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LIFESTYLE 6-7

Raini Jewell, Lower Division Director Academy at the Lakes

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Remington Walls The Boy Who Can't Eat

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Times Gone By at the Old Lutz School

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Cam Caudle, Owner, Shred360

THE SCENE 14

Carrollwood Cultural Center

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHTS 18

Mary Jo's Performing Arts Academy

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Scrub-A-Dub Bin Cleaning

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Milestones Children & Family Dentistry

FYI 15

Choosing the Right Siding for Your Home

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Calendar of Events

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Outdoor Adventures on Less Than a Tankful

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rom an early age, Raini Jewell was destined to be a teacher. She explained her path into teaching, “I think I’ve always known teaching was what I wanted to do, although I tried to avoid it a few times in my life. My mom was an early childhood educator in NYC for 30 years. I spent so many days helping out in her classrooms as a young child and I always did my high school community service hours in the elementary classrooms at my school.” “During my college summer breaks, I ran recreational programs for under privileged children in the South Bronx. In my junior year of college, while other people were going abroad to study, I came back to NYC to take graduate level education classes and do student-teaching in a dual-language program in a New York City public school,” Raini said. She received a B.A. in Psychology from Brown University in Providence, R.I. and then earned a Masters in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Bank Street College of Education in New York City. She continued, “Somehow, I was still planning on going to Law School after all of these experiences. Someone I admired greatly pushed me to teach for just one year after college, which I did and then I decided I wanted to stay in the field so I went to graduate school for education instead of law school. After 5 years of teaching, I took another break and entered the corporate world for a couple of years, but I missed being in a school, so I came running back after two years,” she said. “What I love about teaching is truly, everything! I guess if I had to pick one thing though, it’s being around young children and seeing how excited and happy they get whenever they have an “aha” moment or they realize they’ve learned or mastered something new,” Raini beamed. “There’s always real joy on their faces. It’s fun to be around such happy people all the time,” she said. “I was born and raised and lived for 40 years in Manhattan (New York City). I didn’t really imagine myself ever moving to the Tampa area until after I had my daughter and went through my first N.Y. winter with a baby. I decided I didn’t want to do winters with a young child anymore! My brother has been living in Tampa for 16 years so I figured I’d try it down here. I moved here in June of 2015 and was originally living in Riverview and working as the Lower School Division Director at an Independent School in South Tampa. I moved up to Wesley Chapel and started working at Academy at the Lakes in July of 2018 as lower Division Director of Curriculum and Instruction. In January 2019, I moved into a new position as Lower Division Director. I am a single mom to a 5 year old daughter who is in Kindergarten at AATL,” she noted. Raini mentioned that she keeps gratitude first and foremost in her life. “When people around me whine and complain, I say ‘First world problems, people!’ I try to keep things in perspective and acknowledge that we’re pretty lucky and well-off and our problems are generally quite small. There are lots of other people in the world who have real problems so let’s be grateful for what we have and how we live,” she pointed out. Another mantra that guides her is ‘Be Kind’. She emphasized, “I truly don’t understand people who are mean just to be mean. Life is way too short to move through it being ugly towards others. I’d much rather expend that kind of energy on something positive.” Her young students are very fortunate that her journey led her to the classroom. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JEANINE MCLEOD / CLOUD 9 STUDIOS

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Try to imagine what it would be like to never eat food again. Never. Ever.

Children’s Hospital and continuously monitors his intake and expenditure of calories to make sure he stays on track. “My Mom started a book about our experience years ago but never finished it. Last year NOW Publishing approached us with an opportunity to work on a book together so we wrote it during the summer before I went to college. Our main goal was to inspire people, tell our story and show how I was dealt a difficult hand but I’m out there striving & making progress every day. The whole message we wanted to portray is that no matter what you are going through, you’ve got to tell yourself that you do have that motivation and strength inside you to make it. It’s just a matter of bringing that out,” Remington said. The Walls family has now taken their medical plight to the public stage. Stephanie explained, “Three years ago, we got word that our insurance carrier would no longer cover his formula. It was devastating and this was happening to people every day. Overburdened parents now also had to fight for their child’s formula. The yearly cost of Remington’s formula now is $26,000.”

That is daily life for 19-year-old Remington Walls of Land O’ Lakes. For the last 15 years he has not been able to eat food and survives only on a specially formulated amino acid protein drink. Remington has an extremely rare and difficult condition, but you would never know it because he is living his life to the fullest, beginning his sophomore year at Valdosta State College in Georgia where last year he served as the baseball team manager. Long-time residents of Land O’ Lakes, he and his mother Stephanie Walls have co-authored an inspirational book, Home Plate: A True Story of Resilience, which chronicles their experience. As an infant Remington struggled with a myriad of gastrointestinal issues and couldn’t keep food down, baffling his doctors. Eventually, the former Land O’ Lakes High School All Stars baseball player was diagnosed with Eosinophilic Esophagitis at the age of 3. A year later when his condition worsened, his parents were told by doctors that their son would no longer be able to eat food and if he did, it would eat away the lining of his esophagus walls and he could die. According to his mother Stephanie, “Food became Remington’s enemy.” Eosinophilic Esophagitis is a very rare chronic, allergic inflammatory disease of the esophagus (the tube connecting the mouth to the stomach). It occurs when a type of white blood cell, the eosinophil, accumulates in the esophagus. Remington has an older brother who does not have the disease. Fortunately, Remington ended up finding a program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, where doctors specialize in treating his condition. Remington explained, “When I was really Remington with Florida Remington wheeling his Remington and Stephanie Walls young, I thought ‘this isn’t fair’, but for my whole Governor Ron DeSantis drinks into college family, this eventually became the new ‘normal’ Remington and his Mom recently met with Florida Governor, for us. My parents gave me some tough love and explained that this Ron DeSantis, and helped spearhead legislation where insurance was my life and I had to toughen up and live. They told me that companies must now cover certain need based nutritional I was blessed to have another form of nutrition that I could use. I supplements. Stephanie said, “We decided to take on this fight started drinking the amino acid based formula when I was four. It within the legislature, so Remington would drive from college in tastes like really bitter orange juice, but I’m used to it.” As he got Georgia and meet me in Tallahassee to testify before Congress. It a little older, his doctors told him that no one had ever succeeded was a long struggle, but two and a half hours before the end of the with solely drinking these shakes because they can’t drink enough congressional session it finally passed. It’s only a baby step right of them for proper nutrition or they can’t handle the taste. They now because the legislation that passed is only for State of Florida told him that everyone with this condition ends up with a feeding employees, but it will cover up to tube and that meant no more sports. Remington replied back, “I’m $20,000 per year in formula. This not everybody else and I’m not going to be a statistic. You don’t new legislation doesn’t help our know me and I’ll make it work. My driving force was to be able to family because we are not State play baseball and not being able to do that just wasn’t an option.” employees, but it is helping a lot Eventually his doctors stopped suggesting the feeding tube to him of people and we will continue because he was able to prove them wrong and be the exception. to push this forward to get In elementary school, he drank 5-6 shakes a day and by high everyone covered.” school he had refrigerators set up all over the school so he could just grab what he needed throughout the school day. Currently he consumes 20 drinks a day. With increased sports activity, Their inspirational book, Home Remington increases the number of shakes he takes in that day. Plate: A True Story of Resilience He remains in constant contact with his nutritionist at Cincinnati is available on all book platforms,

