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Apollo Beach Memorial Day event to feature signing of historic covenant with military
Penny Fletcher Photo
Members of the American Ideals Foundation Inc., and volunteers, plan their joint
Memorial Day Celebration and recognition of retired veterans and active members
of the military. From left, are Donna Ashley, Mary Martin, Stephan Khattir and Sum-
mer Schmidt. In the back are Aaron Schmidt, Robert Moffa (American Ideals founder
and president) Gabe Schmidt, T.A. Martinez, and Andy Schmidt.
Economic conditions force USAF
veteran of 22 years to Iraq
Ceremonies begin at 9 a.m. with a "Walk for the Sacrifice
and Flag Parade"
* By PENNY FLETCHER settled in South County in 1986 after playing
email@example.com all over the world and being recognized by
APOLLO BEACH It isn't often of- the 99th U.S. Congress for patriotic music
ficials representing the U.S. Armed Forces he himself had composed.
contact private organizations in hopes of Since the Major General's original contact
joining hands in a project as large as one with the Foundation, more than 700 may-
recently begun. ors and half the country's Governors have
But that's just what happened earlier this signed onto the program.
year when Major General Craig B. Whelden, It all started right here, and now it's com-
of the U.S. Army called Ruskin resident ing back to its roots for local support.
Robert Moffa, founder of the American Ide- Recent ceremonies in Seffner and Punta
als Foundation Inc., and asked if there was Gorda brought out close to 2,000 people
a way they could work together to honor each.
American veterans from all five branches Community leaders who sign the covenant
of the military all over the world. Because make the commitment to create special
of this call, the retired Major General has events and initiatives to proactively provide
been assigned by the Army to lead a national opportunities for regular citizens to partici-
outreach to get communities to sign Com- pate in donating time, energy and resources
munity Covenants of support. to help our military heroes past and pres-
"Many groups, including the military and ent get the recognition they so deserve.
veterans organizations, have been doing The covenant also promotes recruiting,
various things to honor vets for a long time," and shows how the volunteer system has
Moffa told me in an interview last week. actually worked better than the draft, but to
"But we (the Foundation) really wanted to continue to work properly, it needs much
get communities to sign covenants of sup- support from the citizenry to supplement
port and since we began, we have had may- what the government can provide.
ors and councils and civic organizations and May 31 everyone within driving distance
chambers of commerce flood us with calls." is invited to a celebration at Bimini Bay
Moffa, a former concert pianist whose clubhouse, 488 Apollo Beach Blvd. Events
favorite selections were always patriotic, See COVENANT, page 7
SBy MELODY JAMESON
APOLLO BEACH "That's not the way
Daddy would have done it," Casey Smith
informed her mother at supper this week.
Mandy Smith was not irritated that her
youngest criticized the pork chop meal she
had prepared. She understood the 17-year-
old deeply misses her Dad, USAF Master
Sgt. Mark Smith (ret.). After all, so does
she. So does big sister, Courtney, 20.
He's been gone less than two weeks.
Shipped out May 16 to Iraq. And his ab-
sence leaves a very large hole in the fabric
of the close-knit little family here.
"Mark would have grilled those chops,
tossed a fresh salad, cooked mash potatoes
from scratch," Mandy allowed, recounting
the supper incident. "He does a lot," she
added with a certain wistfulness, her voice
See USAF VET, page 23
Surrounded by members
of his "military family",
Master Sgt. Mark Smith
(USAF ret.) proudly
displays the framed
Certificate of Recognition
from Sen. Ronda Storms
presented him earlier this
month during a surprise
commemoration of his
service hosted by Ruskin
VFW Post 6287. The
retired 21-year-veteran has
returned to a war zone in
order to support his family.
The Honor Guard which
saluted him included
Shirley May (left, front) and
Pam Latone (right front)
Lending their support in
the back row are, (left to
right) Buck Coplon, Laura
Coplon, Bob Akins, Bruce
Schellett, post commander,
and Janet Taylor, American
Melody Jameson photo
Hurricane season begins Tuesday
Experts predict an active season
Mitch Traphagen Photo
The 2010 hurricane season begins on Tuesday,
June 1. Above, palm trees feeling the brunt of
Hurricane Frances in 2004.
* By MITCH TRAPHAGEN
For many residents of Florida's Gulf
Coast, hurricane season has become a dis-
tant nightmare. The last tropical system to
strike this coast was Tropical Storm Fay in
2008. The last system to brush the Tampa
Bay area was Tropical Depression Barry
in 2007, followed by a weakening tropical
wave named Olga in December of that year.
No storms directly impacted the Bay area
The past four years of relative quiet have
given the state a much needed breather
from the chaos that culminated in 2005 -
a record-setting year of 27 named storms,
including Katrina. On Tuesday, June 1, the
2010 season begins. Initial forecasts indi-
cate that hurricane experts believe this year
will be above average; but, of course, there
is no way to know that with certainty. What
is certain is that it just takes one hurricane to
ruin your day (and possibly your home).
William Gray and Philip Klotzbach of
Colorado State University are among the
world's best known hurricane forecasters.
Each year they release generalized, long-
range prognoses for the coming hurricane
season. They revise and update those fore-
casts on specific dates throughout the year.
While some, with the benefit of perfect
See HURRICANE SEASON, page 26
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Susie and Charley Collins join Keller
One of the country's top-pro-
ducing real estate teams, formerly
with Century 21 Beggins, has
joined the Keller Williams Realty
team in their new offices located in
the Sun City Center Plaza.
"We're excited to welcome Susie
and Charley Collins to the Keller
Williams Realty family," says
Gary Kaukonen, CEO & Team
Leader of the South Shore Market
Center. "This company succeeds
through its people, and having the
Collins on our team is a huge win
For the last several years, Susie
has earned top real estate sales
honors each year with her previ-
ous organization including being
honored as one of two local award
winners for Century 21's presti-
gious customer-nominated Quality
Service Award in 2009. Widely re-
spected in her community, Susie is
known as an individual who goes
to the extreme in coaching and as-
sisting her clients to prepare and
feel at ease with selling and pur-
chasing their homes in Sun City
Center, Ruskin and Apollo Beach.
"We joined Keller Williams Re-
alty because we wanted to be a part
of something exciting," Susie said.
"I noticed many well-respected,
top-producing agents and friends
were making the move to Keller
Williams Realty and that piqued
our interest. The company pro-
motes an agent-centric business
model that focuses on cutting-edge
training, profit sharing and wealth-
building opportunities. When we
decided that we wanted to take
our business to the next level,
we knew joining Keller Williams
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Her spouse and partner, Charley,
went on to say, "In just one year, I
noticed Keller Williams grew from
only a handful of sales associates
without an office in Sun City Cen-
ter to almost 40 agents, and we are
absolutely delighted to be joining
them in their new office that just
opened in the old Raymond James
Insurance Office in Sun City Cen-
ter Plaza on April 1."
Keller Williams Realty is now
the 3rd largest franchise opera-
tion in the United States with 675
offices and over 75,000 sales as-
sociates in the United States and
Canada. Of the 4 major real estate
franchises, Keller Williams Realty
was the only one to show an in-
crease in sales associates in 2009
over 2008 and has major plans for
growth in 2010 through mergers,
acquisitions, and the addition of
many more top producing sales
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Walk-A-Thon raises over $4,300 for Angels for Foster Kids
In keeping with the real estate
franchise's core values, the Keller
Williams Realty South Shore Mar-
ket Center recently hosted their
Third Annual South Shore Cares
Walk-A-Thon, which raised over
$4,300 for Angels for Foster Kids.
"We believe in supporting the
community where we live and
work. It's our way of saying
thanks to our friends, neighbors,
clients and customers," says Team
Leader, Gary Kaukonen. "The
number of walkers was wonderful,
and the participation from the lo-
cal business community definitely
contributed to the success of our
Keller Williams Realty South
Shore chose the Angels for Foster
Kids for its 2010 charity because
they do so much to enhance the
quality of life for foster children
in the community. They work to
provide emergency financial sup-
port to families in crisis, or support
child service programs designed to
improve their education, personal
skill development, living condi-
tions, and fulfill their individual
On May 13, Keller Williams Re-
Walk-A-Thon is a success!
alty had a Red Day nationwide to
express its culture of giving to oth-
ers. This year South Shore Cares is
going to honor the volunteers with
the Sun City Emergency Squad
and work at the Good Samaritan
Each year every Keller Williams
Realty office chooses a local char-
ity to support. Nominations for
the 2010 charity will be accepted
beginning in November, 2010. To
nominate a charity for consider-
ation, call Tina Scopano at (813)
299-7821 or Debbi Tinker at (813)
The South Shore Market Center,
located at 109 Harbor Village Ln,
Apollo Beach, FL, was established
in 2007. To learn more about
Keller Williams Realty, contact
Gary Kaukonen at (813) 641-8300
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supplying blood to the abdomen,
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long ago I
had the op-
talk with a
man who had
spent time as
Positive a POW in
Talk North Viet-
By William Hodges nam. Many
of his expe-
horrifying, and I found it difficult
to believe that one human being
could treat another in that way.
I asked him how he was able to
bear these unspeakable terrors and
he replied, "The power of thought."
He explained that if he could con-
trol his thoughts, he could control
the way he reacted to his environ-
ment. For example, loneliness was
a weapon that the enemy tried to
use against him, so he concen-
trated on picturing his family. He
said that after a while he was able
to concentrate his thoughts to the
point that his wife became so real
to him that she literally shared the
cell with him. He could smell her
perfume and hear her voice. It was
this ability to control his thoughts
that allowed him to survive his
I think that what he learned as a
prisoner of war about controlling
his thoughts is equally important
to us as we fight the battle of sur-
vival each day. Charles Darwin,
the great naturalist and father of
the theory of human evolution,
made this statement about con-
trolling thoughts. "The highest
possible stage in moral culture is
when we recognize that we ought
to control our thoughts."
Controlling our thoughts is not
an easy process. But there are re-
wards for doing it. I like these
words written by James Allen,
because they answer the question:
What's in it for me?
Beautiful thoughts of all kinds
crystallize into habits of grace and
kindliness, which solidify into ge-
nial and sunny circumstances.
Pure thoughts crystallize into
habits of temperance and self-con-
trol, which solidify into circum-
stances of repose and peace.
Thoughts of courage, self-reli-
ance and decision crystallize into
manly habits, which solidify into
circumstances of success, plenty,
Energetic thoughts crystallize
into habits of cleanliness and in-
dustry, which solidify into circum-
stances of pleasantness.
Gentle and forgiving thoughts
crystallize into habits of gentle-
ness, which solidify into protective
and preservative circumstances.
Loving and unselfish thoughts
crystallize into habits of self-for-
getfulness for others, which solid-
ify into circumstances of sure and
abiding prosperity and true riches.
James Allen doesn't say it, but I
am sure he would agree that kind
thoughts of self are also very im-
portant. They build the self-con-
fidence that allows us the ability
to think the thoughts that he has
suggested. For, as Thoreau said,
"What a man thinks of himself,
that is which determines, or rather
indicates, his fate." Control your
thoughts and you control your des-
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://
Kiwanis honors schools participating in
The Sun City Center Kiwanis Club honored the
following schools and faculty participating in the
Kiwanis Terrific Kids program during 2009-2010.
From left to right: Seel Lundy, Kiwanis represen-
tative; Cathy Alexander and Dianne Van Etten,
Wimauma Elementary; Sue Chaplain, Collins Elementary; Shelley Her-
da, Reddick Elementary; Bob Conigliro, Vice President of Public Rela-
tions at McDonalds; Lucy Sharpe, Reddick Elementary; Val Dickson,
Apollo Beach Elementary; Audra Pennant, Corr Elementary; and Sarah
A- -a ....... Barlow, Doby Elementary.
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The SouthShore Arts Council
invites members of the Council to
participate in the June 12 FREE
"ARTS EXPO" by offering a space
for one "award winning" painting
or photograph to be hung during
the performances at the Borini
Theater on Saturday June 12 -
1p.m. until 6p.m. Bring your work
to the Kings Point Clubhouse be-
tween 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on
Saturday June 12 and see Pat Her-
zberg for assistance with hanging.
The art work can be in any media
and may be available for sale. Title
cards will be provided.
Make certain that your work has
a wire 3" from the top of the frame
(no sawtooth hooks please!) If the
piece measures more than 16' x 20'
it must be covered with Plexiglas,
not regular glass. There is no fee
to exhibitors. Information 813-
Wilhelm Heating and Air Condi-
tioning, Inc's 20th year in business
in Ruskin begins on June 1. To
celebrate this successful endeavor
they are partnering with the Ruskin
Chamber of Commerce for a series
of events. First they will host the
June Chamber of Commerce Cof-
fee at their office at 8 am on June
1. Breakfast will be provided by
Sava' Cafe. They would love to
have you attend. Their office is
located at 802 4th Street SW in
Ruskin. They will have wonder-
ful food, fun and door prizes. Call
813-641-1811 if you need direc-
tions or have any questions.
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Daughter of Apollo Beach resident braves Alaskan cold
By Air Force Staff Sgt. Jessica Switzer
The Ruskin Moose Lodge #813 is located at
1212 E. Shell Point Road, Ruskin (813) 645-5919
Friday, May 28
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Monday, May 31
Friday, June 4
Saturday, June 5
Friday, June 11
Saturday, June 12
Friday, June 18
Saturday, June 19
Live music by Rick Toldeo
1 p.m. Memorial Day Picnic
Every Saturday night
All events are open to qualified
Moose members and guest.
Serenity Meadows Memorial
Park, located at 6919 Providence
Rd. in Riverview, will feature a
Memorial Day Remembrance
Service at 9 a.m. on Monday, May
The service will feature speaker
Rear Admiral Joseph H. Miller
(MC) USNR, the Burns Middle
School chamber orchestra, Com-
view High School N.J.R.O.TC.
Color Guard, FatherMicheal Juran,
St. Stephens Catholic Church and
Marine Corps League-Riverview.
and silent auction
CiCi Goodyear, Honorary May-
or candidate for Apollo Beach will
have a fashion show and silent auc-
tion from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday,
June 6 at the Apollo Bistro, 6520
Richies Way in Apollo Beach.
Tickets are $25 and this includes
lunch. All proceeds go to Apollo
Beach Chamber of Commerce and
the Tampa Shriners Hospital for
Tickets are available at Fifi's Fine
Resale at 6911 Hwy. 41 N. (Publix
Plaza) and also at the Apollo Beach
Chamber of Commerce. Fifi's will
be hosting the fashion show and
there will be a lot of giveaways
and auction items.
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Karaoke with Kim Mullins
Moose Legion Dinner
Chef's Choice Dinner
Wings (the best I've every had)
(beer batter, fried or baked)
Karaoke by Kim
Teachers of the Year
Recently, a new event of the
Riverview Chamber was designed
to thank and recognize the Teacher
of the Year for our local schools --
a total of 22 teachers.
ed the Greater
ber of Commerce
President, Jill An- i"l
tendent of Schools,
Mary Ellen Elia;
Community Col- Teachers acce
Campus, Dean of Academic
Affairs, Judith Nolasco.
