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TemPle Terrace A Community Newsletter for Temple Terrace Residents

news VOL. 2, ISSUE 8 | APRIL 2013

Relay for Life


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e d i to r ’s Dear Temple Terrace residents, Spring has sprung! Now is the time to get outside in the sunshine and enjoy all that our area has to offer! Whether it’s going to a local Saturday fresh market to shop for veggies and crafts, or a family picnic in the park, or even that first trip to the beach for a long walk along the shore, take advantage of the first warm days of spring! There are many interesting events for families this time of year. One event is the Summer Splash on April 6th at the Glazer Children’s Museum, a fun-filled day for families to learn about summer camps around the Tampa Bay area. There will be games, activities, prizes and live entertainment. There’s also the 5th Annual Ride for Hospice, sponsored by the Pasco County Sheriff ’s Mounted Posse, it’s a family friendly event that brings together horse lovers for two days to raise funds for Gulfside Regional Hospice. There will be camping, live music, trail rides, wagon

USF celebrates going green and sustainability this month with their Earth Day festivities on April 20th, 10 am - 4 pm. The theme this year is Fresh Food Revolution. It’s a wonderful opportunity to teach our young people about the importance of supporting local farmers and vendors. There will be a farmer’s market, drum circle, educational demonstrations and children’s activities. Whatever you find to do this month, be thankful that we live in a beautiful area of the country and that we can get outside and enjoy it! We welcome photos you take of your family events this month. Please send them in and you might be featured on an upcoming cover! Happy springtime! Ann MacKinnon Editor

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40th Annual GFWC Temple Terrace Woman’s Club Prayer Breakfast The Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club was once again the sight of the Temple Terrace Prayer Breakfast on February 22nd. The annual event sponsored by the Temple Terrace Woman’s Club marked its 40th year with more than 120 in attendance. The event,

organized this year by Liz Affronti, drew many dignitaries and people of faith from a vast array of denominations. One of the highlights of the event was the presentation of a proclamation by Temple Terrace Mayor Frank Chillura to Prayer Breakfast founder Helen Farr in recognition of her leadership and community spirit in organizing and shepherding the event since its inception. The always gracious Mrs. Farr also brought Bib Hunsberger to the podium to share in her recognition and thanked many, many more who helped over the years.

Pastor of International Ministry at First Baptist Church of Temple Terrace, Joe Germann, was the keynote speaker and inspired the gathering with his fascinating personal story and deep devotion to the power of prayer. Many other community and congregational leaders’ lead “pop-up prayers” throughout the breakfast. Special prayers were lifted up for all of Temple Terrace’s first responders and civil servants through individual prayer cards. Sprinkled throughout the morning were beautiful renditions of spiritual songs by Dana Leonard accompanied by Sherrill Tomasino on piano. As always, the Woman’s Club put on a moving program and the Country Club provided a wonderful venue and breakfast. All were fed both physically and spiritually. Look for info. on the 41st Prayer Breakfast coming in the spring of 2014. Julia Affronti feeding a giraffe at the Florida State Fairgrounds during a chorus field trip

George Seeber to Become New City Manager The Temple Terrace City Council voted Thursday night to hire Gerald J. Seeber as the municipality’s new city manager. Seeber currently is general manager of Tampa Bay Water. He will replace City Manager Kim D. Leinbach, who is retiring in April. Seeber may begin work in Temple Temple Terrace News

Terrace by the end of April. Seeber has been general manager of Tampa Bay Water for the past five years, but has a wealth of city management experience. He served as city manager of Oviedo

in Seminole County from 2004 to 2008 and New Port Richey in Pasco County from 1988 to 2004. Seeber also served as village manager of Brown Deer, Wisconsin from 1982 to 1988. He is a 1975 graduate of Marquette University with a bachelor’s degree in political science, and earned a post-graduate

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degree from Pennsylvania State University in 1978 in public administration. Leinbach has served as Temple Terrace’s city manager since 1999. He said he will continue to live in Temple Terrace, a municipality of more than 24,000 residents in Hillsborough County. 5


garden club GAZEBO You know how it is – you spruce up one item in your house and the next thing you know you are painting a room or re-upholstering the furniture! Well as you may have read, the Temple Terrace Garden Club recently dedicated a beautiful water fountain in Woodmont Park. We held a lovely dedication ceremony and luncheon in honor of Marie Corbett who made the purchase possible. We invited Mayor Chillura and City dignitaries to join us and they did – so just like you do when company is coming – we really spruced up Woodmont Park. The landscape work is done monthly so

