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Renewable energy

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in South Hillsborough
* By MELODY JAMESON
mi@observernews.net
RUSKIN A company committed to making cheap energy from
the sun and landfill refuse is looking for a Florida foothold start-
ing in South Hillsborough County.
Epic Innovations International LLC (EII), a Florida-formed cor-
poration currently partnering with universities and communities in
the Western U.S. to generate electrical power from renewable solar
and biomass sources now also is working with the recently-formed
SHED Council to bring its carbon-neutral technology to the Sun-
shine State.
SHED, acronym for The South Hillsborough Economic Develop-
ment Council formed in November to promote creation of new en-
terprises and jobs south of the Alafia River, announced its alliance
with EII last week.
Jim Hosler, SHED Council's managing director as well as a com-
munity planner and demographics expert, described EII as "a state-
of-the art alternative energy company" and said the council's role
will be to assist the organization in its Florida search for partnership
opportunities with utilities, cities, counties, companies and renew-
able resource farmers. "We would like to see Epic establish its first
solar biomass hybrid facility in South Hillsborough, making use of
both South County sun rays and the Southeast landfill to produce
power 24/7." Hosler said.
EII shares that objective, CEO Jeff Rahm told The Observer this
week from the firm's Philadelphia office. But, perhaps the largest
obstacle to achieving it is the resistance of major utilities operating
coal-fired or nuclear power generating plants such as Tampa Electric
Company, Florida Power and Light Company and Progress Energy,
he noted. Tampa Electric, a unit of multi-faceted corporate parent
TECO and whose stock is publicly traded, owns and operates, among
several, the Big Bend power plant on the eastern shore of Tampa
Bay. Tampa Electric controls as well a network of transmission lines
throughout the region, including South Hillsborough. Progress En-
ergy and FPL, also investor-owned utilities, supply power along
Florida's west coast and in South Florida through multiple plants.
Tampa Electric spokesman Rick Morero noted, though, that a
greater obstacle may be that Florida utilities must seek and obtain the
approval of the state's Public Service Commission to enter into the
kind of agreements allowing partnership with an alternative energy
producer. The commission has to be satisfied any such arrangement
is beneficial for utility customers, he emphasized.
In fact, in early 2009, he added, Tampa Electric struck an agree-
ment with a Florida East Coast entity, Energy 5.0, which plans a 25
megawatt, solar-generated power facility using photovoltaic technol-
ogy on a 350-acre site in Polk County. The arrangement is expected
to produce 48,000 megawatt hours of electricity annually for Tampa
Electric customers beginning in 2011 at a slight increase to their


Five large

Riverview

projects

reviewed
* By PENNY FLETCHER
penny@observernews. net
D OVERVIEW Five major
IXprojects slated for Riverview
have been stalled yet again because
of the slow economy. Though de-
velopers were reluctant to talk
about it, target dates have been set
back from one to three years since
the last time their stories were up-
dated, and in one case, a developer
with two planned ventures has
closed his offices and could not be
located for an interview.
Southshore Commons
This is the mall referred to as
the one larger than Westfield in
Brandon. It is permitted to have
one million-square feet of retail
space, 490,000 square feet of of-
fice space, 250 hotel rooms (in two
separate hotels) and a multiplex
movie theater. It will be built at
the exit of the Interstate 75 ramp at
Big Bend Road, and extend north
along Big Bend across from East
Bay High School.
First announced in The Observer
News and Riverview Current in
July 2008, it originally had a target
groundbreaking date of fall 2008
but when developers were inter-
viewed again in September 2009,
groundbreaking had still not been
done.
The 128-acre, $200 million proj-
ect is to be built as a destination,
instead of just a place to shop, said
Jay Miller of Equity Inc., the proj-
ect's developer, which is based in
Sarasota. "It is designed for people
to spend leisure time strolling and
relaxing. Much of it will be built
around a man-made lake and the
office buildings will not be sprawl,
but more than one story," Miller
told me Jan. 4.
The setback is that anchor stores
are not expanding due to the cur-
rent economy, and have not
signed leases yet, although several
are still in negotiations. Plans are
still the same but target dates are
dependent upon anchors signing.
"We think they may start picking
up again in late 2010, which would
mean our opening would not be
until around 2013," Miller said.
"They want to see signs that the
recession is ending first."
The Preserve at Alafia and
Alafia Crossings
This three-stage project just
east of the Gibsonton-Riverview
exit of Interstate 75 was origi-
nally scheduled to begin in 2008,
with the residential portion; 351
townhouse-style apartments- to
be finished and selling by Janu-
ary 2009. When first reported in
The Observer News and Riverview
Current May 1, 2008, there was


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three big shows under the big top Saturday, January 9 at the
Showmen's Club, 6915 Riverview Drive, Gibsonton. Showtimes
are 1:00, 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. Families will be treated to acts from
around the world including aerialists, jugglers, clowns, perform-
ing animals and much, much more. See the "Getting Out" calen-
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New Ruskin fire station

on the horizon


* By MELODY JAMESON
mi@observernews.net
SUSKIN A new fire station
on an old site is in this com-
munity's near future.
The estimated $1.6 million Hills-
borough County facility is slated to
take shape in 2010 and is planned
for a two-acre site on East College
Avenue once disputed because of
its proximity to a funeral home
and an elementary school.
Construction bids for the new
station have been requested and
are expected to be returned for
review during the first quarter of
2010, according to Swoti Bose, ar-
chitectural services manager in the
county's real estate department.
The selected bid and a conforming
contract could be ready for approv-
als by the Board of County Com-
missioners in April, she added.
Once a contract is approved and a
contractor prepared, ground could
be broken quickly with completion
expected between 10 to 13 months
later, Bose noted. This schedule
would open the new station early
in the Spring of 2011, replacing
the current station a few blocks to
the north.
The present Ruskin fire station,
on 1st Avenue N.E., is considered
inadequate for updated equipment


and its location in a flood zone, as
well as a risk to heavy tonnage fire
fighting trucks because of unstable
ground beneath it, said Hillsbor-
ough Fire Rescue Chief Ron Rog-
ers.
While not viewed as suitable for
fire station use, the single-story
block structure in the heart of the
Ruskin business district has been
eyed by several local organiza-
tions as an adaptable site of a light-
er weight community center open
to the public, perhaps as a head-
quarters of the Ruskin Historical
Society or of the SouthShore Arts
Council.
The new station, in the northeast
corer of 4th Street and S.R. 674
or East College, will have a certain
updated "Florida Cracker" flavor
to its exterior appearance, said
Erthel Hill, an architectural sec-
tion project manager. For instance,
the concrete block structure will be
finished with planking reminiscent
of 1920s construction in the area
and will feature a metal roof of
galvanized aluminum. The station
number will be displayed from the
roof and given a tower effect to
also help camouflage a large vent-
ing fan.
The 9,000-square-foot facility
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Daystar Faith Center struggles to keep up

with growing area homeless


There's a new category of home-
less on the street and they're not
what you'd expect. Sure, there are
still many transients coming to
Florida to escape cold weather; mi-
grant farm workers who can find no
work; the mentally ill; disabled; and
addicts of all kinds. But the people
I talked with last week at Daystar
Faith Center in Gibsonton don't fit
into those categories. Immediately,
I knew I could easily become one
of them.
So many in South County are just
one illness away; one mortgage
payment away; one family disaster
away- from the homelessness that
comes when foreclosure locks you
outside and suddenly there you- and
your family- stand.
The lucky ones still have cars
that run, and many sleep in them.
Then, there are the tent cities grow-
ing in the woods. Where? I'll never
tell. Why? Because it has become a
crime to be homeless. Pushed from
one city to another by embarrassed
officials, the homeless say sher-
iff's deputies and city police are
extremely hard on them, often cut-


ting their tents and taking the few
belongings they have left to force
them to move on.
"Move on" sounds so easy until
you see them first-hand. Limp-
ing old men on bicycles; mothers,
some pregnant, with young children
delighted to see a hot meal coming
to them on a paper plate.
I had told Daystar's director, Sue
Sutko, I wanted to meet the ,i \
homeless" and the "near-homeless"
I had recently heard about in a Fox
news report that said there are now
16,000 homeless in the tri-county
area of Hillsborough, Pasco and
Pinellas with dozens of others one
step away.
I wanted to know who they are
and how they're making it on the
street. And what is this term that's
just recently been coined: "near-
homeless?"
Sue told me to come on over and I
would find out.
I knew Sue when she operated
Daystar in Gibsonton at a different
location until earlier this year when
she was told those who owned the
building needed it for another pur-
pose. Volunteers scrambling, they
finally found and renovated a small
house and storage shed at 7017
Gibsonton Drive into an office with
food prep kitchen and a separate
food pantry building.
The office is where Sue and her
troupe work by computer to find


benefits to which many are entitled
like disability and veterans' checks.
Because many of these people have
no transportation, they cannot go to
Tampa, or even Ruskin offices to
apply.
I arrived just in time for the lunch
crowd so I could meet as many dif-
ferent kinds of people as possible.
Some, understandably were reticent
to talk. I assured them I would use
only first names.
Many opened up right away, anx-
ious to tell their story, like a young
woman I met with three children
ages 8, 9 and 10. A skilled care-
giver, she has always worked, and
knows there is still work available
in her field. So why doesn't she
work now?
"My husband died six years ago,"
she told me. "Then earlier this year,
my house was foreclosed because I
couldn't make the payments. I still
have a car, so we stayed in it awhile.
I couldn't leave the kids alone over
the summer, and then there are
Thanksgiving and Christmas vaca-
tions. In January, I hope I can find a
way to start working again."
She found an abandoned trailer
with holes in the floor and walls
and moved into it. "I've done a lot
of work to try and make it safe," she
said. She even managed to get Tam-
pa Electric Company to give her
electricity by going to the Ruskin
Neighborhood Service Center. "I
don't know what they did, but I
have electricity now," she said.
But with child welfare laws as
they are, she fears the conditions
of the house might be used as cause
for removal of the children so she
stays "under the radar" trying not to
attract any attention.
Yet with a car and a skill, she
knows she is much better off than
most I met at Daystar Dec. 31.
"I plan to start looking for a job
and a sitter in January when the
kids go back to school," she said.
She expects it will take years to get
back on her feet.
Next I met three siblings- James,
18, and his younger sisters Amanda
and Krystal.
James spent time Christmas Eve


giving out toys and food in several
locations in Tampa with Messen-
gers' Boys Ministries.
He said he saw a lot of homeless.
He and his sisters are not home-
less. They are what are being
called the "near homeless." People
who have moved in with others;
in James' case, his grandmother's
house, where now, three genera-
tions live together.
James was obviously fearful of
speaking with me, as though telling
too much about their family situa-
tion would get them in trouble.
This, I think, is what bothers me
most. Those who need help are
afraid of the very agencies that are
supposedly here to help them.
"Police arrest us for going into
service stations and using rest-
rooms," said one elderly man. "My
girlfriend got 30 days just for going
into a service station."
Others are afraid of losing their
children to the Department of Chil-
dren and Families.
It has become a crime to be poor,
and yet the ranks of the homeless
are swelling every day.
"I have about 350 right here in the
Gibsonton-Riverview area now,"
Sue Sutko said. "My husband, Mi-
chael, played Santa at our Christ-
mas party," she said, showing me
photographs of dozens of children
climbing on his lap, and standing in
groups. "We had a big party and ev-
eryone got gifts. We had more than
300 people, and had over 1,000 do-
nated presents. The local churches
did a wonderful job getting things
for us."
The interviews went on and on as
people with paper plates filled with
food gradually began to open up. It
was very obvious they trusted Sue
and she trusted me, so one by one
they started to come over; some
even smiling and saying they were
glad to meet me.
"You're the 'Coffee Lady' said
Everett. "I read your column every
week."
Everett, 70, lives in his van on a
friend's property. Fortunately, his
friend is not in a development, and
has a fence, so he cannot easily re-


