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Lutz Magazine NOVEMBER, 2017

LIFE | COMMUNITY | STYLE | HOME

Veterans Day

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Thanksgiving Bountiful Traditions

Marketing Your Home Staging for Highest Vallue

Holiday Spending Online -vs- Brick & Mortar

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Contents

November 2017

NEWS

Around Town---------------------------------6-7

FEATURES VETERANS DAY-----------------------------15 CHEVAL WOMEN’S CLUB---------------21 LUTZ BRANCH LIBRARY------------------22 THANKSGIVING----------------------------25 BLACK FRIDAY------------------------------26

COLUMNS MONEY----------------------------------------- 8 REAL ESTATE----------------------------9 & 11 HEALTH & WELLNESS-------------- 10 & 16 BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT--------------------14 HOROSCOPES-------------------------------23 SPIRIT - GRATITUDE-----------------------27 SCHOOLS-------------------------------------28 PETS---------------------------------------------30

EVENTS Community Calendar-------------------18-19 Tampa Bay Music/Concerts---------------24 Tampa Bay Comedy-------------------------25 It’s Shows/Straz Time-----------------------25

FYI Essential Phones Numbers----------------33

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Publisher Note Our beautiful second issue comes to you with a bit of pride and the hope that you find value with our efforts. And that maybe you'll find time to stop and peruse the contents of our publication. Not all things are electronic today! Yes, we put every issue online. :) But, the purpose here is to provide a moment away. Away from cords and having to charge-up something in order to utilize it. Sit with a cup of coffee or glass of wine. Escape the day. There are no pop-up windows here! This month, along with local content we look to Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving and "Black Friday" and put a little spotlight on the histories of each and what helps define them. Contribute, critique or just enjoy, Lutz Magazine is your home town favorite.

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NEWS BITS

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iberty Manor Chief Executive Officer, Connie Lindsay is truly a Women of Valor as she has demonstrated exemplary service in the Tampa Bay community by promoting the developmental and social needs of veterans who have served our country, fought for our independence, but fallen victim to homelessness. Connie is a loving leader whose positive impact upon the lives of countless veterans cannot be overstated. It has been determined that individuals who make up the homeless veteran population have exhausted all reasonable alternatives that will address their immediate financial or residential needs. The mission of Liberty Manor is to provide supported housing to honorably discharged veterans by establishing long-term objectives designed to attribute to selfsufficiency. Throughout Connie’s illustrious tenure as a Board member of the Hillsborough County Homeless Coalition as well as many other leadership roles, she has personified strong and sustaining advocacy for the veteran homeless population. Connie effectively identified a “void in services” that was not currently provided by the Veterans Administration, as the VA provides housing only for those who suffer from a substance abuse addiction or a severe mental health diagnosis. Being cognizant of the military motto “leave no man behind”, Connie was relentless in her mission to make good on that promise. For that reason, Liberty Manor for Veterans was founded in 2006. The spirit of making a difference is evidenced in her every word

and providing homeless veterans an opportunity to flourish emotionally will endure as her legacy. Liberty Manor presented a unique opportunity for Connie to collaboratively identify the multiple needs of veterans and create a seamless community system of care that are destine to rehabilitate veterans who have fallen victim to homelessness. The infrastructure of the initiative was intended to create strategic partnerships that efficiently share united resources, addressing gaps, eliminating obstacles and increasing accountability by facilitating a residential program that contributes to the restoration of self sufficiency. As a result, she increased community involvement and investment in services which addressed the problematic areas. Today, due to the implementation of Liberty Manor for Veterans our community can enjoy the victorious rewards of a program that is destine to build community solutions while reducing the rampant rate of homelessness. Connie continues to maintain a results-oriented philosophy that has earned her a The Unique Go andand Glownationally. Resurfacing Fizz is remarkably respected reputation locally, regionally As Facial a result andhas clarifying mudmade mask flowed by an effervescent citric of four residential housesEnzyme Connie indeed a significant It is designed to brighten and purify your skin instantly, leaving lo difference in the future of the homeless and undisputedly made Hillsborough and Pinellas County a better place in which to live!

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NEWS BITS

The Shops at Wiregrass Among Ten Regional Malls Sold to QIC of Australia

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he Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel was sold off in a bundle of ten regional retail malls by Cleveland-based Forest City Realty Trust Inc. to investment partner QIC of Australia. The total deal came to $3.2 billion — with $1.55 billion of that sum going to Forest City. The specific value of the Wiregrass mall was not disclosed. Forest City had previewed its intentions last year when it announced it was considering "strategic alternatives for the company's retail portfolio'' of 14 regional malls and 19 specialty retail centers. The deal reflects Forest City's new real estate focus. "This transaction is a win-win for all parties, as we continue to focus our business on urban residential, office and mixeduse assets," stated David J. LaRue, Forest City CEO, "and QIC acquires full ownership of a U.S. retail presence with highquality regional malls in strong markets." "We understand the importance of regional malls to their local communities and have the capability and the capital to evolve these assets into multi-faceted destinations," he said. The Shops at Wiregrass, a 642,000-square-foot open-air mall, commonly referred to as a lifestyle center, opened in 2009 at the corner of State Road 56 and Bruce B. Downs Boulevard. The deal with QIC is expected to close by the end of this year.

