April 1, 2010
RUSKIN, FLORIDA 33570
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THE OBSERVER NEWS
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East Bay senior Elizabeth Nugent hugs her broth-
er, Sgt. Jason Nugent, after his surprise appear-
ance at her softball game on March 23. With
three tours in Afghanistan, Jason had never
had the opportunity to see his sister, a star
athlete, play. Her parents, along with the East
Bay coaches, arranged for his surprise ap-
pearance with 24 hours leave from his duties
at Fort Benning. Georgia.
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School. A senior, she recently ac-
cepted a scholarship to play softball
at the University of West Florida in
Pensacola. Her brother, a US Army
sergeant stationed at Fort Ben-
ning in Georgia, had never seen
her play. With three tours of duty
in Afghanistan, the most recent in
2009, he never had the opportunity
- duty to his nation called.
With her high school career suc-
cessfully winding down, Elizabeth
had one wish and that was for
her brother to attend a game. As the
season neared an end, it appeared
that would be a wish unfulfilled.
And that's where the cool brother
(and parents, coaches and team-
mates) come in.
It was senior night at the East Bay
softball field on March 23 as the
Indians prepared to take on Riv-
erview. The team's three seniors,
including Elizabeth Nugent, were
introduced to the crowd and audi-
ence and escorted down the infield
by family members. Elizabeth was
introduced last, her parents Gary
and Patty Nugent standing next to
her. As the announcer called her
name, he broadcast a change in
plans. Her brother Jason, just in on
24 hours leave from his duties at
Fort Benning, walked out onto the
field in full dress uniform, carrying
flowers. A look of total shock on
Elizabeth's face soon changed to
tears of happiness and she ran over
to embrace her brother. The crowd
rose to their feet and cheered. More
than a few people had tears in their
* By MELODY JAMESON
WIMAUMA For the first time
since this community's planned
village concept was put in place,
two collections of "villages" arch-
ing over its northern edge are being
Together, the two proposed proj-
ects encompass about 1,200 acres
of former farm land, once produc-
ing tomatoes as part of the Spencer
Farms operation of well
known local grower Son- Diag
ny Spencer, now retired.
The acreage is contained On Pl
in a roughly rectangular
configuration stretching from West
Lake Drive on the west across the
north side of Wimauma to a point
a short distance east of Railroad
Most of the land is within the al-
ready-outlined urban services area
that ultimately is to include public
drinking water and wastewater dis-
posal services which will have to be
extended by the county. Both proj-
ects would be within the area des-
ignated in Wimauma's community
plan for development as part of its
villages concept, a unique planning
approach among community plans
in Hillsborough County.
Both proposed planned develop-
ments now are subjects of rezoning
applications in different stages of
the county's review process. Presen-
tations pro and con about Creek Pre-
serve, the smaller of the two at 436
acres, were heard by a zoning hear-
ing master on March 15. Its related
rezoning petition, titled RZ PD 10-
0147, seeks change in the property's
zoning from AR, which permits an
agricultural use, to a Planned Devel-
opment zoning designation in keep-
ing with the projected residential
The second and larger proposed
residential development, dubbed
Spencer Farms and comprised of
750 acres, now is set for
ram public hearing discus-
Ssion, pro and con, on May
e 16 17. The related rezoning
application, known as
RZ PD 10-0231, was scheduled for
hearing on April 19, but has been
continued to the May date because
of questions which have arisen, par-
ticularly concerning wildlife habitat,
said Isabelle Albert, senior plan-
ner in Hillsborough's Planning and
Growth Management Department.
As with the smaller project, the
Spencer Farms petition seeks a PD
zoning designation, changed from
the existing AR.
The housing density in both resi-
dential developments would be con-
sistent with the village community
plan limits; two dwellings per acre
overall with clustering of homes that
would double that density in some
According to the most recently
revised site plan, Creek Preserve
See COMMUNITY PLAN, page 16
Cruisin' down the highway on a Sunday afternoon KP community
I I elects new
Even on a Sunday afternoon, traffic stays backed up along U.S. 301 in Riverview because of ongoing
road construction projects. Penny Fletcher photo
* By PENNY FLETCHER
the city to us," my 12-year old
passenger announced as we at-
tempted to exit Summerfield, where
we've lived since January 2003.
While stopped in the long lines of
backed-up traffic that exist not only
during workday rush hours but in-
creasingly at other times- like 2:45
last Sunday afternoon I realized
that while the area still can't be
classified as a "city" it certainly ap-
pears to be one when viewed during
a drive along U.S. 301.
"Remember when we had to go
to Apollo Beach to buy food?" she
Of course I remembered. I was the
one who had to drive it, and I was
now wondering just how far back
into her car seat days her memories
Just five years ago people living
in the Summerfield area had three
choices for grocery shopping: Apol-
lo Beach, Riverview Plaza, or Sun
City Center. A Chevron gas station/
convenience store had been built
on the comer of Summerfield Bou-
levard and Big Bend Road (inside
the development) and soon after
that, It's Kidz Time day care went
in, but that was pretty much all that
existed in what is now a booming
plaza located at an intersection that
finally, after many traffic accidents,
warranted its own traffic light four
Sitting there facing west on Big
Bend Road, I realized just how
much has happened there in the last
few years and I decided it might
be interesting to check with some
people who have lived there longer
Later that day I spoke with Diana
Finch, who's been a Summerfield
resident for 22 years. "We used to
go to Brandon to shop because I
didn't find the (grocery) store in
Riverview up to the standards of
what I was used to in Illinois," she
told me. "And we had all our pre-
scriptions filled at Walgreens in
Valrico, which was the closest one
to us then."
Diana remembers the opening of
the Summerfield Publix well be-
cause it was just a few weeks before
the death of her husband in 2005.
"He and I got to shop there togeth-
er one time," she told me. Having
been recording secretary for Sum-
merfield's Board of Directors and
newsletter editor for more than 15
years, Diana knows a lot about the
community. And she knew exactly
who to send me to when I asked her
See CRUISIN', page 12
SUN CITY CENTER The
annual election campaign to
fill five seats on the Federation
of Kings Point Board of Direc-
tors ended during the Federation
Membership Annual Meeting on
Friday, March 19 with the selec-
tion of Bill Richards and Eileen
Peco to fill the District VIII and
IX seats for a two year term. The
candidates for District I Vince
Vincent, District II Forrest Da-
vis, and District VII Russell
Foti were unopposed.
Bill Richards, a six-year resi-
dent and Certified Public Ac-
countant who has served as
Chair of the Federation Finance
Committee, ran for the District
VIII seat against three other
residents, including the incum-
bent director. "I believe my fi-
nancial experience and previous
work on behalf of the commu-
nity made the difference for me
in this campaign. I am pleased
with the outcome and will do
my best for those that elected
me and for the community as a
whole," declared Mr. Richards,
who won with 51% of the Dis-
trict VIII votes.
Two candidates competed for
the District IX seat vacated by
Vice President Ray Glover, who
See KP ELECTIONS, page 24
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Steve Norris of Weichert, Re-
altors SouthShore holds the
Weichert Florida West Central
Broker Council's "Rookie of the
Year" trophy, presented to him on
The Apollo Beach agent earned
his real estate license March 25,
2009. The Weichert agency's
Broker/Owner Colin Howgill said
of the award, "This is in recogni-
tion of Steve's huge ability with
people, his understanding of real
estate and the tremendous service STEV
he provides to clients." His wife, franch
Karen Norris, is also an agent with sales a
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Ribbon cutting celebrated
Dale and Wendy Cooper owners of D & W Wholesale, dba Kona Ice,
3936 Dockers Drive, Ruskin, recently celebrated a ribbon cutting at the
3rd Annual Business & Health Expo at MiraBay Villages with members
of the Ruskin-SouthShore Chamber of Commerce.
South Shore Band presents its spring
It's spring at last and time for the annual concert finale presented by
the South Shore Concert Band. And this year, in addition to perennial
favorite John Philip Sousa, there will be numbers from Porgy and Bess
by Gershwin, a medley of Benny Goodman hits, a selection of old Dix-
ieland tunes, a delightful number called "Serenade for a Picket Fence"
featuring xylophonist Joan Dinse... and much, much more.
Director Edwin Nawrock has scheduled the concert this year for Tues-
day, April 13 at 7:30 PM. It will be held, as in past years, in The Great
Room of United Community Church in Sun City Center. The church is
located at North Pebble Beach Blvd. and La Jolla Ave. And as always,
there is no admission charge, although a free will offering will be grate-
The concert band, some forty members strong, is comprised of musi-
cians from all sectors of the South Shore area and presents concerts at
various locations during the fall, winter and spring months. So mark
your calendar now and don't miss this musical spring finale.
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Jesse Christeson is winner of first place award at the Tampa
Bay Symphony's 2009 Young Artists Competition
Let Jesse Christeson serenade
you with the soothing sounds of
strings. At just 20 years old, this
Stetson University Junior won
the coveted First Place Award
at the Tampa Bay Symphony's
2009 Young Artists Competition.
Come hear as his exceptional
skills are showcased with the
Tampa Bay Symphony in April
and May of 2010. You won't be
disappointed. Jesse will perform
Dvorak's Cello Concerto in B
He has been playing the cello
since the age of 12. At fourteen
he began his studies with David
Bjella at Stetson University. He
is now Principal Cellist of the
University and Chamber Orches-
tras. In 2009 Jesse attended the
Aspen Music Festival as a stu-
dent of Eric Kim. He performs
as a substitute clarinetist in the
Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
He will be graduating from
Stetson University in May
2010,with degrees in cello, voice,
and philosophy. Christeson is an
avid singer, performing several
opera roles this year at Stetson
and studying voice with his moth-
er, Professor Jane Christeson.
He plans to attend graduate
school next year to study cello
and voice. His performance with
the 90+ musicians of the Tampa
Bay Symphony under the baton
of Music Director and conduc-
tor Jack Heller is a "must" to see
In addition to the Dvorak con-
certo, the orchestra will perform
Gershwin's Cuban Overture,
Symphonic Metamorphosis by
Handemith and Beethoven's Eg-
The concert will open with
our National Anthem: the Star
Spangled Banner and close with
America the Beautiful. A little
know footnote to the Dvorak
concerto is that Dvorak Tampa
Bay Symphony said that the cel-
lo was not a solo instrument and
that he should never have writ-
ten the number. What is strange
is that Dvorak said this after he
had written his second concerto
Come and enjoy this outstand-
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musicians under the leadership
of Jack Heller perform on Sun-
day, April 25, 8:00 pm at Ruth
Eckerd Hall in Clearwater;
Thursday, April 29, 8:00 pm at
the Mahaffey Theater at Prog-
ress Energy Center, St. Peters-
burg and on Sunday afternoon,
May 9 at the David A. Straz, Jr.
Center for the Performing Arts
in Tampa. Please note that there
are two Sunday performances.
Thanks to the generosity of our
contributors, ticket prices at the
door are still a very affordable
Continuing an old tradition,
the Tampa Bay Symphony will
be offering a total of 1,200 free
admission vouchers for this se-
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These may be obtained by call-
ing (727) 867-6505 prior to April
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and after each of the perfor-
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Positive Talk Difficult people ???
by William Hodges
It would be Pollyannaish of me
to try and tell you that there are no
difficult people in this world, but
I do believe too many books have
been written about the art of deal-
ing with them. There is no question
that I believe the study of human
nature is important for anyone who
must deal with the public. Howev-
er, we prejudice our research and
the conclusions we reach when we
start out with the premise that we
are learning how to deal with "dif-
ficult" people. Other people, for
the most part, are no more difficult
than we are ourselves; they are just
Instead of labeling others as dif-
ficult and setting up a barrier, why
not try to understand where they
are coming from and make allow-
ances for their differences. Here
are some of the ways to work with
those people with whom you feel
1. Be like a duck-let some
things slide. Just as a duck sheds
water without getting wet, you
can do the same thing with dis-
agreeable comments. Don't rise
to the bait. Let the comment go
unchallenged. Many conflicts can
be avoided when we just refuse to
2. Be patient. Timing is ev-
erything. In dealing with others,
we may have to bide our time until
we have an appropriate opportu-
nity to press our case. In any con-
versation, be sure that you have
the other party's full attention and
that competing distractions are not
going to be an aggravating factor.
3. Look for common
ground. When we find someone
who is pulling against us or at least
appears to be doing so, most of us
will concentrate on our differences
rather than our similarities. When
faced with that type of situation,
look for things on which you can
both agree. You may find that your
goal is the same; only the methods
you are using to achieve it are dif-
ferent. In any case, by focusing on
areas of agreement, you will im-
prove the working atmosphere.
4. They can't be doing ev-
erything wrong. When we are in a
conflict with others, we tend to de-
fensively think of everything they
do and say as wrong. Do not hesi-
tate to compliment others when
they do something right.
There is nothing more challeng-
ing than dealing with other human
beings. The more cowardly among
us do less dangerous and more sol-
itary things like climbing moun-
tains, sky diving and bull fighting.
However, the rewards are great for
those who learn to deal success-
fully with others. John D. Rock-
efeller, the American industrial-
ist and philanthropist, said, "The
ability to deal with people is as
purchasable a commodity as sugar
or coffee. And I pay more for that
ability than for any other under the
sun." It seems that our challenge
is not how to deal with so-called
difficult people, but rather simply
to learn how to keep them from be-
coming difficult in the first place.
If we can do that, we always will
be in demand.
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://
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Reddick Elementary School thanks
Interfaith Council of Sun City Center
The teachers and students of Reddick Elementary School, located in
Wimauma, would like to thank the members of the Interfaith Council of
Sun City Center for its generous donation of $2,170.
Media Specialist Joan Storey and technology teacher Stacey Kaminski
submitted a grant titled "Listen All You Children" requesting the fund-
ing for fifteen complete listening centers. The listening centers arrived
at the school on March 15 and were put to use immediately.
Funding for the grant was made possible from sales of goods at the
Nearly New Shop. The shop is located at 1515 Sun City Center Plaza
Sun City Center. The shop is open to the public every Wednesday and
Saturday. For store hours call (813) 642-9099.
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I'm a super Rays fanatic, so of
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by golf, but I've always consid-
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"fill in" for the baseball season.
Check out the Rays games we're
offering here, then grab your cow-
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The Chamber office is open 9 a.m.
to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thurs-
day, and Friday and from 9 a.m. to
Noon on Wednesday. You may call
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We appreciate your support of
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Pancakes, scrambled egg
breakfast this Sunday
The youth group of Sun City Christian Center is
sponsoring a Pancake and Scrambled Egg Break-
fast this Sunday, April 4, in the church Fellow-
ship Hall, 17566 US Hwy. 301 South, Wimauma
(2 miles south of SR 674). Serving will begin at
9 a.m. and end just prior to the morning service
which begins at 10:30 a.m.
The group is asking for donations that will be
used to send students to camp this summer. For
your donation you'll be treated to pancakes or
scrambled eggs, bacon and coffee or orange juice.
For more information visit the church calendar on
their website at www.SunCityChristian.com
Join us for Easter breakfast with your family and
stay as we celebrate the resurrection of Christ.
At right, Ron Russell enjoys pancakes and
bacon at last month's breakfast.
Chere Simmons photo
Cypress Creek Elementary School honors the March Terrific Kids
Terrific Kids Sponsored by Sun City Kiwanis are: Kimora Perez, Jennifer Raygoza-Hernandez, Ashlie Agustin,
Francisco Esparza, Jr.; Xavier Valdez, Jakob Garcia, Dakota Miller, Jonathan Barcia, Lester Allen, Jr.; Zyda
Galarza, Yaritza Hernandez, Angelina Brannon, Mona AI-Momani, Aaron Saenz, Jerry Zapata, Roxy Morales,
Marcos Meza, Julio Hernandez, Mintra Ekthuvapranee, Sandra Godinez, Desyrae Hall, Edgar Torres, Charlize
Rivera, Anabelle Hilario, Jimmy Perez, Demetrius Wellons, Annabell Heredia, Juliani Hernandez, Ricky Jack-
son, Matthew Goodson, Dominic Riccio, Melissa Esparza, Brian Pazanski, Natalia Chavez, Allison Siegrist,
Jordon Rosell, Sal Savoca, Paulino Juarez, Cheyenne Rivera, Regan Smith, Jacqueline Holbrook, Rodeline
Charles, Joshua Seda, Kenny Vega, Juana Garcia, Daniel Perez, Jorge Torres-Calderon, Tyler Quiroz, Re-
becca Cant, Karina Longoria, Austin Coker, Skylar Hacker, Jazlyn Hernandez, and Jeff Dossou.
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County reinstates Ruskin no-fee
Hillsborough County Commissioners approved an ordinance at their
regular Board meeting on March 17 to re-activate the Ruskin No-Fee
Transportation Zone. The ordinance creates an area in Ruskin, primarily
along U.S. Highway 41, where transportation impact fees will not be
collected on new development.
No-Fee Zones are created to encourage development in distressed
areas, with the intention that developers will be attracted to the area
because they will not have to pay the transportation impact fees that they
would in other parts of the County. The Ruskin No-Fee Zone will be in
effect for two years.
The County initially created the Ruskin No-Fee Zone in 2004, and
repealed the Zone, along with seven other No-Fee Zones around the
county in June 2006, due to their success in encouraging development
in those areas. The Ruskin No-Fee Zone was reinstated subsequently in
Nov. 2006, and had been in effect for three years until Nov. 2009, when
it came up for consideration again.
