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RESIDENT Magazine F A I T H F U L LY S E R V I N G T H E W E S L E Y C H A P E L / N E W TA M PA C O M M U N I T Y • MARCH 2017

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table of contents March 2017

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

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TEAM BIOS

8

FINANCIAL ADVICE

24

THE YOGA CORNER

9

POST 911 VETERANS

25

I GIVE UP

10

EVENTS

26

IT'S ALL ABOUT THE KIDS-

12

LOCAL CLUB NEWS

13

CHAMBER RIBBON

RECORD WINNER

NOT THE PARENTS 28

CUTTINGS 14

FEATURED STORY

21

LIVING WITH LOW BACK PAIN

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THIS IS HOW YOU GROW STUFF

BUSINESS OF THE MONTH: MANAGEMENT

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PET OF THE MONTH & TOP BOOK READS

COVER STORY:

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IT'S MOVIE TIME!

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LETTER FROM the editor thoughts and ideas to editorial@ residentmagazine.net. We love to hear from you! As the Editor of Resident Magazine, it’s important to take time out occasionally to remind our readers that in everything we do, our goal is to be unbiased, informative and helpful. Our goal is also to help tie the community together. The residents of Wesley Chapel and New Tampa continually create and mold the identity of this wonderful area, through the lives they lead and the stories they tell. We would never try to promote a political agenda to any of

incredible place to live.

Thank you for reading Resident Magazine and for your support of our advertisers – your local business owners. You are the reason this community is so great. I’d like to give a special thanks to our incredible photographer, Bob Thompson of Thompson Brand Images. Bob is an extremely talented and experienced photographer and has a perfect personality for it; everyone he photographs feels comfortable in front of the camera lens and looks amazing in the photos! Thank you, Bob!

our readers as we strongly

STEPHANIE COSTOLO EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

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appy March, my fellow Floridians! Welcome to our March issue of Resident Magazine – hyper locally focused on you! This is another jam-packed issue, featuring the much talked about Lagoons at the Epperson development. By now, most of us have heard or read the details about the crystal clear water and swim-up bar in the Lagoon, but in true Resident Magazine fashion, we went a step further.

We are ever the curious cat about who is doing

feel that diversity in beliefs is one of the things that make our community… and our country… an

what… and why? In our feature this month, you meet Greg Singleton, the President of Metro Development and one of the key players in the whole Lagoon extravaganza. Also in this issue is our Big List of Events, our local Yoga expert weighs in and even some tips and tricks for growing your own container garden… plus so much more! We are here to offer insights into your community and information that’s relevant to you, so please send us your

RESIDENT Magazine Residents are welcome to submit stories, articles, important information, new ideas & photos. SEND TO EDITORIAL@RESIDENTMAGAZINE.NET

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© 2016 RESIDENT Magazine. All rights reserved. RESIDENT Magazine is currently published monthly, distributed by the U.S. Postal Service free to all residents and advertisers in the New Tampa and Wesley Chapel area. Lists are for reference only and do not imply official sanction or recommendation by RESIDENT Magazine. Editorial submissions are welcome. Publisher reserves the right to reject or edit all submissions for length and clarity. The publisher is not responsible for errors or omissions. Unless otherwise noted, the views, opinions and advertising presented in this publication do not necessarily represent those of the Publisher.

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team bios STEPHANIE COSTOLO EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Driven and passionate, Stephanie’s strengths lie in marrying day-to-day strategies with the bigger picture. As a lover of both business and psychology, she weaves those worlds together naturally. She is an Air Force veteran, has a BS in Behavioral Science and a Masters Degree in Entrepreneurship in Applied Technologies from USF.

PATTI SMITH ADVISOR

Patti Smith brings over 24 years of experience in advertising and publishing. She contributes to the team her insight and knows how to think out of the box . When Patti isn't busy helping others, she spends time with her beautiful daughter Loryn.

DAVID HERRMANN ASSOCIATE

David has been helping local businesses grow for the last 5 years in the New Tampa and Wesley Chapel area. As a PGA Member for 18 years, he has done everything from playing professionally to running both semi and private golf courses. David and his wife Kelly are new parents to Axel Stone and their daughter Kendal Victoria.

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SUSAN GULASH ART DIRECTOR

Susan Gulash is a creative individual who loves the complete design process - from research to conception to completion. She has over 13 years experience in graphic/ web design, and is the owner of Gulash Graphics. She attended and graduated from IRSC & USF. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two girls.

RANDI FREMUTH ASSISTANT EDITOR

Randi is experienced in teaching secondary English education and non-profit/outreach programming. She is an Illinois-native, but recently bought a farm in Michigan and has been trying her hand at homesteading with her wonderfully patient husband and two energetic daughters.

PAT GUSTAS ASSOCIATE

Pat, a native of Northwest Indiana calls Wesley Chapel her home for the past three years. She owned her own business for 35 years and was an Ad Junct teacher at the local community college. Pat and her husband now enjoy life and their four young grandchildren. As a Resident Magazine sales associate, Pat enjoys meeting local business people and helping them grow their successes.

BOB THOMPSON PHOTOGRAPHER

Bob is thrilled to bring his passion for photography to Resident Magazine. He shoots for magazines and corporations as well as local businesses. By last count he has photographed over 40,000 people in his 23 years as a photographer! He is a dad, husband, proud Rotarian, musician, emcee, and is excited to play a part in the growth of Wesley Chapel and New Tampa.

HEATHER MORALES EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Heather Morales grew up in Nevada but always promised herself she would live near the beach. A Florida resident of more than 10 years now, she still can’t get enough of the ocean and spends her free time on the water paddle boarding.

JOIN OUR TEAM We are growing! To inquire about joining the Resident Magazine team as a Sales Associate, please email your resume to stephanie@ residentmagazine.net.

