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Grow a Nutritious Garden in a Pot By Belinda Myers
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40th Anniversary Celebration
This year The Eye Institute of West Florida celebrates its 40th anniversary, honoring a tradition of progressive service, innovation and cutting-edge technology led by founder Dr. Stephen Weinstock. Born in New York, Dr. Weinstock, known as Dr. Steve, moved to Pinellas County in 1974. Dr. Steve is married to Susan Weinstock and has two sons, both of whom followed in his footsteps in their careers. Dr. Eric Weinstock is a practicing psychiatrist in the Tampa Bay Area and a bariatric physician at Weight Wise Rx in Largo. Dr. Robert Weinstock is a leading cataract and LASIK surgeon and the director of cataract and refractive surgery at The Eye Institute. Dr. Steve received his diploma from Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. in 1963; graduated from Chicago Medical School in 1967; and then completed an internship at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. After passing the Florida State Board of Ophthalmology exams, he became a lieutenant commander in the U.S. . WEINSTO Public Health Service, military diviNM sion. After finishing a residency at the University of Kentucky Department of Ophthalmology at the Albert B. Chandler Medical Center, Dr. Steve returned to Florida in 1973 to complete his fellowship at the well-respected BascomPalmer Eye Institute in Miami. In 1974 he moved to Largo, laying the groundwork for The Eye Institute and the future of subspecialty eye care in Pinellas County, thereby initiating a stellar professional career. At a time when there were only three retina specialists and one glaucoma specialist in the entire Tampa Bay Area, Dr. Steve recognized the need for evolution in the field of eye treatment and newer and better surgical methods. Dr. Steve became a pioneer, keeping abreast of all the rapid changes in the field while continuing to provide the best care available. Understanding that specialists would best meet patient needs, he was joined in 1988 by his cousin, Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz, a fellowship-trained glaucoma specialist. Subsequently, specialists in retina and vitreous diseases, oculoplastics, diseases of the cornea, and pediatric ophthalmology were added to the practice. From the beginning of his career, Dr. Steve has been committed to service See ANNIVERSARY, Page 27
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NEUROPATHY: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Don’t let a lack of time or space get in the way of gardening your way to a healthy lifestyle. Plant a container of nutritious vegetables and herbs. Include a few planters on the front porch, back patio or right outside the kitchen door. All that’s needed is some potting mix, fertilizer, a few plants and a container with drainage holes. A 15- to 24inch diameter pot or 24- to 36-inch long window box is a good starting size. Bigger containers hold more plants and moisture longer, so they can be watered less frequently. Check containers daily and water thoroughly as needed. Self-watering pots need less frequent watering, allowing busy gardeners and travelers the opportunity to grow plants in pots with minimal care. Fill the container with a welldrained potting mix. Read the label on the container mix bag. Add a slow release organic nitrogen fertilizer, like Milorganite (milorganite.com), at planting for better results with less effort. It provides small amounts of nutrients throughout most of the season and eliminates the need to mix and water in fertilizer throughout the growing season. Sprinkle a bit more on the soil surface midseason or when changing out See GARDEN, Page 27
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How Women Help Each Other Forget the old stereotypes that women need to be cutthroat and competitive to succeed. A new networking trend shows that cooperation is a great way to combat the challenges women face in business. “Formidable ladies across industries are collaborating with each other to achieve clout and success. They are forming salons, dinner groups and networking circles at unprecedented rates,” said Pamela Ryckman, author of “The Stiletto Network: Inside the Women’s Power Circles That Are Changing the Face of Business,” a new book examining the emerging culture of women’s networking groups. “Groups have the power to make us big, bold and brave,” Ryckman said. Ryckman emphasizes that mining a group’s collective intelligence can help realize big dreams. She offers the following advice for women looking to collaborate or form their own collectives for inspiration and action: • • • • • •
Start now: When women unite early in their careers, they’re more likely to steer each other toward promotions and opportunities, counsel each other through difficulties, and ultimately become powerful together. Think diversity: Expand your horizons. Don’t network exclusively with best buddies. The most effective groups draw women with diverse skills from a variety of industries, introducing women who might not otherwise meet. Filter for shared experience: To gel as a group and quickly build bonds of trust and loyalty, look for things you share, like age, level of expertise or values and ethics. Believe in the magic: You don’t need a specific goal or agenda at the onset. “If you get dynamic ladies talking or walking or drinking, exciting things will happen,” Ryckman said. Strike a balance between personal and professional: Address the career- building needs of the members of your group, but remember to retain the fun. To achieve the right mix, consider appointing a different woman to lead each meeting or bring in guest speakers. Have courage, give courage: Push members to pursue their passions.
Help each other script difficult conversations, encourage each other to take risks, and don’t be afraid to disagree. Be a mentor: Have you already achieved great things? Consider mentoring a promising younger woman. You may find that you can learn a thing or two from the partnership. Be a cheerleader: It’s okay to be critical. Every one needs to hear the hard truths sometimes. But remember to lift your friends up and push them forward. Ensure each woman gets what she needs, be it informa- tion, encouragement, an introduction or a partnership.
You don’t need to be a one-woman show to be successful. By teaming up with friends and business contacts, you can launch your career and be a part of a growing movement that is changing the face of business. To learn how to find or build your own power network, visit www.PamelaRyckman.com.
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Have You Done the Things You Want to Do?
Are you doing the things you want to do? Are you waiting until the right time to do them? Recently one of the guests on our radio show, Health, Wealth & Wisdom, posed those questions to our listeners. Oftentimes, people wait until they have enough money or time to do the things they really want to do. That could be to take a cruise, go to a city they have never been to or do something physical they have never done before. There are no guarantees at any age that we will be here tomorrow or even be healthy enough tomorrow to do the things we want. There are many old sayings and adages we have all heard time and time again. But have you ever thought about them? I have heard from both sides — from those that took the time to do the things and see the places they wanted, and, unfortunately, from those that started with: “I wish I would’ve…..” Obviously for most of us we won’t have the finances or the ability to do or see “everything.” But make a short list of what is the most important for you to do and see and decide which of those you can start to make happen. For those of you that are low on funds, scour the internet for deals or a travel partner that can split the costs. Now I am not saying you should spend wildly and be left with nothing in the future. But I am saying that if you think it is important for you to sacrifice so you can leave a large inheritance, ask your children if they really want you to sacrifice so they can do the things you never had the ability to do. And candidly, for those kids we have put through college and given “everything” to, do we have to give them everything else, including our dreams? It’s a decision each family and each parent must make on their own. With Spring upon us and all the rebirth in our surroundings, this is the perfect time to pull out that “To See/Do List” and start checking off a few of those listed. And if you get the chance tune in to AM1250 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. each week day to listen to some of our experts on health, finance, aging and living a more full and enjoyable life.
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The Beauty of Being Wrong
This past month, I was blessed with the opportunity to live life on the other side of the world. As I traveled through England, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Holland and Belgium, I was overwhelmed by the beauty and variety of our human history, the warmth and kindness of strangers, and the simple lesson at the heart of adventure—how to be wrong and how to do so gracefully. That’s the brilliance of traveling. I let go of controlling my environment. I let go of knowing exactly how to get from point A to point B, how to speak a language perfectly or solve a problem immediately. Instead, I learn to focus on the sound of church bells in the distance. I learn to focus on the laughter of children playing soccer in cobblestone streets. I learn to focus on the voice of the gondolier as he welcomes the Venetian morning. As I settle back into my life and commitments here in Florida, I want to keep that appreciation of the things so often missed when I am preoccupied with routines and habits and certainty. We don’t have to travel anywhere to see the world around us with new eyes. This month, go more slowly. Listen to the sound of the ocean, the rustle of palm trees and the patter of spring rain—we live in a beautiful state and a wonderful country. Whether you stay in Florida or embark on a world tour, here’s to an April adventure!
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When Sympathy From the Young Folks Just Doesn’t Cut It By Evelyn Levin
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“I know how you feel.” Well, really? Do you?
When I was born, I was connected to my mother by means of an umbilical cord, not a USB cord. Maybe that’s the first reason you have no idea how I feel. My old car squeaks its way into my carport parking space, and the adjacent new car eases in like a thief in the night with nary a sound. No aches and pains—not yet—but its day will come. Then it can make all the noises it wants. My car and I, we’ve put in the time. We know how we feel, but you don’t know until you know, so please, let me be old in peace. Where I live, no one is old, but we’re all mature. We have grab bars in the shower, old person toilet seats in the bathroom and emergency cords near the bed. Not for room service, but emergency services. This is the first place I have lived where sirens in the night mean not a police raid for noisy partiers, but a trip to the local hospital—no party. I did finally get the hang of email. I like it as much as anyone who knows the power of the written word and has exercised it to his or her advantage in the past. I’ve even been able to ignore the lack of confidentiality, particularly as I’m not a governor or any such holder of high government office. And yet Facebook defeats me. I call it “Faceless Book,” because it seems to me that one picture or one phrase fits all. No, I don’t know how you feel. I don’t text because I never learned to type. In my day, girls who could type became secretaries. So I didn’t. I struggle to be “with it,” and that means a lot of tough work with new technology. No, you don’t know how I feel, but you will. You’ll say, “that old so-and-so, she could have given us a clue.” Then, at least, you’ll really know how I feel. Lucky you, you’ll feel it, too.
