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Wesley Chapel MAGAZINE

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MARCH 2018

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Payment plus tax, Stock #JA087890 MSRP $37,085. Must qualify for LOYALTY Rebate(s), requires $4,798 down plus acquisition fee ($895), 1st pymt., tax, tag, title, and $899 dealer fee ($7,638 total due at signing); With approved credit, 7,500 miles per year, $0.25 charges per mi over. Photos are for illustration only. Not responsible for typographical errors. See dealer for details. Offer is good thru



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Payment plus tax, Stock #J2115562 MSRP $46,125. Must qualify for LOYALTY Rebate(s), requires $4,600 down plus acquisition fee ($895), 1st pymt., tax, tag, title, and $899 dealer fee ($7,994 total due at signing); With approved credit, 7,500 miles per year, $0.25 charges per mi over. Photos are for illustration only. Not responsible for typographical errors. See dealer for details. Offer is good thru



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Payment plus tax, Stock #JN038068 MSRP $53,610. Must qualify for LOYALTY Rebate(s), requires $4,600 down plus acquisition fee ($895), 1st pymt., tax, tag, title, and $899 dealer fee ($8,072 total due at signing); With approved credit, 7,500 miles per year, $0.25 charges per mi over. Photos are for illustration only. Not responsible for typographical errors. See dealer for details. Offer is good thru






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Contents March


Golf Wesley Chapel

NEWS Around Town---------------------------------6-9

FEATURES WESLEY CHAPEL GOLF------------------10 CLOSET MAKEOVER----------------------14

Do you have a messy closet?

BOAT SHOW---------------------------------16

COLUMNS LAWN & GARDEN--------------------------13 BIZ SPOTLIGHT-----------------------------18 Backyard Pools RECIPES---------------------------------------26 Real Estate

SCHOOL NEWS-----------------------------30

DEPARTMENTS Tampa Bay Music/Concerts---------------22 Tampa Bay Scene/Events------------------24 Important Numbers-------------------------28

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Publisher/Editor......................................Keith Matter V.P. of Operations/Editor........................Jenna Fox Associate Editor ...................................Danni Matter Sales Associate...........................David Bellagamba

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SUBMIT NEWS and Press Releases to: info@KEMMediaGroup.com www.KEMMediaGroup.com Facebook.com/WesleyChapelMagazine Wesley Chapel Magazine is published the 20th of each month and is distributed by the U.S. Postal Service to more than 40,000 residents in Wesley Chapel as well as hundreds of businesses. Š 2018 Wesley Chapel Magazine. All rights reserved. The views expressed within are not necessarily those of the Publisher. Editorial submissions are welcome. Publisher reserves the right to reject or edit submissions for length and clarity. The Publisher is not responsible for errors or omissions. Wesley Chapel Magazine reserves the right to reject or edit advertisements. Wesley Chapel Magazine is not responsible for errors in advertisements beyond the cost of advertising space. MARCH 2018

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This is the third consecutive year the Tampa YMCA will rally the community for Treadmill Tuesday. Last year, a total of 1,630 Tampa Bay residents completed 3,358 miles during the 12-hour event, surpassing the First Coast by about 21 miles. The year prior, Tampa lost to Jacksonville by 176 miles.


Twitter or Facebook, participants should post a post-workout photo of the treadmill dashboard displaying the total distance. Social media participants should use #TreadmillTuesday tagging @ TampaYMCA.

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“It is no coincidence Treadmill Tuesday takes place on Diabetes Alert Day,” says Tampa Y President & CEO Matt Mitchell. “Treadmill Tuesday brings the community together, encouraging one another to improve their health. With 26 million children and adults suffering from diabetes and 79 million adults having prediabetes in the nation, we want to spread public awareness to help prevent the deadly disease.” All Tampa Bay area community members are invited to participate in Treadmill Tuesday by completing a 30-minute treadmill workout at any Tampa YMCA location or by posting on social media. At Tampa Y facilities, staff will record the distance each participant walks, jogs or runs on a treadmill for 30 minutes. To join from home or other locations via

In honor of Diabetes Alert Day, certified Tampa YMCA trainers will offer free diabetes risk assessments to Treadmill Tuesday participants and those who qualify will be entered to win a free Y Diabetes Prevention Program class. There will also be free giveaways and chancedrawings at each Tampa Y location throughout the event. ❖


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ore and more restaurants around the country are allowing patrons to have their dogs tag along when they dine. The Pasco County Board of County Commissioners has approved a new Dog Dining ordinance – allowing customers of permitted restaurants to dine with their dogs. The new ordinance allows diners to bring their dogs to designated, outdoor areas at certain restaurants. Participating restaurants have the right to establish specific dog dining hours. Interested restaurant owners are invited to apply for a Dog Dining Permit through Pasco County Central Permitting. There is a one-time permit fee of $50.00. As part of the permit process, dining establishment owners must provide a diagram of the outdoor dining area, including: • Dimensions of the designated

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area • Layout of tables, chairs and any restaurant equipment • Entryways and exits • Boundaries of the designated dog dining area, including any offlimit outdoor areas • Any fences or barriers • Surrounding property lines and public right-of-ways (e.g., sidewalks, benches, street lights, street signs, fire hydrants, etc.) • Location of signage for designated dog dining area • Sample of proposed signage for designated dog dining area Failure to comply with ordinance regulations can result in the revocation of Dog Dining Permits and a County citation. When it comes to taking the shortest member of your family to the neighborhood restaurant, we're all for it. Just make sure they have good table manners!