we turned our scrutiny to something really big! In partnership with the Parks and Recreation department, we painted the Gazebo! We met Tuesday, February 19th and quickly got started by preparing the area with tarps, painter's tape and newspaper. Then the fun really began as we covered every painted surface that had been painted before, using the paint that the City of Temple Terrace provided. It was a beautiful day and we all had a lot of fun. Garden Club member, Susan Schubert worried that we might paint her because she chose to take the lower rungs. She ended up painting herself with no help from us, as she reported, "no one dripped on me," but it made for a good joke all around. As it is with any work done with friends, we all had a great time with lots of laughter and camaraderie. Thirteen wonderful volunteers turned out to lend a hand - Dolores Buffington, Patty Cartwright, Cheri Donohue, Sandy Green, Al Latina, Ann Leavine, Travis Malloy, Selma Sappenfield, Susan Schubert, Glenda Sinardi, Kathy Spaulding, Norma Walker and Ann Whiteside.

all ages and encourages a love and respect for our community and the environment. You can learn more about us by checking out our website www. templeterracegardenclub. And please, come inspect our work!

Work continues in Woodmont Park every month. We encourage you to come work with us any 3rd Wednesday of the month between 9-noon. We will gladly share the workload or stop to chat about our work. The Temple Terrace Garden Club is open to members of 6

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24th Annual Business Expo & Taste of the Terrace For 24 years the Chamber has hosted the Annual Business Expo and Taste of the Terrace with great success and this year was no exception. The March 5 event saw nearly 100 vendors exhibiting their businesses and services to approximately 1,000 guests. TPepin’s Hospitality

Peggy is a member of the Temple Terrace Garden Club and volunteered selling tickets at the Expo. A variety of Chamber events will be held during the month of April. These are open to Chamber members as well as the public.

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Centre was a perfect venue for this year’s Expo and the 13 restaurants that participated provided delicious samples of their menu items. Tastes ranging from oysters on the half shell, to pasta to desserts and more were enjoyed by those attending. We appreciate our sponsors, exhibitors and volunteers for making this an event to remember and we are looking forward to next year’s Expo! Melanie Smith was very excited to learn that she was the winner of the Expo’s Grand Prize, a Cruise for Two. Her parents B.W. and Peggy Blount purchased the ticket for her. 8

April 4 - 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Lunch & Learn - Social Media and Building Your Online Presence - What is it and why should I care? This workshop will be led by a panel consisting of professionals in a variety of areas of Social Media Marketing. Hosted by the University of Phoenix, 12802 Tampa Oaks Blvd., Temple Terrace. $15 to attend, includes box lunch and beverage. Reservations due on the chamber website by Monday, April 1st, www. For more information call 813989-7004. This workshop is open to Chamber members and the public. April 9 - 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. YEP (Young Elite Professionals, age 21-40) Afterhours Networking Social, The Patio, 421 South MacDill Avenue, Tampa. $5 members, Guests $10. RSVP by April 5 on the Chamber website, www.templeterracechamber. com or email ltice@

Jack Townsend, Helen Townsend and Julie Riggs, Jack L. Townsend, Sr., P.A. the title sponsor of the Expo. for information. April 10 - 8-9 a.m. New Member Coffee. Café Kili, 5731 E. Fowler Avenue. The purpose of this event is to educate and engage new Chamber members. Chamber members during their first year of membership are invited to attend. April 11 - 5:30-7:30 p.m. Chamber Afterhours Networking Social,

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Embassy Suites-USF, 3705 Spectrum Blvd., Tampa. Complimentary appetizers, drink specials and door prizes! All Chamber members and guests are invited to attend. This event is open to anyone interested in learning more about membership in the Chamber. No RSVP required. April 17 - 1:45 a.m. Chamber Monthly Luncheon. Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club, 200 Inverness Avenue. Featured speaker: Bill McKown, Assistant Director, Florida Small Business Development Center. $18 Chamber members registered/ paid in advance, $20 members at the door, $25 Guests. RSVP on the Chamber website, www. Temple Terrace News

Former Mayor Bondi Honored with Living Memorial Former Temple Terrace Mayor Dr. Joseph C. Bondi Jr., who passed away on January 8th, was honored recently with a memorial marker and the planting of a Live Oak tree. The tree is a living memorial to a life dedicated to making Temple Terrace a better place Dr. Joseph C. Bondi Jr. to live and will be a constant reminder of the City’s gratitude in front of the family home on the 10th fairway of the golf course. Mayor Frank Chillura read a heartfelt proclamation at the intimate dedication ceremony attended by most of the City Council Members, Dr. Bondi’s

immediate family, and several close family friends. Among the many accomplishments Mayor Chillura sighted were Dr. Bondi’s dedication to the City of Temple Terrace, first as a City Councilmen, and then as Mayor from 1974 – 1978. During his time in office Temple Terrace saw a new City Hall, library, recreation center and police department established— all without raising taxes. He is survived by his wife, Patsy, and their three children: Pam, Beth and Brad. The family was also recognized for their ongoing support of the City and sacrifices made to support Dr. Bondi and his love of public service. His daughter, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, continues the public service legacy.

