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THE OBSERVER NEWS PRST STDPAIDRUSKIN, FLORIDA 33570 PERMIT NO. 8 Christmas angels at the layaway counterBy MITCH TRAPHAGEN%  mitch@observernews.netWIMAUMA Ivette is a young woman of poise and grace with a warm and beautiful smile. She works behind the counter of the layaway desk at Walmart in Wimauma. A handful of times over the past weekend, she was also Santas helper. Betty doesnt look anything like Santa Claus. She is 40-ish and not wealthy, and she has her own bills to pay. But on Sunday morning, she was standing at the Walmart layaway counter in the hopes of paying someone elses bill. Someone she would never meet, nor would she ever know his or her name. I would like to pay off someones layaway account, Betty said to Ivette. Ivette didnt register surprise and simply asked, How much do you want to spend? as she pulled out a big accordion file of layaway accounts. It wasnt her first request like that. Later she told Betty that between Saturday and Sunday, five people had come in to pay off someone elses layaway accounts. But that she had heard it before didnt diminish the impact. Ivette was touched, and after Betty apologized for potentially adding a headache to her day, she told her, No, thank you for doing this. Betty had the impression that Ivette was honored to take part in it; she told her that it really touches her heart when people come in to do that. Betty told Ivette she would like to spend between $50 and $70. And, if possible, she would like it to be an account with a childs bicycle on layaway. Ivette first found an account with toys that showed $41.21 still owed on it. But when she checked on the register, it turned out that someone had already paid that account off. She then found another account for a doll that had just over $30 remaining on it. Betty said she would pay for that one but would like another one as well. Ivette then found one for a childs bicycle it had $74.15 remaining on it. Unbeknownst to Betty, Sunday was the last day for layaway customers to pay on their accounts at Walmart. If not paid in full by that day, any money they had put down would be refunded to them, minus a service fee, and the merchandise, originally intended as gifts, would be returned to the shelves. As Betty pulled out four $20 bills, Ivette told her that when she calls the people to tell them their account has been paid by someone, sometimes they start to cry. It is impossible to know with certainty but the bicycle that Betty paid for may not have made it to a child for Christmas. When there is rent to pay, food to buy, and utilities to keep current, $74.15 can be a fortune well beyond reach. Sunday was the final day that layaway accounts could be paid for Christmas pickup at Walmart, so time was running out. Layaway is a remnant of the Great Depression, a means for people to make incremental payments on items they cant afford at the moment items such as toys for Christmas gifts. The merchandise A childs bicycle stands ready to be a Christmas present at the Walmart store in Wimauma. Given the harsh realities of todays economy, even a simple bicycle is nothing more than a dream for some families.MitITCH TrapRAPHaAGenEN PHotoOTO See CHRISTMAS ANGELS, page 9 Lessons learned celebrating an unusual South County Christmas By MELODY JAMESON%  mj@observernews.netBALM A couple of families got together here last week to commemorate Christmas, 2011. There were frivolity and food in abundance. Many colorful gift bags filled with goodies were distributed. Hugs, tears and repeated expressions of thanks were evident everywhere. And, by the way, Christ was very much a part of this Christmas. So, you might say, sounds like any traditional holiday celebration in these parts. Probably describes scenes common in living and dining rooms, on porches and decks, all over the rural region, you could assert, as the annual in-gathering of kith and kin unfolds. Oh, but youd be wrong. Actually, it was Christmas on the compound at Hillsborough Correctional Institution (HCI), Floridas first faithbased and character-building prison for women. A place from which the resident family cannot drive away with the guests at the holidays end. A place where the visiting family is more likely to be teaching, counseling, mentoring volunteers than blood kin. On the other hand, many of the usual signs of observance were there: the decorated trees in lobbies and chapel, gifts both tangible and intangible, especially made desserts to end a special meal and, above all, a mutual appreciation for the shared time. Make no mistake, though, this is a state prison. Some 280 women, ranging from twenty-somethings to sixty-year-olds, are incarcerated here for felony crimes in the drug infraction categories up to murder in the first degree, notes Warden Robin Smith, a veteran corrections officer with 28 years of experience in the state penal system. There are shorttimers counting the weeks to release dates and lifers who may never again know the freedoms of U.S. citizenship. They are in HCI because they asked to be. See UNUSUAL CHRISTMAS, page 17 Christmas on the compound at Hillsborough Correctional Institution last week incorporated both secular and religious features during a multi-faceted program involving inmates and volunteers. Santa, aka volunteer Don Dionne, dropped in to distribute a large gift bag to each of the female inmates in the faith-based facility. Here, Katrina McGarrah (foreground) and Wanda Hernandez (second in line) gleefully await theirs under the approving gaze of dozens of volunteers who helped make the gifts possible.MelodELODY JamesonAMESON pPHotosOTOSBacked by members of the HCI Choir, Marolyn Isaac (above) led the group in a couple of rousing numbers during a variety revue staged entirely by inmates as their gift to the assembled volunteers. The revue included song, dance and comedy acts mixed with several numbers stressing the religious significance of Christmas celebrations. The presentation was written, directed and produced for the fourth year by inmate Denise Turbyville.

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Among those vendors, Farmer Pete offered farm fresh produce, Pam Talbot was selling wine lights wine bottles beautifully enhanced with Christmas lights, while around the corner Maria offered various decorations with a definite Florida theme the perfect gift for friends and relatives suffering through a cold winter up north. Although Christmas will be over, its not too late the Sunday market will be back next month. Oh, and dont miss the Hungarian Beigli. The pastry is like a slice of freshly made heaven.MITCH T TRAPHAGEN PPHOTOS Residents pave way for paying on new buildingsBy MELODY JAMESON%  mj@observernews.netSUN CITY CENTER Perhaps eyeing capital improvements financing on the horizon, Community Association members have increased the fee charged first-time home buyers here. This was one of several new developments arising Thursday when the CA membership assembled for a community meeting immediately followed by a town hall session centered on a proposed multi-faceted capital improvements project. By a three-to-one majority, members approved the $300 per house increase during the meeting in their Community Hall. The final count was 951 in favor, with 314 members registering disapproval, said David Floyd, CA board secretary. The increase brings the so-called transfer fee to $1,500 from the former $1,200 level each time a SCC home is resold to an incoming purchaser, a first-time buyer in the community. The fee also applies to current SCC residents buying additional home site properties as investments. The fees accrue in the associations long-established Capital Improvements Fund which has underwritten big-ticket construction in the past and now figures prominently in prospective financing of a proposed $3 million building program that would add two new structures plus a cafe to the communitys Central Campus on North Pebble Beach Boulevard. The financing and its related issues were a leading topic during the town hall session, the second of three scheduled over a threemonth period. The meetings are convened to give all residents opportunity to question and comment on the multi-structure proposal aimed at expanding and upgrading decades-old community facilities no longer meeting space or use demands. CA directors are proposing construction of two new buildings with modernistic facades, one a multi-purpose structure to house association offices and functions as well as the communitys Security Patrol and information center, plus a second structure with a matching updated exterior to serve primarily as an entertainment venue that can be divided into smaller spaces. The plan also includes a light food service caf with wine bar and sports bar components. The two larger structures are shown on architectural drawings as facing North Pebble Beach Boulevard, in place of the small existing CA complex. The caf is proposed for a site adjacent to the existing outdoor swimming pool and near the indoor Atrium building as well as Atrium Plaza. Such placement of the entertainment building, however, would require relocation of at least part of the lawn bowling facility. One of those new developments is a pending agreement-in-principle with ClubLink, owner of the communitys golf courses. If it is firmed up, CA President Ed Barnes told the membership, relocation of the lawn bowling facility may be avoided. Under the drafted agreement, ClubLink would provide to the community three to five acres carved from the ninth hole of the closed North Lakes Golf Course in exchange for concession on two See RESIDENTS TO PAY, page 19

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X 4 POSITIVE TALKChange The SCC Observer & The Riverview Current 210 Woodland Estates S.W. Ruskin, FL 33570813-645-3111Fax: 813-645-4118www.ObserverNews.netPublished Every Thursday by M&M Printing Co., Inc. 645-4048EDITORIAL:Brenda Knowles. ............Publisher/Editor brenda@observernews.net Mitch Traphagen. .................Online Editor mitch@observernews.net Penny Fletcher..........Contributing Writer penny@observernews.net Melody Jameson. ......Contributing Writer mj@observernews.netAll press releases, news articles and photos may be emailed to news@ observernews.net, faxed to 645-4118, or mailed to Observer News, 210 Woodland Estates Ave. SW, Ruskin, FL 33570SALES:Vilma Stillwell. ...Display Advertising Rep. vilma@observernews.net Nan Kirk. ...........Display Advertising Rep. nan@observernews.netFor current rates and circulation information visit our website at www.ObserverNews.netCLASSIFIED / CIRCULATION:Beverly Kay.........Classied / Circulation beverly@observernews.netPRODUCTION:Chere Simmons. ....Graphic Arts / Layout chere@observernews.net Sue Sloan. .............Composition / Layout sue@observernews.net The views expressed by our writers are not necesssarily shared by The Observer News, SCC Observer, The Riverview Current or M&M Printing Co., Inc.We Accept: Audited by: Award-Winning NewspapersFeline 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. Humankind has conquered the mountains, the oceans and even the sky above. They have met the challenge of the arctic wilderness, the burning desert sands, and the steaming jungles of Africa. But there is one challenge that causes nearly everyone to recoil in fear and trepidationthat is the challenge of change. It has been said the only human being who likes to be changed is a baby. Generally, the rest of us look at change as an attack upon the comfortable status quo. If you are the person in a company, club or group who is responsible for instituting changes, here are some ideas that will make change more palatable to those who will be affected. 1. Communicate in an honest manner to those who are part of the group about the real reasons that brought about the need for change. Sometimes it may seem easier to give a good reason rather than a real reason. A good reason is one that everyone will accept as true even if it is not. As an example, we may say we do not have time to do a task we have been asked to do, when the real reason is we do not want to do it. Good reasons are easy to sell but when we are found out, we lose credibility. 2. Involve each individualto the extent possiblein the change process. It has been said that if you put a frog in a pan of water and slowly raise the temperature, he will sit there and boil to death before he moves. The same is true of most of us when it comes to change. If we become involved in it, we are less likely to object to it happening. 3. Be prepared to give reasons for and advantages of the change at the initial meeting. Make sure that they are not just your reasons for supporting the change. Be sure the reasons you give benefit the whole group. 4. Uncover opinions that might later sidetrack or derail the process of change by asking the members of the group to express their attitudes, ideas, feelings and suggestions about the proposed change. 5. Be prepared to respect the opinions and feelings of those By William Hodges affected by the change whether they support or oppose it. 6. Set up a mechanism whereby those affected by the change can receive assistance they may perceive to be necessary. 7. Explain to the group how you will receive feedback from them as to how the change is affecting the mission. 8. Be sure to set up a mechanism for rewarding those who help you implement the change. Keep in mind there is nothing so constant as change, and it is a good bet you will need the assistance of these people again. Change is as constant as the tides. If we try to fight it, we will ultimately be worn away just as the rock is by the water. If we prepare for change and help those around us to accept it, we will not only survive but we will prosper. Author James Baldwin said, Most of us are about as eager to be changed as we were to be born, and we go through lifes changes in a similar state of shock. Change is not only a fact of life, it is life. 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.com WE'RE ALSO YOUR BILL PAYMENT CENTER WE'RE ALSO YOURBILL PAYMENT CENTER 2 LOCATIONS TO SERVE YOURIVERVIEW 7441 U.S. 301 S. 671-6599RUSKIN 2107 E. College Ave.(Corner of 21st St. S.E. and S.R. 674)645-4900 Funds advanced against your next paycheck. $100 to $500 OVER 300 COMPANIES!Se Habla Espaol FREE Money Orders Now Open on SundaysMon-Sat 9am-7pm Sunday 10am-4pm A convoy of families from Tampas Berkeley Preparatory School delivered nearly 1,000 childrens gifts Friday to a charter school and child-care center in Wimauma, one of Tampa Bays most povertystricken communities. Managers at Redlands Christian Migrant Association quickly sorted through the bounty. They spread many of the gifts, one per child, to eight RCMA child-care centers in the Wimauma and Ruskin areas. For some of them, theyll be the only presents they get for Christmas, said Sylvia Blanco, Center Coordinator at one of the nine centers, Bethel Child Development Center in Wimauma. The parents are really grateful. RCMAs centers target the rural poor, particularly farmworker families. At Berkeley Prep, the gift-giving is an annual event called the Wrap-In, said Berkeley parent Linda Adams. More than three-fourths of Berkeleys 1,263 students donated gifts. Then each of the schools older students paired with a younger one to write notes accompanying the gifts. Berkeley has supported RCMA centers for several years, but expanded the scope this year to include the K-6th grade RCMA Wimauma Academy, a charter school with 235 students. Friday morning, the charter school treated the Berkeley Prep families to a dance presentation and a buffet of Mexican sweetbreads. They enjoyed it, Adams said. They enjoyed seeing the children and the happy looks on their faces.Precious gifts for needy children NEW YEARS SALE STOREWIDE THROUGH MONDAY 01/02/12

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X 8 5 5 Brandon ColonMarine Corps Pfc. Brandon Colon, a 2011 graduate of East Bay Senior High School, Gibsonton, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, SC designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally. Colon and fellow recruits began their training at 5 a.m., by running three miles and performing calisthenics. In addition to the physical conditioning program, Colon spent numerous hours in classroom and field assignments which included learning first aid, uniform regulations, combat water survival, marksmanship, hand-to-hand combat and assorted weapons training. They performed close order drill and operated as a small infantry unit during field training. Colon and other recruits also received instruction on the Marine Corps core values -honor, courage and commitment, and what the core values mean in guiding personal and professional conduct. Colon and fellow recruits ended the training phase with The Crucible, a 54-hour, team evolution culminating in an emotional ceremony in which recruits are presented the Marine Corps Emblem, and addressed as Marines for the first time in their careers. Corr Elementary Terrific Kids for November Lennards Future Farmers placed thirdLennard FFA competed at the Citrus Career Development Event on Nov. 16. The team consisted of Randall Casey, Rebecca Knowles, Joshua Stanaland, and Lucas Worley. The event was held at the Florida FFA Leadership Training Center in Haines City, FL. Twenty-five high school teams from throughout Florida gathered to compete for the top spot. Lennards team placed third overall in the state. The purpose of the Citrus Evaluation CDE is to stimulate learning activities in the production and management of citrus fruit. The contest requires students to have a general knowledge of the citrus industry, and to have the ability to properly identify citrus rootstocks, varieties, leaves, pests, diseases, and weeds. Financial aid nights announcedHillsborough County Public Schools Guidance Services is hosting financial aid information nights for high school students and their families. University financial aid representatives will help participants complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), review how colleges and universities compile financial aid packages, and discuss available federal aid. For more information, call (813) 273-7203. Thursday, Jan. 12 Brandon High School 1101 Victoria St., Brandon (813) 744-8120 Tuesday, Jan. 24 Riverview High School 11311 Boyette Rd., Riverview (813) 671-5011Hillsborough County teachers awarded grantsFifty-two Hillsborough County teachers were awarded Splash! school grants through the Southwest Florida Water Management District. Mary Margaret Hull, District lead communications coordinator, attributes the effectiveness of the grant program in Hillsborough County to the strong partnership with Hillsborough County Schools. Four school district staff serve as the Districts liaisons to teachers: Pam Cafery, middle school science supervisor; Karen Folsom, Natures Classroom administrator; Dan McFarland, high school supervisor; and Shana Tirado, elementary science supervisor. These liaisons helped get the word out to classroom teachers. The District recognizes the critical role STEM education science, technology, engineering and mathematics plays in preparing students for the future, said Hull. With the help of the grant program, students will learn the importance of protecting and conserving Floridas water resources through STEM-based education projects. The South Hillsborough County awardees include: School, will receive $2,879. Students will develop a self-sustaining aquaponic and aquaculture system, testing nutrient levels, plant growth and fish survival. Elementary School, will receive $1,624. Students will maintain hydroponic and container gardens, comparing them to traditional gardening. Elementary School, will receive $608. Students will travel to a water treatment facility and design educational board games focusing on water stewardship. School, will receive $2,650. Students will take a Florida Aquarium eco-tour where they will observe biodiversity and test water quality. Lifeguards needed at local parksThe Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department is looking for parttime lifeguards at E.G. Simmons Park and Lithia Springs Park. A qualified candidate must be at least 16 years of age and a current high school student, or must be a high school graduate or must possess a GED Certification. In addition, candidates must have possession of a current American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Certification, current American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer Certification, and a current American Red Cross First Aid Certification. These positions pays $9 an hour. Training to obtain the American Red Cross Lifeguard Certifications can be provided through Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation. For more information, call C. Kiddy, E.G. Simmons Park, at 671-7655, or R. Donnell, Lithia Springs Park, at 744-5572. 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. 22 -Bar Games at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23 Feather Your Nest Game at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24 Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. NO Dinner. NO Music. Sunday, Dec. 25 Christmas Day from 1 to 8 p.m. Merry Christmas everyone! NO Feather Your Nest tonight. Monday, Dec. 26 Bingo at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27 Come on down and socialize. Wednesday, Dec. 28 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. School, will receive $1,200. Students will learn about the technologies of desalination and wastewater treatment. High School, will receive $732. Students will canoe in two campus ponds where they will conduct a field study to compare several aspects of water quality. erview High School, will receive $2,450. Students will complete a biological survey of the Crystal Springs Preserve and assess the health of the Hillsborough River system. This year 157 Splash! grants were awarded across the Districts 16 -county region to educate students on Floridas water. The goal of the Splash! school grant program is to provide teachers with funding to enhance student knowledge of freshwater resources issues. Splash! school grants provide up to $3,000 per school on a reimbursement basis and are available to public, charter and private school teachers. Past Splash! grant projects include student monitoring of local water quality, environmental field studies and outreach campaigns designed to encourage water conservation. In addition to Splash! grant funding, the District offers free teacher professional development workshops and curriculum materials. The publications are correlated to Floridas Next Generation Sunshine State Science Standards and can also be ordered on the Districts website at WaterMatters. org/publications/.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.

