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LETTER FROM the editor

Walk through Kirklands – holy mother of Christmas explosion. Even if you don’t need décor, it’s not possible to walk out of there and forget about the impending holidays. Hot Chocolate with a Candy Cane – pump up the A/C if necessary, make yourself a cup of hot chocolate, and stick a candy cane in there. MMMMM, the minty-chocolatey goodness. Decorate early – ‘Early’ is a subjective term, so my suggestion is to decorate your home for the holidays at least a week before you would up North. Holiday music is mandatory during this time. My list is short yet effective. Send me YOUR ‘prepping for holiday’ methods on Facebook @ ResidentMagazineWCNT to help a girl out!



sn’t it amazing that we are already in December? As a girl who grew up in the Midwest, November and December really sneak up on me here in Florida. I’m still conditioned to equate cold weather and gloomy skies with the winter season, so I’m never quite ready for the holidays down here in the sunny South. I end up in a mad dash mid-way through December in my attempt to get everything purchased, prepared, wrapped and ready for Christmas. If only I were better prepared! I blame the sunny skies, the warm weather, the absence of dirty slush on the streets. I blame the palm trees and the green grass. Clearly I have an issue with taking responsibility for my procrastination surrounding the holidays, but that’s a conversation

for another day. I have developed some methods that help to keep me ‘holiday-minded’ despite all of Florida’s attempts to have me believing it’s only September. I can’t be alone in this, so for those of you who also experience it, I have a couple of tips that may help:

This issue of Resident Magazine is fi lled with content about YOU, for YOU and inspired by YOU. Catching a common theme here? We do what we do for the residents of Wesley Chapel and New Tampa and are honored to be able to do so. Check out our feature story on Coach Matt – someone who helped to instill confidence, teamwork and a good

work ethic into a group of five to seven year old boys. We also have a local real estate agent weighing in on how the rezoning may be affecting your home value,and a plethora of interesting and useful articles about the place you call home. On a fi nal note, the holiday season can be exciting, full of love, family and laughter. It can also be an extremely lonely and painful time for some of our neighbors. Please reach out to those you may or may not know well. Send a card or gift or invite them over for dinner. It costs nothing to spread kindness, so I encourage everyone to smile, to say thank you and to reach out to others in a way that is comfortable for you. Steph’s quote of the month: “You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson Tell us what you think and send in your story ideas and content requests! If you’d like to submit content, please send it to I’d love to add an ongoing funny article or story into the magazine, so please send your ideas on that.

Things that a prior northerner can do in fl orida to prepare for the holiday season: Attend the Shops at Wiregrass Symphony of Lights – getting holiday music stuck in your head is a surefi re way to remember that Christmas is coming soon. Plus, there’s snow! SNOW!


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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 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 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 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 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, 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 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 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.

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waiting in line to checkout. Many stores have a price-match policy, so it’s worth your time to do your research. 5. Consider an alternative to a pricey party

How to Be Financially

Prepared for the Holidays


or many of us, the holiday season is a time of joy and rest. However, planning for the season’s festivities can feel hectic and create fi nancial stress. According to the Consumer Reports National Research Center, top holiday stressors for Americans include gift shopping, crowds and long lines, traveling and taking on some level of debt. So how can you give generously but not go overboard on your budget? Here are five ways to keep your cash outlays in check while still having a fun and memorable holiday season: 1. Set a budget One way to keep tabs on what you spend during the season is to set a limit and try to stick with it. Start by looking at what you spent last year and use that as a baseline for this season. Did you spend more or stay on budget? While gifts and travel maybe the fi rst items that come to mind, also consider what you’ll spend on food, decorations, charitable giving and traditions, such as sending holiday cards. Page 8 | December 2016

2. Use your credit card wisely Gifts, travel and festive meals can add up. If you are going to charge expenses over the holidays, try to spend at a level that enables you to pay the bill when it arrives. Otherwise you’re “borrowing” the money by using your credit card and slowly paying down the debt you’ve accumulated with high interest costs. If you have multiple credit cards, think about using one for holiday purchases that will give you cash back for savings or airline miles for an additional perk.

the process a bit less demanding on everyone. 4. Shop carefully Getting a head start on gift buying usually results in savings. It gives you time to explore options and compare prices from different retailers. Planning ahead can also help you avoid expensive costs for rush shipping. If you’re an online shopper, consider sending gifts directly to the recipient’s home so you won’t have to ship the gift a second time. If you prefer to shop at the mall, look up each item online while

If you typically host a seasonal bash for a bunch of friends, consider another option – inviting that group to volunteer together instead. Contact your favorite charity or search volunteer sites, such as All For Good (allforgood. org), to fi nd opportunities that would allow your group to spend time together without the big cost. If festive parties help you get in the spirit, put a spin on tradition by asking guests to bring their favorite holiday dish or suggesting a round-robin dinner. With either option, you’ll enjoy the party without the big price tag. If you feel like you’ve overspent in the past, look at this holiday season as an opportunity to be creative as you fi nd ways to have fun while keeping your spending in line. 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.

3. Focus on more than the price tag Most of us would appreciate a smaller but more meaningful gift over something expensive that we will likely regift. One way to do this is to give experiences that create memories. For example, consider bringing your family to a holiday play or making reservations for a special dinner you can enjoy together. If you have a large family that tends to give gifts to each other, you could suggest drawing names to make FOR RATES & INFO CALL: 813-422-5551 | WWW.RESIDENTMAGAZINE.NET

YO U R B U S I N E S S : TI P S & TR E N DS more realistic expectations for an outcome.


