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Happy Easter April 16, 2017


LETTER FROM the editor and world-class performers by Tim Ferriss. Here is one of my favorite excerpts: Tim’s interview with Alain De Button, described as a “rare breed of practical philosopher,” includes this little nugget of profound advice: “Don’t expect others to understand you. To blame someone for not understanding you fully is deeply unfair



t seems like every time we turn around, we’re hearing about an accident. Whether it’s on I-275 or Bruce B Downs, auto and motorcycle accidents are an all-too-often occurrence in Tampa Bay. April is Distracted Driving Awareness month and in honor of that, we’ve dedicated our feature story this month to that cause, including a number of short stories about real people who have been affected by distracted driving. I’d venture

because, first of all, we don’t understand ourselves, and even if we do understand ourselves, we have such a hard time communicating ourselves to other people. Therefore, to be furious and enraged and bitter that people don’t get all of who we are is a really cruel piece of immaturity.”

e “I’m making som life. changes in my r If you don’t hea from me, you’re one of them."

to guess that most of us have been guilty of distracted driving…myself included… but with more information and with this reminder of the consequences, perhaps we will all drive more carefully and allow less distraction in our driver’s seats. It can wait. This past month, I’ve been perusing the pages of a new book I bought called Tools of Titans – the tactics, routines, and habits of billionaires, icons,

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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.


Wendy is an enthusiastic freelancer and blogger for Melanoma and patient advocacy. A Michigan Native, she earned an Associates in Business while pursuing a Master's in Psychology. Her expansive professional skills, ranging from front-line medical treatments to government and legal proficiency demonstrate the diversity in both her personal life and chosen career path. Her passion for photography and dedication to spreading love and compassion emanates from her cherished free time with her husband and their three children.


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.


Janeth Lopez is a military spouse of over 20 years and recently relocated to the New Tampa area. She has several years experience helping military families and is thrilled to meet the local business owners in the area. She is a dedicated mother of two teenagers that keep her busy and enjoys visiting with her parents who live in Wesley Chapel.



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ADVICE be sufficient when retirement begins. But keep in mind that, historically, the cost of living has risen over time. For example, if you live for another 25 years after you retire and the cost of living rises by an average of three percent per year, your annual living expenses could potentially double in that time. Consider the possibility that retirement may be much more expensive as time goes on. Accounting for inflation impacting the most prominent items in your budget, such as health care or travel, is a good place to start.

Don'  Derail Your Retirement:

Watch for These 3 Risks


f you’re in or nearing retirement, you’re likely thinking about it as a time to relax, check items off your bucket list and enjoy what you’ve earned. But from a fi nancial standpoint, it’s important not to get too comfortable. Once you leave the workforce, you will likely be reliant, at least in part, on your savings to cover living expenses. So it is important to stay diligent and be aware of potential risks to your fi nancial security. Here are three key risks to keep an eye on in retirement: 1.

Not revisiting your investment strategy

As you approach or enter retirement, you may have to re-assess your risk tolerance and make sure that your portfolio aligns with your goals, the lifestyle you want in retirement and your fi nancial situation. Remember that you may have less time to recover from market swings, so Page 8 | April 2017

consider protecting your portfolio as you prepare to live off your savings. With that said, being too conservative isn’t always the right solution. With many retirees living decades in retirement, you will likely have time for your assets to grow or at least, keep up with inflation. Plan to periodically review your portfolio in retirement to make sure you’re comfortable with your progress and risk tolerance. 2.

those activities into your retirement budget. That way you can feel good about enjoying what you’ve earned while also being cautious about not outliving your assets. 3.

The rising cost of living

Many retirees believe the amount of money they can generate from their investments and other sources of income, such as Social Security, will

The benefits of being prepared Preparation and discipline can keep you on track and feeling secure about your fi nances in retirement. You can take steps to help address these risks prior to leaving the workforce with proper planning, diligent saving and a portfolio that is aligned with your goals and risk tolerance. If you’ve already entered retirement, these risks deserve consideration to help you continue to manage your assets on the way to achieving long-term fi nancial security.

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

Spending too much too quickly

When retirement rolls around, you may fi nd you have more money accumulated than you’ve ever had before. This can lead to a false sense of fi nancial security and prevent you from adjusting spending in retirement. But if you begin spending at an unsustainable level in the early years of retirement, you risk depleting your nest egg too quickly. If you dream of traveling or starting a business after you step away from the workforce, factor FOR RATES & INFO CALL: 813-422-5551 | WWW.RESIDENTMAGAZINE.NET

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or many homeowners, the task of installing a fence can be a daunting one. A fence can add value to your home while providing your family and pets with the privacy and security we all desire when installed correctly. That's where Scott Gilligan comes in. Scott, owner of New Tampa Fence, and his knowledgeable crew are committed to providing exceptional installation of high quality materials to ensure your fence adds lasting value to your home for years to come. Mr. Gilligan began working in the fencing industry more than 15 years ago at his father-in-law's

fence manufacturing business in Ocala. In 2012, Scott took the knowledge he acquired and his 'weekend side job' to the next level when he established New Tampa Fence in Wesley Chapel. By 2013, his business had surpassed what he could handle on his own full time schedule. Today, Scott and his crews complete eight or more fence installations per week. Starting out on the manufacturing side of the industry, Scott believes, is the key advantage he holds over the competition. "I think what really differentiates our company from the rest is that I've been on both sides, from fabrication and


"The average homeowner may not realize the forethought necessary when installing a fence. You'll need to consider property lines, Homeowner Association (HOA) regulations and neighbors." Scott explains. "Most HOA's and municipalities require you to submit a survey with the desired location of the fence well before you start installing anything." His biggest suggestion to anyone looking to install a new or replacement fence, "Get the ball rolling." "The first step is to contact your HOA or city. Get the design, review and change process going. Fill out the forms and get the necessary approvals." In addition to the manufacturer's warranty, New Tampa Fence also provides their customers with a 10 year labor warranty. "Any settling that may happen after installation, if your gate isn't working right, we'll come back and fix it," Scott added. "It's important to us that homeowners are completely satisfied with every aspect of our installation."