The Boy Who Can’t Eat.

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Times Gone By

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torytelling from generation to generation is one of the best ways that we keep memories alive in our community, so I sat down with two long-time Lutz residents, siblings Ben Nevel & Beth Nevel-Rader. They shared some gems from their childhood days attending the Old Lutz School in the late 1950’s. Their parents Benjamin and Betty Nevel, along with their children, moved to Lutz in 1952, and their mother Betty, taught 2nd grade at the school. Beth recalls her mother telling her why she loved to teach that particular grade. Betty said, “In first grade, the children are still very much attached to their mother’s apron Siblings Ben Nevel & Beth Nevel-Rader strings, but by second grade, they kind of become themselves and start to blossom as individuals.” Beth explained their upbringing, “Our parents raised us in the church and with a strong sense of giving back to the community. Our Mom and Dad were big volunteers and worked tirelessly at our church as well as in scouting, where all of us participated. Beth earned the prestigious Curved Bar in Girl Scouts and Ben became an Eagle Scout and earned the Order of the Arrow, a special honor given to scouts who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives.” Beth said their parents really ingrained that spirit in them - to work hard and to always help others. At the Old Lutz School, the siblings shared memories on events that happened during their attendance. During the Cold War, Beth remembered having regular air raid drills where they practiced ‘Duck and Ben and his wife, also named Beth, in their Railroad Cover’ procedures and students were directed to quickly crouch down Costumes for the Annual under their desks for protection in case there was an attack. Ben pointed Christmas Celebration out, “Also, things at school were a lot stricter back then than they are nowadays.” Beth added, “Definitely. Back in our day, when you arrived on the bus in the morning, we all had to line up single file as a class in the courtyard and wait to be called into our room by our teachers. You didn’t just jump off the bus and come running into your room like they do now - you had to be orderly and wait.” Ben shared, “There used to be an old wood frame building out back that was actually the old school house and they turned that into the cafeteria where Beth and I ate our lunch. That building is long gone. When we were young in those lower grades, you’d go out there for lunch and when you came back to class, the teacher would turn out the lights and all the students had to lay down for a nap during rest period.” Beth recalled, “I vividly remember having to sit out in the hall outside of Mrs. Saunders’ classroom as punishment for not knowing my multiplication tables. To this day, I can’t remember what 7 times 8 equals! Apparently, my difficulty is well remembered because last year at our annual Christmas event, Mr. Kester, a teacher who is now in his 80’s, approached me and asked, ‘Young lady, did you learn your multiplication tables?’ I couldn’t believe he remembered that! I also remember the first polio vaccines being given at the campus after a polio scare.” When they got older, brother and sister both became volunteer firefighters in Lutz. Ben joined first and Beth followed, teaching first aid classes. She eventually made this her full time career and went on to serve the community as Fire Chief. Ben said, “There were times back then that there were two urgent calls that came in at once and we both had to go in opposite directions to go help people because there wasn’t a dedicated Fire Department in Lutz. It’s just what people did back then – they volunteered.” Ben left the community briefly to serve his country in the Army during Vietnam in 1969 – 1970. When he returned, he joined the community’s dive recovery team and continued to do his part to serve his fellow neighbors. Because her older brother is very humble and never one to blow his own horn, Beth had to share some of his good deeds over the last three decades. Ben, better known in the community as the “Suspender Guy” and the Patriarch of the Old Lutz School, has volunteered as its caretaker for over 30 years, mowing the grounds and performing maintenance and repairs. He is the ‘go to guy’ for all things and he and his wife, also named Beth, are deeply dedicated to the school’s preservation. 27 years ago Beth moved up north for work but has recently retired and returned to her deep roots in Lutz and continues to happily serve the school and her beloved hometown. Beth mentioned, “As we get older, we always want to come back and share these stories to save them for future generations to come. We host many school field trips for kids to come out to the school and now on four Saturdays each year, home-schooled students come to visit as well. Just the other day, a little girl came in to look at the museum and she couldn’t understand what the antique telephone switchboard was. I had to explain to her how different the telephone system was back then and how it worked. She was amazed. It’s important for children using our technology now to understand that this really was how things used to be.” “Our goal for the school is to make it a meeting place and a place where our activities bring the community together to connect,” Beth noted. The school hosts the Annual Lutz Pioneer Descendants Reunion each October,