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I think, perhaps, that it is merely the fabrication of a handful of people with too much time on their hands and a media in search of new and evermore controversial things to get people riled up about. Now entering the half-century mark on this planet, Ive yet to come across anyone who took offense when I wished them a Merry Christmas. I know that I certainly wouldnt take offense if someone wished me a Happy Hanukah. To be honest, Id be honored because that meant the person saying it thought enough of me to include me in something that was important to them. Besides, the chance of anyone wrongfully wishing someone a Merry Christmas is remote, at best. A Gallup poll a few years ago found that despite 80 percent of Americans identifying with a Christian faith, 93 percent of Americans celebrated Christmas. In other words, the odds are strongly with you in making the traditional wish to another person even to a stranger. Now I know that some may consider this as evidence of a war on Merry Christmas! There, I said it.By Mitch Traphagenmitch@observernews.net Christmas: if non-Christians are celebrating it, then it has lost all meaning. To that I say, bah humbug! If you are a Christian of deep faith and an atheist has a Christmas tree and gives presents, how exactly does that diminish your faith? And since when is altruistic generosity in buying gifts for others considered war on Christianity? There is joy in this season for people of all faiths and even for those who lack faith. I believe it is more important to spread that joy, to be a vessel of the joy that surrounds us this time of year, rather than to grumble about stuff that is all too easily imagined or is best relegated to meaningless fodder. Each week I receive information on dozens of polls hoping Ill publish the results in the pages of this newspaper. A few weeks ago, I received two that really struck me. One stated that most Americans believe that kids should be able to pray in schools. Another stated that most Americans believe people should be allowed to have nativity scenes in their yards. Well, hey! Ive got some great news for you! Both things have already been granted to you! There is absolutely nothing that says a kid cant pray in school. Im pretty sure many have probably even a few that would consider themselves atheists while sitting down forsay, a final exam in geometry. And unless you live in the Deed Restricted Community From Hell, there is no one out there who can tell you that you cant have a nativity scene. (Unless, of course, you are one of those who insist on using real actors and live animals as part of it those donkeys can make a mess and infants probably shouldnt be expected to put in long hours and days in the manger without some serious compensation.) I guess its ironic that I should be fanning the flames of any notion that a war on Christmas is partially media-induced normally I bristle a bit when people blame the media for any and all manner of societys ills. Personally, I think there is more of a war on the media than a war on Christmas. Lamestream media, Faux Noise, Liberal media those commonly used phrases are not meant as compliments. I believe that some people are becoming so hardened in their own personal opinions that they tend to strike out and attack anything that might offer an opposing view and specifically any view that proves their position wrong. And there are other people, politicians and talking heads mostly, that take advantage of that and play into it, thus furthering the deterioration. That said, the media is by no means innocent. Almost all media outlets are for-profit businesses and if people respond to controversy (whether real or imagined), then theyll happily feed it to the public by the ginormous spoonful. It feels like todays problems are so immense that there is little any of us can do as individuals to resolve them and the frustration over those problems builds to the point where some of us feel isolated and personally attacked by them. Thus while no one person can do anything about huge bank bailouts or government officials violating the public trust, we can lash out when we feel as though OUR version of Christmas is threatened. So that is exactly what we do. But to me, Christmas is in our own hearts and souls. Im quite certain it means something different to each of us and no one can take that away. No one can declare MITCH T TRAPHAGEN P PHOTOYes, thats right even dogs and cats love Christmas See OBSERVATIONS, page 19

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I dont have her to buy for this year, but I find myself seeing all kinds of things she would love. This year, instead of spending the day at the assisted living where Mom existed in her own little world, I am free to spend it with local friends. It will be the first Christmas in 53 years I havent spent with my Mother. It feels odd. But it is also a time for me to make some new traditions for the holidays. In the 5 and a half years Ive been married to Husband, he has gone with me to sit with my mother, even though she had no idea who we were. He and I have never had a Christmas to ourselves or been able to make our own plans. This is the year we start. Making new starts can be difficult, but it can also be liberating. Its a little like starting an exercise program. The first time there is pain and soreness, but also sense of accomplishment that we actually did it. Finally, in time, there is enjoyment is the new activity. May all of you facing new situations take comfort in knowing you are not alone. To each and every one of you, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a peaceful New Year. Be safe. Be with people you love and who love you back. Enjoy all the wonders of the season. God bless.TECH TALKBy: Dana Dittmar, Executive DirectorSCC Chamber News You, Me, and BusinessFor the second time this year, the banquet room at the Chamber held a funeral for one of our own. When I accepted this position over a year ago, it never occurred to me I would be officiating at remembrance services. I never saw that in the job description. And yet, I am touched that two families wanted their loved ones honored here because they considered our Chamber members extended family. That says a lot about our members. Before the official service started at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, members were coming here to drop off food and offering to help set up. At the end of the day, they also stayed and cleaned up, making sure the family had care packages of sandwiches and cheese trays. John F. Kennedy was an insurance agent to most of us, and a good friend and a great guy to those of us lucky enough to have known him. Yes, we teased him about the name. We even nicknamed him The Grassy Knoll and made corny airport jokes whenever someone yelled out Hi, Jack! He was a man of integrity, a quick wit, and a devoted father to his son, John Jr. and daughter, Jackie. He was the love of wife Joyces life. It will be a difficult holiday season for the families of Frank King and Jack Kennedy. This will be their first Christmas without them, and that will be tough. I can You, Me & BusinessBy Dana Dittmar Ruskins Terrific Kids for NovemberDaisy Rodriguez, Kimberly Sanchez, Alondra Banuelas,Viviana Arellano, Estevan Robledo, Tyhara Ruiz, Alejandro Aguirre, Diego Ramos, Emma Oakes, Jennifer Salinas, Melany Garcia, Salvador Hernandez Cordova, Denise Gutierrez, Aaron Guerra, Johanna Galicia, Jason Dominguez, Ivan Luna, William Figueroa, Jennifer Cerecero, Giselle Meneses, Brianna Monrial, Erica Valdez, Sorenity Knapp, Kaydance Hartvigson, Julitza Herrera, Shelby Leathers, Zachary McGlinsey, Kaden Epps, Jaime Herrera Ochoa, Yadiel Davila, Celia Gomez, Alexis Norris, Joshua Beeche, Samuel Guerra, Andrew Mendiola, Cesar Ramos Galicia, Jesus Samaniega, Jr., Robert Heron, Cinthia Hernandez, Perla Garcia--Macias, Adam Martinez, Noel Perez, Cyncere Jones, Kelly Marabito, Francisco Martinez, Vianey Illan, Melanie Cerecero, Emma Duholke, Emilio Quirino, Brian Tran, Jessica Perez, Stephanie Flores, Savannah Bazemore, Jelissa Garcia, Victor Ochoa. Kiwanis members: Joe Nargawala and Mr. and Mrs Wirick; Principal: Lisa Amos. Those that received the award but were not present were: Isabella Spoto, Lissy Rosario, Yuliana Jimenez, Keila Maldonado, Victor Ochoa. Good Samaritan hosts Family Salsa FestThe Good Samaritan Mission a 501(c)3 will have the 1st annual Family Salsa Fest on Saturday, March 31. The festival will take place on the grounds of the Good Samaritan Mission located at 14920 Balm Wimauma Road. The Good Samaritan Mission is looking for sponsors and vendors to help them achieve the goal of raising funds to assist needy families in and around the community. For the past 27 years, the Good Samaritan Mission has dramatically impacted the lives of individuals and families, regardless of race, creed and socio--economic status. The Good Samaritan Mission has accomplished this goal by providing at no charge, essentials such as food, clothes, counseling, education and vocational programs to anyone in need. For more email Kathy@familysalsafest.com or visit www.familysalsafest.com

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Doctors Check Up After youve found a few Medicare-approved doctors that are accepting new patients, there are plenty of resources available today that can help you research them. Some of the best include HealthGrades, Vitals and RateMDs. These are free doctor-rating websites that provide important background information as well as consumer comments and ratings from past patients. Heres a breakdown of what each site offers: depth profiles on around 750,000 U.S. physicians including their education and training, hospital affiliations, board certification, awards and recognitions, professional misconduct, disciplinary action and malpractice records. It also offers a 5-star ratings scale from past patients on a number of issues like communication and listening skills, wait time, time spent with the patient, office friendliness and more. Dear Savvy Senior, What resources are available to help seniors locate and research Medicare doctors? My husband and I are approaching age 65 and need to find a new internist or primary care doctor who accepts Medicare. Our current doctor is not enrolled with Medicare and will not continue seeing us as Medicare patients. Looking For Care Dear Looking, Depending on where you live, finding a new primary care doctor or specialist that accepts Medicare patients can be challenging. Because of low reimbursement rates and greater paperwork hassles, many doctors today have opted out of Medicare or theyre not accepting new patients with Medicare coverage. With that said, Medicare is now offering a service that makes finding Medicare-approved doctors a little easier. And, there are a number of good resources available today that can help you check up on prospective doctors for free. Heres what you should know. Medicare Doctors The governments new online Physician Compare tool is one of the easiest ways to locate doctors in your area that accept traditional Medicare. Just go to www. medicare.gov/find-a-doctor where you can do a search by physicians name, medical specialty or by geographic location. Or, if you dont have Internet access you can also get this information by calling 800-633-4227. Keep in mind, though, that locating a Medicare-approved doctor doesnt guarantee youll be accepted as a patient. Many doctors limit the number of Medicare patients they accept while others have a full patient roster dont accept any new patients. Youll need to call the individual doctors office to find out. Another option you may want to consider is to join a Medicare Advantage plan. These are government approved, private health plans (usually HMOs and PPOs) sold by insurance companies By Jim Miller How to Find and Research Doctors Who Accept Medicare THE SAVVY SENIOR basic background information on around 720,000 U.S. doctors along with unedited comments from past patients and ratings on things like promptness, bedside manner, accurate diagnosis and more. ratings and anonymous comments from past patients. Its a good idea to check out all three doctor-rating sites so you can get a bigger sampling and a better feel of how previous patients are rating a particular doctor. Fee-Based Help Another good resource to help you gather information is at angieslist.com (888-888-5478). This is a fee-based membership service that also offers doctors ratings and reviews from other members in your area for $7.60 for one month or $25 for the year. Or, consider purchasing a copy of the Consumers Guide to Top Doctors. Created by Consumers Checkbook, a nonprofit consumer organization, this book will help you find top-rated doctors that have been recommended by other doctors. Their database lists 24,000 physicians, in 35 different fields of specialty, in 50 metro areas. The cost for this guide is $25 plus shipping and handling (call 800213-7283 to order a copy), or you can view the information online at checkbook.org/doctors for $25. 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.Volunteer recognizedGeorge Shambaugh accumulated over 600 volunteer hours at Camp Bayou doing a range of tasks from clearing brush to teaching kids about ants and other insects. The Volunteer of the Year Award 2011 presentation was followed by a potluck lunch. George Shambaugh is presented with the Volunteer of the Year Award 2011 by Jeri Hundertmark at the end of the year meeting SOUTHSHORE RREGIONAL LLIBRARYLibrary Closes at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 22 through Friday, Dec. 23 Library Closed on Sunday, Dec. 25 through Tuesday, Dec. 27 Library Closes at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 28 through Friday, Dec. 30 Deaf and Hearing Connection Telephone Distribution Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc. (FTRI) provides free specialized equipment and training to qualified Florida residents who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech-impaired. The equipment enables them to place and receive phone calls. eBooks, eReaders and Digital Media Want to read eBooks? Dont fret, help is on the way! Demonstration of the Overdrive Media Console and Adobe Digital Editions; learn how to check out & download eBooks to your PC or eReader. Learn to transfer media from CDs and digital cameras to your PC. Learn about creating MP3s and MP3 players. Registration available upon opening of Library. 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) FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30TH8:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. .......................................Mass CATHOLIC COME HOME!

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Until the economy fell into a recession, layaway had all but disappeared as most people simply used credit cards to make such purchases. Kmart stores still offer layaway year around, but it has only been this year that Walmart has reinstated the practice on toys and electronics for the Christmas season. This year, a trend in anonymously paying off layaway accounts has swept the nation, with some news agencies reporting that it began when a woman in Grand Rapids, Michigan, paid off the layaway bills for three families at the beginning of December. When told of this, Betty said, With that one act, someone in Michigan started something like this. It feels good to be able to gift someones gift. It feels like Christmas the feeling is awesome, to be able to provide comfort to someone else. They are called secret Santas and layaway angels and across the country, people like Betty are quietly turning Christmas into a miracle for thousands of families. Arguments about the commercialization of the religious holiday mean little to a child without gifts under a tree or even a tree itself. Such arguments also ring hollow to parents who are struggling financially yet want to provide something for their children on Christmas. For Betty, paying off the layaway account for someone shell never know isnt about judgment of financial woes, it is simply to help another person, someone perhaps less fortunate than herself, during the season of giving. On Monday, the Chronicle-Telegram newspaper of Elyria, Ohio, reported that one man anonymously paid off the accounts of 23 families, totaling nearly $8,800. Earlier, The Associated Press reported that an anonymous donor in California spent $9,800 to pay off the accounts of 63 families, and a man in Montana paid off the accounts of six customers who were behind in their payments and had been told their items would be returned to the store inventory. In between are uncounted reports of people anonymously paying $50 or $100 to settle tabs for the Christmas wishes of children theyll never meet. And its not just layaway accounts. One Florida Walmart has reported that an anonymous man purchased 25 $100 gift cards to be distributed to people who appeared to need them. When contacted, all donors said the same thing as Betty: they just want to help. The doll began to haunt her. When Betty was told that Sunday was the last day Christmas layaway accounts could be paid, she drove back to the Walmart in Wimauma, prepared to pay the $30 bill she had passed up to pay for the bicycle. Ivette told her the account had been paid off and Walmart had already contacted everyone else who still had remaining balances. She also told Betty that she talked to the woman who had the bicycle on layaway. The woman was shocked, Ivette said, and asked for Bettys name so she could do something for her or thank her somehow. Ivette told the woman it was an anonymous gift and she didnt know her name. And neither do you as Betty, of course, is not her real name. Ivette said the woman then began to cry.Christmas angels%  World of Suzie Vong recognizes local teachersSuzie Vong, owner of the World of Suzie Vong in the plaza near Home Depot in Sun City Center, made the holidays brighter for five local teachers. On Dec. 16, Vong threw a party to recognize the teachers of the year from five area schools, presenting them and The American Business Womens Association with checks totaling $1,743. The teachers of the year were Stacie Cleary of East Bay High School, Karen Boosinger of Hillsborough Community College, Christine Wasylkiw of Lennard High School, Tania Villa of Eisenhower Middle School, and Liana Daigle of Shields Middle School. School administrators were also invited and were presented with poinsettias. The American Business Womens Association provides college funding for students. For more information, visit the World of Suzie Vong at 3820 Sun City Center Blvd or call 813-634-5552.MITCH T TRAPHAGEN PPHOTOS

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X 10 The Ruskin Moose Lodge #813 is located at www.lodge813.moosepages.org WEEKLY EVENTS UPCOMING EVENTS Friday, Dec. 23 7-11 p.m Caribbean Cowboys Saturday, Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Vigil with Kim Mullins Sunday, Dec. 25 Lodge open Friday, Dec. 30 7-11 p.m. Rolling River Band Saturday, Dec. 31 New Year Eve Dinner and Dance with Rolling River Band Sunday, Jan. 1 Lodge open at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 13 7-11 p.m. Calvin O RUSKIN Moose Lodge #813 UPCOMING EVENTS Summerfield Crossings Terrific Kids Garcia, Trevor Marchetti, Viviana Vallejo. I asked. down his face. had a fight with his father, and had run away. For two years he had Each year since then, I have done this, and I learned what the real The Year I Lived Christmas Gibsonton Elementary Terrific Kids are Responsible Mendoza and Aiden Oakley, Andrea Garza Flores, Andrew Guerrero, Taylor Watkins. Eagles Set Their Weekly Activities Ruskin VFW Post #6287 and MAVFW on the 3rd Thursday Thursday, Dec. 22 Friday, Dec. 23 Saturday, Dec. 24 Turkey Shoot Sunday, Dec. 25 Merry Christ Monday, Dec. 26 Tuesday, Dec. 27 Wednesday, Dec. 28 Riverview Memorial VFW Post #8108 MEETINGS MEALS to noon CANTEEN HAPPENINGS

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Boats are here from across the nation with decorated boats of all creations. Friends are being made, by anglers of all age. Kindness is everywhere, as they smell the cool fresh air. Groups are gathering together and there is lots of talk about our weather. Every boat seems to have a greeter, as each boat stops for a meeting. A circle was made to make room for others, all talking as if they were brothers. Fish Tales were filling the air, as stories were being told by the young and the old. One Fish Tale led to another, each one bigger than the other. Kind words filled the air; with each without a care. More boats came afloat, each telling a fishing joke. Santa Claus was part of many crews, Those not in the Christmas spirit were but a few. Mullet were jumping through the night, But not a net was in sight. Sheepshead were enjoying the night, They loved to eat, with all the light. Permit were there out of sight, They were afraid of all the noise of the night. Sharks were hanging around, Thinking some food may be found. Flounder were deep asleep on the bottom sand, But soon awaken by the loud voices of man. The amberjacks were having a ball, Ready to join the party at any call. The trout were hiding in a hole, Hoping that no one had a fishing pole. Redfish and snook were playing hide and seek, Each popping up to take a peek. The tarpon and dolphin were joining the chatter, Wondering what was the matter. Grouper were watching the boats with an evil eye, Checking out the chatter and laughter and rushed away to hereafter. What a sight to see -anglers by the dozens, acting like kissing cousins. Hours had gone by and then a rumble in the sky, All together they yelled, Look at the weather. All looking at a huge cloud, And yelling out loud. What do we hear? Why, its Santa Claus and his reindeer! All motors started to roar, As they made their way back to shore. Where else could one spend Christmas day, than on the beautiful waters of Tampa Bay. A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL! Aleta Jonie Maschek is a member of Florida Outdoor Press. Fish TalesBy Jonie Maschek The Community Foundation of Greater Sun City Center, Hadley and Helen Hill Fund, has awarded a $5000 grant to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Prince Peace Conference for Eviction Prevention. The grant funds will be used to help poor and needy families avoid eviction from their homes.Families living in Sun City Center, Wimauma, and Balm are eligible to apply for assistance. Applicants must produce a photo ID, proof of residency, and a legal eviction notice to be eligible for SCC Community Foundation awards $5000 grant to eviction preventionconsideration by the Prince of Peace Conference. Those seeking help under this grant may apply at Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission Church, Tepeyac Hall, 16650 U.S. Hwy. 301, Wimauma between 10 a.m. and noon on the first and third Tuesday of each month. On behalf of the families the grant will benefit the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Prince of Peace Conference would like to thank the Community Foundation for their generosity and support. New Eagles Aerie formingThe Fraternal Order of Eagles has a long-standing tradition of philanthropic work around the United States and Canada. Since 1898, the Order has emphasized helping those in need and building a solid moral foundation within our communities. In 2008, 700 delegates unanimously approved a five-year $25 million dollar commitment to The University of Iowa to build The Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center. Through the Diabetes Research Center, the Eagles look to help find a cure for this debilitating disease that currently affects nearly 30 million people across the United States and Canada. As of Oct. 30, the organization has presented $10 million to the university and is on track to meet the commitment made two years ago in Louisville, KY, at the annual International Convention. The project is just the latest in a line of remarkable contributions to society from the Eagles including the Mothers Day holiday, Social Security and the Jobs After 40 program. Each year the organization donates millions of dollars to hospitals and charities around North America that help aid people afflicted by a wide range of diseases and hardships. They take tremendous pride in their work as an organization and feel it is necessary to make the public aware that they are much more than just a corner bar. They invite all fellow community members to come out to the local Aerie and find out for themselves what the spirit of People Helping People is all about. To find out more about the Eagles and their many charities and efforts, they are trying to start a new Aerie in the Riverview/Gibsonton/Fishhawk area. They are meeting at the Riverview Moose every Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. on Honeywell Road. For more information, call Scott or Sue Chase at (813) 641-9122.

