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www.ObserverNews.netDecember 6, 2012 Volume 56 Number 46THE OBSERVER NEWSPRST STDPAIDRUSKIN, FLORIDA 33570 PERMIT NO. 8 MITCH T TRAPHAGEN PPHOTOSIts Christmastime in the cityLeftover Thanksgiving turkey may still be on the menu but Christmas and the holiday season is already in full swing around the Tampa Bay area. At left, the Apollo Beach Beautification Committee has been hard at work putting up Christmas and holiday-themed decorations and wreaths along Apollo Beach Blvd. Above, a large Christmas tree is on prominent display at Centro Ybor in Ybor City. South County residents easily pick their best trash collection optionBy MELODY JAMESON%  mj@observernews.netRUSKIN County officials came here Saturday seeking citizen input on new options for trash collection in South Hillsborough and some 60 area residents obliged. By a large majority, they asserted they want what they now have at reduced cost. With current contracts for trash collection throughout unincorporated Hillsborough expiring in September, 2013, public utilities administrators are considering a variety of different approaches to the complexities of refuse pick-up and disposal. On the residential collection side, they are forecasting savings to consumers in the 20 to 30 percent bracket. They have cut the large unincorporated county area into five collection districts, issued requests for proposals covering several different scenarios and received responses from six large-scale trash haulers, including the three currently handling residential and commercial trash pick-up. From these proposals, they distilled new data, combined it with known factors based on recent experience and presented four possible options for assembled South County residents during the community meeting Saturday. It was the second of such meetings scheduled around the county. If the present contracts with the current haulers simply were to be extended, the projected 2014 collection contractor cost is $139.56, billed annually to residents and customarily arriving as part of the solid waste handling charges appearing on their property tax statements each fall, John Lyons, county public utilities director, told the group. This figure does not include charges for the other but closely allied aspect of solid waste management disposal fees which are yet to be considered. That 2014 projection for residential collection could drop by $39.21 to $100.35 under the first of four options envisioned as part of the new approach to the service provided by any of the six interested haulers, Lyons said. Option 1 is based on continued manual handling of trash containers placed by home owners along roadways for pick up by passing trucks. It also continues the twice weekly garbage See TRASH COLLECTION, page 10X After the bombs hit my ship...One mans story of Pearl Harbor and the months that followed PENNPENNY FLETCHERETCHER PHOTOPHOTOEd Socha, above, enlisted in the Navy in 1939 right out of high school and was stationed on the USS Maryland at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Dec. 7, 1941 during the historic bombing of that base. The months that followed took him to China, sometimes behind enemy lines, and that was just the beginning of Sochas long and distinguished military career. U.SS. NNAVyY PPHOTOGRAPH, NNATIONAlL A ARCHIVES CCOllLLECTIONThe USS West Virginia during the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Ed Sochas first ship assignment. He was transferring from it to the USS Maryland, which was also bombed.By PENNY FLETCHER%  penny@observernews.net SUN CITY CENTER The boat to shore was due to arrive around 8 a.m. but Ed Socha had forgotten his wallet and was going back to the ship. So Ed saw the first bomb hit Pearl Harbor from a different vantage point than he would have from the smaller boat, which he said narrowly escaped the bombs and had to turn back. Ed remembers the details of that day, and the months that followed, in great detail. The 20-year-old Apprentice Seaman had recently been transferred from the USS West Virginia to the USS Maryland. Some of his things still remained on the West Virginia, including a clarinet hed left in the storeroom. Although he was listed as dead in at least one newspaper because paperwork still had him assigned to the West Virginia which was sunk, Ed says his family knew better because he had already notified his mother of the transfer. Historical records show that all eight US Navy battleships anchored at Pearl Harbor Naval Base were damaged, four being sunk, although two were later raised and repaired. The attack was intended as a preventive action to keep the US Pacific Fleet from interfering with military actions taking place in Southeast Asia. The base was attacked by 353 fighter planes, bombers and torpedo planes in two waves launched from six aircraft carriers. It was the event that pushed the United States into World War II, Dec. 7, 1941. It was a Sunday morning. Everything was quiet. I was going back to get my See AFTER THE BOMBS HIT MY SHIP..., page 6X

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DECEMBER 6, 2012 3 ATTENTION Contractors:Check out our selection of tools & supplieswww.TampaCrossties.com Need Landscaping Advice? Speak with one of our Professionals! Concrete Accessories of the price of Bulk Mulch & Rock 813-641-0090 Precast Concrete Stepswww.centurygrp.com/Products/Concrete-Steps All bagged mulch 5 for $ 10All bagged Rock and Gravel 4 for $12Expires 12/20/12 813-645-3529 Ken Knox, Contractor Lic: #RX0057641 Glass Rooms, Screen Rooms, Screen Fronts, Garage Screens, Pool Enclosures, Carports, Vinyl & Acrylic Windows, Roof Overs, Awnings, House Windows Cancer became catalyst for a changed life By MELODY JAMESON%  mj@observernews.netSUN CITY CENTER Drifting through a desultory life, she was in an unsatisfactory marriage, driving herself each day to a job she detested, equipped with a useful degree but lacking direction. Even though today she is the exuberant executive director of this communitys chamber of commerce, Dana Dittmar 20 years ago was in her early 30s, unsettled, chronically out of sorts, by her own admission not a happy person. Then, out of the blue came the diagnosis. Against all odds, she had an aggressive form of breast cancer. It would be at first life threatening, then life altering, soon life affirming and finally life inspiring. Come Saturday night, shell be celebrating those two intervening decades, sharing in her typical high energy manner with friends, neighbors, colleagues, other survivors the reawakening that her bout with cancer has wrought. Dittmar grew up in North Carolina, earned a degree in mass communications from North Carolina State at Raleigh, worked in radio and television, starred in commercials, even dabbled for a bit with the role that then was known as the station weather girl. And, she had the looks for it, she acknowledges with a grin today, a tall skinny blonde with legs up to here. She also was unanchored, she says, simply taking life as it flitted by, no concrete planning, no definite goals. By the time she was 34, she was married and a DINK double income, no kids working in the mortgage insurance industry, she recalls with a grimace. But the company did provide periodic lunch and learn programs for employees. One of them focused on identifying breast cancer, complete with softmaterial breast molds encasing nodules mimicking tiny tumors. The women practiced finger tip examination of the molds to detect the tumors. That night, at home, Dittmar says she conducted a fingertip breast exam for real. And she found something supposed to be suspicious; a very, very small knot. Not much concerned, she did the prescribed thing; she called an appropriate doctor, kept an appointment, underwent an examination and biopsy, then left on a weekend trip. After all, she was still youthful, she was not sick, there was no history of any cancers in her family, and only one in every 100 tumors actually was malignant. Anything but a clean bill of health was unimaginable. The odds were with her. On Monday, following the weekend get-away, she called the doctors office as promised, fully anticipating their good news, cheerfully relayed. I was blown away, just flat blown away, she says today. The report was ominous. An especially aggressive type of cancer, fed by estrogen. Id only been married a year; I no longer could take any birth control medication and I certainly could not become pregnant, the hormonal changes would be disastrous. She and her husband at the time reviewed the options. She was leaning toward at least one radical mastectomy, maybe two. He was strongly opposed, favoring a less invasive approach. I was scared, she admits freely, this was mortality. He, on the other hand, had married a complete woman, she suggests, and was not prepared for anything less. He was supportive, she says, but nonetheless determined. And, her male surgeon echoed her husband. They argued for a simple lumpectomy, followed by regimens of chemo and radiation. She remained ready for at least one breast removal. I could live without that part of the anatomy, she asserted then, questioning whether she would live with it. And, in 1992, there not yet were the advanced blood tests that can pinpoint a genetic proclivity for breast cancer. Ultimately, she capitulated. The little tumor was removed with minimal surgical procedure, she underwent both radiation on five consecutive days for seven weeks and chemo for six months. She packed on pounds, lost her hair, fought through the extreme fatigue to keep up with two bowling leagues and leadership in her chapter of Business and Professional Women, plus gained the almost imperceptible but permanent tattoos that mark a place on the body subjected to radiation. Those tattoos hurt, she still recalls. As she continued her recovery, she also did an about face. She began reading Deepak Chopra, studying the mind-body connection, practicing what she was learning. Id repeatedly watch Cool Running, the story of a very game Jamaican bobsled team competing in Canadian snow. On television, I watched nothing but comedies, I asked people to tell me their corniest jokes, she says, looking back, remembering that she deliberately laughed at every opportunity. I had dis-ease, she emphasizes, motioning with her hands to demonstrate that as she sees it her mind and body were out of sync when she was younger. The disturbingly dissatisfying life she was leading, characterized by a lack of direction, created a fertile field for rooting the cancer, she believes. Her solution was to take firm control of her life and reorder it. Her first marriage ended. She returned to school and obtained a Masters Degree in Cultural Studies, a field of scholarship which encompasses subject matter long of interest, including comparative religions. She invested some $6,000 in training with a competent professional job coach. Among the outcomes: she went from a $30,000 a year job to a much more satisfying position in the medical field paying $65,000 a year; she remarried; she found her way to more fully utilize her education and experience, she embarked on a journey designed to take Dana the mature woman to a better lived life and a happier place in it, she indicates. Along the way she learned of a philosophy originated in Hawaii and known as Ho Oponopono which she practices every day, without fail. Now, every day I say Im sorry for whatever I do wrong, every day I ask for forgiveness, every day I express my gratitude and say thank you, every day I say I love you . This practice, coupled with healthy food choices and the kind of supplements everyone takes, is the simple combination that supports her cancer survival, Dittmar says adding with irrepressible good humor and I dont think much about cancer any more. Im not a cancer victim. Eliminating such thoughts from the mind precludes fostering disease in the body, she suggests. Looking ahead, Dittmar declares many of my female relatives lived into their 90s, one even reached the age of 104. So, I plan to be around a long, long time. In the meantime, theres a party planned for the chamber banquet hall Saturday, beginning around 7 PM, as its executive director celebrates a cherished life made possible by cancer. Copyright 2012 Melody Jameson MELODY JAmMESON PHOTOIt took a life-altering bout with cancer 20 years ago to inspire Dana Dittmar, Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce executive director, to reorder her life and priorities for the better. This week the highenergy chamber leader celebrates two decades as a breast cancer survivor and shares her journey from an unhappy, dissatisfied thirty-something to a grounded, directed fifty-something who lives the principles inherent in the mind-body connection and practices the Hawaiian philosophies of Ho Oponopono.

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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.netCLASSIFIED / CIRCULATION:Beverly Kay.........Classied / Circulation beverly@observernews.netPRODUCTION:Carol MacAlister. ...Graphic Arts / Layout carol@observernews.net Jason Martin. .........Graphic Arts / Layout jason@observernews.net Chere Simmons. ....Graphic Arts / Layout chere@observernews.net The views expressed by our writers are not necessarily shared by The Observer News, SCC Observer, The Current or M&M Printing Co., Inc.We Accept:Award-Winning Newspapers At a conference I attended, one of the presenters, Steve Drewry, told a very interesting storyone that touched home with me because I saw in it a moral to which many of us should pay attention. Some of the most giving people I know rarely take time to take care of themselves, and his story brought that fact home loud and clear. Steves story went like this. Once upon a time there was a very caring and loving woman, Mary, who found she had a great talent for making soup. From far and wide, people had praised her soup. One day she decided she would try to feed some of the people in her area who were indigent, homeless or lonely. On the first day, Mary made a kettle of soup and invited people to come and eat. As she ladled out bowl after bowl of soup, the aroma tantalized her taste buds, and she thought to herself, This smells good. Ill have to have a bowl when I have fed everyone else. But at the end of the day when she went to ladle out a bowl of soup, there was none left. Mary went to bed hungry that night, but in her heart she had the happiness of knowing she had fed so many. The next morning when Mary started preparing soup, a line was already gathering outside her door. The goodness of her broth and her hospitality had spread beyond the neighborhood. Still hungry, she thought, Id better prepare a larger pot than yesterday, so there will be some left for me. But not unlike the day before, when the last person left her door, the pot was empty and there was no more. Mary, flushed with the glow of having helped so many people, silenced the grumble of her stomach by remembering the By William Hodges smiles of those she fed. The next few days passed quickly, the next not unlike the day before. No matter how large a pot of soup Mary prepared, there was always someone to consume it. She continued to give of herself without thought for self, until she fell ill from malnutrition. On that day, there was no soupnot the first bowland no one was fed. Mary so loved the people around her that she was willing to give everything of herself so that the people in her community would survive and prosper. But she forgot that if she didnt take care of herself first, she would not last to take care of others later. If you, like Mary, tend to put everyone else first, it is important you understand you must take care of yourself in order to continue your contribution to others. You can only help others if you are strong in body, spirit and mind. If you do not take time for proper rest, exercise and food, your body will not remain strong; and if you do not refresh your spirit, you will surely fade away. Look at what you are doing for others and then at what more could be accomplished if you used your mind and let it govern your activities. All of us have much to give, but we must do it in a manner that does not kill the proverbial goose that laid the golden eggs. Be sure to feed the goose and you will be able to help more people for a longer time. By the way, in Steves story, Mary died; but in my version, she realized what her mistake was, corrected her behavior and recovered fully. She is still making soup for others, but now she takes the first bowl so that she will stay happy, healthy and productive. Have a bowl of soup and then get busy.Hodges is a nationally recognized speaker, trainer and syndicated columnist. He also hosts an interviewformat television program, Spotlight on Government, on the Tampa Bay Community Network which airs Mondays at 8 p.m. (Bright House channel 950, Verizon channel 30) and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. (BH channel 949, Verizon channel 36). The shows can also be viewed at www.hodgesvideos. com. Phone : 824-641-0816. Email: bill@billhodges.com Website: www. billhodges.comPositive Talk: Take time for yourselfSouth Shore Toys For Tots Drop-Off LocationWeichert, Realtors SouthShore has volunteered to help the U.S. Marine Corps as a local Toys for Tots drop-off location. The agency is collecting toys through December 7, at which time all the presents collected will be delivered for distribution by the Marines. Bring new, unwrapped toys to the office at 6160 N. US Highway 41 in Apollo Beach. Christmas cards from Floridas kidsGrowing up poor limits childrens possessions, but not their imaginations. Thats proven every year when the children of Redlands Christian Migrant Association sit with their crayons and magic markers to create visions of a Florida Christmas. Oranges hang on Christmas trees. Strawberries bulge from stockings. Palm trees sport Christmas lights. Those images, and many more, go on Christmas cards for sale to the public. All money raised helps RCMA enhance the early education it provides to some 7,000 preschool-age children in Florida farm areas. Even better, its matched 16:1 through the State of Floridas School Readiness contract with RCMA. I know it is hard to think snow and standard Christmas when the temperature is in the 80s, but our kids have great imaginations! says RCMA Executive Director Barbara Mainster. And it has achieved lots of good for many years. Every dollar raised helps prepare children in Floridas low-income farm communities to embrace school and seize its opportunities. Immokaleebased RCMA operates 71 child care centers, including 20 in the Tampa Bay area. You can order RCMA Christmas cards online at www.rcma.org/holidaycards or by calling RCMAs Judy Brill at (800) 282-6540. Her email address is judy@rcma.org. Anyone ordering 100 cards or more can choose an exclusive or specialized design by emailing Sonia Tighe at sonia.tighe@ffva.com or calling her at (813) 975-8377.

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Congratulations to Gibsonton Elementarys Terrific KidsThe following students showed their peers how to be Respectful: Mercedes Fernandez, Bryan Garza, Alexia Garrett, Esmeralda Suastegui, Michael Jarmon ,Haili Garland, Tyler Davis, Thanddeus Farr, Angelica Sifuentes, Payton Browning, Anne Sandin, Shyanne Knox, Crystal Espinoza, Miguel Valdez, Emy Cantu, Jorge Huapilla, Jesse Flores, Arika Mitchell, William McIntyre, Jose Roque, Kody Nguyen, James Kalbach, Marisol Mendoza, Michael Boyer, Raymundo Flores, Reese Phelps, Lastat Goeddeke, Kevin Lommer, Jonathon Bailey, and Omart Pineda.Festival of Trees is at SouthShore Regional Library this week There are 20 Christmas trees, table-top trees and wreaths donated by local businesses some decorated by students at both Doby and Ruskin Elementary available at the SouthShore Library on Beth Shields Way in Ruskin. The trees and wreaths are being auctioned off and all proceeds will benefit both of the participating local schools. There are lots of different themes, and the trees are quite beautiful.Some of the trees have actual products, gift cards, etc. on them, which enhance their value. Bidding sheets are next to the trees. The bidding will end on Saturday during the Librarys event from 5 to 8 p.m. Winning bidders do not have to be present to claim their tree on Saturday; they will be notified if their bid is highest. Southshore Regional LibraryKids program/event highlights Baby Time Monday, Dec. 10, 1:35 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, 11:35 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, 10:05 p.m. For children ages 0-20 months and their caregivers. Early literacy begins at birth. Bond with baby through stories, bouncy rhymes and songs in this 20-minute lap-sit program that introduces early literacy skills and encourages language development. Toddler Time Tuesday, Dec. 11, 10:05 a.m. & 10:35 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, 10:35a.m. For children ages 20-36 months and their caregivers. Stories, fingerplays, songs and interactive activities make up this fun 20-minute program that highlights early literacy skills and encourages reading readiness. Story Time Tuesday, Dec. 11, 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, 11 a.m. For children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. Stories, action rhymes, songs and interactive activities make up this engaging 30-minute program that highlights early literacy skills, and encourages reading readiness and social interaction. Teen Night: Game Zone Thursday, Dec. 13, 5 p.m. For middle and high school students. Get in the zone and join your friends for some gaming fun on the Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii with games such as Band Hero, Guitar Hero 5, Smash Brothers Brawl and more! Get your game on. Refreshments provided by Dominos Pizza. Family Story Time Thursday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m. For ages 2-5 with a caregiver. Make reading time family time. Stories, action rhymes, songs, interactive activities, and crafts make up this fun 30-minute program that celebrates a love of reading. Children may wear pajamas and bring a blanket and favorite cuddly toy. Membership with the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library helps provide the funding for free programs offered at the Library. If you would be interested in becoming a Member of the Friends of the Library, please call Jim Duffy at 813-634-1396; www.southshorefriends.com Does your house trip the lights fantastic?After all the effort folks expend decorating their front/side yards for the holidays, its only fair that others can come to ooh and aahh. Let us know the address of the most splendidly lit house in your neighborhood and you can submit more than one if you want. Well post the addresses so that Christmas-light-lovers can cruise past, soaking up the holiday spirit. Send addresses to news@observernews.net. South Shore Business Women hold holiday dinnerSouth Shore Charter Chap ter American Business Wom ans holiday dinner meeting will be on Monday, Dec. 17. There will be a Holiday Theme Gift Exchange, and gifts should cost no more than $15. The event will have appe tizers, desserts, beverages (including wine), coffee and lots of fun. Its planned as a true net working evening of relaxation and laughter. Holiday jokes are welcome at this party. Be sure to bring a friend and business cards for network ing. All attendees will have a moment to introduce them selves and their business. The holiday dinner will start at 6 p.m., with network ing and sign-in starting at 5:30 p.m. The location is BMO Harris Bank (formerly M&I Bank), 5461 N. US Hwy 41 in Apollo Beach. The cost is $16, and includes all food and beverages (in cluding wine); cash or checks accepted. RSVP to Deb Adams at (813) 649-0400.

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After the bombs hit my ship...One mans story of Pearl Harbor and the months that followed 6 DECEMBER 6, 2012U.S. NAVY PHOTOGRApPH, NATIOnNAL A ARCHIVEsS CCOLLECTIOnN Dont Miss Our FREE Seminar on Cosmetic Dentistry and Sleep Apnea(Cosmetic Dentistry Seminar) (Sleep Apnea Seminar)Learn how oral appliances for sleep apnea can benet those who are unable to wear a CPAPLook more youthful... Feel more condent...You Deserve It!Your smile CAN reect the brighter, more youthful you! Dont miss this free, informative seminar!Cosmetic Dentistry Seating is Limited. Please Call For Reservations Zamikoff, Klement, Jungman & Varga Visit our website:www.suncitycenterdental.comfor more information wallet and saw the first torpedo drop. There was a young officer running down the quarter deck, yelling to us about what was going on. I saw the red meatball on the next plane that went over. It was close enough I could see the pilot clearly, Ed said. Now 91, Ed had enlisted in 1939 after graduating from Niagara Falls Sr. High School in New York. It was the height of the Great Depression and people could not find work. But Ed stayed in the Navy for 27 years, reaching the rank of Ensign on Guadalcanal in 1944 and then attending Scout and Raider training a Special Forces unit. After Pearl Harbor, he remembers being attached first to a unit that built a mobile hospital, and then being transferred to write notes and correspondence for the Base Commander because he knew shorthand and could type. From there he became an Admirals Writer for the Pacific Fleet. Here I was, a little old fresh Seaman working for an Admiral, he said, laughing. The next stop was Calcutta, India, where he somehow managed to locate his brother William who was stationed there in the Army. We walked the streets of Calcutta together talking about home, he said. After India, Ed went to China, first to Chung King, and then was X one of six men assigned to survey and map the Yangtze River. It was a six-week voyage using all local boatmen and crafters. I was the one who held the money to pay them. They didnt know I was carrying $10,000 in Chinese money in two sacks. If they had, I dont know if Id have made it back. This was quite an experience. We lived on the local economy. I dont think I got to take a shower the whole time. In places, the rapids were so bad the local help was afraid to proceed until Ed and the other Americans put on life jackets and jumped into the water to demonstrate how they worked. Being in the boondocks in rural China was like taking a step way back in time. There were warlords with their own little armies following them that made their own weapons. Youd hear a bugle, and theyd come riding out. I cant imagine how they made those weapons. How they could drill through metal with what they had (to work with). There are 40 different dialects in China. Somehow our interpreter, who spoke Mandarin, got us through. For his service in WWII defending Chinas independence against invasion, Ed was awarded the SACO: Sino-American Cooperative Organization Commemorative Medal during a Veterans Day ceremony in Sun City Center in 2006. The medal was bestowed by his step-brother, Ret. Rear Admiral Richard Rybacki, of the US Coast Guard. It was in July of 1945, while setting up a base in Tung Hing Lake, using a crank generator to get the news, that Ed and his small group learned the war was over. They made their way back to an American base in what had been the enemys transportation: the wheels on trucks had been replaced with railroad wheels and trucks ran on rails like trains. After the war Ed became the assistant to the Executive Secretary of Defense under Robert McNamara. This is the position he held the day President John F. Kennedy was shot. Two years after that, in 1966, Ed retired from military life with the rank of Commander and took a position with the Lummus Company, a division of Combustion Engineering Company, from which he retired in 1987, when he and his wife, Naomi, moved to Florida. Ed and Naomi have two children, five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and as of this writing, another on the way. USS Shaw USS Nevada

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GLISSON, ATTORNEY-AT-LAW The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely on advertisement. Before you decide, ask us to send you FREE written information about our qualifications and experience. Fully Insured & Bonded Fully Insured & BondedSUN POINT AUTOMOTIVE SUN POINT AUTOMOTIVE 24-HOUR TOWING Se Habla Espaol Apollo Beach, Ruskin, Sun City Center OIL CHANGE Emergency Services645-7653 2212 E. College Ave. (S.R. 674) to shop if we do repairs$1995SummertimeAC Check$1995+ FreonMost cars & light trucks.Must present coupon for special price. Must present coupon for special price.FREE DIAGNOSTICS %  penny@observernews.netSUN CITY CENTER Seven-year-old Arnold Larson thought he was watching a fireworks show until his dad handed him a .22 caliber rifle and instructed him to shoot to kill. Just four days past his sixth birthday, Ed Beck awoke to frantic conversation between his parents, jumped from his bed and stared out his window at the low-flying planes with the red meatball on the sides. Meanwhile, down on Waikiki Beach, seventeen-year-old Shirley Gibbens (Engle) had just met two football teams that had arrived to play at the University of Hawaii. It was supposed to be her job to meet the buses and escort the players back to the school. It was approximately 8 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941. The day President Franklin Delano Roosevelt later said was a day which would live in infamy. The U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor had just been bombed. The three child survivors of Pearl Harbor that were interviewed for this story all have different recollections of that day and the months that followed. Their memories come from different places, due to their age and circumstances surrounding the event. My father was career military. He had just gotten commissioned as an Ensign and we were outside in a recreation area that had a baseball field, Arnold Larson said. The enlisted people had their Christmas party on the 6th, and the officers were supposed to have theirs there on the 7th. Some of the grownups were taking guns to the shooting range and when Dec. 7, 1941: The day these children learned the meaning of war AARON LARSON 7 years old when he saw the bombs fall on Pearl Harbor. He thought it was fireworks. SHIRLEY (GIBBENS) ENGLE 17 years old, was on Waikiki Beach directing a busload of football players to the University. ED BECK 6 years old, watched the bombs fall from his bedroom window. He clearly remembers the meatball on the side of the planes.the planes came by, my father handed me a .22 rifle and my mother a .45 pistol. He told me to stay with my mother and shoot to kill. When the first bomb hit, Arnolds first thought was that he was watching a fireworks show. The big boom, the tremendous splash of bright light. It took me a minute to realize the adults were scared, he said. My father was a gunners mate and I had already learned to shoot a weapon. In fact, the Saturday before, I had just shot a Thompson machine gun. The day Arnold was interviewed for this story, he commented that it was serendipity. I just sat down and was reading a letter from my father about combat action that was written on Dec. 6, 1942, he said. I cant believe I got this call right now. Ed Beck remembers being unable to comprehend the unfolding tragedy despite his mothers words. She held me up to the window so I could see the smoke and flames rising, he said. I thought it was some sort of super Fourth of July. Like Arnold, Ed thought only of fireworks. It took the childs mind a while to wrap around the thought of fear. He recalls fighter planes being low overhead. They were so close you could easily see the mens faces, with goggles pushed up over their eyes, he said. Eds father was the Lt. Commander of the USS Phelps at the time. He later became a Rear Admiral. Ed thought it was funny to see him in dress uniform on what should have been a relaxing Sunday morning. He gave us one quick hug and he was gone, he said. But unlike many others his father did come back. During the weeks that followed, Ed remembers the demands to keep absolute silence, the air raid warnings and gas mask training. Finally the families were evacuated to California by ship. They had to wait what seemed to be a long time and now I know it was because the government thought the enemy might torpedo the ship, he said. Once back in the States, Ed saw the adults donating junk cars and other metal items. He now knows it was to make weapons. My mother was touched when I donated my bike, he said. I had just gone from a trike to a regular bicycle. It wasnt any big thing. But she said it was the principle behind it. Shirley Engle, then Shirley Gibbens, was 17 at the time of the Pearl Harbor bombing. Her father was in the Civil Service working at the Naval base. I grew up in Hawaii and had just started at the University. I was the youngest and the littlest, so I got the job of meeting two football teams that were coming in to play at the university. I got on the bus going to the beach, and a man said I think well be in a war by Christmas. At the time, I thought, that cant happen! I have dates through New Years. Normal thoughts for a teenage girl. But what followed the bus ride to Waikiki Beach was anything but normal. I got to the beach before the second wave of bombing. The football teams got off the buses and I was with them. There was much activity, shells flying around, and we knew something drastic was going on. Military personnel started putting barbed wire around the beach. They expected the enemy to land and the Red Cross came and told us to be ready to help them prepare beds for the wounded, she said. It was horrific, seeing all the gorgeous ships in tatters. My fathers job was to estimate damage. He estimated damage for a long time after that. Shirley recalls living in complete blackout for a long time after the bombing. Everybody covered their windows tight with wood. There couldnt be a speck of light anywhere after dark. If there was, they could become a target. All three remembered learning the meaning of fear. None of them had ever seen their parents frightened before. In the months to come, the families lived through blackouts, rationing and wreckage. For them, and the other children who witnessed the event firsthand, life would never be quite the same. President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed: December 7, 1941 as a date which will live in infamy USS Cassin & Downes