Each teacher received a delight-
ful breakfast provided by Costco
Wholesale and Chick-fil-A at Lake
Brandon Village, a recognition
plaque, $50 SweetBay Supermar-
ket gift card and a lovely bag of
valuable goodies donated by local
The May 11 event came to a
close with a very special quote
read by Christa Jerome, "I touch
the future. I teach," by Christa
The daughter of an Apollo Beach
couple braved the bitter cold and
high winds of winter's last rages
to bring medical care to Alaskans
living above the Arctic Circle.
Air Force Capt. (Dr.) Christine
R. Giblin, daughter of Peter and
Pamela Giblin of Hidden Falls
Lane, Apollo Beach, is an optome-
trist with the 60th Aerospace Med-
ical Squadron at Travis Air Force
Base in California. She recently
offered her expertise in support of
Operation Arctic Care 2010.
"As an optometrist, I screened
and examined patients for refrac-
tive errors and ocular diseases. If
refractive error was found, pre-
scriptions were faxed to Kotzebue
where glasses were made by the
Naval Ophthalmic Support and
Training Command," said Giblin.
During Operation Arctic Care
medical, dental and veterinary
teams from the Air Force, Army
and Navy, National Guard, reserve
and active-duty provided no-cost
medical care to Alaskans living
in remote villages who rarely get
the chance to see a medical doctor.
This was the 16th year Operation
Arctic Care was held in Alaska as
part of the Department of Defense
Innovative Readiness Training
Program and the first time Air
Force Reserve Command had the
"The mission is important
because it promotes goodwill and
helps educate the local people
Larisa Feldman, Giunta Middle
School teacher had this to say
about this first time event, "Thank
you so much for the lovely break-
fast and acknowledgment of my
pt tneir awaras on stage.
Teacher of the Year nomination.
I treasure both the event and the
thought. More importantly, I very
much appreciate your involvement
and support. Your efforts further
inspire the multitudes of great edu-
cators and wonderful people that
fill our school system. In turn, the
most important part of the process
transpires: excellent teaching of
our precious children."
For more information, call event
chairperson, Christa Jerome at
(813) 334-5738 or the GRCC
office at (813) 234-5944.
County offers free VPK
Hillsborough County Public Schools will be offering a FREE Volun-
tary Prekindergarten Program for children who will be entering kinder-
garten in the fall. Those eligible are children born between Sept. 2, 2004
and Sept. 1 2005; not have participated in the school year VPK program;
and live in Florida.
The program runs from June 21- Aug. 11 (Mondays-Thursdays) at
twenty-three locations across the district.
Children will be provided with a full day of academic and social activi-
ties designed to prepare them for success in kindergarten. The program
runs from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., but the hours are flexible to meet the needs
of families. All classrooms will be staffed with certified teachers. Chil-
dren will be provided with free breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack.
No bus transportation is provided, but parents can enroll their children
at any of these programs regardless of their home address. Calling the
school in advance is recommended in order to ensure staff are available
to assist with enrollment.
For more information, contact the district VPK office at (813) 272-
4840, or visit the district website at www.sdhc.kl2.fl.us, and click on
Summer VPK in the Important Links window.
Apollo Beach resident brings medical care to Alaskans.
about health issues and provid-
ing eye care for those with limited
access to medical services," said
Giblin and the other members
participating in Operation Arctic
Care worked hard to make sure
care got to everyone in the villages
around Kotzebue. During the
operation, the teams saw more
than 1,675 medical patients, treat-
ed approximately 1,400 dental
patients, created and distributed
more than 900 pairs of glasses, and
vaccinated more than 730 dogs.
Residents of those villages made
sure to show the teams their appre-
ciation. Often, local communi-
ties held dinners and lunches for
the service members, serving up
local flavors including caribou
stew, muktuk (whale blubber) and
They also demonstrated several
sports activities that originally
developed as survival techniques
over centuries in the harsh arctic
climate, as well as a number of na-
"It is nice to explore a part of the
world that I have never been to,
and learn about the Inuit culture
and their means of living," said
Alaska is a cold, frigid place,
but its people are warm and wel-
coming. Giblin and the other par-
ticipants in Operation Arctic Care
experienced a side of the state
few are privileged to see and it
will certainly be a memory they
Membership drive for VFW
VFW Post #8108, 7504 Riverview Dr. in Riverview, along with its
Ladies' and Men's Auxiliary, will be hosting a Membership Drive from
5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 2 and from 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday,
Members must be citizens of the United States and not less than sixteen
years old. If you have a family member that has served on foreign soil, or
who is currently serving overseas, just bring proof of eligibility (copy of
a DD-214; if active duty, copy of the orders) and complete a Membership
Card. First year dues in the Ladies'Auxiliary is $30, which includes your
Membership Pin and Podium Edition/Bylaws and Rituals. For Post dues
information, call Ray Lint at 417-5097 and for dues information in the
Men's Auxiliary, call Dave Schenck at 671-9296.
Join them as they strive to work for the community, schools, and our
veterans in the VA Hospital and Nursing Home. For more informa-
tion regarding the Ladies' Auxiliary, call Norinne Forrest, Membership
Chairman, at (813) 677-9559.
Big city business...hometown feel!
The Greater Riverview Chamber
of Commerce invites the commu-
nity to join them for 2010 Sum-
mer Fest at The Barn Theatre at
Winthrop, located 11349 Bloom-
ingdale Ave., Riverview on Sun-
day, June 20. Stop by any time
from 1 to 5 p.m. The purpose of this
special event is to celebrate their
great community. Riverview's fin-
est businesses, organizations and
restaurants will showcase their
products and services.
Admission and parking are
FREE. Join the fun! This event is
open to the public. There will also
be a children's play area, includ-
ing bounce houses and games at
no extra charge.
Valuable sponsor and vendor
packages are available. To register
for this exciting event or for more
information contact the Greater
Riverview Chamber of Commerce
(813) 234-5944 or visit www.riv-
For more information, contact
the Riverview Chamber office or
Donna Lee Fore at 528-0902.
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, May 27 Bar Bingo at 6 p.m.
S Friday, May 28 Fish & Chips from 5
to 7 p.m. Bob Gleghom's Birthday.
Saturday, May 29 -MAVFW Steak Din-
ner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Music by You 2 Kan
Karaoke from 7 to 11 p.m.
Sunday, May 30- Open.
Monday, May 31- Memorial Service at cemetery at 11 a.m., Post
at noon and lunch at 1 p.m. Ladies, please bring a covered dish.
Tuesday, June 1- Games in lounge from 1 to 5 p.m. Kitchen opens
at 4:30 p.m. Bingo at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, June 2 American Legion Meeting at 7 p.m. Wii
Games at 6 p.m.
MAY 27, 2010
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The poetry of ghosts
I enjoy watching television
shows like Ghost Hunters on
the rare occasions I find time to
watch them. I don't necessarily be-
lieve them, however. While I don't
we have all
all there is to
know, I don't
Observations go about the
Observti L business of
By Mitch Traphagen ghost hunt-
firstname.lastname@example.org ing in the
In other words, television ghost
investigators aren't even looking
in the right places. If they want to
find ghosts, they need to go where
the ghosts are.
If they really want to find ghosts
- and if ghosts truly exist then
Ghost Hunters should go to Ka-
bul or Baghdad. Go to the site of
a suicide bombing and spend the
night poking around. If ghosts do
exist, as the premise of such tele-
vision shows frequently suggest,
you'd think there would be a now-
deceased suicide bomber or two
coming back from the beyond or
the gates of Hell or wherever to
say, No\\ that wasn't a good idea.
Tell people: Don't be a suicide
Instead they go to old houses and
long-closed penitentiaries or even
Civil War battlefields to listen for
creaks and moans. Why do they
need a 100-year-old spirit to tell
them what a more recently created
one should have such incredible
urgency to say? "Don't suck. It
wasn't worth it. It just got me and
other innocent people killed. And
now we're dead."
Yeah, we have problems. There
is no fun in looking for a job or in
owing more on the mortgage than
your house is worth or even in
losing your home. But we've got
nothing on the people in Kabul or
Baghdad. We have no problems
like those our troops see everyday.
Losing your house to foreclosure
is nothing compared to having it or
yourself or your family blown up
by a lunatic.
Despite the chaos in the world,
woe is me. Will the hardships of
our generation ever end? What
with the economy and foreclosures
and lost jobs and would-be terror-
ists, now we have a ginormous oil
slick in the Gulf of Mexico that
may wash up in Florida. Some-
body needs to do something! What
can we do?
Here's what you can do: go to
your neighbor's house and ask him
for a beer or a glass of iced tea, put
your feet up on his lawn furniture
and spend the afternoon just talk-
ing (if you live next to a meth lab,
try the other neighbor). Talk, dis-
agree, solve the world's problems
and laugh a little. Sure, there are
other things you could do you
could go to Louisiana to volunteer
to clean up the oil. You could vol-
unteer at a shelter or a food bank.
But do that tomorrow, visit your
What could it hurt? Seriously -
what harm could come from it?
There are enough ills in the world
that don't seem to want to go away
and there will be time in another
day to roll up your shirt sleeves
to help the greater good. For now,
kick back, have a beverage and
make a human connection without
using a computer as an intermedi-
We will all soon enough become
ghosts in whatever manner you
choose to believe. We rush to do
this and that, and we seem to for-
get the lessons of those who came
before us. One lesson is: don't
strap bombs to your chest to blow
up yourself and innocent people.
Most of us, of course, know that.
The better lesson for the non-luna-
tics is just to appreciate the beauty
that is here in our surroundings
and from our fellow man.
I've always appreciated the tech-
nical aspects of poetry but have
never really appreciated poetry
itself. I never saw the point. But
as a writer, I can understand how
difficult true poetry is. I can under-
stand it is more than the meshing
or rhyming of words into clever
or witty phrases. I can appreci-
ate that for a true poet, writing a
poem is akin to bloodletting. The
poet is letting something out that
is inherent to them. They open up
something private or personal, like
opening a wound.
I came to that conclusion after
reading "Men at Forty" by Donald
Justice. He was born forty years
before me but we have trod in the
same dirt. Born in Miami, he died
in Iowa City, just 25 miles from
where I, up until recently, lived.
In that poem, I realized that poets
lay bare their souls. Whether the
words appear by necessity or by
force is irrelevant. The words cast
light on parts of the human soul
that rarely see light. But that is the
ability of poets. Selfishly, because
I saw myself in Justice's poem, I
now appreciate poetry in ways that
I could not previously. Because
of distraction or because I simply
convinced myself I was too busy,
I did not appreciate the simple
beauty of poetry and in seeing life
through the eyes of the poet. Jus-
tice turned on a light in my soul.
He speaks of men at forty see-
ing themselves in the mirror -
remembering the boy, but seeing
the man. Looking in the mirror, I
see something different. I see that
I am the 12-year-old boy of adult-
hood. At the age of 12, most boys
are well less than attractive.
Different parts grow at different
paces and the result is something
of an oddity. Boys of that age
are slowly becoming men yet are
still very much children. They are
gawky and irregular. In the mirror,
I see a parallel. I am an older man,
but not yet an old man. Wrinkles
mark my face. My hair is thinning,
but not yet gone or even gray. I am
standing on the cusp between be-
ing a man and being an old man. I
don't belong solely to either world
- nor do I look right in either.
But that is life. It is and has been
a good life. There have been ups
and downs like most lives, but I've
never had to encounter a suicide
bomber or grapple for gruel just to
survive at a Saharan Desert feeding
station. Any woes I feel will not
slow down the unrelenting cosmic
steamroller that is history. My life
is essentially a blip in time. I can
make of it what I choose. For all of
us, it will always end the same.
And to that end, poet T.S. Eliot
has already tried to say as much. In
No. 4 of Four Quartets, Little Gid-
ding, Eliot wrote:
But heard, half-heard, in the
Between two waves of the sea.
Quick now, here, now, always
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Politics and the
"So here & how it is: They 're
as mad as hell, and ;, il 're not
going to take this anymore. Am I
talking about the Tea Partiers?
No, I'm talking about the
New York Times editorial,
The Old Enemies by Paul
Krugman, May 23, 2010
Privacy on the Web
l I.., ,i, -,' now allows
people to set their own balance
between privacy and the benefits
of disclosing information.
Social media sites should make
it as easy as possible to adjust
this dial, but j, ,/lo,, i'-' can't
possibly replace the individual
privacy preferences of hundreds
of millions ofpeople being
social online. "
Wall Street Journal, Privacy
Isn't Everything on the Web by L.
Gordon Crovitz, May 24, 2010
The nation at war
lin .- elected to Congress
in November will face fateful
decisions on the continued
deployment, or not, of U.S.
forces in combat in Iraq and
Afghanistan. Yet those wars, and
the wisdom of ......iitii:rg to or
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hardly been mentioned in the
hard-fought campaigns of the
The Washington Post, In
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Afghanistan go unnoticed by Fred
Hiatt, May 24, 2010
MAY 27, 2010
How you can
* Register to walk in the "Walk for the
Sacrifice and Flag Parade" by mailing
Tiffany Martin at ameridealstiffany@
aol.com. The walk begins at 9 a.m. Me-
morial Day, May 31, at Bimini Bay, 488
Apollo Beach Blvd., Apollo Beach.
* Attend the special Veterans Honor Pre-
sentation of local heroes, both living
and dead, and bring photographs (and
a push pin) so you can put your relative
or friend on the Wall of Honor. (Same
location at 10 a.m.)
* For information about this or any other
event or project of the American Ideals
Foundation, or to donate time or finan-
cial aid, contact the foundation founder
and president, Robert Moffa, american-
email@example.com; or call (813) 641-
* Mary Martin, Executive Director of the
American Ideals Foundation may be
reached at (813) 951-6359 or emailed
at firstname.lastname@example.org. She can
give you full information on the ex-
change student scholarship and build-
ing of "green" homes.
* Andy Schmidt and his crew at Schmidt
Brothers Homes may be reached di-
rectly at (813) 649-9100, or by mail-
ing P.O. Box 3620, Apollo Beach, FL
33572. The Schmidts would appreciate
any donations of materials and land as
well as any other help and ideas for
the production of eco-friendly (green)
specially-outfitted homes for disabled
* Donna Gavin Ashley runs "Aunt
Donna's Butterfly Ministry" at 14050
Blackjack Road, Dover, FL 33527. Her
telephone number is (813) 659-1194.
A nonprofit organization, she releases
from 6 to 12 butterflies for all types of
special occasions and says she believes
through this ministry she is sharing
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* Continued from page 1
will begin with a "Walk for the Sacrifice
and Flag Parade" at 9 a.m., followed at 10
by a special Veterans Honor Presentation.
Then the historic signing of the National
Armed Forces Community Covenant with
the citizens of Apollo Beach will take
The Master of Ceremonies for the event
will be Gayle Guyardo, former NBC an-
chorwoman. Speakers will include Robert
Moffa; Captain Becky Siu, Commander of
the Tampa Bay Army Recruiters Station;
Honorary Mayor of Apollo Beach Captain
Joel Brandenburg; Susan Price, "Gold Star
Mother" of the late Staff Sgt. Lyle Allen
of the U.S. Army; Jolie Gonzalez, editor
and publisher of the Latin Times magazine;
Retired Colonel Mike Pendergast of the
Apollo Beach Chamber of Commerce;
and Phillip Mocker, of Everyday Heroes, a
group that honors not only military person-
nel but police, firefighters and all who risk
their lives for citizen safety.
