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Gibsonton is looking at
a longer timeline before
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June 23, 2011
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With the countdown on for the
final launch in the 30-year-old
space shuttle program and
with Atlantis on the launch pad
pointed skyward, now is the
time to visit Kennedy Space
Center, only a two-hour drive
from the Tampa Bay area.
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* By MITCH TRAPHAGEN
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER - If the space
shuttle Atlantis had an odometer, it would
read 120 million miles. She has orbited the
earth more than 4,600 times since her maiden voyage
on October 3, 1985. Today, she stands proudly on
Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center, ready and
waiting for her final journey into space. The launch,
currently scheduled for July 8, will not only mark her
final flight, but it will also mark the end of NASA's
space shuttle program. Upon Atlantis' return to earth,
the entire fleet will have been retired and, as of today,
there are no further U.S. manned space missions on
the calendar. The United States will, temporarily
at least, no longer have the capabilities of sending
people into space.
More than 131 million Americans have lived their
entire lives with the space shuttle program. For those
aged 30 and under, the Apollo program was history,
the space shuttle was the news of the day and it
became part of everyday life, much like compact
disks, DVD players and personal computers. The
shuttle was America's link to space and the final
frontier, beginning with the first test vehicle
named, appropriately enough, Enterprise. Although
planning for the program began in the 1960s, the
first operational shuttle, Columbia, was launched
successfully on April 12, 1981. Since then, the shuttle
fleet has flown 134 missions, orbiting the earth nearly
21,000 times. July 8 will mark the 135th and final
mission of the program.
In more than 30 years of slipping the bonds of
earth for space, there have been two tragedies with
loss of crew, a total of 14 lives. Challenger exploded
73 seconds after liftoff on January 28, 1986; and
Columbia disintegrated upon reentry only 16 minutes
before its expected landing on February 1, 2003. Both
stunned the nation and gave pause to NASA's shuttle
program until answers could be found and solutions
implemented. In each case, the flights resumed,
safer and better than before. In the end, the shuttle's
contribution to science and to the everyday life of
all of humanity cannot be calculated. The value of
all that was accomplished is so immense, so integral
to the advancement of human knowledge, that
generations may well pass before it is truly known
STS-135 (Space Transport System mission 135)
See FINAL MISSION, page 14
SCC Security Patrol
leader wants audit,
* By MELODY JAMESON
SUN CITY CENTER - From required but unfiled federal reports to
needed but unfilled work shifts, this community's once-proud security
patrol has become problem-plagued and in need of a fresh start.
This is the outlook now of its top leader, Karen Ryan, president of the
patrol's board of directors, after about five months at the helm. "We need
a fresh start to recover this very valuable organization and to rebuild the
patrol to comply with all IRS and state laws," Ryan told The Observer
this week, adding "I propose that a place to begin is a competent,
professional, impartial outside audit. Never to anyone's knowledge has
an expert, impartial audit been conducted."
Ryan, a former college professor who holds a doctorate in education
and still is a member of the faculty at Syracuse University, said she
has recommended the audit to the seven-member patrol board but has
heard some resistance based in part on the potential cost. The fee for
such an audit is estimated to be in the $12,000 to $15,000 range. But,
"benefits of a comprehensive audit of the patrol's financial picture and
its functions outweigh the cost," Ryan asserted.
Plus, the patrol is not without resources. Its own monthly financial
report puts its total worth, including physical assets (principally
vehicles), at more than $1.2 million. The May, 2011, balance sheet states
it has investments - including CDs and Treasury Bills - exceeding
See SCC SECURITY PATROL, page 9
Properly filling out a job
application can make all
* By PENNY FLETCHER
RIVERVIEW - When I wanted to find out about the job market for
teens that are out of school on summer vacation I knew right where
One of my first stops was at The Alley At SouthShore where I
learned something that changed the whole direction of my quest. I'll
have to write about the job market another time. What I learned from
The Alley's Events Manager Therese Monaghan was a shocker, and
well deserves a story all its own.
"Do I have applications?" Therese said laughing when I asked about
"teen applicants." "I'll bet I get 25 to 50 a week."
She showed me the most recent box filled with applications. She
could barely carry it with two hands.
As if that wasn't enough of a shocking revelation by itself, Therese
delivered the punch line: "I get frustrated because so many of these
kids don't know how to fill out an application. Of course people are
hiring older people for jobs teens used to do (like bagging groceries
and working in fast food restaurants). They know how to ask for a job
and when they're hired they do that job the way they're supposed to."
By then, I was hooked. Was Therese saying that hundreds of South
County teens not only didn't fill out their applications correctly, but
didn't do their jobs right once they were hired?
As it turned out, that's exactly what she was saying. But she's been
working to solve the problem and has plans to do even more in the
See JOB APPLICATIONS, page 3
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one per person, per day
Why vacation at a congested big
town, when you have peace and
quiet in your own backyard. If it is
a first time visit to our area, take a
guided tour of our waterways. Talk
to the locals, who more than likely
will know all about our
Don't buy a boat with-
out consulting those who
know our waters. You
need a boat to fit your
needs. Do you want to
fish miles beyond shore,
or in the rivers only? Fish T
Small boats are not ByJonie
safe beyond a certain
distance. Some buy flat
boats, others big boats with a fly-
ing bridge. Perhaps you need only
a canoe to paddle down the river.
For the young at heart, a cigar boat
that will zip at a high speed across
the waters is the perfect boat. You
might be the person that cruises
only -- that would be a different
boat. If you fall in love with the
water, buy a houseboat and live on
the water. If you can't buy a boat at
all, hire a guide and take a charter
or become a good friend with your
neighbor who has a boat.
I had phone calls about pompano
and permit this week. It took me a
long time to know the difference
between these two fish. They are a
challenge to catch and
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appearance, but very different in
The permit is thicker-bodied and
can weigh up to 40 pounds, while
the pompano weighs in around six
Permit and pompano
are both members of the
When becoming an
adult, it is not so dif-
ficult to tell which is
pompano and which is
permit. When young,
les they do look alike and
oaschek have the same features.
Schools of pompano
are often seen skipping
along the water at night. The reason
for this behavior is unclear. Some
suspect that they may be doing this
to escape from danger.
A true unbelievable statement is
that fishing guides say permit are
more difficult to catch than tarpon,
bonefish or any other prized sport
Many are having a field day catch-
ing redfish. From all reports that I
have received they are monsters.
The charter captains are catching
one after another, and releasing.
Most catches have been too large
for legal catch. Redfish are still on
restriction, with one per person per
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PENNY FLETCHER PHOTO
Therese Monaghan, events manager at The Alley At SouthShore,
shows the stack of applications she has received in just the past
two weeks. Surprised at the fact most young people do not know
how to fill out a job application correctly, Therese has been showing
them and also mentoring those who really want to learn good work
* Continued from page 1
"It drives me mad the way they
fill out the applications. They need
to show they know what they're
applying for. The application is
supposed to convince the employer
they know what the job duties are
and that they can perform them."
Therese said that in today's tight
job market, words that used to look
"good" on an application- words
that meant you were open to pretty
much anything- should no longer be
"If they check 'any' under what
they're applying for, I know they
haven't even looked around to see
what we do here," Therese said.
"They need to apply directly for
something, like food service or
clean-up or bowling alley work and
then tell me the skills they have that
fit into that category."
The Alley has nine different
venues for jobs and any of them can
be a start to a resume as youngsters
who have worked their first job
move forward in life.
Besides checking "any" under
position wanted, another thing that
frustrates Therese is that so many
young people check "any" under
salary requirements as well.
"Know your worth. Check to see
what we pay for the job, or what
other places pay for similar jobs
and put that down. It shows you
care enough to do your research."
Anyone can see that when they
advertise for workers at The Alley,
the ad always states $7.50-$9 an
hour, she said. So they should list
"It's better to ask for more than
you'll get than act like you have no
idea what you're worth."
Therese has spent the last 25 years
in positions where she had hiring
and firing power so she should
"It's easy now to get job
descriptions over the Internet.
People- especially teens who have
never held a job- need to look up
the job description and list the
skills needed to complete the job
for which they're applying," she
Therese and her husband Mark
who is The Alley's night general
manager, and Alley owner Andy
White, cater to families in every
department. Often mom and dad
go to the restaurant or bar while the
kids nlav in the arcade (which is
named Redemption) or bowl.
But lots of teens and pre-teens
go to The Alley without adults. So
many in fact, that children without
adults must now buy $5 worth of
"Alley spending iiimikN \" to get in.
"We didn't want to become so
much of a hangout for teens that
families couldn't enjoy themselves
anymore," she said.
Because so many area preteens and
teens spend time there, especially
on weekends, a lot of them apply to
work there just to see their friends.
'That's one of the reasons we
have so much turn-over. I just won't
put up with someone who gets hired
and then doesn't want to work," she
Another thing about hiring teens
is that many seem to call in sick
on weekends. Parents are often
responsible for this when "aunt
so and so or some other family
member" is coming for a visit.
"It's amazing how many apply
for a job, get hired, and then work
a few days and realize it's actually
work!" she said.
But when Therese finds teens who
want to do a good job and build
good work skills, she mentors them,
moves them around and teaches
them different things about events,
food service and all the other things
that take place at The Alley.
"It's a great place for them to learn
to work, but they have to realize it's
work," she said.
Because Therese gets so many
poorly-written job applications she
has decided to offer a one-hour
class Wednesday, July 20 at 6 p.m.
at The Alley, 10221 Big Bend Road,
Riverview at a cost of $10.
She has talked to many customers
with children and teens that think
this type of class is a good idea and
she took day and time suggestions
from them. If people sign-up and
she thinks more will come, she will
begin to give classes on some kind
of regular basis.
She is calling her July 20 program
"57 Flip Flops" because of the way
so many younger workers- hers
average between 16 and 22- get jobs
and then quit or get fired almost
"I've been considering consulting
in some way because of working
with the youth here and thought
something like this class will give
them access to general information
they can use for the rest of their
For more information or to register
for the class call 813-672-9011
or email Therese at 57flipflops@
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Kings Point Ceramics Club now has four certified instructors.
Fran Frazier, Lillian Marinello, Mary Anne Moseley have recently
completed their ceramic instructor certification from Duncan
University. Seated is Florence George, a long-time instructor
from Gare shows off some of the pieces they worked on for this
certification. Florence also received certification from Duncan.
Kings Point Ceramic classes are held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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JUNE 23, 2011
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all Elks and their guests. Music by
Bryan from 5 to 8 p.m.
Every Friday: Seafood and Sand-
wiches for all Elks and their guests
from 5 to 7 p.m. Karaoke by Bryan
from 5 to 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 3: Pig Roast -- $8,
2 to 6 p.m. Menu: Pork, Baked
Beans, Potato Salad, Coleslaw,
Friday, July 8: State President
Visit. Will arrive in Sun City Center
at 4 p.m. Dinner at the Bradenton
Elks Lodge at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 9: Golf Outing
and Lunch, Tee Off Time is 7
a.m., $60 including Cart. Dinner
at the South Hillsborough Lodge
at 6 p.m. Menu: Bourbon Chicken
Kebobs, Coleslaw, Baked Beans,
Potato Salad, Rolls & Butter, and
Every Sunday and Thursday in
June that the Rays play the Lodge
will be open for all Elks and their
guests. Hot dogs will be served.
The South Hillsborough Elk's
Lodge is located at 1630 U.S.
Hwy. 41 S., Ruskin, FL 33570. It
is a smoke-free environment.
For more information, call (813)
Practice creates winning habits
Habits are created by continual
practice, and those habits allow
us to function automatically when
faced with the stress of having to
perform to our utmost capability.
I'm not a person who
likes to practice. But
over the years, I've been
blessed with instructors
and mentors who have
forced me to practice
critical skills which have
helped develop some Positi
winning habits. Talk
My flight instructor By Wllk
was a fanatic when it By Wi
came to practicing fly-
ing "under-the-hood." For those of
you who are not aviation minded,
to fly under the hood means that
the instructor requires the student
to wear a hood that allows the
student to see only the instrument
panel of the aircraft. The instruc-
tor then puts the aircraft in an
unusual attitude, which is gener-
ally either a turn down or a hard
upward maneuver. The student's
job is to bring the plane back to
straight and level flight-by using
the instruments only. Day after
day, we would go out into the
practice field. It seemed to me that
he took a great deal of delight in
trying to position the aircraft in
strange ways, but I soon began to
pay attention to the sound of the
engine. Eventually, I could tell
almost immediately whether we
were in a climb or descending. I
learned to trust the instruments,
and my immediate reaction in time
of emergency became to rely on
the instrument panel-not to look
outside the aircraft.
