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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 • AUGUST 2016

THE INCENDIARY SUMMER OF 2016

A LOCAL PASTOR'S THOUGHTS

THE PARENTS BACK TO SCHOOL

SURVIVAL GUIDE WHAT DOES BREXIT MEAN FOR

YOUR INVESTMENT STRATEGY?

WESLEY CHAPEL

Confessions

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RESIDENT Magazine table of contents August 2016

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23 BUSINESS OF THE MONTH & RIBBON CUTTINGS 24 YOUR BUSINESS: TIPS & TRENDS 26 HEALTH TIPS FROM DR. A 27 INSPIRATIONAL 28 NEW BUSINESS HIGHLIGHT 29 PET/CHILD OF THE MONTH & TOP BOOK READS 30 SPIRITUAL

FINANCIAL ADVICE LETTER FROM THE EDITOR UPCOMING EVENTS IT'S MOVIE TIME WESLEY CHAPEL CONFESSIONS SURVIVAL GUIDE FEATURED STORY LOCAL CLUB NEWS

team bios STEPHANIE COSTOLO EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

SUSAN GULASH ART DIRECTOR

JESSICA BROWNING ASSOCIATE

HEATHER MORALES EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

RANDI FREMUTH ASSISTANT EDITOR

PATTI SMITH ADVISOR

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 in Dec. will earn a Masters Degree in Entrepreneurship in Applied Technologies from USF.

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.

Jessica Browning is a Michigan native who moved to Wesley Chapel in 2013. She is a lover of people and all things outdoors and enjoys helping local business owners grow their companies.

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.

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.

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.

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FI NAN CIAL

ADVICE

What Does

BREXIT

Mean For Your Investment Strategy?

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he United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union (EU) following a referendum known as “Brexit,” was the latest test for investment markets worldwide. The immediate market reaction was decidedly negative, but soon after markets started to rebound, more so in the U.S. than overseas. Investors should be prepared for continued uncertainty related to the Brexit vote, which could contribute to volatility in the days, weeks and even months to come. Volatility is nothing new Significant price swings in the market, both up-and-down, are nothing new. A number of notable events, many arising without much warning, have occurred in recent years causing markets to react. Among them are the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami, a temporary shutdown of the U.S. federal government in 2013 and the dramatic drop in oil prices that began in 2014. These events had an impact on stock markets

in the short run, but over time, stocks recovered. There has been plenty of speculation on what the anticipated exit of the United Kingdom from the EU will mean for the global economy and the fi nancial markets. Yet nobody can predict with certainty what the future holds. It’s important to keep in mind that volatility is a reality for stock investors. How should you respond to Brexit? Geo-political events can act as a reminder to review your fi nancial position. At the same time, remember that portfolio decisions should not be based on emotion or speculation about events that have occurred or may happen in the future. Here are steps you can take to stay calm duringthe next wave of volatility: •

Assess your risk tolerance. How did you feel during the most recent downturn? Feeling especially uncomfortable could be a sign that you’re taking on too much risk. Make sure youare

honest about the level of risk you are willing to accept and position your portfolio accordingly. •

Diversify your portfolio. Don’t be overly dependent on a single investment or asset class. Owning a properly diversified mix of assets can help you withstand the rough periods in the market.

Align your portfolio with your goals. If you have a longer time horizon to let your money work, it may make sense for you to have more aggressive investments in your portfolio. However, if you’re retiring soon or need to tap some of the money you have invested, you may want to shift some assets into less volatile investments.

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Don’t be overly influenced by the headlines. It’s easy to fi nd reports in the media that can scare you away from your long-term investment

strategy but put the pundits’ opinions into perspective. One thing is for sure – they won’t know your personal fi nancial goals and situation. The most important drivers of your investment success are your long-term goals, the time you have to invest and your commitment to save as much as you can. You can be certain that there will be more events like Brexit in the future. When they happen, avoid making irrational decisions and stay focused on your long-term strategy. 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. August 2016 | Page 5


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RESIDENT Magazine Letter from the editor to call home, Wesley Chapel is a place I’m proud to live and raise my three beautiful children. When I was planning the move to Florida I had never even visited before, the fact that it almost never snows here was enough to make the crosscountry trek. I’ve since fallen in love with the TEPHANIE OSTOLO area, the people and the sense DITOR N HIEF of community which exists here. When I’m not am very excited and humbled working on Resident Magazine, you to formally introduce myself can find me finishing up my Masters as the new Editor-in-Chief of degree at USF and spending time Resident Magazine! I’m originally with my three littles: Dominic is 7, from Illinois but have hopped Scarlett is 6 and baby Roman is 3… around the country a little bit. In 2006 I joined the Air Force and was not such a baby anymore. We have a lot of laughs, silly faces on snapchat fortunate to be able to live in some and snuggles. interesting places like Nebraska, Germany, Washington DC and The issue you’re holding in your most recently before Florida, I lived hands right now is the largest in near Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Resident Magazine’s history. It’s a (GO STEELERS!). In 2013 we great achievement if we do say so made the move down to Tampa in search of sun, warmth and sand and ourselves, but it’s even more exciting found so much more. Finally a place given the current economy, which

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has left many magazines struggling. What our continued success tells me is that even in the toughest times we can not only survive but also thrive – and we attribute that to being useful and relevant. It’s all about you, Wesley Chapel and New Tampa. Resident Magazine is about the people right here in our community, it’s about your businesses growing, succeeding and driving revenue into our town. It’s about linking together as community members in support of one another and it’s about knowing what’s going on within our community. Resident Magazine wouldn’t be here without the amazing support we’ve received from local business owners and community members and for that we thank you!

useful content that we have a feeling you’ll be referring to this issue again and again… from our Parents Survival Guide Back to School, to our in depth conversation with Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco, to business tips and health information – we’ve got your local lowdown. One final (for now) exciting announcement is that we are creating a monthly web TV show where you will see clips from our feature interviews, hear from local business owners and get the hottest tips and tricks from our local experts! Like us on facebook @ ResidentMagazineWCNT to be one of the first to catch our premier web TV episode and to stay on top of your local happenings! Thank you for your continued support and please feel free to send any of your thoughts or suggestions, and if you'd like to be featured in Resident Magazine please email editorial@ residentmagazine.net.