"We buy our materials from Homeland Vinyl Products in Birmingham, so our materials are made right here in the United States." Mr. Gilligan also added that New Tampa Fence strives to educate their customers on caring for their fence after installation. "We live in Florida, we have mildew, it's just the laws of nature, we have a lot of water. So power washing your fence is a must, we recommend at least once a year. Aluminum and vinyl are our two main materials, the townships and cities usually dictate what they allow now days. People are getting away from wood fencing due to the necessary upkeep. Aluminum and vinyl are definitely in right now." Scott’s father Frank helps with the business and is the person who goes out to meet the homeowners and measures their property for the free estimate. Scott's professional installation crews at New Tampa Fence strive to give every customer a quality experience from every angle. With free, honest estimates they incorporate a small town quality service with manufacturer's low pricing to bring the most innovative and cutting edge designs to your home. Find them on the web at or contact their office at 813423-2383 today for your free, personalized estimate.

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APRIL 1 FRESH MARKET Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 Cost: Free

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

COMEDY DINNER SHOW Time: 5:00pm Location: Quail Hollow, 6225 Old Pasco Road, Welsey Chapel Cost: Fees Apply. Reservations call: (813) 333-0033

APRIL 4 SHOCK THE HEART Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm Location: Florida Hospital, Wesley Chapel 4th Floor Hospital Classroom, 2600 Bruce B Downs Blvd, Wesley Chapel Cost: Free

NOCHES DE PARAISO LATIN NIGHT Time: 9:00pm - 1:30am Location: Quail Hollow, 6225 Old Pasco Road, Welsey Chapel Cost: Free APRIL 2 CRUISN' AT WIREGRASS CAR & TRUCK SHOW Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 Cost: For car registration information, visit www. APRIL 3 YOGA ON THE LAWN Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 Cost: Free Page 10 | April 2017

NEWBORN CARE CLASS, 1-NIGHT CLASS Time: 6:00pm - 8:30pm Location: Florida Hospital, Wesley Chapel 4th Floor Hospital Classroom, 2600 Bruce B Downs Blvd, Wesley Chapel Cost: Fees Apply

APRIL 5 - 16 SPRING FAIR Time: Mon - Friday: 5:00pm -10:00pm, Sat & Sun: 1:00pm10:00pm Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 Cost: For more information visit

APRIL 6 SPRING CONCERT SERIES Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 Cost: For more information visit

APRIL 8 NOCHES DE PARAISO LATIN NIGHT Time: 9:00pm - 1:30am Location: Quail Hollow, 6225 Old Pasco Road, Welsey Chapel Cost: Free

APRIL 7 MARK ANTHONY BAND Time: 6:00pm - 11:00pm Location: Quail Hollow, 6225 Old Pasco Road, Welsey Chapel Cost: Free

VICTORIOUS LIFE CHURCH COMMUNITY EGG HUNT Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm Grove At Wesley Chapel, 6105 Wesley Grove Blvd, Wesley Chapel Cost: Free

WOMEN-N-CHARGE EVENT Time: 11:15am - 1:15pm Location: Pebble Creek Country Club, 10550 Regents Park Dr., Tampa, 33647 Cost: $15 for members and $18 for all guests. Please register at www.

APRIL 14 BETTY FOX BAND Time: 7:00pm - 11:00pm Location: Quail Hollow, 6225 Old Pasco Road, Welsey Chapel Cost: Free

SHRED 360 AND CRISIS CENTER OF TAMPA BAY Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm Location: AMC Highwoods 20 (parking lot), 18002 Highwoods Preserve Parkway, Tampa, FL 33647 Cost: This is a fundraising event to help Crisis Center fund valuable programs and services in our community. Monetary donations will be accepted during this event and 100% of the proceeds will go to Crisis Center. For more information visit www.Shred360. com/Tampa

APRIL 15 NOCHES DE PARAISO LATIN NIGHT Time: 9:00pm - 1:30am Location: Quail Hollow, 6225 Old Pasco Road, Welsey Chapel Cost: Free FRESH MARKET AT WIREGRASS Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 Cost: For more information visit


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4- WEEK CREATION HEALTH SERIES Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm Location: Health and Wellness Center at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel 2nd Floor Classroom in Wellness Plaza, 2700 Healing Way, Wesley Chapel, FL 33544 Cost: Free APRIL 21 STONEGREY BAND Time: 7:00pm - 11:00pm Location: Quail Hollow, 6225 Old Pasco Road, Welsey Chapel Cost: Free PASCO KIDS FIRST PRESENTS THE 2ND ANNUAL CELEBRATE THE SILVER LINING BENEFIT Time: 6:30pm Location: Spartan Manor, 6121

Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey Cost: $75 per person. Visit for more information.

APRIL 21 - 23 WESLEY CHAPEL BOAT SHOW Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 Cost: For more information visit

APRIL 22 ROCTOPIA LIVE: A CLASSIC (R)EVOLUTION Time: 8:00pm Location: Straz Center for the

Cost: Ticket prices range from $36 - $80 and can be purchased in advance at with group discounts available. APRIL 29 NOCHES DE PARAISO - LATIN NIGHT Time: 9:00pm - 1:30am Location: Quail Hollow, 6225 Old Pasco Road, Welsey Chapel Cost: Free APRIL 29 YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS MAKE & TAKE IN THE PARK WITH JESSICA BROWNING & JESSICA JEAN - FRANCOIS Time: 10:00am - 11:30am Location: Wesley Chapel District Park Pavilon, 7727 Boyett Rd., Wesley Chapel Cost: $10 if you RSVP by 4/25 "At the Door" Cost is to cover your DIY projects. Bring 2 friends and be entered in the drawing for the door prize! RSVP to Jessica Browning at (813)291-1628 or Jessica Jean-Francois at (813)300-9969.

