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Friday, Dec. 24
and Friday, Jan. 31.
on page 1B
Christmas is a
great time to
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RUSKIN, FLORIDA 33570
PERMIT NO. 8
Suio THE OBSERVER NEWS
Community rallies for Dawn MacCalla
principles on display
this Christmas season
* By MELODY JAMESON
RUSKIN - This community may be set on a 21st century course, but its
100-year-old roots remain its steering principles.
Founded a century ago on the concept of communal sharing for the gen-
eral welfare advanced by its namesake, English social critic John Ruskin,
the settlement dedicated to education and the ., mmi.'.. ...I" through the
years has rallied regularly to uphold its own.
Christmas, 2010, is no exception - even if the gifts include a new com-
mode and the plumbing to install it.
The story actually began to unfold with a tragedy on local streets four
years ago come January. Twenty-four-year-old Angelique Aguilar died in a
crushing vehicle accident. She left six small children including an infant, all
under the age of nine, but no husband. The burden of caring for, raising, and
channeling the energies of six growing youngsters fell to her mother, Dawn
MacCalla, herself still raising another daughter.
Nonetheless, MacCalla shoehorned the half dozen grandchildren into her
little three-bedroom ranch near East Shell Point Road, determined to create
a new family lifestyle. Together, they established routines ranging from use
of the one bathroom in the home to attending school and finishing home-
work to earning a living for the new eight-member unit.
See COMMUNITY RALLIES, page 7
weigh in on south
side opening to
* By MELODY JAMESON
SUN CITY CENTER - Should
free-flowing, two-way, non-emer-
gency vehicular traffic be allowed
between South Pebble Beach Bou-
levard and U.S. 301?
If so, who is going to pay for the
Would such a new connec-
tion between the south side of the
community and the widened U.S.
highway encourage shortcutting
through it by non-residents or open
the figurative door to increased
crime within it?
These questions and more are to
be aired during a town hall meet-
ing scheduled for 7 PM, Thursday,
January 20, in Community Hall,
South Pebble Beach.
The issues have been raised
time and again since development
of the south side of the community
was undertaken more than two de-
cades back. Opponents stand firm
See PROPOSED OPENING, page 17
PENNY FLETCHER PHOTO
Richard Nickeson, Russ Foti and Carolyn Wight (from front) man the
Sun City Center Computer Room helping guests and drop-ins like
Bill Neville (far back) learn new things on the computer. The Com-
puter Room is open to all residents of Sun City Center and Kings
Point, not just to members.
Computer Club offers help
so you can stay in touch
* By PENNY FLETCHER
The first computer I worked on appeared in my newsroom in the mid
1980s. I remember its screen was a huge blue blinking light with white
letters on it. If you didn't put your cursor in the right place before you
saved, everything you'd written just disappeared. It was manufactured
by Compugraphic Corporation, which had made its mark in phototype-
setting equipment two decades before.
See COMPUTER CLUB, page 10
* By MITCH TRAPHAGEN
If there's one thing in my life that's
missing, it's the time that I spend
alone sailing on the cool and bright
I can hear the wind howling and
moaning outside; but being tucked
into a protected basin in Southport,
North Carolina, I can hardly feel it.
The boat rocks now and again and
all of the boats in this marina are
dancing around, as if anxious about
the weather. But there are no large
waves here - there is peace.
I haven't watched television or
seen the nightly news in weeks.
Being alone, I had no one to con-
verse with so I talked to God. Early
on, I would begin with a whine -
"Please God..." - but then real-
ized that my conversations should
begin with thanks because I had
so much to be thankful for. It was
something I tried to remember as
the conversations continued.
Taking a miss on the nightly tele-
vised news had an interesting effect.
Without the constant bombardment
of bad news, I began to see the good
in things. I began to see anew that
people are not inherently evil. We
are all just bundles of thoughts and
This isn't how I imagined sailing
to be when I first bought a boat.
Heading south, I was bundled
up wearing at least four layers
of clothing to protect myself
against the cold weather.
nerves; a messed up species trying
to learn a thing or two as we tumble
through this circus called life. All of
us, rich and poor, lucky and cursed,
are just trying to get by - although
some have means and ideals more
noble than others. Then again, that
which is considered noble is a mat-
ter of perspective. Noble to a rich
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DECEMBER 16, 2010
DECEMBER 16, 2010
By: Dana Dittmar, Executive Director
SCC Chamber News
There is so much to do when the
year nears its end. Not just the an-
nual holiday festivities, shopping,
visiting, and sharing. I'm talking
about all the
chores that sur-
round the flip-
ping of the cal-
endar from one
number to the
You, Me & next.
Business There are
By Dana Dittmar year-end finan-
1 cials to tally and
new account ledgers to set up. We
take all the file folders that hold
the 2010 revenues and expendi-
tures and carefully move them
to the drawer in the storeroom.
Then we create all new folders to
receive new data as it comes in.
Personally, I keep my checkbook
ledger on the computer in an Excel
spreadsheet my husband created.
It automatically calculates how
much we spent during the year
in any given category, making it
easy come tax time. Now is when
I copy and paste the formnnulas into
a new spreadsheet so it's ready to
go on January 1. I also revisit the
household budget to see if I need
to tweak what goes into savings or
pay off an old bill.
There are also calendars to pur-
chase and not the kind with kit-
tens or nature scenes. Here at the
Chamber we need the Month-at-
a-Glance and the daily sheets so
we know when and where we are
supposed to be. We map out all
of the monthly Coffees, Member
Luncheons and after-hours Busi-
ness Card Exchanges, as well as
any ribbon cuttings and speaking
engagements for the entire new
The Chamber will also elect
three new people to our Board of
Directors this week. That means
three new files, orientations,
and nametags to order. The new
Board members won't really start
to work until next month, but we
want them to be prepared.
In some ways, the first week of
January will look exactly the same
as the last week of December.
We'll have the same hours, the
same mission, and the same daily
job to do. Visitors will come in the
door, phones will ring, and emails
will arrive on our computers. But
somehow, it's as if we had a spring
cleaning a few months early and
we have fresh new tools to work
with. It's a new start. It's a new
I can't wait to start writing in
that brand new calendar with all
my colored pens!
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Century 21 Beggins
Len and Joan Terrell
Century 21 Beggins Enterprises
is pleased to announce Len and
Joan Terrell have joined the firm
as sales associates. Len and Joan
will specialize in Residential prop-
erty sales in the Sun City Center
"We are thrilled to have Len and
Joan join our team," said Craig
Beggins of Century 21 Beggins
Enterprises. "It's an exciting time
to be with the Century 21 System
as we increase our market pres-
ence in Tampa Bay."
Len is a native of Thomasville,
NC and graduate of UNC School
of Business Administration, Cha-
pel Hill, NC. He served 20 years
in the North Carolina National
Guard, rising to the rank of Cap-
tain. Len is an accomplished mar-
keting manager with a lifetime
career in newspaper sales and mar-
keting. He recently retired from
Sun Coast Media Group, Charlotte
Harbor, FL. A Florida resident for
23 years, he started in real estate
sales in 2006. He and his wife,
Joan, reside in Kings Point, Sun
Joan hails from Cincinnati, OH
and has lived on Florida's west
coast for 36 years. A graduate of
Edgecliff/Xavier University in
Cincinnati, she now resides in
Kings Point, Sun City Center. She
served as a secondary level school
teacher for 12 years followed by
a career in newspaper advertis-
ing sales and marketing with Sun
Coast Media Group, from which
she recently retired. New as a li-
censed realtor, she has been a real
estate administrative sales assis-
tant to her husband since 2006.
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Holiday shopping at Nearly New Shop
Holiday shopping just got better at the Nearly New Shop in Sun City
Center. Located behind the Save-A-Lot store in the SCC Plaza, the Shop
is now providing gift certificates for purchase. Staffed by over 50 dedicat-
ed volunteers, all proceeds from the Nearly New Shop are returned to the
community through scholarships and other grants through the Interfaith
Council. You can purchase the certificates during shop hours, Wednes-
days and Saturdays, from 8 am-noon. Nearly New will close for the holi-
days on Saturday, Dec. 19 and will re-open on Wednesday, Jan. 5.
Mobility Express ribbon cutting
The Sun City Center Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting
for the new location of Mobility Express in Ruskin on Dec. 4. The store,
which sells scooters, wheelchairs, and walkers, recently moved into its
new address at 729 Cypress Village Blvd., which previously housed
The number for the Ruskin sheriff's office was recently printed incor-
rectly. The correct number is (813) 247-0455
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What goal do you Rotary goes shopping
I _ i <
seek from work?
As a professional speaker and
seminar leader, I have spent a great
deal of time on the road. I learned
early, however, that my reason for
, a means to
Positive an end. That
itive end is a well-
By William Hodges life.
league I once met in the Chicago
airport began telling me about the
places he had been and the places
he was going. It seemed to me that
he had allowed his career to be-
come his life to the exclusion of all
else. I asked about his family and
he said they were doing fine. His
daughter had just graduated from
grade school, and he did feel bad
that he had to miss the graduation
so he could speak to a group in
Iowa. He glowed when he told me
about his son who had the lead in
his school play, but again he was
forced to miss the event because
of a contract in a distant city. He
then hurried to tell me that his wife
was there and that his son had told
him it really wasn't a big deal he
couldn't make it. If you believe
his son really didn't care, I have a
bridge that I want to sell to you.
Recognize you are not working
for money, but rather the things
that money will buy. Is having a
huge home in the best neighbor-
hood, driving the most expensive
car, and belonging to the best club
in town worth selling your life?
How much time with your family
are you sacrificing to build your
bank account? Will the memory
of those dollars outweigh the lost
memories of watching your chil-
dren play in the school concert,
score on the football field, be a
beanstalk in the second grade play,
or proudly accept their diplomas
from high school. I don't think so.
Look at yourpriorities now. What
is really important to you-the
love and respect of your children
or the adoration of your business
associates? Ten years from now
you will probably not remember
the names of half of those associ-
ates. But I can tell you now that
when your child comes to you and
says, "I want you to know that I
really appreciate your being there
for me," it will mean more than
any big deal that you have ever
J. M. Barrie, a Scottish play-
wright, said, "God gave us our
memories so that we might have
roses in December." Be sure that
the memories you will have in your
old age are those of smiling young
faces, not just of hard-earned and
easily spent dollars. Even if those
dollars are still with you, they will
never be able to bring back what
you lost because once the years
are gone, no amount of money can
buy them back.
"Hodges is a nationally recog-
nized speaker, trainer and syndi-
cated columnist. He also hosts an
interview-format television pro-
gram, Spotlight on Government,
on the Tampa Bay Community
Network which airs Mondays at
8 p.m. and Wednesdays at 7:30
p.m. (Bright House channel 950,
Verizon channel 30). The shows
can also be viewed at www.hodg-
esvideos.com. Phone: 813-633-
1523. Email: bill(dbillhodges.com
Members of the Rotary Club of
SouthShore-Ruskin provided two
basketloads of food items, person-
al care products and a check for
$250 to the South Hillsborough
Community Cupboard, Inc.
This program, a non-government
funded organization established by
the late Sammie Zipperer, founder
of Zipperer's Funeral Home in
1979, provides emergency food
items to those individuals who
do not meet the requirements of
government assisted programs.
Accepting the items was Dee
Fridella, Manager of Health and
Social Services, South Shore Com-
munity Resource Center, 201 14th
Avenue SW, Ruskin.
They went shopping at the
Sweetbay Supermarket in Ruskin
to help fill the pantry of the South
Hillsborough Community Cup-
board, Inc. of much needed food
The pantry is located at the Hills-
borough's County's South Shore
Community Resource Center at
201 14th Avenue S.E. in Ruskin.
The pantry provides desperately
needed assistance to those individ-
Left to right: George Barber, club member; Dee Fridella, manager;
Jennifer McCall, club President; and Richard Berg, president-elect.
uals and families who do not meet
the requirements of other govern-
ment provided assistance. Basic
food items and personal care prod-
ucts are provided on a one-time
basis to those in need.
Assisting the shoppers in deter-
mining the best buys was Sonny
Thompson, Sweetbay Manager.
After much deliberation, two
shopping carts of groceries and
personal items were purchased.
South Bay Hospital announces opening of the New
Center for Joint and Spine Care
South Bay Hospital is set
to open its newest program,
the Center for Joint and
Spine Care at the Grand
Opening Celebration on
Saturday, Dec. 18. Com-
munity members are invit-
ed to take a tour of the new pri
patient rooms beginning at 11
through 2 pm. Physicians and
will be available to answer q
tions concerning the Center w
attendees enjoy refreshments.
ervations can be made by cal
Consult-A-Nurse at 1-877-z
The new Center for Joint
Spine Care offers:
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"We are proud of our new Cen-
and ter," says Sharon Roush, Chief
Executive Officer for South Bay
and Hospital. "With our dedicated staff
and evidence-based best
practices, we hope to
the outcomes of our
Center for Joint and
Spine Care patients."
If you would like
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Left to right: Dave Braun and Mary Ann Keckler of the Haley House;
and Dennis Antle, Commandant of Marine Corps League, Detach-
Poker run proceeds benefit Haley House
The Riverview Detachment of the Marine Corps League presented a
$5500 check to the Haley House Fund, whose mission is to provide sup-
port to military families in need during rehabilitation of loved ones away
from home, at their monthly meeting held Dec. 7. The funds were raised
during the Fourth Annual Poker Run for the Haley House held on Nov.
6, and sponsored by the Detachment and the Legion Riders of American
Legion Post 148.
Join us for a cup of coffee...
and a second opinion.
Lennard and Spoto
join "I Feel the
Need to Read"
Freedom High School's 'I Feel
the Need to Read' program has
expanded to Lennard and Spo-
to High Schools, and officially
kicked off Dec. 3.
Spoto High School recently sent
53 students to Frost, Ippolito, and
Clair Mel Elementary Schools.