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FI NAN CIAL

ADVICE

Supporting Aging Parents

with their Finances

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eeping track of fi nances takes time, attention and energy at any age. In the case of older adults, health challenges such as memory loss can make it difficult to manage their fi nancial obligations as well as they did in the past. If you’re the son or daughter of aging parents, here are a few items to keep in mind that can help protect your parents from fi nancial missteps as they grow older. Looking out for your parents For many seniors, signs of memory loss or dementia may fi rst become apparent when they start to lose track of fi nancial responsibilities. These signs could include unusual spending patterns, failing to remember which bills were paid or incurring uncharacteristic late or overdraft fees. Unfortunately, seniors are far more vulnerable to fi nancial scams as well. Savvy swindlers routinely target older adults who may not be as quick to discern fraud in the form of phony phone calls, letters, emails or texts. If you notice that mom or dad is struggling to stay on top of their fi nances, approach the situation delicately. People experiencing memory loss may not want to admit they’re having difficulties, while other family members may be in denial about mom or dad needing help. Start the Page 8 | March 2017

conversation by offering a helping hand. Older adults often want to maintain their independence, so keep that in mind as you start to get involved. Creating a support plan Ideally, it’s best to get mom and dad involved in creating a fi nancial plan while they’re able to communicate their wishes. While this isn’t always possible, any preparations you can do before the situation is critical can help you feel better about their fi nancial affairs. Start by reviewing your parent’s fi nancial situation, covering off on all their assets and liabilities. If he or she is working with a fi nancial advisor, invite that professional to the meeting. Work together on a strategy to make sure mom or dad is able to cover current expenses and prepare for future ones. The following checklist can help you get started: 1. Designate someone who is committed to the best interest of your parent to take the lead on fi nancial matters. While many family members may want to be involved in decisions affecting the individual with memory issues, consider choosing one person as the fi nancial contact. This person should make sure bills are paid on time, taxes are completed and keep track of mom or dad’s overall

fi nances, looping in other family members as necessary. Meet with your attorney to discuss if the designated person should seek legal fi nancial responsibility as well, by becoming a “power of attorney.” 2. Ensure each asset is properly titled and has a beneficiary that reflects your parent’s wishes. Suggest a meeting with an estate attorney if you think your parent needs to set up or update their will, health care proxy or other estate planning documents. 3. Establish automatic bill pay where you can. Suggest that your mom or dad set-up his or her account to receive emails when bills are due or paid so that there’s a paper trail to follow in case of confusion. 4. Create a retirement income strategy – or document your parents’ income if they’re already retired – so that it’s clear what their sources of income are and how they will pay for caregiving expenses. Sources of income may include Social Security, pensions, retirement accounts, annuities or other investments, while their life, health, long-term care and disability insurance policies may provide important coverage to offset expenses. Caregiving costs can be significant, particularly if a higher level of care is needed. Take the time now to explore options and costs for in-home and facility care,

and make sure you understand how your parent feels about the various options. 5. If your parent is still fairly independent fi nancially, remind him or her about the prevalence of money-related scams. Demonstrate how your parent can protect themselves against fraud. If you are concerned about your parents’ memory issues, try to fi nd some time to lay out a caregiving and fi nancial plan of action while your parents are still able to be part of the conversation. Consulting with a fi nancial advisor or an attorney familiar with elder law issues may help get the discussion started Lauren Hopper is a Financial Advisor with Mclendon & Associates, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. She offers fee-based financial planning and asset management strategies and has been in practice for 16 years. You may contact her at lauren.s.hopper@ampf.com.

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post 9/11 veterans who are reaching out to those who have found themselves in their same situation. President John Robinson and Vice President Marc Wolfson, both from Tampa Bay, served on active duty in the United States Marine Corps and have four combat deployments combined and over thirty months on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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or returning veterans, their battle is far from over. They are often forgotten, stigmatized, and swept aside. Post 9/11 Veterans Corp, a Tampa Bay based 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, is reaching out to those vets and helping them to create a new future. According to their website, 22 veterans commit suicide per day, 55,000 veterans are homeless, and 573,000 veterans are unemployed. These numbers

The organization’s goal is to unite military veterans with are astounding. Post 9/11 Veterans seeks to unite returning veterans with their communities through social outreach while educating future generations. They are building better futures and outcomes for veterans and their families. The organization was founded and is currently run by two

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as many community members as possible and believes early reintegration is key to a veteran

successfully transitioning back into their community. They offer a variety of services, such as professional resume design, employment services, dress clothes (at no cost), and emergency financial aid. They also focus on social outreach programs, including holiday toy drives, school supplies for children, and food for those in need. Nearly 100% of all of their proceeds go directly back into their local communities. Post 9/11 Veterans Corp provides a platform for veterans and their communities to meet one another, helping to eliminate stigmas and foster relationships. From sports events to dinner groups, Post 9/11 Veterans Corp provides opportunities for communities to unite. For more information, please visit www. post911veterans.org.

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR EVERY TUESDAY & SATURDAY IN MARCH FREE STORY TIME AT BARNES & NOBLE EVERY TUESDAY & SATURDAY Time: 11:00am Location: Visit your local Barnes & Noble Cost: Fees Apply

MARCH 3 MOVIE IN THE PARK AT LAND O LAKES COMMUNITY CENTER Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm Location: Land O Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O Lakes Cost: Free

MARCH 1 WIREGRASS MALL RANCHER KIDS CLUB Time: 10:00am - 11:00am Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 Cost: Free

NUNES AT NIGHT Time: 7:00pm - 12:00am Location: Quail Hollow, 6225 Old Pasco Road, Welsey Chapel Cost: Free

CHAKACHA THE BEGINNING 8 WEEKS CYCLE Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm Location: Contact TampabayAfrofit Inc. Natacha Zamor at TampaBayAfrofit@ gmail.com Cost: $80.00 MARCH 2 HAPPY COW KIND KIDZ FUNDRAISER Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm Location: 1646 Bruce B Downs Blvd., Wesley Chapel, FL 33544 Cost: Twenty percent of net sales will be donated back

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MARCH 4 HOME DEPOT KIDS WORKSHOP Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm Location: Visit your local Home Depot Cost: Free BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF TAMPA BAY- BIG ORIENTATION Time: 10:30am - 12:00pm Location: New Port Richey Recreation & Aquatic Center 6630 Van Buren, New Port Richey Cost: Free STREETSIDE CLASSICS 2ND ANNUAL SPRING CAR & TRUCK SHOW Time: 8:00am - 3:00pm

