because of the community’s generosThe cost to participate is $35 for 30 ity, the Y is able to provide financial assis$55 for one hour and $125 for minutes, tance to kids, adults and families facing three hours. Register at the Welcome financial hardship. “The Y is proud to say Center or mail your registration in to every dollar raised stays local and has a Family YMCA, Attn: Dwight Campo lasting impact on local residents. From Kerr, 3414 Culbreath Rd., Valrico, FL swim lesson scholarships to our 33596. Online registration is not available Livestrong cancer survivor program - our for this particular event. fundraising efforts ensure we remain open For info visit, to all walks of life in our community,” she www.tampaymca.org/locations/valrico-fladded. Spooky Spokes is open to the campo-ymca/. community. Both Y members and non-

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YMCA Hosts Successful Sold Out Mother-Son Nerf Ninja Night

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On a Saturday night last month, the Campo Family YMCA in Valrico was overrun by nerf gun wielding ninjas. And their moms. The YMCA hosted its first Mother and Son Nerf and Ninjas night on Saturday, September 8 to a sold out crowd of 112 mother-son groups with children ranging from 5-12 years old. “We are always looking for new and innovative ways to bring families together and we couldn’t be happier with the turnout and success of this event,” said Campo Center Executive Director Jarrod Williams. Participants navigated a Ninja Course, battled in several rounds of Nerf Wars, made Ninja-themed crafts and refueled with snacks and refreshments. Children were divided by age and rotated between three stations and moms were encouraged to participate, especially in the nerf battles. “I recommend this event to anyone who wants to have fun,” said 10year-old FishHawk resident Will Olver, who attended the event with his mom and brother. “It was all fun,

but the best part was definitely shooting my mom.” T-shirts were available for purchase and the YMCA provided all nerf bullets for the event. “Our plan is to make this an annual event that mothers and sons alike can look forward to,” said Williams. “We are going to debrief, collect feedback and discuss ways to make Nerf and Ninja Night bigger and better. If anyone has any ideas, we would love to hear them.” Six-year-old Gunner Olver offered his feedback, which was only positive. “I loved the ninja course,” he said. “I wish I could do it

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Most people think only of title insurance when buying or selling a home, and while home buyers may be inclined to want to look for the best rate, when it comes to title insurance, it’s not like shopping for car insurance, as the State of Florida sets a uniform title rate that every insurer must adhere to. Real estate agents typically help home buyers select the title company, and they know how important it is to choose the right company to make the process of buying and selling homes run smoothly. They look for an agency that will provide the very best service, and for top-notch service there is only one place to go: First American Title Insurance Company. With over 125 years of experience, First American was built on a foundation of integrity allowing it to grow from a modest office in California to an international leader in title insurance. Michelle Hernandez, former Honorary Mayor of Brandon 2015 and Account Executive at First American Title, knows what sets the company apart: technology and service. Hernandez said, “First American consistently invests in technology to help real estate agents guide home buyers to successful closing. Our technology tools are amazing, but the expertise and superior service of our people often make the difference in delivering a smooth closing.” Real estate agents are better

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Brandon Group Wins $10,000 Donation To Help Children Learn Through Music

By Kate Quesada

A Brandon area nonprofit charity believes that learning music gives children a head start in life and thanks to a recent donation from a Tampa company, they can now bring their gift to more students than ever. Insurance and Trust (IAT) earned a 2018 Safeco Insurance Make More Happen Award for volunteer work bringing music to disadvantaged children with Instruments of Change, a public 501(c)3 based in Brandon. The award included a $5,000 donation to the charity from Safeco Insurance, which was doubled to $10,000 thanks to an active social media

have a lasting impact on our community by changing the lives of these children one note at a time.” With the $10,000 donation from Safeco, Instruments of Change hopes to provide more than 20 instruments to students. The group was chosen for the award based on a photo application. A total of 24 independent agents will be chosen throughout 2018 to receive The Safeco Make More Happen Awards which focus on the area of health and safety, education and civil service. “We are excited to share the inspiring stories of our agents with their comBrandon-based charity Instruments for Change recently received a $10,000 donation from Safeco Insurance to provide music to students in fifth grade.

campaign. “Students who learn to play musical instruments generally score higher on academic tests and are less likely to engage in self-destructive behaviors,” said the group’s media representative, Calvin Jordan. “Instruments of Change works to bring band programs to elementary school students in an effort to positively influence their personal development.” According to Jordan, Instruments of

Change currently serves five elementary schools in Hillsborough County by providing musical instruments and instruction to

students. “Fifth graders at participating schools must sign a contract which obligates them to care for the instrument they are given, practice in preparation for performances and be held accountable to other students in the section,” said Jordan. “Upon successful completion of the contract and verified enrollment in a middle school band program, they receive their instrument for middle school.”

Vice President of IAT, Jeff Chernoff became president of the board of Instruments of Change earlier this year and hopes to grow the organization throughout Hillsborough County into Pinellas and eventually to the Orlando area. “My team and I have been involved with Instruments of Change for over four years and we are incredibly grateful to be awarded the Safeco Insurance Make More Happen Award so we can give back even more,” said Chernoff. “Instruments of Change continues to

munities through social media while raising funds for these outstanding nonprofit organizations,” said Robyn Hawking, Safeco Insurance Southeast Region Territory Manager. “Safeco’s Make More Happen Awards program helps to recognize the amazing work agents do in areas like the Tampa Bay region and hopefully motivate others to do the same.” For more on visit www.instrumentsofchange.com. To learn more about IAT, visit www.iat.bz.