The high school students will read
the book 'Read All About It' and
do literacy activities with all of
the second grade classes at each
school. The second grade class-
rooms will get a copy of the book
to keep and each student will re-
ceive a goodie bag.
Spoto's project is sponsored by
Ms. Bisa Phillips, a reading teach-
er and sponsor of the Spoto Girls
Circle Club. The members of the
club are the majority of the readers
and they donated their own money
to buy the books and materials for
the goodie bags. Student athletes
will also serve as readers.
Lennard High School has already
distributed books to students in
14 classes at Wimauma Elemen-
tary School. They have visited
twice with different groups of stu-
dents each time. Students visited
Wimauma Elementary on Dec.
8 to give out 40 books, adding to
the approximately 80 books dis-
tributed so far. Lennard's reading
coaches, Ashlee Sutter and Tracy
Stanley, are leading the program.
The annual meeting of
the Ruskin Community
Development Foundation Inc.
(501.c3) will be held at 5:30
p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 16 at
Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning
Center, 4202 24th St. SE,
For more information, call
east Jay watch
by Michael Cooper
East Bay High School had the privilege of hosting and participat-
ing in a distracted driving program for teens last Thursday. East Bay
was chosen based on the school's reputation of its Driver Education
Program that attempts to instill responsibility in licensed teen driv-
ers. Emphasis is on potential consequences of students' actions and
the importance of making good decisions. This learning experience
is a product of the national foundation 'Safe Teen Driver.'
The organization was founded by Bruce Murakami following the
death of his wife and daughter in 1998. The crash occurred when
a teen driver chose to street race at 90 mph down one of Tampa's
Mr. Murakami speaks all across the nation talking to teens. East
Bay was the first public school that Mr. Murakami spoke to in 1999
and has made numerous visits since. East Bay Driver Education
teachers Sean Washington and Mike Shirley have worked with Mr.
Murakami and' Safe Teen Driver' at various locations, most recently
at the Anderson Race Track in Palmetto.
Channel 10 News visited the school to report on the training. The
segment 'The Great Hang Up' will air Saturday, Dec. 18 at 8 p.m.
On the driving test range, East Bay students were filmed driving
while texting, talking on cell phones and other distractions such as
multiple passengers. Channel 10 interviewed the students following
their driver training experience. Make sure to gather your family and
watch this hour-long documentary. Then discuss the responsibilities
of driving and the danger seemingly simple distractions can cause.
The documentary will be eye opening and it may just save the life
of a loved one.
For more information on' Safe Teen Driver' and Bruce Murakami's
story, visit www.safeteendriver.org.
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, December 16- Bar
B ingo at 6 p.m. Men's Auxiliary
Meeting at 7 p.m.
Friday, December 17- Fish
Fry from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Music by
George Raab from 7 to 11 p.m.
Saturday, December 18 - Hall
) Rented. Turkey Shoot at 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 19- Kids'
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Blue crabs are absolutely beau-
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Sanibel Island, I came face to claw
with a cool
on the beach.
It seemed as
S rao should have
Saturation been in hid-
Point ing due to
By Karey Burek the fact that
of blue crab meat was listed on
every menu on the island. After
staring and taking photos of my
shelled friend, I decided to look
up some facts about this particu-
lar crab species. The coloration of
the shell mesmerized me; it was a
combination of sapphire blue and
ruby red melded together creating
shades of purples.
These crabs are avid swimmers,
having three sets of legs for walk-
ing and the last set shaped into
almost paddle form, allowing for
impressive mobility in the water.
And unlike most crab species that
run the beaches for food at night,
this crustacean does most of its
moving during the day. Accord-
ing to some websites, the blue crab
can run 15.5 mph! Not bad for a
creature the size of a small dinner
The blue crab goes through its
growing pains in estuaries, re-
maining there until it's a juvenile.
There is an abundant harvest of this
particular crab species once grow
to an adult age. It can be found
on menus locally in Florida and
nationally. However, the concern
of overfishing species is always
on top of my list when it comes
to fishing and the blue crab is no
different. Because of its ability to
keep the clam, muscle and oyster
population in check, removing the
blue crab from areas has the possi-
bility of changing the ecology and
habitat of environments that many
species rely on.
The blue crab is a crustacean found in the waters of the western Atlantic Ocean, the Pacific coast of
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With the concrete block structure
encompassing about 1,200 square
feet of living space on a small lot,
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the five boys.
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confronting a single parent trying to
guide seven children into successful
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her supervisor at the retirement cen-
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from the generally affluent retiree
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protesting, but let go without warn-
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grandmother is not bitter. She did as
she always has done; picked herself
up and moved on. After all, there
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toppling the vehicle onto its side. It
was totaled, but the family climbed
out with only cuts and bruises. The
youthful other driver was charged,
two insurance companies dickered
and MacCalla received a settlement
sufficient to obtain a van for the
Over the years, MacCalla has tried
to pursue her personal dream to be-
come accredited in medical servic-
es. She's earned state-licensed EMT
status and is a Certified Nursing
Assistant. "Helping other people"
is what life is all about, she asserts
firmly, as she speaks gently of the
quadriplegic she has been caring for
on an assignment from the home
health care agency where she's cur-
However, between sheparding
seven children through typical
childhood trials and earning enough
money to keep food on the table, one
objective she has not been able to
pursue is upkeep of the little house
that shelters the brood.
Enter Natalie Castillo, another
East Ruskin resident. Years ago,
MacCalla helped raise her husband,
Robert Castillo, now a young hus-
band and father who also is a pest
control technician. Last month, over
the Thanksgiving weekend, Castillo
visited MacCalla and the expanded
family, tipped off about an infesta-
tion of roaches in the home.
Castillo sprayed the property, ad-
jacent to a retention pond, to eradi-
cate the roach population and plans
to return for a second treatment, his
wife said this week. But Natalie
Castillo went home that weekend,
convinced she had to help MacCalla
in a more concrete manner. "On Fri-
day, I didn't know what I was going
to do and on Monday I just started
making telephone calls," she added.
She reached Ruskin business peo-
ple and community churches. They
began to respond, Ruskin fashion.
Early this week, Destiny Church
delivered and installed a new refrig-
erator to replace the junker Mac-
Calla had been trying to get by with.
Home Depot said it would provide a
new toilet to replace the only com-
mode in the home which is unstable
and holding up a cracked tank, if
someone could be found to install it.
A local plumber, who said he's giv-
ing not taking credit, immediately
offered installation at no charge.
Melvin's Heating & Air Condi-
tioning hustled over to repair the
aging combination central AC unit
so that the home will be heated this
winter. And, Wild Bill's Furniture
is assessing furnishing needs, new
mattresses, another bed, perhaps a
new couch, Castillo said.
Donna Budd, a Hillsborough
County community resource depu-
ty, has promised several especially
chosen Christmas gifts for each
child through her Deputies Darlin's
And, Castillo did not overlook
MacCalla herself. The Southshore
Day Spa in Apollo Beach wanted to
be sure MacCalla could have a new
haircut for the holidays and pro-
duced the appropriate gift certifi-
cate. Plus, Crystal's Nails provided
a gift certificate covering both a
manicure and a pedicure.
Meanwhile, Castillo, nearing her
seventh month of pregnancy, still is
working the phones. She's looking
for clothing and shoes for five boys
ranging in age from eight to 12 as
well as for a 12-year-old girl and for
the baby, a girl now four years old.
In addition, Home Depot, for its
part, is not done yet. Store Manager
Tommy Kanatzar told The Observer
early this week his staff is reaching
out to the many vendors supplying
products to the home care ware-
house, seeking those among them
who can contribute any help in reha-
bilitating the MacCalla house. The
effort, he suggested, will continue
into the new year.
Such help would be so appreci-
ated, MacCalla said as she acknowl-
edged the numerous problems in the
home now about 30 years old and
designed for perhaps four or five
persons but instead housing seven
active youngsters and one adult.
Limited to expertise with duct tape,
pliers and screwdriver , MacCalla
admits she not handy enough to re-
pair the collapsing sink vanity in the
bathroom or to stop the drafts from
a couple of broken windows or to
build dressers and enough closets to
accommodate everyone's clothing.
She has, though, applied- several
times - for a home do-over with
producers of the ABC Network's
popular Extreme Home Makeover
program. There's been no feedback,
to date, she said.
No matter. The really important
things are humming along. The
children all are healthy, well man-
nered, doing well in school, growing
straight and tall in all ways. Their
house may be crowded, inconve-
nient, in disrepair, but Castillo talks
of the mutual respect and affection
that abounds within its walls.
Then, too, a grandmother had her
very first manicure and pedicure the
other day, using the nail salon's gift
certificate while her quadriplegic
patient is hospitalized and she has
no work. 'You know what I enjoyed
most," she asked giddily as she re-
counted the new experience. "That
massaging chair you sit in for the ped-
icure. I just didn't want to get up."
Asked what else might be on her
personal Christmas list, MacCalla
quickly sobers, though, replying
without hesitation: "All I want is for
the kids to have a happy Christmas;
to be able to say they had a good
Christmas." For that she will be so
grateful, she added.
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DJs dress for theme of every event
SOUTH COUNTY - The say- of her life. She and her late hus-
ing "Dress for Success" takes on a band Ron performed together, be-
whole new meaning when ginning in Chicago in
you're talking about Lar- 1971.
ry and Darlene Meadows. "She worked an
When this couple hires event three days after
on to DJ a gig, they go he died," Larry said.
all out. You can count on "She's a real trooper.
them to come fully cos- She put his hat right
tumed and carrying props Over up on the stage and did
for any occasion. Over everything herself."
Some things they don't Coffee As it turned out,
have to carry anymore, By Penny Fletcher there were 16 events
however, include their email@example.com booked during the 30
hundred-pound box ofI days immediately fol-
CDs and sound equipment. lowing Ron's death and Darlene
"Larry has put 20,000 songs on went through with every one of
computer," Darlene said. "He's them.
simplified everything." "I needed to work," she ex-
Darlene has been a disc jockey plained. "And it was good for
and line dance instructor for most me."
Larry and Darlene met at Thun-
derbird Lanes in Ruskin when she
was president of a bowling league.
They knew right away they had a
lot in common. Both of them teach
line dance, and Larry's computer
savvy fit right in with Darlene's
The former general contractor
says he's had a lot of experience
working with computer programs
and math. After he retired at 55,
he delved into computer program-
"Before Larry put everything
on computer, I was carrying huge
boxes of CDs and equipment,"
Darlene said. "They were very
heavy, and loading and unloading
them from the car was very time
consuming. Besides, they took up
a lot of room in the house."
Larry spent six months convert-
ing everything to computer. He
checked out a lot of DJ programs
on line and uploaded music popu-
lar in every decade from 1900 to
"If you can't dance to it, she
(Darlene) usually rejects it," he
The couple takes on gigs all over
Florida, mostly in places around
the South County area.
They'll be at the New Year's Eve
dance in Kings Point Borini The-
ater, and plan to DJ every Wednes-
day evening in 2011 at the Sun
City Center Dance Club. They're
also set to DJ for a Valentine wed-
It won't be their first Valentine's
Day wedding. Their own wedding
was a Valentine's Day surprise al-
most four years ago.
"Only about 30 of the 250 peo-
ple there knew (in advance) we
were actually getting married that
night," Darlene said. "Our chil-
dren and grandchildren and some
friends who helped us set up knew,
but everybody else just thought
Larry was going to propose some
time during the night on stage."
The red and white theme of
Valentine's Day was everywhere.
They had told people to come as
brides, and all kinds of brides were
"I wanted to be sure all my line
dance classes were there," she
said. "One woman came as a preg-
nant bride, and then there were
the seven brides (from the biblical
Everyone paid for tickets to what
they thought was a Valentine's Day
Then at intermission, Darlene
disappeared and changed from
her Valentine's Day clothes into
her bridal gown and her daughter
rolled out a red carpet. "People
still thought it was so Larry could
propose," she said.
But instead of a proposal, the
couple said "I do," as the Rev.
Harry Benter read their vows.
After the wedding, they went
right back to work as DJs for the
They've dressed as hippies and
zombies and a lot of other things
and keep their costumes ready for
"We're constantly adding cos-
tumes and props," Darlene said.
The couple recently won the
costume contest at a German Fas-
"We're not shy," Larry said.
"Even if we're on vacation and
there's a chance to get up on a
stage, we usually do it."