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NEUROPATHY: What You Need To Know By Kelly Miller
Neuropathy is defined as abnormal function in multiple nerves. Symptoms vary, but may include burning, stabbing, piercing pains; numbness; tingling electrical feelings; and weakness in the feet and lower legs. Those under the age of 60 are more likely to suffer temporary acute neuropathies such as sciatica or carpal tunnel syndrome. These neuropathies are usually unilateral, or one-sided, and have a high rate of improvement with appropriate care. Those 60 years of age and older often experience more chronic neuropathies, which may be bilateral (two-sided), beginning in the toes and feet.
wrist, affecting the thumb, index and middle finger. Carpal tunnel occurs three to five times more frequently in women than men. Other nerve entrapment syndromes include Gillianâ€™s canal syndrome, affecting the wrist, ring and little fingers; cubital syndrome, affecting the elbow, ring and middle fingers; thoracic outlet syndrome, affecting spinal muscles and the clavicle; piriformis syndrome, affecting the sciatic nerve, the sacrum and the femur; tarsal tunnel syndrome, affecting the heel and ankle; and compartment syndrome, affecting the outside of the calf and foot below the knee, caused by crossing your legs at the knee for extended Different Types of Neuropathies periods of time. 1. Radiculopathy: These are spine- 3. Distal peripheral neuropathies: related, caused by acute or chronic These begin in the longest nerves in the body (big toe or second toe) disc bulges, protrusions, hernia- tions, degenerative discs or spinal and work up toward ankle and knee. They are caused by diseases, stenosis. They can be congenital (developmental) or degenerative in including diabetes (30%) and hypothyroidism, and by drugs such nature. Degenerative changes in the discs, ligament and joints cause as metformin and statin drugs for a narrowing of the opening around cholesterol. 4. Inflammatory neuropathies: the nerves that go to the legs and These are systemic. They may feet. 2. Nerve entrapment syndromes: happen all over the body and Carpal tunnel syndrome, the most usually involve autoimmune common upper extremity neuropa- diseases such as scleroderma, thy, involves the median nerve and lupus, multiple sclerosis, rheuma- toid arthritis, HIV, etc. occurs in the palmar side of the
Treatment Standard medical treatment of neuropathy uses medicines like Neurontin or the generic gabapentin, Cymbalta, Lyrica, or an older drug called amitriptyline. These medications may reduce the severity of the pain associated with the symptoms, but do nothing for numbness and do not restore or reverse the progression of the neuropathy. If these drugs fail to provide pain relief, other medications such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, OxyContin, morphine or methadone may be prescribed. More radical treatment involves the use of a dorsal column stimulator, an electrical device surgically implanted in the spine. Our approach to neuropathy is primarily non-drug and non-surgical in nature. We create an environment for optimal nerve regrowth and repair. Research has proven the benefits of specific nutrients in treating neuropathies. It can take several months to see results, which is too slow for some patients. In addition, specific vibration frequencies are helpful, and infrared therapy has proven beneficial. Numerous studies indicate improvements from the use of infrared light therapy. TENS units, interferential electrotherapy, microcurrent and most other electrical therapy devices do not have a healing effect on the nerves, but may provide
temporary relief during application. The proper frequency of the infrared is important, and the heavy-duty equipment is usually only available through a medical professional. There are two electrical devices that produce frequencies that can repair injured nerves. The synaptic unit and the synopsis unit produce currents up to 40,000 Hz. Unfortunately, these units cost between $15,000 and $25,000 and are often not readily available for treatment. A combination of infrared therapy, synaptic electrotherapy and specific nutritional support works best. Spinal-related problems contributing to a patientâ€™s neuropathy must be addressed as well.
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In Sickness and in Health In loving memory of Roberto “Lelo” Rodriguez… my hero, my rock. 1/8/1934 – 2/1/2014 “In sickness and in health” are words brides and grooms speak to express their love and commitment. Rarely do we understand that promise until faced with an illness. My mother cared for my father for 20 years after his sight began to fail. Illnesses left him confined to a wheelchair. In January, we celebrated his 80th birthday, knowing it would be his last. More than 300 people attended his memorial service, and the band he was a part of played in celebration of his life. Lelo used his disability and love of music to minister to others. During their 52 years together, my parents were thrifty, paying off their house and car and making sound investments. Father planned for the future and paid for funeral expenses years in advance. Mother’s financial security is a precious gift from him. Their lives provide a great example for us. While seniors should eat right, exercise and limit alcohol and caffeine to ensure physical health, we
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should be equally concerned about our fiscal health. A financial plan needs to include: • Debt reduction: Pay off large debts such as home and car. Living below your means allows you to save. • Investments: IRAs or other investments provide security for the future. • Insurance: Health, long-term care and life insurance provide assistance you will need as you face illness, aging and death. • Funeral expenses: Average funeral costs start at $6,000. Planning will remove some of the financial burden from surviving loved ones. Caring for your mate and planning for the future are loving acts of service. Health problems can challenge even the strongest of unions. Plan when you are in good health and can make healthcare and end-of-life decisions with clarity. My father left a legacy I cherish. He taught me humility, integrity and a strong work ethic. He showed me the importance of planning. He loved us unconditionally. I love you, Lelo.
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The number of cases of thyroid cancer is increasing, especially among women. According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), women are three times more likely than men to be diagnosed. Thyroid cancer is a relatively uncommon cancer. The American Cancer Society reports 60,000 cases diagnosed in the U.S. last year, compared with more than 230,000 cases of breast cancer. Yet thyroid cancer is considered the fifth most common cancer in women after breast, lung, colon and endometrium (lining of the uterus) cancers, according to Dr. Bryan McIver, M.D., program leader for Endocrine Oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center. Additionally, thyroid cancer is often diagnosed at a younger age than many other adult cancers. Although thyroid cancer can occur at any age, McIver emphasizes that it is on the rise in women in their 20s, 30s and 40s— during the peak times of stress juggling family and career responsibilities.
What’s going on? McIver suggests that the increased use of imaging exams to evaluate any number of unrelated medical issues may contribute to the increased detection of thyroid cancer. “During a CT scan or MRI of the head, neck or chest, the thyroid will be examined and tiny nodules may be detected,” McIver said. The vast majority of those nodules are benign growths, but a small percentage may turn out to be tiny papillary thyroid cancers. Although generally slow-growing, non-threatening and rarely fatal, such cancer cells still require follow-up diagnosis and discussion of how best to proceed with treatment. McIver indicates that the jump in thyroid cancer cases is related to more than the increased use of imaging scans, but the exact reasons are not yet clearly understood. The data show that a worldwide increase, even for more advanced and potentially aggressive thyroid cancers, is also taking place.
Possible Risk Factors According to the American Thyroid Association, a primary risk factor is high radiation exposure, especially in childhood. Today’s routine dental Xrays, chest X-rays and mammograms are safe. “In the 1960s, however, it was common for physicians to prescribe radiation for a wide range of medical conditions, from treatment for acne and tonsillitis to birthmark removal,”
McIver said. “Unfortunately, that practice put people at five times the risk for developing thyroid cancer later in life.” In addition, radiation therapy treatments for cancer that exposed the head, neck and chest may be a concern. Also risky is exposure to nuclear fallout from accidents like the 1986 Chernobyl disaster in the Soviet Union, the 2011 tsunami disaster in Japan, and nuclear weapons testing during the 1960s in the U.S. For some women, estrogen may act as a trigger. The thyroid, like breast tissue, responds to estrogen. “When estrogen levels fluctuate during the menstrual cycle or pregnancy, the thyroid can increase in size significantly and then shrink back to normal,” McIver said. “This chronic expansion and contraction of the thyroid gland may trigger abnormal cells to grow in some women.” Additional risk factors reported by the NCI include certain inherited genetic conditions, a personal or family history of goiter, and chronic inflammation of the thyroid gland, such as Hashimoto’s disease. What are the symptoms to look for? Lumps or swellings in the neck should be investigated, although most people have no symptoms until the cancer is more advanced. McIver suggests examining your neck every few months by taking a sip of water and, while looking in a mirror, watching the neck when you swallow. If you see a lump (other than the Adam’s apple for men), make an appointment with your doctor to get it evaluated. Fortunately, the long-term prognosis for thyroid cancer, if detected early and treated appropriately, is excellent. To schedule an appointment or to find out more, call 1-888-MOFFITT or visit MOFFITT.org. Moffitt offers a weekly series of online educational conferences on issues related to women’s cancers. Visit MOFFITT.org/TeleTalks for the upcoming schedule, phone number and access code. From the same webpage, you can listen to archived 2013 TeleTalks, including Dr. McIver’s discussion on Women and Thyroid Cancer.
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Senior Author Takes Advantage of Retirement Retired Dunedin resident Brian James, 67, is the author of the new books “Headstone” and “Fortune.” The third book in the series, “Chase,” will be released later this year. During the first few years of his retirement, James rented a home in Florida to escape the harsh New England winters. After traveling around the Gulf Coast, he and his wife discovered Dunedin and purchased a condo. The walkability, friendly downtown atmosphere, and variety of available entertainment coupled with the warm climate made Dunedin their retirement paradise. In the free time that comes with retirement, James began jotting down notes about his father for his children, who were too young to remember much about their grandfather and his antics. James enjoyed the writing and decided to attend some local writing classes. He brought his notes with him and was soon shaping those notes into “Headstone,” his first book. The grandchildren got to know their grandfather well through the pages of James’ books. Writing was cathartic and brought James a sense of closure in regard to his father’s death. The subsequent readings, discussions and marketing processes helped keep the spirit of James’ grandfather present, as he figures largely in the stories. Though James’ grandfather wasn’t perfect, he gave darn good advice. Writing helped James come to terms with the fact that in spite of his father’s faults, he loved him still. “Story and memoir writing groups, like the ones available throughout Pinellas County, are tremendously valuable,” James said. “They allow retirees, who are looking for new challenges, to foster both new skills and new friendships.” Attending the Story Circle Writer’s Group at the Safety Harbor Public Library as well as the Suncoast Writers and Authors’ Group in Palm Harbor inspired James to write his books. James learned that it is never too late to write a story, whether for formal publication or for the enjoyment of family members and future generations. “Headstone” and “Fortune” are available through Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Xlibris.com and Smashwords.com. They are also available for checkout through the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative. More information can be found on the “Headstone” Facebook page.
HEADSTONE Part truth and part fiction, Headstone chronicles James’ nontraditional relationship with his father. James relives his father’s talent for mischief in such anecdotes as stealing from a pushcart vendor or drawing outlandish cartoons on the backsides of local politicians’ signs. The lives of gamblers and gangsters, special agents and inspectors are interwoven in a side-splitting tale of the life and times of a guy named Junior.
FORTUNE The sequel to Headstone answers many questions about the infamous heist in the first book. Learn more about the weekend vault burglary of the early ‘80s and what happened to the fortune!
