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West Meadows A Community Newsletter for West Meadows Residents

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LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER Happy 2012 to all West Meadows residents. West Meadows has asked YOUR Community Newsletters to publish the community newsletter. It will be published every other month and be in your mailbox around the 15th. West Meadows News is all about the community and resident involvement. Please send in your pictures and announcements of events, happenings, parties, births, weddings, school and sports, boy and girl scouts, social clubs, organizations, charities and anything fun. Also, if you have a resident story, those are wonderful to share. There is a

cover photo contest as well. Send us your photos of family members or something cool in the community and if your photo wins, we will put it on the next issue's cover. And there will be a gift certificate prize as well. We are excited to bring you West Meadows News and hope to make it all that you want for your community. Any questions about your new newsletter, please contact us.

Cindi Matter Publisher

West Meadows news

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Cover Photo Contest Please send pictures for the resident’s photo page and possibly be picked for the cover. Email publisher at cindi@ycnpub.com

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A Special Thank You to Publix for their support of West Meadows News and the West Meadows community. 19034 Bruce B. Downs, Blvd. www.publix.com

Proud Member of the New Tampa Chamber of Commerce Š 2012 West Meadows News. All rights reserved. West Meadows News is currently published bi-monthly, distributed by the U.S. Postal Service free to all residents of the West Meadows area and advertisers. Unless otherwise noted, the views expressed in this publication do not necessarily represent those of the Publisher. West Meadows News is not an officially sanctioned publication of the West Meadows Association. West Meadows logo used with permission. Lists are for reference only and do not imply official sanction or recommendation by West Meadows News. Editorial submissions are welcome. Publisher reserves the right to reject or edit all submissions for length and clarity. The Publisher is not responsible for errors or omissions.

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clubhouse news

WEST MEADOWS C ommunity

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Telephone: 813-977-1160 Club Hours:

Winter Hours: Closed Mondays, Open Tuesday – Sunday 8:30am until 9:00pm Spring and Summer Hours, We are open seven days a week 8:30am until 9:00pm

Tennis Lessons Interested in learning to play tennis? Looking for an after school activity for your children? How about tennis? We offer private and group tennis lessons for adults and kids, six days a week. Lessons for all levels beginners to advanced. Call Chet at 813- 977-1160 for more information on how to set up your lesson.

Ladies USTA Tennis League The Racqueteers

Monday mornings our ladies play on a United States Tennis Association League that competes

throughout Hillsborough County . The winner of the area represents Hillsborough County in a state playoff and from there she goes on

the number of guests so that our members have a more enjoyable time at the pool. For all tri-athletes, the pool is heated for you to get your work-outs in during the winter. Swimming is also a great way to drop some of those unwanted pounds. The pools are closed when the air temperature drops below 50 degrees so that we can keep the pool coved and retain the heat. Fitness Room: We are about to remodel the fitness facility. We will be adding a new treadmill and elliptical machine as well as new Junior Tennis Team flooring. There is a $2 guest fee Our junior tennis teams, the for non members to use the gym. Cranes and the Wahoos also The guest must be accompanied compete in the New Tampa area. by the member at all times while Our teams play on Sunday at 1:30pm. We have a 12 and under “B” in the fitness facility. NO ONE UNDER THE AGE OF 16 IS team which is for kids that are just PERMITTED IN THE FITNESS learning to play and a 12 and under FACILITY. “A” team for the more advanced children. Call Chet for more information on how to join the fun. Yogalates Saturday mornings at 10:00am Pool and Fitness we offer Yogalates, a class which blends yoga and Pilates. What a Room Policies Pool: A household is permitted five great way to stay or get in shape! guests per day to use the pool area. There is a $2/per person or $5/per Meditation family charge. If you are planning on Class more than five guests please contact February 2nd 5:30pm - 8:00pm the pool office 813-977-1160 to at the Community Club. No set up a party. This rule is to limit Charge. Come try it out! to play at the national tournament. So far our team has not made it out of the local level yet but last season we came in second place, way to go girls! This season may be the one in which YOU go to the state tournament and then, who knows, maybe the Nationals? Many thanks go to Kate Walsh Calton for being the captain of the team for the past few years. If you are interested in becoming a part of the West Meadows Racqueteers give Chet a call for more information.