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NOW Enrolling for 2019-2020! where founding residents of the area and their families gather to PRE-K — HIGH SCHOOL share old memories and make new ones. Year round, there are old FLEXIBLE PK3 HOURS photographs mounted everywhere on the classroom walls, each with FULLY ACCREDITED AFFORDABLE TUITION a name list attached below. The community is encouraged to come in COLLEGE PREP CLASSES anytime, look through the pictures and add identifying names to those FINE ARTS & ATHLETICS they recognize in these historical images. “This is a unique way that CHARACTER TRAINING residents are able to enrich the history of the school and each year, the list of names grows. We also post pictures on our Facebook page as well WWW. .ORG so residents can identify the people shown. Many in the older pictures have passed on, so it’s going to be their children who identify them. Ben said, “Last week, we posted an old picture on Facebook of 4 ladies, and 5105 School Rd. • Land O’ Lakes, FL 34638 school@fbclol.org someone saw it and was able to identify all four of them. It was great!” Currently, the school boasts an incredible artifact museum and hosts community meetings and field trips for public school children and homeschoolers. The North Tampa-Lutz Cadet Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol utilizes two of the rooms for their meetings and administration records. Each year, a teacher comes in and teaches in the old classroom, complete with antique school desks from every era. LAND O’ LAKES Every Christmas season for the last 23 years, the Old Lutz School transforms into a holiday wonderland featuring decorations, a Christmas tree room with multiple tree displays donated by the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and local churches. The family friendly event boasts a large holiday train display and school choirs singing Christmas carols with an antique pump organ player performing lively music. There is an entertainment tent set up outside and on select evenings, they VILLA show Christmas classics such as How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The JOIN Power Gals of Land O’ Lakes Networking with friendly, local, 21501 VillagePIZZA Lakes Shopping Center every 3rd Thursday of the month powerful & influential women school serves free hot chocolate, and cookies and offers commemorative Land O Lakes, FL 34639 at 11am inside Pizza Villa for lunch. while supporting each other t-shirts and beautiful custom designed Christmas ornaments for sale to Membership is FREE! Bring plenty of Karla Arita: (813) 408-2038 at FUN local events! business cards, flyers, & promotional items! www.powergals.net • KarlaArita@gmail.com aid their fundraising efforts. Ben Nevel designs these brass ornaments himself and said, “I’ve really enjoyed creating a new design every year, however so many people were interested in having the entire set, that we even offered those as a collection as well.” In 1996, the Old Lutz School was officially accepted on the U.S. PERSONAL Healthcare \ Life \ Disability Medicare \ Long Term Care National Register of Historic Places which will help preserve its Homeowners \ Renters \ Auto existence for generations to come. Ben worked diligently to help get Motorcycle \ Watercraft \ RV the school registered, and that BUSINESS Employee Package summer, the community elected Business Owner Policies him the 1996 Lutz Guv’na. The Commercial Auto 1947 - Mrs. Drake’s 2nd Grade Class Old Lutz School was founded in Key Man & Buy Sell Agreements 1927, and in just a few short years Workers Comp \ Business Liability it will celebrate its Centennial Anniversary in 2027. For a stroll down Lutz Memory Lane, Doing the right thing come by and enjoy historical because it is the photographs and museum memorabilia from a simpler time. right thing to do info@alsaland.com If you’d like to come out and support the ‘Suspender Guy’, the school often hosts community work days and welcomes volunteers. Beth mentioned, “Many Lutz high school students do their community service hours with us. We help each other. They help us keep the school in great shape and we take that opportunity to teach them things they may not Laure Taylor be familiar with, including gardening, doing repairs, maintenance and Realtor® SRES projects around the property.” Dedicated Lutz residents like the Nevel siblings are one of the Laure@VETRealty.com reasons that historical treasures like the Old Lutz School are still around. A strong community goes out and helps its own, and that’s exactly what this brother and sister duo have been doing since they Russell Adams Realty, Inc. arrived in Lutz over 65 years ago. 2502 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. \ Land O’ Lakes, FL 34639 The Old Lutz School is located at 18819 US Highway 41 in Lutz. 813.949.3600 \ FAX 813.949.3116 For more information or to arrange a visit, call (813) 635-3500 or visit their Facebook Page @OldLutzSchool or www.oldlutzschool.com. TO ADVERTISE CALL 813.501.4894 | VOLUME I • ISSUE II | Land O’ Lakes MAGAZINE |

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Just for fun, what was the last thing you listened to on the radio on your way here? I was listening to a play list that my kids and I created for a road trip we took recently. In preparing to go, each of us added all of our favorite music into one play list so we could listen in the car. We played it on shuffle and the list included everything from country, to classic rock, to my daughter’s favorite, which is alternative. I was surprised to find that I liked quite a bit of her music, including Fall Out Boy.

Tell us a little about your career path and how you got into this business. The two founding partners of Shred360 are great guys that I served with in the Army 25 years ago. One is a Marine and one is an Army Ranger. Five years ago this month, they called me and said they wanted to expand into Florida, and I was living here, so it developed into a franchise opportunity. If you had told me years ago that I’d be in this business now, I’d have said no way - I don’t know anything about the shredding business, but now I sure do! I got out of the Army in 1996 and since then I’ve been in some form of sales and marketing and owned several businesses along the way, which led me to this venture. Before this, I was a drug rep with Johnson & Johnson and I

some scholarship money through working at Chick-fil-A, and in my freshman year, I had done well with my grades and was invited to apply for an ROTC scholarship. Over 50 people applied and I was the only one who it was awarded to. It was amazing and paid for the remaining three years of college. Two weeks after I graduated, I began active duty as a Second Lieutenant in the Army. After some training and Army Ranger school, I was stationed in Vicenza in northern Italy and lived the good life there for three years. I had a perfect five year military career. I had a great unit and got to do many exciting things, including all the things you see on commercials, jumping out of planes and helicopters. Primarily my job was as an Operations Officer. I worked within an infantry battalion of about 1,000 people where I managed operations, trainings, assets, ammunition, plus parachutes and jumps, since we were an airborne unit. After three years, I returned to Anniston, Alabama and served my final year as a Company Executive Officer for a support unit of 250 people. During my time in the Army, I had no issue whatsoever in taking orders, but pretty quickly after I got out, I realized that I didn’t want to do that going forward and that I really wanted to start my own business. I’d seen my father go through a job loss late in life and I’ve been through a few job losses myself. Being employed with big drug companies is always tenuous at best, so I decided I wanted to be the captain of my own ship and start my own business.