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ceive a citation for allowing this.
It is against the law to live in a ve-
hicle in a driveway or yard unless
zoning is a certain kind of agricul-
tural; and living in a vehicle of any
kind is against the covenants of de-
velopments that have homeowner's
associations as well.
A man who introduced himself as
"Mr. Thomas" is a veteran Marine.
An out-of-work construction work-
er, he has found a one-room trailer
where he exchanges room and board
for work around a circus lot.
I also met children who recently
moved in with their 82-year-old
grandmother after their stepfa-
ther was injured on the job and his
workman's compensation ran out.
"Our mother had a temporary job at
the Dollar Store over the holidays,
but that's over now," one told me.
Of the seven people living there, no
one is now drawing a check except
their grandmother, who draws So-
cial Security.
Then there was 22-year-old Faye
who was excited because Sue had
recently arranged a way for her to
get her GED. "I can't get to Spoto
(high school where they give the
General Education Diploma pro-
gram)" she said, "because I don't
have a car. But now Sue says there's
going to be a way I can get my GED
here."
Faye said she had been doing
well living in Indiana where she
ran a flea market since she was 19
and had her own apartment. But one
day while she was at work, she was
robbed. "They took absolutely ev-
erything," she said. Then she found
out she was pregnant. Her son,
James, is now 2 years old.
"My mom and stepdad are both
disabled but I came on home any-
way," she said. "First I was working
in the food industry, but I can't do
that anymore.," she said, showing
me a raw, red rash she has on her
arms and hands. "Nobody will hire
me looking like this."
Of the six people in her house-
hold, only one- her brother's girl-
friend Kayce- has a job; at Sonic,
as a carhop.
See OVER COFFEE, page 16







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Positive Talk Problem solving


by William Hodges


One of the most debilitating
things that can happen to an indi-
vidual is worry. Worry, in fact, is an
enemy that can cause us to overeat,
eat too little, lose sleep or want to
sleep all the time. It can cause us to
have great mood swings and force
us to become withdrawn or hyper-
active. Worry generally stems from
our inability to tackle the problem
that faces us. The longer we brood
upon the problem, the more our
quality of life deteriorates. Here
are a few simple ways to approach
just about any problem and, hence,
our tendency to worry about it.
First, when faced with a prob-
lem, we must begin with the idea
that every problem has one or more
solutions. In order to find the solu-
tions, we must stop concentrating
on the negative aspects of the situ-
ation and look for the doors that are
open to us. For example, my pilot
training instructor was teaching
me about forced landings; and the
first few times he pulled the power
on the airplane, I had a tendency
to search the horizon for a place
to land. In almost every instance,
had I looked closer to home, i.e.,
straight down, I would have found
a safe landing site. Do not over-
look that which should be obvious


when solving problems.
Second, don't panic. Fear can
drive us to wrong conclusions.
Think how many people in a fire
situation have been driven toward
a blind exit because they followed
the crowd, allowing fear to guide
them. Many lives might have been
saved if the people had just taken
a few seconds to review the cir-
cumstances. Whenever faced with
a problem, take time to think it
through.
Third, look at all your options.
Take a pad of paper and write out
the problem in its entirety. Then
read it aloud to yourself. You will
be amazed how often the solution
will come to you as you verbalize
the aspects of the problem.
Fourth, write down all of the per-
tinent facts and break the problem
into its smallest parts. Reflect on
how you can make an impact on
any portion of the problem if you
can't impact its entirety. You may
be able to markedly reduce the se-
verity of the problem by impacting
its parts.
Don't overlook the fact that
problems in many instances pro-
vide opportunities for us to grow
and prosper. Problem solvers are
always in demand and considered
a vital asset in any group or busi-
ness. If you become known as a
trouble shooter or problem solver
within your organization, you can
bet you will be the last one to be
viewed as inconsequential. You
can look upon problems-espe-
cially the ones you solve-as a
key to job security.
Right now is the beginning of a
new year and you have the choice
of continuing as you are or mak-
ing changes. If you are being con-
sumed with worry, then try these
ideas for taking control of your
life. Don't be stampeded by dark


thoughts into inappropriate ac-
tions or be paralyzed with fear and
accept the status quo. You have a
clean slate-a chance to start over;
2010 can be a great year, but it is
up to you.
Hodges is a nationally recog-


nized speaker, trainer, and syn-
dicated columnist. Hodges may
be reached at Hodges Seminars
International, PO. Box 89033,
Tampa, FL 33689-0400. Phone
813-641-0816. Web site: http://
www.BillHodges.com.


Rascal
Rascal is one cute little guy. After
spending a short visit in ICU he is
fine and full of pep. A volunteer
found him just lounging atop
his favorite kitty tower on his
favorite blanket. When picked
up he started to purr and really
enjoyed being held. Please stop
in and see Rascal and give him
his forever home. As part of his
adoption he will be neutered,
brought up-to-date on his shots
and microchipped. C.A.R.E. is
open 10 AM to 3 PM on Tues. -
Sat. For directions visit www.
CareShelter.org or call 813-645-
2273


Beetle
Beetle is an adorable Hound
mix. He and his brother Baily
were found near the shelter
seeking refuge from the rain in
a trashcan. After a big meal,
warm bath, and long peaceful
nap, they came to life. Beetle
is the talker of the two. He will
let you know when someone is
near. He has a sweet personality
and loves to cuddle. When treats
are involved, watch out! He aims
to please (and get a snack). As
part of Beetle's adoption, he will
be brought current on his shots,
microchipped, and neutered.
C.A.R.E. is open 10 AM to 3 PM
on Tues. Sat. For directions
visit www.CareShelter.org or
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Brookdale Senior
Living Events
Better Breathers Club will meet
from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on
the second Wednesday of each
month. This support group is for
anyone with a chronic pulmonary
disease -- family members and
friends canjoin too. Members learn
about lung disease and lung health,
have a chance to share concerns,
develop positive coping skills and
share in social gatherings.
Family Caregiver Support Group
meet from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on
the last Wednesday of each month,
Jan. 27. "We must take care of our-
selves in order to continue to take
care of the ones we love..." The
facilitator offers group support,
guest lecturers, stress manage-
ment, resources, coping skills and
caregiver tips.
All support groups are free and
lunch is provided. Reservations
are suggested. Their address and
RSVP phone number are: 4902
Bayshore Blvd., Tampa FL 33611,
(813) 835-4475.

VFW Post 8108
plans yard sale
It's time to start clearing out
your closets and garage. VFW
Post 8108 Ladies' Auxiliary will
be having a yard sale from 8 a.m.
to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9 and
from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Sunday,
Jan. 10 at the VFW Post 8108,
located at 7504 Riverview Drive,
Riverview.
Breakfast will also be available
from 8 to 11 a.m. Items may be
dropped off at the Post during Post
hours (opens at 11 a.m. during the
week). For more information, call
Priscilla Reisinger at 621-1218.

Are you
interested?
A group of South Shore
residents are forming a new
912 organization to share the
patriotism and unity felt after
the 9/11/2001 terrorist attacks.
So that they may determine
how much interest there is, call
(813) 938-4144.


Remember all of the soldiers, sailors,
airmen, marines and coast guardsmen
The Hillsborough Veterans Council will be conducting their quarterly
Field of Honor Remembrance Ceremony at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9,
at the Veterans Memorial Park and Museum located at 3602 U.S. Hwy.
301 N., Tampa.
Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 787 and AMVETS Post 44 will
co-host this event. The Riverview Detachment of the Marine Corps
League will provide a color guard, firing detail and a bugler while the Ye
Mystic Air Krew will do a fly-over in the missing man formation.
The purpose of this event is to remember all of the Soldiers, Sailors,
Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen who have lost their lives during
operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. During this ceremony
the names of each service member who has died in the past three months
is read aloud and a flag is planted in the ground in their honor. The public
is invited to assist in planting those flags. Currently there are more than
5000 flags in this field.


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New arrivals
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Mathias Alexander Arduengo
was born Dec. 22, 2009. Beverly
McQuay and Jason Arduengo of
Riverview are the proud parents.
Briahnna Sky Burke was born
Dec. 9, 2009. Lauren Stanaland
and Robby Burke, Jr. of Riverview
are the proud parents.
Caden Samuel Cook was born
Dec. 19, 2009. The proud parents
are Jessica and Kevin Cook of
Ruskin.
Cayden James Daley was born
Dec. 28, 2009. The proud parents
are Julie and Christopher Daley of
Gibsonton.
Jeramiha Jose Janier was
born Dec. 21, 2009. Andrea M.
Wallslager and Jose Javier of Riv-
erview are the proud parents.
Paisley Hope McBride was born
Dec. 11, 2009. The proud parents
are Sandra and Ken McBride of
Riverview.
Addyson Stacey Porter was born
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MEMBER ANNIVERSARIES AS OF
JANUARY 2010
Elaine Brad Join us in congratulating the following Sun
City Center Chamber members for their continuing business success!
GOLD MEMBERS:
TECO 30 years
Kings Point Condo Association 27 years
M & M Printing Co., Inc. 27 years
Raymond James & Associates 27 years
Reedy Plumbing 27 years
National Cremation & Burial Society 26 years
Boggs Jewelry 21 years
Freedom Plaza 20 years
Fox & Friends Animal Hospital 16 years
American Cancer Society 12 years
Hungry Howie's 11 years
Discovery Management at Aston Gardens 11 years
SunTrust Bank 11 years
WCI Communities, Inc. 11 years
Charboneau Insurance Agency 11 years
DriRite of Hillsborough County 11 years
Jack Frobose-Ambassador 10 years
Cotter Financial 10 years
Golf & Sea Realty 10 years


SILVER MEMBERS:
Sheriff's Operations Center
Zamikoff, Klement, Jungman & Jenkins
The Eye Associates
My Neighborhood Shuttle


9 years
9 years
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Many thanks to all of you for your support and contributions to the
Chamber. -- Elaine Brad is President of the
Sun City Center Area Chamber of
I Commerce. She can be reached at
(813) 634-5111 extension 101 or
AREA CHAER OF COMMERCE via direct email ebradl@aol.com.
AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE


Free crapemyrtle
trees
Florida Residents can celebrate the
start of the new yearby receiving free
crapemyrtle trees from the Arbor Day
Foundation.
Florida residents who join the Ar-
bor Day Foundation in January 2010
will receive five free crapemyrtle
trees just for becoming a member.
The free trees are part of the non-
profit Foundation's Trees for Ameri-
ca campaign
"Crapemyrtles are elegant in color
and form, making them an attractive
addition to any landscape in Florida,"
said John Rosenow, chief executive
of the Arbor Day Foundation. "These
small flowering trees boast perfect,
six-petaled flowers of pink and red,
with leaves that change from summer
green to autumn red, orange, and yel-
low."
The trees will be shipped postpaid
at the right time for planting be-
tween February 1 and April 30 with
enclosed planting instructions. The
6- to 12-inch tall trees are guaranteed
to grow, or they will be replaced free
of charge.
Members also receive a subscrip-
tion to the Foundation's colorful bi-
monthly publication, Arbor Day, and
The Tree Book which includes infor-
mation about tree planting and care.
To receive the free trees, send a $10
membership contribution to FIVE
CRAPEMYRTLES, Arbor Day
Foundation, 100 Arbor Avenue, Ne-
braska City, NE 68410, by January
29, 2010. Florida residents can also
join online at www.aiborday.org/
january.


JANUARY 7, 2010
Ann Combs speaks on tapestry of life
South Shore Christian Women's Connection presents "Natures perfect
food--Chocolate" by The Original Leena's Chocolate Shop. Inspirational
speaker Ann Combs shares "The tapestry of life and how it changed
from dark to a bright and beautiful design."
The presentation and luncheon will be held at Club Renaissance, 2121
South Pebble Beach Blvd. on Thursday Jan. 14 with pianist Darlene
Millican. Doors open at 11:00 AM--Luncheon and program 11:30AM-
1:30PM.
Reservations or cancellations must be made before noon Monday, Jan.
11. Cost $17.00 inclusive.
All ladies are welcome, no membership required. Sponsored by South
Shore Christian Women's Connection, Affiliated with Stonecroft Min-
istries.
Call 938-4320 or 383-7540 or email ani bulii -i u -'iil corn
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Dear Editor:
A novelty only 30 years ago, meat-free diets are rapidly becoming the fashion
for people who care about their family's and their planet's health. Here are recent
indicators:
According to U.S. Department of Agriculture, the number of animals killed for
food in the U.S. this year is expected to drop by 6% from 2008.
Jonathan Foer's "Eating Animals" and two other vegan books have made the best-
seller list.
Meat industry expose "Food, Inc." is being considered for an Oscar nomination.
Cargill, ConAgra, and other animal butchering empires, have launched a number
of vegan food products.
In March, the respected National Cancer Institute reported that people who ate
the most red meat were "most likely to die from cancer, heart disease and other
causes."
In July, the conservative American Dietetic Association has affirmed that "veg-
etarian and vegan diets are healthful, nutritionally adequate and may provide health
benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases."
In the November issue of World Watch magazine, two World Bank scientists have
claimed that meat production may account for more than half of man-made green-
house gas emissions.
The dawn of the New Year is a great time to explore the new dietary fashion and
all the delicious, healthful vegan foods in our supermarkets.


