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Lifestyles DEAR FELLOW GRAND HAMPTON RESIDENTS, I hope everyone is enjoying a fantastic Summer! Let me be the first to say Happy Independence Day! The 4th of July is the biggest birthday celebration in the world and this year we celebrate 240 years as a Nation! While we are a young Nation by most calculations, we have accomplished so much: creators of the internet and cell phones, developers of modern submarines, the Panama Canal and trans-oceanic cable communications, first affordable mass produced vehicle (Ford Model-T), first in flight, and first to put men on the moon! The willingness of our forefathers to fight for our freedom and independence assured a homeland for all of us to reach for our dreams and live in such a great community like Grand Hampton. Independence Day and Summer brings people together to celebrate, relax, and just enjoy outdoor activities. I love walking outside my home and smelling the food cooking on the neighborhood barbeques and hearing the sound of children playing. One of the reason’s I love living here. With so much outdoor activity though, opportunities for sunburn, bug bites, accidents and mishaps are much higher. Sunscreen and lotion is extremely important to protect against sunburn and more importantly skin cancer. Sunburns are a significant risk factor for the development of skin cancer. While Florida doesn’t lead the country in skin cancer cases, it does have one of the highest skin cancer death rates in the nation. So lather up before you hit those beaches or sunny spots! Another problematic area in Florida is all the bugs! Mosquito populations are very high in and around our neighborhoods and these bugs can also carry diseases. Most notably, Dengue, West Nile Fever, Zika and many others. Zika has been in the news and our county is currently under a Public Health Emergency due to imported infections. I don’t want anyone to worry about it so I’m going to spend a little time discussing it here. What is Zika? It is a virus carried by a mosquito that causes fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week after being bitten by an infected mosquito. However, Zika infection during pregnancy can cause serious brain birth defects. What does imported infection mean and why are we under a Public Health Emergency? Imported Infection means a Traveler acquired Zika while visiting another country and then returned to the US. We are under a Public Health Emergency because some of those travelers returned to Hillsborough County. Since they returned and are infected with the Zika virus, if another mosquito bites them, it is possible that mosquito could start transmitting the disease locally. The advisory keeps county officials and medical personal on alert for possible cases. What should we do? To protect against bug bites: 1. Wear long sleeved shirts and pants; 2. Stay in places with air conditioning and window and door screens; 3. Use mosquito bed netting when sleeping outside; 4. Use an EPA-registered insect repellent with one of the following active ingredients: DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or para-menthane-diol on exposed skin; 5. Treat clothing and gear with permethrin (you can also spray tent windows and doors with permethrin). So if you know it’s a biting area, think about protection. If you want more information, go to www.cdc.gov/zika or check out the Florida Department of Health website. The information listed here is from my personal experience working in the military and from these websites. Thank you for letting me serve our great community! I hope to see you at the Pool or at one of our events!

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Interior $1297.58 Balcony $1857.58 Pricing subject to change until deposit is made. To reserve a stateroom deposit is $250.00 per person and is fully refundable up until final payment. Or to hold a spot you can just deposit $25.00 per person (fully refundable) and remainder of deposit is due August 31st, 2016. Final payment is due by November 14th, 2016 For more details call 404-213-7734 or E-Mail janetn.noblett@gmail.com

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ony and Nyree Bland have been Grand Hampton residents for over ten years and love the community they serve. The Blands are members of Victorious Life Church in the Wesley Chapel area. The Blands have always had great relationships with the staff and managers at Grand Hampton. Barry Moon has been a great supporter of all programs since the very beginning. The Blands are the owners of Protential Sports. Protential Sports is a unique after-school, summer camp, and sports league program. Founders Tony and Nyree Bland shared their uncommon approach to children and sports. The Blands hope to instill life skills into every participant, to help improve their lives, on and off of the field. With Tony being a former NFL player and Nyree a

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former tennis star, the Blands know how important coaches have been in their lives. They want to provide great coaching to all of the participants, a way to give back to their community. Grand Hampton offers all Protential Sports programs, year round. Protential Sports is more than a youth sports program; it’s making a difference in lives of children well beyond the physical activity of athletics. The purpose of the program is to teach valuable principles alongside their sports, such as discipline, listening and following directions, respect for others, teamwork, leadership, and encouragement.• “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

