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www.ObserverNews.netDecember 15, 2011 Volume 55 Number 47 28 Pages Yard Crashers, the popular DIY Network show comes to a Wimauma home using local businesses for the backyard remodeling project. See page 16 See pages 4 and 18 for special Christmas advertising deals from local businesses. Remember to SHOP LOCALLY this holiday season! PRST STDPAIDRUSKIN, FLORIDA 33570 PERMIT NO. 8 THE OBSERVER NEWS Thats what weve been doing since 1987! MEMBER WEST FLORIDA Annual CA election returns directors favoring capital building program By MELODY JAMESON%  mj@observernews.netSUN CITY CENTER Voting Community Association members here have opted this year for directors with experience and may have signaled outcome of a pending big ticket capital improvements program. About 19 percent of the 10,500plus CA membership also approved an increase in their annual dues by a wide margin. A total of 1,906 ballots favored two current directors plus a former officer during the annual SCC CA election process ending last week, according to Ed Barnes, CA president. Retaining their present seats on the CA board of directors are Al Alderman, seeking his second term, and Jane Keegan, who ran for her first full term after being appointed a year ago to take a seat opened by a resignation. In addition, those CA members voting tapped Howie Griffin, a former director who served during one term earlier in the decade. Griffin replaces retiring director Bob Black, who is expected to continue providing public relations services to the board, Barnes added. These three of the five candidates standing during the annual directors election were the top vote getters, each garnering between 1,100 and 1,300 nods of support. Newcomers to the CA election process, Rob King and Paul Sasville, each picked up 800 or fewer votes during their first outings as candidates. Each director elected to the ninemember board serves a three-year term, beginning with official seating during the annual membership meeting, now scheduled for January 4, 2012. Following the official ballot count, board members assembled to select their officers for the coming year. Barnes was returned as president, Chuck Collett was named vice president and David Floyd was retained as board secretary. Neil Rothfeld, who is not an elected board member, continues as CA treasurer. Each of the freshly chosen directors Alderman, Griffin and Keegan voiced strong support during the election process for a proposed $3 million capital building and improvements program, while King and Sasville cautioned against incurring the debt entailed See CA ELECTION page 19 INSIDE: Chris and Vicki Robinson won Best Original Design Award for their Kings Point Express.Sundance Growers puts the color in ChristmasFor Henry Brouwer and the staff at Sundance Growers on U.S. Highway 41 in Sun City, Christmas began in August as the poinsettias were first planted. Four months and 200,000 poinsettia plants later, only a few thousand plants remain, most scheduled for final shipment later this week. There will be little rest for the staff of the large nursery, however, as planting for Easter begins almost immediately. Sundance Growers is a wholesale nursery and a division of family-owned and operated Kurt Weiss Greenhouses, one of the largest growing operations in the United States specializing in quality products tastefully packaged (yes, all 200,000 poinsettias were packaged and wrapped) for large volume customers.MitITCH TrapRAPHaAGenEN PHotoOTOBy Mitch Traphagen%  mitch@observernews.netSUN CITY CENTER With an overcast sky that, had it been 40 or so degrees cooler may have brought forth snow flurries, dozens of golf carts lined up for the communitys annual Christmas parade. It was a partylike atmosphere complete with seniors, children, dogs dressed as reindeer, and carts decorated in degrees ranging from simple to the simply wild. Of the 42 golf carts in the parade, Chris and Vicki Robinson took home the Best Original Design Award for their Kings Point Express. The New England Club won the Best Cultural Depiction MitITCH TrapRAPHaAGenEN PHotoOTO Christmas in SCC: Everything but snowAward for their Covered Bridge golf cart, the Wisconsin Club won the Best Holiday Theme Award for their Wisconsin Cheesemobile (complete with human reindeer in Wisconsin sweaters, a Green Bay Packers cheerleader and a sign unabashedly stating that Santa loves Wisconsin best), and the Best Portrayal of the Sun City Center 50th Anniversary Award went to Ernie Cuzzi for his beautiful and elaborately decorated cart featuring a manger scene on top (had there been a tallest cart award, he may also have taken that home as well). The parade route included LaJolla and Cherry Hills Drive and ended at the Community See GOLF CART PARADE page 14

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Dec. 18th10 a.m.3 p.m.Community and Farmers Market Guaranteed: Something for EVERYONE!On the corner of Brought to you by Forward Thinking Campaign. For more info call 919-5946 or 846-2000 Nicholas Kristof is an op-ed columnist for the New York Times and a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner. If there were any rock stars remaining in journalism, Kristof would be one of the few.NickKristof Nicholas Kristof Im fascinated to learn from #Bahrain govt statement that I wasnt detained but sought police protection. #sarcasm Tweet on Dec. 9, twitter.com/ NickKristofKristof is known for bringing social injustice to light in places where social injustice is just a fancy way to describe rape, torture, murder and mayhem. He doesnt report from a cushy office, he is right there in the thick of things in clouds of tear gas in Bahrain and in the rubble-strewn hovels of the nameless, faceless victims of social injustice in Africa. Over a million people follow his Twitter feed and millions more read his weekly op-ed in the Times and his blog. Last month from Cambodia, he tweeted live about a raid on a brothel owned by a former Cambodian military colonel.NickKristof Nicolas Kristof Ive been told to rush out of town for safety. Thats what Im doing now. Tweet on Nov. 7, twitter.com/ NickKristofHe later followed up with an update on a 7th grade girl who had been freed from the brothel and is now doing fine. Kristof would appear to be the height of what anyone would consider a reporter. He isnt reporting on politics or business per se, so his articles are commentaries that mesh perfectly with the social injustice theme for which he is so successful and well-known. I have no idea how the 52-year-old columnist manages to put himself into the thick of things in the remote corners of the world but he does, and I have long appreciated his bringing to light issues that few people would ever know about otherwise. That he frequently does it while putting himself in danger illustrates what I perceive as his incredible commitment to his craft, his readers and the subjects of his articles. On top of all that, he manages to sum up the horrors of the world in 800 words. And then, last week I read a 4,600 word treatise that was highly critical of virtually everything Kristof does and how he does it. Appropriately enough, Kristof himself highlighted the article via his twitter feed. In the essay, author Elliott PrasseFreeman, a founding research assistant at the Human Rights and Social Movements Program at the Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard University, begins by focusing on a column Kristof wrote that appeared in the New York Times on Feb. 3, 2010. In the article, Kristof joins a woman from Portland, Oregon in a shanty owned by Generose, one of the victims among millions of victims of a largely unknown war in eastern Congo. In Kristofs telling, Generose was attacked by the Hutu militiamen who killed her husband. They cut off her leg above the knee, and then ordered her children to consume their own mothers flesh. When her son adamantly refused to do so, he was shot dead. The critical commentary, whether written either casually or intentionally well above what anyone would consider the typical eighth grade reading level, decries Kristofs means of effectively furthering the victimization of Generose by making her a less-than-human subject in a true-life horror story of his own telling. In other words, what Generose suffered was bad enough, but what was worse was that she suffered again through Kristofs words. The article implied that Kristofs words had morphed Generose into a mere object for storytelling and lacked a real-world solution. That Kristofs story was effectively framed to feed his affluent and generally well-educated readers the expected level of horror and titillation they have come to expect, so they can feel better about themselves as being aware while they climb into their Priuss and SUVs to drive into the city for a shopping spree. Wow. If Nicholas Kristof can be so thoroughly gutted in 4,600 words, what should I make of myself? Regardless of his motivations, he was in Generoses mud-soaked shanty in the Congo to hear her story. He told her story to the world. Without Kristof, she would merely have been another faceless victim in a horrific sea of faceless victims around the world. Meanwhile, I rattle off another 1,000 words whining about getting old or some such thing. Thanks to outlets such as Facebook and Twitter, I see the words of people who work hard to make a difference in the world people like Mariella Smith of Ruskin, people from the Redlands Christian Migrant Association and others. I could devote the remaining years of my career to reporting on nothing but them and the issues they deal with. Or I could devote myself to reporting on the little shop of horrors we have here at home with the antics of the odd county commissioner or two and a handful of other elected officials that in and of itself is a never-ending stream of fodder for titillation. But instead, I give you what some people would refer to as fluff. There is no shortage of bad news in the world today. There is no shortage of bad news right here in our own neighborhoods. Just drive by the food pantry on College Avenue in Ruskin at the right time and youll see crowds of people lining up for free food because they are finding themselves unable to buy food for their own table. The economy and our changing political system are important stories particularly when they reach down to the level of our families, friends and neighbors. Over the years, Ive justified my tendency towards good news stories on the basis that the bad news is so readily available that, perhaps, a little fluff is good for our souls. Ive written difficult stories in the past one of the most difficult was talking to a young widow near what should have been her first wedding anniversary after her husband was killed in Iraq. Through her sobs, I barely understood a word she said, but I felt her grief deep inside my soul and what she was saying was crystal clear. Yet there were no words not hers or mine that could successfully convey that to the readers of this newspaper. In another story, I felt my own tears fall down my cheeks as I heard a radio operator call for a deputy that would never answer. He was killed in the line of duty and at his funeral that call was his final one. As tough as those stories were to write, I felt privileged to do so. It was an honor to share their stories with you to give a face to a fleeting headline. But I can tell you that good news, fluff perhaps, is much easier not to write necessarily, but easier on the writer. Nick Kristof illustrates the frustrations of the voiceless and the horrors of the otherwise faceless each week in 800 words. If he can essentially be accused of writing fluff for his own personal gain, what would a critic make of this column? To be honest, Im not sure I need to know the answer to that. In the end, I do know this: I have no power to change much of anything. It is the readers of this newspaper, upwards of 100,000 of you each week that have the power to affect change. Ive been humbled and amazed to watch you do it in the past, Im certain it will happen again in the future. Should this space be devoted to the horrors and the injustices that are so easily found, often by just driving down the street? Or do we need a break from the seemingly endless stream of bad news in an increasingly angry and messedup world? Maybe, just maybe, its good to talk about us on occasion. I hope thats what I do here. I dont know the answer to that question yet. But I lean towards the latter. As Americans, as Floridians, as residents of South Hillsborough, we are blessed in so many ways. I could be wrong, but I think its OK to talk about us now and again without worrying about fixing the world. P.S.: The column referenced above was actually about a woman named Lisa who walked away from a comfortable life in Portland to help women in the Congo, certainly a relevant and worthy subject. Yes, an argument could be made that Generose did become an object, a mere actor in Lisas story. But from my perspective, that people driving Pruiss and SUVs now know that Generose not only survived but has moved forward illustrates her dignity, rather than de-humanizes her. That said, I dont know Nick Kristofs motives, but I do know that he has little need for my defense.By Mitch Traphagenmitch@observernews.net The fluffy reporter?Nicholas D. Kristof, Columnist, The New York Times, USA is captured during the session Redesign Your Cause of the Annual Meeting 2010 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 30, 2010.PHOtT O bBY MOnikNIKA FLUECkiKIGER

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Riverview Memorial VFW Post #81087504 Riverview Dr. (813) 671-9845MEETINGS Mens Auxiliary -First Thursday at 7 p.m. Ladies Auxiliary -Second Tuesday at 7 p.m. Post -Second Thursday at 7:30 p.m. MEALS Wednesday Spaghetti Dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday Fish Fry from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday Breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon CANTEEN HAPPENINGS Bar Bingo Monday at 6:30 p.m. Bar Poker with Lori on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. Fire in the Hole on Saturdays at 1 p.m. X 8 5 5 randonener Air Force Airman Brandon M. Yenger graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Yenger is the former ward of Carol Petersen-Cutts of Firefly Lane, Apollo Beach. He is a 2010 graduate of East Bay High School, Gibsonton. 813-633-2636Sun City Dental Center Offers expire 12/31/11. Coupons must be mentioned at time of scheduling appointment. The fee advertised is the minimum fee charged. The patient and any other person responsible for payment has the right to refuse pay, cancel payment or be reimbursed for any other service, examination or treatment which is performed as a result of and within 72 hrs. of responding to the advertisement for the fee service examination or treatment. Senior citizen discount does not apply.10% OffFull & Partial Dentures5110, 5120, 5213, 5214Coupon Must Be Presented At Time Of EstimateVoted #1 in Best of South Shore for 2010727 Cortaro Dr. (Behind Burger King)New Patient Full Mouth Series of X-Rays (0210) and Exam (0110) for $95 and receive a$100 CREDIT toward your account for future treatment.Coupon Must Be Presented At Time Of Estimate Brenda Bates, L.P.N.Patient Advocate Service Call today for more information (941) 388-7290 BRANDON PEST CONTROLPhone: (813) 685-7711Fax: (813) 685-360710 Locations in Florida, Georgia & Tennessee CALL FOR FREE INSPECTIONASK ABOUT TERMIDORCelebrating 38 Years in Business TERMITES? Check out the Tiny Tot programThe Tiny Tot programs winter session will be from 9:30 to 11:30 Monday and Wednesdays, Jan. 9 to Feb. 29. Tiny Tots is a social/recreation program for ages 2-5 that helps prepare children for pre-school. Cost is $40 for the 8-week program. For more information, call Joy Robinson, Ruskin Recreation Center at (813) 672-7881.Play 4 on 4 adult ag footballAdults 18 and older can register for a team sport that encourages recreation, and physical activity. The 4 on 4 adult flag football league will kick off from 6 to 9 p.m. every Friday night, Jan. 20 through March 23. Cost is $250 per team which includes officials. There will be awards for 1st and 2nd place teams. Register at the Ruskin Recreation Center, 901 6th Street SE in Ruskin January 3-13. For more information, call Kevin Cletken at Ruskin Recreation Center at (813) 672-7881. Eagles Set Their Weekly ActivitiesThe Ruskin Eagles, FOE, located at 1205 1st St. S.W. has scheduled the following weekly activities. All events and activities of the Eagles Club are supported by the members and members guests. The FOE Aerie meet at 7 p.m. the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month. The Ladies Auxiliary meets at 7 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Thursday. Eagle Riders meet the 2nd Sunday of the month at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 15 -Bar Games at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16 Feather Your Nest Game at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 Dinner at 5 p.m., followed by music by Sister Act at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18 Feather Your Nest Game at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19 Bingo at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20 Come on down and socialize. Wednesday, Dec. 21 Wings and Things at 5 p.m. OH SO GOOD! Bar Games at 6 p.m. For more information, call the club at 645-2922. Ruskin VFW Post #6287Ruskin VFW Post #6287, 5120 U.S. 41 N. has listed the following weekly activities. Meetings are: American Legion on 1st Wednesday each month; VFW and LAVFW on the 2nd Wednesday each month; and MAVFW on the 3rd Thursday each month. Thursday, Dec. 15 Bar Bingo at 6 p.m. Mens Auxiliary Meeting at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16 Fish Fry from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Music by Bump in the Road from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 Toys for Tots from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. pickup. Sunday, Dec. 18 Christmas Breakfast with Santa (under 12 years old) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sign up at post. Adult Christmas Party from 7 to 11 p.m. Music by Sun Coast Band from 5:30 to 11 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19 Darts at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20 Games in Lounge from 1 to 5 p.m. Kitchen opens at 4:30 p.m. Bingo at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21 American Legion Riders Meeting at 7 p.m. Dr. E.E. Dunham, assisted by Alana Napier of Napiers Log Cabin Horse & Animal Sanctuary, gives shots to Yorkie Charly owned by Claudia Gonzalez of Parrish during the Sanctuarys 3rd Annual Homeless Pets Holiday Homefinder held on Dec. 3 at Sarasota Petco. Napiers Log Cabin Horse & Animals Sanctuary, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) Florida corporation dedicated to providing loving adoptive homes to animals in need. It is a 'no-kill' Sanctuary that once an animal is accepted will always have a home. (Adopted animals are always welcomed to return to the Sanctuary at any time for whatever reason). The Sanctuary has NO employees. 100 percent of donations go to caring for the animals at the Sanctuary. For more information and animals available for adoption, visit www. NapierFamilyFarm.com or call (941) 750-8185. Animals find homes Public meeting scheduled tonight for Symmes and East Bay Roads improvementsThe Gardenville Recreation Center will hold a public meeting to discuss proposed improvements to the intersection of Symmes Road and East Bay Road in the Gibsonton area at 6:30 p.m. tonight at 6215 Symmes Rd. The proposed improvements include an interim project, that is funded, to install a new traffic signal with mast arms, ADA-compliant ramps and pedestrian crosswalks. Proposed future improvements, not currently funded for construction, include additional turn lanes, sidewalks, bicycle lanes, and construction of curbs and gutters. County staff will be at the meeting to discuss the details of the project and answer any questions residents may have. Attendance is encouraged; they welcome your input.Kids' Program/ Event Highlights December 15-23*Free event is provided by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library. Go to www. southshorefriends.com or call (813) 634-1396 for more information about the Friends. Teen Night: Game Zone* For middle and high school students. Get in the zone and join your friends for some gaming fun on the Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii with games such as Band Hero, Guitar Hero 5, Smash Brothers Brawl and more! Refreshments provided by Dominos Pizza. Free event funded by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library Library closes at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 19 through Friday, Dec. 23SouthShore Regional Library 15816 Beth Shields Way RuskinFeline Folks will conduct their low cost clinic Operation Feline Fix (OFF) for free-roaming cats will be held on Saturday, Jan. 21 at C.A.R.E, 1528 27th St., Ruskin. The charge is $15 per cat or kitten. Kittens (Must weigh 4 pounds or be 4 months old.) No carriers allowed. All cats must be in a trap. Only one cat per trap. Drop-off time at C.A.R.E. is 7:30 a.m. Pick-up time is 2:30 p.m. For more information, call (813) 633-7302.

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X 6 POSITIVE TALKvalue what its children value. Children will value what their parents and teachers value. What lessons are you teaching them? Wisdom: The result of experience and knowledge is wisdom. We should encourage our children to get as much knowledge from the classroom as possible, but we should also encourage them to savor the experiences of life to the fullest. X: X marks the spot. Life is a journey and knowing where you are and from where you have come is important. Let X signify the place from which you began, the place you are now, and the place you want to be. Never lose sight of X and you cannot get lost. Youth: Pablo Picasso said, Youth has no age. Certainly there are people of all ages who have a young outlook on life, but we must ensure that our young people have a time to be silly and are encouraged to have fun. Wouldnt be a bad idea for some of us older kids either. Zeal: Zeal is the enthusiastic devotion to a cause, an ideal, or a goal and tireless diligence in its furtherance. It is the fire that burns within us that keeps us warm while we pursue our dreams. Thats itwords I think we should be teaching our children so they will develop an Attitude where a Belief in Commitment is a Duty they take on with Enthusiasm. With a Faith in their God, they will be Healthy people of Integrity who will strive for If you have read the prior two parts on this subject, you will know that I think instead of teaching children that A is for apple, we should teach them power words that would help them lead a happier, healthier and more productive life. I have suggested Attitude, Belief, Commitment, Duty, Enthusiasm, God, Health, Integrity, Justice, Knowledge, Logic, Manners, Name, Opportunity, Persistence, and Quality. Here are my suggestions for the remainder of the Positive Persons Alphabet: Respect: Give all people respect. It should be a gift to lose, not a privilege earned. Remember that both the janitor and the CEO of a company have the keys to the building. Both can let you in. Sincerity: Say only the things you mean and mean the things you say. Do not make it a habit of giving unearned flattery or criticism. Truth: Truth will be one of the hardest concepts to teach our children because so many of us have problems with it ourselves. We show them by our actions that there are white lies, lies of convenience, lies to keep from hurting someones feelings, and lies to fit almost any situation. Then we turn to them and demand they tell the truth. Unity: A man or woman can do only so much alone, but they can multiply their efforts manyfold by uniting with others of like talents and minds. Values: A civilization will be judged by what it values. It will Positive TalkBy William Hodges Justice in the Knowledge that is the only thing for Logical people with good Manners to do, especially if they wish to preserve their good Names. They will know that the Opportunity is there for those who will Persist in providing Quality while Respecting in a Sincere way the rights of others as a Truth. Our Unity in teaching this and the Values they receive from it will give us all the Wisdom to know X marks the path to the future for all those filled with Youthful Zeal. Hodges is a nationally recognized speaker, trainer and syndicated columnist. He also hosts an interview-format television program, Spotlight on Government, on the Tampa Bay Community Network which airs Mondays at 8 p.m. and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. (Bright House channel 950, Verizon channel 30). The shows can also be viewed at www.hodgesvideos.com. Phone: 813-6410816. Email: bill@billhodges.com Website: www.billhodges.comMore Words Children Should Know Now Open To The Public1st & 3rd Saturdays OnlyTours at 11 a.m. and noon13910 Seminole Trail Wimauma ElmirasWildlife.org 941-776-8975 The SCC Observer & The Riverview Current 210 Woodland Estates S.W. 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The ensemble will perform a holiday show with selections from popular movies. The following film selections will be included: Show Boat, The Wizard of Oz, West Side Story, The Sound of Music, Theme from the Godfather, The Pink Panther, The Blues Brothers Revue, John Williams: Soundtrack Highlights and Phantom of the Opera. The concert will be in the church sanctuary, and a donation of just $5 is requested at the door. Reservations are not needed. For more information about the EHC Band, call (813) 569-1771, email info@ehcb or visit www.ehcb.org. For more information about concerts and other events at the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, call Jeff or Amanda Jordan at (813) 634-2539 or visit www.sccumc.com. Sun Hill Optical Sun Hill Optical Sun Hill Optical McDonalds Hess Station Hess Station Publix Post Office Dollar General SavALot HWY. 60 Boyette Rd. 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X 10 7 6B 7 10 9 6 Lady tennis players enjoy lunch at Club Renaissance after tennis competition. The Sun City Center ALOT (A League of Our Own Tennis) traveling A Team hosted the Apollo Beach A Team recently. After 5 courts of womens doubles completed play, the Apollo Beach team remained undefeated beating the home team 3-2. Tennis anyone?TECH TALK 7 TRADE-IN SALEOlde Faithful Chairs time has run out!Its now worth $200 towards the purchase of the Worlds Famous Ekornes Stressless Chair of your choice.You can trade in as many chairs as you wish toward an equal number of new Stressless Chairs.You can make everyone a lot more comfortable this holiday season.SAVE an additional $200 per chair with a $50 donation FREE DELIVERY & PICK UPat same time of your old chair FREE FINANCING Floridas Largest Custom Luxury Leather Gallery ELLENTON SARASOTA 941-723-6100 941-926-3500 2015 60th Ave. E 7261 S. Tamiami Trail at the doorsteps of Prime Outlets Just south of Clark RoadM-F 10-7 SAT 10-6 SUN. 12-5 decline when you retire, and add whatever new ones you anticipate. Costs you can scratch off your list include work related expenses like commuting or lunches out, as well as the amount youre socking away for retirement. You may also be able to deduct your mortgage if you expect to have it paid off by retirement, and your kids college expenses. Your income taxes should also be less. On the other hand, some costs will probably go up when you retire, like health care, and depending on your interests you may spend a lot more on travel, golf or other hobbies. And, if youre going to be retired for 20 or 30 years you also need to factor in the occasional big budget items like a new roof, furnace or car. Tally Income Step two is to calculate your retirement income. If you contribute to Social Security, estimate how much your monthly benefit will be at the age you want to retire. You can get a personalized estimate at www.ssa.gov/estimator. If youre married, remember to count your spouses benefits too. In addition to Social Security, if you have a traditional pension plan from an employer, find out from the plan administrator how much you are likely to get when you retire. And, figure in any other income from other sources you expect to have, such as rental properties, part-time work, etc. Calculate the Difference The final step is to do the math. Subtract your annual expenses from your annual income. If your income alone can cover your bills, youre all set. If not, youll need Dear Savvy Senior, Is there an easy way to figure out how much savings a person needs to retire? Im 52 years old about 10 years from when I would like to retire and I want to see where I stand. Planning Ahead Dear Planning, How much money you need to retire comfortably is a great question that all working adults should ask themselves. Unfortunately, far too few ever bother thinking about it. But calculating an approximate number of how much youll need to have saved for retirement is actually pretty easy and doesnt take long to do. Heres a quick, simple three-step approach that can help you find your magic retirement number. Estimate Expenses The first step is the trickiest estimating your future retirement expenses. If you want a quick ballpark estimate, figure around 75 to 85 percent of your current gross income. Thats what most people find they need to maintain their current lifestyle in retirement. If you want a more precise estimate, track your current expenses on a worksheet and deduct any costs you expect to go away or The Savvy SeniorBy Jim Miller How Much Do You Need to Retire? THE SAVVY SENIORto tap your savings, including your 401(k) plans, IRAs, or other investments to make up the difference. So, lets say for example you need around $45,000 a year for retirement and you expect to receive $25,000 a year from Social Security and other income. That leaves a $20,000 shortfall that youll need to pull from your nest egg each year ($45,000 $25,000 = $20,000). Multiply your shortfall by 25, and thats how much youll need to have saved. In the case above, you would multiply $20,000 by 25 and come up with $500,000. Why 25? Because that would allow you to pull 4 percent a year from your savings, which is a safe withdrawal strategy that in most cases will let your money last as long as you do at least 30 years. If you find that your savings are lacking, you might want to go back to your worksheet and cut some costs. Or, you may need to consider part-time work during retirement or postponing retirement so you can boost your savings. Savvy Tip: If you need help figuring out how much youll need to retire, theres a variety of free online calculators that can assist you. Some top tools are offered by Analyze Now (analyzenow.com), T. Rowe Price (www3.troweprice. com/ric/ricweb/public/ric.do) and AARP (aarp.org/work/retirementplanning/retirement_calculator). 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 Senior book. SOUTHSHORE RREGIONAL LLIBRARYWord: Advanced Formatting and Mail Merge Tabs, headers and footers, numbering and inserting page numbers, page borders. Discover an easy way to send your letter to multiple people using Mail Merge. Previous experience with Microsoft Word is recommended. Registration in person required no earlier than one hour prior to the start of the program. Book Discussion: Whats Your Favorite? Read and share a heart-warming story of your choice. Then bring a list of titles you would like to read and discuss in the upcoming year. Get your favorite author or title on the SouthShore Readers book list for year 2012.Library closes at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 19 through Friday, Dec. 23Adult Program/Event Highlights December 15-23 Tampa Oratorio Singers present Carols of the SeasonThe Tampa Bay community is invited to join The Tampa Oratorio Singers in celebrating this holiday season with two festive concerts of favorite yuletide carols and cherished Christmas classics which are sure to warm the heart and bring back fond memories of Christmases past. The Tampa Oratorio Singers, together with the Chancel Choir of Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church, will also present the Christmas portion of Handels Messiah on at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16; and at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18. Both concerts will be performed at Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church located at 3501 West San Jose in Tampa. The public is invited to attend. A free will offering will be collected. The Tampa Oratorio Singers (TOS) is a 60+ member choir comprised of local artists who represent various professional interests and backgrounds in classical music. The Tampa Oratorio Singers enjoys a unique history as the oldest classical chorale and is the choir in residence with the University of Tampa. Nancy Callahan enjoys her ninth season as Director of Music and Jack Rain is principal accompanist. TOS is a volunteer-driven 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All concerts are made possible thanks to the local grants and contributions from private donors. For ticket information and directions, visit www.tos tampa.org, or contact by e-mail at oratorioinfo@aol. com, or call (813) 247-3866. EXTENDED THRU 12/22/11 *Valid on Glide-Out purchase with coupon. Limit one per household. Cannot be combined.Give the Gift of Glide-Outs!