We are so excited to bring you this August issue – there’s such a variety of interesting and

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Yoga On The Lawn

August

Wiregrass Ranchers Kids Club YOGA ON PREPARED THE LAWN CHILDBIRTH Time: 6:30CLASSES, 7:30pm 3 WEEK Wiregrass Center Court SERIES

MONDAY

1

Location: Cost: Free Info: theshopsatwiregrass.com

MONTHLY BUSINESS BREAKFAST

TUESDAY

2

Time: 10am Location: Pasco-Hernando State College Cost: Chamber Members: $15.00 in advanced (register on line by 3:00 p.m. Friday)or $20.00 Walkins for this event are very limitedplease register! Non- Members: $20.00 Info: wesleychapelchamber.com

BACK PAIN CHANGING YOUR PLANS? Time: 12-1pm Location: Health and Wellness Center at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel 2700 Healing Way Wesley Chapel, FL 33544 Cost: Free

TUESDAY

2-16

Time: 6-8:30pm Location: Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel 2600 Bruce B Downs Boulevard Wesley Chapel Cost: Fees Apply Info: www.floridahospital.com

WEDNESDAY

3

Time: 10am Location: Wiregrass Center Court Cost: Free Info: theshopsatwiregrass.com

FRIDAY

5

YOGA ON THE LAWN

Time: 7:45-9am Location: Health & Wellness Center at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel 2nd Floor Community Room Cost: Annual Membership $10.00 Chamber Members Only Info: wesleychapelchamber.com

Time: 6:30-7:30pm

FRESH MARKET Time: 10am-2pm

SATURDAY

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Location: Wiregrass Center Court Cost: Free Info: theshopsatwiregrass.com

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF TAMPA BAY- BIG ORIENTATION

Location: Wiregrass Center Court

Time:10:30am -12pm Location: New Port Richey Recreation & Aquatic Center 6630 Van Buren, New Port Richey Cost: There is no fee to attend this event

Cost: Free

Info: wesleychapelchamber.com

Time: 6-9pm

Location: Wiregrass Center Court

MONDAY

8

Cost: Free Info: theshopsatwiregrass.com

TUESDAY

WIREGRASS RANCHERS KIDS CLUB

FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE MUSIC SERIES

WOW - WOMEN OF WESLEY CHAPEL

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ACTIVITY AND YOUR HIP PAIN Time: 12-1pm

Location: Health and Wellness Center at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel 2700 Healing Way Wesley Chapel, FL 33544 Cost: Free Info: www.floridahospital.com

TRUST YOUR GUT... MICROBIOME Time: 6:30 -7pm Location: Health and Wellness Center at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel 2700 Healing Way Wesley Chapel, FL 33544 Cost: Free Info: www.floridahospital.com

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Events listed are for the following:

Fresh Market

Car & Truck Show

Friday Night Live Music

WEDNESDAY

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BUSINESS LINK

Time:7:30-9am Location: Ramada Zephyrhills 6815 Gall Blvd.Zephyrhills, FL 33541 Cost: FREE to attend Info: wesleychapelchamber.com

AMBASSADOR MEETING Time:9-10am Location: Chamber - Boardroom Cost: Ambassadors only Info: wesleychapelchamber.com

MONTHLY MIXER AT CRUNCH FITNESS

THURSDAY

11

Time:5-7pm Location: Crunch Fitness Cost: Free to attend Info: wesleychapelchamber.com

FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE MUSIC SERIES FRIDAY

12

Time: 6-9pm

Cost: Free Info: theshopsatwiregrass.com

YOGA ON THE LAWN

MONDAY

15

Time: 6:307:30pm Location: Wiregrass Center Court Cost: Free Info: theshopsatwiregrass.com

TUESDAY

16

LUNCH N LEARN

SMALL BUSINESS CHALLENGE WORKSHOP Time:8:30-3:30pm Location: Rasmussen College, 8661 Citizens Drive, New Port Richey, Cost: This event is free to attend Info: wesleychapelchamber.com

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Time:11:30am -1pm Location: The Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce,Don Porter Boardroom,6013 Wesley Grove Blvd.,Wesley Chapel Cost: Please register for this event. The fee is $15.00, includes lunch hInfo: wesleychapelchamber.com

MONTHLY COFFEE SOCIAL

Time:8-9AM Location: McDonald's, 27643 Wesley Chapel Blvd., Wesley Chapel Cost: Free Coffee Info: wesleychapelchamber.com

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

19

FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE MUSIC

SERIES Time: 6-9pm Location: Wiregrass Center Court Cost: Free Info: theshopsatwiregrass.com

FRESH MARKET

SATURDAY

20

Time: 10am-2pm Location: Wiregrass Center Court Cost: Free Info: theshopsatwiregrass.com

Location: Wiregrass Center Court

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CAR SHOW

SUNDAY

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Time: 12-6pm Location: Wiregrass Center Court Cost: Free Info: theshopsatwiregrass.com MONDAY

22

YOGA ON THE LAWN

Time: 6:307:30pm Location: Wiregrass Center Court Cost: Free Info: theshopsatwiregrass.com

FUEL YOUR WORKOUTS

TUESDAY

23

Time: 6:30-7:30pm Location: Health & Wellness Center, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 2700 Healing Way, Wesley Chapel Cost: Free Info: www.floridahospital.com

FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE MUSIC SERIES Time: 6-9pm Location: Wiregrass Center Court Cost: Free Info: theshopsatwiregrass.com FRIDAY

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OPENING NIGHTS

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Nine Lives Friday August 5, 2016

