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Kevin Nealon March 21st and 22nd Kevin Nealon sets himself apart from other comedic performers with his unique sense of humor, dry wit and likeable demeanor. Nealon is best known for his nineyear stint as a cast member of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, and has received critical acclaim for his role in the Showtime series, Weeds.

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2014 Florida Strawberry Festival NOW through March 9th 303 Lemon St, Plant City, FL ‎ (813) 752-9194‎ Steeped in tradition, the Florida Strawberry Festival is alive with volunteer spirit, uniting people from all parts of Plant City, Florida and the surrounding area. The event began back in 1930 when members of the newly organized Plant City Lions Club conceived the idea of an event to celebrate the bountiful harvest of strawberries. In 1948, the American Legion Post #26 helped get the Florida Strawberry Festival reactivated following a six-year hiatus during and immediately following World War II. The Lions Club and other civic organizations have participated in the Festival ever since. or all the headline concerts on the Wish Farms Soundstage — which take place at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. each day — there are about 3,000 free seats available for all shows. Those seats are filled on a first-come, first-seated basis as part of your paid gate admission. Reserve seat tickets are available for $15 and up (varies by show), while supplies last. There are several special entertainment values on the midway with Ride-A-Thon Days and Moonlight Magic. Monday (10:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.), Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are Ride-A-Thon Days from noon until 11:00 p.m. where guests can purchase a wristband to ride most mechanical rides for one low price. Both Friday nights are Moonlight Magic from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. where guests purchase a wristband to ride most mechanical rides for one low price. Both Sundays are Pepsi Family Days where guests bring a specially marked Pepsi brand can to receive a voucher for $5 off the $25 wristband and ride all day.

Your favorite craft beer bar is taking over the streets! Join us for our annual St. Patrick’s Day Street Party, Saturday, March 15 from 12pm to 2am at The Brass Tap at Wiregrass Mall! We’ll be featuring live music, beer specials, and outside events!! Be sure to wear your green! Sunday, March 16 - Sunday Funday!! $4 beer specials all day long! Monday, March 17 - Beer Specials all day long with live music that night!! Come Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with us!

Miley Cyrus March 20, 7pm Tampa Bay Times Forum Global superstar Miley Cyrus announced today the details behind her BANGERZ TOUR. The highly anticipated tour, produced and promoted by Live Nation, kicks off on Valentine’s Day February 14, 2014 in Vancouver, BC at Pepsi Live @ Rogers Arena and will visit 38 cities throughout the United States and Canada. WC magazine •

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UPCOMING Relay for Life


Friday, May 2nd starting at 6pm Wiregrass Ranch High School Track Please join us at the Wesley Chapel/ Wiregrass Relay for Life Event on Friday May 2nd starting at 6pm. It will be held at the Wiregrass Ranch High School Track. The Relay is a yearly fundraiser for the American Cancer Society to help in the fight against Cancer and to provide services to people effected with the disease. 100% of the money raised is donated to the Relay for Life. Are you a Cancer Survivor or know of someone who is? If so we will be Honoring the survivors during our event with a Survivor Lap, Free Dinner, T-shirt and gift bag. Individuals are also welcome to Join us in the fight by forming a Team and walking the track with us. Please visit or call 813949-0291 to register or for more information.

The Florida Orchestra presents When Irish Eyes Are Smiling March 7, 8pm The Straz Center, Ferguson Hall Jeff Tyzik, conductor Cathie Ryan, vocalist Hailed as “one of the leading voices in Celtic music” by the Los Angeles Times, Cathie Ryan will soothe the soul and lift your spirit with lovely Irish lyrics, beloved ballads and traditional tunes of the Emerald Isle in this musical prelude to St. Patrick’s Day ... all with an Irish band and dancers. Part of the Raymond James Pop Series. 8

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Evita March 18 - 23rd, 8pm The Straz Center, Carol Morsani Hall TIM RICE and ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER’s Tony Award®winning musical returns at last! Eva Perón used her beauty and charisma to rise meteorically from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady. Adored by her people as a champion for the poor, she became one of the most powerful women in the world — while her greed, outsized ambition and fragile health made her one of the most tragic. EVITA tells Eva’s passionate and unforgettable true story, and features some of theater’s most beautiful songs, including “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” “Another Suitcase in Another Hall” and “High Flying, Adored.” Don’t miss the stunning new production of EVITA, directed by MICHAEL GRANDAGE and choreographed by ROB ASHFORD, that Channel 4 New York calls “THE HOTTEST TICKET IN TOWN!”