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news Time to Stop Changing Time?! Florida is a step closer to living up to its nickname as "The Sunshine State." A bill to let Florida remain on Daylight Saving Time year round headed to Gov. Rick Scott's desk after the state Senate approved it 33-2 on March 6th. If Scott signs the "Sunshine Protection Act," Congress would need to amend existing federal law to allow the change. While the rest of the Eastern United States would set their clocks back in the fall, Florida wouldn't, leaving it with more sunshine in the evening during the winter. Northwest Florida is currently in the Central time zone. Hawaii, most of Arizona, and a handful of U.S. territories — including American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands — do not observe Daylight Saving Time. Sen. Greg Steube is behind the Sunshine Protection Act of 2018. It would put an end to the twice-a-year routine of moving the clock either an hour ahead or an hour behind – something a business magazine calls “humanity’s dumbest ritual of all time.” Steube said most folks, he said up to 80 percent, want to squash the need to spring forward every March only to fall back in November. Right now, just two states — Arizona and Hawaii —don't move their clocks. But it appears to be an idea whose time has come. Daylight Savings Time appears to have originated as a joke by a Founding Father, that old prankster Ben Franklin. In a 1785 column, Franklin mentioned it as a way to save on the cost of candles. By 1907 though, the idea was being taken seriously and a decade later with the outbreak of war, Congress thought if it changed the time on the clock it would reduce the use of energy and cut costs.

Pasco EDC Seeking Nominations for Annual Awards Pasco County, Fla. (March 08, 2018)-Nominations are being accepted for the 2018 Pasco Economic Development Council Industry Awards until close of business on Friday, April 27, 2018. Each year, Pasco EDC recognizes the achievements of top companies in Pasco County for their technology, innovation, job creation, growth, and capital investment in the area. They also measure companies' involvement in community activities. All finalists are interviewed and the winners will be announced at Pasco EDC's 32nd Annual Awards and Tradeshow on September 6, 2018. Nominees for the Awards should be a "for profit" business to business company operating in Pasco County (municipalities or affiliates are excluded). The awards will be separated into categories based on number of employees, previous winners of the past five years are not eligible. Nominees are evaluated based on job creation, increased capital investment and for contributions to the community through civic involvement between the period of January 2017 and June 2018. Throughout the nominee interview process, companies and community leaders may be chosen for special recognition awards as well. Nominations can be submitted online at https://form.jotform. com/pascoedc/industry-awards-nomination-form. The Industry Awards are presented for the following categories: * * * *

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“What makes our program different is when parents enroll, they are paying for results not an ongoing swim lesson membership.” says Alan. “Unlike indoor swim schools that debit a parent’s bank account each month anywhere from $100-$300 per month for 1x per week lessons, at SwimKids USA we don’t do that. We understand that the parents’ goals are to teach their kids to swim and be safe in the water, and be done. They are not looking to add another ongoing bill to their already tight budget.” says Alan. With over 40 pools throughout the state of Florida, and more than 2000 customers, SwimKids USA’s reputation in the area is second to none. Whether it is infant classes or stroke technique classes for your aspiring competitive swimmer, there is a SwimKids USA class designed just for you. But don’t delay! SwimKids USA’s classes fill up fast, typically by May.

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Thank you to Mary Whitworth, In The Sand Golf and www.fastaerial.com For these shots of our local golf course

My favorite golf saying is "born to golf, forced to work". If you are looking for a place to play in the Wesley Chapel area, here are a few courses to check out to get your golf addiction satisfied! I hope this gives you some insight on the differences these courses have to offer. Just remember, a bad day of golf is better than a good day at work!!

Mary Whitworth mary@inthesandgolf.com

$ Pebble Creek, Bruce B Downs Blvd, a public course designed by Bill Amick in 1967, is a par 71 with Bermuda Greens. There are a few holes that offer some difficulty with isolated greens to fly and hold. There is water on 16 of the 18 holes. Bring lots of balls!

$ Lexington Oaks, SR54, is a Gordy Lewis course (Par 72) built in

a Pulte Homes community with an equestrian theme. It is a fun course to play, in pretty good shape with some tough par 3's to tackle. If you are just starting out playing golf, this would be a very good course to play. It isn't that hard, beautiful holes and very reasonably priced. 10 Wesley Chapel Magazine

$ Quail Hollow, Old Pasco Rd, a Charles E. Griffin course built in 1965. This public course is closing sometime in May 2018 to make room for 389 new homes. Wide open course with a great pro shop. They built a new facilities event building in 2011 with a gorgeous pool area. If you want to say you played this course and check it off your bucket list, hurry up and get your game in! MARCH 2018

$$$ Saddlebrook Resort has 2 courses, the Palmer course (Par 71) and the Saddlebrook course (Par 70) designed by Arnold Palmer. The resort courses are located off SR 54 East of I-75. The Palmer course is the most interesting with rolling hilly fairways and undulating, tantalizing greens. (Uncommon in flat Florida!) The Saddlebrook course is more of a natural Florida landscape, offering loads of wildlife to view. Both end up at a beautiful resort and pool area. It is a great public course and perfect for making a golf outing or event with Tommy Bahama appointed rooms. They are in the process of redoing the rental properties and have some of them already renovated.