Cam Caudle knew right away that I didn’t want to do that. Then I joined GE Medical and sold imaging equipment. Eventually, I moved to Florida and started a smoking cessation company which provided a shot to help people stop smoking. It really worked. I had clients that had smoked for over 40 years and they were able to finally quit. I had two partners and my medical background and contacts really helped us grow to the point that eventually we opened medical clinics in Tampa, Boca Raton and Jacksonville. You mentioned that you served in the Armed Forces. Tell us how you became involved in military service and how this impacted the trajectory of your life. Both of my parents came from families with eight children and almost all of the men had served in military, so growing up I knew I’d be in the military in some form or another. When I was a teen, my Dad lost his job in advertising after a 20 year career, so I needed to figure out a way to pay for college. I’d received 12 | Land O’ Lakes MAGAZINE | VOLUME I • ISSUE II | TO ADVERTISE CALL 813.501.4894

You have quite a reputation for giving back to your local community. Tell us a little about the organizations you support. I’m a member of the New Tampa Rotary Club so we do all we can to help out in the community and through my business, I support a lot of different types of organizations locally and I always choose those that speak to me in some way. These are just a few of my favorites. I’ve been supporting the Special Operations Warrior Foundation for the last few years. They are similar to the Wounded Warrior Project, however they don’t get nearly the support or funding because they are a smaller organization that serves a smaller branch of the military. They provide support for children of Special Forces soldiers who have been killed in action. They pay for education from start to finish for these soldier’s children. I love these people and their organization. Another one that I’m a huge fan of is the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay. They are an incredible organization that handles crisis calls from people in trouble, including veterans, domestic violence and sexual abuse victims and people considering suicide. In our area, all of the suicide calls that come in from veterans are transferred


directly to the Crisis Center. The center hires other veterans to handle those calls. Many residents wouldn’t realize this but, on average they receive over 70 calls from local veterans per week. When I first toured the facility with now retired Director, Sandy McLaughlin, I told her that I went through some very tough times in my life and that ten years ago, I could’ve been one of her hotline callers. I committed right then and there to support this group in whatever way I can. Another great organization is the Community Food Pantry. I love these people. They’re not a big organization, so they don’t get big funding support but they work directly in our community to help those in need. I choose to focus my time and resources on an organization who is located and working in the local community vs. a conglomerate organization. We’re right there side by side with them at their events. We take food and money donations from the community when they attend and 100% goes directly to the organization. When I started this business, I really wanted to fuse giving back to the community into my business model. My guys and I all carry cards that say, ‘When you think you’ve done enough, do more.’ So in addition to our events, when we service a residential customer, my guys might take out their trash, change a lightbulb, or fix a door. I tell my guys we want to make somebody cry from happiness every month. My first year and a half in this business, it’s just me, driving around

a divorce, splitting the custody of my children, a Stage 3 colon cancer diagnosis, and two resulting major surgeries. When I spoke to Sandy McLaughlin at the Crisis Center and told her that I could’ve been one of their callers, this was the time in my life that I was referring to. Even

Cam Caudle, a local Army veteran and philanthropist, sat down with us for an interview at Grillsmith at the Shops at Wiregrass. He shared with us a little about his life and his unique perspective on giving back to the community through his business, Shred360. B Y S A N D Y PA R R I S H

in that truck – answering calls, trying to set appointments. One of my very first customers was located in Clearwater and was extremely late for her appointment. When she finally arrived, she was very stressed out and apologetic and said she had gotten a flat tire. As I’m working on her shredding job, she mentions that the reason they’re moving is because they’ve lost their house. I heard that little voice inside that said, ‘you’ve gotta do this for free,’ so I told her, this one’s on the house. She immediately started sobbing and gave me the biggest, longest hug. I decided right then that I needed to keep doing this…and often. Now I give my team the latitude to give a free service when they want to. Often they’ll choose a veteran, an elderly person in an assisted living and many others in a tough situation. I always want to do something to help out and something that people would never expect. I don’t do the free events or freebies to grow my business or for PR reasons – these things make me feel good and this is how I want to run my business. I also want my children to live this way too, so sometimes when we’re out having a meal, we’ll anonymously pay for a random couple’s dinner. It makes their day and it makes us feel good too.

still, I wouldn’t change my cancer experience. It was a very protracted, difficult time to get through and I have physical scars from it, but it made me stronger. When I was diagnosed, I remember just thinking, ’Ok. Well what do we do? Let’s just take care of this thing.’

What are you most passionate about? My kids are my passion. It’s been just me and the kids for the last 13 years. I have a 16 year-old daughter, Ava, who will be starting her junior year at Academy at the Lakes this fall. My son Nate, who turns 15 in September will be attending Wiregrass Ranch this year as a freshman. They make excellent grades and that’s important, but I’m much more concerned with them being good people, and they are. I’m very proud of who they are as people. They’re just really good, respectful, solid kids that do the right thing. I guess I’d also say I’m passionate about growing a business that’s doing the right thing too. Google us, we have almost 300 5-Star reviews. Those ratings mean a lot to me.

If you could put up a billboard anywhere in town and it could say anything you wanted, where would it be and what would it say? I’d put it on I-275 and I would want it to be my life’s motto, “When you think you’ve done enough, do more.”