When they're not working as
dance teachers or disc jockeys or
setting up for parties, they visit
their (combined) seven children
and travel to various parts of the
They also like trying new things,
like zip lining 500-feet in the air
in the Dominican Republic. (And
they have a photograph to back
The couple lives in the Kings
Point community of Sun City Cen-
ter and may be reached at (813)
uarlene ana Larry TOOK First
Place when dressed for a Ger-
man Fasching celebration. Their
authentic clothing is now part of
their costume closet, ready for
use when hired to DJ a German-
Darlene and Larry Meadows
take their jobs as disc jockeys
seriously, dressing and bring-
ing props for each themed oc-
When hired as UJs tor a 70s theme, they came dressed appropri-
DECEMBER 16, 2010
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* Continued from page 1
Skipping completely over the especially
word processing machines used in free help
many offices in the period between day.
the popularity of typewriters and Unforti
computers, I went directly from a try work
manual Royal typewriter to "com- have the
puters by Compugraphic." "hi" or c
The experience led me to believe ily that t
I hated computers, and would never taneousl,
become accustomed to them. lose tou
Then the company I worked for members
switched to an Apple II GS. This away. E]
type of computer required you to are the p
type in long code numbers every connect,
time you wanted to change type learn the
size or font. By today's standards, opportun
it was horrific. Reside
When I was nearing 40 - yes, a Kings Po
whole 25 years ago - I enrolled in portunity
an evening class at East Bay High in a nigh
School to learn the latest technol- commun
ogy, which was then the drop-down without
menu. I'll never forget the pride I Center C
felt that I had mastered something um buili
before it entered the newsroom Boulevar
where I worked! Entering
I'm bringing this up now because other da
many people my age and older still vices the
swear they'll never learn to use a residents
computer. They think the switch portunity
is too difficult. Better to write let- that.
ters and use the telephone and take The C
35mm photos directly from the 800 mer
camera to a lab. one. It n
I've heard this quite a bit lately, of each r
(also in t
Mark Morris shows off one of
the club's scanners used to help
people in the community.
y in Sun City Center where
Sis available almost every
unately, those who won't
king on a computer don't
daily opportunities to say
:hat with friends and fam-
those on line have instan-
y. That means it's easy to
ch with younger family
s, especially if they live far
mail and social networks
resent and future modes of
vity, and people who don't
m are missing out on daily
cities to stay in touch.
nts of Sun City Center and
oint have an unusual op-
y. They don't have to enroll
it class at a high school or
ity college. They can go,
charge, to the Sun City
computerr Club in the atri-
ding on N. Pebble Beach
ig the Computer Room the
y and seeing all the ser-
e club provides to eligible
I wished I'd had the op-
y to learn from tutors like
computer Club, more than
nbers strong, is an active
meets the first Wednesday
month in the Florida Room
he atrium) at 7:30 p.m.
tween meeting dates, there
ral special interest groups,
g Genealogy, Quicken and
aphy that meet just to work
y) in a specific area.
computer Club's president,
erritt, puts out a very pro-
monthly newsletter called
urnal, letting more than
;ople on their mailing list
hat's going on and when.
interested me most when I
o the Computer Room last
week was how the room iiiiini'i-
assist the walk-ins that pass ilinii.'hl
Incoming President Bob W\\llik
who has been serving as bill ' i.
president and director of edtiuaniii
during the past year, says thlk mliiii-
tors and class instructors iaki.
turn on my new computer" ihi llk
most complicated program ii1 i; II
the person asked doesn't kii," llkt
answer to the question that - a.-kId
he or she can usually poini \ont i
someone with a specific arn .a I .\-
The reason I chose to wrik .iIltii
the Computer Club now i- it, .n-
courage those who haven I .ikt.n
the leap from paper and pen ih t m-
puter connectivity to do so - II iii
for the holidays then in tilk \>.\
The people in the Computer Room
can show you how to email family
and friends, stay connected via so-
cial networks and easily share pho-
tographs with the click of a mouse.
Even those who still fear using a
computer themselves can stop by
the Computer Room and ask for the
monitor to help scan a 35mm pho-
tograph, send a holiday greeting,
set up an email account to chat with
people in other states, or to work on
projects like memoir writing, which
the monitors say is a very popular
use of their tools.
To find out more about this help-
ful club any of the 25,000 residents
of Sun City Center or Kings Point
may drop by the Computer Room
weekday afternoons between noon
and 5 p.m. or attend the next meet-
ing in the Florida Room Jan. 5 at
7:30 p.m. Those of you already on
line may email thecomputerclub@
juno.com or check out its Web site
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man may be criminal to a poor man.
And vice versa.
There's lots of those friendly
people, showing me ways to go and
I never want to lose your inspira-
The sail from Belhaven to Orien-
tal, down rivers, canals and across
the wide expanse of Albemarle
Sound, was beautiful. I saw four
sails on the horizon and knew that
as long as there was another ship
at sea, as a sailor I was not alone.
Along the way I passed a pretty
little sailboat named La Dulcinea
with a young couple on board. The
woman aboard waved with great
cheer as I passed - so much so that
it, along with her smile, warmed my
heart. Perhaps they are headed off
on their first adventure together. Or
maybe she was just happy to see an-
other boat that was almost as slow
as their boat.
Oriental felt like an oasis. For the
first time in days, my cell phone
worked, as did the MiFi device that
I use to connect my computers to
the Internet. The marina was charm-
ing, complete with a tiki bar and an
on-site restaurant. The small town
boasted numerous locally-owned
restaurants, a coffee shop and a ma-
rine consignment store that made
me a child again, in a toy store at
Christmas. In every aisle, I reached
out to grab something exclaiming,
"Ooh, I've been looking for that!"
I picked up emails from the peo-
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ple I had met in Belhaven; people
who had helped to protect my boat
and my psyche through a storm
last week. They are all off setting
their own courses but remain in my
Now that my life is so pre-ar-
ranged I know that it's time for a
Late in the evening, a taxi driver
from New Bern dropped my wife
Michelle off at the marina. She ar-
rived just ahead of a cold front. I
had assumed the pace would pick
up dramatically with both of us on
board, so the next morning we left
for Beaufort, a short 24-mile sail
away. And in Beaufort we stayed.
By our fifth day in that pleasant
coastal village, the wind was still
howling out of the north with gusts
to 24 knots and the temperature had
fallen to 22 degrees, making for a
wind chill near the single digits. As
much as we wanted to get south,
losing our own digits to frostbite
didn't hold much appeal. The mari-
na courtesy car became our tempo-
rary lifeline to the supplies in town;
the warm cabin of the boat became
Before this trip, I had never stayed
at a marina that offered a courtesy
car. But every marina I've stayed in
since leaving the lower Chesapeake
has offered one. The cars are in var-
ious conditions: an old Buick Road-
master station wagon on which the
back gate wouldn't close, a nice
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a beat-up Chevy Caprice without
working seat belts or handles to roll
down the windows, and a newer
model Ford in which everything,
most importantly the heat, works.
Getting into a courtesy car is
somewhat like entering a time
warp. Time accelerates rapidly
once the keys are handed over. If
you are allowed an hour or 90 min-
utes, it goes by in seconds. Despite
our best intentions to return the car
early, we were often late, thanks to
the courtesy-car-time-warp. Fortu-
nately, few cruisers are still this far
north so when we called the marina
to explain that we were caught in an
odd acceleration of time, we were
told not to worry, no one was wait-
ing for the car.
My outlook has changed in the
weeks that I've been gone; in the
weeks I've been alone. Now having
Michelle on board has enhanced
everything. Suddenly the adven-
tures are shared and the laughter
and worry is mutual. I still talk to
God, although now less overtly and
more in my head. There is no need
to scare Michelle into thinking I'd
gone insane and am now talking
to myself. Still, I wondered if she
could see the change.
On this journey I've come to real-
ize that there are no small blessings.
In the course I have chosen, I can
see that t .il 1i inii works like puz-
zle pieces into something much big-
ger. The momentary frustration of a
delay could mean avoiding some-
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MITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTO
The ICW runs through Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. The Ma-
rines occasionally close the waterway during exercises using live
ammunition. We motored through quietly, hearing large booms as
we sailed past the camp boundary.
thing unpleasant down the road. A
fortuitous gust of wind to speed me
along could mean arriving in port
before a storm. I don't believe God
changes nature or the world for me
- my hope for wind may run coun-
ter to someone else's hope for calm,
after all. But I do believe His breath
occasionally fills my sails without
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I am acutely aware of my fortune
in making such a journey. Life is
short and meant to be lived; but
bills still need to be paid, groceries
purchased, and responsibilities met.
Yet somehow it seems we've lost
ourselves in a sea of iPods and Ni-
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tude that I have t L.i iliiniil I need:
my wife, my ship and a course set
for my home in Florida. It is an
awareness that I too rarely have on
The temperature was in the low
20s when we left the comfort of the
Town Creek Marina. At a nearby
slip, a water faucet had been allowed
to drip, freezing a stream of water
from the nozzle to the dock. For the
best possible protection against the
cold I was wearing: a long sleeve
t-shirt, a long-sleeve denim shirt, a
heavy sweater, polypropylene long
underwear, jeans, two pairs of wool
socks, a stocking cap, a scarf, and
a heavy winter coat with my foul
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Try a new recipe for your wild game
It is amazing that after the oil
spill and cooler weather, nests of
could be of
the great pro-
Fish Tales Those who
ByJonie Maschek live on the
not turn outdoor lights on during
turtle nesting. We have logger-
heads, green turtles and leather-
backs. A crew of people watch
over the nests until they hatch.
When not supervised, the area is
taped like a crime scene with yel-
low tape and you could be arrested
if you damage the nests.
Were you fishing this week? We
had an invasion of amberjacks.
Schools of this fish circled our
waterways with great force. Birds
were in their wake eating all of the
smaller fish that they were scatter-
ing as they ploughed through our
waterways. Average weight of this
fish is 18 lbs. The largest on record
is 138 lbs. 8 oz. They feed entirely
on small fish and are not consid-
ered an excellent table food. Some
bleed this fish and then smoke it.
An effort to bring oysters back to
our Bay waters has been the work
of many volunteers who have
placed oyster domes along the sea-
walls. The domes are made of con-
crete, with small holes, to attract
bait fish, and a solid rough surface
for oysters to attach and grow. This
is the best time of the year to place
the domes as the oysters are look-
ing for a place to settle when it gets
cold. Tampa Bay Watch will place
500 domes along the Bayshore
wall in Tampa this week.
Many in this area have gone
hunting in the past few weeks.
With the holidays so near, and
many with wild turkey, and deer,
I looked up some new recipes for
you to try.
Some tell me that wild game is
the ultimate gourmet food. There
are those who say that wild game
and fish are natural foods, a must
for those watching their health and
Venison in the old days referred
to any game, not just deer, such as
moose, elk and antelope.
Most hunters dress their own
meat, as a city butcher may be
afraid of the law codes. Many
make hamburgers out a portion of
the meat. To flavor your hamburg-
ers, try a cup of white wine to four
good size burgers. Add salt and
pepper, along with chopped onion
and parsley before you grill. The
wine could be mixed with a stick
of melted butter for a fantastic
Venison stew is made with three
or four lbs. of cubed meat; a cup of
red wine; salt and pepper to taste; a
variety of vegetables (any that you
have on hand). Cook slowly for
about an hour. Some of the hunt-
ers tell me that they add a half cup
of vinegar to their stew to take the
wild taste away.
I was told to cook the saddle of
venison, as you would a standing
rib roast. At first, I was in the dark,
as to what the saddle of venison
meant. I now know, a rib roast.
If you bag a bear, would you eat
it? Those that go bear hunting do
cook them. A braised bear roast
will take about two to three hours
to cook. Again pour on the wine
with garlic cloves, thyme, chicken
or veal stock, corn oil braised with
salt and pepper to taste.
Often ginger or oranges are used
with roasted ducks. Other water
birds, turkey, quail or dove, are
seasoned with garlic and onions.
One can cook these birds, as you
would a chicken, but the season
differs. You can stuff these birds
also for baking.
If your table is graced with fish
this holiday season, I hope you
have a big redfish on your table
stuffed with crab dressing.
Flounder is a low calorie fish. It
has lean white meat and is great
grilled, broiled, baked or fried.
Cold weather has brought a
variety of fish into our waterways.
From landside to offshore, fishing
has been the best this week.
Permit, flounder, trout, redfish,
Spanish mackerel, and sheepshead,
to name a few have been caught in
our bay waters this week.
Our waterways are crowded with
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I almost forgot about Christmas
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I've been so focused on the day-
to-day job of sailing a neglected
boat south to Florida that I forgot
all about Christmas. I have yet to
wish anyone a Merry Christmas
or even the politically correct and
sanitized version of it:
Speaking of which, I
have to wonder if some-
one of a different faith
would truly be offended
if I wished him, or her,
a Merry Christmas. I
certainly wouldn't be Obser
offended if someone By Mitch
wished me a Happy mitch@obs,
Hanukkah or a Happy
Kwanzaa or even a Merry Festi-
vus. In truth, I'd be honored. That
would mean they wished me hap-
piness for something that was im-
portant to them. You just can't get
more honest than that.
Being aboard this boat, with my
focus on the route, weather and
water, I have been completely in-
sulated from the marketing of the
holiday. I've seen no television
commercials. I haven't been in a
shopping mall since... well, let's
just say people were probably wish-
ing each other a Happy Memorial
Day or whatever is politically cor-
rect for that holiday the last time I
was in one.
What is most interesting is that,
despite missing the marketing blitz
(and the commercials from Ernest
and Julio Gallo, which I shameless-
ly admit do strike some chords in
my heart); I have witnessed more
acts of goodwill towards men than
I can count. I have learned repeat-
edly over the past several weeks
that if you approach people with
goodwill in your heart,
you will see the good-
will in theirs. Of course,
that doesn't apply to
those who lack good-
will entirely; but those
people are usually pretty
tion easy to spot.
ationS hOver the years, it
aphagen seems that Christmas
emnews.net has gone out of control.
I've read numerous ar-
ticles from social scientists that
have said the silver lining in the
economic recession is that a lack of
money (or the unwillingness to part
with it) will have a beneficial im-
pact on society by helping us return
to what is important in life.
Growing up, Christmas was mag-
ical to me and I loved i liiiin
about it. I loved the popcorn balls
my mom would die red and green
with food coloring and the table
filled with baked treats. I loved the
Christmas tree, the ornaments and
the snow outside. Of course, I also
loved the presents. In the 1960s and
1970s, the marketing of Christmas
hadn't yet become the science that
it is today. In our family we would
get one "big" present and one or two
smaller gifts. I distinctly remember
the year my "big" present appeared
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under the tree; suspiciously in the
shape of an electric train set I had
no doubt mercilessly reminded my
parents that I wanted. That year, I
simply couldn't wait for Christ-
mas Eve to confirm my suspicions.
Over the course of the days leading
up to the big event of opening pres-
ents, I carefully (at least as care-
fully as a ten-year-old boy could)
opened the comer of the wrapping
to see that, yes, it was indeed a
train set. Still, the surprise wasn't
lost to me as I couldn't wait to tear
off the rest of the wrapping. In the
end, that train set provided not just
a single day of joy in opening it, it
provided years of joy in building it
up from a blank 8x4 piece of ply-
wood my dad later brought home
from the lumber store. With every-
thing so disposable today, I wonder
if children still get to experience
that same long-lasting joy? There
really should be nothing disposable
Now in retrospect, with the ex-
ception of that train set, I can see
that I loved the presents more when
they were wrapped and piled under
the tree. Once they were opened, I
felt a certain sadness that somehow
the magic was fading away for an-
other full year. Of course, it never
really did fade away. I grew up in
a happy home with a loving family
and that in itself is magic.
