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H UN T ER ’S G R EEN Country Club Save the Date for H UNthese T ER ’S G R EEN N EWS Upcoming April Tennis Events!! World of Beer/ Ultimate Tennis Tournament The Earn Your Beers is a concept that was initially created for the Ultimate Tennis League players. The program is designed to promote good health, good fun and friendly competition. Members are rewarded with free or discounted beer every time they complete a league match. The idea is that an active lifestyle can include the enjoyment of craft beers, we just want you to “earn� them first. The World of Beer and Ultimate Tennis will be holding a charity tournament here at Hunter’s Green

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Tennis and Athletic Center Saturday and Sunday April 7th & 8th. Call the Tennis and Athletic Center to sign up now! Tennis Tip of The Month RETURN OF SERVE

If you look at the best returners in the history of tennis like Jimmy Connors, Andre' Agassi and Monica Seles they all have a common denominator. They take time away from their opponents! In order for the club player to successfully attack and return the serve follow these steps: Measure the serve and have good

“Making the Right Choiceâ€? By John Hilker, General Manager Making a choice to join a club is not always the easiest decision. Do I have the income to really enjoy it? Is it worth adding even more to my already busy schedule? Here at Hunter’s Green Country Club we can answer “yesâ€? to both of those questions. Contact our membership director, Colleen Sowerby, today 813-482-0300 or email Colleen, sowerby@ourclub.com to inquire about our affordable rates for categories of membership from golf to social! Also, the club is here to be your haven of refuge‌‌.your

escape from the busy world. Your club is here to be a retreat from the norm and to allow you and your family to enjoy real quality time together. Let Hunter’s Green Country Club be that for your family this year! Making decisions is not always easy, but the decision to join Hunter’s Green Country Club is sure to be a right decision‌‌..the right one for you. We look forward to hearing from you and taking you on a tour of our beautiful facility soon. v

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Great Dining in Tampa

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By Casey Gorman, Private Events Director

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Hunter’s Green Country Club offers an array of fabulous dining options, from casual to formal dining. You’re sure to find something for everyone. Fazio’s Grille

“Tis the Season”

Choose the casual approach by dining in Fazio’s Grille with an incredible menu that includes sandwiches, burgers, salads, wraps and much more.

Time to book your holiday party! Prime Dates are filling up fast! Is your date still available? Don’t be left out in the cold. Book your holiday party today! The club is the perfect place for all of your holiday festivities whether a company holiday party or a family gathering—we’ve got you covered! Contact: Casey Gorman, Private Events Director 813-482-0299 or casey.gorman@ourclub.com

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Windows on the Green

Windows on the Green offers a variety of weekly traditions including our Wednesday 4 for $14, Thursday Pasta Night, Friday Night Chef’s features and more. Sports Center Cafe

The Sports Center Cafe overlooking the sparkling pool and lake offers indoor as well as outdoor dining in a casual, family atmosphere. The

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menu features a variety of creative appetizers, healthy salads, quick salad bar and hearty sandwiches, as well as fruit smoothies, ice cream novelties, snacks and a full bar. As the cafe also has weekly traditions such as Burger n’ Brew Night and Wing Night. 19th Hole

During or after your round of golf, stop in at the 19th Hole for a quick bite to eat. Situated next to the golf pro shop between the 9th and 10th holes, it features a large selection of beer, refreshments, snacks, sandwiches and hot dogs and creative features for the hungry golfer. v

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H UN T ER ’S G R EEN Country Club

youth programs H UN T ER ’S G R EEN N EWS By Director of Youth Programs Sarah Hays

Extreme Spring Break Camp March 12th-16th

This year we are going EXTREME with daily activities such as wii fun, swimming, group games, sports, movies, crafts and check out our EXTREME Activity Schedule. Iron Chef Day: Monday

Create your own breakfast, lunch and snack fun! Extreme Games: Tuesday

• Manhunt • Dodge ball • Capture the flag

The Arts: Wednesday

• Arts n’ Crafts • Dirt Fun/Gardening

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• Bead Blast (NEW THIS YEAR)

policy in effect. Must have 8 children each day to host the camp. For more information, please contact the director of youth programs, Sarah Hays at 813-973-4220.