Performing Arts in Tampa


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GFWC woman's club

By Debbie Ferri PR/Communications


preading the LOVE in February, hosting BINGO at The Legacy at Highwoods Preserve and The James A. Hayley Veterans Hospital. We enjoyed spending time with the residents and providing them with snacks, drinks and BINGO prizes! We also teamed up with The New Tampa Juniors on “Developmental Hearts For Preemies” project making fabric hearts. These hearts are placed in the baby's incubator after the parents scent the hearts with their LOVE! The Preemie Project seeks to provide comfort and support to critically ill infants and their families in Newborn Intensive Care Units . These hearts are being delivered to The NICU unit at Tampa General Hospital. Out of an old wedding gown, 14 “angel cocoons” and 3 “angel

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gowns” were made for babies who are either stillborn or preemies that pass soon after birth. These will be delivered to the Bereavement Team at Florida Hospital-Tampa. In hoping that this small gesture will bring comfort in such a difficult time, these beautiful garments will be given to families for final pictures as a remembrance of their child lost too early. You are invited to join us! GFWCWCNT is a volunteer/service organization and a great way to get involved in our community, have fun and make new friendships. Please check out our website at gfwcwomansclubnewtampa. com or Facebook page – GFWC Woman’s Club of New Tampa. For membership, please contact us at womansclubnewtampa@gmail. com. We meet on the 3rd Wed of each month at the New Tampa Regional Library on Cross Creek, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.


ROCKTOPIA: A Classical Revolution BY WENDY M. DODD


o you crave the renowned melodies of Beethoven mingled with the musical depth of Pink Floyd, in unison with Tchaikovsky and maybe a hint of lyrical passion from Journey or Foreigner? The groundbreaking live performance of ROCKTOPIA, coming to several area venues later this month, brings an intoxicating digital mastery set to musical bliss sure to stun even the most cultivated musical palate. This inspirational fusion of classical music meets classic rock is now a reality thanks to the energetic co-creators, lead singer and producer, Rob Evan, and Maestro Randall Craig Fleischer. In concert with a world-class cast featuring top vocalists, Chloe Lowery, from our very own bay area, Tony Vincent, Kimberly Nichole, Ximena Borges, and established rock musicians, Tony Bruno, Henry Aronson, Mat Fields, Alex Alexander, with recently added special guest Máiréad Nesbitt. ROCKTOPIA: A Classical Revolution, has taken the innovation of music collaboration to the next level as they showcase the works of classical composers and rock bands alike. Amidst these rhythms and acoustics a serenity that speaks to the masses can be found. As Evan and Fleischer have creatively affirmed, exquisitely orchestrate music can, and will, portray an impassioned meaning beyond any other emotional expression. Including many of his original works, Maestro Fleischer uses a unique and masterful artistry to blend Mozart, Handel, U2, Heart, Beethoven, Styx, Rachmaninoff, Copland, The Who, with a myriad of others. The incredible performance demonstrated at the State Hungarian Opera House in Budapest, now a

highly successful PBS fundraising campaign broadcast in cities throughout the United States, validates the phenomenal impact on audiences of all musical impressions. Meet and greet opportunities for many of the featured artists are also available by contacting your local PBS station. The local live tour will perform in conjunction with a local 42-piece orchestra, the Benito Middle School Choir and the Soaring Sounds Choir. With twenty years of professional experience in the entertainment industry and nearly fourteen years as lead singer for the Trans Siberian Orchestra, Rob Evan forges intriguing new musical mash-ups to incorporate artists from a diverse list of genres for year-round entertainment. "I want to get as many people to experience this as possible” Evan avows, with corresponding video and light transitions throughout the show, ROCKTOPIA gives a unparalleled symphonic demonstration. Brought to you by Producers Doug Hill of New Tampa, and Shea Hughes of Tampa, ROCKTOPIA will finish out its 23 city North American tour right here at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa. Those interested in a tour sponsorship are encouraged to contact Mr. Hill at 813-781-1171 or Ticket prices range from $36 - $80 and can be purchased in advance at with group discounts available.


For your chance to win a family 4-pack of tickets to see ROCKTOPIA Live on tour at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday April 22nd at 8pm today by sending your name, email address and phone number to editorial@ Send in your submission by April 18th for your chance to win!

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10% of fatal crashes in 2015 were reported as distraction-affected crashes. -NHTSA BY WENDY M. DODD


ince 2009, multiple studies from across the nation have shown a steady increase in the rate of distracted drivers and distracted driving related crashes despite the heightened efforts of local, state and national awareness groups. Though studies indicate more than 90% of drivers are against using a smartphone while driving, the majority still

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give in to temptation.


Beginning in 2009, the U.S. Department of Another hard hitting Transportation designated realization that too many of us ignore, answering just April as National Distracted Drivers one text diverts a drivers awareness month. With attention away from the roadway for an average of 5 3,179 deaths in 2014 seconds. At 55 mph, that alone, distracted driving driver blindly traveled the has quickly become a deadly trend sweeping our length of a football field. In that 5 seconds, your life nation. As our society or the life of someone you becomes more and more love could be devastatingly accustomed to instant status updates and livechanged forever.

stream video feeds, it is more important than ever to discipline ourselves when behind the wheel. Distracted Driving Facts Fourteen states, DC, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands prohibit all drivers from using handheld cell phones while driving. All are primary enforcement laws – an officer may cite a driver for using a hand-


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held cell phone without any other traffic offensetaking place. Currently, 46 states, DC, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands ban text messaging for all drivers. All but 5 (FL, IA, NE, OH & SD) have primary enforcement. By assigning a primary enforcement class to a law, police officers associate a higher priority when enforcing a violation, such as distracted driving. A secondary enforcement class assignment means the offender would first need to violate a primary enforcement law, such as not wearing a seatbelt, in order to be charged with the secondary. For example, in the State of Florida, if a driver is pulled over for a seat belt violation, a primary enforcement, the officer may also site for a secondary violation if the driver has also been observed with a cell phone in hand but not vise versa. No state bans all cell phone use for all drivers, but 38 states and DC ban all cell phone use by novice drivers, and 20 states and DC prohibit it for school bus drivers.