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8 OBSERVER NEWS DECEMBER 6, 2012 Come join us for our at theCall for Reservations: (813) 641-1600 by Dec. 26 1 Pier Drive, Ruskin (Seating up to 120)Casual Waterfront Dining Monday, Dec. 31stDoors open at 7:00 p.m. Holly Rae & Chicago Rich$120 per couple Ruskin Eagles Aerie 4351 1205 1st St. S.W.Upcoming EventsMonday Night. ...........................6 p.m. Bingo. Free hot dogs. Tuesday Night. ...........................6 p.m. Bar Games. Friday Night. ..............................Feather Your Nest. Food available. Saturday, Dec. 8. ........................5 p.m. Steak Dinner.. .................................................... 6:30 p.m. Music by Nickles & Dimes Sunday. .......................................Feather Your Nest. Free hotdogs ....................................................... during games. For more information, call (813) 645-2922. South Hillsborough Elks Lodge #2672 Upcoming Activities Every Tuesday Jam Session 3 p.m. 5ish, No Charge for all Elks and their guests. Every Wednesday Best Spaghetti in Town $7, All You Can Eat, for all Elks and their guests. Music by Bryan from 5 to 8 p.m. Every Friday Seafood, Sandwiches, and a Chefs Special for all Elks and their guests from 5 to 7 p.m. Karaoke by Bryan from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10 Blue Plate Special for all Elks and their guests, $7 a person, Menu: Breaded Pork Chop with all the trimmings and dessert, only 50 tickets will be sold. Saturday, Dec. 15 Holiday Anniversary Dinner Dance for all Elks and their guests, Appetizers 5-6 p.m., Dinner Menu: Roast Beef with all the trimmings, 6 p.m., Dancing to the Buddy Young Orchestra, 7 p.m., only $15 per person, Attire Dressy Business. Join S. Hillsborough Elks Lodge Eastern Caribbean Fund Raiser Cruise Jan. 13 to 20, 2013, contact Howard Elkin at Discover Travel for details and reservations. The South Hillsborough Elks Lodge is a clean, smoke-free environment located at 1630 US Hwy 41 S. in Ruskin, Telephone (813) 6452089. November Students of the Month at Apollo Beach ElementaryRyan Auciello, Grace Benigni, Katie Bulso, Mikayla Canterbury, Kayla Combs, Madeleine Cook, Hayley Degulis, Eddie Delgado, Darian Difede, Britt Finelli, Ashlyn Gale, Sarah Haynes, Isabella Hellman, Miguel Hernandez-Valdez, Nicoya Hopkins, Xavier Jones, Naia Kilcoyne, Cory Kruger, Dylan Lamkin, Alyssa Leger, Macy Longenecker, Jaiden Lozuke, Lauren Mercer, Madeline Orr, Krupa Patel, Nevaeh Rodriguez-Alfaro, Jocelyn Shourds, Christian Stibich, Connor Sutton, Alexis Weston, Madison Widisky, Savana Woods, Daniel Wright, Ashleigh Wykes, and Patrol, Talon Buzbee.Kids art helps support library programsOnce again, the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library put area elementary and middle school students to work. The Friends organized an art contest during September and October in which students at participating schools could submit their artwork. The competition for this 4th Annual Holiday Art Contest was open to students at Beth Shields Middle School, Cypress Creek, Reddick, Ruskin and Wimauma Elementary Schools. Ten students from all participants were selected as winners. Their designs were transformed into Holiday Greeting Cards by Ruskin-based M&M Printing Co., and the cards are being sold through December at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin. A bundle of ten cards costs $5. Proceeds from the sale will supplement Library programs offered to the public for free. Beth Shields Middle School: Jazmin Ruiz 8th Grade; with Anna Voida, Principal Reddick Elementary: Lizette Vazquez-Vizueth, 5th Grade; Georgette Garcia Sorria, 4th Grade; Detzy Hernandez-Santiago, 2nd Grade; Cipriano Mejia, 2nd Grade; with J. Thomas Roth, Principal, and Susan Turpyn, Art Teacher. Cypress Creek Elementary: Jed Wingrove 4th Grade; with Roy Moral, Principal.South Shore Singles announces its December eventsThe South Shore Singles, a ministry of the SCC United Methodist Church, has announced its lineup of December events. Saturday, Dec. 8, 7-9 p.m. Game Night. Bring a favorite game to share with others at John Harters SCC home. Needed are two people to bring a snack, and two others to bring a dessert. Call Patti at 813-6347171 to make reservations. Friday, Dec. 14, 6 p.m. Movie Night. The Christmas Shoes will be shown at 6:30 p.m. in Creason Hall at the United Methodist Church, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. W. Friday, Dec. 14, 6 p.m. Christmas Party at Circles in Apollo Beach. There will be a $10 gift exchange; do not put the donors name on the gift so that people will be able to choose another gift if the first one cant be used. Bring a gift appropriate for both men and women. Call Patti or Mary Jo at 813-383-7535 to make a reservation. Tuesday, Dec. 11. Special Meal held in Creason Hall. The cost is $6-8. Seating is limited, so pick up tickets early at the church office. Saturday, Dec. 22, 5-8 p.m. Dining & Dancing at the Alpha House in Apollo Beach. Music by Thor Stevens. For reservations, call John Wilkins at 813-349-7553. Thursday, Dec. 27, 6-9 p.m. Karaoke Dinner Dance at the Renaissance Golf Club in SCC. For reservations or information about the meal, call Jerry Harter at 813-633-9522. Reservations must be made no later than 48 hours before the event. Monday, Dec, 31, 8 p.m. New Years Eve Party at Jerry Harters home. Volunteers are needed to bring snacks (four or five), and three for desserts. Call Jerry at 813-633-9522 or Mary Jo at 813-383-7535 for reservations. The South Shore Senior Singles Group was organized for those age 50+, in the whole South Shore area, to provide a non-threatening atmosphere for singles to meet and have fun.Tampa Bay History Center to offer free visitor parkingGuests to the Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water St. in downtown Tampa, will not have to pay for parking, thanks to a partnership between the History Center and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Museum visitors paying for gallery entry will receive a parking token if they park in the Tampa Bay Times Forum East Lot, located directly adjacent to the History Center. The change went into effect on Oct. 1. Parking tokens are valid daily during the museums regular operating hours, 10 a.m. 5 p.m. Members of the Tampa Bay History Center will also receive an allotted quantity of parking vouchers as a member benefit depending on their membership level. The Tampa Bay History Center, which opened its 60,000 squarefoot facility in 2009, includes three floors of permanent and temporary exhibition space focusing on the history of the Tampa Bay area. The History Center features a museum store, the Witt Research Center (a branch of the Hillsborough County Public Library System), and the Columbia Cafe.

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I have no idea, but I hope so.Observations: Reflections on the living room wallIn the early morning darkness, I could see the flashing lights of the police car parked outside my house reflecting on the walls of our living room. I was a skinny 15-year-old kid, still reeling from a scene in the middle of the night that I dont need to discuss, my Mom was sitting at the kitchen table, a police officer was standing beside her until he took me aside to say, You have to be a man now. You have to take care of your mother. My Dad died a few hours later from the heart attack he experienced while sleeping. For the next three years until I left for college, my Mom never again managed to get a full nights sleep. Before I would turn in, usually at some stupidly late hour, I would always poke my head into her bedroom to ask her some inane question about whether or not the cat was inside for the night. What I was really doing was checking to make sure she was still alive.By Mitch Traphagenmitch@observernews.net Ive never forgotten that moment from nearly 35 years ago, of course, but Ive thought about it more lately due to circumstances with my Moms health and because I received a letter from an elderly man who carried a good bit of anger towards me. He did not have the strength of conviction to sign his letter with his name, thus preventing my ability to reply. His bottom line message was, however, that I need to man up. Perhaps he is right, but clearly, we differ on at least one element of what that means. Anonymity is easy.None of us knows what someone else is going through at any given time. Some people walk around with cancer, some with clinical depression, some with unseen disabilities, some suffering from loss, some with worries about money, children or parents, and others, of course, with joy. But if Ive learned anything in life its that I need to be fairly slow to judge someone. I have not walked the miles in their shoes. This column contains a lot of I and me in it. Its a personal column so that is often a necessity by default. I cant possibly claim to speak for you, to try to describe what you or anyone else thinks about anything. What I do try very hard to do, however, is to present things in life that may cause a few people to say, Yeah, I know how that feels. I dont write about things I may or may not do for people because I dont believe in blowing my own horn. I wont even admit to having a horn. My intention is not to be a narcissist, but rather someone with questions that I suspect others may have as well. In writing this column, I have to believe that Im not the only one with those questions, and I firmly believe people are out there with, if not outright answers, then at least wisdom they can share with others. Im quite certain I fail at that objective now and again maybe more than that. But Ive also seen evidence of it working. Besides, in an age of vitriol and 140 character tweets, a little introspection isnt the worst thing in the world. My brother lives in the same town as my Mom, both of my sisters live in the same state. Im 1,700 miles away and have been for the better part of 15 years. They dont need my help. My Mom probably doesnt need anything I can offer her. But my Mom and I spent three years alone together after my Dad died, trying to figure out, sometimes separately, sometimes together, where life would lead in his absence. I thought I became a man back then, but now Im not so sure. Ive lived my life trying to be a decent one, but now Im wondering what Ive really been doing and what Ive become. Ive missed so many things with my siblings and their wonderful children, all adults now and all people I am proud to know. So, the only thing that makes sense right now is the thought that its time to take care of my Mom for a little while. That is largely selfishly for me, but its also for her I hope, anyway. A little extra time up there means that I wouldnt have to just rush in to say hello and then rush out saying goodbye. But the reality is, I let a lot of better years slip away and I want to stop the slipping. Even if its just for a week or two. Christmas is approaching. Maybe you are blessed to have your family nearby; perhaps they are coming to you in the winter paradise in which we live. Perhaps you are going somewhere far away to see them or spending the holiday with your family via Skype. Christmas is a time for togetherness, love, compassion and reflection. This Christmas, I can see the reflections of the police lights and I can hear the words of a police officer from long ago. Its time to go home.

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The 95, 65 and 35-gallon containers (from left) would come into play if collection processes were to be automated at the truck. The 32-gallon plastic can represents what most homeowners use today in the manual pick-up process.collection schedule, with once weekly pick up of recyclables and yard waste. Keeping the same collection schedule under Option 2, but going to automated handling by the haulers trucks of the new trash containers that would be required is projected to bump up the annual collection cost to consumers from $100.35 to $111.65, thereby reducing the potential savings from $39.21 to $27.91, Lyons explained. The increased cost is the $16.80 for two specifically designed containers that the county would purchase in bulk and supply to its solid waste customers, he added. Option 3 also is based on automated service at the truck using the necessary containers but reduces trash collection, along with recyclables and yard waste, to one time per week. The projected cost to consumers, including charge for required containers, is $104.21, Lyons said. This option produces an estimated collection savings in 2014 of $35.35. The greatest projected savings in the new contract year $41.79 would be expected under Option 4 which calls for trash and yard waste pick up once each week, but reduces collection of recyclables to every other week at an annual cost to consumers of $97.77. This scenario also is based on automated handling of the special containers at the truck. While one area resident spoke enthusiastically of the advantages found in automatic handling of trash containers, others found faults in the several options, suggesting that lower costs often equate to lower levels of service, that automation may mean loss of jobs at a time when employment levels are particularly important and that the larger containers needed for automated systems will represent more difficulty for the infirm in both the retiree and general populations. By a show of hands, the 60 or so citizens taking part in a straw vote then overwhelmingly chose Option 1 which utilizes the current collection schedule without new containers or their automated pick up by especially-equipped trucks. According to administrators projections, this option would reduce the annual cost passed through to consumers by nearly $40 and put the annual collection portion of solid waste handling charges included on their property tax bills at slightly over $100 only a few dollars difference compared with the automated, reduced service of Option 4. Community meetings on the subject were continuing around the county this week, Lyons said, adding that information gleaned from the citizen sessions and particulars supplied by the six interested collection haulers would be provided to county commissioners in time for a workshop on the subject in early January, 2013, as the board considers collection options and addresses issues related to disposal of what is and is not collected. It is anticipated that seven-year contracts can be hammered out in late January, the utilities director noted, leaving sufficient time before present contracts expire for administrators to order new trash containers, if required, and giving new haulers time to gear up with additional personnel and equipment as needed to meet their obligations. Meanwhile, Lyons said administrators remain particularly interested in hearing from residents at this time concerning all aspects of the trash collection situation. A telephone survey of about 20,000 solid waste collection customers is planned to develop statistical data on the subject and residents are encouraged to weigh in, he added, by email at talktrash@ HillsboroughCounty.org, by text or verbal message at 813/7040181, by joining the blog through www.hillsboroughcounty.org/ talktrash, or by addressing the countys Communications Department at 601 East Kennedy Blvd., 16th floor, Tampa, FL 33602. Its the customers opinions, Lyons concluded, that count in my mind.Copyright 2012 Melody JamesonTrash collection options for South CountyX

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DECEMBER 6, 2012 15 ALL TICKETS SOLD AT THE DOOR starting at 6:45 p.m.Produced with permission of The Rodgers & Hammerstein Theatre Organization Partial support granted from The Community Foundation of Greater Sun City Center, Helen and Hadley Hill Fund Dec. 13-15 and Dec. 20-22 Th ursday through Satu rday Performances 7:30 p.m. $10 ALL TICKETSRiverview HS and Newsome HSpresent OW2 EXP. 1/18/13 $ 5NuFree Hair RemovalThe gold standard in hair removal!Only at participating salons. OK2 EXP. 1/18/13 $ 6 95Kids Cut (11 & under)Free Shampoo & Lite DrySpecialty cuts, blow-dry style, design lines, set or curling iron extra. Adult CutFree Shampoo & Lite Dry $ 9 95Specialty cuts, blow-dry style, design lines, set or curling iron extra. OA4 EXP. 1/18/13 OP 3 EXP. 1/18/13 $ 34 95Quick & Easy Perm WaveFree Shampoo & CutPrice will vary with length or condition of hair. Design wraps extra. OSS1 EXP. 1/18/13 $ 12 00Shampoo & SetPrice will vary with length or condition of hair. Haircut extra. OC4 EXP. 1/18/13 $ 34 95CHI Ionic ColorFree Shampoo & StylePrice will vary with length or condition of hair. Haircut extra. OF1 EXP. 1/18/13 $ 19 955-7 Foil HighlightsFree Shampoo & Lite DryPrice will vary with length or condition of hair. Haircut extra. OH2 EXP. 1/18/13 $ 10 offHighlights/LowlightsFree Shampoo & StylePrice will vary with length or condition of hair. Haircut extra. Per Area Brow, Lip or Chin ***NEW LOCATION***Sun City 813-634-28503846 Sun City Center Blvd (next to Bealls in Home Depot Center) M-F 8-8 Sat 9-6 Sun 10-4Brandon Regency 813-681-72672480 W. Brandon Blvd. (next to TJ Maxx & Movie Theater) M-F 9-9 Sat 9-6 Sun 12-5Brandon Causeway 813-651-464011235 Causeway Blvd. (next to Publix across from Wal Mart) M-F 9-9 Sat 9-6 Sun 11-5 $50 Minimum Are you paying too much forHome or Auto Insurance?Saving money is just a phone call away! 813-685-9393 C D TCharles D. Talley, Jr. www.ctalleyinsurance.com Were a Bilingual AgencyEstablished 1983 NationwideOn Your Side AT HOME AUTO CARE Master Certified Technicians Family Owned & Operated We service and repair most makes and models includingDomestic, Asian, European& up to 1 ton Diesel Trucks(exactly 1 mile south of SR 674/College Ave.)(813) 645-0339AAA Approved Auto Repair Center $2795OIL CHANGELUBE, OIL & FILTER*Up to 5 qts. 5W20 or 5W30 Motorcraft Oil, Filter, and 27-point inspection. Most cars+ tax & S.S. GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE Need a Christmas gift idea? Adogable PetsPet Supplies & Grooming Salon(813) 419-4972 Mobile Grooming & More (813) 300-7902Please call for grooming appointmentswww.adogablepets.com Natural and Holistic Foods and Treats D.I.Y. CLINIC last Thursday of every month, 5 to 6 p.m. 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.StormyStormy is a beautiful little girl who was rescued from a storm drain just in the nick of time. Luckily she missed all the rain that has fallen this week because she had enough rain in her life. She is high and dry on the cat tower or playing with the other kittens of C.A.R.E. now. Please take home Stormy to her forever home. As part of her adoption she has been brought up to date on her shots, spayed and micro chipped. DOB: March 5, 2012. HopeHope is a gorgeous Terrier with a bright personality. She was found as a lost dog in excellent condition. Hope knows basic commands and even how to shake with both paws. Hope acts as if she has never met a stranger. She also seems to like the other dogs. This is an awesome gal! Please consider giving her a forever home! As part of her adoption, Hope will be spayed, microchipped, and brought current on her shots. DOB: approx. December 2, 2010. PHOTOS MARLENE GREENBERgG

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16 DECEMBER 6, 2012 New location: Suite 201, same plaza Tuesday Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Miriam Maria AnnetteAnnettes Beauty SalonFULL SERVICE SALON for Men and WomenCorner Hwy. 301 & S.R. 674, Suite #108in Village Plaza (next to Copper Penny)634-5422 1st Time Customers20% OffMust present ad. Not to be combined with other offers. Exp. 12/31/12REFER A FRIEND Both of you will get 20% OffMust mention ad. Expires 12/31/12 LIC#CAC1816190 Other Services We Provide 10% Senior Discount on any services Airduct Cleaning$34.95**Includes 10 vents, 1 main and 1 return AMERICAN AIR INC. 813-225-1441 Ruskin Animal Hospital & Cat ClinicPET TIP: Drs. Ott, Slaughter, Waldy & Heaton BookwormUsed Paperbacks, Hardbacks Childrens & Specialty Books!7414 Commerce St. Riverview, FL 33578Bookworms4U@gmail.com(1 Block west of Hwy. 301, off Riverview Dr.)(813) 443-0968Used Books CLARKE AUTOMOTIVE CLARKE AUTOMOTIVEOPEN ALL DAY SATURDAY Everything we do keeps your car in warranty Includes: Visual Inspection of tires, belts & hoses, horn/lights, brakes, shocks/struts, exhaust, wipers, suspension, air and breather filter. Most cars/light trucks. Disassembly to perfect inspection may result in additional charges. Present coupon to receive savings. No other discounts apply. Additional charges for shop supplies may be added. See store for details. Exp. 1/3/13MAINTENANCE INSPECTIONFREEValue$3995 AAA DiscountOBNCALL FOR LOWEST PRICES ON TIRES131 Central Ave., Brandon813.685.2939 FREE Shuttle to FishHawk & Sun City Center TIRES DEALER ALTERNATIVEAAA Authorized Service Center OIL CHANGE & LUBRICATION$1095OBN motor oil. Purolator oil filter. Most cars and light trucks. Please call for appointment. Valid only with coupon. Not valid with any other coupons or specials. Coupon expires 12/13/12 10% DISCOUNT on service or repair.EXCLUDES TIRES & SALES SPECIALS Honor All Competitors Coupons Were Here For You! We Welcome New PatientsOur practice provides a complete range of professional services including Restorative Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, Thorough Examinations, Cleanings, Dental Makeovers and Implant Restorations. Michelle Halcomb, D.D.S.813-634-3396703 Del Webb Blvd. W., Suite B Sun City Center, FL 33573 We salute all of our men, women and Veterans of the Armed Forces! This past week, I was asked some questions about kingfish: Why are they still in the bay? They are out there, why? I have my thoughts on how could they be in our bay waters during December. We have had warm, then hot, no cold, some mild, wonderful weather, and the kingfish dont know that its winter and they are not going south. I know that they had a Spring Run, and a Fall Run, but they havent started their Winter Run. They are just staying around relaxing in our warm waterways. Many Decembers in the past, they were through our waterways months earlier. Another reason is our waters are full of bait fish and they can eat without searching. Mullet are jumping again in our rivers and canals. They are not in their prime but are slowly returning to our waterways. Trout is a fish that is a great table fare and can be caught in our waterways. They are a fish that adapts to temperature changes well, hot or cold. They survived our hearty freeze in 2009, when the snook were almost wiped out. Look in the grass flats for them as they feed. Another grass flats feeding ground fish is the redfish. In the early morning or late evening, you may see many standing on their heads as they eat with their tails going back and fourth in the air. Redfish Tailing, is a sight to see. Turn off your motor, glide in among them. If you leave your motor on, they become spooked and will scatter in all directions. Legal take is not less than l8 or more than 27. Put a circle hook on a 25 pound test line and spend the afternoon catching flounder. It would be well worth your time, since this flat fish has lean white meat, making a great fish to grace the best of dinner tables. They are a lazy fish. If you cant get them off the sandy bottom, try catching them as they surface to eat at high or low tide. They stay on the bottom so long that the bottom side of them is pure white. Not all of the tarpon have migrated to the south. Many smaller tarpon are still flipping in the air around our bay. Lakes and fresh water rivers are teeming with pan fish, bass and fresh water catfish. Have fun, leave a float plan, and always fish with a buddy.By Jonie Maschek Fish Tales: Kingfish are still hanging around Located in Ruskins Village Shoppes Flea Market, RD Tackle specializes in local fishing needs, and is always ready of give fishing reports from the Skyway Pier to Apollo Beach. The tackle it offers is specific to this region, providing lures and tackle but also ready-tofish tackle to eliminate the learning curve. The Ruskin location is the second site for the business; the other store is in Pinellas Parks Wagon Wheel. Pompano jigs and teasers are sold separately, but also pre-tied. This is also available with mackerel spoons, redi-rigs and popping corks/ DOA shrimp rigs. RD Tackle stocks combos, rods and reels for both fresh and salt water, as well as cast nets for baitfish to mullet to crabbing. In addition, they have lead: from split-shot to 8-0z. egg sinkers, trolling weights, dipsies, pyramids and bank sinkers in all sizes. RD Tackle is located in the Village Shoppes Flea Market, 431 19th Ave. NE in Ruskin, open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am. to 5 p.m. RD Tackle focuses on local fishing needsThe South Shore Democratic Club will meet on Thursday, Dec. 13 at the South Shore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way in Ruskin. The featured speaker this month is Dr. Susan MacManus, Distinguished University Professor, Department of Government and International Affairs, USF Dr. MacManus is a widely recognized political analyst who frequently appears on WFLA-TV (NBC) and can also be heard on WFLA-NEWS Radio. Her topic will be Election 2012: The Past and the Future. Her focus will be mainly on Florida. At this meeting the group will also hold a Silent Auction which will afford members the opportunity to locate and bid on a treasure or holiday gift among the lovingly used and new items donated by our membership. Join them for an educational and fun meeting. The meeting begins at 1:30 p.m., refreshments at 1 p.m. All Democrats and Independents are welcome.Election 2012 is focus of South Shore Democratic Club meeting Business slow? Advertise in The ObserverWe cover south Hillsborough County with a circulation of 48,000 papers every week! We offer many options in every price range...from classified ads to full pages. Call 813-645-3111 and ask to speak to an advertising representative today. For more information visit us on the web at www.ObserverNews.net

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DECEMBER 6, 2012 OBSERVER NEWS 17 Holiday hounds offered for $65 adoption donationNapiers Log Cabin Horse & Animals Sanctuary, inc. is a not-for-profit 501 (c) 3 no-kill Florida corporation in Bradenton that is offering a holiday dog adoption for just a $65 donation. All animals are spayed/ neutered, current on shots including Rabies, heartworm check and on heartworm prevention, have a take-home packet of brochures, and food sample with coupons, microchipped for ID, crate-trained and come with 30 days of free pet insurance. In addition to the dogs in the photos, the following animals are available: Annie: 2-year-old spayed Pit Bull Terrier female saved from a highkill shelter due to age, space and time. Bernard: 5-year-old dark-red neutered male Lab mix, knows basic commands, loves to play, crate trained, OK with children but can be protective if he doesnt know you. Chase: Approximately 6-year-old yellow neutered male Belgian Shepherd/Lab mix, saved from a high-kill shelter had a growth on head has been removed and hes ready for a new home, very loving and good natured. Rocco: Approximately 6-year-old tri-color neutered male Jack Russell Terrier, very loving and good natured, does not like new dogs at first, energetic. Rocky: 4-year-old black and tan with blue merle patches on his chest neutered male Rottweiler/Cattle Dog mix (very pretty & unique!), loves to play and go for walks, saved from a high-kill shelter due to heartworms (received treatment), and food aggression (would be best in an only dog household). Simba: Approximately 5-year-old yellow-with-white neutered male, mixed with Boxer (?) and Pit Bull Terrier (?). Good with other female dogs. Napiers Log Cabin Horse & Animals Sanctuary relies on the generosity of the community to survive, and receives no government funding or grants. Anonymous cash donations can be made at any Bank of America to the Horse & Animal Sanctuary Fundraising Account. Mission statement: To provide a temporary home to homeless animals until a permanent adoptive home can be found. To provide a permanent home to animals that can not be adopted. Also to help educate the public about adopting and taking care of homeless animals to help the county in becoming a no-kill community where no adoptable animal is euthanized just for lack of space and time. Visit www.NapierFamilyFarm.com. Mailing address: 20010 East SR 64, Bradenton, FL 34212 or call (941) 750-8185. Hours are by appointment only. 100% of donations go to caring for the animals and are taxdeductible as allowed by law.Maddie: 1-year-old tri-color spayed female Beagle mix, knows basic commands, loves to play, crate trained, friendly, full of energy. Mandy: 5-year-old dark-red spayed female Lab mix, knows basic commands, loves to play, crate trained, friendly. Teddy: Approx. 5 year old yellow with white neutered male Chihuahua. Good with other dogs, best with no children. Learn about Reserve Responder ProgramAn open house is scheduled for those interested in applying for the Reserve Responder Program. This recruitment event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Headquarters, 2709 E. Hanna Ave. in Tampa. The Reserve Responder Program will be effective January 1, 2013. The highlights of the program include: fostering of volunteerism in fire rescue building a pool of eligible candidates for future employment opportunities for promoting workforce diversity full accountability with consistent staffing, training levels and experience enhanced safety and effectiveness through the addition of reservists to existing career crews Through the Reserve Responder Program, volunteers who meet the minimum criteria are eligible to be a Reserve Firefighter I; Reserve Firefighter II; Reserve Firemedic I; Reserve Paramedic; Reserve Fire Officer; Reserve Specialist; or sit on the Reserve Advisory Committee. The full Fire Rescue Volunteer Transition Plan is available online. This plan is the result of a Task Force was assembled after a Performance Audit report was presented to the Board on Sept. 19, 2012, to help shape a future volunteer model, evaluate the current program, and to propose options for the future. The committees of this Task Force included representatives from three volunteer associations, County staff, and other subject-matter experts. Hillsborough County Fire Rescue started as an all-volunteer organization in the 1950s, and hired its first full-time career firefighters in 1973. Since then, the department has steadily evolved into one of the largest, most progressive departments in the state, answering more than 80,000 calls per year. Currently, Fire Rescue maintains 42 fire and one rescue station, and equips more than 890 career firefighters and paramedics, in addition to approximately 175 volunteer firefighters. Southshore Regional LibraryAdult program/event highlights Internet: Introduction and Google Thursday, Dec. 6, 12:12 p.m. Introduction to the Internet and related terminology. Learn how to use Google to find information and tips for evaluating what you find. Basic mouse and keyboarding skills are recommended. Limit: 20 No-Fuss Foods: Holiday AppetizersFriday, Dec. 7, 11 a.m. & Monday, Dec. 10, 6 p.m. Cooking delicious and nutritious meals does not need to take a lot of time or cost a lot of money. Join Rowena Sjovall of No-Fuss Foods as she demonstrates a budget-friendly holiday appetizer recipe that is sure to wow friends and family. Free samples! Seating limit: 20. Register in advance at the Information Desk or call 813-273-3652. Funding provided by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library Adult Writing Workshop Monday, Dec. 10, 1 p.m. Connect with local writers to discuss all aspects of the writing process. Inspire, encourage, and exchange ideas. Opportunities to share writings and receive feedback will be available. If youve ever wanted to be a writer, this is the group for you! All levels of writers are welcome. Windows 7: Introduction and Computer Basics Tuesday, Dec. 11, 12:15 p.m. Learn the parts of a window, how to navigate in the Windows environment, and file management. Learn about the parts and basic terminology of computers. Also covers basic purchasing considerations. Limit: 20 eBooks for Tablets & SmartPhones Wednesday, Dec. 12, 10:15 a.m. Learn how to check out and download free library eBooks to read on a Android, Blackberry, iPad, iPhone or Windows 7 devices using a free app. Learn how to register for a free Adobe ID to wirelessly check out and download library eBooks to an electronic tablet. Presented by the Tampa Bay Library Consortium Limit: 20 Hottest Tech Toys for the Holiday Season Wednesday, Dec. 12, 3 p.m. Need help sorting through the hottest technology this holiday season? Get an unbiased look at the latest phones, computers, gaming systems and more. This is a Web-based program available at SouthShore Library or by login from any remote location with Internet access. Presented by LearnSurge. SouthShore Needle People Wednesday, Dec. 12, 6:30 p.m. Join other needle people to share techniques, tips and experiences about knitting and other fiber and fabric crafts. Beginners are welcome! Bring a project and ask us questions! Teen/Adult Acrylic Painting Wednesday, Dec. 12, 6:30 p.m. Teens and adults will join art instructor Cory Wright and explore some techniques with acrylic paint. Limit 22. Registration required at either the Information Desk or by calling 813-273-3652. Internet: Viruses, Spyware, Phishing Scams and More! Thursday, Dec. 13, 12:15 p.m. Learn how to surf the Internet while avoiding common scams and pitfalls that can compromise your security. Learn about different types of malicious software, how they get on the personal computer, how to remove them, and precautions to take when using the internet. Limit: 20 Florida Wildlife Series Friday, Dec. 14, 4:30 p.m. Meet a Park Ranger from Lettuce Lake Park and learn more about Floridas wildlife. This months topic is Alligators and Other Florida Reptiles. Membership with the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library helps provide the funding for free programs offered at the Library. If you would be interested in becoming a Member of the Friends of the Library, please call Jim Duffy at (813) 634-1396: www.southshorefriends.com.Farm Share Holiday Food The annual Farm Share Holiday Food Giveaway will be held on Thursday, Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to noon. The giveaway, which includes fresh food donated by Floridas farmers, will be held at Redeemer Community Church located at 9230 Ridge Road in New Port Richey. All needy families are welcome. Every year, more than 500 families are provided with food and other items they need to have a complete holiday dinner. In addition to food from Farm Share, donations from Publix, AT&T and other individuals and organizations make the event possible. For more information about the giveaway, contact the office of Representative Mike Fasano at (727) 848-5885. Experience millions of Lights at Sarasota Jungle GardensSarasota Jungle Gardens kicks off the holiday season with its 11th annual Holiday Lights celebration, Millions of Lights Magical Nights. Opening night is Friday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. and the celebration continues through Dec. 9 and then again Dec. 14 through Dec. 24. The traditional family-friendly event brings holiday joy to the jungle. Guests can decorate cookies, take a stroll down Candy Cane Lane, a new event feature, and roast smores and hot dogs around one of the many holiday fire pits. Master magician Nathan Coe Marsh will take the stage twice each night, at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Santa will be on hand for fun family photos and the Cory Music Show will perform live holiday songs and sing-a-longs. Adult admission is $11 and children 3-12 are $6. Children under age 2 are free. All prices are plus tax. Coupons, discounts or other offers are not valid for special events. Visit SarasotaJungleGardens.com for a complete schedule.

