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Riverview High Student Wins $50,000 As Lightning Community Hero

By Kate Quesada

Lightning player Ryan Callahan and Lightning owner Jeff Vinik present Riverview High School senior Karisya Moran-Adames with a $50,000 check as a Tampa Bay Lightning Community Hero.

Adames had the idea for her project after working with the Kiwanis Club and Feeding Tampa Bay at a Project Smile group at Gibsonton Elementary. Both Gibsonton and Mintz elementaries are Renaissance schools where more than 95 percent of the children qualify for free or reduced breakfast and lunch. Project Smile started as a Kiwanis service initiative six years ago when Mike Daigle and his wife, a retired school teacher, realized that the children who receive free and reduced meals at schools were going home for the weekend with no food that they could count on. “Hunger is a huge problem in our area,” said Daigle. “It is only by coming together that we can even start to put a dent in it.” The program at Gibsonton Elementary gives out pre-packaged food and bread to approximately 200 students, known as Smile Club members, a week thanks to help from Feeding Tampa Bay, the Kiwanis and grants. With the $25,000 from the Lightning, Adames plans to start the program at Mintz by helping 30 students this month, but hopes to grow

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This month a group of local elementary students will have one less worry thanks to Riverview High School senior Karisya Moran-Adames. Adames is starting Project Smile, a weekend backpack program, at Mintz Elementary School in Brandon which will provide food for qualifying students to take home and eat when they can not receive free meals from school. She is able to do this thanks to funds won when she was named a Community Hero of Tomorrow through the Tampa Bay Lightning Community Heroes program. As a Community Hero of Tomorrow, Adames was honored at one of the team’s December hockey games and received $50,000, $25,000 of which she will use to start the program at Mintz Elementary. The remainder will go to a scholarship for her education.


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New Simmons Loop Apartment Community Breaks Ground In Near New YMCA

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Many park. Conveniently Riverview resilocated across the dents have street from St. noticed a great Joseph’s hospital deal of activity and within easy happening at walking distance the corner of of the new Big Simmons Loop Bend Family and Big Bend Y.M.C.A. Rd. With “This will be a Rendering of “Simmons Loop” apartment complex more housing fun property,” said that has broken ground on the corner of Simmons Loop and Big Bend Rood. It is estimated to be demand in the Marling. “It’s a completed no later than Winter 2018. Southeastern great addition to Hillsborough County area, LandSouth the area.” developers are excited to reveal the new A leasing and management team is state-of-the-art apartment complex. currently being put in place. There will be John Marling, Chairman of Investors several floor plans available including one Realty, Ltd., Inc./Village Partners is excitbedroom and one bath, two bedrooms ed about the new development and how and two baths, and 3 bedrooms and 2 it will enhance the community. baths. The square footage ranges from “We are really excited now that we 734 sq. ft. to approximately 1377 sq. ft. are out of the ground with our 264 unit, The average rental rate will be approxifour-story elevator, interior corridor rental mately $1,350. There will also be approxiapartment community adjoining mately 20 garages available on site. the expanding regional hospital,” said Near the development is a 60,000 Marling. “We will be opening for our first sq. ft. parcel of land that is zoned for retail tenants later this year.” or mixed use. The development is conveniently located near Publix, banking instiLandSouth is partnering with develtutions, doctor’s offices and retail shopoper Simmons Loop Ventures, LLC a ping. venture between Lindell Investments, For more information, visit Investors Realty Ltd., Inc. and architect, James S. Carr & Associates, LLC, for this gated, four building development. The proposed project is expected to be completed by Winter 2018. The apartment complex has been tentatively named ‘Simmons Loop.’ The buildings will feature elevators and interior air–conditioned corridors. The units will include high-end features such as granite counter–tops, kitchen islands, oversized tubs and washer/dryers in 23 every unit. In addition, this new community will offer residents access to resort–style NEWLAND RAISES MONEY FOR LOCAL amenities including an 8,000 sq. ft. clubSCHOOLS & RUNNING CLUB..............PG 4 house, 25 yd. swimming pool, BBQ picnic HOA HOT TOPICS. ..............................PG 7 areas, a concierge desk and multiple fitness centers. The clubhouse and fitness FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL ....................PG 9 center will be offering yoga, dance, kickHELPING PUERTO RICO....................PG 14 boxing and spinning classes. There will also be a weight room, a lounge area EYE ON BUSINESS ............................PG 25 with large flat screen televisions and a pet

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Riverview Drowning Prevention Specialist Wins Award For Water Smart Tots At WEDU Event

Cornhole And Softball Tournaments Support Young Player Diagnosed With Lymphoma

Riverview’s Kari 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation Bahour, a drowning dedicated to eliminating pediprevention specialist atric drowning in Hillsborough and founder of County by promoting awareWater Smart Tots, ness through water safety edutook home the Be cation and by providing access More Involved to aquatic self-rescue swimMason Dixon Award ming skills to children ages 12 for Volunteerism at months to six years who are the 13th annual financially underprivileged or WEDU Be More have special needs. Awards. “Water Smart Tots was Created by founded on the belief that WEDU PBS to help every child deserves the raise awareness for opportunity to be equipped local nonprofits and Photo courtesy of Water Smart Tots with required survival swimMason Dixon, right, presented ming skills,” Bahour said upon their service to Riverview’s Kari Bahour with West Central the Be More Involved Mason accepting her award. “Since Dixon Award for Volunteerism. our inception we’ve raised over Florida, this year’s event was held on Thursday, February $40,000 to fund approximately 3,000 indi22, at the Bryan Glazer JCC in Tampa. vidualized one-on-one swim lessons. The Mason Dixon Award for “Drowning is a preventable tragedy. It Volunteerism, named for local radio peris our vision to eliminate pediatric drownsonality and philanthropist Mason Dixon, ing and with the support of dedicated is bestowed upon the individual, family or community members, together we are group that has lent a unique voice to making that vision a reality.” bring awareness, credence, support, or For more information about Water action to an issue or cause. Smart Tots, visit In explaining to the audience why he and his wife, Pat, chose Bahour as this Melonie Hall of Family Promise of year’s winner among the six finalists, an Hillsborough County was a finalist for the emotional Dixon shared—for the first time Mason Dixon Award. Family Promise, publicly—that their daughter nearly which is located in Brandon, also was a drowned several years ago in the pool at finalist for the Be More Empowered Small their home. Nonprofit Award, which honors an organiBahour became a survival swimming zation with a budget of less than instructor after her 16-month-old son $500,000 that is making a major positive experienced a near drowning incident at impact on our community. Visit famia friend’s pool more than 18 years ago. In For a list of winners, visit 2014, she started Water Smart Tots, a

Sixteen year On Saturday old Jadyn Barrera and Sunday, plays in the March 24 and 25, FishHawk Coed a softball tournaSoftball League. ment will be held Back in October at Hawk Park in 2017, she was FishHawk Ranch. rushed into emerAll support for gency surgery this worthy cause with an initial diagis appreciated and nosis of a blocksponsors are also age of her intesbeing sought. tines. Sample tis- Jadyn Barrera gives the thumbs up in the hospi- There are five sues from the pro- tal. The FishHawk Coed Softball League will be sponsorship levholding fundraisers to help with the families cedure were taken els (Elite, expenses due to Jadyn’s recent diagnosis of B Platinum, Gold, and came back Cell lymphoma stage 3. testing positive for Silver and cancer. Jadyn’s diagnosis was upgraded Bronze) available for those who would to B Cell lymphoma stage 3. like to support Jadyn. Jadyn recently finished very intense Jadyn’s dad, Iggy Barrera, said that chemotherapy, yet this young teen she is strong and never complains. He remains positive and committed to push was touched how everyone was helping forward with a smile on her face and vow- out of the kindness of their hearts. “Thank ing to never let this horrific disease best you to everyone for all the love and supher. port for Jadyn,” he said. Off the field, The FishHawk Coed Vortex Security has committed to Softball League continues to cheer on being an Elite Sponsor for the upcoming Jadyn as she strives every day to cross Refuse to Lose Charity Softball the finish line as the victor. It plans to Tournament, and will also be donating an show its support and help raise funds for additional $100 for every new Vortex Jadyn and her family by holding a variety Security Customer who mentions Jadyn of fundraising activities. A Cornhole or the Refuse to Lose Charity Softball Tournament will take place on Friday, Tournament. March 3 from 6-10 p.m. at the FishHawk The League is also actively seeking Softball Field. The entry fee is $20 per donations of gift certificates, sport team, double elimination. There will be event/concert tickets and merchandise as cash prizes. Registration will take place well as monetary donations. until Friday, March 2 so brackets can be If you are interested in becoming a drawn. Contact Mike Canales at 451sponsor or have any questions, please 3999 to register. email

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Waterset Turkey Trot Raises Nearly $20,000 For Area Schools, Local Running Club By Candace Rotolo

Pictured l-r: Johan VonAncken, Eisenhower Middle School principal, Lynda McMorrow, marketing manager for Waterset; Community mascot Manny the Manatee; Catherine Ferguson, Doby Elementary School principal; Keven Loveland, race director; Christina Conti, FishHawk Road Runners; Maria Gsell, East Bay High School principal.

The Second Annual Turkey Trot at Waterset by Newland Communities raised nearly $20,000 for three SouthShore public schools and a local running club. Waterset representatives handed out the donations at a recent lunch at The Landing, the community’s café. Waterset is owned in a joint venture partnership between NORTH AMERICA SEKISUI HOUSE, Lynda McMorrow, marketing manager at Waterset presented checks for $6,329 each to Maria Gsell, principal of East Bay High School, Johan VonAncken, principal of Eisenhower Middle School and Cathy Ferguson, principal of Doby Elementary School. Race director Keven Loveland and Christina Conti, both of the FishHawk Road Runners, also accepted a $1,000 donation for the running club’s assistance with the event which will go towards the club’s annual scholarship fund. “Waterset and Newland Communities are dedicated to supporting our schools,” said Lynda McMorrow, marketing manager for Waterset. “The Turkey Trot is just another example of that commitment and it’s a way for our entire community to come together to make an impact that will benefit students directly.” Each school may use the funds as they see fit. For instance, Eisenhower Middle School will use their donation to install security cam-

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eras on campus and further beautify the campus. In addition to funds raised through the Turkey Trot, Waterset donates several iPads each quarter to deserving students at Eisenhower Middle and East Bay High School students, and sponsors other events throughout the year. Waterset by Newland Communities is a master-planned community located in Apollo Beach featuring a variety of amenities that include a community pool, fitness center, Fit Trail and Greenway. LLC (NASH), the U.S. business unit and full subsidiary of SEKISUI HOUSE, LTD., Japan’s largest homebuilder and leading diversified developer, and Newland Real Estate Group, LLC, whose development business, Newland Communities, is the master developer of the community. Newland is well known in Tampa due to its successful FishHawk Ranch, Waterset, MiraBay and Westchase communities. Waterset is one of more than 30 communities the NASH-Newland partnership owns together in 11 states across the United States. The Waterset information center is located in The Landing Club & Café and is open daily from 10 a.m to 6 p.m. and on Sundays from noon to 6 p.m., along with more than 10 model homes priced from $200,000s to over $600,000. For info, call 2350154 or visit

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New Chamber President Chooses Charity

By Kate Quesada

When tance to young incoming Valrico women, between FishHawk the ages of 18 and Chamber of 40, helping them Commerce develop skills for (V.F.C.C.) personal growth, President housing, jobs, child Jennifer care and health Montgomery was care. given the oppor“At a young tunity to pick the age, I did not have organization’s Women Centered 4 Success, a faith-based any resources to Charity of Choice women’s organization offering assistance to know what to do to young women, was chosen as the Valrico get help,” said for 2018, she FishHawk Chamber Charity of Choice for Montgomery. “Now didn’t hesitate to 2018. that I am older and find a group wiser, my goal is to save close to her heart. these adolescent women Montgomery, from this happening to owner of Repair Your them.” Tech, chose Women According to Centered 4 Success, Montgomery, Women a group established to Centered 4 Success to promote the advancement of young, underserved operates on a mission to equip, encourwomen in the community. age and empower and sets women in “Every year, the chamber president need up with local resources such as chooses a charity they are passionate E.C.H.O. of Brandon, Dress for Success, Florida Home Partnerships and more. about or feel gravitated to,” said “From 2016 to 2017 we have providMontgomery. “My choice really hits home as before I met my husband of 17 years, I ed food, clothing, household goods, life skill sessions to about 150 women and was in a very abusive relationship, both their families,” said Shelia Lewis, execumentally and physically in which I felt tive director. trapped with no help or way out.” The V.F.C.C. is a non-profit 501c3 Women Centered 4 Success is a chamber. It collects for its Charity of faith-based women’s organization that Choice at its networking events. Last serves throughout the Tampa area. The year, members raised $3,110 for the 2017 group is dedicated to building relationcharity, E.C.H.O. ships across generations and supporting Visit or call young adult women by connecting them 438-4123. For more on Women Centered to community resources essential for 4 Success, call 563-1150 or visit them to meet their real life demands. They offer encouragement and assis-

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Lightning Community Hero Award Continued From Page 1

the program over time. “Karisya is very passionate about giving back,” said Dangle, who works closely with Adames in her role as President of the Riverview High School Key Club. The Lightning Community Hero Program began in 2011 and Adames was the 248th person honored through the program. At the end of 2017, the program had granted $14.3 million to more than 300 different non-profits in the Tampa Bay Area. Students between 13 and 25 years old who are currently enrolled in a middle or high school, community college, college or university are eligible for the Community Hero of Tomorrow scholarship and community service initiative grant. Heroes are selected based on their strength of past volunteerism and the degree to which the service activity has benefitted people in the area, among other criteria. For more information on Project Smile, visit To learn more about the Tampa Bay Lightning