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South Shore Longhorns Contain Top-Notch Football Program The South Shore Longhorns, a Pop Warner little league football and cheerleading organization based out of Gibsonton is picking up major steam. The Longhorns run an offensive play. The program Cheri Wilder, coaches, parhas about 200 kids from the ages of The 2018 South Shore Longhorns Pee Wee team. ents and staff view this pro5-13 that live in surrounding areas. bility, endurance and Crossfit gram as one big family. “We have The teams practice at Vance training. They will also be playing in gone through a lot this season,” said Vogel Park in Riverview and they seven-on-seven flag football tournaWilder. “The team has come together play their home games at the East ments, starting in January. Early sealike a family.” Bay High School football field. son registration for next season will The program contains five teams According to team president, Ryan be from October 8-12. with kids from different age groups, Koenig, they don’t offer the basic According to Koenig, in order for including Jr. Pee Wee, Jr. Varsity, football experience. “We don’t want kids to participate in games, they the to be the typical football program that Mitey-Mite, Pee Wee and Tiny Mite. not only need to achieve good just comes out and plays football,” he Each team has about 30 players. The grades, but also stay out of trouble in regular tackle football season finishsaid. “We want to have kids get off school. The program wants to make es at the end of October, however, the couch and get exercise and to sure their kids are well rounded on the program plans on having offseapush them to go to the next level.” and off the field. They are a nonprofit son minicamps, which include flexiAccording to Information Officer,

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organization that does a lot of fundraising to help raise money for equipment. They are also actively looking for sponsors. “Football is a team building experience,” said Koenig. “They are going to use this for the rest of their lives. This teaches them how to work together as a team.” For more information, or if you would like to donate or become a sponsor, you can visit the website at SouthShoreLonghorns.org.


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Southshore Yacht Club Unveils New Model Homes Designed For Waterfront Living

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The home has been waterfront communipurchased. ty of Southshore The Pompano Yacht Club has is a two-story home opened its newest with a new feature model homes for WCI: an elevawith floor plans and tor for easy access features designed to the second floor. for a luxurious waterThe 2,732-sq. ft. front lifestyle. floor plan starts at Southshore Yacht Models are now open at the waterfront $600,490. Club is located along community of Southshore Yacht Club in The Sandestin Ruskin. picturesque canals in is a two-story home Ruskin that lead to the deep waters of with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and 2Tampa Bay. The homes in the commucar garage, and has additional living nity are built for anyone who enjoys the space with a flex room, large loft and a waterfront way of life – whether it is by second-floor balcony. The 2,875-sq. ft. taking in the quiet, relaxing views and floor plan starts at $530,490. privacy, fishing right off the back dock, The Captiva, an existing model is or hopping into your boat outside the one story with 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathback door. rooms and a 3-car garage. The 2,373 The newly opened model homes sq. ft. floor plan starts at $550,490. are the Pompano and Sandestin floor “Southshore Yacht Club’s model plans, which vary in price and style, but homes showcase new-home luxury have coastal architecture exteriors, waterfront living,” said Mark Metheny, open-concept design and sophisticated Division President for Lennar Tampa, features. For homes on the canal, the the parent company of WCI. new floor plans offer impressive water“Each home has a wide range of front views from the kitchen, dining appealing features for buyers – whether room, living room and master suite. it is extra living space in a loft, a waterEach home has a large covered front patio and balcony, or an elevator.” back patio with access from the master A dog park and clubhouse with suite and an optional outdoor kitchen a resort-style pool also recently opened for the ultimate backyard setup. in the community. The homes all have modern, upgradSouthshore Yacht Club is located at ed luxury features available to buyers, 3079 Bermuda Sloop Circle in including quartz countertops, built-in Ruskin, off U.S. 41 and Shell Point Rd. double oven, gas stove cook top, and a For information, visit https://wcitamtile roof. Waterfront homes are able to pabay.com/lp/southshore-yacht-club or have a dock and boatlift added after the call 877-205-1328.

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Watts Dental Offers 24/7 Emergency Care & Credits Community With Success

By Kate Quesada

they are at the dentist. “I am picking a fight to revolutionize the dental experience,” he said. “Why not let our customers use this time to escape from society in a The staff at Watts Dental in Lithia thank the community for a positive way? It successful opening year. isn’t hard to treat In the eight months since Dr. Jason them like they want to be treated.” Watts opened the dental office that The state-of-the-art Lithia office feels shares his name in the FishHawk Health more like a spa than a medical facility Park, not one customer has left less than with touches including essential oils, a five star review, the number of staff has infused water, fresh Cuban Coffee and more than doubled and plans are underpersonalized music selections in addition way for two additional locations. But to advanced dental technology, from despite his hard work, Watts gives the portable X-ray machines to digital scancredit to the community for the business’ ners, to make visits as enjoyable and success. effective as possible. “We are so thankful for the way the Becoming part of the community and FishHawk community has welcomed us,” giving back to those in need is a major said Watts, a native of Canada who has priority for Watts who has his own founbeen living in Florida since 1996. “People dation, Tri Smiles, which was created to are giving us the opportunity to show help disabled athletes live an active them what we offer and our favorite part lifestyle. The office staff have also volunis that they keep coming back.” teered as a group frequently in the last A Florida State alumnus who gradufew months including offering free screenated from Nova Southeastern University - ings to children and speaking with seniors College of Dental Medicine, Watts is about oral health. active in many organized dentals groups “I want to do whatever I can to give including the American Dental back to the community that is giving so Association and the Florida Dental much to me,” he said. Association. After spending time working Watts Dental is located at 5605 at a corporate dental office, where he felt Skytop Dr., neighboring the Moasic buildthat patients were treated as little more ing, in Lithia. Emergency service is availthan a number, he has made it his misable 24-hours a day. Visit www.wattsdension to change the way people feel when talfl.com or call 737-7370.

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Sell Your Jewelry, Unwanted Coins Or Collectibles At Precious Coins & Cold

By Nicole Heubusch

Cecelia and serving trays, Cono Liguori are gold and silver longtime members coins, estates of the business (full of partial), community and and other colowners of Precious lectible items. Coins & Gold in “There are Sun City Center. two values we With retail look at when experibuying your ence of jewelry, coins Do you have unwanted jewelry or or collectibles. more collectible coins laying around? Take than 35 The precious them down to Precious Coins & Gold to see what they're worth. years, metal value, Cecelia and Cono understand their and the collectability value. We always client’s needs, and are equipped to pay you the higher value, and we pay handle their requests. Their combined in cash,” explained Cono. experience managing jewelry stores Cecelia and Cono pride themselves and their understanding of the business on great customer service. They will world are two of the reasons why visit client’s homes for consultations, Precious Coins & Gold has such a high and they educate their clients about rate for returning customers. Over 75% their belongings. They now even offer of their customers are return visitors, Personal Property Planning and will and the Liguori’s can attest that their help you downsize your belongings and clientele has grown largely through plan for your future assets. word of mouth. “We want what’s best for our Cono currently serves his commuclients. We encourage people to come nity as a trustee to the Sun City Center in and have us appraise their items. Chamber of Commerce, where their What people may think is valuable business first started. “We opened part- might not be, but on the other hand, time in 2012 in a small space in the you may think an item is not valuable, Chamber offices, and from there we’ve and it is,” Cono said. grown to our new, bigger space where Precious Coins & Gold is located at we are now open full-time,” said Cono. 1651 Sun City Center Plaza in Sun City Precious Coins & Gold offers many Center. They are now open six days a different services to their community. week, Monday–Friday from 9 a.m. until They buy all your old jewelry, including 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10a.m. until all Rolex watches, fine jewelry and cos- 2 p.m. For information, visit precioustume jewelry, broken or unwanted gold, coinsandgold.com or call (863) 899broken or unwanted silver flatware and 8048.