Isha Foundation invites you to a free meditation called Isha Kriya which is a simple yet powerful practice to Be, Breathe and Blossom! Just 12-18 minutes of daily practice brings enhanced clarity and perception, improved health, dynamism, peace and well being - helping each individual to create life according to his own wish and vision. It is a powerful tool to cope with the hectic pace of modern life. Come and enjoy this free session with family and friends at the West Meadows Community Clubhouse on Feb 2nd followed by free wholesome vegetarian dinner. Please RSVP by Feb1 by calling 813-413-1661 or mailing tampa@ishafoundation.org. WM

West Meadows Community Garage Sale

Saturday April 14th from 8:00am until 2:00pm, Time to clean out those garages! WEST MEADOWS NEWS

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BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA West Meadows Pack 142

We Have Three Upcoming Events! Shriners Hospital Tour

Tuesday, Jan 17th, 9:30 am-11am at the USF Campus (This is a school holiday).

Camp Brorein

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The Race will be held Friday, Jan. 27th, at St. James Church on Bruce B. Downs. The cut-off for check-in will be either 6pm or 7pm (we are still ironing out that detail. Most likely it will be 7pm.) Cut-off for check-in means that if your car isn't weighed, measured, and legal to race by the cut-off, it won't race. Please plan accordingly and try to arrive 15-20 minutes before the cut-off. Cars should arrive at the race ready to check-in. There will be tools available for minor repairs, but that's about all. BOYS SHOULD BUILD THEIR

OWN CARS. Parents should only help with the rough cut, and even then only if a rough cut is necessary. In particular, the boys should do the following: • sanding & shaping • painting • inserting wheels and aligning • adding and adjusting weights Feel free to talk with your sons about the physics and engineering that go into making a competitive car, but they must do the work. Please let me know if you have any questions. Gentlemen, start your building. . . Please RSVP for the hospital tour and whether or not you are camping out overnight and/or participating in the day-camp activities. Glen Parker glparker@usf.edu Pack mailing list Pack@lists.pack142.com http://lists.pack142.com/ listinfo.cgi/pack-pack142.com WM

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The North Tampa Art League presents Klaus Porsch Artist of the month for February He will showcase his oil paintings at the New Tampa Regional Library, 10001 Cross Creek Blvd. during the month of February, and his art will be for sale. Klaus Porsch is a Tampa award-winning land and seascape artist. Painting in oil on canvas or murals in acrylic, he captures the beauty of Florida . His “plein air” work is among his favorite. His style is realistic to impressionistic. A native of Berlin Germany, Klaus came to Tampa to repair VW's and made Tampa his home. He took classes in art, graphic and fashion design in Berlin , however it wasn’t until after he retired from his car repair business that he started painting in oil. WM WEST MEADOWS NEWS


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business spotlight

Keeps The Smiles Coming

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ince opening the first Farina Orthodontics in New Tampa in early 1995, Dr. Mark Farina has had a lot to smile about. Dr. Farina opened his second location in South Tampa later that same year due to an increased demand for his unique brand of orthodontic care. Today,

seventeen years into a flourishing private practice, Dr. Farina has treated more than 9,000 smiles, from age seven to 82. The secret to Dr. Farina’s outstanding success is no secret. As a young boy, Mark always had a tool in his hand, while following his father, the mechanic, around the shop. Mark turned that fascination for fixing things into a professional passion. “Now, I change people’s lives every day,” Dr. Farina says, “I absolutely love what I do.” Maybe

that is why Dr. Farina’s patients are not the only ones smiling. Anyone who knows Dr. Farina knows he is always cheerful. Longtime patients and staff agree, “Dr. Farina really is that happy all the time.” Dr. Farina holds advanced training in orthodontics and TMJ. He is an esteemed Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and was voted by his peers as one of the area’s top ten orthodontists. A leading pioneer in bringing the latest advancements in orthodontics to the Tampa Bay area, Dr. Farina was among the first to introduce 3-D imaging, SureSmile® technology and other innovations, which are dramatically improving orthodontic care. Thanks to the new technologies, his patients

Internal & Geriatric Medicine

experience greater comfort, come for fewer office visits and spend 34% less time in braces. For Dr. Farina, all his success stands on a strong foundation of family and community. His wife of twenty-one years works in the business, and they have two teenaged sons. You can expect Dr. Farina to bring the newest innovations in orthodontic care to the Bay area as they become available. The little boy with the tool in his hand is still fascinated with any technology that can help his patients enjoy a better way to a beautiful smile. Dr. Farina looks forward to creating happy, healthy smiles in the Bay area for many years to come. Farina Orthodontics 15303 Amberly Drive, Suite E Tampa, FL 33647 813-774-5323 WM