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18 DECEMBER 6, 2012 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 Assoc. Pastor Derek Hoven www.calvarylutheranchurch.net 645-1305 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 Area Places of Worship 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. Sunday Service 10:30 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 UNITED COMMUNITY CHURCH United Church of Christ1501 La Jolla Ave., Sun City Center, FL 33573-5329A Caring Church United in Gods Love Serving Our CommunityAll Are Welcome! WORSHIP SERVICES: SUNDAY 8:15 a.m. ......................Sanctuary (Communion Service)9:15 a.m. .................Creason Hall (Oasis Contemporary)10:55 a.m. ........Sanctuary (Traditional with Choir & Bells)11:00 a.m ........................................Hispanic Worship 4:00 p.m. ........................................Hispanic Worship Senior Pastor: Dr. Warren Langer Assistant Pastor: Rev. Robert Chaple Bookstore 633-8595 FREE Nursery Provided REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH ELCA Rev. Robert G. Wiley, Interim PastorTelephone: Website: sccredeemer.org Worship Services on Sunday 10 a.m. 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 Changing Services? Having a special event? Advertise it in The Observer News, The SCC Observer and The Current. Just call (813) 645-3111 and ask to speak to a sales representative. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of SCCMeets in the Henry Gibson Social Hall of the Beth Israel Without the abundance of the heart nothing great can happen. Paul Tillich Area Obituaries Robert Barrows GardinerRobert Barrows Gardiner, Jr., 77, of Sun City Center, FL, died peacefully on November 27, 2012 at LifePath Hospice with his devoted wife, Jacqueline (Lynn), and his Border Collie dog, Charles, by his side. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Barrows Gardiner and Dorothy (Jenner) Gardiner (Storrs, CT) and sister Dorothy Lackman (Ashford, CT). Bob was born on August 29, 1935 in Willimantic, CT and raised in Storrs, CT on Maple View Farm. As a young man, he worked on the family farm delivering milk in the early morning hours before school. He often regaled the family with funny stories of the many interesting characters who found their way to the farm seeking employment during the Depression Years. He was captain of the football team, wearing number 32 as center at Windham High School. There he met his first wife, Dianna Volle. They married shortly after graduation in 1952, and together raised four children in Storrs, CT. Bob operated the 300acre family dairy farm from 1953-1967. He earned a B.A. in history from the University of Connecticut in 1971, and attended Western New England School of Law for two years. He obtained a CT real estate brokers license in 1967. He then pursued, as his passion, a 45-year career in real estate. He opened his first real estate agency on High Street in Willimantic, CT in 1972. He moved to Florida in 1982, and expanded his real estate activities in 1983 by opening an office in downtown Tampa for Gardiner Appraisal Services, Inc. He was a Florida State Certified Residential Appraiser from 1990. He appraised over 8,000 homes, condos, apartments, and land, many in the Greater Tampa Bay Area, during his 30 years of appraising in both CT and FL. He held both CT and FL real estate broker licenses for many years. Bobs second wife, Lorraine Prevost, was his partner in life and in real estate for 21 years; she predeceased him in 1997. He was Broker-Owner of RE/MAX First Realty located in the South Shore area of Hillsborough County from 1992 to1996. Bobs love of selling homes was evident throughout this life. He said he especially liked to work with homebuyers because he felt he had a special ability to know exactly what homebuyers wanted after talking with them. Selling homes made him happy. He was continually striving to provide the best representation possible to all his customers. At the time of his death, he was proudly associated with the Flo Vachon Team at Keller Williams Realty South Shore in Sun City Center, FL. He married his beloved wife, Jacqueline (Lynn) in 1998, with whom he shared a deep love of animals and literature. Together they traveled to national parks and other beautiful regions of the country, creating many treasured memories. Bob loved watching sporting events on television and reading about the events and personalities of World War II. Bob was an avid sports fan especially of the UCONN Huskies and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and never missed a Bucs game. He was also a passionate soccer fan, serving as a college soccer referee for the University of Connecticut and other schools throughout New England during the 1970s. He was business manager and part-owner, with good friend Paul Ingram, of the Connecticut Wildcats, the first major league Pro-Soccer team in the state from 1971 to 1973. Bob acquired a private pilots license during the 1970s, and he often said flying was the most fun thing he ever did. He received an award as Rotarian of the Year 2001-2003 from Rotary International the South Shore Rotary Club. He was a man of deep religious faith whose membership with the Ruskin United Methodist Church in Ruskin, FL., and the First Baptist Church of Mansfield in Storrs, CT brought many kind people, warm memories and spiritual comfort to his life. Bob was also a member of the choir at Ruskin United Methodist Church. He is survived by his loving wife Jacqueline (Lynn) of 14 years, his 4 children and their spouses: Robin and David Gooch of Coventry, CT, Bill and Beth Gardiner of Gilroy, CA, Andy and Kris Gardiner of Storrs, CT, Catherine and Charlie Fenech of San Francisco, CA; his sister Shirley Corcoran of Mansfield Center, CT; his sisters-in law Stephanie Coppola of Wyckoff, NJ and Victoria Spain of Sun City Center, FL; plus 10 grandchildren, three greatgrandchildren, many cousins, nieces and nephews. His children would like to express special thanks to his wife, Jacqueline (Lynn), for her unwavering devotion especially in his last weeks and also for the remarkable care and comfort provided by Flo and Tim Vachon, Reverends Richard Nussel, Hal Jeffery and David Looney of Ruskin United Methodist Church, and the dedicated professionals at South Bay and Brandon Regional Hospital and the Sun City Center LifePath Hospice House. After cremation, internment will be in the family plot at Spring Hill Cemetery in Mansfield, CT. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you remember Bob by making a donation to the Ruskin United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 745, Ruskin, FL, or the First Baptist Church of Mansfield, 945 Storrs Rd., Storrs, CT 06268. A memorial service will be held on December 18th at 11 a.m. at the Ruskin United Methodist Church in Ruskin, FL.Lloyd W. MillerLloyd W. Miller, loving husband, father, grandfather, and greatgrandfather passed peacefully on October 31, 2012 at the hospice center, Lizas Place, in Wheeling, WV, near his eldest daughters home. He was born in June, 1923 to Susan and Harry Miller of New Kensington, PA. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Gail Jones. He is survived by his wife Gloria; four children, Cheryl Sprague (Gary), Loyette Mathias (David), Lloyd Miller (Sally), Baron Miller (Mary); 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Lloyd was a WWII Navy veteran, serving active duty on the USS Oberon in both the Atlantic and Pacific invasions and he was the recipient of six bronze stars. Upon retiring from Dowty Meco in 1986 as a sales engineer, he moved to Sun City Center, Florida, where he was actively involved with the Emergency and Security Squads. He enthusiastically participated in the sport of lawn bowling and enjoyed traveling with his wife and spending time with his family and friends. Lloyd was put to rest at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies on Friday, November 23, 2012. Memorials can be made to: Life Path Hospice, 12973 N. Telecom Parkway, Suite 100, Temple Terrace, FL 33637. Ruth Healan4/30/17 11/10/12The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff of the Sun Terrace Health Center for their tender, compassionate care of our dear Mother. We will remember always. Glenda Gillham, Ron Healan & familyThank you Dr. Robert A. NormanDermatologistDr. A. TheodosatosCarole Mazzone, ARNPOffering Laser, Botox, Restylane and various cosmetic products & services 813-880-7546 8002 Gunn Hwy., TampaMOBILE RADIATIONSame Day Appointments FREE Skin ScreeningInsurance accepted: Medicare, Medicaid, BCBS, Humana, Cigna, Aetna, Amerigroup, and many more Tucker to address FellowshipOn Thursday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m., the guest speaker at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Sun City Center will be the Rev. Dr. Robert P. Tucker, PhD., Minister Emeritus of the U.U. Congregation of Lakeland. In preparation for honoring Hanukkah, his sermon topic will be The Lights of Freedom. The Fellowship meets in the Henry Gibson Social Hall of the Beth Israel Synagogue, 1115 E. Del Webb Blvd. All are welcome. J.A.M. recently performed at Aston Gardens Courtyard.J.A.M. celebrates community ChristmasJ.A.M. (Jesus and Me) Childrens Performance Choir of the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, recently performed at Aston Gardens Courtyards and the Kiwanis Clubs Christmas Party, ringing in the Christmas season. They also appear in Wall to Wall Christmas at the Rollins Theater. J.A.M. was formed in February to support the music/worship arts component of Kidz Klub at the church. The children perform during worship services the second Sunday of each month. For further information, contact Pat Hill, Director of Ministries, at the United Methodist Church, (813) 634-2539.

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DECEMBER 6, 2012 19 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 Area Places of Worship CHRISTIAN SCHOOL K-2 Through 12th GradeSunday School.................................9:45 a.m. Morning Worship...............8:30 & 11:00 a.m. Evening Service..............................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Night Service................7:00 p.m. Awana............................................7:00 p.m.Dr. Barry RumseyA Resource for Families 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 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. Contemporary 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 between Services. 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 Spiritual LeaderRev. Sue Meixner813-362-0806sue@alterways.comSunday Service 11:00 a.m. Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce 1651 Sun City Center PlazaNew Thought ChurchReligious Science/SOM 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) 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. Gibsonton Very Rev. John F. McEvoy, V.F. BETH ISRAEL The Jewish Congregation of Sun City Center, 1115 Del Webb Blvd. E. Sun City Center (813)634-2590 SHABBAT SERVICES FRIDAY EVENING AT 7:30 PM TORAH STUDY SATURDAY AT 12 NOON MORNING SERVICES 2ND AND 4TH SATURDAY 10AM EVERYONE IS WELCOME Complete, No Add-Ons813-645-6130Zipperers Funeral Home www.ZipperersFuneralHome.com Musical events highlight the season at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church St. John the Divine Episcopal Church has an array of musical events planned to celebrate the Advent Christmas season at the churchs Sun City Center location: Saturday, Dec. 8 South Shore Symphony Orchestra presents Celebrate the Season at 3 p.m. In addition to Chanukah and Christmas holiday music, there will be raffle prizes and a bake sale. Tickets are $12, available at the church office, at the door or at www.thessso.org. Wednesday, Dec. 13 11 a.m. The Women of St. John the Divine hold their annual Christmas program, with Chuck Wirick presenting a Christmas program titled A Pioneer Christmas, followed by a Christmas luncheon with the Women of St. John the Divine at the SCC campus. Saturday, Dec. 15 Christmas dinner at 6 p.m., followed by music from the Redemption Band with Christmas Specials. The Sun City Center campus of St. John the Divine Episcopal Church is 1015 Del Webb Blvd.Friendship Baptist gets set for the holidaysThe folks at Sun City Centers Friendship Baptist Church have filled their calendar with events for the month of December: Saturday, Dec. 8, 11 p.m. Memorial service for Ellouise Forte, the church organist, who joined her Savior in her new life in November. Sunday, Dec. 9, 6 p.m. The choir, directed by Robin Marshall, will present a Christmas Cantata. Saturday, Dec. 15, 5 p.m. The church Christmas Party, to be held at the Lawn Bowling Room. Girls bring girl gifts; men bring men gifts. Gifts should not cost more than $10. Friendship Baptist Church is located at 1511 El Rancho Dr. in SCC. For information, call Thelma Crosby at 813-642-0911.Multimedia Christmas celebration at Trinity BaptistThe Trinity Baptist Church music ministry presents Prophecy and Atonement Fulfilled, a multimedia Christmas celebration and singalong, at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9. All are invited to join as they explore music and the Bible for the answer to why Christians celebrate the birth of a Jewish baby born 2,000 years ago. Trinity Baptist is located at 702 Del Webb Blvd W. in SCC. Admission is free and all are welcome. Call 813-634-4228 for more information. Trinity Baptist Church members and friends recently gathered to decorate the church for the Christmas Season. Under the direction of Paula Conners, the group spent the morning putting up the Christmas trees, wreaths, etc., both inside and outside the church. United Methodist Church to perform A Thrill of Hope choral cantata Holiday Concert at United Community ChurchThe community is invited and welcomed to A Tribute to the Holiday Classics, at the United Community Church, 1501 La Jolla Ave. The concert will feature some of Sun City Centers own talent: Vocalist Bill Barker will be accompanied by Robert Winslow on keyboards and Michael James on percussion. They will be joined by Jo Winslow, Troy Coman, Al Spatola, and talented newcomer to our town, Eileen Valentino. Enjoy a delightful afternoon of well-known holiday songs on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. For further information, call the church at (813 634-1304. The Chancel Choir, Praise Team, Handbells and Instrumental Ensemble from the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center will be performing the new Joel Raney cantata entitled A Thrill of Hope on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 9 a.m. and again at 10:55 a.m. Based on the line from the wellknown Christmas song, O Holy Night, this extended choral work weaves together almost two dozen holiday carols and songs in four movements. A Thrill of Hope will be performed by the Churchs fine 60-voice Chancel Choir with handbells, flute, oboe, horn, violin, cello, piano, narrators and imagery. Prior to the presentation of the cantata, there will be a time of worship led by the OASIS Praise Team, and Kathy Straub will be singing her special rendition of O Holy Night. The services will conclude with the singing of O Come, All ye Faithful. For additional information about this and other special community events at the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, contact Jeff Jordan, Director of Worship Arts, at (813) 634-2539 or (813) 260-0153. The United Methodist Church is located at 1210 Del Webb Blvd. West. Listen to the sounds of Christmas at Prince of PeaceThe Prince of Peace Concert Series continues with its third concert of the season, featuring the joyful sounds of Christmas, on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 4 p.m. The concert will feature the joint choirs of Prince of Peace Catholic Church and SCC United Methodist Church. The choir will be conducted by Jeff Jordan with Keith Rasmussen as organist. Included in the musical selections will be the Vivaldi Gloria and other Christmas favorites. The concert is open to the public and free of charge. A free will offering will be accepted, however. Prince of Peace Catholic Church is located at 702 Valley Forge Blvd in Sun City Center. For more information, please visit www.popcc.org or call (813) 634-2328.

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Tamiami Trail, Ruskin, FL 33570(Across from Sweetbay Supermarket)NEW PATIENTS WELCOMEKirk D. Parrott, D.D.SMembers: American Dental Association, Florida State Dental Association, Florida West Coast Dental Association, Manatee County Dental Association and Hillsborough County Dental Association. (813) 645-6491 Goodson Produce MarketC.R. 672 E. (3-1/3 miles east of 301) Balm, FL(813) 634-7790 Open Mon.-Sat. 9:00 a.m. -6 p.m. NOW OPEN! Moving to expanded suite next door to our current location!PAYING FULL PRICE FOR MEDS?GENERICS such as Cymbalta, Viagra, Celebrex etc.Available through our 4 International Pharmacies Canadian Meds South813-413-7912 Fax 813-600-1742 NEW CUSTOMERS!Present this coupon with your initial order of $100 or more and receive an additional $10 Off! (One time only)FREE SHIPPINGOn all International orders greater than $150. With this coupon. One coupon per family. Ste. 101 New Suite # Larger Space! Behind the Radiant Gas Station APOLLO BEACH Also serving SCC at Kings Point Main Clubhouse, Tues. & Thurs. 10-2 THE 20 11BEST OF SOUTH SHORE Cymbalta Viagra Celebrex Dear EarthTalk: What are the new nutrition standards for school lunches that have some students boycotting their cafeterias and discarding the food? -Melissa M., Trenton, NJ Indeed, some 31 million American kids participating in the federally supported National School Lunch Program have been getting more whole grains, beans, fruits and vegetables in their dietswhether they like it or not. The change is due to new school meal standards unveiled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) last January, per the order of 2010s Healthy, HungerFree Kids Act. The new standards are based on the Institute of Medicines science-based recommendations, and are the first upgrade to nutritional standards for school meals since 1995 when lowand no-fat foods were all the rage. The non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG) believes the new standards represent an important milestone in efforts to improve the dietary habits and health of increasingly obese American kids. Schools misguided reliance on processed foods for speedy, low-labor cost production, industrys $1.6 billion in child-targeted advertising and a lack of faith in our childrens dietary curiosity [have] created a generation of picky eaters with dull palates, reports the group. With nearly 17 percent of Americas children now clinically obese and a staggering 32 percent overweight, the time is long past to address the unhealthy food environments our children live in. The new standards limit calories per meal to 850 for high school meals, 700 for middle school and 650 for elementary and more than double the mandated minimum servings of fruits and vegetables while reducing the sodium, saturated fats and trans fats in school kids diets. Whole-grain foods, beans and dark green and orange vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, carrots and sweet potatoes have replaced things like pizza and French fries as staple items in schools that follow the program. Of course, not everybody likes the changes. Lunch strikes, Facebook protest pages, Twitter campaigns, YouTube parody videos and other means have been utilized coast-to-coast to voice opposition to the healthier meals. Some affected cafeterias blame the new smaller portions and healthier fare for causing as much as a 70 percent drop-off in school lunch program participation since the new standards took effect. Psychologists understand that kids may not come around to new foods right away but will eventually eat themso the federal government and most participating schools are sticking to their guns. And the USDA says that if a school encounters significant hardships employing the new calorie requirements, we stand ready to work with them quickly and effectively to remedy the situation with additional flexibilities. The benefits of the new standards far outweigh the costs. School meals can help children develop healthy eating habitsor they can prime them for a life of poor health and unnecessary suffering, says EWG. EWG lauds the new standards for significantly expanding access to and appreciation of nourishing food. Whether they can help shift eating norms across the country remains to be seen, but regardless millions of American kids will likely now get their healthiest meals of the day on a tray in their school cafeterias. EarthTalk is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E The Environmental Magazine (www.emagazine.com).EarthTalk Hillsborough Libraries offer free downloadable audiobooks and eBooks anytime, anywhere The Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative offers free best-selling and classic audiobooks and eBooks, music and video selections 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at hcplc.lib.overdrive. com. Hillsborough County library-card holders may download best-selling novels, well-known classics, self-improvement guides, and much more to a computer or mobile device to enjoy from the comfort of home, or just about anywhere life takes them. With hundreds of selections to choose from, the collection of downloadable materials is guaranteed to have something for everyone. And, there are no late fees. Downloaded selections simply disappear from a patrons device at the end of the lending period. This service, powered by OverDrive, is free with a Hillsborough County library card and is available for just about any device with a screen, including Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader, eBook readers, Android, BlackBerry, iPhone/iPad/iPod/ iPod touch, Windows Phone, MP3 players, and is compatible for Windows and Mac. To download free audiobooks and eBooks 1. Have your Hillsborough County library card ready. Dont have one? Theyre free for residents. Just visit any public library in Hillsborough County to apply in person, or visit hcplc.org and click on Get a Card for details and to download an application. 2. Visit hcplc.lib.overdrive.com to browse the collection and select up to 10 items to download. 3. Follow the prompts to install the necessary free software for the preferred device. 4. Download and enjoy the selection! Downloadable Music and Streaming Video Hillsborough library card holders can also get three free music downloads each week from the Sony Music Entertainment Catalog through an online service called Freegal, onto any MP3 player, iPod, Smartphone, laptop or tablet computer. The free service offers hundreds of thousands of songs in 100 genres of music through more than 50 record labels. In addition, library-card holders can watch streaming documentaries and informational videos through Access Video on Demand. For questions or help to get started using any of the free library services, call 813-273-3652 or visit hcplc.org. Creative Gift Boxes Regarding the how of getting free or low-cost gift boxes, heres a great idea that I read about just last night in a book on gift-wrapping. Use spray paint on ordinary boxes that food and consumer goods are packaged in to hide any lettering, logos, etc. that may be on the outside. You can apply embellishments like stenciling, sponging, stamping, charms, stickers, decorative painting, yarn, small toys, fabric scraps, snippets of lace, silk flowers, ribbon roses, old greeting cards, etc. to make your gift package look even prettier and to camouflage any damaged areas on the box. Not only will you be spared the expense of buying those expensive, store-bought gift boxes, but also youre helping the environment by recycling what would normally end up in a landfill into a gift box thats truly distinctive and one-of-a-kind! Lynn Holiday Table Settings If you are having a larger crowd for a holiday dinner, etc., having nice dinner plates for your table is possible. Just watch for pretty or bone china plates in thrift stores. Each can be purchased for about $0.50, and the different patterns will make your table look beautiful. This is a great idea for people just starting out with new households. Also, the plates can be used for gifts filled with homemade candies, baked goods, etc. Dru T. Want to live better on the money you already make? Visit www. stretcher.com/index.cfm?TipsSyn to find hundreds of articles to help you stretch your day and your dollar! Copyright 2012 Dollar Stretcher, Inc.

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DECEMBER 6, 2012 21 Sun City Dental CenterThomas A. DeVol, D.D.S., P.A.General Dentist633-2636 727 Cortaro Drive(Two doors down from AAA) FREEDENTURE CONSULTATION OR 2nd OPINION NEW PATIENTSFULL MOUTH SERIES OFX-RAYS & EXAMfor $95 New Patients and Emergencies Are Always Welcome *Actual Fee May Vary Depending Upon Degree of Complexity in a Given Case Two for $39.99 Golf Club at Cypress Creek Please call for reservation813-440-4576 Ext. 2 2 Soups or Salads 2 EntreesBalsamic Salmon Roasted Lamb Shank 6 oz. Petite Filet Steak Chicken Marsala2 Desserts 1 Complimentary Bottle of wineAvailable for dinner Wednesday through Saturday. Tax and gratuity not included Thursday ALL-YOU-CAN-EATBuild Your Own Pasta Night $11.95 Vodka Sauce Includes salad Tax and gratuity not includedPrime Rib Wednesdays8 oz.................$14.95 12 oz...............$16.95 14 oz.............. $18.95Includes salad and sides Tax and gratuity not includedINCLUDES: Its beginning to look a lot like the holidays at the Chamber of Commerce! The front porch and the banquet room are festooned with giant wreaths decorated with bows and blue and silver ornaments. And there are trees in various places, lights twinkling and branches overloaded with birds, balls, seashells and anything else we found to go on them. Here and there, on bookcases and table tops, we have garlands and candle displays. Even the fishbowls are dressed up with ribbon. Tis the season to put out the good stuff including those special plates and crystal glasses. No plastic for the next four weeks! The Dittmar condo looks neglected by contrast. I havent had time to buy lights for the yard, let alone put them up! If nothing else, I want to get a wreath for the front door so the neighbors dont consider me a total Bah-Humbug! Most of our energy this week is being expended decorating a golf cart for this weekends Golf Cart Parade in Sun City Center. We wanted something special this year, so we roped in some retired builders to design a frame which will hopefully transform a plain cart into Santas sleigh. Keep your fingers crossed. Right now it looks more like the framework for Noahs Ark. The more volunteers we bring into the project, the more it takes on a life (and shape) of its own. Hopefully we wont be laughed off the streets. The Golf Cart Parade is my official kick-off of the holiday season. The entire community is either in the parade, or lining the streets watching all the carts go by. There are plenty of Santas and elves abounding, and its hard to tell which Mrs. Claus goes with which Mr. Claus. And did I mention the reindeer antler headbands? This years theme is Tis the Sea-son so Im expecting to see lots of floats with seashells, dolphins and manatees. Maybe even a palm tree or two with tinsel and strands of popcorn. Its the perfect theme for our area. After all, it looks a little odd having snowmen and snowflakes when its 80 degrees and were still wearing shorts and flip-flops. Theyve expanded the route this year and Minto, our local developer, has ponied up $5000 in prizes for the best decorated carts. Thats plenty of motivation for our residents, clubs, businesses and organizations to put out their best! After the parade, Im going to celebrate a personal achievement surviving breast cancer for twenty years. This milestone anniversary is this weekend, and I think I deserve a little whoop-de-do to commemorate the occasion! If you feel like it, hoist a glass of something in honor of someone you know who was diagnosed with the Big C and give them a shout-out. Theyve earned it. Meantime, Im heading to the store hoping to find that wreath and some lights. Wish me luck!By Dana Dittmar, Executive Director SCC Chamber of Commerce You, me and business: Tis the season for a parade Support Local BusinessShop Local

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22 DECEMBER 6, 2012 SR 674US 301Publix Wal-Mart Rays Golf CartsDecemberFREEBattery Inspection/ Testing HUGE SAVINGS on New & Reconditioned CartsWe go the extra mile for you! Corner of SCC Blvd. & US 301813-634-6646$500 OffNew and Reconditioned GOLF CARTSMust present coupon on arrivalCLUB CAR Precedentsstarting at $4295(base spec) Cart Path Accessible StartingWed., Dec. 5thruFri., Dec. 14up to (Your local company for 30 years) Fax: 645-6964813-645-3370FREE ESTIMATESReplacement Window SpecialistVinyl or Aluminum Windows and Hurricane Impact Windows Over 1979 AWESOME 813-419-4325Traditional New England Seafood & More! Special Interest in: Hospital Privileges at: RIVERVIEW SUN CITY CENTER 13142 Elk Mountain Dr. 819 Cypress Village Blvd. Riverview, FL 33579 Ruskin, FL 33573 813-672-8440 813-634-5858We Accept Most Insurances Satya Gullapalli, M.D. Cecil Sue-Wah-Sing, M.D. Jocelyn Bueno, M.D. PRIME CARE OF TAMPA BAYWhere You ALWAYS See a DoctorCaring for you at our Sun City Center location since 2005 We care for you in our ofces, hospitals & nursing facilitiesACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS The Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service is offering a variety of free educational classes for December, 2012. Registration instructions Unless otherwise noted, all classes are free and are held at the Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service, 1303 17th St. West in Palmetto. Minimum workshop size is required; workshop size is limited. Register in advance online via website at http://manatee.ifas.ufl.edu or call 941-722-4524 for all workshops. Saturday, Dec. 8, 9-11 a.m. Extension Master Gardener Plant ID Tour: Stroll through De Soto National Memorial and Riverview Point Preserve to learn more about Floridas native plants and inhabitants of a coastal habitat. Suitable for all ages. The hike begins in the parking area of the De Soto National Memorial Park at 8250 DeSoto Memorial Highway, Bradenton, and enters into the Riverview Preserve. Call the Extension Master Gardeners to register. Tuesday, Dec. 11, 6-8 p.m. Clean It Green: Many commercial cleaners are not only hard on your wallet, they also contain harsh chemicals that can harm the environment. Learn how to make inexpensive, effective, and environmentally friendly cleaners for your glass, floors, and more from a few simple products you may already have on hand. Presented by Samantha Kennedy, Extension Agent. Thursday, Dec. 13, 2:30-4 p.m. Manatee Energy Efficiency Project (Meep): Would you like to learn how to be more energy smart? Then sign up now! Topics include: Energy & Money; The Home Envelope; Biggest Energy Wasters; How Can You Be More Efficient?; and Energy Incentive Programs. Participants will receive a free Energy Conservation Kit $200 value! (One per household, please). Presented by Samantha Kennedy, Extension Agent. Saturday, Dec. 15, 9-11 a.m. Extension Master Gardener Plant ID Tour: Stroll through Emerson Point Preserve to learn more about Floridas native plants and inhabitants of a coastal habitat. Suitable for all ages. Tour begins at tower parking area at 5801 17th Street West, Palmetto. Call the Extension Master Gardeners to register.Workshops, classes offered by Manatee County Extension Services Saturday, Dec. 15, 9-11 a.m. Flatford Swamp Preserve Naturalist Hike: Be adventurous and slog through a wetland habitat slough with Lisa Hickey, Certified Master Naturalist Instructor. Wetlands and freshwater habitats are vital natural systems that filter pollutants before they reach our surface and groundwater supply, support many wildlife species, and which are diminishing every year. Find out more intriguing facts while walking through Flatford Swamp in eastern Manatee County. Meet in the Preserves parking area located at 39450 Taylor Road, Myakka City, approximately 25 miles east of I-75. Then as a group, we leave the parking area and drive south on Wauchula Road, 2 miles. We will be entering the south end of the preserve and hike into the wetland habitat areas. Call the Extension Master Gardeners to register. Sunday, Dec. 16, 9-11 a.m. Extension Master Gardener Plant Id Tour: Stroll through Robinson Preserves salt marshes to learn more about Floridas native plants and inhabitants of a coastal habitat. Suitable for all ages. Tour begins at parking area near main entrance at 1704 99th Street Northwest, Bradenton. Call the Extension Master Gardeners to register. Wednesday, Dec. 19, 10 a.m. 2 p.m. Florida-Friendly Landscapingtm Program Volunteer Training Landscape Assistance Program: Share the FloridaFriendly LandscapingTM Principles (FFL) with interested people. Help with in-office landscape consultations with homeowners wanting to create a Florida-Friendly landscape. Staff FFL booths at area events. Presented by Michelle Atkinson, Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM Coordinator. Manatee County Master Gardeners Open Educational Gardens: Located on the Extension Service grounds at 1303 17th St. West in Palmetto, the educational gardens are designed to showcase the different ways Manatee County residents can be more successful gardeners and make their yards more Florida-Friendly. The different gardens feature growing vegetables in small spaces and salad tables, recycling fountains for herbs, bird and butterfly attractors, backyard fruit trees, conserving water with native plants, low-volume irrigation, rain barrels, and various composting bins display how to recycle yard waste. The Master Gardeners invite you for a tour! To ensure that a Master Gardener can walk you through the gardens, make an appointment by calling 941-722-4524. Staff may not be available for impromptu visits.Hillsborough Countys Code Enforcement wins prestigious national award Hillsborough Countys Code Enforcement Department has received the American Association of Code Enforcement (AACE) Award for Outstanding Achievement in Code Enforcement Techniques for its innovative Operation Fight the Blight cleanup campaign. Operation Fight the Blight consists of quarterly cleanup projects lasting from a week to 30 days. Hillsborough County Code Enforcement Officers partners with several other County agencies, including Affordable Housing Services, Animal Services, Public Utilities Department, and Parks, Recreation and Conservation, along with the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office and Tampa Electric Company workers to launch a multiagency task force which takes direct aim on vacant buildings, trash, overgrowth, junk vehicles, abandoned properties, and other factors that make neighborhoods unsafe and unsightly. The four Fight the Blight campaigns targeted the USF area, Grant Park, Orient Park, and Ruskin. Since it began in 2011, the teams have: Collected nearly 1,900 discarded tires Inspected more than 1,000 properties Boarded up or demolished nearly two dozen abandoned homes Issued nearly 400 citations Cleaned more than 500 square feet of graffiti Filled nearly100 dumpsters with almost 200 tons of trash and debrisOur unique ability to partner with internal and external agencies makes Operation Fight the Blight work, said Dexter Barge, Director, Hillsborough County Code Enforcement. Our residents and property owners reaped the benefits of this campaign. Im extremely proud to be a part of this initiative that continues to improve the overall public safety of our community. County Code Enforcement also won the AACE Award in 2010 and the 2010 Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo) for its innovative Law Enforcement Liaison program.