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“Mr. Peabody & Sherman” Release Date: March 7

The Scoop: Mr. Peabody, the most accomplished dog in the world, and his mischievous boy Sherman, use their time machine - The Wabac - to go on the most outrageous adventures known to man or dog. But when Sherman takes The Wabac out for a joyride to impress his friend Penny, they accidently rip a hole in the universe, wreaking havoc on the most important events in world history. Before they forever alter the past, present and future, Mr. Peabody must come to their rescue, ultimately facing the most daunting challenge of any era: figuring out how to be a parent. Together, the time traveling trio will make their mark on history. PG

“Bethlehem” Release Date: March 7 Starring: Shadi Mar’i, Tsahi Halevy, Hitham Omari, Tarek Copti The Scoop: Sanfur is the younger brother of a senior Palestinian militant. Razi recruited him when he was just 15, and developed a very close, almost fatherly relationship to him. Now seventeenyears-old, Sanfur tries to navigate between Razi’s demands and his loyalty to his brother, living a double life and lying to both. When the Israeli secret service discovers how deeply involved Sanfur is in his brother’s activities, Razi is faced with an impossible dilemma. NOT RATED

“Face of Love” Release Date: March 7

Starring: Ed Harris, Annette Bening, Robin Williams, Amy Brenneman The Scoop: Five years after the death of her beloved husband Garrett, Nikki meets a man who seems his exact duplicate. Not only does this stranger possess the same deeply lined face and startling blue eyes, he also shares Garrett’s kindness, humor, and passion for art. And yet he is a stranger. Romance blossoms between Nikki and this alluring doppelgänger, but she can’t bring herself to tell him the truth about what drew her to him. So she hides her photos and prevents him from meeting friends and family. Still, she can’t resist taking him to all the old haunts. It isn’t a question of if the truth will come out, but when. PG-13

“Need for Speed” Release Date: March 14

Starring: Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Kid Cudi The Scoop: For Tobey Marshall, who runs his family’s auto shop and races the underground street circuit with his buddies on weekends, life is good. But his whole world is turned upside down when he is sent to prison for a crime he didn’t commit. In prison, he spends the next two years thinking about one thing: vengeance. While questioning the morals to which he has always adhered, he is nevertheless determined to bring down his enemies no matter what the cost. PG-13

“Tyler Perry's The Single Mom's Club” Release Date: March 14

Starring: Wendi McLendon-Covey, Tyler Perry, Zulay Henao, Nia Long The Scoop: Brought together by an incident at their children’s school, a group of single mothers from different walks of life bond, and create a support group that helps them find comedy in the obstacles of life, as well as their inner strength to overcome their personal challenges. PG-13

“The Art of the Steal” Release Date: March 14

Starring: Kurt Russell, Matt Dillon, Jay Baruchel, Chris Diamantopoulos The Scoop: Crunch Calhoun, a third rate motorcycle daredevil and semi-reformed art thief, agrees to get back into the con game and pull off one final lucrative art theft with his untrustworthy brother, Nicky. Reassembling the old team, Crunch comes up with a plan to steal a priceless historical book, but the successful heist leads to another far riskier plan devised by Nicky. They fail to realize each other’s separate agendas when their plan goes awry. R


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Florida’s Largest Ice Rink Facility Planned for Wesley Chapel


ordie Zimmermann, general manager of the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon announced a plan to build Florida’s largest hockey and ice skating facility in Wesley Chapel. The $20 million facility has been proposed to Pasco’s Tourist Development Council. The largest skating facility currently in Florida is the Germain Arena near Fort Myers, has three rinks. Facilities in Brandon, Oldsmar and Ellenton each have

two, while Clearwater Ice Arena has one. The 150,000-square-foot sports facility would be built off Interstate 75 at the SR 56 interchange and would have four full-sized rinks, including one Olympic sized hockey rink. “The tournament factor is a huge part of why we need four pads,” Zimmermann said. “We want to be able to attract teams from Canada. The larger, Olympic-sized rink could accommodate other winter sports, such as speed skating and sled

hockey, which is played in the Paralymics. One of the rinks would be located in a 20,000-square-foot multipurpose space that could be converted for indoor sports, such as tennis, basketball, volleyball and arena football. It also could host large meetings and even high school graduations. “That sounds phenomenal,” Commission Chair-