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Magic of Grandparenting In 1979, President Jimmy Carter signed a proclamation designating National Grandparents’ Day as a national holiday. President Carter understood the value of the wisdom that grandparents pass on to future generations. He encouraged everyone to honor and appreciate all grandparents. Unfortunately, many grandparents have been separated from their children and grandchildren because of things like family feuds or financial constraints. Such difficulties prevent children from being with their grandparents and learning from them. Recently, a healthcare worker at a veterans’ hospital had to sit down with the family of an 85-year-old WWII veteran to discussing placing the man in a nursing home. The distinguished veteran balked at the words. He dreaded the thought of spending his twilight years with a group of octogenarians playing bingo. Around the world, grandparents are treated differently. In Germany, parents can take up to a year off from work to care for their grandparents. In Portugal, grandparents can take up to a month off from work and receive financial assistance to look after ill grandchildren. Grandparents can also receive an allowance if they live with their grandchildren, and if the child has a teenage mother. Hungarian grandparents are entitled to take parental leave and allowances if they live with young grandchildren. In the United Kingdom, grandparents who take care of grandchildren under 12 can claim National Insurance credits toward the provision of a full state pension. While grandparents are now treated more compassionately in various coun-
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tries, there are some gruesome historical myths from other cultures. The stories may shock you: Many years ago, the Inuit and Yuit Eskimos of Alaska placed grandmothers on an ice floe when there was a food shortage, or when they could no longer contribute to the tribe in meaningful ways. Historians, however, question the validity of this practice. One Chinese legend tells the story of a young man saddled with the care of his elderly grandfather. The grandfather’s demanding nature results in the grandson’s decision to kill him. The young man builds a wooden coffin and orders the grandfather to get in before pushing it to the edge of a cliff. All of a sudden the young man hears knocking from inside the coffin. He opens the coffin and the grandfather says, “I know that I have been a great bother to you, but please, do me a favor. Save the wood because, one day, your own son may need it.” Today, millions of families are confronted by the challenge of caring for a grandparent at home. These situations can complicate family life, as placing a grandparent in a nursing home invariably requires some emotionally-charged decision-making. Promising never to place a grandparent in a nursing home may be unwise, as circumstances sometimes become so unmanageable that there is no other viable option. Do the very best you can, and remember these words: “What children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance. They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, lessons in life. And, most importantly, cookies.” -- Rudy Giuliani
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Late-Blooming New Writers This article is the second in a series on authors who started writing in their golden years. This time we feature a Bradenton couple, recently retired, who spontaneously decided to write a children’s book. When Anne Brown told her husband, Patrick Ringley, that she wanted to write a book but didn’t yet have a subject, Patrick looked up at the squirrels leaping from tree to tree and said, “How about a tree highway?” Watching and feeding squirrels was already one of the couple’s favorite pastimes. Their journey to a published children’s book had begun. He wrote, she edited, and their combined skills resulted in “The Tree Highway.” The book features a family of squirrels who must leave their home when bulldozers arrive to develop their territory. The story tells of the squirrels’ travels through the trees as they search for a new home. Brown admits that writing a book was on her bucket list. She retired last May from a career as an editor in corporate communications. Ringley’s career was more serendipitous. He earned a bachelor’s degree in art, was a singer and songwriter for a time, and then began making high-end custom cabinetry. “I sold it to everyone from my congressman to the trash man,” Ringley said. He also crafted all the furniture in the Bradenton cottage. “I made everything except the TV and the couch,” Ringley said. When his bad hip began interfering with his work, he retired. Now Ringley and his wife are starting a new career together with their writing. “The Tree Highway” is the first installment of a series. “He is really good at visualizing characters,” Brown said. The two work well together. Their characters are chattering squirrels with complex personalities that mirror human families and challenges. The underlying theme of the book is that diverse characters can pool their skills and work well together. The book also teaches basic morals, addressing the importance of kindness and diversity. “It has everything in real life except people,” said one grandmother upon reading “Tree Highway.” Once the book was completed, Brown and Ringley searched for a publisher and an illustrator. The national big-name publishers were prohibitively expensive, and so they chose Sarasota’s own Peppertree Publishers. Peppertree referred the authors to Sue Lynn Cotton, a professional watercolorist whose technique was a perfect fit for the story. “Tree Highway” is geared for children ages 8-10. Brown and Ringley have read the story in various local schools, where it has been well received by both children and adults. They also took the book to the Venice Book Festival, and have entered it in the upcoming Alabama book festival. They have even made enough now to pay for the publishing costs. There will be at least three sequels to the book, welcome news for the readers who have already been captivated by the squirrel family. The second book will be published in May, complete with new characters including a possum, an owl and a hawk. We won’t spoil the story! Another great gift for grandchildren, “The Tree Highway,” by Anne Brown and Patrick Ringley, is available on Amazon. com and at Barnes & Noble.
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Tips to Help Seniors Sell Their Belongings Make Money as You Downsize As seniors prepare to move into smaller homes or retirement communities, many come to the realization that they have accumulated items they don’t need. Various “spring cleanings” may have lessened the load over the years, but a move often necessitates a thorough downsizing. There may be some difficult decisions involved based on sentimental value, or whether or not to keep or sell your valuables. The silver lining of committing significant time to going through your belongings is that you might make some extra money off of the items you no longer need. You may be wondering where to begin. Morgan Lamphere, marketing director at the SearStone retirement community in Cary, N.C., has worked with many seniors as they downsize and prepare to move. “Many items like antiques, art and high-end furniture may have significant value,” Lamphere said. “Consider hiring a professional appraiser to assess your valuables. This will give you a better idea of how to price specific items.” Check out some other tips for seniors on selling old belongings:
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Becoming an Informed Consumer
The AARP Bulletin recently informed readers about certain medical tests to avoid. We don’t have to have every test that is offered, especially if we are not exhibiting the “signs and symptoms.” Tests are expensive, if unneeded, and the cost to your health from excessive testing can be detrimental. Excessive X-rays require radioactive dye whose harmful effects add up over time. While this helps research, is the fear of your memory slipping a good enough reason to have a PET Scan? Why not just enjoy the day? EKGs and stress tests won’t harm you directly, but can produce inaccurate results that trigger follow-up tests and treatment that can pose risks. These tests are often necessary if you have chest pain, shortness of breath, an irregular heartbeat, or other symptoms of heart disease. They also make sense for people with risk factors who are beginning to exercise. Continue to go for wellness check, have your lab work done, your blood pressure checked, and keep an eye on your cholesterol. If further testing is recommended and especially if you are symptom-free, ask why are the tests truly necessary. Become a wise consumer and ask your doctor for the pros and cons of testing and screening to make an informed choice consistent with your personal values. Over-testing causes unneeded anxiety and can lead to over-diagnosing and risky treatment. Becoming an informed consumer of your medical needs is priceless to your health and well being. I hope you will consider these thoughts on how to become an informed consumer of health care services. If you have a concern, viewpoint, or comment with regard to this article, Let’s Talk!
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Health Roundup American Home Care Services Offer Safety Options The wellbeing and care taking of our elderly family member is top concern for the majority of our society. Even for those who are not in need of assisted care, but due to an illness, physical impediment or recuperation period, there are times when an extra hand is needed to achieve complete recovery. These are the times when agencies such as American Home Care Services, Inc. (AHCS) of St. Petersburg are well appreciated. Founded by Michael P. Downs and his daughters Casi Anne and Cari Elizabeth, both working in the medical field, they saw the need for a nurse registry to provide crucial services to the senior and health impaired members of their community. The main objective of AHCS is to provide care in the patients own home, through the Companions and Homemakers program. After a senior’s hospital discharge, or recovering period after an illness, there are many new and unexpected challenges such as reading the fine print which can make difficult to decipher prescriptions and management of new medications. There may also be the physical struggle and mobility to do the routine activities or even follow good personal hygiene. If additional help is not available, there is a high risk of re-injury that will result in hospital readmission. Studies have found that 20% of Medicare patients are readmitted to hospitals within one month of being discharged; home care services help reduce these readmissions. AHCS care giving professionals are carefully selected and are bonded, insured, licensed and professionally trained to provide you or your loved one the best Your Home Care. They can assist with bathing, dressing, assistance with daily activities including cooking, light cleaning and laundry, as well as keeping up with the medical recovery by following medication reminders and administration and monitoring the patients recovery or reporting a health threat situation. Assistance is also given in accompanying patients to doctors visits, scheduling appointments and helping with activities such as shopping or bill payment. All of this offers the recovering patient and their family peace of mind while the help is provided with privacy, dignity, comfort and all the safety and professionalism possible. AHCS is proud to offer excellence in care with experience, compassion and attentive services to ensure your loved one enjoys a complete and speedy recovery at home. Pre-arranged Home Care Plans are available to cover different lengths of service in set packages or a custom package can be created to accommodate any need. Also a family plan or group rate is available with additional discounts. There are two other services that work hand in hand with AHCS and assure the safety and life-saving actions of those who use them. One of these is the Emergency Alert Pendant, a device that puts you immediately in contact with 911, not a call center. The pendant doesn’t have to be programmed, it is ready to be used and to be in touch with 911 and emergency response systems. The pendant also allows the user to contact family members in case of critical need, and have two way verbal communication right away. Even though most people strive to live independently, there are times when living alone means that there is no one to assist you should you need help. This pendant is crucial for any person that has a medical need, or any elderly who lives alone, as it will provide the peace of mind of fast communication and treatment which can save a life. With no monthly fees or contracts, this device and service allows for contact with family and friends at the click of a button. It is the first programmable, two-way voice communication pendant that quickly puts you in contact with up to four relatives, neighbors or friends should you need it. All at the touch of a button. Pendant features 24/7 protection, four pendants with one base to allow for a bedside button, a shower button and a wearable device to be carried around the neck, wrist or belt. The device works inside and out of the house, it is water resistant and has emergency battery power. Time is of essence during an emergency, especially if it is health related, a fall or an injury that has occurred while the victim is alone and the Emergency Alert Pendant is a wonderful companion... a safety companion, and you will never be alone again. The other service offered is the VIPTM (VITAL INFORMATION PACK) which contains medical history and vital information which will benefit in case of any medical emergency. Having your, or your loved one’s vital information in one place can help to simplify care-giving. Medical emergencies require accurate and complete patient medical information which sometimes is not available and thus the importance of preparing this pack that would be available to EMS, Emergency Rooms, doctors, hospitals, fire fighters and any person responding to the emergency. The pack provides the necessary medical information required to assist in the medical treatment, without any delay. It holds the patients complete medical history, vital information, medications, allergies, medical conditions that can are important to convey such as diabetes, heart conditions and can avoid fatal errors due to improper medical treatment or care. There is also a flash drive provided with the complete patient information. Our health and that of our loved ones is a precious gift worth safe keeping with the help of services as such provided by AHCS. Find out more about their services by requesting material at 727-823-2300 or toll free at 877-495-4847. AHCS office is located at 111 2nd Ave. NE, Suite 208-A in St. Petersburg, FL. Please visit www. ahcs.info.com.