About a year after I
completed my flight
[ .; training, I found myself
-\ '/ completely surrounded
./. by clouds. I was peer-
ing out the window-
,e feeling as though I
was flying straight and
level-when I heard
SHodges the engine begin to
whine. All that train-
ing immediately took control of
my mind and forced me to realize
I wasn't flying straight and level.
The engine was racing because I
was in a dive. If I hoped to survive,
I had better pay attention to the
instruments. An automatic reflex
took over from all the under-the-
hood practice. Within seconds, I
brought the airplane to straight and
level flight and was able to work
my way out of the overcast. Score
one for practice.
When I was learning to sail, my
instructor decided I should learn
to control the direction of my boat
with the sails and without the use
of the rudder. He tied the rudder
down midship, and forced me to
sail a specified course by manip-
ulating the sails. At first it was
fun, but I have to admit that hour
after hour of this practice became
tedious. Tedious or not, practice
bailed me out again when I was
sailing a 33-foot Morgan in the
Gulf of Mexico and the helm failed
to respond. The hydraulic system
had sprung a leak and the rud-
der became inoperative. We were
only about a mile and a half off
shore with an on-shore wind. We
were being rapidly blown toward
the beach, and there was a serious
chance we could go aground. The
owner of the boat started forward
to put out an anchor, but before
he could do it, I had instinctively
begun to manipulate the sails in
such a manner as to put us back on
course without the use of the rud-
der. As a result, we were able to sail
for a half hour in that manner-on
course and on time-while the
owner fixed the hydraulic system.
Score another one for practice.
Flying an airplane or sailing a
boat on the Gulf of Mexico may be
the extreme of what practice can do
for you but practicing things right
at home may be wise. It may seem
silly to have a home fire drill, but
think about it. When that house is
full of smoke, might those practice
drills save lives? Are there other
things in your life that you need
to practice but have put them off
because they are tedious or bor-
ing? What we practice, if we prac-
tice it long enough, becomes habit.
Those habits allow us to respond
in a winning manner, no matter
what crisis we are confronting.
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New real estate company in
Tampa Bay Realty Partners, LLC
recently opened their new office
in the Boyette Executive Center
at 11946 Boyette Rd., Riverview,
and will serve the entire Tampa
Broker Daniel F. Tempel has over
25 years in the Real Estate and De-
velopment industry and will head
up the new company.
Tempel has owned several other
real estate companies in St. Peters-
burg and St. Cloud, MN, and most
recently was a Broker Associate
with Keller Williams Realty South
Shore. He has a Masters degree in
Management and Administration
and a BA in Public Administration
The company will focus on pro-
viding a high level of personal ser-
vice to clients seeking assistance
with residential and commercial
real estate transactions.
For more information, call Tem-
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Home canning classes to be offered
Preserving food at home may seem like a complex or even frightening
process. But by attending one of Hillsborough County Extension's home
canning classes, getting fruits and vegetables from the garden to the
jar can be easy and fun. With the interest in past classes, Hillsborough
County's Extension Office has scheduled additional classes to be held at
the Plant City Planteen Recreation Center, 301 Dort Street in Plant City.
Classes demonstrate equipment and procedures. Participants will
receive recipes and information enabling them to go home ready to begin
canning. A $5 donation is requested to cover costs.
Jam and Pickles
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For more information, call Mary Keith at (813) 744-5519, ext. 136 or
the Hillsborough County Extension Office, 5339 C.R. 579 in Seffner.
Hillsborough County Extension is a cooperative service of Hillsbor-
ough County Board of County Commissioners and the University of
Florida. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an
Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educa-
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that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color,
religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national
origin, political opinions or affiliations. U.S. Department of Agriculture,
Cooperative Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida
A&M, University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of Coun-
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District helps fight
The Southwest Florida Water
Management District recently sent
11 staff members and equipment to
help fight wildfires in Alachua and
Flagler counties at the request of
the Florida Division of Forestry.
The District sent three Type VI
engines with two-person crews to
the Santa Fe fire in Alachua Coun-
ty. Type VI engines are equipped
with 300- to 500-gallonwater tanks
and foam capabilities. The District
also sent a truck with a strike team
leader. The 6,500-acre fire in the
Santa Fe Swamp Conservation
Area northeast of Gainesville has
prompted the Suwannee River
Water Management District to
close its Santa Fe Swamp tract to
The District also sent two
crews with tractor-plows to Fla-
gler County to help fight a series
of fires. Tractor-plows are used to
help contain wildfires by cutting
According to District Land
Manager Kevin W. Love, the Dis-
trict staff members will be an asset
to the Division of Forestry.
"Our staff are highly trained and
have excellent equipment," said
Love. "We perform prescribed
bums on our properties through-
out the year, which gives us great
experience as well. We're glad we
can be available to help the Divi-
sion of Forestry put out these wild-
The District has additional crews
on standby to replace the 11 staff
members who deployed today, and
to support additional requests from
the Division of Forestry.
Huth & Booth Photography
On the mic (left) is 2001 Honorary Mayor Mike Self II; GRCC President
Sherri McLean Walker and candidates Lisa Kennedy, Stuart Mackey,
Gabrielle Perham; and GRCC Board Director Donna Lee Fore.
Meet the Honorary Mayor of
The 2012 Honorary Mayor of
Riverview Race is ON! The Hon-
orary Mayor's Race Kick-Off
Party took place at Salute! Sports
Grill in Riverview on June 10.
Family and friends gathered to
enjoy great Salute! Sports Grill
food, beverages and live music by
acoustical duo Zebron & James.
Guests also had the opportunity to
meet Riverview's current Honor-
ary Mayor Michael D. Self II of
S&S Taco's/Pizzas & Stuff.
Congratulations to fellow River-
view Chamber members who have
officially tossed their hat in the
ring to run for the title of 2012
Honorary Mayor of Riverview:
Lisa Kennedy, Alley Cat Pest
Control, (813) 671-3838. info@t
of choice: Faces of Courage.
Stuart Mackey, Mackey Produc-
tions, (813) 699-0843. stuart@t
of choice: LifeCare of Brandon.
Eight of the 15 teenagers who worked on the mural are left to right,
front row: Kylie Miller, Rebkah Bordner, and Suzanne Smith. Back
row: Stephanie Miller, Talisha Gomez, Joy Bordner, Taran Ward and
Ruskin Library shows off new mural
The Ruskin Library recently installed an 8-foot by 32-foot mural titled
'Information Access.' The mural depicts the history of libraries.
The mural was created through teen art classes offered at the Craw-
ford Studio at SouthShore Regional Library. The group started working
in February under the direction of Artist, Mike Parker, Coordinator of
Community Arts and Co-Director of Operations for the Big Draw Studio
on U.S. Hwy. 41. It is painted on four masonite hardboard panels.
Funding for the project was provided by the Community Foundation of
Greater Sun City Center, Friends of the SouthShore Library and Friends
of the Ruskin Library.
Wendy Milenkevich, The Pre-
serve at Alafia, (813) 443-0600.
Charity of choice: Joshua House.
Gabrielle Perham, Mace Multi-
media, (813) 704-0460. gabrielle @
macemultimedia.com. Charity of
choice: Riverview Boys and Girls
Look for upcoming events
hosted by these mayor candidates
-- be sure to show your support!
One dollar equals one vote. The
candidate with the most votes
between June 10 and Sept. 15 will
be named 2012 Honorary Mayor
The funds raised will be equally
divided between the candi-
date's charity of choice and the
Greater Riverview Chamber of
For more information, visit
call the Riverview Chamber office
at (813) 234-5944.
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.
Bar Bingo 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.
Friday, June 24 * Karaoke 8: Jeff
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Lennard High School
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(813) e41- 11
Lennard High School has a Little Longhorn Learning Corral Preschool
program that will operate from 8:15 to 11:10 a.m. three days a week,
beginning September through mid-May. They are a developmental pre-
school program for children ages three to five.
Their focus is readiness for kindergarten and socialization in a nur-
turing, developmentally appropriate environment. The program allows
Early Childhood Education students hands-on working experience with
The Little Longhorn Learning Corral Preschool program has several
openings available for the 2011-12 school year. Parents, if you are in-
terested or have any questions, call 633-5405 and leave a voice maill
Hillsborough County Public
Schools are operating on a four-
day, 10-hour day work week
schedule beginning Monday,
June 13 through Friday, Aug. 5.
All sites will be open Monday
through Thursday, 10 hours
each day, and closed on Fridays.
District sites are open from 7
a.m. to 5:45 p.m. School sites are
open from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The work week beginning
Monday, July 4, will revert
to each site's regular hours of
JUNE 23, 2011
Buzz cutting the future
I've recently decided that it's
time to make some changes in my
life. I'm a big believer in taking
baby steps with such things so I
started small. I visited
a new-to-me South
The place looked o
nice, it was clean and
the hip young kid (At
48, I reserve the right
to call anyone under 40 Obser
a kid. This kid, though, By Mitch
was probably 25) who mitch@obse
was to be my barber, set
me down in a chair, meticulously
wrapped an apron around me,
and then placed his hand on my
shoulder and asked, "What can I
do for you today, sir?".
The care he took in preparation
was good to see, the "sir" was a
somewhat surprising perk, and
the hand on my shoulder was, I
thought, a nice touch coming from
someone who was about to have a
major influence on how the world
would see me.
"I just don't want a mullet," I
"You don't want a moo-let," he
Moo-let? Funny, I hadn't
noticed an accent before. After
that, I didn't understand much of
what he said. One of the things
about being hearing impaired is
that conversation ends with a lot
of surprises. He seemed like a nice
young man and I was comfortable
in the knowledge that there are no
bad haircuts after two weeks, so I
didn't worry about it.
As I settled back into the barber
chair, I looked around and noticed
that all of the barbers were hip-
looking young men with buzz
cuts. Just after that, I noticed that
all of the customers were getting
buzz cuts. It was then I heard the
electric razor fire up behind me.
Times are tough for nearly
everyone these days, and I could
certainly have saved the $12 price
advertised on the board for a
basic haircut. I could cut my own
hair - or not. After all, cutting
things deemed "unnecessary" is
apparently the new cool in Florida.
No one would argue that a haircut
is a life or death investment.
Of course, cutting my own hair
would result in me looking like
I had a bad run-in with a weed
whacker. But I wouldn't care -
it's time to tighten the belt, right?
Well, after a while my figurative
belt-tightening would become a
literal impossibility. Once I decided
that I couldn't justify spending the
money for a haircut, it's a short
hop to letting my middle-aged
paunch grow into something
much more... paunchy.
Who cares what I look
like? Times are tough
and I can't afford to
look good! Once that
takes hold, before you
know it, I'll be wearing
mismatched clothes that
ationS have seen better days.
aphagen Once I stop caring
ernews.net about how I look, it's
a short road to letting
everything else go to pot. Suddenly,
I'm less a reporter than I am a
middle-aged fat guy with a bad
haircut and worn-out, mismatched
clothes. Then soon, the public will
see not a reporter but a guy who
just doesn't give a damn. And
before long, that's how I'll see
myself, too. In the blink of an eye,
I'll be living in the mangroves
telling my imaginary friends that
the feral pig that roots through my
makeshift campsite is my pet dog
who I've named Ernie.
I think it is much the same for
cities, counties and the state of
Florida itself. Sure there is a lot
of stuff the state can't afford -
but that hasn't changed regardless
of the state of the economy. Do
we need a gigantic, vanity sports
complex in the middle of nowhere?
Yeah, I think we can survive
without that. Do we need teachers,
law enforcement officers, roads,
urban plans, and investments in
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MITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTO
I may be a dreamer but I can imagine believing in myself. I also
believe in Florida. Perhaps it's time our leaders do, too.
future infrastructure needs for a
growing and changing world?
Well now, we do need that stuff.
Cutting that out of the budget
because "we just can't afford it" is
basically telling ourselves that we
just don't give a damn. And there
starts the slippery slope.
If our leaders don't believe
in us - if we don't believe in
ourselves - enough to make the
investments needed for our future,
well then we will most certainly
get the future we deserve. And
that is a future with little chance
of leading to prosperity.
We have to believe in ourselves,
much as I have to believe first that
I am a reporter, in order to become
a reporter. I have to make the
investments that are necessary to
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reporter, as individually frivolous
those investments may appear. In
the end, the seemingly thrifty act
of saving 12 bucks on a haircut
could cost me almost everything.