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This is the second year Hills-
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Visiting the Shell Museum on
Sanibel Island is a real treat for
novice shell collectors such as
myself. Every species of shell
imaginable is on display with in-
formation relating to its cultural
significance. Shells have served
as food, weapon and shelter for
many cultures around the globe.
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Anatomy of a Scallop

and me to DiCola's Fish Market
in Illinois where we would choose
our delicacy from the glass case. I
usually went directly for the huge
fried shrimp, whereas my grand-
mother loved to load up on the
scallops. Although mild in flavor,
I couldn't get past the weird tex-
ture of this mussel and never be-
came a huge fan.
While touring the Shell Museum,
I came across a display of all the
edible scallops found around the
world, as well as a detailed break-
down of the anatomy of a scallop.
This brought me back to our trips
to the fish market and it amazed
me to find out how delicate and
sophisticated the structure of the
scallop was. There is a heart, eyes,
rectum, foot and mouth! The func-
tioning creature that called this
shell home astounded me.
According to wisegeek.com,
scallops for our consumption are
either fished or harvested. There


The Shell Museum on Sanibel Island houses thousands of shells.


are scallop farms where the shells
are harvested but there are still
fishermen that go out in bays and
oceans to net them. Because they
can't live outside of water, they are
shucked on the boat.
The scallop shell has represented
several things throughout history,
including the Shell Oil symbol. In
famous artwork, the goddess Ve-
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1st : Fred Mayes, 5 skins
2nd: Chip Wood, 3 skins
3rd: Ron Kingston, 2 skins
3rd : two-way tie at 1 skin each -
Fred Zizelman, and Rich Lucidi
Low-net: Fred Mayes, 61
Low-gross: Chip Wood, 83

Caloosa Country Club
Women's (CWGA 18) 18
hole golf league. Dec.
30
Throw out Par 5's (Full Handi-
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Flight 1
Cheryl Karpinski 1st 45
Mary Jane Stutz 2nd 47
Beverly Valentine 3rd 50

Flight 2
Jana Roberts 1st 36
Maryanne Starrett 2nd tie 44
Dottie Morgan 44

Flight 3
Timi Pratt 1st 41
Honey Lu Sack 2nd 45

4th Flight
Betty Burke 1st 40
Maggie Roy 2nd 43
Jackie Wrigley 3rd 45
Jerry Ramsey 4th tie 46
Janis Ingram 46


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2nd Mary Sundeen
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Marilyn Preston

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Make a New Year's resolution to 'Get


Outside!'
District lands offer a fun, easy
and low-cost way to spend time
with family and friends in 2010
Why make a New Year's resolu-
tion to join a gym in 2010, when
you can "Get Outside!" on more
than 343,000 acres of public recre-
ation lands to hike, bike and camp
for little or no cost?
The Southwest Florida Water
Management District recently
revised its 152-page Recreation
Guide, which features more than
50 parks and preserves in the re-
gion owned by the District and
its partners. Some of the outdoor
activities available include hik-
ing, bicycling, picnicking, nature
study, horseback riding, fishing,
paddling, camping and hunting.
Many of these lands are main-
tained directly by the District and
offer a very natural experience,
while some of these properties are
managed as county and state parks
Walk for the cure


and offer a broader range of ame-
nities. The majority of these lands
offer free parking and admission.
The Recreation Guide is a free
publication to all residents living
in the District's 16-county area
and includes detailed descriptions
and a map for each property. The
guides are part of the District's
"Get Outside!" campaign to pro-
mote the recreational opportunities
available to the public on District-
owned lands.
The District and its partners ac-
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through the state's land acquisition
programs to protect the 16-county
region's water resources.
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Route 301 in Wimauma. Pre-registration begins at 8:30 A.M. with the
walk to begin at 9:00 A.M.
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as they support the fight to find a cure for cancer!
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Slow down for panthers at dusk and beyond


A Florida panther met an un-
timely death in the early morning
hours of Dec. 17, after a collision
with a vehicle on Interstate 75 in
Broward County, near the Bro-
ward-Collier county line. Four-
teen panthers have been killed
on roadways in Florida so far in
2009, and that has wildlife offi-
cials concerned. The Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission (FWC) urges motorists to
be vigilant while driving as day-
light fades.
To avoid collisions with roam-
ing panthers, the FWC requests
that motorists obey posted speed
limits and remain on guard for
panthers crossing roads at dusk
and later.
Panthers tend to be more active
during the hours between dusk
and dawn, when most automobile
strikes occur. The driver of the
vehicle in the early-morning col-
lision saw the panther at the last
minute and could not avoid the
collision because of the speed of
the vehicle. FWC biologists note
that panthers often make a sudden
dash as a car approaches, limiting
the ability to avoid an accident,
especially when drivers are trav-
eling at higher speeds.
To help protect the large cats
from increasing traffic threats,
the FWC, along with sheriff's
deputies and the Florida Highway
Patrol, actively enforce panther
speed zones in Lee and Collier
counties. Panther speed zones are
well-marked, with speed limits
reduced at night to 45 mph.
Collier County has four panther
speed zones: two on State Road
29 and two on U.S. 41, including


Fourteen Florida panthers have been killed on roadways so far this
year. This one was struck by a vehicle on 1-75, one-half mile from W.
Snake Road, near the Broward-Collier County line.
(FWC photo)


a new zone posted last year run-
ning through Collier-Seminole
State Park.
In Lee County, there are three
panther speed zones: one each on
Corkscrew Road, Daniels Road
Extension and Alico Road.
Motorists who violate panther
speed zones often receive fines
exceeding $200 for their first of-
fense. There is a mandatory court
appearance for any violation of
more than 29 mph over the posted
limit.
Though Florida has experienced
a significant increase in panther
numbers, from an estimated 30
animals 20 years ago to approxi-
mately 100 today, Darrell Land,
FWC biologist and panther team
leader, cautions that the species is
far from recovered.
"Panther deaths, including


those from vehicle strikes, have
increased, in part because of a
rise in its numbers," Land said.
"In spite of the modest increase
in numbers, every cat remains im-
portant to the survival of the spe-
cies in the wild."
The number of Florida pan-
thers killed by collisions with
vehicles has been on the increase
since 2000, ranging from 6 to 15
per year. The highest figure oc-
curred in 2007 when 15 panthers
are known to have died on state
highways.
"Motorists also should be aware
that panthers are not always
struck in posted panther speed
zones," Land said. "We caution
motorists to be on the lookout for
the large cats in wild areas near
panther zones, especially around
sundown."


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cessful in increasing the popu-
lation of Florida panthers and
restoring the genetic health and
vigor of the panther population.
Much of the funding for panther
research and monitoring comes
from fees collected when resi-
dents purchase panther specialty
license plates.
"Research by biologists in-
cludes field studies on the panther
to determine denning habits and
movement patterns," said Kipp
Frohlich, leader of the FWC's Im-
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tion. "All of these studies aid in
the long-term survival and recov-
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For more information on the
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Kings Point Ladies 18 Hole League December 28
Game: Best Ball Scramble
1st Ann Perrone, Esther Plusser, Linda Suh Even
2nd (tie) Joan Sword, Betty Kuhn, Lorraine Napier
Rosa Gerry, Alice Henkaline, Marion Crowe Plus 2
3rd (tie) Marge Miller, Mary Hoyt, Teri Ferrara
Joan Henry, Joan Forman, Kate Larsen Plus 3

Golf Scores Hogans Golf Club Saturday, Jan. 2
Course: SandPiper, Oaks-to-Lakes, 5458 yds Play:
Individual Lo-Net
1st : Paul Maki, 65, 12 skins
2nd : Art Swallow, 68, 8 skins
3rd: Jay Sparkman, 69, 4 skins
4th: three-way tie with 70"s Noel Kohn, Don Vazquez & Ron Kings-
ton, each with 3 skins
Low-gross: Chip Wood, 82 (course record = 81 by Chip Wood)
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Golf Scores Hogans
Golf Club Dec. 30
Course: Summerfield,
6375/5779 yds
Play: Skins
1st Paul Maki, 69, 7 skins
2nd : Tom Higgins, 77, 2 skins
3rd : Charlie Strimpell, 77, 1
skin
4th: Dave Diehl, 79

Low-net: Paul Maki, 69
Low-gross: Paul Maki, 98






12 OBSERVER NEWS RIVERVIEW CURRENT


Take care of your fishing equipment


If you received fishing equip-
ment for a gift and don't use it,
it will soon need to be replaced
because you didn't take care of it.
An inexpensive fishing rod case
can be made from PVC pipe. If
your rod came without a case,
make your own.
If you keep a good rod propped
between studs in your garage, it
will bend out of shape.
Some anglers hang the rods in a
storage room horizontally on two
pegs; this is also a no-no, as they
will become bent in the middle.
Your reel needs care as well as
your rod. After each fishing trip,
rinse your reel to clean out salt
or dirt. Don't use a strong spray,
but a gentle hose spray, so as not
to force dirt deeper into the reel's
components.
Save the box that your reel came
in and take your reel off your pole
and store it in the original box for
better protection.
If you are using monofilament
line, rinse it off before putting it
away. If you don't, your line will
coil, more or less like a slinky, the
next time you cast out.
You also need to check your line
for frays and change it at least once
a year or as needed. One weak
frayed line will cause you to lose
that big catch.


Some anglers wearwading boots,
and at times wade in the flats and
shallows so as not to spook the
fish. If you know our waterways,
wade, but if you are not positive
where you can wade, don't try it
as there are deep holes out there,
as well as strong currents.
If you have wading boots, al-
ways wash them thoroughly after
each use. Don't store them dirty.
One angler says that he hangs his
on a coat hanger upside down to
dry out. He takes each side of the
hanger and curls it up to make a
hanger for each boot.
I am sure that clean boats will
last longer. I talked to an angler-
who has had one boat for twenty
or more years. It is a small boat,
and he never leaves it in the water
to get full of barnacles.
When arriving home, he puts it
under cover on sawhorses to let
the air flow under his boat. Use
a detergent or a cleaning detail
before storing to remove the dirt.
Those with larger boats rub
down their hulls with polish, or
furniture wax. Keep your decks
clean. If you own a sailboat, wash
down your sails and let them dry
before rolling down. Many boats
are damaged from docking and
if your woodwork is varnished, it
will chip in time. Some think us-
ing oil on the woodwork is better.
Don't leave your inflatable
dinghy in the sun longer than a
day or two. The sun's ultraviolet
rays will not take long to wear it
down and destroy it. Cover it with
canvas and store it.
For those using sailboards, check
the foot strap for worn or loose
attachments before going into the
water. Do not sailboard if you
have a crack in your board.
Surfboarders use a bag to hang
and protect their boards when not
in use.


