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Lib. of Florida Hist.
PO Box 117007
205 SMA Univ, of FL
Gainesville, FL 32611-7007


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'Tis the season to count our
blessings, to reach out to the less
fortunate, and to reflect how spe-
cial it would be if there was peace
on earth. We wish our friends,
family, subscribers,, advertisers
and especially those who don't
share our views or politics a very


Merry Christmas and Happy
Holidays.
*****
We continue to pray for our
troops and for the families who
have paid a terrible price. Ameri-
can. military deaths in Iraq now
total 3,895 and 473 in Afghani-


stan. The wounded in Iraq is a
staggering 28,629. Our Christmas
wish is that all the troops will
come home soon.
****
The battle between Hillsbor-
ough County Sheriff David Gee
and the West Central Florida
Police Benevolent Association
(PBA) over the amount of raises
took an unusual turn that could
undermine the PBA's position.
Deputy Jeff Massaro has col-
lected 357 signatures of sheriff's
deputies, detectives and corporals
asking the Public Employees Rela-
tions Commission to decertify the
union's unit, more specifically to
revoke the PBA's certification as a


bargaining agent for the unit.
It's our understanding that
PERC will certify the signatures
and if they're legitimate an elec-
tion would be scheduled of quali-
fied sheriff's employees to deter-
mine the fate of the union's unit,
which has 1,068 employees.
*****
The City of Tampa, in an effort
to help Ybor merchants, suspend-
ed paid parking meters from 11:30
a.m. to 3 p.m. for the entire month
of December to attract more visi-
tors to shop and eat in the historic
district.
But, the meter maids are still

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Al Pie de la Letra
Por Abel Ibarra


Alonso: El buen hijo vuelve a su casa
Esta sera otra temporada dificil para el campeonisimo
espahol de F6rmula Uno, Fernando Alonso. Su vuelta a
la escuderia Renault fue bien recibida por el equipo y sus
seguidores, pero de acuerdo a los entendidos, los b6lidos de
los que dispondran 61 y su compaftero Nelsinho Piquet (hijo
del tricampe6n brasilero Nelson Piquet), dificilmente puedan
competir con los de Ferrari y MacLaren. Bueno, de todos
modos Alonso tiene calidad como para desmentir esos malos
augurios.
El alio sideral de Kaka: Ricardo Izecson Dos Santos Leite,
mejor conocido por la afici6n de los cuatro rincones del pla-
neta como Kaka, pulveriz6 en el 2007 todos los records y
premios del fitbol europeo. El creative mediocampista del
MilAn italiano y de la selecci6n national de Brasil, obtuvo
los titulos de la Liga de Campeones de Europa; Super Copa
europea; la del Mundial de Clubes de Jap6n; y los premios
Botin de Oro de la revista France Football; de la World Soc-
cer de Gran Bretafia; del Mundial de Clubes de Japon; y por
afiadidura, super a Cristiano Ronaldo y Lionel Messi para
lograr la distinci6n de Jugador del Afio de la FIFA. A sus
25 afios, Kaka ha tocado el cielo con sus botinesmagicos.
No pudo coronarse en la Copa America que gan6 Brasil en
(Pasa a la pigina 6)


Recientemente nos reuni-
mos con Evelyn Hale, la nue-
va president de la Alianza
Hispana. Conversamos sobre
la necesidad de organizer el
process de recolecci6n de fir-
mas para la aprobaci6n de la
propuesta de reordenaci6n
de los distritos electorales, de
manera que podamos elegir a
los comisionados del Condado
de Hillsborough de manera di-
recta.
Evelyn se comprometi6
a convocar una reuni6n
para este fin. Y, a manera
de recordatorio, copiamos la
proposicion complete.

La mayoria de nosotros
quiere gobiernos locales. mis
pequefios y con mayor capaci-
dad de respuesta.


Cambiar a siete circuitos
electorales la constituci6n de
la comisi6n del condado, re-
duce drasticamente el nimero
de ciudadanos a quienes sirve
un comisionado, de la can-
tidad de mas de 1.2 millones
de ciudadanos a 170.000 en
el caso del condado de Hill-
sborough. Esto permit a la
comunidad una mayor identi-
ficaci6n con sus comisionados
electos localmente.
* MAs cantidad de areas
representadas en la comisi6n.
Dividir el condado en siete
porciones basadas en la can-
tidad de poblaci6n, permitira
que areas que nunca han teni-
do su propio comisionado, pu-
edan finalmente elegir uno de
manera direct. Este cambio
podra darle al area del sur del


rio Alafia su propio comisiona-
do. New Tampa y Temple Ter-
race podrian ser unificados
en un distrito electoral. Plant
City no tendria que compartir
un distrito con Brandon. Co-
munidades con intereses simi-
lares pueden ser unificadas en
un mismo grupo.
Mayor diversidad etnica en
la comisi6n. Si lis nuevos dis-
tritos son creados para respetar
a los votantes de las minorias
(Pasa a la pAgina 2)







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Actualidad de


America Latina


Colombia
El surgimiento en Colombia de un nuevo cartel
narcotraficante integrado porunos 1.200 hombres y liderado
por los hermanos Victor y Miguel Mejia MWinera, conocidos
como 'Los Mellizos', y con vinculos en Venezuela, fue
denunciado por el diario "El Tiempo de Bogota". El report
sefial6 que el nuevo cartel control tambien la banda de
'Los Generales', "una organizaci6n de narcotraficantes de
Venezuela y de la que, segin investigaciones, hacen parte
oficiales activos y retirados de ese pais". Agreg6 que en
coordinaci6n con otros grupos, "controlan las narcorrutas
via Maracaibo, Caracas y Puerto La Cruz, que se extienden
hasta Aruba y Curazao y de alli a EE.UU. y Europa". El
rotativo record que el fiscal general, Mario Iguaran, dijo
que "Los Mellizos" le declararon la guerra a la Fiscalia (...).
La Fiscalia les declare la guerra a "Los Mellizos". Incluso,
el president Alvaro Uribe pidi6 .a los mandos militares
investigar si existen oficiales del Ej6rcito involucrados con
esos capos del narcotrafico.
Argentina
El gobierno de Cristina Kirchner acus6 a la Casa Blanca
de armar una "formidable operaci6n" para "poner en crisis"
a los gobiernos de America Latina ante el fracaso de sus
"planes hegem6nicos para la region". La dura ret6rica
fue expresada por uno de los ministros mds cercanos a
la President, el jefe de gabinete, Alberto Fernandez, en
un editorial titulado "Excusas e impunidad" que l1eva su
firma y public el diario argentino La Naci6n, resefi6 AFP.
"Perder control de los recursos energdticos de Venezuela
y Bolivia, ver c6mo se independizaron Argentina y Brasil
de la manipulaci6n que sobre sus economies ejercian los
organismos crediticios internacionales, sentir que queda al
descubierto la insuficiencia de sus political que no han
podido liberar" a rehenes .en Colombia "dan cuenta del
retroceso de aquellas fuerzas hegem6nicas", apunt6. La
reacci6n se inscribe en una investigaci6n judicial en EEUU,
que el Gobierno argentino sospecha manipulada desde la
Casa Blanca, cuyos ribetes revelaron un supuesto aporte
illegal de Venezuela para financial la campafia de la hoy
President.
Paraguay
El president de Petr6leos Paraguayos (Petropar),
Alejandro Takahashi, anunci6 hoy una compra direct de
combustibles de Bolivia, a partir de enero pr6ximo, tras
un acuerdo firmado con Yacimientos Petroliferos Fiscales
(YPF) del vecino pais. Paraguay importa mensualmente de
Argentina, que a su vez se abastece de Bolivia, gasolinas
y gas licuado de petr6leo para uso dom6stico, industrial
y para satisfacer la demand de los vehiculos impulsados
con esos combustibles, indic6 Efe. Takahashi precise que el
acuerdo refrendado recientemente con YPF preve la compra
direct de products derivados de petr6leo, lo que seg~in el
titular de Petropar, "es muy important" porque implicara
la disminuci6n de los costs de intermediaci6n. Consider
ademas que ese tranite otorga mayor "transparencia a
las transacciones" porque se llevaran a cabo a traves de
las petroleras estatales de ambos paises y no a traves
de empresas privadas como se realize actualmente. El
president de Petropar indic6 tambidn que mediante ese
acuerdo tienen como meta importar a future petr6leo crudo
para la reactivaci6n de la refineria con la que cuenta el
pais.
Brasil
El gobierno de Bolivia logr6 un acuerdo energetico con
Brasil para que la petrolera brasilefia, Petrobras, invierta
de 750 a 1.000 millones de d6lares para la explotaci6n
de nuevos campos para elevar en los pr6ximos afos los
voliamenes de exportaci6n de gas bolivano a mercados de
Brasil. "Vinimos a traer un mensaje de solidaridad para
reafirmar la disposici6n de Brasil para contribuir a que
Bolivia encuentre el camino de la estabilidad y desarrollo
econ6mico y social", dijo el president de Brasil, Luiz Inacio
Lula da Silva, seg~in DPA. La visit del president Lula a su
colega boliviano, Evo Morales, tambien deriv6 en el apoyo
a la construcci6n de carreteras y complejos petroquimicos
con apoyo de la brasilefia Braskem, ademas de la entrega
de 390 tractores agricolas para la modernizaci6n del
area rural de Bolivia. Los equipos t6cnicos del sector de
hidrocarburos de Bolivia y Brasil establecieron que la
inversi6n en el campo San Alberto se destinard a mantener
los actuales niveles de producci6n de gas, energetico que es
transportado hacia el mercado brasileiio de Sao Paulo.


LA GACETA (USPS 299-240)
THE NATION'S ONLY TRI-LINGUAL NEWSPAPER
SPublished Every Friday By LA GACETA PUBLISHING, INC.

VICTORIANO MANTEIGA (1894-1982) FOUNDER
ROLAND MANTEIGA (1920-1998) EDITOR AND PUBLISHER


PATRICK MANTEIGA Editor and Published
ANGIE MANTEIGA Associate Publishei
ABEL IBARRA Spanish Editor
Entered as Second Class Matter in 1923
Periodical Postage Paid at Tampa, Florida
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PAgiia A2/IA, ACUETA/YViexrnes, 21 de diciembre dq 2007


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Diciembre se llena de colors cuando las luces y los fuegos artificiales pueblan el cielo de
estos dias en que el afio comienza a morir. Diciembre se lena de olores porque la amistad
destila el carifio de la gene que te desea lo mejor. Diciembre se lena de sabores con los
manj ares y platillos que preparamos para celebrar el mejor y mas sonoro de los meses. Hasta
ahora el tiempo ha transcurrido entire el ajetreo cotidiano y la presi6n por cumplir con las ob-
ligaciones que nos impone la vida. Pero Diciembre pareciera que los dias corren mas lentos,
como queriendo demorar el moment en que llegarAn al final. Pero tambi6n, porque quiere
dejamos mis tiempo para la celebraci6n y la fiesta. Despues de todo se trata de recorder el
nacimiento del nifio Dios, que vino para traemos la paz. Am6n.

Puerto Rico

La izquierda se disfraza de ambientalista
Por: Arturo R. Rivera tas'y paraliz6 el proyecto por de Bancos, Rafael Polanco, se-
Con el disfraz de ambien- espacio de 60 dias. El gobierno, fial6 que la opinion emitida por
talistas, los sectors izqui- luego de otorgar los debidos el Secretario de Justicia, lejos
erdistas utilizan la llamada permisos al proyecto, mediante de aclarar la controversial legal
lucha por el medio ambiente una opinion legal del Secretario de "Paseo del Caribe", "...Crea
para adelantar la causa co- de .Justicia, Roberto. Snchez un estado de incertidumbre
munista en Puerto Rico. En Ramos, le suspendi6 los per- sobre la presunci6n de validez
el pasado, esa misma estrate- misos otorgados. de los process y permisos que
gia fue de gran resultado para emite el estado, sobre los cuales
sacar la Marina de los Estados En suspense terceros de buena fe descansan
Unidos de Vieques, Puerto Rico. Ante la determinaci6n del para llevar a cabo inversiones
Hoy dia continuan con esas gobiemo de suspender el per- cuantiosas."
mismas practices y las utilizan miso de construcci6n del El president de la Aso-
para atacar a la libre empresa y proyecto "Paseo del Caribe", el ciaci6n de Construcci6n de
la propiedad privada. desarrollador, Arturo Madero, Hogares, Rafael Rojo, asegur6
En estos moments, esos reiter6 que la obra cuenta con que la situaci6n de "Paseo del
comunistas han enfocado sus todos los permisos requeridos Caribe" trasciende a los de-
ataques en un desarrollo de y que los terrenos no son de sarrolladores y la industrial de
edificios a la entrada del viejo dominio p-blico. El Sr. Madero la construcci6n afectando la
San Juan. En ese proyecto .ya sefial6, "Hoy es un dia triste economic del pais.
se han invertido unos $200 para Puerto Rico. Con la de- Tambi6n el president de la
millones y el mismo cuenta con cisi6n emitida por el Honorable Asociaci6n de Contratistas Ge-
mas de 280 permisos estatales Goberador, se paraliza injus- nerales, Emilio Benegas, dijo
y federales. El proyecto se lla- tamente un proyecto de con- que esta situaci6n es ridicule.
ma, "Paseo del Caribe". strucci6n que estd ubicado en Asegur6 ser muy tarde para
Sin embargo, los comuni- terrenos adquiridos legalmente cuestionar la legalidad de los
stas utilizan la desobediencia a una empresa privada. Un process, cuando el mismo
civil para tratar de presionar al proyecto que cuenta con mis pais fue parte del negocio.
gobiemo, que se encuentra en de 280 permisos estatales y Todo lo anterior responded
graves problems por la inves- federales. Un proyecto que esta a intereses creados. Por un
tigaci6n federal contra el gober- en ley y orden, y que ha cump- lado, el gobiemo desea desviar
nador y el liderato de su par- lido a cabalidad con todos los la atenci6n public de la inves-
tido. Ante el uso de la violencia procedimientos que requieren tigaci6n federal y por el otro
y desobediencia civil en los las agencies del Gobierno de lado los izquierdistas atacan la
predios donde se leva a cabo la Puerto Rico." empresa privada y desestabili-
construcci6n de "Paseo del Ca- zan el sistema econ6mico cre-
ribe", el gobierno se someti6 a La incertidumbre ando -un clima de inversiones
los caprichos de los izquierdis- El president de la Asociaci6n adverse.


Al Pie de la Letra

Por Abel Ibarra


(viene de la pigina 1)
habra un distrito mas poblado
con votantes de descendien-
tes. Afroamericanos que con-
tribuiran a que esta minoria
est6 representada en la comis-
i6n. Esto significa los mismos
para los hispanos. Ha habido
muchos periods en los cuales
ningfin hispano ha trabajado
en la comisi6n, a pesar de que
los hispanos son ahora la mi-
noria de mayor dimension. Un
distrito electoral conformado
por West Tampa y Town and
Country puede afiadir una voz
latina a la comisi6n.
r Siete distritos electora-
r les mas pequefios ayudaran
a reducir la dependencia del
dinero en las elecciones. Los
distritos electorales actuales
son muy grandes para reali-
zar campafias personalizadas
con cada uno de los electores.
Esto obliga a los politicos a ga-
star grandes sumas de dinero
en los medios como television,
radio, peri6dicos y correos
para enviar su mensaje. Al
hacer los distritos electorales


mas pequefios, los politicos
pueden cubrir directamente
una important porci6n de su
distrito. Permitiendo una cam-
pafia puerta a puerta abrimos
el process a candidates que no
estan financiados por grandes
capitals de constructores y
urbanizadores. El trabajo duro
sustituira al dinero.
El actual limited de los perio-
dos podria ser respetado. Bajo el
actual sistema, los comisionados
del condado pueden ampliar su
period de gesti6n rotandose en
los distintos distritos. Cambian-
do de distrito electoral un comis-
ionado puede ser electo indefini-
damente. Esta es una laguna
juridica que no existia cuando los
votantes aprobaron la legislaci6n
"8 is Enough". Al aprobar los
siete pequefios distritos electo-
rales estamos limitando efecti-
vamente los periods que un
comisionado puede ser electo
a un maximo de dos veces y
medio, o diez afios.
Para que un comisionado
pueda servir por mas tiempo
debera canibiar de residencia.


Siete distritos pequefios
permitiran un mejor equilibrio
entire la ciudad, las zonas sub-
urbanas y las zonas rurales.

Si el cargo del alcalde del
condado es aprobado por los
votantes, la comisi6n del con-
dado con siete distritos peque-
los complementary mejor
esa forma de gobierno, que el
sistema actual. Los que voten
por un alcalde quieren una
vision mas centralizada para
el condado. Tres comisionados
del condado podrian tener con-
flictos con un nuevo alcalde,
especialmente si los comisio-
nados son mas populares que
el alcalde. Siete comisionados
de pequefios distritos podrian
representar efectivamente sus
areas mientras el alcalde pu-
ede relacionarse condado en-
tero.

La mayoria de los conda-
dos de la Florida encuentran
que los distritos pequefios son
la mejor forma para elegir a los
comisionados.


- Diciembre de colors, olores y sabores



I ouil









La Navidad


Por Leonardo Venta
Navidad es la conmemo-
raci6n annual en la que se cele-
bra el natalicio de Jesucristo.
Asimismo, el period com-
prendido entire la Natividad y
el dia de Reyes se le conoce
como las Navidades. N6tese
que a este espacio festive mas
largo se le llama Navidades y
no Navidad.
El dia de Navidad no fue ofi-
cialmente reconocido hasta el
afio 345, cuando por influencia
de San Juan Cris6stomo y San
Gregorio Nacianzeno se declare
el 25 de diciembre como la fe-
cha del nacimiento de Jesuis.
Algunos consideran que esta
celebraci6n surge como un ar-
reglo entire el cristianismo y el
paganismo.
La celebraci6n pagana
mis vinculada a los ritos
navidefios eran las Satur-


nales, que se l1evaban a cabo
del 17 al 23 de diciembre en
la antigua Roma en honor a
Saturno,-dios de la agricul-
tura. Una fiesta de invierno
similar conocida como Yule
- se organizaba en el norte de
Europa. En dicha festividad
se quemaban grandes troncos
adomados con ramas y cintas
en honor de los dioses. Algo muy
similar a nuestros'actuales ar-
bolitos de Navidad.
La Iglesia afiadi6 posteri-
ormente en la Edad Media el
nacimiento y los villancicos a
sus prdcticas religiosas. Asi
tambien, el siglo XIX fue de-'
cisivo en el afianzamiento de
las tradiciones navidefias. Se
generalize el uso del arbol
de Navidad y se enviaron las
primeras tarjetas postales.
La popular image de Santa
Claus, con el veloz trineo, los in-


separables renos y las bolsas lie-
nas de regalos, se asocia a la ley-
enda de Papa Noal, que proviene,
en parte, de San Nicolas. Nicolas
IV, patron de Rusia y de los ni-
fios, era muy venerado en Ori-
ente y en Europa.
La Navidad, en muchos
paises, gira alrededor de los re-
galos, los juguetes, Santa Claus,
los dias feriados, los banquetes,
las postales, los arbolitos, los
colors rojo y verde, los gastos
innecesarios y un sin fin de etc&-
teras.
Tal parece como si celebrara-
mos, mas que el nacimiento de
Cristo, la legada del legendario
y rollizo Santa Claus con su
larga y tupida barba nivea y su
lamativo traje rojo ribeteado de
blanco. Cabe entonces pregun-
tamos: Cual es el verdadero
significado de la Navidad para
nosotros?


En Pocas Palabras
Abel Ibarra

Este es el texto de un program de
television destinado a comentar el origen
de las palabras que conforman nuestro
idioma espafiol. Es transmitido todos los mi6rcoles a las
11 p.m. por Univisi6n Tampa, en el program Noticias 62.

Cosmetico
Hay palabras que sirven para adornar la vida cotidiana,
para darle un sentido est6tico a las cosas y despojarlas de
su cardcter banal, con lo cual les aportan un significado
que parece caido del cielo. Eso lo vamos a demostrar, hoy,
en pocas palabras con Cosm6tico.
El solo sonido de la palabra cosmetico nos conduce ha-
cia otra mds corta pero de una dimension infinita, como
lo es cosmos, cuya enunciaci6n, nos hace saltar como un
cohete hacia el espacio exterior. Cosmos, viene del griego
Kosm6s, que significa orden, arreglo, adorno, es decir, la
manera como estd organizado el universe, que, de tanta
perfecci6n, result bello, igual a las palabras de nuestro
idioma que brillan como estrellas. Cosmetico viene enton-
ces de Cosmos y no cabe duda de que significa arreglo o
adorno, sobre todo cuando las mujeres embadurnan sus
caras con-productos que las ayudan a realzar su belleza.
abelibarra@lagacetanewspaper.com




EVENTS EN LA BAHIA

A donde ir esta semana!


Univisi6n Tampa: concurso Navidad de Colores
Durante el mes de diciembre niflos entire los 4 y 12
afios pueden participar en el concurso Navidad de Colo-
res. Univisi6n Tampa invita a todos los nifios de nuestra
comunidad que usen su imaginaci6n y pinten lo que sig-
nifica la Navidad en un dibujo y lo envien a los studios
ubicados en el 2610 W. Hillsborough Avenue, Tampa, FL
33614. Cada semana se escogerdn tres ganadores en cada
categoria (4-6, 7-9, 10-12) y los dibujos seran presenta-
dos en un segment especial durante Sabado Gigante. Se
estaran aceptando dibujos hasta el 4 de enero 2008.
Es el moment para que nifios usen su creatividad e
ideas en papel para poder. ganar boletos al Circo Ring-
ling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey. Tambien tendran la
oportunidad de ganar el nuevo DVD de Los Solecitos. La
Gerente General de Univisi6n Tampa Lilly Gonzdlez de-
clara, "Navidad de Colores es una gran oportuinidad para
que los nifios de nuestra comunidad brillen y se sientan
orgullosos de presentar sus dibujos en Univisi6n Tampa
durante esta temporada Navidefia."

Aino Nuevo en Centro Asturiano
Continuando con la tradici6n de 105 afios, el Centro As-
turiano de Ybor City celebra su famosa "Fiesta de Afio
Nuevo". La noche comenzara con una apetitosa cena de
gala, seguida de multiples diversiones. Habra una ses-.
i6n de danza de distintos generos con el conocido Puly
Sequeira. Habrd cotillones y champafia. Centro Asturi-
ano de Tampa: 1913 N. Nebraska Ave. Tampa Florida
33602 (Esquina de Palm Ave y Nebraska en el Hist6rico
Ybor City) Fecha: 12/31/2007 Hora: 8:00PM-10:00PM
Cena:10:00PM-2:OOAM Baile Costo: $70 p/p Estaciona-
miento gratis. Habrd Cash Bar. Para reservaciones favor
contactar a Margaret Garcia al (813) 933-1646. Centro
Asturiano (813) 229-2214

Pelicula sobre inmigraci6n asturiana
"Alvarez. Cuatro Generaciones de una Familia de As-
turianos-Americanos", pelicula producida por la Fun-
daci6n Archivo de Indianos, Asturias, podra ser disfruta-.
da por el pliblico en la Universidad del Sur de la Florida.
La actividad comenzard con una recepci6n y, a partir del
2008, podran ser vistas las cinco proyecciones en cin-
co.sesiones distintas. Este opening se llevara a efecto el
domingo 16 de diciembre a las 4 p.m. en la biblioteca
ubicada en el primer piso de USF. La pelicula explore
la inmigraci6n asturiana en los Estados Unidos de una
familiar que hizo grandes contribuciones.a la ciencia y la
medicine. La primera parte, titulada: "Inmigraci6n: Des-
tino de un pueblo", serd exhibida en enero y las restantes
podrdn ser vistas por el pfiblico en febrero, marzo, abril
y mayo.

Fiesta de Reyes en Centro Asturiano
Los Caballeros y Damas del Centro Asturiano invitan a la
celebraci6n del Dia de Reyes, event que tendra lugar el
domingo 6 de enero desde las 2:00 hasta las 4 p.m. To-
dos los nifios hasta 12 afios, acompafiados de un adulto
estan invitados a participar. Si tienes tu traje "Asturiano"
traditional, p6ntelo y disfruta de la fiesta. Las actividades
incluyen:

La Historia de los Tres Reyes Magos
Visita de los Reyes Magos con regalos para los nifios
Divertidos juegos y actividades de grupo
Artes y manualidades
Premios
Caramelos gratis, refrigerios y refrescos.

RSVP hasta el 31 de diciembre con el nombre de los
nifios, su edad y nombre del representante. Comuniquese
con Elizabeth o Wendy al 813-229-2214. Angel Bustelo:
767-4534. Jose Caldevilla: 695-6343. E-mail jrcaldeus@
aol.com., Asunto: Fiesta de Reyes


LA GACETA/Viernes, 21 de diciembre de 2007/Pagina 3










PROPUESTA DE MODIFICACION A LA CONSTITUTION PARA SER VOTADA
EL 29 DE ENERO DE 2008

NOTIFICATION DE ELECTION


El que suscribe, Kurt S. Browning, Secretario de Estado del Estado de Florida, por medio del present
notifica que se realizari una elecci6n en cada condado de Florida, el 29 de enero de 2008, para la
ratificaci6n o rechazo de una propuesta de revision de la Constituci6n del estado de Florida.
No. 1
REVISION CONSTITUTIONAL
APARTADO VII, ARTICULOS 3, 4, Y 6
APARTADO XII, ARTICULO 27
(Legislativa)
Titulo de la papeleta de votaci6n:
EXENCIONES IMPOSITIVAS A LA PROPIEDAD INMUEBLE; RESTRICCIONES A LAS TASACIONES
IMPOSITIVAS SOBRE INMUEBLES
Resumen de la votaci6n:
Esta revision propone cambios a las Constituci6n del Estado relatives a los impuestos sobre la propiedad.
Con relaci6n a los bienes destinados a vivienda familiar, esta revision: (1) incremental la exenci6n sobre
bienes destinados a vivienda familiar con excepci6n de los impuestos para distritos escolares y (2) permit
que los propietarios de bienes destinados a vivienda familiar transfieran hasta $500.000 de sus beneficios
Save-Our-Homes para su pr6xima vivienda familiar. Con relaci6n a los bienes no destinados a vivienda
familiar, esta revision (3) proporciona una exenci6n de $25.000 para bienes muebles tangibles y (4) limit
los incrementos en la tasaci6n para determinados inmuebles no destinados a vivienda familiar con
excepci6n de los impuestos a los distritos escolares.
En mayor detalle, esta revision:
(1i Incrementa la exenci6n sobre vivienda familiar al eximir el valor de tasaci6n entire $50.000 y
$75.000. Esta exenci6n no se aplica a impuestos de distritos escolares.
(2) Preve la transferencia de los beneficios acumulados Save-Our-Homes. Los propietarios de
viviendas familiares podran transferir su beneficio Save-Our-Homes a una nueva vivienda familiar dentro
de 1 afio y no mas de 2 aros despues de abandonar su anterior vivienda familiar; except en el caso de
que esta revision sea aprobada por los electores en enero de 2008 y si la nueva vivienda familiar se
establece el 1 de enero de 2008, la vivienda familiar anterior se tendril que haber abandonado en 2007. Si
la nueva vivienda familiar tiene un valor just superior al de la anterior, se puede transferir el beneficio, si
la nueva vivienda familiar tiene un valor just' inferior, se reducira el monto del beneficio a transferir. El
beneficio transferido no puede superar los $500.000. Esta disposici6n se aplica a todos los impuestos.
(3) Autoriza una exenci6n a los impuestos sobre inmuebles de $25.000 del valor tasado de los bienes
muebles tangibles. Esta disposici6n se aplica a todos los impuestos.
(4) Limita los incrementos de tasaci6n respect a determinados bienes inmuebles no destinados a
vivienda familiar hasta un 10 por ciento por afio. La propiedad se tasard al valor just con posterioridad a
una mejora, segOn se la define por ley general, y si la ley general lo dispone podra tasarse a valor just
con posterioridad a un cambio de titularidad o de control. Esta restricci6n no se aplica a impuestos sobre
distritos escolares. Esta restricci6n se anula con efecto a partir del 1 de enero de 2019, a menos que se
renueve por el voto de los electores en la elecci6n general a celebrarse en el 2018.
Asimismo, esta revision:
a. Rechaza el lenguaje obsolete sobre la exenci6n a viviendas familiares cuando era inferior a $25.000
y no aplicaba uniformidad a los impuestos a la propiedad gravados per todos los gobiernos locales.
b. Dispone la anulaci6n de exenciones a viviendas familiares si una reform constitutional future
dispone la valuaci6n de viviendas familiares (a un valor menor que el just" en lugar de la disposici6n
actual de "a un porcentaje determinado" eel valor just.
c. Establece que los cambios se hagan efectivos con posterioridad a la aprobaci6n por los electores y
que se aplique en forma retroactive al 1 de enero de 2008, si se aprueba en elecci6n especial celebrada el
29 de bnero de 2008, o que se haga efectiva el 1 de enero de 2009, si se aprueba por elecci6n general
celebrada en el mes de noviembre de 2008. La restricci6n sobre incrementos anuales en la tasaci6n para
determinados bienes inmuebles se aplicara primero al registro fiscal de 2009 si esta revision se aprueba
en una elecci6n especial a celebrarse el 29 de enero de 2008, o se aplicara primero al registro fiscal de
2010 si esta revision se aprueba en una elecci6n general a celebrarse en el mes de noviembre de 2008.
APARTADO VII
FINANZA E IMPUESTO
ARTICULO 3. Impuestos; exenciones. -
(a) Toda propiedad que pertenezca a una municipalidad y que se utilice exclusivamente para fines
municipals o pOblicos estard exenta de impuestos. A la municipalidad que posea propiedades fuera de la
municipalidad, se le puede requerir por ley general que efectue pagos a la unidad tributaria en la que se
encuentre la propiedad. Las parties de la propiedad que se utilicen para fines educativos, literarios, cientifi-
cos, religiosos o de bien pOblico pueden star exentas de gravamen tributario por ley general.
(b) Estardn exentas de gravamen tributario, en forma acumulativa, respect de cada jefe de familiar
que resida en este estado, los enseres dom6sticos y efectos personales por el valor establecido por ley
general, que no sea inferior a mil d6lares, y respect de cada viuda o viudo o persona no vidente y
permanentemente discapacitada, los bienes por el valor establecido por ley general que no sea inferior a
quinientos d6lares.
(c) Cualquier condado o municipalidad puede, a los efectos de su gravamen fiscal correspondiente y
sujeto a las disposiciones de este inciso y la ley general, otorgar exenciones tributaries ad valorem al
desarrollo comunitario y econ6mico a nuevos negocios y a las ampliaciones de los negocios ya existentes,
seg(n lo establece la ley general. Esa exenci6n se puede otorgar exclusivamente por medio de ordenanza
del condado o de la municipalidad, .y solamente con posterioridad a que los electores del condado o de la
municipalidad voten ese asunto en un referendum y autoricen al condado o a la municipalidad a adoptar
esa ordenanza. La exenci6n que se otorgue en consecuencia se aplicara a las mejoras sobre los bienes
inmuebles que se efectien por o para que las utilicen nuevos negocios asi como tambi6n a las mejoras
sobre los bienes inmuebles relacionados con la ampliaci6n de un negocio existence y tambi6n se aplicard a
los bienes muebles de esos negocios nuevos y a los bienes muebles relacionados con la ampliaci6n de un
negocio existente. Los imports y los limits de los imports de la exenci6n se indicarin por ley general. El
periodo de tiempo durante el cual se podra otorgar la exenci6n correspondiente a un negocio nuevo o a la
ampliaci6n de uno ya existente sera determinado por ley general. La autoridad para otorgar esa exenci6n
finalizard a los diez afos desde la fecha de aprobaci6n por los electores del condado o de la municipali-
dad, y podra renovarse por referendum segun Io disponga la ley general.
(d) Por ley general y sujeto a las condiciones dispuestas en aquella, se puede otorgar una exenci6n
tributaria ad valorem a un mecanismo generador de energia renovable y al bien inmueble sobre el cual ese
mecanismo estd instalado y en funcionamiento, por el valor establecido por ley general que no super el
costo initial de! mecanismo y por el period de tiempo determinado por ley general que no podrd superar
los diez afios.
(e) Cualquier condado o municipalidad puede, a los fines de su gravamen fiscal correspondiente y
sujeto a las disposiciones de este inciso y la ley general, otorgar exenciones tributaries ad valorem por
conservaci6n hist6rica a los propietarios de propiedades hist6ricas. Esta exenci6n se puede otorgar
exclusivamente por medio de ordenanza del condado o de la municipalidad. Los imports o los Ifmites a
los imports de esta exenci6n asi como los requisites de admisibilidad de las propiedades deben ser
determinados por ley general. El period de tiempo durante el cual se puede otorgar esta exenci6n al
propietario de un inmueble ser. determinado por ley general.
(f) Por ley general y sujeto a las condiciones dispuestas en aquella, estaran exentas de gravamen
ad valorem de veinticinco mil d6lares del valor estimado de la propiedad sujeta a impuesto sobre los
bienes muebles tangibles.
ARTICULO 4. Gravamen tributario; valuaciones. Por ley general se estableceran regulaciones
destinadas a garantizar una valuaci6n just de todos los bienes sujetos a gravamen ad valorem, siempre y
cuando se cumpla con lo siguiente:
(a) La tierra para agriculture, la tierra productora de altos niveles de recarga a la capa acuifera de
Florida, ola tierra que se utiliza exclusivamente para fipes recreativos no comerciales se pueda clasificar
per ley general y se pueda tasar exclusivamente sobre la e basee la naturaleza o del uso.
(b) De conformidad con la ley general los bienes muebles tangibles que se posean para la venta com
existencia de mercaderia asi como los semovientes se puedan tasar para pagar tribute en un porcentaje
determinado de su valor, se puedan clasificar a los fines tributaries, o puedan star exentos de tributaci6n.
(c) Todas las personas con derecho a exenci6n sobre bien de familiar de conformidad con el Articulo 6
de este Apartado tendrin su vivienda familiar tasada a valor just a partir del 1 de enero del afo posterior
lala fecha efectiva de esta enmienda. Esta enmienda se modificara Onicamente de conformidad con lo
dispuesto en el present.
(1) Las valuaciones sujetas a esta disposici6n se modificarrn anualmente el 1ero de enero de cada
anto; sin embargo los cambios en las valusiones no superarn lo minimo que se indica a continuaci6n:
a. Tres por ciento (3%) de la valuaci6n correspondiente al afio anterior.
b. El porcentaje de cambio en el Indice de Precios al Consumidor para todos los consumidores de la
ciudad; el promedio de la Ciudad americana, todos los item 1967=100, o informed sucesorios correspondi-
entes al afio calendario anterior segdn hayan sido originalmente informados al Departamento de Trabajo
de los Estados Unidos, Oficina de Estadisticas Laborales.
(2) Ninguna valuaci6n superar0 el valor just.
(3) Con posterioridad al cambio de titularidad, segdn se disponga por ley general, los bienes destina-
dos a vivin familiar se valuarn al precio just a partir del 1 de enero del aio siguiente, a menos que se
apliquen las disposiciones del prrafo (8). Con posterioridad ea a fecha, la vivienda familiar se tasara
segun se dispone en el present.
(4) Las viviendas familiares nuevas se tasarAn a valor just a partir del 1 de enero del afio siguiente al
del establecimiento de la vivienda, a menos aue se apliquen las disposiciones del parrafo (8). Esa tasaci6n
solamente se modificar, segun se disponga en el present.
(5) Los cambios, las adiciones, las reducciones, o las mejoras a los bienes destinados a vivienda
familiar se valuaran segun lo dispuesto por ley general; no obstante, con posterioridad al ajuste realizado
en virtud de cualquier cambio, aldici6n, reducci6n, o mejora, el bien se valuar, segun lo que se disponga
en el present.
(6) En el caso de que la propiedad deje de ser considerada bien destinado a vivienda familiar, la
propiedad se valuara de conformidad con la ley general.
(7) Las disposiciones de esta enmienda son divisibles. En el caso de que cualquier disposici6n de esta
enmienda sea considerada inconstitucional por cualquier tribunal competent, la decision de ese tribunal
no afectarA ni perjudicard ninguna de las disposiciones restantes de esta enmienda.
(8)a La persona que establezca una nueva vivienda familiar a partir del 1 de enero de 2009 o 1 de
enero de cualauier aino nosterior v cue hava recibido una exehci6n imnositiva de acuerdo con el Artir.nll 6


de este Ar
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(d) La legislature, puede, por ley general, a los fines de la valuacion y sujeta a las disposiciones de
este inciso, permitir que los condados y las municipalidades autoricen por ordenanza que los bienes
hist6ricos se puedan valuar exclusivamente sobre la base de la naturaleza o el uso. Esa valuaci6n basada
en la naturaleza o el uso se aplicara exclusivamente en la jurisdicci6n que adopted la ordenanza. Los
requisites aplicables a las propiedades admisibles se deben especificar por ley general.
(e) Un condado puede, de la manera dispuesta por ley general, ofrecer una reducci6n en el valor de
tasaci6n de la propiedad destinada a vivienda familiar en proporci6n al aumento en el valor de tasaci6n de
la propiedad en cuesti6n derivado de la construcci6n o reconstrucci6n del bien a los fines de brindar
alojamiento para la vivienda a uno o mas abuelos o progenitores naturales o adoptivos del propietario del
bien o del esposo/sa del propietario en el caso de que al menos uno de los abuelos o progenitores para los
cuales se destina el alojamiento tenga 62 anos o mas. Esa reducci6n no puede superar lo minimo que se
indica a continuaci6n:
(1) El aumento en el valor de tasaci6n derivado de la construcci6n o reconstrucci6n del bien.
(2) Veinte por ciento del total del valor tasado sobre el bien mejorado.
(f) Para todos los oravamenes con excepci6n de los oravamenes de distrito escolar, valuaciones de


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disponga en este inciso.
(4) Los cambios, los agreaados, las reducciones o mejoras introducidas en esa propiedad se tasarin
segOn lo disponga la ley general; no obstante, con posterioridad a ese cambio, agregado, reducci6n o


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ar ien namhin oen Ina tscnionnes no sunerarAn el 10 % de la tasaci6n corresnondiente


al afo anterior.
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ARTICULO 6. Exenciones para la vivienda familiar. -
(a) Toda persona que tenga un derecho legal o equitativo sobre un bien inmueble y que mantenga en
6ste la residencia habitual del propietario u otro dependiente del propietario por ley o por naturaleza, esta'r
exenta de impuestos sobre aquella, con excepci6n de las valuaciones por beneficios especiales, hasta la
valuaci6n tasaci6n de veinticinco cinee mil d6lares, y para todos los otros gravamenes que no sean los
oravdmenes de distritos escolares, sobre la valuaci6n tasada superior a cincuenta mil d6lares y hasta
setenta y cinco mil d61ares, con posterioridad al reconocimiento de aquel derecho del modo dispuesto por
ley. El bien inmueble se puede poseer por titulo legal o equitativo, en forma integra, mancomunada, en
comOn, en condominio, o indirectamente a trav6s de la propiedad accionaria o de la calidad de socio que
represent el derecho de propiedad del propietario o del socio en una sociedad que posea un domino
pleno o derecho de arrendamiento inicialmente por un plazo superior a noventa y nueve afios. La exenci6n
n e =anlicari reC eton de ninnlnra lista de vallliarIin haeta cilnI on nrimor hllnr una anonnia estatal


la por ley general determine que esa lisi
queda anulada a la fecha efectiva de cu;
1 del bien destinado a vivienda familiar por (


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r modificaci6n a este Apartado que disponga la
) del valor iusto.


(b) No se permitird mAs de una exenci6n a cualquier unidad de particular o familiar o respect de
cualquier unidad residential. Ninguna exenci6n superard el valor del inmueble tasable respect del
propietario o, en el caso de dominion por medio de propiedad accionaria o del caracter de socio de una
sociedad, el valor de la proporci6n en la que la participaci6n en la.sociedad devenga respect del valor
tasado del bien.
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(c~e) Por ley general y sujeto a las condiciones indicadas en aquella, la Legislatura puede proporcio-
nar a los arrendatarios, que sean residents permanentes, una desgravaci6n fiscal ad valorem sobre todos
los gravamenes fiscales ad valorem. Esa desgravacion fiscal ad valorem sera de la manera y por el
imported que se establezca por ley general.
(d)f-) Por ley general, la legislature puede permitir que los condados o las municipalidades, a los fines
de sus gravamenes tributaries respectivos-y sujeto a las disposiciones de la ley general, otorguen una
exenci6n fiscal adicional sobre viviendas familiares que no super los cincuenta mil d61ares a cualquier
persona que tenga el derecho legal o equitativo sobre un bien inmueble y que conserve en 61 la residencia
permanent del propietario y que haya alcanzado la edad de 65 anos y cuyo ingreso por grupo familiar,
segln lo define la ley general, no super los veinte mil d6lares. La ley general debe permitir que los
condados y las municipalidades otorguen esta exenci6n adicional, dentro de los Ifmites establecidos en este
inciso, per medio de ordenanza adoptada del modo dispuesto per ley general, y debe disponer el ajuste
peri6dico de la limitaci6n del ingreso establecida en este inciso debido a modificaciones en el cost de vida.
()t(g) Cada veteran que tenga 65 aRos s mcs que se encuentre incapacitado en forma permanent
en forma total o partial recibird un descuento sobre imported del impuesto ad valorem que de otro modo
deba sobre la propiedad destinada a vivienda familiar propiedad del veteran y done reside, en el caso
de que la incapacidad se relacione con el combat, el veteran fuera resident de este estado al moment
de ingresar al servicio military de los Estados Unidos, y el veteran fuer ado do e baja con honors al
memento de la separaci6n del servicio military. El descuento sera en un porcentaje igual al porcentaje de
incapacidad permanent del veteran relacionada con el combat segin lo determine el Departamento de
Asuntos de Veteranos de los Estados Unidos. Para calificar en el descuento otorgado bajo este inciso, el
solicitante debe presenter al tasador de bienes del condado, con anterioridad al 1 de marzo, evidencia de
residencia al memento de ingresar al servicio military, una carta official del Departamento de Asuntos de
Veteranos de los Estados Unidos en la que se indique el porcentaje de incapacidad relacionada con el
servicio y la evidencia correspondiente que razonablemente identifique la incapacidad como relacionada
con el combat, y una copia de la baja con honors del veteran. En el caso de que el tasador de bienes
rechace el pedido de descuento, el tasador debe notificar al solicitante por escrito las razones del rechazo,
y el veteran puede volver a solicitarlo. Por ley general, la legislature puede dispensar el requisite de
solicitud annual en los aaios posteriores. Este inciso tendro efecto el 7 de diciembre de 2006, es de efecto
inmediato, y no require de legislaci6n de aplicaci6n.

APARTADO XII
ANEXO
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sobre inmuebles. Las modificacior
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R i ua Policia Patr."


Cargos contra miembros de
bandas
Diez miembros de bandas crimi-
nales del Condado de Hillsborough
fueron acusados por el Departa-
mento de Policia de Plant City, el
Departamento de Cumplimien-
to de la Ley de la Florida y por
el Fiscal General Bill McCollum,
por gangsterismo y por chantaje
sistematizado. El process es el
resultado de una larga inves-
tigaci6n que permiti6 detectar
a estos individuos cometiendo
felonies. Los acusados pueden
sufrir condenas de hasta 60
afos en prisi6n.. Los crimenes
cometidos por estos individuos
en Plant City incluyen robos,
trafico de drogas y agresiones.
Es 6sta una de las operaciones
mas exitosas en el plan de des-
mantelamiento del crime orga-
nizado.

Robo en tienda
Tres individuos armados
entraron en una tienda Seven
Eleven ubicada en el 1020 de
Kinas Ave South en Brandon y
hurtaron cigarrillos Newport y
dinero en efectivo. Luego de per-
petrado el atraco, huyeron en un
auto negro o de color oscuro de
marca Jeep Liberty. Cualquiera
que posea informaci6n acerca del
incident, favor comunicarse con
la Oficina del Sheriff del Condado


de Hilsborough al 813-247-8200
o a Crime Stoppers al 1-800-873-
8477.

Arrestado sospechoso de robo
a banco
Un individuo penetr6 en el Pilot
Bank situado en el 668 Oakfield
Drive de Brandon mostrandole
al cajero una nota en demand
de dinero. Luego de una larga
espera el sospechoso se puso
nervioso y decidi6 huir del banco
sin poder bbtener el dinero. Fi-
nalmente fue visto cuando corria
hacia el sur oeste a traves de Ki-
nas. Ave. Posteriormente, el dia 5
de diciembre, fue detenido en el
condado de Pinellas un individuo
que responded al nombre de An-
thony James Ross, con relaci6n
a un incident ocurrido en esa
zona. Finalmente se determine
que el detenido es la misma per-
sona que estaba solicitada por el
robo al banco Pilot mencionado
anteriormente. Actualmente per-
manece en la carcel de condado
de Pinellas y sera trasladado a la
carcel del condado de Hillsbor-
ough en fecha posterior.

Regalos para niiios adoptados
La Oficina del Sheriff del con-
dado de Hillsborough junto a la
tienda Walmart localizada en el
19110 de Bruce B. Downs Blvd.,
y la "Foster Angels" (organizaci6n


para nifios adoptados), estan
promoviendo la venta de regalos
para los nifios pertenecientes a
esa organizaci6n. Este es el deci-
mo aio consecutive en el cual la
sefora Laura DeJesus, manager
de la tienda, pone a la disposici6n
de la comunidad, su tienda, sus
empleados y generosas donacio-
nes para asegurar que los nifos
adoptados reciban un regalo de
Santa Claus.

Intento de invasion a residen-
cia
Un individuo afro descendien-
te, de pelo negro corto, fue visto
husmeando a trav6s de la ven-
tana de una residencia ubicada-
en el 3222 de Nundy Ave, en
Tampa. Luego intent abrir la
puerta del frente de la casa, cu-
ando el propietario lo sorprendi6
in fraganti. El sospechoso huy6
en direcci6n norte hacia Lincoln
Ave. Cualquiera que posea in-
formaci6n acerca del incident,
favor comunicarse con la Ofi-
ciha del Sheriff del condado de
Hilsborough al 813-247-8200 o
a Crime Stoppers al 1-800-873-
8477.

Orden de capture para homi-
cida
La victim de nombre Wesley
Bonham fue localizada muerta
en el baflo de la casa ubicada en


Tienes Chispa. Ignite it.


el 14511 de Circle, cubierta con
un edred6n. Bonham habia sido
apufialado al menos 18 veces
en la parte superior del torso y
mostr6 una cortada en la gargan-
ta que le ocasion6 la muerte. Fue
en dos areas de la casa donde la
victim fue apufialada, segtn se
desprende de las salpicaduras
de sangre. Dos cuchillos sangri-
entos fueron encontrados en un
sofa de la residencia. El sofa era
usado para separar dos ambien-
tes. La victim habia conocido al
sospechoso un par de dias antes
del homicidio y lo habia invitado
a dormir en el soff. Hasta el mo-
mento no se ha logrado establ-
ecer el m6vil del crime. Wilkins,
el acusado, sera trasladado a la
carcel del condado de Hillsbor-
ough pr6ximamente.
Robo de residencia


Un vecino observ6 que dos in-
dividuos saltaron sobre la cerca
ubicada en el 6306 de Turtle
Creek y decidieron llamar a la
policia. El vecino vio a los sos-
pechosos abandonar la residen-
cia y escapar a traves de la cerca
de madera. Los policies acudi-
eron al lugar de los hechos y
lograron capturarlo en la zona de
Veterans y Bellamy sin inciden-
tes que lamentar. Collier, nombre
de uno de los individuos, tenia en
su poder una maleta con bienes
tomados de la residencia. El se-
gundo individuo permanece en
fuga. Cualquiera que posea in-
formaci6n acerca del incident,
favor comunicarse con la Ofi-
cina del Sheriff del Condado de
Hilsborough al 813-247-8200 o
a Crime Stoppers al 1-800-873-
8477.