From Failure I

n the November edition of understanding the cause, thus not Resident Magazine, we took a learning how to prevent it again. look at the start up resources We have all heard Einstein’s for entrepreneurs in Tampa Bay, famous quote, “Insanity is doing including USF CONNECT and the same thing over and over Tampa Bay Wave. This month, again and expecting different we are covering a term that almost results.” The ability to learn and every person has experienced, but embrace failure as an individual few admit it—the dreaded “F” or as a company is key for any word: Failure! A simple change in long-term success. mindset, though, can empower you to achieve great heights. An important key in embracing failure is to instill a mindset of Thomas Edison famously said, “I iterative development within the have not failed 10,000 times. I individual mind or organization. have not failed once. I have Iterative development is the succeeded in proving that those process of breaking down large 10,000 ways will not work. When processes into smaller chunks I have eliminated the ways that that result in a more reactive and will not work, I will find the way agile environment. The reason that will work.” Much like what why this creates a mindset of Mr. Edison said, failure is about embracing failure is because you the unstoppable progression are managing your risk for faster toward a goal, and as long as development. Failure only causes you take knowledge away from distress when it is unexpected every setback, then the goal and when the results are more becomes inevitably closer. When than you are willing to lose. By working with business owners establishing an iterative mindset, and entrepreneurs, the worst you can break up every goal and habits I see is when individuals test in smaller processes, which encounter a setback and respond means lower risks and offers in a way that prevents them from

When dealing with failure in a personal setting, I personally believe in seeing the setbacks as experiences to learn something new. As a businessperson or entrepreneur, I am sure you can remember the first time a customer refused to pay, or the first time your product didn’t sell. These events can be mentally taxing, yet by looking past the negative emotions and seeing the event as a challenge to prevent this from happening again, you can actually get excited about failure. Some of the most successful individuals I have met have reached a point where failure is no longer a concern for them. This tends to be because of two reasons: they have hit rock bottom and have bounced back, or they have learned to accept the challenge of failure to inspire them to be better. Getting to


that level is what everyone should aspire to day in and day out. With that, I will leave you with one more quote about failure from Eloise Ristad, “When we give ourselves permission to fail, we, at the same time, give ourselves permission to excel.” For comments and questions, or to receive a quote on business consultation services please email

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DECEMBER 1 HAPPY FEET PLUS RIBBON CUTTING Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm Location: Happy Feet Plus 1051 Bruce B Downs Blvd Wesley Chapel, Florida 33544 Cost: This event is free to attend PICTURES WITH SANTA AT WIREGRASS Time: Runs until Dec. 24th Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 , Wesley Chapel, FL 33543 Cost: Picture packages available SYNTHETIC ICE-SKATING AT THE SHOPS AT WIREGRAS Time: Runs until Jan 1, 2017 Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 , Wesley Chapel, FL 33543 Cost: $10/30 minutes SYMPHONY IN LIGHTS & COMMUNITY PERFORMANCES AT WIREGRASS Time: Daily 6:00pm - 9:00pm until Dec. 31st Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 , Wesley Chapel, FL 33543 Cost: Free Page 10 | December 2016

AVALON TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY Time: 7:30pm - 8:30pm Location: Avalon Park West, 32659 Coldwater Creek Loop Wesley Chapel, FL 33545 Cost: Free

PRAY AS YOU ARE... STAY IN YOUR CAR Time: 11:30am - 1:30pm Location: Atonement Lutheran Church, 29617 S.R. 54, Wesley Chapel Cost: This event is free to attend. For more information, please visit or call 813-973-2211.

DECEMBER 1-24 HOLIDAY GIFT WRAP Time: Dec 1-23: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, December 24: 10:00am - 5pm Location: Provided by local area non-profit organizations in the JCPenney Courtyard. COMMUNITY PERFORMANCES Time: 6:15pm - 8:15pm Location: The Shops at Wiregrass Cost: Free to attend. Please visit to view the list of performances for each night. DECEMBER 2 BARNES & NOBLE POLAR EXPRESS PAJAMA STORYTIME Time: 7:00pm Location: Tampa Bay Barnes & Noble Locations Cost: Free

DECEMBER 3 CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY BAZAAR! Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm Location: Harvester United Methodist Church, 2432 Collier Pkwy, Land O Lakes, FL 34639 Cost: FREE Admission FRESH MARKET Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 , Wesley Chapel, FL 33543 Cost: FREE Admission HOME DEPOT KIDS WORKSHOPGINGERBREAD MAN CANDY DISH Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm Location: Home Depot Cost: Free

LOWE’S BUILD & GROW CLINIC FOR KIDSCHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS Time: 10:00am Location: Lowe's Cost: Free, Registration required STREETSIDE CLASSICS ANNUAL CUSTOMER APPRECIATION HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE & CRUISE IN Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm Location: 4610 Pet Lane, Suite 105, Lutz, FL 33559 Cost: FREE Admission SENSORY FRIENDLY FILMS AT COBB THEATRESMOANA MOVIE Time: 10:00am Location: The Grove Cost: Reg ticket prices DECEMBER 3 & 4 37TH ANNUAL LUTZ ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm Location: Keystone Prep High School, 18105 Gunn Hwy. Odessa, FL 33556 Cost: FREE Admission


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DECEMBER 3, 4, 9, 10 & 11 THE GIFT OF THE MAGI Time: December 3, 9, 10 at 8:00pm , December 4 & 11 at 3:00pm Location: Dreamhouse Theatre, 1840 Oak Grove Blvd, Lutz, FL Cost: Tickets in Advance: $23 Tickets at the Door: $25 To purchase tickets visit www. December 3, 10, 17, 24 FREE MOVIE NIGHT AT TAMPA PREMIUM OUTLETS Time: 10:00am Location: Tampa Premium Outlets, 2300 Grand Cypress Drive,Lutz, FL 33559 Cost: Free December 5 PET PHOTOS WITH SANTA AT THE SHOPS AT WIREGRASS Time: 4:00pm - 7:00pm Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 , Wesley Chapel, FL 33543 Cost: Picture packages available

December 7 WIREGRASS MALL RANCHER KIDS CLUB Time: 10:00am - 11:00am Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 , Wesley Chapel, FL 33543 Cost: Free December 10 COUNTRY CHRISTMAS AT PIONEER FLORIDA MUSEUM Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm Location:The Pioneer Florida Museum & Village, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road , Dade City, FL 33526 Cost: Free admission with a new and unwrapped toy December 10 BARNES AND NOBLE IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE STORYTIME Time: 11:00am - 11:00pm Location: Tampa Bay Barnes & Noble Locations Cost: Free December 11 AVALON AGLOW Time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm Location: Avalon Park West, 32659 Coldwater Creek Loop Wesley Chapel, FL 33545