Have your diving equipment
serviced once or twice a year to
protect your equipment and you,
the diver.
With cold water, winds, and
rough seas, it will be a challenge
to make a catch this week. The fish
are hungry and are not all in deep
holes or hiding in the mangroves.
They surface for food. You can
catch fish in the rain and when it
is cold.
The most popular catch this week
has been the sheepshead. Catches
have been made from piers, in the
rivers, in the Gulf, and the canals.
Sheepshead is sometimes called
the convict fish because of its
black and white stripes, number-
ing from 12 to 13. This bony fish
with sharp fins has powerful jaws
and a set of teeth like a sheep.
This fish has a tricky approach
to your bait. First he swims up and
gives it a nudge, then back again
and makes the attach. If you have
knowledge of his actions you will
make a catch, but if not you might
feed him all of your bait.
Those who have mastered how
to outsmart this fish have a sys-
tem. When the first nudge comes,
don't jerk, wait until you count
to three and then set your hook.
If you catch one, there are more
in the same spot as they swim in
schools.
A real sheepshead fisherman
often lives his lifetime and sel-
dom mentions any other fish. With
a snowy white firm meat, they
are an excellent lean fish and can
grace any table.
Another popular catch this week
has been the redfish, which has
been caught in many different
areas of our vast waterway.
I am told that the catch has
slowed down at Simmons Park in
Ruskin, with few catches made.
Boaters are reporting schools of


big reds have been seen in deeper
water. Those caught were larger
than legal size, so they were re-
leased.
Schools of big jacks have been
bulling around trying to destroy
anything that gets in their way.
They have been dashing through
our waterways in schools at a high
rate of speed. Don't cast into the
school. If you do, your line will be
cut. Cast beyond if you are trying
to make a catch.
Ladyfish catches this week have
excited a few anglers who say they
are a feisty, jumping, dashing fish
and loads of fun to catch.
A gag grouper or two have ven-
tured into the waters of the ship
channels and some lucky anglers
were there for the catch.
Winter fishing here can be the
best fishing of your life. Game fish
are everywhere, waiting for you.
If the weather stays cold, a lot of
them will swim into rivers and ca-
nals.
Watch the weather, fish together,
keep your boat in ship-shape con-
dition, take time to care for all your
fishing gear and you will have a
happy year.
-- Aleta Jonie Maschek is a
member of Florida Outdoor
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Meetings: Men's Auxiliary --
1st Thursday at 7 p.m.
Ladies' Auxiliary --
2nd Tuesday at 7 p.m.
VFW Post --
2nd Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday:
Breakfast, 9 a.m. to noon, $6
Monday: Bar Bingo at 6:30 a.m.
Wednesday:
Spaghetti from 5 to 7 p.m. $6
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Fish, $6; Combo, $7
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Meeting at 7 p.m.
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Carry-out orders available.
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Men's Auxiliary Meeting at 7 p.m.
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Renewable energy
* Continued from page 1


JANUARY 7, 2010


bills of perhaps 500 per 1000 KW
hours. PSC approval of that 25-
year arrangement was received last
month, Morero said.
Rahm, an aerospace
engineer with expertise
in efficiency technol- We wo
ogy, asserted the "re- to se
distance" that obstructs
establishment of alter- establ
native energy genera- first
tors is related primarily bior
to money. Power gen- hybrid
erated through com-
bination of sunlight
and landfill refuse or Hillsbo
other biomass at this makii
point must be sold to of both
established utilities or Coun
municipalities/commu- r
cities which have the ays
transmission lines avail- Sout
able to forward it to end land
users, the consumers, prod
he explained. Altema- power
tive energy companies
cannot now establish
their own transmission
grids and the "wheel- -Jim
ing" fees charged by
the utilities for sharing
their transmission lines diminishes
the economic appeal of alternative
power, he added.
The national average cost per
kilowatt currently is $.10, Rahm
noted.
Florida utilities have been un-
willing to pay any more than 4.5
cents per kilowatt for purchased
power from alternative energy
companies. And, EII must make
6.5 cents per kilowatt the en-
gineer said. Consequently, even
though the EII technology can pro-
vide safe, clean alternative power
from renewable sources, without
using nuclear, coal or oil fuels, and
reduce both the refuse volume and
methane gases in landfills as part
of the process, it has not yet made
headway in the state.
For this reason, EII has been fo-
cusing much of its efforts and
investors' capital in western
states, including Oklahoma, Texas,
Arizona, California and Nevada
where the concept of clean, safe
alternative energy is embraced
with enthusiasm by utilities and
communities alike, Rahm said.
The company also has teamed
with Texas A&M University and
Texas Tech to create a renewable
energy program and is working
with Colorado State University to
accomplish the same objective.
EII's proven technology utiliz-
ing a hybrid of sun and biomass


can produce 5000 megawatts from
a thousand-acre facility or 10 KW
or 100 KW to serve rural com-


uld like
e Epic
lish its
solar
nass
facility
south
)rough,


munities, Rahm added.
And, because the fuel is
a combination or hybrid
of constantly renewing
resources, the technol-
ogy is a source of power
around the clock, day
and night, he empha-
sized.
What's more, the cost
of the generating facil-
ity itself also is more
economical. The cost


ng use of producing one mega-
i South watt through photovol-
ty sun talc technology such
.nd the as President Barach
Obama recently touted
east in the Arcadia, Florida,
fill to area, has been set at $4
duce million, Rahm pointed
S24/7. out. That same mega-
watt generated through
,9 a hybrid plant comes at
a cost of $150,000 and
Hoser with a radically reduced
carbon footprint, he
added.
Hosler said the SHED Council
currently is looking into opportu-
nities for applying the EII technol-
ogy in partnership with existing
utilities relying on fossil fuels for
generating their products. Such
partnerships, he added, are made
"particularly attractive because
EII has its own investors and in-
vestment capital available."
To which Rahm added, "We'd
love to come back to Florida."
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second quarter of 2011. This south-facing elevation displays the metal roof, plank style siding, col-
umned entry and cupola once included on many structures built in this area nearly a century ago. The
9,000-square-foot facility in the northeast corner of 4th Street and East College Avenue also will have
larger bay doors to accommodate newer fire fighting equipment. (Illustration courtesy of Hillsborough
County Architectural Services)

Ruskin fire station


* Continued from page 1
is expected to house an engine, a
brush fire fighting apparatus, the
rescue boat and an ambulance,
Rogers said. Five men are to be on
duty at any given time and the fa-
cility will include their dormitory,
a kitchen, living areas, offices,
equipment and apparatus storage.
Its three bays will open onto S.R.
674.
The site was acquired by the
county in two purchases totaling
$700,000 in March, 2008, shortly
after public meetings where some
opposition to the proposed facility
was voiced. Two parcels of a quar-
ter-acre each were purchased from
Mr. and Mrs. William Crenshaw.
Two other parcels, totaling about
1.5 acres, were bought from the Jim
Chase family, according to county
property records. The contiguous
parcels created acreage sufficient
for the station and encompass most
of the block between East College
and 6th Avenue, east of 4th Street,
Bose noted.
Ruskin businessman Ron Budd
was among dissenters who raised
objections to siting a fire station
less than 50 feet east of an oper-
ating funeral home and close to


Ruskin Elementary School on the
south side of East College At the
time, Budd asserted that normal,
necessary fire station functions in-
cluding fast-moving heavy equip-
ment entering S.R. 674 and their
loud warning sirens could both
disrupt funeral services next door
and put at risk young school stu-
dents crossing the same roadway
to enter or leave the campus.
Fire department officials re-
sponded that both noise and speed
control circumstances are man-
ageable from the department's
perspective and part of personnel
training.
Budd, however, indicated this
week he believes the objections
still are valid. "I don't see how fire
engines can rapidly enter traffic on
674 without using their sirens," he
said, adding that there are times
each day that school is in session
when traffic congestion around


Ruskin Elementary clogs the road-
way with vehicles lining up to drop
off or pick up students.
"It's still an upsetting situation.
The county has let the people
down," Budd said. The long-time
local business operator also said
he again has expressed his objec-
tions and disappointment to coun-
ty commissioners.
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Volunteers, at left, Cindy Alverez, Dan Morgan and Juan Alverez, take sign-
ups for food boxes and hot lunches. Doughnuts and hot coffee are served
every morning, Tuesday through Saturday, when Daystar is open, and a hot
lunch is served at noon to everyone who shows up. Besides this, food boxes
are distributed and a huge basket of bread is kept outside for the taking.


Penny Fletcher
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Sue Sutko, left, director of Daystar Faith Center at 7017 Gibsonton
Drive, collects bedding year round to give to the homeless and near-
homeless. The "near-homeless" is a relatively new term for people
who have been put out of their homes and are either staying with
friends or family or have found an abandoned shed or trailer for shel-
ter and are calling it home.


Over Coffee
* Continued from page 3
Before I left, Sue told me a bright-
er story than the ones I had been
hearing. This one was about a man
who had been on the street awhile
back named William Green.
"He was homeless, and he found
a wallet with $100 in it. He figured
that would be a lot of money to the
woman if she was homeless too so
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about him, all he needed was help
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"Since he turned the wallet in, he
has been richly blessed. All kinds
of good things have happened for
him," she said. He even has his own
apartment.
Some who live in cars and vans
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park in a parking lot, like Wal-
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They move, and they get another
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of a St. Petersburg Catholic Church
that had set up a tent city; complete
with shelters and restrooms. I won-
dered then where these people are
expected to go.
"Move on!" They're told.
But move on to where?
To find out more about Daystar
Faith Center, call (813) 672-6061
or log onto its Web site, www.day-
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Update on Riverview projects


JANUARY 7, 2010


* Continued from page 1
also to be 40,000 feet of office
space and 20,000 of office space.
Although the numbers are still cor-
rect, the timing is more than two
years behind.
"We are just now starting to
break ground on Phase I," said
Larry Bauman of Sarasota, one of
two people in charge of marketing
on the 40-acre property. "We hope
to have the residential portion of
Phase I completed by the spring of
2011 and dovetail right into Phase
II, Alafia Crossing, which is the
commercial portion of the proj-
ect."
A Holiday Inn is planned as
Phase III. The hotel has put up its
sign that it will be built there, but
as Bauman said, "hotels are not
building right now."
This project abuts Hillsborough
County's Alafia (land) Preserve
and its "woodland style plans"


have the backing of the Sierra
Club.
Original plans for the residential
units were for condominiums, but
in October 2007 developer Rey
Ortega of the Garrison Group of
Florida, based in Tampa, changed
"condos" to rental units because of
area demand. At that time Ortega
explained that problems with the
housing industry (that had just be-
gun) showed that the majority of
future area residents would likely
be seeking rental units and not
home buyers.
Freedom Harbor and
Villages at Riverview
Two projects originally reported
by The Observer News and Riv-
erview Current April 18, 2008
have seen no movement.
Telephones at all three offices of
Freedom Harbor LLC Tampa,
Orlando and Daytona Beach -


have either been disconnected or
changed and developer Richard
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The New Year will bring about
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Florida boat operators born on or
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a motorboat of 10 horsepower or
more. The new law changes the
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education requirements; in 2010
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Boaters in this age group must
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graphic identification (i.e. driver's
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Getting out "Events in and out of the area
* Compiled byJULIE BALL


Friday January 8
Visit the David A. Straz Jr.
Center for the Performing Arts
for free films and more outside
on the Riverwalk. They
S play films that will
S enhance your en-
Sjoyment of the
live stage version
S coming to the
Center. The film begins
at 8pm. Riverwalk is located at
1010 N MacInnes Place in Tampa.
Concessions will be available for
purchase. Stadium chairs and blan-
kets welcome. No coolers, please.
In the event of rain or inclement
weather, the film will be cancelled
and possibly rescheduled. For
more information visit tbpac.org.
Attention all marathon run-
ners: The Walt Disney Marathon
Weekend takes place this weekend
starting with a health and fitness
expo that will feature celebrity
runner appearances and seminars
on training, racing, and nutrition.
Each seminar will last 30-45 min-
utes and will include Q and A and
autograph sessions. TV and radio
commentator Creigh Kelley will
host. The lineup of times and dates
is as follows: Health and Fitness
Expo (noon 8 p.m. Jan. 7; 9 a.m. -
8 p.m. Jan. 8; 10 a.m .- 6 p.m. Jan.
9); Mickey's Marathon Kid's Fest
(12:30 p.m. Jan. 8; 11 a.m. Jan.
9); Disney/Pixar "UP" and Away
Family Fun Run 5K (7 a.m. Jan. 8);
Walt Disney World Half Marathon
(5:50 a.m. Jan. 9); Walt Disney
World Marathon (5:40 a.m. Jan.
10) and Goofy's Race and a Half
Challenge (combines both Jan. 9
and Jan. 10 races). To register for a
race or for more information visit
http://disneyworldsports.disney.
go.com or call (407) 934-7639.
The Seaside Balloon Festi-
val will take place this weekend in
New Smyna Beach, FL. The event
includes dozens of hot air balloons,
balloon glow events forboth Friday
and Saturday nights, mass balloon
launches Saturday and Sunday at
dawn, hot air balloon rides, doz-
ens of vendors, children's events,
food, all-day-long live music and
demonstrations, and lots of family
fun. For more information includ-
ing lodging, directions and itiner-
ary visit seasideballoonfest.com or
call 386-424-2199.
Saturday January 9
The 41st Annual show and sale
of Suncoast Antique Bottle Col-
lectors Association will be at the
Manatee Convention Center locat-
ed at One Haben Blvd., Palmetto,
from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It includes
bottles, pottery jugs, insulators and
other table-top collectibles dating
from the 1700s. Local dealers will
be on site to give free appraisals
on bottles, stoneware and more.
Admission is $4. For more infor-
mation call (941) 722-3244.
The Gibsonton IISA Show-
men's Circus will have 3 shows (1
p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.) featuring
circus stars coming together from
around the world including aeri-
alists, jugglers, acrobats, clowns,
horses and the favorite performing
elephants and Grumpy's Porkchop
Revue. The Showmen's Club is lo-
cated at 6915 Riverview Drive in
Gibsonton. Advanced tickets can
be purchased for $10 at The Ob-
server News and M&M Printing,
Showmen's Club, Paradise Pet
Shop, Carousel Pawn, or Show-
town Associates.
Mark Kleinwill be the featured
comedian this weekend, both Sat-
urday and Sunday nights, at Side
Splitters Comedy Club at 12938
N Dale Mabry Highway in Tam-


pa. Mark is known for his clean
and witty comedy. He has been
on A&E, CBS, NBC, Showtime
Comedy Club and more. Tickets
are $8-10 in advance and $10-12
at the door. Side Splitters serves
a variety of appetizers, snack and
specialty drinks.
Skippers Smokehouse will
host the blues prodigy Troy An-
drews or "Trombone Shorty" with
a show beginning at 8 p.m. This
young rock/pop/jazz
S horn playing phenom-
enon brought his
hometown New
Orleans crowd to
S their feet by the
time he was 12. He triple
tongues, holds notes for minutes,
and alternates between a trumpet
and a trombone. The 24 year old
has played with the likes of Lenny
Kravitz and Aerosmith. Tickets are
$17 in advance or $20 at the door.
Southeast Regional Pigfest
BBQ Competition, Tallahassee,
Jan. 9 from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
This barbecue cookoff includes
a country fair and folk festival as
well. Live entertainment and plen-
ty of good food. Held at the North
Florida Fairgrounds, 414 Paul
Russell Road, Tallahassee. Call
850-222-2043 for more informa-
tion, or visit http://cacaainc.org/
for more information.
See a Civil War Encampment
Jan. 9-10 at De Leon Springs State
Park (Volusia County), 9 a.m. to
4 p.m. See a typical encampment
of the period, how the soldiers
drilled, slept, prepared their meals,
etc.walk the trails once patrolled
by union soldiers. Regular park ad-
mission fees apply. The park is lo-