Pete's Dragon Friday August 12, 2016

Ben-Hur Friday August 19, 2016

Mechanic: Resurrection Friday August 26, 2016

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know I’m not the only person around town who finds ways to embarrass my children and myself both intentionally and unintentionally. I know this because I’ve seen people accidentally walk into tree limbs, I’ve seen them trip over their own feet, I’ve witnessed folks in the grocery store with their shirt on inside out. It’s ok! It’s all ok! The ability to laugh at ourselves and realize that everyone has blushing moments is one of the keys to living a happy life. Laughing at other people’s oopsie moments just adds icing to the cake. Wesley Chapel Confessions… your new source for oopsie moments, embarrassing shenanigans and cringe-worthy stories that have all happened right here in Wesley Chapel and New Tampa. As this is the very first Confessional, I will start us off with a little glimpse into my life. Please send YOUR Confessionals to editorial@residentmagazine.net and keep a lookout for your story to appear in the magazine and/ or online!

two of me, depending on what day of the week and what time of day it is. There’s Professional Stephanie who is kind, patient, thinks she’s funny and is moderately well spoken. This is the Stephanie you’ll run into at networking events or during a weekday around town. This Stephanie has it together; she’s a happy gal. The other Stephanie is Haggard Stephanie. She has children surrounding her and varies quite a bit but can usually be found completely disheveled, no make-up, no more patience, no tolerance for slow cart-pushers at the grocery store (sorry slow movers – you’re going to want to run into Professional Stephanie… she’s very patient). On the date of this event, Haggard Stephanie was at the store with her three young children. Professional Stephanie

get a gift for a friend’s birthday. Deep breaths. We can do this. In the toy section of course my I really don’t like going grocery children are losing their minds, shopping. It’s one of my least excited about all the toys that they favorite things in the world, but just seem to know we are buying. sometimes you just can’t avoid it. And sometimes, the worlds collide My little guy, Roman, is definitely done sitting in the cart at this and everything comes crashing down and you have no choice but point, so they’re all basically to take your 7, 5 and 2 ½ year olds running wild while I try to find a gift. Roman is also potty training to the Walmart store on 54 with you. For the people who can do at this time… and as I’m looking this and keep it classy I salute you. at the shelves of toys, he stood in the middle of the aisle and just I was trying to get in and out of there as quickly as possible but my let loose. Huge puddle. Growing puddle. He starts to stomp in it… kids (darlings, really) were dead ‘Splash mommy! Splash!’ set on running this way and that way and touching stuff and asking You know those cartoons that show for stuff and just generally being smoke coming out of someone’s kids. Haggard Stephanie was at ears? That was me. I scooped him her wits end. Just as I thought up and put him in the cart, wet we were going to escape without pants and all… and then started incident, I realized we had to go running from one end of the aisle to over to the t…o…y… section to had clocked out for the day.

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the other, looking for an employee who could help me. I couldn’t leave the puddle; someone could slip and really hurt him or herself! I couldn’t leave my kids sitting there alone! So Haggard Stephanie ran from end to end of that toy aisle looking like a maniac, trying to flag down an employee to help with the puddle situation. Eventually someone came to our rescue. We left without a gift.

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THE PARENT'S

SURVIVAL

GUIDE

BACK TO

SCHOOL SCHOOL STARTS

August 15, 2016 Ready to put away the beach towels and pull out the backpacks? Not quite? Well, it’s time to sharpen your pencils and get ready. Whether you want to stock up on school supplies without breaking the bank, or help inspire your child to learn, our guide has tips and advice for back-to-school success.

Shop and breathe EASIER MAKE A LIST

Figure out exactly what you need and want before leaving home. A checklist can help you map out a game plan, stick to a budget and stay organized. Conduct a little fashion show with the kids at home before heading to the stores, to see what still fits and is in good condition, and what’s too small and worn out for the new school year.

STOCK UP ON SCHOOL SUPPLIES WITHOUT SPENDING A FORTUNE KNOW WHAT YOU NEED Many schools publish classroom supply lists a few weeks before school starts. Get your child’s list by visiting your schools website. Check off items you already have. Take your new list with you while shopping, and stick to it!

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dE-stress before the BIG DAY PREPARATION IS KEY

The more parents can help their kids know what to expect, the better. Do a "dry run" of the school or classroom over summer break to alleviate fear of the unknown. Pack lunch and set out clothes the night before to ensure everyone is ready for the big day.

EARLY TO BED...

Another way to prepare kids for a new routine is to gradually shift bedtime, so they're used to it a couple weeks before school starts. Parents might say, "We have been having so much fun over the summer, but it's important to start to get to sleep a bit earlier so we can be fresh and alert when school starts."

DO RIGHT BY YOUR KIDS THE MORNING OF

It's important for you to keep calm to ease first day jitters, even if socks go missing. I like to cook a hearty breakfast to make my kids feel special, I create pancake letters to spell each one's name, hearts and dinos work too. An alarm let us know when it's time to go; then at drop-off I give hugs and say, "I love you, have fun learning!"

MOTIVATE KIDS TO EXCEL GIVE CONSTANT ENCOURAGEMENT

At a young age, stop and listen when they show you a “picture” they have drawn, or read a story they memorized. As your child grows, continue with this praise, which will ignite their internal love to learn.

IF A CHILD STRUGGLES DON'T GIVE UP

Find a subject that appeals to them, and try to bridge those interests into other areas.

BE AN EXAMPLE

Talk positively about school, teachers and learning.

HELP WITH HOMEWORK

LISTING OF SCHOOLS ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS DOUBLE BRANCH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 31500 Chancey Road, WesleyChapel, FL 33543 PHONE: (813) 346-0400 HOURS: 9:30AM -3:50PM NEW RIVER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 4710 River Glen Boulevard, Wesley Chapel, FL 33545 PHONE: (813) 346-0500 HOURS: 9:30AM -3:50PM QUAIL HOLLOW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 7050 Quail Hollow Boulevard, Wesley Chapel, FL 33544 PHONE: (813)346-0400 HOURS: 9:20AM -3:50PM SAND PINE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 29040 County Line Road, Wesley Chapel, FL 33543 PHONE: (813) 794-1900 HOURS: 8:20AM -2:50PM SEVEN OAKS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 27633 Mystic Oak Boulevard, Wesley Chapel, FL 33543 PHONE: (813) 794-0700 HOURS: 9:40AM -3:50PM VETERANS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 26940 Progress Parkway, Wesley Chapel, FL 33544 PHONE: (813) 346-1400 HOURS: 9:40AM -3:50PM WATERGRASS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 32750 Overpass Rd., Wesley Chapel, FL 33545 PHONE: (813) 346-0600 HOURS: 9:40AM -3:50PM WESLEY CHAPEL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 30243 Wells Road, Wesley Chapel, FL 33545 PHONE: (813) 794-0100 HOURS: 9:30AM -3:50PM WIREGRASS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 29732 Wiregrass School Road, Wesley Chapel, FL 33543 PHONE: (813) 346-0700 HOURS: 9:40AM -3:50PM

MIDDLE SCHOOLS

Praise the effort your child puts into the work, more than the work itself.