Cost: Free December 11 & 18 SANTA AT BREAKFAST NOOK Time: 11:00am Location: The Breakfast Nook, 1532 Land O Lakes Blvd Ste A Lutz, FL 33549 Cost: Free December 13 BREASTFEEDING CLASSES, 1 NIGHT CLASS Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm Location: Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel - 2600 Bruce B Downs Blvd, Wesley Chapel, FL 33544 Cost: Fees Apply December 15 LUNCH N LEARNPRESENTED BY BILAL SALEH Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm Location: The Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce, Don Porter Boardroom Cost: $15.00 - Lunch is included

December 18 BREAKFAST WITH SANTA AT PRETTY IN PAINT Time: 8:00am - 10:00am Location: Pretty in Paint, 18841 SR-54 , Lutz, FL 33558 Cost: $30 per child/$25 for sibling. Must pre-register December 27 CHANUKAH AT THE SHOPS AT WIREGRASS Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 , Wesley Chapel, FL 33543 Cost: Free December 20 MONTHLY COFFEE SOCIAL Time: 8:00am - 9:00am Location: Wesley Chapel Chamber Cost: Free Coffee

December 17 MICHAELS KIDS CLUB SATURDAY CRAFT Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm Location: Michaels Cost: $2 per child


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of new Tampa Twitter@NewTampaRotary For more information, visit 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 December 2016 Date



Dec 2

Kathleen Novak & Daniel Martin

What are Young Professionals looking for in a Rotary experience? Kathleen Novak and Daniel Martin will talk about their experience representing Rotary District 6890 at the 2016 Southland Young Professionals Summit in Atlanta. They will share ideas that individual Rotary Clubs can incorporate to be more attractive to Young Professionals.

Dec 9

Dr. Jenny Permuth, Ph.D, MS, Molecular epidemiologist at Moffitt Cancer Center

Pancreatic cancer research at Moffitt Cancer Center, especially gastrointestinal and gynecologic malignancies

Dec 16

No speaker

Club Assembly

Dec 23

No meeting

Christmas Break

Dec 30



Kidnap December 2

Office Christmas Party December 9

Nocturnal Animals December 9

Rogue One December 16

La La Land December 16

The Space Between Us December 16

GFWC woman's club

October-November Volunteer Highlights: • • •

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New Belgium Brewing Clips Beer & Film Tour benefiting Keeping Tampa Bay Beautiful Hunter’s Green Community Fall Festival – Face Painting, Games, Judging Costume Contest Feeding Tampa Bay – Helped sort and pack 9,261 pounds of food items equaling 7,718 Thanksgiving Meals Wine, Women & Shoes – Benefiting Children’s Cancer Center “Walk To End Alzheimers” walk

GFWC-WCNT is a volunteer/service organization and a great way to give back to our community, have fun and make new friends. Come see what GFWC-WCNT is all about! We meet the third Wednesday of each month at the New Tampa Regional Library on Cross Creek Blvd., 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Please check out our website at, or FB page - GFWC Womans Club of New Tampa. For membership, contact us at Check out our upcoming volunteer opportunities on our website! Page 12 | December 2016






Welcome New Businesses!

November Ribbon Cuttings


Collateral Beauty December 16

Passengers December 21 LONGHORN STEAKHOUSE

Sing December 21

Why Him? December 23

Gold December 25

Fences Decemer 25


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e was frozen in fear. Clutched to the armrest of my folding chair, my seven-year-old son Dominic stood rigid with tears in his eyes staring at the field. It was the middle of July in the oppressive Florida heat and the first day of Junior Fly Football practice for the PPAL league (Pasco Police Athletic League) at the Wesley Chapel District Park. The kids had just begun warming up and Dominic wanted desperately to go out on the field and learn to play the game— but these were new people and this sport was one he had never played. Despite my encouraging, prodding and requesting him to go out there and give it a try, all he could do was stare out onto the field where many of his future teammates were laughing, talking and running drills. Regardless of what I said to try to get him to just give it a try, he resisted. I had learned by this point not to force him to do something he wasn’t ready to do. This lesson was learned a couple of years ago when he tried out soccer. That season he spent not only the first soccer practice glued to my side, but he spent the first two games there as well, brought to tears by his fear of going on the field. As a younger and less experienced parent during the soccer dilemma, I have to be honest and say that I started out patient and encouraging but eventually became angry at him and tried to force him out on the field. My intentions were good; I felt that if he faced his fears he would feel



pride in himself. I thought that if he just gave it a shot, he’d end up having a great experience. But I was also being selfish. I had spent time at the practice fields, I had spent money on him in order to play the game, I had invited family to come watch… and here he was refusing to play. It was infuriating in the moment, but that’s because I made it about me. I, I, I wanted him to play. I, I, I thought that if he just faced his fears he would love the game. I, I, I was wrong to push so hard. Not only was my persistence upsetting him, but it didn’t work. All of those tears from him and frustration from me, and he still wouldn’t budge. My memories of that first game have served as a reminder that I failed him on that day. There’s a quote from John Wooden that says,

“Failure isn’t fatal, but failure to change might be.” I didn’t fully change my ways until close to the end of that soccer season when Dominic was actually playing during the games, because I hadn’t fully understood what was so terrifying to him. Turns out, in new situations, my boy is uncertain about what’s expected of him or what he should be doing at any given time, and this uncertainty sends him into a panic. He eventually gained

confidence and, more importantly for him, an understanding of the game and of what was expected of him. The coaches began to understand that Dominic needed extremely clear direction and were accommodating to that, and Dominic began to understand that new experiences become a lot less scary when you choose to step up and try. As the season progressed he became more comfortable and in the last game of the season, Dominic scored the winning goal! I already tend to be that obnoxious parent, cheering and clapping more loudly than pretty much anyone else, so you can imagine the shenanigans that ensued when my baby scored his very first goal and the final one of the season. My heart burst into a million pieces of sparkling confetti on that field. My boy had conquered his fears, and he had done it in his own time and on his own terms. This was a major lesson for me. So here we were, two years later, having the same scene play out for his first experience with football. This time, I was more patient as