$? Hunters Green and Tampa Palms in New Tampa, just south of Pebble Creek, are private courses. Hunters Green designed by Tom Fazio, par 72, put in TifEagle greens last summer and they are lightening fast! Both are Club Corp owned courses, so they have reciprocal usage rights. Hunters Green has large women and men's associations with many events and tournaments to choose from. The facilities at both are phenomenal. Tampa Palms is an Arthur Hills design and former senior PGA Tour course, it is a very tough course to play and target golf will come in handy here. If you want to play golf often with familiar golfers or groups, then these courses may be for you. 2018 MARCH

$ Plantation Palms, Collier Pkwy, designed by Dave Harman, is a par 71 well laid out course. It was closed for a while and has been reopened by Ace Golf. In its prime, it was one of the best courses in the area and hopefully soon will be again! There is an 18 hole putt-putt golf course there as well for the whole family to enjoy. Hopefully with the community's support, it will be brought back to the pristine condition it used to be in. A couple of holes coming in to the back of the clubhouse are very challenging angles and carries. Looking forward to having this club back in business for GREAT golf!

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he planned “divergent diamond” interchange, intended to ease traffic congestion at Interstate 75 and State Road 56 where Lutz, Land O’Lakes and Wesley Chapel intersect, is going to be more expensive than originally projected. So expensive that the local transportation planning board had to hold a public hearing to amend its adopted spending plan — a requirement whenever project costs go up by 20 percent. In this case, it was a lot more. The construction cost nearly doubled from $21.1 million to $40.2 million, according to the public hearing notice of the Pasco Metropolitan Planning Organization, made up of county commissioners and elected city officials. Kris Carson, regional spokesperson for the state Department of Transportation, said the price has declined a little since. As design work progressed, the construction cost dropped and now is estimated at $37.4 million, she said via e-mail. Even so, the higher costs “really took us back,’’ said Kelly Miller, chairman of the citizens committee that advises the transportation board. The DOT briefed the citizens panel on the rising prices Jan. 28. MPO members, however, appeared non-plussed. At the Feb. 22 hearing, they voted unanimously to amend the transportation plan to include the higher spending without asking if anyone from the public was there to comment. It apparently didn’t matter. Nobody was. But the lack of a public vetting by the MPO didn’t go unnoticed. “I’m surprised nobody questioned that. Why would you not question that?’’ Christie Zimmer, a member of the citizens committee, asked afterward. The price escalated because the state had to revise the length and width of the earth retaining walls, traffic rails and guardrails, plus it redesigned the paving and plans to add a permanent sheet pile wall and high-mast lighting, the public hearing notice stated.At the MPO hearing, however, the only questions focused on the construction time line. Bill Jones, DOT’s regional development director, said construction bids are scheduled to be opened in June, with work likely to begin in the late summer or early fall. The project is expected to be completed in 26 months.

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What to Plant ANNUALS/BEDDING PLANTS: Dianthus and other cool-season annuals 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. Provide stakes as needed to support growth. HERBS: Consider growing edible ginger. Plant rhizomes in well-drained soil in full to part sun. VEGETABLES: Begin planting warmseason crops, such as beans, tomatoes, squash, and corn, early in the month for late spring harvest. Protect from frost.

What to Do AZALEAS: Prune azaleas when they have finished blooming to reduce their size and improve their form. SHRUBS AND TREES: Prune when the dormant season ends and new growth begins. PALMS AND SHRUBS: Fertilize palms (http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep261), azaleas, camellias, and other ornamental shrubs if needed. Choose a fertilizer in which at least 30% of its nitrogen is slow release. IRRIGATION: Check your sprinkler system for problems such as broken or misaligned spray heads. MARCH 2018

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By Rachel Gemara


recently redid my closet. What a liberating feeling. If you walk in your closet every morning, look around and think “I have nothing to wear”, then you should consider redoing your closet too. Most likely it’s not that you don’t have anything to wear, it's that your closet is so disorganized you can’t find anything to wear. Now, I don’t want to assume that your closet is disorganized but if reading that struck a cord with you, read on. I have a pretty big walk in closet. Honestly, if you wanted to come visit me, bring a sleeping bag and you can sleep in my closet! I always thought my closet was pretty organized and flowed well until it wasn’t and didn’t! The main thing about my closet that irritated me was my hangers. You see, I had a variety of hangers – wooden ones from my days of working retail at Guess and Lucky, wooden ones from my days of shopping at Bebe and then of course the old faithful white plastic hangers. My clothes have always been hung color coordinated but the inconsistency of a hanger pattern was really starting to annoy me. I decided it was time to retire the wood and plastic and graduate to huggable hangers. I know you’ve

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heard of them and probably even seen them but take my suggestion and buy them. They work wonders. They are really thin so they give you more room in your closet. I also recommend buying the pant clips to attach to the hangers for hanging your jeans and skirts. Furthermore, purchase the cascading clips so if you have similar items you can layer them downwards. You can purchase these items at The Container Store, Bed, Bath & Beyond or from the comfort of your own home on Amazon. Try to get an accurate count of the items you already own and add a few more for when you take your next shopping trip, and then buy you some new hangers. I bought about 250.

The best way to organize your closet is by color, lightest to darkest. Start with white and end with black. Furthermore, within each color grouping your clothes should go in this order: • Strapless • Tank tops • Short sleeves • ¾ sleeves • Long sleeves

