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TemPle Terrace A Community Newsletter for Temple Terrace Residents

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VOL.1, ISSUE 1 | SEPTEMBER 2011

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publication as a free mailing and the Temple Terrace News will also be available at several distribution points, including City Hall and the Whiteway Recreation Complex. We hope to be able to expand this distribution. This is our opportunity, Temple Terrace, to create our own unique news publication highlighting the reasons we call Temple Terrace our home and building a “tie that binds” which showcases what sets us apart from other communities. Temple Terrace is a unique small town with countless opportunities for family and community involvement. Here is your Temple Terrace News, we look forward to being a must read at the beginning of each month and welcome your participation and suggestions as we build our magazine together.

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If you see a picture of the Eiffel tower, you know it's Paris; the Coliseum ... Rome; Big Ben ... London; the Empire State Building ... New York City. And that building next to the golf course, sporting a huge golf ball on top at 210 Inverness Avenue ... you know you're in Temple Terrace, Florida! In the 1920's, that building was a real estate office that promoted and sold properties around the new golf-course oriented master-planned community of Temple Terrace. And what looks like a golf ball was actually the image of a Temple orange -- prevalent then in the surrounding groves. (The dome's original color was orange.) The Great Depression brought an end

to the land development expansion, and in 1943 the abandoned and dilapidated building was deeded by the city to a new church in the area, indeed the only church, as long as it was used for religious purposes. The church members quickly raised funds (about one thousand dollars!) and set about the work of restoring the building. In 1939, the city had a population just over 200. A new-comer in town, Clifford "Skipper" Richardson (all of 21 years old) started the first Girl Scout troop in Temple Terrace. Her husband, Bass, then started the first Boy Scout troop. In 1941 they wanted to provide religious education beyond what could be done in their scouting activities. They hosted organizing meetings in their home and with the help of Harry and Ruth Roller and the commitment of the Scouting families and others, they started the Temple Terrace Church School TEMPLE TERRACE NEWS

-- for all age groups including adults. According to Skipper, it was founded to serve all the diversified religions of the 35-40 families so they could all have a spiritual gathering spot. The building and that tradition are still with us today. By 1960, the city population had blossomed to over 3800 and in 1964 the church built a new worship sanctuary to hold their growing congregation. The master architect was a church member and Temple Terrace resident, Frank Valenti. On the inside of the new sanctuary one can see the stunning stained-glass windows created and installed by the renowned Mueller Studios of Zephyrhills. Lately, the original property had started to show its age. With assistance from the Temple Terrace Preservation Society, renovations began in 2010 and now the intimate "chapel" is once again a point of pride for the church -- and a beautiful place of historical architecture for the community. Inside the dome is a newly painted mural by local artist Terry Klaaren. They have been using it for Sunday worship services this past summer and will reconsecrate it at their 70th Anniversary celebration on October 23 (everyone's invited). The church still welcomes people of all faiths to join them in worship. Many people who have their roots in Temple Terrace still think of this as their "family's church" because their parents or grandparents attended there. Indeed, for many people in Temple Terrace, it is the "community's church" ... the "Sacred Space" where they or a friend, or a family member were welcomed to hold a wedding, a Baptism, or a funeral service, even though they weren't officially members of the church. They also recognize and honor the loved ones in our lives by holding special Sunday services on Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day and Veteran's Day. Besides providing the community with its first Sunday school, in 1942 they held the SEPTEMBER 2011

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community's first Easter Sunrise Service -- on the golf course! And they also hosted a community Christmas Party with gifts for everyone. In 1974 the church initiated the Temple Terrace Arts and Crafts Festival which grew so large it was moved to Riverhills Park after 3 years, was handed over to the Parks and Rec Dept., and eventually the Temple Terrace Arts Council. Though smaller in numbers than in their 'hey-day', they still reach out to serve the community and the world. Over the last 14 years, under the leadership of Pastor Ted Fielland, they have worked with other area churches to provide community Thanksgiving services and the annual Christmas Carol Sing (lately at Riverhills Park). Now they sponsor four Girl Scout troops. They actively collect donations for the local food bank. All year long the children collect donations to provide gifts to a family-in-need at Christmas (anonymous, but identified by a social services org.). Beyond the city's limits, they assist at Metropolitan Ministries; also with Franklin Graham's organization, Samaritan's Purse, to gather and send shoe-boxes full of Christmas gifts to orphaned children around the world. As members of the International Council of Community Churches (ICCC) and other ecumenical organizations, they support the advocacy of moral choices in state, national, and world politics. Check out their website at www. ttcommunitychurch.org for more information and pictures, or better yet, visit this landmark in person! Their 70th Anniversary celebration is on Sunday, Oct. 23 -- but you can visit them anytime. TTN 5


TemPle Terrace community news Resident Stories and Acts of Kindness (ARK) by Mrs. Sylvia D'Aloia My husband gave up driving when he developed two pinched nerves in his back and it was determined that due to the pain it was unsafe for him to drive. He had a group of friends that met for lunch once a week so he was able to keep this date by driving his golf cart to and from the club. One day he hit a speed bump wrong and one of his tires went flat. Try as he may he could not get it to hold air therefore making the cart useless. We put the damaged tire in our car to take it to get it fixed. Not only did Gary Frase at Tire Kingdom give him prompt attention, he repaired the tire, sealed it so it wouldn't leak and said that there would be no charge. He made our day by this random act of kindness. Temple Terrace residents you are welcome to send in interesting stories about your life, or any "acts of kindness". email to cmatter1@tampabay.rr.com

The first Relay For Life Committee meeting was at Antonio's Aug. 9. We have an awesome committee making some great plans for the Temple Terrace Relay!