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12 DECEMBER 22, 2011Caregivers Group going strongThe first and longest-running Caregivers Support Group, sponsored by the (then) new Coalition for Mental Health and Aging, is still going strong. Since it began almost a decade ago, hundreds of people have been served by the supportive and caring nature of the group members. Public understanding and acceptance of the value of support groups has increased greatly during the past few years since caring for a chronically ill family member can be devastating for the caregiver. In fact, it is reported that 60 percent of caregivers die before the patient dies. In a relaxed, confidential, and friendly atmosphere, people come together to share experiences and develop coping skills. The group is modernated by retired mental health professionals. There is no charge for this group and all South County residents are invited to attend. The group meets from 1 to 3 p.m. every Thursday in the boardroom of the Sun Trust Bank, 1525 Rickenbacker Dr., Sun City Center. For more information, call Bernice at (813) 633-1886 or Fern at (813) 634-7911. The South Shore Senior Singles group, a ministry of the Sun City Center United Methodist Church (SSUMC), will meet for a Christmas party at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 22, at Sunset Bar and Grille at Little Harbor in Ruskin. A $5 gift exchange will be held. On the first and third Saturday of each month, beginning in January, they will meet at the Alpha Pizza House in Apollo Beach for dinner, music and dancing by Thor Stevens at 5 p.m. on Jan. 7 and Jan. 21. Note change of time and days. This is now a twice-monthly activity. Thor is scheduled to play on Saturdays. Join the fun! The South Shore Senior Singles group was organized for those age 50+, for all the South Shore area to provide a non-threatening atmosphere for singles to meet and have fun. Senior Singles meet for Christmas party South Bay Kids entertain at retirement center H&R Block Tax Pros offer quick tipsTis the season for giving and in addition to a lighter heart, taxpayers can still reap the tax benefits of donating cash, goods or time to their favorite causes for the 2011 year: For Monetary Donations: receipt of the donation including the date, the amount and the name of the qualifying organization. If the cash donation is less than $250, then a statement from your bank displaying this same information will suffice. those made by cash, check, debit card, credit card, payroll deduction or automatic bank account withdrawal. of appreciation to those who donate money. Certain types of gifts may affect how much of a donation can be deducted. It is recommended that taxpayers consult a tax professional and appropriate tax documents for specifics. New and Used Item Donations: hold items must be in condition good enough to be re-sold at a thrift store to qualify. taxpayers must maintain a written receipt of the items donated with the date and the nonprofits information. guide is a good source to use for estimating the fair market value of most common items. market value is more than $500 or is not in good condition, a written appraisal of the item from a qualified appraiser is required. Donating Time/Volunteering: tolls and other travel expenses used during their service to qualifying causes/organizations. Taxpayers may even be able to deduct more of these expenses if they use their vehicle as part of their service. Time spent volunteering is not deductable. Other Types of Donations: 31, senior citizens who are 70 (and a half) years old or older have the option of donating to organizations directly from an IRA. Taxpayers should make sure they are prepared with proper documentation from both the organization and IRA provider. erty i.e., stocks, real estate, art and antiques are deductable. However, whether the property has appreciated or depreciated in value since its purchase will determine the amount of the deduction. Taxpayers are encouraged to consult a tax professional and appropriate tax forms for more details.What could be better on a Saturday morning than a group of energetic youngsters singing upbeat Christmas songs? The residents of Sun City Senior Living were entertained by a young cast from South Bay Church who sang songs from their recent play Arrest These Merry Gentlemen. After their performance the kids distributed candy canes and postcards and visited with their hosts. South Bay Church is located in Riverview, just south of Big Bend Road.CHERE SIMMONS PHOTOSHoliday dollar stretchersWant to live better on the money you already make? Visit www.stretcher.com to find hundreds of articles to help you stretch your day and your dollar! Holiday wrapping paperGo to your local newspaper office and purchase the leftover rolls of paper. This makes great gift-wrapping paper. It also works great for coloring sheets. Michelle in MorrisOffice giftsOffice workers often purchase gifts for each other and this can get out of hand when trying to reciprocate, etc. A great idea to help alleviate the problem is to buy a large basket at a thrift store and make a decision about the recipient of the gift. Some ideas include a homeless shelter, womens shelter, etc. Call a local church or the center itself to find out what items are needed. Everyone in the office should add items to the basket and pay it forward instead of purchasing for each other. We do this at church for a womens shelter in lieu of gifts. It is very well appreciated by all! Jamie B. Gift cards are small, so you can always put them with something. Go to the thrift store and buy a bunch of stuffed animals, dolls, or other toys. You can buy them for around a quarter and in all sizes and styles. A cute little teddy bear holding the gift card for your niece or a GI Joe for the soldier in your family will put a smile on their face. Chris

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Statistical Source: Wall Street Journal 9/17/111653 Sun City Center Plaza Sun City Center, FL 33573 Brenda Bates, L.P.N.Patient Advocate Service Call today for more information (941) 388-7290 The Ruskin Womans Clubwould like to wish the community a very Thanks for all the donations weve received! For donation information, please call 813-645-3136 Their compound is enclosed in high chain link fencing and encased in multiple rolls of wire. There are none of the views touted by real estate sellers on the outside. Their doorless cells in long barracks are charitably described as spare; no windows, no pictures on walls, no touches of color to relieve the monotonous shades of brown. A cot, a mattress, covering linens comprise the accommodations. They wear the uniform gray pants and shirts day after day, week after week, month after month. They cannot smoke anywhere on prison property. Some days, the only opportunities for human interaction are with guards or other inmates. Violating the rules can result in even more stringent confinement; a version of total isolation or transfer to another institution. Their days, most of them like the one before and the one following, are ordered to a degree by the work to be done. And, the essence of imprisonment is not only loss of even the smallest, once-taken-forgranted freedoms but also the loss of most privacy rights. Beyond the disciplines and deprivations, however, are the missions of a facility such as HCI to help female inmates build self esteem through appropriate achievement and constructive acceptance, plus equip them with marketable skills that can lead to livelihoods upon release. They have access to a substantial list of training and mentoring programs conducted on their compound by hundreds of volunteers, many of them retired professionals coming from surrounding communities such as Sun City Center and Valencia Lakes. With the help of the trained volunteers, inmates can complete high school, obtaining a GED or become proficient in computer and software use or obtain certification in culinary arts where they learn, for example, the same cake decorating skills practiced in Publix bakeries. There are classes in creative writing, in the dramatic arts and in the various media of the visual arts. The women can attend classes where the intricacies of fine sewing are taught and where the carpentry of wood products manufacture is covered in detail. They have a vegetable garden and are investigating hydroponics as a plant growing method. Inmates can learn the ins and outs of dressing for success in todays business world and command the elements of a resume and master the various tasks involved in personal financial management after instruction. They can take part in a story time Mom program where those with children read aloud to them by way of DVDs that then are sent to the youngsters. They participate in several athletic activities tennis, volleyball, pickle ball learning about fitness in the process. They also can become members of work crews which handle tasks under supervision in public venues that otherwise would require tax payer dollars to accomplish with paid help. And, of course, as inmates in a faith-based facility, they can attend Bible study sessions using the Christian Bible explored on a non-denominational basis. They also have access to study in other faiths, if that is their choice, Smith notes. Then, theres a new program under consideration that would pair inmates with young dogs from area shelters, the warden adds. It is envisioned that interested women would temporarily keep and train dogs in basic obedience, aiming to make the animal more adoptable when returned to the shelter. All of this, and more, was acknowledged last week when the family of HCI inmates and their family of volunteers met on the compound for an afternoon of holiday delights, amid much laughter and not a few tears shed in happiness and gratitude. Gathered first in their chapel, 65 of the inmates offered their gift, a multi-act revue written, directed and produced for the fourth year by their fellow inmate, Denise Turbyville. They sang, danced and delivered comic routines as part of a story line calling for Christmas pageant auditions, with an underlying message about the genuine meaning of an observance that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Creating costumes fashioned from whatever fabric or borrowed garments they could lay hands on, many of them demonstrated, often with joyful abandon, native talents from solo interpretative dance to choral singing that would be competitive on many stages in the world beyond their fences. Others helped carry the storyline forward, performing in roles that held the production together and delivered the desired message emphasizing the value of fellowship over commercialism. After the revue, many dozens of volunteers were served a full meal topped off with a choice of holiday cakes, including the traditional Red Velvet and Carrot varieties, baked and decorated by inmates in the culinary arts class which would like to sell some of its baked beauties. It also was an occasion to look back on a tumultuous year in which the prison was threatened with closure in a cost cutting move by Floridas Department of Corrections and then spared with the help of crusading advocates, an outspoken state senator and Hillsborough County commissioners. Before it was over, Smith and her assistant warden, Angel Velez, were presented hand made quilts designed and created by sewing class members as the two were praised for their efforts, bringing on another tearful moment. This time, it was Smith, the no-nonsense lady warden, whose eyes shown as she expressed appreciation and tried to focus on the integral part in the prisons progress played by volunteers, while Velez discreetly extended a fresh handkerchief. More tears surfaced when volunteers lined a walkway on the compound and inmates queued up to receive large gift bags distributed by Santa and filled through $7,000 contributed by the volunteer force. Embracing ensued as members of each family shared one last moment of togetherness, of gratitude, of caring, of understanding what Christmas is. Recidivism or the rate of return to prison among HCI inmates completing their sentences and leaving the penal system is less than 14 percent, Smith says. That figure suggests that at least 86 percent of the discharged women inmates find their way back to constructive lives, on more solid footing, able to earn livings and to deal with the challenges maybe even with some good memories of life-altering imprisonment. Copyright 2011 Melody Jameson Unusual South County Christmas%  Many of the finished items made by inmates at HCI in their various classes are donated to charities benefitting children. Here, Volunteer Nancy Williams, a vigorous advocate who calls herself a cheerleader for the highly successful womans prison, shows off a collection of inmate wood working projects that will become unique gifts for youngsters in the area.MELODY JAmMESON PHOTOSIn keeping with the non-denominational Bible study that is a foundation program in a prison such as HCI, inmate Carol Carter (above) portrayed the announcing angel in an intricate musical number featured during the revue of variety acts. Warden Robin Smith

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B & ECorner of US 41 & Flamingo DriveApollo Beach, FL 33572 Call for appt. 813-244-0341 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) FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30TH8:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. .......................................Mass CATHOLIC COME HOME! war on it because it would be a losing battle. As long as you remain true to your heart and soul, Christmas is never under any threat whatsoever. And speaking of the media (and war, to a degree) the speed at which thorough coverage came out upon the death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il was impressive and the big media outlets deserve kudos for it. Someone has to write all of that stuff and, as most of America awoke Monday morning; their computer screens were already filled with stories about a lunatic man few really knew much about. Of course, in all likelihood, that coverage will soon descend into some politicaloriented smite-fest via those same outlets by the ginormous spoonful, but I cant imagine anyone faulting the depth of coverage provided literally within minutes of the latenight breaking story. Yet perhaps not ironically, revealing just how much the media world has changed, I think the best quote of all came via Twitter from Joshua Trevio, Vice President for Communications at the Texas Public Policy Foundation:Joshua Trevio @jstrevino Id like to think God let Havel and Hitchens pick the third. posted to Twitter, December 20, twitter.com/jstrevinoTrevio was referring to the fact that such things often seem to happen in threes. More specifically, he was referring to Vaclav Havel, poet, playwright, and former President of the Czech Republic who led the bloodless Velvet Revolution that has changed the world in so many ways, and to Christopher Hitchens, the famous writer with a lightning fast wit and an acid pen, who enraged some but caused millions to think. Both recently passed away and, perhaps, the two of them had a hand in having one less dictator in the world. If God indeed allowed those two men to pick anyone to pluck off the face of the Earth, surely Kim Jong Il would be a safe choice. While I am personally uncomfortable making light of death, particularly this time of year, I also find it difficult to think of someone who starved millions of people for the sake of whacked-out, worldendangering personal ambitions as a man. Regardless, with such breaking news to occupy the too-muchtime-on-their-hands pundits on the web and airwaves just days before Christmas, along with the endless stream of drivel from a Congress that just cant seem to put America first, I think it safe to declare at least a diversionary cease fire in the supposed war on Christmas. So with that, Happy Hanukah to those celebrating the eight-day holiday from Dec. 20-28 and, taking my chances with the Politically Correct Police, from the bottom of my heart I wish you all a very Merry Christmas. May you find joy in your hearts and peace in your souls. It is out there for all of us. P.S. Yes, I know Christopher Hitchens was an atheist. And I also know that, to me, God works in mysterious ways and Mr. Hitchens was blessed with incredible talent. So again, Merry Christmas to you, and to you, Mr. Hitchens, wherever you are.Observations: Merry Christmas!%  From the bottom of my heart, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas.MItTCH TRAPHAGEN PPHOtT Opoints in the 1984 Agreement that details developer-CA responsibilities. That concession involves the CAs right of first refusal in connection with any prospective sale of the golf courses and with allowing public play on the Sandpiper course, Barnes said this week. It is highly unlikely the community ever will be interested in buying any of the golf courses just as it was not interested in such purchases when the opportunities arose in the past, he added. Moreover, with addition of the former ninth hole acreage to the CA Central Campus, Barnes asserted, the proposed entertainment building can be moved further north toward the old golf course clubhouse and the lawn bowling facility then left untouched. Barnes said he forwarded a final draft of the CAs Letter of Agreement outlining the exchange to local ClubLink officials on Monday. No money is involved and no time frame for execution of the SCC Residents to pay%  agreement has been specified, he noted. Yet another new development which surfaced Thursday deals with potential financing of the proposed building program. CA directors have suggested that the estimated $3 million in costs can be covered with combined use of Capital Improvement Fund monies and a bank loan. After applying $600,000 from the fund expected to top $1.2 million by years end and thereby reducing the remaining bill to $2.4 million, a construction loan in that amount might be obtained from a local bank, repaid with approximately five percent interest over a 10-year period. Directors believe that the number of home re-sales to new residents each yeareach adding $1,500 to the fund total will more than cover loan payments estimated to be $305,450 annually. Barnes emphasized that no buildings are to be used as collateral for the loan, that the loan will not encumber any residents home and that CA annual dues will not be appropriated to pay construction costs. Membership dues, recently increased by members from $256 to $263 per year, are expected to bump up in 2014 by one to two percent to cover increased maintenance and insurance costs generated by the new buildings. A twist on that financing plan cropped up when a resident asked about options for self-financing; for residents themselves to invest in the improvements, perhaps through issue of bonds which would return interest to the investors while also financing the improvements without creating indebtedness to a bank. Barnes replied that CA directors also have considered such a financing approach but have not thoroughly investigated or evaluated the complexities involved in financing of this type. In the course of the two-hour town hall, various directors provided virtual tours of the proposed new structure interiors, using architectural renderings and computer-aided graphics. The next town hall meeting to continue review of the proposed building program is set for January 19. Meanwhile, Barnes said he also has scheduled two community coffee and conversation sessions on January 4 and 12 to further answer questions about the financing aspects. The latter meetings are to be held in the Atriums Caper Room. CA members will vote the building plan and its financing approach up or down in two referendums set for mid-February. Copyright 2011 Melody Jameson Ed Barnes SCC CA President

