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August 28


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New Tampa Rotary’s First FUN Raiser even if you don’t golf, come over for dinner or help out by being a sponsor. This year marks the 7th annual Charity Classic. Since 2007, the Club Corp family of clubs has raised $12 million benefiting MDA’s Augie’s Quest, Employee Partners Care Foundation and many national and local charities, chosen by the club. Sunday, August 11 11 a.m. | Registration 1 p.m. | Golf Tournament Shotgun Start 5:30 | Scoring and Awards 6 p.m. | BBQ Dinner Participant Pricing: $45 per person – Includes golf & BBQ $15 per person – BBQ dinner only Golf tournament: Format is a 4-person scramble Swimming: Saturday, August 10 the Swim Team and parents will swim laps for pledges. Benefiting charities: • MDA’s Augie’s Quest • Employee Partners Care Foundation • Rotary Club of New Tampa For registration information or sponsorship opportunities, contact: Andrea Bianchi 813.972.1991 Location: Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club, 5811 Tampa Palms Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33647

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La Traviata Met Summer Encore Wednesday, Jul 17, 7:00pm Cinebistro at Grove 16 Wesley Chapel

Josh Groban: All That Echoes Artist Cut

Tuesday, Jul 16 7:30p Cinebistro at Grove 16, Wesley Chapel Josh Groban performs at New York’s Lincoln Center and answers questions from his fans. Included: a behind-the-scenes look at the making of “All That Echoes.”

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Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce Business Leaders Roundtable Friday August 2nd, 11:45am – 1:00pm Sponsored byJim Pittman, Edward Jones Investments Microtel Inn & Suites, 7839 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills

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AUGUST WHAT TO PLANT: Bedding Plants: The hottest days of summer limit planting now to heat tolerant Coleus, kalanchoe, and vinca. Bulbs: Aztec lily, butterfly lily, walking iris, and spider lily can be planted any time of the year, even late summer. Herbs: Herbs that can be planted from plants (not seeds) include bay laurel, ginger, Mexican tarragon and rosemary. Vegetables: Many cool-season crops such as collards and onion can be planted now, including a final crop of warm-season vegetables, such as pepper. Tomato can also be planted for the fall garden.

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magnesium or potassium. Apply an appropriate palm fertilizer. Vegetables: If not done in July, solarize the vegetable garden in preparation for fall planting. Poinsettias: Pinch back Poinsettias and Mums before the end of the month to allow time for buds to form for winter bloom. Ornamental Plants: Rapid growth and leaching rains may result in nutrient deficiencies in some plants. Fertilize those plants that show signs of deficiencies. Bedding Plants: Remove spent blooms, cut back, and fertilize flowering annuals and perennials to extend the bloom season into the fall months.

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“Back to School” does not have to mean

“Back to School Stress” By Katy Cox

Kids are not the only people feeling stressed about going back to school. As families count down the days of summer, the idea of returning to schedules packed with work, school and extracurricular activities can cause a lot of tension. Getting organized now can help ease your family into the required routines needed to perform at their best. Making a habit of creating a checklist of what is needed for the next day; just making a checklist can reduce stress and it also serves as a starting point

that is easily accessible by everyone. Dry-erase, wipe-off or paper calendars can be color-coded for each family member. Parents with young children can incorporate magnets or stickers to add fun to the calendar, while also teaching concepts such as days of the week and months of the year. Families with teens may find an electronic family calendar more helpful. Schedules can be synched to online calendars or use calendar applications in phones to keep everyone in your family up-to-date on appointments, activities and important events.

all benefit from at any age. Sleep, in elementary school age children, is an especially important, key component to reducing back-to-school stress. Taking a bath 20 to 30 minutes before bedtime can help children settle down, and that time frame allows their bodies to cool off, which helps them to sleep soundly. After a couple of weeks in a consistent routine, their young bodies will automatically start to relax and settle down when you start the bedtime process. Taking a bath, brushing their teeth and reading a bedtime story are extremely helpful ways to prepare your children for bed. Keeping bedrooms quiet, cool, dark and comfortable promotes better sleep. A light, healthy snack before bedtime, such as bananas, dark leafy vegetables, berries, milk, peanut butter and whole grain foods can also help. Children should avoid caffeine, chocolate, and sugary or spicy foods before bedtime. They should also avoid screen time, whether it’s a TV, computer, cell phone or game console screen, because the light that is emitted from electronic screens can trick a child’s -- and an adult’s -- body into staying up longer. Children have less restful sleep when they fall asleep watching TV.