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orthside is divided into three Service Divisions – Outpatient (OP), Community Support Center (CSC) and the Acute Care Services (ACS). There are 32 programs located in 12 locations all together. This is an overview of Northside Mental Health Center programs: The majority of the Outpatient Services are located in the Main Center on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard. These include traditional adult, child and family counseling, psychological testing, psycho-educational classes, Specialized Treatment Services (STS) – for abused and neglected children, juvenile sex offender treatment, co-occurring treatment services, Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF), Clinical Case Management Services for severely emotionally disturbed youth/children and their families, Family 6

Assessment & Support Program (FASP), PhoneFriend, Family Therapist Training Program, Professional Training and Pharmacy Services. The Family and School Support Team (FASST) is located in Temple Terrace area at 11602 N 51st St, Suite 100 where they moved in April. The Community Support Center programs are for adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses. The programs located at our Access House Facility include Case Management, Day Treatment, Psychiatric Services, Co-Occurring Treatment Services, Social Network and Supportive Employment. This Division also includes our residential programs, which have 2 group homes, Supervised Apartments, Satellite Apartments, and community apartments, as well as the Supportive Living Services offered in the individual’s chosen home environment. This Division also has the Florida Assertive Community Treatment (FACT) Team which works in the community with their clients. The Acute Care Services include Crisis and Respite (CARE) Center a voluntary crisis respite housing program that provides up to seven days of emergency SEPTEMBER 2011

shelter housing to persons who might otherwise be admitted to or stay longer on an inpatient psychiatric unit, the Crisis stabilization Unit (CSU) and three Forensic Programs – Forensic In-Jail Services, Forensic Prevention Program and Forensic Case Management Services. PHONEFRIEND PROGRAM

The new PhoneFriend Director is Cheri Knapp of Temple Terrace. She has been active in the Lewis and King High School PTAs having served as fund-raiser chair in both. She was also involved in the Temple Terrace Junior Woman’s Club and is a past president. She has worked with M.B. Hayes Contracting as Office Manager, taught 2nd grade at Wilson Elementary in Plant City for 1 year, owned Once Upon a Time Books for Kids in Temple Terrace and most recently was Administrative Manager for Knapp & Sons. To contact Cherie Knapp, Community Relations Coordinator dial 977-8700, X4357. TTN TEMPLE TERRACE NEWS


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he GFWC Temple Terrace Juniorettes will be holding their annual Ice Cream Social membership recruitment event on Monday, September 12th, from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Woodmont Clubhouse in Temple Terrace (415 Woodmont Avenue). All girls in grades seven through twelve are invited to attend and learn about the leadership and service opportunities that the Juniorettes have to offer. The Juniorettes participate in a variety of projects such as their annual Community Easter Egg Hunt, Relay for Life, Dr. Seuss Birthday reading program at the library, bingo parties at Hope Lodge, and volunteering at Metropolitan Ministries. The GFWC Temple Terrace Juniorette Club is a member of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, for more information, contact the club Advisor, Joyce Johnston, at 813-985-3533. TTN

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he Temple Terrace Arts Council will be hosting the 38th Annual Temple Terrace Community Arts Festival at Riverhills Park, 405 S Riverhills Dr, Temple Terrace, on Saturday, November 12th and Sunday, November 13th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The Festival is a juried Fine Arts and Crafts Show set in the city’s most scenic park under a canopy of oaks along banks of the Hillsborough River. Prizes totaling over $5,000.00 will be awarded to participating artists at the discretion of experienced art judges. This event is free with ample parking, great food, and entertainment, which will be taking place throughout the weekend. Future artists from the area's local elementary schools will be exhibiting their work along the riverwalk during the Festival. Their art will be judged and winners will receive awards.

The council is able to sustain this event each year by the donation of our wonderful sponsors and annual purchases of fine art by artists participating in the festival, later to be auctioned during our annual spring event. These are just a few examples of the Council's dedication to community involvement and pride. Fine artists and crafters are welcome to complete an application; for more information please call 813-988-ARTS or visit our website templeterraceartscouncil.org. The Temple Terrace Arts Council is currently taking applications from fine artists and crafters for the November 12th and 13th Festival. Fee: $125. See application for submission guidelines. Download the application at

http://templeterraceartsfestival. shutterfly.com. Contact: 813-988ARTS or email TTArtFest@gmail.com Deadline: Oct. 28, 2011 postmark. TTN

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National Night Out Against Crime Slated For Oct. 4, 2011

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ational Night Out has always been a terrific event for Temple Terrace ‌ when it hasn’t been hammered with thunderstorms.

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The popular annual event usually is held in August, when heat, rain and lightning are at their worst. This year, the City is trying something new. Our National Night Out will be held Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011. It’ll be at the Family Recreation Complex, 6610 E. Whiteway Drive, starting at 6:30 p.m. National Night Out is designed to strengthen police-community partnerships in the fight against neighborhood crime. More than 10,000 communities participate each year, according to the nonprofit National Association of Town Watch. Temple Terrace’s National Night Out program has been recognized as one of Florida’s best. Details for this year’s event are still being worked out, but you can expect games, a rock-climbing wall, face-painting, police vehicles, a firetruck, free snacks and many fun activities. McGruff the Crime Dog and Tiny (a miniature talking police car) will be there, too. The event always ends with a flashlight walk through the neighborhood to show that Temple Terrace residents are united against crime. It’s free and lots of fun, so put it on your calendar for this October.