DR. JOHN LONG MIDDLE SCHOOL 2025 Mansfield Boulevard, Wesley Chapel, FL 33543 PHONE: (813) 346-6200 HOURS: 8:30AM -2:50PM

Encourage your child and build confidence with every word spoken.

THOMAS E. WEIGHTMAN MIDDLE SCHOOL 30649 Wells Road, Wesley Chapel, FL 33545 PHONE: (813) 794-0200 HOURS: 7:40AM -3:10PM

SCHOOL IS DIFFICULT ACADEMICALLY AND EMOTIONALLY READ EVERY DAY TO YOUR CHILD

They never get too old to listen to a good story, magazine, comic book, or article. A parent is the best example for their child.

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SSHERIFF CHRIS NOCCO WE ASKED HIM....

DO YOU THINK PEOPLE AS A WHOLE TRUST LAW ENFORCEMENT? BY STEPHANIE COSTOLO

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ur interview with Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco was on the schedule before Dallas happened… before Louisiana happened. Before events took place which have forced our law enforcement officers across the nation to jump into action to increase protection for themselves. Changes are occuring so rapidly with politics, law enforcement, and societal issues that it’s hard to even keep track of, much less sort out what it all means for our future. Our future as a community, as a nation and as a world is intrinsically tied together. What affects one affects all. In the wake of this recent violence against members of law enforcement, people are left wondering what’s next. We sat down with Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco to see what his take on the current atmosphere is and to find out what the Pasco Sheriff’s Office is doing to ensure that they continue to protect our communities, themselves and maintain the public’s trust of the public during these challenging times. RM (Resident Magazine)- How long have you been in law enforcement and what did you start out doing? CN (Chris Nocco)- In about 2000 I started off with the Philadelphia public school police at a school for kids who either had to have two

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misdemeanors or a felony. I was there for only a short time (and then) I ended up going to Fairfax County, Virginia. I was in Fairfax for several years. I was there for the sniper incident, September 11th, and I was downtown for mass demonstrations a lot. I saw a lot of things that changed our country. I met my beautiful wife there, and she is a Floridian. She hates the snow, she hates cold weather, and she said ‘let's go down south.’ She wanted to come back here to Florida so I ended up coming to Broward Sheriff's Office. I was at Broward County Sheriff's Office for a while and worked the midnight shift. From there I had an opportunity to work in the Florida House, working for Speaker Marco Rubio for 4 years; two as his Staff Director and two years as his Deputy Chief of Staff when he was the Speaker of the House. I then had the opportunity to come here to Pasco, so we moved the family down here and I was a Captain, Major, and then appointed Sheriff.

I thought I had this plan in life. When I was in high school I really thought I was going to be playing (football) on Sundays. I had this dream that I was going to play in the NFL and then things happened with recruitment and where I was going to go to school, and at one point I just ended up in front of a church and said ‘God whatever you want, let it be.’ (I’ve found) it's always in God's hands. And I really mean that. God has a path and I don't know what it is, but whatever it is creates a much better future than me trying to plan it myself.

was all going to be one. (laughs) I thought it would be one total job and that it would be so exciting. As a 6 year old, I thought ‘I'm going to wear this uniform for an hour and that uniform for an hour.’ I always had this vision and my vision was always the paddy wagon. The paddy wagon would always be the two biggest guys they could find that would go out there and if there was a problem, the paddy wagon showed up and things got taken care of. Either someone was protected or someone who was causing a problem got arrested. That, to me, was the epitome of public service and helping people. My mom always jokes, ‘There's no way you were not going to be a cop. That's all you wanted to be. You were focused and eventually one day you were going to end up in a police uniform.’

RM- Looking back on your life growing up, is this where you saw yourself ending up?

RM- How do you manage the pressure of being such an influential figure?

CN- I grew up in a law enforcement family. My dad did 30 years; he retired as a captain with the Philadelphia Police Department. My mom worked in the Philadelphia Public School System for a lot of years. When I was a little kid I was going to be a policeman, fireman and in the military... I thought it

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CN- I go back to the Bible. Really reading the Bible and going through the scriptures, realizing that God has a mission for all of us, and our job is to complete that mission. The Bible and the scriptures are very helpful in keeping me focused (on the fact) that this isn't about me, this is about a bigger mission. Continued on page 16

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RM- What do you do for fun when you don't have the uniform on? CN- It’s family time; there's a lot of kid time. My phone is always going; I'm always on call and every day of the week there are calls coming in that I have to be somewhere. I have to balance the fact that there's going to come a point where my kids are going off to college, so I make sure that any moment I have time to spend with them and my wife, we spend family time together. Because in the blink of an eye they are going to be gone. I also love any sports... Not watching, but playing them and being engaged doing it. RM- What's your favorite place that you ever traveled? CN- Normandy. My wife and I took a trip to Europe and saw Normandy Beach. You can watch all the movies you want but until you're sitting on that beach (the gravity of the events there don’t fully sink in). It makes Clearwater Beach look small. RM- What music was playing the last time you drove somewhere? CN- It depends, if I have kids in the car I listen to Joy FM. If not I listen to alternative rock. RM- What are you most proud of about your time thus far as the Pasco Sheriff? CN- I think it's two things. One is the community, and the other is the deputies. I think we've really built out a strong, positive relationship with the community where it has really gotten behind and worked together with the deputies. And I really think that it enhances the deputies’ partnership with the community. That's why our motto Page 16 | August 2016