for organizing everything each family member needs to make the next morning easier. Identify a “launch pad” where everyone has a spot for their stuff, such as backpacks, lunches, car keys, sports equipment, cell phones, school IDs and jackets. Another way to stay on top of family activities is to have a family calendar 12

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Even the most organized families can feel stressed if their busy schedules prevent them from getting proper rest. Nightly routines, such as making sure homework has been completed, packing a lunch, setting out clothes for the next day and taking a bath not only help reduce stress in the morning, but also build good habits of responsibility and planning ahead. Something we can

Use the quiet time before bed to talk about any back-to-school anxieties they might be experiencing. Brainstorm strategies for dealing with their fears. Going over their class material regularly to avoid test anxiety is a good start; let them come up with the game plan. Together, formulate positive messages to counteract the negative messages they may hear during the day. Begin an open-ended conversation about friends and potential bullies in the classroom. These types of conversations will give a feeling of empowerment, reducing daily anxieties. Make communication part of your nightly routine and as your family relationships get stronger, everyone’s stress level should decrease.



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Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce


Tell us how you envision the position of Honorary Mayor?

I envision having a presence and voice so I am able to represent our community positively and encourage the expansion of businesses and enhancement of community partnerships.

Tell us about yourself, where you’re from, your childhood and your family. I am originally from Michigan. My daughter and I moved here in 2000. I have two Brothers and one Sister. I enjoy vacations, islands, poetry, beaches, tennis, swimming, golf, and time spent with my daughter and son-in-law.

Where do you work, what do you do there and where have you worked in the past?

I am employed at Florida Hospital Chapel Home Health Care as a Marketing Strategist. I market physicians, hospitals, nursing homes and assisted and independent living communities. Chapel Home Health provides home health care to patients in their private homes and living communities for skilled nursing, PT, OT, ST, MSW and home health aids. We help patients heal in their own home. I have worked in mental health and case management.

What other organizations are you involved in and why?

I am involved in the Wesley Chapel/ Zephyrhills/ Dade City Chamber of Commerce, Wesley Chapel Lions Club, Support The Troops, Alzheimer Association, Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, Biltmore Who’s Who, American Poetry Anthology, American Cancer Society and March of Dimes. In my neighborhood Home Owners Association I am the current Vice President and Treasurer and past President and Secretary.

Will you continue to work at your job if you become Honorary Mayor? Yes. I need an income :-)

How were you inspired to seek the Wesley Chapel Honorary Mayor position? I have been involved in the community and Chamber since moving to Wesley Chapel. I have assisted the last 3 winning mayors in their campaign. I have been encouraged by many to run as I have a great passion for Wesley Chapel. What, would you say are your core values and how will they contribute to the position? Integrity; Honesty; Sincerity; Reliability; Dependability; - I try to 14

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The Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce annual search for their Honorary Mayor is in full swing. Candidates raise money for specific charities through hosting events and finding businesses and individuals to support their campaign in various creative ways. Every dollar raised counts as a vote. The candidate getting the most “votes” is declared “Honorary Mayor” while the runner up earns the title of “Honorary Deputy Mayor”. These honorary officials also serve as official representatives at Chamber and community events throughout their term. Results will be revealed September 14, 2013. Tell us how you envision the position of Honorary Mayor?


The Honorary Mayor of Wesley Chapel should represent Wesley Chapel in a way that would encourage more businesses, both small and large to approach us and become part of our community. The Mayor should also encourage businesses to engage their employees in the community so that the families feel the benefit of their presence. The best way to do this is to be involved themselves whenever possible. Businesses who are immersed in their communities rarely lose sight of their community’s well being.

Tell us about yourself, where you’re from, your childhood and your family.

The daughter of Tom and Peggy Baker, a former candidate for the Florida State House of Representatives (1984), I have 6 brothers, 5 older and 1 younger. I’m a second generation native of Tampa where I went to 12 years of Catholic school graduating from Tampa Catholic High School. I met my husband at Winn Dixie and was married at the age of 19 and have been happily married for 32 years. We have 2 wonderful children and a great son-in-law. Our daughter Kim O’Keeffe is a special ed teacher in Pasco County and she married Justin O’Keeffe 2 years ago, a CPA for Hacker, Johnson and Smith. Our son Glenn is a realtor/leasing agent for American Homes for Rent.

Where do you work, what do you do there and where have you worked in the past?