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ant to help take a bite out of crime? You can help curb crime in your community by joining the Temple Terrace Police Department’s Citizen Volunteer Patrol Program. Citizen volunteers will become the “eyes and ears” of the police department, assisting officers in several ways: • Patrolling neighborhoods and commercial areas • Assisting officers with public safety and traffic control • Supplementing crime awareness activities • Responding to non-emergency calls • Providing basic first aid • Reporting suspicious activities Twelve volunteers will be selected, who will receive 40 hours of specialized

training. They’ll drive specially marked Citizen Patrol cars and wear identifiable uniforms. They’ll learn how to identify, report and prevent criminal activity. This will free up police to focus more on enforcement activities, said Temple Terrace Police Chief Kenneth Albano, who called the program “a unique partnership between members of the police department and residents of our community.” “A greater presence equates to fewer opportunities for criminal activity,” he explained. “Also, when volunteers can respond to lower priority calls, it allows more time for our officers to respond to high-priority enforcement issues and investigation-related calls.” The start-up costs for the program, including vehicles, equipment, uniforms and training, will be covered by forfeiture

funds, and operational costs will be minimal, Albano said. The police department is recruiting applicants now. To qualify, you must be at least 19 years old, an area resident, possess a valid Florida driver’s license, pass a criminal background check, and meet other restrictions and requirements. To apply or obtain further information, please call Officer Karen Walter at (813) 506-6500 or e-mail kwalter@ templeterrace.com. TTN

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Game times 6:15, 7:15 and 8:15pm. $300 per team.

Men's Softball - Sunday league starting in October when registrations is full. Game times 3, 4, 5pm. $300 per team.

Men's Soccer - Sunday league starts in September when registration is full. Game tiems are 1pm, 2pm. $300 per team of 7.

Youth Basketball (7-9 Coed) and (10-12 Coed) takes place on Tuesday nights starting Nov. 1. $50 per player. Registration ends when league is full.

Coed Softball - Tuesday and Wednesday night leagues available starting the second week of Oct. Game times 6:15, 7:15, 8:15pm. $300 per team. Registration ends when league is full.

Coed Volleyball - Friday night league starting October 7. Game times 7:15, 8:15pm. $300 per team. Registration ends when league is full.

Youth Flag Football (6-9 Coed) and (10-14 Coed) takes place on Friday nights starting September 10. $50 per player. Registration ends when league is full.

Coed Dodgeball - Sunday league starting in September. Game times 7:15, 8:15pm. $300 per team. Registration ends when league is full.

Youth Cheerleading - takes place on Friday nights starting Aug. 27. $60 per child. Registration ends when league is full.

Coed Flag Football - Saturday morning legue starts August 13 when registrations is full. Game times 7, 8pm. $300 per team. Men's Flag Football - Saturday morning league starts August 13 when registration is full. Game times 10am, 11am, and 12 pm. $300 per team. Men's Basketball - Wednesday nights starting August 17. Game times 6:15, 7:15, and 8:15pm. $300 per team. Registration ends when league is full. Coed Kickball - Sunday league starts in September when registrations is full. 10

Upcoming Youth Leagues (Youth leagues require a membership to the facility) Youth Volleyball - Coed league takes place Monday nights starting Nov. 21. Age groups: 7-11, 12-17. $50 per player. Registration ends when league is full. Youth Teen Basketball (13-17) - takes place on Thursday nights strting Nov. 3. $50 per player. Registration ends when SEPTEMBER 2011

For more information, contact Scott Andrews at 813.506.6600 or sandrews@templeterrace.com

Youth Volleyball Camp Saturday September 17 This camp is open to children ages 7-16. $30 Cheerleading Girls 6-12 $60 for registration (membership required). Season starts September 7. TEMPLE TERRACE NEWS

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ucked away from the fast paced lifestyle of Tampa, beneath a canopy of majestic oak trees, sits one of the most prominent features of Temple Terrace. Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club, established in 1922, has been a family tradition for thousands of residents over the years. Recently voted Northeast Tampa’s Best Golf Course and Best Fine Dining in the Tampa Tribune Readers Poll, Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club continually strives for perfection. Our award winning golf staff features a PGA Section Golf Professional of the Year and Player of the Year. Our LPGA Teaching Professional is the team coach of the National Junior League. We are a private country club with many amenities. Our 18-hole championship golf course boasts rolling hills, undulating

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greens and manicured fairways that provide our members with a challenging golf experience. Our pool area, with a jacuzzi and patio bar offers a variety of activities or a place to just relax. Stop by the lounge or dining room to sample some of the Chef’s latest creations or have a cocktail with friends. Our food and service are fantastic, and one of our most popular nights, WOW Wednesday, has become a must for our members. Our executive chef and his culinary team put together the best $5.99 two entrée buffet meal you can buy! Features such as chicken Marsala and carved roast beef with tossed salad, potatoes, vegetables and dinner rolls, all for only $5.99 for adults, $3.99 for kids 7 – 12, and 6 and under free, makes us the place to bring your entire family for a dinner value you can’t match anywhere else.

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Our 240 seat ballroom is available for any function large or small. We are open to outside events so you can relax and be a guest at your own party. Our professional staff will tend to all of your catering needs. We invite everyone to come in and take a tour of the club. We are certain you will like what you see and become part of the Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club family! For information about our affordable memberships starting at only $39.00, please visit our website at www. templeterracegolf.com or call Debbie Bowman at 813.988.1791 ext. 202. Look for us next month we will have a special fall recipe from our Executive Chef, Edward Steinhoff, along with upcoming events and membership opportunities! TTN

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uddy Baseball is a non-competitive recreational league for boys and girls aged 8 – 18 with special needs. Each player is paired with a “Buddy” aged 10 – 18 to assist the player as needed. The league allows friendships to form and barriers to be dissolved. Buddy Baseball is an opportunity like no other for children with special needs. Not only do the players experience the thrill of participating, they also get to experience team play and camaraderie. Buddy Baseball is an award winning program recognized by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Hillsborough County School District, the Greater Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce, the Tampa Breakfast Sertoma Club and the Tampa Tribune.

