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table of contents MAY 2017

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

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TEAM BIOS

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FINANCIAL ADVICE

9

BUSINESS OF THE MONTH

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AND SUPPLEMENTS

SUDS & BUBBLES 10

EVENTS

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LOCAL CLUB NEWS

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BEAUTY VIP

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LOCAL EATS

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FEATURED STORY

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HYPER LOCAL COUPONS

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SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS

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CHURCHES IN TOWN

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THE YOGA CORNER

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VOLUTEERING MEANS BETTER HEALTH

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HOW TO BEAT COMPETITION IN A SELLER'S MARKET

28

MOTORHEAD MOBILE MECHANIC CAR TIPS

COVER STORY:

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COACH RYAN PRYOR - PLAY LIKE A ROCKSTAR 30

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UNDERSTANDING VITAMINS

IT'S MOVIE TIME! KIDS OF THE MONTH & TOP BOOK READS

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LETTER FROM the editor happy day. It can cost you nothing but a moment of your time and might just shift things in a more positive direction. Some mama’s no longer celebrate this day because of the loss of a child. Allow yourself to honor the mother that did, and still does, live within you. To the mothers of children not born from you, thank you for stepping up and being there for whomever you have parented, whether that’s step-children, foster or adopted children; you are a blessing. To some mothers, this day comes and goes without much notice at all. To my single mamas out there, I’m wishing you a happy Mother’s Day. Now you can’t say that no one wished you a happy day ;). To all mothers, Happy Mother’s Day!

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STEPHANIE COSTOLO EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

To the children, do your mama a favor and sleep in, make your own food, clean up your mess and get along with your siblings (hahaha right). To my mother, who calls me excitedly when she receives each issue of Resident Magazine,

personally mailed all the way to her home in Illinois; I don’t say often enough how grateful I am to have a mother like you, but I am. Thank you for always believing in me. Thank you for supporting my decision to join the Air Force and move far, far from home when I was barely an adult. Now that I have my own children, I can only imagine how hard that must have been for you. Thank you for being my cheerleader in everything I do, and for being the voice of reason when I take on too much. But most of all, thank you for repeatedly, consistently telling me that I’m your favorite child. To my sisters… if it’s in a magazine, it must be true. I love you mumzie, you’re the best a girl could ask for! xoxo Your Favorite P.S. Enjoy the May issue of Resident Magazine! There is a TON of great content jam packed into this one!

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eads up to all of my procrastinating friends: Mother’s Day is May 14th. You’re welcome :).

Don’t worry; you’re probably not screwing up your kids as much as you worry you are. For others however, the date may be a painful reminder Mother’s Day is a holiday many that their mother is no longer people (especially mothers) love on this Earth to celebrate and look forward to, yet it is with. Happy Mother’s Day also a date that brings not-soto your beautiful mother happy emotions to the surface for whom I’m certain is smiling others. On this day of conflicting upon you each and every day. emotions across the country, some Some out there choose not to will experience exhilaration in celebrate this holiday because celebrating their first ever Mother’s of the disappointment they Day – happy Mother’s Day to feel about a challenging the new mama’s out there! The relationship with their mom. journey ahead of you is filled with My unsolicited advice: bite love, laughs and fears of every type. the bullet and wish her a

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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.

BOB THOMPSON PHOTOGRAPHER

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

HEATHER MORALES EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

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

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

ADVICE

RETIREMENGT SAVIN

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he choice to become self-employed can be a fulfi lling journey but it comes with many responsibilities. Entrepreneurs just starting out are in control of virtually every aspect of their business, which includes their retirement. If you are self-employed or thinking about making the leap, make sure you prioritize your own financial future. Begin by exploring retirement plan options available to you. Make retirement saving a habit If you are self-employed, you need to make retirement saving part of your routine. Although it may be challenging to determine what your salary is – and therefore what your retirement savings will be – make it a priority to set aside money each month. Even a modest amount can make a big difference in the total amount of your nest egg. Once your income is more consistent, consider increasing your contribution.

for self-employed individuals to consider. You can use one approach or a variety of vehicles to build your nest egg. Among the most popular savings options are:

up to 100 percent of your net self-employment earnings on a pre-tax basis, up to $54,000 in 2017. You can save an additional $18,000 ($24,000 for those age 50 and older) in the plan. For the individual contribution, you have the option of making SEP-IRAs either pre-tax contributions, or A Simplified Employee Pension saving after-tax dollars into a (SEP) IRA allows you to set aside Roth 401(k) that offers benefits as much as 25 percent of your net similar to a Roth IRA. A 401(k) earnings from self-employment, has additional administrative up to $54,000 per year in requirements that don’t apply 2017. It is easy to administer, to some of the other savings requires minimal paperwork, options. and gives you the ability to build a significant pool of savings for retirement. Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) SIMPLE IRA This is a fairly simple plan to establish for the self-employed or small business owners. You can contribute 100 percent of your net self-employment earnings up to $12,500 ($15,500 for those age 50 and older). As your own employer, you can also make a modest additional or matching contribution.

maximize annual contributions to IRAs. Those under age 50 can save as much as $5,500 (or 100 percent of income, whichever is less) in an IRA. Those 50 and older can set aside an extra $1,000 above that limit. Contributions may be tax deductible based on your income. Otherwise, you may have the option to save your after-tax dollars into a Roth IRA, if you qualify. Earnings accumulated in a Roth IRA have the potential to give you a tax-free income steam in retirement, when all conditions are met. Look for guidance Choosing which plan or combination of savings plans is right for you is a personal choice. If you have questions or want additional information about your options, contact a financial professional. No matter what options you choose, keep in mind that the best approach is the one that encourages you to create a secure financial future for yourself.

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.

