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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 • OCTBOER 2017

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FROM THE DESK OF COUNTY COMMISSIONER

MIKE MOORE PAGE 9

THINK PINK WHILE LIVING GREEN PAGE 13

THE NATURE OF IMPERMANENCE PAGE 22

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KELLY SINN EXPLAINS HOW SUNRISE OF PASCO HAS BEEN A SAVING GRACE FOR THOUSANDS OF LOCAL VICTIMS

IN PASCO COUNTY, 44% OF HOMICIDES STEM FROM DOMESTIC VIOLENCE


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table of contents OCTOBER 2017

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

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TEAM BIOS

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FINANCIAL ADVICE

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FROM THE DESK OF COUNTY COMMISSIONER MIKE MOORE WHERE CAN YOU FIND RESIDENT MAGAZINE?

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HURRICANE IRMA STRENGTHENS THE WESLEY CHAPEL COMMUNITY

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THE NATURE OF IMPERMANENCE

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PEACE BE STILL

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LOCAL EATS

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HYPERLOCAL COUPONS

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LOCAL EVENTS

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ESSENTIAL PHONE NUMBERS

THINK PINK WHILE LIVING GREEN

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IT'S MOVIE TIME!

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FEATURED STORY

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KIDS OF THE MONTH & TOP BOOK READS

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CHURCHES IN TOWN

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SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS

COVER STORY:

KELLY SINN EXPLAINS HOW SUNRISE OF PASCO HAS BEEN A SAVING GRACE FOR THOUSANDS OF LOCAL VICTIMS IN PASCO COUNTY, 44% OF HOMICIDES STEM FROM DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

There are certainly many placeholders for our attention and many worthy causes to support. This month, Resident Magazine aims to shine a light upon Domestic Violence – and how one local organization has become a saving grace for our community. No one wants to talk about domestic violence, so it’s possible you have people in your life who are suffering in silence. It’s important that everyone in our community know about Sunrise of Pasco County Inc, Domestic and Sexual Violence Center. Please share our magazine, either in print or online, with your circle of family and friends. You never know who may need their services at some point. This month’s issue of Resident Magazine is full of content brought to you by your community members! Pasco County Commissioner Mike

Moore has a ‘Commissioner’s Corner’ to speak directly to our readers about what’s going on in our community. Angela with VIP Beauty brings us our beauty advice, and Anandi Thompson sooths our souls with her monthly yoga article. And that’s just to name a few of our incredible contributors! As always, the team at Resident Magazine thanks you for your continued support, and we hope you have a wonderful month of October!

Stephanie

Photo by Thompson Brand Images Hair & make-up by Angela DiLeone, VIP Beauty Mobile Stylist

STEPHANIE COSTOLO EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

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he month of October brings with it cool breezes, falling leaves and the sudden urge to drink hot apple cider. Just kidding, we live in Florida. I’ll just grab an apple juice, pour it into a frosty mug and call myself festive. Although October may not bring us Floridians a true taste of Autumn, it does bring our awareness to important causes. Nationally, October is recognized as a month for: •

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Filipino American History Month

LGBT History Month

National Bullying Prevention Month

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15)

National Orthodontic Health Month

National Pastor Appreciation Month

National Work and Family Month

Polish American Heritage Month

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

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team bios STEPHANIE COSTOLO EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

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

PATTI SMITH ADVISOR

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

DAVID HERRMANN ASSOCIATE

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

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SUSAN GULASH ART DIRECTOR

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

WENDY M. DODD ASSISTANT EDITOR

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 GUSTAS ASSOCIATE

Pat, a native of Northwest Indiana calls Wesley Chapel her home for the past three years. She owned her own business for 35 years and was an Ad Junct teacher at the local community college. Pat and her husband now enjoy life and their four young grandchildren. As a Resident Magazine sales associate, Pat enjoys meeting local business people and helping them grow their successes. To get copies of Resident Magazine, text or call Pat at 219-743-1456.

BOB THOMPSON PHOTOGRAPHER

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

KAYLA SHUTE WRITER

Kayla is a luxury market manager and bench jeweler apprentice for an independently owned jewelry shop. She has two amazing children who are her world. She spends her free time hiking, fishing, exercising and spending time with friends. Kayla is an avid reader and is constantly on the hunt to learn new things.

JANETH LOPEZ ASSOCIATE

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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FI NAN CIAL

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utside of retirement or purchasing a home, very few financial goals compare to the preparation that goes into your children's higher education. While saving for college may seem daunting, planning early and saving thoughtfully can make the goal more attainable for many parents. Here are four steps that can help along the way.

ADVICE

DON’T WAIT TO START ON k College Savings Plan

4. Revise your savings plan as your child ages

1. Estimate college costs Take a realistic look at what higher education costs are likely to be once your child is ready to attend. Even if your son or daughter is still learning to walk, you’re able to estimate your college bill. Historically, the cost of college has risen faster than the standard rate of inflation. According to The College Board’s Trends in College Pricing 2016 report, the average tuition and fees at public four-year colleges increased at an annual rate that was 3.5 percent beyond the broader inflation rate between 2006 and 2016. Check out free online college savings calculators to estimate tuition and fees at public or private institutions, such as the website SavingforCollege.com1. Use the estimate as a guideline for a conversation with your spouse about how much you’d like to contribute to your child’s education. Do you wish for your child to contribute? Will you cover the cost of books, room and board, and extracurricular fees? If you have multiple children, what will your financial strategy be if your children choose different college paths (e.g. private school vs. public, 2-year vs. 4-year,

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completing a FAFSA may be required if your child wants a work-study job or to qualify for merit-based aid through the institution. Many scholarships are available to high schoolers of all grades, so encourage your child to research local opportunities.

graduate school, etc.)?

the account.