• Sweaters/Cardigans (unless you fold these down in a dresser drawer) •Jackets There should be a separate section in your closet where you can hang your skirts, rompers, jumpsuits and dresses. Followed by another section where you can hang all your jeans and pants. Again, lightest to darkest by style. You also need to come up with a plan for your belts and scarves. You can buy different hangers or compartments to organize theses things at the aforementioned stores as well. Purses are best kept in their dust bags up on a higher shelf in your closet, unless you switch your purse out everyday. Shoes fit best on shelves and flip flops and flat sandals in hanging compartments. To get the most room for your shoes on shelves turn one forward and one backward. It almost doubles your shoe space. In a hanging compartment, put the bottoms of the flip flops or flat sandals together and slide them in sideways. Color coordinate your shoes as well, from lightest to darkest. I have all my open toe shoes, wedges and heeled sandals in one area. I have all my shorter boots and booties on a three

row bookshelf. I have all my high boots on the top shelf of the closet. Then, I have all my Converse and tennis shoes together. Let’s review: •H  uggable hangers, pant clips, cascading clips • Color code • Lightest to darkest •S  hortest sleeve to longest/ thickest sleeve •P  lace to organize belts and scarves •S  hoes organized by style and then color in similar styles, also lightest to darkest Another HUGE component of a closet makeover is purging. If I was a gambler, I would bet that at least one quarter, if not more, of the items in your closet do not fit you anymore or they are completely out of style. As each year passes, our bodies change and so does style in general as well as our personal style. Hopefully every year we become more comfortable in our own skin and our style has a personal flair that reflects that confidence. You can keep up with the trends MARCH 2018

feature every season without breaking the budget. If you have flare leg or boot leg jeans in your closet, you’re out of style. The style is skinny. If you have low waisted jeans, you’re out of style. The style is mid rise or high rise. Ripped jeans are in and frayed or stacked hems are in. If you have shirts covered in rhinestones, you’re out of style. Bling is no longer in style. If you have super fitted shirts, you’re out of style. The style is oversized/loose/flowy and then do the side or front tuck or tie your shirt in a knot. If you still match your purse to your shoes, you’re out of style. The idea these days is to be imperfectly matched. The point of this paragraph is that, while redoing your closet you must PURGE. I know it’s hard to let go of certain things because we have an emotional attachment to our clothes but let's face it, certain things just gotta go.

As you switch out your hangers, try things on to see if you still like the fit/style and color. You’ll be surprised to learn that some of your one time favorite pieces no longer fit or flatter your body type (mainly due to weight loss or gain). Also, colors you used to love may not be as appealing anymore because maybe you changed your hair color or the color is completely out of style. Follow the color trend of each season. In other words, you should not be wearing burgundy in spring or summer just as you shouldn’t be wearing coral in fall or winter. Once dressed, always add accessories! You can actually make older clothes in your closet look newer if you pair them with updated accessories. Other than the disastrous hanger situation, I thought my closet was pretty organized prior to this makeover. However, once I started switching out the hangers

and rearranging it I realized I was sadly mistaken and there were many more disasters. Well, I’m happy to report it is amazing now! Literally, every time I walk in my closet it’s like a breath of fresh air. It’s so clean, organized, consistent and easy to navigate. Check out the before and after pictures here and let me know what you think or how this article inspired you to do a closet makeover at rgemara@ hotmail.com. My hope is you received some good tips to conduct your own closet makeover and will be well on your way to never saying “I have nothing to wear” again. If you prefer assistance, go to www. wendibraswell.com to connect with my close friend, Daytime fashion correspondent and local stylist Wendi. What are you waiting on? Huggable hangers are calling your name. Xo – Rachel. ❖

Rachel Gemara Ward has worked in the fashion industry for 20+ years. She is the owner of Gemara’s Gems, a jewelry business and Rachel Gemara, an inspirational t-shirt line. You can join her alongside an amazing community of women in a private Facebook group by searching Gemara’s Gems & Rachel Gemara. Valerie Sercu of Celebrate Everything – Photography by Valerie, is a Wesley Chapel based photographer, specializing in portrait and event photography. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she has enjoyed Florida life for seventeen years. She is married and has two very active children. When she’s not doing photo shoots or running her kids around town, she enjoys running, yoga and paddle boarding.



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The best place to shop for a new boat is the best place to shop for any important purchase –the fabulous Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel. The Wesley Chapel Boat Show returns to The Shops at Wiregrass May 4-6. Boat dealers from throughout west central Florida will exhibit more than 100 new boats for sale. Models like the Nautic Star 244 XTS. This is a high performance tournament edition of the Nautic Star bay boats. The Nautic Star 193 SC sports a new hull design. Both Nautic Stars have a lifetime hull warranty.



You’ll get an up close look at the Southport 33, with all the range, speed and creature comforts of a family cruiser, or if you wish, the space and fish specific options for the experienced angler. Also on display, the FSH 210. Ya m a h a ’ s FSH Sport boats were designed for customization, so every boat fits its owner and include a removable T-top for easy garage storage. In addition to boats, personal watercraft like the Sea Doo GTX LTD 300 will be on display.

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This model features an optional fully integrated waterproof Bluetooth audio system. These are just several of the dozens of boat models that will be showing at the Wesley Chapel Boat Show. Besides the boats, the show will feature the Captain Joe Fishing School, where expert anglers will teach you how and where to “catch the big one.” Attendees can also get hands-on instruction on how to throw a cast net without getting wet! Captain Joe Fishing will have a wide selection of rods, reels, tackle and apparel for sale. The Wesley Chapel Boat Show is open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are just $3 for adults. Kids 12 and under are free. Visit our website, www. WesleyChapelBoatShow.com for our complete schedule. Also, visit our Facebook page, https://www. f aceb o ok .com/TOMGb oatshows/ No need to drive all the way to Tampa to shop for the new boat of your dreams! Pasco County’s only boat show is at the county’s premiere shopping destination – The Shops at Wiregrass, located at the intersection of State Road 56 and Bruce B Downs Boulevard.