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Gas is at an all-time high, and those in the kayaks are not using gas. They have an advantage over the boats, as they can go into narrow channels where the boats dont have space to go into to fish. Those in kayaks have no engine, their power is their own muscles. Anglers are really getting exercise while fishing. At one time in Ruskin, our transportation was mules and horses on Indian trails, instead of roads. We traveled the waterways in boats hollowed from logs. It was not until the 1900s that engines for boats such as the Globe engine came to Ruskin. Before that poles or sails were used. Rob and Henry Selner owned a boat which they named Arrow, a slender craft powered by a 16 HP engine. Today I see outboard boats with 2 engines, each 250 HP. There are those who enjoy not only fishing, but wildlife observation. Those in kayaks paddle along viewing the birds and sights along our estuaries, where fresh water from the river meets and mixes with salt water from the sea. Tides are the mixer which blends the salt water with the fresh water. More than 70 percent of Floridas marine fish and shellfish spend a portion of their life cycles in an estuary because of the seagrass and marshes that border the estuaries, surrounding marshes, and the mangroves, making this one of natures largest nurseries, where oysters, mullet, flounder, seatrout, shrimp, redfish and even tarpon, have grown up. Dropping in for a visit would be dolphins and even manatees. Birds such as eagles, egrets, herons and ospreys stop by for food. Our freshwater fishing is the best in the world. Pan fishing in Florida exists all twelve months of the year and anglers here do not have to wait for the water to reach a certain temperature in the spring to go fishing. Water from both local rivers, the Little Manatee and the Alafia have freshwater fishing in the upper flow of both. Record catches of largemouth bass take place plus the best tasting freshwater catfish in the world is caught in our upper rivers. Worms for bait seems the most popular for fresh water. They do have them at the bait shops if you do not want to dig for them yourself. You can use fresh shrimp also for bait. Artificial bait such as a Fish TalesBy Jonie Maschek plastic worm and dead flies and bugs also have been used. I have seen permit catches this week. Tripletail catches came in with some flounder. Sheepshead is always a weekly catch for many. They are caught from piers as well as boats. Redfish has been a great catch this week. About every boat I saw this week had their one per person redfish. I urge you to go fishing. You might sit on your dock fishing in your socks, ride your bike to a l ocal fishing spot, drop a line and give that a shot. Whatever you do, good fishing, and good luck to you. Aleta Jonie Maschek is a member of Florida Outdoor Press.Beta Sigma Phi to hold holiday meeting tonightThe Dec. 15 meeting of Beta Sigma Phi will be held at the home of Judy Schings at 7 p.m. A gift exchange between Secret Sisters will be held. A poem about Sisters and Christmas will be read. For more information call (813) 634-9774.Hillsborough County Sheriffs office accepting donationsOnce again, District IV Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office is collecting donations for needy children in the SouthShore area. This effort is organized every year by Community Service Officer Donna Budd. Budd has said that the need this year is particularly great. While donations are needed for children of all ages, there is a particular shortage of items for use by teenagers and older children. Donations can be dropped off at the District IV office located at 508 33rd S. SE, Ruskin. The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay announced the awarding of $30,000 from its Community Impact Fund to four local food providers. The grants of $7,500 each are specifically intended to provide food for the needy during this holiday season. This is the second consecutive year such funding has been provided by the Foundation. Recipients of these grants are Feeding America Tampa Bay, Meals on Wheels of Tampa, Metropolitan Ministries, and Trinity Caf. Together, these four agencies feed thousands of meals to the needy during this holiday season while working within tight budgetary restrictions. Trinity Caf Program Director Cindy Davis appreciates the additional funding to provide not only more meals, but a holiday dinner as well. Food costs have gone up quite a bit, she explains. Chef Alfred wasnt sure how special he would be able to make the meals. This is a Godsend we are most grateful! He will use it wisely and put out a special holiday meal at the same time! Thank you so very much! It is our Foundation donors who make these grants possible by giving unrestricted dollars to the Community Impact Fund, said Community Foundation President and CEO David Fischer. We are very grateful to them for continuing this cycle of philanthropy during such a trying economic period.Four local food providers receive award of $30,000

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Every Wednesday Best Spaghetti in Town $7, All You Can Eat, for all Elks and their guests. Music by Bryan from 5 to 8 p.m. Every Friday Seafood and Sandwiches for all Elks and their guests from 5 to 7 p.m. Karaoke by Bryan from 5 to 8 p.m.. Saturday, January 14 Elvis is coming to the Lodge for all Elks and their guests, $8, Menu: Baked potato with all the trimmings and salad, This event is a must. Feb. 12 to Feb. 19, 2012 Join S. Hillsborough Elks Lodge Valentines Western Caribbean Fund Raiser Cruise, 7 days only $643. The South Hillsborough Elks Lodge is located at 1630 U.S. Hwy. 41 S., Ruskin, FL 33570, and has a clean, smoke free environment. For more information, call (813) 645-2089.After months of traveling the state and listening to teachers, parents, students, small business owners and families, Governor Scott recently unveiled a budget that reflects the issues and solutions most important to Floridians funding education and helping Floridians create jobs. The dollars in this budget belong to all Floridians, and I have listened to the things they believe are important to spend these dollars on, said Governor Scott. I have heard loud and clear that Floridians want their money spent on education and jobs, without additional burdens on families and businesses, and this budget accomplishes that. Highlights of the $66.4 billion proposed budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012-2013 include: K-12 funding. million in FY 2013-14. Florida Retirement System pension fund. 4.6 percent, close to FY 2005-06 levels. ment methodologies to control soaring costs. year low crime rates. This budget year, Florida faced significant education funding challenges. Florida gained 30,000 more students that require almost $200 million more in state funding. Florida also faces a $400 million to declining property values, and one-time state education funding. Despite these challenges, the budget Governor Scott is submitting to the Legislature will include: K-12 funding. $6,372, including 30,000+ addition children in the public school system and less local funding due to declining property values. K-12 funding in Florida history at $9.5 billion. Let me be clear about this education budget, said Governor Scott. I will not sign any budget into law that doesnt contain more state dollars for education than we have this year. I am abso lutely committed to acting on what I have heard and prioritizing education funding in this budget. Small Business Tax Reform reform measures give Florida businesses the competitive advantage needed to create the jobs, including: $25,000 to $50,000, eliminating cent of those who pay it and reducless than $50,000 of TPP, provid$22 million, if approved by the voters. tion for manufacturing by lowering es must increase output from 10 to five percent, because Governor Scott is committed to making sure manufacturing can grow. Pension Reform ly $300 million into the Florida Retirement System pension fund: fully fund the normal cost, plus an additional $120 million toward the unfunded actuarial liability. Floridas pension fund in order to protect our ability to fund important priorities like education and jobs, said Governor Scott. The pension as it is now is a major liability for the state that will threaten other priorities if we do not talk honestly about its status with state employees. Controlling Rising Medicaid Costs The Governors budget finds significant savings from improving hospital providers are reimbursed for inpatient and outpatient services and other efficiencies for hospital stays and emergency room visits. To create a more fair reimbursement methodology, the Governors budget proposes paying similar rates for the same procedures in similar hospitals by creating a flat rate for hospital groups using averaged cost data. must find a way to control the cost. If we do nothing, this program will bankrupt our state, Governor Governor Scott releases 2012-13 budget highlights Scott stated. Criminal Justice Reform ment to criminal justice reforms, the states prison population is encing a 40-year low crime rate. Floridians deserve to see some efficiencies as a result. Florida has the opportunity now to find efficiencies in the prison system so that more of the dollars going to prisons can be spent on education and igniting job growth. Heading in the Right Direction Florida is heading in the right direction. Florida has gained 106,900 net new jobs since January private sector. In addition, Floridas unemployment rate is at its lowest Under Governor Scotts leadership, and shaped by input he received from educators, families and business owners, Florida is doing the right things to keep the cost of living low, get the state back to work, and create a world-class education system that prepares students for a job. I would like to thank all of the Floridians small business owners, job creators, parents, teachers and students that took the time to talk with me over the past few months. It has been an important and meaningful dialogue and I hope they will continue to let me know what they think, Governor Scott said. To view the Governors full budget proposal, visit http://letsgettowork.state.fl.us/.

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X 10 Meet Santa and grant a wishSanta sees everything, and shelter pets are always on his nice list. Hillsborough County Animal Services is proud to host Santa Claus during the departments annual donation drive to benefit needy paws. Kids of all ages are invited to meet Santa for the Wishes Fill Dishes event from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 17 at Hillsborough County Animal Services, 440 N. Falkenburg Road, Tampa. Animal lovers are asked to help fill dishes by bringing pet food or other items for the Animal Angel Giving Tree, and the shelters wish list online at www. hillsboroughcounty.org/animal services/. During the free holiday event, Santa will hear childrens wishes, award goodies, and pose for keepsake photos with visitors and shelter pets. Proceeds from the suggested photo donation will benefit the departments medical fund for sick/injured animals rescued from cruelty. Photos with Santa will be free to anyone adopting a pet during the event. The Wishes Fill Dishes event also will encourage responsible pet ownership. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to help prospective pet adopters make informed choices that place animals in forever homes for the holidays -and beyond. Hillsborough County Animal Services has hundreds of adorable dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens waiting for their second chance. County adoptable animals are also a great value -they come complete with spay/neuter surgery, microchipping, vaccinations, and Hillsborough County pet registration tags. For more information on pet adoption, animal welfare, the Animal Angel Giving Tree, or Santas Wishes Fill Dishes holiday event, call Hillsborough County Animal Services at (813) 744-5660 or log on www. hillsboroughcounty.org/animalservices/. Dear Editor: In November 1996, my grown children were in elementary school. Technology, such as the iPhone or Blackberry, was years away. Few people had an email account, faxes were used regularly in business, GPS served primarily the military, Google and Facebook didnt exist and the company that became MapQuest was just beginning to write the code required to publish maps on the Internet. That same year, Hillsborough County awarded contracts to three solid waste haulers, providing exclusive rights to both residential and commercial services; an effective monopoly granted by Hillsborough County to three private companies. Since the original agreement was signed, more than fifteen years ago, our contractors have generally met the requirements of their agreement. While my office still fields occasional complaints, from missed trash to damaged receptacles, both County staff and franchise employees respond quickly and attempt to remedy all complaints registered in our office. The County Commission has extended the contract once and approved rate increases four times. The contract extension and rate increases were approved without an open, competitive bid. The County staff prides itself on having negotiated competitively low rates for the residents of Hillsborough County. However, these low rates mask the lack of routine services provided in other communities in the Tampa Bay area. Sowe get low rates but in return, we get fewer serv ices and benefits than our neighbors in surrounding communities. Some argue the existing system is working well and say we should negotiate and extend the agreement with the current providers. But, the real question is, without an open and competitive bid process, how can we be sure we are getting the best deal for county residents and taxpayers? Al Higginbotham, Hillsborough County Commissioner LETTER TO THE EEDITOR: The Ruskin Moose Lodge #813 is located at www.lodge813.moosepages.org WEEKLY EVENTS Every Wednesday 5-7 p.m. Best Spaghetti in Ruskin Every Thursday 5-7 p.m. Wings Every Friday 5-7 p.m. Fish Fry (baked, beer batter or fried) 7-11 p.m. Live Music Every Saturday 11 a.m. Turkey Shoot 2 p.m. Horseshoes 7-11 p.m. Karaoke with Kim UPCOMING EVENTS Friday, Dec. 16 7-11 p.m. Double Barrell Saturday, Dec. 17 5-11 p.m. Christmas Dinner and Show Friday, Dec. 23 7-11 p.m. Caribbean Cowboys Saturday, Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Vigil with Kim Mullins Friday, Dec. 30 7-11 p.m. Rolling River Band Saturday, Dec. 31 New Year Eve Dinner and Dance with Rolling River Band All events are open to qualified Moose members and guests. RUSKIN Moose Lodge #813 UPCOMING EVENTS Register for Youth Court Hockey Calling all boys and girls ages 7-11. Sign up for a team sport that encourages self-esteem, recreation, and physical activity. The Youth Court Hockey League will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 7 through March 9. Cost is $50 per child and $25 per child for children registered in the Countys Youth Afternoon Recreation Program, or the REC2SIX Program. Each child will receive a shirt and trophy. Register at the Ruskin Recreation Center, 901 6th Street SE in Ruskin on Tuesday, Jan. 24. For more information, call Joy Robinson, Ruskin Recreation Center, at (813) 672-7881. Youve seen them in your neighborhood, colonies of stray cats surviving on garbage, seeking shelter under cars and bushes, and running scared from anyone who approaches. Some are emaciated, ill or injured and their numbers keep increasing. These community cats, some who were born in the wild and some who have been abandoned and reverted to a wild state, fight a daily battle to survive and those that are captured and brought to animal control facilities are euthanized. In Hillsborough County, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay (HSTB) has saved countless lives through their Trap/Neuter and Return (TNR) program. Now, through a generous grant of $20,000 from the Community Foundation of Greater Sun City Center, TNR is coming to Sun City Center. The grant will allow HSTB to provide free sterilization of 500 feral cats in zip codes 33598, 33573, 33572 and 33570. TNR is the only proven method of humanely managing feral and stray cats while at the same time reducing their numbers. With TNR, cats are trapped, sterilized, vaccinated, ear-tipped (the international symbol for sterilization) and returned to their colony where a caretaker provides them with food and water and monitors their health. Because fixed cats no longer reproduce, the number of cats in the colony will gradually diminish through natural attrition. More information about the TNR program at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay and information about how to coordinate services for feral cats can be found at humanesocietytampa. org or by calling (813) 625-0910.Free spay or neuter feral cats for certain South Shore zip codesConsumers across the country are complaining about an email they received from what appeared to be Amazon.com. BBB Louisville employees also received the email. The email claims the recipient ordered a Fat Loss Monitor for the bargain price of $159.95 (prices vary). The email gives a shipping confirmation number, and contains hyperlinks to a website not associated with Amazon.com. Do NOT click on any hyperlinks and immediately delete this email. If you did click any links, do a virus scan immediately. See below for an example of this scam: Hello, Shipping Confirmation Order # 856-3500783-0908821 Your estimated delivery date is: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 Track your package. Thank you for shopping with us. We thought youd like to know that we shipped this portion of your order separately to give you quicker service. You wont be charged any extra shipping fees, and the remainder of your order will follow as soon as those items become available. If you need to return an item from this shipment or manage other orders, please visit Your Orders on Amazon.com. Shipment Details Omron LFC-432I Fat Loss Monitor, Black $159.95 Item Subtotal: $159.95 Shipping & Handling: $0.00 Total Before Tax: $159.95 Shipment Total: $159.95 Paid by Visa: $159.95 You have only been charged for the items sent in this shipment. Per our policy, you only pay for items when we ship them to you. Returns are easy. Visit our If you need further assistance with your order, please visit Customer Service. We hope to see you again soon! Amazon.com Genuine Amazon.com websites are hosted by the amazon.com domain. If an email contains a link, hover your mouse over the link to see if it goes to the genuine Amazon.com page. According to Amazon, their pages begin with http://www.amazon.com/ (or https://www.amazon. com/). They never use a web address such as http://security-amazon. com/ or an IP address (string of numbers) followed by directories such as http://123.456.789.123/amazon.com/. How to handle a suspicious Email: If you see the e-mail has an attachment, dont open it. Dont click any links or reply to the e-mail. If you have, change your account information immediately. If you believe you went to a fake website via a suspicious email, and you entered your credit card number, you should take steps to protect your information. You may wish to contact your credit card company to let them know what happened. Beware of emails that have a lot of grammatical errors or misspellings. If you receive an unsolicited email, never give: Your social security number or tax identification number. Your credit card number, PIN number, or credit card security code. Your mothers maiden name. The password to your account. If you receive an e-mail that says its from Amazon but has an attachment, forward it to stop-spoofing@amazon.com (as an attachment if possible) without opening it. Visit www.bbb.org for more information. To contact BBB serving West Florida about this release, call (727) 535-5609 ext. 3317 or jzajac@ bbbwestflorida.org.Better Business Bureau issues warning for suspicious emails(NAPS)Many families are digging deeper to invest in what they value most: a college degree. A number of them are taking practical steps to reduce costs associated with college, and more than two-thirds of parents and students strongly agree that a college degree is more important now than ever. To make the investment possible, families often count on student loans. Those are just some of the key findings of a recent survey conducted by the nations No. 1 financial services company specializing in educationSallie Mae. To help families successfully repay their student loans, it offers the following tips: Remember, every dollar you dont borrow is a dollarplus interest you dont need to repay. Choose a loan that encourages you to make in-school payments to help minimize interest expense. For example, Sallie Mae offers three in-school payment options for college students: interest-only each month, simple $25 payments, or no-minimum-monthlypayment deferred option. Learn more at www.salliemae.com/choosesmart. Add $20, $50 or $100 to every monthly payment that you can while in school and after graduation. When you receive a financial gift, put what you can toward your loan. If you get a raise, increase your monthly payments. dent or a young professional, keep track of your spending and saving. Youll be more motivated to control the money coming in and going out. appropriately. You may be able to postpone your payments for a short period of time if youre facing financial challenges, but only do so as a last resort since it can wind up costing you more. As soon as you can, catch up. taxes if you can. At tax time, check whether you qualify to deduct interest paid on your student loans. Depending on your income, you may be eligible for a tax benefit on student loan interest even if you dont itemize other deductions. have found it pays to join Sallie Maes Upromise rewards program. By participating in the program, they can earn extra money toward paying off their loan. Learn more at www.upromise. com.Tips on managing your student loans Competitive bidding is a good thing

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The season will reopen in Atlantic state and federal waters Feb. 1, 2012. Snook season remains closed in Gulf of Mexico state and federal waters through Aug. 31, 2012, a decision made by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) after prolonged cold weather during the 2009-10 winter that affected snook numbers. The extended Gulf harvest closure will help protect snook populations this winter, when they are most vulnerable to cold weather, and give snook added protection during next spring and summers spawning months. Anglers may still catch and release snook during the harvest closure, and the FWC encourages everyone to handle and release these fish carefully to help ensure their survival upon release. Snook regulations apply to snook harvested in both state and federal waters off Florida, and no person shall possess any snook caught during snook closed seasons. For more information regarding the management of snook in Florida, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on Saltwater Fishing, Recreational Regulations and Snook.SCC Womens Chorus seeks new membersSpring concert rehearsals for the Womens Chorus are from 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 5 at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 Del Webb W., SCC. If joining the Womens Chorus is on your to do list for the new year, be sure to circle the date on your calendar. It is not necessary to reside in Sun City Center or Kings Point. Women from surrounding communities are always welcome. Arrive a few minutes early to meet the ladies, pick up your music, find a seat, make new friends and get ready to make beautiful music. For more information, call Betty at (813) 633-3862 or Mim at (813) 634-1148. TBARTA Invites public to share viewsThe Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) has created a virtual gathering place for people to share their views on regional transportation issues, traffic conditions and commuting in the Tampa Bay area. The Transportation Lounge website (www.transportationlounge.com) allows registered users to post comments, ask questions, respond to others posts and link information to their Facebook and Twitter accounts. The site has a video library of transportation-related videos, a map of current traffic conditions, TBARTA Facebook and Twitter feeds, as well as other transportation-related social media postings. Users, as well as other transportation agencies, may also post articles or photos related to transportation and links to other transportation-related sites, events and meetings. Our goal is to stimulate discussion and ideas related to the transportation issues facing our region, said TBARTA Executive Director Bob Clifford. More and more people are turning to the web and social media to share their views and opinions. We want to use every form of media to engage the public and continue the conversation on regional transportation. The Transportation Lounge was created three years ago as a way to inform the public about important transportation issues and create a forum for discussion of transportation problems and potential solutions. The site has recently been updated and improved with new content and functionality. Enjoy the beauty and history at Floridas State Parks this winter. Its the perfect time of year for outdoor events. Visit www. floridastateparks.org for more information on these and many other parks, including schedules, photos, and directions.Christmas on the Florida Frontier Dade Battlefield Historic State Park Step back in time to a simpler time of celebrating Christmas on the Florida frontier. Join the staff to make and play with homemade toys, create corn husk dolls, dip candles, listen to old-time music, sing carols, decorate a Christmas tree, make Christmas crafts, and participate in an oldfashioned taffy pull. Participants will get to sample taffy and other frontier holiday treats. Event Upcoming events at local Florida State Parks takes place in lodge building and in area around gazebo. Entry fee into park, $3 per car load up to 8 people or park pass. For more information call the park at: (352) 793-4781. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park is located at 7200 C.R. 603, Bushnell, Florida 33513, off I-75 and state Road 48, west of Highway 301.Caladesi Cookbook: Recipes of a Florida Lifetime book signing Visit the Rotary Centennial Nature Center at Honeymoon Island State Park for a special preview release of Caladesi Cookbook, Recipes of a Florida Lifetime compiled by Terry Fortner and Suzanne Thorp, granddaughters of Myrtle Scharrer Betz. These recipes are those of Myrtle, who lived 40 years of her life on Caladesi. The recipes reflect the life and times of the homestead years as well as what was served on Honeymoon Island when Myrtle cooked for Dade Battlefield Historic State Parkthe honeymooners. Proceeds from this special preview edition will directly benefit Caladesi Island State Park. One hundred numbered copies will be available for sale and co-author Terry Fortner will be present to sign them personally. This will be a paperback preview edition, only available from Friends of the Island Parks. Refreshments will include samples of cookbook recipes made by FIP volunteers. The book covers the period of 1895-1992 by Myrtle Scharrer Betz, compiled by her granddaughters Terry Fortner and Suzanne Thorp and is priced at $20. Only 100 books will be available. Entrance to Honeymoon Island State Park is $8 per vehicle, up to 8 people per carload. Contact: Tim Marshall 727-738-2903 or www.islandparks.org for more information. Honeymoon Island State Park is located at the extreme west end of S.R. 586 at #1 Causeway Boulevard, Dunedin, Florida 34698.Music in the Park/ Winter Series Join us for an evening outdoor concert in the parks picnic area. Picnic baskets/coolers are welcome. Bring lawn chairs or blankets, flashlight and bug spray. All ticket proceeds benefit park improvements via the Friends of Highlands Hammock. Concert admission is just $5 per person (accompanied children 12 & under admitted free of charge.) Park entrance fee of $6 per car is waived after 6:00 p.m. on concert nights. Call (863) 386-6094 for more information or visit www. floridastateparks.org. Highlands Hammock State Park is located off US 27 at 5931 Hammock Road (S.R. 634), Sebring, Florida 33872 A boardwalk through the swamp at Highlands Hammock State Park.