Before I knew it, I watched as
huge chunks of my hair fell onto
the meticulously placed apron as
the razor plowed across the right
side of my head. At that point, I
knew I had to be patient; there was
no way to stop him now. I had to
wait until he finished the left side
unless I wanted the world's largest
comb-over. Just as he finished up
the left side and the back of my
head, I stopped him and said, "You
know, I kind of like having a little
hair on top to comb back."
"Oh!" he said, making no real
attempt to mask his surprise.
He then spent nearly 30 minutes
shaping my hair, trying to get
what was left to match up. Finally,
he turned me around to face the
mirror. It wasn't bad. It was a
change and change is frequently
a good thing, despite initial
He finished up, carefully
brushing away the loose hair as he
removed the apron and told me the
charge was $12. I tipped him $5
- not because I loved the haircut,
but because I could tell he truly
cared about doing a good job. That
he cared at all is a departure from
what are becoming the new norms
and mores of our increasingly
strange and self-focused society.
He thanked me graciously, gave
me his card, and asked me to come
back. I probably will - I don't
want to live in the mangroves with
an imaginary pet dog named Ernie
that looks a lot like a feral pig. In
order to be where I want to be, I
have to believe first in myself.
The same goes for the state of
Florida. There is nothing frivolous
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Ethanol plant permitting on longer timeline
* By MELODY JAMESON
GIBSONTON - Construction
of a proposed corn-to-ethanol
manufacturing plant here is being
delayed, with a 90-day extension
recently granted by regulators for
completion of the initial permit
Air quality and chemical
engineers at Hillsborough's
Commission in February asked
promoters of The Sunshine
Way Ethanol plant proposed for
acreage east of U.S. 41 and south
of Kracker Avenue for additional
information about specific design
components in the prospective
operation. In a six-page letter to
the Construction Tradition Group
(CTG), Eaton Park, Florida, the
regulators outlined a number of
questions related to the design of
dry material handling equipment
and to equipment designed to
manage odor emissions.
In early May, CTG responded
with what EPC engineers took to
be partial answers to the questions.
CTG also requested an extension
of time to further develop the
Another 90 days was tacked onto
the application process timeline in
a June 3 letter to CTG, according
to Jason Waters, an EPC chemical
engineer familiar with the file.
That extension gives the plant
promoters until early September
to respond to the EPC queries,
However, he indicated, these
timeframes are not without
flexibility. Asked if one extension
after another could be simply
requested and granted, he said
that early in the process, an initial
request for more time is not
extraordinary and often readily
granted. Another extension request
would have to be based on a good
reason and without it the agency
can and does deny applications
and close files. In this case, the
process must be initiated from the
The Sunshine Way plant was
proposed for the 100-acre site
adjacent to existing CSX railroad
tracks and projected to produce
eventually 200 million gallons of
200 proof ethanol per year from
"Dent" corn, a variety not grown
for human consumption. The $325
million facility would receive two
South Florida harvests of corn
annually, arriving by rail, CTG
told EPC, store it in 12 silos and
ferment it in six tanks.
The resulting absolute ethanol
would be stored in five internal
floating roof tanks until shipped
out by railcar, tanker trucks or
In years past, two other ethanol
plants have been proposed in the
West Central Florida area but have
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PALMETTO - Meet ten of
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at an art show and sale to be held
at the Palmetto Historical Park
& Manatee County Agricultural
Museum July 16, from 10 a.m. to 3
p.m. There will be artwork for sale
and you can watch a live painting
demo by one of the artists. The
park and museum are located at
515 - 10th Ave. West, Palmetto. In
addition, 31 paintings are currently
on exhibit through August 12th.
The Florida Highwaymen are a
small group of African American
landscape artists who began
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2 p.m., Saturday, June 25,
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SouthShore Regional Library,
19th Avenue at Beth Shields
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Hillsborough County chapter,
is in its formative stages and
welcomes all South and East
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in public education on
governmental matters and
in encouraging the public's
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as nationally. The League of
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candidate or party.
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exploration through open
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Each month at the Chamber we My father was Air Force. My two
have our membership luncheon nephews both served in the Army.
sponsored by one of our local
member businesses. They
provide a speaker, usually
someone from their com-
pany, who gives the audi-
ence a program related to
the sponsor's business.
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sponsor, and therefore no YOU
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The elder one is still a Medic and
is due to be deployed
for his third tour in
the sand box this
December. But I am
especially honored to
live and work in a com-
munity that is home to
so many of our retired
It is with that respect
for them that the
Chamber has taken on the project
of designing and printing the pro-
gram for our upcoming Veteran's
Day. We will sell ad space in the
program with proceeds to benefit
the Wounded Warrior Project. I
hope you will join us in this proj-
ect to honor all of our veterans.
It is fitting you acknowledge
our veterans on Memorial Day
and Veteran's Day. And as we
approach the anniversary of our
country's declaration of indepen-
dence from England, I challenge
you to do it more often. When you
see someone wearing the hat or
pin of the military, thank them for
Remember, it is not the col-
umnist or reporter who gave us
freedom of speech. It is not the
minister who gave us freedom of
religion, and it is not the politician
who gave us the right to assemble.
It is the men and women of our
armed forces who have sacrificed
so much so that we may have these
freedoms. Thank you to all.
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Adult Program/Event Highlights
Week of June 26 to July 2
Internet: Safe Browsing and Malicious Software*
Monday, June 27 * 2 to 4:15 p.m.
Learn how to surf the Internet while avoiding common scams and
pitfalls that can compromise your security. Learn about different
types of malicious software, how they get on the personal computer,
how to remove them, and precautions to take when using the internet.
Registration is available one hour prior to the beginning of the program.
SouthShore Needle People*
Wednesday, June 29 * 6:30 p.m.
Join other needle people to share techniques, tips and experiences
about knitting and other fiber and fabric crafts. Beginners
are welcome! Bring a project and ask questions!
Publisher: Introduction and Formatting*
Thursday, June 30 * 12:15 to 2:30 p.m.
Introduction to the Publisher window layout, toolbars, creating new
documents, and insertion of text and picture frames. Manipulating
picture and text frames, working with lines, borders and colors.
Registration in person required no earlier than one hour
prior to the start of the program.
Great Books Discussion Group*
Saturday, July 2 * 10 a.m.
Join a discussion with Patrick DeMarco of
Honore de Balzac's classic work, Pere Goriot.
*Free event is funded by the Friends
of the N. iii, '.. Regional Library
Fred Olson was indeed available,
and he came prepared with projec-
tor and laptop. What we weren't
prepared for was the emotional
impact of his presentation.
Honor Flight is a non-profit
organization whose mission is
to fly World War II veterans to
Washington, DC to see the WWII
Memorial.It is a time-sensitive
mission, as we are losing an
average of 1000 WWII veterans
every day. The cost is high, and
the logistics of transporting the
veterans and their necessary medi-
cal equipment, wheelchairs, and
walkers is formidable.
Yet the effort is well worth it
when you see the looks on our
veterans' faces as they experience
the memorial built to honor their
heroics from decades ago. We have
hundreds of thousands of veter-
ans yet to fly there, and the Honor
Flight program is trying to get them
all there before it is too late.
Those who serve our country
have a special place in my heart.
JUNE 23, 2011
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$1 million and cash on hand in
checking and savings accounts of
more than $144,000.
The SCC Security Patrol is an
almost entirely volunteer-based
organization which dates back
more than 30 years. Headquartered
on the Central Campus, it shares a
building with the SCC Community
Association. It is managed, at
least in theory, through a vertical
hierarchy topped by the board of
directors to which an organizational
chart that includes Patrol Chief
Mike Albanese and a group of
deputy and assistant chiefs reports.
Supported by donations and
endowments, the patrol historically
has been a boon to the community,
to local law enforcement as well to
the series of community developers,
patrolling SCC streets day and
night, serving as eyes and ears for
the Hillsborough County Sheriff's
Office and contributing to every
developer's marketing campaign as
a much-touted community service.
Over the years, it has been credited
with saving hundreds of thousands
in taxpayer dollars because of
its volunteered security-oriented
The patrol also is categorized as
a not-for-profit operation under
Florida law and enjoys a tax
exempt 501(c)3 status under the
U.S. tax code, obligating it, among
other things, for certain levels of
responsibility, transparency and
It is this latter circumstance that
produced a growing concern when
it came to light earlier this year.
The patrol engages car washers
who clean its vehicles - currently
five mostly late-model Hyundais
- on a weekly basis. They are paid
$8 per car per week, said Martha
Finley, former patrol chief who
retired in February and now is both
an appointed deputy chief as well
as a designated "ex-officio" board
member. At that rate, the patrol pays
the car cleaners about $40 per week
or $2,080 annually. The monies are
taken from patrol's petty cash and
that fund is reimbursed from general
operating revenues to maintain its
$500 balance, Finley said.
However, one of the patrol's
OBSERVER NEWS * RIVERVIEW CURRENT * SCC OBSERVER * 9
MELODY JAMESON PHOTO
Behind the modest mirrored door at 1005 North Pebble Beach
Boulevard, the SCC Security Patrol's various business, training
and dispatching functions are and have been for years conducted.
Relying on mostly volunteer managers, patrol car drivers and radio
manning dispatchers, the patrol has been a community feature,
touted by developers and praised by residents as well as local law
enforcement. Today, however, surfacing problems are generating
talk of closer examination of the well-endowed group.
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obligations under the federal rules
governing its tax exempt operations
is issue of the federal 1099 form
presenting total earnings to each
of the car washers receiving more
than $600 annually so that those
earnings can be reported accurately
by the workers. For an apparently
unknown number of years, the
patrol has failed to issue any 1099s
to any of the car washers, possibly
jeopardizing its tax free status.
The matter surfaced in the March,
2011, board meeting minutes
when Russ Merritt, a former
board treasurer who subsequently
resigned, was empowered to
"explore the correct way to classify
them under IRS rules" - as casual
labor, contract workers or part-
time employees - and determine
the related tax code implications.
Follow-up communications from
Merritt to board members indicate
concern that issuing the 1099s could
"be a trigger for investigation" but
suggesting that if nothing else is
done, the forms should be completed
for the 2011 tax year. Merritt's
message also noted that if the car
cleaners were treated as employees,
"a W2 would not trigger anything."
The former treasurer, contacted
by The Observer for this article,
said this week he did not know if
any 1099s had been issued to date.
Minutes of the June, 2011, patrol
board meeting state that members
were advised one of their banks,
SunTrust, could provide "a payroll
processing program" that could
handle taxes, 1099s and other details
- presumably for the employed
office staff and for the car washers
- at a rate of $40 per month. The
board agreed to pay for the program
through the current year.
Filling the treasurer's position
also has caused heated debate
within the patrol management
during recent months. After
Merritt's resignation, Albanese, as
patrol chief, began exploring other
options, according to a series of
written communications. In order
to quickly get on staff a responsible
individual to maintain accounting
records and keep up the flow of
required payments, he, at one point,
tried to hire a Kings Point resident as
an accounting clerk. This move was
abandoned when he was advised
his plan would violate existing
patrol by-laws. Subsequently, Mike
Brock, a SCC resident known for
his accounting work with the SCC
Men's Club, was invited to join the
patrol board as its treasurer. Brock
did so, but soon resigned to become
the patrol's current paid accounting
clerk, engaged at $14 per hour on
a part-time basis, according to the
minutes of an especially called
board meeting on June 7. The paid
accounting clerk position is a first
for the patrol.
The patrol's difficulty in finding
or keeping necessary expertise on
the management level signals even
greater problems in maintaining
the volunteer base to serve as
dispatchers and patrol car drivers
during day and night shifts. While
some teams work three-hour shifts
and others two-hour shifts, a full
daily complement of dispatchers
and drivers would number about
19. For a 30-day month, some
570 volunteers are needed to
maintain a seven-day schedule
now ending each midnight. No one
within the patrol, contacted by The
Observer, could - or would - state
how many volunteers actually do
work each month. Lynda Hannan,
a patrol employee who helps
maintain volunteer schedules,
expressly declined to provide a
number "without permission"
from supervisors despite the
organization's obligations regarding
Other signs, though, point to
an eroding volunteer base. The
board's June 14 minutes note that
three teams currently are without
captains. At peak vacation times,
patrol members of one team may
be solicited several times within
a single day to fill in on other
teams. Due to unresolved internal
problems, Team 4 simply did not
patrol after 6 PM on April 4 and
on May 4 only one driver from the
team appeared for the 6 to 9 PM
The Team 4 issues date back
to April 4 when its newly trained
captain, Mary Williams, arrivedfor
her day-long shift at about 7 a.m..
According to a letter to Albanese
from Williams' attorney, Dale
Brewster, she entered the office,
easily identified by her badge and
other credentials, intending to
locate a substitute for the day due
to illness she was experiencing.