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in Internal Medicine at Damas Hospital

Universidad Autónoma De Guadalajara in Mexico. Dr Veve completed her residency in Ponce, Puerto Rico and completed a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine & Palliative Care at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, New York. She holds facility appointments as

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Assistant Professor at the College of Nursing at USF. Dr Verve is certified in Internal and Geriatric Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Board Certified internal MediCine & GeriatriCs

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rotary news

Buy Shen Yun Tickets Today The show that is leaving millions in awe

www.ShenYun2012.com The Rotary Club of New Tampa assembled 31 Help for the Homeless holiday bags which were given to clients at The Shop— one of Mental Health Care’s 35 programs. About 20 Rotarians and friends stuffed bags with shampoo, T-shirts, socks and other basic needs. “Mental Health Care’s goal this year was to collect 300 bags and we’re getting close", said Karen Frashier, a West Meadows resident who is a Rotarian and executive director for the Mental Health Care Foundation. People

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REVIVING 5,000 YEARS OF CIVILIZATION. ALL-NEW SHOW WITH LIVE ORCHESTRA

Presented by Falun Dafa Association of Florida Inc.

Shen Yun Ancient Culture Reborn

who are homeless and mentally ill use The Shop’s Nebraska Ave location to shower, launder clothes, pick up their mail or see a case manager. For information about Mental Health Care’s services, call 813-239-8172. The New Tampa Evening Rotary has secured a $5,000.00 grant from Tampa Bay Economic Development Corporation (TEDCO). The funds will be used at Rotary Camp Florida. Projects include refurbishing of the basketball court, benches, lighting and improvements to several buildings. Ram Kancharla, a charter member of the club and Senior Director of Planning Development for the Tampa Port Authority, spearheaded this effort. Coordinating the project WEST MEADOWS NEWS

is Bill Holster and Peter Vaka. There will be a Rotary work weekend and picnic at the camp January 28the and 29th. The New Tampa Evening Rotary meets at Hunter's Green Country Club each Wednesday evening at 6:15pm. For further information on the club please contact Liz DeAmbrose, 813-956-6487 or email: homenet@gte.net WM

Shen Yun. For Chinese, the words evoke a sense of wonder, magic, and the divine. To audiences who have seen it, they recall the experience of a lifetime—a moment so powerfully beautiful it touches the soul. Discover the grandeur of a fantastically rich culture, that of classical China, brought to life through brilliantly choreographed dance and mesmerizing, all-original orchestral compositions. Magnificently costumed dancers—the world’s elite—move in poetic arrangements that evoke pastoral beauty, imperial drama, and the glory of an ancient civilization. This season, discover what art was meant to be. Discover Shen Yun.

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What audience members say about Shen Yun: “I probably have reviewed over 3,000 to 4,000 shows since 1942, that still cannot compare to what I saw tonight. I will give this production 5 Stars, that’s the top! The best word to use was ‘mind blowing’!” - Richard Connema Critic for Talkin’ Broadway

“It’s absolutely beautiful, it was so inspiring, I think I may have found some new ideas for the next Avatar. It was a very unique performance.” - Robert Stromberg Oscar winner and Production Designer

“I come away with feeling like a better human being for having experienced this magnificent event. It speaks not only to my intellect, but it speaks to my heart. It was a complete edifying experience of the human spirit.” - Omega Medina Director at American Radio Network

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GFWC New Tampa Junior Woman’s Club Special Santa Roundup