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For more information, visit www.diynetwork.comMITCH T TRAPHAGEN PPHOTO Statistical models inspired from Facebook could help endangered animals, UF researchers sayRobert Fletcher, a UF wildlife ecology and conservation assistant professor, co-authored a study in the journal of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that showed social network models can predict the movement of animals from one location to another. This movement is essential to their survival and can help conservationists better prioritize habitat restoration efforts. UF/IIFA AS PPHOTO BY T TYLER JONEsS GAINESVILLE Some endangered animals may live in smaller habitats than scientists realize, leading to inflated estimates of their ability to survive, according to a new University of Florida study. However, by predicting the animals habitat movement using models employed to analyze human interactions on social networks such as Facebook, scientists with UFs Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences find the animals predicament could be better understood. Conservationists can use this improved approach to better prioritize habitat restoration efforts for endangered species, said author Robert Fletcher, a UF wildlife ecology and conservation assistant professor. The study appeared Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Models are often used to predict the movements of animals when data are difficult to collect due to resource and time constraints faced by researchers. The ability to move to different habitat locations, known as connectivity, is important to the long-term survival of a species, because different locations provide additional resources, shelter and mating opportunities. The study showed that social network models can predict connectivity better than currently used models, which overestimated animal movement. These over predictions are problematic because we might falsely think that populations are viable when they may not be, Fletcher said. In the study, researchers compared records of actual movements by the cactus bug and the Everglades snail kite to movement predicted by models. One social network model in particular, known as sender-receiver, was remarkably accurate in predicting both animals movements, despite that one animal was a bird that could potentially travel more than 100 miles and the other was an insect that only moves in a range of several feet. Social network models have been used to try to predict relationships among people in social media as well as in disciplines, such as ecology, where they can help researchers understand which species may interact with each other. This was the first time social network models have been applied to understand connectivity in conservation biology, Fletcher said. Social network models can also be used to help manage pests, he said. One example is predicting where invasive species will move. Study authors included doctoral students Miguel Acevedo and Brian Reichert, masters student Kyle Pias and wildlife ecology and conservation courtesy professor Wiley Kitchens.

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11 14 15 14 TECH TALK 17 LETTER TO THE EEDITOR:Wrong is wrongDear Editor: This past Saturday my friend invited me to a showing of the musical Nunsense at the Borini Theatre. I had to walk out after the first half. To say that I was appalled by what I saw is putting it gently. What has happened to reverence for God? I am not a Catholic and I do not speak for them, for I do not know whether they would find Nunsense offensive. But I speak for the few believers who still fear God. We dont purposely put down our parents. So why do we do it with such ease to our Creator? Dont bother with Thanksgiving activities, Christmas and Easter. If there is no reverence for God, who are you doing it for? Not for a Holy God that demands respect. Has anyone not been touched by whats happening to our beloved United States of America? I would venture to say that no fear of God is at the root of it. Maria D. Jaramillo, Ruskin Goodson Strawberry Market 813-634-7790NOW OPEN8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 902 N. 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The other line that is overly used but is also true is I wish this outpouring of giving lasted all year long and didnt die off after the holidays. Its easy to continue it. For 2012, find an organization you believe in and give them just four hours a month of your time. Give that child on the Angel Tree one small item every month. It doesnt take much. A t-shirt, a coupon to McDonalds, school supplies. Mark it on your calendar and make sure you do SOMETHING for SOMEONE every month. When you add this to your Attitude of Gratitude, your 2012 will be the most amazing year of your life. It even beats a margarita in the Keys!TECH TALKBy: Dana Dittmar, Executive DirectorSCC Chamber News You, Me, and BusinessWhile I was island hopping in the Keys over Thanksgiving, eating crab and washing it down with the coldest beer I could find, Office Manager Kristy was serving turkey and dressing to the needy at her church. And while I was thankful for the balmy ocean breezes and all the tiki bars from Marathon to Key West, I know in my heart of hearts Kristy had the better holiday. I had a great time, but she had the experience of giving of herself, which is always more rewarding. The line its better to give than to receive has been repeated so often, it has become almost meaningless. But it is so true. Last week, we held an appreciation reception for our Chamber volunteers. These are the wonderful people who give of their time to help us update our website, keep our scrapbook, answer phones and help visitors who come through the door. They take our event photos, set up the tables for our luncheons, sell raffle tickets and then stay to clean up. They get up early to help at our golf tournament and put out-ofseason decorations up in our attic. They send faxes and make copies. And they are there every week without expecting one wrinkled dollar in return. So last week we threw them a party, with lots of food and libations and a little something extra. Several local businesses came together to donate gift cards, poinsettias, bags of pecans, table top water fountains, tree ornaments and more to make sure our volunteers know just how much we truly appreciate them. And you know what? It felt so good to GIVE back to these wonderful people. More than one business actually thanked me for giving them the opportunity to donate something. This time of year we think more about giving than we do any other time. Between Thanksgiving and the New Year, we turn our thoughts to those who are less fortunate and those who do so much for us behind the scenes. We send a check or a You, Me & BusinessBy Dana Dittmar Benefit for local charityThe 108 North Production Company, has teamed with Centro Asturiano, an Ybor City landmark, to bring first class Broadway and Off-Broadway Classic plays and musicals to their grand historic theatre. The 108 North Production Company opens a 10-day run on Wednesday, Jan. 11 with the Jukebox classic Leader of the Pack, the Ellie Grenwich Story. A portion of the proceeds from all 10 performances will go to benefit The Mary & Martha House in Ruskin, a shelter for women and children in crisis. The agency provides emergency shelter and transitional housing and support services to abused and homeless women and children so that they will gain employment and successfully transition to permanent housing. Show dates and times are: Jan. 11, 12, 13 at 8 p.m.; Jan. 15 at 3 p.m.; Jan. 18 and 19 at 8 p.m.; Jan. 22 at 3 p.m.; and Jan. 25, 26 and 27 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 for the show only and on select nights Dinner/Show packages are offered at $40. Directed and choreographed by local performance artist Aaron Washington and featuring local favorites Belinda Womack as Darlene Love; Melanie Marie Bierweiler as Ellie Greenwich; and James Faurote as Jeff Barry. Solos by Melissa Doell, Susie Rayburn, Bonnie Smith, Karli Gunderson and Rebekah Torres. For more information or to order tickets, go to www.108norththeatre. com or call Ted Simon at (813) 431-4183.

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DECEMBER 15, 2011 19 Trusted by Physicians & Patients Alike CLARKE AUTOMOTIVE CLARKE AUTOMOTIVEOPEN ALL DAY SATURDAY Everything we do keeps your car in warranty Includes: Visual Inspection of tires, belts & hoses, horn/lights, brakes, shocks/struts, exhaust, wipers, suspension, air and breather filter. Most cars/light trucks. Disassembly to perfect inspection may result in additional charges. Present coupon to receive savings. No other discounts apply. Additional charges for shop supplies may be added. See store for details. Exp. 1/19/12MAINTENANCE INSPECTIONFREEValue$3995 AAA DiscountOBNCALL FOR LOWEST PRICES ON TIRES131 Central Ave., Brandon813.685.2939 FREE Shuttle to FishHawk & Sun City Center TIRES DEALER ALTERNATIVEAAA Autorized Service Center OIL CHANGE & LUBRICATION$1095OBN motor oil. Purolator oil filter. Most cars and light trucks. Please call for appointment. Valid only with coupon. Not valid with any other coupons or specials. Coupon expires 12/29/11 10% DISCOUNT on service or repair.EXCLUDES TIRES & SALES SPECIALS Honor All Competitors Coupons in financing the project. The prospective capital program projects two new buildings and establishment of a caf on the communitys northside Central Campus, funded in part by an anticipated low-interest bank loan for $2.4 million. The CA board has calculated the loan can be repaid over a 10-year period through fees accruing each time a SCC home is sold to a new resident. The so-called transfer fee currently is $1,200 per dwelling and could be increased to $1,500 on each purchased home when a vote on the matter is registered during CA election results%  Al Alderman Howie GriffinJane Keegana CA membership meeting scheduled Thursday morning (December 15). Historically, approximately 150 to 275 houses are resold in the community each year, the majority of them to newly incoming buyers. Also in the fiscal matters vein, voting CA members last week approved an annual dues increase to $263 per member, up from $256 each year. The increase to $526 per couple was approved by a margin of more than two to one, Barnes said. The new rate becomes effective January 1, 2012. Copyright 2011 Melody JamesonRiverview Moose Family Center 2158/Chapter 1031 Wednesday Chefs Choice Dinners from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Cover-Your-Moose Bar Games at 7 p.m. Thursday Tacos/Burgers from 5 to 7 p.m. Draw Darts at 7:30 p.m. Friday Steak/Fish Dinners 5 to 7:30 p.m. Karaoke 7:30 p.m. Saturday Various Lodge Events Watch the Calendar Sunday Beer Specials Wings 6 @ $3 from 3 to 6 p.m. Bar Games from 3 to 6 p.m. Free Pool December 17 Riverview Fire / Police Appreciation DinnerStarts 5:30 Presentation at 7 p.m.Entertainment to begin at 7:30 December 19 Annual Holiday Hayride & Caroling Chili from 5 6:30 p.m. Hayride leaves at 7 p.m. December 31 New Years Eve Party Dinner and Entertainment The Fun begins at 5:30 pm Starting Jan. 27 thru Mar. 3 Moose Idol Details to be posted Monthly November 2 & 3 2012 Cozy Get-Away Weekend for 2 Bilmar Resort @ Treasure Island includes $100 gift card raffle tickets are $5 each. drawing held Apr. 6, 2012 @ 7 p.m.Upcoming Events Weekly EventsAll events are open to qualified Moose Members and guests. 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.Belle Belle is an adorable gray tiger kitten that is just waiting to be brought to a forever home. She is very playful and she loves to chase the string around the floor in the cat condo. What fun. Come in and see this little racer and give her a loving forever home. Belle has been spayed and brought upto-date on her shots as well as micro chipped. Micro-chip # 067602-302. DOB: 06/23/2011 SkittlesSkittles is a fantastic cattle dog mix. He was relinquished by his owner of 5 years due to no fault of his own. Skittles is a very well rounded dog. He seems to love every human and dog he meets. You get the best of both worlds with Skittles too. He is at an age where he is settled but also healthy and energetic enough to still have fun. He is the type of dog that can walk right into your home without much fuss. He is anxious to start the next phase of his life. We are certain that he will be a loyal and loving companion to some lucky person. Skittles is housebroken, neutered, current on his shots, and microchipped.

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20 DECEMBER 15, 2011 Christmas Eve Service 6:30 p.m.Featuring a Childrens Christmas PageantSunday Service: 10:15 a.m. We meet at Kids-R-Kids 13151 Kings Lake Drive Gibsonton, FL 33534 (813) 767-6994 www.ChristCommunityFL.com South Hillsborough Church of Christ Welcome to the:SERVICES:Sunday........................9:30 & 10:30 a.m.; 6:00 p.m. Wednesday................7:00 p.m.EVERETT TATE, MINISTER NON-INSTRUMENTAL CALVARY LUTHERAN CHURCHSunday Worship: Blended 8:00 a.m. Contemporary 9:40 a.m. Traditional 11:15 a.m.Nursery Provided Pastor Jack R. Palzer www.calvarylutheranchurch.net 645-1305 Rance Goad, Pastor (Southern Baptist)1511 El Rancho Dr. Sun City Center, FL 33573Phone/Fax:813-633-5950 WEEKLY SERVICES: Sunday9 a.m.......................Bible Study 11 a.m.....................Bible Study 10 a.m. & 6 p.m............WorshipWednesday6 p.m....Prayer Meeting/Bible Study Southside Baptist ChurchA Warm, Loving & Friendly ChurchLooking 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.Getting to Know You (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.Come join us to learn about Gods Word and salvation in Jesus Christ Ruskin United Methodist Church First Street & 4th Ave. NW, Ruskin (behind Suntrust Bank)ALL ARE WELCOME TO COME AND WORSHIP WITH US:SUNDAY MORNINGS:Rev. Richard NusselPhone: 645-1241Nov. April..................8:30 a.m. and All Year...............10:45 a.m. Sunday School............9:30 a.m.Day Care Available Mon. Fri. 6 a.m. 6 p.m. call 645-6198 REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH ELCA Rev. Dr. Peter Stiller, PastorTelephone: Website: sccredeemer.org Worship Services on Sunday 9:30 & 11:15 a.m. Area Places of Worship Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of SCCMeets in the Henry Gibson Social Hall of the Beth Israel If there is no struggle, there is no progress Dorothea Dix Ruskin Foursquare ChurchBuilding Community Thru Gods Love 106 7th Ave. N.W. Ruskin, FL 33570 N. Blanton (813) 309-3558Pastor Norman & Sherril Blanton 10 a.m. Sunday School 11 a.m. Worship Service 7 p.m. Wed. Bible Study Fun Brigade Christmas Carolers spread Christmas cheerThe United Community Church, 1501 La Jolla Ave, Sun City Center Fun Brigade organized the annual Christmas caroling event. The carolers visited nursing homes, rehabilitation centers and folks confined to their homes in Sun City Center. They received many grateful smiles and applause for singing favorite Christmas songs. One special stop was at Plaza West, where one of the United Community churchs members, Hazel Martin, is rehabilitating after back surgery. Everyone wishes Hazel a speedy recovery. After the carolers returned to the church they had a great chili supper made by some of the carolers. Hazel Martin surrounded by Fun BrigadeChurch presents musical dramaFirst Baptist Church of Gibsonton will present their Christmas musical and drama A Portrait of Christmas at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17 and at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 9912 Indiana St., Gibsonton. This musical and drama, under the direction of Mel McColloch and Debbie Buchan, is a little different than others of the past. It starts out peppy and upbeat, and those who are transplants from up north will remember the good times playing in the snow as a child. You will also see your favorite Christmas carols come to life. For more information visit www.1stbaptistgibsonton.com or call (813) 677-1301. New members welcomedSt. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Sun City Center welcomes six new members.From left to right are: Robert Mather, Pat Mather, Clayton Webb, Ethel Webb, Nancy Meissner, Bonnie Forsyth Local Church challenges parishionersFirst United Methodist Church is challenging its congregation to take an investment of ten dollars and turn it into something more. Their goal is to raise money to build latrines in Holeta, Ethiopia where improved sanitation will help reduce the spread of diphtheria and other diseases. The challenge is based on the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14-30. So far the congregational response is very positive. Claudia Ingram, Becky Jordan, Nancy Mitchell are hosting a Tinkle Tea where guests are encouraged to donate. Jennifer Baamonde used her ten dollars to create handmade ornaments to sell. Her items along with many other handmade treats and crafts will be sold at the Bazaar on Sunday, Dec. 11 from 8:45 a.m. -12:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church located at 120 North Knights Brandon, FL. All the proceeds will benefit Compassion Internationals latrine project. At the end of the month the congregation will present their talents and show how they were able to multiply their investment like the example in the parable. For more information contact Vicki Harrison at 689-4161 or vharrison@fumcbrandon.org For more information on the Compassion International Visit www.compassion.com For more information on First United Methodist Church visit fumcbrandon.org. On Thursday, Dec. 22, at 7 p.m., Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 6101 Cortez Road West, Bradenton, will hold a Longest Night Service. This special service of remembrance is traditionally held on the night of the winter solstice (the longest night of the year). It is an expression of recognition that this is a difficult time of year for those who have lost a loved one or had a difficult year due to health, employment, change of living conditions, etc. If you would like to include a loved one on the list of those who will be remembered, contact the church office at 941-794-6229. If you have a friend or family member that has experienced such loss and would like for them to be invited personally, contact the church office with their name, address, and loss that they have experienced this last year. Kirkwood wants to encourage those who have not experienced a recent loss to come and support their brothers and sisters who are experiencing loss during this holiday season as an expression of Christian sympathy and support.Longest night service to be held Redeemer Lutheran Church holiday eventsSunday, Dec. 18 9:30 a.m. only Christmas Cantata: A Song is Born Fourth Sunday of Advent Holy Communion Saturday, Dec. 24 7 p.m. Christmas Eve Lighting of the Christ Candle and Holy Communion Sunday, Dec. 25 9:30 a.m. Christmas Day Service and Holy Communion Saturday, Dec. 31 7 p.m. New Years Eve Worship Service and Holy CommunionBrandon Methodist offers multiple servicesChristmas Eve 5 5:45 p.m. Family Service, geared to families with young children. 7 8 p.m. Special music with full choir & orchestra; message & candle lighting (with childcare for ages 5 & under) 9 10 p.m. Carols with praise band and singers; message & candle lighting. 11 Midnight Special music, bell choir, communion, message and candle lighting.On Sunday, Dec. 25, Christmas Day, they all come together for one service at 10 a.m. Brandon First United Methodist Church is located just north of SR 60 / Brandon Blvd, between Kings and Parsons, at 121 N. Knights Ave. For more information call or write 813-689-4161 info@fumcbrandon. org or visit www.fumcbrandon.org See the current issues of The Observer News, as well as past issues, classified advertising, advertising information, and much more! www.ObserverNews.net

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DECEMBER 15, 2011 21 WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14TH7:00 p.m. ...................................English and Espaol THE NATIVITY OF THE LORDATURDAY, DEC. 24TH3:30 p.m...........................................Choral Singing 4:00 p.m..................................................Vigil Mass 6:30 p.m.........................................Childrens Choir 7:00 p.m......................................Family Vigil Mass 9:00 p.m.........................................Misa en Espaol 11:30 p.m. .............Choral Singing Mass to followUNDAY, DEC. 25TH8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. ........Mass (All English)(No Evening Mass) CATHOLICS COME HOME! Basic Traditional Burial $2,500DIRECT CREMATION $925Zipperers Funeral Home813-645-6130includes 20-gauge steel casket EXP. 12/31/11 702 Valley Forge Blvd., SCC, FL 33573 www.popcc.orgMasses:Sunday..........8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., Noon Saturday Vigil.................4:00 & 6:00 p.m. Daily..........................................8:00 a.m.Confessions: Mon.-Fri. 7:30 a.m. and Sat. 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. THE FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH NO CREED...BUT CHRIST NO BOOK...BUT THE BIBLE Sunday Service 10:00 a.m.www.unitycommunityofjoy.com 813-298-7745 Spirituality Rather Than ReligionUnityHenry Gibson Social Hall, Beth Israel Synagogue www.nbcor.orgLoving God, Loving Others, Serving Beyond Borders Sunday School (all ages)........9:30 a.m. Dr. Samuel (Sam) A. Roach, Pastor Area Places of Worship 1239 Del Webb Blvd. West Sun City Center, FL 33573 Church is Handicap accessible Phone: 813-634-1252 For information visit: www.standrewatscc.org St. Andrew Presbyterian ChurchSunday Services 9:30 a.m. Casual Service 11:00 a.m.Prayers with anointing for healing and wholeness during worship the second Sunday of every month.Pastor: Rev. Dr. Mark E. SalmonMeet friends in Fellowship Hall after the Service. Refreshments served.A Stephen Ministry Church First Church of Christ, ScientistChristian Science HealsSunday Service ..................................................10:00 a.m. Sunday School ..................................................10:00 a.m. Wednesday Service .............................................5:00 p.m. Reading Room .........................Wednesday 4 to 4:45 p.m. All Are Welcome SouthShore: Apollo Beach, Ruskin, Sun City and S. GibsontonMASSES Vigil Mass.....................................................................Saturday 5:00 p.m. Sunday Mass ........8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (Contemporary) Daily .........................................................Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. Holy Days ....................................... Espaol ......................................Domingo 12:30 p.m.; Jueves 7:30 p.m. Confession .........................Thursday 6:45 p.m.; Saturday 3:45 p.m. Pastor Area Obituaries Norman Virgile HouleNorman Virgile Houle, 89, of Sun City Center, FL passed away in Sun City Center on Monday, November 28. He was born in Lewiston, July 18, 1922, to the late Virgile and Dorothee (Normand) Houle. Educated in local Lewiston schools, Norm attended Bates College and graduated from Bentley University after serving in the U.S. Army during World War II. Prior to retirement, he was employed at Champoux-Bouvier Insurance. He had been a member of St. Peters and Ste Croix parishes and was an active member of the Knights of Columbus. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Lillian Provencher Houle, formerly of Lewiston: two daughters, Linda Quinn and her husband, John, of Lynnfield, Masss, and Jacqueline Stern of West Chester, PA; two granddaughters, Carolyn Quinn Kilmer (Jason) and Kathleen Quinn Murphy (Jerome); four great-grandchildren, Kieran and Emerson Kilmer and Alannah and Logan Murphy; and his brother, Raymond Houle of Madison, Tenn., formerly of Lewiston. Services were held December 2, 2011 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Sun City Center.George OrenchakGeorge Orenchak, 86, of Sun City Center, FL, formerly of Butler, PA passed away on Friday, December 2, 2011 at Sun City Center Hospice House with his loving family at his side. Born in Hartford, CT on June 12, 1925 he was a Navy veteran of WWII and retired in 1986 after 41 years of federal service from VAMC, Butler, PA where he worked as a Recreation Therapist. George moved to Sun City Center in August 1996. He was an usher and a greeter at St. Anne Catholic Church in Ruskin. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years Anna Marie and his five children Marie Antoinette (Toni) Demme (Tom) of Lacey, WA; Dr. Theresa Suzanne Kent (John) of San Antonio, TX; Georgeann Catherine Rossman (Lee) of Seffner, FL; James Michael Orenchak (Claudia) of Riesweiler Germany; and George Gerard Orenchak (Karen) of Mandeville, LA. He is also survived by ten grandchildren: Philip Demme, Elizabeth Demme, Mark Davis, Timothy Kent, Laura Davis, Laurel Orenchak, Kathleen Kent, Meghan Orenchak, Caitlin Orenchak and Michael Kent and five great-children: Riley, Ryan, Adeline, Payton and Sophia. A memorial mass will be celebrated at St. Anne Catholic Church, Ruskin, FL at 11am on Thursday, December 29, 2011. Burial will be at the National Cemetery in Sarasota, FL. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the stained glass window fund at St. Anne Catholic Church, 106 11th Ave. N.E., Ruskin, FL 33570. Edith Lillie ReedEdith Lillie Reed, 95, passed away Dec. 5, 2011 in Fayetteville, GA. She was born on April 18, 1916 in Severville Tenn. She is survived by her three sons, Joseph Dennis Reed, Theodore W. Reed II and Richard Reed; 9 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 6 great great grandchildren. Services were held on Saturday, Dec. 10 at National Cremation and Burial Society in Ruskin, FL. Her final resting place is next to her husband of 52 years, Theodore William Reed at Ruskin Cemetery. Anthony H. Tony SorrentinoAnthony H. Tony Sorrentino, 84, of Sun City Center, Fla. passed away December 3, 2011. He served in the U. S. Army during World War II and retired as an independent building contractor in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He will be deeply missed by his friends and neighbors. Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated on Monday, December 12, 2011 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Sun City Center, Fla. Burial will be in Ruskin Memorial Park, Ruskin, Fla. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that masses be said in his memory. Additional information may be found at www.suncitycenterfuneralhome. com. Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home, Sun City Center, Fla. Disciples of Christ open their doorsDisciples of Christ Christian Fellowship hosts a free Christmas celebration at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 7732 Gibsonton Drive, Gibsonton across the street from Gibsonton Elementary School. There will be food, fellowship and entertainment. Enter and enjoy the family cupcake challenge. Feeling down during the holidays or just need someone to talk with, stop by prayer services Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Saturdays at 9 a.m., or Sundays at 9:15 a.m. If youre unable to attend one of the services, call the church or send requests via e-mail and a prayer counselor will call you. For more information call 813-677-8600 or visit doccf.orgParkinsons support group to meetOn Friday, Dec. 16 at the United Community Church on the corner of LaJolla and N. Pebble Beach Blvd. the Parkinsons support group will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. Sandwiches and drinks will be served. There will be no speaker, but they will have Christmas entertainment. An Advent Cantata to be heldThe United Community Church, 1501 La Jolla Ave, Sun City Center Chancel Choir is presenting their Advent Cantata The Promise of a King, a Christmas proclamation of hope. The cantata will be performed during the Sunday Worship service at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18. The members of the choir will be augmented by guest musicians in the performance.