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What Makes

The Fields of Wiregrass a Dream Come True for Future Players, Parents and the Community of Wesley Chapel? B y K at y C o x


esley Chapel is about to become a major hub for “America’s Pastime”, baseball! The Fields of Wiregrass baseball complex is coming to Wesley Chapel with a completion date of spring, 2016. Two hundred acres adjacent to Wiregrass Mall will be transformed into what may be the nation’s preeminent baseball facility with 19 playing fields. The Pasco County Commission has approved an agreement. The terms of the agreement finalized Jan. 14 are that Pasco County will pay $11 million for the project and Tampa developer Blue Marble Strategic would raise the remainder of the investment, the Tampa Bay Times said. The complex includes sports fields, a 2,100-seat stadium, a parking garage, batting cages, lodging, dining and other features. Youth and college baseball and softball tournaments will be the main customers the complex will see. There is a real possibility that a major league baseball team will make their Spring Training home right here in Wesley Chapel. Although capable of hosting lacrosse, soccer and football, the complex’s main emphasis will be baseball and what county officials hope becomes an annual run of college baseball tournaments and possibly Grapefruit League or minorleague games. What is going to set the Fields of Wiregrass apart from the other ballparks of the same caliber? The Ripken Experience in Maryland and Cooperstown Dreams in New York 14

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have been doing ball tournaments for a while now. Like Wiregrass, the Ripken and Cooperstown facility’s main money drawing niche comes from Travel Team Tournaments and specialized youth camps. The Ripken Experience is a more modern approach to baseball tournament facilities. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because baseball legends, Cal Ripken Sr. & Cal Jr. have designed an outstanding Brand! Located in Cal Sr.’s family hometown of Aberdeen, Maryland, Cal Sr. along with brother Bill and son Cal Jr. have created a home for their youth camps and tournaments. Youth sized replicas of famous ballparks such as Wrigley Field, Fenway Park, Citizens Bank Park, Nationals Stadium and Memorial Park give young players that nostalgic feeling in facilities that accommodate their needs. There is even a specially designed version of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, appropriately named “Cal Sr’s Yard”. Upper age group teams that play on 90’ diamonds play at Ripken Stadium and on a full scale, all turf replica of Yankee Stadium. Cooperstown Dreams Park in New York offers players twelve years and younger the experience of playing on the same field that Babe Ruth did! Baseball Week in Cooperstown is a premier weeklong tournament camp owned and run by baseball professionals. It features a college atmosphere including lodging accommodations in the State College at Oneonta, skills competitions, a visit to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and induction for the Players and Coaches into the National Youth Hall of Fame! Each summer, Coo-

perstown utilizes seven fields total, four on campus and three off campus fields in the town of Oneonta. Cooperstown also hosts their Individual Skill Competitions as if it were a pro or college try-out giving young players the experience and knowledge of what skills are needed to make it in the Major Leagues! 
With the idea of a Major League experience, games are played in a “home and road game” style. Games are played at three full sized, state-of-the-art fields: the State College at Oneonta Varsity Baseball Field, Damaschke Field, and the Neahwa Park Field. There is a lot of history in the Cooperstown Dreams Park package that cannot be denied. For example, Damaschke Field is where Babe Ruth played in the 1920’s and Bernie Williams, Andy Pettite, Al Leiter, and Jorge Posada all played in the 1980’s and 90’s. This field was also home to the Detroit Tigers Class “A” team. No doubt, playing ball on this field commands a powerful aura and essence that cannot be duplicated and is unique to the Cooperstown Park. We are all aware of how cold Maryland and New York winters can be, meaning that Ripken and Cooperstown have a small window of opportunity for use. The Wiregrass Fields complex will be operational all four seasons of the year. This makes it conducive for scheduling year round Camps, Travel Team Tournaments, Major League Spring Training and availability for local Wesley Chapel & Wiregrass Ranch High Schools to practice. The University of Southern Florida can also take advantage of the exceptional facilities. The way Travel Teams will experience a Fields of Wiregrass Tournament is unique to that of Cooperstown Dreams Park and The Ripken Experience. When the teams arrive at the Wiregrass complex, only the Players and Coaches check in to the onsite lodging accommodations. The Fields of Wiregrass offers a true total team experience like no other! Teams stay together; they sleep in