Location: Streetside Classics, 4610 Pet Lane, Ste 105, Lutz, FL 33559 Cost: Visit www. premiumcarshows.com for registration MARCH 5 EVERYDAY BLESSINGS BENEFIT CAR & TRUCK SHOW Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 Cost: For car registration information, visit www. premiumcarshows.com. MARCH 6 4TH ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT Time: 11:00am - 7:00pm Location: Saddlebrook Resort & Golf Club, 5700 Saddlebrook Way, Wesley Chapel, FL 33543 Cost: $500 Corporate Team $125 Individual Player MARCH 7 STOP LOW BACK PAIN BEFORE IT STOPS YOU Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm Location: Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, 2600 Bruce B Downs Blvd., 2nd Floor Classrooms, Wesley Chapel, FL Cost: Free

MARCH 9 MONTHLY (JOINT) MIXER AT FLORIDA HOSPITAL CENTER ICE Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm Location: Florida Hospital Center Ice, 3173 Cypress Ridge Blvd, Wesley Chapel, FL 33544 Cost: Free to attend - bring plenty of business cards MARCH 10 MUSIC BY "DJ CONTROL" Time: 7:00pm -12:00am Location: Quail Hollow, 6225 Old Pasco Road, Welsey Chapel Cost: Free MARCH 11 QUAIL RUN RV RESORT CRUISE-IN Time: 11:00am - 3:00pm Location: 6946 Old Pasco Road, Wesley Chapel, FL Cost: Free MARCH 14 GROCERY STORE TOUR: NUTRITION S’MART Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm Location: Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, 2600 Bruce B Downs Blvd., 2nd Floor Classrooms, Wesley Chapel, FL Cost: Free

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MARCH 17 THE REFLECTIONS BAND Time: 7:00pm - 11:00pm Location: Quail Hollow, 6225 Old Pasco Road, Welsey Chapel Cost: Free THE BRASS TAP ANNUAL ST. PATRICK'S DAY STREET PARTY Time: 12:00pm - 2:00am Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 Cost: Free to attend MARCH 18 TASTE OF NEW TAMPA & WESLEY CHAPEL Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm Location: Florida Hospital Center Ice, 3173 Cypress Ridge Blvd., Wesley Chapel, FL 33544 Cost: www.TasteOfNewTampa. org/tickets.html

MARCH 28 MAKING STRIDES COMMITTEE INTEREST PARTY Time: 6:00pm - 7:15pm Location: Land O' Lakes Winery, 3901 Land O' Lakes Blvd Land O' Lakes, FL 34639 Cost: Free

MARCH 30-31 DREAMHOUSE THEATRE: JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT Time: 8:00pm - 11:59pm Location: Dreamhouse Theatre, 1840 Oak Grove Blvd Cost: $20.86

APRIL 22 CMA LIVE! THE ULTIMATE COUPLE'S CHALLENGE Time: 7:30pm - 9:30pm Location: Land O Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O Lakes Blvd, 34639 Cost: $12 Adults/ $5 Childcare

TIME FOR WINE WINE PRESENTS PASSPORT SERIES 2017 Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm Location: Dash of Salt N Pepper, 10353 Cross Creek Blvd., Tampa, FL 33647 Cost: Must RSVP to Time for Wine 813-664-1430, $20.00 per person in advance or $25.00 at the DOOR

MARCH 30 EASTER BUNNY AT WIREGRASS Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, MARCH 25 28211 Paseo Dr #100 3RD ANNUAL ZEPHYRHILLS Cost: Free PIE FESTIVAL Time: 11:00am - 6:00pm PHOENIX BAND Location: Zephyr Park, 38116 5th Time: 7:00pm - 11:00pm Ave Location: Quail Hollow, 6225 Old Cost: Free Pasco Road, Welsey Chapel Cost: Free

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LOCAL CLUB NEWS

GFWC woman's club

gfwcwomansclubnewtampa.com

We started 2017 with 28 NEW members!! We are SO excited to partner with The Ronald McDonald House of Tampa Bay providing them with items from their Urgent Needs list to fill their pantry. For 36 years, the Ronald McDonald House of Tampa Bay has been helping children with challenging medical needs and their families stay close together during difficult times. A family can be there from 1 day to months. A group of us also prepared a full course meal for all guests who are currently staying at the house.

We also prepared Valentine Cards for our local veterans at The James A Hayley VA Hospital. We will be sponsoring Bingo on Feb. 15, 2017 at the VA Hospital. You are invited to join us! GFWCWCNT is a volunteer/service organization and a great way to get involved in our community, have fun and make new friendships. Please check out our website at gfwcwomansclubnewtampa.com or Facebook page – GFWC Woman’s Club of New Tampa. For membership, please contact us at womansclubnewtampa@gmail.com. We meet on the 3rd Wed of each month at the New Tampa Regional Library on Cross Creek , 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

of new Tampa newtamparotary.org

facebook.com/RotaryClubOfNewTampa/ Twitter@NewTampaRotary For more information, visit www.newtamparotary.org/ The Rotary Club of New Tampa’s membership represents a cross-section of the community’s business and professional men and women. Membership in the Rotary Club of New Tampa provides the opportunity to become connected to the community, work with others in addressing community needs and interacting with other professionals in the community. New members are welcome. Club meetings are held Fridays at 7:00a.m. at Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club.

Speaker Schedule for March 2017 Date Mar. 3

Speaker

Mar. 10

Amy Hoerbelt, VP of Arts in Motion

Mar. 17

Tampa Bay Holocaust Museum Performing arts for children

Presentations concerning each speaker’s vocation

Various Members of RCNT

Mar. 24

Don Snyder and Ryan Johns

Strategies for LongTerm Care

Mar. 31

Hannah White, high school student representative for Tampa Bay

Ford Next Generation Learning program

GFWC

Junior woman's club

gfwcnewtampajuniors.org

On March 26, 2017, the GFWC New Tampa Junior Woman’s Club will host its 20th Annual Charity Fundraiser and Silent Auction event, which has been our signature fundraiser since our club’s inception. Our theme, “Tee It Up For Charity – A Topgolf Event” promises to be an evening to remember. This casually classy evening will be held at Topgolf located at 10690 PalmRiver Road, Tampa. Guests of this event will be invited to socialize, bid on silent Page 12 | March 2017

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Harry Heuman, board member and docent for Tampa Bay Holocaust Museum

auction items, participate in a 50/50 Raffle, enjoy a buffet dinner, and will include three hours of golf play. All funds received from this event go directly back to the community through service projects and donations. Tickets to the event are $75 and can be purchased on our website at http:// g f wcne w t a mpaju n iors.org / no5000/. Thank you for your support and we hope to see you there! Are you looking to give back to your community and meet other ladies who are working to make the world a better place through volunteer service? The GFWC New Tampa Junior Woman’s Club is made up of women in the community who meet monthly and work with numerous charitable organizations to better the lives of others. Our regular meetings are held the second Monday evening of the month and the majority of our volunteer events are held on the weekends. Please contact pr@ gfwcnewtampajuniors.org or visit www.gfwcnewtampajuniors.org for more information.