I spent 20 years in banking before going into advertising and subsequently starting my own marketing company and marketing physicians. I was recruited to work for Pebble Creek Golf Club where I worked for 2 years as their Director of Sales and Marketing where I received a call from an old friend asking me if I wanted to get back into banking and here I am, working for Central Bank and thrilled to be here! I’m the Assistant Vice President and Office Manager where I’m in charge of consumer lending and marketing. I can’t think of a better place to be!

What other organizations are you involved in and why?

I’m involved in several organizations, but the ones that are important to my mayoral race are the Wesley Chapel Chamber, the Wesley Chapel Noon Rotary and Tampa Leads & Philanthropy (TLPgives. com). The Wesley Chapel Chamber is an amazing chamber full of amazing business owners looking to help “you” to succeed. It’s so refreshing to see so many people “not with their hand out”, but instead wanting to help others by introducing them to those who can help them with whatever their need may be. The Wesley Chapel Noon Rotary is very similar, but more like an amazing fraternity of business men and women working to help others in need, whether it’s in Honduras, Peru or Dade City. Their fundraisers are incredible continued on page 17

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focus on asking others “what I can do for them today” and I always try to bring value to others by being a resource. I always strive to be a positive voice and presence for our community.

What charity are you representing and why?

Wesley Chapel Lion’s Club (Lions means “loving individuals offering needed services”): The Lions club is an honorable organization to be a part of as we help others in need. I wanted to grow membership for this club Support The Troops: We need help putting postage on the packages for those service men and women overseas. I wanted to bring community awareness to this local organization.

Do you have a political platform that you are running on?

How can you, along with the Chamber, foster economic development in Wesley Chapel?

By being a positive advocate for community, looking for growth opportunities, communicating with other communities and entities.

What do you think needs to be changed about Wesley Chapel? Hmmm, add a beach.

What would you like to bring to Wesley Chapel as Honorary Mayor?


Community partnerships and continued growth. Building relationships.

What would the position of Honorary Mayor mean to you?

Can you compare yourself to your opponent?

It would mean supporting local businesses and helping the community grow.

How long have you lived in Wesley Chapel and where did you move from? March 2000 moved from Michigan.

We are both focused on building relationships and helping businesses grow.

Do you have any further political aspirations? Yes...

What do you LIKE about Wesley Chapel?

There are great people in Wesley Chapel. I like the community involvement with businesses and networking and helping others so we can all reach a common goal. A great place to live!!!

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July 20: Tropical Karaoke Night at Quail Hollow Golf Club. 7-11 PM.

August 23rd: Casino Night at Wesley Chapel Nissan. Rosco Freed will be entertaining us with music. Funny Money/ Silent Auction.

July 23: Premier Design Jewelry Party at Central Bank. 4:30-6 PM.

September 5th: Happy Cow Frozen Yogurt, 11am. Cruise for 2: raffle tickets now through August 23rd. 3 or 4 nights to the Bahamas on Royal Caribbean. $20 for 1 ticket /$35.00 for 2 tickets. Friday, August 23rd: Casino night!! Wesley Chapel Nissan! 6pm-10pm. Rosco Freed entertaining us with his music - $20.00/$100.00 funny money for prizes, silent/live auction, door prizes-appetizers included! Thursday, September 5th: Happy Cow Frozen Yogurt, 11am-closing! Please bring Flyer available for distribution soon!


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August 6: Back to School Carnival at Wesley Chapel Toyota. 6-8 PM. August 10: Mary Kay Skin Care and Glamour Event at Pink Possibilities. 1 to 4 PM. September 7: Mary Kay Skin Care and Glamour Event at Pink Possibilities. 1 to 4 PM. September 7: Live and Silent Auction Finale at Quail Hollow. 7-11 PM.

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as well as their membership. TLP is a newer organization made up of just a few businessmen and women who focus on the needs of the local community. The beneficiaries must have already exhausted all other avenues of help and we do what we can to make a difference for them. We’ve helped cancer victims, a family with a child with cerebral palsy and war veterans to name a few. It just feels so good to be able to make a difference in the lives of those we’ve touched.

Will you continue to work at your job if you become Honorary Mayor? Absolutely! Unless I win the lottery, I still need to bring in an income and since I love working at Central Bank, why would I want to leave.

How were you inspired to seek the Wesley Chapel Honorary Mayor position?

