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Local Artist Lends Contemporary Look to Popular Eatery


ocal artist Andrew Krance, formerly of New York City, has transformed the City Grill at the corner of Bruce B. Downs Blvd. and State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel into an art gallery with his contemporary paintings. Diners

actual piece so that they could not be sold as originals. His father was a concert pianist and the family immigrated to Cedar Rapids, Iowa not long before Krance was born. Krance has incorporated elements of Cubism and Surrealism into his painting and developed a unique style of his own. In 1967 he

are surrounded by a riot of brilliant colors and designs. Krance has been painting most of his life and was heavily influenced in his formative years by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. One of his paintings is of Picasso’s signature. “I got my love of painting from my Mother who was a brilliant artist with the ability to copy the great masters down to the very brushstrokes,” said Krance. Reportedly, her work was so good the Louvre in Paris required her to use a different size canvas than the

studied under abstract impressionist Milton Resnick at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and holds three degrees in Art: BA, MA, MFA. Many of his paintings were inspired by his late wife of 25 years and a stylized image of her can be seen in many of his works. Painting is not the only thing Krance has done over the years. In his forties he was a fine arts dealer and had the good fortune of meeting and befriending Barbara Piasecka Johnson of the Johnson & Johnson family who recently died


last year. She introduced Krance to many of her connections in the art world. She was one of the world’s greatest art collectors and amassed a collection worth billions. At one time, Krance had a pet food company and currently operates Avoya Travel to help pay the bills. When asked why such a talented artist as himself would pursue anything other than painting he replied, “Even an artist has to eat. “ City Grill owner and proprietor Gerry Malynowsky said many of his patrons have commented on Krance’s paintings and how much they add to the décor. “We feature local talent and use organic produce grown locally’” said Malynowsky. “ “I liked Andrew from the moment we met and invited him to display his work.” Krance is anything but a household name in the art world but his collective work speaks for itself. Coming out a self-imposed seclusion living on the Keys, he is poised to burst onto the local art scene and is in the process of finding a gallery in the Tampa area. There are plans for a clothing line featuring his paintings and he is seeking a major commission. Malynowsky is considering hiring Krance to paint a mural on one of the walls of the restaurant. All the paintings currently on display at City Grill are available for purchase. Each painting is numbered and a catalog with prices is available in the front of the restaurant. To view the artist’s work, go to www.krance • 3


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ucation with cutting-edge technology and a clinically proven protocol to produce real weight loss results. The Lutz location has helped patients lose over 33,000 pounds since opening. The individual weight loss is just as impressive: the average patient loses 6.4 pounds the first week and up to 20 pounds the first month!


The comprehensive physician-supervised program was developed based on the five keys to wellness: Medicine, Nutrition, Exercise, Education, and Motivation. Patients begin their journey with an individual consultation that includes a full medical exam, comprehensive blood panel, blood pressure reading, EKG, weight and body fat analysis, and in-depth counseling on health and weight history. A weight loss plan is designed based on each person’s medical history and current status, goals, and food and exercise preferences. Plans include nutrition guidelines with real food from a grocery store, supplements, prescription appetite suppressions if medically

Medi-Weightloss is committed to teaching patients how to improve their quality of life and how to keep the weight off. “We enjoy watching our patients transform inside and out. They not only look and feel better, but we know they are becoming healthier and decreasing the risk for developing obesity related diseases. Our patients continually remind us “their success is our success,” states owner Gerri Willett. Medi-Weightloss was voted #1 BEST Weight Loss Clinic by the Tampa Tribune readers three years in a row. Local voters also placed them at #1 as reported in Wesley Chapel and New Tampa Neighborhood News. National media has taken notice too! Medi-Weightloss was recently featured as a cutting edge weight loss method on Good Morning America and other major networks. Medi-Weightloss is located at 24420 SR 54, Lutz, FL 33559 and can be contacted by phone at 813-909-1700. Website: •



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hen M.J. Dekle is content, the feeling rubs off on his daughter, Sharyn Woodbrick. That’s because Woodbrick is her father’s caretaker. He lives with her and her husband in Dade City. “His mind is still very good but his body is not as good as it once was,” she said. Dekle walks with the aid of a walker and has difficulty getting up from reclinertype chairs. “I have to give him a boost with his belt,” Woodbrick said. But they recently remedied the problem by purchasing a chair with an electronic lift from the new Tampa Lift Chair Showroom. “Her father tried out several chairs however because he’s 6’3” and his feet dangled from some, but we found one where he can stretch out his legs completely,” Woodbrick said. “It also reclines when he wants to sleep.” It was delivered the following day because it was an in-stock item. Joe LoPinto, president of the company that opened the showroom in November, said it is the only storefront of its kind in Hillsborough County. “For years we’ve been selling this type of