The Ruskin No-Fee Zone encompasses the same area that it initially
did. The Zone is approximately 300 acres primarily on either side of
U.S. 41 with the boundaries of 1st Street NW to the west, 3rd Street NE
to the east, 19th Avenue to the north, and the railroad tracks south of W.
College Avenue to the south.
Before taking the No-Fee Zone back to the County Commission for
re-instating, Planning & Growth Management undertook a study and
determined that there is still sufficient road capacity in the area for new
Fashion plus gold equals fabulous
The Ruskin Woman's Club will hold a Trunk Show and Gold Party
from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 15 at their historic clubhouse, located
at 503 S. Tamiami Trail in Ruskin. Donations are $10. They may be paid
at the door. However, if anyone is interested in pur-
chasing tickets in advance or has questions about
this fundraiser, they may call general chairman 4
of the event, Judy Thompson, at (813) 633-4268.
Other committee member are Katie Collins, Sharon
Sweat, Iris Young and Bonnie Cumbey.
By popular demand, Janet Carr of Accessories
and More of Sarasota, will be back. For the Trunk
Show she will have racks of clothing, jewelry and
accessories set up in the clubhouse. Her fashions
are good quality and affordable. The great thing
about the Trunk Show concept is that customers
may try things on to make sure they like them and
purchase the items directly. It is just like shopping
at a fancy boutique!
As another dimension for the show, the club has
invited Ray Crinzi's firm, Gold Buying, Inc., to
conduct a Gold Party. His representative will be
there to let you know how much your item is worth.
He will pay you cash for any unwanted white or
yellow gold item, broken or bent. Single earrings
Members of the club will provide finger foods and beverages in the
club's dining room. The clubhouse will be beautifully decorated so that
guests will have a wonderful experience at this gala fundraiser. Money
raised will be used for a wide variety of projects such as local scholar-
ships, maintenance of the clubhouse and many more worthy causes.
The Ruskin Woman's Club is a member of District Eight of the Florida
Federation of Women's Clubs. Wilma Wood is President.
Rising Stars visit Airfest
The Gibsonton Elementary Rising Stars were treated to a day at
MacDill Air Force Base on March 19 -- the day before crowds arrived
for the air fest.
The group was composed of students selected from each homeroom
who have demonstrated extreme effort in overcoming some challenge or
have gone above and beyond the teacher's expectations.
The event was a result of the collaboration between the 6th Mainte-
nance Group of MacDill Air Force Base, led by Colonel James Howe
and The Mosaic Company facilitated by Public Affairs Coordinator, Jim
Groups of Rising Stars have been hosted each year at the base since
2000. The students were treated to being part of the 'Air Force' for the day
and were thrilled by seeing many planes, the fly-overs as well as the K-9
unit, the base fire truck and climbing into 'the boom' of a KC-135 cargo
plane. The students were thankful to have this exciting opportunity.
Spring Break safety
It's that time of year when thou-
sands of college students make
the voyage to beaches and other
hotspots for spring break. Make
sure your son or daughter stays
safe while having a fabulous
time by following some safety
What You Need To Know
Spring break teens average 18
drinks per day for boys and 10
drinks per day for girls.*
Almost 1,700 college students
each year die as a result of alco-
hol misuse and thousands more
are reported injured or sexually
More than half of all men and
more than 40 percent of all women
on spring break report drinking
until they became sick or passed
out at least once.*
Nearly half of college women
and 75 percent of college men
report being intoxicated daily
during spring break.***
13 percent of college students
said they had sexual activity with
My son had some birthday money
burning a hole in his pocket. He
saw a computer game that looked
good and he bought it for $12.99
plus tax. When we got home, he
was ready to rip the package open.
I got an idea and told him to wait.
I Googled "name of game free
trial" and there were several sites
that popped up. On these sites, we
could download the game for free
and try it out for 60 minutes. Or
we could buy the complete game
for $6.99 (no tax). So we did both.
My son tried the game out to see
if he liked it (he did). Then I went
to the site and downloaded the
game right to our computer. He
saved $6 and we knew he liked the
game before we bought it! Before
you buy a computer game, search
for it online. You just may be able
to try it out first and then buy it
cheaper! Debbie C.
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more than one partner during
Binge drinking places women
at higher risk of sexual assault.
The hot sun can maximize the
effects of alcohol.
What You Can Do
Don't drink if you are not of
legal drinking age.
Decide in advance what and
how much you will drink.
Do not drive. Use a designated
driver, or use public transportation.
If someone in your party passes
out, make sure they sleep on their
side to prevent choking.
Women should be on alert for
date-rape drugs and never leave
their drink unattended.
Women should use a buddy
system when going out drinking.
What Parents Can Do
Know where your teen is stay-
ing, who else is going, and require
a daily cell phone check-in.
Talk to your son or daughter
about the dangers of too much
alcohol and the risks of sexual
Be specific about your expecta-
tions and establish consequences
for breaking the rules.
Confirm plans with parents of
other teens going on the trip and
coordinate ground rules.
Give your teen tips on how
to protect themselves in various
Suggest an alternative spring
break trip, such as a community
outreach project or an educational
*Journal of American College Health
**National Institute of Alcohol Abuse
***University of Wisconsin study
* *American Medical Association
This crime prevention tip is pro-
vided by the Hillsborough County
Criminal Justice Department. For
more information or more safety
tips, residents should call 276-2033
or visit www.hillsboroughcounty.
The Ruskin Moose Lodge #813 is located at
1212 E. Shell Point Road, Ruskin (813) 645-5919
Friday, April 2 7-11 p.m. Nickel and Dime
Saturday, April 3 7-11 p.m. Karaoke with Kim
Friday, April 9 7-11 p.m. Taylor and Taylor
Saturday, April 10 5-7 p.m. Benefit for C.A.R.E.
7-11 p.m. Karaoke with Kim
Friday, April 16 7-11 p.m. Calvin O
Saturday, April 17 7-11 p.m. Karaoke by Kim
Friday, April 23 7-11 p.m. Karaoke by Kim
Saturday, April 24 5-7 p.m. Chicken Marsala Dinner
7-11 p.m. Prom with music by
Nickel and Dime
Friday, April 30 7-11 p.m. Charlie Burns
Every Wednesday 5-7 p.m. Spaghetti Dinners, followed by
Every Thursday 5-7 p.m. Wings (the best I've every had)
Every Friday 5-7 p.m. Fish Fry
(beer batter, fried or baked)
Every Saturday night Karaoke by Kim
Every Sunday Noon to 3 p.m. Tacos
All events are open to qualified
Moose members and guest.
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OBSERVER NEWS RIVERVIEW CURRENT 7
Marine Corps League meets to elect
The next meeting of the River-
view Detachment of the Marine ]
Corps League will be held at 7:30
p.m. on Tuesday, April 6 at Ameri-
can Legion Post 148, 7240 U.S.
Hwy. 301 S., Riverview.
It is important that all members
attend this meeting as final nomi-
nations and the election of officers
to lead the Detachment for the
next year will take place at this
The Detachment would also like
to invite all area Marines and FMF Corpsmen to attend this meeting and
learn what they are about. For more information, call Jack Skelding at
672-1778 or visit their website at www.mclriverview.org.
Horse owners urged to vaccinate for
mosquito disease borne diseases
Celebrating 36 Years in Business
CALL FOR FREE
ASK ABOUT TERMIDOR
Phone: (813) 685-7711
Fax: (813) 685-3607
New 'bridge' on
Flotilla 75 (Ruskin) has appoint-
ed new staff officers for 2010. With
over 40 active members, Flotilla 75
engages in community events, on-
water safety and security patrols,
vessel safety checks and safe boat-
ing education courses.
The U.S. Coast Guard Aux-
iliary is 'America's Volunteer
Guardians.' Today, there are over
30,000 Coast Guard Auxiliarists
throughout the United States un-
der the direction of the U.S. Coast
Guard and the Dept. of Homeland
Security. Auxiliarists are dedicated
civilians who believe strongly in
the Coast Guard and its missions.
Currently working out of the
Ruskin Recreation Center, Flo-
tilla 75 is seeking a permanent
facility for meetings, classes and
If you would like to join 'Team
Coast Guard,' call 877-242-8975.
Students being enrolled for summer
The Jewish Community Center Preschool Brandon, located at 706
Bryan Road, Brandon, is currently enrolling students for the 2010 sum-
mer camp session and the 2010-11 school year.
With more than 30 years of experience in the Tampa Bay area, the
JCC Preschool offers a variety of part-time and full-time programs for
children ages 1 to 4. The school also offers morning, afternoon and full-
All classes are designed to meet the developmental needs of each child
through play and hands-on experiences. Discounts on registration/de-
posit fees are also available. For more information, call (813) 643-0522,
or e-mail Cheryl Matthews at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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With the arrival of spring and
warmer weather, Florida Agricul-
ture and Consumer Services Com-
missioner Charles H. Bronson to-
day reminded horse owners to get
their animals vaccinated for mos-
quito borne diseases.
The two principal equine diseas-
es associated with mosquitoes are
Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE)
and West Nile Virus (WNV), and
the majority of cases of each can
be prevented with proper vaccina-
tions, according to animal health
"The key is to make sure that a
horse has been vaccinated against
these mosquito-borne diseases
and to check with your veterinar-
ian to determine whether an ani-
mal's booster shots are up to date,"
So far this year, Florida has no
equine cases of EEE or WNV, but
that can change quickly as mos-
quito populations increase signifi-
cantly with the warmer weather
and can explode in areas with
heavy rains and standing water.
Humans, too, need to minimize
their contact with mosquitoes
as mosquitoes remain the larg-
est carrier of diseases that afflict
Toward that end, Bronson is
recommending that Floridians:
Remove standing water from
their property by emptying out
stagnant water from kiddie pools,
old tires, birdbaths and any other
receptacle that holds water.
Wear long-sleeved shirts and
long pants when outside around
dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes
are most active.
Use a good mosquito repellent.
The Greater Riverview Chamber
of Commerce's monthly mem-
bership luncheon, sponsored by
Tampa Electric Company, took
place on March 23 at the River-
view Civic Center, 11020 Park Dr.
The Greater Riverview Cham-
ber of Commerce President, Jill
Andrew, continued with last
month's theme on the importance
of having core values in our per-
sonal as well as professional lives.
The focus this month was on fun
and teamwork. Following Jill's
message, Alan Denham and Diane
Rush, Tampa Electric Company,
proved that fun and teamwork are
invaluable as they gave an infor-
mative and humorous presentation
about the importance of conserv-
ing energy at home as well as at
Ryan Esto, Pioneer Tire and
Auto, thanked the many sponsors
of the 16th Annual Golf Tourna-
ment and was pleased to announce
that the event had been a huge
Jim Johnson, Mosaic, was equal-
ly excited to remind guests about
the upcoming 16th Annual Hog
Roast which will be held Saturday,
April 10, at the International Show-
man's Association, Riverview,
Florida. There will be something
for everyone -- Lupton's Famous
BBQ, live entertainment, kids'
play area, raffles, silent auction,
and much more.
Christa Jerome announced the
Teachers Appreciation Breakfast
will be held from 8:30 to 10:30
a.m. on Tuesday, May 11 at the
Winthrop Barn. Twenty-two teach-
ers and twenty-one administrators
in the Greater Riverview Area will
be honored for their dedication to
New Chamber members were
warmly welcomed and presented
with 2010 membership plaques:
All-In-One Moving and Storage
Brandon, FL 33511
Amedisys Home Health
Brandon, FL 33511
Ruskin, FL 33570
Heavenly Scents Cleaning Srvcs.
Riverview, FL 33578
Tampa, FL 33646
01' Kentucky Kettlecorn
Riverview, FL 33579
Pilka & Associates, PA
Brandon, FL 33511
South Shore Signs, LLC
Ruskin, FL 33570
Valrico State Bank
Lithia, FL 33547
Urban Trust Bank
Gibsonton, FL 33534
Your Neighborhood Magazine
Tampa, FL 33685
The next Greater Riverview
Chamber of Commerce Mem-
bership Luncheon, sponsored by
H.A.R.T., will take place Tuesday,
To learn more about the Greater
Riverview Chamber of Commerce,
visit them at www.Riverview-
Chamber.com or call 234-5944.
Chamber of Commerce
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, April 1 VA Hospital at 5:30 p.m. Kitchen open from 5
to 8 p.m. Bar Bingo at 6 p.m.
4:30 to 7 p.m. Music by You 2 Kan
at 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 3 -Turkey Shoot
at 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 4- Fire in the Hole
at 5:30 p.m.
) Monday, April 5- Cribbage
Games at 1 p.m. Wii Games at 7
Tuesday, April 6- Games in lounge from 2 to 5 p.m. Kitchen open.
Bingo at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, April 7- Wii Games at 6 at p.m. American Legion
Meeting at 7 p.m.
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The mitral valve, located between the upper- and lower-left chambers of the heart, is
susceptible to problems. When it doesn't close all the way, it can leak a small amount of
blood. This condition is known as mitral valve regurgitation.
To correct this condition, surgeons at Manatee
Memorial can access the mitral valve through the
breastbone and repair the valve to create a
tighter seal. This procedure may require a three-
to five-day hospital stay.
""Patients who have successful
mitral valve surgery dramatically
increase their life expectancy, so
they're on par with someone
with a completely normal heart,"
says Alessandro Golino, MD,
Chief of Surgery at Manatee
Alessandro Gohino, MD
AndroGolinoMDMemorial and a cardiothoracic
Trained by renowned
cardiacsurgery pioneer surgeon who specializes in mitral
Denton Cooley, M.D. valve repair. Dr. Golino had a
97.1 percent success rate for mitral valve surgery
from January 2008 through June 2009.* Nationally,
the overall success rate for mitral valve repair is less
than 60 percent.
How Do I Know if I Have
Mitral Valve Regurgitation?
Mitral valve regurgitation can strike anyone at any
age, but the risk does increase as you get older.
*According to data from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons
If you have been diagnosed
with a heart murmur and you
experience the following
symptoms, talk to your doctor.
Shortness of breath
Sometimes, people who have potentially deadly
mitral valve problems do not have warning
symptoms. This is why regular check-ups with your
family doctor or cardiologist are important.
For more information about mitral valve
regurgitation surgery at Manatee Memorial,
please call 941.745.7204.
Physicians are independent practitioners who are not employees or
agents of Manatee Memorial Hospital. The hospital shall not be liable
for actions or treatments provided by physicians.
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Consistently warm weather, even
if there is a hint of a cool breeze
and sprinkles, is a sure sign that
our season is changing. With this
change there will surely be more
outdoor activities available to hu-
mans. In a few weeks I may be
taking my first kayak trip of the
season to check out the birds and
maybe get to see some other neat
species that have come out of the
cold weather hibernation. Not
only will I be taking to the water,
but I will be doing some gardening
to clean up last years attempt at a
healthy butterfly garden.
My butterfly haven became
more of a dead flower and plant
graveyard by the time I was done.
When my flowers were healthy
I only had a few butterflies visit
anyway, so it's back to the draw-
ing board. But this year, I have a
special plan that includes the help
of the National Wildlife Federa-
When I was shopping for my
flowers last year, I did my best
to find colorful hues and native
plants that would be good for the
local habitat. However, when I
saw the sea of colors at the garden
center I wanted so badly to plant
all the flowers that I was attracted
to, which realistically the butter-
flies and hummingbirds would
have avoided. NWF has a great
website that takes the brainwork
out of choosing the correct plants,
which is great news for me.
By visiting www.abnativeplants.
com you can look up "landscape
plans" and choose what type of
garden you are dreaming about. I
want a backyard full of butterflies,
so I chose to search for the best
plants to create a winged wonder-
land. You then are prompted to
choose your region or state, the
type of soil you will be planting in
and the exposure to sun or shade.
All of your native plants and shrubs
necessary for your project will be
listed, you can print it off and take
it to your local garden center.
Locally, the Pinellas County
Extension Service has a wonder-
You cannot predict the future
South Shore Christian Women's Connection presents Jayne Spanton,
creator of handmade greeting cards and altered/paper crafts. The inspi-
rational speaker is Millie Farthing, "You cannot predict the future, but
you can prepare for it." The presentation and luncheon will be held at
Club Renaissance, 2121 South Pebble Beach Blvd. on Thursday, April
8. Pianist Darlene Millican will provide the music. Doors open at 11:00
am, luncheon and program is from 11:30am-1:30pm.
Reservations or cancellations need to be made before noon Monday
April 5, call 938-4320 or 383-7540 or email anni buiIl u -_'iiail corn .
The cost is $17 inclusive.
All ladies welcome, no membership is required.
ful resource list of Florida na-
tive plants ranging from flowers
to shrubs, detailing their height,
color and needs so that you can
maintain a beautiful looking gar-
den that attracts wildlife. By
printing off their list and bringing
it along to the garden center, you
will be undoubtedly prepared to
create a wildlife haven that is both
great for the creatures and a way to
maintain a healthy natural habitat
in your yard. http://pinellas.ifas.