GENERAL FEDERATION OF WOMEN’S CLUBS GFWC LUTZ-LAND O’LAKES WOMAN’S CLUB came out in force to participate in the American Cancer Society “Strides Against Breast Cancer” Walk at the Shoppes of Wiregrass recently in their zany pink outfits and finery . The club members have strongly supported breast cancer research and public awareness for many years. For more information on this community service organization, please visit: www.gfwclutzlandolakeswomansclub.org

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he Orange Blossom Garden Club of Lutz will hold their monthly meeting at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov 1, 2017. Meetings are held at the Lutz Civic Center, 98 1st Ave NW, in Lutz across from the library. Master Gardener Maryhelen Zopfi will lead the group in a garden craft. Everyone is asked to bring newspapers and scissors for the project. Members are asked to bring a small rooted cutting to trade (please label your plant) and a canned good for the food bank. Please bring your friends for a great turnout. Check them out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ Orange Blossom Garden Club of Lutz, Florida

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MONEY & FINANCE

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projected to reach $129B this year, up 12% over 2016 [Forrester] With four weeks or so to go before Black Friday, online retailers are well into mapping their strategy for pulling as much of 2017’s holiday e-commerce spending as possible. This year, Forrester Research Inc. reports two out of five consumers plan on spending more online during this year’s holiday season than in 2016. According to Forrester’s 2017 Online Holiday Outlook report for the US, the total number of online holiday shoppers will increase 3 percent compared to last year, with consumers spending an average of $689 online — up 8 percent over 2016. Forrester says this upward swing in online holiday shoppers, and the amount of money they plan to spend, will deliver a 12 percent year-over-year increase in online holiday retail sales. While not as big a jump as what happened between 2015 and 2016 (11 percent to 14 percent), it still represents a double-digit increase for holiday e-commerce sales, with online shoppers spending a total of $129 billion this year, compared to the $115 billion spent in 2016. Consumers over 35 — from Gen Xers to boomers to the Greatest Generation — plan to spend more than 60% of their holiday budget on family. Millennials come in at 51%. While travel ranks high on millennials’ wish lists, Gen Xers and boomers are more likely to buy gifts of travel for themselves. Boomers and the Greatest Generation (aged 71+) will treat themselves to dining and entertainment options far more than other age groups. Meanwhile, 40% of young Gen Z (ages 13 to 16) will shop solely in stores. Consumers will spend close to 30% of their holiday budget on travel, slightly more than they did last year. Those who plan to travel will spend an average of $1,216 on travel alone, bringing their overall spending on gifts, travel and entertainment to $2,269, well above the $1,189 overall average for all consumers. Sources/Data: National Retail Rederation, Forbes, Consumer Affairs, Forrester Research


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hen it comes to effectively marketing your home, the right realtor can save you thousands! Although the market does play a role in whether a home sells, the market is only part of the equation. The successful marketing of a home is a multifaceted process that encompasses home preparation, pricing, presentation/staging, negotiation, strategic advertising and networking. To get top dollar and sell your home quickly, you need to make it stand out from the competition. The best ways to accomplish this is through hiring the right realtor and staging your home. Staging your home will increase your selling price by up to 5% and your home will sell faster!

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Importance of Breast Health All Year Round

he month of October brings a large focus on breast cancer and the importance of early detection through self-exams and screenings. However, breast health and awareness is important all year long. Just like life itself, with breast cancer risk, there are some things you can control and some that you cannot. Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel has a list of risk factors and symptoms of breast cancer that you should be aware of and discuss with your primary care physician, gynecologist or breast surgeon. Risk factors you can’t control: • Being female • Age (greatest risk between 45-75 years of age) • Personal history of breast cancer or abnormal breast biopsies (atypical hyperplasia) • Family history of breast cancer • Race (white women are at highest risk, followed by black women who are more likely to be diagnosed younger and at later stages) • Estrogen exposure over your lifetime (reproductive/menstrual history) • Genetic mutations (BRCA 1/2) • Breast density • Radiation to the chest • Exposure to DES (diethylstilbestrol) Risk factors you can control: • Weight • Diet • Exercise • Alcohol consumption • Tobacco use • Use of hormone replacement It is important to be familiar with your breasts and contact your healthcare provider should you experience any of the following signs or symptoms. Men can get breast cancer, too, so no one should ignore these symptoms. • Change in the appearance of the breast or nipple: • Change in size or shape of the breast • Puckering of the skin • Pulling inward of the nipple • Orange peel appearance to skin • Redness • Warmth • Rash • Swelling • Nipple drainage (spotting in bra or night clothes) • Change in how the nipple or breast feel: • Lumps, hard knots or thickening • Pain • Tender nipple Things you can do to help prevent breast cancer: • Maintain a healthy weight • Exercise regularly • Avoid alcohol intake • Do not smoke