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Senior Happenings Boyd Hills Nature Preserve is located at 1101 Coun- es, wall climbs, and the featured event…The “Brain try Club Way S., St. Petersburg, FL. For more informa- Freeze” Ice Cream Eating Contest! Advanced tickets: tion (727) 893-7326 or www.stpeteparksrec.org/ $2.00, $3.00 at gate, children under 5, free. boyd-hill.html. Sun ‘n Fun is located at 4175 Medulla Rd., Lakeland, FL. www.floridaicecreamfestival.org. Wingin’ It 2014 Mid Florida Bike MS: The Citrus Tour 2014 Winter Haven Municipal Airport
April 11 & 12
Wings, Bands, & Brew! Join us at to find out who has the best backyard wings in Central Florida. Includes wing and wing sauce competition, live music and the best brews. Food and drink sales, live music, eating contests and lots of fun. Proceeds benefit Bryce’s Buddies Juvenile Diabetes Foundation Inc. Fri. 4:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Sat. 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Winter Haven Mun. Airport is located at 2073 Highway 92, W., Winter Haven, FL. For more information (863) 585-6849 or www.winginitfestival.com. Festa Italiana 2014: The Main Event
Centennial Park April 6
The 17th Annual Festa Italiana weekend presented by Marathon will feature over 35 Bay Area restaurants and caterers serving from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Live entertainment. Club Italia Tent will be serving Italian handcrafted cocktails, wine pairings with small plates amid a party lounge atmosphere. Children’s area and grape stomp. Tickets $10.00 day of event. Children under 12 - Free. Centennial Park is located at 1850 E. Eighth Avenue, Tampa, FL. For more information www.festaitalianatampa.com. NATURAL HISTORY SPEAKER SERIES
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve April 8
Join us for this series event with the theme “Scatology: Discovering the Secrets of Scat.” George Heinrich gives us the scoop on poop. Don’t be shy. That little (or sometimes big) pile that critters leave behind contains amazing information about the diet, habits, & health of even the most elusive animals. 7:30 p.m. Free. Boyd Hills Nature Preserve is located at 1101 Country Club Way S., St. Petersburg, FL. For more information (727) 893-7326 or www.stpeteparksrec.org/ boyd-hill.html. TBAC Bunny Hop 5K Run and 1M Walk
Florida State Fairgrounds April 10
Fun family event to benefit the TBAC charity, ASPCA’s Tampa Partner - The Humane Society of Tampa. Come in your best “Bunny” costume. Race course is on the grounds. Pets on a leash and strollers allowed for the 1M Walk/Bunny Hop. Awards for different categories. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. , on-site registration and race packet pickup from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 5K Race starts 6:50 p.m. 1M Walk/Bunny Hop starts 7:00 p.m. Awards to follow. Gates close 9:00 p.m. The Florida State Fairgrounds is located at 4800 North US 301, Tampa, FL 33610. For more information www.nigp-tampabay.org. Passover Program
Tampa JCC& Federation April 10
Enjoy a Passover program, with guest entertainer Cantor Beth Schlossberg of Congregation Kol Ami. 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The TJCC & F is located at 13009 Community Campus Dr, Tampa, FL. For more information contact (813) 769-2809, Rachel.Tilow@jewishtampa.com. WRITERS AT THE PRESERVE
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve April 11
Join us for the interesting discussion “Ways of Looking at Nature in the City: A Community Gathering.” Writers, environmentalist, and community activists celebrate the Nature of South Saint Petersburg. 7:00 p.m. Free.
2014 Polk Heart & Stroke Ball
The Lakeland Center April 12
A celebration of creating and sharing. Our evening celebrates: our work and mission; our donors and volunteers; and — most importantly — the lives saved and improved because of everyone’s effort. The Heart & Stroke Ball promises to be an engaging evening of fun and passion bringing community and philanthropic leaders together. 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. The Lakeland Center is located at 701 West Lime St., Lakeland, FL. For more information (800) 257-6941 x6061 or www.polkheartball.ahaevents.org.
Lake Wales April 12 - 13
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Mid Florida Chapter, annual two-day 150 mile Bike MS Citrus Tour beginning in Lake Wales at Bok Tower Gardens through the old Florida citrus groves. Hundreds of riders will experience the serene beauty of Bok Tower Gardens and enjoy the overnight stop at the Caribe Royale Resort for rest, relaxation and rejuvenation. Enjoy great food and festivities at the Finish Line Celebration. Bok Tower Gardens is located at 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales, FL. www.nationalmssociety.org/citrustour. Tampa Bay Blues Festival
Vinoy Park April 13
Big Sam’s Funky Nation is a driving force of urban funk. Ryan White, of the Oregonian, says the band is “tight enough (and hot enough) to turn coal into a diamond!” The band is led by trombone powerhouse, Big Sam Williams, formerly the trombonist for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, who the San Francisco Chronicle calls “the top man on the slide trombone in the birthplace of jazz.” Big Sam refuses to let the audience sit still. Between the band’s solos, Big Sam’s signature dance moves and his distinctive trombone Avalon-Laser Light Show riffs, the energy level is high voltage when this band takes the stage! Starting at 4:30 p.m. Avalon Park West Vinoy Park is located at 701 Bayshore Drive N.E., St. April 12 Petersburg, FL. Enjoy this family fun event with 50+ vendors!, food trucks, bounce houses, free pictures with Easter BunLos Vinos de Dali ny! Glow in the dark Easter egg hunt, live community Dali Museum performances, giveaways from Parks Ford, Parks Fiat, April 13 and more. Laser Light Show begins at 9:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Free. Los Vinos de Dali is an annual food and wine event, Avalon Park is located at 5216 Autumn Ridge Dr., hosted by The Guild Committee at The Dali Museum. Wesley Chapel, FL. For more information (813) 482-5361 Experience boutique wines, tapas tastings and incredible art in the picturesque setting of The Dali’s AvantMunchies with Mascots garden on the downtown waterfront. Twirl to live music as you sip and swirl exclusive reds and whites. Plus, Highland Recreation Complex view the galleries including the special Warhol exhibit April 12 Come and meet local mascots at Highland’s Munchies before it closes. 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Admission $75. Dali Museum is located at One Dali Blvd., St. Peterswith Mascots on Saturday, from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Enjoy an afternoon of dancing and interacting with some burg, FL. For more information (727) 823-3767 or www. of your favorite mascots. Munchies and refreshments thedali.org/events/los_vinos_de_dali. will be served and don’t forget to bring your camera! Passport to Health Women’s Seminar: Greece in Tampa Cost is $6 in advance per child, $9 at the door and adults Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club are $2. April 15 Highland Recreation Complex is located at 400 Highland Ave NE, Largo, FL. For more information, visit Greece: Experience Your Best Adventure Yet | A HighlandRecreation.com or call (727)518-3016. Life Free From Muscle and Joint Pain. Welcome to your destination. A place where you can walk, run, Winter Haven Hospital Found. Citrus Classic 5K Run & Walk jump, bike, hike, climb, and swim. Pack your bags... You’re off to the coast of somewhere beautiful. Join us Legoland, FL for the second of our four part women’s health series April 12 Runners and walkers can play – or run – their part to learn how you can live free from muscle and joint during the Winter Haven Hospital Foundation Citrus pain. Bring your mother, sister, and friends for food, Classic 5K. Designed for participants of all ages and fun and door prizes. 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club is located at features a 5K Run and Fun Walk. Proceeds from the 5811 Tampa Palms Blvd., Tampa, FL. Classic will benefit the Foundation’s Fund for Women and Children. 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Entry fee: $30. Orangutan Egg Hunt Participants may register at www.active.com or by Lowry Park Zoo contacting the Winter Haven Hospital Foundation April 18 (863) 292-4138. Legoland is located at One Legoland Way, Winter Watch the Zoo’s Bornean orangutan family have Haven, FL. some Easter fun with their own egg hunt, an annual treat for the primates and zoo guests. The egg hunt is Florida Ice Cream Festival included with Zoo admission. 11:00 a.m. Lowry Park Zoo is located at 1101 West Sligh Ave., Sun ‘n Fun Grounds Tampa, FL 33604. www.lowryparkzoo.com. April 12 & 13 The 2nd Annual Florida Ice Cream Festival will be Water Ski Show held at the SUN ‘n FUN grounds in Lakeland. Join us Lake Silver, Winter Haven Saturday and Sunday for family entertainment, activApril 19 ities, live music and acts, arts & crafts fair, and of course plenty of ice cream! Drumline battle of the The Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team (reestabbands, Kid Zone, pop sickle stick sculptures, home- lished in 2012 by former theme park employees) is made ice cream making, face painting, bounce hous- back and has a new home on Lake Silver in Winter
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Senior Happenings Haven, FL. Shows take place the 3rd Saturday of every month and begin at 6:00 p.m. Interesting tidbit – the age range for the majority of the team? Mid-40s to a few in their 60s! Bring lawn chairs for seating. Free. Lake Silver is located at 100 S. Lake Silver Dr. NW, Winter Haven, FL. For more information (863) 5212808 or www.cypressgardenswaterskiteam.com. Take the Fear Out of Public Speaking Workshop
Focus Point Office April 19
Learn how to tap into your inner resources and gain confidence in yourself as a public speaker. According to a Toastmaster’s publication, public speaking ranks as most American’s number one fear! TreFemina Hypnotic Reflections is presenting a three hour workshop to Take the Fear Out of Public Speaking. 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Focus Point Office is located at 4399 35th Street North, 3rd Fl., St. Petersburg, FL. For more information (813) 252-0753. Enrichment Day & Party for the Planet
Lowry Park Zoo April 19
Celebrate the living Earth at the Zoo with a day of family fun and discovery. Learn new ways to connect to the environment and make a difference in conservation by spending the day with the animals who share our planet. Enjoy a wide variety of animal enrichment activities, educational displays and exhibits throughout the Zoo. 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Activities are included with Zoo admission. Lowry Park Zoo is located at 1101 West Sligh Ave., Tampa, FL 33604. www.lowryparkzoo.com. 39th Annual Mainsail Art Festival
Vinoy Park April 19 & 20