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Swimming pool care is nothing new to Charlene and Dennis who have been running a successful service and repair business – A-Quality Pool Service since 2009. Backyard Pool Supplies, its sister company, started as an online business in 2011, to facilitate offering pool supplies to neighbors and local residents at affordable prices. Due to the demand to provide residents another choice in the community, a brick and mortar location was introduced. Backyard pool supplies is located in the Cypress shopping Center at the corner of Bruce B. Downs and County Line Rd. that also houses LA Fitness and Winn Dixie. Get ready for swim season! Now is the time to get your swimming pool in top shape…we can take care of all your pool needs from chemicals to pumps, automation, repairs, green to clean services….we provide honest, professional advice…..come in and see us!

Why did you open your business in this location? Consumer demand; we live in the area and residents were asking for more choice vs the Pinch a Penny and Leslies. Most pool owners are do-it-yourselfers and they want honest answers…

What “drives” you to do what you do? Internally driven to be successful; sense of accomplishment and satisfaction knowing we can serve the community and create jobs for others.

How long have you been in business? We have been in business 10 yrs, the store opened 1.5 years ago. What is your area of specialty? Swimming pool chemical supplies, parts repairs and service. What is your education (where, which institutions, etc.) Both of us are college graduates. I have 2 degrees including a Masters in Global mgt. and Business Admin How are you different than other businesses of your type? We are family owned; we have great prices for honest dependable service.

When did you KNOW that this profession was what you wanted to do with your life? Fell upon it after the economy tanked in 2008, Dennis was in banking at the time and knew the down turn of economy was going to last a while.

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He turned to something completely different - servicing swimming pools and was fascinated by water chemistry and quickly realized growing the business had a lot of potential. What type of biographical information would you like for the reader to know? I.e., where are you from, what brought you to this area, do you have a family, what part of Tampa do you live, what does your spouse do for a living, etc? I was born in Trinidad (Caribbean) and grew up in Canada, met Dennis there after college and work (Dish Network) moved us to the US for professional jobs. We lived in Denver for 5 years then Showtime Networks moved us to Florida. We have been in the New Tampa area for the last 18 yrs. 2 kids 13 and 15 attending JLMS and LOLHS – IB Program Anything else you would like to talk about, i.e., a specific topic (or area) that you feel you would like to educate readers about? Our new retail store – trying to let the community know where we are and what we have to offer. Family owned and operated, 2 business professionals that took their knowledge and experience and applied it to the swimming pool industry and have succeeded in doubling business in just 4 years. We take pride in our work and funnel that to our employees… honest dependable with great prices and service… MARCH 2018

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By Elizabeth Ortiz - Realtor


ts no surprise that Wesley Chapel Florida is busting at the seams. What makes Wesley Chapel one of the fastest growing areas is the combination of available land, the demographics and positive shopping patterns. We are perfectly situated between affordable housing but still a short drive into the heart of downtown Tampa. The retail surge follows a residential thrust, which has created dozens of developers to add thousands of new homes in the past five years. The Tampa Premium Outlets opening in 2015 created a triangle for shopping. We have The Grove, Shops at Wiregrass, and dozens of shopping plazas and restaurants (Smith, 2017). The economic revival in Hillsborough and Tampa are pushing people over the county line because of affordability rather than urban living. Tampa's land prices have increased rapidly and Pinellas County remains built up already, creating speedy growth north of Tampa. Real Estate analysts are anticipating Pasco County to be a self-sustaining, jobsproviding, live-work-play center all on its

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own. That’s exciting to all the residents who are looking to sell since values on homes are on the rise in the area. Richard Gehring, Pasco County’s Strategic policy administrator, said the population is at 125,000 people; in 15 years that number is expected to be 320,000. There is no question that growth is going to continue to happen in our community and bring value and convivence to everyday living (Stockfisch, 2015).

Tips on selling your home:

There are 7 important steps in selling your home. First, your reason for selling. It is often more emotional to sell a home than to buy one. Your urgency on selling may affect the price of your property. The following are various factors that could impact the sale of your home: 1. Reason for selling 2. Price 3. Location 4. Condition of Property 5. Size

6. Design/Style 7. Accessibility It is extremely important to calculate the expenses that may be incurred with selling your home. This wisdom is completely essential because it helps owners establish a competitive price for their home as well as potential profits for the seller. Costs included with selling may be commission to be paid to the agent, taxes, advertising costs or specific reports, i.e. property inspection.


The most crucial factor when selling your home on the market is pricing it the right way. The price can make or break a deal. Over-pricing your property may produce a smaller buyer’s pool and an extended stay on the market that will lead to lower offers being proposed. Under-pricing of the property may result in a buyer offering a lower amount due to a negative assessment of the property or area and you are losing money on your investment. MARCH 2018

real estate Location:

Location plays a very important part in the marketability of your home. Important things to consider would be is your property priced accordingly to other offers in your area? What kind of neighborhood is it located in? Up and coming, well established, traditional? Also is the property located in rural or urban areas?

Condition of your property:

The condition of your property is always a factor in how quickly your home will sell. It’s a fact. Raising your house above others in the same price range often comes down to first impressions. Some inexpensive ways to amplify your homes curb appeal are, • Keep the grass cut and yard clutter to a minimum • Apply fresh paint to any wooden fences and your front door. • Clean windows inside and out • Wash or paint your home’s exterior • Ensure gutters and other exterior fashions are firmly attached.


When staging your home well-placed furniture is essential and can open up rooms and make them seem larger than they are. Opening drapes and blinds bringing in light as

well as turning your lights on can make it look bright and cherry. Staging your home is very important and the best way to sell your home. Some inexpensive ways to emphasize your homes best features are: • Clean or paint walls and ceilings • Clean all flooring and fixtures, lights, fans • Repair all plumbing leaks • Remove excessive wall hangings, furniture and extra personal goods • Play quiet background music and infuse your home with a comforting scent • Vacate the property when and if it’s being shown to prospective buyers. • Turn on all lights and open the drapes during the daytime

Last but not least, Accessibility:

Accessibility plays a significant role all over the world. Even though you can’t control your home’s accessibility to certain things, it still plays a vital role in pricing your home. Some key areas to think about are: • Public transportation • Entertainment • Schools and other educational institutions • Main roads

• Outdoor areasplaygrounds • Shopping centers




It is an exciting time to sell or buy in the newly exploding Wesley Chapel, Pasco County, and Lutz area. It is also an investors dream.