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20 DECEMBER 22, 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 It is not what happens to me that makes me great, but what I do. Kierkegaard 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 Area Obituaries John F. Jack Kennedy Sr.John F. Jack Kennedy, 66, of Valencia Lakes in Wimauma, Florida, passed away Monday, December 12, 2011 from complications from his brave battle with esophageal cancer, surrounded by his loving wife and children in the hospital. He was born in Toledo, Ohio and lived in Ft. Lauderdale and Wellington, Florida, Marietta, Georgia and most recently Wimauma, Florida where he resided for the last four years. Jack graduated from Central Catholic High School in Toledo and the University of Toledo where he majored in Business Administration. He had a very successful sales career, first with U. S. Gypsum Company where he won numerous contests that took him and his wife around the world. He was then promoted to District Manager in Atlanta, Georgia. After 18 years with them, he then started his own sales company, J. F. Kennedy & Associates. At first he sold construction materials, but in the last 9 years his concentration was the insurance industry. He proudly served our country for six years in the Air Force Reserves. He was a member of the University of Toledo and Michigan State Alumni, Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Riverview Chamber of Commerce, South Shore Business Association, the Sun City Chamber of Commerce, and numerous networking groups. Jack was an avid Notre Dame and Atlanta Braves fan. He was a proud FAU and UCF Alumni father. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Joyce E., his daughter, Jacqueline A. Kennedy-Garretson and son-in-law Brad M. Garretson who were married on 10-10-10, his son, John F. Kennedy, Jr. and fiance Jaclyn L. Pereira, his mother-in-law, Grace H. Mantel, his sisters, Jeanne Todak, Kathleen Kennedy, Pat Czerniakowski, and Sister Mary Sue Kennedy, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Ethel Kennedy, and his father-in-law, Gerald Mantel. The family received friends Thursday, December 15, 2011 at Zipperers Funeral Home. Funeral Mass was held on Friday, December 16, 2011 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Sun City Center. Victor F. OlyarnykVictor F. Olyarnyk, 83, of Sun City Center, Fla passed away December 16, 2011. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He retired from Ford Motor Company as a design engineer after 37 years of service. He was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and Caloosa Country Club. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Pauline; three daughters, Vicki (John) Kosin, Peggy (Al Dimercurio) Raymond and Mary (Michael) Kozlowski; a brother, Edward (Virginia) Olyarnyk; six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Funeral Mass was Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 702 Valley Forge Boulevard, Sun City Center, Fla. Burial with Military Honors was at Sarasota National Cemetery, Sarasota, Fla. Arrangements were by Sun City Center Funeral Home, Sun City Center, Fla. Neil V.PotterNeil V. Potter, 65, of Apollo Beach, FL went to be home with the Lord on Dec. 12, 2011. Neil was born on Aug. 26, 1946 in Nashua, NH. He lived in Litchfield and Hollis, NH. He graduated from Hollis High School in 1964. He served in the army from 1966 until 1969. After leaving the army he went to work at Blue Cross Blue Shield of NH. He attended Franklin Pierce College, where he received a BA in business. Neil retired in 1994 from Blue Cross Blue Shield of NH after 25 years of service. While employed there he met his loving wife of 29 years, Catherine and they lived in Boscawen, NH. Shortly after retirement they moved to Apollo Beach, FL where they have resided for the past 10 years. Neil was an active member of the Apollo Beach Community Church. Neil and Cathy loved the outdoors where they spent countless hours hunting, fishing, kayaking and camping with his brothers, their wives, family and friends. He leaves Catherine Marie Chronis Potter, his devoted wife; three brothers and their wives Floyd and Barbara Potter of Apollo Beach, FL; Robert and Jane Potter of Apollo Beach, FL and Richard and Holly Potter of Dunedin, FL; sister-inlaw Margaret Chronis Beauchesne and husband, Al; brotherin-law, Mark Chronis and his wife, Lisa all of Pembroke, NH, numerous nieces and nephews and countless friends. A memorial service will be held on Monday, Dec. 26, 2011 at 2PM at the Bell Shoals/Apollo Beach Church located on the corner of Apollo Beach Blvd. and Gulf and Sea Blvd. All family and friends are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association. Burial will be at the NH Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, NH in June 2012.Charlotte Moran Ulrich12/6/1932 12/11/2011 Charlotte Moran Ulrich, 79, of Sun City Center passed away on Sunday, December 11, 2011 after a long battle with cancer. Charlotte was born on December 6, 1932 in Atlanta, Georgia, to Edith and Bruce Moran. She was raised in Atlanta and attended the University of Georgia, graduating in 1953 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences. She later went on to get her Masters Degree in Social Sciences at Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis and worked at the Wynona Memorial Hospital in Indianapolis, IN as a Social Worker for many years. Charlotte was an active member of the LDS Church and held several teaching positions within the church over the years. Her great strength was guiding others; making each person stronger. Charlotte was kind, compassionate, considerate and an inspiration to all who knew her. Charlotte deeply loved her family. She was a devoted wife and a caring mother. She had an inner strength which was reflected in all that she did and which she passed on to her children. Charlotte was cherished by all who knew her and will be so greatly missed. Charlotte is survived by her loving husband, John M. Ulrich and her five children, Shauna Pajak (Ken) of Eagle River, AK; Dixon M Rich (Victoria) of Coppell, TX; Sheryl Reagan (Bill) of Lincoln, CA; Robin Bellefuil (Dave) of Zionsville, IN and Kim Rupert (Ron) of Clermont, FL, as well as 12 grandchildren. Services were held on Friday, December 15 at the LDS Church in Ruskin, FL. Charlotte will be interred at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell FL.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 heldDo you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

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DECEMBER 22, 2011 21 Prince of Peace Catholic Church Come Home For Christmas 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 CHURCHMinister DR. DAVID CAMPBELL INVITES YOU TO SERVICES AT OUR NEW LOCATION10:30 a.m. SUNDAYSNO 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 U.S. Hwy. 41 106 11th Ave. NE Ruskin 813-645-1714SaintAnneRuskin.orgMASSES 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 7:00 p.m. Confession .........................Thursday 6:15 p.m.; Saturday 3:45 p.m. Saint Anne Catholic ChurchSouthShore: Apollo Beach, Ruskin, Sun City and S. GibsontonVery Reverand Fr. John F. McEvoy, V.F. United Methodist hosts movie nightThe United Methodist Church will start their New Year with one of the best movies of all times on January 13, 2012. The United Methodist Church is located at 1210 Del Webb Blvd. West Sun City Center. The doors will open at 6 p.m. with the aroma of popcorn, homemade cookies, hot coffee, as well as tea. All of this plus Ann of Green Gables for a modest donation. Although this is an old movie, it is a true story about an orphan, Anne Shirley, played by Megan Follows, Tony Award winner, Colleen Dewhurst and Richard Farnsworth. The movie will start at 6:30 p.m. If you are familiar with the spectacular scenery of Prince Edward Island, Canada, you will recognize the landscape where this movie was filmed. Saint Anne continues holiday traditionSt. Anne Catholic Church of Ruskin completed their Giving Tree advent tradition for the 11th year. Since the program began over 6,000 children in need have received beautiful Christmas gifts from generous parishioners and other generous donors. Many volunteers worked diligently since October to make this program successful once again. In the true spirit of Christmas this program continues the Saint Anne tradition of reaching out to those in need.Unitarian Universalists review Christmas traditionsSCC Unitarian Universalists Fellowship Program will be Some Secular Christmas Traditions. Arch Bush, a long time member, will describe how UUs have contributed to these traditions in the fields of literature, music and decoration. Charles Dickens book, A Christmas Carol, is an undying contribution to the celebration of the holiday. A Unitarian minister, Edmonund Hamilton Sears, composed the carol It Came upon a Midnight Clear, and Charles Follen, a refugee from oppression in Europe, became a Unitarian in America and is credited with introducing the decorated Christmas tree to the United States. On Dec. 22 coffee and conversation starts at 7 p.m., in the Beth Israel/Henry Gibson Social Hall at 1115 Del Web, East, Sun City Center. The programs begin at 7:30 p.m. For more information call 8136332349.Local business chips inDavid J. Brate, owner of Brate Aluminum & Construction and his family are collecting donations for the LifeCare of Brandon Crisis Pregnancy Center. Founded in 1987, the Center is a Christ centered, non-profit outreach ministry serving the greater Brandon community including southern Hillsborough County. Through compassionate care, education, counseling, practical support, and community networking, they provide support to teens, women, couples and families who are facing the challenge of an unplanned pregnancy. Additionally, they offer hope and healing to those suffering from the heartbreak of a past abortion. The center relies on the community to support its ministry through the donation of supplies such as diapers and baby wipes and items for use by new mothers and infants, as well as financial support. Donations can be dropped off at the Brate Aluminum & Construction Office located at 1577 27th Street, SW in Ruskin. People interested in making a larger donation may call the Brate office at 813-649-1599 to arrange for pick up. The center is located at 122 North Moon Avenue in Brandon. To learn more about the Center go to their website at www.lifecareofbrandon. com or you may call them directly at 813-654-0491. The Brate family has been serving the construction and remodeling needs of the communities of SouthShore for three generations. To schedule your free project estimate call 813-649-1599.Riverside Club supports local hospiceRecently The Riverside Golf and Boating Resort in Ruskin celebrated their 6th annual Street Fest community block party. This year money raised through admissions, share the wealth drawings, an auction and a one year golf membership raffle was donated to Life Path Hospice of Sun City Center. Special thanks to these residents for their support: Tom Lavin, The Golf Cart Guy, Paul Bray, Paradise Air Conditioning, John Anzilotti Power Washing,Diane Piccola Gourd Creations, Dave Block Computer Services, Tims Mobile Home Repair and Diane Robison, American Land Lease and Solstice Communities. Many thanks to all the residents who support this event. Over the past 6 years Street Fest has raised over $14,000 for local charities.From left to right: Pat Clark, Lifestyle Director; John Wilbur, Life Path Hospice; Diane Piccola and Billy Fowler, Street Fest Committee. Where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. James 3:16

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22 DECEMBER 22, 2011Benefit to be held for The Mary & Martha HouseThe 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. Visit their Facebook page: http:// www.facebook.com/pages/108North-Production-Company/234045299950141. For more information or to order tickets, go to www.108norththeatre.com or call Ted Simon at (813) 4314183.The University of South Florida has renamed its medical college the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine in honor of the philanthropic commitment of Frank and Carol Morsani. In total, the Morsanis have given $37 million to USF Health and a total of $43 million to the university. Today, the Morsanis are announcing a new gift of $20 million to USF Health, the largest individual donation ever received by the university, to reach the total of $37 million. USF President Judy Genshaft and the USF Board of Trustees will rename the college at a meeting Thursday morning. One of the nations most successful automobile dealers, Frank Morsani has become a community leader in the Tampa Bay region and is the former chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Donations by the couple have helped build major institutions in Tampa. As a result of their total giving to USF, and the exciting opportunity of the new gift, the university is honoring them by renaming its medical college. The gift will create a dramatic new education center at USF Health, focusing on new ways to teach the team-based care of the future. The new Morsani College of Medicine building will host a true teaching clinic for patients and students, including the student-run free community clinic. It will allow students in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health and physical therapy to learn together in interprofessional teams, with a special focus on personalized medicine. In addition, the Morsanis believe so strongly in the ideas being pursued at USF that they are setting up an institute named for the current CEO of USF Health, and dean of the Morsani College of Medicine, Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA. The Stephen K. Klasko Institute for an Optimistic Future in Healthcare will drive many of USF Healths new strategic initiatives. What Steve Klasko has done is become an incubator of ideas, Frank Morsani said. He wants to change the course of American healthcare, and hes doing it right here. Weve seen what hes done, and we believe the future can be shaped now. The Morsanis generosity creates a historic opportunity for USF Health, Dr. Klasko said. Carol and Frank Morsani embody the values that make Tampa Bay and, indeed, this country great, Dr. Klasko said. They have understood the importance of family, friends, integrity and entrepreneurship and we could not be more proud that every graduate will now bear the Morsani name on their diploma. Having two people that I respect as much as anyone in the world invest in the future of USF Health is both humbling and incredibly exciting. The Morsanis have now contributed a total of $43,325,388 to USF, with $37,403,860 of that amount going to USF Health. Frank Morsani has been chair of the USF Foundation, Inc, and a reason for the success of USFs ongoing comprehensive campaign. Carol Morsani founded USFs Women in Leadership in Philanthropy, an initiative that brings women leaders into positions to have an impact with their giving. We are so fortunate to have philanthropists like Carol and Frank Morsani, said Joel Momberg, CEO of the USF Foundation and senior vice president of university advancement. They not only make gifts ... they make investments. The passion and the love they have for what we can accomplish and what we can become reflects in their generosity. To paraphrase our capital campaign slogan: The Morsanis are truly Unstoppable! As a result of the gift, USF will construct a new Morsani College of Medicine building located on the western edge of the USF campus, at the southeast corner of Bruce B Downs Blvd and Holly Drive. It will be built on the site of the former USF medical clinic. Features of the six-story center will include: A new Center for Advanced Clinical Learning, where students from all disciplines will learn the best techniques of patient care together, using both standardized patients, advanced patient simulators, and real patients. Creation of a new teaching clinic that will be a national model for free community care in a dynamic learning environment. This will enhance access to healthcare, enable us to expand our community impact and leverage the fine work of the BRIDGE Healthcare Clinic. Founded by USF Health student volunteers, this interprofessional clinic now sees 10,000 patients from the local community each year. New state-of-the-art classrooms, lecture halls and learning spaces for students. Headquarters and offices for the Morsani College of Medicine and many of its faculty. Headquarters for the Stephen K. Klasko Institute for an Optimistic Future for Healthcare. USF Health is already known for innovative education programs that are changing how health professionals learn. Those programs include: SELECT, a new MD program that educates future physician leaders. The first SELECT students arrived on campus this fall and were chosen partly based upon assessments of their emotional intelligence. CAMLS, the Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation, now under construction in downtown Tampa. At the $30 million CAMLS complex, health professionals from across the country will learn advanced surgical techniques, using the latest robotic and other medical devices, in an environment that emphasizes team training. USF Health also stresses health care that puts the patient at the center of the clinical experience. At USF Healths two new medical centers, the Carol and Frank Morsani Center for Advanced HealthCare and the South Tampa Center for Advanced HealthCare, patients are able to experience one-stop shopping. The centers will model the future of healthcare customized to each patients molecular profile, while meeting family and psychological needs at the same time. Building the new center and creating new learning pathways there will create dynamic changes for USF Health and, ultimately, for the future of medical education, Dr. Klasko said. Our vision for the Morsani College of Medicine could not be more clear or dramatic, he said. We intend to be the leaders of the revolution that will transform the future of health care education and health care delivery Not by changing the existing reality, but by creating a new model that makes the old model obsolete.Record gift to USF Health allows transformation of medical education Shriners host Christmas partyThe SCC Shrine Club of Egypt Shrine Temple held their annual Childrens Christmas party at the SCC Community Hall on December 12. Three hundred and eighty eight (388) first grade school children came from Wimauma and Ruskin to be hosted and entertained by the Egypt Clowns and the SCC Mens Chorus. They were served a luncheon and joined into singing Christmas carols with the Mens Chorus and the Shriners. As they sang Here Comes Santa Claus he arrived on cue to the screams of joy from the children. Santa gave each of the boys and girls a bag filled with Christmas presents to enjoy at home. One child stated this is the best day of my life. Close to 100 Shriners and their ladies took part in making the Childrens Christmas Party a success, and it made Our Day said Paul Davenport club member. Local children enjoying the show put on by the SCC Shrine ClubJanuary marks human trafficking awareness monthIn support of human trafficking awareness month the Sun City Center United Methodist Church located at 1210 Del Webb Blvd. West in Sun City Center is hosting from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on January 26, 2012, The Many Faces of Human Trafficking. This tuition free, four hour course is designed for community members to acquaint them with the concepts of human trafficking. The primary focus of the course is to provide an understanding of the origins, methods of operation, and indicators of trafficking along with an understanding of the unique victimization process. An emphasis will be placed on the importance of building alliances and coalitions as part of a coordinated community response to human trafficking using case studies as examples. Leading the course is Deputy Chief Dewey Williams, (Ret.), Clearwater Police Department, former Commander-Clearwater/ Tampa Bay Area Human Trafficking Task Force and Sandra Lyth, CEO, Intercultural Advocacy Institute. To register visit RCPIs web site: http://cop.spcollege.edu/cop/ Registration.htm new or phone 727-341-4100 or email JuneM. Wallace@gmail.comCommissioner sharesThe Commissioner Chair Al Higginbotham shared his personal story of overcoming adversity with over 200 inmates at Hillsborough Correctional Institution. The Commissioner had a time for questions and answers from the inmates as they expressed their thanks for the support the County Commissioners have given this faith/character based facility.Al Higginbotham and Warden Robin Smith are surrounded by the Praise Team of Hillsborough Correctional Institution. 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.Callie Callie is an adorable calico young cat that is just waiting to be brought to a forever home. She is very playful and has shown every volunteer her love of racing after cat toys, especially balls with bells, and slamming on the brake pads before coming to a screeching halt across the room. Whew! What fun. Come in and see this little racer and give her a loving forever home. Callie has been spayed and brought up-to-date on her shots as well as micro chipped. Micro-chip # 067-634-068 DOB: 06/02/2011 NikeWas a puppy when my mommy adopted me. Once I got big, she didnt want me anymore. Please come and rescue me! I want a home again so bad that some days I get really sad at the shelter. I have lost a lot of weight and look a little rough but that will change with a home. I am a Boxer mix. I got my name from the white Nike Swish on my neck. I am a goofy boy who loves to play catch me with stuffed animals and chase the hose. Once I get to know someone, I will roll over on my back for belly rubs and kiss your face all over. I also know how to sit, down, and shake and am eager to please. I would make a great companion for an active person/family who doesnt mind a dog of my size. I like other dogs as long as I dont have to share my food or toys with them and I will let you take anything from me. I am housebroken, neutered, microchipped, and current on shots. 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THE OBSERVER NEWS PRST STDPAIDRUSKIN, FLORIDA 33570 PERMIT NO. 8 Christmas angels at the layaway counterBy MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.netWIMAUMA Ivette is a young woman of poise and grace with a warm and beautiful smile. She works behind the counter of the layaway desk at Walmart in Wimauma. A handful of times over the past weekend, she was also Santas helper. Betty doesnt look anything like Santa Claus. She is 40-ish and not wealthy, and she has her own bills to pay. But on Sunday morning, she was standing at the Walmart layaway counter in the hopes of paying someone elses bill. Someone she would never meet, nor would she ever know his or her name. I would like to pay off someones layaway account, Betty said to Ivette. Ivette didnt register surprise and simply asked, How much do you want to spend? as she pulled out a big accordion file of layaway accounts. It wasnt her first request like that. Later she told Betty that between Saturday and Sunday, five people had come in to pay off someone elses layaway accounts. But that she had heard it before didnt diminish the impact. Ivette was touched, and after Betty apologized for potentially adding a headache to her day, she told her, No, thank you for doing this. Betty had the impression that Ivette was honored to take part in it; she told her that it really touches her heart when people come in to do that. Betty told Ivette she would like to spend between $50 and $70. And, if possible, she would like it to be an account with a childs bicycle on layaway. Ivette first found an account with toys that showed $41.21 still owed on it. But when she checked on the register, it turned out that someone had already paid that account off. She then found another account for a doll that had just over $30 remaining on it. Betty said she would pay for that one but would like another one as well. Ivette then found one for a childs bicycle it had $74.15 remaining on it. Unbeknownst to Betty, Sunday was the last day for layaway customers to pay on their accounts at Walmart. If not paid in full by that day, any money they had put down would be refunded to them, minus a service fee, and the merchandise, originally intended as gifts, would be returned to the shelves. As Betty pulled out four $20 bills, Ivette told her that when she calls the people to tell them their account has been paid by someone, sometimes they start to cry. It is impossible to know with certainty but the bicycle that Betty paid for may not have made it to a child for Christmas. When there is rent to pay, food to buy, and utili ties to keep current, $74.15 can be a fortune well beyond reach. Sunday was the final day that layaway accounts could be paid for Christmas pickup at Walmart, so time was running out. Layaway is a remnant of the Great Depression, a means for people to make incremental payments on items they cant afford at the moment items such as toys for Christmas gifts. The merchandise A childs bicycle stands ready to be a Christmas present at the Walmart store in Wimauma. Given the harsh realities of todays economy, even a simple bicycle is nothing more than a dream for some families.MITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTO See CHRISTMAS ANGELS, page 9 Lessons learned celebrating an unusual South County Christmas By MELODY JAMESON mj@observernews.netBALM A couple of families got together here last week to commemorate Christmas, 2011. There were frivolity and food in abundance. Many colorful gift bags filled with goodies were distributed. Hugs, tears and repeated expressions of thanks were evident everywhere. And, by the way, Christ was very much a part of this Christmas. So, you might say, sounds like any traditional holiday celebration in these parts. Probably describes scenes common in living and dining rooms, on porches and decks, all over the rural region, you could assert, as the annual in-gathering of kith and kin unfolds. Oh, but youd be wrong. Actually, it was Christmas on the compound at Hillsborough Correctional Institution (HCI), Floridas first faithbased and character-building prison for women. A place from which the resident family cannot drive away with the guests at the holidays end. A place where the visiting family is more likely to be teaching, counseling, mentoring volunteers than blood kin. On the other hand, many of the usual signs of observance were there: the decorated trees in lobbies and chapel, gifts both tangible and intangible, especially made desserts to end a special meal and, above all, a mutual appreciation for the shared time. Make no mistake, though, this is a state prison. Some 280 women, ranging from twenty-somethings to sixty-year-olds, are incarcerated here for felony crimes in the drug infraction categories up to murder in the first degree, notes Warden Robin Smith, a veteran corrections officer with 28 years of experience in the state penal system. There are shorttimers counting the weeks to release dates and lifers who may never again know the freedoms of U.S. citizenship. They are in HCI because they asked to be. See UNUSUAL CHRISTMAS, page 17 Christmas on the compound at Hillsborough Correctional Institu tion last week incorporated both secular and religious features during a multi-faceted program involving inmates and volunteers. Santa, aka volunteer Don Dionne, dropped in to distribute a large gift bag to each of the female inmates in the faith-based facility. Here, Katrina McGarrah (foreground) and Wanda Hernandez (second in line) gleefully await theirs under the approving gaze of dozens of volunteers who helped make the gifts possible.MELODY JAMESON PHOTOSBacked by members of the HCI Choir, Marolyn Isaac (above) led the group in a couple of rousing numbers during a variety revue staged entirely by inmates as their gift to the assembled volun teers. The revue included song, dance and comedy acts mixed with several numbers stress ing the religious significance of Christmas celebrations. The presentation was written, directed and produced for the fourth year by inmate Denise Turbyville.