A 2015 Erie Insurance distracted driving survey showed that drivers engage in multiple dangerous behaviors behind the wheel, including brushing teeth and changing clothes. The survey also revealed that one in three drivers admits to texting while behind the wheel. Three in four say they’ve witnessed this behavior from other drivers. A message from US Secretary of Transportation, Anthony Foxx, on the website reads: "As a father of two, I know how important it is to keep our roads safe. And keeping our roads safe means keeping them free from distracted drivers. Texting and cell phone use behind the wheel significantly increases a driver's risk of crashing. Even a single, momentary distraction while driving can cause a lifetime of devastating consequences. Since 2009, the U.S. Department of Transportation has pushed for good laws, tough enforcement, and increased public awareness to help combat the deadly epidemic of distracted driving. Currently, 45 states, DC, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the US Virgin Islands ban text messaging for all drivers. All but 5 have primary enforcement. Of the 5 states without an all driver texting ban, 3 prohibit text messaging by novice drivers, and 2 restrict school bus drivers from texting. As we look to the future, DOT will continue to build on the progress achieved by the many anti-distracted-driving advocates across America, including the two million people who have visited this website. And we will continue to be a leader in the fight Continued on page 16


These are Real Stories from

John Gordon, 35 John T. Gordon was a law enforcement officer and father to an 11-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl. On May 18, 2008, John was riding his motorcycle on Ohio State Route 4 when a young man driving a truck swerved into oncoming traffic. John was struck and died instantly from a broken neck. Records later showed that the driver was using his cell phone at the time of the crash. Alex Brown, 17 On November 10, 2009, 17-year-old Alex Brown was killed when she crashed her truck on a rural road while she was on her way to school. She was texting at the time of the crash. Julie Davis, 58 On April 15, 2009, 58-year-old Julie Davis set off for a hike with her best friend in Rudolph, Wisconsin. As they were walking along the highway, a 19-year-old driving at 70MPH struck Julie from behind, killing her instantly. Xzavier Davis-Bilbo On October 10, 2010, 5-year-old Xzavier Davis-Bilbo was crossing the street near his home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin when he was struck by a young woman who was texting while driving. Xzavier, who had dreams of becoming a football player when he grew up, was left paralyzed from the diaphragm down. Valetta Bradford, Xzavier's mother, is now an advocate against distracted driving and created this video with the help of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Linda Doyle, 61 On September 3, 2008, 61-year-old Linda Doyle was killed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, when a young driver talking on a cell phone ran a red light and smashed into her vehicle. Casey Feldman, 21 On July 17, 2009, 21-year-old Casey Feldman was struck and killed by a distracted driver as she crossed the street in Ocean City, New Jersey. Continued on page 17

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to end distracted driving. But, we can't do it alone. We're counting on people around the country - students, parents, educators, and employers - to make a pledge to drive distraction-free and encourage others to do the same. Please use the resources here on to get the facts on distracted driving and find ways to get involved. By working together, we can help make our roads safer for all Americans." Teenage Drivers 11 teens die every day as a result of texting while driving. -NHTSA

owning a smartphone. Just as we teach our younger children the rules of safety as they grow, teaching our novice teen drivers to appreciate the responsibility they accept each time they get behind the wheel is a must. This begins at a much younger age than many of us realize. Even as toddlers, our children observe and learn from their parent’s behaviors behind the wheel. Each time a parent chooses to engage in distracted driving, they are teaching their children by example that this is an accepted behavior by association. As the old adage goes, actions speak much louder than words and the hard facts of distracted driving prove just that.

As a mom with two teenage drivers at home, distracted driving is a conversation we have daily for this very reason. That being said, it's important to remember that distracted driving does not discriminate. According to the Florida Department of Transportation and State Farm, as of 2014, reports indicate that 80 percent According to another of drivers today reported 2016 State Farm survey, teens who reported using their a smartphone while Page 16 | April 2017

driving were significantly more likely to be involved in a crash while driving. In addition, the study found this also increased the likelihood of other dangerous driving behaviors including speeding, failing to wear a seatbelt, and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The Hard Facts Distracted driving is the ultimate risky decision any driver can make, not only putting their own life in danger, but also their passengers, nearby pedestrians and bicyclists that may also be sharing the roadway. When combing through statistics it may be easy to see those as just numbers, we may need a reminder that these statistics are, or were, someone's beloved family or friend. In 2015, according to

FDOT statistics, the number one driver distraction noted at the time of a crash was Inattentiveness (at 65 percent) and the citation violation most associated with distracted driving crashes was Careless Driving. The 20–24 age group made up the largest group of distracted drivers (17.8 percent), followed by 25–29 year-olds (14.3 percent) then 15–19 yearolds (11.6 percent). In 2015, Miami-Dade County led in distracted driving fatalities (16), followed by Orange County (13) and Hillsborough County (11). In 2016 the NHTSA reported 17,775 deaths in just the first part of the year, a 10.4% jump from the same time period in 2015. Marketing and consumer groups from across the country concur in their findings; the majority of drivers do support distracted driving awareness and harsher laws to deter unsafe behavior. However, the steady increase in distracted driving crashes ultimately proves that the majority also is not willing to make that same decision for themselves. Continued on page 17


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Distracted driving is described as any activity that diverts a driver's attention away from the primary task of driving a vehicle. Many of the common distractions include: • Texting • Using a cell phone or smartphone • Eating and drinking • Talking to passengers • Grooming • Reading (including maps) • Using a navigation system • Watching a video

• Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player Of all the distracted driving, texting has proven by far to be the most deadly. Texting requires the driver to divert their cognitive, visual and manual attention away from the primary task of driving. Taking a more basic look at that statement, this driver has just made the decision to cover their eyes, bind their hands and in doing so eliminate their attention to the road while behind the wheel of a vehicle. Distracted Driving in Your Community Along with 46 other states, DC, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Florida has a State Statute (316.305) that prohibits texting while driving. In addition, the State of Florida has implemented a Strategic Highway Safety Plan. The plan is outlined with the following: • Implement effective roadway design and operation practices such as rumble strips and stripes and flashing beacons with warning signs to mitigate lane departures, speeding, and other symptoms of distracted driving and to reduce congestion and improve mobility. • Change societal attitudes about distracted driving through intensive public education activities. • Collaborate with other public and private organizations to offer innovative solutions such as policies that prohibit distracted driving when using company or organization vehicles. After seeing a 25% increase in distracted driving accidents since 2012, to help curb distracted driving on Florida roads, Florida Department of Transportation Continued on page 18


Erica Forney, 9 On November 25, 2008, 9-year-old Erica Forney was riding her bike just steps from her home. A neighbor, who was driving an SUV at 25 miles per hour, looked down at her cell phone as she finished a call and never saw the child in her path. Erica was struck and thrown 15 feet, landing on her neck. She died two days later on Thanksgiving Day. Jacy Good On May 18, 2008, Jacy Good and her parents attended her graduation ceremony at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. On the way home, a young driver talking on his cell phone ran a red light, causing a tractor-trailer to swerve and crash into the Goods’ vehicle. Jacy was critically injured, and both of her parents, Jean and Jay Good, were killed instantly. Alison Holden On April 27, 2009, single mom Alison Holden was driving to work when she was rear-ended at a stoplight by a driver who was sending a text message. She was rushed to the hospital and diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury. In the months after the accident, she suffered from short-term memory loss and struggled to care for her son while recovering from her injuries. She required extensive physical therapy, and she still feels effects from the crash today. Brittanie Montgomery, 19 At 19 years old, Brittanie Montgomery was a member of the Hornets Honeybees dance team and studied childhood development as a sophomore at the University of Central Oklahoma. On December 21, 2006, she was killed when she lost control of her vehicle, crossed four lanes of traffic, and was struck by an oncoming car. She was talking on her cell phone with a friend at the time of the crash. Calli Ann Murray, 2 On December 1, 2010, 2-year-old Calli Ann Murray and her mother Ling were walking home from a park just blocks from their home. As they crossed the street, a young driver texting on her cell phone struck Calli and Ling with her car. Calli was killed instantly, and Ling was critically injured. Continued on page 19

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Don't Let Your Last TEXT full attention,” said DHSMV Executive (FDOT) and GEICO Director Terry L. Rhodes. Insurance have partnered “The department is up to unveil a statewide reminding drivers of all safety campaign. ages to keep your hands on the wheel, your eyes on In 2015, FDOT unveiled the road and your mind the first 'Safe Phone on driving.” Zones' and their plan to The same press release also help assist drivers with states there were "more making that crucial than 45,700 distracted decision to pull over driving crashes in Florida while on their mobile resulting in more than devices. The news 39,000 injuries and more release stated these 'Safe than 200 fatalities". In Phone Zones' would all, distracted driving be located at welcome accidents have accounted centers, turnpike service for 12.2 percent of all plazas and also 64 crashes in Florida last rest areas designated year, 7.4 percent of them throughout Florida, more being fatal. Statewide, than any other state thus The Florida Highway far. Patrol covered roughly 43 percent of distracted In a press release from driving crashes in the April 2016, “Operating same year. a motor vehicle is a tremendous responsibility According to FDOT data which requires a driver’s Continued from page 17

collected between 2013 and 2015, Pasco County reported 59 distracted driving citations. In addition, distracted driving was the cause of 962 crashes throughout the county, 1113 of those wrecks resulted in injuries and 4 resulted in a fatality. A map of your local FDOT 'Safe Phone Zones' can be found on at For more information on helping your community bring awareness to distracted driving please contact Leilani Gruener @ (850) 414-4048. Taking Action In a collaborated effort, each driver has the ability to put us one step closer to achieving an overall goal of eliminating distracted driving by doing his or her part. Make your pledge today. By taking an independent oath to do your part in cutting down on distracted driving you just may save your own life or the life of someone you love.

The Pledge - Distracted driving kills and injures thousands of people each year. I pledge to: • Protect lives by never texting or talking on the phone while driving. • Be a good passenger and speak out if the driver in my car is distracted. • Encourage my friends and family to drive phone-free. Visit to download and make your Pledge today. Parent-Teen Driving Contract. By making a family pledge with your teenage driver you are providing them with a head start to making good life long decisions while behind the wheel. Have this discussion each time your teen driver gets behind the wheel, set ground rules and discuss the responsibility of every driver has to keep our roadways safe. Furthermore, be sure you and your teen driver are up to date on your state laws. Many states now have a Graduated Driver Licensing system that includes a total ban

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on smartphone use while behind the wheel. Teaching your young driver how these laws keep us safe and how abusing them can adversely affect their future is key. As the statistics have steadily proven over the course of almost seven years of data, distracted driving is now the leading and fastest growing obstacle drivers face today. With your help, in combination with local and national law enforcing agencies, National

Distracted Driving awareness month hopes to drives home the critical urgency to apply a conscious effort of safety each time a driver is behind the wheel.

Eric Okerblom, 19 On July 25, 2009, 19-year-old Eric Okerblom was killed when his bike was struck by a truck traveling at 60 MPH. Cell phone records indicate that the driver was texting just prior to the collision.