Contact Elizabeth Ortiz at Keller Williams New Tampa Group. We have a huge database and will market your home for you with our personalized system (The Selling Process, 2017).

Smith, T. (2017, August 3). Wesley Chapel continues to thrive and expand despite a national retail crunch. Tampa Bay Times . Retrieved February 18, 2018, from http:// www.tampabay.com/news/business/retail/wesley-chapelcontinues-to-thrive-and-expand-despite-a-nationalretail/2332444 Stockfisch, J. R. (2015, July 19). Hear the boom? That's Pasco County development. Tampa Bay Times. The Selling Process . (2017). Retrieved February 18, 2018, from https:// kellerwilliamsasheville.com/the-selling-process/

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Dashboard Confessional Jannus Live ~ St Petersburg, Florida Sat. 3/24 – 5:30 pm

Demi Lovato & DJ Khaled Amalie Arena Tampa, FL Sat, 03/31/18 - 07:30 PM

Southern Rumble, Dirty Soul Revival & Comin' Home Skippers Smokehouse ~ Tampa, FL Sun, 03/25/18 - 05:00 PM

Katt Williams 11:11 RNS World Tour USF Sun Dome Tampa, FL Sat, 04/14/18 - 08:00 PM

98ROCKFEST Big 10 Shinedown, Three Days Grace, Seether, Starset, Fozzy, 10 Years Amalie Arena Tampa, FL Fri, 04/20/18 - 06:00 PM Lorde: Melodrama World Tour Amalie Arena Tampa, FL Wed, 04/11/18 - 07:00 PM

Kenny Chesney: Trip Around the Sun Tour Kenny Chesney, Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion, Brandon Lay Raymond James Stadium Tampa, FL Sat, 04/21/18- -05:00 PM

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The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? Storytime

Shops at Wiregrass – Barnes & Noble March 31st – 11am https://stores.barnesandnoble.com The Duckling asks for a cookie, and gets it! How do you think Pigeon feels about that? Find out at Storytime, with activities to follow.

The Great Inflatable Race 5K Run Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 9am. A suggested starting point will be provided just before Hunt day, but you can start from home or wherever you want. You'll venture throughout Tampa and the surrounding area Adventure Hunt sends you off in teams of 2-4 people on an exhilarating, adrenalinepacked ride we promise you will never forget! You’ll complete both gut-bustingly funny and adventurous challenges that unlock a real life treasure map on our Adventure Hunt app. From there you’ll put your mind and will to the test as you solve clues guiding you to the buried treasure!

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Curtis Hixon Park www.humanesocietytampa. akaraisin.com Are you ready? Get set...go! We invite you and your four-legged friends to our 31st Annual Bark in the Park. Start the celebration early by forming a pack and fundraising for the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.

blues performers. Refreshments are plentiful, with seafood, barbeque, Cuban cuisine, beer, wine, and mixed drinks on the menu.

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The Great Inflatable Race is a fun run with inflatable obstacles spread throughout the running course. You and your friends will feel like kids again as you jump, dive and bounce on our custom-designed inflatables. Get fit, support a good cause and create epic memories that will last you a lifetime!

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April 6th and 7th www.improvtampa.com Shawn Wayans made his acting debut in 1989 in his brother Keenen Ivory Wayans’ feature film I’m Gonna Get You Sucka. Immediately following his feature film debut, Shawn joined the cast of the Emmy Award winning comedy series, In Living Color. Shawn starred in the box office hits; Little Man and White Chicks, both of which he also co-wrote and co-executive produced.


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Bring the whole family for a day of fun at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Although everyone will enjoy the spectacular vehicles there are other activities the family will enjoy as well. Here are a few: the Commercial Exhibitors, Swap Meet, Women’s World (exhibitors with items that will interest women as well as men and children) and even a model car show!

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Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg April 6th – 8th www.TampaBayBlueFest.com

One of Florida’s most popular blues music events returns for the 20th year, set against the beautiful waterfront backdrop of Vinoy Park. This fest always attracts the America’s top

It kicks off with a wine party featuring more than 70 wines, as well as Italian antipasti, cuisine and desserts. It ends with the main event, during which dozens of the Tampa Bay area’s top restaurants and catering companies serve delicious dishes and tastings.

Sunday Bicycle Rides

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Depot Museum and head south beyond San Antonio for our first climb up Prospect Hill. Most of our ride will take us north to northeast of San Antonio and then back. About 1/4th to 1/3rd of the ride is flat to gently rolling,

although there are some hills with "steepish" grades including Happy Hill Road and "The Three Sisters". Distance: 22 miles with an optional, very hilly 5-mile loop at the ride's end Speed: 12-14 mph

SUN ‘n FUN Int’l Fly-In Expo SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus April 10th – 15th https://www.flysnf.org

The annual event, held in April, has grown into the second largest event of its kind in the world and is Florida’s largest annual convention. The six-day event on 2,200 acres has been recorded to have a $64,000,000 direct and indirect economic impact on the I-4 corridor in Central Florida as media from around the world cover the event that offers, jet teams, aerospace related exhibits; educational forums, aircraft static displays, professional gatherings of aviation and economic development groups; daily and evening airshows that include adrenaline pumping aerobatics, a veterans plaza and women in aviation arenas.