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DECEMBER 6, 2012 23 Informative Lecture SeriesCall 813-634-1 455 to reserve your spotThe Skin Cancer Centers / Dermatology AssociatesHowar d A. Oriba, M.D. | Michael G. Caruso, M.D. | Leslee Baute, P.A.-C.4002 Sun City Center Blvd. U nit 102 un City Center, FL 33573 (One Block West of the Hospi tal) THE SKIN CANCER CENTERSDERMATOLOGY ASSOCIATES T S C C Everything you wanted to know about SKIN CANCER, but were afraid to ask.FREEDINNER BUFFETwith beverages servedThurs., Dec. 6 or Thurs., Dec. 134:00 p.m. Sun City Center DECEMBER EVENTSA RETIREMENT & REHABILITATION COMMUNITY Wed., Dec. 5 Therapeutic Tai Chi De-stress your December Holidays Aging Gracefully Support Group. Diabetes Support Group. Winter Wonderland Mental Wellness Support Group Fifth Annual Christmas Madrigal Dinner The United Methodist Church of Sun City Center presented A Christmas Madrigal Dinner V, The Golden Years November 30 and December 1 at the church located at 1210 Del Webb Blvd. West, Sun City Center. This traditional Elizabethan madrigal dinner is an evening of dinner theater in which diners join a 16th century English court in its celebration of Christmas dinner. The emphasis, as always, was on silliness, slapstick comedy, good music and period food.PHOTOS BY MELODY JAMESON

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FARMERS MKT200 MERCHANDISE300 ANNOUNCEMENTS100THE SHOPPER 3BDecemberECEMBER 6,, 2012 310 GaraARAGeE/Yard ARD saSALeE 100 Announcements 200 Farmers Mkt 300 Merchandise 400 Marine 450 Transportation 500 Real Estate 550 Manuf. Housing 600 Rentals 650 Prof. Services 700 Services 800 Employment THE SHOPPER The Observer News, The SCC Observer and Current M & M Printing Co., Inc weekly publisher of the 210 Woodland Estates Ave., SW Ruskin, Florida 33570 310 GaraARAGeE/Yard ARD saSALeE 312 estateESTATE saSALesES CLASSIFIED ADVERTISINGTo 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 4pm 105 PersonaERSONALOld strong helpful kind Dr (Rev) seeks wife who would like to help in small 115 LostLOST & FoundOUNDFound dog medium, yellow lab mix, in vi Quality Furniture at Aordable Prices HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 10-6 Closed Weekends SOMETHING FOR EVERY ROOM INSIDE AND ALL AREAS OUTSIDE We are worth the drive from anywhere! Call for Directions 280 PetsETS Oliver & Company, LLCFull Service Pet Sitting(813) 767-7225Email: olivertort@aol.comwww.petsit.com/oliverandcompany Walk The Walk Pet sitting by Linda. Caring & reason Riverview 310 GaraGARAGeE/YardYARD SaALeECommunity Y Yard Sale. Riverbend Dr., Ruskin. Friday & Satur clothes, baking dishes, too much to mention. Come check it out. 11am. 3 family sale. 2052 Prestancia Lane, SCC. (off Del Webb E) Christmas, clothes, toys & more. block north Gibsonton Dr.,) Wednesday Craft SaleSaturday, Dec. 8 9 a.m. 1 p.m.Chula Vista Landings1702 Gulf City Rd. RuskinLunch available 10 a.m. 1 p.m.See you there! Ruskin United Methodist ChurchTHRIFT HOUSESPECIALS EVERY WEEK Open Fri. & Sat. 9 a.m. 2 p.m. 109 W. Shell Po int Ro Ru skin Barn Sale Furniture, tools, household, Christmas stuff, clothes, shoes & more. Friday & clothing, linens, decorative, jewelry, Digital answer machine, w/ 3 phones, (behind Home Depot) Friday, Dec. 7th. Christmas items. Ga Lake Dr., SCC. Decorations & related Come stock up & support our commu nity. South Shore Feline. Education & low cost spray & neuter organization Driveway sale. Trash to treasurer. Soup Thrift Store813-641-7790Ministry of Calvary Lutheran Church 9 a.m. Noon Dec. 5, 7 & 8 The Cooking Sale50% off all kitchen items and glassware Plus the Secret Sale Christmas Open House 1/2 price on all Trees, lights, decora tions & huge sale. Furniture, 1/2 price on clothing & appliances. Helping Hands Thrift Shop, 2 miles south of SCC on Hwy 301 south. Thursday train, luggage, small Christmas tree & decorations, linens. Friday & Saturday. Huge GGarage Sale Everything for everyone. Clothes, fur niture, toys, small appliance & more. Carriage Point Dr., Gibsonton. (off Symmes Rd) New boxed kitchenware, tools, house hold misc. Also nice girls clothes, toys, Dr., SCC. Converting home movies, slides and photos to DVDVIDEO CON VERSIONS of FloridaDavid Croxton813-758-3181www.vidconFL.com Garage sale. Table saw, tools, glass end table, kitchen items, luggage, glassware & much more. Friday & Saturday, Dec. 7 Huge sale. Saturday & Sunday, Dec.. Circle, Ruskin. Christmas decor, books, furniture, tools, day & Saturday. 2510 Shell Point Rd., Lot 113, Ruskin. families. Golf cart, motor bike, wing back chair, tools, small appliances. Friday & Moving sale. All sorts of great stuff. 201 Sola Lane, SCC. Moving sale. Everything must go. Fur niture: Living room, bedroom, dining EstateSTATE SaALesES jority of items from antique shop. Too much to list. Cash only.Wanda Says Dont Miss This One!! harp, entrance tables, antique drum table, antique, gate leg table, antique chairs, rocker, bedroom set, beauti cabinets & server & much more. Dec. Owner Estate Sale Piper Glen Ct., SCC (off Winterbrook). Furniture, kitchen hutch, marble cof fee table, sleeper sofa & sectional, Christmas items, patio furniture. No early birds. Estates Sale household goods, jewelry, more. 310 GaraARAGeE/Yard ARD saSALeE know in Eastern US & Canada. Hwy large massive twin compost, furniture, household, Pilgrims cranberry glass, large Christmas selection, large Hal loween selection, tools, large Craftsman tool box, small clothes, antiques, yard items. House & land for sale: Listed by Sandy Tams/ Diane Randall, Century Furniture, yard tools, antiques, costume jewelry, dishes, Think bike, vintage Annes Estate Sales 1905 Del Webb Blvd. West Sun City Center PARK ON SIDE OF SALE ONLYFurniture: King Hickory sofa/ sleeper, lift chair, Queen bedrm suite, Fairmont dining rm suite, sofa, Queen brass bed, bar stools, armoire, entertainment center, bookcases, coffee & end tables, entry cabinet, modern floor lamp, office chair, TVs; Appliances: Stackable washer/ dryer; Collectables: Royal Doulton china set, cup & saucer collection, Fenton, cut & pressed glass, jewelry; Miscellaneous: aluminum ladder, artificial tree, lots of artwork, lots of Christmas items, card table w/chairs; Household: kitchen & misc.www.AnnesEstateSales.blogspot.com Something for everyone! Be Ahead of the Crowd, Get Your Bargains Early Always Daily Specials and Discounts on Tagged ItemsSt. Vincent de Paul Thrift StoreHours: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.Behind St. Anne Church and next to Kennco Mfg. VISIT OUR WEBSITE www.svdpruskin.org Please call (813) 645-5255DONATIONS NEEDEDMATTRESS SALEQuality Twin, Full, & Queen Sizes Christmas is coming! turn the page for 2nd sale NETTIES ESTATE SALESCell: (813) 382-7536Directions: From US 41, turn onto Miller Mac Rd., take a right onto Golf and Sea Blvd., take a left onto Eagle Ln., and take a left onto Golf Island Dr. Follow the Signs.Gorgeous House on the Water With Florida Style Furniture, Beautiful Matching La-z-boy Sofa & Loveseat, Decorative La-z-boy Side Chair, Florida Style Dining Room Table w/Chairs & Matching China Cabinet & Server, Light Colored Queen Bedroom Set, TV Armoire, Bookcases, Coffee & Lamp Tables, Glass Top Table W/Chairs, Twin Bedroom Furniture (No Beds) Seasonal and Tropical Decor, Household Items. Dont miss our other sale Thurs. & Fri., Dec. 6 & 7 at1708 Cloister DriveSun City CenterPlease park on side of sale due to emergency vehicles. 910 Golf Island DriveApollo BeachFri. & Sat, Dec. 7 & 87a.m. NOON Sofa beds & Love seats, Recliners, Entertainment Ctr., Coee & End Tables, Dining Rm Table w/6 Chairs, Computer Desk, King Bed, Vintage Chestnut Bedroom Furniture, Lamps, Patio Furniture, Collectables (Avon, Fenton, Fiesta, Fitz & Floyd, Lenox, Spode, Toby & Rockwell Plates), Unusual Vintage Items, Collections (Angels, Bells, Danielle Steel Bks & Harvard Classics), A Christmas Room, Water Sports Equip., New Brinkman Smokers, Electronics, Jewelry, Men & Womens Clothing, Glass & Kitchenware, Garage Items Plus a 10 Birch Bark Canoe & 1700s Flintlock Pistol Ooman Empire, working condition, hand carved, Damascus Barrel. Please park on sale side of the street! www.denneysestatesales.com DENNEYS ESTATE SALES1603 Brookton Green Dr.Off W. Del WebbSun City CenterFriday & Saturday Dec. 7th & 8th7 a.m to 1 p.m. (813) 477-1793

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DECEMBER 6, 2012 THEE SHOPPERER TRRANSPORRTATION450 REREAL EESTATEE500 MMARRINEE400 312 EstatSTATE salSALEsS 312 EstatSTATE salSALEsS 330 FURnitNITURECherrywood dining 6x8, special top table w/ 4 chairs & 2 King.. $900. Mink cape, light brown $400 obo. 813-6342592 2 twin beds with mattress, box springs & bedspreads, dresser with mirror, desk w/ chair & nightstand. $200 813523-2412 331 ApplianPPLIANCEsSGE refrigerator & range, white, 2-3 yrs old. $350 for both, SCC. 813-6337833 GE side by side refrigerator, coil top range, microwave, dishwasher, white, all excellent. $800. Ralph Lauren king comforter, valances & shams $60. 813645-4429 360 GolfOLF CaCARtsTSGolf carts wanted. Buy sell, trade. Chargers, parts all related. Ronnys Carts & Parts. 813-484-9855 or 813-645-4515 Used golf cart w/ covering & battery charger. Ready to drive. $600. Good condition. 813-642-0211 99 Yamaha gas golf cart, low hours, new carburetor, gen, starter, new curtains. Just serviced. $1,950. 813938-4093390 MisMISC. FoOR SalALEOnkyo stereo surround home theater system $350. Lighted, china cabinet remote $60. Jeorge limited edition stain glass lamps $350-$1,800 each. Handmade king size quilts sets $100-$300 per set. Movies, books, misc. Christmas items 50-$70. Extra large deco mirror $75. 813-716-7842 6 wide, single axle, rear ramp door with tie downs. Like new condition. $2,550. 813-641-8345 395 Want ANTEdD To O BBUY pocketknives, tools, toys, books, cans, tins, Singer sewing machines & more. Jeff. 813-645-4337 BEVERLYs ESTATE SALES SUN CITY CENTER Your home will be staged for best results. Working in Sun City Center for 26 years.Please feel free to call about the sale or its contents. Cell: 508-0307 or Eve: 633-1173 Cell: 382-7536 395 wantWANTEdD toTO BUYWanted paintings, coins, currency, silver etc. 813-610-5824 425 SlipsLIPS oOR StoTORagAGE SE. Ruskin. 813-361-3725. trailers. 813-677-2000 www.SouthBayStorage.com 456 TRUCKsS and AND Vans ANS battery, good tires. $1,150 obo.. Cell 561-281-0289 510 Wat ATERfFRontONT FoOR SalALEOpen House Saturday, December 8th, 11am-1pm.. Beach, Four bedrooms, two baths, Bay, $335,000, Mrs. Clean lives here Loan, Keller Williams Realty 813-7652br/2ba mid century modern home with Beach. For more info. call 813-8928456 511 HoOUsSEsS FoOR SalALEOpen House Saturday, December 8th, 9am-1pm. Golf front 6112 with beautiful view; built home with large rooms and volume ceilings, nicely furnished and shows like a model home; $196,000, Sellers say tell Buyers we are motiv ated! Loan.com CALL US FOR ALL YOUR REAL ESTATE NEEDS CALL (813) 645-3211Serving South Hillsborough County since 1924Celebrating 88 Years1924 to 2012 LOOKING FOR EXPERIENCED REALTORS to join our well established team. 813-468-0288 2 homes on 1.39 acres on THE LITTLE MANATEE RIVER and a freshwater pond. 4BR/3BA home (2380 sq.ft) and a 1BR/1.5BA with 1731 sq.ft. and a boathouse. $289,900 CALL ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 OR KAY PYE 361-3672 GREAT COMMERCIAL LOCATION! 2052 sq.ft. building with a great location on busy Shell Point Road in Ruskin. Nice size lot (72x170) with a circular driveway and parking for 6-12 vehicles. Large reception $150,000 CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 OR ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 BUILDING LOT cleared with RCD12 zoning for residential or duplex $15,000 CALL ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 COMMERCIAL ACREAGE IN RUSKIN! 3.7 acres (MOL) with CG Zoning. The initial work has been done $324,900 CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 or ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 CARIBBEAN ISLES IN APOLLO BEACH! Very well maintained 3BR/2BA MH in gated waterfront com$79,000 CALL ROXANNE WESTBROOK 813-748-2201 RUSKIN PROPERTY stores, interstate, churches. Cleared and ready to build! Duplex zoning! $42,500. CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 OR ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 BEAUTIFUL LAKE FRONT LOT 1.6 acres to build your dream home and not be too near your neighbors. 123 acres of Lake and 900 acres of wetlands to enjoy everyday. Very well maintained 4BR/3BA Palm Harbor, POOL Home with 3+ drive-through garage! Speutility room, water softener, security system, gorgeous landscaping and much more! Situated on 1.3 Acres (MOL) with 4 extra lots. $169,000 TOWNHOMES FOR SALE! kitchen and bathrooms. Master bath has double sinks, combination tub/shower and a huge walk-in closet. $113,900 CALL ROXANNE WESTBROOK 813-748-2201 COMMERCIAL SITE located close to Hwy 41 in Ruskin with over 200 feet of road frontage. Zoned General $199,900 CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 OR ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 COMMERCIAL ZONING IS FEATURED ON THIS PRIME PROPERTY ON HWY 674. $799,900 CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 Income opportunity in walking distance of shopping, bus lines, banking and churches. Asking $99,000 Call KAY PYE 361-3672 OR ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 NEW LISTING SUCH A LOVELY WINTER/RETIREMENT 1BR/1.5BA CONDO: Beautifully furnished, enclosed lanai. Property shows exceptionally well, clean, elegant, ready to move in. Close to Club House and gate. $220,000. CALL CLAIRE TORT 363-7250 RUSKIN WATERFRONT POOL-HOUSE: patio, screened-in-pool, dock, davits and boat ramp. Huge attached carport, good attic storage space, tropical landscaping and fabulous view of canal and river going to Tampa bay. Great weekend get-away $220,000. CALL CLAIRE TORT 363-7250 NEW LISTING : CALL CLAIRE TORT 363-7250 RUSKIN OFFICES AND WAREHOUSES FOR RENT: building, workshop, chemical shed, warehouse and large fuel storage: $3,000/mo. Adjacent 5 acres has 3 large green houses with propane heaters, irrigation and 2,500 sq.ft. seed house. $2,000/mo. Call for details. CALL CLAIRE TORT 363-7250 1.92 ACRES CLEARED LOT ACROSS FROM RIVER, RUSKIN: with well, septic and electric, property is ready for your dream home. Consisting of 5 lots, secluded, peaceful, with few shady trees, great views of nature and birds, lot is down the road from Park and boat ramp. Survey available. $84,500. WANNA HEAR THE LATEST DIRT? is willing to take a loss so you can plant your future. Great acreage for private dwelling or great potential for range of uses. 14 plus acres REDUCED to $125,000 JUDY ERICKSON 468-0288 YOU CANT BE SERIOUS! 2BA house with 25X30 metal building on a slab could never be replaced for asking price of $125,000. Great for extended family and for people who like to collect or have large toys. Must see to appreciate. Call for details and viewing. JUDY ERICKSON 468-0288 AGRICULTURAL OPPORTUNITY. Outstanding property in outstanding location features 18 acres with two folio numbers and two houses. 28 X 96 greenhouse with end fans and automatic door and 40X100 steel building on slab with attached carport provide great growing potential and storage. All near major truck route. $359,000 Call for details. JUDY ERICKSON 468-0288 DROP DEAD GORGEOUS bayfront 2BR/2BA condo in the delightful community of Little Harbour. Beautiful views of Tampa Bay, near the community pool, restaurant, tennis courts, marina, and within minutes of updated with wood cabinets and granite countertops. Must see to appreciate! Asking $209,000. JO ELLEN MOBLEY 813-645-1540. Least expensive price per square foot waterfront home in the South Shore area! Over 2800 sq. ft. of living area with 3 or 4 bedrooms, 2 baths and large fenced lot within minutes to Tampa Bay via the Ruskin Shows great! Must see to appreciate! Now only $239,000! JO ELLEN MOBLEY 813-645-1540. Place a Garage/Yard Sale Ad $17.00 for 20 Words Call Beverly 813-645-3111 ext.201 Cathy Griggs 813-391-8653 cathygriggs@msn.com WATERFRONT! This beautifully maintained and updated 3/2 in Ruskin with a covered boat lift is ready and waiting for you! Only minutes from Tampa Bay and no bridges between. This is a perfect location for the sailor or fisherman! $249,500 BEAUTIFULLY MAINTAINED 3/2 MANUFACTURED HOME $56,900 NEW ON THE MARKET KINGS POINT 2/2 expanded Stuart model $49,000 EXCEPTIONAL CONDO in Fairway Palms! Built in 2002 this lovely 3/2 home is light & open with vaulted ceiling and skylight. Enclosed Florida rm offers additional space $139,000 NETTIES ESTATE SALESCell: (813) 382-7536Please note date and time. Contents Include: Lenox Figurines, Boyds Bears, Wingback Chair, Sofa, Swivel Rocker, Coffee & End Tables, Curio Cabinet, Area Rugs, Rocking Chair, Silk Trees & Plants, Beautiful Buffet, Rattan Sleeper Sofa & Recliner, Extendable Table & Chairs, Entertainment Center, Patio Set & Lounger, Bavarian China, Glassware, Collectibles, Tools & Garage Items.Please park on side of sale due to emergency vehicles. Dont miss our other sale Fri. & Sat., Dec. 7-8 at 910 Golf Island Drive in Apollo Beach. See You There!1708 Cloister Dr.Sun City Center THURSDAY & FRIDAY Dec. 6th & 7th7 a.m. NOON CLAIRE TORT Cell: (813) 363-7250 CUTE HOUSE IN RUSKIN: 2BR/1BA wellmaintained concrete block house, with attached utility room, central heat and air, and shed in backyard. A block from river, in peaceful area of Ruskin, close to everything. $59,900. 1.92 ACRES CLEARED LOT ACROSS FROM RIVER, RUSKIN: With new septic, well and electric in place, property is ready for your dream home! Consisting of 5 lots, secluded, peaceful, with great view of nature and birds, lot is down the road from park and boat ramp. Survey in le. $84,500. 2 MOBILE-HOMES ON 2.3 ACRES, RUSKIN: One M/H is 2BR/2BA, other 2BR/1BA, central heat and air, large screened porches and sheds. Cleared lot with few shady trees and large pond full of sh! Secluded, peaceful, very close to shopping, restaurant and hospital. No HOA, no ood insurance needed. $86,500.

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DECEMBER 6, 2012 THEE SHOPPERER CO MMUNItTY PApPERsS o OF FFLoORIdDA (CCPFF stST At TEWIdDEsS) EMEMPLLOYMENYMENT800 C PFF stST At TEWIdDEsS SERER VICEICES700 Ruskin 55+ park Reduced $7,000 obo. 2br/1ba, pet friendly. Roof over, carport, (2) Florida rooms, Furnished, washer/ dryer. 813-447-6123 SIN RENRENTAL ALS600 611 HoOUsSEsS FoOR RENtT4br/2ba Apollo Beach home, large privacy fence. $1,150 monthly. First, last & $500 deposit. 727-391-1121 3br/2ba/2cg. appliances, new cabinets. Quiet, desirable area. Ruskin. 813-6454145 or 813-642-0681612 Apts APTS FoOR RRENtT rates, utilities furnished 813-677-8789, 813-601-1542 or 813-516-0896613 CoCONdosDOS FoOR RRENtTSnow birds. January, February & March. Apollo Beach. Totally furnished, 2br/1ba. 813-645-4145 or 813-642-0681614 DUpPLEX FoOR RRENtTRiverview apt, 2br/1ba, CHA, water, monthly $600 security. Ask for Vicky 813-458-8178 or 813-641-8400621 PLACEsS toTO ShHARENeed retired roommate. 4 bedrooms, unfurnished house, Ruskin. Must have credit check. $600 monthly plus utilities. Call Robert 813-334-4185 ROne bedroom mobile home on water. Fish off dock. Utilities included $175 weekly $400 deposit. Ruskin 813363-6001 RFor lease. 1br/1br mobile home in quiet park on river. No pets, $500 monthly plus deposit. 813-645-2446 FFor RRent: CClean M Mobile Homes WWith A For rent. 2 bedroom mobile home near shopping center in Gibsonton. 813-6778789, 813-601-1542 or 813-516-0896ocp c RF SER IES 646 WW AREhoHOUsSE SpP ACEGarage & mini storage, RV lots & mobile home lots for rent. Call Pirates Treasure Cove, Gibsonton. 813-677-1137 PIANO TUNING & REPAIR 813-645-4112Also other musical instruments oopgQuickBBooks tutoring, software & issues. Hourly Quick Bookkeeping Inc Ruskin 813641-1089 email: theahp@verizon.net www.theasquickbookkeeping.com oTug 680 Ad ADULt T/ChCHILdD CCARECaregiver/ companion, 15yrs experience. Dependable & honest. Reference available. SCC/ Apollo Beach/ Ruskin. Call Ann 813-672-7973 EExperienced CCaregiver/ CNA CNA/ Housekeeper Dependable, excellent driving record. References, 16yrs experience. Available 24/7 Call 813-716-7842 680 AdDULt T / ChHILdD CARE Our Angels Offer (813) 293-5369 or (813) 419-4967 www.AngelsofLifeServices.com cgDS Dresses, suits, pants, jeans, skirt, blouse. Located 13 7th Ave., NE, Ruskin. For info. call 813-649-1600 gRRons CCleaning Service Quality housecleaning with integrity. Call for free estimate. 7days a week. Move-in, move-out, rentals. Insured, bonded, licensed. Ruskin, Apollo Beach, Sun City Center. F 708 MovMOVERsSTS. In business 40yrs. Move 1 piece to whole household plus haul away anything in your way. (Fully Insured). Best rates. Call 813-629-0108 U.S. DOT #434469 Affordable Moving & Hauling. Local or long distance. Full service moving to/ from anywhere in US. Load & unload storage units, truck & more. Licensed & insured. Free estimate. Call Dave 813-447-6123 710 LLAWN CCARESLI. 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www.ObserverNews.netDecember 6, 2012 Volume 56 Number 46THE OBSERVER NEWSPRST STDPAIDRUSKIN, FLORIDA 33570 PERMIT NO. 8 MITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTOSIts Christmastime in the cityLeftover Thanksgiving turkey may still be on the menu but Christ mas and the holiday season is already in full swing around the Tampa Bay area. At left, the Apollo Beach Beautification Committee has been hard at work putting up Christmas and holiday-themed decorations and wreaths along Apollo Beach Blvd. Above, a large Christmas tree is on prominent display at Centro Ybor in Ybor City. South County residents easily pick their best trash collection optionBy MELODY JAMESON mj@observernews.netRUSKIN County officials came here Saturday seeking citizen input on new options for trash collection in South Hillsborough and some 60 area residents obliged. By a large majority, they asserted they want what they now have at reduced cost. With current contracts for trash collection throughout unincorporated Hillsborough expiring in September, 2013, public utilities administrators are considering a variety of different approaches to the complexities of refuse pick-up and disposal. On the residential collection side, they are forecasting savings to consumers in the 20 to 30 percent bracket. They have cut the large unincorporated county area into five collection districts, issued requests for proposals covering several different scenarios and received responses from six large-scale trash haulers, including the three currently handling residential and commercial trash pick-up. From these proposals, they distilled new data, combined it with known factors based on recent experience and presented four possible options for assembled South County residents during the community meeting Saturday. It was the second of such meetings scheduled around the county. If the present contracts with the current haulers simply were to be extended, the projected 2014 collection contractor cost is $139.56, billed annually to residents and customarily arriving as part of the solid waste handling charges appearing on their property tax statements each fall, John Lyons, county public utilities director, told the group. This figure does not include charges for the other but closely allied aspect of solid waste management disposal fees which are yet to be considered. That 2014 projection for residential collection could drop by $39.21 to $100.35 under the first of four options envisioned as part of the new approach to the service provided by any of the six interested haulers, Lyons said. Option 1 is based on continued manual handling of trash containers placed by home owners along roadways for pick up by passing trucks. It also continues the twice weekly garbage See TRASH COLLECTION, page 10 After the bombs hit my ship...One mans story of Pearl Harbor and the months that followed PENNY FLETCHER PHOTOEd Socha, above, enlisted in the Navy in 1939 right out of high school and was stationed on the USS Maryland at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Dec. 7, 1941 during the historic bombing of that base. The months that followed took him to China, sometimes behind enemy lines, and that was just the beginning of Sochas long and distinguished military career. U.S. NAVY PHOTOGRAPH, NATIONAL ARCHIVES COLLECTIONThe USS West Virginia during the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Ed Sochas first ship assignment. He was transferring from it to the USS Maryland, which was also bombed.By PENNY FLETCHER penny@observernews.net SUN CITY CENTER The boat to shore was due to arrive around 8 a.m. but Ed Socha had forgotten his wallet and was going back to the ship. So Ed saw the first bomb hit Pearl Harbor from a different vantage point than he would have from the smaller boat, which he said narrowly escaped the bombs and had to turn back. Ed remembers the details of that day, and the months that followed, in great detail. The 20-year-old Apprentice Seaman had recently been transferred from the USS West Virginia to the USS Maryland. Some of his things still remained on the West Virginia, including a clarinet hed left in the storeroom. Although he was listed as dead in at least one newspaper because paperwork still had him assigned to the West Virginia which was sunk, Ed says his family knew better because he had already notified his mother of the transfer. Historical records show that all eight US Navy battleships anchored at Pearl Harbor Naval Base were damaged, four being sunk, although two were later raised and repaired. The attack was intended as a preventive action to keep the US Pacific Fleet from interfering with military actions taking place in Southeast Asia. The base was attacked by 353 fighter planes, bombers and torpedo planes in two waves launched from six aircraft carriers. It was the event that pushed the United States into World War II, Dec. 7, 1941. It was a Sunday morning. Everything was quiet. I was going back to get my See AFTER THE BOMBS HIT MY SHIP..., page 6