I am fairly new at Central Bank, but Central Bank has been open for going on 7 years. I’ve known where the bank is since the trailer was in the parking lot, but when I started telling people I’m working at Central Bank people say, “where’s Central Bank?” I continue to tell them if they know where Keller Williams Realty is just off the corner of Bruce B. Downs and County Line they know where we are … they rent from us. Our logo is on the building, but it’s not seen, so I felt that I had to get out and make sure everyone knows where we are and what we do. Winning would mean I get to do this for the next year and that sounds like a great plan!

What, would you say are your core values and how will they contribute to the position? Integrity – Leading with ethics and honesty; I say what I mean and mean what I say. I also take responsibility for my actions. Respect – for the individual as well as different opinions. Diversity is what creates change and opening our minds to change is what helps us grow. Respect is key for a thriving community … and its leaders should be the example. Excellence – Creating a plan, working hard and encouraging others to unite for a common goal are the initial stages of a true plan for excellence. The plan is perfected when others who also strive for excellence contribute and become entrenched in the plan.

Do you have a political “platform” that you are running on?

“When Businesses Engage in our Community, We All Win!” It’s all about getting the businesses to feel like they are “part of the community” and they have a say about what happens. They can make a difference by what they do and what they contribute. Given our current state of the economy there are so many people who “need” and our businesses really should step up and come together to help. They should be able to lean on each other in their time of need and give a hand up when they are able to do so. That’s what’s necessary in our community to make us different than the “big cities”. We don’t want to lose sight of the plan to keep our small town feeling as we grow. It’s good to be part of Wesley Chapel because we have that “small town” feeling.

What would the position of Honorary Mayor mean to you?

I enjoy meeting the new businesses in the area and this will give me more opportunities to do that. I am looking forward to the coming year. Winning the position of Honorary Mayor of Wesley Chapel would also give Central Bank so much more exposure. It would be nice if everyone knew exactly where we are located.

How long have you lived in Wesley Chapel and where did you move from? I have lived in Wesley Chapel since 2001, but as I said before, I’ve

been in the Tampa Bay area since birth.

What do you LIKE about Wesley Chapel?

I’ve seen so many changes since moving here to Wesley Chapel, but I love “hometown” feeling Wesley Chapel has while offering all the conveniences of a big city. I feel so comfortable here and can’t imagine living anywhere else.

How can you, along with the Chamber, foster economic development in Wesley Chapel?

I’ve already joined the marketing task force of the Pasco Economic Development Council (PEDC). I feel that bringing them and the chamber members together for events and opening their eyes to opportunities is so important. Making the businesses aware of what’s available to them as well as other businesses they may know, and can invite to join us here in Wesley Chapel can improve our economic stability and open so many doors. The PEDC has so many incentives if we just take advantage of them. I know this may have already been done in the past, but it’s about time that we do it again. The chamber should have regular focus groups and invite business owners to come together and depending on the month, have sector specific topics and get their input. Getting the opinions of the businesses in the area is so important when building the “best community” to live and work!

What do you think needs to be changed about Wesley Chapel?

I’m looking forward to the large businesses they say are coming to get here. It will bring more diversity and a different kind of networking to our community. I’m looking forward to positive growth.

What would you like to bring to Wesley Chapel as Honorary Mayor?

I would love to see a family fun center, like a Dave and Buster’s come to Wesley Chapel.

Can you compare yourself to your opponent?

In so many ways, Cathy and I are very much alike. We both love people and are philanthropic minded. I’ve known Cathy for about 6 or 7 years and I enjoy networking with her. We may be different in that I’m just a little analytical with my 20+ years in banking, but I feel that helps me when making decisions for our community. During my previous banking experience I was a Financial Specialist, so I advised businesses financially through investments and lending. With that knowledge, I can help the businesses I come in contact with as we network.

Do you have any further political aspirations?

That’s funny … I’ve been asked that so many times with my background. I’ve managed and helped several politicians with their campaigns over the years, but I promised my husband many years ago, when my mother ran for the State House of Representatives, that I would never run for political office. He saw what my family went through, particularly my father, and it just wouldn’t be fair for them. What people don’t see that goes on behind the scenes can really be grueling and take its toll on a family, so I’ll stick to the Honorary campaigns … thank you!