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• Eat a diet rich in bright-colored fruits and vegetables, lean meats and good carbs • Avoid hormone replacement or limit its use and discuss with your physician Doing your self-breast exams and getting your annual screening mammogram (if you meet the criteria) critically important to help detect breast cancer at its earliest stages and has been proven to save lives. Through prevention and early detection, the death rate from breast cancer has been steadily declining. Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel is opening a new comprehensive women’s health center, Inspiration Place with female specialty physicians, including Dr. Nicole Figueredo, fellowship trained, board certified breast surgeon, state-of-theart women’s imaging, including 3D mammography, and pelvic floor therapy. If you have any of the symptoms, abnormal breast imaging or a family history of breast cancer on either side of the family, you may benefit from an appointment with Dr. Nicole Figueredo. For more information about the breast health services and Inspiration Place at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, visit FHInspirationPlace.org.


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November What to Plant

Annuals/Bedding plants: Create a display of fall colors with cool-season plants. Some examples include pansy, viola, snapdragon, dianthus, cape daisy, and alyssum. Bulbs: Many bulbs like to get their start in cool weather. Bulbs to plant this month include amaryllis, crinum, and daylily. Herbs: Continue planting herbs from seeds or plants. A wide variety of herbs prefer cool, dry weather, including cilantro, parsley, sage, and thyme. Vegetables: Continue planting coolseason crops, such as beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrot, kale, and lettuce.

What to Do Perennials: Divide and replant overgrown perennials and bulbs now so that they establish before the cold weather arrives. Lawn disease: Watch for brown patch and large patch. These fungal diseases cause areas of grass to turn brown. Since treatment is difficult, prevention with proper cultural practices is key. These diseases become active when the soil temperature, measured 2–4 in. deep, is between 65°F and 75°F and go dormant when the weather warms in May. Scale insects: Take advantage of lower temperatures to apply horticultural oil sprays to control scale insects. Irrigation: Turn off systems and water only if needed. Plants need less supplemental watering in cooler weather. Poinsettias: Watch for hornworms on poinsettias planted in the landscape. This pest can quickly defoliate the plant; handpick or treat only the infested area. To advertise call 813.501.4894 • NOVEMBER 2017 | LUTZ MAGAZINE 13


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common complaint of Lutz and Land O'Lakes residents has been that it's difficult to find a good dentist close by that offers quality dentistry at a reasonable price. Look no further, the Lutz Magazine team has found your new favorite dental office that provides all your family dental needs at one convenient location! At Lutz Dental, Dr. Daniel Hwang (America s Top Dentist Award Recipient) and staff provide excellent dental care in a comfortable and relaxed family style setting. Their motto is "We care for people ... Not just teeth". Patients are not just a mouth-full of teeth to Dr. Dan. He takes the time to get to know his patients in order to provide them with dental solutions that fit their budget and expectations. In other words, he's not going to try to talk anyone into something that isn't affordable or necessary. Dentistry is a family affair. His brother is a dentist in New York. His eldest son will be joining the practice after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 2019 and his youngest son from the University of Florida in 2022. Dr. Dan emigrated to the United States from Korea at the age of five. His wife is originally from Thailand. This multicultural perspective gives him a greater ability to accommodate patients from other nationalities. He truly feels that Every Smile is Beautiful no matter where you are from, what language you speak, or what skin color you are. Everybody is Welcome! "My patients receive total care under one roof,' says Dr, Dan. "I'm the only dentist in this office. Every day I strive to reduce costs, time and pain for my patients. If they need a treatment that I can't provide, then it's likely no other dentist can either" Come and check out this amazing state of the art dental office located in the heart of Lutz and see for yourself what everybody is raving about! Daniel Hwang, DDS, FICOI Completed his undergraduate degree at the Columbia University and earned a Doctor Dental Surgery degree at the Columbia University in 1991. He has practiced dentistry for more than 26 years and is a member of the American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association and fellow of international congress of oral implantologists.

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HOLIDAYS

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WHEN IS VETERANS DAY?

Veterans Day occurs on November 11 every year.

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n 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day. In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed by Congress, which moved the celebration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. The law went into effect in 1971, but in 1975 President Gerald Ford returned Veterans Day to November 11, due to the important historical significance of the date. Great Britain, France, Australia and Canada also commemorate the veterans of World War I and World War II on or near November 11th: Canada has Remembrance Day, while Britain has Remembrance Sunday (the second Sunday of November). In Europe, Great Britain and the Commonwealth countries it is common to observe two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. every November 11.