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ajor development plans are in the works for Pasco County, and not only are residents itching to hear the updates, but the plans are making national news. What has everyone so geared up? Greg Singleton, President of Metro Development Group, spoke with Resident Magazine about how Metro is building the first “Smart Gigabit Community” in the US from the ground up and launching Pasco County straight into the future. Connected City will be the first community in the nation to incorporate a series of fiber networks utilizing gigabit technology from the first moment of construction. Every home and building on the 7,800-acre planning area will have access to Metro Development Group’s ULTRAFi technology, which provides up to one gigabit internet speeds and is nearly 100x faster than today’s average speeds. The community will eventually include a whopping 37,000 homes and over 12 million square feet of commercial space for offices, retail, and technology manufacturing. Included in these plans are a wellness district, education center, and a series of man-made lagoons.

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Metro Development Group is partnering with Florida Hospital and Tampa General Hospital to bring a wellness district into Connected City. The gigabit technology “will give the wellness district the potential to be at the forefront of digital modern medicine, with everything from tele-medicine to the ability for healthcare professionals to collaborate with experts seamlessly around the globe.” Plans for the district will include an innovation center, medical hospital, and a health and performance institute. The education center will benefit in much the same way. Metro Development Group is partnering with Saint Leo University and will be utilizing the technology for internet access and “allow students to complete specialized courses online from gigabit-connected classrooms and computer labs… and enable professors from all over the world to teach classes remotely, through a high-resolution, uninterrupted video connection.” The wellness district and the education center will take about 10 years to complete and will offer exciting opportunities to those who are involved in the medical and educational field.

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Ultra-fast gigabit technology isn’t the only exciting development Connected City has in the works. It will also feature the first Crystal Lagoon in the US built by Crystal Lagoons. It will be located in the community of Epperson and expected completion will be in late 2017. The Crystal Lagoon is a multi-acre man-made lagoon, which will include swimming access, waterslides, jumping platforms, obstacle islands, and will allow kayaking and paddle boarding. The water is promised to be turquoise and crystal-clear using an ultrasound technology system that is sustainable, eco-friendly, and safe. Connected City will be an ongoing project—expected completion will be about 50 years—but the first homes will be completed in the fall of 2017. The first community is Epperson and will have about 3,000 homes, and the second community will be Mirada, which will have about 5,000 homes; Mirada is expected to break ground in the spring of 2017.

Resident Magazine (RM): At what point will the development plan for Connected City include 37,000 homes? Greg Singleton (GS): Connected city is broader than just our two projects, which are Epperson and Mirada. Connected City encompasses the whole area from Epperson, all the way up to State Road 52 and all the away over to I-75. Mirada will have 4,500 units and Epperson will have 3,000, so that’s about 7,500 units there. By 2050, the plans are to have 37,000 new homes built on that land. RM: Are there going to be infrastructure changes to support the increased traffic volume? GS: Yes, we're building Overpass Road down to the end of Epperson, and then the county will eventually connect it with I-75, so there will be another interchange at I-75 and Overpass

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Road, which would be fantastic for that area. RM: Metro seems to be pretty focused on doing things differently. Is that what is expected with the upcoming wellness district and education center? GS: One of the things I always like to tell people is that it's in our DNA at Metro to be innovative. It's just not as exciting to do the same old, same old. We think about how it will be to live there and about what we could do that's different… And how do we future-proof it? It started with technology, the Wi-Fi, and that has rolled into what we've done with West Florida Health and the hospitals and what we're doing with the Lagoon. It's more exciting and stimulating to do something fun like that. RM: When does Mirada break ground? GS: We actually started doing some earthwork at the end of February. We've got about 12 months of development, so it’s about 12 months behind Epperson. RM: What can you tell us about the level of interest Metro has received about Epperson? GS: One of our builders, D.R. Horton, has raised prices twice there already. There are 35 communities in Tampa, and one out of every four calls they are getting is about Epperson. They don’t even have the model homes done yet. It's unusual to raise prices twice before you even have

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your model homes up. There have been people who don't even live here in this area that have already bought houses in Epperson. Once we get that lagoon filled, people are going to be stunned by it. At Metro, we keep a database of people that have gone to our website and have said that they wanted more information about the Crystal Lagoons at Epperson. Since the groundbreaking, we've added over 700 new names to that list, which is unusual. When developments of this size come into a community, it’s not often that the community members get to know who is behind the scenes. We live in the Information Age and have access to stats, details, news and opinions at any given moment; what we can't always readily access are the motivations an individual has and the internal drive which propels him or her to success. When we ask about family, morning rituals and the best advice someone has received, we get a peek into their world. We are able to momentarily see life from another viewpoint and can apply that insight to our lives in order to move forward in the direction of our goals. RM: We’re going to switch it up a bit and get to know you as Greg Singleton, the person. Tell me about your childhood and where you were born. GS: I was born in Atlanta in the ‘60s, and I lived there until eighth grade. An interesting thing about my childhood is that at the end of the ‘60s, early ‘70s, my dad, Tim Singleton, at the time was the Dean of Men at Georgia State University, which is in downtown Atlanta. It was the height of the civil rights turmoil, and part of his job was to be the liaison, kind of like the entourage guy, to Martin Luther King Jr. MLK would come to Georgia State to speak, and my dad

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was the guy who would escort him around the campus. At the time, my dad was very involved with trying to integrate the fraternities. Black fraternities were off-campus and the white fraternities were oncampus, so he helped get them to integrate. RM: Tell us about your family?

race started with a hundred people the first year, and then it grew and the Peachtree Road Race became this status symbol. I have an older brother, Tim. He’s two years older than me. He’s a successful banker in Huntsville, Alabama, and he has two great kids.