Another potential option is to

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BUSINESS OF THE MONTH

for choosing this laundromat to begin our service." In addition to their regular size machines, the laundromat also maintains three super washers and six mega washers that can hold up to five and six full loads of laundry each. The larger machines are perfect for bulky comforters, bedspreads or any other over sized items too large to wash in a traditional sized machine. Likewise, the local laundromat and drop off service is utilized by several neighborhood businesses such as hotels, chiropractors, cleaning services and massage therapists.

Suds & Bubbles

at Wesley Chapel Laundromat BY WENDY M. DODD

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alancing your work schedule, family life and that steady stream of chores is a skill we're all trying to gainfully master. For Tiana Brown and her family, a few unfortunate circumstances and a broken washing machine helped turn that balancing act into a promising business opportunity not only for themselves but also for a local laundromat. Offered right here inside your local Wesley Chapel Coin Laundromat, Mrs. Tiana Brown and her husband operate a one stop laundry drop-off service in our community. "You drop your laundry off today and we'll have it washed, dried, folded and ready for pickup the next day." Available

any time the laundromat is open, 8am to 8pm daily; customers can simply drop off their laundry any time of day and pick up the following day. "We charge $1.25 per pound of clothing and other larger items, such as comforters, are billed at a flat rate. The goal is to not overcharge our customers, we're here to help," Tiana mentions, "we have scent boosters, we pre-treat, bleach, we are full service and we try our hardest to keep our customers happy."

machines in good, working order while maintaining a clean, helpful atmosphere for his customers. "It's very rare to come into our laundromat and see a machine out of service," Tiana added, "that was one of our biggest reasons

Loads of Love is another great program that employs the services of Wesley Chapel Coin Laundromat for the benefit its neighborhood. Managed by a local church, Loads of Love provides laundry services to homeless individuals and families in need throughout our community. For more information visit Tiana inside the Wesley Chapel Coin Laundromat, located at 5331 Village Market, or find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ sudsandbubbleswashdryfold/ today!

Located on the corner of Wesley Chapel Blvd and Bruce B Downs, Wesley Chapel Coin Laundromat in Village Market has been in the community for more than 30 years. Owner Mike Bert is always keen on keeping his

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May EVENTS UPCOMING

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

MAY 1 YOGA ON THE LAWN Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 Cost: For more information visit www.theshopsatwiregrass.com

MAY 2 LIVE HERE GIVE HERE SOCIAL AT PINOT'S PALETTE Time: 6:30pm - 9:00pm Location: 1718 Bruce B Downs Blvd.,Wesley Chapel Cost: All proceeds go to Sunrise of Pasco-domestic and sexual violence shelter. $10 per person *Must RSVP & Pay in Advance* http://PayPal.me/ capturedbyarlene

PREPARED CHILDBIRTH CLASSES, 3-WEEK SERIES Time: 6:00pm - 8:30pm Location: Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, 2600 Bruce B Downs Blvd., 2nd Floor Classrooms, Wesley Chapel Cost: Fees apply. Visit www. eventbrite.com/e/preparedchildbirth-classes-3-week-seriestickets-28760941751

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LIFE’S NOT A SPECTATOR SPORT Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm Location: Florida Hospital Center Ice, 3173 Cypress Ridge Blvd., Wesley Chapel Cost: Free

DADE CITY CRUISE-IN CAR SHOW Time:1:30pm - 5:30pm Location: 14112 8th Street Dade City, FL 33525 Cost: Free

MAY 3 WIREGRASS RANCHERS KIDS CLUB Time: 10:00am - 11:00am Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 Cost: Free

MICHEALS KIDS CLUB SATURDAY CRAFT Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm Location: Visit your local Micheals store. Cost: $2

MAY 6 HOME DEPOT KIDS WORKSHOP Time:9:00am - 12:00pm Location: Visit your local Home Depot. Cost: Free

TODDLER STORYTIME AT SHOPS AT WIREGRASS Time: 11:00am Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 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 www.theshopsatwiregrass.com

MAY 7 CINEMATIC MASTERPIECES PRESENTED BY FLORIDA WIND BAND Time: 7:30pm Location: USF School of Music Concert Hall, 3755 USF Holly Drive, MUS 101, Tampa Cost: Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.com and will be accessible on the day of the concert at the School of Music Box Office. The price is $10.00 for students and seniors, $15.00 general admission.

BLOOD DRIVE Time: 10:00am - 2:30pm Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 Cost: Free to save a life.

MAY 10 NEED HELP WITH ASSISTED LIVING COST? Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm Location: The Legacy at Highwoods Preserve, 18600 Highwoods Preserve Parkway, Tampa Cost: Free. RSVP 813-375-9858 MAY 13 MOTHER'S DAY STORY TIME AT BARNES & NOBLE Time: 11am Location: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Dr #100 Cost: Free

Mother's

Day

May 14, 2017 MAY 16 VITAMINS AND SUPPLEMENTS 101 Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm Location: Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, 4th Floor Hospital Classroom, 2600 Bruce B Downs Blvd, Wesley Chapel Cost: Free SIZZLIN’ SUMMER COOKING DEMO Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm

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Location: Health and Wellness Center at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, 2nd Floor Classroom 2700 Healing Way, Wesley Chapel Cost: Free

MAY 18 LADIES NIGHT OUT: APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS Time: 5:30pm - 8:00pm Location: 2700 Healing Way, Wesley Chapel Cost: Free

MAY 20 PREPARED CHILDBIRTH, 1 DAY EXPRESS CLASS Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm Location: Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, 2600 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Wesley Chapel Cost: Fees Apply. Visit www. eventbrite.com/e/preparedchildbirth-1-day-express-classtickets-33533191679

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

MAY 21 CRUSIN' 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 MAY 23 TIME FOR WINE PRESENTS PASSPORT SERIES 2017 Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm Location: Dash of Salt N Pepper, 10353 Cross Creek Blvd.,Tampa Cost: Must RSVP to Time for Wine 813-664-1430, 813-3766689, or timeforwine@tampabay. rr.com, $20.00 per person in advance or $25.00 at the door.

