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www.ObserverNews.netOctober 10, 2013 Volume 57 Number 38THE OBSERVER NEWSPRST STDPAIDRUSKIN, FLORIDA 33570 PERMIT NO. 8 LOOK INSIDE FOR: Classified Ads PAGES 27-30 Doby Elem. students make magic with Cardboard ChallengeBy %  MITCH TTRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.netStudents at Doby Elementary School in Apollo Beach joined an estimated one million other students around the world for the Global Cardboard Challenge on Oct. 5, a day the founding organization has labeled the Global Day of Play. The Cardboard Challenge is an event from a nonprofit organization launched after the enormous global response to the short film entitled, Caines Arcade, based on a real-life story. It all started when filmmaker Nirvan Mulluck needed a door handle for his car. He walked into a struggling auto parts store in Boyle Heights, a neighborhood near downtown Los Angeles. Inside the store, he found Caines Arcade, games made by the son of the store owner, nine-yearold Caine Monroy. Mullick became the boys first and only customer until Mullick created his film about the young man and his cardboard arcade. Since the release of the film, thousands of people have traveled to visit Caines Arcade. The nonprofit Imagination Foundation was launched to spread the generated creativity and goodwill to children across the nation and the globe. Pamela Vasquez, a gifted students teacher at Doby Elementary, spearheaded the MITCH T TRAPHAGEN PPHOTOS schools participation in the project. More than a dozen children created games from cardboard boxes, displaying them on the playground for all of the students in the school to enjoy. The first annual Cardboard Challenge was last year and were joining it here at Doby for the first time because I wanted to encourage innovation and followthrough with ideas and creativity, and so far it looks great, Vasquez said. This is open to all students, it is a mixture of kids from all grades. The games were a collection of amazing creativity, imagination and in many cases, a great deal of hard work. They decided what they wanted to make, Vasquez continued. They were supposed to make them all by themselves and they have little prizes to give. They are also manning their games and explaining them to the kids. Left to run free, a childs Wimauma Elementary holds night of celebrationMITCH T TRAPHAGEN PPHOTOSSuperintendent of Schools MaryEllen Elia, left, with Wimauma Elementary School principal Milady Astacio, opening the celebration. (More photos on page 31.) By %  MITCH TTRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.netIt has been a big year for Wimauma Elementary School. Not only is the school the only area school to receive an A grade by the state, both staff and students have been recognized for outstanding work with Socorrito Claudio winning the Ida S. Baker Award, Krista Whitcomb receiving the ESE Support of the Year award, and student Kenyatta Stephens receiving a perfect math score on the FCAT. While it was the A grade that brought out students, staff and families last Thursday night, all of the schools many accomplishments were celebrated. Superintendent MaryEllen Elia, leading the nations eighth largest school district, spoke during the celebration to offer her congratulations to everyone involved in the schools success. This was the first time in the nine years that I have been here where I saw the positive energy exude from both the staff and the parents, said Wimauma Elementary School principal Milady Astacio. It was an upbeat climate that we want to build on throughout the year. The A night of celebration included some good old rock n roll performed live by second grade teacher Harley Gay and physical education coach Kimberly Richardson. Students and staff also performed a variety of songs. The event ended with a mariachi band.Plans in the works for areas of Big Bend RoadEEconomic downturn has held up improvementsBy PENNPENNY FLETCHERETCHER%  penny@observernews.netEveryone who uses Big Bend Road, especially the North and South ramps onto I-75, knows the backup can go for almost a mile and move at such a slow pace you never know when you are going to get to your destination. This is especially true between 7 and 9 a.m. and 4 and 6 p.m. weekdays when people are heading to Brandon and Tampa to the north and Bradenton, Ellenton and Sarasota to the south to and from work. Some days the backup on I-75 getting off at Exit 240, which says Apollo Beach but is also Riverviews southernmost exit, is so long it extends way beyond the designated turn lane into a regular lane of traffic, so that if people driving south arent watching closely, they can hit the row of cars lined up on the interstate waiting to get on the exit ramp. It is a very scary place to be stopped, as one hit on the last car could easily pile up at least 50 cars, throwing some over the side of the two-foot cement barrier down onto Big Bend Road or off the side of the ramp. This situation has occurred gradually, as the Big Bend corridor built up from a small two-lane rural road in the last 10 years as businesses built there to accommodate: eight new Riverview developments along U.S. 301; homes on Balm-Riverview Road (just east of those developments); and Covington Park, which is almost directly across from Eisenhower Middle School and East Bay High School. According to Kris Karson, spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Transportation, FDOT has plans for widening the exit ramp at Apollo Beach but most of the work on the ramps and on Big Bend Road itself is the responsibility of developers and land owners. The county, however, has jurisdiction over Big Bend Road (the state has it only over the interstate in that area) and has several plans in place. Michael Williams, the county engineer, explained the plans in detail in a telephone interview Oct. 4. A while back, County Commissioners entered into an agreement we [the county] would pay for some of the pieces of that road [Big Bend] and developers would pay for some of it, Williams explained. The CContinued on page 31X CContinued on page 31X

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Exp. 10/31/13 CR39CONTACTS Progressive No-Line Bifocalsmonth supply starter kit with exam7$99$149The patient and any other person responsible for payment has a right to refuse to pay, cancel payment or be reimbursed for payment for any other service, examination or treatment which is performed as a result within 72 hours of responding to the advertisement for the free, discounted fee, or reduced fee, examination or treatmentINSURANCES ACCEPTED: United Healthcare, EyeMed, VBA, Spectra, Humana, Freedom, VCP, Advantica, Optimum, Davis Vision and many moreVision insurance for employees of Hillsborough County, Media General, Publix, Citigroup, Verizon, FedEX, Ford, and many more. THE 2010 McMullen Rd. SCC Plaza 7 $ 99 $ 149*with purchase of complete pair of Prescription Glasses Expires 10/31/13 Some restrictions apply. Not valid with any other offer. Exp. 10/31/13 CR39 Some restrictions apply. Not valid with any other offer. Exp. 10/31/13 CR39$25* $25* with rebateon a Complete Pair of Glasses SAVE $ 100 Riverview Animal Hospital to host Yappy Hour Oct. 11By %  KEVIN BRADY kevin@observernews.netIf God is a dog, there may be some payback in the afterlife for this. Fido isnt talking so we dont know how the pets feel about the Halloween Costume contest and Yappy Hour Oct. 11 in Riverview but one thing is for sure, the owners are looking forward to it. He loves dressing up for the holidays, Ashley Carver of her pet cocker spaniel. She has yet to decide if Ollie is going as a monster or a pumpkin. I already have his Christmas sweater out for him this year; he just loves being around people and being the center of attention. Ollie had no comment. The event is a chance for pet owners to show off their animals and share a laugh, Carver said. People are able to express themselves through their animals and show their personalities. Its just some silly fun for everyone. We have had whole families dress up with their pet around one theme. The event at Brandon Lakes Animal Hospital, 6151 Delancey Station St., features games and prizes as well as light refreshments and hor doeuvres. Theres a prize for the best costume last years top dog took home almost $200 in free vaccines and exams with smaller prizes also awarded. The event is open to all dogs and anyone with a small pet. No cats though, lest you want to see a real-life version of the Tom and Jerry cartoon. Its a chance to get pets to socialize, for people to make new friends and just have some good family fun, said Tracy Czyz, a manager at the animal hospital. Its the second year the hospital has hosted the contest. More than 50 pets and their owners turned out last year. We had heard of other places doing similar events in the past for owners and their pets so we wanted to try it, said Czyz, who has worked at the hospital for eight years. Its an especially good opportunity for people with puppies who are not sure about taking their small dog to a dog park but who also want to meet other pet owners. With owners asking when the next contest would be held since the start of the year, Czyz expects a big turnout again this year. Its a lot of work to put it all together but the clients are asking for it. People just like showing off their pets, and its also a chance to meet others with the same breed where their owners can compare notes. The event is also a chance for the hospital to introduce itself to potential clients. People get to check out the hospital and talk to the doctors without actually making an appointment. Cheech, Czyz pet chihuahuadachshund mix, dressed as a pumpkin for last years contest. Hes going as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz this year. I think they all know they look ridiculous but they are alright with it. The free event is set for 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Call (813) 689-2207 for more information. Ollie loves to dress up for the holidays according to his owner, Ashley Carver. PHOTO CREDIT ASHLEY CaCARVERPHOTOSS PROVIDEDPROVIDED BYY BRaANDON LaLAKES ANIMaAL HHOSPITa ALMore than 50 owners and their pets are expected to turn out for the Halloween Costume contest and Yappy Hour Oct. 11 at Brandon Lakes Animal Hospital. The costume contest is a chance for pets to socialize, for people to make new friends and just have some good family fun, said Tracy Czyz, a manager at the animal hospital.Transportation disadvantaged to receive bus passesThe Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved a consent agenda item that allows the Countys Sunshine Line to continue its Bus Pass Program. The Bus Pass Program provides free daily and monthly Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) bus passes to more than 5,000 transportation disadvantaged residents per year. These bus passes are provided to those who qualify and travel within 3/4 of a mile of a HART bus route and are able to ride a HART bus. The Hillsborough County Sunshine Line provides doorto-door transportation and bus passes for elderly, lowincome, and disabled persons who do not have or cannot afford their own transportation. This service is provided primarily for client transportation to medical appointments and Aging Services day care and nutrition sites. Nonmedical trips are provided on a space available basis. For additional information and qualification criteria, contact Hillsborough County Sunshine Line at 813-272-7272.