The 8th Annual Tampa Firefighters Pediatric Burn Survivor 720 E. Zack Street, Tampa, FL US 33602 April 14th https://runsignup.com

What does the Tampa Firefighters 8th Annual Pediatric Burn Survivor event benefit? The annual Pediatric Burn Survivor events benefit Camp Hopetake, a week-long summer camp in Tampa for previously burned children of all ages. Camp Hopetake provides a safe and supportive environment for kids to share their feelings and interact with other young burn victims from all over Florida. This non-threatening atmosphere allows them to enjoy activities including swimming, bowling, fishing, games, crafts, movies and more as they cope with the social and emotional scars associated with their injuries.

This gathering centers around a stunning display of sand sculptures crafted by 10 master sculptors who have nine days to create fairytale and literature-themed works.

Amalie Arena April 29th – 3pm www.amaliearena.com

Record-breaking, global comedy superstar, Jeff Dunham, is bringing his cast of characters on the road this fall through spring 2018 as America’s favorite ventriloquist tours North America on his 60-city Passively Aggressive tour.


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Wesley Chapel Boat Show features blueberry desserts, blueberry wines, blueberry vinegars and jams, as well as a beer garden, dog show, car show and a Blueberry Kids Zone.

Caribbean Festival

Shops at Wiregrass May 4th – 6th


Shop dozens of new boat lines at the Wesley Chapel Boat Show at the Shops at Wiregrass. Attendees are encouraged to sit in on a session at the Captain Joe Fishing School for hands-on

Florida State Fairgrounds April 21st http://www.floridastatefair.coml The 13th Annual Tampa Caribbean Carnival on Saturday April 20th at the Florida State Fairgrounds! The carnival will be on display for the people of Tampa as masqueraders, steel pan bands, and more will be on display! Experience the Caribbean culture in Tampa Bay and bring your friends and family to take part in the fun!

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recipes Total: 2 hrs 25 mins Prep: 10 mins; Cook: 2 hrs 15 mins Yield: 12 servings with leftovers Ingredients: • 1 (12-pound) shankless skinless smoked cured ham • Whole cloves for studding ham • I cup firmly packed brown sugar • ¼ cup prepared mustard • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar • Variation: GLAZED HAM STEAK WITH BROWN SUGAR MUSTARD GLAZE • 1 TO 2-inch Ham Steak • ½ teaspoon ground cloves

www.FoodNetwork.com Recipe courtesy of Georgia Downard

Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Mustard Glaze

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Score top of ham into diamonds and stud center of each diamond with a clove. Place ham on a rack in a roasting pan and bake for 1 1/2 hours. In a bowl combine the sugar, mustard and vinegar and spread glaze evenly over ham. Bake for another 35 minutes. Transfer ham to a platter and let stand 15 minutes before carving. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Combine cloves, sugar and mustard and brush over Ham Steak. Bake in baking dish in 350 degree oven for 15 minutes until heated through.

Rainbow Bundt Cake Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Total: 3 hrs - Active: 1 hr Yield: 10 to 12 servings Ingredients • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for the pan • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour, plus more for the pan (See Cook’s Note) • ¼ teaspoon fine salt • 1 tablespoon milk, at room temperature • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract • 4 large eggs plus 1 yolk, at room temperature • 1 1/3 cups sugar • 3 cups sweetened flaked coconut • Red, Yellow, Green and Blue Food Coloring, for the coconut • One 16-ounce can vanilla frosting • 12 regular marshmallows

Special equipment: a 12-cup Bundt pan

Position an oven rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour a 12-cup bundt pan. Sift the flour and salt into a medium bowl. Whisk together the milk, vanilla, whole eggs and yolk in a second medium bowl until combined. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed until smooth, about 1 minute. With the mixer running, pour in the sugar 1/4 cup at a time; beat until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Turn the mixer off and scrape the sides of the bowl to ensure the ingredients are incorporated. Turn the mixer to low, add the flour mixture 1/4 cup at a time and beat for about 30 seconds. Add the egg mixture gradually and beat ujntil the batter is combined, about 3 minutes. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and smooth over the top with a spatula. Put the pan in the oven and reduce the temperature to 325 degrees F. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and the top springs back when lightly pressed, about 1 hour. Cool the cake in the pan on a rack, 10 to 15 minutes. Invert the cake onto a rack to cool completely. Meanwhile, open 6 small resealable plastic bags. To the first bag, add 3/4 cup of the coconut and 10 drops red food coloring. To the second bag, add 3/4 cup coconut, 5 drops red food coloring and 5 drops yellow food coloring to make orange. To the third bag, add 3/4 cup coconut and 10 drops yellow food coloring. To the fourth bag, add 1/4 cup coconut and 5 drops green food coloring. To the fifth bag, add 1/4 cup coconut and 5 drops blue food coloring. To the sixth bag, add 1/4 cup coconut, 3 drops red food coloring and 2 drops blue food coloring to make purple. Seal all the 26 Wesley Chapel Magazine