On a side note, if you are look-
ing for some fun things to do in the
warm weather this weekend, Low-
ry Park Zoo is having their annual
Orangutan Egg Hunt, Friday April
2 at 11am; for more information
The Florida Aquarium is also hav-
ing a special Easter celebration;
supposedly the Easter Bunny is
going for a swim! For details, visit
buyTunes for the
Texas Roadhouse in Wesley Cha-
pel would like to invite you to join
them in supporting the buyTunes for
the Troops project! Texas Roadhouse
will be sending gifts to the troops
overseas and they need your help in
hitting their goal of 10,000 packages.
They appreciate everything the mili-
tary does and they want to give back
to them for all they give for us.
All you have to do is come in on
Tuesday, March 30, present this
email to your server, and 10% of
your total food purchases will help
them purchase iTunes gift cards for
our troops. They'll also be accepting
iTunes gift cards in any denomina-
tion to send to the troops overseas.
They're honored to support such
a worthwhile cause and hope that
MOAA Visits MacDill
Paul Wheat of the Sun City Center Military Officers Association
(MOAA) Chapter has a big smile on his face with the U.S. Navy Blue
Angels Air Demonstration behind him in the background. Wheat along
with 50 other chapter members were at MacDill Air Force Base's Air
Fest practice day. The MOAA Chapter was the guest of MacDill's Sixth
Airlift Wing and was invited to watch the practice show on Friday before
the main event.
The group spent the day at MacDill AFB enjoying other facets of the
air show to include parachute drops and flight displays by a Marine
Corps Osprey aircraft and the C-130 known as Fat Albert that is used by
the Blue Angels to provide logistical support for the team.
A group of youngsters look at the MacDill Air Force Air Fest as the
Navy's Blue Angels perform. (second photo)
Kids watching the Blue Angels at MacDill.
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Having problems finding affordable
Hillsborough County Affordable Housing Department is currently sur-
veying local residents and organizations about barriers that they have
encountered in trying to obtain decent affordable housing and choices of
housing in Hillsborough County. An online survey is available on the
County website in English and Spanish for residents to give their input.
The survey, called an Analysis of Impediments, is required by the U.S.
Department of Housing and Urban Development periodically by local
agencies that receive HUD funding, to ensure that the Fair Housing Act
is being fulfilled in the community. The results of this survey and analy-
sis will be used to
develop strategies and actions to reduce and/or eliminate the identified
barriers. The department also recently held two public meetings to seek
public comments for the survey, and has provided the survey to various
community organizations to distribute.
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about the very first residents.
Jeff Pollard occupied the 12th
house built in Summerfield and
was on its founding board. He in-
sists the name of the development
never legally changed from Sum-
merfield to Summerfield Cross-
ings, as many call it now.
"All the documents say "Sum-
merfield," Jeff told me. (I checked
mine, and that's exactly how it
reads.) "But one of the developers
decided to add 'Crossings' to some
of the signs on his own," he said.
Diana told me a different story;
that "Crossings" was added be-
cause originally Summerfield was
designed to be self-contained, like
a town, with its own U.S. Post Of-
fice, but since there was already
a town in Florida called Summer-
field with a zip code, the word
"Crossings" was added.
Maybe I'll dig into that some
more for a future column. Right
now, any more history would be
too much regression for a story
about the area's recent progress.
Back in my car on Sunday af-
ternoon with the granddaughter
who has lived with me for almost
all of her 12-years, I noticed some
changes I hadn't slowed down
enough to see before.
Summerfield Plaza, on the north-
east side of the Big Bend Road/U. S.
301 intersection, is now connected
to a configuration of brand new of-
fice and retail space that houses not
only one, but two women's spe-
cialty centers, two dental offices,
a branch office of Primary Care of
Tampa Bay, and Pediatric Health
Care Alliance, all the kinds of ser-
vices we had to drive to Brandon
for just a few months- not years-
ago. And that's just the beginning
because most of the offices are
still vacant and sporting "for rent"
signs out front.
For the first time I noticed a road
connecting those new office and
retail spaces with the outer edges
of Summerfield's Town Estates
(spelled "Towne" on the front and
"Town" on its back gates). This
road is called Summerfield Cross-
ings Boulevard- not to be confused
with Summerfield Boulevard,
which is the name of the street
where the Chevron station and
traffic signal (farther east in the
development) exist. More medical
offices and stores and restaurants
now exist just north of the intersec-
tion on the west side of U.S. 301
Once I could make my way out
of the traffic I drove onto the new
road between the new office plaza
and Publix and found it winds be-
hind the new Beall's department
store, which allows a back entrance
into McDonalds and an extra exit
onto northbound U.S. 301.
I circled around to reexamine
the intersection I thought I knew
so well. Somewhere in the helter-
skelter of making my way through
it every day, there were many de-
tails I had missed. Oh- I knew the
Walgreens drug store and Burger
King had just recently opened on
the southwest corer of the inter-
section, but I hadn't realized the
parking lot and landscaping had
been completed behind them for
the area that will soon house the
new Sam's Club.
And wait, was that a bicycle path
stretching along the entire east side
of the new lanes being built on U.S.
301? Eventually, I managed to turn
around again so I could find out.
"Where are we going?" my
12-year-old passenger asked.
She knows I usually don't make
any stops that aren't on "my side"
of the road. If she asks for McDon-
alds and we aren't going North, she
knows the answer is going to be no
because sometimes, crossing U.S.
301 between Big Bend Road and
Gibsonton Drive can be as danger-
ous as surfing in a hurricane.
But now I had my camera out, so
she knew the rules had changed.
For some reason (probably un-
known to children not related to
news reporters) when the camera
comes out, even someone who's
usually nervous about crossing cer-
tain intersections can be known to
abruptly pull up over a curb, stop,
get out and walk into the middle
of a busy six-lane road and stand
on whatever is available and start
shooting photographs, which is ex-
actly what I did then.
I was amazed. Not only had a bi-
cycle path been laid (and paved!)
but streetlights were positioned
all along the east side of U.S. 301
from Big Bend Road to Symmes
Road, and it looked (from the piles
of culverts and cement) like this
was about to continue on to Gib-
I pulled over at Symmes and got
out again. Across the road, the red-
barnlike Basket Produce market
and a few horses and cows still
attested to the once rural nature
of the area. But from where I was
standing, I could see huge pumps at
work pulling rainwater down into
cement pipes a five-foot-tall per-
son could have stood inside with-
out bending down and it appeared
the countryside was disappearing
every bit as fast as the water.
A relatively new thick stone me-
dian on (the east side of) Symmes
permitted me to turn around and
head back south again along U.S.
301, this time noticing all the
changes on the west side of the
The intersection where Panther
Trace (one development north of
Summerfield on the east side of
U.S. 301) and South Pointe (on the
west side) meet now has a traffic
signal and new turn lanes.
I also (later) discovered a new
way to turn into the (no-name) pla-
za where a line of restaurants in-
cluding the Village Inn, Sonic and
Applebees front Big Bend Road.
I later found this new place to
turn-in was built as part of the Wal-
greens, Burger King, and Sam's
Club project being developed by
DeBartolo. Prior to the addition
of this road people had to enter
this plaza by Lincoln Road, which
Hillsborough County Public Works
Department reported six months
ago was slated (eventually) to get
a traffic signal.
Before arriving home, I discov-
ered yet another relief for those of
us who are often trapped in traffic
at the Big Bend/ U.S. 301 intersec-
tion at rush hour. County trucks are
not only pouring gravel, but fill-
ing in the tremendous potholes on
what was once the (north-south)
dirt road connecting Summerfield
Boulevard with the main drag of
the development immediately to
its south, South Fork. Now there's
a choice: we can get to U.S. 301 by
taking that road to Ambleside Bou-
levard and hitting U.S. 301 about
a half mile farther south where the
traffic isn't as bad; but if you're go-
ing to travel south you'd better be
ready to cross the highway without
the aid of a traffic signal. It works
beautifully if you're going north
though. I tried it Sunday.
When what has been started is
completed, we who once thought
we lived in the country may just
have all the conveniences of city
A proposed referendum asking
for a penny increase in the county's
sales tax from 7 to 8 cents -
will determine if some new South
County projects can go through,
but meanwhile, there's plenty go-
ing on and the traffic on U.S. 301
is usually slow-moving enough to
get a good look and maybe even a
photograph or two.
A new Walgreens and Burger King have recently opened on the
southwest corner of the U.S. 301 and Big Bend Road intersection
and the parking area and landscaping for the Sam's Club just south
of Walgreens is also complete.
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A SOLUTION FOR FAMILIES IN CRISIS
red M. has dementia. Every week, he rings the neighbor's doorbell to
ask, "Do I live here?" Every morning, about an hour after breakfast,
he asks, "When are we having breakfast?" Five minutes later, he asks
At night, he wanders the house. His wife, Ethel is not sleeping well
and is losing weight. Exhausted, she called their only child for help. A
single mother of two teenagers, who lives and works in Upstate New York,
Dorothy's first reaction was panic. "I didn't know what to do," she recalled.
"It was a crisis. I couldn't pull up stakes to rush down to help. Luckily, a
neighbor recommended Kay Dyer. "I called her, and she's been a Godsend."
Professional geriatric care manager Kay Cobum Dyer, a 12-year Sun
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Fred's. "It's hard for families to find and choose the services they need," she
says, "There are many alternatives. "The wrong choice can be expensive
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Geriatric care managers advocate for their clients, and are the "eyes
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SHE COULDN'T PAY HER MORTGAGE...
When Jean lost her husband last year after a lengthy illness, his pen-
sion stopped. She was unable to pay the mortgage. As she slipped
further and further behind, the mortgage company started to call.
Jean needed to sell her house, but owed $100,000 on a home now worth
just $80,000. She didn't know where to turn or what to do until a friend
recommended calling Flo Vachon of RE/MAX Universal Realty.
A 23-year veteran of the real estate business, and a short sale specialist,
Flo met with Jean and advised her to sell her home as a short sale.
Jean listed the house with Flo, who helped her price the home correctly
and staged it so that it looked its very best. A buyer was quickly found and
short sale negotiations began.
It can take several months to complete a short sale, so Jean was a
little nervous as time went by. But, Flo's regular communications and
reassurances eased her mind. Soon, the short sale was approved and Jean
was able to sell and move to be with her family in another state.
"People are the best part of my job" Flo says. "The wonderful friends
I've made in the business make me want to jump out of bed in the morning
and get to the office. I've always loved the Sun City Center area and knew
that someday I would live and work here. My major in Gerontology has
prepared me for working with senior citizens."
Short sales are just one of Flo's specialties. She is an Accredited Staging
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He is also a short sale and foreclosure specialist. CallFlo Vachon at 813-
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One family moving to the area needed last minute help. Their moving
van arrived before the house was ready and they had nowhere to
store a large van-load of household goods.
A quick call to Call EZ Storage in Wimauma solved their
dilemma. They were able to get the van unloaded at a safe place, where they
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"We like to think of ourselves as being in the lifestyle solutions business,"
said Dave Callender, owner and founder.
"Back in 1999, when we were looking for a business that would provide
a useful service to the area, there were no other storage facilities nearby,"
In the years since, other facilities have grown up, but Call EZ continues
to expand and provide its customers with a wide range of services and
facilities at a convenient location.
"Our facility is a valuable resource for people in the midst of lifestyle
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cool stuff from our very own fed-
There are no blood, guts, gore or
untrustworthy kittens on C-SPAN.
But you have to hand it to the peo-
ple that run that network. They put
our elected officials on the air and
on the record. Just flip on the TV
and you can have the best seat in
the house literally in the House
-- as in the House of Representa-
tives) or in the Senate.
And now C-SPAN has put its
entire video archive on the Web in
a searchable format. Every Con-
gressional session, many hearings,
Presidential speeches and more
power suits and ties than you can
imagine. That's 23 years worth of
history along with a healthy dose
of prattle, babble and some stuff
that doesn't always make sense.
But that prattle and babble is ex-
actly what makes us the envy of
the world because, unlike a tin-
pot dictatorship somewhere, we
have rules and, for the most part,
we abide by them. In other words,
our elected officials only get a few
minutes at the microphone so they
have to make the best of it.
C-SPAN is not owned by the
government but they do have a
few rules they have to live with.
The network can only point the
cameras in ways dictated by Con-
gress. That means, it would be
tough for the average person to
tell that there may be a few Mem-
bers of Congress (who shall re-
main nameless) that seem to enjoy
heading over to the House to give
fiery speeches into the camera and
a completely empty chamber at 2
a.m. Who would know? Makes for
good TV, though. Or good You-
All kidding aside, C-SPAN is
truly one of the great things about
our nation and now with the ar-
chives online, you can find out if
your elected officials are saying
one thing today when they said
something completely different 10
years ago. Is that necessarily fair?
Nah, we're all human, after all, de-
spite what the
But that is cer-
tainly part of
Now there is
no reason to believe the email that
was forwarded to you suggesting
Congressman Such-And-Such or
Senator So-And-So once advocat-
ed for a federal task force to inves-
tigate vampire penguins or zombie
guinea pigs. You can find out the
truth for yourself.
In all seriousness, this is a shin-
ing example of one of the many
things that make our nation great.
C-SPAN is an independent net-
work dedicated to making the gov-
ernment available (and responsi-
ble) to everyone. Every statement,
every sling of the mud, every bit
of history more than 160,000
hours worth -- is now available
free online. Certainly that is some-
thing to celebrate. In addition to
the online archives, don't forget
to check out C-SPAN on all three
channels one is dedicated to the
House of Representatives, one to
the Senate and one to hearings and
Visit the archives at www.c-
Also federal government related,
the Social Security Administra-
tion has a Website that shows the
most popular baby names through
the years. I was supposed to be
named Timothy but on the day I
was born, there were already two
little, screaming blobs of flesh in
the baby ward of the Walla Walla,
Washington hospital in which I
made my debut. Apparently there
was some concern on my par-
ent's part that they could acciden-
tally go home with the wrong one.
Let's see... what could we do to
prevent that? I know! Let's name
him Mitch! I know a lot of Tims
but growing up I had heard of only
one other Mitch and that was
Mitch Miller. If that name sounds
familiar to you then you probably
already know all about the Social
It turns out there was reason for
their concern. In 1962, Timothy
was the 16th most popular name.
And today, Mitch doesn't even
rank in the top 1,000 names. But
then Timothy hasn't fared so well,
either. It seems 1962 was the zenith
for good ol' Tim and it has gener-
ally been declining ever since. In
2008, it was the 108th most popu-
This is a seriously cool and fun
Website and, as a bonus for those
who actually remember Mitch
Miller, it includes links to SSA
benefits. Find out where your
name stands at www.ssa.gov/
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would create a total of 1010 single
family homes in a series of small
" villages" or neighborhoods on
the total 436 acres. Among these,
an affordable housing section is
proposed on about 70 acres east of
The development also is projected
to include a little over 22 acres in
parks and a trail system as well as
some 68 acres of wetlands and con-
The Spencer Farms development
calls for 1,500 single family dwell-
ings on the 750 acres, clustered in
"villages" of approximately100
units, with much of the develop-
ment on the eastern part of the acre-
age centered with a large "greenbelt
park." The site plan also outlines
two smaller parks and 163 acres in
wetland conservation area.
The site plan anticipates a north-
south roadway through the develop-
ment connecting to eventual exten-
sion of 19th Avenue east of U.S. 301
and foresees a road along its north
border extending eastward to con-
nect with Balm-Wimauma Road.
Public conservation land, acquired
tal Lands Acquisition and Preserva-
tion Program (ELAPP), is immedi-
ately north of the proposed Spencer
Farms collection of villages.
In reviewing the Creek Preserve
project, The Planning Commission
noted the proposal is consistent with
various requirements of the county's
comprehensive plan. But, several
area residents took issue with assort-
ed aspects during the March hearing.
Marcella O'Steen, an activist from
Balm, pointed to the number of emp-
ty "permitted lots" and "unbuilt de-
velopments" in South Hillsborough,
including the massive Triple Creek
project north of Balm permitted in
2000 and now padlocked, Belmont, a
development on U.S. 301at C.R. 672
which is at a standstill, and the under
populated Ayersworth Glen north of
the proposed Creek Preserve. Citing
local law enforcement statistics, she
asserted the situation contributes to
In terms of jobs available for
new residents of a Creek Preserve,
O'Steen noted few exist in Wimau-
ma and traveling outside the com-
munity to work creates yet another
commuter subdivision, a circum-
stance Wimauma community plan-
ners sought to avoid. "It may work
on paper," she said, "but it doesn't
work in reality."
Vivienne Handy, a biologist who
emphasized she both lives and
maintains a business in Wimauma,
asserted that local community plan-
ners, including herself, specifically
rejected affordable housing as a vil-
lage component when putting their
plan together. The community, she
added, wanted to protect sensitive
habitat, provide wildlife corridors
and preserve the rural character.
Mariella Smith, a Ruskin resident
speaking on behalf of the Sierra
Club, called for "holistic" planning
rather than "piecemeal" develop-
ment approvals, suggesting that both
of the proposed Wimauma projects
slated to produce a total of 2,500
new single family homes be con-
sidered together. The development
might be appropriate "20 years from
now, but not now;" the infrastructure
is not available, there are too many
half built subdivisions on the mar-
ket, she added.