assigned group areas, eat together as a team and of course play as a team. Parents and family are free to stay in whichever lodging accommodations they choose. This means that otherwise unthought-of Travel Team resorts like Saddlebrook are an option. This is good for parents, they are no longer “held hostage” by what the team is doing and it is great for Wesley Chapels’ economy! Instead of waiting in a hotel room for tournaments to start and end, parents can enjoy any one of our beautiful and challenging local golf courses. The Fields of Wiregrass location just two miles from the Interstate will make it easy to get to beautiful Clearwater Beach! Exquisite shopping can be done locally at the Shops of Wiregrass and our new Prime Outlets Mall shops with a delicious meal at one of many local eateries. Our local Wesley Chapel businesses will see increased revenue on multiple economic levels, not seen from Ripken’s Maryland facility or Cooperstown. The Fields of Wiregrass will offer tournament players up to the Grapefruit League the opportunity to feel like Pros. upon arrival, there will be “Media” covering the event. There will be many flashes from professional photographers snapping pictures along with reporters and camera crews interviewing the “Key Players” of that week’s age groups tournament. Throughout their stay, players will see these and updates on closed circuit TV. Fields of Wiregrass will have on staff two full time social media experts making every Tweet and Facebook update. Every league has their VIPs and their teams to watch, just like the Majors. It’s all part of the experience. While the final step to getting started is attracting the investors necessary to break ground, having Pasco County contributing dollars and the Porter family donating land has made the reality of “The Fields of Wiregrass” Yes, Wesley Chapel is very excited for 2016 and the Grand Opening of the Fields of Wiregrass! • WC magazine •

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How to Prep Your Yard for Summer Parties


ackyard soirees are a staple of summer for many families. Whether hosting a family reunion, a gathering of friends or a mix of both, such gatherings can be a great time to reconnect with your loved ones in a relaxing and natural setting. Hosting such gatherings might not require as much work as organizing a more formal get-together, but that doesn’t mean summer soirees don’t require a little work in advance of the guests’ arrival. That’s especially true if you plan to host the party outdoors in your yard, which will need a little TLC before guests arrive. The following are a few tips to get your yard ready before your next summer soiree. • Cut the grass and clear your walkways. Cutting the grass before guests arrive might seem like common sense, but try to do so a couple of days before the party. This gives you an extra day or so to clear the walkways of grass clippings, and it saves you the trouble of cutting the grass on the day of the party when you’re likely to have more pressing tasks to take care of.

• Decorate your yard. Decorations are a staple of parties held indoors, so why not decorate your home’s exterior when hosting a get-together in the backyard? Use freshly cut flowers from your own garden as centerpieces on your patio furniture, or purchase flowers of various colors from your local florist to add a dash or two of color to the festivities. • Clear the yard of toys. Before guests arrive, clear the yard of the kids’ toys, putting them away so guests don’t injure themselves by stepping on errant action figures or skateboards left hidden in the grass. • Trim trees and shrubs around walkways. While a backyard barbecue is less formal than a party held indoors, you still want your home to be as accommodating as possible for your guests. Don’t forget to trim trees and shrubs around the walkways so guests don’t feel like they’re on safari when coming to and from the backyard. • Make sure outdoor lighting is working properly. If you’re about to host your first event of the summer, inspect your home’s exterior lighting so everyone isn’t left sitting in

the dark. Check patio lighting and replace any bulbs and make sure the lights along your walkways are functioning at full capacity so guests can safely navigate their way around the party. You may even want to string holiday lights around the patio to create a more laid-back ambiance in which guests can relax

patio furniture may also prove effective insect repellants. In addition, if there are any areas around your property where water has gathered, such as bird fountains or puddles from recent rains, do your best to get rid of that water. Water attracts many insects, which lay their eggs in the standing water. The less standing water

without lights beating down on them. • Protect your guests from insects. Insects like mosquitoes can quickly turn a swinging soiree into a nuisance, so purchase some decorative citronella candles to repel mosquitoes. Tiki torches along walkways and around the

around your property, the less likely any uninvited insect guests are to appear. Backyard gatherings are a staple of summer. But even if such soirees are less formal, hosts still must survey their property and address any issues before guests arrive. •