Works Cited: 1. Official US Government Website for Distracted Driving. (2017). Distracted Driving News. 2. Florida Department of Transportation. (2017). State Safety Office. 3. Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. (2017). Conducts research to save lives, time, and money and protect the environment. 4. National Highway Traffic Safety Association. (2017). 5. Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. (2017). DHSMV: Working to Make A Safer Florida. 6. Stop The Texts Stop The Wrecks. (2017). Driving facts involving distracted drivers.

John Sligting, 56 On June 13, 2007, 56-year-old John Sligting was killed when a teen driver talking on her cell phone rolled through a stop sign and into the path of his motorcycle.


Joe Teater, 12 On January 19, 2004, Judy Teater and her 12-year-old son Joe were driving to an after school activity when a young woman behind the wheel of a Hummer and talking on her cell phone ran a red light and slammed into their vehicle. Joe died the next day from his injuries.

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management, the nurse midwife can easily order pain medications, nitrous oxide for labor, or epidural anesthesia.”

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Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel recently launched its Birth Day Experience TM program providing each and every mother with a personalized experience. The Birth Day Experience TM team helps make the special day unforgettable. From the very beginning, mothers are paired with a birth advocate – a registered with modern technology nurse with expertise in Labor represents 12.1% of all vaginal and Delivery, births, or 8.3% of total US births. postpartum and Hospitals are recognizing the newborn care – number of benefits of midwifery who assists with and integrating it into their creating birth services. In collaboration with plans, scheduling the board-certified obstetricians appointments and certified nurse-midwives of and connecting Florida Medical Clinic, Florida mothers with Hospital Wesley Chapel now programs such offers the best of both worlds — as lactation natural childbirth with a certified assistance and nurse midwife (CNM) in a more. To learn hospital environment. more about the Birth Day “We’re excited to meet the needs ExperienceTM, visit of women who are interested in a InspiredBirthDay. low-intervention birth experience,” com. said Terri Blanyar, RN, CCE, C-EFM, Birth Advocate at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel. “This collaborative model means women can experience natural medicine, with the peace of mind of having modern technology on hand when it’s needed. For women who choose additional pain


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oday, there are a variety of options when it comes to pregnancy and childbirth. Choosing what kind of healthcare provider will deliver your baby is one of the first and most important decisions made during pregnancy. There is a growing presence of certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) providing obstetrics and gynecological care. A midwife is a health care professional who provides an array of healthcare services for women including gynecological examinations, prenatal care, and labor and delivery care. More and more, women are choosing CNMs for pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum care. In fact, certified nurse-midwives and certified midwives attended 332,107 births in 2014, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. This


The Seven Oaks Elementary PTA Hosted a Spring Social for our K - 2nd Graders and a Spring Dance for our 3rd - 5th Graders. Thank you to all the Volunteers you helped make these events possible for the kids to enjoy. Thank you also to Tevin Westbrook, Tight End for the Tampa Bay Bucs, who took time out of his Friday night to stop by our K-2nd social and sign autographs and take pictures with our students. At Seven Oaks Elementary, we will be collecting clothing donations in the breezeway each morning from 9:15-9:45 Mon-Wed, Apr 3-5. All donations will be delivered to Lacoochee Elementary School on Thur, Apr 6. Any questions or to assist with this event, please contact Jen Wheatley at Please submit your school highlights to" April 2017 | Page 21




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Moreover, your lifestyle and occupation are important factors in determining how your hair should be cut and styled. An easy and simply hairstyle is perfect for you if you don’t consider yourself to be high-maintenance or you simply don’t have the time to style your hair each day. Make sure that your hairstyle looks presentable for your lifestyle so you feel comfortable and confident whether you’re at the mall or at work. I believe that when you love your hairstyle, you’re empowered. It’s proven that when you look good, you feel good, and when you feel good, you take better care of yourself and everyone in your family. Let’s be realistic. Of course you won’t always have time to do your full makeup routine and style your hair every day. However, when you make the time for yourself and it comes out looking great, it's going to empower you. I can't stress enough for all the moms out there to take the time to pamper themselves. You deserve it! Empowering women serving their own kind of beautiful is what it's all about. I’m so excited to have the opportunity to share and educate consumers on beauty services, products and fads. I am a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native with two adult children. I’m going to be 47 this year and no, I’ve never had plastic surgery. I simply practice what I preach! After 28 years in the beauty industry, moving to Tampa has been a whole new experience. Throughout my years of servicing clients and celebrities, my passion is sharing my knowledge and experience of hair, nails, makeup and skincare, with all of you. My freelance work doing hair and makeup behind the scenes at Home Shopping Network has also allowed me to expand my knowledge of different beauty products.

Many people don't realize that your face shape determines what hairstyle will look best on you, especially a style that you've never experienced before. For example, if you have a square-shaped face, you never want to bring attention to your jaw line. In addition, you want to avoid incorporating a style with too much volume. Now, let’s discuss that perfect oval face everyone desires. An experienced hairstylist will actually imagine an oval on any face, and attempt to fill in the areas where the oval doesn’t cover. For example, if you have a square-shaped face, you should try to conceal the corners of the square. Usually this can be accomplished with long layers and low volume, but be careful where your lawyers fall so not to draw attention to the corners even more. If you have a longer square-shaped face, try to avoid pulling your face down more with longer hair. Texture is also a important factor of what hairstyle you should have. Obviously, if you have kinky/curly hair, you don’t want it to be shorter or incorporate short layers. I always say the longer the curly hair the better.

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fter just three yoga classes, a new student shared enthusiastically with me that she noticed her golf game had surprisingly improved! She felt more grounded, balanced, focused and confident in her swing. We were both surprised over the speed at which yoga had impacted her game, and giddy that even her partner had noticed these changes! Another client, a gentleman over 60 and a 30-year veteran golfer, who recently shot his best game ever, told me that practicing yoga the past six months has been a game changer for him: •

“I am way more present and in the moment during my shots both in practice and on the course."