Local ROTC commanders will also be
present. Artwork depicting veterans will be
on display, done by Craig Crumbly; poetry
written by Gary Schumacher will be read
by Terri Kowalski; and finally, Donna
Gavin Ashley of "Aunt Dora's Traveling
Butterfly Garden" in Dover, a nonprofit
organization, will release butterflies.
"In November I plan to be dropped by
helicopter to start my walk doing covenant
signing in 18 to 20 cities," said Ms. Ash-
ley, who is currently 71 years old. "I went
through a bad time when I didn't think
I had anything else to live for. But God
showed me a butterfly, and it was my new
Now she wears butterfly wings, a but-
terfly costume, butterfly-shaped sunglasses
and drives a van covered with butterfly-
garden murals. With her wings on her back
she plans to push her cat, KC, in a stroller,
and walk, bounce and (use a) Segway (hu-
man roller) along U.S. 27 and U.S. 301
from here to Tallahassee to bring attention
to the military Heroes Project, another
undertaking of the American Ideals Foun-
The Foundation certainly has a lot of
irons in the fire.
Moffa is working closely with Andy
Schmidt, president of Schmidt Broth-
ers Homes of Bimini Bay and his family,
to build eco-friendly (green) homes for
disabled veterans that will include ramps
and lowered counters, cabinets, stoves
and refrigerators, special wall-handles and
anything else to accommodate someone in
a wheelchair or otherwise without the full
use of his or her body.
"This is a magnificent project," Moffa
said, adding that land is being secured for
the homes around the country now, but
since so many negotiations are pending,
details are not yet available.
Immediately, he jumped into an ex-
planation of another ongoing venture; a
student exchange program supported by
a Foundation scholarship. It is a partner-
ship between Sarasota and Sarasota's sister
city in France, Perpignan. At this time,
French citizen Stefan Khattir is attend-
ing the University of South Florida for
international marketing and trade, but must
return to France in September. While here,
the Foundation is letting him learn lessons
through marketing its events and Khat-
tir also plans to market the Foundation's
programs when he returns to France.
Be sure to read the sidebar on the left
of this page, "How you can participate,"
which will list the needs, registration num-
bers and contacts for anything you need to
know about the Foundation, or how to par-
ticipate in the Memorial Day celebration
or any of the Foundation's other ventures.
Robert Moffa Photo
More than 2,000 people attended the recent covenant signing in Punta Gorda. South
County attendees are encouraged to bring copies of photographs of family members
who have served in the military whether living or dead and a push pin to include
them on the local Memorial Wall.
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Multiple mayor races shaping up in South County
* By MELODY JAMESON
T'is the season...for good times,
for grabbing attention, for giving.
And, we're not referring
to the winter holidays.
lars add up
to votes and
who gets in-
volved gets a piece of
the action... everyone...
in some way.
From now to autumn,
South County chambers
of commerce are con-
ducting their annual hon-
orary mayor races, those
highly competitive, often
very creative contests
that help fund each in-
dividual chamber's ac-
tivities through the year,
produce substantial con-
tributions for a whole
heap of charities,
Beach to Riv-
erview to Ruskin, the
game is on and current candidates
as well as candidates-to-be are
calculating which approaches will
garner the biggest contributions in
the course of campaigns spanning
several weeks to several months.
They're joining a tradition now
nearly a century old and keeping
Luxury Town Car
License # L796
company with some big names.
The honorary mayor concept is said
by the Los Angeles Times to date
to the Hollywood of the 1920s, an
era of silent films and early talk-
ies. Created by press agents much
as Tampa's Gasparilla Pirate Inva-
sion was, the objective apparently
was promoting the place.
It worked in both locales. Not
only did the top-dog-in-name-
alone races accomplish the objec-
tive, they tempted a number of
high profile actors to throw their
hats in small community mayoral
rings across Southern California.
Over the years, large and small
screen notables ran to become
honorary hizzoners, including
Larry Hagman, Ted Knight, John
Saxon, Dom DeLuise, Chevy
Chase, Mark Harmon, Dick Van
Patten and Steve Allen, all assum-
ing the ceremonial role which re-
turned no hard revenue. Of course,
such competitions also attracted
more controversial candidates,
including the infamous and much
disputed "Farley," the dog.
In Apollo Beach at the moment,
though, the biggest dispute is the
contest for contributions ongoing
between two mayoral candidates
- CiCi Goodyear, manager of Fi-
Fi's Resale Boutique, and Sheril
Nanerella, who operates Hang-
over's Boutique. The competition
to become AB's honorary mayor
opened in mid-March and will con-
tinue through June 22, said Kevin
Conlan, chamber board member.
Goodyear's chosen charity to re-
ceive half of whatever she has in
her war chest at the end of the race
are the Shriner's Hospitals while
Nanerella is funneling 50 percent
of her vote dollars to the American
Red Cross, Conlan added.
With a few weeks yet to go, the
title of AB mayor still is up for
grabs, he noted, and any interested
competitor living or working in
the 33572 zip code can pick up the
one-page entry application at the
chamber's office in the Mira Bay
Shoppes. The office, 127 Harbor
Village Lane, is open 9 a.m. and
4 p.m. Monday through Friday, he
The candidate with the greatest
number of votes read dollar do-
nations is to receive the symbol
of office an oversized key dur-
ing the chamber's installation din-
ner on June 28, Conlan said, and
perhaps get a few tips from outgo-
ing AB Mayor Joel Brandenberg.
The race to become Riverview's
2011 honorary mayor kicks off in
mid-September with candidates
participating in an actual tossing-
the-hat-into-the-ring tradition, ac-
cording to Tanya Dolan, chamber
executive director. Any Riverview
chamber member in good standing
is eligible to get in the race, enjoy-
ing the friendly rivalry while also
benefitting a bona fide not-for-
profit charity along with his or her
chamber, she added.
And, this year at least one new
twist is under discussion within
Larry Fishman, M.D., PA.
Diplomate of the American Board
of Neurological Surgery
Dr. Larry Fishman
is pleased to announce the opening of a
Sun City Center office
for the practice of
4031 Upper Creek Road
Sun City Center, FL 33573
Dr. Fishman specializes in minimally invasive out-
patient spine, cervical and carpal tunnel surgery.
the mayoral race committee, Dolan
noted. The 44-year-old chamber's
mayoral competition dates back
to 1993 and successful candidates
have been named on a permanent
key plaque hung in the chamber
office every year since. But this
time, she said, another plaque also
may be created as the honorary
mayor's personal memento. In ad-
dition, of course, the winning can-
didate can look forward to attend-
ing all the chamber events, cutting
all the ribbons and smiling for all
the photographers he or she can
handle during the year as reigning
The honorary mayor also re-
ceives free-of-charge a business
card size advertisement promoting
his or her enterprise in 12 monthly
issues of the chamber newsletter
as well as a no-charge insert in the
publication, Dolan said.
Potential candidates can obtain
an entry form listing their charity
of choice at the chamber office,
10520 Riverview Drive, during
usual business hours. Using any or
all of a range of money-generating
techniques entertainment events,
public meals, personal appearance
appeals, collection canisters stra-
tegically placed, etc. candidates
will have the last quarter of the
year to campaign.
The new honorary mayor of
Riverview, an historic community
which grew from a settlement first
dubbed Peru (Pea-ru) on the south
side of the Alafia River, will be
named at the annual membership
dinner in January when current
Mayoress Jeanie Bush retires.
Before then, however, Ruskin
chamber candidates to become
honorary mayor there will be stag-
ing every clever means of getting
campaign contributions they can
devise. The Ruskin race opens
July 9 with a pancake breakfast at
Calvary Lutheran Church and con-
tinues through October 31, said
Melanie Morrison, the chamber's
executive director. After a hard-
fought campaign using every legal
and honorable technique imagin-
able to get money, Ruskin's hon-
orary mayor for 2011 will be an-
nounced during the annual seafood
festival set for November 6 and 7.
The transition is symbolized with
an oversized wooden key to the
community, she added.
Ruskin members in good stand-
ing are eligible to enter the con-
test. Entry forms naming each
candidate's choices of legitimate
charities to receive half of the con-
testant's vote money are available
in the chamber office on U.S. 41 in
the center of the community, Mor-
As is customary, Ruskin's next
honorary mayor will attend cham-
ber as well as community events
and generally serve as the cham-
ber's ambassador during the term
of office. The honorary chief ex-
ecutive also rides on the chamber
float during the annual Veterans'
Day Parade sponsored by the
Ruskin VFW post and sometimes
serves as a judge in connection
with other local competitions,
Becoming part of a community's
honorary mayor competition "is a
great opportunity to actually get
involved in that community" as-
serted Morrison, who assumed du-
ties as Apollo Beach's "her honor"
for two years, 2004 and 2005. The
then-25-year-old, who was the
youngest honorary mayor in Hills-
borough County, pointed out there
are no losers in the mayor races
because the process is enjoyable
for the candidates as well as their
communities, both the chambers
and charities benefit financially,
plus communities come together
and new connections are made. "It
is," she concluded, "a wonderful
way to make a difference."
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RUSKIN Shelby Sanchez, a
senior volleyball player at Lennard
High School in Ruskin, signed a
letter of intent with Florida College
in Temple Terrace on Tuesday. Her
parents, Karen and Rodney San-
chez, grandparents Vaughn and
Maxine Sanchez, Lennard Athletic
Director David New, Florida Col-
lege volleyball coach Donna Pari-
more, teammates, and friends were
on hand for the signing.
Sanchez was part of the team
that first earned a playoff berth in
volleyball last year. She led the
Longhorns with 47 kills for the
season. The team is coached by
Tara Whelan. Sanchez was also re-
cently named Reserve Champion
with the Lennard FFA Floriculture
team during a state floriculture
career development event in St.
Petersburg. Additionally, she was
recently recognized for academic
and athletic excellence by the U.S.
Sanchez is undecided as to her
academic goals but is interested in
veterinary medicine. She is most
looking forward to playing vol-
leyball for the Lady Falcons. "I'll
miss my friends," she said of her
high school career.
Also signing a letter of intent on
Tuesday was Lennard athlete Ian
Mills. He has signed with Dana
College in Blair, Neb., near Oma-
ha, on a wrestling scholarship.
In addition to wrestling, Mills
has distinguished himself with
the Lennard track team last month
when the team took the new
school's first district title in sports.
Mills was part of the Longhorn's
winning 4x400 meter relay team.
Family, including mother Joanie
Mills, friends, teammates, Lennard
coach Ron Buffano and athletic di-
rector David New were present as
Mills signed with Dana College.
"I want to thank my mom, my
teammates and coaches for their
support," Mills said.
Wrestling at 140 pounds, Mills is
interested in pursuing a degree in
Lennard High School, opened in
2006, has gained attention for rap-
idly building success in athletics
and academic activities.
Pelican Players award scholarships
The Pelican Players held a special
Social for the 2010 scholarship stu-
dents and their parents last week.
Dick Yarger is the Pelican Players
scholarship chairman, along with
John Foster, Marge Yarger, Tom
Ostrander, and Gloria Morrow as
members of the scholarship com-
mittee. The scholarship fund began
in 1984 and East Bay was the only
high school at that time. Now Riv-
erview and Lennard High are also
eligible for the scholarships. This
is the first year that Lennard High
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Michaelangelo Arzimendi from
Lennard High School will be at-
tending Hillsborough Community
Grace Kelly of East Bay will be
attending the University of South
Florida for Music Education.
Joshua Moody of Riverview High
School will be attending Hills-
borough Community College for
Anthony Carrol of Lennard High
School will be attending Full Sail
University for film.
Kelly Guerre of East Bay will be
attending USF for music education.
There are now 16 students under
the umbrella of the Pelican Players
Scholarship. Each student receives
$1,000 per semester for 4 years at
the college of their choice with a
major in the Arts. For information
about the entertainers or Pelican
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compete in the State Floriculture contest. The Shield's team of Rebbeca
Knowles, Devon Wolsom, Robert Matta, Makayla Gephart, and Tiffany
Conard placed 2nd overall in the State.
In this contest competitors had to take different tests. The first was a
written test of basic knowledge. The next test they had to demonstrate
their knowledge of proper personal safety precautions in cleaning up a
The contestants also had to show how to handle a customer complaint
in a professional manner.
For the pricing portion of the contest, the competitors had to be able to
price a flower arrangement for wholesale and resale value. In the final
portion of the contest, each member of the Shields team had to create a
single corsage using tape, wire, one carnation and their own creativity. In
addition to the team win, Rebecca Knowles and Tiffany Conard tied for
the 4th highest individual scores overall in State.
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ice Program June 15-Aug. 13 to
provide FREE nutritious lunches
and afternoon snacks to children at
almost 100 sites throughout Hills-
Too often, many children are left
searching for unhealthy foods to
eat when their parents are work-
ing or not in the home. When there
is not enough food to go around,
their nutritional needs are not met
and their choices are not always
The purpose of the Summer
Food Program is to provide a bal-
anced meal regardless of race,
color, sex, disability, age national
origin or income during summer
vacation when school breakfasts
and lunches are not available.
Applications or eligibility are not
required. Summer Camp registra-
tion is NOT a requirement. Sum-
mer Food Program sites are locat-
ed at schools and other locations
in the community to provide meals
to all children in the surrounding
area, in addition to those enrolled
in summer school. Any child age
18 and under can visit a participat-
ing site to eat a free lunch and/or
The Summer Food Service
Program for Children is feder-
ally funded and operated by the
Hillsborough County Health &
Social Services Department. The
Summer Food Program sites are
in geographical areas of where 50
percent or more of the children
qualify for free or reduced price
meals during the school year.
If any site is interested in serving
as a host site, call (813) 276-2093.
A list of approved sites can be
found at www.hillsboroughcounty.
For more information, call
Summer Food Program for Chil-
dren, at (813) 272-5220, ext 357.
Registration for new students
at Lennard High School for the
2010-2011 school year will be
held Monday-Thursday, begin-
ning June 21 through Aug. 13,
by appointment only.
To make an appointment for
registration, call the school at
(813) 641-5611, ext. 225.
Lennard High School
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Lennard HS presents
'A Night of One Acts'
The drama department at Earl J. Lennard High School announces 'A
Night of One Acts' from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 27 and Friday,
May 28. This is a must see theatrical performance, touching on many of
the issues that teens of today must deal with: alcohol and drug abuse,
teen pregnancy and the price one must pay for making wrong choices
along the way.
'A Night of One Acts' includes:
JOY RIDE by Brad Slaight
Ride along with these teens in their unforgettable performance.
UP LATE WITH RYAN By Brad Slaight
A realistic portrayal of high school life that deals with issues
taking place outside the classroom, but that affect students
while attending school.
JUVE By Campbell Smith
Think teens don't have a care in the world? Open your eyes to the
problems they encounter: drugs, sex, prostitution and religious cults.