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Florida Aquarium Presents Night Out With 100 Samples At Brews By The Bay

By Kathy L. Collins

The Florida includes critical coral Aquarium will host its conservation work to Annual Brews by the restore wiled reefs Bay on Friday, October both in coastal 12 from 8 to 11 p.m. at Florida and the the Florida Aquarium Caribbean. Funds located at 701 also help with resChannelside Dr. in cue, rehabilitation Tampa. and return to the Brews by the Bay ocean for endanis a yearly fundraising gered species such event held at the as sea turtles. Come out and support the work that Aquarium. This year’s The Florida the Florida Aquarium does at their event promises to be Aquarium also works annual Brews by the Bay on Friday, fun, tasty and entertain- October 12. The Aquarium will be over- with Title 1 schools to flowing with endless beers, delicious provide free admising. Brews, food and food and a sea of live entertainment. sion to children who entertainment will be strategically positioned throughout the would not otherwise be able to attend. Aquarium. Attendees will not only have Brian Gallaher, Digital Media the opportunity to see all of the exhibits, Manager for The Florida Aquarium said, but they will sample over 100 beers from “Brews by the Bay gives community local breweries including Big Storm, members the opportunity to come enjoy Hidden Springs and Three Daughters. themselves amongst our animal residents Attendees will also savor delicious while enjoying dozens of local restaurants bites from over 30 local restaurants and and sample more than 100 beers from food purveyors including Noble Crust, around the Tampa Bay and the United Roy’s and Walkabout Bakery & Café. States.” There will be live entertainment feaAdvance tickets to Brews by the Bay turing the Spazmatics. In addition, new are $55. Day of event tickets are $65. this year is the addition of the silent disco. Aquarium members get tickets for $49. Attendees will have the opportunity to lisVIP admission (you get in at 7 p.m.) is ten to DJ Shevizzle or DJ Chris Craze. $79. This includes early entry to the You will also have the opportunity to creevent, free parking and designated VIP ate your very own playlist of songs. entrance. All of the exhibits are open during the Guests of Brews by the Bay are for event. adults 21 years and older. Parking at the Funds raised at this event support Aquarium is available for $10. The Florida Aquarium’s mission of enterFor more information, please visit taining, educating, and inspiring stewardhttps://www.flaquarium.org/brewsbytheship of the natural environment. This bay.

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

By Michelle Caceres possible. In Canterbury Oaks it decided that no two elevations would be the same, requiring a substantial amount of customization and creativity from its

design team. In Lake Toscana, a Tuscaninspired community in south Riverview, its executive homes will be constructed on one half and one-acre lots, all with conservation or water views. Hickory Breeze, located at the intersection of Boyette and Rhodine Rds., and within the FishHawk school boundaries, features 24, 80’ wide estate lots. Although its one constant has been serving the single-family luxury homebuyer, Sunrise Homes is versatile in its output. From Bridgewater Landing, an active lifestyle community off Bloomingdale Ave. for the 55+ crowd to a new townhome community located across from Riverview High School slated to open in 2019, Sunrise Homes develops communities with a fierce commitment to building excellence. Sunrise Homes’ community model homes are open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday through Monday noon – 6 p.m. For information, visit www.sunrisehomescorp.com or call 651-3001.

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Weird, Wacky And Wonderful Holidays- OCTOBER 2018

Frugal Fun Day * National Dessert Day * World Pasta Day * Make A Difference Day Did you know that there are an abundance of daily holidays and special days every month? So, in the midst of our busy lives, maybe consider taking time to enjoy some of the entertaining but lesser-known holidays throughout the year. As we welcome in October, most of us are excited about the possibility of cooler weather, getting ready for the holiday seasons and of course everything pumpkin - pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin cheesecake, just to name a few. October was originally the eighth month of the Roman calendar and is derived from the Latin word "octo" meaning eight. Later, it became the tenth month when January and February were added to the calendar. October is the month we celebrate Columbus Day as well as the everpopular holiday, Halloween. Did you know that Halloween is the second-largest commercial holiday in America? Only Christmas surpasses it in sales. According to the National Retail Federation, consumers spend nearly $7 billion dollars on Halloween decorations, costumes and candy. But, don’t be tricked this October – there are plenty of other holidays worthy of our celebrations! If you don’t have an extra $7 billion dollars, never fear because Saturday, October 6 is Frugal Fun Day. This day

was created in 1999 by Shel Horowitzin, author of The Penny-Pinching Hedonist: How to Live Like Royalty with a Peasant’s Pocketbook. Horowitz suggests that Frugal Fun should play an important role in our lives, stating “once people realize they can still have a fabulous time without spending very much money, it opens up enormous possibilities for living more lightly while enjoying a better quality of life.” Some fun and cheap ideas for this day include a bike ride or a walk in the park, a picnic on the beach, attend a free concert, take a stroll through a botanical garden or pull out those dusty board games from the closet and have a game night! If you’re looking for something a little different, a fun and free tour of the Tampa Yuengling Brewing Company is the perfect afternoon excursion. This brewery's hourlong tour walks patrons through the process of crafting delectable brews for America's oldest beer company. Tour times can be found at www.yuengling.com. For more free things, visit www.10best.com/destinations/florida/tampa/attractions/free-thingsto-do/ After saving all that money on free fun, you may want to consider splurging on some sumptuous sweets on Sunday, October 14 - National Dessert Day! For just one day, forget about the calories and

dieting and indulge your sweet-tooth on this special occasion. Celebrate by way of bakery, candy store or in your own kitchen – indulge in something sweet such as cakes, pies, ice cream, cookies, pudding, pastries, cobblers, donuts or crepes. Remember, confection is good for the soul. In search of some fresh baked deliciousness? Grab your sweetie-pie or sugar daddy and head over to Petite Madelyns Bakery located at 1017 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico or visit www.petitemadelynsbakery.com. If you want to promote this holiday and let the world know you are celebrating it, use the hashtag #nationaldessertday when posting a selfie while eating your banana cream pie. As long as we are ignoring our diets, let’s throw caution to the wind and carbup on World Pasta Day, Thursday October 25. World Pasta Day began in 1998 and recognizes the significant role pasta plays in feeding the world through an array of affordable, healthy and tasty cuisines. Each year on World Pasta Day, events are held to help spread the word about pasta and it's nutritional value. The National Pasta Association and pasta manufacturers sponsor different events and activities. In a time when consumers live fast-paced lives and are drawn to following nutritional fads and diets, pasta remains a healthy,