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With the government shutdown, the owner of the goats felt that the federal government would not be able to take care of them. The recreation area is among the hundreds of federal parks and areas that were closed last week with the shutdown. So basically, the United States of America is believed, perhaps rightly so, to be unable to care for some goats. Now consider that this nation is the world’s most powerful country, a superpower. How well do those two memes square up? We are embarrassing ourselves, to say the least. There is little of anything good that could be said of Washington, DC these days. Our elected representatives have failed us in dramatic (overly dramatic, if you ask me) fashion. Party before country has become the norm and money is everything. Forget about all that “of the people, by the people, for the people” stuff. President Lincoln is gone. These days, we the people don’t appear to mean jack. I know there are good people in Congress — I’ve met them. There are even at least one or two right here in the Tampa Bay area. But good people and Congress don’t seem to be a mix that’s working today. The lunatics are now apparently running the asylum. Despite that the world thinks we’ve gone mad, despite that our elected so-called leaders are putting our nation and thousands of innocent lives at risk through cancelled clinical trials for cancer treatments to those wondering how they will put food on the table without a paycheck, I still believe that people are inherently good. The headlines just seem to favor the greedy, the lunatics and the power-hungry. But that’s not who we are. Jay Russell was driving to work in the predawn darkness on a lonely country road in Kansas. Along the way, he was surprised to see a woman walking along the highway. She had apparently gotten a ride to work at 5 a.m., and was laid off by 5:15 a.m., too late Observations: Do they really represent us? MITCH T RAPHAGEN P HOTO From the U.S. Capitol Rotunda: How can anyone work here and not be moved to do their best for this nation? What would this man think of us? for a ride home. By 6:30 a.m., she had walked five of the ten miles home. Jay drove her the rest of the way. He stopped, he got involved, and he went out of his way to help someone he didn’t know. In a suburban Minneapolis Dairy Queen, a 19-year-old manager noticed that a visually impaired customer had dropped a $20 bill on the floor. Before he could pick it up to return it to the customer, he saw a woman picking it up. But instead of returning it, she slipped the bill into her purse. He told her to give the money back. She refused and he refused to serve her. And then he walked over to the visually impaired customer and gave him a $20 bill from his own pocket, telling the man he had dropped it. Mariella Smith and her husband Tres, both of Ruskin, were traveling in Turkey recently. While seeing the sights in the city of Antalya, Mariella decided to see a mosque. All visitors are required to remove their shoes before entering and little cubbies are provided for that purpose. Upon leaving, she noticed that her shoes were gone. Someone had stolen them. They were in the middle of a very large city with a long walk to their hotel and she had no shoes. While she was standing out in the street barefoot, lamenting her problem with her husband, a woman wearing a Muslim style headscarf and a long dress overheard their conversation. The woman ducked into her shop and pulled out a pair of shoes. She gave them to Mariella. “They were old leather mules, well-worn but comfy — that fit me well,” Mariella said. The woman refused payment for the shoes. Mariella bought a new pair at a shoe store and made the effort to return the shoes to the woman, thanking her in Turkish, “Tesekkur ederim.” The two women, with lives worlds apart in every sense, shared a smile together. In this case, two women, both with good hearts, found each other in a time of need. Despite what you may read or think, the world is not a bad place. All of the above are small acts in the big picture, perhaps, but all are telling that not everyone is out merely for themselves. Compare all of that with the talkObservations By Mitch Traphagen mitch@observernews.net \012œˆ'i`œ>}i£ X

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OCTOBER 10, 2013 OBSERVER NEWS 5 SouthShore Regional LibraryKids program/event highlights Acting Out Yoga Thursday, Oct. 10 at 4:30 p.m. Join us for this basic childrens yoga class offered by Shore Bliss Yoga. This program uses creative ways to engage young yoga students in stretching, exercising, and learning to relax through yoga. Please bring a yoga mat or towel. There are limited spots for this program. Pre-registration is required. Please ask at the Information Desk or call 813-2733652. Funded by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library. Bedtime Stories Thursday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. For ages 2-5 with a caregiver ~ 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. ABCs and 123s of Toddler Yoga Friday, Oct. 11 at 10 a.m. For children ages 2-3 and their caregivers ~ Kids benefit from yoga too! Lucky Cat Yoga introduces yoga to toddlers using basic yoga postures. Bring a towel or yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing. Funded by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library. ABCs and 123s of Preschool Yoga Friday, Oct. 11 at 10:45 a.m. For children ages 3-5 and their caregivers ~ Kids benefit from yoga too! Lucky Cat Yoga introduces yoga to toddlers using basic yoga postures. Bring a towel or yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing. Funded by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library. You, Baby, and Yoga Friday, Oct. 11 at 11:30 a.m. For children ages 0 24 months and their caregivers ~ Bring baby along for a calm, relaxing yoga practice with Lucky Cat Yoga. This class includes baby massage, interactive song and dance, and sharing a story with baby. Bring a towel or yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing. Funded by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library. Story Time with Elmo Saturday, Oct. 12 at 10:30 a.m. Join us for this special program featuring stories and songs about Elmo and his friends. After the stories, do some coloring and have your picture taken with Elmo. Baby Time Monday, Oct. 14 at 1:35 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 11:35 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 10:05 a.m. For children ages 0-20 months and their caregivers ~ Early literacy begins at birth. Bond with your baby through stories, bouncy rhymes and songs in this 20-minute lapsit program that introduces early literacy skills and encourages language development. Crafternoon Monday, Oct. 14 at 3 p.m. For children ages 5-10 ~ Join the childrens librarian and create colorful and fun Halloween crafts to take home with you. Registration is required. Register at the Reference Desk or by calling 273.3652. Funded by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library. Toddler Time Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 10:05 a.m. & 10:35 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 10:35 a.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, Oct. 15 at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 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. Apollo Beach Elementary honors Students of the MonthHonored as Students of the Month at Apollo Beach Elementary School are: Ismael Afridi, Caden Baksa, Rhys Brush, Riley Brush, Morgendy Buzbee, Allana Creasy, Miley Davis, Darian Difede, Katie Driggers, Britt Finelli, Mackenzie Friday, Evan Gibbons, Linda Granados, Precious Grochan, Valerie Grochan, Amani Haskins, Aubrey Haskins, Isabella Hellman, Joshua Katz, Gavyn Kushmer, Chase Longenecker, Lauren Mercer, Drew Mihok, Ethan Mojena, Charlotte Murray, Lucille Murray, Dedric Neidige, Madeline Orr, Jassmine Portocarrero, Diego Ramirez, Kyara Ramirez, Mila Risner, Mariah Rodriguez, Lillian Vanderpol, Briana Vergara, Abigail Verrando, Brianna Wortner, and Patrol, Ryan Katz. Terrific Kids at Corr Elementary School This months Terrific Kids at Corr Elementary School were selected for the quality of showing respect for themselves and others. Pre K: Kaleb Elliott and Henry Barahona. Kindergarten: Brooke Vargas, Winston Pennant, Jackelyne Esobedo-Soto, Tristan White, Miarelys Robles-Espiet and David Connelly. 1st Grade: Gianpiero Vitelli, Izallana Mendiola-Santana, Romeo Cyntje, Delila Quinones, Akilah Allen, Dominic Guzman, Dylan Bateman and Tiarra Campbell. 2nd Grade: Allure Harris, Aden Leija, Abigail Mendiola-Garcia, Jesus Rodriguez, Malachi Antoine and Preia Hayes. 3rd Grade: John Alvarez, Hailey Orcutt, Joel Sanchez, Leslie Rodriguez, Jacob Dupont, Annabel Lucius, Isybelle Melendez and Ariel Laporte. 4th Grade: Alonzo Martinez, Asia Torado, Beyonce Plaisir, Charles Scott and Kylie Peyton. 5th Grade: Olga Benitez, Edwin Kolio, Dayanna Rodriguez, Jorge Torres-Muriel, Brianna Davis, Liliana Melendez and Bertha Cepeda.HealthPoints Pediatric Orthopedic practice branches out to RiverviewHealthPoint Medical Group has opened another Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery office in the Physician Office Building on the campus of the new St. Josephs Hospital South. This office, located at 10141 Big Bend Rd., will grow as the hospital nears completion. This location also houses a new HealthPoint Family Medicine practice. Drs. Timothy Bradley and Brian Deignan are Fellowship-trained Pediatric Orthopedic surgeons. They will be available from 7 a.m. 5 p.m. Both physicians are also available at their Tampa office, at 3003 W. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Information and appointments can be made for either location by calling 813-554-8983.