Esclavos en New York


Una pareja de Nueva York
fue considerada culpable de,
infligir trabajos forzados a dos
mujeres de Indonesia, que
fueron tratadas como escla-
vas. Varsha Mahender Sabh-
nani, de 35 afios, y Mahender
Murlidhar Sabhnani, de 51, es-
tan acusados de various cargos,
entire ellos el de trabajos forza-
dos en un caso que los fiscales
calificaron conmo "la esclavitud
de la vida moderna. Varsha
Sabhnani y su hija tuvieron
que ser trasladadas hasta el
hospital, donde fueron aten-
didas. Los fiscales dijeron que
la pareja, ambos ciudadanos
de Estados Unidos, trajo a dos
mujeres identificadas como
Samirah, de 51 afos y Enung,
de 47, a Estados Unidos desde
Indonesia con la promesa de
pagarles 200 d6lares-al mes a
cambio de realizar las tareas
domesticas.
Pero en lugar de eso, y
segfin han testificado las mu-
jeres en el juicio, sus pasa-
portes fueron confiscados y
durante afios fueron golpea-
das con escobas, escaldadas
con agua caliente y forzadas
a comer pimienta caliente y a
realizar las tareas de la casa.
La defense ha dicho que am-
bas mujeres inventaron la his-


toria y que eran unas ilusas.
Pero lo cierto es que Samirah
fue encontrada por las autori-
dades en mayo, mientras cam-
inaba por las calls vestida
solo con unas medias y una
toalla despu6s de escapar de
la casa de Muttontown, donde
la pareja gana una millonada
con un negocio de perfumes.
La mujer, que fue tratada en el
hospital, tenia heridas en sus
orejas, en la cara, en los bra-
zos, en el cuello, en el pecho
y en la espalda. Todas estas
heridas se las habia infligido
Varsha Sabhnani, segCn le
cont6 a la policia.
Enung fue encontrada en la
vivienda, oculta en un arma-
rio. Ambas mujeres eran ob-
ligadas a dormir en esterillas y
tuvieron que robar para poder
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(viene de la pigina 1)
Venezuela, porque 61 y su
compafiero Ronaldinho decidi-
eron descansar. Por cierto, los
jugadores del afio de la FIFA
en el 2005 y el 2006, fueron
Ronaldinho y el italiano Favio
Cannvaro, respectivamente.

Ese lio de los esteroides
En un informed de 409 folios,
el ex senador George Mitchell
mencion6 a 86 jugadores de
las grandes ligas del b6isbol,
sospechosos de uso de ester-
oides para mejorar su ren-
dimiento. Entre los nombres
que afloraron estan los de los
astros norteamericanos Roger
Clemens, Andy Pettite,. Mark
McGwire, Lenny Dyskra, Gary
Matthews Jr, Rick Ankiel y el
desconcertante Barry Bonds;
los dominicanos Miguel Te-
jada y Jos6 Guillen; el boricua
Juan Gonzalez; el venezolano
Alex Cabrera; y el medidtico
cubano Jose Canseco. Aunque
los esteroides no estaban ex-


presamente prohibidos en las
grandes ligas, la verdad es que
no es just que se reconozcan
records logrados con el ventajis-
mo de los estimulantes. En este
caso fallaron por igual los due-
flos de equipos, los managers,
los peloteros y su asociaci6n
dirigida por Dan Ferh y, des-
de luego, el Comisionado Bud
Selig. Claro estd que es impo-
sible castigar a nadie si no se
viol6 ninguna norma estableci-
da previamente. Pero coincide
con los comentaristas Ferndn-
dez Lima de Univisi6n Radio y
Miguel Flores independiente,
en el sentido de que de ahora en
adelante se debe suspender de
por vida, a cualquiera hallado
incurso en el uso de sustancias
indebidas.

Y para la pr6xima semana:
la acusaci6n de Canseco con-
tra A-Rod, 6zarpazo o reali-
dad?

jalexisortiz@hotmail.com


Revista de Cine en Tampa


"La Revista de Cine de Tam-
pa" es un festival cinematogra-
fico que se llevard a efecto por
cuarto afio consecutive, con
una muestra de las mas impor-
tantes peliculas del cine inde-
pendiente. La apertura sera el
11 de enero del 2008, desde las
10:00 a las 8:00 p.m., en el In-
ternacional Bazaar localizado
en el 1600 E. Eighth Ave., en
el Centro Ybor de Ybor City. El
event servira para honrar el
trabajo de los cineastas y de
artists tradicionales de Tam-
pa. El homenaje serd precedi-
do por una sesi6n de mfisica
en vivo, acompafiadade suc-
ulentos bocadillos a partir de
las 7:00 p.m.
Las muestras de enero in-
cluiran "Lo mejor del 2007".
Cada pelicula proyectada
tambien estard acompafiada
de un reconocimiento a un
artist legendario de Tampa.
"La Revista de Cine de Tam-
pa"- espera que dicho event
permit vincular a los artis-
tas de hoy con aquellos que
cimentaron el camino para el
6xito de las nuevas generacio-
nes. Todos los cineastas a ser
homenajeados seran presen-
tados para recibir su recono-
cimiento y podrdn hacerlo
personalmente .. a travds de
un familiar. .
"La Revista de Cine de Tamu-


pa" fue fundada en el 2004 por
Pete y Paul Guzzo como una
muestra mensual para produc-
tores locales independientes
de corto metrajes. Durante el
primer aio, el promedio de
asistencia fue de 40 personas.
Actualmente 150- personas
asisten regularmente a las
proyecciones, aunque muchas
veces la cifra alcanza las 250.
Las peliculas proyectadas en
"La Revista de Cine de Tampa"
tambi6n han sido presenta-
das en el event "Alter Dark"
del Museo de Arte de Tampa,.
a lo largo de todo el afio que
terminal. Los vinculos de este
festival legan a la realizaci6n
de intercambios con otros fes-
tivales de cinee alrededor del
mundo.
En el 2007, varias de las
peliculas presentadas en el
festival, tambi6n han sido
vistas en Canada. Australia y
Oklahoma.


La agriculture cubana
Los agricultores cubanos reclaman una mayor descentral-
izaci6n del sector, mejoras en las condiciones de vida y la en-
trega de tierras, para reanimar la "depauperada" agriculture
de la isla, segun el diario Juventud Rebelde.
"En cada mesa de Cuba se debate .sbre .c6mo devolverle
el aliento ala depauperada production agropecuaria", sefial6
el rotativo, al precisar que busco indagar en "las causes que
imposibilitan prod-ucir alimentos que hoy la naci6n importa a
precious exorbitantes".
"Son much as as frmulas que se proponen", ertre ellas la
entrega de tierras y aperos y resolver los problems de la co-
mercializaci6n de las cosechas, afiadi6 el diario, que consult
sobre el tema a agricultores, experts y directives del sector en
varias provincias.
"Antes de echar en el surco la semilla hay que ofrecerle a la
gente que habitat el campo condiciones para que viva. S61o asi
se frenard el abandon de las zonas rurales", dijo Maria Elena
Ramirez, campesina.
Juventud Rebelde destac6 que en Cuba 50% de la superficie
agricola -en total 6,6 millones de"hectareas- "estdn ociosas o
deficientemente explotadas" y que el pais destina anualmente
"$1.500 millones para importar alimentos".


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Apoyos de La Gaceta a precandidatos 2008


El deported al dia
Por Alexis Ortiz


Por Patrick Manteiga
Hemos decidido adelan-
tarnos y formular nuestros
apoyos en las Primarias Presi-
denciales de la Florida, que
tendran lugar el 29 de enero
del 2008.

Primero los Republicanos.
No apoyaremos a Rudy Giu-
liani. No porque creamos que
va a ser dificil ser vencido por
los Dem6cratas. El es el unico
de todos los Republicanos y
Dem6cratas en la contienda que
nos preocupa y eso dice much.
Giuliani podria manejar este
pais a traves del miedo y la in-
timidacion. Cada dia nos estard
recordando el terrorism, mien-
tras intervene nuestros tele-
fonos, investiga en nuestras
casas y nos da unas palmadi-
tas de consuelo. Creemos que
el podria hacer que Estados
Unidos arriesgue su libertad
por un falso sentido de segu-
ridad.
Nosotros tenemos
una- gran admiraci6n y res-
peto por John McCain. Vimos
los debates y percibimos s61o
a un candidate Republicano
que dird lo que el cree, aun en
detrimento de su campafia.
Su posici6n acerca de la in-
migraci6n coincide con la de la
gente involucrada, no es com-
placiente y eso le ha costado
much ante los ojos de quienes
culpan de los problems de
Estados Unidos, a las families
pobres indocumentadas que
tratan de luchar por una vida
mejor. Seguro, el construird el
muro, pero el sabe que es solo
por el show. Nosotros debe-
mos tratar con 12 millones de
trabajadores indocumentados
en Estados Unidos y con las
necesidades del trabajo en el
campo. McCain no s6lo va a
seguir la ley, el tambi6n va a
seguir su coraz6n.
No podemos ir mas alli en
la guerra. Deberiamos retirar
nuestras tropas mafiana, asi
61 se quedaria por un largo
tiempo. Nosotros respetamos
su posici6n porque, distinto al
resto de los aspirantes, 61 no
quiere mantener la situaci6n
actual, la cual perpetuaria los
errors y, por el contrario, 61
quiere mas tropas en el sitio,
una mis rdpida recuperaci6n
de ritmo y un compromise de
victoria. No creemos que esto
pueda ser realizado, perd si
Estados Unidos no se puede
salir de la guerra, al menos
debe trabajar para ganar.
McCain ofrece una calidad
intangible que no tienen los
politicos tnodemos. El tiene
una comprension intelecrual y
spiritual de lo que hace grande
.a Estados Unidos. Es por eso
-que l1 no va-a rechazar a un
nifo illegal que trate de entrar
en la universidad. Es por eso
que 61 no va a permitir la tortu-
ra a nuestros enemigos. Es por
eso que 61 no va a imponer la
Biblia en las escuelas. McCain-
sabe que una de las grandes
fortalezas de Estados Unidos
provene de nuestra capacidad
para ampliar nuestro sentido
de justicia, la manera como


E1 es un candidate con el
compromise de terminar la
guerra en Irak rdpida y orde-
nadamente. Nosotros estamos
absolutamente de acuerdo.
Sus antecedentes latinos y


manejamos a quienes estdn
en desacuerdo con nosotros,
con los inmigrantes, los crimi-
nales y nuestros enemigos.
Estados Unidos debe retor-
nar a su alta moral. Estas son
las razones por las cuales La
Gaceta apoya a John McCain
en las Primarias Presidencia-
les del Partido Republicano.
En el lado democritico nos
gustan casi todos y estaria-
mos contents con John Ed-
wards, Barack Obama, Hillary
Clinton, Christopher Dodd o
Joe Biden, si fueran nomina-
dos, pero estamos preocupa-
dos con los cambios que esta







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haciendo la Senadora Clinton
para ganar la Casa Blanca.
Nuestro favorite y asi ha sido
durante muchos meses, es el
gobernador Bill Richardson.
Su curriculo vital es impe-
cable: secretario de energia,
congresista, embajador de
Estados Unidos en la ONU,
Gobernador de Nuevo M6xico
y nominado para el Premio
N6bel de la Paz. 1l ofrece lo
que el rest de los candidates
no puede. Tiene experiencia
ejecutiva y los americanos le
han expresado su preferencia
durante las tres uiltimas d6ca-
das. El gobernador Richard-
son ofrece regresar Estados
Unidos a ser una fuerza del
bien en el scenario mundial.
El sabe que el mundo no s6lo
est& cuestionando nuestro
liderazgo y sus motivaciones,
sino que ahora tambi6n cues-
tiona qu6 es lo que hay en el
coraz6n del americano medio.
Si esto continfa, Estados Uni-
dos perder d y se convertird
cada vez mn s en victim del
terrorism aqui y mas alli de
nuestras fronteras.


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su perfect manejo del idioma
espafol, lo ayudaran a tener
mayor compasion en el debate
sobre la inmigraci6n y darle
alivio a los hispanos, mientras
protege las fronteras.
La economic necesita las
manos de un Dem6crata; Los
Republicans dicen que son
fiscalmente conservadores,
pero los ultimos siete afios
han visto el mas grande cre-
cimiento de la administraci6n
desde la Segunda Guerra
Mundial, un gasto galopante,
favorecimientos corporativos
a Halliburton y a otros amigos
de los Bush, un d6lar cada
vez mas debilitado y unos
Estados Unidos convertidos
en una naci6n deudora atra-
pada en pr6stamos fordneos
que hacen ruborizar a Mexico.
Richradson ha mostrado una
discipline para mantener un
estado dentro del presupuesto
y hard que regrese el sentido
comin a la Casa Blanca.
Richardson tiene afinidad
con el hombre comim. l1 es
uno de los nuestros. Tiene
un talante independiente, no
tiene miedo de decir lo que
61 cree y entiende del suefio
americano. El es conoce-
dor, bien formado y prdctico.
Muchos de los Dem6cratas
leen las encuestas antes de
hablar. Richardson ofrece
candor y vision.

La Gaceta apoya a Bill Rich-
ardson a las Primarias Presi-
denciales de los Dem6cratas
en la Florida.


Nosotros ayudamos a
que los niios asmaticos,
respiren mejor.
Para que sus padres
tambien respiren mejor.

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ACUARIO: 21 de enero al 19 de febrero
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able para ti, por los moments.
No hay mayores peligros, pero
tu cuerpo no esta preparado
para navegar. Limitate a tomar
el sol en la playa o a participar
en otro tipo de excursions.
Las actividades nocturnas
te pueden dar muchas sat-


isfacciones, incluyendo la
visit a algfin casino o casa
de juegos.

PISCIS: 20 de febrero 20 de marzo
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recibir mensajes que parecen
del mas alla. Interpr6talos y
trata de establecer un dialogo
con el alma que te los envia.
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La crisis hipotecaria en
ional City Corp, el no- tafolios comerciales y de con- so
nayor banco de Estados sumo, incluyendo los pr.6sta- co
s, dijo hoy que reservara mos residenciales director, tic
700 millones de d6lares pero que parte de sus carteras
)drdidas por pr6stamos residuales de hipotecas, entire pr
ables en el. cuarto tri- otras, seguian teniendo "un de
, aunque indic6 que riesgo elevado". Ui
r de-la crisis ya habria National City sefial6 que de
o. : incorpor6 en su balance los pc
ional City inform que al pr6stamos residenciales direc-
e novielirbre el .balance tos y las hipotecas riesgosas na
pr6stamos en su powder durante el tercer trimestre. al(
cilmente vendible y que "El riesgo continfua estando ba
esperaban perdidas "sig- en los portfolios residuales de
ivas" adicionales, sefial6 las hipotecas de riesgo de First da
s. Franklin", dijo el banco en su de
mas, la entidad dijo que presentaci6n ante las autori- .en
siendo satisfactoria la dades reguladoras. pe
d crediticia de sus por-. Tradicionalmente, las hipo- es
tecas consideradas de riesgo m:


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n concedidas a propietarios
n pobres trayectorias credi-
:ias.
National City, que opera
incipalmente en los estados
la region central de Estados
nidos, asi como en el estado
e Florida, ha sufrido p6rdidas.
or hipotecas.
Ademas ha dicho que elimi-
ard 2.500 empleos, de los cu-
es 1.700 correspondent a la
nca hipotecaria.
La entidad vendi6 su uni-
id de prestamos hipotecarios
: alto riesgo First Franklin
Sdiciembre del afio. pasado,
;ro se qued6 con creditos de
a unidad por unps 10.000
illones de d6lares.


Proyecto de salud


Citando la necesidad de ase-
gurar a largo plazo la estabilidad'
de los programs de ayuda so-
cial, el Senador Ensign present
hoy un proyecto de ley que pan-
dria a Medicare en.un campo
financiero mas s6lido y stable.
La legislaci6n de Ensign exami-
naria los ingresos ecdri6micos de
los adults mayores mas ricos
inscritos eri el Proerama de Me-
dicina Recetada bajo Medicare,
conocida como Parte D.
"Esto es algo que ya se estA
hacienda en otras areas de Medi-
care, y 6sta es una soluci6n que
ahorrard a los contribuyentes
miles de millones de d6lares",
dijo Ensign, miembro del Co-
mit6 de Finanzas del Senado.


"Deberiamos estar ayudando a
quienes necesitan ayuda, per rino
se puede justificar. por ejemplo,
que e padre de Bill Gates pueda
recibir medicriarecetada pagada
con los iumpuestos de un maestro
de escuela:o de in bombero".'
Bajo el'proyecto de ley de En-
sign, un adulto mayor solterd
.con un ingreso de mAs de 82,000
d6lares anuales o una pareja con
un ingreso de mas de 16-4,u00
d6lares anuales pagaria una
cantidad mayor por sus medica-
mentos recetados bajo Medicare,
Parte,D. La parte B de Medicare,
que es para los servicios de medi-
cos y cuidado del paciente ambu-
latorio, impone ya una revisi6n
de ingresos econ6micos..


"Por el bien de las futuras gen-
eraciones, tenemos que conitrlar
los gastos de ayuda social, y este
proyecto de ley es un buen prim-
er paso. Todos necesitan unirse
y poner su part para prevenir el
desastre fiscal que se avecina si
el Congress no hace ninguna re-
forma para fortalecer ei program
de Medicare y otros programs
de ayuda social.

Esta media con sentido
cpmun ayudar. a ponemos en el
camino correcto, dijo el miembro
de la Camara-de Representantes
de Estados Unidos, Paul Ryan, de
Wisconsin, que esta presentando
ui-a Iceslacion idenuca enla Ca-
mara de Representantes.


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Noticias de Inmigraci6n
Director de Inmigracion de Catholic Charities
Por Jos6 Fernandez

Su residencia permanent se
podrfa vencer pronto
Pregunta: Me llamo Ren6 Guti6rrez y soy originario de Re-
publica Dominicana. Estoy viviendo en los EE.UU. desde que
recibi mi status de residencia permanent en el aflo 1990.
Al present tengo una tarjeta de residencia que no se vence y
nunca he tendido problems pararegresar a los EE.UU. des-
pu6s de visitar otros paises y tampoco para solicitar empleo.
Se esta comenzando a informar que el tipo de residencia que
yo tengo se va a tener que renovar tan pronto se apruebe la
ley. No estoy muy seguro si en realidad mi residencia se ten-
ga que remplazar, ya que no tengo informaci6n en concrete.
6Me podria decir si en realidad mi residencia permanent se
tiene que renovar?
Respuesta: Sefior Guti6rrez, al momento-no se tiene que
preocupar por que no tiene que remplazar su residencia per-
manente ahora, pero en el future tendrd que hacerlo. El 22
de agosto del 2007, el gobierno ha propuesto una regulaci6n
para reemplazar las residencias que no tienen vencimiento
como la de usted; que se le a dado a las personas desde el
afio 1979 al 1989. Al moment puede continual usando su
residencia permanent para viajar y para solicitar empleo.
Una vez el gobierno tome la decision para reemplazar estas
residencias permanentes le explicaran el process, y le darn
tiempo para solicitar el remplazo de su tarjeta de Residencia
Permanente. En este moment el gobierno no a hecho nin-
guna decisi6i. Personas que tienen esta clase de residencia
permanent puede remplazarlas, pero no tienen que hacerlo
hasta al moment.
El departamento de inmigraci6n cree que el reemplazo de
estas residencias permanentes es vital para la seguridad del
process de inmigraci6n. El nuevo reemplazo de residencia
permanent le dard al-departamento de inmigraci6n la opor-
tunidad de renovar la fotografia, firm y hullas del solicitante.
Tambi6n al solicitante le dard una tarjeta conteniendo grandes
caracteristicas de seguridad. .

Inmigracoin y justiciabinaria
Por Jos6 Luis Altet inmigrantrs. legales o ilegales,
El prqblema de lainmigraci6n sean juzgados de acuerdo a los
illegal es uno de los temas que peores acts comeudos por al-
divide a los candidates presi- guno de sus pares. Sin embar-
deinciales deambos partidos. go, poco se habia de los'mil-
Cuando se les preguLita cual es .lones de mmigrantes honestos
:a soluci6n al problema de los y trabajaddorIs queson la gran
inldocumrentsdos presents en maco ria.
este pais, algunos se refieren a No existe una soluci6n
las eyes, y al amparo de stas, sencilla al probiema de los
emiten opimiones politicamente imigrantes ilegales y quien
coriectas que hacen sub$ir su pretend Io copitrario ,esta
puntuaci6n entiree el lecto- engafidndose a si mismo y
radio chauvinista. Otros tratan al electorado. Las redadas y
de adoptar una posici6n mas las deportaciones crean mas
moderada, preocupados por el problems humans que los
vot, hispaLo que. puede reprer que resuel-vern. Ahura ha apa-
senTar para elUos la victoria o tecido otro tida de cludadano
la derrota en los pr6ximos co- norteamericanri: el nacido en
micios. Todos hacen c6aculos y los EE.UUI. d-' padres-inmi-
apuestas; grantes'ilegales. Si bien la ley
Talvez las cosas serian rmnas le recotioce su estates 'de ciu-
sencillas si los inmigrantes ile- dadano, tambi6n, si es menor
gales fueran finlandeses o Ca- de edad, lo obliga a emigrar
nadienses. Tal vez ii siquiera a un pais extranjero, a me-
se hablaria de la inmigraci6n nos que se quede en este pais
ilegal.'Y cabe preguntarse JPor solo, privado de la compaiia,
qu6 la inmigraci6n illegal tiene de la protecci6n, del amor y
un rostro inconfundiblemente de la guia de sus padres. Las
latino?. Tambi6n existen inmi- families son destruidas con la
grants ilegales de paises, como aprobaci6n silenciosa de los
Canada, China, Gran Bretafia mismos politicos que hablan de
y otros paises europeos, de los la importancia de la familiar y de
cuales nadie habla. los valores familiares.
Es que, en la meca mundial 6Serd que estos valores
del cine, los estereotipos abun- no se aplican en el caso de
dan. Es comprensible tambi6n, los series humans que cru-
porque la 16gica binaria es la zan una frontera sin los de-
mas simple de todas. Es mrs bidos papeles? Sera que la
facil distinguir entire blanco condici6n de ser human esta
y negro que complicarse con supeditada a la posesi6n de un
256 tonos de gris. Otra gran document? O serd que ex-
falla del razonamiento es la isten dos pesos y dos medidas
generalizaci6n que hace que los y una justicia binaria?.


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SEl Salvation Army y Metropolitan Ministries abrirdn despues
de las 4 de la tarde. El Good Samaritan Mission (Sputh Coun-
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de comidas.
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Babbo Natale
Tutti i bambini italiani con-
oscono Babbo Natale come un
vecchietto un p6 grassoccio,
con le gote rosse che porta i re-
gali in un caldo vestito bianco
e rosso e stivali neri. Ma chi e
veramente Babbo Natale e da
dove viene?
Il concetto di figure mitica
che porta i doni ai bambini
frae origine da San Nicola
(o San Nicol6) un vescovo
di buon cuore, risalente al
quarto secolo, di cui tuttora il
personaggio di Babbo Natale
porta il nome (Santa Claus)
nei paesi nordeuropei. Fin
da bambino Nicola, dimostr6
doti particolari e da adulto di-
venne vescovo di Myra, localitA
dell'Asia Miore e qui fece grand
opere di bene.
Una delle buone azioni, che
poi lo college all'immagine del
portatore di doni, fu di salvare
una famiglia dalla poverty get-
tando del denaro di notte attra-
verso la finestra della loro casa.
Ma Nicol6 poteva fare ben piu
di questo: resuscitava i morti
in nome di Dio e poteva salvare
i marinai dalle tempeste. Per
queste doti Nicold fu nominate
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rimangono fedeli alla figure
del vescovo generoso che porta
i regali la notte tra il 5 e il 6
dicembre.
I bambini delle province di
Trento, Bolzano, Verona, Pia-
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Mantova, Bergamo e Brescia
trovano i doni portati da Santa
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da Babbo Natale.
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che porta doni la notte del 25
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San Nicola diventa
Babbo Natale
Originariamente Nicol6 era
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santi vennero aboliti. Tuttavia
le autoritA protestanti non rius-
cirono ad eliminare l'immagine
di San Nicol6 data la grande
popolarita di cui godeva; quindi
tolsero dall'icona il capello
da vescovo e lo chiamarono
Babbo Natale. In questo modo
la tradizione si sparse in Nord
Europa e nei Paesi protestanti
e da li negli Stati Uniti. Qui
la tradizione fu divulgata so-
prattutto dai marina olandesi
sbarcati a New York, il nome
olandese "Sinterklaas" venne
tramandato e trasformato fino
a diventare "Santa Claus" la
traduzione di San Nicolaus il
Babbo Natale americano
Babbo Natale e i regali di
Natale
Oggi Babbo Natale e con-
osciuto in tutto il mondo
come un vecchietto gioviale
che porta i regali ai bambini.
L'immagine di Babbo Natale fu


utilizzata a scopi commercial
soprattutto dalla Coca Cola
che lo disegn6 per la prima
volta in una sua pubblicitA
a partire dal 1930. In questa
prima imagine l'omone
aveva una lunga folta barba
bianca, stivali neri, una calda
giacca bianca e rossa e un
grande sorriso.
Ci sono ancora dispute in
eorso per la vera origine di San
Nicolaus. Originariamente
Nicola proveniva dall'Asia
minore, ma oggi la sua im-
magine e legata alla neve, e
per questo sono soprattutto i
Paesi Scandinavi e il Canada
a competere per la partenitA
del Santo.

Dolci di Natale
Dolcetti di Panpepato, Pa-
nettoni, Torrone, Pandoro
sono tutti esempi di tipici dolci
di Natale. In nord Europa i
dolcetti di.pan pepato sono
sicuramente i piu popolari tra i
dolci di Natale. Di colore scuro,
fatti con miele o sciroppo e
forti spezie, come da tradizione
medieval. Oggi giorno questi
dolcetti sono piu dolci.
In Italia il Panettone e si-
curamente il piud popolare tra
i dolci di Natale. Dalla tipica
forma tondeggiante, di colore
marrone, fatto con uvetta e
canditi come da antica tra-
dizione.
Sicuramente ogni region
italiana custodird gelosamente
la propria ricetta natalizia. Al-
trettanto sicuramente in ogni
region italiana nel period
di Babbo Natale e degli alberi
con le palline appese si con-
sumano il dolce che accomuna
tutti (o quasi), il Panettone.
Ovviamente una semplice
descrizione cartacea non bas-


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terebbe a farvi capire bene di
cosa si tratta quindi qui di
seguito vi riportiamo la ricetta
di quello che senza dubbio e il
dolce natalizio italiano.
Dosi per 4 panettoni:
600 gr di farina,
110 gr di lievito natural,
5 gr di lievito di birra,
120 gr di zucchero,
3 cucchiai di miele,
190 gr di burro,
8 tuorli di uovo,
150 gr di uvetta,
50 gr di arancia candita a
cubetti,
5 gr di sale fino,
(N.B.: per la lavorazione oc-
corrono 50 gr di farina e 20 gr
di burro).


Oggi sappiamo che molti
dei tradizionali dolci di Natale
sono ricchi di grassi e non sono
troppo adatti al nostro still edi
vita modern. Ma e possible
cucinare dolci di Natale con
meno grassi e anche molti
negozi offrono dolci meno
calorici.
Se non si hanno problem
di peso, non bisogna rinun-
ciare ai buoni dolci di Natale
che si possono compare in
molti posti. Ci sono molte
tradizioni legate al Natale,
ma quella dei dolciumi e si-
curamente tra le pia antiche,
precedent sia ai regali-di
Natale, alle decorazioni e
all'albero'di Natale.


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County Boards
Hillsborough County is looking for individuals to volunteer
for boards and councils. All nominees must be registered voters
in Hillsborough County. Appointments are voluntary positions
and members serve without compensation. For a list of board
and councils or more information, visit the County Center,
2nd Floor, Commissioners' reception area, downtown Tampa,
or call the boards and councils coordinator, at 272-5826. The
form is also available on the Hillsborough County web Site at
www.hillsboroughcounty.org.

City Softball
The City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department is
holding a series of organizational meetings for Spring 2008
Adult Softball Leagues. All teams must attend an organizational
meeting to play in the upcoming season.
Men's League January 3 at 7 p.m., Wayne Papy Athletic
Center, 6925 N. Florida Avenue
Sunday Night January 6 at 7 p.m., Wayne Papy Athletic
Center, 6925 N. Florida Avenue
Women's & Co-ed January 7 at 7 p.m., Wayne Papy
Athletic Center, 6925 N. Florida Avenue
Church League January 8 at 7 p.m., Seminole Garden
Center, 5810 Central Avenue
The cost is $230 per team plus a $10 ASA membership
fee. For more information, please contact the City's Athletic
Office at 231-5270.

Memorial Tree
Boza & Roel Funeral Home, 4730 N. Armenia Ave., invites
the public to place ornaments orn its holiday Memorial Tree in
memory of loves ones. Participants can write the name of the
person they wish to remember, alopg with a message, on dove-
shaped paper ornaments that are provided free of charge. The
tree will' be on display in the lobby of the funeral home, which
is open Mondaythrough Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Jazz Series
The Monday Night Jazz Series at the University of South
Florida's College of Visual and Performing Arts will continue
this spring, with performances slated for January 28 and Feb-
ruary 25 at the Music Recital Hall (FAH 101), and March 31
at Theatre 2. Show time is 8 p.m. The long-running'series has
featured some of the world's finest jazz performers, variously
joined by the USF Jazz Faculty Ensemble as well as the USF
Jazz Ensemble. A short list of the series' previous guest artists:
Nnenna Freelon, Slide Hampton, Eric Alexander, Jon Faddis,
Rufus Reid, Dick Oatts, Conrad Herwig. Tickets are $12 for the
general public, and $6 for students and seniors.


South Florida Hires Tim Miller
The University of South Florida has hired
Tim Miller as the director of organization
development and training in USF's division
of human resources. He previously served
as director of organization development and
training for the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center,
manager of training and development for CP
SHIPS and director of education for Colum-
bia/HCA Healthcare.
Miller has over 20 years experience manag-
ing organization and department transitions,
and facilitating and coaching executives and
managers. His expertise includes strategic
plan development, change management,
team effectiveness, continuous improvement
and customer service. At USF, his mission
is to provide learning and development re-
sources that make the university a.preferred
choice for students, a first-rate intellectual
environment for faculty, and an outstanding
place to work for staff.
Leadership Westshore 2008 Class
Carlton Fields is pleased to announce that
Tampa Associates Kenneth A. Tinkler and
William "Ty" Giltinan were recently selected
for the 2008 class of Leadership Westshore, a
leadership program sponsored by the Wests-
hore Alliance, a business-based organization
dedicated to the improvement of the Wests-
hore Business District.
The Leadership Westshore program is
designed to identify and help prepare pro-
fessionals for significant leadership roles in
business, the community, and the Westshore
Alliance. Each year, a group of up to 30 top
professionals is selected to participate in
Leadership Westshore, and its participants
directly interface with Tampa's top govern-
ment, civic, and corporate decision-makers.
Tinkler is a member of the Firm's Govern-
ment Law and Consulting, Real Estate and
Finance, and Energy Practice Groups. He is
Board Certified in City, County and Local
Government Law by The Florida Bar. Tinkler's
legal experience includes representation of


government agencies and officials, includ-
ing county government and constitutional
officers.
Giltinan is a member of the Firm's Intel-
lectual Property and Technology Practice
Group. Prior to entering law school, Giltinan
spent more than a decade as an engineer
and entrepreneur in software and Internet
companies.
Crisis Center Names New CEO
The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay has an-
nounced that David Braughton is replacing
Dennis M. Ross as President and CEO of the
Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, effective Janu-
ary 2, 2008.
Braughton, who has served as the regional
director of Foresters Eastern United States
since 2003, holds his masters degree in Social
services administration from the University
of Chicago and has spent more than 20 years
in management roles in both the for-profit
sector and human services agencies, (such
as Clearwater's Creativity in ChildCare, Inc.)
and Lutheran Social Services.
Judge Carr Memorial Award
Attorney Michael S. Hooker of Glenn Ras-
mussen Fogarty & Hooker, P.A. has received
this year's Judge George C. Carr Memorial
Award. Named after the late Judge Carr, it is
the highest award presented by the Federal
Bar Association's Tampa Bay Chapter. The
award recognizes excellence in federal prac-
tice and distinguished service to the Federal
Bar Association.
Hooker has practiced in the area of com-
mercial litigation since 1981. He has exten-
sive experience in business tort litigation,
products liability cases, trade regulation,
breach of contract, and general commercial
litigation. He has also written and lectured
on civil litigation topics, particularly matters
involving federal civil procedure. Mike has
served as past president of both the Federal
Bar Association and the Hillsborough County
Bar Association. He is AV Rated in the Mar-
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WHfAT'S HAPPENING
in @ld Ybor

By Paul Guzzo


If you have any Ybor City
events or news you would
like to announce in this col-
umn, please call Paul Guzzo
at 248-3921 or fax them to
247-5357.

20th Street Update
On Tuesday, December 18,
The Barrio Latino Commission


voted to recommend to City
Council to not permanently
close 20th Street between
Ninth and Palm avenues, de-
ciding such a closure could
detrimentally damage Ybor
City's grid system. The road
has been closed since shortly
after the terrorist attacks of
September 11, 2001 when the
Sheriffs Office said it needed


to close the road due to "home-
land security" reasons and its
need to protect the 911 Com-
munications Center at 2008 E.
Eighth Avenue against terrorist
attacks such as truck bombs.
The Barrio Latino Commis-
sion's recommendation has
been sent to Tampa City Coun-
cil, who will vote on the issue
some time in January.


Centro Asturiano Celebrates with

Global Leadership Award Recipient
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The rector and president of the University of Oviedo. Asturias, Spain, Don
Juan VAzquez, received the Global Leadership Award from USF President
Judy Genshaft at the USF commencement ceremony on Saturday, December
15. Following the award celebration, the Centro Asturiano hosted a recep-
tion to honor Mr. Vazquez. The President's Global Leadership Award is
presented to individuals who have achieved exemplary accomplishments in
international leadership or global relations. Those in attendance at the Cen-
tro Asturiano included the Spanish Contingent from MacDill Air Force Base
- Vice President of the University of Oviedo Don Javier Mato, Spanish Air
Force Brigadier General Juan Campins Miralles, Spanish Lt. Colonel Antonio
Robles Catala, and Spanish Master Sergeant Agustin Zurita Melero. Pictured:
Joe Caldevilla, Maria Jesus Queipo, Javier Mato, Ignacio Villaverde, Manuel
Blanco, Juan Vaizquez, Jose Vivero and Al Frederick.


Retail Incubators
In order to deal with the
issue of Ybor City's empty
storefronts, specifically those
that take most of an entire city
block, the Ybor Retail Develop-
ment Committee has decided
to make Retail Incubators a
priority in the coming year.
Retail incubators are locations
in a downtown or commercial
district where a group of new
entrepreneurs share space,
have "mini-stores" under one
roof and slowly ease into the
business and retail worlds. Of-
ten, the new entrepreneurs are
provided training and of course
offered very low rents as well as
support amenities.
The larger storefronts in
Ybor City have high rent and
utility bills, which currently
makes it difficult for a new
business to survive in these
locations.
The Ybor Retail Develop-
ment Committee is made up
of business owners and inter-
ested parties working together
to "rescue the struggling retail
market in Ybor City."
For more information on
the Ybor Retail Development
Committee, contact Brenda
Thrower, Ybor City Develop-
mert Corporation at 813-274-
7917.
Miss Peru-Tampa
Miss Peru-Tampa 2008
competition will take place on
May 17 2008 at the Centro As-
turiano, 1913 N. Nebraska Ave.
The purpose of this contest is
to find a young woman that will
represent Peru's beauty, talent
and culture. All females born in
Peru, or with Peruvian descent,
between the ages of 17 and
22 are invited to participate.
All Peruvian organizations are
invited to send their contes-
tants to this incredible event.
The prizes will include schol-
arships, books and trophies.
A reception and a chance to
meet all contestants, judges
and celebrities will follow the
competition.
All proceeds will go to help
the victims of the tragic earth-
quake that occurred last Au-
gust.
SOS PERU FOUNDATION
INC. would like to see support


from contestants, families,
friends, and people interested
in Peru's art, music, culture,
and heritage.
SFor more information
please email: MissPeruTam-
pa@gmail.com or call 598-
4491.
Ybor Crime Watch
The Historic Ybor Neigh-
borhood Civic Association is
forming a Crime Watch Group.
All members will receive email
updates on suspicious activ-
ity from the Tampa Police
Department and Ybor City
businesses and residents. The
Crime Watch will let you know
who or what to look for and
when to be on guard. There is
no fee to join.
The Historic Ybor City
Neighborhood Association will
hold a Crimewatch Meeting on
Monday, December 17 at 6:30
p.m. at the Life Improvement
Center, located 1619 8th Av-
enue in front of Gameworks.
They will be discussing:
Concerns of business-
owners and residents
Developing a couple of
crimewatch programs
Filling crirmewatch posi-
tions
To join, send an email to
crimewatch@hynca.com.
Swing Centro
Every Thursday, the Grand
Ballroom of Centro Asturiano,
1913 N. Nebraska Ave., comes
alive, as all ages gather for
Swing Centro, an exciting night
of swing music and dancing.
Dancers swing & move, shake
& groove to the latest swingin'
sounds, while scenesters so-
cialize in the fabulous vintage
surroundings or enjoy a drink
at the bar.
Every Swing Centro event
starts with a group swing-
dance lesson from 7 8 p.m.,
where no partner is needed
and no prior dance experience
is necessary. Every event con-
tinues with music & dancing,
8 p.m. to midnight.
Vintage attire is encour-
aged (though not required) and
many people come decked out
in styles from the 1920s-50s.
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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AVIATION AUTHORITY

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS
SMALL PROJECT CONTRACTORS
The Aviation Authority is seeking contractors interested in pre-
qualifying for work on various small projects over a 2-year
period in electrical, plumbing, roofing, fire sprinkling, telecom-
munications and air conditioning (minimum of Class B license).
Qualified contractors in each category will be requested to
provide quotes for identified work not to exceed $100,000 annu-
ally as the need arises over a 2-year period.
Pre-qualification documents are available on the Authority's
website at www.tampaairport.com, Contract & Business Infor-
mation, Invitations to Bid; or you may contact Mr. Tony Mascia
at (813) 870-8745. A mandatory pre-proposal conference will be
held in the Authority's board room, Landside Terminal, 3rd floor,
Tampa International Airport at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, January
10, 2008. Pre-qualification documents must then be submitted
to the Authority by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 23, 2008.
All proposals will be evaluated and formal qualification will be
made by the Authority's Board on Thursday, March 6, 2008.
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aggressively ticketing cars park-
ing in the district for other in-
fractions during this time. We
see the meter maids handing out
tickets left and right for expired
tags, parking in freight areas, cab
areas, in front of building's fire
connectors, and a host of other
tickets that you don't get when
parking at the mall. Getting free
parking and a $25 ticket for an
expired tag while you shop in Ybor
won't put you in the holiday spirit
and won't encourage you to return
to Ybor City. We hope they won't
ticket Santa for illegally parking
on Ybor City roofs.

The firefighters union and
Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio are at
an impasse over raises. The next
step is mediation, but we get the
feeling that neither side expects
mediation to resolve their differ-
ences. It's most likely that the is-
sue will end up being decided by
the Tampa -City Council around
April. The rules state that if the is-
sue goes to Council, its decision is
final but temporary. The Council's
decision will last for only one year
and then the firefighters must
go back to the mayor for future
raises.

Public Defender Julie Holt will
announce her reelection candi-
dacy in January.
*****
One block of 20th Street in
Ybor City has been closed for over
six years as part of our war on
terrorism. The sheriff closed the
road after 9/11 because he felt
the sheriff's communication cen-
ter, located next to the road, was
vulnerable to a terrorist car bomb
and high on the list of terrorist
targets. Of course, the way to
bring America to its knees, defeat
Democracy and wipe out Chris-
tianity is to disrupt the sheriff's
communication center.
Well, on Tuesday, America's re-
treat on the war on terror began.
The Barrio Latino Commission
(BLC) voted to recommend to City
Council that 20th Street should
not be permanently closed because
it would damage Ybor City's his-
toric street grid. Score a victory for
the terrorists. America is demili-
tarizing Ybor City. What's next,
returning Iraq to the Iraqis?
*****
If you want to vote for your
presidential candidate before
those politically snobby Iowans,
who have it in their constitution
that it's their God given right to
be first, you just need to call the
Hillsborough County Supervisor
of Elections at 272-5850 and order
your absentee ballot. They will
be mailed sometime next week,
giving you the opportunity to be
one of the first in the nation to
cast your vote. Of course, it won't
be counted until January 29 and,
if you believe some, it may never
be counted.
Early voting sites open Janu-
ary 14.
*****
Our friend Lois Gokey lost her
husband of 60 years, Kenneth
Owen Gokey, 85, last Tuesday.
Mr. Gokey was a member of the
Disabled Veterans, Veterans of
Foreign Wars, Ybor City Round
Table, Italian Club, Sons of Italy,
and La Nuova Sicilia Lodge. Our


condolences to his family and
friends.
*****
La Nuova Sicilia Unita Lodge
will host a New Year's Eve Party
featuring dance music by the
Treble Clefs, snacks, champagne,
party favors, Spanish bean soup,
coffee and midnight breakfast.
'The event is BYOB and costs
$47.50 per person. Call Frank
Castellano at 876-4946 if you'd
like to attend.

We're starting to see more
political activity from Hispanics
as their numbers increase even
in counties such as Pinellas.
Democrat George Gonzalez, a
realtor from Madeira Beach, will
announce in January that he will
run against incumbent district 54
Republican State Representative
Jim Frische. District 54 stretches
along the beaches from Clearwa-
ter Beach to Fort DeSoto. Anita de
Palma of Clearwater and a former
LULAC leader is challenging
Congressman Gus Bilirakis in a
district that stretches from north-
ern Pinellas through Pasco and
northern Hillsborough counties.
Recognizing the growing power
of Hispanics is also causing the
Pinellas Democrats to form a His-
panic caucus.

The American Journalism Re-
view featured an article that
questioned the advertising value
of newspaper website ads vs. tra-
ditional printed pages and if the
newspaper's web growth will soon
top out and remain just a small
piece of a newspaper's overall
.revenue.
"Newspaper web sites are at-
tracting lots of visitors but aren't
keeping them for long," read the
article.
The typical visitor to the New
York Times website spent an
average of just 34 minutes and
53 seconds per month browsing
its web pages. That's 68 seconds
per day.
"Slim as that is, it's actually
about three times longer than the
average of the next nine largest
newspaper sites," continued the
article.
The article goes on to compare
that to the habits of a traditional
newspaper reader, "Moreover,
unlike their here-and-gone coun-
terparts on the internet, print
subscribers still stay around long
enough to see an ad. Some 80
percent of readers say they spent
16 or more minutes per day with
their newspaper, according to
Scarborough Research."
*****
Last week we had the opportu-
nity to listen to Michelle Obama
speak before a group of 150 200
people at the Avila home of Donald
and Linda Temple.
We have heard many first lady
hopefuls, such as Tipper Gore,
Hadassah Lieberman and Teresa
Heinz Kerry, but none did as well
as Mrs. Obama. She connected
with her audience and expertly
aimed her message to the type
of people attracted to Barack
Obama, namely those who are
tired of politics as usual and those
who are new to politics. She pre-
sented herself with dignity but
wasn't haughty. A very approach-
able and impressive person, she's
a great spokesperson for her hus-


band and avoids overshadowing
him. At the end of her speech, you
wanted to vote for him, not her,
unlike the Kerrys. After listening
to Teresa, you wanted to dump
him for a vote for her.

State Senator Victor Crist took
offense with our editorial last week
on the "Jim Norman Employment
Act" and wrote this note:
"I would like to set the record
straight since I was not inter-
viewed for the La Gaceta "As We
Heard It" column on December
14, 2007. I am writing regarding
your comments about the legisla-
tive delegation's decision to waive
its rules and move forward with
legislation regarding our local
authorities.
"First, it is unfair to criticize
Kevin Ambler and the delegation
for waiving the rules. There is an
option to do this under special
circumstances in order to conduct
the people's business. Since there
.was an extraordinary number of
delegation members absent, the
rules needed to be waived to allow
business to move forward with ei-
ther a favorable or non-favorable
vote of the majority of members
present.
"Second, your accusation that
the recommended changes of re-
distributing the members of the
authority boards for individual
personal agendas [sic] is abso-
lutely false.
"The real fact is that Hillsbor-
ough County and the City of Tam-
pa have been fighting over this
matter for years. When the Tampa
Sports Authority, the Planning
Commission and the Environ-
mental Commission were created
decades ago, the population base
was in the city and distribution
was set up accordingly.
Now, due to growth, the largest
residential population resides in
the county. Therefore, it is reason-
able, and the right thing to do, to
adjust the appointments to reflect
the growth and change in resi-
dences to ensure that the people
are fairly represented.
"Claiming otherwise would be.
false and grossly misleading to
your readers. I hope this helps
clarify this issue."
First, Senator Crist was not
interviewed because he didn't re-
turn our call for two days. That's
a lifetime in the news biz. When
he did call, the column was being
printed.
Second, it's so sad that we un-
fairly criticized Ambler for playing
dirty politics. The man is unfair to
anybody who hasn't written him a


campaign check, so we won't lose
sleep over this one.
Next, we said that there might
be a deal between Crist, Norman
and Ambler. Crist wants Norman's
job, Norman wants Crist's job,
and Ambler wants Crist's job and
will try to get Norman the job as
Sports Authority director so Nor-
man won't run for Crist's job.
Crist says my scenario grossly
misleads my readers, but I don't
hear Crist saying he won't run
for Norman's seat, nor is Norman'
making statements he won't run
for Crist's.
Time will tell whom is grossly
misleading whom.


Republican presidential candi-
date Tom Tancredo's single mes-
sage of hate towards immigrants
is too harsh for most Americans
and has mired him in the bottom
of the polls. This one trick pony
has finally realized he's going no
where and quit the race for the
GOP's nomination. Tom, go home
and wait for your Christmas coal.
*****
John Kynes, former district
director for former U.S. Congress-
man Jim Davis, has joined PDC
Affordable Housing as director of
business development and public
affairs. PDC helps organizations
create affordable housing.

Is it a kinder and gentler Sher-
iff's Department? The numbers
say yes. In 2004, 2005 and 2006,
there was an average of 22 com-
plaints per year of discourtesy
lodged against the department. So
far, the number in 2007 is only 13.