Smith also pointed to the fact that
S.R. 674 through Wimauma a route
Creek Preserve dwellers inevitably
would use is operating now at a
level considered failed by transpor-
tation experts, without any added
Transportation dominated addi-
tional discussion during the March
hearing focused on who would be
held responsible for improving road-
ways into the proposed development
at such points as 6th, Delia and 9th
Streets. The primary entrance would
be on West Lake Drive, sending
drivers living in the new "villages"
either north to U.S. 301 or south to
The hearing master's report based
on the March testimony concerning
the proposed Creek Preserve is ex-
pected in about a week, Albert said
this week. And, the planner added,
she expects to receive more infor-
mation concerning the proposed
Spencer Farms project prior to its
May hearing. These, she summed
up, "are sort of pilot projects" under
Wimauma's village plan.
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out about four years ago. Both the acreage shaded in red and the area beneath it in white about 1,200 acres
stretching from West Lake Drive eastward are subjects of rezoning applications to allow their development into
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ELODYJAMESON fly the Sundance nest, taking his
bservernews.net East Bay diploma to the Univer-
)ANCE When broth- sity of Central Florida in Orlando,
n and Brent Bennett were leaving Ryan to finish up his high
ey loved to ham it up for school work, the bond was not
with a sidekick cousin This week, though, Ryan sings
they would sing, dance, and dances alone. Yet, somehow,
and mime, entertaining he says, Brent will be there, too, as
eir youthful antics when- Ryan auditions for the second con-
herever the Bennett clan secutive year at Busch Gardens,
ed. competing with older, more ex-
those clan bakes were perienced entertainers for a sum-
equent especially at the mer dancing, singing, acting gig.
ma home of grandparents, "He'll help me; he often does," the
i Anne Bennett. Theirs 18-year-old promises softly.
kind of house where their Three months into his college
'spring, the neighborhood career in 2007, Brent Bennett col-
e friends of offspring and lapsed suddenly one afternoon
ibors, all were welcomed, while cutting up with a group of
ed, fed. Gil, for years, new friends. He was gone within
md coached at East Bay moments. His death is attributed
school Anne Bennett for to a heat stroke. It hit the Bennett
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years, advised new home buyers
in Sun City Center on matters of
tropical d6cor as resident decora-
tor in the model home center. The
deep roots also are widely spread.
Such an extended family doesn't
require much of an occasion to
Ryan and Brent rarely lacked for
an audience. From childhood to
the teenage years, they could be
counted on to hog the limelight.
The sons of Keavie and Sherell
Bennett, there were just 22 months
between them, with Brent the first
born. As they matured toward
manhood, they grew closer. And,
even though Brent was the first to
clan hard leaving a gaping hole
in the family fabric for each mem-
ber to wrestle with in his and her
For Ryan, he chooses to believe
his big brother is close by, watch-
ing, giving Ryan strength of pur-
pose, determination to keep go-
ing, perseverance to strive for the
goals. "He made me realize who I
am," he adds.
Taking stock, the not-yet-twen-
ty-something knows not just who
but also what he is and where he's
going. He is, he says, a performer
with pretty good people skills and a
conviction that whatever the chal-
lenge he can meet it. But, there's
one more thing: he's made some-
thing of a pact with Brent; Brent
gives him courage, Ryan spreads it
Right now that "giving back"
is helping beat breast cancer. His
goal is raising at least $4,000 for
the Susan G. Komen Three Day
Walk and walking the 60-mile
walk in late October. It'll be for
Brent and for a California college
student he met online who sent $80
he scraped together for the fund.
So, along with course work at
Hillsborough Community Col-
lege where he's maintaining a 4.0,
classes in dance to help him make
the cut at Busch Gardens, the sum-
mer work needed to supplement
his Pelican Players scholarship and
helping the family with the cur-
rent Bennett business enterprise -
Anne's Estate Sales he's staging
a series of local fund raisers.
After taking part in the recent
chili cook-off at E.G. Simmons
Regional Park which garnered
$300 and picking up donations
from interested estate sale fol-
lowers and doing the Relay for
Life at Lennard High School last
weekend, he's accumulated nearly
$1,000 with just $3,000 more to
On Tuesday, April 13, at Five
Guys Burgers and Fries, 10285
Big Bend Road, 10 percent of ev-
erything sold between 5 and 8 PM
that day is to be added to Ryan's
fund. Two weeks later, on Tues-
day, April 27, in the VIP Room at
The Alley Bowling Center, 10221
Big Bend, $1.50 of every custom-
er's game purchase from 6:30 to 9
p.m. goes in the pot. Then, the next
day, Wednesday, April 28, for 12
hours 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. a 20
percent cut of what's sold at Beef
O'Brady's, 13326 Lincoln Road,
is earmarked for the breast cancer
fight. All customers have to do is
announce their purchase is a con-
tribution to the Bennett anti-cancer
Plus, before the term ends, he's
planning to pull off another fund
riser involving pennies on the
sidewalk at the HCC SouthShore
campus. His Phi Theta Kappa
brothers in the local Beta Sigma
Alpha chapter will help. Then,
there's the anti-cancer tee shirts-
one for guys, one for girls that
Taking on too much? Don't think
so, he responds. "This is how I
honor Brent; his memory, what he
means to me."
And what after October? His
plan ultimately is to take the AA
degree from HCC to the Univer-
sity of Tampa where he'll focus
on a double major: theater arts and
business management. "I'd love
to go to Broadway," he says, "but
I'd also be pleased to land a per-
manent position at Busch Gardens;
it's a great place to work." He also
might pursue any male modeling
opportunities that come along and
can see himself as a professional
The high end amusement park
holds a special attraction for an-
other reason, he allows. "That's
where I learned by accident that I
really can act. I did a death scene
last summer that was so realistic,
an audience member thought I re-
ally had died and dialed 911."
There's another side to that, he
adds. "I still get stage fright every
time I go on and I think I always
will. So, I'll always need Brent's
help." Logically, then, he contin-
ues, there always will be the rea-
son to do something for others in
Anyone interested in following
Ryan's progress toward his fund-
raising goal can keep up with him
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Mr. No-No's Easter Safety Tips
by Scott M. Cirillo
Sometimes as parents we can get a little carried away hiding our chil-
dren's Easter eggs, candy, and whatnots. Hey, we want to have a little fun
too...but before you unscrew that 100-watt light bulb and replace it with
an egg or put it in Fido's dog bowl, take a look at Mr. No-No's Annual
Easter Safety Tips. Some of these tips are common sense, but you would
be amazed how many children end up in the hospital this glorious day
due to some creative hiding places.
General Egg Hiding Tips:
Color-code the eggs for each child's age group. Let children know
what color is theirs, and hide them accordingly.
Keep eggs at or below eye level of younger children.
Keep count and track of the eggs you hid.
Mr. No-No Places to Hide Eggs Inside:
Do not hide eggs in light sockets.
Do not hide eggs near electrical outlets or plugs.
Do not hide eggs in cupboards or drawers with dangerous products.
Do not hide eggs in, on or under glass.
Mr. No-No Places to Hide Eggs Outside:
Do not hide eggs in preexisting holes in the ground or trees.
Do not hide eggs in any plants that have thorns, look potentially
dangerous or poisonous. (Rule of thumb: If you don't know the name of
the plant, don 'tput an egg in it!)
Do not hide eggs in any animal's home, food bowl or play area.
Do not hide eggs where pesticides or poisons have recently been
Do not hide eggs in tool sheds.
After the Hunt:
Eggs that show cracks or damage, throw them away.
Dispose of eggs that have been out of the refrigerator for more than
Do not eat hard boiled eggs longer than a week of refrigeration.
For additional tips, information and safety products, visit The Thinking
C.A.P.P Foundation (Children's Accident Prevention Program) at www.
Catch & Release Grand Slam Fishing Tournament scheduled
The Ruskin-SouthShore Chamber's annual Catch & Release Grand Slam Fishing Tournament & Picnic will
be Saturday, April 24 at E.G. Simmons Park, 2401 19th Avenue NW., in Ruskin. A captain's meeting will take
place April 23 at Beanie's Family Sports Grill.
Prizes will be awarded for the biggest snook, redfish and trout, with a grand
prize going to the Grand Slam angler who submits the biggest of all three spe-
cies. Regular entry is $30 per angler and $10 more to take part in the Grand
Lines go in the water at 7 a.m.; the weigh-in is at 4 p.m.
Bring your favorite covered dish to the picnic, which starts at 2:30 p.m. while
the fishing is going on and concludes around 5:30 p.m. Burgers, hot dogs and
beverages will be provided. A prize will be given to the person with the tastiest
dish. There will be activities for the entire family.
Picnic tickets must be purchased prior to Friday, April 16. The cost is $5 for
adults; kids 12 and under are free. For more information, call (813) 645-3808.
EC ast ay /fWatch
By Michael Cooper
Flag Football off to a 4-1 start
team is off
to a solid start.
After the over-
time 13-6 win
the team traveled to Palm Coast
for the Matanzas 2nd Annual Flag
Football Tournament. East Bay
is the first team in the history of
Hillsborough County high school
girls' flag football to participate
in a tournament like this. Some of
the best teams in the state partici-
In the first match the Indians
defeated Seabreeze (Daytona) 18-
12 in overtime. Stephanie Williams
threw 3 TDs to receivers Essence
Crum, Jazmin Foster and Andrea
In the second game Delaney Poli
had a 66-yard INT return for a TD
but it was not enough as Rickards
(Tallahassee) defeated the Indians
14-13. Also scoring was Nicole
Lock. Against the host school
Matanzas, East Bay rolled to a
34-0 victory. Crum, Lock, Owens,
Poli and Williams each scored a
TD. On Monday the team defeated
Spoto 12-6 for its first district win.
Poli scored both TDs.
JV is also off to a great 2-0 start,
winning its second game 20-0
against Spoto. Amber Jacobus,
Kayla Cyrus and Kayla Mayfield
each scored a TD. This is the
second shutout for the JV defense.
For team updates visit eastbay-
10th annual Hog Roast &
Silent Auction fast approaching
The 10thAnnual Hog Roast and Silent Auction is little more than a week
away! Anticipation and excitement at holding the event in Riverview
are growing as Saturday, April 10th approaches! The International
Independent Showmen's Association, located 6915 Riverview Drive in
Riverview, is a great venue for this event, offering an excellent outside
area overlooking the Alafia River.
Once again this year, proceeds benefit the Shriners Hospital for
Children. Gates open at 4 p.m. From 4 to 8 p.m. folks can participate
in a Silent Auction with many valuable items. There will also be en-
tertainment, live music and all the Lupton's barbeque you can eat.
Dinner will begin to be served at 5:30 p.m. All this plus dessert, beer
and other beverages are included in the .
price of admission. There is a larger
and expanded play area for children of
all ages. Most important, guests have a
chance to meet and mingle with friends,
family and neighbors.
The expanded children's area includes
exciting activities by YMCA, Music
Showcase, The Alley at SouthShore,
Canine Cabana, A&A Mortgage
Funding, Valrico State Bank and many
more. There will also be plenty of fam-
ily friendly dance music provided by
DJ ChaCha, inflatable rides and a spe-
cial children's piggy raffle. John Mayhall will help guests make old-
Tickets are $20 per person. There is no charge for children 12 years
and younger (must be accompanied by a paying adult). Tickets are avail-
able at the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce, located at 10520
Riverview Dr. in Riverview or at the gate.
Special thanks to this incredible community for supporting this family
fun BBQ. This year's event is made possible by Mosaic Fertilizer,
Tampa Electric Company, Superior Residences of Brandon Memory
Care, Osprey Observer, Chick-fil-A at Lake Brandon Village, HART
(Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority), Chris's Plumbing
Service and The Tampa Tribune. Local businesses are encouraged to
showcase their business by donating Silent Auction items.
To learn more about this special event or becoming a member of the
Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce, call (813) 234-5944 or www.
RiverviewChamber.com or e-mail info t@RiverviewChamber.com.
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Nicole Lock, Andrea Owens and Essence Crum line up against Seabreeze.
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Hillsborough County to benefit from Community Education Grants
Eight Hillsbrough County projects expected to reach more
than 175,000 people were awarded Community Education
Grants from the Southwest Florida Water Management
District. These grants offer up to $5,000 to help fund projects
that provide communities an opportunity to learn about water
This year the District awarded 35 grants Districtwide for a
total of $144,052. This is the 13th year Community Education
Grants have been available.
The overall goal of the Community Education Grant pro-
gram is to actively engage adults in water-related issues per-
taining to conservation, protection and preservation. Funded
by the District's Basin Boards, the program is intended to H ill
motivate communities to get involved in watershed protection H ll b r
through various educational activities.
The following project received funding from the District's "
Alafia River Basin Board. The Alafia River Basin includes F
the southern half of Hillsborough County and the southwest-
ern portion of Polk County.
The FishHawk Ranch Homeowners Association received a $4,400 grant to educate
residents on lowering their water use and how it benefits the environment. The associa-
tion will hold workshops on water-efficient landscaping, water conservation, protecting
the environment and building rain barrels. The first workshop will be held from 1 to 5
p.m. on Sunday, April 11 at the FishHawk Ranch Palmetto Club. Attendees will receive
free water-saving devices, while supplies last. The community newsletter website will
also carry educational articles.
The following two projects received funding from the District's Hillsborough River
Basin Board. The Hillsborough River Basin includes portions of Hillsborough, Pasco
and Polk counties.
The Hillsborough County Extension office received a $5,000 grant to provide ex-
amples of sustainable landscape design, resource-efficient plant choices, and water and
energy conservation measures. Three fire stations will serve as pilots for Mayor Pam
Iorio's 'green' initiative. Each site will showcase drought-tolerant plants, a sustainable
landscape and irrigation techniques. The fire stations will provide learning opportunities
for home gardeners, landscape professionals, and local and regional leaders on deisgn,
planting and maintenance practices.
The Sustany Foundation received a $4,700 grant to help support Tampa Clean City
Day on March 20 by organizing and sponsoring multiple education activities. Attendees
participated in information sharing, seminars and demonstrations by experts on the re-
lationships between the river, the environment and the effects of pollution on natural
systems and water quality in the city of Tampa.
The following three projects received funding from the
District's Alafia River and Hillsborough River Basin
The Hillsborough County Extension office received
a $2,100 grant to educate the local public and commer-
cial tree and landscape professionals on Florida-Friendly
LandscapingM practices, low-volume irrigation, reclaimed
water, plant selection, water availability and restrictions,
and impacts of landscape practices on pollution in local
The Cockroach Bay Users Group received a $4,400
grant to educate the public about the negative impacts
of discarding fishing materials into surrounding waters.
h C ount Posters will be displayed at boat launch ramps and will fo-
J cus on using recycled containers (potato chip tubes, butter
tubs, etc.) for collection of fishing line, soda cans, and sim-
[da ilar discarded materials used in boats, on piers and shore
areas. Schools, Scouts, and organizations who would like
to donate containers or assist with the project should contact the users group at c bug09 a
The Manatee Viewing Center received a $5,000 grant to educate visitors on the im-
portance of mangrove habitats. Through an interpretive display, visitors will learn about
mangroves' role in storm protection, animal habitats and the food chain, as well as ways
to protect these coastline habitats. The exhibit is a fabricated red mangrove that will in-
corporate composite marine and terrestrial creatures, plants and birds. Video games will
teach mangrove habitat facts.
The following project received funding from the District's Alafia River, Manasota,
and Peace River Basin Boards. The Manasota Basin includes Manatee and Sarasota
counties. The Peace River Basin includes Hardee, DeSoto, and portions of Charlotte,
Highlands and Polk counties.
The Range Cattle Research and Education Center received a $5,000 grant to offer
soil and tissue testing and educational materials to regional beef and forage producers.
Reductions in the amount of fertilizer applied to pastures could decrease pollution of
surface and groundwater resources in ecologically sensitive areas in west-central Florida.
If you are a rancher who would like to participate in the project, call Reyna Speckman,
range cattle Extension specialist, at (863) 735-1314.
The Southwest Florida Water Management District's 2011 Community Education
Grant program will begin its application process in June 2010. For more information,
call the District's Communications Department at 1-800-423-1476 or (352) 796-7211,
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Many stories, many talents
Ken Runyan is one of those
people you could spend all day
with and still not have heard half
of what he's done during his 87
I interviewed Ken and his wife
Hilda because of a note I'd gotten
from a friend of theirs, Pete Rob-
inson. "I think you might find him
interesting," Pete said in an email
a few weeks ago. I set the note
aside because there are so many
interesting people mailing me
about people to interview I can't
always keep up.
Well, if I had known then what
I know about Ken now, I'd have
jumped into the car and gone to
visit him the minute Pete men-
tioned his name.
To make Ken's life brief enough
to fit in a newspaper column is a
lost cause. Maybe that's why Ken
is writing a manuscript about his
life. Even if he just told the little
bit we fit into our hour together to-
day, it could be a bestseller.
After growing up in a rural com-
munity near Cincinnati, Ken was
an engineer at many large compa-
nies and held many patents for in-
ventions in his name. This enabled
him to retire as a salaried employ-
ee from General Motors, which
he says considering GM's current
financial condition, is a good thing
But Ken isn't "just" an inventor
or an engineer: he's an artist; a car-
toonist; a writer; a sculptor, a great
story-teller and more.
He met Hilda, his second wife,
after moving to Lake Wales fol-
lowing the death of his first wife.
She had moved there from West
Virginia to retire.
The two were both heavily in-
volved in church work then, and
gradually went from friendship to
Together they have four chil-
dren, eight grandchildren and eight
They both spent 11 years vol-
unteering for the Sun City Center
Emergency Squad after moving
to the community of Kings Point
but have recently retired from that.