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delicious and affordable mealtime favorite around the world. Remember, you don’t just have to limit yourself to spaghetti there are more 600 known pasta shapes! If you are in search of a ‘pasta-tively’ awesome place to partake in your pasta consumption, consider Beve Cibo, located at 5622 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Lithia. On World Pasta Day, pile up your plate with a heaping dish of pasta and your favorite sauce. Power to the pasta! After indulging in pasta, you will have an opportunity to burn off those carbs on Make A Difference Day, Saturday, October 27. Every year, millions of people unite in the common mission to improve the lives of others. USA Weekend, a national newspaper magazine along with Points of Light, have been sponsoring National Make a Difference Day, the largest national day of community service since 1992. To search for volunteer opportunities in your area, visit www.allforgood.org. Make a difference on Make a Difference Day! October boasts many other fun holidays including World Vegetarian Day, Bald and Free Day, It’s My Party Day and National Bologna Day, just to name a few. For a complete list, visit www.holidayinsights.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 is the featured grandstand Thursday-Sunday, October 18-21 and 25-28. event 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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New Business Brings Private Art Parties To Families In The Community

By Libby Hopkins

Local artist, Shawn Rainey and his wife Paula, are the owners of Fabstraq, which is an art party that comes to you. Party costs are $30 per participant and $25 for 10 or more participants.

Artist Pablo Picasso once said, “Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.” Local artist, Shawn Rainey and Pablo Picasso could be kindred spirits because he too feels art is another way of keeping a diary. “Art gave me the freedom to express my feelings and it became my diary in color,” Rainey said. “I began to paint and quickly learned that I was able to put my emotions into creating art and achieve complete happiness in the creation process.” Rainey found art when he was 10years-old and it became his friend for life. “I had an intense imagination and loved to create,” Rainey said. “I started drawing comic and cartoon characters then got into graffiti as a teen.” After high school, he attended The Center for The Media Arts and studied advertising art and computer graphics but he didn’t pursue a career in this field. “I found that physically using my hands to create art was my true calling.” Rainey and his wife, Paula came up with an idea for their daughters' birthday party. “Both of our girls are very artistic and creative so they wanted something completely different than the usual birthday party themes that are out there,” Rainey said. “So, we decided throw them a painting party and it was a huge success. Many of the people who attended the party suggested that the painting parties would be a great business idea so that is how Fabstraq was born.” Other similar businesses are tethered to a specific location, but this is different because they come to your event and provide artistic inspiration catered to each individual party. “Whether it be a birthday party or any other special occasion, we provide an

inspiring a unique artistic experience for each celebration,” Rainey said. “Party costs are $30 per participant and $25 for 10 or more participants. The honored guest is always free and each participant gets to take home their unique art piece on canvas, a personalized apron and the experience of an awesome guided art session.” Rainey’s ultimate goal is to introduce and inspire art expression to children at a young age. “We envision this as a business focused on philanthropy where we would eventually have the freedom of traveling to places throughout the world where children have never experienced or even created art and providing them an inspirational experience and eventually maybe even establishing art programs of their own for these children, as well,” Rainey said. “I am currently completing a certification to become an art therapy life coach to add to my tools and experience so, that Fabstraq can provide its participants with the best artistic inspiration possible.” If you would like to learn more about Shawn Rainey or if you’d like to book a party with Fabstraq, you can visit Rainey’s Facebook page by searching Shawn Rainey- FABSTRAQ SOCIETY or call Rainey at 506-4866.

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Dealing with work for myself and your dry cleaning is not someone else,” never a fun chore, he happily admits. especially when the While Seville cleaning service Cleaners uses the fails to put the cussame equipment as tomer first. It is often the leading estabthat most dry cleanlishments, ers put their focus Cummerow sees a on themselves and large difference place the customer between his dryon the back burner. cleaning service If you are tired of and others. “It’s our paying more for less value,” Cummerow service, it is time to explains, “We clean switch to Seville at a better price Cleaners located and deliver the in Brandon and same quality.” Valrico. The low price that Mark Cummerow is the owner of Seville Opening its is offered is and he is proud of the $2.75 per item $2.75, a value first location in the Cleaners concept of his dry cleaning business. Brandon/Valrico that stays consisarea in 2007, the mission of Seville tent no matter the style of the garment Cleaners has always been to provide you may bring in. the quality and service their customers The staff at Seville is aware that deserve at an affordable price. your time cannot afford to be wasted When you walk into Seville and they are prepared to have your Cleaners, it is highly likely that you will order done the same day as long as it is see owner Mark Cummerow behind the dropped off by 9 a.m. “It’s our value and counter. Cummerow has been a concustomer service.” Cummerow iterates, stant presence ever since he took the “That’s why I think people should come mantle of owner and operator in early to us.” 2009. Not only can he be seen greeting If you want to experience this his customers and taking their orders in exceptional customer service first hand, with a smile, he also enjoys doing the visit Seville Cleaners at 3237 Lithia dry cleaning himself. When it came to Pinecrest Rd. in Valrico. To learn more running his own business, it is the idea about Seville Cleaners, and its owner of being his own boss that pushed him Mark Cummerow, visit www.sevillecleanto take on the challenge. “It’s a thrill to ers.com.