Pictured Left to Right: Emma McIntyre, Greg Henderson, Pam Bondi, Mayor Frank Chillura, Evan McIntyre, Patsy Bondi, Jake Schaffer, Beth Bondi McIntyre, Rich McIntyre and Brad Bondi (out of state not pictured)

Starting in 1960, Dr. Bondi taught at Wilson Junior High and Greco Junior High, and served as dean of boys at Franklin Junior High. He was a professor of education at the University of South Florida for 38 years. In his spare time he authored more than 30 textbooks.

Temple Terrace will greatly miss one of our city government pioneers but we are blessed to still have the Bondi family in our community. As the memorial marker reads Dr. Bondi was: “A friend to All in Temple Terrace”.

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produce toothbrushes after 1885. Modern toothpastes were developed in the 1800’s. Colgate dental cream was packaged in collapsible tubes in the late 1800’s. While prehistoric man used dental floss, a New Orleans dentist, Dr Levi Parmly, is considered the inventor of modern dental floss. He encouraged his patients to floss their teeth with silk thread around 1815. Starting around 1882, dental floss began to be available to the general public. Your mouth is a window to your body’s overall health. Dr Charles Mayo of the Mayo Clinic emphasized the connection between bodily health and oral health when he said, “Preventive dentistry can extend human life ten years”. Brushing and flossing play a vital role in keeping your mouth healthy. Toothbrushes and dental floss are found in a variety of stores around the world. Choose a product that you like and continue to use them daily. Want to learn proper brushing and flossing techniques? (The American Dental Association) or (The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry) have information showing proper technique. Feel free to call our office with any questions or concerns, 631-1100. Temple Terrace News


Temple Terrace Preservation Society Trees for Preservation 2013 Crop You may, or may not know, Temple Terrace enjoys the distinction of being a prestigious Tree City USA community. It’s obvious when you drive the streets lining the golf course and surrounding neighborhoods why. The majestic oaks and other varieties of trees that canopy much of Temple Terrace are a natural source of beauty and pride for the City. Part of the Tree City USA mandate is to be continually proactive in the care and management of the community’s trees. The Temple Terrace Preservation Society (TTPS) Trees for Preservation program is designed to raise funds to purchase and plant as many trees as possible to replace trees as they are lost to age and disease. The new trees are planted on the right-of-way of the golf course and in cityowned public parks. Members of the community can adopt or sponsor a tree simply by providing funds to cover the cost of a new tree (typically $35-$65). Their new tree will be planted on the golf course or in a public park at a location determined by the TTPS in partnership with the City. TTPS members will

purchase the tree, plant it and water it until it is established (typically four months). Those who adopt a tree will have their picture taken with their tree once planted, and the tree will be tagged with the name of the sponsor(s). This is a great way to memorialize a loved one, dedicate a tree to a child and maintain the tree canopy throughout the city! TTPS recently made a trip to Half Moon Growers in Newberry, Florida to purchase this year’s trees. We purchased 12 (15) gallon Longleaf Pines, 2 (15) gallon Sand Live Oaks, 1 (15) gallon Bald Cypress. The pines are already planted on the Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club course, everything else is for Temple Terrace parks and private donors. Thank you Ron and Judy Govin, June Mansfield, Temple Terrace Garden Club and Temple Terrace Woman's Club for donations! To donate contact Tim Lancaster, tim@

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in local, state and national USS sanctioned meets. For fees, schedules and more information regarding ACTT, please contact Chris Daniels at 506-6623 or 5066610. GYMNASTICS SPRING I SESSION Session Dates: March 4th - April 27th 8 Week Session For students enrolled in Winter Session. Call for more information. SPRING GYMNASTICS CAMP (Minimum of 8 participants per camp) March 12th - 15th Mon. - Fri. 9 am - 5 pm, children over 6 yrs. old $105 Members $130 Non-members Mon. - Fri. 9 am - 1 pm, children ages 5 & over $53 Members $75 Non-members Daily rates available for