Everyone is invited to the 2014 Mainsail Art Festival, a premier cultural event in St. Petersburg with over 100,000 visitors. Come to purchase quality art and enjoy top name entertainment. The Mainsail committee of hard-working volunteers produces this annual fine arts festival exhibiting artists competing for $50,000 in prize money. Sat. – 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Sun. - 10:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Vinoy Park is located at Bayshore Drive NE & 7th Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, FL. www.mainsailart.org. The Purple Carpet Masquerade Ball of 2014
Zendah Grotto April 19 - 20
This is a Purple, White and Gold Masquerade Costume Ball... an extravagant event that would open your mind to a world of imagination and an evening of celebration with a fantastical flair. Hide your true form and be whoever you want to be, as long as you help us make this “A NIGHT TO REMEMBER”. Masks are mandatory for all ticket-holders, and you must be 21 and over with ID. All sales are final. Saturday 9:00 p.m. - Sunday 1:00 a.m. Tickets $10 - $65. Zendah Grotto is located at 4402 W. Ohio Ave., Tampa, FL 33601. For more information (813) 770-7403. Easter Egg Hunt
Coachman Park April 20
The Clearwater Community Volunteers hold an Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday, at beautiful Coachman Park in downtown Clearwater. A family that you don’t want to miss! From 12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m. with petting zoo, pony rides, bouncy house, giant blow up slide, face painting, live entertainment, and more, plus the main event —the Easter Egg Hunt— which happens exactly at 12:30 p.m. Find the very coveted Golden Eggs for a free stuffed bunny. Coachman Park is located at the edge of the Intracoastal Waterway on Drew Street in downtown Clearwater. Movie, Discussion and Lunch
Tampa JCC& Federation April 24
The group will view the move “Hester Street,” and Blueberry Festival discuss the film. A delicious hot, kosher lunch is Keel And Curley Winery served. Free to members, $5 non-members. April 25 - 27 The TJCC & F is located at 13009 Community Campus Dr, Tampa, FL. For more information contact RaThe 7th Annual Blueberry Festival brings outdoor chel Tilow at 813-769-2809, Rachel.Tilow@ entertainment, live music, fresh blueberries, food jewishtampa.com. trucks and vendors and fresh from florida wine! Please call for additional event details please call Caregiver Support Group in Largo (813) 752-9100 Schedule: Friday 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 Grand Villa Senior Living p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Sunday 11:00 April 24 Caring for aging parents and loved ones with spe- a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Free admission. Keel And Curley Winery is located at 5202 Thonotocial needs can be stressful, overwhelming, and often leads to isolation. But the reality is, you are not sassa Rd., Plant City, FL. For more information alone. Resources, information, and other caregiver (813)752-9100. support is available right within our community. You owe it to yourself and your loved ones to attend a 9th Annual Tampa Caribbean Festival free workshop or support group near you. 10:00 a.m. Florida State Fairgrounds - 11:30 a.m. April 27 Grand Villa Senior Living is located at 750 Starkey Road, Largo, FL. The 9th annual Tampa Caribbean Festival comes back with more and exiting bands, big performances, 15th ANNUAL IIFA WEEKEND & AWARDS 2014 lots of food and lots of fun! 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Raymond James Stadium Tickets are $20.00 for adults and $5.00 for children April 24 - 26 from ages 5 to 12. Under 5 are free!!! The International Indian Film Academy Weekend Florida State Fairgounds are located at Orient Road, & Awards makes its US premiere in Tampa Bay. EaTampa, FL. For more information, (813) 325-5584 or gerly awaited and anticipated by fans around the world, it presents the opportunity of a lifetime for www.tampacaribbeanfestivalcom. guests to interact and witness an action packed weekend with the stars of Bollywood. The 3-day IIFA weekend celebrates Indian cinema with elements of culture, business, film, fashion, entertainment & music from India. Raymond James Stadium is located at Raymond James Stadium 4201 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, Lourdes@Seniorvoiceamerica.com FL. For more information www.raymondjamesstadium.com/iifa-tampa-bay-2014 or www.iifa.com. The Deadline for the
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9th Annual Fiesta By The Bay for Autism
Ybor City Museum Garden April 25
Enjoy great company, DJ music, activities for kids and delicious food, including a taco bar. Silent auction that promises to be the best ever. Fundraiser benefiting the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at USF. 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The Ybor City Musuem is located at 1818 E. 9th Av., Tampa, FL. For more information (813) 9749264 or www.usf.edu/ua/ RSVP/CARD. 98 Rockfest
Tampa Bay Times Forum April 25
This year, we wanted to get bands that haven’t been here in a while, are at the peak of their career, and New Bands who are probably new to you. We’ve compiled the best 98ROCKFEST yet and can’t wait to bring the rock in a big way. Don’t miss the biggest show of the year! Lineup includes: Avenged Sevenfold, Volbeat, Chevelle and more. Tickets $19 $49. Tampa Bay Times Forum is located at 401 Channelside Dr., Tampa, FL.
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR DREAM TICKET FOR 2016
Although some of my Tea Party friends will disagree with me, I feel that a winning presidential ticket for 2016 would be Jeb Bush and Condoleeza Rice. I believe that Jeb Bush’s endorsement of David Jolly was the deciding factor in Jolly’s winning the recent District 13 U.S. House seat in Pinellas County. Jeb Bush is still popular in Florida and the rest of the nation and he exudes confidence and trust, something that has been lacking in recent years. Further, Jeb Bush is extremely popular with the Hispanic community—even more popular than Marco Rubio. This could play a big part in the 2016 presidential race. Condi Rice has governmental experience, especially in foreign affairs, and this will be a big asset. I also feel that Condi Rice exudes the same qualities as Jeb Bush, confidence and trust. Condi Rice will be popular with women, minorities, independents and all Americans. It is not too early. Let’s hope that Jeb Bush will soon declare that he is a candidate for president of this great country. Sincerely, CHUCK GRAHAM Pinellas Park, FL.
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Rickels Rolls On Despite a leg infection that sidelined him earlier in the year, Don Rickles is as feisty as ever. In March, the 87-year-old comedian began a spring tour of theaters and casinos across the country with stops in California, Nevada, Michigan, Connecticut and Wisconsin. But be warned! If you’re in the audience and sporting a bad hairpiece, have an unusually curved nose, or are a little on the chubby side, Rickles is waiting for you. That’s because just about everyone “annoys” Don during his act, a performance that hasn’t changed much in half a century. Sensitive audience members wishing to dodge the comedian’s verbal jabs should probably cower in the back row. Rickles says his performances are more than just some grumpy old-timer wandering around the stage. Nor do they involve telling stories with punch lines. “I don’t do jokes,” Rickles said. “My shows are a theatrical performance. They’re not really meanspirited, just a form of exaggerating everything about people and life itself.” Rickles traces his big break to an evening in 1957 during a Hollywood nightclub performance, when he advised audience member Frank Sinatra to go “hit somebody.” Fortunately, the often moody Sinatra laughed, and the famed crooner appreciated Rickle’s style of humor. Years later, numerous appearances on the Dean Martin and Johnny Carson shows assured Rickles’ status as comic legend. He also appeared in several films, including “Kelly’s Heroes,” and was the lead cast member on the TV series “C.P.O. Sharkey” in the 1970s. “Sharkey was crazy and sharp-tongued, like my stage character,” Rickles said. “But I was worried the writers couldn’t write for me.” While the show was not a disaster, it did suffer from weak writing and lasted only two seasons, carried largely by Rickles’ comedic talents. Many episodes can be viewed on-line on YouTube. “I’d like to see the show released on DVD,” Rickles said. “It’s been talked about for years, but has never gotten off the ground. Hopefully it will.” One TV outlet which was perfect for Rickles’ style of comedy was the “Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts,” a program that ran for a decade on NBC beginning in the mid-1970s. “Some guys had writers, but I did everything off the top of my head. Nobody had any idea what I was
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going to say,” Rickles said. “What a joy it was to be on stage with the greatest comedians and entertainers of all time.” Stage, however, is where Rickles has always excelled. Always an equal opportunity offender, he not only delivers his sledgehammer comedy to the average joes in the audience, but to any friend, politician or celebrity within striking distance. Few take offense. Ronald Reagan was a favorite target of Rickles, and during the second Inaugural Ball in 1985 Rickles addressed the president as follows: “Good evening, Mr. President. It’s a big treat for me to fly all the way from California to be here for this kind of money...Now you’re big, and you’re getting on my nerves...Ronnie, am I going too fast for you?” Probably not the most polite way to address a sitting president. “Reagan had a great sense of humor and loved the attention,” Rickles said. In the coming year, Rickles plans more than two dozen shows but has changed his touring schedule. “In the early days, you would work at one place such as Vegas or Atlantic City for weeks at a time doing two shows a night,” Rickles said. “Now, with all the casinos across the country, you’re always traveling and doing just one or two shows at each place. These new casinos give performers a lot of comfort, they make the job interesting and some even provide private planes, but traveling can still be tough.” Given his age, recent illness and the stress of traveling, audiences should be especially appreciative of the chance to see Rickles unleash his encyclopedia of wisecracks live on stage this year. “When you’re an entertainer, you’re like a salesman who has something to sell – yourself,” Rickles said. “You can’t please everybody, but most people who come to see me know what to expect. I’m proud of being the originator of this style of comedy.” Nick Thomas teaches at Auburn University in Montgomery, Ala., and has written features, columns and interviews for more than 400 magazines and newspapers. He can be reached on his blog at http://getnickt. blogspot.com.
Above: Performing at the AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards honoring actress Shirley MacLaine in Los Angeles, 2012. Left: Kelly’s Heroes with Telly Savalas and Clint Eastwood. Bottom: Rickles in scene from CPO Sharkey.