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ummer draws people outdoors to enjoy fun in the sun. But not every aspect of summertime weather can be pleasant, especially when sunburn rears its blistery head. Despite the health warnings about sun exposure, people still venture outdoors repeatedly without the use of a protective product with a high enough SPF. Side effects of failing to protect the skin can include nasty burns and an increased risk of skin cancer later in life. Perhaps individuals fail to take sunburns seriously because they don’t associate sunburns with anything dangerous. But sunburn is just like any other burn and the skin pays the price. Most people wouldn’t intentionally set fire to their skin or play with caustic chemicals. But they will spend hours in the sun unprotected. Just like the flames of a fire, the sun can cause serious burns, even second- and thirddegree ones. A second-degree burn causes not only damage to the epidermis, or the outer layer of skin, but extends deeper into the dermis as well. A third-degree burn seriously harms the entire epidermis and dermis, as well as nerves and fatty tissue contained within, according to The Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Because the epidermis and hair follicles are destroyed, new skin will not grow. Sunburn can occur after roughly 15 to 30 minutes of exposure to the sun. The burn itself may not show up for hours later, which is why people often think they’ve avoided a burn. The results of sunburn are often pain, redness and po16

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tential blistering, depending on the level of damage. Although there is no specific treatment for sunburn, there are some remedies that can help the pain and help to speed up recovery. • Drink plenty of water. Damaged skin may not be able to properly inhibit the loss of moisture from the body, resulting in dehydration. Drinking water can replenish fluids needed for comfort and health. • Over-the-counter pain medications may alleviate the stubborn pain. If the pain is very severe, consult a physician, who might feel prescription-strength pain relievers are necessary. There also are topical pain-relief sprays that temporarily dull the pain and cool the skin. • Cool, wet compresses as well as lotions that soothe can also be helpful and reduce swelling. Look for ones with natural ingredients, such as aloe vera. • Oral antihistamines can help when the skin eventually starts to peel and becomes itchy. • If blisters are present, leave them be until they break on their own. Prematurely breaking sunburn blisters can increase the risk of infection. An antibiotic cream may be applied after the blisters break to speed up healing and prevent infection. • If the sunburn is severe or accompanied by a fever, consult a physician. The best way to treat sunburn is not to get it in the first place. This means being diligent about applying sunblock before going outdoors. •

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Taylor Morrison is currently building the 202-home Arbor Woods subdivision immediately behind Bonterra Parc in Wesley Chapel. KB Homes broke ground earlier this month on “The Woodlands,” a 43-home subdivision on 11-acre tract will border the Stagecoach community in Wesley Chapel. “We anticipate pricing to be in the mid-$200’s,” spokeswoman Kara Cane said. “We will be building one model home and anticipate to start that in June with a grand opening in late summer.” Site development is well underway for Standard Pacific Homes’ Estancia subdivision in Wiregrass Ranch. The developer paid nearly $25 million for the 675-acre tract just north of Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel. Standard Pacific plans 1,180 single-family homes in four neighborhoods inside the community. MI Homes is also in discussions to build a 220-unit townhouse community on Mansfield Drive, across from Wiregrass Ranch High School. Lennar Homes is also planning a townhouse community in Meadow Pointe. It is exciting to see everything that is happening in Wesley Chapel and upcoming in the near future. •

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hen Classical Preparatory School opens in the fall of 2014, it will join an impressive group of tuition-free classical schools around the nation. At the moment, Florida has no such schools. However, come fall, local students will be able to attend the school which offers a traditional liberal arts education, complete with courses in Latin, logic, oratory, the arts, character education, Great Books, and philosophy.

Located about ½ mile east of the State Road 52 exit of the Suncoast Parkway, the school will begin by serving 342 students kindergarten through 8th grade, adding a grade in each subsequent year until reaching 12th grade. It is in the process of building a facility, which is scheduled for completion the first of August. “Classical education is often described

as the education your grandparents received,” said Anne Corcoran, Classical Prep Board president. “It provides a solid foundation of knowledge and affirmatively teaches students how to process and communicate that knowledge. The goal is to train the mind so that students will be equipped to make good decisions in life.” Classical Prep’s program is based upon that of other successful classical schools, including Brooklyn Latin, Washington Latin, Ridgeview Classical in Colorado, and the Great Hearts Academies in Phoenix. To find out more about the school and enrollment, please visit www. •