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Fun Facts Rich Kennedy HOA Treasurer

• Born and raised in Flushing, NY – Home of the NY Mets • Lifelong Met fan – was at the Mets first World Series victory in 1969 • Attended Regis HS in Manhattan and Queens College • Worked for a number of major banks in New York and also in the insurance industry • Married to Janet for 32 years • Has three sons, four grandsons and finally one adorable granddaughter • Lived in Ringwood, NJ for many years before moving to Grand Hampton in 2006 • Founded a computer software development company, KG Solutions, Inc., in 1984 and has run it since then • Has played numerous roles in community theater, including Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady • Directed a number of shows and served as the President of the West Milford Players in northern NJ • Served as Treasurer and other officer positions for a number of organizations in the past • Ran a Kumon franchise with his wife Janet for five years • Loves playing tennis – grandson Jack is the top-rated under 10 player on Long Island • Writes music, plays piano and guitar and was in a band that never got as famous as the Beatles • Active in OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of USF) and planning to teach a class on Presidential Saints and Sinners • Loves history and politics • Resident and BIG FAN of Grand Hampton for 10 years!

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Alligator Safety: Protect Yourself in Florida Waters FACTS & SAFETY TIPS

• Leave alligators alone. Alligators are shy animals that usually avoid human contact. • Pay attention. Keep an eye on your surroundings near fresh or brackish waters. Avoid vegetation-filled areas of rivers, lakes, and other bodies of water. • Do not feed alligators. Feeding alligators is illegal. Alligators that are fed will come to associate humans with food and will lose their natural fear. • Throw fish scraps into trash cans. Do not discard fish scraps in the water at fish camps or boat ramps—you will unintentionally feed alligators. Follow directions on signs. Do not swim outside of posted swimming areas. • Swim during daylight hours only. Alligators are most active at night. • Stay with children. Never allow small children to play unattended near water. • Keep an eye on your pets. Dogs are in more danger from alligators than humans, because they resemble the reptiles’ natural prey. Do not let your dog swim in waters where you know alligators live. Remember the odds. You are more likely to be struck by lightning than attacked by an alligator in Florida. If you want to keep alligators out of your yard, install a fence that is at least four and a half feet tall. Alligators are good climbers—anything lower would not be adequate protection. If you do have a close run-in with an alligator that charges at you, run away fast and straight not zig-zag. It is unlikely, however, that an alligator will display this behavior unless you are near its nest. Remember that in Florida, it is illegal to kill or harass alligators.• Adapted and excerpted from: E. Swiman, et al, Living with Alligators: A Florida Reality (WEC203), Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation (rev. 06/2011). “Living with Alligators and Crocodiles,” Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (accessed 07/2011).

RETRACTION: The bullet point that instructs to “swim during daylight hours only” is not meant to encourage swimming in the Grand Hampton ponds. There is no swimming permitted in the ponds in Grand Hampton.

Tennis NEWS

• 12th Annual KIDS SUMMER TENNIS CAMPS with POOL BREAK:

Our 12th year at Grand Hampton promises to be our BEST EVER! Our Tennis Camp with Pool Break runs 9-1pm Mon-Fri. Lot’s of fun games, tennis 9am till 11:30am then we eat LUNCH in the shaded area then COOL down in the pool till 1pm. Also, certified USPTA Coaches, FREE Friday Pizza and more... Camps FILL QUICKLY. Multi-week and multi-child discounts. Ages 6-16 ALL LEVELS Cost $175/week. Register online www.TheTennisConnection.com or call for info 813-949-9195. Check website for selected weeks offered. • Summer Class Tennis Schedules Posted online!! NOW REGISTERING. Classes fill quickly. Time to get out and EXERCISE, MEET your neighbors and get in a CLINIC or a LEAGUE. You can do all this CONVENIENTLY at your Grand Hampton Tennis courts. Check out the NEW TENNIS CLASS & PROGRAM SCHEDULES on-line at www.TheTennisConnection.com go to Grand Hampton Tennis. • JGPT Junior Grand Prix Tennis Tournaments: For kids age 6-18 years from Beginning to Advanced levels. Hosted by several Tampa area clubs. For more information, contact Dave Freiman. See you on the Grand Hampton Tennis courts this SUMMER! Dave Freiman, Tennis Director Dave@TheTennisConnection.com 813-949-9195 Hillsborough & Pasco