equipment online, but people kept asking why we didn’t have someplace where people can come in and try them out,” he said. The store carries a wide assortment of lift chairs – built with electronic lifting mechanisms at their bases the enable the users to easily stand from a seated position and vice versa – manufactured by Pride, Serta and Med-Lift. Prices start at $599. Included are chairs designed for people from 4’6” to 6’6” tall and weighing between 86 and 600 pounds. “It’s important to purchase one that will work with your body type,” said customer service associate Pamela Dadabbo, who noted that chairs also are equipped with electronically controlled backrests and footrests. Lift-only portable apparatuses that can be placed on people's existing recliners are another option from which people may select. David Cowdrick of Apollo Beach, who despite having back surgery in August, still experiences a great deal of pain. Shortly after he learned about Tampa Chair Lift, he and a friend decided to make the approximately 45-minute jaunt from his home to

the showroom. “They were very professional and very thorough and the price I paid for my chair was reasonable,” Cowdrick said. “When you consider how much use it will get it is well worth it.” The business also has offsite warehouse where additional stock is stored. “We also offer white glove delivery and setup, and if you order early in the day

we can usually deliver same day.” LaPointo said. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment on Saturdays. For more information visit www. tampaliftchairshowroom. com: call (813)-980-3600 or toll free (855)-4043600. •


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School News Bartels Middle School

Bartels Middle School of New Tampa girls Track and Field team won their first County Championship this 2013/2014 school year, scoring a total of 70 points. The event was held at Jefferson High School where over 40 different middle schools from Hillsborough County gathered to compete. This is an amazing accomplishment for Bartels. It is actually the first time that Bartels has won a Championship in any sport. Coached by Joel Giroski, these talented girls competed in several different events including the Long Jump, the 100, 200, 400 and 800 meter dash as well as the 4x1 and

4x2 Relay. Serena Gadson ran for the 7th and 8th graders and won County Champion in the 200 meter dash. Alisha Deschenes, also ran for the 7th and 8th graders and won County Champion in the 800 meter dash and also winning County Champions was the 4X2 relay team with Anthonia Elensi, Kalani Jackson, Alex Dixon and Sydney Parker. Kennaria Gadson ran for the 6th graders and won County Champion in the 100 and 200 meter dash. Kennaria also scored points for the team in the long jump. Also contributing to the teams successful win was Jeanette Henderson, Melayna Morgan, Aliana Goodspeed, Nia Rivers,

Terriah Mathews, Amaya George and Dashline Gelais. This accomplishment would not have been possible without the dedication of the entire team. For five weeks the girls trained and practiced hard

several times a week while supporting and encouraging each other proving that hard work pays off. Congratulations to the Bartels Middle School girls Track and Field team for making history.

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Hillsborough County Science Fair Results


Ms. Traci Overdorff (8th grade Science teacher and Science Subject Area Leader) is very pleased to announce the following results from the annual Science Fair, held this past week: · Haley Mueller – Medicine and Health – Navy Marine Achievement Award (medallion) · Jimmy Taylor – Physics and

Astronomy – 3rd Place Medal · Mariella Overdorff – Environmental – Florida Aquarium Award (family membership for 1 year)– Association of Fertilizer and Phosphate Chemists Award (plaque) – FSEA “Excellence in Environmental Science” 3rd Place (Barnes and Noble gift card) · Ruchi Korde – Microbiology - Will represent TCMS and Hillsborough County at the Florida State Science Fair in April. Tampa Water Department Award (plaque) – 1st Place Medal as well as a monetary prize. WEST MEADOWS NEWS


“My Dentist Said To See An Endodontist For A ROOT CANAL! Now What?!”

Dr. Brian Wells of Wells Endodontics

First, thank your dentist! It is comparable to your general doctor sending you to a cardiologist for a heart problem. Endodontist are dentists with special training in diagnosing and treating problems with the tissue inside the tooth. In seeking treatment by a Root Canal Specialist, you can save your tooth from being extracted. That is what endodontists do, they save your natural teeth and get you out of the pain your tooth may be causing. Dr. Brian Wells of Wells Endodontics along with the American Association of Endodontists (AAE) is celebrating