is "We Fight As One"… everybody thinks it's ‘we’ as in deputies and law enforcement, no. It's ‘we’ as a community. It's all of us together and if there's one thing I can say I'm happy about, it’s the building of that partnership. RM- Tell me about the last book you read or are reading? CN- Change by Design by Tim Brown. It's a book on design theory from the guys at IDEO (www.ideo. com). I'm just starting it now. We're partnering up with JSOU - Joint Special Operations University. Two of us went last week and more of our people will be going in the next couple of weeks; they do a design theory class on Special Operations and a lot of things will apply to what we do. What we're trying to do in the Sheriff's Office is to think innovatively. Everyone thinks in law enforcement, we just go out and arrest people and that's it. In reality, we're hoping this organization turns into one of the most creative, innovative organizations out there. We can't keep tackling the same issues the way we've always been tackling them. So we’ve partnered with University of South Florida, Pasco Hernando State College, St. Leo University, University of Texas, University of Pennsylvania and the Naval Postgraduate School. RM- What do you mean you partner with them? What does that look like?

enforcement agencies in the country that are working on a social network analysis project. We are on the cutting edge of how to fight crime where it's not just responding, rather this is about networks. We’re picking up on who the most influential groups are, and ask ‘how do we influence the network?’ The partnership with USF is through the social network analysis project, but also through our forensics unit. Dr. Erin Kimmerle (is there) who is phenomenal. If we find a body and can't identify who it is, she will come in with her forensics team and figure out the age, how they might have been killed, and they can reconstruct things. She's incredible and one of the things we're trying to work on with her is creating a forensics training facility where they can train this generation and the next generation of forensic investigators.

RM- What is your passion? CN- My faith, my family and I love law enforcement. My faith is always going to be there. My wife, I'll give her all the credit in the world. She never grew up in a law enforcement family so she had no idea what she was getting into. I grew up with my dad not being there on holidays or missing birthdays when things happen. And she never had that, so for her to come into this and I'm working midnights in Broward and the pressures we go through now, she's very understanding and she wants to get involved. And I love law enforcement. I think we're in challenging times right now and our profession is moving faster than it ever has before. When people say ‘what do you do for fun besides working out?’ (My response is) this is my fun. If my kids are playing on the swing set and I'm just sitting there, I'll look on my phone and start reading up on new innovations in law enforcement. I'm blessed, we have a great staff and a lot of them are the same way. As a collective group we are people who really have a passion for what we do. Another thing I’m passionate about is the family support network that we've started. It’s reaching out to family members of law enforcement. The military has Continued on page 17

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DO YOU THINK PEOPLE AS A WHOLE TRUST LAW ENFORCEMENT? done a good job talking about post traumatic stress, but the history of law enforcement is that when you're done with your shift, drink Jack Daniels and you'll be fine. RM- Now that topic is really coming to the forefront. People are asking ‘what is the mental health, the mental capacity of our law enforcement officers?’ How can the public help? CN- Even if you just walk up to a law enforcement officer and say ‘thank you for what you do,’ it means a lot. With intelligence-led policing, we worked with Dr. Jerry Ratcliffe at Temple University and a study found that 6% of criminals commit 60% of the crimes. We're getting called out to the worst situations, so all day long for 12 hours, we're dealing mostly with that 6% who aren't very fond of law enforcement.

We're seeing the worst situations possible and going call to call to call. There's no real break. There's no real decompression. So when someone says ‘thank you Deputy I appreciate it,’ that catches a lot of people off guard because we're so used to people going up to a scene and yelling at us. The military has done an unbelievable job dealing with post-traumatic stress and is learning quickly about how to decompress people who are coming back from overseas. In law enforcement we haven't. How it's been is, you finish your shift, and you go to "choir practice,” which is where you go and drink off your problems. Unfortunately “choir practice” created alcoholics which ruined careers and ruined families. These are things that this family support network is aiming to help, because in our profession suicide completion is high. Also,

the children (of law enforcement) are going through a lot, especially now because they're turning on TV and the first 5 minutes of the news shows people protesting in the neighborhood, screaming "I hate cops, kill cops." These children look at their fathers and mothers wondering what's going to happen to them. Another thing that people don't usually recognize is that we deal with post-traumatic stress driving down the streets where we live. Most people will see a convenience store or gas station and to them, it's just the gas station. For us, we see the gas station and we think ‘oh yeah there was a shooting there. I remember getting called to a robbery... There was blood...’ We are remembering the body that was lying on the ground. We remember. Our struggles are in our own

communities where we live because we're seeing the worst of the worst. Even off duty when we take our uniform off, there are still triggers. What people don't realize is that when they see a law enforcement officer, he or she may have just come from a horrible call, or may be so mentally drained from everything they've seen. People forget about our deputies in jail. The deputies in the jail have 12 hours a day with the inmates so they go through mental anguish all day, constantly being attacked. So that's something that we need to really work with our members and their families on. A lot of times law enforcement officers isolate themselves because they're dealing with all of these issues and for 12 hours they are on a very high alert Continued on page 10