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DECEMBER 6, 2012 3 ATTENTION Contractors:Check out our selection of tools & supplieswww.TampaCrossties.com Need Landscaping Advice? Speak with one of our Professionals! Concrete Accessories of the price of Bulk Mulch & Rock 813-641-0090 Precast Concrete Stepswww.centurygrp.com/Products/Concrete-Steps All bagged mulch 5 for $ 10All bagged Rock and Gravel 4 for $12Expires 12/20/12 813-645-3529 Ken Knox, Contractor Lic: #RX0057641 Glass Rooms, Screen Rooms, Screen Fronts, Garage Screens, Pool Enclosures, Carports, Vinyl & Acrylic Windows, Roof Overs, Awnings, House Windows Cancer became catalyst for a changed life By MELODY JAMESON%  mj@observernews.netSUN CITY CENTER Drifting through a desultory life, she was in an unsatisfactory marriage, driving herself each day to a job she detested, equipped with a useful degree but lacking direction. Even though today she is the exuberant executive director of this communitys chamber of commerce, Dana Dittmar 20 years ago was in her early 30s, unsettled, chronically out of sorts, by her own admission not a happy person. Then, out of the blue came the diagnosis. Against all odds, she had an aggressive form of breast cancer. It would be at first life threatening, then life altering, soon life affirming and finally life inspiring. Come Saturday night, shell be celebrating those two intervening decades, sharing in her typical high energy manner with friends, neighbors, colleagues, other survivors the reawakening that her bout with cancer has wrought. Dittmar grew up in North Carolina, earned a degree in mass communications from North Carolina State at Raleigh, worked in radio and television, starred in commercials, even dabbled for a bit with the role that then was known as the station weather girl. And, she had the looks for it, she acknowledges with a grin today, a tall skinny blonde with legs up to here. She also was unanchored, she says, simply taking life as it flitted by, no concrete planning, no definite goals. By the time she was 34, she was married and a DINK double income, no kids working in the mortgage insurance industry, she recalls with a grimace. But the company did provide periodic lunch and learn programs for employees. One of them focused on identifying breast cancer, complete with softmaterial breast molds encasing nodules mimicking tiny tumors. The women practiced finger tip examination of the molds to detect the tumors. That night, at home, Dittmar says she conducted a fingertip breast exam for real. And she found something supposed to be suspicious; a very, very small knot. Not much concerned, she did the prescribed thing; she called an appropriate doctor, kept an appointment, underwent an examination and biopsy, then left on a weekend trip. After all, she was still youthful, she was not sick, there was no history of any cancers in her family, and only one in every 100 tumors actually was malignant. Anything but a clean bill of health was unimaginable. The odds were with her. On Monday, following the weekend get-away, she called the doctors office as promised, fully anticipating their good news, cheerfully relayed. I was blown away, just flat blown away, she says today. The report was ominous. An especially aggressive type of cancer, fed by estrogen. Id only been married a year; I no longer could take any birth control medication and I certainly could not become pregnant, the hormonal changes would be disastrous. She and her husband at the time reviewed the options. She was leaning toward at least one radical mastectomy, maybe two. He was strongly opposed, favoring a less invasive approach. I was scared, she admits freely, this was mortality. He, on the other hand, had married a complete woman, she suggests, and was not prepared for anything less. He was supportive, she says, but nonetheless determined. And, her male surgeon echoed her husband. They argued for a simple lumpectomy, followed by regimens of chemo and radiation. She remained ready for at least one breast removal. I could live without that part of the anatomy, she asserted then, questioning whether she would live with it. And, in 1992, there not yet were the advanced blood tests that can pinpoint a genetic proclivity for breast cancer. Ultimately, she capitulated. The little tumor was removed with minimal surgical procedure, she underwent both radiation on five consecutive days for seven weeks and chemo for six months. She packed on pounds, lost her hair, fought through the extreme fatigue to keep up with two bowling leagues and leadership in her chapter of Business and Professional Women, plus gained the almost imperceptible but permanent tattoos that mark a place on the body subjected to radiation. Those tattoos hurt, she still recalls. As she continued her recovery, she also did an about face. She began reading Deepak Chopra, studying the mind-body connection, practicing what she was learning. Id repeatedly watch Cool Running, the story of a very game Jamaican bobsled team competing in Canadian snow. On television, I watched nothing but comedies, I asked people to tell me their corniest jokes, she says, looking back, remembering that she deliberately laughed at every opportunity. I had dis-ease, she emphasizes, motioning with her hands to demonstrate that as she sees it her mind and body were out of sync when she was younger. The disturbingly dissatisfying life she was leading, characterized by a lack of direction, created a fertile field for rooting the cancer, she believes. Her solution was to take firm control of her life and reorder it. Her first marriage ended. She returned to school and obtained a Masters Degree in Cultural Studies, a field of scholarship which encompasses subject matter long of interest, including comparative religions. She invested some $6,000 in training with a competent professional job coach. Among the outcomes: she went from a $30,000 a year job to a much more satisfying position in the medical field paying $65,000 a year; she remarried; she found her way to more fully utilize her education and experience, she embarked on a journey designed to take Dana the mature woman to a better lived life and a happier place in it, she indicates. Along the way she learned of a philosophy originated in Hawaii and known as Ho Oponopono which she practices every day, without fail. Now, every day I say Im sorry for whatever I do wrong, every day I ask for forgiveness, every day I express my gratitude and say thank you, every day I say I love you . This practice, coupled with healthy food choices and the kind of supplements everyone takes, is the simple combination that supports her cancer survival, Dittmar says adding with irrepressible good humor and I dont think much about cancer any more. Im not a cancer victim. Eliminating such thoughts from the mind precludes fostering disease in the body, she suggests. Looking ahead, Dittmar declares many of my female relatives lived into their 90s, one even reached the age of 104. So, I plan to be around a long, long time. In the meantime, theres a party planned for the chamber banquet hall Saturday, beginning around 7 PM, as its executive director celebrates a cherished life made possible by cancer. Copyright 2012 Melody Jameson MELODY JAmMESON PHOTOIt took a life-altering bout with cancer 20 years ago to inspire Dana Dittmar, Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce executive director, to reorder her life and priorities for the better. This week the highenergy chamber leader celebrates two decades as a breast cancer survivor and shares her journey from an unhappy, dissatisfied thirty-something to a grounded, directed fifty-something who lives the principles inherent in the mind-body connection and practices the Hawaiian philosophies of Ho Oponopono.

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Graphic Arts / Layout jason@observernews.net Chere Simmons .... Graphic Arts / Layout chere@observernews.net The views expressed by our writers are not necessarily shared by The Observer News, SCC Observer, The Current or M&M Printing Co., Inc.We Accept:Award-Winning Newspapers At a conference I attended, one of the presenters, Steve Drewry, told a very interesting storyone that touched home with me because I saw in it a moral to which many of us should pay attention. Some of the most giving people I know rarely take time to take care of themselves, and his story brought that fact home loud and clear. Steves story went like this. Once upon a time there was a very caring and loving woman, Mary, who found she had a great talent for making soup. From far and wide, people had praised her soup. One day she decided she would try to feed some of the people in her area who were indigent, homeless or lonely. On the first day, Mary made a kettle of soup and invited people to come and eat. As she ladled out bowl after bowl of soup, the aroma tantalized her taste buds, and she thought to herself, This smells good. Ill have to have a bowl when I have fed everyone else. But at the end of the day when she went to ladle out a bowl of soup, there was none left. Mary went to bed hungry that night, but in her heart she had the happiness of knowing she had fed so many. The next morning when Mary started preparing soup, a line was already gathering outside her door. The goodness of her broth and her hospitality had spread beyond the neighborhood. Still hungry, she thought, Id better prepare a larger pot than yesterday, so there will be some left for me. But not unlike the day before, when the last person left her door, the pot was empty and there was no more. Mary, flushed with the glow of having helped so many people, silenced the grumble of her stomach by remembering the By William Hodges smiles of those she fed. The next few days passed quickly, the next not unlike the day before. No matter how large a pot of soup Mary prepared, there was always someone to consume it. She continued to give of herself without thought for self, until she fell ill from malnutrition. On that day, there was no soupnot the first bowland no one was fed. Mary so loved the people around her that she was willing to give everything of herself so that the people in her community would survive and prosper. But she forgot that if she didnt take care of herself first, she would not last to take care of others later. If you, like Mary, tend to put everyone else first, it is important you understand you must take care of yourself in order to continue your contribution to others. You can only help others if you are strong in body, spirit and mind. If you do not take time for proper rest, exercise and food, your body will not remain strong; and if you do not refresh your spirit, you will surely fade away. Look at what you are doing for others and then at what more could be accomplished if you used your mind and let it govern your activities. All of us have much to give, but we must do it in a manner that does not kill the proverbial goose that laid the golden eggs. Be sure to feed the goose and you will be able to help more people for a longer time. By the way, in Steves story, Mary died; but in my version, she realized what her mistake was, corrected her behavior and recovered fully. She is still making soup for others, but now she takes the first bowl so that she will stay happy, healthy and productive. Have a bowl of soup and then get busy.Hodges is a nationally recognized speaker, trainer and syndicated columnist. He also hosts an interviewformat television program, Spotlight on Government, on the Tampa Bay Community Network which airs Mondays at 8 p.m. (Bright House channel 950, Verizon channel 30) and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. (BH channel 949, Verizon channel 36). The shows can also be viewed at www.hodgesvideos. com. Phone : 824-641-0816. Email: bill@billhodges.com Website: www. billhodges.comPositive Talk: Take time for yourselfSouth Shore Toys For Tots Drop-Off LocationWeichert, Realtors SouthShore has volunteered to help the U.S. Marine Corps as a local Toys for Tots drop-off location. The agency is collecting toys through December 7, at which time all the presents collected will be delivered for distribution by the Marines. Bring new, unwrapped toys to the office at 6160 N. US Highway 41 in Apollo Beach. Christmas cards from Floridas kidsGrowing up poor limits childrens possessions, but not their imaginations. Thats proven every year when the children of Redlands Christian Migrant Association sit with their crayons and magic markers to create visions of a Florida Christmas. Oranges hang on Christmas trees. Strawberries bulge from stockings. Palm trees sport Christmas lights. Those images, and many more, go on Christmas cards for sale to the public. All money raised helps RCMA enhance the early education it provides to some 7,000 preschool-age children in Florida farm areas. Even better, its matched 16:1 through the State of Floridas School Readiness contract with RCMA. I know it is hard to think snow and standard Christmas when the tem perature is in the 80s, but our kids have great imaginations! says RCMA Executive Director Barbara Mainster. And it has achieved lots of good for many years. Every dollar raised helps prepare children in Floridas low-income farm communities to embrace school and seize its opportunities. Immokaleebased RCMA operates 71 child care centers, including 20 in the Tampa Bay area. You can order RCMA Christmas cards online at www.rcma.org/holi daycards or by calling RCMAs Judy Brill at (800) 282-6540. Her email address is judy@rcma.org. Anyone ordering 100 cards or more can choose an exclusive or special ized design by emailing Sonia Tighe at sonia.tighe@ffva.com or calling her at (813) 975-8377.

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Congratulations to Gibsonton Elementarys Terrific KidsThe following students showed their peers how to be Respectful: Mercedes Fernandez, Bryan Garza, Alexia Garrett, Esmeralda Suastegui, Michael Jarmon ,Haili Garland, Tyler Davis, Thanddeus Farr, Angelica Sifuentes, Payton Browning, Anne Sandin, Shyanne Knox, Crystal Espinoza, Miguel Valdez, Emy Cantu, Jorge Huapilla, Jesse Flores, Arika Mitchell, William McIntyre, Jose Roque, Kody Nguyen, James Kalbach, Marisol Mendoza, Michael Boyer, Raymundo Flores, Reese Phelps, Lastat Goeddeke, Kevin Lommer, Jonathon Bailey, and Omart Pineda.Festival of Trees is at SouthShore Regional Library this week There are 20 Christmas trees, table-top trees and wreaths donated by local businesses some decorated by students at both Doby and Ruskin Elementary available at the SouthShore Library on Beth Shields Way in Ruskin. The trees and wreaths are being auctioned off and all proceeds will benefit both of the par ticipating local schools. There are lots of differ ent themes, and the trees are quite beautiful.Some of the trees have actual products, gift cards, etc. on them, which enhance their value. Bidding sheets are next to the trees. The bidding will end on Saturday during the Librarys event from 5 to 8 p.m. Winning bidders do not have to be present to claim their tree on Saturday; they will be notified if their bid is highest. Southshore Regional LibraryKids program/event highlights Baby Time Monday, Dec. 10, 1:35 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, 11:35 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, 10:05 p.m. For children ages 0-20 months and their caregivers. Early literacy begins at birth. Bond with baby through stories, bouncy rhymes and songs in this 20-minute lap-sit program that introduces early literacy skills and encourages language development. Toddler Time Tuesday, Dec. 11, 10:05 a.m. & 10:35 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, 10:35a.m. For children ages 20-36 months and their caregivers. Stories, finger plays, songs and interactive activities make up this fun 20-minute program that highlights early literacy skills and encourages reading readiness. Story Time Tuesday, Dec. 11, 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, 11 a.m. For children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. Stories, action rhymes, songs and interactive activities make up this engaging 30-minute program that highlights early literacy skills, and encourages reading readi ness and social interaction. Teen Night: Game Zone Thursday, Dec. 13, 5 p.m. For middle and high school students. Get in the zone and join your friends for some gaming fun on the Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii with games such as Band Hero, Guitar Hero 5, Smash Brothers Brawl and more! Get your game on. Refreshments provided by Dominos Pizza. Family Story Time Thursday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m. For ages 2-5 with a caregiver. Make reading time family time. Stories, action rhymes, songs, interactive activities, and crafts make up this fun 30-minute program that celebrates a love of reading. Children may wear pajamas and bring a blanket and favorite cuddly toy. Membership with the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library helps provide the funding for free programs offered at the Library. If you would be interested in becoming a Member of the Friends of the Library, please call Jim Duffy at 813-634-1396; www.southshorefriends.com Does your house trip the lights fantastic?After all the effort folks expend decorating their front/side yards for the holidays, its only fair that others can come to ooh and aahh. Let us know the address of the most splendidly lit house in your neighborhood and you can submit more than one if you want. Well post the addresses so that Christmas-light-lovers can cruise past, soaking up the holiday spirit. Send addresses to news@observernews.net. South Shore Business Women hold holiday dinnerSouth Shore Charter Chap ter American Business Wom ans holiday dinner meeting will be on Monday, Dec. 17. There will be a Holiday Theme Gift Exchange, and gifts should cost no more than $15. The event will have appe tizers, desserts, beverages (including wine), coffee and lots of fun. Its planned as a true net working evening of relaxation and laughter. Holiday jokes are welcome at this party. Be sure to bring a friend and business cards for network ing. All attendees will have a moment to introduce them selves and their business. The holiday dinner will start at 6 p.m., with network ing and sign-in starting at 5:30 p.m. The location is BMO Harris Bank (formerly M&I Bank), 5461 N. US Hwy 41 in Apollo Beach. The cost is $16, and includes all food and beverages (in cluding wine); cash or checks accepted. RSVP to Deb Adams at (813) 649-0400.

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After the bombs hit my ship...One mans story of Pearl Harbor and the months that followed 6 DECEMBER 6, 2012U.S. NAVY PHOTOGRApPH, NATIOnNAL A ARCHIVEsS CCOLLECTIOnN Dont Miss Our FREE Seminar on Cosmetic Dentistry and Sleep Apnea(Cosmetic Dentistry Seminar) (Sleep Apnea Seminar)Learn how oral appliances for sleep apnea can benet those who are unable to wear a CPAPLook more youthful... Feel more condent...You Deserve It!Your smile CAN reect the brighter, more youthful you! Dont miss this free, informative seminar!Cosmetic Dentistry Seating is Limited. Please Call For Reservations Zamikoff, Klement, Jungman & Varga Visit our website:www.suncitycenterdental.comfor more information wallet and saw the first torpedo drop. There was a young officer running down the quarter deck, yelling to us about what was going on. I saw the red meatball on the next plane that went over. It was close enough I could see the pilot clearly, Ed said. Now 91, Ed had enlisted in 1939 after graduating from Niagara Falls Sr. High School in New York. It was the height of the Great Depression and people could not find work. But Ed stayed in the Navy for 27 years, reaching the rank of Ensign on Guadalcanal in 1944 and then attending Scout and Raider training a Special Forces unit. After Pearl Harbor, he remembers being attached first to a unit that built a mobile hospital, and then being transferred to write notes and correspondence for the Base Commander because he knew shorthand and could type. From there he became an Admirals Writer for the Pacific Fleet. Here I was, a little old fresh Seaman working for an Admiral, he said, laughing. The next stop was Calcutta, India, where he somehow managed to locate his brother William who was stationed there in the Army. We walked the streets of Calcutta together talking about home, he said. After India, Ed went to China, first to Chung King, and then was X one of six men assigned to survey and map the Yangtze River. It was a six-week voyage using all local boatmen and crafters. I was the one who held the money to pay them. They didnt know I was carrying $10,000 in Chinese money in two sacks. If they had, I dont know if Id have made it back. This was quite an experience. We lived on the local economy. I dont think I got to take a shower the whole time. In places, the rapids were so bad the local help was afraid to proceed until Ed and the other Americans put on life jackets and jumped into the water to demonstrate how they worked. Being in the boondocks in rural China was like taking a step way back in time. There were warlords with their own little armies following them that made their own weapons. Youd hear a bugle, and theyd come riding out. I cant imagine how they made those weapons. How they could drill through metal with what they had (to work with). There are 40 different dialects in China. Somehow our interpreter, who spoke Mandarin, got us through. For his service in WWII defending Chinas independence against invasion, Ed was awarded the SACO: Sino-American Cooperative Organization Commemorative Medal during a Veterans Day ceremony in Sun City Center in 2006. The medal was bestowed by his step-brother, Ret. Rear Admiral Richard Rybacki, of the US Coast Guard. It was in July of 1945, while setting up a base in Tung Hing Lake, using a crank generator to get the news, that Ed and his small group learned the war was over. They made their way back to an American base in what had been the enemys transportation: the wheels on trucks had been replaced with railroad wheels and trucks ran on rails like trains. After the war Ed became the assistant to the Executive Secretary of Defense under Robert McNamara. This is the position he held the day President John F. Kennedy was shot. Two years after that, in 1966, Ed retired from military life with the rank of Commander and took a position with the Lummus Company, a division of Combustion Engineering Company, from which he retired in 1987, when he and his wife, Naomi, moved to Florida. Ed and Naomi have two children, five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and as of this writing, another on the way. USS Shaw USS Nevada

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Just four days past his sixth birthday, Ed Beck awoke to frantic conversation between his parents, jumped from his bed and stared out his window at the low-flying planes with the red meatball on the sides. Meanwhile, down on Waikiki Beach, seventeen-year-old Shirley Gibbens (Engle) had just met two football teams that had arrived to play at the University of Hawaii. It was supposed to be her job to meet the buses and escort the players back to the school. It was approximately 8 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941. The day President Franklin Delano Roosevelt later said was a day which would live in infamy. The U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor had just been bombed. The three child survivors of Pearl Harbor that were interviewed for this story all have different recollections of that day and the months that followed. Their memories come from different places, due to their age and circumstances surrounding the event. My father was career military. He had just gotten commissioned as an Ensign and we were outside in a recreation area that had a baseball field, Arnold Larson said. The enlisted people had their Christmas party on the 6th, and the officers were supposed to have theirs there on the 7th. Some of the grownups were taking guns to the shooting range and when Dec. 7, 1941: The day these children learned the meaning of war AARON LARSON 7 years old when he saw the bombs fall on Pearl Harbor. He thought it was fireworks. SHIRLEY (GIBBENS) ENGLE 17 years old, was on Waikiki Beach directing a busload of football players to the University. ED BECK 6 years old, watched the bombs fall from his bedroom window. He clearly remembers the meatball on the side of the planes.the planes came by, my father handed me a .22 rifle and my mother a .45 pistol. He told me to stay with my mother and shoot to kill. When the first bomb hit, Arnolds first thought was that he was watching a fireworks show. The big boom, the tremendous splash of bright light. It took me a minute to realize the adults were scared, he said. My father was a gunners mate and I had already learned to shoot a weapon. In fact, the Saturday before, I had just shot a Thompson machine gun. The day Arnold was interviewed for this story, he commented that it was serendipity. I just sat down and was reading a letter from my father about combat action that was written on Dec. 6, 1942, he said. I cant believe I got this call right now. Ed Beck remembers being unable to comprehend the unfolding tragedy despite his mothers words. She held me up to the window so I could see the smoke and flames rising, he said. I thought it was some sort of super Fourth of July. Like Arnold, Ed thought only of fireworks. It took the childs mind a while to wrap around the thought of fear. He recalls fighter planes being low overhead. They were so close you could easily see the mens faces, with goggles pushed up over their eyes, he said. Eds father was the Lt. Commander of the USS Phelps at the time. He later became a Rear Admiral. Ed thought it was funny to see him in dress uniform on what should have been a relaxing Sunday morning. He gave us one quick hug and he was gone, he said. But unlike many others his father did come back. During the weeks that followed, Ed remembers the demands to keep absolute silence, the air raid warnings and gas mask training. Finally the families were evacuated to California by ship. They had to wait what seemed to be a long time and now I know it was because the government thought the enemy might torpedo the ship, he said. Once back in the States, Ed saw the adults donating junk cars and other metal items. He now knows it was to make weapons. My mother was touched when I donated my bike, he said. I had just gone from a trike to a regular bicycle. It wasnt any big thing. But she said it was the principle behind it. Shirley Engle, then Shirley Gibbens, was 17 at the time of the Pearl Harbor bombing. Her father was in the Civil Service working at the Naval base. I grew up in Hawaii and had just started at the University. I was the youngest and the littlest, so I got the job of meeting two football teams that were coming in to play at the university. I got on the bus going to the beach, and a man said I think well be in a war by Christmas. At the time, I thought, that cant happen! I have dates through New Years. Normal thoughts for a teenage girl. But what followed the bus ride to Waikiki Beach was anything but normal. I got to the beach before the second wave of bombing. The football teams got off the buses and I was with them. There was much activity, shells flying around, and we knew something drastic was going on. Military personnel started putting barbed wire around the beach. They expected the enemy to land and the Red Cross came and told us to be ready to help them prepare beds for the wounded, she said. It was horrific, seeing all the gorgeous ships in tatters. My fathers job was to estimate damage. He estimated damage for a long time after that. Shirley recalls living in complete blackout for a long time after the bombing. Everybody covered their windows tight with wood. There couldnt be a speck of light anywhere after dark. If there was, they could become a target. All three remembered learning the meaning of fear. None of them had ever seen their parents frightened before. In the months to come, the families lived through blackouts, rationing and wreckage. For them, and the other children who witnessed the event firsthand, life would never be quite the same. President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed: December 7, 1941 as a date which will live in infamy USS Cassin & Downes

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8 OBSERVER NEWS DECEMBER 6, 2012 Come join us for our at theCall for Reservations: (813) 641-1600 by Dec. 26 1 Pier Drive, Ruskin (Seating up to 120)Casual Waterfront Dining Monday, Dec. 31stDoors open at 7:00 p.m. Holly Rae & Chicago Rich$120 per couple Ruskin Eagles Aerie 4351 1205 1st St. S.W.Upcoming EventsMonday Night ........................... 6 p.m. Bingo. Free hot dogs. Tuesday Night ........................... 6 p.m. Bar Games. Friday Night .............................. Feather Your Nest. Food available. Saturday, Dec. 8 ........................ 5 p.m. Steak Dinner. .................................................... 6:30 p.m. Music by Nickles & Dimes Sunday ....................................... Feather Your Nest. Free hotdogs ....................................................... during games. For more information, call (813) 645-2922. South Hillsborough Elks Lodge #2672 Upcoming Activities Every Tuesday Jam Session 3 p.m. 5ish, No Charge for all Elks and their guests. Every Wednesday Best Spaghetti in Town $7, All You Can Eat, for all Elks and their guests. Music by Bryan from 5 to 8 p.m. Every Friday Seafood, Sandwiches, and a Chefs Special for all Elks and their guests from 5 to 7 p.m. Karaoke by Bryan from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10 Blue Plate Special for all Elks and their guests, $7 a person, Menu: Breaded Pork Chop with all the trimmings and dessert, only 50 tickets will be sold. Saturday, Dec. 15 Holiday Anniversary Dinner Dance for all Elks and their guests, Appetizers 5-6 p.m., Dinner Menu: Roast Beef with all the trimmings, 6 p.m., Dancing to the Buddy Young Orchestra, 7 p.m., only $15 per person, Attire Dressy Business. Join S. Hillsborough Elks Lodge Eastern Caribbean Fund Raiser Cruise Jan. 13 to 20, 2013, contact Howard Elkin at Discover Travel for details and reservations. The South Hillsborough Elks Lodge is a clean, smoke-free environment located at 1630 US Hwy 41 S. in Ruskin, Telephone (813) 6452089. November Students of the Month at Apollo Beach ElementaryRyan Auciello, Grace Benigni, Katie Bulso, Mikayla Canterbury, Kayla Combs, Madeleine Cook, Hayley Degulis, Eddie Delgado, Darian Difede, Britt Finelli, Ashlyn Gale, Sarah Haynes, Isabella Hellman, Miguel Hernandez-Valdez, Nicoya Hopkins, Xavier Jones, Naia Kilcoyne, Cory Kruger, Dylan Lamkin, Alyssa Leger, Macy Longenecker, Jaiden Lozuke, Lauren Mercer, Madeline Orr, Krupa Patel, Nevaeh Rodriguez-Alfaro, Jocelyn Shourds, Christian Stibich, Connor Sutton, Alexis Weston, Madison Widisky, Savana Woods, Daniel Wright, Ashleigh Wykes, and Patrol, Talon Buzbee.Kids art helps support library programsOnce again, the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library put area elementary and middle school students to work. The Friends organized an art contest during September and October in which students at partici pating schools could submit their artwork. The competition for this 4th Annual Holiday Art Contest was open to students at Beth Shields Middle School, Cypress Creek, Reddick, Ruskin and Wimauma Elementary Schools. Ten students from all participants were selected as winners. Their designs were transformed into Holiday Greeting Cards by Ruskin-based M&M Printing Co., and the cards are being sold through December at the SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin. A bundle of ten cards costs $5. Proceeds from the sale will supplement Library programs offered to the public for free. Beth Shields Middle School: Jazmin Ruiz 8th Grade; with Anna Voida, Principal Reddick Elementary: Lizette Vazquez-Vizueth, 5th Grade; Georgette Garcia Sorria, 4th Grade; Detzy Hernandez-Santiago, 2nd Grade; Cipriano Mejia, 2nd Grade; with J. Thomas Roth, Principal, and Susan Turpyn, Art Teacher. Cypress Creek Elementary: Jed Wingrove 4th Grade; with Roy Moral, Principal.South Shore Singles announces its December eventsThe South Shore Singles, a ministry of the SCC United Methodist Church, has announced its lineup of December events. Saturday, Dec. 8, 7-9 p.m. Game Night. Bring a favorite game to share with others at John Harters SCC home. Needed are two people to bring a snack, and two others to bring a dessert. Call Patti at 813-6347171 to make reservations. Friday, Dec. 14, 6 p.m. Movie Night. The Christmas Shoes will be shown at 6:30 p.m. in Creason Hall at the United Methodist Church, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. W. Friday, Dec. 14, 6 p.m. Christmas Party at Circles in Apollo Beach. There will be a $10 gift exchange; do not put the donors name on the gift so that people will be able to choose another gift if the first one cant be used. Bring a gift appropriate for both men and women. Call Patti or Mary Jo at 813-383-7535 to make a reservation. Tuesday, Dec. 11. Special Meal held in Creason Hall. The cost is $6-8. Seating is limited, so pick up tickets early at the church office. Saturday, Dec. 22, 5-8 p.m. Dining & Dancing at the Alpha House in Apollo Beach. Music by Thor Stevens. For reservations, call John Wilkins at 813-349-7553. Thursday, Dec. 27, 6-9 p.m. Karaoke Dinner Dance at the Renaissance Golf Club in SCC. For reservations or information about the meal, call Jerry Harter at 813-633-9522. Reservations must be made no later than 48 hours before the event. Monday, Dec, 31, 8 p.m. New Years Eve Party at Jerry Harters home. Volunteers are needed to bring snacks (four or five), and three for desserts. Call Jerry at 813-633-9522 or Mary Jo at 813-383-7535 for reservations. The South Shore Senior Singles Group was organized for those age 50+, in the whole South Shore area, to provide a non-threatening atmosphere for singles to meet and have fun.Tampa Bay History Center to offer free visitor parkingGuests to the Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water St. in downtown Tampa, will not have to pay for parking, thanks to a partnership between the History Center and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Museum visitors paying for gallery entry will receive a parking token if they park in the Tampa Bay Times Forum East Lot, located directly adjacent to the History Center. The change went into effect on Oct. 1. Parking tokens are valid daily during the museums regular operating hours, 10 a.m. 5 p.m. Members of the Tampa Bay History Center will also receive an allotted quantity of parking vouchers as a member benefit depending on their membership level. The Tampa Bay History Center, which opened its 60,000 squarefoot facility in 2009, includes three floors of permanent and temporary exhibition space focusing on the history of the Tampa Bay area. The History Center features a museum store, the Witt Research Center (a branch of the Hillsborough County Public Library System), and the Columbia Cafe.