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visit www.floridastateparks.org/
deleonsprings.
Sunday January 10
The Gompertz Theatre on
the corer of Cocoanut and 1st
Street in Sarasota will put on the
Broadway hit, Bridge & Tunnel,
a one-woman tour de force (two
women will alternate performanc-
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Theatre. Dedicated to the presen-
tation of cutting edge productions,
the Stage III series invigorates the
Sarasota theatrical landscape with
theatre that pushes the envelope of
audience expectation. Showtimes
are at 2pm and 8pm and tickets run
from $19 to $30. For more infor-
mation or to buy tickets visit flori-
dastudiotheatre.org or call (941)
366-9000.
Sunday January 10th begins
one of the few days this year
where Lowry Park Zoo will offer
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Ruskin Woman's Club Given Big Boost By Community


President Wilma Wood recently
congratulated General Chairman
Sonja Council of the "Visions of
Sugar Plum Christmas Tea" and all
the committee members for their
hard work in making this event a
top fundraiser for this year. This
event was held on Saturday, Dec.
5 at their clubhouse located on 503
S. Tamiami Trail in Ruskin. Sonja
Council reported that this year the
first sitting was completely sold out
and two thirds of the tickets were
sold for the second sitting. The
Ruskin Woman's Club membership
is very appreciative of the com-
munity support that they received.
This will enable the club to carry on


its historic tradition of helping in-
dividual culture and civic improve-
ment which dates back to 1912. The
club helps support numerous local,
national, and international causes.
Forexample The RuskinWoman's
Club has given out $10,000 yearly
in scholarships for local students.
The club maintains their own
historic club house and supports
the local libraries, Mary Martha
House, South East Guide Dogs, the
Ruskin Cemetery, President Wilma
Wood's Project A Kids Place and
many other civic and beautification
projects in this area. Last year the
Ruskin Woman's Club won state
recognition for their involvement


Left to Right: Treasurer Phyllis Elsberry; Chairman Sonja Council;
Executive Board Member Bobbie Nell Strong; and Executive Board
Member Judy Thompson.


in the Sew Much Comfort National
program.
Other Tea Committee Chairman
include: Publicity, Judy Dufault;
Decorating Chairman, Bonnie
Cumbey; Decorating Co-Chairman,
Iris Young and Sharron Sweat; and
Food Chairman, Pauline Crill.
Other committee members who
decorated, cooked donated, made
decorations, worked in the kitchen
served and cleaned up include:
Cynthia Atkins, Dottie Dickman,
ColeeenLaskey, Kathy Wiles, Deb-
bie Bonebrake, Phyllis Elsberry,
Dorothy Renshaw, Wilma Wood,
Katie Collins, Vicki Elsberry, Nor-
ma Stains, Betty Jo Council, Carol
Fagot, Bobbie Nell Strong, Joan
DeGraff, Mary Alyce Graf, Judy
Thompson, Barbara Diana and
Bobbie Hamilton.
Ruskin Junior Woman's Club
members who helped were: Caro-
lyn Jones, Laurette Buzbee and
Crystal Selke.
This event was not only financi-
ally successful for the club, but
guests enjoyed all the good food
and decorations. In fact, guests
commented that they wanted to
make their reservations for next
year!
Wilma Wood is the President of
the Ruskin Woman's Club. The
Ruskin Woman's Club is a member
of the Florida Federation of Wom-
an's Clubs. For more information
about the Ruskin Woman's Club
call Membership Chairman Sonja
Council at (813) 634-1656 or Co-
Chairman Judy Dufault at (813)
641-0152.


Executive Board Member Dottie Dickman takes a well deserved
break on the staircase of the historic clubhouse. She is in between
Ana Lee figures of Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. They were part of the
decorations.


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General Chairman Sonja Council decorates the club's dining room
before the tea.


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Ruskin VFW Post #6287

Ruskin VFW Post #6287, 5120 U.S. 41 N. has listed the following
weekly activities. Meetings are: American Legion on 1st Wednesday
each month; VFW and LAVFW on the 2nd Wednesday each month;
and MAVFW on the 3rd Thursday each month.
Thursday, January 7 VA
Hospital at 5:30 p.m. Bar Bingo
at 6 p.m.
Friday, January 8 Fish Fry
from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Music by
Double Shot from 7 to 10 p.m.
Saturday, January 9 Turkey
Shoot at 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 10- Bingo
Bash at 11 a.m.
Monday, January 11- Member-
ship and Planning Meeting at 6 p.m. House Meeting at 7 p.m. Wii
Games at 7 p.m..
Tuesday, January 12 Euchre at 1 p.m. Games in Lounge from 2
to 5 p.m. Kitchen opens at 4:30 p.m. Bingo at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, January 13 VFW and LAVFW Meeting at 7 p.m.


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County receives strong credit rating for new ELAPP debt H1N1 vaccinations: what nurses want


Three international credit rating
agencies, Standard & Poor's, Fitch
Ratings, and Moody's Investors
Service have issued credit ratings
of AAA, AA+ and Aal, respec-
tively, for the County's proposed
new ELAPP bonds that will be
used for acquisition and preserva-
tion of environmentally sensitive
lands in Hillsborough County. In
addition Standard & Poor's af-
firmed the County's AAA general
credit rating and Fitch Ratings af-
firmed the existing "A" rating for
the County's solid waste and re-
source revenue bonds.
"Even in these tight economic
times, Hillsborough County is
dedicated to fiscal responsibility,"
said Pat Bean, Hillsborough Coun-
ty Administrator. "We are pleased
to see the continuing confidence
that these three agencies have ex-
pressed in Hillsborough County's
financial stability and planning,
professional management and debt
management expertise."
Standard & Poor's rating of
"AAA" is the highest possible rat-
ing on S&P's rating scale. This
AAA rating was assigned to the
County's new ELAPP general
obligation bond issue that was ap-
proved by the County Commission
on Dec. 2 and will be issued in the
near future. In addition S&P af-
firmed that it will continue to as-
sign an AAA rating to the Coun-
ty's previously issued parks and
recreation general obligation bond
issue.
Lastly, and perhaps most im-
portantly, S & P evaluated and af-
firmed the County's AAA general
credit rating. S&P cited the "coun-
ty's strong and diverse economic
base," the County's "very strong
financial performance," "strong
management" and "low debt lev-
els" as reasons for this excellent
rating.
Moody's Investors Service rat-
ing of "Aal" for the new ELAPP
debt is the second highest possible
rating on Moody's rating scale.
Also, Moody's affirmed that a
rating of Aal will continue to be
assigned to the County's parks
and recreation general obligation
debt. In assigning these ratings,
Moody's referenced "the county's


strong management team with
far-sighted financing and capital
planning, economic expansion and
diversity, solid financial position,
manageable overall debt."
Fitch Ratings assigned an
"AA+" rating for the new ELAPP
debt, which is the second highest
possible rating on the Fitch rating
scale. At the same time, Fitch af-
firmed that it will continue to as-
sign an AA+ rating to the County's
previously issued ELAPP debt and
to a previously issued parks and
recreation general obligation bond
issue. In addition, Fitch assigned a
general obligation bond rating out-
look of "Stable." Fitch referenced
the "county's solid fiscal track
record, strong proactive manage-
ment, a diverse economy" as rea-
sons for these strong ratings.
In a separate action, Fitch Rat-
ings also evaluated and affirmed
the existing "A" rating for the
County's solid waste system en-
terprise debt. This rating was is-
sued as part of Fitch's continuous
surveillance efforts and was not
related to any pending transaction
by the County. Enterprise debt is
not a general obligation of taxpay-
ers. Bond holders must rely upon
specific pledged revenues of the
enterprise system for repayment.

In affirming the "A" rating, Fitch
referenced "good liquidity posi-
tion, and sound financial perfor-
mance with strong historical and
projected coverage of debt ser-
vice" as reasons for the continued
rating. Fitch also acknowledged
that a "projected drop in energy
sales revenue" and "weak growth
in waste tonnage" related to the
weak economy were concerns that


impact the bond rating. Neverthe-
less, Fitch concluded that "debt
service coverage remains sound
through the forecast period 2010
to 2015" with debt service cover-
age expected to remain above bond
requirements due to scheduled rate
increases in tipping fees and col-
lection assessments.









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VOTF to meet
The Tampa Bay Affiliate of
Voice of the Faithful (VOTF) will
meet from 1:30-3:30 on Monday,
Jan. 11, at Our Lady of Guadalupe
Mission, 16550 South Hwy 301,
Wimauma (across Hwy 301 from
Copper Penny Restaurant.)
Meeting will include a video
presentation of Sister Joan Chit-
tester O.S.B., addressing Voice of
The Faithful on leadership in the
church. She is a prolific author,
lecturer, internationally-known
columnist, advocate for spiritual
development and respected com-
mentator on daily issues.This
meeting is free, bring a friend.
For information, call Larry, 634-
9904 or larry_vaughan@comcast.
net

Movie time
resumes
Friendship Baptist is resuming
their monthly films the last Satur-
day of January at 5 p.m.
The feature will be "Hidden
Places" taken from the novel by
Lynn Austin. The stars are Sydney
Penny from All My Children and
Jason Gedrick from Windfall.
Intermission includes wonderful
refreshments.
The church is located at 1511 El
Rancho Rd off of SR 674 in Sun
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Digging out of Holiday Debt


With the holidays over, many
consumers go from holiday cheer
to panic when bulging bank and
credit card statements arrive in the
mail this month.
"This is the time of year when the
joy of the holiday season becomes
a distant memory, and the conse-
quences of overspending begin to
set in," said Rick Skaggs, presi-
dent of Consumer Credit Counsel-
ing Service of Central Florida and
the Florida Gulf Coast (CCCS).
"Many consumers use credit cards
without considering the long term
impact it can have on their financ-
es. Interest and finance charges
add up fast, and for consumers
making only minimum payments
or who have even a single late pay-
ment, rising balances can quickly
outpace their ability to pay."
Average credit card debt for
households with at least one credit
card has more than tripled over the
last two decades. Today, the aver-
age household now has credit card
debt of more than $8,300 (Nilson
Report, April 2009)). If you have
an interest rate of 18 percent and
make just the minimum payment
toward this debt each month, it
will take you 47 years to pay it off.
In addition to the $8,300 principal,
you will pay an additional $23,296
in interest. Your $8,300 in pur-
chases will cost you $31,596. And
that assumes that you don't use the


card to make any additional pur-
chases.
As balances begin to bulge, con-
sumers should not take the power
of budgeting for granted. CCCS
offers these fundamental New
Year tips to help consumers get
started on a strategy to reduce and
eliminate debt:
Make a New Year's resolution
to: balance your checkbook each
time you receive a paycheck to
ensure that you are not spending
more than the amount you make.
Keep track of your bills. Desig-
nate a filing cabinet or secured box
for bills and financial statements.
Make separate files for bank state-
ments, tax documents, credit card
bills, medical receipts, mortgage
statements and other records. Keep
up with due dates.
Create a monthly budget. Your
budget is your spending plan. To
create a budget plan, determine
your monthly income and recur-
ring expenses like rent or mort-
gage payments, utility bills, food,
transportation costs, tuition, sav-
ings, entertainment and personal
grooming. Then identify other re-
curring and periodic expenses like
clothing, appliances and mainte-
nance, gifts, insurance and vaca-
tions.
Prioritize your expenses and
spending. After writing down your
expenses, prioritize them based o
n your "needs versus wants." Set
spending limits and estimate costs
for each expense. If any funds are
left over after monthly expenses
are paid, split them between debt
reduction and savings. Pay down
high-interest credit card bills and
loans. Use extra funds to increase
your savings and look for ways to
reduce daily spending. Bringing
your lunch instead of eating out
and skipping that morning coffee
and muffin can add up to hundreds
of dollars in savings each month.