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General Durable Powers of Attorney: Pitfalls to Watch For One of the saddest cases I have ever encountered involved the squandered estate of an older woman named Julia. One of her children understood probate law and used a general durable power of attorney to subvert Julia’s estate plan while she was still alive, taking advantage of her lack of legal knowledge. A general durable power of attorney is a document that permits another person, the designated agent, to act on the signer’s behalf in respect to the signer’s financial assets. The holder of the power—its designated agent—stands in the shoes of the signer in any and all financial transactions involving the signer’s assets. Signing a general durable power of attorney is not, in itself, a determination of incompetency. However, when a gullible senior signs over such a power just because a child asks, he or she is conferring extraordinary control over his her finances to the designated agent, perhaps without fully understanding the situation. This is exactly what happened to Julia. As she grew older, Julia developed some physical limitations and found it difficult to get to the bank. One of her children offered to relieve Julia of the responsibility of managing her own money. She prepared and presented Julia with a GDPOA and ordered her mother to sign. Probate statutes in many states prohibit the agent of a Dr. Bonnie Sanchez, ABPM Dr. Narmo Ortiz, FACFAS, CWS GDPOA from forming an estate plan on the signer’s behalf, unless the signer explicitly grants that power in the document. Knowing FOOT PAIN RELIEF WITH A GENTLE TOUCH BY BOARD CERTIFIED FOOT SPECIALIST! this, Julia’s child made sure that the GDPOA presented to Julia explicitly waived the limitation and Our expert Podiatrists quickly and effectively help you with your foot pain; permitted the agent to impose an estate plan of the child’s own devising. FOOT, ANKLE, TOE AND TOENAIL A trust was drafted naming the child as sole trustee and granting the child full power to adNow Featuring: Prosthetic Nails - making ugly nails beautiful in one treatment. minister the assets according to the child’s sole and absolute discretion. Acting under the authority of Offering you and your loved ones: Diabetic Foot Exams, Custom Orthotics, Braces and the GDPOA, the child transferred all of Julia’s assets from Julia’s name into the name of the trust. The not so ugly Orthopedic Shoes. If you experience, Joint problems: Ankle Sprains, Bunions, money was subsequently squandered. Crooked Bent Toes, Arthritis or Gout, we can help you. If you have skin or nail problems: Athlete’s Foot, Thick, Ugly or Discolored Nails, Dry Cracked Heels or Warts or other There was no external oversight over the use of the assets, because the child, as trustee, never ugly spots, we can help you. Achilles’ Tendon, Heel, Arch or Ball of your foot Pain; we needed to present a copy of Julia’s GDPOA for the transactions—all the assets now belonged to the can help you. Burning, Numbness or Tingling, we can help minimize your awful symptoms. Walking Problems; Unsteady Gait or Balance, please call us so, we can help you! trust. Within three years, Julia’s life savings were gone. It was all completely legal. All it took was the signature of a woman who failed to consult With any problem we get you out of pain as soon as possible counsel before signing. and then work on the root of your problem!
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Mortality Revisited: Erasing the Fear They say the older you get, the more you start pondering your mortality. Heck, I’ve been thinking about death since I was five, after burying my belly-up goldfish in a matchbox casket and planting a cross made of twigs to mark the hallowed ground. That funeral was tearful, but death did not yet creep me out the way that it would later on. We had Casper the Friendly Ghost back then, a TV series featuring an affable little fellow from the spirit world who did not want to scare the pants off of anyone. Casper was so lovable that I wasn’t worried about the fact that his being “friendly” meant that all other ghosts were UNFRIENDLY. Had I been exposed at age five to the gory depictions of ghosts and dead bodies in movies and on TV today, I would be writing this from a mental institution. My mother didn’t exactly help matters. I swear she could have been Stephen King’s birth mother. She used to gather us into bed with her and tell stories about a family who took up residence in an old abandoned house on the outskirts of our neighborhood. According to Mom, the family was very quiet, especially the children. Well, sweet little grandma was sewing them clothes one day and accidentally pricked her finger on the needle. “There was no blood,” my Mom said, “because she was dead.” Dead? Not only was Grandma Ghost dead, but the entire family was deceased—right there in that house on Redfern Road! While Mom continued her story, I slid further under the covers, unable to think beyond the fate of those poor children. I could not ride my bike past that abandoned house
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for months afterward, at least not alone, and not without experiencing graveyard phobia. Mom’s ghost stories even had me afraid to go down into our own basement for fear of who or what lurked there. After scaring the bajeebers out of us kids with her spooky tales, she would always try to assure us that it was the living we needed to fear, not the dead. Uh, huh. That didn’t calm the uneasiness I felt when visiting the doctor’s office with her where a fullscale skeleton kept me frozen in my seat in the waiting room. Although I attended church as a child, death was still all about coffins and hearses—and lots of weeping. The minister may have said something about eternal life, but my little ears only heard, “ashes to ashes, dust to dust.” And that sucked. Over time, my concept of death, unfortunately, became almost totally associated with the macabre: the Grim Reaper in his black shroud; a prune-wrinkled face with long, thin strands of tangled white hair; bleeding eyeballs in sunken sockets; or gnarly hands with fingernails that reached to Alaska. It took a long time to erase this morbid view from my mind. Even as a young adult and a Christian, I hated the thought of leaving this earth, of facing my own inevitable end. Silly as it might seem, it was a TV show called “Touched By An Angel” that offered some peace of mind. Oddly enough, it wasn’t the ministering angels Monica
(Roma Downey) and Tess (Della Reese) who influenced me, but the unlikely character of Andrew (John Dye) . . . the Angel of Death. I can’t begin to describe the gentleness and radiant love with which Andrew carried out his ministry of transport. If I had been given the responsibility of telling people their time was up, I probably would have approached them with hesitant steps and regret in my heart. Not Andrew. It was as if he were picking you up for the prom, only better. His boyish looks and disarming smile made it easy to put your arm in his so you could “go home” together. After every episode featuring this benevolent messenger, I would think to myself, “If I am going to die today, send Andrew.” Let’s face it. Most of us are squeamish about the topic of mortality because we think of it in negative terms only—in terms of limitations and finality. But consider this: The definition of a mortal, after all, is “a human being.” What a wonderful thing to ponder, don’t you think? Jean Mlincek is a freelance writer residing in St. Petersburg, FL.
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Affording a Comfortable Retirement If you’re like many Americans, you have concerns about funding your retirement. According to a recent survey conducted by Ally Bank, retirement planning tops Americans’ financial anxieties. Rather than take a head-in-the-sand approach to your future, be proactive. Wise investments can offer advantages like tax-free, aggressive growth. And experts say the best time to get started is now.
“The first few months of 2013 will be ideal for opening IRAs, as contributions made in this timeframe may be counted on 2012 tax returns,” said Diane Morais, Ally Bank Product & Innovation executive. “Existing savers looking to grow their retirement nest egg securely may want to consider a rollover of their existing IRAs or qualified retirement plans, and it is important to shop around for the most competitive interest rate to ensure the best return on their investments.” The IRS announced in October 2012 that the limit on contributions to Traditional and Roth IRAs would rise for the first time since 2008, from $5,000 to $5,500. “The increased contribution limit for 2013 makes now a prime opportunity for people of all ages to contribute meaningfully to their retirement savings,” Morais said. Looking to boost your retirement readiness securely? Here are some important things to consider:
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Is Your Home Prepared for Warmer Weather? Warmer weather and higher temperatures are right around the corner. Does this mean higher energy bills, too? Luckily, the answer is no. There are numerous ways to keep your home cool and bills low this summer. After a few months off, it is vital to check that your air conditioning system is still working in an efficient and optimal manner. If you have a central air conditioning system, you might want to have your system checked by an HVACR professional. In order to save money, be sure to shop around for special deals. You should be able to find a good deal on seasonal preventive maintenance. However, bear in mind that the proficiency of HVACR technicians varies greatly. When searching for the right HVACR technicians for your home, one way to make certain that the job will be done properly and effectively is to hire a professional certified by North American Technician Excellence (NATE), the nation’s largest independent and nonprofit certification body for HVACR technicians. NATE-certified technicians are qualified to properly install and service equipment, which means maximum home comfort and energy savings for you. Once a NATE-certified HVACR technician has inspected your system for efficiency, there are a number of things you can do to keep energy bills low: • • • •
Clean your air filters. Check them every couple of weeks and change them at least twice in the season, or as directed by the manufacturer. Don’t obstruct airflow around air conditioner units. Keep these areas clear of plants and debris. Raise the thermostat about five degrees. Each degree you raise the thermostat will save you money on your cooling energy bill. Compare energy bills from last year. If your costs have significantly increased, simply contact a qualified HVACR technician. They can help determine the source of the problem.
Remember, just because you have an energy-approved, eco-friendly, high-efficiency product, you need proper installation, service and maintenance to take advantage of energy savings. Do yourself a favor and request the service of a NATE-certified technician today. By taking preventive measures, you can rest assured that you will stay cool while saving money and energy this season.
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Retiring on CDs Not Viable
By Robert & Chris Maggi, Maggi Tax & Financial Advisory Grp. The days when anyone could live off of the interest from certificates of deposit are gone. Today’s low CD rates and rates on other savings vehicles could cause retirees to run out of money before they run out of life. Years ago we had double digit interest rates and many times retirees lived off the interest and social security. If retirees had a pension, then they had a threelegged stool for guaranteed income. Not only is it not possible to simply collect interest on savings, retirees can no longer withdraw from their portfolios at the rate that was previously believed to be safe. A second opinion on all your investments will provide a better understanding of your financial situation and what options and strategies you have available to you. Many people sit and wait for things to happen until it’s too late. Maggi Tax advisory will provide you with a second opinion as well as a FREE portfolio analysis and a FREE tax analysis. We will also X-ray your brokerage account to see if you are in the wrong investments and analyze how much you pay in unnecessary fees. That’s why a second opinion will help you get a better understanding of your accounts and find a way to improve on the pathetic CD rates. The old rule of thumb that allowed retirees to withdraw 3-4 percent of their savings per year should be thrown out the window in today’s low-yield world. Using the traditional 3-4 percent withdrawal rate, portfolios will run dry at a higher rate than ever before. A recent study released this year used a 50/50 allocation between stocks and bonds and concluded that under current market conditions, “even a 3 percent withdrawal rate has a more than 20 percent failure rate for all asset allocations. The 3-4 percent rule is not safe in a lowyield world.” That means that for today and the foreseeable future, relying exclusively on CDs and other very safe vehicles for retirement is not an option. It may be a very long time before Americans can feel safe in retirement without purchasing a guaranteed income product. Is this going to be the age of annuities? Many of our clients have index annuities with income riders that beat any
CD on the market. Many annuities have a day-one bonus and an income rider that can grow anywhere from to 4-8 percent. We are licensed with more than 30 top-rated insurance companies. If you want a higher payout, then compare the interest rates and income riders that are available. If this resonates with you, then we just gave you another reason to have a FREE portfolio analysis and a FREE portfolio analysis. You can’t know what you don’t know. If there is something better than what you have now, wouldn’t you want to know?