The Fitness Center at the Family Recreation Complex is equipped with top-of-the-line resistance and cardiovascular fitness equipment giving users maximum benefits. The Fitness Center’s friendly atmosphere and qualified staff make it a favorite local workout destination. Ask about personalized exercise programs. 12

full days and half days. Before/Aftercare is available for an additional cost. Gymnastics Birthday Parties A great party that kids of any age will love! Parties include: 1 hour & 15 minutes in the Gymnastics room and 45 minutes in the Party room. Gymnastics parties may be combined with swimming for an additional charge. Parties are available for up to 20 children. Call the Family Recreation Complex Customer Service desk at 506-6600 for more information. TENNIS This membership-based facility, consisting of six state-of-the-art clay tennis courts, offers open play, leagues, tournaments, clinics, and group and private lessons. Head Racquet Professional Manny Mariani is USPTA certified and available to assist you with your racquet sport needs. Please watch for posted information on upcoming events and tournaments. An annual total membership or daily fee is required to use the clay courts. MEMBERS: For clay court reservations please contact the Family Recreation Complex Customer Service desk at 506-6600 after 8am. For more information, or to speak with Manny Mariani, contact the tennis office at 989-7178. Proper tennis attire and proper tennis etiquette must be used at all times. No running shoes

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This partnership will not only permit students to learn more about flavorful cooking, it will also allow them to see how to grow their own plants using organic practices. The TTCG looks forward to finding even more means of integrating

The Temple Terrace Community Garden continues to work closely with local schools to teach students about best gardening practices. The site at Riverhills Elementary has hosted several classes for tours, with members


of the community garden demonstrating how to plant, cultivate, and care for the crops. Plans are now underway for the third site at Greco Middle School. The first garden at this location will provide herbs for the culinary program students.

the students into gardening activities. Plans are also underway to create more individual plots at the second site, located in Riverhills Park. Garden

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members have the opportunity to cultivate whichever crops they desire, provided that they adhere to organic practices— members of the garden are happy to help teach ways of growing plants organically. For more information find Temple Terrace Community Garden on facebook. As the community garden expands, we look forward to welcoming new members to the group. If you are interested in learning more, please look for us on Facebook (Temple Terrace Community Garden group) or check out the website at www. templeterracecommunity We look forward to seeing you in the garden!

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community News “SAVE THE DATE” the email or invitation yells! But you ask, save it for what? Sure, if it’s a wedding or a surprise party you understand immediately but what if the Save the Date says “Art en Blanc”? What in the world am I being invited to now? The phrase “because we’ve always done it that way” does not apply to the creative thinking of the Temple Terrace Arts Council. For many years, they hosted an Art Auction and many people attended and looked forward to the annual affair. However, just about anything can get old and the members decided this year to change the format in a big and exciting way – and yes, I’m getting back to “Art en Blanc”. On May 17th, gather your friends under the lovely oaks of our own Woodmont

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Park in Temple Terrace to listen and dance to the music of the Dennis Pupello Jazz Ensemble (perhaps you heard them at Tampa Prep’s “Sunday in the Arts 2013”). Tables of 8 are priced at $160 but individual tickets can be purchased for $25. Then bring your own “dinner under the stars” (which of course can be as elaborate or casual as you like) and your own adult beverage – yes it is an approved BYOB affair. All the stuff that will make it easy will be handled by the Arts Council – so we will provide tables, chairs and linens. You can dress up your table as you like and prizes

for the most creative will be awarded. Several local restaurants are putting together “Art en Blanc” pre-paid and pre-packaged dinners for your convenience at very reasonable rates. Now for the most creative part – your attire and your table are to be en blanc (in white for the regular folks among us) however khaki is also appropriate. Ladies and gentlemen, hats are most

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welcome! Go chic, come in costume, be elegant or simply casual – it’s all up to you and your friends. So don’t miss out on this new and creative event in Temple Terrace. Proceeds will benefit art programs supported by the Arts Council. Thank you to Ward-Seaford, Attorneys at Law for their generous sponsorship. Still have a question? Please email us at


SCHOOL News C. Leon King High School 6815 N. 56th St. Tampa, FL 33610 813.744.8343 Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School 10948 N. Central Ave. Tampa, FL 33612 813.971.5600 Tampa Bay Technical High School 6410 Orient Road Tampa, FL 33610 813.744.8360 Terrace Community Middle School 11734 Jefferson Road, Thonotosassa, Florida, 33592 813.987.6555

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April 2nd: PTA Meeting 8:15am/Marco’s Pizza Night April 25th: Publix Math Night 5:30-7:30pm April 26-27th: Relay for Life April 29th: Field Day May 3rd: SAVE THE DATE for Spring Carnival