The Hillsborough County
School District was recognized as
a "Master Board" on December 5
by the Florida School Boards As-
sociation. The designation means
the board engaged in training to
enhance its ability to improve
student achievement, increase
cooperation between schools and
the community, and to advance
excellence in education.
The superintendent and all
the board members except School
Board Chairwoman Jennifer
Faliero participated in the training.
School Board member Dr. Jack
Lamb has earned the Advanced
Boardsmanship Certification, a
distinction held by only five of the
355 board member's in Florida.
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In this week's Silhouettes we sit
down with the underappreciated
Mrs. Claus!


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Monthly Film Fest Honors Tampa's Current Filmmakers and Legendary Artists


The Tampa Film Review will
celebrate four years of show-
casing local independent film
on Friday, January 11 from 8
- 10 p.m. at the International
Bazaar, 1600 E. Eighth Ave.
in the Centro Ybor complex in
Ybor City, by honoring both the
best filmmakers of today and
some ofTampa's legendary art-
ists. The event will be preceded
by live music and refreshments
at 7 p.m.
The event is FREE and open
to the public.
The January show will fea-
ture a "Best Of 2007" lineup.
Each film showcased will also
be presented with an award
named in honor of a legendary
Tampa artist. The Tampa Film
Review hopes such an event
can bridge the gap between
today's artists and those Tam-
pa artists who paved the way
for the successes of Tampa's
current crop of artists. All of
the filmmakers being honored
will be present to accept the
award. Many of the artists for
whom the awards are named


will either be on hand to pres-
ent the award or have friends
or family present the award in
their stead.
The Tampa Film Review
was founded in 2004 by Pete
and Paul Guzzo. as a monthly
showcase for locally produced
independent short films. Dur-
ing its first year, its average
attendance numbered just
40. Today, almost 150 people
a month are regularly in at-
tendance with some months
seeing close to 250 people in
attendance. Films showcased
at the TFR have also been
screened at the Tampa Mu-
seum of Art's Art After Dark
events throughout the year.
The TFR has also set up an
exchange program with other
monthly film fests around the
world. In 2007, select films
screened at TFR were shown
in Canada, Australia and Okla-
homa.
Tampa Film Review was
awarded a 2005 Best of the
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The following awards will be
presented:
The La Gaceta Award for
the Most Socially Conscious
Film: A Man in the Attic by Ali
Imran Zaidi An American
Muslim ponders, discusses and
ruminates on his position in
America, and the decline of his
people in western civilization.
Three generations of the
Manteiga family have owned
and operated La Gaceta News-
paper for 85 years. As an in-
dependent newspaper with a
voice of its own, the Manteigas
have used the newspaper as
a tool to fight social injustices
throughout the City of Tampa.
The Cesar GonzmartAward
for Best Musical Score: Al-
Vi-Ne-Al, by Zeke Lever and
Georger Tsalickis The Lord
of Ice and Lord of Fire engage
in an epic battle with the
salvation of the human race
hanging in the balance. But
this war will not be won with
weapons, but esoterically and
spiritually.
Cesar Gonzmart is the late-
owner of the Columbia Restau-
rant in Ybor City. Before joining
the world famous restaurant,
which he co-managed with his
wife Adela from the mid-1950s
until his death in 1992, he was
also a world famous violinist.
The Bud Lee Award for Best
Cinematography: Ground-Up
Films: Ground Up Films is be-
ing honored with this award
not for one film, but for the nu-
merous films they showcased
at the TFR this past year, all of
which were beautifully filmed
and lit.
Bud Lee is a Tampa photog-
rapher who has been published
in Life, Esquire, Rolling Stone,
Town & Country, and The New
York Times Magazine. His
photograph of a boy wounded
in the Newark riots won him
Life magazine's 1967photog-
rapher of the year award. He
co-founded Tampa's Artists
and Writers Ball and has in-
fluenced a number of artists
throughout Tampa.


The Rondo Hatton Award
for Best Horror Film: Near
the End by Eli T. Pena Since
the early 1900s we've wit-
nessed countless times of the
villain chasing the damsel in
distress. Journey with us as
we time travel back to horror
cinema.
The late-Rondo Hatton be-
gan his career as a journalist
in Tampa and ended up being
one of the most famous faces
in fright films in the 1940s,
starring in films such as "The
Pearl of Death" (1944) and
"House of Horrors" (1946),
both released by Universal
Pictures.
The Tony Garcia Award for
Best Comedy: Pawn'd by Sean
Michael Davis Joe Medici
lives in a high-class neighbor-
hood but owns a pawnshop
in the ghetto of a Florida city.
The employees as well as the
customers bring a comical and
zany twist of amusement to
Joe's everyday life
The late-Tony Garcia was
Tampa's "Mr. USO" for some
40 years, serving personnel
from Tampa's MacDill Air Force
Base, Naval Reserve unit and
military. He laterproduced vari-
ety shows for numerous Tampa
Bay charities.
The Adela Gonzmart
Award for Best On Screen
Performance (Male and Fe-
male):.
Rod Griffin: Rod starred in a
number of TFR films this past
year. No matter the film or the
role, the crowd always left feel-
ing Rod stole the show.
Kendall Ganey of Mr. Bubbs,
directed by Todd Thompson A
stranger picks the wrong girl to
kidnap one bright, sunny day
in suburbia.
The late-Adela Gonzmart
operated the world famous
Columbia Restaurant with her
husband, Cesar, for over four
decades. Adela graduated
from the Juilliard School of
Music in New York. She be-
came an accomplished concert
pianist who also traveled the
world with leading orchestras.
She also appeared at Carnegie
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Award for Best Young Film-
maker: Beneath the Surface
by Jonathan Vazquez The
journey of a dollar bill and the
lives of the different, yet similar
people who come in contact
with it.
The late-"Salty Sol" was the
longtime host of an amateur
night at the Tampa Theatre,
which helped to launch numer-
ous careers of local musicians.
He is best known for spending
28 years behind the WDAE
microphones, many of them as
the station's Chief Announcer
and Sports Director, becoming
one of the most beloved radio
personalities in the history of
Tampa.
The Joe Lala Award for
Best Music Video: Soulidium
directed by Marcus Koch,
produced by Joe Davison -
Song featured on the Saw 4
soundtrack, video featured on
the Saw 4 DVD.
Joe Lala played drums and
percussion on 32 gold and 28
platinum albums. His credits
include Blues Image, Crosby,
Stills, Nash & Young, Manassas
(album), The Bee Gees, Whitney
Houston, and many others.
The International Bazaar
Award for Best Family Film:
Meet Pino by Ben Rosa- Pino
Gheppeto a 48 Year Old bitter
man who carries the weight
and burden of regret about a
significant decision he made in
the past. Pino's only happiness
lies in playing with .toys, toys
that help him reconnect to his
once magical childhood.
The host of the TFR, the In-
ternational Bazaar brings fam-
ily entertainment to Ybor City
throughout the year.
Best Drama (Award not
named for an artist yet): The
Apple Tree directed by Jesse
Newman When Ruben's
writing is panned and ignored
by his ex-girlfriend and best
friend, he meets a peculiar
young woman who leads him to
an apple tree of inspiration. As
his newest story becomes more
and more realistic, it begins
to haunt and control him. It
becomes up to his ex-girlfriend
and best friend to save him,
but in order to change Ruben's
story, they must first become
a part of it.
The Rene Gonzalez Award
for Best Director: Stefan Ab-
bot, director of Gunn Hwy.
(film summary included in fol-
lowing award)
Rene Gonzalez is founder
and director of the Spanish
Lyric Theatre, the longest run-
ning Hispanic theatre company
in the country and longest run-
ning English musical theatre
company in Tampa.
The Martinez-Ybor Award
for Best Film: Gunn Highway
by Stefan Abbott Looks can
be deceiving. Just because
someone looks one way on the
outside, doesn't mean they
look the same on the inside.
The award was named in
honor of Martinez-Ybor, founder
of Ybor City.
The Ferdie Pacheco Life-
time Achievement Award:
Honoree to be named at the
January TFR.
Ferdie Pacheco MD has
been called a Renaissance
Man. He has been success-
ful as a pharmacist, medical
doctor, Fight Doctor in boxing,
including working as a corner
man for twelve world champi-
ons, including Muhammad Ali
for 17 years. He also served
as a boxing commentator for
NBC, Showtime and Univision,
winning two Emmies. During
this time he was the Boxing
Consultant for NBC for 10
years. He is retired from
broadcasting after being on
for 25 years. He has had 14
books published, and written
articles, columns, reviews for
many of the major newspa-
pers in America.


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3) SILHOUETTES
by Paul Guzzo


All views in this article are
solely the views of the subject
of the article Mrs. Claus and
not those of La Gaceta News-
paper or the writer of this col-
umn, Paul Guzzo, who though
he agrees Rocky IV is a good
movie, would nev-
er claim it is the
greatest movie
ever made. IT'S
A FAKE COLUMN
PEOPLE! A JOKE!
Enjoy ...
SThere is an
old saying, "Be-
hind every great
man is a great
woman." Well,
don't tell that to '
the wife of per-
haps the world's
GREATEST man.
No, Mrs. Claus
doesn't stand
behind her hus-
band, Santa. She
sits next to him.
This Christmas i
Eve, when you .
see Santa's sleigh
shooting across *
the sky, look I i
closely and you'll mi i ,
see a second per-
son, a woman.
That's right,
for over 100
years, Mrs. Claus
has accompanied
her husband on
his yearly Christ-
mas trip around
the world, dou- What al
ble checking her that besic
husband's list to no where
make sure he is
not forgetting someone or giv-
ing someone the wrong toys,
as well as holding the some-
times rambunctious reindeer
while Santa pops down the
chimney.
"In today's world of home
security and families with
guns, not even Santa is safe.
An overzealous homeowner
who doesn't believe in Santa
has been known to chase him
with a gun. I act as the get-
away driver," laughed Mrs.
Santa during her visit to La
Gaceta.
As told in the classic Kath-
erine Lee Bates poem, "Goody
Santa Claus On A Sleigh Ride,"
Mrs. Claus' first trip with Santa
took place in 1889. After rais-
ing perfect candy trees that
year, she felt she deserved to
finally be allowed to participate
in the Christmas Eve fun. On
that trip, Santa emerged from
one particular chimney-with a
tear on his cheek, telling his
wife that the only stocking the
little boy had to hang by the
fireplace had a hole in it. Mrs.
Claus sprang into action. She
jumped down the chimney
and mended the little boy's
stocking. From that point on,
she .has sat by Santa's. side
for every Christmas.Eve toy
delivery, playing an important
role in delivering billions of
toys all over the world in just
one night.
Actually, Mrs. Claus may
be MORE IMPORTANT than
her husband. Throughout the
year, it is Mrs. Claus who stays
up to date on all the latest toys
and manages the elves' work-
shop. She even earned a Ph.D.
in engineering so she could
better identify qualified elves,
"This isn't the 18th cen-
tury," said Mrs. Claus. "You
need at least a master's de-
gree in engineering to work for
Santa."
Mrs. Claus also proof reads
Santa's list, continues to raise
the candy trees, and cooks
special Christmas cookies for
those children who have been
extra good.


But, despite all her work,
she's just an afterthought
come Christmastime, taking
a back seat not only to Santa,
but also to Rudolph, Frosty
and the elves.
"No, it's not easy being mar-


Mrs. Claus


Ways kept me from getting into s
le elf tossing at Frosty's parties,
to exercise in the North pole."

ried to Santa," said Mrs. Claus.
"Luckily for him, I love him as
much today as I did the day
we were married. Otherwise, I
don't think I could put up with
everything that comes with be-
ing married to him."
For instance, Mrs. Claus
said privacy does not exist in
the South Pole. The toy factory
is attached to the Claus home
and elves are at work 24 hours
a day, seven days a week, and
are never afraid to wake the
Clauses if they have a question
about a toy.
"Let's just say I'm the only
one who never gets time on
Santa's lap," laughed Mrs.
Claus.
And even when the elves
aren't bothering the 'Clauses,
they are often kept awake by
their party-animal neighbors,
Frosty and Rudolph.
"Frosty has a birthday party
at least. 10 times a day!" ex-
claimed Mrs. Claus. "But it's
not all his fault. Frosty has a
short attention span, so any-
time Rudolph feels like having
a drink, he takes off Frosty's
hat and then puts it back on
his head. Yes, Rudolph's nose
is red for a reason."
Of course, even if she could
get some alone time with her
husband, she's not so sure she
could act on it. She admits that
though she loves him dearly,
her physical attraction to her
husband has been waning.
"He's just so fat," she said.
"But I don't blame him. He has
no choice. Why is it that with
all the stress on staying in
shape, people refuse to allow
Santa to get in shape?"
Mrs. Claus, though once
hefty like her husband, has
recently slimmed down. You'd
be hard pressed to find another
woman over 300 years old in
better shape than Mrs. Claus.
"I was inspired after seeing
Rocky IV in 1985," said Mrs.
Claus. "It is easily the great-
est movie ever made. Besides
single handedly ending the
Cold War, it showed me how
to get into shape


"What always kept me from
getting into shape was that
besides elf tossing at Frosty's
parties, there was no where to
exercise in the North Pole. It's
not like I have a Gold's Gym
around the corner Santa
refuses to allow
gyms in the North
Pole out of fear
Shell be inspired to
exercise and lose
his famous belly.
"But after I saw
how Rocky trained
for that fight in
the snow without
,, gym equipment, I
decided I could it
too, and the rest
~ is history. Every
morning I mimic
Rocky's workout
S-. while he was pre-
paring for the Rus-
Ssian. I'm in such
". Good shape that
if the UFC ever
gets a woman's
division, I plan on
competing."
Her new rough
andready-to-brawl
outlook makes it
difficult for her to
temper her anger
with Santa when-
l. ever they have a
marital argument.
Usually, she de-
fuses her anger
SI by leaving the
North Pole for a
ihape was few hours, finding
there was that it's the long
hours she spends
with her husband
that lead to their blow ups.
"It's tough to work with your
spouse," she admitted. "But a
little time away from him usu-
ally calms me down."
But during the highly tense
months leading up to Christ-
mas when tempers flare up
the most, there is no escaping
his presence. If she watches
TV to unwind, she sees him. If
she reads a magazine, she sees
him. If she goes to the mall, she
sees him!
"And then there was the
time we took all his helpers
to Hawaii after the Christmas
season. I had a little too much
to drink and kissed the wrong
man at the bar," laughed Mrs.
Claus. "They all look alike! How
was I supposed to tell the dif-
ference?!"
Of course, despite all of her
complaints, Mrs. Claus said
she wouldn't change a thing.
"I've lived a good life," she
said.
Born Jessica Mary Christ-
mas ...
"No relation to the holiday.
Just a coincidence," she ex-
plained.
... Mrs. Claus was raised
by her parents in Sombertown,
Germany. Her mother was the
town baker and seamstress
and her father was a prominent
attorney known throughout
Germany. He was schooled in
all fields of law, but specialized
in copy write law.
"He was the attorney who
Helped patent the pet rock.
True story. Remember, I can't
lie. Santa would know," said
Mrs. Claus with a wink.
The local schools had much
to be desired, so her parents
homeschooled her. By the time
Mrs. Claus was 10 years old,
thanks to the fine education
her parents provided her, Mrs.
Claus was known as "Somber-
town's Robin Hood." She would
sew new clothes and bake
dinner for the poor, as well as
represent them in frivolous slip
and fall law suits against the
wealthy families in town.
"Pour a little water on a


rich family's lawn, wait for it
to freeze, and have my client
walk on the ice," she explained.
"Easy money for the family.
"I never saw it as dishonest.
The reason the poor were poor
was because the rich were so
greedy. Take from the rich and
give to the poor, that was my
motto."
Mrs. Claus said her life was
perfect for most of her child-
hood. But then, during her
teenage years, Sombertown's
mayor, Burgermeister Meister-
burger, tripped on a toy and,
out of anger, banned all toys
from the town for all of time.
"I thought happiness would
become a foreign word in Som-
bertown," remembered Mrs.
Claus. "As it turned out, that
dark period in my life is what led
to my lifetime of happiness."
She is of course referring to
the legend of Santa Claus: At
that time, Santa, then known
as Kris Kringle, worked for the
world famous Kringle Toy Fac-
tory located a few miles away
from Sombertown. When he
learned of the plight of the little
town, he delivered free toys to
all the children of the town and
convinced the mayor to over-
turn his law against toys.
During his trips to Somber-
town, he met Rebecca Mary
Christmas and, soon after toys
were once again legalized, the
two were married.
"How could I not fall'in love
with a man who gave free toys
to the children?" asked Mrs.
Claus. "He risked his life for
the children. How noble."
. Shortly after they were mar-
ried, Kris Kringle officially
changed his name to Santa
Claus, thanks, of course, to
Mrs. Claus. Santa was an
abandoned child who was
adopted by the Kringles and
took their name. Santa was
always curious about who his
real parents were. So, for their
first wedding anniversary, Mrs.
Claus hired a private investiga-
tor to find her husband's real
parents Abigail and Nicholas
Claus.
"They turned out to be great
people who were always curi-
ous who adopted their son,"
said Mrs. Claus. "My husband
was so happy to find his real
parents that he took on their
name."


The following Christmas, as
word spread around the world
of the free toys that Santa
Claus had given to Somber-
town the previous year, letters
began pouring in to the Kringle
Toy Factory. Everyone wanted
free toys. The toy factory would
go bankrupt if they obliged all
these children. But, how could
the Kringles say no?
Once again, it was Mrs.
Claus to the rescue.
"I suggested Santa copy
write his name and likeness,"
she smiled.
It worked. As Santa Claus'
popularity spread and the
Santa Claus merchandizing
craze grew, he began earning
millions of dollars a year, do-
nating half of all his earnings to
charities throughout the world
and using the other half to
finance his toy building busi-
ness, buy the North Pole and
build a town for himself and
all the world's elves to live. In
the ensuing 1,000+ years that
have followed, his merchandis-
ing profits have improved the
lives of less fortunate people
throughout the. world and
provided himself and the elves
with quite the comfortable
lifestyle.
Of course, does Mrs. Claus
get any credit for this? No.
Santa Claus continues- to re-
ceive all the Christmas praise.
In fact, Mrs. Claus said she re-
ceives less respect today than
ever before.
"People don't even recog-
nize me anymore," she said.
"I spoke at a university's com-
mencement ceremony and the
students thought I was. Bar-
bara Bush."
Despite the lack of accolades
and despite living her life in the
shadows of Santa Claus and all
his Christmastime sidekicks,
Mrs. Claus said she will con-
tinue to trek on and perform all
her Chrismas duties.
"Sure I'd love for people to
recognize all my hard work,"
she said. "But it's not about
me. It's about the kids. It's
about family. It's about giving."
And with that, Mrs. Claus
exited La Gaceta, climbed into
her sleigh and pulled onto
Seventh Avenue, forgetting to
use her blinker and cutting off
a truck.
Merry Christmas.


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I THE STORYTELLER
by Andrea Brunais


Located between Ocala and Gainesville, Micanopy is a great place to visit.


Brighter- Smarter Faster

Fueling Tampa's Growth Since 1931.


As a day trip from Tampa,
Micanopy can't be beat. The
little town between Ocala and
Gainesville offers small-town
charm plus quaint shops such
as the garden store with its
backyard walkway around
fountains. A few homes and
tiny city-hall-type buildings
dot leafy streets leading to the
central core. That core is all
about antiques.
In this town of less than 700
people, don't forget the good
food. As a patron exclaimed
over the generous size of the
"small" sundae with home-
baked brownie, the Coffee N
Cream proprietor responded,
"Welcome to Micanopy!"
Much of Micanopy's reputa-
tion centers on its glassware
and pottery. (A second claim
to fame: Michael J. Fox starred
in Doc Hollywood, filmed in
Micanopy.) Here you can find
collectibles including Depres-
sion glass, Roseville pottery
and other treasures. All within
walking distance of one an-
other, assorted niche shops
offer used books, historical
memorabilia, vintage clothing
and jewelry. One woman has
run jewelry shop in Micanopy
for 28 years. Her collection of
cameos is exquisite.
To get there from Tampa,
take 1-75 north; pass Ocala with
its more than 900 horse farms.
Follow the exit signs from the
interstate, and you won't miss
the path to Cholokka Boule-
vard, the main drag. The Her-
long Mansion at 402 Northeast


Cholokka Boulevard is now a
Greek Revival B & B. On your
visit to Micanopy, you might
also consider traveling south
nine miles to Cross Creek and
the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Historic State Park. You can
see where Rawlings wrote The
Yearling and other works.
What town was the first
town in Florida, post-conquis-
tadors? Amaze your friends
with this trivia: Micanopy.
Settlement began after Spain
ceded the Florida territory in
1821. According to Wikipedia:
"When explorer and natu-
ralist William Bartram visited
in 1774, it was the site of a
Seminole village called Cus-
cowilla. Bartram's favorable
writings about this fertile area
influenced future generations
of settlers. Named after a Semi-
nole chief, the territorial town
of Micanopy was built under
the auspices of the Florida
Association of New York (the
earliest Florida development
corporation, headquartered
in New York City). A fort was
established here in 1831 and
saw use in the Second Semi-
nole War."
Fortunately, days of con-
quest and bloodshed are long
past. You can get an excellent
feel for Micanopy by going to
Google.com. Click "images" at
the top left and plug in "Mi-
canopy webshots." Better yet,
devote a day or an afternoon
to visit a-great antidote to
made-in-China holiday com-
mercialism.


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firms to the greatest extent possible on its Projects. The TPA has a goal of.nine percent (9%)
SBE participation. Firms must consider this when submitting on this project, as this will be
considered by the TPA when receiving and evaluating the submittals. Firms shall submit a
completed form SBE-1, which will provide the details of the Firms SBE Outreach Action Plan,
and if less than the goal, submit Form SBE-1C, which will substantiate the good faith efforts
made to include SBEs to the greatest extent possible. Firm's failing to submit a complete Form
SBE-1 or document its efforts to meet or exceed the target goal may be cause for determining
the Firm non-responsive or non-responsible to the RFQ.
Questions concerning this RFQ should be directed to Donna Casey of the Tampa Port
Authority's Procurement Department, at (813) 905-5044, or e-mail at dcasey@tampaport.com,
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SPORTS


Onbccce Upo]ni a TiLnnme
by Travis Puterbaugh


As the Tampa Bay Bucca-
neers prepare to face the San
Francisco 49ers this Sunday,
one can't help but marvel on
how far the Bucs have come
since a pivotal meeting between
these teams 10 years ago. .
Once upon a time, the Buc-
caneers were considered the
laughingstock of pro football.
From 1983-96, the Bucs en-
dured 14 straight losing sea-
sons including 13 with 10 or
more losses.
By 1997, however, Bucs
fans finally had reason for wary
optimism. Tony Dungy, then
entering his second season as
head coach, led Tampa Bay to a
6-10 record in 1996, but more
importantly instilled a new
attitude in the locker room,
inspiring loyalty and devotion
from his players. Tampa Bay
finished the 1996 season on
a hot streak, wining five of its
last seven games, and hoped to
carry that momentum into the
next year's season opener at
home against the 49ers.
On August 31, 1997, the
Bucs were starkly different
than the 49ers. As the "Team
of the Eighties," the 49ers won
four Super Bowls in that de-
cade, and were only a season
removed from a fifth champi-
onship in 1995. While the Bucs
struggled, the 49ers made the
playoffs in 14 of 16 years with
only one losing season.
From 1983-94, San Francis-
co defeated Tampa Bay in nine
consecutive meetings by an av-
erage of more than two.touch-
downs. In the face of history
and a formidable roster, even
the most optimistic of Bucs
fans could not have expected
much against the 49ers.
But San Francisco found out
on their first offensive posses-
sion that they were not facing
the same old Bucs. Just as
Tampa Bay finally shed its orange
and white colors for a more
modern red and pewter design,
so too it shed a longstanding
reputation as a pushover.
On the game's first series,
defensive tackle Warren Sapp
set the tone by sacking future
Hall of Fame quarterback Steve
Young for an 11-yard loss.
Young suffered a concussion
when linebacker Hardy Nick-


erson's knee struck his head
at the end of the play, knock-
ing off his block figuratively
and his helmet literally. The
62,000-strong crowd rocked
Houlihan's Stadium, appreci-
ating the rare opportunity to
witness its team push around
the 49ers for once.
Things got worse for San
Francisco in the second quarter,
when a Sapp hit forced Jerry
Rice, arguably the greatest receiver
of all time, to exit the game with
a serious knee injury. While
Sapp's dominant 11-tackle,
2 /2-sack performance signaled
a new era in Bucs defense, the
all-around effort of Mike Alstott
helped forge a new identity for
Tampa Bay's offense.
The second-year fullback out
of Purdue burst onto the scene
in 1996 as a punishing runner
whose quick moves and knack
for catching passes out of the
backfield made him a weapon
unlike any in Tampa Bay his-
tory. Against the 49ers, Alstott
amassed 119 all-purpose yards
and played a significant role in
a second-half Bucs comeback.
Alstott's bruising running style
resonated with Bucs fans, who
for too long saw their team get
flattened by the opposition.
With Alstott, Tampa Bay finally
had someone to run through
and over the opposition.
It was a physical, low-scor-
ing game filled with mistakes
and miscues by both teams.
In the end, the Bucs proved to
be the clutch team that day,
overcoming a six-point fourth-
quarter deficit. They took the
lead on a 1-yard touchdown
pass from Trent Dilfer to tight
end Dave Moore..An intercep-
tion on the 49ers' ensuing
series set up Tampa Bay's final
points of the game, a 34-yard
field goal by Michael Husted for
a winning score of 13-6.
As the final seconds ticked
off the clock, Bucs fans reacted
with a mixture of exuberance
and confusion at what they
had witnessed. Never before
had the Buccaneers defeated
the 49ers in Tampa Bay. Never
before had the Buccaneers
dominated an opponent with
a pedigree like the 49ers. Not
since a 10-3 loss in 1991 to
New Orleans Saints had the


49ers been held without a
touchdown. Quite simply, it
was one of the most unex-
pected, yet satisfying victories
in franchise -history.
Today, that game is remem-
bered as a landmark for an
organization about to enter
its greatest era of prosperity.
In 1997, the Bucs raced to a
5-0 start, finishing with a 10-
6 record and a playoff berth.
Tampa Bay capped one of the
most successful seasons in
franchise history with a first-
round victory over Detroit at
Houlihan's Stadium.
Even though the Bucs fell
a week later in Green Bay, the
once-laughable organization
had clearly turned the corner.
Between 1997 and 2002, the
hard-nosed Bucs enjoyed five
playoff appearances, two divi-
sion titles, and a Super Bowl
championship to finally shed
their laughingstock tag label
once and.for all.
Travis Puterbaugh, a native
ofLakeland, Fla., earned a com-
munications degreefrom Loyola
University of New Orleans and
an M.A. in history from the Uni-
versity of South Florida. He is
currently employed as the Col-
lections Manager for the Tampa
Bay History Center, and can
be reached at tampasportshis-
tory@gmail.com.


Outdoor

Sportsmans


Report By Richard Muga


Let Us Not Forget What the

True Spirit of Christmas Is


Another Christmas is just
around the corner. Children
of all ages await with great an-
ticipation the various gifts that
the traditional celebration will
bring. Some, particularly the
younger ones, have set their
expectations on toys, including
some of the new electronic giz-
mos that will test their intellect
and hand to eye coordination.
Let them have all you can af-
ford. Childhood is a dreadfully
brief stage of life.
Others have set their gift
expectations on personal or
house gifts to enhance their
personal appearances or that
of their homes. The gifts of
adult 'things" should be the
least important. "Things" most-
ly bring only temporary sat-
isfaction before they become
stored in some dark corner.
Credit card bills will be the
only reminders of the triviality
of the "things."
And, then there are some
who just yearn for the treasure
of the company of loved ones
during the Holy Days, even if
just for a few hours. Big time
important gift here. The love
for children or other loved
family members can never be
tarnished by separation or the
passage of time.
For some of our dear friends
and family, this has been a
difficult year. The tribulations
that age and infirmity bring
have caused many friends,
family members and acquain-
tances to fall victim to illness.
Sadly, too many departed from
this world this year. When
these dreadful circumstances
occur, we have a tendency to
become depressed and with-
drawn. These are natural con-
sequences that normally follow
distressing events. Instead, I
suggest we seek a burst of in-
ner strength to let us become
intensely focused on the good
fortunes we have enjoyed and
on the company of loved ones


we have been blessed with and
on our own survival. These, are
truly the most important gifts:
family, good friends, excellent
health and life itself.
To those who have lost loved
ones, we wish the gift of peace.
We hope that the legacy that
has been left by their departed
family members brings some
contentment in recognizing
that the lives of the departed
were. not in vain, that they
created something of im-
mense value to others. Some
of those no longer with us,
through great personal sac-
rifice, caused their children
to become highly educated
and their families to enjoy
a comfortable way of life.
Because of the sacrifices of
some of our departed loved
ones, those left behind have
enjoyed a much better life
and continue the legacy by
providing secure and fruitful
lives and education to their
own families.
.For those who have been
besieged by illness, we wish
the gift of courage and perse-
verance and strength of mind
and body. Caring for and
seeing lovely ones become ill,
physically deteriorated and
ultimately pass away can be
immensely difficult physi-
cally and emotionally. Children
that take care of terminally ill
parents or loved ones give the
most precious gift anyone can
give. They deserve our outmost
respect, admiration and assis-
tance from all that can come to
their aid.
Let us be inspired by some
that have laid the path before
us to be the best we can to
family, friends and the less
fortunate during the New
Year. Let us be generous,
kind and forgiving of other's
faults recognizing that we
are not all created equal, just
similar.
Let us be among those who
give without the expectation
of any recompense and who
are the true altruists. Those
remarkable individuals and
their actions represent the true
spirit of Christmas.
HAVE A MERRY CHRIST-
MAS!
BE A GOOD SPORT!

"The Cosrantino family hlus
ben ilcing business in
)Ybo}r Cin' since 1906"










FRAN COSTANTINO
BROKER

COSTANTINO
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REAL ESTATE SERVICES

2216 4TH AVE. E.
TAMPA, FL 33605

PHONE: 813 241-6767
FAX: 813-241-6868


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LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO. 2007-CA-009177 DIVISION B
GMAC MORTGAGE, LLC,
Plaintiff,
vs.
JAMES GREER, et al,
Defendant(s).
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant
to a Final Judgment of Mortgage Foreclo-
sure dated December 11, 2007, and en-
tered in Case NO. 2007-CA-009177 of the
Circuit Court of the THIRTEENTH Judicial
Circuit in and for HILLSBOROUGH Coun-
ty, Florida wherein GMAC MORTGAGE,
LLC, is the Plaintiff and JAMES GREER;
SHERRY A. GREER; are the Defendants,
I will sell to the highest and best bidder for
cash at 2nd Floor of the George Edgecomb
Building, Room 201/202, located at 800
E. Twiggs Street, Tampa, Florida, 33602
at 2:00PM, on the 22nd day of January,
2008, the following described property as
set forth in said Final Judgment:
THE SOUTH 150.00 FEET OF THE
NORTH 391.90 FEET OF THE WEST
328.21 FEET OF THE NORTHWEST
1/4 OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4, OF
SECTION 10, TOWNSHIP 28 SOUTH,
RANGE 22 EAST, HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA, LESS THE
WEST 30.00 FEET FOR COUNTY
ROAD RIGHT OF WAY.
A/K/A 4224 NORTH WILDER ROAD,
PLANT CITY, FL 33565.
Any person claiming an interest in the
surplus from the sale, if any, other than
the property owner as-of the date of the
Lis Pendens must file a claim within sixty
(60) days after the sale.
If you are a person with a disability who
needs any accommodation in order to par-
ticipate in this proceeding, you are entitled,
at no cost to you, to the provisions of cer-
tain assistance. Please contact the ADA
Coordinator at the Hillsborough County
Courthouse, 800 Twiggs Street, room 604,
or call 272-7040 within 2 working days of
your receipt of this notice; if you are hear-
ing impaired, call 1-800-955-8771; if you
are voice impaired, call 1-800-955-8770.
WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of
this Court on December 11, 2007.
Pat Frank
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Sandra Glennon
Deputy Clerk
Florida Default Law Group, P.L.
P.O. Box 25018
Tampa, Florida 33622-5018
F07024714 12/21-12/28/07 2T

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO.: 2007CA12062 DIVISION. K
DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST
COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE FOR FIRST
FRANKLIN MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST
2006-FF9, MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH.
CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2006-FF9,
Plaintiff,
vs.
RICHARD KENNEDY, et al,
Defendantss.
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: RICHARD KENNEDY
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS:
809 Russell Ln. #316
Brandon, FI 33510
CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN
ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES
CLAIMING BY, THROUGH,
UNDER, AND AGAINST THE
HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL
DEFENDANTS) WHO ARE NOT
KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE,
WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN
PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN
INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS,
DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR
OTHER CLAIMANTS
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS:
UNKNOWN
CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to
foreclose a mortgage on the following prop-
erty in HILLSBOROUGH County, Florida:
UNIT 316, BUILDING O, RUSSELL-
WOOD, ACCORDING TO THE MAP
OR PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED
IN CONDOMINIUM PLAT BOOK 3,
PAGE 43 AND BEING FURTHER DE-
SCRIBED IN THAT CERTAIN DEC-
LARATION OF CONDOMINIUM RE-
CORDED IN O.R. BOOK 3807, PAGE
1312, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA,
TOGETHER WITH ITS UNDIVIDED
INTEREST OR SHARE IN THE COM-
MON ELEMENTS AND ANY AMEND-
MENTS THERETO.
has been filed against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your written
defenses, if any, on or before January -22,
2008, on Florida Default Law Group, P.L.,
Plaintiff's attorney, whose address is 9119
Corporate Lake Drive, Suite 300, Tampa,


LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
Florida 33634, and file the original with this
Court either before service on Plaintiff's
attorney or immediately thereafter, other-
wise a default will be entered against you
for the relief demanded in the Complaint
or petition.
This notice shall be published once
each week for two consecutive weeks in
the La Gaceta.
If you are a person with a disability who
needs any accommodation in order to par-
ticipate in this proceeding, you are entitled,
at no cost to you, to the provisions of cer-
tain assistance. Please contact the ADA
Coordinator at the Hillsborough County
Courthouse, 800 Twiggs Street, room 604,
or call 272-7040 within 2 working days of
your receipt of this notice; if you are hear-
ing impaired, call 1-800- 955-8771; if you
are voice impaired, call 1-800-955-8770.
WITNESS my hand and the seal of this
Court on December 14, 2007.
Pat Frank
Clerk of the Court
By: Darrell Morning
Deputy Clerk
Florida Default Law Group, P.L.
P.O. Box 25018
Tampa, Florida 33622-5018
F07035052
12/21-12/28/07 2T

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO.: 07-05211 DIVISION: H
SIMEON J. RICE,
Plaintiff,
vs.
BENJAMIN W. MORROW, UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF BENJAMIN W. MORROW,
and UNKNOWN OWNERS/TENANTS
IN POSSESSION,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that,
pursuant to a Final Judgment entered in
the above-styled cause, in the Circuit
Court of Hillsborough County, Florida, I
will sell the property situate in Hillsbor-
ough County, Florida, described as:
LOT 69, BLOCK 17, TOWN 'N
COUNTRY PARK SECTION 9, UNIT
NO. 11, ACCORDING TO THE MAP.
OR PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED
IN PLAT BOOK 46, PAGE 5, OF THE
PUBLIC RECORDS, OF HILLSBOR-
OUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA.
at public sale, to the highest and best
bidder, for cash, on the 2nd floor, Rooms
201/202 of George E. Edgecomb Court-
house, 800 E. Twiggs Street, Tampa,
Florida, at 2:00 p.m., on January 17, 2008.
If you are a subordinate lienholder claim-
ing a right to funds remaining after the
sale, you must file a with the clerk no later
than 60 days after the sale. If you fail to
file a claim, you will not be entitled to any
remaining funds.
If you are a person with a disability who
needs any accommodation in order to
participate in this proceeding, you are en-
titled, at no cost to you, to the provisions
of certain assistance. Please contact the
ADA Coordinator at the Hillsborough
County Courthouse, 800 Twiggs Street,
room 604, or call 272-7040 within 2 work-
ing days of your receipt of this notice; if
you are hearing impaired, call 1-800-
955-8771; if you are voice impaired, call
1-800-955-8770.
DATED on December 17, 2007
Pat Frank
As Clerk of the Court
By Sandra Glennon
As Deputy Clerk
12/21-12/28/07 2T
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF
THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND
FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO. 07-CA-013757 DIVISION: C
Angel L. Greco Family Trust UAD 2/18/98,
Amndmnt 09/04/03
Plaintiff(s),
Svs.
Mario M. Quiroz, a/k/a Mario Quiroz and
Total Maintenance of Tampa, Inc. and
M.B.F., LLC and Julia Diaz and Maria Chils
Defendant(s).
NOTICE OF ACTION PROPERTY
TO: MARIO M. QUIROZ and TOTAL
MAINTENANCE OF TAMPA, INC.,
if living and if dead, the unknown
spouse, heirs, devisees, grantees,
creditors and all other parties
claiming by, through, under or against
MARIO M. QUIROZ and TOTAL
MAINTENANCE OF TAMPA, INC.
and all parties having or claiming to
have any right, title, or interest in the
property herein described.
RESIDENCESS: UNKNOWN
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to
foreclose a mortgage upon the following
property in Hillsborough County, Florida:
Lot 7, TAMPA GARDENS, according
to the map or plat thereof as recorded
in Plat Book 95, Page 49, Public Rec-
ords of Hillsborough County, Florida.
has been filed against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your written


LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
defenses, if any, to it on the Plaintiff'(s)
attorney whose name and address is
Thomas S. Martino, Esq.
1207 N. Franklin St., Ste. 101
Tampa, Florida 33602
(813) 477-2645
Florida Bar No. 0486231
on or before January 7, 2008, ard file
the original with this court either before
service on Plaintiff(s) attorney or immedi-
ately thereafter, otherwise a default will
be entered against you for the relief de-
manded in the Complaint or petition.
WITNESS my hand and the seal of said
court on December 5, 2007.
Pat Frank
Clerk of the Court
By: LaKesha Mills
As Deputy Clerk 12/14-12/21/07 2T

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
File No. 07-3090 Division A
IN RE: ESTATE OF
HELEN M. KOLODZIEJSKI
DECEASED.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of HEL-
EN M. KOLODZIEJSKI, deceased, whose
date of death was November 3, 2007; File
Number 07-3090, is pending in the Circuit
Court for Hillsborough County, Florida,
Probate Division, the address of which is
800 E. Twiggs Street, Tampa, FL 33602.
The names and addresses of the personal
representative and the personal represen-
tative's attorney are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands against
decedent's estate on whom a copy of this
notice is required to be, served must file
their claims with this court WITHIN THE
LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME
QF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS
NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE
OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NO-
TICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate must file their
claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS
AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUB-
LICATION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN
THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN
SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA
PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PE-
RIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM
FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE
AFTER THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF
DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of the first publication of this
notice is December 14, 2007.
Personal Representative:
ROSEMARY KOLODZIEJSKI BENELLI
1432 Ingram Drive
Sun City Center, FL 33573
Attorney for Personal Representative:
THOMAS L. BURROUGHS
Florida Bar No. 0070660
Thomas L. Burroughs PA
110 S. Pebble Beach Blvd.
Sun City Center, FL 33573
Telephone: 813-633-6312
12/21-12/28/07 2T

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO.: 07CA13758 DIVISION: F
FIRST CHOICE FUNDING INC.,
Plaintiff,
vs.
DAMIEN ROTHSTEIN, et al,
Defendant(s).
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: DAMIEN ROTHSTEIN
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS:
106 S. Cooper Place
Tampa, FL 33609
CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN'
ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES
CLAIMING BY, THROUGH,
UNDER, AND AGAINST THE
HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL
DEFENDANTS) WHO ARE NOT
KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE,
WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN
PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN
INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS,
DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR
OTHER CLAIMANTS
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS:
UNKNOWN
CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to
foreclose a mortgage on the following prop-
erty in HILLSBOROUGH County, Florida:
LOT 19 IN BLOCK 24, MARYLAND
MANOR REVISED PLAT, ACCORD-
ING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THERE-
OF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 14,
PAGE 7, AS RECORDED IN THE PUB-
LIC RECORDS OF HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA.
has been filed against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your written
defenses, if any, on or before January 22:


LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
2008, on Florida Default Law Group, P.L.,
Plaintiffs attorney, whose address is 9119
Corporate Lake Drive, Suite 300, Tampa,
Florida 33634, and file the original with this
Court either before service on Plaintiff's
attorney or immediately thereafter, other-
wise a default will be entered against you
for the relief demanded in the Complaint
or petition.
This notice shall be published once
each week for two consecutive weeks in
the La Gaceta.
If you are a person with a disability who
needs any accommodation in order to par-
ticipate in this proceeding, you are entitled,
at no cost to you, to the provisions of cer-
tain assistance. Please contact the ADA
Coordinator at the Hillsborough County
Courthouse, 800 Twiggs Street, room 604,
or call 272-7040 within 2 working days of
your receipt of this notice; if you are hear-
ing impaired, call 1-800- 955-8771; if you
are voice impaired, call 1-800-955-8770.
WITNESS my hand and the seal of this
Court on December 12, 2007.
Pat Frank
Clerk of the Court
By: Darrell Morning, Deputy Clerk
Florida Default Law Group, P.L.
P.O. Box 25018
Tampa, Florida 33622-5018
F07037687
12/21-12/28/07 2T

IN-THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY
GENERAL DIVISION
Case No.: 07-CA-5427. Division: R
TOWNHOMES OF KINGS LAKE
HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC.,
Plaintiff,
vs.
RAMON PAULINO,
Defendant(s).
SECOND AMENDED NOTICE OF SALE
Notice is hereby given, that pursuant to
the Final Judgment entered in this cause
in the Circuit Court for Hillsborough Coun-
ty, I will sell the property situated in Hills-
borough County, Florida, described as:
Lot 6, Block 26, TOWNHOMES OF
KINGS LAKE, according the map or
plat thereof as recorded in Plat. Book
95, Page 51, of the public records of
Hillsborough County, Florida
together with any and all buildings and
improvements located on said property,
at public sale, to the highest and best bid-
der, for cash, at the PLANT CITY COURT-
HOUSE located at 302 North Michigan
Ave., West Front Door, Plant City, Florida,
at 11:00 o'clock, a.m., on the 31st day of
January, 2008, pursuant to the provisions
of Section 45.031, Florida Statutes.
If you are a person with a disability who
needs any accommodation in order to par-
ticipate in this proceeding, you are entitled,
at no cost to you, to the provisions of cer-
tain assistance. Please contact the ADA
Coordinator at the4-lillsborough County
Courthouse, 800 Twiggs Street, room 604,
or call 272-7040 within 2 working. days of
your receipt of this notice; if you are hear-
ing impaired, call 1-800- 955-8771; if you
are voice impaired, call 1-800-955-8770.
Pat Frank
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By Gina Bascom
Deputy Clerk
Pilka & Associates, P.a.
12/21-12/28/07 2T

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO.: 07 14504
U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION,
Plaintiff,
vs.
VASHTI F. CANTY, et al,
Defendant(s).
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: VASHTI F. CANTY
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS:
2602 Queen Alberta Drive
Valrico, FL 33594
CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN
JOSHUA F. CANTY
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS:
2602 Queen Alberta Drive
Valrico, FL 33594
CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN
ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES
CLAIMING BY, THROUGH,
UNDER, AND AGAINST THE
HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL
DEFENDANTS) WHO ARE NOT
KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE,
WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN
PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN
INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS,
DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR
OTHER CLAIMANTS
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS:
UNKNOWN
CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to
foreclose a mortgage on the following prop-
erty in HILLSBOROUGH County, Florida: *


LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
LOT 9, BLOCK 12, BUCKHORN PRE-
SERVE-PHASE 4, ACCORDING TO
THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORD-
ED IN PLAT BOOK 100, PAGE 65, OF
THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HILLS-
BOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA.
has been filed against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your written
defenses, if any, on or before January 22,
2008, on Florida Default Law Group, P.L.,
Plaintiff's attorney, whose address is 9119
Corporate Lake Drive, Suite 300, Tampa,
Florida 33634, and file the original with this
Court either before service on Plaintiff's
attorney or immediately thereafter, other-
wise a default will be entered against you
for the relief demanded in the Complaint
or petition.
This notice shall be published once
each week for two consecutive weeks in
the La Gaceta.
If you are a person with a disability who
needs any accommodation inrorder to par-
ticipate in this proceeding, you are entitled,
at no cost to you, to the provisions of cer-
tain assistance. Please contact the ADA
Coordinator, at the Hillsborough County
Courthouse, 800 Twiggs Street, room 604,
or call 272-7040 within 2 working days of
your receipt of this notice; if you are hear-
ing impaired, call 1-800- 955-8771; if you
are voice impaired, call 1-800-955-8770.
WITNESS my hand and the seal of this
Court on December 19, 2007.
Pat Frank
Clerk of the Court .
By: Darrell Morning, Deputy Clerk
Florida Default Law Group, P.L.
P.O. Box 26018
Tampa, Florida 33622-5018
F07047425
12/21-12/28/07 2T

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO.: 2007CA013082 DIVISION: B
HSBC BANK USA, NATIONAL
ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR
WFHET 2007-02,
Plaintiff,
vs.
SCOTT BUTLER, et al,
Defendant(s).
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: SCOTT BUTLER
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS:
11317 Cambray Creek Loop
Riverview, FL 33579-3920
CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN
SHARI BELTON
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS:
11317 Cambray Creek Loop
Riverview, FL 33579-3920
CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN
ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES
CLAIMING BY, THROUGH,
UNDER, AND AGAINST THE
HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL
DEFENDANTS) WHO ARE NOT
KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE,
WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN
PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN
INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS,
DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR
OTHER CLAIMANTS
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS:
UNKNOWN
CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action tc
foreclose a mortgage on the following prop-
erty in HILLSBOROUGH County, Florida:
LOT 7, BLOCK 1, PANTHER TRACE
PHASE 2A-2, UNIT 1 AS RECORDED
IN PLAT BOOK 105, PAGES 153-162
OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HILLS-
BOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA.
has been filed against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your written
defenses, if any, on or before January 22,
2008, on Florida Default Law Group, P.L.,
Plaintiff's attorney, whose address is 9119
Corporate Lake Drive, Suite 300, Tampa,
Florida 33634, and file the original with this
Court either before service on Plaintiff's
attorney or immediately thereafter, other-
wise a default will be entered against you
for the relief demanded in the Complaint
or petition.
This notice shall be published once
each week for two consecutive weeks in
the La Gaceta.
If you are a person with a disability who
needs any accommodation in order to par-
ticipate in this proceeding, you are entitled,
at no cost to you, to the provisions of cer-
tain assistance. Please contact the ADA
Coordinator at the Hillsborough County
Courthouse, 800 Twiggs Street, room 604,
or call 272-7040 within 2 working days of
.your receipt of this notice; if you are hear-
ing impaired, call 1-800- 955-8771; if you
are voice impaired, call 1-800-955-8770.
WITNESS my hand and the seal of this
Court on December 17, 2007.
Pat Frank
Clerk of the Court
By: Darrell Morning, Deputy Clerk
Florida Default Law Group, P.L:.
P.O. Box 25018
Tampa, Florida 33622-5018
F07035952 .12/21-12/28/07 2T