If you could back in time and change anything, what would it be? Actually, I wouldn’t change anything. I’ve become stronger from every hardship I’ve gone through. The first 35 years of my life was perfect and very easy. Then at 35, I went through the loss of a job, a separation,

When you’re not working or serving the community, what do you enjoy doing in your leisure time? I have shared custody of my kids, so when I have them, we do lots of fun stuff together. We all enjoy going to the movies and my son and I love going to Bucs, Lightning and Rays games. The three of us love watching crime shows together like Investigation Discovery but we also really like getting outdoors and zip lining, axe throwing, and heading to the mountains. We take several trips a year to see my parents at their house on the coast in North Carolina. They’re getting older so we really need to make those trips now. I’ve got a little group of friends here in Wesley Chapel, and we go to the Brass Tap a lot. They have great trivia and karaoke nights and that’s a lot of fun. Another one of my favorite things to do is go to see comedians live at local venues.

Cam Caudle was presented with the New Business of the Year Award by the Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce in 2016 and also won the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2018 Heroes at Work Award, given to veterans who, through their professional and personal efforts, are making a positive impact throughout the community.

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arrollwood Cultural Center continued their annual tradition of producing a summer musical with Singin’ in the Rain for two weekends in July. The show had all the makings of a Tinseltown tabloid headline – the starlet, the leading man and a love affair that could change lives and make or break careers. The show was directed by Aaron Washington with vocal direction by Mary Jo Hahn and a live orchestra led by Reed Stricsek. Actors included Alicia Spiegel, Ashley Ryan Lord, Devan Bittinger, Bob Sheehan, Ben Richter, Robert Hipkins and Alan Williams. Residents, young and old came out for a great musical performance.

Devan Bittinger and Ben Richter Ben Richter as Don Lockwood, Ashley Ryan Lord as Kathy Selden, and Robert Hipkins as Cosmo Brown

Bob Sheehan, Ben Richter, Aaron Washington, Robert Hipkins and Alan Williams Ben Richter as Don Lockwood and Ashley Ryan Lord as Kathy Selden

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Choosing the Right Siding for Your Home

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Hardie Board Siding vs.Vinyl Siding

hich one is right for your home? The answer depends on many factors including durability, aesthetics, maintenance, cost, and energy-efficiency. Vinyl siding became a popular choice to replace aluminum siding in the 1960’s. Constructed from PVC, it is extremely durable. Currently it is the most popular siding for homes in the United States. In the 1980’s, hardie board was introduced to the housing market. This durable product is a fiber-cement board made from sand, cement, and wood fibers.

Comparing Wear and Durability

Because vinyl siding is made of plastic, it never requires painting and is resistant to water, wind, and weather damage. However, it can be damaged, particularly because it is very thin (usually .04 to .046 inches thick). Sharp objects can puncture vinyl and as it ages, it is vulnerable to becoming brittle with exposure to weather. When this happens, it becomes much weaker, and can be damaged by hail or wind-blown debris. This type of siding is treated with fire retardant, however that only slows down the rate at which it can burn if exposed to fire or another heat source. Vinyl siding can easily warp due to heat and sun exposure. Vinyl siding usually comes with a 25-year warranty. Like real wood siding, Hardie board is denser (usually more than a quarter of an inch thick), which makes it much more durable than vinyl. Composed of cement-like materials and wood fibers, it is stronger than vinyl and much less susceptible to wind and damage from weather exposure. Despite its strength, intense impacts can cause it to crack. It does not burn, warp or melt when exposed to heat which provides a significant advantage over vinyl siding. Hardie board does not become brittle with age and typically offers a 30 to 50-year warranty.

Curb Appeal The thickness and weight of vinyl and hardie board play a role in the aesthetics each offers. Hardie board is thick and has deep embossing that looks more like real wood than the texture of vinyl siding. It is available in

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many colors, textures and trims to match any style, which is important if you are looking for a realistic or specific appearance for your home.

Maintenance Unlike wood shingles or siding which require regular painting and treatment, both vinyl siding and hardie board are relatively maintenance-free. Vinyl siding does have an advantage when it comes to maintenance. It will not disintegrate or rot over time. It never needs to be painted, and cleaning vinyl is as easy as using a garden hose to wash off any accumulated dust and dirt. However, hardie board requires painting and re-caulking every five to ten years to prevent deterioration.

Cost

There is no doubt about it, the advantages of hardie board come with a cost. Vinyl siding is far less expensive, both for the product and the labor installation costs. Vinyl is much easier to cut and install. Hardie board is heavier and requires more installers. Because it is harder to cut, it also requires specialized training and tools to install.

Energy Efficiency Neither vinyl nor hardie board offers much insulation on their own, however vinyl can be purchased with built-in insulation, giving it an advantage in energy-efficiency. This insulation can help keep your home cooler in the summer months and warmer in the winter. As you can see, when deciding between vinyl siding and hardie board, there are many factors to consider. What may be important to you may not be important to your neighbors. Vinyl siding and hardie board are both worthwhile investments as they preserve the look of your home, increase its curb appeal, and provide you with years and years of comfort. Before you make a decision, contact the experts at Morgan Exteriors, Inc. and we will walk you through the process and determine which option is best for you and your home.

To explore options for making your home energy efficient and reducing utility bills, contact Morgan Exteriors at (855) 997-0293 or visit www.morganexteriorsinc.com. Morgan Exteriors, Inc. is located at 15915 N. Florida in Lutz. VOLUME I • ISSUE II | Land O’ LakesAvenue MAGAZINE | 15

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9/8 Cruisin’ at Wiregrass - Car & Truck Show

8/1 – 8/23 Back-To-School Supply Drive to benefit the Joshua House Foundation Shops at Wiregrass - 28211 Paseo Drive, Suite 100 - Wesley Chapel School supplies or gift card donations may be dropped off at Guest Services located in Center Court. Seeking school uniforms, clothing, backpacks and school supplies to benefit Joshua House Foundation.