Lewis Elementary is holding our next PTA meeting Greco Middle School 6925 E. Fowler on April 2nd at 8:15 in Temple Terrace, FL 33617 the Media Center. We are 813.987.6926 currently taking nominations for our 2013-2014 PTA board Riverhills Elementary School and committee. If you are 405 Riverhills Drive Temple Terrace, FL 33617 interesting in taking a new 813.987.6911 position or helping in any way, please see one of our PTA Lewis Elementary School 6700 Whiteway Drive members or join us at the Temple Terrace, FL 813.987.6947 meeting. April is a busy testing month at Lewis Elementary. Temple Terrace Our upper level grades, 3rdElementary School 124 Flotto Avenue 5th, have completed SAT Temple Terrace, FL 33617 Putting Students First 813.987.6406 testing and 1st-2nd grade will take the SAT on April 2nd12th. FCAT testing for 3rdWoodmont Charter School 10402 N 56th St 5th grades starts on April 15th WOODMONT Temple Terrace, FL 33617 C H A R T E R S C H O O L and goes through the 26th. It 813.708.1596 10402 N 56th Street in Temple Terrace is very important for students ARE YOU SEARCHING FOR A BETTER to get a nutritious breakfast, Montessori Academies EDUCATION OPTION FOR YOUR CHILD? plenty of sleep, and have good 11302 N. 53rd Street A few Temple Terrace, FL seats are still available for the 2011-12 school year. attendance during this time. 813.899.2345 Administrative Professionals’ Day on April 24th. We would The Charter Schools USA advantage: Florida Academy College like to extend a special thank 7032 Temple Terrace Highway Temple Terrace, FL you to all of our staff for their 813.899.6800 hard work in making our school top notch. Please feel free to show your support to Apply online today for Grades K-6 these individuals during this Call today to schedule a tour (813) 708-1596 time. April 25th is Math Night at Publix on 53rd Street and Fowler Ave. Students will be able to participate in real life math problems through the use of groceries and price lists, while having fun all at the same time. This was a huge hit last year so you won’t want to miss it! Woodmont Charter School is now serving the Temple Terrace area. Our school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and is a proud member of the Charter Schools USA family of schools.

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Coming up April 26th-27th is Relay for Life, which takes place on the Greco Middle School track and field. Please make plans to come show your support on Friday evening and early Saturday morning to our Relay team. The money raised for this event benefits the American Cancer Society. Be on the lookout for ways you can get involved. Our annual Field Day is also coming up on April 29th. Students will have the chance to participate in friendly competitions and learn that fitness can be fun! We are in need of parent volunteers

Dylan Biggs gets up close and personal with an alligator at our Spring General Assembly.

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Cameron Rowe Wins Scholarship at Pop Warner Banquet Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc. (PWLS) is the only national youth sports organization in America that requires its participants to perform satisfactorily in the A special thank you to Croc Encounters and Leigh Ann Allred for making our classroom Assembly one to remember! (Feel free to use either snake picture). I like the close up of the 4 children but I wasn't sure if it was clear enough. before for this event. Please contact permitting them to play. Each Coach Albert if you can help. year, the most academically Our uniform closet is in accomplished Pop Warner kids need of clothes. If you are compete for Academic Allcleaning out your closets and American status. This process have any gently used or new begins at the association level school uniforms, please bring and continues through each of them to the front office for the eight Pop Warner regions to those students in need. the national level. Application May is just around the for All-American status requires corner. We have many exciting a minimum 96% grade point year-end events coming up. average, with placement based Please save the date of May 3rd on academics, character, and for our Spring Carnival from community involvement.) 5-7:30pm. This is a family In early February, Terrace fun event with bounce houses, Community Middle School games, and raffles. Guaranteed- student, Cameron Rowe, was you won’t want to miss it!! honored at the Pop Warner Make sure you “LIKE” our Little Scholars Banquet held PTA Facebook page to keep at the Tampa Bay Convention up with more information Center for as a First Team All on all these exciting events! American Scholar. Cameron attended John Long Middle for LewisElementaryPTA. both 6th and 7th grade and is

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currently a student at Terrace Community Middle School where he is on the high honor roll. In addition to being named as a First Team All American Scholar, Cameron was one of 8 students selected to receive a scholarship. He was awarded $1000 from the local Pop Warner Association, the Foundation for Youth Development. During the banquet Cameron's selection as First Team All American Scholars for the Southeast Region of Pop Warner was also announced. He is one of 35 football

first at the local level (Greater Tampa Bay area), then Regional (Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi), and then at the national level. They can earn 1st team, 2nd team or Honorable Mention at the different levels. A formula is used to calculate grade point average and community service to decide where the students should be ranked/placed. Starting in 8th grade, they are also eligible to receive scholarships at each level. Logan, Cameron and Nicholas were all selected to move on to the Regional Level as 1st team. They are 3 of 35 football players selected from

Montessori Preparatory had their Annual Family Day program on March 8th. Under the Sea from A to Z was an alphabetical exploration of ocean life.

players in Southeast Region Pop Warner, which includes Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi. The regional banquet will be Held April 20th where he will compete for scholarships and learn if he moves on to the National Level. Good luck, Cameron! Terrace Community Middle School students Logan Anderson, Cameron Rowe and Nicholas Haggar, who participate in the Pop Warner football league were recently selected to advance to the Regional Level. Pop Warner is the only national youth sports organization in America that requires its participants to perform in the classroom before permitting them to play. The All American Scholars compete Temple Terrace News

the southeast regional area (Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi) in Grade 8 or higher. The National selections will be announced in March. If you see them in the neighborhood wish them good luck!