2. Start setting money aside as soon as possible

Other tax-advantaged savings options include Uniforms Gifts to Minors Act (UGMA) accounts, Uniform Transfers to Minors Act (UTMA) accounts, tax-exempt savings bonds, and Coverdell education savings accounts. There are also taxable account options, allowing you to choose the vehicle that works best for your family.

There is no substitute for saving. Your future self – and your child – will thank you for starting early. Craft a habit-forming strategy, such as saving a set amount each month, putting aside a regular bonus or raise, or saving your tax refund. Remind yourself that even a modest amount will make a big difference in tackling your child’s tuition. When you’re ready to put your money to work, choose a savings vehicle that is right for your financial situation, risk tolerance and goal amount. One of the most popular options is a 529 plan, which is specifically designed to help families save for higher education. Money invested in a 529 is run by a state or educational institution, although you have a choice of investments. When money is withdrawn for qualified education expenses, no taxes are due on earnings accumulated in

3. Research fi nancial aid options It may be difficult to save enough to cover every education expense, particularly for families with multiple children or if you’re balancing other financial goals. Scholarships, grants and loans may help you fi ll potential gaps. The U.S. Department of Education allows you to forecast your family’s eligibility for federal student aid before you fi ll out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) when your student applies for college2. Even if you don’t anticipate needing federal aid,

Periodically revisit your strategy, to make sure it’s on track to meet your financial goals. Remember, you can re-prioritize and save more as college move-in day approaches. As your child ages, bring him or her into the conversation. Discuss the level of support you will provide. Help your child consider various career paths and higher education options, evaluating them to see if they are realistic and within your budget. While other factors will play a role in determining the school that is the best fit for each student, it is important to factor in the cost as one of those considerations. Overcoming the challenge of paying for higher education starts with a plan. Understanding the real costs of college tuition and fees helps you craft an effective strategy to reach your financial goal. – “529 College Savings Planner,” SavingforCollege.com. http://www.savingforcollege. com/529-college-savingsplanner/

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– “FAFSA4caster,” U.S. Department of Education. https://fafsa.ed.gov/FAFSA/

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Lauren Hopper is a Financial Advisor with Mclendon & Associates, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. She offers fee-based financial planning and asset management strategies and has been in practice for 16 years. You may contact her at lauren.s.hopper@ampf.com.

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From the Desk of County Commissioner

Mike Moore

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s I reflect on Hurricane Irma and the impact she had on Pasco County, I am reminded of why my family and I love this county so much. The sense of community I witnessed pre and post Hurricane Irma has been overwhelming. Before the storm hit, I witnessed citizens helping to fill sand bags neighbors helping neighbors bring in outdoor furniture, and other gestures of kindness. I read social media posts of people offering their homes for shelter to evacuees and their pets. I saw numerous businesses offer free ice to fill coolers and freezers. These acts of kindness continued during Irma with many citizens volunteering in various capacities at one of Pasco County’s 26 shelters.

As we entered into recovery mode, I continued to see our community work together as one. From donating water and non perishable food, collecting and transporting items to distribution sites, to assisting each other in clearing debris, and bringing meals to our first responders, the citizens of Pasco County worked together as a team. The compassion and kindness shown by our community is just another example of why Pasco County is such a great place to live.

Mike Moore County Commissioner

Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore, District 2, was elected to the Board of Commissioners in 2014, serving as Vice-Chairman since 2016 and as of 2017 is now the Chairman of the Board. Commissioner Moore currently sits on or chairs the following boards and committees: Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA), Circuit Conflict-Sixth Judicial Circuit, Dependency Drug Treatment Court, Planning Steering Committee, Government Operations Committee, Insurance Selection Committee, Public Safety Coordination Council and the Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board, Pasco Economic Development Council (PEDC) Board, and Chairman of the Homeless Advisory Board. Commissioner Moore is also a local small business owner and resides in Wesley Chapel with his wife and three children.

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October EVENTS UPCOMING

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

World Smile Day OCTOBER 6

OCTOBER 1 CRUISIN' AT WIREGRASS CAR & TRUCK SHOW HONORING 1ST RESPONDERS Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 Cost: For more information visit www.theshopsatwiregrass.com

OCTOBER 9

FIVE-YEAR HOSPITAL ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm Location: Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel 2600 Bruce B Downs Blvd., Wesley Chapel Cost: Free to attend. For more information visit www. floridahospital.com

OCTOBER 3 JOB FAIR Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 Cost: For more information visit www.theshopsatwiregrass.com

OCTOBER 8 2ND SUNDAY MUSIC Time: 3:00pm - 7:00pm Location: Tampa Outlet Mall, 2300 Grand Cypress Dr., Lutz Cost: For more information visit www.visitwesleychapel.com

OCTOBER 4 WIREGRASS RANCHERS KIDS CLUB Time: 10:00am - 11:00am Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 Cost: For more information visit www.theshopsatwiregrass.com

OCTOBER 12 LOOK TO THE SKY Exclusive, one-night-only screening of Look to the Sky, a film that “weaves together the uplifting true stories of young people who have demonstrated the spirit of Superman. Time: 6:30pm - 8:15pm Location: Studio Movie Grill 12332 University Mall Ct, Tampa FL 33612 Cost: $9 tickets. More information or for tickets: https://www.tugg. com/events/look-to-the-sky-zbab

OCTOBER 6 MARKS & MORGAN DIAMOND RESTYLING EVENT Time: 10:00am - 7:30pm Location: Marks & Morgan at the Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo VOM WINE TASTING Dr #100 Time: 7:00pm Cost: For more information visit www.theshopsatwiregrass.com Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 Cost: RSVP required. For more information visit www. OCTOBER 7 theshopsatwiregrass.com FRESH MARKET Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm OCTOBER 14 Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, MAKING STRIDES AGAINST 28211 Paseo Dr #100 BREAST CANCER 5K WALK Cost: For more information visit Time: 8:00am - 12:00pm www.theshopsatwiregrass.com Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 Page 10 | October 2017

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Cost: For more information visit www.theshopsatwiregrass.com WILLIAMS SONOMA AMERICAN GIRL HALLOWEEN PARTY Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 Cost: For more information visit www.theshopsatwiregrass.com COCKTAIL HOUR SURF AND TURF DINNER Time: 6:00pm Location:Timber Greens Country Club, 6333 Timber Greens Blvd, New Port Richey Price: Single Ticket $80 and Couple Tickets $125. For more information or to purchase tickets visit givemobility.org. OCTOBER 15 OUTSTANDING MAGIC & COMEDY FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY Time: 1:00pm Location:Pasco Center for the Performing Arts, 11646 Town Center Dr., New Port Richey Price: Adults $15, Children Under 16 $10, and Family $50 (2 Adults & Up to 6 Children) For more information or to purchase tickets visit givemobility.org.

Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 Cost: For more information visit www.theshopsatwiregrass.com OCTOBER 21 FRESH MARKET Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 Cost: For more information visit www.theshopsatwiregrass.com

Cost: RSVP required. For more information visit www. theshopsatwiregrass.com NOVEMBER 23 WIREGRASS WOBBLE TURKEY TROT Time: 7:30am -10:00am Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100

Cost: Pre-registration by September 30 is $25. The cost is $30 from October 1 to October 31. From November 1 to November 22, the registration fee is $35. Race Day registration is $40. For more information visit www. wiregrasswobbleturkeytrot.com

TAPTOBERFEST Time: 2:00pm - 2:00am(Sun) Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 Cost: For more information visit www.theshopsatwiregrass.com OCTOBER 22 CRUISIN' AT WIREGRASS CAR & TRUCK SHOW Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 Cost: For more information visit www.theshopsatwiregrass.com

OCTOBER 26 VOM FASS INTERNATIONAL WHISKY TASTING Time: 7:00pm OCTOBER 18 PASCO COMMUNITY NIGHT Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 & MR TOMMY'S FALL SPECIAL WWW.RESIDENTMAGAZINE.NET | FOR RATES & INFO CALL: 813-422-5551

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KELLY SINN EXPLAINS HOW

SUNRISE OF PASCO HAS BEEN A SAVING GRACE FOR THOUSANDS OF LOCAL VICTIM VICTIMS

IN PASCO COUNTY, 44% OF HOMICIDES

STEM FROM DOMESTIC VIOLENCE BY WENDY M. DODD

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magine... every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted

or beaten. In Pasco County alone 44% of homicides stem from domestic violence situations according to Domestic Violence Statistics (http:// domesticviolencestatistics.org).

If that woman chooses to leave her abusive partner, she is seventy times more likely to be murdered in the first few weeks

after leaving (http://dvipiowa.org). One local organization has been a saving grace for many of these victims and has undoubtedly saved countless lives. Escaping domestic violence or sexual abuse is an unimaginable experience. In the past, had never been readily available to victims trying to flee that type of situation until Sunrise of Pasco County, Domestic and Sexual Violence Center opened it's doors. Sunrise of Pasco County, Domestic and Sexual Violence Center Founded in 1982, Sunrise began as a grassroots organization spun out of a few women getting together who decided services were needed. The organization’s first director, Candy Slaughter, established Sunrise and offered community education, information, referrals, and provided safe housing for physically abused women and their children. In 1984, Sunrise was able to gain office space and funding through the United Way which permitted the group to hire a part

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time advocate and start doing more outreach.

built to house 24 women and children seeking refuge from domestic or sexual violence. With the added space came added services; the agency was able to provide legal advocacy and accompaniment, accounting services and case management.

In those times, domestic violence was taboo. No one wanted to acknowledge or confront it. Many saw it as a family issue that outsiders should not get involved in. Sunrise began with members within the community opening Once word got out that there their homes to individuals fleeing was an agency that could help from abusive situations. In 1986 domestic and sexual violence when new CEO, Penny Morrill victims, people sought refuge. realized Sunrise was almost doing They had a way out, they more harm than good by removing these individuals from their home for a night or two and having no follow-up plan. The only option to these refugees was to return to an environment that would likely become even more violent and Sunrise of Pasco e of the team members at CEO Kelly Sinn with som volatile. wanted to be safe and Sunrise was able to offer that. Once As the facility grew, there was women knew about Sunrise and a realization that the need for gathered the courage to leave, they services has always been present; oftentimes left their homes with domestic violence is nothing new, just the clothes on their backs in however, society has become the middle of the night. They more willing to offer aid to those left with nothing. This meant in need. The agency grew into a Sunrise would need to provide shelter, initially with the offices them with food and clothing, and and shelter grouped together inside small cottage like buildings. so much more. As the community continued to become more aware However, within a few years of the services Sunrise provided, Sunrise had taken in nearly 25 demand continued to grow. In individuals and they needed more 2013, Sunrise expanded to a space. 40 bed facility with nearly 47 employees and further expanded program offerings. With that, a 24 bed facility was

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Many individuals come to Sunrise with no employment, so a program was developed to help individuals find gainful employment. In addition, women in shelter often need child care and have unreliable or no transportation, making case management a large component of the services. Additionally, coming from a violent and traumatic home, these individuals have been hurt and damage has been done that needs to be healed. Sunrise developed a program to assist with that healing process. The agency eventually grew to develop an outreach program designed specifically for individuals who may not be in need of shelter but rather have a need to heal from a past traumatic event. Some individuals may have reached a safe place but are still in need of counseling or a support group. Not all survivors are ready to leave. They may be working toward that decision, but that process can take some time. Sunrise’s counseling programs assist by offering advocacy and support. Prevalence of Sexual Assault within Domestic Violence Many, if not all, survivors of domestic violence have at least some component of sexual assault through forced coercion.