Club members enjoy the following events in March

Extreme Sports: Thursday

• Golf • Archery (NEW THIS YEAR) • Frisbee Golf (NEW THIS YEAR) Water Blast Day: Friday

• Water Balloons • Boat building contest • Water War Hours 7:30 am-6:00 pm Lunch and afternoon snack included! 10% off each additional child weekly rate. Ages: 5-12 years old Cost: Members $65/Day, Members $255/Week Guests $70/Day, Guests $275/Week Lunch Menu for the week: Monday-Pizza, Tuesday-Chicken Tenders & Fries, WednesdayBurgers & Fries, ThursdaySandwiches & Chips, Friday-Pizza Paperwork must be completed if we do not have a current file for your child(ren). 48 hour cancellation

not included, however kids can purchase dinner in the café. Sign up is REQUIRED! (At least 8 children needed to have event). Please call the Sports Center to sign up today 813-973-4220 Ages 4 to 12 years old. Parents may leave property. 48 hour policy in effect.

Parent’s Night Out

(1st Saturday of every month) Saturday, March 3rd Let your kids have a blast with us while you have a night out! $18 Per Child ~ 5:30 pm-9:30 pm Pizza will be served! Enjoy arts n’ crafts, games, sports, a movie and more! Sign up is REQUIRED! (At least 8 children needed to have event). Stop by the Sports Center front desk or call 813-973-4220. Ages: 4 to 12 years old. Parents may leave property. Movie Night

(3rd Friday of every month) Friday, March 16th $9.95 Per Child ~ 6:30-9:30PM Kids will enjoy a movie, arts n’ crafts, a treat, juice and popcorn. Dinner

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Why Hunter's Green Country Club’s Aftercare Program? We have amazingly safe, fun and exciting programs here. For example our State Certified Aftercare School Program (STA431093), which has experienced and certified counselors, daily structured activities, organized sports, creative arts n’ crafts, swimming, golf with state of the art facilities including new playground, and all-purpose playing field. You cannot beat snack on arrival, FREE homework club, and transportation from Hunter’s Green Elementary, Pride Elementary and TCMS with our brand new 14-passenger bus.

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H UN T ER ’S G R EEN Country Club Other great youth programs are our Extreme Winter Camp, No School Camp Days, Spring Break Camp, Summer Activities Camp, Etiquette Classes, Ice Cream Socials, Kids Korner Parties, Early Release Days, 2 hour complimentary babysitting and much more.

Tennis Program welcomes players of all ages and abilities. Call Tennis and Athletic Center for pricing. (813) 973-4220. Session 3: February 27th – March 24th Session 4: March 26th – April 21st

Please contact Sarah Hays, a Florida Child Care and Education Program Advanced Director Certified by the State at (813) 9734220 Sarah.Hays@ourclub.com.

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Conducted by Hunter’s Green Tennis Professionals Monday - Friday March 12th – 16th 9am-2pm. Ages 7 and up Daily Schedule: 9:00 am -11:30 am warm-up and stretching, on-court instructional drills, games and footwork. 11:30 am - 12:30 pm lunch. 12:30 pm - 2pm on-court sparring, games and match play. Weekly $190.00 member, member price per day $45.00. Weekly $210.00 guest, guest price per day $ 50.00. 10% Family discount on second child. Lunch available for an additional fee.

Golf Head Pro Ben Chambers Rule of the Month:

If you are unsure how to proceed under the rules of golf, there is a process golfers must follow. The rule is called Doubt as to Procedure. Below explains how to properly apply this rule while you are on the course. Rule 3-3. Doubt as to Procedure your fall-back position. Here is what you need to remember: 1. The rule is for Stroke Play only. 2. Complete the hole with two balls. 3. Before doing anything, the player must announce to the marker or fellow competitor the intention to play two balls. 4. And tell the above person which ball you wish to count if the rules permit. 5. Play the hole out with the two balls. Finish the stipulated round and report the facts of the

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Guardian Ad Litem

Offers a Voice to Children in Need and training and in September 2003 became a Guardian ad Litem.