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Tampa Bay Young Marines Are Looking For A Few Good Kids

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Tampa military, should Bay Young they so decide Marines is to do so.” the local Young chapter of the Marines focuses national nonon self-accountprofit organiability. Leaders in the organizazation Young tion have witMarines. The nessed a group’s mischange in kids sion is to who were struginvest in the gling at school education Tampa Bay Young Marines academically or and inspire participate in Toys For Tots collection at Amalie Arena with behavior service of the With Marine Corps Reserves. issues and local youth. sometimes both. The program is open to boys and girls Although their ages eight years old through high school organization is not students. for troubled kids, Young Marines mentor youth members in the value of leadership, teamwork their program does help youth find their focus and purpose with friends they can and self-discipline through monthly activities and meetings led by trained adult vol- count on. A new Young Marine recruit can unteers. The goal is to teach kids how to expect to receive 26 hours of training. live a strong, independent, healthy drugMore senior Young Marines run the drill free life. periods under supervision of registered Brian Frank is the Unit Commander adult volunteers. They will also particifor the local chapter. He served as an pate in physical training, close order drills, active duty Marine for 20 years. He Drug Demand Reduction, and basic describes the program as “loosely based Young Marine knowledge. on some of the US Marines standards, Tampa Bay Young Marines meet such as Drill and Ceremonies.” from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., the second and When asked why this organization is fourth Saturdays each month at the important to him, he said he felt a sense of responsibility. “I feel that as a nation we Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) 7504 Riverview Dr., in Riverview. are falling short in preparing young For information, contact the Unit women and men to be the future leaders Commander at brian.frank@youngof the country. The Young Marine program is preparing the next generations to or check out the website at be leaders in our community and in the


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Facebook Page, Volunteers And More Egg Hunt Volunteers Needed

The Rivercrest annual Easter egg hunt will take place on March 31 from 24 pm. and volunteers are needed to make the event a success.Helpers will be given duties such as greeting families at the door, corralling the children and helping hold the line for the big hunt. For more information, call 672-3804.

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Increased access to books in the home is thought to increase children’s reading proficiency, yet the U.S. Department of Education estimates that up to 61% of lowincome families do not have any books for their children at home. Children may not have access to their local library simply because of distance or parents not having time to take them during the day. It’s a need Chris Rexroad saw in her own backyard and worked to fix. Rexroad, a VPK teacher with Primrose South Tampa, knew how important building early reading skills is to a student’s later success: “I’m a big proponent of reading. This is one of the major things that I do with my kids. I don’t just want to teach them the skills they need to be readers, but I want to get them excited about reading.” However, when she drove home to Brandon, she noticed a need in speaking to the children who live on her street for whom she often buys books. This is where the idea for a Little Free

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Local Christian Teen Artist, Jennifer Jimenez Releases First Album, Relentless

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Venezuela. She currently resides locally with her parents and her older brothers. Her relationship with music began at a young age when she used to sing in church and with her family. Jimenez knew that Jennifer Jimenez just released her first Christian album, singing and recording Relentless, in early March. was something that God At just 18 years old, Contemporary called her to do. “I’ve always loved Christian Artist, Jennifer Jimenez officially singing for the Lord, and I am excited to released Relentless, her first full share my passion with the world,” said album, on March 2. She plans to have an Jimenez. “Every song has an important album release concert this spring. story behind it and God helped me incorJimenez is currently a student at porate what he's done for me in each Riverview High School. one. So hopefully you will hear the same Relentless, a contemporary Christian when listening to it.” album with a gospel soul fusion will feaHowever, her love for music blosture eight original songs by Jimenez in somed when she began being bullied by collaboration with GRAMMY® Award her peers at school. Music created a solwinner, Latin GRAMMY® nominee, ace for Jennifer in which she could arranger and producer, Lannie Battistini. escape the negativity of the outside Jimenez will be submitting her world. She has since had the opportunity album Relentless for consideration for the to perform in front of the White House. As 61st GRAMMYs® next year. This album a solo act, she has had the opportunity to was recorded under Battistini’s music perform at weddings, school talent label, Hands in Motion Music shows, birthday parties, the American Productions. Idol experience, and America’s Got Jimenez works with a band called Talent. ‘Relentless’. According to Jimenez, “Each After high school graduation, one of these musicians use their talent Jimenez plans to attend a Christian colfor God and to reach others through their lege in Florida and get a degree in musicality. They are so talented and their Worship Ministry. heart is in the right place, they underRelentless is available on iTunes, stand that we all have a calling and that Google Play, Amazon MP3, Spotify and calling is to sing to the nations.” all major music stores online. CD HardJimenez was born in Florida, but copies will be available through spent much of her childhood in Merida,

Brandon Running Association Hosts 40th Annual Shamrock Classic Benefit Run

By Nicole Heubusch

Members of Ainsley’s Angels attending last year’s Shamrock Classic.

On Saturday, March 17, the Brandon Running Association will host their 40th Annual Shamrock Classic at O'Brien's Irish Pub on Kings and Lumsden. This family-friendly event is open to walkers and runners and will offer a 10k (6.2 miles), a 5k (3.1 miles), and a 1-mile fun run. There will be a post-race party including bagels, bananas, and beer. This race is a flat course, and St. Patty's Day costumes are encouraged. All proceeds from this event will benefit Ainsley's Angels of Florida. Ainsley's Angels is an organization that aims to build awareness about the special needs community by promoting awareness, providing education, and participating as active members in local communities. Last year, the group raised $3,500 for Ainsley’s Angels, and they hope to raise even more this year. “This is our second year working with Ainsley’s Angels,” said long time Brandon Running Association member, Steve Swift. “We love that this organization gives back to children in need, and we enjoy having some members of the group

join us at the race.” The Brandon Running Association is a not-for-profit organization that has over 150 members. “Our members are all different speeds. We have people that run a sub-eight minute mile and some that run a 16 minute mile. We have a pace for everyone,” said Swift. In addition to hosting the Shamrock Classic every March, the group also hosts the Brandon Half Marathon and 5K in December. All proceeds from this race benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The group also holds weekly group runs all throughout Brandon, from FITniche, JF Kicks, the Campo YMCA, the Brandon Parkway, and more. Memberships (not required to run with the group) are $10 a year and you can attend meetings on the fourth Monday of the month. Coaching services are also available to runners. For information on Ainsley's Angels, visit For information on the Brandon Running Association and to sign up for the Shamrock Classic, visit

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Volume 16, Issue 3

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St. Michael’s Legal Center For Women And Children Relocates Pro Bono Law Clinic To Cooley

By Tyler Lecceadone

Western tice with SMLC providMichigan University ing family law, probate, Cooley Law School landlord tenant and has become the foreclosure defense. new host site for St. “When the direcMichael’s Legal tors of each clinic Center for Women approached the WMUand Children, Inc. Cooley administration (SMLC). SMLC about creating a potenserves low-income tial collaboration, we families in matters were excited to help such as child supmake this idea Pictured (left-right) Michael Shea, port, visitation and become a reality,” said director, St. Michael’s Legal Center for custody disputes. Ronald Sutton, associWomen and Children, Inc.; Ronald Sutton, associate dean, WMU-Cooley ate dean of the law Foreclosure Law School Tampa Bay campus; Victor defense, immigraH. Veschio, director, WMU-Cooley Law school’s Tampa Bay tion, bankruptcy and campus. “This collaboSchool Debt Relief Clinic. probate pro bono services are also ration not only allows our students an offered. opportunity to gain hands-on legal experiThe pro bono law clinic will share ence right on our campus, it also allows space and various resources with the us to teach our students about the imporWMU-Cooley’s Debt Relief Clinic, which tance of serving their communities provides debt-related legal assistance for through pro bono service.” under-served individuals in Hillsborough With support from Christ the King County. Students have the opportunity to Church in Tampa, SMLC was formed represent clients in transactional matters, 2006 by a group of volunteer lawyers alternative dispute resolution and pre-litiwho joined together to offer legal advice gation resolution, all under the superviand representation to those who cannot sion of practicing attorneys. afford an attorney. “Both clinics have a long cross refer“Through this collaboration, we will ral history, which will now be streamlined be able to serve those in our community in real time to benefit our Tampa Bay needing legal services more efficiently,” area consumers,” said Victor H. Veschio, said Michael Shea, director, SMLC. director, WMU-Cooley Law School Debt Since its inception in 2014, WMURelief Clinic. Cooley’s Debt Relief Clinic has provided SMLC will be able to provide WMUnearly 6,000 hours of counseling and repCooley students with access to additional resentation to underserved indigent cominternship and externship experiences. munities in the Tampa Bay area. In 2016, Law students can now select between a the clinic was honored by the Thirteenth concentrated bankruptcy practice in the Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee for Debt Relief Clinic or a more general prac- Outstanding Pro Bono Service.

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Innovative Health Plans Can Save Families Thousands Of Dollars

By Kelly Wise Valdes

There is no doubt cost solutions? His company, that the discussion of Accurate Insurance health insurance is a Solutions, works with Aliera hot-button topic in Healthcare, which is a today’s climate. For healthcare sharing ministry. A people with lower healthcare sharing ministry is income, federal subsian organization that facilidies make the tates sharing of healthcare Affordable Health Care costs among individual memAct premiums somebers throughout the United what reasonable. States who have common But for many midethical or religious beliefs. Riverview resident, Mark dle-class Americans, a McDade of Accurate Insurance Members of healthcare sharSolutions. single person earning ing ministries are exempt more than $47,520 from the individual responor a family of four sibility requirements of the with an income of Affordable Care Act. $97,200, the expen“People shouldn’t have sive premiums and to pay more for their healthdeductibles means care than they pay for their healthcare coverage has become finanmortgage,” said McDade. “And people cially difficult. The large spikes in price shouldn’t have to go without healthcare.” from 2017 have some current It is obvious that McDade is passionObamacare enrollees debating to renew ate about helping people. Originally hailor opt to pay the penalty of $695 per pering from Pittsburgh, PA., McDade moved son, or 2.5 percent of income, whichever to the Tampa Bay area at the age of 13. is larger. He graduated from USF and has lived in But, there are other options available Southeastern Hillsborough County since that many local consumers are now tak1988. He and his wife currently reside in ing advantage of. Riverview. He is active in his community Mark McDade with Accurate and wants to educate the many people Insurance Solutions is excited to see the that are looking for affordable healthcare difference he can make in the lives of his solutions for their families. In fact, clients. “I recently helped a couple in their McDade is his own customer, covering 60’s, pre-medicare age,” said McDade. his own family through Aliera Healthcare. “Their lowest price Obamacare premium For information, was close to $1,800.” McDade was able visit or call to offer a healthcare solution to fit their 310-0403. McDade can also be reached needs for $682 per month. through email at mmcdade@tampabayfiHow does McDade offer such

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Volume 16, Issue 3

Chrissy Nieves Is Honored With Yellow Fin Realty Founders Award

By Kathy L Collins

Chrissy Nieves is a year and be able to balrealtor with Yellow Fin ance their career with their Realty. Nieves is a powerfamily and still have time house when it comes to to be active in the commubusiness and her involvenity. ment in the community. “Because we work For all of her superlative where we live, we are work, Nieves was recently serving our neighbors and honored with the Yellow co-workers,” said Nieves. Fin Realty Founders “We want to be known as Award. a local choice that reinNieves specializes in vests in the community,” working with small busiadded Nieves. nesses to help them idenNieves has a simple tify the perfect space for business philosophy. their business when they Nieves said, “A lot of peoFor Chrissy Nieves, a realtor with Yellow Fin want to expand or just find ple think it is about sales. It Realty, it is all about a new location. serving, not selling. Nieves is not. I want people to Nieves grew up in reach goals and make was honored with the Yellow Fin Realty Founders wise financial decisions.” Tampa and has lived in Award for her masterful the Riverview area for 12 Nieves added, “People balance of a successful years. She graduated from career, home life and active come to me because they volunteerism. Durant High School, USF know they can trust me. I Honors College and want to do what is best for obtained an MBA from the University of the customer.” Tampa. She is married to Jose and they Nieves’ energy extends beyond her have a one-year old son, Nolan. business and family. Somehow, she finds Nieves has lived in Winthrop since time to be extensively involved in the 2013 and has been in real estate since community. She is a member of the 2013. She has been with Yellow Fin Tampa Junior League. In addition, she Realty since 2015. While she specialmentors students under the Hillsborough izes in working with commercial clients, Education Foundation’s Take Stock in she also sells residential realty by referChildren. She is a volunteer with the ral. Winthrop HOA, and she is a tireless supNieves was honored with the porter and volunteer with Winthrop Arts. Founders Award in January. “It came as For more information and to contact a total surprise,” said Nieves. The award Nieves for your next real estate transacis given to someone who best repretion, email her at sents the values of the company. The You can also ideal candidate can have a successful visit

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Greyhound Gang Of Florida Seeks Friendly Volunteers And Foster Homes