Develop a diversified savings
plan. Savings should notbe limited
to retirement planning. It's impor-
tant to save for a down payment
on a home or vehicle or for uncov-
ered medical expenses. Make reg-
ular deposits in an interest-bearing
account. Take advantage of em-
ployer-sponsored benefits, such as
retirement and flexible spending
accounts.
Recognize the early warning
signs of debt trouble. You may be
approaching a debt crisis if: you're
behind on the mortgage or rent and
utilities, you're using credit to buy
items you should be able to buy
with cash, you're skipping some
payments to make others, you're
getting notices or calls from bill
collectors, or if more than 25 per-
cent of your take-home pay is go-
ing to credit card debt.
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tion and get help. If you are feel-
ing overwhelmed, there are steps
you can take. If you know you are
going to have problems making
payments, you can contact your
creditors to explain your situation
and what you're doing to meet
your debt obligations. Depending
o n the creditors' policies and your
situation, credit and payment his-
tory, you may be able to negotiate


the amount of your next payment
or a lower interest rate. Remem-
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keep you as a customer than lose
you to bankruptcy or foreclosure.
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credit counselor who will help you
assess your situation and provide
tools to help you develop a plan of
action.
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get counseling, money manage-
ment education, debt manage-
ment programs and other services
to help consumers. Contact CCCS
at 800-251-CCCS or online at
www.cccsinc.org.


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Redeemer Lutheran Church hosts
humorist and musician
On Saturday Jan. 16 and Sunday Jan. 17 Redeemer Lutheran Church
at 701 Valley Forge Road in Sun City Center, will host daily columnist/
humorist, Jonathan Richard Cring and master musician Janet Clazzy.
The performance is at 4:00 PM on Saturday and 9:30 AM on Sunday; an
evening and morning of music and monologue, including
readings from Mr. Cring's book Digging for Gold
(in the rule) with origi- nal musical tunes per-
formed by Clazzy on the oboe andWX-5
Wind Machine.
Cring is the author of eleven books,
including I'M. .the legend of
the son of man, 20 Other Reasons
to Kiss a Frog, Jesonian, and
Living a Legend- ary Life, a win-
ner of a Billboard Music Award,
recent recipient of the Best Screen-
play Award at the Top Ten Films in
America, and has a daily column at
www.jonathots.com.
"Thirty-nine minutes is all we have to give
you music, humor, dialogue and some fresh insights
about bringing creativity into our practical lives," Cring
shares from his home in Hendersonville,Tennessee. "The presentation
is a delicate and delicious blending of spirit and humor that produces the
wonderful by-product of good cheer."
Clazzy has played oboe in orchestras for thirty years from coast to
coast, including San Jose, Chicago, Shreveport and Houston. "I have
this fabulous instrument called the WX-5 Wind Machine which gives me
250 sounds," she says. "When you add some of the beautiful music and
inspiring melodies, it just lends itself to an occasion to enrich the heart
and exalt the spirit." She is also the first female conductor in the state
of Tennessee.
Peter Stiller, pastor of the church, says that a free will offering will be
taken and copies of books, CDs and DVDs of the movies will be avail-
able for purchase. For more information call (813) 633-1292.

Allen Family Singers to perform
Friendship Baptist Church is looking forward to Feb. 21 when the Al-
len Family Singsers will return.
The parents and children sing in harmony and each has a special talent.
The youngest was 3 years-old last year and sang a solo.
Friendship Baptist Church is located atl511 El Rancho off S.R. 674
in Sun City Center.
Free Health
Screenings
The Disciples of Christ Christian
Fellowship in Gibsonton are spon-
soring a health and wellness semi-
nar Saturday, Jan. 16 from 10:30 CALVARY LUT
to noon. Sunday Worshi
Free health screenings are avail- /Contempo
able for: blood pressure, blood Nursery Provided CrossRoads: Bible St
sugar, height/weight BMI assess- Pastor Jack R. Palzer
ment, waist circumference mea- 5309 U.S. Highway 41 North Apollo Beach
ment, waist circumference mea- (across m Miray) .calvarylthenchur
surement, and healthcare profes-
sionals on site.o St. John the Di
The Disciples of Christ Christian Growing by Faith fr
Fellowship is located at 7732-B Rev. Tracy H. Wider C
Gibsonton Drive, across from the SUNDAY SERVICES: 9 am Cont
elementary school in Gibsonton at West Campus, S.R. 67
elementary school in Gibsonton. 8 am Traditional Service and 11 am H
Sound the Shofar at 1015Del
All Worship Services with Holy
Sound the Shofar Meeting will
be held Sunday, Jan. 10 at 2:00pm
in the Community Room at the Ruskin United n
SouthShore Regional Library, First Street & 4th Ave.
15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin. ALL ARE WELCOME T
Hutch Church will speak on SUNDAY MORNINGS: (Nov.-April
"Hebraic Heritage." Rev. John M. Bartha and all yea
This meeting is free and open Phone: 645-1241 Sunday Sc
to all. For information call Chris
813-641-0580.
REDEEMER LUTHE
701 Valley Forge Blvd., Su
Rev. Dr. Peter Stilli
Saturday Wol
Sunday Wor
Barbara van Holy Communion....First & Third Sunday E
Eycken presents Firs r
cThe Legendary Ruskin Sun City Center
Ladies of Song 204 Second St. N.W, Ruskin, F
Ladies of SongSunday Service Sunday School ...
The United Methodist Church of Wednesday Testimony Meeting.....
Sun City Center is proud to present Reading Room Tuesday & Thursd;
Barbara van Eycken in her original ALL ARE WELCOME
production, The Legendary Ladies
of Song: A Journey Back to when F" ST BAPTISTo
Music was Music, on Friday Jan. 15 of
at 7PM in the church sanctuary. 820 COLLEGE
This special concert will feature RUSKIN,
the music of past eras by many of -,
your favorite female vocalists. -
For additional information about w ww
this and other concerts and recitals Reso
at the United Church of Sun City Sunday School .......................
Center, contact Jeff Jordan, Director Morning Worship............8:30 a.
of Music and the Arts, at 813-634- Evening Service....................
2539. Wednesday Night Service...........


Women with
cancer concerns
For a discussion about "The
Latest Skin Cancer Information"
go Friday, Jan. 8, at 1 PM, to the
United Community Church, 1501
La Jolla Avenue, Sun City Center.
Dr. Ronald Patrick, MD, Der-
matologist with the Watson Clinic
will be the speaker. Bring your
family, friends and neighbors to
this very important and informa-
tive lecture.
For information contact meeting
facilitator, Hazel Martin at 813-
642-9020.

Men's annual

yard sale set
The Ruskin United Methodist
Men's annual yard sale is Satur-
day, January 16, from 8 AM to 2
PM. The church is located at 105
4th Avenue NW in Ruskin.
There will be appliances, some
furniture, TVs, clothes, and lots of
miscellaneous household items.
Biscuits and gravy will be avail-
able along with baked goods. The
youth group will be preparing
lunch, so come hungry.
Anyone wishing to donate items
for sale may call the church of-
fice at 645-1241 before 2 p.m. any
weekday for assistance in transpor-
tation of items or you may bring
items to the church yourself.
Proceeds will go for church
projects. Left over items will be
donated to Goodwill.


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vine Episcopal Church
'om Generation to Generation
'hurch Office 813-645-1521
temporary Service and Sunday School
74 and 9th Street SE, Ruskin
oly Communion with Choir at East Campus
Webb Blvd., SCC
y Communion and Healing Holy Oil


methodist Church
NW, Ruskin (Behind Suntrust Bank)
O COME AND WORSHIP WITH US:
.............................8:30 a.m Day Care Available
Mon. Fri.
ir)....................... 10:45 am. 6 a.m. 6 p.m.
hool....................... 9:30 a.m. call 645-6198


ERAN CHURCH-ELCA
In City Center, FL 33573-5354
er, Pastor* 634-1292
rship: 4:00 p.m.
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Bible Class...Thursday 10 am, Guests Welcome

V Christ, Scientist
(813) 645-6102
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www.spirituality.com


JANUARY 7, 2010

GriefShare program restarting
GriefShare will begin Thursday, Jan. 14, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. at St.
Anne Catholic Church, 106 1lth Ave NE in Ruskin and continues on
Thursday thereafter at the same time. The cost is $15.To register, call
the church office (813) 645-1714.
This program features biblical, Christ-centered teaching that focuses
on grief topics associated with the death of a loved one. The DVD sem-
inar features nationally respected grief experts and real-life stories of
people, followed by a small group discussion about what was viewed.
Past participants have related how helpful the information and follow-up
discussions were to them.
Many grieving people find they are only beginning the work of heal-
ing when friends or family have returned to their daily life routines. Too
often people, including Christians, tend to stuff their grief instead of al-
lowing it to do the God-given work for which it is intended. Don't allow
fear of what others may think to keep you from what could help you.
Confidentiality is very much a part of this program.
Your bereavement experience may be recent or not so recent. You will
find encouragement, comfort and help in grieving the death of a spouse,
child, parent, sibling, other family member or friend. No matter what
the cause of your loved one's death, this is an opportunity to be around
people who understand what you are feeling. You will learn how to rec-
ognize the symptoms of being stuck in grief and that you do not need to
live in bondage to certain emotions. You will learn valuable information
about facing your new normal in life and renewing your hope for the
future as you "Journey from Mourning to Joy".

'A Nation' to be shown at Riverview
Civic Center
Pastors and congregations are invited to attend the showing of "A Na-
tion." This film depicts a national revival due to many months of fasting
and praying which is a model of need in America. It is free and fantas-
tic!
The 9/12s and Tea Party groups are also invited.
It will be held at the Riverview Civic Center Friday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m.
The civic center is located at Park Dr., Riverview.
For information call Rev. James Kirkland 352-254-0271, 352-568-
7359.


God is our shelter and strength,
always ready to help in times of
trouble.
Psalms 46:1


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Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of SCC
Meets in the Social Hall of the Beth Israel Synagogue
1115 E. Del Webb Blvd.
Thursday, 7:00 PM Call 633-0396
The world's best reformers are those who begin on
themselves. Gerorge Bernard Shaw


NORTHSIDE BAPTIST CHURCH
"Where God's Love is Shared"
U.S. Hwy. 41 N., Ruskin, FL 645.1121 www.nbcor.ora
Sunday School for all ages 9:30 AM SBC
Morning Worship 10:45 AM Wanted: People Who Want to Grow
Evening Worship 6:00 PM and Live for Jesus!
Full Wednesday Schedule for all ages

COMMUNITY CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE
641-2128 Sunday School................................... 9:45 a.m.
501 2nd Street SE Ruskin Morning Worship.............................. 10:45 a.m.
Rev. Dennis Dilbeck Wed. Evening Bible Study & Praise.....7:00 p.m.
Pastor

North River Church of Christ i
Non-Instrumental-
13885 U.S. Hwy 301 South
(Just South of the Manatee County Line)
Minister: Howard Johnson Office 941-776-1134
Services: Sunday 10:00am, 11:00am & 6:00pm ce 41 -11
Wednesday7:00pm Home 813-754-1776

SFirst Baptist Church of Gibsonton
"We love because He first loved us." 1 John 4:19
Traditional Worship Service *Sunday School 9:30 A.M.
Old-Time Gospel Hymns *MorningWorship 10:30A.M.
Nursery Available Sunday Evening 6:00 P.M.
*Interpreter for the Deaf Mid-Week (Wed.) 7:00 PM.
9912 Indiana St.* Hwy 41 & Estelle A ni; 'Malcolm S. Clements, Pastor
QGibsoton, FL 33534 813-677-1301

Welcome a t EVERETT TATE, MINISTER
South Hillsborough Church of Christ .
1611 First St. SW Ruskin, FL 645-7607
-NON-INSTRUMENTAL-
SERVICES: Sunday........................9:30 & 10:30 a.m.: 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday................7:00 p.m.