I encouraged him to give it a try. This time, I allowed him to stand next to me on the sidelines while we watched what the other boys were doing, allowing Dominic to get a feel for what was going to be expected of him. We stayed together for three quarters of that practice just watching; we even sat down in their ‘water break’ area together, so he could begin to meet the other kids. What do you know, he decided to go out and give it a try. Again with the confetti bursting out of my heart. There’s just nothing that compares to seeing someone you love face their fears, and the pride you feel for them in that moment. Out on the field for the first time, Dominic met Coach Matt, a twentythree year old first time Head Coach who was patient, positive and kind with my unsure boy. He’s a coach who deserves recognition. He and the other coaches, Micah Terry, Ron Isaac, Rico King, Shawn Calloway and Adam Wilkes worked with the kids ages five to seven, using positive reinforcement and team building strategies. Although there were boys with prior experience in playing football, there were many who had none. Each child came with his own way of learning, his own physical abilities and his own level of confidence and maturity. Coach Matt and the other coaches worked with each boy as an individual and as part of the team. Continued on page 16

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Wesley Chapel Bulls Jr. Flyweights against Zephyrhills Bull Dogs

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This is about more than a child learning how to tackle and catch a ball. This is about a child learning the value of teamwork, of conquering fears, of pushing him or herself to be better than he or she was the day before. This is about rules and consequences, about safety and strategy, about dedication and determination. Five to seven year olds aren’t too young to begin learning these fundamentals of life; in fact, they seemed to understand these concepts better than some adults. Resident Magazine sat down with Coach Matt to learn about his background, his family and what inspires him. RM (Resident Magazine): Tell us a about your background in football. MT (Matthew Terry): I'm 23 years old and I work at Wesley Chapel Nissan as a warranty administrator. I've been playing football since I was a kid. I started playing when I was four, got hit (tackled) one time and stopped playing all the way to eighth grade. It just so happens that the kid that hit me is the starting safety for the Steelers, Jordan Dangerfield. What happened is, my dad signed me up to play with five year olds, and then we scrimmaged with seven year olds. (When he tackled me) I started throwing up, and I couldn't deal with it. It was more like a shock. Page 16 | December 2016

I thought I was never going to play again. I never planned on playing again! I did Karate, I did track, I did everything but football. As I got older I’d see all my friends playing football and I’d think, ‘what am I going to do?’ I decided to start playing again, and I didn't think I was going to be good at it. The coach put me on running back and that was the end of it for me. I played JV my freshman year and for three games in my sophomore year, and then I played Varsity the rest of high school. I had a lot of experience playing with older kids, and I graduated at 17 years old, a year early, so even going to college I was 17 and playing against 24-year-old grown men. When John Long Middle School opened up, I tried out for the football team and made it and kind of just ran with it. I went to Wiregrass High school and played running back for four years, and I ended up earning twenty-one different scholarship offers, which was cool. I was a running back and defensive end, but most of my recruitment was to play defensive end, and I decided to choose St. Norbert College in Wisconsin. When you're in high school and you grow up in the town that I grew up in, everybody's on top of each other so much. Your first thought is, ‘Man, I want to leave home, I want to get away.’ I chose to pick the furthest school away. I thought, ‘hey- Wisconsin, sounds fun, I'll go there.’ So I went there for about a year and a half,

Wesley Chapel Bulls Jr. Flyweight Cheerleader Scarlett Costolo, cheering on the players

and it was different, and I had some great experiences, but I ultimately decided to come home because I missed my family. The plan was to come home and go to school at USF and finish up my undergrad. I’m a double major; pre law and business administration, and the goal is to finish that up by the time I’m 26. RM: Have you always lived in Florida? MT: I'm originally from New York, and we moved back to Florida when I was in fifth grade. Where I'm from is a small surbaban town on Long Island called Elmont, and I lived there for eleven years. My dad, Micah Terry, coached a league there just like the Wesley Chapel Bulls called the Elmont Cardinals. He ran the whole organization for about ten years. RM: Tell us about how you became involved with the PPAL league, Wesley Chapel Bulls. MT: My little brother Daniel started playing last year with the Bulls. He was 5 years old and it was his first year and at 5 years old, he started the whole year on both sides of the ball. He did great on defense and made it to the Pro Bowl, as the youngest kid on the team. There's definitely excitement to see where his future is going to go. As an observer last year, I spent a lot of time thinking about what could be done better and things like that, so when the coaching application went out I decided to

apply. I didn't think I was going to get Head Coach on my first year, but I was blessed to get it. I'm definitely excited about this next year. I keep saying that I can’t wait till January for offseason trainings, but I don't know what to do with my time. I'm ready to start today. I really enjoyed being out there; I think that's what separates me from some of the other coaches. Sometimes they're parents of the kids and they feel like they have to be out there, but I really enjoy it. The way I look at it is, if my brother wasn't out there playing, I would still be out there coaching. RM: How do you describe your coaching style? MT: My biggest thing is to let the kids know that they’re going to make mistakes and it's okay. I just don't want to see a kid make the same mistake. That was one thing my parents taught me growing up; I would get in trouble just like any other kid, but at the end of the day, I knew that it was okay as long as the next time I made a mistake, it wasn't the same one. Don't let it be the same redundant mistake. I don't like being that ‘mean guy,’ it’s just not me. Yelling at them is going to do what? Just make them break down. I think I got into it

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with a referee once all season, but it wasn't because of a call he made; it was because we had a holding, and he didn't call it. Instead of telling me, ‘hey this player is holding,’ he yelled at the kid. Don't yell at my kids. When I'm out there, I'm there for them and I'm going to represent them. A referee can come to me or throw the flag - pick one or the other. The kid has five coaches, a team mom and a sideline full of parents that are yelling. He doesn't need any one extra yelling. I was really excited during this season because it was clear that they were getting better. Even Dominic, he went from not wanting to get out there in the beginning of the season to standing at our side during the games, asking over and over again to go in on defense. The hunger

came into him and made him want to get involved and help his teammates. That's the biggest thing with football, is them wanting to protect their teammates and be there for their teammates. At practice we would run a lap and one kid would be in the back, and as the kids finished, rather than one of them going back to run with the last kid, the whole team would go and finish the lap with that kid. That was awesome. Another thing I did was try to instill the idea that it’s ok to ask for help. If we were doing a drill, and everybody was in the line, there were times I would have a kid get to the front of the line and they’d just look at us. I wouldn't say anything except, ‘do the drill.’ I wanted them to be able to say, ‘hey coach, I don't understand.’ Continued on page 18


Older brother Micah Terry Jr, Mom Yvette Jaime and Coach Matt

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being, and who I am as a person; what Matthew as a person could do rather than Matthew, the athlete.