Montessori Academy learned about community helpers on their Annual Family Day.

From left to right: Logan Anderson, Cameron Rowe (also selected to the receive a $1,000 scholarship) and Nicholas Haggar

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TCMS WINS FIRST PLACE MIDDLE SCHOOL HISTORY BOWL! TCMS won first place in the Middle School History Bowl (Team event – Varun Madabushi, Aren Saini and Anshruta Dhanashekar). They have now qualified for the 'National Middle School History Bowl ' to be held in Arlington, VA in the third week of May. All three TCMS students also competed in a 'High School History Bee', individual event (as they did not have a middle school bee) and Varun Madabushi won third place in this competition and again qualified for High School History Bee Nationals to be held in Arlington, VA in 27th and 28th of April.

County Science Fair “Science fair is totally optional and these students chose to stay after school and work on these projects on their own time. “ –Mrs.Overdorff, Science Fair Sponsor The following students participated in the county science fair: · Ruchi Korde – “What Type Of Soil Has The Most Antibiotic Producing Organisms?” –Honorable Mention · Mattie Lindley – “The Diseased Artery That Couldn’t” (transfer from Williams) 2nd Place · Shivani Ramesh – “Dr. Calcium Carbonate MD: Determining How Antacids Change The PH of Stomach Acid” – Honorable Mention · Sagaar Majethia – “Alternative Fuels: The Effect of Different Sources on Methane Production” Merit Award · Matthew Epstein – “The Effect of Temperature On The pH Of Water” Merit Award

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Keshav Shah placed 4th overall in the Math Counts competition that was held recently at MOSI, and he will advanced to the State level in March in Orlando.


Florida College graduate Saif Alsafeer signs with Tampa Marauders FC On Friday, March 1st recent Florida College graduate Saif Alsafeer signed with the Tampa Marauders, a club in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL). Alsafeer, a four-year starter and three-time captain at Florida College, was an invaluable asset to the College’s men’s squad. “It was a pleasure coaching Saif,” said his former coach, Matthew Evans. “He understands the game of soccer,

and is looking to improve himself each day as a person and player. I am thrilled for the opportunity he is getting and I hope he will continue to reach even greater heights in the game of soccer.” Alsafeer’s signing is the latest in his many soccer accolades. He was a three-time USCAA Academic All-American and a two-time USCAA Athletic AllAmerican nominee. He also led the Falcons in their 2011 run to the USCAA National Title game. Though his official signing took place March 1, Alsafeer began practicing with the team for the past two weeks during their pre-season. “The past two weeks has been very competitive and exciting,” he said. “And I am very thankful that God has blessed me with such an amazing opportunity.”

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On Thursday night February 28th the Commercial Art Academy from Tampa Bay Technical High School took part in the award ceremony for the Tampa Bay Addy Awards. Each year CAA volunteers in the local advertising community to assist in the set up of the official gallery hanging at the R.K. Bailey Art Museum at The University of Tampa. The gallery viewing is seen by hundreds. CAA also takes the opportunity to compete against local colleges in the student competitions of certain categories. CAA is the only high school in this competition.

TBT's Addy Award winners: Brittany "Bam" McCain, Cathy Rosembert, Kelsea Andrews, Ledja Tashi

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This years Addy event took place at the historic Tampa Theater located in Downtown Tampa. The event showcased and awarded an array of designs, photography, creative concepts and more from local advertising agencies, colleges, and high schools with work that was created in 2012. The Commercial Art Academy has supported this movement in the advertising community for over ten years now. The lights dimmed, the music played, the show began. From comedy to dance the 2013 Addy Awards were underway. Video reels of television commercials dazzled the audience and hand claps were heard for outstanding and creative advertisements

TBT's seniors in the Vision Tech program gather for a class picture during their week of clinicals.

from around the bay area. Anticipation grew for the students in attendance from USF, HCC, IADT, AI, UT, and TBT. Finally the student awards began to announce. Only twelve awards were awarded in the Student Addy category. We are proud to say that CAA took home four distinguished awards Putting Students First recognized by the professionals in our industry.