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DECEMBER 6, 2012 9 Visit Our NEW Location: RIVERVIEW Patient Service Center Appointment scheduling available at Visit QuestDiagnostics.com/patient to: 1-888-277-8772Quest, Quest Diagnostics, the associated logo and all associated Quest Diagnostics marks are the trademarks of Quest Diagnostics. 2010 Quest Diagnostics Incorporated. All rights reserved. RIVERVIEW (behind Starbucks) Dont forget about our other convenient locations: Drug Screening ..................... M-F 6:30 a.m. 3:30 p.m. SPECIAL JACKPOTS December 20 and 27 Two $250 Jackpotseach night St. Anne Christmas Holiday St. Anne Catholic Church 106 11th Ave. N.E., Bingo Every ursday -Everyone WelcomeWinter pricing and larger payouts begin Dec. 20 Early Birds at 6:30 p.m. Regular Games at 7:00 2011 Allstate Insurance Company WHENEVER POSSIBLE. MITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTOIs she going home for Christmas? I have no idea, but I hope so.Observations: Reflections on the living room wallIn the early morning darkness, I could see the flashing lights of the police car parked outside my house reflecting on the walls of our living room. I was a skinny 15-year-old kid, still reeling from a scene in the middle of the night that I dont need to discuss, my Mom was sitting at the kitchen table, a police officer was standing beside her until he took me aside to say, You have to be a man now. You have to take care of your mother. My Dad died a few hours later from the heart attack he experienced while sleeping. For the next three years until I left for college, my Mom never again managed to get a full nights sleep. Before I would turn in, usually at some stupidly late hour, I would always poke my head into her bedroom to ask her some inane question about whether or not the cat was inside for the night. What I was really doing was checking to make sure she was still alive.By Mitch Traphagenmitch@observernews.net Ive never forgotten that moment from nearly 35 years ago, of course, but Ive thought about it more lately due to circumstances with my Moms health and because I received a letter from an elderly man who carried a good bit of anger towards me. He did not have the strength of conviction to sign his letter with his name, thus preventing my ability to reply. His bottom line message was, however, that I need to man up. Perhaps he is right, but clearly, we differ on at least one element of what that means. Anonymity is easy.None of us knows what someone else is going through at any given time. Some people walk around with cancer, some with clinical depression, some with unseen disabilities, some suffering from loss, some with worries about money, children or parents, and others, of course, with joy. But if Ive learned anything in life its that I need to be fairly slow to judge someone. I have not walked the miles in their shoes. This column contains a lot of I and me in it. Its a personal column so that is often a necessity by default. I cant possibly claim to speak for you, to try to describe what you or anyone else thinks about anything. What I do try very hard to do, however, is to present things in life that may cause a few people to say, Yeah, I know how that feels. I dont write about things I may or may not do for people because I dont believe in blowing my own horn. I wont even admit to having a horn. My intention is not to be a narcissist, but rather someone with questions that I suspect others may have as well. In writing this column, I have to believe that Im not the only one with those questions, and I firmly believe people are out there with, if not outright answers, then at least wisdom they can share with others. Im quite certain I fail at that objective now and again maybe more than that. But Ive also seen evidence of it working. Besides, in an age of vitriol and 140 character tweets, a little introspection isnt the worst thing in the world. My brother lives in the same town as my Mom, both of my sisters live in the same state. Im 1,700 miles away and have been for the better part of 15 years. They dont need my help. My Mom probably doesnt need anything I can offer her. But my Mom and I spent three years alone together after my Dad died, trying to figure out, sometimes separately, sometimes together, where life would lead in his absence. I thought I became a man back then, but now Im not so sure. Ive lived my life trying to be a decent one, but now Im wondering what Ive really been doing and what Ive become. Ive missed so many things with my siblings and their wonderful children, all adults now and all people I am proud to know. So, the only thing that makes sense right now is the thought that its time to take care of my Mom for a little while. That is largely selfishly for me, but its also for her I hope, anyway. A little extra time up there means that I wouldnt have to just rush in to say hello and then rush out saying goodbye. But the reality is, I let a lot of better years slip away and I want to stop the slipping. Even if its just for a week or two. Christmas is approaching. Maybe you are blessed to have your family nearby; perhaps they are coming to you in the winter paradise in which we live. Perhaps you are going somewhere far away to see them or spending the holiday with your family via Skype. Christmas is a time for togetherness, love, compassion and reflection. This Christmas, I can see the reflections of the police lights and I can hear the words of a police officer from long ago. Its time to go home.

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The 95, 65 and 35-gallon containers (from left) would come into play if collection processes were to be automated at the truck. The 32-gallon plastic can represents what most homeowners use today in the manual pick-up process.collection schedule, with once weekly pick up of recyclables and yard waste. Keeping the same collection schedule under Option 2, but going to automated handling by the haulers trucks of the new trash containers that would be required is projected to bump up the annual collection cost to consumers from $100.35 to $111.65, thereby reducing the potential savings from $39.21 to $27.91, Lyons explained. The increased cost is the $16.80 for two specifically designed containers that the county would purchase in bulk and supply to its solid waste customers, he added. Option 3 also is based on automated service at the truck using the necessary containers but reduces trash collection, along with recyclables and yard waste, to one time per week. The projected cost to consumers, including charge for required containers, is $104.21, Lyons said. This option produces an estimated collection savings in 2014 of $35.35. The greatest projected savings in the new contract year $41.79 would be expected under Option 4 which calls for trash and yard waste pick up once each week, but reduces collection of recyclables to every other week at an annual cost to consumers of $97.77. This scenario also is based on automated handling of the special containers at the truck. While one area resident spoke enthusiastically of the advantages found in automatic handling of trash containers, others found faults in the several options, suggesting that lower costs often equate to lower levels of service, that automation may mean loss of jobs at a time when employment levels are particularly important and that the larger containers needed for automated systems will represent more difficulty for the infirm in both the retiree and general populations. By a show of hands, the 60 or so citizens taking part in a straw vote then overwhelmingly chose Option 1 which utilizes the current collection schedule without new containers or their automated pick up by especially-equipped trucks. According to administrators projections, this option would reduce the annual cost passed through to consumers by nearly $40 and put the annual collection portion of solid waste handling charges included on their property tax bills at slightly over $100 only a few dollars difference compared with the automated, reduced service of Option 4. Community meetings on the subject were continuing around the county this week, Lyons said, adding that information gleaned from the citizen sessions and particulars supplied by the six interested collection haulers would be provided to county commissioners in time for a workshop on the subject in early January, 2013, as the board considers collection options and addresses issues related to disposal of what is and is not collected. It is anticipated that seven-year contracts can be hammered out in late January, the utilities director noted, leaving sufficient time before present contracts expire for administrators to order new trash containers, if required, and giving new haulers time to gear up with additional personnel and equipment as needed to meet their obligations. Meanwhile, Lyons said administrators remain particularly interested in hearing from residents at this time concerning all aspects of the trash collection situation. A telephone survey of about 20,000 solid waste collection customers is planned to develop statistical data on the subject and residents are encouraged to weigh in, he added, by email at talktrash@ HillsboroughCounty.org, by text or verbal message at 813/7040181, by joining the blog through www.hillsboroughcounty.org/ talktrash, or by addressing the countys Communications Department at 601 East Kennedy Blvd., 16th floor, Tampa, FL 33602. Its the customers opinions, Lyons concluded, that count in my mind.Copyright 2012 Melody JamesonTrash collection options for South County

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14 DECEMBER 6, 2012 HILLSBOROUGH(813) 634-8310MANATEE(941) 524-2259 For a FREE IN-HOME ESTIMATE, call us TODAY!Shutter & Blind Manufacturing CompanySHUTTERS ~ VERTICALS ~ FAUX WOOD & WOOD HORIZONTAL BLINDS CELLULAR SHADES ~ WOVEN WOODS ~ SUNSCREEN SHADES ~ PRIVACY SHADINGS ~ MORE INSTALLED FREE! INSTALLED FREE! VERTICALS PLANTATION SHUTTERS$1395Sq. Ft. Measured & Installed LIFETIME WARRANTY 2 FAUX BLINDS Our blinds are built with a STEEL HEADRAIL. Unlike the Flimsy Plastic Headrail from the Home CentersMADE IN AMERICA EXAMPLE OF OUR PRICES24 W x 36 H ..........$84 Installed 36 W x 50 H ........$175 Installed 48 W x 48 H ........$224 Installed 48 W x 60 H ........$280 Installed 72 W x 62 H ........$434 InstalledEXAMPLE OF OUR PRICES36 W x 48 H .......$39 Installed 52 W x 62 H .......$68 Installed 60 W x 62 H .......$75 Installed 72 W x 72 H .......$93 InstalledEXAMPLE OF OUR PRICES36 W x 48 H .......$39 Installed 52 W x 48 H .......$49 Installed 60 W x 48 H .......$69 Installed 72 W x 72 H .......$86 Installed SAVE ENERGY EXAMPLE OF OUR PRICES FOR SUN SCREENS24 W x 36 H ....................$49 Installed 36 W x 48 H ....................$62 Installed 52 W x 48 H ....................$93 Installed 72 W x 60 H .................$131 Installed SUN SCREENS One dead in helicopter crash off Apollo Beach%  mitch@observernews.netAPOLLO BEACH John Lawrence Ward, 60, of Tampa, perished in the crash of a small helicopter in Tampa Bay just off Apollo Beach. The crash occurred at approximately 3 p.m. on Friday near Pine Key, better known as Beer Can Island. Officers and divers from the Hillsborough County Sheriffs office began search and rescue efforts in the relatively shallow water. Assisting in the search were officials from Hillsborough County Fire Rescue, Tampa Fire Rescue, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Florida Wildlife MITCH T TRAPHAGEN PPHOTOPine Key, just off Apollo Beach, was the scene of a fatal helicopter crash on Friday afternoon. Commission. Wards body was found early Saturday morning and was taken ashore and turned over to the Hillsborough County Medical Examiners Office where an autopsy will be performed to determine the official cause of death. According to Det. Larry McKinnon, HCSO Public Information Officer, the HCSO and other agencies handled the search and rescue efforts but the still ongoing investigation of the crash has been turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.Music feeds the soulCrowds flocked to the special breakfast during SCCs Holiday Walk, while listening to music from Verna King, member of the Organ & Keyboard Club, which provided entertainers from 7 a.m. to noon.CAROCAROL MACAACALIISTERTER PHOTOPHOTO South Bay Church is gearing up for the Christmas season with several special events. Sunday, Dec. 23, X during regular service times of 9 and 11 a.m. South Bay Church will feature a Christmas Gala with worship led by Dave Fitzgerald and Temple Veil. Pastor David Speicher will deliver the Christmas message. The childrens area will be open for infant to four-year-olds. All other chldren are encouraged to attend the service in a special area in front of the stage where there will be blankets and couches set up with an open area for dancing and singing along. Christmas Eve, Monday, Dec. 24X there will be three services themed as Christmas Through the Generations. Join them for a special message celebrating family and the birth of our Savior. Music from all generations will be featured by the every-age praise team of 4-year-olds and up. Both events are open to the public and the community is encouraged to attend. South Bay Church is located at 13498 U.S. 301 South, Riverview, FL 33578. Call 677-0721 for more information or visit www.SouthBay.cc.South Bay Church announces Christmas schedule of events Dave Fitzgerald Tample Veil

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DECEMBER 6, 2012 15 ALL TICKETS SOLD AT THE DOOR starting at 6:45 p.m.Produced with permission of The Rodgers & Hammerstein Theatre Organization Partial support granted from The Community Foundation of Greater Sun City Center, Helen and Hadley Hill Fund Dec. 13-15 and Dec. 20-22 Th ursd ay thro u g h Satu rday Per for m an c e s 7:30 p.m. $10 A LL TICK E T SRiv er vie w HS and Ne w so me HSpresent OW2 EXP. 1/18/13 $ 5NuFree Hair RemovalThe gold standard in hair removal!Only at participating salons. OK2 EXP. 1/18/13 $ 6 95Kids Cut (11 & under)Free Shampoo & Lite DrySpecialty cuts, blow-dry style, design lines, set or curling iron extra. Adult CutFree Shampoo & Lite Dry $ 9 95Specialty cuts, blow-dry style, design lines, set or curling iron extra. OA4 EXP. 1/18/13 O P 3 EXP. 1/18/13 $ 34 95Quick & Easy Perm WaveFree Shampoo & CutPrice will vary with length or condition of hair. Design wraps extra. OSS1 EXP. 1/18/13 $ 12 00Shampoo & SetPrice will vary with length or condition of hair. Haircut extra. OC4 EXP. 1/18/13 $ 34 95CHI Ionic ColorFree Shampoo & StylePrice will vary with length or condition of hair. Haircut extra. OF1 EXP. 1/18/13 $ 19 955-7 Foil HighlightsFree Shampoo & Lite DryPrice will vary with length or condition of hair. Haircut extra. OH2 EXP. 1/18/13 $ 10 offHighlights/LowlightsFree Shampoo & StylePrice will vary with length or condition of hair. Haircut extra. Per Area Brow, Lip or Chin ***NEW LOCATION***Sun City 813-634-28503846 Sun City Center Blvd (next to Bealls in Home Depot Center) M-F 8-8 Sat 9-6 Sun 10-4Brandon Regency 813-681-72672480 W. Brandon Blvd. (next to TJ Maxx & Movie Theater) M-F 9-9 Sat 9-6 Sun 12-5Brandon Causeway 813-651-464011235 Causeway Blvd. (next to Publix across from Wal Mart) M-F 9-9 Sat 9-6 Sun 11-5 $50 Minimum Are you paying too much forHome or Auto Insurance?Saving money is just a phone call away! 813-685-9393 C D TCharles D. Talley, Jr. www.ctalleyinsurance.com Were a Bilingual AgencyEstablished 1983 NationwideOn Your Side AT HOME AUTO CARE Master Certified Technicians Family Owned & Operated We service and repair most makes and models includingDomestic, Asian, European& up to 1 ton Diesel Trucks(exactly 1 mile south of SR 674/College Ave.)(813) 645-0339AAA Approved Auto Repair Center $2795OIL CHANGELUBE, OIL & FILTER*Up to 5 qts. 5W20 or 5W30 Motorcraft Oil, Filter, and 27-point inspection. Most cars+ tax & S.S. GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE Need a Christmas gift idea? Adogable PetsPet Supplies & Grooming Salon(813) 419-4972 Mobile Grooming & More (813) 300-7902Please call for grooming appointmentswww.adogablepets.com Natural and Holistic Foods and Treats D.I.Y. CLINIC last Thursday of every month, 5 to 6 p.m. 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.StormyStormy is a beautiful little girl who was rescued from a storm drain just in the nick of time. Luckily she missed all the rain that has fallen this week because she had enough rain in her life. She is high and dry on the cat tower or playing with the other kittens of C.A.R.E. now. Please take home Stormy to her forever home. As part of her adoption she has been brought up to date on her shots, spayed and micro chipped. DOB: March 5, 2012. HopeHope is a gorgeous Terrier with a bright personality. She was found as a lost dog in excellent condition. Hope knows basic commands and even how to shake with both paws. Hope acts as if she has never met a stranger. She also seems to like the other dogs. This is an awesome gal! Please consider giving her a forever home! As part of her adoption, Hope will be spayed, microchipped, and brought current on her shots. DOB: approx. December 2, 2010. PHOTOS MARLENE GREENBERG

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16 DECEMBER 6, 2012 New location: Suite 201, same plaza T uesday Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Miriam Maria AnnetteAnnette s Beauty SalonFULL SERVICE SALON for Men and WomenCorner Hwy 301 & S.R. 674, Suite #108in V illage Plaza (next to Copper Penny)634-5422 1st Time Customers20% OffMust present ad. Not to be combined with other offers. Exp. 12/31/12REFER A FRIEND Both of you will get 20% OffMust mention ad. Expires 12/31/12 LIC#CAC1816190 Other Services We Provide 10% Senior Discount on any services Airduct Cleaning$34.95**Includes 10 vents, 1 main and 1 return AMERICAN AIR INC. 813-225-1441 Ruskin Animal Hospital & Cat ClinicPET TIP: Drs. Ott, Slaughter, Waldy & Heaton BookwormUsed Paperbacks, Hardbacks Childrens & Specialty Books!7414 Commerce St. Riverview, FL 33578Bookworms4U@gmail.com(1 Block west of Hwy. 301, off Riverview Dr.)(813) 443-0968Used Books CLARKE AUTOMOTIVE CLARKE AUTOMOTIVEOPEN ALL DAY SATURDAY Everything we do keeps your car in warranty Includes: Visual Inspection of tires, belts & hoses, horn/lights, brakes, shocks/struts, exhaust, wipers, suspension, air and breather filter. Most cars/light trucks. Disassembly to perfect inspection may result in additional charges. Present coupon to receive savings. No other discounts apply. Additional charges for shop supplies may be added. See store for details. Exp. 1/3/13MAINTENANCE INSPECTIONFREEValue$3995 AAA DiscountOBNCALL FOR LOWEST PRICES ON TIRES131 Central Ave., Brandon813.685.2939 FREE Shuttle to FishHawk & Sun City Center TIRES DEALER ALTERNATIVEAAA Authorized Service Center OIL CHANGE & LUBRICATION$1095OBN motor oil. Purolator oil filter. Most cars and light trucks. Please call for appointment. Valid only with coupon. Not valid with any other coupons or specials. Coupon expires 12/13/12 10% DISCOUNT on service or repair.EXCLUDES TIRES & SALES SPECIALS Honor All Competitors Coupons Were Here For You! We Welcome New PatientsOur practice provides a complete range of professional services including Restorative Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, Thorough Examinations, Cleanings, Dental Makeovers and Implant Restorations. Michelle Halcomb, D.D.S.813-634-3396703 Del Webb Blvd. W., Suite B Sun City Center, FL 33573 We salute all of our men, women and Veterans of the Armed Forces! This past week, I was asked some questions about kingfish: Why are they still in the bay? They are out there, why? I have my thoughts on how could they be in our bay waters during December. We have had warm, then hot, no cold, some mild, wonderful weather, and the kingfish dont know that its winter and they are not going south. I know that they had a Spring Run, and a Fall Run, but they havent started their Winter Run. They are just staying around relaxing in our warm waterways. Many Decembers in the past, they were through our waterways months earlier. Another reason is our waters are full of bait fish and they can eat without searching. Mullet are jumping again in our rivers and canals. They are not in their prime but are slowly returning to our waterways. Trout is a fish that is a great table fare and can be caught in our waterways. They are a fish that adapts to temperature changes well, hot or cold. They survived our hearty freeze in 2009, when the snook were almost wiped out. Look in the grass flats for them as they feed. Another grass flats feeding ground fish is the redfish. In the early morning or late evening, you may see many standing on their heads as they eat with their tails going back and fourth in the air. Redfish Tailing, is a sight to see. Turn off your motor, glide in among them. If you leave your motor on, they become spooked and will scatter in all directions. Legal take is not less than l8 or more than 27. Put a circle hook on a 25 pound test line and spend the afternoon catching flounder. It would be well worth your time, since this flat fish has lean white meat, making a great fish to grace the best of dinner tables. They are a lazy fish. If you cant get them off the sandy bottom, try catching them as they surface to eat at high or low tide. They stay on the bottom so long that the bottom side of them is pure white. Not all of the tarpon have migrated to the south. Many smaller tarpon are still flipping in the air around our bay. Lakes and fresh water rivers are teeming with pan fish, bass and fresh water catfish. Have fun, leave a float plan, and always fish with a buddy.By Jonie Maschek Fish Tales: Kingfish are still hanging around Located in Ruskins Village Shoppes Flea Market, RD Tackle specializes in local fishing needs, and is always ready of give fishing reports from the Skyway Pier to Apollo Beach. The tackle it offers is specific to this region, providing lures and tackle but also ready-tofish tackle to eliminate the learning curve. The Ruskin location is the second site for the business; the other store is in Pinellas Parks Wagon Wheel. Pompano jigs and teasers are sold separately, but also pre-tied. This is also available with mackerel spoons, redi-rigs and popping corks/ DOA shrimp rigs. RD Tackle stocks combos, rods and reels for both fresh and salt water, as well as cast nets for baitfish to mullet to crabbing. In addition, they have lead: from split-shot to 8-0z. egg sinkers, trolling weights, dipsies, pyramids and bank sinkers in all sizes. RD Tackle is located in the Village Shoppes Flea Market, 431 19th Ave. NE in Ruskin, open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am. to 5 p.m. RD Tackle focuses on local fishing needsThe South Shore Democratic Club will meet on Thursday, Dec. 13 at the South Shore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way in Ruskin. The featured speaker this month is Dr. Susan MacManus, Distinguished University Professor, Department of Government and International Affairs, USF Dr. MacManus is a widely recognized political analyst who frequently appears on WFLA-TV (NBC) and can also be heard on WFLA-NEWS Radio. Her topic will be Election 2012: The Past and the Future. Her focus will be mainly on Florida. At this meeting the group will also hold a Silent Auction which will afford members the opportunity to locate and bid on a treasure or holiday gift among the lovingly used and new items donated by our membership. Join them for an educational and fun meeting. The meeting begins at 1:30 p.m., refreshments at 1 p.m. All Democrats and Independents are welcome.Election 2012 is focus of South Shore Democratic Club meeting Business slow? Advertise in The ObserverWe cover south Hillsborough County with a circulation of 48,000 papers every week! We offer many options in every price range...from classified ads to full pages. Call 813-645-3111 and ask to speak to an advertising representative today. For more information visit us on the web at www.ObserverNews.net

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DECEMBER 6, 2012 OBSERVER NEWS 17 Holiday hounds offered for $65 adoption donationNapiers Log Cabin Horse & Animals Sanctuary, inc. is a not-for-profit 501 (c) 3 no-kill Florida corporation in Bradenton that is offering a holiday dog adoption for just a $65 donation. All animals are spayed/ neutered, current on shots including Rabies, heartworm check and on heartworm prevention, have a take-home packet of brochures, and food sample with coupons, microchipped for ID, crate-trained and come with 30 days of free pet insurance. In addition to the dogs in the photos, the following animals are avail able: Annie: 2-year-old spayed Pit Bull Terrier female saved from a highkill shelter due to age, space and time. Bernard: 5-year-old dark-red neutered male Lab mix, knows basic commands, loves to play, crate trained, OK with children but can be protective if he doesnt know you. Chase: Approximately 6-year-old yellow neutered male Belgian Shepherd/Lab mix, saved from a high-kill shelter had a growth on head has been removed and hes ready for a new home, very loving and good natured. Rocco: Approximately 6-year-old tri-color neutered male Jack Russell Terrier, very loving and good natured, does not like new dogs at first, energetic. Rocky: 4-year-old black and tan with blue merle patches on his chest neutered male Rottweiler/Cattle Dog mix (very pretty & unique!), loves to play and go for walks, saved from a high-kill shelter due to heart worms (received treatment), and food aggression (would be best in an only dog household). Simba: Approximately 5-year-old yellow-with-white neutered male, mixed with Boxer (?) and Pit Bull Terrier (?). Good with other female dogs. Napiers Log Cabin Horse & Animals Sanctuary relies on the generosity of the community to survive, and receives no government funding or grants. Anonymous cash donations can be made at any Bank of America to the Horse & Animal Sanctuary Fundraising Account. Mission statement: To provide a temporary home to homeless animals until a permanent adoptive home can be found. To provide a permanent home to animals that can not be adopted. Also to help educate the public about adopting and taking care of homeless animals to help the county in becoming a no-kill community where no adoptable animal is eutha nized just for lack of space and time. Visit www.NapierFamilyFarm.com. Mailing address: 20010 East SR 64, Bradenton, FL 34212 or call (941) 750-8185. Hours are by appoint ment only. 100% of donations go to caring for the animals and are taxdeductible as allowed by law.Maddie: 1-year-old tri-color spayed female Beagle mix, knows basic commands, loves to play, crate trained, friendly, full of energy. Mandy: 5-year-old dark-red spayed female Lab mix, knows basic commands, loves to play, crate trained, friendly. Teddy: Approx. 5 year old yellow with white neutered male Chihuahua. Good with other dogs, best with no children. Learn about Reserve Responder ProgramAn open house is scheduled for those interested in applying for the Reserve Responder Program. This recruitment event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Headquarters, 2709 E. Hanna Ave. in Tampa. The Reserve Responder Program will be effective January 1, 2013. The highlights of the program include: fostering of volunteerism in fire rescue building a pool of eligible candidates for future employment opportunities for promoting workforce diversity full accountability with consistent staffing, training levels and experience enhanced safety and effectiveness through the addition of reservists to existing career crews Through the Reserve Responder Program, volunteers who meet the minimum criteria are eligible to be a Reserve Firefighter I; Reserve Firefighter II; Reserve Firemedic I; Reserve Paramedic; Reserve Fire Officer; Reserve Specialist; or sit on the Reserve Advisory Committee. The full Fire Rescue Volunteer Transition Plan is available online. This plan is the result of a Task Force was assembled after a Per formance Audit report was presented to the Board on Sept. 19, 2012, to help shape a future volunteer model, evaluate the current program, and to propose options for the future. The committees of this Task Force included representatives from three volunteer associations, County staff, and other subject-matter experts. Hillsborough County Fire Rescue started as an all-volunteer organization in the 1950s, and hired its first full-time career firefighters in 1973. Since then, the department has steadily evolved into one of the largest, most progressive departments in the state, answering more than 80,000 calls per year. Currently, Fire Rescue maintains 42 fire and one rescue station, and equips more than 890 career firefighters and paramedics, in addition to approximately 175 volunteer firefighters. Southshore Regional LibraryAdult program/event highlights Internet: Introduction and Google Thursday, Dec. 6, 12:12 p.m. Introduction to the Internet and related terminology. Learn how to use Google to find information and tips for evaluating what you find. Basic mouse and keyboarding skills are recommended. Limit: 20 No-Fuss Foods: Holiday AppetizersFriday, Dec. 7, 11 a.m. & Monday, Dec. 10, 6 p.m. Cooking delicious and nutritious meals does not need to take a lot of time or cost a lot of money. Join Rowena Sjovall of No-Fuss Foods as she demonstrates a budget-friendly holiday appetizer recipe that is sure to wow friends and family. Free samples! Seating limit: 20. Register in advance at the Information Desk or call 813-273-3652. Funding provided by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library Adult Writing Workshop Monday, Dec. 10, 1 p.m. Connect with local writers to discuss all aspects of the writing process. Inspire, encourage, and exchange ideas. Opportunities to share writings and receive feedback will be available. If youve ever wanted to be a writer, this is the group for you! All levels of writers are welcome. Windows 7: Introduction and Computer Basics Tuesday, Dec. 11, 12:15 p.m. Learn the parts of a window, how to navigate in the Windows environment, and file management. Learn about the parts and basic terminology of computers. Also covers basic purchasing considerations. Limit: 20 eBooks for Tablets & SmartPhones Wednesday, Dec. 12, 10:15 a.m. Learn how to check out and download free library eBooks to read on a Android, Blackberry, iPad, iPhone or Windows 7 devices using a free app. Learn how to register for a free Adobe ID to wirelessly check out and download library eBooks to an electronic tablet. Presented by the Tampa Bay Library Consortium Limit: 20 Hottest Tech Toys for the Holiday Season Wednesday, Dec. 12, 3 p.m. Need help sorting through the hottest technology this holiday season? Get an unbiased look at the latest phones, computers, gaming systems and more. This is a Web-based program available at SouthShore Library or by login from any remote location with Internet access. Presented by LearnSurge. SouthShore Needle People Wednesday, Dec. 12, 6:30 p.m. Join other needle people to share techniques, tips and experiences about knitting and other fiber and fabric crafts. Beginners are welcome! Bring a project and ask us questions! Teen/Adult Acrylic Painting Wednesday, Dec. 12, 6:30 p.m. Teens and adults will join art instructor Cory Wright and explore some techniques with acrylic paint. Limit 22. Registration required at either the Information Desk or by calling 813-273-3652. Internet: Viruses, Spyware, Phishing Scams and More! Thursday, Dec. 13, 12:15 p.m. Learn how to surf the Internet while avoiding common scams and pitfalls that can compromise your security. Learn about different types of malicious software, how they get on the personal computer, how to remove them, and precautions to take when using the internet. Limit: 20 Florida Wildlife Series Friday, Dec. 14, 4:30 p.m. Meet a Park Ranger from Lettuce Lake Park and learn more about Floridas wildlife. This months topic is Alligators and Other Florida Reptiles. Membership with the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library helps provide the funding for free programs offered at the Library. If you would be interested in becoming a Member of the Friends of the Library, please call Jim Duffy at (813) 634-1396: www.southshorefriends.com.Farm Share Holiday Food The annual Farm Share Holiday Food Giveaway will be held on Thursday, Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to noon. The giveaway, which includes fresh food donated by Floridas farmers, will be held at Redeemer Community Church located at 9230 Ridge Road in New Port Richey. All needy families are welcome. Every year, more than 500 families are provided with food and other items they need to have a complete holiday dinner. In addition to food from Farm Share, donations from Publix, AT&T and other individuals and organizations make the event possible. For more information about the giveaway, contact the office of Representative Mike Fasano at (727) 848-5885. Experience millions of Lights at Sarasota Jungle GardensSarasota Jungle Gardens kicks off the holiday season with its 11th annual Holiday Lights celebration, Millions of Lights Magical Nights. Opening night is Friday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. and the celebration contin ues through Dec. 9 and then again Dec. 14 through Dec. 24. The traditional family-friendly event brings holiday joy to the jungle. Guests can decorate cookies, take a stroll down Candy Cane Lane, a new event feature, and roast smores and hot dogs around one of the many holiday fire pits. Master magician Nathan Coe Marsh will take the stage twice each night, at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Santa will be on hand for fun family photos and the Cory Music Show will perform live holiday songs and sing-a-longs. Adult admission is $11 and chil dren 3-12 are $6. Children under age 2 are free. All prices are plus tax. Coupons, discounts or other offers are not valid for special events. Visit SarasotaJungleGar dens.com for a complete schedule.