VETERANS TODAY

The military men and women who serve and protect the U.S. come from all walks of life; they are parents, children, grandparents, friends, neighbors and coworkers, and are an important part of their communities. Here are some facts about the veteran population of the United States: 16.1 million living veterans served during at least one war. 5.2 million veterans served in peacetime. 2 million veterans are women. 7 million veterans served during the Vietnam War. 5.5 million veterans served during the Persian Gulf War. Of the 16 million Americans who served during World War II, about 558,000 are still alive. 2 million veterans served during the Korean War. 6 million veterans served in peacetime. As of 2014, 2.9 million veterans received compensation for serviceconnected disabilities. As of 2014, 3 states have more than 1 million veterans among their population: California (1.8 million), Florida (1.6 million) and Texas (1.7 million). The VA health care system had 54 hospitals in 1930, since then it has expanded to include 171 medical centers; more than 350 outpatient, community, and outreach clinics; 126 nursing home care units; and 35 live-in care facilities for injured or disabled vets.

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HEALTH & WELLNESS

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s we begin to transition from summer into the cooler season of fall, we find ourselves shifting gears and coming back into more structured routines. For some people, this might mean planning daily activities around pets, school, work, homework, meal times, exercise, time with friends and family, and personal down time for focused rejuvenation. For others, moving into the fall season may be a simpler transition of adjusting to the shift in weather patterns and fewer daylight hours, which affects everything from when we run errands to exercise regimens and what kinds of meals we are preparing. For most of us, it’s a combination of all of these things.

Regardless of our individual lifestyles, it occurs to each of us—around this time of year—that more awareness needs to be placed on how to stay healthy during the seasonal junction, Ritu Sandhi in Sanskrit, between summer and fall. Here are three things to ease the transition.

Seasonal Cleanse

The transition between summer and fall is a great time of year to do your seasonal cleanse or juice fast. As we know, seasonal cleansing rids our bodies of all sorts of toxins, pollutants, harsh chemicals, pesticides, and any other Ama (toxic residue) that our physical body has accumulated over the summer. Cleanses will help to purify and tone the internal organs, cells, and tissues of the body, flushing out impurities that aren’t serving us.

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no agenda. This ‘down time’ allows us to simply BE; to connect with stillness, to experience silence, and to acquaint ourselves with the ever-present witness that is our essential nature. It is through the non-active participation of honoring quiet time at some point each day, we are able to correlate aspects of activity and rest in a way that elicits a dynamic state of balance within. If you have fallen away from your silent meditation practice, now is the time to recommit. If you are coming off of a busy summer season of rushing from one activity to another, find time to sit quietly in nature or in your favorite spot and just listen. If your meditation practice is solid, and you frequent your sacred silent space, then perhaps this is the time to go deeper into that stillness.

Recapitulation

Introducing the practice of recapitulation at the end of each day can also be a powerful, conscious choice-making tool. Recapitulation (or re-capping) of your day allows you to play out your day in your mind’s eye and shift into the witnessing state of awareness, where it becomes possible to observe your choices

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Wednesday, November 1 The Orange Blossom Garden Club of Lutz will hold their monthly meeting at 10:00 a.m. Meetings are held at the Lutz Civic Center, 98 1st Ave NW, in Lutz across from the library. 98 1st Ave NW, Lutz, (813) 949-1301 Wednesday, November 1 Craft project - bring newspapers and scissors, The Orange Blossom Garden Club of Lutz. 98 1st Ave NW, Lutz, (813) 949-1301 Friday, November 3 CABA 2017 Annual Classic Golf Tournament - Westchase Golf Club - Carrollwood Area Business Association (CABA) (813) 264-0006

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Cheval Women's Club

he Cheval Women’s Club, INC., opened their new fiscal year season with the Charity Awards Dinner September 19, 2016. They had great attendance and all charities were present. The president, Billie Byers, opened the meeting by welcoming all returning members, new members and guests from the charities. Billie reported the donations increased 43.4% over and above last year. Their membership increased 25% above last year, the state of the organization is well and growing. Every single member of the organization should be proud of their individual contributions, which were made in many different ways. All of the committee women and co-chairwomen were thanked for their work done. Betty Carrig, Treasurer, was recognized for all her efforts in arranging the August dinner at St Joseph, North. She gave the financial report and awarded the charity checks to the following who spoke for their charities: Michelle Smith, Administrative Manger Joshua House Lutz Location James Griffin , Lt. Colonel USA Retired Operation Helping House David Caras. Coast Guard Radio Navigator Aircrew and Aircrew Chief, Retired Paws for Patriots (and his service dog BOBB) The Charities were delighted to receive the donations and spoke as to how it would help their causes and about their organizations. The Club had drawings for it's members and in particular for new members and returning members who joined during the summer months. Sally Spencer, New Member Ambassador announced the new members and is active in communicating to them about the organization and the benefits.