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The work is often difficult and frustrating but the victories are sweet because they benefit a child who has no other voice in the system. To help a child who has suffered neglect, abuse or abandonment, to a place where their lives will be happier, safer and more loving is so fulfilling. All the hours of work, the ups and downs of the case, fall by the wayside when this child goes to a safe home. A smile, or a hug from one of these children is all the recompense one needs. Sometimes it takes a while for the child to open up to you. These children are needy for they have had so much hardship and disappointment in their lives. You

can be a stable, reliable presence for them and usually they come to realize this. You can take their desires and wishes to the judge. You are their voice, they have no other. As a Guardian ad Litem you will: • help ensure that a child is in a safe environment where they are able to thrive until permanency has been achieved. • be a mentor for child who desperately needs a confidant to help them cope with the upheaval in their lives. • be the only consistent person in a child’s life. Case managers come and go as do birth and foster parents. • face challenges. The system moves at a painfully slow pace that is very frustrating when a child is waiting for the stability they deserve. When a child’s face lights up, and they run to greet you and hold your hand, any

adversity tends to quickly dissolve. Everyday I look at the pictures of the numerous children that I have advocated for over the years and I know that they have made as big a difference in my life as I have in theirs. My neighbor; you will not be alone – we have a whole office of superb and wonderful people to assist you. There is a child out there whose voice needs to be heard – will YOU be the one to LISTEN? Compiled from articles by Janet Grosso and Linda Restell. Contact Yvonne Marrone, Volunteer Recruiter & Community Outreach Coordinator, Guardian ad Litem Program. www.galtampa.org 813-307-3325. The deadline to apply for the May training classes is April 17th. v

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[ HUNTER’S GREEN WOMAN’S CLUB ]

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Friday March 30th

We are planning on carpooling from the Hunter's Green Club parking lot at 11:00 am. Lunch will follow at a nearby restaurant after the tour. If you are interested in joining us please contact Connie Clark at 813-929-4147 or Eileen Ouellette at 813-907-9819. Our last coffee of the year will be April 5th and our end of the year luncheon will be May 3rd.

Our club is a group of women, some of whom are new to the Tampa Bay area, who enjoy a variety of activities together, and who also raise money to benefit local charities at the same time. We meet from September to May. If you have any questions about the group please contact Becky Nolan, president, at 813-388-5252 or e-mail bnolan2fla@gmail.com. v

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Upcoming Events and Happenings

Rotary at The Races: March 10th, Tampa Bay Downs

"Big Daddy" Don Garlits who is synonymous with Drag Racing will there all day with Swamp Rat 12-A. Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing in Ocala is a famous tourist attraction. Don is the king of dragster and the patriarch of Top Fuel Drag Racing. His Swamp Rat series of 34 hand fabricated black racecars carried him to 144 national event wins. Big Daddy is a legend, meet him, have your picture taken with him and show off your wheels at "Rotary Wheels". If you have a car or motorcycle you would like to register for the event or if you want to be a vendor or sponsor call Liz DeAmbrose 813-956-6487, or email Liz, homenet@gte.net. The exposure for your business will be great!

Racing excitement for everyone to benefit Rotary Camp Florida.

Relay for Life, American Cancer Society May 18th Wharton High School - 6pm For more information visit www.relayforlife.org/newtampafl

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Pig Fest and Car & Motorcycle Show May 5th at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church 9am to 3pm

New Tampa Rotary Meetings are at Hunter’s Green Country Club every Wednesday at 6:30 pm. Tell the guard at the gate that you are going to the Rotary meeting. Dinner is optional, visitors are encouraged. For more information call Liz DeAmbrose 813-956-6487. v

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Heroes 'N Heels The Foundation at Florida Hospital Tampa is looking for a few good Hunter's Green men to put on a pair of high heels and walk a mile in her shoes. On Saturday, March 24, Bay Area men will walk the walk at the 4th Annual Heroes ‘N Heels Event. The funds raised from this event will help uninsured women receive free mammograms at the Breast Care Center at Florida Hospital Tampa (FHT). Are you man enough to walk a mile in her shoes…her high heeled shoes? We ask that each walker raise a minimum of $100. Every $100 raised provides a FREE mammogram to a Tampa Bay patient in need. Your $100 could save a life! Every three minutes a woman in the United States is diagnosed with

breast cancer. If you think that’s scary, just imagine how it feels to be uninsured and unable to afford an annual mammogram. The key to surviving breast cancer is early diagnosis and mammograms are the best tools for early detection. The event is being held at the LifeHope Medical office building, 3000 Medical Park Dr . For every $100 raised a free mammogram will be given to a woman in need which could SAVE HER LIFE! This is your chance to be a Hero! CREATE A TEAM OF YOUR OWN or FORM A COMPANY TEAM. v Onsite Registration 8:00 – 8:30 am Walk Begins 8:30 – 10:00 am