Now Ken spends more time on his
digital photography, and helping
people solve computer problems
in the Sun City Center Computer
Room. He's kept up with the latest
technology and is able to answer
many questions for people who
want to keep in touch by email, or
send photos to family members or
learn new software programs.
But Ken doesn't just learn new
things, he can recall memories
from 60 and more years ago in
The stories he told me about his
service in World War II were many
and varied, but one in particular I
know I will never forget so that's
the one I will include here.
Ken wanted to fly planes and
took the entrance exam for pi-
lots at Peterson Air Force Base in
Ohio. "They said I got the second
highest score they'd ever gotten,"
he told me proudly.
But that didn't mean he got to
fly. The staff there suggested he
'jump the gun" by taking his basic
quickly so he would be ready for
flight school when the next round
started. Problem one was that 10
days after he entered the service
his entire unit was sent to Africa.
"They pulled me out because I was
going to be a pilot," he said. He
was sent to Scotland and assigned
to an RAF (British Royal Air Force
base) but he ended up cleaning up
around the base instead of learning
"I finally got tired of eating spam
and powdered eggs and drinking
tea," he told me. "So I guess you
can say I went AWOL because I
found another unit and just started
working for them. The British were
getting pounded over there and the
paperwork didn't really matter. I
was never really reassigned. I was
just there, working."
He fought in Normandy, and his
unit finished up just outside of
Berlin on VE Day (Victory in Eu-
rope). "Seven Nazi aircraft came
in to surrender. They didn't want
to surrender to the Russians. But
the first one got shot down, be-
cause we didn't know what was
happening when he started to buzz
the ground. Once we were told, we
stopped firing and let them surren-
While in Europe, one of his
jobs was to take a big semi truck
and recon trailer and bring back
downed planes. Sometimes that
meant going behind enemy lines.
Once Americans stopped him
coming back in. "It was the way
I was dressed that made them fi-
nally believe me," he said. "I had
on a plain white shirt and khaki
pants. I guess they figured no Nazi
would have been caught wearing
But he still never flew a plane.
"I came so close to death so
many times. I know someone was
really watching over me," he said
Once, in Europe, he and some
buddies were trying to get warm
by huddling in an alley when a
man ran through the alley firing a
machine gun that came about six
inches from his face. "I never did
know which side the guy was on,"
he said. "It happened real fast, and
he was gone."
The war's end didn't put an end
to Ken's fight for life. Although
he didn't know it at the time, the
worst was yet to come.
"They were sending us back
on the Queen Mary, a huge, huge
ship. There were lots of other ships
with hundreds of men, maybe
thousands, around us when we left
to cross (the ocean). But then one
of the worst hurricanes on record
hit. A rogue wave, 70 feet taller
than the ship (Queen Mary) hit us.
We turned sideways. I was lying
on the (side) wall. The ship turned.
People were vomiting everywhere
as we were tossed around."
For nearly a week, they lay where
ever they could; unable to get up
and walk around. Some of them
had received Christmas boxes just
before the incident and had them
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cakes and a few other things. I was
lucky," he said.
There was no running water, toi-
lets or bedding.
The men's only task was to stay
Ken said none of them were ever
told what happened to the smaller
ships that had left with them. "We
could only imagine, but we were
never told," he said. "I often think
about what it must have been like
for them. It was all we could do to
survive on The Queen Mary as big
as it was."
Life has quieted down for Ken
since then. He enjoys doing sculp-
ture, for which he took Best of
Show for his piece, "Blacksmith,"
in Ohio before moving to Florida.
He still draws and paints, some-
thing he learned to do while over-
seas so he could send pictures of
what was going on around him
with his letters home; and sails his
remote control boat on Swan Lake
in Sun City Center.
He's written his book in epi-
sodes, like a collection of short
stories. If he ever decides to pub-
lish it, I definitely want to buy a
copy. If Ken writes a story like he
tells one, there won't be a boring
*Perhaps you have something
you'dliketo share. Ormaybeyou'd
rather tell the community about
your favorite charity or cause: or
sound off about something you
think needs change. That's what
"Over Coffee" is about. It really
doesn't matter whether we actually
drink any coffee or not (although I
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Ken and his wife of 19 years, Hilda, share some of their memories,
including how he came to be included in Reminiscence magazine
and how the staff sent him this model "Reminiscence" car as a re-
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Sun City Center Aquasizers Club elects
new officers for 2010
The Aquasizers, a water exercising club in Sun City Center, recently
elected a new Board for 2010. The Aquasizers have water aerobics ex-
ercises six days a week at 10:00 am at the Atrium pool. There is also
deep water exercises available three days a week at 9:00 am (Monday,
Thursday and Friday). All exercise classes are taught by very qualified
volunteer instructors. Water exercises provide great non-weight-bearing
The Aquasizer Club is a very popular club with over 200 members. In
addition, they have monthly luncheons that provide a great opportunity
to socialize with friends, share delicious food and fun activities. New
members who are residents of SCC are always welcome.
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a More Accurate Count
In preparation for a more accurate 2010 Census count, Hillsborough
County Planning & Growth Management has coordinated efforts among
the U.S. Postal Service, municipalities, 9-1-1 Administration and utility
companies to compile and compare address data to create a 2010 Census
Master Address File of more than 600,000 records.
For the past two years, Planning & Growth Management's participa-
tion in the Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) program resulted
in the addition of 50,653 addresses to be included in the Master Address
File, with updates to another 9,467 addresses. The Census New Con-
struction program resulted in the addition of 988 new construction ad-
dresses to the Master Address File. This program identified housing units
that had entered the permitting process and were projected to receive a
certificate of occupancy by April 1, 2010.
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Waiting for Royalty
U ones travel alone. All are search-
F ing for bait fish. Anglers who
I chase the big Kings refer to them
S as smokers, because they taste best
H L smoked. Be sure you have at least
E l a fifty pound test line rigged up
S with a wire leader, as they can be a
tackle buster. Some Kings over 24
,JONIEMASCHEKI/ inches may have a high mercury
count so beware. You can enjoy the
chase and the catch without eating
Jumbo Spring fish are overdue the fish. There will be a number of
n our area and it is time for the boats chasing the Kings when they
ing fish run. A few Kings have arrive, so be careful, kind, consid-
een seen chasing schools of bait erate, and don't cut off another
ish, but the bad news is that the boat.
large schools have not arrived. While you are waiting for the
However, as soon as the water King Run, target the spotted se-
warms up to about 68 to 70+ de- atrout. They are out there in
grees the Kings will be coming our schools and are wide awake. They
way right behind the large schools tolerated the cold weather well.
of bait fish. More good news is Some have been caught with live
that there is more King fish this bait, while others were tempted
year than last year. This is because with live shrimp. Seatrout have a
of the Federal government's man- fragile, soft mouth and often an
date on both commercial and rec- angler doesn't boat the fish be-
reational anglers. A recreational cause the hook tears their mouth
angler may take home two Kings and they spit out the hook and slip
per person per day of 24 inch le- away. It takes practice to catch
gal size. This fish is the only one trout, but if you can hook one there
that I know of that segregates into are more catches in your future.
sizes to travel. You see schools of Trout is best fried, but if you don't
small fish in one pod while the big eat fried food it is also delicious
Growing Green Earth Day Celebration
Learn More About Central Flor- pot" flower gardens, rain barrels,
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What: Growing Green Earth Day temative vegetable gardening and
Celebration making a green-roofed dog house.
When: Saturday, April 24, 10 Master Gardeners will be on hand
a.m. 2 p.m. to answer questions. Children's ac-
Where:Hillsborough Community tivities include worm composting
College, Plant City Campus, 1200 and making a bird feeder. In addi-
North Park Road in Plant City tion, children can bring their digi-
tal cameras and learn about plant
Hillsborough County Extension photography, and more! Gardening
will celebrate Earth Day on April books by local authors, gardening
24 with a free family-friendly pro- supplies, and plants will be avail-
gram on growing green, complete able for purchase. Food and drinks
with exhibits and hands-on learn- also will be available for sale.
ing activities. The Growing Green In addition to the free outside
Earth Day celebration is from 10 venue, a short course will be of-
a.m. -2 p.m. in the 1.8 acre Teach- fered on Florida-Friendly Land-
ing Garden at Hillsborough Com- scapingTM for a $10 registration
munity College's Plant City cam- fee. This class is offered from 8:30
pus. a.m. 12:15 p.m. Attendees will
This Earth Day celebration fea- learn about alternative vegetable
tures garden tours and multiple gardening, safe solutions to pest
demonstrations to include "pot-in- problems, snakes and bats, and re-
broiled with lemon and butter. One
of my family's favorite breakfasts
is fried trout and scrambled eggs.
Residents living on the water say
they have been invaded with black
drum. One angler reported some
drum looked to be over 20 pounds.
Those fishing in deeper waters re-
port seeing black drum up to fifty
pounds. Live bait and jigs have
been landing these giants.
Spanish Mackerel catches have
made the day for many anglers.
Reports state they are making their
legal catch of 15 per person of 12
in.fork length. Mackerel are full
of action and make a great day of
fishing and eating.
Anglers are reporting large
schools of snook with lots of
catches and releases. They have
had their snook action, but the
season is still closed until the
Florida Game and Wildlife Com-
mission gets a count of how many
were killed in the cold weather fish
kill. Perhaps the season may open
sometime in September.
A sight to see on the waterways
this week was a group of anglers
fly fishing for ladyfish. They were
accurate and made a lot of catch-
cent landscape regulations.
This event is sponsored by
Hillsborough County Extension,
the University of Florida-Plant
City Campus and Hillsborough
Community College. For more
information and to register, visit:
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was the most emotional night I have ever
seen." Nugent went on to say that Elizabeth
was so sad her brother had never seen her
play that they coordinated with officials at
Fort Benning for Jason to take leave to sur-
II .\ uplifting how many people stopped
afterward to shake Jason's hand and thank
him for his service," she continued. "It was
a very proud evening."
The night before, Elizabeth hit her very
first home run. On the night Jason proudly
watched his sister play, however, the Indi-
ans fell to Riverview. While she had hoped
to give her brother a win, she instead gave
him her home-run ball from the previous
game. Jason hesitated in taking her one and
only home-run ball but Elizabeth insisted.
At her very next game, however, Eliza-
beth hammered out two more home-runs
- giving her a total of three for the week.
Clearly, her brother served as a great source
of inspiration for the young star athlete.
His spectacular entrance certainly served
as an inspiration to many others on the field
and in the crowd.
Here 's a chance to see Elizabeth and
her teammates in action: The East Bay
Indians girls ,\ fi'bull team will take on
Tampa Bay Tech in Gibsonton on April
9. The game begins at 7 p.m.
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chose not to seek a second term. The newly
elected director, Eileen Peco, is a four-year
resident, President of her condominium as-
sociation, a member of the Recreational Fa-
cilities Executive Committee, and the Chair
of the Federation Finance Committee. "I
am honored to be elected by the residents
of District IX and am committed to work
for the betterment of the Kings Point com-
munity," commented Mrs. Peco, who won
with 78% of the District IX votes.
The Federation Board consists of nine
representatives elected from each of nine
relatively equal-sized districts. Each direc-
tor is elected to a two-year term, with five
district seats up for election this year. The
campaigns began last November when can-
didates were required to declare their can-
didacy. Each residence in each district is
entitled to cast one vote for their choice of
candidate to represent them in Federation
The Federation elections this year were
marked by contentious debates, accusations
and recall efforts against currentboard mem-
bers by a small group of residents calling
themselves the Kings Point Residents for
Effective Leadership (KPREL). Both Bill
Richards and Eileen Peco stated that they
ran as independent candidates and were not
part of the KPREL group. The unopposed
candidates, Vincent, Davis and Foti, were
all independent candidates as well.
The new board will immediately begin
transition activities, and on April 1 they will
meet to elect officers and begin their terms
as the new leadership of the 9,000 resident
community of Kings Point.
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TRAVEL: Trips Worth Taking
Hiking in the
By W ARREN PE.EN .i -,,I.-, L .i ,l- .,, i :.. . -
HIKINGMT SIN.I EGYPT
During a rec in nilp to ihe Miiddle E.ast oim ilouip of
50+ year olds took n opuoiul nip to El pi 11 \\.s an
experience thai none of usN % ill c\ ci foi-l-i \\ Ili Ilhe
experience was painfIl 10 l to iiin i dinl' itS hiippc|iini'
it is quite humoious noI\\ 1 he llli illii'
The image of C (lulion Hieson de.sceiindin' Nit Sina
clutching the tablets "\ itih i Ten C oininiiidmeints "\\
foremost in my IilKnd i\ a e boided a bLu in flont of
our hotel inDalub E,_' pI on ilhe sioleic olf h li ll
ofAquaba, at nmidiliItll \ \\ ould e dr| i I 1Ol I\\ o
hours through the Snui Desiet to icach fabled Mt.
At 2 AM we arrived at the base of the mountain and
the Monastery of St. Catherine, the historical site of
Moses' burning bush. With little preparation or discus-
sion from our camel drivers, we mounted our beasts
for a two hour ride and then a one hour climb, in the
dark, up to the mountain's summit to view the sunrise.
On the steep climb up in pitch darkness, the cam-
els hugged the outside rim of the trail where sheer
drop offs went down for hundreds of feet. At times
I had to close my eyes as the beasts in their steady
plodding pace plowed through hordes of hikers who,
brandishing flashlights, were making their way up the
mountain on foot. At one point, having no control over
my transport I shouted, "Out of the way...runaway
If you have ever seen videos of down hill skiers
holding torches and descending the slopes in a group,
you might be able to visualize the sight of hikers
going up the mountain with all manner of hand held
flashlights and/or headlamps illuminating their way.
While the skier's torches are for effect, the lights of
the hikers were necessary to pick out rocks and other
obstructions on the path. The path was a zig-zag affair
and in the dark, the bobbing lights looked like an end-
less procession of oversized fireflies stretching on into
Nearing the summit, we awkwardly dismountc d
our camels. While trying to get our land legs back
the men in the group vowed never to again get on a
camel, ever. It wasn't a tough decision since our tnp
leader had advised against a downhill ride telling us i1
was particularly uncomfortable for men. The ride upi
wasn't a picnic either. Dealing with my camel di i\ e
was an experience also.
Before mounting my camel, the price of the ride
was quoted as being $1.00 US. Period. But befoic in\
driver had the camel kneel so I could get down, lie
told me that he wanted $5.00 US. Since he had \ alkled
behind me for two hours, I had intended to give
him a tip, but this was extortion. I agreed to
$3.00 US just to get back on my feet.
After dismounting, it was a steep, ardu-
ous climb to the summit. Not everyone in the
group elected to go. The extra 500 foot climb
didn't seem worth the effort to some. Seeing
the sunrise from just beneath the summit of Mt.
Sinai was good enough for me.
When the sun had cleared the distant mountain
peaks and was a yellow ball in the sky we started
our trek, on foot, back on down. The mountain's
summit is 7,497 feet above sea level. The ascent
from its base begins at 4,100 feet at the monastery
so it was only 3,397 feet straight up. However, he.e
nothing was straight up or down.
At this point I should tell you that three of the me n
walked with canes because of knee replacements or
back problems. In the brochure describing this eleccin e
adventure, the tour company had mentioned that tliis
was not an easy adventure, but nothing could ha\ e
prepared us for the reality.
Surrounded by hundreds of others who had prc \ -
ously made the arduous climb in the dark, we hiked
for 2 1/2 hours downhill over slippery rocks and loose
sand all the while hoping our legs, especially our
knees, would hold out until we again were at the bot-
tom. At times, some lost their footing and wound up
on their butts, including me.
Eventually it became an effort just to lift our legs
over the rocks. So taking frequent breaks, we watched
the passing throng of people and camels. You've cer-
iaiiid s.eCI iilpi.epaid llikcis on Flornda i u I, i \\neii i,' Ilte l i. C
keaiiS ailloLinl of cloilhinc!, nd lot1 e\ Cen. inll- \\iie aci ille Il i St.niad O
heat of the day. Well, the sights hel ci eIiie nbeli\ ,ible b gro -"
Men and women of all ages, some \\"cai iiiin oliIhnii. bLut
shorts and T-shirts were on their wj\ do\ n f11o1 Ilke isul-
mit where only a short time before laclkis and s'\cia iis
were needed against the night's chill Thle foott\ i \\ as
even more startling. Paper thin flip-flops on Iuins ,tuiieliln,
mountain trail were not an uncommon siiL'l o11 \\e ile Ilh
looks of pain on many faces. Those ca.ii mii' \\ ei.li "e inii i
I thought the hike would never end biut l \\ nil ll
things, there was eventually a light at theI end of ltie iun-
nel and we arrived at the monasten (uOn tiin'de insisted
we go pay our respects to the burmiir bihll belfoie
returning to our hotel. Did I mention iluai e O \ ei cl stau I -
ing at a luxurious 5-star hotel on the cn13 l le.,i \clc i i ds
of the Gulf of Aqaba directly
across from the mountains of
We eventually returned to our
hotel where the hot tub, fresh
and salt water pools and in-
room Jacuzzis were waiting. No
one was seen again until dinner
when the day's adventure was
relived this time without the
The star above marks the
spot in Bethlehem where
it is believed that Mary
gave birth to Jesus.