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or the tenth year, the GFWC New Tampa Junior Woman’s Club has fulfilled the wishes of underprivileged children through their dedication to the Special Santa program. This year the club provided more than 1800 toys to children in the Tampa Bay area. Head Elf, Patricia Murphy said, “This year was the biggest yet. We had so many groups request assistance I couldn’t turn anyone away.” The Special Santa program originally started ten years ago as a project to assist families with children attending Mort Elementary School . Mort is a Title I school with 97% of the children in attendance living at or below the poverty level. This year, the project expanded to assist children at other Title I schools, including Muller Elementary Magnet School and Sulphur Springs Elementary. “I also have a long-standing relationship with Friends of Joshua House and Kids Charity of Tampa Bay so I included them in order to meet the needs of the most children,” said Murphy. “I really love this project so much. I’ve already started buying for next year.” This year, the group placed collection boxes at local businesses, churches and clubhouses starting in November. “We didn’t have much luck with the collection boxes but we had several club members do collections in their offices and they went fantastically. So next year I’ll start planning earlier to be ready for company holiday parties,” said Murphy. “I also had a couple of people call after they saw an article in the paper; it was the most amazing thing,” said Murphy. Murphy also received cash donations from friends and family to purchase toys in addition to the budget allotment from the New Tampa Junior Woman’s Club. “When I made my request to the Board I was sure they would laugh and toss my request in the circular

file,” she said, “but it was approved and I went back out shopping for toys the next day.” “This was the most amazing project and when the Elves started counting I couldn’t believe we had acquired that many toys,” said Murphy. “One of the Elves said there were 100 toys in one box and I said, ‘are you sure?’ and I thought to myself how can that be? She

Toy room at Mort Elementary: Parents were invited to choose a toy for their children for Christmas.

counted them again and said ‘yep’. We looked around the house at all the boxes and started smiling. We exceeded our goal by 1000+ toys. I was so excited to see all the happy faces, I couldn’t wait! I also really have to thank YOUR Community Newsletters so much. I got a gigantic delivery from one of the readers ….it was totally amazing over 1k in gifts for a family of 5. She was marvelous!” The final tally: 800 toys went to Mort Elementary for the Toy Room, 300 to Muller Elementary Magnet School and 200 to Sulphur Springs Elementary. The final 500+ were delivered to Kids Charity of Tampa Bay for distribution. Friends of Joshua House and A Kids Charity are local non-profits dedicated to improving the quality of life for foster children. If you would like to join us through volunteer service, please visit our website for club and membership information at www.GFWCNewTampaJuniors. org or friend us on Facebook. WM WEST MEADOWS NEWS


WEST MEADOWS TAMPA PALMS OPEN SPACE & TRANSPORTATION CDD

Creating and maintaining the infrastructure of New Tampa neighborhoods NOTICE OF MEETINGS The Board of Supervisors of Tampa Palms Open Space and Transportation Community Development District will hold their meetings for Fiscal Year 2012 at 1:30 pm in the West Meadows Community Center , 8401 New Tampa Boulevard, Tampa, on the first Tuesday of the month as follows, with exceptions as noted: February 7, 2012 March 6, 2012 April 3, 2012 May 8, 2012 (second Tuesday) June 5, 2012 July 10, 2012 (second Tuesday – 6:30 p.m.) August 7, 2012 September 11, 2012 (second Tuesday) Meetings may be continued to a date and time which will be announced at the meeting. There may be occasions when one or more Supervisors will participate by telephone. At the above location there will be present a speaker telephone so that any interested person can attend the

meeting at the above location and be fully informed of the discussions taking place either in person or by telephone communication. Any person requiring special accommodations at this meeting because of a disability or physical impairment should contact the District Office at 954-753-5841 at least three (3) calendar days prior to the meeting. Each person who decides to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at the meeting is advised that person will need a record of the proceedings and that accordingly, the person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, including the testimony and evidence upon which such appeal is to be based.

Wiregrass Wednesdays

John Ricciardi District Manager

WHEN

Every Wednesday at 10am

WHERE

The Shops at Wiregrass

West Meadows Property Owners Association, Inc. (POA)

WHAT

LIVE entertainment for kids, activities, face painting, balloons and fun!

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 WEST MEADOWS NEWS

To join the Kids Club, visit www.theshopsatwiregrass.com Dillard’s • JCPenney • Macy’s • Over 100 shops and restaurants Bruce B. Downs & S.R. 56, Wesley Chapel (813) 994-2242 wiregrass.shoptopia.com

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SCHOOL NEWS Clark Elementary School

February Clark Elementary School 19002 Wood Sage Dr. Tampa, FL 33647 (813) 631-4333 WEB: clark.mysdhc.org

3rd Kindergarten Picnic 9th 2nd Grade Valentine Dance 10th Florida State Fair Day No School 15th -16th Cougie Store 21st Special Group Pictures 27th Citizen of the Month 28th FCAT Writes 4th Grade