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KELLY SINN EXPLAINS HOW SUNRISE OF PASCO HAS BEEN A SAVING GRACE FOR THOUSANDS OF LOCAL VICTIMS Continued from page 15

Sunrise is a dual certified service provider for both domestic violence and sexual assault victims. Although the Sunrise shelter houses women and children, they do offer services for men as well. If a male survivor is in need of assistance, Sunrise will arrange for them to stay at a safe place. There are other agencies that offer sexual assault services such as therapy for children who have been abused, like Pasco Kids First. However, Sunrise is the only state certified sexual assault center in Pasco County, certified by the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence (FCASV). Signs of Abuse The most commonly thought of sign of abuse is often the physical violence part. It may begin with shoving or slapping, and continually escalate to more severe threats such as punching or choking, which many may not realize is attempted strangulation. Many non-physical indicators of abuse are often the easiest to "brush under the rug", so to speak. Abusers begin by using intimidation to weaken their victim as well as constantly putting them down, isolating them from family and friends, and demanding the victim to account for every minute of every day. Extreme jealousy is very common in abusive relationships. Abusers often demand to know where their victims are going, who they will be with and why they are going at all. When an individual is constantly calling or texting to check whereabouts, or checking a person's phone, that is considered intimidation. This behavior creates a sense of power for the abuser, which only escalates over time. These are all indicators of abuse, aside from the physical violence that can happen. The abuse of a pet can be used to intimidate a victim into submission as well; an abuser may use the harming of a pet as an example of the damage they are capable of. The threat of suicide is another tactic used by abusers to gain a mental hold on a victim, threatening to harm themselves if the victim does not submit to their demands. Kelly Sinn with Resident Magazine's Stephanie Costolo on the grounds at Sunrise of Pasco Page 16 | October 2017

Other contributing factors could be unemployment, past mental or substance abuse and control of money. For example, an abuser may give their victim an allowance and force them to account for every dime that is spent each time there is a trip to the grocery store. Oftentimes a victim may see this as endearment, as if their partner cares more, therefore they need to know and control more. How does it work? Kelly Sinn, CEO of Sunrise explains the process: “Many cases begin with a simple phone call to the 24 hour Sunrise Crisis Hotline, 352-5213120. Each month hundreds of individuals seeking assistance call in and are able to speak with our staff one on one to lay down a plan to get the help they need. First, each call is assessed for current and near future safety. Throughout the call, the safety of the individual is always one of the main concerns; our staff ensures they are offering every possible option to guarantee the safety of the individual throughout the entire process. Some calls are individuals just looking for someone to listen or possibly looking for a referral to another agency. All calls are confidential, and no one is required to give their name or location. The hotline is also open to professionals looking to make a referral or to have someone come in to speak with a counselor. Whether contact is made in person or by telephone, the individual will come in for an intake to give us the opportunity to really look at where they're coming from and what they've experienced. Essentially we want to help them navigate to where they want to be. If they’re starting at point A, we want to get to point B. We will help them figure out each step along the way to get them to where they Continued on page 17

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want to be in life. Every program within the agency is empowerment based, that is our philosophy. Each survivor is the expert of his or her own life, not us, so he or she tells us what they want - not the other way around. Shelter Requirements Any individual who is fearful of their current living environment, if it involves domestic violence or sexual abuse, is a victim and is eligible to stay in the shelter. When an individual is enrolled in a shelter program, they are accepted for a minimum of 6 weeks, though it is a voluntary program. Some individuals come in for a night or two, they may just need a respite from the situation they are in and have full intentions of returning home, and that is okay. As many of us can relate, once your heart is involved it's very difficult to shut that off. Love doesn't work like a switch, and it oftentimes takes a victim seven to ten times of leaving an abusive relationship for them to stay away. Some abusers blame the victim, saying things like, ‘you made me do it.’ When a survivor has been told this over and over, they start to believe it. The survivor starts to think that if they'd only had the dishes done, or had dinner cooked, this explosive episode wouldn't have happened. After an explosive episode, typically victims experience the 'honeymoon stage', with apologies and promises, until the tension begins to build again and the next episode unfolds. That is a very dark place to be, and the longer a victim stays in this cycle, chances are the situation will become increasingly more volatile and violent. From Point A to Point B for Survivors For the most part, individuals will come into the center to have a faceto-face, one-on-one counseling

and advocacy session with a staff member. Not everyone wants to jump right into a group therapy session; not everyone is ready for that. Group therapy is always available and is combined with our outreach program participants as well. We have survivors supporting each other from all different walks of abuse. Some are currently living it, some have been long removed and some have just recently left. Our locations are always confidential, due to the fact that the most dangerous time for a victim is just after they have left the abusive situation. Many domestic violence related homicides or suicide-homicide situations occur once the abuser no longer has power over the victim. With the use of technology, we also see a lot of cyber stalking. We often suggest our residents remove the batteries from their phones because typically, the abusers have downloaded a tracking app on the phone. We've had to leave vehicles at the police station because there was a tracking device on the car. The local law enforcement agency that oversees our jurisdiction is one of our larger supporters. They keep a constant eye on all of our surroundings. When we have someone in shelter that is ‘high lethality,’ meaning someone who's abuser is stalking them or has done something to really escalate the situation, we will notify the police station. There’s no need to give them specific information, we just inform them of the high lethality situation. They will make it a point to make rounds and include in their report that they have actually seen the shelter property at a certain point in order to keep an eye on everything. Sometimes they will stop in just to say hi or see how things are going. If they see anything that seems off, like a car lingering, they will call and notify staff right away.”

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KELLY SINN EXPLAINS HOW SUNRISE OF PASCO HAS BEEN A SAVING GRACE FOR THOUSANDS OF LOCAL VICTIMS We understand that making the decision to report an assault by someone close to you can feel humiliating and degrading, we want to allow the victim time to process at their own pace what has happened, and still receive the help and guidance they need and deserve,” Sinn says. Licensed Therapist - Assistance for individuals in need of more extensive counseling and therapy.