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Volume 16, Issue 10

With Arts & Entertainment Editor Kathy L. Collins

Enjoy Good Smokin’ BBQ, Great Music And More At Annual BBQ and Blues At Firehouse Center

You Can Find Lots Of Entertainment Close To Home At The Firehouse Cultural Center In Ruskin

scholarships support adults You can support the Firehouse Cultural Center, and children for free and reduced cost classes, sumand its great arts programmer camps and community ming, by attending the events throughout the South Firehouse Cultural Center’s Shore area. 5th Annual BBQ & Blues on Since opening in 2013, Saturday, October 13 from the Firehouse Cultural 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. According Center has grown. Vahue to Georgia Vahue, Executive added, “Our outdoor space is Director for the Firehouse much improved. Our patio Cultural Center, “The annual has been covered and we BBQ is one of our major have lighting and fans. fundraising events. Thanks to Will Ferby and his Proceeds from this really fun Come out and enjoy good Eagle Scout project, we and relaxed event benefits BBQ and listen to Rick have a gazebo. These the Cultural Center’s Art and Hatfield on Saturday, Educational Programming, October 13 and support changes make it more enjoythe Firehouse Cultural able if you choose to sit outclass and summer camp Center by attending the doors.” scholarships.” 5th Annual BBQ & Blues. So, bring your friends Enjoy live music from and family and enjoy a great early Rick Hatfield, T-Bone Hamilton and evening of music, food and fun along the Double E. “They will be playing laid-back beautiful Marsh Creek at the Firehouse and energetic tunes that are a blend of Cultural Center. In addition to the food country and the Blues,” said Vahue. and music, you can enjoy partaking in rafAttendees will also enjoy tasty Smokin’ fles where you can win gift baskets, Lotto BBQ from Buttman BBQ. Tickets are just $20 per person if pur- Frames and a Gift Card Tree. The Firehouse Cultural Center is chased before Friday, September 13 and located at 101 1st Ave. NE at Shell Point $25 per person thereafter. Kids 12 and Rd. in Ruskin. under can enjoy the festivities for just Get your tickets today and help sup$10. Tickets get you a chicken and rib port the Center, a non-profit cultural arts combo platter, two delicious sides, tea center serving the southern region of and dessert. Beer and wine will also be Hillsborough County. Call 645-7651 or available. Take out is also available. visit www.firehouseculturalcenter.org. The Firehouse Cultural Center’s

The Firehouse some of the Cultural Center’s area’s best blues Firehouse Pub has musicians.” Bring an exciting line up the whole family of comedy, music to a special and even some Sunday performmagic on the ance on upcoming schedule. November 4 and If you are looking see award winThe Firehouse Cultural Center in Ruskin offers for something close ning magician, great music, comedy and magic at its Firehouse Pub on the weekends. to home to do, the Geoff William Firehouse Pub is the place for you. Not perform. This will be loads of fun for the only will you get to see some first rate, whole family with lots of audience particispectacular local talent, but you help sup- pation. This performance will take place port an outstanding cultural arts center. from 3 to 5 p.m. First up, is Comedy Night on Friday, There is another Comedy Night October 19. The comedians will be scheduled for Friday, November 9. announced soon. The Firehouse Pub Comedians to be announced. offers clean comedy that is enjoyable and Next, Mitch Woods R&B will perform fun. on Saturday, November 10. Mitch If comedy is not your thing, come Williams delivers a masterclass in piano enjoy Al Hixon Jazz on Saturday, October blues. 19. You can listen to legendary John All shows, except the Sunday show, Lamb on bass, Billy Marcus from Miami are from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Space is limiton keys, Jim Wellan on tenor sax, Jazz ed and registration is strongly recomvocalist Synia Carrol and Al Hixon on mended. drums. Advanced tickets are $18 for memOn Saturday, November 3, T-Bone bers and $23 for non-members. Day of Hamilton and the Blues All Stars featuring tickets are $23 for members and $28 for Bryan Lee will perform. Lee is a 2010 non-members. The Firehouse Pub offers Grammy Nominee and a 2011 BMA communal seating. You can get your tickRecipient. Lee is a living legend that has ets online at www.firehouseculturalcenbeen playing the Blues for over 50 years. ter.org. Georgia Vahue, Executive Director for the The Firehouse Cultural Center is Firehouse Cultural Center said, “They are located at 101 1st Ave. NE in Ruskin.


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Osprey Observer Bunco Raises Funds For Miles For Moffitt Walk/Run Team

By Michelle Colesanti

Where can you get support the a night out with your research efforts of friends, meet new ones Miles for Moffitt. along the way, and get This year, we walk to play Bunco for a for friends, family good cause for only and even staff $25? The Osprey members who are Observer staff and its getting treatment at sponsors will the top research host a facility,” expressed Bunco editor Marie Enjoy a night out playing Night on Gilmore. “We are Bunco on Thursday, November 1 while supporting fortunate to have Thursday, cancer research. The November such a significant Osprey Observer’s 1 to raise source of research ‘MaKEITHappen’ team will be walking in the Miles for Moffitt Walk/Run in our community funds for the or Saturday, December 8. upcoming Miles for and hope that our Moffitt Walk/Run. Social hour (time to efforts can make a difference towards eat and check out all the great raffle finding a cure.” prizes) will begin at 6 p.m. and bunco “We are thankful to The Bridges play at 7 p.m. for donating space to host this event, Bunco will take place at The Lake Brandon Village and Brandon Bridges, located at 11202 Dewhurst Dr. South Chick-fil-A and Dynamic Painting in Riverview (across from Winthrop for their loyal support of our efforts both Town Center). now and in the past,” said Gilmore. There will be plenty of good food The Osprey Observer’s Team and wine, which is included in the price. ‘MaKEITHappen’ welcomes you to join Prizes will be given out to Bunco winus. You can sign up at ners. To help further the cause, a lot of http://support.moffitt.org/site/TR/Milesfor great prizes will be raffled, along with Moffitt/General?team_id=1623&pg=tea silent auction items. m&fr_id=1070. All of the money raised will go Bunco tickets are available at the toward the Miles for Moffitt Walk/Run Osprey Observer office located at 918 which will take place at a new location Lithia Pinecrest Rd. Tickets will be limitin Tampa at Amalie Arena's Ford ed so reserve yours quickly. If you Thunder Alley on Saturday, December would like tickets, please call the office 8. at 657-2418 or email michelle@ospreyThis year’s goal of the walk is to observer.com. Checks can be made out raise $2 million. to the Moffitt Cancer Center “The Osprey Observer is proud to Foundation.

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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). which meets every 20 years and is allowed to bundle more than one issue into each proposed amendment. To be approved, a constitutional amendment must receive 60 percent of the vote. 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 3- Voter 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

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 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.