In my 15th year, the presents un-
der the tree suddenly took on less
importance. I couldn't possibly
PHOTO COURTESY OF PAMELA TRAPHAGEN
With me in his lap, my brother Mike above, and sisters Pam and Pau-
la gathered around, my dad reads us a Christmas story. The legacy
he built in our family endures ever stronger even 32 years after his
tell you what my "big" gift was
then. My dad had passed away ear-
lier that year. I don't remember us
moping around in sadness, but he
was missed in ways that none of
us could begin to describe. I do re-
member that my mom did her best
to fill in the gaps that he so effort-
lessly filled during that holiday. I
also remember that, in his absence,
the love in our family started to be-
come clearer and more visible. To
me, that is among his most remark-
In the years since, I have spent
only one Christmas away from
home. In 1999, Michelle and I hud-
dled inside our little boat anchored
off Staniel Cay in the Bahamas and
celebrated together, away from our
families. It was most traditional in
the sense that there were no shop-
ping malls on that small island.
What I purchased for Michelle had
been hand-made by someone living
just across the water.
My dad's legacy has only grown
and become stronger over the years.
I have watched my brother become
the man my dad would have been
had he lived. I have watched my
mom smile, despite knowing that
my dad has never for a moment
left her heart in the 32 years that he
has been gone. I have watched my
sisters become women that I love
dearly and admire greatly. I am
proud of my family and Christmas
serves as a vivid reminder that de-
spite having passed away, my dad
never really left us. The love that
he and my mom created has only
Regardless of your beliefs, I wish
you a very Merry Christmas. In that,
I am wishing you, from the bottom
of my heart, faith and love and hap-
piness. This holiday is a reminder
that it is there for us all year long.
Ten South Bay Hospital nursing
employees recently earned their
Orthopedic Nurses Certification
from the Orthopedic Nurses Cer-
tification Board (ONCB).
In November, Star Berning, RN;
Anne Correia, RN; Amanda John-
son, RN; Yvonne Manosky, RN;
James Seidlack, RN; and Crischel
Tan, RN, received this specialty
nursing certification. Surgical Ser-
vices staff members Anne Brooks,
RN, has been certified for over 10
years, and Chris Burke, RN, and
Janet Taylor, RN, received their
certification in 2009. These Nurses
will be instrumental in providing
care of patients in the new Joint
and Spine Care Center opening on
the 18th of this month.
To be eligible for the ONC ex-
amination, one must be licensed
as an RN and have 1,000 hours of
work experience as an RN in or-
thopedic nursing practice within
the past three years. Testing mate-
rial covers degenerative diseases,
orthopedic traumas, sports injuries
"We are proud of the achieve-
ment of our Nurses," says Sharon
Roush, CEO for South Bay Hos-
pital. "This certification means
that they have demonstrated the
proficiency in orthopedic nursing
and can significantly improve the
outcomes of our Center for Joint
and Spine Care patients."
For information on South Bay
Hospital's Center for Joint and
Spine Care, call Sherell Bennett at
106 11th Ave. N.E. * Ruskin, Fl 33570
645-1714 * SaintAnneRuskin.org
Penance ewvice -
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15TH
7:00 p.m . ................................................ ..................... English and Espanol
THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD * FRIDAY, DEC. 24TH
3:30 p.m ........ ..... .................................................... Choral Singing
4 :00 p .m . .................... .................................... ...................... M ass
6:30 p.m . .............................................................................. Children 's Choir
7:00 p.m . .................................................................................. Fam ily M ass
9:00 p.m .................................................... ......................... M isa en Espanol
11:30 p.mn............................................... Choral Singing - Mass to follow
SATURDAY, DEC. 25TH (No Evening Mass)
8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m....................................Mass (All English)
feast of te JNoly 7amrn/
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 26TH
8:00 a.m ., 10:00 a.m . and 5:00 p.mn ....................... ............................. ass
12:30 p.m................................................................................................ Misa en Espanol
NEW YEAR'S EVE * FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31ST
8:00 a.m...................................... Daily Mass - Adoration of the Eucharist
5:00 p.m. ......................................... igil Mass - Adoration of the Eucharist
7:30 p.m . . ................................................. .........................M isa en Espanol
NEW YEAR'S DAY * SATURDAY, JANUARY 1ST
Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God (not a Holy Day obligation)
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Feast of the Epiphany V
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AB Woman's Club makes Christmas brighter
The Ruskin Moose Lodge #813 is located at
1212 E. Shell Point Road, Ruskin * (813) 645-5919s
Friday, Dec. 17 7-11 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 18
4-7 p.m. Moose Legion Dinner
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Friday, Dec. 24 7-11 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 31
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New Year's Eve Party with
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5-7 p.m. Fish Fry (except Christimas)
Every Saturday 7-11 p.m.
All events are open to qualified
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The annual meeting for the
Ruskin Community Develop-
ment Foundation, Inc. will be
at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec.
16 at the Camp Bayou Outdoor
Learning Center, 4202 24th St.
SE in Ruskin.
For more information, call
Navy Seaman A entice Xavier
M. Richardson, son of Heather J.
Harris of Riverview and Joseph N.
Richardson, of Durham, recently
completed U.S. Navy basic train-
ing at Recruit Training Command,
Great Lakes, IL.
During the eight-week program,
Richardson completed a variety of
training which included classroom
study and practical instruction on
naval customs, first aid, firefight-
ing, water safety and survival, and
shipboard and aircraft safety. An
emphasis was also placed on phys-
The capstone event of boot camp
is 'Battle Stations.' This exercise
gives recruits the skills and confi-
dence they need to succeed in the
fleet. 'Battle Stations' is designed
to galvanize the basic warrior
attributes of sacrifice, dedication,
teamwork and endurance in each
recruit through the practical ap-
plication of basic Navy skills and
the core values of Honor, Courage
and Commitment. Its distinctly
'Navy' flavor was designed to take
into account what it means to be a
Richardson is a 2008 graduate
of East Bay High School of
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VFW Post #8108
7504 Riverview Dr.
Men's Auxiliary -- First Thursday
at 7 p.m.
Ladies' Auxiliary -- Second
Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Post -- Second Thursday at
Wednesday Spaghetti Dinner
from 5 to 7 p.m.
Friday Fish Fry from 5 to 7 p.m.
Sunday Breakfast from 9 a.m.
Friday, Dec. 17 -- Galvin 0 at
Saturday, Dec. 18 -- Post
Christmas Party at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 25 -- Dinner at 3
p.m. Bring dish.
Friday, Dec. 31 -- New Year's
Bar Bingo on Monday at 6:30 p.m.
Bar Poker with Lori on
Wednesday at 1 p.m.
Fire in the Hole on Saturdays
at 1 p.m.
Christmas will be much brighter
for two Apollo Beach families
who will open presents selected
especially for them by members of
the Apollo Beach Woman's Club.
ABWC members purchased gifts
of clothes, shoes and toys for the
two families, one with four chil-
dren at Apollo Beach Elementary
School, and the other with eight
children at Doby Elementary, also
located in Apollo Beach.
The Christmas giving effort
was led by Barbara Lamneck and
Rosemary Kolodziejczak, who
co-chair community service activ-
ities for the more than 170 ABWC
One of the families has four
children, two in elementary and
two in high school; the other fam-
ily includes eight children. There
are three pre-school age while the
other ages are 6, 7, 9, 13 and 16.
More than 70 packages were
wrapped and delivered to the
December ABWC meeting. In
addition, some members contrib-
uted gifts of cash, which were used
to purchase a bicycle for one boy
and supermarket gift certificates
for the two families.
"I was so impressed by the lovely
gifts that came in for the families;
they are going to have such a nice
Christmas," Kolodziejczak said.
"I can't get over what our mem-
bers have done. It is amazing,"
Guidance counselors at each of
the elementary schools selected
the two families for the Christ-
mas service project based on need.
During the Thanksgiving holi-
day, I went to visit the MacCalla
family (she helped raised my hus-
band), and I saw a great need.
Dawn MacCalla is a single grand-
mother and is raising a daughter
of her own and six grandchildren
from her late daughter Angelica
Aguilar whom passed away almost
four years ago. My heart broke to
see their home in need of so many
repairs, and Dawn MacCalla works
very hard to keep a roof over their
heads and food on the table.
After my visit, I started thinking
very hard of what I could possi-
bly do to help them. I thought and
knew in my heart that there must
be someone out there whom could
help me help them. So I began mak-
ing phone calls through the Ruskin
community (Apollo Beach, Sun
City Center), and I was very exci-
tied and thankful to all the compa-
nies, agencies, and organizations
whom said 'yes,' and were willing
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Left to right: Rosemary Kolodziejczak and Barbara Lamneck,
community service co-chairs of the Apollo Beach Woman's Club,
accept gift donations from members who contributed to the ABWC's
Christmas gift drive for two Apollo Beach families.
Many of the children have so little
that they concentrated their Christ-
mas gift lists given to ABWC
members on clothing rather than
This is the latest community
service project sponsored by the
ABWC. In November, member
Sonja Davidson coordinated a
bake sale that raised over $1,000
to be used for college scholarships
for graduating Apollo Beach high
The club's largest fund-raising
effort will be held Wednesday,
March 9, at the The Renaissance
Club, 2121 S. Pebble Beach Blvd
.in Sun City Center. The show will
feature a trunk show by Acces-
sories and More of Sarasota with
clothing items available for pur-
chase that day.
The event will also include a
silent auction, vendor tables and
luncheon. Tickets are $30 and can
be purchased by calling Karen
Benedict at (813) 645-9229.
The club's next meeting will be
held at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday,
Jan. 12 at the Summerfield Cross-
ing Golf Club in Riverview. Helen
Arnold of Southeastern Guide
Dogs will present a program on
the invaluable assistance the dogs
provide to armed service veterans.
Luncheon tickets are $16.
ABWC is open to all women in
the Apollo Beach community. In
addition to meeting each month,
the club offers special interest
activities sponsored by the Book,
Bridge, Culture and Garden clubs.
Dues are $20 annually and can
be sent to Judy Peck, vice-pres-
ident/membership at 6639 Cam-
bridge Park Drive, Apollo Beach,
For membership information or
information regarding any of the
club's activities, contact Peck at
(813) 746-1072 or by e-mail: ju-
to help, and whom made contribu-
tions to help a family in need in
So I would like to take this op-
portunity to thank everyone in the
Ruskin community and surround-
ing areas whom took the time to
answer my calls and whom were
so willing to help a family in need.
I am happy to know that even
though we are a small community
there are many people with big
hearts, caring minds, and so will-
ing to help others. Every effort and
contribution is greatly appreciated
from the MacCalla family and my-
self. Thank you all for your time,
efforts, and contributions. May
God bless each and every one of
MacCalla family and
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for maintenance of the existing
construction roadway as an emer-
gency ingress-egress only while
proponents point to the fact such
an opening to the community from
the federal highway appears on the
community's early site plans.
And the matter surfaced again a
few months ago when Minto Com-
munities, the new developer, pe-
titioned Hillsborough County for
approval of a change to the guiding
site development plan which would
restrict the locked entrance near the
highway to emergency uses only.
At the time the petition was draft-
ed, it was Minto's understanding
this was the will of a majority of
the community, Bill Bullock, re-
gional vice president, told The Ob-
server this week. The developer
had received several letters from
residents, he added, expressing
concerns that if the opening be-
came unrestricted the results would
include increased truck traffic on
South Pebble Beach, a rise in op-
portunistic crime as access to the
community was more easily gained
and use of South Pebble Beach as
a shortcut by drivers coming from
the west heading to areas along
U.S. 301 south of S.R. 674 as well
as in reverse by drivers headed to-
ward Ruskin but wishing to avoid
traffic controls in the U.S. 301/S.R.
Added to these factors was the
traffic analysis conducted by for-
mer developer WCI when Minto
was considering purchase of WCI
property which showed that from
a traffic management perspective
such an ingress-egress would not
be required at build-out density,
Consequently, Minto, being a "go
ahead and get it done" kind of com-
pany inclined to "close open-ended
items," moved to set the emergency
only designation of the U.S. 301
entrance in the site plan, the execu-
tive noted. The company, however,
subsequently withdrew its petition
to modify the development plan in
Unlike the Minto letter writers,
Paul Courter, a 10-year resident on
Platinum Drive, embraces the unre-
stricted south side opening to U.S.
301 as an enhancement of the qual-
ity of life here. It would represent a
convenience for those headed north
to shopping around the S.R. 674 in-
tersection or south to the Ellenton-
Bradenton-Sarasota areas, he said.
Plus, when he bought his home, the
plat maps he examined showed the
U.S. 301 entrance which was a con-
sideration in the purchase, he indi-
In addition, Courter noted "I don't
want to be locked in" in the case of
any natural disaster such as a direct-
strike hurricane. "It (the currently
restricted opening) feels like a wall
blocking me," he said, "I want to be
able to come and go."
As for the increased crime poten-
tial, Courter said he doesn't believe
there's any more in SCC than in
other similar communities, adding
"there is no way to insulate yourself
completely." Moreover, if a natural
disaster such as a hurricane were to
strike, he said he doesn't believe
opening the gate to the highway
would be authority's first priority.
Another south sider, Paul Wheat,
strongly supports maintaining the
existing construction track to U.S.
301 for use by the community at
large on an emergency basis only.
One big reason is money. "Exactly
who," Wheat, a former SCC CA
president, asks rhetorically, "is go-
ing to pay" for all of the improve-
ments necessary to create an accept-
able ingress-egress at the point the
construction road reaches the fed-
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the current two lanes at that point
to four lanes and the roadway may
become an even more heavily used
alternative to 1-75, he indicated. A
free-flowing entrance into SCC at
that point would require additional
turning lanes plus either traffic con-
trolling signage or lighted signaliza-
tion. Such expense would be on top
of the costs of finishing the roadway
inside SCC and adding whatever
else might be necessary for basic
traffic safety on the internal road.