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22 DECEMBER 15, 2011 Bobs Jewelry RepairWATCH BAERIESInstalled $500+ tax645-0929 US 41Shell Point Road SR 674 / College Ave.To SCC/KP Highest Price Paid For Gold In The AreaBUY & SELL U.S. COINS Jewelry Custom Bead Work by Donna One-ofa-kind Creations HILLSBOROUGH(813) 634-8310MANATEE(941) 524-2259 For a FREE IN-HOME ESTIMATE, call us TODAY!Shutter & Blind Manufacturing CompanySHUTTERS ~ VERTICALS ~ FAUX WOOD & WOOD HORIZONTAL BLINDS CELLULAR SHADES ~ WOVEN WOODS ~ SUNSCREEN SHADES ~ PRIVACY SHADINGS ~ MORE INSTALLED FREE! INSTALLED FREE! VERTICALS PLANTATION SHUTTERS$1395Sq. Ft. Measured & Installed LIFETIME WARRANTY 2 FAUX BLINDS Our blinds are built with a STEEL HEADRAIL. Unlike the Flimsy Plastic Headrail from the Home CentersMADE IN AMERICA EXAMPLE OF OUR PRICES24 W x 36 H ..........$84 Installed 36 W x 50 H ........$175 Installed 48 W x 48 H ........$224 Installed 48 W x 60 H ........$280 Installed 72 W x 62 H ........$434 InstalledEXAMPLE OF OUR PRICES36 W x 48 H .......$39 Installed 52 W x 62 H .......$68 Installed 60 W x 62 H .......$75 Installed 72 W x 72 H .......$93 InstalledEXAMPLE OF OUR PRICES36 W x 48 H .......$39 Installed 52 W x 48 H .......$49 Installed 60 W x 48 H .......$69 Installed 72 W x 72 H .......$86 Installed SAVE ENERGY EXAMPLE OF OUR PRICES FOR SUN SCREENS24 W x 36 H ....................$49 Installed 36 W x 48 H ....................$62 Installed 52 W x 48 H ....................$93 Installed 72 W x 60 H .................$131 Installed SUN SCREENS As part of their popular Thank God Its Variety concert series, the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. West, will be hosting Christmas with the Celts: traditional Celtic Christmas music and dance, on Friday, Dec. 16 at 6:30 in the church sanctuary. This years Christmas tour features Marcille Wallis hammer dulcimer, Don Pigeon -vocals/flute/whistle/ mandolin/banjo, Matt Miller fiddle Ann and Cal Lloyd Irish and Scottish dance, Robin Hendrickson bagpipes, and Michael DeLalla guitar. Native Floridian Marcille Wallis is a classically trained pianist who began her musical studies at age six. Using her polished skills and talent she added the guitar and eventually the hammer dulcimer as well as other folk instruments to her repertoire. As a full time professional hammer dulcimer player, Marcille now tours the country entertaining at fairs, festivals, churches, concerts, pubs, bookstores, workshops and private functions. Drawing on her 23 years in the classroom as a Mathematics teacher, Marcilles shows are both entertaining as well as educational as she takes audiences on a tour of the Celtic lands and their history. A suggested donation of $5 is requested at the door on the evening of the concert. For additional information about this and other concerts and recitals at the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, contact Jeff Jordan, Minister of Worship Arts, at 813634-2539. To learn more about the United Methodist Church of Sun City center, visit their website at www. sccumc.com. States of Christmas with the Celts will perform on Dec. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center.United Methodist Church of SCC hosts Christmas with the Celts RUSKIN BrR ANCH LIbr BR Ar R Y Diagnosing and correcting common problems associated with Windows Operating Systems. Layout, entering data, inserting rows and columns, and other techniques. Basic mouse and keyboarding skills are recommended. Learn different formats for expressing numbers in a spreadsheet. Excel I is recommended. Learn about functions and formulas and how to use them in calculations. Excell II is recommended. Create and format charts from data for visual emphasis. Previous experience with Microsoft Excel is recommended. AutoFill, freeze titles, sorting, and Excel printing options. Previous experience with Microsoft Excel is recommended.Adult Computer Classes for the Technologically Challenged Help a Needy FamilyHoliday Food Basket Wish ListBAG OF POTATOESWould you like to help make this holiday special and memorable for a needy family? To donate a food basket, simply call Dora at 813-321-9723 and order the chicken with Apollo Meats at 813-645-2379. Also, you may visit www.lordslighthouse.org and click on the Donate button. The Lords Lighthouse Ministry, inc. www.lordslighthouse.org Tel: 813-641-7100 Tel: 813-321-9723We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. -Sir Winston Churchill

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F Furniture, lamps, collectibles, appliances. E Everything must go. STORE CLOSED! GARAGE SALE!CLOTHES GALORE!Prices you havent seen before! $1 to $10 teens, childrens, and adults clothing. Formal and sequin dresses $20 Name brand bags, shoes, costume jewelry, plus garage sale treasures. Big sale. 1707 F F lamingo L L ane, S S CC. SS SS refrigerator, blue couch loveseat, grill, mens clothes (large), end tables, Christmas, misc. D Dec. 15, 16, 17. .8am-? Yard sale. F Friday /SSaturday, 12/.16 & 12/17, 7am-11am. 1709 D Danbury D D rive., S S CC. T T ools, Christmas, plumbing, electrical, golf clubs, Precious Moments collection, over 200 pieces, all retired/ suspended. T Todays value over $10,000. S Selling for only $3,000. Call 813-6450262 RR iverview. 10413 S S ummerview Circle. N North of Big Bend R Rd, behind A A dvance A A uto. R R C planes! Workout bench!, Christmas stuff. 8am, SSaturdayG Garage sale. 9am-4pm F Friday, S Saturday. 2504 R R unning Brook Way, S S CC. (off D D el Webb E E ). Clothing, Christmas, housewares, costume jewelry & misc.312 EstateSTATE SaALesESEEstate sale. R Ruskin. F F riday 9am2pm, S Saturday 9am-1pm. L Leather furniture, antiques, gifts, tools, 2004 Honda CRVRV. 3015 Manatee A Ave., off G Gulf City R Rd & USS 41. 941-3062140. www.demingestatesales. com 360 GoGOLfF CartsARTSGGolf carts wanted. Buy sell, trade. Chargers, parts all related. R R onnys Carts & Parts. 813-484-9855 or 813-645-4515BBogey BBills GGolf Cars Cruise Car, Club Car, EE-Z GGo. N New, rebuilds, restoration, rentals, solar, LSVLSVs SVSVC, parts, charger repair & batteries. 2202 USS 41 SS. R Ruskin. 813-649-8099 321 Northway Dr., SCC(off Del Webb E.)Fri. & Sat., Dec. 16 & 17 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. PARK ON SIDE OF SALE ONLY(813) 758-7952 or (813) 758-7954Electric Wheelchair, Sofa w/Matching Footstool, Lift Chair, Drexel Sofa w/Matching Loveseat, Antique China Cabinet, Dinette Table w/Chairs, Sofa Sleeper, Dining Room Table w/8 Chairs, King Bed, Dresser w/Matching Chest, Wingback Chairs, Computer, Noritaki China, Tea Cart, Sewing Cabinet, TVs, End & Coffee Tables, Antique Cabinet, Artworks, Medical Equipment, Oreck Vac, Collectables, Jewelry, Household, Kitchen & Misc. Items. www.AnnesEstateSales.blogspot.com NETTIES ESTATE SALES2009 East View Dr.(Caloosa Country Club Estates)Sun City CenterThurs. & Fri., Dec. 15-167 a.m. to 1 p.m.Contents Include: Curio Cabinets, Glass & Wrought Iron Coffee & End Tables, Dining Room Table w/Chairs, China Cabinet, Huge Queen Headboard, Twin Bed (LIKE NEW) Tuscany Plus Wine Cellar, Cigar Humidor, Leather Chair w/Ottoman, Ethan Allen Sleeper Sofa, Bookcase, Barrel Chairs on Casters, Marble Top Patio Table, Patio Set, G.E. Mini Refrigerator, Craftsman Tool Chest, Workbench, Power Tools, Jewelry, Kitchenware, Household, & Garage Items, Christmas Decor, Mixture of Collectible DOLLS, and much more! Please dont miss our other sale this weekend at 2422 E. Del Webb. PLEASE PARK ON SIDE OF SALE DUE TO EMERGENCY VEHICLES.See You There! NETTIES ESTATE SALES2422 E. Del Webb Blvd. Sun City CenterFri. & Sat., Dec. 16-177 a.m. to 1 p.m.PLEASE NOTE DATE & TIMESContents Include: White Kitchen Table w/Chairs on Casters, Cream Sofa & Matching Loveseat, Cream Swivel Rocker Recliner, White Oak Entertainment Center, White Oak Glass Top Coffee Table, Robb & Sticky Dining Room Table w/Chairs, Brass & Glass Top Lamp Tables & Lamps, Broyhill Floral Sofa, TV Armoires, TVs, Bassett Sleeper Sofa, Rattan Side Chairs, End/Lamp Tables, Queen Bed, Night Stands, Desk w/Chair, Ladders, Lamps, Home Decor, Kitchenware & more. Please dont miss our other sale this weekend (Thursday-Friday) at 2009 East View Dr. at Caloosa Country Club Estates.PLEASE PARK ON SIDE OF SALE DUE TO EMERGENCY VEHICLES.See You There! YY ou can read the entire newpaper online @ www.observernews.netTThe bargain hunters dream Have a nice day Thrift Store813-641-7790Ministry of Calvary Lutheran Church 9 a.m. Noon THE BIG BOGO BOOK SALEBOGO on all paperbacks and hardcoversAlso, the secret sale Like new furniture! La-Z-Boy Loveseat & Sofa, End Tables & Coee Table, Buet, Dining Room Table w/6 Chairs, Amana Rocking Chair, Glider Rocking Chair w/ Footstool, La-Z-Boy Recliner, TVs & Stands, Whitewash Roll Top Desk, Patio Table w/4 Chairs & Chaise Lounge, Bulova Wall Clock, Cedar Chest, King Size Bed, Night Stands, Silk Tree, Nobility Silver Plate Service for 6, Bradely Doll, Lamps, Christmas Decor, China, Glassware, Clothing, Jewelry, Quilts by a Local Artisan, Kitchenware & Garage Items. Santa Lew will be there! P P S S www.denneysestatesales.com DENNEYS ESTATE SALES404 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Sun City CenterFri. & Sat., Dec. 16-17 7 a.m to 1 p.m. (813) 477-1793

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DECEMBER 15, 2011 THEE SHOPPERER MM.H. HOUSING550 MMARRINEE400 TRRANSPORRTATION450 511 housHOUSEsS FoOR saSALE REREALL EESTATEE500 390 MisMISC. FoFOR SaALEHot tub. 2 person, 110 volt, used 7 months. Green marble, Redwood frame & cover, like new. Cost $2,800 asking $995. Apollo Beach 603-848-3243 (correct number) 410 BoatsBOATSRow boat, Sears Game Fishing-12 with equipment. $150 obo. SCC. 813-633-2895425 SLipsIPS oOR StoTORagAGESouth Bay RV & Boat Storage. Specializing in outside storage for RVs, boats & trailers. 813-677-2000 www.SouthBayStorage.com Little Manatee Outdoor Storage. RVs, boats, trailers. All sizes. 2903 39th Ave., SE. Ruskin. 813-7878531. www.littlemanateeoutdoorstorage.comStorage RRameys BBusiness Park Dollar a day. RV & boat storage & heavy equipment. Water & electric hookup, 1/4 mile from Williams Park boat ramp. Also RV lots available. 813-690-1836 813-8491469 456 TRuUCKsS an AND Vans ANS Chrysler 2005 Town & Country Limited van with electric mobility scooter. Load & unload scooter with remote control. Go to the mall & shop in style. Economical V6 with 4 speed automatic, 55,000 miles. Blue pearl, gray leather interior. Many options incl. rear seat video. Van listed $36,930. Scooter w lift $4,895. Excellent condition. Must see $15,500 OBO call 813-7632434459 MotoMOTORCYCLEsS089 miles, 2005 Boulevard, 850 CC. Operator must sell Cobra pipes. Tricked out $5,900. Call 813-4491860. Merry Christmas, SCC461 TRavAVEL TRaiAILERsSFleetwood Travel Trailer, 2004, Prowler Regal, 34ft, slideouts, main & window awnings, completely furnished. Asking $16,500. Call to see 508-740-0736 462 MotoMOTOR HoOMEsS/RR VsSMotor home on private lot, all utilities included. $100 weekly. Gibsonton 813-495-7481 or 813-634-4050 465 RR V LotLOT RREntaNTALRV lot for rent in Ruskin. $275 monthly includes water & sewer plus deposit. 941-737-1944 or 813345-6860 565 MM.H. inIN Pa ARKsS3br/2ba, doublewide, vinyl siding, new floors, carpet & appliances after 2008. 12x14 shed cost $2,900. Lot 260 Neptune Village, 55+ park. Priced $24,000. Call 813938-3268 or 419-302-0422 for more information. Ruskin 55+, senior park. Very clean, 12x65 mobile, furnished, 2br/1ba. Large sunroom & carport, plus shed. $9,500. Neptune Park Unit 13. Call 813-645-3563 or 519-2393046. Immediate occupancy. 2br/2ba, Paradise MHP, Ruskin. Mostly remodeled, double driveway, lot 68. Cheap $3,800 obo. Call Steve to view 813-382-2495 Ruskin 55+ senior park. Beautiful 12x65 4br/2ba MH, 6x10 shed, large screened porch, 2 car carport, joins the Little Manatee river. Prirent $289 monthly. 813-419-4066. Pet friendly $36,900. $53,000. $59,500. $63,900.These properties are all in nice condition and will make perfect starter/retirement homes! CALLClaire TortOFFICE:(813) 363-7250 SALE PENDING! AFFORDABLE MOBILE HOMES ON THEIR OWN LOT, IN RUSKIN AREA: RERENTALLS600 610 Wat ATERFRontONT RREntaNTALsSThe Dolphin House, 768 Gran Kaymen Way, Apollo Beach, efdocking /fishing. Pool, laundry. $185 weekly, plus deposit. No pets. 813-850-5217, 813-863-6123, 813-863-6124 611 HousOUSEsS FoOR REntNTSCC 2br/1ba. corner lot, washer / dryer, yard service. $750 monthly plus security deposit. Kim Knights 813-786-0892. Florida Executive Realty. www.Kimknights.com Sun CCity CCenter 55+ 2br/2ba or 1br/1ba. Includes: yard care, water, sewer, trash collection, recreation card. 813-6349695 Ruskin. 1 bedroom, possible 2 bedroom for rent. Water, lawn, boat ramp included. No pets. $340 monthly 941-447-2428. Handyman welcome. Apollo Beach 2br/1ba W/D hookup, carport, large storage shed. $825 monthly, $825 security. Very clean. Immediate occupancy. 813-4808237 612 AptsPTS. FoOR RREntNTRuskin, 3br/1ba, CHA, utility shed, washer/ dryer hookup. Very clean. 813645-1447 Ruskin area. 2br/1ba, very clean, washer /dryer hookup. $675 monthly plus deposit, lawn service included. 813-244-1676 Ruskin. 2 bedroom, 1 bath, no pets, washer /dryer hookup. $640 month ly plus deposit. 813-645-1801 Apollo Beach, 1 bedroom, 1 bath, appliances, quiet neighborhood. 813-645-4145 or 813-642-0681613 ConCONDosOS FoOR RREntNTSun City Center, 2br/2ba condo, 55+ Recently remodeled, completely furnished, 1,900 sf. Call 813-938-3041 614 DupDUPLEX FoOR RREntNT live /work space. New construction in Ruskin. $875 monthly. Available now. 813-649-1599 SCC 55+ 2br/2ba/1cg. Ideal location includes water, lawn & garbage. Clean, quiet, comfortable. Unfur nished. 813-634-3350 615 Townho OWNHOMEsS FoOR REntNTKings Lake townhome for rent. $900 monthly. 1,134 sf, 2br/2ba. screened lanai, washer, dryer. Call 813-677-8701630 MM.H. RREntaNTALsSOne bedroom furnished, water & electric included. $165 weekly. Two bedroom (not furnished) $165 weekly, plus security deposit. R & M Mobile Home Park in Gibsonton. 813-236-9207FFor RRent: CClean M Mobile Homes With A/CC. 813-677-1086Davids MHP. 2625 90th St., off Causeway & US 301. 1 & 2 bedrooms for rent. Nice quiet park. First week fee $140 weekly. Mike 941922-9340, Diana 813-621-9334646 Wa AREhousHOUSE SpaPACEGarage & mini storage rooms for rent. Pirates Treasure Cove, Gibsonton. 813-677-1137 651 BooBOOKKEEpingPINGQuickBBooks Next training class January 7 Pro-advisor & POS. Full bookkeeping services Tutoring/ softerrors /setup. Hourly rates. Your keeping Inc Ruskin 813-641-1089 email: theahp@verizon.net. www. theasquickbookkeeping.com680 ADuULt T/ChiCHILD CaCARECaregiver /companion, live-in capable. Loving care for your family member. 40yrs experience, ventilators ok. Call 813-226-7217 Apollo Beach home daycare has openings for ages 10 months & up. 25+ yrs experience. 813-245-5552 ask for Kathy. Lic FHC-210832 Why drive 20 miles for your printing? We are the local source for business cards, letterhead, invoices, posters, tickets, etc..... Your neighborhood printer. &Established in 1968 Printing Company, Inc.SHEETFED & WEB PRINTING 210 Woodland Estate Ave., Ruskin, Fl 813-645-4048Let someone else do that HEAVY work Look in the Business & Trade Directory PRROFF SERER VICECES650 705 CCLEaningANINGRRons CCleaning Service rity. Call for free estimate. 7days a week. Move-in, move-out, rentals. Insured, bonded, licensed. Ruskin, Apollo Beach, Sun City Center. 813-846-7629 F Flat rate $75, full clean706 PREssuSSURE Washing ASHINGSun City Center & Kings Point. Pressure washing. Rust removed from sidewalk. Satisfaction guaran teed. Fast & reasonable. Call Steve at 813-382-2495 708 MovMOVERsSAffordable Moving. One piece or whole house. Also specializing in estate sale delivery. Loading & unloading storage units/ trucks & trash hauling. Free estimate. Dave 813-447-6123 710 LawnLAWN CaCAREHenrys LLawn MMaintenance. Landscaping needs. Rock, mulch, tree service. Pressure washing. Monthly lawn maintenance. Licensed & insured. Free estimates. 813-477-3054 www.henryslawnmaintenance.comBB&S LLawn CCare, Inc. Professional lawn care providing all of your turf, landscaping & irrigation needs. Residential/ commercial. www.bandslawncare.com 813-645-7266 Senior Home Companions, Inc.For Seniors by Active Seniors Call for FREE In-Home Consultation813-980-3408www.SeniorHomeCompanions.comLic. #232146 Our goal is to help seniors continue to live independently and comfortably by supporting you with active senior caregivers who are understanding and trustworthy. 20 YEARS of SERVICE SERER VICECES700 Informative The Observer News will be closed Monday, December 26, in observance of Christmas. Deadline for classied line ads will move to Friday, December 23 at 4pm. for the December 29 edition CALL (813) 645-3211Serving South Hillsborough County since 1924.www.dickmanrealty.com dickman@tampabay.rr.comCelebrating 87 Years 1924 2011 Donate your old functioning cell phones and drop off at our office for use by the "Victims Assistance Program."CALL US FOR ALL YOUR REAL ESTATE NEEDS........645-3211(Evening phone numbers)Judy Erickson.....................468-0288 Claire Tort...........................363-7250 Kay Pye..............................361-3672 Cathy Griggs.....................391-8653 Christine Nethers..................260-6335 Roxanne Westbrook...............748-2201 Jo Ellen Mobley.....................645-1540 LaRae Regis...........................633-8318 SUN CITY CENTER. Nicely maintained popular 2BR/2BA T-2 floor plan located close to shopping, hospital, and Sun City Center clubhouse with lots of activities available. Come on and enjoy the carefree living that this golf cart community has to offer. $74,500. CALL CATHY GRIGGS 391-8653 WATERFRONT LOT. Beautiful building lot ready for the home of your dreams located on a wide canal with no bridges to the bay. Lot size is 75 x 140 mol with county water and sewer available. $90,000. CALL CATHY GRIGGS 391-8653 WATERFRONT HOME with 2BR/2BA, within minutes and no bridges to Tampa Bay, boat lift, quiet neighborhood, lots of personality, and so much more! Asking $199,900. Call to see today! JO ELLEN MOBLEY 645-1540 THIS 2BR/1BA HOME is for todays Senior Citizen who wants the active Senior Lifestyle offered only like Sun City Center can. Fresh paint, recently updated kitchen and bath, open floor plan, clean and neat, quiet cul-de-sac location and so much more! Asking only $69,000. CALL JO ELLEN MOBLEY 645-1540 today! HAVE HOME AND BUSINESS THERE! Ruskin -great property including 2BR+Den house and 4 offices/1.5BA, on 1 beautiful acre, cleared with few huge oaks, garage, 2 carports, circular driveway, and good road frontage. Home has 2 large BR, remodeled kitchen, inside utility, hardwood floors, fireplace. CG zoning and great location on College Ave. $259,000. CALL CLAIRE TORT 363-7250 IDEAL WINTER/RETIREMENT M/HOME: Very clean and well maintained, in a gated community with heated pool and clubhouse, this home offers 2BR/2BA split plan, large open great room, cooking island and breakfast nook in kitchen, large enclosed addition/living area, screen porch, carport and utility-room. Sold nicely furnished! $42,000. CALL CLAIRE TORT 363-7250 FABULOUS RIVERFRONT LOT, RUSKIN: Great fishing, deep water, large new dock, and unique view of river and nature! All utilities are in place including sewer, lot is fenced and elegantly gated, zoning PD-MU allows for houses/manufactured homes. $199,900. CALL CLAIRE TORT 363-7250 GREAT BUSINESS LOCATION! Commercial site located close to Highway 41 in Ruskin with over 200 feet of road frontage, Zoned General Commercial with county water & sewer. Mobile home on property brings rental income, $198,900. CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 or ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 for details. AWESOME COMMERCIAL LOCATION ON BUSY HIGHWAY 41 IN RUSKIN! .84 Acre with 150 feet on Highway 41. Easy access to I-75. Property is zoned CG/General. $164,900. CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 or ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 REDUCED $329,000. OVER 1 ACRE ON LITTLE MANATEE RIVER. Features extra large bedrooms which includes in-law or guest quarters. 5-Car garage for the car lovers with extra carport. High bank of the river -out of the flood zone. This is a must see. Easy to show, so CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 or ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 YOUR CHRISTMAS WISH COULD COME TRUE with this 2BR home best described as nice and cozy. New roof, newly painted outside and new A/C. Extra large patio, nicely landscaped and 2-car carport. Inside open and airy with eating space in the kitchen. Priced at just $79,900. CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 or ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 DARE TO MAKE AN OFFER!!! Owner has reduced price on this riverfront beauty, and is entertaining all offers. And you could quickly be entertaining in this recently updated 3BR/2BA with perfect flowing floor plan. Water view from most rooms, quiet out of the way, but convenient, location. Lanais, decks, even a boat included in low price of $249,900 CALL JUDY ERICKSON 468-0288 RENTALS 1BR/1.5BA larger upleveled lanai, W/D, furnished, starting at..................... $650/month 2BR/2BA furnished, W/D............ $695/month 2BR/2BA SCC in Greenbriar, 2-car garage, wood floors, unfurnished................................... $975/month SEASONAL RENTAL KP on golf course, 2BR/2BA with garage.... $1500/month plus tax