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6 OCTOBER 10, 2013 210 Woodland Estates S.W. Ruskin, FL 33570813-645-3111Fax: 813-645-4118www.ObserverNews.netPublished Every Thursday by M&M Printing Co., Inc. 645-4048EDITORIAL:Brenda Knowles ............ Publisher/Editor brenda@observernews.net Mitch Traphagen ................. Online Editor mitch@observernews.net Penny Fletcher .......... Contributing Writer penny@observernews.net Kevin Brady .............. Contributing Writer kevin@observernews.net Warren Resen ..................... Travel Writer w630@aol.comAll 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:Chere Simmons ........... Creative Director chere@observernews.net Carol MacAlister ... Graphic Arts / Layout carol@observernews.net Jason Martin ......... Graphic Arts / Layout jason@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 Advertise in The ObserverWe cover south Hillsborough County with a circulation of 48,000 papers every week! 813-645-3111 (1/2 mile east of Wal-Mart)813-633-3023 There does not seem to be one method that can be used universally to control the stress in the complex machine that we call a human being. With that in mind, you will see on occasion in this column different methods I have found useful to people with whom I have worked. Just keep in mind that there is no one right way for all of us to eliminate stress, nor is there an easy way to do it. Give these thoughts a try. you. Anger and frustration can be corrosive to the entire body if you continually hold them in without venting. Find a time and a place to just let go. That time and place may be when you are alone; in fact, that could well be the best time to vent. Just picture the person you wish to tell off and then do it. Put as much energy into it as you can. Even though the person is not there to hear your wrath, you will be surprised how good it feels to get all that poison out of you. On the other hand, it is just as important to vocalize positive feelings. Saying things to others such as, I like you, or I appreciate you, can release positive feelings and reduce stress. to talk. I have always thought the Catholics had a wonderful opportunity to be able to talk things out without fear of those things becoming public. Having a priest who will listen and is By William Hodges sworn to secrecy is a wonderful asset. For the rest of us, we can confide in a close friend. We must remember though that even the closest friend may breach our trust, and we should be careful of what we say. Remember that once a secret leaves your mouth, it is no longer a secret. With that caveat, I still believe that having someone to talk with is a great way to control the effects of stress. One especially nice thing about airing stressful feelings with a friend is that expressing the problem out loud may give you a better chance to find your own answers. is causing you to be stressed. Sometimes we can change the situation to eliminate the stress or at least improve the scenario. A friend said that he was starting his day stressed out because he was having trouble catching a particular train. I asked him why next one, and his answer was that he had always caught the earlier train. He had no other reason. He now catches the later train and his world is a better place with less stress. Could you reduce your stress by changing some action to get the same desired result? in things rather than the bad. Finding good things brings joy to our hearts and finding bad brings stress, yet many of us spend much of our time looking for the flaws in life. Unless you are paid big money to find the faults in others, give it a rest. For the next week, approach every situation with the idea that you will find the good in it and you will point out that good to others. I will grant you that there is nothing earthshaking in the above suggestions; but if you will put them to use, you will find that your life will be just a little nicer and, for that matter, all those around you will be having a better day. I wish you a great day!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 : 813-6410816. Email: bill@billhodges.com Website: www.billhodges.comPositive Talk: Another approach to controlling stress River cruising is topic of seminarLearn all about river cruising at a special event offered by AAA Travel and Uniworld River Cruises. The presentation starts at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17 at Payant Financial Plaza, 1653 SCC Plaza. RSVP online at AAA.com/ TravelEvents or call the AAA office at 813-633-4880. 855.289.7725 2013 HearUSA, All Rights Reserved. FIRST CLASS CARE WORLD CLASS TECHNOLOGY The joyous sounds of the holidays are fast approaching which means its the perfect time for a Dont let another year with hearing loss dampen your cheer. 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OCTOBER 10, 2013 7 Caring for the past, preparing for the futureNew plans in place to care for Ruskin Memorial Park PENNY FLETCHER PHOTODeb Adams, Debbie Bonebrake, and Mike Langjahr led the kick-off event at the Firehouse Cultural Center Oct. 3 that introduced to community leaders the new operations of the Ruskin Cemetery Project spearheaded by the Ruskin Womans Club. %  penny@observernews.netRuskins founders couldnt have imagined that donating land to the community to use for the common good could ever cause problems. Yet as time went on, and the Common Good Society ceased to exist, and kind-hearted volunteers were called on to care for land that belonged to everyone yet to no one in particular. Now a forward-thinking group wants to solve the problem of caring for the Ruskin Memorial Park once and for all, and it has found a way to accomplish it. The park, located at the south end of First Street S.W., on a bluff high above the Little Manatee River, was simply called Ruskin Cemetery until it was rededicated in 1964 and the name was changed. Plots there contain the final remains of many of the areas founding families, including the Dickmans. The Dickman plot is especially interesting because of the inscription on their first family gravestone, dated 1879, that says, Founders and Builders who dared to try something new, and built Ruskin out of a wilderness. Millers and Councils and Leiseys and Wallaces were also part of those early settlers who are buried there. The names are familiar because many of their descendants are still around and active in todays community affairs. When the 10 acres for the cemetery were donated more than 100 years ago, families of the deceased cared for plots, and most likely assumed it would always be that way. But with busy schedules and families spreading out all over the globe, caring for plots of the deceased often fell by the wayside and the cemetery gradually hit a state of major disrepair. Now, at the end of the third year of twice-annual cleanups organized by the Ruskin Womans Club Cemetery Project, community leaders have found a way for maintaining the cemetery in the future perpetually. The grand kick-off on Oct. 3 of the Challenge Fund between community organizers and the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay was a by-invitation-only event to explain the process needed to put the plan in place. The challenge to bring the message to other community groups these people are involved in was issued to approximately 40 people in attendance by speakers who explained how the project will work. Deb Adams and Debbie Bonebrake, co-chairwomen of the Cemetery Project of the Ruskin Womans Club, and Mike Langjahr, owner of the Sun City Center Funeral Home, told the group how for years Ruskin resident Wayne Harris ran the cemetery practically bare-handed with the help of a few volunteers, but had to quit a few years ago due to health concerns. The Womans Club picked up the ball and has even received honors from the Federation of Womans Clubs for its conservation efforts. The Debs, as the project leaders were referred to throughout the event, helped organize a new Cemetery Project group, who formed a new board. Its first act was to update the antiquated bylaws. The cemetery was always a corporation, said Linda Badgerow, who is treasurer, in a telephone interview the day after the event. The two Debs met with leaders of the Community Foundation, two of whom were present to speak at the Cultural Center. Marlene Spalten, president and CEO, and Denise OBrien, vice president of the Community Foundations Donor Relations, each spoke about how the Foundation operates and told of the different ways to make sure a monetary, tax-deductible gift can be donated. The principal of the gifts is never used, just the investment income, making sure the fund continues to grow and is always available to help surrounding communities, Spalten said. The Challenge Fund was established to encourage philanthropy and endowments, said Spalten. This ensures that the money will always be there for the causes it was donated. Some gifts are given with a specific target recipient while others may go to projects deemed by the Foundation Board to be worthy and fit in its guidelines. So far donors have contributed more than 4 million to the Challenge Fund to form a matching kitty for projects like the one here in your community, OBrien added. The Womans Club Cemetery Project Board has identified things that need perpetual care, such as mowing and periodic cleanup and has set its first goal at X SA VE TH E DA TE S Community Charrette November 4-8, 2013WHEN: Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. WHERE: SouthSh ore Community Resource Center 201 14th Ave. S.E. Ruskin, FL 33570LITTLE MANA TEE SOUTHFRO M PL AN TO ACTION LMS NEXT.ORGJoe Moreda | 813-276-8379 moredaj@hillsb oroughcounty.org CO MMUNIT Y MEE TINGWhat comes after planning? Doing. Together, as part of a process were calling LMS:NEXT, were building a code to reflect the future character and form of the Little Manatee South Community Plan area. And were kicking off the process on October 15, 2013. Join us for this important Kick-Off event. Discover how your Community Plan will be enabled by a customized form-based code. Hear Strong Towns expert Chuck Marohn talk about how great places are made. Get an intro to the coding approach well be using, and learn how you can participate.