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Among those vendors, Farmer Pete offered farm fresh produce, Pam Talbot was selling wine lights wine bottles beautifully enhanced with Christmas lights, while around the corner Maria offered various decorations with a definite Florida theme the perfect gift for friends and relatives suffering through a cold winter up north. Although Christmas will be over, its not too late the Sunday market will be back next month. Oh, and dont miss the Hungarian Beigli. The pastry is like a slice of freshly made heaven.MITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTOS Residents pave way for paying on new buildingsBy MELODY JAMESON mj@observernews.netSUN CITY CENTER Perhaps eyeing capital improvements financing on the horizon, Community Association members have increased the fee charged first-time home buyers here. This was one of several new developments arising Thursday when the CA membership assembled for a community meeting immediately followed by a town hall session centered on a proposed multi-fac eted capital improvements project. By a three-to-one majority, members approved the $300 per house increase during the meeting in their Community Hall. The final count was 951 in favor, with 314 members registering disapproval, said David Floyd, CA board secretary. The increase brings the so-called transfer fee to $1,500 from the former $1,200 level each time a SCC home is resold to an incom ing purchaser, a first-time buyer in the community. The fee also applies to current SCC residents buying additional home site properties as investments. The fees accrue in the associations long-established Capital Improvements Fund which has underwritten big-ticket construction in the past and now figures prominently in prospective financing of a proposed $3 million building program that would add two new structures plus a cafe to the communitys Central Campus on North Pebble Beach Boulevard. The financing and its related issues were a leading topic during the town hall session, the second of three scheduled over a threemonth period. The meetings are convened to give all residents opportunity to question and comment on the multi-structure proposal aimed at expanding and upgrading decades-old community facilities no longer meeting space or use demands. CA directors are proposing construction of two new buildings with modernistic facades, one a multi-purpose structure to house association offices and functions as well as the communitys Security Patrol and information center, plus a second structure with a matching updated exterior to serve primarily as an entertainment venue that can be divided into smaller spaces. The plan also includes a light food service caf with wine bar and sports bar components. The two larger structures are shown on architectural drawings as facing North Pebble Beach Boulevard, in place of the small existing CA complex. The caf is proposed for a site adjacent to the existing outdoor swimming pool and near the indoor Atrium building as well as Atrium Plaza. Such placement of the entertainment building, however, would require relocation of at least part of the lawn bowling facility. One of those new developments is a pending agreement-in-principle with ClubLink, owner of the communitys golf courses. If it is firmed up, CA President Ed Barnes told the membership, relocation of the lawn bowling facility may be avoided. Under the drafted agreement, ClubLink would provide to the community three to five acres carved from the ninth hole of the closed North Lakes Golf Course in exchange for concession on two See RESIDENTS TO PAY, page 19

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Communicate in an honest manner to those who are part of the group about the real reasons that brought about the need for change. Sometimes it may seem easier to give a good reason rather than a real reason. A good reason is one that everyone will accept as true even if it is not. As an example, we may say we do not have time to do a task we have been asked to do, when the real reason is we do not want to do it. Good reasons are easy to sell but when we are found out, we lose credibility. 2. Involve each individualto the extent possiblein the change process. It has been said that if you put a frog in a pan of water and slowly raise the temperature, he will sit there and boil to death before he moves. The same is true of most of us when it comes to change. If we become involved in it, we are less likely to object to it happening. 3. Be prepared to give reasons for and advantages of the change at the initial meeting. 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X 8 5 5 Brandon ColonMarine Corps Pfc. Brandon Colon, a 2011 graduate of East Bay Senior High School, Gibsonton, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, SC designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally. Colon and fellow recruits began their training at 5 a.m., by running three miles and performing calisthenics. In addition to the physical conditioning program, Colon spent numerous hours in classroom and field assignments which included learning first aid, uniform regulations, combat water survival, marksmanship, hand-to-hand combat and assorted weapons training. They performed close order drill and operated as a small infantry unit during field training. Colon and other recruits also received instruction on the Marine Corps core values -honor, courage and commitment, and what the core values mean in guiding personal and professional conduct. Colon and fellow recruits ended the training phase with The Crucible, a 54-hour, team evolution culminating in an emotional ceremony in which recruits are presented the Marine Corps Emblem, and addressed as Marines for the first time in their careers. Corr Elementary Terrific Kids for November Lennards Future Farmers placed thirdLennard FFA competed at the Citrus Career Development Event on Nov. 16. The team consisted of Randall Casey, Rebecca Knowles, Joshua Stanaland, and Lucas Worley. The event was held at the Florida FFA Leadership Training Center in Haines City, FL. Twenty-five high school teams from throughout Florida gathered to compete for the top spot. Lennards team placed third overall in the state. The purpose of the Citrus Evaluation CDE is to stimulate learning activities in the production and management of citrus fruit. The contest requires students to have a general knowledge of the citrus industry, and to have the ability to properly identify citrus rootstocks, varieties, leaves, pests, diseases, and weeds. Financial aid nights announcedHillsborough County Public Schools Guidance Services is hosting financial aid information nights for high school students and their families. University financial aid representatives will help participants complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), review how colleges and universities compile financial aid packages, and discuss available federal aid. For more information, call (813) 273-7203. Thursday, Jan. 12 Brandon High School 1101 Victoria St., Brandon (813) 744-8120 Tuesday, Jan. 24 Riverview High School 11311 Boyette Rd., Riverview (813) 671-5011Hillsborough County teachers awarded grantsFifty-two Hillsborough County teachers were awarded Splash! school grants through the Southwest Florida Water Management District. Mary Margaret Hull, District lead communications coordinator, attributes the effectiveness of the grant program in Hillsborough County to the strong partnership with Hillsborough County Schools. Four school district staff serve as the Districts liaisons to teachers: Pam Cafery, middle school science supervisor; Karen Folsom, Natures Classroom administrator; Dan McFarland, high school supervisor; and Shana Tirado, elementary science supervisor. These liaisons helped get the word out to classroom teachers. The District recognizes the critical role STEM education science, technology, engineering and mathematics plays in preparing students for the future, said Hull. With the help of the grant program, students will learn the importance of protecting and conserving Floridas water resources through STEM-based education projects. The South Hillsborough County awardees include: School, will receive $2,879. Students will develop a self-sustaining aquaponic and aquaculture system, testing nutrient levels, plant growth and fish survival. Elementary School, will receive $1,624. Students will maintain hydroponic and container gardens, comparing them to traditional gardening. Elementary School, will receive $608. Students will travel to a water treatment facility and design educational board games focusing on water stewardship. School, will receive $2,650. Students will take a Florida Aquarium eco-tour where they will observe biodiversity and test water quality. Lifeguards needed at local parksThe Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department is looking for parttime lifeguards at E.G. Simmons Park and Lithia Springs Park. A qualified candidate must be at least 16 years of age and a current high school student, or must be a high school graduate or must possess a GED Certification. In addition, candidates must have possession of a current American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Certification, current American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer Certification, and a current American Red Cross First Aid Certification. These positions pays $9 an hour. Training to obtain the American Red Cross Lifeguard Certifications can be provided through Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation. For more information, call C. Kiddy, E.G. Simmons Park, at 671-7655, or R. Donnell, Lithia Springs Park, at 744-5572. 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. 22 -Bar Games at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23 Feather Your Nest Game at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24 Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. NO Dinner. NO Music. Sunday, Dec. 25 Christmas Day from 1 to 8 p.m. Merry Christmas everyone! NO Feather Your Nest tonight. Monday, Dec. 26 Bingo at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27 Come on down and socialize. Wednesday, Dec. 28 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. School, will receive $1,200. Students will learn about the technologies of desalination and wastewater treatment. High School, will receive $732. Students will canoe in two campus ponds where they will conduct a field study to compare several aspects of water quality. erview High School, will receive $2,450. Students will complete a biological survey of the Crystal Springs Preserve and assess the health of the Hillsborough River system. This year 157 Splash! grants were awarded across the Districts 16 -county region to educate students on Floridas water. The goal of the Splash! school grant program is to provide teachers with funding to enhance student knowledge of freshwater resources issues. Splash! school grants provide up to $3,000 per school on a reimbursement basis and are available to public, charter and private school teachers. Past Splash! grant projects include student monitoring of local water quality, environmental field studies and outreach campaigns designed to encourage water conservation. In addition to Splash! grant funding, the District offers free teacher professional development workshops and curriculum materials. The publications are correlated to Floridas Next Generation Sunshine State Science Standards and can also be ordered on the Districts website at WaterMatters. org/publications/.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.

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I think, perhaps, that it is merely the fabrication of a handful of people with too much time on their hands and a media in search of new and evermore controversial things to get people riled up about. Now entering the half-century mark on this planet, Ive yet to come across anyone who took offense when I wished them a Merry Christmas. I know that I certainly wouldnt take offense if someone wished me a Happy Hanukah. To be honest, Id be honored because that meant the person saying it thought enough of me to include me in something that was important to them. Besides, the chance of anyone wrongfully wishing someone a Merry Christmas is remote, at best. A Gallup poll a few years ago found that despite 80 percent of Americans identifying with a Christian faith, 93 percent of Americans celebrated Christmas. In other words, the odds are strongly with you in making the traditional wish to another person even to a stranger. Now I know that some may consider this as evidence of a war on Merry Christmas! There, I said it.By Mitch Traphagenmitch@observernews.net Christmas: if non-Christians are celebrating it, then it has lost all meaning. To that I say, bah humbug! If you are a Christian of deep faith and an atheist has a Christmas tree and gives presents, how exactly does that diminish your faith? And since when is altruistic generosity in buying gifts for others considered war on Christianity? There is joy in this season for people of all faiths and even for those who lack faith. I believe it is more important to spread that joy, to be a vessel of the joy that surrounds us this time of year, rather than to grumble about stuff that is all too easily imagined or is best relegated to meaningless fodder. Each week I receive information on dozens of polls hoping Ill publish the results in the pages of this newspaper. A few weeks ago, I received two that really struck me. One stated that most Americans believe that kids should be able to pray in schools. Another stated that most Americans believe people should be allowed to have nativity scenes in their yards. Well, hey! Ive got some great news for you! Both things have already been granted to you! There is absolutely nothing that says a kid cant pray in school. Im pretty sure many have probably even a few that would consider themselves atheists while sitting down forsay, a final exam in geometry. And unless you live in the Deed Restricted Community From Hell, there is no one out there who can tell you that you cant have a nativity scene. (Unless, of course, you are one of those who insist on using real actors and live animals as part of it those donkeys can make a mess and infants probably shouldnt be expected to put in long hours and days in the manger without some serious compensation.) I guess its ironic that I should be fanning the flames of any notion that a war on Christmas is partially media-induced normally I bristle a bit when people blame the media for any and all manner of societys ills. Personally, I think there is more of a war on the media than a war on Christmas. Lamestream media, Faux Noise, Liberal media those commonly used phrases are not meant as compliments. I believe that some people are becoming so hardened in their own personal opinions that they tend to strike out and attack anything that might offer an opposing view and specifically any view that proves their position wrong. And there are other people, politicians and talking heads mostly, that take advantage of that and play into it, thus furthering the deterioration. That said, the media is by no means innocent. Almost all media outlets are for-profit businesses and if people respond to controversy (whether real or imagined), then theyll happily feed it to the public by the ginormous spoonful. It feels like todays problems are so immense that there is little any of us can do as individuals to resolve them and the frustration over those problems builds to the point where some of us feel isolated and personally attacked by them. Thus while no one person can do anything about huge bank bailouts or government officials violating the public trust, we can lash out when we feel as though OUR version of Christmas is threatened. So that is exactly what we do. But to me, Christmas is in our own hearts and souls. Im quite certain it means something different to each of us and no one can take that away. No one can declare MITCH T TRAPHAGEN P PHOTOYes, thats right even dogs and cats love Christmas See OBSERVATIONS, page 19