Location: New River Library, 34043 Sate Road 54, Zephyrhills, Cost: Free

Memorial Day May 29, 2017

Duck Derby Race May 21st at 1:00pm

MAY 25 - JUNE 15 DIABETES SELFMANAGEMENT EDUCATION (DSME) PROGRAM, 4-PART SERIES Time:6:00pm - 8:30pm Location: Health and Wellness Center at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, 2nd Floor Classroom 2700 Healing Way, Wesley Chape Cost: Please call (813) 929-5555 to reserve your space. MAY 27 CHILDREN'S POPCORN & MOVIE AT NEW RIVER LIBRARY Time: 1:15pm - 3:15pm

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LOCAL CLUB NEWS

of new Tampa newtamparotary.org

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

Speaker Schedule for May 2017 Date May 5

Speaker

Topic

Louis E. Viera, City Councilman, 7th District

Topics of Concern to Tampa

May 12

Moritz Konstantin, Rotary Youth Exchange student from Germany

His experience in Tampa as a Rotary exchange student

May 19

Various Members of Rotary Club of New Tampa

Presentations concerning each speaker’s vocation

May 26

Kathy Desanto

Peri-Natal Comfort Care

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Welcome New Businesses! April Ribbon Cuttings

TOUCH NAIL SPA

DISCOVERY VILLAGE

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Beauty Be VIP

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pring has finally arrived and the “fresh faced, all-natural” makeup trend is in!

This season, you can expect to see “bare” faced beauties with subtle hints of glitter and shimmer, paired with easy “wash and go” hairstyles. Messy buns, braids and curls gone wild will make getting ready in the morning a breeze. Bold-colored clothing and 70’s-inspired flared jeans with high waists rocked the runway during Paris Fashion Week and you can expect to see more of them hitting the streets near you this season. How do we give winter the boot and rid ourselves of dry, flaky skin? What is the secret to skin that is soft, supple and bathingsuit worthy? The key is finding the greatest treatments and products for your summer skin by going organic! Get a healthy spray tan with vegan formulas and apply pure coconut oil to your skin for hydration after the sun. Don’t forget the daily sun screen to protect your skin from harmful and aging UVA and UVB rays. When showering, warm water softens dead, dry and lackluster skin, use this time to exfoliate and rid yourself of it. Combining a mixture of coconut oil and regular household granulated sugar, make for an amazing allnatural exfoliating scrub. Add an additional fruity scent or keep the fresh smell of coconut. When you first get in the shower, wash with your desired cleanser. Then, grab a handful of the exfoliating scrub to gently rub all over and rinse. Pat your skin dry with a towel, avoid rubbing to allow the oil to soak into your skin and give you longer lasting results. I myself suffer from dry skin; so personally, I perform this exfoliating routine every night. Use your own judgment when deciding how often to use the scrub. If you feel too oily, try only using the scrub once a week or apply the scrub before washing. This allows a little bit of the oil to penetrate without feeling too greasy. One question I get asked often is, "Should I moisturize oily skin?” The answer is absolutely! Find the right cleanser and moisturizer that work for you and stick to your routine. Another great tip for this season is to try out one of the newest procedures called LED

Body Sculpting, or Laser Lipo. This procedure is completely noninvasive and far more affordable than plastic surgery or surgical liposuction. Laser Lipo costs between $200 and $350 per session, and it is recommended that you have 6 to 8 sessions for lasting results. I promise you will see results after your first time! Please keep in mind that this procedure only works in combination with healthy eating habits and regular exercise. Laser Lipo will give you a boost during your weight loss journey and will have you looking great and feeling confident in your bathing suit sooner rather than later.

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Makeover Mom

Congratulations to the winner of our Makeover Mom giveaway, Kristen Casey! You will receive a full beauty consultation, haircut and color, eyebrow reshaping, makeup application, as well as a small photo shoot to show off your new look. Before and after photos will be revealed in the June issue of Resident Magazine. Thank you to everyone who entered to win! If you have any questions about specific beauty products or techniques, please feel free to send me an email at Angela@ VipBeautyStylist.com. Questions for Vip Beauty Stylist - Angela DiLeone email -Angela@VipBeautyStylist. com. Angela DiLeone Vip Beauty Mobile Stylist Voted #1 photography hair and makeup artist and nominated Best of Bay consecutively, Angela DiLeone is educated in over 23 beauty brands and services. She carries dual licenses in several states and has been published in numerous books and magazines. Along with being a hair and makeup artist, Angela is also an author, educator and motivational speaker for multiple beauty brands promoting women empowerment.

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Culvers 2303 Sun Vista Drive Lutz, FL 813.949.1414 Ciccio Cali 17004 Palm Pointe Dr Tampa, FL 813.975.1222 Marcos Pizza 27616 Wesley Chapel Blvd Wesley Chapel, FL 813.528.8910 OTB Delight Café 2653 Bruce B Downs Blvd Suite 121 Wesley Chapel, FL 813.973.8880 The Great Catch by Taste of Boston 1930 Land O Lakes Blvd Lutz, FL 813-994-9797 and 5039 1st Street, Zephyrhills, FL 813.782.7770 Wolf’s Den 27607 SR 56 Wesley Chapel, FL 813.907.9124