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www.ObserverNews.netDecember 15, 2011 Volume 55 Number 47 28 Pages Yard Crashers, the popular DIY Network show comes to a Wimauma home using local businesses for the backyard remodeling project. See page 16 See pages 4 and 18 for special Christmas advertising deals from local businesses. Remember to SHOP LOCALLY this holiday season! PRST STDPAIDRUSKIN, FLORIDA 33570 PERMIT NO. 8 THE OBSERVER NEWS Thats what weve been doing since 1987! MEMBER WEST FLORIDA Annual CA election returns directors favoring capital building program By MELODY JAMESON mj@observernews.netSUN CITY CENTER Voting Community Association members here have opted this year for directors with experience and may have signaled outcome of a pending big ticket capital improve ments program. About 19 percent of the 10,500plus CA membership also approved an increase in their annual dues by a wide margin. A total of 1,906 ballots favored two current directors plus a former officer during the annual SCC CA election process ending last week, according to Ed Barnes, CA president. Retaining their present seats on the CA board of directors are Al Alderman, seeking his second term, and Jane Keegan, who ran for her first full term after being appointed a year ago to take a seat opened by a resignation. In addition, those CA members voting tapped Howie Griffin, a former director who served dur ing one term earlier in the decade. Griffin replaces retiring director Bob Black, who is expected to continue providing public rela tions services to the board, Barnes added. These three of the five candi dates standing during the annual directors election were the top vote getters, each garnering between 1,100 and 1,300 nods of support. Newcomers to the CA election process, Rob King and Paul Sasville, each picked up 800 or fewer votes during their first outings as candidates. Each director elected to the ninemember board serves a three-year term, beginning with official seating during the annual membership meeting, now scheduled for January 4, 2012. Following the official ballot count, board members assembled to select their officers for the coming year. Barnes was returned as president, Chuck Collett was named vice president and David Floyd was retained as board secretary. Neil Rothfeld, who is not an elected board member, continues as CA treasurer. Each of the freshly chosen directors Alderman, Griffin and Keegan voiced strong support during the election process for a proposed $3 million capital building and improvements program, while King and Sasville cautioned against incurring the debt entailed See CA ELECTION page 19 INSIDE: Chris and Vicki Robinson won Best Original Design Award for their Kings Point Express.Sundance Growers puts the color in ChristmasFor Henry Brouwer and the staff at Sundance Growers on U.S. Highway 41 in Sun City, Christmas began in August as the poinsettias were first planted. Four months and 200,000 poinsettia plants later, only a few thousand plants remain, most scheduled for final shipment later this week. There will be little rest for the staff of the large nursery, however, as planting for Easter begins almost immediately. Sundance Growers is a wholesale nursery and a division of family-owned and operated Kurt Weiss Greenhouses, one of the largest growing operations in the United States specializing in quality products tastefully packaged (yes, all 200,000 poinsettias were packaged and wrapped) for large volume customers.MITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTOBy Mitch Traphagen mitch@observernews.netSUN CITY CENTER With an overcast sky that, had it been 40 or so degrees cooler may have brought forth snow flurries, dozens of golf carts lined up for the communitys annual Christ mas parade. It was a partylike atmosphere complete with seniors, children, dogs dressed as reindeer, and carts decorated in degrees ranging from simple to the simply wild. Of the 42 golf carts in the parade, Chris and Vicki Robinson took home the Best Original Design Award for their Kings Point Express. The New England Club won the Best Cultural Depiction MITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTO Christmas in SCC: Everything but snowAward for their Covered Bridge golf cart, the Wisconsin Club won the Best Holiday Theme Award for their Wisconsin Cheesemobile (complete with human reindeer in Wisconsin sweaters, a Green Bay Packers cheerleader and a sign unabash edly stating that Santa loves Wisconsin best), and the Best Portrayal of the Sun City Center 50th Anniversary Award went to Ernie Cuzzi for his beautiful and elaborately decorated cart featuring a manger scene on top (had there been a tallest cart award, he may also have taken that home as well). The parade route included LaJolla and Cherry Hills Drive and ended at the Community See GOLF CART PARADE page 14

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2 DECEMBER 15, 2011 I F Y O U A R E C O NC E R NE D A B OUT A SK I N GR O W T H W E W O UL D BE H A P P Y T O E V A L U A T E I T F O R Y O U C A L L T O D A Y F O R A F R E E S K I N C A N C E R S C R E E N I N G !N O W A C C EPT I N G A V M E D I N S U R A N C E Ho w a r d A O r i b a M .D | Mi cha e l G C a r u so M .D | Le sl e e Ba u t e P A .T h e S k in C a n ce r Ce nt e r s / D e r m a t ol o g y A s soc i a t es4 0 0 2 S u n C i t y Cen t e r B l v d U nit 1 0 2 S u n C i t y C e n t e r F L 3 3 5 7 3( O n e B l o c k W e s t o f the H o s p i tal )8 1 3 6 3 4 1 455 S I G N U P F O R A F R E E S K I N C A N C E R SCR EEN I N GBR I N G T H I S C O U P ON I N T O R E CEIVE A F R E E G I F T staylittleharbor.comServing 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. i i Acorn Squash and Dried Plum i i Various Dipping Sauces i Endless Salad Bar i and Toppings i Carving Stations i i i i Desserts i Adults $24.95$12.95Call 813-645-8119 for Reservations Natalie Jones of Sun City Center has been invited to hang two paint ings in The Best of the Best, an invitational exhibit featuring the works of award-winning artists from past ArtCenter Manatee exhibits. The arts in another form have been a major part of Jones life with the gift of a trombone as a child, music became her lifes blood. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Jones played with the Montreal Womens Symphony and was a member of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. Following some major changes in her life, under the auspices of AT&T, she was transferred to Illinois with Bell Telephone Laboratories, and resumed painting with a passion that had begun as a child. Winning the first three shows she entered in major and suburban Chicago, she was invited to join the Palette and Chisel Academy. As an award-winner in several areas of the country, her works hang in private collections where she participated in major art fairs and exhibits. The Best of the Best will hang until Friday, Jan. 13, in the galleries of ArtCenter Manatee located at 209 9th St. West, Bradenton.The Best of the BestLocal artist invited to show at exhibit Cellos Christmas lights displayIf you and your family enjoy Christmas decorations and lighted displays, check out James Debushs 70,000 lights at his 486 Florida Circle N. home in Apollo Beach. The display comes complete with synchonized music. The large tree in his front yard contains more the 21,000 twinkling lights.

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Dec. 18th10 a.m.3 p.m.Community and Farmers Market Guaranteed: Something for EVERYONE!On the corner of Brought to you by Forward Thinking Campaign. For more info call 919-5946 or 846-2000 Nicholas Kristof is an op-ed columnist for the New York Times and a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner. If there were any rock stars remaining in journalism, Kristof would be one of the few.NickKristof Nicholas Kristof Im fascinated to learn from #Bahrain govt statement that I wasnt detained but sought police protection. #sarcasm Tweet on Dec. 9, twitter.com/ NickKristofKristof is known for bringing social injustice to light in places where social injustice is just a fancy way to describe rape, torture, murder and mayhem. He doesnt report from a cushy office, he is right there in the thick of things in clouds of tear gas in Bahrain and in the rubble-strewn hovels of the nameless, faceless victims of social injustice in Africa. Over a million people follow his Twitter feed and millions more read his weekly op-ed in the Times and his blog. Last month from Cambodia, he tweeted live about a raid on a brothel owned by a former Cambodian military colonel.NickKristof Nicolas Kristof Ive been told to rush out of town for safety. Thats what Im doing now. Tweet on Nov. 7, twitter.com/ NickKristofHe later followed up with an update on a 7th grade girl who had been freed from the brothel and is now doing fine. Kristof would appear to be the height of what anyone would consider a reporter. He isnt reporting on politics or business per se, so his articles are commentaries that mesh perfectly with the social injustice theme for which he is so successful and well-known. I have no idea how the 52-year-old columnist manages to put himself into the thick of things in the remote corners of the world but he does, and I have long appreciated his bringing to light issues that few people would ever know about otherwise. That he frequently does it while putting himself in danger illustrates what I perceive as his incredible commitment to his craft, his readers and the subjects of his articles. On top of all that, he manages to sum up the horrors of the world in 800 words. And then, last week I read a 4,600 word treatise that was highly critical of virtually everything Kristof does and how he does it. Appropriately enough, Kristof himself highlighted the article via his twitter feed. In the essay, author Elliott PrasseFreeman, a founding research assistant at the Human Rights and Social Movements Program at the Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard University, begins by focusing on a column Kristof wrote that appeared in the New York Times on Feb. 3, 2010. In the article, Kristof joins a woman from Portland, Oregon in a shanty owned by Generose, one of the victims among millions of victims of a largely unknown war in eastern Congo. In Kristofs telling, Generose was attacked by the Hutu militiamen who killed her husband. They cut off her leg above the knee, and then ordered her children to consume their own mothers flesh. When her son adamantly refused to do so, he was shot dead. The critical commentary, whether written either casually or intentionally well above what anyone would consider the typical eighth grade reading level, decries Kristofs means of effectively furthering the victimization of Generose by making her a less-than-human subject in a true-life horror story of his own telling. In other words, what Generose suffered was bad enough, but what was worse was that she suffered again through Kristofs words. The article implied that Kristofs words had morphed Generose into a mere object for storytelling and lacked a real-world solution. That Kristofs story was effectively framed to feed his affluent and generally well-educated readers the expected level of hor ror and titillation they have come to expect, so they can feel better about themselves as being aware while they climb into their Priuss and SUVs to drive into the city for a shopping spree. Wow. If Nicholas Kristof can be so thor oughly gutted in 4,600 words, what should I make of myself? Regardless of his motivations, he was in Generoses mud-soaked shanty in the Congo to hear her story. He told her story to the world. Without Kristof, she would merely have been another faceless victim in a horrific sea of faceless victims around the world. Meanwhile, I rattle off another 1,000 words whining about getting old or some such thing. Thanks to outlets such as Facebook and Twitter, I see the words of people who work hard to make a difference in the world people like Mariella Smith of Ruskin, people from the Redlands Christian Migrant Association and others. I could devote the remaining years of my career to reporting on nothing but them and the issues they deal with. Or I could devote myself to reporting on the little shop of horrors we have here at home with the antics of the odd county commissioner or two and a handful of other elected officials that in and of itself is a never-ending stream of fodder for titillation. But instead, I give you what some people would refer to as fluff. There is no shortage of bad news in the world today. There is no shortage of bad news right here in our own neighborhoods. Just drive by the food pantry on College Avenue in Ruskin at the right time and youll see crowds of people lining up for free food because they are finding themselves unable to buy food for their own table. The economy and our changing political system are important stories particularly when they reach down to the level of our families, friends and neighbors. Over the years, Ive justified my tendency towards good news stories on the basis that the bad news is so readily available that, perhaps, a little fluff is good for our souls. Ive written difficult stories in the past one of the most difficult was talking to a young widow near what should have been her first wedding anniversary after her husband was killed in Iraq. Through her sobs, I barely understood a word she said, but I felt her grief deep inside my soul and what she was saying was crystal clear. Yet there were no words not hers or mine that could successfully convey that to the readers of this newspaper. In another story, I felt my own tears fall down my cheeks as I heard a radio operator call for a deputy that would never answer. He was killed in the line of duty and at his funeral that call was his final one. As tough as those stories were to write, I felt privileged to do so. It was an honor to share their stories with you to give a face to a fleeting headline. But I can tell you that good news, fluff perhaps, is much easier not to write necessarily, but easier on the writer. Nick Kristof illustrates the frustrations of the voiceless and the hor rors of the otherwise faceless each week in 800 words. If he can essentially be accused of writing fluff for his own personal gain, what would a critic make of this column? To be honest, Im not sure I need to know the answer to that. In the end, I do know this: I have no power to change much of anything. It is the readers of this newspaper, upwards of 100,000 of you each week that have the power to affect change. Ive been humbled and amazed to watch you do it in the past, Im certain it will happen again in the future. Should this space be devoted to the horrors and the injustices that are so easily found, often by just driving down the street? Or do we need a break from the seemingly endless stream of bad news in an increasingly angry and messedup world? Maybe, just maybe, its good to talk about us on occasion. I hope thats what I do here. I dont know the answer to that question yet. But I lean towards the latter. As Americans, as Floridians, as residents of South Hillsborough, we are blessed in so many ways. I could be wrong, but I think its OK to talk about us now and again without worrying about fixing the world. P.S.: The column referenced above was actually about a woman named Lisa who walked away from a comfortable life in Portland to help women in the Congo, certainly a relevant and worthy subject. Yes, an argument could be made that Generose did become an object, a mere actor in Lisas story. But from my perspective, that people driving Pruiss and SUVs now know that Generose not only survived but has moved forward illustrates her dignity, rather than de-humanizes her. That said, I dont know Nick Kristofs motives, but I do know that he has little need for my defense.By Mitch Traphagenmitch@observernews.net The fluffy reporter?Nicholas D. Kristof, Columnist, The New York Times, USA is captured during the session Redesign Your Cause of the Annual Meeting 2010 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 30, 2010.PHOT O BY MONIKA FLUECKIGER

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Riverview Memorial VFW Post #81087504 Riverview Dr. (813) 671-9845MEETINGS Mens Auxiliary -First Thursday at 7 p.m. Ladies Auxiliary -Second Tuesday at 7 p.m. Post -Second Thursday at 7:30 p.m. MEALS Wednesday Spaghetti Dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday Fish Fry from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday Breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon CANTEEN HAPPENINGS Bar Bingo Monday at 6:30 p.m. Bar Poker with Lori on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. Fire in the Hole on Saturdays at 1 p.m. X 8 5 5 randonener Air Force Airman Brandon M. Yenger graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. 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For more information, call Joy Robinson, Ruskin Recreation Center at (813) 672-7881.Play 4 on 4 adult ag footballAdults 18 and older can register for a team sport that encourages recreation, and physical activity. The 4 on 4 adult flag football league will kick off from 6 to 9 p.m. every Friday night, Jan. 20 through March 23. Cost is $250 per team which includes officials. There will be awards for 1st and 2nd place teams. Register at the Ruskin Recreation Center, 901 6th Street SE in Ruskin January 3-13. For more information, call Kevin Cletken at Ruskin Recreation Center at (813) 672-7881. Eagles Set Their Weekly ActivitiesThe Ruskin Eagles, FOE, located at 1205 1st St. S.W. has scheduled the following weekly activities. All events and activities of the Eagles Club are supported by the members and members guests. The FOE Aerie meet at 7 p.m. the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month. The Ladies Auxiliary meets at 7 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Thursday. Eagle Riders meet the 2nd Sunday of the month at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 15 -Bar Games at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16 Feather Your Nest Game at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 Dinner at 5 p.m., followed by music by Sister Act at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18 Feather Your Nest Game at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19 Bingo at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20 Come on down and socialize. Wednesday, Dec. 21 Wings and Things at 5 p.m. OH SO GOOD! Bar Games at 6 p.m. For more information, call the club at 645-2922. Ruskin VFW Post #6287Ruskin VFW Post #6287, 5120 U.S. 41 N. has listed the following weekly activities. Meetings are: American Legion on 1st Wednesday each month; VFW and LAVFW on the 2nd Wednesday each month; and MAVFW on the 3rd Thursday each month. Thursday, Dec. 15 Bar Bingo at 6 p.m. Mens Auxiliary Meeting at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16 Fish Fry from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Music by Bump in the Road from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 Toys for Tots from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. pickup. Sunday, Dec. 18 Christmas Breakfast with Santa (under 12 years old) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sign up at post. Adult Christmas Party from 7 to 11 p.m. Music by Sun Coast Band from 5:30 to 11 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19 Darts at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20 Games in Lounge from 1 to 5 p.m. Kitchen opens at 4:30 p.m. Bingo at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21 American Legion Riders Meeting at 7 p.m. Dr. E.E. Dunham, assisted by Alana Napier of Napiers Log Cabin Horse & Animal Sanctuary, gives shots to Yorkie Charly owned by Claudia Gonzalez of Parrish during the Sanctuarys 3rd Annual Homeless Pets Holiday Homefinder held on Dec. 3 at Sarasota Petco. Napiers Log Cabin Horse & Animals Sanctuary, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) Florida corporation dedicated to providing loving adoptive homes to animals in need. It is a 'no-kill' Sanctuary that once an animal is accepted will always have a home. (Adopted animals are always welcomed to return to the Sanctuary at any time for whatever reason). The Sanctuary has NO employees. 100 percent of donations go to caring for the animals at the Sanctuary. For more information and animals available for adoption, visit www. NapierFamilyFarm.com or call (941) 750-8185. Animals find homes Public meeting scheduled tonight for Symmes and East Bay Roads improvementsThe Gardenville Recreation Center will hold a public meeting to discuss proposed improvements to the intersection of Symmes Road and East Bay Road in the Gibsonton area at 6:30 p.m. tonight at 6215 Symmes Rd. The proposed improvements include an interim project, that is funded, to install a new traffic signal with mast arms, ADA-compliant ramps and pedestrian crosswalks. Proposed future improvements, not currently funded for construction, include additional turn lanes, sidewalks, bicycle lanes, and construction of curbs and gutters. County staff will be at the meeting to discuss the details of the project and answer any questions residents may have. Attendance is encouraged; they welcome your input.Kids' Program/ Event Highlights December 15-23*Free event is provided by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library. Go to www. southshorefriends.com or call (813) 634-1396 for more information about the Friends. Teen Night: Game Zone* For middle and high school students. Get in the zone and join your friends for some gaming fun on the Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii with games such as Band Hero, Guitar Hero 5, Smash Brothers Brawl and more! Refreshments provided by Dominos Pizza. Free event funded by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library Library closes at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 19 through Friday, Dec. 23SouthShore Regional Library 15816 Beth Shields Way RuskinFeline Folks will conduct their low cost clinic Operation Feline Fix (OFF) for free-roaming cats will be held on Saturday, Jan. 21 at C.A.R.E, 1528 27th St., Ruskin. The charge is $15 per cat or kitten. Kittens (Must weigh 4 pounds or be 4 months old.) No carriers allowed. 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X 6 POSITIVE TALKvalue what its children value. Children will value what their par ents and teachers value. What lessons are you teaching them? Wisdom: The result of experi ence and knowledge is wisdom. We should encourage our children to get as much knowledge from the classroom as possible, but we should also encourage them to savor the experiences of life to the fullest. X: X marks the spot. Life is a journey and knowing where you are and from where you have come is important. Let X signify the place from which you began, the place you are now, and the place you want to be. Never lose sight of X and you cannot get lost. Youth: Pablo Picasso said, Youth has no age. Certainly there are people of all ages who have a young outlook on life, but we must ensure that our young people have a time to be silly and are encour aged to have fun. Wouldnt be a bad idea for some of us older kids either. Zeal: Zeal is the enthusiastic devotion to a cause, an ideal, or a goal and tireless diligence in its furtherance. It is the fire that burns within us that keeps us warm while we pursue our dreams. Thats itwords I think we should be teaching our children so they will develop an Attitude where a Belief in Commitment is a Duty they take on with Enthusiasm. With a Faith in their God, they will be Healthy people of Integrity who will strive for If you have read the prior two parts on this subject, you will know that I think instead of teach ing children that A is for apple, we should teach them power words that would help them lead a happier, healthier and more productive life. I have suggested Attitude, Belief, Commitment, Duty, Enthusiasm, God, Health, Integrity, Justice, Knowledge, Logic, Manners, Name, Opportunity, Persistence, and Quality. Here are my suggestions for the remainder of the Positive Persons Alphabet: Respect: Give all people respect. It should be a gift to lose, not a privilege earned. Remember that both the janitor and the CEO of a company have the keys to the building. Both can let you in. Sincerity: Say only the things you mean and mean the things you say. Do not make it a habit of giving unearned flattery or criticism. Truth: Truth will be one of the hardest concepts to teach our chil dren because so many of us have problems with it ourselves. We show them by our actions that there are white lies, lies of convenience, lies to keep from hurting someones feelings, and lies to fit almost any situation. Then we turn to them and demand they tell the truth. Unity: A man or woman can do only so much alone, but they can multiply their efforts manyfold by uniting with others of like talents and minds. Values: A civilization will be judged by what it values. It will Positive TalkBy William Hodges Justice in the Knowledge that is the only thing for Logical people with good Manners to do, especially if they wish to preserve their good Names. They will know that the Opportunity is there for those who will Persist in providing Quality while Respecting in a Sincere way the rights of others as a Truth. Our Unity in teaching this and the Values they receive from it will give us all the Wisdom to know X marks the path to the future for all those filled with Youthful Zeal. Hodges is a nationally recognized speaker, trainer and syndicated columnist. He also hosts an interview-format television program, Spotlight on Government, on the Tampa Bay Community Network which airs Mondays at 8 p.m. and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. (Bright House channel 950, Verizon channel 30). The shows can also be viewed at www.hodgesvideos.com. Phone: 813-6410816. 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The following film selections will be included: Show Boat, The Wizard of Oz, West Side Story, The Sound of Music, Theme from the Godfather, The Pink Panther, The Blues Brothers Revue, John Williams: Soundtrack Highlights and Phantom of the Opera. The concert will be in the church sanctuary, and a donation of just $5 is requested at the door. Reservations are not needed. For more information about the EHC Band, call (813) 569-1771, email info@ehcb or visit www.ehcb.org. For more information about concerts and other events at the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, call Jeff or Amanda Jordan at (813) 634-2539 or visit www.sccumc.com. Sun Hill Optical Sun Hill Optical Sun Hill Optical McDonalds Hess Station Hess Station Publix Post Office Dollar General SavALot HWY. 60 Boyette Rd. 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X 10 7 6B 7 10 9 6 Lady tennis players enjoy lunch at Club Renaissance after tennis competition. The Sun City Center ALOT (A League of Our Own Tennis) traveling A Team hosted the Apollo Beach A Team recently. After 5 courts of womens doubles completed play, the Apollo Beach team remained undefeated beating the home team 3-2. Tennis anyone?TECH TALK 7 TRADE-IN SALEOlde Faithful Chairs time has run out!Its now worth $200 towards the purchase of the Worlds Famous Ekornes Stressless Chair of your choice.You can trade in as many chairs as you wish toward an equal number of new Stressless Chairs.You can make everyone a lot more comfortable this holiday season.SAVE an additional $200 per chair with a $50 donation FREE DELIVERY & PICK UPat same time of your old chair FREE FINANCING Floridas Largest Custom Luxury Leather Gallery ELLENTON SARASOTA 941-723-6100 941-926-3500 2015 60th Ave. E 7261 S. Tamiami Trail at the doorsteps of Prime Outlets Just south of Clark RoadM-F 10-7 SAT 10-6 SUN. 12-5 decline when you retire, and add whatever new ones you anticipate. Costs you can scratch off your list include work related expenses like commuting or lunches out, as well as the amount youre socking away for retirement. You may also be able to deduct your mortgage if you expect to have it paid off by retirement, and your kids college expenses. Your income taxes should also be less. On the other hand, some costs will probably go up when you retire, like health care, and depending on your interests you may spend a lot more on travel, golf or other hobbies. And, if youre going to be retired for 20 or 30 years you also need to factor in the occasional big budget items like a new roof, furnace or car. Tally Income Step two is to calculate your retirement income. If you contribute to Social Security, estimate how much your monthly benefit will be at the age you want to retire. You can get a personalized estimate at www.ssa.gov/estimator. If youre married, remember to count your spouses benefits too. In addition to Social Security, if you have a traditional pension plan from an employer, find out from the plan administrator how much you are likely to get when you retire. And, figure in any other income from other sources you expect to have, such as rental properties, part-time work, etc. Calculate the Difference The final step is to do the math. Subtract your annual expenses from your annual income. If your income alone can cover your bills, youre all set. If not, youll need Dear Savvy Senior, Is there an easy way to figure out how much savings a person needs to retire? Im 52 years old about 10 years from when I would like to retire and I want to see where I stand. Planning Ahead Dear Planning, How much money you need to retire comfortably is a great question that all working adults should ask themselves. Unfortunately, far too few ever bother thinking about it. But calculating an approximate number of how much youll need to have saved for retirement is actually pretty easy and doesnt take long to do. Heres a quick, simple three-step approach that can help you find your magic retirement number. Estimate Expenses The first step is the trickiest estimating your future retirement expenses. If you want a quick ballpark estimate, figure around 75 to 85 percent of your current gross income. Thats what most people find they need to maintain their current lifestyle in retirement. If you want a more precise estimate, track your current expenses on a worksheet and deduct any costs you expect to go away or The Savvy SeniorBy Jim Miller How Much Do You Need to Retire? THE SAVVY SENIORto tap your savings, including your 401(k) plans, IRAs, or other investments to make up the difference. So, lets say for example you need around $45,000 a year for retirement and you expect to receive $25,000 a year from Social Security and other income. That leaves a $20,000 shortfall that youll need to pull from your nest egg each year ($45,000 $25,000 = $20,000). Multiply your shortfall by 25, and thats how much youll need to have saved. In the case above, you would multiply $20,000 by 25 and come up with $500,000. Why 25? Because that would allow you to pull 4 percent a year from your savings, which is a safe withdrawal strategy that in most cases will let your money last as long as you do at least 30 years. If you find that your savings are lacking, you might want to go back to your worksheet and cut some costs. Or, you may need to consider part-time work during retirement or postponing retirement so you can boost your savings. Savvy Tip: If you need help figuring out how much youll need to retire, theres a variety of free online calculators that can assist you. Some top tools are offered by Analyze Now (analyzenow.com), T. Rowe Price (www3.troweprice. com/ric/ricweb/public/ric.do) and AARP (aarp.org/work/retirementplanning/retirement_calculator). 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 Senior book. SOUTHSHORE RREGIONAL LLIBRARYWord: Advanced Formatting and Mail Merge Tabs, headers and footers, numbering and inserting page numbers, page borders. Discover an easy way to send your letter to multiple people using Mail Merge. Previous experience with Microsoft Word is recommended. Registration in person required no earlier than one hour prior to the start of the program. Book Discussion: Whats Your Favorite? Read and share a heart-warming story of your choice. Then bring a list of titles you would like to read and discuss in the upcoming year. Get your favorite author or title on the SouthShore Readers book list for year 2012.Library closes at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 19 through Friday, Dec. 23Adult Program/Event Highlights December 15-23 Tampa Oratorio Singers present Carols of the SeasonThe Tampa Bay community is invited to join The Tampa Oratorio Singers in celebrating this holiday season with two festive concerts of favorite yuletide carols and cherished Christmas classics which are sure to warm the heart and bring back fond memories of Christmases past. The Tampa Oratorio Singers, together with the Chancel Choir of Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church, will also present the Christmas portion of Handels Messiah on at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16; and at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18. Both concerts will be performed at Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church located at 3501 West San Jose in Tampa. The public is invited to attend. A free will offering will be collected. The Tampa Oratorio Singers (TOS) is a 60+ member choir comprised of local artists who represent various professional interests and backgrounds in classical music. The Tampa Oratorio Singers enjoys a unique history as the oldest classical chorale and is the choir in residence with the University of Tampa. Nancy Callahan enjoys her ninth season as Director of Music and Jack Rain is principal accompanist. TOS is a volunteer-driven 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All concerts are made possible thanks to the local grants and contributions from private donors. For ticket information and directions, visit www.tos tampa.org, or contact by e-mail at oratorioinfo@aol. com, or call (813) 247-3866. EXTENDED THRU 12/22/11 *Valid on Glide-Out purchase with coupon. Limit one per household. Cannot be combined.Give the Gift of Glide-Outs!