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The Shelter Often times the shelter is at capacity or over, with the number of survivors fluctuating between 35 to over 40. Sunrise predominantly serves east Pasco County, however they do assist any victims that come to them for help and have even provided refuge for those fleeing dangerous situations in other countries. There is a state hotline that victims can call, 1-888668-7273, which will direct individuals to an area where they will feel safe.

Intervention Programs: What Sunrise Offers

Sunrise is more publicly known for the shelter, primarily for domestic violence and sexual abuse victims. While in shelter individuals are eligible to receive: Counseling - Counseling sessions, both individual and group, are offered for adult victims, as well as any children living in the shelter. Case Management -Coordination of service plans and assistance with navigating the objectives each survivor has set for themselves. Legal Advocacy - Offers Page 18 | October 2017

legal services for survivors, such as legal options for protection orders or accompaniment to court proceedings.

Domestic Violence and Child Welfare Program - This program works with the Child Welfare System and other agencies within Pasco County to provide expert advice and assistance from a certified domestic violence center to implement resources for the non-offending parent(s). This allows the children to be placed with the non-offending parent instead of being put into the foster system.

A main focus at Sunrise currently is our prevention programs. We're an agency that would love to work ourselves out of a job. GreenDot Program - In conjunction with the Department of Health and St. Leo University, Sunrise has placed an active bystander on campus to assist college students in spreading awareness and options for reporting domestic and sexual assaults on campus. We also work with local schools to create PEACE Clubs, safe groups available to help younger students recognize and avoid potentially dangerous relationships.

Delta Program - Funded by the CDC, Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancements and Leadership Through Alliances, Focusing on Outcomes for Communities United with States (DELTA FOCUS) Since 2008, Sunrise has been collaborating Injunction for Protection with the Center for Disease Provides attorneys for survivors of Sexual Assault Program - Used domestic violence, dating violence, Control and Prevention (CDC) in association with our Outreach stalking and repeat sexual violence and the Florida Coalition Against Program to provide counseling Domestic Violence (FCADV) to to assist them though the legal in east and west Pasco county, as implement the Primary Prevention process of filing injunctions for well as forensic accompaniment for protection. Offering representation with Youth Approach in Pasco survivors to exams and also to help in court, filing petitions and also as County. Sunrise remains one of explain the process as they go. two sites in the state of Florida a support system in court. operating under this umbrella. “One thing many do not know InVEST Program - Implemented The Prevention Team of Sunrise is that sexual assault exams can continues to collaborate with in 2009 under Attorney General be done in house or at a medical local law enforcement, healthcare Bill McCullum, designed facility or hospital, depending professionals, and educators to specifically as a result of 44% on the severity of the victim's implement best practices for of homicides in Pasco County situation. When a sexual abuse working with Pasco youth to stemming from domestic violence exam is completed it is solely up to situations. The Pasco County prevent first-time perpetration and the individual to decide whether first-time victimization of violence. Sheriff's office has a detective or not to report the abuse at that assigned specifically to the InVEST time. An exam can be completed program to work with our advocate Solutions Thrift Store as ‘non-reported’ at the individual's to assist the survivor through their Participants are given vouchers request. Non-reporting cases have recovery. This program is used for to shop at the store for free while the ability to report at any time, they are staying in the shelter our most lethal situations and the when they are ready, and the to obtain any items they need. assigned detective will ensure the evidence will be safe and secure at perpetrator is accounted for and is Many individuals are forced to our facility until that time. leave with just the clothes on their complying with protection orders back, many times those clothes are in place. Often times sexual assaults are pajamas. The thrift store allows perpetrated by a known individual, Domestic Violence Prevention survivors access to household items a family member or close friend, and clothing necessary to start Programs which deters the victim from reporting the assault right away.

Outreach - Adult and child domestic violence counseling services. This also includes our rural program, designed to help serve the outlying community, such as individuals working on migrant farms.

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their new life. The proceeds from the store also help offset some of the non-grant funded programs offered at Sunrise. For example, if a survivor is in need of relocation but may need new tires on their vehicle, a gas card for travel, medications, or child care, Sunrise can provide that. It's important to remember how much is necessary to provide for each individual at the shelter. From the time you woke up this morning to the time you lay down at night, think of everything you have used, everything you have consumed whether it be food, clothing, cooking, electricity; here at Sunrise we provide that for each survivor. Kelly Sinn has seen her share of the unimaginable, images most of us only view through our smart phones or TV news channels. After witnessing first-hand the empowering and inspirational impact Sunrise has on the survivors they rescue, Kelly drastically changed the course of her studies to put herself on the front lines of one of our nation's biggest threats to women. RM (Resident Magazine): How can the community help support Sunrise? KS (Kelly Sinn): First and foremost, to know we're here. We never want an individual to be in need of our services and not know we exist. Second, in line with other nonprofits, any sort of financial contributions that can help support our agency and the programs and services we provide. Donations to support our thrift store are a huge help to the agency, along with individuals or businesses with special skills or trades. If someone needs a tree trimming company