Rather than finding help, she was
"rudely informed" by a dispatcher
on duty that she, the day captain,
could not enter the room, that
the records she carried " were
snatched away" by the dispatcher,
that she was denied "access to
a telephone" and that when a
supervisor was called to help
settle the dispute that "supervisor
took the side of the dispatcher and
seemed generally annoyed at Ms.
Williams for being ill."
Brewster's letter goes on to
note "Ms. Williams is extremely
disappointed in the manner in
which she was treated especially
considering this was a voluntary
position, and she had invested many
hours in training." Brewster's letter
also constitutes Williams' formal
resignation as team captain and as
a patrol member.
In days following the incident,
Albanese signed short form letters
to both Brewster and to Williams,
accepting "regretfully" her
Ann Devine, the patrol dispatcher
involved in the incident, was
See SCC SECURITY PATROL, page 17
10. OBSERVER NEWS * RIVERVIEW CURRENT JUNE 23, 2011
Family appreciates outpouring
Dusty Lee Maskrey was killed in an automobile accident on May 21,
2011. He was 19 years old. Our family wishes to express our deepest
appreciation to all who helped in our time of sadness and grief. A thank
you is extended to Ruskin VFW Post 6287, the Men and Ladies Auxil-
iary, the Women's Color Guard and VFW Post 8108 for opening their
clubhouses for family and friends to hold car washes to help with the
Thank you to each and every one who came to the car washes and gave
donations. Our heartfelt thanks to those who gave money, flowers and
food. Dusty touched a lot of hearts and the outpouring from the com-
munity made us so proud of our son. To everyone who helped us during
this time may God bless you all. Dusty is survived by his family and his
extended family of beautiful, beloved friends. No one was a stranger to
Dusty. He was that kind of young man who had a heart of gold filled with
God's love. Thank you and God bless all.
In loving memory of Dusty -- The Maskrey family
Retiring teacher says thanks to all
who helped make her job special
It has taken me some time to recover from that wonderful party given for
me, May 21. Now comes the task of finding words to say 'thank you.'
1. Thank you to the church and school for the opportunity to serve in
this Ministry all these years; and all the wonderful people, staff, students,
parents and friends you have brought into my life.
2. Thank you to all of you that traveled from near and far to share this
day with me.
3. Thank you for the trip down memory lane and all the Graingerisms.
4. Certainly an unforgettable moment was the skit with my former
students playing themselves and Debbie portraying Mrs. Grainger.
Thank you for those laughs.
5. Thank you for the gifts from the church and school. They were over-
whelming; also all the gifts from different individuals.
6. A great big 'Thanks' for everyone that contributed to the 'Thank
You' part of the program.
7. Thank you for the food and fellowship. It was a special time to relax
and take a breath.
God bless all of you.
Barbara Grainger retired former kindergarten teacher
USF launches HIV research study and
testing for Hispanic
The University of South Florida
Department of Pediatrics is con-
ducting an innovative study for
youth, ages 13-24, who may be
HIV infected but are undiag-
nosed and not showing symptoms.
Researchers will target Latino men
who have sex with men and het-
erosexual Latina women to receive
HIV testing and recruit others who
are at-risk for HIV
The program is unique because
it employs social networks of
friends, family members, and inti-
mate partners to recruit additional
study participants and send HIV
risk reduction messages. Venues
will also be set up to provide
location-based testing to reach
youth where they gather.
USF is conducting the only
study in the Tampa Bay area to
reach this particular population
as part of the national Adolescent
Medicine Trials Network for HIV/
"These youth are increasingly at
risk for HIV, especially given the
considerable stigma surrounding
the disease," said Karina Pineda, a
community liaison and researcher
for the study. "Many also have the
disease but don't know it yet, so
we'll be making a vital connection
with them through this study."
The program will run through
August 2012 and is led by Prin-
cipal Investigator Diane Straub,
MD, MPH, associate professor of
pediatrics and chief of the USF
Division of Adolescent Medi-
cine. Funding is provided by the
National Institute of Child Health
and Human Development, the
National Institute on Drug Abuse,
and the National Institute of
Over 250 study participants will
receive a limited number of gift
cards in appreciation of their time,
so early enrollment is encouraged.
For more information, call (813)
417-5095 or search 'Hablemos del
VIH' on Facebook.
Woman's Club to
host teen forum
The GFWC Brandon Junior
Woman's Club will again be
hosting their annual Teen Forum
July 25-29 at Nativity Catholic
The one-week, half-day camp is
for girls beginning 6th, 7th or 8th
Speakers will be provided on
topic ranging from self-esteem to
cooking classes as well as crafts,
team activities, snacks and prizes.
Reserve your spot now by going
to www.thebjwc.com and print-
ing the form and sending it and a
check for $70 to Brandon Junior
Woman's Club, P.O. Box 66,
Brandon, FL 33509.
For more information, call Donna
Griffin at (813) 244-4758.
I Dickman Drive S - Ruskin 33573
Adult Computer Classes for the
Excel II: Formatting * June 23 * 3 p.m.
Learn different formats for expressing numbers in a spreadsheet.
Excel I is recommended.
Excel III: Performing Calculations * June 24 * 3 p.m.
Learn about functions and formulas and how to use them
in calculations. Excel II is recommended.
Excel: Charts and Graphs * June 28 * 3 p.m.
Create and format charts from data for visual emphasis.
Previous experience with Microsoft Excel is recommended.
eBooks: Introduction * June 30 * 3 p.m.
Learn what hardware and software is required to
download eBooks from our library.
Email: Open an Account * July 1 * 3 p.m.
Open an email account, compose and send a letter. Basic
mouse and keyboarding skills are recommended.
Email: Messages * July 1 * 4:15 p.m.
Read, forward, and delete messages. Basic mouse and
keyboarding skills are recommended.
The ladies of the Summerfield
Ladies' Club will be dressed in
their best red, white and blue out-
fits and enjoying the club's regular
meeting and lunch on Thursday,
The business meeting will be
called to order by President, Mar-
tha Crocker at 11 a.m, with lunchto
follow. Join the fun and fellowship.
Visitors are always welcome.
The Ladies' Club of Summer-
field will be traveling to Plant
City for lunch at Cowboy Western
World on Thursday, July 21. A car
pool will form at the Community
Center and depart at 10:30 a.m.
The Summerfield Ladies' Club
will, again this year, be collect-
ing school supplies for a local ele-
mentary school. This has become
a wonderful way to support and
give back to the community and
To anyone with an interest in
making a contribution to this
effort, there will be posted on the
community bulletin board a list of
supplies needed and a collection
box in the lobby to receive these
Got something going on?
Send your press releases to
Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex
to host figure skating events
Two figure skating events are happening soon. Ellenton Ice and Sports
Complex, 5309 29th St. East, Ellenton, hosts its first U.S. Figure Skating
Basic Skills Competition from 3:30 to 5:15 p.m. on Saturday, June 25.
Admission is free. The event will feature skaters enrolled in the Ba-
sic Skills Learn-to-Skate Program. Beginning skaters as young as three
years old will perform skills recently learned in classes held at Ellenton
Ice. The competition will also feature events for more advanced skaters
all the way through adults.
Red, White and Blue Figure Skating Review is Saturday, June 25,
from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door or in advance.
The event will feature the debut of the 2012 programs Canadian pairs
team Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers.
Additional performances will include skaters from the Preliminary
through Senior Levels training at the Ellenton facility. These skaters will
perform in a competition simulation format including official warm-ups
and critiques by Olympic and World coaches.
For more information, call (941) 723-3663.
Ruskin Elementary School's Terrific Kids
The character trait for the month
of May was cooperation. The Ki-
wanis members, Joe Nargawala
and Charlene Wirick, were at the
school to present the students
with their awards.
The following students were
present for the award and photo:
Yadiel Davila, Lillie Tran, Kaleb
Feliciano, DeAndre Gonzalez,
Jordan Brewer, Amahria Galicia,
Ashlyn Ford, Saydey Coronado,
Hayle Gould, Alejandro Baltazar,
Ethan Sellner, Julisa Gallardo,
Krystal Almonte, Jamar Shel-
man, Jonathan Salinas, Julitza
Herrera, Estefany Aviles-Miran-
da, Ramey Caez,Chantel Vidal,
Lisbeth Ramirez, John Meredith,
Any Banh, Enica Antoine, Zaida
Dominguez, Anna Delgado, Tani-
yah Millner, Austin Bazemore,
Dwayne Wilson, Madison Sclar,
Derwing Edouard, Jessenia
Dominguez, Gustavo Basave,
Tylor Barfield, Jessica Tamayo,
Brayan Lauro, Gilberto Lara,
Ramiro Salinas, Leslie Neri,
Amiyah Shelman, Tara Brazel,
Aaliyah Hernandez, Kinikalyn
Manglona, Noah Catapano, Em-
manuel Fox, Nicole Kasperitis,
Brooklynn Regier, Skye Baker,
Kiwanis members Joe Nargawa-
la and Charlene Wirick, Principal
Lisa Amos and Guidance Coun-
selor Megan Harvey.
Children that received awards,
but were not present for pho-
to are as follows: Esmeralda
Cristian Diaz,Richard Harrell,
Jacob Davis, Johonna Gali-
cia, Manuel Gonzalez, Joshua
Brandt, Bakir Abukhdeir.
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.
SThursday, June 23 - Bar Bingo
Friday, June 24 - Fish Fry from
4:30 to 7 p.m. Entertainment byFIFI
' I& Company from 7 to 11 p.m.
Saturday, June 25- Steak Dinner
from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Entertainment
by Gene Cannonfrom 6:30 to 10:30
p.m. Ladies' Night $1 Drinks.
Sunday, June 26 - Entertainment by U 2 Can from 5 to 9 p.m.
Monday, June 27 - Open.
Tuesday, June 28- Games in Lounge from 1 to 5 p.m. Kitchen
opens at 4:30 p.m. Bingo at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, June 29 - $7 Budget Dinner -- Salisbury Steak,
Mashed Potatoes, Veg., Rolls & Dessert from 4:30 to 7 p.m.
10 * OBSERVER NEWS * RIVERVIEW CURRENT
JUNE 23, 2011
JUNE 23, 2011
How to pick a nursing home
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home for a loved one that
provides quality care is an impor-
tant and difficult decision that
requires some homework. Here are
some steps that can help you find
a good nursing home and avoid a
Make a List: Start by contacting
your Area Agency on Aging for a
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he facilities should
close to family
embers and friends
ho can visit often.
residents with fre-
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ou to your local
Do Some Research: Every year,
the Centers for Medicare and
Medicaid Services collect data on
more than 15,000 nursing homes
throughout the country. Health
inspection data, staffing and qual-
ity measures are combined to come
up with an overall ranking system
of one to five stars. To research
the nursing homes in your area,
go to medicare.gov and click on
"Facilities and Doctors," then on
"Compare Nursing Homes."
Call Your Ombudsman: This is
a government official who investi-
gates nursing home complaints and
advocates for residents and their
families. This person can help you
find the latest health inspection
reports, which are public informa-
tion, on specific nursing homes,
and can tell you which ones have
had complaints or other problems.
To find your local ombudsman,
call your area aging agency or see
Call the Facilities: Once you've
narrowed your search, call the
nursing homes you're interested
in to find out if they have any
vacancies, what they charge, and if
they accept Medicaid - most do.
Visit Your Top Choices: Be
sure to visit more than once and
at different times of the day and
different days of the week. While
you're there, notice the clean-
ness and smell of the facility. Is it
homey and inviting? Does the staff
seem responsive and kind to its
residents? Also be sure to taste the
food, and talk to the residents and
their family members, if available.
Upon arrival, ask for the nursing
home administrator or other per-
son of authority to give you a tour.
Find out about staff screening (do
they do background checks) and
training procedures and what per-
centage of their staff leaves each
year. Less than 30 percent annually
is considered good. More than 50
percent is a red flag. To help you
rate your visit, Medicare offers a
handy checklist at medicare.gov/
Paying for Care
With nursing home costs now
averaging nearly $230 per day
nationally, paying for long-term
care is another area you may have
questions about or need assistance
with. Medicare only helps pay up
to 100 days of "medically neces-
sary" nursing home care, which
must occur after a hospital stay.