By Kelly Wise Valdes

Greyhound The biggest event Gang of Florida is and fundraiser of the a non-profit organiyear is the gift-wrapzation that is comping center at mitted to rescuing Westfield Brandon former racing dogs Mall each December. and providing them Watermolen said that with medical attenthey are always in tion before finding need of volunteers them loving forever but monetary donahomes. tions are also welThere is a comed. Some of the common misconitems needed ception that greythroughout the year hounds are overly are new large-dog active dogs. To the toys and treats, elecontrary, most vated dog feeders, greyhounds are large-breed dog beds quiet, clean, easyin good condition, Photo courtesy of Bonnie Harbaugh going and affeclarge wire crates and Konan is one of the dogs waiting for a tionate. In fact, fur-ever home. Greyhound Gang of high-quality dog food. greyhounds are The greyhound Florida is a non-profit organization in Brandon that dedicated to finding excellent companracing industry prohomes for greyhounds. It is currently ion animals and duces a staggering seeking volunteers, foster and make great indoor surplus of greyadoptive families. house pets. Greyhounds are actually hounds every year. It is estimated not suited as outdoor dogs. They that the number of greyhounds curadapt well to home life including rently racing on Florida’s 12 dog apartment-living. Greyhounds can tracks could be as high as 8,000. run fast when outdoors but most exDogs that are injured, retired, or not racers are happy to stroll around the racing eligible are in jeopardy. house and yard, or nap. “The need to find homes is Melissa Watermolen, an active always there,” said Watermolen. volunteer for Greyhound Gang, is an Voters in November might get the advocate for the breed and is always chance to possibly end greyhound looking for volunteers, adoptive and racing in the state. The greyhound foster famiportion of the lies. very compli“We are a cated and 100 percent controversial volunteer Senate bill organization,” SB840 would said give raceWatermolen. tracks the “We need more volunteers to help option of continuing to operate their with events and other needs. More casinos but not have dog races, a hands make for lighter work.” process known as decoupling. To Watermolen is looking for pass, 60 percent of voters must dependable volunteers ages 16 and approve the amendment, which older that may be looking for volunincludes other aspects of gambling in teer hours to assist in weekly events Florida. If passed, this would have and other opportunities. Some of the the potential to greatly increase the fabulous foster greyhounds will be at need to re-home greyhounds across Pet Supermarket located at 845 E. the state. Bloomingdale Ave. in Brandon on To volunteer, adopt, foster or Saturday, March 10 from 11 a.m – 3 learn more information about p.m. The Greyhound Gang will also Greyhound Gang of Florida, visit be featuring more greyhounds at, PetSmart located at 1051 W. call 999-0228 or search for Brandon Blvd. in Brandon on Greyhound Gang of Florida on Saturday, March 17 from 11 a.m.-3 Facebook. p.m.



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Volume 16, Issue 3

Bell Shoals Baptist Volunteers Make It Their Mission To Help Puerto Rico Hurricane Victims

By Tenetia Faircloth

to people in great need and giving The people of Puerto Rico have out the good news of the gospel. a saying, ‘Puerto Rican strong.’ We traveled an hour southeast Although proud and strong, more of San Juan in Punta Santiago, than five months after category 5 Humacao, the area hardest hit by Hurricane Maria hit the island, people the storm. Everywhere, power are still struggling. Large parts of the poles leaned at awkward angles, island are still without electricity, and dangling power lines dangerously the power companies are telling low over homes, sidewalks and the these people that it will be June street. Broken power poles, before power is restored in some downed trees and piles of debris areas. Supplies sit in warehouses lay everywhere. instead of reaching the people in Our team worked all day with need as distribution is a problem. Rick and Diane, volunteers from Bell Shoals four chainsaws, cutting and removDue to primitive conditions, it has Baptist Church work to remove gigantic tree from Volunteers from Bell Shoals Baptist Church and ing trees and debris fallen in the been difficult to send volunteer a small home in Puerto Rico. Alexandria, Virginia deliver food to hurricane yard of an elderly couple as well as groups to help. victims in Puerto Rico. the house next door. After the job In February, a group of 10 volunwas finished, the couple fed us all a hot teers from Bell Shoals Baptist Church meal of chicken, rice and beans. From flew to San Juan for one week, joinwhat little they had, they made sure to ing the Southern Baptist North show hospitality. What a blessing it was American Mission Board’s (NAMB) to pray with each family as we completdisaster relief team, Send Relief. Its ed the task for the day. mission in Puerto Rico supports existWe walked through the neighboring churches on the island ministering hood, delivering food. At each home we to the community after Hurricane visited, the people gladly received the Maria. With four locations on the food and told us their stories. One lady island, NAMB has 80-100 volunteers showed us shelves on her wall where on the island on any given day. she displayed beautiful figurines. “I When we arrived ,we were Volunteers from Bell Shoals Baptist Church join found my dog, [a Chihuahua], up on relieved to find both the municipal Send Relief in Puerto Rico as they feed the this shelf,” she told us. Her family saw electricity and water supply working community and distribute FEMA boxes. the roof fly off of the church next door at our location. and watched its furnishings fly out. After We cleaned and painted buildings eled to the La Perla district in Old San we heard their stories, we prayed with and assembled and set up wooden bunk Juan to visit Pastor Ivan. Although there Send Relief volunteers Tom and Tenetia each family, letting them know that God beds for Send Relief’s mountain camp are many worldly influences all around Faircloth ready to help Puerto Rico. knows and cares for each of them. set to house groups of 60-130 college his small church, Pastor Ivan chooses down walls. He stopped in front of a What a blessing it was to go. students during March spring break. to live right next door to his church, to small crumbling block home where he Bell Shoals Baptist Church is sendOn Sunday we split into two teams to best understand the needs and to minplans to build an art center where chiling another team to Puerto worship in local churches, joining them ister to his flock. He led our team on a dren can come to enjoy creative activiRico February 24. Let’s remember to after church as they fed a hot meal to the walk through La Perla, praying for the ties and learn of God’s love for them. It pray for our neighbors, the people of community and passed out FEMA boxes people of Puerto Rico. Many buildings was a challenging day, seeing these Puerto Rico. to each family. Sunday evening we trav and homes had no roof and broken young pastors going out, reaching out


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Egg Hunts, Community Events And More Family Fun Around Town Centerpoint Church will hold an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31 at 5:30 p.m. between its 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Easter services. Everyone is welcome. Please have children bring a basket to collect eggs if you have one. Centerpoint Church is located at 1801 S. Miller Rd. in Valrico. For more information, visit Cornerstone Baptist Church will hold a Children’s Easter Fellowship and Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Children (2 years through 5th grade) and their families are invited to join the fun and fellowship. Children need to bring an empty basket to collect eggs. The event also includes a Bible story, fun activities, hot dogs and drinks. The event is free and open to the public. The church is located at 818 N. Parsons Ave. in Brandon. Contact the church office at 689-3325. Driven Church will host an Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 1, following its 10 a.m. service. The egg hunt includes free family photographs with a backdrop. Driven Church meets at Brandon High School, located at 1101 Victoria St. in Brandon. For more information, call 5860571 or visit First Presbyterian Church of Brandon will host an Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday, March 31 at 10 a.m. Bring a basket and a dish to share. The event will feature crafts, an egg hunt and lots of fun. The church is located 121 Carver Ave. in Brandon.

Fishhawk Fellowship will hold an Easter Extravaganza on Saturday, March 24 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Park Square, located at 16132 Churchview Dr. in Lithia. The free event will include bounce houses, rock wall, trampolines, refreshments and games. For more information, visit Hawthorne Village Retirement Community will hold its annual Easter egg hunt on Friday, March 30 at 11 a.m. Hunt for more than 2,000 eggs and get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny. This event is for ages 12 and under. There will be prizes and refreshments. Hawthorne Village is located at 859 W. Lumsden Rd. in Brandon. For more information, call 661-8998 or visit Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church will hold a free Easter breakfast and egg hunt on Sunday, April 1 at 9:15 a.m. The church is located at 604 N. Valrico Rd. in Valrico. For more information, please contact Kelly Black at 480-0800. Journey Church of Brandon will host a free movie night followed by a flashlight egg hunt on Friday, March 23

from 7-9 p.m. Popcorn and water will be provided. Bring chairs and flashlights. The church is located at 1310 John Moore Rd. in Brandon. For more information, visit Lighthouse Revival Center will host its annual Easter of Hope Outreach on Saturday, March 24 at 11 a.m. The event includes an egg hunt, face painting, free bike giveaway, contests, prizes, candy and more. LRC is located at 7211 S. 78th St. in Riverview. For more information, visit Next Level Church FishHawk will do a Helicopter Egg Drop at a secret location on Sunday, April 1. The drop will take place after the church’s Easter experiences held at Newsome High School at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Tickets and a map to the drop location are only available at the two experiences. Further detail can be found at Presbyterian Church of Bloomingdale will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 1, following the 10:30 a.m. service. The church is located at 710 E. Bloomingdale Ave. in Brandon.

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Redeemer Church will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31 from 9-11 a.m. for toddlers through fifth grade. The free event also includes refreshments, a special craft and worship. The church is located at 12404 Boyette Rd. in Riverview. For more information, visit South Bay Church will host an Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday, March 31 at 10 a.m. The egg hunt will feature fun for the entire family, including prize eggs, food and music. The church is located at 13498 U.S. Hwy. 301 S. in Riverview. For more information, visit St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church of Brandon will host an Eggstravaganza on Saturday, March 24 from 2-4 p.m. in the Family Life Center. The event will include an egg hunt, games, food, candy, and activities. The event is free but please register online at The church is located at 3315 Bryan Rd. in Brandon. Riverview Easter Egg Festival will be held at the Summerfield Crossings Golf Club on Saturday, March 24 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and will offer fun for the whole family. Child under 12 can hunt for 8,000 eggs and a live Easter Bunny will be on site. The free event will feature face painting, bounce houses and a special egg hunt for the adults. Visit Facebook or The golf club is located at 13050 Summerfield Blvd. in Riverview.

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Brandon Ballet To Host 2nd Annual Tampa Y & Tampa Bay Rays Team Up To Offer Free Swim Lessons Princess Tea PartyBy Kathy L. Collins

The Brandon The 2nd Annual Ballet will host its 2nd Princess Tea Party is Annual Princess Tea a promotional Party on Sunday, fundraiser for the March 25 from 3 to 5 Brandon Ballet’s p.m. at The Regent upcoming spring located at 6437 ballet. The Brandon Watson Rd. in Ballet will perform Riverview. Tickets are Cinderella this April. $20 for adults and According to attendees 13 and up Lyndsey Ladewig, and $15 for children President of the 12 and under. Tickets Brandon Ballet, can be purchased at “This year’s The Brandon Ballet’s 2nd Annual Princess Tea Party is set for Sunday, Cinderella producMarch 25 at The Regent. Come donballet. tion will be based dressed as your favorite princess and The 2nd Annual on the choreograinteract with the Brandon Ballet’s princess ballerinas. Princess Tea Party is phy of the late a family friendly event which is perfect for Richard Munro, who spent the last years all generations to enjoy. Tables are of his life teaching, coaching, choreoadorned with princess themed center graphing and performing for the Brandon pieces, and juice and tea are served in Ballet.” real tea cups. The food will be finger The Brandon Ballet is a non-profit foods such as tea sandwiches, cookies, ballet company that provides aspiring croissants and fresh fruit. Sweeties pre-professional artists with an education Delights is an event sponsor and will proin the art of dance. The Brandon Ballet vide delicious princess themed cupcakes. offers a Pre-Professional Training The Brandon Ballet’s ballerina Program that is unique in that each princesses will be dressed up as your dancer is provided with individual attenfavorite princesses including Cinderella, tion, a true college and career guidance Tinker Bell, Belle, Tianna, Ariel, Sleeping program, along with their daily classes of Beauty, Elsa, Mulan, Jasmine and technique, pointe, variations, pilates and Rapunzel. The princess ballerinas will other various classes designed to suptake time to visit each and every table port their individual goals. and pose for photographs and sign autoLadewig said, “We are excited to graphs. celebrate our 25th season beginning in In addition to the delicious food and the fall of 2018.” memorable visits from the princesses, For more information on the there will be games such as musical Brandon Ballet, visit www.brandonbalchairs, balloon toss and arts and crafts.

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First Citrus Bank Presents The 10th Annual Winthrop Arts Festival And Artisan Market

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show with $5,000 in prize money available. Fine artists and artisans from all over the region have applied to participate. This year’s festival will be judged by a distinguished panel of judges including Martine Collier, the Executive Director of the Arts Council of Hillsborough County, Michael Parker, mural10th Annual Winthrop Arts Festival and Artisan Market ist and President of the on Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25 in beautiful Winthrop Town Centre in Riverview. Artists, arti- SouthShore Arts Council and sans and vendors from all over the region will be show- Susana Weymouth, Executive ing off their art and handcrafted goods. Director of Tampa Bay Businesses For Culture and The 10th Annual Winthrop Arts Festival and Artisan Market, presented by the Arts. Awards are given for Best of Show, First Citrus Bank, will be held on First Place, Second Place, Third Place Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Winthrop and Honorable Mention. In addition, those in the community who love art, can Common located in Winthrop Town become a Friend of Winthrop Arts for Centre in Riverview. The park is at the corner of Hadley Commons and Winthrop $125 and select an artist to win a portion of the sponsorship. Commerce Ave (behind Boca and At this year’s festival, there will be Ciccio’s). fine arts ranging from painting, sculpture, This year the festival is presented by glass, mixed media to photography. An First Citrus Bank. Lisa Pitts, Branch artisan market will feature clothing, jewelManager for First Citrus Bank said, “We ry, hand crafted wood items and home are proud to enhance the vibrancy of our goods. In addition, there will be food, a community by supporting the 2018 children’s activity area, a scavenger hunt Winthrop Arts Festival and Artisan and more. Market.” Bryant Martinez, the Winthrop Town Kay Sullivan, President of the Artist said, “We are super excited for this Winthrop Arts Board of Visionaries said, year’s arts festival as it is our 10th year. “We are honored to have First Citrus We are privileged to support new and Bank as our Presenting Sponsor as it established artists by holding this event enables us to give more prize money and bringing a fine arts festival to the than ever before to our winning artists.” community.” Martinez added, “We are so The 10th Annual Winthrop Arts honored to have the panel of judges that Festival and Artisan Market is a juried art

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BSAC Presents Casino Royale 2018 Fundraiser At The Regent

By Kathy L. Collins

Come out and enjoy a lively evening of fun, table games, good food and drink at BSAC’s 10th Annual Casino Night. You get to have fun while also raising funds to help children of lower income families have the opportunity to take advantage of BSAC’s wonderful programming.