From left to right: Coach Ron Isaac, Coach Matthew Terry, Coach Micah Terry with some of the Jr. Fly Wesley Chapel Bulls Players

Daniel Terry & Dominic Costolo of the Wesley Chapel Bulls playing against the Zephyrhills Bull Dogs

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It's okay to ask for help. If you don't understand something, I'm not going to punish you for not understanding. My biggest goal is to get them to trust me. If they didn’t trust what I'm saying, there's nothing I could tell them. RM: Do you have any prior coaches who stand out to you as someone who affected you in a positive or negative way? MT: I think one of the biggest impacts in my life from a coaching standpoint has to be my basketball coach in high school. I was never a great basketball player, but in high school, I was just an athletic kid, so I’d use basketball for conditioning. Coach Jeremy Calzone at Wiregrass High School was a big impact on my Page 18 | December 2016

life. He pushed me in the classroom, and, between he and my mom, they didn't let me get below a ‘B.' If I did get below a ‘B,’ he would pull me out of class, and say ‘you’re not practicing today, go to study hall.’ I was always good academically, but he was always there just to make sure; just in case I decided I wanted to be lazy that day. He was one of those people who cared about me more than what I could produce. As far as on the basketball court, I wasn't a player who was going to win a game for him. If I had never played basketball, his seasons would look exactly the same. I didn't benefit him in a way that he benefitted me. They had basketball conditioning during football season, so if I didn't have a ride home from football, he would take me home, even though I wasn't even in his sport at the time.

He genuinely cared about my well-

Every time I see Coach Calzone, he asks what I'm doing now and how I'm doing, and he actually wants to know the answer. He actually cares. From a coaching standpoint, he plays a big role in how I treat my players and how I want to be known as a coach. His big thing was respect and teamwork. In practice, we'd all have our shirts tucked in and no one was allowed to wear armbands or anything like that. It showed uniformity and that no one was different than anybody else. Those are little things that I try to pick up on and teach the kids. His favorite word was adversity. He would teach us about how you handle adversity, and how that’s what really shows your character. He taught us that it's not about how easy something comes to you, it's the failures in life that are really going to show you the person you are. That really stuck with me. Jeremy Calzone definitely is at the top of the list as far as coaches I admire, and I will always have respect for him. Another person I admire is Coach Sean Calloway. I’ve built a great relationship with Coach Sean, the director of the PPAL league, and he's played a big part in showing me the different ways I could do things as a coach. He's always been an ear that I could turn to and I want to give him credit for that. Anytime I had a question or something I didn't understand; maybe if there were issues with a parent or a certain kid, I always had him to turn to. He took a load off of my shoulders as a firsttime head coach and made it easier for me to focus on just coaching the kids, and I appreciate him for that. Also, Mike Pavlikovic, Flyweight Head Coach has always been a guy who I can throw ideas off of. He coached this age group the pervious

year and found some success. It’s great to have him in my corner. RM: Tell me about your family and their involvement with the PPAL league. MT: I have my dad, who lives in New York, but did manage to come to one of the games. My mom, Yvette Jaime, was our team mom. My older brother, Micah Terry Jr., was the assistant coach. My stepfather, Mike Barned, was a big part of this year. He does a lot of helping set up and behind-the-scenes work that people don't always see. My little brother, Daniel was on the Junior Flyweight team this year. It was a whole family thing; we are all really involved. It was cool during that game that my dad made it to, to see my stepdad, my father, my mom and my brothers - all of us on the field at the same time. That, for me, it's just like, wow, what more could I ask for. My mom has invested so much time and money into these kids by having potlucks and stuff like that. She’s just the kind of person that even if she has nothing, she's giving to people and that taught me a lot growing up. She will grab kids off the sidelines and hug and kiss them like they are her nieces and nephews, and I'm just like, ‘mom, leave the kid alone!’ (laughs). She really enjoys it, and it's exciting to see the whole family involved. My grandfather, Charles Terry, played for the Cincinnati Bengals in the NFL, my mom was a track star, cheerleader, she played volleyball… she was definitely a multi-sport athlete and MVP from almost every team she was on. It's definitely a family business now as far as just being involved in sports. We told Daniel that whatever he's going to do, the whole family is going to be there. If the whole family is not in it, we're not doing it. RM: Do you have goals of coaching older players or in larger organizations? MT: I miss the kids already. I lose track of time when I'm out on the Continued on page 19



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field; it's definitely enjoyable and I plan on doing it till I can't anymore. At some point, I would love to get a High School coaching job. My whole life I was told that I was going to make a great lawyer, but after coaching this year, I found what truly makes me happy! I did the whole law thing in college, and I thought it was fun to argue my point and give presentations and things like that. But now, just watching a kid go from not understanding, to the excitement of wanting to do it right, and you see that glow in their face like, ‘coach I did it!’ You can actually see the impact you're having.

Being a lawyer, I'm sure there's plenty of good you can do, but these kids are the future. There's so much more I can teach them about how to approach life through the game of football. As a lawyer, you usually get involved in a situation when it's already negative, and you’re trying to clean up a mess. Out here, you're preventing a mess. I'm definitely excited to see what this coaching venture has for me. I don't know what it has in store for me, but I do know I'm going to keep coaching and see what happens. RM: What's the last thing you read? MT: I haven't finished reading it yet; it's The Mentor Leader by Tony Dungy. Another big inspiration to me is Ray Lewis; I probably watch

him once a day and in my office, I have different quotes from him all over the place. One of my favorite quotes from him is actually a requote from Winston Churchill that says, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” Coach Matt admires those who have genuinely cared about him, and he passes that on to the kids he coaches. Some kids struggle with math, some with focusing, some with reading, some with sports. Some children grasp scientific concepts easily while others understand how to strategize to whom to pass the ball in a football game. They all have unique talents to be proud of, and they all have areas within themselves that require some extra effort. It can be challenging as parents to let go of our preconceived ideas about how our children will act and what their interests and talents should be. It can be challenging to step back and allow our children to learn in a way best suited to them, rather than how we learn. I, and the other parents from the Junior Flyweight football team, thank Coach Matt especially but also Micah Terry, Ron Isaac, Rico King, Shawn Calloway and Adam Wilkes. We thank them for the positivity they used with the boys, for the team environment they created and for understanding that each child learns and perceives situations in his own way. For Dominic, this coaching style made the difference from fearfully standing at the sidelines, to confidently striding onto the field like a boss by the end of the season. This holiday season, I ask that you give your child the gift of patience, of allowing them to be exactly who they are, of encouragement to grow while allowing space for them to take some of the steps on their own. This gift will last far longer than any present under the tree. For information on the PPAL league, or to sign your child up, visit http://