Most nursing home residents pay
from personal money, long-term
care insurance policies or, if they
qualify, through Medicaid. Your
State Health Insurance Assistance
Program (SHIP) is a good resource
for long-term care financial coun-
seling. To find a local SHIP coun-
selor visit shiptalk.org, or call 800-
Savvy Tip: For more information,
get Medicare's booklet "Guide to
Choosing a Nursing Home." To
receive a free copy via mail, call
800-633-4227, or you can read it
online at medicare.gov/publica-
Send your senior questions to:
Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443,
Norman, OK 73070, or visit
SavvySenior.org. Jim Miller is
a contributor to the NBC Today
show and author of "The Savvy
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Blvd. He will talk about the power
of three -- the symbolic correlation
between numerology, astrology,
and the spiritual tarot. One-on-one
readings will follow at the Chakra
Center, 137 S. Pebble Beach Blvd.,
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numbers can be used to choose the
right path to take and to make bet-
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Hillsborough County Commissioners approve electric
Electric cars are coming this fall "It's important to note that for every help make us less d
and County Commissioners today charging station that's installed, foreign oil," said C
approved a pilot project to sponsor there's a creation of three jobs." Sharpe. "The way w
10 electric vehicle charging sta- Each charging station will be how we get our energy
tions for October. This effort, led connected to a network allowing change as well, and
by Commissioner Mark Sharpe, drivers to locate stations, avail- be on the cutting edge
District 7 Countywide, marks the ability and cost by going online or The pilot will end i
start of developing the infrastruc- through a smart phone. The cost and at that time, Co
ture for the anticipated increase in
electric vehicle use by consumers
seeking cleaner and cheaper energy
alternatives. The ChargePoint
charging stations themselves are
free, as well as maintenance dur-
ing this pilot project. Hillsborough
County will only pay for their
installation and electrical usage.
Initial proposed charge station
locations as part of Hillsborough
County's effort include:
Two -- County's Pierce Street
Parking Garage, 319 N. Pierce St.
Two -- St. Pete Times Forum,
401 Channelside Drive
One -- Environmental Protection
Commission of Hillsborough
County, 3629 Queen Palm Drive
One -- Jimmie B. Keel Regional
Library, 2902 W. Bearss Ave.
Library, 3910 S. Manhattan Ave.
One --BrandonRegional Library,
619 Vondenburg Road
One--Town 'nCounty Commons,
7606 Paula Drive
One -- Hillsborough Community
College, 4001 W. Tampa Bay
Commissioner Sharpe stated,
at a charging
station has yet
to be deter-
%, station will be
able to charge
electric vehicles from all major car
"Cleaner energy produced right
here in America will, over time,
ve drive and
y is going to
we've got to
in Jan. 2014,
C.A.R.E. is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
For directions, visit www.CareShelter.org or call (813) 645-2273.
can decide if they will keep the
existing units and pay for their
maintenance and upkeep, and con-
nection to the charging station
To see where all the charge sta-
tions are across the country, logon
To learn about all the Green
Hillsborough efforts, go to www.
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church recently hosted a presentation on
'Transforming Rwanda, Africa by Empowering Orphans.' The presen-
tation was given by Barbra Anderson from Fort Worth, TX while vis-
iting her parents, Bob and Lillian
Connine in Sun City Center.
Disease, famine HIV/AIDS and
the infamous genocide in that
country left the orphans with no-
where to run. Zimbabwe Orphans
Endeavor (ZOE), a Christian-
Sbased ministry, based in North
L |Carolina is turning that country
around. Barbra with 7 members
from her Texas church and her se-
nior pastor did a mission trip there
this past year through this program
as an ongoing effort to rehabilitate
BARBRA ANDERSON these orphans who then become
heads of families to their younger
siblings. They are taught many skills as shown in her video and slides.
Barbra is Director of Global Corporate Responsibility for Sabre
Holdings in Dallas, TX. She is married with two children. She takes at
least two weeks of her vacation every year for mission work on her own,
which is not part of her employment.
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Pixie is a sweet little female who
was brought to the shelter with
three buddies. She has bounced
back from her early misadventures
to be a real little lover who loves
to be held by volunteers and gets
her motor going right away. She
also has a wonderful orange hue to
her fur. Please come into C.A.R.E.
soon and take Pixie to her forever
home. Pixie has been spayed,
microchipped, and brought up-to-
date on shots. DOB: Sept. '05.
Russ is a Terrier mix with the
most heart-melting eyes. With an
invite, he will lie upside down
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Governor Scott meets with Canadian
companies moving to Florida
During his trade mission to Canada, Governor Scott this week met
with two Ontario-based companies establishing operations in Florida --
Toronto Sky Aviation Inc. (TSA), operating as Aircraft Armature Inc.,
and UCC Steelwork Connections Inc. Together, the two companies will
add approximately 110 jobs to the Aerospace and Manufacturing indus-
tries in Florida.
"I am thrilled these two businesses are expanding in Florida," said
Governor Scott. "With three jobs announcements in one week, Florida is
clearly on the right path."
"The delegation that accompanied me to Canada this week met with
more than 120 Canadian companies in both Montreal and Toronto. The
confidence these companies have expressed in the future of Florida's busi-
ness environment leads me to believe we will see many more Canadian
companies investing in our state in the future," Governor Scott added.
TSA is launching a new aircraft repair company, Aircraft Armature
Inc., in Opa-Locka, creating 100 skilled jobs in less than three years.
TSA presently performs over $3 million of sales in the U.S. All of these
U.S. customers will be transferred and supported from the Opa-Locka
operation. The 30,000 square-foot facility will be located in one of the
state's areas hardest hit by unemployment.
"We are all very excited with the new company and task ahead of us
over the next few years in Florida. We expect this facility to be the pride
of the corporation with advanced manufacturing systems which will
ensure a long and successful operation in Florida," said Richard Howard,
President Aircraft Armature, and Mike Cean, Owner/CEO.
UCC Industries International Inc., a distributor of steel and concrete
construction products, opened its U.S. headquarters and North American
distribution center on April 1 in Tampa. The U.S. headquarters will oper-
ate as UCC Steelwork Connections Inc. and will add about 10 jobs at an
average wage of $44,000.
"We are very thankful for the opportunity to meet with Florida
Governor Rick Scott, along with the Enterprise Florida Team, in Toronto
Ontario, and to hear about their goal to become the top state in the USA
to do business," said UCC President Brent Hughes. "We look forward to
growing UCC Steelwork Connections along with the state of Florida."
Representatives from the Beacon Council and the Tampa Hillsborough
Economic Development Corporation (EDC) who played an integral role
in the companies' expansion in Florida joined Governor Scott for the
Canada Trade Mission.
"Aviation is one of our targeted industries and Opa-locka is one of the
areas hardest hit by unemployment," said Frank R. Nero, President of
The Beacon Council, Miami-Dade County's official economic develop-
ment partnership. "We are happy to hear that TSA Rewinds Florida will
be creating more than 100 aviation sector jobs in the area."
"Canada is a leading foreign direct investor in the Tampa Bay region.
UCC's decision to locate their U.S. headquarters and North American
distribution center in Tampa reflects the strength and strategic advan-
tages Hillsborough County offers to international firms seeking to
expand their business platform," stated Tampa Hillsborough EDC 2011
Chair, Rhea Law.
Earlier this week Governor Scott announced the Canadian security
company Garda will relocate its U.S. Headquarters to Boca Raton
Florida, creating 100 professional jobs. Enterprise Florida President
Gray Swoope and a delegation of key Florida business leaders and stake-
holders accompanied Governor Scott on the trade mission.
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Atlantis is the final manned U.S.
space mission currently on the
calendar. In accordance with a
directive issued by then-President
George W. Bush, the shuttle
program will be retired in 2011,
with the intention of ushering in
a new era of manned deep space
exploration under a program called
Constellation. The space shuttle is
not capable of traveling as far as the
eyes and minds of NASA scientists.
A manned mission to Mars, to an
asteroid, or even a return to the
Moon requires a different ship; but
that ship won't be available until
2014 at the earliest. Until then,
American astronauts who visit the
International Space Station will be
required to hitch a ride on a Russian
Soyuz rocket. The United States
will no longer have the means for
Americans to travel into space on
its own. The Obama Administration
has since recommended scaling
back the Constellation program in
favor of using private vendors.
Regardless, once Atlantis
lands back on earth, marking the
completion of STS-135, the United
States will begin what scientists call
"a gap in human spaceflight." The
nation will not have the capacity
to send men and women into
space until a replacement vehicle
Amid the excitement leading up
to the final launch, NASA is hard at
work promoting the next generation
of manned space exploration, no
doubt partially to reassure the
public that the American quest to
reach for the stars has not ended.
The Orion spacecraft is being
designed to allow astronauts to
travel on extended deep-space
missions and safely return to earth.
This month, the space agency has
taken that spacecraft on tour across
the nation, to allow people to see
it for themselves. Its final stop on
that tour will be at the Kennedy
Space Center Visitor Complex in
Titusville from June 29 to July 4.
With the impending launch of
Atlantis, more than ever there is
electricity in the air at Kennedy
Space Center. It is palpable and can
be felt by the thousands of people
who travel to the Visitor Complex
each day. Certainly, this is the time
to visit the space center, which is
only a two-hour drive from the
Tampa Bay area. The complex
operates without the benefit of
American tax dollars and thus
charges admission, beginning at
$43, which includes a vast array
of displays, artifacts, and films
along with admission to the U.S.
Astronauts Hall of Fame and space
flight simulators. Bus tours of the
complex, including the launch pads,
are also available. Today, Atlantis
stands at the ready on Launch Pad
39A - ready to reach for the stars
as she has done 32 times since her
maiden voyage more than a quarter
century ago. Now is the time to visit
the space center, while the dreams
offered by the space shuttle remain
via Atlantis pointing skyward for
her final flight, and a glimpse of
the future is at hand in the Orion
spacecraft that will ferry the next
generation of American astronauts
into the final frontier.
In an era of severe budget
deficits, with its fixation on the
growing national debt and the
looming specter of across-the-
board government cuts in services,
there are many who may argue that
the United States can no longer
afford to travel into space. The
350 American astronauts who have
actually been there since Alan
Shepard was first launched into
orbit aboard Freedom 7 more than
50 years ago, along with millions
of Americans who believe in what
this nation can accomplish, know
different. America can't afford to
not travel into space. This nation
has always reached for the stars.
This nation has the capability of
The final launch of the space
shuttle program, STS-135 Atlantis
is scheduled to take place at 11:26
a.m. on July 8. Tickets for viewing
the launch from the Kennedy Space
Center Visitor Complex and from
the NASA Causeway are sold out.
A clear view of the launch from
approximately 12 miles away is
available from Space View Park
in Titusville as well as many other
points along the coast for dozens of
miles north and south of the space
center. In clear weather conditions,
the launch may also be visible from
the Tampa Bay area.
STS-135 Crew Portrait: Attired in training versions of their shuttle
launch and entry suits, these four astronauts take a break from
training to pose for the STS-135 crew portrait. Pictured are
Commander Chris Ferguson (center right), Pilot Doug Hurley (center
left), Mission Specialists Rex Walheim and Sandy Magnus.
MITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTOS
During the early hours of June 17, the rotating service structure
that protects the space shuttle from inclement weather was opened
to load cargo. NASA invited credentialed media to photograph the
temporarily visible shuttle at sunrise.
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New cyber scam really looks legit
* By PENNY FLETCHER
RIVERVIEW - During my many
years writing about South County
I've done a lot of stories about
scams. There have been bank
scams, political scams, business
scams, computer scams and local
people who have gone to jail.
There have also been some pretty
smart people victimized. It doesn't
take much of a twist on a known
scam to confuse someone enough
to hit them from behind.
This story is personal. As much
as I know about scams, I was
almost a victim. Had I not done
so many stories, talked to so many
law enforcement officers- and yes,
crime victims- over the years, I'd
have fallen for it.
So I decided to tell the story here
before it happens to anyone else.
I am still waiting for a response
from the fraud management
department for Craig's List but I
have talked with the sheriff's office,
local bankers and a representative
from the FBI.
It all started because I advertised
a rental on Craig's List in mid
May and immediately began
getting emails. Most of them
though, were from people outside
the United States. I thought it
was strange that eight of them
were supposedly from exchange
students, or students who wanted
to spend a summer learning about
American life. Several went into
some detail about their purpose
in coming to the States, and even
gave me some description of
themselves, such as age, major
in college, job experience, and
personal information. All needed
my address and home telephone
phone number to send my check.
I chose one and responded. It
was supposedly a young girl in
England, which she referred to as
the UK (United Kingdom). I never
heard back from her after that, but
thought little about it as there were
supposedly still two weeks until
Finally, I emailed her back.
N1ly phone has already been
disconnected but I will call you
with details from a pay phone this
weekend," she said in her reply.