President’s Message

was elected to President in April 2016 after serving two years as Treasurer for the Cheval Women’s Club, Inc. We are proud to be an organization with a charter and a mission statement of “fostering friendships and raising funds for local community charities. As such we are a Non-Profit 501©(3) corporation, this board and the recent board worked long and diligently to achieve this status. I am very pleased to be serving this year with the following women on the board, Melissa Burkhiser, Vice President, Betty Carrig, Treasurer, Mariel Rubin, Secretary, and Mary Ann Back, Past President and now on the advisory board. Our vision is that we find new ways to continue to grow the club, through new members with the same interest as our charter and that we increase our funding for our chosen charities, on a yearly basis. It is important to note that we as a board or as members, take no salary, expenses, mileage, or remuneration. During the 2014 to 2015 season we grew 34% and during fiscal year 2015 to 2016 we grew l00%, during the 2016 to 2017 fiscal year we grew 43.4% as relates to our community donations. Make no mistake about it we are extremely proud of these achievements. We are all working hard to make this year another growth year. We also thank all of our sponsors, donors, co-hosts, speakers, members, and member committees who contribute to making this possible. We have many informative, educational speakers, and fun events planned for the coming year, along with our Signature fund raiser’s the Holiday Bazaar and the Kentucky Derby Charity Classic. We have co-hosted the last two events with the Cheval Golf & Athletic Club in Cheval. Recently this year we held our Charity Awards Banquet, where we make the formal donations to our charities for the prior year’s efforts of fund raising. Among the many events we hold or have held are a Hat Attitude Adjustment, a fun evening of Dancing Like the Stars, a One Woman Show (Play), White Elephant sale, Handbag exchanges, Breast Cancer Awareness, Fashion Shows, Interior Design decorating, Trunk Travel Shows, Designer Boutique events, Wine Tasting and education on wines, and many others that are planned. We are a group of like- minded women who agree on two issue’s that we are interested in forming friendships among our group and the community, also: importantly we are interested and motivated in raising funds for our local community, and we have a lot of fun doing just that. As one member recently said she was so glad she came to the Charity Awards Event because she now understood what we are all about and was so proud to be part of our organization. Bottom Line if women want to be a part of an organization that makes a positive contribution to our community and enjoys getting together with some other great women once a month we welcome you and you will have a great time. So why wait come join us today. President, Billie Byers rbyers16@tampbay.rr.com

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SPOTLIGHT

Lutz Branch Library Overview

The Lutz Branch Library is located in the heart of Lutz, in northern Hillsborough County at the corner of U.S. Highway 41 and Lutz-Lake Fern Road W. The 12,000 square foot branch includes a community room and two small meeting rooms.

Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Lutz Branch Library are active partners with the library and operate The Book Depot, their bookstore located in the north corner of the reading room. The Friends use funds raised by book sales to support the Lutz Branch Library and to pay for library programs for adults, teens and children.

History

Library service began in 1961 when the bookmobile started making a regular stop in Lutz. In the late 1960s, the library guild of the Lutz-Land O'Lakes Women's Club set up a temporary library of 1,000 volumes on home-made bookcases in a building on U.S. Highway 41. With a staff of volunteers the library was open 20 hours per week.

In April 1970, the Lutz Branch Library opened at its present location. To better meet the needs of the growing community construction of a 5,000 square foot expansion and a complete renovation to the original 7,000 square foot structure began on July 29, 2003. The project was completed on June 1, 2004. On March 9, 2007, the Reading Room was dedicated to Helen Swisshelm in recognition of her long and unwavering commitment to the Lutz Branch Library and the library system. She is the founder of the Friends of the Lutz Library and was its President from 2000 to 2007. Additionally, she served on the Tampa-Hillsborough County Library Board from 1990 to 2005 and as its Chair from 1992 to 1993.

Library Art

The exterior of the library is enhanced by a hand carved brick mural, Lutz Locomotion, by artist Charles

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For the Month of November

By Aluna Michaels, M.A.

Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21) — Happy birthday Scorpio! Wonderful changes happen in relationships! Meditate to forgive and release past difficulties so you can open up to what life offers you now! Make a list of disappointments, betrayals, and hurt feelings that happened over the past two years (a Mars cycle). Maybe these events reflect a longer pattern and childhood issues. Sorting through subconscious past pain brings it to light so it dissolves. Forgive yourself, too, because you are worthy of love from others, the Universe, and from yourself! Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21) — It’s

awesome to dream and fantasize about a fulfilling future, but also use your imagination to make a specific plan to manifest your ideal life! You could have weekly accountability meetings with a spiritually-minded friend who believes in your possibilities. You’ll take actions that lead to the success your soul has already created for you! Whether career, health, relationships or prosperity, you can achieve it if you keep moving ahead step by step each day, and not just thinking about it.

Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19) — This

is an awesome career month! You can get a great new job or a significant promotion. Your intuition is especially strong now, so meditation gives you “insider tips” for even more success. You’ll be able to figure out problems easily, or know how to deal with difficult characters at work. Be sure to balance work with play. Make new friends, or explore new hobbies. Even “rediscovering” old friends can be surprising as you find out you have more in common that you thought, or you inspire each other in different ways that enrich you both.

Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18) — Like Capricorns, it’s a great career month! Meditate on prosperity; read books on spirituality and money; and put those ideas into practice. Begin a tithing practice to reap incredible abundance! Try active forms of meditation this month and next — yoga, qigong, walking meditation, or even ecstatic dance. Movement quiets your mind more easily than just sitting. You’ll also get intuitions about handling family issues. Even just your spiritual centeredness shifts them when you’re around! Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20) –- You’ll have many breakthroughs in your ability to trust and to release fears of intimacy. Meditate to remember past wounds, betrayals and

disappointments. Forgive these experiences, knowing the past doesn’t determine your future. Yet be open to see patterns so you don't repeat them. Make sure you bond with those who honor your thoughts and feelings . . . and be brave enough to be your authentic self with those people! You can also have good news about work, or even start a friendship with a colleague.

Aries (March 21 – April 19) — You might

feel vulnerable because a new relationship is going to a deeper level. Or perhaps your inner spiritual work is opening doors in your longterm partnership. Watch out for starting little arguments when you’ve been feeling intimate. Alert your loved one that you could create a “push away” and be open to let him/ her tell you if it happens. In meditation, you’re on the verge of a breakthrough, so beware of feeling bored or being inconsistent. The sense of spiritual intimacy with the Universe can challenge you as well.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20) — This is a

wonderful relationship month! Balance your desire to work on yourself emotionally and spiritually with the ability to open to the joy of the moment. Sometimes when you see your imperfections and how you can grow and change, you feel undeserving of love. Meditate on swimming in an ocean of belonging and acceptance as you are today. You are loved while “being imperfect”! You can receive even more as you evolve. This same idea applies to financial abundance. You deserve wealth now and in the future!

Gemini (May 21 – June 20) — You love words, idea and debating. This can come across as argumentative, when actually you’re passionate about discussing concepts. Observe this and see when you need to make others aware of the difference between your intense excitement and anger. Yet, it’s important to meditate on how you can subconsciously cause arguments when you fear intimacy and “need” to push someone away. Practice feeling still and safe in your own skin. Also practice quieting your mind and being ok with inner silence. Cancer (June 21 – July 22) — As

a relationship develops, be aware of unconscious pattern family patterns that hijack your emotions. Of course, be vigilant of this happening in long standing partnerships, too! The Universe wants to heal your heart and let love flourish. Observe yourself for sudden

mood shifts, negative thinking, or wanting to criticize your loved one. Don’t act on those impulses! Write them down, and meditate on their source. Insights will come, then you can have open conversation and move forward positively with choices based in the present, not automated reactions form the past!

Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22) — Make your home beautiful by releasing stuff you don’t need. Add new pieces that represent the “new you”. Having an “environmental make over” reminds you of the “remodeling” you’re doing in your emotional world. Your meditation practice reaps many rewards of letting go of old subconscious patterns so you feel happy and free . . . especially in areas of family, childhood issues and prosperity blocks. Create affirmations and say them in the mirror with enthusiasm until you believe them! Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22) — Thinking self-loving thoughts and speaking kind words of affirmation to yourself changes your life! Also don’t complain about circumstances or speak negative ideas about yourself. Yes, you can improve yourself and your life . . . but first love and forgive yourself, others and circumstances. Be poised, present and soothing — just as you’d be for someone else! Then your mind will be receptive to intuitive solutions, which you can lovingly implement. Also, it’s a great prosperity month! Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22) —

It’s an amazing prosperity month, so meditate on the spiritual principles of money . . . and also on your self-worth so you can increase your capacity to receive financial blessings! Abundance can also come in the form of feeling more love from others; eating higher quality food to honor your body; shedding negative beliefs about sexuality so you can feel more pleasure; and feeling connected to your life force to experience more joy. Set goals with loving enthusiasm and follow through because you deserve the results! Aluna Michaels is a second-generation astrologer. She also holds a Masters in Spiritual Counseling and has been teaching and consulting for more than three decades. Her book “Spiritual Gifts of the 12 Astrological Signs” is now on Amazon in Kindle version and as an E-book on her website. Aluna is available for appointments in her home, by phone or Skype. Call (727) 239-7179 (no texting please), or text (248) 583-1663 or visit www. alunamichaels.com

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W/Ashanti, Ja Rule, Brandy, T-Pain, Mase, Mario Vinoy Park St. Petersburg, FL Sat, 11/04/17, 2:00 PM