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military members who sacrifice so much for us. By sending care packages, personalized letters and cards, we are expressing our gratitude for the great service these men and women provide us each and every day. S.T.A.N.O. was founded by Paula Stano. Paula is a single mother of a United States Marine who is the inspiration behind this organization. After his enlistment, she quickly learned how many of our military troops didn’t have any or much support from back home. With her son being stationed overseas, it became painstakingly apparent during the holiday season that these men and women would have to celebrate in either their barracks or maybe a local USO and not with their families.


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Paula would like to incorporate a program in the Tampa Bay area where troops stationed here would be able to sign up with a host family so they wouldn’t have to spend the holidays alone. Paula has a great passion for helping others and can’t wait to help those who help us live the way we do every day. S.T.A.N.O. accepts donations year-round and always welcomes volunteers to help with the many events hosted around the Tampa Bay area. There are several different levels of sponsorship and many ways you can help. For more information, visit and follow them on Facebook at

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You may have picked up that I played a little elfin magic on you. If you read the above, many of you may have received the gift in this article; taken those few breaths and experienced the sweetness of the Present moment. I offer you this gift: Promise yourself, like no kidding, “I will give myself the gift of mindful breathing at least once a day.” The gift box is calmness and placed gently inside is a holiday season with a heart spilling over from love, peace and joy.




ith the hullabaloo of the holiday season, come shopping stress, cooking exhaustion, family squibbles and squabbles, lots of little chocolatey sweets and gingerbread cookies, often chased by celebratory libations. You may feel caught up in the swirling spirit of overcrowded malls, traffic three times worse than normal, wrapping up year –end work, and frenetic to get your child the special gift they have been asking for in their own sweet way. Add guilt to the mix, when you realize you should have ordered it two weeks ago! You’re on the edge of collapse, but you clean yourself up, shake it off and forge ahead. In the midst of glitter everywhere, dropping pine needles, and tooting car horns, where giving to others is first and foremost and your energy expenditure has depleted, hormone imbalances have peaked with an upswing of cortisol, and blood sugar has crashed from a lack of eating mindfully, could you consider giving yourself a gift? Right now? In this moment. Page 22 | December 2016

Counting Breath Another option for mindful breath work is to use counting. Say silently to yourself: 3, I am breathing in…3, I am breathing out…

Do you notice your mind just a bit softer? Are your shoulders relaxed ever so slightly? Can you sense a hint of peace wash over you?

Would you be willing to open your arms and heart to receive a gift you give to yourself? Take a minute to truly ponder this question.

Relaxing the body and mind counteract the effects of stress. Mind and breath are connected. The automatic mind may have If your mind is racing, your quickly jumped in and answered breath is short and erratic. Relax for you with, "I have to get to the your mind by lengthening your store before it closes, I need to breath. Three simple breaths and focus on work now, simply I don’t a moment of silence may be the have time for this." Consider greatest gift you will ever receive letting that first “mind response” and the bow on top is that you step aside while you ask your can give it to yourself any time, heart the question again. "Would any place, and as often as your I be willing and open to giving heart desires. myself a gift right now, despite the seasonal whirlwind that I am spinning with?"

2, I am breathing in…2, I am breathing out… 1, I am breathing in…1, I am breathing out… And listen for the sound of silence. Shanti. Shanti. Shanti. Peace. Peace. Peace.

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n Nov. 9, America held its breath as a back and forth battle for the presidency finally came to a close. With polling stations beginning to tally their votes as early as 6 p.m. in some states, very little suspected the race would creep into early morning hours. The final result: Republican candidate Donald Trump. The win is one of the most surprising upsets in presidential election history. For either candidate to win, they needed to reach 270 electoral votes. While Clinton surged in early ballot voting, Trump took an unexpected lead when states started closing their polls. Clinton could only bring in 232 electoral votes, with Trump’s late numbers skyrocketing to 290 electoral votes. The popular vote was not enough for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to pull through with a presidential victory, earning 59, 814, 018 popular votes to Trumps 59,611,678 popular votes. According to CNN, the election came down to a few key states, including Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia. Of these states, only Virginia swung in favor of Clinton. Trump was victorious in the crucial state of Florida, earning

Clinton to jail. of the United States. “Hillary has Along with the Republican worked very victory over the White House, long and very the Republican party took hard over a control of both the House of long period Representatives and the Senate. of time and According to CNN, there are now we owe her a 51 Republicans holding majority major debt of in the Senate, followed by 48 gratitude for Democrats. her service to our country," In the House of Representatives, Trump said. the Republicans hold power "I mean that with 238 Republicans to 193 very seriously. Democrats. Now it is time for America Florida faced its own major to bind the elections, with CNN reporting wounds of that ex-presidential candidate division ... Marco Rubio was re-elected to the I say it is time for us to come U.S Senate. Rubio, a Republican, 29 electoral votes necessary together as one united people." had 716,931 more votes than for his win. 4,605,515 popular Democrat Patrick Murphy, with votes went to Trump, 4,485,745 Clinton responded in her 100 percent reporting. popular votes went to Clinton, emotional concession speech 206,007 went to Libertarian on Nov. 10, extending an olive Florida also voted yes to party candidate Gary Johnson, branch to Trump, offering to Amendment 2, which legalizes and 64,019 went to Green party work with him in the future, if he medical marijuana use in the candidate, Jill Stein, according was willing. state. The win was a landslide to CNN. 71.3 percent acceptance to 28.7 percent opposition. Florida joins Florida has swung in favor of the "Last night, I congratulated Donald Trump and offered to 25 other states who have also last 6 presidential race winners, work with him on behalf of legalized the use of marijuana beginning in 1996. our country. I hope that he will for debilitating diseases and be a successful president for conditions. This election also showed an all Americans," Clinton said. unprecedented number of “Donald Trump is going to be our The use of solar energy subsidies counties and states that flipped president. We owe him an open and personal solar use was from predominantly blue in past mind and a chance to lead.” rejected, with 50.8 percent voting elections to red. According to yes on Amendment 1, and 49.2 The Washington Post, “Of the President-Elect, Donald Trump, percent voting no. nearly 700 counties that twice sent Obama to the White House, and his Vice President-Elect, Mike Pence, will be sworn in on A full list of Florida local election a stunning one-third flipped January 20, 2017 on Inauguration winners can be found on the to support Trump. Trump also won 194 of the 207 counties that Day. He will be the 45th President Florida Department of State Website. voted for Obama either in 2008 or 2012.” Trump waited until after 2:45 a.m. to give his victory speech, surrounded by friends, family and supporters in New York City. He spoke in a calm and collected demeanor to reassure listeners that he was going to make a positive difference for all ethnicities and help unite the nation. He even spoke highly of his opponent, which he had previously attacked with crude comments and threats to send