Brandon Sports and Aquatics Center (BSAC) is hosting its Annual Casino Night on Friday, March 23 from 7 to 11 p.m. at The Regent located at 6437 Watson Rd. in Riverview. This year’s event is expected to be bigger and better than ever. BSAC’s signature event, Casino Royale 2018, is an incredible opportunity to give back to the Brandon community while enjoying table games, a silent auction, open bar and 50/50 raffle. The cost to attend is $60. This gets you all you can eat and drink plus chips to play with at the wonderful table games. The games include craps, roulette, blackjack and more. You can even buy additional chips. This is a 21 and older event. BSAC will offer free childcare at The Regent for children ages three to 14. BSAC’s Casino Night raises funds that help support their scholarship pro-

gram which allows lower income families to have access to all of the quality services that BSAC offers. This includes after school care, athletic training and special needs education. Last year, over 400 area residents attended Casino Night and helped to raise money for BSAC’s programs. As this is the 10th year anniversary of this fabulous event, it is hoped that the event will raise over $60,000 for scholarship funds. BSAC is a nonprofit organization that impacts the lives of area residents on a daily basis. BSAC provides parents with a safe, enriching and educational experience for their children. Over 10,000 swimming lessons are provided at BSAC each year. This helps fulfill BSAC’s mission of youth drowning prevention. Carli Walko, BSAC Director of Marketing said, “We have a little something for everyone here at BSAC. We offer many options for sports for children to grow in and learn. We offer a safe environment for children to come after school.” Waldo added, “We are also a great place to host your next party, team building event, church party or picnic.” BSAC is located at 405 Beverly Rd. in Brandon. To get tickets for BSAC’s Casino Night or to become a sponsor, please visit

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Call them 100-day dogs. Or centenarians. Or loveable and adoptable. No matter the label, the dogs that have been at Hillsborough County’s Pet Resource Center for more than 100 days need a helping hand - and a permanent home. On average, most dogs stay at the Pet Resource Center for only a couple weeks before being adopted. Sometimes, though, the weeks stretch into months. The shelter currently has roughly 15 dogs that have been at the shelter 100 days or more. The longest has been at the shelter 147 days. The Pet Resource Center provides housing, food, and top-quality medical care for all of its dogs and cats, but extended stays in a shelter are not good

for pets. Dogs can develop symptoms of kennel stress, including lack of appetite, excessive pacing or jumping, or chewing on their cage or Princess themselves. The best antidote for kennel stress is adoption. The Pet Resource Center is appealing to the community to provide loving homes for these Sirius dogs that, through no fault of their own, have become long-term residents at the shelter. All the dogs have been spayed or neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated. To celebrate these long-term guests and help find them new homes, the adoption fee is just 100 cents. The PRC is the only open admission shelter in Hillsborough County, meaning it accepts all dogs and cats regardless of size, age, breed, or medical condition. The shelter is open from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Information about the dogs and cats available for adoption also can be found online at

By Kate Quesada

Leslie they can’t Forrester imagine startbelieves that ing a relationships Thursday any are the key to other way.” the success The of a small group began business and meeting in most of her 2004, accordrelationships ing to are thanks to Forrester, in the Greater the living Riverview room of one The Taking Care of Business Relationship Building Network meets weekly at The Alley at South Shore. Chamber of of TCOB’s Commerce’s (GRCC) Taking Care of founding members. Attendance is not Business (TCOB) Relationship Building mandatory each week, but Forrester Network. believes most meetings have between 50 TCOB, as it is fondly known to its and 75 attendees. almost 200 members, is a relationship “We are there to grow business, yes, building group that meets each Thursday but that is almost secondary to the relafrom 7:30-9 a.m. at The Alley at South tionships and friendships we develop,” Shore. All TCOB members are also said Forrester. “We recently had one members of the GRCC but any represen- member perform a marriage ceremony tative of a business or group is welcome. for another, for example.” “We’ve had candidates for office, volThe group sponsors a monthly lunchunteers representing local charities and eon with the GRCC and is very involved community organizers and activists as with the various events the chamber puts well as representatives of small, medium on from Trick or Treat Street to the annual and large businesses in the area,” said golf tournament. They also use social GRCC Board Member Leslie Forrester of media to promote each other’s businessQuality Life Massage Therapy. es and leave reviews. During the meetings, new members Any business or organization that is a are given the opportunity to introduce member of the GRCC and wishes to pay themselves and speak about their group, the additional $60 a year fee is invited to established members also speak during join the group. Any one attending the the “Business Minute” and “30 Second meeting must also pay $2 cash at the Commercial” portions of the meeting and door. Visitors are welcome to attend twice there is always a speaker. before joining. “There is a warmth, humor and enerFor more information, call the GRCC gy that is difficult to put into words,” said at 234-5944 or visit www.riverviewchamForrester. “For many regular attendees, ANGIE’S LIST WINNERS 2014 & 2015 Check out our Reviews!

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Shoreline Sugars is a one-of-akind woman’s fashion clothing and accessories boutique. When you walk in the store, you are greeted by name. You have genuine conversations with the Shoreline Sugars Team instead of being pressured to purchase, and you are catered to one on one in order to find the perfect pieces that make you feel beautiful. Staff at Shoreline Sugars does their best to hunt down the latest and best quality styles at an affordable cost for women of all shapes, ages, and sizes with the goal of having you leaving the store feeling like a confident and beautiful woman. Shoreline Sugars is located at 1438 Apollo Beach Blvd. Hours are Monday to Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. It is closed on Sunday. Call 381-4784 or visit on Facebook: Shoreline Sugars Boutique.

Drew's RV Techs, LLC Holds Grand Reopening

Drew's RV Techs celebrated their grand reopening last fall. Owner Drew Anklin recently purchased and renovated the property. The company has grown in the two years since it first opened, and decided to celebrate this moment with the surrounding community. Drew’s RV is a full service RV shop, RV parts store, as well as new and used RV Sales.

Drew’s RV will work on any units, top to bottom, inside and out. It has a full parts store and can obtain un-stocked items usually by the next day. Drew’s RV also does warranty and insurance work. Hours are Monday through Friday- 8 a.m. 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m-4 p.m. Drew’s RV Techs is located at 1601 S. US Hwy. 41 in Ruskin. For more information, call 645-7870 or visit

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Claiming your Social Security benefits at the wrong time could cost your family tens of thousands of dollars. A seminar will be held at The HCC campus at the Regent on Tuesday, March 27 and Thursday, April 5 at 6 p.m. (promptly) to

Owner, Dr. Stephen Steller said, “We restore balance and health to the entire body through spinal correction.” With five offices around Tampa Bay, Spinal Correction Centers works on Cervical Curve Care and Structural Correction Work. More than 100 years ago, humans developed chiropractic methods as a gentle and non-invasive help you with process to healing. These these decimethods were created as a Dr. sions. Plan to Edward way of restoring balance and Johns, be there by health to the entire body. These doctor at tactics are safe for people of all 5:45 p.m. the Spinal This Correction ages including children and Centers Riverview location. seminar is expecting mothers. perfect for Spinal Correction Centers people in the age range of 58-67 years is staffed with five chiropractic doctors old. who focus on the cause of disease and At this seminar you will learn some of not just the symptoms. the unknown strategies and principles The doctors focus their efforts on behind the proper timing of taking your locating and removing clogs in the nervSocial Security benefits. ous system. Aligning the bones can allow The HCC campus at the Regent is the body to heal itself naturally without the located at 6437 Watson Rd. in Riverview. use of medications or surgery. Correcting Call Angeloni Tax Advisory Group at the curves of the spine allows the person 626-7575 to make reservations. Leave a to actually get better, not just feel better. message after 4:30 p.m. Dr. Edward Johns is the doctor at this location. Spinal Correction Centers is One Year Anniversary At Spinal open Monday, Wednesday and Friday Correction Centers Riverview from 8-11 a.m. and 3-6 p.m. and Tuesday Location and Thursday from 3-6 p.m. Saturday is Spinal Correction Centers will soon by appointment only. celebrate its one year anniversary at its Call 540 -7270 for an appointment. Riverview location at 11964 Boyette Rd. Continued on Next Page

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Visit Jen’s Market At The Firehouse Cultural Center

Jen's Market will open at the Firehouse Cultural Center, 101 1st Ave NE, in Ruskin on March 15 and April 19. The outdoor market is seasonal (September-April) on third Thursdays, from 3-7 p.m. KidZone is a market within the market for children ages 7-17 to sell their crafts. Children's booth space is free. Hydroponics class at the Firehouse Cultural Center will have a booth with their vegetables and herbs. Free classes for children/parents on market guidelines, ideas for crafting, set up, what to expect and more will be given offered, dates and times to be announced. Schools and groups can also request a class at their facility. Jen's Market operates outdoor markets and events, bringing vendors together from throughout central Florida and beyond to sell their products. Shoppers can find farm fresh produce and citrus, local honey, fresh foods (dine in or take out), handcrafted soaps, essential oils, a wide variety of arts and crafts and Florida style apparel and decor. Jen's Market is focused on providing benefit to local communities and businesses. Visit

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NV Salon is currently hiring. If you are an outgoing, friendly individual with a background in beauty and a desire to work within a constantly evolving environment with room to learn and grow with the company, this just might be the place for you.They are currently searching for part-time and full-time hairstylist. NV Salon is located at 13107 US Hwy. 301 in Riverview. Call 3749224. Visit

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beautiful community to pass the State of Florida's regulatory requirements. These stringent yet necessary prerequisites are to ensure that it meets and proudly surpasses all qualifications to be an exceptional assisted living and memory care community. It recently welcomed its first residents, its new family, to Twin Creeks. According to Executive Director Shane Potter, “We look forward to having them and hope that those of you who have wanted to check out our space to stop by or call us at 336-2128.” Twin Creeks is located at 13470 Boyette Rd. in Riverview. Visit

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Eco friendly Homes is now building high quality, energy efficient homes in Waterset. The home is run with TESLA Solar Panels. The AC ductwork is located in the air conditioned space (not in the attic) making it very energy efficient. The home is loaded with energy saving features, high quality products that are sustainably sourced and not to mention beautiful. This is definitely a unique build in the Waterset community of Apollo Beach. Visit

St. Joseph’s Hospital-South Achieves Pathway to Excellence National Nursing Designation

Pathway designation can only be achieved if an organization's nurses validate the data and other evidence submitted, via an independent, confidential survey submitted to every licensed nurse in the facility. “I am extremely proud that our nurses at St. Joseph’s Hospital-South feel this is a place where they can effectively serve our patients and achieve their goals,” said Lisa Johnson, senior vice president/chief nursing officer at BayCare Health System. “Nurse satisfaction is very important to us, and the 98 percent response rate is a testament to the pride our nurses have in St. Joseph’s HospitalSouth and BayCare.” Visit

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Weird, Wacky And Wonderful Holidays – March 2018 Solo Vacation Day • Do Something Day • Let’s Laugh Day • Puppy Day Did you know that there are an abundance of daily holidays and special days every month? Some are immersed in tradition, while others may be silly, bizarre, unique, special or inspirational. Unofficial Holidays are not traditionally marked on calendars but are celebrated by various groups and individuals. Some are designed to promote a cause or to recognize historical events not recognized officially, while others are fun holidays, generally intended to just be humorous. So, in the midst of our busy lives, maybe consider taking time to enjoy some of the entertaining but lesserknown holidays throughout the year. Let’s get the ball rolling for March, the month most well known for St. Patty’s Day celebrations and March Madness. But, how will you honor National Frozen Food day on Tuesday, March 6? Observe a moment of silence thinking about all the yummy foods and snacks in your freezer. Maybe pay special homage to that carton of frozen ice cream. To make this day more special, load up the family and head to Campbell’s Dairyland located at 200 S Parsons Ave. in Brandon and treat

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Now that's not the end of weird celebrations for March. Nope, not by a long shot. Check out a few other notable days: March 1 – Plan A Solo Vacation Day March 4 – March Forth and Do Something Day March 12 – Napping Day March 15 - Absolutely Incredible Kid Day March 19 – Let’s Laugh Day March 23 – Puppy Day March 24 – Chocolate Covered Raisin Day March 28 – Something On A Stick Day March 31 – Bunsen Burner Day

the kids to an ice cream Sunday to celebrate. Wednesday, March 14 is a national Pi Day. Why? Pi is a mathematical concept and a number that never ends so we round it off to 3.14. If you are a mathematician, this day honors you. It also

pays respect to Albert Einstein who was born on March 14, 1879. Most of us non-mathematicians will celebrate this day by eating pie. Don’t feel like baking a pie? Stop off at Moreno’s bakery at 737 W. Brandon Blvd. in Brandon and pick out a delicious pie of your choice. Also, Village Inn is known for giving free slices of pie to their customers on Wednesday, which just happens to be on Pi Day this year.