"Did you get my check?" she
I said I had not. She said that was
strange as she had mailed it several
Meanwhile, I was flooded with
emails from all over the place,
from Wyoming to Michigan to
Australia. It seemed everybody
needed a rental for six months to
One of these interested me,
a young man who supposedly
worked for the Farm Bureau. His
name was James Abrahams.
Now I didn't think about this
then, but since I bought farm land
in Tennessee last year, I have
occasionally visited on line sites
related to obtaining USDA grants
I still hadhadno "Ah-Ha"moment
See NEW CYBER SCAM, page 28
PENNY FLETCHER PHOTO
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The Observer News
CARRIER OF THE WEEK
unwilling to discuss the matter
when contacted by The Observer.
Today, more than two months
after the encounter, Williams told
The Observer that had she not
been hospitalized with a migraine
headache on the night of April 3,
prior to her first day as captain of
Team 4, she might have handled the
situation differently. However, she
remains adamant that she cannot
and would not return to the patrol
and that "my rights were violated."
Her position is supported by Nan
Burgett, a former team captain who
trained Williams and who, in a late
May memo , refers to "this pathetic
situation" which led to a dispatcher
being "extremely rude" to Williams
who "was trying to do a good job."
A similar sentiment was expressed
by Cleta Clark, a financial
services manager who once
had her company's supervisory
responsibility for the entire
southeastern U.S. and who worked
for and in the patrol office over a
span of 10 years. Clark called the
environment "brutal" and said she
never would volunteer there again
under the present circumstances.
Bill Dauber, a security patrol
captain for eight years and board
president for three years before
resigning in December, 2010, took
notice of the lack of night patrol on
some days, commenting "that's not
fulfilling the mission of the patrol."
When contacted by The Observer,
Albanese, the current chief, refused
to discuss any of the issues. He did
state that if any problems exist,
"we'll resolve them."
Retired Chief Martha Finley, on
the other hand, was a little more
willing to talk about complaints.
Regarding the 1099s, she noted that
the SCC Samaritans organization,
whose cars are washed by the same
workers at the same time, also
have not been issuing 1099s. She
said she had not known about their
requirement until the matter was
brought up earlier this year.
Regarding the damaging blow-
up in the office on April 4, she
acknowledged she was the
"supervisor" called to come in and
said she suggested Williams go
home and rest. "I don't know what
else I could do," she added.
As for taking the points raised
by Williams and her subsequent
resignation to the board, Finley
indicated such conflicts and results
are not considered board concerns
nor are the written responses to
On the subject of the patrol's
financial reporting, Finley also
was asked about one example of
unexplained entries on the balance
sheet - a credit card balance which
remains exactly the same from
month to month. The credit card,
she said, is used for gasoline and for
purchasing consumables that stock
the patrol dispatch area. She, like
Russ Merritt, had no explanation
for the unchanging amount due on
a credit card account in use.
And, when asked about her
continued daily presence in the
patrol offices despite her formal
retirement - sometimes cited
by former patrol members as an
issue in itself that keeps otherwise
willing volunteers from serving on
the patrol - Finley responded that
she could spend less time there if
it would help the organization. She
has been pursuing other interests
in her second retirement, she said,
including photography, Audubon
and the Tennessee Club.
She also pointed out she serves
as a dispatcher once a week and as
a driver once a month. Asked how
many hours she spends in the office
on a weekly basis, she estimated a
total of 10. "I'm really not pulling
the strings," she asserted.
Weighing in on the most recent
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Ryan, however, was not quite as
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attention. "A problem is a problem
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continued ignorance is not a really
A driver and a captain for several
years before joining the board, the
president emphasized "the patrol
can function at its optimum level
only if all of its parts are in good
working order. We need the audit to
pinpoint the problem areas, develop
working solutions, possibly create
policies that take them in account,
adjust our by-laws to contemporary
demands and ensure our legal
compliance on all fronts. Then we
can rebuild on that foundation."
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Mike Albanese, Blaine Brown and Helmut Haberi want your vote for
Burgermeister to open Oktoberfest on October 18. One nickel = one
SCC Oktoberfest planned -
An Oktoberfest on Oct. 18 is on
the schedule of Sun City Center's
50th Anniversary year happenings.
It is open to the public and orga-
nizers John/Merlene Smithyman
and Carl/Cam McGary are excit-
edly touting the event as 'some-
thing not seen here before.'
Plans for the evening include the
SCC Community Hall decorated
as a Munich beer tent. There will
be German food, German beer,
German band, dancing and enter-
tainment. $25 tickets are now on
sale and expected to go quickly.
McGary and Smithyman are giv-
ing the public the opportunity to
participate in choosing a 'Burger-
meister' for the honored role of
tapping the first keg of beer to kick
off the festive evening.
Three candidates are vying for
the role in an election now in prog-
ress. Three ballot boxes are located
in the Library, Atrium and Fitness
Center on SCC's Central Campus,
N. Pebble Beach Blvd. Individuals
can vote as many times as desired
with each nickel representing one
vote. 'Votes' collected will be
donated to the fund defraying ex-
PALMETTO - Bring your
children by to enjoy the Junior Ag
Spots and the Pint-size Pioneer
Spots at the Manatee County
Agricultural Museum and Palmetto
Historical Park. While visiting,
children can use the Farm Flannel
Board, sit a spell in the Summer
Reading Corner, watch a movie,
play dress up, mail a letter in the
historic post office, challenge
themselves with a "What is it?"
activity, and more. It's the perfect
solution for a child who is bored
during a summer afternoon!
Admission is free. The museum
and park are located at 515 10th
Ave. W., Palmetto. Operating
hours are Tuesday through Friday
and the 1st and 3rd Saturday from
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penses of the 50th Anniversary
The candidates are:
Mike Albanese is an active
SCC community volunteer. Most
recently, he assumed the demand-
ing role of SCC Security Patrol
Chief. He is a member of the
German-American Club Board
of Directors and now serves on
the Oct. 18 Oktoberfest planning
committee. He and his wife Claire
are world travelers; this year,
they visited Turkey, Greece and
Blaine Brown serves in both
social and honorary positions of
various SCC clubs. He is a past
President of his homeowners asso-
ciation and past Commander of the
SCC American Legion. Currently,
he drives for the Security Patrol, is
a member of the German-Ameri-
can Club and is financial officer
of the Military Ball being held
in November as part of the 50th
Helmut Haberi, a Bavarian na-
tive, came to the U.S. as a 16-year-
old with his mother looking for a
better life and his contributions
here show that he found it. He cur-
rently serves as treasurer of DAV,
Chapter 110 and is chairman of the
DAV group that sponsors the vet-
erans' transportation van.
He is active in the SCC German-
American Club and supporter of
other Florida German-American
clubs. He has a sailboat in Apol-
lo Beach and can be found there
For tickets or more information,
call 642-9800 or 634-8387.
Monday, July 4 * 11-6 p.m.
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Tots to Teens Activities
Week of June 26 to July 2
Wacky Kitchen Wizardry*
Monday, June 27 * 7 to 7:45 p.m.
For grades K-5. Join other kids as the goofy professor creates
all kinds of fun magic concoctions with common elements found in
everyone's kitchen. Things bubble, fizz up, and bounce out as
kids are entertained while being introduced to the fun of science.
Tuesday, June 28 * 10:05 to 10:25 a.m. and 10:35 to 10:55 a.m.
Wednesday, June 29 * 10:35 to 10:55 a.m.
For ages 2-3 years with a caregiver. Stories, finger plays
and songs make up this fun 20-minute program.
Tuesday, June 28 * 11 to 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, June 29 * 11 to 11:30 a.m.
For ages 3-5 years. Stories, finger plays and songs
make up this fun 30-minute program.
Animals Travel Too!*
Tuesday, June 28 * 2 to 3 p.m.
For grades K-5. Get your safari gear and go on an animal quest.
Explore the outback with stories of magnificent animals, games
and crafts. Which creatures will you spot along the way?
Groups must register in advance, call 273-3652.
Wednesday, June 29 * 10:05 to 10:25 a.m.
For ages 0-24 months with a caregiver. Share books, rhymes, songs,
games and quality time together while instilling a love of reading
and regular library visits in this 20-minute program.
Wednesday, June 29 * 2 to 3 p.m. and 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
For grades K-5. Jansen Dance helps children experience dance
through dance games, improvisation, music, props and their
imagination. Groups must register in advance, call 273-3652.
Thursday, June 30 * 3 to 5:30 p.m.
For teens in grades 6-12. Pass 'Go' as you become the game piece
on a life-size game board. The object of the game is to buy as
many teen books as possible -- without landing yourself in
Library Jail. Roll those dice, pay those fines and buy those books!
Teen Night -- Anime Club
Thursday, June 30 * 5 to 8 p.m.
For middle and high school students. Join others for an evening of
Anime and Manga! Spend some time with other kids who love to read
Japanese Manga and watch Anime straight from Japan! Refreshments
provided by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library.
Thursday, June 30 * 7 to 7:30 p.m.
For ages 2-5 with a caregiver. Make reading a family affair. Children
may wear pajamas and bring a blanket and favorite cuddly toy
for stories, songs and activities during this 30-minute program.
*Free event is funded by the
Friends of the . ,,m ,l ./... Regional Library
County seeks canoes, kayaks
and safety gear sponsors for parks
Hillsborough County Parks,
Recreation and Conservation
Department is seeking sponsors to
provide both new and replacement
canoes, kayaks, paddles and life
vests for rental through the Hills-
borough County Regional Park
Sponsors will receive free adver-
tising at canoe launch areas within
the Regional Park System. Adver-
tising could be in the form of com-
pany identification on each canoe
or kayak, and/or signage and pro-
motional information placed at
The Hillsborough County Parks,
Recreation and Conservation
Department currently rents canoes
and kayaks at E.G. Simmons Park,
Lake Park, Lettuce Lake Park,
and Upper Tampa Bay Park. The
replacement equipment will be
used at these sites.
Plans are under way to expand
rentals in two additional regional
parks within the next 12 months,
where new equipment will be
Organizations interested in spon-
soring must send a letter of inter-
est to: Lori Hudson, Hillsborough
County Communications Depart-
ment, County Center, 16th Floor,
601 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL
For more information on this
sponsorship opportunity or the
canoe and kayak rental informa-
tion, call the Parks, Recreation and
Conservation Department at (813)
For more sponsorship oppor-
tunities, visit www.hillsborough-
July 4 community
Ruskin VFW Post 6287, 5120
U.S. Hwy. 41 N., will be celebrat-
ing the 4th of .
July from 11
a.m. to 6 p.m.
There will be
live music, car-
nival games, :
free hot dogs,
free hamburgers, free chips, and
free sodas. Enjoy the day with
friends and family.
The Ruskin-SouthShore Cham-
ber of Commerce will have their
June luncheon at 11:45 a.m. on
Monday, June 27 at Destiny
Church, 2322 llth Ave. SE in
Dan Noah, National Weather
Service Meteorologist from the
National Weather Service Center
in Ruskin, will speak.
This event will be catered by
S&S Tacos with a menu of taco
salad, chicken and beef enchila-
das, spanish rice, refried beans,
beverage, and dessert.
To RSVP, call the Chamber at
(813) 645-3808 or email ruski-
firstname.lastname@example.org no later
than Friday, June 24. The July 25
luncheon will be sponsored by
A Kid's Place benefits from anglers
According to Stephen Hoffman of the South Shore Anglers on June 4,
Sherri McLean, the 2011 president of the Greater Riverview Chamber,
along with Tiger Hoffman president of the South Shore Anglers and Mary
Berg of A Kid's Place, met at the new location of South Shore Bait &
Tackle in Ruskin..
A presentation of an outdoor theater was made to A Kid's Place from
proceeds of The Family Mack Attack Tournament sponsored by Larry
and Barb Chalmers owners of South Shore Bait & Tackle. The foster
kids at A Kid's Place will now be able to enjoy family style movie nights
at the facility.
The grand opening of the tackle shop was a huge success for Larry
and Barb. It's located on 7th St. NE in the old Clark's Furniture Store.
The new live bait room is state-of-the-art and 5 times as big as the old
store's bait room. Shopping space is three times larger and the parking
lot is larger and more accessible. If you fish the South Shore area, check
out the new location.
South Shore Anglers had a booth at the grand opening event and un-
veiled the 'Fish Tricked' golf cart from Ron's Golf Carts in Davenport. It
will be the grand prize for The 2011 Longest Redfish Tournament to be
held on Oct. 1. Details can be found at southshoreanglers.com.