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 supermajority 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 5- Increase To Two-Thirds Vote Needed In Legislature To Increase Taxes

Amendment 9- Prohibits Offshore Oil And Gas Drilling; Prohibits Vaping In Enclosed Indoor Workplaces

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

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

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changes its dates by 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 tax collector, property appraiser, supervisor of elections, sheriff and clerk of circuit court be elected. In Hillsborough, these are already elected.

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

Repeals the state’s ability to prohibit noncitizens 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. Visit 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 Group 8. issues as opposed He won the to engaging in a August 28 primary way that causes decisively receiving excessive litigaover 46,000 more tion. votes than his runoff In addition to opponent, receiving Jack Gutman, shown here with his practicing law, 46.83% of the vote daughter, Samantha, son, Matthew and Gutman has to his opponent’s wife, Carlene is seeking to continue his 22.41%. long legal career and serve the communi- served on the "The three pillars ty as a County Court Judge. The election Board of Directors is on Tuesday, November 6. for the MacDonald of my campaign are Training Center, a non-profit that honesty and integrity; experience; and serves people with disabilities. community involvement," said Gutman has been endorsed by the Gutman. He has extensive experience West Central Police Benevolent in both 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 for election this in hiring and is comNovember in the mitted to diversity in General Election. the department. Chronister was “My main goal is appointed by Governor to have resources Rick Scott in (personnel, tools and September 2017 when technology) to mainSheriff David Gee tain standards given 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 Hillsborough County safe,” 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 is tough on crime, he Governor Rick Scott in September residents. has worked to devel2017 to take over the duties of Sheriff when David Gee retired. “I want to continue op an Adult Diversion 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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Debbie Katt Is Running For Florida House 57 This November

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

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

Long time Plant siding over cases involving pro City resident, Jamey se litigants," added Moody. Moody is running for Moody is an ardent Hillsborough County believer in community service. Circuit Court Judge in He is the Secretary and board Group 25 on Tuesday, member of Plant City Main November 6. Moody Street, a board member of the has the requisite comPlant City Chamber of bination of experiCommerce, a committee ence, a spirit of volunmember of the Planning Board of Plant City, committee memteerism and profesber of South Florida Baptist sionalism to make him Hospital Foundation a fair, honest and Investment and a Rotary Club respected Circuit member. Court Judge. Circuit Court Judges hanMoody has practiced law for 15 years. dle thousands of cases each "My experience of liti- Jamey Moody, a third genera- year. As such, judges need to tion resident of Plant City, gating hundreds of be fair and impartial. "Despite shown here with his wife, Courtney and their two boys cases has prepared litigating in an adversarial sysDuncan and Jimmer (James tem, I always strive to be fair, me for the bench in Moody IV), is running for Circuit an enormous way," honest and professional in Court Judge in Group 25. advocating for my client as said Moody. "My pracwell as in my working relationships with tice as a civil litigator has enabled me to opposing attorneys," said Moody. If you handle cases from intake through multidoubt this, just look Moody's campaign day jury trials. I believe jury trial experiand endorsements. "The people I have ence is essential when seeking judicial worked against have signed up to be a office," said Moody. part of my campaign," said Moody. In addition to his practice, Moody "I believe I have shown the capability has worked as a volunteer attorney (pro bono) with Bay Area Legal Services. "My of handling a variety of matters both judipro bono legal work has helped me to ciously and efficiently. I will make deciunderstand and appreciate the vast dissions quickly but with careful forethought, connect between the need for legal repre- and look forward to serving he residents sentation and the financial ability to obtain of Hillsborough County with integrity, fairit," said Moody. "As a judge, I believe my ness and discipline," said Moody. pro bono experience will help enable me For information about Moody’s camto be an asset to the community in prepaign, visit www.votejametmoody.com.

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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 included 10 years as a love everything that professional baseball goes on in court," said player and three years Fuson who is a candias a coach. "My basedate for Hillsborough ball career taught me a County Circuit Court lot about dealing with Judge in Group 25. different personalities Fuson added, "I knew and about teamwork," early on in my career said Fuson. that i wanted to serve Fuson is a as judge." Robin Fuson, shown here with his Hillsborough County In Fuson's long wife, Sally, his mother, Amelia, daughters, Tori and Lyndsey and native. He received his legal career, he has 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 from Stetson University ing worked as a prosTuesday, November 6. College of Law. He has ecutor for eight years. been married to Sally for 33 years and For the last 18 years, he has managed has two grown daughters and one and worked in his own practice, Robin granddaughter. He is a member of both Fuson, PA. the Greater Riverview Chamber of The experience of representing all Commerce and the Greater Brandon sides in both criminal and civil litigation Chamber of Commerce. has allowed Fuson to form an underFuson has been endorsed by standing of how he wants to see people Florida Attorney General, Pam Bondi, treated and issues resolved in court. "I the Hillsborough Tax Collector, the believe judges need to be seasoned Hillsborough County Property Appraiser professionals. They need experience in and the Mayor of Temple Terrace. both the law and in life," said Fuson. " Fuson said, "I have both the life Fuson has worked hard not only in experience and professional experience his legal career (having tried over 200 needed to be a fair and just jury trials and argued thousands of preHillsborough County Circuit Court trial and evidentiary motions) and in his judge.” life overall. "I have worked hard my For more information on Fuson, whole life in a variety of jobs including at 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 he worked tirelessly to people of Hillsborough ensure justice in our County. courts every day. He is a Green was born, business owner and raised and educated founding partner law of here in Hillsborough Green Law, P.A. County. He grew up in Outside of his proa community-service fession, Green also oriented family who serves the community taught him that servand our youth as a voling his community is unteer football coach at the highest honor that Robinson High School an individual can 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 right here in Hillsborough County. came early in life. He attended Green chose to run for three reaChamberlain High School where he sons: (1) to ensure all litigants who worked hard as a student-athlete under appear in Court enjoy equal access and the Friday night lights of the Chiefs’ footreceive fair treatment under the law, (2) to ball team and as a basketball standout. There, he learned the value of teamwork, continue the family tradition of public service, and (3) to continue serving as a preparation and fairness providing him real and tangible role model for his chilwith important principles that guides him dren. Green has real experience, proven in the courtroom today. leadership and the right temperament to Green’s service to Hillsborough serve as your next County Court Judge, County continues through his professionGroup 2. al and personal involvement in the comVisit VoteGregGreen.com. munity. He is honored to have served in