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Gas is at an all-time high, and those in the kayaks are not using gas. They have an advantage over the boats, as they can go into narrow channels where the boats dont have space to go into to fish. Those in kayaks have no engine, their power is their own muscles. Anglers are really getting exercise while fishing. At one time in Ruskin, our transportation was mules and horses on Indian trails, instead of roads. We traveled the waterways in boats hollowed from logs. It was not until the 1900s that engines for boats such as the Globe engine came to Ruskin. Before that poles or sails were used. Rob and Henry Selner owned a boat which they named Arrow, a slender craft powered by a 16 HP engine. Today I see outboard boats with 2 engines, each 250 HP. There are those who enjoy not only fishing, but wildlife observation. Those in kayaks paddle along viewing the birds and sights along our estuaries, where fresh water from the river meets and mixes with salt water from the sea. Tides are the mixer which blends the salt water with the fresh water. More than 70 percent of Floridas marine fish and shellfish spend a portion of their life cycles in an estuary because of the seagrass and marshes that border the estuaries, surrounding marshes, and the mangroves, making this one of natures largest nurseries, where oysters, mullet, flounder, seatrout, shrimp, redfish and even tarpon, have grown up. Dropping in for a visit would be dolphins and even manatees. Birds such as eagles, egrets, herons and ospreys stop by for food. Our freshwater fishing is the best in the world. Pan fishing in Florida exists all twelve months of the year and anglers here do not have to wait for the water to reach a certain temperature in the spring to go fishing. Water from both local rivers, the Little Manatee and the Alafia have freshwater fishing in the upper flow of both. Record catches of largemouth bass take place plus the best tasting freshwater catfish in the world is caught in our upper rivers. Worms for bait seems the most popular for fresh water. They do have them at the bait shops if you do not want to dig for them yourself. You can use fresh shrimp also for bait. Artificial bait such as a Fish TalesBy Jonie Maschek plastic worm and dead flies and bugs also have been used. I have seen permit catches this week. Tripletail catches came in with some flounder. Sheepshead is always a weekly catch for many. They are caught from piers as well as boats. Redfish has been a great catch this week. About every boat I saw this week had their one per person redfish. I urge you to go fishing. You might sit on your dock fishing in your socks, ride your bike to a l ocal fishing spot, drop a line and give that a shot. Whatever you do, good fishing, and good luck to you. Aleta Jonie Maschek is a member of Florida Outdoor Press.Beta Sigma Phi to hold holiday meeting tonightThe Dec. 15 meeting of Beta Sigma Phi will be held at the home of Judy Schings at 7 p.m. A gift exchange between Secret Sisters will be held. A poem about Sisters and Christmas will be read. For more information call (813) 634-9774.Hillsborough County Sheriffs office accepting donationsOnce again, District IV Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office is collecting donations for needy children in the SouthShore area. This effort is organized every year by Community Service Officer Donna Budd. Budd has said that the need this year is particularly great. While donations are needed for children of all ages, there is a particular shortage of items for use by teenagers and older children. Donations can be dropped off at the District IV office located at 508 33rd S. SE, Ruskin. The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay announced the awarding of $30,000 from its Community Impact Fund to four local food providers. The grants of $7,500 each are specifically intended to provide food for the needy during this holiday season. This is the second consecutive year such funding has been provided by the Foundation. Recipients of these grants are Feeding America Tampa Bay, Meals on Wheels of Tampa, Metropolitan Ministries, and Trinity Caf. Together, these four agencies feed thousands of meals to the needy during this holiday season while working within tight budgetary restrictions. Trinity Caf Program Director Cindy Davis appreciates the additional funding to provide not only more meals, but a holiday dinner as well. Food costs have gone up quite a bit, she explains. Chef Alfred wasnt sure how special he would be able to make the meals. This is a Godsend we are most grateful! He will use it wisely and put out a special holiday meal at the same time! Thank you so very much! It is our Foundation donors who make these grants possible by giving unrestricted dollars to the Community Impact Fund, said Community Foundation President and CEO David Fischer. We are very grateful to them for continuing this cycle of philanthropy during such a trying economic period.Four local food providers receive award of $30,000

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Every Wednesday Best Spaghetti in Town $7, All You Can Eat, for all Elks and their guests. Music by Bryan from 5 to 8 p.m. Every Friday Seafood and Sandwiches for all Elks and their guests from 5 to 7 p.m. Karaoke by Bryan from 5 to 8 p.m.. Saturday, January 14 Elvis is coming to the Lodge for all Elks and their guests, $8, Menu: Baked potato with all the trimmings and salad, This event is a must. Feb. 12 to Feb. 19, 2012 Join S. Hillsborough Elks Lodge Valentines Western Caribbean Fund Raiser Cruise, 7 days only $643. The South Hillsborough Elks Lodge is located at 1630 U.S. Hwy. 41 S., Ruskin, FL 33570, and has a clean, smoke free environment. For more information, call (813) 645-2089.After months of traveling the state and listening to teachers, parents, students, small business owners and families, Governor Scott recently unveiled a budget that reflects the issues and solutions most important to Floridians funding education and helping Floridians create jobs. The dollars in this budget belong to all Floridians, and I have listened to the things they believe are important to spend these dollars on, said Governor Scott. I have heard loud and clear that Floridians want their money spent on education and jobs, without additional burdens on families and businesses, and this budget accomplishes that. Highlights of the $66.4 billion proposed budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012-2013 include: K-12 funding. million in FY 2013-14. Florida Retirement System pension fund. 4.6 percent, close to FY 2005-06 levels. ment methodologies to control soaring costs. year low crime rates. This budget year, Florida faced significant education funding challenges. Florida gained 30,000 more students that require almost $200 million more in state funding. Florida also faces a $400 million to declining property values, and one-time state education funding. Despite these challenges, the budget Governor Scott is submitting to the Legislature will include: K-12 funding. $6,372, including 30,000+ addition children in the public school system and less local funding due to declining property values. K-12 funding in Florida history at $9.5 billion. Let me be clear about this education budget, said Governor Scott. I will not sign any budget into law that doesnt contain more state dollars for education than we have this year. I am abso lutely committed to acting on what I have heard and prioritizing education funding in this budget. Small Business Tax Reform reform measures give Florida businesses the competitive advantage needed to create the jobs, including: $25,000 to $50,000, eliminating cent of those who pay it and reducless than $50,000 of TPP, provid$22 million, if approved by the voters. tion for manufacturing by lowering es must increase output from 10 to five percent, because Governor Scott is committed to making sure manufacturing can grow. Pension Reform ly $300 million into the Florida Retirement System pension fund: fully fund the normal cost, plus an additional $120 million toward the unfunded actuarial liability. Floridas pension fund in order to protect our ability to fund impor tant priorities like education and jobs, said Governor Scott. The pension as it is now is a major liability for the state that will threaten other priorities if we do not talk honestly about its status with state employees. Controlling Rising Medicaid Costs The Governors budget finds significant savings from improving hospital providers are reimbursed for inpatient and outpatient services and other efficiencies for hospital stays and emergency room visits. To create a more fair reimbursement methodology, the Governors budget proposes paying similar rates for the same procedures in similar hospitals by creating a flat rate for hospital groups using averaged cost data. must find a way to control the cost. If we do nothing, this program will bankrupt our state, Governor Governor Scott releases 2012-13 budget highlights Scott stated. Criminal Justice Reform ment to criminal justice reforms, the states prison population is encing a 40-year low crime rate. Floridians deserve to see some efficiencies as a result. Florida has the opportunity now to find efficiencies in the prison system so that more of the dollars going to prisons can be spent on education and igniting job growth. Heading in the Right Direction Florida is heading in the right direction. Florida has gained 106,900 net new jobs since January private sector. In addition, Floridas unemployment rate is at its lowest Under Governor Scotts leadership, and shaped by input he received from educators, families and business owners, Florida is doing the right things to keep the cost of living low, get the state back to work, and create a world-class education system that prepares students for a job. I would like to thank all of the Floridians small business owners, job creators, parents, teachers and students that took the time to talk with me over the past few months. It has been an important and meaningful dialogue and I hope they will continue to let me know what they think, Governor Scott said. To view the Governors full budget proposal, visit http://letsgettowork.state.fl.us/.

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X 10 Meet Santa and grant a wishSanta sees everything, and shelter pets are always on his nice list. Hillsborough County Animal Services is proud to host Santa Claus dur ing the departments annual donation drive to benefit needy paws. Kids of all ages are invited to meet Santa for the Wishes Fill Dishes event from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 17 at Hillsborough County Animal Services, 440 N. Falkenburg Road, Tampa. Animal lovers are asked to help fill dishes by bringing pet food or other items for the Animal Angel Giving Tree, and the shelters wish list online at www. hillsboroughcounty.org/animal services/. During the free holiday event, Santa will hear childrens wishes, award goodies, and pose for keepsake photos with visitors and shelter pets. Proceeds from the suggested photo donation will benefit the departments medical fund for sick/injured animals rescued from cruelty. Photos with Santa will be free to anyone adopting a pet during the event. The Wishes Fill Dishes event also will encourage responsible pet ownership. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to help prospective pet adopters make informed choices that place animals in forever homes for the holidays -and beyond. Hillsborough County Animal Services has hundreds of adorable dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens waiting for their second chance. County adoptable animals are also a great value -they come complete with spay/neuter surgery, microchipping, vaccinations, and Hillsborough County pet registration tags. For more information on pet adoption, animal welfare, the Animal Angel Giving Tree, or Santas Wishes Fill Dishes holiday event, call Hillsborough County Animal Services at (813) 744-5660 or log on www. hillsboroughcounty.org/animalservices/. Dear Editor: In November 1996, my grown children were in elementary school. Technology, such as the iPhone or Blackberry, was years away. Few people had an email account, faxes were used regularly in business, GPS served primarily the military, Google and Facebook didnt exist and the company that became MapQuest was just beginning to write the code required to publish maps on the Internet. That same year, Hillsborough County awarded contracts to three solid waste haulers, providing exclusive rights to both residential and commercial services; an effective monopoly granted by Hillsborough County to three private companies. Since the original agreement was signed, more than fifteen years ago, our contractors have gener ally met the requirements of their agreement. While my office still fields occasional complaints, from missed trash to damaged receptacles, both County staff and franchise employees respond quickly and attempt to remedy all complaints registered in our office. The County Commission has extended the contract once and approved rate increases four times. The contract extension and rate increases were approved without an open, competitive bid. The County staff prides itself on having negotiated competitively low rates for the residents of Hillsborough County. However, these low rates mask the lack of routine services provided in other communities in the Tampa Bay area. Sowe get low rates but in return, we get fewer serv ices and benefits than our neighbors in surrounding communities. Some argue the existing system is working well and say we should negotiate and extend the agreement with the current providers. But, the real question is, without an open and competitive bid process, how can we be sure we are getting the best deal for county residents and taxpayers? Al Higginbotham, Hillsborough County Commissioner LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The Ruskin Moose Lodge # 813 is located at www.lodge813.moosepages.org WEEKLY EVENTS Every Wednesday 5-7 p.m. Best Spaghetti in Ruskin Every Thursday 5-7 p.m. Wings Every Friday 5-7 p.m. Fish Fry (baked, beer batter or fried) 7-11 p.m. Live Music Every Saturday 11 a.m. Turkey Shoot 2 p.m. Horseshoes 7-11 p.m. Karaoke with Kim UPCOMING EVENTS Friday, Dec. 16 7-11 p.m. Double Barrell Saturday, Dec. 17 5-11 p.m. Christmas Dinner and Show Friday, Dec. 23 7-11 p.m. Caribbean Cowboys Saturday, Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Vigil with Kim Mullins Friday, Dec. 30 7-11 p.m. Rolling River Band Saturday, Dec. 31 New Year Eve Dinner and Dance with Rolling River Band All events are open to qualifie d Moose members and guests. RUSKIN Moose Lodge #813 UPCOMING EVENTS Register for Youth Court Hockey Calling all boys and girls ages 7-11. Sign up for a team sport that encourages self-esteem, recreation, and physical activity. The Youth Court Hockey League will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 7 through March 9. Cost is $50 per child and $25 per child for children registered in the Countys Youth Afternoon Recre ation Program, or the REC2SIX Program. Each child will receive a shirt and trophy. Register at the Ruskin Recreation Center, 901 6th Street SE in Ruskin on Tuesday, Jan. 24. For more information, call Joy Robinson, Ruskin Recreation Center, at (813) 672-7881. Youve seen them in your neighborhood, colonies of stray cats sur viving on garbage, seeking shelter under cars and bushes, and running scared from anyone who approaches. Some are emaciated, ill or injured and their numbers keep increasing. These community cats, some who were born in the wild and some who have been abandoned and reverted to a wild state, fight a daily battle to survive and those that are captured and brought to animal control facilities are euthanized. In Hillsborough County, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay (HSTB) has saved countless lives through their Trap/Neuter and Return (TNR) program. Now, through a generous grant of $20,000 from the Community Foundation of Greater Sun City Center, TNR is coming to Sun City Center. The grant will allow HSTB to provide free sterilization of 500 feral cats in zip codes 33598, 33573, 33572 and 33570. TNR is the only proven method of humanely managing feral and stray cats while at the same time reducing their numbers. With TNR, cats are trapped, sterilized, vaccinated, ear-tipped (the international symbol for sterilization) and returned to their colony where a caretaker provides them with food and water and monitors their health. Because fixed cats no longer reproduce, the number of cats in the colony will gradually diminish through natural attrition. More information about the TNR program at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay and information about how to coordinate services for feral cats can be found at humanesocietytampa. org or by calling (813) 625-0910.Free spay or neuter feral cats for certain South Shore zip codesConsumers across the country are complaining about an email they received from what appeared to be Amazon.com. BBB Louisville employees also received the email. The email claims the recipient ordered a Fat Loss Monitor for the bargain price of $159.95 (prices vary). The email gives a shipping confirmation number, and contains hyperlinks to a website not associated with Amazon.com. Do NOT click on any hyperlinks and immediately delete this email. If you did click any links, do a virus scan immediately. See below for an example of this scam: Hello, Shipping Confirmation Order # 856-3500783-0908821 Your estimated delivery date is: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 Track your package. Thank you for shopping with us. We thought youd like to know that we shipped this portion of your order separately to give you quicker service. You wont be charged any extra shipping fees, and the remainder of your order will follow as soon as those items become available. If you need to return an item from this shipment or manage other orders, please visit Your Orders on Amazon.com. Shipment Details Omron LFC-432I Fat Loss Monitor, Black $159.95 Item Subtotal: $159.95 Shipping & Handling: $0.00 Total Before Tax: $159.95 Shipment Total: $159.95 Paid by Visa: $159.95 You have only been charged for the items sent in this shipment. Per our policy, you only pay for items when we ship them to you. Returns are easy. Visit our If you need further assistance with your order, please visit Customer Service. We hope to see you again soon! Amazon.com Genuine Amazon.com websites are hosted by the amazon.com domain. If an email contains a link, hover your mouse over the link to see if it goes to the genuine Amazon.com page. According to Amazon, their pages begin with http://www.amazon.com/ (or https://www.amazon. com/). They never use a web address such as http://security-amazon. com/ or an IP address (string of numbers) followed by directories such as http://123.456.789.123/amazon.com/. How to handle a suspicious Email: If you see the e-mail has an attachment, dont open it. Dont click any links or reply to the e-mail. If you have, change your account information immediately. If you believe you went to a fake website via a suspicious email, and you entered your credit card number, you should take steps to protect your information. You may wish to contact your credit card company to let them know what happened. Beware of emails that have a lot of grammatical errors or misspellings. If you receive an unsolicited email, never give: Your social security number or tax identification number. Your credit card number, PIN number, or credit card security code. Your mothers maiden name. The password to your account. If you receive an e-mail that says its from Amazon but has an attach ment, forward it to stop-spoofing@amazon.com (as an attachment if possible) without opening it. Visit www.bbb.org for more information. To contact BBB serving West Florida about this release, call (727) 535-5609 ext. 3317 or jzajac@ bbbwestflorida.org.Better Business Bureau issues warning for suspicious emails(NAPS)Many families are digging deeper to invest in what they value most: a college degree. A number of them are taking practical steps to reduce costs associated with college, and more than two-thirds of parents and students strongly agree that a college degree is more important now than ever. To make the investment possible, families often count on student loans. Those are just some of the key findings of a recent survey conducted by the nations No. 1 financial services company specializing in educationSallie Mae. To help families successfully repay their student loans, it offers the following tips: Remember, every dollar you dont borrow is a dollarplus interest you dont need to repay. Choose a loan that encourages you to make in-school payments to help minimize interest expense. For example, Sallie Mae offers three in-school payment options for college students: interest-only each month, simple $25 payments, or no-minimum-monthlypayment deferred option. Learn more at www.salliemae.com/choosesmart. Add $20, $50 or $100 to every monthly payment that you can while in school and after graduation. When you receive a financial gift, put what you can toward your loan. If you get a raise, increase your monthly payments. dent or a young professional, keep track of your spending and saving. Youll be more motivated to control the money coming in and going out. appropriately. You may be able to postpone your payments for a short period of time if youre facing financial challenges, but only do so as a last resort since it can wind up costing you more. As soon as you can, catch up. taxes if you can. At tax time, check whether you qualify to deduct interest paid on your student loans. Depending on your income, you may be eligible for a tax benefit on student loan interest even if you dont itemize other deductions. have found it pays to join Sallie Maes Upromise rewards program. By participating in the program, they can earn extra money toward paying off their loan. Learn more at www.upromise. com.Tips on managing your student loans Competitive bidding is a good thing

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The season will reopen in Atlantic state and federal waters Feb. 1, 2012. Snook season remains closed in Gulf of Mexico state and federal waters through Aug. 31, 2012, a decision made by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) after prolonged cold weather during the 2009-10 winter that affected snook numbers. The extended Gulf harvest closure will help protect snook populations this winter, when they are most vulnerable to cold weather, and give snook added protection during next spring and summers spawning months. Anglers may still catch and release snook during the harvest closure, and the FWC encourages everyone to handle and release these fish carefully to help ensure their survival upon release. Snook regulations apply to snook harvested in both state and federal waters off Florida, and no person shall possess any snook caught during snook closed seasons. For more information regarding the management of snook in Florida, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on Saltwater Fishing, Recreational Regulations and Snook.SCC Womens Chorus seeks new membersSpring concert rehearsals for the Womens Chorus are from 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 5 at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 Del Webb W., SCC. If joining the Womens Chorus is on your to do list for the new year, be sure to circle the date on your calendar. It is not necessary to reside in Sun City Center or Kings Point. Women from surrounding communities are always welcome. Arrive a few minutes early to meet the ladies, pick up your music, find a seat, make new friends and get ready to make beautiful music. For more information, call Betty at (813) 633-3862 or Mim at (813) 634-1148. TBARTA Invites public to share viewsThe Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) has created a virtual gathering place for people to share their views on regional transportation issues, traffic conditions and commuting in the Tampa Bay area. The Transportation Lounge website (www.transportationlounge.com) allows registered users to post comments, ask questions, respond to others posts and link information to their Facebook and Twitter accounts. The site has a video library of transportation-related videos, a map of current traffic conditions, TBARTA Facebook and Twitter feeds, as well as other transportation-related social media postings. Users, as well as other transportation agencies, may also post articles or photos related to transportation and links to other transportation-related sites, events and meetings. Our goal is to stimulate discussion and ideas related to the transportation issues facing our region, said TBARTA Executive Director Bob Clifford. More and more people are turning to the web and social media to share their views and opinions. We want to use every form of media to engage the public and continue the conversation on regional transportation. The Transportation Lounge was created three years ago as a way to inform the public about important transportation issues and create a forum for discussion of transportation problems and potential solutions. The site has recently been updated and improved with new content and functionality. Enjoy the beauty and history at Floridas State Parks this winter. Its the perfect time of year for outdoor events. Visit www. floridastateparks.org for more information on these and many other parks, including schedules, photos, and directions.Christmas on the Florida Frontier Dade Battlefield Historic State Park Step back in time to a simpler time of celebrating Christmas on the Florida frontier. Join the staff to make and play with homemade toys, create corn husk dolls, dip candles, listen to old-time music, sing carols, decorate a Christmas tree, make Christmas crafts, and participate in an oldfashioned taffy pull. Participants will get to sample taffy and other frontier holiday treats. Event Upcoming events at local Florida State Parks takes place in lodge building and in area around gazebo. Entry fee into park, $3 per car load up to 8 people or park pass. For more information call the park at: (352) 793-4781. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park is located at 7200 C.R. 603, Bushnell, Florida 33513, off I-75 and state Road 48, west of Highway 301.Caladesi Cookbook: Recipes of a Florida Lifetime book signing Visit the Rotary Centennial Nature Center at Honeymoon Island State Park for a special preview release of Caladesi Cookbook, Recipes of a Florida Lifetime compiled by Terry Fortner and Suzanne Thorp, granddaughters of Myrtle Scharrer Betz. These recipes are those of Myrtle, who lived 40 years of her life on Caladesi. The recipes reflect the life and times of the homestead years as well as what was served on Honeymoon Island when Myrtle cooked for Dade Battlefield Historic State Parkthe honeymooners. Proceeds from this special preview edition will directly benefit Caladesi Island State Park. One hundred numbered copies will be available for sale and co-author Terry Fortner will be present to sign them personally. This will be a paperback preview edition, only available from Friends of the Island Parks. Refreshments will include samples of cookbook recipes made by FIP volunteers. The book covers the period of 1895-1992 by Myrtle Scharrer Betz, compiled by her granddaughters Terry Fortner and Suzanne Thorp and is priced at $20. Only 100 books will be available. Entrance to Honeymoon Island State Park is $8 per vehicle, up to 8 people per carload. Contact: Tim Marshall 727-738-2903 or www.islandparks.org for more information. Honeymoon Island State Park is located at the extreme west end of S.R. 586 at #1 Causeway Boulevard, Dunedin, Florida 34698.Music in the Park/ Winter Series Join us for an evening outdoor concert in the parks picnic area. Picnic baskets/coolers are welcome. Bring lawn chairs or blankets, flashlight and bug spray. All ticket proceeds benefit park improvements via the Friends of Highlands Hammock. Concert admission is just $5 per person (accompanied children 12 & under admitted free of charge.) Park entrance fee of $6 per car is waived after 6:00 p.m. on concert nights. Call (863) 386-6094 for more information or visit www. floridastateparks.org. Highlands Hammock State Park is located off US 27 at 5931 Hammock Road (S.R. 634), Sebring, Florida 33872 A boardwalk through the swamp at Highlands Hammock State Park.

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For more information, visit www.diynetwork.comMITCH T TRAPHAGEN PPHOTO Statistical models inspired from Facebook could help endangered animals, UF researchers sayRobert Fletcher, a UF wildlife ecology and conservation assistant professor, co-authored a study in the journal of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that showed social network models can predict the movement of animals from one location to another. This movement is essential to their survival and can help conservationists better prioritize habitat restoration efforts. UF/IIFA AS PPHOTO BY T TYLER JONEsS GAINESVILLE Some endangered animals may live in smaller habitats than scientists realize, leading to inflated estimates of their ability to survive, according to a new University of Florida study. However, by predicting the animals habitat movement using models employed to analyze human interactions on social networks such as Facebook, scientists with UFs Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences find the animals predicament could be better understood. Conservationists can use this improved approach to better prioritize habitat restoration efforts for endangered species, said author Robert Fletcher, a UF wildlife ecology and conservation assistant professor. The study appeared Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Models are often used to predict the movements of animals when data are difficult to collect due to resource and time constraints faced by researchers. The ability to move to different habitat locations, known as connectivity, is important to the long-term survival of a species, because different locations provide additional resources, shelter and mating opportunities. The study showed that social network models can predict connectivity better than currently used models, which overestimated animal movement. These over predictions are problematic because we might falsely think that populations are viable when they may not be, Fletcher said. In the study, researchers compared records of actual movements by the cactus bug and the Everglades snail kite to movement predicted by models. One social network model in particular, known as sender-receiver, was remarkably accurate in predicting both animals movements, despite that one animal was a bird that could potentially travel more than 100 miles and the other was an insect that only moves in a range of several feet. Social network models have been used to try to predict relationships among people in social media as well as in disciplines, such as ecology, where they can help researchers understand which species may interact with each other. This was the first time social network models have been applied to understand connectivity in conservation biology, Fletcher said. Social network models can also be used to help manage pests, he said. One example is predicting where invasive species will move. Study authors included doctoral students Miguel Acevedo and Brian Reichert, masters student Kyle Pias and wildlife ecology and conservation courtesy professor Wiley Kitchens.