Chris Tomlin: Good Good Father Tour

Preservation Hall The Mahaffey Theater St Petersburg, FL Tue, 11/21/17, 7:30 PM

Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie Ruth Eckerd Hall Clearwater, FL Thu, 11/09/17, 7:30 PM

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The first Thanksgiving was celebrated between the Pilgrims and the Indians in 1621.That first feast was a three day affair. Life for the early settlers was difficult. The fall harvest was time for celebration. It was also a time of prayer, thanking God for a good crop. The Pilgrims and the Indians created a huge feast including a wide variety of animals and fowl, as well as fruits and vegetables from the fall harvest. This early celebration was the start of today's holiday celebration. Like then, we celebrate with a huge feast. Today, most of us enjoy Turkey with "all the trimming". The "trimming" include a wide variety of foods that are a tradition for your family. Those traditional foods often replicate the foods at the first Thanksgiving feast. While others, are traditional ethnic or religious groups recipe, or a special food item that your family always serves at Thanksgiving dinner. Then, to top it off, pumpkin pies, apple pies, an even mince meat pies are bountiful around the table. American Thanksgiving traditions revolve around a huge and lavish meal, usually with Turkey as the centerpiece. For those who do not like Turkey, a Roast or Prime Rib is common. As tradition has it in most families, a special prayer of thanks precedes the meal. In many homes, family members will each mention something they are very thankful for. Did you know? Potatoes were not part of the first Thanksgiving. Irish immigrants had not yet brought them to North America. After the first Thanksgiving, the observance was sporadic and almost forgotten until the early 1800's. It was usually celebrated in late September or October. In 1941, Congress made it a national holiday and set the date as the fourth Thursday in November. To advertise call 813.501.4894 • NOVEMBER 2017 | LUTZ MAGAZINE 25


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What’s the Real History of Black Friday? BY SARAH PRUITT

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t makes sense that the term “Black Friday” might refer to the single day of the year when retail companies finally go “into the black” (i.e. make a profit). The day after Thanksgiving is, of course, when crowds of turkey-stuffed shoppers descend on stores all over the country to take advantage of the season’s biggest holiday bargains. But the real story behind Black Friday is a bit more complicated—and darker—than that. The first recorded use of the term “Black Friday” was applied not to holiday shopping but to financial crisis: specifically, the crash of the U.S. gold market on September 24, 1869. Two notoriously ruthless Wall Street financiers, Jay Gould and Jim Fisk, worked together to buy up as much as they could of the nation’s gold, hoping to drive the price sky-high and sell it for astonishing profits. On that Friday in September, the conspiracy finally unraveled, sending the stock market into free-fall and bankrupting everyone from Wall Street barons to farmers. The most commonly repeated story behind the post-Thanksgiving shoppingrelated Black Friday tradition links it to retailers. As the story goes, after an entire year of operating at a loss (“in the red”) stores would supposedly earn a profit (“went into the black”) on the day after Thanksgiving, because holiday shoppers blew so much money on discounted merchandise. Though it’s true that retail

companies used to record losses in red and profits in black when doing their accounting, this version of Black Friday’s origin is the officially sanctioned—but inaccurate—story behind the tradition. In recent years, another myth has surfaced that gives a particularly ugly twist to the tradition, claiming that back in the 1800s Southern plantation owners could buy slaves at a discount on the day after Thanksgiving. Though this version of Black Friday’s roots has understandably led some to call for a boycott of the retail holiday, it has no basis in fact. The true story behind Black Friday, however, is not as sunny as retailers might have you believe. Back in the 1950s, police in the city of Philadelphia used the term to describe the chaos that ensued on the day after Thanksgiving, when hordes of suburban shoppers and tourists flooded into the city in advance of the big Army-Navy football game held on that Saturday every year. Not only would Philly cops not be able to take the day off, but they would have to work extra-long shifts dealing with the additional crowds and traffic. Shoplifters would also take advantage of the bedlam in stores to make off with merchandise, adding to the law enforcement headache. By 1961, “Black Friday” had caught on in Philadelphia, to the extent that the city’s merchants and boosters tried unsuccessfully to change it to “Big

Friday” in order to remove the negative connotations. The term didn’t spread to the rest of the country until much later, however, and as recently as 1985 it wasn’t in common use nationwide. Sometime in the late 1980s, however, retailers found a way to reinvent Black Friday and turn it into something that reflected positively, rather than negatively, on them and their customers. The result was the “red to black” concept of the holiday mentioned earlier, and the notion that the day after Thanksgiving marked the occasion when America’s stores finally turned a profit. (In fact, stores traditionally see bigger sales on the Saturday before Christmas.) The Black Friday story stuck, and pretty soon the term’s darker roots in Philadelphia were largely forgotten. Since then, the one-day sales bonanza has morphed into a four-day event, and spawned other “retail holidays” such as Small Business Saturday/Sunday and Cyber Monday. Stores started opening earlier and earlier on that Friday, and now the most dedicated shoppers can head out right after their Thanksgiving meal. According to a pre-holiday survey this year by the National Retail Federation, an estimated 135.8 million Americans definitely plan to shop over the Thanksgiving weekend (58.7 percent of those surveyed), though even more (183.8 million, or 79.6 percent) said they would or might take advantage of the online deals offered on Cyber Monday.