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Thursday, April 1
4 L Maundy Thursday 4 pm
1 Friday, April 2
r. Good Friday4pm
l Saturday, April 3
Easter Vigil 4 pm
All Welcome Sunday, April 4
Open Communion Easter Communion
Table 8:30 & 10:30 am
Rev. Dr. Peter Stiller (813) 634-1292
701 Valley Forge Blvd. Sun City Center
u(nifedef^oOslf C urc6
8:00, 9:30 & 11:00 am
Servicio de Semana Santa 12:15 pm
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]OYes. I am interested in more information.
THE NATON'S LRGEST OLDE9
Observations: Man spends 30 minutes
of his life to return shopping cart!
I saw him just after
I turned into the Wal-
mart parking lot from
Highway 301. He
was an old man, mov-
ing very slowly. As I
pulled into the parking
lot, I passed him and
noticed he was pushing
a shopping cart. He had
yet to reach the store. I
* By MITCH TRAPHAGEN
parked out in the hinterland, got out
of my car, went into the store and
began shopping. I decided that I
needed a cart so walked back to the
entrance. The man had finally just
made it into the store. He pushed
the cart over to where the other
carts stood waiting and then slowly
made his way back out to the park-
ing lot. No less than 15 minutes had
passed since I first saw him.
I was amazed. It had taken so
much effort on his part and all
he did was return a shopping cart.
Clearly, he felt it was the right
thing to do. He didn't want to leave
something out for someone else to
take care of. I, along with most of
my generation, could learn a lot
from that man, I think. He worked
hard for something that he believed
in there was no gain for him
to take that much time, spend that
much effort to return that cart. He
selflessly did the right thing.
That man is one of the many rea-
sons I truly love living here. He is
here and there are many others
I know full well that I often see
life through rose-colored glasses.
Believe it or not, I do make occa-
sional efforts to somewhat shield
readers from that in my writing. I
know that life isn't all puppies and
rainbows. I remember once many
years ago I was driving to an event
in Sun City Center. I was a little late
and was cruising the parking lot for
a space. Going from one lane to
the next, I pulled in front of some-
one on the same quest as mine. It
wasn't a dangerous situation; but
it was certainly rude on my part.
After parking, I began to walk over
to the other man's car to apologize
for cutting him off.
I didn't even get the
words out before he
told me to do some-
impossible to my-
self. That was a bit
of a surprise but
it is part of life. Not
everyone is a saint.
I'm certainly not.
But I do have a preference for see-
ing the first person the man with
the shopping cart over seeing
the second the man with the re-
ally foul mouth and lightening-fast
temper. I pretty much admire any-
one who chooses to swim against
the tide for something they believe
in. I admire those who take the path
of the heart over the path of con-
venience. I admire men and women
who show me the good path by ex-
ample rather than through shouting.
There are so many of these men and
women and it seems today they are
ignored over those who shout.
It feels like everything is spread
so thin and people are so quick to
anger these days. I'm not a par-
ticularly meek driver (I drive a
Porsche, for crying out loud) but
I've been honked at more in the
past month than I have in the past
many years. The anger is visible by
just watching a few minutes of the
evening news. Threats of violence,
cloaked or not-so-cloaked, are the
new avant-garde. Yelling, being
rude, being a total jerk is cool. Flip
on CNN you won't have to wait
long to see it for yourself.
Or maybe not it's not so cool.
Maybe the loud and obnoxious just
make for good press. As the Eagles
once sang, "Put the weirdo on the
set, we need dirty laundry." Obvi-
ously, you are not going to see a
headline, "Man Spends 30 Minutes
of His Life Just to Return a Shop-
ping Cart!" And nope, no film at
I mentioned this encounter years
ago but it bears repeating. If noth-
ing else, for myself, I guess. I flew
into a convenience store in Ruskin.
It was early evening and like al-
most always, I was in a hurry. I just
wanted to run in, pick up something
and run out. Naturally, there was a
line for the cashier. I was behind
an older man in a ratty t-shirt and
dirty shorts. Worst of all, he had
a lottery form in his hands. Great,
just great. Now I get to waste pre-
cious moments of my life while the
clerk goes through lottery gyrations
for this guy's elusive and worth-
less dream. Then I noticed the pre-
packaged sandwich. Then I noticed
the wedding ring on his finger.
In an instant my heart sank as I
was struck with the knowledge that
it was dinner time and that man had
no one at home waiting for him. He
had no one with whom to do the
laundry. He had no one for whom
to comb his hair or wash his hands.
I knew without a doubt his wife
was deceased. He was all alone in a
crowded and lonely world.
When did I become such a jerk?
When did shouting and threats and
anger become cool? The people
honking how do they know
the person who wasn't quite quick
enough for the stoplight wasn't
just returning home after losing a
child. Or a spouse. When did we
stop making room in our hearts for
We didn't. The news is just put-
ting the weirdos on the set. The
man in the convenience store re-
minded me of that. The man in the
parking lot encouraged me.
As I watched him slowly make
his way through the huge parking
lot, I wished I knew about his life.
Did he watch buddies die serving
our nation in a war? Did he sacri-
fice his needs and wants for those
of his children? Did he work hard
all his life to, like so many oth-
ers, find a small piece of paradise
among the hurried and impatient
and sometimes angry masses?
I will never know. I am certain
that he is not the kind of man to
shout out his anger or his accom-
plishments. He is a quiet example.
Men and women like him outnum-
ber the loud and obnoxious. Some-
times it's just hard to see that. But
I'm glad that I saw him. I'm glad
I found this little piece of para-
dise where there are so many oth-
ers like him. I can hear their quiet
examples so much better than the
Now is the time to take that step
on the stage! You can have fun and
show the talent you have been hid-
ing. The auditions for the 1 Act
Plays are being held at St. Andrew
Presbyterian Church from 2:00
pm to 4:00 pm on Saturday, April
17, 1239 Del Webb Blvd West,
Sun City Center and at the Borini
Theatre on Sunday, April 18 from
7:pm to 10 pm. at 1900 Clubhouse
Drive Sun City Center.
The shows are #1 Miss Lil-
lian's Supper- an elderly female
and a younger Call Center opera-
tor.#2 Talking Benches- a wife, a
husband, and their daughter. #3
Shoes-2 mature women and a man
who can play both a young per-
son and an older man. The perfor-
mances are to be scheduled in late
For further information call Car-
lyn at 663-0115 or dramacar@
Adult art classes
On April 20, 6:30 to 8 p.m.: Tim
Gibbons will teach an adult begin-
ning drawing class at the South-
Shore Regional Library, 15816
Beth Shields Way, Ruskin, 813-
April 29, 9 a.m. to noon, Bruce
Marsh will teach "Introduction to
Plein Aire Painting" at E.G. Sim-
mons Park, at the picnic pavilion
south of the boat ramp. The instruc-
tion will be a mixture of lectures,
discussions and demonstrations.
May 12, 5 to 8 p.m., Melissa
Miller-Nece will teach a watercolor
Registration is required. Students
provide their own materials. Mate-
rial list is available at information
desk at the library.
MOWW learns about
Guest speaker Daisy Janssen
presented her experiences and
views of current governance in
China at MOWW's annual Chi-
nese discussion meeting. A Sun
City Center resident, Janssen
visits Shanghai, China yearly.
MOWW Commander, LtCol Gor-
don Basset,behind podium was
St. John the Divine
Maundy Thursday, April 1 at
7:00 p.m. Ruskin campus: service
with washing of feet, stripping of
altar, and Holy Eucharist
Good Friday, April 2 11:00
a.m. SCC campus: Good Friday
Liturgy with Communion atl2:30
p.m., Stations of the Cross at 7:00
p.m., Community Good Friday
Service at St. Andrews Presbyte-
rian Church, Sun City Center
Easter Sunday, April 4, at 8:00
a.m., Easter Communion with
hymns at 9:00 a.m., Easter Con-
temporary Service at 10:30 a.m.,
Ruskin campus: 11:00 a.m., Easter
Communion with choir (cross buns
at coffee hour after each service).
Disciples of Christ
Disciples of Christ Christian Fel-
lowship teens, ages 12-19, com-
pete in basketball games against
men, ages 25-55. The men won 2
games and the teens won 1. If you
are interested in participating in
the next game, contact the church
at (813) 677-8600.
Upcoming events include: Teen
trip to Orlando, April 15-17; Mov-
ie Night, April 30 at 7:00 p.m.;
Women's Fellowship, May 3 at
The Disciples of Christ Christian
Fellowship is preparing for anoth-
er cruise. If you interested in go-
ing on a 7 day Southern Caribbean
cruise, contact the church at (813)
Disciples of Christ is located at
7732 Gibsonton Drive. See web-
site for additional events and in-
Sara M. Torn
Navy Seaman Recruit Sara M.
Ton, a 2008 graduate of East Bay
High School, Gibsonton, Fla., re-
cently completed U.S. Navy basic
training at Recruit Training Com-
mand, Great Lakes, Ill.
During the eight-week program,
Torn completed a variety of train-
ing which included classroom
study and practical instruction on
naval customs, first aid, firefight-
ing, water safety and survival, and
shipboard and aircraft safety. An
emphasis was also placed on physi-
The capstone event of boot camp
is "Battle Stations". This exercise
gives recruits the skills and confi-
dence they need to succeed in the
fleet. "Battle Stations" is designed
to galvanize the basic warrior at-
tributes of sacrifice, dedication,
teamwork and endurance in each
recruit through the practical appli-
cation of basic Navy skills and the
core values of Honor, Courage and
Commitment. Its distinctly "Navy"
flavor was designed to take into ac-
count what it means to be a Sailor.
lt National Cremation
& BURIAL SOCIETY
308 East College Ruskin, FL 33570
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Bea Almand, 70 of
Ruskin, Fla passed
away March 28, 2010.
She was preceded
in death by her
husband, Carlton and
her son, Bill Almana. i
Survivors include four
sons, Buddy, Butch, Keith and Steve
Almand; nine grandchildren and two
Funeral Services will be conducted
11 a.m. Thursday, April 1, 2010 at
Wimauma Church of God, 5504 State
Road 674, Wimauma, Fla., burial at
Fellowship Cemetery, Lithia, Fl.
Arrangements were made by Sun
City Center Funeral Home, Sun City
We must not be
On April 1 Rev. Dr. Robert
Tucker will present "We Must Not
be Silent!" exploring the meaning,
tradition and importance of "Ho-
locaust Remembrance Day" on
Coffee and conversation starts
at 7:00 pm, April 1 in the Social
Hall at 1115 Del Web, East, Sun
City Center. The program begins
at 7:30 pm. Visitors are welcome.
On April 8 Bob Johnson, a fel-
lowship member will present
"Happiness" and the Dali Lama.
The program begins at 7:30 pm.
Visitors are welcome. For infor-
mation, call 813-633-2349. Coffee
and conversation starts at 7:00pm,
in the Social Hall at 1115 Del Web,
East, Sun City Center.
Norma Caroline Welcome Dudley,
82, of Concord, NH and Apollo Beach,
Fl., passed away on March 18, 2010.
She is survived by a loving husband,
Wilton Dudley, her two daughters,
Marsha Palm of Concord, NH and
Barbara Lucas of Encinitas, CA., as
well as her son-in-law, Jack Lucas; her
grandchildren, Jessana Palm, Chandar
Argeriou, Ashlea Palm, Jason Lucas,
Jonathan Lucas, Amanda Lucas; and
her great-grandchildren, Maxwell
Argeriou, Victoria Argeriou, Caleb
Beaupre, Cedar Beaupre, and Gianna
Martinelli. She leaves a sister Barbara
Perry of Pembroke, NH, and a brother,
Leigh Welcome of Barnstead, NH., as
well as nieces and nephews.
Norma retired in 1988 from GTE as a
sales correspondent, she was a certified
nursing assistant at St. Joseph's
Community Services, a coordinator
of the elderly program at St. Mary's in
Hillsboro, NH., and a member of the
NH Women's Golf Association.
Norma passed away peacefully
surrounded by her family. She.was
a pillar of strength through her hard
fought battle of MDS. She leaves a
legacy of love and determination to
face any adversity in life and her family
and friends will deeply miss her.
In lieu of flowers the family requests
that donations be made to: H. Lee
Moffit Cancer Center, 12902 Magnolia
Drive, Tampa, Fl. 33612 or to Lifepath
Hospice, 3725 Upper Creek Drive,
Ruskin, Fl. 33573
more obituaries on page 5
CALVARY LUTHERAN CHURCH E rie i ist CILrc Ln WEEKLY SERVICES:
Sunday Worship: Blended 8:00 a.m. Rane Gad, Pasorp B Sptist C t Sunday
Contemporary 9:40 a.m. Rance Goad, Pastor (Southern Baptist) 9 a.m. ......................Bible Study
/ Traditional 1:15a.m. Bi endR d. a 1 1 El R c r 11 a.m .....................Bible Study
Nursery Provided CrossRoads: Bible Study, Worship: Wed. 7 p.m. M l ano r. 10 a.m. & 6 p.m............Worship
Pastor Jack R. Palzer Sun City Center, FL 33573
5309 U.S. Highway 41 North Apollo Beach A S Phone/Fax: Wednesday
(acos ro fom MiraBay) www.calvarylutheranchurch.net 645-1305 N 1 i I 813-633-5950 6 p.m.... Prayer Meeting/Bible Study
St. John the Divine Episcopal Church
Growing by Faith from Generation to Generation
Rev. Tracy H. Wider Church Office 813-645-1521
SUNDAY SERVICES: 9 am Contemporary Service and Sunday School
at West Campus, S.R. 674 and 9th Street SE, Ruskin
8 am Traditional Service and 11 am Holy Communion with Choir at East Campus
at 1015 Del Webb Blvd., SCC
All Worship Services with Holy Communion and Healing Holy Oil
Ruskin United Methodist Church
First Street & 4th Ave. NW, Ruskin (Behind Suntrust Bank)
ALL ARE WELCOME TO COME AND WORSHIP WITH US:
SUNDAY MORNINGS: (Nov.-April ............................. 8:30 a.m. Day Care Available
Rev. John M. Bartha and all year)......................... 10:45 a.m. 6 a.m. 6 p.m.
SPhone: 645-1241 Sunday School .......................9:30 a.m. call 645-6198
REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH-ELCA
701 Valley Forge Blvd., Sun City Center, FL 33573-5354
Rev. Dr. Peter Stiller, Pastor 634-1292
Saturday Worship: 4:00 p.m.
Sunday Worship: 9:30 a.m.
Holy Communion....First & Third Sunday Bible Class...Thursday 10 am, Guests Welcome
First Church of Christ, Scientist
Ruskin Sun City Center (813) 645-6102
204 Second St. N.W, Ruskin, Florida 33570
Sunday Service Sunday School ........................................... 10AM
Wednesday Testimony Meeting ............................................. 5PM
Reading Room Tuesday & Thursday........................... .............1- 4 PM
ALL ARE WELCOME www.spirituality.com
F"RST BAPTIST CHURCH f72^
~''^ 820 COLLEGE AVE. W.
RUSKIN, FL 33570
A Resource for Families
Sunday School..........................9:45 a.m.
Morning Worship............8:30 a.m. & 11 a.m.
Evening Service...........................6:00 p.m.
Wednesday Night Service..............7:00 p.m.
Aw ana ...........................................7:00 p.m .
Meets in the Social Hall of the Beth Israel Synagogue
1115 E. Del Webb Blvd.
Thursday, 7:00 PM Call 633-0396
Minds are like parachutes they only function when open.
NORTHSIDE BAPTIST CHURCH
"Where God's Love is Shared"
U.S. Hwy. 41 N., Ruskin, FL 645.1121 www.nbcor.org
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
North River Church of Christ
13885 U.S. Hwy 301 South
(Just South of the Manatee County Line)
Minister: Howard Johnson Office 941776-1134
Services: Sunday 10:00am, ll:00am & 6:00pmOffice 941-776-1134
Wednesday7:00pm Home 813-754-1776
I First Baptist Church of Gibsonton
"We lovebecause He first loved us." 1 John 4:19
Traditional Worship Service *Sunday School 9:30 A.M.
Old-Time Gospel Hymns *MoIrningWorship 10:30A.M. l
Nursery Available Sunday Evening 6:00 P.M. 3
Interpreter for the Deaf d-Week (Wed.) 7:00 P.M
9912 Indiana St. Hwy 41 & Estelle Avenu Malcolm S. Clements, Pastor
Gibsonton, FL 33534 813-677-1301
W"~coe , EVERETT TATE, MINISTER
South Hillsborough Church of Christ
1611 First St. SW Ruskin, FL 645-7607
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........... ........ ...... .................. 8:00AM
www.popcc.org Confessions: Monday Friday 7:30am, Saturday 8:30am and 3:00pm
Dr. Barry Rumsey
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Zipperer's Funeral Home
Only onsite Crematory in S. Hillsborough County
Family owned and operated since 1979
1520 33rd St. S.E., Ruskin, FL 33570
www.zipperersfuneralhome com Exp. 331/1
Kirk D. Parrott, D.D.S
Carl E. Friedman, D.D.S.
902 N. Tamiami Trail, Ruskin, FL 33570
(Across from Sweetbay Supermarket)
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The Jewish Congregation of Sun City Center
1115 Del Webb Blvd. East
Sun City Center (813) 634-2590
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TORAH STUDY SATURDAY AT 12 NOON
Rabbi Philip Aronson Cantor: Sam Isaak
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3074 College Ave. Ruskin 813-641-1300
A spiritual home where you can come as you
are, be yourself, and find God in your own
way. We are a fellowship that encourages
spirituality rather than "religion."