All the waffle lovers of the world can unite on Sunday, March 25 for International Waffle Day. If you don’t have time to make homemade waffles in the waffle-maker that your Aunt Theo got you for Christmas 10 years ago, just jump in your car and enjoy a waffle at The Recipe Box Family Diner located at 147 E. Bloomingdale Ave. in Brandon. And remember, waffles are not just a breakfast food. Throw in a piece of fried chicken and call it dinner. You won’t want to miss out on Take a Walk In The Park Day on Friday, March 30. This is a great occasion to exercise and relax to help clear your mind and enjoy one of the 170 beautiful Hillsborough County parks. To find a park near you, visit You may need to walk after eating ice cream, pie and waffles. These holidays might encourage you to appreciate something, try something new or do something silly. At least we hope they inspire you to laugh a little during the days, weeks and months ahead.

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Good Friday, March 30 12:00 p.m. • Stations of the Cross 3:00 p.m. • Solemn Celebration of the Lord’s Passion (Fast & Abstinence) 6:00 p.m. • La Pasión del Señor Holy Saturday, March 31 10:00 a.m. • Reconciliation 12:00 p.m. • Blessing of Easter Food

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Hillsborough County Seeks Nominations for Annual Neighborhood Recognition Awards

Think you belong to one of the best neighborhood associations in the area? Did your homeowners group accomplish a project in 2017 that was a home run? Do you know an individual who has gone above and beyond to make a difference where they live? Shine a spotlight by submitting a nomination in Hillsborough County’s annual Neighborhood Recognition Awards program. Nominations are being accepted in 10 categories designed to recognize individuals, groups, and organizations that have enriched the quality of life in neighborhoods through outreach, improvement projects, volunteer work, safety programs, art, partnerships, and board leadership. There’s even a category set aside for outstanding contributions by a youth volunteer or youth group. The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. on Friday, March 16. Neighborhood groups may nominate themselves, other groups, and/or individuals for their efforts to improve the quality of life in unincorporated Hillsborough County, or the cities of Tampa, Plant City,

and Temple Terrace. Each nomination should include supporting information, such as samples of promotional material, website links, photographs, news clippings, and letters of support. The winners will be announced at the 15th Annual Hillsborough County Neighborhoods Conference on May 12 at the Sheraton Tampa East Hotel, 10221 Princess Palm Ave. in Tampa. Winners must be present to accept the awards. For details about each award category, eligibility requirements, nomination forms, and instructions for completing and returning the applications, go to and click on the “Neighborhood Recognition Awards” button, or call 272-5860.

Day Out With Thomas The Tank Engine

All aboard! Thomas the Tank Engine invites little engineers to join him for a day of big adventures and even bigger memories at Day Out with Thomas: Big Adventures Tour 2018. Children everywhere can spend a day with their friend Thomas when the #1 Engine pulls into Florida Railroad Museum, 12210 83rd St E. in Parish on March 10, 11 and March 16, 17 and 18. This fun-filled event offers children and their families the opportunity to take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, star of the popular Thomas & Friends™ series. In addition, they will meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway and enjoy a day of Thomas-themed activities including

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Experience The Soulful, Hip Singing Of Choo Choo Sould With Genevieve

Experience Disney Junior’s Choo Choo Soul with Genevieve Goings, the soulful, hip, singing train conductor and Constantine ‘DC’ Abramson, the beatboxing, breakdancing engineer on stage engaging children in sing-alongs, dance routines and lots of crowd participation as they perform all the hits you know and love- when it comes to the RP Funding Center on Saturday, March 31 at 4 p.m. Genevieve Goings and Constantine ‘DC’ Abramson, the stars of Disney Junior’s “Choo Choo Soul,” are entering their 11th year of entertaining preschoolers and parents worldwide. Born from the mind of a Silicon Valley video game developer, Choo Choo Soul began as a hip-hop/soul children’s album of music that “won’t drive parents crazy.” The album caught fire and the brand was acquired by Disney and developed into a live-action television interstitial paired with animation in 2006 that encouraged young viewers to get up and dance to the funky, urban sound. Choo Choo Soul began touring the country in 2007 and has performed for thousands of children in over 100 cities across the globe. With the wildfire success of the go-to duo for tots, Disney commissioned

a release of the second studio album; a re-make mashup of Classic Disney hits. Genevieve Goings is now the voice of Disney Junior the Channel and the host of the ‘Radio Disney Junior.’ Writing music for acclaimed brands such as Leapfrog and Fisher-Price, releasing a children’s clothing line with, and touring schools with her ‘Do You Know?’ Brand, Goings has solidified her path in the Children’s Market. Along with Choo Choo Soul, Constantine “DC” Abramson is an Entertainment Professional working with the NFL, NBA, and MLB through mascotting, choreographing, and fan engagement. Tickets are on sale for $51, $29. Service charges may apply and are available by visiting the RP Funding Center Box Office or toll free 888-3970100, and online at

First Annual Showmen’s RiverFest Promises To Be Fun For Entire Family

The First Annual Showmen’s RiverFest will take place Thursday to Sunday, March 22-25. Enjoy kiddie, family and thrill rides from Arnold’s Amusements, as well as games, good, fun and family time. Admission and parking are free. It will take place at the International Independent Showmen’s Association & Museum, 6915 Riverview Dr. Hours are Thursday and Friday, March 22 and 23 from 5 p.m.-Closing, Saturday and Sunday, March 24 and 25 from 12 Noon-Closing. Call 671-3503.

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Riverview Garden Club Speaker On Herbs

The Riverview Garden Club once again is having a talk about herbs, with a very knowledgeable guest speaker, Dennis Gretton. It will take place on Wednesday, March 14 at 10 a.m. at the Riverview Civic Center on 11020 Park Dr. in Riverview. Call 6546987 for more information.

Save The Date For Kappa Kappa HAMBINGO

Kappa Kappa Chapter of Kappa Delta Phi (KDP) has another fun evening planned that will benefit local Brandon charities. Mark your calendars on Wednesday, March 28 for HAMBINGO at Hamburger Mary's Brandon 7 p.m. Cost to play 10 games of Bingo is $10. KDP focuses its fundraising efforts on children as Kids Depend on People. All proceeds will be distributed to local charities prior to May in time to share its activities with pride at National in June. Kappa Kappa Chapter is a civic and social sorority established within the Brandon community 53 years

ago. Many families, children, and military have benefited from Kappa's fundraising efforts over the years. Reservations are recommended. Call 6432110 and tell them you are with Kappa Kappa group when reserving.

Breakfast With ECHO At The Regent

Join the team at ECHO of Brandon for a complimentary fundraising breakfast on Wednesday, March 21 from 8-9 a.m. Seating and breakfast will begin promptly at 8 a.m. Learn about ECHO’s programs to provide food, clothing, and back-to-work programs for over 13,000 neighbors per year, and how you can help. R.S.V.P. to, or for more information, call 685-0935.

Hawthorne Hosts Parkinson’s Disease Support Group

Hawthorne Health & Rehabilitation Center hosts a monthly support group for those diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and caregivers on the third Thursday of every month. A variety of speakers provide information on topics relating to swallowing, balance, walking, speaking, mobility, exercise, self-care, cognition,

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and organic fruits and vegetables inside the A Simpler Place Farm Store. Be sure to pick up some of the seasonal vegetables grown right on the farm. Enjoy a farm-to-table dinner on the farm under the twinkling lights. There will be farm tours at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. led by Farmer Renee. The Farm is located at 9903 Carr Rd. in Riverview.

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givers and anyone with an interest in learning more about Parkinson’s. Hawthorne Health & Rehabilitation Center, located at 851 W. Lumsden Rd. in Brandon, is a skilled nursing facility with inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programs including speech, physical and occupational therapies. Hawthorne also hosts a dementia support group in the assisted living facility, as well as past meetings for those dealing with strokes, diabetes, low vision and other diseases. For more information or to register, call 661-8998 Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Help support The Beth Daniels Can-Cer Vive Loop Run/Walk; a medical fundraising event. In May of 2017, Beth Daniels was diagnosed with Stage 4 Esophageal Cancer. Daniels, a 40 year old mother of two, and wife to Felipe Daniels - a 12 year NCO Army Veteran who is now a civil service officer at MacDill AFB, is literally in a fight for her life. Funds raised will help to ease the financial burden that Stage 4, Esophageal Cancer has placed on her family. All registration fees and pledges go directly to the Daniels family. The event will be held Sunday, March 18 at 10 a.m. at Alderman’s Ford Park, 100 Alderman’s Ford Park Dr. in Plant City. For more information, to register or to make a donation, visit

RGC Scholarship Awards Scholarships To Local Students

Riverview Garden Club (RGC) raises monies for scholarships during Monthly Farmers Market At A their annual Plant and Rummage Sale Simpler Place Farm & Market in February.This year the club was able to give four seniors who met the RGC guidelines, $ 1,000 each. The RGC club assumes an active role in the community, awarding grants to Community Gardens also. Monthly meetings are open to the public and This year's Riverview Garden Club scholarship recipients are Erin guest speakers provoke those in Hanson, Kayla La Torre, Victoria Torres-Smith of Lennard Sr. High, and Jacob Ross of Durant Sr. High. attendance to The monthly farmers market at A learn more about our shared environSimpler Place Farm will take place on ment as well as encourage our continFriday, March 9 from 3-7 p.m. Meet ued love of gardening. the makers behind local small busiMeetings are held the second nesses who create small batch humWednesday of every month at the mus, beef jerky, jewelry, cold-pressed Riverview Civic Center, located at soap, pet treats, decadent baked 11020 Park Dr. For more information, goods and more. You will find local call 671-8572.

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Have A Voice In The Choice Of Tampa Bay’s Next Drinking Water Sources As the Tampa Bay area continues to grow, the region will need more water. Your voice is needed to help decide the next drinking water sources. If you live in Hillsborough, Pasco or Pinellas counties, you are invited to share your opinions on water supply projects at Tampa Bay Water, the regional drinking water supplier to the Tampa Bay area, is working on a long-term plan to meet drinking water demands well into the future. Part of the agency’s planning process is collecting community input. “Public input is essential to our planning process,” said Michelle Stom, chief communications officer for Tampa Bay Water.“ By working cooperatively with our member governments, community organizations, businesses and residents, we are able to improve our service to the Tampa Bay community.” There is a short-list of projects to consider, each with its own technical, financial and environmental components. The new sources under consideration include additional seawater and river water, two sources currently serving the region, as well as options that use highly treated reclaimed water as a new source. offers detailed information on each project, features a video overview, provides the ability to sign-up for a telephone town hall to discuss the projects live, and offers a survey to collect


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input. Based on projections, the Tampa Bay area will need to have additional drinking water ready in 2028. Input is needed now to ensure there is enough time for the design, permitting and construction process. Tampa Bay Water’s board of directors is expected to review the projects and community feedback before its December 2018 meeting when the board will be selecting a project or projects to move forward for more study, design and permitting. Planning ahead is always smart, especially when it comes to something as important as drinking water. Now is the time to be part of the conversation — so we have the right supply ready at the right time to keep our region growing and thriving. Visit to learn more and be heard. Locally, the 15.5-billion gallon C.W. Bill Young Regional Reservoir makes the region’s water supply more drought resistant, reliable and flexible. Surface water from the Tampa Bypass Canal, Hillsborough and Alafia rivers is stored in the reservoir during wet times. During dry times, when river is unavailable, water stored in the reservoir is withdrawn, treated and blended with other supplies to serve the region. To learn more, visit

One of the primary reasons to consider an assisted living community for a loved one is all of the wonderful opportunities for social interaction with other residents and staff. Studies have shown that staying socially active provides numerous benefits to seniors and can be as important as staying physically active. Seniors who have an active social life tend to be healthier than those seniors that live isolated lives, with a reduced risk for chronic conditions like osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Socially active seniors also have less risk for depression and have sharper minds. Programming in assisted living communities should include a wide range of ways to keep residents engaged with others in the community. Some examples of these types of programs include: Music Programs such as Chorus groups, sing-alongs, Name That Tune Games, and karaoke can provide an outlet for expression of feelings, opportunity to reminisce with peers, and can be helpful to those who find it difficult to express themselves with words. And most importantly singing is FUN!

Fitness Programs improve residents’ physical health and well being, which is so critical as we age. Examples include balance classes, walking groups, chair dancing, yoga, and bean bag toss. Learning Opportunities such as participation in a book club, jewelry making classes, painting lessons and flower arranging will not only provide opportunities for learning a new skill, but will also help residents stay intellectually stimulated. Communal Dining offers residents a group setting in which to enjoy their meals. Enjoying each other’s company during these times will often ensure more improved eating habits as well as three nutritious meals a day. Assisted living communities, in addition to providing assistance and supervision for day to day care, offer many opportunities for social engagement resulting in improved quality of life for our residents.