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This Month in Wesley Chapel’s History Aug. 26, 1921. An article in the Dade City Banner refers to “the Double Branch Baptist Church in the Wesley Chapel community, an old church with a history of fifty years.” Aug. 5, 1927. The Dade City Banner reports, “A three hundred gallon moonshine still, six gallons of liquor, 500 gallons of mash, and considerable other paraphernalia was captured by deputy sheriffs Bernard Hudson, W. M. Gaddis and Leon Hudson, in a raid staged in the Wesley Chapel section Tuesday. No arrests were made.” Pest Control


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The urban style Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch, slated to open for the 2014 spring term, will feature classrooms, labs, a library, Teaching-Learning Center, student support services, and administrative offices built atop a multi-story parking structure.Additionally, terraced roofs with hardscape pavers, planters and seating will offer access between buildings and create student gathering areas. Stanley Giannet, Ph.D., was recently named as new provost of Porter Campus, the college’s fifth full-service campus. Giannet has served as provost of the North Campus in Brooksville since 2006. At PHCC since 1992, he has served as a dean, associate dean and faculty member. “I’m honored to serve as the provost for the Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch. We are working diligently to create programs that meet the needs of the unique communities we serve,” said Giannet. Business and health care programs will train students for lucrative technology and medical fields. And, general education classes will prepare students for a variety of career and university transfer opportunities.



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Wiregrass Ranch High Students will Go Back to School with a New Principal By Katy Cox

On Monday August 19th, Students at Wesley Chapel’s Wiregrass Ranch High School will be greeted by a familiar face, one who now has a new role in their educational lives. Robyn White who has been an assistant principal at Wiregrass since 2006, is now their new principal. She succeeds Ray Bonti, who was promoted to an administrative position at the district offices, and she took over the end of last school year. Besides being an assistant principal at Wiregrass, Ms. White was also the head of the school’s iPad initiative. Along with Ray Bonti, she researched and actually requested from the district that Wiregrass implement the now heavily lauded iPad initiative. This past February, the school was the first in Pasco County to be named an “Apple Distinguished School.” Something Ms. White’s students are very proud of! Robyn began her education career in 1986 as a teacher in Pinellas County and held various positions at Dunedin High School, including acting assistant principal, according to the school district. She then became an assistant principal at Wesley Chapel High in 2005 and moved to Wiregrass the next year. Ms. White holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics education from the University of West Florida and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of South Florida.

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We’re getting a New Community & Some New Neighbors! By Katy Cox

Standard Pacific Homes has begun building a 677.22 Acre community in the heart of Wesley Chapel. Estancia at Wiregrass is located to the east of the future intersection of Chancey Rd. and Bruce B. Downs Blvd. between S.R.56 and S.R.54. Frank Messina, the Tampa Bay Division President for Standard Pacific Homes says “The development is staying right on schedule. We hope to have some home models completed during the fourth quarter of this year and begin sales in early 2014”. The models are to be in the $300,000 to $600,000 price range. Home buyers will be offered 20 all-new architectural designs for custom home upgrades. There are 1,181 homes planned to be built in this beautiful addition to the Wiregrass Ranch Project.


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phones to be charged, hang the kid’s backpacks and store items bought in bulk. Gourmet kitchens flow into expansive great rooms, prefect for everyday living and entertaining. Standard Pacific Homes is also introducing an indoor/ outdoor living concept for the Estancia homes along with spa-like master baths in the master suites. Each of the four neighborhoods will have their own clubhouse as a focal point, featuring architecture similar to the homes it serves. The clubhouses all feature a lap pool, a lagoon-style pool, Basketball and tennis courts, fitness rooms and a walking trail system for their residents. Wesley Chapel residents are very excited to see all the progress that has been made to this site. We are looking forward to seeing the Estancia at Wiregrass community develop from a place of wonder to a place called home for our new neighbors.

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The Affordable Care Act (ACA) commonly called Obamacare was signed into law by President Obama March 23rd, 2010. Many people are still in denial and wrongly believe the next President will neatly repeal the law, reversing the healthcare industry back to what they believe was the right state-of-affairs. Well, Presidents cannot create or break laws. It would literally take an “act of Congress” for that to happen and the chances of Congress agreeing on anything in the near term is highly unlikely. Since Obamacare was enacted, the health insurance world has been turned topsy-turvy with dozens of important changes already in play and with many more coming right around the corner. Obamacare gets very real for millions of citizens this fall when “Open Enrollment” begins on October 1st. With no medical questions, health insurance may finally be in the reach of millions currently uninsured. But most Americans are still very confused about just what Obamacare is and what is in it for them. So let’s quickly explore some of the options.

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