Napier's Log Cabin Horse and Animal
Sanctuary has dogs available to adopt
Several adult, large/medium mixed breed dogs and a few adult small
mixed breed dogs are available for $45 adoption donation at Napier's
Log Cabin Horse & Animal Sanctuary, Inc. All dogs are spayed/neu-
tered, have shots, microchipped for ID, and come with 30-days of free
pet health insurance for unforeseen illnesses. Visit www.NapierFamily-
Farm.com for a listing of dogs with photos including the following:
'Cliff,' 5-year-old white with black spots neutered male Dalmatian/
Mastiff mix; 'Petey,' 2-year-old brindle and white neutered male Terrier
mix; 'Bernard,' 6-year-old red neutered male Lab ( ho"% mix; 'Hazel,'
3-year-old yellow spayed female Lab/Staffordshire mix; 'Chase,' 6-year-
old neutered male yellow Lab/Belgian Shepherd mix; 'Thunder,' 7-year-
old white and chocolate neutered male Rat Terrier; 'Buddy,' 5-year-old
neutered male Yellow Lab mix; and 'Red,' 4-year-old white with red
spots/patches neutered male Australian Cattledog, housetrained.
Opening Soon: New Beginnings Kennels in Myakka City. Donations
needed: Fencing: privacy, chainlink and stockade. Also needed are chain-
link kennels and dog houses. Volunteers will be needed for the days the
kennels are open to the public and kennel help will be needed. Call for
more information at (941) 750-8185.
Napier's Log Cabin Horse & Animal Sanctuary, Inc. is a not-for-profit
501 (c)(3) no-kill Florida corporation that provides loving adoptive homes
or permanent homes to needy animals. Visit www.NapierFamilyFarm.
com or call (941) 750-8185. Located in East Bradenton. one hundred
percent of donations go to caring for the animals and are tax deductible
as allowed by law. Cash donations or WalMart and Tractor Supply gift
cards may be mailed to: Horse & Animal Sanctuary, 20010 East S.R. 64,
Bradenton, FL 34212. Credit card
donations may be made on the link
on the website or cash donations
may be made at any Bank of Amer-
ica in care of the Horse & Animal uin ls
Sanctuary fundraiser account.
For more information, call (941) i
750-8185 or visit www.Napier-
FamilyFarm.com. Email address l.i f
is animal-sanctuary@ a hughes.net. areupotdbth eb
Free boat safety
* .o the month. The Ladic
Every Saturday the U.S. Coast
Guard Auxiliary -- Flotilla 75
(Ruskin) provides free, no-obliga-
tion vessel safety inspections for - Fa r u
S are avail-
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Simmons Park, Ts Je- C o
Ruskin, on the first and third Satur- Wd a Je -
day of the month and at Williams so*od!Ba ans a
Park in Gibsonton on the second
and fourth Saturday.
oor theater was given to A Kid's Place from money made at
iser sponsored by the owners of South Shore Bait & Tackle
help of other members of the Riverview chamber.
JUNE 23, 2011
20 * OBSERVER NEWS * RIVERVIEW CURRENT * SCC OBSERVER
Calvary Lutheran plans move
Calvary Lutheran Church, lo-
cated on U. S. Highway 41 North,
between Apollo Beach and Ruskin
is not closing. The recent appear-
ance of a For Sale sign on the
property has unleashed a flood of
rumors. Calvary placed the loca-
tion up for sale in preparation of
moving to the 25 acres it owns at
1424 E. College Ave. in Ruskin. It
currently operates Calvary's Angel
Attic thrift store and the Commu-
nity Cupboard food pantry on the
southeast comer of that property.
Plans for the Ruskin property are
to build a campus-style mission
center, a process that will be done
in phases, to better serve the needs
of the congregation and the South
Shore community. Plans include
a multi-purpose building for a
temporary worship center/fellow-
ship hall/education/youth facility
and an administration building. In
addition, long range planning in-
cludes a youth center, senior living
center, worship center, quilting/
craft center, preschool, prayer lab-
yrinth, columbarium and buildings
that could possibly accommodate
community needs such as a well-
The Ruskin property was pur-
chased in 2004. The church was
working with a design-build firm
at Sun Towers
Jim Butner, Worship Leader
for (NCWS) Nondenominational
Christian Services is pleased to
announce a short service for those
who have never received Christ,
been saved or bom again.
This service will begin June 26,
and will be offered the last Sun-
day of each month. The service is
for the entire community, starting
at 3:05 p.m. in the Chapel at Sun
Towers. Jim said, "Many individu-
als may or may not have been given
the opportunity to receive Christ.
It's important for that opportunity
to be made available on a regular
basis. Since we are nondenomina-
tional, we are in a perfect position
to provide that opportunity."
The Gospel of John 3:1-3 says:
There was a man named Nicode-
mus, a Jewish religious leader who
was a Pharisee. After dark one eve-
ning, he came to speak with Jesus.
"Rabbi," he said, "we all know
that God has sent you to teach us.
Your miraculous signs are evi-
dence that God is with you." Jesus
replied, "I tell you the truth, unless
you are bom again, you cannot see
the Kingdom of God."
This service of receiving Christ
will be done compassionately and
with great care to make everyone
in attendance feel comfortable. For
more information, call Jim Butner
at 634-3114 or email him at jbut-
when the economy took a down-
ward turn and the banks were not
favorable to commercial loans. It
was decided to put a hold on plans
and rethink how to proceed. The
Calvary Steering Committee is
now working with a new build-
ing contractor that is helping them
strategically plan a path toward
being able to relocate. Placing the
current property for sale is part of
Shalom needs teachers
Congregation Beth Shalom
of Brandon is seeking religious
school teachers for youth during
the upcoming 2011-2012 school
The sessions run from Septem-
ber to May and follow the Hills-
borough County School District
For more information call Amy
Weinstein at 813-685-7064.
Group will meet
All are welcome to join in on
an afternoon to become aware of
the resources available to all in
our community. Bring your fam-
ily, friends, and neighbors. There
is no cost and no reservations are
necessary. There will be informa-
tion that is valuable to you as a
survivor, caregiver and general
The time is Friday, July 8, at 1
p.m. and the place is The United
Community Church, 1501 La Jolla
Ave. Sun City Center.
For further information, contact
facilitator, Hazel Martin at 813-
PHOTO BY HAZEL MARTIN
Tickets are available for picnic at the United Community Church.
Old-fashioned picnic planned
United Community Church, 1501 La Jolla Ave, Sun City Center will
celebrate an old-fashioned Fourth Of July Picnic Sunday, July 10 at noon.
Box lunches prepared by the Metropolitan Ministries will contain pulled
pork and pulled chicken sandwiches, potato salad, and baked beans for a
cost of $10 per ticket. Beverages will be provided by the Fun Brigade.
Tickets are available following the 10 a.m. Sunday service or on Tues-
day and Thursday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon in the Narthex of the
church. For information, contact Paula Lickfeldt at 633-6739 or Karl
Buffington at 634-7062. July 5 will be the last day to purchase tickets.
Come and experience the power of
Jesus to change your life.
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JUNE 23, 2011
South Shore Christian Women
South Shore Christian Women's Connection presents Kay T. Daniels.
Kay will share her love of Quilting, and will also share how God has
impacted her life. The presentation and luncheon will be held at Club
Renaissance, 2121 South Pebble Beach Blvd. Thursday, July 14 2011.
Doors open at 11 a.m. Luncheon and program 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Reservations or cancellations before noon Monday, July 11. Cost is
All ladies are welcome. No membership is required. Sponsored by
South Shore Christian Women's Connection, affiliated with Stonecroft
For more information call 813-938-4320 or 813-383-7540 or email
Al e" ~ && .m EVERETT TATE, MINISTER
South Hillsborough Church of Christ r.
1611 First St. SW * Ruskin, FL * 645-7607
SERVICES: Sunday ........................9:30 & 10:30 a.m.; 6:00 p.m .
Wednesday ................7:00 p.m. , - 1
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
f riencship Baptist Church Sunday WEEKLY SERVICES:
Rance Goad, Pastor (Southern Baptist) 9 a.m ...................... Bible Study
1511 El Rancho Dr. 11 a.m ................... Bible Study
15 1u 1 ElyRanchoe Dr, 10 a.m. & 6 p.m ............ Worship
S Sun City Center, FL 33573
I Phone/Fax: Wednesday
813-633-5950 6 p.m.... Prayer Meeting/Bible Study
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. Dr. Hank Galloway and All Year ...............10:45 a.m. 6 aMon-6p.m.
Phone: 645-1241 Sunday School............ 9:30 a.m. call 645-6198
St. John the Divine Episcopal Church
Growing by Faith from Generation to Generation
I Rev. Tracy H. Wilder * Church Office: 813-645-1521
Sunday Services: 9:oo00 a.m. - Contemporary Service and Sunday School
at West Campus (S.R. 674 and 9th Street SE, Ruskin)
8:00 a.m. - Traditional Service and 11:oo a.m. Holy Communion with Choir at
East Campus (1015 Del Webb Blvd., Sun City Center)
ALL WORSHIP SERVICES WITH HOLY COMMUNION AND HEALING HOLY OIL
V--11 CALVARY LUTHERAN CHURCH
S Sunday Worship: Blended 8:00 a.m.
Nursery Pr dedC ontem pora ry 9:40 a.m . , e .6X ,
Pastor Jack R. Palzer Traditional 11:15 a.m.
5309 U.S. Highway 41 North * Apollo Beach i
(across from MiraBay) www.calvarylutheranchurch.net 645-1305
_zt 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.
Dan Collis, Pastor
Come join us to
learn about God's
Word and salvation
in Jesus Christ
The United Methodist Church of Sun City Center
1210 Del Webb Blvd West * 634-2539
Come S Belong Worship Services
QrOW 1 Serve Saturday
4:00 PM Creason Hall (Casual Service)
.-- . - Sunday
8:15 AM Sanctuary (Communion Service)
9:15 AM Creason Hall (Oasis Contemporary)
10:55 AM Saniduary (Traditional with Choir & Bells)
L [-M -PASTOR: DR, WARREN LANGER
Bookstore 633-8595 PASTOR: DR. DANIEL WHITE
F RST BAPTIST CHURCH --
S820 COLLEGE AVE. W.
RUSKIN, FL 33570
A Resource for Families
Sunday School.......................... 9:45 a.m.
Morning Worship............8:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. Dr. Barry Rumsey
Evening Service..........................6:00 p.m. CHRISTAN SCHOOL
Wednesday Night Service..............7:00 p.m. THROUGH 12TH
Awana...................... .................. 7:00 p.m . GRADE
JUNE 23, 2011
Prince of Peace Masses:
S f PeaCe Sunday ..........8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., Noon
Catholic Church Saturday Vigil.........................4:00 p.m.
702 Valley Forge Blvd., SCC, FL 33573 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.
Sunday School (all ages)........ 9:30 a.m. %
NOR HSIDE Sunday Morning Worship .... 10:45 a.m. BC
N OR I IST CHURCH Sunday Evening Worship ....... 6:00 p.m. SBC
"r * BAPTIST CHURCH Wednesday (all ages)............. 6:30 p.m.
"Loving God, Loving Others, Wednesday (all ages)............
Serving Beyond Borders" Rev. Samuel Roach, Pastor
1301 U.S. Hwy. 41 N., Ruskin, FL * 645-1121 * www.nbcor.org
SFirst Baptist Church of Gibsonton
"We lovebecause He first loved us." 1 John 4:19
Traditional Worship Service *Sunday School 9:30 A.M.
Old-Time Gospel Hymns *MorningWorship 10:30A.M.
Nursery Available Sunday Evening 6:00 P.M.
* Interpreter for the Deaf Mid-Week (Wed.) 7:00 P.M.
9912 Indiana St.* Hwy 41 & Estelle .%1enue Malcolm S. Clements, Pastor
\Gibsonton, FL 33534 813-677-1301
UNITED COMMUNITY CHURCH - United Church of Christ
1501 La Jolla AVE, Sun City Center, FL 33573-5329
i ., A Caring Church United in God's Love Serving Our Community -.,
All Are Welcome! �
Rev. Dr. Michael F. Evans - Worship Service -10 oAM
(813) 634-1304 - www.uccinscc.org �..
l Spirituality Rather Than "Religion"
Henry Gibson Social Hall, Beth Israel Synagogue Sunday Service 10:00 a.m.
1115 Del Webb E. * Sun City Center, FL813-298-7745
, THE FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH
INVITES YOU TO THE SERVICES NOW WORSHIPPING IN THE "CHAPEL"
AT SUN CITY CENTER FUNERAL HOME 10:30 AM ON SUNDAYS
NO CREED...BUT CHRIST
NO BOOK...BUT THE BIBLE
1851 RICKENBACKER DRIVE * 813-938-4955
Minister - DR. DAVID CAMPBELL
First Church of Christ, Scientist
204 2nd St. N.W. * Ruskin, FL 33570
Christian Science Heals
Sunday Service............................................... 10:00 a.m .