PRINCE OF PEACE CATHOLIC CHURCH
702 Valley Forge Blvd., SCC, FL 33573
Phone: 634-2328 Fax: 633-6670
Masses: Sunday.............................................................8:00, 10:00 AM, Noon
Saturday Vigil.................................................. 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM
Daily ... ................. ............... ....... 8:00 AM
www.popcc.org Confessions: Monday Friday 7:30am, Saturday 8:30am and 3:00pm







JANUARY 7, 2010

Unitarian Universalists discuss

constitution
Rev. Dr. Robert Tucker addresses the question "One Nation Under
Law"- How and why is it in America, whose constitution requires sepa-
ration of church and state, that "God" is found on our money and in our
Pledge of Allegiance? This sermon examines the issue historically and
ethically and then provides a much-needed corrective. This week begins
a new year of food contributions for Beth-El Farmworkers. All dona-
tions are welcome.
Coffee and conversation is at 7:00PM, in the Social Hall at 1115 Del
Webb Blvd. East, Sun City Center. The program begins at 7:30. Visitors
are welcome.
On January 14 Mary Ann Worthington, long time Fellowship member,
will present "Beatrice's Goat." The inspiring story of a Heifer Project
goat named Lucky and a very lucky girl The program begins at 7:30.
Visitors are welcome. For information call 813-633-2349
Knights of Columbus to host Spaghetti Dinner
St.Anne Knights of Columbus Council 7210 will be hosting a Spa-
ghetti Dinner on Saturday, Jan. 16. The St. Anne Knights of Columbus
will begin serving dinners at 5 PM and continue through 7 PM. This is
an "All you can eat" affair, so bring your appetite.
Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Kids ages 7 to 12 are
only $3 and those under 7 are free. There will be only 150 dinners served
so to get your reservation, contact the parish office (645-1714), Al (220-
4802, or Fran (641-9109).
Upcoming Event at United Community Church
New member orientation is on Tuesday, January 12 and the 19. Are
you interested or do you know someone who is interested injoining the
Church Family? For information call the Church Office at 813-634-
1304.
Sunday, Jan. 24, the Keenagers are sponsoring a "drive yourself or
a friend" trip to the Palace Dinner Theater in Sun City Center. Tickets
are $44 and include a cocktail, dinner and the play "Weekend Comedy."
Tickets are available now after the 10 am Sunday worship service. For
information contact Dan Patch at 813-634-3043.
For information about activities call 0813-634-1304.


Center for Restoration Ministries
"Restoring the broken through the Word of God"
SERVICES: Worship Service..................Sundays 11 a.m.
Bible Study.................... Wednesday 7 p.m.
310 1st Street NE Ruskin, FL 33570 813-645-7779 ,
t .i tf . i,i n, .il,,.if Pastors Teresa & Freddie Roberts, Sr

A spiritual home where you can come as you are, be
yourself, and find God in your own way. We are a fellow-
ship that encourages spirituality rather than "religion."
Affiliated with Assoc of Unity Churches, Lee's Summit
MO, and Unity publishers of the Daily Word
Sunday Service 10:00 a.m.
Beth Israel's Social Hall
1115 Del Webb E.
Sun City Center, FL

Unity Community of Joy
www.unitycommunityofjoy.com Tel. 813-298-7745



,- THE FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH
INVITES YOU TO THE SERVICES NOW WORSHIPPING IN THE "CHAPEL"
AT SUN CITY CENTER FUNERAL HOME 10:30 AM ON SUNDAYS
NO CREED...BUT CHRIST
NO BOOK...BUT THE BIBLE
1851 RICKENBACKER DRIVE 813-938-4955
Minister DR. DAVID CAMPBELL


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The Church of Open Hearts... Open Minds... Open Doors
1210 W. Del Webb Blvd. 634-2539
SWorship Services:
S Saturday................ 4:00 p.m. Creason Hall (Traditional Service)
S Sunday....................8:15 a.m. in Sanctuary (Traditional Service)
S'9:30 a.m. Creason Hall (The Oasis)
10:55 a.m. Sanctuary (Traditional with Chancel Choir)
Fellowship tim .... T...l 1..; I. r .... 10:15a.m. and 11 a.m. in Creason Hall
-God'is ove xr..SCCLINC'M.om
PASTORS: DR. WARRENLANGER, REV GARY BULLOCK
Communion First Sunday ofEach Month


St. Andrew Presbyterian Church

6I Sunday Services 9:30 a.m.

Prayers with anointing for healing and
& wholeness during worship the first Sunday
77 Tof every month.


A Stephen
Ministry Church


Meet fiends in Fellowship Hall after the Service
Refreshments served


1239 Del Webb Blvd. West
Sun City Center, FL 33573
Church is Handicap accessible


Phone: 813-634-1252
For Information visit:
www.standrewatscc.org


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OBITUARIES
Jeane D. Darmopray
Jeane D. Darmopray, 88, passed
away November 28, 2009. She was
born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Jeane and her late husband, Tom,
lived in Pennsylvania. They retired
to the Sarasota / Venice area in 1977
when Tom retired as a JAG officer.
They moved to Freedom Plaza, Sun
City Center, in 1995. She enjoyed
tennis, biking, and travel.
A sister-in-law, Doris Darmopray,
a cousin, Annabelle Carlson and
daughters Louise Rodgers and Shirlee
Carlson, and other relatives survive
Jeane.
Internment will be at Florida National
Cemetery, Bushnell, Florida. Donations
in Jeane's memory can be made to
LifePath Hospice, Attn: Donations,
3723 Upper Creek Drive, Ruskin, FL
33573.

Patricia W. Fullerton
Patricia W Fullerton, Dec. 4, 1938
-Dec. 30, 2009, beloved wife and
mother passed away after a long siege
of illness. She was born Patricia Wayne
in Nutley, NJ. Patricia was a graduate
of Nutley High School and attended
Trenton State College in Trenton,
NJ where she met her lifelong mate
and husband of 51 years, William E.
Fullerton.
She is survived by her husband, 3
sons, William and Wayne of Atlanta,
GA, Patrick of Bradenton, Florida,
7 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild,


a brother, Kerry in Las Vegas and
numerous other relatives and loved
ones.
She always tried to help others and
followed the Golden Rule. She has
gone to rest with her beloved brother
and parents in God's hands to prepare
a place for us to be re-united with her
in heaven.
In lieu of flowers please make
memorial gifts to the LifePath Hospice,
3723 Upper Creek Drive, Ruskin, FL
33573
Arrangements were made by
Zipperer's Funeral Home.


Delpha (Del) K. Hull
Delpha (Del) K. Hull 87, passed
away December 25, 2009. She was
one of four siblings born in Creighton,
Nebraska, where she graduated
from high school at age fifteen prior
to attending college in Grand Island,
Nebraska. After majoring in business
administration, she married Clarence
(Bus) Hull in 1941, after which time
the newly married couple moved east
to Washington, D.C. Following initial
employment in the private sector, Del


Ruskin Church of Christ
Don White, Minister 813-361-1415
Sunday Bible Enrichment.............................. ..............10:00 a.m.
W worship ..................................... ..................................................... 11:00 a.m .

Iglesia De Dios Puerta Abierta
Open Door Church of God
Pastor Jose C. Pitia 813-645-3813 813-285-8245
Domingo (Sunday) Estudio Biblico (Bible Study)............................. 6:00 p.m.
Servicio De Adoracion (Worship/Praise Service).............................. 7:00 p.m.
Miercoles (Wed.) Servicio De Oracion (Prayer Service) ................... 7:00 p.m.
Both Churches at this Location: 611 2nd Ave. NW, Ruskin, FL 33570



S OUTSIDE
lcingPtepe BAPTIST CHURCH
Preac4208 U.S. Hwy. 41 South
(4 miles south of Ruskin)
DAN COLLINS, PASTOR JIM KRAUSE, MUSIC DIRECTOR
COvNIiMUv NITY INVITED
BIBLE STUDY 9:30 AM
SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE 10:55 AM
SUNDAY EVENING SERVICE 6:00 PM
WEDNESDAY PRAYER SERVICE 7:00 PM
ADULTS, YOUTH, CHILDREN
For information, call 645-4085 Monday-Thursday








SUNDAY
Worship 9 a.m. & 11a.m. Servicio en Espaiol 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 7 PM Adult Bible Study MPact Girls'Club
Royal Rangers Armored Youth Ministry
2322 11th Ave. S.E. Ruskin, FL 33570 645-3337 www.destnyag.org,



Saint Anne Catholic Ckhutc

Fr. John McEvoy
Pastor
813-645-1714
SaintAnneRuskin.org

U.S. Hwy. 41 106 11th Ave. NE Ruskin
SouthShore: A .- .II. Beach, Ruskin, Sun City and S. Gibsonton
MASSES `
Saturday Vigil M ass.................................................................... 5:00 p.m .
Sunday M ass............................................8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 5:00 p.m.
Holy Days....................................... Contact Parish Office for Schedule
Daily ....................................................... M onday thru Friday 8:00 a.m.
Espatol ................................Domingo 12:00 p.m.; Miercoles 7:00 p.m.
Confession.............................Wednesday 6:15 p.m.; Saturday 3:45 p.m.


had a successful career with the U.S.
Public Health Service as a Grants
Management Administrator, during
which time she and Bus also raised
their two children, Linda and Jim, in
suburban Maryland. Upon retirement
Del split her time between Gettysburg,
PA and Apollo Beach, FL. before she
and Bus ultimately settled in Sun City
Center.
Del was a member of the Methodist
Church and Women's Club of Sun
City Center. In addition to her love of
family she enjoyed travel, baking,
golf, bowling, square dancing and
was extremely talented in arts and
crafts. As an avid quilt maker, one of
the many lasting memories for her
family will be the numerous quilts
and blankets that Del created for her
children, grandchildren and even great-
grandchildren to-be.
She is loved, remembered and
survived by Bus, her husband of sixty-
eight years, her daughter Linda Weisz of
Orlando, her son James of Littlestown,
PA., sisters Audrey Gentzler of Cozad,
Nebraska and Joanne McCrary of
Ocala and grandchildren Scott and
Kristen Weisz of Orlando and James
and Cortney Hull of Littlestown, PA.
There will be no memorial service.
Donations may be made to the National
Heart Association.
Arrangements were made by
National Cremation and Burial Society
in Ruskin.

Ruth A. Sand
Ruth A. Sand, 66, of Gibsonton died
Dec. 28, 2009. She is survived by her
husband of 43 years, Jack.
Services were at Bay Pines National
Cemetery. Arrangements by Brewer &
Sons Tampa.
Frances M. Sutton
Frances M. Sutton, 97, of
Kennedyville, MD died January 4, 2010
in Chestertown Nursing & Rehabilitation
Center in Chestertown.
Mrs. Sutton was bom on September
13, 1912, daughter of the late Hope C.
Copper and Clara Ella Thawley. In 1929
she moved to Black Station where she
worked in the store and Post Office.
She was a sales clerk for Wannamaker
in Wilmington, DE, for many years.
She was preceded in death by her
husband of 48 years William S. 'Bill'
Sutton in 1978 and a son C. Weldon
-Wally' Stephens.
Mrs. Sutton is survived by her
daughter Helen Stephens of Ruskin,
FL.; a sister Mildred Cleaver of Easton,
MD; a grandson Craig W. Stephens
and 2 great-grandsons; Robert and
William Stephens.
Funeral service will be held on
Friday, January 8 at II am in the Galena
Funeral Home of Stephen L. Schaech,
118 W. Cross St. Galena, MD. where
friends may call after 10 am.
Burial will be at Galena Cemetery.
www.galenafuneralhomeofsls.com


Edward W. Wilkins
Edward W. Wilkins, WWII and Korean
War Air Force Veteran, born in Council
Bluff, Iowa, formerly of Olympia Fields,
and currently residing in Sun City
Center, Fl. passed away.
He was the beloved husband of the
late Lorraine nee Naddy; loving father
of Robert (Angela) and James (Maxine)
Fredericks, Elizabeth "Bette Jo"
(Donald) Bailey and Edward (Candace)
Wooton; dear grandfather of 11 and
great grandfather of 13. He was the
devoted brother of Ruby Curtis, Gladys
Downs and Nan (Robert) Opel and
many nieces and nephews.
Funeral will be held at Modell Funeral
Home, 12641 W. 143rd Street, Homer
Glen. Interment at Abraham Lincoln
National Cemetery. He was a member
of Masonic Lodge #259 AF & AM and a
Lifelong employee of the Illinois Central
Railroad. Memorials may be made to
Life Path Hospice 3725 Upper Creek
Dr. Ruskin, Fl. 33573. Visitation Sunday
3:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. 708-301-3595 or
www.modellfh.com .