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I dont have her to buy for this year, but I find myself seeing all kinds of things she would love. This year, instead of spending the day at the assisted living where Mom existed in her own little world, I am free to spend it with local friends. It will be the first Christmas in 53 years I havent spent with my Mother. It feels odd. But it is also a time for me to make some new traditions for the holidays. In the 5 and a half years Ive been married to Husband, he has gone with me to sit with my mother, even though she had no idea who we were. He and I have never had a Christmas to ourselves or been able to make our own plans. This is the year we start. Making new starts can be difficult, but it can also be liberating. Its a little like starting an exercise program. The first time there is pain and soreness, but also sense of accomplishment that we actually did it. Finally, in time, there is enjoyment is the new activity. May all of you facing new situations take comfort in knowing you are not alone. To each and every one of you, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a peaceful New Year. Be safe. Be with people you love and who love you back. Enjoy all the wonders of the season. God bless.TECH TALKBy: Dana Dittmar, Executive DirectorSCC Chamber News You, Me, and BusinessFor the second time this year, the banquet room at the Chamber held a funeral for one of our own. When I accepted this position over a year ago, it never occurred to me I would be officiating at remembrance services. I never saw that in the job description. And yet, I am touched that two families wanted their loved ones honored here because they considered our Chamber members extended family. That says a lot about our members. Before the official service started at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, members were coming here to drop off food and offering to help set up. At the end of the day, they also stayed and cleaned up, making sure the family had care packages of sandwiches and cheese trays. John F. Kennedy was an insurance agent to most of us, and a good friend and a great guy to those of us lucky enough to have known him. Yes, we teased him about the name. We even nicknamed him The Grassy Knoll and made corny airport jokes whenever someone yelled out Hi, Jack! He was a man of integrity, a quick wit, and a devoted father to his son, John Jr. and daughter, Jackie. He was the love of wife Joyces life. It will be a difficult holiday season for the families of Frank King and Jack Kennedy. This will be their first Christmas without them, and that will be tough. I can You, Me & BusinessBy Dana Dittmar Ruskins Terrific Kids for NovemberDaisy Rodriguez, Kimberly Sanchez, Alondra Banuelas,Viviana Arellano, Estevan Robledo, Tyhara Ruiz, Alejandro Aguirre, Diego Ramos, Emma Oakes, Jennifer Salinas, Melany Garcia, Salvador Hernandez Cordova, Denise Gutierrez, Aaron Guerra, Johanna Galicia, Jason Dominguez, Ivan Luna, William Figueroa, Jennifer Cerecero, Giselle Meneses, Brianna Monrial, Erica Valdez, Sorenity Knapp, Kaydance Hartvigson, Julitza Herrera, Shelby Leathers, Zachary McGlinsey, Kaden Epps, Jaime Herrera Ochoa, Yadiel Davila, Celia Gomez, Alexis Norris, Joshua Beeche, Samuel Guerra, Andrew Mendiola, Cesar Ramos Galicia, Jesus Samaniega, Jr., Robert Heron, Cinthia Hernandez, Perla Garcia--Macias, Adam Martinez, Noel Perez, Cyncere Jones, Kelly Marabito, Francisco Martinez, Vianey Illan, Melanie Cerecero, Emma Duholke, Emilio Quirino, Brian Tran, Jessica Perez, Stephanie Flores, Savannah Bazemore, Jelissa Garcia, Victor Ochoa. Kiwanis members: Joe Nargawala and Mr. and Mrs Wirick; Principal: Lisa Amos. Those that received the award but were not present were: Isabella Spoto, Lissy Rosario, Yuliana Jimenez, Keila Maldonado, Victor Ochoa. Good Samaritan hosts Family Salsa FestThe Good Samaritan Mission a 501(c)3 will have the 1st annual Family Salsa Fest on Saturday, March 31. The festival will take place on the grounds of the Good Samaritan Mission located at 14920 Balm Wimauma Road. The Good Samaritan Mission is looking for sponsors and vendors to help them achieve the goal of raising funds to assist needy families in and around the community. For the past 27 years, the Good Samaritan Mission has dramatically impacted the lives of individuals and families, regardless of race, creed and socio--economic status. The Good Samaritan Mission has accomplished this goal by providing at no charge, essentials such as food, clothes, counseling, education and vocational programs to anyone in need. 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Doctors Check Up After youve found a few Medicare-approved doctors that are accepting new patients, there are plenty of resources available today that can help you research them. Some of the best include HealthGrades, Vitals and RateMDs. These are free doctor-rating websites that provide important background information as well as consumer comments and ratings from past patients. Heres a breakdown of what each site offers: depth profiles on around 750,000 U.S. physicians including their education and training, hospital affiliations, board certification, awards and recognitions, professional misconduct, disciplinary action and malpractice records. It also offers a 5-star ratings scale from past patients on a number of issues like communication and listening skills, wait time, time spent with the patient, office friendliness and more. Dear Savvy Senior, What resources are available to help seniors locate and research Medicare doctors? My husband and I are approaching age 65 and need to find a new internist or primary care doctor who accepts Medicare. Our current doctor is not enrolled with Medicare and will not continue seeing us as Medicare patients. Looking For Care Dear Looking, Depending on where you live, finding a new primary care doctor or specialist that accepts Medicare patients can be challenging. Because of low reimbursement rates and greater paperwork hassles, many doctors today have opted out of Medicare or theyre not accepting new patients with Medicare coverage. With that said, Medicare is now offering a service that makes finding Medicare-approved doctors a little easier. And, there are a number of good resources available today that can help you check up on prospective doctors for free. Heres what you should know. Medicare Doctors The governments new online Physician Compare tool is one of the easiest ways to locate doctors in your area that accept traditional Medicare. Just go to www. medicare.gov/find-a-doctor where you can do a search by physicians name, medical specialty or by geographic location. Or, if you dont have Internet access you can also get this information by calling 800-633-4227. Keep in mind, though, that locating a Medicare-approved doctor doesnt guarantee youll be accepted as a patient. Many doctors limit the number of Medicare patients they accept while others have a full patient roster dont accept any new patients. Youll need to call the individual doctors office to find out. Another option you may want to consider is to join a Medicare Advantage plan. These are government approved, private health plans (usually HMOs and PPOs) sold by insurance companies By Jim Miller How to Find and Research Doctors Who Accept Medicare THE SAVVY SENIOR basic background information on around 720,000 U.S. doctors along with unedited comments from past patients and ratings on things like promptness, bedside manner, accurate diagnosis and more. ratings and anonymous comments from past patients. Its a good idea to check out all three doctor-rating sites so you can get a bigger sampling and a better feel of how previous patients are rating a particular doctor. Fee-Based Help Another good resource to help you gather information is at angieslist.com (888-888-5478). This is a fee-based membership service that also offers doctors ratings and reviews from other members in your area for $7.60 for one month or $25 for the year. Or, consider purchasing a copy of the Consumers Guide to Top Doctors. Created by Consumers Checkbook, a nonprofit consumer organization, this book will help you find top-rated doctors that have been recommended by other doctors. Their database lists 24,000 physicians, in 35 different fields of specialty, in 50 metro areas. The cost for this guide is $25 plus shipping and handling (call 800213-7283 to order a copy), or you can view the information online at checkbook.org/doctors for $25. 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.Volunteer recognizedGeorge Shambaugh accumulated over 600 volunteer hours at Camp Bayou doing a range of tasks from clearing brush to teaching kids about ants and other insects. The Volunteer of the Year Award 2011 presentation was followed by a potluck lunch. George Shambaugh is presented with the Volunteer of the Year Award 2011 by Jeri Hundertmark at the end of the year meeting SOUTHSHORE RREGIONAL LLIBRARYLibrary Closes at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 22 through Friday, Dec. 23 Library Closed on Sunday, Dec. 25 through Tuesday, Dec. 27 Library Closes at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 28 through Friday, Dec. 30 Deaf and Hearing Connection Telephone Distribution Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc. (FTRI) provides free specialized equipment and training to qualified Florida residents who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech-impaired. The equipment enables them to place and receive phone calls. eBooks, eReaders and Digital Media Want to read eBooks? Dont fret, help is on the way! Demonstration of the Overdrive Media Console and Adobe Digital Editions; learn how to check out & download eBooks to your PC or eReader. Learn to transfer media from CDs and digital cameras to your PC. Learn about creating MP3s and MP3 players. Registration available upon opening of Library. 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) FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30TH8:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. .......................................Mass CATHOLIC COME HOME!

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Until the economy fell into a recession, layaway had all but disappeared as most people simply used credit cards to make such purchases. Kmart stores still offer layaway year around, but it has only been this year that Walmart has reinstated the practice on toys and electronics for the Christmas season. This year, a trend in anonymously paying off layaway accounts has swept the nation, with some news agencies reporting that it began when a woman in Grand Rapids, Michigan, paid off the layaway bills for three families at the beginning of December. When told of this, Betty said, With that one act, someone in Michigan started something like this. It feels good to be able to gift someones gift. It feels like Christmas the feeling is awesome, to be able to provide comfort to someone else. They are called secret Santas and layaway angels and across the country, people like Betty are quietly turning Christmas into a miracle for thousands of families. Arguments about the commercialization of the religious holiday mean little to a child without gifts under a tree or even a tree itself. Such arguments also ring hollow to parents who are struggling financially yet want to provide something for their children on Christmas. For Betty, paying off the layaway account for someone shell never know isnt about judgment of financial woes, it is simply to help another person, someone perhaps less fortunate than herself, during the season of giving. On Monday, the Chronicle-Telegram newspaper of Elyria, Ohio, reported that one man anonymously paid off the accounts of 23 families, totaling nearly $8,800. Earlier, The Associated Press reported that an anonymous donor in California spent $9,800 to pay off the accounts of 63 families, and a man in Montana paid off the accounts of six customers who were behind in their payments and had been told their items would be returned to the store inventory. In between are uncounted reports of people anonymously paying $50 or $100 to settle tabs for the Christmas wishes of children theyll never meet. And its not just layaway accounts. One Florida Walmart has reported that an anonymous man purchased 25 $100 gift cards to be distributed to people who appeared to need them. When contacted, all donors said the same thing as Betty: they just want to help. The doll began to haunt her. When Betty was told that Sunday was the last day Christmas layaway accounts could be paid, she drove back to the Walmart in Wimauma, prepared to pay the $30 bill she had passed up to pay for the bicycle. Ivette told her the account had been paid off and Walmart had already contacted everyone else who still had remaining balances. She also told Betty that she talked to the woman who had the bicycle on layaway. The woman was shocked, Ivette said, and asked for Bettys name so she could do something for her or thank her somehow. Ivette told the woman it was an anonymous gift and she didnt know her name. And neither do you as Betty, of course, is not her real name. Ivette said the woman then began to cry.Christmas angels World of Suzie Vong recognizes local teachersSuzie Vong, owner of the World of Suzie Vong in the plaza near Home Depot in Sun City Center, made the holidays brighter for five local teachers. On Dec. 16, Vong threw a party to recognize the teachers of the year from five area schools, presenting them and The American Business Womens Association with checks totaling $1,743. The teachers of the year were Stacie Cleary of East Bay High School, Karen Boosinger of Hillsborough Community College, Christine Wasylkiw of Lennard High School, Tania Villa of Eisenhower Middle School, and Liana Daigle of Shields Middle School. School administrators were also invited and were presented with poinsettias. The American Business Womens Association provides college funding for students. For more information, visit the World of Suzie Vong at 3820 Sun City Center Blvd or call 813-634-5552.MITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTOS

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Boats are here from across the nation with decorated boats of all creations. Friends are being made, by anglers of all age. Kindness is everywhere, as they smell the cool fresh air. Groups are gathering together and there is lots of talk about our weather. Every boat seems to have a greeter, as each boat stops for a meeting. A circle was made to make room for others, all talking as if they were brothers. Fish Tales were filling the air, as stories were being told by the young and the old. One Fish Tale led to another, each one bigger than the other. Kind words filled the air; with each without a care. More boats came afloat, each telling a fishing joke. Santa Claus was part of many crews, Those not in the Christmas spirit were but a few. Mullet were jumping through the night, But not a net was in sight. Sheepshead were enjoying the night, They loved to eat, with all the light. Permit were there out of sight, They were afraid of all the noise of the night. Sharks were hanging around, Thinking some food may be found. Flounder were deep asleep on the bottom sand, But soon awaken by the loud voices of man. The amberjacks were having a ball, Ready to join the party at any call. The trout were hiding in a hole, Hoping that no one had a fishing pole. Redfish and snook were playing hide and seek, Each popping up to take a peek. The tarpon and dolphin were joining the chatter, Wondering what was the matter. Grouper were watching the boats with an evil eye, Checking out the chatter and laughter and rushed away to hereafter. What a sight to see -anglers by the dozens, acting like kissing cousins. Hours had gone by and then a rumble in the sky, All together they yelled, Look at the weather. All looking at a huge cloud, And yelling out loud. What do we hear? Why, its Santa Claus and his reindeer! All motors started to roar, As they made their way back to shore. Where else could one spend Christmas day, than on the beautiful waters of Tampa Bay. A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL! Aleta Jonie Maschek is a member of Florida Outdoor Press. Fish TalesBy Jonie Maschek The Community Foundation of Greater Sun City Center, Hadley and Helen Hill Fund, has awarded a $5000 grant to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Prince Peace Conference for Eviction Prevention. The grant funds will be used to help poor and needy families avoid eviction from their homes.Families living in Sun City Center, Wimauma, and Balm are eligible to apply for assistance. Applicants must produce a photo ID, proof of residency, and a legal eviction notice to be eligible for SCC Community Foundation awards $5000 grant to eviction preventionconsideration by the Prince of Peace Conference. Those seeking help under this grant may apply at Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission Church, Tepeyac Hall, 16650 U.S. Hwy. 301, Wimauma between 10 a.m. and noon on the first and third Tuesday of each month. On behalf of the families the grant will benefit the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Prince of Peace Conference would like to thank the Community Foundation for their generosity and support. New Eagles Aerie formingThe Fraternal Order of Eagles has a long-standing tradition of philanthropic work around the United States and Canada. Since 1898, the Order has emphasized helping those in need and building a solid moral foundation within our communities. In 2008, 700 delegates unanimously approved a five-year $25 million dollar commitment to The University of Iowa to build The Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center. Through the Diabetes Research Center, the Eagles look to help find a cure for this debilitating disease that currently affects nearly 30 million people across the United States and Canada. As of Oct. 30, the organization has presented $10 million to the university and is on track to meet the commitment made two years ago in Louisville, KY, at the annual International Convention. The project is just the latest in a line of remarkable contributions to society from the Eagles including the Mothers Day holiday, Social Security and the Jobs After 40 program. Each year the organization donates millions of dollars to hospitals and charities around North America that help aid people afflicted by a wide range of diseases and hardships. They take tremendous pride in their work as an organization and feel it is necessary to make the public aware that they are much more than just a corner bar. They invite all fellow community members to come out to the local Aerie and find out for themselves what the spirit of People Helping People is all about. To find out more about the Eagles and their many charities and efforts, they are trying to start a new Aerie in the Riverview/Gibsonton/Fishhawk area. They are meeting at the Riverview Moose every Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. on Honeywell Road. For more information, call Scott or Sue Chase at (813) 641-9122.

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12 DECEMBER 22, 2011Caregivers Group going strongThe first and longest-running Caregivers Support Group, sponsored by the (then) new Coalition for Mental Health and Aging, is still going strong. Since it began almost a decade ago, hundreds of people have been served by the supportive and caring nature of the group members. Public understanding and acceptance of the value of support groups has increased greatly during the past few years since caring for a chronically ill family member can be devastating for the caregiver. In fact, it is reported that 60 percent of caregivers die before the patient dies. In a relaxed, confidential, and friendly atmosphere, people come together to share experiences and develop coping skills. The group is modernated by retired mental health professionals. There is no charge for this group and all South County residents are invited to attend. The group meets from 1 to 3 p.m. every Thursday in the boardroom of the Sun Trust Bank, 1525 Rickenbacker Dr., Sun City Center. For more information, call Bernice at (813) 633-1886 or Fern at (813) 634-7911. The South Shore Senior Singles group, a ministry of the Sun City Center United Methodist Church (SSUMC), will meet for a Christmas party at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 22, at Sunset Bar and Grille at Little Harbor in Ruskin. A $5 gift exchange will be held. On the first and third Saturday of each month, beginning in January, they will meet at the Alpha Pizza House in Apollo Beach for dinner, music and dancing by Thor Stevens at 5 p.m. on Jan. 7 and Jan. 21. Note change of time and days. This is now a twice-monthly activity. Thor is scheduled to play on Saturdays. Join the fun! The South Shore Senior Singles group was organized for those age 50+, for all the South Shore area to provide a non-threatening atmosphere for singles to meet and have fun. Senior Singles meet for Christmas party South Bay Kids entertain at retirement center H&R Block Tax Pros offer quick tipsTis the season for giving and in addition to a lighter heart, taxpayers can still reap the tax benefits of donating cash, goods or time to their favorite causes for the 2011 year: For Monetary Donations: receipt of the donation including the date, the amount and the name of the qualifying organization. If the cash donation is less than $250, then a statement from your bank displaying this same information will suffice. those made by cash, check, debit card, credit card, payroll deduction or automatic bank account withdrawal. of appreciation to those who donate money. Certain types of gifts may affect how much of a donation can be deducted. It is recommended that taxpayers consult a tax professional and appropriate tax documents for specifics. New and Used Item Donations: hold items must be in condition good enough to be re-sold at a thrift store to qualify. taxpayers must maintain a written receipt of the items donated with the date and the nonprofits information. guide is a good source to use for estimating the fair market value of most common items. market value is more than $500 or is not in good condition, a written appraisal of the item from a qualified appraiser is required. Donating Time/Volunteering: tolls and other travel expenses used during their service to qualifying causes/organizations. Taxpayers may even be able to deduct more of these expenses if they use their vehicle as part of their service. Time spent volunteering is not deductable. Other Types of Donations: 31, senior citizens who are 70 (and a half) years old or older have the option of donating to organizations directly from an IRA. Taxpayers should make sure they are prepared with proper documentation from both the organization and IRA provider. erty i.e., stocks, real estate, art and antiques are deductable. However, whether the property has appreciated or depreciated in value since its purchase will determine the amount of the deduction. Taxpayers are encouraged to consult a tax professional and appropriate tax forms for more details.What could be better on a Saturday morning than a group of energetic youngsters singing upbeat Christmas songs? The residents of Sun City Senior Living were entertained by a young cast from South Bay Church who sang songs from their recent play Arrest These Merry Gentlemen. After their performance the kids distributed candy canes and postcards and visited with their hosts. South Bay Church is located in Riverview, just south of Big Bend Road.CHERE SIMMONS PHOTOSHoliday dollar stretchersWant to live better on the money you already make? Visit www.stretcher.com to find hundreds of articles to help you stretch your day and your dollar! Holiday wrapping paperGo to your local newspaper office and purchase the leftover rolls of paper. This makes great gift-wrapping paper. It also works great for coloring sheets. Michelle in MorrisOffice giftsOffice workers often purchase gifts for each other and this can get out of hand when trying to reciprocate, etc. A great idea to help alleviate the problem is to buy a large basket at a thrift store and make a decision about the recipient of the gift. Some ideas include a homeless shelter, womens shelter, etc. Call a local church or the center itself to find out what items are needed. Everyone in the office should add items to the basket and pay it forward instead of purchasing for each other. We do this at church for a womens shelter in lieu of gifts. It is very well appreciated by all! Jamie B. Gift cards are small, so you can always put them with something. Go to the thrift store and buy a bunch of stuffed animals, dolls, or other toys. You can buy them for around a quarter and in all sizes and styles. A cute little teddy bear holding the gift card for your niece or a GI Joe for the soldier in your family will put a smile on their face. Chris