THE EMPTY CHAIR By Tim Kelly
Take a look at this counseling center for teens recovering from
substance abuse. Listen in one their gathering as they talk about their
addictions and the recent loss of one of their peers, Robert.
Casey Aykroyd, a senior at Earl J. Lennard High School and President
of the Drama Club states, "A lot of hard work has been put into these
performances by everybody. I think many viewers will enjoy this pro-
duction. I love the genre of these one acts and the characters that are
Parents should take this opportunity to spend a night out with their
teen and utilize the subject matter as an open door for discussing how
these issues may be affecting their teen and how to avoid making poor
decisions in life.
Earl J. Lennard High School is located at 2002 East Shell Point Rd.
in Ruskin. The cost of admission is $5. For more information, call Josie
Marsh, Drama Teacher, at (813) 641-5611.
Serenity Meadows introduces family
Jenifer Collins, a lifelong mem-
ber of the Riverview community,
has joined Serenity Meadows as
a Family Services Counselor. She
enjoys boating and time with her
family. She enjoys customer serv-
ice and being with people.
Laura-Jean Goodsell has recent-
ly joined Serenity Meadows as
Family Services Counselor. Laura
is originally from upstate NY and
moved to Riverview in 198. She
lives on the Alafia River with her
husband and family where she
enjoys boating and travel. Laura
brings her experience with senior
citizens, marketing and customer
service into our services.
Eric Thompson joined Serenity
Meadows as an inside Fam-
ily Services Counselor. With over
15 years experience as a pastor,
he helps families plan their pre-
arrangements with integrity, care
and compassion. Eric lives in
Valrico with his family.
At Serenity Meadows, our pro-
fessional staff will assist you
in whatever services you need,
whether at need or prearrange-
ment. They provide funeral and
memorial services, gatherings and
unlimited options for your funeral
Their Memorial Park, spacious
chapel, private family rooms and
on-site crematory makes it pos-
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one time in one place.
If you have not already thought
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Preservation 1st Financial Group hosts
ribbon cutting ceremony
On May 10, Preservation 1st Financial Group, LLC hosted a ribbon
cutting. Members of the Greater Riverview and Ruskin SouthShore
Chambers of Commerce were present.
Preservation 1st Financial Group's office is located 1202 Tech Blvd.,
Suite 200, in Tampa. The father and son team, Michael and Christian
Beiter, can do a comprehensive review of your financial situation. They
do not charge for consultations.
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MAY 27, 2010
Your life as an open book and a Moment in Time
You'd think that, given the gen-
eral state of the economy and the
near double digit unemployment
rate people would be more re-
served in admitting that they hate
theirjobs. It's not like the economy
is going to make a bad job better,
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By Mitch Traphagen
dreds of people
to the entire
book.org is a web site that pulls
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who have not set their privacy
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Kelly is getting a divorce and is
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pastoringg." He doesn't seem
broken up about either. Dawn
is tired of catching her husband
cheating on her and is drowning
her sorrows in a quart-sized bottle
of beer. Gemma has big plans for
some drunk, topless sunbathing.
The end result is more sad than
satisfactory. While there are hun-
dreds of people that post about
getting a new job or having a baby
or other happy events, it is the
illicit stuff that is disturbing. Not
so much what people are doing,
but that they are telling the world
about it. What goes on the Inter-
net stays on the Internet. I'm not
certain that Rob really wants
the entire world to know that he
finally lost his virginity the other
night. Or, judging by his facebook
photo, maybe he does.
Youropenbook.org allows peo-
ple to search on Facebook status
updates from people who have left
their privacy settings wide open.
More than a few of those people
really need to change their settings
from "Everyone" to "Just Friends."
It is an interesting web site from
an academic standpoint but it's
not a place I would really want to
spend long periods of time. The
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believe that. And part of maintain-
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that Jamie has decided to come
out of the closet (not that I have
a problem with that). Also, it is
not necessarily a place where you
would want your young children
to hang out. Give them a chance to
have some fun before they become
frightened and cynical.
On the other side of that
spectrum and to prove the world
is not a giant freak show there
is a very cool project from the
photographers at The New York
Times called, appropriately
enough, "Moment in Time." On
Sunday, May 2, at exactly 11 a.m.
Eastern Time, photographers from
around the world snapped photos
and sent them to the nation's most
venerable newspaper. More than
13,000 photos have captured that
single moment in humanity. The
Times photo editors remarked on
how they were struck by the peace
and tranquility that was captured
in the world. In that moment of
will be closed
time there are children, cats, dogs,
flowers, and simply life in general.
It is an amazing compilation of
life's everyday beauty and mundane
A "Moment in Time" is found
at The New York Times photo blog
entitled Lens (www.nytimes.com/
moment-in-time.html). The photos
are sorted geographically in stacks
on a globe. Florida is encompassed
into two stacks: one directly over
the state itself and the other over
the Gulf of Mexico. Most of the
Tampa Bay photos are in the latter.
You can also search by photogra-
pher name (useful if you want to
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performance and personal conduct.
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Army Sgt. 1st Class Anthony Roa
has been mobilized and activated
at Fort Dix, N.J., in preparation for
deployment to serve in support of
either Operations Iraqi Freedom or
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throughout the U.S. They go
through a series of in-processing
procedures and training classes
that prepare them for skills and
situations they may face in their
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ship, armed and unarmed combat,
map reading, field tactics, military
courtesy, military justice system,
basic first aid, foot marches, and
field training exercises.
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honor graduate. She is the daughter
of Edward Wilson of Balm Road,
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graduate of East Bay Senior High
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Yes, I admit my guilt. As many of you pointed out, I made it too easy
to identify the smallest and coolest post office in Florida, located
in Ochopee on U.S. Highway 41 between Naples and Miami. There
is a method to my madness, however. I didn't want to Photoshop
anything on the photo of that cool little place. Not to mention, if
you could actually read what it said, you deserve mention for your
incredible eyesight. Jerry Crabb (a giant safe? How did I miss that?)
was the first out of the gate with the correct answer along with Audrey
Greenwald (cool, isn't it?), Esther Stever (thanks for the info, I didn't
know that), Justina Horvath (hi back! Certainly, my mind is slipping, at
least), Sarah Trenski (you got it! Thanks for writing!), Bill and Margie
Galbreath (thank you for the note and the kind words I appreciate
it!), Alan Talbert (thanks for the note!), Keith Staudte (good to hear
from you!), Marjorie Dufton (have you seen the giant safe?), and Jana
J. (there is a bit of old Florida left. I'll try the airboat on the next trip).
If last week caused the accusations to fly, this week will bring in an
electronic tsunami. Almost everyone who has lived here for more than
a few years will recognize this place. But keep in mind, not everyone
has lived here for years. If you haven't, take a guess. If you have, I'd
love to hear your stories about it. Email me at where@observernews.
net. Now, how 'bout some biscuits?
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18 OBSERVER NEWS RIVERVIEW CURRENT SCC OBSERVER
Theft from roadside memorial leads to larger question
As I stood by the handmade
wooden cross made by Randy
Lamb and donated by the Strunk
family's church, First Baptist on
College Avenue in Ruskin, looking
at the tokens of love left by family
and friends, several questions came
I'd been called
By Penny Fletcher
and flags and
left at the
died in an
age 19 three
fore he was to graduate from high
school. That was April 22, 2008.
Well liked, more than 900
people attended his funeral, and
since then, to keep his memory
alive, family and friends hold
periodic fundraisers for a scholarship
set up in his name.
"We were just kidding around,"
said Big D's brother Matthew
as we talked about the accident.
"You know, like kids. But the car
fishtailed in the wet grass. I was
ejected. He didn't make it."
Within days, friends had
put a small wooden cross and
Confederate flag at the site. The
flag was not a symbol of racism to
the Strunk family, as it is to some.
"He was a real country-boy," said
his mother, Leslie. "I'm sure that's
why they put it there. I know these
thefts aren't racially motivated.
Everybody who knew him liked
him. They all knew he was just a
Country kind of kid."
The Strunk family has lived in
Ruskin since 1989 when they moved
from Maryland to be closer to
aging parents. Leslie's mother died
in 1993, and her father, a World War
II veteran, will soon be 88. She's
been a full time caregiver for many
years while the rest of her family
works paying jobs.
Money doesn't come eas-
ily for them. Yet they set up a
scholarship fund for local students,
"The BigD Scholarship Fund," atthe
Ruskin Christian School on College
Avenue and work hard to see that
other students get to go to school
even though their son didn't get to
walk down the aisle and graduate.
His senior photograph, in cap and
gown, hangs in their hallway.
The Strunks don't understand
why people keep taking the solar
lights and flowers and other things
off the memorial site.
"We couldn't file a report (for
the thefts) because they aren't
protected," Leslie Strunk said.
I wanted to know what the law
says about the crosses and other
memorials we see along streets and
highways. If they're legal, then why
aren't they protected?
First, I checked the Web sites for
the Hillsborough County Sheriff's
Office, the Florida Department
of Transportation and the Florida
Highway Patrol. Everywhere, it
was pretty much the same story:
only state-sanctioned memorial
markers are allowed on public
property in Florida.
So what does this really mean?
There are a lot of crosses and
balloons and flags and flowers on
Florida's roads. Many right here in
I talked to a sheriff's deputy who
asked that his name not be used
and was told "we just ignore them
because we know they mean a lot to
When they deteriorate or be-
come unkempt, county workers
quietly remove the debris. As long
as they look like someone is keeping
them up, law enforcement doesn't
acknowledge their existence.
But the law is different from state
What I found was that in almost
every state, roadside memorials
have become so numerous that
some have been declared an "illegal
Some states have gone so far as
to say people erecting them are
making claim to public property and
in the State of Colorado, there was
a lawsuit filed that claimed since
the crosses are a religious symbol,
they are violating the rights of non
The strangest contradiction to
all this is that I found numerous
memorials erected at sites by law
enforcement officials themselves.
Googling various combinations
of words I found photographs
of vigils and memorial sites in
Florida showing uniformed law
enforcement personnel laying
flowers and candles by the roadside
where comrades had been killed.
I guess the spirit of the law is
more important than the letter of the
law after all.
I hope the new solar lights the
Strunks just put up stay in place.
Big D's memorial site is beautifully
kept up. In no way can it be consid-
Meanwhile, those who wish to
donate to the scholarship fund in
his name are encouraged to call the
church at (813) 645-6441.
*Perhaps you have something
you'd like to share. Or maybe you'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 cof-
fee or not (although I probably will).
It's what you have to say that's im-
portant. E-mail me any time at pen-
firstname.lastname@example.org and suggest
a meeting place. No matter what's
going on, I'm usually available to
share just one more cup.
DANIEL "BIG D" STRUNK
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Penny Fletcher Photo
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solar lighting, flags and mementos left by friends and family from
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Oil and water don't mix
OBSERVER NEWS RIVERVIEW CURRENT SCC OBSERVER 19
the oil spill
is still a hot
topic in the
Fish Tales that oil and
ByJonie Maschek water don't
mix, and as
I write, multiple technologies are
being used to stop the flow of oil
in our Gulf and Bay waterways.
The spill first hit Louisiana, Mis-
sissippi, Alabama and now Flori-
I have some phone numbers if
ou sight oil as you sail along our
waterways. If wildlife are endan-
gered, call 866-567-1401. If you
see oil on the shoreline, call 866-
So far our waterways have been
safe and fishing continues to be
The main topic and king of the
waterways this week is tarpon,
with many in this area rushing to
Boca Grande and Egmont Key
Pass to what they refer to as 'the
greatest tarpon fishing holes in the
To go to Boca Grande Pass, you
must travel approximately 80 miles
south, while Egmont Key Pass is
at the mouth of Tampa Bay.
Egmont does not have the num-
ber of tarpon that Boca Grande has,
but it still offers abundant fish and
is catching up with Boca Grande
There must be an attraction for
them to school in these two spots
each year. Those who have studied
their habits insist that they arrive
in schools to feed just before they
go offshore to spawn.
The average weight of this fish
is 100 to 250 lbs. It's a great game
fish and for those who have never
caught a tarpon, I suggest you hire
a guide. It is dangerous to try and
boat this fish without someone
who has mastered the catch. Most
charters are $300 to $600, with this
divided by the number of anglers
in the boat, usually up to four.
At Boca Grande Pass, it becomes
congested with thousands of boats
together, all trying to hook a tar-
pon and at times it becomes un-
pleasant, with harsh words, and
much friction. The Pass is about
200' wide. It is best, I think, to try
Egmont Key and avoid the crowd.
Tarpon is a trophy fish and is not
edible. It is wise to catch, take a
photo, and release. From the photo,
your mount can be made.
Because of the cold weather in-
our area, this giant fish is arriving
about a month late. A heavy pole
and tackle, along with live bait
will land you one of these giants.
Another hot fish this week is
grouper. Schools of this fish can
be found in all depths of water off-
shore. Some gag and red grouper
have been caught in a 35' water
depth. Those making the catch
were using white bait. Some have
strayed into our ship channels.
Redfish are on the move in our
rivers, bays and canals. Watch the
tides; with high tide you can see
schools of this fish feeding. They
also will appear in the shallows on
low tide. Low tide is when you see
them 'tailing' in the grassy flats,
with their heads in the grass and
their tails flipping in the air.
Those who fish from land are
catching many redfish at Simmons
Park in Ruskin. This is a great fish
to eat cooked in many ways. You
are allowed one redfish per person,
Snook are around in schools.
There are those who are still mak-
ing daily catches and releases.
This is a great fish to eat, but due
to the closed season, you cannot
keep one. Our season did not open
because of so many killed in the
freeze. You might be able to make
a legal catch in September.
Flounder are feeding on the bait
fish at high tide. Watch for high
tide for a flat one-eyed fish and
make a catch. This odd looking
fish has a lean white meat and is
a great fish to grace a dinner table.
Catches have been made this week
of larger than usual size.
Sheepshead are being caught
around pilings and piers. This
SHEEFED WE PRITIN
Ryan Weir of Tierra Verde fished
Lake Manatee for this largemouth
black and white striped ugly sharp
finned fish tastes better than it
looks. It has snow white lean meat
and is good cooked in many ways.
Trout are in the flats, waiting for
your catch. They have a soft mouth
and you must be careful as not to
lose him while boating. Have a dip
net ready at the side of the boat.
While enjoying the multitude of
saltwater fish, don't forget that we
have some of the best largemouth
bass catches in the world, made in
our freshwater rivers and lakes.
Freshwater catfish are great with
hush puppies and fried to a golden
brown. You can make this catch in
all of our freshwater waterways.
We have reached the time that all
anglers have been praying for with
all of the top game fish now swim-
ming in our waterways. It seems
that all have arrived with our
weather change from cold to hot.
Some schools have arrived late
due to the weather. You now have
the top fishing area in the world,
so go fishing today.