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level. They come home and they crash. This is what we're trying to explain to spouses, that this is why your spouse is going through these issues. We all struggle with the fact that we go home and just sit on the couch and we have to force ourselves to say ‘nope, I'm going to get up, I'm going to do something, and I’m going to get involved with the kids. I'm going to do something to take my mind off all of the issues that I'm dealing with.’ RM- What is available to the law enforcement officers for their mental health? Are there services like meditation or psychological services for decompression? CN- We provide an 800 number to a mental health provider. The members and their families have the ability to call this number and get mental health treatment. But honestly what it comes down to is chiropractors, people who give massages, those types of things. That's why it's a big project that we really need community members to step in and help with. This is how they can help; this is how we can tie it together. RM- What exists right now as resources through the family support initiative? CN- We've done Spouses Academy for the past several years. In Spouses Academy, we bring in one of the largest Chaplin networks in this state. Those Chaplains are always available to the spouses. We also bring in guest speakers to explain what law enforcement officers go through and the stress that they’re under. That's really helped out and families come back and say, ‘you know we were going through a lot, but now we recognize and are overcoming the challenges.’ The next thing we're going to be doing is raising money for the Family Support Network to add more training and education so that the spouses are constantly engaged. One Page 18 | August 2016

thing that’s nice is that businesses want to help. We're working to connect the businesses to the spouses and the families. RM- What are your thoughts on civilians carrying guns for their own protection? CN- I'm in favor of it. I'm in favor of people being able to defend themselves. There are not enough law enforcement officers out there to protect you from every situation. Our country was founded on people defending themselves so if you're under attack and you have to defend yourself, we always say defend yourself. We don't want people living in fear. RM- What are your goals with the Sheriff's Office? CN- The Family Support Network is one of the big goals. Another one is our social media presence. We're going to expand our social media capacity, reaching out to the community. The more we can do for crime prevention, the better. If everybody would lock their car doors, we would dramatically reduce the amount of crimes in communities. We will go into communities and notice that people leave their car doors open and they leave the garage door open. Someone can be the victim three times within a month and we just say ‘hey why don't you just lock your door?’ And they just say that they forgot. If everybody in Pasco locked their car doors we would dramatically reduce crime overnight. We're getting a lot of kids from outside our community that are walking through neighborhoods and just lifting door handles. They tell us one out of ten will be unlocked, and in about every tenth unlocked vehicle they’ll find keys and/or guns. That's why we tell people to secure your gun in your house when you're not in your car.

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Another goal is training. The crimes and issues that we're dealing with, the very violent extremism, whether that's radical Islam or the attacks on law enforcement, has within the past two to three years changed even more dramatically than it did after 9-11. So we're training for that and getting the equipment for our members. What people had seen in Europe and in the Middle East we are now seeing in our own communities, so we're preparing for that with constant training and retraining. The other thing, which is big for Wesley Chapel, is that we recognize that Wesley Chapel and Land O Lakes are growing tremendously. Our goal over the next several years is to get the funding to build a 4th District office in that area. RM- If you could ask the public to do one thing to aid in their safety, what would you ask them to do? CN- If there's one thing you do at night, lock your car doors and shut your garage doors. Just do that one basic thing and that would reduce crime. We will get these criminals who are breaking into cars. We hear them on inmate phone calls and hear them saying that certain places are soft targets. So they know certain communities are soft targets to hit. If they know everybody locks their car in that community, it would reduce crime. RM- What do you think your law enforcement officers would want to say to the public right now? CN- The more our citizens wave to them and smile and say thank you, that's really appreciated. I would also say our deputies would tell them that we are short-staffed. We're probably roughly 200 people less than what our agency should have. We are here to protect you. We're human beings. We shop at the same supermarket you shop at, our kids go to the same schools. We are in this together and we want to get rid of bad cops more than anybody else does. We hire from the human race. These are brothers, mothers, fathers, sisters.

We have high standards. If someone is acting inappropriately they face consequences. To those that are critical toward law enforcement and to those who always say that things can be done better, I say join us. See what it's like to work on midnight shift for months on end and you’ll see that we're trying to do everything we can to protect the community. RM- Law enforcement is being scrutinized right now for splitsecond reactions and impulses to protect themselves and to protect the community. There are videos on every news channel from people who have a phone, eager to film any altercation with law enforcement and splash it all over the Internet. It would appear that the public is holding law enforcement to a higher standard than they hold themselves. Do you think law enforcement officers should be held to a higher standard than civilians? CN- I think that we operate at a higher standard as a profession as a whole. We have educational requirements for promotion, we have a physical assessment every year to ensure our deputies can perform the duties of the job. I think the issue we're dealing with right now is that people are rushing to judgment without getting all the facts. It’s no longer, getting all the evidence first and then finding out what exactly happened. Within a 30 second clip or a 5 second clip people decide automatically who's right, who was wrong and how it could have been done better. I ask the public to absolutely look at things from a different perspective and see if there is other evidence. Audio is great, video is great, but it is not the be-all end-all. There are things that are not caught. RM- Do you think people as a whole trust law enforcement officers? Continued on page 20

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CN- As a whole I think yes. I think there's a group that is very vocal, and they're making it known that they don't trust law enforcement. When you look at the problem it's like a pyramid. Law enforcement represents authority and we represent the government, but underneath there's all sorts of social issues that either have to do with the healthcare system, educational system… there's a whole mixture of issues that lie underneath in our society that have never been fixed. We are the tip of the spear; law enforcement officers represent authority, so the hostility is coming toward us. We went on a warrant sweep on the west side of the county and we were picking up people and I'll never forget this, it was myself and four others. We surrounded the house, knocked on the door and a little child answered, and he said ‘it's the police; they are here to shoot us. They're going to shoot us.’ We were in disbelief. So we got teddy bears with stickers and sat there with these kids. They were happy and by the time we left I think we made a positive influence. RM- One could argue that the media is sensationalizing incidences with law enforcement to increase viewership and on the other hand one could argue that there is, in fact, a major issue within law enforcement’s use of authority and force. There are camps on both sides of this fence yet what remains is that it appears that law enforcement has become the target of extreme Page 20 | August 2016

distrust and even hate from some groups in society. It's becoming a really dangerous situation for everybody involved. What can you say is being done to ensure that this cycle doesn't continue to get worse? For example, people are untrusting of law enforcement so they resist authority and act more aggressively; officers experiencing this aggression on a day-to-day basis may become more forceful in their reactions, and the cycle continues. CN- It really goes back to perception. It's all about perception. There's a perfect example that happened on Bruce B Downs and 56. There was a woman who was shoplifting. The store said that they wanted her arrested, so we put her in handcuffs and she started resisting. How it would have ended, had she not resisted, was she would have been put in handcuffs and we would have checked to make sure she didn't have any warrants. If she didn't have any warrants she would have been given a notice to appear in court and she would have been let go. What happened was, they went to put handcuffs on her and she started fighting. She went down to the ground, started bleeding, and some guy comes out of the middle of nowhere. He pulled out his phone and said ‘I got you.’ After the deputy gets medical responders and does everything right, he looked at the guy and said ‘you can videotape all you want, I have it all right here on my camera.’ And I think it goes back to the fact that one, there are people out there who are filming Continued on page 21