8/24 Night of Comedy Featuring Fred Rubino 9:30 PM – 11:00 PM EDT Panini’s Bar & Grill - 3973 Van Dyke Road - Lutz Fred Rubino is a stand-up comic from Brooklyn New York. He performs all over the East Coast from comedy clubs to casinos to resorts. He has been called the voice of American Italians and has made appearances on The Sid and Bernie Show. Tickets $20

12:00pm - 4:00pm The Shops at Wiregrass - 28211 Paseo Drive - Wesley Chapel Custom, classic, and new cars and trucks cruise in and line the streets! For car registration information, visit www.premiumcarshows.com

9/9 American Heritage Girls & Trail Life for Boys Open House 6:30pm -7:45pm New Beginnings Family Ministries Church 18935 Michigan Lane – Spring Hill Come & check out the new troops that have been started in Pasco County for American Heritage Girls & Trail Life Boys. This new troop will begin meetings on Monday, 9/16 at 6:30pm. For more information, please call (813) 922-5210.

UPCOMING

8/31 Hope 5K

EVENTS

8:00 AM EDT Idlewild Baptist Church - 18333 Exciting Idlewild Boulevard - Lutz Run to benefit children and educators in Tampa Bay Area Public Schools. Join Idlewild in bringing hope for the schools. Fun Run includes color powder, water balloons, assorted candies, and water sprays. Participants not wishing to get wet or dirty have the option of taking an *Easy Lane to bypass fun stations. You can register a team to run the Hope 5k. During registration, the team leader can set up a “team registration”. When others on the team are completing registration make sure to indicate that which team you are on. Teams with more than 10 participants get $3 off each person’s registration fee. The team with the most people registered will win a “team trophy” during the award ceremony. For pricing, event information and registration, please call (813) 865-9213.

8/31 Free Community Boot Camp hosted by Camp Gladiator 8:30am - 9:30am Tampa Premium Outlets - 2300 Grand Cypress Drive - Lutz Camp Gladiator is a life-changing fitness movement dedicated to transforming lives through dynamic, fun and challenging workouts led by amazing Trainers who inspire people to discover their best self. Come join Camp Gladiator for 60 minutes of amazing at your favorite place to shop! Participants will need an exercise mat, 1 to 2 bottles of water and a sweat towel. Free

9/6 Shred360 Event with Community Food Pantry 11:00am – 1:00pm Black Rock Bar and Grill - 11702 N. Dale Mabry Highway - Tampa This free document shredding event will take place in the parking lot of Black Rock Bar and Grill and all shredding will be done on-site on Shred360’s mobile shred truck. This is a charitable event. Food and monetary donations will be taken to support Community Food Pantry. All food donations should be non-perishable, unexpired, and no glass containers please. All food and monetary donations will go directly to Community Food Pantry. Attendees are limited to three boxes (copy paper box or smaller) or three bags (kitchen trash bag or smaller) per vehicle. For more information, call (813) 944-2223 or visit www.Shred360.com/Tampa

9/11 Growing Stronger: Strength Training Over Age 50 6:30pm - 7:30pm AdventHealth Wesley Chapel 2700 Healing Way - Conference Room 2nd Floor Strength training is important for everyone at every age – and seniors are absolutely no exception. Regular strength training can help to prevent osteoporosis and frailty, improve balance, coordination and mobility, and promote mental and emotional health. Fitness and Programs Manager, Bianca Leason, will provide you with proper lifting techniques and optimal strategies to incorporate strength training into your fitness program. For registration contact 813-929-5000 or email AHWC.Marketing@adventhealth.com

9/12 Conquer Cholesterol 12:00pm - 1:00pm AdventHealth Wesley Chapel 2600 Bruce B Downs Blvd - 4th Floor Hospital Classroom Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the United States, and high cholesterol is a primary risk factor. Learn from Dr. Kay how some simple lifestyle changes can help you conquer your cholesterol and improve your heart health. Light lunch provided. For registration contact 813-929-5000 or email AHWC.Marketing@adventhealth.com

9/14 Container Gardening 9:00am - 10:30am Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park - 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd Loved your garden up North? Can’t figure out how to do it in Florida? It can be successful. Attend this FREE UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension seminar to learn the “how-to’s” of planting flowers, foilage and herbs in containers and watch them flourish. For registration information, call (352)-518-0156.

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OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

Canoe Escape Canoeing - Kayaking John B. Sargeant Park 12702 U.S. Hwy 301 - Thonotosassa (813) 986-2067

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Alexander Springs Camping - Fishing - Hiking - Biking 49525 County Road 445 - Altoona (352) 669-3522 Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center Kayaking - Birding - Fishing 1800 Weedon Drive NE - St. Petersburg (727) 453-6500

Fort De Soto Park Kayaking - Fishing - Beach 3500 Pinellas Bayway South - Tierra Verde (727) 582-2100

Ocala National Forest Hiking - Camping - Diving - Equestrian Trails 3199 NE Highway 315 - Silver Springs (352) 236-0288 Weeki Wachee Springs State Park Kayaking - Paddle Boarding 6131 Commercial Way - Spring Hill (352) 592-5656 Three Sisters Springs Swimming - Snorkeling Kayaking - Paddle Boarding 601 Three Sisters Springs Trail - Crystal River (352) 586-1170

Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center Hiking - Equestrian Trails 3940 Keystone Road - Tarpon Springs (727) 453-6800