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18 DECEMBER 6, 2012 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 Assoc. Pastor Derek Hoven www.calvarylutheranchurch.net 645-1305 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 Area Places of Worship 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. Sunday Service 10:30 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 UNITED COMMUNITY CHURCH United Church of Christ1501 La Jolla Ave., Sun City Center, FL 33573-5329A Caring Church United in Gods Love Serving Our CommunityAll Are Welcome! WORSHIP SERVICES: SUNDAY 8:15 a.m. ......................Sanctuary (Communion Service)9:15 a.m. .................Creason Hall (Oasis Contemporary)10:55 a.m. ........Sanctuary (Traditional with Choir & Bells)11:00 a.m ........................................Hispanic Worship 4:00 p.m. ........................................Hispanic Worship Senior Pastor: Dr. Warren Langer Assistant Pastor: Rev. Robert Chaple Bookstore 633-8595 FREE Nursery Provided REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH ELCA Rev. Robert G. Wiley, Interim PastorTelephone: Website: sccredeemer.org Worship Services on Sunday 10 a.m. 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 Changing Services? Having a special event? Advertise it in The Observer News, The SCC Observer and The Current. Just call (813) 645-3111 and ask to speak to a sales representative. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of SCCMeets in the Henry Gibson Social Hall of the Beth Israel Without the abundance of the heart nothing great can happen. Paul Tillich Area Obituaries Robert Barrows GardinerRobert Barrows Gardiner, Jr., 77, of Sun City Center, FL, died peacefully on November 27, 2012 at LifePath Hospice with his devoted wife, Jacqueline (Lynn), and his Border Collie dog, Charles, by his side. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Barrows Gardiner and Dorothy (Jenner) Gardiner (Storrs, CT) and sister Dorothy Lackman (Ashford, CT). Bob was born on August 29, 1935 in Willimantic, CT and raised in Storrs, CT on Maple View Farm. As a young man, he worked on the family farm delivering milk in the early morning hours before school. He often regaled the family with funny stories of the many interesting characters who found their way to the farm seeking employment during the Depression Years. He was captain of the football team, wearing number 32 as center at Windham High School. There he met his first wife, Dianna Volle. They married shortly after graduation in 1952, and together raised four children in Storrs, CT. Bob operated the 300acre family dairy farm from 1953-1967. He earned a B.A. in history from the University of Connecticut in 1971, and attended Western New England School of Law for two years. He obtained a CT real estate brokers license in 1967. He then pursued, as his passion, a 45-year career in real estate. He opened his first real estate agency on High Street in Willimantic, CT in 1972. He moved to Florida in 1982, and expanded his real estate activities in 1983 by opening an office in downtown Tampa for Gardiner Appraisal Services, Inc. He was a Florida State Certified Residential Appraiser from 1990. He appraised over 8,000 homes, condos, apartments, and land, many in the Greater Tampa Bay Area, during his 30 years of appraising in both CT and FL. He held both CT and FL real estate broker licenses for many years. Bobs second wife, Lorraine Prevost, was his partner in life and in real estate for 21 years; she predeceased him in 1997. He was Broker-Owner of RE/MAX First Realty located in the South Shore area of Hillsborough County from 1992 to1996. Bobs love of selling homes was evident throughout this life. He said he especially liked to work with homebuyers because he felt he had a special ability to know exactly what homebuyers wanted after talking with them. Selling homes made him happy. He was continually striving to provide the best representation possible to all his customers. At the time of his death, he was proudly associated with the Flo Vachon Team at Keller Williams Realty South Shore in Sun City Center, FL. He married his beloved wife, Jacqueline (Lynn) in 1998, with whom he shared a deep love of animals and literature. Together they traveled to national parks and other beautiful regions of the country, creating many treasured memories. Bob loved watching sporting events on television and reading about the events and personalities of World War II. Bob was an avid sports fan especially of the UCONN Huskies and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and never missed a Bucs game. He was also a passionate soccer fan, serving as a college soccer referee for the University of Connecticut and other schools throughout New England during the 1970s. He was business manager and part-owner, with good friend Paul Ingram, of the Connecticut Wildcats, the first major league Pro-Soccer team in the state from 1971 to 1973. Bob acquired a private pilots license during the 1970s, and he often said flying was the most fun thing he ever did. He received an award as Rotarian of the Year 2001-2003 from Rotary International the South Shore Rotary Club. He was a man of deep religious faith whose membership with the Ruskin United Methodist Church in Ruskin, FL., and the First Baptist Church of Mansfield in Storrs, CT brought many kind people, warm memories and spiritual comfort to his life. Bob was also a member of the choir at Ruskin United Methodist Church. He is survived by his loving wife Jacqueline (Lynn) of 14 years, his 4 children and their spouses: Robin and David Gooch of Coventry, CT, Bill and Beth Gardiner of Gilroy, CA, Andy and Kris Gardiner of Storrs, CT, Catherine and Charlie Fenech of San Francisco, CA; his sister Shirley Corcoran of Mansfield Center, CT; his sisters-in law Stephanie Coppola of Wyckoff, NJ and Victoria Spain of Sun City Center, FL; plus 10 grandchildren, three greatgrandchildren, many cousins, nieces and nephews. His children would like to express special thanks to his wife, Jacqueline (Lynn), for her unwavering devotion especially in his last weeks and also for the remarkable care and comfort provided by Flo and Tim Vachon, Reverends Richard Nussel, Hal Jeffery and David Looney of Ruskin United Methodist Church, and the dedicated professionals at South Bay and Brandon Regional Hospital and the Sun City Center LifePath Hospice House. After cremation, internment will be in the family plot at Spring Hill Cemetery in Mansfield, CT. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you remember Bob by making a donation to the Ruskin United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 745, Ruskin, FL, or the First Baptist Church of Mansfield, 945 Storrs Rd., Storrs, CT 06268. A memorial service will be held on December 18th at 11 a.m. at the Ruskin United Methodist Church in Ruskin, FL.Lloyd W. MillerLloyd W. Miller, loving husband, father, grandfather, and greatgrandfather passed peacefully on October 31, 2012 at the hospice center, Lizas Place, in Wheeling, WV, near his eldest daughters home. He was born in June, 1923 to Susan and Harry Miller of New Kensington, PA. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Gail Jones. He is survived by his wife Gloria; four children, Cheryl Sprague (Gary), Loyette Mathias (David), Lloyd Miller (Sally), Baron Miller (Mary); 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Lloyd was a WWII Navy veteran, serving active duty on the USS Oberon in both the Atlantic and Pacific invasions and he was the recipient of six bronze stars. Upon retiring from Dowty Meco in 1986 as a sales engineer, he moved to Sun City Center, Florida, where he was actively involved with the Emergency and Security Squads. He enthusiastically participated in the sport of lawn bowling and enjoyed traveling with his wife and spending time with his family and friends. Lloyd was put to rest at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies on Friday, November 23, 2012. Memorials can be made to: Life Path Hospice, 12973 N. Telecom Parkway, Suite 100, Temple Terrace, FL 33637. Ruth Healan4/30/17 11/10/12The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff of the Sun Terrace Health Center for their tender, compassionate care of our dear Mother. We will remember always. Glenda Gillham, Ron Healan & familyThank you Dr. Robert A. NormanDermatologistDr. A. TheodosatosCarole Mazzone, ARNPOffering Laser, Botox, Restylane and various cosmetic products & services 813-880-7546 8002 Gunn Hwy., TampaMOBILE RADIATIONSame Day Appointments FREE Skin ScreeningInsurance accepted: Medicare, Medicaid, BCBS, Humana, Cigna, Aetna, Amerigroup, and many more Tucker to address FellowshipOn Thursday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m., the guest speaker at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Sun City Center will be the Rev. Dr. Robert P. Tucker, PhD., Minister Emeritus of the U.U. Congregation of Lakeland. In preparation for honoring Hanukkah, his sermon topic will be The Lights of Freedom. The Fellowship meets in the Henry Gibson Social Hall of the Beth Israel Synagogue, 1115 E. Del Webb Blvd. All are welcome. J.A.M. recently performed at Aston Gardens Courtyard.J.A.M. celebrates community ChristmasJ.A.M. (Jesus and Me) Childrens Performance Choir of the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, recently performed at Aston Gardens Courtyards and the Kiwanis Clubs Christmas Party, ringing in the Christmas season. They also appear in Wall to Wall Christmas at the Rollins Theater. J.A.M. was formed in February to support the music/worship arts component of Kidz Klub at the church. The children perform during worship services the second Sunday of each month. For further information, contact Pat Hill, Director of Ministries, at the United Methodist Church, (813) 634-2539.

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DECEMBER 6, 2012 19 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 Area Places of Worship CHRISTIAN SCHOOL K-2 Through 12th GradeSunday School.................................9:45 a.m. Morning Worship...............8:30 & 11:00 a.m. Evening Service..............................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Night Service................7:00 p.m. Awana............................................7:00 p.m.Dr. Barry RumseyA Resource for Families 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 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. Contemporary 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 between Services. 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 Spiritual LeaderRev. Sue Meixner813-362-0806sue@alterways.comSunday Service 11:00 a.m. Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce 1651 Sun City Center PlazaNew Thought ChurchReligious Science/SOM 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) 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. Gibsonton Very Rev. John F. McEvoy, V.F. BETH ISRAEL The Jewish Congregation of Sun City Center, 1115 Del Webb Blvd. E. Sun City Center (813)634 2590 SHABBAT SERVICES FRIDAY EVENING AT 7:30 PM TORAH STUDY SATURDAY AT 12 NOON MORNING SERVICES 2ND AND 4TH SATURDAY 10AM EVERYONE IS WELCOME Complete, No Add-Ons813-645-6130Zipperers Funeral Home www.ZipperersFuneralHome.com Musical events highlight the season at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church St. John the Divine Episcopal Church has an array of musical events planned to celebrate the Advent Christmas season at the churchs Sun City Center location: Saturday, Dec. 8 South Shore Symphony Orchestra presents Celebrate the Season at 3 p.m. In addition to Chanukah and Christmas holiday music, there will be raffle prizes and a bake sale. Tickets are $12, available at the church office, at the door or at www.thessso.org. Wednesday, Dec. 13 11 a.m. The Women of St. John the Divine hold their annual Christmas program, with Chuck Wirick presenting a Christmas program titled A Pioneer Christmas, followed by a Christmas luncheon with the Women of St. John the Divine at the SCC campus. Saturday, Dec. 15 Christmas dinner at 6 p.m., followed by music from the Redemption Band with Christmas Specials. The Sun City Center campus of St. John the Divine Episcopal Church is 1015 Del Webb Blvd.Friendship Baptist gets set for the holidaysThe folks at Sun City Centers Friendship Baptist Church have filled their calendar with events for the month of December: Saturday, Dec. 8, 11 p.m. Memorial service for Ellouise Forte, the church organist, who joined her Savior in her new life in November. Sunday, Dec. 9, 6 p.m. The choir, directed by Robin Marshall, will present a Christmas Cantata. Saturday, Dec. 15, 5 p.m. The church Christmas Party, to be held at the Lawn Bowling Room. Girls bring girl gifts; men bring men gifts. Gifts should not cost more than $10. Friendship Baptist Church is located at 1511 El Rancho Dr. in SCC. For information, call Thelma Crosby at 813-642-0911.Multimedia Christmas celebration at Trinity BaptistThe Trinity Baptist Church music ministry presents Prophecy and Atonement Fulfilled, a multimedia Christmas celebration and singalong, at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9. All are invited to join as they explore music and the Bible for the answer to why Christians celebrate the birth of a Jewish baby born 2,000 years ago. Trinity Baptist is located at 702 Del Webb Blvd W. in SCC. Admission is free and all are welcome. Call 813-634-4228 for more information. Trinity Baptist Church members and friends recently gathered to decorate the church for the Christmas Season. Under the direction of Paula Conners, the group spent the morning putting up the Christmas trees, wreaths, etc., both inside and outside the church. United Methodist Church to perform A Thrill of Hope choral cantata Holiday Concert at United Community ChurchThe community is invited and welcomed to A Tribute to the Holiday Classics, at the United Community Church, 1501 La Jolla Ave. The concert will feature some of Sun City Centers own talent: Vocal ist Bill Barker will be accompanied by Robert Winslow on keyboards and Michael James on percussion. They will be joined by Jo Winslow, Troy Coman, Al Spatola, and talented newcomer to our town, Eileen Valentino. Enjoy a delightful afternoon of well-known holiday songs on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. For further information, call the church at (813 634-1304. The Chancel Choir, Praise Team, Handbells and Instrumental Ensemble from the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center will be performing the new Joel Raney cantata entitled A Thrill of Hope on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 9 a.m. and again at 10:55 a.m. Based on the line from the wellknown Christmas song, O Holy Night, this extended choral work weaves together almost two dozen holiday carols and songs in four movements. A Thrill of Hope will be performed by the Churchs fine 60-voice Chancel Choir with handbells, flute, oboe, horn, violin, cello, piano, narrators and imagery. Prior to the presentation of the cantata, there will be a time of worship led by the OASIS Praise Team, and Kathy Straub will be singing her special rendition of O Holy Night. The services will conclude with the singing of O Come, All ye Faithful. For additional information about this and other special community events at the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, contact Jeff Jordan, Director of Worship Arts, at (813) 634-2539 or (813) 260-0153. The United Methodist Church is located at 1210 Del Webb Blvd. West. Listen to the sounds of Christmas at Prince of PeaceThe Prince of Peace Concert Series continues with its third concert of the season, featuring the joyful sounds of Christmas, on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 4 p.m. The concert will feature the joint choirs of Prince of Peace Catholic Church and SCC United Methodist Church. The choir will be conducted by Jeff Jordan with Keith Rasmussen as organist. Included in the musical selections will be the Vivaldi Gloria and other Christmas favor ites. The concert is open to the public and free of charge. A free will offering will be accepted, however. Prince of Peace Catholic Church is located at 702 Valley Forge Blvd in Sun City Center. For more information, please visit www.popcc.org or call (813) 634-2328.

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The change is due to new school meal standards unveiled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) last January, per the or der of 2010’s Healthy, HungerFree Kids Act. The new standards are based on the Institute of Medicine’s science-based recommendations, and are the first upgrade to nutritional standards for school meals since 1995 when lowand no-fat foods were all the rage. The non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG) believes the new standards represent an im portant milestone in efforts to im prove the dietary habits and health of increasingly obese American kids. “Schools’ misguided reliance on processed foods for speedy, low-labor cost production, indus try’s $1.6 billion in child-targeted advertising and a lack of faith in our children’s dietary curios ity [have] created a generation of ‘picky eaters’ with dull palates,” reports the group. “With nearly 17 percent of America’s children now clinically obese and a staggering 32 percent overweight, the time is long past to address the unhealthy food environments our children live in.” The new standards limit calories per meal to 850 for high school meals, 700 for middle school and 650 for elementary and more than double the mandated minimum servings of fruits and vegetables while reducing the sodium, saturated fats and trans fats in school kids’ diets. Whole-grain foods, beans and dark green and orange vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, carrots and sweet potatoes have replaced things like pizza and French fries as staple items in schools that follow the program. Of course, not everybody likes the changes. Lunch strikes, Facebook protest pages, Twitter campaigns, YouTube parody videos and other means have been utilized coast-to-coast to voice opposition to the healthier meals. Some affected cafeterias blame the new smaller portions and healthier fare for causing as much as a 70 percent drop-off in school lunch program participation since the new standards took effect. Psychologists understand that kids may not come around to new foods right away but will eventually eat them—so the federal government and most participating schools are sticking to their guns. And the USDA says that if a school “encounters significant hardships employing the new calorie requirements, we stand ready to work with them quickly and effectively to remedy the situation with additional flexibilities.” The benefits of the new standards far outweigh the costs. “School meals can help children develop healthy eating habits—or they can prime them for a life of poor health and unnecessary suffering,” says EWG. EWG lauds the new standards for significantly expanding access to and appreciation of nourishing food. Whether they can help shift eating norms across the country remains to be seen, but regardless millions of American kids will likely now get their healthiest meals of the day on a tray in their school cafeterias. EarthTalk is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E The Environmental Magazine (www.emagazine.com). EarthTalk Hillsborough Libraries offer free downloadable audiobooks and eBooks — anytime, anywhere The Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative offers free best-selling and classic audiobooks and eBooks, music and video selections 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at hcplc.lib.overdrive. com. Hillsborough County library-card holders may download best-sell ing novels, well-known classics, self-improvement guides, and much more to a computer or mobile device to enjoy from the comfort of home, or just about anywhere life takes them. With hundreds of selections to choose from, the collection of downloadable materials is guaranteed to have something for everyone. And, there are no late fees. Downloaded selections simply disappear from a patron’s device at the end of the lending period. This service, powered by OverDrive, is free with a Hillsborough County library card and is available for just about any device with a screen, including Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader, eBook readers, Android, BlackBerry, iPhone/iPad/iPod/ iPod touch, Windows Phone, MP3 players, and is compatible for Windows and Mac. To download free audiobooks and eBooks 1. Have your Hillsborough County library card ready. Don’t have one? They’re free for residents. Just visit any public library in Hillsborough County to apply in person, or visit hcplc.org and click on Get a Card for details and to download an application. 2. Visit hcplc.lib.overdrive.com to browse the collection and select up to 10 items to download. 3. Follow the prompts to install the necessary free software for the preferred device. 4. Download and enjoy the selection! Downloadable Music and Streaming Video Hillsborough library card holders can also get three free music downloads each week from the Sony Music Entertainment Catalog through an online service called Freegal, onto any MP3 player, iPod, Smartphone, laptop or tablet computer. The free service offers hundreds of thousands of songs in 100 genres of music through more than 50 record labels. In addition, library-card holders can watch streaming documentaries and informational videos through Access Video on Demand. For questions or help to get started using any of the free library services, call 813-273-3652 or visit hcplc.org. Creative Gift Boxes Regarding the “how” of getting free or low-cost gift boxes, here’s a great idea that I read about just last night in a book on gift-wrapping. Use spray paint on ordinary boxes that food and consumer goods are packaged in to hide any lettering, logos, etc. that may be on the outside. You can apply embellishments like stenciling, sponging, stamping, charms, stickers, decorative painting, yarn, small toys, fabric scraps, snippets of lace, silk flowers, ribbon roses, old greet ing cards, etc. to make your gift package look even prettier and to camouflage any damaged areas on the box. Not only will you be spared the expense of buying those expensive, store-bought gift boxes, but also you’re helping the environment by recycling what would normally end up in a landfill into a gift box that’s truly distinctive and one-of-a-kind! Lynn Holiday Table Settings If you are having a larger crowd for a holiday dinner, etc., having nice dinner plates for your table is possible. Just watch for pretty or bone china plates in thrift stores. Each can be purchased for about $0.50, and the different patterns will make your table look beauti ful. This is a great idea for people just starting out with new households. Also, the plates can be used for gifts filled with homemade candies, baked goods, etc. Dru T. Want to live better on the money you already make? Visit www. stretcher.com/index.cfm?TipsSyn to find hundreds of articles to help you stretch your day and your dollar! Copyright 2012 Dollar Stretcher, Inc.

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DECEMBER 6, 2012 21 Sun City Dental CenterThomas A. DeVol, D.D.S., P.A.General Dentist633-2636 727 Cortaro Drive(Two doors down from AAA) FREEDENTURE CONSULTATION OR 2nd OPINION NEW PATIENTSFULL MOUTH SERIES OFX-RAYS & EXAMfor $95 New Patients and Emergencies Are Always Welcome *Actual Fee May Vary Depending Upon Degree of Complexity in a Given Case Two for $39.99 Golf Club at Cypress Creek Please call for reservation813-440-4576 Ext. 2 2 Soups or Salads 2 EntreesBalsamic Salmon Roasted Lamb Shank 6 oz. Petite Filet Steak Chicken Marsala2 Desserts 1 Complimentary Bottle of wineAvailable for dinner Wednesday through Saturday. Tax and gratuity not included Thursday ALL-YOU-CAN-EATBuild Your Own Pasta Night $11.95 Vodka Sauce Includes salad Tax and gratuity not includedPrime Rib Wednesdays8 oz.................$14.95 12 oz...............$16.95 14 oz.............. $18.95Includes salad and sides Tax and gratuity not includedINCLUDES: Its beginning to look a lot like the holidays at the Chamber of Commerce! The front porch and the banquet room are festooned with giant wreaths decorated with bows and blue and silver ornaments. And there are trees in various places, lights twinkling and branches overloaded with birds, balls, seashells and anything else we found to go on them. Here and there, on bookcases and table tops, we have garlands and candle displays. Even the fishbowls are dressed up with ribbon. Tis the season to put out the good stuff including those special plates and crystal glasses. No plastic for the next four weeks! The Dittmar condo looks neglected by contrast. I havent had time to buy lights for the yard, let alone put them up! If nothing else, I want to get a wreath for the front door so the neighbors dont consider me a total Bah-Humbug! Most of our energy this week is being expended decorating a golf cart for this weekends Golf Cart Parade in Sun City Center. We wanted something special this year, so we roped in some retired builders to design a frame which will hopefully transform a plain cart into Santas sleigh. Keep your fingers crossed. Right now it looks more like the framework for Noahs Ark. The more volunteers we bring into the project, the more it takes on a life (and shape) of its own. Hopefully we wont be laughed off the streets. The Golf Cart Parade is my official kick-off of the holiday season. The entire community is either in the parade, or lining the streets watching all the carts go by. There are plenty of Santas and elves abounding, and its hard to tell which Mrs. Claus goes with which Mr. Claus. And did I mention the reindeer antler headbands? This years theme is Tis the Sea-son so Im expecting to see lots of floats with seashells, dolphins and manatees. Maybe even a palm tree or two with tinsel and strands of popcorn. Its the per fect theme for our area. After all, it looks a little odd having snowmen and snowflakes when its 80 degrees and were still wearing shorts and flip-flops. Theyve expanded the route this year and Minto, our local develop er, has ponied up $5000 in prizes for the best decorated carts. Thats plenty of motivation for our residents, clubs, businesses and organizations to put out their best! After the parade, Im going to celebrate a personal achievement surviving breast cancer for twenty years. This milestone anniversary is this weekend, and I think I deserve a little whoop-de-do to commemorate the occasion! If you feel like it, hoist a glass of something in honor of someone you know who was diagnosed with the Big C and give them a shout-out. Theyve earned it. Meantime, Im heading to the store hoping to find that wreath and some lights. Wish me luck!By Dana Dittmar, Executive Director SCC Chamber of Commerce You, me and business: Tis the season for a parade Support Local BusinessShop Local