March

Bartels Middle School 9020 Imperial Oak Blvd. Tampa, FL 33647 (813) 907-6801 WEB: bartels.mysdhc.org

2nd Dr. Seuss’ Birthday 9th Individual Spring Pictures 12th -16th Spring Break 22nd Class Pictures K-2 23rd Class Pictures 3-5 26th SAT for 1st & 2nd Grade 27th Citizen of the Month 30th Field Day and End of 3rd Grading Period

Bartels Middle School

Drama

Wharton High School 20150 Bruce B. Downs Tampa, FL 33647 (813) 631-4710 WEB: wharton.mysdhc.org

This spring, Bartels students will be performing “Larceny and Old Lace” for parents, friends, family and faculty. Curtains will be raised on March 23rd and 24th in the Bartels Cafeteria. Tickets will be on sale beginning in March 2012. Please plan on attending our annual drama this year! For more information or to volunteer to help with costumes and set creation, please contact Mrs. King at Jamie.King@sdhc.k12.fl.us.

Soccer For information on rules and practice schedules please contact the coaches at: Boys - Coach Weaver (James. Weaver@sdhc.k12.fl.us) Girls - Coach Gaspard (Reginald. Gaspard@sdhc.k12.fl.us) Soccer Schedule Games: Buchanan (Wharton) - Feb. 01 Van Buren (Wharton) - Feb. 09 Liberty (Freedom) - Feb. 16 Greco (King) - Feb. 21 Benito (Wharton) - Mar. 01 Championship Playoffs will be Mar. 06-08

Track The Bartels Girls track team placed 3rd overall in the Hillsborough County track and field championship. Bryanna Rivers won the 800 meter dash, becoming the first individual champion in school history! The meet was held at Jefferson High School, where over four thousand spectators watched the best athletes in Hillsborough County compete for a district title. Other all-county placers were: Sierra Woods, Ariel Newberry, Shelby Lewis, Diamond Carter, Natalie Frombrum, Gracie Sidel, D'Andra Mcfarlane, Jenna Knight, Alexandria Jorge, Grace Kondo, Bry'onna Marshall, Serena Gadson, Anthonia Elensi and Elijah Green.

Brady Reiter, a 6th grader is starring in “Tooth Fairy 2”. The movie will be released on DVD in early 2012. Plan on purchasing or renting the movie and congratulate Brady on her job well done!

Wharton High School

Wharton 5K/ Family Fun Run The annual Wharton 5k/Family Fun Run will be on February 4, 2012. The 5K will start at 8:30 am, and the Fun Run will start at 9:15 am. To sign up, go to Active.com (key word: Wharton Run). Also, a Silent Auction will be held from 8:00–10:00 am on the morning of the race. Items available for bid include the following (payment in cash or check only): • Item #1: Tampa Bay Lightning— Two seats for a 2011–12 season home game (date TBD), Tampa Bay Times Forum in Luxury Suite #17, Center Ice, Promenade Level, includes parking and catering! • Item #2: Tampa Bay Rays—Four seats for a 2012 season home game (date TBD), Tropicana Field, Avantair Home Plate Club, access to Whitney Bank Club, includes food, beverages, and parking! • Item #3: Tampa Bay Buccaneers— Two seats for a 2012 season home game (date TBD), Raymond James Stadium in the Sykes Luxury Suite on the 50-yard line! WM

Happy New Year from the New Tampa Chamber of Commerce! Please RSVP for ANY of our events at www. NewTampaChamber.org. Our regular meetings are: · Lunch: second Monday of each month, noon at Pebble Creek Golf Club, 10550 Regents Park 10

Dr., Tampa. $15 members/ $20 non-members. · Networking on the 9's: fourth Wednesday of each month, 3 p.m. at Pebble Creek Golf Club, 10550 Regents Park Dr., Tampa. $15 greens fee.

· Networking: last Thursday of each month, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Stonewood Grill , 17050 Palm Point Dr., Tampa. Free for members and prospective members. WEST MEADOWS NEWS


It's Girl Scout Cookie Time – and There is a New Cookie to Try!