-- Aleta Jonie Maschek is a
member of Florida Outdoor
Falcon Watch Ladies 18
Hole League Game:
Ringers Final 4/23/2010
First: Betty Hill 58
Second: Carolyn Avrett 61
Third: Judy Scheel Fenwick 62
First: Kathy McNamara 59
Pat Eytcheson 64
Carol Mir 64
First: June McClain 58
Second: Betty Ellis 61
Sandy Bolt 63
Third-Tie Joan Emmrich 63
First: Carol Salowitz 53
Second: Linda Suh 57
Sue Barker 60
Lorraine Napier 60
First: Anne Shannon 56
Second: Doris Ballard 58
Third-Tie Dorothy Turner 59
Mary Ann Vinci 59
WGA 9 hole league
played "Tee to Green"
First Place Sandra Hurwitz 14
Second Place Gloria Nunn 15.5
Third Place Jeanne Doherty 16
20 OBSERVER NEWS RIVERVIEW CURRENT SCC OBSERVER
Kings Point Borini Auditorium
Sun City Center will again observe their traditional
Memorial Day Ceremony beginning at 10 a.m. Monday,
May 31, in the Borini Theater of the Kings Point
Clubhouse, Sun City Center. Doors will open at 9 a.m.
for open general attendance seating. All invited guests
with reserved seating are requested to be seated not
later than 9:45 a.m.
This ceremony is sponsored by the combined military
veterans' organizations of Sun City Center and is
supported by joint efforts of many participating
community service organizations.
The focus of this Memorial Day ceremony is to honor
all community veterans with special tribute paid to
those veterans who have died since May, 2009. To date
there are 169 such veterans to be recognized by a Last
Roll Call which will be conducted concurrently with
the traditional SCC Living Flag Tribute.
Featured speaker will be US Army Colonel James D.
Shumway IV, Director, Office of the Chief of Engineers,
Headquarters, Department of the Army, in the
Pentagon since July 2009. Prior to that, he served as
Chief of Staff, CJ3 (Combined and Joint Operations),
Headquarters, Multi-National Force Iraq, Baghdad,
and tribute to the
will be provided
by the Trinity
Choir, directed by Rev.
James Feist. Colors will
be presented by the East
Bay High School Jr. R.O.T.C.
Ruskin Boy Scout Troop 661
will be placing the wreath at the
flagpole outside the auditorium.
The list of deceased is compiled
from daily obituaries posted in
Tampa Bay area daily newspapers
and input from local Veterans'
organizations. Not all departed
veterans are posted for one reason
or another and, after the traditional
Memorial Day ceremony is over,
they will receive queries as to why a
departed veteran's name was missing
from the Last Roll Call.
If anyone knows of a Sun City Center
veteran who has died since last
Memorial Day, who is not listed here,
please contact Paul Wheat
Charles E. Alderman
Raymond A. Anderson
David T. Bergin
Byron E. Blank
Daniel T. Blount
Norman R. Bodine
Jack E. Boggs
Robert Edward Boyer
Donald E. Brooks
Robert C. Bullock
Allen H. Butcheri
Clifford D. Butenschoen
Charles F. Cermak Jr.
Charles F. Chason
James F. Clancy
Virgil L. Clapp
Eugene J. Clerkin
James P. Coakley
Kenneth E. Cogswell
Joseph E. Coleman
Audre B. Cook
Boies Penrose Coppinger Jr.
George H. Cordial
Arthur A. Crane
George E. Crawford
William Robert Crawford
James J. Dacey
William D. Daugherty
Jules Simon David
Robert E. Dean Sr.
William G. Dennis
Max E. Doerner
Indulis T. Drengers
Rolanad D. Dunker
Herbert M. Dunning
Jack F. Eckelaert
Kenyon M. Eddy
Charles W. Finch
David J. Fitzgerald
John W. Flannery
John F. Flood
Benjamin Newton Frith Jr.
Harry C. Fritz
John W. Fuller
James T. Gallagher
Orvis O. Gaughf Jr.
Alva D. Gibson Jr.
Last Roll Call
Robert W. Golden Sr.
Glenn H. Goodenough
Edmond C. Gorman
Whitney I. Grant
Paul M. Groves
Thomas J. Hanson
Gerald D. Harder
Joseph E. Harris
Robert L. Haskell
Mabelle G. Heath
Durwood J. Hedgecock
Robert J. Hellwig
William F. Herr
John J. Hiller
William H. Hillman
Eugene W. Hines
Raymond W. Hopkins
W. Craig Huntting
Bertran H. Ison
Lillian A. Johnson
Richard H. Johnson
Robert H. Johnson
William J. Kaiser
Eddy M. Kenyon
Gerald J. Kernodle
Richard P. Knapp
Valentine W. Krug
Vincent Joseph Lacopola
James F. Laih Sr.
Robert William Lang
Eugene H. Leaver
James W. Lewis
Joseph J. Ligregni
Andrew J. Lindner
John H. Luttner
John F. Martin
Richard Bennett May
William E. McClinton
Roger W. McDonell
Allen R. McKenzie
Joseph V. McNabb
Dale Winfred Miller
Eugene S. Miller
Kenneth G. Miller
Edward F. Miskuf
Virgil F. Neff Jr.
Melvin L. Nelson
William G. Nicholls
Charles Ray Nuxoll
Albert F. Otto
John D. Perkins
Robert C. Perry
James A Pfendler
Robert E. Pharo
Lawrence J. Piras Jr.
Robert L. Pope
Nelson R. Quackenbush
John Arthur Retallick Jr.
Valerene Estelle MacAnson
John W. Ruhsam
Donald E. Schang Sr.
Frank J. Schank
Walter W. Schmidt
Robert F. Secino
Ralph M. Selmont
Henry C. Shelton
Malcolm Smith Jr.
Wayne H. Smith
Ray Jones Stanclift Jr.
Carl E. Svedberg
Aubrey D. Taylor
Richard W. Taylor
John J. Teti
Richard J. Thomas
Thomas A. Toler
Benjamin G. Triplett
Robert V. Tynan
Howard H. Upperman
Burton F. Vonderahe
Herbert A. Vonderembse
Ralph J. Walsh
Edward W. Wilkins
Robert E. Willenborg
Edward J. Williams
Elinor C. Williams
John O. Williams
Winfield G. Willis
William H. Winsor
Norman L. Winter
William E. Wooten
John Joe Wyatt
Willard E. Yates
William C. Zinsmeister
MAY 27, 2010
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ByJulie Ball sonville
email@example.com val sread-
ing out over
three days in downtown Jackson-
ville this year. Performer high-
lights including Patti LaBelle,
Spyro Gym, Tito Puente, Jr.,
Chris Botti, Irvin Mayfield and
the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra,
and Ledisi, among others. Other
features include renowned perfor-
mances throughout the weekend
on Main Street, Hemming Plaza,
Snyder Memorial Church, The
Jacksonville Landing (Friday and
Saturday only), Riverside Arts
Market (Saturday only), Laura St.
and various downtown businesses
and buildings. The free festival
transforms into a vibrant setting
with multiple entertainment stages
and other components including
the Jacksonville Jazz Piano Com-
petition (ticketed); Art in the Heart
Downtown Art Show & Sale;
the Wine Down Tasting Experi-
ence (ticketed); Generation Next
Youth Talent Competition; Jazz
ABZ exhibit at the Cummer Mu-
seum of Art & Gardens; Jazz Ju-
niors educational activities at the
Main Library; displays at MOCA
Jacksonville and much more. The
'Round Midnight Jazz Jam, Sun-
day Jazz Brunches and a parade
in the streets are also included as
highlights of the festival. For more
information, tickets to special
events and a complete lineup of
locations, call ('" 14) 630-7282.
The last weekend of the 2010
Orlando International Fringe
Theatre Festival is here. Loch
Haven Park located at 812 E.
Rollins St. in Orlando is the site of
the festival. This 12-day arts festi-
val has something for everyone:
theater, music, dance, art and per-
formances for kids. The Orlando
Fringe is the longest running U.S.
Fringe festival with 100 percent of
Durant graduate killed in
HCSO Press Release
On May 23, 2010 at approxi-
mately 12:50 a.m. deputies
responded to a shooting that
occurred during a celebration at a
rental party hall located at 11349
Bloomingdale Ave. in Riverview.
During the celebration, a fight
broke out between several of the
attendants of the party. The defen-
dant, Khayri McCray, was struck
in the nose during the fight. He
then left the party hall as the chap-
erones were ejecting the individu-
als that were fighting. HCSO Photo
While a crowd formed outside Khayri Rashaad McCray, a
the main structure, the defendant student at Spoto High School,
retrieved a firearm and fired sev- has been charged with second
eral rounds in the direction of the degree murder.
crowd. The victim, Devante Dallas, received a gunshot wound to the
chest and expired at the scene. Victim Jeffrey Thomas received a gunshot
wound to his lower back and was treated and released from the hospital.
Victim De Ron received a gunshot wound to his upper right chest and
was also treated and released from the hospital.
The defendant then fled the scene. Detectives were preparing an arrest
warrant when the suspect contacted the Sheriff's Office and advised he
was with his parents and wanted to meet with detectives. At approxi-
mately 8 p.m., McCray arrived at Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
Criminal Investigation Division where he was arrested. McCray has
been charged with one count of second degree murder and two counts of
attempted murder. He is currently being held without bail.
the sales going directly to the art-
ists. Three Tampa Bay area produc-
tions will be performed at the fes-
tival this year which runs through
May 31. Kids Fringe activities on
the weekends are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
And free to the public is an outdoor
stage with poetry, music, dancing
and open mic. The main venue for
Fringe is at Loch Haven Park but
there are many other venues for
performances. Check the Fringe
website for details. Be aware that
once the doors close for a perfor-
mance, there is no entry.
Each performing group deter-
mines ticket prices which are
generally $5-$10. There is a $1
ticket surcharge. You must have
a Fringe button ($8) and your
ticket to a performance to enter the
venue. For tickets and times visit
Saturday, May 29
A "Backyard BBQ" hosted
by 97X radio station begins Sat-
urday, May 29 at noon at Vinoy
Park located at 501 Fifth Ave. NE,
St. Petersburg. The annual family
event fills Vinoy Park with enter-
tainment including Paper Tongues,
Flobots, Needtobreathe, Crash
Kings, American Bang, Richy Nix
and more. Plus, check out the bay's
biggest beer garden, motocross
demos, open volleyball tourna-
ments, corn toss, food and more.
Admission is $15 advance, $20 at
the gate. To purchase tickets visit
The Florida Aquarium is cele-
brating Memorial Day Weekend
on Saturday, May 29 at 9 a.m. by
allowing all active duty, retired or
drilling reservist or National Guard
members to receive two free tick-
ets to the aquarium to see the more
than 20,000 aquatic plants and
animals from Florida and around
the world. Best of all, youngsters
can enjoy the splash area, Ex-
plore A Shore and then check out
some of the animal shows, includ-
ing those featuring the penguins,
rays and sharks. Any active duty,
retired or drilling reservist, or
Ruskin Elementary School's Terrific Kids in April
Bryan Ramirez, Joshua Brandt, NevaEh Daniel, Lisa Tran, Kelly Duran, Taniyah Hopkins, Damian Ortiz,
Clement Blesson, Tianne Blagrove, Jennifer Saldana, Jorge Montoya, Alexis Bernal, Norma Valdez,
Jose Chavez, Araceli Gonzalez- Rocha, Franky Martinez, Delani Crisp, Karen Villalon, Jamarcus Hall,
Gerardo Gonzalez, Aleesha Taylor, Elisha Harrell, Destiny Smith, Francis Gomez, Erika Hernandez Lo-
pez, Leidi Perez, Carlos Leon, Jorge Caez, Jose Villalon, Tyla Blagrove, Erik Galicia, Gabrielle Zug-
schwerdt, Joseph Estill, Billy Bachinski, Aleida Molina. Students not present for pictures were: Jaime
Espinoza, Angel Garcia, Nieve Daniel, Edgar Rincon, Isabelle Vasquez, Hayle Gould, Mallory Garcia,
Maria Sanchez, Vianey Torres,Jelissa Garcia, Taylor Truax- Owen, Breanna Moore.
National Guardsman is entitled to
two free tickets. Additional family
members (up to four people) can
receive 50 percent off admission.
(Must present military ID). The
Florida Aquarium located at 701
Channelside Dr., in Tampa.
For more information call (813)
Zellwood Sweet Corn Festival
is Saturday, May 29 at 10 a.m. at
the Zellwood Festival Grounds off
4253 Ponkan Road in Zellwood
FL. The corn festival is an outdoor
family festival with all the sweet
corn you can eat, arts and crafts,
corn husking contest, live music
and more. Eveyone's favorite to
watch: "BIG BERTHA" at work.
She can cook 1,650 ears of corn
every 9 minutes, in 350 gallons
of boiling water! Entertainment
includes: Patrick Gibson, Eric
Clinger and the Hazzard Kounty
Band, April Phillips, Johnny Bul-
ford, Jim Van Fleet and the Reign,
the Bellamy Brothers (Saturday);
and Jason Webb and the Caribbe-
an Chillers, Nighty Blues, Margo
Rochelle and Rodeo Drive, Austins
Bridge and Guy Penrod (Sunday).
Schedule subject to change.
Admission is $12 advance, $15
at the gate, 10 and younger no fee.
For more information or to pur-
chase tickets visit http://www.zell-
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Sunday, May 30
Mary Poppins is in Tampa! *
David A. Straz Jr. Center for the
Performing Arts located at 1010 N
MacInnes Place in Tampa has two
shows Sunday, May 30, 1pm and
6:30 p.m. "Supercalifragilisticex-
pialidocious!" means everything
you'd hope for in a musical. Part of
the Best of Broadway Series. Tick-
ets range from $18.50-$83. For
more information or to purchase
tickets call (813) 229-7827.
If you are looking for a beach
party this weekend, don't miss
Memorial Day Weekend 2010 at
Shephard's Beach Resort from
noon until 3am, Sunday, May 30
at 601 S Gulfview Blvd # 619,
in C lk,\a ici The weekend is
packed with live entertainment,
drink and food specials, VIP par-
ties and more. Mix Master Mike
of the Beastie Boys and Jump
Smokers will be featured on Sun-
day. 93.3-FLZ will broadcast live
all weekend. The Biggest Party
on the Gulf will feature Mix Mas-
ter Mike, the spinologist of the
Beastie Boys and Jump Smokers.
Admission is $10
For more information call 727-
441-6875 or visit http://www.
Left to right: Stephanie Pierce, BJWC President; Meghan Sandora,
scholarship recipient; and Donna Johnson-Griffin, BJWC education
East Bay student receives scholarship
The GFWC Brandon Junior Woman's Club has awarded two $500 schol-
arships. Meghan Sandora of East Bay High School has been accepted
to University of Central Florida and will major in Journalism/Public
Affairs. Ashley Singleton of Newsome High School has been accepted
to University of South Florida and will major in Physical Therapy. Both
recipients were selected by the club's education committee from among
twenty applicants. Jeth Perry and Donna Johnson-Griffin are the club's
education committee co-chairs.
Still time for County Sizzlin' Summer
Kids can spend a fun-filled summer at the Parks, Recreation and
Conservation Department's (PRC) Sizzlin' Summer Program that begins
June 14 at forty-two recreation sites throughout Hillsborough County.
Registration is still being accepted where camps are not yet full.
The Sizzlin' Summer Program is opento children ages 5-15. Registration
times are from 6 to 8 p.m. at the center you would like to attend.