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LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO.: 2007CA012859 DIVISION: H
WASHINGTON MUTUAL BANK,
Plaintiff,
vs.
JILL KING CLENDANIEL, et al,
Defendant(s).
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: JILL KING CLENDANIEL
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS:
5028 West Longfellow Avenue
Tampa, FL 33629
CURRENT ADDRESS:
5028 West Longfellow Avenue
Tampa, FL 33629
THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF JILL
KING CLENDANIEL
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS:
5028 West Longfellow Avenue
Tampa, FL 33629
CURRENT ADDRESS:
5028 West Longfellow Avenue
Tampa, FL 33629
LOUIS A. CLENDANIEL JR
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS:
5028 West Longfellow Avenue
Tampa, FL 33629
CURRENT ADDRESS:
5028 West Longfellow Avenue
Tampa, FL 33629
THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF
LOUIS A. CLENDANIEL JR
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS:
5028 West Longfellow Avenue
Tampa, FL 33629
CURRENT ADDRESS:
5028 West Longfellow Avenue
Tampa, FL 33629
TENANT #1
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS:
5028 West Longfellow Avenue
,Tampa, FL 33629
CURRENT ADDRESS: -
5028 West Longfellow Avenue
Tampa, FL 33629
TENANT #2
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS:
5028 West Longfellow Avenue
Tampa, FL 33629
CURRENT ADDRESS:
5028 West Longfellow Avenue
Tampa, FL 33629
ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PAR-
TIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH,
UNDER, AND AGAINST THE
HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL
DEFENDANTS) WHO ARE NOT
KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE,
WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN
PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN IN-
TEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS,
DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR
OTHER CLAIMANTS
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: -
UNKNOWN
CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to
foreclose a mortgage on the following prop-
erty in HILLSBOROUGH County, Florida:
THE WEST 10 FEET OF LOT 12 AND
ALL OF THE LOT 13 AND 14 LESS
THE WEST 30 FEET THEREOF
IN BLOCK 29 OF SUNSET PARK,
ACCORDING TO MAP OR PLAT
THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT
BOOK 10, PAGE 46, OF THE PUB-
LIC RECORDS OF HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA.
.has been filed against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your written
defenses, if any, on or before January 22,
2008, on Florida Default Law Group, P.L.,
Plaintiff's-attorney, whose address is 9119
Corporate La e D 'r;,. '~,uie I:, i arrlmpa
Florida 3363 m,, i rl- in, ..:.r,.,j,.ar ..., ir, ir ,
Court either before service on Plaintiff's
attorney or immediately thereafter, other-
wise a default will be entered against you
for the relief demanded in the Complaint
or petition; .
This notice shall be published once
each week for two consecutive weeks in
theLaGaceta. '.
If you are a person with a disability who
Seeds any accommodation' in order to par-
ticipate in this proceeding, you 'are entitled,
at no cost to you, to the'provisions of cer-
tain assistance. Please contact'the ADA
Coordinator at the Hillsborough County
Counnroue- 0iii, Ti :i'q i Sir-ie. ..::.m 604,
or Call '7. --,.' ,,irn.. r,: irnr3 days of
'eru, rec,:epl ,:i iris notice; if you are hear-
n.a ,rrpa,.'-,. caii 1-800- 955-8771; if you
are voice impaired, call 1-800-955-8770.
WITNESS my hand and the seal of this
Court on December 14, 2007.
Pat Frank
Clerk of the Court
By: Darrell Morning
Deputy Clerk '
Florida Default Law Group, P.L.
P.O. Box 25018
Tampa, Florida 33622-5018
F07034354
12/21-12/28/07 2T

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR-HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO.: 07-004728 DIVISION: B
PROPERTY ASSET MANAGEMENT,
INC.,
Plaintiff,
vs.
CHRISTOPHER MUNOZ, et al,
Defendant(s).
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: CHRISTOPHER MUNOZ
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS:
2802 N. Tampania Avenue
Tampa, FL 33607
CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN
ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES
CLAIMING BY, THROUGH,
UNDER, AND AGAINST THE
HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL
DEFENDANTS) WHO ARE NOT
KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE,
WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN
PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN
INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS,
DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR
OTHER CLAIMANTS
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS:
UNKNOWN
CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN


LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to
foreclose a mortgage on the following prop-
erty in HILLSBOROUGH County, Florida:
THAT CERTAIN CONDOMINIUM
PARCEL COMPOSED OF UNIT NO.
33, BUILDING F, OF KENTWOOD
PARK, A CONDOMINIUM, FURTHER
DESCRIBED IN THE DECLARATION
OF CONDOMINIUM THEREOF, AS
RECORDED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS
BOOK 16067, AT PAGE(S) 1747
THROUGH 1841 AS THEREAFTER
AMENDED OF THE PUBLIC RE-
CORDS OF HILLSBOROUGH COUN-
TY, FLORIDA, TOGETHER WITH AN
UNDIVIDED INTEREST IN THE COM-
MON ELEMENTS APPURTENANT
THERETO.
has been filed against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your written
defenses, if any, on or before January 22,
2008, on Florida Default Law Group, P.L.,
Plaintiff's attorney, whose address is 9119
Corporate Lake Drive, Suite 300, Tampa,
Florida 33634, and file the original with this
Court either before service on Plaintiff's
attorney or immediately thereafter, other-
wise a default will be entered against you
for the relief demanded in the Complaint
or petition.
This notice shall be published once
each week for two consecutive weeks in
the La Gaceta.
If you are a person with-a disability who
needs any accommodation in order to par-
ticipate in this proceeding, you are entitled,
at no cost to you, to the provisions of cer-
tain assistance. Please contact the ADA
Coordinator at the Hillsborough County
Courthouse, 800 Twiggs Street, room 604,
or call 272-7040 within 2 working days of
your receipt of this notice; if you are hear-
ing impaired, call 1-800- 955-8771; if you
are voice impaired, call 1-800-955-8770.
WITNESS my hand and the seal of this
Court on December 17, 2007.
Pat Frank
Clerk of the Court
By: Darrell Morning
Deputy Clerk
Florida Default Law Group, P.L.
P.O. Box 25018
Tampa, Florida 33622-5018
F07042447
12/21-12/28/07 2T

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO. 06-4409-CA DIVISION B
WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A., AS
TRUSTEE FOR OPTION ONE
MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST 2002-3
ASSET-BACKED CERTIFICATES,
SERIES 2002-3,
Plaintiff,
vs.
MARIO F. MIRABAL, JR. A/K/A
VINCENT FERNANDEZ, et al,
Defendant(s).
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant
to a Final Judgment of Mortgage Fore-
closure dated December 13, 2007, and
,entered in Case No. 06-4409-CA of the
Circuit Court of the THIRTEENTH Judi-
cial Circuit in and for HILLSBOROUGH
County, Florida wherein WELLS FARGO
BANK, N.A., AS TRUSTEE FOR OPTION
ONE MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST 2002-3
ASSET-BACKED CERTIFICATES, SE-
RIES 2002-3, is the Plaintiff and MARIO F.
MIRABAL, JR. A/K/A VINCENT FERNAN-
.DEZ; ROBERT S. PRANN; HOUSEHOLD
FINANCE CORPORATION, III; MONACO
GARDENS HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIA-
TION, INC.; CARROLLWOOD VILLAGE
HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC.;
are the Defendants,, I will sell to the high-
est and best bidder for cash at 2nd Floor
of the George Edgecomnb Building, Room
201/202, located at 800 E. Twiggs Street,
-Tampa, Florida, 33602 at 2:00PM, on the
22nd day of January, 2008, the following
, :; rrted pi.-.p.rr, as set forth in said Fi-
nal Judgment:
THE SOUTH 5.36 FEET OF LOT
6, AND LOT 7, 'LESS THE SOUTH
2.02 FEET, BLOCK 4, OF MONACO
GARDENS UNIT ONE, ACCORD-
ING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THERE-
OF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK ,
52, PAGE 11, OF THE PUBLIC REC-
ORDS OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY,
FLORIDA.
A/K/A 4231 FORESTER LANE, TAM-
PA, FL 33624.
Any person claiming an interest in the
surplus from the sale, if any, other than
the property owner as of the date of the
Lis Pendens must file a claim within sixty
(60) days after the sale.
If you are a person with a, disability who
needs any accommodation in order to par-
ticipate in this proceeding, you are entitled,
at no cost to you,to the provisions of cer-
tain assistance. Please contact the ADA
Coordinator at the Hillsborough County
Courthouse, 800 Twiggs Street, room 604,
or call.272-7040 within 2 working days,of
your receipt of this notice; if you are hear-
ing impaired, call 1-800-955-8771; if you
are voice impaired, call 1-800-955-8770.
\WITr JE -: ti Y HAND and the seal of
this Court on December 13, 2007.
Pat Frank
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Sandra Glennon
Deputy Clerk
Florida Default Law Group, P.L.
P.O. Box 25018
Tampa, Florida 33622-5018
F06007448
F6007448 12/21-12/28/07 2T

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO.: 2007-005096-CA
EVERHOME MORTGAGE COMPANY,
Plaintiff,
vs.
CYNTHIA I. KLINGENSMITH, et al,
Defendant(s).
NOTICE OF SALE
PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN Pursuant
to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated
December 13, 2007, and entered in Case
No. 2007-005096-CA of the Circuit Court
of the THIRTEENTH Judicial Circuit in
and for Hillsborough County, Florida in
which Everhome Mortgage Company, is
the Plaintiff and Cynthia I. Klingensmith,


LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
are defendants, I will sell to the highest
and best bidder for cash in on the 2nd
floor, rooms 201/202 in the George E.
Edgecomb Courthouse at 800 E. Twiggs
Street, Tampa, FL 33602, Hillsborough
County, Florida at 2:00PM on the 28th
day of February, 2008, the following de-
scribed property as set forth in said Final
Judgment of Foreclosure:
LOT 8, BLOCK 2, OF MARTHA ANN
TRAILER VILLAGE, UNIT NO. 2,
ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT
THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT
BOOK 39 AT PAGE 22, OF THE
PUBLIC RECORDS OF HILLSBOR-
OUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA.
TOGETHER WITH A MOBILE HOME
LOCATED THEREON AS A FIXTURE
AND APPURTENANCE THERETO BE-
ING DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS:
1997 LIBERTY, WINDMERE MOBILE
HOME, VIN#10L25547X/U A/K/A 12916
WORCHESTER AVENUE; TAMPA, FL
33624.
Any person claiming an interest in the
surplus from the sale, if any, other than
the property owner as of the date of the
Lis Pendens must file a claim within 60
days after the sale.
If you are a person with a disability who
needs any accommodation in order to
participate in this proceeding, you are en-
titled, at no cost to you, to the provisions
of certain assistance. Please contact the
ADA Coordinator at the Hillsborough
County Courthouse, 800 Twiggs Street,
room 604, or call 272-7040 within 2 work-
ing days of your receipt of this notice; if
you are hearing impaired; call 1-800-
955-8771; if you are voice impaired, call
1-800-955-8770.
Dated in Hillsborough County, Florida
this 13th day of December, 2007.
Pat Frank
Clerk of the Circuit Court
Hillsborough County, Florida
By: Sandra Glennon
Deputy Clerk
Albertelli Law
Attorney for Plaintiff
777 S. Harbour Island Blvd. Suite 940
Tampa, FL 33602 (813) 221-4743
12/21-12/28/07 2T
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO.: 2007-CA-012856 DIVISION: F
DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST
COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE OF ARGENT
MORTGAGE SECURITIES, INC.
ASSET BACKED PASS THROUGH
CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2006-M1
UNDER THE POOLING AND SERVICING
AGREEMENT DATED AS OF JUNE 1,
2006; WITHOUT RECOURSE,
Plaintiff,
vs.
CARLOS PESCETTO, et al,
Defendant(s).
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: CARLOS PESCETTO
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS:
20206 Heritage Point Drive
Tampa, FL 33647
CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN
ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES
CLAIMING BY, THROUGH,
UNDER, AND AGAINST THE
HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL
DEFENDANTS) WHO ARE NOT
KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE,
WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN
PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN
INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS,
DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR
OTHER CLAIMANTS
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS:
UNKNOWN
CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to
foreclose a mortgage on the following prop-
erty in HILLSBOROUGH County, Florida:
LOTS 3 AND 4, BLOCK 6, PINEHU-
RST, AS SHOWN IN PLAT RECORD-
ED IN-PLAT BOOK 8, PAGE 10, PUB-
LIC RECORDS OF HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA.
has been filed against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your written
defenses, if any, on or before January 22,
2008, on Florida Default Law Group, P.L.,
Plaintiff's attorney, whose address is 9119
Corporate Lake Drive, Suite 300, Tampa,
Florida 33634, and file the origirialwith this
Court either before service on Plaintiff's
attorney or immediately thereafter, other-
wise a default will be entered against you
for the relief demanded in the Complaint
,or petition:
This notice shall be published once
each week for two consecutive weeks. in
the La Gaceta.
If you are a person with a disability who
needs any accommodation in order to par-
ticipate in this proceeding, you are entitled,
at no cost to you, to the provisions of cer-
tain assistance. Please contact the ADA
Coordinator at the Hillsborough County
Courthouse, 800 Twiggs Street, room 604,
or call 272-7040 within 2 working days of
your receipt of this notice; if you are hear-
ing impaired, call 1-800- 955-8771; if you
are voice impaired, call 1-800-955-8770.
WITNESS my hand and the seal of this
Court on December 17, 2007.
Pat Frank
Clerk of the Court
By: Darrell Morning
Deputy Clerk
Florida Default Law Group, P.L.
P.O. Box 25018
Tampa, Florida 33622-5018
F07038763
12/21-12/28/07 2T

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO.: 07-CA-010032
DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST
COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE,
Plaintiff,
vs.
DALE WATTS, et al,
Defendant(s).
NOTICE OF SALE
PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN Pursuant
to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated
December 13, 2007, and entered in Case
No. 07-CA-010032 of the Circuit Court


LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
of the THIRTEENTH Judicial Circuit in
and for Hillsborough County, Florida in
which Deutsche Bank National Trust
Company, as Trustee, is the Plaintiff and
Dale Watts, Rebecca Watts, are de-
fendants, I will sell to the highest and best
bidder for cash in on the 2nd floor, rooms
201/202 in the George E. Edgecomb
Courthouse at 800 E. Twiggs Street,
Tampa, FL 33602, Hillsborough County,
Florida at 2:00PM on the 24th day of
January, 2008, the following described
property as set forth in said Final Judg-
ment of Foreclosure:
LOT 23, BLOCK 1, BUFFALO ES-
TATES, UNIT NO. 2, AS PER THE
PLAT THEROF AS RECORDED IN
PLAT BOOK 37 AT PAGE 96, OF THE
PUBLIC RECORDS OF HILLSBOR-
OUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA.
A/K/A 3606 BEECHWOOD BOULE-
VARD, TAMPA, FL 33619.
Any person claiming an interest in the
surplus from the sale, if any, other than
the property owner as of the date of the
Lis Pendens must file a claim within 60
days after the sale.
If you are a person with a disability who
needs any accommodation in order to
participate in this proceeding, you are en-
titled, at no cost to you, to the provisions,
of certain assistance. Please contact the
ADA Coordinator at the HillsboroOgh
County Courthouse, 800 Twiggs Street,
room 604, or call 272-7040 within 2 work-
ing days of your receipt of this notice; if
you are hearing impaired, call 1-800-
955-8771; if you are voice impaired, call
1-800-955-8770.
Dated in Hillsborough County, Florida
this 14th day of December, 2007.
Pat Frank
Clerk of the Circuit Court
Hillsborough County, Florida
By: Nancy Porrata
Deputy Clerk
Albertelli Law
Attorney for Plaintiff
777 S. Harbour Island Blvd. Suite 940
Tampa, FL 33602 (813) 221-4743
12/21-12/28/07 2T
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
SIN AND FOR HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, STATE OF FLORIDA,
GENERAL CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO.: 07 10318 DIV.:K
JOE DIAZ and IRENE DIAZ,
Plaintiffs,
vs.
LEISHA BROWN and JIMMIE ELLEN
GUY,
,Defendants.
JIMMIE ELLEN GUY,
Cross-Plaintiff,
vs.
LEISHA BROWN,
Cross-Defendant.
NOTICE OF SALE
NOTICE is hereby given that, pursuant
to a Final Judgment in Foreclosure, en-
tered in the above-styled cause, in the Cir-
cuit Court of Hillsborough County, Florida,
I will sell the property situated in Hillsbor-
ough County, Florida, described as:
The South 312.00 of the South 2 of
the East YV of the West '/z of the NE 1/4
of'the-SW 'A of Section 26, Township
27 South, Range 21 East, Hillsbor-
ough County, FlOrida, LESS the South
70 feet for easement.
Together with an easement for
ingress and egress over the following
described property:
The West 15.00 feet of the East Y2 of
the West Yz of the SE /4 of the NW '/
of Section 26, Township 27 South,
Range 21 East, Hillsborough County;
Florida, LESS the North 70 feet for
Bruton Road.
AND
The West 15.00 feet of the East Y of
the WestY2 of the NE 1/4 of the SW 4
of Section 26, Township 27 South,
Range 21 East, Hillsborough County,
Florida, LESS THE South 312.00 feet
thereof.
TOGETHER WITH a 1982 BUDD Mo0
bile Home rJ...r.q Talie iNo 21906001
and'VIN --1i46 1 1
at public sale, .to the nrgreli and best
bidder, for cash, at "he Gei'rge E Edge-
comb Courthouse lIcaied ai 600 E.
Twiggs Street, in Room' 201 or 202, Tam-
3i Florida, at 2:00 P.M. on January 15,

Any person claiming an interest in the
surplus from the sale, if any, other than
the property, owner as.of ir,- late of the
Li- P.,-,dnr,. rr..jt file a .inm within 60
0.3a,' 3 ter i me- .al ; '
If ou are a person with a disability who
needs any accommodation in order to
participate in this proceeding, you are, en-
titled, at no cost to you, to the provisions
of certain assistance. Please contact the
ADA Coordinator at the Hillsborough
County Courthouse, 800 Twiggs Street,
room 604, or call 272-7040 within 2 work-
ing days of your receipt of this notice; if
you are hearing impaired, call 1-800-
955-8771; if you are voice impaired, call
1-800-955-8770.
Dated on December 13, 2007
Pat Frank
As Clerk of the Court
-By: Sandra Glennon
As Deputy Clerk 12/21-12/28/07 2T

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO. 07-CA-008613 DIVISION K
BANK OF NEW YORK AS TRUSTEE
FOR THE CERTEFICATEHOLDERS
CWABS, INC. ASSET-BACKED
CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2006-BC4,
Plaintiff,
vs.
GABRIEL APELLANIZ, et al,
Defendant(s).
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant
to a Final Judgment of Mortgage Fore-
closure dated December 12, 2007, and
entered in Case No. 07-CA-008613 of the
Circuit Court of the THIRTEENTH Judi-
cial Circuit in and for HILLSBOROUGH
County, Florida wherein BANK OF NEW
YORK AS TRUSTEE FOR THE CER-
TIFICATEHOLDERS CWABS, INC. AS-
SET-BACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES


LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
2006- BC4, is the Plaintiff and GABRIEL
APELLANIZ; LETICIA APELLANIZ; MA-
RIA ROSADO; HEATHER LAKES AT
BRANDON COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION,
INC; are the Defendants, I will sell to the
highest and best bidder for cash at 2nd
Floor of the George Edgecomb Building,
Room 201/202, located at 800 E. Twiggs
Street, Tampa, Florida, 33602 at 2:00PM,
on the 15th day of January, 2008, the fol-
lowing described property as set forth in
said Final Judgment: .
LOT 35, BLOCK 2, HEATHER LAKES
PHASE I, UNIT I, SECTION 3, AC-
CORDING TO THE PLAT THERE-
OF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK
54, PAGE 5 OF THE PUBLIC REC-
ORDS OF HILLSBOROUGH COUN-
TY, FLORIDA.
A/K/A 1006 BRIDLEWOOD WAY,
BRANDON, FL 33511.
Any person claiming an interest in the
surplus from the sale, if any, other than
the property owner as of the date of the
Lis Pendens must file'a claim within sixty
(60) days after the sale.
If you are a person with a disability who
needs any accommodation in order to par-
ticipate in this proceeding, you are entitled,
at no cost to you, to the provisions of cer-
tain assistance. Please contact the ADA
Coordinator at the Hillsborough County
Courthouse, 800 Twiggs Street, room 604,
or call 272-7040 within 2 working days of
your receipt of this notice; if you are hear-
ing impaired, call 1-800-955-8771; if you
are voice impaired, call .1-800-955-8770.
WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of
this Court on December 13, 2007.
Pat Frank
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Sandra Glennon
Deputy Clerk
Florida Default Law Group, P.L.
P.O. Box 25018
Tampa, Florida.33622-5018
F07022853 '
F07022853 12/21-12/28/07 2T

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF
THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND
FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO. 07-CA-013763 DIVISION: G
Deguzman Family Ltd. Partnership
Plaintiff(s),
vs.
Mario M. Quiroz, a/k/a Mario Quiroz and
Total Maintenance of Tampa, Inc. and
M.B.F., LLC and Julia Diaz and Maria Chils-
Defendant(s).
NOTICE OF ACTION PROPERTY ,
TO: MARIO M. QUIROZ and TOTAL
MAINTENANCE OF TAMPA, INC.,
if living and if dead, the unknown
spouse, heirs, devisees, grantees,
creditors and all other parties
claiming by, through, under or against
MARIO M. QUIROZ and TOTAL
MAINTENANCE OF TAMPA, INC.
and all parties having or claiming to
have any right, title, or interest in the
property herein described.
RESIDENCESS: UNKNOWN
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to
foreclose a-mortgage upon the following
property in Hillsborough County, Florida:
L.e 8 T ".tF..G A4REl ', according
..., ir, ,- ,3:.r pi -i1 irer .:.. as recorded
in Plat Book 95, Page 49, Public Rec-
ords of Hillsborough County, Florida.
has been filed against you and you are
.required to serve a copy of. your written
defenses,, if any, to it on the Plaintiff'(s)
attorney whose name and address is
SThomas S. Martino; Esq.
1207 N. Franklin St:, Ste. 101'
Tampa, Florida 33602
(813) 477-2645
Florida Bar No. 0486231
on or before January 22, 2008, and file
the original with this court either before
service on Plaintiff(s) attorney or immedi-.
ately thereafter, otherwise a default will
be' entered against you for the relief de-
manded in the Complaint or petition.
WITNESS my hand and the seal of said
court on December 14, 2007.
Pat Frank
Clerk of the Court
By: Darrell Morning
As Deputy Clerk
1Dep2/21-12/28/07 2T

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, STATE OF FLORIDA
FAMILY LAW DIVISION
Case No.: 0700020942 Division: B
IN RE: THE MARRIAGE OF
DANIEL LA RIVA,
Petitioner / Husband
and
ANNIE ORTIZ-ROSARIO,
Respondent / Wife.
NOTICE OF ACTION FOR
DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
TO: ANNIE ORTIZ-ROSARIO
Last Address Unknown
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action
has been filed against you and that you
are required to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any, to it on DANIEL LA
RIVA, whose address is 6003 El Dorado
Drive, Tampa, Florida 33615, on or before
January 22, 2008, and file the original with
the clerk of this Court at 800 Twiggs Street,
Tampa, Florida, before service on Petition-
er or immediately thereafter. If you fail to
do so, a default may be entered against
you for the relief demanded in the petition.
Copies of all courf documents in this
case, including orders, are available at the
Clerk of the Circuit Court's office. You may
review these documents upon request.
Ydu must keep the Clerk of the Circuit
Court's office notified of your current ad-
dress. (You may file Notice of Current Ad-
dress, Florida Supreme Court Approved
Family Law Form 12.915.) Future papers
in this lawsuit will be mailed to the address
on record at the clerk's office.
WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Fam-
ily Law Rules of Procedure, requires cer-
tain automatic disclosure of documents
and information. Failure to comply can
result in sanctions, including dismissal or
striking of pleadings.
Dated: December 13, 2007
Pat Frank
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By. Adrian J. Salas
Deputy Clerk 12/21-1/11/08 4T


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LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO. 2007-CA-009197 DIVISION I
U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION,
Plaintiff,
vs.
FELIPE P. SILVA, et al,
Defendantss.
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant
to a Final Judgment of Mortgage Foreclo-
sure dated December 5, 2007, and en-
tered in Case NO. 2007-CA-009197 of the
Circuit Court of the THIRTEENTH Judicial
Circuit in and for HILLSBOROUGH Coun-
ty, Florida wherein U.S. BANK NATION-
AL ASSOCIATION, is the Plaintiff and FE-
LIPE P. SILVA; ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN
PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH,
UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN
NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANTS)
WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD
OR ALIVE,-WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN
PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS
SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANT-
EES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS; MORT-
GAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION
SYSTEMS, INCORPORATED, AS NOMI-
NEE FOR CHASE HOME FINANCE LLC;
are the Defendants, I will sell to the high-
est and best bidder for cash at 2nd Floor
of the George Edgecomb Building, Room
201/202, located at 800 E. Twiggs Street,
Tampa, Florida, 33602 at 2:00PM, on the
22nd day of January, 2008, the following
described property as set forth in said Fi-
nal Judgment:
LOT 76, BLOCK 1, SOUTH COVE,
PHASE 2/3, ACCORDING TO THE
PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN
PLAT BOOK 99, PAGE 288-298 OF
THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HILLS-
BOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA.
A/K/A 11455 MISTY ISLE LANE, RIV-
ERVIEW,.FL 33569.
Any person claiming an interest in the
surplus from the sale, if any, other than
the property owner as of the date of the
Lis Pendens must file a claim within sixty
(60) days after the sale.
If you are a person with a disability who
needs any accommodation in order to par-
ticipate in this proceeding, you are entitled,
at no cost to you, to the provisions of cer-
tain assistance. Please contact the ADA-
Coordinator at the Hillsborough County
Courthouse, 800 Twiggs Street, room 604,
or call 272-7040 within 2 working days of
your receipt of this notice; if you are hear-
ing impaired, call 1-800-955-8771; if you
are voice impaired, call 1-800-955-8770.
WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of
this Court on December 5, 2007.
Pat Frank
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Sandra Glennon
Deputy Clerk
Florida Default Law Group, P.L.
P.O. Box 25018
Tampa, Florida 33622-5018
F07024517
12/14-12/21/07 2T
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
COMMISSION OF
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY
NOTICE OF INTENT
TO ISSUE PERMIT
The Environmental Protection Commission
of Hillsborough County (EPC), as delegated
by the Florida Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) gives notice of its intent to
issue Air Pollution Permit No. 0570123-
025-AC/026-AC to Hess Corporation for the
purpose adding ethanol (including associ-
ated ethanol handling equipment) as an ap-
proved product for handling at its facility,
and for the addition of a 4th truck loading
bay on their existing loading rack at the bulk
gasoline terminal located in Hillsborough
County. VOC emissions from the storage
tanks are controlled by material throughput
limits and tank construction designs (i.e.
floating and fixed roofs). VOC emissions
from truck loadout operations are primarily
controlled by two Carbon Adsorption Vapor
Processing Systems or wiln s Tnermal
Omafation Sytlem that has been previousl
approve 1to replace one of Ihe Carbon
Adsorption Vapor Processing Systems. The
facility is located at 504 North 19th Street,
Tampa,'FL 33605 in Hillsborough County.
A Best Available Control Technology
(BACT determination was not requirea
The EPC will issue the Final permit with
the conditions of the DRAFT permit unless
a timely petition for an administrative hear-
ing is filed pursuant to Sections 120.569
'and 120.57, F.S. before the deadline for
filing a petition. The procedures for peti-
tioning for hearing are set forth below.
A person whose substantial interests are
affected by the proposed -permitting decis-
ion may petition for an administrative pro-
ceeding (hearing) under Sections 120.569
and 120.57, F.S. The petition must contain
the information set forth below and mrrlt be
filed (received) in the LegaLDepartment of.
the EPC at 3629 Queen Palm Dr., Tampa,
Florida 33619, Phone 813-627-2600, Fax
813-627-2602. Petitions filed by the permit
applicant or any of the parties listed.below
must be filed within 14 (fourteen) days of
receipt of this notice of intent. Petitionsfiled
by any persons other .than those entitled to
written notice under Section 120.60(3), F.S.
must be filed within 14 (fourteen) days of
publication of the public notice or.within 14
(fourteen) days of receipt of this notice of
intent, whichever occurs first. Under Section
120.60(3), however, any person who asked
the EPC for notice of agency action may file
a petition within 14 (fourteen) days of re-
ceipt of that notice, regardless of the date of
publication. A petitioner shall mail a copy of
the petition to the applicant at the address
indicated above at the time of filing. The
failure of any person to file a petition within
the appropriate time period shall constitute
a waiver of that person's right to request an
administrative determination (hearing) under
Sections 120.569 and 120.57, F.S., or to in-
tervene in this proceeding and participate as
a party to it. Any subsequent intervention
will be only at the approved of the presiding
officer upon the filing of a motion in com-
pliance with Rule 28-106.205 of the F.A.C.
A petition that disputes the material facts
on which the EPC's action is based must
contain the following information:
(a) The name and address of each
agency affected and each agency's file or
identification number if known;
(b) The name, address, and telephone
number of the petitioner, and the name,
address, and telephone number of each
petitioner's representative, if any, which
shall be the address for service purposes


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during the course of the proceedings; and
an explanation of how the petitioner's
substantial interests will be affected by the
agency determination;
(c) A statement of how and when peti-
tioner received notice of the EPC action;
(d) A statement of all disputed issues of
material fact. If there are none, the petition
must so indicate;
(e) A concise statement of the ultimate
facts alleged, including the specific facts
the petitioner contends warrant reversal or
modification of the EPC proposed action;
(f) A statement of specific rules or
statutes the petitioner contends requires
reversal or modification of the EPC's
proposed action; and
(g) A statement of the relief sought by the
petitioner, stating precisely the action
petitioner wishes the EPC to take with
respect to the EPC's proposed action.
A petition that does not dispute the
material facts upon which the EPC's action
is based shall state that no such facts are
in dispute and otherwise shall contain the
same information as set forth above as
required by Rule 28-106.301.
Because the administrative hearing pro-
cess is designed to formulate final agency
action, the filing of a petition means that
the EPC's final action may be different
from the position taken by it in this notice
of intent. Persons whose substantial in-
terests will be affected by any such final
decision of the EPC on the application
have the right to petition to become a party
to the proceeding, in accordince with the
requirements set forth above:
Mediation under section 120.573, F.S., is
not available in this proceeding.
This action is final and effective on the
date filed with the Clerk of the EPC unless
a petition is filed in accordance with above.
Upon the timely filing of a petition this order
will not be effective until further order of the
EPC.
Any party to this order has the right to
seek judicial review of it under Section
120.68 of the Florida Statutes, by filing a
notice of appeal under rule 9.110 of the
Florida rules of Appellate Procedure with
the EPC's Legal Office at 3629 Queen Palm
Dr., Tampa, Florida 33619 and with the
clerk of the Department of Environmental
Protection in the Office of General Coun-
sel, Mail Station 35, 3900 Commonwealth
Boulevard, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-
3000, and by filing a copy of the notice of
appeal accompanied by the applicable filing
fees with the appropriate district court of
appeal. The notice must be filed within
thirty days after this order is filed with the
clerk of the Department.
The complete project file is available for
public inspection during normal business
hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday
through Friday, except legal holidays, at the
Environmental Protection Commission of
Hillsborough County, 3629 Queen Palm Dr.,
Tampa, Florida 33619. The complete proj-
ect file includes the proposed Permit, the
application, and the information submitted
by the responsible official; exclusive of con-
fidential records under Section 403.111,
F.S. Interested persons may contact Diane
M. Lee, P.E., at the above address, or call
813-627-2600, for additional information.
Any written comments filed shall be availa-
ble for public inspection. If written comments
received result in a significant change in the
proposed agency action, the EPC shall re-
vise the proposed permit and require, if ap-
plicable, another Public Notice,
12/21/07 1T
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO.: 2007-CA-011100
DIVISION: H
U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION,
Plaintiff,
vs.
LUIS VELEZ, et al,
Defendant(s).
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: REINA BERROCALES-VAZQ
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS:
HC 9 Box 4526
Sabana Grande, PR 00637-9620
CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN
ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES
CLAIMING BY. THROUGH,
UNDER, AND AGAINST THE
HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL
DEFENDANTS) WHO ARE NOT
KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE.
WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN
PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN
INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS.
DEVISEES, GRANTEES. OR
OTHER CLAIMANTS
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS:
UNKNOWN
CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to
foreclose a mortgage on the following prop-
erty in HLLSBOROUGH County, Florida:
THAT CERTAIN CONDOMINIUM
PARCEL COMPOSED OF UNIT 2924
BUILDING 17, SOMERSET PARK,
A CONDOMINIUM, FURTHER DE-
SCRIBED IN THE DECLARATION
OF CONDOMINIUM THEREOF,
AS RECORDED IN OFFICIAL REC-
ORDS BOOK 15971, AT PAGES 1
THROUGH 101 AS THEREAFTER
AMENDED, OF THE PUBLIC RE-
CORDS OF HILLSBOROUGH COUN-
TY, FLORIDA, TOGETHER WITH AN
UNDIVIDED INTEREST IN THE COM-
MON ELEMENTS APPURTENANT
THERETO.
has been filed against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your written
defenses, if any, on or before January 22,
2008, on Florida Default Law Group, P.L.,
Plaintiff's attorney, whose address is 9119
Corporate Lake Drive, Suite 300, Tampa,
Florida 33634, and file the original with this
Court either before service on Plaintiff's
attorney or immediately thereafter, other-
wise a default will be entered against you
for the relief demanded in the Complaint
or petition.
This notice shall be published once
each week for two consecutive weeks in
the La Gaceta.
If you are a person with a disability'who
needs any accommodation in order to par-
ticipate in this proceeding, you are entitled,
at no cost to you, to the provisions of cer-
tain assistance. Please contact the ADA
Coordinator at the Hillsborough County
Courthouse, 800 Twiggs Street, room 604,
or call 272-7040 within 2 working days of
your receipt of this notice; if you are hear-
ing impaired, call 1-800- 955-8771; if you
are voice impaired, call 1-800-955-8770.


LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
WITNESS my hand and the seal of this
Court on December 17, 2007.
Pat Frank
Clerk of the Court
By: Darrell Morning
Deputy Clerk
Florida Default Law Group, P.L.
P.O. Box 25018
Tampa, Florida 33622-5018
F07029969
12/21-12/28/07 2T

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO. 2007-CA-006872 DIVISION A
GMAC MORTGAGE LLC,
Plaintiff,
vs:
ALFREDO GONZALEZ, et al,
Defendantss.
NOTICE OF RESCHEDULED
FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant
to an Order Rescheduling Foreclosure
Sale dated December 7, 2007, and en-
tered in Case NO. 2007-CA-006872 of
the Circuit Court of the THIRTEENTH Ju-
dicial Circuit in and for HILLSBOROUGH
County, Florida wherein GMAC MORT-
GAGE LLC, is the Plaintiff and ALFREDO'
GONZALEZ; ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN
PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH,
UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN
NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANTS)
WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD
OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN
PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS
SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANT-
EES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS; MORT-
GAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION
SYSTEMS, INCORPORATED, AS NOM-
INEE FOR GMAC MORTGAGE CORPO-
RATION; are the Defendandants, I will sell
to the highest and best bidder for cash
at 2nd Floor of the George Edgecomb
Building, Room 201/202, located at 800
E. Twiggs Street, Tampa, Florida, 33602,
at 2:00 PM, on the 14th day of January,
2008, the following described property as
set forth in said Final Judgment:
LOT 21, IN BLOCK 8, OF TIMBER-
LANE SUBDIVISION, UNIT NUM-
BER 4, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT -
THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT
BOOK 52, AT PAGE 64, OF THE PUB-
LIC RECORDS OF HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA.
A/K/A 10203 MILLBEND COURT, TAM-
PA, FL 33615.
Any person claiming an interest in the
surplus from the sale, if any, other than
the property owner as of the date of the
Lis Pendens must file a claim within sixty
(60) days after the sale.
If you are a person with a disability who
needs any accommodation in order to par-
ticipate in this proceeding, you are entitled,
at no cost to you, to the provisions of cer-
tain assistance. Please contact the ADA
Coordinator at the Hillsborough County
Courthouse, 800 Twiggs Street, room 604,
or call 272-7040 within 2 working days of
your receipt of this notice; if you are hear-
ing impaired, call 1-800- 955-8771; if you
are voice impaired, call 1-800-955-8770.
WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of
this Court on December 7, 2007.
Pat Frank
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Sandra Glennon
Deputy Clerk
Florida Default Law Group, P.L.
P.O. Box 25018
Tampa, Florida 33622-5018
F07016088
12/14-12/21/07 2T
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO.: 2007-CA-10420
SUTTON FUNDING, LLC,
Plaintiff,- :
vs.
LAWRENCE A. GLOVER, et al,
Defendantss.
NOTICE OF SALE
PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45
lIOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN Pursuant
to a Final Judgment or Foreclosure dated
DecemDer 13. 2007, and entered in Case
No. 2007-CA-10420 of the Circuit Court
of the THIRTEENTH Judcial Circuit In
and for Hillsborough County Florida in
which Sutton Funding LLC. is the Plaintitf
and Lawrence A. GIover, are defendants
I will sell to Ine highest and Dest bidder
for cash in on the 2nd floor, rooms
201/202 in the George E. Edgecomb
Courthouse at 800 E. Twiggs Street
Tampa, FL 33602, Hillsborough County,
Florida at 2 OOPM on the 24th day of
January, 2008, the following described
property as set forth in said Final Judg-
ment ot Foreclosure
LOT 14, BLOCK 5, OF MADISON
PARK, PLANT CITY, FLORIDA, AS
RECORDED IN BOOK 1691 AT PAGE
516, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLOR-
IDA. ALSO BEING DESCRIBED AS
FOLLOWS:
LOT 14, BLOCK 5, OF MADISON,
PARK, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT
THEREOF AS SHOWN RECORDED
IN PLAT BOOK 4 AT PAGE 48, OF
THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HILLS-
BOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA.
BEING THE SAME PARCEL OF LAND
AS DESCRIBED IN THAT CERTAIN
QUIT CLAIM DEED AS SHOWN
RECORDED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS
BOOK 5767 AT PAGE 1553, OF THE
PUBLIC RECORDS OF HILLSBOR-
OUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA.
PARCEL ID#: 208959 0000.
A/K/A 1002 WEST BALL STREET
PLANT CITY, FL 33563.
Any person claiming an interest in the
surplus from the sale, if any, other than
the property owner as of the date of the

Lis Pendens must file a claim within 60
days after the sale.
If you are a person with a disability who
needs any accommodation in order to
participate in this proceeding, you are en-
titled, at no cost to you, to the provisions
of certain assistance. Please contact the
ADA Coordinator at the Hillsborough
County Courthouse, 800 Twiggs Street,
room 604, or call 272-7040 within 2 work-
ing days of your receipt of this notice; if
you are hearing impaired, call 1-800-


LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
955-8771; if you are voice impaired, call
1-800-955-8770.
Dated in Hillsborough County, Florida
this 14th day of December, 2007.
Pat Frank
Clerk of the Circuit Court
Hillsborough County, Florida
By: Nancy Porrata
Deputy Clerk
Albertelli Law
Attorney for Plaintiff
777 S. Harbour Island Blvd. Suite 940
Tampa, FL 33602 (813) 221-4743
12/21-12/28/07 2T
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO. 2007-CA-009695 DIVISION B
U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION
AS TRUSTEE,
Plaintiff,
vs.
MAYELIN GOMEZ, et al,
Defendant(s).
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant
to a Final Judgment of Mortgage Foreclo-
sure dated December 13, 2007, and en-
tered in Case NO. 2007-CA-009695 of the
Circuit Court of the THIRTEENTH Judicial
Circuit in and for HILLSBOROUGH Coun-
ty, Florida wherein U.S. BANK NATIONAL
ASSOCIATION AS TRUSTEE, is the
Plaintiff and MAYELIN GOMEZ; MORT-
GAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION
SYSTEMS, INCORPORATED, AS NOMI-
NEE FOR DECISION ONE MORTGAGE
COMPANY, LLC; are the Defendants, I
will sell to the highest and best bidder for
cash at 2nd Floorofthe George Edgecomb
Building, Room 201/202, located at 800
E. Twiggs Street, Tampa, Florida, 33602
at 2:00PM, on the 22nd day of January,
2008, the following described property as
set forth in said Final Judgment:
LOT 26, BLOCK 2; LAKEVTEW VIL-
LAGE, SECTION L, UNIT NO.2, A
SUBDIVISION, ACCORDING TO THE
PLAT OR MAP THEREOF DESCRIBED
IN PLAT BOOK 58 AT PAGE(S) 52 OF
THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HILLS-
BOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA.
A/K/A 1516 THISTLEDOWN DRIVE,
BRANDON, FL 33510.
Any person claiming an interest in the
surplus from the sale, if any, other than
the property owner as of the date of the
Lis Pendens must file a claim within sixty
(60) days after the sale.
If you are a person with a disability who
needs any accommodation in order to par-
ticipate in this proceeding, you are entitled,
at no cost to you, to the provisions of cer-
tain assistance Please contact the ADA
Coordinator at the Hillsborough County
Courthouse, 800 Twiggs Street, room 604,
or call 272-7040 within 2 working days of
your receipt of this notice; if you are hear-
ing impaired, call 1-800-955-8771; if you
are voice impaired, call 1-800-955-8770.
WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of
this Court on December 14, 2007.
Pat Frank
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Nancy Porrata
Deputy Clerk
Florida Default Law Group, P.L.
P.O. Box 25018
Tampa, Florida 33622-5018
F07026255 12/21-12/28/07.2T

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a
Public Hearing wiil be held at 9 00 a.m.
on Wednesday, February 13, 2008 in the
County Commissioners' Boardroom, 2nd
floor of the Hillsborough County Center,
601 E. Kennedy Blvd. At this time the
Commission will consider an application
from BLACK PEARL LIMOUSINE, LLC.
(Tampa, FL) applying for.a limousine cer-
liticale ana one (1) I;mousine perrril

Any Certificale Holder providing the type of
service being applied tor by the Applicant
who wishes to present testimony must file
a Notice or Appearance Inter~entlon witn
the Commission not later than 12 00 p.m.
live business days pnor to the public hear-
ing The-Nohce ol AppearancelnlerventLon
shall include the name, address and lele-
phone number ol the person tling A Certdi-
cate Holder filing a Nolice o0 Appearance'
Intervention will be required to pay half of
the pending Hearing Officer expense with
the Notice.
IF YOU HAVE A DISABILITYWHICH MAY
REQUIRE SPECIAL ATTENTION OR
SERVICES, CONTACT THE HILLSBOR-
OUGH COUNTY PUBLIC TRANSPORTA-.
TION COMMISSION AT 272-5614 WITH
A GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF 'iOuR
NEEDS TO ENSURE AVAILABILITY OF
APPROPRIATE ACCOMMODATIONS
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTr PUBLIC
TRANSPORTATION COMMISSiONr
By Councilmar Kevin White, Chairman
Cesar H .Padilla, Inteim Executive Director
12/21,07 IT

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on
Junary 24, 2008 at t0:30 a.m., 2007 W.
Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, Florida, a Hear-
ing Officer, on behalf of the Hillsborough
County Public Transportation Commis-
sion, will conduct a Public Hearing on an.
application for a limousine certificate and'
one (1) limousine permit from BLACK
PEARL LIMOUSINE, LLC (Tampa, FL).

(A) Any Certificate holder providing the
type of service being applied for by the Ap-
plicant may submit an opinion about the
pending application in writing.
(B) Any Certificate holder providing the
type of service being applied for by the Ap-
plicant who wishes to present testimony
or cross-examine witnesses at the public
hearing must file a Notice of Appearance/
Intervention with the Commission not later
than 12:00 p.m., five business days prior
to the public hearing. The Notice of Ap-
pearance/Intervention shall include the
name, address and telephone number of
the person filing and the name, address
and telephone number of any representa-
tive or lawyer for that person.
(C) Any person wishing to speak at the
public comment portion of the public hear-
ing, other than a person who filed a Notice
of Appearance/Ilntervention, must enter


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his name on the speaker sign-up list be-
fore the public hearing begins. Each per-
son who places his name on the speaker
sign-up list will be called to speak for a
maximum of five minutes. A speaker may
be questioned by the Hearing Officer. No
one other than the Hearing Officer shall
question a speaker.
(D) All testimony shall be taken under
oath of affirmation.
(E) Strict rules of evidence shall not ap-
ply, but evidence must be relevant to the
issues and hearsay evidence should be
avoided whenever possible.
(F) The Hearing Officer shall have the
authority to examine the Applicant with
regard to any matter related to the ap-
plication and may request evidence from
the applicant to satisfy the Hearing Officer
that public convenience and necessity are
met.
(G) The Hearing Officer at the public
hearing may consider any documents
submitted in connection with the Applicant
and hearing.
(H) The burden of meeting all require-
ments lies with the Applicant.
(I) All costs associated with the public
hearing shall be the responsibility of the
Applicant in the absence of any interven-
tion by one or more existing certificate
holders. Otherwise, said costs shall be
shared on a pro-rata basis between the
Applicant and each Intervenor(s).
If you have a disability requiring special
attention or services, contact the Hills-
borough County Public Transportation
Commission at 272-5814 with a general
description of your needs to ensure avail-
ability of appropriate accommodations.
12/21/07 1T

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on
January 15, 2008 at 9:30 a.m., 2007 W.
Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, Florida, a Hear-
ing Officer, on behalf of the Hillsborough
County Public Transportation Commis-
sion, will conduct a Public Hearing on an
application fora restricted standard taxicab
certificate and eight (8) restricted taxicab
permits from TRINITY ENTERPRISES OF
TAMPA, INC. (Riverview, FL).
*****************************.******
(A) Any Certificate holder providing the
type of service being applied for by the Ap-
plicant may submit an opinion about the
pending application in writing.
(B) Any Certificate holder providing the
type of service being applied for by the Ap-
.plicant who wishes to present testimony._
or cross-examine witnesses at the public
hearing must file a Notice of Appearance/
Intervention with the Commission not later
than 12:00 p.m., five business days prior
to the public hearing. The Notice of Ap-
pearance/Intervention shall include the
name, address and telephone number of
the person filing and the name, address
and telephone number of any representa-
tive or lawyer for that person.
(C) Any person wishing to speak at the
public comment portion of the public hear-
ing, other than a person who filed a Notice
of Appearance/Intervention, must enter
his name on the speaker sign-up list be-
fore the public hearing begins. Each per-
son who places his name on the speaker
sign-up list will be called to speak for a
maximum of five minutes. A speaker may
be questioned by the Hearing Officer. No
one other than the Hearing Officer shall-
question a speaker.
(D) All testimony shall be taken under
oath of affirmation.
(E) Strict rules of evidence shall not ap-
ply, but evidence must be relevant to the
issues and hearsay evidence should be
avoided whenever possible.
(F) The Hearing Officer shall have the
authority to examine the Applicant with
regard to any matter related to the ap-
.plication and may.request evidence from
the applicant to satisfy the Hearing Officer
that public convenience and necessity are
mel
(G) Tne Hearing Officer al the public
nearing may consider any documents
submtled an connection wm Ine Applicant
and nearing
(H) The Duraen of meeting all require;
ments lies with Ite Applicant
(I) All costs associated with the public
neanng shall be .the responsibility of the
Applicant in the absence of any interven-
tion by one or more existIng certificate
holders Otherwise said costs shall be..
share on a pro.rata Dasis between the
Applicant and each Intervenor(s).
If you have a disability requiring special.
attention or services, contact the Hills-
borough County Public Transportation
Commission at 272-5814 with a general
description of your needs to ensure avail-
ability of appropriate accommodations.
S 211/07 1T
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
NOTICE IS HEREBY GfVEN that a
Public Hearing will be held at 9:00 a.m.
on Wednesday, February 13, 2008 in the
County Commissioners' Boardroom, 2nd
floor of the Hillsborough County Center,
601 E. Kennedy:Blvd. At this time the
Commission will consider an application
from TRINITY ENTERPRISES OF TAM-
PA, INC. (Riverview, FL) applying for a
restricted standard taxicab certificate and
eight (8) restricted taxicab permits.