The next season will start Saturday October 1st and end on Saturday, November 12th. The games are played at the Temple Terrace Recreational Complex ball fields. Registration fee for the players is $45. There is no charge for the buddies. Buddy Baseball will match up the players and the buddies prior to the start of the season. The past season there were over 60 players and 60 buddies comprising 10 teams in two divisions ~ ages 8 -12 and ages 13 and up.

A parent of one of the players described Buddy Baseball like this, “We really needed something where my daughter could fit in and not be treated unkindly or cruelly. This was perfect for her, because all the parents and coaches embraced and encouraged every child. She

learned in the short 6 weeks to take instruction, to listen, to interact, …” If you want to be a player or a buddy, the registration deadline is Friday, September 9th. The “Meet and Greet” where the players and buddies get a chance to meet each other and their coaches will be held at the Lightfoot Recreation Center on Saturday, September 24th. To learn more about Buddy Baseball and how to register, visit the Buddy Baseball website at www.buddybaseball. org. Email: buddybaseball@verizon.net.

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shops and services that are needed on a daily or weekly basis. Encourage your colleagues and neighbors to shop locally as well. Remind them that supporting local businesses keeps the tax dollars local! TTN

he Greater Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce congratulates the Temple Terrace News on printing its first edition. The Chamber, under the leadership of incoming President Phil Lentsch, is launching a program that emphasizes the importance of buying locally. “Spend it here. Keep it here.” is the tagline to remind our members and citizens of the Temple Terrace community that supporting the local businesses will boost the local economy, enable them to prosper and create more business in our community.

The Chamber Board of Directors meets Wed., Sept. 7 at 5:15 p.m. at Lightfoot Center Wednesday, Sept. 14 New Member Coffee 8-9 a.m. at Café Kili Wednesday, Sept. 21, Chamber monthly luncheon 11:45 a.m. at Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club, sponsored by Pilot Bank.

Use the Chamber’s website, www. templeterracechamber.com, to seek out restaurants, medical and legal services, supermarkets, apparel stores, entertainment, banks, realtors and other

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tart your canoes, kayaks or stand-up-boards! The Temple Terrace Rotary Club in partnership with the City of Temple Terrace invites you to the 1st Annual Hillsborough Canoe Challenge at Riverfest on October 15th. All races begin at 8am on the Hillsborough River from Riverhills Park. Races to Troutcreek (20 mile race), Rotary Park (10 mile race) or Bullard Bridge (5 mile race) – all start and end at Riverhills Park. Stay to enjoy the beautiful park, music, some refreshments and of course awards! Other exhibits are planned so plan to join us to watch the fun and enjoy the park. PS - a family fun paddle will also be available for those who are not so inclined

to race! Register online at www.templeterracerotary. org or watch for applications in the Chamber newsletter and at the Temple Terrace Family Rec. Complex. Since 1987, Temple Terrace Rotary Club has been serving the community of Temple Terrace as well as the international community by providing numerous service projects to help those less fortunate than ourselves. Our motto "SERVICE ABOVE SELF" serves as our guide in everything that we do. Our club was named TT Citizen of the Year in 2009 due to our efforts to revitalize Linwood Park. We continue to serve our city through our Neighbor-toNeighbor cleanup project, the adoption of MOSI Partnership school and our latest revitalization project – bringing back Riverfest.

We invite you to browse our website www. templeterracerotary.org and learn more about us as well as Rotary International. If you are interested in our club as a place to serve, please visit us at a weekly meeting, each Tuesday at 7:15am at IHOP Restaurant on Fowler Avenue at Morris Bridge in Temple Terrace – no reservations needed – just drop in. Cheri Donohue Club President 2011-12

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A variety of age-appropriate stories, finger plays, rhymes and songs are included in our programs. Arts & Activities A program for school-age children to read, create and have fun. It is offered Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. for 30 minutes. Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28 Preschool Time Offered for children ages 3 to 5 who can remain in a group without caregivers. It is offered at 10:45 a.m. on Wednesdays for 30 minutes. Sept. 7. 14, 21, 28 TEEN PROGRAMS Teen Advisory Board...Sept. 22 @ 5:30 p.m. Help us digitize historical documents and earn community service hours. Help us decide what programs and books the library should offer for teens. Animel Night.....................Sept. 1 @ 6 p.m. Enjoy the latest popular anime titles on a large screen. Snacks provided. Game Zone......................Sept. 15 @ 6 p.m. Play Super Smash Bros. Brawl and more on our Nintendo Wii. Board games available. Teen Book Discussion......Sept. 29 @ 6 p.m. Talk about our young adult book of the month.

BOOK ROUNDTABLE For questions on the book club or upcoming selections contact Patrick DeMarco at (813 ) 672-9052 or reader1021@juno.com or Temple Terrace Public Library at (813) 506-6770. Sept. 24 at 1 p.m..... Antigone by Sophocles BOOK CLUB Sept. 7 at 2 p.m..A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb COMPUTER WORKSHOPS Call the library for details & registration E-mail: Opening an Account - Saturday, Sept. 3 at 10 a.m. eGov Lab - Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 2 p.m. Computer Basics - Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 2 p.m. All Computer Workshops use 10 computers with space for 10 hands-on students, but all are welcome. HOME and GARDEN Master Gardener Plant Clinics Discusses all aspects of gardening: plants, lawns, vegetables, trees, water use, environmental landscape, wildlife habitat conservation, pest management and more. Held on Tuesday evenings in the library. Top 40 Favorite Plants - Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m.