Wheat said he has seen no signs
that either the SCC Community
Association or Minto or ClubLink,
new owner of the community's golf
courses which also has an owner-
ship interest in the property around
the ingress-egress site, would be
comfortable assuming the level of
outlay that would be required.
Ed Barnes, current SCC CA presi-
dent recently elected to a second
term as a director as well as a south
side homeowner, said this week he
is taking no position, either pro or
con, on any of the issues related to
the ingress-egress beyond his con-
viction that it is up to the CA mem-
bership to make the final decision.
Following the January 20 town
hall meeting, he said he expects a
CA election on an open-or-close-to-
U.S. 301 referendum to be conduct-
ed in early to mid-February.
Both Minto executives and rep-
resentatives from the Hillsborough
County Sheriff's office have been
invited to the town hall meeting
and both have indicated intentions
to take part in the discussions. The
HCSO historically has not favored
any unrestricted opening to the
community on the south side based
on public safety concerns. Minto,
Bullock indicated, is interested in
the community's sentiment on the
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Corr Elementary Terrific Kids
These Terrific Kids kept a positive attitude throughout November:
5th grade - Destini Washington, Elijah Mills, Savannah Filipiak, Cierra
Kenney, Cielo Trejo, Irineo Abeja; 4th grade - Lillia Romero, Lilly
Atwood, Abigail Streetman, William Beltran, Sarah Meneley, Andrew
Gordon,Victor Rodriguez; 3rd grade - Michel Arteaga-Garcia, Caleb
Walker, Genesis Rodriguez, Julissa Hernan-
dez, Ashley Rivera, Isaul Negrete, David
Strawter, Maria Nava; 2nd grade - Caleb Hall,
Crystal Pink, Hannah Cooksey, Sean Joiner,
Chloe Masters, Trenton Glenn, Rachelle Di-
filippo, Jacob Vega; 1st grade - Beyone Plai-
sir, Kyle Urra, Carissa Martin, Dalani Nowling, Lorena Araujo, Bradley
Lacey; Kindergarten - Nathan Jobe, Yasmine Orhanli, Henry Michaels,
Jasenia Rasgado, Gabriela Rivera, Moises Ventura, Sterling Washing-
ton, Jose Jimenez, Bulmaro Martinez; Pre-K - Braylen Calloway, Ethan
Bronson announces results
of annual scanner survey
TALLAHASSEE - HoridaAg-
riculture and Consumer Services
Commissioner Charles H. Bronson
is urging consumers to check their
receipts before they leave a store
this holiday season. A sweep of
store scanners by his Division of
Standards shows most of them are
correct but mistakes can be made.
Every year, Bronson conducts a
pre-holiday scanner survey. This
year inspectors with the Bureau
of Weights and Measures visited
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(1.8 percent) scanned at a different
price than the lowest advertised
or posted prices. Of those errors,
28 were overcharges and 26 were
undercharge errors. Four stores
inspected during the sweep were
found to have excessive over-
charges and face administrative
sanctions ranging from warning
letters to fines of up to $5,000 for
repeat violations. Stores that fail
to meet the 98 percent standard
due to excessive undercharge er-
rors are inspected more frequently
until the acceptable accuracy is
The state's adopted require-
ment for acceptable accuracy is
98 percent, which is the national
standard as established by the Na-
tional Conference on Weights and
Measures. All items found in error
must be corrected immediately or
an off sale notice is issued.
While the survey found that
scanning errors are relatively un-
common, mistakes do occur. It
means that consumers need to be
aware of the price that they should
be charged, Bronson said.
"The important thing is to know
the price of the item that you're
buying, make sure that's what
you're charged at the checkout
line and keep receipts," Bronson
said. "If there is any discrepancy,
bring it to the attention of store
Bronson's Division of Standards
tests checkout scanners, as well
as scales and other devices used
for products sold by weight or
measure. Consumers who believe
that they have been overcharged,
or who detect problems with a
store's scales, are encouraged to
call the Department of Agriculture
and Consumer Services at 1-800-
HELP FLA (435-7352).
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The Hope Fund receives a grant from the Community
Foundation of Greater Sun City Center
The Board of the Hope Fund for
Children is pleased to announce
that a grant of $4,000 has been
received from the Community
Foundation of Greater Sun City
Center to aid in financing the Dai-
ly Snack Program for the children
who attend the after-school pro-
grams at Bethune Park in Wimau-
ma. When the children arrive at
the park at the end of their regu-
lar school day, they are treated to
healthy snacks, such as fruit or
crackers, and drinks.
The Community Foundation of
SCC serves South Hillsborough
County and was formed in 1992
as an affiliate of the Tampa Bay
Community Foundation. The pur-
pose of the Foundation is to make
lives better through grants to the
arts, human services, technology,
education, and community devel-
opment. It has relationships with
over 100 non-profit organizations
in the Tampa Bay area, for which
they administer endowments. The
grant to the Hope Fund came from
the 'Hadley and Helen Hill Fund.'
The Hope Fund, an all volunteer,
non-profit organization, thanks
the Community Foundation for its
generous grant and applauds the
Foundation's commitment to bet-
tering the lives of the citizens of
South Hillsborough County.
Along with the snack program,
the Hope Fund sponsors other
programs for the children at Bet-
hune Park. The various activities
include mentoring and tutoring, a
running program, a reading pro-
gram, field trips, a computer lab,
sex and education programs for
The Fund also runs a summer
program for the kids. The summer
activities include: bowling, roller
skating and miniature golf, a visit
to Lowry Park Zoo, the Tampa
Bay Rays, and Lithia Springs. All
of these programs greatly enhance
the lives of the children, and the
kids have a place to learn and grow
in a safe, nurturing environment
while their parents work.
However, because Bethune Park
is part of the Hillsborough Recre-
ation Department, the programs
are not without a fee. The Hope
Fund is not part of the Recreation
Dept., but provides scholarships
for those children whose families
cannot afford the cost. The fees
have increased significantly be-
cause of tax cuts.
Volunteers usually spend an hour
a week with the children. All the
children speak English. To volun-
teer or donate (all donations are
tax deductible), or to find out more
about the Hope Fund, call Carla
Miles at 634-4268 or visit the
Funds website at www.the-hope-
Lesley Alcantara preparing drinks for all the children as part of the
after-school snack program at Bethune Park.
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for those individuals who would
otherwise not qualify for assisted
living due to a higher level of care
requirement. An example would
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who needs their sugar levels moni-
tored and are unable to do the Ac-
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due to low vision or arthritis. In an
assisted living setting, that service
would not be allowed and another
agency would be called in adding
to the cost of care.
Sun Towers has also seen the
need for additional Memory Care
in our community. The Johnnie
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has been consulted and contractors
and architects have been enlisted
to open a "cutting edge" Memory
Care community within Sun Tow-
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f- passed inlets to the ocean, dolphins
Ne would abound, frequently swim-
ming next to the boat. I have a feel-
ing they know they are magical and
that they enjoy giving us a few mo-
ments of entertainment. I am certain
they are empathetic creatures that
know their presence is calming.
We sailed only a short distance to
the town of Swansboro where we
walked through the historic village
to the small shopping district. With
the temperature struggling to reach
the mid-30s, few tourists could be
found. Most shops were open but
some appeared to bow to the inevi-
table - that not many customers
would come in such cold weather.
A handful of tourists could be seen,
looking at brochures and maps,
standing close to the heat offered by
their waiting cars. It must be diffi-
cult to be a shop owner in this town.
It is a quaint and beautiful place, yet
it is unlikely to be high on anyone's
to-do list when the weather is cold.
Upon our early morning depar-
ture, we could hear distant booms
from the live firing range at Camp
Lejeune 15 miles down the Intra-
coastal Waterway. The ICW runs
directly through the camp and the
Marines occasionally close the wa-
terway for exercises. Patrol boats
and signs keep boats out of the dan-
ger zone, at those times the only op-
tion is to circle until the exercises
are complete. We hoped to squeeze
through during a lull in the firing.
The camp provides an information
line for boaters and we were told
there would be exercises that day
but could not be told when. We
were told the patrol boats would
provide further information upon
our arrival. The flashing red lights
were unlit as we approached the
warning sign at the start of the fir-
ing range and there were no patrol
boats in sight. We quietly motored
through the camp, seeing the occa-
sional bombed-out tanks and trucks
from previous exercises along the
way. Just as we sailed out of the
camp, we heard the deep and pow-
erful booms begin again.
Well I was born in the sign of wa-
ter and it's there that I feel my best.
All of my focus is on a single day.
I think in abstract terms about where
I'd like to end up by the weekend or
where to be for Christmas; but I can
only think in detail of today. In the
ICW, that means focusing on the
next 40 or 50 miles. Now the focus
is on staying in the relatively nar-
row waterway and worrying about
whatever currents may (but hope-
fully will not) oppose us and slow
us down. The focus is on being
somewhere safe and protected for
the next cold front that is forecasted
to usher in strong winds and record-
Because of that focus, I have com-
pletely forgotten that it is nearly
Christmas. I love Christmas, even
the crowds in the stores. There is
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a feeling I get from it with people
out buying or doing things for oth-
ers. For a moment, I felt sorry for
myself that I was missing it, until
I realized that I'm not missing out
on the spirit of the season. I realized
that spirit is alive and well all year
long for those who look for it. When
you stop expecting the worst in ev-
erything and everyone, the good
that is inherent shines through.
Deep Pointe Marina in Southport,
North Carolina, met every quality I
was seeking for a safe and protect-
ed harbor in a storm: a basin that is
protected from the wind in every di-
rection. The marina is new and has
perhaps been stung by the burst of
the housing bubble. But despite the
public's lack of appetite for buying
more and bigger things, the finish-
ing touches are being completed.
Rob Gandy, the harbormaster,
scrambled to ensure the showers in
the newly built restrooms worked
upon our arrival. He told us the ma-
rina didn't yet have a courtesy car
but we were free to use his personal
car. That the marina is nearly full in
a slow economic climate is certain-
ly a testament to his commitment
and concern for those who live in
and visit this marina.
From a boat across the dock, a
couple we had not met knocked
on s/LLJ.iw Marie to invite us to
Christmas dinner. They have a
reservation at the one restaurant
that will be open in town and have
rented an apartment for the month
of December. We don't even know
their names but they were looking
out for the two strangers who came
to their marina, inviting us to their
home for the holiday.
It's kind of a special feeling, out
on the sea alone. Staring at the full
moon like a lover.
When the weather cooperates, our
next port of call will be in Florida
after a three-day sail south in the At-
lantic. Finding the proper weather
is more important in the ocean than
in the relatively protected confines
of the ICW. Years ago, Michelle
and I spent days at sea alone, adapt-
ing to the rhythms of life far away
from the sight of land. It is a spe-
cial, indescribable feeling to see the
water, the sky, and the stars as our
boat sails onward towards home.
But now, I am fully aware that we
are never alone as long as another
ship plies the seas and waterways.
Nor are any of the crews of those
boats alone. It is up to us to carry
forward the generosity and care we
have received from so many others
on this journey. It is something we
will do willfully and gladly. God
doesn't change the world to suit
our individual needs and wants. He
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It took a trek to the jun-
_1, of Panama for me to
klin what the world's im-
._' of Florida is really
Stopping for a rest in
a local village, a young
boy approached our
group and asked, in
Spanish, where we
lived. I answered "En
la Florida." His reply
was, "Oh, la casa de
Mickey Mouse." I
don't think that needs
nately, this image is
also prevalent in most
of this county. Thankfully,
there is more to Florida then
Long before Disney, Florida was
a kindlier, gentler, less crowded
place. However the dollars brought
in by the Magic Kingdom and the
employment it provides contrib-
utes greatly to the economic en-
gine that drives the economy of
For an average family of four, the
cash outlay during a week's visit to
The Magic Kingdom can represent
a major portion of their disposable
yearly income. Fortunately, there
are places where visitors and resi-
dents can still visit in Florida that
will not break the bank.
In Central Florida, about a half-
hour northwest of Orlando is Sem-
inole County, long considered to
be just a bedroom community to
its more glamorous sister. It has
been a place so laid back, I think
it safe to say that most Floridian's
couldn't locate it on a map. And
yet there it sits, almost dead center
in the state and home to some of
Florida's remaining natural beau-
Seminole County boasts that it
is "the epitome of extraordinary
natural beauty." Yes it can claim
that distinction, but the county has
also kept and restored the historic
charm of its older communities
and has places to stay and dine
that are generally much more rea-
sonable on the wallet, at perhaps
one-third the price of the better
known, more heavily frequented
tourist hot spots to the south.
Nature starts at Wekiwa River
State Park with its 6,900 wild
acres and crystal clear spring fed
river. The park offers a myriad of
outdoor activities and nature expe-
riences and it probably looks the
same as when Timucuan Indians
inhabited the area.
A little bit of history here. It
comes as a surprise to most people
when they learn that the Seminoles
were not the original Native Amer-
icans in Florida. They were the last
Native Americans to arrive, long
after all of the other original tribes
had disappeared from the penin-
My introduction to Seminole
County started with an unusual
airboat tour, not through swamps,
but cow pastures and to a zoo of-
fering a challenging ropes course.
Then came a delightful luncheon
Danger, cows crossing.
cruise on the St. Johns River where
the movement of wildlife was real,
not computer controlled. Finally,
I ended with a stroll through San-
ford, a charming city most Florid-
ians associate only with the Auto
Train. And there was more.