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hichever your favorite Girl Scout Cookie – Thin Mints, Tagalongs, or Samoas – the wait is over! Through midMarch, thousands of Girl Scouts will take orders for your favorite Girl Scout Cookie varieties, including Do-Si-Dos, Dulce de Leche, Samoas®, Tagalongs®, Thank You Berry Munch, Thin Mints, or Trefoils. In celebration of Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary in 2012, a new Girl Scout Cookie is making its debut: Savannah SmilesTM. Named after the city in which

but don’t want to enjoy the cookies themselves, GSWCF offers the Cookies from Home Program. This unique program is a way for Girl Scouts to give back to their communities: donations of cookies through the Cookies from Home Program will be sent directly to our military troops serving in combat zones overseas through a partnership with Support Our Troops. Donations to the Cookies from Home Program may be made in person through a Girl Scout anytime during the Cookie Program,

Juliette Gordon Low founded Girl Scouts in 1912 – Savannah, Ga. – Savannah Smiles is a lemon-flavored cookie dusted in powdered sugar that is sure to become a fast favorite. Girl Scouts in west central Florida are taking pre-orders Jan. 6-27, and those cookies will be delivered beginning Feb. 16. Friday, Feb. 24 marks the start of booth sales, so keep an eye out at your favorite businesses and stores and take a box – or a dozen – home with you! Also beginning Feb. 24, visit www.gswcf.org and search for a Girl Scout Cookie Booth by zip code using the cookie booth locater system. Cookie fans with smart phones can download the free Girl Scout Cookie Locator (Kellogg) app by calling **GSCOOKIES (**472665437) from their phones, or by searching for “Cookie Locator” in the iPhone App Store or Android Market Place. It’s easier than ever to satisfy your Girl Scout Cookie cravings! Cookie booth sales end Sunday, March 18. For those who want to support Girl Scouting in their communities

through March 18. Girl Scout Cookies are not only an icon of American culture, but also the world’s leading entrepreneurial program for girls. Through the program, girls practice useful life skills such as planning, decision-making and customer service. During cookie activities, girls are members of a team working towards a common goal, with each girl striving to do her personal best. For more information regarding purchasing Girl Scout Cookies and supporting Girl Scouting in your area, visit www.gswcf.org/cookies, or call (800) 881-4475, ext. 1838. Girl Scouts of West Central Florida (GSWCF) serves nearly 22,000 girls and 11,000 adult members in Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Marion, Pasco , Pinellas, Polk and Sumter counties. GSWCF receives funding from the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and area United Way agencies. For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to Girl Scouts of West Central Florida , visit www.gswcf.org or call 800-881-4475.WM

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Foundation Holds Inaugural Board of Trustees Meeting and Site Tour with New Members

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s construction of the state-of-the-art 80bed Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel continues at a rapid pace, another order of important hospital business was held Tuesday, November 29, when the Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel Foundation held its first official board meeting. “It was a monumental day for the new hospital, as we met for the first time as the Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel Foundation Board of Trustees,” says Connie Bladon, executive director of the foundation. “Our board members have diverse backgrounds and deep experience in business and philanthropy within the Wesley Chapel community. Their collective experience will enhance our foundation’s efforts to serve this community as we plan initiatives

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to elevate health care in Wesley Chapel.” The Board of Trustees, comprised of nine members from the community in addition to Ms. Bladon and Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel President and CEO Brian Adams, started work immediately Tuesday by identifying key initiatives for which fundraising will be crucial. The nine members of the Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel Foundation Board are: Jerry Bell, Presidio Network Solutions; Alayne Berkins and Charles Berkins, Rochester Electro Medical, Inc.; John Braumuller , Synovus Bank; Dawn Coe-Jones, former LPGA player now with Golf Canada; Todd Johnson, Strategic Business Associates; Ernie Marquart , Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP; Michael Morris, Hanna, Lamar

Michael Morris, Ernest Marquart, John Braumuller, J.D. Porter, Brian Adams, Connie Bladon, Charles Berkins, Todd Johnson, Alayne Berkins, Dawn Coe-Jones. (Trustee Jerry Bell not pictured).