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Hunter’s Green Elementary Nothing says Valentine’s Day like rich chocolate desserts! Being a chocolate lover, I was thrilled to be invited to Hunter’s Green Elementary School to be a guest judge at their annual Chocolate Bake-Off on February 13th. According to Nancy Elliot, the school’s media specialist, this has been an annual event since the early 90’s. Each year students and their parents create chocolate treats to compete in these categories: Best Tasting, Best Appearance, Best School Spirit and Best Overall. Several teachers were also judges and we enjoyed desserts like chocolate pecan pie, a chocolate dragon cake, malted milk ball cake and Hunter’s Green “Panthers” chocolate covered popcorn. With over 30 entries to taste, it was definitely a chocolate lover’s dream come true!

Later in the day, the scores were tallied and the winners were announced. The winners receive a real published cookbook and the special edition cookbook filled with all the students’ recipes from this year’s event.

Chocolate Pretzels – Erin Small Best School Spirit Panther Paw Chocolate Cake – Hayley Greeson

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Wharton 5k …. Run for “Wishes”

Wharton’s 11th Annual 5K/1 Mile Family Fun Run was the biggest success ever this year! On Saturday, February 4th, more than 175 New Tampa children,

Benito Middle School Benito Middle School ranked among the top 100 in their group statewide when it came to this year's FCAT scores, according to the Florida Department of Education's school ranking website. FCAT scores at Benito Middle School earned it a ranking of 97 against other schools in its category. Floridians use school grades to help assess the quality of their local schools. The school rankings are part of the Department of Education’s ongoing effort to provide clear measures and metrics to help parents of school-age children, educators and taxpayers in Florida evaluate their local schools. Schools are ranked according to the number of school grade points they received for the 2010-11 school year. For middle schools these points are derived from FCAT scores. Schools are awarded one point for each percent of students in the school who were enrolled for the full year who score on grade level or higher on the FCAT and make annual learning gains (800 possible points).

parents, teachers, coaches and athletes from Wharton High School and surrounding middle and elementary schools participated in a spirited 5K race and one mile Family Fun Run sponsored by Wharton’s PTSA. All proceeds benefit Wharton High School teachers’ “Wishes”.

with an energetic callisthenic routine fueled by rockin’ music pumped out by Paul Gigante of Gigante Productions. William Hineline, a first grader at Hunter’s Green Elementary summed up the day’s enthusiasm after finishing the one mile run with arms raised and a beaming smile, “I ran the entire race without stopping and it was awesome!” James Berndt was first to cross the line with a time of 18.00. More than 70 medals and awards were given out to runners ages 8 to age 60+ and that's just the 5K participants. The runners, walkers & sponsors helped raise more than $5,000 this year. The funds go directly back to funding Wharton teacher minigrants or “wishes” for technology and equipment upgrades, additional computers and printers, education subscriptions and so much more. v

Alli Ilcken, WHS PTSA Chair and event organizer couldn’t have been more pleased with the day. “It’s just a great community event. Each year, I continue to be amazed and so proud of the support New Tampa shows for our high school and education.” Everyone who participated was treated to a healthy start breakfast of granola, bananas & fruit and Cabot Cheese. The Wharton Wildcat warmed the runners up

Best Overall

Mini Chocolate Cheesecakes – William Hineline Best Tasting Chocolate/Peanut Butter Balls – Chase & Ava Kapsa Best Tasting Runner-Up Panther Popcorn – Lauren Sheehan Best Appearance Head of the Class – Sasha Gill Best Appearance Runner-Up 16

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Benito Showcase One of the joys of being your PTSA President is seeing the new ideas that come from our parents and faculty that make Benito such a great campus environment. Saturday, January 28th, we hosted the “Benito Showcase,” a day for kids looking to enter Benito and/or move on to Wharton High School. Featuring the New Tampa Boy Scouts Pinewood Derby, faculty and students from Benito and Wharton represented their athletic, academic, and thespian clubs, giving everyone an exciting preview of their potential educational experience. Our business partners were also there providing fresh food. Capped off by a Wharton vs. Benito volleyball game, a grand time was had by all. Thanks to all the students,

teachers, administrative staff, custodians, businesses, and parents that made this idea such a great success. I especially want to thank Mrs. Raelene Majino-Smith for her vision for an event that we hope will become even larger next year. A very special thanks to Wharton HS clubs and our business partners New Tampa Farm, Westshore Pizza, and North Pole Ices for participating! This type of activity is what your PTSA is all about— celebrating our educational experience and sharing it with everyone. Scott Kingsley PTSA President v

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Ready to say goodbye to your allergies? Whether you suffer from food allergies or the “seasonal” spring allergies, we know you will be empowered with stratagies to say farewell to them forever!