“I rarely have the reactions that I used to have when

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performing poorly and when I do they are milder and do not last as long. This has the benefit of not having the poor performance become a snowballing trend and ruin the whole round.” •

“yoga is by far the best natural thing for the golf swing.” Professional golfers Brandel Chamblee, Michelle Wie, Lexi Thompson, and Brad Faxon are just a few who agree that practicing yoga regularly lengthens their yardage, increases energy, reduces risk of injury, generates more power, endurance and focused concentration. When beginning a yoga practice for golf, strengthening the core gives a strong center, freeing any psychological limitations for increasing joint range of motion. A mind empty of worries, concerns or judgements is alert, focused, and calm, and instinctively relaxes the body. When first getting on the mat, it is imperative that you discover your “edge of discomfort.” Going beyond this edge in to pain can cause joint, muscle or soft tissue injuries. It is best to start with a yoga teacher to coach alignment, breathing and proper form in the postures. The following poses will help strengthen your core muscles, increase shoulder rotation, promote balance, bring a sense of calmness, and establish a connection between mind, body, breath & golf! Hold each pose for 3-5 breaths. 1.

“I am more intentional when I practice so my practice yields consistently greater improvement in my game.”

In the seconds during the golfer’s swing, energy is drawn vertically, rotationally, and laterally requiring: core strength in abdominal and lower back muscles; groundedness and balance in the feet, legs, and hips; flexibility in the hips, torso, and shoulders; fluidity in movement connected to the breath; focused and relaxed concentration of the mind; and lastly, pure enjoyment in the present moment playing a game that you love! “It’s almost like yoga was invented to make golfers better,” says professional golfer and yoga enthusiast, Josh Kendell, and


MOUNTAIN POSE – TADASANA. Stand with your feet together and press down. Arms are at your sides. Engage your legs and drop your tailbone, drawing the navel center to the spine. Breathe. Lift up with the chest and release your shoulders back and down. Extend up through the head. Breathe. CRESCENT MOON – CHANDRASANA. Bring your hands into prayer position and raise them overhead into an extended Tadasana. Interlace the fingers with the index fingers pointing upward and drop the shoulders and tail bone. As you exhale, press the hips to the right and arch the torso to the left. Head stays relaxed in line with the spine. Keep the legs and hips engaged. Press down with the right foot and open through

the right side of the body. To release, inhale, press down with both feet and return to extended Tadasana. Breathe. On your exhalation, press the hips to the left and repeat. 3.

STANDING BACKBEND – ANUVITTASANA. From extended Tadasana, press down into the feet, firm through the inner thighs, squeeze the buttocks, and drop the tailbone. Extend upward, press the hips forward and let your torso drop backwards, keeping the head in line with the spine. Breathe. To release, press down with both feet and come back to center. Let your hands return to your sides through prayer position. Breathe and notice the sensations in your body.

According to Simon Thakur, yoga teacher and founder of www., “a fundamental aspect of yoga is the awakening of the spine’s ability to undulate and twist.” These postures done regularly will open, stretch, and strengthen core muscles, keep the spine flexible and supple, while increasing circulation. Check the Wellcome OM facebook page for other postures that will help your game. Yoga enhances body awareness on the mat, so when you are on the links, you don’t have to think, you simply breathe and swing! To gain an edge in your sport, schedule your personalized, private yoga session or team yoga class today and start taking some strokes off your game!

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have been deeply moved, once again, by C. S. Lewis’s book, “The Screwtape Letters.”

Lewis was a great mind and prolific writer of the 20th century, he of the Narnia series, and also classic theological works. One of his best friends was J. R. R. Tolkien, author of “The Lord of the Rings” series.



them all to God for safekeeping and care. God knows our hearts, God knows our desires and good motivations. Let God speak in a still silent voice. The patient at the end of “The Screwtape Letters”? He goes to heaven. Wormwood fails. Screwtape is left angry. So be it

Mind of a Spirit

In “The Screwtape Letters”, Lewis masterfully tells the story of Wormwood, who is interning under his uncle, Screwtape. The purpose of Wormwood's schooling is to darken the heart of his "patient," the human to whom he is assigned to influence. The purpose is to get the patient to love material things more than God. Hopefully, is the resurrection day, Easter the patient would reject God Sunday. altogether. The patient’s attention must be on his own navel, his This simple sentence brings before own needs, his own wants, and us this question: How much is my not on God. The goal is total self-involvement—selfishness, self- prayer life about directing God to DO something? How often am motivation. Self. I telling God what to do? How Once finished with his assignment, often do I not only tell, but beg, Wormwood would lead the patient cajole, and demand? into hell. And so I am doing my level best not to ask for anything. Aren’t I Screwtape teaches Wormwood concerned for various folks who the following: Keep the patient are in need of prayer? Of course. believing that the things of God So I lift them to God for God’s are overtly spiritual and have own care without giving God the nothing to do with our everyday step by step on how to fix this. lives. Encourage him to pray for Sounds pretty silly when put that tangible, desired ends---in other way. words, make his prayer focused on things and hoped for outcomes. In Romans 8, Paul writes a Steer him away from praying beautiful truth: “Likewise the just to be in God’s presence for Spirit helps us in our weakness; the sake of giving God glory. “Doubtful that the patient can pray for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit without asking for something.” intercedes with sighs too deep for Doubtful that the patient can pray words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind without asking for something. of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according Wait. Aren’t we taught to bring to the will of God.” (verses 26-27) all things to God? Of course. Yet this simple sentence has become Join me, will you, in praying by the basis for my personal spiritual being in God’s presence and when discipline until the mystery that WWW.RESIDENTMAGAZINE.NET | FOR RATES & INFO CALL: 813-422-5551

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ith Spring Training just around the corner here in sunny Florida, excitement is in the air. Much like a New Year’s resolution, teams bring on new coaches, additional players and a fresh vision for the upcoming season in hopes of earning a place in the World Series Championship. Love it or hate it, baseball has given us a legion of metaphors and universal life lessons we can learn from. From coaches to

politicians, teachers to public speakers, baseball metaphors provide us with a deep sense of understanding when navigating the challenges and triumphs we each face throughout life.