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 stated, "Morals and valrunning for election in ues." Isaak further Group 8. He would like explained, "My parents your vote on Tuesday, came to this country November 6. from Israel. They had Isaak has signifinothing. They are the cant experience. He epitome of the American served as an Assistant Dream," said Isaak. His State Attorney for five mother went on to years and has been become the first female running his own sucMichael Isaak's extensive legal attorney at the Tampa cessful law firm for 20 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 Knight. 150 jury trials, argued Court Judge. He is running and "The people who thousands of motions Group 8 and would like your vote on Tuesday, November 6. influence the candidate and has written 300 for judge are a great tell appeals. of how the candidate will act and perform "From my first day of law school, I on the bench. I grew up with a great have always wanted to be a judge," said mother as a role model," said Isaak. Isaak. "After 26 years of successful prac"I have a great work ethic. My tice, I am in a position where I feel that I morals, values and lessons learned from can give back to the community and my parents reflect how I practice law and serve as a judge," added Isaak. how I will perform as a County Court "I believe that everyone deserves to Judge," said Isaak. be treated fairly in court. No one should Isaak is a member of several local ever walk away from the courthouse and Chambers of Commerce including feel that the law was not followed," said Brandon, Riverview, Valrico/FishHawk, Isaak. For me, in deciding to run for Plant City and Sun City Center. Isaak is judge, there was a defining moment married to Betsy, and they have two chilwhen the law was not followed and my dren, Sophia and Jackson. Isaak and his client was harmed. That day reaffirmed my belief that there is a need for fairness, family attend Idlewild Baptist Church. For more information and to see and I thought someday the timing will be Isaak's numerous endorsements, please right to make the move from practice to visit www,isaakforjudge.com. the bench. That day has come for me,"

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.


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 Bill Nelson (D) partisan 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 (D)

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 to work for the Florida Department of Citrus as General Counsel. For more, visit www.kristencarlsonforcongress.com.

Ross Spano (R)

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 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 Buchanan (R)

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. He served six years in the Air National Guard and worked his way through college. Visit https://vernbuchanan.com.

David Shapiro (D)

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 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 (D)

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 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 prosecuting criminals. Isaak is married to his wife, Betsy, and they have two children. Visit isaakforjudge.com.

E. Michael Isaak

Board Of County Commissioners District 4

Andrew Davis (D)

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 Democratic Club, Plant City Area Democrats & more. For more information, visit https://votefordavis.com.

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.


Conservative Republican, Mike Beltran, Seeks Seat In Florida House District 57

Green Party Candidate, Kim O’Connor, Seeks Seat On County Commission

Mike Beltran, a what the Legislature resident of Lithia, is a does- pass laws and candidate for State manage budgets.” House District 57. Beltran believes in limited government and Beltran is a conservative Republican who low taxes and regulawants to bring comtions. “We need to priormon sense solutions to itize what government the Florida Legislature. does. The government should be providing He would like your services such as fundvote on Tuesday, ing for schools. The November 6. Mike Beltan, a conservative government should Beltran is a graduRepublican, shown here with his wife, ate of Harvard Law Hope, and two sons, Michael (three maintain and improve roads, and the governSchool. He is an attoryears old) and Ross (four months old), is running for Florida State ment should provide ney with Beltran House District 57 this November in funding for public safety Litigation, P.A. Prior to the General Election. such as fire and police,” practicing law, he served as Law Clerk for a Federal Judge. explained Beltran. If elected, he will work to ensure that Beltran was appointed by Governor more money is spent in the classrooms. Rick Scott to serve on the Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) for the “We should reduce waste and spend Thirteenth Judicial Circuit (Hillsborough more money on teachers, supplies and Count). The JNC vets and nominates technology to make sure that students candidates to fill judicial vacancies. can learn,” explained Beltran. “We need to improve our roads. I will Beltran has been involved in politics work with local leaders to identify and prifor 20 years. “I looked at this race and oritize projects and request proper fundthought that I was the best qualified caning for projects such as road widening didate. I have experience as a business owner running my own law practice, and I from the Legislature,” added Beltran. Beltran is married to Hope. They have studied the Constitution,” said have two sons, Michael who is three Beltran. years old and Ross who is four months Beltran also serves on his local HOA old. Beltran grew up in New York and was and was involved in student government an Eagle Scout. while at Harvard Law School. Beltran For more information on Beltran, said, “I understand the law and know how please visit www.electmikebeltran.com. to handle big budgets. This is essentially

Kim O’Connor is a O’Connor has served Green Party (GRE) canon the Ochlockonee didate who is running for River Soil and Water a seat on the Conservation District (in Tallahassee) and most Hillsborough County recently on the Board of County Hillsborough Soil and Commissioners in District Water Conservation 7. District 7 is a county wide seat. She would like District. She resigned your vote on Tuesday, from the Hillsborough Soil November 6. and Water Conservation O’Connor is a native District to run for the County Commission seat. Floridian. She graduated from the University of Kim O’Connor is a Florida native O’Connor is running as a who is seeking a seat on the candidate with Green South Florida with a B.A. degree in Philosophy. She Hillsborough County Board of Party County Commissioners. “It was a difficult went on to earn her law O’Connor is a member of the degree from the University Green Party (GRE) and would decision to resign as I like your vote November 6. was the only elected of Florida. While at the member of the Green Party in Florida. University of Florida, O’Connor was elected the first woman President of the However, as a County Commissioner, I Student John Marshall Bar Association. have a broader platform to express and O’Connor became interested in pol- enact policies that feature the Green Party values of peace, justice, fairness itics and worked on several campaigns including the Florida League of Women and ecological wisdom,” explained Voters’ effort to get the Equal Rights O’Connor. Amendment added to the Florida “To serve the citizens of Constitution in 1978. O’Connor has Hillsborough County as woman as they have done would be an honor and a practiced law, worked with government privilege,” said O’Connor. agencies (including a City Attorney’s “Your vote for me on Tuesday, Office, a County Attorney’s Office and November 6 can elect a Green Party the Department of Transportation), environmentalist and activist to the taught law in China and was a project County Commission and give an opporcoordinator for the Florida Bar. tunity for a new, cooperative direction While living in Key West, she for Hillsborough County,” said earned the nickname, “KLARC” for her O’Connor. dancing ability.