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Registered trademark of Hunter Douglas Inc. Trademark of Hunter Douglas Inc. 1910 Haverford Avenue Suite 107 Sun City Center, FL 33573 (813) 633-0286 www.brandonorthopedics.com Robert J. Maddalon, MD John D. Okun, MD Peter V. Lopez, MD Steven M. Page, MDBoard-Certified Orthopedic Surgeons Brandon Orthopedic Associates 721 West Robertson St., Ste. 102 Brandon, FL 33511 Phone: 813-684-3707 BRANDON ORTHOPEDIC ASSOCIATES EAST BAY SPORTS MEDICINE & ORTHOPEDICS Board Certified Orthopedic Surgery Brandon Orthopedic Associates is one of the most respected and professional orthopedic and sports medicine practices and Hillsborough County. Our state-of-the-art facilities allow us to specialize in sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery, partial and total joint replacements of hip, knee and shoulder, hand surgery including endoscopic carpal tunnel release, finger joint replacement, complex surgery of the elbow, and ankle and foot injuries. Our compassionate and caring atmosphere is in two convenient locations near local hospitals and outpatient surgery facilities in Brandon and Sun City Center. We work relentlessly to provide the best care possible for every patient's unique orthopedic need. Dear Savvy Senior, What is the safest way to dispose of unwanted medications? My husband and I have drawers full of unused and expired drugs that wed like to get rid of, and get them out of sight of our curious grandkids. What can you tell me? Concerned Dear Concerned, The safest and most responsible way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired, medications is to take it to a medicine take-back event. And the next prime opportunity to do this is on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, which is slated for Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. National Take-Back Day is a free, anonymous program that will have around 6,000 designated sites nationwide including many fire and police stations, and community centers where you can drop off your unwanted medications. Developed by U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the take-back program was created to help address the ongoing problem of prescription drug abuse, as well as improper use of medications and accidental poisonings. In the three years of semiannual collections, more than 1,400 tons of prescription meds have been collected and incinerated. To find a collection site near you, visit dea.gov or call 800-882-9539. The reasons take-back sites are a better option than tossing the medications yourself are because throwing drugs in the trash gives kids, grandkids and pets the opportunity to get at them, and a wastebasket is a likely place for family drug abusers to check after theyve looked in the medicine cabinet. And flushing them down the toilet unless instructed is generally a bad idea because the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to minimize drug residues in the public water supply. Self-Disposal If you happen to miss take-back day or theres no site available near you, talk to your pharmacist to see if he or she knows of another medicine disposal program in your area, or call your city or county governments household trash and recycling service. Or, if you want to dispose of your pills on your own, here are some tips recommended by the FDA. First, remove all personal infor mation and drug names from the label by scratching it off, or marking over it with a permanent marker. Then take the medications out of their original bottles and mix them in another container (like a sealable bag or empty margarine tub) with an undesirable substance, such as cooking oil, coffee grounds or cat litter. Then seal the container and throw it in the trash. This will make the medication less appealing to children, pets and unrecognizable to people who may intentionally go through your trash. There are, however, a few medicines that may be especially harmful or even fatal if used by someone other than the person for whom the medicine was prescribed. These medicines have specific disposal instructions indicating they should be flushed down the sink or toilet as soon as theyre no longer needed, and when they cannot be disposed of through a medicine take-back program. To see an FDA list of medications that should be flushed once expired, go to www. fda.gov, and type flush drugs into the search box. If you have other questions about proper drug disposal, talk to your pharmacist. And to keep the medications that you and your husband currently use secured and out of reach of your grandchildren and others, lock them up in a drawer, medicine or file cabinet, or consider purchasing a medicine lock box at your local pharmacy or big-box retail store. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Nor man, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today Show and author of The Savvy Senior book. How to Safely Dispose of Unused Medicines THE SAVVY SENIORBy Jim Miller Silverliners meet Oct. 23The members of the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of Eastern Airlines Silverliners International will meet at 1 p.m. at the Rusty Pelican Restaurant, 2425 Rocky Point Dr. in Tampa, FL on Wednesday, Oct. 23. Silverliners is an organization composed of former flight attendants for Eastern Airlines. They also invite former flight attendants of other airlines to join. Membership information may be obtained from Barbara Reed at 813671-3078 or Janice Henry at 813837-4312.Local dentists now accepting Holiday Mail for HeroesFor the fourth year in a row, the dental office of Zamikoff, Klement, Jungman, Varga and Halcomb will be collecting holiday cards as part of the Holiday Mail for Heroes Program through the American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes. To date, over 2,200 cards have been collected from patients and citizens of the Sun City Center community. The program provides holiday cards to American service members, their families and veterans around the world. For anyone interested in participating in this years campaign, cards can be mailed or dropped off at the office at 703 Del Webb Blvd. West, Suite B, Sun City Center, 33573. The deadline for receiving cards is Nov. 25.Keep in mind: gift cards or calling cards. All cards will be mailed to Pitney Bowes for collection and screening and reviewed by Red Cross volunteers who then deliver the greetings to service men and women in their communities and around the world. Drs. Zamikoff, Klement, Jungman, Varga, Halcomb and staff are pleased to be a part of this wonderful program to lift the spirits of those who have served and are serving our country in the armed forces.

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OCTOBER 10, 2013 9 Come join the National Cremation Society for a FREE LUNCH & SEMINARAnd learn the benets of pre-planning your cremation.National Cremation SocietyConsidering Cremation?Well discuss: TUES., OCT. 15 @ 11 a.m.Circles Restaurant1212 Apollo Beach Blvd. APOLLO BEACH FRI., OCT. 18 @ 11 a.m.Circles Restaurant1212 Apollo Beach Blvd. APOLLO BEACH TUES., OCT. 22 @ 11 a.m.Circles Restaurant1212 Apollo Beach Blvd. APOLLO BEACH FRI., OCT. 25 @ 11 a.m.Circles Restaurant1212 Apollo Beach Blvd. APOLLO BEACH Gene Dyrek(813) 401-1159First time attendees only please. RESERVATION REQUIRED Limited seating available. CALL NOW! $200 Discountfor those attending luncheon Exp. Oct. 31, 2013 Not redeemable for cash and cannot be combined with any other offers. SPECIAL FOR 2Includes:2 Soup or Salad2 EntreesChoose from: (Spicy)2 Desserts1 Complimentary Bottle of WineAvailable for a LIMITED TIME ONLY, Wednesday through Saturday. 2 for $3999+ tax Cypress Creek Golf Club 1011 Cypress Village Blvd., RuskinPlease call for reservation 813-440-4576 Ext. 2LUNCH: DINNER: BRUNCH: Cypress Creek Golf Club 1011 Cypress Village Blvd., RuskinPlease call for reservation 813-440-4576 Ext. 2LUNCH: DINNER: BRUNCH:

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10 OCTOBER 10, 2013 Meeting to focus on health care lawThe Affordable Care Act (a/k/a ObamaCare) the law of the land will be the topic of a meeting at the South Shore Democratic Club on Thursday, Oct. 10 at the SouthShore Regional Library. Key pieces of the law went into effect on Oct. 1 amid much misunderstanding about buying insurance through health exchanges, subsidized coverage, the states role or non-role, and eligibility. Michael van Hoek, a trained navigator with Suncoast Community Health Centers, will present and answer questions The library is located at 15816 Beth Shields Way in Ruskin. The meeting starts at 1:30 p.m., with refreshments at 1 p.m. All Democrats and like-minded persons are invited to the meeting. For more information, see www. southshoredemocraticclub.org, or Facebook at www.facebook.com/ SSDEMCLUB.Free health festival for County residentsHillsborough County Head Start/Early Head Start is hosting a FREE Health Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19 at Al Lopez Park, 4810 N. Himes Ave. in Tampa. More than 3,000 Head Start/Early Head Start families are expected to attend the annual event. The festival will feature local health experts, vendors, dental exams and fun activities for children. Other planned activities will focus on educating families in making better choices to live active and healthy lives. Information on the new Affordable Care Act, obesity and other chronic health related topics will also be available. For more information about Head Start/Early Head Start programs and services, visit www.HillsboroughCounty.org/HeadStart or call 813-272-5900.Bowling & Car Show fundraiser set for Oct. 20The Apollo Beach Waterway Improvement Group will host a fundraising event on Sunday, Oct. 20 for the much needed and anticipated dredging of Apollo Beachs three main channels leading to Tampa Bay. The Bowling & Car Show fundraiser will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Alley at South Shore, 10221 Big Bend Rd. in Riverview. With the help of community businesses and residents, ABWIG has already raised $225,000 of the $250,000 needed to dredge the channels. The dredging is scheduled to begin next year and will be completed later in the fall. Dredging the Apollo Beach channels benefits everyone in the South Shore area. ABWIG is asking businesses to help support the fundraising event by sponsoring a corporate bowling lane. Only 8 Sponsor Lanes are available for $500 each. These VIP lanes provide bowling for up to 5 employees or guests and includes bowling, shoes, food, non-alcoholic drinks, and plenty of fun! Sponsors may prominently display business signage and hand out marketing materials at the event. Checks are to be made payable to A.B.W.I.G. Bowling team tickets may be purchased for $250. This fee includes bowling for up to 5 players, shoes, food, nonalcoholic drinks and plenty of fun! There will also be a billiard and dart tournament. Tickets may be purchased for $50. There will be a car show outside the bowling alley as well. For the kids and video game lovers, video game cards may be purchased for $10. Bucs vs. Falcons Game will be televised with plenty of drink specials during the event. In addition, ABWIG is asking for donations of business services or products for a fundraising silent auction which will also be held during this event. No donation is too small. For detailed information and to support the channel dredging and shoreline restoration project, visit www.ABWIG.org. Tampa Sailing Squadron holds regattaA photo taken during a previous years Rumgatta Regatta reflects the excitement of the event held off Apollo Beach. For registration information about this years regatta, set for Saturday, Oct. 19, go to www.sail-tss.org. Renowned local folk artist Mr. B is the Kotler Gallerys Artist in OctoberIn celebration of Viva Florida 500, the Kotler Art Gallery will host local folk artist Jack Beverland, a self-taught Southern folk artist also known as Mr. B. He will be in attendance at the librarys Homegrown in Hillsborough Festival on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Kotler Art Gallery is located in the John F. Germany Public Library, 900 N. Ashley Dr. in Tampa. This exhibit will feature over 50 paintings, including some of Mr. Bs earliest works. Beverlands paintings tell a story through a unique style of art (textured, touchable, glowing-in-the-dark) with a beautiful use of color. He has been featured in books such as Kristin G. Congdons Just Above the Water: Florida Folk Art and Gary Monroes Extraordinary Interpretations: Floridas Self-Taught Artists. In addition, he is included in the Whos Who in American Art, Whos Who in America and Whos Who in the World. For more information about these and other FREE programs @ your library, call 813-273-3652 or visit hcplc.org. Viva Florida 500 is a statewide initiative led by the Florida Department of State to highlight the 500 years of historic people, places and events in Florida since the arrival of Juan Ponce de Len in 1513.

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OCTOBER 10, 2013 11 Howies Sun City Center Plumbing Services and Kohler present Join us for our first seminar at the SCC Chamber of Commerce, 1651 Sun City Plaza, Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sponsored by Howies Sun City Center Plumbing and presented by Kohler. Products and ideas will be shown to assist the aging and handicapped with possible home upgrades and renovations relating to making your home more accessible. Kohler products will be on display. Howies Sun City Center Plumbing will be available to answer any questions you may have. FREE luncheon provided for all registered guests following the seminar. Seminar attendance is required to take advantage of the luncheon. RSVP by 10/18/13 by calling 813-633-8923 or email suncitycenterplumbing@verizon.net Dont miss this one-time event!! 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.PHOTOS MARLENE GREENBERgG AngieNow heres a lovely and friendly young tabby cat. Angie is the recent proud mom of four babies, who also reside at C.A.R.E. Mother Angie is so happy to lounge on the lanai and look over her beautiful babies, but she would really like to come to live at a forever home of her own. Go see this beautiful girl and her children and give her that home. Angie is updated on her shots, and spayed. As part of her adoption she will be microchipped. DOB: Oct. 2, 2011. TillieTilly is an adorable Carolina Dog mix with the cutest ears. She had a home since she was just a few weeks old but, unfortunately, her family can no longer care for her. This is due to no fault of her own. Tilly is a fun gal with a big personality. She zips around the yard playing chase with the other dogs. When it is time to settle down, Tilly is just as happy to snuggle. Tilly has also been around dogs and kids her whole life. Tilly is spayed and current on her shots. DOB: April 2, 2012 As bears become more active in fall, more people are also going outdoors for hunting, fishing, hiking, biking and wildlife viewing. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is asking the public to report their sightings of Florida black bears or their tracks to a new Web page: https:// public.myfwc.com/fwri/black bear/. Biologists are especially interested in sightings of a female bear with cubs. The bear sightings Web page will help biologists update the map of where bears live in Florida. However, the Web page is only for sharing bear location information. FWC regional offices remain the places for people to call for advice on how to resolve human-bear conflicts. The Web page has the option for people to upload photos of bears or their tracks. But FWC advises against approaching bears to take photos of them. Black bears are generally not aggressive, but approaching them can make them defensive. Adult males typically weigh 250 to 400 pounds and can be as large as 600 pounds. Extra caution is appropriate when a mother bear and her cubs are sighted. Photos from game cameras are welcome. We know about prime bear habitats such as the Apalachicola National Forest, Ocala National Forest and Big Cypress National Preserve. While bear subpopulations are mainly centered on large public lands, bears also occur elsewhere, and those locations FWC asks public to share bear sightingshave been underreported, said FWC bear research biologist Brian Scheick. Our bear range data is 11 years old, and we are excited about getting the publics help in identifying all the places where bears now live in Florida.What we learn from the new bear sightings Web page will inform the FWCs efforts to document bear distribution and help with future bear management decisions, Scheick said The black bear is a conservation success story in Florida, with the population growing from as few as 300 bears in the 1970s to an estimated population of more than 3,000 today. Go online to learn how bear-resistant trash cans work and what to do if you encounter a black bear at MyFWC.com/Bear. German genealogy presents challengesThe Tuesday, Oct. 15 meeting of the South Bay Genealogical Society will feature Debbie Hagner discussing Researching German Data: Its different. Attend this meeting and learn how different it is and how to compensate. This meeting will be held in the Royal Palm Room of the Little Harbor Resort in Ruskin following a noon luncheon ($13). For reservations and information, call Terri Cardoza at 813-633-5172 by Oct. 11. The Society provides Ask a Genealogist assistance at SouthShore Regional Library on a scheduled basis, holds monthly program meetings, as well as workshops and seminars, to assist those tracing their family history. Membership is open to all South County residents who have an interest in genealogy.