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Now Is The Time To Plan Your Next Adventure

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ries and create travel that is as unique as they are,” said Christi. “We believe there is true value in using a travel agent.” Cruise Planners is a full service travel company. They offer competitive pricing for any Riverview residents Vern type of travel and Christi Elliot, owners from cruises of Cruise Planners, are to land tours to excited to help their customers plan the perfect, stress-free vacation. guided group tours and anyBooking a vacation can be stressthing else you can imagine. They are ful. With so much information available also travel advocates should someon the internet, hours can be spent in thing go wrong before or during a trip front of a computer researching vacasuch as canceled flights or revised itintion deals, only to end up frustrated eraries. with more unanswered questions. Vern “This isn't a part time job for us. and Christi Elliott, franchise owners of We are full-time committed,” said of Cruise Planners in Riverview, are Christi. “We love what we do – and we excited to help customers create a are convinced that we can only be satstress-free, unforgettable, budgetisfied when our clients are satisfied. friendly vacation. As Spring Break and We also have great support and expesummer season is upon us, now is the rience from the Cruise Planners homebest time to start planning your next office.” big adventure. And don’t be fooled by As an American Express Travel the name – Cruise Planners is not just Services Representative agency, for cruising. The Elliotts specialize in Cruise Planners offers special proany and all kinds of vacations and grams for both American Express emphasize the advantage as being a cardholders and non-card holders, one-stop-shopping for vacationers. offering even more added value to The Elliott’s have a passion and vacationers. long history of travel experience. The Elliotts have been on multiple Christi grew up in a military family and cruises, visited destinations around the Vern spent 25 years in military service world, stayed at various resorts, and with many years of associated travel. trekked many off-the beaten path “We both feel our military backexcursions. Some of their favorite grounds had a lot to do with our pasexcursions include Three Kings Day sion for travel,” said Christi. “It is pretty Parade in Barcelona, Spain, wine-tastmuch a way of life.” ing on the side of Mount Etna in Sicily, The Elliotts have visited 46 States and visiting Bar Harbor, Cadillac and 40 different countries. “We have Mountain and Acadia National Park always loved putting our travels in Maine. “One of our strongest beliefs together but also know the amount of is that travel makes the world a smalltime it can take researching and planer place by opening people’s eyes and ning,” said Christi. “We used to think making them more tolerant of things that using a travel agent cost money that are different,” said Christi. or charged more than what we could If you are looking to cross off a get doing it ourselves.” destination from your bucket list, a In reality, people can get the best honeymoon destination, or a familydeals by using a travel agent. An friendly vacation, consider using Cruise agent can save time and money, and Planners and let Vern and Christi Elliott provide incentives not normally availshow you how stress-free a vacation able for DIY travelers. can really be. For info, call 445-8300, “We became travel agents visit or find because we wanted to use our expertthem on Facebook at ise to give that time back to our clients while we plan and put together memo-

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New Website Helps Families Find Resources And Activities

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Life as a parent to to be right from our own young children can be back yard and the comintimidating full of munities we live in.” questions. But The website has a Riverview resident calendar feature making Julissa Diaz and her it easy for parents to sign new website Hulafrog on and see what events Riverview-Ruskin is are taking place on cerhere to help. tain days. There are also As Hulafrog tabs containing informaRiverview-Ruskin’s Photo courtesy of Purple Orchid tion for classes and Managing Editor Diaz, Photography camps, birthdays, who is mother to a schools and childcare Riverview resident Julissa Diaz recently started Hulafrog Riverview- and places to go. 20-month-old son, is Ruskin, a website offering responsible for updatHulafrog offers a information to parents on local ing the Website with free newsletter and a events and programs. local activities and informasubscription is not necessary to tion for families with chiluse the website and search for dren of all ages. daily events. The website also “All of our family is out offers a free directory for local of state in Arizona, so when my husband businesses in the community who would and I decided I would stay home with my like to promote their own activities. son when he was a baby, I started look“Local businesses can log in and ing for groups and events we could enjoy modify their personal profiles and add together to get the baby out of the house family-friendly events to our calendar as as much as I could,” said Diaz. “In many times as they would like” said Diaz. researching what options we had, I came “We are very excited to bring this across a Hulafrog site in another commu- resource to our community,” said Diaz. “If nity and subscribed to their awesome I could help a local mommy or daddy get newsletter which featured local happenin contact with a group of people that can ings for children and families.” provide resources or friendship, playFrom there, Diaz noticed an ad lookdates or just a little companionship and ing for someone to manage a new webbe able to create their own village of supsite in the Riverview area and after an port like I found with Hulafrog, then this extensive training program the local would make it worth it.” Hulafrog site was born in January. Visit“Hulafrog is hyper-local,” said Diaz. ruskin to learn more about the website. “While we know that there are always Diaz can be reached at (800) 670-4020, amazing events and activities around the extension 722 or by emailing Tampa Bay Area, we like for our content

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Families First Offers Parent Orientations For Much Needed Foster Placments

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Foster homes, with partners, workand the parents ing full-time, retired who provide a safe and empty nesters. and nurturing enviThe commonality is the need and pasronment for kids in sion to help kids. foster care, are in There is a specific desperate short supply. More than need for foster par3,500 children and ents to care for teens have been teens and who removed from their speak Spanish. biological parents In partnership due to abuse or with Families First of A Foster Parent Orientation will take place neglect in on Monday, March 5 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Florida, therapeutic foster parents Hillsborough County. the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County in Tampa. receive on-going And there are just training, clinical services, not enough foster para monthly stipend to ents to provide a temsupport each child’s porary and loving expenses, paid respite, home. Families First of and 24/7 availability of a Florida trains and clinician when needed. licenses therapeutic Love kids and have foster parents in an extra dose of Hillsborough County. patience? Foster parents The organization also are at least 21 years of provides mental and age, can demonstrate behavioral health assessments and stable housing and income and pass a treatment both in-home and among its background check. Prospective foster seven locations. parents attend an orientation, 24 hours “We are trying to provide a solution of Professional Parenting Training, and to the crisis in our community by then 30 hours of Therapeutic Foster engaging more families to step forward Parent Training. and help provide a loving home to The next Foster Parent Orientation these kids,” said Carolanne Patriaco, is Monday, March 5 from 6:30 to 8 CEO of Families First of Florida. p.m. at Children’s Board of Hillsborough “Especially the teens, they just need to County, located at 1002 E. Palm Ave., be part of a family and know someone in Tampa. Please call 290-8560 for cares and supports them.” more information and register for the Foster parents are single, married, orientation or visit



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Heavenly Hershey's Ice Cream has been in Brandon The Law Office of Kim Seace for three years. Hershey’s Celebrates New Office With Ice Cream brand has been Chamber using fresh, wholesome GRCC members were invited ingredients to make their to celebrate with brand new memproducts since 1894. They ber, The Law Office of Kim Seace. are new to the Greater Several Chamber members along Riverview Chamber of with family and neighbors showed Commerce (GRCC) and that is reason to celebrate. In Photo courtesy of Ed Booth, Huth and Booth Photography up for the ribbon cutting ceremoPhoto courtesy of Kevin King of Majestic Photography, LLC January, GRCC members The Law Offices of Kim Seace Celebrates New Office. ny. Ribbon Cutting Celebrates Hevenly Hershey’s Ice Guests enjoyed netCream, Inc. and their families were on working together while hand to conduct a ribbon enjoying delicious food cutting ceremony to welcome and taking in the atmosHeavenly Hershey's Ice phere of Kim’s stylish Cream to the family. office located within While attendees listened Winthrop Town Centre. to owners Phil and Elaine The guests were also Vinson tell family stories and able to take a look into the history of their entreprethe studio of New Light neurial spirit, the smell of Photography which hapfresh baked cookies and pens to belong to Jacob brownies filled the air. The Seace, Kim’s son. Vinsons along with three of Seace has over 25 their four home-schooled Photo courtesy of Ed Booth, Huth and Booth Photography years of experience daughters run this family Photo courtesy of Ed Booth, Huth and Booth Photography Mainstream Boutique Opening Celebrates With Ribbon Cutting. exclusively in Criminal establishment with pride and Ribbon Cutting Celebrates KB Home’s Northgate of the community. The store is a Community. Law, making her more than ready to hana high regard for quality. At neighborhood boutique designed with dle your criminal defense legal needs. this 50+ flavor shop you rooms starting in the upper the customer in mind. The Mainstream Whether you need assistance with DUI have unlimited options such as gluten$100,000s. KB Home is dedicated to Riverview family looks forward to Defense, Sealing and Expungement, free, lactose-free, sugar-free and vegan creating homes that are spacious, telling you more about their unique, Traffic Tickets or Marchman Acts The including Italian Ice, Frozen Yogurt and beautiful and innovative. fun, and exciting apparel. Law Office of Kim Seace believes that sherbets. It also features homemade Visit this community and find out Please stop in for a visit soon and experience matters. waffle cones, bombshell fudge brownies, why KB Home communities are built check out some of the great merchanCall 301-8823 or visit giant cookies and vintage candy brands for the way you live. The Northgate dise. Mainstream Boutique – for more informafor you to consider. You can also pick up Community is located in the NW corRiverview is located in the front of tion. your favorite coffee or frozen drink conner of Symmes Rd. and North St. Set Winthrop Town Centre at 11232 coction there. your GPS to 7224 Symmes Rd. in It is open seven days a week at 2494 Gibsonton and follow the signs to the W. Brandon Blvd. (Regency Square next model home office. Visit to AMC Movie Theater). Visit on Family Owned and Operated HAPPY HOUR at Heavenly Hershey's Ice Dine In and Take Out tampa/northgate#floorplans or call 3:30 - 5:30 PM 11351 Big Bend Road in the Summerfield Plaza Cream or call at 409-3853. 512-8703. Select Wine Hours: 3:30 - 9:00 Monday through Saturday


Ribbon Cutting Celebrates KB Home's Northgate Community

KB Home is now selling at its Northgate Community in Gibsonton. On Thursday, January 18, GRCC members, KB Home reps and local realtors were on hand to conduct a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the new homes. Northgate is a lovely, gated community that is a short drive from local Hillsborough County parks. Homeowners can choose from oneand two-story homes and a variety of floor plans, from three to five bed-

Mainstream Boutique Opening Celebrates With Ribbon Cutting

Mainstream Boutique is now open in Winthrop Town Centre. In January, GRCC members, Mainstream Boutique staff and family members were on hand to conduct a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate this delightful new store. Mainstream Boutique is a retail fashion and accessories franchise concept that is in 22 states nationwide. Riverview owner, Jeanmarie Milla opened the boutique on December 21 and is thrilled to be part

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Riverview Chamber Connects Businesses And Community

By Kate Quesada

A lot has changed in the Riverview area since 1966, but one thing has remained constant; the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce’s (GRCC) dedication to its members and community. The GRCC which operates on the core values of leadership, fun, teamwork, diversity and integrity to promote the economic, civic, commercial, industrial and educational interests of the greater Riverview area, now boasts 669 members from small, family-owned business to large corporations. “We serve to create a family environment that ensures the success of our community, our business and our members,” said Executive Director Tanya Doran. The area’s growth has not stopped the chamber from embracing its members and community. “As Riverview develops, our membership continues to grow,” said Doran. “Since Riverview is unincorporated Hillsborough County, it is important for us to have a strong voice and work together to maintain the natural characteristic of our town. Building a sense of belonging and creative an environment for success is our mission.” Although new businesses are regularly opening their doors in the area and the chamber embraces them with ribbon cuttings and grand opening celebrations, the group also celebrates its long-standing members. “We are proud to say we have

The Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce opened its doors in 1966 and now has 669 members.

several long time members including local attorney William P. Schwarz, Esq. who joined in 1992,” said Doran, who added that Ken Hope Air Conditioning & Heating, K2 Engineering, Resurrection Catholic Church and Summerfield Crossing Golf Club joined in 1994. Members represent small businesses, corporations with several hundred employees, charitable organizations and are even elected officials and those running for office. “Regardless of the size of the business, folks want to know what is going on in their community; to stay informed and connected,” said Doran. “The GRCC is a reliable source and connects folks in our area.”

Members also receive other less obvious services through their connection with the Chamber, including an on-line presence for businesses that would not usually prioritize that. Michelle Mosher, agent and owner of SouthShore Insurance Professionals said, “The chamber is an active voice for those who don’t necessarily have one.” She also noted that the chamber helps the community by spearheading the welcoming of new businesses and leaders. From weekly networking groups and monthly luncheons, to the annual Honorary Mayor’s Race and Golf Tournaments that raise funds for local non-profits, the GRCC offers a wide variety of member and community

supported annual events. “I enjoy being part of the Chamber because they really care about the success of their members with the training and community events that support our businesses,” said Pearl Chiarenza of Bodyworks Heath and Wellness. “Each of the events allows for our businesses to support the community as well as the Chamber.” One of the most popular events organized by the GRCC is Trick or Treat Street. For this event, the Chamber works with Riverview High School, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation Department to offer a safe environment for local children to enjoy the tradition of trick or treating. Last year, approximately 3,000 children attended the free event where they were given candy and small toys, ate food and won prizes. “The GRCC is successful because of the dedicated and passionate people of this community,” said Doran. “We provide education and resources to help our members become successful and offer exposure to the local community. We care.” The Chamber is located at 10021 Water Works Lane, off Gibsonton Dr. east of I-75 in Riverview, and can be reached at 234-5944. For more information, visit or email

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Don’t Get Left Behind This Tax Season