bags, pressing out as much air as possible. Press and shake the sealed bags until all the coconut is coated in food coloring. Add more food coloring if you desire a richer color. Empty the bags into stripes on a baking sheet. Let stand, uncovered, for 1 hour to dry out slightly. If not using the coconut immediately, store in an airtight container until ready to use. Turn the cake over with the flat side facing up and trim it with a serrated knife to make level. Set the cake trimmed-side down on a work surface. Cut the cake in half from top to bottom so you have 2 semi-circles. Stand up the cake pieces like 2 arches and push them together back-to-back to make 1 arch. Trim as needed so they line up evenly and can stand on their own. Lay the cake pieces back down on their flat sides. Using a butter knife or offset spatula, cover the cake pieces with frosting on all sides except the bottoms. Press a stripe of purple coconut into the frosting on the inside curve of one of the cake semi-circles. Add a 1-inch stripe of blue coconut next to the purple stripe. Continue with the green, yellow and orange coconut, leaving an empty space on the outer edge of the semi-circle where the red coconut will go. Repeat with the other cake piece and colored coconut. Carefully stand up both cake pieces again. Spread the flat, cut side of one of the cake pieces with frosting and carefully push it together with the cut side of the second cake piece. Spread the remaining frosting over the seam where the pieces come together. Press a stripe of red coconut over the frosted seam, completing the rainbow. Using a metal spatula and your hands, carefully transfer the cake to a serving platter. Using scissors or kitchen shears, cut each marshmallow in half along the equator. Adhere the sticky cut sides to the platter and other marshmallows to build clouds on the sides of the cake. When ready to serve, separate the halves again and slice each half into wedges. Cook's Note When measuring flour, we spoon it into a dry measuring cup and level off the excess. (Scooping directly from the bag compacts the flour, resulting in dry baked goods.) MARCH 2018

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Wesley Chapel Important Phone #’s POLICE: Wesley Chapel Community Office: 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel, FL 33543 Phone Numbers Emergencies: 911 Dispatch/Communications (NonEmergency) 727-847-8102 District II Admin: 352-518-5000 Main Office Number: 1-800-8542862


Animal Control 813-929-1212 Alligator Hotline 813-392-4286 Driver’s License 813-235-6020 Trees 813-258-8733 Hotline 813-274-8615 Fallen Post Office 813-991-7846

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Parks & Recreation 813-907-9081



Tampa Electric (TECO): Customer Service: 888-2230800 Businesses: 866-832-6249 Energy-Saving Programs: 813275-3909 Power Outages: 352-588-5115 Withlacoochee River Electric: South Central Pasco County to Dade City: 813-979-9732

GAS: Peoples Gas: Emergency: 1-877-832-6747 Customer Service: 305-940-0139

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WASTE/RECYCLING: Republic Services: Customer Service 813-248-6435 Waste Management: 800-255-7172 Waste-Aid 813-996-1457

Double Branch Elementary School (813) 346-0400 New River Elementary School (813) 346-0500

Seven Oaks Elementary School (813) 794-0700 Watergrass Elementary School (813) 346-0600 Wesley Chapel Elementary School (813) 794-0100

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Thomas E. Weightman Middle School (813) 794-0200


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Wesley Chapel High School (813) 794-8700

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igh profile acts of violence, particularly in schools, can confuse and frighten children who may feel in danger or worry that their friends or loved-ones are at risk. They will look to adults for information and guidance on how to react. Parents and school personnel can help children feel safe by establishing a sense of normalcy and security and talking with them about their fears. Reassure children that they are safe. Emphasize that schools are very safe. Validate their feelings. Explain that all feelings are okay when a tragedy occurs. Let children talk about their feelings, help put them into perspective, and assist them in expressing these feelings appropriately.Make time to talk. Let their questions be your guide as to how much information to provide. Be patient; children and youth do not always talk about their feelings readily. Watch for clues that they may want to talk, such as hovering around while you do the dishes or yard work. Some children prefer writing, playing music, or doing an art project as an outlet. Young children may need concrete activities (such as drawing, looking at picture books, or imaginative play) to help them identify and express their feelings.Keep your explanations developmentally appropriate. Early elementary school children need brief, simple information that should be balanced with reassurances that their school and homes are safe and that adults are there to protect them. Give simple examples of school safety like reminding children about exterior doors being locked, child monitoring efforts on the playground, and emergency drills practiced during the school day.Upper elementary and early middle school children will be more vocal in asking questions about whether they truly are safe and what is being done at their school. They may need assistance separating reality from fantasy. Discuss efforts of school and community leaders to provide safe schools. Upper middle school and high school students will have strong and varying opinions about the causes of violence in schools

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and society. They will share concrete suggestions about how to make school safer and how to prevent tragedies in society. Emphasize the role that students have in maintaining safe schools by following school safety guidelines (e.g. not providing building access to strangers, reporting strangers on campus, reporting threats to the school safety made by students or community members, etc.), communicating any personal safety concerns to school administrators, and accessing support for emotional needs. Review safety procedures. This should include procedures and safeguards at school and at home. Help children identify at least one adult at school and in the community to whom they go if they feel threatened or at risk. Observe children’s emotional state. Some children may not express their concerns verbally. Changes in behavior, appetite, and sleep patterns can also indicate a child’s level of anxiety or discomfort. In most children, these symptoms will ease with reassurance and time. However, some children may be at risk for more intense reactions. Children who have had a past traumatic experience or personal loss, suffer from depression or other mental illness, or with special needs may be at greater risk for severe reactions than others. Seek the help of mental health professional if you are at all concerned.Limit television viewing of these events. Limit television viewing and be aware if the television is on in common areas. Developmentally inappropriate information can cause anxiety or confusion, particularly in young children. Adults also need to be mindful of the content of conversations that they have with each other in front of children, even teenagers, and limit their exposure to vengeful, hateful, and angry comments that might be misunderstood.Maintain a normal routine. Keeping to a regular schedule can be reassuring and promote physical health. Ensure that children get plenty of sleep, regular meals, and exercise. Encourage them to keep up with their schoolwork and extracurricular activities but don’t push them if they seem overwhelmed. MARCH 2018




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