GS: My wife is Jeanette and we have been married 21 years. I have a son named Will, who is 17, and I have a daughter, Ansley, who's ten. Ansley was actually adopted. It’s an interesting story. We were expecting the adoption process to take a long time; it usually does. They have to do things like a criminal background check or home checks, where they check to make sure you have the right number of smoke alarms in your house and so on. We thought we had some time, and we were on vacation in North Carolina when they called us. They told us a baby girl had been born, and the mother had two days to decide if she still wanted to choose adoption. We were on vacation, and we had no car seats, no diapers, no room painted, none of that kind of stuff. We literally got her right out of the hospital.

RM: What brought you to the Tampa area? GS: I went to college in San Marcos, Texas and played basketball there. Then I moved back to Atlanta and had a job in banking for 20+ years. In 2000 I was transferred with what’s now Wells Fargo from Atlanta to Tampa, and then I stayed in banking for another 5 years. RM: What prompted you to get into the development industry?

GS: I already had an interest in building. When I was living in Atlanta, I bought four lots in the historic district, and I built houses on each of those lots. It was a unique learning experience because everything had to be approved by historians. The houses had to be architecturally accurate, for example My mom’s name is Shelby and the style had to be Victorian or lives in Atlanta, and she was the Queen Anne; they had to be first woman in her family to have authentic. I probably bit off more a college degree. My dad is now than I could chew. After building deceased. An interesting thing was complete and I was working on about my dad was that he was a big selling the houses, I was transferred runner, and he started the Peachtree to Tampa through my banking Road Race, which is the largest job. When I started working here 10k race in the world. They have in Tampa, I just watched what 45,000 to 60,000 people running people were doing, and I decided each year. When it started, people at some point in my future I was ran and only the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd going to go out on my own. I place runners received a trophy. My talked to one of my customers at dad was a big believer in everybody the time, and he told me he’d be getting something for being honored to partner with me. It involved, so he came up with the just so happened that I was able to idea to give the participants who ran find a couple of deals right away. I under a certain time a t-shirt. The Continued on page 17

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found a deal in Gainesville, Florida, and we bought some apartments. We converted them into condos; we called them “kiddy condos.” Then, I bought some property to develop over in Clearwater, and that project killed me. We launched that product at the end of 2005, right when the market took a downturn. That was an expensive lesson. It wiped out about 10 years’ worth of savings. I’ve see the highs and lows of this business, and I’ve learned a lot. John, the owner and CEO of Metro, and I stayed in touch after I quit working for the bank; he was one of my clients. We met for drinks at one point; he told me he was looking for a president, and he wanted me for the job. John likes to get things done quickly, so we literally pinky swore over the terms that night, and then I went to work with him the next week. That was a little over ten years ago now. RM: What's your favorite sports team? GS: I hate to admit it right now because it's painful, but Atlanta Falcons followed by Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I'm an NFL fan. RM: On the weekends when it's time to relax, what are you typically doing?

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GS: I like to play golf. I also like to watch my daughter ride horses. She rides Equestrian multiple days a week. My wife and I do date night typically on Friday or Saturday night. We like to go to the Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club; it has fantastic food and great service, so we go there a lot. We also mix it up. We like wine; we're big wine fans.

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RM: What are some of your weaknesses? GS: According to my wife, lawn work [laughs]. I hate mowing the grass; I hate picking up leaves; I hate all of that kind of yard stuff. I don't like making beds, but I'm pretty good about loading the dishwasher. In my work life, my biggest weakness is that I have the tendency to look at all of the perspectives. In a business deal or when you work with other people on projects, everyone has their own perspective or opinion on how things should go. I usually understand everyone’s perspective in these situations, which can get in the way when I’m making a decision. Sometimes it’s better to have more clarity about what you want and what you believe than to get bogged down by other people’s views. Recently, I went through some in-depth testing by a woman in St. Pete, Dr. Jen Hall, and I’ve been going through some executive leadership training. She ran these tests, and that’s basically what she found. I need to hear all of the information and need to know everyone’s perspective. I want to know all of the facts. For some people, you can give them a tiny bit of information, and they can make a decision; it has no effect on them. But, I want to hear all of the details. There could be a piece of information that comes in at the 11th hour, and I could just change my decision at that moment. That can be great, but it can also make things difficult. That’s probably one of the reasons why John and I work well together. He’s much more decisive and maybe I’m a little more thoughtful, so it’s a good ying and yang situation.

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RM: Do you have a favorite quote? GS: “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” It’s a quote by Martin Luther King Jr. RM: What are your morning rituals? GS: I like to read. It's my quiet time. I have the tendency to wake up pretty early. It's not unusual for me to be up at 4:00 or 4:30am. The house goes crazy at about 6:15am with my son, daughter, wife and dog, so before that is my time that's quiet, and I like to use that time to read. I just have a lot of intellectual curiosity about things.

It can be the strangest things from a life hack that someone tells me about to something very spiritual— just getting new information. I like to read interviews and articles. If I have a good book going, it's usually fiction. Reading is just one of those things where it's a way for me to disengage. RM: What was the last book you read? GS: The last book I read was called Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. I didn't like it as much; it was okay. She has another book called, Leaving Time, which was much better. RM: What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?

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GS: Continue to learn; don't stagnate. It could be learning about anything, just don't stand still. RM: Have you ever received any bad advice? GS: I gave myself bad advice when I decided to develop a condo project back in 2005 [laughs]. RM: What advice do you have for young adults who want to own or run a large company? GS: That's one of the things I'm really passionate about is the people that I work with. I do a lot of mentoring, and I've actually talked to some young leaders about this. I tell them that you really have to “manage up,” and I don't mean suck up. I mean manage up. You need to understand what keeps your boss up

at night, what kinds of challenges he or she has, and how you can help them solve their problems. People sort of have a tendency to think about themselves, but you have to change the dynamic and think about what you can do for your boss. It's almost like paying it forward. If you do something for the boss, you’re going to improve and you’re going to get more opportunities. I think you've got to tell them what you want. There are some extraordinary bosses out there, but for the most part, they have a lot of challenges, so you've got to convince them to take an interest in you. You've got to find somebody that can mentor you; somebody that you want to be. You need to be able to reach

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out to them. Let's say that you are a young woman in an area dominated by men. Find that other woman who's done it and talk with her, and not just about what they've done well because they've obviously done well, but what mistakes they have made. History repeats itself but never in quite the same way.

fathers have a huge impact on their daughters and their future relationships. When I'm gone, how have I left my wife? Have I left her in good shape or is she struggling? Have I provided properly for her? Did I balance my need for work and make sure I show up for the important things in the kids’ lives? How would they judge me?