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12 OBSERVER NEWS OCTOBER 10, 2013 This 1969 Camaro, driven more than 350,000 miles by Pat Masterson of Sun City Center, is the Roamin Oldies cruiser of the month for October.Faithful Camaro is cruiser of the monthOn Dec. 18, 1968 Sun City Centers Pat Masterson bought a brandnew 1969 Camaro. More than 350,000 miles and 44 years later, it is the Roamin Oldies October cruiser of the month. I took pretty good care of that car over the years, Pat said. This was my main car until the late s and it still runs great. I take care to keep it looking just like it came from the factory. The harsh winters and road salt in his native New York did force replacement of a few body panels and some refinishing, Pat said. The 327 V8 engine had one standard rebuild at about 200,000 miles. Almost everything under the hood is still original, with components rebuilt as required. The Roamin Oldies host a cruise-in from 6 to 9 p.m. the first Thursday of every month in the Apollo Beach Winn-Dixie Plaza on US 41, with a rain date the following Thursday. There is no charge for spectators or participants, who vote to select the cruiser of the month. About 100 of the areas finest antique and collectible cars often take part, accompanied by classic oldies music played by DJ Joey Ferrante. The event is sponsored by Thompsons Auto Parts and Sun City Center Funeral Home For information, call Chet at 813-842-1511. Stone crab season opens Oct. 15Floridas recreational and commercial stone crab claw harvest season opens Tuesday, Oct. 15 in state and federal waters. To ensure this valuable resource is available for generations to come, take care when removing crab claws and follow all protective regulations for stone crab harvest. To be harvested, stone crab claws must be at least 2 inches in length when measured from the elbow to the tip of the lower immovable portion of the claw. To view a video on how to properly remove the claw in order to increase the likelihood of survival of the crab once released, visit http://www. youtube.com/watch?v=YTgXTS8 gLjU&feature=youtu.be. Claws may not be taken from egg-bearing stone crabs. Eggbearing females are identifiable by the orange or brown egg mass, also known as a sponge, which is visible on the underside of the crab when it is picked up or turned over. Recreational harvesters can use up to five stone crab traps per person. Stone crabs may not be harvested with any device that can puncture, crush or injure the crab body. Examples of devices that can cause this kind of damage include spears and hooks. Recreational and commercial traps may be baited and placed in the water 10 days prior to the opening of the season but may not be pulled from the water for harvest purposes until Oct. 15. Harvesters are encouraged to take only one claw, even if both claws are of legal size, so that the released crab will be better able to defend itself from predators. A crab that is returned to the water with one claw intact will also be able to obtain more food in a shorter amount of time and therefore regrow its other claw faster. There is a recreational daily bag limit of one gallon of claws per person or two gallons per vessel, whichever is less. The season will be open through May 15, 2014, closing May 16. Stone crab regulations are the same in state and federal waters. For more information on harvesting stone crabs for recreation, as well as commercial stone crab regulations and licensing information, go online to MyFWC.com/ Fishing (click on Saltwater).Volunteers needed to clean up Hackney/ Riverview CemeteryThe annual clean-up of the historic Hackney / Riverview Cemetery is Satur day, Nov. 2, starting at 8 a.m. The address is 11020 Hackney Dr. in Riverview. The cemetery dates back to the 1800s and is in need of weeding and mowing, as well as cleaning of gravestones and picking up trash and tree limbs. For more information, call Florence Sikes at 813-677-7606 or Bridee Manning at 813-677-2755. Donations are welcome and may be mailed to Hackney Cemetery Trust Fund, 8844 Bliss Rd., Gibsonton, FL 33534.The Garden Club, within the Apollo Beach Womans Club, will learn about orchids on Wednesday Oct. 16 at Colorfield Farms, located on SR 674 near Sun City Center. Hosted by Marcia Morris, this event is open to members and friends. Reservations are suggested. Call Sylvia Gordon, 813-6418793 or Dottie Drouin, 813-6456214 for more information. To benefit the ABWC Scholarship Fund, the Garden Club will begin taking orders for poinsettias, red, pink or white, under the leadership of Roz Hensor: 813-3836185. Tickets are available for the Witches Wing Ding on Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Ruskin Elks Club, 1630 US Hwy 41S from 6-9 p.m. This event is open to the public and will support the ABWC Scholarship Fund. The cost of $20 per person (costumes optional) includes games, music, and costume contest with prizes, and a spaghetti dinner with salad, soft drinks and dessert. A cash bar will be available. For tickets and information call Seel Lundy, 813-645-2313. Interested in a homemade Thanksgiving pie? Call Nancy Vance, 813-645-4295, to order a pumpkin or cherry ($8) or apple or pecan ($12) pie. The deadline for orders is Wednesday, Nov. 20. The pies will also be available at the ABWC BAKE SALE, Tuesday, Nov. 26, outside the Apollo Meat Market and the Very Best Barber Shop in the Publix Shopping Center. Proceeds from the ABWC Bake Sale benefit the ABWC Scholarship Fund to support graduating high school students in Apollo Beach. The ABWC membership, open to all women in Apollo Beach and surrounding communities, meets for lunch the second Wednesday of the month at Little Harbor in Ruskin. Reservations are required. Call Deanna Anest, 813-938 3641.Upcoming activities with the Apollo Beach Womans ClubDuring the winter holidays, many people experience a re-cycling of old grief issues, missing loved ones who have died, and/ or remembering previous holidays that were disappointing or otherwise painful, says Grace Terry, MSW, who is the convener of the Second Annual Tampa Bay Grief Education Conference scheduled for Friday, Nov. 1 from 8 a.m. 4 p.m. at University Village, 12401 N. 22nd. St. in Tampa. The conference is for anyone who wants to know more about healthy grief, whether for personal or professional reasons or both. Continuing education units (CEUs) will be awarded to nurses, social workers, and licensed mental health counselors. At this conference Terry will present a three-hour workshop en-Get ready for Champions MegaYard SaleChampion Self Storage in Ruskin will holding its next Mega-Yard Sale on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. More than 1,500 shoppers are expected to attend this event. Champion Self Storage is located at 3808 E. College Ave. You can reserve a space for $20 and there is limited space available. Call for more information: 813-641-1777.Holiday shopping extravaganza comes to RuskinFrom 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, the Ruskin Womans Club will present Trinkets, Baubles & Bling Holiday Shopping Extravaganza at the historic club building at 503 South U.S. 41, directly across from Grannies Restaurant. This annual event will have numerous vendors on hand selling jewelry, cosmetics, scents, handbags, origami, fine artwork, craft items and more.Grief Ed conference provides info about healthy grieftitled Grief Resolution Strategies that Work, the foundation workshop for training certification programs offered by Grief Resolution Resources. Those who attend the conference will have a head start on earning a certificate if they choose to pursue one, she says. In addition, other highly credentialed presenters will discuss workshop topics including The Joy and Sadness of the Holidays, The Gift of Condolence Organizing, Healing the Caregivers Grief (for both Family and Professional Caregivers), and Grief and Trauma Resolution with Somatic Intuitive Training. Early Bird registration for the conference is available at $30 per person through Oct. 15; advance registration is available Oct. 1531 at $40 per person; and walkin registration is $50 per person if space permits. This registration fee covers all workshops, lunch, CEUs, networking opportunities, coffee, and snacks. Interested persons may preregister on-line at https://www.eventbrite.com/event/8446021277. Also, a limited number of partial service scholarships are available. Terry adds, Everyone experiences loss of various kinds. Its good to be prepared with practical information about grief. Knowledge is power. Its good to know the facts about grief before facing a difficult loss rather than trying to understand the process in the midst of it. For further information about the Second Annual Grief Education conference, contact Grief Resolution Resources at 727-487-3207 or grace@grace-terry.com.

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OCTOBER 10, 2013 13 (Your local company for 30 years) Fax: 645-6964813-645-3370FREE ESTIMATESReplacement Window SpecialistVinyl or Aluminum Windows and Hurricane Impact Windows Over 1979 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 Pretty Clothes Bargain Prices!Monday SaturdaySunday 1 to 5 p.m. (Publix Shoppes of Apollo Beach) 813-641-8444 As seen in Southern Living Magazine Now offering... Fine Quality Home Interior ItemsSales Every Day! DONT FORGET3rd Saturday of each month is our Customer Appreciation Saleup to 75% OFF before after John V. Dunne, MD, FACSBoard Certified4020 State Road 674, Suite 2, Sun City Center www.ErasersInc.comCall Today! 813-634-9260Erase Unwanted Veins! Safe, Effective, Affordable Accredited Ultrasound Lab In-Office Procedure Insurance Accepted It is easier than you think! ing heads we see sniping each other on the nightly news. The Founding Fathers designed the means to enact or remove legislation but they most certainly did not see this crop coming. Enough already. Contrary to growing conventional wisdom, there are good people in Congress but those good people need to start doing more they need to step up to the plate, despite the fact that the pitcher on the mound is wild and crazy enough to hit them rather than honestly throwing the ball over the plate. Right now, Congress is just an embarrassment and worse, it is actively flushing this great nation down the toilet in the name of pride and party politics. The stories above show people stepping up to make things better, saying to strangers, I have your back. Congress needs to try that. They need to start putting we the people and this nation ahead of themselves. Jay, Mariella, you, your children and grandchildren deserve better than what we are getting from some of them. I know that people are inherently good; I am living proof. In my life, Ive had far more people help me than hurt me. Somehow those in power need to be reminded just what it is they are doing, just who and what they are representing: good and decent people like you in a great nation like this. Perhaps it was, as the New York Times reported on Monday, best summed up in the Senate chamber by Chaplain Barry Black, a former U.S. Navy Rear Admiral, in the opening prayer: We acknowledge our transgressions, our shortcomings, our smugness, our selfishness and our pride. Deliver us from the hypocrisy of attempting to sound reasonable while being unreasonable. Amen. MITCH T TRAPHAGEN PPHOTOContrary to growing conventional wisdom, there are good people in Congress but those good people need to start doing moreObservations: Do they really represent us?From page 4X Tampa Bay organizations to host summit on regions economic futureLeading organizations from the Tampa Bay region are joining forces to host a summit discussing the issues of transportation, infrastructure and economic development. The one-day summit, Building Floridas Future, will be held in conjunction with the announcement of the Florida Chamber of Commerces 2013 Trade and Logistics study. The event is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Tampa Port Authority, Cruise Terminal 3. It will feature presentations and panel discussions by regional and national economic leaders. In addition to discussions on transportation, infrastructure and economic development, highlights will include talks on workforce, education and trade. Ed Rendell, former governor of Pennsylvania and co-chair of Building Americas Future Educational Fund will be the keynote speaker along with several other local dignitaries. Building Floridas Future Summit is a partnership between the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Workforce Florida, Bank of America, Tampa Bay Partnership, Tampa Port Authority and Tampa Bay Trade and Protocol Council. For more information and to register, visit: www.BuildingFloridasFuture.org.