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LIFE STORY WRITING Learn techniques of storytelling to help you write your life story. This 10-week series begins on Monday, Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. You must attend all 10 sessions. ARTIST'S CORNER September - Margie Schadt LEGAL, BUSINESS & MEDICAL PROGRAMS Topics include the principles of safe money management, factors for success, obstacles to overcome and strategies for saving. FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY

The Friends of the Temple Terrace Library was formed in 1962. Its purpose is to support the library financially by raising funds through private efforts to secure equipment, furnishings, and materials that cannot be acquired within the constraints of the city budget. Over the past 36 years, many thousands of dollars have been raised to support the library. The members of the Friends organization pay an annual fee and further contribute their time by participation in fundraising activities. Located in the lobby of the library, The Book Nook offers high quality used books for sale at low prices. TTN TEMPLE TERRACE NEWS


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n May 2011, the Temple Terrace Garden Club turned 65 years old making it the oldest organization in Temple Terrace. We strive to encourage the growth of plants and trees, further the education of garden club members and the pubic in horticulture and gardening. The club has grown substantially in numbers, friendships and has increased the knowledge of gardening. There is something for everyone to share whether it is your time or individual talents. Many diverse gardening programs and field trips are planned in addition to Fun with Flower workshops, field trips, wreath making, a soup supper social and workdays in our beautiful Woodmont Park. Evening meetings are also planned as a fun way for those who cannot attend daytime meetings to learn about plants and the environment. Events such as Sunday in the Park (November 20th) and Spring Market (March 17, 2012) bring visitors into the park for enjoyment, entertainment

and some good old fashioned shopping opportunities. The annual Poinsettia and Christmas cactus sale generates the monies needed by the club to maintain several city parks, to support environmental and educational efforts. The new President, Norma Walker, has adopted the theme “Go Green, Live Green and Bee Green”. We must Go Green for a better tomorrow, Live Green by thinking of ways to eat green (vegetables) and save green (money) and Bee Green by becoming aware of the importance of bees in our agricultural based economy. We have become a throwaway society but we should strive to recycle and conserve to make our environment a better place in which to live. Green is what we all should BEE! Visit us at a meeting (Woodmont Clubhouse 2nd Wednesday of each month) or check out our activities at www.templeterracegardenclub. shutterfly.com. Our next meeting is September 14th and the program will

be “Veggies in the Landscape” by Carol Fanella and Adrienne DeNisco. Come for the social at 9:30am and stay for a potluck lunch! Our next evening meeting will be September 27th at Woodmont Clubhouse at 6:30pm. The program will be “Backyard Wildlife Habitats” by Pat Harris and Lucy Hoyt. TTN

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he General Federated Women’s Club Temple Terrace Woman’s Club was founded by a group of 26 dedicated women in 1959. Today, sixteen of our past presidents are active members in the club. Their knowledge and history is a beacon guiding us to great achievements meeting today’s challenges. We have grown to a membership of over a hundred and currently we have 113 members. Twelve of these members are Associates, one hundred are Active and three are Dual Members. Dual members are members of the TTWC and the TT Junior WC. TTWC has nine elected officers, six department chairman and six vicechairman, thirty standing committees and we are represented on the Temple Terrace Arts Festival Board and the Woodmont Association Board. The Woodmont Association is composed of three clubs that maintain the Woodmont Clubhouse, Temple Terrace’s first schoolhouse. The TT Juniors, the Garden Club and the TTWC

work hand in hand to ensure the upkeep and the beauty of the clubhouse and the grounds, our home. Working closely with the Junior Woman’s Club and sponsoring the Juniorettes are priorities in our club. This spring, at the Florida Federated Spring Convention, our TTWC received a treasured state award. It was given to one club. The 2010 D. Judith Lutz Woman’s Club to Junior Club Federation Interaction Award was bestowed for the outstanding collaboration of the clubs. (D. Judith Lutz is a past president of the Florida and the General Federation). Our foundation is, “A Lasting Legacy”. The foundation is not quite three years old. The idea was brought to us by our immediate past president, Dr. Mel Juardo. The foundation was organized under the club’s 501 c(3) non-profit status with the help of professional’s input and guidance.

Quoting from the brochure, it says, “Tribute gifts link the past, present and future. Your loved one can be remembered with a gift that is used to help serve others in our community today, as well as secure our community’s future”. Celebrations, tradition giving and philanthropy are suggested tributes. Cash, securities, real estate, charitable gift annuity and tangible property are some ways donations may be made. This is a part of the creativity vested in our club’s focus of service to the TT community, our nation and internationally. Mark your calendars: TTWC is hosting the District 8 Meeting at the University Village on October 21. To learn more or become a member, please contact Marge Groene at megroene@aol.com TTN

Temple Terrace Preservation Society Join us for a special friends of the Bat Tower event: Bat Tower Talk Temple Terrace Community Church Parish Hall 210 Inverness Ave., Temple Terrace Thursday, Sept.1, 2011 at 7 p.m. The Temple Terrace Bat Tower Reconstruction Project (TTBTRP) is a partnership between the Temple Terrace Preservation Society and the City of Temple Terrace to rebuild what we consider to be a historic Temple Terrace icon. A new Temple Terrace bat tower would recreate an historic icon, allow the city to reduce its use of harmful pesticides, provide habitat for local native bats and create a local tourist attraction. Not to mention the original tower was just plain cool (and “green“) and worthy of being rebuilt. The Temple Terrace Bat Talk event will provide an update on all that’s going on relevant to the project and will feature a special presentation by the Florida Bat Conservancy including live bats! You’ll hear about: • The new (and better) location of the Bat Tower • See (and hear) live bats! • View the blueprint for the new Bat Tower • Why bats are good neighbors • Bat roosts for your own yard 16