I've been on many airboat rides
over the years, but this trip with
Capt. Bruce of Central Florida Air-
boat Tours was unique. Instead of
the usual showy maneuver of cut-
ting through cattails, we skimmed
across the northern end of Lake
Jesup and roared through flooded
pastures as cows scampered to get
out of our way. At one point we
left the water and came to rest on a
1,000 year old Indian shell mound,
sitting high above the surrounding
fiends, to a enjoy panoramic view
and a picture taking session. And
yes, we did see 'gators, turtles and
Taking off from land on an air-
boat and returning to water was an
equally unique experience, possi-
bly akin to a plane leaving an air-
craft carrier, but in a much smaller
way of course.
Capt. Bruce operates out of C.S.
Lee Park west of Sanford. Infor-
mation about his schedule and of-
ferings is available at centralflor-
You've most likely been to a zoo
before, but I don't think you have
ever seen anything like the Central
Florida Zoo in the Sanford area.
Yes, they have all of the requisite
animals, but they also have the
ZOOm Air Adventure Park. I've
never experienced anything like
The courses were designed to
blend with the environment. You
swing, climb, balance, and zip
from tree to tree and get a bird's-
eye view of the zoo as you travel
over logs, through barrels, across
rope bridges, nets, and suspended
disks and finish up with a series of
long zip lines. There are courses
for adults and children. The degree
of difficulty was surprising, at
times challenging, and it is some-
thing you do all by yourself. There
are no cars taking you through the
motions with computer generated
Go to the Central Florida Zoo
and Botanical Gardens web site
view videos of this unique experi-
If you are comfortable only on
concrete, then a visit to Historic
Downtown Sanford, along the St.
Johns River, should be on your
short list. This city is known by
many only as the Auto Train De-
pot. But there's a lot more to it then
that. The historic buildings have
been restored to their old grandeur
and charming antique shops, art
galleries, boutiques, restaurants,
sidewalk cafes and museums line
the main street.
A lunch or dinner cruise on the
Rivership Romance from down-
town Sanford into the St Johns
River, which flows north into Jack-
sonville and then into the Atlantic
Ocean, is a delightful and relaxing
change of pace. This three deck
100 foot long ship, whose keel was
laid almost 70 years ago, has been
refitted for comfortable cruising,
dining and entertainment. Sitting
on one of the open decks and lis-
tening to the narration about the
area's history and environment, af-
ter just having finished a delicious
lunch is delightful. The ship has
a fascinating history about which
you will learn by taking the cruise.
Their web site is www.rivershipro-
Accommodations are all over the
place, literally, from basic motels
to upscale offerings in Lake Mary.
They offer the visitor a wide range
of prices and choices. Don't be
confused though when some ho-
tels include Orlando in their name
or location. That's just a marketing
gimmick to give you an idea of
geographical location and latch on
to their famous neighbor's reputa-
tion. Then there are the addresses,
many of which can be equally
confusing. International Parkway
in Lake Mary is not to be con-
fused with International Drive in
Of course, every type of restau-
rant known to man is within easy
driving distance, without the traf-
fic and crowds of nearby Orlando.
You are familiar with the nation
chains and what they offer. But
when traveling, it's always fun to
try local offerings for a change of
pace. My feeling is that if you only
frequent the chains, why travel?
You might as well stay home.
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Health and Safety
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"My family's been fishing for eight generations. It's just a way of life.
That's why we've got to get this cleaned up.
When the spill hit, a lot of people said it would be the end. BP said
they would try to make this right. But how was an energy company
going to help a fisherman?
Putting People to Work
The first thing they did was rent my boat and hire me to help with the
cleanup. They made up my losses so I could pay my bills. And they
worked with all kinds of people here from fishermen and shrimpers
to restaurant owners. It helped us keep our businesses open. And
it helped us make ends meet so we could support our families.
Staying for the Long Haul
When they capped the well in July and finally killed it, we were all
relieved. But would BP stick around? Well, they did. The beaches are
clean and we're back on the water fishing so things are getting a
whole lot better. They are still here and have said they will keep
working for as long as it takes.
Getting Back to Normal
BP asked me to share my story with you to keep you informed. If you
still need help, please call 1-866-448-5816 or go to bp.com. If you're
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DECEMBER 16, 2010
The Spirit of Christmas
It was a
magical, marvelous time again
when the excitement of Christ-
mas hung in the air and the count
down to Christmas morning herald-
ed every dawn beginning December
1. Although I could handedly recite the
number of days left, I preferred to cross
them off the calendar with a fat red cray-
Christmas was always a mystical time of
the year for me. I loved writing the list to
Santa, making cookies for him and seeing
him at Macys. I especially loved the flurry
of the season. Finding the right gifts for ev-
eryone was a wondrous task; however wrap-
ping them was often a challenge.
When I was nine, quite suddenly and
with little provocation, I began to question
how Santa could do it all. Even with my
limited study of science and geography, it
put Santa in a questionable scenario. As Whit N'
much as I tried to think otherwise, logic Whimsey
and reason made Santa's trip with fly- By Nancy Porter-Thai
ing reindeer seem improbable. Had I B
found out the truth about Santa?
When I raised my suspicions to oth-
ers, I got vague, ethereal answers or
no answers at all. Why the mystery,
and why the guarded answers? Was Santa real
or a fairy tale? Finally, my mother said, "There's al-
ways been a Santa and there will always be one for as
long as you believe in the Spirit of Christmas."
Over the years I've come to know the true Spirit of Christ-
mas. It is the very essence of the giving and receiving of love.
Every generation is given the opportunity to believe in Santa.
What a wondrous adventure to capture delightful memories; And
for as long as we believe, the Spirit of Christmas will forever live
in each of us.
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The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC)
cautions boaters in the greater
Tampa Bay area to be on the lookout
for manatees moving into warm-
water refuges. Manatees are moving
from shallow-water feeding areas
into the Tampa Electric Company
(TECO) discharge canal. Boaters
should slow down and strictly
obey posted speed restrictions in
FWC law enforcement officers
have increased patrols and are
strictly enforcing manatee-protec-
tion-zone speed limits to aid the
animals during this period when
they are most vulnerable to vessel
To avoid striking manatees, ves-
sel operators should wear polarized
sunglasses to help them spot the
creatures in the water, and watch
for the large, tell-tale circular slicks
on the surface of the water (mana-
tee footprints) that indicate the
presence of manatees.
If you would like more informa-
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Freezing temperatures increase wildfire risk
A cold front moving through the
state caused temperatures to dip
below the freezing mark in many
areas and is increasing the poten-
tial for wildfires.
"These low temperatures create
dead and dry vegetation that allow
wildfires to start and bum easily,"
said Commissioner of Agriculture
and Consumer Services Charles
Bronson. "A lack of the typical
tropical moisture usually seen
during hurricane season has left
Florida drier than normal in spite
of recent rainfall. These frosts and
freezes will make a bad situation
worse," Bronson said.
Recently, Commissioner Bron-
son stated that his Division of
Forestry is expecting wildfire
activity during 2011 to be higher
than normal due to the strong La
Nina weather conditions currently
in place. Similar conditions in the
past have been associated with
Florida's five most active wildfire
"This cold front could lead to
increased wildfire activity sooner
than expected," Bronson said.
"I would urge all residents to do
everything possible to increase the
probability that their home will
survive a wildfire."
Bronson urges everyone to con-
centrate on the three most impor-
tant areas of their home:
1. Roof and gutters -- should be
free of all vegetation and debris.
2. Around the sides of the house
-- keep the area clean and land-
scape the area using plants with
low flammability; keep organic
mulch, especially pine straw,
3. Within 30 feet of the house
-- keep the area mowed, watered
within current local water man-
agement guidelines, and keep all
debris and brush picked up.
"It's important for everyone
to remember that almost 80 per-
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caused by humans. Wildfires that
don't start can't injure residents
or damage structures. Be careful
when using anything that involves
fire or high heat, or that can cause a
spark to ignite nearby brush. With
your help, we can avoid a wildfire
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Cold weather may lead to fish kills
As temperatures drop in Florida,
the number of cold-related fish
kills is likely to increase. Chilly
winter temperatures can lead to
fish die-offs in Florida's marine
habitats, rivers and lakes.
The good news is that these
events are natural occurrences and
typically do not cause permanent
damage to the ecosystem or to fish
populations. In some cases they
are even beneficial, in that they
help limit the spread of invasive,
Fish kills are often caused by
sudden temperature fluctuations
or by extended periods of extreme
temperatures. Such kills can oc-
cur any time of the year in Florida,
but they are most common in win-
ter, when air temperatures drop.
Although water stays relatively
warm for awhile after the air cools,
extended cold snaps can cause wa-
ter temperatures in inland water
bodies and estuaries to drop. The
cold may kill fish outright by cold
stress or weaken them so that they
are more susceptible to disease.
Another phenomenon, called lake-
turnover, may occur when sudden-
ly cooled surface water sinks and
mixes with deeper, oxygen-poor
water. This can cause fish to suf-
focate, often leading them to gulp
at the surface before they die.
Warm-water species, includ-
ing popular game fish like snook,
are particularly vulnerable to cold
temperatures. Exotic species such
as butterfly peacock bass, tila-
pia, and sucker-mouth catfish are
also especially susceptible to cold
Fish affected by the cold may
appear lethargic and may be seen
at the surface where the water may
be warmer from the sun. All rec-
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to fish impacted by the cold tem-
peratures, even if they appear to be
dead or dying.
It is important for Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission scientists to keep track
of the location and extent of fish
kills in natural lakes and estuaries,
to see if there are problems devel-
oping in an ecosystem that might
require investigation or restorative
measures. Although it is not neces-
sary to report fish kills in private
ponds, FWC scientists can assist
the public by providing informa-
tion about cold-weather fish kills
in these water bodies. Residents
can report fish kills in natural wa-
ter bodies to the FWC at http://re-
mit.asp or call the FWC Fish Kill
Hotline at 800-636-0511.
For more information on fish
kills, visit http://research.MyFWC.
com and select 'Fish and Wild-
life Health' under the 'Explore'
Aglow to meet
Ruskin Woman's Aglow will
take place from 9:30 a.m. to noon
on Saturday, Jan. 8 at 1234 Fair-
way Greens Dr. in Kings Point,
Their guest will be Christina
Lee, songwriter, worship leader,
and speaker. Bring a friend.
For more information, call 633-
9613 or email glorc(@aol.com.
DECEMBER 16, 2010
Paula Welenc, who manages the
Fisher House located at James A.
Haley Veterans Hospital, will be
the featured speaker at the Sun
City Center Chapter of the Mili-
tary Officers Association of Amer-
ica luncheon to be held at 11 a.m.
on Wednesday, Jan. 5 in the Flor-
ida Room in the Sun City Center
North Side Atrium Building.
Reservations ($14) should be
made by calling 1-877-332-3016
no later than the Sunday prior to
the Wednesday meeting.
Paula joined the staff of the hos-
pital specifically to develop their
Fisher House program and open
the house, which accepted its first
guests in July of 2007.
The Fisher House program is a
unique private-public partnership
that supports America's military
in their time of need. The program
recognizes the special sacrifices of
men and women in uniform and
the hardships of military service
by meeting a humanitarian need
beyond that normally provided by
the Departments of Defense and
Because members of the military
and their families are stationed
worldwide and must often travel
great distances for specialized med-
ical care, Fisher House Foundation
donates 'comfort homes,' built on
the grounds of major military and
VA medical centers. These homes
enable family members to be close
to a loved one at the most stressful
times -- during the hospitalization
for an unexpected illness, disease,
Tips for protecting
water pipelines in
As we enter the winter sea-
son, some areas of Hillsborough
County may experience low tem-
peratures that can cause water
pipelines to freeze and burst. This
can create tremendous damage and
leave property owners with costly
Here are some tips from Hills-
borough County's Water Resource
D Protect pipes, especially if they
are exposed or the house or build-
ing insulation is insufficient. Look
for where the water service enters
the structure, and use an old blan-
ket or material available from a
home improvement store to insu-
late exposed piping.
* Homes and buildings with
crawl spaces are particularly sus-
ceptible to wind and freezing tem-
peratures, so outdoor pipes should
be protected from the elements.
* Secure water meter covers so
the meter and surrounding pipes
are not exposed.
* Insulate or cover exposed back-
flow prevention devices on fire
lines and irrigation systems.
* Disconnect any outside water
hoses from spigots, as water
trapped inside can freeze and crack
If piping does freeze, be patient.
It doesn't mean your water service
has been turned off. Wait a few
hours for temperatures to warm
and the pipes to thaw. Never use
an open flame to thaw out a pipe.
If a pipe does burst, turn off the
water supply by using the home's
shut-off valve, typically located
under a sink or just outside the
structure. If you are unable to shut
off the water and are a County
water customer, immediately call
Customer Service at (813) 272-
6680, or after regular business
hours at (813) 744-5600.
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First Church of Christ, Scientist
204 2nd St. N.W. * Ruskin, FL 33570
Sunday Service.................................................. 10:00 a.m .
Sunday School .................................................. 10:00 a.m .
W wednesday Service........................................... 5:00 p.m .
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Sweets abound at South Bay
RIVERVIEW - The women of South Bay Community Church in Riv-
erview gathered for an evening of entertainment, fellowship and desserts
galore on December 4 at the inaugural DelecTables Coffee.
Hostesses each sponsored a table for six which they used to showcase
their decorating talents. When all the tables were finished it was a feast
for the eyes. In this dessert-filled evening the focus was on communi-
ty as each attendee donated a $20 gift card that was used to purchase
Christmas gifts for local families in need. More than $2,000 was raised
and plans are underway to make this an annual event.
The church is located just south of Big Bend Road at 13498 U.S. 301
South, Riverview. For more information about the church visit their
website at www.southbay.cc or call 813-677-0721.
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6B - OBSERVER NEWS * RIVERVIEW CURRENT * SCC OBSERVER
Redeemer Luthern 5
presents Christmas I
The Redeemer Lutheran Church
of Sun City Center is presenting
a Christmas Cantata entitled 'A
Song is Born' at 4 p.m. on Satur- Nui
day, Dec. 18; and at 9:30 a.m. on Pa
Sunday, Dec. 19. 53(
The true music of Christmas is L
the music of grace, rich with hope
and harmonized with peace. This
is a cantata of praise 'shouted' by
the angels and a canticle of light
presented by the dancing stars of
night. It is the music of kings and
the serenades of shepherds.