The 10-week program is offered June 14-August 20. For the first time
parents have a choice to register for half sessions that are scheduled June
14-July 16 or July 19-August 20. Sizzlin' Summer Program hours are
from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
All sites are child care licensed and activities include playground
games, sports, art-n-crafts, field trips, game room plus other special ac-
tivities and events. Prices range from $50 to $480 depending on length
of session and available income-based discounts.
For more information, contact PRC at (813) 635-3500 or visit www.
MAY 27, 2010
22 OBSERVER NEWS RIVERVIEW CURRENT SCC OBSERVER
MAY 27, 2010
Renovations progress on Giant's Camp cabins
I have a
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in the wild
Saturation and this past
By Karey Burek I was able
to bury my
face in one of the blooms I have
been looking for. Every spring, I
take many hikes through Brooker
Creek Preserve in North Pinellas
County in search of flowers; I am
usually power walking the trails
due to mosquitoes that want to pick
me up and carry me away. How-
ever, this year I didn't even have
to venture deep into the woods, I
found what I was looking for on
the boardwalk. I found my hon-
eyball bloom, otherwise known as
What is unique about this partic-
ular blooming shrub is that it can
grow in up to four feet of water
and has a special way of protecting
itself. Its stems are toxic to any
animal that may think it's a tasty
treat to browse on, therefore pro-
tecting it from being eaten before
it gets its job done. What type of
job could this bush possibly have?
It pollinates, provides shelter and
Due to its nickname of "honey-
ball" you can only guess which
pollinator favors this flower-the
honeybee. The first bloom I saw
was so far out of reach I contem-
plated stepping off the path into
the muck to catch a sniff of this
beautiful bloom. I decided there
were probably too many unseen
hazards for me to take a wade
through a swampy area. Further
down the boardwalk and hanging
just over the edge of the walkway
I saw another Buttonbush and a
bloom within reach. I squatted
and pulled the flower to my face,
being careful not to damage any
part of the plant. I inhaled deeply
and was instantly intoxicated by
the scent. It was sweet and fresh,
and I couldn't get enough.
This bush not only looks gor-
geous but it also serves a higher
purpose because it grows in wa-
ter. It provides shelter for smaller
creatures that need cover from
predators; it also provides a stalk
for insects and invertebrates to lay
their eggs out of sight. And even
in death this plant gives back, de-
composing into the waters to pro-
vide food for the smallest of crea-
tures. Their seeds are a favorite
snack of ducks, water birds and
It was truly a gift to inhale such
a sweet smell, even if my aller-
gies kicked in-must have been
the close proximity to the pollen!
But it was worth it. Keep your eye
out for this unique looking flower
when you are in marshy habitat, if
you can get a sniff you won't be
On May 1, over 20 volunteers joined forces to complete several
tasks at Camp Bayou, which included work on the Giant's Fishing
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The Giant's cabins that were
transported to Camp Bayou last
August are getting some serious
renovations. Work crews meet pe-
riodically to remove rotted wood,
increase supports where needed,
replace doors and windows and
eventually paint in preparation for
a special open house some time in
If you'd like to volunteer to
help during one or more Saturday
morning workdays, contact Dolly
at firstname.lastname@example.org or call
813-641-8545. When leaving a
message, be sure to mention 'cabin
renovation', your name, phone,
email if possible and construction
skills if any. Stop by on a Saturday
to pick up a volunteer form and
check out the current condition of
Camp Bayou is neither a camp-
ground nor a summer camp. It was
an RV park before the County's
ELAP program purchased the land
but it is now open for day use only,
to the general public. Through vol-
unteers, donations, membership
and grants, the RCDF offers pre-
scheduled programs to schools,
youth groups, adult groups and
families plus it's open from Thurs-
day- Saturday from 9am-2pm for
passive recreational pursuits such
as wildlife watching, nature pho-
tography and trail walks. General
admission is still FREE.
The Camp Bayou Outdoor
Learning Center is a public- pri-
vate partnership between the non-
profit Ruskin Community Devel-
opment Foundation, Inc. (RCDF)
and Hillsborough County Parks,
Recreation and Conservation.
Camp Bayou is located 3 miles
south of SR674 at the end of 24th
St SE in Ruskin. More information
is on the web at http://www.camp-
bayou.org or call 813-641-8545.
Trust'L1!I your Eyecae to Spec~1iait
The buttonbush bloom I found. It is a beautiful flower with
such a decadent scent.
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USAF vet returns to active duty
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* Continued from page 1
trailing off, leaving unsaid the many
ways, large and small, this husband
and father demonstrates his devo-
It wasn't supposed to be this
way. They'd planned it differently.
This most definitely was not the
circumstance the four of them had
envisioned. As America observes
Memorial Day next week, com-
memorating the lives of her men
and women who went to war but
did not return, they know not all ca-
sualties are buried.
Mark Smith, a son of Ohio, enlist-
ed at the age of 19. It was something
of a natural, he indicated earlier this
month as he discussed the difficult
situation he'd come to, powerless
to change it. It started with the role
models, several male members of
the family who had served honor-
ably. He figured to follow in their
And, he did. For 21 years, 21
days. He did basic in Texas. In its
wisdom, the military decided to
make a fuels specialist out of him.
He and Mandy married. Then it was
off to Illinois for technical training.
Together, they made a number of
duty stations Oklahoma, North
Dakota, Japan, the Azores. Along
the way, they made their family,
first Courtney, then Casey.
He was racking up promotions in
rank. The first Gulf War opened and
Smith, now a well trained, highly
experienced non-com with special-
ized knowledge in air craft fuels,
storage and fueling, was ordered to
a Saudi base. He did assignments in
Turkey. He was gaining more useful
experience, managing other person-
nel. Distant but safe, his three girls
waited. The air force would not in-
cur the same risks for spouses and
children, they could not join him.
Then came MacDill, back to-
gether again, the greater Tampa
Bay area at their doorstep. He was
rolling up on 20 years. Time to re-
assess. He'd accumulated a wealth
of technical knowledge and real life
experience. They'd traveled, seen a
lot of the world. The girls deserved
a real home, their own house. Sink-
ing roots would be welcome. They
weighed life after the air force. It
was decided, he'd take retirement
at his present grade.
Surely, still young and able-bod-
ied, he also would find work utiliz-
ing his long list of skills. Computer
savvy, he knows fuel lab testing,
bulk fuel strategies and distribu-
tion, accounting and inventory, en-
vironmental compliance and fuel
handling regulations. He can whip
out a comprehensive report when
required. He's capable in staff and
In January, he began a concentrat-
ed job search. He mailed resumes
by the dozens, searched the internet
for openings, networked. It all came
to nothing, he said. Florida's high
unemployment rate took its toll.
Redoubling efforts, he began
looking for a position in other states.
If necessary, maybe he could com-
mute or the family could relocate,
perhaps to Oklahoma or Texas. Still
In April, with no hope of U.S. em-
ployment on the horizon, the Smiths
reached an agonizing tipping point.
There was one option left: a tour in
a war zone with a contractor vend-
ing its services to the Pentagon.
Mark Smith, an unabashed family
man who asserts firmly that his first
obligation above all else is support-
ing his wife and children, did what
he says he had to do. It's a one-year
commitment, with a 10-day break
out-of-country after four months.
Neither he nor Mandy want to talk
about which contractor. They also
don't want to pinpoint where in Iraq
his assignment as a fuels foreman is
located. Is there danger? Yes, he al-
lowed before departure. Car bombs,
mortar fire, camouflaged explosive
devices go with the territory. "But
I've accepted the risk," he added.
He's been promised "no convoys"
where vehicles become highly vis-
ible and vulnerable on open des-
ert and is supposed to be billeted
within an U.S. military compound.
He takes comfort, he said, "from
being with my military family." Be-
sides, it's 12-hour days, seven days
Meanwhile, Mandy, Courtney and
Casey are working at keeping life on
as even a keel as possible. Casey is
in high school, aiming to become a
veterinarian, and Courtney is plan-
ning to enroll at HCC, enroute to a
career as a pediatrician, Mandy said
this week, They cherish the memory
of a three-day weekend together on
St. Pete Beach just before Mark's
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departure date and a surprise party
at Ruskin's VFW Post 6287 where
he was saluted by the only female
VFW honor guard in Florida, They
presented him a Certificate of Rec-
ognition from Sen. Ronda Storms.
They'll email and talk by tele-
phone when possible. They'll pack
love packages for him, sending
gummy bears and chocolate chip
cookies and the peanuts he especial-
ly likes. They'll make cards for him
and forward pictures of them doing
their thing here as they wait... and
plan... and pray.
And, they'll count the days 'til
Christmas. They hope that a 10-day
"furlough" in Germany can be ar-
ranged, allowing them to rendez-
vous there together for the holiday,
After that? "I take it one day at
a time," Mandy said, "and try to "
look at the big picture, the end re- I
sult." Embodied in that outlook ,
is the conviction that he'll come
home from one last hazardous as-
signment, providing the financial
rewards of the risk that will allow Melody Jameson photo
Now separated by economic circumstances, Mark Smith (seated,
them an ease that couldn't be found left) and his wife, Mandy, (seated right), along with their youngest
in the first retirement, daughter, Casey, (rear) shared their last full weekend together with
And Dad will preside over chops friends and colleagues at the VFW Post 6287. The Apollo Beach fam-
on the grill once again. ily also includes their older daughter, Courtney, who was not pres-
Copyright 2010 Melody Jameson ent for the photograph.
Free Arts Expo expands focus
When Chuck Wirick began his
term as the new president of the
South Shore Arts Council he an-
nounced to the Board that he in-
tended to expand the focus of the
five-year old community organiza-
tion to include all the arts music,
poetry, drama, dance, photography
"People think that the Council
is concerned only with the visual
arts," Wirick told the group at the
first meeting of the year. "There is
so much talent in this region south
of the Alafia River. We have to find
ways to bring all these folks and
their various creative expressions
to the attention of the public."
He added, "We also must thank the
Community Foundation of Greater
Sun City Center for their generous
support of our efforts in the recent
C.A.R.E. pets of the week
Miss Daisy is a pretty Greyhound
mix. She was brought to C.A.R.E.
by a guardian angel who asked for
help in finding her a forever home.
Miss Daisy is a polite dog that
loves human company. She also
knows some basic commands. Her
wish list includes a home where
she will get to be the only furry
family member. In return, she
promises to be a loyal companion
who will make you smile every-
day. She is spayed, micro-chipped,
heartworm negative, housebroken,
and current on her shots. Call the
shelter to visit her, 645-2273.
Gizzy is an adorable medium
hair tortoiseshell (torti) female.
She was brought into C.A.R.E.
when her owner could no longer
provide her the loving care she
deserves. She is friendly and has
been warming up rapidly to the
volunteer staff. She is spayed,
micro-chipped and up to date on
her shots. Gizzy is also declawed.
Won't you give this attractive gal a
forever home of her own?
C.A.R.E. is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tuesday through Saturday. For di-
rections visit www.CareShelter.
org or call 813-645-2273
past. They sponsored most of the
month-long activities connected to
the Big Draw/Ruskin."
Wirick is referring to the series
of art classes held locally in the fall
of 2008 and 2009. The classes and
workshops were enjoyed by hun-
dreds of people of all ages free of
charge. Two permanent large-scale
murals now covering the huge ex-
terior walls of the former Clark
Furniture warehouse and the Mary
and Martha House, both in Ruskin,
are part of that effort.
On June 12 from 1 to 6 p.m., the
public is invited to an afternoon
of diverse entertainments that will
take place in the Borini Theater
in Kings Point. The program will
kick-off with a performance by Na-
than Coe Marsh, comedic illusion-
ist at 1 p.m., followed at 2 p.m. by
acclaimed stars of the opera, Clint
Shepherd and Victoria Pelagia. The
young ballet students of the Bran-
don School of Dance Arts will be
on their toes at 3 p.m. followed by
the breathtaking piano artistry of
Eleanora Lvov at 4 p.m. The final
offering at 5 p.m. will be a one-act
play by members of the Pelican
Players, ending with poet Peter
Klappert reading from his recent
works. Ed Brown, famed radio an-
nouncer, will act as emcee.
The audience is invited to stay
for as many of the performances as
There will be a gallery of fine art
in the Kings Point Clubhouse lob-
by. The Security Department at the
Kings Point front gate will be ad-
vised of this very special occasion.
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noon of elegant entertainment.
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Meet Calvary Lutheran's new associate pastor
At a Special Congregational
meeting on May 16, the congre-
gation called Derek Hoven to
walk together with Pastor Jack in
the mission of Calvary Lutheran
Church, Apollo Beach.
When Derek received the phone
call from Cheryl Zemina, Congre-
gation Chair, he was overjoyed
and accepted the call immediately.
Just as the Holy Spirit has been
hovering over and within Calvary
during the call committee process,
so, too, has Derek felt that same
presence as he has prayed and dis-
cered the trajectory for his first
Derek will be graduating from
Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Co-
lumbus, OH on May 22. He will be
ordained at his home church in St.
Louis, MO on the weekend of July
4. He'll be Pastor Derek then!
Derek, Laura, Dylan and Elijah
don't know what house or rental
they will be moving in to but they
will arrive here about August 16
to get the family settled prior to
the beginning of school. Derek
will be getting settled at Calvary
around Sept. 1.
Derek sees as his God-given
gifts: Interpreting Theology;
Preaching and Worship Leader-
ship; Teaching; Innovation and
Creativity; Evangelism and Out-
reach; Strategic Mission Planning;
Recruiting and Equipping Lead-
ers; Small Group Ministry; and
Derek was born in Minnesota
and lived in Iowa for a few years,
but was mostly raised in St. Louis
(Go Cardinals!). He says he'll root
for the Rays except when they are
playing St. Louis (in the World
Series)! He has a degree in Me-
chanical Engineering from the
University of Missouri-Rolla and
spent nine years working as an in-
formation technology consultant.
This included stints traveling to
Kansas City, Dayton, Columbus,
Richmond. Philadelphia. Wash-
ington D.C., and a two year move
to Ft. Walton Beach. His favorite
thing to do is spend time with the
family watching movies, playing
games, taking trips, writing and
reading. He does as much cook-
ing as he can, and since discern-
ing a call to ministry he has also
re-discovered a love for running
and for music. Internship visits
to Haiti and Mexico have changed
his view of the world.
What a blessing Calvary has
received as a congregation and
community as we grow together
in Christ and Proclaim Him to the
Please read more about Derek,
Laura, Dylan and Elijah in the
June newsletter at www.calvarylu-
Ruskin United Methodist
Church, located at 105 4th Avenue
NW in Ruskin will host "Galactic
Blast" Vacation Bible School June
14-18 from 6 8:15 pm. Space ca-
dets will enjoy Bible storytelling,
music, crafts, discovery science,
recreation and snacks. The pro-
gram is planned for children from
kindergarten through fifth grade.
For more information, call Sandi
Rupert, church secretary at 645-
New Pastor, Derek Hoven with his family.