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t is the end of a turbulent year. We’ve shared in collective joy and grief over the presidential election. We’ve endured painful news that lifted up how far we have to go in the nation for reconciliation and peace: police shooting the unarmed, and police being shot and killed in return. Floods. Disasters. I think of my hometown, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, that has endured shootings both ways, and devastating floods which took away so much from so many (including my friends’ and families’ losses). Those stories have faded and people are still displaced. We’ve endured personal tragedies and challenges.

We’ve also welcomed babies, celebrated weddings, graduations, retirements, and all sorts of joyful milestones. We have had moments of radiant happiness. We hold onto hopeful expectancy, which this season invites. I could write about the value of celebrating the holidays with the spiritual verve it deserves, but

those who do get it already. I could lament about the deepseated commercialism of the season, and how much I hate it, but I know that I am not alone, and it won’t mean anything.

leaving behind what must be done. With hopeful expectancy, like Please find it in Your mighty and welcoming the newborn baby gracious heart to forgive us once this season, we look to 2017 again. Heal us and this nation. and offer it, too, into Your wise care and providence. May we We close this year, O Lord, be surprised by Your grace and and offer it into Your care. Thank by our own resilience. Make us You for all of Your good gifts. May strong in Your ways. we open our eyes and hearts to see You in the simple things that we We pray just this as we are. blindly pass by every single day But please, O God. Please. Don’t and in the breathtaking big things leave us this way. that we cannot avoid. Amen. May Your presence be known with those who celebrate and with those who grieve. May Your Holy Spirit sustain the broken-hearted, the suffering, the fearful, and shield the joyous. We pray that all things work together for good for those who entrust their lives to You. Thank You for being mighty Rev. Laurie Palmer wings of protection, so that the Pastor most sacred part of us is safe in St. Andrew Presbyterian Church the midst of all things and all 5340 Primrose Lake Circle seasons of life. Tampa, FL 33647 813-513-8822

Did 2016 make us wiser? More patient? When have we gone out of our way to be kind and generous? To welcome the stranger? To serve the less fortunate? Are we still holding on to grudges, nursing them like a beloved scotch? Did we pray that someone else would change, and leaving unscathed by God’s mysterious and mischievous grace? 2017 is here in the blink of an eye. What do you hope? What do you dream? I end this year with a prayer. God of all mercies, We come before You a broken people. Broken by life. Broken by our own actions and words. Broken by sin. We do those things we don’t want to do and know are wrong, while


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veryone knows the value of location in real estate, but location is comprised of more than just a geographic locale. The distinct features and amenities within a location is what makes it so desirable to homebuyers. The driving force behind Wesley Chapel’s desirability, more specifically, has been the schools in certain communities.

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so popular, many schools are overcrowded and new schools must be built to compensate, which leads to inevitable rezoning. Unfortunately, this is bad news for the people who purchased their homes in select communities simply because they were located in their desired school district. Some groups are even considering hiring lawyers because of this shifting of boundaries. The opening of the new middle school and high school (Cypress Creek High) and the re-drawing of the boundaries have started

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issue right up front with buyers because if they are interested in the Wiregrass area, they will have certain communities to choose from. Depending on the homebuyer’s budget, that choice can be limited. If you currently live within the boundary and are considering selling, there may be a flurry of activity in early 2017 and a potential for higher sales prices because of the demand in these communities. The next meetings to discuss the boundaries will be on November 29th and December 2nd. Different community groups will be presenting alternatives to the current boundaries, and the groups are going to come prepared to fight for their interests. The outcome will determine not only where your children go to school but may also affect the value of your home.

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a battle of the communities. The big question for many is whether or not their community will be affected by the rezoning. The answer to that question is not finalized, but as of this article, if you live in Seven Oaks, Estancia, the Arbors, The Ridge, Meadow Pointe 1, 2 and some of 3, Lakes of Northwood, Northwood, Williamsburg and Arbor Woods, you will be in the Wiregrass school boundary.

For Wesley Chapel, it may not be the last time the town will go through this. Growth in the region is bound to necessitate more schools and more boundary changes. Schools make a huge difference when you are choosing where to live, now and in the future. Homebuyers need to think and plan carefully if they are going to buy any time soon. Keep in mind though, nothing is forever!