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22 DECEMBER 6, 2012 SR 674US 301Publix Wal-Mart Rays Golf CartsDecemberFREEBattery Inspection/ Testing HUGE SAVINGS on New & Reconditioned CartsWe go the extra mile for you! Corner of SCC Blvd. & US 301813-634-6646$500 OffNew and Reconditioned GOLF CARTSMust present coupon on arrivalCLUB CAR Precedentsstarting at $4295(base spec) Cart Path Accessible StartingWed., Dec. 5thruFri., Dec. 14up to (Your local company for 30 years) Fax: 645-6964813-645-3370FREE ESTIMATESReplacement Window SpecialistVinyl or Aluminum Windows and Hurricane Impact Windows Over 1979 AWESOME 813-419-4325Traditional New England Seafood & More! Special Interest in: Hospital Privileges at: RIVERVIEW SUN CITY CENTER 13142 Elk Mountain Dr. 819 Cypress Village Blvd. Riverview, FL 33579 Ruskin, FL 33573 813-672-8440 813-634-5858We Accept Most Insurances Satya Gullapalli, M.D. Cecil Sue-Wah-Sing, M.D. Jocelyn Bueno, M.D. PRIME CARE OF TAMP A BAYWhere You ALWAYS See a DoctorCaring for you at our Sun City Center location since 2005 We care for you in our ofces, hospitals & nursing facilitiesACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS The Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service is offering a variety of free educational classes for December, 2012. Registration instructions Unless otherwise noted, all classes are free and are held at the Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service, 1303 17th St. West in Palmetto. Minimum workshop size is required; workshop size is limited. Register in advance online via website at http://manatee.ifas.ufl.edu or call 941-722-4524 for all workshops. Saturday, Dec. 8, 9-11 a.m. Extension Master Gardener Plant ID Tour: Stroll through De Soto National Memorial and Riverview Point Preserve to learn more about Floridas native plants and inhabitants of a coastal habitat. Suitable for all ages. The hike begins in the parking area of the De Soto National Memorial Park at 8250 DeSoto Memorial Highway, Bradenton, and enters into the Riverview Preserve. Call the Extension Master Gardeners to register. Tuesday, Dec. 11, 6-8 p.m. Clean It Green: Many commercial cleaners are not only hard on your wallet, they also contain harsh chemicals that can harm the environment. Learn how to make inexpensive, effective, and environmentally friendly cleaners for your glass, floors, and more from a few simple products you may already have on hand. Presented by Samantha Kennedy, Extension Agent. Thursday, Dec. 13, 2:30-4 p.m. Manatee Energy Efficiency Project (Meep): Would you like to learn how to be more energy smart? Then sign up now! Topics include: Energy & Money; The Home Envelope; Biggest Energy Wasters; How Can You Be More Efficient?; and Energy Incentive Programs. Participants will receive a free Energy Conservation Kit $200 value! (One per household, please). Presented by Samantha Kennedy, Extension Agent. Saturday, Dec. 15, 9-11 a.m. Extension Master Gardener Plant ID Tour: Stroll through Emerson Point Preserve to learn more about Floridas native plants and inhabitants of a coastal habitat. Suitable for all ages. Tour begins at tower parking area at 5801 17th Street West, Palmetto. Call the Extension Master Gardeners to register.Workshops, classes offered by Manatee County Extension Services Saturday, Dec. 15, 9-11 a.m. Flatford Swamp Preserve Naturalist Hike: Be adventurous and slog through a wetland habitat slough with Lisa Hickey, Certi fied Master Naturalist Instructor. Wetlands and freshwater habitats are vital natural systems that filter pollutants before they reach our surface and groundwater supply, support many wildlife species, and which are diminishing every year. Find out more intriguing facts while walking through Flatford Swamp in eastern Manatee County. Meet in the Preserves parking area located at 39450 Taylor Road, Myakka City, approximately 25 miles east of I-75. Then as a group, we leave the parking area and drive south on Wauchula Road, 2 miles. We will be entering the south end of the preserve and hike into the wetland habitat areas. Call the Extension Master Gardeners to register. Sunday, Dec. 16, 9-11 a.m. Extension Master Gardener Plant Id Tour: Stroll through Robinson Preserves salt marshes to learn more about Floridas native plants and inhabitants of a coastal habitat. Suitable for all ages. Tour begins at parking area near main entrance at 1704 99th Street Northwest, Bradenton. Call the Extension Master Gardeners to register. Wednesday, Dec. 19, 10 a.m. 2 p.m. Florida-Friendly Landscapingtm Program Volunteer Training Landscape Assistance Program: Share the FloridaFriendly LandscapingTM Principles (FFL) with interested people. Help with in-office landscape consultations with homeowners wanting to create a Florida-Friend ly landscape. Staff FFL booths at area events. Presented by Michelle Atkinson, Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM Coordinator. Manatee County Master Gar deners Open Educational Gar dens: Located on the Extension Service grounds at 1303 17th St. West in Palmetto, the educational gardens are designed to showcase the different ways Manatee County residents can be more successful gardeners and make their yards more Florida-Friendly. The differ ent gardens feature growing vegetables in small spaces and salad tables, recycling fountains for herbs, bird and butterfly attractors, backyard fruit trees, conserving water with native plants, low-volume irrigation, rain barrels, and various composting bins display how to recycle yard waste. The Master Gardeners invite you for a tour! To ensure that a Master Gardener can walk you through the gardens, make an appointment by calling 941-722-4524. Staff may not be available for impromptu visits.Hillsborough Countys Code Enforcement wins prestigious national award Hillsborough Countys Code Enforcement Department has received the American Association of Code Enforcement (AACE) Award for Outstanding Achievement in Code Enforcement Techniques for its innovative Operation Fight the Blight cleanup campaign. Operation Fight the Blight consists of quarterly cleanup projects lasting from a week to 30 days. Hillsborough County Code Enforcement Officers partners with several other County agencies, including Affordable Housing Services, Animal Services, Public Utilities Department, and Parks, Recreation and Conservation, along with the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office and Tampa Electric Company workers to launch a multiagency task force which takes direct aim on vacant buildings, trash, over growth, junk vehicles, abandoned properties, and other factors that make neighborhoods unsafe and unsightly. The four Fight the Blight campaigns targeted the USF area, Grant Park, Orient Park, and Ruskin. Since it began in 2011, the teams have: Collected nearly 1,900 discarded tires Inspected more than 1,000 properties Boarded up or demolished nearly two dozen abandoned homes Issued nearly 400 citations Cleaned more than 500 square feet of graffiti Filled nearly100 dumpsters with almost 200 tons of trash and debrisOur unique ability to partner with internal and external agencies makes Operation Fight the Blight work, said Dexter Barge, Director, Hillsbor ough County Code Enforcement. Our residents and property owners reaped the benefits of this campaign. Im extremely proud to be a part of this initiative that continues to improve the overall public safety of our community. County Code Enforcement also won the AACE Award in 2010 and the 2010 Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo) for its innovative Law Enforcement Liaison program.

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DECEMBER 6, 2012 23 Informative Lecture SeriesCall 813-634-1 455 to reserve your spotThe Skin Cancer Centers / Dermatology AssociatesHowar d A. Oriba, M.D. | Michael G. Caruso, M.D. | Leslee Baute, P.A.-C.4002 Sun City Center Blvd. U nit 102 un City Center, FL 33573 (One Block West of the Hospi tal) THE SKIN CANCER CENTERSDERMATOLOGY ASSOCIATES T S C C Everything you wanted to know about SKIN CANCER, but were afraid to ask.FREEDINNER BUFFETwith beverages servedThurs., Dec. 6 or Thurs., Dec. 134:00 p.m. Sun City Center DECEMBER EVENTSA RETIREMENT & REHABILITATION COMMUNITY Wed., Dec. 5 Therapeutic Tai Chi De-stress your December Holidays Aging Gracefully Support Group. Diabetes Support Group. Winter Wonderland Mental Wellness Support Group Fifth Annual Christmas Madrigal Dinner The United Methodist Church of Sun City Center presented A Christmas Madrigal Dinner V, The Golden Years November 30 and December 1 at the church located at 1210 Del Webb Blvd. West, Sun City Center. This traditional Elizabethan madrigal dinner is an evening of dinner theater in which diners join a 16th century English court in its celebration of Christmas dinner. The emphasis, as always, was on silliness, slapstick comedy, good music and period food.PHOTOS BY MELODY JAMESON

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FARMERS MKT200 MERCHANDISE300 ANNOUNCEMENTS100THE SHOPPER 3BDECEMBER 6,, 2012 310 GARAGE/Y ARD SALE 100 Announcements 200 Farmers Mkt 300 Merchandise 400 Marine 450 Transportation 500 Real Estate 550 Manuf. Housing 600 Rentals 650 Prof. Services 700 Services 800 Employment THE SHOPPER The Observer News, The SCC Observer and Current M & M Printing Co., Inc weekly publisher of the 210 Woodland Estates Ave., SW Ruskin, Florida 33570 310 GARAGE/Y ARD SALE 312 ESTATE SALES CLASSIFIED ADVERTISINGTo 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 4pm 105 PERSONALOld strong helpful kind Dr (Rev) seeks wife who would like to help in small 115 LOST & FOUNDFound dog medium, yellow lab mix, in vi Quality Furniture at Aordable Prices HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 10-6 Closed Weekends SOMETHING FOR EVERY ROOM INSIDE AND ALL AREAS OUTSIDE We are worth the drive from anywhere! Call for Directions 280 PETS Oliver & Company, LLCFull Service Pet Sitting(813) 767-7225Email: olivertort@aol.comwww.petsit.com/oliverandcompany Walk The Walk Pet sitting by Linda. Caring & reason Riverview 310 GARAGE/YARD SALECommunity Yard Sale. Riverbend Dr., Ruskin. Friday & Satur clothes, baking dishes, too much to mention. Come check it out. 11am. 3 family sale. 2052 Prestancia Lane, SCC. (off Del Webb E) Christmas, clothes, toys & more. block north Gibsonton Dr.,) Wednesday Craft SaleSaturday, Dec. 8 9 a.m. 1 p.m .Chula Vista Landings1702 Gulf City Rd. RuskinLunch available 10 a.m. 1 p.m.See you there! Ruskin United Methodis t ChurchTHRIFT HOUSESPECIALS EVERY WEEK Open Fri. & Sat. 9 a.m. 2 p.m 1 09 W. Shell Po int Ro Ru skin Barn Sale Furniture, tools, household, Christmas stuff, clothes, shoes & more. Friday & clothing, linens, decorative, jewelry, Digital answer machine, w/ 3 phones, (behind Home Depot) Friday, Dec. 7th. Christmas items. Ga Lake Dr., SCC. Decorations & related Come stock up & support our commu nity. South Shore Feline. Education & low cost spray & neuter organization Driveway sale. Trash to treasurer. Soup Thrift Store813-641-7790Ministry of Calvary Lutheran Church 9 a.m. Noon Dec. 5, 7 & 8 The Cooking Sale50% off all kitchen items and glassware Plus the Secret Sale Christmas Open House 1/2 price on all Trees, lights, decora tions & huge sale. Furniture, 1/2 price on clothing & appliances. Helping Hands Thrift Shop, 2 miles south of SCC on Hwy 301 south. Thursday train, luggage, small Christmas tree & decorations, linens. Friday & Saturday. Huge Garage Sale Everything for everyone. Clothes, fur niture, toys, small appliance & more. Carriage Point Dr., Gibsonton. (off Symmes Rd) New boxed kitchenware, tools, house hold misc. Also nice girls clothes, toys, Dr., SCC. Converting home movies, slides and photos to DVDVIDEO CON VERSIONS of FloridaDavid Croxton813-758-3181www.vidconFL.com Garage sale. Table saw, tools, glass end table, kitchen items, luggage, glassware & much more. Friday & Saturday, Dec. 7 Huge sale. Saturday & Sunday, Dec.. Circle, Ruskin. Christmas decor, books, furniture, tools, day & Saturday. 2510 Shell Point Rd., Lot 113, Ruskin. families. Golf cart, motor bike, wing back chair, tools, small appliances. Friday & Moving sale. All sorts of great stuff. 201 Sola Lane, SCC. Moving sale. Everything must go. Fur niture: Living room, bedroom, dining ESTATE SALES jority of items from antique shop. Too much to list. Cash only.Wanda Says Dont Miss This One!! harp, entrance tables, antique drum table, antique, gate leg table, antique chairs, rocker, bedroom set, beauti cabinets & server & much more. Dec. Owner Estate Sale Piper Glen Ct., SCC (off Winterbrook). Furniture, kitchen hutch, marble cof fee table, sleeper sofa & sectional, Christmas items, patio furniture. No early birds. Estates Sale household goods, jewelry, more. 310 GARAGE/Y ARD SALE know in Eastern US & Canada. Hwy large massive twin compost, furniture, household, Pilgrims cranberry glass, large Christmas selection, large Hal loween selection, tools, large Craftsman tool box, small clothes, antiques, yard items. House & land for sale: Listed by Sandy Tams/ Diane Randall, Century Furniture, yard tools, antiques, costume jewelry, dishes, Think bike, vintage Annes Estate Sales 1905 Del Webb Blvd. West Sun City Center PARK ON SIDE OF SALE ONLYFurniture: King Hickory sofa/ sleeper, lift chair, Queen bedrm suite, Fairmont dining rm suite, sofa, Queen brass bed, bar stools, armoire, entertainment center, bookcases, coffee & end tables, entry cabinet, modern floor lamp, office chair, TVs; Appliances: Stackable washer/ dryer; Collectables: Royal Doulton china set, cup & saucer collection, Fenton, cut & pressed glass, jewelry; Miscellaneous: aluminum ladder, artificial tree, lots of artwork, lots of Christmas items, card table w/chairs; Household: kitchen & misc.www.AnnesEstateSales.blogspot.com Something for everyone! Be Ahead of the Crowd, Get Your Bargains Early Always Daily Specials and Discounts on Tagged ItemsSt. Vincent de Paul Thrift StoreHours: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.Behind St. Anne Church and next to Kennco Mfg. VISIT OUR WEBSITE www.svdpruskin.org Please call (813) 645-5255DONATIONS NEEDEDMATTRESS SALEQuality Twin, Full, & Queen Sizes Christmas is coming! turn the page for 2nd sale NETTIES ESTATE SALESCell: (813) 382-7536Directions: From US 41, turn onto Miller Mac Rd., take a right onto Golf and Sea Blvd., take a left onto Eagle Ln., and take a left onto Golf Island Dr. Follow the Signs.Gorgeous House on the Water With Florida Style Furniture, Beautiful Matching La-z-boy Sofa & Loveseat, Decorative La-z-boy Side Chair, Florida Style Dining Room Table w/Chairs & Matching China Cabinet & Server, Light Colored Queen Bedroom Set, TV Armoire, Bookcases, Coffee & Lamp Tables, Glass Top Table W/Chairs, Twin Bedroom Furniture (No Beds) Seasonal and Tropical Decor, Household Items. Dont miss our other sale Thurs. & Fri., Dec. 6 & 7 at1708 Cloister DriveSun City CenterPlease park on side of sale due to emergency vehicles. 910 Golf Island DriveApollo BeachFri. & Sat, Dec. 7 & 87a.m. NOON Sofa beds & Love seats, Recliners, Entertainment Ctr., Coee & End Tables, Dining Rm Table w/6 Chairs, Computer Desk, King Bed, Vintage Chestnut Bedroom Furniture, Lamps, Patio Furniture, Collectables (Avon, Fenton, Fiesta, Fitz & Floyd, Lenox, Spode, Toby & Rockwell Plates), Unusual Vintage Items, Collections (Angels, Bells, Danielle Steel Bks & Harvard Classics), A Christmas Room, Water Sports Equip., New Brinkman Smokers, Electronics, Jewelry, Men & Womens Clothing, Glass & Kitchenware, Garage Items Plus a 10 Birch Bark Canoe & 1700s Flintlock Pistol Ooman Empire, working condition, hand carved, Damascus Barrel. Please park on sale side of the street! www.denneysestatesales.com DENNEYS ESTATE SALES1603 Brookton Green Dr.Off W. Del WebbSun City CenterFriday & Saturday Dec. 7th & 8th7 a.m to 1 p.m. (813) 477-1793

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DECEMBER 6, 2012 THE SHOPPER TRANSPORTATION450 REAL ESTATE500 MARINE400 312 ESTATE SALES 312 ESTATE SALES 330 FURNITURECherrywood dining 6x8, special top table w/ 4 chairs & 2 King.. $900. Mink cape, light brown $400 obo. 813-6342592 2 twin beds with mattress, box springs & bedspreads, dresser with mirror, desk w/ chair & nightstand. $200 813523-2412 331 APPLIANCESGE refrigerator & range, white, 2-3 yrs old. $350 for both, SCC. 813-6337833 GE side by side refrigerator, coil top range, microwave, dishwasher, white, all excellent. $800. Ralph Lauren king comforter, valances & shams $60. 813645-4429 360 GOLF CARTSGolf carts wanted. Buy sell, trade. Chargers, parts all related. Ronnys Carts & Parts. 813-484-9855 or 813-645-4515 Used golf cart w/ covering & battery charger. Ready to drive. $600. Good condition. 813-642-0211 99 Yamaha gas golf cart, low hours, new carburetor, gen, starter, new curtains. Just serviced. $1,950. 813938-4093390 MISC. FOR SALEOnkyo stereo surround home theater system $350. Lighted, china cabinet remote $60. Jeorge limited edition stain glass lamps $350-$1,800 each. Handmade king size quilts sets $100-$300 per set. Movies, books, misc. Christmas items 50-$70. Extra large deco mirror $75. 813-716-7842 6 wide, single axle, rear ramp door with tie downs. Like new condition. $2,550. 813-641-8345 395 W ANTED T O BUY pocketknives, tools, toys, books, cans, tins, Singer sewing machines & more. Jeff. 813-645-4337 BEVERLYs ESTATE SALES SUN CITY CENTER Your home will be staged for best results. Working in Sun City Center for 26 years.Please feel free to call about the sale or its contents. Cell: 508-0307 or Eve: 633-1173 Cell: 382-7536 395 WANTED TO BUYWanted paintings, coins, currency, silver etc. 813-610-5824 425 SLIPS OR STORAGE SE. Ruskin. 813-361-3725. trailers. 813-677-2000 www.SouthBayStorage.com 456 TRUCKS AND V ANS battery, good tires. $1,150 obo.. Cell 561-281-0289 510 W ATERFRONT FOR SALEOpen House Saturday, December 8th, 11am-1pm.. Beach, Four bedrooms, two baths, Bay, $335,000, Mrs. Clean lives here Loan, Keller Williams Realty 813-7652br/2ba mid century modern home with Beach. For more info. call 813-8928456 511 HOUSES FOR SALEOpen House Saturday, December 8th, 9am-1pm. Golf front 6112 with beautiful view; built home with large rooms and volume ceilings, nicely furnished and shows like a model home; $196,000, Sellers say tell Buyers we are motiv ated! Loan.com CALL US FOR ALL YOUR REAL ESTATE NEEDS CALL (813) 645-3211Serving South Hillsborough County since 1924Celebrating 88 Years1924 to 2012 LOOKING FOR EXPERIENCED REALTORS to join our well established team. 813-468-0288 2 homes on 1.39 acres on THE LITTLE MANATEE RIVER and a freshwater pond. 4BR/3BA home (2380 sq.ft) and a 1BR/1.5BA with 1731 sq.ft. and a boathouse. $289,900 CALL ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 OR KAY PYE 361-3672 GREAT COMMERCIAL LOCATION! 2052 sq.ft. building with a great location on busy Shell Point Road in Ruskin. Nice size lot (72x170) with a circular driveway and parking for 6-12 vehicles. Large reception $150,000 CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 OR ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 BUILDING LOT cleared with RCD12 zoning for residential or duplex $15,000 CALL ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 COMMERCIAL ACREAGE IN RUSKIN! 3.7 acres (MOL) with CG Zoning. The initial work has been done $324,900 CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 or ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 CARIBBEAN ISLES IN APOLLO BEACH! Very well maintained 3BR/2BA MH in gated waterfront com$79,000 CALL ROXANNE WESTBROOK 813-748-2201 RUSKIN PROPERTY stores, interstate, churches. Cleared and ready to build! Duplex zoning! $42,500. CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 OR ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 BEAUTIFUL LAKE FRONT LOT 1.6 acres to build your dream home and not be too near your neighbors. 123 acres of Lake and 900 acres of wetlands to enjoy everyday. Very well maintained 4BR/3BA Palm Harbor, POOL Home with 3+ drive-through garage! Speutility room, water softener, security system, gorgeous landscaping and much more! Situated on 1.3 Acres (MOL) with 4 extra lots. $169,000 TOWNHOMES FOR SALE! kitchen and bathrooms. Master bath has double sinks, combination tub/shower and a huge walk-in closet. $113,900 CALL ROXANNE WESTBROOK 813-748-2201 COMMERCIAL SITE located close to Hwy 41 in Ruskin with over 200 feet of road frontage. Zoned General $199,900 CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 OR ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 COMMERCIAL ZONING IS FEATURED ON THIS PRIME PROPERTY ON HWY 674. $799,900 CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 Income opportunity in walking distance of shopping, bus lines, banking and churches. Asking $99,000 Call KAY PYE 361-3672 OR ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 NEW LISTING SUCH A LOVELY WINTER/RETIREMENT 1BR/1.5BA CONDO: Beautifully furnished, enclosed lanai. Property shows exceptionally well, clean, elegant, ready to move in. Close to Club House and gate. $220,000. CALL CLAIRE TORT 363-7250 RUSKIN WATERFRONT POOL-HOUSE: patio, screened-in-pool, dock, davits and boat ramp. Huge attached carport, good attic storage space, tropical landscaping and fabulous view of canal and river going to Tampa bay. Great weekend get-away $220,000. CALL CLAIRE TORT 363-7250 NEW LISTING : CALL CLAIRE TORT 363-7250 RUSKIN OFFICES AND WAREHOUSES FOR RENT: building, workshop, chemical shed, warehouse and large fuel storage: $3,000/mo. Adjacent 5 acres has 3 large green houses with propane heaters, irrigation and 2,500 sq.ft. seed house. $2,000/mo. Call for details. CALL CLAIRE TORT 363-7250 1.92 ACRES CLEARED LOT ACROSS FROM RIVER, RUSKIN: with well, septic and electric, property is ready for your dream home. Consisting of 5 lots, secluded, peaceful, with few shady trees, great views of nature and birds, lot is down the road from Park and boat ramp. Survey available. $84,500. WANNA HEAR THE LATEST DIRT? is willing to take a loss so you can plant your future. Great acreage for private dwelling or great potential for range of uses. 14 plus acres REDUCED to $125,000 JUDY ERICKSON 468-0288 YOU CANT BE SERIOUS! 2BA house with 25X30 metal building on a slab could never be replaced for asking price of $125,000. Great for extended family and for people who like to collect or have large toys. Must see to appreciate. Call for details and viewing. JUDY ERICKSON 468-0288 AGRICULTURAL OPPORTUNITY. Outstanding property in outstanding location features 18 acres with two folio numbers and two houses. 28 X 96 greenhouse with end fans and automatic door and 40X100 steel building on slab with attached carport provide great growing potential and storage. All near major truck route. $359,000 Call for details. JUDY ERICKSON 468-0288 DROP DEAD GORGEOUS bayfront 2BR/2BA condo in the delightful community of Little Harbour. Beautiful views of Tampa Bay, near the community pool, restaurant, tennis courts, marina, and within minutes of updated with wood cabinets and granite countertops. Must see to appreciate! Asking $209,000. JO ELLEN MOBLEY 813-645-1540. Least expensive price per square foot waterfront home in the South Shore area! Over 2800 sq. ft. of living area with 3 or 4 bedrooms, 2 baths and large fenced lot within minutes to Tampa Bay via the Ruskin Shows great! Must see to appreciate! Now only $239,000! JO ELLEN MOBLEY 813-645-1540. Place a Garage/Yard Sale Ad $17.00 for 20 Words Call Beverly 813-645-3111 ext.201 Cathy Griggs 813-391-8653 cathygriggs@msn.com WATERFRONT! This beautifully maintained and updated 3/2 in Ruskin with a covered boat lift is ready and waiting for you! Only minutes from Tampa Bay and no bridges between. This is a perfect location for the sailor or fisherman! $249,500 BEAUTIFULLY MAINTAINED 3/2 MANUFACTURED HOME $56,900 NEW ON THE MARKET KINGS POINT 2/2 expanded Stuart model $49,000 EXCEPTIONAL CONDO in Fairway Palms! Built in 2002 this lovely 3/2 home is light & open with vaulted ceiling and skylight. Enclosed Florida rm offers additional space $139,000 NETTIES ESTATE SALESCell: (813) 382-7536Please note date and time. Contents Include: Lenox Figurines, Boyds Bears, Wingback Chair, Sofa, Swivel Rocker, Coffee & End Tables, Curio Cabinet, Area Rugs, Rocking Chair, Silk Trees & Plants, Beautiful Buffet, Rattan Sleeper Sofa & Recliner, Extendable Table & Chairs, Entertainment Center, Patio Set & Lounger, Bavarian China, Glassware, Collectibles, Tools & Garage Items.Please park on side of sale due to emergency vehicles. Dont miss our other sale Fri. & Sat., Dec. 7-8 at 910 Golf Island Drive in Apollo Beach. See You There!1708 Cloister Dr.Sun City Center THURSDAY & FRIDAY Dec. 6th & 7th7 a.m. NOON CLAIRE TORT Cell: (813) 363-7250 CUTE HOUSE IN RUSKIN: 2BR/1BA wellmaintained concrete block house, with attached utility room, central heat and air, and shed in backyard. A block from river, in peaceful area of Ruskin, close to everything. $59,900. 1.92 ACRES CLEARED LOT ACROSS FROM RIVER, RUSKIN: With new septic, well and electric in place, property is ready for your dream home! Consisting of 5 lots, secluded, peaceful, with great view of nature and birds, lot is down the road from park and boat ramp. Survey in le. $84,500. 2 MOBILE-HOMES ON 2.3 ACRES, RUSKIN: One M/H is 2BR/2BA, other 2BR/1BA, central heat and air, large screened porches and sheds. Cleared lot with few shady trees and large pond full of sh! Secluded, peaceful, very close to shopping, restaurant and hospital. No HOA, no ood insurance needed. $86,500.

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DECEMBER 6, 2012 TH E SHOPP ER ‡\003\030% CO MMUNI T Y PA P ER S O F F L O RI D A ( C P F ST A T EWI D E S ) EM P L O YMEN T 800 C P F ST A T EWI D E S S ER V ICE S 700 \030\031\030\003\000+\021\003,\003$. Ruskin 55+ park Reduced $7,000 obo. 2br/1ba, pet friendly. Roof over, carport, (2) Florida rooms, Furnished, washer/ dryer. 813-447-6123 \000+\021\003+ \030\030\023 REN T AL S 600 611 H O U S E S F O R REN T 4br/2ba Apollo Beach home, large privacy fence. $1,150 monthly. First, last & $500 deposit. 727-391-1121 3br/2ba/2cg. appliances, new cabinets. Quiet, desirable area. Ruskin. 813-6454145 or 813-642-0681 612 APTS F O R R EN T \UHQW\035\003\(IFLHQF\\000DSDUWPHQWV\021\003:HHNO\\000 rates, utilities furnished 813-677-8789, 813-601-1542 or 813-516-0896 613 CO N DOS F O R R EN T Snow birds. January, February & March. Apollo Beach. Totally furnished, 2br/1ba. 813-645-4145 or 813-642-0681 614 DU P LEX F O R R EN T Riverview apt, 2br/1ba, CHA, water, PDLQWHQDQFH\003LQFOXGHG\021\003LOH\003RRUV\021\003\007\031\023\023\003 monthly $600 security. Ask for Vicky 813-458-8178 or 813-641-8400 621 PLACE S TO S H ARE Need retired roommate. 4 bedrooms, unfurnished house, Ruskin. Must have credit check. $600 monthly plus utilities. Call Robert 813-334-4185 \031\026\023\003\000+\021\003 \($/ One bedroom mobile home on water. Fish off dock. Utilities included $175 weekly $400 deposit. Ruskin 813363-6001 \031\026\023\003\000+\021\003 \($/ For lease. 1br/1br mobile home in quiet park on river. No pets, $500 monthly plus deposit. 813-645-2446 F or R ent: C lean M obile Homes W ith $ \022&\021\003\033\024\026\020\031\032\032\020\024\023\033\031 For rent. 2 bedroom mobile home near shopping center in Gibsonton. 813-6778789, 813-601-1542 or 813-516-0896 \031\027\030\003 \ & \(\003 $ & \( \ \021\003 \( & \( \031\030\023 646 W ARE HO U S E S P ACE Garage & mini storage, RV lots & mobile home lots for rent. Call Pirates Treasure Cove, Gibsonton. 813-677-1137 PIANO TUNING & REPAIR 813-645-4112 Also other musical instruments \031\030\024\003% ..\(\( Quick B ooks &HUWLHG\003UR\020$GYLVRU\021\003&DQ\003GR\003DWWLWXGH\035\003 \024\023\034\034V\017\003:\025V\017\003IRUPV\017\003FOHDQXS\003\011\003UHYLHZ\003\003 QDQFLDOV\017\003IXOO\003ERRNNHHSLQJ\003VHUYLFHV\017\003 tutoring, software & issues. Hourly UDWHV\021\003>>BDCBT8 0 0 8 483.704 704.1639 Tm[(\($/ \003 \ *\003\011\003 \(\(/ \003% ,/' \020 \021\003\003 DYH\003\007\007\007\003EX\\000GLUHFW\003IURP\003 PDQXIDFWXUHU\021\003\003\025\023\003FRORUV\003LQ\003VWRFN\003 ZLWK\003WULP\003\011\003DFFHV\021\003\027\003SUROHV\003LQ\003\025\031\003JD\021\003 SDQHOV\021\003&DUSRUWV\017\003KRUVH\003EDUQV\017\003VKRS\003 SRUWV\021\003&RPSOHWHO\\000WXUQ\003NH\\000MREV\021\003 $ OO\003 WHHO\003%XLOGLQJV\017\003*LEVRQWRQ\017\003 \ ORULGD\021\003 \024\020\033\023\023\020\026\026\024\020\033\026\027\024\021\003\003ZZZ\021DOOVWHHOEXLOG \020 LQJV\021FRP\003\036 \003\:.\003\(\003\003\007\007\003\($\003 THOUSANDS $$ Call 813-234-2264 / 1-239-693-1598 Hernando, Hillsborough, Lake, Lee, Orange, Pasco, Pinellas, Seminole, Sumter Counties only need to apply. Galaxy Fireworks! CASH FOR CARS: All Cars/Trucks :DQWHG\021\003\003XQQLQJ\003RU\003RW\004\003RS\003'ROODU\003 DLG\021\003\003:H\003&RPH\003R\003
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