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orty years ago, Mary Jo Scanio envisioned creating an environment that would allow students of all ages to learn and celebrate the arts. Today, under her tutelage, her dancers and Mary Jo’s Performing Arts Academy are recognized among the top in the nation. The Academy (MJPAA) is a leader in the Tampa bay area specializing in Dance, Acting, Voice and Music education. Mary Jo Scanio is the owner and Director of Mary Jo’s Performing Arts Academy, Artistic Director of Universal Movement Performing Arts Company, and Artistic Director of Tampa Bay Triple Threat Theatre. Her background includes a Fine Arts Degree from the University of South Florida with concentrations in Dance Performance and Choreography. Her performing credits include local, regional and national company productions, performing with artists such as Ben Vereen and Ann Reinking. She performed with the Florida Ballet Theater, Tampa Jazz Company and Florida Jazz Dance Ensemble. She was an NCAA dancer for USF as well as an NFL Cheerleader for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. As a choreographer, she has received many honors and her work has been invited into festivals and congresses throughout the country. She has choreographed and taught for the Super Bowl, NFL teams, NCAA dance teams, Industrials, National Commercials, Television and Fashion Shows. “The Academy was founded on the belief that arts education is character education - instilling the discipline, self-confidence, creativity and life lessons necessary for students to succeed in any path they choose,” Mary Jo explained. “The Academy has been home to thousands of aspiring artists, many who are currently enjoying careers in the performing arts as entertainers, choreographers and educators. However you will also find many more of our former students who, through the discipline of arts education, are soaring in science, technology liberal arts, and most importantly in Life!” Mary Jo added. The Academy is the home of The Tampa Bay Triple Threat Theatre, The Universal Movement Performing Arts Company and the Classical Ballet of Tampa. There are a variety of disciplines and levels provided for all ages from recreational to those wanting to pursue the arts as a career. Opportunities for students to showcase their talents throughout the year is abundant and ranges from Ballet and Musical Theater Productions, to community outreach presentations and events. “One of our major priorities for Tampa Bay Triple Threat Theatre is to implement community outreach programs,” Mary Jo explained. “We seek to provide scholarships, education, and training to groups and individuals to study and grow through participation in the performing arts. Research proves that participation and exposure to the arts contributes to the overall success of our youth. It is TBTTT’s goal to provide the vehicle for the arts to enhance our youth’s development.” Many of Mary Jo’s students have gone on to pursue professions in dance and the performing arts, including dancing on Broadway, at theme parks, on cruise ships, with Cirque, as Rockettes, on television and commercials. Several are professional choreographers, teachers and directors in the industry. The Academy offers classes year round, including many camps during the summer months. In late August, Mary Jo’s will be accepting auditions for their productions of Beauty & the Beast and The Nutcracker. For more information, please call (813) 969-0240 or visit www.mjpaa.com. Mary Jo’s Performing Arts Academy is located at 15906 Mapledale Drive in Tampa.

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Jennifer Trudel, Owner, Scrub-A-Dub Bin Cleaning

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ho wants to scrub out their nasty garbage cans? Jennifer Trudel, the owner of Scrub-A-Dub Bin Cleaning, knows that answer – no one! Jennifer explained, “The service of bin cleaning is something that once you have it done, you’re a believer. The service is a valuable amenity for busy families, retirees, single moms, and the list goes on and on. Cleaning the large cans is cumbersome at best. Sure, you can rinse it out with your garden hose, but that isn’t going to work for long. Our service is eco-friendly, extremely affordable, and convenient, because you don’t even have to be home.” Jennifer continued, “Many residents already use paid services such as lawn, pool and house cleaning services to make their lives easier. This is why bin cleaning makes so much sense, because if you have to keep your bins in your garage in the Florida heat, you’ll have to keep it clean or it will reek. The smell is bad enough, but the bins are also unsanitary - filled with bacteria, viruses, and mold.” Jennifer was born and raised in Newport News, Virginia & was a practicing pharmacist for 28 years. After much thought, she decided to retire early, but after a year, she realized she had to find something productive to do with her time. Jennifer said, “I have four children, two boys and two girls. We are all ‘J’s - Jeff, Jennifer, Jimmy, Julia, Jackie, and Jackson. Our neighbors and friends refer to us as the “J” family. I met my husband in 1991 and we’ve been married for 24 years. My husband likes to joke saying, ‘10 years were blissful.’ He’s a great guy and I am a very lucky woman to have him. A promotion within his company transferred us to Tampa in 1996.” “I had never had given much consideration to owning my own business until after retiring. I began looking at franchises and they all seemed to have their drawbacks. I would brainstorm and google searching every day because I knew there had to be something I’d be passionate about. In early 2017, my husband saw a Miami colleague’s Facebook post raving about this new service where she had gotten her trash and recycle bins cleaned by a professional company. I began researching this concept and the more I learned, the more I wanted to open my own bin cleaning business. My husband wanted to wait, but I was adamant that we need to jump on this opportunity while no one was providing this service in the Wesley Chapel, Lutz, Land O’ Lakes, and New Tampa,” she said. All Jennifer really needed was the truck with the specialized equipment and once that was secured, she started servicing the community on January 3rd 2018. Jennifer said, “I’ve been driving the truck since day one. I love being outside hearing the birds chirp, seeing squirrels in trees eating nuts, saying hello to residents walking their dogs, meeting my customers, and admiring all the beautiful developments unique to our area.” Her business is growing steadily especially now that they are in their second year. “It’s growing by word of mouth, print advertising, and truck visibility. As word gets out, more and more residents will want the service. The main hurdle for my service is spreading the word so people know the service exists. I am very hopeful residents will see the value in it and check it out,” Jennifer noted. When asked what she does in her spare time, Jennifer replied, “I discovered Pilates in January of this year. I love it and I plan to get certified to teach Pilates within the next year. Our baby at home is Muffy, a Yorkie weighing in at 5 pounds. She travels, sleeps, and cuddles with us, but she doesn’t clean bins. We’ll keep her anyway!” Jennifer Trudel, Owner Scrub-A-Dub Bin Cleaning 844-SCRUBBY