Any Certificate Holder providing the type of
service being applied for by the Applicant
who wishes to present testimony must file
a Notice of Appearance/ Intervention with
the Commission not later than 12:00 p.m.,
five business days prior to the public hear-
ing. The Notice of Appearance/Intervention
shall include the name, address and tele-
phone number of the person filing. A Certifi-
cate Holder filing a Notice of Appearance/
Intervention will be required to pay half of
the pending Hearing Officer expense with
the Notice.
IF YOU HAVE A DISABILITY WHICH MAY
REQUIRE SPECIAL ATTENTION OR
SERVICES, CONTACT THE HILLSBOR-
OUGH COUNTY PUBLIC TRANSPORTA-
TION COMMISSION AT 272-5814 WITH
A GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF YOUR
NEEDS TO ENSURE AVAILABILITY OF
APPROPRIATE ACCOMMODATIONS.
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC
TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION
By: Councilman Kevin White, Chairman
Cesar H. Padilla, Interim Executive Director
12/21/07 1T


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LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
File No. 2006-3258 Division A
IN RE: ESTATE OF
ALBERT W. GANNON,
Deceased
NOTICE OF ACTION
(formal notice by publication)
TO: All persons having or claiming to have
any right, title or interest in the estate of
ALBERT W. GANNON, deceased.
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that a Petition to
Determine Beneficiaries has been filed in
this court. You are required to serve a
copy of your written defenses, if any, on
petitioner's attorney, whose name and
address are:
Larry M. Segal, Esquire
Gibbons, Neuman, Bello, Segall, Allen,
Halloran & Wright, P.A.
3321 Henderson Boulevard
Tampa, Florida 33609
on or before January 4, 2008, and to file
the original of the written defenses with the
clerk of this court either before service or
immediately thereafter Failure to serve
and file written defenses as required may
result in a judgment or order for the relief
demanded, without further notice.
Signed on December 7, 2007
Pat Frank
As Clerk of the Court
By: D. Grier
As Deputy Clerk
12/14-12/21/07 2T

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
CASE NO. 07-CP-3073
DIVISION: EAST
Florida Bar #308447
IN RE: ESTATE OF
RICHARD LEROY MAPES, a/k/a
RICHARD L. MAPES,
Deceased.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of
RICHARD LEROY MAPES, a/k/a RICH-
ARD L. MAPES, deceased, File Number
2007-3073, is pending in the Circuit
Court for Hillsborough County, Florida,
Probate Division, the address of which is
P. O. Box 1110, Tampa, Florida 33601.
The name and address of the personal
representative and the personal repre-
sentative's attorney are set forth below.
All creditors of decedent and other
persons, who have claims or demands
against the decedent's estate, including
unmatured, contingent or unliquidated
claims, and who have been served a
copy of this notice, must file their claims
with this Court WITHIN THE LATER OF
THREE MONTHS AFTER THE DATE
OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS
NOTICE OR THIRTY (30) DAYS AFTER
THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY
OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of decedent and
other persons who have claims or de-
mands against the decedent's estate, in-
cluding unmatured, contingent or unliquid-
ated claims, must file their claims with
this Court WITHIN THREE MONTHS AF-
TER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLI-
CATION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL BE
FOREVER BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME
PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY
CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR
MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S
DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of the first publication of this.
Notice is December 14, 2007.
Personal Representative:
CHRISTINA LOUISE COOK
122 Magnolia Avenue
Seffner, FL 33584
Attorney for Personal Representative:
WILLIAM R. MUMBAUER, ESQUIRE
William R. Mumbauer, P.A.
205 N. Parsons Avenue
Brandon, FL 33510
813/685-3133 12/14-12/21/07 2T

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
Case No.: 07 11889 Division: G
GTE FEDERAL CREDIT UNION,
Plaintiff,
vs.
JULIANNE K. ARAKAS; and any and all
Unknown Parties Claiming By, Through,
Under or Against the Herein Named
Individual Defendant who are not known
to be Dead or Alive, Whether Said
Unknown Parties May Claim an Interest
as Spouses, Heirs, Devisees, Grantees,
or Other Claimants,
Defendant.
NOTICE OF SALE
Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to
a Final Judgment of Foreclosure entered
in the above styled cause in the Circuit
Court of Hillsborough County, Florida, I
will sell the property situated in Hills-
borough County, Florida, described as:
S 436.6 FT OF NW 1/4 OF N 1/2 OF
GOVT LOT 9 LESS E 452 FT
THEREOF, ACCORDING TO THE
PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN
PLAT BOOK 5, PAGE 55, OF THE
PUBLIC RECORDS OF HILLSBOR-
OUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA.
TOWNSHIP 30 RANGE 20 SEC-
TION 16.
TOGETHER with all the improvements
now or hereafter record on the prop-
erty, and all easements, rights, appur-
tenances, and fixtures.
Property Address: 11606 Cummins
Road, Riverview, FL 33569-5201.
at public sale, to the highest and best
bidder, for cash in Room 201/202 on the
second floor of the George E. Edgecomb
County Courthouse, located at 800 E.
Twiggs Street, Tampa, Florida 33602, at
2:00 p.m. on January 24, 2008.
Any person claiming an interest in the
surplus from the sale, if any, other than
the property owner as of the date of the
Lis Pendens must file a claim within 60
days after the sale.
If you are a person with a disability who
needs any accommodation in order to
participate in this proceeding, you are en-
titled, at no cost to you, to the provisions


LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
of certain assistance. Please contact the
ADA Coordinator at the Hillsborough
County Courthouse, 800 Twiggs Street,
room 604, or call 272-7040 within 2 work-
ing days of your receipt of this notice; if
you are hearing impaired, call 1-800-
955-8771. if you are voice impaired, call
1-800-955-8770
Dated on December 4, 2007.
PAT FRANK
Clerk of Circuit Court
By: Sandra Glennon
Deputy Clerk 12/14-12/21/07 2T

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
File No.: 07CP2989 Division: A
IN RE: ESTATE OF
ESTELLE V. GLASGOW, A/K/A VICKI
GLASGOW
Deceased.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of ES-
TELLE V. GLASGOW, deceased, whose
date of death was November 3, 2007, is
pending in the Circuit Court for Hillsbor-
ough County, Florida, Probate Division,
the address of which is 800 E. Twiggs
Street, Tampa, Florida 33602. The names
and addresses of the personal represen-
tative and the personal representative's
attorney are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate on whom a
copy of this notice is required to be
served must file their claims with this
court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS
AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST
PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30
DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE
OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate must file their
claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS
AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUB-
LICATION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN
THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN
SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA
PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PE-
RIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM
FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE
AFTER THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF
DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of the first publication of this
notice is December 14, 2007.
Personal Representative:
SETH R. BECKERMAN
P.O. Box 10490
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15234
Attorney for Personal Representative:
KRISTOPHER E. FERNANDEZ,
ESQUIRE
Attorney for Seth R. Beckerman
Florida Bar No. 0606847
114 S. Fremont Ave.
Tampa, FL 33606
Telephone: (813) 832-6340
12/14-12/21/07 2T
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF
THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY
JUVENILE DIVISION
FFN: 505376 CASE ID: 04-0005
DIVISION: C
IN THE INTEREST OF:
BURKS, JAMES J. W/M (dob: 08/16/96)
MINOR CHILD.
NOTICE OF AN ADVISORY HEARING
ON A TERMINATION OF PARENTAL
RIGHTS PROCEEDINGS
FAILURE TO PERSONALLY APPEAR
AT THE ADVISORY HEARING CON-
STITUTES CONSENT TO THE TERMI-
NATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS OF
THIS CHILD. IF YOU FAIL TO APPEAR
ON THIS DATE AND TIME SPECIFIED,
YOU MAY LOSE ALL LEGAL RIGHTS
AS A PARENT TO THE CHILD NAMED
IN THE PETITION ATTACHED TO THIS
NOTICE.
TO:'JEFF WILLIAMS (father) or any
possible father of:
James Burks, dob: 08/16/1996
YOU WILL PLEASE TAKE NOTICE
that a Petition for Termination of Parental
Rights has been filed in the Circuit Court
of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit of the
State of Florida, in and for Hillsborough
County, Florida, Juvenile Division, alleg-
ing that the above-named child is a de-
pendent child and by which the Petitioner
is asking for the termination of parental
rights and permanent commitment of the
child to the Department of Children and
Families for subsequent adoption.
YOU YOU ARE HEREBY notified that you
are required to appear personally on the
17th day of January, 2008, at 9:00 a.m.,
before the Honorable Rex M. Barbas, at
the Hillsborough County Edgecomb Court-
house, 800 E. Twiggs Street, 4th Floor, Di-
vision C -.courtroom #411, Tampa, Florida
33602, to show cause, if any, why paren-
tal rights shall not be terminated and said
children shall not be permanently commit-
ted to the Florida Department of Children
and Families for subsequent adoption.
You are entitled to be represented by an
attorney at this proceeding.
DATED this 7th day of December, 2007
PAT FRANK
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
By: Linda Lepelletier
Deputy Clerk
12/14-1/4/08 4T
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO. 07-CA-002959 DIVISION C
DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST
COMPANY,
Plaintiff,
vs.
CLAIBORNE CHRISTIAN, et al,
Defendant(s).
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant
to a Final Judgment of Mortgage Foreclo-
sure dated December 6, 2007, and en-
tered in Case NO. 07-CA-002959 of the
Circuit Court of the THIRTEENTH Judicial
Circuit in and for HILLSBOROUGHCoun-
ty, Florida wherein DEUTSCHE BANK NA-
TIONAL TRUST COMPANY, is the Plaintiff
and CLAIBORNE CHRISTIAN; MYRTLE


LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
CHRISTIAN; _, AN UNKNOWN PER-
SON IN POSSESSION OF 3515 NORTH
29TH STREET, TAMPA, FLORIDA N/K/A
TERESA WILLIAMS, and AN UNKNOWN
PERSON IN POSSESSION OF 3515 1/2
29TH STREET, TAMPA, FLORIDA N/K/A
RODNEY JACKSON are the Defendants,
I will sell to the highest and best bidder for
cash at 2nd Floor of the George Edge-
comb Building, Room 201/202, located
at 800 E. Twiggs Street, Tampa, Florida,
33602 at 2:00PM, on the 23rd day of Janu-
ary, 2008, the following described property
as set forth in said Final Judgment:
LOT 11, BLOCK 19, CAMPOBELLO
BLOCKS 1 TO 30, AS PER PLAT
THEREOF, RECORDED IN PLAT
BOOK 2, PAGE 29, OF THE PUB-
LIC RECORDS OF HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA
A/K/A 3515-3515 1/2 NORTH 29TH
STREET, TAMPA, FL 33605.
Any person claiming an interest in the
surplus from the sale, if any, other than
the property owner as of the date of the
Lis Pendens must file a claim within sixty
(60) days after the sale.
If you are a person with a disability who
needs any accommodation in order to par-
ticipate in this proceeding, you are entitled,
at no cost to you, to the provisions of cer-
tain assistance. Please contact the ADA
'Coordinator at the Hillsborough County
Courthouse, 800 Twiggs Street, room 604,
or call 272-7040 within 2 working days of
your receipt of this notice; if you are hear-
ing impaired, call 1-800-955-8771; if you
are voice impaired, call 1-800-955-8770.
WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of
this Court on December 7, 2007.
Pat Frank
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Lori Davis-Cross
Deputy Clerk
Florida Default Law Group, P.L.
P.O. Box 25018
Tampa, Florida 33622-5018
F07038859
12/14-12/21/07 2T

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,
IN AND FOR HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA
-Case No.: 07 20272 Division: E
RICHARD J. MERZ,
Petitioner
and
PATRICIA C. MERZ,
Respondent.
NOTICE OF ACTION FOR
DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
TO: PATRICIA C. MERZ
Last Address: Unknown
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action
has been filed against you and that you
are required to serve a copy of-your writ-
ten defenses, if any, to it on RICHARD J.
MERZ, whose address is 5534 Terrace
Court 3, Temple Terrace, FL 33617, on or
before January 8, 2008, and file the origi-
nal with the clerk of this Court at 800 E.
Twiggs Street, Tampa, Florida 33602, be-
fore service on Petitioner or immediately
thereafter. If you fail to do so, a default
may be entered against you for the relief
demanded in the petition.
Copies of all court documents in this
case, including orders, are available at the
Clerk of the Circuit Court's office. You may
review these documents upon request.
You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit
Court's office notified of your current ad-
dress. (You may file Notice of-Current Ad-
dress, Florida Supreme Court Ap- proved
Family Law Form 12.915.) Future papers
in this lawsuit will be mailed to the address
on record at the clerk's office.
WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Fam-
ily Law Rules of Procedure, requires cer-
tain automatic disclosure of documents
and information. Failure to comply can
result in sanctions, including dismissal or
striking of pleadings.
Dated: December 3, 2007
Pat Frank
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Brenda Dudley
Deputy Clerk
12/7-12/28/07 4T

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF
THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY
JUVENILE DIVISION
FFN: 507520 CASE ID: 05-DP-0962
DIVISION: S
IN THE INTEREST OF:
CHASE, TYLER 01/07/2001
MINOR CHILD.
NOTICE OF AN ADVISORY HEARING
ON A TERMINATION OF PARENTAL
RIGHTS PROCEEDINGS
FAILURE TO PERSONALLY APPEAR
AT THE ADVISORY HEARING CON-
STITUTES CONSENT TO THE TERMI-
NATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS OF
THIS CHILD. IF YOU FAIL TO APPEAR
ON THIS DATE AND TIME SPECIFIED,
YOU MAY LOSE ALL LEGAL RIGHTS
AS A PARENT TO THE CHILD NAMED
IN THE PETITION ATTACHED TO THIS
NOTICE.
TO: CALLIE CHASE (mother)
Residence/Whereabouts Uknown
YOU WILL PLEASE TAKE NOTICE
that a Petition for Termination of Parental
Rights has been filed in the Circuit Court
of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit of the
State of Florida, in and for Hillsborough
County, Florida, Juvenile Division, alleg-
ing that the above-named child is a de-
pendent child and by which the Petitioner
is asking for the termination of parental
rights and permanent commitment of the
child to the Department of Children and
Families for subsequent adoption.
YOU ARE HEREBY notified that you
are required to appear personally on the
15th day of January, 2008, at 8:30 a.m.,
before the Honorable Monica L. Sierra,
at the Edgecomb Courthouse, 800 East
Twiggs Street, 4th Floor, Tampa, Florida
33602, to show cause, if any, why paren-
tal rights shall not be terminated and said
child shall not be permanently committed
to the Florida Department of Children and
Families for subsequent adoption. You are
entitled to be represented by an attorney
at this proceeding.
DATED this 11th day of December, 2007
PAT FRANK
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
By: Linda Lepelletier
Deputy Clerk 12/14-1/4/08 4T


LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO. 02-10030 DIVISION A
NATIONAL BANK OF COMMERCE,
Plaintiff,
vs.
SHELIA DOWNING, et al,
Defendantss.
NOTICE OF RESCHEDULED
FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant
to an Order Rescheduling Foreclosure
Sale dated December 7, 2007 and en-
tered in Case NO. 02-10030 of the Circuit
Court of the THIRTEENTH Judicial Cir-
cuit in and for HILLSBOROUGH Coun-
ty, Florida wherein NATIONAL BANK
OF COMMERCE, is the Plaintiff and
SHELIA DOWNING; W. S. BADCOCK
CORPORATION: BANK OF AMERICA
N.A. AS SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO
NATIONSBANK N.A.; are the Defend-
ants, I will sell to the highest and best bid-
der for cash at 2nd Floor of the George
Edgecomb Building, Room 201/202, lo-
cated at 800 E. Twiggs Street, Tampa,
Florida, 33602, at 2:00PM, on the 14th
day of January, 2008, the following
described property as set forth in said
Final Judgment:
LOT 16, BLOCK 2, CYPRESS ES-
TATES, AS PER PLAT THEREOF,
RECORDED IN PLAT 11, PAGE 85,
OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA.
A/KM. 4317 W. LASALLE STREET
TAMPA, FL 33607.
Any person claiming an interest in the
surplus from the sale, if any, other than
the property owner as of the date of the
Lis Pendens must file a claim within
sixty (60) days after the sale.
If you are a person with a disability who
needs any accommodation in order to
participate in this proceeding, you are en-
titled, at-no cost to you, to the provisions
of certain assistance. Please contact the
ADA Coordinator at the Hillsborough
County Courthouse, 800 Twiggs Street,
room 604, or call 272-7040 within 2 work-
ing days of your receipt of this notice; if
you are hearing impaired, call 1-800-
955-8771; if you are voice impaired, call
1-800-955-8770.
WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of this
Court on December 11, 2007.
Pat Frank
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Sandra Glennon
Deputy Clerk
Florida Default Law Group, P.L.
P.O. Box 25018
Tampa, Florida 33622-5018
F04011806
12/14-12/21/07 2T

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, STATE OF FLORIDA
FAMILY LAW DIVISION
Case No.: 070019879 Division: A
IN RE: THE MARRIAGE OF
ZOILA ALARCON CALANA,
Petitioner
and
RUBEN GARCIA DE LA TORRE,
Respondent
NOTICE OF ACTION FOR
DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
TO: RUBEN GARCIA DE LA TORRE
Last Address Unknown
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action has
been filed against you and that you are
required to serve a copy of your written
defenses, if any, to it on ZOILA ALARCON
CALANA, whose address is 6225 N. Dale
Mabry Hwy, Apt 1112, Tampa, Florida
33614, on or before January 8th, 2008, and
file the original with the clerk of this Court at
800 E. Twiggs Street, Room 101, Tampa,
Florida 33602, before service on Petitioner
or immediately thereafter. If you fail to do
so, a default may be entered against you
for the relief demanded in the petition.
Copies of all court documents in this
case, including orders, are available at the
Clerk of the Circuit Court's office. You may
review these documents upon request
You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit
Court's office notified of your current ad-
dress. (You may file Notice of Current Ad-
dress, Florida Supreme Court Approved
Family Law Form 12.915.) Future papers
in this lawsuit will be mailed to the address
on record at the clerk's office.
SWARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Fam-
ily Law Rules of Procedure, requires cer-
tain automatic disclosure of documents
and information. Failure to comply can
result in sanctions, including dismissal or
striking of pleadings.
Dated: November 27th, 2007
Pat Frank
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Sharon D. Dale
Deputy Clerk
12/7-1.2/28/07 4T

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,
IN AND FOR HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA
Case No.: 070019691 Division: F
FAUSTO MARRERO,
Petitioner
and
CANDIDA MARRERO,
Respondent.
NOTICE OF ACTION FOR
DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
TO: CANDIDA MARRERO
Last Address: Unknown
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action has
been filed against you and that you are
required to serve a copy of your written
defenses, if any, to it on FAUSTO MAR-
RERO, whose address is 1305 E. Louise
Ave, Tampa, Florida 33603, on or before
December 26, 2007, and file the origi-
nal with the clerk of this Court at 800 E.
Twiggs St., Room 101, Tampa, FL 33602,
before service on Petitioner or immediate-
ly thereafter, If you fail to do so, a default
may be entered against you for the relief
demanded in the petition.
Copies of all court documents in this
case, including orders, are available at the
Clerk of the Circuit Court's office. You may
review these documents upon request.
You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit
Court's office notified of your current ad-


LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
dress. (You may file Notice of Current Ad-
dress, Florida Supreme Court Ap- proved
Family Law Form 12.915.) Future papers
in this lawsuit will be mailed to the address
on record at the clerk's office.
WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Fam-
ily Law Rules of Procedure, requires cer-
tain automatic disclosure of documents
and information. Failure to comply can
result in sanctions, including dismissal or
striking of pleadings.
Dated: November 20, 2007
Pat Frank
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Mirian Roman-Perez
Deputy Clerk
11/30-12/21/07 4T

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF
THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND
FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO. 07-CA-011363 DIVISION B
HERITAGE BANK as CUSTODIAN for
THE ROGER E. KOPPLOW, IRA
ACCOUNT,
Plaintiff(s),
vs.
MICHAEL G. WALKER and
ANTONINETTE WALKER, a/k/a
ANTOINETTE EVELYN WALKER, a/k/a
ANTOINIETTE E. WALKER-WILLIAMS,
Defendant(s).
NOTICE OF SALE
Notice is hereby given that pursuant to
a Final Judgment of Foreclosure entered
in the above styled cause, in the Circuit
Court of Hillsborough County, Florida, I
will sell the property situate in Hills-
borough County, Florida, described as:
Lot 17, Block "B", BRANDON GAR-
DENS, according to the map or plat
thereof as recorded in Plat Book 32,
Page 70, Public Records of Hillsbor-
ough County, Florida.
at public sale, to the highest and best
bidder or biddersfor cash in the George
E. Edgecomb Courthouse, located at 800
E. Twiggs Street, Tampa, Florida in room
201/202 at 2:00 p.m., on the 22nd Day of
January, 2008.
Any person claiming an interest in the
surplus from the sale, if any, other than
the property owner as of the date of the
Lis Pendens must file a claim within sixty
(60) days after the sale.
If you are a person with a disability who
needs any accommodation in order to
participate in this proceeding, you are en-
titled, at no cost to you, to the provisions
of certain assistance. Please contact the
ADA Coordinator at the Hillsborough
County Courthouse, 800 Twiggs Street,
room 604, or call 272-7040 within 2 work-
ing days of your receipt of this notice; if
you are hearing impaired, call 1-800-
955-8771; if you are voice impaired, call
1-800-955-8770.
DATED on December 6, 2007
PAT FRANK
Clerk of the Court
By Sandra Glennon
Deputy Clerk 12/14-12/21/07 2T

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
INLAND FOR HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO.: 2007-CA-008751 DIVISION: C
BANK OF NEW YORK AS TRUSTEE
FOR THE CERTIFICATEHOLDERS
CWABS, INC. ASSETBACKED
CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2006-25,
Plaintiff,
vs.
VERNON BENT, A/K/A VERNON BENT,
SR., et al,
Defendantss.
NOTICE OF RESCHEDULED
FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to
an Order Rescheduling Foreclosure Sale
dated December 7, 2007, and entered in
Case No. 2007-CA-008751 of the Circuit
Court of the THIRTEENTH Judicial Circuit
in and for HILLSBOROUGH County, Flor-
ida wherein BANK OF NEW YORK AS
TRUSTEE FOR THE CERTIFICATE-
HOLDERS CWABS, INC. ASSETBACKED
CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2006-25, is
the Plaintiff and VERNON BENT, A/K/A
VERNON BENT, SR.; THE UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF VERNON BENT, A/K/A
VERNON BENT, SR.; PAMELA BENT;
MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRA-
TION SYSTEMS, INCORPORATED, AS
NOMINEE FOR COUNTRYWIDE FINAN-
CIAL CORPORATION; TENANT #1, TEN-
ANT #2, TENANT #3, and TENANT #4
are the Defendants,. I will sell to the
highest and best bidder for cash at 2nd
Floor of the George Edgecomb Building,
Room 201/202, located at 800 E. Twiggs
Street, Tampa, Florida, 33602, at 2:00
PM, on the 23rd day of January, 2008,
the following described property as set
forth in said Final Judgment:
LOT 33, BLOCK 16, ALL OF HER-
ITAGE ISLES PHASE 3A, ACCORD-
ING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RE-
CORDED IN PLAT BOOK 89, PAGE
80, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA.
A/K/A'10571 CORAL KEY AVENUE,
TAMPA, FL 33647.
Any person claiming an interest in the
surplus from the sale, if any, other than
the property owner as of the date of the
Lis Pendens must file a claim within sixty
(60) days after the sale.
If you are a person with a disability who
needs any accommodation in order to
participate in this proceeding, you are en-
titled, at no cost to you, to the provisions
of certain assistance. Please contact the
ADA Coordinator at the Hillsborough
County Courthouse, 800 Twiggs Street,
room 604, or call 272-7040 within 2 work-
ing days of your receipt of this notice; if
you are hearing impaired, call 1-800-
955-8771; if you are voice impaired, call
1-800-955-8770.
WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of
this Court on December 7, 2007.
Pat Frank
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Sandra Glennon
Deputy Clerk
Florida Default Law Group, P.L.
P.O. Box 25018
Tampa, Florida 33622-5018
F07023967
12/14-12/21/07 2T


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LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF
THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY
JUVENILE DIVISION
FFN: 509261 CASE ID: 07-0206
DIVISION: C
IN THE INTEREST OF:
SCOTT, MEGALE ETHAN B/M
(dob: 11/21/06)
MINOR CHILD.
NOTICE OF AN ADVISORY HEARING
ON A TERMINATION OF PARENTAL
RIGHTS PROCEEDINGS
FAILURE TO PERSONALLY APPEAR
AT THE ADVISORY HEARING CON-
STITUTES CONSENT TO THE TERMI-
NATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS OF
THIS CHILD. IF YOU FAIL TO APPEAR
ON THIS DATE AND TIME SPECIFIED,
YOU MAY LOSE ALL LEGAL RIGHTS
AS A PARENT TO THE CHILD NAMED
IN THE PETITION ATTACHED TO THIS
NOTICE.
TO: PATRICK TAFT JACKSON (father)
or any possible father of:
Megale Ethan Scott, dob: 11/21/06
YOU WILL PLEASE TAKE NOTICE
that a Petition for Termination of Parental
Rights has been filed in the Circuit Court
of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit of the
State of Florida, in and for Hillsborough
County, Florida, Juvenile Division, alleg-
ing that the above-named child is a de-
pendent child and by which the Petitioner
is asking for the termination of parental
rights and permanent commitment of the
child to the Department of Children and
Families for subsequent adoption.
YOU YOU ARE HEREBY notified that you
are required to appear personally on the
15th day of January, 2008, at 9:00 a.m.,
before the Honorable Rex M. Barbas, at
the Hillsborough County Edgecomb Court-
house, 800 E. Twiggs Street, 4th Floor, Di-
vision C courtroom #411, Tampa, Florida
33602, to show cause, if any, why paren-
tal rights shall not be terminated and said
children shall not be permanently commit-
ted to the Florida Department of Children
and Families for subsequent adoption.
You are entitled to be represented by an
attorney at this proceeding.
DATED this 7th day of December, 2007
PAT FRANK
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
By: Linda Lepelletier
Deputy Clerk
12/14-1/4/08 4T

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
File No.: 07-2993 Division: A
IN RE: ESTATE OF:
WILLIAM L. STOELTZING,
Deceased.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of WIL-
LIAM L. STOELTZING, deceased, whose
date of death was November 4, 2007; File
Number 07-2993, is pending in the Circuit
-Court for Hillsborough County, Florida,
Probate Division, the address of which is
800 E. Twiggs Street, Tampa, FL 33602.
The names and addresses of the personal
representative and the personal represen-
tative's attorney are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands against
decedent's estate on whom a copy of this
notice is required to be served, must file
their claims with this court WITHIN THE
LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME
OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS
NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE
OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NO-
TICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate must file their
claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS
AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUB-
LICATION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE
TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION
733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE
CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERI-
OD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM
FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE
AFTER THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF
DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of first publication of this notice
is December 14, 2007.
Signed on December 10, 2007
Personal Representative:.
CECILLE L. PARIDO
4906 New Providence Drive
Tampa, FL 33629
Attorney for Personal Representative:
E. Jackson Boggs
Florida Bar No.: 007206
FOWLER WHITE BOGGS BANKER
P.A.
Post Office Box 1438
Tampa, FL 33601-1438
Telephone: (813)222-1148
12/14-12/21/07 2T
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
'HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
File No. 07-CP-002880 Division "A"
IN RE: ESTATE OF
RUFUS FLOYD PARKER,
Deceased.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS

The administration of the estate of
RUFUS FLOYD PARKER, deceased,
whose date of death was August 10,
2007, is pending in the Circuit Court for
Hillsborough County, Florida, Probate Di-
vision, the address of which is 800 East
Twiggs St.; Tampa, FL 33602. The
names and addresses of the personal
representative and the personal repre-
sentative's attorney are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate on whom a
copy of this notice is required to be
served must file their claims with this
court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3
MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE
OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF
SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE
ON THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate must file their
claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS
AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUB-
LICATION OF THIS NOTICE


LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN
THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN
SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA
PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERI-
ODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM
FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE
AFTER THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF
DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of first publication of this no-
tice is December 14, 2007.
Personal Representative:
CECIL F. PARKER
493 Pebble Creek Pass
Wales, Wisconsin 53183
Attorney for Personal Representative:
DAMON C. GLISSON, ESQ.
Attorney for Cecil F. Parker
Florida Bar No. 187877
5908 Fortune Place
Apollo Beach, Florida 33572
Telephone: (813) 645-6796
Fax: (813) 645-8572
12/14-12/21/07 2T
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
File No. 07-CP-3057 Division A
IN RE: ESTATE OF
MARY C. ALLOCCO
Deceased.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of
MARY C. ALLOCCO, deceased, whose
date of death was December 1, 2007; File
Number 07-CP-3057, is pending in the
Circuit Court for Hillsborough County,
Florida, Probate Division, the address of
which is 800 E. Twiggs Street, Tampa,
FL 33602. The names and addresses of
the personal representative and the per-
sonal representative's attorney are set
forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate, on whom a
copy of this notice is required to be served
must file their claims with this court WITH-
IN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER
THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICA-
TION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS
AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A
COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent
and other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedent's estate, must
file their claims with this Court WITHIN 3
MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE
TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION
733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE
CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PE-
RIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM
FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE
AFTER THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF
DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of the first publication of this
notice is December 14, 2007.
Personal Representative:
DENNIS V. NYMARK
110 S. Pebble Beach Blvd.
Sun City Center, FL 33573
Attorney for Personal Representative:
DENNIS V NYMARK
Florida Bar No. 059239
DENNIS V. NYMARK PA
110 S. Pebble Beach Blvd.
Sun City Center, FL 33573
Telephone: (813) 634-8447
12/14-12/21/07 2T
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF
THE STATE OF FLORIDA IN AND
FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO. 07-11790-CA-Div. J
MARC ASSOCIATES, INC.
Plaintiff,
vs.
TRACY J. GAUTHIER; SYLVIA YOUNG
DECLARATION OF TRUST DATED
SEPTEMBER 15, 2000; JOHN DOE and
JANE DOE, Unknown Tenant(s).
Defendant(s).
NOTICE OF SALE
PURSUANT TO F.S. CHAPTER 45
NOTICE IS GIVEN that pursuant to a
Final Judgment of Foreclosure, dated
December 4, 2007, in the above-styled
cause, I will sell to the highest and best
bidder for cash on the Second floor of the
George E. Edgecomb Building, Room
201/202, 800 E. Twiggs Street, Tampa,
Florida at 2:00 p.m. on the 22nd day of
January, 2008, the following described
real property:
Lot 53, BEL-MAR REVISED UNIT NO.
1, LESS the West 1 foot thereof, ac-
cording to map or plat thereof as
recorded in Plat Book 25, Page 1, of
the Public Records of Hillsborough
County, Florida.
a/k/a: 4718 W. Vasconia Street, Tam-
pa, FL 33629.
Any person claiming an interest in the
surplus from the sale, if any, other than
the property owner as of the date of the
lis pendens must file a claim within sixty
(60) days after the sale.
If you are a person with a disability who
needs any accommodation in order to
participate in this proceeding, you are en-
titled, at no cost to you, to the provisions
of certain assistance. Please contact the
ADA Coordinator at the Hillsborough
County Courthouse, 800 Twiggs Street,
room 604, or call 272-7040 within 2 work-
ing days of your receipt of this notice; if
you are hearing impaired, call 1-800-
955-8771; if you are voice impaired, call
1-800-955-8770.
Dated this 5th day of December, 2007
Pat Frank
Clerk of Court
By: Sandra Glennon
Deputy Clerk
DONNELLY & RUSSO, P.A.
3708 W. Euclid Ave., Tampa, FL 33629
(813) 832-9790, (813) 832-9739 -fax
12/14-12/21/07 2T
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
File No. 07-3062 Division A
IN RE: ESTATE OF
MARY L. MUNRO
Deceased.


LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of
MARY L. MUNRO, deceased, whose
date of death was November 8, 2007; File
Number 07-3062, is pending in the Circuit
Court for Hillsborough County, Florida,
Probate Division, the address of which is
P.O. Box 1110, Tampa, FL 33601. The
names and addresses of the personal
representative and the personal repre-
sentative's attorney are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate, on whom a
copy of this notice is required to be served
must file their claims with this court WITH-
IN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER
THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICA-
TION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS
AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A
COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent
and other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedent's estate, must
file their claims with this Court WITHIN 3
MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE
TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION
733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE
CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PE-
RIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM
FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE
AFTER THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF
DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of the first publication of this
notice is December 14, 2007.
Personal Representative:
ALEXANDER H. MUNRO, III
3513 Five Mile Dr.
Stockton, CA 95219
Attorney for Personal Representative:
DENNIS V. NYMARK
Florida Bar No. 059239
DENNIS V. NYMARK PA
110 S. Pebble Beach Blvd.
Sun City Center, FL 33573
Telephone: (813) 634-8447
12/14-12/21/07 2T
IN THE CIRCUIT r COURT FOR
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
File No. 07-3012 Division A-
IN RE: ESTATE OF:
RICHARD K. SINKLER,
Deceased.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of
RICHARD K. SINKLER, deceased, whose
date of death was October 10, 2007, is
pending in the Circuit Court for Hillsbor-
ough County, Florida, Probate Division,
the address-of which is P.O. Box 1110,
Tampa, Florida 33601. The names and
addresses of the Personal Representa-
tives and the Personal Representatives'
attorney are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands against
decedent's estate on whom a copy of this
notice is required to be served must file
their claims with this court WITHIN THE
LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME
OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS
NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE
OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NO-
TICE ON THEM.
-All other creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or demands'
against decedent's estate must file their
claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS
AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUB-
LICATION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE
TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION
733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE
CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERI-
OD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM
FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE
AFTER THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF
DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of first publication of this notice
is December 14, 2007.
Personal Representatives:
NANCY S. SINKLER
19155 White Wing Place
Tampa, FL 33647
PNC BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION
Robert N. Tropp, Jr.
1600 Market St., 29th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Attorney for Personal Representatives:
HOLLAND & KNIGHT LLP
Shane A. Hart
Florida Bar No. 0091261
P.O. Box 1288
Tampa, FL 33601
Telephone: (813) 227-8500
Fax: (813) 229-0134
12/14-12/21/07 2T
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
File No. 07-CP-002296 Division A
IN RE: ESTATE OF
PATRICIA M. PITTS
Deceased.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of
PATRICIA M. PITTS, deceased, whose
date of death was April 9, 2007, is
pending in the Circuit Court for HILLS-
BOROUGH County, Florida, Probate
Division, the address of which is 800 East
Twiggs St., Tampa, FL. 33602. The
names and addresses of the personal
representative and the personal repre-
sentative's attorney are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate, on whom a
copy of this notice is required to be served
must file their claims with this court WITH-
IN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER
THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICA-
TION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS
AFTER THE-DATE OF SERVICE OF A
COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent
and other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedent's estate, must
file their claims with this Court WITHIN 3
MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE
TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION
733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE
CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PE-
RIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY


LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR
MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S DATE
OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of the first publication of this
notice is December 14, 2007.
Personal Representative:
PAUL M. PITTS
15157 Shaw Rd.
Tampa, Florida 33625
Attorney for Personal Representative:
NATHAN L. TOWNSEND, ESQ.
Attorney for Paul M. Pitts
Florida Bar.No. 095885
9385 N. 56th St., Ste. 202
Tampa, FL 33617
Telephone: (813) 988-5500
Fax: (813) 988-5510
12/14-12/21/07 2T
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,
IN AND FOR HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA
Case No.: 0700020372 Division: D
MAYRA LOPEZ,
Petitioner
and
CESAR CANCHOLA,
Respondent.
NOTICE OF ACTION FOR
DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
TO: CESAR CANCHOLA
Last Address: Unknown
YOU ARE NOTIFIED thatan action
has been filed against you and that you
are required to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any, to it on MAYRA LO-
PEZ, whose address is 2614 W. Powhat-
tan Ave., Tampa, FL 33614, on or before
January 7, 2008, and file the original with
the clerk of this Court at 800 E. Twiggs
Street, Room 101, Tampa, Florida 33602
or P.O. Box 3450, Tampa, Florida 33601-
4358, before service on Petitioner or im-
mediately thereafter. If you fail to do so, a
default may be entered against you for the
relief demanded in the petition.
Copies of all court documents in this
case, including orders, are available at the
Clerk of the Circuit Court's office. You may
review these documents upon request.
You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit
Court's office notified of your current ad-
dress. (You may file Notice of Current Ad-
dress, Florida Supreme Court Ap- proved
Family Law Form 12.915.) Future papers
in this lawsuit will be mailed to the address
on record at the clerk's office.
WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Fam-
ily Law Rules of Procedure, requires cer-
tain automatic disclosure of documents
and information. Failure to comply can
result in sanctions, including dismissal or
striking of pleadings. '
Dated: December 5, 2007
Pat Frank'
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Adrian J. Salas
Deputy Clerk
12/7-12/28/07 4T

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OFTHE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, STATE OF FLORIDA
FAMILY-LAW DIVISION
CASE NO.: 07-DR-011308 DIVISION: C
IN RE: THE MARRIAGE OF
ILZA MARIA RIZZO,
Petitioner/Wife
and
GEORGE MICHAEL RIZZO,
Respondent/Husband.
NOTICE OF ACTION FOR
DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
TO: GEORGE MICHAEL RIZZO
Current Address Unknown
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action has
been filed against you and that you are
required to serve a copy of your written
defenses, if any, to it on ADRIAN R. CAS-
TRO, P.A., on behalf of the Petitioner, ILZA
MARIA RIZZO, whose address is 505 E.
Jackson Street, Suite 210, Tampa, Florida
33602, on or before January 14, 2008, and
file the original with the clerk of this Court
at 800 East Twiggs Street, Tampa, Florida
33602, before service on Petitioner or im-
mediately thereafter. If you fail to do so, a
default may be entered against you for the
relief demanded in the petition.
Copies of all court documents in this
case, including orders, are available at the
Clerk of the Circuit Court's office. You may
review these documents upon request..
You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit
Court's office notified of your current ad-
dress. (You may file Notice of Current Ad-
dress, Florida Supreme Court Approved
Family Law Form 12.915.) Future papers
in this lawsuit will be mailed to the address
on record at the clerk's office.
WARNING: Rule'12.285, Florida Fam-
ily Law Rules of Procedure, requires cer-
tain automatic disclosure of documents
and information. Failure to comply can
result in sanctions, including dismissal or
striking of pleadings.
Dated: December 10, 2007
Pat Frank
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Cynthia Menendez
Deputy Clerk 12/14-1/4/08 4T

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO. 2007-CA-007942 DIVISION I
DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST-
COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE OF ARGENT
MORTGAGE SECURITIES, INC.
ASSET BACKED PASS THROUGH
CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2006-W4
UNDER THE POOLING AND SERVICING
AGREEMENT DATED AS OF APRIL
1,2006, WITHOUT RECOURSE,
Plaintiff,
vs.
ROSCOE L. LOVE JR, et al,
Defendantss.
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant
to a Final Judgment of Mortgage Fore-
closure dated December 6, 2007, and
entered in Case NO. 2007-CA-007942 of
the Circuit Court of the THIRTEENTH Ju-
dicial Circuit in and for HILLSBOROUGH
County, Florida wherein DEUTSCHE
BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS
TRUSTEE OF ARGENT MORTGAGE SE-
CURITIES, INC. ASSET BACKED PASS
THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES


LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT'
2006-W4 UNDER THE POOLING AND
SERVICING AGREEMENT DATED AS OF
APRIL 1,2006, WITHOUT RECOURSE, is
the Plaintiff and ROSCOE L. LOVE JR;
LINDA L. LOVE; are the Defendants, I will
sell to the highest and best bidder for cash
at 2nd Floor of, the George Edgecomb
Building, Room 201/202, located at 800
E. Twiggs Street, Tampa, Florida, 33602
at 2:00PM, on the 22nd day of January,
2008, the following described property as
set forth in said Final Judgment:
LOT 2 IN BLOCK 5 OF GREEN
MEADOW ESTATES UNIT NO. 2, AC-
CORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT
THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT
BOOK 41, PAGE-17, OF THE PUB-
LIC RECORDS OF.HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA.
A/K/A 1612 SUNNYHILLS DRIVE,
BRANDON, FL 33510.
Any person claiming an interest in the
surplus from the sale, if any, other than
the property owner as of the date of the
Lis Pendens must file a claim within sixty
(60) days after the sale.
If you are a person with a disability who
needs any accommodation in order to par-
ticipate in this proceeding, you are entitled,
at no cost to you, to the provisions of cer-
tain ,assistance. Please contact the ADA
Coordinator at the Hillsborough County
Courthouse, 800 Twiggs Street, room 604,
or call 272-7040 within 2 working days of
your receipt of this notice; if you are hear-
ing impaired, call 1-800-955-8771; if you
are voice impaired, call 1-800-955-8770.
WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of
this Court on December 6, 2007.
Pat Frank
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Sandra Glennon
Deputy Clerk
Florida Default Law Group, P.L.
P.O. Box 25018
Tampa, Florida 33622-5018
F07018928 12/14-12/21/07 2T

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY; FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO.: 2007-4278CA
WM SPECIALTY MORTGAGE LLC,
WITHOUT RECOURSE
Plaintiff,
vs.
SYLVIA MARTIN, et al,
Defendantss.
NOTICE OF SALE
Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to
a Final Judgment of Foreclosure or Order
dated December 3, 2007, entered in Civil
Case Number 2007-4278CA, in the Cir-
cuit Court for HILLSBOROUGH, Florida,
wherein WM SPECIALTY MORTGAGE
LLC, WITHOUT RECOURSE is the Plain-
tiff, and SYLVIA MARTIN, et al., are the
Defendants, I will sell the property situ-
ated in HILLSBOROUGH County, Flor-
ida, described as:
Lot 1, Block 34, PROGRESS VIL-
LAGE, Unit 3A, according to the plat
thereof, as recorded in Plat Book 37,
Page 85, of the Public Records of
Hillsborough County, Florida.
at public sale, to the highest and best bid-
der, for cash, at the George Edgecomb
Courthouse, Room 201/202, 800 E. Twiggs
Street, Tampa, FL 33602 at 2:00 p.m. on
the 22nd day of January, 2008. Any per-
son claiming an interest in the surplus
from the sale, if any, other than the prop-
erty owner as of the date of the Lis Pen-
dens must file a claim within 60 days after
the sale.
If you are a person vith a disability who
needs any accommodation in order to
participate in this proceeding, you are en-
titled, at no cost to you, to the provisions
of certain assistance. Please contact the
ADA Coordinator at the Hillsborough
County Courthouse, 800 Twiggs Street,
room 604, or call 272-7040 within 2 work-
ing days of your receipt of this notice; if
you are hearing impaired, call 1-800-
955-8771; if-you are voice impaired, call
1-800-955-8770.
Dated December 5, 2007.
Pat Frank
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Lori Davis-Cross
Deputy Clerk
Golson Law Firm
1230 S. Myrtle Ave., Suite 105
Clearwater, FL 33756-3445
12/14-12/21/07 2T

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE ,
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF
THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY
GENERAL CIVIL LAW DIVISION
CASE NO.: 07-12187 DIVISION: F
IN RE: THE FORFEITURE OF ONE
*THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED THIRTY-
TWO DOLLARS AND 00/100 ($1,932.00)
U.S. CURRENCY
CLAIMANT:. SEAN KELLY
NOTICE OF FORFEITURE
PROCEEDINGS
TO: SEAN KELLY
5001 Excellence Blvd., #146-B
Tampa, Florida 33617
and all persons who claim an interest
in: ONE THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED
THIRTY-TWO DOLLARS AND 00/100
($1,932.00) U.S. CURRENCY, seized
August 10, 2007 in Hillsborough County,
Florida.
YOU WILL PLEASE TAKE NOTICE
said property is in the custody of Hills-
borough County Sheriff's Office. Any
Claimant desiring to contest the forfeiture
of the above-described property shall
serve upon the below-signed attorney
any responsive pleadings and affirmative
defenses within twenty (20) days after re-
ceipt of the Complaint for Forfeiture and
Order Finding Probable Cause, pursuant
to 932.703(2)(a), Fla. Stat.
PLEASE GOVERN YOURSELVES AC-
CORDINGLY this 11th day of December,
2007.
DAVID GEE,
as Sheriff of Hillsborough County
CHRISTOPHER E. BROWN, ESQ.,
Attorney for David Gee,
as Sheriff ol Hillsborough County
2008 East 8th Avenue
Post Office Box 3371
Tampa, Florida 33601 (813) 247-8133
Florida Bar No. 0986010
12/14-12/21/07 2T