Gone With the Wind? Where: World Class Health Center 23900 State Road 54, Suite 101 Lutz, 33559

When: Thursday, March 8th Time: 6:30 pm Speakers: Dr. Patrick Flynn and Dr. Thomas Myers Cost: FREE Reserve: Reserve your seat by calling 813-973-8883. Space is limited.

Hunter's Green Community Association The Hunter's Green Community Association, Inc. is managed by an elected Board of Directors. A licensed Community Association Manager, and full on-site staff works at the direction of the Board. The Association is responsible for the maintenance of all common area property; administration of controlled access; enforcement of deed restrictions and community rules; and operation of the Design Review Board.

9456 Highland Oak Drive * Tampa, FL 33647 Phone 991-4818 • Fax 991-5809 • www.huntersgreen.com

AFTER HOURS EMERGENCY 973-1313 ASSOCIATION STAFF - 813-991-4818 NAME TITLE PHONE EXTENSION Ann Johnson, PCAM Community Association Manager................................................26 Wally Switzer Operations Manager....................................................................28 Rhonda Coy, LCAM Compliance Coordinator..............................................................25 Cindy Vitiello Staff Accountant..........................................................................23 Laura Shaffer, LCAM Administrative Assistant...............................................................21 Front Desk Administratrive Assistant..............................................................22 HGCA Fax number: 813-991-5809 Hunter's Green Women's Club Becky Nolan .................................................................... bnolan2fla@gmail.com 714-425-4258 Barcode Distribution Tuesdays Wednesdays Fridays

8:30 - 11:30am 2:00 - 6:00pm 8:30 - 11:30am

City of Tampa Police Department EMERGENCY ...................................................................................................911 Non-Emergency ..........................................................................................231-6130 District II ..........................................................................................931-6500 Animal Services ..........................................................................................744-5660

H.G.C.A. Meeting Schedule Board meeting 2nd Tuesday of each month All meetings in HGCA conference room 18

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Healthy Living Programs Being healthy means more than simply being physically active. It’s about maintaining a balanced spirit, mind and body. The Y is a place where you can work toward that balance by challenging yourself to learn a new skill or hobby, fostering connections with friends through our lifelong learning programs, or bringing your loved ones closer together through our many family-centered activities. At the Y, it’s not about the activity you choose as much as it is about the benefits of living healthier on the inside as well as the outside. For more information on how your family can lead a healthier life go to www. ymca.net and click on healthy family home to get started. Livestrong Spinathon Mark your calendars for our 4rd Annual LiveStrong Spinathon on March 24th from 7:30am – 11:30am. Teams are forming now. Challenge your friends, family and colleagues to lend you their support. You sweat, they give—and all for a good cause! Participants will spin for 1 – 4 hours to raise money for the Livestrong at the Y program and the YMCA’s Annual Community Support Campaign. All proceeds benefit those cancer survivors participating in our Livestrong Program as well as those children and families in need within the community. Interested in participating, sponsoring or donating to the event? Please contact Donna at 866-9622.

YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program Are you at risk for developing prediabetes? Our Diabetes Prevention Program can help you reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes and gain tools for healthy living. This one-year diabetes prevention program was developed to reduce the risk of diabetes in individuals with pre-diabetes. The first 16 weekly sessions will cover nutrition, physical activity, and behavior modification to help participants achieve two primary goals: reduce body weight by 7% and participate in regular physical activity. If you are interested in finding out more, contact Shera for more information at 866-9622. Youth Development Programs Kids/Tots Fun Night at the Y March 17th Ages 3-4 $15 for facility members $35 for program members Ages 5 – 12 Free for facility members $35 for program members Dinner is $8.00 or child may bring own dinner Fun Days School may be out but the Y is here to help Ages 5 – 12 March 5th, and March 12th – 16th Times: $25 for facility members $35 for program members For information of dates and times please contact the New Tampa YMCA at 866-9622 Youth Sports Programs Register now for our Spring Youth Sports