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COACHPRYOR RYAN

TRAIN LIKE A ROCKSTAR - PLAY LIKE A ROCKSTAR

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f you want to be a champion: train like one, play like one, walk like one. This is a mantra Coach Ryan Pryor lives by. Coach Pryor, a seasoned ball player with a coaching career spanning 25 years at every level of the game, boasts an impressive resume that includes multiple district, regional and state titles he lead his teams to win throughout those years. Pryor was featured in ‘Health Beyond Medicine’ in 2008 for his fitness experience and development of the Pocket Personal Workout Game. With a deep passion for finding a diamond in the rough when it comes to kids, Coach Pryor’s approach to teaching players stretches well beyond the traditional methods of pitching and batting practice. Pryor believes baseball can also provide a muchneeded opportunity to learn lasting life lessons that will help further each child's potential in the game of life. On a beautiful day in Wesley Chapel, Resident Magazine sat down with Coach Pryor for an exclusive look at how an uncle’s opportune encouragement and a father’s deep-rooted guidance, helped initiate a lifelong passion for baseball and encouraged one man’s desire to instill that in others. Established in September of 2016; The Ranch is a 5-acre haven for kids of all ages who aspire to learn the necessary skills and discipline

BY WENDY M. DODD

PHOTOS BY THOMPSON BRAND IMAGES

involved in becoming a great ball player. With seven batting cages, a pitching arena hosting 7 bull pens, multiple drill fields, conditioning corral and 300 foot long toss throwing lanes, The Ranch has all the necessary amenities to assist players in reaching their highest potential in every area of the game.

family. My Grandfather Delmar Garcia had 7 brothers and 6 sisters, and one of his brothers had a big cattle ranch out in California that we used to visit during the spring to mend fences and brand cattle along with whatever else needed doing, all while have good times on the ranch with family.

RM: Tell us about your family and RM: Tell us about your family where you grew up. now; your wife and kids. CP: My father, Jack Pryor, was a CP: I met my wife Liz in Colonel in the military, so I grew Lennox Massachusetts in the up as a military brat. I went to three different high schools and summer of 1995. I was a baseball director for a large camp called we lived in a number of different states, traveling back and forth Camp Mackeenac, and Liz was working at a gymnastics camp from the east coast to the west called Belvoir in the same area. coast and the mid-west. I have a sister, Michelle, who is two years She was a coach there and had younger than me. My dad played competed in rhythmic gymnastics for Great Britain at the World baseball in college and was on the Championships. She actually 1963 State Championship Team at Fresno City College with Tom competed against Nastia Liukin's Seaver, who was a Hall of Fame mom, who was No.1 in the pitcher in the big leagues. He world at the time for rhythmic also coached at the minor league and division 1 collegiate level. So growing up as a kid, I was always "Coach Pryor is not like around baseball. Since my dad many coaches I have had. He was a big baseball guy, it was teaches the mentality side of just kind of natural that I was the game and helps players going to follow suit playing the gain the confidence they game. I grew up playing all the require to be successful at youth levels, in high school and in this game. It's tough to find a college. coach like that. He helped me I come from a large family on my a lot my senior year learning mom, Sherryl’s side, the Garcia how to fill my role as the team leader."

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gymnastics. We happened to meet at a pub that summer and shortly after that summer I found my way to England to get married and coach the British National baseball team. My oldest daughter Alexis, who is now fifteen, was born in Manchester UK and my youngest daughter Addison was born here in the US. She’s is three, and a firecracker (laughs). In July, Liz and I will celebrate our twentieth wedding anniversary. That's definitely been a journey. Living in one country, making that transition and the culture shock that goes along with it. Learning to understand the culture, then coming across the pond and getting to know this country. RM: When you look back on your life, what is one experience that helped shape or change the way you see the world? CP: In my senior year of college, I was ready to tap out and just throw in the towel. My Uncle Jeff knew I was having a tough time. One day he pulled me into his office, and to this day it still makes my hair stand up. He said to me, "Ryan, I know you're having some hard times. I want you to know I have a lot of respect for you. I'm truly proud Continued on page 16

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COACH RYAN PRYOR

TRAIN LIKE A ROCKSTAR PLAY LIKE A ROCKSTAR

That moment my life changed. Somebody took notice and spoke up. He saw potential in me, and he saw a future.

Decon, 8yr, diving drill

10u Storm Softball travel ball, team training

Literally, that did change my life. It made me a lot stronger going into my adult life. When I look back at what I did and what I accomplished, I was like "man, how did I do that?" Judging by the high school days, I wasn't supposed to go to college, I wasn't supposed to earn a master’s degree or have a business. That just wasn't my future, but it panned out. I think my biggest pivotal moment was my Uncle Jeff saying, "Look, you're good enough". I take that experience into everything I do with the kids I now work with. RM: What are you most proud of in your career? CP: A lot of people think about the accolades, and I've won a lot of championships and medals, but I think my biggest success

is really the ability to see the potential in kids.

Also, giving parents a different way to approach certain things from a coaching standpoint. I've taken my own life lessons and experiences, I essentially bottled it. I came up with this magical formula that seems to be working. In five years, every kid that has Sebastian, 8yr, fielding footwork come through our program has made his or her high school team. Kids that were cut their freshman year and then came to Continued from page 15 train with us went back and made their team the following season. "Coach Pryor helped me lay Who's to say that kid won't end of you and everything that you're the groundwork that lead up going to college now because doing. You're earning your way, of baseball? Through baseball to my success in both high you're working your butt off and school baseball and now you're not going to quit now. You're they've leveraged an opportunity because they didn't quit. They into college.” going to finish this, I know you had someone believing in them, will. You're too close, and we're pulling and tugging at the going to do whatever it takes to USF Pitcher Carson Ragsdale potential that's there. I think finish this." Page 16 | May 2017

through my experiences I see things in people that others might not. Whether it's in sports or just life, I have a knack for getting the best out of them. I think that's probably my greatest success. My accolades aren't really success, they were just things that happened because of the process. Starting the The Ranch is something I’m really proud of too. We started the business six or seven years ago in my garage, doing private lessons out of it for two years. We ran a summer camp out of our house one summer and we were full every week. We always talked about having a ranch; a haven for kids to come out and fish, skip rocks and do things they don't normally get to do. We have kids that come out here who’ve never seen a live horse before. They get to be kids as well as get to learn something that they are passionate about. RM: What is your coaching philosophy?” CP: You have to start by developing a relationship of trust, then we can we communicate through boundaries and discipline. I hold the kids accountable to high expectations. When they mess up, they understand the consequences and why there are consequences. For example we discuss the word RESPONSIBILITY and it’s meaning to them. Then I explain that it is your ABILTY to CHOOSE your RESPONSE therefore you have to own it. You choose to hustle or not, just like you choose to have a great attitude or bad attitude. I use some of my military skills as well; I was responsible for a whole platoon and millions of dollars of equipment. When we trained, we trained with a purpose. Not that baseball is a life-threatening situation, but the principles are the same. You have your buddies back; you're holding each other accountable and running that Continued on page 17