Musical Director is Sandy Gun-
dacker and narration is by Bob I
Decorating the tree are (L-R): Mary Ware, Bill Reeves, Irene Banning,
Paula Conners, and Bonnie Reeves.
Church members decorate for Christmas
Trinity Baptist Church members gathered recently to help put up Christ-
mas decorations. As in the past, the many people helping out resulted in
decorating the entire church, inside and out, in just a few hours. For more
information on the church, call 634-4228.
Riverview UMC presents Christmas Cantata
Riverview United Methodist Church is pleased to present their annu-
al Christmas Cantata at 10:45 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 19. A buffet lunch
will immediately follow the service. Meat will be provided and they are
asking everyone to bring vegetables, salads and desserts. The theme is
'Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future.'
Christmas Cantata- Dec. 19 at 10:45 a.m.
Christmas Eve Services- Dec. 24 at 6 p.m.
Communion and Candlelight- Dec. 24 at 11pm
Everyone is welcome. There is no charge to attend these events. The
church is located at 8002 U.S. Hwy. 301 S., Riverview, FL. Visit www.
riverviewflumc.org for more information.
Christmas benefit concert planned
United Community Church Scholarship Committee is sponsoring
a Christmas Benefit Concert on Friday, Dec. 17, at 7pm in the United
Community Church at 1501 La Jolla Ave.
The Master of Ceremonies will be well-known baritone singer about
town, Bill Barker. Supporting Bill will be tenor, Troy Coman; tenor, Al
Spatola; and alto, Jo Winslow. They will be accompanied by Robert
Winslow on keyboard and Michael James on percussion. Tickets are $8
and may be purchased from any of the performers, at the church during
the week in the front office, following the morning worship service on
Sunday, or at the door the night of the performance. For more infor-
mation, call Bill Barker at 634-6001 or Scholarship Chair, Jo Prater at
SCC Unitarian Universalist plan program
The SCC Unitarian Universalist
Fellowship will have no programs
on Dec. 16 or 23.
On Dec. 30 the Sun City Center
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
presents Jen Hancock with 'The
Pursuit of Happiness: A Humanist
Join breakfast with Santa from
9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 18
at South Shore United Methodist
Church, 11525 Big Bend Rd., Riv-
There will be crafts, a story
corner, and picture spot with
Santa. Children ages 2 to 11 are
invited. The cost is $3; age 12 and
up is $5.
For more information, call 677-
9482 or visit www.southshoreumc.
Coffee and conversation start at
7 p.m. in the Beth Israel Social
Hall at 1115 Del Webb East, Sun
City Center, with the program
beginning at 7:30 p.m. Visitors are
welcome. For more information,
call (813) 633- 2349.
A Community Christmas cele-
bration will be held at 7 p.m. on
Sunday, Dec. 19 at East Bay High
School Auditorium. Come one,
come all to celebrate the season.
This event is sponsored by South
Shore United Methodist Church.
For more information, call 677-
9482 or visit www.southshoreumc.
Shop kid stress free
On Dec. 21 and 22 South Bay
Church, 13498 US Highway 301
S, in Riverview, will be having a
Mother's Day Out so moms can
go shopping stress free. The times
are 9 am till 2 pm for $25 or 9 till
5pm for $35 each day. Sign up at
the Welcome Center or call 813-
677-0721 to register.
DECEMBER 16, 2010
- CALVARY LUTHERAN CHURCH
Wj)^ Sunday Worship: Blended 8:00 a.m.
ery PrContemporary 9:40 a.m. -
stor Jack R. Palzer Traditional 11:15 a.m.
09 U.S. Highway 41 North * Apollo Beach
ossrom MiraBay) www.calvarylutheranchurch.net 645-1305 ,
S St. John the Divine Episcopal Church
Growing by Faith from Generation to Generation
Rev. Tracy H. Wider - Church Office 813-645-1521
UNDAY SERVICES: 9 am - Contemporary Service and Sunday School
at West Campus, S.R. 674 and 9th Street SE, Ruskin
8 am - Traditional Service and 11 am Holy Communion with Choir at East Campus
at 1015 Del Webb Blvd., SCC
All Worship Services with Holy Communion and Healing Holy Oil
Ruskin United Methodist Church
First Street & 4th Ave. NW, Ruskin (Behind Suntrust Bank)
ALL ARE WELCOME TO COME AND WORSHIP WITH US:
SUNDAY MORNINGS: (Nov.-April ............................. 8:30 a.m. Day Care Available
Rev. John M. Bartha and all year)...................... 10:45 a.m. 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Phone: 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 a.m.
Wednesday Testim ony Meeting ....................................................... 5 p.m.
Reading Room........... Wednesday 4-4:45 p.m. & Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
ALL ARE WELCOME www.spirituality.com
9 a.m . ...................... Bible Study
1 1 a.m ..................... Bible Study
10 a.m. &6 p.m............ Worship
6 p.m.... Prayer Meeting/Bible Study
Sh 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 often give to others advice we need our-
selves. ROY D. PHILIPS
-I- Sunday School (all ages)........ 9:30 a.m.
N O R HSllH Sunday Morning Worship .... 10:45 a.m. Q 1
R APTST CHURCH Sunday Evening Worship ....... 6:00 p.m. SBC
"Loving God, Loving Others, Wednesday (all ages) ............. 6:30 p.m.
Serving Beyond Borders" Rev. Samuel Roach, Pastor
1301 U.S. Hwy. 41 N., Ruskin, FL * 645-1121 * www.nbcor.org
North River Church of Christ i
13885 U.S. Hwy 301 South
(Just South of the Manatee County Line)
Minister: Howard Johnson Ofrice 941-776-1134
Services: Sunday 10:00am,11:00am & 6:00pm omce 941-776-1134
Wednesday 7:00pm Home 813-754-1776
First Baptist Church of Gibsonton
"We love because He first loved us." 1 John 4:19
Traditional Worship Service *Sunday School 9:30 A.M.
Old-Time Gospel Hymns *Morning Worship 10:30 A.M. I
Nursery Available Sunday Evening 6:00 PJM. L
* Interpreter for the Deaf Mid-Week (Wed.) 7:00 PM.
9912 Indiana St. Hwy 41 & Estelle Aienue Malcolm S. Clements, Pastor
,Gibsonton, FL 33534 813-677-1301 r,
oek tatdm. 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 .
W ednesday................7:00 p.m . l.
Prince of Peace S Masses:
Sunday 8.......... 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., Noon
Catholic Church Saturday Vigil ...............4:00 and 6:00 p.m.
702 Valley Forge Blvd., SCC, FL 33573 - a Daily..........................................8:00 a.m.
Phone: 634-2328 * Fax: 633-6670 W Confessions:
www.popcc.org Mon.-Fri. 7:30 a.m. and Sat. 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
F fRST BAPTIST CHURCH ^
820 COLLEGE AVE. W.
SRUSKIN, FL 33570
r www.fbcruskin.org '
A Resource for Families 4
Sunday School............................9:45 a.m .
Morning Worship............8:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. Dr. Barry Rumsey
Evening Service...........................6:00 p.m. CHRISTAN SCHOOL
Wednesday Night Service..............7:00 p.m. THROUGH 12TH
Aw ana .............................................7:00 p.m . GRADE
S_ - F friendship 'B ptist Church
-- l-k Rance Goad, Pastor (Southern Baptist)
[ 1511 El Rancho Dr.
C Sun City Center, FL 33573
Community Christmas P Phone/Fax:
celebration planned _ 813-633-5950
Come and experience the power of
Jesus to change your life.
Sunday @ 9 & 11 AM * Servicio en Espafiol @ 6 PM
2322 11th Ave. SE * Ruskin, FL * 813.645.3337
DECEMBER 16, 2010
Uti V Spirituality Rather Than "Religion"
Beth Israel's Social Hall
1115 Del Webb E. * Sun City Center, FL
Sunday Service 10:00 a.m.
S IIu EMPOWERMENT CHRISTIAN CENTER
at SouthShore, Inc.
Worship SI UD.IY NOV14 * 9:00A.M.
Service Schedule: Sundays........9 a.m. Thursdays........7:30 p.m.
6140 N. U.S. Hwy. 41 * Apollo Beach, FL 33572
I l a 111(In the plaza with Blockbuster Video)
- _ .Pastor Deondrick Douglas * (813) 938-5815
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
Southside Baptist Church
"A Warm, Loving & Friendly Church"
Looking for a church home?
Need the comfort of a warm and loving family?
Join us on Sunday to come home to the warmth of our church family.
Located in South Hillsborough County, just south of Stephens Road in old Sun City.
4208 U.S. Hwy. 41 S * Sun City, FL 33586 * 813-645-4085
Getting to KnowYou" (Donuts & Coffee)....................9:00 a.m.
Sunday School ................... ..........................9:30 am.
Sunday Morning Worship .........................................10:55 a.m.
Sunday Evening Service...............................................6:00 p.m.
Wednesday Evening Service ....................................... 7:00 p.m.
Thursday Morning Prayer.........................................10:00 a.m.
OBSERVER NEWS * RIVERVIEW CURRENT * SCC OBSERVER * 7B
Gail R. McCord
Gail R. McCord, 77, of Boiling
Springs, died Thursday, December 9,
2010 at Holy Spirit Hospital, Camp Hill.
She was born on Sunday, June 11,
1933, in Carlisle, and was a daughter of
the late John Steele and Gayle (Group)
Berry and Raymond Berry. She was
the widow of Edward P. McCord, who
died Aug. 1, 1994.
Gail was a 1951 graduate of Carlisle
High School and was a veteran of the
Women's Army Corps, having served
during the Korean War. She retired in
1996 as a supply system analyst with
the New Cumberland Army Depot after
more than 25 years of service. Gail
was a longtime active member of the
Florida World Organization of China
She is survived by three sons;
Richard P. Looney, Jr. (and wife, Carol)
of Boiling Springs, Stephen Looney
(and wife, Paula Caron) of Grantham,
NH and Michael J. Looney (and wife,
Barbara Brunzell) of Saint Paul, MN, a
daughter; Patricia A. Looney of Bel Air,
MD, a brother; John Steel of Carlisle,
a sister; Alpheretta Highlands also of
Carlisle, 14 grandchildren, 19 great-
grandchildren and several nieces and
Memorial services to celebrate
Gail's life will be held at 2:00 p.m.
on Thursday, December 16, 2010 at
Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, 630
S. Hanover St., Carlisle, with Pastor
Vincent Rife officiating. Burial will be
private. Visitation will be on Thursday
from 1:00 p.m. until time of the services.
Memorial contributions may be made to
the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area
Inc., 7790 Grayson Rd., Harrisburg, PA
17111. Visit www.Sincel853.com to
The Youth Group of Ruskin Unit-
ed Methodist Church will present,
for the 5th year, their Live Nativ-
ity program. The youth portray the
characters depicting the birth of
Christ and the program includes
live animals, donkeys, sheep and
goats, that children can pet and
feed after the presentation.
The program is free and will be
presented at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. on
Saturday, Dec. 18, on the church
property, 105 - 4th Ave. NW in
Ruskin. The Men's and Ladies'
groups of the church will provide
hot chocolate, coffee and snacks
to people attending the perfor-
Children will receive candy
canes and the opportunity to have
their parents take photos of them
and the animals.
Youth participating this year
will include: Loren Livingston,
Brandon Cusic, Dylan Strickland,
Zack Blocher, Jake Lewis, Emily
Anderson, Makayla Gephart, Eva
Bigelow, Cole Alter, Drew Gill,
Zack Williamson, Dennis Yelito,
Joe Mitchell and Jett Yoho.
Bring your children and see the
story of the birth of Christ.
For more information, call (813)
Dan Collis, Pastor
Come join us to
learn about God's
Word and salvation
in Jesus Christ
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The Church of Open Hearts... Open Minds... Open Doors
1210 W. Del Webb Blvd. * 634-2539
Std 4Worship Services:
S 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)
10:55 a.m.- Sanctuary (Traditional with Chancel Choir)
Fellowship time on Sunday Mornings between 10:15 & 11 a.m. in Creason Hall
oay0 S�L7ove www.SCCUMC.com
Communion First Sunday of Each Month PASTOR- DR. WARREN LANGER
.JmL St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
Sunday Services 9:30 a.m.
Casual Service 11:00 a.m.
t Prayers with anointing for healing and wholeness
during worship the second Sunday of every month.
Ministry Pastor: Dr. Gerald Iwerks
Church Meet friends in Fellowship Hall after the Service.
1239 Del Webb Blvd. West Phone: 813-634-1252
Sun City Center, FL 33573 For Information visit:
Church is Handicap accessible www.standrewatscc.org
Saint Anne Catholic Cutch
Fr. John McEvoy
" " *.^- ~ - i Pastor
U.S. Hwy. 41 * 106 11th Ave. NE * Ruskin
SouthShore: r-' I I. . Beach, Ruskin, Sun City and S. Gibsonton
Saturday Vigil M ass............................................................... 5:00 p.m .
Sunday Mass.................................8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Holy Days.................................. Contact Parish Office for Schedule
Daily ..................................................... M onday thru Friday 8:00 a.m.
Espatol ............................ Domingo - 12:30 p.m.; Miercoles 7:30 p.m.
Confession......................... Wednesday 6:45 p.m.; Saturday 3:45 p.m.
Nursery Available for 10:00 a.m. Mass /
5!5 S iSm !Sd l l
Christmas Cantata continues tradition
The United Community Church, 1501 La Jolla Ave, Sun City Center
Chancel Choir is preparing for their Christmas Cantata "Night of the
Father's Love" by Pepper Choplin. The cantata will be performed during
the Sunday Worship service at 10 am on Sunday Dec. 19. The members
of the choir will be augmented by friends and neighbors in the perfor-
mance. The community is welcome to attend this holiday event.