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Programs. Hurry! Spaces are filling up fast. Registration ends March 17th for all three. Spring Youth Soccer for ages 3 - 9 Spring Youth Tee-ball for ages 3 - 5 Spring Girls Recreational Volleyball for ages 9 - 15 For more information, contact Cameron Bradley at 866-9622 Teen Development Programs Leader’s Club/ Junior Leader’s Club Ages 10th – 18th Tuesdays at 7pm For more information, contact Andrew Palumbo at 866-9622 Swim Lessons Spring is in the air and swim lessons are in full swing at the Y. Swimming is a life skill as well as great exercise and a challenging sport. As the largest provider of swim lessons in the country, The Y knows its stuff. The New Tampa Family YMCA offers group swim lessons for ages 6 months to adult, as well as private lessons, swim teams, swim clubs, Masters Swim, and more. Register now for classes online or at the Y. Hurry, classes fill up fast!

Full Day Camp, Aquatics Camp, and Specialty Camps are available for those children who have completed kindergarten to age 16. Camp programs will be offered from June 13th – August 19th. NEW! Select camps will be available at CrossRoads Community Church in Wesley Chapel. For more information, contact Jasmine at 866-9622. Community Development Why Give to the Y? Simply put, your gift changes lives. Every dollar given to the YMCA goes directly to help children and families participate in YMCA memberships and programs, regardless of their financial circumstances. Through YMCA involvement, families become closer, children grow and blossom, seniors discover new energy, and those with disabilities find new abilities and new hope. Consider the YMCA as your charity of choice donate online by typing in your web browser: give.tampaymca.org v

Summer Camp Summer camps at the Y focus on nurturing the potential of children and helping them grow in spirit, mind and body. We encourage fun and friendship and provide the opportunity for young people to build self-esteem, develop interpersonal skills and make lasting memories. Plus camp also provides engaging, hands-on education based activities that help kids avoid summer learning loss. Camp Registration is going on now!

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[ BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT ] to add to their expenses. There is a big push in the swim lesson industry today to operate that way to keep the cash coming in. Although it benefits the school, it's a detriment to the child. It can also be a burden for families who are struggling to pay their bills, and yet still provide an enjoyable activity for their kids to keep them safe around the water.” continues Alan. "At SwimKids USA, we teach the kids to swim and be safe, and once we have done that, the parents can move on to other things."

Summer is right around the corner, and chances are, you’re considering swimming lessons for your children. Well look no further, it’s right next door at a community pool near you! Whether you live in Tampa, New Tampa, or Wesley Chapel, SwimKids USA has 4 New Tampa locations; Seven Oaks, Meadow Pointe, Lexington Oaks, and Lake Bernadette. For year round swimming, their indoor heated facility is located in north Tampa.

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For over 18 years, SwimKids USA’s Swim School is still the swim school of choice for parents. Why? "Because at SwimKids USA , you get results!" says Alan Messing, founder and owner of SwimKids USA. Since opening their first school in 1994, thousands of New Tampa children have graduated from the school. "What separates us from many other providers is that parents don't want a monthly recurring swim lesson bill

Safety is SwimKids USA's number one priority, and rightfully so when you consider this fact: drowning is the number one killer of children under 5 in the state of Florida. And

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with that fact, it’s no wonder why parents choose SwimKids USA. One only has to view the movie clips on the SwimKids USA website to see the results. There you can see 1 year old students swimming! Whether it is infant classes, survival classes or stroke technique for your aspiring competitive swimmer, there is a SwimKids USA class designed just for you. So register today! SwimKids USA’s classes fill up quickly. Typically classes are full by April. For more information, simply call Alan today at 813-991-6258, or go to their website swimkidsusa.com.v

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Pictures from Opening Day on Feb. 4th Buddy Baseball is a non-competitive recreational league for boys and girls with special needs in Tampa . Each player is paired with a “Buddy� to assist the player as needed. Not only do the players experience the thrill of participating, they also get to experience team play and camaraderie.

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[ ASK THE EXPERT ]

Ann Carlson, P.A., Realtor

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I have been waiting to put my home on the market. Is now a good time?