Planning for retirement at the 11th hour In a perfect world, we would all start saving for retirement at 22, work until we become millionaires, quit on our 65th birthday and head for the nearest sandy beach for the rest of our natural lives. Yet what’s the point in getting caught up in a fantasy? For most people, planning for retirement is like that flickering light bulb they keep forgetting to change, until it’s gone and all the stores are closed. More than one-third of people over 55 haven’t saved more than $10,000 for their golden years. There is a great deal of information in the marketplace for people who are in their 30s and 40s and people who have already retired, Can you plan for retirement at the 11th hour — five years or fewer from when you want to retire? We think so. Working with Robert and Chris Maggi of Maggi Tax & Financial Group, Inc. means working with professionals who are legally obligated to help you make the correct financial retirement decisions that are in your best interests and meet your retirement goals. The Maggi Tax and Financial Hour can he heard every Saturday at 5 p.m. on 97 WFLA, and again every Tuesday at 11 a.m. on 1250 WHNZ. Robert and Chris Maggi can also be heard every day on the Health, Wealth and Wisdom show at 7:15 for the daily market update. Visit www.maggitax.com and be sure to visit www.xraymybrokerageaccount.com for a FREE PORTFOLIO ANAYLSIS. Offices in Tampa and Pinellas Tampa office: 813-909-0022 Pinellas office: 727-799-1701
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Tips to Improve Your Kitchen Without Renovating It The kitchen is perhaps the most functional room of any home, but often it doesn’t feel large or flexible enough. Great cooking starts with a comfortable kitchen. While renovating your kitchen may not always be practical, there are steps you can take to improve it without breaking the bank or your kitchen walls. Here are a few ways to make the most of your kitchen:
Evaluate Your Kitchen It’s time to weed out the good, the bad and the ugly. When is the last time you did a thorough inventory of your kitchen gadgets? After several years without an assessment, it’s possible you’ve acquired a substantial collection of electric openers, dicers, slicers and spinners. If all these tools help you cook, that’s fabulous. If not, they are simply taking up valuable cabinet, cupboard and counter top space. Take a look at what you have and eliminate anything that’s redundant, broken or somehow unnecessary.
Improve Functionality Re-think your appliances. These days, you don’t need to settle for antiquated appliances that perform just one function. Innovations are making cook-tops and ovens more functional and versatile, providing greater opportunities for spatial kitchen layout. For example, you could pair a gas cook-top with an electric oven or install electric ovens side by side. Consider appliances from such brands as Verona, an Italian manufacturer that applies extensive cooking expertise to built-in ovens, cook-tops and ranges. Inspired by classical Italian designs, their hand assembled cook-tops and ovens offer a choice of fuel type so you can mix and match radiant, induction and gas heat sources. Information is available at www.VeronaAppliances.com. Flexibility is also being built into today’s appliances. For example, ILVE cooktops come equipped with an exclusive, one-of-a-kind removable griddle that allows for numerous food preparation options on an all-in-one cooking surface. You can steam, grill, warm and more with the included griddle, eliminating the need for additional space-hogging appliances such as steam ovens and warming drawers. This is a great way to be a more flexible cook in a small amount of space. More information on
flexible cook-tops is available at www.ilveappliances.com.
Maximize Storage Creative storage solutions will increase your work area and cabinet space, while affording more space to move around. For example, an over-the-door spice rack can give you more room to prep food. A wall-mounted wine rack that holds both bottles and glasses can free up cabinet space and reduce the furniture footprint of your kitchen. Magnetic panels on the wall can be used to store pots, pans, knives and metal utensils. When it comes to your kitchen, don’t settle for anything less than top-notch, flexible appliances and an ideal use of the space you have. Whether you’re a serious chef or a casual cook, your kitchen can benefit from key upgrades and a thorough organizational sweep.
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Straz Center April 1 - 13 Disenchanted! is the new musical comedy satire that proves happily ever after can be a royal pain! The original fairytale princesses are none too happy with the exploitation they’ve suffered through today’s films, books and dolls. Snow White and her angry band of storybook friends are storming the castle in order to take their lives back. Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Mulan, the Little Mermaid, Pocahontas and more unite! For times please visit www.strazcenter.org. Tickets $40. Jersey Boys
Straz Center - Carol Morsani Hall April 8 - 13 Jersey Boys is the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were 30! Jersey Boys features their hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” “It will run for centuries!” proclaims Time Magazine. The show contains smoke, gun shots, strobe lights, drug references, sexual situations and authentic “profane Jersey language.” For times please visit www.strazcenter. org. Tickets $48 - $116. The Wiz
Demens Landing Park April 9 - May 4 Dorothy is going to the Land of Oz and she’s walking on a road paved in rock, gospel, and soul! This beloved Broadway musical - winner of 7 Tony Awards (including “Best Musical”) is a dazzling multi-cultural journey that will take you to the most fantastical places and back home again. The perfect night for families and theatregoers to see American Stage under the stars downtown St. Petersburg’s cool spring tradition for almost 30 years. 8:00 p.m. Tickets $29 - $50. For information (727) 823-7529 or www.americanstage.org. USF Steinway Piano Series
Barness Recital Hall April 13 Steinway Piano Series presents British pianist Ian Jones in a recital featuring works by two great romantic
composers: Chopin and Schumann. The Steinway Piano Series is sponsored in part by The Music Gallery of Clearwater. Tickets: advance purchase: $8; seniors/students: $12.
Barness Recital Hall is located at 3755 W. Holly Dr., Tampa, FL. For more information (813) 974-2323 or www.music.arts.usf.edu/steinwayseries. USF Symphony Orchestral
USF Concert Hall April 13 The University of South Florida Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Conductor William W. Wiedrich, brings its season to a sizzling finale with a spectacular concert of masterworks. From Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun. Svetozar Ivanov performs Robert Helps’ Piano Concerto No. 1. Igor Stravinsky’s monumental The Rite of Spring will close this exciting program. Tickets: advance purchase: $8; seniors/students: $12. 2:00 p.m.
Concert Hall is located at 3755 USF Holly Dr., Tampa, FL. For more information (813) 226-0293 or www.boxoffice.arts.usf.edu. Hat Trick Theatre - Unnecessary Farce
Straz Center April 10 - 27 In a cheap motel room, an embezzling mayor is supposed to meet with his female accountant, while in the room next-door, two undercover cops wait to catch the meeting on videotape. But there’s some confusion as to who’s in which room, who’s being videotaped, who’s taken the money, who’s hired a Scottish hit man, and why the accountant keeps taking off her clothes. This comedy will have you doubled over in fits of laughter. Warning: for mature audiences, ages 16+. For times please visit www.strazcenter.org. Tickets $23. Gala of the Royal Horses
The Lakeland Center April 12 Tampa Bay Times Forum April 13
Equestrian Royalty presented at the highest level in a culturally rich and stunningly beautiful tribute to The Royal Horses, complete with Flamenco music & dancers. The Royal Horses of Europe are some of the most celebrated in history, favored for centuries by royalty, equestrian riders and bullfighters and this performance will celebrate the tradition, athleticism and grace of these revered creatures. Along with the magnificent stallions, Spanish flamenco dancers will be featured in authentic
vibrant costumes - accompanied by the sights and sounds of Spain. Lakeland Center 7:00 p.m. Tickets $25 - $55. TBTF 3:00 p.m. Tickets $63 - $112.
Center. Come enjoy this evening with pieces celebrating “An Evening in Broadway.” 7:30 p.m. Tickets $22 - $36.
The Wizard of Oz
The Lakeland Center April 17
Ruth Eckerd Hall April 15 - 19 The most magical adventure of them all. The Yellow Brick Road never looked brighter. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of The Wizard of Oz is an enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic, totally reconceived for the stage. Developed from the ever-popular MGM screenplay, this new production contains all the beloved songs from the Oscar-winning movie score, all the favorite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Click your heels together and join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and her little dog Toto as they journey through the magical land of Oz to meet the Wizard and obtain their hearts’ desires. 7:30 p.m. Fri. and Sat. 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets $35 - $100. Enjoy a sumptuous buffet prior to the performance for only $25 per person (includes tax). Doors open two hours prior to the performance. Due to limited seating, we suggest advance purchase. Evenings with the Maestro
The Music Gallery April 17 Each of these informal, performance/lecture evenigs is designed to enhance your understanding of opera and of music in general and lasts approximately 90 minutes. Following the program, the audience is invited to join the Maestro and the cast for conversation and refreshments at a local restaurant. 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Event location is at St. Petersburg Opera Company, The Music Gallery, Clearwater, FL. For more information (727) 823-2040 or www.stpeteopera.org. Imp. Symphony Orchestra
The Lakeland Center April 15 The Imperial Symphony Orchestra is a regional community orchestra of approximately 80 musicians, mostly volunteer. We perform 5 Masterworks Concerts, 3 Outdoor Pops Concerts, 1 Family Concert and 1 fully-staged opera (our annual fundraiser) each season. Most of our performances take place in Youkey Theater, The Lakeland
One Night of Queen
One Night of Queen, performed by Gary Mullen and The Works, brings all of the pomp and showmanship of arguably the greatest rock band of all time to Lakeland, with an authentic sound that will make you do a double-take. A spectacle of lights and sound, One Night Of Queen showcases the band’s greatest hits in the most authentic, show-stopping way, bringing audiences all over the world to their feet. This show will ROCK you! 8:00 p.m. Tickets $27.50 - $40. Jimmy Buffett
Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre April 19 Join thousands of “Parrotheads” at this fun amazing concert to transport yourself to Margaritaville. An entrepreneurial restaurant owner, and published writer, Jimmy Buffett continues to entertain the country with his relaxing, uplifting island tunes that for the past several decades represented the theme song to paradise. Despite a timeless lineup full of spots from The Number One charts around the world, Buffett continues to write brilliant new material. Most recently his album “Songs from St. Somewhere” hit shelves in 2013 and sold over 60,000 copies in the US within the first week of distribution. 8:00 p.m. Tickets from $115. Air Supply
Capitol Theatre April 19 Multi-platinum recording artist Air Supply will perform in concert in the intimate Capitol Theatre. Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock met in 1975 in Sydney, Australia, where they became instant friends with their common love for The Beatles, and of course, singing. They would play pizza parlors, coffee bars and night clubs with just one guitar and two voices. They quickly gained a reputation for great harmonies and for the original songs that Graham constantly wrote. The duo continues to play more than 150 shows a year worldwide including stops in England, Ireland, Israel, Philippines, Korea, Japan, Canada, the U.S. and beyond. 7:30 p.m. Tickets $59 - $89.