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Dear Members of the Grand Hampton Homeowners Association,

UPGRADED GATE ACCESS SYSTEM We, at Grand Hampton, take great pride in the many amenities offered to our residents. None add more value and ownership pride to Grand Hampton than the manned gate entry system. We have recently upgraded the ABDi entry system with scanning, face recognition, and mobile login capabilities and although the upgrade will help expedite the process of allowing your preferred guests and vendors into the community, without the assistance of YOU, the resident, the system will never run at its optimal best. Keeping your guest list current and updated, with correct contact information on your profile is crucial to the success of this upgrade. Utilizing the mobile app is another fast and simple way many residents can accomplish this. Information about the website is listed below. Please take the time to set your profile and guest list so the guards at the gate can get your family, friends, and preferred vendors in to see you as fast as possible. Website: log onto www.gateaccess.net/ login to get started. Your community code is: GH. You can also go to the eGrandhampton.com website, click on the gate access link to get you there. If you don’t know or have forgotten your Resident Access 4 digit security code, you would need to contact our office to obtain it at 813 973-8368. Ask for Barry Moon. Office hours are Monday- Friday from 9am-4pm. Mobile App: on your phone, download ABDi GateAccess, and follow the directions. We thank you and appreciate your cooperation in helping us mainstream our gate access system. Cordially, Your 2016 Grand Hampton HOA Board of Directors 6

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SAFETY TIPS

Smart Scheduling – The hottest time of day is between 12-2pm in most areas. Try to schedule outdoor time in the morning or take precautions to stay cool in the heat like ice towels, misters, or breaks to go indoors. Be Sunscreen Smart – Use sunscreen consistently. Apply sunscreen 20 to 30 minutes before going outdoors. Reapply every 2 to 3 hours and more if water is involved. Avoid sunscreen less than 15 SPF. Be Stylish and Safe – Wear protective clothing for an extra layer of protection. Wear long shirts and wide brimmed hats. Look for clothing with built-in SPF. Protect Your Eyes – When picking out sunglasses this summer, make sure they are more than just stylish! Pick out sunglasses that provide 100% UVA and UVB protection. Frequent exposure to the sun can cause red, irritated eyes and can lead to cataracts. Left untreated, cataracts may lead to blindness. Prevent overheating - Beat the heat by packing cool compresses or misting fans when doing outdoor activities. Stay cool and clean by taking frequent showers and baths. Look out for signs of heat stroke which include a rapid, strong pulse, feeling delirious, losing consciousness, and having an elevated body temperature above 102 degrees Fahrenheit. If you suspect someone may be experiencing heat stroke, experts recommend that you first call 911 or take the victim to the hospital. While waiting for paramedics, initiate first aid such as moving the person to a cool area, wet them with cool water while fanning them, or place ice packs under the arm pits, on the neck and the back to cool faster. Stay protected against insects – Many Floridians joke that the state bird is really the mosquito, but applying insect repellent is no joking matter. Make sure to apply insect repellent containing DEET, Picaradin, oil of lemon, eucalyptus or IR3535. Mosquitos tend to bite in the early morning and evening. Stay HYDRATED! – Drink plenty of water and hydrating fluids about every 20 minutes when doing physical activity or anything outdoors. Know Your Flags – If you are heading to the beach, make sure you know what the different flags are flying from lifeguard towers. Double red – Danger! Water closed to public. Single Red – High hazard, High surf, and/or strong currents. Yellow – Medium hazard; medium surf. Green – Low hazard; calm conditions. Purple – Dangerous marine life (usually a high jelly fish population). Absence of Flags – Does not assure safety. Always be watchful of potential dangers. Pick a Landmark – When swimming along the Florida shoreline, it is easy to stray far from your start point. To avoid getting lost, pick something to keep an eye on to make sure you don’t end up straying too far. A few examples may be a life guard tower, or a unique umbrella. Be Aware of Rip Currents – A rip current is a flow of water moving in the offshore direction and can rapidly pull a swimmer far from shore. If caught in a rip current: Remain calm. Don’t fight the current. Swim in the direction parallel to the shoreline. Beware of Thunder – If you hear thunder, a storm is approaching. Seek shelter IMMEDIATELY. Tampa has one of the highest rates of lightning in the world! Don’t risk it. This article was adapted from articles from webmd.com, floridablue. com, and visitflorida.com.