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Great question! And, it is a question that homeowners have been asking for at least five years now. It IS a great time to sell your home. Here’s why: It is a Seller’s Market In Tampa! What you are not hearing from the media right now is that Tampa is experiencing a seller’s market. That’s right, home inventory levels are so low that buyers are having a

challenging time finding a home. Listings are commanding multiple offers, and often selling in less than 30 days, if priced competitively. At the end of last year, there were 5.3 months of inventory. For perspective, consider that inventory levels have not been that low since December, 2005, when there were just 8,478 units for sale. By December, 2008, that number had ballooned to 20,998. But, at the end of last year, there were just 9,328 units for sale. Compare that to 16,141 at the beginning of 2011, a net loss of 6,813, or 42%. How did this happen? The easy answer is that we sold far more properties during 2011 than came on the market. Banks slowed their release of foreclosed properties, and accelerated the approval process for short sales. Homeowners took more

of a wait-and-see attitude, hoping for stabilizing home prices. And, buyers came out in relative droves, releasing pent-up demand and finding great homes at great prices and unbelievably low interest rates. Less competition means more qualified buyers, stabilizing home values, and a quicker sale. If you price your home competitively, at market value, your home will sell quickly. Interest Rates Are At Historic Lows. A 30-year mortgage rate is 3.87 percent while a 15-year mortgage is 3.14 percent, according to Fannie Mae. Mortgage rates overall have been on the decline after peaking to nearly 15-percent in the early ‘80s. By 1990, mortgage rates fell below 10-percent and then to 8-percent by 2000. By 2010, the rate hovered around 5-percent. There Are Plenty Of Buyers. More

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homes sold in Tampa last year than any year since 2006. We sold more homes every month last year than we listed. That continues to be the case in 2012. We just need homes to sell them. Ready to sell? As in all markets, the key to selling your home is pricing at market value. Market value is a combination of what a qualified buyer is willing to pay, combined with what the appraiser determines to be the value. Of those two factors, the appraisal is generally the trump card because banks will not provide a mortgage on a property that doesn’t appraise for the contract price. If you want to take advantage of our sellers’ market, your first step is to call a talented real estate professional for an analysis of your home’s value and a comprehensive marketing plan. As Keller Williams New Tampa’s Top Realtor and Triple Gold winner for 2011, I would be honored to work with you and get your home sold in 2012! Ann Carlson, P.A., Realtor, CDPE, REO Certified, Relocation Certified, ALHS, CSSS, Notary, is with Keller Williams Realty - New Tampa, 20701 Bruce B Downs Blvd. Ste 200. Her cell is 813-716-5724 and email: KW_ANN@yahoo.com.v

Vanessa Veve, MD.

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Universidad Autónoma De Guadalajara in Mexico. Dr Veve completed her residency in Ponce, Puerto Rico and completed a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine & Palliative Care at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, New York. She holds facility appointments as

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Assistant Professor at the College of Nursing at USF. Dr Verve is certified in Internal and Geriatric Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Board Certified internal MediCine & GeriatriCs

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North Tampa Art League During the month of March, Jan Roser will be the North Tampa Art League Artist of the Month at the New Tampa Regional Library, 10001 Cross Creek Blvd. Tampa. Although she has been formally trained in languages, music and Anthropology, Jan’s passion is photography. She has been photographing for over 25 years, making it a full time avocation during the last four years. While interested in shooting all types of subjects, Jan’s favorite themes lie in nature. She pairs her Sony DSLR camera with computer software to create a virtual digital darkroom in which to manipulate and enhance many of her shots. Jan has enjoyed membership in the North Tampa Arts League for four years and has exhibited often at various venues. Her achievements include several awards for her work.

Interested parties can contact Jan via email at roserphoto@verizon.net, or by phone at 813.480.1606. v

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Parenting Children with ADHD Thursday, Feb. 23, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Truths and myths about ADHD and helpful tips. Our presenter is bilingual in English and Spanish. Free. RSVP to 813-239-8526

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RSVP to 813-239-8526 before Feb. 17 before Feb. 17 2740 Windguard Cir., Ste 101 2740 Windguard Cir., Ste 101 Wesley Chapel, FL 33544 Wesley Chapel, FL 33544 (across from Florida Hospital)

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Vol 1, Issue 9. A community newsletter for Hunter's Green Residents.