RM: Thirty years from now, what do you want to be remembered for? GS: I want to leave a legacy with my family, and I want to have prepared them for life. Have I prepared my son and daughter? Are they going to marry well and have a good family? It’s especially important with daughters;

RM: If you could put up a billboard anywhere and have it say anything, what would it say? GS: The biggest thing for me in life is that there are certain people, and when you're around them you kind of feel better about life. You walk away better from the experience. And then, there are other people that just suck the life out of you.

Maybe it should say, “you should avoid life suckers [laughs].” To me, they literally and figuratively kill people. There are just certain people in the world that have really negative energy; they're just toxic. Greg Singleton with Metro Development Group is driving master-planned communities forward, starting right here in Wesley Chapel. With innovation at the helm, the question on his mind when planning the communities is ‘how will it be to live here?’ A family man like Greg knows the importance of providing a place to live that is not only safe and welcoming but enjoyable. A beautiful oasis right in their backyard.

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LIVING WITH LOW BACK PAIN Internationally recognized treatment option in Wesley Chapel

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s much as 80 percent of the population will experience a back problem at some point in their lives, and low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the Global Burden of Disease.

trained team of therapists who specialize in spine, back and neck pain. All of the physical therapists are certified in the McKenzie Method of MDT.

Back pain can typically be classified into one of these three syndromes: postural (caused by continued stress on soft tissues), derangement (caused by mechanical obstruction of an affected joint) or dysfunction (caused by structurally impaired soft tissue). Once this is determined, a specific plan of care can be created.

The McKenzie Method of MDT is a reliable assessment process intended for all musculoskeletal problems, including pain in the back, neck and extremities (i.e., shoulder, knee, ankle, etc.), as well as issues associated with sciatica, sacroiliac joint pain, arthritis, degenerative disc disease, muscle spasms and intermittent numbness in hands or feet. The McKenzie Method typically results in faster results and fewer therapy visits.

There are a wide-array of treatment options for low back pain including physical therapy, injections, surgery and more. Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel’s state-of-the-art outpatient rehabilitation facility has a highly

“The results are amazing. We have seen patients come into the clinic in wheelchairs who are walking after just a few visits. We have patients who have had chronic pain so severe that they are unable to do basic daily

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tasks,” said Eva Halpern, PT, director of rehabilitation services at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel. Stories of patients who have undergone this treatment can be found on the hospital website at FHWesleyChapel.org/ rehabilitation. Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel is offering a free lecture on low back pain – “Stop Low Back Pain Before It Stops You” – on Tuesday, March 7 at 12 pm. The presentation is designed for those suffering from back pain or numbness and tingling in their leg(s). Jonathan Dolutan, PT, DPT, Dip MDT, will talk about symptoms, techniques and treatment options for back pain. The event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required at FHWesleyChapel.org/ Events or (813) 929-5432.

Healthy Happenings at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel is a series of complimentary and/or low-cost health and wellness events inspired to help our community live happier and healthier lives. For more information or a list of these events and programs, visit FHWCHealthyHappenings. org.

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A favorite method of container growing as of late has been the five gallon bucket you find at any local hardware shop.

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rban homesteading has seen a recent increase in popularity with many people realizing that it doesn't require large amounts of land in order to grow your own produce. Even those with the brownest of thumbs can grow fresh fruits and vegetables if pointed in the right direction. Anyone who is struggling with

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Drill some holes in the bottom and fill with your choice of potting soil (do make sure you are using potting soil, as garden soil is too compact and will not allow for proper drainage or aeration), and fertilizer. One 5 gallon bucket can grow one tomato plant that averages an estimated yield of 1220lbs of tomatoes.

limited growing space because of apartment living or a small yard, can utilize container gardening methods. Virtually anything can Once planted, a tomato seed be used as a growing container kept in a temperature range given it provides adequate room for of 70-80 degrees should root systems to develop properly and some holes for water drainage. sprout in 5 to 10 days. Keeping the plant in full sun, water at the base to prevent leaves from Here are the quick and easy steps to grow tomatoes from your lanai! being scalded, and depending on the variety you planted expect a harvest in 65-80 days. While the garden staple for many

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years has been the tomato, don't feel as though you have to limit yourself to it for containers. There are many varieties of different fruits and vegetables that have been hybridized in order to grow more prolifically in containers. When shopping for seeds some manufactures now have a small image of a container with a little check mark in it on their packets. These images let you know that specific fruit or vegetable will grow well in pots/containers. Potatoes, carrots, herbs, onions, tomatoes, and many more can be successfully grown in containers that can be placed out on sunny balconies, porches, driveways, or yards. Don't allow living in an urban environment to prevent you from growing highly nutritious and flavorful produce at a fraction of the cost in a store.

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esley Chapel resident of 10 years and a varsity girl’s basketball coach at Gaither high school, Justin Dargahi, or JD, set a new Guinness World Record for the most basketball three pointers shot in one minute. JD started playing competitive basketball when he was 11. He played throughout middle and high school at Cambridge Christian, in recreational leagues, and in USF intramurals. He also participated in a 3-point shootout held at USF in 2007 with 30 other competitors where he won the grand prize of $1,000. Believing he had a special gift, JD decided to enter the Guinness World Records. He was certain he could break the most recent record held by Daniel Loriaux, who shot 25 3-pointers in a minute. After applying online, it took approximately two months for his application to be accepted. He followed the guidelines provided by the Guinness World Records by documenting his attempts at breaking the record on video and in pictures, and then submitted them for review. After about three months, Guinness officially

confirmed JD was the new 2016 Guinness World Record holder for shooting 26 3-pointers in one minute. Guinness placed JD’s accomplishment on their website for everyone to view, and for additional bragging rights, JD received a certificate as proof of being an official 2016 Guinness World Record holder. Numerous NBA players have tried to break the world record with many failed attempts, but JD’s story is one of success—and he isn’t finished yet! Being the competitor that he is, JD plans to break another record soon. He plans to break the record for the most 3-pointers in a minute by a duo. The record is currently held by two Harlem Globetrotters, but JD and his partner, former Florida Gator Teddy Dupay, are ready to take on the challenge. To view JD’s accomplishment on the official website of Guinness World Records, follow the link below.