By Kelly Wise Valdes

Each year, the tax utilizing e-mail, Drop deadline seems to Box, Face Time, sneak-up on many of Skype and telephone. us. Don’t find yourself Utilizing more scrambling on Tuesday, than 15 years of public April 17 to start your accounting experitaxes. Teresa Turner, ence, Turner started owner of Tax Happens, Tax Happens in 2013 LLC. knows too well and has been operathow stressful this time ing at the Riverview of year is for many peooffice for almost four ple. years. Originally from “Helping our cusLong Island, N.Y., Teresa Turner, owner of Tax tomers relieve the Happens in Riverview. Teresa and Turner relocated to Victor Turner, with their newly stress of tax season the Hillsborough County in adopted son Jimmy at the most important thing to 2004. Turner previousSummerfiled Truck Rally. us,” said Turner. “We ly worked with a large are passionate about the success of our regional CPA firm in downtown Tampa, clients.” served with a Big Four Public Accounting Tax Happens is located in Riverview firm and a mid-size, regional New York and is a unique boutique style CPA firm City firm. She earned a Bachelor of providing small businesses and individuScience in Accounting from Hofstra als with personalized, hands-on tax and University and a Masters of Science in accounting services. Taxation from St. John’s Turner knows the University. importance of understandTurner not only helps ing the ever-changing tax her customers manage the laws. When the federal budget bill passed ever-changing and confusing tax climate, Friday, February 9, Congress revived but she is also invested personally in her dozens of expired tax breaks retroactively community and is an integral part of sevfor 2017. Taxpayers will be affected by eral non-profit organizations such as the tax laws that Congress passed at the Riverview Our Town. end of last year, as well as many other So, as Tuesday, April 17 looms for tax changes. For most taxpayers, it can many hard-working Americans, Turners be overwhelming and confusing. best advice is, “Stay informed because The convenience provided through a next year will be a whole new ball game.” small, family-owned accounting firm Tax Happens is located at 10018 allows for personal service to customers Park Place Ave. in Riverview. For more virtually throughout the United States and information, call 304-5569 or visit military clients stationed all over the world

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Music And Comedy Are Offered Monthly At The Firehouse Pub In Ruskin The York. This Firehouse is a perCultural formance Center in you will Ruskin not want to offers miss. some of The the best Firehouse music and Pub will comedy host its experimonthly ences in Comedy The Firehouse Cultural Center’s Firehouse Pub in Ruskin is Night on the South a great local venue for music and comedy. Each month they Saturday, Shore at offer a great line up of talented musicians and comedians. their April 6. Firehouse The comic Pub. They have a great lineup for lineup has not yet been set but rest March and April. Georgia Vahue, assured, Comedy Coordinator, Executive Director of the Firehouse Michael Murillo will find a great act. Cultural Center said, “The Firehouse Vahue said, “Michael works in comeCultural Center is proud to bring the dy and brings the funniest, wellbest in music and comedy to the known and emerging comedians to South Shore.” the South Shore.” On Friday, March 16 come out Come back on Saturday, April 7 and listen to and experiChuck ence the Brodsky, a Rumba modern-day Brothers. They bard. Brodsky play a mixture uses his of Italian, acoustic guitar Mariachi, and voice to Caribbean tell stories of oddball and underdog Latin and Flamenco music. This is an characters. act you will not want to miss. On Saturday, March 17, you can On Saturday, April 21, you can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with some listen to Gypsy Star Band. They artgreat Irish tunes by Mike Donahue fully fuse original indie folk rock with and Third Man Out. The four memrhythms from around the world to bers of this band are all passionate create their own unique sound. about Irish music. All shows, except the special Next, on Saturday, March 24 Sunday performance, begin at 7:30 come see Stacey Knights and Chuck p.m. Advance tickets for the musical Weirich perform at the Firehouse performances are $18 for members Pub. Knights’ single Morning Monk and $23 for non-members. Tickets at earned first place in the March Jazz the door are $23 for members and Competition sponsored by American $28 for non-members. Advance tickIdol Underground. Weirich has been ets for the comedy shows are $15 for playing the trumpet for 45 years. members and $18 for non-members. The Firehouse Pub will offer a Tickets at the door are $20 for memspecial Sunday afternoon performbers and $25 for non-members. ance with Alexis Cole on Sunday, For more information, please visit March 25 at 3:30 p.m. Cole is a or respected Jazz vocalist from New call 645-7651.

22nd Annual Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival Featured At This Year’s Gasparilla International Film Festival For the past several decades, the Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival has been featured at the Annual Suncoast Federal Credit Union Gasaparilla International Film Festival. This year, the Tampa JCCS & Federation and the Jewish You will not want to miss films such as Heather Booth: Changing the Federation of World and Heading Home and The Tale of Team Israel at this year’s Annual Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival featured at the Annual Pinellas and Gasparilla International Film Festival held this March. Pasco Bryan Glazer Family JCC Theatre, AMC Counties have partnered to bring the Classic Centro Ybor in Tampa, Villagio broader community together as a showCinemas of Carrollwood, AMC Classic case for the feature films and documenPalm Harbor and AMC Sundial in St. taries from around the world on themes Petersburg. The film festival runs through of Jewish culture and identity. Sunday, March 25. In addition, this year’s festival will feaFilm lovers can see a variety of films. ture community events paired with many On Thursday, March 22 you can choose of the films to create an enhanced experito see Heather ence, inspire dialog Booth: Changing the and provide meanWorld; Longing; ingful moments of Sammy Davis, Jr.: community engageI’ve Gotta Be Me; ment. The Last Suit; “The evolved film Bombshell: The Hedy festival is now showLamarr Story; and casing over 20 films And Then She across the Bay,” Arrived. On Friday, explained Sara March 23 you can Scher, film festival see The Cakemaker and Budapest Noir. committee co-chair. “This year’s powerOn Saturday, March 24 you can see The house line up is the most eclectic that we Testament; In Between; and An Israeli have seen in years,” said co-chair Love Story. On Sunday, March 25 come Stewart Donnell. out and see Scandal in Ivansk; Dreaming The 22nd Annual Tampa Bay Jewish of a Jewish Christmas; Itzhak; Heading Film Festival begins with Opening Night Home: The Tale of Team Israel; and The on Wednesday, March 21 at 6 p.m. at the People vs. Fritz Bauer. Bryan Glazer Family JCC in Tampa. The The films are expected to sell out, so film festival opens with a screening of film attendees are encouraged to pre-purBye Bye Germany, an award-winning film chase film tickets by visiting that screened across the U.S. and interFor more information and to become nationally in over 50 film festivals. sponsor of the Tampa Bay Jewish Film The films will be shown at various Festival, please call 769-4725. venues across Tampa Bay including the

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Spring has Florida Wildlife sprung! Commission In the fishing (FWC). The miniworld, spring is mum size is 28” here. Fish are and the maxistaging up in mum is 33”, their known which is meashaunts a little ured with the tail early this year as pinched (TL = a result of the Total Length). record-breaking The bag limit is heat that we one per harhave encounvester per day. Nate and Adam show off a healthy limit of tered through As of the Trout on a recent trip with Capt. Travis late February. late, the trout Yaeckel. Snook, redfish, bite has picked and spotted sea trout have been pro- up significantly. We have located viding steady action for my clients several areas throughout the South over the last few weeks. Shore that are holding hungry Bait has been plentiful around schools of fish. An incoming tide has deeper structure in the bay and start- been key to catching numbers. ing to show up on the flats in some Deeper flats with larger pot holes areas. For catching bait deep, use a (sandy areas) are good places to 10-12 Ft 3/8” mesh net. During the start looking for fish. Having a live stronger periods of the tide, look for well full of bait will also add to your bait on the surface around the range success. Being able to chum an area markers and bridges. When the tide once you have located a few will help is slack or nearing, the bait will sit on keep the bite turned on. Personally, I the bottom. A good bottom machine prefer using a free-lined live bait for can sometimes make a difference trout but there are occasions where between getting bait and not. For the adding a float will increase your numflats, 8-10 Ft 1/4” mesh net will get ber of strikes. Remember to slow the job done. Most of the places that down a little when you have a fish are holding bait are high flow areas. on, trout have very soft mouth and Look for birds diving. Pelicans can often times will pull the hook. Loosing sometimes be your best friend when the drag on your reel and not pulling searching for bait. Anchoring up curwith the rod too heavily will help land rent of the target area and chumming more fish. Also, if you are not planwill be most productive. ning to keep a caught trout or it’s too As far as the fishing goes, it’s small to harvest, use a de-hook tool just like the weather – hot! Snook or a pair of pliers to get it off the line. have made their way out of the rivers They are extremely dependent on the and back country hideouts in search slime coat on their skin. of food. Good numbers of fish are being caught with the average being Captain Travis Yaeckel is a native resiaround 22”. Targeting mangrove dent of the SouthShore area and charters points and ambush areas have been full time for Redfish, Snook, Trout, and most productive. Use a live pilchard Tarpon. He is owner and operator of Instinct Fishing Co.,based out of lower Tampa Bay. (greenback, white-bait) for the best To book a charter, call 830-FISH or visit results. Snook season opened March Catch him on 1. Remember that if you plan on harTampa Fishing Outfitters Radio Show on vesting a fish and you are not fishing Sunday mornings from 8-9 a.m. at 1040 with a licensed guide, you must pura.m. Sports Talk the Team. chase a snook stamp from the

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Hundreds of concertgoers who attended Newland Communities’ annual Concerts for a Cause series and Fall Festivals at Waterset and Bexley made a difference in the fight against hunger by donating nearly 2,000 lbs. of non-perishable items and over $1,200 in cash to Feeding Tampa Bay. All totaled, the donations will provide the organization which works to end hunger in our community with nearly 14,000 meals. The series of popular outdoor concerts featured local and regional bands and took place between September and November at the two communities in Apollo Beach and Land O’ Lakes. In lieu of admission, concertgoers were asked to bring non-perishable food items or monetary donations to benefit Feeding Tampa Bay, the area’s leading food bank which provides food to more than 700,000 people in a 10-county area of West Florida, including Hillsborough and Pasco Counties. All totaled, concert goers donated 1,968 lbs. of food and $1,224 in cash which will provide 13,879 meals to people in our community in need. “We are truly grateful to our residents and the extraordinary generosity they show through our Concerts for a Cause series,” said Pam Parisi, Vice President of Marketing for Newland Communities. “The number

a big difference to our neighbors in need.” "One in seven adults and one in four children in our area struggle with hunger," added Thomas Mantz, Executive Director of Feeding Tampa Bay, "Our partnership with Newland Communities every year signifies the meaning of community. We bring families together to give back in a meaningful and fun way, and as a result we uplift families in need through meals that would otherwise not be possible. Strong communities exist when everyone comes together, and this is what Concerts for a Cause helps create." Waterset by Newland Communities is a master-planned community located in Apollo Beach. Waterset features a variety of amenities that include a community pool, fitness center, Fit Trail and Greenway. The Waterset information center is located in The Landing Club & Café and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sundays from noon to 6 p.m., along with more than 10 model homes priced from $200,000s to over $600,000. For more information, call 235-0154 or visit

Firehouse Cultural Center To Host Annual Big Draw This April

By Kathy L. Collins

Ruskin’s Talenty. Tuli Annual Big Draw, Carswell will lead which is a celebrabig scale drawtion of art and ing. Susan drawing, will be Fredricks from held on Saturday, USF will be April 14 from 1 to teaching printing. Bring the whole family to the Firehouse Cultural In addition, there 4 p.m. at the Firehouse Cultural Center on Saturday, April 14 for the Annual Big will be a drawing Draw event. There will be a variety of art workCenter located at circle set up for shops for everyone to experience. 101 1st Ave. NE in still life painting. Ruskin. Laurie Burhop with the Firehouse The Big Draw is an international Cultural Center said, “The Firehouse event. Locally, the Ruskin Big Draw was Cultural Center is hosting the Big Draw started in 2008 as a way to celebrate the because it is important to provide the vision of the town’s namesake, John South Shore community with cultural Ruskin, a Victorian artist and writer. experiences.” Burhop added, “It is nice to The year’s theme is Living Lines. have a free arts event, so people have There are a variety of art experiences the opportunity to be exposed to art.” being offered at the Big Draw including The artists and art educators who painting, drawing, sculpture and photogwill be teaching at this year’s Big Draw raphy. All activities offered that day are event come with years of experience. free to the public. There will be activities The community will have the opportunity for both children and adults. All activities to create art with art instructors who are led by teachers who are professional teach at the area’s finest institutions artists and art educators. including USF and the Ringling School The Big Draw art activities from of Art. In addition to all of the art experiwhich you can choose to participate ences, the Firehouse Cultural Center’s include creating mobiles with Dee Hood. new building, located next door, will be Jim Reiman will be leading groups on open for the public to see. The new creating photographs. Muralist, Mike building is already being used for visual Parker will lead a session on creating art classes. lines with bikes. You can learn about creFor information, visit www.fireating large abstract painting with Will or call 645-7651.

The Community Foundation Of Tampa Bay Awards Grants That Focus On Arts And Culture

By Kathy L. Collins

The funding from the Community Community Foundation of Foundation of Tampa Bay recentTampa Bay, the ly announced the library is able to awarding of bring professional $60,000 in grants art educators from to multiple organiacross the Tampa zations. The focus Bay region to was on increasing teach at the accessibility to arts SouthShore and culture in Regional Library. The SouthShore Regional Library in Ruskin Tampa Bay. The The library works is able to offer free art classes to local residents thanks to generous grants grants benefit with 15 to 20 received from entities such as the organizations from experienced art Community Foundation of Tampa Bay. museums and theinstructors who atres to community concerts. teach classes on a variety of art topics The recipients offer a variety of including watercolor, portraiture, as resources and events that enrich the well as other art areas such as carlives of area resident. This includes the tooning and zentangle.” grant to the Tampa Museum of Art. The The library provides the classes for museum will use its grant to support its free to children and adults. The Library Teen Open Studio in Hillsborough serves approximately 4,000 art stuCounty. Students from local schools dents each year. “The art classes are are able to use the Studio to complete often the students’ only experience art projects. with an art class. All materials and proSome local entities that will benefit fessional art instructors are provided at from the grants include the SouthShore no charge to our students,” added Regional Library located in Ruskin. Wolfe. Thanks to a grant given to the Friends Other recipients include The Straz of the Library of Hillsborough County, Center for the Performing Arts, the the SouthShore Regional Library will Florida Orchestra, the South Shore be able to continue to provide art Symphony Orchestra and the Women’s classes at the John Crawford Studio. Chorus of Sun City Center. Cheryl Wolfe, Administrative For more information, please visit Librarian said, “Thanks to the generous



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Topgolf Fundraiser Benefiting Teen Impact Program

On Sunday, March 25 from 2-6 p.m., Impact will be holding a fundraiser at Topgolf featuring a Hole in One and Beat the Pro Competition. The cost is $40 per ticket. Tickets are available for purchase through Eventbrite at . Ticket sales benefit the Impact program, which promotes healthy lifestyles and relationships to teens, parents, teachers, and other youth leaders through classroom education. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact Bill Kagey at 600-9446 or Topgolf is located at 10690 Palm River Rd. in Tampa.