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these things because they want their five minutes of fame. They want to film something to say ‘oh I got you, I'm going to be the one who goes on TV and says how great I am because I filmed something.’ I think another part is that for some people they think there are no consequences in their lives, and we represent consequences. People grew up where everybody is getting a trophy, and then they find a world where not everybody gets a trophy and bad people go to jail, they resent law enforcement. Going back to the cycle and thinking of how does this calm down, how do we break the cycle? I really think this is going to come back to community leaders across the board saying let's sit down, everybody calm down; and it's about us being open, being honest, and if we do something wrong we admit it. RM- If you could put up a billboard and have it say anything at all, where would you put it and what would it say? CN- I would put a sign on 75 Northbound and say ‘Pasco County, this is where the future is.’ I really think the future is coming here; you hear about all of this development and all these things coming in. We have to have optimism. To be a champion, you have to be optimistic. We want people coming out of Tampa saying that this is the place to come. RM- 30 years from now, what do you want to be remembered for; what legacy do you want to leave? CN- It's all about team. This is not ‘what has Chris Nocco done

as the Sheriff?’ This is what we have done as a community, and as a community we've come together. I'd say we've changed the perception of law enforcement and moved law enforcement to the future. I would hope people look back at the Pasco Sheriff's Office and say that as a collective group, we’ve done an unbelievable job reaching out to the community and working together. Sheriff Nocco cares deeply about his community, his deputies, his faith and his family. He closed out the interview saying: “What I really want people to remember is that day in and day out, 365 days a year there are people working to protect them. Not everything is going to be perfect, there's going to be bad times, there's going to be horrible incidences, and there’s going to be great times. But always keep in mind; don't be swayed by a 30 second clip. These people are doing everything they can to protect you. If there’s one thing I’d like people to take away it’s that we as a community fight as one. Everybody makes a difference; it's all of us together.” To make a difference today, please consider supporting the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. To make a contribution or donate services to the Family Support Initiative please contact the Office of the Sheriff at (727) 844-7700. To sponsor a canine or contribute to the canine association please contact Corporal Alan Wilkett at AWilkett@PascoSheriff.org

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Back to School Drive benefiting Hunter's Green Elementary School – July/August If you would like to donate school supplies to HGE, please contact us at womansclubnewtampa@gmail.com Mark your Calendars! 3rd Annual First Responders Golf Classic - Nov. 14, 2016 at Hunter’s Green Country Club. We are so excited to partner with the Franciscan Center in sponsoring this golf tournament that will benefit our First Responders! For more information as a player or sponsor, please contact us at womansclubnewtampa@gmail. com. Information is also on our Facebook page GFWC Woman's Club of New Tampa. We would like to welcome our new Executive Board for 2016-2017! Pat Kaufman, President Elaine Jones , VP/Membership Caralyn Paul, Treasurer Mynette Steele, Secretary Meetings every 3rd Wednesday of each month at The New Tampa Regional Library on Cross Creek Blvd., from 1pm-2pm.

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a fancy word for guesses. I want you to understand that the best way to think about this process is in reverse. First you must figure out what you need to learn, then you figure out a way to measure the results, and then you build the experiment. The faster you are able to go through this loop, the more efficient and lean your business becomes.

In the lean startup world a startup isn't just a smaller version of larger company, it's a lean and agile organization designed to find a sustainable and repeatable business model. I hope you are able to take this brief overview of the lean startup and apply it to building new ideas or even solving lingering problems with your business. The ability to recognize that each business has assumptions to test, which can

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Wellcome OM Studio’s Grand Opening yoga class on Friday, August 26 @ 6pm-7:30pm in celebration of National Dog Day! Yoga (Integrated Amrit Method)-both created by Yogi Amrit Desai. To learn more about I AM Yoga, visit www.amrityoga.org. Beyond the asanas, yoga is a system of living with a number of nested parts, a few of which you may recognize: pranayama (mindful breathing), and dhyana (meditation), and pratyahara (turning inward). Furthermore, yoga philosophy states there is “pure divine consciousness” from which all living things arise, remain connected throughout life, and then return to after death. This consciousness combined with prana (energy) fuels our beings, sparks new dreams, and guides us to our personal potential! However, a cluttered mind filled with blame, guilt, shame or the like creates barriers to connecting to that divine consciousness in the form of energy blocks in the body. Yoga helps find those manifested blocks (e.g., tight muscles, frozen joints, chronic pain, digestive issues, headaches, etc.) while calming the mind to let these blocks release, thereby allowing divine energy to flow fluidly in and around the body, and opening up to a space of “all things possible!”

yoga help people reduce stress and anxiety, relieve aches and pains, release blocked memories and emotions, expand flexibility in the body and mind, help with sleep, elevate self-awareness, aid in moving through difficult times, create opportunities, and discover new levels of peace and joy. Telling you is one thing, but experiencing yoga for yourself is the only way you will know the quality of the moments yoga can provide, both on and off the mat. Like me, you just may get hooked forever! If you would like to experience yoga, join me for Wellcome OM Studio’s Grand Opening yoga class on Friday, August 26 @ 6pm-7:30pm in celebration of

National Dog Day! Donations for BOW WOW YOGA will be given to animal rescue to help find homes for our furry friends! Humans only. Connect with us on Facebook/WellcomeOM for details.