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We Do Onsite Flu Screenings BRANDON 107 Robertson St. 651-4100 APOLLO BEACH 6015 Rex Hall Lane 641-0068 s\000#UTS\000s\000,ACERATIONS\000s\000&RACTURES\000s\000\ s\000PORTS\000\006\000%MPLOYMENT\000\000HYSICALS\000 s\000/N\015THE\015*OB\000!CCIDENTS\000s\000\000EDIATRIC\000\ Emergency Room Physician Available No Long Waits in the ER Worker’s Compensation & Employee Services Open 7 Days 9am-9pm Flu Shots $25 gift card to the anonymous person who makes sure our newspaper is at the end of our driveway. We take cookies to a neighbor who can’t get out. We pick the name of a child off the Angel Tree and make sure they have gifts under the tree on Christmas morning. The other line that is overly used but is also true is “I wish this outpouring of giving lasted all year long and didn’t die off after the holidays.” It’s easy to continue it. For 2012, find an organization you believe in and give them just four hours a month of your time. Give that child on the Angel Tree one small item every month. It doesn’t take much. A t-shirt, a coupon to McDonalds, school supplies. Mark it on your calendar and make sure you do SOMETHING for SOMEONE every month. When you add this to your Attitude of Gratitude, your 2012 will be the most amazing year of your life. It even beats a margarita in the Keys! TECH TALK By: Dana Dittmar, Executive Director SCC Chamber News You, Me, and Business While I was island hopping in the Keys over Thanksgiving, eating crab and washing it down with the coldest beer I could find, Office Manager Kristy was serving turkey and dressing to the needy at her church. And while I was thankful for the balmy ocean breezes and all the tiki bars from Marathon to Key West, I know in my heart of hearts Kristy had the better holiday. I had a great time, but she had the experience of giving of herself, which is always more rewarding. The line “it’s better to give than to receive” has been repeated so often, it has become almost meaningless. But it is so true. Last week, we held an appreciation reception for our Chamber volunteers. These are the wonderful people who give of their time to help us update our website, keep our scrapbook, answer phones and help visitors who come through the door. They take our event photos, set up the tables for our luncheons, sell raffle tickets and then stay to clean up. They get up early to help at our golf tournament and put out-ofseason decorations up in our attic. They send faxes and make copies. And they are there every week without expecting one wrinkled dollar in return. So last week we threw them a party, with lots of food and libations and a little something extra. Several local businesses came together to donate gift cards, poinsettias, bags of pecans, table top water fountains, tree ornaments and more to make sure our volunteers know just how much we truly appreciate them. And you know what? It felt so good to GIVE back to these wonderful people. More than one business actually thanked me for giving them the opportunity to donate something. This time of year we think more about giving than we do any other time. Between Thanksgiving and the New Year, we turn our thoughts to those who are less fortunate and those who do so much for us behind the scenes. We send a check or a You, Me & Business By Dana Dittmar Benefit for local charity The 108 North Production Company, has teamed with Centro Asturiano, an Ybor City landmark, to bring first class Broadway and Off-Broadway Classic plays and musicals to their grand historic theatre. The 108 North Production Company opens a 10-day run on Wednesday, Jan. 11 with the Jukebox classic “Leader of the Pack, the Ellie Grenwich Story.” A portion of the proceeds from all 10 performances will go to benefit The Mary & Martha House in Ruskin, a shelter for women and children in crisis. The agency provides emergency shelter and transitional housing and support services to abused and homeless women and children so that they will gain employment and successfully transition to permanent housing. Show dates and times are: Jan. 11, 12, 13 at 8 p.m.; Jan. 15 at 3 p.m.; Jan. 18 and 19 at 8 p.m.; Jan. 22 at 3 p.m.; and Jan. 25, 26 and 27 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 for the show only and on select nights Dinner/Show packages are offered at $40. Directed and choreographed by local performance artist Aaron Washington and featuring local favorites Belinda Womack as Darlene Love; Melanie Marie Bierweiler as Ellie Greenwich; and James Faurote as Jeff Barry. Solos by Melissa Doell, Susie Rayburn, Bonnie Smith, Karli Gunderson and Rebekah Torres. For more information or to order tickets, go to www.108norththeatre. com or call Ted Simon at (813) 431-4183.

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DECEMBER 15, 2011 19 Trusted by Physicians & Patients Alike CLARKE AUTOMOTIVE CLARKE AUTOMOTIVEOPEN ALL DAY SATURDAY Everything we do keeps your car in warranty Includes: Visual Inspection of tires, belts & hoses, horn/lights, brakes, shocks/struts, exhaust, wipers, suspension, air and breather filter. Most cars/light trucks. Disassembly to perfect inspection may result in additional charges. Present coupon to receive savings. No other discounts apply. Additional charges for shop supplies may be added. See store for details. Exp. 1/19/12MAINTENANCE INSPECTIONFREEValue$3995 AAA DiscountOBNCALL FOR LOWEST PRICES ON TIRES131 Central Ave., Brandon813.685.2939 FREE Shuttle to FishHawk & Sun City Center TIRES DEALER ALTERNATIVEAAA Autorized Service Center OIL CHANGE & LUBRICATION$1095OBN motor oil. Purolator oil filter. Most cars and light trucks. Please call for appointment. Valid only with coupon. Not valid with any other coupons or specials. Coupon expires 12/29/11 10% DISCOUNT on service or repair.EXCLUDES TIRES & SALES SPECIALS Honor All Competitors Coupons in financing the project. The prospective capital program projects two new buildings and establishment of a caf on the communitys northside Central Campus, funded in part by an anticipated low-interest bank loan for $2.4 million. The CA board has calculated the loan can be repaid over a 10-year period through fees accruing each time a SCC home is sold to a new resident. The so-called transfer fee currently is $1,200 per dwelling and could be increased to $1,500 on each purchased home when a vote on the matter is registered during CA election results%  Al Alderman Howie GriffinJane Keegana CA membership meeting scheduled Thursday morning (December 15). Historically, approximately 150 to 275 houses are resold in the community each year, the majority of them to newly incoming buyers. Also in the fiscal matters vein, voting CA members last week approved an annual dues increase to $263 per member, up from $256 each year. The increase to $526 per couple was approved by a margin of more than two to one, Barnes said. The new rate becomes effective January 1, 2012. Copyright 2011 Melody JamesonRiverview Moose Family Center 2158/Chapter 1031 Wednesday Chefs Choice Dinners from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Cover-Your-Moose Bar Games at 7 p.m. Thursday Tacos/Burgers from 5 to 7 p.m. Draw Darts at 7:30 p.m. Friday Steak/Fish Dinners 5 to 7:30 p.m. Karaoke 7:30 p.m. Saturday Various Lodge Events Watch the Calendar Sunday Beer Specials Wings 6 @ $3 from 3 to 6 p.m. Bar Games from 3 to 6 p.m. Free Pool December 17 Riverview Fire / Police Appreciation DinnerStarts 5:30 Presentation at 7 p.m.Entertainment to begin at 7:30 December 19 Annual Holiday Hayride & Caroling Chili from 5 6:30 p.m. Hayride leaves at 7 p.m. December 31 New Years Eve Party Dinner and Entertainment The Fun begins at 5:30 pm Starting Jan. 27 thru Mar. 3 Moose Idol Details to be posted Monthly November 2 & 3 2012 Cozy Get-Away Weekend for 2 Bilmar Resort @ Treasure Island includes $100 gift card raffle tickets are $5 each. drawing held Apr. 6, 2012 @ 7 p.m.Upcoming Events Weekly EventsAll events are open to qualified Moose Members and guests. 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.Belle Belle is an adorable gray tiger kitten that is just waiting to be brought to a forever home. She is very playful and she loves to chase the string around the floor in the cat condo. What fun. Come in and see this little racer and give her a loving forever home. Belle has been spayed and brought upto-date on her shots as well as micro chipped. Micro-chip # 067602-302. DOB: 06/23/2011 SkittlesSkittles is a fantastic cattle dog mix. He was relinquished by his owner of 5 years due to no fault of his own. Skittles is a very well rounded dog. He seems to love every human and dog he meets. You get the best of both worlds with Skittles too. He is at an age where he is settled but also healthy and energetic enough to still have fun. He is the type of dog that can walk right into your home without much fuss. He is anxious to start the next phase of his life. We are certain that he will be a loyal and loving companion to some lucky person. Skittles is housebroken, neutered, current on his shots, and microchipped.

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20 DECEMBER 15, 2011 Christmas Eve Service 6:30 p.m.Featuring a Childrens Christmas PageantSunday Service: 10:15 a.m. We meet at Kids-R-Kids 13151 Kings Lake Drive Gibsonton, FL 33534 (813) 767-6994 www.ChristCommunityFL.com South Hillsborough Church of Christ Welcome to the:SERVICES:Sunday........................9:30 & 10:30 a.m.; 6:00 p.m. Wednesday................7:00 p.m.EVERETT TATE, MINISTER NON-INSTRUMENTAL CALVARY LUTHERAN CHURCHSunday Worship: Blended 8:00 a.m. Contemporary 9:40 a.m. Traditional 11:15 a.m.Nursery Provided Pastor Jack R. Palzer www.calvarylutheranchurch.net 645-1305 Rance Goad, Pastor (Southern Baptist)1511 El Rancho Dr. Sun City Center, FL 33573Phone/Fax:813-633-5950 WEEKLY SERVICES: Sunday9 a.m.......................Bible Study 11 a.m.....................Bible Study 10 a.m. & 6 p.m............WorshipWednesday6 p.m....Prayer Meeting/Bible Study Southside Baptist ChurchA Warm, Loving & Friendly ChurchLooking 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.Getting to Know You (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.Come join us to learn about Gods Word and salvation in Jesus Christ Ruskin United Methodist Church First Street & 4th Ave. NW, Ruskin (behind Suntrust Bank)ALL ARE WELCOME TO COME AND WORSHIP WITH US:SUNDAY MORNINGS:Rev. Richard NusselPhone: 645-1241Nov. April..................8:30 a.m. and All Year...............10:45 a.m. Sunday School............9:30 a.m.Day Care Available Mon. Fri. 6 a.m. 6 p.m. call 645-6198 REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH ELCA Rev. Dr. Peter Stiller, PastorTelephone: Website: sccredeemer.org Worship Services on Sunday 9:30 & 11:15 a.m. Area Places of Worship Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of SCCMeets in the Henry Gibson Social Hall of the Beth Israel If there is no struggle, there is no progress Dorothea Dix Ruskin Foursquare ChurchBuilding Community Thru Gods Love 106 7th Ave. N.W. Ruskin, FL 33570 N. Blanton (813) 309-3558Pastor Norman & Sherril Blanton 10 a.m. Sunday School 11 a.m. Worship Service 7 p.m. Wed. Bible Study Fun Brigade Christmas Carolers spread Christmas cheerThe United Community Church, 1501 La Jolla Ave, Sun City Center Fun Brigade organized the annual Christmas caroling event. The carol ers visited nursing homes, rehabilitation centers and folks confined to their homes in Sun City Center. They received many grateful smiles and applause for singing favorite Christmas songs. One special stop was at Plaza West, where one of the United Community churchs members, Hazel Martin, is rehabilitating after back surgery. Everyone wishes Hazel a speedy recovery. After the carolers returned to the church they had a great chili supper made by some of the carolers. Hazel Martin surrounded by Fun BrigadeChurch presents musical dramaFirst Baptist Church of Gibsonton will present their Christmas musical and drama A Portrait of Christmas at 7 p.m. on Satur day, Dec. 17 and at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 9912 Indiana St., Gibsonton. This musical and drama, under the direction of Mel McColloch and Debbie Buchan, is a little different than others of the past. It starts out peppy and upbeat, and those who are transplants from up north will remember the good times playing in the snow as a child. You will also see your favorite Christmas carols come to life. For more information visit www.1stbaptistgibsonton.com or call (813) 677-1301. New members welcomedSt. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Sun City Center welcomes six new members.From left to right are: Robert Mather, Pat Mather, Clayton Webb, Ethel Webb, Nancy Meissner, Bonnie Forsyth Local Church challenges parishionersFirst United Methodist Church is challenging its congregation to take an investment of ten dollars and turn it into something more. Their goal is to raise money to build latrines in Holeta, Ethiopia where improved sanitation will help reduce the spread of diphthe ria and other diseases. The chal lenge is based on the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14-30. So far the congregational response is very positive. Claudia Ingram, Becky Jordan, Nancy Mitchell are hosting a Tinkle Tea where guests are encouraged to donate. Jennifer Baamonde used her ten dollars to create handmade ornaments to sell. Her items along with many other handmade treats and crafts will be sold at the Bazaar on Sunday, Dec. 11 from 8:45 a.m. -12:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church located at 120 North Knights Brandon, FL. All the proceeds will benefit Compassion Internationals latrine project. At the end of the month the congregation will present their talents and show how they were able to multiply their investment like the example in the parable. For more information contact Vicki Harrison at 689-4161 or vharrison@fumcbrandon.org For more information on the Compassion International Visit www.compassion.com For more information on First United Methodist Church visit fumcbrandon.org. On Thursday, Dec. 22, at 7 p.m., Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 6101 Cortez Road West, Bradenton, will hold a Longest Night Service. This special service of remembrance is traditionally held on the night of the winter solstice (the longest night of the year). It is an expression of recognition that this is a difficult time of year for those who have lost a loved one or had a difficult year due to health, employment, change of living conditions, etc. If you would like to include a loved one on the list of those who will be remembered, contact the church office at 941-794-6229. If you have a friend or family member that has experienced such loss and would like for them to be invited personally, contact the church office with their name, address, and loss that they have experienced this last year. Kirkwood wants to encourage those who have not experienced a recent loss to come and support their brothers and sisters who are experiencing loss during this holiday season as an expression of Christian sympathy and support.Longest night service to be held Redeemer Lutheran Church holiday eventsSunday, Dec. 18 9:30 a.m. only Christmas Cantata: A Song is Born Fourth Sunday of Advent Holy Communion Saturday, Dec. 24 7 p.m. Christmas Eve Lighting of the Christ Candle and Holy Communion Sunday, Dec. 25 9:30 a.m. Christmas Day Service and Holy Communion Saturday, Dec. 31 7 p.m. New Years Eve Worship Service and Holy CommunionBrandon Methodist offers multiple servicesChristmas Eve 5 5:45 p.m. Family Service, geared to fami lies with young children. 7 8 p.m. Special music with full choir & orchestra; message & candle light ing (with childcare for ages 5 & under) 9 10 p.m. Carols with praise band and singers; message & candle lighting. 11 Midnight Special music, bell choir, communion, message and candle light ing.On Sunday, Dec. 25, Christmas Day, they all come together for one service at 10 a.m. Brandon First United Methodist Church is located just north of SR 60 / Brandon Blvd, between Kings and Parsons, at 121 N. Knights Ave. For more information call or write 813-689-4161 info@fumcbrandon. org or visit www.fumcbrandon.org See the current issues of The Observer News, as well as past issues, classified advertising, advertising information, and much more! www.ObserverNews.net

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DECEMBER 15, 2011 21 WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14TH7:00 p.m. ...................................English and Espaol THE NATIVITY OF THE LORDATURDAY, DEC. 24TH3:30 p.m...........................................Choral Singing 4:00 p.m..................................................Vigil Mass 6:30 p.m.........................................Childrens Choir 7:00 p.m......................................Family Vigil Mass 9:00 p.m.........................................Misa en Espaol 11:30 p.m. .............Choral Singing Mass to followUNDAY, DEC. 25TH8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. ........Mass (All English)(No Evening Mass) CATHOLICS COME HOME! Basic Traditional Burial $2,500DIRECT CREMATION $925Zipperers Funeral Home813-645-6130includes 20-gauge steel casket EXP. 12/31/11 702 Valley Forge Blvd., SCC, FL 33573 www.popcc.orgMasses:Sunday..........8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., Noon Saturday Vigil.................4:00 & 6:00 p.m. Daily..........................................8:00 a.m.Confessions: Mon.-Fri. 7:30 a.m. and Sat. 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. THE FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH NO CREED...BUT CHRIST NO BOOK...BUT THE BIBLE Sunday Service 10:00 a.m.www.unitycommunityofjoy.com 813-298-7745 Spirituality Rather Than ReligionUnityHenry Gibson Social Hall, Beth Israel Synagogue www.nbcor.orgLoving God, Loving Others, Serving Beyond Borders Sunday School (all ages)........9:30 a.m. Dr. Samuel (Sam) A. Roach, Pastor Area Places of Worship 1239 Del Webb Blvd. West Sun City Center, FL 33573 Church is Handicap accessible Phone: 813-634-1252 For information visit: www.standrewatscc.org St. Andrew Presbyterian ChurchSunday Services 9:30 a.m. Casual Service 11:00 a.m.Prayers with anointing for healing and wholeness during worship the second Sunday of every month.Pastor: Rev. Dr. Mark E. SalmonMeet friends in Fellowship Hall after the Service. Refreshments served.A Stephen Ministry Church First Church of Christ, ScientistChristian Science HealsSunday Service ..................................................10:00 a.m. Sunday School ..................................................10:00 a.m. Wednesday Service .............................................5:00 p.m. Reading Room .........................Wednesday 4 to 4:45 p.m. All Are Welcome SouthShore: Apollo Beach, Ruskin, Sun City and S. GibsontonMASSES Vigil Mass.....................................................................Saturday 5:00 p.m. Sunday Mass ........8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (Contemporary) Daily .........................................................Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. Holy Days ....................................... Espaol ......................................Domingo 12:30 p.m.; Jueves 7:30 p.m. Confession .........................Thursday 6:45 p.m.; Saturday 3:45 p.m. Pastor Area Obituaries Norman Virgile HouleNorman Virgile Houle, 89, of Sun City Center, FL passed away in Sun City Center on Monday, November 28. He was born in Lewiston, July 18, 1922, to the late Virgile and Dorothee (Normand) Houle. Educated in local Lewiston schools, Norm attended Bates College and graduated from Bentley University after serving in the U.S. Army during World War II. Prior to retirement, he was employed at Champoux-Bouvier Insurance. He had been a member of St. Peters and Ste Croix parishes and was an active member of the Knights of Columbus. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Lillian Provencher Houle, formerly of Lewiston: two daughters, Linda Quinn and her husband, John, of Lynnfield, Masss, and Jacqueline Stern of West Chester, PA; two granddaughters, Carolyn Quinn Kilmer (Jason) and Kathleen Quinn Murphy (Jerome); four great-grandchildren, Kieran and Emerson Kilmer and Alannah and Logan Murphy; and his brother, Raymond Houle of Madison, Tenn., formerly of Lewiston. Services were held December 2, 2011 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Sun City Center.George OrenchakGeorge Orenchak, 86, of Sun City Center, FL, formerly of Butler, PA passed away on Friday, December 2, 2011 at Sun City Center Hospice House with his loving family at his side. Born in Hartford, CT on June 12, 1925 he was a Navy veteran of WWII and retired in 1986 after 41 years of federal service from VAMC, Butler, PA where he worked as a Recreation Therapist. George moved to Sun City Center in August 1996. He was an usher and a greeter at St. Anne Catholic Church in Ruskin. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years Anna Marie and his five children Marie Antoinette (Toni) Demme (Tom) of Lacey, WA; Dr. Theresa Suzanne Kent (John) of San Antonio, TX; Georgeann Catherine Rossman (Lee) of Seffner, FL; James Michael Orenchak (Claudia) of Riesweiler Germany; and George Gerard Orenchak (Karen) of Mandeville, LA. He is also survived by ten grandchildren: Philip Demme, Elizabeth Demme, Mark Davis, Timothy Kent, Laura Davis, Laurel Orenchak, Kathleen Kent, Meghan Orenchak, Caitlin Orenchak and Michael Kent and five great-children: Riley, Ryan, Adeline, Payton and Sophia. A memorial mass will be celebrated at St. Anne Catholic Church, Ruskin, FL at 11am on Thursday, December 29, 2011. Burial will be at the National Cemetery in Sarasota, FL. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the stained glass window fund at St. Anne Catholic Church, 106 11th Ave. N.E., Ruskin, FL 33570. Edith Lillie ReedEdith Lillie Reed, 95, passed away Dec. 5, 2011 in Fayetteville, GA. She was born on April 18, 1916 in Severville Tenn. She is survived by her three sons, Joseph Dennis Reed, Theodore W. Reed II and Richard Reed; 9 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 6 great great grandchildren. Services were held on Saturday, Dec. 10 at National Cremation and Burial Society in Ruskin, FL. Her final resting place is next to her husband of 52 years, Theodore William Reed at Ruskin Cemetery. Anthony H. Tony SorrentinoAnthony H. Tony Sorrentino, 84, of Sun City Center, Fla. passed away December 3, 2011. He served in the U. S. Army during World War II and retired as an independent building contractor in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He will be deeply missed by his friends and neighbors. Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated on Monday, December 12, 2011 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Sun City Center, Fla. Burial will be in Ruskin Memorial Park, Ruskin, Fla. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that masses be said in his memory. Additional information may be found at www.suncitycenterfuneralhome. com. Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home, Sun City Center, Fla. Disciples of Christ open their doorsDisciples of Christ Christian Fellowship hosts a free Christmas celebration at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 7732 Gibsonton Drive, Gibsonton across the street from Gibsonton Elementary School. There will be food, fellowship and entertainment. Enter and enjoy the family cupcake challenge. Feeling down during the holidays or just need someone to talk with, stop by prayer services Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Saturdays at 9 a.m., or Sundays at 9:15 a.m. If youre unable to attend one of the services, call the church or send requests via e-mail and a prayer counselor will call you. For more information call 813-677-8600 or visit doccf.orgParkinsons support group to meetOn Friday, Dec. 16 at the United Community Church on the corner of LaJolla and N. Pebble Beach Blvd. the Parkinsons support group will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. Sandwiches and drinks will be served. There will be no speaker, but they will have Christmas entertainment. An Advent Cantata to be heldThe United Community Church, 1501 La Jolla Ave, Sun City Center Chancel Choir is presenting their Advent Cantata The Promise of a King, a Christmas proclamation of hope. The cantata will be performed during the Sunday Worship service at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18. 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22 DECEMBER 15, 2011 Bobs Jewelry RepairWATCH BAERIESInstalled $500+ tax645-0929 US 41Shell Point Road SR 674 / College Ave.To SCC/KP Highest Price Paid For Gold In The AreaBUY & SELL U.S. COINS Jewelry Custom Bead Work by Donna One-ofa-kind Creations HILLSBOROUGH(813) 634-8310MANATEE(941) 524-2259 For a FREE IN-HOME ESTIMATE, call us TODAY!Shutter & Blind Manufacturing CompanySHUTTERS ~ VERTICALS ~ FAUX WOOD & WOOD HORIZONTAL BLINDS CELLULAR SHADES ~ WOVEN WOODS ~ SUNSCREEN SHADES ~ PRIVACY SHADINGS ~ MORE INSTALLED FREE! INSTALLED FREE! VERTICALS PLANTATION SHUTTERS$1395Sq. Ft. Measured & Installed LIFETIME WARRANTY 2 FAUX BLINDS Our blinds are built with a STEEL HEADRAIL. Unlike the Flimsy Plastic Headrail from the Home CentersMADE IN AMERICA EXAMPLE OF OUR PRICES24 W x 36 H ..........$84 Installed 36 W x 50 H ........$175 Installed 48 W x 48 H ........$224 Installed 48 W x 60 H ........$280 Installed 72 W x 62 H ........$434 InstalledEXAMPLE OF OUR PRICES36 W x 48 H .......$39 Installed 52 W x 62 H .......$68 Installed 60 W x 62 H .......$75 Installed 72 W x 72 H .......$93 InstalledEXAMPLE OF OUR PRICES36 W x 48 H .......$39 Installed 52 W x 48 H .......$49 Installed 60 W x 48 H .......$69 Installed 72 W x 72 H .......$86 Installed SAVE ENERGY EXAMPLE OF OUR PRICES FOR SUN SCREENS24 W x 36 H ....................$49 Installed 36 W x 48 H ....................$62 Installed 52 W x 48 H ....................$93 Installed 72 W x 60 H .................$131 Installed SUN SCREENS As part of their popular Thank God Its Variety concert series, the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. West, will be hosting Christmas with the Celts: traditional Celtic Christmas music and dance, on Friday, Dec. 16 at 6:30 in the church sanctuary. This years Christmas tour features Marcille Wallis hammer dulcimer, Don Pigeon -vocals/flute/whistle/ mandolin/banjo, Matt Miller fiddle Ann and Cal Lloyd Irish and Scottish dance, Robin Hendrickson bagpipes, and Michael DeLalla guitar. Native Floridian Marcille Wallis is a classically trained pianist who began her musical studies at age six. Using her polished skills and talent she added the guitar and eventually the hammer dulcimer as well as other folk instruments to her repertoire. As a full time professional hammer dulcimer player, Marcille now tours the country entertaining at fairs, festivals, churches, concerts, pubs, bookstores, workshops and private functions. Drawing on her 23 years in the classroom as a Mathematics teacher, Marcilles shows are both entertaining as well as educational as she takes audiences on a tour of the Celtic lands and their history. A suggested donation of $5 is requested at the door on the evening of the concert. For additional information about this and other concerts and recitals at the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, contact Jeff Jordan, Minister of Worship Arts, at 813634-2539. To learn more about the United Methodist Church of Sun City center, visit their website at www. sccumc.com. States of Christmas with the Celts will perform on Dec. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center.United Methodist Church of SCC hosts Christmas with the Celts RUSKIN BrR ANCH LIbr BR Ar R Y Diagnosing and correcting common problems associated with Windows Operating Systems. Layout, entering data, inserting rows and columns, and other techniques. Basic mouse and keyboarding skills are recommended. Learn different formats for expressing numbers in a spreadsheet. Excel I is recommended. Learn about functions and formulas and how to use them in calculations. Excell II is recommended. Create and format charts from data for visual emphasis. Previous experience with Microsoft Excel is recommended. AutoFill, freeze titles, sorting, and Excel printing options. Previous experience with Microsoft Excel is recommended.Adult Computer Classes for the Technologically Challenged Help a Needy FamilyHoliday Food Basket Wish ListBAG OF POTATOESWould you like to help make this holiday special and memorable for a needy family? To donate a food basket, simply call Dora at 813-321-9723 and order the chicken with Apollo Meats at 813-645-2379. Also, you may visit www.lordslighthouse.org and click on the Donate button. The Lords Lighthouse Ministry, inc. www.lordslighthouse.org Tel: 813-641-7100 Tel: 813-321-9723We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. -Sir Winston Churchill