Free Christmas event
Disciples of Christ Christian Fellowship located at 7732 Gibsonton
Drive is hosting a free Christmas Party at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 18.
There will be food, music, entertainment, and the judging of a men
only cake baking contest. All are welcome. For more information or
directions to the church call 813-677-8600.
The Council of Catholic Women
(CCW) of Prince of Peace Catholic
Church held its annual Christmas
Party on Dec. 1 at Conesa Hall.
The party featured a catered
lunch from Bella Cucina and
entertainment from the Pelican
At the event checks were dis-
, the following
< : of Peace Cath-
� . olic Church,
at Our Lady
W of Guadal-
Church, LifePath Hospice, the
Prison Ministry, RCMA, and The
Mary & Martha House. Every
spring the CCW holds an annual
fashion show, where profits go to
help fund these groups as well as
The CCW is open to women of
Prince of Peace Church. The group
meets the first Wednesday of the
month from October through
Northside Baptist Church, 301
U.S. Hwy. 41 N., Ruskin will hold
a Christmas Eve
ice on 'Joseph'
* *}' from Matt. 1:18-
25 at 6 p.m. on
:, Friday, Dec. 24.
For more in-
(. formation, call
the church office
at (813) 645-
8B THE SHOPPER DECEMBER 16, 2010
TO place an ad call THE SHOPPER
813.645.3111 ext. 201
up to 20 words
300 addl. word
Deadline is Monday
M & M Printing Co., Inc
weekly publisher of the
The Observer News, The SCC Observer and The Riverview Current
210 Woodland Estates Ave., SW
Ruskin, Florida 33570
200 Farmer's Mkt
500 Real Estate
550 Manuf. Housing
650 Prof. Services
Free to good home, 2 1/2 yr old male
black lab, gentle, great with kids, all
shots, neutered. Call for interview.
Poodle puppies. 4 Parti males, 1
Phantom female, Vet. checked, priced
right for Christmas. Call 813-943-
5403. Last litter, mom & dad retiring.
310 GARAGE/YARD SALE
Big big yard sale. Friday & Satur-
day, 8am-3pm. 3015 39th Ave., SE,
Ruskin. 95 Buick Roadmaster, health
& fitness items, household items,
arts & crafts, kid clothes & items,
Christmas & collectibles, books, toys,
puzzles & games, kitchen dining
tables & chairs, dressers.
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 Gibsonton. 813-671-
0036 to donate
Moving in sale. Friday & Saturday,
Dec. 17 & 18, 8am-2pm. 828 Oak-
mont Ave. SCC. King size comfort-
ers, sweeper, Christmas tree, lots
New Winter Hours:
M-F 9 to 5:30 * Sat 9 to 4:30
Most items discounted
Accessories, Collectibles, Art,
Books, and some Furniture.
Please call (813) 645-5255
1311 3rd St. NE * Ruskin
(Behind St. Anne Church
& Next to Kennco Mfg.)
2711 N. Macdill Ave. * Tampa, FL 33607
813-876-1566 Call for directions
Quality Furniture at Affordable Prices
* Dining * Seating * Bedroom * Patio * Much More
WE HAVE SOMETHING FOR EVERY ROOM
INSIDE AND ALL AREAS OUTSIDE
We are worth
the drive from
Closed on Weekends
We re-cover or
310 GARAGE/YARD SALE
Moving sale. King size bedroom set,
dining room set, bureau, desk. 211
Rickenbacker Dr., SCC. Thursday,
Lots of household items, furniture,
kitchen, linens, & lots of whatnots.
9am-3pm. Saturday, 615 7th Ave.,
1809 El Rancho, SCC. 2 family sale.
Dec. 17 & 18, 8am-? Engine hoist,
stand, tools, steel ramps, parts, manu-
als, small freezer, misc. household
Multi family garage sale. Friday & Sat-
urday, Dec. 17 & 18, 8am-2pm. 1222
& 1224 Fordham Dr., SCC. Entertain-
ment center & much more.
Moving sale. Everything must go.
Saturday, Dec. 18, 9am-2pm. 6911
Riverview Dr., apt. 3 (Showmen,s
312 ESTATE SALES
New & Gently Used Furniture
BUY & SELL
Daily Trips to SCC
310 GARAGE/YARD SALE
Rain or shine. Huge garage sale.
905 El Rancho Dr. SCC. Friday &
Saturday, 8am-3pm. Bedroom set,
sofa & love seat, kitchen, Christmas
items, toys. To much too list. Lots of
We Have Moved Downstairs
Come see our new shop. Above
The Rest. 1/2 price sale. Plus many
gifts for Christmas. Men come in
Thursday for free wrapping, coffee &
cookies. 139 S. Pebble Beach Blvd.,
Garage sale. Furniture, household
items, books, & lots of misc. 11027
Mc Mullen Loop, Riverview. Saturday,
Dec. 18, 8am-2pm.
'^ uThrift Store
Wed., Fri. & Sat.
9 a.m. - Noon
Movies & j1K
DVD, VH, CD
Buy 1, Get 1 FREE
Also 'Secret Sale'
1424 E. College Ave. * Ruskin
Ministry of Calvary Lutheran Church
Multi family yard sale. Saturday, Dec
18, 8am-2pm. Lots of clothes, house-
hold items. 1110 US 41. Casa Don
Content of house at 2014 East View
Dr., SCC. Kings size bed & mattress,
like new. Side by side solid oak chest
a drawer, 3 pc bookshelf, including
some antiques & vintages items,
overstuffed lanai furniture. Friday &
Saturday, 8:30-1 pm.
Giant Moving Sale
Friday 12/17 & Saturday 12/18,
8am-2pm. Everything must go.
Houseware, Christmas items, golf
cart w / chrome wheel, crafts, stain-
glass supplies & much more. 306
Thornhill Place, St. Andrews, SCC.
Saturday. Christmas decorations,
gifts, collectibles, teapots, salt & pep-
per, Avon, National Geographies, Wil-
ton, wheel chair & household items.
9015 Simmons Rd., Riverview.
Classified Is Convenient
Butterfield Auctions AB2706/AU3549
Classified is the Buyers
312 ESTATE SALES
1408 Del Webb West
Dec. 16,17 & 18 (3 days)
1st & 2nd Day Full Price
3rd Day 1/2 price
Golf Cart (Club), Henredon
Bamboo Large Dining Table
w/8 Chairs, 2 White Overstuffed
Henredon Chairs & Ottoman,
Stanley 3-piece All Wood
Entertainment Center with
Beveled Glass Front & Lots of
Storage. Twin & Queen Bedroom
Suites, Twin Electric Bed,
Dual Recliner Brown
Leather Couch, Exercise
Instruments, Black Metal
Bakers Rack, La-Z-Boy
Couch & 2 Matching Recliners,
Curio Cabinet, Cedar Chests,
Hummels, Goebel Red Heads,
Gnomes & Christmas Decor.
Women's Clothes (Large), Linens,
Kitchen, Coffee & End Tables,
Desk, Sony 27" TV, Maytag Glass
Top Stove, Dishwasher &
Microwave, Stuffed Animals &
633-1173 or 508-0307
China dinnerware set, Crystal glass-
ware, Barrister bookcase, Mason
jars, glass/marble lamp orfern stand.
GVWV lamp, etc. 813-633-8123
3yr old Amana washer w/ stainless
steel tub, white, large capacity &
Maytag dryer. Both for $200. Call
354 MEDICAL ITEMS
2010 Shoprider Sprinter XL4 scooter,
3501bs weight capacity. Includes
cover, flag, rear wire basket, solid
tire upgrade, 4 wheels, extra bat-
teries, extra large seat. $950 obo.
360 GOLF CARTS
Golf carts wanted. Buy sell, trade.
Chargers, parts all related. Ronny's
Carts & Parts. 813-645-4515 or 813-
360 GOLF CARTS
We buy golf carts, any condition. We
pay top dollar for used carts, running
or not. Same day pickup. 813-300-
2006 EZ-Go golf cart, customized in
2009. New batteries in 09, custom
wheels, tires, am/FM/CD new en-
closure. Loaded. $3,700 obo. 813-
392 HOLIDAY GIFT ITEMS
Nordic Trac Pro exerciser, excellent
condition, 813-633-8485 or 770-363-
1097. Asking $75, obo.
425 SLIPS OR STORAGE
South Bay RV & Boat Storage. Spe-
cializing in outside storage for RVs,
boats & trailers. 813-677-2000 www.
Ramey's Business Park
RV & boat storage & heavy equip-
ment. 1/4 mile from Williams Park
boat ramp. 813-410-9607 or 813-
Cars, trucks & Vans. Dead or alive.
813-626-5733, 813-924-6255 Free
Hauling. God Bless
461 TRAVEL TRAILERS
31ft Travel Elite Trailer with slide.
2002, model 8305-S with extra's.
$9990. Call 10am-8pm. 813-741-
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511 HOUSES FOR SALE
KP Augustaionlancaster, 2BR/2BA/2CG on Golf
Course, remodeled(readytomove in)...... $89,500
SCC Worthingtonon Berry Roberts, NEWA/C and
SCC 2BR + Den, split bedrooms, 37x12 enclosed
lanai, valued ceilings............................ $183,000
2BR/2BA, near clubhouse, furnished..... $575/month
2BR/2BA, Lanc., furnished, GC............ $1000/month
2BR/2BA Lanc., furnished, seasonal.... $1600/month
SCC 3BR furnished home (annual).... $1200/month
$42,500 for 2BR/2BA singlewide, across
from golf course, new laminate floors or carpet
throughout, high ceilings, bright open living
area, inside utility, screen porch, carport, shed.
* $49,900 for 2BR/2BA singlewlde with large
enclosed addition, screen encl. porch, carport,
utility room, plus detached shed and 2nd
carport. New CHA, handicap accessible.
* $55,900 for 2BR/2BA doublewlde,
large living room, inside utility room, carport,
and great detached workshop. Large lot
with two driveways, extra parking
(for boat or pickup truck?)
THE SHOPPER 9B
511 HOUSES FOR SALE
Special financing available, any
credit, any income 2br/1 ba, 968sqft,
located at 510 Frances Dr., Ruskin.
$54,900. Visit www.roselandco.
com/91G. Drive by, then call 866-
512 CONDOS FOR SALE
Sun City Center
Kings Point condo, 1200sqft.
Absolutely like knew 2br/2ba w/
carport, 55+ community. Sacrifice at
$34,900. Cash. 813-850-1173
560 M.H. ON LOTS
Mobile home for sale Eastwood
Mobile Home Park, Gibsonton. Call
565 M.H. IN PARKS
Gibsonton area. 1, 2, & 3 bedroom
mobile homes for sale. Owner financ-
ing available. Lot rent $350 monthly
You can read the entire
710 LAWN CARE
610 WATERFRONT RENTALS
The Dolphin House, Apollo Beach,
efficiency apartments on water. Boat
docking /fishing. Pool, laundry. $185
weekly, $185 deposit. No pets. 813-
611 HOUSES FOR RENT
House for rent. Ruskin 2br/1 ba house,
fenced yard. $735 monthly. One
month security. Waterfront neighbor-
hood. 813-610-3485 or 813-641-
S & R Properties
3, 2 & 1 bedrooms. No pets. Ruskin,
Gibsonton area. RV lots available
813-310-1888 or 813-849-1469
612 APTS. FOR RENT
For rent: Efficiency apartments.
Weekly rates, utilities furnished 813-
677-8789, 813-601-1542 or 813-
Apollo Beach 1 bedroom, 1 bath.
Refrigerator, range, patio, carport,
washer/dryer hookup, yard. 813-645-
4145 or 813-642-0681
614 DUPLEX FOR RENT
Summerfield, 2br/2ba screened room,
fireplace, all new appliances, washer
/dryer hookup on small pond. $800
620 ROOMS FOR RENT
Live in a country setting that's clean,
safe & quiet. No alcohol or drugs. $440
per month. nicely furnished includes
all utilities and basic cable. Must see
to appreciate. 813-503-4592
621 PLACES TO SHARE
Roommate wanted. 3 bedroom, 2 bath
house, very clean. All appliances.
Apollo Beach, fresh water canal. $550
630 M.H. RENTALS
2br/2ba private lot. South of Gibson-
ton, US 41. Call 813-927-2065
Two bedroom $165 weekly, plus se-
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For Rent: Clean
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security deposit. R & M Mobile Home
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For rent. 2 bedroom mobile home
near shopping center in Gibsonton.
813-677-8789, 813-601-1542 or 813-
640 ACREAGE FOR RENT
One acre & office trailer for rent. Hwy
41 & Gibsonton Dr, $1,500 monthly.
645 OFFICE SPACE
20x20 office space. Hwy 41 & Gibson-
ton Dr. $350 monthly 813-690-1836
646 WAREHOUSE SPACE
Garage & mini storage rooms for rent.
Pirates Treasure Cove, Gibsonton.
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Quality care for your loved one.
References upon request. Please
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Quality housecleaning with integrity.
Call for free estimate. 7days a week.
Move-in, move-out, rentals. Insured,
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Flat rate $75, full clean
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710 LAWN CARE
Professional maintenance company
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CALL US FOR ALL YOUR REAL ESTATE NEEDS........645-3211
Donate your old functioning cell phones and drop off at our
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Claire Tort ........................... 363-7250 Kathy Jacobson ..................... 624-2225
Kay Pye .............................. 361-3672 Jo Ellen M obley ..................... 645-1540
Cathy Griggs ..................... 391-8653 LaRae Regis ........................... 633-8318
Christine Nethers ............... 260-6335
* Phase III Now Available!
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* 3,4 and 5 Bedrooms, 1 and 2 Garages
* Popular Ruskin Location
* USDA Self-Help Housing program -- help
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714 TREE REMOVAL
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