or a cleaning business that is willing to donate their time or services – this is a wonderful contribution. Anyone looking to support our agency can contact our administrative offices at any time at 352-521-3358. Volunteers are always needed at the center as well. The requirements are quite extensive to work with the families in order to remain in line with Florida statutes; we do need to complete 30 hours of core competency training for domestic violence and 30 hours of advocacy core training for sexual assault survivors. However, the rewards of helping survivors, we believe, are well worth the time invested. Volunteers not looking to work directly with the families are always welcome to assist in the administrative part of our services, gardening, the thrift store and any other needs within our facility. RM: How did you get involved with Sunrise? KS: I started at Sunrise in 2002, I was new to Florida and to Pasco County having moved here from Brainerd, Minnesota. Within a few months, a family member working at the agency informed me that Sunrise was looking to hire a new PR and Shelter Advocate. At the time I was offered the job, I had just finished my associates degree with plans to continue with a business degree. I started working at Sunrise answering the hotline and working in the shelter. I was very naive at the time; I didn't fully understand the issues that come along with violence and abuse. At one point, Sunrise held a support group for the women in shelter with a counselor. The meetings were held in the living room at the shelter and I was the advocate on duty covering the hotline. When the meeting ended, as the women were leaving I noticed they were all crying, like really bawling as they left. I panicked -thinking something had really gone wrong in the meeting. One of the women came into the office and I asked if she was okay, if there was anything I could do. Her response was, "that was probably one of the most, if not THE most empowering and inspiring groups I have ever been to". All these people I was so worried about, were actually crying tears of happiness. Tears of inspiration. It was that point that I realized social work and advocacy for sexual and domestic violence survivors had picked me. I didn't pick this field of work, it chose me. I knew at that moment, I wanted to impact someone else's life so positively that I could make them cry happy tears. I changed my degree, immediately transferred to the University of South Florida and from there completed my Bachelors and Masters in social work and obtained my license for clinical social work. Through my years

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School Highlights PASCO LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION MEETING

The Pasco County Legislative Delegation will hold their annual Pre-Session meeting on October 30, 2017 at Sunlake High School. This meeting is an opportunity for citizens, elected officials, cities and local governments, and other civic organizations to address the delegation before the start of the 2018 Legislative Session. Public testimony during the Pasco County Legislative Delegation Meeting is welcome. Anyone wishing to address teh delegation needs to complete a Speaker Request Form. The form is avilable at www.bit.ly/2gVEmxW. All speakers should, if possible, email their materials and handouts to jonathan.till@myfloridahouse.gov.

SAVE THE DATE Monday, October 30th, 2017 Time: 9am - 1pm Location: Sunlake High School Gymnasium 3023 Sunlake Blvd Land O' Lakes, FL 34638 For more information, please contact Jonathan Till either via email at jonathan.till@myflorida.gov or by calling (813)780-0667

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at Sunrise, I began as Shelter Advocate and was then promoted to Women's Counselor and Supervisor where I conducted those very meetings that evoked such a love of social work. At Sunrise, not every person has this huge, profound impact, but you know that you have provided them with something. You've provided them with a respite or been able to plant some type of seed to help them on their journey to where they want to be in life. So many survivors have come back to let us know how much their time here at Sunrise and the support they received meant to them and had it not been for Sunrise they felt that they may have not survived the situation they were in. To know that I've made such a difference in a survivor's life and to help offer everything Sunrise provides, is very powerful. We save lives. That knowledge validates the decision I made 15 years ago. From there my passion only grew, for the agency, for the people I worked with and the individuals I worked for leading to my promotion to the Director of the Outreach Services where I was overseeing the counseling services at the agency. Not long after, I was promoted again to Chief Operating Officer where I was able to become more knowledgeable of the administrative side. In June 2013 Penny Morrill, CEO of Sunrise for 27 years and my mentor, retired and I took over the agency as her replacement. I'm excited that our agency has continued to grow and expand more services. When we expand, we truly look to provide quality services, to strengthen and expand where the need is within the agency. At Sunrise we are a team and we have a great supportive and engaged Board of Directors. RM: What are you looking for in the future, both personal and with the agency?

To get our name out there, for people in our community to know Sunrise is here. Also for those who support our agency, for them to know they are making a true impact and without them we would absolutely not be able to do it. Without the community's support, we wouldn't be able to change lives and save these victims. Looking to the future, our focus is to maintain the integrity of Sunrise here in Pasco County and strengthen it from within. If we were to look at an expansion it would be a very strategic move. As an agency we wouldn't look to expand just to be larger, an expansion would be based on the need of our community and also the availability of funding to support that as well. In my personal life, I couldn't imagine myself anywhere else. I feel like with my generation, it isn't really common to stick with an agency for 15 years. After attending graduate school I've seen many individuals move from agency to agency, and that just isn't for me. This is where my heart is, I'm happy here and I have the best staff anyone could ever ask for. Pasco County really is the best; our community support is outstanding and we really are incredibly lucky to be here. Sexual assault and domestic abuse survivors turn to Sunrise during the most hopeless and darkest moments of their lives, fleeing their homes and often leaving every belonging they’ve ever acquired.

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Hurricane Irma Strengthens

Family Restaurant and Catering. When I interviewed Jessica, I could feel the sense of community and selflessness in her voice.

By Jessica Steidl

“On Monday, my husband and I heard that the National Guard were being housed at the old Target on 54. We went there to see what donations they needed and found out that they were leaving the next day. So, we arranged to bring them breakfast that next morning so they could leave with a nice hot meal.” Jessica went on to say how they put a post out on Facebook sharing what they were doing for the National Guard, and if anyone wanted to make donations. “The response was overwhelming. Customers brought in hundreds of dollars. Children made cards for the soldiers saying thank you for protecting us.” Jessica explained further, “It wasn’t just us putting in the money, I mean we did wake up at 4:00 a.m. to feed them, but the Community, especially that Wesley Chapel community Facebook group, made it possible.”

the Wesley Chapel Community

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he size of Irma engulfed the entire state of Florida. Irma is now considered the strongest hurricane to come out of the Atlantic Ocean. As we have all learned, the path of a hurricane is nearly impossible to predict. Meteorologists do their best, but cannot always accurately forecast the weather. As Floridians, we know when a hurricane is heading our way, we need to plan for the worst and hope for the best. Irma came through Wesley Chapel on Monday, September 11, 2017 at approximately 2:30 a.m. Thankfully she reduced to a category 1 hurricane before reaching our precious city. However, Irma still left her mark. No matter how much preparation you do, you never know what you’ll see walking out your door after a storm passes. The Wesley Chapel community was quick and willing to help their fellow neighbors and even complete strangers. Storms help us build community and show us how

much we need community. Locals shared with me how proud they are to call Wesley Chapel home. Jessica Ames, who heads up the Wesley Chapel community group on Facebook, told me story after story of what she witnessed happening in the group. When someone expressed a need, within seconds neighbors were offering their help.