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LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO.: 07-CA-009105 DIVISION: C
HSBC BANK USA, N.A., AS TRUSTEE
ON BEHALF OF ACE SECURITIES
CORP. HOME EQUITY LOAN TRUST
AND FOR THE REGISTERED HOLDERS
OF ACE SECURITIES CORP. HOME
EQUITY LOAN TRUST, SERIES
2007-HE4, ASSET BACKED PASS-
THROUGH CERTIFICATES,
Plaintiff,
vs.
JAMES C. WILSON; UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF JAMES C. WILSON;
UNKNOWN TENANT #1; UNKNOWN
TENANT #2; ALL OTHER UNKNOWN
PARTIES CLAIMING INTERESTS BY,
THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST A
NAMED DEFENDANTS) WHO ARE
NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE,
WHETHER SAME UNKNOWN PARTIES
MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS
SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES,
GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS,
Defendantss.
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
(To be Published in the LA GACETA)
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant
to a Final Summary Judgment dated
December 5, 2007, entered in Civil Case
No.: 07-CA-009105, DIVISION: C, of the
Circuit Court of the Thirteenth Judicial
Circuit in and for Hillsborough County,
Florida, wherein HSBC BANK USA, N.A.,
AS TRUSTEE ON BEHALF OF ACE
SECURITIES CORP. HOME EQUITY
LOAN TRUST AND FOR THE REGIS-
TERED HOLDERS OF ACE SECURI-
TIES CORP. HOME EQUITY LOAN
TRUST, SERIES 2007-HE4, ASSET
BACKED PASS-THROUGH CERTIFI-
CATES is Plaintiff, and JAMES C. WIL-
SON, UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF JAMES
C. WILSON N/K/A KATHERINA WIL-
SON; AND UNKNOWN TENANT #1
N/K/A DORIS BOYKIN, are Defendants.
I will sell to the highest bidder for cash at
2:00 P.M on the 2nd Floor of the George
Edgecomb Building, Room 201/202, lo-
cated at 800 East Twiggs Street, in
Tampa, Florida 33602, on the 23rd day of
January, 2008, the following described
real property as set forth in said Final
'Summary Judgment, to wit:
Lot 62, Block 73, TOWN 'N COUNTRY
PARK UNIT NO. 30, according to map
or plat thereof, as recorded in Plat
.- Book 42, Page 35, of the Public Rec-
ords of Hillsborough County, Florida.
This property is located at the Street
address of: 7104 Gateway Court, Tam-
pa, FL 33615.
If you are a person claiming a right to
funds remaining after the sale, you must
file a claim with the clerk no later than 60
days after the sale. If you fail to file a
claim you will not be entitled to any
remaining funds. After 60 .days, only the
owner of record as of the date of the lis
pendens may claim the surplus.
If you are a person with a disability who
needs any accommodation in order to
participate in this proceeding, you are en-
titled, at no cost to you, to the provisions
of certain assistance. Please contact the
ADA Coordinator at the Hillsborough
County Courthouse, 800 Twiggs Street,
room 604, or call 272-7040 within 2 work-
ing days of your receipt of this notice; if
you are hearing impaired, call 1-800-
955-8771; if you are voice impaired, call
1-800-955-8770.
WITNESS my hand and the seal of this
court on December 6, 2007.
Pat Collier Frank
Clerk of the Court.
By Sandra Glennon
Deputy Clerk
Attorney For Plaintiff:
ELIZABETH R. WELLBORN, ESQUIRE
Elizabeth R. Wellborn, P.A.
1701 West Hillsboro Blvd., Suite 307
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
(954) 354-3544 Fax; (954) 354-3545
12/14-12/21/07 2T
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIRCUIT CIVIL ACTION
Case No.: 07-003640 Division: H
ROBBIE DAVIS AS TRUSTEE FOR THE
R.R.D. 2004 TAX SALE TRUST,
Plaintiff,
vs.
ALEXANDER J. DRABIN, JR., BEVERLY
R. DRABIN, ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN
PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH,
UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN
NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANTS)
WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD
OR ALIVE WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN
PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS
SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES,
GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS,
MARVIN O. CLARK, THE CITY OF
TAMPA, JOHN DOE OR ANY OTHER
PERSON IN POSSESSION,
DEFENDANTS, et al,
Defendant(s).
NOTICE OF SALE
Notice is hereby given pursuant to the
final judgment/order entered in the above
noted case, that I will sell the following
property situated in Hillsborough Coun-
ty, Florida described as:
LOT 20 OF DIXIE FARMS SUB-
DIVISION, ACCORDING TO MAP
THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT
BOOK 9, PAGE 60, PUBLIC REC-
ORDS OF HILLSBOROUGH COUN-
TY, FLORIDA.
at public sale to the highest and best
bidder for cash, at the George Edgecomb
Courthouse, Hillsborough County, 800
East Twiggs Street, Tampa, Florida
33602, Second Floor, Room 201/202, at
2:00 p.m. on January 17, 2008. The
highest bidder.shall immediately post with
the Clerk, a deposit equal to the five
percent (5%) of the final bid. The deposit
must be cash or cashier's check payable
to the Clerk of the Court. Final payment
must be made on or before 12:00 p.m. on
the day after the sale by cash or cashier's
check.
Any person claiming an interest in the
surplus from the sale, if any, other than
the property owner as of the date of the
Lis Pendens must file a claim within sixty
(60) days after the sale.
If you are a person with a disability who
needs any accommodation in order to


LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
participate in this proceeding, you are en-
titled, at no cost to you, to the provisions
of certain assistance. Please contact the
ADA Coordinator at the Hillsborough
County Courthouse, 800 Twiggs Street,
room 604, or call 272-7040 within 2 work-
ing days of your receipt of this notice; if
you are hearing impaired, call 1-800-
955-8771; if you are voice impaired, call
1-800-955-8770.
Date: December 10, 2007
Pat Frank
Clerk of the Court
By: Sandra Glennon
Deputy Clerk
David J. Plante, Esq. and Patrick J.
Cremeens, Esq.
The Plante Law Group, PLC
806 N. Armenia Ave., Tampa, FL 33609
(813) 875-5297 Fax (813) 879-5297
12/14-12/21/07 2T
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO.: 2007-5981-CA DIVISION: G
CITICORP TRUST BANK, FSB,
Plaintiff,
vs.
JOHN F. HAMMETT, et al,
Defendantss.
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: JOHN F. HAMMETT
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS:
17690 NW 67th Ave. #201
Miami, FL 33015
6340 Gondola Drive
Riverview, FL 33569
CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN
FARRAH ESTRELLA HAMMETT
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS:
17690 NW 67th Ave. #201
Miami, FL 33015
6340 Gondola Drive
Riverview, FL 335692
CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN
ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES
CLAIMING BY, THROUGH,
UNDER, AND AGAINST THE
HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL
DEFENDANTS) WHO ARE NOT
KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE,
WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN
PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN
INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS,
DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR
OTHER CLAIMANTS
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS:
UNKNOWN
CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to
foreclose a mortgage on the following prop-
erty in HILLSBOROUGH County, Florida:
LOT 29, BLOCK 3, VILLAGES OF
LAKE ST. CHARLES PHASE II, AS
PER PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED
IN PLAT BOOK 91, PAGES 51-1
THROUGH 51-6, OF THE PUBLIC RE-
CORDS OF HILLSBOROUGH COUN-
TY, FLORIDA.
has been filed against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your written
defenses, if any, on or before January 14,
2008, on Florida Default Law Group, P.L.,
Plaintiff's attorney, whose address is 9119
Corporate Lake Drive, Suite 300, Tampa,
Florida 33634, and file the original with this
Court either before service on Plaintiff's
attorney or immediately thereafter, other-
wise a default will be entered against you
for the relief demanded in the Complaint
or petition.
This notice shall be published once
each week for two consecutive weeks in
the La Gaceta. -
If you are a person with a disability who
needs any accommodation in order to par-
ticipate in this proceeding, you are entitled,
at no cost to you, to the provisions of cer-
tain assistance. Please contact the ADA
Coordinator at the Hillsborough County
Courthouse, 800 Twiggs Street, room 604,
or call 272-7040 within 2 working days of
your receipt of this notice; if you are hear-
ing impaired, call 1-800- 955-8771; if you
are voice impaired, call 1-800-955-8770.
WITNESS my hand and the seal of this
Court on December 8, 2007.
Pat Frank
Clerk of the Court
By: LaKesha Mills
Deputy Clerk
Flbrida Default Law Group, P.L.
P.O. Box 25018
Tampa, Florida 33622-5018
F07014453
12/14-12/21/07 2T

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO.: 07-6240-CA K
BP THOMPSON SECOND LIMITED
PARTNERSHIP
Plaintiff,
Vs.
MARK PINEDA, et al,
Defendant(s).
NOTICE OF SALE
Notice is hereby given that, pursuant
to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure or
Order dated December 6, 2007, entered
in Civil Case Number 07-6240-CA K, in
the Circuit Court for HILLSBOROUGH,
Florida, wherein BP THOMPSON SEC-
OND LIMITED PARTNERSHIP is the
Plaintiff, and MARK PINEDA, et al., are
the Defendants, I will sell the property
situated in HILLSBOROUGH County,
Florida, described as:
Lot 28; Block 26, TOWN 'N COUNTRY
PARK NO. 10, according to the map or
plat thereof, as recorded In Plat Book
38, Page 29, of the Public Records of
Hillsborough County, Florida.
at public sale, to the highest and best bid-
der, for cash, at the George Edgecomb
Courthouse, Room 201/202, 800 E. Twiggs
Street, Tampa, FL 33602 at 2:00 p.m. on
the 8th day of January, 2008. Any per-
son claiming an interest in the surplus
from the sale, if any, other than the prop-
erty owner as of the date of the Lis Pen-
dens must file a claim within 60 days after
the sale
If you are a person with a disability who
needs any accommodation in order to
participate in this proceeding, you are en-
titled, at no cost to you, to the provisions


LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
of certain assistance. Please contact the
ADA Coordinator at the Hillsborough
County Courthouse, 800 Twiggs Street,
room 604, or call 272-7040 within 2 work-
ing days of your receipt of this notice; if
you are hearing impaired, call 1-800-
955-8771; if you are voice impaired, call
1-800-955-8770.
Dated December 10, 2007.
Pat Frank .
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Sandra Glennon
Deputy Clerk
Golson Law Firm
1230 S. Myrtle Ave., Suite 105
Clearwater, FL 33756-3445
12/14-12/21/07 2T

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO.: 07 12010
DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL
TRUST COMPANY AS TRUSTEE
UNDER POOLING AND SERVICING
AGREEMENT DATED AS OF MAY 1,
2007 SECURITIZED ASSET BACKED
RECEIVABLES LLC TRUST 2007-
BR4 MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH
CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-BR4,
Plaintiff,
vs.
KELLY MOORE, et al,
Defendant(s).
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: KELLY MOORE
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS:
3913 Fontainebleau Drive
Tampa, FL 33634
CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN
ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES
CLAIMING BY, THROUGH,
UNDER, AND AGAINST THE
HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL
DEFENDANTS) WHO ARE NOT
KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE,
WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN
PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN
INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS,
DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR
OTHER CLAIMANTS
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS:
UNKNOWN
CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to
foreclose a mortgage on the following prop-
erty in HILLSBOROUGH County, Florida:
LOT 19, DANA SHORES, UNIT NO. 2,
ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT
THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT
BOOK 34 AT PAGE 38, OF THE PUB-
LIC RECORDS OF HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA.
has been filed against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your written
defenses by January 7, 2008, on Albertelli
Law, Plaintiff's attorney, whose address
is 777 South Harbour Island Blvd., Suite
940, Tampa, FL 33602, and file the origi-
nal with this Court either before service on
Plaintiff's attorney or immediately there-
after, otherwise a default will be entered
against you for the relief demanded in the
Complaint or petition.
This notice shall be published once
each week for two consecutive weeks in
the La Gaceta.
If you are a person with a disability who
needs any accommodation in order to par-
ticipate in this proceeding, you are entitled,
at no cost to you, to the provisions of cer-
tain assistance. Please contact the ADA
Coordinator at the Hillsborough County
Courthouse, 800 Twiggs Street, room 604,
or call 272-7040 within 2 working days of
your receipt of this notice; if you are hear-
ing impaired, call 1-800- 955-8771; if you
are voice impaired, call 1-800-955-8770.
WITNESS my hand and the seal of this
Court on November 30, 2007.
Pat Frank
Clerk of the Court
By: Lakesha Mills
Deputy Clerk
Albertelli Law
777 South Harbour Island Blvd.,
Suite 940, Tampa, FL 33602
12/14-12/21/07 2T

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, STATE OF FLORIDA
FAMILY LAW DIVISION
CASE NO.. 07 19925 DIVISION. I
IN RE: THE MARRIAGE OF
JACQUELINE ROMAN,
Petitioner
and
JAVIER VELGARA;
Respondent.
NOTICE OF ACTION FOR
DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
TO: JAVIER VELGARA
Last Address Unknown
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action has
been filed against you and that you are re-
quired to serve a copy of your written de-
fenses, if any, to it on JACQUELINE RO-
MAN, whose address is P.O. Box 151061,
Tampa, Florida 33684, on or before De-
cember 31, 2007, and file the original with
the clerk of this Court at 800 E. Twiggs
Street, Tampa, Florida, before service
on Petitioner or immediately thereafter. If
you fail to do so, a default may be entered
against you for the relief demanded in the
petition.
Copies of all court documents in this
case; including orders, are available at the
Clerk of the Circuit Court's office. You may
review these documents upon request.
You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit
Court's office notified of your current ad-
dress. (You may file Notice of Current Ad-
dress, Florida Supreme Court Approved
Family Law Form 12.915.) Future papers
in this lawsuit will be mailed to the address
on record at the clerk's office.
WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Fam-
ily Law Rules of Procedure, requires cer-
tain automatic disclosure of documents
and information. Failure to comply can
result in sanctions, including dismissal or
striking of pleadings.
Dated: November 27, 2007
Pat Frank
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Brenda Dudley
Deputy Clerk.
12/7-12/28/07 4T


LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO.: 07-CA-012532
U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION,
AS TRUSTEE,
Plaintiff,
vs.
JORGE LUIS GONZALEZ A/K/A LUIS
GONZALEZ, et al,
Defendantss.
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: ANTONIO MONTANO
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS:
2903 West Comanche Avenue
Tampa, FL 33614
CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN
ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES
CLAIMING BY, THROUGH,
UNDER, AND AGAINST THE
HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL
DEFENDANTS) WHO ARE NOT
KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE,
WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN
PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN
INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS,
DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR
OTHER CLAIMANTS
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS:
UNKNOWN
CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to
foreclose a mortgage on the following prop-
erty in HILLSBOROUGH County, Florida:
TRACT BEGINNING 661.00 FEET
WEST AND 500.00 FEET NORTH OF
THE SOUTHEAST'CORNER OF THE
SOUTHWEST QUARTER OF THE
SOUTHEAST QUARTER OF SECTION
34, TOWNSHIP 28 SOUTH, RANGE
18, EAST, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY,
FLORIDA.
RUN THENCE EAST 65.00 FEET;
THENCE NORTH 171.10 FEET;
THENCE WEST 65.00 FEET; THENCE
SOUTH 171.00 FEET TO THE POINT
OF BEGINNING.
has been filed against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your written
defenses by January 7, 2008, on Albertelli
Law, Plaintiff's attorney, whose address
is 777 South Harbour Island Blvd., Suite
940, Tampa, FL 33602, and file the origi-
nal with this Court either before service on
Plaintiff's attorney or immediately there-
after, otherwise a default will be entered
against you for the relief demanded in the
Complaint or petition.
This notice shall be published once
each week for two consecutive weeks in
the La Gaceta
If you are a person with a disability who
needs any accommodation in order to par-
ticipate in this proceeding, you are entitled,
at no cost to you, to the provisions of cer-
tain assistance. Please contact the ADA
Coordinator at the Hillsborough County
Courthouse, 800 Twiggs Street, room 604,
or call 272-7040 within 2 working days of
your receipt of this notice; if you are hear-
ing impaired, call 1-800- 955-8771; if you
are voice impaired, call 1-800-955-8770.
WITNESS my hand and the seal of this
Court on November 30, 2007.
Pat Frank
Clerk of the Court
By: Lakesha Mills
Deputy Clerk
Albertelli Law
777 South Harbour Island Blvd.,
Suite 940, Tampa, FL 33602
12/14-12/21/07 2T

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,
IN AND FOR HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA
Case No.: 07 19143 Division: C
TANIA PATRICIA ROMERO,
Petitioner
and
RICHARD MICHEAL HARLIN,
Respondent.
NOTICE OF ACTION FOR
DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
TO: RICHARD MICHEAL HARLIN
Last Address: Unknown
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action has
been filed against you and that you are
required to serve a copy of your written
defenses, if any, to it on TANIA PATRICIA
ROMERO, whose address is 500 Harbor
Place Unit # 1109, Tampa, FI 33602, on
or before January 14, 2008, and file the
original with the clerk of this Court at 800
East Twiggs St. Rm. #101, Tampa, FL
33602, before service on Petitioner or im-
mediately thereafter. If you fail to do so, a
default may be entered against you for the
relief demanded in the petition.
Copies of all court documents in this
case, including orders, are available at the
Clerk of the Circuit Court's office. You may
review these documents upon request.
You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit
Court's office notified of your current ad-
dress. (You may file Notice of Current Ad-
dress, Florida Supreme Court Ap- proved
Family Law -Form 12.915.) Future papers
in this lawsuit will be mailed to the address
on record at the clerk's office.
WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Fam-
ily Law Rules of Procedure, requires cer-
tain automatic disclosure of documents
and information. Failure to comply can
result in sanctions, including dismissal or
striking of pleadings.
Dated: December 11, 2007
Pat Frank
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Adrian J. Salas
Deputy Clerk 12/14-1/4/08 4T

IN THE CIRCUIT-COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,
IN AND FOR HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA
Case No.: 070020163 Division: D
FLORENTINO FRANCISCO MACHO,
Petitioner
and
RAQUEL FELIX,
Respondent.
NOTICE OPACTION FOR
DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
TO: RAQUEL FELIX
Last known address: 3471 S. Labrea
Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90016
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action has
been filed against you and that you are
required to serve a copy of your written


LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
defenses, if any, to it on FLORENTINO
FRANCISCO MACHO, whose address is
3413 Dewey St., Tampa, FL 33607, on or
before January 7, 2008, and file the origi-
nal with the clerk of this Court at 800 E.
Twiggs Street, Room 101, Tampa, Florida
33602 or P.O. Box 3450, Tampa, Florida
33601-4358, before service on Petitioner
or immediately thereafter. If you fail to do
so, a default may be entered against you
for the relief demanded in the petition.
Copies of all court documents in this
case, including orders, are available at the
-Clerk of the Circuit Court's office. You may
review these documents upon request.
You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit
Court's office notified of your current ad-
dress. (You may file Notice of Current Ad-
dress, Florida Supreme Court Ap- proved
Family Law Form 12.915.) Future papers
in this lawsuit will be mailed to the address
on record at the clerk's office.
WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Fam-
ily Law Rules of Procedure, requires cer-
tain automatic disclosure of documents
and information. Failure to comply can
result in sanctions, including dismissal or
striking of pleadings.
Dated: December 3, 2007
Pat Frank
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Adrian J. Salas
Deputy Clerk
12/7-12/28/07 4T

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,
IN AND FOR HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA
Case No.: 07-DR-018403 Division: A
JESSICA SERRANO COLON,
Petitioner
and
FABIO H. GONZALEZ JIMENEZ,
Respondent.
NOTICE OF ACTION FOR
DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
TO: FABIO H. GONZALEZ JIMENEZ
Last Address: Unknown
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action has
been filed against you and that you are
required to serve a copy of your written
defenses, if any, to it on JESSICA SER-
RANO COLON, whose address is 6917
Silver Run Dr. Apt. 101, Tampa, FI 33617,
on or before January 21, 2008, and file
the original with the clerk of this Court at
800 E. Twiggs St. Room 101, Tampa, FL
33602, before service on Petitioner or im-
mediately thereafter. If you fail to do so, a
default may be entered against you for the
relief demanded in the petition.
Copies of all court documents in this
case, including orders, are available at the
Clerk of the Circuit Court's office. You may
review these documents upon request.
You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit
Court's office notified of your current ad-
dress. (You may file Notice of Current Ad-
dress, Florida Supreme Court Ap- proved
Family Law Form 12.915.) Future papers
in this lawsuit will be mailed to the address
on record at the clerk's office.
WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Fam-
ily Law Rules of Procedure, requires cer-
tain automatic disclosure of documents
and information.. Failure to comply can
result in sanctions, including dismissal or
striking of pleadings.
Dated: December 10,.2007
Pat Frank
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Pauline Takiguchi
Deputy Clerk 12/14-1/4/08 4T

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO. 2007-CA-007712 DIVISION G
U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION,
AS TRUSTEE FOR ABFC 2006-HE1,
TRUST,
Plaintiff,
vs.
LISA ARMSTRONG, et al,
Defendantss.
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant
to a Final Judgment of Mortgage Fore-
closure dated December 3, 2007, and
entered in Case NO. 2007-CA-007712 of
the Circuit-Court of the THIRTEENTH Ju-
dicial Circuit in and for HILLSBOROUGH
County, Florida wherein U.S. BANK NA-
TIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE
FOR ABFC 2006-HE1 TRUST, is the
Plaintiff and LISA ARMSTRONG; TEN-
ANT #1 N/K/A SANDRA TURNBALL are
the Defendants, I will sell to the highest
and best bidder for cash at 2nd Floor of
the George Edgecomb Building, Room
201/202, located at 800 E. Twiggs Street,
Tampa, Florida, 33602 at 2:00PM, on the
24th day of January, 2008, the following
described property as set forth in said Fi-
nal Judgment:
LOT 109, AND THE WEST 1/2
CLOSED ALLEY ABUTTING THERE-
ON, HENDRY AND KNIGHTS ADDI-
TION TO SULPHER SPRINGS, AC-
CORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT
THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT
BOOK 10, PAGE 24, OF THE PUB-
LIC RECORDS OF HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA.
A/K/A 8211 17TH STREET, TAMPA,
FL 33604.
Any person claiming an interest in the
surplus from the sale, if any, other than
the property owner as of the date of the
Lis Pendens must file a claim within sixty
(60) days after the sale.
If you are a person with a disability who
needs any accommodation in order to par-
ticipate in this proceeding, you are entitled,
at no cost to you, to the provisions of cer-
tain assistance. Please contact the ADA
Coordinator at the Hillsborough County
Courthouse, 800 Twiggs Street, room 604,
or call 272-7040 within 2 working days of
your receipt of this notice; if you are hear-
ing impaired, call 1-800-955-8771; if you
are voice impaired, call 1-800-955-8770.
WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of
this Court on December 4, 2007.
Pat Frank
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Sandra Glennon
Deputy Clerk
Florida Default Law Group, P.L.
P O. Box 25018
Tampa, Florida 33622-5018
F07018688
12/14-12/21/07 2T


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LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF
THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY
JUVENILE DIVISION
FFN: 508568 CASE ID 06-0699
DIVISION: C
IN THE INTEREST OF:
CONTRERAS, YOFDELY W/F
(dob: 08/23/04)
MINOR CHILD.
NOTICE OF AN ADVISORY HEARING
ON A TERMINATION OF PARENTAL
RIGHTS PROCEEDINGS
FAILURE TO PERSONALLY APPEAR
AT THE ADVISORY HEARING CON-
STITUTES CONSENT TO THE TERMI-
NATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS OF
THIS CHILD. IF YOU FAIL TO APPEAR
ON THIS DATE AND TIME SPECIFIED,
YOU MAY LOSE ALL LEGAL RIGHTS
AS A PARENT TO THE CHILD NAMED
IN THE PETITION ATTACHED TO THIS
NOTICE.
TO: WILLIAM ALEXANDER CONTRERAS
a/k/a MARREQUIN (father) of:
Yofdely Contreras, dob: 08/23/04
YOU WILL PLEASE TAKE NOTICE
that a Petition for Termination of Parental
Rights has been filed in the Circuit Court
of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit of the
State of Florida, in and for Hillsborough
County, Florida, Juvenile Division, alleg-
ing that the above-named child is a de-
pendent child and by which the Petitioner
is asking for the termination of parental
rights and permanent commitment of the
child to the Department of Children and
Families for subsequent adoption.
YOU YOU ARE HEREBY notified that
you are required to appear personally on
the 8th day of January, 2008, at 10:00a.m.,
before the Honorable Rex M. Barbas, at
the Hillsborough County Edgecomb Court-
house, 800 E. Twiggs Street, 4th Floor, Di-
vision C courtroom #411, Tampa, Florida
33602, to show cause, if any, why paren-
tal rights shall not be terminated and said
children shall not be permanently commit-
ted to the Florida Department of Childrer
and Families for subsequent adoption.
You are entitled to be represented by an
attorney at this proceeding.
DATED this 7th day of December, 2007
PAT FRANK
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
By: Linda Lepelletier
Deputy Clerk
12/14-1/4/08 4T
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF
THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY
JUVENILE DIVISION
FFN: 508568 CASE ID: 06-0699
DIVISION: C
IN THE INTEREST OF:
CONTRERAS, YOFDELY W/F
(dob: 08/23/04)
MINOR CHILD.
NOTICE OF AN ADVISORY HEARING
ON A TERMINATION OF PARENTAL
RIGHTS PROCEEDINGS
FAILURE TO PERSONALLY APPEAR
AT THE ADVISORY HEARING CON-
STITUTES CONSENT TO THE TERMI-
NATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS OF
THIS CHILD. IF YOU FAIL TO APPEAR
ON THIS DATE AND TIME SPECIFIED,
YOU MAY LOSE ALL LEGAL RIGHTS
AS A PARENT TO THE CHILD NAMED
IN THE PETITION ATTACHED TO THIS
NOTICE.
TO: BEATRICE PEREZ, mother of:
Yofdely Centreras, dob: 08/23/04
YOU WILL PLEASE TAKE NOTICE
that a Petition for Termination of Parental
Rights has been filed in the Circuit Court
of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit of the
State of Florida, in and for Hillsborough
County, Florida, Juvenile Division, alleg-
ing that the above-named child is a de--
pendent child.and by which the Petitioner
is asking for the termination of parental
rights and permanent commitment of the
child to the Department of Children and
Families for subsequent adoption.
YOU YOU ARE HEREBY notified that
you are required,to appear personally on
the 8th dayofJanuary, 2008, at 10:00 a.m.,
before the Honorable Rex M. Barbas, at
the Hillsborough County Edgecomb Court-
house, 800 E. Twiggs Street, 4th Floor, Di-
vision C courtroom #411, Tampa, Florida
33602, to show cause, if any, why paren-
tal rights shall not be terminated and said
children shall not be permanently commit-
ted to the Florida Department of Children
and Families for subsequent adoption.
You are entitled to be represented by an
attorney at this proceeding.
DATED this 7th day of December, 2007
PAT FRANK
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
By: Linda Lepelletier
Deputy Clerk
12/14-1/4/08 4T
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF
THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY
JUVENILE DIVISION
FFN: 505016 CASE ID: 03-0182
DIVISION: D
IN THE INTEREST OF:
SOLES, TYRANNIUS (dob 12/16/1991)
MINOR CHILD.
NOTICE OF AN ADVISORY HEARING
ON A TERMINATION OF PARENTAL
RIGHTS PROCEEDINGS
FAILURE TO PERSONALLY APPEAR
AT THE ADVISORY HEARING CON-
STITUTES CONSENT TO THE TERMI-
NATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS OF
THIS CHILD. IF YOU FAIL TO APPEAR
ON THIS DATE AND TIME SPECIFIED,
YOU MAY LOSE ALL LEGAL RIGHTS
AS A PARENT TO THE CHILD NAMED
IN THE PETITION ATTACHED TO THIS
NOTICE.
TO: LATOYA DAVIS (mother)
Residence/Whereabouts Uknown
YOU WILL PLEASE TAKE NOTICE
that a Petition for Termination of Parental
Rights has been filed in the Circuit Court
of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit of the
State of Florida, in and for Hillsborough
County, Florida, Juvenile Division, alleg-
ing that the above-named child is a de-
pendent child and by which the Petitioner
is asking for the termination of parental
rights and permanent commitment of the
child to the Department of Children and
Families for subsequent adoption.


LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
YOU ARE HEREBY notified that you
are required to appear personally on the
18th day of January, 2008, at 8:30 a.m..
before the Honorable Tracy Sheehan,
at the Edgecomb Courthouse, 800 East
Twiggs Street, 4th Floor, Tampa, Florida
33602, to show cause, if any, why paren-
tal rights shall not be terminated and said
child shall not be permanently committed
to the Florida Department of Children and
Families for subsequent adoption. You are
entitled to be represented by an attorney
at this proceeding.
DATED this 10th day of December, 2007
PAT FRANK
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
By: Linda Lepelletier
Deputy Clerk
12/14-1/4/08 4T

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO.: 07CA13911 DIVISION: H
RESIDENTIAL FUNDING COMPANY,
LLC,
Plaintiff,
vs.
GLORIA MARTINEZ, et al,
Defendant(s).
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: GLORIA MARTINEZ
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS:
8001 SW 149th Avenue
Miami, FL 33193
8639 North Himes Ave..Apt. 2315
Tampa, FL 33614
120 West 11th Street #4
Hialeah, FL 33010
CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN
ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES
CLAIMING BY, THROUGH,
UNDER, AND AGAINST THE
HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL
DEFENDANTS) WHO ARE NOT
KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE,
WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN
PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN '
INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS,
DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR
OTHER CLAIMANTS
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS:
UNKNOWN
CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to
foreclose a mortgage on the following prop-
erty in HILLSBOROUGH County, Florida:
UNIT 2315, AT THE GRANDE OASIS
AT CARROLLWOOD, A CONDOMINI-
UM, ACCORDING TO THE DECLARA-
TION OF CONDOMINIUM THEREOF,
AS RECORDED IN OFFICIAL RE-
CORDS BOOK 16097, PAGE 0420, OF
THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HILLS-
BOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA.
has been filed against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your written
defenses, if any, on or before January 14,
2008, on Florida Default Law Group, P.L.,
Plaintiff's attorney, whose address is 9119
Corporate Lake Drive, Suite 300, Tampa,
Florida 33634, and file the original with this
Court either before service on Plaintiff's
attorney or immediately thereafter, other-
wise a default will be entered against you
for the relief demanded in the Complaint
or petition.
This notice shall be published once
each week for two consecutive weeks in
the La Gaceta.
If you are a person with a disability who
needs any accommodation in order to par-
ticipate in this proceeding, you are entitled,
at no cost to you, to the provisions of cer-
tain assistance. Please contact the ADA
Coordinator at the Hillsborough County
Courthouse, 800 Twiggs Street, room 604,
or call 272-7040 within 2 working days of
your receipt of this notice; if you are hear-
ing impaired, call 1-800- 955-8771; if you
are voice impaired, call 1-800-955-8770.
WITNESS my hand and the seal of this
Court on December 12, 2007.
Pat Frank
Clerk of the Court
By: Darrell Morning
Deputy Clerk
Florida Default Law Group, P.L.
P.O. Box 25018
Tampa, Florida 33622-5018
F07039251
12/14-12/21/07 2T

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO.: 07-CA-011922 DIVISION: C
DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST
COMPANY AS TRUSTEE UNDER
THE POOLING AND SERVICING
AGREEMENT DATED AS OF OCTOBER
1, 2004, GSAMP TRUST 2004-AHL,
Plaintiff,
vs.
BILL R BATES, et al,
Defendantss.
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: OVEDIA BATES
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS:
3301 Boot Bay Rd.
Plant City, Fl 33563
CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN
ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES
CLAIMING BY, THROUGH,
UNDER, AND AGAINST THE
HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL
DEFENDANTS) WHO ARE NOT
KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE,
WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN
PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN
INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS,
DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR
OTHER CLAIMANTS
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS:
UNKNOWN
CURRENT ADDRESS: UNKNOWN-
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to
foreclose a mortgage on the following prop-
erty in HILLSBOROUGH County, Florida:
LOT 2, BLOCK 1, COLONIAL VILLAGE
SUBDIVISION, UNIT 1, ACCORDING
TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED
IN PLAT BOOK 41, PAGE 14, PUB-
LIC RECORDS OF HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA.
has been filed against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your written
defenses, if any, on or before January 14,
2008, on Florida Default Law Group, P.L.,
Plaintiff's attorney, whose address is 9119


LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
Corporate Lake Drive, Suite 300, Tampa,
Florida 33634, and file the original with this
Court either before service on Plaintiff's
attorney or immediately thereafter, other-
wise a default will be entered against you
for the relief demanded in the Complaint
or petition.
This notice shall be published once
each week for two consecutive weeks in
the La Gaceta.
If you are a person with a disability who
needs any accommodation in order to par-
ticipate in this proceeding, you are entitled,
at no cost to you, to the provisions of cer-
tain assistance. Please contact the ADA
Coordinator at the Hillsborough County
Courthouse, 800 Twiggs Street, room 604,
or call 272-7040 within 2 working days of
your-receipt of this notice; if you are hear-
ing impaired, call 1-800- 955-8771; if you
are voice.impaired, call 1-800-955-8770.
WITNESS my hand and the seal of this
Court on December 8, 2007.
Pat Frank
Clerk of the Court
By: LaKesha Mills
Deputy Clerk
Florida Default Law Group, P.L.
P.O. Box 25018
Tampa, Florida 33622-5018
F07035435
12/14-12/21/07 2T
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO. 2007-1406-CA DIVISION F
THE BANK OF NEW YORK TRUST
COMPANY, N.A. AS SUCCESSOR TO
JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A. AS
TRUSTEE,
Plaintiff,
vs.
MARIA DELGADO, et al,
Defendant(s).
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant
to a Final Judgment of Mortgage Fore-
closure dated December 6, 2007, and
entered in Case NO. 2007-1406-CA of
the Circuit Court of the THIRTEENTH Ju-
dicial Circuit in and for HILLSBOROUGH
County, Florida wherein THE BANK OF
NEW YORK TRUST COMPANY, N.A. AS
SUCCESSOR TO JPMORGAN CHASE
BANK, N.A. AS TRUSTEE, is the Plaintiff
and MARIA DELGADO; SOUTH POINTE
OF TAMPA HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIA-
TION, INC.; TENANT #1 N/K/A JUNE
TAYLOR, and TENANT #2, N/K/A UN-
KNOWN are the Defendants, I will sell to
the highest and best bidder for cash at 2nd
Floor of the George Edgecomb Building,
Room 201/202, located at 800 E. Twiggs
Street, Tampa, Florida, 33602 at 2:00PM,
on the 23rd day of January, 2008, the fol-
lowing described property as set forth in
said Final Judgment:
LOT 54, BLOCK 1 SOUTH POINTE,
PHASE 3A-3B, ACCORDING TO THE
PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN
PLAT BOOK 86 PAGE 43 OF THE
PUBLIC RECORDS OF HILLSBOR-
OUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA.
A/K/A 12216 DAWN VISTA DRIVE,
RIVERVIEW, FL 33569.
Any person claiming an interest in the
surplus from the sale, if any, other than
the property owner as of the date of the
Lis Pendens must file a claim within sixty
(60) days after the sale.
If you are a person with a disability who
needs any accommodation in order to par-
ticipate in this proceeding, you are entitled,
at no cost to you, to the provisions of cer-
tain assistance. Please contact the ADA
Coordinator at the Hillsborough County
Courthouse, 800 Twiggs Street, room 604,
or call 272-7040 within 2 working days of
your receipt of this notice; if you are hear-
ing impaired, call 1-800-955-8771; if you
are voice impaired, call 1-800-955-8770.
WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of
this Court on December 7, 2007.
Pat Frank
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Sandra Glennon
Deputy Clerk
Florida Default Law Group, P.L.
P.O. Box 25018
Tampa, Florida 33622-5018
F07002732
12/14-12/21/07 2T

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,
IN AND FOR HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA
Case No.: 07DR19755 Division: C
ANDREA PEREZ,
Petitioner
and
LUIS JOSE PEREZ GISBERT,
Respondent.
NOTICE OF ACTION FOR
DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
TO: LUIS JOSE PEREZ GISBERT
Last Address. Unknown
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action
has been filed against you and that you
are required to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any, to it on ANDREA
PEREZ, whose address is 2011 Davis
Street, Tampa, Florida 33605-6347, on
or before December 31, 2007, and-file the
original with the clerk of this Court at 800
E. Twiggs Street, Tampa, Florida 33602,
before service on Petitioner or immediate-
ly thereafter. If you fail to do so, a default
may be entered against you for the relief
demanded in the petition.
Copies of all court documents in this
case, including orders, are.available at the
Clerk of the Circuit Court's office. You may
review these documents upon request.
You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit
Court's office notified of your current ad-
dress. (You may file Notice of Current Ad-
dress, Florida Supreme Court Ap- proved
Family Law Form 12.915.) Future papers
in this lawsuit will be mailed to the address
on record at the clerk's office.
WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Fam-
ily Law Rules of Procedure, requires cer-
tain automatic disclosure of documents
and information. Failure to comply can
result in sanctions, including dismissal or
striking of pleadings.
Dated: November 21, 2007
Pat Frank
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Gretchen Davis
Deputy Clerk
11/30-12/21/07 4T


LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO. 06-CA-011997 DIVISION I
U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION,
Plaintiff,
vs.
ALEX G. MORAN, et al,
Defendant(s).
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant
to a Final Judgment of Mortgage Foreclo-
sure dated December 5, 2007, and en-
tered in Case NO. 06-CA-011997 of the
Circuit Court of the THIRTEENTH Judicial
Circuit in and for HILLSBOROUGH Coun-
ty, Florida wherein U.S. BANK NATIONAL
ASSOCIATION, is the Plaintiff and ALEX
G. MORAN; DARLENE G. MORAN; AN
UNKNOWN PERSON IN POSSESSION
OF SUBJECT REAL PROPERTY; MORT-
GAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION
SYSTEMS, INC. AS NOMINEE FOR
FREEMONT INVESTMENT & LOAN;
AN UNKNOWN PERSON IN POSSES-
SION OF SUBJECT REAL PROPERTY
are the Defendants, I will sell to the high-
est and best bidder for cash at 2nd Floor
of the George Edgecomb Building, Room
201/202, located at 800 E. Twiggs Street,
Tampa, Florida, 33602 at 2:00PM, on the
22nd day of January, 2008, the following
described property as set forth in said Fi-
nal Judgment:
LOTS 21 AND 22 BLOCK E-1 FIRST
ADDITION TO CASTLE HEIGHTS
SUBDIVISION ACCORDING TO THE
MAP OR PLAT THEREOF AS RE-
CORDED IN PLAT BOOK 11, PAGE
14, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORI-
DA.
A/K/A 1416 E POINSETTIA AVE, TAM-
PA, FL 33612.
Any person claiming an interest in the
surplus from the sale, if any, other than
the property owner as of the date of the
Lit Pendens must file a claim within sixty
(60) days after the sale.
If you are a person with a disability who
needs any accommodation in order to par-
ticipate in this proceeding, you are entitled,
at no cost to you, to the provisions of cer-
tain assistance. Please contact the ADA
Coordinator at the Hillsborough County
Courthouse, 800 Twiggs Street, room 604,
or call 272-7040 within 2 working days of
your receipt of this notice; if you are hear-
ing impaired, call 1-800-955-8771; if you
are voice impaired, call 1-800-955-8770.
WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of
this Court on December 5, 2007.
Pat Frank
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Sandra Glennon
Deputy Clerk
Florida Default Law Group, P.L
P.O. Box 25018
Tampa, Florida 33622-5018
F07038804
12/14-12/21/07 2T

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, FLORIDA
JUVENILE DIVISION
FFN: 507151 CASE ID: 05-0495
DIVISION: D
IN THE INTEREST OF:
STONE, CASEY 04/19/2002
MINOR CHILD.
NOTICE OF AN ADVISORY HEARING
ON A TERMINATION OF PARENTAL
RIGHTS PROCEEDINGS
FAILURE TO PERSONALLY APPEAR
AT THE ADVISORY HEARING CON-
STITUTES CONSENT TO THE TERMI-
NATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS OF
THIS CHILD. IF YOU FAIL TO APPEAR
ON THIS DATE AND TIME SPECIFIED,
YOU MAY LOSE ALL LEGAL RIGHTS
AS A PARENT TO THE CHILD NAMED
IN THE PETITION ATTACHED TO THIS
NOTICE.
TO: PHIL TRUNEAUX (father)
Residence/Whereabouts Uknown
YOU WILL PLEASE TAKE NOTICE
that a Petition for Termination of Parental
Rights has been filed in the Circuit Court
of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit of the
State of Florida, in and for Hillsborough
County, Florida, Juvenile Division, alleg-
ing that the above-named child is a de-
pendent child and by which the Petitioner
is asking for the termination of.parental
rights and permanent commitment of the
child to the Department of Children and
Families for subsequent adoption.
YOU ARE HEREBY notified that you
are required to appear personally on the
14th day of January, 2008, at 8:30 a.m.,
before the Honorable Tracy Sheehan,
at the Edgecomb Courthouse, 800 East
Twiggs Street, 4th Floor, Tampa, Florida
33602, to show cause, if any, why paren-
tal rights shall not be terminated and said
child shall not be permanently committed
to the Florida Department of Children and
Families for subsequent adoption. You are
entitled to be represented by an attorney
at'this proceeding.


LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
DATED this 21st day of November, 2007
PAT FRANK
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
By: Linda Lepelletier
Deputy Clerk
11/30-12/21/07 4T

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
THIRTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY, STATE OF FLORIDA
FAMILY LAW DIVISION
CASE NO.: 070020468 DIVISION: F
IN RE: THE MARRIAGE OF
EDWARD MASON FREEMAN,
Husband/Petitioner,
and
KRISTINA REA FREEMAN,
Wife/Respondent.
NOTICE OF ACTION FOR
DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
TO: KRISTINA REA FREEMAN,
5150 Airport Rd., #H54
Colorado Springs, CO 80916
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action has
been filed against you and that you are
required to serve a copy of your written
defenses, if any, to wit: Petitioner's
Attorney, Anthony P. Prieto, whose
address is 4144 N. Armenia Ave., Suite
350, Tampa, FL 33607, Telephone
Number 813/877-8600 on or before
January 14, 2008, and file the original
with the clerk of this Court, Family Law
Division, Post Office Box 3450, Tampa,
Florida 33601-3450, before service on
Petitioner or immediately thereafter. If you
fail to do so, a default may be entered
against you for the relief demanded in the
Petition. Copies of all Court documents in
this case, including Orders, are available
at the Clerk of the'Circuit Court's Office.
You may review these documents upon
request.
You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit
Court's office notified of your current
address. (You may file notice of current
address, Florida Supreme Court approved
Family Law Form 12.915.) Future papers
in this lawsuit will be mailed to the
address on record at the Clerk's office.
WARNING: Rule 12.285 Florida Family
Law Rules of Procedure, requires certain
automatic disclosure of documents and
information. Failure to comply can result in
sanctions, including dismissal or striking of
pleadings.
Dated on December 16, 2007.
Pat Frank
as Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Cynthia Menendez
as Deputy Clerk
12/14-1/4/07 4T

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
CASE NO. 07CP3032 DIVISION: A
Florida Bar #308447
IN RE: ESTATE OF
GLADYS L. BILLINGS,
Deceased.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of
GLADYS L. BILLINGS, deceased, File
Number 07CP3032, is pending in the
Circuit Court for Hillsborough County,
Florida, Probate Division, the address of
which is P. O. Box 1110, Tampa, Florida
33601. The name and address of the
personal representative and the personal
representative's attorney are set forth
below.
All creditors of decedent and other
persons, who have claims or demands
against the decedent's estate, including
unmatured, contingent or Unliquidated
claims, and who have been served a
copy of this notice, must file their claims
with this Court WITHIN THE LATER OF
THREE MONTHS AFTER THE DATE
OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS
NOTICE OR THIRTY (30) DAYS AFTER
THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY
OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of decedent and
other persons who, have claims or de-
mands against the decedent's estate, in-
cluding unmatured, contingent or unliquid-
ated claims, must'file their claims with
this Court WITHIN THREE MONTHS AF-
TER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLI-
CATION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL BE
FOREVER BARRED
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME
PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY
CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR
MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S
DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of the first publication of this
Notice is December 14, 2007.
Personal Representative:
WILLIAM R. MUMBAUER
205 N. Parsons Avenue
Brandon, FL 33510
Attorney for Personal Representative:
WILLIAM R. MUMBAUER, ESQUIRE
William R. Mumbauer, P.A.
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Improv Theatre
The Bay Area Improv The-
atre (BAIT) performs every
third Friday of the month from
8 10 p.m. at the International
Bazaar, at 1600 E. Eighth Ave.
in the Centro Ybor Complex.
The next show will be on Fri-
day, December 21. At each
event, the audience helps to
create each unscripted scene
with suggestions of words and
physical actions, which then
becomes the launching pad for
further scenes.
Surrealist Exhibit
Surrealist painter Ramon
Falber's latest exhibit will be on
display through January 2008
at Tre AMICI @ The Bunker,
1907 N. 19th Street. Falber, a
native of Havana, Cuba, has
saturated his life with the ex-
ploration of art. With a degree
in commercial art from Tampa
Technical Institute, a 12-year
apprenticeship for a renowned
European Surrealist, and the
opportunity to conduct studies
about the Renaissance Period,
Falber is a well-rounded and
erudite painter.
Impressed by the works of
Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso,
Andre Masson and Durel, he
submerged into the surrealist
world by the hand of well-
known surrealist, Marais. Fal-
ber's works are characterized
by bright colors and natural
themes which reflect the sub-
conscious mind of his subjects.
His vision of the Universe goes
along with his feelings and
particular point of view.
Falber is also an experi-
enced muralist, faux paintings,
portraits, pencil and oil. His
works on oil portraits are well
known and solicited by several
famous personalities who have
required his services.
Tre Amici @ the Bunker is
open Monday through Wednes-
day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
Thursday through Saturday
from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., and
Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Asturiano New Years
Celebrate the New Year at
the Centro Asturiano. Festivi-
ties begin at 8 p.m. with din-
ner, followed by dancing from


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Italian New Years
Celebrate the New Year at
the Italian Club. The evening
features live music by Johnny
Charro, as well as an open bar,
hors d'oeuvres, dinner and free
parking. Cost is $100 per per-
son. The Italian Club is located
at 1731 East Seventh Avenue.
Call 248-3316
Spoken Word
The International Bazaar
presents "Spoken Word" every
first Friday of the month at
8 p.m. The next event will be
held on Friday, January 4.
This free event is hosted by
Candace Defoor and is open to
the public. Anyone may speak,


10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Admission
is $70. To RSVP, call Margaret
Garcia at 933-1646 or the Cen-
tro Asturiano at 229-2214. The
Centro Asturiano is located at
1913 N. Nebraska Ave.

Cuban New Years
Celebrate the New Year at
the Cuban Club. The evening
features music by South Town
Fever, along with casino gam-
bling tables, slot machines,
open bar, free valet parking,
hors d'oeuvres, party favors,
champagne toast and a break-
fast buffet. Admission is $125.
The Cuban Club is located at
2010 Avenida Republica de
Cuba. Call 248-2954.


perform an instrument or re-
cite their poetry to the crowd,
or simply just enjoy the event
and listen. The International
Bazaar is located at 1600 E.
Eighth Avenue in the Centro
Ybor complex.
Three Kings Festival
In the continuation of the
Latino Christmas holidays; The
Puerto Rico Chamber of Com-
merce Gulf Coast of Florida,
Inc. (Tampa), & Boricua.com,
presents the Second Annual
Three Kings Day Festival on
the Saturday, January 5, 2008
from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Cen-
tennial Park.
The public is invited to enjoy
the arrival of the Three Kings,
whom come bearing toys to
distribute, folkloric cultural
performances of typical holi-
day music from "La Rondalla
de Orlando", and Afro Carib-
bean Latin musical perfor-
mances by local musicians.
A "Kids Corner" will provide


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its 40 Distinguished Alumni of 2007


Choosing just 40 alumni to honor from among our thousands of illustrious graduates
was a difficult task. But, in honor of HCC's 40th anniversary, we selected 40 who
represent a cross-section of our community,just as our students do.