A Life Lesson don’t do, to find a balance between educating players on the rules of America’s game with fun and excitement here at ROCKSTAR.

Whether you’re talking T-ball, AA, Majors or even travel ball, as we kick off another season it’s important to me to begin with “Baseball - A Life As I sit watching an early spring Lesson”. The connection I training game, I reflect on the bring between father and son balance of my life as a player is great to witness, knowing within the game and more I play a role in their baseball importantly, as a coach and journey and each child’s life. mentor for these young players. It’s easy to get lost in pursuit of I contemplate what I do, and “ Baseball is like Church – many attend, few understand.” -Leo Durocha

a lesson if you focus on only the outcome, personal agendas or external influences. If you take it one pitch, one inning or even one game at a time, just as in life, there are plenty of Rockstar moments to witness. If we search outside the box, play like a champion every day, we learn to apply our hard work through a process for a better swing at the plate. “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” -Babe Ruth Continued on page 27


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LESSON 3 - “IT AIN’T OVER ‘TIL IT’S OVER”, Lesson 1 - FOCUS on what Yogi Berra was spot on. This you can control; your attitude, was my all time favorite quote the hustle and self-confidence. as a young player and still In baseball, as in life, there are shadows me throughout life plenty of things beyond our as a business owner, father, control; fans, parents, umpires and the weather, and ultimately, husband and coach. Even with the many joys of the game, just the outcome of the game. as in life, we’re often pushed to Whether you think you can or a breaking point, we’re tempted think you can’ are right! to back down or flat out give Win the next pitch keeps you focused on the game and in the up. Likewise with both, perseverance is key. When you game to be productive, taking action everyday, all day. Yes, it’s reach beyond your comfort a grind every day and Winston zone that next opportunity might just be a game changer. Churchill said it best... “Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence- is the key to unlocking our potential” “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm” -Winston Churchill LESSON 2 - FAILURE is part of the game, even great players fail many more times than they succeed. For example, a great hitter will bat .300 or better. Basic translation? This player will hit 3 out of 10 pitches. Meaning they have a 70% failure rate and are still considered a successful player. Failure is baseball and baseball is life! “During my 18 years I came up to bat 10,000 times. I struck out 1,700 times and walked maybe 1,800 times. You figure a ballplayer will average 500 at bats a season. That means I played 7 years without ever hitting the ball.” -Mickey Mantle “Bad habits are like a good bed, easy to get into but difficult to get out of. -Unknown

Whether you’re a fan, spectator, player or coach enjoying America’s great national pastime, let’s come together to bring not only the love and knowledge of baseball but also the life lessons the game has to share with our future generations. “It’s hard to beat a person who NEVER gives up” -The Babe “The will to win is not merely so important as the will to prepare to win” -Vince Lombardi “Don’t count the day make the days count.” -Muhammad Ali “Train like a rockstar- play like a rockstar.” -Coach Pryor Coach Ryan Pryor Rockstar Baseball @ the ranch 813 992 1030


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As a parent, we aim to create a wellrounded, positive environment to ensure our children grow to become respectful and confident individuals throughout their lives. We also want to instill strong values and integrity to help them achieve a successful life in today's demanding society. If these goals are the lifestyle change you strive for, either for yourself or your family, Grand Master Moon and Grand Master Chun can provide you with everything you'll need. Offering a variety of fun and exciting classes for children and adults alike, Moon's Tae Kwon Do has the collective experience and heartfelt dedication essential to help you or your child learn to use both mind and body to master a multitude of life skills and self-defense techniques. By definition, Tae Kwon Do means "the way of the foot and fist". However, Master Moon believes it is the love his family puts into their teaching that sets them apart from other schools. For 17 years, Master Hyun Wook Moon, a 7th degree black belt, has taught classes at the family's Spring Hill location. His instructional experience includes time invested as President of the Florida Tae Kwon Do Union from 2001-2003, lead coach for the United States Demo Team for one year and also as a member of the Korean National Demo Team. Page 28 | April 2017

Moon's Tae Kwon Do

Two years ago, along with his wife, Master In ae Chun, a 7th degree black belt, and their two children, Faith and David, Moon's Tae Kwan Do opened a second location in New Tampa to meet the growing needs of their clients. With class sizes averaging 8 children per class, each child receives the individual love and attention essential to cultivate their individual characteristics into qualities with high demand in the real world. "We have ten 'Home Rules' that students must follow. Rule number one; respect. Students must show respect to their parents and family members at all times, if they do not, they

fail", Master Moon added. A student's parents provide a vital part of the learning experience as well, "it is essential that teachers and parents work together to instill responsibility, perseverance and self discipline which are also key to advancing to each belt level of Tae Kwan Do."

that have trouble with focus, they need more love. During class when they do well, we praise them more and more; we over do it. They remember that, they change little by little, and they become more confident in everything they do." Adding that, reflecting back on the achievements they've made in Tae Kwon Do gives them the confidence boost they need when faced with a new challenge in life. For adults and young adults the advantages of Tae Kwon Do are just as intriguing. The physical training and self-defense aspects are important at any age for an overall balance of health and well being. In addition, universities and prospective employers often seek out career-minded individuals with the qualities martial arts student’s posses, such as conflict resolution, self-discipline and leadership skills. Moon's Tae Kwon Do currently has two convenient locations in Spring Hill and Tampa. Both schools offer a variety of classes for all age groups, as well as private lessons and a summer camp. Moon's Tae Kwon Do is fully dedicated to providing instruction on practical life values and providing the foundation for students to become the absolute best version of themselves. 15355 Amberly Drive Tampa, FL 33647 Ph: 813.374.8784 E-mail:

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