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‘team’ concept through your individual skills. With the troubled kids I've worked with, they know I've kind of lived it. I was a street kid and I can talk on their level. I've done it, I was that guy. For the kids I coach, I will go to bat for them and I'll stick up for them if necessary. You have to do the right thing for the right reasons. Sometimes that is what a kid needs, someone to stand up and say to him or her or maybe to his or her parents "you aren't going to do that anymore". In youth sports, sometimes the relationship between a parent and kid can be exhausting and even volatile. Most kids don't want to listen to their parents especially when the parent is the coach or is hyper involved. Sometimes parents cheer the kids on but not in the right way. For example, "Come on Johnny get a hit! Come on Mary. Bases are loaded!" That's a lot of pressure to put on a kid. Then, some parents want to become the coach when the kid gets in the car right after a game. That kid knows what happened in the game; they just played it. They don't want to have a complete analysis during the car ride home. They just want mom and dad to love on them. We help to teach parents a better way to navigate the relationship and we've had a lot of success with a program called 'Play Big Parents'. If they're coaching we have some guidelines that will help them to have a much better relationship and lines of communication with their child. Otherwise it can get to the point where it's just tug of war. RM: What's the best piece of advice you've been given? CP: I was very, very close to my Grandfather Delmar Garcia and my Grandmother, Gloria. She would always bless us with holy water. My Grandfather was a hard worker; he worked as a Truck driver for over 30 years. We'd

spend summers with him and he taught us how to catch lizards with straws and a lot of country things. It's funny, after he passed, he still stayed with me. He’s still with me today. When I have days where I'm tired, he pushes me. I remember one time I was rolling up a hose at my house, and I didn't roll it up all the way. I turned and took one step, and I heard him say, "listen here, if you're going to do the job, do it right." I turned around, and I went back and rolled the hose up (laughs). Bottom line, you have to put the work in and short cuts don’t work! RM: Why did you choose to create a baseball and softball ranch instead of a traditional training camp facility? CP: My coaching philosophy is very old school. I have a lot of old school methods, and when I say that I mean no short cuts. If you think about back in the day, like in western movies and like my Grandfather, people had to work hard for everything. Daily life was hard. To be a great ball player, you have to get up every morning, even when you don't want to. There is work to be done; if you don't do the work the harvest doesn't come in. The harvest is your success; hitting great, striking guys out and to see the velocity on your pitching go up. Your harvest is in direct proportion to your work. You can’t have a million dollar dream on a minimum wage work ethic. The Ranch itself kind of sets the tone for those ideas to take hold in the kids. It's dirty and it can be stinky out here. You have horses and animals; you're dealing with the elements, the heat and the mosquitoes. You're not in a comfortable air-conditioned, cozy setting. Kids come out here and they work hard. Kids come out here Continued on page 18

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and they fill up wheelbarrows. They load up buckets with rocks and carry them as part of their training. We have them rake leaves; it's as much their facility as it is mine. The kids know they need to look after The Ranch. There are things we expect from them, like putting their equipment away because how they leave their space is important. I also liked the concept of being in the environment where you can do everything. You can drill. You can work on your defense and your offense. You can work on running or on your mental game, and there’s enough space out here to be able to do all of that.

ball, social networks, clicks or leagues and that can hold their child back developmentally in some cases. RM: What new projects do you have in the works? CP: I’ve spent a lifetime developing skills and methods for teaching kids baseball, and honestly it’s really effective. The biggest project we have in the works is that the content we teach will soon be available online. We'll have online courses and webinars where you can get a huge amount of valuable information, worksheets, workbooks and free downloads. We'll be working really hard on that over the summer months, preparing to launch it in August or September. The value in that is that more

RM: If you could tell parents one thing, what would it be?

way where they have an open mind to their educational and instructional development. Sometimes what happens is parents will fall prey to travel

"Coach Pryor is a special coach. He not only teaches skills on the field but a winning attitude. During my two years with Pryor I won three championships and went to Jet Blue for the state championship final four. I will always remember Coach Pryor."

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Franklin German UNF Sophomore Pitcher

CP: The

best way a parent can help their kid is to love on them. To love on them in a

TRAIN LIKE A ROCKSTAR PLAY LIKE A ROCKSTAR

people can use The Ranch as an educational resource. Leagues can use our resources for their volunteer coaches, drills for t-ball and how to run a parent meeting. All those things are going to be on the webinars and will lead you into these structured online courses that you can purchase and take at your own speed. RM: Talk about some of the community engagement that you do. CP: We've done things like Spring Flings and Fall Festivals at elementary schools; we get involved with that by providing information. We do Relay for Life yearly and we donate several sponsorships of $200 or $500 to Youth Leagues each year. A dream of mine is to be more actively involved with childhood and adult cancer. My Mother is a cancer survivor and my Grandfather Garcia passed away from cancer. One of my students, Grant, who I started coaching five years ago, his mom passed away two years ago after a long battle with cancer. Her name was Julie Parker, and we had become good friends over the time I spent coaching her son. She loved baseball and she loved watching her kids play ball. I made her a

promise, as long as Grant was with me, as long as he wants to play, I'm going to help him get as far as he can go. I told her, I am in his corner and I will never leave. I discussed with Julie prior to her passing the idea of starting up the Julie Parker Foundation. At some point in my journey I want to raise awareness and provide a legitimate scholarship fund for kids who have a family member or parent with cancer so that we can take on some of that burden. We'll take the kids, pick them up and let them have some fun. If softball or baseball is something they enjoy, we can provide that here at The Ranch. RM: Thirty years from now, what do you want to be remembered for? CP: I read an analogy in Tony Robbins book I believe, about where the richest place on Earth is. Where is the richest place on earth? Is it Fort Knox? Is it this or that? No, the richest place on Earth is the cemetery. The cemetery holds businesses Continued on page 19