“Root Canal Awareness Week” March 30-April 5. The purpose is to educate you, the dental patient, on the benefits of seeing a specialist. Root Canal Specialists have an additional 2-3 years of advanced training. Endodontists work in partnership with your dentist to give you the best care possible. Patients may need endodontic treatment if they experience any of the following symptoms: • prolonged dental sensitivity to heat or cold; • tenderness of teeth to touch and chewing; • facial or oral swelling. Root canal treatment is needed when the pulp (the soft tissue inside the tooth) becomes inflamed or infected as a result of injury, deep decay, repeated dental

procedures on the tooth, or a cracked or chipped tooth. When performing a root canal, Dr. Wells removes inflamed or infected pulp, carefully cleans and shapes the inside of the canal (a channel inside the root), and fills and seals the space. After performing the procedure, Dr. Wells returns the patient to their general dentist to have a crown placed or other restorative work performed. After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth. Dr. Wells, a Harvard educated endodontist, has worked tirelessly to “Change the Face of Root Canals One Patient at a Time!” At Wells Endodontics, patients truly experience pain free root

canals and often fall asleep during the procedure. Have you ever had a filling? Then you have experienced the same amount of discomfort and recovery time that a root canal can cause. So next time you hear “Ugh! I’d rather be (doing something horrible!) than have a root canal!” Remember to see Dr. Wells, your root canal specialist, because… “Root canals don’t cause pain, they relieve it!” To learn more, go to www. or call 813-907-7668 to schedule an appointment. •

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Safety Tips for Staging Your Home for Sale By April Genter Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc.


here are many cable shows today that reveal creative ideas on how to stage a home to sell. These shows generally focus on cosmetic concepts. I think it is also imperative that Sellers pay attention to safety related details when staging. The very first thing I would do is make sure that all door and window locks are in good working order. You would be surprised at how many homes I have shown that have sliding glass doors that do not lock or if they do lock they are extremely hard to open and close. Take the time to clean those tracks and get those rollers working. When a potential Buyer is struggling to open a door it provides an unpleasant message that perhaps the home owner has other deferred maintenance issues. The importance of being able to exit a home in an emergency situation is crucial. VA and FHA lenders who may request The Buyer to present a home inspection report may not be keen on financing a home with faulty locks and the lender may require the items be fixed before a loan can be approved. Make sure there are no active wasp, hornet, or bee’s nests attached to the stucco or any surrounding areas 8

near your house. Also address any live ant mounds in the yard. Many people are allergic to insects and can experience anaphylactic shock if stung. Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic response that can be fatal in humans. It can cause swelling, cramps, abdominal pain and vomiting, lowered blood pressure, difficulty swallowing and breathing among other symptoms. I have had Buyers REFUSE to walk into a home because a wasp nest was near the front door. Pets and exotic pets should be contained for their safety and the safety of others. Even the sweetest dogs and cats if scared might bite a stranger who’s in their home. Animals could also dart out the front door while the Buyers are walking into the home. Some people are fearful of animals, snakes, mice, and pet spiders so it is best to have them crated or cages while your home is being shown. I once showed a home that had a 10 foot pet python roaming freely about the house. That gave me the Heebie-jeebies. I was fortunate that my Buyers were not ophidiophobic or that could have sent them running for the door, or worse yet suffering a heart attack. To make the home more comfortable and appealing to the majority of Buyer prospects I recommend covering the cage

of an exotic pet. If you have holes in the yard where the dogs or kids may have been digging please fill them. Buyers often like to walk around the house they are previewing; one wrong step and someone could fall and break a leg or have other severe injuries. A couple years ago I showed a home that had a gopher turtle living in the backyard. He had burrowed near the house and my prospect insisted that the hole was the beginning of a sinkhole. The MLS report and the Sellers property disclosure shared information about the gopher but my Buyer was convinced that the home had sinkhole issues and was not interested in pursuing the home and wanted to leave at once. Speaking of holes make sure that your downspouts from your gutters have attached curved diverters with a splash box to direct water away from the house so it reduces erosion at your slabs foundation. It’s important to protect the foundation of your home so you don’t have settlement issues.

My final recommendation for this portion of my series on staging homes is: Please put your guns away. Have your guns secured and out of view. This does not mean behind the door or visibly seen in the closet. Shiny sword collections on walls should be taken down and packed away. It is imperative that weapons are not accessible to visitors in your home. Families often come to preview homes with their kids. Even though agents try to keep their eyes on everyone it only takes a moment for a child to grab a weapon they mistook for a toy. These simple tips should decrease your risk of liability and protect the interest of your family, your pets, potential buyers, and the other agents showing your home. April Genter is a licensed sales association with Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. and a Realtor with the West Pasco Board. •