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Statistical Source: Wall Street Journal 9/17/111653 Sun City Center Plaza Sun City Center, FL 33573 Brenda Bates, L.P.N.Patient Advocate Service Call today for more information (941) 388-7290 The Ruskin Womans Clubwould like to wish the community a very Thanks for all the donations weve received! For donation information, please call 813-645-3136 Their compound is enclosed in high chain link fencing and encased in multiple rolls of wire. There are none of the views touted by real estate sellers on the outside. Their doorless cells in long barracks are charitably described as spare; no windows, no pictures on walls, no touches of color to relieve the monotonous shades of brown. A cot, a mattress, covering linens comprise the accommodations. They wear the uniform gray pants and shirts day after day, week after week, month after month. They cannot smoke anywhere on prison property. Some days, the only opportunities for human interaction are with guards or other inmates. Violating the rules can result in even more stringent confinement; a version of total isolation or transfer to another institution. Their days, most of them like the one before and the one following, are ordered to a degree by the work to be done. And, the essence of imprisonment is not only loss of even the smallest, once-taken-forgranted freedoms but also the loss of most privacy rights. Beyond the disciplines and deprivations, however, are the missions of a facility such as HCI to help female inmates build self esteem through appropriate achievement and constructive acceptance, plus equip them with marketable skills that can lead to livelihoods upon release. They have access to a substantial list of training and mentoring programs conducted on their compound by hundreds of volunteers, many of them retired professionals coming from surrounding communities such as Sun City Center and Valencia Lakes. With the help of the trained volunteers, inmates can complete high school, obtaining a GED or become proficient in computer and software use or obtain certification in culinary arts where they learn, for example, the same cake decorating skills practiced in Publix bakeries. There are classes in creative writing, in the dramatic arts and in the various media of the visual arts. The women can attend classes where the intricacies of fine sewing are taught and where the carpentry of wood products manufacture is covered in detail. They have a vegetable garden and are investigating hydroponics as a plant growing method. Inmates can learn the ins and outs of dressing for success in todays business world and command the elements of a resume and master the various tasks involved in personal financial management after instruction. They can take part in a story time Mom program where those with children read aloud to them by way of DVDs that then are sent to the youngsters. They participate in several athletic activities tennis, volleyball, pickle ball learning about fitness in the process. They also can become members of work crews which handle tasks under supervision in public venues that otherwise would require tax payer dollars to accomplish with paid help. And, of course, as inmates in a faith-based facility, they can attend Bible study sessions using the Christian Bible explored on a non-denominational basis. They also have access to study in other faiths, if that is their choice, Smith notes. Then, theres a new program under consideration that would pair inmates with young dogs from area shelters, the warden adds. It is envisioned that interested women would temporarily keep and train dogs in basic obedience, aiming to make the animal more adoptable when returned to the shelter. All of this, and more, was acknowledged last week when the family of HCI inmates and their family of volunteers met on the compound for an afternoon of holiday delights, amid much laughter and not a few tears shed in happiness and gratitude. Gathered first in their chapel, 65 of the inmates offered their gift, a multi-act revue written, directed and produced for the fourth year by their fellow inmate, Denise Turbyville. They sang, danced and delivered comic routines as part of a story line calling for Christmas pageant auditions, with an under lying message about the genuine meaning of an observance that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Creating costumes fashioned from whatever fabric or borrowed garments they could lay hands on, many of them demonstrated, often with joyful abandon, native talents from solo interpretative dance to choral singing that would be competitive on many stages in the world beyond their fences. Others helped carry the storyline forward, performing in roles that held the production together and delivered the desired message emphasizing the value of fellowship over commercialism. After the revue, many dozens of volunteers were served a full meal topped off with a choice of holiday cakes, including the traditional Red Velvet and Carrot varieties, baked and decorated by inmates in the culinary arts class which would like to sell some of its baked beauties. It also was an occasion to look back on a tumultuous year in which the prison was threatened with closure in a cost cutting move by Floridas Department of Corrections and then spared with the help of crusading advocates, an outspoken state senator and Hillsborough County commissioners. Before it was over, Smith and her assistant warden, Angel Velez, were presented hand made quilts designed and created by sewing class members as the two were praised for their efforts, bringing on another tearful moment. This time, it was Smith, the no-nonsense lady warden, whose eyes shown as she expressed appreciation and tried to focus on the integral part in the prisons progress played by volunteers, while Velez discreetly extended a fresh handkerchief. More tears surfaced when volunteers lined a walkway on the compound and inmates queued up to receive large gift bags distributed by Santa and filled through $7,000 contributed by the volunteer force. Embracing ensued as members of each family shared one last moment of togetherness, of gratitude, of caring, of understanding what Christmas is. Recidivism or the rate of return to prison among HCI inmates completing their sentences and leaving the penal system is less than 14 percent, Smith says. That figure suggests that at least 86 percent of the discharged women inmates find their way back to constructive lives, on more solid footing, able to earn livings and to deal with the challenges maybe even with some good memories of life-altering imprisonment. Copyright 2011 Melody Jameson Unusual South County Christmas Many of the finished items made by inmates at HCI in their various classes are donated to charities benefitting children. Here, Volunteer Nancy Williams, a vigorous advocate who calls herself a cheerleader for the highly successful womans prison, shows off a collection of inmate wood working projects that will become unique gifts for youngsters in the area.MELODY JAMESON PHOTOSIn keeping with the non-denominational Bible study that is a foun dation program in a prison such as HCI, inmate Carol Carter (above) portrayed the announcing angel in an intricate musical number featured during the revue of variety acts. Warden Robin Smith

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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) FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30TH8:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. ....................................... Mass CA THOLIC COME HOME! war on it because it would be a losing battle. As long as you remain true to your heart and soul, Christmas is never under any threat whatsoever. And speaking of the media (and war, to a degree) the speed at which thorough coverage came out upon the death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il was impressive and the big media outlets deserve kudos for it. Someone has to write all of that stuff and, as most of America awoke Monday morning; their computer screens were already filled with stories about a lunatic man few really knew much about. Of course, in all likelihood, that coverage will soon descend into some politicaloriented smite-fest via those same outlets by the ginormous spoonful, but I cant imagine anyone fault ing the depth of coverage provided literally within minutes of the latenight breaking story. Yet perhaps not ironically, revealing just how much the media world has changed, I think the best quote of all came via Twitter from Joshua Trevio, Vice President for Communications at the Texas Public Policy Foundation:Joshua Trevio @jstrevino Id like to think God let Havel and Hitchens pick the third. posted to Twitter, December 20, twitter.com/jstrevinoTrevio was referring to the fact that such things often seem to happen in threes. More specifically, he was referring to Vaclav Havel, poet, playwright, and former President of the Czech Republic who led the bloodless Velvet Revolution that has changed the world in so many ways, and to Christopher Hitchens, the famous writer with a lightning fast wit and an acid pen, who enraged some but caused millions to think. Both recently passed away and, perhaps, the two of them had a hand in having one less dictator in the world. If God indeed allowed those two men to pick anyone to pluck off the face of the Earth, surely Kim Jong Il would be a safe choice. While I am personally uncomfortable making light of death, particularly this time of year, I also find it difficult to think of someone who starved millions of people for the sake of whacked-out, worldendangering personal ambitions as a man. Regardless, with such breaking news to occupy the too-muchtime-on-their-hands pundits on the web and airwaves just days before Christmas, along with the endless stream of drivel from a Congress that just cant seem to put America first, I think it safe to declare at least a diversionary cease fire in the supposed war on Christmas. So with that, Happy Hanukah to those celebrating the eight-day holiday from Dec. 20-28 and, taking my chances with the Politically Cor rect Police, from the bottom of my heart I wish you all a very Merry Christmas. May you find joy in your hearts and peace in your souls. It is out there for all of us. P.S. Yes, I know Christopher Hitchens was an atheist. And I also know that, to me, God works in mysterious ways and Mr. Hitchens was blessed with incredible talent. So again, Merry Christmas to you, and to you, Mr. Hitchens, wherever you are.Observations: Merry Christmas! From the bottom of my heart, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas.MITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOT Opoints in the 1984 Agreement that details developer-CA responsibili ties. That concession involves the CAs right of first refusal in connection with any prospective sale of the golf courses and with allowing public play on the Sandpiper course, Barnes said this week. It is highly unlikely the community ever will be interested in buying any of the golf courses just as it was not interested in such purchases when the opportunities arose in the past, he added. Moreover, with addition of the former ninth hole acreage to the CA Central Campus, Barnes asserted, the proposed entertainment building can be moved further north toward the old golf course clubhouse and the lawn bowling facility then left untouched. Barnes said he for warded a final draft of the CAs Letter of Agreement outlin ing the exchange to local ClubLink officials on Monday. No money is involved and no time frame for execution of the SCC Residents to pay agreement has been specified, he noted. Yet another new development which surfaced Thursday deals with potential financing of the proposed building program. CA directors have suggested that the estimated $3 million in costs can be covered with combined use of Capital Improvement Fund monies and a bank loan. After applying $600,000 from the fund expected to top $1.2 million by years end and thereby reducing the remain ing bill to $2.4 million, a construction loan in that amount might be obtained from a local bank, repaid with approximately five percent interest over a 10-year period. Directors believe that the number of home re-sales to new residents each yeareach adding $1,500 to the fund total will more than cover loan payments estimated to be $305,450 annually. Barnes emphasized that no buildings are to be used as collateral for the loan, that the loan will not encumber any residents home and that CA annual dues will not be appropriated to pay construction costs. Membership dues, recently increased by members from $256 to $263 per year, are expected to bump up in 2014 by one to two percent to cover increased main tenance and insurance costs gener ated by the new buildings. A twist on that financing plan cropped up when a resident asked about options for self-financing; for residents themselves to invest in the improvements, perhaps through issue of bonds which would return interest to the investors while also financing the improvements without creating indebtedness to a bank. Barnes replied that CA directors also have considered such a financing approach but have not thoroughly investigated or evaluated the complexities involved in financing of this type. In the course of the two-hour town hall, various directors provided virtual tours of the proposed new structure interiors, using ar chitectural renderings and computer-aided graphics. The next town hall meeting to continue review of the proposed building program is set for January 19. Meanwhile, Barnes said he also has scheduled two community coffee and conversation sessions on January 4 and 12 to further answer questions about the financing aspects. The latter meetings are to be held in the Atriums Caper Room. CA members will vote the building plan and its financing approach up or down in two referendums set for mid-February. Copyright 2011 Melody Jameson Ed Barnes SCC CA President

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20 U "\011-\015,\015, \015-U,\026\015,\026\015\012,,\015 /U-\012\012"\011-\015,\015, DECEMBER 22, 2011 Christmas Eve Service 6:30 p.m. Featuring a Children’s Christmas Pageant Sunday 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— \006\011\006\006\001\017\031\034\035\036\001\025\036\004\001\025\030\001 \001\024\037\035\032\031\033\002\001\017\021\001 \001\011\007\010\003\012\011\005\012 CALVARY LUTHERAN CHURCH Sunday Worship: Blended 8:00 a.m. Contemporary 9:40 a.m. Traditional 11:15 a.m. Nursery Provided Pastor Jack R. Palzer x™-\025ˆ}…>{£ œ…U\001œœ\011i>V… >Vœvœ“\037ˆ>\011> www.calvarylutheranchurch.net 645-1305 Rance Goad, Pastor (Southern Baptist) 1511 El Rancho Dr. Sun City Center, FL 33573 Phone/Fax: 813-633-5950 WEEKLY SERVICES: Sunday 9 a.m.......................Bible Study 11 a.m.....................Bible Study 10 a.m. & 6 p.m............Worship Wednesday 6 p.m....Prayer Meeting/Bible Study Southside Baptist Church “A Warm, Loving & Friendly Church” Looking for a church home? Need the comfort of a warm and loving family? Join us on Sunday to come home to the warmth of our church family. Located in South Hillsborough County, just south of Stephens Road in old Sun City. \024\022\020\030\000\016\016\000\(WY\016\000\024\021\000\000s\000UN\000#ITY\014\000&,\000\023\023\025\030\026\000s\000\030\021\023\015\026\024\025\015\024\020\030\025 “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. $AN\000#OLLIS\014\000)36(ASTOR Come join us to learn about God’s Word and salvation in Jesus Christ Ruskin United Methodist Church First Street & 4th Ave. NW, Ruskin (behind Suntrust Bank) ALL ARE WELCOME TO COME AND WORSHIP WITH US: SUNDAY MORNINGS: Rev. Richard Nussel Phone: 645-1241 Nov. April..................8:30 a.m. and All Year...............10:45 a.m. Sunday School............9:30 a.m. Day Care Available Mon. Fri. 6 a.m. 6 p.m. call 645-6198 REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH ELCA \030\021\022\001BMMFZ\001'PSHF\001#MWE\017\001t\001VO\001$JUZ\001$FOUFS\015\001'-\001\024\024\026\030\024\016\026\024\026\025 Rev. Dr. Peter Stiller, Pastor Telephone: \031\022\024\016\027\024\025\016\022\023\032\023\001t\001 Website: sccredeemer.org Worship Services on Sunday 9:30 & 11:15 a.m. \JSTU\001\007\001IJSE\001VOEBZ\001t\001#JCMF\001$MBTT\001IVSTEBZ\001\022\021\001B\017N\017\015\001\(VFTUT\001FMDPNF Area Places of Worship Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of SCC Meets in the Henry Gibson Social Hall of the Beth Israel ->}œ}'iU£££x\015\014iiLL\011` /…'`>]\\000*\037U\012>‡™ It is not what happens to me that makes me great, but what I do. — Kierkegaard Ruskin Foursquare Church Building Community Thru God’s Love 106 7th Ave. N.W. Ruskin, FL 33570 N. Blanton (813) 309-3558 Pastor Norman & Sherril Blanton 10 a.m. Sunday School 11 a.m. Worship Service 7 p.m. Wed. Bible Study Area Obituaries John F. “Jack” Kennedy Sr. John F. “Jack” Kennedy, 66, of Valencia Lakes in Wimauma, Florida, passed away Monday, December 12, 2011 from complications from his brave battle with esophageal cancer, surrounded by his loving wife and children in the hospital. He was born in Toledo, Ohio and lived in Ft. Lauderdale and Wellington, Florida, Marietta, Georgia and most recently Wimauma, Florida where he resided for the last four years. Jack graduated from Central Catholic High School in Toledo and the University of Toledo where he majored in Business Administration. He had a very successful sales career, first with U. S. Gypsum Company where he won numerous contests that took him and his wife around the world. He was then promoted to District Manager in Atlanta, Georgia. After 18 years with them, he then started his own sales company, J. F. Kennedy & Associates. At first he sold construction materials, but in the last 9 years his concentration was the insurance industry. He proudly served our country for six years in the Air Force Reserves. He was a member of the University of Toledo and Michigan State Alumni, Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Riverview Chamber of Commerce, South Shore Business Association, the Sun City Chamber of Commerce, and numerous networking groups. Jack was an avid Notre Dame and Atlanta Braves fan. He was a proud FAU and UCF Alumni father. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Joyce E., his daughter, Jacqueline A. Kennedy-Garretson and son-in-law Brad M. Garretson who were married on 10-10-10, his son, John F. Kennedy, Jr. and fiance Jaclyn L. Pereira, his mother-in-law, Grace H. Mantel, his sisters, Jeanne Todak, Kathleen Kennedy, Pat Czerniakowski, and Sister Mary Sue Kennedy, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Ethel Kennedy, and his father-in-law, Gerald Mantel. The family received friends Thursday, December 15, 2011 at Zipperer’s Funeral Home. Funeral Mass was held on Friday, December 16, 2011 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Sun City Center. Victor F. Olyarnyk Victor F. Olyarnyk, 83, of Sun City Center, Fla passed away December 16, 2011. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He retired from Ford Motor Company as a design engineer after 37 years of service. He was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and Caloosa Country Club. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Pauline; three daughters, Vicki (John) Kosin, Peggy (Al Dimercurio) Raymond and Mary (Michael) Kozlowski; a brother, Edward (Virginia) Olyarnyk; six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Funeral Mass was Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 702 Valley Forge Boulevard, Sun City Center, Fla. Burial with Military Honors was at Sarasota National Cemetery, Sarasota, Fla. Arrangements were by Sun City Center Funeral Home, Sun City Center, Fla. Neil V.Potter Neil V. Potter, 65, of Apollo Beach, FL went to be home with the Lord on Dec. 12, 2011. Neil was born on Aug. 26, 1946 in Nashua, NH. He lived in Litchfield and Hollis, NH. He graduated from Hollis High School in 1964. He served in the army from 1966 until 1969. After leaving the army he went to work at Blue Cross Blue Shield of NH. He attended Franklin Pierce College, where he received a BA in business. Neil retired in 1994 from Blue Cross Blue Shield of NH after 25 years of service. While employed there he met his loving wife of 29 years, Catherine and they lived in Boscawen, NH. Shortly after retirement they moved to Apollo Beach, FL where they have resided for the past 10 years. Neil was an active member of the Apollo Beach Community Church. Neil and Cathy loved the outdoors where they spent countless hours hunting, fishing, kayaking and camping with his brothers, their wives, family and friends. He leaves Catherine Marie Chronis Potter, his devoted wife; three brothers and their wives Floyd and Barbara Potter of Apollo Beach, FL; Robert and Jane Potter of Apollo Beach, FL and Richard and Holly Potter of Dunedin, FL; sister-inlaw Margaret Chronis Beauchesne and husband, Al; brotherin-law, Mark Chronis and his wife, Lisa all of Pembroke, NH, numerous nieces and nephews and countless friends. A memorial service will be held on Monday, Dec. 26, 2011 at 2PM at the Bell Shoals/Apollo Beach Church located on the corner of Apollo Beach Blvd. and Gulf and Sea Blvd. All family and friends are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association. Burial will be at the NH Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, NH in June 2012. Charlotte Moran Ulrich 12/6/1932 12/11/2011 Charlotte Moran Ulrich, 79, of Sun City Center passed away on Sunday, December 11, 2011 after a long battle with cancer. Charlotte was born on December 6, 1932 in Atlanta, Georgia, to Edith and Bruce Moran. She was raised in Atlanta and attended the University of Georgia, graduating in 1953 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences. She later went on to get her Masters Degree in Social Sciences at Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis and worked at the Wynona Memorial Hospital in Indianapolis, IN as a Social Worker for many years. Charlotte was an active member of the LDS Church and held several teaching positions within the church over the years. Her great strength was guiding others; making each person stronger. Charlotte was kind, compassionate, considerate and an inspiration to all who knew her. Charlotte deeply loved her family. She was a devoted wife and a caring mother. She had an inner strength which was reflected in all that she did and which she passed on to her children. Charlotte was cherished by all who knew her and will be so greatly missed. Charlotte is survived by her loving husband, John M. Ulrich and her five children, Shauna Pajak (Ken) of Eagle River, AK; Dixon M Rich (Victoria) of Coppell, TX; Sheryl Reagan (Bill) of Lincoln, CA; Robin Bellefuil (Dave) of Zionsville, IN and Kim Rupert (Ron) of Clermont, FL, as well as 12 grandchildren. Services were held on Friday, December 15 at the LDS Church in Ruskin, FL. Charlotte will be interred at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell FL. 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 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