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Freshen Up Warm Weather Cuisine


hen the weather is warm, many people are inspired to expand their culinary horizons and look for foods that are light, fresh and satisfying. Although warm-weather cooking may call to mind backyard barbecues, there is much more to seasonal dining than charbroiled frankfurters and beef patties. Taking a fresh approach to cooking can yield a number of new and innovative meals. Cool Down When the temperature is high, few people want to fill their stomachs with heavy, hot foods. Instead of cooking up a batch of stew, reinvent recipes for a warm-weather spin. For example, experiment with chilled soups. Borscht is a beet-based soup of Eastern European origin that is very often served cold. Other vegetables or fruits can be pureed and served as a cold summer soup. Gazpacho, a Spanish tomato-based soup, is the most widely known cold soup. However, cucumber- and avocadobased soups and creamed vegetable soups also can be enjoyed chilled. Embrace Salads While salads may be relegated to side dishes for most of the year, they tend to take center stage when the weather is warm. The addition of fresh berries, grapes or raisins can lend a different flavor to salads. Think about topping salads with grilled fish or chicken to add more substance to salads serving as entire meals. Rather than using heavy dressings that may end up covering the delicate flavors of lettuce leaves and other greens, use vinaigrettes made from citrus fruits to add both sweetness and tartness to dishes. Savory Sandwiches Who says sandwiches are only for lunch? When the weather is warm and families are busy hurrying here and there, sandwiches make for fast and portable meals. Grilled vegetables paired with grilled mushrooms can make hearty, satisfying sandwiches that are relatively low in calories. Previously grilled chicken can be shredded and turned into chicken salad when mixed with Greek yogurt and apple cider vinegar. Even standard cold cuts can be given a new twist when turned into cold-style reubens by being topped with cole-slaw or chilled sauerkraut on gourmet slices of herbed bread. Pastas and Casseroles

Much as warm-weather soups can be served cool, so can pastas and casseroles. Pasta is a versatile food that can be paired with traditional salad ingredients or mixed with vegetables or dressings to make a variety of different dishes. Baked casseroles can be served at room temperature for pot-luck meals in the yard or brought along when visiting friends and family. Chunks of mushrooms, summer squash, eggplant and garlic can be sauteed and baked together to make a hearty and flavorful vegetable casserole. Seafood Lobster, shrimp and clams can be harvested from the coast and then cooked on the grill or over an open fire. For those who want chilled seafood, opt for shrimp cocktail or head out for a sushi and sashimi meal at a local restaurant. Warm-weather dining means exploring different flavor options to find lighter fare. •

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FSASE Legislative Priorities for 2014 Session During last year’s legislative session, the Pasco County Legislative Delegation played a significant role in passing some great election

legislation. However, with the opening of the 2014 Legislative Session on March 4th, the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections (FSASE) will be asking legislators to revisit a law passed last year in

which the omission of four key words resulted in legislation that opposes its original intent.

Servings: 2 (as snack) Prep Time: 5 Cook Time: 30

DOUBLE a batch of Roasted Chickpeas, the bowl will be empty in 10 minutes! This is a one of the simplest snack recipes - four ingredients and it starts with a can of chickpeas pulled from your pantry. You can use any spice blend - Creole or Cajun seasoning, but don't limit yourself there! ingredients: One 15-ounce can garbanzo beans 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil Salt Spice blend of your choice directions: 1. Preheat oven to 400F. 2. Drain the can of garbanzo beans in a strainer and rinse with water for a few seconds to clean off the beans. Shake and tap the strainer to rid of excess water. Lay paper towl on a baking sheet, and spread the beans over. Use another paper towel to gently press and absorb the water on the beans. Roll the beans around with the paper towel to also remove the thin skin from any of the beans. Discard the skins and the paper towels. 3. Drizzle the olive oil over the beans and use your hands or a spatula to toss around and coat. Roast for 30-40 minutes until the beans are a deep golden brown and crunchy. Make sure that the beans do not burn. 4. Season with salt and spice blend. 26

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A bill allowing voters the option of receiving a sample ballot by e-mail rather than via the USPS was supported by the FSASE in an effort to

more efficiently deliver sample ballots, and to save taxpayers the expense of publishing a sample ballot in the local newspapers. In doing so,

however, legislation removed the phrase “in lieu of publication” which

resulted in Supervisors still being required to spend thousands of dollars in newspaper ads.