Left to right: Joe and Connie Holl, Jean and Bob Fortier
Celebrating Pentecost Sunday
The United Community Church, 1501 La Jolla Avenue, Sun City
Center, celebrated Pentecost Sunday, the great festival marking the an-
niversary of the birth of the Christian Church. Pentecost means "Fiftieth
Day," celebrated 50 days after Easter. The Liturgical Color for this day
is red, to symbolize the Holy Spirit and festival nature of the day.
The church was joyous with beautiful flowers, red balloons and the red
apparel worn by many in the congregation.
Julia Forman celebrates 103 years
Julia Forman cel-
ebrated her 103rd
birthday at the home
of her son, Charlie
Forman, in Apollo
Beach on Saturday,
May 22, 2010. Guests
included Fr. John
McEvoy of St. Anne
Parish in Ruskin, and
Julia's daughter, Ruth
Pelino of Buena Vis-
ta, Colorado, Julia's grandchildren from Charlotte, N.C., Valdosta, Ga.,
and Miami, Fl; and great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren
from Apollo Beach and Riverview. Julia resides at Cypress Creek As-
sisted Living in Ruskin.
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1st: Mary Keller 30
1st: Connie Stephan 30
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Pass the popcorn
On Friday, June 11 the United
Methodist Church of Sun City
Center will show at 6:30pm, the
free movie, Pollyanna, at 1210 Del
Webb Blvd. West. Light refresh-
ments will be served at 6:00pm A
love offering may be given at the
door. Bring a friend, have some
popcorn and be blessed!! In Polly-
anna, a little
girl comes to
a town that
by feuds and
by her aunt. T)
By the time OLLYAN A
community with her indomitable
will to see the good side of even
the worst situations and bring it
out for the betterment of all.
CALVARY LUTHERAN CHURCH
) Sunday Worship: Blended 8:00 a.m
Contemporary 9:40 a.m.
Traditional 11:15 a.m. Bi Bend Rd.
Nursery Provided CrossRoads: Bible Study, Worship: Wed. 7 p.m. M
Pastor Jack R. Palzer
5309 U.S. Highway 41 North Apollo Beach
(acrossfromMiraBay) www.calvarylutheranchurch.net 645-1305 -; N
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 ............................. 8:30a.m. Day Care Available
am.n.6 Mon. Fri.
Rev. John M. Bartha and all year)......................... 10:45 a.m. 6 a .m 6 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 ........................................... 10 AM
Wednesday Testimony Meeting ............................................. 5PM
Reading Room Tuesday & Thursday.....................................1- 4 PM
ALL ARE WELCOME www.spirituality.com
F"RST BAPTIST CHURCH
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. Dr. Bary Rumsey
Evening Service............................6:00 p.m. CHRISTIANSCHOOL
Wednesday Night Service................7:00 p.m. THROUGH 12TH
Awana.............................................7:00 p.m. GRADE
S rient sh1p Baptist Chwrch Sunday WEEKLY SERVICES:
Rance Goad, Pastor (Southern Baptist) 9 a.m ...................... Bible Study
1511 l Ran o Dr. 11 a.m .................... Bible Study
511 El Rancho Dr.0 a.m. & 6 p.m............Worship
Sun City Center, FL 33573
I?' 813-633-5950 6 p.m....Prayer Meeting/Bible Study
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of SCC
Meets in the Social Hall of the Beth Israel Synagogue
1115 E. Del Webb Blvd.
Thursday, 7:00 PM Call 633-0396
We all make mistakes but everyone
makes different mistakes.
Ludwig von Beethoven
NORTHSIDE BAPTIST CHURCH
"Where God's Love is Shared"
U.S. Hwy. 41 N., Ruskin, FL 645.1121 www.nbcor.org S
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 941-776-1134
Services: Sunday 10:00am, 11:00am & 6:00pm ffi 941-776-1134
Wednesday 7:00pm Home 813-754-1776
SFirst Baptist Church of Gibsonton
"We lovebecause He first loved us." 1 John 4:19
Traditional Worship Service *Sunday School 9:30A.M.
Old-Time Gospel Hymns *MVorningWorship 10:30A.M.
Nursery Available I Sunday Evening 6:00 P.M.
Interpreter for the Deaf ; id-Week (Wed.) 7:00 P.M.
9912 Indiana St. Hwy 41 & Estelle Y k u Malcolm S. Clements, Pastor
\Gibsonton, FL 33534 813-67-1301
Welcome e.. 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
MAY 27, 2010
MAY 27, 2010
October 9, 1930- April 25, 2010
Alderman, Charles "Chuck", 79, of
Sun City Center passed away April
25, 2010. He was born and raised in
Tampa, FL and was a 5th generation
Floridian. He also resided in Riverview
and Brandon. He lived part time in a
mountain cabin which he built near
Nellysford, Virginia. After graduation
from Hillsborough High School in 1950,
he enlisted in the Florida National
Guard and later joined the U.S. Air
Force serving during the Korean
War. He served as a motorcycle,
uniformed and plain clothes deputy
with the Hillsborough County Sheriffs
Office and retired as captain from
the City of Tampa Fire Department.
Chuck was an expert marksman and
enjoyed competitive and recreational
shooting, deer hunting, riding, fishing,
boating as well as raising beef cattle
and rounding up the herd with his
favorite german shepherd, Gunther.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years,
Tanya (De La Torre) Alderman, three
children Lance (Gina), Kirk, and Luana
(Alan) Pullaro, and five grandchildren.
Colby, Erika, Seth, Noah, and Zackary.
A celebration of his life was held May
1 at Sun City Center Funeral Home.
1851 Rickenbacker Driver in Sun City
Center. In lieu of flowers, memorials
may be made to LifePath Hospice,
3755 Upper Creek Drive in Ruskin.
He will be sorely missed by his family,
relatives, and friends.
Patrician Fernandez, 79, ofGibsonton
passed away May 1, 2010. Pat worked
at the Riverview and Ruskin Moose
Lodge for many years as a fanastic
cook. She was a member of the WOTM
at Riverview Moose Lodge. Pat was
preceded in death by her husband
Avelino Fernandez. She is survived
by her sister, Rita Saunders of Garden
City, SC. A memorial service celebrating
Pat's life was held on May 22 at 1:00pm
at the Riverview Moose Lodge.
Eddie Blake Goodrich
Eddie Blake Goodrich died peacefully
April 20, 2010 of Alzheimers disease
while under the care of Lifepath
Hospice in Sun City Center, FL. He
was a WWII combat veteran in the
Pacific theater taking part in the battles
of Palau and Iwo Jima. Following the
war he attended Georgia Tech where
he earned an Electrical Engineering
degree in three years. He spent most of
his career in the Panama Canal Zone.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years,
Catherine, two sons Mark and his wife
Lauri, Paul and his wife Beth, two
daughters, Gail and her husband Jess
Totten and Cathy and her husband
Sam Scibner. He was lovingly called
Papa by his 11 grandchildren and two
great grandsons. He is also survived
by his two sisters Charlyne G. Knepper
and Connie G. Brantley of Convington,
Unity uit r igio
SSpirituality Rather Than "Religion"
Beth Israel's Social Hall
1115 Del Webb E. Sun City Center, FL
www.un itycommun ityofjoy.comr
Sunday Service 10:00 a.m.
V; THE FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH
INVITES YOU TO THE SERVICES NOW WORSHIPPING IN THE "CHAPEL"
AT SUN CITY CENTER FUNERAL HOME 10:30 AM ON SUNDAYS
NO CREED...BUT CHRIST
NO BOOK...BUT THE BIBLE
1851 RICKENBACKER DRIVE 813-938-4955
Minister DR. DAVID CAMPBELL
Q &ie fo Ce / Goo6v C urcAof/qun i (enler
The Church of Open Hearts... Open Minds... Open Doors
1210 W. Del Webb Blvd. 634-2539
... > Worship Services:
J \ Saturday................ 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)
I' F i 10:55 a.m. Sanctuary (Traditional with Chancel Choir)
SFellowship time .... T i..... '" I..,;. I' r .... 10:15am. and 11a.m. in Creason Hall
G 'od' L ove .%(fCil i' MC.com
PASTORS: DR. WARRENLANGER, REV GARYBULLOCK
Communion First Sunday ofEach Month
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
h Sunday Services 9:30 a.m.
Prayers with anointing for healing and
J& wholeness during worship the second Sunday
of every month.
A Stephen Pastor: Dr. Gerald Iwerks
Meet friends in Fellowship Hall after the Service
1239 Del Webb Blvd. West
Sun City Center, FL 33573
Church is Handicap accessible
For Information visit:
Shirley W. McCarty
Shirley W. McCarty, 76 of Sun City
Center, succumbed to illness on May
18, 2010 in Sun City Center. Mrs.
McCarty was born in Danbury Ct. on
January 21, 1934 of parents Mabelle
and Paul Weeks and has been a
resident of Sun City Center for nearly 20
years. She is survived by her two sons;
Scott and Kevin, three grandchildren;
Brett, Christopher and Amanda, great
granddaughter Hailey, sister Joan and
nieces Carol and Debbie. She was an
avid golfer, devoted friend and neighbor.
She was an inspiration to all who knew
her and she will be sorely missed. A
memorial service will be held for family
and friends at the residence on May
29, 2010 at 4:30pm. In lieu of flowers,
donations may be made in her name to
the Cancer Research Institute of your
choice. Zipperer's Funeral Home
Lois Kemp Shinkle
Lois Kemp Shinkle, 88 years of age,
died May 15 in Eaton, Ohio after an
illness of several months. She had
been a longtime resident of Sun City
Center and Ohio. She was a member
of the United Commmnity Church and
the Audubon Society. As an educator,
she was a retired teacher and principal
in the school systems of New Paris,
Ohio and Columbus, Ohio. She was the
widow of Walker Shinkle and is survived
by many friends and relatives. Funeral
service was in Eaton, Ohio May 20.
Memorial contributions may be made to
the Sun City Center Audubon Society,
in care of Ed Clancy, 680Allegheny Dr.,
Sun City Center, Fl 33573.
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Calvary Lutheran Church'
A 5309 wy 41 North
Apolli ch, Fl 33572
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Front row left to right. Grace Walston, Abby Walston. Second row
left to right: Diane Boyd, James Funderburk, Carly Funderbunk,
Mollie Winsted, and Dominic Winsted.
Babies rock at Calvary Lutheran
The Outreach team from Calvary Lutheran would like to thank every-
one who donated items and/or love offerings for baby Sunday last week.
The community's generous support of this ministry provided more than
2,100 items for Community Cupboard to distribute to needy families in
our area. In addition to the outpouring of diapers, wipes and baby food,
Calvary Luthem collected financial contributions of $799 with Thrivent
to provide matching funds. You can continue to support this ministry by
mailing your financial contributions to Calvary Lutheran Church, 5309
U.S. Highway 41 North, Apollo Beach, FL 33572 or by dropping off
baby items to Community Cupboard/Angel Attic on 1424 College Ave
E, Ruskin, FL.
Ruskin Church of Christ
611 2nd Ave. NW Ruskin, FL 33570
Don White, Minister 813-361-1415
Sunday Bible Enrichment .......................................... 10:00 a.m.
W orship......................... ....... ... ............... 11:00 a.m .
P h.g Peopl BAPTIST CHURCH
S4208 U.S. Hwy. 41 South
(4 miles south of Ruskin)
DAN COLLINS, PASTOR JIM KRAUSE, MUSIC DIRECTOR
BIBLE STUDY 9:30 AM
SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE 10:55 AM
SUNDAY EVENING SERVICE 6:00 PM
WEDNESDAY PRAYER SERVICE 7:00 PM
ADULTS, YOUTH, CHILDREN
For information, call 645-4085 Monday-Thursday
Saint A4nne Catholic Chch
Fr. John McEvoy
U.S. Hwy. 41 106 11th Ave. NE Ruskin
SouthShore: :. .I I. Beach, Ruskin, Sun City and S. Gibsonton
Saturday Vigil M ass.................................................................... 5:00 p.m.
Sunday M ass............................................8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 5:00 p.m.
Holy Days....................................... Contact Parish Office for Schedule
Daily ......................................................... M onday thru Friday 8:00 a.m.
Espatol................................Domingo 12:00 p.m.; Miercoles 7:00 p.m.
Confession............................. Wednesday 6:15 p.m.; Saturday 3:45 p.m.
Frank J. Crockett
June 26 1931- May 23, 2007
The long winter is gone, the
trees are budding, the birds are
singing a song. And all through
the sadness of the seasons
your memory remains with us.
Memories that come to mind so
often, keeping us apart. But guess
its only natural because you're
always in our heart. You were our
life here on earth. And now an
angel in heaven. We love you and
miss you as the years pass by.
Loving wife Betty and children
,Allen, David, Gloria and Latha. -
In Loving Memory of Joe
From: Joe, Mike and Pat (Mom)
November 4, 2009, 6% months later,
has passed like a lightning bolt. With
our deepest gratitude and appreciation
beyond mere words, we thank all of
you, "Special Ones", you know who
you are, those who were a part of Joe's
life, especially since June 2009. Thank
you to our wonderful family members,
friends, the many Rescue Squad
members for the endless and countless
trips through the years, South Bay
and Tampa General Hospitals and
all personnel especially the "rehab
people". Heartfelt memories remain, of
the many visits, cards, phone calls and
the multitude of prayers by so many.
Joe's journey in life was indeed unique
and he is greatly missed. However,
his continuous experiences since his
passing is another story, for another
time. (To be continued eventually)
With deepest prayers gratitude and
-t ~Pat Hayes
Come and experience the power of
Jesus to change your life.
Sunday @ 9 & 11 AM Servicio en Espariol @ 6 PM
2322 11th Ave. SE Ruskin, FL 813.645.3337
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hindsight, question their results;
few dispute their methods which
relies on analysis of complex long-
range climatology, both oceanic
and atmospheric, and the history
This year, as of their last forecast
on April 7, Gray and Klotzbach
are forecasting 15
The average is
10 storms. They
forecast that the
probability of at
least one major
ing landfall on the
is 45 percent. The
average for the
last 50 years is a
31 percent chance
of landfall. Ac-
cording to the
forecast, the en-
tire U.S. coastline
has a 69 percent
chance of a land-
falling major hur-
ricane this year.
Gray and Klotz-
bach go to lengths
to point out that
their forecasts are
intended to "satis-
fy the curiosity of
the general public
and to bring at-
tention to the hur-
They also state
that "The prob-
ability of landfall for any one lo-
cation along the coast is very low
and reflects the fact that, in any
one season, most U.S. Coastal
areas will not feel the effects of a
hurricane no matter how active the
individual season is."
Joe Bastardi, chief long-range
meteorologist and hurricane
forecaster for Accuweather.com
generally agrees with Gray and
Klotzbach, but is somewhat more
pointed in his delivery. In a release
from Accuweather, Bastardi said,
"This year has the chance to be an
extreme season." According to Ac-
cuweather, Bastardi is forecasting
seven landfalling storms of which
five will be hurricanes and two or
three major hurricanes.
NOAA, The National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration,
will release their official 2010 hur-
ricane season outlook on May 27
during a press conference in Wash-
Each hurricane season is differ-
ent and there are enormous quan-
tities of variables that come into
play with tropical weather systems.