The Capitol Theatre is located at 405 Cleveland St., Downtown Clearwater.
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Entertainment USF Wind Ensemble’s Season Finale
USF Concert Hall April 22 The USF Wind Ensemble’s final concert of the season features two compositions composed in part for the USF Wind Ensemble. Florida premiere of the new Concerto for Alto Saxophone by Frank Ticheli, featuring Dr. Clifford Leaman, professor of Saxophone at the University of South Carolina; and the 2nd movement of Symphony 9 by David Maslanka. Tickets: advance purchase: $8; seniors/students: $12. 7:30 p.m.
Concert Hall is located at 3755 USF Holly Dr., Tampa, FL. For more information (813) 974-2301.
than 20 years. This month’s concert “Whoopie! It’s Wolpe.” 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tickets for performances are $8 available by calling (863) 297-1050, also available at the Winter Haven Fine Arts Theatre box office one hour before each performance.
Concert location 999 Avenue H, NE, Winter Haven, FL. For more information www.polk.edu/fine-arts. Santana
Ruth Eckerd Hall April 29
The Gardens’ premier outdoor live music event! Join us for an evening of fun and inspiring performances. Is it Jazz? Folk? Bluegrass? Rock? Or a unique combination that becomes something completely fresh, new and original? It’s difficult to put this music into one specific category because the truth is… there aren’t just simple categories of music anymore. But no matter what you call it, you’re sure to love it! The Greencards are a progressive bluegrass band noted for their playing of American bluegrass with a worldly feel, and for their incorporation of other genres of music. 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Tickets $20 adults. $8 children ages 5-12. Children under 5 admitted free. Day of: $25 per person. $10 children ages 5-12. Tickets include all-day admission.
Delivered with a level of passion and soul equal to the legendary sonic charge of his guitar, the sounds of Carlos Santana is one of the world’s best-known musical signatures. For more than four decades - from Santana’s earliest days as a groundbreaking Afro-Latin-bluesrock fusion outfit in San Francisco Carlos has been the visionary force behind artistry that transcends musical genres and generational, cultural and geographical boundaries. Santana’s latest release, CORAZÓN (RCA/Sony Latin Iberia) is due out early next year and is a collaborative effort with the biggest names in Latin Music. 8:00 p.m. Tickets $79 - $200*. (*includes premium seats, pre-show dinner, and a voucher for free valet parking.) Enjoy a sumptuous dinner prior to the performance for only $25 per person (includes tax). Doors open two hours prior to the performance. Due to limited seating, we suggest advance purchase. - See more at: http://www.rutheckerdhall.com/event/ d inner-sa nta na/1 4 4 47/?loc=minical#sthash.mTwn8gdL.dpuf
Over 55 Show Band
Polk State College April 27
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Polk State College hosts the Over 55 Show Band composed of musicians ranging in age from 40 to 80, and it has been performing in the area for more
The Boss is on the road behind “High Hopes,” a new studio album that features contributions from guitarist Tom Morello as well as unrleased
Concert Under the Stars
Bok Tower Gardens April 26
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tracks by E Street members Clarence Clemons, who died in 2011, and Danny Federici, who died in 2008. Springsteen has called the collection “some of our best unreleased material from the past decade.” This concert marks the opening of the first Big Guava Music Festival, a 3-day music and midway event to showcase more than 40 acts May 2-4. 7:30 p.m. Tickets $40 $2,530. Pickin’ in the Park
Winter Haven Central Park May 2 Join in a fun time of music in Central Park at this free community singalong with music by local musicians. The event is held in Downtown Winter Haven’s Central Park on the first Friday of each month. 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Arrive half an hour early to enjoy music provided by children from local public schools.
Event location 325 Avenue A NW, Winter Haven, FL. For more information (863) 297-9387 or www.winterhavenchamber.com. Big Guava Music Festival
Midflorida Credit Union May 2 - 4 In all, more than 40 acts will take four stages in an ambitious re-imagining of last year’s inaugural Funshine Music Festival, which mixed more radiofriendly acts with carnival rides, fair food and more. Event will include: Outkast, Vampire Weekend, Foster the People, Slightly Stoopid, Tegan and Sara, Cake, Violent Femmes, Girl Talk, Earl Sweatshirt, Grouplove, Twentyone Pilots, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience, Haim, Chance the Rapper, Walk the Moon, Blue October, Band of Skulls, ZZ Ward, Ms Mr, and many, many more! Tickets: 3-day general admission starts at $165. The Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre is located at 4802 N. Us Highway 301, Tampa, FL.
VENUE ADDRESSES AND CONTACT INFORMATION The American Stage Theater — 163 3rd Street North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Telephone: (727) 823-7529. www.americanstage.org Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre 4802 N. US Highway 301 Tampa, FL 33610 Telephone: (813) 740-2446. www.midflorida.com/amphitheatre The Historic Capitol Theatre 405 Cleveland Street Clearwater, FL 33755 Telephone: (727) 791-7400. www.rutheckerdhall.com The Lakeland Center — 701 W. Lime St. Lakeland, FL 33815. Telephone: (863) 834-8100 www.thelakelandcenter.com The Mahaffey Theater — 400 1st. St. South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Telephone: (727) 892-5798. www.themahaffey.com Ruth Eckerd Hall — 1111 McMullen Booth Rd. Clearwater, FL 33759. Telephone: (727) 791-7400. www.rutheckerdhall.com Ramon Theater 15 East Wall Street Frostproof, Florida 33843 Telephone: (863) 635-7222 www.ramontheater.com The Straz Center — 1010 North Macinnes Place, Tampa, FL 33602. Telephone: (813) 229-7827. www.strazcenter.org The Tampa Bay Times Forum — 401 Channelside Dr. Tampa, FL 33602. Telephone: (813) 301-6500. www.tampabaytimesforum.com The Tarpon Springs Performing Art Center — 324 Pine Street Tarpon Springs, FL. 34688 Telephone: (727) 942-5605. www.tarponarts.org Van Wezel Hall — 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. FL 34236. Telephone: (941) 955-7676. www.vanwezel.org
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and excellent results for each and every patient, never hesitating to make the latest procedures and innovations available. He was the first in Pinellas County to introduce office-based cataract surgery, excimer lasers, YAG lasers, argon lasers and bimanual phacoemulsification. Presently, The Eye Institute is the only facility in the world with three lasers designed specifically for the treatment of cataracts. Its surgical suites are outfitted with state-of-theart OR innovations designed to produce better, more precise results. Dr. Steve and his surgical team are able to compare real-time information obtained during surgery with pre-surgical data to refine lens selection, lens placement and astigmatism correction for optimal vision results. Dr. Steve’s commitment to deliver the very best patient care possible is the cornerstone of The Eye Institute’s success. Dr. Steve is driven by his belief in providing the best results possible in a family-friendly atmosphere. “If you can achieve that, then you have achieved success,” Weinstock said. The Eye Institute of West Florida offers the best in patient-centered philosophy, accompanied by the very best professional teamwork. Glaucoma specialists Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz and Dr. Kevin Greenidge, retina specialists Dr. Leonard Kirsch and Dr. Richard Hairston, additional refractive cataract specialists Dr. Robert Weinstock and Dr. Neel Desai, oculofacial plastic surgeon Dr. Jasmine Mohadjer, and general ophthalmologists Dr. Lewis Apter and Dr. Winston Cope, alongside five optometric physicians, one physician assistant and a host of nurses and certified technicians, dedicate themselves to ensuring a wonderful patient experience. With 160 employees and three Pinellas County locations, The Eye Institute of West Florida is considered one of the premier ophthalmology practices in the U.S. Under Dr. Steve’s leadership, the Institute continues to grow and evolve with the newest technological advancements and cutting-edge procedures in eye health, bringing the pride of worldclass eye care to our community. Through many FDA-approved clinical studies, these physicians are able to extend a level of service beyond the normal standard of care, offering hope and the promise of new solutions in the treatment of old problems. “There are many reasons for the Institute’s success,” Weinstock said. “One is having an ethic that’s fueled by a passion for doing what I love. If you create great patient experiences and are passionate about their care, patients are going to refer their friends and family. Other professionals recognize that kind of expertise and commitment, making them confident in referring their patients, friends and family here. Additionally, my staff and colleagues are fantastic.” Dr. Steve and his son, Dr. Robert Weinstock, have developed many advanced surgical methods for treating cataracts designed to shorten surgical time and reduce trauma and risk of infection to the eye while improving vision outcomes. Medications for treating age-related macular degeneration, such as Macugen®, Lucentis® and Eylea®, were first made available by two leading retina specialists, Leonard Kirsch, M.D., and Richard Hairston, M.D. Neel Desai, M.D., is one of few surgeons worldwide trained in the most advanced corneal surgical procedures. Desai also offers the revolutionary treatment for dry eye syndrome learned from his professors at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Jeffrey Schwartz, M.D. and Kevin Greenidge, M.D. use the latest technology to diagnose glaucoma and perform the latest microinvasive surgeries to effectively reduce intraocular pressure. Jasmine Mohadjer, M.D., was one of only 14 doctors in the U.S. selected to complete a fellowship in cosmetic and reconstructive oculoplastic surgery. In addition, The Eye Institute makes available an ambulatory surgery center specifical ly designed and staffed for ophthalmology. Largo Ambulatory Surgery Center is certified by both AAAHC and Medicare, ensuring the highest quality of care for patients. Patients no longer have to travel to a major university or hospital to have world-class surgery. Attention to detail—from being greeted by friendly staff who extend a warm welcome as you enter the front doors, to the presence of hot coffee and delicious cookies made fresh daily, to quality care designed to meet each individual’s needs—is the gold standard
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