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TH E YO GA CO R N E R

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f you have never seen a pantry moth, consider yourself blessed. These flying shysters typically arrive unannounced in your pantry as yellow dust-like larvae through bought grains. We are pretty sure our infestation began in a bag of long grain brown rice.

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Give yourself permission to lighten up! Be free of outdated stuff, broken things, body toxins and old thought patterns and behaviors that don’t serve your highest self. Inspire and uplift yourself through detoxing inside and out.

Having just completed a 21-day full body cleanse, it was apparent our detox was not over. As we began our moth detox, we detected further larval webbing in cabinets and on shelves. My first reaction was to scream GROSS! In yoga, we call this reaction “popping off the mat” when the mind simply cannot tolerate holding the posture any longer. Rather than screaming when caught in a life situation or snapping out of a pose that could cause an injury, yoga focuses on the breath to calm the “threatened” mind. BREATHE. Yogis say that the mental and emotional bodies cannot become calm and clear if the physical body is toxic, constricted, or agitated in any way. A clogged system can cause mood swings, tension, lethargy, irritability, depression, and a lack of mental clarity, not to mention many physical discomforts including weight gain. The practice of cleaning up the diet, getting enough rest, reducing indulgent habits builds a person’s life force or energy and is called brahmacharya (brah-ma-char-ya) by yogis. Just as we practice asanas (postures) on a regular basis, “moderation of sense pleasures” is practiced in the same manner. Having coached many people through a wholefood body cleanse where you eat unprocessed, untainted foods for 3-weeks, I have seen blood glucose levels drop, chronic digestive issues clear up, sleep improved (my own), chronic pain dissipate, skin issues relieved and body fat

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you would not even remember owning? On this cleansing kick, we discovered four unworkable VHS players in the house. Really? Could old technology be cluttering your life? Could toxic relationships be “weighing you down?” Is chronic stress devouring your happiness?

And if you catch a glimpse of a pantry moth, take a long, slow cleansing breath in, exhale completely, open the trash can and start tossing! dissolved. Incredible! However, the other, less tangible things I have also seen include: an uptick in joy, increased clarity, an inspired new focus, and a peaceful expression, simply put…a happier being. Detoxing the body cleanses the mind and gives way to inspiration! After a few deep breaths to calm my amygdala and reduce the surging cortisol, I was ready to expand my detox to include the kitchen. Peacefully, I systematically removed, cleaned and/ or tossed every item from the pantry first. I was shocked to discover a crusted spice with an expiration date in the 90’s! Then, finding a rolled up bag of freezer-burnt, unidentifiable green veggies on the floor of the freezer, it quickly became obvious there were deeper levels of cleansing to be done. Besides simply cleaning, detoxing will “lighten the load,” provide space for new ideas, energize the body and mind, release expired habits and make room for a new, healthier lifestyle. Consider a spring cleaning of the body, mind, kitchen and hey, don’t stop there. Have you looked in your garage, closet, or drawers lately? What could you toss that the next day

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arch marks the season of Lent for those who are practicing Christians. Other faiths practice similar seasons during the year.

Lent, the six weeks before the celebration of Easter, is when we offer God our lament for our sin, repent, and seek to be better in our walks with Christ. We symbolically walk with Him to His cross. Even as Jesus asked His disciples to stay awake with Him, sadly, we fare no better it seems. There is much that lulls us to sleep in the midst of a praying Christ. Many folks “give up” things during Lent. The purpose of giving up is to draw closer to Christ. Often, this turns inward to the self rather than outward to the Christ. We give up sweets, sodas, alcohol, overeating so that we might drop a few pounds. Since our bodies

S P I R I T U A L that we can live. Give up. Envy and jealousy. Anger. Gossip. Disrespect. The need to be a victim. Give up anything about ourselves that is mean or rude. Give up feeling slighted.

This is about life, and life abundant. Easter’s coming. Resurrection is near. The old is past, the new is here. What about us will die in these days, and what about us will rise to new life? Give up. Add. And Give up. And add. Add forgiveness. peace be with you. Release the one who has wronged us into God’s care. Pray for our Peace, Laurie enemies. Pray for those we hate. These are tough spiritual tasks, but they are the exact things that Christ requires of us. Lent is the time to intentionally lift to God the enemy and the hated. This is revolutionary and world-changing, as Christ is just so. Give up. Think about, pray about what we give up. Are we giving up Rev. Laurie Palmer to be self-serving, or are we giving Pastor up to draw closer to the Christ? St. Andrew Presbyterian Church In other words, what’s a diet and 5340 Primrose Lake Circle Tampa, FL 33647 what is a spiritual practice? 813-513-8822 Add. Do the hard work with Christ, who makes us able.

are God’s temples that’s not an all bad thing. But it is selfish, or self-seeking. The question is: what things do we give up to draw closer to Christ? One year, a dear friend grieved that he could not help his drug addicted son. He spent tens of thousands of dollars and deep emotional energy to try to save him. At the beginning of Lent, he declared to me, “I give up. Give up.” He needed to do this. In his head he knew he couldn’t save his son unless his son decided he himself was worth saving. His heart would go to great lengths to try. But he just couldn’t anymore. His psyche, body, soul, and heart were rubbed down. He was exhausted. The only way he could recover himself was to let his son go. “I give up. Give up.” He released his son to God’s care, and he began to live. I give up. Give up. There is so much more than soda and chocolate that we can give up so

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It's all about the kidsNOT THE PARENTS!

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e’ve all heard the saying, “It’s all about the kids!” We’ve even used it from time to time. In theory, it should be all about the kids, however the reality is that many other obstacles get in the way of that. What are those obstacles?