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FARMERS MKT200 MERCHANDISE300THE SHOPPER 23 To place an ad call 813.645.3111 ext. 201 Fax: 813.645.1792 $17.00 up to 20 words 30 addl. word Deadline is Monday at 4pm100 Announcements 200 Farmers Mkt 300 Merchandise 400 Marine 450 Transportation 500 Real Estate 550 Manuf. Housing 600 Rentals 650 Prof. Services 700 Services 800 EmploymentTHE SHOPPER CLASSIFIED ADVERTISINGThe Observer News, The SCC Observer and The Riverview Current CARDS M & M Printing Co., Inc weekly publisher of the 210 Woodland Estates Ave., SW Ruskin, Florida 33570 312 ESTATE SALES 310 GARAGE/ Y ARD SALEDECEMBER 15, 2011 312 ESTATE SALES 312 ESTATE SALES 260 FRUITS/VEG.Artesian Farms U-pick Tomatoes 202 College Ave., W. Ruskin. 8am-5pm. 7 days a week. We are wo r th the driv e from any where! We re -c over or mak e new cushions Deliv er y Av ailableHOURS: Mon.-F ri. 10-6 Closed on W eekends 2711 N. MacDill Av e. T ampa, FL 33607 813-876-1566 Call for directions WE HA VE SOMETHING F OR EVER Y ROOM INSIDE AND ALL AREAS OUTSIDE 310 GARAGE/YARD SALEA lmost N ew T hrift S tore. 10008 Indiana St., Gibsonton (1 block off U S 41, 1 block north G ibsonton D r.,) Wednesday through S aturday, 9am-3pm. Clothing, furniture, lots misc. Ministry First Baptist Gibsonton. 813-671-0036 to donate Do you need a sale? Estate or moving. Since 1972. Our promise to you is we make old things look new & new things look newer. Above The Rest 813-633-5013 or 813-431-5550 Huge yard sale. Craft supplies, household items, mens clothes, books, National G eographics, records, linens, etc. 9015 S ymmes Rd., G ibsonton. F riday & Satur day. 1820 Danbury Dr., corner of W Del Webb. S CC. 8am-1pm. D ec. 16. Furniture, futon, tables, toys, Christmas items, lawn chairs, clothing. N o early birds. G arage sale.404 2nd S t., S W, R uskin. Saturday, 8am-2pm. Furniture, lamps, collectibles, appliances. Everything must go. STORE CLOSED! GARAGE SALE!CLOTHES GALORE!Prices you havent seen before! $1 to $10 teens, childrens, and adults clothing. Formal and sequin dresses $20 Name brand bags, shoes, costume jewelry, plus garage sale treasures. Big sale. 1707 F lamingo L ane, S CC. SS refrigerator, blue couch loveseat, grill, mens clothes (large), end tables, Christmas, misc. Dec. 15, 16, 17. .8am-? Yard sale. Friday /Saturday, 12/.16 & 12/17, 7am-11am. 1709 Danbury D rive., S CC. T ools, Christmas, plumbing, electrical, golf clubs, Precious Moments collection, over 200 pieces, all retired/ suspended. Todays value over $10,000. Selling for only $3,000. Call 813-6450262 R iverview. 10413 S ummerview Circle. North of Big Bend Rd, behind A dvance A uto. R C planes! Workout bench!, Christmas stuff. 8am, Saturday Garage sale. 9am-4pm Friday, Saturday. 2504 R unning Brook Way, S CC. (off D el Webb E ). Clothing, Christmas, housewares, costume jewelry & misc.312 ESTATE SALESEstate sale. Ruskin. F riday 9am2pm, Saturday 9am-1pm. Leather furniture, antiques, gifts, tools, 2004 Honda CRV. 3015 Manatee Ave., off Gulf City Rd & US 41. 941-3062140. www.demingestatesales. com 360 GOLF CARTSGolf carts wanted. Buy sell, trade. Chargers, parts all related. R onnys Carts & Parts. 813-484-9855 or 813-645-4515Bogey Bills Golf Cars Cruise Car, Club Car, E-Z Go. New, rebuilds, restoration, rentals, solar, LSVs SVC, parts, charger repair & batteries. 2202 US 41 S. Ruskin. 813-649-8099 321 Northway Dr., SCC(off Del Webb E.)Fri. & Sat., Dec. 16 & 17 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. PARK ON SIDE OF SALE ONLY(813) 758-7952 or (813) 758-7954Electric Wheelchair, Sofa w/Matching Footstool, Lift Chair, Drexel Sofa w/Matching Loveseat, Antique China Cabinet, Dinette Table w/Chairs, Sofa Sleeper, Dining Room Table w/8 Chairs, King Bed, Dresser w/Matching Chest, Wingback Chairs, Computer, Noritaki China, Tea Cart, Sewing Cabinet, TVs, End & Coffee Tables, Antique Cabinet, Artworks, Medical Equipment, Oreck Vac, Collectables, Jewelry, Household, Kitchen & Misc. Items. www.AnnesEstateSales.blogspot.com NETTIES ESTATE SALES2009 East View Dr.(Caloosa Country Club Estates)Sun City CenterThurs. & Fri., Dec. 15-167 a.m. to 1 p.m.Contents Include: Curio Cabinets, Glass & Wrought Iron Coffee & End Tables, Dining Room Table w/Chairs, China Cabinet, Huge Queen Headboard, Twin Bed (LIKE NEW) Tuscany Plus Wine Cellar, Cigar Humidor, Leather Chair w/Ottoman, Ethan Allen Sleeper Sofa, Bookcase, Barrel Chairs on Casters, Marble Top Patio Table, Patio Set, G.E. Mini Refrigerator, Craftsman Tool Chest, Workbench, Power Tools, Jewelry, Kitchenware, Household, & Garage Items, Christmas Decor, Mixture of Collectible DOLLS, and much more! Please dont miss our other sale this weekend at 2422 E. Del Webb. PLEASE PARK ON SIDE OF SALE DUE TO EMERGENCY VEHICLES.See You There! NETTIES ESTATE SALES2422 E. Del Webb Blvd. Sun City CenterFri. & Sat., Dec. 16-177 a.m. to 1 p.m.PLEASE NOTE DATE & TIMESContents Include: White Kitchen Table w/Chairs on Casters, Cream Sofa & Matching Loveseat, Cream Swivel Rocker Recliner, White Oak Entertainment Center, White Oak Glass Top Coffee Table, Robb & Sticky Dining Room Table w/Chairs, Brass & Glass Top Lamp Tables & Lamps, Broyhill Floral Sofa, TV Armoires, TVs, Bassett Sleeper Sofa, Rattan Side Chairs, End/Lamp Tables, Queen Bed, Night Stands, Desk w/Chair, Ladders, Lamps, Home Decor, Kitchenware & more. Please dont miss our other sale this weekend (Thursday-Friday) at 2009 East View Dr. at Caloosa Country Club Estates.PLEASE PARK ON SIDE OF SALE DUE TO EMERGENCY VEHICLES.See You There! Y ou can read the entire newpaper online @ www.observernews.netThe bargain hunters dream Have a nice day Thrift Store813-641-7790Ministry of Calvary Lutheran Church 9 a.m. Noon THE BIG BOGO BOOK SALEBOGO on all paperbacks and hardcoversAlso, the secret sale Like new furniture! La-Z-Boy Loveseat & Sofa, End Tables & Coee Table, Buet, Dining Room Table w/6 Chairs, Amana Rocking Chair, Glider Rocking Chair w/ Footstool, La-Z-Boy Recliner, TVs & Stands, Whitewash Roll Top Desk, Patio Table w/4 Chairs & Chaise Lounge, Bulova Wall Clock, Cedar Chest, King Size Bed, Night Stands, Silk Tree, Nobility Silver Plate Service for 6, Bradely Doll, Lamps, Christmas Decor, China, Glassware, Clothing, Jewelry, Quilts by a Local Artisan, Kitchenware & Garage Items. Santa Lew will be there! P P S S www.denneysestatesales.com DENNEYS ESTATE SALES404 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Sun City CenterFri. & Sat., Dec. 16-17 7 a.m to 1 p.m. (813) 477-1793

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DECEMBER 15, 2011 THEE SHOPPERER MM.H. HOUSING550 MMARRINEE400 TRRANSPORRTATION450 511 housHOUSEsS FoOR saSALE REREALL EESTATEE500 390 MisMISC. FoFOR SaALEHot tub. 2 person, 110 volt, used 7 months. Green marble, Redwood frame & cover, like new. Cost $2,800 asking $995. Apollo Beach 603-848-3243 (correct number) 410 BoatsBOATSRow boat, Sears Game Fishing-12 with equipment. $150 obo. SCC. 813-633-2895425 SLipsIPS oOR StoTORagAGESouth Bay RV & Boat Storage. Specializing in outside storage for RVs, boats & trailers. 813-677-2000 www.SouthBayStorage.com Little Manatee Outdoor Storage. RVs, boats, trailers. All sizes. 2903 39th Ave., SE. Ruskin. 813-7878531. www.littlemanateeoutdoorstorage.comStorage RRameys BBusiness Park Dollar a day. RV & boat storage & heavy equipment. Water & electric hookup, 1/4 mile from Williams Park boat ramp. Also RV lots available. 813-690-1836 813-8491469 456 TRuUCKsS an AND Vans ANS Chrysler 2005 Town & Country Limited van with electric mobility scooter. Load & unload scooter with remote control. Go to the mall & shop in style. Economical V6 with 4 speed automatic, 55,000 miles. Blue pearl, gray leather interior. Many options incl. rear seat video. Van listed $36,930. Scooter w lift $4,895. Excellent condition. Must see $15,500 OBO call 813-7632434459 MotoMOTORCYCLEsS089 miles, 2005 Boulevard, 850 CC. Operator must sell Cobra pipes. Tricked out $5,900. Call 813-4491860. Merry Christmas, SCC461 TRavAVEL TRaiAILERsSFleetwood Travel Trailer, 2004, Prowler Regal, 34ft, slideouts, main & window awnings, completely furnished. Asking $16,500. Call to see 508-740-0736 462 MotoMOTOR HoOMEsS/RR VsSMotor home on private lot, all utilities included. $100 weekly. Gibsonton 813-495-7481 or 813-634-4050 465 RR V LotLOT RREntaNTALRV lot for rent in Ruskin. $275 monthly includes water & sewer plus deposit. 941-737-1944 or 813345-6860 565 MM.H. inIN Pa ARKsS3br/2ba, doublewide, vinyl siding, new floors, carpet & appliances after 2008. 12x14 shed cost $2,900. Lot 260 Neptune Village, 55+ park. Priced $24,000. Call 813938-3268 or 419-302-0422 for more information. Ruskin 55+, senior park. Very clean, 12x65 mobile, furnished, 2br/1ba. Large sunroom & carport, plus shed. $9,500. Neptune Park Unit 13. Call 813-645-3563 or 519-2393046. Immediate occupancy. 2br/2ba, Paradise MHP, Ruskin. Mostly remodeled, double driveway, lot 68. Cheap $3,800 obo. Call Steve to view 813-382-2495 Ruskin 55+ senior park. Beautiful 12x65 4br/2ba MH, 6x10 shed, large screened porch, 2 car carport, joins the Little Manatee river. Prirent $289 monthly. 813-419-4066. Pet friendly $36,900. $53,000. $59,500. $63,900.These properties are all in nice condition and will make perfect starter/retirement homes! CALLClaire TortOFFICE:(813) 363-7250 SALE PENDING! AFFORDABLE MOBILE HOMES ON THEIR OWN LOT, IN RUSKIN AREA: RERENTALLS600 610 Wat ATERFRontONT RREntaNTALsSThe Dolphin House, 768 Gran Kaymen Way, Apollo Beach, efdocking /fishing. Pool, laundry. $185 weekly, plus deposit. No pets. 813-850-5217, 813-863-6123, 813-863-6124 611 HousOUSEsS FoOR REntNTSCC 2br/1ba. corner lot, washer / dryer, yard service. $750 monthly plus security deposit. Kim Knights 813-786-0892. Florida Executive Realty. www.Kimknights.com Sun CCity CCenter 55+ 2br/2ba or 1br/1ba. Includes: yard care, water, sewer, trash collection, recreation card. 813-6349695 Ruskin. 1 bedroom, possible 2 bedroom for rent. Water, lawn, boat ramp included. No pets. $340 monthly 941-447-2428. Handyman welcome. Apollo Beach 2br/1ba W/D hookup, carport, large storage shed. $825 monthly, $825 security. Very clean. Immediate occupancy. 813-4808237 612 AptsPTS. FoOR RREntNTRuskin, 3br/1ba, CHA, utility shed, washer/ dryer hookup. Very clean. 813645-1447 Ruskin area. 2br/1ba, very clean, washer /dryer hookup. $675 monthly plus deposit, lawn service included. 813-244-1676 Ruskin. 2 bedroom, 1 bath, no pets, washer /dryer hookup. $640 month ly plus deposit. 813-645-1801 Apollo Beach, 1 bedroom, 1 bath, appliances, quiet neighborhood. 813-645-4145 or 813-642-0681613 ConCONDosOS FoOR RREntNTSun City Center, 2br/2ba condo, 55+ Recently remodeled, completely furnished, 1,900 sf. Call 813-938-3041 614 DupDUPLEX FoOR RREntNT live /work space. New construction in Ruskin. $875 monthly. Available now. 813-649-1599 SCC 55+ 2br/2ba/1cg. Ideal location includes water, lawn & garbage. Clean, quiet, comfortable. Unfur nished. 813-634-3350 615 Townho OWNHOMEsS FoOR REntNTKings Lake townhome for rent. $900 monthly. 1,134 sf, 2br/2ba. screened lanai, washer, dryer. Call 813-677-8701630 MM.H. RREntaNTALsSOne bedroom furnished, water & electric included. $165 weekly. Two bedroom (not furnished) $165 weekly, plus security deposit. R & M Mobile Home Park in Gibsonton. 813-236-9207FFor RRent: CClean M Mobile Homes With A/CC. 813-677-1086Davids MHP. 2625 90th St., off Causeway & US 301. 1 & 2 bedrooms for rent. Nice quiet park. First week fee $140 weekly. Mike 941922-9340, Diana 813-621-9334646 Wa AREhousHOUSE SpaPACEGarage & mini storage rooms for rent. Pirates Treasure Cove, Gibsonton. 813-677-1137 651 BooBOOKKEEpingPINGQuickBBooks Next training class January 7 Pro-advisor & POS. Full bookkeeping services Tutoring/ softerrors /setup. Hourly rates. Your keeping Inc Ruskin 813-641-1089 email: theahp@verizon.net. www. theasquickbookkeeping.com680 ADuULt T/ChiCHILD CaCARECaregiver /companion, live-in capable. Loving care for your family member. 40yrs experience, ventilators ok. Call 813-226-7217 Apollo Beach home daycare has openings for ages 10 months & up. 25+ yrs experience. 813-245-5552 ask for Kathy. Lic FHC-210832 Why drive 20 miles for your printing? We are the local source for business cards, letterhead, invoices, posters, tickets, etc..... Your neighborhood printer. &Established in 1968 Printing Company, Inc.SHEETFED & WEB PRINTING 210 Woodland Estate Ave., Ruskin, Fl 813-645-4048Let someone else do that HEAVY work Look in the Business & Trade Directory PRROFF SERER VICECES650 705 CCLEaningANINGRRons CCleaning Service rity. Call for free estimate. 7days a week. Move-in, move-out, rentals. Insured, bonded, licensed. Ruskin, Apollo Beach, Sun City Center. 813-846-7629 F Flat rate $75, full clean706 PREssuSSURE Washing ASHINGSun City Center & Kings Point. Pressure washing. Rust removed from sidewalk. Satisfaction guaran teed. Fast & reasonable. Call Steve at 813-382-2495 708 MovMOVERsSAffordable Moving. One piece or whole house. Also specializing in estate sale delivery. Loading & unloading storage units/ trucks & trash hauling. Free estimate. Dave 813-447-6123 710 LawnLAWN CaCAREHenrys LLawn MMaintenance. Landscaping needs. Rock, mulch, tree service. Pressure washing. Monthly lawn maintenance. Licensed & insured. Free estimates. 813-477-3054 www.henryslawnmaintenance.comBB&S LLawn CCare, Inc. Professional lawn care providing all of your turf, landscaping & irrigation needs. Residential/ commercial. www.bandslawncare.com 813-645-7266 Senior Home Companions, Inc.For Seniors by Active Seniors Call for FREE In-Home Consultation813-980-3408www.SeniorHomeCompanions.comLic. #232146 Our goal is to help seniors continue to live independently and comfortably by supporting you with active senior caregivers who are understanding and trustworthy. 20 YEARS of SERVICE SERER VICECES700 Informative The Observer News will be closed Monday, December 26, in observance of Christmas. Deadline for classied line ads will move to Friday, December 23 at 4pm. for the December 29 edition CALL (813) 645-3211Serving South Hillsborough County since 1924.www.dickmanrealty.com dickman@tampabay.rr.comCelebrating 87 Years 1924 2011 Donate your old functioning cell phones and drop off at our office for use by the "Victims Assistance Program."CALL US FOR ALL YOUR REAL ESTATE NEEDS........645-3211(Evening phone numbers)Judy Erickson.....................468-0288 Claire Tort...........................363-7250 Kay Pye..............................361-3672 Cathy Griggs.....................391-8653 Christine Nethers..................260-6335 Roxanne Westbrook...............748-2201 Jo Ellen Mobley.....................645-1540 LaRae Regis...........................633-8318 SUN CITY CENTER. Nicely maintained popular 2BR/2BA T-2 floor plan located close to shopping, hospital, and Sun City Center clubhouse with lots of activities available. Come on and enjoy the carefree living that this golf cart community has to offer. $74,500. CALL CATHY GRIGGS 391-8653 WATERFRONT LOT. Beautiful building lot ready for the home of your dreams located on a wide canal with no bridges to the bay. Lot size is 75 x 140 mol with county water and sewer available. $90,000. CALL CATHY GRIGGS 391-8653 WATERFRONT HOME with 2BR/2BA, within minutes and no bridges to Tampa Bay, boat lift, quiet neighborhood, lots of personality, and so much more! Asking $199,900. Call to see today! JO ELLEN MOBLEY 645-1540 THIS 2BR/1BA HOME is for todays Senior Citizen who wants the active Senior Lifestyle offered only like Sun City Center can. Fresh paint, recently updated kitchen and bath, open floor plan, clean and neat, quiet cul-de-sac location and so much more! Asking only $69,000. CALL JO ELLEN MOBLEY 645-1540 today! HAVE HOME AND BUSINESS THERE! Ruskin -great property including 2BR+Den house and 4 offices/1.5BA, on 1 beautiful acre, cleared with few huge oaks, garage, 2 carports, circular driveway, and good road frontage. Home has 2 large BR, remodeled kitchen, inside utility, hardwood floors, fireplace. CG zoning and great location on College Ave. $259,000. CALL CLAIRE TORT 363-7250 IDEAL WINTER/RETIREMENT M/HOME: Very clean and well maintained, in a gated community with heated pool and clubhouse, this home offers 2BR/2BA split plan, large open great room, cooking island and breakfast nook in kitchen, large enclosed addition/living area, screen porch, carport and utility-room. Sold nicely furnished! $42,000. CALL CLAIRE TORT 363-7250 FABULOUS RIVERFRONT LOT, RUSKIN: Great fishing, deep water, large new dock, and unique view of river and nature! All utilities are in place including sewer, lot is fenced and elegantly gated, zoning PD-MU allows for houses/manufactured homes. $199,900. CALL CLAIRE TORT 363-7250 GREAT BUSINESS LOCATION! Commercial site located close to Highway 41 in Ruskin with over 200 feet of road frontage, Zoned General Commercial with county water & sewer. Mobile home on property brings rental income, $198,900. CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 or ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 for details. AWESOME COMMERCIAL LOCATION ON BUSY HIGHWAY 41 IN RUSKIN! .84 Acre with 150 feet on Highway 41. Easy access to I-75. Property is zoned CG/General. $164,900. CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 or ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 REDUCED $329,000. OVER 1 ACRE ON LITTLE MANATEE RIVER. Features extra large bedrooms which includes in-law or guest quarters. 5-Car garage for the car lovers with extra carport. High bank of the river -out of the flood zone. This is a must see. Easy to show, so CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 or ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 YOUR CHRISTMAS WISH COULD COME TRUE with this 2BR home best described as nice and cozy. New roof, newly painted outside and new A/C. Extra large patio, nicely landscaped and 2-car carport. Inside open and airy with eating space in the kitchen. Priced at just $79,900. CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 or ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 DARE TO MAKE AN OFFER!!! Owner has reduced price on this riverfront beauty, and is entertaining all offers. And you could quickly be entertaining in this recently updated 3BR/2BA with perfect flowing floor plan. Water view from most rooms, quiet out of the way, but convenient, location. Lanais, decks, even a boat included in low price of $249,900 CALL JUDY ERICKSON 468-0288 RENTALS 1BR/1.5BA larger upleveled lanai, W/D, furnished, starting at..................... $650/month 2BR/2BA furnished, W/D............ $695/month 2BR/2BA SCC in Greenbriar, 2-car garage, wood floors, unfurnished................................... $975/month SEASONAL RENTAL KP on golf course, 2BR/2BA with garage.... $1500/month plus tax

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Pittman Trucking & Tractor dirt, topsoil, sand, crushed rock & asphalt, driveway culverts. Load er, backhoe, grading, bushhog, discing. Install Septic System & 645-1883 716 CONCRETEConcrete Finishing Patios, driveways, sidewalks. Li censed & insured. Call Steve Sim mons 813-503-8764. Lic#201587720 HOME MAINT .Handyman Phil Oley 25+ yrs experience. In sured. Apollo Beach, Ruskin, Sun City Center & Kings Point. Call 813-649-1418 740 MISC. SERVICESIn Your Home Pet Care 813-767-7225. Affordable, li censed, bonded, insured. Refer ences available. email: olivertort@ aol.com Oliver & Company Seawall Repairs also new construction of docks, boat lifts & seawalls. Free inspec tion. Hecker Construction Co. 813236-9306 Every baby deserves a healthy start. Join more than a million people walking and raising money to support the March of Dimes. The walk starts at marchforbabies.org. CRAZY-CHEAP Electronics Never pay retail prices again! 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