I Sunday Service 10:00 a.m.
Beth Israel's Social Hall
1115 Del Webb E. Sun City Center, FL
www.unitycommunityofjoy.com Tel. 813-298-7745
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1210 W. Del Webb Blvd. 634-2539
.. Worship Services:
S aturday.................... 4:00 p.m.- Creason Hall (Traditional Service)
., Sunday....................8:15 a.m. in Sanctuary (Traditional Service)
9:30 a.m. Creason Hall (The Oasis)
t 10:55 a.m. Sanctuary (Traditional with Chancel Choir)
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Communion First Sunday ofEach Month
-i St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
I Sunday Services 9:30 a.m.
Prayers with anointing for healing and
wholeness during worship the second Sunday
of every month.
A Stephen Pastor: Dr. Gerald Iwerks
Meet fiends in Fellowship Hall after the Service
1239 Del Webb Blvd. West
Sun City Center, FL 33573
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301 1st Street NE Ruskin, FL 33570 813-645-7779
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Ruskin Church of Christ
Don White, Minister 813-361-1415
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W worship ................................................................................................... 11:00 a.m .
Iglesia De Dios Puerta Abierta
Open Door Church of God
Pastor Jose C. Pifia 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.
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Obituaries From page 4B
Robert William Lang
Robert W. Lang, (Bob), 78, a ten year
resident of Kings Point, passed away on
March 26 after battling cancer. During
his retirement here, he was active in
the Kings Point Lawn Bowling Club, the
SCC Barbershop Chorus, and the KP
Mens Golf League.
He was born in Medford, Mass.;
educated at Johns Hopkins University
where he received a degree in industrial
engineering and later a MBA degree
from the University of Delaware. He
joined the US Army shortly after
graduation and served as an officer in
the Engineering Corps until his accident
in 1956. He worked for the DuPont
Company and the Greater Wilmington
Development Council in Delaware. He
was active in the Scandinavian Stamp
Collectors Club, the Seamen's Center
at the Port of Wilmington, St. Thomas
Episcopal Church and the DuPont
Company's lawn bowling and golf
He was married to his wife, Peggy,
in 1956 and they enjoyed 53 years of
marriage. He is survived by his wife,
Margaret (Peggy); children; Cheryl
Dulan, Jeffrey and Todd Lang and their
spouses; and grandchildren; Chris,
Abby, Michael, Maddy, Matt, Eric and
Mia; and his sister, Virginia Driver.
A memorial service is planned for
Thursday, April 1, 2010 at St. John the
Divine Episcopal Church, 1015 Del
Webb East, Sun City Center at 2:00pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests
donations to Lifepath Hospice or the
SCC Emergency Squad. A private
burial will be held at Arlington National
Else Martin, 92, of Sun City Center,
FL passed away March 22, 2010.
She was preceded in death by
her husband George Martin Jr.
Survivors include one daughter Karen
(Lyle) Richards; one son George D.
(Sueanne) Martin; 10 grandchildren, 18
great grandchildren and 13 Great Great
Funeral Services were at 1 p.m.
Saturday, March 27, 2010 at Christ The
King Lutheran Church, 11421 Big Bend
Road, in Riverview.
Interment was in Mansion Memorial
Park and Funeral Home in Ellenton. In
Lieu of flowers a memorial has been
established to Sun City Hospice or
Christ The King Lutheran Church.
more obituaries on page 8
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Kite Fest colors the sky in Apollo Beach
The Apollo Beach Beautification Committee sponsored their sec-
ond Kite Fest on March 27, bringing parents and children to the
Apollo Beach Nature Park to color the sky. The committee pro-
vided free kites to those who didn't bring their own, along with
free hotdogs from the grill. According to event organizer Mary
Lou Luce, the committee first sponsored a kite fest for the 50th
anniversary of the community a few years ago and decided to do
it again this year. It was a perfect day for kites, with blue skies and
a steady breeze. It was not only a great time for the children but
it also brought out the kid in the parents.
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Going for the gold
* ByJULIE BALL
Even as a journalist and writer,
I consider myself merely an ama-
teur and mediocre photographer.
It used to be that newspapers
and media outlets separated writ-
ing and photography. The journal-
ist would come out to interview
the subject at hand, while the
photographer would shoot the
photographs needed for the article.
A few bigger media outlets can
still afford this luxury. However,
most, especially small commu-
nity newspapers were forced to
consolidate these two jobs into
one long ago.
This being said, I decided to
journey out to the Sun City Center
Photo Club hoping to gain several
easy tips and tricks about photog-
raphy while learning more about
what they do there as a club.
I met with the club president,
Doug Moore, who informed me
that even he learns new things
every day while taking pictures.
"Sometimes I adjust one aspect
of the camera, and something else
goes out of focus. Once I fix that,
the quality is off. There is never a
dull moment and there is always
something new to be learned,"
The SCC Photography Club's
mission is to attract those who are
interested in taking better photos
than just snapshots, and to assist
all those with a camera who wish
to improve their family and travel
"We help educate anyone in Sun
City Center or Kings Point who
wishes to learn. There are classes
set up for beginners as well as ad-
vanced photographers. Out of our
181 members, only about 10% are
experienced," Doug told me.
"We also take field trips to
festivals and opportune places
around Florida where members
can practice their skills."
The photography club's room at
the SCC Community Association
is setup with an advanced digital
lab to edit and print photographs
as well as scanners to transfer old
pictures, slides and negatives into
electronic files. The photography
club also provides "camera help"
sessions twice a month for mem-
bers who are just learning how
to use new cameras or trying to
conquer old ones.
He has been photographing
subjects his whole life but only
recently learned the true "defini-
tions" and lingo associated with
He informally explained the
types of pictures one could take
centering on the encyclopedia
shot, record shot, and gold shot.
The encyclopedia shot is when
you encounter a beautiful sight
with a great setup such as a bird
of paradise flower in full bloom.
The record shot is taking a photo
of a group of people such as your
family. This type of picture has
The final shot is the "gold shot."
This type of picture happens when
taking an encyclopedia picture
and a one in a million event takes
place at the same time.
"If you were taking a picture
of that beautiful bird of paradise
flower from the encyclopedia shot
and a monarch butterfly fluttered
into the picture at the perfect mo-
ment, this would be a gold shot,"
He gave me a lineup of steps
to follow, in order to capture any
gold shot you find yourself up
The first step was to always
shoot in the manual setting instead
of automatic. "Take a chance and
take your camera off the automatic
setting. The computer in the cam-
era is not always more intelligent
than you," laughed Doug. "When
you learn the specific functions
of your camera, your photographs
will begin to turn out better."
"Part of shooting in manual is
knowing your camera. Just be-
cause you can turn it on and take
a picture doesn't mean that you
are utilizing all your camera has
"Secondly, go to a book store
and buy a good book on digi-
tal photography. Make sure the
copyright is within the past four
years. Not only read the book but
study the pictures and visualize
yourself taking a picture like what
is shown. Do you know how to set
up your camera to take the picture
the way the author did? If not, go
back to step one."
Doug stressed the importance
of software. So what happens if
you take a beautiful nature picture,
however, there is a person walking
in the background?
"Get a software program like
Elements and learn how to "fix"
your photos to be more appeal-
ing. If you end up with pictures
that can't be fixed go back to step
one," said Doug.
"If you have an older digital
camera that just isn't able to get
the pictures you want then buy a
new one and go back to step one."
After acquiring these tips from
Doug and a group of photo club
members, I set out to take a few
photographs of my own using the
manual setting on my old Canon.
I'm hoping to find and success-
fully capture my own gold shot.
For more information on the
SCC Photo Club, visit their web-
site at http://sites.google.com/site/
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Treats for toddlers
St. Anne's would like to extend its gratitude to Rita's Italian Ice for
donating a fun and educational field trip experience for their Bible4Tots
program. The toddlers and their parents met at Rita's on Thursday, and
enjoyed a tour, helped make cherry water ice, and enjoyed yummy
Everyone is welcome to join in the Bible4Tots fun on Thursdays from
10:30 noon at St. Anne Catholic Church in Ruskin! For more informa-
tion, contact Jen Carlson at 941-726-2326.
Believe in me
The United Methodist Church of Sun City Center will be presenting
the movie "Believe in Me" Friday, April
9 at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be
served at 6 p.m.
In 1964, Clay Driscoll takes what he
thinks is the dream job; coaching boys'
basketball. Instead, what he gets is the op-
portunity of a lifetime, coaching the girls
'basketball team. Getting the girls to be-
lieve in themselves is half the job finally
believing in himself is the rest.
The church is located at 1210 Del Webb
Blvd. West, Sun City Center.
The Gospel Echoes will be
singing in the Sun City Center/
Wimauma Wal Mart parking lot,
Saturday April 3 at (new time) 7
pm. Everyone is welcome.
APRIL 1, 2010
See the latest alternative health
Diane Miramon, President of Therapeutic Massage & Reiki, Inc. is a
Licensed Massage Therapist, Reiki Master and Shaman. Her friend, Deb
van Raalten, owns and operates the Dutch Re-Treat Massage Therapy,
Health and Wellness Clinic. These talented ladies will demonstrate the
latest body-balancing, health improvement technologies including: Mag-
naCharge/MG-33 The Ultimate in Cell Massage, BioMat Power of
Tri-Synergy for pain relief, and Qi Gong Machine Infrasonic Technol-
ogy applying the techniques of Chinese Medicine.
The demonstration will be held in the Heritage Room in the Sun City
Center's Complex, 1009 North Pebble Beach Blvd, at 10:00 am, on
Wednesday, April 7. For Information, call Ed Leary, 383-7594.
Photo by Ken Ketchum
Honorary life membership awarded
The Presbyterian Women of St. Andrew presented Honorary Life Membership to
Pat Ganshirt in appreciation of her valuable contributions to the life of the Church.
An Honorary Life Membership in Presbyterian Women is conferred upon an in-
dividual in recognition of faithful service in some area of church work. Pat Gan-
shirt has given generously of her time and talent at St. Andrew and in churches
she served before she and her husband retired in Sun City Center in 2001. Since
joining St. Andrew in 2001, she has served on several committees and is currently
Moderator of Presbyterian Women, a member of the Health Cabinet and of the Pas-
tor Nominating Committee. In Sun City Center she is an active member of the RN
Club and a Director of the Hope Foundation.
Northside Baptist announces special
The Northside Baptist choir will present a musical presentation en-
titled "Nail It To The Cross" by Camp Kirkland Easter Sunday, April
4. There will be a 8:30 am early service with Rev. Tom Biles preach-
ing. No nursery, preschool, or children's church will be provided.
Sunday School is at 9:30 am and Morning Service is at 10:30 am
with Rev. Tom Biles preaching.
There will be no evening activities.
Photo by Ken Ketchum
Packing bags are left to right: James Clinefelter, Sally McLeish and
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
members volunteer at Beth-El Mission
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Sun City Center and several other
churches and groups support the Beth-El Mission in Wimauma by giv-
ing donations to help eligible migrant farm workers. On Wednesday
mornings the volunteers from St. Andrew drive to Wimauma to perform
a variety of tasks.
Atypical day could involve scooping from 50 pound bags, two pounds
of rice, beans or flour into plastic bags, tie them and put them into boxes
and place the boxes on shelf racks. They 3 pack grocery bags for dis-
tribution to eligible migrant workers that are in need. The commodities
vary from week to week. Usually the bags contain four or five different
kinds of canned goods, two pounds each of beans, rice and flour. Some-
times such things as peanut butter, spinach, tomato sauce, carrots, shelf
milk might be available.
In 2008 volunteers packed 50 bags of groceries with three volunteers.
Today they pack about 150 bags in two hours. At that time fifty migrant
families were eligible. Today there are over 700 families eligible to re-
ceive groceries and some times there are not enough groceries for the
people in line.
Beth-El Mission is most appreciative of the generosity of all those in-
Couples retreat to Enrichment Center in
Eighteen members of The Sun City Center United Methodist Church
recently attended a Spiritual Couples Retreat at the Enrichment Center
YES Program (Youth Environmental Services)
chosen as mission of the month
The Mission Board of
The United Community
Church, 1501 La Jolla
Avenue, Sun City Cen-
ter, selected the YES
Program as their Mis-
sion of the Month. The
Services is a non-profit
to helping troubled
youth develop into
responsible and pro-
ductive citizens. The
facilities are located in
Obit. cont'd from page 5
Albert F. Otto
Albert F. Otto, 97, of Sun City Center,
FL passed away peacefully on March
23, 2010. He was born in Pittsburgh, PA
on July 18, 1912 and resided for many
years on his farm near Three Springs,
PA. He also lived in Neptune, NJ from
1968 until his move to Florida in 2003.
Albert was predeceased by his
parents, Gustav Otto and Maria
Wehofer, and his beloved wife of
41 years, Marie R. Grohgans Otto.
Surviving are his daughter, Mitzi
Winingear and husband, John, of
Centralia, MO; a granddaughter, Julia
Parker, and two great grandchildren,
Brittany Heidbrink and Justin Parker,
all of MO. Also surviving are two step-
daughters, Marion Winsor and Rosalie
Murphy of Sun City Center, FL.
A graduate of Drury College in MO,
with a major in Botany, Albert served
in the Army Air Force stationed at the
Pentagon in Washington, DC. He
retired from Otis Elevator in Harrison,
Albert served for many years with his
wife in the Coast GuardAuxiliary, Flotilla
88, Point Pleasant, NJ. He was also a
life member of the National Geographic
Society. Albert will be greatly missed
but fondly remembered by family and
Arrangements are being handled
by the National Cremation and Burial
Society, Ruskin, FL with interment
to take place at a later date in St.
Catharine's Cemetery, Sea Girt, NJ.
Services are private at the convenience
of the family.
Willard E. Yates
Willard E. Yates, 1938-2010, 70,
passed peacefully at home on March
22, 2010. He was born in Homer City,
PA. and relocated to Rochester NY
and later retired to Sun City Center.
He was an avid golfer and member
of the Durand Eastman Men's Golf
League, Falcon Watch Golf League and
the DILIGAS Golf Group. He honorably
served in the United States Army.
Will is survived by his wife Annie;
his children Mark (Jennifer) of NY;
Kirk of FL; daughter Heather (James
Blackham) NY and beloved grandson,
Stephen Yates, NY. He is also survived
by his sister Carol (Larry) Becker;
brother-in-law Bob Barker; sister-in-
law Patty Barker; brother-in-law Dick
Ling; many nieces and nephews and
an uncle and several aunts and other
Arrangements were made by Sun
City Center Funeral Home, 1851
Rickenbacker Drive, Sun City Center,
Fellowship to hold
Easter Egg Hunt
On Saturday, April 3 at 11am
New Beginnings Fellowship will
hold their annual Easter Egg Hunt.
The egg hunt is open to all chil-
dren in the community. There will
be games, goodie bags, candy and
lots of eggs to hunt.
The church is located at 1120
27th St SE in Ruskin. For more
details, call Pastor Lewis Brady at
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Garage sale. Friday, April 2, 8am-2-
pm. Furniture, household items, golf
supplies. 1405 Pebble Beach Blvd.,
Yard sale. Saturday, 8am-? 202 5th
Ave., NW, Ruskin (off Shell Point Rd., &
2nd St) Prom dresses & everything.
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210 Woodland Estates Ave SW
Ruskin, Florida 33570
310 GARAGE/YARD SALES
Lots of household, misc stuff. Cheap
prices. Friday & Saturday, 8am-2pm.
Universal to Stephen Rd to 2526 River
SCC 4/2, 4/3. 8am-? Bedspreads,
household items, misc. furniture, wom-
en's clothes, rugs, pictures, much more.
1515 Allegheny Dr.
312 312 ESTATE SALES
K&M Estates Sale
Semi annual blowout. 1605 New Bed-
ford Dr., SCC. Living room, bedroom,
& dinning room furniture, appliances,
Jazzy. Thursday, Friday & Saturday.
7:30am-2pm. 813-495-5718. wwww.
New & Gently Used Furniture
BUY & SELL
Daily Trips to SCC
310 GARAGE/YARD SALES
Man's garage sale. 42" riding mower, 52"
HD TV, video camera, electric pole saw,
tool chest. Saturday, 4/3, 8am-noon. 105
Kenley Way, SCC.
Garage sale. Great telescope, TVs,
computer, art supplies. Something for
all. 8am-1pm. Saturday, 4/3 only. 3710
Gaviota Dr., Ruskin. Follow signs. SR
674 & Cypress Village Blvd.
Yard sale. Cars, car& motorcycle parts,
clothes, furniture, items of all kinds.
April 1, 2 & 3. 7am-? 11001 Hackney
Don't Miss This One!
Never used gas generator. Beauti-
ful china, costume jewelry, sewing
items, furniture, solid Cherry weaving
loom w/ bench & accessories. Mens
& women's clothing, bedding, dodays.
knickknacks & glassware 1921 East
View Dr., (off El Rancho) Caloosa Golf
& Country Club. Friday & Saturday,
April 2 & 3. 8am-1 pm.
Garage sale. Friday & Saturday, 8am-
2pm. Furniture, clothing, collectibles,
kitchen ware, Christmas items & misc.