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One of State’s Largest High School Relay For Life Events Hosted by King High School On the weekend of March 22nd-24th, King High School presented its annual Relay For Life event. King students and teachers, in affiliation with the American Cancer Society, have currently raised over $73,000, close to their goal of raising $120,000 this year. Over 650 students in grades nine through 12 (one-third of the student body) participated on 53 teams. The theme this year was “Where In The World Is The Cure For Cancer?” and offered international cuisine sponsored by many local restaurants. In September KHS kicked off its Relay season with team registration and “Paint the Campus Purple Day”, an event which fostered an understanding of Relay and encouraged participation. On Friday the 22nd, King hosted the Relay For Life Benefit Concert featuring King High School’s PRIDE Three event chairs Priya Shukla, Sherry Zhang and Khawla Benyamine Show Choir. PRIDE was featured in a 2011 Super Bowl commercial on Fox, and performs throughout the Tampa Bay area during the school year. The annual Relay For Life at King High School began on Saturday, March 23rd at 3pm with an Opening Ceremony held on the KHS track. Cancer survivors were invited to walk a lap with their caregivers, passing students who cheer with their banners and spirit sticks that represent their teams. This year, the track Leadership training event the students attended at Camp was divided into continents, and each team had Christina in August 2012. chosen a country to represent. At 9pm, a moving ceremony began where candle luminarias were lit in memory of loved ones who passed away from cancer and to honor those who have survived the disease. At 11pm, all guests left the field and the students camped out for the rest of the event – an anticipated night of entertainment, food, moments of reflection, and walking for a cause. This year’s event was spon­sored in part by Dr. Kiran Patel and Freedom Health.

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The Temple Terrace Friendship Club will meet on Tuesday, April 9th at the Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club on Inverness Avenue. We will meet at 11:30 for hospitality followed by the business meeting and lunch. Our entertainment will be Bingo. We are busy as bees planning a beautiful Fashion Show for our May 14th meeting. Tickets are now on sale for $20.00 and may be purchased at our April meeting. Tickets are by advance sale only so be sure to get your tickets soon. You may also call Joan Franklin at 9886465 or Barbara Gould at 989-0171 for tickets. Our

fashion shows are always a lot of fun with surprises, door prizes and good food. Jean Ticknor and Dawn Headland will be chairing the event. Our Bridge and Canasta groups will not meet the day of the fashion show.

The Out to Lunch Bunch went to the Horse

Races in March and although it was chilly it was another beautiful day in Florida. In April the Out to Lunch Bunch will go to Stefanos restaurant in Temple Terrace for lunch. We also have women in the Terrace Red Hat Flashes. For info on them call Barbara Gould at 989.0171. If you have not seen the gazebo in Woodmont Park, stop by! The Temple Terrace Garden Club maintains it, so it always looks lovely.

All women are welcome to attend our meetings but reservations are always necessary. Please call Lynn McKinney at 985.1627 for more information. An interesting fact about our fair city is that the Tocobaga Indians were the original inhabitants of Temple Terrace. This tribe lived in the Tampa Bay area until 1760, when diseases spread throughout the land which they had no immunity against.

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Education The GFWC Temple Terrace Juniorettes celebrated our educational


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Appreciation Dinner and by holding a birthday party celebration in honor of Dr. Seuss. The Juniorettes invited their favorite teachers to attend the dinner, where they socialized and played their own version of "Are You Smarter Than a Juniorette?" At the Dr. Seuss activity,

held at the Temple Terrace Library, the Juniorettes helped the children with crafts, games, face painting, and story time. The GFWC Temple Terrace Juniorettes is a service club for teenaged girls. For more information about the Juniorettes, contact the club's Advisor, Joyce Johnston, at 813-985-3533.

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CAT CRUSADERS - Making a Difference, One Cat at a Time Springtime is fast approaching, which means very different things, to many it is a time for new life, freshness, renewal, for those in cat rescue, it means kitten season is upon us. Cat Crusaders, an allvolunteer, no-kill cat rescue of Tampa is based out of the New Tampa Petsmart located on Bruce B. Downs. Their vision was to re-home as many adoptable cats and kittens as possible. Re-homing adoptable cats is one piece to the puzzle, spaying and neutering cats and kittens are another piece. By spaying and neutering the population of cats and kittens are decreased, thus ensuring that the numbers of cats and kittens being euthanized decrease in our society. So Cat Crusaders is also active in TNR. (Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate, Return). This method