By Kathy L. Collins

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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.

Making Sense Out Of The Half-Cent Education Tax Referendum

By Kathi Hayes

The Hillsborough who cannot have County Public School any connection with (HCPS) District is the district or benefit ‘Investing In Students’ financially from the by proposing a referenprojects. dum for a half-cent Alliance for sales surtax increase Public Schools, to generate funding to Melissa Erickson improve schools. says, “If tourists Voters will see this protravel the I-4 corriposed education tax dor, Hillsborough referendum on ballots County is the only November 6. HCPS currently only receives an eigth of county you don’t If approved, the a penny, but state performance remains pay sales tax to highest for overall score for 2017-18. estimated $131 million support schools.” in annual sales tax income over ten years With HCPS currently receiving the lowest would be in effect January 1, 2019. sales of one eighth penny sales tax, it still HCPS recently released a school-byhas the highest overall performance school list of 1,785 projects to be funded score for the 2017-18 State of Florida by the proposed half-cent sales tax with Accountability Report. an estimated $637 million earmarked for Superintendent Jeff Eakins is on a air conditioning systems. Other projects tour of town hall meetings to share inforinclude building and renovating schools, mation about the state of the Hillsborough maintenance, security and technology. school district, opportunities for students A typical family in Hillsborough and the $2 billion challenge the communiCounty would pay $63 a year. The ty faces because of inadequate state amount is based on IRS sales tax tables funding. for a typical household with the county's Upcoming community appearances median annual income of $51,681. include October 15, 7 p.m. at Middleton The tax would effect only purchases High School, 4801 N. 22nd St. in Tampa on items like clothes and consumer and October 23, 7 p.m. at the Chapel at goods or big items such as a car or boat FishHawk, 6026 Churchside Dr. in Lithia. up to $5,000. It will not be used to eleviFor information about the tax referenate the deficit. dum, visit https://sdhc.k12.fl.us/. For a list The Citizens Oversight Committee of of school improvements, visit seven members headed by former state https://www.sdhc.k12.fl.us/docs/00/00/23/ education commissioner Betty Castor will 08/Education_Referendum_School_by_S be formed to include six private citizens chool_List_v2.pdf.


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Belz Law Helps Families With Elder Law Issues By Michelle Caceres When Brian families to make some Lewis needed to very difficult but imporhire an attorney to tant decisions,” said help obtain Belz. “It’s rewarding to guardianship for be able to assist famihis aging father, a lies during these times.” Sun City Center While he has handled many uncontested resident, he found guardianship cases, his elder law attorney firm has significant Kyle Belz through experience with conan Internet Attorney Kyle Belz of Belz Law handles elder tested guardianship search. law matters in Sun City Center. cases, typically involv“I interviewed ing disputes among family members cona few attorneys but settled on Kyle cerning the safety, living arrangements, because I appreciated his candor and he autonomy and financial management of a seemed extremely knowledgeable about family member who is elderly or has a elder law,” said Lewis. Throughout the difficult and challeng- cognitive impairment. In addition to guardianships, Belz ing process of petitioning the court for Law deals with probate issues and estate guardianship, Lewis was comforted that planning. While he is poised to take on he had a competent attorney in his corthe difficult cases, he said talking to an ner. attorney to appoint the persons they want “I discovered he was a very good litito make decisions for them in the event of gator in the courtroom and very quick to any future infirmities while healthy and do all the legal things necessary to procompetent is the ideal. vide a positive outcome in my case,” he “It’s a great benefit to family memsaid. “He was also really good about bers when individuals think ahead to reminding us about deadlines and filing establish their wishes in the event of incapaperwork.” pacity or death,” he said. It’s no surprise Belz is good at what Belz Law is located at 137 South he does; he earned his Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law, magna Pebble Beach Blvd. Ste. 202-C in Sun City Center. Office hours are Monday – cum laude, with a Certificate of Thursday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Friday 9 Concentration in Elder Law. Belz devotes a.m. – 1 p.m. Call the firm for a free 30his practice to elder law issues, helping minute consultation about elder law matfamilies cope with aging, death and other ters. life events. For more information about Belz Law “When a loved one loses the ability call 296-1296 or visit to manage their own affairs it is stressful wwww.belzlegal.com. for his/her family members and requires

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Libraries Host Short Story Contest

By Kate Quesada

Seventh and eighth prize in partnership with grade students throughout the Friends group at the the Brandon area have an Jan Kamini Platt Regional opportunity to exercise Library,” said Tonti. “Each their imaginations and year, they come to the potentially profit from it. library to personally award Entries are now being the prize-winner with a accepted to Tampaprize check and their conHillsborough County Public gratulations.” Library’s fourth annual Seventh and eighth Stair Prize in Writing and grade students at all coun2017 Winner this year, the contest asks ty schools, including pubstudents to write a creative lic, private, home school Rebekah Haddad story based on the prompt and parochial, are invited “When we left for the new to participate and last year planet.” a total of 147 entries were According to Lorie received. Tonti, Manager of Learning The short story must Experiences with Tampabe 500 to 1,000 words and Hillsborough County Public must be typed and include Library, the purpose of the page numbers. contest is to promote an Submissions are accepted interest in creative fiction in person at all Tampawriting among students. Hillsborough County Public 2016 Winner “The TampaShannon Adams Libraries or can be mailed Hillsborough County Public to the Jan Kaminis Platt Seventh and eighth grade Library system strives to Regional Library at Attn: students in Hillsborough foster cultural enrichment Stair Prize in Writing County and invited to and celebrate local talent of compete for a $500 prize for Contest, 3910 S. creative writing. all sorts,” said Tonti. “We Manhattan Ave. Tampa, hope these contests will encourage FL 33611. The deadline for entries is Hillsborough County children and teens Friday, October 19 at Midnight. to express and share their creativity.” The winner is chosen by the Stair The contest began four years ago Prize Committee and each committee when residents Ralph and Lila Stair member reads all of the entries. approached library representatives to pro“We have been fortunate to have had pose a creative writing prize for students. excellent entries making the selection of The family fully funds the contest, includone winner a painstaking process,” said ing the $500 prize for the winner. Tonti. “The Stairs live in Colorado and For more information, call 273-3652 Tampa and wanted to sponsor the writing or visit www.hcplc.org/teens/stair-prize.

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