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that were never built, books that were never written and poetry never spoken. The idea is that the potential was buried and the value was lost. Whatever you're going to do… Baseball... Life... Put it all on the table. I have a monster goal. What I want to do is become the leading educator of information and processes for youth baseball and softball. I'll be working on the vision and growth of the online courses so that people all over the world have access to the high level of training techniques that we use here at The Ranch. I want to share that legacy of "if you want to play like a Rockstar, you need to train like a Rockstar.” Our vision is to be the go-to company when you think of youth education and instruction for baseball and softball. You're going to look to one place and it's going to be to the Rockstar LEARN IT & TEACH IT Certification Program.

Kacie, Jr Varsity Softball Player at Pasco High School

The Veterans Elementary Kids Care Club in April was a GenerationOn grantee for the Make Your Mark on Hunger Campaign sponsored by C & S Wholesale Grocers Community Involvement to help fight hunger. The club helped fix up their school garden by planting butterfly-attracting plants such as milkweed. Also, they planted dill, basil and mint for the sensory garden, to educate their 850 students. They planted organic tomatoes, okra, green pepper, zucchini and kale. Once harvested they will donate to Tampa Homeless organizations.

Responsibility, opportunity, ability and results, those are just a few of the life lessons Coach Ryan Pryor will inspire in your player as they train at Rockstar Baseball and Softball Ranch in Wesley Chapel. A positive attitude and a supportive presence early on in a child's life can make all the difference in the paths they choose to take and Coach Pryor takes this fundamental outlook and transforms each of his players into the best possible version of him or herself. The Ranch is a reflection of those inspirational moments with family, the inspiring words and mentoring from his Father, Mother, Grandfather and Uncle Jeff at those crucial moments, which lead Coach Pryor on this journey to it’s opening last September. It’s about supporting your community and bettering your community. It’s going that extra step to help those that may need a little more support in life. Each child comes to Rockstar Baseball and Softball at The Ranch to learn more about a sport they love and in the process, they gain meaningful life skills and learn to become a more well rounded ROCKSTAR!

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To begin training like a Rockstar this summer, check out Summer Camp (Ages 5-12) and our High School Summer League/Training program (Ages 13-18) at www.rockstarball. com or contact Coach Pryor at 813 992 1030 or email ryan@rockstar-baseball.com Alex, 8th grade, connection drill WWW.RESIDENTMAGAZINE.NET | FOR RATES & INFO CALL: 813-422-5551

At Veterans they try to educate the students via school news about the percentage of homelessness in Tampa, and how to donate their lunch to meals on wheels, as well as how there are many children who rely on free or reduced lunch programs. VES Kids Care Club got together to make 25 blessing bags, containing hygiene products, snacks and even dog food for the many dog owners who are homeless in the area. If you have any questions or to donate items for blessing bags, please contact Andria Roscart at andria.nicole82@gmail.com

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e're all trying to eat a little healthier these days, and adding protein to any healthy lifestyle gives us that crucial boost in energy and metabolism necessary for success. Thanks to New Tampa entrepreneur and fitness enthusiast James Doyle, you can now add protein to any diet plan in a way you never thought possible, just add dessert! FREEZINda is a new and easy way to turn protein powder into an ice cream like dessert and is prepared similarly to making Jell-O. Traditional ice cream requires a lot of sugar, James set out to make FREEZINda a healthier alternative by using sugar alcohols, binding agents, baking powder and just one gram of sugar per serving. Sugar alcohols have less of an impact on your blood sugar levels and does not promote tooth decay.

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A graduate of University of South Florida, where he earned his BA in Information Technology while minoring in entrepreneurship,

James attributes the inspiration behind his idea to having faith in God, as well as a love for fitness and Jell-O. Over the course of 13 months James made over 1,900 pounds of frozen dessert while perfecting his formula. The final formula was selected after testing 2,500 formulations. FREEZINDA LLC is a startup company which is expecting to launch this summer via Indiegogo, a crowdfunding website. Currently in the manufacturing stage with plans to launch soon James cites, "I honestly have no clue what my future holds. I've got a lot riding on this launch. So, is that scary for me? A little bit, but I have faith in myself, in God, and in this product. I just have a lot of hope bundled inside and that's what keeps me going. I truly feel this has potential to be something great." For the most current updates on FREEZINda signup on for their email list at www.freezinda.com or follow @FREEZINda on Twitter.

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FREE PRESENTATION: Vitamins and Supplements 101 by Dr. John Morrison. Tuesday, May 16th at 12 noon at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel. Registration is required.

St. Andrew Presbyterian Church 5340 Primrose Lake Circle Tampa, FL 33647 813.513.8822

Understanding

Vitamins and Supplements

Questions to ask when considering whether you should take a vitamin or supplement

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ou may have seen ads that tout the health benefits of vitamins and supplements, and while some are well understood and established, others need further study. Did you know that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not review dietary supplement products for safety and effectiveness before they are marketed? That doesn’t mean that there are not health benefits to vitamins and supplements, but there is much to understand and consider before deciding to incorporate these into your diet.