• When will the new Bat Tower be built? Lots of Bat Tower goodies will be on hand including: Bat Tower T-Shirts, Stained Glass Bats, Bat Wine, Adopt-A-Bat Plush Bats, Bat Tower Posters, Puzzles, Prints and more! For more information please contact Grant Rimbey at 813-914-9037, or via email: grimbey@ij.net. What is a Bat Tower?

The original “Temple Terrace Bat Tower” (or “Hygiostatic Bat Roost”, as it was coined by its inventor) was built on the banks of the Hillsborough River by Temple Terrace’s original developers in 1924 and was based on the plans of a Dr. Charles Campbell, an early pioneer of bat studies and subsequent Nobel Peace Prize nominee. Campbell’s intent was to create a structure that would act as a roost for bats (much like a birdhouse for birds), so that the bats would eat the local mosquitoes that caused malaria. It’s unclear if bats ever lived in the tower in Temple Terrace, or any of his other roost structures, but our tower stood like a silent sentinel on the banks of the Hillsborough River until it was burned down by unknown arsonists in 1979; only the concrete legs and base now remain. SEPTEMBER 2011

It is believed the original tower did not attract bats due to the design of the interior space. Bats prefer tight, snug spaces to roost in and the original design was too open. With the assistance of the Florida Bat Conservancy the interior of the new tower will be designed to accommodate the preferences and needs bats require for a habitat. The overall size of the tower and exterior design will be an exact replica of the original tower. TTN TEMPLE TERRACE NEWS


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July Parade, picking up trash on 56th Street, delivering gifts to local area teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week, making goody baskets to give to the residents of Tampa Hope Lodge, raising funds and walking laps at Relay for Life Temple Terrace, helping children recycle books at the Book Exchange at Terrace Reads and the Temple Terrace Fire Department Open House where they donate blue bears for children handling stressful situations. The list of giving goes on and on. One of the club's major projects which began in Members of the GFWC Temple Terrace Junior Woman's 1998 is the ornament Club collected clothing and shoes for two missions one in Guatemala and the other in Niger, Africa.Left to right: Kathy project - a 3" x 3" gold tone McGuire, Michele Holley, Jeannie Waterman (in back), Mindy ornament which features DeVane, Karen Macaluso (in back), Kelly Hancock, Coleen a local landmark, event or Garner, Amber LaFountain, Leslie Jones, Karen Jackson, Jane building. These ornaments Land, Lynn Werner and Cheri Donohue. are on display at the Temple The GFWC Temple Terrace Junior Woman's Terrace Library and retail for Club consists of ladies aged 18 and up only $15.95. An upcoming major who want to make a difference in the fundraiser is 'Girls' Night Out community and the world. The club meets Holiday Open House', which from Aug. to May on the third Thursday will be on Dec. 5 at Lightfoot of the month at 6:30 PM at Woodmont Recreation Center and is free to Clubhouse, 415 Woodmont Ave. Email the public. Local vendors will info@ttjuniors.org Facebook.com/ttjuniors have unique gifts for sale for the Members of the GFWC Temple Terrace Junior Woman's Club holidays and there will be a silent or call 813-988-6159. A 3 GFWC Club unveiled the 2010 Angel of Hope ornament at Antonio's Pasta Membership Social is scheduled for Oct. auction. For more information Grill.Left to right, front row: Norma Walker, Lynn Werner, Mindy 24 at Woodmont Clubhouse. Come and see contact Mindy DeVane DeVane, Sharon Caltagirone-Grace, Debbie Baker. Back Row: how you can be a part of this great Temple 813-988-3453 or Coleen Coleen Garner, Sharmon Lenth, Jeannie Waterman, Julie Ames, Terrace Club! TTN Jane Land, Karen Jackson, and Anita Long. Garner 813-340-7069. emple Terrace ... a City for Living. Temple Terrace Juniors ... ladies sharing and giving. The GFWC Temple Terrace Junior Woman's Club consists of a group of phenomenal women from all walks of life who give back to their community and the world. A branch of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, the Temple Terrace Juniors are proud to be part of this community and show it with their many projects. You will see them helping to paint children's faces at National Night Out, handing out information at the Temple Terrace 4th of

Junior Woman’s Club Seeks Vendors The GFWC Temple Terrace Junior Woman’s Club is making plans for its 2011 Holiday Open House. The event will be a vendor fair with community involvement. We are currently seeking qualified vendors to provide the community a “one-stop shopping” holiday experience. The event will be held on Monday, December 5, 2011 at the Lightfoot Recreation Center, 10901 N. 56th St., Temple Terrace, FL 33617 from 5 to 8 p.m. Tables are $55 for one 6-or 8- foot table and $80 for two tables. TEMPLE TERRACE NEWS

If you are interested in participating, please call Mindy DeVane at 988-3453 or Coleen Garner at (813) 340-7069 for more information or to obtain the application. All applications are subject to acceptance and space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. TTN

Sincerely Santa Representative and founder, Dr. Debra Hoffman (far left), receives a check from the proceeds of the Girls' Night Out 2010 Holiday Vendor Fair from the GFWC Temple Terrace Junior Woman's Club (from left to right): Mindy DeVane, Cheri Donohue, Julie Bedford, Kim Schisler, Karen Macaluso and Lynn Werner.