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DECEMBER 22, 2011 21 Prince of Peace Catholic Church Come Home For Christmas 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 CHURCHMinister DR. DAVID CAMPBELL INVITES YOU TO SERVICES AT OUR NEW LOCATION10:30 a.m. SUNDAYSNO 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 U.S. Hwy. 41 106 11th Ave. NE Ruskin 813-645-1714SaintAnneRuskin.orgMASSES 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 7:00 p.m. Confession ......................... Thursday 6:15 p.m.; Saturday 3:45 p.m. Saint Anne Catholic ChurchSouthShore: Apollo Beach, Ruskin, Sun City and S. GibsontonVery Reverand Fr. John F. McEvoy, V.F. United Methodist hosts movie nightThe United Methodist Church will start their New Year with one of the best movies of all times on January 13, 2012. The United Methodist Church is located at 1210 Del Webb Blvd. West Sun City Center. The doors will open at 6 p.m. with the aroma of popcorn, homemade cookies, hot coffee, as well as tea. All of this plus Ann of Green Gables for a modest donation. Although this is an old movie, it is a true story about an orphan, Anne Shirley, played by Megan Follows, Tony Award winner, Colleen Dewhurst and Richard Farnsworth. The movie will start at 6:30 p.m. If you are familiar with the spectacular scenery of Prince Edward Island, Canada, you will recognize the landscape where this movie was filmed. Saint Anne continues holiday traditionSt. Anne Catholic Church of Ruskin completed their Giving Tree advent tradition for the 11th year. Since the program began over 6,000 children in need have received beautiful Christmas gifts from generous parishioners and other generous donors. Many volunteers worked diligently since October to make this program successful once again. In the true spirit of Christmas this program continues the Saint Anne tradition of reaching out to those in need.Unitarian Universalists review Christmas traditionsSCC Unitarian Universalists Fellowship Program will be Some Secular Christmas Traditions. Arch Bush, a long time member, will describe how UUs have contributed to these traditions in the fields of literature, music and decoration. Charles Dickens book, A Christmas Carol, is an undying contribution to the celebration of the holiday. A Unitarian minister, Edmonund Hamilton Sears, composed the carol It Came upon a Midnight Clear, and Charles Follen, a refugee from oppression in Europe, became a Unitarian in America and is credited with introducing the decorated Christmas tree to the United States. On Dec. 22 coffee and conver sation starts at 7 p.m., in the Beth Israel/Henry Gibson Social Hall at 1115 Del Web, East, Sun City Center. The programs begin at 7:30 p.m. For more information call 8136332349.Local business chips inDavid J. Brate, owner of Brate Aluminum & Construction and his family are collecting donations for the LifeCare of Brandon Crisis Pregnancy Center. Founded in 1987, the Center is a Christ centered, non-profit outreach ministry serving the greater Brandon community including southern Hillsborough County. Through compassionate care, education, counseling, practical support, and community networking, they provide support to teens, women, couples and families who are facing the challenge of an unplanned pregnancy. Additionally, they offer hope and healing to those suffering from the heartbreak of a past abortion. The center relies on the community to support its ministry through the donation of supplies such as diapers and baby wipes and items for use by new mothers and infants, as well as financial support. Donations can be dropped off at the Brate Aluminum & Construction Office located at 1577 27th Street, SW in Ruskin. People interested in making a larger donation may call the Brate office at 813-649-1599 to arrange for pick up. The center is located at 122 North Moon Avenue in Brandon. To learn more about the Center go to their website at www.lifecareofbrandon. com or you may call them directly at 813-654-0491. The Brate family has been serving the construction and remodeling needs of the communities of SouthShore for three generations. To schedule your free project estimate call 813-649-1599.Riverside Club supports local hospiceRecently The Riverside Golf and Boating Resort in Ruskin celebrated their 6th annual Street Fest community block party. This year money raised through admissions, share the wealth drawings, an auction and a one year golf membership raffle was donated to Life Path Hospice of Sun City Center. Special thanks to these residents for their support: Tom Lavin, The Golf Cart Guy, Paul Bray, Paradise Air Conditioning, John Anzilotti Power Washing,Diane Piccola Gourd Creations, Dave Block Computer Services, Tims Mobile Home Repair and Diane Robison, American Land Lease and Solstice Communities. Many thanks to all the residents who support this event. Over the past 6 years Street Fest has raised over $14,000 for local charities.From left to right: Pat Clark, Lifestyle Director; John Wilbur, Life Path Hospice; Diane Piccola and Billy Fowler, Street Fest Committee. Where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. James 3:16

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22 DECEMBER 22, 2011Benefit to be held for The Mary & Martha HouseThe 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. Visit their Facebook page: http:// www.facebook.com/pages/108North-Production-Company/234045299950141. For more information or to order tickets, go to www.108norththeatre.com or call Ted Simon at (813) 4314183.The University of South Florida has renamed its medical college the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine in honor of the philanthropic commitment of Frank and Carol Morsani. In total, the Morsanis have given $37 million to USF Health and a total of $43 million to the university. Today, the Morsanis are announcing a new gift of $20 million to USF Health, the largest individual donation ever received by the university, to reach the total of $37 million. USF President Judy Genshaft and the USF Board of Trustees will rename the college at a meeting Thursday morning. One of the nations most successful automobile dealers, Frank Morsani has become a community leader in the Tampa Bay region and is the former chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Donations by the couple have helped build major institutions in Tampa. As a result of their total giving to USF, and the exciting opportunity of the new gift, the university is honoring them by renaming its medical college. The gift will create a dramatic new education center at USF Health, focusing on new ways to teach the team-based care of the future. The new Morsani College of Medicine building will host a true teaching clinic for patients and students, including the student-run free community clinic. It will allow students in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health and physical therapy to learn together in interprofessional teams, with a special focus on personalized medicine. In addition, the Morsanis believe so strongly in the ideas being pursued at USF that they are setting up an institute named for the current CEO of USF Health, and dean of the Morsani College of Medicine, Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA. The Stephen K. Klasko Institute for an Optimistic Future in Healthcare will drive many of USF Healths new strategic initiatives. What Steve Klasko has done is become an incubator of ideas, Frank Morsani said. He wants to change the course of American healthcare, and hes doing it right here. Weve seen what hes done, and we believe the future can be shaped now. The Morsanis generosity creates a historic opportunity for USF Health, Dr. Klasko said. Carol and Frank Morsani embody the values that make Tampa Bay and, indeed, this country great, Dr. Klasko said. They have understood the importance of family, friends, integrity and entrepreneurship and we could not be more proud that every graduate will now bear the Morsani name on their diploma. Having two people that I respect as much as anyone in the world invest in the future of USF Health is both humbling and incredibly exciting. The Morsanis have now contributed a total of $43,325,388 to USF, with $37,403,860 of that amount going to USF Health. Frank Morsani has been chair of the USF Foundation, Inc, and a reason for the success of USFs ongoing comprehensive campaign. Carol Morsani founded USFs Women in Leadership in Philanthropy, an initiative that brings women leaders into positions to have an impact with their giving. We are so fortunate to have philanthropists like Carol and Frank Morsani, said Joel Momberg, CEO of the USF Foundation and senior vice president of university advancement. They not only make gifts ... they make investments. The passion and the love they have for what we can accomplish and what we can become reflects in their generosity. To paraphrase our capital campaign slogan: The Morsanis are truly Unstoppable! As a result of the gift, USF will construct a new Morsani College of Medicine building located on the western edge of the USF campus, at the southeast corner of Bruce B Downs Blvd and Holly Drive. It will be built on the site of the former USF medical clinic. Features of the six-story center will include: A new Center for Advanced Clinical Learning, where students from all disciplines will learn the best techniques of patient care together, using both standardized patients, advanced patient simulators, and real patients. Creation of a new teaching clinic that will be a national model for free community care in a dynamic learning environment. This will enhance access to healthcare, enable us to expand our community impact and leverage the fine work of the BRIDGE Healthcare Clinic. Founded by USF Health student volunteers, this interprofessional clinic now sees 10,000 patients from the local community each year. New state-of-the-art classrooms, lecture halls and learning spaces for students. Headquarters and offices for the Morsani College of Medicine and many of its faculty. Headquarters for the Stephen K. Klasko Institute for an Optimistic Future for Healthcare. USF Health is already known for innovative education programs that are changing how health professionals learn. Those programs include: SELECT, a new MD program that educates future physician leaders. The first SELECT students arrived on campus this fall and were chosen partly based upon assessments of their emotional intelligence. CAMLS, the Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation, now under construction in downtown Tampa. At the $30 million CAMLS complex, health professionals from across the country will learn advanced surgical techniques, using the latest robotic and other medical devices, in an environment that emphasizes team training. USF Health also stresses health care that puts the patient at the center of the clinical experience. At USF Healths two new medical centers, the Carol and Frank Morsani Center for Advanced HealthCare and the South Tampa Center for Advanced HealthCare, patients are able to experience one-stop shopping. The centers will model the future of healthcare customized to each patients molecular profile, while meeting family and psychological needs at the same time. Building the new center and creating new learning pathways there will create dynamic changes for USF Health and, ultimately, for the future of medical education, Dr. Klasko said. Our vision for the Morsani College of Medicine could not be more clear or dramatic, he said. We intend to be the leaders of the revolution that will transform the future of health care education and health care delivery Not by changing the existing reality, but by creating a new model that makes the old model obsolete.Record gift to USF Health allows transformation of medical education Shriners host Christmas partyThe SCC Shrine Club of Egypt Shrine Temple held their annual Childrens Christmas party at the SCC Community Hall on December 12. Three hundred and eighty eight (388) first grade school children came from Wimauma and Ruskin to be hosted and entertained by the Egypt Clowns and the SCC Mens Chorus. They were served a luncheon and joined into singing Christmas carols with the Mens Chorus and the Shriners. As they sang Here Comes Santa Claus he arrived on cue to the screams of joy from the children. Santa gave each of the boys and girls a bag filled with Christmas presents to enjoy at home. One child stated this is the best day of my life. Close to 100 Shriners and their ladies took part in making the Childrens Christmas Party a success, and it made Our Day said Paul Davenport club member. Local children enjoying the show put on by the SCC Shrine ClubJanuary marks human trafficking awareness monthIn support of human trafficking awareness month the Sun City Center United Methodist Church located at 1210 Del Webb Blvd. West in Sun City Center is hosting from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on January 26, 2012, The Many Faces of Human Trafficking. This tuition free, four hour course is designed for community members to acquaint them with the concepts of human trafficking. The primary focus of the course is to provide an understanding of the origins, methods of operation, and indicators of trafficking along with an understanding of the unique victimization process. An emphasis will be placed on the importance of building alliances and coalitions as part of a coordinated community response to human trafficking using case studies as examples. Leading the course is Deputy Chief Dewey Williams, (Ret.), Clearwater Police Department, former Commander-Clearwater/ Tampa Bay Area Human Trafficking Task Force and Sandra Lyth, CEO, Intercultural Advocacy Institute. To register visit RCPIs web site: http://cop.spcollege.edu/cop/ Registration.htm new or phone 727-341-4100 or email JuneM. Wallace@gmail.comCommissioner sharesThe Commissioner Chair Al Higginbotham shared his personal story of overcoming adversity with over 200 inmates at Hillsborough Correctional Institution. The Commissioner had a time for questions and answers from the inmates as they expressed their thanks for the support the County Commissioners have given this faith/character based facility.Al Higginbotham and Warden Robin Smith are surrounded by the Praise Team of Hillsborough Correctional Institution. 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.Callie Callie is an adorable calico young cat that is just waiting to be brought to a forever home. She is very playful and has shown every volunteer her love of racing after cat toys, especially balls with bells, and slamming on the brake pads before coming to a screeching halt across the room. Whew! What fun. Come in and see this little racer and give her a loving forever home. Callie has been spayed and brought up-to-date on her shots as well as micro chipped. Micro-chip # 067-634-068 DOB: 06/02/2011 NikeWas a puppy when my mommy adopted me. Once I got big, she didnt want me anymore. Please come and rescue me! I want a home again so bad that some days I get really sad at the shelter. I have lost a lot of weight and look a little rough but that will change with a home. I am a Boxer mix. I got my name from the white Nike Swish on my neck. I am a goofy boy who loves to play catch me with stuffed animals and chase the hose. Once I get to know someone, I will roll over on my back for belly rubs and kiss your face all over. I also know how to sit, down, and shake and am eager to please. I would make a great companion for an active person/family who doesnt mind a dog of my size. I like other dogs as long as I dont have to share my food or toys with them and I will let you take anything from me. I am housebroken, neutered, microchipped, and current on shots. 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FARMERS MKT200 MERCHANDISE300 ANNOUNCEMENTS100THE 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 4pmTHE SHOPPER CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING CARDS 312 ESTATE SALES 310 GARAGE/ Y ARD SALEDECEMBER 22, 2011 105 PERSONALMerry Christmas to all from Above The Rest, Sun City Centers upscale, resale shop. 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 260 FRUITS/VEG.Artesian Farms U-pick Tomatoes 202 College Ave., W. Ruskin. 8am-5pm. 7 days a week. 310 GARAGE/YARD SALEA lmost New T hrift S tore. 10008 Indiana St., Gibsonton (1 block off US 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 Precious Moments collection, over 200 pieces, all retired/ suspended. Todays value over $10,000. Selling for only $3,000. Call 813-6450262 Above The Rest Sun City Centers upscale, resale Boutique. China cabinets on sale. $99 each. Jewelry, handbags, lamps, much more. Come join us for free refreshments Friday, Dec. 23. 139 S. Pebble Beach Blvd., 813-633-5013Holiday Bliss Jewelry Audio & VCR tapes, household items & more. 1756 Atrium Dr., Cypress View 1, SCC. (off W. Del Webb) Dec. 22, 23 & 24. 9am-?312 ESTATE SALES Thrift Store813-641-7790Ministry of Calvary Lutheran Church 9 a.m. Noon CANT TOP THIS SALE!BOGO on all mens and womens topsAlso, the secret saleClosed on Saturday, Christmas Eve 354 MEDICAL(2) transport chairs, (2) walker, (2) walker w/ seats, scooter chair, commode, 3 wheel bike, shower chair, like new. 813-633-1572 360 GOLF CARTSBogey 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 Golf carts wanted. Buy sell, trade. Chargers, parts all related. R onnys Carts & Parts. 813-484-9855 or 813-645-4515390 MISC. FOR SALE Oak, 25 sq ft per box. 4 1/2 boxes, stored indoors. Bought too much. 813-672-2826 leave message. S leeper couch $300, like new. Toshiba 20 TV $60. Portable radio $15, 10/16 bowling ball w/ bag $15, walker w/ front wheels $6. 813634-8034 Hand knit & crochet sweaters. 23 items, adult sizes, childrens 19 items. $80 for lot. Cash only 813641-0262 425 SLIPS OR STORAGEStorage Rameys Business 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 L ittle Manatee Outdoor S torage. RV s, boats, trailers. A ll sizes. 2903 39th A ve., SE Ruskin. 813-7878531. www.littlemanateeoutdoorstorage.com S outh Bay RV & Boat S torage. Specializing in outside storage for RV s, boats & trailers. 813-677-2000 www.SouthBayStorage.com MARINE400 TRANSPORTATION450 462 MOTOR HOMES/RVSCoach House motorhome, 1994 Dodge Van, 48,000 miles. 2 burner stove, microwave, 3 way refrigera tor/ freezer, converter, toilet/ shower & AC. $9,000. 813-645-2255 465 RV LOT RENTALRV lot for rent in R uskin. $275 monthly includes water & sewer plus deposit. 941-737-1944 or 813345-6860 e 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 editionHave a nice day Say you saw it in the Observer News e 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 Donate your old functioning cell phones and drop off at our office for use by the "Victims Assistance Program." CALL (813) 645-3211Serving South Hillsborough County since 1924.www.dickmanrealty.com dickman@tampabay.rr.comCALL US FOR ALL YOUR REAL ESTATE NEEDS........645-3211Celebrating 87 Years 1924 2011(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 Merry Christmas and Happy Holidaysfrom all the Associates and StaffClaire Tort Wilma Wood Linda Badgerow Christine Nethers Roxanne Westbrook Dianne Van Der Hofen Kay Pye Cathy Griggs Jo Ellen Mobley LeRae Regis Judy Erickson, Broker Merry Christmas From the Observer News Staff

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