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enables the feral community to be controlled humanely, since they cannot reproduce. Cat Crusaders of Tampa is also the leader among cat rescues regarding pulling cats from Animal Services to place for adoption. The Tampa Bay area is flooded with cats and kittens every year looking for places that are safe that will enable them to survive. The feral population is huge, partly due to the tropical seasons and lack of hard winters in Tampa. Cat Crusaders continues to do amazing work in the community and this is seen every time the group receives an email or phone call stating their adopted cat is doing great in their new home and brings happiness to the pet parents. More often than not,

the cat or kitten was pulled from a kill shelter with only days or moments left to live. The cat or kitten was given a second chance and it happened because of the Cat Crusaders volunteers. Cat Crusaders is always looking for volunteers, whether it's adults to help do adoptions, or families to foster cats or kittens, or teens looking for community service hours, there is always plenty of work to be done. Cat Crusaders goal for the future is to have a mobile adoption unit. This would allow the group to reach out to more places in the community and conduct adoptions from outside of Petsmart. Those who do not have the means to get out and see cats and kittens in stores and shelters would now have the opportunity to

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meet and adopt from the mobile adoption unit. With a mobile unit, more cats and kittens would find their forever homes. Cat Crusaders conducts adoptions every Saturday and Sunday at New Tampa Petsmart. Cats are $50 and kittens are $75 or two for $100 to adopt. All cats and kittens are tested for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus, are upto-date on their shots, spayed or neutered, and have a microchip. You can visit the website at www.


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FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR Firefighter/Engineer Benjamin Blethen has been named Temple Terrace’s 2012 Firefighter of the Year. The announcement was made Monday night during the Fire Department’s annual awards banquet in Temple Terrace. Blethen, 30, was selected after an extensive review of “his vast contributions to the department and our community over the past year,” said Assistant Fire Chief Ian Kemp. Fire officials lauded Blethen’s efforts in updating the department’s pre-fire plans, providing firefighters

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Temple Terrace Fire Chief Keith Chapman (left) congratulates Benjamin Blethen, Temple Terrace’s 2012 Firefighter of the Year.

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TEMPLE TERRACE PUBLIC LIBRARY 202 Bullard Pkwy. Temple Terrace, FL 33617 Ph: 813-506-6770

Changes Coming to the Library Public libraries in Hillsborough County will be changing over from our current system software (HORIZON) very soon. Our new system software (POLARIS) which controls the checkout process and the online catalog will have many new features. Library customers should be aware of what’s coming. Several library services will be temporarily suspended in the weeks leading up to the change. April 8th: Item requests (holds) will be suspended.

No new holds can be placed. This includes Interlibrary Loans. April 22nd: The old system goes offline, and the catalog will not update holdings information during this week. While we will still be able to check items out to customers and receive returned items, we will not be able to look at your account to see what is checked out. April 29th: The POLARIS software will go live. Normal operation will resume, including holds.

Once our new system goes online, you will be able to enjoy several new features. Sorting catalog will be easier than ever. If you choose to, you will be able to keep a history of all the materials you have checked out. This feature can be turned on from the “My Account” tab of the catalog. Also, you will be able to save searches. For instance, if you would like the computer to automatically search all titles by James Patterson published in 2013 and email you the results of that search

each month, you can. Later on, an online fines and fees payment system will be made available. Changes are coming, so be prepared. Don’t hesitate to ask questions. The Hillsborough County Library Cooperative number is (813) 273-3652. Also, as with any major undertaking, dates may be subject to change. Check the website for further updates. We hope you enjoy all the new features that are soon to come.



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Mission statements can sound like futuristic jargon but sometimes the visions and goals of two groups mesh. In this case, MOSI Partnership School’s mission reads as such: MOSI students will reach academic goals for individual success utilizing community. The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the idea of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster: the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service... to serve society... and the application of the idea of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business and community life etc. Ann Perez, MOSI School Principal, and Kevin McDonald, 4th grade teacher


and SIT Team Chair visited the Rotary Club in 2012 to share the ups and downs of a school where a majority of the students transferred in and out within the same school year. They were, however, confident that their mission to provide each student with the opportunity to achieve could be realized. With that attitude and ideas of how to reach the goal, the two formed a strong partnership. Since that time, the club has donated $1,000 to the school each year and this year held a special drive for the most requested items – pencils and socks! The donations won’t solve all the problems the kids bring to school each day but hopefully it will show them that people in the community care. Putting into practice the Object

Club members present a check for $1000 to Kevin McDonald, of MOSI Partnership School. Rotarians also donated more than 300 pairs of socks and hundreds of pencils and other school supplies.

of Rotary has been beneficial to the small club as well, growing its membership by eleven new members – not because the meetings are so entertaining (and they are) but because so much can be accomplished within that hour each week. If you are in doubt, just ask one of the following people why they recently joined the Temple Terrace Rotary - Karen Day, Louise Giguere, April Griffin,

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