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school NEWS C. Leon King High School 6815 N. 56th St. Tampa, FL 33610 813.744.8343 www.king.mysdhc.org

Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School 11602 N. 15th Street Tampa, FL 33612 813.971.5600 www.bdchs.org

Tampa Bay Technical High School 6410 Orient Road Tampa, FL 33610 813.744.8360 www.tbt.mysdhc.org

Terrace Community Middle School 11734 Jefferson Road, Thonotosassa, Florida, 33592 (813) 987.6555 www.tcmstornadoes.com

Greco Middle School 6925 E. Fowler Temple Terrace, FL 33617 813.987.6926 www.greco.mysdhc.org

Riverhills Elementary School 405 Riverhills Drive Temple Terrace, FL 33617 (813) 987-6911

Lewis Elementary School 6700 Whiteway Drive Temple Terrace, FL www.lewis.mysdhc.org

Temple Terrace Elementary School 124 Flotto Avenue Temple Terrace, FL 33617 (813) 987- 6406 18 www.templeterrace.mysdhc.org

Terrace Community Middle School Team Tornado Fall Fundraiser runs from September 2 through September 30th. Support TCMS!!! Girls Volleyball September/October Boys Soccer September/October Boys Basketball (Varsity and JV teams) Mid-October thru Mid-January Girls Basketball (Varsity and JV teams) Mid-October thru Mid-January

Greco Middle School Family Night BBQ Dinner September 8th, 5:30pm-7pm Parents, plan to attend a fun family event – September 8th from 5:30-7 pm. Barbeque dinner available for only $5 per person! This is your opportunity to learn more about what to expect from middle school and what clubs and activities are available for your student. September 8 6-6:15pm PTSA General Assembly Meeting 8 5:30-7pm PTSA Fundraiser kickoff 15 6pm Basketball game at Bartels 16 6pm Skate Night 20 6pm Basketball game at Buchanan 26 2-3pm Club Day 27 6pm Basketball game Liberty at Greco 30 N/A Progress reports mailed October 4 6pm Basketball game Benito at Greco 6 5-8pm Conference Night

King High School Cubs’ Den Preschool The exciting news from the Cubs Den Preschool is... The opening date is Tuesday, September 13, 2011. The new hours will be 8:30am to 12:00pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday throughout the high school calendar. Children from 3 to 5 years of age are invited to attend. Preschoolers must be potty-trained. The preschool program is a laboratory school designed to complement the Early Childhood Education courses taught within the Family and Consumers Sciences Department at King High School. Tuition is $40 per month. If you have questions or need an application, please contact Ms. Paula Rudloff, 813-744-8333, ext, 233. SEPTEMBER 2011

Tampa Bay Technical High School Sept. 13 - Senior Parent Information Night, 6:30pm, Auditorium Sept. 22 - Conference Night, 4-6:30pm Freshman Parent Info Night, 6:30pm, Auditorium Sept. 28 - Community Service Fair. We are looking for agencies who accept high school students as volunteers. Agencies may set up tabletop displays at the fair to promote the organization and encourage students to volunteer with them Contact Debra Conn for more information: 7448360, ex. 245, Debra.Conn@sdhc.k12.fl.us TBT Senior Tabatha Clark placed 2nd in the nation at the National Figure Roller Skating competition in Ft. Wayne, Indiana in July. Tabatha will now compete in the World Championships which will take place in Brazil in November. Tabatha is currently seeking financial support from our community. If you would like to help, please contact Shelly Hollingsworth at TBT, 744-8360 ex. 246, Shelly.Hollingsworth@ sdhc.k12.fl.us.

Open House for current students and parents Montessori Preparatory School 9/13/11 899-2345 11302 N 53rd St Montessori Academy of Temple Terrace 9/22/11 TEMPLE TERRACE NEWS


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h!Thentic Taste and the guaranteed best pizza anywhere,” boasts Jeff Scott, owner of the Temple Terrace Marco’s Pizza located at 6712 E. Fowler Avenue. Jeff attributes the pizza being so good because of Marco’s strong commitment to three key ingredients: dough made fresh from scratch every day, a unique blend of three fresh cheeses and a sauce with an authentic homemade taste. “Dough management is a critical component to pizza being made the Marco’s way” according to Jeff. Marco’s makes dough the time-honored, traditional way, fresh from scratch every day in each store. By using only fresh dough customers enjoy a fresh, flavorful original classic or crispy thin crust topped with fresh quality ingredients like pepperoni, grilled chicken, mushrooms, Italian sausage, fresh veggies and more. Ingredients are generously piled on to guarantee that every bite of Marco’s pizza will include all toppings. Another key ingredient in a Marco’s pizza creation is cheese. Not just mozzarella cheese. Marco’s Pizza uses a blend of three fresh (never frozen) cheeses on every pizza. Marco’s boasts that their blend of cheeses is at the heart of their authentic, fresh taste that would make any Italian TEMPLE TERRACE NEWS