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icture yourself in a situation of complete and total relaxation. You feel a deep, inner serenity, and with it, an all encompassing, loving warmth that radiates throughout your being. It is a inner sense of total and complete love from the heart. It is a knowing that all is well, and you feel a deeper sense of thankfulness for all that is in your life. You experience a feeling of true gratitude, and a combination of feelings: total and unconditional joy, happiness, security, and never-ending bliss, as well as limitless appreciation and thankfulness for all things. Your heart swells with the love you feel...in gratitude for the Universe and all the blessings you have, are, and will be receiving. This is the spiritual experience of gratitude. It is a time of opening one's heart to the unconditional and Divine Love within. It is an experience of being in appreciation and total alignment with All That Is, as e as all that is in one's life and experience. The conduit to this omnipresent and all powerful energy is the heart. The open heart, Unconditional Love, is the key. We all have the ability to create. It is the Divine power within each of us. All thoughts and emotions have an energy that exudes from us. While it is said by those who are body language experts that 95 percent of communication is physical body signals, I submit that we act in accordance with our thoughts and emotions. We subconsciously signal to others what and how we view them or issues surrounding us. The other 5 percent is said to be energetic, so in essence we emit our thoughts through subconscious energy- and in turn, attract

that which is like our thoughts. To illustrate this attraction exists, see what happens when you are in sync with others in a group – they will know it and accept you. On the other hand, the saying “ never go looking for trouble because you will find it” is so true because a chip on the shoulder engenders non-acceptance by others. In short, people know your views even if you think you are not displaying them. Personal relationships are the same because couples come together for their similarities- we all like being with someone who shares similar views, thoughts and interests. The adage that "like attracts like". Most people view the term gratitude as mere appreciation for an event or gift, a simple "Oh, that is nice, thank you.” Gratitude, as mentioned, is a totality of understanding that all things come from Source/God, and that as we think and feel, all things are available to us and it is all good. One deeply thanks and is appreciative for the Universe's gifts, knowing that we co-create those events,

situations and events and that it is from a pure and loving heart that one manifests. Gratitude's essence is All That Is. While it may not seem possible to be in a total loving space in every situation, merely thinking or saying a blessing of gratitude is important and a powerful start to achieving this state. All experiences provide a spiritual lesson and we may not understand the lesson in the moment. Upon reflection and honest inner work (such as taking 100 percent responsibility for all things in our life) we comprehend and "get it". Thus, being in gratitude for the daily divine lessons is a true spiritual practice. The more one is in gratitude, the more one is creating loving and beautiful happenstances. This is where spiritual work begins. To strengthen the energy, consistency and discipline are required along with intention and daily action. Enjoy your gratitude- it is a powerfully positive state of mind and consciousness lifter!

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TPC TAMPA BAY JUNIORS COMPETE IN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Lutz, FL – TPC Tampa Bay, a Heritage Golf Group property, is proud to announce that two Junior Golfers, Graden Lomax and David Cochran, competed in the World Championships 2017. The 2017 World Championship supported by the U.S. Kids Golf Foundation was held on Tuesday August 3rd 5th at Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina. Each year since 2005, Pinehurst plays host to hundreds of junior golfers from across the globe. This year there were over 1,550 players, more than 50 countries represented at the pinnacle event for competitive golfers ages 12 and under. Both juniors did extremely well in the competition. Graden Lomax scored first place in the Boys 8 Division at 6 under par with 102 strokes. David Cochran tied for 15th place (Top 7 in the U.S.) in the Boys 6 and under division with 9 over par and a total of 117 strokes. Both Graden Lomax and David Cochran are current Vantage Junior Members at TPC Tampa Bay and have taken private lessons with our PGA certified professional golf staff. Congrats to both boys for an outstanding job in this world tournament. The weeklong experience includes a Parent/Child Tournament, Team Challenge, Parade of Nations, Honda Skills Challenge, three rounds of championship play and the Closing Ceremony. Following the three-day championship, is a one-day best ball tournament featuring the top twelve- year-olds from the United States squaring off against the top twelve-year- olds from the rest of the world. This year Team USA won the 2017 World Van Horn Cup 5-3. “The Club and our Ambassadors are extremely proud of all the accomplishments of both junior golfers. They both have a great passion for the game of golf and work tirelessly on their game.,” said Craig Cliver, General Manager of TPC Tampa Bay. “These kids are role models for other Junior Golfers and we look forward to seeing them excel the future.” For more information about vantage junior memberships or TPC Tampa Bay, please call Margie Martin at (813) 949-0090 or visit tpctampabay.com.

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