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Trophy chasers Over-protective parents Sideline coaching parents Abusive Parents Lack of Responsibility Fear of Failure Poor planning

How to work towards being a “BIG League Parent”: You need to understand the program or environment you are putting your child into. If you are enrolling your child in a recreational league with a volunteer-based coaching staff, this is most-likely for enjoyment and experience, instead of building or developing new skills. If a parent wants more for their child in the way of development, then they must invest in programs that truly support player development regardless of your child’s ability. Invest in their potential, and see what magic appears on their journeys. Having unrealistic expectations in a community-based program is not fair to the player or the coaches. Bottom line is, you get what you pay for. Continued on page 27

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PLAYER LABELING: Unfortunately, when players are placed in leagues, they continue to get labeled on their teams at very young ages. It happens in every league and every team mostly because everyone is consumed by winning and chasing the trophy. Being competitive is important, but winning and losing don’t really matter until you get to high school. If coaches focus on teaching strong foundational skills early, players will reach their true potential—not their perceived potential. The number of players that have come to the ranch for training who were written off years before is unreal. Those same players are now playing high school and college baseball. TRAINING: Being a BIG League Parent is providing the best training opportunity for child and player development. Baseball and softball are very technical sports, and it can take years to perfect a baselineability that allows the child the success and enjoyment they seek from the game. Invest in your child’s development early, between the ages of 5-9, and it will be easier for them to enjoy game. They will be set up for all of the opportunities they could choose from, whether it be a travel ball team, high school or college team, or make it as a future MLB player. Find a program you believe in and have faith in their ability to mentor, train, develop, and grow the child in life and in baseball. The process is tough and failure is a huge part of the game, so shaping those life

lessons along the way will serve each player and parent well during the long haul of reaching their dreams. POTENTIAL: Trying not to suck is a maze when it comes to youth Baseball & Softball. Striking out or getting hit in the face with a ball is not fun. After coming to the ranch, players realize their own potential and start liking the game—their confidence grows, their focus becomes directed, and the pressure is off! They become rockstars, and when you play like a rockstar, it’s fun! The key to being a BIG league parent is connecting with Expert Educators who can support you and your child’s instructional development which will ensure the best youth experience while exploring potential for future opportunities within the game, and more importantly, in life. "Train like a rockstar. Play like a rockstar." Coach Ryan Pryor Rockstar Baseball @ the ranch www.rockstar-baseball.com ryan@rockstar-baseball.com 813 992 1030

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BUSINESS OF THE MONTH

Unvarnished & Co BY RANDI FREMUTH

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ou are known. You are seen. You are loved.” This quote hangs proudly in the office of Annette Cosme, and they are words which drive her business philosophy. Annette is a Full Specialist at her company Unvarnished & Co focusing on clients with unique health needs, such as those who are immuno-compromised, have diabetes, cancer, have (or are waiting for) an organ transplant, pregnant, etc. Services at Unvarnished & Co include manicures, pedicures, softening coconut treatments on hands and feet (an alternative to paraffin), facials, and microdermabrasion. Annette is excited to introduce relaxing and therapeutic

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soaks at her salon as well. These soaks, which use essential oils and Epsom salts, will be for clients who seek to relax, detox, or treat any kind of fungus they may be battling. Her goal is to help people look and feel good while keeping them healthy and safe. The products in the salon do not contain harsh chemicals and use only natural ingredients like papaya, aloe, and essential oils. Unvarnished & Co is the first salon nationwide to implement these types of practices.

fair trade and that they are transparent about their business practices and ingredients.

Annette knows the complications that can come from harsh chemicals all too well as she is also chemical intolerant, which propelled her into embracing and sharing this more natural method to skin and nail care. “My entire focus is to make sure there are no further issues being caused by an outside environmental aspect.” It is important to Annette to avoid exacerbating her clients’ inflammatory Annette proudly carries systems because their bodies products from Neal’s Yard Remedies, who provides holistic will see most chemicals as a problem and increase their products, essential oils and inflammatory responses to skincare products—which combat them. Anything we put she uses herself—and are on our bodies externally will environmentally friendly. She travel internally in about one loves that their products are minute and enter our blood naturally sourced, completely

streams. This is a huge problem for a lot of clients Annette sees coming through her doors. Her salon is different from others because she recognizes these issues and actively works with her clients to avoid or prevent any problems. “I go a lot farther than just making sure your cuticles are in check or nails are the right length. If I see any discoloration, whether it be a fungus, virus, or bacteria, depending on what I know about your health, I’ll look into it further.” Setting Unvarnished & Co even farther apart from the rest are the two podiatrists in her office who have an extensive background in infectious diseases. Annette and the podiatrists work together to ensure the best outcomes for their clients, so they may feel as good as they look. Annette’s philosophy is to make sure people are seen, know that they have a purpose, and feel valuable. “If the only interaction you have today is with me, I hope it’s a loving interaction where you felt that you are valuable.” Office hours are by appointment only: Tuesdays: 10am-6pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays: 11am-7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays: 9am5pm. Contact her today for your appointment! Annette/ Owner Unvarnished & Co 26827 Foggy Creek Road #104, Wesley Chapel, FL 33544. Phone: 727-249-3697. Email: Naralately@gmail.com.

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PETS OF THE MONTH

BOOTS, TYE & SUSIE

The "Three Amigos" as they are called are what you would truly call a ‘family affair’. Susie and Tye are the parents and 'Boots’ their one and only pup. All three reside with Chuck and Mary Johnson of Wesley Chapel who describe them all as ‘having minds of their own' and with different personalities. Humans think they are great dogs. Would you like for your pet or child to be featured in our Pet & Kid of the Month section? If so, please send us 2-7 sentences about your pet or child along with a high resolution image to editorial@residentmagazine.net by the 15th of each month.

BOOKS OF THE MONTH

Norse Mythology

Humans, Bow Down

Lincoln in the Bardo

by Neil Gaiman Introducing an instant classic— master storyteller Neil Gaiman presents a dazzling version of the great Norse myths.Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales.

by James Patterson The Great War is over. The Robots have won. The humans who survived have two choices—they can submit and serve the vicious rulers they created or be banished to the Reserve, a desolate, unforgiving landscape where it's a crime to be human. And the robots aren't content—following the orders of their soulless leader, they're planning to conquer humanity's last refuge.

by George Saunders The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented.

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The Orphan's Tale: A Novel by Pam Jenoff The Nightingale meets Water for Elephants in this powerful novel of friendship and sacrifice, set in a traveling circus during World War II, by international bestselling author Pam Jenoff.

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The Shack March 3

Logan March 3

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Chips March 24

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