Dode Ackey Irene Guy The Honorable Betty Reed
Assistant Vice-President, Citigioup Director ofGovernment Relations, Verizon Repesentative, State ofFlorida Legislature
Stephanie Agliano Julianne Holt, Esq. Aileen Rodriguez
Director of Community Relations, Tampa Electric Company Public Defender, Office of the Public Defender Gulf Coast Regional Director; Office of Senator Mel Aiartinez
Donna Allen Cheryl Johnson Carol Scheafnocker
Director of Marketing, Hillsborough Community College Properhy Manage,; Tampa Electric Company ChiefMarketing Officer
Reinaldo Bulnes Dennis Jones Hamlilton Engineering & Sveying, Inc.
Deputy DirectorofConstruction Chief, City of Tampa Fie Rescue Randy Sears
Hillsbomugh County Aviation Authority Rod Jurado General Manager, Hillsborough County
Peter Cirak Managing Director/ Ooner, The Profitable Group Water Resources Services
Senior Quality Engineer; Palmer Manufacthring Company Tom Lee Deborah Springborn
Steve Cona Vice-Presidenit, Sabal Homes Consulting ManageS, Alliance Data Systems
President/CEO, Associated Builders and Contractors, hnc. Dottie Burger MacKinnon Roberta Starks
Bill Davis Chair, Kids Charity ofTamnpa Bay Manager (Water Quality Monitoring Program)
Division Coimmandei; Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office Bryan McDonald Southwest Florida Water Mmsagement District
Michael Dove Senior Vice-Presidenti CFO, Lifelink Mary Ann Stiles, Esq.
Vice-President/Operations Manager, Bank of America Bruce Meeks President CEO, Stiles, Tayloi, & Green, PA
Keith Ellis Inspector General, Florida Slate Board of Administration Robin Michelle Todd
President/CEO, Ellis Construction Company, Inc. The Honorable Charlie Miranda Special Assistant to Govenor Chiarlie Crist
The Honorable Jack Espinosa, Jr. City C ., ,- ,. State ofFlorida, Executive Office of the Governor
Circuit Judge, State ofFlorida Juvenile Delinquency Division Tony Morejon Nancy Watkins
The Honorable Peter Estrada i- ,.. i- -, .... "Countyf CertifiedPublicAccountant, Robert Watkins &Compauny
Circuit Judge, 10th l judicial Circuit William Nesmith Larry Wilder .
Jeanette LaRussa Fenton Chief Hillsbomughi County Fire Rescue President, Wilder Architectue, Inc.
Urban Deelopment Mmanager, City of Tapa Thomas Newkirk Derrick Worrels
Teresa Galloway Founding Partner; Pender, Neiwkirk, & Conpany LLP Henad Coadt, Men's Basketball
English Instructor, Hillsborough Community College The Honorable Denise A. Pomponio Hillsborough Coimmniih College
Brenda Geoghagan 'CircuitJudge, State ofFlorida Juvenile Delinquency Division
'r,. i .'. i,.,,: .... ,*...' i Communiy Relations, Tampa Sarah Prugh, Esq.
International Airport Senior StaffAttorney, State ofFlorida Legal Department


Founded in 1968, HCC will celebrate its 40th
anniversary with a variety of special events
and activities slated for the coming year.
Please join us as we commemorate 40 years of
providing excellence in education.


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fun entertainment for the
little ones attending, and the
community will benefit from
a health fair and business
expo providing resources and
services.

Photo Exhibit
Hoffman Porges Gallery,
1907 E. Seventh Ave., presents
"Why," a photographic exhibit
by Ryan Joseph depiciting the
everyday life of the people of
Papoli, Uganda on Sunday,
January 6 from 6:30 9:30
p.m. Proceeds will be do-
nated to the village of Papoli,
Uganda.

Wedding Show
Every first Sunday of the
month from 1- 4 p.m., vendors
for your wedding day needs will
gather at Tre Amici @ The Bun-
ker, 1907 19th St. The next
event will be held on Sunday,
January 7. Visitors will also
enjoy live music and a compli-
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As has become a holiday
tradition here at La Gaceta,
our present to our readers this
holiday season is nostalgia.
La Gaceta's friends and family
were kind enough to share their
Christmas memories for our
readers to enjoy.
Rene Gonzalez
I remember putting up the
Christmas tree in the living
room of our house on the
second floor of 1704 Seventh
Avenue. It was Sunday and, as
usual, my sister, cousins and
their husbands and boyfriends
had gone to the matinee at the
Centro Espafioljust two blocks
from our home.
As we unwrapped orna-
ments and decorations they
all came back from the dance.
We could hear them chatter
and their heels clicking on
the metal steps that led to our
house. My mother wondered
what they were doing home so
early. It was still daylight.
I can't remember which one
of them actually came with the
news since all of them were
jabbering ( faster than ever)
in both Spanish and English.
"Algo grande paso" one of them
said. "They called for all of the
soldiers at MacDill to report at
once to their base". 'Y el presi-
dente va a hablar en el radio".
So we all huddled around this
cabinet radio, fiddled with the
knobs, fought the static until
we got a news broadcast.
Yes, it was el president
(Rosavel) speaking. I didn't
pay much attention to it and
was kind of disappointed that
we had stopped decorating the
tree to listen to whatever it was
that had happened. All were
silent (for a change) until they


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Stephanie Agliano
When the fish market was
open, I would meet my sisters
for lunch on Christmas Eve. Of
course, I would go early so that
I could enjoy seeing and visit-
ing with everyone who would
come through to pick up their
red snapper they had ordered
for Christmas Day (a tradition
for many families). And, also
visit with friends who would
come' through just to wish
everyone at the fish market a
Merry Christmas. The case was
always filled with red snappers
and pieces of paper with the
name of the person the snap-
per wasJfr!
Fred Hearns
I couldn't wait to look for and.
usually find my new bicycle or
other toys a few days before De-
cember 25. My folks would hide
the gifts in my grandmother's


wash house (I called it the
"Bunk House") in back of the
home I grew up in at 2606 28th
Avenue in Belmont Heights.
I would begin my search a
week or so before Christmas
and plunder endlessly until I
found the gifts. I'd then hold
myjoy until Christmas morning
- when I'd act then as if I had
seen the treasure from Santa
for the first time!
Another favorite memory
was the yearly Christmas visit
in the 1950s to the Holsum
Bakery at E. Hillsborough Av-
enue and N. 22nd Street (where
now sits a Walgreens Drug
Store and a Blockbuster Video
Store). Children and their par-
ents would form a line around
the block and wait their turn
to enter the warm building, full
of the aroma of freshly baked
bread. Eventually you'd get
your turn to sit in Santa's lap
and tell him what you wanted
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Stephanie Agilano


gasped and began crying (espe-
cially Dahlia and Ligia).
It was "la guerra"
We finished putting up the
tree but the spirit was not as
joyous as before and I think
they did it for me cause I was
so little........and to keep busy
and try to keep their minds off
what was going on and was
bound to happen.
It was 1941 and life on the


bustling Setima was not that
visually affected except I know
that my mother who ran a gift
shop was concerned about all
of the figures and do-dads that
were "Made in Japan". People
still shopped and everyone pre-
pared for Noche Buena.
And on the streets people
kept smiling or forced them-
selves to do so and greeting
each other with "Mary Kris-


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for Christmas. Then, you'd get
a hot, freshly baked slice of Cu-
ban bread with butter on top,
an orange, a miniature loaf of
white bread and, I believe, a few
pieces of candy. You'd wait all
year for that experience and'
it was worth it. I often think
back on the kind generosity of
the owners of Holsum Bakery
toward the neighborhood's


children and families.
My other favorite memo-
ry from each Christmas in
the 1950s and early 1960s
was riding in the back seat
of my grandfather's car down
Bayshore Boulevard along
"Christmas Card Lane". That
big grassy median that still
separates Bayshore's mansions
from the bay was decorated
every December with huge


lighted billboard-like, three-
dimensional holiday greeting
displays from local merchants
and prominent Tampa families.
I learned a few years ago that
Tampa Heights interior deco-
rator Fernando Mesa (who I
believe is still living in Tampa)
created the designs. We'd hang
out the car windows and follow
the slow-moving line of vehicles
along the four-mile route, and
I'd dream about being in a far-
away land where every day is a
holiday. It was a magical time
- one I tell my passengers about
each time when we venture
down Bayshore Boulevard on
my tour bus.
Morison Buck
The most unforgettable holi-
day experience my wife and I
ever had occurred-during my
tenure during WWII in Fresno,
California at Hammer Field.
I was a non-com in the Army
Signal Corps awaiting shipment
to somewhere in the Pacific.
Meanwhile, I responded to a
notice on the bulletin board
that anyone interested in the
Army Air Corps Aviation Cadet
program could sign up. After
being accepted, I received a
15-day furlough. It provided a
fortuitous opportunity for me
to marry the girl next door on
Maury Street in Memphis, our
hometown.
Following our marriage, I re-
turned to Fresno. My wife, Vir-
ginia, came later by day coach,
about a five-day journey from
Memphis. Our marriage took
place Thanksgiving Day, 1943,
and she arrived in Fresno just a
few days before Christmas. She
found a room in town, and I was


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obliged to remain on base.
Although young (20), she
was exhausted by the long
train ride. She had also con-
tracted a staph infection, with
high fever and earache, and
was obviously a candidate for
immediate medical attention.
I picked a doctor's name at
random out of the phone book
and thankfully found one will-
ing to make an extraordinary
house call on Christmas Day.
We both' survived a less than
merry Christmas. And, we
were lucky in the choice of


physician. He declined to give
us a bill, and unselfishly took
time from his own family at a
special time.
Frank Sanchez
One of my favorite memories
'is getting together with my fam-
ily on Christmas Eve Noche
Buena. After we have a huge
meal my father and my uncle
would go in the kitchen and
fry the churros as a dessert.
The funny thing is they could
never get it right. Churros are
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that I almost fainted! This was
the most incredible, ecstatic
Christmas of my life! Santa's
elves must have had a hard
time making all of these awe-
some gifts.
Suddenly, I thought about
my mom and dad. Why aren't
they down here? Don't they
remember it is Christmas, the
best holiday of the whole en-
tire year?! I yelled out, "Mom,
Dad!! Wake up sleepy heads! It
is Christmas day!" When they
woke up and came downstairs,
I began opening my presents.
Oh my! Santa gave me lots
and lots of gifts, I can't believe
it! I just opened three gifts and


I have more to go. So far, I have
a stuffed animal maker, a hair-
dryer, and a super-cool, glow in
the dark watch with pretty pink
flowers sewn on to it.
I wondered about the other
presents, so I snatched the
forest green and candy cane
red wrapped gifts. I began to
open up the forest green one.
I ripped off the paper because
I was so anxious to see what
was inside. Wow! I just got a
Crayola Coloring Pad with a
humongous box of cool and
colorful crayons. I will definitely
be using this! Next, I grab the
candy cane red package and
open it up. What's this? Oh! I


should've known ...it's an "I-
dog"! The most popular toy in
the world! What you do with
an I-dog, is play your Mp-3 on
it. All of these gifts are the best
ever, and so is this Christmas.
I wish Christmas was ev-
eryday but then that would be
some laborious work for Santa
and his elves too. Christmas
makes me feel so happy and
thankful. I wonder what the
next Christmas will be like!?
Sol Fleischman
We were fully Jewish, but in
my house we celebrated both
Christmas and Chanukah. We
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supposed to be a long and
stick-like food and they would
come out twisted and contorted
in every way and no matter how
hard they tried that's the way
they always came out. It didn't
matter, though. In fact, after
the first couple of years we
looked forward to our contorted
churros.
Lauren Chidel (Age 1o)
Ho Ho Ho, Merry Christ-
mas!!! One cold, foggy Christ-
mas morning, I woke up front


my tickle-me-pink colored bed
that is as soft and cozy as cot-
ton and I put on my chocolate
brown monkey slippers that
make my feet so warm and
cuddly.
As quick as a flash, I remem-
bered it was Christmas day!
I was so excited that when I
raced down the steps I almost
slipped! "Ahhh," I screamed,
"that was a close one, I almost
fell!" When I got down to the
fragrant, olive green Christmas
tree, I saw tons of brightly col-
ored gifts. It was so spectacular


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just loved the time of the year so
wanted to celebrate everything
we could. Christmas wasn't
about religion to us, it was
about having a beautiful tree,
which sometimes we called a
Christmas tree and sometimes
we called a Chanukah Bush.
But it was fully decorated with
beautiful balls and lights. We
also woke up Christmas morn-
ing and my parents put pres-
ents under the tree and then
we'd all run out and compare
what we got with the other kids
in the neighborhood.
The best memory of Christ-
mas time in Tampa was Christ-
mas Card Lane on Bayshore
Boulevard in the early 50s.
It was on the water side near
the Davis Island Bridge and
anywhere from 10 15 murals
that were on the grass just by
the street of different Christ-
mas scenes and every year
everybody would line up on the
curve or drive down Bayshore


Boulevard very slowly and look
at the murals. After that we
would drive south on Bayshore
near the Colonade to see the
giant evergreen decorated with
lights that we called the Great
Christmas Tree. That was the
ritual.
After Christmas all the kids
in the neighborhood would
collect Christmas Trees from
the side of the road and built
Christmas tree forts. They were
like caves that we'd stay inside
and play in.
Father Joseph F. Doyle
When I was pastor of a
Mexican parish in Texas be-
fore I came to Jesuit, we had a
custom. The child born closest
to Christmas male or female
- would be Christmas baby
for the midnight mass and the
mother and father got dressed
up as Mary and Joseph and
carried the child in the pro-
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crib. What we would do is
Mary and Joseph would get a
blessing and then the statue
that went into the crib was
passed through the whole
congregation to be kissed and
passed back to the parents
who placed it in the crib. It
was a wonderful experience
every year.


Tom Touchton
My Christmas story relates
to the very cold weather and
freeze in the mid-1980s when
Tampa had a very hard freeze
on Christmas morning. My par-
ents, who were from Dade City,
were spending Christmas with
us and it was on that morning
that my father realized that all


of his citrus groves had prob-
ably frozen. So it was a very
somber Christmas morning for
him. For my father, the realiza-
tion that he lost all his orange
trees was very difficult.
Janet Cruz Riflin
When we moved out of Ybor
City to Temple Terrace in the
early 1960s it was a big deal
because we moved out of Ybor
and into the suburbs. It meant
my parents' careers were mov-
ing forward and that was a
big deal for everyone. The first
Christmas at the new house
my parents bought a silver
aluminum tree that had inserts
for colors a red and a blue
- and a green. The inserts would
spin, so this silver tree would
change colors with the insert
arid my mom thought she was
real clever because she had this
tree with blue Christmas balls
on it and a wheel turning the
tree different colors. I would sit
and watch the tree turn colors
and I thought it was the most
gorgeous thing in the whole
wide world.
Another memory I will never
forget is we would leave my
grandmother's house in Ybor
City on Christmas Eve and then
my mom would say, when we
were little kids, that she had
to go in the house and see if
Santa Claus had come. We
would always receive our gifts
on Christmas and, of course,
now I know that she was in
the house pulling out the toys.
But while she was doing that
my dad would circle the block
with us and he would say, "Oh
look, there are Santa Claus and
the reindeer" and we would look
out the window for them. My
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bats flitted around the street-
light.
Every season's flowers paid
respect to the time of year
in my Aunt Lillian's garden
- from jonquils in January to
sweet peas in spring to zinnias
in summer and chrysanthe-
mums in fall and poinsettias


at Christmas. She noted that I
was the only one in the family
who wanted to know the names
of all the flowers and shrubs.
She showed me how to arrange
them after I picked a bouquet.
Which is indeed an art.
The first thing Astrid did
when we entered the house


was to go to the top of the stair
landing and bump her way
on her bottom to the floor of
the hallway below. How many
times we children did that or
slid down the banister! The
hardwood floors shone with
the same gleam my uncle care-
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brother, who is prone to exag-
geration anyway, would say, "I
see him dad. I see him!" And I
would cry because I couldn't
see them as my brother kept
pointing to where he saw them.
My father would laugh the
whole time.

Lula Dovi
My widowed father, who was
head of R.T. Joughin Plumbing,
Heating and Air Conditioning
Company and which included
his three brothers, had sent
me when I was 4 to my uncle


and aunt, Leslie and Lillian
Joughin, to be raised along
with their two children, Leslie
and Lillian junior, close to my
age. They had the foresight to
buy the vacant lot next to the
house shortly after building it
in the mid-1920's. I'm sure the
addition of that lot spared some
wear and tear on the house and
well-groomed yard. However,
on many summer evenings we
children would roll around on
the grass and then scratch a
while from the stinging sap. To
cool off we would sit in a circle
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fully nurtured. Each Christmas
brought the ritual, first of all,
of the arrival of Henry, middle-
aged floor cleaner and polisher.
No mechanical equipment for
him. He put on the wax and
pushed around a heavy weight
covered with a cloth.
Our next big undertaking
was putting up lights around
thelarge arch framing the door.
Then there would be the prepa-
ration of fruit cakes going into
colorful tins for gifts.The cakes
received numerous dousings
of rum to keep them moist and
flavorful. All these odors were
agonizing for hungry children.
The climax of these rituals, be-
sides exchanging gifts, was the
decoration of the tree, only on
Christmas Eve, and the topping
of the tree with an angel. New
Year's Day marked the absolute
end of the Christmas season
and the exit of the tree.
During World War II many
military servicemen from Mac-
Dill Air Force Base came calling
on Lillian and me and stayed
to dinner. Our maid was an
excellent cook. Her dinner rolls
and blanc mange dessert were
special. Our dates from the
north might have their first
acquaintance with grits and
turnip or collard greens. One


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time as a joke, while on our
way to swim at Lake Carroll,
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to stop at a West Tampa Latin
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One time, when I was around
20 years old, my cousin and I
invited the dates over after the
Christmas season was over.
In those days we had to use
the fireplace for supplemental
heat. We decided to build a fire
in the fireplace, so we decided
Christmas was over and the
Christmas tree would make for
good timber. So we just stuck it-
in the fireplace and it flared up
and smoked up the living room
and the ceiling. When my aunt
and uncle came home-from
their party and they saw what
had happened, they weren't too
happy but they were glad there
was no further damage.
Anita de Palma
One of my memories took
place up in the Poconos in
1974. Christmas snow was all
over the place. It was a Christ-
mas fairy tale type of a setting.
I was working at what was at
the time the largest honeymoon
resort in the world. Most of the
people staying there were young
adults from the asphalt jungle
of New York and had never seen
anything like it.
I was there as an entertainer
and all the entertainers were
asked to fornt a choir to sing for
the honeymooners on Christ-
mas. Sure, I thought, it was a
great idea. In fact, I loved the
idea so much that I suggested
that we take the choir to the
smaller momnand pop inns
throughout the area that didn't
have money for entertainment
and sing to them for Christmas
as well.
The response was tremen-
dous. We went from place to
place and all the guests came
out and they were just thrilled.
We provided them with the fin-
ishing touch to that fairy tale
Christmas setting that they
would never experience in the
big city.
My other memory, while not
as happy, captures the spirit
of Christmas just as well. I was
working with the Chamber of
Commerce in the 1980s, visit-
ing all the churches and schools
to collect food and toys for the
less fortunate and drop them off
to the families. We hit a trailer
park where we were dropping
off toys for the kids. The trailer
park was like something out of
the Grapes of Wrath. I cannot
imagine a more destitute place
to live. We came in, quite a
few of us, and got out with the
boxes of toys and food and as
we started walking through the
trailer park towards the trailer
parks central location, a door
opened and all these little raga-
muffin kids came scurrying out
with barely enough clothes to
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keep them warm and the grins
on their faces were so large and
all I could think was how happy
they would be to see the toys.
Then, a little boy out in front
ran right past the toys and to-
wards a box of food and started
crying out, "Food, food, food." It
was heartbreaking.
Juan Capin
During my early years I was
in Spain and we really didn't
celebrate Christmas like we do
in the United States. Our gift
giving was on the Kings Day,
on the Epiphany. So I remem-
ber waiting for the Three Wise
Men and wondering how they
are going to get to my second
story window and put the gift
in my shoe. Of course, my
grandmother said they had
big camels to help them, so I
imagined the camels with a big
hump they could stand on.
Then in later years we moved
to Venezuela and they cel-
ebrated Christmas like we do
here. It was the first time I saw
a Christmas tree and Santa
Claus and all other Christmas
stuff. My family still continued
to celebrate on the Epiphany


but I saw Christmas decora-
tions everywhere and was a
little envious of the people
Santa Claus visited because
they received their gifts first.
When I came to the U.S.
around the age of 10, it was
all Santa Claus, but by then I
was pretty much over the Santa
Claus myth.
Fran Costantino
When we were young I used
to get all excited because I went
to Catholic school and going to
midnight mass was a big thing.
We used to eat supper, go to
midnight mass, come home and
open our gifts. So one of the
best things I would get excited
for was I got to sing in the choir.
So one year I get to Christmas
Eve mass and I am so excited.
I know all the words to all my
songs. But, while we're practic-
ing upstairs, Sister Antoinette
- the fifth grade teacher and
music teacher at the old St.
Josephs came up to me and
pinches me and tells me, "Fran,
you're going to have to just
move your lips because you're
throwing off the whole choir."
And, so after being ready to
sing all those songs in front of


the church, she made me just
move my lips for two hours. I
was in tears. Today I can laugh
at it, but I was so excited to sing
Silent Night I had goose bumps
that year, so was devastated
when I couldn't sing.

Peggy Schmechel
When Erin, my granddaugh-
ter and Patrick's oldest daugh-
ter, was 3, we had not visited
Santa because she was very
afraid of him.
We had gone when she was
one. She screamed and cried
and would not sit on his lap.
When she was' 2', just to
mention his name brought
terror to her eyes. We went to
Santa Claus Land at East Lake
Mall. We played on the train, let
her watch the other kids march
up to Santa and sit on his lap,
give him a kiss, get their picture
taken, receive their gift and
leave smiling. Not her. She sat
down on the floor and refused
to move.
So after her second year I
made a plan. We talked about
Santa and how wonderful he
is; how he brought good little
boys and girls wonderful toys
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and candy. We said. "Ho Ho
Ho," and then picked her up
anrd loved her. I explained to her
that he was a man. like daddy.
who loved little boys and girls.
I heard the Santa at the
WestShore Mall was going to be
fabulous. Wanting her experi-
ence to be wonderful I drove to
WestShore Mall from our house
in Antioch. We arried 20 min-
utes earl\ and were about 16th
in line. We sane Christmas
songs i. while we waited uard she
joined in the excitement of the
crowd until .
Mass Brothers doors slid
open and this gigantic Santa
burst through. shouting. "Ho
Ho Ho" at the top of his lungs.
Erin, who w\as standing by
my side, grabbed me around
the legs, dropped to the floor
and proceeded to totally lose it.
I had to pr. her hands loose to
pick her up and escape through
the nearest exit. No picture with
Santa this year.
She is 22 now and is a stu-
dent at USF. i don't knowl if
there is a picture of her alone
with you-know-who.
I hope your Christmas is
happy, healthy and safe. And
I pray that if you have a loved


one who is in harms way that
God \dil send then home safe
and sound.

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When I was a child in Glass-
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time could sometimes be a
very stressful time. For some
reason the school system saw
fit to send out progress reports
nrht before the holiday thereby
exponentially increasing the
chances of a miserable holiday
if you weren't a good child in
school. Actually. report cards
and progress reports somehow
aJ'P. as come neht before a hoh-
day or four-day weekend.
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bad kid, but i was definitely a
ooif off.. like so man\ of min
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he'd only apply himself.' or "If
Eugene could spend as much
time on his school work as he
does making rocket ships with
his pencils he'd be a straight
"A" student". So I'd get the
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class clown in my class was
Jason Pollilo. so there goes that
theor-l.
I remember one Chrstrnas
that I knew I was going to get a
bad progress report and I knew
it was coming in the mail, but
both of my parents worked so
if I %was quick enough home. I
could get the progress report
out of the mail and save Christ-
mas and no one would be the
wiser. The day of reckoning
came when one friehteningly
cold da': I came home from
school and there it was, ad-
dressed to Marc and Elaine
Siudut from Glassboro Public
Schools. It had to be the reports
so I quickly grabbed it out of
the mailbox and ran to the only
place in my house with any
privacy, the bathroom.
Sure enough, the outlook
was gloomy. Three bad progress
reports and they needed to be
signed or else my parents would
get called to find out why they
weren't sent back. My plan of
getting rid of the evidence was
ruined so I had to think of a
new plan. I knew my terrible
handwriting could never pass
for either of my parents signa-
tures so I figured I could enlist
my brother or sister to do the
forgery for me. I left the bath-
room to look for my sister who
wasn't home yet so I decided I'd
take a nap and wait for her.
When I woke up it was din-
nertime and I had put the
reports out of my mind for the
time being. A forgery wouldn't
have.to be turned in until after
Christmas break. That was the
last feeling of comfort I had that
vacation. It turned out that
maybe my teachers were right
about my lack of an attention
span. In my haste to go find my
sister, I hid the progress reports
in probably the stupidest place
a child could hide something.....
the medicine cabinet.
I have no idea what I was
thinking but my mother was
the world champion of Christ-
mas guilt trips and when she
found them in the medicine
cabinet the guilt trip began. It
started with "Thanks for ruin-
ing Christmas" and continued
into "wait til your father gets
home" and closed with one of
my mom's greats when she was
really mad "I have to love you
but I don't have to like you right
now". That last one was always
the worst plus being grounded
during Christmas break is ab-
solute torture.
But of course once Christ-
mas comes things seem to blow
over and the family love always
shines through. I'm sure I'm not
the only one who had Christ-
mas experiences like that, but
when you're a kid, it sure feels
like it. I still sometimes wonder
after some of the really stupid
things my siblings and I pulled
around my house what stopped
my parents from returning all
our gifts.
I suppose it comes down to
the fact that kids are kids and
they make foolish mistakes.
I know it's not a warm and
fuzzy Christmas story, but it's
just one of the many stories
that my family can look back
on. The year that Gene ruined
Christmas (but at least now we
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THE STORY OF ONE CHRISTfMAS TREE
by Ferdie Pacheco


Prologue
It was both cold and drizzly
that December night in 1965 ...
but I was a young man then ...
sailing in the Merchant Marine.
The ship was receiving lumber
in Olympia, Washington, bound
for Korea. I was ashore while
the cargo was being loaded ...
We were sailing at midnight,
and it was nearly that.
As I was scurrying back to
the vessel, down the large dark
alley of bleak and bare wharfs,
a lone beacon of light appeared
out of the cold damp gloom. I
was curiously attracted to its
multi-hued flicker, looming out
of the fog.
As I approached, the light
revealed a tiny shop, snuggled
there during the Holiday sea-
son to sell and ship fresh
wreaths and other forest yule-
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I was immediately drawn to
the warm glimmer of Christmas
lights and aromas. A glowing
pot-bellied stove beckoned
through the frost-laden win-
dow. I slipped inside to divest
myself of the sodden chill so
foreign to my shivering Florida
bones.
Norm and Doris Steussy,
proprietors of the little shop


they called "Sprigs and Twigs,"
met me at the door and invited
me to share the cozy warmth.
Upon learning that I was a
seaman and was going to be far
away from home on Christmas,
they insisted that I take one of
their fresh cut Douglas fir trees
as a gift and a token of my visit
to Olympia.
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count of my adventures with
that little tree ... Lo, these
many years ago ... a precious
remembrance of Christmas,
long past ...
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15 January 1964
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Steussy;
This is a letter that should
have been written and sent
last year, because it involves
a Christmas story that you
helped write ... but, alas, pro-
crastination is just one of those
human weaknesses, of which I
have a multitude.
But first, let me introduce
myself to you ... I am Stanley
N. Pinder, the fellow off the
steamship, to whom you gave
the Christmas tree last year.
*****
Some interesting and re-
warding things happened in
connection with that tree ...


beginning within two days of
sailing from Olympia.
I had secured the tree in
the electrician's workshop on
the stern of the ship shortly
before the ship departed, but
on the first day into the Pacific
the weather got progressively
worse. I began to worry the
tree might break loose and be
damaged, and the Chief Stew-
ard had given me permission
to stow it among the refriger-
ated supplies mid-ships, near
the galley. So, during a lull in
the weather, I went aft and got
the tree.
While I was returning, (pick-
ing my way over the deck-load
of lumber) a giant wave crashed
over the ship. I was swept off
my feet and would have been
washed over the side to -almost
certain death had that tree
not caught on part of the wire
rigging and held me fast. The
danger past, I scrambled to my
feet, grasped the tree tighter,
and then dashed for the safety
of the crew's quarters.

The tree made the trip across
the Pacific under the constant
protective eye of almost every


member of the crew ... for some
of the "Old Salts" it was the first
real-live Christmas tree they
had seen since childhood.
That is not hard to believe,
considering it is the custom to
observe Christmas on board
most merchant ships with a
nice holiday meal. Since work
must go on as usual, there is
little time for the traditional
Christmas customs. Sadly, too,
it is.difficult for a man, thou-
sands of miles away from home
and family, to get the yuletide
spirit. Under those conditions,
Christmas at sea is rarely merry
... so the quicker over with it
the better.
During the crossing, the gift
tree of yours somehow man-
aged to begin infecting the
crew with the anticipation of
its decoration and enjoyment
... weeks before December 25!
Men, whose coarse hands were
accustomed to handling heavy
ropes, block and tackle, smelly
engine oil cans, and other
calousing labor, now began to
turn their talents to creating
the almost forgotten tree orna-
ments of their childhood and
imagination.


The products of their inge-
nuity were wonders to behold,
ornate, even bizarre! After be-
ing neatly shipped, polished
and just enough flaming heat
applied to turn it a brilliant
blue, you would never have
guessed those tiny tin angels
were once a bean can. Brass
stock was machined into tiny
golden spirals.
Able-bodied Seamen were
using more of their spare time
braiding, dyeing and forming
midget garlands of nylon rope
(now reduced to myriad strands
of nylon string).
The Steward's Department,
not to be outdone, covered
empty eggshells with foil to
make some of the most bril-
liant reflectors ever to grace a
tree. They also produced (I can't-
imagine from where) popcorn to
be strung and hung!
****
The ship arrived in Kunsan,
Korea on December 23. Con-
sidering the snow and icy wind,
we might have easily imagined
ourselves in New England, or
even Maine.
As I went ashore, .past the
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the gate guards in Korean. As
I was passing, he turned to me
and spoke in surprisingly good
English. "Can you help me?" he
asked. "I am the director of an
orphanage nearby and would
like to get permission to visit
the ship and ask if any of the
crew would like to share our
holiday with us."
I was more than a little leery
of someone in any foreign coun-
try wanting to. "share" anything
with an American .., but I told
him I might be able to help.
However, I asked if I might
visit the "orphanage" with him
immediately. Smiling from ear
to ear, be beckoned me to his
transportation ... and we rode
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obviously cold. They wore the
ubiquitous black rubber "show-
er clogs" under their sock-less,
rag-wrapped feet.
They huddled around the
only source of heat, a tiny,
dung-burning stove. I learned
there were a number of young-
sters out then scouting for
bits of dried manure to.use as
fuel.
It was almost one o'clock in
the afternoon, so I was invited
to share with them some of the
thinnest soup I've ever tasted.
A few overworked grains of rice
Hardly covered the bottom of
the bowl. It was just as well
.:. I suddenly realized I wasn't


LA GACETA/Friday, December 21, 2007/Page 11


hungry.
No amount of cajoling on my
part would convince the guard
to allow the Padre to visit the
ship. Leaving him at the gate,
I explained that I would be at
the orphanage in two days ...
on Christmas morning.
Early the following day, I
took two or three shipmates to
see the condition of the orphan-
age. We were just observing
from the roadway when one
of the fellows voiced an idea
... "Say, we can't be home for
Christmas, why not do some-
thing nice for the kids?"
THAT really started it!
The rest of the day was
spent gathering various "scrap"
articles from the ship and trad-
ing with henchmen ashore for
children's clothing. Paper sacks
were filled with soap ... socks
... chewing gum ... candy ... or-
anges ... apples ... and anything
else the men thought the kids
could use, eat or wear.
As raids were made on the
ship's pantry and refrigerators,
the Chief Steward smiled know-
ingly and looked away. (I didn't
see an apple for the duration of
the voyage!)
Thirty gallons of paint mys-
teriously disappeared from the
Bos'ns' locker. No one could
guess its whereabouts, but if
you visit Kunsman now, you
may notice a certain barn-like
structure painted in a nice
white (deck enamel), trimmed
in rustic red (engine-room
boot-tapping), and you may
also notice a lot of kids running
around the grounds.
An Engineering Officer took
a 55 gallon drum, combined
it with coils of copper tubing,
welding rod, and ingenuity to
devise a combination stove/.
heater that used the escap-
ing flue-gases to heat water!
Cosmetically, it was a cross
between Godzilla and a whis-
key still ... but it worked! ...
and could use wood, charcoal,
cardboard, oil, asphalt ... or
dung for fuel. It's gleaming
coat of heat-resistant "boiler"
aluminum paint caused it to
be dubbed the "Silver Meteor"
after the famous Florida pas-
senger train of long ago. We
all agreed that it might not sell
back at home in the states, but
it's keeping a lot of kids warm
and clean in Korea.
Finally, we dismantled "The
Tree" and secretly moved it,
along with the other parapher-
nalia, to the orphanage at about
3 a.m. on Christmas morning.
The stove and stuff would have
to wait till later for completion,
but we began on the tree at the
crack of dawn while the chil-
dren were fast asleep.
By 7 o'clock it was finished.
The first bleary-eyed young-
.ster came into the room ... and
just stood there gaping! He was
soon joined by the others ... all
agog, eyes wide with wonder.
When the Padre explained
to them in Korean what was
happening, faces began to light
up and big toothy grins sprang,
alive everywhere among those
kids .,. answered by a matching
set of toothy grins (and damp
eyes) from hardened seamen.
We had brought some cof-
fee, so, amid ecstatic squeals,
as kids found surprises in the
packages, we drank a cup and
began to assemble the "Silver
Meteor" stove/heater. Others
got to work on the exterior of
the building. It was noon before
any of us realized we hadn't
eaten breakfast.
The Padre and his assis-
tant had prepared a big pot of
steaming spiced rice on the new
stove and we were just about
to sit down to the carefully
measured portions, when ...
the Chief Steward showed up
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The Story of One Christmas Tree


(Continued from page 11)
in an army truck, loaded with
food! "It didn't look like you
guys were going to show up for
Christmas dinner, so I brought
it here!" ... and he did, indeed!
... turkey with all the trimmings
... and enough food to feed a
garrison! What a FEAST!
That evening we were beat,
but we sat around that wonder-
ful "Silver Meteor," toasting our
toes and singing accent-filled
Christmas carols. "The Tree"
was glowing like none I've seen
before ... or since for that mat-
ter. Its beauty was magnified
tenfold in the bright happy eyes
of those kids.
It was then decided, as I sat
there mulling over the happen-
ings since we left Olympia, that
I decided to write and tell you
of these adventures.
The ship sailed on the next
mornings' tide, but the joy of that
Christmas, which began -with
your generosity in early Decem-
ber, will long live in my heart.
Please accept my humble
but heartfelt "MERRY CHRIST-
MAS" ... and know that your gift


has brought joy far beyond your
expectations. May all your New
Years be filled with Love, Peace
and Prosperity!
2006 Epilogue
The S/S Green Cove made
its last voyage in 1969 and was
removed from the service and
scrapped in 1971.
Since 1979, the spot where
the orphanage stood has been
occupied by a clean, glass cov-
ered and somewhat sterile office
building in the new Kunsan
business district.
However, I am greatly
pleased to report that, despite
the passage of over 40 years
since that cold foggy night in
Olympia, Doris Steussy is still
very much alive, well, and living
with her new puppy, near her
loving daughter in Issaquah,
Washington.
Neither the rigors of time, nor
the loss of her husband Norm
have dulled her wit or flattened
her radiant effervescence. She
still drives to the market, and
argues with the butcher and
green-grocer. Her vitality is the
envy of every octogenarian. Our


long distance conversation
yesterday bubbled with plans
for Christmas this year. Even
by telephone, it was a heart-
warming reunion.
As a result of that conver-
sation, she has convinced me
that we should dig out that
letter about "The Tree" again
... as if it was holly, mistletoe,
or Dickens ... to give it an air-
ing and sharing, as a seasonal
tradition. If you would like to
add her to your Christmas
Greetings list, her address is:
225 N.W. Dogwood St., Unit
B-104, Issaquah, Washington
98027. She would rejoice in
receiving your card.
Even if you are bereft of
Yule Spirit, and devoid of the
chill of snow or warmth of
hearth ... take a moment ...
relax ... try to shed the cares
of this day ... and accept a
wish ard prayer from the
Steussy's and myself: That you
and those you love may have
the very best Christmas. ever,
and a FAAANTAAASTIC! NEW
YEARS! AND YEARS! ... and
YEARS ......... "GOD BLESS ...
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"Ya know something? Life
stinks." Chuck was talking
to nobody in particular. The
bar had few other patrons on
this Christmas Eve, just a few
old men nursing their beers,
not paying any attention to
Chuck's complaints. Chuck
didn't care if they were listen-
ing or not, he was quite drunk,
and continued talking.
"I "don't see what's so spe-
cial about Christmas. What's
to be so happy about? Life
stinks, Christmas or no Christ-
mas. Who needs it anyway? If
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"No problem, pal. It is
Christmas Eve, after all. I'll
give you one on the house, but
it's your last one, and you'll
have to keep your voice down
too. Merry Christmas." He slid
a shot of Wild Turkey in front
of Chuck.
Chuck only nodded, took
his drink, and then resumed
his oration.
"Yea, Merry Christmas.
What's to be merry about? In
the space of a year I've lost
my job, my wife, my kids, and
any dreams I might have had.
Last week I wrecked my truck,


andmy landlord threw me
out yesterday. He was in the
Christmas spirit, wasn't he?"
Chuck slammed the shot down
his throat before continuing.
"To top off the holiday season,
my sister called to tell me that
my Dad probably won't live to
the New Year, and I can't get-
back to see him. What the heck
do I have to be merry about this
Christmas?"
"Where does your dad live,
son?"
The voice came from Chuck's
right. He turned to face a
chubby little old man sporting
a great white beard, dressed
in the trappings of a Salvation
Army Santa Claus.
"When did you sneak in,
Santa? Whatta ya doing here
anyway? Oh, I get it. You're
gonna spend all that money
you collect in them iron pots
all day. If you're gonna have
a drink yourself, at least you
could buy me one. It is Christ-
mas, and you're Santa, ain't
you?"
"Yes, Chuck, I am. But
you don't really want a drink
of whiskey for Christmas, do
you?"
The old man was chuck-
ling.
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The whiskey was getting to
Chuck, and he became som-
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Dad for one last Christmas. He
may not make it another year,
and I haven't spent Christmas
with him in a lot of years. But
I guess that's a moot point. It's
already Christmas Eve, he's
fifteen hundred miles away in
Ohio, my truck is trashed, and
I'm broke. Neither Santa nor
the devil himself could get me
home by Christmas day. If you
were a real good Santa, you'd
give me a lift in that sleigh of
yours, or put a couple thou-
sand bucks into my stocking
tonight. Right now, I'd just
settle for another drink."
The old Santa put his gloved
hand on Chuck's shoulder.
"Have faith, my boy. This
is Christmas Eve, the night
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acle on that first Christmas,
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to believe in Santa Claus, or
reindeer, or buy a lot of fancy
gifts for everybody, you just
have to believe in the spirit of
Christmas; peace on earth and
goodwill to men. Miracles can
happen, boy, you just have to
find the spirit of Christmas,
and believe. Getting that chip
off your shoulder would help
a lot too."
Chuck got up from his stool.
"That's all well and good...you
old geezer. If you're not going
to buy me a drink, I'm gonna
go to the little boys' room."
Chuck stumbled off, mum-
bling to himself as he zeroed
in on the restroom door. "Old
rummy tells me I got a chip
on my shoulder. What does.
he know anyway, sitting on a
street corner all day, ringing
his bell? I got plenty of Christ-
mas spirit...and if he'd buy me
another drink I'd have even
more. Hee, hee..."
When Chuck returned to his
stool, the old man was nowhere
in sight. "Hey bartender.
Where did that old wino
Santa Claus go?"
The bartender looked at
Chuck, puzzled. "What Santa
Claus?"
"The one that was sitting
next to me. I was talking to
him. He was going to buy me
a drink."
"You must be pretty drunk,
pal. There wasn't anyone sit-
ting next to you. You were all
by yourself, talking to your-
self." The bartender's voice
hardened, "I think you'd better
leave now. You're too drunk.
Don't make me call the cops."
Chuck stared at the bar-
tender. "You must be blind,
and you're definitely not in the
Christmas spirit, are you?" He
gave the bartender the uni-
versal sign of good luck, with
his finger, and stumbled out
of the bar.
Outside, the air was cold
and flakes of snow fell lazily
from the dark sky, reflecting
the twinkling lights of the big
Christmas tree in Ripley Park.
Chuck trudged south on Main,
under the wreaths, garlands,
decorations, and multi-colored
lights that dressed the street
up for Christmas. He noticed
the sign, pointing the way to
the Raton Lions' City of Bethle-
hem display, as he approached
Apache Avenue.
As Chuck turned west on
Apache, he realized that he'd
never visited the popular
Christmas display before. "In
ten years, I've never been there.
I guess now is a good time
'to see what everyone fusses
about; It's not like I've got
anything better to do. Maybe
there's a building or something
up there that I could sleep in.
Sure is cold."
The cold mountain air and
the long walk up the avenue
to Climax Canyon left Chuck
winded, and somewhat sober
by the time he reached the
entrance to the City of Beth-
lehem. He passed through the
archway under the shadow
of the trumpeting angels that
adorned each side, and con-
tinued up the dirt road into
the canyon. He caught sight
at once of the nativity scenes
that made up the City of Beth-
lehem, each made up of color-
ful wooden images, brightly lit
against the canyon walls. He
stopped at each one and read
the storyboard that told-of the
scene's place in the story of
the first Christmas. Glowing
images of angels stood guard
on the rocky canyon walls. As
he came to the scene of Christ
in the manger, he had to admit
to himself that, while not high
tech, the City of Bethlehem was
indeed a special place.
Chuck spotted an old rail-
road car around a bend of the
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bWracle in Climax Canyon


(Continued from page 13)
canyon. He remembered that
the Lions used it for storage.
"Ill bet it's unlocked. Looks
like as good a place as any
to catch some sleep, without
freezing to death." As he got
closer to the car, he spotted
the glow of a campfire farther
up the canyon. The scent of
cedar smoke and roasting meat
began to filter into his nostrils.
He could see the outlines of
two people in the camp, and
an Indian style teepee stood
behind them.
Chuck stopped in awe just
outside the light of the small
camp. The man inside the
camp was magnificent. He was
an Indian warrior; of what tribe
Chuck could not guess. His "Ya
know something? Life stinks."
Chuck was talking to nobody
in particular. The bar had few
other patrons on this Christ-
mas Eve, just a few old men
nursing their beers, not pay-
ing any attention to Chuck's
complaints. Chuck didn't care
if they were listening or not, he
was quite drunk, and contin-
ued talking.
"I don't see what's so spe-
cial about Christmas. What's
to be so happy about? Life
stinks, Christmas or no Christ-
mas. Who needs it anyway? If
Christmas is so special why
don't you buy me another
drink, bartender? That would
be a fine Christmas gift in-
deed."
The bartender heard that,
and walked over to where
Chuck was slouched at the
bar.
"No problem, pal. It is
Christmas Eve, after all. I'll
give you one on the house, but
it's your last one, and you'l.
have to keep your voice down


too. Merry Christmas." He slid
a shot of Wild Turkey in front
of Chuck.
Chuck only nodded, took
his drink, and then resumed
his oration.
"Yea, Merry Christmas.
What's to be merry about? In
the space of a year I've lost
my job, my wife, my kids, and
any dreams I might have had.
Last week I wrecked my truck,
andmy landlord threw me
out yesterday. He was in the
Christmas spirit, wasn't he?"
Chuck slammed the shot down
his throat before continuing.
"To top off the holiday season,
my sister called to tell me that
my Dad probably won't live to
the New Year, and I can't get-
back to see him. What the heck
do I have to be merry about this
Christmas?"
"Where does your dad live,
son?"
The voice came from Chuck's
right. He turned to face a
chubby little old man sporting
a great white beard, dressed
in the trappings of a Salvation
Army Santa Claus.
"When did you sneak in,
Santa? Whatta ya doing here
anyway? Oh, I get it. You're
gonna spend all that money
you collect in them iron pots
all day. If you're gonna have
a drink yourself, at least you
could buy me one. It is Christ-
mas, and you're Santa, ain't
you?"
"Yes, Chuck, I am. But
you don't really want a drink
of whiskey for Christmas, do
you?"
The old man was chuck-
ling.
"That's what I said I wanted,
you old rummy. What kind of
Santa are you, anyway?"
"Come now, Chuck. If there


was one thing you could have
for Christmas, what would it
be?"
The whiskey was getting to
Chuck, and he became som-
ber. "If I could, I'd like to see my
Dad for one last Christmas. He
may not make it another year,
and I haven't spent Christmas
with him in a lot of years. But
I guess that's a moot point. It's
already Christmas Eve, he's
fifteen hundred miles away in
Ohio, my truck is trashed, and
I'm broke. Neither Santa nor
the devil himself could get me
home by Christmas day. If you


were a real good Santa, you'd
give me a lift in that sleigh of
yours, or put a couple thou-
sand bucks into my stocking
tonight. Right now, I'd just
settle for another drink."
The old Santa put his gloved
hand on Chuck's shoulder.
"Have faith, my boy. This
is Christmas Eve, the night
when miracles happen and
dreams come true. The Lord
blessed the world with a mir-
acle on that first Christmas,
and many smaller miracles
have happened each Christ-
mas since. You don't have


to believe in Santa Claus, or
reindeer, or buy a lot of fancy
gifts for everybody, you just
have to believe in the spirit of
Christmas; peace on earth and
goodwill to men. Miracles can
happen, boy, you just have to
find the spirit of Christmas,
and believe. Getting that chip
off your shoulder would help
a lot too."
Chuck got up from hig stool.
"That's all well and good...you.
old geezer. If you're not going
to buy me a drink, I'm gonna
go to the little boys' room."
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miracle in Climax Canyon


(Continued from page 14)
Chuck stumbled off, mum-
bling to himself as he zeroed
in on the restroom door. "Old
rummy tells me I got a chip
on my shoulder. What does
he know anyway, sitting on a
street corner all day, ringing
his bell? I got plenty of Christ-
mas spirit:..and if he'd buy me
another drink I'd have even
more. Hee, hee..."
When Chuck returned to his
stool, the old man was nowhere
in sight. "Hey bartender.
Where did that old wino
Santa Claus go?"
The bartender looked at
Chuck, puzzled. "What Santa
Claus?"
"The one that was sitting
next to me. I was talking to
him. He was going to buy me
a drink."
"You must be pretty drunk,
pal. There wasn't anyone sit-
ting next to you. You were all
by yourself, talking to your-
self." The bartender's voice
hardened, "I think you'd better
leave now. You're too drunk.
Don't make me call the cops."
Chuck stared at the bar-
tender. "You must be blind,
and you're definitely not in the
Christmas spirit, are you?" He
gave the bartender the uni-
versal sign of good luck, with
his finger, and stumbled out
of the bar.
Outside, the air was cold
and flakes of snow fell lazily
from the dark sky, reflecting
the twinkling lights of the big
Christmas tree in Ripley Park.
Chuck trudged south on Main,
under the wreaths, garlands,
decorations, and multi-colored
lights that dressed the street
up for Christmas. He noticed
the sign, pointing the way to
the Raton Lions' City of Bethle-


hem display, as he approached
Apache Avenue.
As Chuck turned west on
Apache, he realized that he'd
never visited the popular
Christmas display before. "In
ten years, I've never been there.
I guess now is a good time
to see what everyone fusses
about. It's not like I've got
anything better to do. Maybe
there's a building or something
up there that I could sleep in.
Sure is cold."
The cold mountain air and
the long walk up the avenue
to Climax Canyon left Chuck
winded, and somewhat sober
by the time he reached the
entrance to the City of Beth-
lehem. He passed through the
archway under the shadow
of the trumpeting angels that
adorned each side, and con-
tinued up the dirt road into
the canyon. He caught sight
at once of the nativity scenes
that made up the City of Beth-
lehem, each made up of color-
ful wooden images, brightly lit
against the canyon walls. He
stopped at each one and read
the storyboard that told of the
scene's place in the story of
the first Christmas. Glowing
images of angels stood guard
on the rocky canyon walls. As
he came to the scene of Christ
in the manger, he had to admit
to himself that, while not high
tech, the City of Bethlehem was
indeed a special place.
Chuck spotted an old rail-
road car around a bend of the
canyon. He remembered that
the Lions used it for storage.
"I'll bet it's unlocked. Looks
like as good a place as any
to catch some sleep, without
freezing to death." As he got
closer to the car, he spotted
the glow of a campfire farther


up the canyon. The. scent of
cedar smoke and roasting meat
began to filter into his nostrils.
He could see the outlines of
two people in the camp, and
an Indian style teepee stood
behind them.
Chuck stopped in awe just
outside the light of the small
camp. The man inside the
camp was magnificent. He was
an Indian warrior; of what tribe
Chuck could not guess. His
sleek body was clad in deer-
skins, and a huge buffalo robe
draped his wide shoulders.
It never occurred to Chuck
that an Indian warrior, in the
middle of Climax Canyon, in
the middle of the night, in the
middle of winter 1996, was at
all out of the ordinary. It some-
how seemed that he belonged
there.