708 Winterbrooke Way, SCC.
n el ngettic
s-u Thrift Store
NOW OPEN Wednesday,
Friday & Saturday
9 a.m. Noon
Easter Egg Surprise!
Choose an Easter Egg &
Save up to 50% Off your
1424 E. College Ave. Ruskin
Ministry oFCalvary Lutheran chunr
Large estate sale. Saturday & Sunday,
8am-3pm. Apollo Beach Coin & Antique
Store, 5916 Fortune Plaza off Miller
Mac Rd. China cabinet, buffet, table
& chairs, beds, coffee & end tables,
chairs, TVs. 2008 boat, motor & trailer,
kitchen items, clothes. Too much to list.
Buying & selling antiques, gold & coins.
Mira Lago, garage sale. 1634 Bonita
Bluff Court, Ruskin. Friday & Saturday,
8am-noon. Mens & women's clothing &
accessories. Baby stuff, home gym, grill,
banquet chairs, golf clubs & more.
Victorian doll house, watches, Hess
trucks, loads of cookbooks, books,
DVDs. Too much to list. April 2 & 3, 8am-
2pm. 1813 Allegheny Dr., SCC.
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Golf carts wanted. Buy sell, trade. Char-
gers, parts all related. Ronny's Carts &
Parts. 813-645-4515 or 813-484-9855
We buy golf carts, any condition. We pay
top dollar for used carts, running or not.
Same day pickup. 813-300-0114
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139 S. Pebble Beach Blvd.
Suite 102 (behind CVS Pharmacy)
Sun City Center, FL
390 MISC. FOR SALE
Pillow top mattress & box spring, full,
clean. $150. Antique cherrywood bed
frame (full) $150. Blonde entertainment
center $100. E-Z Go golf cart, 36V,
great condition $1,500. 60gal Vertical
air compressor, 240V, $175. 8hp Kee
self propelled mower $350. Rockers $40
each. Dining chairs $20 each. (2) Stor-
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425 SLIPS OR STORAGE
Little Manatee Outdoor Storage. RV's,
boat's, trailer's. All sizes. 2903 39th
Ave., SE. Ruskin. 813-787-8531. www.
South Bay RV & Boat Storage. Special-
izing in outside storage for RVs, boats &
trailers. 813-677-2000 www.SouthBay-
200 Farmer's Mkt
500 Real Estate
550 Manuf. Housing
650 Prof. Services
Feel the freedom
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reasonable offer refused. Call Stephen
813-833-7148 or Carolyn 813-645-
7802 for appointment to see the bike.
511 HOUSES FOR SALE
Home for sale by owner. 601 4th Ave.,
Ruskin. 4br/2ba, ready to move in.
Newly remodeled kitchen w/ maple
cabinets, all new appliances including
washer /dryer, beds, linens, dishes.
Large lot with fruit trees. Carport, porch,
fireplace. Nice neighborhood. Priced for
quick sell. $135,000. Call for appoint-
1987 Tahoe park model, 24ft wide X 34ft
long, 2br/2ba. concrete driveway, new
roof. Completely furnished. $33,000.
Kings Point. Yorkshire, single large fam-
ily home. 2br/2ba, den. Beautifully fur-
nished. $225,000. Call 813-633-7925
Cypress Creek single family 3br/2ba/2cg,
Reduced to $159,900. 3512 Concho
Court, view on www.BestHomesofT-
ampaBay.com. Roger Eha, Signature
Realty Assoc. 813-610-6080
1500sf home on large fenced gated lot.
Totally remodeled 2br, w/20x42 pool in
screened lanai. Perfect for entertain-
ing. Located on quiet. Adamsville Rd.,
$169k. S L Real Estate Services, LLC
813-741-3678 or 813-285-7572
Mira Bay Villa, 3br/2ba/2cg, gated com-
munity with every amenity for active
life styles. Villa has many upgrades
plus huge walk-in closet glass walk-
in shower. Won't last at $164,900. S
L Real Estate Services, LLC. 813-
SSunset, w/enclosed lanai. 2BR/2BA/2CG, KP,
* Sierra in Greenbriar, 2BR/2BA, oak floors.
Owner motivated. $107,000.
* Hampton "Expanded," KP with carport.
York in Highgate, 1BR/1.5BA annual rental
$600 per month.
Stuart on Gloucester, 2BR/2BA. Furnished.
Annual rental at $750 per month.
FABULOUS RIVERFRONT LOT, close
to 1 acre, breathtaking view of water, such
a peaceful setting! Cleared, with over 105
ft. on river. No HOA, no CDD, perfect spot
to build your dream home and bring your
boat. $250,000. Possible owner's
financing. ADJACENT TREED LOT, 0.89
acre, with view of river, for sale at $65,000.
RUSKIN WATERFRONT HOUSE:
Large lot on canal with seawall & boat
slip offers quick access to river & bay.
Very nice 3BR/2BA CB house, recently
repainted, has den, large inside utility
room, screen porch & double attached
COMMERCIAL RENTAL: 7,200 sq. ft.
Warehouse, includes office space plus
2BA, insulated roof, loading dock, 2 roll-up
doors, security system, over 1 acre lot.
$2,200/mo. + deposit.
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
6819 U.S. 301 S., Riverview
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512 CONDOS FOR SALE
Must see in Sun City Center, Kings
Point. 2br/2ba 1209 sf. Updated to
2010 standards. $64,900. $2,900
down $489 monthly 813-293-0251
555 M.H. FOR SALE
55+ Mobile home for sale. Riverfront
park with dock & boat slip. One bed-
room, carport. $5,000. 813-645-2446
560 M.H. ON LOTS
Mobile home for sale Eastwood Mobile
Home Park, Gibsonton. Call Heather
565 M.H. IN PARKS
Make an offer on MH on river in 55+
park. Good fishing, activities remodeled.
Furnished, TV, AC. Low lot rent. Call
610 WATERFRONT RENTALS
Apollo Beach 3br/2ba on canal. New
pool, lanai, lease. Ready to move-in.
Fios ready, pet ok. $1,695. Hall 813-
The Dolphin House, Apollo Beach,
efficiency apartments on water. Boat
docking /fishing. Pool, laundry. $185
weekly, $185 deposit. No pets. 813-
Bahia Beach, Ruskin. Furnished water-
front condo 2br/2ba. $1,500 monthly plus
deposit. Call Dave 813-645-4991
611 HOUSES FOR RENT
Available now. Completely furnished
home on golf course. Cable, wireless
internet, golf cart & utilities included
$1,600 monthly. 813-633-2914
611 HOUSES FOR RENT
Ruskin, quaint 3/2 home for rent on
large lot, front covered porch. Couple
or small family. Monthly rent is $950
with signed lease. Security deposit and
references required. No smoking, no
pets. Please call 813-649-1599.
Ruskin 3br/1ba house, screened porch
on quiet street. Waterfront. Fish off the
dock. No smoking, no pets. References
please. $450 biweekly $450 security
SCC 55+ community. 3br/2ba, single
family. Totally rehabbed. Everything is
brand new. Private yard on golf course.
Unfurnished. $895 monthly plus utili-
ties /annual lease including full use of
recreational facility. Call after 4pm.
S & R Properties
3, 2 & 1 bedrooms. No pets. Ruskin,
Gibsonton area. RV lots available 813-
310-1888 or 813-849-1469
612 APTS. FOR RENT
Apollo Beach, one bedroom, 1 bath.
Refrigerator, range, dishwasher. Small
pet considered. 813-645-4145 or 813-
For rent: Efficiency apartments. Weekly
rates, utilities furnished 813-677-8789,
813-601-1542 or 813-516-0896
613 CONDOS FOR RENT
1br/1.5ba 55+ gated community, Kings
Point in SCC. Full use of recreational
facilities. Fully furnished. $600 monthly,
annual lease. 813-633-8083
Kings Point 2br/2ba. furnished, new
carpet. No stairs. Seasonally or yearly.
Available immediately. From $777. Dave
Kings Point, 2br/2ba, 55+. Unfurnished/
furnished. Lanai, appliances. $750
monthly, annual lease includes water,
cable, recreational/ fitness facility. 813-
Kings Point gated adult community $725
includes water sewage, 3 cable TVs.
pool, health club, workshops. Fully fur-
nished. 813-928-1971, 813-633-4007
620 ROOMS FOR RENT
Wimauma, want to live in a country
setting that's clean, safe & quiet. No
alcohol or drugs. $385 per month. nicely
furnished room includes all utilities and
basic cable. 813-503-4592
623 SEASONAL RENTALS
SCC 2br/2.5ba, new lake front house
with private suite. 2 car garage. No pets,
no smoking. Call 201-788-4523
624 VACATION RENTALS
Summer rental: 2br/2ba condo, over-
looking golf course in Waynesville, NC.
Pool, clubhouse, no stairs. Contact Lou-
ise Baker at Main Street Realty. 1-800-
467-7144 or www.mainstreetrealty.net
630 M.H. RENTALS
For Rent: Clean
Mobile Homes With
Ruskin 2br/lba mobile home on quiet
street. Waterfront, fish off dock. Utilities
included. No smoking, no pets. Best
suited for single person or couple. Refer-
ences needed. Rent $185 weekly plus
$300 deposit. 813-363-6001
For rent. 2 bedroom mobile home near
shopping center in Gibsonton. 813-677-
8789, 813-601-1542 or 813-516-0896
Mobile home for rent. 2br/1.5ba, large
lot, Ruskin area. $650 monthly, $400
2br/lba, CHA, $575 monthly. Water,
electric included. $350 security or
purchase. Make offer. Many extras.
646 WAREHOUSE SPACE
Garage & mini storage rooms for rent.
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710 LAWN CARE
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715 FILL DIRT/HAULING
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SUN CITY CENTER Beautiful 3BR/2BA, 2 car garage property that has been meticulously maintained with COMMERCIAL ACREAGE IN RUSKIN! 1.4 acres (MOL) Close to planned shopping center and Highway 41.
new a/c in 2006, a new roof in 2007 and much, much more. Sun City Center boasts golf, tennis, softball, two 3BR/1BA house with detached garage & county water. REDUCED TO $299,000 KAY PYE 361-3672 or
indoor pools plus over 200 clubs and activities. A golf cart friendly community to local shopping and activities ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 FOR DETAILS.
and it is conveniently located to airports, beaches, Tampa, Sarasota & St. Petersburg. Come and enjoy the GREAT BUSINESS LOCATION! Commercial site located close to Highway 41 in Ruskin with over 200 feet of
Florida lifestyle today!! $139,500 CALL CATHY GRIGGS 391-8653 road frontage, Zoned General Commercial with county water & sewer. Mobile home on property brings rental
PRICE REDUCED!! Beautifully maintained 3BR/2BA, 2 car garage home built in 2007. This property is located income, $234.900 KAY PYE 361-3672 or ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 FOR DETAILS.
in Cypress Creek and is the lowest priced home in the area. This home has a wonderful floor plan, lovely PRICED TO SELL AT $399,900. GIBSONTON WATERFRONT. 422 ft on busy Hwy. 41 run your own business
landscaping and is convenient to shopping, restaurants and all major highways. This property is being sold as in this tidy office. Completely fenced, ready for business. KAY PYE 361-3672 OR ROXANNE WESTBROOK
a short sale for only $99,000. Call today for an appointment to see this affordable property and make it yours!! 748-2201
CALL CATHY GRIGGS 391-8653 COMMERCIAL ZONING IS FEATURED ON THIS PRIME PROPERTY ON HWY 674. Existing home is older,
BEAUTIFUL BUILDING LOT IN RUSKIN situated on a quiet street with water views. Close to schools, but would make great office. Over 300 ft of hwy frontage and 2 acres of land adjacent to new site. $799,900
shopping and much, much more! The lot is 80 x 160 MOL and utilities are available. Call today for more CALL KAY PYE 361-3672
details. $29,500 CALL CATHY GRIGGS 391-8653 REDUCED!! OVER 8 ACRES REZONED FOR 5 HOMES. One well and septic in place.Located at the end of
YOU'VE SEEN IT ADVERTISED ON TV, now let me show you some beautiful new homes and the 30th St SE on west side. 330 ft. of road frontage. Priced to sell at $174,900 .ROXANNE 748-2201 or KAY
outstanding community of Valencia Lakes. Newly listed, newly built 2BR/2BA plus den, lots of natural light, PYE 361-3672.
vaulted ceilings, split plan, 2 car garage, much more. And then there's the endless list of community amenities REDUCED !!!! LOCATION! LOCATION! Gorgeous 4.7 Acre Parcel (MOL) in a very convenient location,
including huge clubhouse, heated pool, tennis courts, caf6, trails, etc. $209,900 and $261,900 JUDY minutes from Hwy 674 and 1-75. Great area for a small development or your own private estate! Well and
ERICKSON 468-0288 septic in place. $179,900 KAY PYE 361-3672 or ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201
CHARMING FLORIDA CRACKER HOME on 0.61 acres. Corner lot, 2BR/1BA, inside utility, wood floors, 2 REDUCED AGAIN!! 5 ACRES with easy access to 1-75. Perfect for Landscape/Nursery business. Property
covered patios for Jacuzzi & barbecue, and detached buildings including 2BR/1BA M/Home, high carport, complete with irrigation & commercial grade well. 2000 sq. ft. metal building & an 1800 sq. ft. gutted home &
workshop & storage space. Needs little TLC. $89,900. CALL CLAIRE TORT 363-7250 shop. Reduced $374,900 KAY PYE 361-3672 or ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 FOR DETAILS.
HORSES WELCOME! 3BR/2BA house with garage and detached barn, on 8.7 acres mostly cleared and ACREAGE ON BUSY HWY 41! 2.88 Acres (MOL) Surrounded by commercial properties with 863 feet of
fenced. Peaceful area of Ruskin, close to main Hwy & shopping, great potential for future development, or for frontage on Hwy 41. $499,900 KAY PYE 361-3672 or ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201
small estate : NOW $399,000. CALL CLAIRE TORT 363-7250
BACK ON THE MARKET!! This cute home has it all. 4BR/2BA, family room, game room and more. $92,000
RUSKIN COMMERCIAL ACRE ON MAIN HWY, cleared lot, long road frontage on U.S. 41, other access by CALL KATHY JACOBSON 624-2225
back street, zoned CG. Great business opportunities. 2 small rentals of little value, but well, sewer and electric
are there. $399,000. CALL CLAIRE TORT 363-7250 LAND 3.5 ACRES More or less on Hwy 674 or College Ave zoned AR that could possibly be rezoned for your
business. Property has two septics, water and electric.NOW REDUCED TO $175,000 CALL KATHY
2.46 ACRES CORNER LOT, cleared with few trees, electric & well. Perfect country setting in town, close to JACOBSON 624-2225
shopping & main Hwy. Zoned for 1 M/Home /House per acre. $70,000. Owner's financing. CALL CLAIRE
TORT 363-7250 GREAT FAMILY HOME on just under an acre, close but not too close to town, 3BR/2BA, pool, workshop,
shade trees, and ready for immediate occupancy. Asking $169,500. CALL TODAY! JO ELLEN MOBLEY
FABULOUS WATERFRONT LOT, breathtaking view of river, deep water, large new dock, great fishing 645-1540.
Cleared lot fenced and gated, all utilities on site, PD-MU zoning allows for house, manufact. Home or L F A N H S C o t 7 are prt cre rr r
M/Home. $249,000. Owner's financing. CALL CLAIRE TORT 363-7250 LOOKING FOR A NEW HOME SITE? Check out this 7/10 acre partially cleared corner lot zoned residential
for your house plans. Quiet Ruskin area with larger parcels available. Asking $67,000. CALL JO ELLEN
GREAT 2BR/2BA DOUBLEWIDE ON ITS OWN LOT: Bright living/dining-room, newer appliances in kitchen, MOBLEY 645-1540.
large MBR & walk-in-closet, inside utility, new CHA, screen porch with hot tub, carport, roof over, 2 sheds &
more. $75,500. Owner's financing. CALL CLAIRE TORT 363-7250
REDUCED! Well maintained 3BR/2BA MH on over % acre fenced lot. Special features include: open floor I T r I
plan, inside utility room, wood burning fireplace, 2 car carport & more. $63,900 ROXANNE WESTBROOK NOW1S THE TIME TO BUY!
748-2201 KAY PYE 361-3672
COZY 2BR/1BA ON LARGE CORNER LOT. Special features include: County water & sewer, wood burning CALL US FOR ALL YOUR REAL ESTATE NEEDS 645-3211
stove, nice large bedrooms, almost new washer & dryer, large bonus room and much more. $99,000. CALL AL S F ALL Y U AL A .........
KAY PYE 361-3672 or ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201
NEED SOME ROOM TO SPREAD OUT? Fenced one acre lot (MOL) like new 2BR/2BA double wide & 20x x D e r i off
26 shop with a carport, electric hookup for a RV, new roof in 2005. Country living close to town! $119,900 o te o Ol Ill nll 110115 311t 011
KAY PYE 361-3672 or ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 FOR DETAILS.
LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT PARADISE? This 3BR/2BA waterfront home offers complete privacy with offic for y te "Victims Assis e
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an 8000 Ib lift and an observation deck, FULL WORKSHOP, fenced yard, updated kitchen with center island,
huge master bedroom with sitting area, fireplace, newer appliances and A/C & much more! Reduced to
$299,900 ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 or KAY PYE 361-3672
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