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GTBFC U11 Girls Advance to Region C Final Eight In only their first year as a team, the GTBFC U11 Girls Premier Soccer Team (Located in Land O Lakes) has advanced to the Region C Quarter-finals. They did so by logging a 2-1 record in the March 7th-8th opening round in Naples, FL. In their first game, the team secured a 3-1 win over Pinellas Park United. The highlight of the game was Paige Webster’s blast from 25 yards out that found the upper right corner of the net, to secure the win. In the 2nd game of the day the heat got the best of the GTBFC players. Tied 0-0 at halftime against a tough Fish Hawk squad, GTBFC let in a couple of quick second half goals and the wheels quickly came off as the game got away from the team. Despite the loss, the girls had a great attitude and quickly refocused on the next day’s final opening round game. That game came against league rival Venice Falcons. A win for GTBFC would mean a potential advancement to the next round. The team’s had two previously hard fought regular season games, with GTBFC coming up just short in both. This time was different. Tied 0-0 at halftime, Alexys Grillo stole the ball off of a defender deep in the opponent’s territory. She quickly took a hard shot which the keeper could not handle and it deflected right WEST MEADOWS NEWS

to teammate Nisa Cahoon. Cahoon showed great composure and buried the ball with her left foot for a 1-0 lead, and ultimately the win. Pandemonium ensued after the game as the team advanced as one of only eight teams in the entire region. GTBFC U11 Premier girls are coached by Joel Palmer, a ten year resident of Wesley Chapel, and founder/ developer of many of soccer programs in several Pasco County clubs. “These young ladies have come together very well towards the middle part of our season, here.” said Palmer. “We have been playing good soccer most of the entire year even though the scoreboard has not shown it. I kept telling them (and their parents) that if they continue to play the game the right way and have the desire to improve, the results will come. I was very happy for the girls to finally get the results they have deserved all year. They are peaking at the right time and we are VERY excited.” The team is made up of 10 and 11 year old recreational and competitive female players from the Wesley Chapel, Land O Lakes and the Lutz areas. “It has been especially satisfying because just about half of the team was not playing competitive soccer last year. Some had almost given up on the game entirely”, said Palmer. “We purposely placed them in a higher league division

The GTBFC U-11 Premier Girls pictured here with Coach Joel Palmer

which we knew would push them. This appeared to have paid off last weekend and they are developing nicely and most importantly their love for the game is growing.” The team squares off against a tough Lee County Strikers team in the Quarter Finals on March 9th in Brandon. They would appreciate the

communities support. “All are welcome” said Palmer. “The girls would love the support.” GTBFC is a community based soccer program that serves the Greater Tampa Bay area with all levels of soccer (recreational, academy and competitive) from ages 4 to 18. The club can be contacted at •

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When the pain of holding on is worse than the pain of letting go, it is time to let go... Today is the oldest you’ve ever been and the youngest you will ever be again. It’s kind of scary, but it’s true. If there was ever a perfect day to start letting go of the needless drama and stress that’s been holding you back, that day is today. And since we often use our birthdays as mile markers to track our personal growth and accomplishments, I challenge you to this:

Before your next birthday… 1. Let go of what isn’t helping

your soul smile and grow. – Life is to be enjoyed, not endured. Follow a path that moves you. You are always free to do something that makes you smile.

2. Let go of the baggage

you know you need to leave behind. – As we grow older and wiser, we begin to realize what we need and what


we need to leave behind. Sometimes walking away is a step forward.

3. Let go of feeling like you

aren’t making progress fast enough. – No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.

4. Let go of the idea that you

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

5. Let go of worrying about

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

6. Let go of your tendency to avoid problems. – You cannot change what you refuse to confront.

7. Let go of all your empty

complaints. – If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.

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

9. Let go of lazy attitudes

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

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


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


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What to Plant

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

What to DO

Azaleas: If azaleas need hard pruning to shape or produce a fuller plant, do it just after plants finish blooming. Prune spring flowering trees and shrubs after blooming: To guard next season’s blooms, begin pruning after the last flowers fade but before new buds set. Prune shrubs and trees when new growth begins: The end of the dormant season is a good time to prune many trees and shrubs. Identify and conserve beneficial insects: Some insects should be encouraged in your yard! Fertilize: palms, azaleas, camellias, and other ornamental shrubs if needed. Choose a fertilizer that has at least 30% of its nitrogen as slow release. Irrigation: Now is the time to check sprinkler systems for issues such as broken heads or inefficient spray patterns. Mulch: Mulch conserves moisture during dry weather and minimizes weeds in landscape beds. Organic mulches add nutrients to the soil.


Property Owners Association, Inc. (POA) West Meadows Property Owners Association, Inc. Board of Directors: Brad van Rooyen, President, The Promenade Susann Jarabak, Treasurer, Stone Ridge Mike Carter, Secretary, Strathmoor Estates Steve Licata, Asst-Secretary, The Preserve Ron Jarabak, Director, Stone Ridge Ruth Hall, Director, Lakewood Dennis Blaha, Director, Hawthorne Estates Written Coorespondance with the Board of Directors can be mailed, addressed as follows:

West Meadows POA Board of Directors 4131 Gunn Hwy • Tampa , FL 33619 MEETINGS CONVENE AT 7PM AT THE: COMMUNITY CLUB – MEETING ROOM 8401 NEW TAMPA BLVD.


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