In addition, legislation that was passed that would protect these e-mail addresses from public disclosure was vetoed by Governor Scott. The

FSASE has taken the position of promoting more privacy protection for voters with respect to their e-mail addresses, as well as limiting the full

disclosure of their date of birth. For demographic purposes, the ages of

voters could be disclosed without giving the specifics of month, day, and


Although non-election years are viewed by the association as being the

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Perspective When the pain of holding on is worse than the pain of letting go, it is time to let go... Today is the oldest you’ve ever been and the youngest you will ever be again. It’s kind of scary, but it’s true. If there was ever a perfect day to start letting go of the needless drama and stress that’s been holding you back, that day is today. And since we often use our birthdays as mile markers to track our personal growth and accomplishments, I challenge you to this: Before your next birthday… 1. Let go of what isn’t helping your soul smile and grow. – Life is to be enjoyed, not endured. Follow a path that moves you. You are always free to do something that makes you smile.

2. Let go of the baggage

you know you need to leave behind. – As we grow older and wiser, we begin to realize what we need and what we need to leave behind. Sometimes walking away is a step forward.

3. Let go of feeling like you aren’t making progress fast enough. – No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying. 4. Let go of the idea that you

have too much to lose. – In the end, you won’t regret the things you’ve done nearly as much as the things you didn’t do when you had the chance. I’d rather have a life of “OH WELLS” than a life of “WHAT IFS.” Wouldn’t you agree?

5. Let go of worrying about

everyone else’s opinions of your life. – When writing the story of your life, don’t let someone else hold the pen.

6. Let go of your tendency to

avoid problems. – You cannot change what you refuse to confront.

7. Let go of all your empty complaints. – If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.

8. Let go of the excuses. – If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.

9. Let go of lazy attitudes and routines. – You can’t underestimate a person who always works hard. Be that person. In life, you don’t get what you wish for; you get what you work for. (Read The Power of Habit.)

10. Let go of making the same mistakes over and over. – You can’t make the same mistake twice. The second time you make it, it’s no longer a mistake, it’s a choice. (Note: Obviously, if your birthday is tomorrow, or next week, pick a couple points to

work on now, and make it a goal to complete the list by your next birthday.)


Sometimes the hardest part isn’t letting go, but rather learning to start over in certain areas of your life. This is a challenge all of us face. If you’re struggling with any of the points above, there is a clear path to the new beginning you seek. Your present habits are simply broken and need to be mended. When you trust a broken set of habits every day, it’s only a matter of time before you feel broken too. It doesn’t have to be this way though. You can make adjustments starting today that will instantly help you feel better, think more clearly, and live more effectively. Check out the book, “1,000 Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently.” It’s filled with short, concise tips on how to do just that. www. •

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Local Artist Lends Contemporary Look to Popular Eatery


ocal artist Andrew Krance, formerly of New York City, has transformed the City Grill at the corner of Bruce B. Downs Blvd. and State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel into an art gallery with his contemporary paintings. Diners are surrounded by a riot of brilliant colors and designs. Krance has been painting most of his life and was

heavily influenced in his formative years by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. One of his paintings is of Picasso’s signature. “I got my love of painting from my Mother who

was a brilliant artist with the ability to copy the great masters down to the very brushstrokes,” said Krance. Reportedly, her work was so good the Louvre in Paris required her to use a different size canvas than the actual piece so that they could not be sold as originals. His father was a concert pianist and the family immigrated to Cedar Rapids, Iowa not long before Krance was born. Krance has incorporated elements of Cubism and Surrealism into his painting and developed a unique style of his own. In 1967 he studied under abstract impressionist Milton Resnick at the University of WisconsinMadison and holds three degrees in Art: BA, MA, MFA. Many of his paintings were inspired by his late wife of 25 years and a stylized image of her can be seen in many of his works. Painting is not the only thing Krance has done over the years. In his forties he was a fine arts dealer and


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had the good fortune of meeting and befriending Barbara Piasecka Johnson of the Johnson & Johnson family who recently died last year. She introduced Krance to many of her connections in the art world. She was one of the world’s greatest art collectors and amassed a collection worth billions. At one time, Krance had a pet food company and currently operates Avoya Travel to help pay the bills. When asked why such a talented artist as himself would pursue anything other than painting he replied, “Even an artist has to eat. “ City Grill owner and proprietor Gerry Malynowsky said many of his patrons have commented on Krance’s paintings and how much they add to the décor. “We feature local talent and use organic produce grown locally’” said Malynowsky. “ “I liked Andrew from the moment we met and invited him to display his work.” Krance is anything but a household name in the art world but his collective work speaks for itself. Coming out a self-imposed seclusion living on the Keys, he is poised to burst onto the local art scene and is in the process of finding a gallery in the Tampa area. There are plans for a clothing line featuring his paintings and he is seeking a major commission. Malynowsky is considering hiring Krance to paint a mural on one of the walls of the restaurant. All the paintings currently on display at City Grill are available for purchase. Each painting is numbered and a catalog with prices is available in the front of the restaurant. To view the artist’s work, go to •