pizza maker proud. Marco’s authentic pizza sauce is made from vine-ripened tomatoes packed just hours after picking. A secret combination of spices is then added right in the store. According to Marco’s, the taste is so authentic it’s like sending your mouth to Italy. Marco’s Pizza is locally owned and operated and uses only the freshest ingredients. Owner Jeff Scott believes in a hands on owner/operator approach to ensure a great quality product for customers. In addition, Jeff feels his business success is because of his family’s involvement. On a regular basis, Jeff’s family is at the store to lend a hand in the day-to-day operations of their Marco’s store. His family includes wife, Maria and sons Andrew (20) and Jonathan (18) and twins Luke and Ty (7). Jeff feels his family is an integral part of the business and they spend time working together in the kitchen as well as greeting customers, taking orders and delivering. Marco’s pizza has a large menu sure to please everyone’s taste buds. Their specialty pizza includes White Cheesy, Deluxe Uno, Meat Supremo, chicken Fresco and more. In addition, they offer fresh baked subs including the Italian, steak SEPTEMBER 2011

and cheese, ham and cheese, chicken club and veggie. Marco’s chicken wings served classic Buffalo Style or tangy BBQ Style help round out the menu. Marco’s has daily lunch specials that include a small drink and 1 topping pizza. Marco’s Italian salad with grilled chicken or any fresh baked sub. You can call ahead (813-988-6124) or order online (marcos. com) for a pick up or delivery. Prices are very affordable and pizza prices start as low as $6.99 for a small cheese pizza. Marco’s Pizza is located at 6712 E. Fowler Avenue, Temple Terrace. TTN

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Vehicle Theft Affects Everyone's Insurance Rates by Jimmy Fisher, State Farm® Agent

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hether it's the work of elaborate theft rings or random individual crime, auto theft is big business. On average, according to the Insurance Information Institute (III) a vehicle is stolen every 29 seconds in the United States at a cost of about $7.4 billion a year in 2007. Insurance for theft is included in the comprehensive part of your auto insurance polisy that also covers fire, vandalism and weather-related damage. The number of insured cars stolen and their cost directly affect insurance premiums. By taking a few precaustions, you can reduce the chaness of having your vehicle stolen. • Always remove your keys from your

parked vehicle. • Park with your front wheels turned sharply to the right or left and apply the emergency brake. This will make it difficult for a thief to tow your car. • Consider installing an anti-theft device or buying a car with an immobilizer system that prevents a theif from driving off with your car. • Park in a locked garage, patrolled or welllit area whenever possible. Unfortunately, carjacking has become a more common method of vehicle theft. Carjacking is the attempted or completed robbery of a vehicle by a stranger that includes the use of a threat or force. You can protect yourself from this crime. • Don't roll down your car window to a

suspicious person. • Keep your car doors locked and windows rolled up. • If a suspicious person is near your parked car, don't approach it. Keep walking and contact area security or police. Insurance companies work together with the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) to crack down on criminal operations. If you suspect vehicle theft activity, notify your local police, call teh NICB anonymously at 1-800-TEL-NICB (800-835-6422) or report a crime at www. nicb.org. TTN

Temple Terrace Frequently Called Numbers Emergency ................................................................. 911 City of Temple Terrace Police Administration..................................989 - 7110 Fire Department Administration..................506 - 6700 Information Line.........................................506 - 6420 Mayor and City Council...............................506 - 6442 City Manager...............................................506 - 6400 Public Works...............................................506 - 6570 Emergency Repairs (After Hours)................506 - 6590 Utility Bills and Services.............................506 - 6420 Code Compliance........................................506 - 6680 Family Recreation Complex.........................506 - 6600 Lightfoot Recreation Center........................506 - 6630 Tennis Center..............................................989 - 7182 Library........................................................506 - 6770 Woodmont Clubhouse..................................985 - 7769 US Post Office............................... 1- 800 - 275 - 8777 Other Important Numbers Poison Control................................... 1 - 800 - 222 - 1222 Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce............989 - 7004 TECO................................................................223 - 0800 Verizon Repair................................... 1 - 800 - 483 - 1000 Brighthouse Customer Service.........................684 - 6400 HART................................................................254 - 4278 20

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Vallartas Mexican Restaurant of Temple Terrace had one refill basket on the chips, which were served warm and crispy). The atmosphere is clean and well-lit, while the servers are friendly and are re-filling the water glasses without asking, at least during dinner. The Mystery Diner gives Vallarta’s in Temple Terrace four and a half forks for a near-perfect dining experience for the family on any night of the week.

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Hours: 11 a.m. -10 p.m. daily Cuisine: Mexican, Tacos/Burritos, and Vegetarian

Meals Served: Dinner and Lunch Price Range: Lunch at under $9; Dinner at $9 to $15; Kids at $4.50 Reservations: Not Required Alcohol: Beer and Full Bar Dress Code: from Business to Casual The Mystery Diner is tasting, experiencing and sharing the family dining possibilities at locally-owned restaurants, as a casual feature on these pages. If you have any suggestions, please contact this publication, and let them know you saw the Mystery Diner column. TTN

he Mystery Diner took the family out for an evening meal recently, and found in Temple Terrace, a favorite for generous helpings, good service and a good price. It’s always a treat to go into a restaurant that’s comfortable, and where you get some food to munch on right away. (This keeps the kids and adults satisfied until the full meal comes). Vallarta's has been serving up authentic Mexican food in Temple Terrace for years. The large menu has all the dishes you would expect to find - burritos, enchiladas, chimichangas, tacos, tamales - and an extensive list of combination plates. The restaurant is family-friendly and a kids menu offers the traditional Mexican fare, along with three “American” choices that include a hamburger and a hot dog at about half the normal menu price. The kid was happy with the food portion (he ordered from the Mexican choices), and was mostly excited because milk was offered as a beverage. The atmosphere is casual and festive, the never-ending basket of chips and salsa are provided free of charge, and for the adults, beer and a full bar enhance the “South-of-the-border” cuisine. While the salsa was popular with the family, the queso cheese dip offered a less spicy alternative for the sensitive palates. (We

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