Here are some questions that the Food and Drug Administration recommends asking yourself and discussing with your healthcare provider when considering whether you should take a vitamin or supplement:

Research shows that whole foods – with their mix of vitamins and minerals – outperform supplements in combating disease. Additionally, your body can only get so much of certain nutrients from supplements, so your food choices are still very important even with a supplement. Most people can get enough of the necessary nutrients by eating a balanced diet. However, a well-chosen multivitamin can benefit your health if you’re not eating the recommended servings of foods or avoiding specific food groups. The answer depends on your specific eating and lifestyle habits, age and more. That’s why it is important to first discuss incorporating a vitamin or supplement into your diet with your healthcare provider. They can help you achieve a balance between the foods and nutrients you personally need and to help prevent issues as some dietary supplements can cause side effects if taken with other medications or if you have certain health conditions.

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Do you eat fewer than 2 meals per day? Is your diet restricted? That is, do you not eat meat, or milk or milk products, or eat fewer than 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day? Do you eat alone most of the time? Without wanting to, have you lost or gained more than 10 pounds in the last 6 months? Do you take 3 or more prescription or over-the-counter medicines a day? Do you have 3 or more drinks of alcohol a day?

If you want more information on this topic, including information on harmful levels of vitamins like vitamin E and A, a better understanding of supplements, side-effects, balanced diet tips and more, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel is holding a free Healthy Happenings lecture, “Vitamins and Supplements 101,” with Dr. John Morrison, Family Medicine, on Tuesday, May 16, at 12 pm. To register for the event, visit FHWesleyChapel.org/ events.

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everal years ago sitting in the stands at Tropicana Field rooting for the Rays, I noticed Evan Longoria doing a wide-leg forward bend, otherwise known as Prasarita Padottanasana. I was giddy at the sight! Since then, yoga has flowed its way into the NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, PGA, and MLS not to mention the many professional runners, cyclists, weight lifters and dancers who tout the praises of yoga. Countless articles online will point you to specific players who are also yogis, and they basically all say the same thing as to why they practice yoga alongside their grueling training regimen: •

Increases focus, balance, flexibility, strength, core stability, mental acuity, range of motion

shortens recovery period, prevents injury, opens tight areas, sustains longevity

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But, did yoga improve performance? Evidence reported that yoga enhanced muscle torque, increased handgrip strength, decreased low back pain, delayed the onset of muscle soreness following strenuous activity, and improved cardiovascular performance. There was proof positive that yoga improved mental health by reducing anxiety, depression, and enhanced relaxation and motivation. In the study’s own words: Our findings suggest that the practice of yoga as part of traditional training methods enhances the components of fitness that are the essential components of sports performance. So, yes yoga will enhance athletic performance in virtually any sport. How yoga will benefit the person inside the athlete long-term is yet to unfold.

L.A Clippers Big Man Blake says, “Flexibility is key, and yoga can be used to stay loose and relaxed while out on the court.” Longoria has been quoted as saying, “flexibility is the new strength.” Are these professionals wrong, crazy or just new agey? The New York Giants have incorporated yoga into their team’s training routine. I remember years ago, sitting in Lotus position waiting for the yoga class to begin, I struck up a chat with my neighboring yogi and learned she was a figure skater at Busch Gardens. She danced in a show I had seen over and over again with my son. She said yoga has helped her flexibility as a skater and flexibility without injury was her priority.

sessions of yoga weekly into their training over 10 weeks while the other half did not. Overall, the results showed significant gains in flexibility in the ankles, knees, hips, shoulders, as well as improvement in balance. Further health outcomes from the study included a decrease in: blood pressure, blood lipid values, body mass index, and in increase in pulmonary function. BREATHE.

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play and practice longer,” -Judi Bar, who has taught more than 200 athletes, including Olympic-bound skaters Besides the postures or asanas, focusing on breathing or pranayama can calm a reactive or racing mind; thereby shortening the automatic reaction to the foul ball that was just hit, the hoop that was missed, or the step that was incorrect. Learning certain breathing techniques can bring stillness to the mind and body in

that crucial moment. By quieting the nervous system through breath, the athlete can more effectively vanquish agitated energies and focus on the game. A 2016 study was conducted to determine the impact of yoga on male college athletes. They wanted to find clear evidence on the role of yoga in optimizing performance. A mix of baseball and soccer players were split and half incorporated two

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id you know that volunteering is good for you? While it’s true that you’re doing something good for someone else, volunteering comes with good benefits for the volunteer, as well. In a report by the Corporation for National and Community Service, these benefits for being a volunteer are lifted up: • Good ethic. Being selfless means you’re helping someone who needs it, and it’s good for the community in general. It takes all of us to make life better. • While this isn’t a motivation, it is a side benefit: it makes you feel good to give of yourself without expecting anything in return • There is a strong correlation between volunteering and better health—better physical health (some say that their chronic pain diminishes), and better mental health. It’s good for your spiritual life, too. • You’re connected to others— it’s a healthy social event. You connect with diverse folks, people with whom you might not ordinarily interact. • You have a sense of purpose and of satisfaction. A job well done.