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

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o you have walls that need to be painted or wallpapered? Do you find yourself too busy with life to stop and do it yourself, or trust in someone for a change to get the job done right the first time? Consider calling Luis Sanjurjo for your entire wallpaper installation and painting needs. He is very personable, honest, dependable, and professional. When you hire him you can expect the level of quality and detail you would find in multi-million dollar homes. Luis has over thirty years of experience in residential contracting work. He is very tiddy and respectful of your home. He cleans up at the end of every day and keeps a clean workspace. Once the job is finished expect a beautiful and a brand new addition to your homes interior.

Luis started in the trades doing residential remodeling in 1972 for seven years in Chicago, Illinois. He then served a three-year painting apprenticeship with a large union painting contractor. In 1982 he started his own painting company. He was a supervisor of seven employees, he provided painting, wallpaper installations and faux finishes all within the company, a successful way to maintain quality and scheduling. He was a one-stop shop that allowed designers to hire him instead of 2 or 3 separate trades to accomplish the job. In 2004, he moved Arizona to change his career to residential real estate (Arizona real estate license holder), but soon turned back to painting after the housing market crashed in 2008. In 2015, he retired and moved to Wesley Chapel to be close to family. He still enjoys his work, but on a part-time basis. The rest of his retirement consists of playing golf and spending time with his family. Luis also donates time working with a group of veterans called A.V.A.S.T. For more information on this organization visit http://avastonline.org. Luis offers 10% off for veterans. If you want a dependable painter with years of experience, Luis is your man. His years of experience make him the best candidate. Do not let age fool you. He can still run circles around some of his younger peers. Luis Sanjurjo Wallpaper Installation and Interior Painting 813-702-2965 LNSanjurjo@gmail.com•

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THE STORY OF FIONA

When Fiona was only four weeks old she was rescued from Animal Services with her three sisters. One week after rescue, the three kittens got very sick. They were so congested that they would not eat or drink. It took three months for Fiona to get better. She is a sweet girl, but she is not fond of the cages at PetSmart

so she is two years old now and still looking for a furrever home. She gets along with other kitties and loves to hang out with the humans. She loves to play, and is especially fond of feather toys! She also loves to be pet and will let you know when she is ready for attention. If you are interested in adopting or getting more information about sweet Fiona, please email us today at adopt@tampacatcrusaders.org.• pay for the love and joy they will bring. See us at PetSmart in New Tampa every Saturday and Sunday and mention the “kittenfest special.”•

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BY MARY ELLIOTT

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ummer to me means fun in the sun and lounging out by the pool all day. But you may plan to have a cookout to celebrate this wonderful time of the year, or even a family vacation that you have been planning for months. This year while you’re packing your things take a look at all of the families that are not so lucky to be able to go on a vacation. Most importantly take a look at all the children who will not be able to enjoy BBQ’s and what summer has to offer. Over 22 million Children each year receive free or reduced-price meals through the national School Lunch Program. But only about 3.9 million children receive free or reduced-priced meals throughout the summer. This is why some children dread

this time of year. Low income families tend to need the financial support from both parents, so this means that while the child is home all day the parents or legal guardians are out working. This encourages children to act up and get themselves in trouble. Programs such as Feeding America provides aid for low income children and their family who face hunger throughout the summer. When school is out of session, community summer food programs make up the majority of food distributed. These programs typically receive reimbursement through the USDA Summer Food Service Program for meals provided to eligible children. Last year, the Feeding America network served 5.7 million meals to more than 178,000 hungry

children through the Summer Food Service Program, which represents a 15% growth in meals distributed from the previous summer. Donating to programs such as Feeding America ensures that a child will be able to sustain themselves until school starts back up. Locally you can donate to churches as well. Many churches have their own food bank in which a part of the surrounding community is aided by. In Florida, the summer is one of the most

difficult times for church food banks and food banks such as Feeding America. This is because we are at the beginning and prime of the year’s hurricane season. Many families flock to these programs for emergency aids. That is why many food banks collect safety gear such as flashlights and water bottles as well. America should not be going hungry. Help aid your fellow Americans in this time of need. To find your local food bank go online and search food banks with your zip code.•

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