Sunday School ........ .................................. 10:00 a.m .
Wednesday Service.......................................... 5:00 p.m.
Reading Room..............Wed. 4-4:45 p.m. * Sat. 1-4 p.m.
All Are Welcome
J 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 fiends in Fellowship Hall after the Service.
1239 Del Webb Blvd. West
Sun City Center, FL 33573
Church is Handicap accessible
For Information visit:
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Leo J. Barrett
Leo J. Barrett, 79, of Sun City Center,
passed away Monday, June 13, 2011
at South Bay Hospital. Born in Derby,
Connecticut on April 6, 1923, Leo was
an Attorney and Real Estate Broker, a
member of the B.P.O. Elks, VFW and
attended Redeemer Lutheran Church.
Survivors include his wife of 23 years
Miriam Zane Barrett of Sun City
Center; a son, John M. Barrett of North
Wales, Pennsylvania; a brother John
Barrett of California; two sisters Eileen
Hawley of Connecticut and Lakeland;
Deborah Salewski of Connecticut. Mr.
Barrett is also survived by two step
Military graveside rites were held
Monday, June 20, 2011 at Florida
National Cemetery, Bushnell, Florida.
Arrangements were made by the
Sun City Center Funeral Home.
Daniel Alvin Besser
Daniel Alvin Besser, 85, of Sun City
Center, FL, went to Heaven May 7,
Daniel graduated from Mapleton High
School, Mapleton, Minnesota in 1944,
and enlisted in the United States Marine
Corps where he served in the South
Pacific during WWII, and participated
in action on Iwo Jima. He returned to
the United States and graduated from
Winona State University. Dan was an
athlete, educator, investment advisor
and school administrator in Frost, MN
and then in Echo and Woodlake, MN,
retiring in 1988.
He was preceded in death by his
parents, Arthur and Lena Besser. He
is survived by his wife of 62 years,
Elaine; and, sons Steven (Tracey and
grandchildren Taylor andAlexi); Stanton
(Charlene and grandchildren Michael
Burley (Sharla and great-grandchildren
Kara and Kurtis), Cory Burley (great
grandchildren Brittany, Taylor and Cole)
and Matthew Burley (Tina and great
grandchildren Amanda and Kaitlyn));
Mark (Naomi); and, Matthew (Karen
and grandchild Dayna).
Afuneral service will be held Saturday,
June 25 at St. Luke's Lutheran Church,
Posen Township, Wood Lake, MN, with
visitation at 10 a.m. and service at 11
Interment will be Monday, June 27, at
1:45 p.m., at the Fort Snelling National
Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN.
Dan loved God, his family and friends,
and his country.
Our family states, "He was the best
man any of us has ever known."
Robert L. Johnson
Robert L. Johnson, 93, of Sun City
Center passed away April 26, 2011. He
was the beloved husband of Charlotte:
father of Robert (Marsha), Mary Jane
(James) McComb, Deborah (Michael)
Wortzeck, and Jennifer Pichardo:
grandfather of David Korts, Emily
Wortzeck, and Gabrielle Pichardo.
A memorial service will take place on
Saturday, June 25, 2011, at the United
Methodist Church of Sun City Center,
at 11 a.m.
Paul F. LaTerza, 74, of Brandon,
passed away peacefully of pulmonary
disease on Sunday, May 29, 2011.
Born in Queens, New York, Mr. LaTerza
had been a local resident since 1994.
He was a United States Army Veteran,
and was retired as Vice President of
Operations for U.S. Shoe, Inc. He
enjoyed gardening and working with
stained glass, and was also Vice
President of H2U, an organization
affiliated with Brandon Regional
Hospital. Survivors include his loving
wife of 50 years, Patricia; daughters,
Kathleen LaTerza, Maureen (Gregory)
Mitchell; son, Michael LaTerza;
and sister, Marian (Vincent) Timlin.
Condolences may be offered at www.
Wilburn Matthews, 70, of Apollo
Beach, passed away June 10, 2011. He
is survived by his wife, Rochelle; sons,
Mike Matthews; Allen (Judy) Matthews;
sisters, Wilma Whidden, Mildred (Leo)
Mills, Kathleen; and one grandchild.
A memorial service will be held June
25 at 11 a.m. at the Sun City Christian
Center, 17566 U.S. 301 S. Wimauma,
Arrangements were made by Griffith-
Cline Funeral Home, 720 Manatee
Ave., W. Bradenton, Florida 34205.
STHE William Rutherford
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13. He was born Sept. 23, 1936. He is
survived by his best friend and caregiver
Ben Zingale; two children, Linda
MacDougall and David Rutherford of
Michigan; two sisters, six grandchildren;
three great-grandchildren; and seven
of man's best friends which were a big
part of his life. A memorial service will
be at the Riverview Moose Lodge, 900
Honeywell Road, Gibsonton, Florida,
on Sunday, June 26 at 2 p.m.
Arrangements were made by
Zipperer's Funeral Home.
Ralph H. Stotenbur
Ralph Hendricks Stotenbur, of Sun
City Center, FL, passed away on June
16, 2011, at the age of 97 at his home
at the Sun City Senior Living assisted
living facility. He is survived by two
daughters: Sarah (David) Morse of Sun
City Center and the Rev. Elaine White
of Madison, NY; four grandchildren:
Martin White, Karen Morse, Danae
Eck, and Diane Daly; and seven great
grandchildren: Tyler, Sean, Terrance,
Miles, Anna, Aaron, and Hazel. He was
predeceased by his wife, Doris, and his
sister, Jean Stilwell.
Born in Montour Falls, NY, Ralph
graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute in Troy, NY, and went to work
for the General Electric Company
in Pittsfield, MA, where he met and
married Doris Hunt. They returned to
Montour Falls to live in 1949 where
he worked for Shepard Niles. After
retirement, they spent the winters in
Bradenton, FL, and eventually moved
to Florida permanently. They moved to
Sun City Center in 2004.
In Montour Falls Ralph was active in
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, the Boy
Scouts, the ambulance squad, and the
Masons. He had many hobbies including
skiing, square dancing, and traveling,
and was much loved by friends and
family. In Florida his activities included
shuffleboard, swimming, dancing, and
volunteering for the Salvation Army and
Meals on Wheels.
A memorial service will be held
in Montour Falls at a date to be
determined and his ashes will be
interred in the cemetery there.
Donations may be made in his name to
the United Community Church or to the
Sylvester E. (Les) Suchorski, was
born to life March 5, 1920 and born to
eternal life on June 15, 2011. Preceded
in death by his dear wife Harriet,
brother Edward, and his parents Frank
and Mary Suchorski. Survived by loving
daughter Mary Winze (nee Suchorski)
and her children John (Katrina) and
Ann Winze. Les was the recipient of
two Purple Hearts for wounds received
while serving as Second Lieutenant
during WWII in North Africa and Italy. He
was owner and President of Shawano
Title and Abstract before retiring and
moving to Sun City Center, Fl. Les
was very active in the Wisconsin Land
Title Association and the Shawano
Rotary Club. He enjoyed the outdoors,
spending much of his free time golfing,
fishing, gardening and hunting. He
also was a skilled woodworker and
artist. Visitation was held June 20 from
9:30 to 11:00 and Mass of Christian
Burial at 11:00 at St. Bernard Parish in
Wauwatosa, Wisc. Private entombment
at Wisconsin Memorial Park followed.
Arrangements were made by Becker
Ritter Funeral Home.
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Friday & Saturday, June 24 & 25, High
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621 Winterbrook Way, SCC
Garage sale. Saturday, June 25, 8am-?
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Numerous household items, record
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fixtures, glassware, kitchen & household
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6322 Cottonwood Lane.
Garage sale. 663 Allegheny Dr., SCC.
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510 WATERFRONT FOR SALE
Waterfront home. Ruskin. Bay access,
2br/1ba, oversize garage, double lot,
sea wall, dock, boat lift. Owner financing
with down payment. Asking $245,000.
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condition throughout. Pet friendly, no
monthly association fee. $122,500.
* RUSKIN 2BR HOUSE A BLOCK FROM
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$64,900. Adjacent lot for sale separately.
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2BR/2BAWindsor walk in tub,
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SCC 3BR (split) SPA and therapy pool $199,000
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565 M.H. IN PARKS
55+ MHP. 2br MH. Lot rent $185 month-
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washer, dryer. Dock leads to river. Large
carport. $8,000 obo. 813-260-3305
610 WATERFRONT RENTALS
The Dolphin House, 768 Gran Kay-
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fishing. Pool, laundry. $185 weekly,
plus deposit. No pets. 813-850-5217,
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has 2BR/1 BA + inside utility-room, newly painted, newer roofs, on beautiful half acre
corner lot. Convenient location close to school & shopping. Good income. $142,500.
CALL CLAIRE TORT 363-7250
FABULOUS RIVERFRONT LOT, RIGHT IN RUSKIN: Deep water, large new dock, great
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nicely furnished. All for $44,900 JUDY ERICKSON 468-0288
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$159,900. CALL JO ELLEN MOBLEY 645-1540.
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great location for a business that needs easy highway access and flexible space. Owner
will also consider a lease or lease purchase. $499,000. CALL CATHY GRIGGS
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Kay Pye ............................... 361-3672 Jo Ellen Mobley.............. 645-1540
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and began to correspond with
This, I thought, would work
out perfectly. He said he planned
to work mostly at USF, but also
had business at the Farm Bureau
in Plant City and in Tampa and
Bradenton and Riverview- where
I live- was a perfect choice for a
This made perfect sense, and
I gave him my address, hoping
while he was here I could obtain
the information about fanning I
I received a check almost
immediately from the Toronto-
Dominion Bank in Brampton,
Ontario. James had told me he was
doing some work in Canada, so I
thought nothing of it.
The amount, however, was what
tipped me off. The check was for
$3,800. He only owed me $1,000
which included one month rent
I emailed him immediately.
"Why is this check over the
amount?" I asked.
He said he would send me details
and asked that I send a check to his
moving company and keep the rest
in American dollars for him so that
he would have them immediately
when he arrived.
Not a bad scheme, I thought.
The check looked completely real,
right down to the watermark.
I called the Toronto-Dominion
Bank and spoke to a corporate fraud
spokeswoman, Kelly Hechler. As
it turned out, there is a branch at
the address on the check. In fact,
the check is written on a valid
account. The only problem is that
the person owning that account did
not want a rental in Florida.
I went to BB&T Bank in Apollo
Beach and showed officials the
check. Within minutes, it was
confirmed that I was targeted for
Well- being the reporter I am
at heart, I began baiting a couple
more of my rental "prospects."
This time, I wrote to Belinda
Martins, who had said she was
from Ireland. She planned to stay
in the United States for one year
and travel but needed a "base."
She said she had been awarded
some kind of a sabbatical leave to
study our culture and way of life.
Within days, she had sent me a
check. This check came in U.S.
Post Office Priority Mail service
and was delivered to my door.
Inside the familiar red-white-and
blue envelope that carries the looks
and feeling of "importance" was a
check for $2,380 from TruWest
Credit Union with two addresses
on it: one in Scottsdale, Arizona
and another in Austin, Texas.
The first thing I did was check
the addresses on line. There was
only one difference in what was on
the check and the addresses listed
(which I called and verified):
PO Box 3439 on the check
in Scottsdale was really 3489
according to the bank. Someone
had mistaken the 8 for a 3, which
without a magnifying glass, I
might have too.
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After listening to him talk about
bank scams for awhile, I moved
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interviewed David Couvertier.
"There's a whole new breed of
Internet scams now," Couvertier
said. "The excellent computer
programs and printers available
now make replicas extremely
Most of the scams are originating
in Canada or the UK, he told me.
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the "over the amount" and often a
sense of urgency, which in my case
had been the people's stated need
to rent by the first of the following
"There are so many varieties
of scams out there now you can
replicate documents that look
completely official, including birth
certificates and cashier's checks."
So what's a person to do when
something like this happens on
line? I asked.
Naturally, he said not to deposit
the checks and especially never to
write one from your own account.
Reports of attempted scams
should be made to the National
Crime Center at www.ic3.gov
where you can file a report on
I went to the site and found
several official government links
to consumer alerts, lists of current
scams, and forms to file reports.
There are also links to the National
White Collar Crime Center and the
Bureau of Justice Assistance, and
of course, the Federal Bureau of
As of press time, I still had
not received an email back from
anyone at Craig's List Fraud
Report Center. *
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