& Morris CPAs; and J.D. Porter, Wiregrass Ranch. The Board will meet monthly starting in January. The full-service Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel is scheduled to open in the fall of 2012 and is the largest construction project in the area in many years. Interesting facts about the new Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel include: 4: miles of underground utilities at the hospital 6: number of floors in the hospital 13: number of building permits required for the hospital before construction begins

30: truck loads of cement poured into the foundation one day this month 37: miles of piping throughout the hospital 52: total number of acres 75: percent of local workers hired to design and build the hospital 6,000: feet of cabinet work (more than one mile) throughout the hospital 322,000: pounds of sheet metal used in constructing the hospital 400,000: cubic yards of dirt moved to raise the construction site to comply with flood zone parameters by the government water agency ‘Swiftmud’ For more information, please visit www.FHWesleyChapel.org. WM

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or the past 5,000 years, China amassed a diverse legacy of heroes, myths, and values that still resonate in the present. Today, Shen Yun Performing Arts is reviving the essence of traditional Chinese culture in full color on stages around the world. “It was an extraordinary experience,”said Academy Awardwinning actress Cate Blanchett after watching Shen Yun, “the level of skill, but also the power of the archetypes and the narratives were startling. And of course it was exquisitely beautiful.” Ride with Mongolians across endless steppes. Recall the grandeur of an ancient Tang Dynasty palace. Resounding drums awaken the dusty plateaus of the Middle Kingdom. Gorgeous backdrops extend the stage,

transporting the audience to distant lands and eras. An orchestra that combines Western and Chinese instruments like no other accompanies the dancers with stirring scores. Shen Yun strives to capture the spirit of traditional Chinese culture and its beliefs. Ancient literary classics extol the compassionate, courageous, and loyal values embodied by the most memorable characters. Thrill in the triumph of the great General Yue Fei; cheer on the Monkey King as he tricks a stubborn foe; and witness how these values still endure in contemporary China. Shen Yun bridges past and present in an uplifting, inspiring, and indelible performance. Shen Yun will be performing at Straz Center, Tampa on March 3rd and 4th. For more information, visit Shenyun2012.com.WM

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Answer these 3 questions correctly to be entered into drawing held February 21, 2012 1. What does Shen Yun mean ? 2. What is meant by Shen Yun reviving 5000 years of Chinese Culture? 3. Name to specific features of Shen Yun musical presentation? (Hint: visit shenyun2012.com) Email answer to: sytrivia@gmail.com, with "YCN + your name" on subject line.

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GFWC New Tampa Juniorettes Fill Empty Cup

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he 2nd Annual Empty Cup Challenge took place Saturday December 3rd at Publix in Tampa Palms. Juniorettes gathered to compete for 2011's award on behalf of the families receiving assistance from the New Tampa Junior Woman’s Club Special Santa program. Torrie Edwards was this year’s winner, purchasing fifty-two servings with $10. Ashlyn Collins came in second with fourty-seven servings and Jessica Korver was third with fourty-two servings. “The girls did an amazing job. I’m so proud of them” said Patricia Murphy, Juniorettes Advisior. Each person that entered the Challenge had a budget of $10 and was required to buy non-

perishable ingredients to feed a family of four on Christmas Eve. Participants needed to purchase a meat, two vegetables, a starch, dessert and drinks. The items purchased needed to be cooked on a hot plate (stove) or in a microwave. Each item chosen had to serve at least four people and the items had to be complete. For example: if a participant chose to make S’mores they had to have all the ingredients. We assumed the family had condiments like salt, pepper, ketchup etc. We know that the family has no source of refrigeration. Also, all of the products had to be in durable containers. Therefore, no glass containers were accepted. Participants were prepared to use

“Let’s Have a Heart to Heart” is the Valentine’s Day party held at the Tampa Garden Club

A Valentine’s party removes the stress of getting a reservation in a busy restaurant. Kay Miller, Tom Wolfe and Angela Miller of Village Garden Circle met to describe the exciting elements of music, dancing, dining and auctions. The catered feast will feature a double entree, roast beef au jus and chicken with raspberry glaze. The date is Tuesday, February 14th, 6pm-10pm and the tickets are $60.00 each. The public is invited to share the fun. For tickets call 813-251-5059 or 14

email tampafederation@aol.com or president.tgc@gmail.com The same trio, Kay, Tom and Angela will be working on the 2012 Standard (judged) Flower Show to be held April 20th-22nd. Judging takes place on the 20th and the show will be open to the public at no charge, on April 21st-22nd, 9am-5pm on Saturday and 9am3pm on Sunday. The theme for the flower show is the “Orange Blossom Express”, which was a luxurious New York to Florida train in the 1940’s and 50’s. The Florida railroading theme will be carried out in the floral designs. “Getting their steam up” the Tampa Garden Club of 450 members and the West Coast Bromeliad Guild will join in a colorful display of floral designs and plant specimens. It promises to have a winning combination of bold designs, colorful displays youthful whimsy and just the right amount of nostalgia. www.tampagardenclub.com WM