Later that same day, Jessica and Carl helped feed a bunch of Duke Energy workers.

“Duke Energy reached out to us, and we ended up cooking them 50 pizzas. Now, my oven only cooks 10 pizzas at a time. I put a post out on the Wesley Chapel group again asking if anybody with a truck could help us deliver pizzas, and neighbors showed up. We were able to give Duke Energy good food so that they could continue restoring power.” I heard story after story about what this community was doing to help their fellow neighbors in a time of need. “If we see something on the Wesley Chapel Facebook page we always try to help out,” Jessica stated. And it seems like the rest of Wesley Chapel feels the same way. Acts of kindness, people giving up their time and resources, that help build up a community. Knowing in the face of disaster you have neighbors behind you who will help, makes me proud to call Wesley Chapel my home. Thank you to everyone in the community who helped restore hope in the aftermath of Irma!

From small businesses, like 900 Degrees Woodfired Pizza offering free ice, to The Bacon Boss Food Truck giving away free water. To mother’s who needed Tylenol and someone reaching out saying they lived close by. A woman who needed help boarding up her home, scared she wouldn’t be able to protect herself, soon found neighbors and strangers showing up at her house to help. Members of this community never felt alone during this very frightening event. One story that touched my heart came from Jessica and Carl Meyers, who own Little Italy’s

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TH E YO GA CO R N E R and tranquility silently fell over me. Then, coming upon my fallen Golden Trumpet tree that I started in a small pot eleven years ago, laying on its side, roots torn from the earth, I cried again. Impermanence is an edge for me. Is it for you? The dictionary defines permanence as a state of being able to exist for an indefinite duration. So, “permanent” isn’t even permanent! Impermanence is a state of not existing for an indefinite duration. Existing and not existing indefinitely? A fine line, indeed. Yogis refer to impermanence as Anitya, and say that all life, thoughts, and emotions are like waves in an ocean, ever moving, ever changing and always, eventually, returning to the ocean source.

The Nature OF IMPERMANENCE

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e just experienced an environmental stressor spike with Irma whipping by, such that an entire state was put on high alert. Just that sentence makes me want to relax into a gentle yoga pose and take a deep breath. Pre-storm, we snatched up our son who had left for college in Jacksonville just a month prior. Having gone through the intensity of experiencing “detachment” the first time I walked into his bedroom after he left, and like many moms before me, cried until I was empty! Eric began as a newborn trying to teach me the Nature

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of Impermanence and nonattachment with his early acute phase of life, when regular midnight trips to the emergency room put me “on my edge” as a mother. We work with “edges” in yoga, breathing and relaxing in to your edge of discomfort in a pose without pushing in to pain. This helps us off the mat by staying centered and calm in chaotic situations like, for instance, a hurricane. Now in the post-hurricane, cleanup phase, raking fallen Spanish moss gives much time for reflection, appreciation and practicing presence. Ahhh. The air was crisp, clean, and lacked humidity while a sense of peace

Twenty-three years of child rearing a son with Down syndrome accompanied by a plethora of health issues proved to consume much of my thoughts, emotions, and many an action. With him gone to college and this new, open space, we wanted to share Eric’s youthful spirit and relaxed nature on the mat in a newly offered Mommy and Me Yoga workshop (Daddy’s welcome, too!) at Wellcome OM Yoga Studio. Eric and I would practice Cobra before he could even walk, strengthening his lowtone, arm and core muscles, and moved onto 4-legged animals, trees, mountains and volcanoes as he grew! Now, at college, Eric takes a weekly yoga class. OMazing! As I breathe into my edge, hearing the ear piercing sound of a chain saw while watching my husband chop up this beautiful tree, I am reminded once again of the temporary nature and ever changing landscape of the universe. With this, I am grateful for the plentiful, vibrant, yellow flowers this tree has expressed. Taking a deep breath in, I see my son pushing the wheel barrel full of broken limbs and sticks and am reminded yet

again that he will be gone soon. Impermanence. I surrender and let the tears fall. Impermanence. I let the tears fall yet again. Join me in expressing our true nature and deep connection to all living things through yoga and meditation with your mini-me (ages 3+). In the meantime, try Cobra with your child. It will strengthen the arms, open the solar plexus, heart and throat chakras, and bring relaxation after. •

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ut of the whirlwind……

Suffice it to say, I am no meteorologist but here’s how this seems to happen. It starts out as a disturbance out there somewhere. Far away and not so much concern because it could sputter out. It could also heat up with little provocation. It hangs on. It grows. It becomes a tropical storm. Given a name. Irma. Still far away, though, and not so much concern. She persists. She grows some more. She revs up some more in the warm water. Before you know it, she’s a category one hurricane and a path starts to eke out, but still, anything can happen because it’s so far away. Not so much concern yet. But we’re eyeing her. She could just spin herself out into the Atlantic. Probably will. But we’ll watch anyway. She doesn’t just spin out into the Atlantic. She grows into a category two. So far away. Anything could happen. Still. Category three. Her path starts to look clearer but anything could happen. Her path is not yet set. Please don’t go towards Texas or Louisiana. They just cannot bear this. Category four and it approaches the vulnerable islands but it could absolutely lose power when it skims over them. The spaghetti models are showing a smaller cone of probability. We’re in that cone but it’s wide yet. Category five. There is no category six. This one is impressive. A buzz saw. Because of conditions she won’t be a Harvey that hangs out and dumps 50 inches of rain. She’ll run right through. She’s veering east. Wait. No. She looks to want to run right

up the spine of the state. She looks westward. People are leaving. Sunday morning, she’s heading for Tampa Bay. At some point, the water in Tampa Bay sucks right out. It’s creepy, isn’t it? Sunday afternoon winds begin. Branches start falling. But now she jigs east. There’s really no accounting for where she’ll end up. The Keys are wrecked, but surely Jacksonville will be just fine. Into the night the eye falls apart on the bottom. She’ll wear herself out. But there will be damage. As I write this, it’s the Thursday after. I’ve noticed some things. Friends have lost power but want to stay home. Two of my friends were given generators and the gasoline to power them. Stacks of tree parts are sitting curbside. People are helping they can. Shelters are up. Shelters are dismantling. Traffic’s picking up with folks coming home. School’s out. Places like Trinity Café, Support the Troops, and Feeding Tampa Bay are serving. People are good. Friends from the Keys staying with us, they are despairing over what they’ll go home to. Others of us, well, we’re fortunate.