So, what does this have to do with real estate in Wesley Chapel? Recently, a family bought a home in Meadow Pointe specifically because they wanted to be guaranteed a spot in the Wiregrass school zone. This has become a common scenario. Over the past year, prices in Meadow Pointe have risen by 10% or more for two reasons: it's a community where you can still find a nice house under $300,000, and it's in the Wiregrass school zone. Realtors need to discuss this WWW.RESIDENTMAGAZINE.NET | FOR RATES & INFO CALL: 813-422-5551

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I wish for an ugly sweater,

y l g u n a r o f h s i w I sweater! BY RANDI FREMUTH


hristmas is just around the corner, and a major theme for parties everywhere is the ugly Christmas sweater. I’m sure you’ve seen them. Ugly Christmas sweaters are things of awful beauty. They’re tacky, gaudy, loud, ridiculously adorned and oh so lovable. Work parties, get-togethers with friends, family gatherings, you name it-you can ugly-sweater it. People will go all out for these parties with crazy hair, hideous sweaters, ghastly shoes. Each person trying to top the next. One woman is cashing in on this trend. Deb Rottum,

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a local stay-at-home mom with three kids, has turned her crafting talents into a booming online business. For 12 years, Deb wore the same tacky sweater to every Christmas eve party. About 4 years ago and tired of the same sweater, she happened to be browsing eBay and Google and discovered that people were actually seeking and buying ugly Christmas-themed sweaters. Deb put her crafting gears in motion and decided to sell three sweaters online for $30 each. They were sold within a

week! The next year, in 2014, she decided to make more sweaters with more embellishments, and it blossomed into this new business. She currently has over 200 sweaters, but she also does special orders for those customers looking for something specific. Deb’s business gained some ground when a blogger from the UK posted pictures of her sweaters on his website. The comments section was full of people ridiculing her work—it is important to note here that in the UK, they don’t celebrate the ugly sweater with quite the fervor we

do here. Deb states, "They don't have tacky Christmas sweaters. A lot of those people thought that I was just going to go to the grocery store with this sweater on. They really didn’t understand the concept.” Instead of giving up, Deb recognized this situation as great publicity and went to work encouraging the commenters to visit her website. From there, a magazine reporter from the UK contacted her and wanted to pick

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up the story. The magazine article was published Thanksgiving Day, and on that same day, a producer from Good Morning America called and wanted to skype with her in the afternoon. She appeared on the show the next morning. Her story exploded. Other news sources were contacting her in hopes of re-running her story, three news anchors visited her home, and Meredith Vieira flew her out for an appearance on her show. “It just snowballed from

there. That year was crazy.” Deb’s business picked up and orders began flooding in. Two years later, and Deb is still at it. Her signature design uses a stuffed animal or stocking as a focal point, and then she embellishes it with items like pompoms, lights, sequins, bows, etc. With sizes ranging from child to 5XL, no one will be left out of the tacky sweater craze. She has also added new items to her inventory, including ugly hats, shoes, purses, skirts, and dresses.

She describes her accessories as color-coordinated and tastefully tacky, but she’s willing to get as crazy as she needs for those special orders. All of her pieces are one-of-a-kind and handmade. If you want to win that first place ugly Christmas sweater trophy, Deb believes, “If you’re invited to a tacky sweater party, you can’t just go to Goodwill and buy a sweater because you’ll fade in with everyone else. You need the lights, the singing, [etc].” She lists her pieces on eBay and Etsy and also has a Facebook page. What does


Deb hope to accomplish next? “I’m just having fun with it. Of course, everybody wants to be on the Ellen Show.” To check out Deb’s sassy, tacky designs on Etsy visit shop/DebsTackySweaters, on eBay http://stores.ebay. com/debsfunfinds/, and on Facebook DebsTackyChristmasSweaters.

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On the Wesley Chapel Community Facebook Page, Audra McIntosh posted about finding tiny kittens, about four weeks old, who had been abandoned at the dumpster behind Petsmart. There were five, but one of them was run over by a car, so the other four were put in a box and a store employee held them at Petsmart until Missy Dietsh saw Audra’s post on Facebook and went to pick them up. Missy fed them, bathed and picked fleas off of them while the Facebook post racked up 85 comments from people, many offering to help. By the next day, all four kittens had a forever home lined up and waiting for them as soon as they were old enough to leave their siblings. Say what you will about social media, but at least in this case, Facebook and the residents of Wesley Chapel and New Tampa helped four little kittens find their forever homes. 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 by the 15th of each month.


Two by Two

Escape Clause

Scrappy Little Nobody

by Nicholas Sparks At 32, Russell Green has it all: a stunning wife, a lovable six yearold daughter, a successful career as an advertising executive and an expansive home in Charlotte. He is living the dream, and his marriage to the bewitching Vivian is the center of that.

by John Sandford

The first storm comes from, of all places, the Minnesota zoo. Two large, and very rare, Amur tigers have vanished from their cage, and authorities are worried sick that they’ve been stolen for their body parts.

by Anna Kendrick Even before she made a name for herself on the silver screen starring in films like Pitch Perfect, Up in the Air, Twilight, and Into the Woods, Anna Kendrick was unusually small, weird, and “10 percent defiant.”

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Cross the Line (Alex Cross Series #24) by James Patterson

In all of Alex Cross's years with Homicide, Washington, DC, has never been more dangerous. After shots pierce the tranquil nighttime calm of Rock Creek Park, a man is dead: what looks at first like road rage might be something much more sinister.




ongHorn Steakhouse® is excited to open in the Wesley Chapel community. We look forward to serving guests our fresh, never frozen and boldly seasoned steaks, prepared by Certified LongHorn Grill Masters. It is our goal to be Wesley Chapel’s favorite steakhouse! At LongHorn, we pride ourselves on our friendly service and restaurant atmosphere, which celebrates the natural beauty of the American West.

We offer a wide variety of fresh, never frozen, steak cuts – like our famous bone-in Outlaw Ribeye® – that are handseasoned, then expertly grilled by a Certified LongHorn Grill Master. Beyond our steaks, we offer fresh grilled chicken, fresh

Atlantic salmon marinated in our homemade brown sugar bourbon sauce, and fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs that are slow roasted for four hours and basted in our homemade barbecue sauce. Entrées come with a handchopped salad, honey-wheat bread baked fresh every 20 minutes and with delicious side dishes like our Steakhouse Mac & Cheese. Throughout the year, we feature seasonally relevant ingredients and develop dishes that highlight the freshest flavors of the season with our Chef’s Showcase and Peak Season menus. Guests can also enjoy limited time specials year-round. We also give our guests a great reason to join us for lunch. Guests can enjoy a wide variety of dishes or one of our $7, $8 or $9 lunch combinations


Managing Partner B.A. Arnot

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PERMIT # 3239

Resident Magazine Issue 20  

This month features Coach Matthew Terry: Football is more than a game... And SO much more!

Resident Magazine Issue 20  

This month features Coach Matthew Terry: Football is more than a game... And SO much more!