Kim Thompson Author and Owner Wellcome OM Studio for Yoga & Wellness

813.789.5582 wellcomeOM@gmail.com facebook.com/wellcomeom

What I can tell you for sure is that YOGA is experiential. I have seen

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NEW BUSINESS HIGHLIGHT

YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD PET NANNY

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f you had run into Cytina Chandler last year, you would have found a successful Human Resources professional who had been doing the ‘corporate thing’ for about 18 years. As a wife and mother who was used to having a job, a paycheck and a workplace, in late 2015 when a difficult family situation presented the opportunity to be a stay-athome mother, initially the idea didn’t sit well. As she thought about the twists and turns of life, she recalled a conversation she had with her husband about a year prior; they had been daydreaming about how great it could be to open their own pet sitting business. As a lover of animals, Cytina has always had a home full of furry pets and has been actively involved in the rescue community for years, even fostering dogs at one time. It all made sense now, and Love 4 Pawz was born in January of 2016. Through Love 4 Pawz, Cytina offers a multitude of concierge pet services such as: dog walking, fresh food & water, playtime, TLC, medication administration, vet

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visits, dog park visits and more… and better yet, at reasonable rates! Don’t feel guilty about working long hours with your pet home alone or about going on the vacation that you deserve – Call Love 4 Pawz to give your furry friends some love, bathroom breaks, food and water! Why choose Love 4 Pawz? •

Certified member of National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS)

Certified in pet CPR

Bonded & Insured

What her clients have to say: “Cytina is extremely reliable, honest, caring, and professional.” Another wrote: “She (Cytina) is kind and trustworthy and my pets LOVE her to pieces!”

Cytina Chandler Owner of Love 4 Pawz www.love4pawz.com (813) 990-9172

BEGINNER COURSES STARTING SOON!

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PET OF THE MONTH

VICtOR Recently adopted from the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, this little guy is almost three months old and very happily adjusting to life with his new forever family. Victor is a Boxer/American Staffordshire mix with the cutest little cleft lip and sweetest personality. The Humane Society of Tampa Bay brought he and other dogs in from a ‘high kill’ shelter in Louisiana, and now he’s surrounded by love, laughter and doggie treats! His hobbies include playing with his human siblings, going on walks and finding anything and everything to chew!

To rescue an animal or find out more, check out http://humanesocietytampa.org or go see the animals at 3607 N. Armenia Avenue, Tampa FL 33607.

Would you like for your pet to be featured in our Pet of the Month section? If so, please send us 2-7 sentences about your pet along with a high resolution image to editorial@residentmagazine.net by the 15th of each month.

BOOKS OF THE MONTH

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts I & II by J. K. Rowling Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts I & II (Special Rehearsal Edition): The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage.

Ethical Justice: Applied Issues for Criminal Justice Students and Professionals

Armageddon: How Trump Can Beat Hillary by Dick Morris, Eileen McGann

by Brent E. Turvey Bestselling author and political This textbook was developed from strategist Dick Morris provides a an idiom shared by the authors winning game plan to take back and contributors alike: ethics and the White House, and America. ethical challenges are generally black and white - not gray. They are akin to the pregnant woman or the gunshot victim; one cannot be a little pregnant or a little shot. Consequently, professional conduct is either ethical or it is not.

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A Mile Wide: Trading a Shallow Religion for a Deeper Faith (Signed Book) by Brandon Hatmaker

In A Mile Wide, Brando Hatmaker (HGTV & DIY Network Host) helps readers see more clearly how the gospel works in us and eventually through us to transform an anemic spiritual life into a deeper, fuller, and more effective faith. August 2016 | Page 29


S P I R I T U A L

now what?

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ast month I wrote shortly victims of the Dallas shooting after the shooting at the said, “You don’t have to cut deeply Pulse in Orlando. It was a to see we are all the same.” risky proposition, writing about Religions teach the importance something that would probably of caring for the alien and for the soon pass from our minds. Who outcast. Religions teach looking knew that math would come into to the needs of the other above play? Addition of fatal shootings: our own needs. “Do unto others of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, as you would have them do to Louisiana (my hometown); you.” Religions teach love and of Philando Castile in Falcon tolerance and reconciliation. Heights, Minnesota; of five police These are the basics of living on officers in Dallas, Texas during this globe. what was reported to be a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest. And Religious teachings from around Nice, France. (Nice, France as I’d the world have been corrupted. already finished this article). We live in the mire of that consequence. The incendiary summer of 2016. Sometimes it feels as though some Now what? Pray? Sure. The great explosion will rent us apart prophet Jeremiah sat in the rubble at the seams. of a destroyed Jerusalem. He twice wailed, “peace, peace, but Black. White. Asian. Middle there is no peace.” I’ve prayed this Eastern. Hispanic. Christian. way. Have you? Pray on. Jewish. Muslim. Buddhist. Atheist. Male. Female. Young. Prayer must hold hands with Middle Age. Old. Gay. Straight. action. James reminds us that Transgender. At this very moment faith without works is a dead there is a distinct sense that we faith. (James 2:17) What do must get our act together, or we pray? What do we do? Both misery will be ours. One of the matter. Perhaps we start with surgeons who tended to the reconciliation that must happen Page 30 | August 2016

in our own personal lives. Is there a war we’re still fighting that must be called to cease fire? Do we choose our own misery? For what purpose? What would happen if we released that fight? Only good things. Only good. Where is God in all this? God cries first. Terror is not a God-thing. Terror is born of human brokenness. I cannot fault God. I won’t blame God. I can only confess our need to be right; for not attempting to understand another person or religion; for thinking that the world does in fact revolve around me. These are the things I prayerfully confess to God. I imagine God has an awfully big and broken heart, loving children who rage against each other. We can change things. We have to want to. It’s hard work. We do it by self-examination to admit where we have fallen short of God’s dream for humanity. To discern how we can be a better human being living in community with other human

beings. To authentically live life with those in arm’s reach of us each day—those we don’t know and those we do. I leave this in the words of the apostle Paul: Go forth into the world in peace; be of good courage; hold onto what is good; don’t pay evil for evil; strengthen the fainthearted; support the weak; help the afflicted; honor everyone; love and serve the Lord, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit. May you have peace and be a person of peace, Laurie

Rev. Laurie Palmer Pastor St. Andrew Presbyterian Church 5340 Primrose Lake Circle Tampa, FL 33647 813-513-8822

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