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14 OCTOBER 10, 2013 ATTENTION BAB Y BOOMERS A ND RETIREES70 million + (10,000 a day) are getting ready to retire! Are you ready?To learn more about Social Security and how it can play an important role in your retirement income planning, please join us:YOU WILL LEARN THE FOLLOWING:WILLSOCIALSECURITYSTILLBETHEREFORMEINTHEFUTURE? CANIWORKANDSTILLRECEIVEBENEFITS? HOWDOIDECIDEWHENTOCOLLECT? HOWCANIUTILIZESPOUSALBENEFITS? DOYOUHAVEARETIREMENTINCOMESTRATEGYINPLACE? HOWDELAYINGYOURBENEFITSCOULDMEANUPTO MOREMONEYINYOURPOCKETSTRATEGIESTOHELPMAXIMIZEBENEFITSRSVP TO LILLIAN: 813-633-7333DA TE: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 TI ME: 4:00 PM PLACE: PAYANT FINANCIAL PLAZA 1653 Sun City Center Plaza Sun City Center, Florida 33573 SPEAKER: Tom Payant, C.E.O. Payant Financial Services, Inc.Cocktail reception to follow JOBS! JOBS JOBS!Sponsored by The Observer News, Tampa Bay Workforce Alliance and WorkNet Pinellas.$100,000, explained Deb Adams. How this will work is if the community can raise $75,000 by July 2016 then the Foundation will add $25,000 to the fund. Neither the Womans Club nor the Foundation say that will be the end of fundraising. We plan to keep going, said Bonebrake. Foundation rules say that if a project is ongoing, groups may file another application six months after the first goal is met, Spalten said. Badgerow [the treasurer] has moved the headquarters to the Dickman Realty building on the corner of U.S. 41 and Shell Point Road, where she has worked as a Realtor for many years and has also overseen the money and often the business of the cemetery as a volunteer. Many have offered cleanup services free over the years, as the group tries to educate people whose deceased family members rest there, she explained. One who has donated much time and effort is the mowing and landscaping service of Ed Parrish of Ruskin. We couldnt pay him for most of 2012, said Bonebrake. But he came out regularly and did it anyway. Thankfully, people have begun to realize the cemetery is not full and can still sell grave plots and also, with the economy a little better in 2013, the group has been able to pay Parrish for his work. People dont realize the state has rules of what can be on gravesites for a reason, said Bonebrake. Ed spends as much time pulling the wires from plastic flower arrangements out of his mower blades as he does mowing, and also when people put loose rock down, he can hit them and they can fly up into the air and break something or hurt someone. That is why the State of Florida has auditors who check out funeral homes and cemeteries, added Lanjahar. An auditor is due to inspect the cemetery again at the end of October.Besides mowing, immediate needs the board hopes to arrange are painting the gazebo and pavement repair, Lanjahar said. We want to get people who do this kind of work to give of their time to help us get things in order.The group plans to have a website soon, but until then, information may be obtained from Bonbrake at 813-892-7235 or Adams at deb.adams@bmo.com. Information about finances can be requested from Badgerow at Dickman Realty, (813) 645-3211 and the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay may be seen at http://www.cftampabay.org. Caring for the past, preparing for the futureFrom page 7X PENNY FLETCHER PHOTOMarlene Spalten, president and CEO, left, and Denise OBrien, vice president of the Tampa Bay Community Foundations Donor Relations, tell a group of South County residents gathered Oct. 3 how a partnership between the Womans Club Cemetery Project and the Community Foundation would work. WellCare Health Plans, Inc. has announced that its Staywell Health Plan has been recommended for contract awards by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) to provide managed care services to Medicaid recipients in seven of the states 11 regions as part of the states Managed Medical Assistance (MMA) program. This award will give WellCare the opportunity to serve Floridians eligible to participate in the MMA program who live in Regions 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 11. These regions include the Tallahassee, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Orlando and Miami metropolitan areas. Approximately 2.2 million Medicaid beneficiaries are expected to enroll in the Florida MMA program in the regions WellCare was recommended to serve. WellCare is pleased to continue WellCare named Medicaid provider in Tampa and St. Peteits strong, long-standing partnership with the state of Florida to provide quality, cost-effective health care solutions to the neediest Floridians, said Alec Cunningham, CEO of WellCare. WellCare has served the Florida Medicaid program for more than 19 years, and we look forward to being part of this new and exciting model for helping the states residents lead better, healthier lives. The Florida Legislature created the MMA program to improve Medicaid services and health outcomes by enrolling the states entire Medicaid population into managed care. Florida has been divided into 11 regions, and an individual procurement for Medicaid services was conducted for each region. Florida MMA program services are expected to begin in April 2014.

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OCTOBER 10, 2013 15 OCTOBER EVENTSA RETIREMENT & REHABILITATION COMMUNITY Alzheimers Association Caregiver Support Group. Bring your loved one for a well deserved break. Facilitated by Aging Care Advocates. Receive information while your loved one is cared for in our Secured Memory Care. RSVP no less than 3 days prior to 813-246-4120. Your Money Matters: Keys to successful investing presented by Chris Redhead, CFP, ChFC, CFS, Exec. VP of Sequoia Financial Group. During these turbulent times many investors are plagued with challenging questions and difcult decisions that may signicantly impact a familys nancial future. Join us on the 3rd Wed. each month for prudent strategies that help guide you through uncertain markets. Low Vision Support Group: Facilitated by Ana Maria Oliva, M.D. Sponsored by the SCC Mens Club. Pat and Mary Soja will be the speakers. Pat, a retired Orientation and Mobility Instructor, will speak on Mobility and travel safety. Mary, a retired Nursing Instructor, will cover safety issues around the home. Cathy Pickel, RD will also discuss food/drug interactions with those living with low vision. Interested in Your Ancestry? If you would like to learn how to research your genealogy, dont miss this opportunity to spend time with Tollie J Banker, M.A. and M.I.S., Faculty Librarian at Hillsborough Community College SouthShore Campus as she takes you through the steps to discover your past using free research tools. Parkinsons Support Group of Sun City Center. Sponsored by The Mens Club of SCC. Facilitated by the USF Parkinsons Disease & Movement Disorders Center. This months speaker will be Kelly Tehan, MPAS, PA-C, Physician Assistant, USF Health Byrd Parkinsons Disease and Movement Disorders Center of Excellence presenting: Parkinsons Disease Jeopardy! FREE Valet Parking available at Entrance. Amputee Support Group Facilitated by Ty Wilson, Patient Care Advocate with Orthotic & Prosthetic Centers. The group is open to amputees, their family member, friends and involved medical personnel. It is our goal to enrich the lives of amputees and help them reach their full potential. The tools we use are peer support, education and activism. Grief Caf. Come together for relaxed, low key conversations about loss and grief while helping people make the most of their lives. Grief Caf provides a non-threatening, informal setting for beginning to deal with sometimes hidden, difcult and unresolved issues. RSVP a must as space is limited to Grace Terry 727-487-3207. Charles Schwab Investment Series. Dont miss this opportunity to meet with Ann Mackay, CFP with Charles Schwab as she discusses: Funding Your Paycheck in Retirement. 813-741-9220 Dont go L king for storage... Serving: RIVERVIEW APOLLO BEACH SUN CITY CENTER Serving: RIVERVIEW APOLLO BEACH SUN CITY CENTER weve done it for you! Call us or check out our website:www.BigBendStorage.com We will take it from there and put you in the right spot! 13414 Lincoln Road Riverview, FL 33569 BIG 301 75 CARDS Pr etty in Pink Thursday, October 1011:30 a.m. 1:00 p.m. SCC United Methodist Church 1210 Del Webb Blvd. West, SCC(Next door to South Bay Hospital)Learn about the importance of mammograms and early detection. Free Lunch Free Massages Free Giveaways Free Bone Density ScreeningEvent is free, but reservations are required.PLEASE CALL TO REGISTER1-888-685-15954016 Sun City Boulevard | Sun City Center, FL 33573 813-634-3301 | www.SouthBayHospital.com Tropical Storm Karen fizzled out before becoming much of a threat on land. Although far away from the Tampa Bay area, the storm did provide some rain on Monday, along with a spectacular autumn sunrise on Saturday.Autumn sunriseMITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTO

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16 OCTOBER 10, 2013 FREE Lunch / Dinner Seminar** Learn about Spinal Decompression What causes neck, back and knee discomfort? Why many treatments dont work. What treatments are most effective? What if surgery didnt help? Is there anything that can help? What does Spinal Decompression help? Degenerative discs Sciatica Upper Back Symptoms Arthritis of the Spine Herniated Discs Shoulder/Arm Issues 813-684-80411/2 mile south of Hwy. 60 Medicare and Most Insurances Accepted SUN CITY CENTERSandpiper GrilleGolden Corral attendees onlyLimited SeatingThe patient and any other person responsible for payment has a right to refuse to pay, cancel payment or be reimbursed for payment for any other service, exam or treatment which is performed as a result of and within 72 hours of responding to the advertisement for the free, discounted fee or reduced fee service, examination or treatment. With this ad. New patients only, if clinically necessary. Medicare not eligible.Open: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Must Call for a Reservation Your RSVP Code is: SC010 Master Certified Technicians Lic# MVS51635 AT HOME AUTO CARE Family Owned & Operated Approved Auto Repair CenterWe participate in AAA Dollars ProgramOPEN 8 am-5 pm Monday thru Friday www.athomeauto.net (813) 645-0339 GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE Owners: Lee & Julie Davis Michelin Soccer Tire Promotion $70 Gift Card*with the purchase of four tires.$50 Gift Card*with the purchase of four tires.$40 Gift Card*with the purchase of four tires.*See store for details. Expires 11/12/13 Dozens of bipeds and quadrupeds turned out at the United Community Church in Sun City Center on Saturday for a blessing of the pets service with Pastor Jean Simpson. The service included numerous dogs and cats, along with their humans, hearing the blessing that celebrated the human and pet experience as a source of joy and companionship and that the love and care of the family pets mirror Gods love and mercy. For more information about the church, visit www.uccsuncity.orgA blessing of the petsMITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTOS Even the pets appear to be bowing their heads in prayer.

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OCTOBER 10, 2013 OBSERVER NEWS 17 Were open Monday Friday 7:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m.A doctors ofce for the entire family thats close to home. For appointments, call (813) 844-4600.10647 Big Bend Road Riverview, FL 33579 www.tgmg.org Same-day appointments available. Secure online access to portions of your medical record via MyChart. FREE mobile app available. We participate in most major health plans. Visit www.tgmg.org for a list of accepted insurance plans.Prema L. Ramsahai, D.O. Our family medicine physician is ready to meet the healthcare needs of your entire family from babies to grandparents. Dr. Ramsahai provides a range of healthcare services, from immunizations and treatment of childhood illnesses to management of chronic health conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. 301 75Big Bend Rd. Big Bend Rd. tgh_27844_01_TGMG_Rview_10x7.5_ON&C_M.indd 1 10/4/13 10:22 AM Americas Finest Cabinets SOUTH TAMPA CARROLLWOOD BRANDON 254-4066 961-1362 413-8313 1510 South MacDill Ave. 14306 N. Dale Mabry Hwy. 1920 W. Brandon Blvd. Across from Chilis Countertop Surfaces available with a FREE Standard Edge and FREE Stainless Steel Sink 18 Months no interest!We Beat All Superstores on Price and Service Delivery available in under 3 weeks New service times at South BaySouth Bay Church, 13498 US 301 S., Riverview, announces new Sunday service hours as 8:15, 9:45 and 11:30 a.m. (English) and 1:00 (Creole). The nursery and South Bay Kids area is available for all services for newborns through 5th grade. South Bay also offers Monday night support groups at LifeFocus; womens and mens Bible studies on Tuesday nights; Collide Youth on Wednesday nights; and many other ministries and groups. Visit the website for more details www.SouthBay.cc JENN BAIN PHOTO

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18 OCTOBER 10, 2013 Dr. TRAN Dr. KORAHJSA Medical Group Sun City Center Activity CenterEVENTS CALENDARJSA MEDIC A L GROUP SUN C ITY C ENTER787 Cortaro Dr., Sun City Center, FL 33573 Adult Primary CareIn a State-of-the-Art New Facility!physiciansJSA Medical Group in Sun City Center is a comprehensive primary care clinic with many services offered in-house including radiology and labs! There is no better time to become a member of JSA!Call Today! (813) 634-2500ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTSIncluding Humana and CarePlus Medicare Advantage Plan MembersJSA Medical Group Sun City Center Activity Center is open to the community & offers a variety of FREE community & patient events including Yoga, Tai Chi, health lectures, parties, line dancing & more! (*Classes are subject to change) Visit us online for the monthly schedule: JSAMedicalGroup.com, click Events Thu 10: SilverSneakers (MSROM)* 9:30 to 10:30 am Fri 11: SALSA DANCING SLOW FLOW Y OGA GENTLE CHAIR YOGA 10 to 11 am 1 to 2 pm 2:15 to 3:30 pm Mon 14: BALLROOM DANCE RUMBA (COUPLES ONLY)SLOW FLOW Y OGA GENTLE CHAIR YOGA 11 am to Noon 1 to 2 pm 2:15 to 3:30 pm Tue 15: SilverSneakers (MSROM)* DIABETES WORKSHOP (PLEASE RSVP) 11 am to Noon 2 to 4 pm Wed 16: LINE DANCING*: Beginners Class Advanced Class 11 am to Noon 12:15 to 1:15 pm Thu 17: SilverSneakers (MSROM)* 9:30 to 10:30 am Fri 18: SALSA DANCING SLOW FLOW Y OGA GENTLE CHAIR YOGA 10 to 11 am 1 to 2 pm 2:15 to 3:30 pm Mon 21: BALLROOM DANCE RUMBA (COUPLES ONLY)SLOW FLOW Y OGA GENTLE CHAIR YOGA 11 am to Noon 1 to 2 pm 2:15 to 3:30 pm Tue 22: SilverSneakers (MSROM)* 11 am to Noon Wed 23: LINE DANCING*: Beginners Class Advanced Class 11 am to Noon 12:15 to 1:15 pm Thu 24: SilverSneakers (MSROM)* 9:30 to 10:30 am Fri 25: SALSA DANCING SLOW FLOW Y OGA GENTLE CHAIR YOGA 10 to 11 am 1 to 2 pm 2:15 to 3:30 pmOCTOBER EVENTS *R EGISTER NOW (813) 419-5020 LIN E D ANCIN G PARTICIPANTS: Close-toe shoes with non-stick bottoms only permitted. No scented perfumes & lotions to class. Kidney SmartSMis a series of classes offered through DaVita Dialysis on Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). The program is free and open to the community. For more information: www.davita.com, click on Kidney Smart tab. Next class is: October 30 Please check your insurance coverage for SIL VERSNEAKERS class participation eligibility. *MSROM: Muscular Strength & Range of Movement Classes Howard A. Orba, M.D. | Michael G. Caruso, M.D. | Leslee Baute, P.A.C.WWW.THESKINCANCERCENTERS.COMSOUTH HILLSBOROUGH COUNTYS ONLY FELLOWSHIP TRAINED MOHS SURGEON Are you over 65? Did you know people over 65 have a 50% higher likelihood of developing Skin Cancer? NOW ACCEPTING TRICARE PRIME Ruskins annual Big Draw event was held on Oct. 5, the International Day of Drawing, at the Firehouse Cultural Center, drawing out families and budding artists. The free event opened the doors, making the arts in a variety of forms available to visitors. The Big Draw also included incredible photography using light sticks, entitled Drawing with Light by photographer Jim Reiman, sponsored by the Tampa Museum of Art. Coming up this Friday, October 11, will be the premiere of the film, South County by Shawn Cheatham, a documentary on life in South Hillsborough. For information, visit www.firehouseculturalcenter.org.Big Draw attracts artists old and newMITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTOS

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