Weather experts credit a strong El
Nifio in the Pacific Ocean with
moderating the Atlantic hurricane
season last year. Also, strong wind
sheer across the Gulf of Mexico
helped to keep storms from form-
ing in this area. Currently, the El
Nifio, an effect in which the waters
of the Pacific Ocean warm abnor-
mally, is weakening. Meanwhile,
sea surface temperatures in the
Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of
Mexico are rising, providing the
necessary ingredients for strong
For residents in the Tampa Bay
area, wind is only a part of the dan-
ger. Storm surge is generally con-
sidered the larger threat to life and
property. The sloping shelf off the
coast into the Gulf of Mexico cre-
ates the potential for an enormous
surge. New road signs around
South Hillsborough dramatically
illustrate the possible height of
a surge should a major hurricane
make landfall. In such a scenario,
the destruction would be stagger-
ing with most buildings west of
Highway 41 submerged. A hur-
ricane making landfall at or just
north of the Bay area at high tide
would be the ultimate nightmare
for South Hillsborough. Once the
surge began from such a storm, es-
cape would be nearly impossible.
An unknown factor for the 2010
season is the Deepwater Horizon
oil spill still ongoing in the Gulf.
In seafaring legends, ship cap-
tains in times past would release
oil during storms to calm the seas
behind their ships. In theory, the
process may have worked on such
a micro scale, which has led some
to believe that the oil spill could
disrupt hurricanes entering the
Gulf. Unfortunately, few experts
believe that would be the case.
Despite the enormous size of the
current oil spill, a large hurricane
would not likely be impacted
since much of the oil is a sheen
on the surface. On the other hand,
with millions of gallons of oil in
the water, a Gulf hurricane has
the potential to magnify the di-
saster by driving more oil inland
before it has the time to naturally
With hurricane season on the
horizon, now is the time to be-
gin preparations, assuming you
haven't already. The Florida Divi-
sion of Emergency Management
has created a web site where you
can input information about your
home, family, and pets to create
a printable, personalized family
disaster plan. The agency also al-
lows you to create a plan for your
business. Included is an evacua-
tion map and emergency contact
information for your location.
On Monday, more than a week
before the official start of hurri-
cane season, the National Hurri-
cane Center was tracking a system
in the Atlantic well east of Flori-
da. The agency stated that there is
a medium chance for some form
of storm development. While it
poses no threat to the Tampa Bay
area, it does serve as a tangible
reminder that storm season has
MAY 27, 2010
STORM SURGE W
WATER THIS HIGH
Have a Plan. Know Your Plan
Hillsborough County Government
Hillsborough County has
installed signs around the A satellite image of Hurricane Ike in 2008.
county to notify residents of the
potential storm surge. Generally,
in South Hillsborough, the signs
indicate that most buildings
east of Highway 41 would be
submerged. i -
Useful links for hurricane season:
http://nhc.noaa.gov (The Na-
tional Hurricane Center)
(National Weather Service office
aagov (NOAA on Facebook)
tropical/ Storm surge from Hurricane Frances in
http://www.hillsboroughcounty. South Hillsborough marinas. Above, a s
org/pgm/ (Hillsborough County storm.
State announces early opening
of summer oyster areas
Florida Agriculture and Consum-
er Services Commissioner Charles
H. Bronson and Chairman Rodney
Barreto of the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion (FWC) announced Thursday
that the summer oyster-harvesting
areas in the Apalachicola Bay Sys-
tem will open at 12:01 a.m. Friday
- 11 days early.
The summer oyster areas in
Apalachicola Bay normally are
open for harvest in June, July and
Early Dining Special
August, and this is the first time
the two agencies, which jointly
manage oyster resources in Flori-
da, have opened the summer area
Requests for this early harvest
were received from the Franklin
County Board of County Commis-
sioners, the Franklin County Sea-
food Workers Association and the
Apalachicola Bay Oyster Dealers
"We are pleased to support Com-
Mitch Traphagen Photo
2004 covered the docks in
;ailboat succumbed to the
missioner Bronson in this effort to
help the hard-working people in
Florida's oyster industry," Barreto
Staff of both agencies will con-
tinue to closely monitor Apala-
chicola Bay water quality, oyster
harvest, oyster handling and oys-
ter processing to ensure oyster re-
sources are protected and are safe
"This action should be viewed
by the people of Florida and the
United States that Gulf of Mexico
seafood in restaurants and mar-
kets is safe," Bronson said. "With
demand for safe Gulf oysters at a
peak, this action will benefit both
our oyster industry and consumers
The FWC order takes effect at
12:01 a.m. on May 21 and will ex-
pire at 12:01 a.m. on June 1. All
other rule provisions governing
the harvest of oysters in Apalachi-
cola Bay will remain in effect for
the duration of the order.
Commercial oyster rules and
other saltwater fishing regulations
are available online at MyFWC.
com/Rules, click on "Fishing -
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Available from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Monday thru Thursday
Soup, Salad, Entree and Dessert
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Deadline is Monday The Observer News, The SCC Observer and The Riverview Current
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The Observer News
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Monday, May 31 in
classified line ads
will move to Friday,
May 28 at 4pm for the
June 3 edition
Dr. (Rev) Jack Harrison
# NIPA grant. Professional healing
prayers & weddings since 1981! Call
for appointment 813-642-0189
Spiritual Books, Gifts
137 S. Pebble Beach Blvd.* Suite 201
Sun City Center, FL 33573
Rev. Cheryl Wilken,
ordain minister. Serving Apollo Beach
& surrounding area. Cell # 913-544-
Fresh produce, local watermelon,
fresh seafood, live blue crabs & more
US 41, One miles south of the Little
Manatee River. 813-645-5208
Oliver & Company
813-767-7225. Licensed, bonded,
insured. Member of Pet Sitters Inter-
national. References available, email:
310 GARAGE/YARD SALE
Almost New Thrift Store. 10008 Indiana
St., Gibsonton (1 block off US 41,1 block
north Gibsonton Dr.,) Wednesday thru
Saturday, 9am-3pm. Clothing, furniture,
lots misc. Ministry First Baptist Gibson-
ton. 813-671-0036 to donate
Moving sale. Furniture, clothing, house-
hold items, collectibles, depression
glass. 1315 24th Ave., SW, Ruskin.
Saturday & Sunday 8am-2pm.
1st St SW.
310 GARAGE/YARD SALE
Bu Thrift Store
NOW OPEN Wednesday,
Friday & Saturday
9 a.m. Noon
PANTS & SHORTS
Buy 1, Get 1 FREE
1424 E. College Ave. Ruskin
Ministry o Calvary Lutheran chunrh
Don't Miss This One
1816 Bunker Hill, off West Del Webb.
SCC Friday & Saturday, 8am-1 pm.
Some antiques & jewelry, 2 full size
bedroom sets, beautiful chandler, crys-
tal tall candle holders, Bamboo & patio
furniture, fireside chairs, gorgeous din-
ning room table & chairs, buffet, china
cabinet, server. Pot, pans, dishes,
men's clothing, golf clubs, tools &
Inside garage sale. Saturday, May 29,
1055 Apollo Beach Blvd., 8am-? Bai-
ley used stair stepper, sectional sofa,
kitchen & household items & misc. Lots
of men & women watches, all work.
Garage /estate sale. 1209 Chevy Chase
Dr., SCC. Saturday, May 29, 8am-3pm.
Musical instruments, golf cart, furniture,
odd & ends.
Will the lady who bought the 100ft ex-
tension cord at a garage sale last week.
Please call 813-634-0786
Family yard sale. 1409 1st St., SW,
Ruskin. Fishing & yard equipment &
many misc. items. 5/28 & 5/29, 8am-
Moving sale. Everything goes! Furniture,
wall decor, yard tools, piano, dishes,
more. 11613 Cummins Rd., Riverview
Friday & Saturday, 8am-3pm.
Apollo Beach Shopping Center
6024 U.S. Hwy. 41 N. Apollo Beach
Closed Tues., Wed & Sunday
Classified Is Convenient
674 E We Have
DONATION DROP OFFS
TUES. THRU FRI ONLY PLEASE,
ALL DONATIONS MUST BE IN CLEAN
310 GARAGE/YARD SALE
Garage /yard sale. Mira Lago, Ruskin.
422 Stone Briar Dr. Kathy Ireland white
decal 5ft dresser plus mirror, chest,
night stand, twin bed w/ headboard..
Bush planked maple L- desk w/ hutch,
lateral file w/ hutch & bookcase, 10 cf
stainless steel refrigerator, exercise
equipment, small kitchen appliances,
dishes, glassware, home decor, jewlery,
clothes, shoes, office supplies, misc.,
cookbooks & books galore. Saturday &
Have a yard sale / moving sale at your
home. Make money. Call Dave for de-
312 ESTATE SALES
WE BUY ESTATES
in the Sun City area or
take consignments on
your ENTIRE HOUSE
We also come and pick it up!!
Butterfleld Auctions AB2706/AU3549
New & Gently Used Furniture
BUY & SELL
Daily Trips to SCC
Your home will be staged for
best results. Working in
Sun City Center for 23 years.
Please feel free to call about
the sale or its contents.
or Eve: 633-1173
(2) Twin adjustable bed frame w/o mat-
tresses. Complete with remote & vibra-
tors. New still in boxes. Retail $1,100
each. Will negotiates. 813-642-9259
Daybed w/ trundle, makes king size
bed. Some beddingincluded, beautiful
white wicker, like new, must see! $375.
Place a Garage/Yard Sale
Ad $15.50 for 20 Words
360 GOLF CARTS
Golf carts wanted. Buy sell, trade. Char-
gers, parts all related. Ronny's Carts &
Parts. 813-645-4515 or 813-484-9855
bogeybillsgolf-cars.com EZ-Go Club
Car. New, used, rebuilds, service,
parts & batteries. 2107 College Ave., E
We buy golf carts, any condition. We pay
top dollar for used carts, running or not.
Same day pickup. 813-300-0114
S WumaCar of Sun City Center
6 Volt 8 Volt
I Complete Set Complete Set I
*Plustax and applicable *Plustaxand applicable
fees Installed withcore fees Installed with core
exchange Exp 6/30/10 1 exchange Exp 6/30/10
I FREE Golf Cart Service I
($69.99 Value) Exp 6/50/10 '
1649 SCC Plaza Suite 103
(next to Chamber)
Sun City Center, FL
395 WANTED TO BUY
Wanted: 3 position power lift chair for
disabled lady. Reasonable Call 813-
425 SLIPS OR STORAGE
South Bay RV & Boat Storage. Special-
izing in outside storage for RVs, boats &
trailers. 813-677-2000 www.SouthBay-
Cars, trucks & Vans. Dead or alive.
813-626-5733, 813-924-6255 Free
Hauling. God Bless
1997 Saab convertible 72,000 miles,
dark green, auto, power, $5,400. Looks
Feel the Freedom
& save on gas 2009 Harley David-
son, Street Bob DYNA. Reduced to
$9,000. No reasonable offer refused.
Call Stephen 813-833-7148 or Carolyn
813-645-7802 for appointment to see
Classified Is Convenient
511 HOUSES FOR SALE
Home for Sale
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. Car-
port, porch, fireplace. Nice neighbor-
hood. Priced for quick sell. $134,900.
Call Mickey Arruda 813-787-4451,
Coldwell Banker Real Estate
511 HOUSES FOR SALE
Cypress Creek Beauty 3br/2ba/2cg,
1,689 sf. Now $159,900. Seller pays
up to $5,000 closing cost.
3512 Concho Ct.
Open House Sun. 5/30
1-4pm. 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
SCC Sierra in Greenbriar, oak floors, replumbed,
interior redecorated. Over 1,500 sq. ft ..$134,900
Hampton "Expanded," w/enclosed lanai, new
kitchen, furnished, golf cart.....................$64,500
SCC Worthington 3BR/2BA, 2,500 sq. ft., solar heated
spa, new flooring, caged patio, vacant............. $249,000
2BR/2B Fum. on Gloucester.......................$750/month
2BR/2B, 2-car garage in Greenbriar...... $1000/month
JUST LISTEDI Repainted, improved
2BR/2BA Mobile Home, across from golf
course community! Clean bright home, new
carpet, new laminate in kitchen, and NEW well
upon closing. Screen porch, carport, shed.
RUSKIN 2BR/1BA HOUSE, with newer
metal roof, carport, utility room, and shed in
back. Great location a block from river.
Motivated owner. $65,000.
SEVERAL 2BR/2BA DOUBLEWIDE
HOMES ON OWN LOTS: Nice area close
to golf course and close to town, no monthly
fees, low taxes. Some beautifully furnished,
some offer owner financing. Price ranges
from 51,500 to $79,500.
RENTAL: Furnished 2BR/2BA Mobile Home
in age-restricted community, with pool &
clubhouse. Enclosed addition, carport, shed +
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Priced to sell at $139,500.
515 VILLAS FOR SALE
Sun City Villa
2br/2ba, 1250 sf. absolutely like new,
King's Point, gated 55+ community,
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610 WATERFRONT RENTALS
The Dolphin House, Apollo Beach,
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weekly, $185 deposit. No pets. 813-
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611 HOUSES FOR RENT
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615 TOWNHOMES FOR RENT
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619 VILLAS FOR RENT
Sun City Center
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One bedroom furnished, water & electric
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646 WAREHOUSE SPACE
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672 WINDOW TREATMENTS
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Tropical Fish Farm seeks help for
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2700 36th Ave., SE, Ruskin. Monday -
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Christine Nethers ............... 260-6335 LaRae Regis........................... 633-8318
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New & Redesigned!
* Unsurpassed amount of
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Come See Why
Thousands of Local
Drivers Are Switching
On Select Models'
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2010 SANTA FE
Comfort & Style
In Its Class
Affordable & Fuel Efficient
2010 ELANTRA Touring
2010 GENESIS Coupe
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Most Interior Room In Its Class Revolution In Design, Performance & Value
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All prices are plus tax, tag and $599 dealer fee and are before any dealer installed options and include all available manufacturer rebates & incentives. O SpecialAPR offers on select models, se ,, r . I i. ' i '99,
Genesis Coupe $2199, '11 Sonata $3500, '10 Tucson $2499, '10 Genesis Sedan $3799. All offers are with approved credit and some cannot be combined. *Expected range for most drivers, .. . , ..
Accent. As listed on Monroney sticker. A For model year 2008. Based on volume manufacturers as included in the EPATM Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions and Fu. II i. I . m 1 "
Honda listing. Photos are for illustration purposes only. Advertised vehicles subject to prior sale. Programs subject to change without notice. tt Must present signed buyers order from accredited Hyundai Dealer on same model & equipment.
Manatee Ave. W /SR64 Exit 220 West
itate Road 70
We will beat any
dealer or pay you
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CAC1813763 Offer expires 6/30/2010*Rebate offer is valid only with the purchase of qualifying Lennox products. See dealer for details and visit www.energystar.gov for more information on the credit guidelines and list of qualifying heating and cooling equipment
"*See dealer for details. 2010 Lennox Industries Inc. See your participating Lennox dealer for details. Lennox dealers include independently owned and operated businesses.
MAY 27, 2010