From left to right: Jessica Korver, Torrie Edwards, Ashlyn Collins

coupons and in store specials to meet the Challenge. The participant that purchased the most servings of food with $10 was 2011's winner. All of the food purchased for this project will be donated to needy families for the Christmas Holidays. “Part of the reason I support this project is it teaches the girls how hard it is for the Special Santa families to make ends meet,” said Murphy, “and I think it gives them a new perspective. They see how far a dollar really goes and the

importance of the purchasing choices we make.” GFWC New Tampa Juniorettes is accepting new members age 12-18 from New Tampa, Tampa Palms and Tampa . Please visit our website for club and membership information at www.GFWCNewTampaJuniors. org/Juniorettes or friend us on Facebook. GFWC New Tampa Juniorettes is dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. WM

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I WILL INSPIRE 5K Run

Inspired by the book “The Long Run” and the I Will Foundation, whose mission is to help people overcome challenges caused by life altering injuries or illnesses, The New Tampa Junior Woman’s Club is coordinating the I WILL INSPIRE Run/Walk/Wheel 5K Race. The race will benefit the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital and Operation Helping Hand, an organization to help the families of local wounded and injured veterans. The race is designed to INSPIRE athletes of all abilities and levels to embark on a journey of self achievement, whether it is a first time runner or recovering veteran. Their hope is to encourage people facing adversity to live their lives to the fullest by achieving goals that they thought were otherwise unattainable. The I Will

Inspire 5k race will be a day of celebration for all participants and supporters. The race is scheduled for Feb. 18th at 8am at the Florida Orthopedic Institute, 13294 Telecom Park Drive, Temple Terrace Registration is now open and can be done online at www.active.com. For more information about the race or to become a sponsor call 813-972-4832 or go to the race website www.iwillinspire.com WM WEST MEADOWS NEWS


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Homeowners Insurance Tips by Gary Gunter of Gunter & Gunter Insurance 1) Get the wind mitigation discounts that you are eligible for. A low-cost inspection, usually $75, is good for five years. The inspection details the roof and window features that protect the home from wind damage. Homes built from 2002 on should get maximum discounts due to the stronger building code that went into effect that year. Also, homes built from 1994 on should get some good discounts. Older homes that have had significant work done on them – particularly a new roof - should get good discounts. 2) The next largest discount, after wind mitigation, is for a central burglar and fire alarm. Also, make sure you have smoke detectors, deadbolts, fire extinguishers and

carbon monoxide detectors. Single Entry or Gated Communities also get discounts. 3) For personal property coverage, always buy the replacement cost option. Get 30% to 40% more at claim time with a very low additional premium. 4) Personal liability coverage is very important. Get at least $300,000 and at least as much as you have with your other policies, such as auto insurance. This covers lawsuits, the cost of defending against lawsuits and covers you worldwide. Plus, it is really inexpensive to purchase. 5) Add extended replacement cost coverage to the policy. For example, in a total loss, most people forget the cost of hauling

off the debris before replacing the home. need loss assessment coverage. This low cost coverage can be bought to 6) Detached structure coverage is usually 10% of the dwelling cover injuries or property damage not covered under the HOA insurance coverage. Is this enough? Also, many companies exclude coverage policy limits (it covers common areas). You can usually buy up to if the detached structure is even $50,000 of coverage. partially used for business. You can get an endorsement to cover 10) Flood insurance is inexpensive and it covers water damage from business use. www.insurethepeople.com 7) For the easiest claims floods and heavy rains (The damage experience, take a photo or video must include two adjacent properties or just yours if you own 2 acres or inventory of your home, inside more). 25% of flood losses occur in and out, and its contents. Keep it areas that are not considered high online or off site. Also, keep your risk. There is a 30 day waiting period blueprints! for a policy, except for new financing 8) Add the law and ordinance endorsement for older homes. It or refinancing. Policies start as low as $129. covers the added cost of rebuilding Gunter & Gunter Insurance due to building code changes. Gary Gunter gary@garygunter.com. 9) If you are a member of a 813-994-3900 Office homeowners association, you may www.InsureThePeople.com. WM

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