St. Anne’s Third Annual Golf Tournament

Saint Anne Catholic Church is building its 2018 Community Outreach Funds with its Third Annual Golf Tournament. A ‘Best Ball Golf Tournament’ will be held Saturday, April 21 at Apollo Beach Golf Course, 801 Golf and Sea Blvd. in Apollo Beach. Registration opens 7 a.m. with an 8 a.m. ‘Shotgun Start.’ The entrance fee is $75 per player, or $300 for each foursome. This fee includes prizes for Hole-in-One, Greatest Putt, Longest Drive, Most Accurate Drive, Closest to the Pin (all Par 3s) and a ‘Fun’ Awards Luncheon with great food and prizes following the Tournament. The luncheon will be hosted at the Apollo Beach Golf Club. There will be a Hole in One contest with the Grand Prize of $10,000. Tournament registration forms are available at Saint Anne Parish Office

Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m.–Noon. Forms are also available at Apollo Beach Golf Course Pro Shop. All proceeds benefit Saint Anne Catholic Church Community Outreach programs, including the weekly Food Pantry, Education Scholarships, St. Vincent DePaul, and Catholic Charities’ Mobile Medical Bus.

Calling All Performers For Impact’s Got Talent Show

Mark your calendar for Friday, May 11 for the fourth annual Impact’s Got Talent show based on the hit television show America’s Got Talent. The family-friendly fundraiser kicks off at 6:30 p.m. at Bloomingdale High School, located at 1700 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. The grand prize is $250. Auditions will be held on Sunday, April 8 from 1–5 p.m. at Dance Quest

International, located at 853 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Brandon. Participation is for those in grades K12 and talent acts such as but not limited to: vocalists, actors, dancers (solo, duets and groups) and musicians. To sign up for an audition time, please contact Jennifer Crum at 6613236 or Impact’s Got Talent event tickets are $10 per person and available on The evening will also feature a 50-50 raffle and silent auction. All ticket sales benefit the Impact program, which promotes healthy lifestyles and relationships to teens, parents, teachers, and other youth leaders through classroom education. To be a sponsor, contact Angie Kagey at 264-9368 or For more information, visit IMPACT’s Got Talent 2018 Facebook Event page or

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The LifeCare Network’s Annual Golf Tournament With Helicopter Drop

LifeCare’s annual golf tournament will be held on Friday, April 13 at the River Hills Country Club in Valrico. Check-in begins at 11 a.m. and is followed by lunch and a helicopter golf ball drop. The shotgun start is at 12:45 p.m. The registration fee is $150 per person and includes golfing, lunch, dinner, a Dri-Fit polo shirt, goodie bag and contests along the golf course. The LifeCare Network exists to lead those they serve to know Christ, protect the sanctity of human life and promote biblically based sexuality according to God’s plan for marriage. For more information, visit To register or become a sponsor for the golf fundraiser, please contact Jessica Rickenbach at or 6540491. The River Hills Country Club is located at 3943 New River Hills Pkwy. in Valrico.

Adult Children Of Alcoholics & Dysfunctional Families

A support and fellowship group is starting soon at Northside Baptist Church in Ruskin. Healing is possible for adult children of alcoholic parents and dysfunctional families based on the ACA Handbook. This meeting book contains the Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions, sponsorship, Inner Child and re-parenting. Meeting discussions offer hope for recovery from the effects of growing up in a dysfunctional family, where alcohol or drugs may or may not have been present. While ACA is similar to other Twelve Step programs, our emphasis is on the family system and Inner Child or True Self The group will be meeting once per week; all are welcome. Please contact Michael O. for more information at 6902049 or

Impact’s Summer Staff Program Is Accepting Applications Now Summer Staff is an opportunity for high school students (grades 9– 12) to educate younger students (10+) about the importance of living

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Second Annual Daddy/Daughter Mother/Son Spring Fling Dance

On Friday, April 13 from 6-9 p.m., join in for the Second Annual Daddy/Daughter Mother/Son Spring Fling Dance. This special evening is for children ages 4 and up and raises money for Autism Speaks Walk. It will take place at The Barn in Winthrop, 11349 Bloomingdale Ave. in Riverview. Dress up with your child for a special evening you will forget. In instances where a parent is unable to attend, special adults are welcome (ie grandparent, uncle/aunt, etc). There will be dancing, desserts, raffle auction, photos and more. Purchase tickets at Each ticket is for one adult and one child and includes hors d'oueves, dessert table and photos. There will be one swag bag per child. Tickets can also be purchased directly at Amazing Kidz Therapy, located at 4312 Bell Shoals Rd, in Valrico. For additional information, please contact Kathleen Pici at Kathleen.Pici@AmazingKidZtherapy.c om.

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Comedian Leslie Norris Townsend To Perform At Bell Shoals Baptist Church

By Amanda Boston

Calling all ladies! Tampa’s FaithTalk radio station presents Ladies Night Out on Thursday, March 22 at Bell Shoals Baptist Church. Grab your girlfriends and get ready for an evening of laughs when Christian Comedian Leslie Norris Townsend takes the stage at 7 p.m. Townsend, also a former beauty queen and grand finalist on Star Search, received her first major break into showbiz performing at Walt Disney World. Shortly after, Hollywood noticed her knack for improvisation and knocked on her door. With 30 plus television appearances, including The Tonight Show and Comedy Central, Townsend easily connects with her audiences through song, dance and comedy. The accomplished performer has also shared the stage with the likes of Robin Williams, Bryan Cranston and Henry Winkler, just to name a few. Touted as part comedy and part testimony, Townsend’s act pulls from her life experience as she recounts her journey from a comedian with a bur-

geoning career in Hollywood to a farmer and stay-at-home mom in rural Ohio. “I wanted a better life for my family, and I couldn’t do that on the road,” explained Townsend. Comedian Leslie Norris Townsend captivates her “So here I audiences through song, was, this prisdance and clean comedy. sy beauty queen in heels, out in the mud and in the middle of nowhere.” “Laughter is so healing,” said Townsend. “It’s important for women to come together and lean on one another. We are going to have a great time at this event.” The fun kicks off at 5 p.m. with a shopping EXPO where ladies can mingle and sample lite hors-d'oeuvres and decadent desserts. For a larger appetite, food trucks will be on the premises. The event takes places on the Bell Shoals Brandon Campus located at 2102 Bell Shoals Rd. in Brandon. General admission is $10 per person with VIP seating at $29 per person. For further detail or to purchase tickets, visit For more information about Townsend, visit

Blind Side Actor Quinton Aaron To

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By Michael Smith

The Blind Side Scott Mulhollen actor Quinton Aaron said. “We treat will be the keynote them like royalty.” speaker for Royal Banquet Family Kids Camp keynote speaker Tampa Bay’s Royal Quinton Aaron is Banquet: Giving Hope best known for to Foster Kids on playing Michael Thursday, April 5, at Oher, aka ‘Big The Regent in Mike,’ in the Riverview. award-winning The banquet is the movie The Blind main fundraiser for Side. Royal Family Kids The TampaCamp Tampa Bay. The Actor Quinton Aaron, who starred in based Quinton the movie The Blind Side, will be the nonprofit organization’s Aaron keynote speaker at the Royal goal in 2018 is to proFoundation’s misBanquet. vide a free week of sion is to provide camp in July for more than hope, encouragement, 60 kids who come from confidence and foster care, group homes resources to children on and kinship care. the brink of suicide or During this life-changbattling the damaging ing week children ages 6effects on self-esteem 12 who have experienced abuse, and confidence caused by the neglect and abandonment are given actions or words of others. a safe and loving environment with a Several banquet sponsorship ratio of one adult to one child. The levels are available, ranging from camp is provided free of charge to $250 to $3,000. Event sponsors the kids and staffed 100 percent by include Thrivent Financial, the volunteers. Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa Bay Last year, 47 kids attended the Steel, Highland Packaging Solutions camp staffed by 60 volunteers. The and United Hoist Equipment. campers were treated like royalty The cost to attend the banquet, throughout the week, starting with a which will begin at 6:30 p.m., is $30 luxury coach bus ride to camp. per person and $210 for a table of “It’s a time where [the kids] are eight. Register online at shown God’s unconditional love in a Go online to way that they’ve probably never for more experienced before,” Camp Director information on volunteering.


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Volume 16, Issue 3

The Ice Age Returns At FossilFest Inna’s Alterations Offers Exceptional Staff Report

In Florida’s last Ice Age, prehistoric people hunted mammoths, built pyramids along Florida’s coast, and lived in fear of the saber cat, giant lion, and wolf. On Saturday and Sunday, March 10 and 11, the Florida State Fairgrounds will go back in time to a different place, a different Florida, a land long lost. The Tampa Bay Fossil Club presents the 31th annual, FossilFest 2018 – The Ice Age Returns! FossilFest is Florida’s largest prehistoric show where the public can view amazing fossils that were found right here in Florida, as well as, artifacts left behind by Florida’s first people. FossilFest features educational activities for both children and adults designed to teach the public about Florida’s exciting prehistoric past. Vendors will be on hand to sell and trade fossils. “Our goal is to teach Floridians about the prehistoric creatures and people that were here long before us,” said club president Mike Searle. “You don’t have travel to far-away exotic places to find these fossils. Mammoths, wolves, camels, and rhinos lived right here where we live today. Their fossilized remains are everywhere in Florida”, said Searle. On both days, there will be free workshops to teach folks how they can legally hunt for fossils in Florida

and how to identify and preserve what they find. A highlight of FossilFest is the children's Fossil Mine at Paleo Park. For a small fee, kids can dig through a sand pit to recover actual prehistoric fossils donated by members of the Tampa Bay Fossil Club. Then, at the ‘Learning Table,’ they sit down with a club member who will identify and explain their new treasures. The children keep all the fossils they find. “It’s a wonderful ‘hands-on’ learning experience,” said Club member and Hillsborough County schoolteacher, Patrick McGirk. “You just can’t believe how excited these kids get over finding fossils. They don’t even realize how much they’re learning.” There will be free door prizes, kid’s games, silent auctions, and raffles throughout the weekend. The Tampa Bay Fossil Club is a family oriented organization focusing on paleontology, archaeology, and everything prehistoric. The 31-year-old club hosts numerous field trips, camp outs, gatherings, and adventures throughout its September through May season. FossilFest will take place at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 in Tampa from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. -4 p.m. on Sunday. Cost is $8 for adults; children 12 and under are free. Visit

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Beyond alterations, Inna’s storefront is a hidden gem of dresses, shoes, accessories, and attire for all occasions. She and her staff take department store and designer pieces with slight damage and repair them until the defect is unnoticeable. She then boasts 20-50% off designer prices in all sizes. In the market for a prom dress, a cocktail dress, or a sundress? She has something for all tastes including casual wear and jewelry. The deals are too good not to stop by. Inna’s Alterations and Repair is open Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information, call 651-4416. Inna’s Alterations is located at 1548 Bloomingdale Ave. E., Suite 1548, Valrico, 33594.

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New Vanish Point Drop Tower Slides Right Into Adventure Island

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Guests are in for high-speed thrills the slide of their lives and tropical, tranwhen Adventure quil surroundings Island®Tampa for guests of all Bay’s new epic drop ages. Within a slide, Vanish soothing Key Point®, opens in West atmosphere, March 2018. guests enjoy Inspired by the slides, point on a wave corkscrews, where water and waterfalls, a wave gravity form a perfect pool, children’s partnership, the crest water playground of this 70-ft. and other family tower challenges you attractions. Adventure Island®Tampa Bay’s new with two 425 ft. wave Vanish Point® epic drop slide, Vanish Point®, opens in March 2018. paths. Step into one will be located at of two skyboxes, and the center of the face your fears as park next to another the floor family-favorite thrill disappears beneath slide, Colossal you. Or, get horizontal Curl™, and near on a 455-ft. long slide waterfalls, a 17,000ending with a high sq. ft. wave pool, speed finale. children’s water “These unique playground ride paths give guests called Fabian’s options on how they want their thrills Funport® and other family attractions. delivered,” said Stewart Clark, presiGuests can dig their toes into the dent of Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay sand or relax in lounge chairs or a priand Adventure Island®. “Whether you vate cabana. choose to have the floor drop from Construction on Vanish Point® will beneath your feet, or race to the botbegin in the coming weeks, and the tom on a looped slide, the only way ride is expected to be completed to down once you get to the top is a wild kick off the 2018 season for Adventure ride that gets your heart pumping.” Island®. Located right across the street Visit for more from Busch Gardens®, Adventure information, hours and special offers Island is the ultimate combination of for Advernture Island.


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