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Tareks Cafe & Grill $10 Dinner Deal

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Culver's

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Salted Carmel Pumpkin Concrete Mixer, Pumpkin Spice Shake, and Pumpkin Gingerbrea Concrete Mixer

813-949-1414

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Cornerstone

$25 off Service Repair Air, Plumbing or Electric

813-990-0321

Cornerstone $39.95 77PT A/C Clean & Checkup

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BP Care Lawns

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Lawn Care Programs as low as $50/Month

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Shuayb Dental $2,800 on Impant, Crown, Abutment D6010, D6066 & Ov D6057

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Shuayb Dental

Shuayb Dental

$19 X-rays and Exam

$600 Crown and X-ray

D0210 & D0150

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I Care Air Care Free Diagnostic

with Repair a $59 dollar savings

IcareAirCare.com

I Care Air Care Free Second Opinion IcareAirCare.com

Must present coupon at time of service. Expires 9/30/17

Moon's Tae Kwon Do Two week class tryout $39(Includes Uniform)

Moonstkd.com

New Tampa Fence $100 off with quotes of $2500 or more

NewTampaFence.com

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Cornerstone Free estimates & 2nd Opinion

813-990-0321

Cornerstone

$39.95 Service Call M-F - 7am - 7pm

813-990-0321

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ESSENTIAL PHONE NUMBERS NEW TAMPA

WESLEY CHAPEL

UTILITIES

New Tampa Community Park (813) 975-2792

City of Tampa Water Department (813) 274-8811 tampagov.net/city-of-tampa-utilities

UTILITIES

City of Tampa Wastewater Department - (813) 247-3451 tampagov.net/city-of-tampa-utilities

Electric Power Outage/ Safety Concerns (352) 588-5115

Wastewater Emergency (813) 259-1693

Water/Sewer/Reclaimed/Solid Waste Pasco County Utilities (352) 521-4825

Tampa Electric Co. (TECO) (813) 223-0800 | www.electric.com

Water Department Emergency Services - (813) 274-7400 City of Tampa Solid Waste (813) 348-1146 tampagov.net/solid-waste

MISCELLANEOUS

Alligator Nuisance Hotline (813) 392-4286 Animal Services - (813) 744-5660 Sidewalk Issues - (813) 274-3101 Street Repairs - (813) 274-3101

Withlacoochee River Electric (352) 588-5115 | www.wrec.net

TECO/ Peoples Gas (813) 247-8200 www.peoplesgas.com

MISCELLANEOUS Pasco County Code Enforcement (727) 847-8171

Public Works Emergency (800) 368-2411 Pasco County Code Enforcement - (727) 847-8171 http://pascocountyfl.net/

Tampa Police Department (813) 931-6500

Tree Hotline/Emergency Illegal Tree Removal (813) 258-8733

Neighborhood Watch Program (813) 931-6541

Fallen Tree (Business Hours) (813) 274-8615

Code Enforcement - (813) 690-4631

Fallen Tree (After Hours) (813) 931-2168

Electrical Power Outage or Safety Concern - 1-877-588-1010 Hurricane Info Desk During an Emergency (813) 274-7700 Public Works Emergency After Hours - (813) 274-3101 Tree Hotline/Emergency Illegal Tree Removal (813) 258-8733 Fallen Tree (Business Hours) (813) 274-8615 Fallen Tree (After Hours) (813) 931-2168

PARKS & RECREATION

New Tampa Regional Library (813) 273-3652

Animal Control (813) 929-1212 Alligator Nuisance Hotline (813) 392-4286 Driver’s License & Automobile Registration – (813) 235-6020 www.dmv.org/fl-florida Post Office – (813) 991-7846 www.usps.com Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel (813) 929-5000 www.floridahospital.com

PARKS & RECREATION

Wesley Chapel District Office (813) 907-9081 New River Branch Library (813) 788-6357

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It's movie

time October 2017

OPENING NIGHTS

The Mountain Between Us October 6

Blade Runner 2049 October 6

My Little Pony: The Movie October 6

Marshall October 13

Geostorm October 20

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Only the Brave October 20

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KIDS OF THE MONTH

Football buddies make the best of friends! Don’t forget your mouth guard! From left to right; Dominic - 8, Grayson - 6, Michael - 10 and Roman - 4.

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

BOOKS OF THE MONTH

Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History by Kathy Kur Called "disgraceful," "third-rate," and "not nice" by Donald Trump, NBC News correspondent Katy Tur reported on—and took flak from—the most captivating and volatile presidential candidate in American history.

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It: A Novel

Adultolescence

Sleeping Beauties

by Stephen King Now a major motion picture Stephen King’s terrifying, classic #1 New York Times bestseller, “a landmark in American literature” (Chicago Sun-Times)—about seven adults who return to their hometown to confront a nightmare they had first stumbled on as teenagers...an evil without a name: It.

by Gabbie Hanna Comedian Gabbie Hanna brings levity to the twists and turns of modern adulthood in this exhilarating debut collection of illustrated poetry.

by Stephen King & Owen King In this spectacular father/son collaboration, Stephen King and Owen King tell the highest of high-stakes stories: what might happen if women disappeared from the world of men?

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