Sensing that someone was
watching, the Indian turned
and stared right at Chuck, his
black eyes piercing through
the night. Chuck tried to
speak, but the words would
not come. He wasn't afraid, he
just seemed to have forgotten
the mechanics of.speech. The
warrior walked quickly towards
Chuck, raising his coup-stick
to strike, but Chuck stood his
ground, frozen for no reason
he could think of. The warrior
stopped short, inches away
from Chuck's bearded face.
He looked fiercely into Chuck's
eyes, then at once his expres-
sion softened. He lowered the
coup-stick and took Chuck
gently by the arm; leading him
into the camp. Chuck followed
unquestioningly. He and the
warrior hadn't shared a word,


yet they seemed to understand
that neither man meant the
other any harm.
As Chuck's eyes adjusted
to the glow of the campfire, he
noticed the.young woman sit-
ting near the flames, tending to
the rabbit roasting over them.
She was a pretty thing; her
skin was a golden brown, and
her eyes were big and brown
like a doe's. She paid no mind
to Chuck, continuing to see to
supper.
The warrior gestured to
Chuck to sit, and then turned
to fill his beaver-fur clad pipe.
Chuck watched in wonder as
the warrior carefully, almost
reverently filled the. reddish
stone pipe with tobacco. He
then presented the pipe to the
sky, the earth, and the four di-
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reactions, before lighting it with
an ember from the fire. When
he was sure the tobacco was
well lit, he passed the pipe to
Chuck, who clumsily repeated
the ritual and took a deep
drag off the pipe. The tobacco
was pungent and harsh, but
its smoke further calmed and
relaxed him. The warrior nod-
ded and smiled, taking back
the pipe and drawing upon it
himself.
The woman started to rise
with two clay bowls, but the
warrior jumped to his feet
and stopped her. He took the
bowls and motioned for her to
sit back down. She shot him a
look that confirmed to Chuck
that she was definitely his wife,
and sat back down. The war-
rior returned, handing Chuck


a bowl of rabbit stew, grinning
sheepishly.
Chuck ate the stew without
really tasting it. He wondered
who these people were, where
they were from, and what the
heck they were doing out here.
As Chuck began to ponder the
question, a scream pierced the
night. He looked to the Indian
woman, as the warrior jumped
up and ran to her side. As he
held her in his arms, Chuck no-
ticed for the first time that she
was pregnant...very pregnant.
"Oh boy," he thought, "she's
gonna have her baby now, isn't
she?"
The warrior was in a panic.
This was obviously his first
child, and nothing in his up-
bringing had taught him the
first thing about child birthing.
That was a woman thing, some-


Rudolph
Perhaps the best know of all the reindeer is Rudolph the
red nosed reindeer. Rudolph was the creation of Robert May,
an advertising writer for the Montgomery Ward department
store in Chicago.
May, who was very imaginative, wanted to create a booklet
to give to parents who shopped at Montgomery Ward and with
the help of Denver Gillen, a friend who had artistic skills, they
created a booklet about Rudolph the red nosed reindeer. The
story of how Rudolph lit the way through the fog to help Santa
Claus deliver his toys was distributed for several years, with
millions of booklets distributed at Montgomery Wards stores
over the years.
In 1947 the story of Rudolph the red nosed reindeer was
put to music by a friend of Robert Mays by the name of Johnny
Marks. It was recorded and sung by Gene Autry a famous TV
star and sold millions of copies of the song. Rudolph has had
his own TV shows and movies and continues to grow in popu-
larity with every passing year.
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thing that warriors could not be
bothered with. He loved his wife
dearly, though, and he would
have gladly traded his warrior
status if only he could help his
wife now. His black eyes sud-
denly met Chuck's gaze, and
Chuck understood the pleading
look at once.
"Me?" he thought to himself,
"What do I know about deliver-
ing babies?"
They helped the young wom-
an into the teepee, and down
onto a buffalo robe. Chuck
thought about what to do next.
"Boil water, I've got to boil wa-
ter." He ran out of the leanto
and gathered snow, which he
placed, into the pot over the
fire. The warrior followed, un-
derstanding... s&rt of. Instead
of going back into the lean-to,
Chuck sat at the fire.
"Better to mind the wa-
ter than to go back in there.
Women have been doing this
for centuries without my help.
Maybe it'l be all over before I
get back in there."
The scream of the woman
dimmed Chuck's hopes. The
warrior glanced at him, worry
and concern evident in his
eyes. Chuck avoided his stare
and turned his attention to
the pot over the fire. The wom-
an screamed again. Chuck
grabbed a ladle and stirred the
pot of melting snow furiously.
He could feel the warrior's eyes
on his back. As another scream
tore the night, Chuck felt the
grasp of the warrior's hand on
his-shoulder. He could stall
no longer. He rose and walked


into the lean-to, praying as he
went.
As Chuck knelt down be-
side the young woman, he was
surprised to.see the form of
a baby in her arms. She had
done it herself! Chuck's elation
was short lived as he noticed
the sobs of the woman, and
the stillness of the baby. With-
out hesitation, he reached for
the baby, held him up by the
legs, and slapped his back-
side sharply. To his relief and
amazement, the baby burst into
a wailing cry. Chuck and the
baby's mother were so delighted
they decided to join him, and
tears of joy flowed freely.
The warrior burst into the
teepee. He had heard the cries
of the baby, but the tears com-
ing from Chuck and his wife
confused him. As he cautiously
moved forward, his wife placed
the baby in her arms and pre-
sented him to her husband. He
realized then what the tears
were about, as his own eyes
became moist. He took the child
into his arms, and held him
proudly. Sensing that the new
family should have some time
alone, Chuck stepped out of the
teepee and snuggled down into
a warm buffalo robe.
As Chuck lay in the warm-
ness of the buffalo robe, the
warrior emerged from the tee-
pee and knelt beside him. The
warrior reached into the deer-
skin pouch around his neck,
and removed a small object.
He placed a small onyx coyote


into Chuck's hand and nodded
with gratitude. Chuck smiled
and reached his right hand out
to the warrior, and they shook.
The warrior rose and returned
to the teepee as Chuck placed
the coyote in his pocket, and
settled down to a contented
sleep. For the first time in his
life Chuck understood the true
meaning of Christmas, and he
realized that the Christmas
spirit need not be limited to
only one day a year.
Chuck was exhausted, and
he soon fell into a deep sleep.
He dreamed that he was glid-
ing through the night air in a
sleigh, at the side of the old
Santa he met in the bar.

"Chuck, wake up." The
sound of his father's voice
echoed through his head. Then
a sharp blow to his ribs woke
him to the glare of the morn-
ing sun.
"I said wake up, boy. I
thought you was dead."
Chuck looked up into the
deeply lined face of his father,
confused. "Naw Dad, I was
only sleeping...DAD!! Where
am I? How did I get here? What
the..."
"I was just going to ask you
the same thing, son. What are
you doing sleeping here on the
porch? You could have just
knocked. I don't know how you
got here, but by God I'm darn
happy that you are. It's been a
long time... too long."
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Port St. James was a tran-
quil, sleepy place that housed
mainly retired folk. Average
age: 65. All had a common
background. Born in the hard
days of the Great Depression,
lived through the Great World
War, lost family, worked hard
for six years, and broke out
into the promised prosper-
ity of the post war years. The
G.I.'s came back, took the
G.I. Bill of Rights to get an
education, a G.I. loan to buy
a perfect $17,000 house with
two bedrooms, and another
loan to build a business. They
had children, average two to
a family. Sent them through
college, established them in
business, and carefully hus-
banded them extra cash in a
retirement fund. Nothing fancy
or wild. Good, solid, safe bank
endorsed stocks and bonds.
They were safe. Retirement
beckoned.


GRANDMA'S CAR byFerdie achco


So when all of that was ac-
complished they sat on their
front porch rocking chairs
looked at each other and said,
"Now what?" Death is the only
thing they could define, and at
65, they weren't ready for that.
So they held a town meeting of
all of the blue haired vets of the
Great War.
"Now what? We want an
answer. WHAT do we do with
the rest of our lives?"
Always, there seems to be
a leader. Martha Helmsley
was five years older than the
average 65 year old. Since
they could all remember, she
always led the way. The first to
go to college and graduate with
a pharmacy degree. "Imagine
that!" they said behind their
cardboard fans, "A woman
pharmacist. Who would imag-
ine?" But she opened the first
Rexall store. A daring new
concept of marketing. It was


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a roaring success. The soda
fountain became the center of
all activity for teenagers. Spot-
ting the craze forjitterbugging,
Martha brought in a big juke
box, stocked it with Artie Shaw,
Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman
and a young skinny singer,
a 4F, Frank Sinatra. Martha
loved the music and the excite-
ment the kids brought from 3
p.m. when school let out til 6
p.m. when Martha's prescrip-
tion phone would start to ring,
"Is Susy there? Tell her to
come on home, supper is on
the table." And the weekends
were a whirlwind of dancing
and ice cream sodas, and
plain fun. Martha became the
GURU of the young generation.
Many couples, getting married
before the boy went off to the
War, chose to get married in
Martha's Rexall Pharmacy,
with Martha doing the honor.
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The words of the old Santa
in the bar popped into Chuck's
mind. "Miracles can happen, boy,
you just have to find the spirit of
Christmas, and believe."
Chuck looked at his father
and smiled. "I got pretty drunk
last night, Pop, and I don't have
the slightest idea how I got
here, but I'm glad to be here
too. Merry Christmas, Dad...
I've missed you."
He could see the tears well-
ing up in the old man's eyes.
"Let's go inside, Pop. I'll cook-
Christmas dinner for you, and
well watch some football; just
like we used to."
Chuck put his arm around
the old man and helped him
hobble into the house.
Later that afternoon, Chuck
and his father relaxed in the
living room,'watching football


on the television. They were
discussing the loss of the Cleve-
land Browns football team to
Baltimore when the newsbreak
interrupted the game on TV.
The newsman was interviewing
a wild-eyed teenager wearing
a Plain Dealer newspaper bag
around his shoulder.
"I swear it's true, mister. I
saw Santa Claus land his sleigh
right here on this street. He had
another fella riding with him,
but he was sleeping. I wouldn't
lie about something like that."
Chuck's father pointed to the
TV. "By God, that's my paper
boy. What's wrong with these
kids today, anyway...Santa
Claus landing here on our
street. Those drugs are going
to destroy this country."
Chuck didn't answer.
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had ever been. In a secret
way, she wished the war would
never end.
But it did. She saw to it that
her two kids, Bob and Sally,
-enrolled at the University of
Florida, as she had. Bobby
loved pharmacy, so he followed
Martha's course, Sally opted
for education; she was more
quiet and sedate. Bobby came
to work with Martha with an
eye to phasing her out. She
was almost 70, and had to
start slowing down, which she
did, but nobody could hardly
tell it.
Well, you might as well ask,
what in tarnation has all this
got to do with a short story
titled Grandma's Car. "I ain't
heerd of NO car so far."
Hold on, partner, here
goes.
Martha, bird-dogging her


real estate friends, came up
with a brand new real estate
retirement development. It was
ideal. First requirement it
had to be in Florida, where the
weather was mild, all year long.
Free from natural disasters, in-
cluding hurricanes. And it had
to be close to water. Beaches,
bays, rivers, lakes. Water.
Well, one day Ken Schultz,
the real estate tycoon and
developer, came to the drug
store and spread out a bunch
of photographs, charts, maps
and so forth.
"There it is, your new home."
He said overflowing with en-
thusiasm. "Here is where this
city is moving. NO more snow.
NO more harsh winters. Just
sunshine. All play and fun in
the sun."
Martha had a sharp mind.
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(Continued from page 19)
She could see ahead. She could
visualize the future.
"Sounds perfect to me.
Where is it?"
"It's called Port St. James,
tho' there ain't no church in
the whole place, which is what
makes it so attractive to me."
"Aw, hush, you ol' heathen.
Well build a church and your
Gussiell drag you to services
like she does here."
"Well she'll hafta be a good
swimmer to catch me. Ill be
out in the boat in deep water
catching lobsters for Sunday
dinner."
True to his prophecy, all
the families packed up, lock
stock and barrel, and set up
shop in brand new Port St.
James. They made the streets
wide, and paved them smooth
with white concrete. A big
fountain in the middle of Main
Street, like the Spaniards
built in their cities. Around
the circle were the City Hall
and the municipal buildings,
the church and a splendid
new gym in anticipation of the
day our grandchildren would
be playing basketball for the
state title, TOO much to hope
for? No, said Martha, fan out
and let's recruit some seven
foot kids. She did, and in 10
years we were playing in this
very same gym for the state
title. And we won, too, beating
Hillsboro of Tampa 99 to 97.
Close. They gave the game ball
to Martha! They should've too,
cause, when you come to look
at it, it was her team.
Finally, we've come to the
car. Get some lemonade, and
fluff up your pillows. Here is
where it gets good.
THE CAR
One of the nicest things
about the Port St. James Com-
munity was the almost total
absence of cars. The old people
didn't need them. Initially, they
lived close to each other and
all stores were within walking
distance.
There were four cars that
were essential. There was a
1936 La Grange Fire truck,
a 1941 Cadillac ambulance,
and a 1937 Packard hearse, a
1940 Chrysler town car for the
Mayor and Councilmen to use,
and that was it.


The change started when
Sparky Smoot, the grocery store
owner died at 90. The.commu-
nity of old people had grown
old together and they were a
hale and hearty group. It had
not occurred to them that they
needed transportation, for the
grocery store, the drug store,
the hardware and electric store
were all a few blocks from the
homes.
When Sparky died, Martha
was struck by a clear idea as
she watched Sparky's coffin
being lowered into the ground.
"Who is going to bring me my
groceries when I need them?
Who is going to deliver the
fresh cuts of beef, or today's
catch fish?"
Martha knew that at 90 she
did not have the strength to
walk three blocks there, and
three blocks back. She had a
three-wheel bicycle with a bas-
ket on the back but she was
almost killed by a hit and run
salesman one night, and she
got the bike fixed and put it up
in the garage. Hence forth, she
only rode it on the sidewalk
of her block, for exercise. She
liked it, but didn't trust it on
the street.-
Martha called her grand-
daughter who lived in a neigh-
boring town 30 miles away.
She was a school teacher and
Martha had brought her up.
They were close. Jamie was
sharp, and up on everything,
especially computers and the
internet.
"Jamie, I need a car." She
said emphatically after she sat
down at the kitchen table to
have tea and crumpets. This
shocked Jamie.
"A car? You're 90, Mumsie,
you can't drive now."
"Maybe NOT in the Indianap-
olis 500, but I can scoot three
blocks to Sparky's and load up
a week's groceries, and come
straight home. I shant drive at
night. I know that. Or in the
rain. But I do need a ride from
time to time."
"Well, put that way, I see
your reason. What kind of car?
Not big. Not little bitty like a
Volkswagen. No gear shift.
Economy in gas and two-door."
Jamie was always interested
in making the old lady happy.
Whatever it took she would
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(Continued from page 18)
do.
* "How much do we have to
spend?" Jamie asked.
"Last time I bought a car
was in 1917, a 4 door Model
T Ford. Mister Ford assured
us it would last all our life. He
charged us $475 and would
paint the car for us, any color,
provided it was black." Martha
chuckled "You remember that
car, Jamie?"
"Yes, I do. I loved that old
car. It would sit in the garage
all week long, and on Sundays
you'd turn the crank, and start


her up, and away we would go
'Exploring' the surrounding
country. Boy oh boy, that was
so much fun. I remember how
sad I was when I got a letter
from you when I was at the
university saying you had to
sell Lizzie, her name you put on
her, because you had reached
65 and didn't trust yourself
to drive. I was heartbroken
and cried all night. I thought
that car belonged to our fam-
ily. I couldn't image it could
be sold."
"Yes, I would have given it
to you, but by then, that car


looked like it belonged in a mu-
seum, and you were so young
and pretty. I thought people
would make fun of you tooling
around in a 30 year old car. 01
Lizzie wasn't a pretty car, just
reliable. On second thought
maybe I should have given it
to you."
"It's O.K. I really couldn't
have taken it anyway, there
was no place to park it at the
university."
"Well, then, lets get on to
the getting. I have saved, from
my interest on my War Bonds,
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you know."
Jamie was shocked. $2,000
wouldn't buy a 10-year old
wreck. Certainly NO new car.
All the foreign cars had stick
shift. Martha would never mas-
ter that. She needed a Ford,
Chevrolet or Plymouth, fluid
drive, a functional two-door
with ample trunk space for
the weekly groceries, cleaning
supplies and such.
"Martha, give me a
few weeks. I hear they have
monthly old car books. The
best one is called Hemmings,
and they list every antique
car in America. The old cars,
the antiques, are beginning
to be desirable." Jamie said
earnestly.
"Sounds good. Maybe we
can update from a Model T to
an A. You know those Model
A's and B's were racy little cars,
and tough as a tank."
"No, Martha. They still had
gear shifts, and a good Model
A roadster costs $3,000 in
today's market."
"Lordy, no. Anyway, I don't
want a racy roadster. I want a
conservative functional coupe.
A 1946 Plymouth would be
nice."
"That's the ticket. Give me
time, and I'll research the
load."
It took six months to find the
right fit. But, it was strange.
Martha saw the picture and
fell in love.
"Now, THAT'S a car made
specially for small folks like
me. How much is it?"
"$3,500" said, Jamie, "but
I think I can haggle them
down."
"Offer 'em a firm $2,000!
Cash on the barrel."
"One thing is the car is in
N'Selle."
"Where is that? Don't sound
like it is in the U.S.A.," said
Martha reaching for an atlas.
"In Africa. It is the only na-
tion in the world that is purely
made up of pygmies. It's a
kingdom. The King Tu-Tu-
Bam-Tu had only one son. He


doted on him. He sent him to
France to University. He took
up car racing. He was very
small, so he fit in the cockpits
of fast sports cars. The smaller,
the faster. Pretty soon he
started winning races. His fa-
ther, the king was very happy.
His son was hired by Bugatti
-to develop a small racing car
with a powerful engine. He won
every race he entered. Finally,
in the final Sicilian Road race,
he was favored to win, and he
broke his own rule, and invited
his father to come witness his
triumph.
Alas, it was never to be.
Going shelter skelter through a
small peasant village, a mule
cart appeared in his way. He
couldn't stop in time. The cart
was high, the car was low,
and the result was his son,
the Crown Prince, was decapi-
tated.
Crushed, the King took
his son home to a royal Fu-
neral. The car which had NOT
been damaged, led the parade.
Thereafter, the car was on
display at the entrance of the
Royal Palace.
And there it remained. In
time, the kind stepped down
as ruler of the country and
N'Selle became a Republic. For
a long while, out of respect and
reverence for the King, the car
remained on display. But then,
as inevitably happens, memo-
ries grow short. People could
NOT remember why that car
was on display. The Parliament
voted to ask the former king
to put it on sale in the U.S.A.
and the king agreed The price?
$3,500. No pictures accompa-
nied the ad in Hemmings. No
one was interested in an an-
cient junk in a small nation in
the middle of Africa. The freight
alone would be as high as the
cost of the car. It was impracti-
cal. No takers appeared except
for Martha's offer.
"We have agreed to all except
the price, He wants $3,500 I
only have $2,000." Jamie said,
losing faith.
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(Continued from page 19)
"Tell him to come see me.
I'm a great horse trader. Ill get
him down. Tell him to bring the
car. He's going to leave it here
in Port St.. James, one way or
another. I got a plan."
Jamie didn't ask. She did as
she was told. She knew better
then to question Martha if she
made up her mind to buy a
little car which 'fit' her, she was
dang well going to do it!
Weeks went by in a dead
lock.. The king insisted on
$3,200, Martha $2,000 cash
firm. Then Jamie got on her in-
ternet and researched the king
and the death of his son, and
his Bugatti baby. And, predict-
ably, she found a way.
The king did not care about
the car. In fact he hated to have
it in his garage, for it reminded
him of the tragic race. The car
killed his son. That is how he
felt, but the motor was down-
sized and specially built by Bu-
gatti master technicians. That
he did not want to part with.
He loved the little motor.
Martha wired a carefully
worded letter, and a check for
$2,000 cash for the body of the
car and all it's running gear


except for it's priceless motor.
NOT surprisingly, the king ac-
cepted, cashed the check and
enclosed a gracious note which
ended with an admonition: "Be
careful how you drive this car.
This car is a proven killer."
The car came and Martha
had it delivered to old Joe
the mechanic. He was 80. He
would know where to find a
small scaled down substitute
for a Bugatti engine.
"Nope, Martha, ain't nobody
in the states has got a small
motor like that. I can put bi-
cycle pedals, like a kiddie toy,
but I don't recommend it for
you."
"Well you keep it for a
month, and I'll bet you will
find the answer." She said op-
timistically.
"O.K. but don't do me like
you did in 1948. You bought a
.Harvester motor lawn mower,
and when it went too fast for
you, you brought it here to
store until you sold it. And here
it stayed. It's still here."
"Does it run?" She'd forgot-
ten about the lawn mower.
"Yep, like it was 1948 out-
side my door."
"How fast does it do?"


"Wide open? 25 to 30 mph,
more if there was a stiff breeze
behind it."
"Hmm. Put that motor in
the Bugatti and see if shell
run. Then, bring it round to
my house."
It was a bright, clear Sat-
urday morning in February.
The roads were clear when Joe
pulled up in Martha's drive-
way. She was wearing her big
ol' sun bonnet on her head to
protect her clear white com-
plexion from the harsh rays of
the sun which would give her
a tan, and, in her mind, would
indicate that she was doing
yard work herself because she
did not have a slave, or a paid
yardman. She rightly couldn't
remember which. She just
knew she durned well didn't
do her yard-work.
She shoo'd Joe over to the
passenger side, called .the
mechanic seat when the car
had been a racer, and jumped
behind the Bugatti. She raced
the motor to warm it up so it
wouldn't sputter to a stop, put
it in first gear, and eased out
into the road. Smoothly she
shifted to 2nd then to third,
then she hit the gas. There


was no traffic this early Sat-
urday morning. Never was. 90
year old people slept in. There
was nothing to get up for so
they stayed under the covers,
snug and warm. Martha knew
the road was hers. She put
the little racer's wind screen
down, and felt the cold wind


hit her face. She pulled her
Air Force Fighter pilot goggles
down to protect her eyes. She
felt the power, freedom, and
independence that the four
wheeled little car brought. Now
she was unchained. The car
held five gallons, and it got 30
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miles to the gallon. She couldn't
think of anything she needed
) to see outside that range. She
headed back home to make a
list of places she wanted to visit
that month, including the new
Publix grocery store that was
built after Sparky died, and
his store burned down. Publix
was 10 miles from Martha. An
impossibility before the Bugatti
got an engine and they came
into her range. She felt freer
than she had since Willard,
her oppressive husband died,
S in 1945, leaving her free in her
little G.I. Bill house.
Joe came by one day with
an idea to produce revenue
for them. He was always go-
ing to antique car rallies every
S weekend. All were within range
of the, petite Bugatti. Why not
rent rides at $5 per half hour,
or $10 if you wanted to drive the
beauty. No one knew it had a
grass cutting machine and not
an original Bugatti motor.
"Is that honest?" said Martha
who put stock in such things as
telling the truth.


"If they ask, I'll tell em the
truth. But so far Martha nary
a person ax'd." she shook his
hand.
"By doggies, I like me an hon-
est man!" She said, and stayed
the whole Saturday afternoon, ,
renting the petit Bugatti, and
counting her money.
With the liberation from
restriction of Martha, she lived
happily five more years. She
died in her sleep. She was read-
ing a book she found in the
library on the history of Bugatti
and his motor company. She
had on her note pad an instruc-
tion to send the President of the
Bugatti company a picture of
her petite Bugatti with the king
standing proudly by the car,
and Martha, goggles up on her
helmet in the driver seat.
She made a note, "No sense
telling the President that His
Highness took the motor back
*to his garage." If he would ask,
she would tell him the truth.
She went to her eternal rest
with a peaceful look on her face,
and a smile. He never did ax.


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Out in the woods stood a
nice little Fir Tree. The place
he had was a very good one:
the sun shone on him: as to
fresh air, there was enough
of that, and round him grew
many large-sized comrades,
pines as well as firs. But the
little Fir wanted so very much
to be a grown-up tree.
He did not think of the warm
sun and of the fresh air; he
did not care for the little cot-
tage children that ran about
and prattled when they were
in the woods looking for wild-
strawberries. The children of-
ten came with a whole pitcher
full of berries, or a long row of
them threaded on a straw, and
--sat down near the young tree
and said, "Oh, how pretty he
is! What a nice little fir!" But
this was what the Tree could
not bear to hear.
At the end of a year he had
shot up a good deal, and after
another year he was another
long bit taller; for with fir trees
-one can always tell.by the
shoots how many years old
they are.
"Oh! Were I but such a high
tree as the others are," sighed


he. "Then I should be able to
spread out my branches, and
with the tops to look into the
wide world! Then would the
birds build nests among my
branches: and when there was
a breeze, I could bend with as
much stateliness as the oth-
ers!"
Neither the sunbeams, nor
the birds, nor the red clouds
which morning and evening
sailed above him, gave the little
Tree any pleasure.
In winter, when the snow
lay glittering on the ground, a
hare would often come leaping
along, and jump right over the
little Tree. Oh, that made him
so angry! But two winters were
past, and in the third the Tree
was so large that the hare was
obliged to go round it. "To grow
and grow, to get older and be
tall," thought the Tree --"that,
after all, is the most delightful
thing in the world!"
In autumn the wood-cut-
ters always came and felled
some of the largest trees. This
happened every year; and the
young Fir Tree, that had now
grown to a very comely size,
trembled at the sight; for the


magnificent great trees fell to
the earth with noise and crack-
-ing, the branches were lopped
off, and the trees looked long
and bare; they.were hardly to
be recognized; and then they
were laid in carts, and the
horses dragged them out of
the wood..
Where did they go to? What


by Hans Christian Anderson


became of them?
In spring, when the swal-
lows and the storks came, the
Tree asked them, "Don't you
know where they have been
taken? Have you not met them
anywhere?"
The swallows did not know
anything about it; but the
Stork looked musing, nodded


his head, and said, "Yes; I think
I know; I met many ships as I
was flying hither from Egypt;
on the ships were magnificent
masts, and I venture to assert
that it was they that smelt so of
fir. I may congratulate you, for
they lifted themselves on high
most majestically!"
(Continued on page 23)


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favorite, though often ridiculed, traditional food. Fruitcake is
considered to be a part of many families' Christmas traditions
just as important as having a Christmas tree.
Like many Christmas traditions, the idea of giving fruitcakes
as gifts is thought to have originated in ancient times. No one
ever recorded who took the first cake and added fruit, honey,
nuts, and alcohol to make an edible gift for their family, but
records indicate that this tradition was occurring in Rome prior
to the birth of Jesus (B.C.).
One of the main reasons fruitcakes were given as gifts in
early times is that the ingredients combined in such a way as
to greatly reduce the spoiling of this food. This was a huge
advantage when the average family had very little control over
their food supply, and allowed people to travel longer distances
since they could carry a food supply vith them that would not
spoil.
The fruitcake as we know it today evolved from plum cake
recipes in England. It became a natural food to have for holiday
celebrations, since it could be made in advance (sometimes
many months in advance) and then families could be prepared
to give their visitors a treat.
After trying to eat a piece of fruitcake, I have joined the list
of people who believe that fruitcakes are never consumed, just
created and given as gifts to others. One day, our planet will
be overwhelmed with fruitcakes and they will all need to be ,
dumped into an ocean, possibly creating the new continent of
fruitcakia'. Or, maybe they will just be used as bricks in the
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(Continued from page 22)
"Oh, were I but old enough
to fly across the sea! But how
does the sea look in reality?
What is it like?"
'That would take a long time
to explain," said the Stork, and
with these words off he went.
"Rejoice in thy growth!" said
the Sunbeams. "Rejoice in thy
vigorous growth, and in the
fresh life that moveth within
thee!"
And the Wind kissed the
Tree, and the Dew wept tears
over him; but the Fir under-
stood it not.
When Christmas came,
quite young trees were cut
down: trees which often were
not even as large or of the
same age as this Fir Tree, who
could never rest, but always
wanted to be off. These young
trees, and they were always
the finest looking, retained
their branches; they were laid
on carts, and the horses drew
them out of the wood.
"Where are they going to?"
asked the Fir. "They are not
taller than I; there was one


indeed that was considerably
shorter; and why do they retain
all their branches? Whither are
they taken?"
"We know! We know!"
chirped the Sparrows. "We
have peeped in at the win-
dows in the town below! We
know.whither they are taken!
The greatest splendor and the
greatest magnificence one can
imagine await them. We peeped
through the windows, and saw
them planted in the middle
of the warm room and orna-
mented with the most splendid
things, with gilded apples, with
gingerbread, with toys, and
many hundred lights!
"And then?" asked the Fir
Tree, trembling in every bough.
"And then? What happens
then?"
"We did not see anything
more: it was incomparably
beautiful."
"I would fain know if I am
destined for so glorious a ca-
reer," cried the Tree, rejoicing.
"That is still better than to
cross the sea! What a longing
'do I suffer! Were Christmas


but come! I am now tall, and
my branches spread like the
others that were carried off last
year! Oh! were I but already on
the cart! Were I in the warm
room with all the splendor
and magnificence! Yes; then
something better, something
still grander, will surely fol-
low, or wherefore should they
thus ornament me? Something
better, something still grander
must follow -- but what? Oh,
how I long, how I suffer! I do
not know myself what is the
matter with me!"
"Rejoice in our presence!"
said the Air and the Sun-
light. "Rejoice in thy own fresh
youth!"
But the Tree did not rejoice
at all; he grew and grew, and
was green both winter and
summer. People that saw him
said, "What a fine.tree!" and
towards Christmas he was one
of the first that was cut down.
The axe struck deep into the
very pith; the Tree fell to the
earth with a sigh; he felt a
pang -- it was like a swoon; he
could not think of happiness,


by Hans Christian Anderson


for he was sorrowful at being
separated from his home, from
the place where he had sprung
up. He well knew that he
should never see his dear old
comrades, the little bushes and
flowers around him, anymore;
perhaps not even the birds!
The departure was not at all
agreeable.
The Tree only came to him-
self when he was unloaded in a
court-yard with the other trees,
and heard a man say, "That
one is splendid! We don't want
the others." Then two servants
came in rich livery and car-
ried the Fir Tree into a large
and splendid drawing-room.
Portraits, were hanging on
the walls, and near the white
porcelain stove stood two large
Chinese vases with lions on the
covers. There, too, were large
easy-chairs, silken sofas, large
tables full of picture-books and
full of toys, worth hundreds
and hundreds of crowns -- at
least the children said so. And
the Fir Tree was stuck upright
in a cask that was filled with


sand; but no one could see that
it was a cask, for green cloth
was hung all round it, and it
stood on a large gaily-colored
carpet. Oh! how the Tree quiv-
ered! What was to happen?
The servants, as well as the
young ladies, decorated it. On
one branch there hung little
nets cut out of colored paper,
and each net was filled with
sugarplums; and among the
other boughs gilded apples and
walnuts were suspended, look-
Sing as though they had grown
there, and little blue and white
tapers were placed among the
leaves. Dolls that looked for all
the world like men -- the Tree
had never beheld such before
-- were seen among the foli-
age, and at the very top a large
star of gold tinsel was fixed. It
was really splendid -- beyond
description splendid.
"This evening!" they all said.
"How it will shine this eve-
ning!"
"Oh!" thought the Tree. "If
the evening were but come! If
(Continued on page 23)


Christmas Gifting
The idea of presenting people you love with gifts is as old
as the human race. The idea of exchanging gifts at Christmas
time originated with the birth of Jesus, when three wise men
traveled to deliver gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to the
newborn baby. Shepherds in the fields also came to give gifts
to the newborn baby Jesus.
Everything changed when Clement Clarke Moore wrote the
story/poem T'was the night before Christmas in 1822. This
story quickly became the most popular poem throughout the
world, and children learned in it that Santa Claus brought gifts
on Christmas Eve, and they started expecting Santa to bring
them gifts as well. Children especially would look for gifts in
their stockings hung up to dry by the fireplace.
Today, the tradition of giving and receiving gifts is as much
a part of Christmas as the Christmas tree, candy canes, and
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the tapers were but lighted!
And then I wonder what will
happen! Perhaps the other
trees from the forest will come
- to look at me! Perhaps the
sparrows will beat against the
windowpanes! I wonder if I
shall take root here, and win-
ter and summer stand covered
with ornaments!"
He knew very much about
the matter -- but he was so
impatient that for sheer long-
ing he got a pain in his back,
and this with trees is the same
thing as a headache with us.
The candles were now light-
ed -- what brightness! What
splendor! The Tree trembled so
in every bough that one of the
tapers set fire to the foliage. It
blazed up famously.
"Help! Help!" cried the young
ladies, and they quickly put
out the fire.
Now the Tree did not even
dare tremble. What a state
he was in! He was so uneasy
lest he should lose something
of his splendor, that he was
quite bewildered amidst the
glare and brightness; when
suddenly both folding-doors
opened and a troop of children
rushed in as if they would up-
set the Tree. The older persons
followed quietly; the little ones
stood quite still. But it was


only for a moment; then they
shouted that the whole place
re-echoed with their rejoicing;
they'danced round the Tree,
and one present after the other
was pulled off.
"What are they about?"
thought the Tree. "What is to
happen now!" And the lights
burned down to the very
branches, and as they burned
down they were put out one
after the other, and then the
children had permission to
plunder the Tree. So they fell
upon it with such violence that
all its branches cracked; if it
had not been fixed firmly in the
ground, it would certainly have
tumbled down.
The children danced about
with their beautiful playthings;
no one looked at the Tree ex-
cept the old nurse, who peeped
between the branches; but it
was only to see if there was
a fig or an apple left that had
been forgotten.
"A story! A story!" cried
the children, drawing a little
fat man towards the Tree. He
seated himself under it and
said, "Now we are in the shade,
and the Tree can listen too.
But I shall tell only one story.
Now which will you have; that
about Ivedy-Avedy, or about
Humpy-Dumpy, who tumbled
downstairs, and yet after all


came to the throne and mar-
ried the princess?"
"Ivedy-Avedy," cried some;
"Humpy-Dumpy," cried the
others. There was such a bawl-
ing and screaming -- the Fir
Tree alone was silent, and he
thought to himself, "Am I not to
bawl with the rest? Am I to do


by Hans Christian Anderson


nothing whatever?" for he was
one of the company, and had
done what he had to do.
And the man told about
Humpy-Dumpy that tumbled
down, who notwithstanding
came to the throne, and at last
married the princess. And the
children clapped their hands,


and cried. "Oh, go on! Do go
on!" They wanted to hear about
Ivedy-Avedy too, but the little
man only told them about
Humpy-Dumpy. The Fir Tree
stood quite still and absorbed
in thought; the birds in the
wood had never related the
(Continued to page 25)


The Christmas Star
The star placed at the very top of the Christmas tree recalls
the one seen by the three wise then 'in the East' at the time of
Jesus Christ's birth, the star that 'went before them till it came
and stood over where the young child was'
Matthew 2:1-12.
In many parts of the world today celebration of the Chris-
tian holiday has begun with the appearance of the first star
on Christmas Eve.
In Poland this signals the beginning of the Festival of the
Star. After the Christmas Eve meal, the priest of the village, as
the "Star Man", goes around and tests the children's religious
knowledge. In parts of Alaska boys and girls carry a star figure
from house to house, singing carols and hoping for treats or
to be invited in to dinner. In Hungary a star-shaped pattern in
an apple cut in half means good luck. A break in the pattern
is supposed to mean illness.
To Christians the Christmas star is. suppose to express the
ideals held out by Jesus, called in the Bible "the bright and
morning star."
Stars in general have a special meaning, as they are shar-
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like of this. "Humpy-Dumpy fell
downstairs, and yet he married
the princess! Yes, yes! That's
the way of the world!" thought
the Fir Tree, and believed it
all, because the man who told
the story was so good-looking.
"Well, well! who knows, perhaps
I may fall downstairs, too, and


get a princess as wife! And he
looked forward with joy to the
morrow, when he hoped to be
decked out again with lights,
playthings, fruits, and tinsel.
"I won't tremble to-morrow!"
thought the Fir Tree. "I will en-
joy to the full all my splendor!
To-morrow I shall hear again
the story of Humpy-Dumpy,


and perhaps that of Ivedy-
Avedy too." And the whole night
the Tree stood still and in deep
thought.
In the morning the servant
aid the housemaid came in.
"Now then the splendor will
begin again," thought the Fir.
But they dragged him out of the
room, and up the stairs into the


by Hans Christian Anderson


loft: and here, in a dark corner,
where no daylight could enter,
they left him. "What's the mean-
ing of this?" thought the Tree.
"What am I to do here? What
shall I hear now, I wonder?"
And he leaned against the wall
lost in reverie. Time enough
had he too for his reflections;
for days and nights passed on,
and nobody came up; and when
at last somebody did come,
it was only to put some great
trunks in a corner, out of the
way. There stood the Tree quite
hidden; it seemed as if he had
been entirely forgotten.
"'Tis now winter out-of-
doors!" thought the Tree. "The
earth is hard and covered with
snow; men cannot plant me
now, and therefore I have been
put up here under shelter till
the spring-time comes! How
thoughtful that is! How kind
man is, after all! If it only were
not so dark here, and so ter-
ribly lonely! Not even a hare!
And out in the woods it was so
pleasant, when the snow was
on the ground, and the hare
leaped by; yes -- even when he
jumped over me; but I did not
.like it then! It is really terribly
lonely here!"
"Squeak! Squeak!" said a
little Mouse, at the same mo-
ment, peeping out of his hole.
And then another little one
came. They snuffed about the
Fir Tree, and rustled among the
branches.
"It is dreadfully cold," said
the Mouse. "But for that, it
would be delightful here, old
Fir, wouldn't it?"
"I am by no means old," said
the Fir Tree. "There's many a
one considerably older than I
am."
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earth. Have you never been
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white) and shapes (most often straight sticks); evolving to the
familiar cane or upside down J shape with the red and white
stripes in the early 1900s.
The cane shape turned out to be a great way to hang the
sugar treats on the Christmas tree that was also strongly as-
sociated with the Christmas season and the bright colors of red
and white were a nice contrast with the green of the Christmas
trees. This was during a time when many food items were hung
on the Christmas trees from strings of popcorn to cookies and
pastries.
The exact story of how and why the candy canes evolved into
the red and white striped cane shapes we are so familiar with
today is lost to history, but a reasonable explanation is that
the cane shape was created to look like the staff of a shepherd
(which fits in not only with the story of shepherds attending
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THE FIR TREE


portly?"
"I know no such place,"
said the Tree. "But I know the
wood, where the sun shines
and where the little birds sing."
And then he told all about his
youth; and the little Mice had
never heard the like before; and
they listened and said,
"Well, to be sure! How much
you have seen! How happy you
must have been!"
"I!" said the Fir Tree, think-
ing over what he had himself
related. "Yes, in reality those
were happy times." And then
he told about Christmas-eve,
when he was decked out with
cakes and candles.
"Oh," said the little Mice,
"how fortunate you have been,
old Fii- Tree!"
"I am by no means old," said
he. "I came from the wood this
winter; I am in my prime, and
am only rather short for my
age."
"What delightful stories you
know," said the Mice: and the
next night they came with four
other little Mice, who were to
hear what the Tree recounted:
and the more he related, the
more he remembered himself;
and it appeared as if those
times had really been happy
times. "But they may still come
-- they may still come! Humpy-
Dumpy fell downstairs, and
yet he got a princess!" and he
thought at the moment'of a
nice. little Birch Tree growing
out in the woods: to the Fir,
that would be a real charming
princess.
"Who is Humpy-Dumpy?"
asked the Mice. So then the Fir
Tree told the whole fairy tale,
for he could remember every
single word of it; and the little
Mice jumped for joy up to the
very top of the Tree. Next night
two more Mice came, and on
Sunday two Rats even; but
they said the stories were not
interesting, which vexed the
little Mice; and 'they, too, now
began to think them not so very
amusing either.
"Do you know only one 'sto-
ry?" asked the Rats.
"Only. that one," answered
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Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus


The People's Almanac, pp.
1358-9. (Originally published
in The New York Sun in 1897.)
We take pleasure in answer-
ing thus prominently the com-
munication below, expressing
at the same time our great
gratification that its faithful
author is numbered among the
friends of The Sun:
Dear Editor-
I am 8 years old. Some of
my little friends say there is
no Santa Claus. Papa says,
"If you see it in The Sun, it's
so." Please tell me the truth, is
there a Santa Claus?
Virginia O'Hanlon
Virginia, your little friends
are wrong. They have been


affected by the scepticism of
a sceptical age. They do not
believe except what they see.
They think that nothing can be
which is not comprehensible
by their little minds. All minds,
Virginia, whether they be men's
or children's, are little. In this
great universe of ours, man is
a mere insect, an ant, in his
intellect as compared with the
boundless world about him, as
measured by the intelligence
capable of grasping the whole
of truth and knowledge.
Yes, Virginia, there is a San-
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as love and generosity and de-
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they abound and give to your


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life its highest beauty and joy.
Alas! How dreary would be the
world if there were no Santa
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faith then, no poetry, no ro-
mance to make tolerable this
existence. We should have no
enjoyment, except in sense and
sight. The external light with
which childhood fills the world
would be extinguished.
Not believe in Santa Claus!
You might as well not believe
in fairies. You might get your
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Claus coming down, what
would that prove? Nobody
sees Santa Claus, but that is
no sign that there is no Santa
Claus. The most real things in
the world are those that neither
children nor men can see. Did
you ever see fairies dancing on
the lawn? Of course not, but
that's no proof that they are
not there. Nobody can conceive
or imagine all the wonders
there are unseen and unsee-
able in the world.
You tear apart the baby's
rattle and see what makes the
noise inside, but there is a
veil covering the unseen world
which not the strongest man,
nor even the united strength
of all the strongest men that
ever lived could tei- apart.
Only faith, poetry, love, ro-
mance, can push aside that
curtain and view and picture
the supernatural beauty and
glory beyond. Is it all real?
Ah, Virginia, in all this world
there is nothing else real and
abiding.
No Santa Claus! Thank
God! he lives and lives forever.
A thousand years from now,
Virginia, nay 10 times 10,000
years from now, he will con-
tinue to make glad the heart
of childhood
About the Exchange
Francis P. Church's edito-
rial, "Yes Virginia, There is a
Santa Claus" was an immedi-
ate sensation, and went on to
became one of the most famous
editorials ever written. It first
appeared in The New York Sun
in 1897, almost a hundred
years ago, and was reprinted
annually until 1949 when the
paper went out of business.
Thirty-six years after her
letter was printed, Virginia
O'Hanlon recalled the events
that prompted her letter:
"Quite naturally I believed
in Santa Claus, for he had
never disappointed me. But
when less fortunate little boys
and girls said there wasn't any
Santa Claus, I was filled with
doubts. I asked my father, and
he was a little evasive on the
subject.
"It was a habit in our fam-
ily that whenever any doubts
came up as to how to pro-
nounce a word or some ques-
tion of historical fact was in
doubt, we wrote to the Ques-
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The Sun. Father would always
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the matter.
"'Well, I'm just going to write
The Sun and find out the real
truth,' I said to father.
"He said, 'Go ahead, Vir-
ginia. I'm sure The Sun will
give you the right answer, as
it always does.'"
And so Virginia sat down
and wrote her parents' favorite
newspaper.
Her letter found its way
into the hands of a veteran
editor, Francis P. Church. Son
of a Baptist minister, Church
had covered the Civil War for
The New York Times and had
worked on The New York Sun
for 20 years, more recently as
an anonymous editorial writer.
Church, a sardonic man, had
for his personal motto, "En-
deavour to clear your mind
of cant." When controversial
subjects had to be tackled on
the editorial page, especially
those dealing with theology,
the assignments were usually
given to Church.
Now, he had in his hands
a little girl's letter on a most
controversial matter, and he
was burdened with the respon-
sibility of answering it.
"Is there a Santa Claus?"
the childish scrawl in the letter
asked. At once, Church knew
that there was no avoiding the
question. He must answer, and
he must answer truthfully.
And so he turned to his desk,
and he began his reply which
was to become one of the most
memorable editorials in news-
paper history.
Church married shortly af-
ter the editorial appeared. He
died in April, 1906, leaving no
children.
Virginia O'Hanlon went on
to graduate from Hunter Col-
lege with a Bachelor of Arts
degree at age 21. The following
year she received her Master's
from Columbia, and in 1912
she began teaching in the New
York City school system, later
becoming a principal. After
47 years, she retired as an
educator. Throughout her life
she received a steady stream
of mail about her Santa Claus
letter, and to each reply she
attached an attractive printed
copy of the Church editorial.
Virginia O'Hanlon Douglas
died on May 13, 1971, at the
age of 81, in a nursing home in
Valatie, N.Y.

Tinsel
Glittering tinsel is used to
decorate the Christmas tree
to symbolise light. Light in
all forms was thought to be
magic enough to ensure that
the forces of darkness would
not have any power.
A Christian legend given for
the origins of tinsel is that a
poor widow was determined to
have a memorable Christmas
fof her family that all she pos-
sessed was a tree. She spent
manyhours decorating it and
finally fell asleep. Later in the
night spiders wove webs all
over the tree's branches. As
a reward for the widow's un-
selfishness, the Christ-child
changed the spider webs into
shining silver threads.
Another legend was that
as a child Jesus Christ once
decorated a tree. He was as-
sisted by angels whose hair
was caught on the branches
as they departed, it turned
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