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Annuals: Dianthus and other cool-season annuals will continue to flourish. Consider planting warm season annuals such as angelonia, wax begonia, and zinnia at the end of the month. Bulbs: Plant dahlia, canna, and gloriosa bulbs for spring and summer flowering bulbs in beds that have been amended with organic matter. Provide stakes as needed to support growth. Herbs: When temperatures warm, consider growing edible ginger. Plant a rhizome in well drained soil in full to part sun. Vegetables: Plant warm season crops, such as bean, tomato, squash, and corn early in the month for late spring harvest. Protect from frost.

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Events 2014 Student Pride Awards


(Women Of Wesley Chapel) March 7th 7:45am - 9:15am Come join us tomorrow and experience networking, education women supporting women and professional growth. As a member of the Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce you have the opportunity to be a part of this dynamic group of women in business. ATTENTION: NEW LOCATION! The Health & Wellness Center at Florida Hospital 2nd Floor, Community Room 2600 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. Wesley Chapel, FL 33544 Guest Speaker: Darlene Pla-Tschantz Breakfast Sponsor: Garden Montessori School

Ribbon Cutting at Quail Run RV Resort

20 Year Anniversary & Classic Car Show “No Rig Too Big!” on March 15th This fun filled day celebrating 20 years in Wesley Chapel, includes live music, a Classic Car Show, food vendors, games and prizes. A portion of the proceeds will go to “Healing Horses” charity. Visit for more information.

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Tuesday, April 29th For the fifteenth year The Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber will recognize outstanding students and athletes from Wesley Chapel schools, community partners who support those schools and award numerous cash scholarships to High School Seniors. Students are recognized for their school pride, community involvement, and athletic excellence. During the ceremony last year, 8 scholarships were given. This year we have a lofty goal of 16. Local elected officials will be on hand to congratulate the accomplishment of the students, and Brian E. Corley, Pasco County Supervisor of Elections will serve as the emcee.

2nd Annual Golf Tournament

Friday, May 2nd @11:00 Registration & Lunch 1:00 Shotgun Start with the Awards Reception immediately following play. Enjoy an afternoon on the golf course with fellow Chamber and Lions Club members. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Lions Club of Wesley Chapel. This is a 4 man scramble with great contests and prizes. For more information and registration, please go to the Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber web site, What is a Chamber Ambassador? Ambassadors are highly visible, prestigious volunteers who serve as the Chamber’s primary liaison to new Chamber members. Considered the goodwill arm of the Chamber, the Ambassador committee plays an essential role in member recruitment, communication and retention, and each Ambassador is charged with conveying member needs, questions and concerns to Chamber staff, keeping our Chamber in line with our members’ desires. Upon their appointment, each Ambassador makes a commitment to build lasting relationships with the membership, particularly new Chamber members, in order to build a loyal, committed membership base that will continue to support, participate and invest in the Chamber. Ambassadors commit to spending 1-3 hours per month on their duties as Chamber volunteers.

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teacher was dying, but still was cheerful and kind. Students were gathering around his deathbed. Ask. While I’m still here, I can help you somehow. And he was showered with questions… The teacher listened to them and started crying. You ruined my feast, dear ones! Now I see that I was a bad mentor… Fine, I will try to fix it in the last minutes of my life. And he said the following: Every morning I would wake up with a smile on my face. I would meet the day, as though it was the first and the last day of my life and I would accept everything it offered me with gratitude. I was happy for every meeting with you, as though it was the first and the last meeting, and every time you would open to me as a new world. I would pray as though it was my first and last prayer that God will hear from me – it was necessary not to forget anything or anyone. I would work with pleasure and to exhaustion, as though I would never have to work again. I would look with a smile of admiration at every creation of God, as though I saw them the first and the last time. I always lived for that one day: I had to live it right, as though it was the only day of my life. I longed for the meeting with the Creator so much that I did everything so I would be worthy of meeting Him. Looking back at my Way, I look for mistakes – but I can’t find them. Now it’s your turn to look. What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. Challenge yourself with something you know you could never do, and what you’ll find is that you can overcome anything. It is never too late to be what you might have been. •



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