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Feeding Tampa Bay (http:// This summer, challenge yourself feedingtampabay.org): This with something new—if not is a physical activity because it at one of these places, then includes sorting thousands of another. The need is great and pounds of food, but it’s not terribly the workers are few. taxing—there’s a job for everyone. Trinity Café (https://trinitycafe. Children and youth are seen Peace, Laurie working right along with adults; org): See on the website-they are taught at a young age that “Humanity begins with a meal.” their volunteer efforts really matter. With two locations, one on This might be where your children Nebraska, the other on Busch, can be a good help this summer. people are fed (free) delicious Partnered with CBS Channel 10, noontime meals by a host of Feeding Tampa Bay is collecting volunteers who sit at the tables boxes of cereal this summer. When with the guests and visit, serve, school lets out, a source of food sweep, pour drinks, and the is gone for the summer for many like—a rewarding experience. Last year 14,106 volunteers worked children and youth. This is an easy Rev. Laurie Palmer donation, especially when area for a total of 35,265 hours. Even Pastor grocery stores put cereal on “buy with those remarkable numbers, St. Andrew Presbyterian Church If you haven’t been in the habit one, get one free.” Look to the Trinity Café needs more folks 5340 Primrose Lake Circle of giving your time, talent, skills, website for more information on willing to be present to serve. Tampa, FL 33647 and energy, there are places in how and where to donate. 813-513-8822 Tampa Bay that could use your help. Here are just a couple of ideas, and I’m including website addresses so that you can read more for yourself:

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How to Beat Competition

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ou may have heard that the real estate market has been heating up across the country since the beginning of the year. With limited inventory available, prices have been increasing slowly but steadily month after month, making it officially a seller’s market. But don’t worry, buyers! There are still ways to land the house of your dreams, even if competing against other buyers. Follow these tips to present a strong offer: Show that you have the money. Many deals fall through because the buyer can’t get financing at the last minute. This is every seller’s worst nightmare, so put sellers at ease by including proof of funds with your offer. Don’t wait for the seller’s agent to ask you to provide this documentation. Taking the initiative to show the seller you have the money available will be a great way to prove to the seller that you are highly motivated to buy, which is a very attractive quality to have.

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Don’t ask for too much. Buyers don’t have as much power in a seller’s market, so it’s not wise to ask for endless contingencies in your contract. Get rid of all of the contingencies that really aren’t necessary, but keep the ones your agent believes are important. For example, every buyer should have an inspection contingency in their contract that ensures you will be given enough time to have the home inspected before closing. This is not something you should sacrifice just to make a deal, so keep this one included. Act quickly. In a hot market like this, I always say “If you sleep ON it, you might not sleep IN it!” Homes that are listed on a seller’s market tend to go fast, so it’s important that you work quickly to get in the door of the homes you are interested in so you can make an offer. Make sure you inform your realtor that you’re serious about moving fast so he or she can check for new listings on a daily basis. Once you see one that fits your needs, schedule a tour as soon as

possible—don’t wait for the weekend. Squeeze in time after work or on your lunch break so you can see it, and get your offer in ahead of other buyers. Let the seller take his time. Sellers can become annoyed when buyers ask for a quick close because it means they have to hurry up and move out of the house. Ask the seller how much time he would like, and then allow him to have it. Showing that you are willing to accommodate his needs will leave a good impression and make your offer seem much more attractive. Be persistent Even if you follow all of these rules, you still may lose the house to another bidder, but it’s important to be persistent. Ask the seller’s agent to get in touch with your agent if the deal falls through and the house is relisted. An accepted offer does not always lead to a closed deal. In fact, there are many factors that can cause a deal to fall through that are completely out of the hands of both the seller and the buyer. That’s why it’s important for you to continue to show you interest so you can be the first to know if the house is available again. Ready to beat the competition on the Tampa FL real estate market? Contact our team of real estate experts at Coast 2 Coast Realty who have years of experience listing and selling homes in the Tampa area.

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Summer Road Trip Car Maintenance Tips

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ith summer quickly approaching, planning has surely begun for those road trips with the kids or a romantic weekend getaway. Vehicle maintenance is often overlooked when finishing up that To Do List before hitting the road. Potentially leading to costly car troubles when your family is away from home.

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Be sure to check out these Top 10 Car Maintenance Tips from Motorhead Mobile Mechanic before you head out on that weekend getaway. 1. Get an Oil Change. It’s recommended change your oil and filter roughly every three months or 3,000 miles, whichever comes first. Some newer vehicles can go up to 7,000 miles before they need an oil change. We recommend you to refer to your vehicle owner’s manual for oil change intervals. 2. Check Your Battery. With the summer heat, the speed of chemical reactions inside your car battery can increase and cause it to overcharge. Take your battery to be load tested to see if it needs to be replaced. Also, have your battery inspected for corrosion and bad terminals connections. Page 28 | May 2017

3. Make Sure Your Brakes are Functioning Properly. If your brakes are close to the end of their life, you may want to install new ones before a summer trip to avoid all costly repairs while on the road.

7. Check Your Refrigerant Levels! The majority of people find this to be the most important summer maintenance tip. When you hit that heat wave you won’t want to lose your air conditioning. Make sure your unit has plenty of

8. Check Coolant Levels and Radiator Function. To save your engine from overheating check that your coolant levels are sufficient, and your radiator is functioning properly. 9. Get a New Air Filter. Air filters can get clogged with salt, dirt and miscellaneous debris from everyday driving. Installing a new air filter will help improve your fuel economy and keep your car running more efficiently. Recommended life of an air filter is 12,000 miles. 10. Check Your Headlights & Brake Lights. When taking road trips, especially when doing any nighttime driving, it's important that your headlight lens are clear and all bulbs are functioning. Also, be sure to check your brake lights and turn signal indicators are working for the safety of yourself and others.

4. Check Your Tire Pressure. Tire pressures can change with increasing temperatures on hot summer roads. Ensuring your tires are not under-inflated can help avoid a tire blowout and checking for over-inflation can keep you from hydroplaning in inclement weather. 5. Check Belts and Hoses for Damage. Florida weather is hard on cars, before hitting the road be sure to inspect hoses for any leaks and belts for weak spots or cracks to avoid situations such as the radiator overheating in the middle of nowhere. Don't forget to have your timing belt inspected. 6. Replace Windshield Wipers. When it’s raining cats and dogs over the summer having windshield wipers that work properly can make the roads safer for everyone.

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