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Cost-effective
tips to help
conquer the cold
When temperatures dip to frigid,
wintry levels (at least by Florida's
standards), it's difficult for many to
resist the urge to turn up the heat.
That's why Floridians tend to use
the most energy when it's cold
outside. While Progress Energy an-
ticipates being able to produce and
deliver the power to meet our cus-
tomers' increased needs throughout
this week's cold spell, the company
encourages customers to use energy
wisely every day.
Think twice before adjusting the
thermostat to ensure your energy
bill won't give you chills long after
the cold front passes through.
Unsure where to start? Follow a
few simple tips to generate substan-
tial energy savings:
Change your thermostat from 74
to 70F in the winter and save $65.
Better yet, set your thermostat at
68 to 70F during the day and 60 to
65F at night. Every degree under
70F saves 10 percent on the heating
portion of your electric bill.
Use portable heaters sparingly.
Running a 1,500-watt resistance
heater 24/7 costs $149 a month.
STest your air ducts for leaks.
Seal any leaky ducts, and you could
save up to a third on your heat-
ing and cooling costs. That could
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most common cause of mela- for humans, along-
noma to the proposed tax on side other forms in-
the use of indoor tanning beds, cluding radon and
there are a host of compelling plutonium as well
reasons to give up tanning in the as solar UVR. The
new year. research cited by
"Tanning is harmful and un- the IARC included
necessary," said Perry Robins, studies showing
MD, President, The Skin Cancer that first exposure
Foundation. "Skin cancer is the to tanning beds in
most common form of cancer in youth increases
the US. Tanning avoidance and melanoma risk by
effective sun protection are the 75 percent. caused by ult
most important prevention mea- 2. Tanning Beds Increase the is cumulative a
sures one can take." Risk of Nonmelanoma Skin ible. The desti
1. Studies Link UV Exposure Cancers photoaging p
to Melanoma People who use tanning beds ing due to UVe
According to a definitive new are 2.5 times more likely to de- es profound s
study by researchers at The velop squamous cell carcinoma in the skin inc
Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, and 1.5 times more likely to de- kles, deep gro,
the genetic mutations that lead to velop basal cell carcinoma. Bas- sagging and a
melanoma are primarily caused al cell carcinoma (BCC) is the Some of these
by UV exposure. For the first most common form of skin can- pear as early as
time, the researchers identified cer and can be highly disfiguring in people who
thousands of mutations that oc- if not detected and treated at an deal of time e:
cur in melanomas due to radia- early stage. Squamous cell car- to UV radiati
tion, viruses, and other causes. cinoma (SCC) is the second most hood and teen
Above all, these mutations are common form of skin cancer and 4. Tanning
caused by damage to the skin is more likely to metastasize and Fashionable
cells' DNA by ultraviolet (UV) lead to death if not caught early. Celebrities,
radiation. According to the In- Approximately 2500 people die ion insiders all
stitute, "The melanoma genome a year from SCC. Studies shows no longer in sty
contains more than 33,000 mu- that people with a history of lebrities such a
stations, many of which bear the nonmelanoma skin cancers, such Amy Adams,
imprint of the most common as squamous cell and basal cell Nicole Kidman
cause of melanoma exposure to carcinoma, face twice the risk of their inherently
ultraviolet light." developing other malignancies, and risk dama
In addition, The International such as lung cancer, colon and tanning. Saral
Agency for Research on Can- breast cancer. Beauty Direct
cer (IARC), a working group of 3. UV Exposure Causes Skin
the World Health Organization, Aging
published a landmark report this Up to 90 percent of the vis- I| l-


summer based on exhaustive re-
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310 GARAGE/YARD SALE
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330 FURNITURE
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shams, matching comforter, window
tops. $145, SCC 813- 642-9300

331 APPLIANCES
GE refrigerator, white, side by side
w/water & ice on door. Built in filter.
Clean, excellent condition. $250 obo.
813-523-1000

360 GOLF CARTS
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511 HOUSES FOR SALE
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wood floors. $92,000 furnished, $90,000
unfurnished. 813-642-9300
2br/1ba home, 1br/lba pool house,
20x42ft pool, remodeled, large private
lot on Adamsville Rd. $169K. S.L. Real
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285-7572
$40,000 total. 2br/2ba. carport, laundry
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CYPRESS CREEK
Ventana 3/2 plus den,
open plan on golf course;
large lanai w/self-
cleaning heated pool,
spa; 3-car; lots of storage.
2004 model, 1950 sq. ft.
Just listed at $289,900
(813) 355-1512







565 M.H. IN PARKS
Mobile home on the Little Manatee
River, good fishing, 55+ park. Has all
amenities, with low rent. A 12'x56' home
with K/Lr, 1ba/2br, large lanai Also a
1br/lba, K/Lr, carport, large Florida
room. All remodeled & furnished. Owner
financing with no interest. Phone 813-
641-1934






610 WATERFRONT RENTALS
The Dolphin House, Apollo Beach,
efficiency apartments on water. Boat
docking /fishing. Pool, laundry. $185
weekly, $185 deposit. No pets. 813-
850-5217

Waterfront, large 2br/1ba, 1/2 acres,
washer, dryer. Detached duplex. Boat
house $850 monthly. 941-266-9022

611 HOUSES FOR RENT

S & R Properties
3, 2 & 1 bedrooms. No pets. Ruskin,
Gibsonton area. RV lots available 813-
310-1888 or 813-690-1836


611 HOUSES FOR RENT
For rent. 3br/1ba, tile floors, washer
& dryer included, utility room, water &
sewer included. $825 monthly. $550
deposit. 813-833-3257





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612 APTS. FOR RENT


1br/1ba, unfurnished, non smoker, no
pets. 1013 Neptune Dr, Ruskin. Water,
sewer included. $385 monthly, $385
deposit. Info. 813-633-0069

For rent: Efficiency apartments. Weekly
rates, utilities furnished 813-677-8789,
813-601-1542 or 813-516-0896

Riverview 2br/1 ba, CHA, water, garbage
& maintenance included. $600 monthly
$400 deposit. 813-244-0517 or 813-
239-4293

Ruskin apt. for rent. 2br/1ba, washer
& dryer hookup. Water & garbage
included. No pets. $575 monthly plus
deposit. 813-645-1801

Nice Apt for rent. 2br/1 ba. $650 monthly.
$800 with electric. Call Susan 813-
416-8675

614 DUPLEX FOR RENT
Large 3br/1ba, with office, all appli-
ances, fireplace, large fenced yard.
Ruskin area. Pet negotiable. Lawn care
included. Call 813-641-9511

620 ROOMS FOR RENT
55+ to share rent. Gated, clubhouse, all
inclusive. $500 monthly. 813-634-3041


620 ROOMS FOR RENT


Wimauma, want to live in a country
setting that's clean & quiet. No alcohol
or drugs. $135 weekly, nicely furnished
room includes all utilities & basic cable.
813-503-4592

630 M.H. RENTALS
Ruskin 2br/lba mobile home on quiet
street. Waterfront. Fish off dock. Utilities
included. No pets, no smoking. Refer-
ences needed. Rent $185 weekly plus
deposit. Call 813-363-6001


For rent. 2 bedroom mobile home near
shopping center in Gibsonton. 813-677-
8789, 813-601-1542 or 813-516-0896

For Rent: Clean
Mobile Homes With
A/C. 813-677-1086


2br/1 ba MH on a private lot. Near parks
& the Alafia River. Tenant pays the elec-
tric. Gibsonton. No dogs. $90 weekly.
813-634-4050 or 813-495-7481

One bedroom furnished, water & electric
included. $165 weekly. Two bedroom
(not furnished) $165 weekly, plus secu-
rity deposit. R & M Mobile Home Park
in Gibsonton. 813-677-7509

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646 WAREHOUSE SPACE
Garage & mini storage rooms for rent.
Pirates Treasure Cove, Gibsonton.
813-677-1137


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680 ADULT/CHILD CARE
HHA/ caregiver provider. Companion/
housekeeper seeking private duty in
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Call Janice 813-333-8405

Companion caregiver. 20yrs nursing
experience. Will care for you in your
home. Excellent reference upon request.
813-633-4590 or 941-773-7836

Elderly caregiver/ housekeeper, excel-
lent driving record. Any hour, Monday
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references. 813-645-2456

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Call for free estimate. days a week.
Move-in, move-out, rentals. Insured,
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813-846-7629
Flat rate $75, full clean

Sari's Cleaning for home or small
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perience. Also pet sitting. Please
call 443-928-8749 or 410-967-3909

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813-672-9215

Green Team
Home /office cleaning. Windows
cleaned. Pressure washing, yard
maintenance. Call Debbi 813-777-
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706 PRESSURE WASHING

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Driveways, walkways, pool decks,
screens, gutter, patio, pavers. Com-
mercial /residential. 813-672-2951

708 MOVERS
Affordable Moving. Specializing in
delivery from estate sales. One piece
or whole house. Loading & unloading
moving trucks/ storage units. Free es-
timate. Dave 813-447-6123

710 LAWN CARE
Bill's Lawn Service Residential &
commercial. Cut, edge, trim, Ruskin,
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363-7250
GREAT FURNISHED 1BR/1BA CONDO. Only $27,000! Brand new carpet, handicap accessible,
this Kings Point unit has large BR, inside utility -rm + W & D, enclosed lanai, screened entrance
and covered parking. Ideal winter residence. CALL CLAIRE TORT 363-7250.
2BR/1BA CONDO in Kings Point, Sun City Center. Located on a quiet dead-end street in close to
state-of-the-art clubhouse. $39,900.00 CALL ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 or KAY PYE
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much more! JUST $359,900 CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 or ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201
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KAY PYE 361-3672 or ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201
COMMERCIAL ACREAGE IN RUSKIN! 1.4 ACRES (MOL) Close to planned shopping center and
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DETAILS.


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SSmall Town Fish Struggle -
A small town business struggles due to the poor economy


* By ASHLEY NORTON
The current condition of the
economy is drowning the pet fish
industry. With the struggling econ-
omy, many businesses are finding
themselves in a bind. The freshwa-
ter tropical fish is no different.
"The slow economy seems to
be having the same effect on the
aquarium fish industry, as it is hav-
ing on other industries: reduced
sales in many areas of the hobby
over the past few years," said
Craig Watson via e-mail, director
of UF's IFAS Tropical Aquacul-
ture Laboratory in Ruskin.
The downfall of the economy


has had a major impact on the fish
industry. People have less money
to spend and therefore, the de-
mand for freshwater fish is lower
than previous years.
"Business is down from last
year," said David Boozer, a direc-
tor for the Florida Tropical Fish
Farms Association. "People are
cutting back and spending less."
With the depressed economy,
people have less money to spend
on leisure activities, such as a fish
tank in their homes. Although rais-
ing fish can be rather inexpensive,
it is not looked upon as a necessity
by some.


Fish farmers are struggling to
stay in business. With such a low
buying rate in stores, fish farms are
left with little money to purchase
fish for resale. This cycle between
sellers and fish farms is slowing
down with the economy.
People within the industry are
collaborating to find new species
and ways to display fish to keep
the passion for the hobby alive.
Unfortunately this comes with
a cost that is becoming harder to
cover with limited revenue.
With winter upon them, people
within the tropical fish profession
think business might pick back up


JANUARY 7, 2010


since it is usually the busiest time
for the industry. This is because
the cold weather keeps people in-
side their homes where a fish tank
can be a great hobby, Boozer said.
"We continue to stay hopeful
that the business will pick back
up," he said.

Correction
In last week's Observer News
article "Circle letter makes rounds
for half a century" the couple's
family name was incorrectly stat-
ed as Bixler. Maury and Vera's
last name is Baker. We apologize
for any confusion this may have
caused.


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