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ilestones Children & Family Dentistry is a family business – quite literally. Dr Jennifer Naoom and Faddy Makaryus are a husband and wife dentist team that offers dental care for the entire family under one roof. Dr Jennifer Naoom is a Board certified Diplomate Pedodontist. She cares for children from newborn to 18 years of age and Dr. Faddy Makaryus is a general dentist and treat ages 18 and up. He offers dental care in all fields of dentistry and has advanced training in Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry. Dr. Makaryus explained, “Milestones Dentistry is one family caring for all the dental needs of other families.” Doctors Naoom and Makaryus graduated from the top dental schools in the Nation. They each earned a DMD degree from University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Naoom went on to complete MILESTONES her specialty training in pediatric dentistry at Columbia University. Dr. Makaryus completed a General C H I L D R E N & F A M I L Y Practice residency at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and finished a program at NYU for implant dentistry earning him a fellowship from the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. DENTISTRY After practicing in New Jersey and New York for a few years, they moved to Florida to reunite with family in 2010. The doctors have two daughters, aged 6 and 10. Dr. Makaryus said, “We love the beautiful Florida weather and being so close to the beaches and Disney. Since moving to Florida, many of our family members have moved here as well. With lots of cousins, nieces, nephews, and aunt and uncles, we can hardly even fit under one roof, but that is the beauty of it.” He continued, “We are very family oriented and want to extend this warm family environment to our patients and invite them to be a part of our family at Milestones Children and Family Dentistry.” Dr. Naoom always knew she wanted to work with children. She had great passion and patience and was always found volunteering with children in charities and in Sunday schools. The medical field always fascinated her and so she decided to combine those two in her career choice. Dr. Makaryus was always very driven and ambitious in pursuing a career in the dental field because it combined his love Dr. Faddy Makaryus & Dr. Jennifer Naoom of helping people and being very skilled in using his hands. When asked what they like most about what they do, Dr. Makaryus replied, “We enjoy meeting families Milestones Children & Family and building long lasting relationships. We also enjoy exceeding patient expectations, setting high standards Dentistry is located at 17531 N of care for our patients, and offering the latest technology in the dental field. We are also very selective in Dale Mabry Highway in Lutz. choosing the right team members for our staff. First and foremost, they must be kind, compassionate For an appointment or more and competent.” information, please contact The practice is able to address all ages of health care needs under one roof including children, parents them at (813) 444-5060, or visit and Grand-parents. Dr. Naoom specializes in treating children of all ages. Dr Makaryus treats adults and has www.milestonesdentistry.com extensive post graduate training in cosmetic and implant dentistry. Dr. Makaryus said, “We pride ourselves in being able to treat all ages and we can minimize situations where we have to make referrals, sending patients to multiple offices. We really are ‘a one stop shop’ for all family dental needs.” Dr. Makaryus explained, “We are very proud of maintaining a state of the art practice that invests in the best technology out there. We’ve stayed ahead of the game and have training in the use of laser dentistry and digital radiology, which we use in multiple procedures. But above all, our compassion for our patients sets us apart. Our google reviews are a testimony from all the families that we have earned their trust and admiration.” 22 | Land O’ Lakes MAGAZINE | VOLUME I • ISSUE II | TO ADVERTISE CALL 813.501.4894


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AUGUST Plantings & Lawn Maintenance Plan to beautify your landscape with these tips for what to plant in AUGUST and lawn maintenance measures! Excerpts are taken from http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu courtesy of University of Florida IFAS Extension.

What to Plant

Annuals: The hottest days of summer limit planting now to heattolerant annuals, such as coleus, kalanchoe, and vinca. Bulbs: Aztec lily, butterfly lily, walking iris, and spider lily can be planted any time of the year, even late summer. Herbs: Herbs that can be planted from plants (not seeds) include bay laurel, ginger, Mexican tarragon, and rosemary.

What to Do

Palms: Check older fronds for yellowing as it may indicate a magnesium or potassium deficiency. Apply an appropriate palm fertilizer. Poinsettias: Pinch back poinsettias and mums before the end of the month to allow time for buds to form for winter bloom. Ornamental plants: Fertilize plants that show signs of deficiencies. Rapid growth and leaching rains may result in nutrient deficiencies in some plants. Fertilizer Bans: Some municipalities in central Florida prohibit the application of fertilizer to lawns and/or landscape plants during the summer rainy season (June– September). See if such an ordinance exists in your area. Annuals/Bedding plants: Remove spent blooms, cut back, and fertilize flowering annuals and perennials to extend the bloom season into the fall months.

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After 56 years on this planet, I may not know everything. But I know how I want to spend my time. For example, sewing. I can spend hours in a fabric store and entire weekends on sewing retreats. The time just flies by. I will also jump at the chance to put my kayak into the water or play tennis with my husband. But asking me to spend three hours at the gym each week is like asking me to pull my own teeth. The workouts are bad enough. The sweating is worse. I know, because I spent much of my 30s and early 40s TRYING to make a gym membership work. And I succeeded – at least for a week or so at a time. Then the drudgery set in. I secretly envied the people who could stick with the gym because by age 44, I knew it would never work for me. I was too good at making excuses. Then I met Al Roach and Virginia Phillips, owners of 20 Minutes to Fitness in Sarasota, and my attitude toward fitness changed. As Al explained, this workout required a commitment of just 20 MINUTES A WEEK. That’s it! One trip, in and out. There’s not even enough time to build up a sweat. Virginia also told me that the workout is medically based. By training in ultra-slow motion, it only takes about two minutes on each piece of specialized equipment to take every major muscle group to peak performance – building muscle more efficiently. Then I’d be free to get back to my sewing, or whatever else I wish!

I had to give it a try. That was 11 years ago. And except for an ill-advised two-year break, I’ve been training there ever since. I didn’t even let a breast cancer diagnosis in 2008 keep me from my 20 Minutes to Fitness. In fact, maintaining most of my weekly work out sessions while juggling surgery, chemo and radiation was an important part of my recovery, helping to keep me strong and moving forward. The love and support I received from the 20 Minutes to Fitness staff was as helpful as the training itself. I’m pleased to report that today, at 5’4” and 120 lbs., I’m feeling strong and healthy – and the muscle definition in my arms is better than ever. My husband calls me “Mrs. Solid,” which he says is a compliment, and I believe him. Traditional gyms always set me up to fail. 20 Minutes to Fitness has set me up to succeed. That’s why I keep going. I want nothing more than to be the strongest 90-year-old woman in Sarasota. Of course, I wouldn’t mind some competition. So I encourage you to give it a try.

Tell them Mrs. Solid sent you.

Perhaps best of all, I am never left alone. A personal fitness coach would tailor the workout to my specific needs, while also making sure I used proper form and tracking my results. Because the workout is performed on equipment originally designed for physical therapy, it’s safe, too.

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